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Democrats and Republicans alike worry about Obamacare

Seems all sides are nervous about Obamacare. Republicans in the House of Representatives voted Friday for the 40th time to repeal parts or all of the health care “reform” law, this time saying the scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service can’t do anything when it comes to the act. In Milwaukee, Democratic governors admit they are nervous about getting the new law implemented in their states while Republican governors around the country openly do anything they can to resist it. “There’s some angst, and you can see that from the decision the administration made a couple of week ago,” Delaware Gov. Mack
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Doug Thompson returning to Capitol Hill Blue

Capitol Hill Blue founder and publisher Doug Thompson returns to writing about politics and the hypocrisy of government, as well as the day-to-day supervision of the oldest political news web site on the Internet, on Monday, August 5, 2013. Although his return is not fully authorized by the doctors who have supervised his recovery from a near-fatal motorcycle accident on November 9, 2012 that left him with multiple broken bones, a dislocated eye, facial damage and traumatic brain injury, he feels that he needs to return to writing and move forward. “At the time of my motorcycle accident, I was
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No spending, no tax reform

President Barack Obama says there are no gimmicks to grow the economy — just difficult steps that require Washington’s focus. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is promoting a plan he says can break through gridlock. He’s calling it a grand bargain for the middle class. Obama says he’s willing to work with Republicans to reform the tax code for businesses. That would mean lowering rates but ending many loopholes and deductions. But Obama says he’ll only do it if money generated is used for infrastructure, training and job growth. In the Republican address, Sen. Susan Collins of
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Dire warnings against standoff

The nation’s governors have a warning for President Barack Obama and Congress: A fiscal standoff in Washington this fall could be catastrophic for states already feeling the fallout of sweeping cuts in federal spending. “When there’s uncertainty in Washington, D.C., that uncertainty can affect our economic climate and revenue growth,” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a former U.S. House member, said Friday. She echoed the concerns of her counterparts in other states at their annual three-day summer conference. The meeting opens on the same day Congress was leaving Washington for a five-week break with key pieces of consequential work unfinished. “All
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Al-Qaida attack looming?

The United States issued an extraordinary global travel warning to Americans Friday about the threat of an al-Qaida attack and closed down 21 embassies and consulates across the Muslim world for the weekend. The alert was the first of its kind since an announcement preceding the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This one comes with the scars still fresh from last year’s deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and with the Obama administration and Congress determined to prevent any similar breach of an American Embassy or consulate. “There is a significant threat
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Obama faces spying critics

Struggling to salvage a massive surveillance program, President Barack Obama faced congressional critics of the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ telephone records Thursday as snowballing concerns made new limitations on the intelligence effort appear increasingly likely. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden joined lawmakers on both sides of the issue for an Oval Office meeting designed to stem the bleeding of public support and show Obama was serious about engaging. Among the participants were the NSA’s most vigorous congressional supporters — the top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate intelligence panels — alongside its most stern critics,
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40th vote to repeal Obamacare?

Maybe the 40th vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law will be a charm for opponents of the overhaul. House Republicans are scheduled to vote Friday on a bill that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing or implementing any part of the law they call “Obamacare.” It’ll mark the 40th vote by the Republican-controlled House to repeal some or all of the law. Such measures have died in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Next year, the IRS will begin enforcing the requirement that most individuals have health insurance, collecting fines from people who don’t. The IRS also will
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Budgets? What budgets?

Leaving piles of unfinished business for the fall, Congress began exiting Washington Thursday for a five-week vacation with its accomplishments few, its efforts at budgeting in tatters and its collective nerves frayed by months of feuding. The House’s chief accomplishment for the week was a bipartisan Wednesday vote to deal with spiking student loan interest rates, readying that legislation for President Barack Obama’s signature. But that bit of progress came the very day that a Republican strategy of embracing painful automatic budget cuts imploded with the collapse of a major transportation and housing bill. That measure fell victim, top lawmakers
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Road bill hits GOP pothole

A measure awarding generous funding to road and bridge projects, community development grants and housing help for the poor is running into stiff Republican opposition in the Senate. The bill appeared likely to fall prey Thursday to a filibuster by Republicans unhappy that the legislation breaks through budget limits required by automatic spending cuts known as budget sequestration. “Voting for appropriations legislation that blatantly violates budget reforms already agreed to by both parties moves our country in exactly, exactly the wrong direction,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said. Far more austere companion legislation was pulled off the House floor
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Weiner’s woes help Quinn

Mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn suddenly finds herself in demand on national political television talk shows, and they all want to ask her the same question: Should Anthony Weiner drop out of the race? Quinn, the pugnacious City Council speaker who has now vaulted ahead of the former congressman in the wake of his latest sexting scandal, answers questions about her embattled rival the same way: She touts her own track record while carefully disparaging his “pattern of reckless behavior.” But, unlike other Democratic rivals, Quinn has always stopped short of calling for Weiner to bow out. Truth is, she may
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