2014-02-21star-telegram.com

``Obama will drop a year-old proposal to trim benefit increases for Social Security recipients and veterans. The offer was always paired with a demand that the wealthy pay higher taxes, but Republicans never agreed to that. Obama had no deal with the right, and he angered the left by even offering to curb entitlement growth. On Thursday, the left cheered and predicted an energized party base heading into elections.''


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