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Obama wants to increase domestic spending

 In twin strokes, President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to provide generous budget increases to domestic programs while proposing relatively modest cuts to wasteful or obsolete programs that just won't seem to die.

Officials said Wednesday that Obama's promised line-by-line scrub of the federal budget had produced a roster of 121 budget cuts totaling $17 billion — or about one-half of 1 percent of the $3.4 trillion budget Congress has approved for next year. The details were being unveiled Thursday.


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Barack Obama: Hillary Clinton lite?

Has Barack Obama abandoned the policies that made him different from former Democratic Party rival Hillary Rodham Clinton and turned into the very kind of politician he once campaigned against?

Could be. As the President continues to shift positions, his policies become more and more the policies of the status quo and not an agenda of change.


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Obama wants crackdown on business taxes

President Barack Obama plans to propose changes to tax policy certain to be unpopular with corporations with international divisions and individuals who use tax havens. Obama also plans to ask Congress for 800 new federal tax agents to enforce his broad requests.


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Feds force Chrysler into bankruptcy

Chrysler was forced into bankruptcy protection Thursday but President Barack Obama insisted the troubled automaker could emerge as a stronger company through a partnership with Fiat.

The aim is for Chrysler to emerge from bankruptcy protection within 30 to 60 days by selling the automaker's principal assets to a new company.

Chrysler said most of its plants will be "temporarily" idled until the transaction is complete but workers would continue to be paid, dealerships would remain open and warranties would be honored.


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Filling a Supreme Court vacancy

Now that Justice David Souter has helped solve the mystery of whether anyone would retire from the Supreme Court this year, what's next? How will the executive and legislative branches of government set about filling a vacancy on the nation's highest court?


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Souter retiring from Supreme Court

Justice David Souter is planning to retire after nearly two decades on the Supreme Court, but his departure is unlikely to change its conservative-liberal split.

President Barack Obama's first pick for the high court is likely to be a liberal-leaning nominee, much like Souter.

The White House has been told that Souter will retire in June, when the court finishes its work for the summer, a source familiar with his plans said Thursday night. The retirement is likely to take effect only once a successor is confirmed.


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Obama: Waterboarding ‘is torture’

President Barack Obama called simulated drowning a form of torture on Wednesday, and defended his decision to end a practice used against terrorism suspects by the Bush administration.

Obama said the process, known as waterboarding, violated American ideals and was not appropriate even if it made getting information from suspected enemies easier.

"Waterboarding violates our ideals and our values. I do believe that it is torture," he told a news conference.

"That's why I put an end to these practices."


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Obama: Time to clear away the wreckage

President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday his administration was working to "clear away the wreckage" of recession as he assessed his first 100 days in office and promised to keep up the whirlwind pace.

"We are off to a good start. But it is just a start ... I am pleased with our progress, but I am not satisfied," Obama said in an opening statement delivered at a televised White House news conference.


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Obama getting much of his agenda

A budget pact reached on Capitol Hill would give an endorsement to President Barack Obama's agenda by his 100th day in office while putting off a series of difficult decisions on health care, global warming and taxes.

House-Senate negotiators on Monday night announced the agreement on a $3.5 trillion budget outline for 2010, with votes expected in the full House and Senate by Wednesday.


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Obama’s ambitious first 100 days

In his high-velocity first 100 days, Barack Obama has sketched the outlines of a presidency of astounding ambition, which would remake the United States at home and transform its role abroad.

Yet the new president's agenda still faces tests of fire posed by a punishing economic crisis, the scheming of US allies and foes abroad and a poisoned political environment back home.


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