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Weekly remarks: Obama 'confident in our future'; John Kasich urges real presidential leadership

Democrat president barack Obama enjoys an Oval Office phone call

President Obama's weekly remarks, as provided by the White House

Hello from the Country Corner Farm in Alpha, Illinois!  For the past few days, I’ve been traveling to small towns and farm towns here in the heartland of this country. I sat down with small-business owners in Gutenberg, Iowa; and ranchers and farmers in Peosta.  I had lunch with veterans in Cannon Falls, Minnesota; and talked to plant workers at a seed distributor in Atkinson, Illinois. And to the girls volleyball team at Maquoketa High School, let me just say one thing: Go Cardinals.

Now, I’m out here for one reason: I think Washington, D.C., can learn something from the folks in Atkinson and Peosta and Cannon Falls. I think our country would be a whole lot better off if our elected leaders showed the same kind of discipline and integrity and responsibility that most Americans demonstrate in their lives every day.

Because, the fact is, we’re going through a tough time right now. We’re coming....

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Tim Pawlenty's farewell message

tim Pawlenty wife Mary daughter Anna

Hello, Friends --

It was a great honor to run for President.

It has been an even greater honor to have friends and supporters like you. Mary and I are incredibly grateful to each of  you for your friendship, loyalty and hard work. We deeply appreciate it and will always remember and cherish your kindness.

I wish things had turned out differently. We needed to get a boost at the Ames straw poll for our campaign to remain viable going forward. As you know, that didn't happen and I withdrew from the race.   

Today, Mary and I are driving Anna to start her freshman year at college. As we reflect on this family milestone, we're reminded of what matters most.   

We will be taking time to prayerfully consider what is next. One thing is for sure, I remain committed to turning this country around, getting a Republican elected to the White House and advancing the values we share in common and hold so dear.

Again, our warmest wishes and deepest thanks to all of you.


Tim and Mary


Ron Paul: Could he win the Iowa caucuses?

Tim Pawlenty quits after 3d place finish in Ames Straw Poll

Rick Perry is all in: 'We cannot afford 4 more years of this rudderless leadership"

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Photo: Brian C. Frank / Reuters (The Pawlentys -- Tim, Mary and Anna).

Gov. Rick Perry text: 'We cannot afford 4 more years of this'

Texas Republican governor Rick Perry takes the stage to announce his presidential candidacy RedState Gathering Charleston SC Andrew Malcolm  8-13-11

Gov. Rick Perry's candidacy statement at RedState Gathering, as provided by

Howdy. Thank you, Erick [Erickson, editor of RedState]. It is great to be at RedState. And I’ll
tell you what, it’s even better to be governor of the largest red state in America.

It’s sure good to be back in the Palmetto State, in South Carolina. I enjoy coming to places where
people elect folks like Nikki Haley, true conservatives. And also where they love the greatest
fighting force on the face of the earth…the United States Military.

And I want to take a moment and ask you to just take a silence, think about those young Navy
SEALs and the other special operators who gave it all in the service of their country. Just take a
moment to say 'Thank you, Lord, that we have those kind of selfless, sacrificial men and women.
Their sacrifice was immeasurable, their dedication profound, and we will never, ever forget

I stand before you today as the governor of Texas. But I also stand before you as the son of two tenant farmers, Ray Perry, who came home after 35 bombing missions over Europe to work his little corner of land out there, and Amelia who made sure my sister Milla and I had everything that we needed, including hand-sewing my clothes until I went off to college.

(The RedState Gathering scene story at the Perry announcement in Charleston, S.C.)

I am also the product of a place called Paint Creek. Doesn’t have a zip code. It’s too....

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The Ames Republican debate transcript: Everything they said that you missed

Iowa Debate 8-11-11 Ames

In anticipation of today's Ames straw poll in Iowa, Fox News Channel and the Washington Examiner co-sponsored the first Republican candidate debate in the first delegate nominating state.

The debate, due to its sharp questioning, blunt answering and occasional outbursts, has sparked much online discussion in the last two days and may have played a crucial rule in deciding the outcome of today's straw poll.

As we reported here earlier, the two-hour program enjoyed excellent ratings, but still more than 300 million Americans didn't see it. Now, you and any who desire, can read the complete transcript here of all of the back-and-forth courtesy of the Fox News Channel.

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Transcript of Republican Debate in Ames, Iowa, Aug. 11, as provided by Fox News Channel

BRET BAIER:  Welcome to Ames, Iowa, on the campus of Iowa State University and the Republican presidential debate. (APPLAUSE)

Our event is being sponsored by Fox News and the Washington Examiner, in conjunction -- in conjunction with the Iowa Republican Party. We're being seen, obviously, on Fox News Channel, being streamed on  You can log on and check out how you can react to our debate. We're also being heard on Fox News Radio. And these folks in the stadium -- in the studio are just fired up, as you can hear. (APPLAUSE)

BAIER:  OK.  Now let's meet the candidates: former Senator Rick Santorum; businessman Herman Cain; Congressman Ron Paul...(APPLAUSE) ... former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney...(APPLAUSE)   ... Congresswoman Michele Bachmann... (APPLAUSE) ... former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty...   (APPLAUSE)... former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman...(APPLAUSE) ... and former speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. (APPLAUSE)

Joining me at the desk tonight, my Fox News colleague and anchor of "Fox News Sunday," Chris Wallace.And from the Washington Examiner, Byron York and Susan Ferrechio. 

We're gathered tonight at a very unsettling moment for Americans. We've watched the....

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Weekly remarks: GOP's Pat Toomey says regs kill jobs; Obama says new jobs his top priority

Capitol Hill

Weekly remarks by Sen. Pat Toomey, as provided by Republican Party leadership

Hi, I’m Senator Pat Toomey from the great state of Pennsylvania, and I’m pleased to have this opportunity to share a few thoughts with you today.

Like a lot of Americans all around the country, I’m deeply concerned about the lack of job growth and our stagnant economy. 

Now President Obama inherited a weak economy, but by nearly every measure, he has made the economy worse. Over two years ago, his administration told us that passing his $787 billion stimulus bill would keep unemployment below 8 percent.

Instead, since the stimulus was enacted, our economy has lost more than 1.3 million jobs and the unemployment rate has averaged over 9 percent.

Today, fewer people are working; gas prices are higher; home values are lower; wages are weaker; healthcare is more expensive; taxes are heading higher and our federal deficits are much larger than when President Obama took office.

Clearly, the policies of this administration are not working.

So, what went wrong? Well, a big part of the problem has been job-killing regulations. Every....

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Who made the cut for Obama's third Ramadan Iftar dinner

Obama Iftar dinner Speech 8-10-11


President Obama's remarks during his Iftar dinner, as provided by the White House

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you so much. (Applause.)  Everyone, please have a seat, have a seat.

Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the White House. Tonight is part of a rich tradition here at the White House of celebrating the holy days of many faiths and the diversity that define us as a nation. So these are quintessentially American celebrations -- people of different faiths coming together, with humility before our maker, to reaffirm our obligations to one another, because no matter who we are, or how we pray, we’re all children of a loving God.

Now, this year, Ramadan is entirely in August. That means the days are long, the weather is hot, and you are hungry. (Laughter.) So I will be brief.

I want to welcome the members of the diplomatic corps who are here; the members of Congress, including two Muslim American members of Congress -- Keith Ellison and Andre Carson; and leaders and officials from across my administration. Thank you all for being here.  Please give them a big round of applause.  (Applause.)   

To the millions of Muslim Americans across the United States and more -- the more than....

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Obama's penchant for speeches now sounding hollower by the word

Inaugural oath of Obama jan 20 2009

This is the 931st day of the Barack Obama presidency.

Yesterday Obama gave a strange statement to the media. He'd been away on another mini-vacation at Camp David. So, it was left to aides and Treasury Secy. Geithner to attempt to discredit the first-ever credit downgrading of the federal government.

Every politician has at least one major weakness. Bill Clinton's is, well, well-known. George W. Bush's political weakness was thinking his intuition and instincts could carry him through any challenge. Barack Obama's weakness is thinking he can talk his way in or out of virtually any opportunity or difficulty.

Being a Real Good Talker helped him get the job heading the law review. And entering politics. And succeeding early there, albeit within Chicago's rigged system. And being an RGT thrust him....

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Obama on debt rating: 'Markets will rise and fall'; and they do


Obama reads his reassuring lines 8-8-11 but the stock market plummeted anyway

Seeking to show leadership and calm anxiety on the first trading day after the unprecedented credit downgrade for the federal government, a beleaguered President Obama made an 11-minute financial statement this afternoon that proved prophetic.

"Markets will rise and fall," the Democrat said, "but this is the United States of America. No matter what some agency may say, we’ve always been and always will be a AAA country."

The results: On the worst day since the 2008 financial crisis, all three major U.S. stock indexes dropped between 5% and 7% with the Dow plunging 633 points to close beneath 11,000 for the first time in nine months.

On Friday after the markets closed Standard & Poor's lowered the federal government's....

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What Gov. Jerry Brown said on national TV: 'The Democrats have to wake up'

Democrat California Governor Jerry Brown with wife Anne Gust, file

Transcript of California Gov. Jerry Brown on 'State of the Union,' as provided by CNN

CANDY CROWLEY, HOST, CNN'S "STATE OF THE UNION": Governor, first of all, thank you so much for joining us.  I wanted you to take a California look at what's been going on in Washington.  We have just finished up a very grueling debt debate.  From your perspective, what did that tell you about Washington?

GOV. JERRY BROWN (D), CALIFORNIA:  Well, the obvious, that's it's dysfunctional, but more than that, that the Washington of today is suffering and experiencing a governability crisis.America can't govern when you have two parties so diametrically opposed. I think that is an ominous sign going forward. 

CROWLEY:  Do you have a solution for that, because I think you're right, I think people look....

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Obama salutes National Health Center Week

Obama eating pizza, file

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Across our Nation, over 19 million Americans look to community health centers for medical checkups, education, advice and critical services that keep them healthy. Throughout National Health Center Week, we recommit to supporting this vital resource for underserved communities, and we recognize the critical role community health centers play in our healthcare system.

Every day, men, women, and children find help at community health centers. These centers lead the way in providing high-quality services at an affordable cost, while lifting up the quality of life for their patients. We see the results among Medicaid beneficiaries -- those receiving care from a health center are less likely to be unnecessarily hospitalized or visit an emergency room.

We also see the effects in rural areas with community health centers, where hospitals see fewer uninsured emergency room visits. These health centers are easy to access -- Americans can find a health center near them by using the "Find a Health Center" tool at

My administration continues to support these centers. Between the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act, new funding has been committed to support technology and infrastructure updates to existing centers, as well as the construction of new ones.

These laws also provided for important new initiatives that will benefit all Americans. The Affordable Care Act provided for the Health Centers Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project, which will use community health centers to test the impact of team-based treatment approaches on the care of elderly patients.

Across our vast and diverse land, Americans have always made it their duty to serve their neighbors in need. It is the common interest and purpose of building a stronger, healthier nation that drives the work of community health centers and fuels our efforts to improve our healthcare system.

During National Health Center Week, we celebrate the contributions of community health centers, and we rededicate ourselves to advancing the well-being of all our people.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim the week of Aug. 7 through Aug. 13, 2011, as National Health Center Week.

I encourage all Americans to celebrate this week by visiting their local community health center, meeting local health center providers, and exploring the programs they offer to help keep their families healthy.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 5th day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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