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  • Obama Says To Look At "Videotape" For His Flip-Flops [Half a Dozen Obama Flip Flops Shown]

    10/24/2012 4:10:18 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 2 replies
    Buzz Feed Politics ^ | 10/24/12 | Andrew Kaczynski
    The President hit Mitt Romney for flip-flopping today on the campaign trail in Iowa saying you can look at videotape of his past positions and not see flip-flops. The President, however, has engaged in his own of political gymnastics as well. [VIDEOS OF OBAMA"S FLIP FLOPS AVAILABLE AT THE LINKS.] Obama in 1996: Answers a questionnaire and says he supports banning assault weapons, handguns. Now he claims to be against. Obama in 2004: My religious faith dictates marriage is between a man and a woman, gay marriage is not a civil right. Now he's for gay marriage. Obama in 2004:...
  • Gibbs: indefinite detention of terrorists regrettable

    12/26/2010 10:05:27 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 67 replies · 23+ views
    Gibbs: indefinite detention of terrorists regrettable White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that it was unfortunate that some terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay need to be held indefinitely without trial. "Some would be tried in federal courts, as we've seen done in the past. Some would be tried in military commissions, likely spending the rest of their lives in a maximum security prison that nobody, including terrorists, have ever escaped from. Some, regrettably, will have to be indefinitely detained," Gibbs said on CNN's "State of the Union" as he described Obama's beleaguered plan for closing Guantanamo. The press...
  • Obama Lies List Hits 1800!

    12/02/2010 6:04:06 PM PST · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 7 replies ^ | 12/2/2010 | Peter Andrew
    <p>You can see the entire amazing list (Hundreds you have never heard about!)with links below. …Most recent items are always listed on the highest page number. Updates almost daily.</p> <p>If you like the list, you'll love the book!</p>
  • White House Moves Away From 2011 Afghanistan Withdrawal Timeline

    11/09/2010 8:35:14 PM PST · by kristinn · 34 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers via The Seattle Times ^ | Tuesday, November 9, 2010 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The Obama administration has decided to walk away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the Afghanistan war in an effort to de-emphasize the president's pledge that he would begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials said Tuesday. The new policy will be on display next week during a NATO conference in Lisbon, Portugal, where the administration hopes to introduce a timeline that calls for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan by 2014, according to three senior officials and others speaking anonymously as a matter of policy. Afghan President Hamid Karzai...
  • Obama wants unfettered access to your Internet activity

    09/27/2010 6:59:33 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 47 replies · 1+ views
    TG Daily ^ | 9/27/10 | Raven Lovecraft
    Despite outrage over George Bush's limited ability to wiretap into American phone calls, Obama wants to take it a step further and be able to monitor every single form of communication any American citizen uses. The same kind of authority the government has to wiretap into phone calls could be coming to Facebook, instant messaging, and every American's browser history, thanks to a push from the Obama administration. The White House plans to introduce a bill into Congress next year that would give Obama the ability to tap into literally every communication any citizen makes online. The move causes a...
  • U.S. Wants Broader Internet Wiretap Authority

    09/27/2010 6:48:53 AM PDT · by Doogle · 21 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 09/27/10 | FOXNEWS
    The Obama administration is developing plans that would require all Internet-based communication services -- such as encrypted BlackBerry e-mail, Facebook, and Skype -- to be capable of complying with federal wiretap orders, according to a report published Monday. National security officials and federal law enforcement argue their ability to eavesdrop on terror suspects is increasingly "going dark," The New York Times reported, as more communication takes place via Internet services, rather than by traditional telephone. The bill, which the White House plans to deliver to Congress next year, would require communication service providers be technically capable of intercepting and decrypting...
  • Obama was against the Surge before he was taking credit for it.

    09/01/2010 8:19:33 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 4 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-01-10 | Southernman
    Well what a difference the prospect of success makes. Back when, then Senator, Obama seemed convinced that the “surge” in Iraq would spell disaster and stated that he would actively oppose it. Now that Iraq seems well on the road to stability President Obama is singing a different tune. For those out there with a short memory (sycophants, acolytes and liberal progressives) here is a little reminder…
  • WH: No further comment from Obama on NYC mosque

    08/24/2010 2:33:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8/24/10 | Staff
    VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — The White House says President Barack Obama will have no further comment on the mosque near Ground Zero in New York and the administration will not get involved in talks about relocating the controversial facility. Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton was asked about the issue Tuesday at a White House press briefing. He replied, "No, and no" to the questions of whether Obama would weigh in further, or whether the White House would have a role in discussions about moving the mosque.
  • White House says politics had no role in President Obama's WTC mosque remarks

    08/16/2010 9:27:19 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | Aug.16, 2010
    WASHINGTON -- A White House spokesman said today that politics wasn’t a factor in President Obama’s remarks about building a mosque near the World Trade Center site. Deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton said it was “not politics” but Obama’s feeling that he had the obligation as president to “make sure people are treated equally” under the Constitution. Obama has said that religious freedom allows the mosque to be built, but without commenting on the wisdom of building one two blocks from ground zero. Republicans have pounded him for his comments, making it a prime midterm election issue. Burton...
  • Obama apologizes to Sherrod

    07/22/2010 11:58:34 AM PDT · by Justaham · 122 replies · 2+ views ^ | 7-22-10 | Glenn Thrush
    President Barack Obama called Shirley Sherrod Thursday to offer his apologies and urge her to accept a promotion on Thursday, but the Agriculture Department official, who was forced out on unfounded charges of racism, kept mum on her plans. Obama had tried to call her twice on Wednesday night but couldn’t connect with Sherrod, according to an administration official. West Wing staffers were attempting to call her again when she returned the president’s calls at around 12:35 p.m. The apology came after Sherrod took to the airwaves Wednesday to say she would appreciate a call from the president. The 62-year-old...
  • White House apologizes to ousted USDA worker

    07/21/2010 12:06:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 155 replies · 4+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/21/10 | Mary Clare Jalonick and Ben Evans - ap
    WASHINGTON – An embarrassed White House apologized on Wednesday to a black Agriculture Department employee who was ousted for her remarks about race, acknowledging that officials did not know all the facts when she was fired. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called the dismissal of Shirley Sherrod an injustice and a mistake. He said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was trying to reach her to extend the administration's apology.
  • NYT: Obama won’t close Gitmo in first term

    06/26/2010 10:34:13 AM PDT · by FTJM · 24 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 26, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    More so than in any other administration, Friday nights have become a game in themselves for people to see what kind of embarrassing and politically damaging information the White House wants to hide in the virtual news blackout of Saturdays. Usually it involves policy and personnel changes that would tend to anger their base — and this week may be the granddaddy of Friday Night news dumps. The New York Times reports that sources within the administration have all but thrown in the towel on closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and now want to shift the blame to...
  • Obama doesn't take questions at Freedom of Press Act signing

    05/17/2010 10:07:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies · 1,503+ views
    <p>From CNN White House Producer Xuan Thai Obama declined to answer questions at bill signing for the Freedom of Press Act.</p>
  • Backing Off the Tax Pledge? (It was a "preference" or "stance".)

    05/13/2010 6:21:02 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies · 869+ views
    Daily Beast ^ | May 13, 2010 | Lloyd Grove
    Remember President Obama’s supposedly inviolable pledge—repeatedly uttered during the 2008 campaign and at countless town meetings since the inauguration—that he would never raise taxes on middle-class citizens who earn $250,000 a year or less? This morning at a Manhattan breakfast sponsored by Thomson Reuters, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag threw that pledge out the window. Instead, he described Obama’s “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge as a “stance” and a “preference” that is subject to study by the president’s newly formed bipartisan Commission on Fiscal Responsibility. “The president has been very clear about what he prefers,” Orszag said...
  • White House Declares Halt on New Offshore Drilling

    04/30/2010 7:15:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 204 replies · 4,040+ views
    Aol News ^ | 30/4/10 | Doug Simpson, Lauren Frayer
    The White House said today it is halting all new offshore drilling in U.S. waters until there's an "adequate review" of a massive 600-mile wide oil slick that has begun to lap up on Louisiana's coast. The federal government is defending its response to the spill, which began with an April 20 blast on one of British Petroleum's offshore rigs that burned for two days before sinking. Rescuers saved 115 workers but 11 are presumed dead. BP is responsible for the cleanup, and it wasn't until Thursday -- nine days after the explosion -- that the White House declared it...
  • Obama: Asking About My Tax Pledge is a “Washington Game” (At Tax Game, Obama Earns a FAIL)

    04/27/2010 9:41:29 AM PDT · by Andrea19 · 8 replies · 423+ views
    ATR ^ | 4/28/10 | John Kartch
    "... It’s important that we not restrict the review or the recommendations that this commission comes up with in any way. Everything has to be on the table. And I just met briefly with the commission and said the same thing to them. Of course this means that all of you, our friends in the media, will ask me and others once a week, or once a day, about what we are willing to rule out or rule in when it comes to the recommendations of the commission. That’s an old Washington game…"
  • Obama To Revive NASA Crew Capsule Concept

    04/13/2010 8:21:10 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 42 replies · 1,219+ views
    Central Florida News 13 ^ | 4-13-10 | Stephanie Coueignoux
    Under new plan, space capsules will head to ISS instead of moon. Stay with News 13 for the latest
  • Read the bill: Obamacare socks middle class with $3.9 billion tax increase

    04/13/2010 12:44:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1,297+ views
    washington examiner ^ | 4/13/10 | Mark Hemingway
    One more small detail they forgot to tell you about in the health care bill: Taxpayers earning less than $200,000 a year will pay roughly $3.9 billion more in taxes — in 2019 alone — because of healthcare reform, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’ official scorekeeper for legislation. The new law raises $15.2 billion over 10 years by limiting the medical expense deduction, a provision widely used by taxpayers who either have a serious illness or are older.
  • In Event of WMD Attack, "All Bets Are Off" (Palin Victory, Obama Changes Stance on Nuke Warfare)

    04/11/2010 8:55:54 AM PDT · by kristinn · 196 replies · 8,360+ views
    CBS News ^ | Sunday, April 11, 2010 | Stephanie Condon
    The Obama administration's nuclear posture review may have removed some of the intentional ambiguity from U.S. nuclear policy, but it does not leave the country any less safe, President Obama's top national security advisers said on CBS' "Face the Nation." In fact, they said, it gives a clear warning to other state actors that the U.S. will not ignore any growing threats. "This is putting everybody on notice," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer in an interview conducted Friday at the Pentagon. "We don't want more countries to go down the path that...
  • Obama signs bill restricting mail-order cigarette sales

    04/02/2010 8:20:16 AM PDT · by Drango · 90 replies · 2,342+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 4/1/10 | Jerry Zremski
    Obama signs bill restricting mail-order cigarette sales WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday signed legislation that bans the U.S. Postal Service from shipping cigarettes — a measure that's expected to cripple the mail-order tobacco businesses run by members of the Seneca Nation of Indians. White House press secretary Robert L. Gibbs announced the signing in a brief statement that included no comment on the new law, which the Senecas fought furiously. In response, Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. accused the president of betraying the very Indian nations he wooed during his 2008 campaign and spoke to last fall....
  • Obama 2005: Recess appointees are “damaged goods;” Obama 2010: Recess appointments are “critical”

    03/29/2010 8:41:02 AM PDT · by ocr1 · 8 replies · 405+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | March 29, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Ah, the Obama water-carriers at the NYTimes never fail to disappoint. They describe the Obama White House decision to bypass the Senate and make 15 recess appointments while the Senate is on spring break — including radical SEIU labor lawyer Craig Becker’s appointment to the NLRB, which was rejected by the Senate last month on a 52-33 cloture vote — as a “muscular show of his executive authority.” When that authority was exercised by GOP President George W. Bush, of course, the NYTimes editorial board called it a “constitutional gimmick.”And when Bush used it in particular to appoint John Bolton...
  • 12 Taxes in Health Care Law Violate Obama’s Pledge Not to Increase Taxes on Households

    03/25/2010 2:03:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 790+ views
    cns news ^ | 3/25/10 | Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
    ( – As many as a dozen taxes in the new health care law violate President Barack Obama’s campaign pledge not to raise taxes on families earning less than $250,000 and on individuals earning less than $200,000. At least seven of these taxes directly affect health consumers regardless of income, such as the individual mandate to buy insurance, the employer mandate, the tanning tax, and limits and penalties on health savings accounts. In addition, Republicans argue that the tax impact of the law should include indirect taxes, such as the annual taxes on the health care sector that will be...
  • Pathetic: Democrats to waive PAYGO

    03/09/2010 11:18:25 AM PST · by Frankusa · 3 replies · 110+ views
    At least that's what Erick Erickson of Redstate is alleging: I almost missed this. It happens around 11am. The Senate is going to vote on an amendment from Senator Tom Coburn. From an email friend: The amendment would require the Senate to be honest about its ridiculous spending and post the full cost of all PAYGO violations online for taxpayers to see. The Democrats have drafted a side-by-side amendment, to be voted on tomorrow as well. This vote is meant to give cover for members to vote against the Coburn amendment, and still be for “transparency.” Their amendment would simply...
  • Obama: "I may have to reneg on my pledge not to raise taxes on middle class"

    02/11/2010 1:03:25 PM PST · by pabianice · 217 replies · 6,649+ views
    Fox News Channel | 2/9/10
    Per Fox, Obama just said that "All ideas are on the table" regarding taxing the middle class/people making less than $200K a year. Developing...
  • Obama Has Miles To Go To Keep All Promises

    02/09/2010 11:11:43 AM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 292+ views
    MSNBC ^ | February 09, 2010
    Obama Has Miles To Go To Keep All Promises Elkhart sees some stimulus money, but job growth hasn't By Tom Curry National affairs writer Feb. 9, 2010 ELKHART, Ind. - If there were a report card for the promises President Barack Obama made a year ago in this struggling city in northern Indiana, he would probably get a C. It’s a passing grade, but it’s not the strong performance that people might have hoped for in a town with one of the highest jobless rates in the country. One year ago, on Feb. 9, 2009, Obama went to Concord...
  • Obama targets "tax cheats" seeking government work

    01/20/2010 9:02:28 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 53 replies · 1,712+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2010 | Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama ordered federal agencies on Wednesday to take measures to prevent companies that are delinquent in paying taxes from obtaining new government contracts. Obama also instructed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to review the accuracy of companies' reports on their tax obligations to be sure they are truthful. "We need to be sure that when a company says it's paying taxes, that company is, in fact, paying taxes," Obama said. The move is the latest in a series of populist-toned events Obama, a Democrat, has emphasized to generate support for his political and legislative...
  • Obama's broken transparency promises

    01/13/2010 1:41:10 PM PST · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 2 replies · 247+ views
    Transparent Nevada ^ | 1/13/2010 | Eric Davis
    Good government groups have released a report card grading the White House's "lobbying, ethics and transparency" reforms in the past year. Their findings? Positively glowing:The new rules and policies have begun the difficult process of changing the way business is done in Washington. President Obama deserves recognition and high praise for the ethics, lobbying and transparency rules put in place for the Executive Branch during his first year in office. Our organizations give the Obama Administration very high grades for the Executive Branch reforms it implemented during 2009. (Emphasis mine) It seems the authors graded the White House based on...
  • Obama's Deception: Health Care, C-SPAN, and other Broken Promises

    01/11/2010 9:22:51 AM PST · by TFI · 1 replies · 336+ views
    The Freemen Institute ^ | 01/07/2009 | Paul Murdock
    How many of you would let your children, business partners, employees, or friends be consistently dishonest? Would you pay for a product that you had not seen or researched? Would you purchase a product if you knew the company was incompetent and could not deliver quality? I think not. Yet here in America we do exactly that.

    01/06/2010 7:50:26 AM PST · by safetysign · 62 replies · 3,191+ views
    Breitbart.TV ^ | 1/6/2010 | Staff
    See Eight Clips of Obama Promising Televised Healthcare Negotiations. Video at link:
  • Obama's Top Ten Flip-Flops!

    12/23/2009 11:23:10 AM PST · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 1 replies · 248+ views ^ | 12/23/9 | Peter Andrew
    (This is just part of the top ten list without any of the details. See Link for the rest:) 5. Obama's Fundamentally Sound economy flip-flop 4. Flip-flop on the importance of capturing Osama 3. Obama's Obscene Flip-Flop on Evil Corporate Jets1 2. Obama & The Liberals Show Their Dishonesty with a Darfur Flip-Flop! 1. Obama’s Big Troop Surge Flip-Flop!
  • Obama Administration Broken Promises, Lies, Flip-Flops & Scandals

    12/07/2009 4:35:20 AM PST · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 7 replies · 557+ views ^ | 12/7/9 | Peter Andrew
    The Official list of Obama Administration Scandals Just topped 850! We put 50 on a page, and just started page 18! PAGE EIGHTEEN #851-900 - - This page features the latest items!PAGE SEVENTEEN #801-850 PAGE SIXTEEN #751-800PAGE FIFTEEN #701-750 PAGE FOURTEEN #651-700 PAGE THIRTEEN #601-650 PAGE TWELVE #551-600 PAGE ELEVEN #501-550 PAGE TEN #451-500 - PAGE NINE #401-450PAGE EIGHT #351-400PAGE SEVEN #301-350PAGE SIX #251-300PAGE FIVE #201-250PAGE FOUR #151-200PAGE THREE #101-#150PAGE TWO #51-100PAGE ONE #1-50 Contains scandals, mistakes, blunders, broken promises, flip flops, gaffes, lies, etc. That’s too long of a name, so we call it the Scandals List. Okay?
  • Barack Obama 'to reject Afghanistan war options in favour of plan with clear exit strategy'

    11/12/2009 9:53:34 AM PST · by XHogPilot · 69 replies · 1,848+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 12 Nov, 2009 | Ben Farmer
    Barack Obama is to reject all of the options outlined for increasing troop numbers in Afghanistan in favour of revised plans which include a clear exit strategy, it has been claimed. The report came from a senior administration official close to the high-level deliberations Mr Obama is holding with his war cabinet over the refocusing of the Afghan war effort. The President is said to have raised questions at a meeting on Wednesday that could alter both the size of any possible troop increase and the length of time they are in the country before they can hand over to...
  • Gallup Poll: Obama is A Liberal Who Doesn't Keep His Promises

    11/04/2009 1:38:47 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 20 replies · 1,008+ views
    Gallup/The Lid ^ | 11/4/09 | The Lid
    The Obama Kool Aid may be wearing off, while Barack Obama Campaigned as a post partisan "moderate" for the first time since his election, Gallup is reporting that most Americans view the POTUS as governing from the left-wing. The number of American's who feel he has kept his promises fell 17 percentage points since April to 48% 54% of Americans believe his policies have been mostly liberal while 34% call them mostly moderate. There were also 7% of the public that need to get back on their meds, because they feel that Barack Obama's policies have been mostly conservative. This...
  • First Daughter’s Receive H1N1 Vaccine

    10/27/2009 11:13:35 AM PDT · by coaltrain · 67 replies · 2,059+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/27/09 | Daniela Sicuranza
    A spokeswoman for the First Lady's office says Sasha & Malia Obama received their H1N1 vaccines last week after the immunizations were made available to Washington, D.C. school children. The White House physician applied for and received the vaccines through the DC Department of Health, "using the same process as every other vaccination site in the District."
  • If Obama Had Told Us Before His Election

    10/13/2009 8:44:16 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 69 replies · 3,139+ views ^ | 10/13/2009 | Phyllis Schlafly
    If Barack Obama had campaigned on what he has actually done in his first 300 days in office, would he have been elected? That's the question so many are asking today. If Obama had told us he would appoint 34 czars, reporting only to himself and not vetted or confirmed in the constitutional way, building a powerful unitary executive branch of government, would he have been elected? What if he had told us that his green jobs czar had been a Communist, that the science czar wrote in a college textbook that compulsory "green abortions" are an acceptable way to...
  • FEC: Obama 'not automatically eligible for audit'

    10/08/2009 7:56:16 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 15 replies · 1,024+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 08, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    John McCain's campaign is still being audited by the Federal Elections Commission, while Obama – the only presidential candidate in history since the public finance system was established to decline public funds during the general election – may have escaped similar scrutiny by the FEC. An FEC spokesman told WND that the commission is obligated to complete an audit of McCain's campaign because he received public funds during the general election. "Under regulations, that is automatically audited by the FEC once you receive public funds," he said. "For the Obama committee, there's a possibility, just like with any other committee,...

    09/17/2009 10:55:44 PM PDT · by kellynla · 11 replies · 1,203+ views ^ | 9/17/2009 | B. HUSSEIN OBAMA
    Congressman Wilson was right. Obama lies - based on his own words! Listen and decide for yourself. He speaks with a forked, self-serving, narcissist tongue.
  • Obama yields on White House visitor logs

    09/04/2009 8:22:06 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 80 replies · 5,326+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9/4/09 | Bill Dedman
    The Obama administration says it will release names of most visitors to the White House, starting at the end of this year. Information on visitors in the first eight months of his administration will remain secret — unless you know which names to ask for. The White House called the release of information "voluntary," continuing to argue the Bush administration's position that full disclosure is not required by the Freedom of Information Act. After being sued twice by a nonprofit organization seeking the records, the Obama administration said Friday it will post the visitor logs online. The release will be...
  • W.H. 'fishy' website inactive

    08/17/2009 12:20:37 PM PDT · by Heather Hogue · 5 replies · 391+ views
    Examiner ^ | August 17, 2009 | Heather Hogue
    The W.H. web address, set up for the public to report 'fishy' information regarding health care reform, has become inactive today...
  • Obama administration withholds data on program

    08/04/2009 10:24:52 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 67 replies · 5,035+ views
    AP ^ | August 4th, 2009 | BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is refusing to release government records on its "cash-for-clunkers" rebate program that would substantiate—or undercut—White House claims of the program's success, even as the president presses the Senate for a quick vote for $2 billion to boost car sales. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Sunday the government would release electronic records about the program, and President Barack Obama has pledged greater transparency for his administration. But the Transportation Department, which has collected details about 157,000 rebate requests, won't release sales data that dealers provided showing how much U.S. car manufacturers are benefiting from the...
  • Is this the new birth hospital change excuse?

    07/31/2009 1:46:55 PM PDT · by neverbluffer · 13 replies · 912+ views
    07/31/2009 | NEVERBLUFFER
    Is this the new excuse for the hospital change and the recent scrubbing of all comments related to the hospital where he originally stated he was born? This was taken fron Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children is the site of Barack Obama's birth on August 4, 1961. Located in the Makiki district, it was originally established by Queen Kapi'olani as the Kapi'olani Maternity Home in 1890. Today it is part of Hawaii Pacific Health's network of hospitals. s the state's only 24-hour pediatric emergency room, pediatric intensive care unit and adolescent unit. Originally, he is on record...
  • Obama administration eases restrictions on lobbyists for stimulus money

    07/28/2009 12:20:22 PM PDT · by DecoyJames · 29 replies · 1,452+ views
    Political Lore ^ | July 27th, 2009 | Shaun Booth
    Rather than holding their ground, the Obama administration has decided to revise the restriction that did not allow lobbyists to meet with government officials to discuss potential uses for the Federal stimulus money they have been allocated. Under the..
  • White House Changes the Terms of a Campaign Pledge About Posting Bills Online

    06/22/2009 8:53:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies · 3,525+ views
    NYT ^ | 6/22/09 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised that once a bill was passed by Congress, the White House would post it online for five days before he signed it. The latest on President Obama, the new administration and other news from Washington and around the nation. “When there’s a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you the public will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it, so that you know what your government’s doing,” Mr. Obama said as a candidate, telling voters he would make government more transparent...
  • White House Blocks Access to Visitor List

    06/16/2009 9:30:04 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 500+ views
    foxnews ^ | June 16, 2009 | Eve Zibel
    In a move that puts a cloud over transparency, White House officials are blocking access to the lists of the names of visitors to the White House. The practice, carried over from the Bush administration, argues the public does not need to know who comes calling at the Executive Mansion, even for policy purposes. "We are deeply disappointed," said Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington spokeswoman Anne Weismann, whose group is suing to get the records. "The president, who has committed his administration to transparency and accountability, now takes the position of the Bush administration that the public is...
  • Caution: Flip-Flop Alarm Is Ringing (Actual Good News At Last, Maybe)

    05/13/2009 2:57:57 PM PDT · by Grim · 1 replies · 361+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 5/13/09 | Carl Denninger
    <p>May 13 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Treasury will tell banks to increase transparency in the over-the-counter derivatives market by making prices available on centralized computer platforms, according to people familiar with the plan.</p> <p>Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner may announce the decision as soon as today, said the people, who declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. Geithner laid out a framework in March for increasing regulation of financial markets as the worst credit crisis since the Great Depression caused more than $1.4 trillion in writedowns by banks and financial companies worldwide.</p>
  • Obama U-turn on abuse photos

    05/13/2009 10:05:44 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 164 replies · 9,235+ views
    BBC ^ | 16:46 GMT, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 | staff
    US President Barack Obama has changed his mind and will now attempt to block the publication of photographs showing the abuse of prisoners by US soldiers. The US government had previously said it would not fight a court ruling ordering the release of the pictures. Mr Obama now believes the release of the photos would make the job of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan more difficult, White House officials said. The pictures were due to be released by 28 May, according to the court ruling.
  • Obama reverses on releasing photos

    05/13/2009 10:00:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies · 2,292+ views
    Obama reverses on releasing photos As Democrats appear to be feeling the limits of national security politics, President Obama has reversed course and will object to the court-ordered release of photos depicting the abuse of detainees. An official explains, on background: Last week, the President met with his legal team and told them that he did not feel comfortable with the release of the DOD photos because he believes their release would endanger our troops, and because he believes that the national security implications of such a release have not been fully presented to the court. At the end of...
  • Obama Reverses On Release On Detainee Photos; Defys ACLU, "Release Would Endanger Our Troops"

    05/13/2009 10:02:51 AM PDT · by DrGop0821 · 9 replies · 458+ views
    This may be the smartest thing President Obama has done since entering office. This may be the only smart thing he done since entering office. I wonder how it feels to actually support the troops for a change? Jake Tapper reports: President Obama met with White House counsel Greg Craig and other members of the White House counsel team last week and told them that he had second thoughts about the decision to hand over photographs of detainee abuse to the ACLU, per a judge's order, and had changed his mind. The president "believes their release would endanger our troops,"...
  • Will Obama Tax Your Health Benefits?

    05/13/2009 6:51:25 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 38 replies · 1,221+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 12, 2009 | Teddy Davis
    President Blasted McCain on This Issue, but Experts Say It Could Help Pay for Reform During last year's campaign, Barack Obama poured millions of dollars into television ads attacking John McCain for wanting to tax employer-provided health care benefits. But now that Congress is beginning to consider ways to fix the health care system, a concept once pilloried by Obama is being placed on the agenda by a key member of the president's own party. Under current law, any money spent on employer-provided health plans is excluded entirely from employee's taxable income. "That tax provision should be on the table,...
  • Lobbyists Filling Obama's White House by the Gallon. Anyone Surprised?

    05/08/2009 11:05:15 AM PDT · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 9 replies · 379+ views
    Vocal Minority, WaTimes ^ | 5/8/09 | EricTheRed_VocalMinority
    Remember when candidate Obama said, “Lobbyists won’t find a job in my White House”? Apparently, he doesn’t. And really, no one who opposed his presidency to begin with is surprised. Even AP and the NY Times is noticing the lobbyists in Washington. And this piece is from the Washington Times:Obama’s lobbyists Their ranks grow in the new administration Thursday, May 7, 2009 During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama declared that, “lobbyists won’t find a job in my White House.” Now President Obama takes a different view of lobbyists.The Senate is expected soon to approve anti-tobacco lobbyist William Corr for the...