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Obama admits ‘shellacking’ but still doesn’t get the point

A chastened President Barack Obama admitted he had suffered a “shellacking” in this week’s US mid-term elections, but refused to see it as a repudiation of his transformative domestic agenda. He instead blamed the loss of the House of Representatives and Republican gains in the Senate on deep voter frustration at the sluggish recovery and his failure to clean up the “ugly mess” in Washington. “It feels bad,” Obama said, digesting his defeat in a White House news conference. His comments set the tone for a looming period of divided government and political confrontation in which he must now chart
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In Washington, it will be Obama vs. Boehner

This is a two-person, two-party town now. And President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and incoming House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, need each other — as both partners and foils while they push their own legislative agendas and lay the groundwork for the 2012 elections. The unlikely duo must find areas of compromise to get something — anything, really — done to appease an unhappy electorate demanding economic stability from a government voters don’t think works. At the same time, each leader must figure out how to use the other to draw partisan contrasts that will fire up their respective
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Obama struggles to recapture old election magic

President Barack Obama tried to recapture some of the big-stage excitement of his 2008 campaign Sunday, imploring voters not to reward what he called Republican cynicism and incompetence by sitting out the Nov. 2 elections. The president delivered one of his most stinging indictments yet of the GOP record to several thousand people under blue skies in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. Obama acknowledged that many Americans are frustrated, especially about the economy. He said Republicans have decided “to ride that frustration and anger” without providing solutions. And he said congressional Republicans deliberately opposed his administration and the Democratic majority on almost
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With Rahm gone, a change in tone at 1600 Pennsylvania

Reshaping the tone and tenor of the White House, President Barack Obama on Friday replaced the colorful and caustic Rahm Emanuel with the private Pete Rouse as his chief of staff, shifting to a new phase of his presidency with a drastically different aide as trusted gatekeeper. Emanuel’s decision to quit the White House and run for Chicago mayor had been so well known that even Obama mocked the lack of suspense. But it still felt like the most important transition to date for the Obama operation, which has been fueled for nearly two years by Emanuel’s demands, drive and
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Bye bye Rahm Emanuel, hello Pete Rouse

President Barack Obama is making official what has been clear for days: Rahm Emanuel, the relentless enforcer of his agenda as White House chief of staff, is resigning. The job Emanuel wants now is mayor of Chicago, where his next fierce political fight awaits. What Emanuel leaves behind is more than a staff job. It is the most demanding and influential position in the White House — save for Obama’s. The person who holds it is entrusted to shape the president’s thinking, prioritize his time, manage scores of egos and issues and keep the White House focused on its goals.
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American opinions divided over Obamacare

President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture’s not that clear cut. A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1. “I was disappointed that it didn’t provide universal coverage,” said Bronwyn Bleakley, 35, a biology professor from Easton, Mass. More than 30 million people would gain coverage in 2019 when the law is fully phased in, but another 20 million
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Obama launches propaganda program to sell flawed health care ‘reform’

With many Americans both confused and angry over the lack of any real “reform” in President Barack Obama‘s health care reform, the President is taking the blame. Not for the failing of the health care bill itself but for his failure to sell the program to the American people. So Obama is launching a new propaganda program to try and sell what many Americans aren’t buying. Opponents say the President’s new push is too little too late. “The six-month anniversary of ObamaCare will be a lonely one for President Obama and congressional Democrats,” Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said
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Obama faces voter anger, disappointment

President Barack Obama on Monday said times were still tough for many Americans, as he defended his policies during aggressive questioning after the worst U.S. recession since the 1930s was declared over. As audience members at a townhall-style meeting voiced exasperation and disappointment at his administration, and one woman said she was “exhausted” from defending him, Obama stressed he understood that people were frustrated. “Even though economists may say the recession officially ended last year, obviously for the millions of people who are still out of work … it is still very real for them,” Obama told the meeting, hosted
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Midterms will define Obama’s presidency

The congressional election in November will define President Barack Obama’s next two years in office as Republicans look likely to pick up seats and put their stamp on issues ranging from the huge budget deficit to economic recovery and immigration. Reuters correspondents will interview an influential line-up of newsmakers at next week’s Reuters Washington Summit starting on Monday and they will take an in-depth look at the election and its implications for Obama. Elected in 2008 on the promise of changing Washington, Obama will be forced to scale back his ambitions if the Republicans, who have tried to block his
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New polls showcase Obama’s freefall

New opinion polls Tuesday made painful reading for President Barack Obama’s Democrats, cementing conventional wisdom that they face a pounding by Republicans in November’s congressional elections. The surveys, published after the traditional campaign kick-off date of the Labor Day weekend, suggest voters have soured on Obama, see him as too liberal and are increasingly pessimistic about the sluggish economic recovery. At a time of high unemployment and economic pain, it appears that the cocktail of hope and change that powered Obama to the presidency has drained away and that a short era of Democratic political dominance may be closing. Yet
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