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Anderson: Same-O

Nick Anderson/Houston Chronicle

Pledge to America: For Moscow Minidoka

Apparently MM thought I was remiss in not highlighting this story yesterday.

WASHINGTON – House Republicans will announce an expansive agenda today called a “Pledge to America” that proposes to shrink the size of government and reform Congress, offering a conservative plan of action they will pursue if they win a majority in the midterm elections.

Republicans would slash $100 billion in government spending on nonmilitary agencies and replace President Barack Obama’s landmark health care legislation with a scaled-back version. Small businesses would be able to deduct from taxes up to 20 percent of their annual income, and the Pentagon would receive increased funding to more quickly implement a ballistic missile defense system.

The plan would also eliminate any unspent money from last year’s $814 billion stimulus package and from legislation that authorized hundreds of billions of dollars to prop up failing Wall Street firms. Read more.

Would you be more or less likely to vote for candidates who sign such a pledge?

Labrador Now A GOP ‘Young Gun’

Item: Labrador now a GOP ‘Young Gun’: In reversal, he joins program that helps raise funds/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise

More Info: Idaho GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador has ended an awkward dance with the National Republican Congressional Committee by agreeing to join its “Young Guns” candidate recruitment program, after refusing earlier. “With the election coming so quickly, I don’t want the NRCC changing our campaign themes and strategy,” Labrador said. “My campaign will reflect Idaho values, not the priorities of Washington, D.C.” But, he said, “After being assured they would not interfere with our campaign’s Idaho-focused strategy, I agreed to participate.”

Question: Will Labrador’s off-again-on-again relationship with the Republican ‘Young Guns’ candidate recruitment program help him or hurt him now?

High Noon: GOP cautiously confident of big gains

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,  right, listens as Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With Democrats on defense, Republicans expressed cautious confidence of big gains in the fall elections — particularly in governor’s races — though they acknowledged that the GOP must do more to snatch control of Congress from President Barack Obama’s party.

Three months before the midterm elections, it was all business and little celebration as the 168-member Republican National Committee met this week to finalize Tampa, Fla., as the 2012 GOP convention city and set the presidential primary calendar. Unlike in years past, no White House hopefuls showed up. And the tone was sober about the GOP’s prospects in November; a single sign said: “Playing to win in 2010.” AP Full Story.

Do you think the GOP will post big gains this fall?

Obama meets “buzz saw of crticism” on Capitol Hill

President Barack Obama leaves Capitol Hill on Tuesday after a meeting with Senate Republicans.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama paid a rare visit to Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday, seeking their support on energy, immigration and other top priority measures. But he hit a buzz saw of criticism and resentment that bodes poorly for the remainder of his legislative agenda.

In the tense closed-door meeting, Obama told Senate Republicans he did not want legislative business to grind to a halt just because an election was approaching, and he asked for their cooperation on ratifying the START treaty, confirming Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court and passing legislation to improve the economy. Full story.

Do you agree that the President’s bipartisan words have been followed by partisan actions?

Missing Moderates

“Many have bemoaned the near-extinction of the political species known as the moderate Republican. Once thriving in cold habitats, particularly New England, socially liberal but fiscally conservative Republicans were gradually displaced by Democrats. The loss of these bridge-builders has left the Republican Party largely in the hands of the bridge-burners, and to the detriment of America.

I’ve missed the moderate Republicans, but the recent gang warfare over health care reform has aroused second thoughts. Maine’s Sen. Olympia Snowe is supposed to be one of the last of the breed, but exactly what was the point of her?” More here.

Do you agree with Froma Harrop? Are true GOP moderates MIA?

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