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Obama to Target Congress in 2012 Re-election Campaign – NYTimes.com

Obama to Target Congress in 2012 Re-election Campaign – NYTimes.com.

Obama to Turn Up Attacks on Congress in Campaign

HONOLULU — President Obama is heading into his re-election campaign with plans to step up his offensive against an unpopular Congress, concluding that he cannot pass any major legislation in 2012 because of Republican hostility toward his agenda.

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However the White House chooses to frame Mr. Obama’s strategy, it amounts to a wholesale makeover of the young senator who won the presidency in 2008 by promising to change the culture of Washington, rise above the partisan fray and seek compromises.

After three years in office, Mr. Obama is gambling on a go-it-alone approach.

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With Republicans majority, House loses its resolve for symbolic legislation – The Washington Post

With Republicans majority, House loses its resolve for symbolic legislation – The Washington Post.

Something is off in the House of Representatives: It’s already July 4, and the House still has not yet registered its opinions on bald eagles, motherhood or the American flag.By last Independence Day, the House had already voted to approve Resolution 1409, which declared the bald eagle “an inspiring symbol.” It had approved Resolution 1295, saying that American mothers “have made immeasurable contributions.” Resolution 1429 affirmed that “the United States flag is universally honored.”

Bills such as these — whose only purpose is to commemorate, congratulate or celebrate — are the legislative equivalent of empty calories. And last year, the House was on a binge.

It passed more than 250, honoring everything from the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. to the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon at Penn State University.

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New breed of ‘super PACs,’ other independent groups could define 2012 campaign – The Washington Post

New breed of ‘super PACs,’ other independent groups could define 2012 campaign – The Washington Post.

One commercial accuses the president of worsening the deficit and says, “It’s time to take away Obama’s blank check.” Another attacks Republican tax and Medicare policies, saying, “We can’t rebuild Americaif they tear down the middle class.”So begins the shadow campaign of 2012, in which a new breed of “super PACs” and other independent groups are poised to spend more money than ever to sway federal elections.

The first major ads look as if they came from a regular campaign. But they were produced and aired by groups independent of Obama and his GOP rivals.

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Should Justices Keep Their Opinions to Themselves? – NYTimes.com

Should Justices Keep Their Opinions to Themselves? – NYTimes.com.

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ARE there really only nine Supreme Court justices?

It seems that everywhere you look, you see one popping up: giving speeches, signing books, leading workshops, posing for pictures at charity functions. This is what law professors call “extrajudicial activity,” and we have seen a spate of it lately, not only during the court’s summer recesses, when justices fly the marble coop, but throughout the term that began last October and ended this week.

“Extrajudicial” is a term that covers most of what judges do when they are not judging. Of course, in the public sphere, there is really no such thing as purely extrajudicial activity for a Supreme Court justice, any more than there is extrapresidential activity for Barack Obama. Virtually everything the nine do and say — whether in robes, suits or leisure wear — has potential bearing on the reputation of the court.

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Who won the Republican presidential debate? – Roger Simon – POLITICO.com

Who won the Republican presidential debate? – Roger Simon – POLITICO.com.

Issues? Who can run the country? The language of democracy? Hey, that’s not what we are about. We are all about who won.

Here is who won – – and lost – – the first major Republican debate, which was broadcast by CNN from Manchester, N.H., on Monday night. It is guaranteed accurate to three decimal places.

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How states are rigging the 2012 election – The Washington Post

How states are rigging the 2012 election – The Washington Post.

An attack on the right to vote is underway across the country
through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. If
this were happening in an emerging democracy, we’d condemn it as
election-rigging. But it’s happening here, so there’s barely a whimper.The laws are being passed in the name of preventing “voter fraud.” But study after study
has shown that fraud by voters is not a major problem — and is less of a
problem than how hard many states make it for people to vote in the
first place. Some of the new laws, notably those limiting the number of
days for early voting, have little plausible connection to battling
fraud.

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Michele Bachmann, others raise millions for political campaigns with ‘money blurts’ – The Washington Post

Michele Bachmann, others raise millions for political campaigns with ‘money blurts’ – The Washington Post.

In the ever-evolving world of campaign fundraising, some
politicians have stumbled on yet another way to bring in buckets of
cash. Let’s call it the “money blurt.”Here’s how it works: An up-and-coming politician blurts out
something incendiary, provocative or otherwise controversial. The remark
bounces around the blogs and talk shows and becomes a sensation.

And in the midst of it all, the politician’s fundraisers are manning the phones and raking in the donations.

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US Republicans: race to the right | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian

US Republicans: race to the right | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian.

US national debate needs pragmatists, not people who indulge grievances and parade prejudices as badges of identity

The US Republican party has made a bad start showcasing its presidential talent as it begins to choose a candidate to run against Barack Obama next year. Its prime exhibit is Mitt Romney, who made his personal fortune downsizing companies, but whose current message – ironically – is “jobs, jobs, jobs”. He joked to unemployed Floridians, that he, too, was unemployed. Few laughed. Or there is Michele Bachmann, who makes sense to the evangelical right, but sounds almost unhinged to many others. Her answer to faltering economic recovery? Close down the Environmental Protection Agency.

Read the full article here: The Guardian, online edition, June 19, 2011

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Barack Whisperer

nickname given to Barack Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs

found in: The Washington Post

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