2008 record      

 


  • National Debt: Ben Bernanke and Timothy Geithner say the sky will fall if the debt ceiling isn't raised on Monday. The American people say: Cut the Chicken Little spending.

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  • The number of Americans who doubt that Obama was born in the US is declining, tracking the rise in his approval rating, recent polls show. Still, the number of 'birthers' is significant.

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  • You would think a leader whose "gutsy" decision to take out the evil mastermind behind 9/11 would be getting high-fives all around — and from men in particular. But not according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll.

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  • Who's to blame for near-record gasoline prices? According to a new IBD/TIPP poll, it's oil companies and speculators.

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  • The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index advanced by 2.0 points, or 4.9%, in May posting 42.8 vs. 40.8 in April. The index is 2.9 points below its 12-month average of 45.7 and 1.6 points below its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 7.7 points below its all-time average of 50.5.
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  • President Obama's overall approval ratings have spiked since the killing of Osama bin Laden, but approval of his handling of the economy has not. And the new unemployment numbers out today may be a problem for the president as he tries to hold onto his bounce in the polls.

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  • There has been quite a bit of talk about whether the killing of Osama bin Laden will increase President Obama’s chances of winning the 2012 election.
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  • Employment: Many were impressed with the 244,000 new jobs reported in April. But not us. Many of those new hires likely came at one company, and the unemployment rate actually rose. The jobless expansion continues.

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  • According to a Christian Science Monitor/TIPP poll, 72 percent of Americans agree that 'Pakistan knew all along' where bin Laden was hiding. Less than a third favor declaring 'mission accomplished' in Afghanistan.

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  • IBD/TIPP Poll: Some polls show a nice bounce for President Obama after the death of Osama bin Laden. Others don't show much bounce at all. Put us in the latter camp.

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