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Chamber of Commerce hits back at Obama attacks

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is fighting back against what it calls a carefully-orchestrated campaign by President Barack Obama to undermine the organization and its goals. Tom Donahue, CEO and President of the Chamber, tells Politico that the White House and its allies are "trying to marginalize the Chamber as well as the people who work here." Donahue's comments show the Chamber is not backing away from a fight with the President of the United States. In fact, the business groups seems to relish the fight because it says Obama's attacks are helping them raise more money.
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Obama declares swine flu a ‘national emergency’

President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients. The declaration, signed Friday night and announced Saturday, comes with the disease more prevalent than ever in the country and production delays undercutting the government's initial, optimistic estimates that as many as 120 million doses of the vaccine could be available by mid-October.
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Obama to banks: Help small businesses

Banks should return the favor they received in their recent taxpayer-financed bailout by lending more money to small businesses, President Barack Obama said Saturday. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said too many small business owners remain unable to get credit despite administration steps to jump-start lending, which was virtually frozen when the financial crisis took hold last year. "These are the very taxpayers who stood by America's banks in a crisis, and now it's time for our banks to stand by creditworthy small businesses and make the loans they need to open their doors, grow their operations and create new jobs," Obama said.
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Obama’s consumer protection plan faces long fight

Take a hard look now. A new agency that consumers were promised would make bankers, credit card companies and mortgage lenders treat them fairly will never look as strong again. Legislation to establish President Barack Obama's proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency cleared a key hurdle this week. But it's already been watered down from what Obama proposed and will likely become even weaker when it comes up against higher hurdles on the House floor and in the Senate. It may even die along the way.
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Obama close to decision on Afghan war

Expectations are mounting in Washington that President Barack Obama may be moving towards a commitment to send more troops to Afghanistan, following an exhaustive review of US war strategy. But the exact timing of a decision, the make-up and size of any US reinforcements, and their reconfigured mission remain unclear, pending a conclusion to a high-level policy review. Obama has said he may choose a new plan, which would involve a ruling on war commander General Stanley McChrystal's request for thousands more counter-insurgency troops, before the Afghan run-off election on November 7.
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White House attacks worry some Dems

A White House effort to undermine conservative critics is generating a backlash on Capitol Hill — and not just from Republicans. “It’s a mistake,” said Rep. Jason Altmire, a moderate Democrat from western Pennsylvania. “I think it’s beneath the White House to get into a tit for tat with news organizations.”
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Is Obama the new Nixon?

The third-ranking Senate Republican said Wednesday the Obama administration appears to be launching a Richard Nixon-like political strategy of making an "enemies list" of people who disagree with the president. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who once worked in President Nixon's administration, warned the White House that such a "street brawl" approach of attacking political opponents "can get you in a lot of trouble."
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Protecting Obama puts strain on Secret Service

The unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama, a rise in racist hate groups, and a new wave of antigovernment fervor threaten to overwhelm the US Secret Service, according to government officials and reports, raising new questions about the 144-year-old agency’s overall mission. The Secret Service is tracking a far broader range of possible threats to the nation’s leaders, the officials said, even as it also investigates financial crimes such as counterfeiting as part of its original mandate.
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Obama’s plan: Undermine, discredit all critics

President Barack Obama and the White House propaganda machine are working overtime to undermine critics, particularly those on the right or affiliated with the Republican Party. The systematic attacks against right-wing Fox News is part of a what Politico.Com calls a coordinated campaign to "marginalize the most powerful forces behind the Republican Party, setting loose top White House officials to undermine conservatives in the media, business and lobbying worlds."
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