Obama: Willing to work with GOP on entitlements (AP)

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says he’s willing to work with Republicans to make changes to entitlement programs, like Social Security and Medicare, that threaten the nation’s fiscal health. The budget Obama sent to Congress Monday ignores the view of his own deficit commission, which said that entitlement programs must be slashed. Obama says he […]




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GOP mocks Obama budget, House weighs spending cuts (AP)

WASHINGTON – Republicans are mocking President Obama’s $3.73 trillion budget for 2012 for waving feebly at historically huge federal deficits. As if to show how it should be done, they are ready to start muscling their own package of deep cuts in domestic spending through the House. Eager to please their conservative tea party supporters, […]




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House reps introduce amendment to block for-profit crackdown (The Lookout)

Three House members are planning to introduce an amendment to prevent the Department of Education from de-funding for-profit college programs that leave their students saddled with debts they can’t repay. Republican Rep. John Kline, the chair of the House education committee, has joined forces with co-sponsors GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina and Democratic […]




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Obama budget: Some cuts, not the slashes GOP asks (AP)

WASHINGTON – Putting on the brakes after two years of big spending increases, President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.7 trillion budget plan Monday that would freeze or reduce some safety-net programs for the nation’s poor but turn aside Republican demands for more drastic cuts to shrink the government to where it was before he took […]




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Rep. Flake to announce Arizona Senate bid (The Ticket)

Republican Rep. Jeff Flake will announce plans today to run for Senate in 2012 to fill the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Jon Kyl. Reports indicate that the congressman will hold a press conference to announce his candidacy at 8 a.m. local time. The site will be the same Phoenix hotel where Kyl announced Thursday […]




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GOP seen ending Build America Bond program: report (Reuters)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Key Republican lawmakers signaled they would block renewal of the Build America Bonds program as the Obama administration prepared to reinstate these bonds in its 2012 budget plan, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website Sunday. BABs were introduced as part of Obama’s stimulus program in 2009 but the program […]




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Boehner sees wide-open field for GOP in 2012 (AP)

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner says he doesn’t see a front-runner so far in the large field of potential GOP candidates for the White House in 2012. He says he’s never seen a more wide-open race for his party’s nomination. He tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Republicans need to find someone who can […]




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Ron Paul favorite in one Republican pre-contest (AFP)

WASHINGTON (AFP) – For the second year running, Texas congressman Ron Paul came out on top among conservative Republicans in a “straw poll” contest to gauge popularity ahead of the 2012 presidential race. Paul, who calls himself a libertarian, is not really the party’s typical standard bearer, by any measure. But he earned the most […]




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Can 2012 GOP hopefuls deliver on big promises? (AP)

WASHINGTON – Republicans who want to be the one to make Barack Obama a one-term president are promising big changes should the GOP win the White House in 2012. “Economic growth, job creation, smaller government, less spending, lower taxes, rational regulation and a stronger presence in the world,” as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour put it […]




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McConnell says Obama agenda is `over’ (AP)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Saturday that President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda is “over,” but said GOP lawmakers are willing to work with the White House to do what they “think is right for America.” In a speech Saturday night to a GOP crowd in his hometown, the Kentucky Republican derided […]




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