On Monday, President Obamaendorsed the idea of a longer school year:
"I think we should have longer school years," Obama said on NBC's "Today" show during a special forum on education. "We now have our kids go to school about a month less than other advanced countries. And that month makes a difference."
The Tea Party is frequently described as a new phenomena in American politics, but as Kevin Drumnotes in a piece for Mother Jones, the opposite is true; like the John Birch Society or Arkansas Project before it, the Tea Party is the latest instance of a right-wing reaction that happens whenever we have a Democratic president:
On Twitter, after Julian Sanchezfloated the possibility of GOP opposition to the Obama administration's push for Internet wiretaps, Matthew Yglesias made a funny -- but correct -- prediction about the likely path for civil liberties and executive power:
My prediction: Continued erosion of civil liberties --> massive Nixon-style political abuse scandal --> restoration of civil liberties.
In his interview with Rolling Stone, President Obamaadmonished Democrats for their low enthusiasm:
"It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election," the president told the magazine.
Obama went on to describe his administration as the "most successful in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward," and said it was flat out "irresponsible" for Democrats to stay home on Election Day.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently conducted a survey where they phoned more than 3,400 Americans and surveyed them on basic religious knowledge. The results, I gather, were a little surprising:
Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life. [...]