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White House says Obama’s immigration plan is ‘just a backup’

The White House is downplaying its draft proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don’t come up with an immigration overhaul of their own. It won’t be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Barack Obama wants to “be prepared” in case the small bipartisan group of senators fails to devise a plan for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. In response, lawmakers assured the White House they are working on their own plan — and warned that Obama would
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Obama’s State of the Disunion

President Barack Obama rewrote history in real time Tuesday night, telling the nation that most, if not all, the problems this country faces were inherited and everything would be OK if only the other side would always let him do things his way. Blaming a nation in chaos entirely on the Republican party, Obama’s State of the Union address was more political stump speech than a factual report on a nation divided by political strife, hobbled by weak leadership and stymied by a system that no longer works. Capitol Hill Blue asked a panel of speech watchers to pick the
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Ron Paul’s niche support: Solid but not enough

Ron Paul‘s niche support among specific libertarian and right-wing voters keeps him hovering near first place in Iowa as state’s unique caucus primary system approaches but his band of rabid supporters forget one thing. A win in Iowa doesn’t translate into long-term political success or the Republican nomination for President. Just ask former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who won Iowa four years with support form the same cadres of narrow-interest voters that now flock around Paul.  A few weeks later, Huckabee was history. “Iowa is a lot of hoopla but little else,” says Michael Jander, who worked for Huckabee in
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Cain turns to Secret Service to hide from the press

Herman Cain is hiding behind a new security barrier of Secret Service agents — the first GOP candidate to request such protection in the 2012 campaign — and claims he wants the guards because of threats against him. But a source close to the Cain campaign confirmed to Capitol Hill Blue this week that the candidate is more concerned about the threat of a free press than any potential assassin. “He wants to keep reporters at bay,” the source said.  “He sees the media as an enemy.” In fact, Cain is so afraid of the press that he canceled a
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A Republican presidential quagmire

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends We’re so glad you could attend Come inside! Come inside!* From any rational point of view, the Republican party is in a mess as it stumbles towards naming a candidate to face Barack Obama in 2012. In its manic scramble to find someone — anyone — to stave off former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney‘s seemingly inevitable march to the nomination, the GOP is turning to an endless series of flawed, unqualified or inept pretenders to the throne. With scandal-scarred, former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich joining the latest revolving
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Sadly, class is not a prerequisite for the presidency

A commenter on one of Capitol Hill Blue’s recent stories noted that GOP presidential contender Ron Paul has more “class” than another challenger — the constantly whiny Michelle Bachmann. That’s true — and if class had any bearing in presidential elections, Paul would be a frontrunner instead of a second tier contender who has no chance at winning the nomination, much less the presidency. Sadly, class has nothing to do in determining who becomes a party’s nominee or eventually president of this nation. Neither, unfortunately, does competence, honesty, ability or morality. If ability were a determining factor, we would not
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Doom and gloom dominate Obama White House

The Obama White House is in disarray, hamstrung by internal strife, bogged down with mixed messages and stalled by a general lack of direction. Even President Barack Obama‘s signature health care reform is on life support, eaten away by segments that aren’t working. The administration’s decision last week to scrap a long-term health care insurance program — a key part of the Obama package — signals growing concern inside the White House that things just aren’t working out the way they hoped. “The Obama White House is in trouble, there’s no doubt about that,” says Democratic political operative Gary Northridge.
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Americans overwhelmingly support Obama’s jobs plan

Republican filibusterers in the Democratic-controlled Senate doen’t care much for President Barack Obama‘s jobs bill. They proved that by blocking floor debate on the bill Tuesday. A new poll, however, shows Republicans are ignoring the will of the people, who approve of the President’s job plans by nearly a 2-1 margin. The latest survey by NBC/Wall Street Journal shows 63 percent of those polled approved of Obama’s “Americans Jobs Act,” while 32 percent oppose it. The American public apparently also likes Obama’s plan to repeal tax loopholes for the rich — something ardently opposed by Republicans who depend on the
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Obama admits America is worse off under his presidency

President Barack Obama admitted Monday that the America he sought to lead four years ago is not better off now than it was then but — as is his style — stopped short of accepting the blame for the nation’s woes. Said Obama in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: They’re not better off then they were before Lehman’s collapse, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession that we’re going through.  I think that what we’ve seen is that we’ve been able to make steady progress to stabilize the economy, but the unemployment rate is still way too high.
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Obama chastises GOP candidates for silence on gay rights

President Barack Obama, obviously angry at GOP rivals who sidestep the contentious issue of gays in the military, Saturday said that anyone who desires to become commander in chief of America’s armed forces must support everyone in uniform — including those of different sexual persuasions. “You want to be commander in chief?  You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient,” Obama told those attending the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights organization. “We don’t believe in standing silent.” Obama’s remarks
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