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The Obama administration has been responding to questions about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the $787 billion stimulus program since the president signed the bill at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science back in early 2009. But the wheels of the government grind slowly, and perhaps the administration’s response should have been: just… Continue Reading Government-sponsored green programs keep sprouting up

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Obama, Hill leaders meet: taxes, treaty on tap

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House and Senate leaders from both parties sat down Tuesday for their first postelection meeting with President Barack Obama in an atmosphere charged with tension over taxes and a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Republicans set the tone for the session early, declaring steadfast opposition to any tax increases when the current Bush era… Continue Reading Obama, Hill leaders meet: taxes, treaty on tap

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President Barack Obama will announce a two-year pay freeze for federal employees that the White House says is necessary to put the country on sound fiscal footing. The White House said Monday that the freeze would apply to all civilian federal employees, including those working at the Department of Defense, but would not affect military… Continue Reading Citing deficit, Obama to freeze federal worker pay

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Springs artist chosen to paint Obama portrait

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Colorado Springs artist Sarah A. Boardman has been chosen to paint the portrait of President Barack Obama for the State Capitol. The portrait will join the other 43 presidential portraits in the Gallery of the Presidents located on the third floor of the State Capitol rotunda. Other portraits were painted by nationally recognized portrait artist… Continue Reading Springs artist chosen to paint Obama portrait

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Obama sidesteps question on Fed monetary policy

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President Barack Obama has sidestepped a question of whether the Federal Reserve may have weakened the value of the dollar by purchasing $600 billion worth of government bonds to aid the economy. Obama noted at a news conference in New Delhi that the Fed “doesn’t take orders from the White House,” saying it would be… Continue Reading Obama sidesteps question on Fed monetary policy

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Analysis: Obama seeks votes among the unemployed

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Economy is destiny for the Democrats and President Barack Obama, who began his campaign week in Rhode Island, where unemployment is measured at 11.5 percent. He has stops planned in Pennsylvania (at 9 percent), Illinois (9.9 percent) and Ohio (10 percent) before Election Day. Just as striking as the jobless figures is the calculation that… Continue Reading Analysis: Obama seeks votes among the unemployed

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President Barack Obama on Monday lobbied for Republican support from Capitol Hill for a burst of spending on transportation projects, calling his proposal a jobs creator for the middle class and an overdue investment in the country’s foundation. “There’s no reason why we can’t do this,” Obama said in a brief Rose Garden event. “There’s… Continue Reading Obama touts $50 billion transportation proposal

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Obama signs $30B small business lending bill

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Scoring a prized political victory five weeks before the Nov. 2 elections, President Barack Obama on Monday signed a bill to help small businesses expand and hire by cutting their taxes and creating a $30 billion loan fund. Obama said the incentives will help small businesses right away. But any hiring may not be enough… Continue Reading Obama signs $30B small business lending bill

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President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they’d be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted “no.” Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law’s six-month anniversary to reintroduce it to skeptical… Continue Reading White House looks to boost health law’s reputation

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President Barack Obama will call on Congress to pass new tax breaks that would allow businesses to write off 100 percent of their new capital investments through 2011, the latest in a series of proposals the White House is rolling out in hopes of showing action on the economy ahead of the November elections. An… Continue Reading Obama to back more business tax breaks

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