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Republicans ready for showdown with more glitter than reality

Spouting more philosoply than reality, House Republicans brag they are ready for a fight with President Barack Obama over health care and other issues but hill watchers admit the GOP posturing is more grandstanding than anything else. “It’s new energy,” incoming House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on the eve of his swearing-in. The oath-taking Wednesday ends two years of Democratic dominance in the capital and ushers in a divided government in the run-up to the 2012 congressional and presidential elections. With campaigns but a short time away, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are set to square off over
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Pelosi has no regrets but some Democrats may disagree

Democrat Nancy Pelosi said she had no regrets on her last day as House speaker Tuesday, a reign that lasted four years and is ending after the November elections. Many of her Democrats who are still licking their wounds from the midterm massacre might disagree. Pelosi said Tuesday she looks forward to leading a loyal but tenacious opposition in the House. She started by calling Republicans hypocrites for trying to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul, saying it would add to the federal budget deficit. Republicans won the House majority in the November elections and John Boehner of Ohio
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New Obama, new team, same old problems

Retooling for a re-election run, President Barack Obama is shaking up his senior leadership team to deal with the new realities of his term: The era of big legislation is over, a massive campaign effort needs energy and people, and the White House is taking a toll on those who run it. Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, is likely to leave that job, and his interim chief of staff, Pete Rouse, may go, too. Those departures would significantly alter the management of the White House and the way it explains itself to the world. In the coming days and weeks,
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