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25 Feb 2012

President Obama’s contraceptives compromise protects liberty, women

The ability for women to obtain female contraception through their employer-sponsored health insurance is at the heart of a heated national health policy and religious debate. Just a few short months ago, the Obama administration mandated that all employers, religious and otherwise, pay for this important health insurance benefit.
The ability for women to obtain female contraception through their employer-sponsored health insurance is at the heart...

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12 Feb 2012

Obama’s 2013 budget proposal launches election-year debate

President Obama will send Congress a 2013 spending plan that would raise taxes on the rich and pump nearly $500 billion into new transportation projects over the next decade, launching an election-year debate over the budget that promises starkly different visions for managing government debt and the sluggish economy.
President Obama will send Congress a 2013 spending plan that would raise taxes on the rich and pump nearly $500 billion...
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25 Jan 2012

Obama Memos

The White House likes to describe them as "process" stories and is famously uncooperative with reporters trying to do them, so the tantalizing glimpse into President Barack Obama's decision-making that appears in The New Yorker this week - based on hundreds of pages of internal White House documents - is something of a milestone.
The White House likes to describe them as "process" stories and is famously uncooperative with reporters trying to do...
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23 Jan 2012

Barack Obama’s presidency, three years on – is it time to give up hope

The specific charge sheet against Obama could run for several pages and then several more. On the economy, the president is blamed for a lack of ambition, for passing a stimulus package of $787bn that, say the critics, should have been nearly twice the size. Obama erred, too, by allowing Democrats in Congress to write the stimulus bill, packing it with pet schemes and pork that would do little to get the economy moving. In an attempt to win Republican support which never came he also weighed down the bill with too many tax cuts. The result was action that was simply incomplete, leaving unemployment hovering around the 9% mark for most of Obama's presidency. Former admirers say he was too weak on the banks, failing to declare war on those who had caused the 2008 crash.
The specific charge sheet against Obama could run for several pages and then several more. On the economy, the president...
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19 Jan 2012

Will Obama Resist Push for Iran War

The last two American presidents who pressured Israel (Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush) lost reelection. Though the reasons for their defeats varied, their strained relations with Israel surely didn t help, a dilemma now facing Barack Obama as Israel demands U.S. backing against Iran, as Marjorie Cohn describes
The last two American presidents who pressured Israel (Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush) lost reelection. Though the...

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14 Jan 2012

Obama to Ask Congress for Power to Merge Agencies

President Obama will ask Congress on Friday for greater power to shrink the federal government, starting with merging six sprawling trade and commerce agencies that have some overlapping programs, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.
President Obama will ask Congress on Friday for greater power to shrink the federal government, starting with merging...

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5 Jan 2012

A Betrayal of the Founders

President Barack Obama desecrated the Constitution that he and I swore to defend when he signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which includes language violating the Bill of Rights and other constitutionally protected liberties
President Barack Obama desecrated the Constitution that he and I swore to defend when he signed the National Defense...

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5 Jan 2012

Defying Republicans, Obama to Name Cordray as Consumer Agency Chief

President Obama will challenge Senate Republican foes of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by naming Richard Cordray as its director while Congress is out of town, according to a senior administration official.
President Obama will challenge Senate Republican foes of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by...

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1 Jan 2012

Obama Signs Military Spending Bill

President Obama signed a broad military spending bill into law on Saturday despite "serious reservations" about provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. The bill also applies penalties against Iran s central bank in an effort to hamper Tehran s ability to finance its nuclear enrichment program. The Obama administration is looking to soften the impact of the penalties because of concerns that they could lead to a spike in global oil prices or cause economic hardship on allies that import petroleum from Iran
President Obama signed a broad military spending bill into law on Saturday despite "serious reservations" about...
13 Dec 2011

The Curious Case of Plan B

Obama blocks the over the counter day after pill over ruling FDA - It's disappointing, a not altogether unfamiliar feeling when looking at the choices made by this administration. But moreover, in the face of the incredible GOP dumbing down and science skepticism, the one place you'd think you could count on embracing of intelligence and nuance is a Democratic administration.
Obama blocks the over the counter day after pill over ruling FDA - It's disappointing, a not altogether unfamiliar...

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6 Dec 2011

Obama Challenges G.O.P. on Payroll Tax Stance

President Obama sought to keep Congressional Republicans on the defensive Monday, calling an extension of the payroll tax cut necessary for middle-class Americans and questioning why Republicans who opposed paying for tax cuts in the past now say they won t continue the payroll tax break unless it is offset with other revenues.
President Obama sought to keep Congressional Republicans on the defensive Monday, calling an extension of the payroll...

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30 Nov 2011

Hardened features of a soft war

The body language on TV looked different. When US President Barack Obama met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao for the East Asia summit in Bali, Obama was relaxed, smiling and almost smug. Wen was conversely trying to force the conversation and striving to look jovial and unconcerned. It was a very different setting from the summit of two years earlier when both Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao seemed to be on pins and needles. Back then, Obama was more worried while Hu was glacial.
The body language on TV looked different. When US President Barack Obama met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao for the East...

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23 Nov 2011

Obama pushes payroll tax cut extension in New Hampshire

US President Barack Obama has visited the key primary state of New Hampshire to challenge Congress to extend an expiring payroll tax cut. He made the trip one day after the failure of a deficit-cutting effort by a bipartisan congressional committee. The president offered Congress a "second chance" to renew the economic stimulus via a separate vote next week.
US President Barack Obama has visited the key primary state of New Hampshire to challenge Congress to extend an expiring...
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17 Nov 2011

Obama boosts US military links with Australia

US President Barack Obama has announced a new security agreement with Australia that will strengthen military ties between the two countries through the updating of an existing 60-year-old alliance. About 250 US marines will arrive in northern Australia in 2012, eventually being built up to a full force of 2,500 military personnel over the next several years.
US President Barack Obama has announced a new security agreement with Australia that will strengthen military ties...

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3 Nov 2011

Is President Obama a good leader

One unkind critic said that he seemed like a 50-year-old man who has just got his first proper job, that he has had no experience of running any organisation and it shows in his management of the White House. Republicans are of course the harshest critics. Ed Rogers, a veteran of the George H W Bush and Reagan White House told me: "I think Obama is not a very effective leader.
One unkind critic said that he seemed like a 50-year-old man who has just got his first proper job, that he has had no...
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9 Oct 2011

Dead Men Tell No Tales: The CIA, 9 11 and the Awlaki Assassination

According to The Washington Post, President Obama's Justice Department "wrote a secret memorandum authorizing the lethal targeting" of Awlaki. The Post reports that the memorandum "was produced following a review of the legal issues raised by striking a U.S. citizen and involved senior lawyers from across the administration. There was no dissent about the legality of killing Aulaqi."
According to The Washington Post, President Obama's Justice Department "wrote a secret memorandum authorizing the lethal...

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28 Sep 2011

Obama: I can’t fix immigration on my own

Facing weakening support among Hispanics, President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration Wednesday over what he called an inaccurate and damaging perception that he can fix the nation s flawed immigration system on his own.
Facing weakening support among Hispanics, President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration Wednesday over what he...
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24 Sep 2011

If Tom Friedman can say it, you can too

The most appalling aspect of the Obama administration's inept handling of the upcoming UN vote on Palestinian statehood is the reason for the administration's bumbling. Its moves are dictated by fear of offending Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, his lobby and, especially, the campaign donors who take direction from that lobby.
The most appalling aspect of the Obama administration's inept handling of the upcoming UN vote on Palestinian statehood...

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21 Sep 2011

Obama, American liberator?

Libya was not a robust showing of liberal-internationalist conviction: The single greatest factor behind the West s armed intrusion was the surreality of Moammar Gaddafi. If the "colonel" had not been such a nut, if he had bothered to maintain the armed forces on which he squandered his country s oil wealth, Western concern for the Libyan people would probably have been much less muscular.
Libya was not a robust showing of liberal-internationalist conviction: The single greatest factor behind the West s...

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5 Sep 2011

Obama Challenges Congress in Labor Day Speech

President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them to place the country's interests above all else and vote to create jobs and put the economy back on a path toward growth. "Show us what you've got," he said.
President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them...

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23 Aug 2011

Symptoms of the Bush-Obama presidency –

The record shows impressive continuities between the two administrations, and nowhere more than in the policy of force projection in the Arab world. With one war half-ended in Iraq, but another doubled in size and stretching across borders in Afghanistan; with an expanded program of drone killings and black-ops assassinations, the latter glorified in special ceremonies of thanksgiving (as they never were under Bush); with the number of prisoners at Guantanamo having decreased, but some now slated for permanent detention; with the repeated invocation of "state secrets" to protect the government from charges of war crimes; with the Patriot Act renewed and its most dubious provisions left intact - the Bush-Obama presidency has sufficient self-coherence to be considered a historical entity with a life of its own.
The record shows impressive continuities between the two administrations, and nowhere more than in the policy of force...

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12 Aug 2011

The Hijacked Crisis

For more than a year and a half - ever since President Obama chose to make deficits, not jobs, the central focus of the 2010 State of the Union address - we've had a public conversation that has been dominated by budget concerns, while almost ignoring unemployment. The supposedly urgent need to reduce deficits has so dominated the discourse that on Monday, in the midst of a market panic, Mr. Obama devoted most of his remarks to the deficit rather than to the clear and present danger of renewed recession.
For more than a year and a half - ever since President Obama chose to make deficits, not jobs, the central focus of...

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7 Aug 2011

The Downgrade Blues

It is clear that the once cocky Obama is feeling that same poignancy about his own presidency. Left in a giant pickle by the hot-dogging Bush the younger, the president who gloriously made history is now stuck in Sisyphus mode.
It is clear that the once cocky Obama is feeling that same poignancy about his own presidency. Left in a giant pickle by...

Publisher: The Washington Post

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7 Aug 2011

Obama’s role in debt-ceiling talks scrutinized

Obama is a relative newcomer to the kind of tough negotiating with Republicans that will define the remainder of his term. It s not a role he faced as a legislator, and during his first two years in office, he scored victories in a Democratic-controlled Congress. In the past nine months, though, Obama has found himself engineering three major budget deals with Republicans.
Obama is a relative newcomer to the kind of tough negotiating with Republicans that will define the remainder of his...

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6 Aug 2011

What Happened to Obama’s Passion

IT was a blustery day in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009, as it often seems to be on the day of a presidential inauguration. As I stood with my 8-year-old daughter, watching the president deliver his inaugural address, I had a feeling of unease. It wasn t just that the man who could be so eloquent had seemingly chosen not to be on this auspicious occasion, although that turned out to be a troubling harbinger of things to come. It was that there was a story the American people were waiting to hear - and needed to hear - but he didn t tell it. And in the ensuing months he continued not to tell it, no matter how outrageous the slings and arrows his opponents threw at him.
IT was a blustery day in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009, as it often seems to be on the day of a presidential inauguration....

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30 Jul 2011

In Debt Limit Showdown, Obama Edges to the Right

However the debt limit showdown ends, one thing is clear: under pressure from Congressional Republicans, President Obama has moved rightward on budget policy, deepening a rift within his party heading into the next election.
However the debt limit showdown ends, one thing is clear: under pressure from Congressional Republicans, President Obama...

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29 Jul 2011

House passes GOP debt bill over objections of Obama, Democrats

The House narrowly passed GOP debt-limit legislation Friday after Republican leaders revised it to gain the support of recalcitrant tea party conservatives, but Senate Democrats declared it dead on arrival in their chamber and moved to replace it with a bipartisan plan that would raise the federal debt ceiling ahead of an Aug. 2 deadline, averting a potentially catastrophic U.S. default.
The House narrowly passed GOP debt-limit legislation Friday after Republican leaders revised it to gain the support of...

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29 Jul 2011

First Presidential Campaign Finance Reports Show Clout of Wall Street, Retirees

President Barack Obama has raised $48.7 million for his re-election campaign and his GOP challengers have raised a combined $36.7 million. But where is that money coming from? A preliminary analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics has found that the top industry backers of several presidential candidates show similarities, while others show stark contrasts.
President Barack Obama has raised $48.7 million for his re-election campaign and his GOP challengers have raised a...
26 Jul 2011

Debt-ceiling crisis How the GOP keeps outfoxing President Obama in negotiations

So why, as a condition for extending the Bush tax cuts, which President Obama repeatedly said he opposed, did he not require the Republicans to raise the debt ceiling then? Why didn't he make raising the debt ceiling part of the transaction that extended the Bush tax cuts? Why did he give the Republicans a second bite at the apple, cutting the revenue first, and then a chance to hold the government hostage again in the summer. Recall, extension of the Bush tax cuts added about $2 trillion to the federal deficit over 10 years, about the same amount that many of the debt-ceiling agreements would save over the next 10 years.
So why, as a condition for extending the Bush tax cuts, which President Obama repeatedly said he opposed, did he not...

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10 Jul 2011

Obama challenges Congress in $4tn budget gamble

President Barack Obama is playing double and quits. He has offered to double his package of cuts. From $2 trillion ( 1.25 trillion) to $4 trillion. His apparent offer to cut pensions (Social Security) and healthcare for the elderly (Medicare) will horrify many of his own supporters. If the Republicans quit, refuse to do a deal in the face of what looks like the president being so willing to compromise that he is damaging his reputation with his own party, they will look like ideological hotheads.
President Barack Obama is playing double and quits. He has offered to double his package of cuts. From $2 trillion (...
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10 Jul 2011

Obama Leans on G.O.P. for a Deal on Debt Ceiling

President Obama tried on Sunday to revive the chances for a sweeping budget agreement to reduce the nation s deficit and repair its perilous finances, but Congressional Republicans continued to balk, insisting on a more modest deal to avert a default on the national debt.
President Obama tried on Sunday to revive the chances for a sweeping budget agreement to reduce the nation s deficit and...

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7 Jul 2011

Obama to Push for Wider Deal With G.O.P. on Deficit Cuts

Heading into crucial negotiations on a budget deal, President Obama has raised his sights and wants to strike a far-reaching agreement on cutting the federal deficit as Speaker John A. Boehner has signaled new willingness to bargain on revenues.
Heading into crucial negotiations on a budget deal, President Obama has raised his sights and wants to strike a...

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5 Jul 2011

Obama calls the GOP’s bluff

The president demands that Congress also eliminate tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires ... oil companies and hedge fund managers and corporate jet owners. Without these modest increases in revenue, he says, the government will have to cut funding for medical research, food inspection and the National Weather Service. Also, presumably, whatever federal support goes to puppies and apple pie.
The president demands that Congress also eliminate tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires ... oil companies and...

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30 Jun 2011

Obama Shows Emotion, With Political Consequences

The rap on President Obama is that he s too professorial, too cool, too prone to dissecting a problem logically and then attempting to explain it to the public. If that s the case, then it wasn t Mr. Obama who stood in front of the news media on Wednesday.
The rap on President Obama is that he s too professorial, too cool, too prone to dissecting a problem logically and then...

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24 Jun 2011

Obama Seeks to Restart Budget Talks

President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will meet separately on Monday with the Democratic and Republican Senate leaders in an opening bid to restart budget talks on addressing long-term debt reduction and clear the way for a necessary vote on raising the nation s debt limit.
President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will meet separately on Monday with the Democratic and Republican...

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24 Jun 2011

House Rejects Resolution Authorizing U.S. Mission in Libya

The House on Friday resoundingly rejected a measure that would have authorized the United States mission in Libya, with 70 Democrats deserting President Obama on an issue that has divided their party and became a major Constitutional flash point between Congress and the White house.
The House on Friday resoundingly rejected a measure that would have authorized the United States mission in Libya, with...
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15 Jun 2011

Torture Accountability After All

Those of us who opposed the Bush administration torture program have been demoralized by the lack of accountability for the numerous abuses committed as part of that program. President Obama decried torture, and said he would end it, but he also said he wanted to "look forward, not back," apparently precluding investigations of the abuses committed by the previous administration.
Those of us who opposed the Bush administration torture program have been demoralized by the lack of accountability for...
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25 May 2011

Obama throws the weight of the west behind freedom in the Middle East

Barack Obama has put America and Europe unambiguously on the side of those fighting for freedom across the Middle East, saying the west can remain "the catalysts for global action", ending a decade of war, terrorism and terrible recession
Barack Obama has put America and Europe unambiguously on the side of those fighting for freedom across the Middle East,...

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22 May 2011

Obama Presses Israel to Make ‘Hard Choices’

President Obama struck back at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group on Sunday, defending his stance that talks over a Palestinian state should be focused on Israel s pre-1967 borders, along with negotiated land swaps, and challenging Israel to 'make the hard choices' necessary to bring about a stable peace.
President Obama struck back at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group on...

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21 May 2011

Obama’s Peace Tack Contrasts With Key Aide, Friend of Israel

Five days ago, during a closed-door meeting with a group of Middle East experts, administration officials, and journalists, King Abdullah II of Jordan gave his assessment of how Arabs view the debate within the Obama administration over how far to push Israel on concessions for peace with the Palestinians.
Five days ago, during a closed-door meeting with a group of Middle East experts, administration officials, and...

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20 May 2011

Obama Calls for Mideast Peace Deal Based on Israel’s Pre-1967 Borders

President Obama, seeking to capture a moment of epochal change in the Arab world, began a new effort on Thursday to break the stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, setting out a new starting point for negotiations on the region s most intractable problem.
President Obama, seeking to capture a moment of epochal change in the Arab world, began a new effort on Thursday to...

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19 May 2011

Obama to deliver a speech on ‘Arab Spring’

US president Barack Obama will announce economic aid for Egypt and Tunisia during a speech on the Middle East on Thursday, but White House officials are saying little about how he will address key policy issues after months of revolution and unrest in the region.
US president Barack Obama will announce economic aid for Egypt and Tunisia during a speech on the Middle East on...

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14 May 2011

Obama US will seek oil in Alaska and Gulf of Mexico

The US will seek to expand domestic oil production in an attempt to reduce dependence on imported oil and bring down fuel prices, President Obama says. New leases for exploration will be granted in non-protected areas of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico.
The US will seek to expand domestic oil production in an attempt to reduce dependence on imported oil and bring down...

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2 May 2011

Obama Finds Praise, Even From Republicans

President Obama drew praise from unlikely quarters on Monday for pursuing a risky and clandestine mission to kill Osama bin Laden, a successful operation that interrupted the withering Republican criticism about his foreign policy, world view and his grasp of the office
President Obama drew praise from unlikely quarters on Monday for pursuing a risky and clandestine mission to kill Osama...

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1 May 2011

Obama wants you to watch his funny YouTube vid

The White House Correspondent's Dinner, an annual tradition where the media and political elite meet to roast/congratulate each other, with mixed results, just finished up. Seth Meyers of "Saturday Night Live" hosted the event, and you should be able to watch replays on C-SPAN if you're interested.
The White House Correspondent's Dinner, an annual tradition where the media and political elite meet to...

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1 May 2011

Osama bin Laden Dead, U.S. Officials Say

President Obama announced late Sunday that Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed in a firefight during an operation he ordered Sunday inside Pakistan, ending a 10-year manhunt for the world s most wanted terrorist. American officials were in possession of his body, he said.
President Obama announced late Sunday that Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks,...

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30 Apr 2011

White House Correspondents Dinner Obama Takes On Trump, Birthers

President Barack Obama exercised his revenge Saturday after weeks of attacks from his would-be Republican challenger Donald Trump, joking that the billionaire businessman could bring change to the White House, transforming it from a stately mansion into a tacky casino with a whirlpool in the garden.
President Barack Obama exercised his revenge Saturday after weeks of attacks from his would-be Republican challenger...

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27 Apr 2011

Obama sending Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA

In a major national security reshuffle, President Barack Obama is sending CIA Director Leon Panetta to the Pentagon to replace Robert Gates, a widely praised Bush holdover, and replacing Panetta at the spy agency with Gen. David Petraeus, the high-profile commander of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
In a major national security reshuffle, President Barack Obama is sending CIA Director Leon Panetta to the Pentagon to...

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27 Apr 2011

Obama’s Long-Form Birth Certificate Released

President Obama on Wednesday posted online a copy of his long-form birth certificate from the state of Hawaii, hoping to finally end a long-simmering conspiracy theory among some conservatives who asserted that he was not born in the United States and was not a legitimate president
President Obama on Wednesday posted online a copy of his long-form birth certificate from the state of Hawaii, hoping to...
26 Apr 2011

Obama revealed: A moderate Republican

America is mired in three wars. The past decade was the hottest on record. Unemployment remains stuck near 9 percent, and there s a small, albeit real, possibility that the U.S. government will default on its debt. So what s dominating the news? A reality-television star who can t persuade anyone that his hair is real is alleging that the president of the United States was born in Kenya.
America is mired in three wars. The past decade was the hottest on record. Unemployment remains stuck near 9 percent,...

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19 Apr 2011

Economic anxiety threatens Obama in 2012, but in poll he edges GOP rivals

Deepening economic pessimism has pushed down President Obama s approval rating to a near record low, but he holds an early advantage over prospective 2012 rivals in part because of widespread dissatisfaction with Republican candidates, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Deepening economic pessimism has pushed down President Obama s approval rating to a near record low, but he holds an...
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13 Apr 2011

Obama Urges Cuts and Taxes on the Rich

Mr. Obama insisted that the government must maintain what he called investment in programs that are necessary to compete globally. And he made clear that, despite his compromise with Congressional leaders in December, he would fight Republicans to end lowered tax rates for wealthy Americans that have been in place since President George W. Bush championed them in the last decade.
Mr. Obama insisted that the government must maintain what he called investment in programs that are necessary to compete...

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11 Apr 2011

Obama Is Missing

What have they done with President Obama? What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected? Who is this bland, timid guy who doesn t seem to stand for anything in particular?
What have they done with President Obama? What happened to the inspirational figure his supporters thought they elected?...

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7 Apr 2011

Shutdown threat tests Obama leadership style

This has been a season of leadership tests for President Obama. From Egypt to Libya and now the budget, the president has been called upon to deal with rapidly unfolding events, and the questions about his leadership style have followed a consistent pattern.
This has been a season of leadership tests for President Obama. From Egypt to Libya and now the budget, the president...

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31 Mar 2011

Within Obama’s war cabinet, a looming battle over pace of Afghanistan drawdown

Military leaders and President Obama s civilian advisers are girding for battle over the size and pace of the planned pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan this summer, with the military seeking to limit a reduction in combat forces and the White House pressing for a withdrawal substantial enough to placate a war-weary electorate.
Military leaders and President Obama s civilian advisers are girding for battle over the size and pace of the planned...

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29 Mar 2011

The Obama doctrine

The policy Obama outlined was a cost-benefit analysis between the burdens of war and the need to defend American values across the globe. In the Obama doctrine, there is a tension between bear-any-burden aspirations and the constraints of an overstretched superpower.
The policy Obama outlined was a cost-benefit analysis between the burdens of war and the need to defend American values...

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29 Mar 2011

President Obama on Libya

President Obama made the right, albeit belated, decision to join with allies and try to stop Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from slaughtering thousands of Libyans. But he has been far too slow to explain that decision, or his long-term strategy, to Congress and the American people.
President Obama made the right, albeit belated, decision to join with allies and try to stop Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi...
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4 Mar 2011

After White House Staff Shifts, a Calmer Discipline Prevails

When Rahm Emanuel was White House chief of staff, the decision about what President Obama would say in the short address he delivers via radio and the Internet each Saturday changed so often that speechwriters would wait until Friday to write.
When Rahm Emanuel was White House chief of staff, the decision about what President Obama would say in the short address...
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16 Feb 2011

Obama Offers Defense on Budget and Egypt

President Obama on Tuesday defended his budget as a difficult step toward stabilizing the nation s finances, urging for bipartisan cooperation in Washington to address the risks from the nation s growing long-term debt.
President Obama on Tuesday defended his budget as a difficult step toward stabilizing the nation s finances, urging for...
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14 Feb 2011

Obama spending plan criticized for avoiding deficit commission’s major proposals

President Obama drew fire Sunday from congressional Republicans and independent budget experts for his reluctance to advance a plan that would tackle the nation's biggest budget problems in the spending blueprint he will submit to Congress on Monday.
President Obama drew fire Sunday from congressional Republicans and independent budget experts for his reluctance to...

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12 Feb 2011

Obama pitches plan to free 500MHz, raise $28B, and bring 4G to everyone

President Obama announced a plan today to free up 500 MHz worth of spectrum for wireless Internet and mobile network use over the next 10 years. Alleged crowding of the spectrum has been a concern for some time, but Obama hopes to incentivize current users to give up the chunks of spectrum they occupy by giving them a cut of the spectrum's sale at auction, and then using some of that money to reimburse the rollout of wireless and 4G to 98 percent of the country.
President Obama announced a plan today to free up 500 MHz worth of spectrum for wireless Internet and mobile network use...
27 Jan 2011

Hard to argue with Obama’s State of the Union address

It was the eloquent, post-partisan, uniter-not-a-divider President Obama who appeared in the House chamber tonight. It was his second State of the Union address, but the first with the lift and vision of his best campaign speeches.
It was the eloquent, post-partisan, uniter-not-a-divider President Obama who appeared in the House chamber tonight. It...

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25 Jan 2011

FACTBOX-Promises, promises Obama keeps more than he breaks

U.S. President Barack Obama has reached the halfway point in his four-year term. As he prepares to deliver the annual State of the Union speech on Tuesday, a tally of Obama campaign promises finds that he has managed to keep many more of these vows than he has broken.
U.S. President Barack Obama has reached the halfway point in his four-year term. As he prepares to deliver the annual...

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22 Jan 2011

Obama Adds to Emphasis on Business With Adviser Choice

President Obama, sending another strong signal that he intends to make his White House more business-friendly, traveled to this industrial city on Friday to appoint a prominent corporate executive as his chief outside economic adviser, and to spotlight his efforts on job creation, in advance of next week s State of the Union address.
President Obama, sending another strong signal that he intends to make his White House more business-friendly, traveled...

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20 Jan 2011

Obama Uses Tough Language On Chinese Currency

President Obama pressed hard on Chinese president Hu and his country's unwillingness to revalue its currency at the White House Wednesday. While Obama openly told Hu the U.S. welcomes the increasing flexibility of China's currency, the Yuan or Remimbi (RMB), he also specifically addressed the fact that the currency remains undervalued and that it could be a tool for China to dampen down their inflationary pressures
President Obama pressed hard on Chinese president Hu and his country's unwillingness to revalue its currency at the...

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20 Jan 2011

U.S. Expands Crackdown on Illegal Workers

The Obama administration plans to intensify a crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants with the establishment of an audit office designed to bolster verification of company hiring records.
The Obama administration plans to intensify a crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants with the establishment of an...

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20 Jan 2011

Obama Pushes Hu on Rights but Stresses Ties to China

President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China both pledged on Wednesday to nurture what they called their two nations growing common interests, but they also acknowledged differences in the areas of trade and human rights as they held their eighth meeting in two years.
President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China both pledged on Wednesday to nurture what they called their two nations...

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20 Jan 2011

Obama, alludes to rights welcoming China’s leader

Declaring that China and the United States have an enormous stake in each other s success, President Obama welcomed President Hu Jintao of China to the White House on Wednesday with an elaborate color-guard ceremony that included a colonial fife and drum band and a 21-gun salute.
Declaring that China and the United States have an enormous stake in each other s success, President Obama welcomed...

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15 Jan 2011

Clinton Says United States Not Trying to Contain China

The United States is not bent on containing China, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday, but the Obama administration is cultivating other allies across Asia to help it manage Beijing s increasingly bold projection of military and economic power.
The United States is not bent on containing China, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday, but the Obama...

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14 Jan 2011

Urging Reform, Clinton Assails Arab Leaders

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a scalding critique of Arab leaders here on Thursday, saying they badly needed reforms to jump-start their economies and overcome dwindling natural resources, or risk having extremists take root in their societies.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a scalding critique of Arab leaders here on Thursday, saying they...
30 Dec 2010

The Senate’s Next Task – Ratifying the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

JUST a few weeks ago, the fate of the New Start nuclear arms treaty seemed to hang by a thread. But since last week, when the United States Senate ratified the treaty, which reduces the size of the American and Russian nuclear stockpiles, we can speak of a serious step forward for both countries. I hope this will energize efforts to take the next step to a world free of nuclear weapons: a ban on all nuclear testing.
JUST a few weeks ago, the fate of the New Start nuclear arms treaty seemed to hang by a thread. But since last week,...
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