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Obama Evolves, Backs Gay Marriage

At last, Barack Obama is supporting same-sex marriage. The president disclosed in a television interview that he had changed his long-standing position, a move that should satisfy (at least for now) a Democratic base that was growing frustrated with him over the controversial social issue.

Posted on May 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: The May Day Occupiers

There were doubts about whether Occupy Wall Street could pull off the massive day of protest its organizers spent many months planning. But demonstrators in New York City and elsewhere joined forces with labor unions and immigrant-rights activists to remind the public that there is a working class and May 1 is its holiday.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE


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AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Obama Makes Room for New Sanctions Against Iran

On Friday, President Obama prepared to put the squeeze on Iran’s international oil business as an oblique, but not ambiguous, means of pressuring Tehran about its nuclear program by laying the groundwork for more sanctions.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: ‘If I Had a Son, He’d Look Like Trayvon’

President Obama speaks out on the killing of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Is it right for a president to weigh in on a federal investigation? Listen in as Robert Scheer, Warren Olney and Shawn Steel take a crack at this question on “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



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War Is Too Tragic for Weak Balance of Powers

Many people know Daniel Ellsberg exposed the lies the U.S. government used to justify the Vietnam War. What many don’t know is that he was also a gung-ho, Cold War analyst who participated in them.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE


Obama Begs Voters Not to Make His Daughters Switch Schools

Let’s see which gullible politician might pick up this little satirical number from The Onion News Network and think it’s for real. Meanwhile, the rest of us can enjoy a good spoof on campaign ads at President Obama’s expense.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE


Obama Gives Boehner, Reid an Earful on Deadlock

So here we are, well into the thick of the holiday season, and no agreement has been reached on Capitol Hill about extending unemployment benefits and keeping payroll taxes from sudden escalation as the new year begins. Thus, President Obama dialed up a couple of key members of Congress, as spokesman Jay Carney described Wednesday.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Indian Summer for Arab Spring?

Thursday’s death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi represents different things to different people—long-awaited liberation, further evidence of American meddling on the world stage, or a powerful sign that the upheaval collectively known as the Arab Spring isn’t over yet. (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Sanders: Let a Real Progressive Challenge Obama

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Friday gave voice to the frustration of millions of American liberals who feel betrayed by President Obama’s eagerness to abandon key social welfare programs established and preserved by his Democratic predecessors. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE


Tea Party Benefactor David Koch Plays a Game of ‘Ask the Right-Wing Billionaire’

Oil tycoon David Koch offered his seemingly unsolicited opinion to a New York Magazine reporter, saying he didn’t think President Obama deserved any credit for taking down Osama bin Laden ... (more)

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Birther Conspiracy Theory, Part Deux

After President Obama released his long-form certificate earlier this week, you’d think that the birther scandal would be finally put to rest. But no … (more)

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama’s Fatal Addiction

Maximizing corporate profits at taxpayers’ expense is what top CEOs are good at, and after all it was Jeffrey Immelt who presided over GE when it got so heavily into the subprime mortgage business that it needed a government bailout to avoid bankruptcy. This was before Obama made him a trusted adviser.

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


Obama to Gadhafi: ‘All Attacks Against Civilians Must Stop’

In this speech from the White House on Friday, President Obama laid out what Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must do in order to avoid “consequences,” thus far in the form of a no-fly zone, from the international community. Obama also spelled out what the U.S. would not ...

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama on the Color Line

Here’s a question we might consider: Does Obama want us to talk about race while he effectively sidesteps the conversation himself?

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE


Report: Obama Gives McChrystal the Boot

Prior to official word from the White House about the fate of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, NBC News reported on Wednesday that the president “has decided to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command over all U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Susan Walsh

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Could Be Headed for Veto

The good news, for those awaiting the repeal of the military’s oppressive “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, is that the House of Representatives on Friday voted in favor of lifting the policy. However, it’s far from a done deal ... (continued)

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / David Duprey

Racial Politics, Tea Party Style

We can infer that Lloyd Marcus may be winking at us—saying that African-American may still equal un-American. After all, if African-American actually meant American and if race didn’t matter, then Marcus wouldn’t have to make the gesture. Let’s think about it.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama Slams ‘Insurance Company Abuses’ at Health Care Rally

“Improper payments” figured among the many symptoms of an ailing health care system that President Obama railed against during a pep rally for health care reform near St. Louis on Wednesday—the latest stop in his U.S. tour to drum up support for his controversial cause.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Slams Intel Agencies for Christmas Day Attack Attempt

Barack Obama gave U.S. intelligence agencies the presidential equivalent of a knuckle-rapping Tuesday for their failure to connect the dots and nab Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before a fellow passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was forced to foil his underwear bomb plot the old-fashioned way.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

Obama, Facing Old Messes, Tells GOP to ‘Grab a Mop’

Certain members of the Republican Party need to stop knocking the current administration’s attempts to clean up the messes caused by the previous one and “grab a mop,” President Barack Obama said during a Democratic National Party fundraiser in New York on Tuesday night.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


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White House: No News (Yet) on Afghanistan Strategy

Although the Obama administration was well aware of the fact that, by Monday morning, everyone and his cousin knew about Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s warning about “mission failure” in Afghanistan, which the general had issued to the White House as part of a report that found its way into the clutches of Washington Post journalists, there will be no official call for more troops until an equally official request is submitted.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S. Navy / MC1 Molly Burgess

McChrystal’s Report Could Change Obama’s Afghanistan Plan

The situation has changed significantly since President Obama took office last winter and fixed his focus on Afghanistan, and these changes—including a disputed Afghan presidential election and deadly spikes in insurgent violence—may spell trouble for Obama’s initial strategy in that country, according to an assessment issued by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Updated

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Gibbs Goes Before a Media Firing Squad

Although news wires buzzed Monday with reports that President Obama had changed his tune when it came to pushing for the government to make a public health care option available to give private insurance companies competition, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs begged to differ during a press conference Tuesday.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Only Voluntary Gitmo Statements Valid, Justice Dept. Says

A Justice Department official told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday that only voluntary statements made by terrorism suspects detained in Guantanamo Bay should be used as evidence during their military trials. This means whatever they said under harsh interrogation should not be regarded as fact. The hearing concerned legislation about the use of statements obtained through harsh interrogation.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Alex Brandon

Obama Gives Health Plan a Town-Hall Pitch

While Congress was away, President Obama made another play to boost public support of his health care reform plan. It came Wednesday in a town-hall-esque forum in Virginia. Those hoping for the federal government to back a viable single-payer system, however, will have to keep on hoping.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Big Week for LGBT

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, considered the beginning of the gay rights movement. President Obama is set to meet with gay leaders (and all the anger they’ll bring with them over his failed promises regarding repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act) to commemorate the event. Check out this interview with Jarrett Barrios, the president of GLAAD.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 READ MORE


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The Latest From Iran

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demands a public apology from President Obama for “interfering” in Iran’s affairs, while the crackdown widens in the Islamic Republic. Here’s a report from Bloomberg on the latest happenings in Iran.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Sotomayor Is Obama’s Pick for the High Court

President Obama on Tuesday nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to join the Supreme Court to fill the seat being vacated by Justice David Souter. Sotomayor would become the first Latino and only the third woman to sit on the high court. The nomination is certain to set off Republican grumbles in the Senate, with some considering her too much of a “judicial activist” for the job.

Posted on May 26, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Morry Gash

Morning Again in America

It’s time to gush! Later for the analysis of all the hard choices faced by our next president, Barack Obama, but for now, let’s just thrill, unabashedly, to the sound of those words.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE


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