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Senate approves funding bill, averting shutdown

In what has become business-as-usual on Capitol Hill, Congress cut a last minute deal Monday night, avoiding a partial government shutdown, assuring continued assistance to those hit by disasters and funding the government past the beginning of the new fiscal year Saturday. The Senate, after first blocking a House-approved funding measure, passed a compromise bill 79-12 and sent it to the House, where approval is expected. The Federal Emergency Management Agency helped broker a deal when it disclosed that it had enough funds to find disaster relief efforts through Friday — the end of the fiscal year.  The House bill
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Obama: Republicans would ‘cripple’ America

President Barack Obama continued his march to the left Sunday, unleashing a blistering attack against Republicans, charging them with trying to “cripple” America through what he called regressive policies. “From the moment I took office,” he said, “what we’ve seen is a constant ideological pushback against any kind of sensible reforms that would make out economy work better and give people more opportunity.” Republicans, Obama added, will “fundamentally cripple America” if their programs are enacted and their philosophy is followed. Obama hammered his messages home on campaign swings through California and Seattle, appearing at events and fundraisers hosted by his
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Obama to blacks: Stop whining and get to work

President Barack Obama, under fire from African-Americans for what they see as his inattention to their needs — fired back at the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus Saturday night, telling blacks to stop whining and get to work helping him win a second term. “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” Obama told the audience. “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’ Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.” The crowd cheered and applauded the President’s rallying cry. Obama admitted times are tough — especially on the black
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Michelle who?

Remember Michele Bachmann?  She used to be a candidate for the Republican nomination for President. No, she hasn’t dropped out of the race. Not yet. But she might as well do so because she has become less than an afterthought in a campaign season where political stars grab the spotlight and then fade faster than a cigarette smoke ring. At the GOP debate in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, Fox News put Rick Perry and Mitt Romney side-by-side and directed most of the questions at the two men considered the front-runners in what is currently called a two-man race for the
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Another government shutdown threat looms large

The debt deal back in August was supposed to end the threat of government shutdowns for the near future. But a new budget impasse created by sharp partisan disputes has created another threat. A stopgap federal spending bill passed by the Republican-controlled House appears dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled Senate and now there’s talk once again of shutting down the government if some agreement is not forthcoming soon. The impasse also threatens much-needed funding for disaster relief for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which says it will run out of money next week. Which could be a problem because
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Voters to Obama: Stop blaming Bush for your economic mess

After three years of having the luxury of previous President George W. Bush to blame for the nation’s economic ills, President Barack Obama is finding that passing the buck to his predecessor isn’t selling with American voters. A new poll by Gallup, 53 percent of those surveyed now say he bears blame for the sagging economy — the first time that a majority nailed the current President for responsibility. Since his election, Obama has tried to shift the blame for the nation’s economic mess to Bush. Gallup found that message no longer works. “It doesn’t look good,” a Democratic insider
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GOP debate: The decline of Rick Perry continues

GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Perry may be seeking a chance to oppose President Barack Obama in the 2012 election but first they must find a way to defeat each other, so they spent most of Thursday night’s debate in Orlando, Florida going after each other. In a setting where style often supplants substance, Romney appeared more presidential and Perry once again spent most of the evening on the defensive and showing flashes of anger when pressured over his own words and actions. The Texas governor blew a foreign policy question, missed opportunities to score points against Romney
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Even blacks are fed up with Barack Obama

Support for fading President Barack Obama among African Americans has dropped considerable, plummeting 25 percentage points in a new Washington Post-ABC news poll. The numbers echo Obama’s falling fortunes among other voter groups but also show that blacks can no longer put the fact that the President is one of their own over the nation’s growing unemployment rates that hit them the harest. Black voters used to be Obama’s strongest supporters.  No longer. Besides unemployment, black political leaders say the President is not doing enough to help their causes and African American voters express dissatisfaction with his Presidency. “Face it,
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Is Sarah Palin close to a decision on running for President?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is close to making an announcement on her Presidential ambitions and her political action committee is hyping the pending decision in its latest fundraising letter. “It’s one of the most difficult and important decisions of her life,” says the Sept. 20 letter signed by Tim Crawford, treasurer of SarahPAC.  “And I want her to know that she has our support.” The letter sounds traditional Palin campaign themes:  President Barack Obama is a socialist who is driving America “to European Socialism” and his actions on the economy have plunged the nation into a crisis worse than
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House Republicans embarrass their leaders with funding rejection

Rebellious Republicans thumbed their noses at their leaders in the House of Representative Wednesday and defeated a GOP-sponsored bill that would have funded the federal government beyond Sept. 30. The defeat — a clear embarrassment for GOP leaders — could create further jitters in a nervous economy. The bill went down to a crushing defeat with 48 conservative Republicans joining with Democrats in a lopsided 230-195 vote. Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) took the loss hard. “This is a sausage factory,” Rogers told reporters after the vote. Defeat of the bill could revive the crisis atmosphere that ruled Congress
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