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Obama to GOP: ‘Drop the Blockade’

President Obama returned to the White House ready to get back to work, giving a brief speech on Monday about the U.S. economy. Obama said that his administration is planning to kick-start the economy with several quick measures: extending tax cuts for the middle-class, redoubling the government’s investment in clean energy, adding further tax cuts, and “making it easier for our small business to grow and hire.” A bill that’s been “languishing in Senate for four months,” as Obama put it, would help put these plans into motion. But the biggest obstacle, of course, remains garnering Republican party support. “I ask the Senate Republicans to drop the blockade,” he said.

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Force the GOP to take a stand

Can a new campaign strategy save Democrats from a disappointing November? The party is settling on a new tack, says The Washington Post: inviting Republicans to vote for a series of modest and popular bills or forcing them to explain to their constituents why they oppose such measures. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s pared-down jobs bill is the first example. On its heels, in the coming weeks, Republicans can expect to vote on lifting the antitrust exemption for insurance companies, small-business assistance, an extension of unemployment benefits, and a proposal to slap new fees on Wall Street banks. “If they support the measures, great,” said one senior White House official. “But if not, the votes will show their hypocrisy and obstruction, which will demonstrate something in itself.”

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