2008 record      

  • House Republicans are set to put forward a new short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. Its toughest opponents? House Republicans.

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  • With the Muslim world reaching a boiling point, U.S. intelligence fears that the unrest could create a power vacuum exploited by al-Qaida and its parent, the radical Muslim Brotherhood.

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  • Labor: A standoff between Wisconsin's governor and public employees is billed as a battle for Americans' hearts and minds. On closer look, the real prize may be their pocketbooks.

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  • Consumer confidence plunged in early March amid soaring energy prices to the lowest since October 2008, according to the IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index released Tuesday.

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  • The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index precipitously declined 7.9 points, or 15.5%, in March posting 43.0 vs. 50.9 in February.

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  • With the price of gas up 39 cents at the pump in a month and heading higher amid turmoil in much of the Middle East, Americans wonder why the U.S. isn't doing more to exploit its own oil resources.

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  • Americans are deeply split on the role of government, but the majority at this point think Washington should be smaller and provide fewer services, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll.

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  • Democrats favor "The King's Speech," while Republicans and Independents like "True Grit" for the best picture of the year.

    Checks And Balances: A federal judge has told the government it can't implement ObamaCare because it's unconstitutional. Has the White House complied? No, it's knowingly breaking the law.

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  • Our nation continues to be ideologically center-right, and Americans are not buying the view advanced in the media that the president has ideologically moved toward the center. The center-right country also sees the news media in the same vein as the president — as liberal.

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