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Hawaii Gov.: Time to release Obaba birth info

MARK NIESSE Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie wants to find a way to release more information about President Barack Obama‘s Hawaii birth and dispel conspiracy theories that he was born elsewhere. Abercrombie was a friend of Obama’s parents and knew him as a child, and is deeply troubled by the effort to cast doubt on the president’s citizenship. The newly elected governor will ask the state attorney general’s office about what can be done to put an end to questions about Obama’s birth documentation from Aug. 4, 1961, spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said Tuesday. “He had a friendship with Mr. Obama’s
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Obama’s year: Nothing to brag about

Barack Obama‘s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year got off to a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad start. There he was, on New Year’s Day, on vacation with his family in Hawaii, stuck on a secure phone with counterterrorism officials, trying to figure out what screw-ups had allowed a would-be terrorist to board a Christmas Day flight with explosives in his underwear. Things only got worse for Obama when he returned to Washington in between a pair of epic winter storms. From the start, 2010 delivered a string of setbacks that built up to an electoral shellacking come
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Obama worse than Bush, Cheney when it comes to terrorism policies

Two of former President George W. Bush‘s top intelligence officials say President Barack Obama is far worse than either Bush or former Vice President Dick Cheney when it comes to the so-called “war on terror.” Speaking on CNN’s Sysyr of he Union, former National Intelligence Director ad retired Vice Admiral Michael McConnell told host Candy Crowley that he admired the Obama White House for being even more aggressive than Bush or Cheney when it came to terrorism issues. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Obama attacked Bush over what he then called over-aggressive attacks on anti-terrorism issues.  Since the election, some
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Stop the presses! Obamas go to church

President Barack Obama and his family took a break from their Hawaiian vacation to attend Sunday church services, a rare occurrence for a president who prefers to worship in private. The first family arrived at a chapel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii mid-morning for a multi-denominational service. The Obamas were greeted by about 100 clapping parishioners and a band playing “Joy to the World” as they were led to their seats in the front row. In his sermon, chaplain Steve Moses asked worshippers to recommit to God in the new year. He also joked that the reason God put him
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Tax bill packed with goodies for business

The massive new tax bill signed into law by President Barack Obama is filled with all kinds of holiday stocking stuffers for businesses: tax breaks for producing TV shows, grants for putting up windmills, rum subsidies for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. There is even a tax break for people who buy race horses. Millions of homeowners, however, might feel like they got a lump of coal. Homeowners who don’t itemize their deductions will lose a tax break for paying local property taxes. The business tax breaks are part of sweeping legislation that extends Bush era tax cuts for
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Joe Biden predicts gay marriage will win acceptance

Vice President Joe Biden is predicting that the evolution in thinking that will permit gays to soon serve openly in the military eventually will bring about a national consensus for same-sex marriage. Changes in attitudes by military leaders, those in the service and the public allowed the repeal by Congress of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Biden noted in a nationally broadcast interview on Christmas eve. “I think the country’s evolving,” he said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “And I think you’re going to see, you know, the next effort is probably going to be to deal with so-called
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Can Obama’s political rebound last?

President Barack Obama, whose first two years were marked by staunchly partisan votes on his signature initiatives, finds himself at a crossroads. In the seven weeks since the election, Obama negotiated with Republican leaders on taxes and left angry liberals on the sidelines. On a major nuclear treaty with Russia, he sidelined GOP Senate leaders and negotiated with like-minded Republicans. And with a landmark repeal of the ban on openly gay military service, he delighted liberals, won Republican rank-and-file support and left conservatives fuming. Obama is rebounding from his party’s midterm drubbing with the kind of lame-duck victories any White
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Can Obama reconnect with independents?

In political terms, President Barack Obama‘s tax-cut compromise with Republicans amounted to a step toward luring back independent voters whose support he needs to win re-election in 2012. Never mind that the deal alienated his liberal base; there’s no clear alternative Democrat to run against him. Perhaps more likely is a bid by an independent — maybe New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — looking to fill a vacuum created by voter frustration with both political parties and disappointment with a president who has broken his promise to change how Washington works. Enter Obama’s dealmaking with Republicans and criticism of Democrats,
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Obama admits tax plan is far from perfect

President Barack Obama calls his tax-cut agreement with Republicans far from perfect but a good deal overall for Americans, while acknowledging that many fellow Democrats aren’t happy about what he negotiated with the GOP. Pressing for passage by year’s end, he told lawmakers in his radio and Internet address Saturday that “our recovery will be strengthened or weakened based on the choice that now rests with Congress.” The deal would extend for all earners cuts in income tax rates that are set to expire next month. It would renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and trim Social Security taxes
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Obama the butt of jokes, anger from his own party

Poor Barack Obama. His critics say he’s the new Ronald Reagan. They joke about him at caucus meetings and call him names openly in front of colleagues. They say he is an embarassment to liberals, a sell-out to his supporters and the biggest Democratic joke since Jimmy Carter. And all this is coming from Democrats. Lately, Obama is garnering more praise from Republicans, conservatives and even a right-wing radio host or two. Democrats? They wonder just h0w in the hell this guy got in the door. “Obama is easily the biggest embarassment to the party since Jimmy Carter went on
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