Friday, January 04, 2013

Bits and Pieces - First of the New Year

Barack Obama is the first president in more than five decades to win at least 51 percent of the national popular vote twice. The first since the Eisenhower landslides. This is a really important point to remember, as the Republicans begin with their incessant diatribes. This is our president, and most of the voters wanted him as president.

There are a number of articles along these lines that I could have linked, but John Judis looks to the longer view. The "fiscal cliff" legislation was a win for Obama, and it weakened the Republicans. I hope to write more about the big picture, but the way things are going today, it may be a while.

Pickpockets and how they do it. The real kind.

A year in fragments from Charles Simic.

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