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Jun 15, 2012

Washington Extra

  Washington ExtraJune 14, 2012  When it comes to the economy, President Obama won’t be running on his record. He may have pulled the country out of recession after six months in office and delivered 27 straight months of job growth, but the recovery is just too shallow to show off. And there’s little he can do to make it better by election time.So what Obama did today with his much anticipated economic speech was enlarge the frame of reference from the three and a half years of his presidency to a couple of decades.In a somber and professorial tone, he took his Cleveland audience back a decade and dissected the Republican economic vision that landed America in a deeper than normal recession. He pivoted to the future and asked them to imagine their lives with more of that under a President Romney and his allies in Congress.

“If you agree with the approach I just described, if you want to give the policies of the last decade another try, then you should vote for Mr. Romney,” he said. He then laid out his vision, calling it “our North Star — an economy that’s built not from the top down, but from a growing middle class, that provides ladders of opportunity for folks who aren’t yet in the middle class.” 

Apr 3, 2012

Procurement chief quits as agency accused of waste

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the government’s federal procurement office is resigning and two senior officials have been dismissed ahead of a report criticizing the agency’s lavish spending on an “over the top” training conference, the White House said on Monday.

Many expenditures by the General Services Administration for the October 2010 conference at a resort outside Las Vegas were “excessive and wasteful” and violated the agency’s own policies, said a report by the GSA’s Office of Inspector General.

Apr 3, 2012

U.S. procurement chief quits as agency accused of waste

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. government’s federal procurement office is resigning and two senior officials have been dismissed ahead of a report criticizing the agency’s lavish spending on an “over the top” training conference, the White House said on Monday.

Many expenditures by the General Services Administration for the October 2010 conference at a resort outside Las Vegas were “excessive and wasteful” and violated the agency’s own policies, said a report by the GSA’s Office of Inspector General.

Mar 29, 2012

Florida Republican Senator Rubio endorses Romney

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, endorsed Mitt Romney on Wednesday calling the former Massachusetts governor the inevitable Republican presidential nominee.

“I am endorsing Mitt Romney and the reason why is not only is he going to be the Republican nominee, but he offers at this point such a stark contrast to the president’s record,” Rubio said in an interview on Fox News.

Mar 21, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

No doubts as to Obama’s Irish Ancestry now

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By Samson Reiny
Playing with one of the more enduring controversies of his administration, President Obama joked on Tuesday that he had the perfect place for a gift confirming his Irish heritage: right next to his much ballyhooed birth certificate.

Visiting Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny gave Obama the “formal certificate” at an evening reception in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, which earlier saw Maryland Governor Martin  O’Malley singing upbeat Gaelic-inspired tunes alongside a band.

Feb 23, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Contraception question booed at Republican debate

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A question about contraception caused a flareup in the culture wars during the last Republican presidential debate before next week’s Arizona and Michigan primaries and “Super Tuesday.”

The question drew boos from the audience and impassioned statements from the four candidates on the stage in Mesa, Arizona, last night.

Feb 20, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Santorum explains “phony theology” comment

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Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says he wasn’t questioning Barack Obama’s faith on Saturday when he said the Democratic president’s agenda was based on “some phony theology.”

Santorum explained his comments during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, saying he was questioning the president’s world view — not his faith.

Feb 17, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Santorum: backer’s contraceptives comment was bad joke

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“It was a stupid joke,” Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says about a wealthy backer’s “aspirins for contraceptives” comment.

Whatever it was, Santorum — a staunch social conservative – said he’s not going to be responsible for what his supporters say.

Feb 15, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Gingrich offers “dream team” to supporters

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For a $100 donation, this free poster of Newt Gingrich and his conservative “Dream Team” can be yours.

The poster — featuring the Republican presidential candidate flanked by endorsers of his White House bid  — was offered to supporters Tuesday in a new fundraising appeal.

Feb 14, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Tending to China-US relations

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Valentine’s Day is as good a day as any for China and the United States to work on the kinks in their relationship.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping signaled beforehand that tending to the state of the  “dynamic and promising” U.S.-China connection would be the at the heart of his White House visit on Tuesday.

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