What should be the big issues of the 2008 presidential election?
Andrew Kohut: Iraq will be the major issue. Conceivably the economy, too. There’s a great deal of concern about . . . about healthcare. But the major issue will be what the issue has always been in . . . in . . . in a presidential election. It is how good has the last president . . . How good a job has the last president done? Presidential elections are referendums on the times. And right now the referendum on the times would suggest people are very unhappy and they want change.
Recorded on: 9/14/07
The retiring President's legacy is always a subject of debate, Kohut says.
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This economy has us in survival mode, stressing out our bodies and minds.
- Economic hardship is linked to physical and psychological illness, resulting in added healthcare expenses people can't afford.
- The gig economy – think Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, Handy – is marketed as a 'be your own boss' revolution, but it can be dehumanizing and dangerous; every worker is disposable.
- The cooperative business model can help reverse wealth inequality.
Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.
- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
- British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
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