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  • Obama Reminds Troops They Have the Right to 'Protest Against Authority' and 'Criticize Our Preside

    12/07/2016 9:27:51 AM PST · by ColdOne · 84 replies ^ | 12/7/16 | Susan Jones
    full title..................Obama Reminds Troops They Have the Right to 'Protest Against Authority' and 'Criticize Our President'.................. ( - In a speech at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, President Obama focused on his eight-year effort to protect the homeland, fight terrorism, and strengthen U.S. allies. He said he wanted to "talk about the foundation that we will leave for the next administration." On the way to Florida, Obama's spokesman Josh Earnest said told reporters, "This is a speech that President Obama was prepared to give before the election." But at times, it didn't sound like it. At...
  • U.S. Moves to Block Mining Near Yellowstone

    11/22/2016 10:54:40 AM PST · by yoe · 28 replies
    USNews ^ | November 22. 2016 | MATTHEW BROWN
    U.S. officials are blocking new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of natural areas.BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials plan to block new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of pristine and environmentally sensitive areas.[snip] The latest move comes after a pair of gold exploration proposals north of Yellowstone drew strong opposition from local business owners, environmentalists and Montana elected officials. The opponents argue that mining would industrialize wild areas populated by grizzly bears,...
  • House Warns Obama, Passes New Law That Prevents Him from Pushing Through Last Minute Rule

    11/19/2016 6:03:15 PM PST · by bigbob · 28 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 11-19-16 | John S. Roberts
    Full headline: BOOM! House Warns Obama, Passes New Law That Prevents Him from Pushing Through Last Minute Rules And Regulations President Obama has about 2 months of being president left. He knows his time is running out and he also knows he hasn’t really accomplished much. It’s crunch time and we often see presidents try to cram parts of their agenda into these last few months. Remember Bill Clinton’s infamous pardon of Marc Rich? House Republicans made a big move this week to try and prevent any last-minute funny business from the president. From Breitbart: The House of Representatives passed...
  • Obama’s Gambit

    11/04/2016 10:04:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 4, 2016 | John F. Keiler
    The Roman historian Suetonius recounts that in his waning days, the emperor Tiberius had grown “thoroughly disgusted with himself” having besmirched the honors and successes of his youth with extravagant devotion to a great variety of sexual perversions, interspersed with the paranoid murder and persecution of enemies, real and perceived. Recognizing that history would not look kindly upon him, Tiberius cast about for a solution. What he came up with condemned his country to madness and tyranny, but indeed improved his own image. Tiberius adopted the son of the man he probably murdered to ascend to emperor, the obviously sadistic...
  • Harry Reid accuses Comey of sitting on proof of Trump-Russia ties, possible Hatch Act violation

    10/30/2016 4:39:13 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 114 replies
    CBS ^ | 30 Oct 2016 | REENA FLORES
    In his last few months in the Senate, Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, isn’t pulling any punches -- especially after the recent revelations by FBI Director James Comey that more emails were found that could be related to the Clinton email probe. The pugilistic Reid, who plans to retire after finishing out this term in Congress, penned a blistering letter to Comey Sunday, accusing the FBI chief of holding back “explosive” information about Donald Trump’s close Russian ties while possibly violating the Hatch Act by reviving the Clinton email investigation. “Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double...
  • Obama: Trump's Rigged Election Rhetoric 'Dangerous'

    10/20/2016 2:32:24 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 49 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 10/20/16 | Andrew Rafferty
    President Barack Obama on Thursday delivered his most stinging rebuke yet of Donald Trump's rigged election rhetoric, calling it "dangerous" and saying the Republican nominee is "doing the work of our adversaries." "When you suggest rigging or fraud without a shred of evidence, when last night at the debate Trump becomes the first major party nominee in American history to suggest that he will not conceded despite losing the vote, and then says today that he will accept the results if he wins, that is not a joking matter," Obama said during a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton in Miami...
  • Vanity: Obama throws away the internet

    09/30/2016 4:58:35 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 24 replies
    10-01-16 | Bill Randles
    How does a lame duck loser like Obama, get to throw away US oversight of the internet, three months before he is out of here? Do we even have a congress? Doesn't it matter that something Americqn made and of such strategic and economic importance is now basically put under the oversight of possible enemies? Is this more of his "You didn't build that..." BS????
  • Obama Plotting to Ram TPP Through Congress in Lame Duck

    08/26/2016 2:26:47 PM PDT · by detective · 26 replies
    The New American ^ | 25 August 2016 | Alex Newman
    Despite the sovereignty-destroying Trans-Pacific Partnership being so unpopular that both major parties' presidential candidates are campaigning against it, the Obama White House notified Congress that legislation to approve the globalist “free-trade” regime was on its way. It seems that the establishment is hoping to ram through the deeply controversial regional-governance scheme during the “lame-duck” session of Congress — after the election and after voters lose their chance to remove elected representatives for at least another two years. Critics in Congress and beyond from all across the political spectrum, though, are speaking out forcefully. Opponents noted that one way to stop...
  • In Poland, Obama says an abundance of guns helps fuel tensions in America

    07/09/2016 4:13:47 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 9 | Greg Jaffe and Michael Birnbaum
    After a crushing week of attacks, protests and anger, President Obama touched on the values that unite Americans before diving headlong into the debate over guns, one of the most divisive issues of his presidency. The president, speaking on Saturday at the NATO summit here, suggested that the licensed gun in the car of Philando Castile, who was shot by police in Minnesota during a routine traffic stop, had contributed to the tragedy there. Castile died as his girlfriend live-streamed video of him bleeding to death while an armed police officer stood a few feet away. “We don’t know what...
  • Obama stands by warning on British trade deal after EU vote: White House

    06/24/2016 9:11:41 PM PDT · by Mariner · 102 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 24th, 2016 | by Roberta Rampton
    President Barack Obama stands by his comment that Britain would move to the back of the queue when it comes to trade deals with the United States if it left the European Union, the White House said on Friday. "Obviously, the president stands by what he said and I don't have an update of our position," White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters at a briefing. Obama urged Britain to remain in the EU when he visited London in April and warned that a trade agreement between the two countries would not happen anytime soon if Britain left the bloc.
  • Chicago Democrats Abandon Obama on his 'Last Request'

    06/12/2015 3:07:04 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | June 12, 2015 | Ai Yashar
    Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) was a key ally of US President Barack Obama, backing him in 2004 when he ran for the Senate, but now he and all other Chicago Democrats but one are turning their back on the lame-duck president as he makes possibly his last big request for support. Obama is calling for Democrats to back him in a vote on Friday to give him "fast track" negotiating authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade accord, which critics warn will harm local business, reports the Washington Post on Friday. But Democrats including even Davis, who said of Obama,...
  • Michigan Political Points: Electoral college debate returns ahead of 2016 presidential race

    03/15/2015 2:08:04 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 29 replies ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- A Republican presidential candidate hasn't won Michigan since 1988, but with 2016 on the horizon, GOP lawmakers are proposing bills that could help a second-place finisher win some electoral college votes here. • Rigging? State Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, this month reintroduced legislation that would award Michigan's electoral college votes by Congressional District, ditching the winner-take-all model that most states use and diminishing the influence of large cities that can swing a vote. David Weigel of Bloomberg News, calling the bill part of the "electoral college-rigging movement," noted that Republican nominee Mitt Romney would have won nine...
  • Obama redefines the lame duck presidency [barf]

    03/18/2015 12:47:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Stephen Collinson
    Washington (CNN)At the time in his tenure when most presidents fret over their waning clout, Barack Obama is redefining the concept of the lame duck. His administration has been energized by his aggressive use of executive power. Some of the most hard-won achievements of his early years in office are beginning to pay off. And his political luck seems to be turning. With a term and a half behind him, Obama's prospects are brighter than they have been for years. "We are on offense," said a White House official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, noting with satisfaction that...
  • India Officials: Tree Obama Planted Isn’t Dead, Just Looks Dead

    02/20/2015 12:06:32 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 33 replies
    CBSDC ^ | 02/20/2015 | unattributed
    Officials in India want to make one thing clear: The tree that President Barack Obama planted in New Delhi three weeks ago is not dead. It just looks dead.

    02/06/2015 4:26:13 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 81 replies
    Lame Duck Day When : Always February 6th Hey, today is everything it's quacked up to be. Lame Duck Day is set aside to give recognition to people whose tenure in a position is running out. Okay, so you are probably thinking that a "lame duck" is a duck with some sort of injury. If only that were the reason for toady! Rather, a "Lame Duck" by human, definition is a person who is in a position of some kind, and will soon be "shown the door". The best example is an incumbent politician who lost in the November...
  • Top Ten Left-Wing Goals of the Obama Administration in Its Remaining Two Years

    12/28/2014 4:01:53 PM PST · by Delacon · 38 replies ^ | 17 Dec 2014 | Virgil
    Now that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have launched their new friendship initiative with Cuba, progressives are thinking more optimistically about what else might be possible in the remainder of the president’s term. After all, since the November 2014 elections, Obama has moved sharply left on immigration, climate change, and net neutrality. So why shouldn’t the Left hope for more? What might be next on the Obama agenda? Breitbart News has obtained one such to-do list: 10. Marijuana to be completely decriminalized under the ever-expanding doctrine of “prosecutorial discretion.” In the meantime, the administration will push...
  • Obama, the Least Lame President?

    12/22/2014 2:31:17 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 21, 2014 | By IAN AYRES and JOHN FABIAN WITT
    HISTORIANS rate presidents by every conceivable quality. What about least lame duck? President Obama is making a run for the title. Since the midterm elections, in his first month and a half as a lame duck, Mr. Obama has taken dramatic action on immigration, climate change and now, normalizing relations with Cuba. In our new political marketplace, the decline of powerful party organizations and the rise of hyperpartisan politics mean that presidents have much less political capital even at the height of their terms. At the same time, they have unprecedented capacity for unilateral executive authority. The great constraints on...
  • Reid threatens to extend lame-duck

    12/01/2014 1:22:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2014 | Ramsey Cox
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned senators that they might have to stay in session through the week of Dec. 15. In comments on the floor, Reid said he hoped the Senate could avoid staying at work the week before Christmas, but warned an additional week of work was possible. “We have a lot to do and not a lot of time to accomplish it,” Reid said. “We might have to be here the week before Christmas, however Mr. President, not into the Christmas holiday.” Both the House and Senate are scheduled to recess for the year by Dec....
  • Dems to Obama: You broke our party

    11/19/2014 5:34:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Hot ^ | November 19, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    No kidding. On almost every measure, the Democratic Party has lost significant ground to Republicans during the Barack Obama era. Six years ago, they seemed ascendant, on the verge of the mythical “permanent majority” not just on the federal level but in state legislatures, politically and culturally, and certainly demographically. After suffering through not just one but two historic midterm debacles, Republicans are now much stronger than they were during the peak of the George Bush era — or even the Ronald Reagan era, in all places but the White House. Politico reports today that former Clinton advisor Donna Brazile...
  • Obama Declares an Amnesty War

    11/16/2014 11:23:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/16/14 | Alan Caruba
    There is no lamer duck than the President. Whenever he speaks these days all you can hear is quack, quack, quack. The same mindset that could conspire to foist ObamaCare on Americans by deception is at work to do the same thing with an unconstitutional, unilateral announcement of amnesty for millions of illegal—oops, “undocumented”—aliens living in America. What is amazing about this is that it was announced the day after the midterm election when Obama and the Democratic Party had suffered a huge rejection. I suppose when you believe, as Obama apparently does, that he is right when everyone else...
  • Dealing With A Thrashing-About Lame Duck President (Mega Hurl Alert!!!)

    11/16/2014 5:37:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | November 15, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    How should the new Republican-led Congress deal with the lame duck president?Respectfully, but like the near non-entity he has become with regard to legislative initiatives and judicial appointees.Peter Baker and Julie Hirschfeld Davis have a typically well-reported piece in Friday's New York Times on how the president hopes to become relevant again, but this is simply desperation rising in the collective throat of the White House. The president is already a political pariah outside his small and increasingly narrow base, and Hillary won't be photographed with him by this time next year, maybe by March. (To get a good assessment...
  • Obama urging Senate to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch quickly

    11/08/2014 8:44:08 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 106 replies
    President Obama chose Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., as his nominee to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder Friday. Obama plans to announce Lynch’s nomination Saturday at a White House event. If confirmed, Lynch will become the first African-American woman in the job, succeeding Holder, who was the first African-American head of the Justice Department.
  • Press Gives Obama Raspberries For Post-Election Remarks

    11/07/2014 4:29:58 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/06/2014 | John Merline
    If the reaction to President Obama's post-election press conference is any indication, he's in Dutch not only with voters but with the mainstream press as well, after several gave Obama two thumbs down for his performance. The Daily Beast's Jonathan Alter, for one, was not impressed..
  • Lame Ducking It Past the Goal Post

    11/06/2014 10:06:31 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/06/14 | Judi McLeod
    It’s going to be an interminably long two years, but this time America’s ready for the Battle for Survival Score another rousing midterm success for We the People when Obama claimed ‘Last Word Rights’ in his 16-hours after election address; in a classic attempt to hose down public euphoria over Republicans taking over the Senate, Obama remained mired in the same old strategy of braggadocio. In other words, on Election Night, rather than coming up with creative ways to climb back up on top of the ant hill, a jilted Obama passed on strategy creation to sulk in bitterness and...
  • Obama begins two-year farewell tour

    11/04/2014 12:25:46 PM PST · by cll · 37 replies
    XBC | 11/05/2014
    Testing tomorrow's headlines.
  • Can Obama Reboot? Does he even want to?

    11/03/2014 10:00:24 PM PST · by Mozilla · 29 replies
    Politco ^ | November 02, 2014 | GLENN THRUSH and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    Barack Obama is antsy. His aides can see it when he alights from Air Force One from the all-too-occasional campaign trips he has taken this fall. There’s a sigh, an unhappy-camper body language when he finds himself back in the depressing slipstream of Ebola confabs and national-security-crisis-of-the-day meetings. The vibe, according to people in his orbit, is not so much of being checked out as of being fed up. “[I] do like campaigning. ... It’s fun,” Obama said on Thursday, speaking wistfully at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud in Maine. But the Michaud event was the exception,...
  • EDITORIAL: Running against Obama’s postponed November surprises

    10/28/2014 10:48:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2014 | Editorial
    President’s postelection agenda is both secret and obviousBefore Americans vote next week they deserve to know what President Obama has in store for them. The administration’s near-term plans on health care, the environment, immigration, nominees for high office and other issues are shrouded in mystery. It doesn’t take much of a crystal ball to guess what lies just ahead, but the people should hear it from the source. Mr. Obama isn’t talking. He says his policies are on the ballot, and he knows that the less the voters know, the better for Democratic candidates. The White House wants no repeat...
  • Obama's post-election plans for a secret radical agenda

    10/27/2014 3:50:55 PM PDT · by betty boop · 126 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 26, 2014 | Paul Sperry
    He’s the Staller in Chief — President Obama has punted almost every hot-button issue past the key midterm elections on Nov. 4. Obama has postponed decisions on a raft of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, Gitmo, immigration and his Cabinet. This is partly to protect Democratic candidates and hold onto the Senate. But it’s more than that. Obama plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying less attention. This includes a forced transformation of our neighborhoods, a huge influx of immigrants and billions of dollars in additional taxes....
  • President Obama’s Ebola problem (questions about the president’s competency)

    10/16/2014 6:48:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 16, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The Ebola crisis in the United States has become an anchor threatening to sink the Obama presidency. Already under fire from critics who saw the federal response to the outbreak as disorganized and timid, things went from bad to worse on Wednesday when it was revealed a second nurse had contracted the disease while treating a Liberian man at a Dallas-area hospital. More alarmingly, the diagnosis was made just hours after the nurse, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, had flown from Cleveland to Dallas on a commercial airliner, despite reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that she had a...
  • Holder Resignation Puts Focus on Senate Confirmation (Lame Duck Confirmation)

    09/25/2014 11:35:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/25/14 | Carl Hulse
    The announcement Thursday of the resignation of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. touched off questions about his replacement and the timing of any Senate confirmation, given the possibility of a Republican takeover of the Senate in January. Under changes in Senate rules, administration nominees need only a majority of votes to clear procedural hurdles, preventing Republicans from blocking an attorney general pick by denying the 60 votes usually needed to overcome a filibuster.
  • Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries

    09/18/2014 11:36:02 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting. The bill will fund the government through Dec. 11, when a "lame-duck" Congress, which...
  • Cruz to House GOP: Punt Spending Debate Into 2015

    09/11/2014 1:53:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 10, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski with Matt Fuller
    Sen. Ted Cruz is launching an effort to push the House into a continuing resolution that funds the government into the next Congress. “It would be a serious mistake for House Republicans to pass a Continuing Resolution that would ensure that Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats would come back to Washington, after many of them will have likely lost their seats, for a no-holds barred lame duck session where they will be free to pass legislation that the American people will never be able to hold them responsible for,” the Texas Republican said in a statement provided to CQ...
  • Michelle Obama releases video saying 2014 election is more serious than 2008, 2012

    07/28/2014 9:07:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-28-2014 | Daniel Miller
    Michelle Obama has made a passionate video appeal claiming the 2014 mid-term elections are more serious than both her husband's presidential wins. With a beleaguered Barack Obama suffering from some of his lowest ever approval ratings, the First Lady is increasingly being seen as the Democrats' secret weapon in their desperate fight for Congress. In the new video recorded to launch the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's website, Mrs Obama tells party activists the mid-terms will be even closer than both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Mrs Obama raises several key issues including equal pay for women, immigration reform, raising...
  • Obama: Let's not live out 'Scandal' ["shock:" calls Republicans liars - "stuff" happens]

    07/24/2014 1:36:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2014 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama appeared at a fundraiser Wednesday at the home of "Scandal" creator Shonda Rimes and used the popular political thriller to speak about Washington. "No offense, Scandal is a great show," Obama said at the fundraiser before a crowd that included the show's actress Kerry Washington."But it's not necessarily something we want to be living out." Speaking at the fundraiser, Obama tore into the Republican party saying that it "has been taken over by people who just don't believe in government." Republicans he said "obfuscate and they bamboozle and sometimes don't say what's true -- that was a euphemism,"...
  • Obama on foreign policy: Be patient in a 'complex world'

    07/17/2014 12:44:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama made an unscheduled visit to the White House press briefing room Wednesday to address the nation on a host of foreign policy crises testing his administration. Obama’s visit was timed to coincide with the nightly newscasts and allowed the president to project the image that he is on top of a myriad of issues, including violence in the West Bank, nuclear talks with Iran and Russia’s interventions in Ukraine. “We live in a complex world and at a challenging time,” Obama said. “And none of these challenges lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, but all of them...
  • Obama on impeachment: ‘For what?’

    07/10/2014 12:19:24 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 10, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Thursday claimed he is “not that partisan of a guy” as he mocked calls in the Republican Party for his impeachment. The president spent much of his address in Austin, Texas, hammering congressional Republicans, saying they have "blocked or voted down every serious idea to strengthen the middle class." “I’m just telling the truth now," Obama said. "I don't have to run for office again so I can just let her rip.” He teed off on Republicans such as Sarah Palin who have suggested in recent days that he be impeached, and dismissed Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio)...
  • Who says Obama is a lame duck?

    06/26/2014 9:42:08 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Pundits are pointing to President Obama’s recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another “lame duck” president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office. That has happened to other presidents. But it’s extremely unlikely to happen to this president. There are reasons why other presidents have become impotent during their last years in office. But those don’t apply to Obama.
  • Eric Cantor to step down as majority leader

    06/11/2014 10:30:23 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Rep. Eric Cantor will step down as majority leader, according to several Republicans sources, ending a meteoric 13-year Congressional career. Several GOP sources say his resignation from that job will be effective July 31.
  • Is Obama’s presidency adrift?

    05/08/2014 6:37:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 8, 2014 | Niall Stanage
    Critics are intensifying their focus on a sense of drift afflicting the Obama White House on topics as diverse as Ukraine and the Keystone XL pipeline. Liberal commentators, such as The New York Times’s Maureen Dowd, have recently added their voices to longstanding criticism from conservatives. The White House cannot dismiss the critiques because they go hand-in-hand with some of the lowest approval ratings of President Obama’s tenure. The Real Clear Politics polling average has President Obama at 44.4 percent approval and 51.6 percent disapproval. “Absolutely, there is a sense that he’s adrift, and his approval ratings suggest many Americans...
  • Shellacking II: The Sequel

    05/04/2014 6:40:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    The Washington Beacon ^ | May 2, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    Column: The 2014 election was decided before Obama’s second term beganFitting, I thought, when I saw Air Force One returning to Andrews Air Force Base in the rain the other day. The weather had not only assumed the character of President Obama’s demeanor, it had become a physical representation of the sentiments inside his administration, inside Democratic circles in Washington. Those sentiments are dark, foreboding, cloudy, and gloomy. The president’s foreign policy is under attack, his agenda is stalled in Congress, and his signature program remains unpopular. A second repudiation of Obama, a second shellacking, may be at hand.Less than a...
  • Obama's populist pitch fizzles - "2014 might not be the year for Democrats"

    03/26/2014 5:22:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    President Obama’s populist economic pitch is fizzling. The White House hoped to hammer Republicans this year on an array of pocketbook issues centered on hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, an effort meant to appeal to independents and rally Democrats to the polls. Three months in, Obama’s approval ratings are flailing in the low 40s, and Senate Democrats haven’t even been able to unify their 55 members on a minimum wage bill. That’s made it tougher to contrast the positions of Democrats with Republicans in an election year that is shaping up to be about the healthcare law...
  • White House backing off push for surgeon general nominee after DOJ defeat

    03/15/2014 7:43:05 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | March 15, 2014
    The White House is backing off its push for quick confirmation of President Obama's pick to be surgeon general in the face of opposition from the National Rifle Association and concerns among Democrats up for re-election who don't want to take another tough vote on a controversial nominee.
  • Mitch McConnell: Immigration issue is an ‘irresolvable conflict’ in 2014 (Cornyn comment!)

    02/05/2014 4:20:42 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/4/14 | Matt K. Lewis
    Sen. Mitch McConnell Tuesday referred to immigration as an “irresolvable conflict.” “I don’t see how you get to an outcome this year with the two bodies in such different places,” he said during his weekly press conference. He was referring to the fact that the Senate passed comprehensive reform, while the House is pursuing piecemeal legislation. -snip- Keep in mind, this comes on the heels of McConnell’s number two in the Senate, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, saying he was “very skeptical that anything’s going to happen between now and November” — and that: “I honestly don’t think [it] is advantageous...
  • Competence questions threaten Obama's executive push [public sours on performance - honesty]

    01/28/2014 8:44:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 28, 2014 | Brian Hughes |
    President Obama will unveil a slate of executive actions in his State of the Union address Tuesday just as questions about competency plague his White House. It's a challenge -- asking Americans to let his administration take the lead after a series of self-inflicted setbacks -- that could imperil confidence in Obama's 2014 agenda before it even gets out of the gate. Much of the blowback leading up to Obama's prime-time speech has centered around the idea of executive overreach, that the president is simply sidestepping another branch of government to get what he wants. Yet, Obama has a more...
  • Obama looks to re-launch second term bogged down in 2013

    01/05/2014 5:24:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 5, 2014 | Amie Parnes
    "........After a rocky 2013 that saw his poll numbers sag, Obama will look to re-launch his second term during a State of the Union address later this month that will set the tone for the midterm elections. White House officials acknowledge there’s much to do on the heels of the president’s two-week vacation in Hawaii. ......To bolster the chances for Democratic Senate candidates and Obama’s agenda, White House aides are looking to tap into the themes of fairness and equality—which they believe helped Obama win the presidency twice. Part and parcel of that effort is the immediate push on extending...
  • Obama Takes Swipe at the Media on MSNBC: Actively Trying to 'Divide and Splinter' Us

    12/05/2013 5:42:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/5/13 | Josh Feldman
    As President Obama wrapped up his conversation with Chris Matthews at American University, he took a swipe at the partisan media for dividing the country and making compromise more difficult. Obama said being the Commander-in-Chief for so long “makes you humbler, as opposed to cockier,” and compared himself to Sisyphus, rolling the boulder up the hill for eternity with little success. He spoke of how enthusiastic young people encourage him and give him confidence, only for the media to take that enthusiasm and use it to divide people. “The American people are good and they are decent, and yes, sometimes
  • The (Obamacare) Fix Is In - And the Fixer is on the outs

    11/18/2013 4:21:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 18, 2013 | Ross Kaminsky SmallerLarger Print Article
    Giving typically rambling and somnolent answers to simple questions, President Obama dodged and stink-faced while offering the occasional “it’s on me” — by which he meant “Please accept my half-hearted apology so that I can get back to blaming straw men and misleading voters.” The president’s remarks highlight his disconnection with reality and his perception of Obamacare’s failure as primarily a political risk for himself rather than a policy disaster for millions. After spending a few minutes talking about a new White House web page about helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan (a simple page which represents the limit of what...
  • BIG MISS: Just 100,000 Have Selected Health Care Plans Under Obamacare

    11/14/2013 5:33:13 AM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 13, 2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    Just more than 100,000 people have selected plans for health insurance through exchanges under the Affordable Care Act through Nov. 2, the Obama administration said Wednesday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released much-anticipated data on Wednesday showing that from Oct. 1-Nov. 2, 106,185 Americans successfully selected a plan through the exchanges. Of that number, only 26,794 came through, the federal exchange site that serves 36 states. 79,391 came from state websites. CMS is now holding a conference call to discuss the numbers with reporters, featuring Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Enrollment.pdf
  • Obama threatens GOP with executive orders on ‘drawer full’ of ideas [looks to legacy, grandkids]

    11/09/2013 2:38:51 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 9, 2013 | By Ben Wolfgang
    ...“What we’ve seen over the last several years is a constant ratcheting up of partisanship that prevents us from moving forward on things that I think most people would say aren’t Democrat or Republican ideas. They’re just good, common-sense American ideas,” Mr. Obama said at a Democratic party fundraiser in Miami. “Energy independence is one of them. Making sure that we’re investing in the best schools, so that our children can compete in this new global economy; rebuilding our infrastructure, not just our energy infrastructure, but our ports and our roads and our bridges and our air traffic control systems,...
  • A Sorry Apology

    11/09/2013 7:44:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Slate ^ | November 8, 2013 | John Dickerson
    In his interview with NBC News on Thursday, President Obama tried to offer an apology for those who are losing their health care plans because of the Affordable Care Act, as well as do damage control. He failed at both.... .....When you apologize late, it makes people think that you don't really mean it and you've been forced into it as a last resort. You know who knows how to do it right? Barack Obama. In 2009, when former Sen. Tom Daschle was up for an administration post and had to withdraw, Obama ate the frog right away. "I think...