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President proposes health care cuts

President Barack Obama is seeking to help pay for his health care plan by sharply reducing the government's medical spending, mainly by trimming payments to prescription drugmakers, hospitals and other care providers.

His ambitions are thick but the details thin; the president and his aides said specific ways for achieving the cuts will be decided later. The negotiations could trigger fierce political battles between powerful industries trying to protect their profits.


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Obama shipping more Gitmo detainees overseas

The Obama administration has begun shipping newly cleared Guantanamo Bay inmates abroad, including three sent at week's end to Saudi Arabia, to regain momentum in its effort to close the prison camp at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

The prospects for any transfers of Guantanamo inmates to the mainland U.S. have dimmed in recent weeks as Congress acted to block funding to pay for the moves. And foreign countries have been hesitant to take even cleared detainees who were deemed not to pose security threats.


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Obama abandons plan to bring detainees to U.S.

President Barack Obama is pulling the plug on his controversial plan to resettle cleared Guantanamo detainees in the United States, admitting defeat in the face of strong, bi-partisan opposition from Congress.

His capitulation on the issue is a rare defeat for the popular President.

The Washington Post revealed the decision in Friday's edition and noted that Obama's defeat also complicates efforts to persuade other countries to take former prisoners from the base in Cuba.


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Obama fires IG who investigated his pal

President Barack Obama says he has lost confidence in the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs and has told Congress he is removing him from the position.

Obama's move follows an investigation by IG Gerald Walpin of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star, into the misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group that Johnson headed.


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Is Obama going too far with auto bailout?

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday may have cleared the way for the federal government to conclude Chrysler's sale to Italian auto giant Fiat, but nagging questions remain about how President Obama handled what amounts to the nationalization of two of America's Big Three automakers.


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Barack Obama’s hyprocrisy

President Obama took his wife on a date in New York City, getting there and back via Air Force One, helicopters and a limousine, paying for this transportation with maybe $24,000 in taxpayer cash, and giving a vivid example of how he says one thing (it's time for sacrifice) and does another (indulges in a splurge).


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Obama to Congress: Pay your own way

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to pay for its programs with spending cuts or tax increases in a fresh bid to rein in ballooning federal budget deficits.

"The pay-as-you-go rule is very simple: Congress can only spend a dollar if it saves a dollar elsewhere," Obama told lawmakers gathered at the White House.

"My administration is submitting to Congress a proposal to codify this rule in law -- and I hope that the House and Senate will act quickly to pass it.


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Obama stimulus plan: Deja vu all over again

President Barack Obama is promising some exciting coming attractions for his stimulus plan. But it turns out they're just summer reruns.

Obama promised Monday to ramp up spending from the $787 billion stimulus fund and create or save 600,000 jobs by the end of the summer. It was an effort to shift the focus away from persistently rising unemployment and beat back criticism that the money isn't flowing quickly enough.

Those promises aren't new.


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Clinton: U.S. may take action against N. Korea

The Obama administration wants help from U.S. allies and possibly China to cut off North Korean shipments that may be carrying nuclear technology or other weapons.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview broadcast Sunday that failing to take aggressive and effective action against North Korea could spark an arms race in northeast Asia.


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