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  • 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...
  • Syria crisis reveals uneasy relationship between Obama, nation’s military leaders

    09/19/2013 8:07:00 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 7 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | Sep 18, 2013 | Ernesto Londońo and Craig Whitlock
    The Syrian crisis over the past few weeks has thrust President Obama into a role in which at times he has seemed uneasy: that of commander in chief. The prospect of an attack to punish Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons exposed the Nobel Peace laureate’s strained and somewhat tentative relationship with the military. His dramatic oscillation from detachment on Syria to the brink of military action, with him ultimately settling for a potential diplomatic solution, has unsettled many people in uniform.
  • Obama on Syria: 'I have not made a decision'

    08/28/2013 5:40:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/28/13 6:07 PM EDT | JENNIFER EPSTEIN |
    Administration officials have made clear that Obama isn't angling for "regime change" with any intervention, a point he touched upon as he stressed that the goals of the United States and its allies are less dramatic. He's considering "limited, tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict, not a repetition of, you know, Iraq, which I know a lot of people are worried about," he said.
  • Obama Failed to Support Illinois Bill Charging School Shooters as Adults

    01/18/2013 11:05:05 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 01/17/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    There just weren’t enough letters from adorable kids out there to convince him to do it. Proposed in 1999, the same year as the Columbine Massacre, SB-0759 would have prosecuted teenage school shooters as adults. The bill passed almost unanimously, with 52 Yeas, and only one Nay. And a bunch of Presents, one of them from the Illinois State Senator currently lobbying to wreck the Bill of Rights because he’s just that concerned about school shootings. Synopsis of Bill as introduced: Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides for adult criminal prosecution of a minor at least 15 years...
  • Obama's Staff Uses Autopen to Sign 'Fiscal Cliff' Legislation

    01/03/2013 6:25:07 AM PST · by listenhillary · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/3/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    (Snip) Within thirty minutes, the White House seems to have directed the pool reporter to send this note to reporters, from an unnamed "senior White House official": "We received the ['fiscal cliff'] bill late this afternoon, and it was immediately processed. A copy was delivered to the President for review. He then directed the bill be signed by autopen."
  • Voting "present" on Obama/'Rat agenda

    11/30/2012 12:12:32 PM PST · by LiberConservative · 5 replies
    vanity | 11/30/2012 | self
    The airwaves were filled today with conservative pundits all talking about the GOP, in a no-win situation only have one option: voting "present" on anything and everything Obama and the 'Rats throw at them. I like the wisdom of this approach. Falling off the "fiscal cliff" will hurt this country, but appearing to bargain in the process will only harm the people that are willing and able to fix it later. Anything the GOP does will be used to lay the blame at their feet.
  • Obama: Election 'has nothing to do' with Libya deaths

    10/26/2012 4:33:48 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 57 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/26/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Obama again on Friday defended his administration's handling of the attack that killed four Americans in Libya, and said he's not holding back information ahead of Election Day. "The election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened," Obama said in an interview with KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver. "Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do. But we want to make sure we get it right, particularly because I've made a commitment to the families impacted as well as the American people, we're...
  • Canadian Prime Calls Iran 'Clear and Present Danger'

    09/29/2012 12:46:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/9/12
    Speaking in New York City, the Prime Minister of Canada said the government of Iran constitutes, “unambiguously, a clear and present danger and thus demands a very sober assessment.” The comments by P.M. Steven Harper were spoken at a dinner after receiving the World Statesman Award from Rabbi Arthur Schneier’s Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Speaking of Iran, Harper said, “I speak not merely of its appalling record of human rights abuse, or its active assistance to the brutal regime in Syria, or its undeniable support of terrorist entities, or its determined pursuit of nuclear weapons, rather it is the combination...
  • Sellout: Santorum Proves He’s Just Another Washington Insider

    04/19/2012 11:47:55 AM PDT · by jmstein7 · 47 replies
    In my estimation, the hallmark of the true politician, the true Washington insider, is the intentional evasion of responsibility and/or blame – the sin of omission. By this standard, Rick Santorum, in the end, is nothing but a typical two-bit political hack. For all his bloviating and posturing, painting himself as a true conservative, selling his alleged “genuineness”  and values – a regular Joe – Santorum has shown his true colors by failing to endorse when it could have made a difference. Plainly, he is avoiding the ire of the GOP establishment by not endorsing Gingrich, and he is avoiding...
  • Doug Casey talks to James Turk (Video)

    11/16/2011 1:41:43 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 1 replies
    goldmoney.com ^ | November 11th, 2011 | Doug Casey interviews James Turk
    Nice to listen to on many fronts.
  • Obama Makes Us Wait 53 Minutes for Another Lame, Arrogant Speech

    08/08/2011 4:33:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 8, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: S&P has indeed gone ahead and downgraded Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and countless banks even as we speak. Let me tell you what that means: That means everything is gonna cost us more. Everything ultimately involving credit, capital, is gonna cost more. Standard & Poor's, is this right? They're even downgrading Warren Buffett? From the Wall Street Journal: "Berkshire Hathaway, other insurers get negative tag from Standard & Poor's after Standard & Poor's bit an appendage from the US' credit rating, the credit rating firm is smelling blood in the water at Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. "S&P...
  • The man who voted present now says “I told you so”

    08/06/2011 1:48:17 PM PDT · by Lakeshark · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 8/6/2011 | William Jacobson
    Barack Obama never put forth a debt reduction plan. Ever. All Obama did was talk in generalities about what he might be willing to consider as part of a “grand bargain,” but it always was vague, the equivalent of voting present. But when Republicans put forth actual plans to deal with entitlements (the Ryan plan) and to take dramatic action as to spending (Cut, Cap and Balance) the White House went along with Democratic demagoguing of the issue. The beauty of voting present is that it allows one to sit back and watch, and then say “I told you so”...
  • The Reluctant Assassination of Osama

    05/09/2011 2:19:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 8, 2011 | Roger L. Simon
    Did Barack Obama want to assassinate Osama bin Laden? He may have at some point, because he gave the ultimate order, or allowed it to happen. But I suspect the president was deeply ambivalent. It’s not just his postmodern worldview that suggests this reluctance. It is the discombobulated aftermath of the killing, the weirdly botched reportage featuring such events as cabinet members in the situation room supposedly watching a (we learned) non-existent streaming video of the action and the statement that bin Laden — who had been under surveillance for months from a CIA safe house — was living in...
  • Obama will punt on Social Security reform (Dear Leader chooses NOT to lead ... again)

    03/21/2011 2:05:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/21/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Breaking news: Barack Obama chooses not to lead … again. TPM DC’s Brian Beutler reports that the White House strategy on Social Security will be to wait until everyone else has decided to act before discussing its own approach to reforming what is perhaps the most straightforward of entitlement reforms. This will surprise, well … no one: The White House will not prominently inject itself into congressional negotiations on Social Security reform until after key legislators in both the House and Senate unveil their plans to reduce projected long-term deficits, according to administration officials.That won’t please Republican leaders on Capitol...
  • Actual headline: Obama Heads to Rio Sunday; Maximum Security Awaits

    03/16/2011 8:56:12 AM PDT · by matginzac · 28 replies
    Forbes ^ | 14 March 2011 | Ken Rapoza
    President Barack Obama will take his first official trip to Brazil this weekend where he will speak in the popular Cinelandia Square in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Access, of course, will be tightly restricted and security measures so secretive that not even the Embassy or US Consulate in Rio know exactly how it’s all going to go down. Obama’s speech will be free and open to the public and take place around 15:00 local time (14:00 EST). Access to the square will begin at 11:30, and is sure to draw a crowd. Obama is popular in Brazil. One politician seeking...
  • DeMint Says More Time Needed to Debate START; Admin. Notes He Missed 7/12 Foreign Relations Hearings

    12/16/2010 9:03:05 AM PST · by Qbert · 24 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News- Political Punch ^ | 12/15/2010 | Jake Tapper & Matt Jaffe
    Frustrated with Sen. Jim DeMint’s support for a move to require an oral reading of the START nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia – a move that could take as long as 12-15 hours in these waning lame duck days -- an Obama administration official notes that DeMint only attended five of the 12 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on START, nor was he present for the final vote to order the treaty reported on the 16th. DeMint attended the May 18 and 19, June 15 and 24, and July 14 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings, plus the Committee markup session...
  • Mapping Congress' Growing Polarization

    11/30/2010 7:40:22 PM PST · by RockefellerRepublican · 2 replies
    Slate ^ | December 26, 2001 | Jordan Ellenberg
    Poole and Rosenthal found that the House and Senate grew steadily less polarized from around 1900 to 1980. Then something happened; polarization has been sharply increasing ever since. A statistical method is fundamentally sound only if it tells you things you already know. The DW-NOMINATE maps tell us, first of all, that throughout the last 100 years both houses of Congress have split into two grand clusters, Democrats and Republicans. Within the Democrats, the Northern and Southern members form two clusters. Sometimes the Northern and Southern Democrats meld into each other without a gap, and other times (especially in the...
  • New park bridges Iraqi past to present

    06/10/2010 7:55:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 246+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Spc. Rebecca Schwab, USA
    BAGHDAD – Built by the Persians on the northeast bank of the Tigris River almost 1,500 years ago, an arch from the ancient city of Ctesiphon still stands today as an impressive monument to the talents of ancient builders. A U.S. Soldier stands in front of the Arch of Ctesiphon, built by the Persians nearly 1,500 years ago in what is now Salman Pak, Iraq, May 31, 2010. The arch used to be an important tourist attraction, and Iraqi authorities hope to revive that tourism in the coming years. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rebecca Schwab.Considered the oldest and largest...
  • Obama and the Trouble With Voting 'Present' (Karl Rove)

    06/10/2010 6:03:31 AM PDT · by chickadee · 39 replies · 126+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 10, 2010 | Karl Rove
    Even now, Mr. Obama looks like a spectator, albeit an angry one, barking at White House aides to "plug the damn hole" (now that's a good idea no one has thought of) and telling NBC's Matt Lauer he's in search of an "ass to kick." But the main political behind that's being kicked is Mr. Obama's. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll says Americans give the federal government a 69% negative rating for its handling of the spill, compared to a 62% negative rating for Washington's handling of Katrina in August 2005. This pattern of being merely present has been...
  • Grade Obamas First Year

    01/20/2010 11:44:21 AM PST · by Huskrrrr · 46 replies · 630+ views
    Grade Obama's First Year