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Obama health care plan: emotion, not details

President Barack Obama wanted to put a human face on his plans to overhaul health care, and a Virginia supporter did just that Wednesday.

Fighting back tears, Debby Smith, 53, told Obama of her kidney cancer and her inability to obtain health insurance or hold a job. The president hugged her — she's a volunteer for his political operation — and called her "exhibit A" in an unsustainable system that is too expensive and complex for millions of Americans.


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Judges move to reign in Obama’s abuse of power

We've been here before: A President believes the so-called "war of terror" gives him the right to do whatever he wants, even if it means ignoring the Constitution, without any checks and balances on his abuse of power.

Then the courts step in and say "wait a minute, Mr. President. Even you are not above the law."

It took a while for the courts to crack down on President George W. Bush's frequent -- and excessive -- abuses of power.


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Second stimulus? Don’t count on it

A senior White House adviser said Sunday the economic stimulus has not yet "broken the back of the recession" but set aside calls for a second massive spending bill. Republicans, meanwhile, called spending under way a failure.

White House adviser David Axelrod urged patience for President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus package in the face of sliding poll numbers. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a past and potentially future presidential candidate, said the spending was ill-designed and served only to expand the size of government.

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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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