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Andrew Jackson wrote this tune, Donald Trump is just singing along

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If you want to better understand this year’s presidential election, you should read about a campaign almost 200 years old. In 1828, Andrew Jackson became the first president of the United States who wasn’t a founding father or son of a founding father. Jackson rode a wave of anti-Washington sentiment all the way to the White House. His path was paved mainly by the actions of the House of Representatives in 1824. In that election, Jackson won a plurality of the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.13.16 — The right hates Nikki Haley’s response on the SOTU

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The Republican Party tapped South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to give the official response to President Obama‘s final (and very boring) State of the Union address Tuesday night, and if anything, it exposed the fissures that are ongoing with the GOP nationally. Although the first few minutes of her speech bashed Obama in ways that shouldn’t alienate any conservatives, she then shifted gears, referring to the very obvious fact that she’s “the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers,…

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White approval of Obama

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Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times pubbed a major piece by Peter Wallsten on the subject of Obama’s growing “problem” with white voters. The article cites a series of developments since the president’s 100-day mark in office–from the Van Jones episode to some comments by Congressman Charlie Rangel to a Ramadan dinner at the White House–as possible contributors to declining white support for the president and his agenda. Nate blogged about this article recently here. Because Obama’s support among…

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