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  • What wouldn't Clinton do to secure power?

    03/13/2008 3:56:25 AM PDT · by sagmanagain · 8 replies · 764+ views
    The Independent (London) ^ | 3/12/2008 | JoHann Hari
    Haven't we seen this movie before? Barack Obama has just proved his chasm-wide appeal again by conquering another Republican-red state -- Mississippi -- yet the battle for the Democratic nomination is set to stretch out on to the far horizon. As the comedian Bill Maher says, in a reference to John McCain's age, "It's a bad sign when the Democratic campaign is set to last longer than the Republican nominee." But the looming ending to this story feels flatly familiar -- like a slo-mo remake of Florida in the year 2000.
  • Bill Maher: Hillary Clinton is ‘John McCain in drag’ (Unexpected! Bill Maher said something funny!)

    ...Mrs. Clinton admitted in her just-released “Hard Choices” book that she made a “mistake” in supporting the sending of U.S. troops into Iraq. But Mr. Maher scoffed at that admission in his blog, saying her “hawkish instincts” are still intact.... Citing a New York Times article from April characterizing Mrs. Clinton’s positions while secretary of state as out of step with those of the Obama’s administration, along with her recent comparison of Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, Mr. Maher said: “She’s almost John McCain in drag.”... “She could grow a Hitler mustache and still win the Democratic nomination.” Read more:...
  • Hillary Clinton's Name is Hillary Clinton, Not "Hillary."

    02/24/2014 9:47:23 AM PST · by Chickensoup · 88 replies
    02.24.14 | chickensoup
    Leftists like to control the vocabulary and the discourse. Leftists have decided to amputate the word Clinton from the name of Hillary Clinton, wife of Bill Clinton, our former president. No self-respecting conservative should EVER use the name Hillary without the mandatory last name, Clinton. She carries all the baggage that the name Hillary Clinton provides. Do not be manipulated by leftists, use her whole name. If headline space is an issue I recommend: Mrs. Clinton.
  • Hillary Clinton Destroys Joe Biden in 2016 New Hampshire Poll

    04/26/2013 2:34:46 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 42 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | April, 26th, 2013 | Timothy Knight
    After two election cycles with Barack Obama on top, the Democratic Party is looking for a new standard bearer to lead them in the 2016 presidential election against the young and often inexperienced Republican contenders they will likely face, at least when compared to their leading candidates. And if New Hampshire Democrats are any indicator of their national comrades at all, well.. Then they have already made up their minds as to who they want to lead the charge in 2016. According to a survey of 200 Granite State Democrats, with a 7.1% margin of error, former Secretary of State...
  • Bill Maher to Larry King: Obama Needs Clintons’ ‘Ruthlessness’

    08/20/2008 7:55:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies · 162+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | August 20, 2008 | Matthew Balan
    On his CNN program Tuesday night, Larry King had Bill Maher on for the entire hour, and the HBO comedian had some liberal-to-liberal advice for Barack Obama concerning his vice-presidential pick: "At this point, I think they need Hillary Clinton.... I've been thinking this way a long time.... Not just because it's bold and they need to show bold, but you know what? I think they need the Clinton ruthlessness onboard. I really do. I'm beginning to think Bill Clinton is still the only guy in that party who really knows how to do this, as far as talking to...
  • THE POLITICS OF DUMPING HILLARY (see post #53)

    06/01/2006 9:26:15 AM PDT · by Mia T · 74 replies · 3,570+ views
    6.01.06 | Mia T
    THE POLITICS OF DUMPING HILLARY by Mia T, 6.02.06 KARL ROVE'S MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION: MOIHEAR HILLARY, CHRIS MATTHEWS ET AL.by Mia T, 2.28.06BEHEARTED KARL adapted from ilovekarlrove.com graphic   eputation, reputation, reputation. The clintons' reputation is the immortal part of them and what makes them especially bestial, to paraphrase Shakespeare. Their reputation for revenge, specifically. It precedes them: The wickedly timely IRS audits (where is that unredacted Barrett Report already, huh?), purloined FBI files, trashed reputations, threats, physical intimidation, and, oh yes, the deaths. It matters not one whit whether each and every item on this list is true. That...
  • BILL MAHER WARNS DEMOCRATS: HILLARY WILL TAKE YOU OVER A CLIFF IN '08 (video clip)

    02/17/2006 8:01:45 PM PST · by Mia T · 170 replies · 7,498+ views
    Hardball | 2.17.06 | Mia T
    BILL MAHER WARNS DEMOCRATS: HILLARY WILL TAKE YOU OVER A CLIFF IN '08 First of all, she will never win the presidency. The people who are worrying about that should stop worrying. She will never be elected president of this country. The democrats should buddy up to that concept before they walk over the cliff with her in 2008. Bill MaherHardball with Chris Matthews February 14, 2006 'HIATUS' FOR HILLARY? by Mia T, 02.02.06 The clintons, as is their wont, are now taking this proxy scheme to even more outrageous extremes. The latest: an actual hillary clinton proxy presidency,...
  • Arab-American Activist Says Obama Hiding Anti-Israel Stance

    10/28/2008 10:33:36 PM PDT · by Hanna548 · 14 replies · 1,172+ views
    Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama is currently hiding his anti-Israel views in order to get elected, according to a well-known anti-Israel activist. The activist, Ali Abunimah, claimed to know Obama well and to have met him on numerous occasions at pro-Palestinian events in Chicago.
  • Hillary Clinton, friend of Israel? Puleez

    12/03/2014 11:40:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Hill reports: “Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden will be among the attendees at a Washington forum on Israeli-U.S. relations this weekend. Both will speak to the Saban Forum, an annual event organized by the Brookings Institution and entertainment mogul Haim Saban. Saban is also a major political donor who has pledged to support the former secretary of State should she run for president in 2016.” Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a press briefing in 2010. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Hillary Clinton, just like President Obama in the run-up to the 2008 race, will present herself as...
  • John McCain ‘Strongly Encouraging’ Lindsey Graham To Consider 2016 Run

    11/24/2014 7:25:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 81 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 24, 2014 | by Arlette Saenz & Jeff Zeleny
    Sen. John McCain is prodding one of his closest allies in the Senate to consider a run for the White House – Sen. Lindsey Graham. “I think he is looking at it, and I am strongly encouraging him to take a look at it,” McCain, R-Ariz., told ABC News. “I know of no one who is better versed and more important on national security policy and defense than Lindsey Graham, and I don’t think these challenges to our security are going away.” “He is eminently qualified,” McCain added.
  • The Media and Republican Insiders Lash Out against Congressman Steve King

    11/23/2014 12:42:14 PM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 11/21/2014 | Craig Robinson
    I’m pretty sure that Iowa Congressman Steve King thought that his detractors would give it a rest for a while after he defeated his Democrat opponent by 24 points earlier this month.  Yet once again headlines like, “Stay away from Steve King,” have been published this week.  This time it’s not the liberals who are ranting and raving about King, its nameless “Republican insiders” and a conservative blogger from the Washington Post. On Tuesday, King announced that he is partnering with Citizens United to put on a 2016 presidential forum in Des Moines on January 24th called the Iowa Freedom...
  • Obama in Winter

    11/18/2014 5:59:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | by David Brooks
    They say failure can be a good teacher, but, so far, the Obama administration is opting out of the course. The post-midterm period has been one of the most bizarre of the Obama presidency. I’m not sure why the Obama administration has been behaving so strangely since the midterms. Maybe various people in the White House are angry in defeat and want to show that they can be as obstructionist as anyone. Maybe, in moments of stress, they are only really sensitive to criticism from the left flank. Maybe it’s Gruberism: the belief that everybody else is slightly dumber and...
  • Time for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to go

    11/11/2014 5:00:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2014 | By Scot Lehigh
    IN POLITICS, there’s nothing harder than realizing that it’s time to go. For Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, that moment has arrived. With the Democrats’ midterm losses, the two 74-year-olds should announce that when this session of Congress ends, they will relinquish their roles as leaders of their respective Democratic caucuses. And if Reid and Pelosi don’t soon come to the conclusion on their own that it’s time to bow out? Well, then, their fellow Democrats, recognizing that you can’t begin a new era with old leaders, should let both know that the time has come to go.
  • Hagel: McCain Treading On Very Thin Ground (Hagel, STFU and get out of the party!)

    07/27/2008 12:36:46 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 57 replies · 114+ views
    CBS ^ | 7/27/2008 | cbs
    Sen. Chuck Hagel, who accompanied Sen. Barack Obama on his trip to South Asia and Iraq last week, criticized the McCain campaign for its latest television ad attacking the Democratic candidate. The ad blasts Obama for not visiting wounded troops during his visit to Germany. Obama has said he chose not to cancel a visit to a military hospital there after consultations with the Pentagon, due to concerns that such a visit might be seen as using wounded troops for political purposes. The McCain ad, which contains footage of Obama bouncing a basketball before U.S. military personnel in Kuwait, implied...
  • The Obama minority

    11/08/2014 6:24:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 8, 2014 | By Michael Barone
    Some observations on the election: 1) This was a wave, folks. It will be a benchmark for judging waves, for either party, for years. 2) In seriously contested races, GOP candidates were generally younger, more vigorous, more sunny and optimistic than Democrats. 3) The combination of Obama’s low job approval and Harry Reid’s virtual shutdown of the Senate insured a Republican Senate majority. 4) Democratic territory has been reduced to the bastions of two core groups — black voters and gentry liberals. 5) In many states — including many carried twice by Obama — Republicans have been governing successfully, at...
  • Obama to GOP: ‘I Won’ (History - 2009)

    11/06/2014 3:20:02 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    wsj BLOG ^ | Jan 23, 2009 | Mary Lu Carnevale
    January 23, 2009 Obama to GOP: ‘I Won’ By Mary Lu Carnevale Jonathan Weisman reports on the White House. The top congressional leaders from both parties gathered at the White House for a working discussion over the shape and size of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. The meeting was designed to promote bipartisanship. But Obama showed that in an ideological debate, he’s not averse to using a jab. Challenged by one Republican senator over the contents of the package, the new president, according to participants, replied: “I won.” The statement was prompted by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of...
  • Around the world, harsh words for ‘lame duck’ Obama

    11/05/2014 4:07:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 5, 2014 | By Adam Taylor
    Before voting was even finished, China's state-run Global Times newspaper was already pretty sure that President Obama would be the source of Democratic failure in the midterm elections. "Obama always utters 'Yes, we can,' which led to the high expectations people had for him. But he has done an insipid job, offering nearly nothing to his supporters," the paper said in an op-ed published Tuesday. "U.S. society has grown tired of his banality." Meanwhile, the Times of London called the results a "vote of no confidence" in the U.S. president, while Channel 4's Kylie Morris said it "feels like an...
  • Uh-oh: The ‘Obama effect’ is especially chilling in six pivotal states

    11/04/2014 11:49:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 4, 2014 | By Jennifer Harper
    Voter dissatisfaction with the White House will have a stronger effect in a half-dozen states when the midterm elections get rolling on Tuesday, this according to a massive Gallup tracking data analysis of some 15,000 people over four months. “In an election in which President Obama’s mediocre approval ratings have cast a shadow on Democrats’ efforts to maintain their slim Senate majority, his image has remained generally weak in six states featuring competitive races,” reports analyst Andrew Dugan. “This includes sub-40 percent approval ratings over the last several months in Iowa (38 percent), Kansas (33 percent) and Arkansas (29 percent)....
  • How Obama Lost America

    11/02/2014 4:42:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 1, 2014 | by Ross Douthat
    THE 2014 midterms have featured many variables and one constant. Whether they’re running as incumbents or challengers, campaigning in blue or red or purple states, Democratic candidates have all been dragging an anchor: a president from their party. So when and how was it lost? When President Bush’s second-term job approval numbers tanked, despite decent-at-the-time economic numbers, the explanation was easy: It was Iraq, Iraq, Iraq. But nothing quite so pat presents itself in Obama’s case, so here are four partial theories instead. He gets blamed for Republican intransigence. This is the explanation that many Obama partisans favor, because it...
  • Mounting Crises Raise Questions on Obama Team’s Ability to Cope

    10/29/2014 2:26:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 29, 2014 | By MARK LANDLER
    ... At a time when the Obama administration is lurching from crisis to crisis — a new Cold War in Europe, a brutal Islamic caliphate in the Middle East and a deadly epidemic in West Africa, to name just the most obvious ones — it is not surprising that long-term strategy would take a back seat. But it raises inevitable questions about the ability of the president and his hard-pressed national security team to manage and somehow get ahead of the daily onslaught of events. Early stumbles in the government’s handling of the Ebola crisis as well as its belated...
  • Jeanne Shaheen: President Obama New Hampshire visit doesn’t make sense

    10/24/2014 4:25:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | October 23, 2014 | By JAMES HOHMANN
    Pushed Thursday night on whether she would want President Barack Obama to campaign with her as she seeks a second term, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said it doesn’t make sense and Obama is “exactly where he needs to be” — in Washington. “We have a lot going on,” Shaheen said during an hourlong debate with Republican Scott Brown at NH1’s studio in Concord, which was broadcast live on WBIN-TV and was co-sponsored by CNN. “I don’t think it makes sense for the president to come to New Hampshire right now.” Shaheen doesn’t have a shortage of star power coming to...
  • Vigilant? Obama is not even awake

    10/23/2014 6:29:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 23, 2014 | BY JENNIFER RUBIN
    In the wake of the shootings in Canada, the president said that “it emphasizes the degree to which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism.” The president has said we must be vigilant many times, but does he follow his own advice? He is among the least vigilant presidents in memory, always learning about scandals in the newspaper and surprised when aggressors act like aggressors. If he is being vigilant, he’s looking out for the wrong things. He should have been paying attention to the geographic spread...
  • From patron saint to pariah: how Barack Obama became toxic for Democrats

    10/21/2014 7:33:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | October 21, 2014 | By Peter Foster
    It has been a stunning reversal of fortunes for Mr Obama, whose celebrity status helped get Democrats elected in several Republican states in 2008 – states which the party is now desperately struggling to defend. With less than two weeks to go until the November 4 polling day, we track the travails of the man who once walked on political water. Indeed, so toxic has Mr Obama’s name apparently become that when Ms Lundergan Grimes was asked if she had ever actually voted for Mr Obama, the 35-year-old lawyer declined to answer. The president’s sheen may have faded for the...
  • Losing faith in Obama

    10/21/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 21, 2014 | By Charles Lipson
    When presidents become unpopular, they are no longer welcome on the campaign trail. They're trapped in Washington, watching their party abandon them. Now, the same oppressive walls are closing in on President Barack Obama. He is welcome only in the palatial homes of Hollywood stars and hedge-fund billionaires or the well-kept fairways of Martha's Vineyard. The contrast with 2008 is striking and painful. Six years ago, his acolytes fainted as he read from the teleprompter. What went wrong? Ideology, say the true believers and their staunchest opponents. The left says he compromised too much, desperate to pass his agenda. The...
  • POLITICO POLL: 64% BELIEVE AMERICA IS 'OUT OF CONTROL'

    10/20/2014 2:31:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 20, 2014 | by WYNTON HALL
    A devastating new Politico poll reveals voters believe America has spun off its axis and is "out of control." "An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are 'out of control' and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms," reports Politico. The poll, which surveyed states and districts in the most competitive congressional races, found that 64% of Americans believe "things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control...
  • Obamacare, discontinued plans and ‘sticker shock,’ round 2

    10/20/2014 11:45:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | October 20, 2014 | By: ARIELLE LEVIN BECKER
    Pete Spain knew he and his wife would have to find a new health plan for 2015 since their current policy is being discontinued at the end of the year. But the letter explaining it still contained a surprise: Buying a comparable plan next year would cost the Bridgeport couple nearly 58 percent more. “That’s just a bigger hit than we expected,” he said. The Spains are among more than 60,000 Connecticut residents with health plans that don’t meet the requirements of the federal health law. Many of them are receiving notices that their plans are being discontinued and that...
  • Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, some leave early

    10/19/2014 8:01:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 19, 2014 | by Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, though the event was marred somewhat by early departures of crowd members and a yelling heckler. Some 8,000 people turned out for the event, held in a noisy school gymnasium. But a steady stream of people walked out while he spoke, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.
  • Obama voters: The thrill is gone

    10/18/2014 6:07:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 17, 2014 | by Clarence Page
    As President Barack Obama heads into the final half of his final term, many of us Americans wonder: Whatever happened to the fresh promise of that cheerfully charismatic optimist who dominated the political stage back in 2008? Some of those who voted for him now say they're sorry they did. Why is the thrill gone? I can think of three big reasons: 1. Public impatience. After six years in office, any president has been seen and heard too many times to satisfy the public's relentless appetite for something fresh and new. 2. An anti-incumbent reflex in news media. The most...
  • President Obama Stuck as Bystander With Senate in Balance

    10/15/2014 1:41:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 15, 2014 | By Rick Klein
    President Obama’s agenda is on the ballot next month. This we know from the president himself. Now we also know where that same president will actually be during the three weeks before Election Day. Barring last-minute additions, he will be nowhere near where the election is actually playing out in the most important manner: the races that will determine control of the Senate. Based on polls, it’s hard to question the decision to relegate Obama to bystander status. The new ABC News-Washington Post poll out today puts the president’s approval rating at a career-low 40 percent; he’s almost certainly nowhere...
  • The disappearance of Obama the campaigner

    10/08/2014 6:09:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 8, 2014 | ByMAJOR GARRETT, MARK KNOLLER
    It was a cloudless Sunday in Arlington, Virginia, and little did the crowd of 1,600 standing inside Washington-Lee High School realize they were witnessing something of a political vanishing act. "Are you fired up?" President Obama asked with characteristic gusto. The date was Nov. 3, 2013. Mr. Obama hasn't been seen in public at a campaign rally since.
  • How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground

    10/07/2014 9:32:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    The lunch ladies loved Marshall Matz. For more than 30 years, he worked the halls and back rooms of Washington for the 55,000 dues-paying members of the School Nutrition Association, the men and still mostly women who run America’s school-lunch programs. So when Michelle Obama started Let’s Move!, her campaign against child obesity, in 2010, the members of the School Nutrition Association were her natural allies. Today the School Nutrition Association is Washington’s loudest and most public critic of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Even as they claim to support the act, the lunch ladies have become the shock troops...
  • NJ Poll Puts Obama’s Performance Rating At All-Time Personal Low

    10/05/2014 8:58:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    CBS Local ^ | October 5, 2014 | by David Madden
    A new poll suggests many New Jersey residents don’t have a lot of confidence in President Obama’s performance in office. That’s the assessment of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. Director Patrick Murray breaks down the numbers: “He’s got a 41-percent approve to 54-percent disapprove rating among the state’s voters. These are the worst numbers that we have ever recorded in our poll for President Obama since he took office in 2009.” Murray suggests one major reason is women: “His rating among women is 45-percent approve to 50-percent disapprove. That’s the first time we’ve ever had more women disapprove than approve...
  • A campaign about nothing is still about Obama

    10/04/2014 6:26:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 4, 2014 | By Dan Balz
    It has become commonplace to describe the midterm political contests as the Seinfeld election — a campaign about nothing. In fact, that’s not correct. This is an election that is still very much about how people view President Obama. Obama is on the defensive. His approval ratings have remained low for a sitting president in a midterm election. His economic approval ratings have not improved. Democrats may try to run from him, but it may do little good. So far this fall, Obama hasn’t done any public campaigning with Democratic candidates. He continues to raise money for his party and...
  • As Michelle Obama Campaigns, Some Democrats Fear Her Last Name Is a Liability

    10/03/2014 3:08:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 3, 2014 | By JACKIE CALMES
    MILWAUKEE — She can rouse a crowd as she did here this week, connect with women and drive turnout among African-American voters. Yet despite the nail-biting closeness of state contests to decide which party will control the Senate, Michelle Obama has been largely absent from the campaign trail so far. Unlike Hillary Rodham Clinton, who as first lady crisscrossed the country for Democrats in 1998, Mrs. Obama will keep to a fairly limited path. In a measure of how deeply unpopular her husband is in Republican-leaning battleground states, Democratic Senate candidates there worry that Mrs. Obama’s presence would tie them...
  • 28 words that Democrats really wish President Obama didn’t say today

    10/02/2014 3:23:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 2, 2014 | By Chris Cillizza
    President Obama was at Northwestern University on Thursday to deliver an economic speech that, he and his team hoped, would lay out the case for why the public is better off today than they were six years ago -- even if they didn't feel it in their everday lives. Instead, Obama just gave every Republican ad-maker in the country more fodder for negative ads linking Democratic candidates to him. You can imagine Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas or Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina or Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky grimacing when they heard those 28 words. That trio has...
  • Poll finds Israelis don't trust Obama, Abbas

    10/02/2014 9:39:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | October 2, 2014
    Following a week in which Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of genocide and US president Barack Obama's administration condemned Israel for building in its capital, a poll broadcast Thursday found both unpopular among Israelis. A Panels poll broadcast on the Knesset Channel found that only 27 percent of Israelis consider Abbas a worthy partner for peace talks. Sixty-three percent said he was not a worthy partner. Asked whether they trusted Obama to manage US policy in the Middle East, 74% said not and 21% said yes. Only 25% said they would characterize the president as a "true friend...
  • President Obama's Goal Of Closing Guantanamo Bay Prison Stalled At The Pentagon

    09/30/2014 5:58:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | September 30, 2014 | By NEDRA PICKLER
    The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to fulfill his campaign promise to close the offshore prison for terrorism suspects. Obama has said Guantanamo's continued operation hurts U.S. standing overseas and is a recruitment tool for terrorists. "The president would absolutely like to see more progress in our efforts to close Guantanamo," Obama counter terrorism adviser Lisa Monaco said. "He wants it closed. He's pushing his own team very hard, raising it...
  • Wrong Turn on Syria: No Convincing Plan

    09/24/2014 2:44:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 23, 2014 | By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    President Obama has put America at the center of a widening war by expanding into Syria airstrikes against the Islamic State, the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS and ISIL. He has done this without allowing the public debate that needs to take place before this nation enters another costly and potentially lengthy conflict in the Middle East. He says he has justification for taking military action against the Islamic State and Khorasan, another militant group. There isn’t a full picture — because Mr. Obama has not provided one — of how this bombing campaign will degrade the extremist groups...
  • Presidential Memorandum -- Civil Society

    09/23/2014 3:57:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The White House ^ | September 23, 2014 | Barack Obama
    MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: Deepening U.S. Government Efforts to Collaborate with and Strengthen Civil Society The participation of civil society is fundamental to democratic governance. Through civil society, citizens come together to hold their leaders accountable and address challenges that governments cannot tackle alone. Civil society organizations -- such as community groups, non-governmental organizations, labor unions, indigenous groups, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional associations, and foundations -- often drive innovations and develop new ideas and approaches to solve social, economic, and political problems that governments can apply on a larger scale. Moreover, by giving...
  • Breaking: Tomahawks and Airstrikes Against Syria Commence

    09/22/2014 6:27:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 334 replies
    Fox News | 9/22/2014
    No link now, they are just announcing it now.
  • Obama: Everything Just Seems Bad Because of Social Media

    08/29/2014 8:25:42 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 50 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 8-29-2014 | Jonathan Strong
    At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York Friday, President Obama attributed people's pervasive sense the world is falling apart to “social media.” “The world’s always been messy… we’re just noticing now in part because of social media,” Obama said. ..... “If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart,” Obama said. He said this is a time of extraordinary changes around the world.
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/29/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · by NCjim · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014
    PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence.
  • Mark your calendars: ‘National Impeach Obama Week’ is nigh

    08/21/2014 5:06:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Abby Ohlheiser
    They don't make a Hallmark card for this -- as far as we know -- but for nine days starting Saturday, a small but persistent group of activists will flock to overpasses and street corners across the country for "National Impeach Obama Week." The Coalition to Impeach Obama Now! organizers, coordinated by San Diego activist Roger Ogden, have no national endorsements from Tea Party groups or Republican politicians. Instead, impeachobamaweek.net has a small list of regional and local Tea Party, libertarian, and otherwise anti-Obama activist groups backing them.
  • Obama sets ambitious goals for Iraq intervention

    08/09/2014 9:46:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 9, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
    President Obama said Saturday that U.S. forces will seek to deny a safe haven to "barbaric terrorists" in Iraq and will help create a humanitarian corridor to rescue thousands of religious refugees trapped on a mountaintop, broadening his goals for the latest U.S. intervention in Iraq. Speaking on the White House South Lawn, the president also suggested that the airstrikes by U.S. Navy fighter jets and Predator drones against Islamist militants that began Friday near the major city of Irbil won't be a short-term operation. Obama also said he is confident that U.S. airstrikes and assistance to Iraqi forces can...
  • Obama Says Iraq Airstrike Effort Could Be ‘Long-Term’

    08/09/2014 9:40:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New Your Times ^ | August 9, 2014 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    President Obama sought to prepare Americans for an extended presence in the skies over Iraq, telling reporters on Saturday that the airstrikes he ordered this week could go on for months as Iraqis try to build a new government. “I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,” Mr. Obama said before leaving for a two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. “This is going to be a long-term project.” “There has to be a rebuilding and an understanding of who it is the Iraqi security forces are reporting to, what they are fighting for,” he added. Once that happens,...
  • For Obama, Iraq Move Is a Policy Reversal

    08/08/2014 7:32:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 8, 2014 | By Carol E. Lee
    President Barack Obama stepped in front of the cameras on Thursday to utter words he hoped he would never say as commander in chief. "I've therefore authorized targeted airstrikes if necessary to help forces in Iraq," Mr. Obama said in a statement from the White House. "Today America is coming to help." The return to military engagement in Iraq is a reversal for Mr. Obama, whose early opposition to the war that toppled Saddam Hussein, and his promise to end it, fueled his long-shot campaign for the White House.
  • Obama authorizes Iraq strikes to protect Christians, prevent 'genocide'

    08/08/2014 6:56:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 8, 2014 | BY RAHEEM SALMAN
    U.S. President Barack Obama authorized air strikes on Iraq to protect Christians and prevent "genocide" of tens of thousands of members of an ancient sect sheltering on a desert mountaintop from Islamic State fighters threatening to exterminate them. The United States began to drop relief supplies to refugees from the ancient Yazidi sect, but there was no sign yet of air strikes, which Obama authorized for the first time since pulling troops out in 2011. ... U.S. oil majors Exxon Mobil and Chevron evacuated expatriate staff from Iraqi Kurdistan on Thursday, industry sources said. Smaller oil companies that operate in...
  • Obama Authorizes Limited Airstrikes in Iraq

    08/07/2014 7:13:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 73 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07 August 2014 | Helen Cooper, Mark Landler, Alissa J. Rubinaug
    President Obama said Thursday that United States military aircraft had dropped food and water to thousands of Iraqis besieged by Islamic militants on a mountaintop in northern Iraq. Speaking from the State Dining Room at the White House, the president said he had directed the United States military forces to conduct targeted airstrikes on the militants if they moved to take Erbil, threatening the American citizens and military personnel there.
  • UMWA vows to fight EPA

    08/03/2014 8:08:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) ^ | August 3, 2014 | By BILL ARCHER
    BLUEFIELD — Back in 1933, the struggling United Mine Workers of America union got a shot in the arm from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” legislation that allowed workers to organize into unions. That commitment from a Democratic administration tipped the playing field in the union’s direction, and within a short time, almost all coal mines in the two Virginias were organized. From that time forward, most Democratic Party candidates could count on loyal UMWA support. That may not change in the future, but six years of more stringent environmental regulations governing coal-fired power generation emissions has put the...
  • Todd: Americans Are ‘Fatigued’ from Obama, Have Lost Confidence in Him

    07/28/2014 6:45:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 28, 2014 | Staff
    MSNBC host Chuck Todd said the American people are “fatigued” from President Barack Obama Monday on Morning Joe, in the wake of a poll showing Republican Mitt Romney would trounce him in a rematch of the 2012 election. Co-host Thomas Roberts called the poll evidence of “voter’s remorse” for sending Obama back to the White House. Todd pointed out Obama’s average job rating in states with competitive 2014 Senate races was 38 percent.