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ObamaCare Can Survive Without the Mandate

But will Democrats stand by it, Steve Kornacki wonders

(Newser) - A ruling on ObamaCare is now expected Thursday , and the most widely anticipated outcome is that most of the law will be upheld but the individual mandate will be struck down. Though "conventional wisdom holds that the law is as good as dead" if that happens, writes Steve Kornacki... More »

Is Racism Driving Obama's Crappy Primary Showings?

But columnists think that's a little too simplistic

(Newser) - President Obama continued his lousy run last night in what Politico calls his "region of doom," a swath it defines as the "Upper South" that includes Appalachia. Obama's weak performances in Arkansas and Kentucky , of course, follow his close race against a felon in West Virginia.... More »

Joe Biden Suddenly a Liberal Hero

His gay-marriage comments 'sped up history': Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - Liberals are celebrating a hero in the White House, and his name is ... Joe Biden. The vice president's comments on Sunday in support of gay marriage clearly "sped up history," writes Steve Kornacki at Salon , and gave President Obama "no choice but to say what he’... More »

Obama's State of Union Message: 'Game On'

Pundits see president's speech as a populist offensive

(Newser) - President Obama delivered a feisty, populist State of the Union address last night ( excerpts here , pictures here ), and naturally pundits are dissecting and grading it today. Here's what they're saying:
  • "Obama had a simple message for Republicans: Game on," writes Chris Cillizza of the
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Is Gingrich the Next Goldwater?

If party elites can't stop Newt, it could be disastrous for GOP: Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - If Newt Gingrich manages to defy party elites and score the nomination, it's pretty much "suicide" for Republicans: "Everything about Newt Gingrich screams 'general election disaster,'" writes Steve Kornacki in Salon , from his "personal and ethical baggage" to his "arrogance." Indeed,... More »

Was Newt Gingrich Trying to Fail, Producers-Style?

It sure looks like Gingrich was in this for the money, Steve Kornacki says

(Newser) - “We may be witnessing the political world’s answer to The Producers,” writes Steve Kornacki of Salon : “It’s called the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign.” For the uninitiated, Mel Brooks’ comedy is about a greedy showman who tries to make a musical that will flop—and... More »

Palin Haters Should Pray That She Runs

It's the only way to get rid of her

(Newser) - Odds are, Sarah Palin’s occasional gestures toward the 2012 race are “a long and tiresome tease,” and that’s a shame, writes Steve Kornacki of Salon , because a presidential run “may be the best way of making her disappear for good.” Palin would definitely suffer... More »

Guess What? 'Leading From Behind' Worked!

Obama's gambit pays off in Libya, Steve Kornacki observes

(Newser) - It looks like Moammar Gadhafi’s regime could be as good as gone, and that victory ought to put to bed “a particularly obnoxious anti-Obama talking point from hawks on the right—the idea that he’s excessively deferential, naïve, and just plain weak on the world stage,... More »

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