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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Walter Mondale
On a day when many Americans thank God for their blessings, I often recall how I spent Thanksgiving after Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple, perverted the word of God, leaving more than 900 people dead.
The archivists at the Library of Congress know well the ruddy face and tenacious mind of researcher Michael Hill.
If there's a lesson to be drawn from President Obama's lackluster performance in this year's first presidential debate, it's this: A whole lot can go wrong.
Mitt Romney's debate performance continued to wear well Thursday as President Obama's backers searched for answers to what went wrong with their candidate, who voters and pundits alike said lacked the magic that captivated the country in 2008.
Here we go again. Voters, pundits and political junkies will be glued to Wednesday night's presidential debate to see more than just a back-and-forth on national defense, the economy and other issues.
When explaining why President Obama has stuck by Joseph R. Biden for 3½ years of gaffes, overly exuberant flourishes and fumbles, political observers like to say the vice president is everything Mr. Obama is not: a garrulous, unscripted, yet seasoned political operator who loves to glad-hand and connect one on one.
The president is back on the campaign trail. What's striking is where he's going: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa — places he won in 2008. Why? Simple. All the latest polls show he's losing … well, everyone.
The much-anticipated operation was a brilliant success, but the patient died. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is a clever surgeon, and he left a bloody mess to prove it. He's in the Mediterranean now, on the island of Malta, lecturing to European lawyers about how to "grow" in office, basking in the applause of fans of the welfare state.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and other ambitious Republicans eyeing a possible invitation to be Mitt Romney's running mate might want to keep 1920 in mind. That was the last time the losing vice presidential nominee was a politician skillful and lucky enough to eventually become president.
It's seven months before their convention in Tampa, a lifetime in today's five-minute-news-cycle politics. But the split decisions in the first three primaries and the personal attacks in the televised debates beg the question: Are Republicans divided into so many parts they are about to engage in 1964-style "politicide"?
The nation added 200,000 jobs in December in a burst of hiring that drove the unemployment rate to its lowest in almost three years.
The date was Oct. 21, 1984. The venue was Kansas City, Mo. The occasion was the second Reagan-Mondale presidential debate. Henry Trewhitt of the Baltimore Sun was called upon by the moderator, former NBC reporter Edwin Newman. Trewhitt proceeded to ask 73-year-old President Ronald Reagan whether, given his age, he was confident that he was fit to serve a second term as president of the United States.
Worried the liberal voice is being drowned out in the presidential campaign, progressive leaders said Monday they want to field a slate of candidates against President Obama in the Democratic primaries to make him stake out liberal stances as he seeks re-election.
Eleanor Mondale, the vivacious daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale who carved out her own reputation as an entertainment reporter, radio show host and gossip magnet, has died at her home in Minnesota. She was 51.
Things aren't going well for President Obama these days. A U.S. appeals court struck down a key mandate in his health care law to force uninsured Americans to purchase medical coverage. The economy is tilting toward a recession amid rising unemployment. His job-approval score fell to a new low of 39 percent last week.
Former vice president Walter Mondale announces Tuesday in Minneapolis the formation of a bipartisan committee to help Minnesota's Democratic governor and Republican Legislature put an end to the state's budget shutdown.