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Obama in trouble with key voters

Whites and women are a re-election problem for President Barack Obama. Younger voters and liberals, too, but to a lesser extent. All are important Democratic constituencies that helped him win the White House in 2008 and whose support he’ll need to keep it next year. An analysis of Associated Press-GfK polls, including the latest survey released last week, shows that Obama has lost ground among all those groups since he took office. The review points to his vulnerabilities and probable leading targets of his campaign as he seeks to assemble a coalition diverse enough to help him win re-election in
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Ron Paul: U.S. involvement in Libya was still a mistake

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul said Sunday the apparent overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya does not justify U.S. involvement there and may end up delivering al-Qaida what he called “another prize.” The Texas congressman has made his mark in the presidential race as a strict libertarian who would scale back the role of the federal government in domestic and foreign affairs. A recent Gallup poll shows him in third place in the GOP race for the presidency. Asked on “Fox News Sunday” whether getting rid of Gadhafi was a good thing, Paul conceded that it was but added
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Powell: Cheney takes ‘cheap shots’ in book

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney‘s new book levels “cheap shots” at colleagues and mischaracterizes events, ex-Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Sunday. Powell, whose disagreements with Cheney on issues such as Iraq have been well known for years, said President George W. Bush‘s national security team did not function smoothly and that he had advised Bush to try to resolve the problem. “We had different views,” Powell told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” adding that the views could not be reconciled. In the CBS interview, Powell was asked about passages in Cheney’s book, “In My Time,” that are critical
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The inconvenience of truth in politics

Corporations are people. The fundamentals of the economy are strong. I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it. From Mitt Romney this month to John McCain in 2008 and John Kerry four years earlier, presidential candidates are caught telling the truth by accident in every campaign, blurting a phrase that is both factual but politically ill-advised. Those moments speak to the deeply contradictory nature of American politics. Voters say they want authentic, straight-talking candidates. But voters also tend to punish candidates who veer too far off script or who make assertions that, while true, cause people to
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Tea Party takes its sideshow on the road

With the Republican campaign for the White House taking shape, hundreds of Tea Party activists kicked off a national bus tour on Saturday, aiming to rally their base and new recruits to the conservative political cause. As supporters waved American flags and carried signs that read, “I’ll keep my money, guns and freedom, you keep the change,” organizers said the “Reclaiming America” bus tour was about restoring good governance. “We want Washington to live within its means, just like we do,” said Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, a group organizing the tour. “We’re in an economic downfall.
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Obama’s inner cirlce: A shield from political storms

They golf with him, they vacation with him, their kids and his kids hang out. To them, he’s Barack, not Mr. President. He can be teased and tease back. They form the trusted circle of tight-lipped friends who’ve sustained Barack Obama through good times and bad since his days in Chicago, from Hawaii to Washington to Martha’s Vineyard and back again. For the most powerful man on the planet who nonetheless may have one of the loneliest jobs, a close band of buddies — Eric Whitaker, Martin Nesbitt and Valerie Jarrett form the core — has become a second family,
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Voters are mad as hell at Congress

Memo to Congress: The American public is mad at hell and a lot of that anger is directed at Capitol Hill. The same goes for the tea party. A new Associated Press–GfK poll finds a whopping 87 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress and much of that anger is directed at Republicans and the phony grassroots tea party that pulled GOP strings during the recent debt crisis debacle. And, for a change, voters aren’t just mad at Congress as an institution but also at their own representative — a surprising statistic.  Those interviewed in the poll expressed doubt over the
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Rick Perry on Washington: ‘A seedy place’

Washington, current GOP Presidential frontrunner Rick Perry says, is a “seedy place” and needs his “plain speaking” style to clean things up. That’s what the Texas governor told radio host Laura Ingraham Friday. “Look, I am not an establishment figure — never have been and frankly I don’t want to be. I dislike Washington. I think it’s a seedy place.” Perry’s shoot from the lip style has generated headlines and brought criticism from the political establishment. Perry now holds a double-digit lead in polls over former Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney and drove Iowa straw poll winner Michele Bachmann out of
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Obama’s poll numbers continue to slide but many still blame Bush

A new poll shows 86 percent of Americans think the American economy is a mess and more than half still blame former President George W. Bush for the hard times. The Associated Press-GfK found 51 percent blaming Bush for the nation’s poor economy while 31 percent say it is Obama‘s fault. American confidence in Obama is slipping, especially among Democrats.  His re-elect numbers dropped another point to 47 percent.  Among Democrats, his rating as a “strong leader” has dropped nine points since May — down to 76 percent from 85 percent.  Among Americans overall, Obama’s “strong leader” rating has dropped
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Dick Cheney: A legend in his own mind?

In Dick Cheney‘s myopic view, he was the sole voice of reason in the chaotic administration of George W. Bush. Cheney, in his soon-to-be released memoir, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir,” Cheney says he alone urged Bush to bomb a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria and that he — and only he — knew how to govern. Bush rejected Cheney’s advice. Others in the Bush inner circle, Cheney writes, were inept, incompetent and disloyal. Secretary of State Colin Powell? Undermined Bush “by criticizing administration police to people outside the government,” the former Vice President writes. Condoleeezza
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