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  • C.D.C. Rethinking Methods to Stop Spread of Ebola

    10/13/2014 7:29:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 13, 2014 | By MANNY FERNANDEZ, SABRINA TAVERNISE and RICHARD FAUSSET
    DALLAS — The transmission of the Ebola virus to a nurse here forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday to reconsider its approach to containing the disease, with state and federal officials re-examining whether equipment and procedures were adequate or too loosely followed, and whether more decontamination steps are necessary when health workers leave isolation units. “We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection control, because even a single infection is unacceptable,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the C.D.C., told reporters.
  • John Kerry brokers Afghan election deal but leaves behind confusion

    07/19/2014 8:36:20 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 28 replies
    ISLAMABAD: Even though US Secretary of State John Kerry succeeded in brokering a deal to resolve the deadlock over the Afghan presidential election run-off, confusion still persists about the proposal of forming a “government of national unity”. On July 12, Kerry announced the agreement in the presence of both rivals Dr Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul. “The winner of the election will serve as the president and will immediately form a government of national unity,” said Kerry. However, the top US official failed to explain the composition of the unity government. Kerry’s vague proposal has caused uproar...
  • State Dept. apologizes for promoting Muslim cleric who backed killing of US soldiers

    05/27/2014 4:10:28 PM PDT · by kingattax · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2014 | By Adam Kredo
    The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The apology came on the heels of a Friday Washington Free Beacon report detailing the CT Bureau’s promotion of Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of a radical Muslim scholars group that was founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans.” Bin Bayyah himself is one of several clerics who endorsed a 2004 fatwa, or religious...
  • White House blows cover of CIA’s Kabul station chief (Email also sent to foreign media...)

    05/25/2014 6:26:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 65 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/25/14 | Dave Boyer
    The White House inadvertently blew the cover of the CIA’s top officer in Kabul during President Obama’s surprise trip to Afghanistan on Sunday. The name of the spy agency’s station chief in Kabul was included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in Mr. Obama’s visit with U.S. troops. The White House provided the list that was sent out in a “pool report” by a reporter traveling with the president to thousands of journalists, including foreign media, who receive the reports.
  • White House Mistakenly Identifies CIA Chief in Afghanistan Name sent to 6000 reporters)

    05/25/2014 6:00:17 PM PDT · by kristinn · 104 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, May 25, 2014 | Greg Miller
    The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops. The White House recognized the mistake and quickly issued a revised list that did not include the individual, who had been identified on the initial release as the “Chief of Station” in Kabul, a designation used by the CIA for its highest-ranking spy in a country. SNIP The Post is withholding the name of the CIA officer at the request of...
  • White House mistakenly identifies CIA chief in Afghanistan

    05/25/2014 6:00:05 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/25/14 | Greg Miller
    The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops. The White House recognized the mistake and quickly issued a revised list that did not include the individual, who had been identified on the initial release as the “Chief of Station” in Kabul, a designation used by the CIA for its highest-ranking spy in a country. The disclosure marked a rare instance in which a CIA officer working overseas had his...
  • Tommy Vietor’s journey with Obama: From van driver to National Security Council spokesman

    05/03/2014 4:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Yahoo! News' Power Players ^ | March 6, 2013 | Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps
    Tommy Vietor started working for Barack Obama when he was still Senator Obama--well before he became a presidential candidate--and until Friday, the 32-year-old Vietor hadn't stopped. His first job for Obama was as the driver of a press van, and he rose up the ranks through the 2008 campaign, and then the White House press office, to become the National Security Council spokesman. Now leaving the White House to open a political communications firm with the president's departing speechwriter Jon Favreau, Vietor says it's been the privilege of a lifetime to work for the president. "It's been kind of a...
  • Uproar over DC’s ‘selfie’ support for Ukraine

    03/28/2014 6:23:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/28/14 | Carl Campanile and Post Wires
    Russian leader Vladmir Putin sent in troops and tanks to invade neighboring Ukraine and the Obama administration is coming to the rescue with . . . selfies! State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was mocked Thursday after posting a photo of herself on Twitter holding a sign that read #United­For­Ukraine @State­Dept­Spox.” Psaki, who has worked closely with President Obama since his 2008 campaign and is the chief communications adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, is smiling and giving a thumbs-up in the photo. But the cheerleading for beleaguered Ukraine wasn’t trending or scaring off bully Putin, said critics in the blogosphere. “Presenting...
  • It's time for some health care bracketology.Vote on the 16 sweetest reasons[and GIFs]to get covered.

    03/17/2014 3:50:48 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    The White House ^ | 3/17/2014 | The White House
    Vote for your favorite reason (and GIF) to get covered Need health insurance? Go to HealthCare.gov right now. As millions of Americans scramble to fill out their March Madness brackets, we've got another big milestone coming up: the March 31st deadline to sign up for health insurance. If you need affordable coverage, head over to HealthCare.gov and #GetCoveredNow. If you've got insurance, help spread the word by voting for your favorite reason to get covered.
  • Leaked Audio Depicts U.S. Diplomat Cursing E.U.

    02/06/2014 3:34:38 PM PST · by SgtBilko · 22 replies
    Time ^ | Feb. 06, 2014 | Noah Rayman
    A newly disclosed audio recording purportedly depicts a conversation between two American diplomats, in which one curses the European Union as they discuss how to handle turmoil in Ukraine. American officials were quick to suggest a Russian role in the apparent leak, which came as Russia is engaged in a tug of war with the E.U. and the United States for influence over Ukraine. The audio recording, incorporated into a video with Russian subtitles and posted on YouTube Tuesday, appears to be a conversation between the top U.S. diplomat for Europe, Victoria Nuland, and the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey...
  • Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama’s leadership in ‘Duty’

    01/07/2014 12:19:22 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2014 | Bob Woodward,
    Gates writes about Obama with an ambivalence that he does not resolve, praising him as “a man of personal integrity” even as he faults his leadership. Though the book simmers with disappointment in Obama, it reflects outright contempt for Vice President Biden and many of Obama’s top aides. Biden is accused of “poisoning the well” against the military leadership. Thomas Donilon, initially Obama’s deputy national security adviser, and then-Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, the White House coordinator for the wars, are described as regularly engaged in “aggressive, suspicious, and sometimes condescending and insulting questioning of our military leaders.” During that...
  • Wounded . . . and dangerous

    06/07/2013 1:43:13 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 29 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/7/2013 | Carolyne B. Glick
    US Secretary of State John Kerry looks like a bit of an idiot these days. On Monday he announced that he will be returning to Israel and the Palestinian Authority and Jordan for the fifth time since he was sworn into office on February 1. That is an average of more than one visit a month. And aside from frequent flier miles, the only thing he has to show for it is a big black eye from PLO chief and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. When Kerry was here last month he unveiled a stunning plan to bring $4 billion...
  • The Content Of His Character (It's not about Romney's!)

    07/13/2012 3:22:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 13, 2012 | Michael Walsh
    The Obama campaign’s desperate “felony” charge against Mitt Romney ought to serve as a wake-up call for the Romney campaign and for the American public regarding the utter amorality of the president and his functionaries. Although the jejune Boston Globe story was quickly debunked, that of course won’t stop them from pounding home the Big Lie that Romney continued to run Bain in 1999 while he was saving the Winter Olympics as long as it’s useful and “fits the narrative.” Here’s why: All’s fair in love and war — so what if the charge is untrue? No one will remember...
  • The Amateur’s Nominee

    06/13/2012 7:35:39 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 2 replies
    Red State ^ | 6/11/2012 | Erick Erickson
    Brett McGurk is another example of just what an amateur Barack Obama is. Today comes news that the Commerce Secretary committed two hit and run crashes after suffering “seizures.” There is no word on what caused the seizures and Johnny Walker was unavailable for comment. (Initial reports were that drugs and alcohol were not involved) Now, there is Brett McGurk. You should read this if you don’t know who he is. But the gist is this. [UPDATED} Brett McGurk is Barack Obama’s nominee to be Ambassador to Iraq. His experience includes having an affair with a Wall Street Journal reporter...
  • FOX News- Romney & GOP kept Gingrich off of Virginia ballot

    03/06/2012 10:35:51 PM PST · by Christie at the beach · 90 replies
    FOX News says Romney & GOP kept Gingrich off of Virginia ballot
  • Gingrich questions Romney's truthfulness in new TV ad (Mittens Caught Lying)

    01/27/2012 11:14:23 AM PST · by Red Steel · 24 replies
    TampaBay.com ^ | JANUARY 27, 2012
    New ad from Newt Gingrich. We dont't have video yet but here is script:Governor Huckabee: "If a man's dishonest to get a job, he'll be dishonest on the job." (Source)Narrator: What kind of man would mislead, distort, and deceive just to win an election?This man would be Mitt Romney. Romney said he has always voted Republican when he had the opportunity.But in the 1992 Presidential Primary Romney had the chance to vote for George H.W. Bush or Pat Buchanan but he voted for a liberal Democrat instead. (Source) Romney said his investments in Fannie and Freddie were in a blind...
  • Perry’s Comments Ruffle Turkey’s Feathers

    01/17/2012 6:26:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal - Emerging Europe ^ | January 17, 2012 | Joe Parkinson
    For Turkey, busy riding an economic boom and preoccupied with soccer scandals and revolutionary shifts across its borders, the race for the U.S. Republican nomination hasn’t exactly been a box office draw. Until Tuesday, that is … Late Monday, Texas governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry said that Turkey was governed by “what many perceive to be Islamic terrorists,” and should be booted out of NATO. The governor’s remarks, made during the Fox News Channel and Wall Street Journal GOP debate in South Carolina, came in response to a question from the moderator over whether Turkey still belonged in...
  • TRENDING: After confusion, Palin back on the program for Iowa rally

    08/31/2011 3:50:46 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 126 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/31/11 | Peter Hamby
    The Palin source said O'Donnell's representatives misled the tea party group about the extent of the governor's relationship with O'Donnell. O'Donnell's representatives told event organizers that she would be in Iowa on the date of the rally and would like to come by and "say hi" to Palin, the source said. O'Donnell was then added to the speaking agenda. The source told CNN that O'Donnell aides lied to organizers and said Palin had been communicating via text message with O'Donnell about the rally. "The governor hasn't spoken to her in a year," the Palin source said of O'Donnell
  • Sarah Palin Appearance at Tea Party Rally in Iowa ‘No Longer Confirmed’

    08/31/2011 8:11:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 525 replies
    WSJ ^ | August 31, 2011 | Danny Yadron
    Sarah Palin canceled her Saturday appearance at a tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa, a person close the former Alaska governor told The Wall Street Journal. The person cited “continual lying” from event organizers at Tea Party of America, including a recent mixup over whether former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware would also speak. Ms. Palin is known for last-minute schedule changes that whipsaw supporters and media across the country. But the latest decision is puzzling. Ms. Palin’s speech at the rally was viewed as her most high-profile appearance of the summer, fueling speculation she was indeed plotting...
  • The Late Show

    07/18/2011 5:17:53 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/18/2011 | Elliott Abrams
    On Friday, July 15, the White House announced that the president would meet with the Dalai Lama. This was after weeks of speculation, and only one day before the Dalai Lama’s long-planned week in Washington was scheduled to end. In other words, the White House waited until the last minute and thereby squandered much of the good will such a meeting can engender. On the same day, it was announced that the United States would finally recognize the Transitional National Council in Libya as the country’s legitimate government. This step has been urged upon the White House for months, and...
  • OBAMA SCREAMS AT STAFF: “What the F**k Was That?” After Netanyahu Meeting

    06/12/2011 11:34:19 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 329 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | 6/12/11 | Jim Hoft
    Body language expert Tanya Reiman told Bill O’Reilly recently that Obama lied – He was no friend of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Reiman said that Obama had “contempt in his eyes” and displayed it with his body language when he was with Benjamin Netanyahu. It was obvious. Narcissists don’t like being challenged. Now we know the rest of the story…Obama went into a rage after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lectured him on his suicide plan for Israel. NewsFavor reported, via Doug Ross: Shortly after the photo-op meeting and “working lunch” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the one that...
  • Valerie Jarrett: Obama is sleeping through his Presidency

    01/03/2011 1:30:02 PM PST · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-01-11 | DrJohn
    Barack Obama and his gang think you’re an idiot. The sad part is that they are 43% right. Byron York reports on Valerie Jarrett’s recent appearance on Meet the Press during which she made quite apparent that she and her boss really believe Americans are blatantly stupid. Jarrett shared this thought: On "Meet the Press" December 26, top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said President Obama's "biggest regret" is that the severity of the economic crisis forced him to "spend almost every waking hour in Washington focusing very hard on solving that crisis" and thus kept him from traveling...
  • (Idiot) Napolitano Scolds Reporter for Airing Complaints of Dead Border Agent's Family

    12/23/2010 3:27:50 PM PST · by tobyhill · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/23/2010 | fox news
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, leaving the funeral of a murdered Border Patrol agent Wednesday, scolded a reporter for asking her to address the victim's family's concerns that not enough is being done to secure the southern border. The family of agent Brian Terry had complained that Napolitano had offered them "empty words" when she called to express her condolences. Terry's father, Kent Terry, in an interview with ABC affiliate KGUN, said he told Napolitano to "wake your man up in the White House," to which she replied that he's done more in two years than any president. Napolitano attended...
  • Obama nuclear weapons manifesto is detailed

    04/05/2010 5:38:44 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 101 replies · 4,072+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 5, 2010 | Paul Richter
    Reporting from Washington - The Obama administration is releasing a major statement on nuclear weapons policy that will herald a further shrinking of the U.S. arsenal, even as it rejects some sweeping steps advocated by arms control advocates. The statement, to be released Tuesday, will announce that the arsenal will shrink by thousands of warheads, and it will further restrict when the weapons may be used, U.S. officials say. But the administration has rejected proposals to declare that the "sole purpose" of nuclear arms is deterrence, nor will it promise that the United States won't be the first to use...
  • Barack Obama 'too tired' to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown

    03/13/2010 12:05:42 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 170 replies · 3,910+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 07 Mar 2009 | Tim Shipman
    Barack Obama's offhand approach to Gordon Brown's Washington visit last week came about because the president was facing exhaustion over America's economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, the Sunday Telegraph has been told. Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest. But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama's inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters,...
  • Hillary Clinton to visit Australia on first trip as Secretary of State

    01/06/2010 10:23:04 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 322+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | January 07, 2010 | Carly Crawford
    he Afghanistan war and airline security will likely dominate talks at the AUSMIN conference on January 17 in Canberra, where Ms Clinton and Defence Secretary Robert Gates will meet Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith and Defence Minister John Faulkner. The US State Department said the leaders would discuss "key global and regional security challenges". Ms Clinton is also scheduled to visit Melbourne before she flies home on January 19. Her Australian trip is part of an eight-day tour of Pacific nations and comes as the Obama administration battles terrorism on its newest front, Yemen.
  • Axelrod meets with Ailes

    10/06/2009 1:02:11 PM PDT · by wilco200 · 197 replies · 8,168+ views
    At a time of tension between their organizations, White House senior adviser David Axelrod met with Fox News chairman and chief executive officer Roger Ailes two weeks ago, sources tell POLITICO. The two met privately in Manhattan during the president’s visit to the United Nations. The two discussed news coverage and the relationship between the organizations. Ailes is the founder of Fox News. A key part of Axelrod’s portfolio is the president’s image and broad message. POLITICO has asked Fox for comment, and will update with reaction. White House officials have expressed pique with what they consider heavy coverage of...
  • Chicago's Swift Elimination as 2016 Olympics Host is Political Blow to Obama

    10/02/2009 9:54:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 87 replies · 2,948+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/03/09 | Christi Parsons and Mark Silva
    Reporting from Washington - Chicago has been eliminated from the contest to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, a surprise development in the decision-making process by international Olympic officials. The city was a heavy favorite at least to make it through the first round of voting, and to be a serious contender in the final round of voting for the coveted Games. The decision dashes the hopes of U.S. boosters -- President Obama chief among them -- who had put their reputations on the line to help win the games for Chicago. The announcement came as the president and first lady...
  • Obama fails to advance Mideast peace process

    09/22/2009 3:15:13 PM PDT · by pissant · 9 replies · 411+ views
    FT ^ | 9/22/09 | Harv Morris
    A meeting of the Palestinian and Israeli leaders, hosted by President Barack Obama, ended in a frosty handshake in New York on Tuesday after the two sides had failed in advance to reach a compromise over the issue of Israeli settlements. The meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, and Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority president, almost failed to take place after the failure of last week’s mission to the region by George Mitchell, US peace envoy. Little was expected from the New York session. Mr Abbas reluctantly agreed to the trilateral meeting, having said he would not go in the...
  • Why the 'O'-ministration will implode in weeks

    08/30/2009 4:31:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 434 replies · 12,684+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 8-29-2009 | Kevin McCullough
    Never has an administration who had more firepower at their disposal, been set to so totally fail in the next six to eight weeks. It is nearly a foregone conclusion. It is nearly unavoidable. And it defies all logic given the sizable majority the administration has in both houses of Congress. Since I was the first pundit to predict Obama's presidency (Dec 2006) it behooves me to tell you the course I believe the next few weeks will take and effectively halt the radical transformation that the left appeared unstoppable with only months ago. 1. Health Care's long and painful...
  • Stimulus Slow To Spur Jobs in Construction, Group Says

    President Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan is having little effect on job creation within the general-construction industry, the trade association for the sector said Thursday.
  • Gov't Still Looking at Bringing Some Gitmo into US

    07/24/2009 11:52:26 AM PDT · by kellynla · 2 replies · 207+ views
    townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2009 | staff
    The Pentagon's top lawyer says the Obama administration hasn't given up the possibility of transferring some prisoners from Guantanamo Bay Naval Base to a detention facility in the United States, despite congressional opposition. Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Charles Johnson told the House Armed Services Committee Friday that it's possible some terror suspects may be transferred to the U.S. for prosecution and others may be held within the U.S. He said no prisoners would be released from custody inside the country. Congress has prohibited the government from spending federal funds to transfer Guantanamo prisoners to the U.S. Johnson also said...
  • Obama Makes Surprise Press Room Appearance, Spinning Racist Cop Bashing Remarks (Transcript at #246)

    07/24/2009 11:40:58 AM PDT · by kristinn · 472 replies · 19,704+ views
    Friday, July 24, 2009 | Kristinn
  • Latest Obama Approval Numbers 51%-48% (Pres. Approval index down to -8)

    07/09/2009 6:29:35 AM PDT · by smith5460 · 348 replies · 14,096+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 7-9-09 | Rasmussen Reports
    "The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 30% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-eight percent (38%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –8. The President’s Approval Index rating has fallen six points since release of a disappointing jobs report last week."
  • Obama's Approval Rating in Ohio Down to 49 Percent; 44 Percent Disapprove

    07/07/2009 6:48:45 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 32 replies · 1,099+ views
    NRO ^ | July 07, 2009 | Jim Geraghty
    Quinnipiac's poll in Ohio out this morning has some eyebrow-raising numbers: "President Barack Obama gets a lackluster 49 – 44 percent approval rating in Ohio, considered by many to be the most important swing state in a presidential election, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This is President Obama’s lowest approval rating in any national or statewide Quinnipiac University poll since he was inaugurated and is down from 62 – 31 percent in a May 6 survey."
  • A Weak American President: Behold Obama on Iran

    06/23/2009 5:40:02 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 13 replies · 433+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 23 Jun 09 | Anne Bayefsky
    President Obama has staked his reputation on being a human rights guru to people around the world. But his remarks at Tuesday’s news conference and behavior since taking office have instead exposed a different persona–that of human rights charlatan. On June 15, three days after the phony Iranian elections and the same day that seven Iranian demonstrators were murdered, Obama’s UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, made a speech in Vienna promoting the Saint Obama vision: “The responsibility to protect is a duty that I feel deeply. … We must prepare for the likelihood that we will again face the worst impulses...
  • Obama Gets Testy With NBC White House Correspondent (video)

    06/23/2009 5:04:27 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies · 2,592+ views
    NBC News ^ | June 23, 2009
    Chuck Todd: "Then why won't you spell out the consequences that the Iranian people..." President Obama: "Because I think that we don't know yet how this thing is going to play out. I know everybody here is on a 24-hour news cycle. I'm not. OK?"
  • White House: Obama 'moved' by protests in Iran

    06/22/2009 2:56:11 PM PDT · by Flavius · 38 replies · 1,129+ views
    ap ^ | 6/22/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON – The White House says President Barack Obama has been "moved" by the television images of people in Iran taking to the street in protest.
  • Rasmussen: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Zero at -2)

    06/21/2009 6:02:29 AM PDT · by The_Victor · 115 replies · 7,310+ views
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 32% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-four percent (34%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2. That’s the President’s lowest rating to date and the first time the Presidential Approval Index has fallen below zero for Obama (see trends).
  • In Poll, Obama Is Seen as Ineffective on the Economy

    06/18/2009 3:50:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies · 1,588+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 17, 2009 | Jeff Zeleny and Dalia Sussman
    A substantial majority of Americans say President Obama has not developed a strategy to deal with the budget deficit, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, which also found that support for his plans to overhaul health care, rescue the auto industry and close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, falls well below his job approval ratings. A distinct gulf exists between Mr. Obama’s overall standing and how some of his key initiatives are viewed, with fewer than half of Americans saying they approve of how he has handled health care and the effort to save General Motors...
  • A Fast One On An Ally

    06/15/2009 5:46:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 575+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 15, 2009 | Investors Business Daily
    Diplomacy:Should the U.S. scrap its special relationship with the U.K. to fulfill an ill-considered campaign vow? That's the trade-off the Obama administration made by secretly foisting terrorists onto Bermuda. It's wrong.The British Foreign Office had a right to be angry at the U.S. transfer of four Uighur terrorists from Guantanamo detention to the U.K. colony of Bermuda without its knowledge. After all, Britain is a sovereign state and, like any nation, has a right to know who's on its territory. Instead, it got treated like some banana republic. It didn't learn of the move until after the four Gitmo detainees...
  • STIMULUS WATCH: $25 check may cost you food stamps

    06/15/2009 5:53:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 861+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/15/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON – When President Barack Obama increased unemployment benefits as part of his economic stimulus, he also made some Americans ineligible for hundreds of dollars a month in food stamps.
  • Obama says North Korea nuclear test a "grave concern"

    05/25/2009 5:27:42 AM PDT · by autumnraine · 45 replies · 1,553+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/25/2009 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday that nuclear and missile tests conducted by North Korea were a "grave concern to all nations" and a legal violation that warranted action by the international community. "North Korea's attempts to develop nuclear weapons, as well as its ballistic missile program, constitute a threat to international peace and security," Obama said in a statement after Pyongyang conducted a nuclear test and reportedly fired a short-range missile. The nuclear test was a major diplomatic challenge to Obama at a time when he is facing a global economic crisis and working to curb...
  • Upholding values will shield US from terror: Obama

    05/22/2009 9:56:52 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 112 replies · 2,606+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | May 22, 2009 | breitbart.com
    President Barack Obama Friday warned America risked its security when it compromised its values, seeking support for his bid to sketch a new legal framework for anti-terror policies. Obama used the backdrop of the US Naval Academy graduation ceremony to argue that founding US ideals must guide the future battle against terrorism, a day after trying to quell raging debate over Guantanamo Bay in a major speech. "We uphold our fundamental principles and values not just because we choose to, but because we swear to -- not because they feel good, but because they help keep us safe," Obama told...
  • Fidel Castro: Obama 'misinterpreted' Raul's words (Obama being played for the fool he is)

    04/22/2009 3:19:35 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 5 replies · 860+ views
    yahoo ^ | 4/22/2009 | WILL WEISSERT
    Fidel Castro says President Barack Obama "misinterpreted" his brother Raul's remarks regarding the United States and bristled at the suggestion that Cuba should free political prisoners or cut taxes on remittances from abroad as a goodwill gesture to the U.S. Raul Castro touched off a whirlwind of speculation last week that the U.S. and Cuba could be headed toward a thaw in nearly a half-century of chilly relations. The speculation began when the Cuban president said leaders would be willing to sit down with their U.S. counterparts and discuss "everything," including human rights, freedom of the press and expression, and...
  • Now Obama has insulted French President Sarkozy!

    03/22/2009 4:56:54 PM PDT · by DaveinOK54 · 449 replies · 30,912+ views
    Help me out here folks Could he really be this stupid???? Now Obama has insulted French President Sarkozy! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oh no! Obama sent a letter to Chirac, saying he looks forward to working with him the next four years. Le Figaro, French newspaper is horrified at the faux pas. Doesn't Obama ever consult his staff before acting? Sarkozy is the President there! It's like Sarko writing to George Bush and saying he looks forward to working with him. Chirac is the FORMER president. Here is a translation of the letter in Le Figaro: Vendredi 20 mars 2009 OBAMA PREFERS CHIRAC...
  • Administration: Changes May be Needed in 90-Percent Tax on AIG Bonuses

    03/22/2009 1:43:18 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 39 replies · 1,191+ views
    foxnews ^ | 35 mins ago
    Administration: Changes May be Needed in 90-Percent Tax on AIG Bonuses White House economic advisers said Sunday that President Obama won't "govern out of anger" despite calls for the heads of AIG executives who received bonuses, and acknowledged that using tax law to get back $165 million in government-funded bonuses may be "a dangerous way to go." Those officials said the economy will return to better days soon, but suggested the House-backed plan to tax American International Group Inc. executives' bonuses at a 90-percent rate may have to be modified in the Senate. "I think the president would be concerned...
  • A Presidential Wake Up Call (Newsweek editorial hits the Pres)

    03/21/2009 1:29:27 PM PDT · by lt.america · 130 replies · 4,477+ views
    Newsweek ^ | March 20 2009 | Eleanor Clift
    Who would have thought 55 days into this administration we would be asking the question, what did he know and when did he know it? Word that a provision in the stimulus bill gave the green light for AIG to hand out bonuses using taxpayer money sent the media bloodhounds hot on the trail of whoever is the culprit. For a time, it looked like Senate Banking chairman Chris Dodd would take the fall, but after 24 hours of twisting in the wind, Dodd said the change that exempted past agreements to pay bonuses was made at the request of...
  • Obama Townhall - raising taxes on people to do health care reform (Says not socialism)

    03/18/2009 4:42:22 PM PDT · by utahson · 37 replies · 1,359+ views
    CNN reporting live | 3-18-09
    Obama just told the crowd that raising taxes on a couple about 3% was not that big of a deal to him because it could help healthcare reform and he felt it was not socialism.
  • Teleprompter Gaffe: President Obama Thanks Himself -- UPDATE: Where's the Video?

    03/18/2009 4:40:48 PM PDT · by webschooner · 41 replies · 4,465+ views
    I’ve been searching for the video of Obama accidentally reading Irish PM Brian Cowen’s speech yesterday. He even thanks himself at the end! Apparently his teleprompter went loopy. If this were GWB, the video would be everywhere, yet I can’t find a clip on the Internet of a public press conference that took place yesterday. It will come out, but this is amazing. Thank Sky News for doing its job: Mr Cowen stopped, turned to the president and said: “That’s your speech.” A laughing Mr Obama returned to the podium to take over but it seems the script had finally...