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Health care opposition up, Obama down in poll

Opposition to President Barack Obama‘s health care law jumped after he signed it — a clear indication his victory could become a liability for Democrats in this fall’s elections. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds Americans oppose the health care remake 50 percent to 39 percent. Before a divided Congress finally passed the bill and Obama signed it at a jubilant White House ceremony last month, public opinion was about evenly split. Another 10 percent of Americans say they are neutral. Disapproval for Obama’s handling of health care also increased from 46 percent in early March before he signed the
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Obama’s nuke summit advances his international role

In two weeks of concentrated and personal nuclear diplomacy, Barack Obama has made a start on the statesman’s resume envisioned by those with great hopes for his presidency. When Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, many analysts, observers and American voters shared a common question, “Why?” The young president was praised as an orator and peddler of lofty goals, but by year’s end, critics began to sniff at a paucity of foreign policy achievements. But in recent days, Obama flexed American power with a new disarmament treaty with Russia, and reset US nuclear policy. Then he coaxed most
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Obama says ‘nada’ to Clinton for Supreme Court

President Barack Obama‘s White House moved quickly Monday to quash speculation that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be his latest nominee the Supreme Court. “The President thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job as Secretary of State and wants her to remain in that position,” White House Spokesman Ben LaBolt told The Washington Post. Clinton’s name surfaced on the news talk show circuit when Senators Orin Hatch and Patrick Leahey said they had heard Clinton was under consideration to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. White House sources say Obama never even considered Clinton for the Supreme Court
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Obama’s jobs program stalls in Congress

The election-year jobs agenda promised by President Barack Obama and Democrats has stalled seven months before voters determine control of Congress. Democrats have no money to pay for the program. That’s because both Republicans and the Democratic chairman of the Senate Budget Committee objected to taking money left over from the fund that bailed out banks, automakers and insurers and using it for the jobs bill. Such a move, they insisted, would add tens of billions of dollars to the $12.8 trillion national debt. An $80 billion-plus Senate plan promised an infusion of cash to build roads and schools, help
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Obama, Medvedev sign new nuke treaty

Reaching anew for peace, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed a treaty to shrink their nations’ nuclear arsenals, the biggest such pact between the former Cold War foes in a generation. Tenaciously negotiated by even the leaders themselves, the treaty commits their nations to slash the number of strategic nuclear warheads by one-third and more than halve the number of missiles, submarines and bombers carrying them. In a lavish chamber within the Czech capital’s presidential castle complex, the two presidents put their names to history. The treaty must be now be ratified by Russia’s parliament
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Supreme Court: Obama’s next battleground

President Barack Obama, fresh off a bruising battle over healthcare, could face another tough fight in Congress to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy if 89-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens retires as expected. A confirmation battle could sidetrack Democratic plans to focus on the economy and job creation ahead of November’s congressional elections in which Republicans are hoping to regain control of Congress. Obama secured Senate confirmation last year of Sonia Sotomayor, his first high court nominee, after a heated battle in which conservatives questioned her suitability for the job. Stevens, who leads the four-member liberal minority on the nation’s
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Obama looks to tone down ‘terrorist’ rhetoric

President Barack Obama’s advisers plan to remove terms such as “Islamic radicalism” from a document outlining national security strategy and will use the new version to emphasize that the U.S. does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism, counterterrorism officials say. The change would be a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventive war. It currently states, “The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.” The officials described the changes on condition of anonymity because the document
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Obama unveils restrictive nuclear weapon use policy

The Obama administration is unveiling a new nuclear weapons policy that seeks to narrow the circumstances under which the United States would use such weapons while preserving long-standing assurances of nuclear protection for allies, U.S. officials said. It is a delicate balance that the administration will describe in a policy document, called a nuclear posture review, to be released Tuesday following a full year of deliberation led by the Pentagon in consultation with allied governments. The document is expected to include language reducing U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons for its national defense by narrowing potential U.S. nuclear targets. That reflects
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White House propaganda shades truth on slow job recovery

White House propagandists hit the talk show circuit Sunday to claim success in reversing the longest recession since the Great Recession but the glowing claims downplayed the economic reality of a slow recovery that will do little to help the millions of Americans who remain unemployed and have little hope of finding jobs in the near or distant future. The Obama administration claims of adding 162,000 new jobs in March downplays the fact that most of those jobs are temporary census workers who will soon be out of work again when the national count is complete. Most of the 8.4
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Obama offers offshore oil drilling program

President Barack Obama, who campaigned against offshore drilling for oil during his 2008 Presidential campaign, now wants to allow such drilling 50 miles off the Virginia coast and may open up other stretches of the Atlantic coast and areas off Alaska. Obama will offer a program that reverses the long-standing ban on coastal drilling outside the Gulf of Mexico, a move that will anger environmentalists and the left-wing of the Democratic Party. According to the Los Angeles Times, the plan would eventually open up two-thirds of the eastern Gulf’s existing resources for drilling, allow drilling off the Virginia coast, study
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