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GOP Puts Spotlight on Feckless Senate Democrats

Have the House Republicans come up with a winning strategy on the debt ceiling and spending cuts? Or just a viable one? Maybe so.

They certainly need one that is at least the latter, if not the former. Barack Obama is up in the polls since the election, as most re-elected presidents have been. The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows him with 52 percent approval and 44 percent disapproval. Other public polls have similar results.

In contrast, the NBC/WSJ poll reports that only 26 percent have positive feelings about the Republican Party and 51 negative feelings. Toward Speaker John Boehner only 18 percent have positive feelings and 37 percent negative feelings.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Obama Campaign alums shift to advocacy

Obama campaign staffers and volunteers gathered Sunday at a Washington hotel to discuss the future of their movement — and the ways they can support President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda.

“Our legacy is not an email list; it’s not a tech tool; it’s not an analytics model,” said Sara El-Amine, former campaign national training director who is now director of the Legacy Conference. “Our legacy is you.”

The Obama campaign announced this week that it transitioned from a political committee to a tax-exempt nonprofit funded by unlimited individual and corporate contributions. The new group — Organizing for Action — intends to work on legislative issues such as gun control and immigration reform.  Click here to continue reading this story.

President Obama’s not-quite Camelot

President Barack Obama’s new license plates may read “District of Columbia” but his head, heart and body language shout “I’m not from around here.”

Local leaders believed that Obama, the first African-American president and an avowed urbanist, would fulfill his promise to embrace a many-hued metropolis overshadowed by white marbled official Washington. A few even believed he would expend political capital, as Jimmy Carter did, to back voting rights or statehood on behalf of district residents.

The city’s fraying, graying Georgetown townhouse aristocracy — the ones who had dismissed Bill Clinton as a hick two decades earlier — had modest but real hopes of revival, a jolt of glamor, a bit of Camelot for a post-Dick Cheney D.C.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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