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Democrats Face Tough Unity Test

Future negotiations with GOP may cause fractures

October 19, 2013

WASHINGTON — For President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, this month’s budget battles brought about a remarkable period of party unity, a welcome change for the White House after a summer......

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promo61

Oct-21-13 8:31 AM

Wired Magazine: The President Barack Obama administration has “chilled the flow of information on issues of great public interest,” according to a Thursday report that amounts to an indictment of the president’s campaign pledge of a more open government.

The report from the Committee to Protect Journalists, a non-profit dedicated to global press freedoms, said Obama has “fallen short” on his promises of a transparent government while at the same time forging ahead with an unprecedented effort — the “most aggressive” since the President Richard M. Nixon administration — to silence government officials and the media at large.

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daWraith

Oct-20-13 10:18 PM

Rupert and Hannity and Palin can buy and sell about a thousand Grosemen and wonderliars.

I guess that is why they have such seething hatred toward anybody more successful than baggers at Kroger.

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daWraith

Oct-20-13 10:13 PM

wonderliar, I cannot possibly be gay and you must know it.

You have your nose stuck in my butt 24/7/365 because you have no facts to debate just you ad hominem attacks from your marginally functional cranial cavity.

But I guess when you have shafted, cheated and insulted everyone in the Ohio Valley the only people left are out of staters?

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TrollSlayer

Oct-20-13 10:10 PM

wonderlie “Benghazi or Fast and Furious these days? Long gone.”

Not to the family members of the Americans MURDERED in debacles YOUR Obfuscator in Chief is responsible for, and years later STILL REFUSES to provide answers about. YOU tell those families who lost loved ones because of your Choomer in Chief’s abject incompetence that those fatal Democrit Obama-Clinton-Holder fiascos are “long gone.” Pathetic, Democrits. And a despicably cavalier denial of any responsibility for those fatal Odebacles by wonderlie. But typical for you AND your Failure in Chief.

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TrollSlayer

Oct-20-13 10:01 PM

Gooseman whining about bills not making it to a vote? How many bills, how many amendments, how many debates has Democrit Senate Dictator Harry “No Vote” Reid refused to bring to the Senate floor? And now Goosy is whining that Republicans aren’t voting? Republicans PASSED numerous versions of the debt ceiling bill. YOUR Democrit-controlled Senate REFUSED to even debate them, which led to the Government shutdown you DEMS dealt to America. Whine elsewhere, tool. LOL

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wonderwhy

Oct-20-13 9:18 PM

daWraith

Oct-20-13 7:25 PM Agree | Disagree

Wheezerdawg, does anybody talk about Benghazi or Fast and Furious these days?

Long gone.

What they WILL remember is the sore behind they are getting from their Obamacare UNafforable Care Act.

Duwhop is clearly a closet wannabe gay. Most of his post relate to BM's or more. It's ok duwhop, we don't care........We are for EQUAL rights.......Men, women, gays, blacks, orange, yellow.......all the same .........Jesus loves the little children right?

Your posts are funny though....LOL

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wonderwhy

Oct-20-13 9:13 PM

duwhop continuously quotes Faux and WSJ...........clearly a Rupert junkie.........How did that work out for Rupie in Great Britain? Please tell us? hahahah you won't....No wonderwhy............

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Gooseman

Oct-20-13 8:45 PM

I stand corrected, should have said "Sleeze bags everyone one of the TEABAGGERS (not repubs) in House. SLEEZE BAGS.

I actually think a few of the repubs are much more patriotic, devoted to country and trust worthy than ANY of the teabaggers.

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Gooseman

Oct-20-13 8:40 PM

Oh thats right the NR editorializes that the President made the shutdown worse on purpose.

And the teabaggers passed a sleezy resolution so that the shutdown could not be cancelled EVEN IF A MAJORITY OF MEMBERS WANTED TO END IT!

Sleeze bags everyone one of the Repubs in House. SLEEZE BAGS.

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Gooseman

Oct-20-13 8:38 PM

"In its effort to extract concessions from Democrats in exchange for opening the government, the GOP has faced a fundamental strategic obstacle: They don't have the votes. A majority of the members of the House have gone on record saying that if they were given the opportunity to vote, they would support what's known as a "clean" continuing resolution to fund the government.

So House Republican leaders made sure no such vote could happen.

In the hours working up to the government shutdown on Sept. 30, Republican members of the House Rules Committee were developing a strategy to keep a clean CR off the floor, guaranteeing the government would remain shut down.

Though at least 28 House Republicans have publicly said they would support a clean CR if it were brought to the floor -- enough votes for the government to reopen when combined with Democratic support -- a House rule passed just before the shutdown essentially prevents that vote from taking place.

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Gooseman

Oct-20-13 8:37 PM

Anyone know if the NR ever covered the sleezy HR Resolution that teabaggers passed?

House Republicans Changed The Rules So A Majority Vote Couldn't Stop The Government Shutdown.

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BushCrimeFamily

Oct-20-13 8:34 PM

The media keep asking what Republicans have learned from the debacle they created, but the more interesting question is what the rest of us have learned. The answer is: We have to take back the House of Representatives in 2014, and keep Republicans the minority in the Senate. Some of you continue to believe there's no difference between the two parties, and I agree Democrats are too dependent on big money and therefore often too reluctant to support necessary reforms like single payer, major cuts in the military, a resurrected Glass-Steagall, limits on the size of the biggest Wall Street banks, a living wage, card-check for unionization, higher tax rates on the wealthy, and elimination of the ceiling on income subject to Social Security taxes. But I don't subscribe to the false equivalency between the two parties. The Republican Party has become the party of the powerful, privileged, prejudiced, and paranoid. They are incapable and undeserving of governing this great nation.-R. Reich

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Gooseman

Oct-20-13 8:33 PM

Psycho duhhRAT "He forgets that the GOP voted for Palin-McCain NOT McCain-Palin and his big ego still has not gotten over it."

Seems you forget the part that says and the people didnt vote for either Palin or McCain.

Hey good job digging up 1 liners. Did you check to see how many of those 1 liners were corrected on air? Of course not.

And InsaHannity did a WHOLE SHOW that was a fraud on his nutcase viewers, a complete a total misrespresentation of any truth, a WHOLE SHOW! But good job on the one line mistakes.

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Wheeldog

Oct-20-13 8:32 PM

Hmmm, seems I touched a nerve with dah. Bottom line, the Republican Party got burned by the "take no prisoners" tactics of the extreme Tea Party faction. At best, politics is a messy business, and the road to achieving goals is rarely straight and narrow. People like McCain and other seasoned Republican leaders know that banzai charges almost never are worth the casualties that result. There were ways the House Republicans could have better used their energies and credibility. McCain and other senior members of the GOP tried to warn them, but they were too fixated to listen. It was a dumb move.

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daWraith

Oct-20-13 7:50 PM

WSJ cont'd

"What bunker is Henry Chao hiding in, for instance? He's the HHS official in charge of technology for the Affordable Care Act, and in March he said at an insurance lobby conference that his team had given up trying to create "a world-class user experience."

With the clock running, Mr. Chao added that his main goal was merely to "just make sure it's not a third-world experience."

He didn't succeed. Whatever is below third-world standards would flatter the 36 federally run exchanges as they've started up. But perhaps Mr. Chao or someone else, if not Mrs. Sebelius, can answer even the simple question of how many Americans have managed to enroll for coverage.

HHS could easily resolve any confusion but it won't even talk to Democratic allies, friendly reporters and what it calls the insurance industry "stakeholders" that it will need to make ObamaCare work.

Obama says 500,000 have signed up??

Liar! Liar! Liar! Liar! Liar! Liar! Lia

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daWraith

Oct-20-13 7:47 PM

WALL STREET JOURNAL:

"The Affordable Care Act's botched rollout has stunned its media cheering section, and it even seems to have surprised the law's architects. The problems run much deeper than even critics expected, and whatever federal officials, White House aides and outside contractors are doing to fix them isn't working. But who knows? Omerta is the word of the day as the Obama Administration withholds information from the public.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is even refusing to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a hearing this coming Thursday. HHS claims she has scheduling conflicts, but we hope she isn't in the White House catacomb under interrogation by Valerie Jarrett about her department's incompetence."

So SheBailsUs is in HIDING from the HOUSE COMMITTEE in CONTEMPT of CONGRESS, what a surprise.

I wonderwhy . . . . . . . .

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daWraith

Oct-20-13 7:45 PM

"The Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday it was bringing in outside help to resolve some of the technical woes that have beset the federally run insurance exchanges, which the agency acknowledged “has not lived up to the expectations of the American people.”

“We are committed to doing better,” agency officials said in a blog post that also said that “our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve healthcare . gov.”

OUTSIDE help, eh????

Because the GOVERNMENT INSIDERS have FAILED AGAIN!

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daWraith

Oct-20-13 7:34 PM

Here is where SOME of the deficit spending is going:

Freedom Outpost:

"Obama's Muslim Brotherhood Administration is "quietly" releasing $1.6 billion to aid the Taliban in Pakistan. Under the guise of an "improved" relationship with the country, which is headed by a mere puppet in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, this is nothing more than giving the money directly to the Islamic terrorists. In September, a church bombing killed nearly 100 people, and scores of terrorists attacks have occurred recently in the country.

This means one thing: Obama is openly aiding the enemies of America."

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daWraith

Oct-20-13 7:28 PM

Tea Party candidates ran on a platform of OPPOSING OBAMACARE.

They RAN on a platform of spending Cuts.

They GOT ELECTED by a majority of their voters in their districts or States.

They DID what they SAID they were going to do.

Any idiot who is PROUD of $17 trillion debt, MORE than the GDP of the country for the first time in history, is a sick Puppy.

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daWraith

Oct-20-13 7:25 PM

Wheezerdawg, does anybody talk about Benghazi or Fast and Furious these days?

Long gone.

What they WILL remember is the sore behind they are getting from their Obamacare UNafforable Care Act.

The press can spin that there are just "glitches" in the system right now.

The REALITY is it takes about 7 MILLION people signing up to make Obamacare work.

In North Dakota it seems the agency can only report about 5 (FIVE)!signups to date.

Even Megasize Cali seems to find only 16,000.

What sycophants forget is OBAMA voters are trailer trash deadbeats who are illegal or felons or have unpaid taxes and warrants, etc.

You THINK they are going to register with the IRS with their current address, phone, and social security???

No way, Jose!

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daWraith

Oct-20-13 7:19 PM

John McAmnesty is not a conservative, none of the GOP voters gives a rat's butt what the feeble old phart has to say.

He forgets that the GOP voted for Palin-McCain NOT McCain-Palin and his big ego still has not gotten over it.

Without Sarah he would have lost by 20%, THAT was the only excitement in his campaign.

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Wheeldog

Oct-20-13 6:53 PM

The government shutdown and threat of national debt default was a fool's errand. It made the Republican Party look foolish and likely did long-term damage to the national economy. By tying demands for debt reduction to demands to defund or eliminate a recently passed health law it made them look petulant and willing to severely damage the American economy as a form of blackmail. Most experienced Republican leaders recognized it as a boomerang tactic that would come back to hit those who tossed it. And it has. The party will be working hard over the coming months to put this fiasco behind them and, to the degree possible, try to shift blame to Obama.

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TrollSlayer

Oct-20-13 6:23 PM

So Wheeldog is a McConnell, McCain, Bush supporter now? Who’d a thunk... LOL

Wonder why you hear so many Democrits quoting Republican Congressmen these days? It's as if they're recognizing the wisdom too late to change their votes... LOL

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Wheeldog

Oct-20-13 5:54 PM

The following is from USA Today:

"Sen. John McCain called the effort to defund President Obama's health care expansion "a fool's errand." Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell vowed there will be no more government shutdowns. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush accused the party of stepping on its message.

"There will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that," McConnell said on CBS' Face the Nation. "Shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy."

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daWraith

Oct-20-13 3:31 PM

--broke--- BORK is what they do GOP nominees :)!

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