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Hillary on Supreme Court job: It ain’t me babe

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed speculation she was interested in being named to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying intended to keep her current position in the Obama administration. Clinton had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who has announced his retirement from the high court. When asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program aired on Sunday if she would continue serving as Secretary of State for the remainder of the Obama administration’s first term in office, Clinton replied, “I intend to … I think so.” “I do not and never have wanted
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Obama wants new restrictions on campaign finance

President Barack Obama on Saturday pressed Congress for swift action on measures to restrict political advertising by corporations and labor unions, saying that “no less than the integrity of our democracy” is at stake. Legislation introduced in Congress this week would require that corporations and unions identify themselves in political ads they pay for and that the chief executive or other top official state that “I approve this message.” The measures are in response to a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in January that upheld the First Amendment rights of these groups to spend money on campaign ads, thus enhancing their
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Second thoughts on the Presidency of George W. Bush

Once considered by some as the worst President of modern times, former President George W. Bush’s legacy may be ready for rehab. While the current administration of Barack Obama seldom misses an opportunity to trash Bush and blame the former President for problems that persist, history may be ready to re-judge some of Bush’s actions and policies while in office. And history may be far kinder to Bush than anyone predicted. Writes McClatchy Newspapers: Is George W. Bush about to start a political comeback? Written off as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history when he left office, the
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Obama interviews Montana judge for Supreme Court slot

President Barack Obama has accelerated his search for his next Supreme Court nominee, meeting in the Oval Office with one of the candidates, federal judge Sidney Thomas of Montana, a person familiar with the conversation says. Obama’s meeting with Thomas on Thursday was his first known formal interview for the upcoming vacancy on the court. He is holding conversations with other candidates, and it is not clear whether he has already had other personal meetings with contenders. Vice President Joe Biden interviewed Thomas at the White House in a separate meeting Thursday, said the person familiar with the conversations, who
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Obama: Don’t expect swift action on immigration reform

President Barack Obama says there “may not be an appetite” in Congress to deal with immigration immediately after going through a tough legislative year. With energy legislation on the table and midterm elections approaching, Obama said Wednesday he didn’t want to force an immigration bill through Congress “just for the sake of politics.” Still, he said discussions on the issue must move forward in a way that can garner the support of the American people. “We’ve gone though a very tough year and I’ve been working Congress very hard, so I know there may not be an appetite immediately to
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Obama hits the campaign trail

President Barack Obama heads into the American heartland Tuesday to launch the Democratic mid-term election campaign in states paying a heavy price for the worst economic crisis in decades. Obama will spend two days hopscotching across Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, after urging his young, multi-racial supporters to thwart what an aide termed a Republican-induced “nightmare” at mid-term elections in November. Democrats fear heavy losses in the polls, which could put their grip on Congress at risk, as opinion surveys show Obama still has lagging approval ratings nationwide, despite several recent big victories. In a YouTube video, Obama made the case
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Health care costs will go up, up, up

President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul law is getting a mixed verdict in the first comprehensive look by neutral experts: More Americans will be covered, but costs are also going up. Economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department concluded in a report issued Thursday that the health care remake will achieve Obama’s aim of expanding health insurance — adding 34 million to the coverage rolls. But the analysis also found that the law falls short of the president’s twin goal of controlling runaway costs, raising projected spending by about 1 percent over 10 years. That increase could get
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Did Goldman-Sachs buy the Obama White House?

While lawyers for Goldman Sachs worked overtime to avoid civil fraud charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm’s CEO visited the White House four times. In addition, the company’s political action committee, employees and relatives of employees dumped close to a million dollars into Obama‘s 2008 Presidential campaign and CEO Lloyd Blankfein was a regular guest at high-dollar donor gatherings with Obama and became part of economic advisor Larry Summer’s inner circle. Now Goldman, facing SEC charges in a massive civil fraud case, is using Obama’s former White House Counsel, Gregory Craig, as a key part of its
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Obama talking to potential Supreme Court nominees

Pushing forward with one of his most consequential decisions, President Barack Obama has begun informal talks with potential nominees for the Supreme Court. And now he is reaching out to the senators who will control the confirmation fight ahead. Obama was to meet Wednesday with the top Democrat and Republican in the Senate, along with leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as he launches a period of political protocol that comes with each high court nomination. The White House says the point is for Obama to get advice from the senators on how to proceed and even ideas of people
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Geithner claims economy growing ‘faster than expected’

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (GYT’-nur) says the economy is growing faster than the Obama administration expected. He tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the country is on the way to sustained job creation. But he acknowledges that unemployment may remain high, close to 10 percent. Geithner says there’s more confidence in the business world, and he says the private sector is growing. He also says people are spending more. He said he sees encouraging signs that should make Americans confident the country will emerge stronger. Related articles by Zemanta Geithner Predicts Passage of Financial Overhaul (abcnews.go.com) Geithner: Jobless Rate Unacceptable
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