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Pentagon adapts to a post-9/11 world

The Sept. 11 attacks transformed the Pentagon, ravaging the iconic building itself and setting the stage for two long and costly wars that reordered the way the American military fights. Compared with a decade ago, the military is bigger, more closely connected to the CIA, more practiced at taking on terrorists and more respected by the American public. But its members also are growing weary from war, committing suicide at an alarming rate and training less for conventional warfare. The partly gutted Pentagon was restored with remarkable speed after the hijacked American Airlines Boeing 757 slammed through its west side,
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Even the left is pissed at Obama

President Barack Obama faces many opponents and too many of them are part of his base — liberals who just three years ago celebrated his election to office as a triumph for left-wing ideology. Now they suffer from buyer’s remorse. Liberals say he caved on the debt ceiling debate. Unions say he’s a failure when it comes to dealing with unemployment and labor issues. Hispanic want to know why he’s been absent from the immigration debate. Pissed-off liberals may take a hike when Obama seeks their support for re-election in 2012. Some even tell Capitol Hill Blue that they now
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Tea party more unpopular than atheists and Muslims

The future is anything but bright for the tea party. The faux grassroots movement started by a GOP consultant and funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers is now less popular than atheists and Muslims and ranks almost as low as the Christian ultra-right in the view of mainstream Americans. A New York Times/CBS News poll shows tea party support down to 20 percent while unfavorable opinions of the group have doubled. David E. Campbell, an associate professor of political science at Notre Dame, and Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard, are the authors of “American Grace:
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Glenn Beck is mad as heck at John Boehner

Glenn Beck is taking his carnival sideshow to Israel next week but members of Congress won’t be going with him — at least not at taxpayers’ expense. The House Ethics Committee is barring members from attending Beck’s “Restoring Courage” rally in Israel on August 24, ruling that the gathering is a political event and cannot be part of any trip paid for by the government. The House members can go is they pay for the trip out of their own pocket or they might — subject to review by the Federal Election Commission — get away with using campaign funds
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Obama’s ‘Magical Misery Tour:’ A fitting footnote to his Presidency?

President Barack Obama took his act on the road this week, traveling the Midwest in a $2.4 million armored bus in what his handlers claim was an attempt to “interact with real people.” Next? He’s headed to Martha’s Vinyard for a vacation amid the rich and famous. So much for mixing with the masses. Crowds for his highly-hyped bus tour were tepid at best. The enthusiasm is gone from his carefully-staged events. So is his stirring rhetoric. The words that now spill from Obama’s mouth like verbal diarrhea are halted, hesitant and devoid of emotion. For Obama, the magic is
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Obama’s plan: Smear the GOP with tea party mud

With tea party favorites Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann generating buzz in GOP political circles the Obama White House thinks it can hurt Republicans by painting the party with the broad bush of growing tea party unpopularity. It’s an old political ploy called guilt-by-association. Sometimes it works. More often it backfires. Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs Tuesday said GOP candidates must decides whether to work with the administration or “swear allegiance to the tea party.”  David Alexrod, who ramrodded Obama’s successful 2008 campaign, said Republican presidential contenders are “pledging allegiance to the tea party.” The Democratic National Committee has a
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Perry’s Bernanke slam sparks Republican ire

Didn’t take long for Texas Gov. and GOP Presidential wannabe Rick Perry to get into trouble with even the right-wing of the Republican Party with his shoot-from-the-lip style of attack politics. Conservative leaders of the GOP aren’t happy with Perry’s claim that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is “treasonous.” “If this guy prints more money between now and the election,” Perry said in Iowa. “I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous…err…treasonous
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GOP effort to recall Democrats fails in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Republicans failed Tuesday to oust two Democratic state senators, ending a series of recall efforts by both sides that left Democrats with a 2-0 edge in the political game of one-up-man-ship triggered by the tense battle over collective bargaining rights for public employees. Even with their two wins in an earlier recall effort seeking to oust enough Republicans to take control of the state senate, Democrats fell one seat short of achieving their goal. So both sides claimed victory following the last of the elections Tuesday. “This was a political Rorschach test in that anyone can read anything into
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Bachmann can’t even get Elvis Presley’s birthday right

Republican Presidential wannabe Michelle Bachmann wished Elvis Presley happy birthday yesterday. Only one problem. Tuesday wasn’t the birthday of The King.  It was the anniversary of his death. Every day she opens her mouth, Michelle Bachmann showcases her ignorance. In Spartanburg, South Carolina Tuesday morning Bachmann said “before we get started, let’s all say, ‘Happy Birthday to Elvis Presley’ today.  Happy Birthday!  You can’t do better than Elvis Presley and we thought we’d celebrate his birthday as we got started celebrating our ‘Take Our Country Back’ Tour.” Presley was born on January 8, 1935.  He died on August 16, 1977.
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Ron Paul just can’t get no respect

Is Ron Paul emerging from the fringe shadows of the GOP to become a serious candidate for President? Some people feel the libertarian firebrand’s time is now. Others say he will fade in the stretch. Paul started strong in 2008 with lots of enthusiasm and strong fundraising, along with strong finishes in some straw polls, but failed to translate that into votes in actual primaries and fell way short of the nomination. Supporters now point to his second place finish in Saturday’s Iowa straw poll as an indication that Paul is ready for prime time. A straw poll, however, is
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