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Is Obama ready for an emboldened GOP?

After two weeks out of the spotlight, President Barack Obama is returning to Washington to face an emboldened Republican Party and the first major shake-up of his senior staff. The first weeks of the new year will be an early test of how the president will deal with a divided Congress and whether he can build on the victories he secured during the final days of the lame-duck legislative session. And with a host of Republicans readying to run for his job, the administration will simultaneously be laying the groundwork for Obama’s re-election bid, which will be operated out of
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Boehner to Obama: We’re in charge now

Eager to show who’s now in charge, the House’s new Republican majority plans to vote to repeal President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul before he even shows up in their chamber to give his State of the Union address. Dramatic as that early showdown promises to be — the vote will be Jan. 12, Republicans said Monday — it will be just the first in a series of struggles expected to play out in the next few months. Obama returns Tuesday from his holiday vacation, fresh off lame-duck legislative victories late last year, and Republicans will be sworn in
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Vietnam Vets Memorial creator found dead

A military expert who served three Republican presidents and helped get the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built as part of his dedication to those who fought in that war was found dead in a landfill, and authorities are trying to piece together when he was last seen alive. The body of John Wheeler III, 66, was uncovered Friday when a garbage truck emptied its contents at the Cherry Island landfill in Wilmington. The truck had collected the trash from about 10 commercial disposal bins in Newark, several miles from Wheeler’s home in the historic district of New Castle, but police said
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Republicans plan to move quickly on healh care repeal

Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to hold a vote in January to repeal President Barack Obama‘s healthcare overhaul and say they have nearly enough support to override a presidential veto of the repeal, a top lawmaker said on Sunday. “Unpopularity numbers are as high as 60 percent across the country,” Fred Upton, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said of the healthcare law. “I don’t think we’re going to be that far off from having the votes to actually override a veto,” Upton said on “Fox News Sunday.” Democrats contend Republicans are wasting Congress’
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Quesion of the day: What killed all the birds?

At some point, someone in Beebe, Arkansas, had to look around at all the carcases laying on the ground and ask: “Where he hell did all these dead birds come from?” Thousands — and we do mean thousands — red-winged blackbirds fell dead from the sky over this central Arkansas town. It took up to 15 city workers cleaning from Friday to Sunday to pick up the last of he dead birds that fell over a one miles area of Beebe and the U.S. Environmental Services said no other dead birds have been found. Mike Robertson, Beebe’s mayor, says the
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Boehner plans takeover amid phony austerity

Here in the days of high unemployment and a lagging economy, Republicans promise a low-key kickoff to the their takeover of control of the House of Representatives this week — a sharp contrast to the fancy celebrations of four years ago when Nancy Pelosi and he Democrats swept into power. But the low-key show is mostly that — show.  The whole affair, while appearing austere, will appear more of a budget affair than expensive celebration. “It will be expensive and the lobbyists, as usual, will be picking up the tab,” one GOP insider tells Capitol Hill Blue. “It’s all about
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Screwing the boss apparently wasn’t all that great

Former Playboy playmate and Hugh Hefner plaything Izabella St. James isn’t too kind when it comes to talking about belly bumping with the legendary founder of Playboy Magazine. Besides saying that Hef lets his dogs poop in the Los Angeles mansion because they are not house trained and keeps his playmate girlfriends on a $1,000 a week “allowance,” St. James says this about sex with the man from Playboy: I wanted to see if this experienced King of Sexdom knew anything the rest of us did not. But he just lay there like a dead fish. We often wondered why
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