Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

No. 97

State of the Nation

There was a sharp change between January 2009 and January 2010 in the number of folks thinking that the country is going in the right direction, from 20% in 2009 to 36% today. There was little change from January 2010...

President Obama

What a difference 3 months have made in how the country views the job being done by President Obama. Here is the result of an averaging of 4 media surveys for October 2010 and January 2011. Approve Disapprove January 2011...

The Congress

At this time in 2009 there were 58 Democrats in the Senate (including 2 Independents) and 1 vacancy. By July 2009, the Democrat caucus had 60 Senators, including the Independents. Theoretically, the caucus had the capacity to end any filibuster....

Restaurant: Gateaux

Closter, NJ: We drove around, looking for a place to stop for coffee and tea, and happened upon Gateaux, a Korean bakery and café.

Restaurant: Ris

Washington, DC: On this evening the crowd was reasonably sized and generally calmer than I had previously experienced.

Ace Hardware

Washington, DC: This piece about the Tenleytown Ace Hardware does not signal that WW is now going to regularly review hardware stores.