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Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Other GOP Candidates Attack Obama’s Plan to Curb Climate Change

Before President Obama could announce his administration’s new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, Republican presidential hopefuls were insisting they know better than the scientists whose work he relied on.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart Reveals the Truth About His Not-So-Secret Meetings With President Obama

After a media storm over allegedly secret meetings at the White House, Jon Stewart admits that President Obama was probably trying to influence him. It turns out Obama’s not the only president to have summoned Stewart, however.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Calls for Overhaul of Criminal Justice System

On Tuesday, fresh off the news of a successful nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama turned his attention to another fraught issue, this one on the domestic front.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



A Little Slavery and Some Mass Graves Won’t Deter Obama From the TPP

After the Obama administration and congressional Republicans failed last month to delete from the controversial trade deal language banning trade with countries on a State Department human trafficking list, the president appears to have simply reclassified an offending nation.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE



Who Controls Iraq: President Obama or Islamic State?

Don’t feel bad if you’re confused about what the United States is trying to accomplish in Iraq. President Obama doesn’t seem to know, either—or else he won’t say.

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Why Federal Disaster Relief Money Poses a Bit of Awkwardness for Texas

As extreme weather marked by tornadoes and flooding continues to sweep across Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has requested—and President Obama has granted—federal help.

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Islamic State: What Would Republicans Do?

Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take—and how their strategies would make a difference.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Call for Reparations Rises Again

In 1865, former slaves first heard the broken promise that they would receive “40 acres and a mule” to start their new lives. Now, 150 years later, the movement seeking compensation and healing for the slaves’ descendants is coming back to life.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE



The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

What price would you pay not to kill another human being?

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



John Boehner’s Sorry Spectacle

The House speaker needs to decide whether he wants to be remembered as an effective leader or as a befuddled hack. So far, I’m afraid, it’s the latter.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



SOTU 2015: Obama Sets the Tone for His Final Stretch

President Obama will face two Republican-controlled chambers of Congress during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night as he enters the last two years of his presidency.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Poised to Veto Keystone Pipeline Legislation

He might be viewed by some as a lame duck cornered by an antagonistic Congress eager to shut him down, but President Obama is apparently still willing to flex his executive powers when it comes to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would stretch from the U.S.-Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE



Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review

If Hillary Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices,” was not an obvious enough sign of her presidential aspirations, then her recent Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, “World Order,” seems to have sealed the deal.

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President Obama Remembers 9/11: ‘As Americans We Do Not Give In to Fear, Ever’

President Obama marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the grounds of one of the hijackers’ targets, the Pentagon, commemorating the occasion with rhetorical flourishes that invited Americans to see themselves as fearless and ever on the up-and-up.

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No Winners in Ray Rice’s Game

What happens behind closed doors—or rather closing doors—does not always stay behind them.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE


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Obama Sends Word to Congress About New Iraq Airstrikes

President Obama carried out some official business on Labor Day, giving Congress a heads-up Monday about a new round of airstrikes in Iraq he had previously approved.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



Obama to Congressional Foes: ‘Stop Just Hatin’ All the Time’ (Video)

Doesn’t he know that this would leave them with no purpose? President Obama, facing a House vote Wednesday to sue him for overextending his powers in pushing the Affordable Care Act through, took some shots at his opponents.

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President Obama Tightens the Screws on Russia With New Sanctions (Video)

It has been 12 days since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over east Ukraine, and Tuesday, previous rumblings that the airborne incident would lead to further strain between the U.S. and Russia came to fruition.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE


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President Obama Needs to Cancel Executive Order 12333

There’s a chance you’re being watched right now.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE


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Obama’s $1 Billion Offer to Strengthen European Forces Gets Kremlin’s Attention

In Warsaw on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will ask Congress for $1 billion to fund a European Reassurance Initiative.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Deadly Shooting, Foreign Policy and Ed Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss what led to Elliot Rodger’s deadly attacks in Santa Barbara, President Obama’s announcement that he will reduce the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan from 30,000 troops to 10,000, and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s big interview.

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE



White House to Release Memo About Drone Attacks on U.S. Citizens

The American public will soon get a look into the decision-making process that led to the Obama administration’s use of drones to target U.S. citizens suspected of conducting terrorist activities abroad.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE



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No Sense of Urgency: Obama’s New Solar Energy Commitments Are Still Just Baby Steps

President Obama has long expressed concern about climate change and its impacts, and was mocked by Mitt Romney for saying he wanted to stop the rising of the seas.

Posted on May 10, 2014 READ MORE



The Post-Constitutional Era

The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear our challenge to the law that lets the military indefinitely imprison U.S. citizens is another example of the transformation of the judiciary into an enemy of the Constitution.

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE


Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell and President Obama Team Up to Fight Sexual Assault

The White House launched a male star-studded PSA as part of its “1 Is 2 Many” campaign against sexual assault on college campuses, and it’s great.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



President Obama, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan Blast Clippers’ Donald Sterling Over Racist Remarks

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is facing a professional and personal debacle of cataclysmic proportions after the release Friday, courtesy of TMZ, of recorded racist comments he allegedly made to a friend about African-Americans.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE



Clinton’s Advisory Team Pressed for Wall Street Deregulation, Documents Show

New documents reveal the back story of how Wall Street deregulation was pushed by the advisers of President Clinton.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: President Obama Is Like ‘Barry Bombs’ of Drone Strikes

The “Daily Show” host explains how the true difference between administrations is “not necessarily what they do but what they say to get to do it.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Dear President Obama: Tar Sands and Keystone XL Are More Dangerous Than an Iranian Atomic Bomb

Dear President Obama: While you seem to put a great deal of emphasis on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, you seem to take a longer view on a much, much more extreme threat to the earth than a few thousand atomic bombs.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE



Bill O’Reilly Faces Off With President Obama in Super Bowl Sideshow, Pundits Pile On

Sunday’s pregame face-off between Bill O’Reilly and President Obama sparked some different takes on the same interview in recaps by Fox News, The New York Times and other outlets, but overall O’Reilly was declared the winner.

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: President Obama Is Apparently Now in the ‘Fuck It’ Stage of His Presidency

Though “The Daily Show” was taped before Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address, Stewart found a way to comment on the speech and the commentary to follow without having heard a single word.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE



Spying Scandal Taints Obama’s Rosy SOTU Story – and His Legacy

Edward Snowden was not one of the honored guests at the State of the Union speech Tuesday night. But the whistle-blower’s presence was felt, at least to a small degree.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



Obama to Get ‘Optimistic,’ but Not Too Ambitious, in State of the Union Speech

Tuesday’s State of the Union address practically writes itself: President Obama will gesture, once again, at the fanciful notion of bipartisan cooperation (while flexing executive muscle) and restate the need to rebuild America’s middle class—all with an eye on the Senate race in 2014 and beyond.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE


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Obama Sounds Off on Marijuana vs. Alcohol, Legalization

According to President Obama, smoking pot isn’t a more perilous prospect, health-wise, than drinking alcohol. Of course, Obama, in an interview with The New Yorker, couched this statement by issuing a series of responsible-sounding disclaimers. 

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 READ MORE



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White House Gears Up for Obamacare PR Blitz

After the initial rollout of President Obama’s health-care bill-turned-GOP-punching-bag, the Affordable Care Act, became fraught with buggy technology woes and further assailed by rallying foes, the White House needed its own Plan B, if you will.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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President Obama: ‘We Fumbled the Rollout on This Health Care Law’

President Obama went into damage-control mode Thursday, making a show of regret for the latest fallout over Obamacare and offering a stopgap measure.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE


Glenn Beck to Sell ‘Obama in Pee Pee’ Art

The conservative rabble-rouser is defending, as only he can, the First Amendment rights of an artist who painted President Obama being crucified on a cross.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Betty White to Introduce Obama at Democratic National Convention?

The social media driven effort to get the 90-years-young actress began after Clint Eastwood’s awkward, rambling and nonsensical introduction of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention that involved, among other things, the actor and filmmaker speaking to an empty chair.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE


Texas Judge: ‘Civil War’ a Possibility if Obama Re-Elected

Texas Judge Tom Head is already thinking ahead to some of the worst case scenarios if President Obama is re-elected. Like, for example, civil war.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE


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Arizona Sheriff Arpaio’s Office Arrests 6-Year-Old

A 6-year-old girl suspected of being in the U.S. illegally was arrested by the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona on Friday. Ironically, the arrest came just after President Obama announced he would make it easier for the children of undocumented immigrants to stay in this country.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE


Teen Radio Host Blasts Homosexuality, Blames Obama for Turning Kids Gay

A 14-year-old West Virginia radio show host is in the news after he denounced homosexuality as perverted and unnatural on his program, and blasted the likes of President Obama and Lady Gaga for “making kids gay.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


Obama Highlights Romney’s Failure to Repudiate Trump

President Obama’s campaign is taking advantage of the fact that Mitt Romney seems unwilling to condemn Donald Trump for his take on the controversial birther conspiracy, releasing a new video highlighting the differences between how Romney and 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain handled personal attacks against Obama.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Poll: Same-Sex Marriage Likely to Be Upheld in Maryland

A new Public Policy Polling survey shows that a referendum to keep Maryland’s law allowing same-sex marriage, which is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, is likely to pass.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Notre Dame Sues Obama Administration Over Birth Control Mandate

The University of Notre Dame, along with other Catholic groups, filed lawsuits Monday against the Obama administration over a federal mandate that requires most employers to provide free contraceptives as part of their health insurance plans for workers.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE


Erase Obama From the Ballot? Arizona Official Says Maybe

Despite claiming he does not believe in the birther conspiracy theory, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has threatened to keep Obama off the state’s general election ballot if he can’t verify the president was born in Hawaii.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE


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