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Can Obama Win It on Likability?

Will Barack Obama’s innate likability turn out to be the decisive factor that keeps him in the White House? Several polls suggest that the president’s biggest advantage over Mitt Romney involves the strong tendency of Americans to see...

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A Range of Response to Divisive Gestures

A version of this column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST. In a range of different realms, prominent people fell victim recently to their own controversial comments and associations, illustrating the application of political...

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Colorado Massacre: No Causes, No Cures

After the grisly massacre in Colorado no one will attend weekend showings of The Dark Knight Rises with expectations of a rollicking, uplifting, feel-good night at the movies. But even before its association with horrifying images of...

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Can Mitt Break the Veep Curse?

As Mitt Romney ponders the most fateful decision of his presidential campaign, he must move decisively to break a dysfunctional habit that’s afflicted his party for a half century. Since the end of the Eisenhower era, Republican...

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Blown Media Calls Send Warning on November

Outrageous mistakes in cable-network coverage of last week’s Obamacare decision should raise major concerns about far more consequential errors that easily could mar election-night reporting this November. And while erroneous...

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Federal Spending Can Be Mitt’s Issue

Are you willing to spend $2,675 a month to support the federal government? Would you choose to invest $32,100 every year to pay for the services Washington provides for you? That’s the principal question the voters will decide in...

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Economic Truth is In the Numbers

The outcome of the upcoming electoral battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will depend on public perceptions of the president’s economic stewardship, with particular emphasis on his performance on the all-important issue of...

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Baby Names and Gender Differences

According to the widely accepted stereotype, young adults in the United States tend to disregard traditional gender roles and minimize distinctions between male and female. But when it comes to naming their babies—one of the bigger...

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