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Obama girds Hawaii supporters for 2012 fight

KO OLINA, Hawaii — US President Barack Obama told supporters in his home state of Hawaii that everything they fought for in his 2008 election triumph was in the balance in the 2012 race. Obama took a day to raise money for his reelection campaign and to relax by playing…

Supreme Court will take up Obama’s Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would weigh the legality of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the first few months of next year. The court will decide whether the health reforms can legally mandate Americans to purchase private insurance policies, among other items…

Health care reform tops Supreme Court docket

WASHINGTON — Profanity on television, police use of GPS without a warrant, and the status of Jerusalem on passports are grist for the new US Supreme Court session opening Monday, but the main event will be President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform. The nine justices on the highest court…

White House allows McDonald’s to duck health care reform

A report in Wednesday’s New York Times that the Obama administration has been issuing waivers to allow many businesses to evade the provisions of the new health care reform law is arousing widespread debate. “As Obama administration officials put into place the first major wave of changes under the health…

Centrist Republicans deny bowing to tea party pressure

Senate Democratic leaders, stung by their recent inability to gain the filibuster-proof majority needed to pass financial reform or an extension of unemployment benefits, have begun blaming tea party influence for intimidating Republican moderates like Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine. “It’s getting increasingly difficult,” Senate Majority Whip Dick…

Obama: GOP wants keys back after driving US ‘into the ditch’

President Barack Obama is ripping into his Republican opponents, accusing them of refusing to help rebuild America after having “created the mess” and driving the economy “into the ditch.” Obama told a Democratic fundraising event in New York late Thursday that despite one of the busiest and most accomplished legislative…

Holy Balls, Motherfuckers!

After the hated health care legislation stopped being something that Republicans used to warn about the coming social fascist takeover, and started being something that actually existed, Americans actually kind of, uh, like the plan. Does this mean that democracy works again? Please say so, Republicans!…

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