1. The Washington Post has done a great service in presenting a clear, uncomplicated chart that compares what people will receive under Medicare, depending on your age and who is elected president. The chart is worth sharing widely — by email or Facebook and just by showing it to people you know. Also see this […]
July 4, 1826 – 50 years after America’s first Independence Day – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died hours apart. Adams and Jefferson had joined together to achieve independence, and Adams’ final (but incorrect) words were, “Thomas Jefferson lives.” As a polarized nation with many controversies, including health care reform, it feels good to recognize […]
1. George Gallup made his mark in polling when he and the other “scientific pollsters,” called the presidential race right in 1936, while the Literary Digest did not. Now the Gallup organization’s recent polling has a skew, as it tended to show less support for President Obama than other polls. Mark Blumental offers a long […]
A new group called Why Tuesday is interested in moving Election Day from Tuesdays to a more convenient time. There are countries that vote on weekends – some even both days – and more people come out and vote. And why do we vote on Tuesday? Just watch.
While Memorial Day has become a holiday honoring those killed in military service, it originally focused on one set of soliders — the ones who fought on the Union side during the Civil War. Freed blacks used Memorial Day as a sort of second Independence Day, even as Fourth of July celebrations back then often […]
In my column, “What do women want?,” posted below, I concluded: [I]f Republicans want to erase the decades-long gender gap, they could start by respecting women as active thinkers and then pay attention to how women’s lives are connected to their political wants. Will that happen? There’s some evidence they won’t. 1. Herman Cain says […]