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For Obama, a major victory on climate

Facing a rare defeat, President Barack Obama put a big dose of political capital on the line and scored a major victory just when he needed one.

In private telephone conversations and last-minute public appeals, Obama leaned heavily on House Democratic holdouts to support the first energy legislation ever designed to curb global warming. The measure ended up passing in dramatic fashion.


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Obama to Senate: Pass the climate bill now

Hours after the House passed landmark legislation meant to curb greenhouse gas emissions and create an energy-efficient economy, President Barack Obama on Saturday urged senators to show courage and follow suit.

The sharply debated bill's fate is unclear in the Senate, and Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to ratchet up pressure on the 100-seat chamber.


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Obama may order open-ended detentions

The White House is considering whether to issue an executive order to indefinitely imprison a small number of Guantanamo Bay detainees, concerned that Congress might otherwise stymie its plans to quickly close the naval prison in Cuba.

Under the proposal, detainees considered too dangerous to prosecute or release would be kept in confinement in the U.S. or possibly overseas, two administration officials said Friday. Otherwise, the White House could get bogged down for months seeking agreement with Congress on a new legal detention system.


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Obama: Yes, we may tax health benefits

With lawmakers trying to crunch the numbers on a $1 trillion health care overhaul, President Barack Obama is leaving the door open to a new tax on employer-provided health care benefits.

Senior senators said Wednesday the benefits tax could be essential for the complex plan to be fully financed.


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Obama’s honeymoon may be over

The Teflon on President Barack Obama may be wearing thin as public trust in his ability to deal with the nation's struggling economy drops and he faces increasing opposition on his often radical policies.

Even members of the President's own party now question some of his actions as the nation slides deeper and deeper into an economic black hole.

A new poll shows a seven-point drop of public trust in the President's expensive, and deficit-laden, economic stimulus plan and mounting concerns about his centerpiece public health insurance plan threaten any chance of passage before the August congressional recess.

While public approval of Obama the man remains strong the warning signs suggest the honeymoon is over for the young, inexperienced President and serious political trouble looms.

Some say the bill is coming due and no one can pay it.


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Obama delays release of torture report

The Obama administration is delaying by a week its release of an internal CIA report on the agency's Bush-era secret detention and interrogation program.

The roughly 150-page report was expected to be released Friday, but a CIA spokesman said government officials were still poring through the documents.

"We continue to review the document to see what additional material can be released in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act," said CIA spokesman George Little.


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Obama takes hard line on consumer protection

President Barack Obama is warning critics of his vast financial overhaul plan that he has no patience for debate from hard-line defenders of a system that has exploited bewildered consumers. Pushing for a law this year, Obama said: "While I'm not spoiling for a fight, I'm ready for one."


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The natives are getting restless

When former President George W. Bush figures its safe to pile on President Obama, you know the people are restless.

Yes, everywhere you go in the United States today, you run up against worry and angst. Jobs are not coming back. For a while it was chic to spend less; now it's just boring. The stock market gyrations are dizzying and depressing. They're rioting in Iran, while Obama ponders what tone to take. On Capitol Hill, they're sucking their thumbs.


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Can we afford Obama’s health care plan?

One can't help but think there is considerable danger in Barack Obama's unswerving determination to alter the nation's health care landscape at what may be a cost most Americans can't even fathom.

The president's zeal is impressive. It is the passion of a true believer who sees a country in which no one is without medical insurance as key to restoring the economy even as the national debt approaches unimaginable dimensions and some of his most ardent supporters are beginning to wonder how to pay for such an ambitious goal.


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Is Obama mishandling the Iran situation?

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets of Tehran in recent days to protest the seemingly dubious results of an election that returned hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power for a second term.

The American response to the protests has generated fresh controversy here. Some conservatives have criticized President Obama for not offering a forceful statement in support of the protesters.


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