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Obama’s nightmare: Romney as the GOP nominee

At White House political meetings, strategists worry most about facing Mitt Romney in next year’s presidential election and most of the planning is going into ways to blunt the former Massachusetts governor’s march to the GOP nomination. “We had hoped Rick Perry could derail the Romney express,” says one White House insider, who asked not to be identified.  “So much for that plan.” Despite former Godfather CEO Herman Cain‘s rise to the top tier of Republican presidential contenders, Obama‘s political pros don’t consider him a serious threat to either Romney or the president. “Cain will fade,” says political strategist Allen
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Democratic supporters of Obama: A dying breed?

Democratic dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama is growing on Capitol Hill. It reached a boiling point recently when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cut short a private lunch of Democratic Senators after one stood up to say how much he missed the “good old days” when Bill Clinton was President. “This is not going to continue,” Reid declared as he cut the lunch short, warning his colleagues that Obama is the leader of their party and will not be disrespected during his watch. But Reid, by and large, stands alone as a staunch supporter of Obama. Democratic Senators facing touch
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Obama turns to ‘executive orders’ to bypass Congress

President Barack Obama is turning to executive orders to do a political end run around Congress to try and jumpstart his stalled jobs program and promote other economic initiatives. And political insiders say the moves are more political theater than economic reality. “Any economic policy benefits are, at best, small but there are political bonuses for the president,” Don Halloway, a former Republican staff member of the House Budget Committee, tells Capitol Hill Blue. White House Communications Director Dan Pfieffer confirmed that Obama will bypass Congress by issuing executive orders to launch economic initiatives. “The President will use these tools
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Georgia went after Herman Cain for unpaid taxes

Republican Presidential contender Herman Cain may claim to have the answer to America’s tax problems but he has problems when it comes to paying what he owes. Public records show Cain failed to pay income taxes to the State of Georgia in 2006 and the state went after him for it, filing a lein in 2008 for $8,558.46 in unpaid assessments. Cain, the former Godfathers Pizza CEO and a multimillionaire, claims the whole deal was just “an oversight” and came while he was battling cancer. Cain’s campaign calls the whole affair an example of “overaggressive tax enforcement” and says it
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Bachmann’s campaign chaos: ‘Rude, unprofessional, dishonest’

Michelle Bachmann‘s fading campaign for President continues to self-destruct. Her New Hampshire campaign staff resigned en masse last week and have now released a statement saying the campaign is “unprofessional” and “dishonest.” The problems that “Team-NH” had was with the national campaign stafff, not Bachmann herself but the statement makes it clear that the campaign is in chaos. Said the statement: The manner in which some in the national team conducted themselves towards Team-­NH was rude,unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel. But more concerning was how abrasive, discourteous, and dismissive some within the national team were towards many New Hampshire
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Americans doubt the Iraq war is really coming to an end

Interviews with Americans across the country found little jubilation and much skepticism over President Barack Obama‘s announcement that the Iraq war is over and U.S. troops, for the most part, are coming home. “I don’t believe it for a second,” Andrew Atkins of St. Louis told Capitol Hill Blue in a telephone interview Saturday.  “Obama is lying to save his political ass.” Susan Haskins of Toledo reflected the same doubts. “How long has it been since we saw that stupid ‘Mission Accomplished‘ banner on TV?  We’ve heard too many lies too many times,” she said. “I’ll believe it when I
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Is Herman Cain ready for the big leagues?

Who is the real Herman Cain? That’s a question haunting the current Republican flavor of the month in the 2012 Presidential sweepstakes. Like others who preceded him as a brief contender to the front runner mantle, Cain is withering under the spotlight of national scrutiny as more and more of his contradictions, misstatements and outright flubs emerge. Cain said he opposes laws banning abortion because the government “shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make.”  That didn’t sit well with the right-wing that is looking for somebody,
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Republicans cautious in glee over Gadhafi’s death

News of the death of Libyan strongman Mommar Gadhafi spread through Capitol Hill Thursday and brought mostly relief, some skepticism and bad news for Republicans who saw another opportunity to criticize President Barack Obama slip away. “Every time a despot falls we lose a chance to nail Obama for foreign policy failures,” grumbled a GOP staff member for the Senate foreign relations committee.  “With bin Laden gone and now Gadhafi, we’re running out of fodder on foreign policy issues.” While the death of Gadhafi isn’t seen as a political boon for Obama with voters it could give him some relief
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Gadhafi killed by Libyan rebels

Pentagon sources told Capitol Hill Blue Thursday morning that embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is dead, reportedly killed by rebel soldiers after they captured his home town of Sirte in Libya. “The word we have is that he’s dead.  We can’t confirm it at this point but it’s looking good,” says a Pentagon source. The unconfirmed report emerged this morning that the ruthless dictator was shot as he tried to flee from captors just outside Sirte and and died from his wounds. Triumphant rebels distributed a gory cell photo that they said was the bloody body of the deposed Libyan
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Republican plan for 2012: Stall economic recovery

Republican party strategists hoping to hold on to control of the House, take over the Senate and recapture the White House have a simple plan for 2012:  Keep the nation’s economy in chaos and hope the fallout dooms President Barack Obama‘s re-election and takes other Democrats down with him. GOP strategists tell Capitol Hill Blue that keeping the nation in economic despair helps Republicans and is the best election ploy for the party. “It’s a risky strategy because some polls show voters blaming Republicans as much as Democrats and in some cases more,” says one GOP operative who asked not
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