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Obama’s push on energy bill falls on deaf Capitol Hill ears

President Barack Obama’s muted call for comprehensive energy legislation failed to sway a hesitant Congress on Wednesday, with hopes for approval before November elections fading fast. In his first national address from the Oval Office, Obama said on Tuesday the Gulf of Mexico oil spill provided a chance to break the U.S. dependence on fossil fuels and find new ways to power factories, automobiles and electric utilities so they emit fewer global-warming pollutants. But he offered no specifics, and the lack of guidance frustrated some supporters and lent little urgency to an issue that has fallen down a crowded list
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Obama talks tough but can he deliver?

Fresh from admonishing BP before the world, President Barack Obama now gets his moment with the oil company’s leaders. It will be on his turf and, he vowed to an angry nation, on his terms. “We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused,” Obama declared in his first Oval Office address, a venue often reserved for matters of war. That is now how Obama describes the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — a “siege” on the shores of America. Obama’s showdown at the White House on Wednesday with BP executives will be his
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Gulf Coasters aren’t buying Obama’s side show

President Barack Obama promised that life would return to normal for people living on the stricken Gulf Coast, and BP said by the end of the month it would contain more than three times as much oil spewing from a ruptured undersea well. The pledges didn’t placate some residents. “I think that as long as BP is still in control, there’s not a lot he can do other than show support for the residents of these Gulf states,” Jennifer Jenkins, 34, of Long Beach, said of Obama. The president visited Mississippi and Alabama Monday as part of a two-day stop.
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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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