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Inside Politics w/ Bill Schneider - February '13

by Bill Schneider and Cole Mitchell

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In this month’s newsletter, Bill discusses the political repercussions of sequestration and austerity. Republicans believe Americans will take the spending cuts in stride. Democrats believe it will blow up in the Republicans’ face, like the government shutdown of 1995. Republicans also believe that if they keep Congress fixated on an unending fiscal crisis, it won’t have to pay any attention to the programs President Obama proposed in his State of the Union.

On p.3 we preview the Democratic senators up for reelection next year in red states and swing states, and look at why most Americans now believe the federal government is a threat.

In the infographic on p.4, we explore the growing partisan divide by taking a look at the historic party gap in presidential approval ratings.

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