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  • Hillary Clinton gets heckled

    10/13/2014 8:50:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/13/14 | Rebecca Kaplan
    ....During an address to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics Sunday in San Diego, someone in the 3,000 person crowd began to goad her using a bullhorn.
  • Tempest over Obama's tea cup salute: CIC sparks anger by saluting US Marines with drink in his hand

    09/23/2014 3:14:36 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 62 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 23 Sep 14 | David Martosko
    President Barack Obama saluted a pair of United States Marines on Tuesday while holding what appeared to be a styrofoam cup in his saluting hand, a breach of military regulations that won't win him fans among veterans and servicemen.
  • US envoy to Mideast resigns after collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

    06/27/2014 3:00:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 6/27/14 | staff
    US Middle East peace envoy Martin Indyk has resigned following the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. A US official who spoke on condition of anonymity did not provide a reason for Indyk's departure, which had been widely expected after the two sides failed to meet their goal of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement this spring. Indyk will return to the Washington-based Brookings Institution think tank, the official said. US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed on Friday that Indyk was leaving his post as top US envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Kerry praised Indyk and thanked him for his...
  • Rehearsal's over: Time for Obama to be a president

    06/17/2014 7:38:12 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 19 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 17 JUN 2014 | 09:04 AM ET | Andrew Malcolm
    As fresh word arrives of Islamic militants continuing their full-speed assault on Baghdad and executing thousands along the way, President Obama rushed back to Washington Monday to convene national security advisers on a path forward. Well, actually, that's not true. The commander-in-chief did not rush back at all from his long weekend getaway in southern California. He arrived in Palm Springs' sunshine Friday. Saturday he spoke at the University of California-Irvine graduation. He, of course, did a Democrat fundraiser, a feature of almost every trip nowadays. And then the president played golf, lots of golf. On Sunday he also phoned...
  • EPIC FAIL: Now JIMMY CARTER is calling Obama an incompetent loser

    05/27/2014 12:28:29 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 119 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/26/14 | Eric Owens
    t’s been a disastrous couple of weeks for President Barack Obama. His signature legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is a slow-motion train wreck. His poll numbers have tanked. Now, things have gotten so bad for Obama that former president Jimmy Carter has called President Obama incompetent in the family-friendly pages of Parade magazine. “He’s done the best he could under the circumstances,” Carter said of Obama in an interviewed published on Thursday. “His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best.” (RELATED: Jimmy Carter: America no longer has a functioning democracy)...
  • Massachusetts ditches RomneyCare health exchange

    05/06/2014 12:23:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/5/14 5:35 PM EDT | Kyle Cheney
    RomneyCare’s pioneering health insurance exchange is headed for the scrap heap. Bay State officials are taking steps this week to junk central parts of their dysfunctional health insurance exchange—the model for President Barack Obama’s health care law—and merge with the federal enrollment site HealthCare.gov. The decision is part of an expensive plan that would occur alongside a parallel, last-ditch attempt to still build a working state system. The state on Monday announced the hiring of hCentive, a Virginia-based contractor that helped construct the Kentucky and Colorado exchanges. The company would rush to build a viable state exchange in time for...
  • First cartridges found at dig site looking to unearth millions of supposedly buried E.T. Atari games

    04/28/2014 12:59:36 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 47 replies
    National Post [Canada] / AP ^ | April 26, 2014 | Juan Carlos Llorca
    ... About 200 of residents and game enthusiasts gathered early Saturday in southeastern New Mexico to watch backhoes and bulldozers dig through the concrete-covered landfill in search of up to a million discarded copies of “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” that the game’s maker wanted to hide forever.... The “E.T.” game is among the factors blamed for the decline of Atari and the collapse in the U.S. of a multi-million dollar video game industry that didn’t bounce back for several years. Tina Amini, deputy editor at gaming website Kotaku, said the game tanked because “it was practically broken.” A recurring flaw, she...
  • US Employers Added 192,000 Jobs in March; Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 6.7 Percent

    04/04/2014 5:37:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    ABC ^ | 4/4/14
    US employers added 192,000 jobs in March; unemployment rate unchanged at 6.7 percent.
  • Remember When Obama Touted the Now-Recalled Chevy Cobalt?

    04/01/2014 11:50:48 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 32 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 1, 2014 10:25 AM | By Jim Geraghty
    President Obama, speaking at a GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, September 15, 2009: “That program was good for automakers, consumers, and our environment,” Obama said of the Cash for Clunkers programs, “and the Chevy Cobalt that you build here was one of GM’s most sought-after cars under that program. Dealers across the country started running out of it and needed you to build more.” All Chevy Cobalts from 2005 to 2010 are being recalled because of fears the “ignition switch may move out of the “run” position, resulting in a partial loss of electrical power and turning off the engine....
  • Obamacare Website Fails as Deadline Arrives

    03/31/2014 9:32:28 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 45 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 31, 2014 | By Maggie Fox
    People trying to apply and enroll for private health insurance through Obamacare before Monday's midnight deadline discovered the website was "currently unavailable." Healthcare.gov, the online marketplace bedeviled by bugs since its launch last fall, went down for several hours Monday morning, a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said. It was back online later in the morning after a short time when it put customers in a "queue," meaning they'd be notified by email when they could proceed with enrollment.
  • A Tortured Policy Toward Russia

    03/26/2014 9:45:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | March 26, 2014 | By IAN BREMMER
    THE United States has once again twisted itself into a rhetorical pretzel. As when it threatened military action against Syria if a “red line” was crossed, the Obama administration’s rhetoric about Russia and Ukraine goes far beyond what it will be willing and able to enforce. Earlier this month, President Obama warned that America would “isolate Russia” if it grabbed more land, and yesterday, he suggested that more sanctions were possible. Likewise, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Group of 7 nations were “prepared to go to the hilt” in order to isolate Russia. But Washington’s rhetoric is dangerously...
  • One Third of Uninsured Won’t Sign Up for Obamacare

    03/17/2014 9:11:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/17/14 | Brianna Ehley - The Fiscal Times
    As the White House scrambles to get people signed up for health insurance before the March 31 deadline, many uninsured Americans say they are still planning to take their chances and remain without coverage. A new study by Bankrate.com shows that about one third of uninsured Americans are going to remain without coverage and opt to pay the penalty. The survey results suggest that the administration’s outreach to uninsured people may be falling short, with more than half of people without insurance unaware of the March 31 deadline—and even more unaware of subsidies that could make their policies more affordable....
  • Even Obama seems to be losing faith in Obamacare

    03/07/2014 10:17:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 3/6/14 | Rick Newman - The Exchange
    If you’d like the government to change something about Obamacare, give the White House a ring. They’re in a flexible mood. President Obama this week approved yet another delay to provisions in the Affordable Care Act, giving insurers until 2016 to sell a type of insurance policy that’s supposed to be banned under the health-reform law. The ban, which was supposed to begin this year, would prevent insurers from selling bare-bones plans that might be affordable but don’t abide by 10 “essential service rules” required under the new law. When insurers began canceling such coverage last year, however, several million...
  • Obama's caution on Ukraine may loom over midterm election [also, live breaking news from Ukraine]

    03/04/2014 12:14:33 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 131 replies
    reuters ^ | March 3, 2014 | By Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - With Russia's incursion into Ukraine reviving Cold War-style tensions, President Barack Obama is at risk of suffering a blow to his credibility at a time when he can least afford it: as he tries to convince voters to stick with his fellow Democrats in congressional elections that will help shape his legacy. For five years, Obama has practiced a cautious approach to foreign policy crises, prizing sober diplomacy and the search for consensus over brinkmanship, in prolonged conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the deliberative style that Obama's team sees as a statesmanlike attitude in tune with Americans'...
  • Obama Threatens To Penalize Putin Over Ukraine [Obama Says He Won't Attend Summit Meeting!!!]

    03/01/2014 4:05:52 PM PST · by Steelfish · 103 replies
    lATimes ^ | March 01, 2014 | Kathleen Hennessey
    Obama Threatens To Penalize Putin Over Ukraine By Kathleen Hennessey March 1, 2014 WASHINGTON -- President Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that the U.S. may boycott an upcoming economic summit in Russia and threatened further penalties if Moscow does not recall its military forces from Ukrainian territory. In a 90-minute telephone call, Obama warned Putin that Russia faces "greater political and economic isolation," according to a White House description of the call. The president suggested the United Nations would take action for what he called a "breach of international law." http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-fg-wn-obama-ukraine-20140301,0,3474561.story#ixzz2ul7lzoFV
  • Politico Hack Who Ridiculed Palin in '08 Whines and Moans at Her Ukraine 'I Told You So' Moment

    03/01/2014 4:30:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 1, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin made what has turned out to be a prescient remark about the relevance of a U.S. president's resolve and its potential impact on Russia's posture with the old Soviet Union's satellite states. She observed: "After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next." Many in the press ridiculed that notion. Among them was Blake Hounshell, who was then blogging at Foreign Policy Magazine. Characterizing Palin's...
  • ObamaCare: $56,819 To Sign Up Each Enrollee In Hawaii (Massachusetts - $22,124 per enrollee)

    02/14/2014 11:15:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/14/14 | IBD
    How much does it cost taxpayers to sign up one ObamaCare enrollee? In President Obama's home state of Hawaii, it's $56,819. The Obama administration gave Hawaii $205 million in grants over the past three years to set up its state-run exchange. But so far, only 3,614 Hawaiians have filled out applications — just 40% of the state's enrollment goal. Even if Hawaii were to reach its 9,000 target, it would still cost nearly $23,000 for each enrollee. Hawaii's low sign-up numbers have state officials scrambling to figure out what to do next year, when its exchange is supposed to rely...
  • Bitcoin Exchanges Under ‘Massive and Concerted Attack’

    02/11/2014 12:06:45 PM PST · by Errant · 44 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 11 February 2014 | Emily Spaven
    A “massive and concerted attack” has been launched by a bot system on numerous bitcoin exchanges, Andreas Antonopoulos has revealed. This has lead to popular exchange Bitstamp putting a temporary halt on all bitcoin withdrawals. Antonopoulos, who is the chief security officer of Blockchain.info, said a DDoS attack is taking Bitcoin’s transaction malleability problem and applying it to many transactions in the network, simultaneously. “So as transactions are being created, malformed/parallel transactions are also being created so as to create a fog of confusion over the entire network, which then affects almost every single implementation out there,” he added.
  • Bitcoin Bank Run, Take 2

    02/11/2014 4:32:38 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 17 replies
    Mises Economics Blog ^ | 2/11/14 | David Howden
    Enough people were upset with my previous post claiming that Mt. Gox is suffering a bitcoin bank run because it is holding only a fractional bitcoin reserve that it caused me to think twice about the claim.I could have been wrong, but I doubt it.Actually, the backlash was strong enough that it made me think that perhaps I was using some common terms in strange ways. I referred to Mt. Gox as a bank, which is a stretch by some definitions, but it definitely stores bitcoin for clients and as such, acts as a custodian.Maybe it was the term “bank...
  • Report: 20% of Obamacare 'Enrollees' to See Cancellation Notices Soon

    01/30/2014 12:07:16 PM PST · by gooblah · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Jan 2014, 11:57 | John Sexton
    One in five Obamacare "enrollees" could have their plans cancelled for failure to pay their first month's premium. That figure is based on reports from health insurers themselves, some of whom have made 10 attempts to collect the first payment.
  • Krauthammer Previews SOTU: Obama Is Admitting He Is A "Failure" (video)

    01/28/2014 4:11:16 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 35 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 28, 2014 | RealClearPolitics
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Well, listening to that excerpt from Ed Henry, you would think that's the campaign speech of someone running against Barack Obama. Obama is indicting the four years, the five years he's been president. He said the rich have done well, everybody else has stalled, inequality has increased. Well, the four years, the five years are his years. Essentially, he's saying my job now is to undo what I have done in the five years of my presidency. It's hardly sort of a ringing call to arms. I'm sure they now tested all of these words, inequality, opportunity, all...
  • Cracker Barrel: We screwed up big time

    12/22/2013 10:58:36 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 204 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 12/22/2013 | Todd Starnes
    “We were flat out wrong." That’s the message Cracker Barrel is sending to enraged customers after the restaurant chain removed Duck Dynasty items from its stores over fears it might offend people. “Our intent was to avoid offending but that’s just what we’ve done,” Cracker Barrel said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings.” One of those customers was Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. He said his...
  • Oregon signs up just 44 people for Obamacare despite spending $300 million

    12/11/2013 10:42:54 AM PST · by bkopto · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 11, 2103 | Philip Klein
    Oregon, once touted as a model for President Obama's health care law, signed up just 44 people for insurance through November, despite spending more than $300 million on its state-based exchange. The state’s exchange had the fewest sign-ups in the nation, according to a new report today by the Department of Health and Human Services. The weak number of sign-ups undercuts two major defenses of Obamacare from its supporters. One defense was that state-based exchanges were performing a lot better than the federal healthcare.gov website servicing 36 states. But Oregon's website problems have forced the state to rely on paper...
  • Obama says rebranding Obamacare hard given rocky politics

    11/19/2013 4:54:35 PM PST · by mdittmar · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 19, 2013 | Jason Reed
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama blamed Republicans on Tuesday for contributing to the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare insurance plan and said it will be hard to "rebrand" Obamacare after his administration fixes a website used to sign up for the program. "We should have anticipated that that would create a rockier rollout," Obama told a Wall Street Journal conference."One of the problems we've had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure," Obama said.Obama said he thinks the website will be fixed on time for people to "catch up" and shop for insurance by key deadlines,...
  • (Live Thread) Obama will allow insurance companies to extend current plans [Lie Thread]

    11/14/2013 8:49:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 205 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/14/2013 | Lisa Mascaro
    WASHINGTON - President Obama will allow insurance companies to continue offering individual health plans that do not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act through next year, according to a Democratic source on Capitol Hill familiar with the plans. The plan, which the president will announce Thursday morning, is intended to placate millions of consumers who have received cancellation notices from insurers in recent weeks. Obama had repeatedly promised that consumers would be able to keep plans that they liked. The president was under intense pressure from Democrats on Capitol Hill to find a fix. House Democrats have increasingly...
  • Low Obamacare Enrollment More Proof of a ‘Disaster’ (When ObamaCare Meets 'berg, Epic Fail haPPens)

    11/12/2013 9:10:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Eric Pianin, Brianna Ehley - The Fiscal Times
    Before Healthcare.gov’s troubled launch on Oct. 1, the White House estimated nearly 500,000 people would enroll in the Obamacare health exchanges within the first month and an estimated 7 million were expected to gain private coverage by the end of March, when the open-enrollment period is scheduled to end. Now – even before the administration can deliver on its promise to release an official head count of how many people have enrolled for insurance coverage in the first full month of operations – insurance industry analysts on Monday released figures showing the government has signed up a mere fraction of...
  • My personal experience with Pbamacare...update #2

    11/09/2013 11:53:38 AM PST · by VideoPaul · 26 replies
    11/9/2013 | VANITY
    Update #2 after numerous requests from readers to update this story. The original posting is here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3079644/posts Update #1 is here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3083078/posts And now, update #2: The last contact I made was on October 31st, asking why the promised call back after 2 business days hadn't happened. I was told that they'd escalate it again and I'd get a call back within 48 hours, not including weekends. On November 6th I called in o tell them that those two days had elapsed and no call back had occurred. I asked for a supervisor who told me that the callback standard...
  • Kathleen Sebelius gets embarrassing gift at Memphis event

    11/02/2013 8:36:11 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 125 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | November 2, 2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Memphis, Tenn., for an education and outreach session about the health care marketplace, when a state senator presented her with a gift she didn’t appear to be happy to receive.
  • What It Takes to Get Fired From the Obama Administration

    10/26/2013 10:53:03 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1-/25/13 | Michael Falcone - ABC News
    Call it "Survivor: White House" edition. Over the past week, one high-profile cabinet secretary managed to dodge an onslaught of Republican demands for her resignation while a lesser-known national security aide got the boot for a series of snarky anonymous tweets. In fact, history has shown that it's actually not that easy to get fired from the Obama administration. Over the past five years, just a few of those who serve at the pleasure of the president have been forcibly shown the door. Many more have weathered controversy and embarrassment and figured out a way to hold on for dear...
  • Obama: 'No excuse' for health care signup problems

    10/21/2013 9:23:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 145 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/21/13 | Julie Pace - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday said there was "no excuse" for the cascade of computer problems that have marred the rollout of key elements in his health care law, but declared he was confident the administration would be able to fix the issues. "There's no sugarcoating it," Obama said. "Nobody is more frustrated than I am." The president said his administration was doing "everything we can possibly do" to get the federally run websites up and running. And he guaranteed that everyone who wants to get insurance through the new health care exchanges will be able to....
  • Microsoft Pulls Windows 8.1 Update (Bricks RT Devices)

    10/19/2013 1:06:03 PM PDT · by dayglored · 106 replies
    Mashable ^ | Oct 19, 2013 | Adario Strange
    The much-anticipated Windows 8.1 update was finally released on Thursday. Since then, however, early reports of bricked devices and lost data from some users indicate that the release may have been premature. In response, Microsoft took its Windows 8.1 update offline until further notice on Saturday. The Redmond, Wash. company posted the following a message to its website: Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT device to Windows RT 8.1. As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store. We are working to resolve the...
  • ObamaCare Employer Mandate: A List Of Cuts To Work Hours, Jobs

    09/28/2013 3:26:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 25, 2013 | Jed Graham
    ObamaCare's impact on jobs is hotly debated by politicians and economists. Critics say the Affordable Care Act, with its employer mandate to provide health insurance, gives businesses an incentive to cut workers' hours. This year, report after report has rolled in about employers restricting work hours to fewer than 30 per week — the point where the mandate kicks in. Data also point to a record low workweek in low-wage industries. In the interest of an informed debate, we've compiled a list of job actions with strong proof that ObamaCare's employer mandate is behind cuts to work hours or staffing...
  • 'Red line' just one of roughly 500 Obama promises that have come and gone

    09/23/2013 12:33:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 22, 2013
    President Obama vowing that Syria would “cross a red line” by using chemical weapons is far from the only marker he’s laid down or promise he’s tried to keep since running for president in 2008. The president has made more than 500 campaign-related promises alone. And just last week he re-drew a line in the sand for congressional Republicans flirting with shutting down the government over his Affordable Care Act and looking for spending cuts as part of a separate deal to increase the federal debt limit. “That’s not happening,” Obama said. “I will not negotiate over the full faith...
  • $3.39T: Fed Owns More Treasuries and MBS Than Public Debt Amassed From Washington Through Clinton

    09/22/2013 3:06:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 22, 2013 - 3:47 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The same day that the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee announced last week that the Fed would continue to buy $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and $45 billion in U.S. Treasury securities per month, the Fed also released its latest weekly accounting sheet indicating that it had already accumulated more Treasuries and MBS than the total value of the publicly held U.S. government debt amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington though Bill Clinton. Since the beginning of September 2008, in fact, the Fed’s ownership of Treasury securities and MBS has increased sevenfold. As of the close...
  • best recourse on a bank that screws you over on a mortgage?

    09/18/2013 9:16:07 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    woe is me | 9-18-13 | TZ
    long story short, bank loan officer botched loan. cost incurred included: lost earnest money, moving truck fees, seller's late fees,missed work,etc.
  • Obama: Putin's Gift That Keeps On Giving

    09/17/2013 10:59:27 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | By Larry Bell
    The strategic mismatch between a seasoned KGB veteran and a neighborhood community organizer has been a disaster for America that has “reset” American-Russian relationships backwards. As former New York Mayor Giuliani told Fox and Friends: “The KGB agent is working him over… And unfortunately, he’s our president and he makes our country look so weak that it’s dangerous.” Little could we have imagined the consequences that would later unfold following Obama’s provident statement just prior to his first election: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” He has kept that promise. Not since the...
  • President Obama assures that pact with Russia over Syria's chemical weapons doesn’t weaken US

    09/16/2013 9:56:31 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | BY ADAM EDELMAN
    The US threatened military retaliation against Bashar Assad after the Aug. 21 gas attack. When Congress balked, Obama embraced Russia’s plan for Syria to turn over its chemical arsenal. ‘I don’t think that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has the same values that we do,’ the president said. But ‘we both have an interest in preventing chaos [and] terrorism.’ President Barack Obama sent a message Sunday to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his success in avoiding U.S. military action in Syria is not a blank check to prop up the Syrian strongman. A day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry...
  • President Obama gives campaign speech in wake of murdered Navy heroes

    09/16/2013 9:06:10 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | by Eric Golub
    LOS ANGELES, September 16, 2013—The real news of September 16th, 2013 was that there was a tragic Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C. There were several fatalities. Initial details were not released. While most Americans recoiled in horror at an act of evil, President Obama treated it as an inconvenience and minor annoyance. The shooter altered the news story about the day, which was supposed to be an Obama press conference where Obama would resume his role as Self-Praiser in Chief of all things Obama. This day was the five year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The plan...
  • Media doesn't hold back on President Obama

    09/16/2013 8:55:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 49 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | By DYLAN BYERS
    President Barack Obama is damaging his presidency, weakening America’s standing in the world, and displaying “inexplicable” incompetence. The media figure making those accusations isn’t Bill O’Reilly or Rush Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer or Glenn Beck. The critic doesn’t host a right-wing talk show, anchor a Fox News program, or write for the pages of the Weekly Standard. In fact, he’s not even a conservative. It’s Joe Klein, the Time Magazine political columnist. “Obama has lost some serious altitude: In the world, with the Congress, and most importantly with the American people,” Klein, a veteran journalist and political moderate, told POLITICO. Klein...
  • How liberal 'triumphs' on Syria and Summers have weakened Obama

    09/16/2013 7:08:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 5 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | By Linda Feldmann
    The left is on a roll. Liberals successfully pushed back against President Obama’s plan to launch airstrikes in Syria, and then quashed the expected nomination of Larry Summers as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. That one-two punch from some usually loyal Democratic allies has left Mr. Obama in a weakened political state right as he enters tough negotiations with Republicans: to keep the government funded beyond Sept. 30, and to raise the limit on federal borrowing authority a few weeks later. Republican House Speaker John Boehner is having an even harder time getting his own base to...
  • Inside White House, a Head-Spinning Reversal on Chemical Weapons

    09/16/2013 6:58:50 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | By ADAM ENTOUS, JANET HOOK and CAROL E. LEE CONNECT
    When President Barack Obama decided he wanted congressional approval to strike Syria, he received swift—and negative—responses from his staff. National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned he risked undermining his powers as commander in chief. Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer pegged the chances of Congress balking at 40%. His defense secretary also raised concerns. Mr. Obama took the gamble anyway and set aside the impending strikes to try to build domestic and international support for such action. He found little of either. Congress's top leaders weren't informed of the switch until just an hour or so before Mr. Obama's Rose Garden announcement...
  • Obama Feels a Pinch From Congressional Democrats

    09/16/2013 6:38:38 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | By Peter Nicholas
    The Democratic uproar that sank Lawrence Summers’s chances of taking charge of the Federal Reserve suggests that President Barack Obama’s clout on Capitol Hill is eroding ahead of crucial decisions about government spending and the debt ceiling. Mr. Obama often singles out House Republicans for blocking his agenda in Congress. But as his second term plays out, he also is confronting restive factions within his own party that are uneasy with some of his policies. The liberal wing in particular has rallied against his proposed use of force in Syria, his openness to changing entitlement programs and his apparent interest...
  • Obama: The Economy's So Swell, It's the Republican's Fault

    09/16/2013 6:25:01 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    reason.com ^ | Sept 16, 2013 | by J.D. Tuccille
    Even putting his best gloss on the case and even outright contradicting hard numbers from his own administration, President Obama has a tough time selling the current economy as a comfy place in which to live and do business. According to the White House's own five-years-later report on the fiscal crisis and the administration's wrassling therewith, Americans remain trillions of dollars in household income behind where they were in 2008. That's when the report is being honest—it also claims a TARP profit that will come as a surprise to Christy Romero, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief...
  • Obama’s moves on Syria mark defining moment - His shifts could set back agenda for second term

    09/15/2013 12:00:52 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Sept 15, 2013 | By Matt Viser and Noah Bierman
    WASHINGTON — President Obama, to his supporters, is a deliberative leader whose willingness to recalibrate his response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons potentially helped avert military strikes and further US involvement in a civil war half a world away. But to his critics, Obama is like a character in a Shakespearean comedy, where the hapless protagonist succeeds despite himself. It was, after all, only after Secretary of State John F. Kerry made an offhand comment last Monday morning in London — and Russian leaders seized on it — that renewed diplomatic discussions began. Now those discussions have led to...
  • Obama Rejects Criticism of Shifting Syria Policy: 'I'm Less Concerned About Style Points'

    09/15/2013 9:36:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/15/13 | Devin Dwyer - abc news
    WASHINGTON - President Obama says a tumultuous month as commander in chief, when his policy toward Syria took a number of unexpected turns, may not have looked "smooth and disciplined and linear," but it's working. "I'm less concerned about style points. I'm much more concerned with getting the policy right," Obama told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on "This Week." Obama said his surprise announcement on Aug. 31 that he would seek congressional authorization for U.S. military strikes against Syria, then the abrupt cancellation of a vote this week and pursuit of a diplomatic plan led by the...
  • The One Simple Premise at the Root of Every Obama Conspiracy

    09/13/2013 3:51:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 47 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | Sept 13, 2013 | By ELSPETH REEVE AND PHILIP BUMP
    President Obama's pitch for a military strike in Syria looked so politically clueless that he left supporters and foes alike scratching their heads: What was he thinking? For some, the answer was obvious. Because every conspiracy theory ever concocted about the President — from him being a secret Muslim agent sent from Kenya to take over the government to gay-sex-and-cocaine binges in the backseats of limousines — all make perfect sense if you simply accept the foundational supposition that Obama hates America. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Sunday, Norman Podhoretz argued that Syria showed the swift collapse of...
  • Analysis: Obama won't say it, but vote on Syria has high stakes for his presidency

    09/07/2013 8:25:37 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept 7, 2013 | By Roberta Rampton and Caren Bohan
    (Reuters) - It seems that everyone in Washington is talking about it except President Barack Obama: When Congress votes on the administration's request to use military force in Syria, the future of his presidency could well be on the line. A defeat, a distinct possibility, would hobble Obama in affairs both foreign and domestic, particularly if fellow Democrats collaborate in it. It will hurt him at a critical juncture, as he confronts not only Syria, but the nuclear activities of Iran and North Korea, another round of battles with Republicans over fiscal issues, an immigration bill, and a possibly difficult...
  • Barack Obama is proving an embarrassing amateur on the world stage compared to George W. Bush

    08/31/2013 12:39:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 68 replies
    Telegraph ^ | August 30th, 2013 | Nile Gardiner -- World
    President Bush knew how to build a coalitionGeorge W. Bush was widely mocked by the Left during the Iraq War, with liberals jeering at the “coalition of the willing,” which included in its ranks some minnows such as Moldova and Kazkhstan. Michael Moore, in his rather silly documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, went to great lengths to lampoon the Iraq War alliance. But the coalition also contained, as I pointed out in Congressional testimony back in 2007, Great Britain, Australia, Spain, Italy, Poland, and 16 members of the NATO alliance, as well as Japan and South Korea. In Europe, France and...
  • Exclusive: U.S. delays deadline for finalizing Obamacare health plans

    08/28/2013 9:49:24 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 28, 2013 | By David Morgan and Caroline Humer
    Reuters) - The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new healthcare law, the signing of final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on federal health insurance exchanges starting October 1. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified insurance companies on Tuesday that it would not sign final agreements with the plans between September 5 and 9, as originally anticipated, but would wait until mid-September instead, according to insurance industry sources. Nevertheless, Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for HHS, said the department remains "on track to open" the marketplaces on time on...
  • Woman calls cops for advice on keeping pot plants secure

    08/24/2013 2:27:39 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 18 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | AUGUST 24, 2013 | SARAH DEETH
    LINDSAY, Ont. — There’s going to be the odd time when police can’t help you -- like, say, when you call them to ask how to protect the $6,000 in marijuana plants you’ve got growing in your house. Police said a woman called Wednesday seeking tips on how to prevent someone from breaking into her home and stealing her pot plants. “She didn’t want to get violently robbed,” Sgt. Terry Cox said. It was an odd request, Cox said, and the officer on the other end of the line reminded the woman that she was talking to a police officer...