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Obama’s new health plan already DOA

A desperate President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops in a last-ditch effort to salvage his $950 billion health care plan but critics of this latest move from the White House call it more of the same and more hyperbole than reality. Been there, done that say Republicans. “Deja vu all over again,” says Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Democrats aren’t happy with Obama’s latest proposal either because it once again lacks a public option. Democrats in both the House and Senate say Obama didn’t consult them before announcing his “new” plan on Monday. Requests for a
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GOP donors fed up with RNC boss Steele’s high flying, expensive lifestyle

Michael Steele, the embattled chairman of the Republican National Committee, is living large at donor expense and a growing number of GOP fatcats say they are tired of contributing to his lavish lifestyle. Steele uses party donations to pay for private limos, private jets, expensive chefs and trips to exotic resorts. Donors have a message for the GOP: Curtail Steele’s high-life or they will close their checkbooks. An analysis of Steele’s spending habits by Politico shows the chairman racked up $599,00 in expenses over the last year — compared with about $300,000 under previous chairmen. “Michael Steele is an imperial
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Cheney hospitalized with chest pains

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, known for creating heartburn for political opponents, was hospitalized at George Washington Medical Center in Washington Monday after suffering chest pains. Cheney, who has a history of heart problems and has a pacemaker, was “resting comfortably, according to assistant Peter Long. Cheney has had four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery and two angioplasties to clear his clogged arteries. Doctors, Long said, are “evaluating” Cheney’s condition. Related articles Cheney Hospitalized After Chest Pains (nytimes.com) Dick Cheney In Hospital For Chest Pains (huffingtonpost.com) Chest pains send Cheney to hospital (cbc.ca)
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Powell: Cheney wrong about Obama

Colin Powell, former President George W. Bush‘s Secretary of State, says Bush’s Vice-President, Dick Cheney, is full of crap when it comes to charges that the country is less safe with Barack Obama in the White House. “To suggest that somehow we have become much less safer because of the actions of the administration, I don’t think that’s borne out by the facts,” Powell told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. Obama, Powell said, kept most of Bush’s anti-terror programs. “The Transportation Security Administration created by George Bush is still in action working in our airports,” Powell said to “Face
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CPAC red-faced over Paul’s straw poll win

The wheels came off the smooth-running Conservative Political Action Conference right-wing love machine this weekend when libertarian political gadfly Ron Paul won the 2010 straw poll and sent boos through the meeting ballroom. Paul garnered 31 percent of the vote, topping perennial winner and favorite Mitt Romney by nine points. Everyone else, including GOP sex symbol Sarah Palin, who bagged the conference, finished in single digits. Politico reports that “CPA organizers were plainly embarassed by the results, which could reduce the perceived impact of a contest that was once thought to offer a window into which White House hopefuls were
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Conservatives pile it on at CPAC

Republicans who may want President Barack Obama‘s job flocked to the town they love to hate this weekend and repeatedly ripped into the Democrat, an early tryout of sorts for the GOP nomination. “Barack Obama has created at least three jobs that I know of: Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie and Scott Brown,” former House speaker Newt Gingrich told a fawning crowd Saturday, celebrating recent GOP victories in governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey, and the Senate in Massachusetts, respectively. He predicted Republicans would take back control of Congress this fall and added: “We’ll elect a new president in 2012.”
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Alexander Haig dead at 85

Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, a four-star general who served as a top adviser to three presidents and had presidential ambitions of his own, died Saturday of complications from an infection, his family said. He was 85. Haig’s long and decorated military career launched the Washington career for which he is better known, including top posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. He never lived down his televised response to the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Hours after the shooting, then Secretary of State Haig went before the cameras intending, he said later, to reassure Americans
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The right wing finds new life

Suddenly, conservatives are back in style. A surge of young, enthusiastic conservative activists, united by opposition to President Barack Obama‘s increasingly unpopular agenda, have invirogated the right wing and they predict Republican wins in November’s congressional elections. Gathering at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the re-energized right wing promise a full court press on Obama and Democrats and trumpet a political turnaround for their causes, saying public dissastisfaction and failures by the left have fueled their agenda. With Obama’s approval ratings falling and his legislative agenda stalled amid public unhappiness with a faltering economy, soaring unemployemtn and record
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Cheney: Obama is a one-termer

George W. Bush’s Prince of Darkness is predicting the political demise of Barack Obama. Former Vice President Dick Cheney told right-wing political activists this week he thinks Barack Obama is a “one-term president.” Appearing, without advance notice, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Cheney predicted 2010 will be a big year for Republicans, citing GOP victories in the Massachusetts Senate race last month and in New Jersey and Virginia governor’s races last year as signs that the party of the elephant is one the rebound. Cheney accompanied his daughter, Liz Cheney, to the conference as “arm candy,” he said, because
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Right-wingers parade their stuff at CPAC

Marco Rubio and J.D. Hayworth have different styles and different backgrounds and they’re from opposite sides of the country. But both are hoping to win Senate seats by tapping into the energy of conservatives to defeat big-name, establishment-backed Republicans. Rubio is well on his way in his effort against Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and easily made more out of his visit Thursday to the Conservative Political Action Conference. He was clearly the star, delivering the opening speech of the event to more than 3,000 people. Hayworth, who this month entered the Republican primary against Arizona Sen. John McCain, had a
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