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Bachmann’s campaign chaos: ‘Rude, unprofessional, dishonest’

Michelle Bachmann‘s fading campaign for President continues to self-destruct. Her New Hampshire campaign staff resigned en masse last week and have now released a statement saying the campaign is “unprofessional” and “dishonest.” The problems that “Team-NH” had was with the national campaign stafff, not Bachmann herself but the statement makes it clear that the campaign is in chaos. Said the statement: The manner in which some in the national team conducted themselves towards Team-­NH was rude,unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel. But more concerning was how abrasive, discourteous, and dismissive some within the national team were towards many New Hampshire
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Americans doubt the Iraq war is really coming to an end

Interviews with Americans across the country found little jubilation and much skepticism over President Barack Obama‘s announcement that the Iraq war is over and U.S. troops, for the most part, are coming home. “I don’t believe it for a second,” Andrew Atkins of St. Louis told Capitol Hill Blue in a telephone interview Saturday.  “Obama is lying to save his political ass.” Susan Haskins of Toledo reflected the same doubts. “How long has it been since we saw that stupid ‘Mission Accomplished‘ banner on TV?  We’ve heard too many lies too many times,” she said. “I’ll believe it when I
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Is Herman Cain ready for the big leagues?

Who is the real Herman Cain? That’s a question haunting the current Republican flavor of the month in the 2012 Presidential sweepstakes. Like others who preceded him as a brief contender to the front runner mantle, Cain is withering under the spotlight of national scrutiny as more and more of his contradictions, misstatements and outright flubs emerge. Cain said he opposes laws banning abortion because the government “shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make.”  That didn’t sit well with the right-wing that is looking for somebody,
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Republicans cautious in glee over Gadhafi’s death

News of the death of Libyan strongman Mommar Gadhafi spread through Capitol Hill Thursday and brought mostly relief, some skepticism and bad news for Republicans who saw another opportunity to criticize President Barack Obama slip away. “Every time a despot falls we lose a chance to nail Obama for foreign policy failures,” grumbled a GOP staff member for the Senate foreign relations committee.  “With bin Laden gone and now Gadhafi, we’re running out of fodder on foreign policy issues.” While the death of Gadhafi isn’t seen as a political boon for Obama with voters it could give him some relief
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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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