This Year's Mid-Term Elections: Which Party Will Party?
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At the approach of this year's mid-term elections, Democrats are stepping down from the Senate and Congress—but so are Republicans. Does either one have the advantage? Will the results in November determine if President Obama succeeds or fails? Also, a glimmer of hope despite a disappointing December job report, and California's latest actor turned governor is beginning his final year in office. We get an assessment of Arnold Schwarzenegger's move from Hollywood to Sacramento.
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A Glimmer of Hope Despite a Disappointing December Job Report ()
November's payroll statistics have been revised to show a net gain of 4000 jobs. But December saw 85,000 more Americans become unemployed. Nevertheless, at the White House, press secretary Robert Gibbs saw a glimmer of progress. Chris Isidore is senior writer at CNN Money.com.
- Chris Isidore: Senior Writer, CNNMoney.com
This Year's Mid-Term Elections: Which Party Will Party? ()
After one year in office, President Obama has yet to deliver his first State of the Union address, but his approval ratings are on the decline. This week, three Democrats made headlines by deciding not to stand for re-election, provoking reports that the party's in big trouble. But even more Republicans are dropping out, the GOP's short of money, and Chairman Michael Steele says his party's "not ready" to seize control on Capitol Hill. We look at the prospects for this year's mid-term elections. Will they determine whether President Obama finally succeeds or fails? Will the Democrats lose control on Capitol Hill? Should Republicans and Democrats appeal to their most ideological voters or move to the center?
- Ron Brownstein: National Political Reporter, Los Angeles Times, @RonBrownstein
- E.J. Dionne: Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, @EJDionne
- David Sirota: nationally syndicated columnist, @davidsirota
- Kristen Soltis Anderson: Director of Policy Research, Winston Group, @KSoltisAnderson
- Brian Faughnan: Writer, Redstate.com
Schwarzenegger's Last Year in Office and What Might Have Been ()
The Terminator became the Governator with the promise that he could use his super-celebrity to end what he called "crazy deficit spending" and "tear up the credit card." Six years later Arnold Schwarzenegger's approval ratings match those of Democrat Gray Davis, the man he defeated in a re-call election, and the state's $20 billion deficit is bigger than ever. Carla Marinucci is political writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.
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