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Barack Obama: Our national life skills coach

There he was, our president, on TV as usual, urging millions of Americans to refinance their homes by clicking on MakingHomeAffordable.gov. But wait! The first two hits on Google are for commercial sites and have nothing to do with his plan. Its best to go to WhiteHouse.gov to get to the government's site.

So President Obama has been adding a warning against scams in the home refinancing push, saying that anyone who wants money up front is not legitimate.

Its not easy being our national life-skills coach.


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Not really a new idea

It has been almost four decades since Spiro Agnew warned us to beware of "nattering nabobs of negativism" (an oratorical gem that proved to be a genuine Safire). Yet we are just wising up to the greater peril we face now that the nabobs are aiming their nonstop natter at us via 24/7 cable news and an unfiltered world-wide web.


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Obama’s sensible approach to Turkey

President Obama's trip to Europe has been a success, especially in media and public relations terms. Including both the European Union and NATO dimensions of Atlantic-area relationships reinforces awareness of association between economic growth and military security. The White House has been particularly astute to conclude the trip by visiting Turkey, a vital as well as pivotal ally in the region -- and beyond.


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Obama’s socialism is not the answer

You write columns, you get e-mails, and what some tell you is that capitalism is a failure, that people are suffering and what we need is Obama-style socialism -- virtually unfettered government taking over everything that moves and spending at a rate that could add something like $9 trillion to our debt over the next decade.


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Obama’s first defense budget cuts deep

Defense Secretary Robert Gates presented the first proposed defense budget of President Barack Obama's new administration Monday and the proposals cut deep into traditional Pentagon weapons systems while proposing a major shift in stragegy in how the United States fights future wars.

But Obama's first war will be with Congress where powerful members of the House and Senate see the cuts as threats to bread and butter jobs as well as votes back home.

The proposed overhaul will not be easy.


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Is Brack Obama now everybody’s CEO?

President Obama sent tongues wagging and Wall Street reeling with the announcement of his plan to revitalize the U.S. auto industry -- a plan that began with the ouster of General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner and most of the company's board of directors.

Recall that the Bush administration signed off on $17 billion in federal funds to help GM and Chrysler survive the current recession. It also demanded both companies submit restructuring plans that the Obama administration reviewed and ultimately rejected.


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Obama sees worldwide threat to economy, security

From terrorism to the economic meltdown, problems menacing the United States' security and economy also threaten an increasingly interconnected world, President Barack Obama said Saturday.

"In this new century, we live in a world that has grown smaller and more interconnected than at any time in history," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address, taped during his first presidential trip to Europe. "Threats to our nation's security and economy can no longer be kept at bay by oceans or by borders drawn on maps."


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Would you buy a used car from Barack Obama?

Would you buy a used car from this man -- Barack Obama, that is?

Well, you may just have to if you buy a certified pre-owned one from General Motors. The president's forced resignation of GM's Richard Wagoner has given a whole new meaning to the question. Some members of the beleaguered company's board of directors face the same fate. And those who replace them apparently would have to be approved by the White House.


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Obama screws the pooch on energy policy

Because Democrats abandoned a plan to use a Senate squelch-the-minority maneuver to pass a disastrous cap-and-trade carbon tax, the idea may be done for this year. But don't give thanks too quickly.

It's far from dead and buried and other disastrous energy policies are being readied for public infliction. Before the Obama administration and its congressional allies are done, we could be reeling from one of the most extraordinary spectacles in American political history -- a wholly misguided war against our own self-interests as a people.


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Bad news expected in jobs report

President Barack Obama's spokesman says the White House is expecting a new employment report to show additional "severe job cuts" in the U.S.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs says the report on March employment that is due out later Friday would be gloomy. He says he did not know if Obama had been given a heads-up about the numbers but thinks that the president probably did get advance word.

Gibbs says he has not seen the numbers himself. He spoke to reporters traveling with Obama aboard Air Force One.


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