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With a Supreme Court decision looming on health care, both sides prepare their spin

With a ruling by the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s so-called “health care reform” law expected as early as today, both sides of the contentious debate are waiting, spin-sheets in hand, for a decision that could frame the election this year. Both proponents and opponents have prepared contingency plans for dealing for what could either be a devastating blow to the plan or an endorsement of quasi-reform legislation that defined much of Obama’s first term. Some legal watchers feel the high court will — at least — declare the mandate forcing purchase of health insurance invalid
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Absent Scott Walker dominates right-wing confab in Las Vegas

The rabid right is rallying about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, praising him for beating the unions and the Democrats in their attempt to toss him out of office in a recall election two weeks ago. Walker’s overwhelming win gives conservatives some hope to offset losses in the Arizona special election to replace Gabriel Gifford and the eventual nomination of hated moderate Mitt Romney as the GOP standard bearer in this year’s Presidential election. The Wisconsin governor wasn’t present at a gathering of right wingers in Las Vegas this week but he was the hot topic of conversation and his victory
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Obama blames GOP for his failures but the joke’s on us

In his weekly radio address, President Barack Obama delivered his standing line to answer all the questions facing his failed administration:  It’s not his fault. Blame the Republicans. While the Republicans certainly have their problems when it comes to leadership — especially considering the flawed and failed Congress that they control — a real leader in the White House might have been able to overcome such obstacles.  Obama’s inexperience and inability to focus has exacerbated problems he inherited and created many new one as well. But in Obama’s world, he is blameless, so the message of the day in radio
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Holder proposes meeting with Issa over failed ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-running scheme

Beleaguered Attorney General Eric Holder, finding himself deeper and deeper into a career-threatening hole over the failed “Fast and Furious” gun smuggling scandal, wants to meet with Congressman Darrell Issa to try and find a way out of the mess. Holder sent a letter to Issa Thursday, saying he is finally prepared to turn over documents on how the failed program allowed scores of illegally-obtained guns to find their way to Mexico and used in crimes, including the slaying of U.S. border agent Brian Terry. Holder proposed a meeting by Monday to work out the details and to provide a
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In policy reversal, Pentagon will honor gay and lesbian troops

In a sharp reversal of it’s “look the other way” policy, the Pentagon will openly salute gay soldiers in June, abandoning the last vestiges of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that framed the military’s reluctant acceptance of homosexual personnel for nearly 20 years. Pentagon officials announced Thursday that they host an even to openly recognize gay and lesbian troops during June, which is gay pride month. Until the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy — put in place in 1993 — was repealed last September, more than 13000 soldiers were cashiered out of the military after admitting their sexual orientation.
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Virginia gets a gay judge

In Virginia, where homophobia thrives and the Klan still rallies in the mountains and valleys, a gay judge managed to survive a right-wing attempt to block his appointment as a district court judge when Richmond Circuit judges circumvented the Old Dominion’s General Assembly and make the appointment themselves. The judges voted to put Tracy Thorne-Bergland, an openly gay prosecutor, on the direct court bench just a few weeks after the Republican-controlled General Assembly rejected his appointment. Right-wing Virginia delegate Robert Marshall led the fight to block Thorne-Begland’s appointment, calling him “an aggressive activist for the pro-homosexual agenda.” Such hyperbole is
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Democrats’ lament: What do we do about Obama?

Throughout the halls of power in Washington, in the bars that cover Capitol Hill like litter and the power lunch spots along K Street, the political elite huddle over cocktails, sparkling water or $40 salads and ask one question: “What are we going to do about Barack Obama?” This hand-wringing comes not from Republicans seeking to end Obama’s presidency at one term but from Democrats, pundits, consultants and lobbyists who fret over the President’s lack of focus, his mixed messages and a stuttering campaign that bears little resemblance to the smooth-running machine that carried him into office four years ago.
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Shock and awe? Obama and Romney tied in latest CNN poll

CNN’s latest poll shows presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in a statistical dead heat with President Barack Obama. And in what could be worse news for Obama, who is pushing a campaign based on the economy, the poll also shows Americans split evenly over who could best handle the nation’s financial ills. Romney’s strength against the incumbent President is surprising a lot of people, including right-wing Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan. “That’s pretty amazing,” Ryan said on “Fox and Friends.”  “Being tied at this stage, given what President Obama is doing and what Romney is up against as a challenger
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Carville, other Democratic pros feel Obama is unfocused, out-of-touch with voters

Political strategist James Carville thinks President Barack Obama is blowing his chances for re-election with a risky economic message. Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America,” Carville said: I’m worried that when the White House or the campaign talks about the progress that’s being made, people take that as a signal that they think that things are fine and people don’t feel they ought to believe that. Carville is not alone.  Democratic political pros tell Capitol Hill Blue that the President appears unfocused and out-of-touch lately and worry about whether or not he can deliver a message that will resonate with
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