A bump in federal workers was more than cancelled out by losses at state, local levels
"There are actually half a million fewer government employees now than there were when (President Barack) Obama took office."
However you measure it, joblessness is at or near record lengths
"The average unemployed American has been out of work for almost 40 weeks."
Most polls support that
"Large majorities" of the public "oppose major changes to Medicare" and favor higher taxes on the wealthy.
Stimulus dollars went to education
Gov. Rick Perry "used $3.2 billion in stimulus dollars for schools to plug other holes in his budget."
That's how Texas ranks in teen birth rates
Texas "ranks third in teen pregnancies... and it is No. 1 in repeat teen pregnancies."
Egypt is No. 2
Under Hosni Mubarak's rule, "Egypt received more American dollars than any country besides Israel."
Counting law review articles gets tricky
Elena Kagan "has published five scholarly review articles, mostly on administrative law and the First Amendment. These articles were mostly on technical and procedural issues."
Several were equally unpopular, or worse
George W. Bush was "the least popular president in modern history."
Whose debt is whose?
The Obama administration "raised discretionary spending by 24 percent from President George W. Bush's last full-year budget and will run up more debt by October than Bush did in eight years."
By one measure, Beck beats the pope by a nose
"Americans admire Glenn Beck more than they admire the pope."
Almost -- Ronald Reagan had equally mediocre ratings
President Obama has "the worst ratings of any president at the end of his first year."
There's more to this story
The "post-Soviet industrial meltdown is responsible for most of the progress in reducing carbon emissions that Europe is able to claim."
Yikes! Smoking is more dangerous than murder and car accidents
Every year tobacco kills more Americans than did World War II — more than AIDS, cocaine, heroin, alcohol, vehicular accidents, homicide and suicide combined.
Bush tax cuts were big bucks, too.
Even high estimates for an early draft of the health care plan are "less than the $1.8 trillion cost of the Bush tax cuts."
Yes way, Jose!
In Texas, "the No. 1 name for new male babies — many of whom will vote one day — is Jose."
Oversimplifying a more complex scenario
Under a public health care option, 120 million Americans will "lose what they now get from private companies and be forced onto the government-run rolls as businesses decide it is more cost-effective for them to drop coverage."
Lotsa money, but none for toxic assets
"Congress shoveled $700 billion into the Troubled Assets Relief Program, $325 billion of which has been spent without purchasing any toxic assets."
Clinton's trips not all puffery
Hillary Clinton's international travels included "no serious diplomacy."
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