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Republicans Supporting Health Care Reform

Unless hell freezes over, no more than 1 or 2 Republican Senators or members of the House will vote for health care reform.  Thankfully, that hasn't stopped a growing list of governors, former members of congress and other Republican officials from giving support to this Democratic Party-led effort.

Time for a Leadership Change in Afghanistan?

Now that General McChrystal has publicly undermined the President, it's time to start asking where his loyalties lie.

Obama's Iran Bind

Assuming Iran doesn't back down from its nuclear program, and assuming the U.S. can't convince China and Russia to support meaningful sanctions, what's the administration's Plan B?

Little Sympathy for ACORN Here

If this isn’t the end of ACORN, I hope it’s the end of ACORN as we know it.

Not Giving Up on the GOP

President Obama is not giving up on the GOP.  Two and a half years of (typically) unjustified and brutal attacks have not broken his desire to forge a common-sense, post-partisan government.

Bush 41 School Speech Roundup

In the words of former Majority Leader Dick Gephardt: "The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students."

Obama, GOP's Snowe Work on Health Care Compromise

Good to see at least one Republican working on a common sense solution:

George Will is no Cronkite

I can't remember the last time I heard about a journalist’s column two days before its publication date. If George Will was trying to create buzz ahead of his call for an Afghanistan withdrawal, he succeeded.

Obama Names Congressman McHugh (R-NY) Army Secretary

McHugh is currently the senior Republican on the Armed Services Committee:

Obama Names Governor Huntsman Ambassador to China

Detractors will blame the President for shipping out one of the GOP's rising stars.  Maybe Huntsman just wants a break from the party's current plight.  Oh, and he speaks fluent Chinese:

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