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Fired intel director knew his days were numbered

For months, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has been a dead man walking — and he knew it. So constant and vicious were the leaks from the White House and Congress of his imminent departure that he opened a recent speech on intelligence reform with a joke that his replacement would be Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb. The crowd’s laughter was just a little uncomfortable, as Blair himself spotlighted the elephant in the room by suggesting that even the just-traded NFL star was being mentioned to fill the job. Everyone seemed to know this just wasn’t working. His 16-month tenure had
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Rhodent upstages Obama

In the midst of his battle with the titans of Wall Street, President Barack Obama was nearly upstaged by a rodent. Obama had just begun a Rose Garden statement lauding the end of a Senate filibuster on his financial overhaul when some kind of rodent dashed out of the bushes to his right, just outside the Oval Office. As photographers snapped away in the sun-drenched garden, the critter scurried straight past the gray podium with the presidential seal and made a bee-line for another set of bushes to Obama’s left. It’s not clear if the president could even see the
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Obama endorsement not worth much

President Barack Obama may end up playing a rather hands-off role in this fall’s elections, a surprising turn for a political phenomenon who excited millions of voters just two years ago. Recent elections have tarnished Obama’s luster a bit, and Democratic candidates are likely to be selective in seeking his help. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania became the fourth Democrat in seven months to lose a high-profile race despite the president’s active involvement. Specter’s career-ending loss raises questions of whether Obama can transfer even small portions of the political charm that catapulted him to the White House. Campaign strategists said
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Obama runs and hides from Specter campaign

President Barack Obama has become the “coward in chief” when it comes to supporting candidates in trouble. After wooing Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter to switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic side of the fence, Obama pledged that Specter would “have my full support.” But Obama, as he so often does, lied. With Specter’s campaign in trouble, the President is running and hiding from Specter and refused to come to Pennsylvania to campaign for the man he praised so highly just a year ago. It’s a pattern that repeats itself often in the failing Obama administration. The President is
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Oil drilling regulation lax under Bush, Obama

The federal agency responsible for ensuring that the Deepwater Horizon was operating safely before it exploded last month fell well short of its own policy that the rig be inspected at least once per month, an Associated Press investigation shows. In fact, the agency’s inspection frequency on the Deepwater Horizon fell dramatically over the past five years, according to federal Minerals Management Service records. The rig blew up April 20, killing 11 people before sinking and triggering a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Since January 2005, inspectors issued just one minor infraction for the rig. That strong
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Conservatives come out for Kagan

Conservative lawyers and academics are voicing support for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, praise that could soften criticism from the right and provide cover for any Republican senators inclined to vote for her nomination. The essence of their take on Kagan, the former Harvard Law School dean who now serves as solicitor general, is that she clearly has the smarts to be a justice and has shown an ability to work with all sides on thorny issues. “She has had a remarkable and truly unusual record of reaching out across ideological divides,” said Michael McConnell, a former federal appeals court
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The Obama spin-machine: Lots of propaganda, very little fact

The propaganda machine of President Barack Obama’s White House spews out a constant barrage of daily political spin in a round-the-clock effort to control the message, subvert both the media and political image, and shade the truth in the eyes of voters. Using email, Twitter, an on-line “news” program produced by White House staffers and other communications tools, the Obama White House is an ever-expanding onslaught of political spin and diversion designed to tightly control what the public hears, sees and knows about the President. This propaganda machine costs American taxpayers at least $4.3 million each year, has a paid
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Obama sings his old “blame Republicans” song

With his administration and policies in disarray and his party’s fortunes falling, President Barack Obama returned Thursday to his familiar theme of blaming Republicans for his problems. Obama claimed any failures to jumpstart the economy is all the fault of his predecessor and the current GOP minority in the House and Senate and claimed his economic policies are working. “We are heading in the right direction,” Obama claimed. “Despite all the naysayers who were predicting failure a year ago, our economy is growing again.” Obama’s message may not sell to the the millions of Americans still out of work in
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More bad poll news for Democrats

Memo to Democrats: There’s trouble in Potomac City and that starts with “T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for “polls.” A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds more and more independents turning their backs on Democrats and looking for salvation on the Republican side of the political fence. The poll shows 38 percent of self-described independents saying they will vote for Republicans in this year’s mid-term elections while just 30 percent lean Democratic. Four years ago, 40 percent of independents liked Democrats and just 24 percent favored Republicans. In head-to-head, Democrat vs. Republican questions, a clear
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Is Elena Kagan gay? Should anyone care?

Is Elena Kagan, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, a lesbian? Is it important? Depends on who you talk to. Openly gay blogger Andrew Sullivan says it’s damn important and wants Kagan and the White House to come clean about about her sexual orientation. Writes Sullivan: There are three possibilities, it seems to me, behind the kerfuffle over Elena Kagan’s emotional orientation. The first is that her orientation is heterosexual and she is merely a dedicated career person who never had time for a date. The second is that she is lesbian, and she remains in a glass
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