On the assumption that my subjective feeling is correct, I want to ask why. A few ideas:
1. They're losing readers, and they think they are losing readers to softer media and it will help to soften up.
2. They're losing money, and they've cut back, so what we're seeing is filler.
3. They know their readership is largely female, and they think fluffier stuff is what women want.
4. They just love Barack Obama so darned much that they want lots of comfy newspaper-upholstery for him to loll about on.