US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

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16 Aug 2019

Stock market performance by president, from Reagan to Trump

President Donald Trump has repeatedly pointed to the stock market as one of the best ways to measure his administration’s policies. During Trump’s presidency, the S&P 500 has gained 25% from inauguration day through August 15. How does that stack up to stock performance at the same point in other modern presidencies? (647 trading days, to be exact).
President Donald Trump has repeatedly pointed to the stock market as one of the best ways to measure his...

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14 Jul 2019

New leak claims Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal ‘to spite Obama’

Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK's former ambassador to the US.Sir Kim Darroch described the move as an act of "diplomatic vandalism", according to the Mail on Sunday.It says the memo was written after the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appealed to the US in 2018 to stick with the nuclear deal.
Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK's...

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6 Jul 2019

Trump Is Falling Almost 1 Million Jobs Short Vs. Obama

Trump’s economy is not the best ever. In fact Obama added almost one million more jobs than Trump over the same timeframe.  Trump entered office on January 20, 2017, and starting with February 2017 he has been President for 29 months. Total job growth during that time has been 5.613 million or 194,000 per month with those results being helped by the tax cut. Working back from January 2017, Obama’s last month in office, there had been 6.423 million jobs added or 221,000 per month. The difference for the 29 months is 810,000 more jobs or 27,000 more per month than Trump.
Trump’s economy is not the best ever. In fact Obama added almost one million more jobs than Trump over the same...

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20 Jun 2019

Trump moves to gut Obama climate policy and bolster the coal industry

The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its final plan to rewrite a major Obama-era climate change policy, replacing proposed regulations that cracked down on coal-burning power plants with a weaker alternative.
The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its final plan to rewrite a major Obama-era climate change policy,...
10 Oct 2018

Obama’s Resistance to Investigating the Bush Administration Allowed Brett Kavanaugh to Skate Onto the Supreme Court

With full Democratic control of the federal government, calls came for an investigation into the scandals of the Bush administration, including torture, mass surveillance, and war profiteering. While some called for criminal prosecutions, others wanted hearings or an independent investigation that would — at minimum — put into the public record the details of who did what and when.
With full Democratic control of the federal government, calls came for an investigation into the scandals of the Bush...
18 Sep 2018

Trump is unshackling America’s drones thanks to Obama’s weakness

For more than a decade, the worst-kept secret in the world has been the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency owns and operates lethal drones outside of recognized battlefields abroad. Newspapers blare it from their headlines. Legislators discuss it on television. Foreign governments protest it through press releases. And, of course, human beings witness it through the death and destruction foist upon their communities.
For more than a decade, the worst-kept secret in the world has been the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency owns...

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21 Aug 2018

Trump administration’s rewrite of Clean Power Plan will be a boon to the coal industry

The Trump administration is poised Tuesday to unveil a sweeping rewrite of emissions rules for power plants that would be a boon to the coal industry, laying the groundwork for a revival of the most polluting facilities and abandoning Obama-era mandates for reorienting the electricity sector toward clean energy.
The Trump administration is poised Tuesday to unveil a sweeping rewrite of emissions rules for power plants that would...

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9 Jun 2018

How Good Is the Trump Economy, Really?

So what is the most honest way of talking about the Trump economy? It goes like this: The president inherited an economy that had come a long way toward healing. During his  administration, the economy has continued growing at about the same rate it did before he took office, pushing incomes, employment and output to yet higher levels. There are plenty of problems that remain in the United States, economic and otherwise, and the degree of credit the president deserves for the state  of the economy is an open debate.
So what is the most honest way of talking about the Trump economy? It goes like this: The president...
13 Apr 2018

Trump weighs rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership amid trade dispute with China

President Trump ordered top administration officials  Thursday to look at rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the sprawling trade pact he rejected three days after taking office. The move would mark a stunning reversal for Trump, who sharply criticized the pact as a “disaster” and made opposition to global trade deals a centerpiece of his economic agenda as a candidate.
President Trump ordered top administration officials  Thursday to look at rejoining the Trans-Pacific...
20 Jan 2018

Republicans are accusing the Obama Administraion of Abuse of Power. They have a duty to show evidence.

Social media last night and today have been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now being made by congressional Republicans about a four-page memo alleging  abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act spying processes during the 2016 election. This memo, which remains secret, was reportedly written under the direction of the chair of the House Permanent Select  Committee on Intelligence, GOP Rep. Devin Nunes.
Social media last night and today have been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now...
18 Oct 2017

Trump Has Killed More Civilians with Illegal Drone Strikes in 9 Months Than Obama Did in 8 Years

Former President Obama earned the nickname of “Drone King” when he dramatically escalated the use of drone strikes, while also downplaying the number of innocent civilians who became “collateral damage.” In the two years that his administration devoted to publicly spending millions of taxpayer dollars to fight the Islamic State group, the  estimated civilian death toll ranged from 2,300 to 3,400, according to Airwars, an organization tracking deaths in the war against ISIS.President Trump has been in office for just 9 months, and he has already surpassed Obama’s murderous record with estimated numbers as high as 4,500 civilian deaths.
Former President Obama earned the nickname of “Drone King” when he dramatically escalated the use of...
24 Jun 2017

Eye-Popping Washington Post report explains why Obama’s retaliation against Putin was so weak.

As has been previously reported, President Obama and others in the administration were deeply wary of creating the impression that responses to Russia’s actions were motivated by a desire to aid Hillary Clinton’s election. The administration assumed that a highly likely Clinton victory in November would give the new administration ample time to pursue  aggressive counteraction. Trump’s election, of course, upended things:
As has been previously reported, President Obama and others in the administration were deeply wary of creating the...
24 Jun 2017

Obama attacks Republican health bill as ‘massive transfer of wealth’ to the rich

Barack Obama  sharply condemned the healthcare plan unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday as a “massive transfer of wealth” to the rich, at the expense of poor and middle-class Americans. “The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a healthcare bill,” Obama wrote. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor  families to the richest people in America.”
Barack Obama  sharply condemned the healthcare plan unveiled by Senate Republicans on Thursday as a “massive...
17 Jun 2017

Trump keeps rolling back Obama legacy by tightening travel and trade with Cuba

Donald Trump has announced a partial rollback of his predecessor’s rapprochement with Cuba, tightening travel and trade rules on the grounds of what he said was a worsening human rights situation on the island. The new rules will stop individual travel to Cuba and seek to  restrict the flow of payments to the many Cuban companies owned by the  regime’s security forces. It will not fully reverse the steps taken by Barack Obama in 2015 to ease the half-century policy of isolating Cuba.
Donald Trump has announced a partial rollback of his predecessor’s rapprochement with Cuba, tightening travel and...
1 Jun 2017

Trump Considers Rolling Back Obama’s Opening With Cuba

President Trump is considering reversing major pieces of the Obama administration’s opening with Cuba and reinstating limits on travel and commerce, citing human rights abuses by the Castro government as justification for a more punitive  approach.Mr. Trump wants to announce the changes in Miami as early as June and deliver on a campaign promise that remains a cherished demand for the politically conservative Cuban-American exile community, according to aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
President Trump is considering reversing major pieces of the Obama administration’s opening with Cuba and reinstating...
13 May 2017

The real reason Trump canned Jim Comey

Another example of right wing media's fake news stories. They claim that the real reason for firing James Comey was the fact that he refused to investigate leaks by Obama administration, without offering any proof that there is actually something to investigate.
Another example of right wing media's fake news stories. They claim that the real reason for firing James Comey was the...
2 May 2017

Barack Obama Is Using His Presidency to Cash In, But Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter Refused

Defenders of Barack Obama’s decision to do things like accept a $400,000 check for a speech to a Wall Street brokerage house argue that the former president might as well cash in — everyone else does. But that isn’t the case. It used to be the norm for presidents to retire to ordinary life after their stint in the White House — just ask Harry Truman. When the Democratic president was getting ready to leave the White  House in 1953, he was approached by many employers. The Los Angeles Times noted  that if he was “unemployed after he leaves the White House it won’t be for lack of job offers ... but [he] has accepted none of them.”
Defenders of Barack Obama’s decision to do things like accept a $400,000 check for a speech to a Wall Street brokerage...
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28 Apr 2017

The Obamas face the paid-speaking circuit — and all the questions that come with it

“President Obama will deliver speeches from time to time. Some of those speeches will be paid, some will be unpaid, and regardless of venue or sponsor, President Obama will be true to his values, his vision and his record,” his senior adviser, Eric Schultz, said in a statement issued after the Cantor Fitzgerald speech drew a wave of criticism — including a New York Post headline that dubbed Obama “Wall Street’s new fat cat.”
“President Obama will deliver speeches from time to time. Some of those speeches will be paid, some will be unpaid,...

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24 Apr 2017

Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway

By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and undermined its own counterproliferation task forces. “They didn’t just dismiss a bunch of innocent business guys,” said one former federal law enforcement supervisor centrally involved in the hunt for Iranian arms traffickers and nuclear smugglers. “And then they didn’t give a full story of it.”
By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and...

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15 Apr 2017

How Russia Hacked Obama’s Legacy

The story of the Obama administration’s cautious response to the Russian  campaign has been widely told, but the question of how and why the administration chose to downplay and downgrade Russian aggression has remained largely mysterious, shadowed by self-justifying public statements by the administration and strident accusations from their enemies.
The story of the Obama administration’s cautious response to the Russian  campaign has been widely told, but...
1 Apr 2017

Politics, Power, and Preventive Action The (Not-So) Peaceful Transition of Power: Trump’s Drone Strikes Outpace Obama

As a candidate, President Donald Trump was deeply misleading about the sorts of military operations that he would support. He claimed to have  opposed the 2003 Iraq War when he actually backed it, and to have opposed the 2011 Libya intervention when he actually strongly endorsed it, including with U.S. ground troops. Yet, Trump and his loyalists consistently implied that he would be less supportive of costly and bloody foreign wars, especially when compared to President Obama, and by extension, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 
As a candidate, President Donald Trump was deeply misleading about the sorts of military operations that he...

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11 Mar 2017

Trump Abruptly Orders 46 Obama-Era Prosecutors to Resign

The Trump administration moved on Friday to sweep away most of the remaining vestiges of Obama administration prosecutors at the Justice Department, ordering 46 holdover United States attorneys to tender their  resignations immediately — including Preet Bharara, the United States  attorney in Manhattan.
The Trump administration moved on Friday to sweep away most of the remaining vestiges of Obama administration...

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10 Mar 2017

Obama Education Rules Are Swept Aside by Congress

Republican lawmakers reined in regulations — including some on testing — that they criticized as heavy-handed.With all the attention paid to President Trump’s lightning-rod secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, and her advocacy for private school vouchers, little public notice has been paid to the action on education in Congress — where lawmakers have broader power than Ms. DeVos to make changes to the nation’s school system.Now, Congress has done exactly that, voting to repeal crucial regulations associated with the Every Student Succeeds Act, one of President Barack Obama’s final legislative achievements.
Republican lawmakers reined in regulations — including some on testing — that they criticized as heavy-handed.With...
3 Feb 2017

Obama’s White House worked for months on a plan to seize Raqqa. Trump’s team took a brief look and decided not to pull the trigger.

Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more than seven months. There had been dozens of meetings of President Barack Obama’s top national security team, scores of draft battle plans and hundreds of hours of anguished, late-night debates. Obama hoped that his last-minute preparations would clear the way for Trump to authorize a swift assault on the Islamic State’s most important stronghold, where U.S. intelligence officials say militants are plotting attacks outside Syria. Instead of running with the plan, Trump’s national security team deemed it wholly insufficient and swiftly tossed it.
Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more...

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18 Jan 2017

Trump National Security Team Gets a Slow Start

The Obama administration has written 275 briefing papers for the  incoming Trump administration: nearly 1,000 pages of classified material  on North Korea’s nuclear program, the military campaign against the Islamic State, tensions in the South China Sea, and every other kind of threat the new team could face in its first weeks in office.
The Obama administration has written 275 briefing papers for the  incoming Trump administration: nearly...
25 Dec 2016

Israel rejects ‘shameful’ UN resolution amid criticism of Netanyahu

According to this report the resolution passed by the UN has significant remifications and paves the way for future sanctions against the occupied territories in Israel. Israel has reacted sharply by recalling ambassadors from 2 of the sates that voted against Israel.
According to this report the resolution passed by the UN has significant remifications and paves the way for future...

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24 Dec 2016

Economically, Could Obama Be America’s Best President?

Despite ongoing attacks from pro-business Republicans, there is data indicating that President Obama has a sterling, possibly incomparable, record regarding economic growth policies. The reports states that economic performance is directly related to policies enacted by the president and Obama deserves all the credit for that.
Despite ongoing attacks from pro-business Republicans, there is data indicating that President Obama has a sterling,...
24 Dec 2016

Obama Allows Toothless UN Resolution Against Israeli Settlements to Pass

The article states that Obama has done more to shield Israel than any other of his predecessors. During the George W Bush years 6 of these resolutions passed UN resolutions. Additionally this resolution doesn't call for any sanctions to enforce this illigal activity.
The article states that Obama has done more to shield Israel than any other of his predecessors. During the George W...

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23 Dec 2016

Trump Pressures Obama Over U.N. Resolution on Israeli Settlements

Mr. Trump’s forceful insertion into the matter reflected an unusual public split between incoming and outgoing presidents and underscored the stark shift on Middle East policy ahead. Despite the interference by Trump, President Obama allowed the UN resolution to pass
Mr. Trump’s forceful insertion into the matter reflected an unusual public split between incoming and outgoing...
1 Dec 2016

Trump’s Showdown With Manufacturer Exposes Obama’s Weakness on Outsourcing

Excellent article, discusses the role and power of the president in pressuring businesses to do the right thing for the American people. It points out that Obama has used those powers to influence businesses in certain areas like pay hikes but refused to do that when it came to outsourcing.
Excellent article, discusses the role and power of the president in pressuring businesses to do the right thing for the...

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30 Nov 2016

Obama Challenges Donald Trump by Expanding H-1B Outsourcing Program

President Barack Obama is on track to impose a last-minute regulation which would help foreign graduates capture good jobs at American companies, universities and hospitals that are sought by American-born graduates.
President Barack Obama is on track to impose a last-minute regulation which would help foreign graduates...
26 Nov 2016

Obama Plans to Rule America Outside the White House

Barack Obama has two faces. After Trump’s victory and Hillary’s defeat, the public Obama has been gracious and diplomatic. His lectures  to Trump, directly and indirectly, are couched in praise. He echoed the feeling of millions on both sides when he said, "We are now all rooting for his success”. That’s a lie. Or rather a disguise.
Barack Obama has two faces. After Trump’s victory and Hillary’s defeat, the public Obama has been gracious and...
21 Nov 2016

A New Documentary Explores the Devastating Effects of Drone Warfare on Victims and Whistleblowers

As the Obama administration prepares to hand-off its vast, opaque institutions of surveillance and covert warfare to Donald Trump, many have begun to worry anew about these powers. The new president-elect and his cabinet will have unprecedented power to conduct secret wars and assassinations around the globe, thanks in part to programs bequeathed to him by his liberal predecessor. The aggressive posture that Obama took towards whistleblowers also sets a precedent for Trump to step-up attacks against those inside the government who dare to shed light on such programs.
As the Obama administration prepares to hand-off its vast, opaque institutions of surveillance and covert warfare...

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21 Nov 2016

They Have Learned Nothing

Democrats blame the voters for being duped, self-destructive, even stupid.  This year, with the rejection of Hillary Clinton, we’ve gone from being a racist nation that twice elected a black man to being a racist and sexist nation for twice not electing a woman – and for electing Trump. Oddly, the black man who beat her the first time avoided the sexist label because the left manufactures the labels. In the ultimate fit of irony, leftists even have taken to blaming media bias for their losses.
Democrats blame the voters for being duped, self-destructive, even stupid.  This year, with the rejection...
19 Nov 2016

The Stark Contrast Between GOP’s Self-Criticism in 2012 and Democrats’ Blame-Everyone-Else Posture Now

Surveying this wreckage last week, party stalwart Matthew Yglesias of Vox minced no words: “the Obama years have created a Democratic Party that’s essentially a smoking pile of rubble.” One would assume that the operatives and loyalists of such a weak, defeated and wrecked political party would be eager to engage in some introspection and self-critique, and to produce a frank accounting of what they did wrong so as to alter their plight. In the case of 2016 Democrats, one would be quite mistaken.
Surveying this wreckage last week, party stalwart Matthew Yglesias of Vox minced no words: “the Obama...
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12 Nov 2016

Commander-In-Chief Donald Trump Will Have Terrifying Powers. Thanks, Obama.

Democrats who defended the extraordinary expansion of executive power under President Obama may suddenly be having second thoughts. The Democrats went silent on executive overreach when Obama was elected. When the New York Times revealed Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program in 2005, 60 percent of registered Democrats thought the program was “unacceptable.” But after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed a dramatically larger surveillance apparatus in 2013, a 61 percent of Democrats said the opposite - presumably because they trusted the man in charge.
Democrats who defended the extraordinary expansion of executive power under President Obama may suddenly be having...
2 Nov 2016

FLASHBACK: Obama Believed In ‘Rigged Elections’ In 2008

This article was shared 15K times at the time I curated it. The headline sort of misrepresents what Obama said even though he did say that both Democrats and Republicans have tried to influence elections. He never claimed what Donald is claiming.
This article was shared 15K times at the time I curated it. The headline sort of misrepresents what Obama said even...

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26 Oct 2016

‘We Need to Clean This Up’: Clinton Aide’s Newly Public Email Shows Concern

The latest hacked emails from WikiLeaks highlight how the news that Hillary Clinton used a private server sent the White House and her campaign scrambling. The release also followed months of Republican arguments that the Obama administration had coordinated with the Clinton campaign to limit the damage from the emails, up to and including the Justice Department’s decision this summer not to prosecute her.
The latest hacked emails from WikiLeaks highlight how the news that Hillary Clinton used a private server sent the White...

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7 Oct 2016

U.S. Says Russia Directed Hacks to Influence Elections

The government formally accused the Kremlin of stealing and disclosing emails from the Democratic National Committee and other sources. In a joint statement from the director of national intelligence, James Clapper Jr., and the Department of Homeland Security, the government said the leaked emails that have appeared on a variety of websites were “intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.”
The government formally accused the Kremlin of stealing and disclosing emails from the Democratic National Committee and...
5 Oct 2016

Republican Obstruction Is Undermining The Supreme Court, Enough Is Enough

This week, the Supreme Court returns to work. The Justices will hear  important cases on issues ranging from the separation of church and  state to intellectual property to Congressional redistricting to the death penalty. Many of the cases address questions that are fundamental to our democracy: the right to vote, for instance, or what constitutes U.S. citizenship. Yet – regardless of the stakes – Republicans in Congress have forced the Court to weigh these pivotal issues one Justice short of the Court’s full panel of nine.
This week, the Supreme Court returns to work. The Justices will hear  important cases on issues ranging from the...

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5 Aug 2016

The US did not pay a $400 million “ransom” to Iran. Here’s what actually happened.

WSJ and right wing media are miss-characterizing the payments to Iran insinuating that the money was in exchange for hostages, were in fact the money was owed to Iran based on a military purchase in 1979 that was never delivered.
WSJ and right wing media are miss-characterizing the payments to Iran insinuating that the money was in exchange for...

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25 May 2016

Why Did Bernie Sanders Put an Obama-Hater on the Democratic Platform Committee?

The liberal case against Hillary Clinton rests in large part upon her associations — people she surrounds herself with and whose judgment she relies upon. She has caught an enormous amount of flak, some of it fair, for her ties to figures in the finance industry or advisers with morally questionable worldviews. By the same token, what should we make of Bernie Sanders’s decision to appoint Cornel West as one of his advisers to the Democratic Party’s platform committee?
The liberal case against Hillary Clinton rests in large part upon her associations — people she surrounds herself...

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10 Apr 2016

Israel’s Unsung Protector: Obama

Of the last nine presidents, Obama is the only one who has completely shielded Israel from Security Council resolutions. Lindon Johnson passed 7 resolutions against Israel in the UN, Nixon 15, Ford 2, Carter 4, Ronald Regan 21, George H.W Bush 9, Bill Clinton 3, George Bush 6
Of the last nine presidents, Obama is the only one who has completely shielded Israel from Security Council resolutions....

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18 May 2015

Obama’s amnesty by edict

As if President Obama hasn’t made enough wrong moves, now, he’s going to finish his presidency casting a wide net of amnesty and carting illegals into every American community with virtually no regard for safety in doing so. But he does have one thing in mind for certain: creating new voters in every state to ensure a 2016 win for the Democratic Party presidential nominee.
As if President Obama hasn’t made enough wrong moves, now, he’s going to finish his presidency casting a wide net of...

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