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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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Romney cruises to another debate win as Perry’s fade continues

The overhyped GOP debate Tuesday night reinforced the momentum of frontrunner Mitt Romney and continued the slide into political oblivion for former flash-in-the-pan contenders Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann. Romney, riding high going into the debate with a high-profile endorsement by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, cruised through the evening by looking far more Presidential than any of the other pretenders to the throne while avoiding any major gaffes or wounds from his challengers. While others tried to land punches on Romney, the former Massachusetts governor avoided any direct hits and deflected attacks with ease. The Bloomberg/Washington Post debate was
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Christie endorses Romney

Saying former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is “the man we need to lead America,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie jumped into the 2012 Presidential race Tuesday not as a candidate but as an endorser. A week after he decided — once again — not to seek the nomination himself, Christie turned power broker and gave Romney an important boost in his bid to lead the GOP charge to unseat President Barack Obama in 2012. Romney, Chrisie told a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Hanover, New Hampshire, before that evening’s GOP debate, is “the best person to be able to articulate
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Even Palin’s few remaining supporters didn’t want her in the race

Sarah Palin thinks her supporters are sad she decided not to run for President. She’s wrong. Sarah’s faithful didn’t want her to run anyway. Which begs the question: Why follow her in the first place? Appearing on Fox News Thursday, Palin — who announced a day eariier that she would not seek the GOP Presidential nomination — apoligized for her cult-like following for stringing them along for months with candidate-style actions before saying “nada” to a run. “I apologize to those whom are disappointed in this decision,” Palin told Greta Van Susteren.” “I’ve been hearing from them in the last
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