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Once again, Obama plays fast and loose with facts

You might say President Barack Obama cut himself some extra margin of error when he claimed 80 percent of Americans want the debt crisis solved with a mix of tax increases and spending cuts. Polling does suggest, as Obama said, that Americans overall and even Republican voters are open to higher taxes as part of the solution. But claiming support from 8 in 10 people was a reach. A look at his statements on Friday about polling and how they compare with the actual findings: OBAMA: “You have 80 percent of the American people who support a balanced approach. Eighty
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Newt’s run for President: A campaign on life support

His presidential campaign on life support, Newt Gingrich ran into the county coroner at a recent tea party event in South Carolina. “I’m not here because you’re looking ill or anything,” Rae Wooten assured the former U.S. House speaker at Tuesday’s event in North Charleston. A chuckling Gingrich feigned relief. For the embattled White House candidate who’s seen by some as a dead man walking in the crowded Republican field, the encounter may have hit a bit close to home. His aides and advisers resigned en masse in early June. His first campaign finance disclosure report, filed Friday, provided little
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Palin’s fundraising falls way short

The primary fundraising committee for Sarah Palin, who is considering whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination, raised a paltry $1.6 million in the first half of 2011 in a sign that she is not attracting big funds for a presidential run. “That is peanuts,” said Jan Baran, a partner at Wiley, Rein and former general counsel of the Republican National Committee. “It doesn’t signify that there is a reservoir of financial support for her.” The former Alaska governor, who was John McCain’s vice presidential running mate on the Republicans’ unsuccessful 2008 ticket, has said she will decide within months
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Eric Cantor’s tea party terrorism threatens America

To the tea party terrorists who put their extremist agenda ahead of the best interests of the nation, bombastic Virginia Republican Congressman Eric Cantor is a hero of monumental proportions. To opponents, however, Cantor is a political Osama bin Laden, a political bomb thrower who threatens send the financial skyscrapers of the nation’s economy crashing to the ground in a dust cloud of chaos and discord. Even Republicans complain private about Cantor’s antics and leaders of the party gather in small, closed-door groups to discuss how to stop their own majority leader from destroying the party and the nation. Democrats,
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Voters still blame George W. Bush for nation’s economic ills

When it comes to assessing blame for America’s economic nightmare, voters will point to former President George W. Bush. They aren’t happy with how current President Barack Obama is handling the economy but still say fault for the mess we’re in belongs to Bush. A new Quinnipiac poll shows 54 percent of those surveyed blame Bush for the “current condition” of the economy while just 27 percent say it is Obama’s fault. That’s bad news for Republicans who try to use Obama as a political scapegoat on the economy. The poll says 48 percent of voters will blame the GOP
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Sarah Palin’s latest spending spree

Former Alaska Governor and failed Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin — the centerfold for a faux grassroots tea party movement that claims to represent fiscal responsibility — uses her political action committee funds for “shop ’till you drop” spending sprees. A look at her latest filing with Federal Election Commission shows Palin likes to blow money on frills. She spent 14 grand for a fancy “bus wrap” on the vehicle used for her aborted “One Nation” tour earlier this year. The tour came to abrubt halt after a string of missed appearances and disappointing crowds. The “bus wrap” was a
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Obama’s anger with Republicans boils over

Did a frustrated President Barack Obama storm out of an acrimonious meeting on the debt limit crisis with Congressional leaders Thursday? Depends on how you look at it. Bombastic Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor — who walked out on the budget talks led by Vice President Joe Biden earlier this year — claims the President got pissed, declared “enough’s enough” and ended the session. “He said he had sat here long enough,” Cantor claimed. “No other President, Ronald Reagan, wouldn’t sit here like this.” Democrats claim Cantor exaggerated. Obama, they said, simply made some emotional remarks about Republican intransigence and retreated
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Are we ready for a First Husband?

With one high-profile woman in the GOP race for President and another waiting in the wings, America could once again face the possibility of a First Husband in the White House. The question arose in 2008 when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fought for the Democratic nomination.  Polls gave either a solid shot of victory over eventual GOP nominee John McCain. Now the political tables have turned. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is the new GOP frontrunner in the latest polls and her husband — psychologist Marcus Bachmann — is in the spotlight as a potential First Spouse. And there is
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Some in GOP fed up with Cantor’s antics

Republican insiders — fed up with the scorched-earth tactics of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor — privately fear the fiery Virginia right-winger could destroy the party’s majority in the House of Representatives with his constant undermining of Speaker John Boehner’s attempts to reach a debt deal with President Barack Obama. But while Republicans fret, Obama uses Cantor’s intransigence to drive a deeper wedge between the Majority Leader and the Speaker. According to the web site Politico, Obama is exploiting tensions between Cantor and Boehner.  Meanwhile, GOP sources close to the Speaker tell Capitol Hill Blue that party leaders have “had
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McConnell proposes way to end debt-limit stalemate

The level of frustration felt by some on Capitol Hill has reached the point that even a Republican leader is proposing giving President Barack Obama the power to increase the debt ceiling on his own without the approval of Congress. A long-shot proposal by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky highlights the realization that the debate over taxes and revenue is at a standstill and cannot be resolved by continuing to fight. While tea party zealots screamed in dismay over McConnell’s proposal, calmer heads appeared to realize that no other option may be available to resolve the issue. “I
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