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Obama wants cooperation from balky GOP Congress

As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have “gone off the rails” and urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote them out of office. The mixed messages aim to cast Obama as being above the fray even as he embarks on one of his most intense fundraising sprees for the Democratic Party. “I’m not overly partisan,” he insisted Tuesday before 250 donors in a well-to-do lakefront neighborhood in Seattle. “The problem is not the Republican Party per se. The problem is
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Obama wants subpoena of top aide quashed

The White House asked the Republican chairman of a congressional committee on Monday to lift a subpoena against President Barack Obama’s political adviser, who has been called to testify on Wednesday about his office’s operations. Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee, last week subpoenaed Obama political adviser David Simas to testify about how his office complies with the Hatch Act, a law that forbids most federal government employees from engaging in partisan political activity. Simas is director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. Recent presidents, both Democratic and
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