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January 9, 2013
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National Pulse 
  • Welcome to Fight Club
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    President Barack Obama has sharply shifted his leadership style as he prepares for his second term, and he appears willing and even eager to pick bruising, bare-knuckle fights with Republicans, observers say. Buoyed by positive approval ratings, Obama hopes his adversarial approach will allow him to swiftly push through key Cabinet appointments and take action on key policy issues. "He's got his sea legs now, [and he is] sending a strong message that he has the support of the American people behind him, and he's basically saying, 'Deal with it,' " says political scientist Martin Sweet. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/9) , The Hill (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Agenda Items 
  • The tricky legacy of Richard Nixon
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    Richard Nixon would have turned 100 today, prompting soul-searching over the flawed former president's political legacy. Nixon's courage and self-belief made him a truly historic president, even if his self-wrought downfall was nothing short of operatic, pundits say -- and his intelligent pragmatism might offer a model for GOP leaders hoping to resolve their party's current identity crisis. "Nixon also did his best to court conservatives, but his instinct was always to anchor himself in the rhetorical center," notes historian Timothy Stanley. The Atlantic online (1/9) , (1/9) , CNN (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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Data Points 
  • Breathing easier: Clean Air Act gets results
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    The federal government credits the Clean Air Act with significant decreases in air pollutants -- and measurable health benefits for Americans. The government credits the Clean Air Act with bringing atmospheric lead levels down 83%; sulfur dioxide down 75%; and carbon monoxide down 73%. Face the Facts USA (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 

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Daily Chuckle 
  • AIG to America: Thanks and see you in court
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    At the same time insurance giant American International Group is running TV ads thanking America for the 2008 bailout, the company is pondering a lawsuit against the government, claiming the Feds' terms were too harsh. As Americans collectively slap their foreheads and ask, "What are they thinking?" columnist Andy Borowitz imagines the company's position as delivered in a letter to the taxpayers. The New Yorker (free content)/The Borowitz Report blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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Every society, all government and every kind of civil compact therefore, is or ought to be, calculated for the general good and safety of the community."
--George Mason, American statesman
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