Sen. Olympia Snowe's retirement announcement may make Democrats happy — they now can contest the seat. And conservative Republicans may be happy too — she too often voted with Obama. But those who believe in bipartisanship and across-the-aisle dialogue may have reason to mourn her decision.
With lots of topics to choose from, including the economy, the 2012 presidential race, Iran's nuclear ambitions and his meetings today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there will be plenty to ask President Obama about.
In Monday's March 5, 2012 political grab bag, President Obama warned U.S. and Israeli politicians that bellicose talk towards Iran only helped that rogue nation by increasing oil prices. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum appeared tied in Ohio heading into Super Tuesday. Rush Limbaugh's "apology" did little to stem still the outrage over his "slut" remark.
On Sunday, President Obama spoke to AIPAC, an influential pro-Israel group. The appearance came on the eve of Obama's White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama said his policy is to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
It all comes down to Ohio. That's the view of many political observers one day ahead of Super Tuesday's 10 Republican contests. Can Mitt Romney use his Michigan win as a springboard to achieve victory in the economically- and demographically-similar state next door? Or, will Romney's lack of home-state advantages give Santorum a slight edge?
Why are politicians and those of us who vote for them so obsessed with inconsistency? We take that question on from three angles: how our brains are wired; the psychology of judging what's consistent; and how consistency plays out in leadership styles.
The White House says restoring the U.S. manufacturing sector is an essential part of getting the economy back on track. GOP candidate Rick Santorum also wants to see tax breaks for manufacturing companies. But economists say tax breaks may not be the best way to help manufacturers.
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