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In the 1946 midterms, the unpopular and error-prone rookie president Harry Truman, buffeted by a different set of economic dislocations, watched his party lose both chambers of Congress (including 54 seats in the House) to a G.O.P. that then moved steadily to the right in its determination to cut government spending and rip down the New Deal safety net. Two years after this Democratic wipeout, despite a hostile press and a grievously divided party, Truman roared back, in part by daring the Republican Congress to enact its reactionary plans. He won against all odds, as David McCullough writes in ‘Truman,’ because ‘there was something in the American character that responded to a fighter.’

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President Obama and the first lady, Michelle, signed a book of condolence at the 26/11 Memorial at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel in Mumbai on Saturday.  “We will always remember the events of 26/11; not only the sorrow, but also the courage and humanity that was displayed that day,” he wrote. “The United […]

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Painting of President Obama apparently reconceived as Dr. Manhattan from one of the best things you’re going to see this week – Bad Paintings of Barack Obama. Some are funny, some are sad, and some may officially qualify as art brut. – (Thanks to Rameen for the link.)

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The President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn’t be spending their money.

Harry Reid responds to President Obama’s statement on personal responsibility:

“You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices.”

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There he goes again – slowly but surely turning America into a nation of bowing, shoe-taking-off socialists. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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