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What has been the biggest debacle on Obama's watch?

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“We believe the public interest is best served by live television coverage of this particular oral argument. It is a case which will affect every American’s life, our economy, and will certainly be an issue in the upcoming presidential campaign. Additionally, a five-and-a-half hour argument begs for camera coverage — interested citizens would be understandably challenged to adequately follow audio-only coverage of an event of this length with all the justice and various counsels participating.”

- C-SPAN chairman Brian Lamb, in a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, asking the high court to allow C-SPAN to broadcast arguments to examine the constitutionality of health care reform.

THE LONE STAR

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is back in touch with his inner Texan, apparently.

“I do not believe Washington needs a new coat of paint, it needs a complete overhaul. We need to uproot, tear down and rebuild Washington, D.C., and our federal institutions,” the presidential hopeful said Tuesday during a campaign stop in Bettendorf, Iowa.

“It’s time to create a part-time Congress where their pay is cut in half, their office budgets are cut in half, and their time in Washington is cut in half.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 54 percent of Americans would vote for President Obama in a 2012 presidential matchup with Newt Gingrich.

• 18 percent of Republicans, 24 percent of conservatives, 92 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of liberals agree.

• 43 percent of Americans overall would vote for Mr. Gingrich.

• 81 percent of Republicans, 73 percent of conservatives, 8 percent of Democrats and 14 percent of liberals agree.

• 48 percent of Americans would vote for Mr. Obama in a 2012 presidential matchup against Mitt Romney.

• 10 percent of Republicans, 21 percent of conservatives, 87 percent of Democrats and 81 percent of liberals agree.

• 48 percent of Americans overall would vote for Mr. Romney.

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