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Even the right is pissed at Republicans

Republican intransigence on lifting the debt ceiling is angering those on both sides of the debate with even some on the right saying the GOP is taking a big chance with its our-way-or-the-highway strategy. “If the debt ceiling talks fail, independent voters will see that Democrats were willing to compromise but Republicans were not,” conservative columnist David Brooks wrote in The New York Times on Tuesday. “If responsible Republicans don’t take control, independents will conclude that Republican fanaticism caused this default. They will conclude that Republicans are not fit to govern.” Recent polls suggest Republicans have the most to lose
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Debt-limit chicken

Like a high-stakes poker game with other peoples’ money, Democrats and Republicans continue to posture, ponder and pontificate in their game of debt-limit chicken as the deadline for raising the nation’s credit ceiling looms less than a month away. Publicly, neither side appears willing to budge.  They fight the battle in the media through sound bites and carefully-staged press conferences. Says often quoted political analyst Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia: “This is the natural gamesmanship you end up with in a highly-polarized political system in which neither side trusts each other or
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Bye bye Biden?

Is Joe Biden an endangered species in the Obama White House? Conservative media outlets say “yes.”  New York Post Columnist Fred Dicker claims prominent Democrats and Republicans say Obama could dump Biden from the ticket in a run for a second term next year and replace him with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I don’t think there’s any doubt Obama is going to pick (Cumomo) as his running mate,” New York GOP power broker William Powers tells Dicker. “The president is in trouble and Biden doesn’t bring anything to the ticket.” Dicker also notes that former San Francisco Mayor Willie
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The Cain mutiny

First Newt Gingrich, now Herman Cain. Key staffers are jumping ship from the long-shot Presidential campaign of the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO — thought by some to be the GOP sleeper candidate in 2012. Iowa organizational director Tina Goff, New Hampshire director Matt Murphy, regional director Jim Zeiler and Iowa straw poll director Kevin Hall quit Cain’s campaign in disgust, saying the headstrong candidate is blowing his changes in their states because he won’t invest time and effort there. Cain “wasn’t willing to make the commitment to Iowa necessary to win the straw poll,” Goff told CNN. “I don’t want
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GOP undermines financial reform

Congressional Republicans declared war on President Barack Obama‘s financial overhaul as soon as it it became law last year and they are using every tool at their disposal to weaken the reforms and restore the ability of  financial institutions to screw their customers. And they could be winning the war — bit by bit — over a White House distracted by multiple wars and battles over the debt ceiling. Writes Alan Fram of The Associated Press: Wary of trying to repeal the entire statute and being portrayed as Wall Street’s protectors — banks rank among the country’s least popular institutions
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Independence Day

  The following sticker appears on the back of two of my motorcycle helmets: I’m not a Democrat. I’m not a Republican. I’m an American. There is a difference. That sticker sums up my philosophy and my feelings about my country. My beliefs and my soul belong to no political party, no ideology, no philosophical organization and no other group with an agenda that supplants love of country or belief in the principles that guided our founding father on that July 4th in 1776 when they put their lives, the property and their freedom on the line to sign the
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Beck exits stage right

Glenn Beck, another cable-TV demagogue in a field crowded by zealots from both the right and the left, signed off his Fox News show this week in a typical show of propaganda-driven bile that appeals to the hate and fear of the ignorant.   Beck’s bitter final telecast summed up his rise and fall in the slag-heap of partisan hyperbole that passes for news nowadays, a sign-off ending two years of self-aggrandizement and shameless self-promotion that highlighted the danger of putting a madman on the air. Surrounded by bulletproof glass and accompanied by a bodyguard, Beck claimed his departure from
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Senate cancels holiday recess

The Senate, adding another act to the growing Kabuki Theater of government by showdown, canceled its July 4th break but the action — like everything else in what has become a war of words, positioning and posturing — will not break the deadlock over extending the debt limit. Democratic and Republicans have no plans to meet so the likelihood of making any progress is slim. The agenda before the Senate is Libya, not budget, and while House leaders say they are willing to stay in town and help their Senate colleagues most members of the lower body are already home
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Obama splits town

After scolding Congressional Republicans for failing to work hard at resolving the debt crisis — and urging Congress to stay in town over the July 4th holiday and act — President Barack Obama packed his bags and headed to Camp David for a vacation. In an astounding show of political hypocrisy the scolder-in-chief practiced the old Washington art of “don’t do as I do, do as I say.” Obama flees Washington after issuing a long list of one-liners aimed at the GOP. He claimed his daughters accomplish more with their homework than Congress does in dealing with the debt crisis,
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President Thaddeus?

Michigan Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter plans to join the growing list of GOP Presidential wannabes. McCotter will announce his bid for the White House Saturday and has just wrapped up a four-day tour through Iowa. “Republicans may be prepared at some point to settle, if that’s how they view it, but they’re still viewing it it as, ‘Why should we have to? What else is out there?’ It doesn’t mean its me,” McCotter said as he concluded his tour.  “The reason I was here was to find out are they even asking that question, ‘What else is out there?’ And
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