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Saturday, November 26, 2022

New bitches & moans, same as the old

Ah, the Democrats got their thongs in a bunch this week because this column dared — dared, mind you — suggest President Barack Obama is not the epitome of perfection.

The emails that flowed over the e-transom were, shall we say, less than gracious. I haven’t been called so many names since my first marriage.

Some simply suggested I go to hell, go straight to hell and forget about passing “go” or collecting $200. Others stringed so obscenities together that I stopped counting.

You gotta love rabid partisanship. It keeps anger management counselors in business.

Of course, I’ve heard all this before. Got the same thing from Republicans about this time eight years ago when I raised questions about the love of their lives — George W. Bush.

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Younger voters fault Obama on economy, Afghan war

President Barack ObamaFifty-eight percent of younger Americans approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance but many feel differently about his handling of specific issues, a national poll has found.

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics said on Thursday at 52 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds polled disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy and healthcare and 55 disapprove on the topic of Afghanistan.

The poll, taken before Obama said this week he was sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, found 66 percent of respondents opposed such a buildup.

Support from young voters in 2008 helped sweep Obama into the White House. Exit polls showed Obama won the 18- to 29-year-old segment by a 34-point margin, more than five times the difference of Obama’s next best age group.

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Democrats fight each other over public option

On the Senate floor, Democrats are debating Republicans on health care. Behind the scenes, they’re debating each other.

Those closed-door discussions may be less predictable — and more consequential — as majority Democrats struggle to settle controversies within the party that are standing in the way of passage of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul. The most contentious of these is a proposal for the government to sell insurance in competition with private companies, an approach supported by liberals but opposed by most Democratic moderates and conservatives.

Democrats were engaged in urgent talks to settle the government insurance plan issue.

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Obama, Congress look for ways to boost jobs

President Barack Obama’s options for spurring job growth may be limited by out-of-control budget deficits, but he is warming to moves by his congressional allies for a jobs-boosting bill.

Taking his defense of the economy on the road, the president scheduled appearances Friday in Pennsylvania to showcase innovative businesses following Thursday’s White House jobs forum. That event combined cheerleading and brainstorming as Obama exhorted more than 100 CEOs, academics, small business and union leaders and local officials to focus on new ways to get businesses hiring again.

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Jobs rebound will be painfully slow

The economy is getting closer to generating jobs for the first time in two years, but it probably won’t be enough to stop the unemployment rate from rising.

Analysts expect the Labor Department will report Friday that employers cut a net total of 130,000 jobs in November, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters. That’s an improvement from 190,000 the previous month.

The department is also expected to say the unemployment rate will remain 10.2 percent, the same as in October, a 26-year high.

Two economic reports Thursday gave some economists hope that employers will gear up hiring early next year and that the economy will start adding jobs in the first quarter. But the unemployment rate may still rise well into 2010.

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Secret Service puts three agents on leave

Three Secret Service officers have been put on administrative leave after the security breach at last week’s White House dinner, an episode President Barack Obama said hasn’t shaken his confidence in his protectors.

The president nevertheless acknowledged Thursday that the “the system didn’t work the way it was supposed to.”

Despite the screw-up, the president was never at risk, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told Congress on Thursday.

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