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Judge rules key part of Obamacare unconstitutional

A federal judge in Washington ruled Monday that a key part of President Barack Obama‘s health care law is unconstitutional because the feds can’t force Americans to buy insurance. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson said no court in the nation has expanded the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to allow regulation of an individual’s decision to buy or not to buy a product. The decision invalidates a key part of Obama’s landmark health care plan and sends the case to the courts where the who issue of mandatory health insurance could become moot. Several states have already said they
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Tax bill foes say ‘yes, damn it,’ it will pass

With the White House stepping up pressure and even bringing in former President Bill Clinton as the closer, even foes of the Obama tax cut deal see it passing and passing soon. Obama chief advisor David Axelrod acknowledged the tough battle will be in the House, which has rejected the legislation already but the aide predicted the administration will broker enough changes to pull off the deal. “We believe that when it comes back to the House, that we will get a vote, and that we’ll prevail there, because at the end of the day, no one wants to see
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Bloomberg on Presidency: ‘No way, no how’

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg showed up on Meet the Press Sunday and host David Gregory handed down the standard question: “Will you for President?” Blumenthal churned out the usual answer: “No way, no how.” Politicians with Presidential ambitions usually deny any plans to seek the big job. Then many of them do. As a novice Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama was asked if he planed a run for President. “No way,” he said. “No how.” Sound familiar?
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Social Security advocates say tax cuts will hurt program

President Barack Obama’s plan to cut payroll taxes for a year would provide big savings for many workers, but makes Social Security advocates nervous that it could jeopardize the retirement program’s finances. The plan is part of a package of tax cuts and extended unemployment benefits that Obama negotiated with Senate Republican leaders. It would cut workers’ share of Social Security taxes by nearly one-third for 2011. Workers making $50,000 in wages would get a $1,000 tax cut; those making $100,000 would get a $2,000 tax cut. The government would borrow about $112 billion to make Social Security whole. Advocates
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The impossible dream is just that

‘They had so much hope, so much hype and so much promise for change, this new Congress of 2008 when they swept into power two years ago with Barack Obama at the helm and a trustful nation behind them. Now, with time running out, with so little accomplished and so little consensus, the bitter Congress that can do has become the petty, little legislative body that can’t — a mere shadow of itself running hither and yon as time runs out and the great mantle of hope is reduced to the ashes of political reality. In reality, we expected too
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Don’t think ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ fight is over. It’s not

Advocates of a bill that would overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy say their fight for repeal this year is far from over despite failing to pass the Senate with only days left in the lame-duck session. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the legislation, which would have lifted the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. The measure was tucked into a broader defense policy bill and had passed the House last spring. It failed in a 57-40 test vote, falling three votes short of the 60 needed to advance. GOP senators mostly united in defeating the measure
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Obama admits tax plan is far from perfect

President Barack Obama calls his tax-cut agreement with Republicans far from perfect but a good deal overall for Americans, while acknowledging that many fellow Democrats aren’t happy about what he negotiated with the GOP. Pressing for passage by year’s end, he told lawmakers in his radio and Internet address Saturday that “our recovery will be strengthened or weakened based on the choice that now rests with Congress.” The deal would extend for all earners cuts in income tax rates that are set to expire next month. It would renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and trim Social Security taxes
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Democratic mistakes, Tea Party success turn McConnell into power player

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has long been the butt of many Washington jokes, from the more than 200 cartoons that hang on his office wall to the fact that he was the first big-name establishent Republican to suffer defeat at the polls at the hands of the upstart Tea Party. After all, it was Rand Paul who shocked political observers by knocking off McConnell’s hand-picked candidate for Kentuckey’s open Senate seat primary this year. Now Paul is the junior Senator from Kentucky and Paul, wheher he likes it or now, must consider the often off-the-wall Rand a colleague. But Paul
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Obama’s tax bill turns into a Christmas tree

‘ Tis the season and President Barack Obama‘s controversial grab bag of tax cuts, unemployment benefits and other goodies is turning into a typical “Christmas tree” legislation that packs a log of gifts for lawmakers in exchange for help. But the question remains over whether even packing the bill with lard, and bringing in former President Bill Clinton as a closer can seal the deal as the the lame duck session winds down and Republicans lie in wait to turn the next Congress into even more of a zoo. One way or another, a vote must come next week and
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Obama the butt of jokes, anger from his own party

Poor Barack Obama. His critics say he’s the new Ronald Reagan. They joke about him at caucus meetings and call him names openly in front of colleagues. They say he is an embarassment to liberals, a sell-out to his supporters and the biggest Democratic joke since Jimmy Carter. And all this is coming from Democrats. Lately, Obama is garnering more praise from Republicans, conservatives and even a right-wing radio host or two. Democrats? They wonder just h0w in the hell this guy got in the door. “Obama is easily the biggest embarassment to the party since Jimmy Carter went on
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