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A Republican presidential quagmire

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends We’re so glad you could attend Come inside! Come inside!* From any rational point of view, the Republican party is in a mess as it stumbles towards naming a candidate to face Barack Obama in 2012. In its manic scramble to find someone — anyone — to stave off former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney‘s seemingly inevitable march to the nomination, the GOP is turning to an endless series of flawed, unqualified or inept pretenders to the throne. With scandal-scarred, former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich joining the latest revolving
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Sadly, class is not a prerequisite for the presidency

A commenter on one of Capitol Hill Blue’s recent stories noted that GOP presidential contender Ron Paul has more “class” than another challenger — the constantly whiny Michelle Bachmann. That’s true — and if class had any bearing in presidential elections, Paul would be a frontrunner instead of a second tier contender who has no chance at winning the nomination, much less the presidency. Sadly, class has nothing to do in determining who becomes a party’s nominee or eventually president of this nation. Neither, unfortunately, does competence, honesty, ability or morality. If ability were a determining factor, we would not
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Doom and gloom dominate Obama White House

The Obama White House is in disarray, hamstrung by internal strife, bogged down with mixed messages and stalled by a general lack of direction. Even President Barack Obama‘s signature health care reform is on life support, eaten away by segments that aren’t working. The administration’s decision last week to scrap a long-term health care insurance program — a key part of the Obama package — signals growing concern inside the White House that things just aren’t working out the way they hoped. “The Obama White House is in trouble, there’s no doubt about that,” says Democratic political operative Gary Northridge.
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Americans overwhelmingly support Obama’s jobs plan

Republican filibusterers in the Democratic-controlled Senate doen’t care much for President Barack Obama‘s jobs bill. They proved that by blocking floor debate on the bill Tuesday. A new poll, however, shows Republicans are ignoring the will of the people, who approve of the President’s job plans by nearly a 2-1 margin. The latest survey by NBC/Wall Street Journal shows 63 percent of those polled approved of Obama’s “Americans Jobs Act,” while 32 percent oppose it. The American public apparently also likes Obama’s plan to repeal tax loopholes for the rich — something ardently opposed by Republicans who depend on the
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Obama admits America is worse off under his presidency

President Barack Obama admitted Monday that the America he sought to lead four years ago is not better off now than it was then but — as is his style — stopped short of accepting the blame for the nation’s woes. Said Obama in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: They’re not better off then they were before Lehman’s collapse, before the financial crisis, before this extraordinary recession that we’re going through.  I think that what we’ve seen is that we’ve been able to make steady progress to stabilize the economy, but the unemployment rate is still way too high.
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Obama chastises GOP candidates for silence on gay rights

President Barack Obama, obviously angry at GOP rivals who sidestep the contentious issue of gays in the military, Saturday said that anyone who desires to become commander in chief of America’s armed forces must support everyone in uniform — including those of different sexual persuasions. “You want to be commander in chief?  You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient,” Obama told those attending the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights organization. “We don’t believe in standing silent.” Obama’s remarks
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Obama: Republicans would ‘cripple’ America

President Barack Obama continued his march to the left Sunday, unleashing a blistering attack against Republicans, charging them with trying to “cripple” America through what he called regressive policies. “From the moment I took office,” he said, “what we’ve seen is a constant ideological pushback against any kind of sensible reforms that would make out economy work better and give people more opportunity.” Republicans, Obama added, will “fundamentally cripple America” if their programs are enacted and their philosophy is followed. Obama hammered his messages home on campaign swings through California and Seattle, appearing at events and fundraisers hosted by his
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Obama’s sharp return to the liberal left

President Barack Obama tried being a moderate. That angered his liberal base. So now he’s trying to become a born-again liberal. That’s angering moderates. They say moving sharply to the left destroys what little hope Obama might have had to build the kind of coalitions that allow Presidents to actually get things done. Moderates argue that Obama’s new strategy of “soaking the rich” will backfire and set the Democratic party back 30 years to a time when it was considered a fringe party hovering on the margins. Conservative Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska says the President should stick to his
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Obama’s tax claim: The numbers don’t add up

President Barack Obama is lying when he claims millionaires — on the whole — pay taxes at lower rates than those with less income. It makes for nice political rhetoric but the facts don’t support the President’s claims. The Internal Revenue Service says less than 1 percent of households with incomes above $1 million paid no income tax while all households making $1 million or more pay an average of 29.1 percent in taxes. Meanwhile, households making between $50,000 and $75,000 pay an average of 15 percent in taxes while households earning $20,000 to $30,000 pay just 5.7 percent. While
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Obama’s plan: Tax the rich, protect Medicare

President Barack Obama Monday launched an ambitious deficit reduction plan with $1.5 trillion in new taxes aimed at closing loopholes used by the rich and one that he says will cut the national debt by more than $4 trillion over the next 10 years. “It comes down to this: We have to prioritize,” the President said.  “Both parties agree that we need to reduce the deficit by the same amount — by $4 trillion.  So what choices are we going to make to reach that goal?  Either we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share in taxes, or
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