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Obama’s Switch on Same-Sex Marriage Stirs Skepticism

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Most Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, according to a poll released on Monday, suggesting that the unplanned way it was announced shaped public attitudes.

Robert Caro revives Kennedy-Johnson feud

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To be a Democrat in Washington in the mid-1960s was to be confronted daily with the burning question: Which side are you on? There was the side with the power, President Lyndon B. Johnson and his team in the White House. And there was the side with the glamour, Robert F. Kennedy and his team of loyalists— mourning the death of John F. Kennedy, appalled by a man they regarded as a crude pretender in the Oval Office, dreaming of the day when the Kennedy reign would be restored.

Obama’s Gay-Marriage Stance Brings Uncertain Political Fallout

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President Obama hoped that announcing his change of heart in favor of same-sex marriage would put the issue to rest as a topic in his bid for re-election. The immediate result, however, was that both sides seized upon it as an opportunity to energize their bases.

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The Curse of the Political Surrogate: When Silence Should Be Golden

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It took the 2012 presidential campaign to throw Democrat Hilary Rosen and conservative Ted Nugent into the same sentence.

Rosen made more of a splash last week than she ever did in 17 years at the powerful Recording Industry Association of America, including five years as chief executive officer.

And Nugent, revered mostly among those who know how to hum “Cat Scratch Fever,” was suddenly on the lips of every politico in Washington.

Romney Won't Be A Pushover in November

On The Radar

Mitt Romney started as the odds-on favorite for the GOP nomination, and he's never really lost that spot. Still, he's had a rough six weeks. He's been attacked by his Republican rivals as both a heartless capitalist and a closet liberal. He's committed gaffes that make him sound like a caricature of a clueless rich guy. And the Democratic president he wants to replace has surged ahead of him (and all the other GOP challengers) in head-to-head polls.

PBS NewsHour: In Michigan, Romney 'Is Going to Have to Fight for His Life' vs. Santorum

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Several national polls now show GOP hopeful Rick Santorum in a new dead heat with longtime front-runner Mitt Romney. Gwen Ifill discusses Santorum's rise and efforts to win Michigan's Feb. 28 primary with The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter.

PBS NewsHour: Fact-Checking President Obama's Third State of the Union

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Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman recaps President Obama's third State of the Union address. Then, Gwen sits down with The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler to grade the State of the Union speech on accuracy and provides more context on topics that may have been glazed over.

Obama Testing 2-Tier Strategy for Re-election

On The Radar

Just three hours after President Obama announced that he was defying Congressional Republicans to fill a high-level regulatory position while lawmakers were out of town, Mitt Romney sent out the obligatory news release ripping the president. “Chicago-style politics at its worst,” Mr. Romney fumed, accusing the president of “circumventing Congress.”
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Oops! That Was the Year that Wasn't

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A year ago, soon after the Tunisian uprising, I demonstrated my powers of prediction in a column about the democracy movement in the Arab world. The revolution in Tunisia, I wrote, "arose from local circumstances that don't foretell what will happen anywhere else." Three weeks later, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak fell, and the Arab Spring was in full bloom. This brings me to the subject of today's column: A confession of my year's errors and omissions (along with a mention of one or two things I got right).

Dems Hope for Campaign Edge on Tax Issue

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Democrats feel they’re closer than ever in their long-running bid to paint Republicans as being much more eager to cut taxes for the rich than for the working class. But public contempt for Congress is so rampant that the effort may fade away in a pox-on-all-their-houses fog. If that happens, President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats could lose a political edge as they head into the 2012 elections with a struggling economy.
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