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White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s White House Is Woman and Girl Crazy—in a Good Way

From the creation of the White House Council on Women and Girls to the State Department’s global focus on women’s rights, President Obama is scoring points with feminists who worked against him in the primaries.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Kanye West

Kanye Heckles Obama?

You may have caught rapper and megalomaniac Kanye West hijacking the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, but did you see him shout at the president during last Wednesday’s speech to Congress?

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Charles Dharapak

Stop Begging Obama and Get Mad

The right-wing accusations against Barack Obama are true. He is a socialist, although he practices socialism for corporations.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


Rep. Joe Wilson
AP / Harry Hamburg

Wilson and Our National Character

If you saw a woman struck by a car, would you call an ambulance right away? Or would you first ask for her papers to make sure she was not an illegal immigrant?

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE



California Emergency Management Agency

Homeland Security Spending Marked by Waste, Shoddy Oversight

Records show that communities across California had difficulty managing millions in anti-terrorism grants handed out by Congress after Sept. 11.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 READ MORE



house.gov

Is Rep. Joe Wilson Winning?

The White House was worried President Obama’s major health care address would get lost in the commemorations of 9/11. They didn’t know about Joe Wilson, the heretofore unknown South Carolina congressman who is now the national poster boy for the disaffected and ill-informed white people hurling tea bags and insults at the president.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 READ MORE


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YouTube / BarackObamadotcom

Fact-Checking Obama’s Health Care Speech

When emotions run high about certain hot-button issues, good judgment can fall by the wayside, and facts can get lost in the shuffle. Luckily, the helpful researchers at FactCheck.org are around to round them up again, as they’ve done here with President Obama’s health care speech.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE


Letterman

Letterman Heckles Obama’s Heckler

Two can play this game, Joe Wilson. While the South Carolina congressman’s heckle heard ’round the country triggered dismay from his opponents and enthusiasm from his supporters, Rep. Wilson’s “You lie!” war cry to Obama provided humor fodder for David Letterman’s Thursday night show.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Sep 11, 2009 ENLARGE    



AP / Susan Walsh

Pelosi Sees Little Support for Troop Deployments

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has thrown a high-level wrench into President Obama’s plans to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Pelosi said Thursday that she sees little support in Congress for new deployments, an observation that comes at a time of rising casualties and strife in Afghanistan.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE


Joe Wilson

Wilson’s Apology (Plus a Campaign Plug)

So, Congressman Joe Wilson heckled President Obama during Wednesday’s speech on health care reform. On Thursday, Obama accepted Wilson’s apology, but that same day the South Carolina lawmaker leveraged the situation by posting this video calling for voters’ support and announcing he was “under attack by liberals for standing up against a government takeover of health care.”

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


The Revelation









Posted on Sep 10, 2009 ENLARGE


Obama M.D. [A Cartoon From Germany]









Posted on Sep 10, 2009 ENLARGE


No Way to Treat a President

Throughout Obama’s speech Wednesday, there was grumbling, mugging and eye-rolling on the Republican side that was not only undignified but frankly un-American.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


We’ve Seen This Trigger Before

The “trigger mechanism” is gaining momentum after President Obama’s speech to Congress. Once again, lawmakers turn to legislative subterfuge to kill popular common-sense reform.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Insurance Stocks Rise After Obama Speech

Remember President Obama’s reference during his health care address to “Wall Street’s relentless profit expectations”? Well, those expectations were apparently met by that same address. Insurance company stocks got a boost from the speech, which foreshadowed the death of the public option and promised to deliver millions of currently “irresponsible” customers.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Speech Even Insurance Companies Could Love

President Barack Obama’s health care reform speech to Congress Wednesday night was impassioned, but it also echoed a lot of ideas from insurance company lobbying.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


A Perfect Storm of Idiocy

How did America surrender its political discourse—not to mention the news cycle—to the most unreasonable and unstable elements of the far right?

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Health Care Reset

By joining specifics, a powerful moral argument and an unapologetic defense of government’s role in promoting social justice, the president sought to rescue the health care debate from the mire of a congressional system that has encouraged delay and obstruction.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Full Text of the President’s Speech to Congress

The president’s speech to Congress on Wednesday was not without surprises, including a Ted Kennedy-inspired appeal to the “character of our nation” and a rowdy (and democratically elected) heckler. Here is the full text.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Video: Obama’s Health Care Speech to Congress

Listening to the president’s speech Wednesday night was at times riveting, at times like listening to an insurance salesman. He gave a strong defense of the public option, but also indicated he would settle for whatever he could get.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama Heckled During Speech

Rep. Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina, is a real class act. To prove it, he heckled the president Wednesday, shouting “You lie!” after Obama promised that his plan would not cover illegal immigrants. Update

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



White House / Joyce N Boghosian

Ted Kennedy’s Letter From Beyond the Grave

The late senator had an unexpected cameo in the president’s speech in the form of a letter that, at Kennedy’s request, was delivered after his death. The White House has released the document, which says “at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.” Read it after the jump.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Rep. Charles Boustany

Republicans Ask Reformed Birther to Rebut Obama

Boy, they sure can pick ’em. When Republicans asked Rep. Charles Boustany to give the response to President Obama’s major speech tonight, they either didn’t know or didn’t care that the congressman once questioned the president’s nationality and is so patriotic he may have attempted to purchase a British title.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Flickr / Army.mil

Getting a Read on Afghanistan

Hey, so what exactly are we doing fighting in Afghanistan again? What’s the U.S. role, if any, in sorting out the recent, trouble-plagued Afghan presidential election? It’s not likely that this Los Angeles Times “primer” on Afghanistan is going to get to the more uncomfortable answers to these questions, but here’s what the paper has to say for starters.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Van Jones and the Boycott of Glenn Beck

The right-wing radio and TV host may have helped oust activist and green jobs adviser Van Jones from the administration, but in doing so he further justified the boycott against his broadcasts.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE


Mike Ross
house.gov

Don’t Take Blue Dog’s Word for It: It’s Worthless

Rep. Mike Ross, head of the House Blue Dogs, says he can no longer abide a deal he made with White House chief of staff (and Blue Dog patron saint?) Rahm Emanuel. Ross’ vision of the public option already made liberals queasy, but now the Arkansas Democrat says even that version is too much.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE


Obama health care

Obama’s Choice: Is It Really Such a Tough Call?

Sure, being POTUS is tough sometimes, and you’re bound to royally tick off a large percentage of your constituency no matter what you do. But in the case of health care reform, President Obama, you have one Lee Stranahan to help you break this one down.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Barack Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Stuck in the Middle

Politicians love to run to the center, but it would be a mistake for the president or the Democratic leadership in Congress to underestimate the passion for health care reform among their party’s activist base.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

White House Releases Obama’s School Speech

With some parents still reluctant to send their children to school Tuesday for fear that President Obama will indoctrinate them with his scary socialist ideals, the White House has attempted to ease the hysteria by releasing the full text of his speech a day early. Now doubters can do a close textual analysis for objectionable content.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Max Baucus
senate.gov

Does Max Baucus Represent Montana or Blue Cross?

After months of tedious wheeling and dealing (mostly dealing), Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has finally unveiled his compromise health care proposal. To no one’s surprise, Baucus, who has raised millions from the health industry, has axed the public option in favor of nonprofit cooperatives.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Illustration courtesy of Adbusters

It Could Be the End of Our Democracy as We Know It

Radical is too small a word to describe the extent to which the Supreme Court will turn our political system upside down if it decides to let corporations directly fund campaigns.

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 READ MORE


Indoctrination in Schools









Posted on Sep 6, 2009 ENLARGE


Van Jones
earthfirst.com

Obama’s Green Jobs Adviser Gives In to the Smears

It looks as if the insanely organized smear campaign against Van Jones has finally worked. Jones, President Obama’s special adviser for green jobs, resigned Saturday after being viciously attacked for his past civil rights activism and for signing a petition that questioned U.S. involvement in 9/11.

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 READ MORE


EPCEA Now









Posted on Sep 4, 2009 ENLARGE    


Obama and Weaver
whitehouse.gov

Obama’s Back-to-School Speech Ruffles Feathers on the Right

So, President Obama wants to give our nation’s schoolchildren a personalized message Tuesday as they start a new year. One might imagine that the president plans to emphasize the importance of education, but some of Obama’s detractors are reading much more into the motives behind his speech.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

U.S. Condemns Israeli Settlement Expansion

In a strong rebuke of Israeli policy, the White House has expressed “regret” over an announcement by Israel that it will expand its illegal settlements in Palestinian areas. Hundreds of new housing units are expected to be approved for construction in the West Bank in a move seen as placating the rightists in power.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE


Progressives Pay the Price for Confusing a Party With a Movement

Washington’s labor, environmental, anti-war and anti-poverty groups spent millions electing a Democratic president and Congress and were promptly stabbed in the back. So why are they still loyal?

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


From ‘Do No Harm’ to Torture

A new report by Physicians for Human Rights reaches a sickening but inescapable conclusion: “Health professionals played central roles in developing, implementing and providing justification for torture.”

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


Good Old Days









Posted on Sep 3, 2009 ENLARGE


Barack Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Don’t Be Fooled by the Public Option

The fight over the public option has occupied much of the media coverage, but left unsaid is the fact that weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations have weakened the public option proposal to the point that it is hardly an option at all.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


Health Care’s Senior Moments

When exactly did the Republicans start operating one of those marketing scams that target the elderly?

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Clay Weis

Cheney Plays to His Crowd

Dick Cheney represents a significant number of conservatives who still believe that the United States can bomb, invade, occupy and torture its way to security.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / respres

Not Really a Lifeline for Homeowners?

John Dunbar of the Center for Public Integrity has analyzed the Obama administration’s home loan modification program, which aims to keep troubled borrowers in their homes, and finds it “highly problematic.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / respres

A Lifeline for Homeowners? Not Really

John Dunbar of the Center for Public Integrity has analyzed the Obama administration’s home loan modification program, which aims to keep troubled borrowers in their homes, and finds it “highly problematic.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC3 Joshua Cassatt

Will Japan’s New Leader Maintain His Country’s Fealty to Washington?

The most important political question faced by a Japan led by the Democratic Party concerns the Japanese-American security relationship, which is both humiliating and exploitative.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


New Light on Copenhagen Climate Talks

The 2009 Copenhagen climate conference will be critical to the success or failure of establishing a practical, binding global plan of action before human-caused climate change reaches the point of no return, creating a cascade of catastrophes.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


Elmo

Fighting Swine Flu With Elmo, Obama

As American schoolkids clamber back onto buses and funnel into classrooms, the federal government is working on ways to squelch the swine flu virus, which may not be as ferocious as health officials first feared but is proving to be pretty tenacious. President Obama, as well as a familiar red fuzzy friend, are on the case in this clip from The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Back to Normal









Posted on Sep 1, 2009 ENLARGE    


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