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The Rundown

Anniversary week brings key tests for Obama

By Ben Pershing
A week that will include the one-year anniversary of President Obama's election will also provide two key referendums on his tenure so far -- a trio of off-year contests Tuesday and a House vote to move health-care reform forward a few days later.

In 24 hours, the polls will be open in Virginia, New Jersey and New York's 23rd district, and Republicans and Democrats are already battling to set expectations ahead of a wave of "what does it all mean?" stories Wednesday morning. In New York, Dede Scozzafava's decision to drop out of the House special election (and endorse Democrat Bill Owens) turned the contest upside down, as Republicans raced to embrace Doug Hoffman, grassroots conservatives crowed over their victory and Democrats fretted that their opening to steal a seat may have closed. The Associated Press writes that Scozzafava's move to withdraw "could consolidate Republican voters behind Hoffman and improve the party's chances of retaining the seat, which has been represented by a Republican for more than 100 years." While Scozzafava's conservative backers (the few that there were) shifted their support to Hoffman, labor unions moved to back Owens, the Watertown Daily Times reports. In Washington, Republican leaders quickly coalesced behind Hoffman and pledged to get him a seat on the Armed Services Committee, a key chit in this district. One survey already purports to show Hoffman taking a commanding lead in the race, though polling such a fluid contest over the weekend must have been difficult.

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Posted at 8:34 AM ET on Nov 2, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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President Barack Obama,it still sounds wonderful..Has it been a how time flies when you have done so much and so much more to do..Way to go Mr.President, keep it at, America made the right choice in 2008 looking forward to the eight anniversary in 2016.

Posted by: ruraledcomm | November 2, 2009 10:00 PM

fr jerzy:

>...Could Obama finally be realizing that he is not very bright, way over his head, and destroying an entire nation?

That would be his predecessor, DUMBYA, not the current President, who did NOT get his way paid through college by daddy and granddaddy, and who was FIRST in his class at Harvard Law School, and the editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Posted by: Alex511 | November 2, 2009 7:45 PM

'c' 1430 'Hymns to Virg.' (1867) 92 Thou a young man make a balke, Which to thy mind 'reuertere'.

Posted by: edtroyhampton | November 2, 2009 4:13 PM

Not for Obama, that's for sure. If both GOP Governors, and far-right Hoffman in NY-23, win it is the beginning of the end for mR. pResident.

Posted by: JakeD | November 2, 2009 11:35 AM

One year into Obama's presidency, how would you vote today?


Posted by: usadblake | November 2, 2009 10:50 AM

KEY TEST FOR OBAMA: Whether he will take down the Bush-Cheney legacy "Grassroots Gestapo" before it takes HIM down -- along with American democracy and the rule of law.

Please pay attention to this, before it's too late:


* "Directed energy weapons," portable units and a nationwide installation camouflaged as cell towers, induce weakness, exhaustion, physical and neurological impairment, strokes, aneurysms, cancer -- and many victims do not realize what is making them sick.

• Thousands of Americans held hostage in their own homes to police-protected, fed-supported vigilante "community policing" stalking units, equipped with warrantless GPS devices, who vandalize and terrorize unjustly "targeted individuals" and their families.

* Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" reportedly serve as command centers for covert electromagnetic radiation attacks, pervasive surveillance, financial sabotage of those identified as "dissidents," "trouble-makers" or slandered as threats to society.

* Use of microwave weaponry to torture and impair political opponents recently confirmed by deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya.

* Pleas for justice, to local police and FBI, go unanswered -- as do demands for a Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation and congressional hearings.

"These are crimes against humanity and the Constitution, being perpetrated under the cover of national security and 'safe streets' by multiple federal and local agencies and commands -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight, enabled by the naivete of those who think 'it can't happen here.'" -- Victor Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network Sports Business Report; columnist, OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 2, 2009 10:25 AM

What are all the whispers around the White House that Obama has become so skinny because he has been chain-smoking his brains out?

Could Obama finally be realizing that he is not very bright, way over his head, and destroying an entire nation?

Posted by: Jerzy | November 2, 2009 9:27 AM

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