Peter Roff


March 2011


Use Debt Ceiling Vote to Fix Washington's Spending Addiction

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In years past, the vote to increase the U.S. government's “debt ceiling” has been considered a “must pass” piece of legislation. Without it, borrowing stops, which—in a situation as dependent on borrowed money as the one the federal government is currently in—is the functional equivalent of ...

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politics
federal taxes
unemployment
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Congress
deficit and national debt
federal budget

Obama's Libya Policy Isn't So Much Failed as Foolish

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If the past is a reliable predictor, most Americans will not be watching tonight when President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the National Defense University to talk about our recent attack on Libyan air defense systems and other targets.

[Check out a roundup of political cartoons on the ...

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Obama, Barack
Libya
Congress
national security terrorism and the military
al-Qaida
Qadhafi, Muammar
Bush, George W.
Reagan, Ronald
Iraq war (2003-2011)
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
politics

Poll: Voters Still Trust GOP More on Spending, Jobs, Healthcare

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Pollster Scott Rasmussen released numbers Monday showing that voters still trust the GOP to better handle most of the critical issues facing the country.

It’s somewhat astounding, given the way the information coming out of Washington has almost uniformly presented the Republicans as the “black ...

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politics
Rasmussen Report
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immigration reform
national security terrorism and the military
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Democratic Party
White House
unemployment
deficit and national debt
health care reform

Obama's Lack of Libya Leadership Could Make It the Next Iraq

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America woke up this weekend to news that the United States had led a massive strike on Libyan air defenses in order to enforce a United Nations resolution authorizing a “no fly zone.”  Whether the strike was undertaken in furtherance of U.S. national security interests or President Barack Obama’s ...

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politics
Republican Party
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national security terrorism and the military
Obama, Barack
Qadhafi, Muammar
Libya

Obama, Republicans Playing Game of Government Shutdown Chicken

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Since the previous Congress failed to make provisions to fund the U.S. government for fiscal year 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to take up a short-term spending bill Tuesday that, if passed, will fund the government through April 8.

This latest short-term measure is a stopgap,

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health care reform
energy policy and climate change
Boehner, John
Obama, Barack
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Congress
deficit and national debt

Obamacare Repeal Could Hinge on Government Shutdown, Debt Ceiling

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Marking the one-year anniversary of Obamacare becoming law, congressional Republicans are doing their level best to repeal the law.

The first thing they did, after coming into the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, was to pass H.R. 2, a comprehensive piece of legislation that totally ...

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health care reform
Bachmann, Michele
Boehner, John
King, Steve
Republican Party
deficit and national debt
Congress
politics

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Victory Will Spur Other Governors

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, fulfilling commitments he made during the campaign to change the way state government functions, has apparently won the fight to limit the collective bargaining ability of state employees.

Walker, whose efforts were opposed by state’s public employee unions as well as ...

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politics
White House
Wisconsin
unions
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Reid, Harry
Pelosi, Nancy
deficit and national debt

Obama Is to Blame for Soaring Gas Prices

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Back when George W. Bush was president, the Democrats wasted no time in blaming him for increases in the price of gasoline. Citing everything from his domestic energy policy to the war in Iraq, they tried, with some success, to make the American people believe that $4.00 a gallon gasoline--and the ...

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energy policy and climate change
Republican Party
Democratic Party
unemployment
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.

Polls Show Republican 2012 Presidential Race Is Wide Open

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The announcement by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich that he had decided to explore the possibility of a presidential bid means the 2012 race for the Republican nomination is formally underway. Unlike in previous years, the race begins with no clear front-runner, something the venerable Gallup

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politics
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Gingrich, Newt
Huckabee, Mike
Palin, Sarah
Romney, Mitt
Barbour, Haley
McCain, John
Pawlenty, Tim
Paul, Ron
Gallup

Pressure Mounts on Defunding Planned Parenthood Over Abortion

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Just about two weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives, as part of the continuing resolution to fund the operations of the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year, adopted a measure that cuts off funding to Planned Parenthood, by some estimates the nation’s largest ...

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Braley, Bruce
Altmire, Jason
Owens, Bill
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Pence, Mike
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