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Obama to Target Congress in 2012 Re-election Campaign – NYTimes.com

Obama to Target Congress in 2012 Re-election Campaign – NYTimes.com.

Obama to Turn Up Attacks on Congress in Campaign

HONOLULU — President Obama is heading into his re-election campaign with plans to step up his offensive against an unpopular Congress, concluding that he cannot pass any major legislation in 2012 because of Republican hostility toward his agenda.

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However the White House chooses to frame Mr. Obama’s strategy, it amounts to a wholesale makeover of the young senator who won the presidency in 2008 by promising to change the culture of Washington, rise above the partisan fray and seek compromises.

After three years in office, Mr. Obama is gambling on a go-it-alone approach.

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They, Too, Sing America – NYTimes.com

They, Too, Sing America – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Columnist

They, Too, Sing America

Last week I spent a few days in the Deep South — a thousand miles from the moneyed canyons of Manhattan and the prattle of Washington politics — talking to everyday people, blue-collar workers, people not trying to win the future so much as survive the present.

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The Power of a Simple Majority – NYTimes.com

The Power of a Simple Majority – NYTimes.com.

When the New York State Senate legalized same-sex marriage with a simple majority last month, it was a reminder of how unthinkable that would have been in Washington. In the United States Senate, the most routine measures are filibustered and require 60 votes to pass.

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Should Justices Keep Their Opinions to Themselves? – NYTimes.com

Should Justices Keep Their Opinions to Themselves? – NYTimes.com.

Washington

ARE there really only nine Supreme Court justices?

It seems that everywhere you look, you see one popping up: giving speeches, signing books, leading workshops, posing for pictures at charity functions. This is what law professors call “extrajudicial activity,” and we have seen a spate of it lately, not only during the court’s summer recesses, when justices fly the marble coop, but throughout the term that began last October and ended this week.

“Extrajudicial” is a term that covers most of what judges do when they are not judging. Of course, in the public sphere, there is really no such thing as purely extrajudicial activity for a Supreme Court justice, any more than there is extrapresidential activity for Barack Obama. Virtually everything the nine do and say — whether in robes, suits or leisure wear — has potential bearing on the reputation of the court.

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Taxation without Representation

What always strikes me as kind of undemocratic is the fact that the residents of Washington, D.C., are not allowed to send an elected reoresentative to Congress. I must admit that I really need to find out more about the reasoning behind that and its historical development. For a comment on that fact see The New York Times.

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