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A State-by-State Historical Snapshot of Michelle Obama's SOTU Guest Lists

Arizona is just the 15th most populous state, but 13 of its residents have been guests of the First Lady during President Obama's first five addresses - highest in the nation.

A Year in Smart Politics

A look back at which political institutions were covered the most at Smart Politics in 2013.

10 Quotes by President Obama about Nelson Mandela

The 44th president quoted or referred to the South African leader an average of once every 88 days in office before his death.

Pollsters Ignoring Rick Perry's 2016 'Campaign'

Only two of 13 GOP 2016 primary polls conducted since April have included the Texas governor's name.

A Brief History of Presidential Red Lines

Prior to Obama, U.S. Presidents have been gun-shy to draw red lines with international relations and the threat of military force at stake (Obama owns 11 of the 13 such references); presidents have more commonly talked about actual red lines...on charts!

Could Scott Brown Win the Presidency?

Brown might be considering a presidential run, but very few presidents since Lincoln lost their last statewide race.

Pennsylvania Democrats Hope to Reverse History in 2014 Gubernatorial Race

Pennsylvanians have elected a governor of the party of the sitting president in only 1 of the last 19 contests dating back to 1938; Democrats are 1-16 since 1860 with a Democrat in the White House.

Scott Walker's Ticket to Ride: Obama in the White House?

Wisconsin voters have elected a governor from a different political party than the sitting president in 26 of the last 31 elections dating back to 1932; the GOP is 15-4 with a Democrat in the White House while Democrats are 1-18.

House GOP Leader Highlights Obama Connection

Although a frequent critic of the president and Obamacare, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam proudly underscores his old relationship with Obama on his House website.

George H.W. Bush: Hater of Broccoli

Obama may love the food, but the 41st President used his distaste for the green vegetable as a punchline dozens of times during his four years in office.

The Historically Undersized Pennsylvania Democratic US House Delegation

The 2012 cycle yielded the lowest number and percentage of major party Pennsylvania U.S. House members from the state's winning presidential candidate since the birth of the two-party system in 1828.

Scoreboard: Navy 21, Army 14 (Presidential Commencement Addresses)

Although it is 43 years its junior, the Naval Academy has hosted 50 percent more commencement addresses by sitting U.S. Presidents than West Point.

Tired of 'Scandals?' Try These Words On for Size

Some broadcast reporters and commentators have departed from the standard nomenclature and opened a thesaurus to give viewers a break from the Obama 'scandals.'

A Presidential Mother's Day Word Cloud

What words do presidents use as they honor women each year in presidential proclamations?

Gathering of the Presidents: Trivia Edition

Who was the last president to serve without any living ex-presidents? Who lived to see the most subsequent presidents? Who saw the most presidents die while in office?

Off the Radar? Chechnya Never Mentioned in Public by Obama

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush discussed the troubled region nearly 100 times over a 10-year period that saw two Chechen wars and high-profile terrorist acts that killed several hundred Russians.

Obama Has Mentioned Terrorism Nearly 1,500 Times as President

Although accused by some of being too gun-shy in using the term, the president has mentioned terrorism (and terror-derived words) an average of one time per day while in office.

How US Presidents Talked about Margaret Thatcher

One respected her more than any other world leader. One gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom...and another celebrated Meryl Streep's portrayal of her on film.

When Will Obama Stop Using the Term "Illegal Immigrant?"

The Associated Press has now officially dropped the term, but the President has mentioned "illegal immigrants" 28 times since taking office, including as recently as two months ago.

Harry Truman, Presidential Press Corps Used 'Wetback' Slur in 1950s

When Don Young was 18 years old, President Truman used the term "wetbacks" in a written message to Congress.



Political Crumbs

Mike Pence: 6 for 6?

Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence announced his reelection bid on Thursday. Since the state constitution was amended to allow governors to serve two consecutive four-year terms in 1972, all five of Pence's predecessors were victorious in their reelection campaigns: Republican Doc Bowan (1972, 1976), Republican Robert Orr (1980, 1984), Democrat Evan Bayh (1988, 1992), Democrat Frank O'Bannon (1996, 2000), and GOPer Mitch Daniels (2004, 2008). Pence, however, is the only one in this era to be elected with a plurality of the vote and the 49.5 percent he received in 2012 is the lowest support of any victorious gubernatorial nominee in the state since 1916 when Republican James Goodrich won with 47.6 percent.


Evolving?

When Scott Walker "punted" back in February after being asked if he was comfortable with the idea of evolution he added, "That's a question a politician shouldn't be involved in one way or the other." However, it may very well be a question that is asked at one of the upcoming GOP debates this year. In South Carolina during the first GOP debate in 2012, FOX News' Juan Williams asked Tim Pawlenty, "Do you equate the teaching of creationism with the teaching of evolution as the basis for what should be taught for our nation's schools?" Pawlenty replied, "There should be room in the curriculum for study of intelligent design" but that it was up to the local school districts if it should be in a science class or comparative theory class. At the fourth Republican debate held in California, Jon Huntsman addressed the GOP becoming "anti-science" thusly: "Listen, when you make comments that fly in the face of what 98 out of 100 climate scientists have said, when you call into question the science of evolution, all I'm saying is that, in order for the Republican Party to win, we can't run from science. We can't run from mainstream conservative philosophy."


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