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Bush: We must support Obama

Former President George W. Bush, making his first public speech since leaving office in January, says he wants Barack Obama to succeed and that it's "essential" to support the new leader.

Bush declined to critique the Obama administration in Tuesday's speech, saying the new president has enough critics and that he "deserves my silence."

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has said that Obama's decisions threatened America's safety. Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has said he hoped Obama would fail.

"I love my country a lot more than I love politics," Bush said. "I think it is essential that he be helped in office."


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Protests greet Bush in Canada

More than 100 protesters chanted "war criminal" and flung shoes in Calgary on Tuesday, angry that former U.S. President George W. Bush was in the Canadian city to give his first speech since leaving the White House.

At least two demonstrators were hauled away by police after brief skirmishes, as 1,500 business people in the oil patch city waited outside a convention center for an hour to pass through tight security and enter the C$400-a-plate ($315) luncheon.

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Time for a new party symbol?

We are a nation in need of new animals. Because the old ones -- the symbols of our two major political parties -- no longer reflect reality.

The elephant must go as the Republican Party symbol. We all know that elephants never forget -- and the problem today's Republicans have is they can no longer remember.


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Putting Rush Limbaugh into perspective

Rush Limbaugh wants President Barack Obama to fail, he has said more than once, and liberal commentators are aghast, either because they haven't bothered to check out the context of his remarks or are hopelessly befogged by bias.

A couple of minutes of Google searches would inform the lazy ones that while Limbaugh may characteristically have found a provocative way to phrase his thoughts, he was actually saying he hoped Obama would fail to afflict the nation with horrendous policies. Not so outrageous, huh?


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The GOP and Rush Limbaugh

The Republican Party is embarrassing itself over Rush Limbaugh. It's great fun for the Democrats and amusing to political independents and Limbaugh himself seems to be having a great time.

Limbaugh made a huge splash in the national political debate when he said he hoped President Obama would fail. He later elaborated that he wanted Obama's policies, with which he vehemently disagreed, to fail but having just come off a president that did fail stuck a nerve with the public.


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Unions try to heal their differences

Nearly four years after a nasty breakup split organized labor, union leaders are again talking about reuniting under a single, more powerful federation, possibly this year.

Leaders from 12 of the nation's largest unions, along with rival federations AFL-CIO and Change to Win, have held three meetings since January aimed at setting aside differences and taking advantage of the most favorable political climate for unions in 15 years.


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A new direction for the GOP

The Republican Party's selection of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele as party chief is almost as historic as the Democrats' nomination of Barack Obama as the party's presidential candidate (not his election, just his nomination.).

But unlike President Obama, who has served to draw many independents and even a smattering of Republicans into the fold and who broadened the Democrats' membership and popularity, my guess is Steele will do little or nothing of the same for the GOP.


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Is Sarah Palin ignoring Alaska?

Driving home at night from her Capitol office, the leader of Alaska's House Democrats often passes the governor's white-columned mansion and wonders why more lights aren't on.

Rep. Beth Kerttula assumes Gov. Sarah Palin is out of town, though Palin's staffers say so far their boss has been there for most of the legislative session that began Jan. 20.


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