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1971: Apollo 14 took off for the moon

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January 31, 2016 at 11:00 pm

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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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January 31, 2016 at 9:30 am

‘Hope and change’ meets 4th-quarter GDP

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(My new American Thinker post)

We’ve been focused on lots of issues this week, from Trump to the GOP debate to the Clinton emails to the mess in the Middle East and other things.  

However, there is a big story brewing, and it may be the one that people are talking about at the family kitchen table.

This is from The Washington Post and the fourth-quarter GDP results:

The U.S. economy slowed to a crawl in the last three months of 2015, new government data showed Friday, an indication of how tepid global growth is exposing new weaknesses in the nation’s long and sluggish recovery.

Gross domestic product, a measure of overall output, expanded at a seasonally adjusted rate of 0.7 percent between the months of October and December — just the second time in seven quarters that the nation has registered growth less than 1 percent.

That pace shows an economy that is being driven by steady consumer spending but weighed down by powerful trends in currency market, where the strong dollar is raising the cost of America’s exported goods — everything from cars to iPhones — while trimming profits for manufacturers.

The anemic growth could drive new concerns about the U.S.’s ability to fight off a series of major headwinds, including downturns in China and other major economies. Though the U.S. labor market remains strong, the nation is struggling to push back against two realities: Consumers across the world are buying less, and American products are becoming more expensive for them.

What a way to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the stimulus.  Go, summer of recovery!

What happens now?   

On the political field, this is bad news for Mrs. Clinton, or whoever the Democrat nominee is.  It’s hard to blame all of this on Bush, or the guy living in Dallas since 2009.

On the GOP side, it offers the nominee an opportunity to propose a “growth agenda” calling for tax reform and smaller government.

To be fair, we don’t know if the fourth quarter was an aberration or the beginning of a recession.  Either way, expect a lot of Americans to be talking about the economy around the proverbial kitchen table! 

Americans may be confused about the emails controversy, but they won’t be confused about an economic slowdown!

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January 31, 2016 at 5:00 am

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The poetry of Cástulo Gregorisch PLUS Fernando Hernandez

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January 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Let’s meet Nilda Cepero, Cuban American author & poet

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January 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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A good night for the GOP

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(My new American Thinker post)

Did anyone watch Mr Trump last night? I didn’t because I found the GOP debate extremely interesting. It reminded me of how strong the field is, or what we used to say last summer before Mr. Trump turned everything into a show about him.

My scorecard looks like this:  

Senator Rubio was smooth but not slick. I love the way he talks about the U.S. He is not rattled on his feet and his focus on national security is very smart at this time. By the way, a Luntz focus group liked him too.

Senator Cruz is very intelligent but the brainy kid often stays home on Prom Night. In other words, I don’t see him connecting with a general election audience as well as he does in a primary.

Senator Paul had a good night but he lost me months ago with his libertarian stuff.   

Governor Christie was excellent. I love the way that he speaks directly to the audience. It’s effective. He grows on you and putting New Jersey in play is a big deal.   

Governor Bush had his best night. I am not writing him off yet because we hear that he has a strong ground game in South Carolina. 

Governor Kasich was good. I understand now why he continues to gain endorsements in New Hampshire. Winning Ohio is a must so he may be on the ticket one way or another. 

Dr. Carson is a wonderful man but this debate format is not for him. He is not finished but it’s hard to see where he goes from here.  

Did I miss anyone? The early debate was good and it’s a shame that Huckabee was down there. I wish that Paul and Huckabee had traded places.

What about the Trump impact? I appreciate that he put important issues on the table and his attack on PC attitudes was long overdue. At the same time, last night’s debate proved that the GOP has a strong bench without him.  

Furthermore, will a President Trump treat the press like this? Wait until the liberal media jumps on the Clinton bandwagon and goes after him. It will make Megyn Kelly’s question look rather benign.

Who won?  Rubio probably did but this is a long season. Don’t put all of your eggs in any basket just yet.

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January 30, 2016 at 6:00 am

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Iowa 2016 and the GOP debate

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January 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm