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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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Obama: Republicans would ‘cripple’ America

President Barack Obama continued his march to the left Sunday, unleashing a blistering attack against Republicans, charging them with trying to “cripple” America through what he called regressive policies. “From the moment I took office,” he said, “what we’ve seen is a constant ideological pushback against any kind of sensible reforms that would make out economy work better and give people more opportunity.” Republicans, Obama added, will “fundamentally cripple America” if their programs are enacted and their philosophy is followed. Obama hammered his messages home on campaign swings through California and Seattle, appearing at events and fundraisers hosted by his
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Obama to blacks: Stop whining and get to work

President Barack Obama, under fire from African-Americans for what they see as his inattention to their needs — fired back at the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus Saturday night, telling blacks to stop whining and get to work helping him win a second term. “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” Obama told the audience. “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’ Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.” The crowd cheered and applauded the President’s rallying cry. Obama admitted times are tough — especially on the black
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Michelle who?

Remember Michele Bachmann?  She used to be a candidate for the Republican nomination for President. No, she hasn’t dropped out of the race. Not yet. But she might as well do so because she has become less than an afterthought in a campaign season where political stars grab the spotlight and then fade faster than a cigarette smoke ring. At the GOP debate in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, Fox News put Rick Perry and Mitt Romney side-by-side and directed most of the questions at the two men considered the front-runners in what is currently called a two-man race for the
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Another government shutdown threat looms large

The debt deal back in August was supposed to end the threat of government shutdowns for the near future. But a new budget impasse created by sharp partisan disputes has created another threat. A stopgap federal spending bill passed by the Republican-controlled House appears dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled Senate and now there’s talk once again of shutting down the government if some agreement is not forthcoming soon. The impasse also threatens much-needed funding for disaster relief for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which says it will run out of money next week. Which could be a problem because
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