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Obama’s sharp return to the liberal left

President Barack Obama tried being a moderate. That angered his liberal base. So now he’s trying to become a born-again liberal. That’s angering moderates. They say moving sharply to the left destroys what little hope Obama might have had to build the kind of coalitions that allow Presidents to actually get things done. Moderates argue that Obama’s new strategy of “soaking the rich” will backfire and set the Democratic party back 30 years to a time when it was considered a fringe party hovering on the margins. Conservative Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska says the President should stick to his
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Republicans oppose lowering interest rates

Congressional Republicans don’t like the idea of lowering interest rates. They claim that if the Federal Reserve takes steps to boost the economy by shifting money from short-term securities to long-term holdings — a move that would almost certainly lower rates on mortgages and consumer and business loans — it would increase the risk of inflation. So four high-ranking Republicans sent Fed Chairman a letter this week telling him to scrap the plan. But Bernanke, who doesn’t really answer to Congress, is expected to move ahead Wednesday with plans to unveil “Operation Twist,” a plan based on actions taken a
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Democrat Congressional committee beats GOP in fundraising

Republicans may claim to have the edge with voters for the 2012 race to control Congress but those numbers don’t add up in the fundraising coffers. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised more money in this off-year than the Republican campaign committee and the party of the elephant just finished their worst off-year August since 2007 — the year the party lost control of Congress. Thus far in 2011, the DCCC has raised $41.26 million in campaign cash — edging out the National Republican Congressional Committee‘s $40.38 million. In August, the NRCC raised $3 million — compared to $3.56
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Bill Clinton: Cheney up to political mischief

Former President Bill Clinton says he has high regard for Dick Cheney‘s political skills even if the former vice president tries to cause mischief for Democrats. Cheney recently praised Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of the Obama administration‘s “most competent” members and said it would be “interesting to speculate” how she might be as president. Cheney suggested, tongue in cheek, she might want to challenge Barack Obama in 2012, and said he wouldn’t discourage a primary fight. Bill Clinton tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” he’s “gratified whenever anyone says anything nice” about his wife, but one of
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Graham: Election is GOP’s to lose

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says the upcoming presidential election is the GOP‘s to lose. Graham says President Barack Obama has done “everything he knows how” to beat himself and that people have little confidence in Obama’s policies because they aren’t working. When it comes to who should lead the GOP in the 2012 campaign for the White House, the South Carolina Republican isn’t making any predictions or saying whether he would prefer one candidate over another. Graham appeared Sunday on CNN‘s “State of the Union.”
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Can Tommy Thompson pull off a political comeback?

For more than a decade, Tommy Thompson was the face of the Republican Party in Wisconsin. He was elected governor four times. Word that he was considering a political comeback seemed to offer the GOP the prospect of a high-profile contender for a Democratic-held Senate seat and a better shot at winning control of the chamber in 2012. But as Thompson weighs a possible bid, Republicans here find themselves with surprisingly mixed feelings about their most famous living politician and where he fits into the party these days. “He’s done a lot of good things,” said Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald,
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Cain tried to conceal gay advisor

Facing concerns from supporters in Iowa, Herman Cain’s presidential campaign tried to conceal the role of a top adviser who had been ousted as leader of a gay pride group in Wisconsin amid a financial scandal, a former staffer has alleged in legal testimony. Cain’s former Iowa straw poll coordinator, Kevin Hall, made the allegation in a letter applying for unemployment benefits and in testimony during a hearing last week. The Associated Press obtained the letter, supporting documents he submitted and audio of the hearing from Iowa Workforce Development. A Cain campaign lawyer did not dispute Hall’s allegations during the
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Voters humiliate Obama, Democrats in New York, Nevada

Voters in special elections Tuesday sent a loud, clear and harsh message to President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. The party of the jackass lost a normally safe seat in New York and suffered a humiliating blowout in Nevada. “The base stayed home or those who showed up voted the other way,” a disheartened Democratic strategist told Capitol Hill Blue.  He characterized the Democratic base as “betrayed, disappointed, furious and disgusted” with Obama and the party. Going into the special election Tuesday morning, even House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer admitted to reporters that blame for losses in the two
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Death without health insurance is a laughing matter at tea party debate

Dying because you lack health insurance is apparently a laughing matter to some — especially tea party members and supporters. Which may explain why so many in the audience laughed, cheered and shouted out “yeah” when Republican/Libertarian Presidential candidate Ron Paul was asked during Monday’s tea party Presidential debate that if a healthy, 30-year-old man without health insurance suddenly went into a coma and needed intensive and expensive treatment, should “society should just let him die?” To his credit, Paul disagreed with the bloodthirsty and insensitive crowd, saying that there are alternatives to government-funded health care and noting that when
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Poll shows deep divisions on gay marriage

Barbara Von Aspern loves her daughter, “thinks the world” of the person her daughter intends to marry and believes the pair should have the same legal rights as anyone else. It pains her, but Von Aspern is going to skip their wedding. Her daughter, Von Aspern explains, is marrying another woman. “We love them to death, and we love them without being judgmental,” the 62-year-old Chandler, Ariz., retiree said. “But the actual marriage I cannot agree with.” It’s complicated, this question of legitimizing gay marriage. Americans are grappling with it from their homes to the halls of government in the
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