“Obama: The First Term Did It” (plus more)

Obama: The First Term Did It

By Elizabeth Drew

…Obama’s governing style in his first term lit the fuse for his second term. Politically-driven decisions on the health care law along with a failure to understand some of the rudiments of governing have resulted in his current difficulties. It’s far from over of course, but should his proudest achievement fail to work—its outcome not at all certain at this point—the rest of what he does in his second term may not matter much.


NSA spied on porn habits, HuffPo reports
By Alistair Barr

The National Security Agency collected evidence of online sexual activity and visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of six people the agency considered “radicalizers,” the Huffington Post reported, citing documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden….


President Obama’s DreamWorks Economy and the Challenge for Democrats
By Robert Borosage

…the problem is that the president wants to sell this economy. By next year’s elections, he’ll be in his sixth year and he wants Americans to know that “America has largely fought our way back. We’ve made the tough choices not just to help the economy recovery, but to rebuild it on a new foundation.”…

Americans have a clear opinion about Republicans, whose popularity has hit new lows. But they are sensibly skeptical about Democrats and politicians in general.


Here’s why Wall Street has a hard time being ethical
By Chris Arnade

A new report finds 53% of financial services executives say that adhering to ethical standards inhibits career progression at their firm. A former Wall Street trader describes why

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