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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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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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Who’s the GOP frontrunner? That depends

Depending on which poll you read, either former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney or former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. Reuters/Ipsos has Romney leading Cain 23 to 20 percent while NBC/Wall Street Journal has Cain in front of Romney. Both polls show significant gains for Cain in recent weeks while Romney’s support remains relatively static.  Reuters/Ipsos shows Texas Congressman Ron Paul a distant third and former frontrunner Rick Perry continuing his rapid slide and fading to fourth.  NBC/WSJ has Perry third and Paul fourth. While Romney maintains
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Christie endorses Romney

Saying former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is “the man we need to lead America,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie jumped into the 2012 Presidential race Tuesday not as a candidate but as an endorser. A week after he decided — once again — not to seek the nomination himself, Christie turned power broker and gave Romney an important boost in his bid to lead the GOP charge to unseat President Barack Obama in 2012. Romney, Chrisie told a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Hanover, New Hampshire, before that evening’s GOP debate, is “the best person to be able to articulate
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Perry used state jobs fund to reward donors

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who touts jobs creation as the backbone of his flagging presidential campaign, used that program to reward donors to his campaign, opponent Michele Bachmann charges. Bachmann says Perry doled out $35 million in state funds to Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, a new company created by backers of Perry’s campaign for governor. State records showed Lexicon received the money from the Texas Enterprise Fund, a state operation established by the jobs creation legislation that Perry championed as governor.  The company never created any jobs with the money. Lexicon was part of Lexicon Genetics, which received $35 million in 2005. 
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More questions over Rick Perry’s racism

Many Americans believe symbols of the Confederacy represent a shameful period in the nation’s history that are best left in the past. Texas Governor and GOP Presidential contender Rick Perry is not one of them. Perry, throughout his political life, has defended public displays of the Confederate flag and other such symbols in Texas, saying “Texans should never forget our history.” While defense of the Confederate stars and bars may play well south of the Mason-Dixon line, clinging to a past that supported slavery is usually the kiss of death in the rest of the country. But that was before
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Obama admits America is worse off under his presidency

President Barack Obama admitted Monday that the America he sought to lead four years ago is not better off now than it was then but — as is his style — stopped short of accepting the blame for the nation’s woes. Said Obama in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: They’re not better off then they were before Lehman’s collapse, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession that we’re going through.  I think that what we’ve seen is that we’ve been able to make steady progress to stabilize the economy, but the unemployment rate is still way too high.
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Google, Facebook go right-wing

Internet giants Google and Facebook have gone right — right wing that is — hiring Republican operatives as lobbyists as both boost their Washington presence in an effort to influence legislation. Google, long known for its left-leaning political persuasion, is suddenly dumping money into right-wing organizations like The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Republican Governors Association, The Republican Attorneys General Association and the Republican State Crossroads Committee. Some companies hire lobbyists. Google hires entire lobbying firms — 18 of them in the last few months.  And last week, Google teamed with right-leaning Fox News
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Public’s opinion of government: ‘You stink!’

Americans may be sharply divided on many fronts but they can agree when it comes those who run the government. Congress stinks and anyone who seeks or holds public office ain’t that hot either. Gallup’s latest poll says 81 percent of Americans are unhappy with how the country is bgeing run — the highest level of disapproval ever recorded by the veteran polling organization. Unhappiness runs highest among Republicans where 92 percent say they are fed up even though the GOP controls the House of Representatives. Among Democrats, dissatisfaction stands at 65 percent. A record high 69 percent express “little
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Obama: Republicans would ‘cripple’ America

President Barack Obama continued his march to the left Sunday, unleashing a blistering attack against Republicans, charging them with trying to “cripple” America through what he called regressive policies. “From the moment I took office,” he said, “what we’ve seen is a constant ideological pushback against any kind of sensible reforms that would make out economy work better and give people more opportunity.” Republicans, Obama added, will “fundamentally cripple America” if their programs are enacted and their philosophy is followed. Obama hammered his messages home on campaign swings through California and Seattle, appearing at events and fundraisers hosted by his
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