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Sagging polls, infighting: trouble for Obama

President Barack Obama used to command sky-high approval ratings from Americans in the polls.

No more.

The President's job approval rating is down to 55 percent -- below the two-thirds popularity enjoyed by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush at the end of their first six months in office.

Both Carter and the elder Bush were one-term Presidents.

Obama's inability to deal effectively with the many problems affecting the nation, along with growing dissatisfaction not only among rank-and-file Americans but also within his own party, signals trouble for the young, inexperienced President.


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Setbacks force Obama to delay budget update

The White House is being forced to acknowledge the wide gap between its once-upbeat predictions about the economy and today's bleak landscape.

The administration's annual midsummer budget update is sure to show higher deficits and unemployment and slower growth than projected in President Barack Obama's budget in February and update in May, and that could complicate his efforts to get his signature health care and global-warming proposals through Congress.


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Obama may set up terrorism ‘interrogation’ unit

The Obama administration is considering creating a special unit of professional interrogators to handle key terror suspects, focusing on intelligence-gathering rather than building criminal cases for prosecution, a government official said Saturday.

The recommendation is expected from a presidential task force on interrogation methods that plans to send some findings to the White House on Tuesday.


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Storm clouds loom over Obamaland

President Barack Obama's rosy facade is cracking under the harsh light of reality as the young, inexperienced President's optimism faces an increasing storm of record deficits, economic morass and failed promises.

Obama's hope for a quick resolution on health care remains on life support while the sins of past President George W. Bush take center stage amid new revelations of expanding spy programs and CIA lies to Congress.


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Obama pushes for quick action on health care

House Democrats are moving ahead with sweeping health care legislation as President Barack Obama prods a Senate committee chairman to take faster action on a companion measure.

Moving forcefully on his top domestic priority, Obama told Sen. Max Baucus he wants legislation ready by week's end in the Finance Committee that Baucus chairs, according to numerous Democratic officials.

These officials said Obama made his wishes known directly to Baucus, D-Mont., at a White House meeting Monday attended by administration officials and senior Democratic lawmakers.
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Independents backing away from Obama

Independent voters are taking a second look at President Barack Obama and they don't like what they see.

Obama's popularity among Americans now stands at 56 percent -- his lowest since taking office -- and some predict the President's job approval rating could fall below 50 percent by Labor Day -- a monumental slide for the young leader.


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Do we really need another White House czar?

Health care overhaul legislation from President Barack Obama's congressional allies would create a federal insurance czar with sweeping new powers to oversee medical plans nationwide, an idea already drawing fierce criticism.

State insurance commissioners are objecting, saying it would duplicate what they now do without offering any better protection for consumers. Conservatives are calling it a textbook example of a big government mentality.


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Cashing in by bashing Obama

Barack Obama may be a gold mine for the Democratic Party but he is even more lucrative for those who want to cash in on the uneasiness many Americans have with a liberal, African-American President.

Those who make a living bashing Obama make a very good living doing so and it is a growth market.

Conservative media, which suffered under the failed administration of Republican George W. Bush, is bouncing back by raising the national level of concern on what Obama may or may not be doing to the country.


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Biden: Administration ‘misread’ economy

Vice President Joe Biden said the Obama administration "misread how bad the economy was" but stands by its stimulus package and believes the plan will create more jobs as the pace of its spending picks up.

Biden, in an interview airing Sunday on ABC's "This Week," said the nation's 9.5 percent unemployment rate is "much too high."

"The figures we worked off of in January were the consensus figures and most of the blue chip indexes out there," Biden said.


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Birth of the Obama Doctrine

Punditry is easy. Policy is hard.

OK, to be fair, writing articles and speeches that are powerful and persuasive is a demanding job. But crafting sound policy adds layers of complexity.

Example: President Kennedy pledged that Americans will "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." Very inspiring. But try translating that into policies toward Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Russia, China and Venezuela. That's tough.


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