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GOP debate: The decline of Rick Perry continues

GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Perry may be seeking a chance to oppose President Barack Obama in the 2012 election but first they must find a way to defeat each other, so they spent most of Thursday night’s debate in Orlando, Florida going after each other. In a setting where style often supplants substance, Romney appeared more presidential and Perry once again spent most of the evening on the defensive and showing flashes of anger when pressured over his own words and actions. The Texas governor blew a foreign policy question, missed opportunities to score points against Romney
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Even blacks are fed up with Barack Obama

Support for fading President Barack Obama among African Americans has dropped considerable, plummeting 25 percentage points in a new Washington Post-ABC news poll. The numbers echo Obama’s falling fortunes among other voter groups but also show that blacks can no longer put the fact that the President is one of their own over the nation’s growing unemployment rates that hit them the harest. Black voters used to be Obama’s strongest supporters.  No longer. Besides unemployment, black political leaders say the President is not doing enough to help their causes and African American voters express dissatisfaction with his Presidency. “Face it,
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Is Sarah Palin close to a decision on running for President?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is close to making an announcement on her Presidential ambitions and her political action committee is hyping the pending decision in its latest fundraising letter. “It’s one of the most difficult and important decisions of her life,” says the Sept. 20 letter signed by Tim Crawford, treasurer of SarahPAC.  “And I want her to know that she has our support.” The letter sounds traditional Palin campaign themes:  President Barack Obama is a socialist who is driving America “to European Socialism” and his actions on the economy have plunged the nation into a crisis worse than
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House Republicans embarrass their leaders with funding rejection

Rebellious Republicans thumbed their noses at their leaders in the House of Representative Wednesday and defeated a GOP-sponsored bill that would have funded the federal government beyond Sept. 30. The defeat — a clear embarrassment for GOP leaders — could create further jitters in a nervous economy. The bill went down to a crushing defeat with 48 conservative Republicans joining with Democrats in a lopsided 230-195 vote. Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) took the loss hard. “This is a sausage factory,” Rogers told reporters after the vote. Defeat of the bill could revive the crisis atmosphere that ruled Congress
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Ron Paul: The GOP’s real hope for 2012?

Whispers inside the fractured Republican Party suggest that when the smoke clears from a brutal primary campaign war for the party’s Presidential nomination, the most desirable candidate might just be maverick Libertarian Ron Paul. “Dr. Paul’s ideas are becoming more and more mainstream,” a longtime GOP political strategist, who asked not to be identified, tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “In the end, he could be the party’s savior.” Paul, long dismissed by the GOP established and all-but-abandoned by the tea party movement he helped create, is reaching more and more like-minded voters who want smaller government and more adherence to the
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Obama’s sharp return to the liberal left

President Barack Obama tried being a moderate. That angered his liberal base. So now he’s trying to become a born-again liberal. That’s angering moderates. They say moving sharply to the left destroys what little hope Obama might have had to build the kind of coalitions that allow Presidents to actually get things done. Moderates argue that Obama’s new strategy of “soaking the rich” will backfire and set the Democratic party back 30 years to a time when it was considered a fringe party hovering on the margins. Conservative Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska says the President should stick to his
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Republicans oppose lowering interest rates

Congressional Republicans don’t like the idea of lowering interest rates. They claim that if the Federal Reserve takes steps to boost the economy by shifting money from short-term securities to long-term holdings — a move that would almost certainly lower rates on mortgages and consumer and business loans — it would increase the risk of inflation. So four high-ranking Republicans sent Fed Chairman a letter this week telling him to scrap the plan. But Bernanke, who doesn’t really answer to Congress, is expected to move ahead Wednesday with plans to unveil “Operation Twist,” a plan based on actions taken a
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Obama’s tax claim: The numbers don’t add up

President Barack Obama is lying when he claims millionaires — on the whole — pay taxes at lower rates than those with less income. It makes for nice political rhetoric but the facts don’t support the President’s claims. The Internal Revenue Service says less than 1 percent of households with incomes above $1 million paid no income tax while all households making $1 million or more pay an average of 29.1 percent in taxes. Meanwhile, households making between $50,000 and $75,000 pay an average of 15 percent in taxes while households earning $20,000 to $30,000 pay just 5.7 percent. While
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Obama’s plan: Tax the rich, protect Medicare

President Barack Obama Monday launched an ambitious deficit reduction plan with $1.5 trillion in new taxes aimed at closing loopholes used by the rich and one that he says will cut the national debt by more than $4 trillion over the next 10 years. “It comes down to this: We have to prioritize,” the President said.  “Both parties agree that we need to reduce the deficit by the same amount — by $4 trillion.  So what choices are we going to make to reach that goal?  Either we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share in taxes, or
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Republicans to Obama: That deficit dog won’t hunt

No one expected Congressional Republicans to embrace President Barack Obama‘s massive deficit reduction plan after he unveiled it Monday in a Rose Garden address. Everyone was right on that guess. “Pitting one group of Americans against another is not leadership,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters.  “A my-way-or-the-highway approach is not the way to work with Congress.” Over in the Senate, GOP Leader Mitch McConnell grumbled that “veto threats, a massive tax hike, phantom savings, and punting on entitlement reform is not a recipe for economic or job growth or even meaningful deficit reduction.” Both McConnell and Boehner told Capitol
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