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'Hope and change' no longer thrills young Americans
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Topic - Joe Manchin
The Obama administration said Friday it is seeing mixed progress in fixing the federal Obamacare website, as Republicans piled on criticism by saying taxpayers should get a refund for the broken $400 million Internet portal and that new numbers indicate that few people have enrolled in the insurance market for the District of Columbia tied to the health care law.
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said Sunday that some GOP members may have fought an impossible battle against Obamacare ahead of the government shutdown, but that doesn't give Democrats license to tinker with past law.
Senate Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse Sunday over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four days and end a partial government shutdown that enters its third week.
President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission apologized Tuesday for what described as inadvertently misleading senators about a team of lobbyists backing his bid for chairman of the obscure but powerful panel, and asked for a chance to meet and clear the record.
EXCLUSIVE: President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is coordinating his campaign with two lobbyists for energy companies, a Democratic strategy firm and several other green-technology strategists, according to emails that show an unprecedented effort to gain a position on the obscure board.
President Obama and his Western allies faced off against Russia on the international stage Tuesday, battling over how exactly to force Syria to turn over its chemical weapons, even as the president pleaded with Congress to give him time to see the diplomatic efforts through.
Sen. John McCain said Tuesday "there's ample reason to be skeptical" about an emerging plan to compel Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control to avert a U.S. military strike.
Sen. Joe Manchin still believes the Senate can pass expanded background checks for gun purchases, even though public passion on the issue has died down in the months since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
A senior Senate Democrat has joined the GOP chorus that for days has blasted the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative groups, with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus saying Monday he plans to investigate the beleaguered agency over the matter.
While President Obama keeps pounding away to get votes to pass gun restrictions in the Senate, pro-Second Amendment supporters are pushing the upper chamber in the opposite direction. Sen. Tom Coburn introduced two amendments to strengthen the rights of gun owners and keep the federal government in check.
MSNBC hosts Alex Wagner and Chris Matthews decided to get a few digs in at Sen. Ted Cruz this afternoon before moving on to Obama's press conference, criticizing the Republican's recent comments about his fellow congressmen acting like "squishes."
Sen. Pat Toomey, one of the main architects of the failed Senate legislation to expand gun background checks, blamed misinformation for helping sink the bill.
Gun owners who cheered when the Senate failed to pass numerous anti-gun bills last week should temper their enthusiasm. The liberal wing of the Democratic party, led by President Obama and funded by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, has already started to use the votes to oust pro-Second Amendment senators in 2014.
As the Senate opens debate on legislation to expand background checks of gun purchases, President Obama said Tuesday he thinks public sentiment will compel lawmakers to approve the measure.
The background checks “compromise” in the Senate will not reduce crime or prevent mass shootings, but merely appeases President Obama while abridging Second Amendment rights. In advance of the expected Wednesday afternoon vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been scrambling to find 60 votes for expanding background checks beyond federally-licensed dealers.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said the health care law should be given some room to work.
"If it doesn't work, it'll fall on its own," Mr. Manchin said. "But don't have the underlying motive to just get rid of it."