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Archive for June 16th, 2012

Parties Strategize Over Health Care Law

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

Parties Strategize Over Health Care Law
Weisman & Shear, NY Times
WASHINGTON — House Republicans are not waiting for the Supreme Court verdict on the new health care law to plot their strategic response. If the measure is not thrown out entirely, House leaders plan to force a vote immediately to repeal the law to reinforce their deep opposition to the legislation, opposition that has become central to their political identity.

Republicans Are Blocking Jobs Growth Measures
President Barack Obama
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Over the last few weeks, I've been talking a lot about America's economic future. I've told you how I believe we should go about creating strong, sustained growth; how we should pay down our long-term debt in a balanced way; and most of all, what we should do right now to create good, middle-class jobs, so people who work hard can get ahead. This isn't some abstract debate or trivial argument. I've said that this is the defining issue of our time, and I mean it. I've said that this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and I…

Romney’s Reaganesque Challenge
Ronald Brownstein, National Journal
In 1984, Ronald Reagan won the most decisive presidential landslide of the past three decades. It’s a measure of the challenge facing Republicans that to beat Barack Obama, even narrowly, Mitt Romney may need to equal Reagan’s towering performance in one key respect. It’s a measure of the challenge facing Obama that it’s not inconceivable Romney will do just that.Reagan won 58.8 percent of the vote, 49 states, and an unmatched 525 Electoral College votes. But he did so in a country demographically very different from today’s America. Those…

Why Romney Is the Favorite
Peter Wehner, Commentary
Why is Barack Obama’s road to re-election so steep and uncertain at this stage?There are five important reasons.1. An indefensible record. Every election which features an incumbent is, at least in good measure, a referendum on the record of the incumbent. The problem facing Obama is that he can’t offer a convincing case that his policies have succeeded. Recall that at the outset of his presidency, Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer, “I will be held accountable. I’ve got four years… If I don’t have this done in three…