President Obama has joked that he should appoint former President Bill Clinton as his "Secretary of Explaining Stuff." That's basically the job Clinton is embracing on the campaign trail after playing the role at the Democratic convention.
In today's dollars, the bill for U.S. immigration enforcement since 1986 comes to $219 billion — roughly the cost of the space shuttle program. About 80,000 government workers depend on immigration enforcement. Despite a drop in illegal immigration, the border industrial complex is here to stay.
In today's Internet age, even pizza is political. When a photo of a Florida pizza shop owner giving President Obama a bearhug went viral, so too did the backlash against his restaurant — in the form of Yelp reviews.
President Obama marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with visits to the Pentagon and Walter Reed on Tuesday. The attack 11 years ago fundamentally restricted the American debate on national security and foreign policy. Those issues traditionally advantaged Republicans, but they've proven to be real assets for the president.
President Obama has a delicate dance in dealing with the Chicago teachers strike. Unions are traditionally his staunchest supporters and enthusiastic campaigners. And while they're not happy with the reform policies his administration is pursuing, they're likely to stick with the president to a point. Mitt Romney meanwhile says he's on the side of parents and students.
The Obama administration and the president's Chicago-based re-election campaign are trying to minimize the risks of offending teachers and union members by carefully navigating the tricky waters between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the striking teachers.
Mitt Romney's rally began the way every political event begins. "Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and our country's national anthem." Most of the reporters around me stood and put their hands over their hearts. This time instead of just sitting and working, I tweeted what I was feeling.
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