Ever since President Obama won re-election, the news media and their pundits want us to think the Republican Party is in steep decline. But nothing could be further from the truth. Obama won only 51.1 percent of the popular vote, hardly a strong vote of confidence in his presidency -- though he managed to turn out just enough voters in a handful of swing states to win 332 electoral votes.
It was a relief to see gold finally react to currency valuations as the precious metal had stubbornly refused to move higher despite gains by the euro against the dollar in previous trading days.
As he prepares for the second debate, Obama faces a major dilemma: how to be more aggressive without jeopardizing his alleged likability, the main thing he supposedly has going for him with voters