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Was Obama’s “I know ’cause I won both of ‘em” slam against the GOP during the State of the Union Address an ad lib? Oh, please.

Last night during his State of the Union Address, President Obama had some fun. You could tell he was feeling freed to be himself since he no longer has to run for office and because, frankly, despite his rhetoric otherwise, there isn’t going to be a lot of “working together” with Republicans.

In other words, he doesn’t have to fake it anymore.

The best line of the night, of course, was this one:

I have no more campaigns to run. My only agenda…

[INSULTING APPLAUSE FROM REPUBLICANS]

I know ’cause I won both of ‘em.

Republicans are pissing and moaning about being tweaked like that but, member of Congress, please.…

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Acting like the President helps — Obama’s approval hits 50%

So why did he wait until after the election?

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll is making news with President Obama at an approval ratings 50% for the first time in over a year. Other polls show his rating improving as well. Look at Gallup or Pew. It seems the rise is not just a blip in one poll but consistent across the organizations measuring presidential approval. The press has noticed and seems to be crediting an improving economy. USA Today, for example, writes, "Good economic news appears to be fueling Obama's improved ratings in a string of recent polls."
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Everything is awesome (compared to the last 14 years) — but the middle class is still dying

First they sabotage you;then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then they take credit for your economy.

Bill Clinton learned this lesson long ago. Now Mitch McConnell is trying to teach it to President Obama. In an op-ed last week, he made ridiculous claim that anticipation of a Republican Senate is in some way responsible of an economic recovery that would have taken place long ago if it weren’t for GOP-created crises that led to GOP-enforced austerity.

McConnell isn’t stupid. He turned being one of the least popular Senators in the nation into an easy re-election. He also knows forcing his opponents to rebut a ridiculous statement helps spread the idea, not dispel it.…

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Michigan Republican Party: Saving the auto industry didn’t help Michigan’s economy

The Michigan Republican Party has continued Gov. Rick Snyder’s efforts to take credit for the economic improvements that have benefited the entire country, including our state. Here in Michigan, nothing has helped fuel economic growth like the resurgence of the vehicle manufacturing sector. Upwards of 60% of Michganders work in jobs that are impacted by vehicle manufacturing and, had our domestic automakers gone out of business, our state would be in seriously bad straits.

The last thing they want is for President Obama to get any credit for that so, when he visited Michigan yesterday to tout the results of the loan program that kept Chrysler, GM, and the entire vehicle manufacturing supply chain from going under, Republicans sat on the sidelines throwing spitballs.…

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The Solyndra loan program shows government at its best

What if I told you that everything Republicans have told you about Solyndra is dangerously and embarrassingly wrong?

You’d certainly be less than shocked.

Mike Grunwald — who wrote the book on Stimulus — has been trying to explain why we need more Solyndras for years now.

The failed loan that became the code word for smearing the Obama administration’s successful efforts to prevent a greater depression during the 2012 election was part of a program that has been remarkably successful in sparking a clean energy revolution that quietly sets records for new installations every year.

The audience for people looking for good news about the Stimulus is, unfortunately for Grunwald and America, not huge.…

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2014 was the best year for American workers in at least a decade

When an AirAsia plane disappeared on Sunday, CNN immediately began non-stop coverage reminiscent of the months it spent tracking the hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which has never been located. By Monday, the debris of the AirAsia vessel along with the bodies of those lost were discovered.

These two lingering tragedies and the massive media coverage that followed have completely obscured the fact that 2014 was the safest year of plane travel — EVER.

That’s 2014 for ya.

Even if you aren’t a business that depends on ratings or clicks, it’s hard to be optimistic. Pointing to the positive seems like a dopey sleight-of-hand designed to distract from — and thus do nothing to confront — the slow-motion disasters that continue plague us.…

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Michele Bachmann accuses President Obama of treason: “He lifts up the agenda of Islamic jihad at every turn”

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was recently on the Washington Watch radio show with conservative bigot Tony Perkins. During the show, Perkins asked her if there was anything about her job as a member of Congress that had surprised her. In the lead up to her answer, she talked about her role on the House Intelligence Committee (I know, I know) and how she had “a front row seat in this up tempo of Islamic jihad across the world.”

“While the President continues to say that this is not about the religion of Islam,” she said, “I beg to differ. This has everything to do with the tenets of Islam and it IS the new state that’s being put together and for the purpose of destroying Israel and to turn the United States, also, into an Islamic caliphate.”

She then went on with this:

I have been very surprised, to answer your question, to see the president of the United States, at every turn, cut the legs off of our ally, Israel, and in fact embrace and lift up the agenda of Islamic jihad.…
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How President Obama can give millions of workers a raise this year

The 2016 election will about two things: The Supreme Court and rebuilding the middle class.

We can count on the Roberts Court to remind us over and over that they’re willing to do anything possible to reduce women’s rights and increase corporate power, while making it easier to buy an election than to vote in one.

So it’s up to Democrats to make the case that they can grow the middle class. It’s a case many analysts believe the party failed to make in 2014.

Here’s how The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent described the key problem — besides turnout — that Democratic pollsters found in their immediate postmortems of the disastrous 2014 election:

…Democrats’ economic message [failed] to win over persuadable voters, ones outside the ascendant Democratic coalition, in the numbers needed to offset the structural disadvantages Democratic incumbents and candidates faced.…
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The guys who won’t admit George W. Bush was a disaster won’t ever admit that Obama is a success

Mitt Romney promised 6 percent unemployment. Newt Gingrich said he’d get us $2.50 a gallon. Tim Pawlenty vowed 5 percent growth.

And now that America has hit these arbitrary positive milestones under President Obama, shouldn’t someone be taking a little credit?

Someone is.

Newt Gingrich.

Spotted: Gas under $2 at @costco in #Richmond, #Virginia today. http://t.co/oAMel8fZJf pic.twitter.com/zREYnwzYbu

— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 21, 2014

When Newt Gingrich starts taking credit for your presidency, you know you’re a success. Ask Bill Clinton.

The truth is that no president could force OPEC to drive up oil production in an effort to drive American shale drillers out of profitability.…

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WARNING: Asking the rich to invest more in taxes leads to the best job growth of the century

Republican members of Congress spent much of the beginning of 1993 warning that raising taxes on the rich would destroy the economy.

“It will kill jobs, kill businesses, and yes, kill even the higher tax revenues that these suicidal tax increasers hope to gain,” Rep. Christopher Cox said.

And cut to the best job growth of the century — over 22 million jobs — and the first budget surplus in generations.

Of course, the nineties were an anomaly, with the end of the Cold War and the government’s decades-long investment in the internet suddenly paying off exponential returns. You can’t expect those kinds of returns again.…

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