Thomas Jefferson Street

June 2011


Next Stop for Obamacare's Mandate: The Supreme Court

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By a vote of three to two, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Wednesday the constitutionality of the individual mandate to buy heath insurance that is the cornerstone of Obamacare.

In a blow to those who argue the mandate is an overreach of federal government power,

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Obama, Barack
health care reform
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Kagan, Elena
Scalia, Antonin

Obama's Press Conference Kicked Off 2012 Campaign

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He was always "no drama Obama." He promised to bring civility and a sense of cooperation back to Washington.

But in his news conference this week, President Obama had clearly had enough of trying to make nice with Republicans—or even, for that matter, with Congress in general, which he chided for ...

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Obama, Barack
Pelosi, Nancy
Congress
Democratic Party
Republican Party
2012 presidential election

Would a President Palin Quit Halfway Through Term?

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Inquiring minds want to know the answers to these questions.

The former half-term governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, quit her bus tour halfway through the trip. If she becomes president, would she be the only president besides Richard Nixon to resign midterm? If she can’t finish her tour, how can we ...

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Palin, Sarah
Bachmann, Michele
2012 presidential election
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Democratic Party
Gingrich, Newt
Romney, Mitt
Huntsman, Jon
unemployment

Sarah Palin Is LIke LeBron James, Not Michele Bachmann

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Sarah Palin is sometimes compared to other candidates and political figures in a way that is often unfair, unwarranted, or downright sexist. The comparisons to Hillary Rodham Clinton, for example, were absurd, since the two women are dissimilar in both ideology and approach to politics. The ...

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2012 presidential election
Bachmann, Michele
Palin, Sarah
Pawlenty, Tim
Clinton, Hillary

Senate Slacks Off While Pelosi, Bachmann Lead in the House

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The lights are on in the Capitol, but is anybody home this fine 29th of June?

The scrappy House is full of sound and noise, and not a little fury as they take floor votes. That's where the grand fight battleground is actually going on between the two parties for the future. As if to prove the point,

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Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
Bachmann, Michele
Republican Party
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
McConnell, Mitch
Reid, Harry
Pelosi, Nancy
Congress

Bachmann's Gaffes and Lies Mean She's Unfit for White House

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Is there a dumbing down of America?

When Rep. Michele Bachmann stated that John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, and it was actually John Wayne Gacy, many went ballistic. How could she not know that, being from Iowa?! How could she confuse an American icon with a serial killer? Many said it was a ...

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Pelosi, Nancy
Clinton, Hillary
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White House
2012 presidential election
Romney, Mitt
Obama, Barack
national security terrorism and the military
health care reform
Congress
bin Laden, Osama

The Media Will Soon Turn on Michele Bachmann

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The Des Moines Register poll showing Republican Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in a tie for first place with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among likely Iowa Caucus goers has turned the presidential race on its ear.

At least for the moment.

There are people who follow presidential politics ...

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Romney, Mitt
deficit and national debt
Congress
2012 presidential election
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Bachmann, Michele

Democrats Must Be Adults as GOP Redefines 'Tax Increase'

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OK, this isn’t exactly asking what the meaning of “is,” “is,” but it is close.

What is a tax increase? Is it letting a previous, temporary tax cut expire and go back to the earlier tax? Is it the “closing of a loophole” to remove a favorable tax break put in place for a specific industry? Is it the ...

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Cantor, Eric
income tax
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deficit and national debt
unemployment
White House

Time to End the Wave of Campaign Pledges

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Here’s a pledge worth considering as election season heats up: no more pledges.

Presidential candidates for many cycles have been asked to "take the pledge" in New Hampshire, the site of the first primary. That pledge has been not to raise taxes, although it’s not always been kept.

Then, we have the ...

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2012 presidential election
abortion
income tax
Romney, Mitt
Huntsman, Jon
Republican Party
DeMint, Jim
deficit and national debt

GOP Waits on Perry, Palin, Giuliani for 2012

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Anyone who claims to know at this point what is going to happen in the Republican presidential nominating contest doesn’t know what they are talking about.

This is not just because it is early in the race and early polls are a poor predictor of the eventual outcome. It’s that the field is ...

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2012 presidential election
Republican Party
White House
Bachmann, Michele
Palin, Sarah
Giuliani, Rudolph
Perry, Rick
Cain, Herman
Gingrich, Newt
Johnson, Gary
Santorum, Rick
Paul, Ron
Pawlenty, Tim
Huntsman, Jon
national security terrorism and the military

Obama Must Make Libya Case to Congress, American People

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The reaction to President Obama's forthcoming speech on Afghanistan is proof that our Founding Fathers knew something very important more than 200 years ago that the current commander in chief is learning now: It’s a lot harder to stop a war than it is to start one.

When the Founders wrote the ...

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Qadhafi, Muammar
Libya
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War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Congress
Paul, Ron
Kucinich, Dennis

Obama Should Withdraw From Afghanistan

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Tonight, the president will address the nation from the White House. The topic? The withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. How many? Well, we won’t know until the president shares that with us this evening, but most speculate 10,000.

Ten thousand. It sounds like a lot, but it isn’t. We have 100,000 ...

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War in Afghanistan (2001-)
national security terrorism and the military
deficit and national debt
Obama, Barack
White House

Rick Perry's Good--But Not Sure--Shot at 2012

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It’s beginning to look more and more like Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to throw his hat back into the presidential ring.

He’s been acting like a reluctant candidate for months, starting with his barn-burner of a speech last February to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the nation’s ...

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Perry, Rick
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
immigration reform
unemployment
Democratic Party
Gore, Al

Poll: Romney and Huntsman Face the Voters' Mormon Problem

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What do Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have to do to convince voters they would not force Americans into polygamy, ban alcohol, or impose other social conditions some people (often wrongly) associate with the Mormon faith?

A Gallup poll released this week shows that 22 percent of Americans would not ...

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politics
religion
Republican Party
Mormonism
Huntsman, Jon
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election

Supreme Court: Only EPA Can Regulate 'Greenhouse Gas' Emissions

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In a near unanimous ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the power to regulate so-called greenhouse gas emissions rests solely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The court ruled 8-0 in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut that the federal Clean Air Act gives the EPA the ...

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Supreme Court
unemployment
Democratic Party
Republican Party
energy policy and climate change
Congress
White House

House GOP Freshmen Could Bring Debt Ceiling Disaster

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There are 87 of them running loose in the House—and for the 80-plus that have never served in Congress before, this is their first rodeo. Meet the House Republican class of 2010, mostly a sea of white male Christian faces. For they are coming to call very soon.

Get out your best Tea Party sets,

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Republican Party
Fincher, Stephen
Boehner, John
deficit and national debt
Congress
national security terrorism and the military
West, Allen
Noem, Kristi
Obama, Barack

Mitt Romney, Herman Cain Can't Fill George Washington's Shoes

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I want to wish George Washington, the father of our country, a belated happy Father’s Day. Washington had his faults. He, like five of our first seven presidents, was a slave owner. But he had several redeeming qualities that are sadly lacking in this year's GOP presidential candidates. A couple of ...

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Washington, George
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Cain, Herman
Romney, Mitt
tea party
Democratic Party
politics

Media Attacks Sarah Palin Out of Fear She'll Become President

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Based on the available evidence, it is fair to conclude that the media’s treatment of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has had but one purpose: to discredit her.

The elites—and not just the liberal ones—fear her. Where she a Democrat, she would be a national hero, but because she is a Republican, and ...

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Palin, Sarah
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party
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White House

The Deeper Meaning Behind the Canuck Riot

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Globalization is a painful transition for many people and on many levels—and it’s not always economic.

Witness the behavior of the Vancouver Canucks fans (and, perhaps, some malcontents more interested in making trouble than appreciating great hockey). When the Canucks, a truly talented team which ...

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hockey
Canada

2012 Republican Candidates Forget About Jobs

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York recently said there were two mandates from the 2010 midterm elections, but lawmakers only talk about one, which is to reduce the deficit. An examination of the data from the media’s exit survey proves his point. Four of 10 (40 percent) voters indicated that

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2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Schumer, Chuck
unemployment
energy policy and climate change
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
Congress

Debt Ceiling Pressure Builds on House GOP Leaders

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No one is quite sure what to do about the debt ceiling.

The Obama stimulus has pushed federal spending up near 25 percent of U.S. gross domestic product—well above its historical post-war average of around 18 percent. The failure of the economy to rebound strongly from the recent recession has ...

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national security terrorism and the military
unemployment
Boehner, John
Cantor, Eric
White House
Republican Party
politics

Republican Debate Should Have Been Called 'The Biggest Losers'

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And the winner is… nobody!

As Americans, we always like to talk about who won or who lost. I am reminded of a time when I was in a café in San Francisco and the World Cup was on. I was sitting next to a woman who was cheering for the Netherlands because she is from there; they were playing ...

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politics
Gingrich, Newt
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Bachmann, Michele
unemployment
Romney, Mitt
Pawlenty, Tim

GOP Debate Good for Romney, Bachmann... and Palin

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First, the no-shows…

On one level, this debate was good for Sarah Palin. She wasn’t there and wouldn’t get compared to Michele Bachmann, who exceeded expectations (at least mine!). On another level, Palin was probably sitting comfortably on her couch thinking: “I can clean those folks’ clock!”

So we ...

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Palin, Sarah
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Bachmann, Michele
Romney, Mitt
Paul, Ron
Trump, Donald
Pawlenty, Tim
Huntsman, Jon

Why President Obama Is In Puerto Rico

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Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but the island itself has no (voting) member of Congress and no vote in presidential elections. So what is Barack Obama doing in San Juan today rallying the locals in front of a giant Puerto Rican flag? The answer lies in demographics.

[Check out a slide show ...

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Puerto Rico
Hispanic voters
Congress
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
White House
Democratic Party
Republican Party
immigration reform

GOP Debate Told Nothing New About 2012 Candidates

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President Obama is a "failure." He has done nothing to improve the economy. He’s not a leader. He has no foreign policy.

These were the assessments of the GOP field at their debate Monday night in New Hampshire. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney used the word "failure" so many times, it started ...

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2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Obama, Barack
unemployment
health care reform
deficit and national debt
Romney, Mitt
Pawlenty, Tim
social security
Medicare
Medicaid

GOP Governors Lay Out Common-Sense Medicaid Reform

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Back in the mid-'90s, when the Washington crowd was fighting over welfare reform, the GOP-controlled Congress looked to the states to find out what was working.

Under the leadership of then House Speaker Newt Gingrich, congressional Republicans borrowed generously from the successful reforms ...

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Congress
Clinton, Bill
Republican Party
Medicaid
health care reform
2012 presidential election
Perry, Rick
Gingrich, Newt
Barbour, Haley
Hatch, Orrin
Upton, Fred
Democratic Party

Prediction: Hillary Clinton Will Tell Weiner's Wife to Leave Him

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Just imagine the conversation between Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, and Huma Abedin, the 30-something adviser she considers close enough to be her second daughter. In the whole wide world of women, Hillary had to feel Huma's pain the most over her disgraced and disloyal husband, and not ...

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Clinton, Bill
Clinton, Hillary
Clinton, Chelsea
Weiner, Anthony
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national security terrorism and the military
White House

Poll: Democrats and Republicans Support a Voter ID-Check Law

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz not only alienated the GOP when she accused the Republicans of wanting to bring back "Jim Crow" because they support voter-ID at the polls, she lined up against the feelings of three-quarters of the country.

A new national telephone ...

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Republican Party
Democratic Party
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Hispanic voters
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Congress

A New Reality Show for Sarah Palin and Fox

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I have a great idea for a new show on Fox. It would be a reality comedy show with Sarah Palin as the host. It’s what Hollywood calls “high concept.” The idea would be that all the Republican presidential candidates would travel across America in Sarah's RV. Hilarity follows.

Late night comic Jimmy ...

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politics
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
Palin, Sarah
Gingrich, Newt
Bachmann, Michele
health care reform
Romney, Mitt
Giuliani, Rudolph
Huntsman, Jon
Jindal, Bobby
Paul, Ron
Perry, Rick
Pawlenty, Tim
national security terrorism and the military

Tim Pawlenty Cribs 'Better Deal' From LBJ

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty unveiled his economic plan Tuesday and it quickly and rightly drew ridicule from the left and the right for its fantastical assumptions and projections. Pawlenty termed his plan a "Better Deal," an apparent attempt to rhetorically echo FDR's "New Deal," in ...

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unemployment
2012 presidential election
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Pawlenty, Tim
Johnson, Lyndon
Kennedy, John

Rep. Anthony Weiner Joins the Bipartisan Ranks of Stupid Men

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I believe it was Forrest Gump, the character in the movie of the same name who said: “Stupid is as stupid does.” And wow, was he right.

Let me introduce you to some “stupid” men--and I stress men:

Mark Foley, William Clinton, Larry Craig, Mark Sanford, Eliot Spitzer, David Vitter, John Ensign, Chris ...

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Clinton, Bill
Sanford, Mark
Craig, Larry
Spitzer, Eliot
Vitter, David
Lee, Chris
Edwards, John
Schwarzenegger, Arnold

Democrats, GOP Should Relish Minority Rules

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One has to wonder why both major political parties spend so much effort and cash trying to get into the majority. It’s so much more fun—and arguably powerful—to be in the minority.

House Democrats are understandably wounded and frustrated over their devastating losses at the polls last fall. But ...

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Democratic Party
Republican Party
Congress
health care reform
Shelby, Richard
Obama, Barack
Federal Reserve

Bush Tax Cuts Turn 10: Wall Street Celebrates, Americans Suffer

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Break out the bubbly, because there will be celebrations today on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms and mansions all across America. Why? Because today is the 10th anniversary of the big Bush tax breaks for bankers and billionaires and the businesses that bankroll their big-budget campaigns.

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income tax
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deficit and national debt
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unemployment
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Boehner, John
health care reform

Not Enough Shame From Weiner, Palin, Edwards

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June's lovely light brings us to the brink of whether our American democracy will end in tragedy or in farce. Happy endings in American history are lessons handed down as part of our birthright, starting with the midnight ride of Paul Revere. Looking round right now, the state of things isn't a ...

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politics
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Weiner, Anthony
unemployment
Shelby, Richard
Obama, Barack
Edwards, John
Palin, Sarah

Sarah Palin Thinks Paul Revere's Ride Is a 'Gotcha' Question

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It’s clear that Sarah Palin is not the best candidate for history teacher. But her behavior on her family vacation-slash-possible presidential exploratory trip raises questions about whether she’s prepared to be a candidate for the White House, either.

[See 5 reasons Palin will win the 2012 ...

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Palin, Sarah
White House
2012 presidential election
gun control and gun rights
deficit and national debt
unemployment

6 Reasons Sarah Palin Should Run for President in 2012

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I know what you are thinking: a Democrat arguing for Sarah Palin to run for president, how absurd, what is he thinking?

[See 5 reasons Palin will win the 2012 GOP nod. and 5 reasons she won't.]

As an Obama supporter, do I just smack my lips at the thought of Palin as the Republican nominee? Of ...

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Palin, Sarah
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Daniels, Mitch
Huckabee, Mike
Thune, John
Bachmann, Michele
Gingrich, Newt

House Prepares to Rebuke Obama Over Libya

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President Barack Obama’s notion that he need not consult with Congress over ongoing U.S. military operations in Libya—because, in his words, they were “temporary”—is getting some push back from the House Republicans, who Thursday unveiled a resolution that tries to set things straight.

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Libya
Qadhafi, Muammar
national security terrorism and the military
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Democratic Party
Boehner, John
Congress
health care reform
White House

Republicans Disrespect Obama on Debt Ceiling

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So yesterday a gaggle of House Republican leaders went to see President Obama in the White House, where he lives as the elected leader of our American democracy, but they did not pay their respects. Nor did they listen to sweet reason on the economy's quiet desperation.

Right now, House Republicans ...

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Civil War
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Cantor, Eric
Ryan, Paul
White House
unemployment
Boehner, John
deficit and national debt

Don't Believe Pro-Obama Pundits Talking Down the GOP 2012 Field

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With just about six months to go before the start of the 2012 primary season, newspapers and TV are full of reports about the weakness of the GOP field.

Don’t believe it. The lack of a clear frontrunner is unusual in Republican politics, but that’s only because the eventual nominee has been pretty ...

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Republican Party
2012 presidential election
health care reform
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Obama, Barack
Gingrich, Newt
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