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Chris Christie says ‘no,’ again, on run for president

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday said — once again — that “no” means “no.” Christie said he’s not running for the GOP nomination for President and won’t be talked into it. “It just doesn’t feel right,” Christie said. “What I always thought was the right decision remains the right decision,” Christie told reporters in a press conference in New Jersey. “Now is not my time.” Christie admitted he reconsidered his earlier decision not to run because of increasing pressure from well-heeled Republican donors not happy with the current slate of GOP candidates. “I felt an obligation to seriously consider
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Obama admits America is worse off under his presidency

President Barack Obama admitted Monday that the America he sought to lead four years ago is not better off now than it was then but — as is his style — stopped short of accepting the blame for the nation’s woes. Said Obama in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: They’re not better off then they were before Lehman’s collapse, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession that we’re going through.  I think that what we’ve seen is that we’ve been able to make steady progress to stabilize the economy, but the unemployment rate is still way too high.
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Rick Perry’s racist hunting camp name raises questions

GOP Presidential contender Rick Perry‘s family hunting camp was once called “Niggerhead.” Perry says his father changed the name of the camp in West Texas after he purchased it but legislators and other invited guests said the name still appeared on a large rock at the camp’s entrance when Perry hosted guests at the camp early in his political career. The controversy raises new questions about racism that has haunted Perry in the past and could drive another nail in the coffin of his rapidly-failing bid to win the GOP nomination for President. Perry now claims the camp’s name was
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Is Chris Christie too fat to be President?

Chris Christie jokeS that his weight once hit 550 pounds.  He won’t say how much he weighs right now but the rotund New Jersey Governor is the fattest Presidential contender in many years and is drawing comparisons to William Howard Taft, who tipped the scales at 340 pounds when he won the Presidency in 1908. After courting Christie to run for President, GOP insiders now worry that he is too fat to be a serious Presidential candidate. Some worry that a President who isn’t fit can’t hold up to the pressures of the Oval Office. Others dismiss a fat candidate
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Obama chastises GOP candidates for silence on gay rights

President Barack Obama, obviously angry at GOP rivals who sidestep the contentious issue of gays in the military, Saturday said that anyone who desires to become commander in chief of America’s armed forces must support everyone in uniform — including those of different sexual persuasions. “You want to be commander in chief?  You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient,” Obama told those attending the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights organization. “We don’t believe in standing silent.” Obama’s remarks
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GOP voters not happy with Romney but he’ll do in a pinch

Republican voters, showing little enthusiasm for the current crop of candidates for President, are slowly embracing former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney not because they have any enthusiasm for him but because he seems — at the moment — to be the best chance the party has to beat Barack Obama in 2012 It’s the old political game of the “lesser of all evils” for frustrated Republicans who wonder where the all the good candidates have gone — assuming the party has any good candidates to offer up against an unpopular President who should be easy to beat. “I don’t really
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Good news, bad news for both parties

Nine out of 10 Americans think the nation’s economy is in the crapper and most of them still blame former President George W. Bush and the Republican Party. That’s the finding of a CNN/ORC poll released Friday.  It’s the second time since 1997 that so many Americans have felt so much doom and gloom about the economy. According to the poll, 52 percent of those surveyed say Bush and the Republican Party are responsible for the nation’s economic mess while 32 percent blame current President Barack Obama and Democrats. But the poll does not bring joy to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
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Google, Facebook go right-wing

Internet giants Google and Facebook have gone right — right wing that is — hiring Republican operatives as lobbyists as both boost their Washington presence in an effort to influence legislation. Google, long known for its left-leaning political persuasion, is suddenly dumping money into right-wing organizations like The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Republican Governors Association, The Republican Attorneys General Association and the Republican State Crossroads Committee. Some companies hire lobbyists. Google hires entire lobbying firms — 18 of them in the last few months.  And last week, Google teamed with right-leaning Fox News
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Public’s opinion of government: ‘You stink!’

Americans may be sharply divided on many fronts but they can agree when it comes those who run the government. Congress stinks and anyone who seeks or holds public office ain’t that hot either. Gallup’s latest poll says 81 percent of Americans are unhappy with how the country is bgeing run — the highest level of disapproval ever recorded by the veteran polling organization. Unhappiness runs highest among Republicans where 92 percent say they are fed up even though the GOP controls the House of Representatives. Among Democrats, dissatisfaction stands at 65 percent. A record high 69 percent express “little
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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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