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Morning Examiner: Obama decries ‘perpetual campaign’ at $2.5 million fundraiser for House Democrats

Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

President Obama told a $5,000-per-person cocktail reception Wednesday evening that “we can’t have perpetual campaigns” just minutes before adding that “It’d be a whole lot easier to govern if I had Nancy Pelosi as speaker.”

Hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer hosted Obama’s cocktail party at his San Francisco mansion Wednesday night, before Obama transitioned to an even more exclusive $32,400-per-person dinner at Ann Getty’s mansion in Pacific Heights ($32,400 is the maximum amount any one person can give a national party committee in one year.) In all, Obama raised more than $2.5 million from wealthy Californians for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee efforts to regain a Democratic House majority that would return Pelosi to the speaker’s chair.

“What I think is absolutely true is that the way I have always thought about politics, I know the way Nancy thinks about politics, is that we are a team,” Obama said. And Obama made perfectly clear that Republicans are not on his team. “I also want to make sure that you are paying attention to what can we do to support the prospect of Nancy Pelosi being speaker once again,” Obama said Wednesday. “I want her once again as a fully empowered partner for us to be able to move our agenda forward.”

The agenda Obama outlined for his second term was tailor-made for rich San Franciscans: amnesty for illegal immigrants so the elites can afford to hire more servants, gun control to stick it to the rednecks who live in heartland states, and greater restrictions on American energy production so liberals can feel like they’ve done something to help the environment as they jet around the world.

“I can get a whole more done if Nancy Pelosi is speaker of the House,” Obama said at Getty’s multimillion-dollar home.

Yes he could. And that prospect ought to worry every thinking American.

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The Los Angeles Times, Banks are not complying with mortgage settlement: Banks aren’t living up to pledges they made in last year’s landmark government settlement of mortgage servicing and foreclosure abuses, according to an advocacy group’s survey of California housing counselors and lawyers.
The Los Angeles Times, Radar shows U.S. border security gaps: A sophisticated airborne radar system developed to track Taliban fighters planting roadside bombs in Afghanistan has found a new use along the U.S. border with Mexico, where it has revealed gaps in security.
The Wall Street Journal, Pro-Gun Laws Gain Ground: President Barack Obama made another push Wednesday to build support for gun-control laws in the wake of December’s mass school shooting in Connecticut. But since then, five states have passed seven laws that strengthen gun restrictions, while 10 states have passed 17 laws that weaken them.

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Righty Playbook
At RedState, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says the media are covering up Planned Parenthood’s support for infanticide.
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