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July 2011


Scholar: Reagan Would Have Handled Debt Crisis Differently Than Obama

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President Ronald Reagan would have handled the current debt ceiling crisis much differently than President Obama, according to Reagan scholar and author Craig Shirley. “First of all, Reagan would’ve had a plan,” he says. “We haven’t had a plan from Obama in 800 days, haven’t seen a budget in 800 ...

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Obama, Barack
Cold War
energy policy and climate change
Congress
deficit and national debt
Reagan, Ronald
White House
national security terrorism and the military

Perry for President Announcement Expected By End of August

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Advisers and elected allies of Texas Gov. Rick Perry tell Whispers that the Republican will join the crowded field of presidential hopefuls by the end of August.

"Perry gets in mid-August. He has to wait until after 'The Response,' the big prayer event he agreed to host months ago," predicted one ...

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2012 presidential election
Perry, Rick
Gingrich, Newt
Republican Party
Huckabee, Mike
Daniels, Mitch
Barbour, Haley
tea party
McDonnell, Robert
deficit and national debt
politics

Why Palin, Bachmann Have Plenty of Time for Their Kids

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Among the many ways Sarah Palin was hit in the media during her 2008 vice presidential bid—criticism now spilling on to current presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann—was that she should forget politics and make time for her kids.

[Check out a roundup of political cartoons on Palin.]

GOP pollster ...

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Republican Party
Palin, Sarah
Bachmann, Michele
2012 presidential election
politics
Congress
working women

New Media Makes Boehner Yearn for the Good Old Days

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House Speaker John Boehner has his hands full dealing with stubborn Democrats, interest groups, and Tea Party conservatives. Throw in the explosion of cable TV, social media, and bloggers, and it's enough to make a grown speaker cry, or at least long for the good old days. "I remember when we won ...

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Hastert, Dennis
Pelosi, Nancy
tea party
Democratic Party
Republican Party
House of Representatives
Congress
Boehner, John

GOP Boss Urges More Runners for 2012 Race

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says it's not too late for more GOP presidential candidates to get into the race to take on President Obama. While satisfied with the current crop of candidates, he says that the GOP "absolutely" welcomes more.

Without mentioning the two most ...

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2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Priebus, Reince
Bachmann, Michele
Palin, Sarah
Romney, Mitt
Perry, Rick

NRA to Fight Obama's Southwest Gun Control Push

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Scoffing at the idea that Mexican drug lords will fill out federal gun purchase documents, the NRA tells Whispers that they are launching a legal offensive against a new rule requiring Southwest gun dealers to report sales of more than one semiautomatic rifle like the popular AK-47 target gun. 

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gun control and gun rights
NRA
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
McCarthy, Carolyn
Giffords, Gabrielle
Obama, Barack

Add Wesley Clark to Biden Alternatives for VP

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Remember Wesley Clark, the former NATO supreme allied commander and 2004 presidential candidate? His pals still lament that President Obama didn't pick him as a running mate in 2008 or find the retired four-star general a choice cabinet spot. Lately, Clark has been appearing more often on CNN as a ...

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Biden, Joe
Vice President
politics
Clark, Wesley
Obama, Barack
Kerry, John
national security terrorism and the military

Progressives Rebel Over Reported Obama Social Security Debt Talks

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MoveOn.org, the progressive political group that turned legions of young voters on to President Obama in 2008, warns that donors would boycott the Obama-Biden re-election campaign if the president moves ahead with cuts to Social Security in a bid to broker a deal with Republicans to raise the

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Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
deficit and national debt
social security
politics
Sanders, Bernie
McCain, John

Hill Dems MIA for Obama's Twitter Town Hall

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House and Senate Democrats went MIA for today's Twitter town hall hosted by President Obama. Of all the tweeted questions from Capitol Hill lawmakers to the president, 77 percent came from Republicans with just 23 percent from Democrats, according to a quickie analysis by OhMyGov Inc. Not a single ...

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TAGS:
deficit and national debt
unemployment
Hatch, Orrin
Obama, Barack
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Twitter
Congress

Fast & Furious Was Much Broader, Issa Charges

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Acting Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Director Kenneth Melson, in surprise July 4th testimony to chief House investigator Rep. Darrell Issa's panel, corroborated shocking suggestions that the Fast & Furious gun running scam on the U.S.-Mexico border included more federal agencies—and tax ...

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Issa, Darrell
Mexico
gun control and gun rights
Holder, Eric
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Grassley, Chuck
Department of Justice
NRA

Republicans Hope 2012 Resembles 1980

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It was just a year ago that giddy Obama aides were starting to strut out an unorthodox re-election campaign model: Ronald Reagan. Like the Gipper in 1984, Obama aides said they planned to point to the bad economy the president inherited, how he made it better, and warn that going back to the other ...

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TAGS:
McConnell, Mitch
Duncan, Michael
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
economy
Reagan, Ronald
Alexander, Lamar