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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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Doom and gloom dominate Obama White House

The Obama White House is in disarray, hamstrung by internal strife, bogged down with mixed messages and stalled by a general lack of direction. Even President Barack Obama‘s signature health care reform is on life support, eaten away by segments that aren’t working. The administration’s decision last week to scrap a long-term health care insurance program — a key part of the Obama package — signals growing concern inside the White House that things just aren’t working out the way they hoped. “The Obama White House is in trouble, there’s no doubt about that,” says Democratic political operative Gary Northridge.
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GOP pros to Rick Perry: Give it up and go back to Texas

Republican political professionals are telling Texas Governor Rick Perry to get out of the presidential race before his political career is damaged beyond repair, Capitol Hill Blue has learned. “He’s done. His fifteen minutes are over,” says GOP political operative Cass Dawson. “When you start finishing behind Ron Paul in the polls it’s time to get out.” Hampered by increased scrutiny and poor debate performances, Perry’s fall from front-runner to also-ran is slated to become discussion topics for political science classes. Political professionals polled by Capitol Hill Blue rank Perry with other GOP also-rans like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann.
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Herman Cain: Just another puppet for Charles and David Koch?

Pizza magnate Herman Cain and GOP presidential flavor of the month is not the outsider he claims to be when it comes to politics. Cain, spurred by recent straw poll wins and a surge in the polls,  is backed by the billioniare Koch brothers and their right-wing political funding operations, Americans for Prosperity. How tight is Cain with the Kochs? “He’s in their pocket, pure and simple,” says a GOP consultant who asked not to be identified. “He may claim to be an outsider but he’s not. The Kochs own him.” Cain’s campaign manager, Mark Block, and several members of
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Tea party struggles to regain lost glory

Displaying the kind of political hypocrisy that drives political hyperbole, the tea party is trying to discredit the growing and widespread anti-corporate protest movement as a sham grassroots operation driven by unions and other special interest groups. In a case of the pot calling the kettle black, the tea party — itself bankrolled by the energy Koch Industries energy conglomerate — is sending in infiltrators to try and identify paid union activists. Videos claiming “debauchery” and “terrorism” now appear on tea-party affiliated web sites.  One video claims to show a anti-wall street protestor defecating on a police car but sources
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Who’s the GOP frontrunner? That depends

Depending on which poll you read, either former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney or former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. Reuters/Ipsos has Romney leading Cain 23 to 20 percent while NBC/Wall Street Journal has Cain in front of Romney. Both polls show significant gains for Cain in recent weeks while Romney’s support remains relatively static.  Reuters/Ipsos shows Texas Congressman Ron Paul a distant third and former frontrunner Rick Perry continuing his rapid slide and fading to fourth.  NBC/WSJ has Perry third and Paul fourth. While Romney maintains
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Americans overwhelmingly support Obama’s jobs plan

Republican filibusterers in the Democratic-controlled Senate doen’t care much for President Barack Obama‘s jobs bill. They proved that by blocking floor debate on the bill Tuesday. A new poll, however, shows Republicans are ignoring the will of the people, who approve of the President’s job plans by nearly a 2-1 margin. The latest survey by NBC/Wall Street Journal shows 63 percent of those polled approved of Obama’s “Americans Jobs Act,” while 32 percent oppose it. The American public apparently also likes Obama’s plan to repeal tax loopholes for the rich — something ardently opposed by Republicans who depend on the
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