FROM Jackie Calmes
State of the Union: The Soldier Who Stole the Show The most memorable moment of President Obama’s State of the Union Address was when he introduced Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg to the country. The 30-year-old Army Ranger was nearly killed in a roadside bomb during one of his 10 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. We hear about Remsburg’s life and how it intersected with the president’s several times.
Conservative House Republicans Reject Boehner's Plan B The Obama White House is "as incredulous and bewildered as the rest of Washington" that House Speaker John Boehner had to cancel his vote on what he called "Plan B" because he failed to get the support of all his Republican caucus members. That's according the Jackie Calmes, White House correspondent for the New York Times .
The GOP Candidate in What's Supposed to Be a 'Democratic Year' George Bush has a disapproval rating of 69% , the worst presidential rating in the history of the Gallup Poll. The Wall Street Journal/NBC survey shows that just 27% of voters like the Republican Party. But it also indicates that the Republicans' presumptive presidential nominee, John McCain , who promises more of the same, runs nearly even against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama . Are the political media giving McCain a free ride? Is he really the "maverick" he's made out to be? We hear about tax cuts, the economy and what he means by "victory" in Iraq. Once the Democrats resolve their nomination fight, will the campaign focus on issues, or will it all be about personality and image?
New Poll Shows Record-Low Ratings for GOP Some Republicans have been skeptical of public opinion polls from the New York Times and Gallup . But now the Wall Street Journal's latest survey shows President Bush and his party in worse shape than the Democrats were when they lost control of Capitol Hill in 1994.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.