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Obama plays the blame game

Obama plays the blame game

President Barack Obama is taking aim at Senate Republicans, accusing them of playing politics with measures that would extend benefits to the unemployed and increase lending to small businesses. Striking a deeply partisan tone in his weekly Saturday radio and online address, Obama said the GOP leadership has chosen to “filibuster our recovery and obstruct […]

Reid leads Angle in new poll

Reid leads Angle in new poll

A new poll shows Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid with a slight edge over Republican opponent and tea party favorite Sharron Angle in the campaign leading to the November election. The statewide telephone survey gives Reid a 44 percent to 37 percent lead over Angle, with a sampling error margin of plus or minus […]

Obama: Voters will decide his fate

Obama: Voters will decide his fate

President Barack Obama acknowledges that the fall elections could amount to a referendum on his stewardship of the nation’s affairs. Obama tells NBC in an interview that “nobody in the White House is satisfied” with continuing high unemployment. But he also says the midterm congressional elections could come down to “a choice between the policies […]

Bank bill passes but work remains

Bank bill passes but work remains

In the end, it’s only a beginning. The far-reaching new banking and consumer protection bill awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature now shifts from the politicians to the technocrats. The legislation gives regulators latitude and time to come up with new rules, requires scores of studies and, in some instances, depends on international agreements falling into […]

Oil leak plugged…for now

Oil leak plugged…for now

Now the wait begins. BP has finally gained control over one of America’s biggest environmental catastrophes by placing a carefully fitted cap over a runaway geyser that has been gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico since early spring. Engineers, politicians and Gulf residents will watch anxiously over the next day and a half to […]

Scandal never dies in New York

Scandal never dies in New York

Candidates for New York state attorney general, who have vowed stern enforcement of white collar crime, are also targeting corrupt politicians — a popular issue with voters. At least a dozen city and state politicians have been implicated in corruption scandals within the past year. It’s a familiar story for a system that has never […]

Obama promises to help angry House Democrats

Obama promises to help angry House Democrats

Facing criticism from House Democrats, President Barack Obama promised their leaders Wednesday night that he’ll actively support their agenda and Democratic lawmakers as they head into tough midterm elections this fall, according to a congressional leadership aide. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer were among those in the Oval Office meeting. The […]

Angle: Her campaign is ‘God’s calling’

Angle: Her campaign is ‘God’s calling’

Republican Sharron Angle says her campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada is “a calling” from God and that her faith is helping her endure a fiercely competitive race in which Democrats have depicted her as a conservative extremist. “When you have God in your life … he directs your path,” Angle […]

Tea Party billboard compares Obama to Hitler

Tea Party billboard compares Obama to Hitler

A billboard created by an Iowa tea party group that compares President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin is drawing sharp criticism — even from fellow tea party activists who have condemned it as offensive and a waste of money. The North Iowa Tea Party began displaying the billboard in downtown Mason City […]

Dems plan: Trap GOP on tough votes

Dems plan: Trap GOP on tough votes

President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats have settled on an agenda for the final weeks before Congress’ summer recess that could force Republicans to take tough votes on populist issues like unemployment insurance and a small business loan program. It comes with Democrats clawing for advantage amid a nasty political climate and in the face […]