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Obama may strike out on health benefits extension

If Chuck Lacasse had gotten his pink slip four days earlier, Uncle Sam would have covered most of his family’s health insurance while he looked for a new job. But Congress allowed emergency health care assistance for unemployed workers to expire May 31, and seems unwilling to renew it despite pleas from President Barack Obama. Not three months after lawmakers passed his $1 trillion insurance overhaul, Obama is facing a rare defeat on health care at the hands of his own divided Democrats. Moderates have rebelled against adding billions more to the deficit in a treacherous election year. “The same
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Obama looking for some asses to kick

President Barack Obama says he wants to know “whose ass to kick” in the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Some might suggest the President should start by kicking his own ass. Obama tried staged anger as a ploy today in interviews with NBC’s Today Show. He tried out some new material, including jabs at BP CEO Tony Hayward, who said this week that “I want my life back” and claimed the “environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very, very modest” because the Gulf is “a big ocean.” Obama’s response: “He wouldn’t be working
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Obama’s shtick is wearing thin

President Barack Obama’s tepid response to the Gulf Oil spill that is spreading into a massive environmental crisis highlights both his inability to deal effectively with a national crisis and a growing public awareness that this President is just not up to the job. New York Times columnist Frank Rich notes that Obama’s “lingering failings should and could be corrected.” When an Obama cheerleader like Rich joins the “Obama is a failure” crowd you know the President is headed for a one-term disaster. Writes Rich: We still want to believe that Obama is on our side, willing to fight those
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Obama tries anger in latest attempt to salvage Presidency

Dogged for being too calm in crisis, President Barack Obama unleashed frustration for all to see Friday, warning BP it had better do right by the people whose lives it has wrecked. The president’s third trek to the Gulf of Mexico was about the workers with no government titles, the shrimpers and the shopkeepers, the fishermen whose lives have been upended and are running out of people to blame. Yet Obama’s trip was also about him. He says it serves little substantive point to go around and yell — that people want results, not a show — but presidents face
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Obama heads for Gulf Coast for another photo op

President Barack Obama, his Presidency drowning in a sea of oil, heads back to the Gulf Coast today for photo ops to try and shore up his his standing with a public that is increasingly fed up with what they see as his tepid response to the massive oil spill and environmental disaster. Obama, under fire for what many consider a lackluster response to the mounting crisis, now claims he is “furious” and is scrapping plans for an overseas junket. But critics see Obama’s latest visit to the oil-covered region as just another carefully-scripted photo op that will have little
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The Obama White House: ‘Let’s make a deal’

The White House faced fresh questions over back-room dealmaking after a Colorado Democrat acknowledged he had been encouraged by one of President Barack Obama’s top advisers to apply for an international development job instead of challenging the candidate whom the president favored in a Senate race. The revelation again called into question repeated promises by Obama to run an open government that was above private political horse-trading. In appealing to voters this election year, Republicans charge that Obama’s promise to change the ways of Washington has given way to the craven politics he campaigned against. Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew
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Israeli raid puts Obama, America, in a big political bind

The diplomatic crisis prompted by Israel’s raid on a flotilla of aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip confronts President Barack Obama with a second major test by the Israeli leadership and presents yet another blow to his goal of brokering peace with the Palestinians. Also taking a hit: the president’s effort to improve the U.S. image in the Arab world. Muslim countries, even U.S. allies Turkey and Egypt, are slamming Obama over his measured reaction to the raid. Egypt is breaking ranks — temporarily at least — with Israel in their joint blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Still to be
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Obama flees thunderstorm on Memorial Day

President Barack Obama, already under fire for skipping the traditional Memorial Day wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, fled from a thunderstorm at Lincoln National Cemetery south of Chicago and hid in a administration building, leaving those who came to hear his remarks scrambling from the rain. So the White House propaganda machine went into overdrive and hastily arranged a small crowd of hand-picked attendees at Andrews Air Force Base so he could fly back to Washington to try and salvage a Memorial Day that had turned into a public relations disaster. “This may not be safe,” he said in Illinois
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White House admits using Clinton to pressure Sestak

Forced to disclose backstage political bargaining, President Barack Obama’s embarrassed White House acknowledged on Friday that it enlisted Bill Clinton to try to ease Rep. Joe Sestak out of Pennsylvania’s Senate primary with a job offer. The admission left many questions unanswered, however, and Republicans aren’t likely to let the issue rest. For Obama, the revelations called into question his repeated promises to run an open government that was above back room deals. Seeking to quiet the clamor from Republicans and some Democrats over a possible political trade, the White House released a report describing the offer that was intended
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Obama snubs vets: Skips Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery

President Barack Obama would rather vacation in Chicago on this Memorial Day and insults veterans by skipping the traditional ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Vice President Joe Biden will stand in for the President at the wreath-laying ceremony while Obama will put in an appearance at Illinois’s Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. The snub is not sitting well with some vets. “I’m not happy,” World War II vet Nathan Abbe told WCBS-TV in New York. “I think it’s an insult to all veterans.” Vietnam Vet Vince McGowan canceled his plans to go to Arlington after hearing Obama wouldn’t be there. “Let
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