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More than half – 51 percent – of America’s millennials who say they will “definitely be voting” in November prefer a Republican-run Congress, with only 47 percent favoring Democrat control, according to a Harvard Institute of Politics poll.

This marks a significant departure from the institute’s findings before the 2010 midterm elections, when America’s 18-29 year olds who were definitely voting favored Democrats 55 percent to 43 percent.

Institute director Maggie Williams described the youth vote as “politically up for grabs” and a potential “swing vote” for control of Congress in a conference call to announce the results.

“The message to political candidates is clear: Ignore millennial voters at your peril,” Williams said.

What’s more, the poll found that only 43 percent of millennials approve of President Obama’s job performance, while 53 percent disapprove. It is his second-lowest rating in the institute’s polls since he took office. The figures are only slightly worse for Obama among those who will “definitely be voting”: 42 percent approve, 56 percent disapprove.

The results showed a stark divide in presidential approval along racial and ethnic lines. Only three in 10 young whites approve of the president’s performance, while nearly eight in 10 young blacks approve. Hispanic youth approval fell to 49 percent, down from 60 percent just six months ago.

Director of Polling John Della Volpe described youth voters as “a little bit less Democratic” than during Obama’s first term, speaking on the conference call. Factoring in the voting likelihood of all millennials, more 18-29 year olds prefer a Democrat-controlled Congress than a Republican one (50 percent to 43 percent), Della Volpe said – but the age group has become less supportive of the party.

“A lot of it comes down to turnout,” Della Volpe said. “It seems that young Republicans are more likely to participate next week.”

The poll also surveyed voters about terrorism threats. More than six in 10 millennials say they are “a great deal” or “somewhat” worried about another terrorist attack, with young women (66 percent) more afraid than men (56 percent).

A plurality – 39 percent – supports the president’s expansion of the U.S. air campaign against ISIS. Twenty percent oppose the expansion of air strikes, while 38 percent are unsure.

The institute survey of 2,029 18-29 year-old U.S. citizens was conducted Sept. 26-Oct. 9 with a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of 2.6 percent.

College Fix reporter Michael Cipriano is a student at American University.

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Georgetown University sociology Professor Michael Eric Dyson not only likened President Obama to Jesus in a recent television appearance, but admitted many of the president’s supporters really look at him as a savior, and possibly thee savior:

“Now, Eric Holder is great!  Let me tell you what, Eric Holder, one of, what, five most powerful black figures EVER?  Obama, Holder, Clyburn, William Gray.  These figures have been extraordinarily important in politics.  But, you know, I’m a Christian preacher and God finally said, ‘Look, I can’t send nobody else, I got to go myself.’  And I ain’t sayin’ that Obama is Jesus, but for many of his followers he is.  But I’m saying, show up dog, and show us that you are seriously committed to the interests of your people, because your presence says something louder than even your words.”

So, I guess the message here is Obama is sorta, kinda Jesus – but he’s not doing a great job for his “people.” In the words of the esteemed professor: Show up, dog!

By the way, Dyson – named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans – is not the only professor who has compared Obama with Jesus.

There was also The Gospel According to Apostle Barack,” the title of a book penned by a Florida A&M University professor who compares Jesus with Obama and says God told her in a dream to write it.

p.s. Eric Holder is one of the worst attorney generals in this country’s history.

h/t Western Journalism

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Now here’s an idea!

Renowned University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds – addressing rumors that President Obama might employ executive action to grant blanket amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants (thereby sidestepping the required Congressional approval for such a move) – turns to the U.S. Constitution for answers.

Reynolds writes:

Such an action would be an extraconstitutional coup, entirely justifying the impeachment talk.

Actually, it might justify more. I can imagine governors — Rick Perry, perhaps — simply taking matters into their own hands. They’d have a better argument for self-help there under the Constitution — Article I sec. 10′s authorization to go to war when actually invaded, or in such danger as will admit of no delay — and the federal government’s default on its duty under the Constitution to protect them from invasion. There’s a lot of room for constitutional self-help there, and realistically what’s Obama going to do about it?

And therein lies how concerned Americans must combat Obama’s abuses of power; not with rhetoric – but with the rights outlined in that beautiful and brilliant document our Founding Fathers left us. Here is the specific clause regarding states’ rights:

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

Even if that clause’s intent was regarding a uniformed military invasion, make no mistake – our southern border is absolutely being invaded today by a different type of army – and amnesty would only guarantee that many, many more will try to subvert our laws and storm the border. And if the federal government won’t defend our borders – maybe the states will.

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Just as former Vice President Al Gore did recently at Princeton, president Obama chose to focus on the issue of global warming in his commencement address at the University of California, Irvine, calling those who question the scientific evidence for man-made global warming a “radical fringe” who shouldn’t be taken seriously.

“The question is not whether we need to act” on climate change, Obama said. “The overwhelming judgment of science, accumulated and measured and reviewed over decades, has put that question to rest. The question is whether we have the will to act before it’s too late.”

The speech and creation of the fund follow Obama’s announcement earlier this month of plans to cut power-plant emissions, the nation’s largest source of carbon dioxide, by 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

“When President Kennedy set us on a course for the moon, there were a number of people who made a serious case that it wouldn’t be worth it,” Obama said. “But nobody ignored the science. I don’t remember anyone saying the moon wasn’t there, or that it was made of cheese.”

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President Barack Obama, perhaps one of the greatest BS-ers of all time, recently divulged where he fined-tuned his skills: college.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that during a Q&A hosted by Tumblr on Tuesday, one user asked Obama how America could “promote growth in STEM fields without putting humanities on the back burner.”

“First of all,” Obama began, “I want to say, I was a humanities major. So I majored in political science and minored in English.”

But according to Obama, those majors blossomed from a desire to slack off during high school. “I actually loved math and science until I got into high school,” he reminisced, “and then I misspent those years. And the thing about the humanities was, you could kind of talk your way through classes, which you couldn’t do in math and science, right?”

Right you are, Mr. President. Thank you for that brief moment of honesty. It’s so rare coming from you nowadays.

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USA Today reports on the latest job-hunting tactic for this generation of debt-addled, underemployed college grads: Stand outside with a cardboard sign.

That’s right. Call it panhandling for the B.A. set.

USA Today interviewed students at the University of South Florida who have taken tot he streets with hand-made signs in an attempt to land a job.

In the Tampa Bay area, many college grads are finding themselves without a job, and some are trying creative ways to find one.

“I figured it’d be a great way to separate us from the rest,” says Damian Romero of his strategy. Both he and Jarod Fluck recently graduated from the University of South Florida and are now looking for a job.

“We’ve tried a couple of job expos and tried getting in touch with employers,” says Romero…

So far, the pair has yet to land a job in this manner.

As one of them explains later on the interview, “It’s tough out there.”

But there’s more to this story than a few chuckles. Coming just day after the president announced a new effort to ease repayment burdens for Americans with student loan debt, the panhandling-for-jobs routine dramatizes the problem with the president’s approach. Grads are struggling, in large part, because student loans are to easy to get and too abundant. By making it even easier to for students to borrow money, the president is all but ensuring that overall debt levels for graduates will continue to rise.

Lots of cheap, easy-to-borrow funds means that students are able to pay more, and universities are able to charge more. The runaway inflation of tuition prices in the U.S. over the last thirty years is largely due to misguided notion that providing lots of easy loans will produce a more prosperous population. That’s only partly true. Because the greater the number of people with college degrees, the less value a degree holds in the marketplace. And the more federally backed student loan dollar there are out there, the less incentive students have to save and the more incentive colleges have to spend.

What you end up with is degrees that cost more and have ultimately are worth less. The B.A. has now become a kind of substitute for the high school diploma. And while it may be essential in many fields for landing even an entry level job. The job market remains tough, and ever larger student debt levels is the likely outcome of president Obama’s latest plan to east pressure on borrowers.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

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