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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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Democrats dream of an election without Obama

Frustrated and anxious Democrats grumble privately that their party’s prospects for 2012 would be “much improved” without President Barack Obama on the ticket and some are saying they won’t be contributing to his re-election campaign or campaigning for him next year. “I’ve had it. Obama is a failure to America and to the principles of the Democratic party,” says longtime activist Betty Ackerman of Chicago — Obama’s home town. “I wish he would pull a Lyndon and step down,” she added, referring to President Lyndon Johnson‘s decision not to seek re-election in the 1968 campaign. In private meetings at the
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Social Security recipients will get first benefit raise in three years

After two years with no benefit increases because the federal government claimed the cost of living had not gone up, America’s 55 million Social Security recipients will get their first cost of living raise since 2009. The Social Security Administration will make it official Wednesday — a 3.6 percent increase to monthly checks. Senior Citizens activists say the increase is long overdue. “The federal government lied to retirees for two years with their claims that the cost of living had not gone up in this country,” Shirley Messing, who runs a senior advocacy group in Washington, told Capitol Hill Blue.
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