FROM Richard Stevenson
The Obama Record, His Re-election Campaign and the Middle Class After a first term full of disappointments, some progressive Democrats are saying that President Obama finally found his voice this week in Kansas. Obama's carefully crafted speech invoked Republican President Theodore Roosevelt, who made a speech in the same town more than 100 years ago, calling equal opportunity the cornerstone of democracy. In his first major effort to lay out the themes of next year's re-election campaign, Obama picked up on the rhetoric of the Occupy movement, denouncing Wall Street and supporting "the 99 percent." But, does his record match his rhetoric? Will centrists see him as the champion of the Middle Class or an advocate of more government regulation? How does his re-election agenda stack up against the crowded field of Republicans? We get a range of opinions from across the political spectrum.
Jobs Numbers Make Obama's Road to Re-election Steeper The Labor Department said today the economy added just 80,000 jobs in October, and unemployment is stuck at nine percent. That's more bad news for a president with only a year left until he stands for reelection. But, as the G-20 Summit came to an end, President Obama gave it a positive spin. Richard Stevenson is political editor for the New York Times .
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.