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With Obama and Republicans set to spar over jobs, what can we learn from ‘Obamanomics?’

The jobs debate begins in earnest this week, with President Obama set to address Congress and Republicans meeting for a televised debate. But what can we learn from past efforts to spur job growth?


  Richard Brookhiser on divisions within the Republican party

Need to Know turns to historian and senior editor at the National Review, Richard Brookhiser, for a broader perspective on the recent political machinations in Washington, and the age-old discussion over the size of government.


Republicans offer starkly different views on Obama’s Afghanistan strategy

The GOP presidential candidates issued mostly muted responses to President Obama’s decision to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.


House Republicans now officially on record denying science behind climate change

House Republicans voted against a measure to adopt the scientific consensus that climate change is real. So here are a few other things they now officially don’t believe.


They had a very good year

Did you ever have one of those years when you look back and think, “Wow, the sun was shining on my face for the past 365 days”? It happened for these folks in 2010.


  Just ask Peter Sagal: Advice for President Obama

Peter Sagal offers some advice to a certain down-in-the-dumps Leader of the Free World.


Climate scientists prepare for new attacks after GOP wins

Climate scientists are preparing for new attacks from Republicans. But they don’t all agree on the right approach.


  Steve Brodner: In politics, every day is ‘opposite day’

Editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner looks at a politics the same way children play the game “opposite day,” by comparing what politicians do to what they say.


  Moynihan and the midterms

In this essay, Jon Meacham considers the legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and compares the relatively interactive political environment in which he lived to the collision of political extremities today.

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