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Will Catholic Bishops and the Religious Right Save Obama?

President Obama’s adversaries don’t seem to realize they have fallen into a trap, whether the White House set them up intentionally or not.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



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White House Isn’t Buying What Syria Is Selling

On Wednesday, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and other officials hailed the arrival of a new constitution, slated to go up for a referendum later this month, but the Obama administration didn’t greet the news with much credulity or enthusiasm.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Independent Voters Swing to Obama

The prolonged Republican primary campaign appears to be taking a toll on independent voters’ faith in Mitt Romney. According to the latest Pew poll, only a minority of independents now describe Romney as “honest and trustworthy” and slightly more than half of independent voters now favor Barack Obama in a race against Romney, who led the president in that category only a month ago. (more)

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Iran and Israel: Only Half the Story

In the brief interview he gave NBC before the Super Bowl, President Obama declared, “I’ve been very clear that we’re going to do everything we can to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and creating an arms race, a nuclear arms race, in a volatile region.” Sounds like a very laudable goal, right? Except for the fact that the nuclear arms race in the Middle East is already under way.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Europe Decides Not to Play America’s Game

Stephen Hadley, a former official in ex-Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, said in Munich that Europe must spend more if it wants to be a global player. The Europeans regard the George W. Bush administration record, and now the Obama administration’s, and see the disastrous results of “global playing.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

White House Garden Isn’t Just for Show

While the first lady runs the talk show gantlet to promote her healthy lifestyle agenda, the garden she planted on the South Lawn of the White House is producing the ingredients for seasonal meals served to the first family and its guests.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Late Payment to Mortgage-Fraud Victims

In his State of the Union address, many heard echoes of the Barack Obama of old, the presidential aspirant of 2007 and 2008.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



Anonymous

Anonymous Strikes Back for Megaupload Bust

The notorious incognito hacker bandits known collectively as Anonymous have struck again, this time in retaliation for the bust-up of the highly trafficked file-sharing site Megaupload by federal operatives Thursday, by shutting down the DOJ’s and the White House’s online hubs along with a few key entertainment industry sites.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

Election Will Decide Which New Wars Will Be Waged

Now that America’s primary elections have eliminated the more implausible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it is possible to take a clearer look at what the electorate will be up against when the conventions are over in the fall.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



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White House Pushing Big Pharma to Report Payments to MDs

The Obama administration is laying the legal groundwork to strongly encourage (read: enforce) more transparency between pharmaceutical companies and doctors by requiring drugmakers to divulge the details of their monetary exchanges with M.D.s for various services and perks.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Karzai’s Bagram Demands Add Stress to U.S. Policy

The Afghan government’s order a week ago to the United States to close its prison at Bagram Air Base near Kabul, where it holds unidentified prisoners, came as a shock to Washington.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / NBC News / William B. Plowman

Obama’s New Chief of Staff Hails From Wall Street

Jack Lew is a liberal who worked for Speaker Tip O’Neill and studied under beloved progressive Sen. Paul Wellstone, but he was also the chief operating officer of a Citigroup unit and doesn’t fault deregulation for the shoddy economy. (more)

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Snoop Dogg Has Some Ideas About Legalizing Marijuana

Snoop Dogg would like to speak to President Obama on behalf of a friend of his, and her name is Mary Jane. The pot-friendly rapper, né Calvin Broadus, also has visualized how this meeting would ideally take place at the White House.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



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A Brainpower Revolution

History will little note nor long remember that the payroll tax holiday was extended for two months rather than 12. The complex and difficult questions we’re avoiding, however, may haunt us through the century.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: The Conservative in 2012

The GOP is engaged in a wholesale effort to redefine the government help that Americans take for granted as an effort to create a radically new, statist society.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Do We Want Mitt Romney Answering the ‘3 A.M.’ Call?

It’s late at night when the phone rings at the White House: Kim Jong Il, the ruthless, oddball dictator of nuclear-armed North Korea, is dead.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE


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The New Newt

Despite living most of his adult life in Washington, D.C., Newt Gingrich does not have many friends among his neighbors.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

There Goes the Republic

What’s alarming is the ease with which an otherwise deadlocked Congress that can’t manage minimal funding for job creation passes a bill that threatens the foundations of our republican form of government.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Abroad: Democratic Realism

It was gratifying to hear a despotic leader blame the United States for the rise of a democratic protest movement against his regime.

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Winslow Townson

Government-Sponsored Sinner

Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy concerning economic matters will prove more troubling than his sexual affairs as his chances of becoming president increase.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s New Square Deal

President Obama has decided that he is more likely to win if the election is about big things rather than small ones.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE



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The Republicans Aren’t Funny, They’re Scary

Unfortunately, the media’s fascination with antics has diverted attention from what the Republicans would do if they win.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Suspected White House Shooter Arrested

On Wednesday, federal law enforcement officers arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man suspected of firing on the White House late last week. At least one bullet struck the building but no one was hurt. The suspect, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, has an alleged fixation on things presidential, but officials have not yet determined a motive.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Cabinet Officials Raise ‘Gray Area’ Cash for Obama

Skirting good ethics and the law of the land, White House Cabinet officials are touring the nation on behalf of President Obama’s campaign fundraising machine, which has already taken in more cash than all the Republican presidential candidates combined and nearly three times as much as the president’s richest competitor, Mitt Romney. (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Where Does Occupy Go From Here?

The program to oust the Occupy Wall Street movement from its sites of occupation is now under way. The Occupied, who own the police, have grown tired of the Occupation.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Perry: ‘This Ain’t a Day for Quitting Nothing’

So he “stepped in it” during Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate. Others might say he choked or even ate it. But despite Rick Perry’s Texas-sized blunder, he’s not giving up his White House dreams.  (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE


Keystone XL: Ring Around the Rose Garden

More than 10,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., last Sunday with a simple goal: Encircle the White House.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. State Department

The Arab Spring Gets Messy, and Even Messier for the U.S.

The United States simply does not know how to disentangle itself from this menacing situation.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Wall Street Is Still Trying to Buy Obama’s Love

President Obama and the Democratic National Committee have raised more from the financial industry than all the Republican candidates combined. However, without the DNC, Mitt Romney has raised almost twice as much as the president from that sector, according to analysis by The Washington Post. (more)

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Lincoln’s Lessons for Obama

Can President Obama take advantage of the egalitarian sentiment let loose in the country by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations? The best response comes not from polls but from history.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton Shoots Down 2016 Rumors

It all comes down to Chelsea now. Hillary Clinton may have made an impressive run on the White House in the 2008 campaign, but she’s not harboring hopes of redoubling her efforts when her rival-turned-boss Barack Obama is out of the picture in 2016. In fact, Clinton isn’t planning to ... (more)

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE


Government by Death Panel

The White House’s reported “kill list” reminds us that government death panels in general are anything but rare—they are all around us, making blood-curdling decisions to kill people all the time.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mike Carlson

If a Republican Were President

If a Republican were president, there would be millions of properly coiffed middle-class Democrats and independents at those Occupy Wall Street marches, and no questions asked as to what they really want.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Bloody Sunday Shakes an Egypt in Transition

What started as a peaceful demonstration in downtown Cairo took a violent turn later Sunday when Coptic Christians protesting last week’s attack on one of their churches clashed with military forces and other civilians. (more)

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE


Stopping the Insanity

Like most people living through this jarring age of economic turbulence and political dysfunction, you can probably recall a moment in the last few months when you thought to yourself that our lawmakers and corporate leaders are all crazy.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Men We Trusted to Lead Us

Why are Ben Bernanke and Barack Obama just now discovering that there is a jobs crisis in this country?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Why They Hate Warren Buffett

You can’t accuse a big capitalist of “class warfare.” That’s why the right wing despises Warren Buffett and is trying so hard to shut him up.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Evan Vucci

Obama Does the Math on Deficit Reduction

President Obama rolled out a plan on Monday to reduce the federal deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade by combining cuts to benefit rights and war savings with tax increases. (more)

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 READ MORE


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GOP Tunnel Vision

Don’t fall for it. There’s no “new tone” coming from the Republican-controlled House. It’s just a remix of the same old song.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Will Make the Wealthy Pay for His Jobs Bill

White House Budget Director Jack Lew revealed Monday that the administration plans to raise $467 billion in tax revenue from people making more than $200,000 a year, investment fund managers, the oil and gas industry and owners of corporate jets. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Much Has Obama Learned About Republicans?

The Republican presidential debate last week should have taught us that we are no longer in the world of civics textbooks. Does the President finally understand that?

Posted on Sep 11, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Tells Congress Americans Don’t Have 14 Months

By far the most stirring line in the president’s jobs speech Thursday was his acknowledgment that “the next election is 14 months away and the people who sent us here—the people who hired us to work for them—they don’t have the luxury of waiting 14 months.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Homeland Security Office Creates ‘Intelligence Spam,’ Insiders Say

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security was envisioned as the center of gravity in a new era of domestic security, but it has done little to improve the accuracy and quality of the nation’s intelligence data.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Labor Day Speech (Video and Transcript)

On Monday the president celebrated working people and the contributions of unions to our society and he previewed some of the proposals in his forthcoming jobs plan at an AFL-CIO-sponsored speech in a GM parking lot.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Previews Jobs Agenda

The president will officially unveil his plan to create jobs and rescue the economy at a joint session of Congress on Thursday, but he offered a sneak peek Monday to union workers in Detroit. It comes down to bridges and taxes. (more)

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE


How to Honor the True Spirit of 9/11: First, Ignore Limbaugh

If stepping up to help our neighbors and community on 9/11 would somehow dishonor the Americans killed in those infamous attacks—as feverish critics of President Barack Obama now scream—then what do they think actually happened on that day 10 years ago?

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE



Bush White House / Paul Morse

Always Some Bushie There to Remind Us

Thank you, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, for emerging from your secure, undisclosed locations to remind us how we got into this mess: It didn’t happen by accident.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Paradox Problem

Call it the Party-of-Government Paradox: If the nation’s capital looks dysfunctional, it will come back to hurt President Obama and the Democrats, even if the Republicans are primarily responsible for the dysfunction.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE


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