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last 24 hours | blog.heartland
Congressional GOP Leadership Calls Obama's 'Clean Energy Plan' a 'National ... - Somewhat Reasonable - Heartland Institute (blog)
"...There are no benefits to the tax and spend plan, but the costs are very real and will inflict pain on Americans. It will destroy jobs, discourage economic growth and cause energy bills to skyrocket' just like the President promised years ago, said the Speaker. This will be remembered as another irresponsible policy that makes it even harder for Americans to provide for their families and reach the American dream. The House and Senate leadership have said they will seek to stop this national energy tax, and lower energy costs for all Americans.Anticipating this proposal by presidential decree, on June 24, 2015, the House passed the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) which would ensure that states do not have to comply with the president's national energy tax until it is proven that it is legal. Earlier, on March 6, 2014, the House passed the Electricity Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826) to prevent the administration's new rules on coal-fired energy producers from taking effect unless the House and Senate approved them by law...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


886 days ago | thedickinsonpress
Letter: North Dakota should follow Obama's clean energy lead - Dickinson Press
"...The Clean Power Plan will give our state and local leaders the push they need to act on this crucial issue by allowing us to count improvements in energy efficiency toward our mandate to decrease carbon pollution. With simple steps like upgrading to more energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures, stopping heat leaks out of our homes and unplugging electronics when they're not in use, North Dakota can cut our energy use dramatically.Investments in energy-efficiency programs, like home energy audits, are a win-win-win situation they create good, sustainable jobs in the clean energy economy, save money on utility bills for North Dakota families and save energy resources.I look to our state and local elected representatives to lead the way to a more energy efficient future through public education, programs to help families transition to energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures, and incentives for businesses that cut their energy use...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


886 days ago | cnbc
The problem with Obama's clean-energy plan - CNBC
"...What's missing? The president's plan lacks an opportunity to more fully engage the most central player in the debate over how best to address climate change issues: the private sector, and, specifically, the capital markets, our crucible of innovation. By using a purely regulatory framework to fight climate change, the White House appears to be relying too heavily on caps and penalties as solutions when it could be taking better advantage of market-based mechanisms. Worse, the regulation comes before we have all of the data; for example, many electric utilities don't adequately disclose their efficiency or carbon-emissions data publicly...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


897 days ago | powerlineblog
Barack Obama's Lowest Moment Yet? - Power Line (blog)
"...Sheer fantasy. Much of the sanctions relief that Iran most craves can never be taken back most notably, the $100 billion to $150 billion in frozen funds that will soon flow to Tehran. Further, all commercial deals that are entered into during the period of sanctions relief are excepted from future sanctions. Even with those huge loopholes, the snap back is a fiction. Even U.S. sanctions will not snap back automatically; they will have to be reimposed by Congress and implemented over a period of time. We will have no control over whether the E.U. reimposes sanctions. The supposed snap back mechanism is limited to U.N. sanctions, and, as I wrote here, it is doubtful whether paragraph 37 of the agreement, the purported snap back provision, would actually cause U.N. sanctions to be reimposed based on the vote of one member of the Security Council...." see full article


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898 days ago | huffingtonpost
The Obama Clean Energy Plan Moves Us Past the False Debate Over Climate Change - Huffington Post

"...There is a lot of opining about the Obama Administration's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Most of these comments deal with the details; what does the plan do and how, does it do enough (the reviews are decidedly mixed), and why does it prefer some forms of clean power -- solar and wind -- but not others -- nuclear or CCS (a political sop to lefty environmentalists who helped write the plan).But those narrow perspectives overlook something truly seminal about this important effort to deal with climate change; the fact that such a significant step is being taken in the first place. The EPA intervention to significantly reshape how America makes its electricity sends a loud clear message that the argument about whether anthropogenic climate change is real, is essentially over. May that faux "debate," driven by ideology and fueled and funded by greed, rest in in peace...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


898 days ago | therealnews
Dirty Truth About Obama's Clean Power Plan - The Real News Network
"...Well, Obama spoke about having time and flexibility, the two things that we don't have. And I would say that this just, his plan just ratifies what's already happening in the U.S. economy. So it's neither groundbreaking nor historic, because the percentage declines in emissions from the power sector already on-track to happen as a result of wider changes to do with the low cost of natural gas and the retirement of old coal plants. And the fact that you're giving states with dirtier energy more and more time to change and flexibility around that question, including counting nuclear power towards your clean power credits, I think illustrates that this is neither groundbreaking nor anywhere near the kind of thing, action, we need to avert dangerous climate change...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


898 days ago | forbes
Obama's True Legacy: Propping Up Dictators - Forbes
"...U.S. President Barack Obama converses with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn while walking to board Air Force One for his departure from Ethiopia late last month.On the contrary, the Obama legacy will be one of propping up dictatorial regimes around the world. His praise for the government of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn merely took to Africa what Obama and his foreign policy team have already done on a grander scale in Iran, Cuba and Burma.To be sure, President Obama was standing next to Desalegn at a joint press conference in Addis Ababa when he spoke. Maybe he didn't want to be a bad guest. And the President did add that the Ethipiopian government has more work to do. After a slew of criticism at home, he later also ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


898 days ago | nytimes
Obama to Unveil Tougher Environmental Plan With His Legacy in Mind

"...As the president came to see the fight against climate change as central to his legacy, as important as the Affordable Care Act, he moved to strengthen the energy proposals, advisers said. The health law became the dominant political issue of the 2010 congressional elections and faced dozens of legislative assaults before surviving two Supreme Court challenges largely intact. Climate change is not a problem for another generation, not anymore, Mr. Obama said in a video posted on Facebook at midnight Saturday. He called the new rules the biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change. The most aggressive of the regulations requires the nation's existing power plants to cut emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, an increase from the 30 percent target proposed in the draft regulation...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


899 days ago | wsj
A Clean-Energy Breakthrough
"...With the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan now final, the era of unlimited carbon pollution from U.S. power plants is finally coming to an end. That's excellent news, because climate change has put us in the race of our lives and the countries that move the fastest toward clean energy will be the most competitive, create the most jobs and have the healthiest air. It's a race to the top, and the Clean Power Plan gives the U.S. a better chance of winning.Some question whether the EPA has the authority to take this step. They are arguing a point that was settled eight years ago. The Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the EPA has a clear responsibility under the Clean Air Act to act to reduce emissions of climate-altering pollution...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


899 days ago | latimes
Obama's Clean Energy Plan doesn't go far enough - Los Angeles Times
"...The coal industry already has its legal claws honed for a court battle over President Obama's Clean Energy Plan, which was unveiled Monday, claiming that it will cost too much and render people jobless. Certainly, in the short term at least, slowing climate change by reducing carbon emissions won't be cheap and it won't be easy. But the science shows: We don't have a choice. Decades of denial and delay on global warming have sharpened the need for dramatic action now.Obama's plan requires the reduction of carbon emissions from power plants, the nation's single biggest source of greenhouse gases, by 32% in 2030 from what they were in 2005. States are given considerable flexibility in how they meet that goal, as long as they begin implementing their plans by 2022; California is already on track to meet and probably beat the target. Reductions would come largely by switching from coal, a particularly polluting source of power, to gas, solar and wind...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


899 days ago | freep
Obama puts climate change on nation's political agenda - Detroit Free Press
"...For one thing, the U.S. can't take on global warming alone; reducing greenhouse gas emissions will require an equally muscular response by industrialized nations throughout the world, especially China and India.For another, the real impact of the new power-plant rules won't be evident until 2018, the deadline for states to submit final plans for complying with the limits announced Monday.But Obama's plan dramatically enhances American credibility in the international climate talks that are scheduled to begin in Paris this December. And it forces candidates for the presidency and for elective offices in the states that will have to comply with the new rules to say whether they intend to support the rules or join with the special interests that are conspiring to sabotage them...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


899 days ago | cnbc
Obamacare reduces maximum out-of-pocket costs, but not enough for some - CNBC
"...Obamacare went a long way toward preventing the insurmountable medical bills that led to a large percentage of U.S. bankruptcies. But for many people, the $6,600 per-person, per-year cap on out-of-pocket costs might as well be $600,000, it's so unlikely they could pay it. This is a problem many people will never have to worry about. Without a major disease or accident requiring costly specialty drugs or surgery, very few of us will have enough co-payments and cost sharing to total $6,600 in any year, much less every year. Even fewer families will have so many medical bills that their share will reach $13,200, which is the family maximum for plans purchased on Obamacare exchanges...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


899 days ago | washingtonpost
How the clean energy boom let EPA toughen up its carbon rules

"...In fact, the renewables boom has come on so fast in the United States that it actually appears to have allowed the EPA, and the Obama administration, to make the final Clean Power Plan more ambitious than its draft version, released a year ago. The final rule will achieve a projected 32 percent reduction in U.S. power sector greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by the year 2030 as opposed to a 30 percent reduction in the 2014 proposed rule.Similarly, the EPA now expects 28 percent of U.S. electricity capacity to be provided by renewable sources like solar and wind in 2030, up from 22 percent in the 2014 rule, according to an administration fact sheet...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


899 days ago | washingtonpost
The Insiders: Obama's latest global warming plan is about his legacy, not policy - Washington Post (blog)

"...The latest iteration of the administration's Clean Power Plan isn't really meant to impact the environment or produce more energy. It is fair to say that it is just another attempt by President Obama to make an ideological point. Only Obama's most committed apologists will herald this pseudo-plan as a legitimate achievement. The measures in the Clean Power Plan would serve only to raise energy prices for consumers and suppress job growth and would not have any appreciable impact on what are touted as the man-made causes of global warming. The New York Times introduced the plan Sunday with this headline: Obama to unveil tougher environmental plan with his legacy in mind. Legacy, indeed. At the end of the day, it is just a Potemkin gesture designed to produce another round of self-congratulatory cheers for a spent presidency...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


899 days ago | realclearpolitics
Obamacare's Deficit of Savings

"...The Congressional Budget Office appears to have delivered a victory to Obamacare's cheerleaders. The agency's latest estimate puts the cost of scrapping the law at $137 billion over the next decade."Any way you slice it, repealing the Affordable Care Act will add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit," boasted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).Not so fast. The CBO reveals in the fine print that its estimates of the impact of repeal are "substantially" uncertain. Further, the report didn't consider a specific measure to repeal and replace Obamacare. So it's evaluating an imaginary proposal.Obamacare's congressional foes should give the agency a real proposal to evaluate -- one that will actually reduce health costs and furnish every American with affordable coverage. They can start by building upon Rep. Tom Price's (R-Ga.) Empowering Patients First Act, which works toward just that end...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


899 days ago | gizmodo
Obama's New Energy Plan, Explained - Gizmodo

"...The announcement of the Clean Power Plan is significant because it puts the the country's focus on moving towards renewable energy. But it's also notable because Obama specifically acknowledged carbon as a pollutant. There are plenty of restrictions on certain chemicals being released into the atmosphere from power plants, but as Obama pointed out, there has been no regulation from the federal government on carbon. Until now...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


900 days ago | politicususa
President Obama Obliterates Republican Lies With A Clean Energy Plan Fact Bomb - PoliticusUSA
"...President Obama isn't waiting for Republicans and their Koch masters to get their attack machine into high gear. The criticisms that are certain to come to the surface have been floating around conservative media for months. The Koch brothers have been using their vast organizational network to spread misinformation, and right-wing blogs and websites have quickly jumped on board.The reality is that Republicans are opposed to clean air and human beings having a healthy environment to live in. Obama was correct. There is no war on coal. Coal jobs have been declining for decades due in large part to the rise of the natural gas industry.The tactics that Republicans and their allies are utilizing should seem familiar because this is the same strategy that they have used in their attempts to destroy Obamacare. Republicans want to scare people away from a plan that will help them through a barrage of lies and misinformation...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


900 days ago | islandpacket
Noah Feldman: What happens if Obama can't close Guantanamo? | Opinion ... - Hilton Head Island Packet
"...It's becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, isn't going to be closed during President Barack Obama's administration - or beyond, despite the administration's efforts. That raises a deep question about foreign policy and the rule of law: What if Guantanamo never closes, and some of its detainees remain there for the rest of their lives?The sad truth is that the continued operation of the prison is unlikely to do any more long-term damage to the U.S. reputation abroad - because the world has already come to the conclusion that the U.S. is no better than anyone else when it comes to dealing with terrorists.But domestically, the continued operation of the prison will do ongoing harm to the coherence and legitimacy of the U.S. legal system.Start with some hard political truths.Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/07/24/3850037_noah-feldman-what-happens-if-obama.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


910 days ago | latimes
Why is Guantanamo Bay prison still open? - Los Angeles Times
"...We agree with Obama that Guantanamo has been a stain on America's reputation and a recruiting tool for terrorists. The administration should make good on its threat to veto a new National Defense Authorization Act if it makes it harder to release detainees or to shut down the prison. But even if the administration wins congressional support for closing the facility and accelerating the release of some detainees, it shouldn't be content with simply relocating the rest and continuing to hold them without charge or trial.In a 2013 speech, Obama acknowledged that indefinitely detaining suspected terrorists without a trial was a problem but said it could be resolved consistent with our commitment to the rule of law. The way to do so is to urgently revisit the question of whether supposedly high-risk detainees really pose a danger if they are released. The government should also take a fresh look at whether it really is impossible to prosecute some detainees because of missing or compromised evidence...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


910 days ago | msnbc
Obama is trying to close Guantanamo again. Will this time be different ... - MSNBC

"...Luckily, in 2013, Obama reiterated in a major speech his promise to close Guantanamo. Beyond the rhetoric, however, he appeared less than committed to making that policy succeed. That same year, the State Department Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure, an office dedicated entirely to closure of the detention facility, shut down and remained vacant for over six months. During that time of inactivity, the detainees remained stuck in Guantanamo. They turned to a mass hunger strike to remind the world of their plight, with over one hundred detainees participating.Again, we must remember the humans impacted by that inactivity. One of the detainees that participated in the hunger strike was Shaker Aamer. His voice was captured shouting from his cell as television cameras toured Guantanamo two years ago for a CBS television special. The broadcast showed him yelling, Tell the world the truth. Please, we are tired. Either you leave us to die in peace or tell the world the truth Let the world hear what's happening. Aamer is a British national and has been held in Guantanamo for thirteen years. He has never been charged with anything, and was cleared for transfer six years ago...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


910 days ago | nytimes
Obamas Plan for Guantnamo Is Seen Faltering

"...The administration's fitful effort to shut down the prison is collapsing again. Ashton B. Carter, in his first six months as defense secretary, has yet to make a decision on any newly proposed deals to transfer individual detainees. His delay, which echoes a pattern last year by his predecessor, Chuck Hagel, is generating mounting concern in the White House and State Department, officials say.Last week, Mr. Obama's national security adviser, Susan E. Rice, convened a cabinet-level principals committee meeting on how to close the prison before the president leaves office in 18 months. At that meeting, Mr. Carter was presented with an unsigned National Security Council memo stating that he would have 30 days to make decisions on newly proposed transfers, according to several officials familiar with the internal deliberations...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


910 days ago | latimes
Why is Guantanamo Bay prison still open?
"...Now the White House says it is preparing to present Congress with a new plan to close the facility. That effort is welcome, but it will fully succeed only if the administration recognizes that the problem with Guantanamo isn't just its location, but that the prison has become a symbol of a denial of due process.Opposition to closing Guantanamo involves two issues. One is whether even low-risk detainees should be released to their homelands or to some other country. The other is whether inmates including dozens of more dangerous detainees the administration says it can neither release nor try should be moved to the United States. The administration argues persuasively that supermax prisons in this country provide adequate protection for public safety...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


910 days ago | inquisitr
Guantanamo Bay Closing: An Obama Promise About To Happen?
"...Guantanamo Bay closing down constitutes an old-time promise by United States President Barack Obama, and he is racing against the clock to fulfill it before his term runs out. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced Wednesday that the Obama administration is in the final stages of drafting a plan to annul the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Meanwhile, Republican Senator John McCain has expressed his support of the prison closing, indicating that he wants to give Obama the leeway to do so through the National Defense Authorization Act, according to Time. McCain recommends that Congress review the White House plan for the Guantanamo Bay closing...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


910 days ago | iol.c
Is the end in sight for Gitmo?
"...Yes, a few truly big fishes are to be found there, like Khalid Sheik Mohammed, a prime organiser of the 9/11 attacks. But many others are the smallest of fry, individuals picked up on or around the battlefields of Afghanistan in the first months of the war, some of them traded for money to the US authorities by tribal leaders, guilty of little more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is their ordeal that has generated the headlines that shame America: the denial of proper legal representation, the suicides and hunger strikes born of despair...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


910 days ago | latimes
'Doesn't make any fiscal sense' to keep Guantanamo open, Homeland Security chief says
"...Speaking at a national security conference here, Johnson said it "doesn't make any fiscal sense" to pay nearly $900,000 per year to house each prisoner, for a total cost of more than $100 million a year. It costs the government about $80,000 a year to incarcerate an inmate in a high-security federal prison.The shrinking population at Guantanamo Bay, as inmates are transferred to other countries for custody or release, has not produced significant savings, Johnson said. The number of inmates has fallen from 242 in 2009 to 116 today. He also echoed Obama's frequent charge that the failure to bring any of the inmates to trial has undermined America's image overseas, especially because civilian courts have successfully prosecuted and convicted dozens of terrorism suspects..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


910 days ago | cnn
Stars have aligned for real prison reform - CNN.com - CNN

"...Hope has been building among those behind bars, their families, communities and justice reform advocates nationwide. And yet, fears remain. After all, the country has had its hopes raised before -- on other "bipartisan" issues -- only to have D.C.'s perpetual rancor and division derail the positive momentum.Those concerns vanished on Thursday -- when House Speaker John Boehner announced his commitment to getting people out of prison "who really don't need to be there" and signaled his commitment to bringing justice reform legislation before the full House chamber for a vote. So we stand now at a surprising place of national consensus. In the U.S. Senate, leaders are working together across the aisle on a deal. President Obama and Speaker John Boehner are in rare agreement...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


912 days ago | nytimes
Critics of Solitary Confinement Are Buoyed as Obama Embraces Their Cause - The ... - New York Times

"...Mr. Obama can exert little control over state prison systems, but he hopes that any changes he makes in the federal system will prod states to follow suit.Continue reading the main storyThe federal Bureau of Prisons has three types of restrictive housing for inmates who exhibit aggressive or disruptive behavior, including isolation units at the federal supermaximum-security prison in Florence, Colo. Some prisoners are also placed in isolation to protect them from other inmates. Susan Allison, acting deputy assistant director of the bureau, said that most federal prisoners were housed two to a cell, and that inmates who were housed alone had regular contact with staff members.A December 2014 report found that more than 12,000 inmates, or 5 percent of the federal prison population, were being housed in some type of unit to isolate prisoners in November 2013, but that number had declined to about 9,000 by June 2014. The overall prison population also decreased during that period...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


912 days ago | telegraph.c
Five reasons why Barack Obama will struggle to close Guantanamo Bay ... - Telegraph.co.uk
"...Mr Obama has made clear that he thinks Guantanamo Bay remains a stain on America's reputation, but closing the camp requires safely relocating its 116 detainees. Previous relocation have seen fighters returning to the battlefield, and it would be a major embarrassment if a former Guantanamo Bay detainee resurfaced to attack the American homeland...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


912 days ago | washingtonpost
How the Iran deal is good for Israel, according to Israelis who know what they ... - Washington Post (blog)

"...The American effort has not been appreciated by Netanyahu, who has become a fellow traveler with hawkish Republicans in Washington. His decision to wade into partisan politics and alienate the Obama administration, said former Mossad chief Meir Dagan earlier this year, "caused Israel the most strategic damage when it comes to the Iranian issue."Israel has spent the better part of a decade working against Iran's nuclear program, campaigning for sanctions and clandestinely attempting to sabotage Iranian projects. But Netanyahu's loud hectoring, Dagan suggested, was pushing Israel toward a situation of military confrontation...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


912 days ago | middletownpress
Why some Israelis believe the Iran deal is good for Israel - Middletown Press
"...Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was swift and uncompromising in his criticism, declaring the accord a historic mistake, and reiterating his longstanding opposition to rapprochement with the Islamic Republic. His anger was echoed by his center-left political opponents in the Israeli parliament.But while Israel's politicians may be singing from the same song sheet, others are less sure. A host of prominent members of the country's security establishment have come out at various stages of the negotiations in support of the Obama administration's efforts. Some of these men have been consistently vocal in their opposition to Netanyahu's hard-line rhetoric, which included a controversial speech to the U.S. Congress earlier this year...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


912 days ago | vanityfair
Will Obama Close Guantánamo Bay Before He Leaves Office? - Vanity Fair
"...Later on Wednesday, the White House rejected the pessimism of the Times report, and said that it is finalizing a plan to close the facility before Obama leaves office. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the administration's plan would ensure that the facility was closed safely and responsibly and claimed that doing so is in the nation's best interest. Per the Times's latest tally, 52 prisoners have been recommended for release already. Sixty-four have not been recommended for release, 10 of whom have been charged or convicted. Of the 64 who are not currently recommended for release, the remaining 54 have not been charged with committing a specific crime. Tariq Ba Odah was cleared for release from the prison at Guant namo Bay five years ago. He has spent the last 13 years of his life there. He now weighs 75 pounds. A doctor who submitted a declaration in Ba Odah's case in June wrote that the inmate was in a state most commonly found in those on the precipice of death. Ba Odah's case is extreme, but it is not entirely unheard of at Guant namo Bay, where the situation remains as desperate as ever...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


912 days ago | theweek
Why all Americans should support Obama on prison reform - The Week - The Week Magazine
"...Obama's first words on prison reform last week were absolutely right: "We should not be tolerating overcrowding in prison. We should not be tolerating gang activity in prison. We should not be tolerating rape in prison and we shouldn't be making jokes about it in our popular culture. That's no joke. These things are unacceptable."Much of the commentariat blames our prison system's woes on the politics of "law and order" from the 1970s through the early part of the new millennium. But what Obama is asking for is "law and order" for our prisoners and prisons. He deserves bipartisan support in this...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


914 days ago | qz
Barack Obamas lame-duck period could be one of the least lame ever
"...Obama is a lame duck, in the twilight of his term, and lame ducks are presumed to be ineffective. Yet this alone has been an action-filled week. The US and its nuclear allies signed a deal with Iran. Obama himself called for reforms that would cut the US's appallingly high number of people especially black people in prison. This Monday, America's diplomatic relations with Cuba another of Obama's recent surprise moves will formally recommence.Last month the president's signature health-care reform survived a Supreme Court challenge that could have sunk it. He won fast-track authority for a large, international trade deal that his own party tried to torpedo. He can even bask in the Supreme Court's decision (though he played no part in it) to legalize same-sex marriage. His recent speeches on marriage and race have reawakened the rhetorical power that he seemed to lose right after taking office. And by the time he leaves, unemployment will likely be near its pre-crisis low...." see full article


915 days ago | independent.c
US prisons: President Obama's lasting legacy will be penal reform - Voices ... - The Independent
"...Instead, the past couple of months have been among his best in office. Congress granted him sweeping powers to negotiate trade deals with Europe and Asia. The Supreme Court saved his healthcare reforms, the signature achievement of his first term, and for good measure made same-sex marriage the law of the land, a step supported by the administration. As for the Republicans in Congress, they're all over the shop, split between pragmatists who want to get things done and Tea Party zealots.Capping it all, after years of painstaking negotiations, the lame duck secured an agreement to limit Iran's nuclear programme. The deal may go wrong: Tehran may yet end up with the bomb. But for once the epithet historic truly applies. And now another landmark achievement beckons: bipartisan legislation on sentencing and prison reform that would overhaul the US justice system and help correct arguably the country's greatest social injustice...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


916 days ago | politico
Divining the Obama Legacy

"...Still, in a week when Obama, acting together with other powers, achieved what could prove to be the most significant international accord since the 1978 Camp David agreement the so-called joint comprehensive plan of action to stop an Iranian nuclear weapon it is worth raising the legacy question, however tentatively. Particularly since the news of the Iran agreement came only a few weeks after the Supreme Court, in King v. Burwell, appeared to ensure the survival of Obama's most significant domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act.But before we go further, let's go back. A quick look at the historical reputations of four of the country's most prominent 20th-century presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson should be enough to reinforce whatever doubts we might have about delivering an assessment of Obama's presidency so soon..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


916 days ago | washingtonpost
Obama says that without family support he could have been in prison - Washington Post

"...The expense of keeping so many people behind bars has helped fuel reform efforts in conservative states, including Oklahoma. Last week, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin asked Oklahoma's state Board of Corrections to allow prisoners with the longest sentences to earn early release sooner, said Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma. The legislature has also passed three reform bills, including one that would allow judges to deviate from mandatory minimum sentences in certain situations. Another would allow former felons to get some occupational licenses, and the third would end mandatory life without parole for certain repeat, nonviolent drug offenders. There's a growing recognition in Oklahoma that these incarceration rates do not necessarily make our communities and our neighborhoods safer, Kiesel said...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


917 days ago | nytimes
President Obama Takes On the Prison Crisis

"...This indisputable argument has been made by many others, most notably former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., who was the administration's most powerful advocate for sweeping justice reforms. But it is more significant coming from the president, not just in his words but in his actions. On Monday Mr. Obama commuted the sentences of 46 people, most serving 20 years or more, for nonviolent drug crimes. It was a tiny fraction of the more than 30,000 people seeking clemency, but the gesture recognized some of the injustices of America's harsh justice system.On Tuesday, in a wide-ranging speech to the N.A.A.C.P., Mr. Obama explained that people who commit violent crimes are not the reason for the exploding federal prison population over the last few decades. Most of the growth has come instead from nonviolent, low-level drug offenders caught up in absurdly harsh mandatory minimum sentences that bear no relation to the seriousness of their offense or to the maintenance of public safety...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


917 days ago | hotair
WSJ: ObamaCare sticker shock will get worse in years to come, too - Hot Air
"...Who could have predicted this? Well, pretty much anyone familiar with risk pools, price signals, and the cost of government mandates in other words, all the people that Democrats ignored while imposing ObamaCare on a hostile electorate.But that's just the beginning. Once the government ends a backstop for insurance companies known as the risk corridor program, the escalating costs of providing care will fall directly on consumers. University of Minnesota's Stephen Parente, a professor of health finance, warns in the Wall Street Journal that the big bill will come due soon enough:..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


917 days ago | vanityfair
Obama on His Historic Visit to Federal Prison: "There but for the Grac ... - Vanity Fair
"...During his visit to the El Reno correctional facility in Oklahoma, which he hoped would highlight the massive overhaul needed in America's prison system and drug laws, Obama had the chance to sit down with six inmates, all serving time for nonviolent drug charges. According to The New York Times, which along with Vice accompanied him on his visit, Obama realized that had it not been for the privileges granted to him, he could have ended up in prison due to his past minor drug use as a teenager, well documented in his memoir, Dreams from My Father. There but for the grace of God, he said. And that, I think, is something that we all have to think about. Emphasizing that he had no tolerance for violent offenders Many of them may have made mistakes, but we need to keep our communities safe Obama nevertheless said that the stories of the six men with whom he met hit close to home...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


917 days ago | reason
Obama in Prison: 'There But for the Grace of God...' - Hit & Run : Reason.com - Reason (blog)
"...Obama's push for criminal justice reform, though belated, is welcome, and the symbolism of being the first sitting president to visit a prison sends an important message: Politicians need to think about what happens to the human beings they blithely consign to such places. But a consistent application of the distinction Obama is implicitly drawing between predatory criminals and people whose only offense is engaging in consensual transactions implies that the prisoners Obama saw yesterday do not belong behind bars at all, not just that their sentences should be somewhat shorter.The grace of God may account for the advantages that Obama and the reporters covering him had when they were growing up. But God has nothing to do with the decision to forcibly suppress the use of certain arbitrarily selected intoxicants and lock up people who dare to supply them. Prohibitionists like Obama are responsible for that...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


917 days ago | wnd
Obama's legacy: A nuclear Iran - WND.com
"...The long-standing sanctions on Iran will be lifted immediately, freeing up over $150 billion for the country's use. This was the most crucial leverage the West had with which to ensure that Iran kept to the terms of any negotiated arrangement. Opponents of this deal have long argued that sanctions needed to be lifted gradually, over time, after verifying Iran's compliance. That leverage is now gone. And once the sanctions are lifted, it will be extremely difficult if not impossible to put together the international scheme necessary to re-impose them. Iran knows this better than anyone.But keeping to the terms of this deal doesn't appear to be terribly arduous for Iran in any case. Experts have estimated that Iran was just a few months away from having enough weapons-grade uranium to make a bomb. This new agreement extends that timetable to wait for it one year.Seriously?..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


917 days ago | firstlook
Obama's Prison Visit Is an Empty Gesture - First Look Media - The Intercept - First Look Media
"...Yet Obama for all the recent talk concerning penal reform has been slow to the cause. Yes, he did double his number of commutations this week, but, according to 538, his pardon rate still remains the lowest of all recent presidents at 3.3 percent. If Obama truly wanted to reduce the sentences of incarcerated people, he could do so with the stroke of a pen.Further, while Obama called for reducing the length of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent street crimes and urged states to both restore voting rights for felons and reconsider solitary confinement conditions, there is little indication that any of his proposed reforms will come to fruition, or that he will even push for them. There are also no plans for the Obama administration to introduce legislation to Congress. Instead, Obama appears to be waiting for Congress to make the first legislative move...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


917 days ago | reason
Obama in Prison: 'There But for the Grace of God...' - Reason (blog)
"...But Obama's critique of the war on drugs goes only so far. In his NAACP speech on Tuesday and during his prison visit yesterday, he said a sentence of life or 20 years is too harsh for a low-level drug dealer. Yet he still seems to think it's appropriate to lock such people in cages, perhaps for five or 10 years rather than 20 or life. The question is why. If their "mistakes...aren't that different" from the ones Obama made, why should the price they pay be so much higher? If people like the drug offenders who met with Obama are not "dangerous individuals who need to be incapacitated," why are they in prison at all?Obama's push for criminal justice reform, though belated, is welcome, and the symbolism of being the first sitting president to visit a prison sends an important message: Politicians need to think about what happens to the human beings they blithely consign to such places. But a consistent application of the distinction Obama is implicitly drawing between predatory criminals and people whose only offense is engaging in consensual transactions implies that the prisoners Obama saw yesterday do not belong behind bars at all, not just that their sentences should be somewhat shorter...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


917 days ago | iv
Rand Paul, Bernie Sanders, and Barack Obama Show Prison Reform is ... - IVN News
"...This comes just days after he granted clemency to 46 prisoners who spent many years in prison, and faced many more for non-violent, drug offenses. "Prison ref If they'd been sentenced under today's laws, nearly all of them would have already served their time, Obama explained. Incarceration of prisoners, who often times have only been charged in non-violent drug offenses, he says, accounts for over $80 billion a year. Prison reform is not a progressive idea, nor is it a pillar unique to the Republican agenda it's a nonpartisan issue, with members from all political ideologies seeing the need for an overhaul in our current criminal justice system.Back in 2014, Democratic U.S. Senator Cory Booker teamed up with Republican U.S. senator and 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul to address the issue of overcrowding in prisons. Setting party labels aside, Obama recently commended Paul for his consistency on the issue...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


917 days ago | dailycaller
Union Forgets Republicans When Praising Obama On Criminal Justice Reform - Daily Caller
"...Despite the union ignoring similar calls from Republicans, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka praised President Barack Obama Thursday for taking a stance on criminal justice reform. President Obama took a powerful step towards reforming our criminal justice system, Trumka said in a statement. It is past time for a complete overhaul of this country's criminal justice system. High incarceration rates, especially for nonviolent crimes, have sparked a bipartisan movement to change the criminal justice system. Some advocates argue the system especially hurts minority communities. Obama echoed the voices of many Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians in a speech pushing for criminal justice reform...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


917 days ago | deathandtaxesmag
With prison reform, Obama has finally become the president we elected, need - Death and Taxes
"...Following a month of progressive victories in the Supreme Court, including the upholding of the his signature healthcare law, the president is beginning to make good on early-term promises to extend the hand of diplomacyto foreign powers instead of simply bombing them. And now, he has turned his focus and efforts to reforming the criminal justice system, an undertaking many early Obama supporters have no doubt long hoped the president would address, considering his background in community organizing and civil rights law.It is impossible to talk about civil rights without addressing criminal justice and prison reform. Tough on crime legislation enacted by elected leaders like Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Rudy Giuliani throughout the 1980s and '90s has resulted in an institutional mindset that has overflowed prisons, gutted communities of economic opportunity, and allowed the dehumanization of black men and other people of color by police officers nationwide with increasingly tragic results...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


918 days ago | abcnews.go
How President Obama Wants to Change the Way Americans Go to Prison - ABC News

"...Most importantly, the President said at a press conference Wednesday, is keeping folks from getting in the criminal justice system in the first place. With early childhood education and community policing programs, he hopes to stop crime before it happens, he said.Despite the blockbuster Iran nuclear deal, the White House wants criminal justice reform to be in the spotlight, wants the country to be discussing these issues and looking for solutions. With his historic visit today, the President is fighting to keep that momentum going...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


918 days ago | nytimes
U.S. Offers to Help Israel Bolster Defenses, Yet Iran Nuclear Deal Leaves Ally ... - New York Times

"...That issue is the latest chapter in the long history of tensions and mistrust between Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu, who have clashed publicly and privately over the nuclear deal and whose relationship became particularly strained this year after Mr. Netanyahu arranged to address Congress to denounce the pending agreement without first notifying the White House. The idea that somehow Israel would be compensated for this deal in the way the Gulf states would be is rejected by this prime minister as signaling that he is somehow silently acquiescing to it, said David Makovsky, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The negative optic would be, he is being bought off from his principled opposition. He sees any package now as muddying what he sees as the moral clarity of his objection. In Israel, the question was not whether the deal would be followed by a robust new military aid package from Washington, but rather when such discussions would commence and what might be on the shopping list. Isaac Herzog, the leader of the opposition in Parliament, said Tuesday night that he would soon travel to the United States to advance a package of security measures to suit the new situation. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


918 days ago | nytimes
Obama, in Oklahoma, Takes Reform Message to the Prison Cell Block - New York Times

"...What was once politically unthinkable has become a bipartisan venture. Mr. Obama is making common cause with Republicans and Democrats who have come to the conclusion that the United States has given excessive sentences to too many nonviolent offenders, at an enormous moral and financial cost to the country. This week, Mr. Obama commuted the sentences of 46 such prisoners and gave a speech calling for legislation to overhaul the criminal justice system by the end of the year.He came to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution on Thursday to get a firsthand look at what he is focused on. Accompanied by aides, correctional officials and a phalanx of Secret Service agents, he crossed through multiple layers of metal gates and fences topped by concertina wire to tour the prison and talk with some of the nonviolent drug offenders he says should not be serving such long sentences...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


918 days ago | timesofisrael
Israel: Inspection clauses in deal 'worse than worthless,' actually help Iran ... - The Times of Israel
"...If Western or Israeli intelligence agencies produce evidence of an Iranian violation at any given undeclared location, inspectors will not be able to conduct surprise visits. Rather, they will be forced to provide Iran the basis for such concerns and request clarification, according to the Vienna agreement.If Iran's explanations do not adequately assuage the IAEA's concerns, the agency may request access to such locations to make sure no illicit activity has occurred there. The IAEA will provide Iran the reasons for access in writing and will make available relevant information, the deal stipulates...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


919 days ago | washingtonpost
Israeli premier criticizes Iran deal; his rival to lobby US - Washington Post

"...Israeli politicians say the deal won't block Iran from building nuclear weapons. They also say that by easing sanctions, Iran will gain access to tens of billions of dollars, some of which could be funneled to militant anti-Israel groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Israeli leaders say a nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel because Iranian leaders have called for Israel's destruction. Not everyone has learned the lessons of history. Today, the world powers have fallen in a trap of smiles set by the tyrannical Iranian regime, Netanyahu said.Netanyahu said he reviewed the deal at night, and that it includes absurd things. He objected to a clause that requires international inspectors who suspect violations of the deal to give Iran 24 days before inspectors can actually enter the site...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


919 days ago | americanthinker
Obama's Deal: $150 Billion to Iran to Destroy Israel with Conventional Arms - American Thinker

"...This "deal" is Plan A for the annihilation of Israel, annihilation through active offense and by making Israel's defense impossible. If I can see this, so can Mr. Obama... as well as his supporters, including his Jewish supporters who have abandoned Israel and those Jews living in Israel, doing so under cover of the phoniest excuses possible... delivered with self-righteous purported moral platitudes.In life, we make compromises to those we hold in high esteem, to those who hold a place in our hearts, to those we feel merit concessions from us. To Iran, Mr. Obama has made the most earth-shattering compromises in the annals of history. Even Chamberlain did not provide Hitler with a $150 billion to arm-up.Mr. Obama compromised, worse, gave in, totally; surrendering on issues that will assuredly put the world in ultimate danger and enable Iran to forever manipulate, bite, and poison the world. He, evidently, feels an affinity for who they are and what they believe: their Shiite goals. He seems to love calling Mr. Khamenei what he would love being called: The Supreme Leader...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


919 days ago | washingtonpost
Israeli leaders condemn Iran deal, 'one of the darkest days in world history' - Washington Post

"...The condemnations are not new. Netanyahu has led a tireless campaign against the prospects of a deal, including an address before the U.S. Congress in March to hammer home Israel's worries over Iran whose leaders often have called for the annihilation of the Jewish state.The rifts with Washington over the Iran talks have led to rare open tensions between the allies.Hours after the deal was reached in Vienna, Secretary of State John F. Kerry told NBC that he thought Netanyahu was wrong and that the prime minister had been making comments that are way over the top. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


919 days ago | time
Michael Oren: Why Israel Won't Be Celebrating the Iran Deal - Time - TIME
"...For Israelis, though, there is nothing mystifying about this picture. We see an Iranian regime that will deceive inspectors and, in the end, achieve military nuclear capabilities. We see an Iranian nuclear program that, while perhaps temporarily curtailed, will remain capable of eventually producing hundreds of nuclear weapons.This is a picture that we've all seen before. Back in 1994, American negotiators promised a good deal with North Korea. Its nuclear plants were supposed to be frozen and dismantled. International inspectors would carefully monitor North Korea's compliance with the agreement and ensure the country's return to the community of nations. The world, we were told, would be a safer place.It wasn't. North Korea never forfeited its nuclear plants and the inspections proved useless. The community of nations is threatened by North Korean atomic bombs and the world is anything but safe. And yet, against all logic, a very similar deal has been signed with Iran...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


920 days ago | weeklystandard
Obama Can't Find Victims of 'Mass Incarceration' in Federal Prisons

"...So, President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder attacked the entire American criminal justice system, charging that large numbers of individuals were routinely imprisoned for non-violent drug possession. And after months of searching they have found no such individuals none. But they will release a tiny group of convicted drug dealers and armed felons. Before responsible Republicans and Democrats are stampeded into more of the Obama agenda on crime, they should look closely at these 46 examples of the true size of the problem and actual criminal histories they are asked to ignore. And if they care about the victims of crime past, present, and future they will stand against President Obama's agenda on crime and punishment...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


920 days ago | slate
The Real Reason Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Neocons Hate the Iran Deal - Slate Magazine

"...The fear is hardly without reason. The lifting of sanctions, which this deal will trigger in the next few years, will certainly enrich Iran. This might embolden the government's expansionist tendencies and its support of militant movements across the Middle East or it might moderate the country's stance, as the population (much of it literate and pro-Western) interacts more with the rest of the world and the reigning mullahs die off. There is some basis for this hope of transformation. How long can the mullahs sustain their cries of Death to America and their claims of Western encirclement the rationale for their oppressive domestic policies when the country's president and foreign minister, clearly with the approval of the supreme leader, are shaking hands and signing deals with the Great Satan's emissaries? Nonetheless, the hope is a gamble, and one can't blame Israelis for refusing to stake too much on its payoff...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


920 days ago | time
Michael Oren: Why Israel Won't Be Celebrating the Iran Deal - TIME
"...So why, then, are only Israelis united in opposing this deal? The answer is that we have the most to lose, at least in the short run. We know that the deal allows Iran to break out and create nuclear bombs in as little as three months, too quickly for the world to react. We know that the Ayatollahs, who have secretly constructed fortified nuclear facilities that have no peaceful purpose and have violated all of their international commitments, will break this deal in steps too small to precipitate a powerful global response. And we know that the sanctions, once lifted, cannot be swiftly revived, and that hundreds of billions of dollars Iran will soon receive will not be spent on better roads and schools. That treasure will fund the shedding of blood of Israelis but also of many others.Israelis know that, while the world might weather its deception by North Korea, they cannot afford to be duped by Iran. But neither, in fact, can the United States. Just last week, Iran's President attended a rally in Tehran where tens of thousands of protesters chanted Death to America. The deal will better enable them to carry out that attack if not today, then against future generations. And Iran's Supreme Leader has publicly pledged to do just that...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


920 days ago | commentarymagazine
Israel's Ambassador: 'This Deal is a Disaster' - Commentary Magazine
"...The constraints on Iran's nuclear program are only temporary because the most important ones will be removed in a decade. And those constraints will be removed whether or not Iran changes its behavior. In ten years, Iran could be even more aggressive, an even greater sponsor of terror, an even greater threat to Israel and America, and the constraints on Iran's nuclear program would still be removed. In 13 or 14 years, Iran's breakout time would be almost down to zero. Those are not my words. Those are the words of President Obama. And that candid statement is all you need to know about why this deal is so bad...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


920 days ago | europe.newsweek
Israel braces for signing of historic Iran nuclear deal - Newsweek
"...The deal, if signed, will go to US Congress which will have 60 days to review the agreement and decide whether to reject the deal, although Obama holds a veto over any rejection. Ron Gilran, vice-president at Tel Aviv-based geopolitical risk advisory The Levantine Group, says that the Congress review is the last hope for Israel's leadership to prevent any deal."It seems like Netanyahu and the people dealing with this subject in Israel will aim at Congressmen in order to somehow affect them and to change parts of the deal," he says. This is probably their last chance to impact or affect the deal in one way or another."..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


921 days ago | msnbc
'Obamacare' makes big national gains - MSNBC

"...Support is up across the board gender, race, age, education, and even party identification. What's more, note that there's been an 18-point swing over the course of about a year from 56%-37% disapproval last summer, to 48%-47% disapproval now. The Gallup data is consistent with the latest CBS News poll and the Kaiser Family Foundation's latest tracking poll. But that's not the funny part. The funny part is comparing Obamacare to Congress. The latest Gallup poll puts Congress' most recent approval rating at 17%. In other words, the Affordable Care Act is more than three times more popular than the Republican-run House and Senate, both of which would still love to repeal the Affordable Care Act...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


921 days ago | spectator
The Right Prescription Why Krugman Lies About Obamacare - American Spectator
"...Krugman also fails to mention that the Obama administration has cooked the books on the uninsured rate. The reason he uses public polling figures instead of government statistics is that, as his employer reported last year, The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama's health care law. In other words, despite Krugman's claim that Obamacare has reduced the uninsured rate, he actually has no idea if it has or not.In the same post he repeats another dubious piece of evidence that Obamacare is working: It's also a simple fact that outlays on Medicaid and exchange subsidies are coming in well below projections. To make this sound like a success story, Krugman neglects to mention that the subsidies are below projections because the number of enrollees has been lower than initially estimated by the CBO. Spending is down because Obamacare has failed to hit its goals. Krugman is telling us that his jalopy burns less gas than expected without mentioning that this is due to its failure to start...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


921 days ago | realclearpolitics
Obama Pushes Prison Reform, Commutes Sentences for 46

"...Unlike the partisan divisions in Congress that prevent many Obama-supported policies from gaining momentum, criminal justice issues from rising prison costs to decades-long drug sentences have captured the attention of conservatives and liberals, including presidential candidates. Right now, with our overall crime rate and incarceration rate both falling, we're at a moment when some good people in both parties, Republicans and Democrats, and folks all across the country are coming together around ideas to make the system work smarter, to work better, and I'm determined to do my part wherever I can, Obama said in his video message.The legislative drive to repair the criminal justice system has attracted unlikely allies, from the American Civil Liberties Union to Koch Industries, and from Sens. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, to Rand Paul, the GOP libertarian from Kentucky, who is making a bid for the White House. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


921 days ago | dailycaller
Washington's Obamacare Exchange Is Losing A Top Insurer In 2016 - Daily Caller
"...That will leave customers looking for greater choice in their health care options with just one insurance company, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, which is drastically hiking premium rates across the region.CareFirst has already proposed rate increases from 3 percent to 17 percent, according to the Post. In nearby Maryland, CareFirst has requested that state regulators allow it to hike rates by up to 30.4 percent in 2016, The Baltimore Sun reports.DC Health Link's director, Mila Kofman, told The Post that the shrinking number of options isn't a loss for the competitiveness of the exchange and that Aetna's decision to leave the exchange won't harm residents. When you have products when there's not a whole lot of interest to buy, that's the market telling the carrier what they are selling, people can't afford. So in terms of competition, it's not a loss, Kofman said. I don't consider that real competition. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


922 days ago | politico
Israel Is the Iran Deals Biggest Loser - Politico

"...The arena of Iranian negotiations is not the only one in which Israel's tendency to take an extreme position has obscured the justice of an underlying issue. While Iran is the threat that looms largest in the eyes of the Netanyahu government, another major one is diplomatic isolation, a multi-tentacled menace that requires a coordinated response if Israel is to defeat it. The danger is embodied by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks to isolate Israel economically and culturally, but the larger risk lies with a growing perception among mass audiences that Israel deserves extra opprobrium for actions that are depicted as extraordinarily beyond the pale. Recognizing the danger of this development, the Israeli government has attacked it with guns blazing, but often in a way that leads to Israel shooting itself in the foot.One of the biggest drivers of Israel's isolation is the portrayal of Israeli actions in Gaza, where Israel has conducted large-scale military operations to prevent rocket fire against Israeli population centers multiple times over the last decade, most prominently during Operation Cast Lead 2008, Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014. In each instance, Israel has battled a designated terrorist organization that locates its own positions in densely populated civilian areas. Thus, no matter how many precautions Israel takes, Palestinian casualty numbers are far higher than Israeli ones. The challenges that Israel faces in these confrontations should be self-evident, as acknowledged by people like Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey. While Israel is not perfect, it does a good job in a nearly impossible situation anytime it goes into Gaza. But it does a terrible job defending these operations...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


925 days ago | wnd
Today's Greek tragedy is Obama's legacy tomorrow - WND.com
"...Your administration's total unfunded liabilities, chiefly to the poor and the sick, now approach $100 trillion. If I were poor or sick in America, I should be very afraid. There is no way your taxpayers can afford to meet such monstrous liabilities.And, lest you should think I am crowing, I am not. I am sorrowful. For Britain is going the same way as the U.S. It is also bankrupt, though at least its current administration says it is going to do something about it. Before our eyes, the uncaring, socialist welfare state is everywhere collapsing. That is Mr. Obama's legacy. There will be revolution before the economic damage he has caused is corrected. History will condemn him...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


929 days ago | phillytrib
How Obama's legacy got a big boost
"...President Obama ended two wars. He veered away from the idea that the answer to every foreign threat should first and foremost be a military solution. He ended America's role as the world's policeman, instead making this country a leader of concerted action with other nations.He has relied on diplomatic and political solutions, applying military might sparingly, strategically and powerfully. His use of diplomacy combined with economic and military power brought an end to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. He is forging a concerted action against ISIS.Obama is moving, step-by-step, to recognizing Cuba at a time when having good relations with that nation is essential to our national security.He has opened a diplomatic door with Iran, allowing us to have negotiated agreement over their use of nuclear power. He is shifting our focus to Asia, which is long overdue. In sum, he puts the interests of the American people first...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


931 days ago | csmonitor
Obama looks like hes actually having fun being president
"...But 6-1/2 years into his presidency, Obama is on the homestretch, and key elements of his legacy seem secure. The economic recovery is taking root, the Affordable Care Act is intact, and the right to same-sex marriage is the law of the land. Increasingly, the famously cool native of Hawaii is letting himself relax a bit in public. Is your name really Davy Crockett? Obama asked a man at an event Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.Yes, it was just like the 19th-century folk hero who represented Tennessee in Congress and died at the Alamo...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


931 days ago | nj
Two key victories in a week to rescue Obama's legacy
"...Almost in the blink of an eye, President Obama's struggling quest for a legacy has been rescued from a death spiral by a pair of stunning victories.The first was in Congress. There, with overwhelming Republican support Obama won approval of "fast-track" negotiation authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations. Score one for Obama.The second came in the U.S. Supreme Court. There, a 6-3 majority led by Chief Justice John Roberts upheld subsidies to low and middle-income insurance policy holders. Republicans and conservatives opponents had argued the subsidies were invalidated by poor language in the Affordable Care Act...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


931 days ago | huffingtonpost
Obama's Legacy Takes Shape With The Help Of Unlikely Allies

"...Long past the prime of his presidency, Barack Obama is defying the lame-duck label and solidifying the contours of his legacy with the help of unlikely allies in Congress and the Supreme Court.Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the high court preserved Obama's signature health care law Thursday, hours before a Republican-controlled Congress paved the way for an Asia-Pacific trade pact at the center of the president's international agenda. The Supreme Court also handed Obama a surprise win by upholding a key tool used to fight housing discrimination."This was a good day for America," Obama said, speaking from the White House Rose Garden shortly after the court rulings.For a president deep into his second term, the legal and legislative victories were a vindication of policy priorities that have sapped his political capital and exposed rifts with his own Democratic Party. The back-to-back successes also energized a weary White House, with senior officials and longtime advisers making little effort to hide their glee...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


931 days ago | mic
The Time Has Come to Recognize President Obama's Game-Changing Liberal Legacy
"...After a thrilling and fraught week in Washington D.C., and South Carolina, Obama's legacy is coming into plain view and emerging as one of the sharpest and most significant in the last century of liberal politics. The quick succession of Supreme Court rulings, first to reject a last gasp challenge to a key portion of Obama's Affordable Care Act and, a day later, to embrace his administration's late push to guarantee marriage equality have underlined a game-changing era of hard-won and deeply meaningful social progress. A vote for action: Sixteen days after the midterm rout, Obama used his executive authorities in an attempt to shield from deportation as many as 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally. Hillary Clinton, now running for president herself, promised in May to use Obama's move as a stepping stone to even broader action. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


931 days ago | businessinsider
The last week cemented Obama's legacy

"...By the end of the week, both the Affordable Care Act and Obama's brewing Pacific trade deal were more secure than ever before.To boot, Obama became the president under whom gay marriage became legal throughout the United States. And to cap the week off, he delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral of the reverend who was one of nine people killed in last week's church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.It was one of the most momentous weeks of Obama's presidency a defining one for his administration's legacy...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


931 days ago | washingtonpost
Barack Obama: The health-care industry president

"...Meanwhile, the number of government jobs continues to be far lower than when Obama took office.So what's Obama's legacy? Last year, we speculated that it might focus around oil and health-care jobs; if the percentage of oil and gas jobs slips, health care will become the bigger growth industry by both metrics.Obama's legacy was secured in part by the Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare last week. With these numbers, we might as well go ahead and call him the health-care industry president...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


931 days ago | thehill
Confident Obama not satisfied with his 'best week ever'

"...Obama has exuded confidence since he racked up a series of wins last week that helped cement some of his key legacy achievements.The Supreme Court upheld a central provision of his signature healthcare law and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Congress, meantime, passed a package of trade bills that are at the top of the president's second-term economic agenda.The president also delivered an impassioned call for America to confront gun violence and racism last Friday during an emotional eulogy for one the nine victims of a mass shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina.Obama's week of wins was only stopped by an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling Monday against his administration's rules governing toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


931 days ago | mintpressnews
The Obama Legacy: Inequality, Corporate Trade Deals, Worldwide War - Mintpress News (blog)
"...The division between the perception of Obama's achievements and the reality extends far beyond immigration and the LGBT community. Obama's presidency has seen destructive Bush-era policies grow more entrenched, and new forms of repression have been added to American life.With the Supreme Court legalizing marriage for all regardless of gender, many perceive an increase in equality for LGBT people as one of the main legacies of Obama's presidency. But last Wednesday, Jennicet Guti rrez interrupted Obama at one of the White House's annual Pride Month festivities to demand better treatment for an overlooked portion of the community. President Obama, stop the torture and abuse of trans women in detention centers! shouted Guti rrez, who is an undocumented transgender Latina immigrant, before continuing: President Obama, I am a trans woman. I'm tired of the abuse. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


934 days ago | cnn
How Obama's legacy got a big boost - CNN

"...Last week was certainly a high point for President Barack Obama. Let's use the vantage point of that height to gain a little perspective on his legacy.--He took an important step in solving America's health care problem. -- He led the country through a massive demographic shift and moved forward on immigration through an executive order still being litigated in the courts.-- He made a steadfast shift on civil rights, including same-sex marriage.-- He focused on the future with priorities such as clean energy. -- He developed a pragmatic, new foreign policy based on our values -- one that blended diplomacy with selected and concerted use of might. He did all this despite a rigid, obstructionist opposition that was politically determined not just to defeat his policies, but make his presidency a failed presidency that left no footprint whatsoever...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


934 days ago | foxnews
Obama's Iran deal: A fiasco built on a fantasy - Fox News

"...On Friday alone, jihadists left their bloody tracks in countries on three continents, striking France, Tunisia and Kuwait. The attacks left scores dead and came after an Islamic State leader demanded that Ramadan mark a calamity for the infidels . . . Shiites and apostate Muslims. Spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani has said that Muslims everywhere, we congratulate you over the arrival of the holy month. Be keen to conquer in this holy month and to become exposed to martyrdom. So much for the religion of peace.But even those horrors would pale if Iran gets a nuclear weapon, a terrifying outcome that also advanced last week and could be sealed in writing any day...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


935 days ago | heraldnet
Of course Obama should have said the n-word - HeraldNet
"...If Obama's critics think the real calamity here is his matter-of-fact use of the n-word and not the fact that in 2015, so many Americans of different backgrounds can't seem to reach consensus on seemingly basic issues when it comes to race then they're actually making Obama's point for him by focusing on nigger and not the rest of what he had to say.And if the issue is the appropriateness of Obama's word choice, then Fox's Brett Baier got it right when he noted to his colleagues that it's most likely Obama's prerogative, in year seven of his tenure, to bring the issue up this way, given his unique perspective as the nation's first African-American president...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


936 days ago | nypost
Obama plays 'Let's Make a Deal' with nuclear Iran - New York Post
"...Although European leaders protested, Kerry and his colleagues consistently show they will do almost anything to get a deal. Iran knows that, too, which is why it keeps making new demands, including that all economic sanctions be lifted immediately and that inspectors can never set foot on military sites. The mullahs have the upper hand because the other side is desperate.Meanwhile, the White House strategy to win support at home has been transparent, as in obvious. After claiming the only alternative to an Iran deal was war, it has consistently lowballed the odds of a final agreement. The aim is to make a deal desirable to the American public, then use that desire as a cover for making endless concessions. Obama sealed the approach by saying there was no military option, so a deal was the only option...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


936 days ago | mtv
Obama Dropping The N-Word Is Important, But Not For The Reason You Think - MTV.com
"...The N-Word.Its usage is highly debatable, but when the President Of The United States utters the controversial word, the debate reaches a whole new level. When President Obama dropped the n-word in a recent interview with Marc Maron, it had many people up in arms. But what was the President's real intention? Hear his full quote on the state of racism in America, and find out what Franchesca Ramsey has to say, on this mini episode of Decoded. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


938 days ago | rawstory
Media obsesses over the N-word while ignoring Obama's comments on ... - Raw Story

"...He rightfully observed that removing those words from one's vocabulary is but a small part of promoting racial equality.Yes, we should modify our language to be respectful of all people, but one can racially profile, deny jobs, housing and equal pay, and provide substandard schooling to minorities without calling them a racial slur. Frankly, these things are materially more important.In his own way, President Obama was trying to shock Americans into thinking more critically about racial issues...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


939 days ago | washingtonpost
Using the n-word is more common than you (or President Obama) may think - Washington Post (blog)

"...The sensitive nature of this question inevitably underestimates the true proportion of white Americans who still use the n-word. Despite social desirability pressure to be racially impartial, though, many whites still express overtly prejudicial sentiments in surveys.Leonie Huddy and Stanley Feldman, for instance, found that about 40 percent of whites openly state that a little or more of the economic difference between blacks and whites can be explained by racial differences in intelligence and fundamental genetic differences between the races. Likewise, results from the venerable General Social Survey reveal that over half of whites would prefer their close family members marry white spouses than African Americans (see results in supplementary material, here)...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


939 days ago | krugman.blogs.nytimes
Paul Krugman | Most of the Way With Obamacare - New York Times (blog)
"...How is Obamacare doing relative to that benchmark in its second year of operation? The answer is, pretty well. In Medicare expansion states, it's already around 80 percent of the way there:And notice that this been achieved while the deficit has been shrinking and we've been having the best job growth since the 1990s. Folks, this program works; not perfectly, but every single claim by its opponents it won't reduce the number of uninsured, it will cause soaring rates, it will explode the deficit, it will kill jobs has been proved false...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


940 days ago | csmonitor
Obama uses 'n-word': The best way to forward a conversation on race? - Christian Science Monitor
"...But Obama's frank use of the taboo term may signal that he is more willing now to have a candid discussion about the deep problems of racial inequality in the US, and has sparked a debate in the media about the word's appropriateness. While some say that the term's status as one of the most offensive words in the English language, often intended to cause grave offense, makes it inappropriate in all settings, others have defended the president for contextualizing discrimination in a realistic way...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


941 days ago | whotv
Why Obamas N-Word Was Shocking
"...Though Obama's choice of language was striking, Obama has made similar points in a more formal setting many times throughout his presidency, from his speech marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I have a Dream speech to off-the-cuff remarks during White House briefings at times of racial tension. To dismiss the magnitude of this progress, to suggest, as some sometimes do, that little has changed that dishonors the courage and the sacrifice of those who paid the price to march in those years, Obama said on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial when he honored King in 2013. But we would dishonor those heroes as well to suggest that the work of this nation is somehow complete. The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn't bend on its own. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


941 days ago | thegrio
If youre freaking out over Obama using the n-word then youre part of the problem
"...This is an intelligent man making a nuanced statement about modern day racism. However, some of Obama's right wing detractors take issue with him using the word at all. Fox News pundit Elizabeth Hasselbeck thinks it is inappropriate for a president to use that word, and she's concerned he might use it in a public address. I think many people are wondering if it's only there that he would say it. And not, perhaps, in a State of the Union [address] or more public address if he's only doing this because he's in the quote podcast, that he felt safe to do it there, said Hasselbeck.The former The View co-host's concern suffers from a complete lack of merit. President Obama was making a statement about racism when he said nigger; he was not referring to a person nor was he condoning the use of the word. It's hard to have a conversation about a word and not use the actual word. Saying the n-word is sometimes not enough.  He used uncomfortable language to make a powerful and true point...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


941 days ago | fusion
Obama using the n-word is not the problem. Justifying racism is.
"...Obama using the word nigger to articulate in a rather polite way that White America's low bar of expectations for its racial progress is unacceptable is not the problem that should lead tonight's news broadcasts. The true disgrace is that in its intolerance and reluctance to embrace self responsibility for its past and its present, White America remains the biggest stumbling block to racial progress in this country, what Carol Anderson called White rage against progress. I know that most White people have learned to be tolerant enough to not call random Black people niggers in public.What I want to know is if the people who debate the existence of racism believe that any given Black person deserves to live in the first place...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


941 days ago | washingtonpost
Of course Obama shouldve used the n-word

"...And if the issue is the appropriateness of Obama's word choice, then Fox's Brett Baier got it right when he noted to his colleagues that it's most likely Obama's prerogative, in year seven of his tenure, to bring the issue up this way, given his unique perspective as the nation's first African American president.It's not like the president secretly hates black people. It's not as if he let an n go while reading to a kindergarten class. It's not like it's the first thing he's ever said on the topic he spoke about race in his A More Perfect Union address, in his speech this year at the Edmund Pettus Bridge and at any number of points in between. And it's not like he's Chet Haze, Tom Hanks' aspiring-rapper son who recently argued that White people, like, use that term, also. Whether you're an Obama fan or not, he should have at least enough cred to use the n-word when he's making a point about the n-word.If he can't use that word to advance the conversation, who can?..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


941 days ago | vox
Obama said the n-word to make a point. The media's reaction proved him right.

"...Of course, Obama isn't the first president to use the word. Other presidents have used it, not to criticize racism but to, well, be racist. Only a few years before Lyndon B. Johnson signed the biggest civil rights laws in American history, he routinely described an earlier civil rights bill as "the ni**er bill." Harry Truman referred to pioneering black Congressman Adam Clayton Powell as "that damned ni**er preacher." (This column by Randall Kennedy, who literally wrote the book on the subject, goes into much more detail about the history of the word.)But because Obama used it after it's become impolite, people are pouncing on it and doing exactly what Obama said the problem was: focusing on the expressions of racism that aren't considered polite anymore, rather than the ones that are.It's just plain easier to write about violations of social norms than it is to point out the problems hidden within those norms...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


941 days ago | politico
Barack Obama trade agenda faces world of doubt - Politico

"...They got the opposite on Friday, when Obama trekked up to Capitol Hill to plead for his trade agenda and got smacked down by fellow Democrats. That spells trouble for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive pact covering about 40 percent of world economic output. The failure of the trade bill also casts doubt on the sprawling European trade negotiations, and will make other nations less likely to trust the Obama administration's ability to negotiate everything from auto tariffs to currency rules around the world...." see full article


951 days ago | politico
Democrats deal Obama huge defeat on trade - Politico

"...Obama spent roughly 40 minutes with Democratic lawmakers, taking no questions but telling his party to vote your values, according to a source in the room.But Democratic lawmakers rebuffed him hours later, voting overwhelmingly to scuttle the trade package that was a centerpiece of the president's second-term agenda. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who had remained silent for weeks on the trade issue, went to the House floor shortly before the vote to speak against the trade deal...." see full article


951 days ago | krugman.blogs.nytimes
The Obamacare Disinformation Loop - New York Times (blog)
"...So will there be big headlines about Obamacare not costing that much, after all, and how the earlier reports were misleading? Hahaha.And think how this affects the vast majority of voters. They aren't carefully keeping score; they're forming impressions based on reports they hear mainly in passing. So each year they hear a flurry of scare stories about surging premiums, then nothing more and the impression they build up over time is that Obamacare expenses are out of control. No wonder, then, that almost nobody knows the truth, which is that Obamacare has ended up costing much less than expected...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


952 days ago | reason
Outside Liberal La La Land, Obamacare is Sputtering - Reason (blog)
"...ObamaCare's supporters would like everyone to believe that with Healthcare.gov now functioning, everything is just fine and dandy. Contrary to what the conservative press (which I guess would include me) has been saying about the many problems of ObamaCare, Vox's Ezra Klein declared last September that "in the real world, it's working." In February, his fellow Voxland inhabitant Sarah Kliff rattled off eight ways in which the law had proved its critics wrong.But has it? Not really.For starters, the exchanges have enrolled about 3 million fewer people than the Congressional Budget Office projected in 2010. And far fewer of the enrollees are from the ranks of the uninsured than hoped. Medicaid enrollment is lower too, for the simple reason that states refused to expand the program...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


952 days ago | latimes
Obamacare 'sticker shock'? Still hasn't happened. - Los Angeles Times
"...The depiction of the Affordable Care Act as a driver of huge increases in health insurance rates refuses to die, even though the record thus far shows that premium rate increases have shrunk since open enrollment for individual plans began in 2014.The drumbeat is sounding again, based on early and incomplete filings by insurers. The drum majors typically are conservative news sources anxious to show that sticker shock hasn't been eliminated, just deferred. But numerous general news agencies fomented the panic as well. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


952 days ago | dailycaller
Final TPA Vote Delayed Until Next Week - Daily Caller
"...As a result of TAA failing to pass and TPA passing, as it stands now, TPA is stranded in the House. A motion to reconsider TAA was brought to the floor on Friday as well, so House members will have a second chance to bring TAA to a vote again. If the motion cannot be tabled, another vote on TAA happens next week.In the meantime, Republicans are attempting to get Democrat support for the next TAA vote.If the House can pass TAA, the whole trade deal passes and the House will not have vote on TPA again. However, if TAA goes down one more time, it would be stuck in the House again...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


952 days ago | motherjones
Breaking: House Delivers Stunning Blow to Obama's Trade Deal - Mother Jones

"...While every other president from Ford onward has been granted similar powers, today's vote has turned out to be anything but routine. Critics who oppose the TPP and other pending agreements are working to stop the bill and thwart the anticipated trade deals.The fast-track process was set out in 1974's Trade Act, which empowered Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority bills like the one slated to be voted on today that allow presidents to negotiate and sign trade deals with less involvement from the legislative branch. Congress still gets to vote yes or no on any final agreement, but amendments are generally prohibited. In exchange, TPA bills let legislators lay out trade priorities and negotiating objectives for the president, and set requirements on how and how often the administration must check in while negotiations are underway...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


952 days ago | time
Here Are 5 Reasons the G7 Summit Was a Disappointment - TIME
"...Until last year, the G7 used to be the G8. But then Russia decided to invade Ukraine, so it was booted from the group. Sanctions followed, and the Russian economy took a tumble. Inflation hit 15.8 percent this past May, while GDP fell 4.2 percent year-on-year in April. The ruble has lost 11 percent of its value against the US dollar in the last month alone. Food prices are soaring: 50 percent of Russians have reduced consumption since sanctions began, and 20 percent say they have no disposable income left after paying for food and shelter. Yet Russia remains in Ukraine, and Vladimir Putin remains undaunted. The G7 announced at the summit that sanctions will remain in place so long as Putin ignores the Minsk ceasefire agreement brokered in February and that was pretty much it. So for those wondering, the crisis in Ukraine continues...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


952 days ago | foreignpolicy
Barack Obama's Free Trade Fake-Out - Foreign Policy (blog)
"...But now, the president who pledged to put American workers first is pushing hard for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free-trade agreement being negotiated by 12 Pacific Rim countries that would subject American workers' pay to market forces. The last few decades have seen entire industries relocate offshore when was the last time you saw Made in USA on a T-shirt label? And yet Obama is touting TPP not only as a job creator but also as the most progressive trade agreement in history (perhaps because it would impose U.S. labor standards on developing countries and enforceable environmental-protection standards).When Obama talks to businesses, he may emphasize a reduction in tariffs for textile manufacturers, for example, or increased access to foreign markets for services companies. But it's jobs that are his major selling point to the American public. And this is misleading: There are benefits to free trade, to be sure. But under free trade agreements, jobs shift to areas where the U.S. has a comparative advantage. There is no way to guarantee a net increase...." see full article


952 days ago | chicagotribune
Obamacare after the Supreme Court ruling - Chicago Tribune

"...The issue: Whether the law provides subsidies only to people who signed up for insurance through an exchange established and run by a state. The problem is, 37 states, including Illinois, rely on the federal health care exchange.Many people would find their insurance is too expensive without the subsidy. For that matter, many people will find their insurance is too expensive in the coming months, subsidy or not, because rates are rising swiftly...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


952 days ago | thinkprogress
Congressman Makes Bizarre Claim About Obamacare - ThinkProgress
"...Of course, many conservatives are loathe to credit such a success to the health care reform law. That Obamacare wouldn't result in more people having health insurance was, as New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait has rounded up, a claim repeated by many conservatives in 2013 and 2014. That argument has largely gone by the wayside as the uninsured rate continues to drop, but apparently Palmer isn't yet ready to give it up.Palmer didn't just reveal himself as an Obamacare truther. Discussing climate change during the interview, the Alabama GOPer also erroneously declared that temperatures hadn't increased in the last two decades and may even be decreasing...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


953 days ago | truth-out
Barack Obama: No Jack Kennedy - Truth-Out
"...While it's true that comparisons can be invidious, they can also be instructive. Will President Obama ever be able to summon the courage to face down the military-industrial complex and other powerful Establishment forces? Or is it simply (and sadly) the case that he simply does not have it in him?Referring to Obama's anemic flip-flopping on Ukraine, journalist Robert Parry wrote that Obama's policy on Ukraine suggests that he (1) believes his own propaganda, (2) is a conscious liar, or (3) has completely lost his bearings, and simply adopts the position of the last person he talks to.I see as the primary factor a toxic, enervating mix of fear and cowardice. Former Air Force Col. Morris Davis, who quit his job as chief prosecutor at Guantanamo when ordered to accept testimony based on waterboarding under the Bush administration, may have come close with his unusual burst of military-style candor...." see full article


953 days ago | breitbart
Barack Obama the Negotiator: From Rezko to the Present - Breitbart News
"...When he came into office, the world was united against any Iranian nuclear enrichment whatsoever. Obama undermined that unity in his desperate search for a deal one that, by his own admission, now provides Iran with a path to an eventual nuclear weapon. The final deal, due June 30, still has no provision for inspection of Iran's nuclear sites and military sites, and the Obama administration is covering up Iran's violation of nuclear sanctions to preserve the farce.So why would we trust Barack Obama to represent our interests abroad without any way to scrutinize what he is doing?Republican leaders have failed to answer that question or to gain anything in return from Obama for defending him...." see full article


953 days ago | unionleader
George Will: A vote for TPA is not a vote for Obama - The Union Leader
"...Rep. Paul Ryan campaigned hard to prevent a second Obama term, but he strongly favors TPA. He notes that if Obama's negotiations about Iran's nuclear program were being conducted under guarantees of congressional involvement similar to those contained in TPA, Congress would enjoy statutorily required briefings on the negotiations and access to the negotiating documents. Furthermore, any agreement with Iran would have to be made public for examination at least 60 days before Obama signed it, after which the agreement could not take effect unless Congress approves it.Obama has all the friends in Congress he has earned and deserves, so even among Democrats this cohort is vanishingly small. By passing TPA, House Republicans can achieve a fine trifecta, demonstrating their ability to rise above their justifiable resentments, underscoring his dependence on them and on Congress, and illustrating his party's dependence on factions inimical to economic vitality. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


953 days ago | thehill
TPA means the US will lead on trade - The Hill

"...As the global economy expands, nations throughout the Pacific Rim and Europe are looking to their ally, the United States, wondering if we will rise to the occasion and lead another century of economic growth based on the rule of law. Trade promotion authority (TPA) represents our opportunity as a nation to answer that question affirmatively and assure our allies that America remains the leader of the world. If the House of Representatives rejects TPA, our allies will be left looking for another country, like China, to set the rules of the 21st century. For America to continue to determine the rules of the global economy and lead the world in setting and passing free trade agreements, the House must pass TPA. Since the days of Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party has championed free trade. President Reagan knew that when America competes globally, America wins...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


953 days ago | weeklystandard
President Out of Touch on Obamacare

"...The arguments over just how successful the bill is, or is not, and whether the president has delivered on the promises he made for it keep your doctor, save $2,500, etc. go on ceaselessly and nobody seems to give. But there is this fact, which might account for the president's pique Obamacare has never been more unpopular than it is on the day he makes his passionate defense...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


954 days ago | thefiscaltimes
Obamacare Gap Traps Millions With Coverage Who Can't Afford Care - The Fiscal Times
"...There are millions of Americans who rely on community health centers even now that the uninsured rate has plunged to historic lows. That's because high deductible policies and out-of-pocket costs still prevent people from actually being able to cover treatment.A Gallup poll late last year reported that about one in three Americans say they have put off treatment for themselves or a family member because of cost the highest rate recorded in Gallup's history...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


954 days ago | forbes
Why Are The 2016 Obamacare Rate Increases So Large? - Forbes
"...You might recall that I have said we wouldn't see the real Obamacare rates until the 2017 prices are published in mid-2016. By then health plans will finally have had a couple of years of credible claim data and two of the three 3 Rs reinsurance provisions subsidizing the insurance companies will have gone away.I have also made the argument that after two years the Obamacare enrollment is coming up way short of what it needs for us to be assured that we have a sustainable risk pool enough healthy people signed up to pay the costs for the sick...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


954 days ago | salon
GOP senator: Blame Obama if my party's Obamacare sabotage succeeds

"...Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota took the GOP's Obamacare insanity to new heights on Monday, tweeting a nonsensical attack on the president ahead of a much anticipated Supreme Court decision on health insurance subsidies for low-income Americans in states whose typically Republican-controlled legislatures refused to implement their own state-run exchanges.Thune's concern-trolly attack? If the Supreme Court aids the GOP effort to gut Obamacare by striking down the subsidies, that's the fault of Obamacare and the president...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


954 days ago | globalresearc
G7 Leaders Escalate War Threats against Russia - Center for Research on Globalization
"...The hypocrisy and recklessness of Obama and his G7 counterparts is breathtaking. They are denouncing Russian aggression in Ukraine, which they plunged into civil war by backing a fascist-led putsch last year that toppled a pro-Russian government. Now, US and NATO armed forces are conducting air, sea and ground exercises all along Russia's borders. In Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea, and the Black Sea, the US and its allies are rehearsing the opening stages of an all-out war with Russia.Last week, US defense officials testifying before the US House of Representatives indicated that the Pentagon is considering launching pre-emptive strikes against Russian targets, including with nuclear weapons (see: US officials consider nuclear strikes against Russia). These statements are no doubt now being carefully studied by the Russian military...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


955 days ago | countercurrents
G7 Leaders Escalate War Threats Against Russia - CounterCurrents.org
"...The hypocrisy and recklessness of Obama and his G7 counterparts is breathtaking. They are denouncing Russian aggression in Ukraine, which they plunged into civil war by backing a fascist-led putsch last year that toppled a pro-Russian government. Now, US and NATO armed forces are conducting air, sea and ground exercises all along Russia's borders. In Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea, and the Black Sea, the US and its allies are rehearsing the opening stages of an all-out war with Russia.Last week, US defense officials testifying before the US House of Representatives indicated that the Pentagon is considering launching pre-emptive strikes against Russian targets, including with nuclear weapons (see: US officials consider nuclear strikes against Russia). These statements are no doubt now being carefully studied by the Russian military...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


955 days ago | e360.yale
Oil Drilling in Arctic Ocean: A Push into Uncharted Waters - Yale Environment 360
"...Not only does the route of the ghost barge serve as a real-life demonstration of how spilled oil could move across the Arctic, it also illustrates how difficult it will be to contain and clean up oil in a region where roads, ports, airplanes, and icebreakers are few and far between. In addition, scientists and engineers still don't fully understand how chemical dispersants and oil collection agents might work in a cold climate, how ice conditions and ocean currents will influence the fate of spilled oil, and how well microbes in the Arctic are able to degrade the hydrocarbons, as they tend to do in warmer climates, such as during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


955 days ago | cincinnati
Arctic drilling would benefit Ohio - Cincinnati.com
"...Similar to the exploration of shale in Ohio and neighboring states, exploring and recovering resources in the Arctic are also vitally important steps we can take to reduce dependence on foreign oil and increase national security. Many of the major oil-producing nations in the world are not friendly to the U.S. Our security and our economy depend on our willingness to develop our own domestic sources of energy.While we can visually see the positive impacts from shale right here in Ohio, Arctic oil development also can affect our state's economy in a very direct way. Ohio is the nation's second largest producer of raw steel, and the oil and gas industry is a huge consumer of steel products, from drilling platforms to compressors to pipelines. Nearly 18,000 Ohioans work in the steel industry, which has a payroll of $1.2 billion annually...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


956 days ago | voanews
G7 Leaders Affirm Russia Sanctions - Voice of America
"...Russia was suspended from what used to be the Group of Eight last year because of its occupation and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The remaining G7 leaders pledged to increase support for Ukraine's reform and economic growth efforts, but did not say anything about military aid, which some G7 nations provide on a bi-lateral basis.John Hudson, a senior reporter with Foreign Policy Magazine, said U.S. officials met their goals of maintaining sanctions...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


956 days ago | foxnews
At G7 summit, Obama finds support, unity for trade deals, Russian sanctions - Fox News

"...At most, leaders hope to emerge from the talks with an agreement to keep U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia in place and perhaps a pledge to enact deeper economic penalties if the crisis escalates.The world leaders also spent more than an hour Sunday privately discussing trade issues, as Capitol Hill lawmakers debate whether to give Obama the authority to move trade agreements through Congress more quickly.Obama and his advisers voiced confidence about the trade-authority deal to Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and the other world economic leaders, at Schloss Elmau, a one-time German artist retreat turned luxury spa...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


956 days ago | theguardian
Obama lambasts Putin: you're wrecking Russia to recreate Soviet empire - The Guardian

"...The German chancellor stressed that while she hoped the situation in Ukrainewould not worsen, the G7 leaders were prepared to implement tougher sanctions if it did. We are ready, should the situation escalate which we don't want to strengthen sanctions if the situation makes that necessary but we believe we should do everything to move forward the political process of Minsk , Merkel said.Obama warned that if Russia were to double down on what he called its aggressive behaviour in Ukraine, additional steps could be taken...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


956 days ago | rt
EU leaders at G7 in Bavaria in call to uphold Russia sanctions - RT
"...The recent escalation of violence in Ukraine has prompted fears that the fragile ceasefire agreed in Minsk in February could break down. The residential areas in eastern Ukraine have been shelled in recent weeks resulting in civilian casualties. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitors have reported violation of the Minsk ceasefire agreements by both sides of the conflict.Moscow has called on Western states to urge Kiev to make all efforts to stick to the Minsk agreements. At the UN Security Council meeting on Saturday, Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin noted that there has been frustration with Kiev's flagrant violation and blunt ignorance of the Minsk agreements among Western states. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


957 days ago | news.sky
Cameron Urges G7 Unity Over Russia Aggression - Sky News
"...The EU and US worked in concert to impose stiff sanctions on members of President Vladimir Putin's inner circle and key sectors of the Russian economy in the wake of last year's annexation of Crimea.Russia was also ejected from the G8 group, resulting in this year's slimmed-down summit line-up of seven.The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is just one of the subjects Mr Cameron says he hopes to discuss at the summit - which includes the leaders of Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada and the US...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


957 days ago | ibtimes
Obama Faces Challenges Forging Unity With Europeans Over Russia Sanctions ... - International Business Times
"...Obama faces increasing public hostility toward the U.S. in Germany, fueled by revelations that the NSA had tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone, and that the country's intelligence service, the BND, had helped the U.S. spy on European companies, including German giant Siemens AG, and officials for years.While Obama and Merkel reportedly have a good personal relationship, both have acknowledged the effect the spying revelations have had on relations between the two countries. In a bid to put the affair behind them, the pair plan to open his visit to Germany with a public display of friendliness, delivering remarks about the U.S.-German alliance before taking a walk through the picturesque alpine village of Kr n, the paper added...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


957 days ago | abc.ne
US president Barack Obama wants G7 leaders to stand up to Russian ... - ABC Online
"...In a sign of togetherness showing Russian president Vladimir Putin the unity of the G7 over the Ukraine crisis, Mr Obama said ties between the United States and Germany were "one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known".He also hailed the "enduring friendship" between the American and German people in a speech warmly applauded by Bavarians in traditional dress, quaffing beer and munching pretzels.Ms Merkel praised the United States as an "essential partner" despite occasional "differences of opinion"...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


957 days ago | realclearpolitics
Spare Us From Obamacare - RealClearPolitics

"...Despite subsidies for the industry of at least $16 billion, many insurers lose money. Far fewer individuals signed up for Obamacare than expected (and the administration claimed). Those who did are older and sicker. Only about 40 percent of those eligible eventually signed up after two full open-enrollments, insurance expert Robert Laszewski told the Washington Examiner. Carriers need more like 75 percent. Subsidies for insurance companies mask the true cost, said Stephen Parente, director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute. Unless reauthorized in 2017, premiums for the cheapest plan could rise nearly 100 percent for individuals, 50 percent for families, he said...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


957 days ago | voanews
G7 Summit Starts With Renewed Opposition to Russia's Ukraine Involvement - Voice of America
"...Russia was suspended from the group last year, after it invaded and annexed Ukraine's Crimea region. G7 countries are among the leaders of an extensive sanctions regime designed to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to change his policy. All of us would prefer to have Russia around the table in the G8 format, said European Council President Donald Tusk. But our Group is not only a political and economic group of interests, but first of all this is a community of values, and that is why Russia is not among us here today and will not be invited as long as it behaves aggressively against Ukraine and other countries. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


957 days ago | nationaljournal
This Is How America Will Remember Barack Obama - National Journal
"... Long after the last partisan battle has been fought over Obamacare, long after Barack Obama has settled into a comfortable post-presidency, and long after the last joke has been made about some Joe Biden verbal misstep, people will remember the moment when the always-in-control president struggled to control his emotions. They will remember the moment when president and vice president embraced in front of the altar and exchanged heartfelt kisses on the cheek. And they will remember how their hearts ached at this intimate glimpse of one family's pain.In an age when so many political moments are scripted, this was real. In a country whose presidents and vice presidents have rarely been close, this was genuine closeness. In an administration that prides itself on being hip, this was decidedly old-fashioned love.But it was something more than that, something that the country has never before seen in real time. In its raw emotion and aching poignancy, the burial Saturday of Beau Biden, son of the vice president, was a rare moment in the long history of the United States, one unlike any ever before brought to the nation through live, often moving, television coverage...." see full article


958 days ago | hotair
NYT: In Vermont, ObamaCare flopped so bad it killed single payer - Hot Air
"...This was always the flaw in the supposed Trojan-horse theory of ObamaCare. The government takeover of the markets was too pronounced, too obvious, to leave government with any credibility in the event of its failure. Most opponents thought that the failure would come within a few years as the result of its impossible financial model. Few would have predicted that the federal government and the states could have failed so spectacularly on building the exchanges themselves, or that those failures would still be continuing into 2015...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


959 days ago | realclearpolitics
Only Democrats Are to Blame for Obamacare Chaos

"...Not a single Republican voted for Obamacare. Most, in fact, cautioned that passing the largest health care reform in American history -- written by one party, jammed through using reconciliation, and haphazardly implemented -- could be problematic as not only an ideological matter but a practical one. Now they have to act?It's widely contended that the GOP has some kind of obligation to rescue Obamacare -- whether for moral reasons or for self-preservation. In addition to the administration's position, Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut actually stood on the Senate floor with a "shruggie" symbol to criticize the GOP for not formulating a plan in response to King v. Burwell. This would be the equivalent of seeing Sen. Ted Cruz demanding that Democrats come up with a strategy to resuscitate the Defense of Marriage Act. It is preposterous...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


959 days ago | nationaljournal
Barack Obama's Base Has Tuned Him Out - National Journal
"...Nothing in the president's second term has better demonstrated his lame-duck status than his uphill fight for Trade Promotion Authority, a political reality that is being effectively hammered home by his erstwhile allies in the progressive movement who are determined to beat him and are no longer concerned that they could weaken a fellow Democrat in the White House."Labor unions and progressives will be around for many election cycles to come. And President Obama won't be on the ballot anymore," is the pointed message of Adam Green, one of the most effective and influential progressive leaders in Washington. Green is cofounder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a 950,000-member organization that grew out of MoveOn.org. PCCC is one of several liberal groups that will hold what Green calls "a massive day of action" on the trade fight Wednesday, to include the release of 2 million signatures opposing TPA...." see full article


961 days ago | huffingtonpost
Barack Obama Has Left the Building - Huffington Post

"...There's no doubt about it. Barack Obama's second term in office has been a joyless one. It is clear in his demeanor, each time he speaks to the cameras, that he lacks the fiery spark of conviction in his ability to change the world, and rather grips the cold amber of truth that if a single man could make a difference and leave his mark on history - he isn't the one.Two and a half years into his final term, Obama no longer makes an effort to craft his speeches in a way that illuminate the fundamental truth and legitimacy of his objectives, but rather to protect his political position. He no longer champions national policies but suggests them. He no longer pushes against the current of opinions, but goes along with them. He makes appearances at the sites of tragic gun violence and natural disaster to offer hackneyed words of condolences, and moves on...." see full article


962 days ago | theblaze
Latest GDP Report Proves that Obama is Purposefully Destroying America - TheBlaze.com
"...Except this isn't one plane and a couple hundred souls. Obama is taking the entire American economy and all of us down with him.I've told everyone and anyone who would listen for almost seven years that Obama is following the exact plan he learned as my college classmate at Columbia University Class of 1983. The plan is called Cloward-Piven. The plan is simple: To destroy capitalism and American exceptionalism you overwhelm the system with spending, entitlements, regulations and debt. The economy comes to halt, full-time jobs are killed, businesses fail in record numbers, the middle class is financially murdered, the debt implodes and the economy is overwhelmed...." see full article


963 days ago | townhall
How Dishonest is Barack Obama? - Town Hall

"...Okay. That's a broken promise. Or, is it more than that? Did the president really believe the promise when he made it?In 2008, candidate Obama promised to heal wounds, end partisan rancor and pull the nation together. Yes, We Can was a promise to unite the American people and members of both parties behind common goals. Yet President Obama has turned out to be the most partisan and the most polarizing president in our life time. And, yes, it really is his fault. Granted, Republicans have given tit for tat. But the president promised to lead. In his first State of the Union address he gratuitously insulted the members of the Supreme Court, who were sitting in the front row honoring him. He invited Paul Ryan to a gathering and proceeded to humiliate him on national TV. For the most part, the president doesn't socialize with Republicans or even talk to them. But he doesn't talk to Democrats either. He hasn't done anything to bring about togetherness on either side of the aisle...." see full article


965 days ago | chicagotribune
How Obamacare demoralized doctors and degraded care - Chicago Tribune

"...That's just the beginning of the losses. Consider the myriad small practices that, facing ruinous transition costs in equipment, software, training and time, have closed shop, gone bankrupt or been swallowed by some larger entity.This hardly stays the long arm of the health care police, however. As of Jan. 1, 2015, if you haven't gone electronic, your Medicare payments will be cut, by 1 percent this year, rising to 3 percent (potentially 5 percent) in subsequent years.Then there is the toll on doctors' time and patient care. One study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine found that emergency room doctors spend 43 percent of their time entering electronic records information, 28 percent with patients. Another study found that family practice physicians spend on average 48 minutes a day just entering clinical data...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


966 days ago | weeklystandard
No, Obamacare's Complexity is Not a Good Thing - The Weekly Standard (blog)

"...There is a reason that political candidates do not run on slogans of making government more complex. People demand simplicity in how something affects their lives. The underlying complexity of an iWatch is acceptable to the consumer so long as the interface is simple and those who build the watch know what they are doing. Conversely, the complexity of Obamacare remains unacceptable to Americans because it has resulted in unexplained lost coverage, restricted access to long-familiar doctors, and provided unexpected year-end bills, among its other negative outcomes. What is more, its interface with the public has been anything but simple, leaving millions frustrated and worse off than before Obamacare.With Real Clear Politics showing that all 183 Obamacare polls taken during President Obama's second term have found it to be unpopular, supporters of the law are understandably at their wits' end. But praising the 2,400-page legislation for its indecipherable complexity only further highlights the need for full repeal followed by real, sensible, understandable reform of the sort that Dr. Price has advanced...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


966 days ago | americanthinker
Like Don Draper, Barack Obama Can Never Go Home - American Thinker

"...At this stage in his presidency, Barack Obama no longer lives in terror. The fact that he reportedly spent $2 million or so on attorney fees to keep his birth certificate sealed suggests that he once did. I am still not certain what it was that he needed to conceal. As to Obama's grades and test scores, Jimmy Hoffa's body will be unearthed before those are.If Draper's self-inventions make him more interesting, Obama's make him more frightening. We don't expect illusion from our presidents. Historically, we have preferred their life stories to be non-fictional.Obama's fictionalizing began early. When he returned to Hawaii from Indonesia as a ten-year-old, he struggled to define who he was. Given what his mother told him about Americans, he could have hardly wanted to be one. As to being an African-American, all he knew is what he saw on TV. And so he told his new schoolmates that his father was a prince and his grandfather a chief of a great African tribe...." see full article


969 days ago | latimes
Why you can't blame Obamacare for the crisis in 'underinsurance' - Los Angeles Times
"...York asserts that the Affordable Care Act, by outlawing lifetime caps on healthcare benefits and the denial of coverage to those with preexisting conditions, and by mandating that children be covered on their parents' employer plans up to age 26, left insurers with little choice but to jack up deductibles to remain profitable.None of this holds water. For a start, the trend of rising deductibles pre-dated the Affordable Care Act by years. York even acknowledges this; he cites Commonwealth Fund figures showing that the percentage of adults with deductibles equal to 5% of household income rose from 3% in 2003 and 2005 to 6% in 2010. The figure reached 11% last year...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


969 days ago | breitbart
Obama Thinks Iran Is 'Rational' - Breitbart News
"...Iran is facing a female drug-abuse crisis as the number of young, well-off and well-educated women using substances continues to rise. At least six million of Iran's 77.7 million population have drug related problems, according to official reports. And addiction, especially to Shisheh a high-purity form of crystalline methamphetamine is increasingly spreading across all social classes.The Western experience of addiction to drugs like crystal meth is that no level of society is immune. With a general addiction rate that high, many members of Iran's ruling elite must be addicts suffering heroin and meth induced psychosis, exhibiting drug induced paranoia, rage and irrational behaviour. In the West, many drug users are addicted to both drugs, using crystal meth to wake up, using heroin to come down , living in a state of mind completely detached from anything most people would regard as normal.For all we know, the Supreme Leader of Iran himself could be a meth addict suffering drug induced psychosis, paranoia, experiencing drug induced delusions about his own mission to remake the world, lusting for the destructive might which nuclear weapons would grant to his addled megalomanic fantasies...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


970 days ago | nytimes
Obamacare's Big Gamble on Hospital Productivity - New York Times

"...This theory asserts that productivity growth in health care is inherently low for the same reason it is in education: Productivity-enhancing technologies cannot easily replace human doctors or teachers. In contrast with, say, manufacturing a sector in which machines have rapidly taken over functions that workers used to do, and have done them better and more cheaply there are, at least for the time being, far fewer machines that can step in and outperform doctors, nurses or other health sector jobs.But a new study casts doubt on that theory and suggests Obamacare's bet may indeed pay off. The study, published in Health Affairs by John Romley, Dana Goldman and Neeraj Sood, found that hospitals' productivity has grown more rapidly in recent years than in prior ones. Hospitals are providing better care at a faster rate than growth in the payments they receive from Medicare, according to the study...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


970 days ago | breitbart
Obamacare Insurance Premiums to Jump, up to 51% - Breitbart News
"...President Obama claimed he compromised the design of Obamacare in 2010 to achieve fiscal neutrality over a 10 year projection to avoid increasing the deficit spending. But to achieve that mirage, the implementation was delayed for three years and the premium cost increases were ramped up over the next three years.(My own insurer, Aetna, left the individual market rather than participate in the Covered California exchange. I was forced to purchase a 2014 Blue Shield policy on the state exchange. The premium for my wife and I, who have no major health issues, almost doubled from $740 per month with Aetna to $1,340 under Covered California.)..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


970 days ago | azcentral
Barack Obama is an utter failure - azcentral.com
"...After six plus years as Commander in Chief, it is increasingly evident our president is seriously overwhelmed by the task assigned him, especially when it comes to foreign policy.The unwillingness to respond to Russia's takeover of Crimea and eastern Ukraine, the total inability to respond to the deepening crisis in the Middle East, etc., has made it obvious a background as a Chicago community organizer, along with a short tenure as U.S. Senator, hardly qualifies one to be the leader of the free world...." see full article


970 days ago | newsok
Kentucky example shows perils of Obamacare - NewsOK.com
"...Obamacare backers claimed the law would reduce these visits, which are the most expensive way to get health care, and therefore drive down overall health care costs. Instead, the ACEP survey found those enrolled in Medicaid because of Obamacare cannot get doctors' appointments due to the low rates. As a result, those individuals still go to the ER for routine care.So is Obamacare working? Only if you think giving people coverage without providing access to care and making it harder for hospitals to survive is a success...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


971 days ago | frontpagemag
ObamaCare Might Just Wipe Out New York City's Public Hospitals - FrontPage Magazine
"...Like Ebola or disco, ObamaCare is the gift that just keeps on giving. It's an incredible success story that isn't just wrecking havoc across the lives of middle class people who had health insurance before ObamaCare wrecked theirs, it's also trashing socialized medicine everywhere.One more reason Obama needs to urgently legalize and ObamaCareize illegal aliens. And if this is happening here, you know it's happening in every major city with a big illegal population...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


971 days ago | realclearpolitics
Obama's Iraq Failures as Bad (or Worse) Than Bush's

"...Iraq was relatively peaceful when Mr. Bush left office. About 73 percent of the 2,357 Americans killed in Afghanistan were still alive. Deaths from terror worldwide have more than doubled since 2008, according to Australia's Institute for Economics and Peace. The Middle East is in chaos. Intelligence officials say Islamists are a greater threat to Americans now than on 9/ 11.The world's going to hell in a handbasket. Journalists should focus less on what Mr. Bush did in 2003, more on what Mr. Obama is and isn't doing now. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


971 days ago | english.pravd
Oil production to kill Arctic? - Pravda
"...The Americans have already got mixed up with ecological conditions disturbance on a global scale - that is after the infamous accident in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Stream even had its properties changed then and it influenced the European climate. And it's not over yet. The Arctic is even a more vulnerable region in this sense. All the existing biocenoses are on the brink of extinction due to the nature conditions. And any disturbance will simply put them under threat. It is enough to say that in case there are no glaciers, the existence of polar bears will be not clear at all. Thus, we should approach the case very carefully. There can be no improvising. I think that the Arctic exploring should not follow the initiative of some certain states, but rather international control under coordinated programs ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


973 days ago | newsleader
Ramadi's fall is on Obama, not Bush - Staunton News Leader
"...We are scraping bottom. Following six years of President Obama's steady and determined withdrawal from the Middle East, America's standing in the region has collapsed. And yet the question incessantly asked of the various presidential candidates is not about that. It's a retrospective hypothetical: Would you have invaded Iraq in 2003 if you had known then what we know now?First, the question Is not just a hypothetical, but an inherently impossible hypothetical. It contradicts itself. Had we known there were no weapons of mass destruction, the very question would not have arisen. The premise of the war the basis for going to the U.N., to the Congress and, indeed, to the nation was Iraq's possession of WMD in violation of the central condition for the cease-fire that ended the first Gulf War. No WMD, no hypothetical to answer in the first place...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


973 days ago | currentargus
Obama drills Arctic-size hole in his own climate policy - Carlsbad Current-Argus
"...Why, then, would the Obama administration give Royal Dutch Shell permission to move ahead with plans for Arctic offshore drilling? Put simply, if the problem is that we're burning too much oil, why give the green light to a process that could produce another million barrels of the stuff per day, just ready to be set alight?Please hold the pedantic lectures about how the global oil market works: Demand will be met, if not by oil pumped from beneath the Arctic Ocean then by oil pumped from somewhere else. By this logic, the administration's decision is about energy policy promoting U.S. self-sufficiency and creating jobs rather than climate policy. The way to reduce carbon emissions, according to this view, is by cutting demand, not by restricting supply...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


973 days ago | americanthinker
Barack Obama peddles one more ridiculous explanation for Islamic terrorism. - American Thinker (blog)

"...Over the years Barack Obama and his team have gone to great lengths to explain away the rise of Islamic terrorism across the world. They have studiously avoided the I word whenever possible. They have called the Ft. Hood massacre workplace violence . They have said the rise of ISIL in Iraq was due to George Bush. Marie Harf said it was lack of jobs. Now Barack Obama at a commencement address for Coast Guard cadets blames climate change."..." see full article


974 days ago | washingtonpost
Sorry, Republicans: Obamacare is getting more and more entrenched - Washington Post (blog)

"...The political implications of these results are clear: We can now add people who got their insurance through the exchanges as another constituency, in addition to those on Medicare and those who have employer-based coverage, whose coverage you cannot mess with unless you want to reap a huge backlash.This is the problem of King v. Burwell, which is why every smart Republican is now probably praying the Supreme Court comes to their rescue and shoots the lawsuit down. Let's assume for the moment that happens. Where does it leave Republicans? They can't do anything that would seriously change or threaten coverage for people who get insurance through an employer (43 percent of American adults, according to Gallup). They can't touch Medicare, much as they'd like to. And now they'll realize they have to be very careful about those who get their coverage through the exchanges, because those people like what they have. So who's left? Why poor people, of course...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


974 days ago | rollcall
Could Conservatives Push TPA Over the Finish Line? - Roll Call (blog)
"...But the truth is many Republicans were already warm to the idea of trade deals. It's just the process that concerns them. As Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has noted, the TPA would, for years, give the president up or down votes in Congress on other trade deals without amendment votes. And ceding some element of oversight, even if it's just a modicum of oversight, even if the TPA includes numerous congressional oversight provisions, can still be terrifying for Congress particularly Republicans who remain deeply skeptical of President Barack Obama after a string of unilateral actions they view as executive overreach.As Buck said, recounting a conversation he had with a constituent, If the president won't abide by the Constitution, what gives you any confidence that he'll abide by TPA? Republicans may support the TPP, but many of those same Republicans might not support fast-track authority. Trade Promotion Authority is about process, Amash said, it's not about the trade agreement itself. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


974 days ago | washingtonpost
12 million people have enrolled on an Obamacare exchange. That's bad for the ... - Washington Post (blog)

"...OK. So if we combine the 10.1 million people with active coverage under an Obamacare exchange (federal or state) with the 12.4 million enrolled in Medicaid, that's 22.5 million people with health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That's about 7 percent of the population of the country. A lot may not know that they're enrolled in an Obamacare program, but it still creates a lot of friction for any politician that wants to start pulling aspects of the program away. Which was always the Democrats' political plan, of course...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


975 days ago | politicususa
Another Huge Obama Win: 12 Million Have Chosen Private Policies Through ... - PoliticusUSA
"...Yeah, see, it turns out (brace yourselves for the shock) that Republicans were wrong about Obamacare. I know, right? Almost 12 million people have chosen private policies through Obamacare exchanges, which is close to none But 12 million more...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


975 days ago | spectator
Amid the Ruins of Obamacare - American Spectator
"...Obamacare is collapsing. This we know. When it was passed, the Democrats hoped to ride out the initial resistance to their turning the health care industry on its head and survive on the inertia of so comprehensive a bill working its way through the public's experience. But that has not happened. Obamacare has never polled well, the gradualist nature of its rollout has produced a series of fresh, unpleasant revelations, and it has run afoul of the courts again and again...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


975 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
The Fix: 12 million have enrolled on an Obamacare exchange, which is bad for the repeal effort

"...OK. So if we combine the 10.1 million people with active coverage under an Obamacare exchange (federal or state) with the 12.4 million enrolled in Medicaid, that's 22.5 million people with health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That's about 7 percent of the population of the country. A lot may not know that they're enrolled in an Obamacare program, but it still creates a lot of friction for any politician that wants to start pulling aspects of the program away. Which was always the Democrats' political plan, of course...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


975 days ago | centralmaine
Safe Arctic drilling won't betray Obama's climate policy - Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
"...Reducing imports to zero is both impossible and unwise. Yet the more oil the U.S., Canada and other stable democracies can produce, the less volatility there will be in the global price of oil. A sensible energy-security policy would help prevent fighting in places such as Libya and Yemen from leading to unpredictable price spikes. That's why it makes sense to maximize production...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


975 days ago | vancouverobserver
Greenpeace sails with First Nations to oppose Arctic oil tankers - The Vancouver Observer
"...With memories of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf still fresh, it's hard to see why a green light was given to Shell in the Chukchi Sea. Since it was initially granted permission to operate in the Arctic in 2012, Shell has had drilling setbacks in one of the world's most environmentally fragile regions.After two of its oil rigs ran aground and had to be towed, the Interior Department rescinded Shell's drilling permit. The agency criticized the company's failure to adequately supervise contractors and Shell was forced to acknowledge that it was initially unprepared to deal with an environment defined by extreme weather and remoteness.That should have disqualified Shell from future Arctic drilling, but Obama is giving it another chance, provided it passes a final set of permit reviews. Environmentalists don't share the administration's optimism and many fear another mishap. It's not as if, in 2015, the United States is starved for oil...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


976 days ago | motherjones
Obamacare Is Making It Easier to Be a Young Working Parent - Mother Jones

"...The ACA also means that people who may previously have felt trapped at a job because of their need for insurance now can leave their job without the risk that they or their family would go uninsured. This could give many pre-Medicare age workers the option to retire early. It could give workers with young children or other care-giving responsibilities the opportunity to work part-time. It could give workers the opportunity to start a business. Or, it could just give workers the opportunity to leave a job they hate.While it is still too early to reach conclusive assessments of the labor market impact of the ACA, the evidence to date looks promising. Republican opponents of Obamacare have often complained that the program would turn the country into a "part-time nation." It turns out that there is something to their story, but probably not what they intended. The number of people who are working part-time for economic reasons, meaning they would work full-time if a full-time position was available, has fallen by almost 16 percent from the start of 2013 to the start of 2015. This is part of the general improvement in the labor market over this period...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


976 days ago | dailykos
Obamacare is great for family values - Daily Kos

"...[V]oluntary part-time employment [ ] is up by 5.7 percent in the first four months of 2015 compared to 2013. This corresponds to more than 1 million people who have chosen to work part-time. We did some analysis of who these people were and found that it was overwhelmingly a story of young parents working part-time.There was little change or an actual decline in the percentage of workers over the age of 35 who were working part-time voluntarily. There was a modest increase in the percentage of workers under age 35, without children, working part-time voluntarily. There was a 10.2 percent increase in the share of workers under the age of 35, with 1-2 kids, working part-time. For young workers with three of more kids the increase was 15.4 percent.Based on these findings it appears that Obamacare has allowed many young parents the opportunity to work at part-time jobs so that they could spend more time with their kids. Back in the old days we might have thought this was an outcome that family-values conservatives would have welcomed...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


976 days ago | nationalreview
Obamacare Is a Horror Story for Young Americans - National Review Online

"...Obamacare has enmeshed many Americans in a bureaucratic nightmare. True, the law has helped some uninsured people obtain coverage. But millions of people have seen their health-insurance plans canceled, because the plans did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Others, particularly young Americans, have seen premiums rise to pay for the roster of newly added benefits. Tommy Groves (not his real name), a young professional working at a small firm in Washington, D.C., was among the nearly 5 million Americans who received termination-of-coverage letters from their health-insurance providers because their plans did not comply with the ACA's requirements. While about half the states offered to extend canceled plans for another year, later increased to two years, the District of Columbia required its residents to get new insurance...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


976 days ago | theblaze
No, You Can't Blame Barack Obama for the Rise of Islamic State - TheBlaze.com
"...Then, when Islamic State took Mosul, Obama helpfully reminded us that it was actually Bush who'd decided to withdraw U.S. troops, and that it was the Iraqi government that had failed to pass legislation that would reincorporate Sunnis and give them a sense of ownership. ..." see full article


976 days ago | newsday
Barack Obama drills a hole in his climate policy - Newsday
"...But given the urgency, why shouldn't Obama take an "all of the above" approach to climate change as well? Since some oil has to stay where it is, why not attack the supply side of the equation by firmly deciding to keep drilling rigs out of the Arctic Ocean?..." see full article


976 days ago | nytimes
Stop the Oil Nonsense in the Arctic - New York Times

"...Shell says, this time will be different. I say it won't. Experts say there is no field-tested, proven technology to effectively stop and clean up an oil spill in the Arctic. According to a recent study of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, there is a 75 percent chance of a major oil spill happening in the Arctic if Shell gets what it wants. Even other major oil companies are having doubts about Shell's plans. And they should. When I protested against Arctic oil drilling in 2013, which led to two months of detention in Russian prison along with the other members of the Arctic 30, I did that because global warming is threatening our livelihoods. We can already see it happening, from New York to Kiribati. Our food security, water supplies and jobs are at stake. The price tag on climate change will be even higher if we don't act now. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


976 days ago | forbes
State-Run Obamacare Exchanges Careening Toward Disaster - Forbes
"...This year was supposed to be the first wherein Obamacare's state-based insurance exchanges would be self-sufficient. By now, the law's architects assured, the exchanges would be thriving, competitive marketplaces, where all Americans could secure affordable coverage. It hasn't worked out that way...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


977 days ago | huffingtonpost
Osama Bin Laden -- The Truth Be Told - Huffington Post

"...In truth we are an Immature people -- an immature people who demand the nourishment of myth and legend that exalt us. Actual reality intimidates and unsettles us; virtual reality is the comforting substitute. Zero Dark Thirty is fiction. It is the cartoon version of the official fiction. Yet critics and many commentators have taken as given the story line, the highlight events, and the main character portraits as if the film were a documentary. That helps to explain their sharp putdown of the Hersh report that leaves them looking foolish...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


977 days ago | spokesman
Smart Bombs: Despite objections, Obamacare has worked - The Spokesman Review
"...The terrible, horrible, no-good scenarios foes have painted about the law have not come true. The U.S. economy is still here. In fact, it's recovered from the recession better than any other first-world economy, despite lugging around the alleged albatross of Obamacare. Health care inflation did not soar; it has dropped. The deficit did not expand; it has contracted...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


977 days ago | seekingalpha
Arctic Oil - The Cost Is Just Too High - Seeking Alpha
"...Arctic Oil represents a significant area of new oil potential. It results in just 1% of the world production but has 13% of the estimated world reserves. That means, there remains a lot of oil to be found here.After difficulties the last time, countries such as Royal Dutch Shell have recently started drilling in the arctic. However, arctic drilling has two negatives. First, the cost of breakeven is higher than pretty much every other form of oil - significantly higher than current oil prices.Secondly, an oil spill in the arctic could be significantly more dangerous. The company would have limited time to clean it up and a lot of the equipment is not effective. This could result in huge negatives for the drilling company...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


977 days ago | motherjones
Kayaktavists Take Over Seattle's Port to Protest Shell Oil's Arctic Drilling Rig - Mother Jones

"...Despite the oil giant's rocky history in the Arctic region, last Monday the Obama administration conditionally approved Shell's summer plans to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea, north of Alaska. Environmentalists are not happy, and neither are many in Seattle, whose port has become a home base for the two Shell oil rigs' operations...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


978 days ago | nypost
The dire ObamaCare threat to New York's hospitals - New York Post
"...The president's signature law slashes federal payments that long helped out hospitals serving lots of patients who lack insurance. The idea was that the law would boost coverage so dramatically the aid would be unnecessary. Except that illegal immigrants don't qualify for ObamaCare coverage and they make up a big chunk of the city's uninsured population...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


978 days ago | nypost
Liberals finally get a taste of Obama's arrogance - New York Post
"...Meanwhile, poor Barack Obama, while not always without fault in Milbank's eyes, is the grown-up, the good guy trying to do good things amidst a mob of malcontents and ideologues. That is, until this month. President Obama wants to get a trade deal passed. He needs Democrats to do it. But, Milbank laments, Obama's blowing it...." see full article


979 days ago | business-standard
For oil companies, the Arctic is hot again - Business Standard
"...The world is awash in oil. The Arctic is prone to weather that can affect navigation, even in the summer drilling season. Shell has already stumbled there; a botched 2012 effort, when a drilling rig ran aground, spurred investigations by the Coast Guard and Interior, which turned up major environmental and safety concerns...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


979 days ago | realclearpolitics
Obamacare Exchanges on Life Support

"...You will be shocked beyond belief, I'm sure, to learn that Obamacare exchanges across the country are instead bleeding money, seeking more taxpayer bailouts and turning everything they touch to chicken poop. Wait, that's not fair to chicken poop, which can at least be composted...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


980 days ago | huffingtonpost
Far From a 'Progressive' Trade Deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Harm ... - Huffington Post

"...But given the history of U.S. trade deals, that bar is set exceedingly low. Our past trade deals have led to the offshoring of hundreds of thousands of American jobs, have allowed corporations to challenge policies designed to protect our air and water in private trade courts, and have degraded our environment. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


980 days ago | reason
Getting to the Truth About the Assassination of Osama Bin Laden - Reason (blog)
"...What's most important is this: if one understands the danger inherent in government secrecy, one must oppose the empire. Politicians can lie about domestic matters, but foreign intervention offers irresistible opportunities for really big lies the kind that get people killed. Do people still need to be persuaded about that? ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


981 days ago | nytimes
Oil Drilling in the Arctic - New York Times

"...Even if we could trust oil companies' assurances that they know what they're doing and will not poison the Arctic Ocean by accident that there will be no Exxon Valdez or Deepwater Horizon in the far north the consequences of postponing the inevitable day when we'll be forced to abandon the use of oil are likely to be even worse than such a spill. And, of course, we can't trust those assurances, which are made as much to ward off regulation as because petroleum industry experts and executives actually believe them...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


981 days ago | inquisitr
Bin Laden Raid Was A Work Of Fiction To Bolster Obama's 2012 Reelection? - The Inquisitr
"...Anyone with memories of the 2012 campaign clearly remembers how the president and the vice president both took maximum political advantage from the administration claiming credit for capturing and killing Osama bin Laden. Vice President Joseph Biden many times announced that General Motors is alive and Osama Bin Laden is dead. Obama himself bragged many times, for which many called it spiking the football, about having ordered the killing of bin Laden...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


981 days ago | theguardian
Obama's plans for trade deals with Asia and Europe in tatters after Senate vote - The Guardian

"...But the failure to persuade even the half-dozen Democrats needed to join Republicans in the Senate is a shock reversal from earlier consensus in the finance committee, which had included an agreement to soften the impact on US jobs with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


982 days ago | foreignpolicy
How 'Top Gun' Explains the TPA Trade Bill - Foreign Policy (blog)
"...There is perhaps nothing more vital to the economic future of America's children than whether trade in the region is governed by an Asian agreement led by China (that excludes America) or a Pacific agreement led by America...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


982 days ago | takepart
See How Close Oil Drilling Will Get to Arctic Whales This Summer - TakePart
"...Growing noise levels and vessel traffic from energy prospecting are also threats to the region's whales. Gray whales swim the waters of the Chukchi Sea year-round. Bowhead whales migrate east along the Chukchi coast in late spring, then back across open Chukchi waters in the fall. Beluga whales migrate through this part of the sea from May to September and raise young along the coast, directly south of the drilling sites...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


982 days ago | nytimes
A Narrow Opening for Arctic Oil - New York Times

"...The costs of a mistake could be very high. Arctic waters support large fish populations and extensive wildlife and help sustain native peoples. The environment is forbidding, with sea ice, high winds and stormy conditions that will make drilling difficult and any cleanup operation far more complicated than it was in the warm and relatively placid waters of the Gulf of Mexico...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


982 days ago | washingtonpost
Feud with Warren breaks open amid fast track vote

"...Over the weekend Obama used a turn of phrase a politician like everybody else that was a deep cut against Warren, who constructed the image of being the principled voice in the wilderness taking unpopular political stands to try to help the voiceless working class...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


983 days ago | thedailybeast
The Trade Deal Tearing the Dems Apart

"...They cost jobs, liberals argue, and most Democrats will vote against whatever treaty emerges. If Obama succeeds in getting fast-track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from the Congress, lawmakers would then give up their right to amend the agreement and would vote up or down on the final deal...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


983 days ago | thenation
Could Fast Track Ultimately Destroy Dodd-Frank?

"...What might they want? Like with TPP, we don't know all the details of TTIP yet, but advocates have many fears. One is that the Federal Reserve's plan to impose separate liquidity requirements on foreign banks might be scotched..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


983 days ago | breitbart
Exclusive – Jeff Duncan: Vote 'No' on TPA - Breitbart News
"...Supporters of giving Fast Track Authority to the President will argue that the legislation contains safeguards to ensure that the President honors his commitments to Congress. However, in the past when this President has broken his word and overstepped his authority, when has Congress ever stepped up to stop him?..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


983 days ago | news.nationalpost
Obama hearts Big Oil in the Arctic, and other reasons to fear for humanity - National Post
"... A delicate ecosystem in extreme temperatures at the top of the planet can be adequately protected against disaster, but not Nebraska? In some weird, parallel Obamaesque universe, this is supposed to make sense. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


983 days ago | seattletimes
Morally opposed to Arctic oil? It's already everywhere in Washington - The Seattle Times
"...But everybody in the state benefits from all the local, state and federal taxes paid by the hundreds of companies that comprise the network. The revenue stream also includes state and federal proceeds from taxes on gasoline that are redistributed to local governments to help pay for transportation...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


983 days ago | thehill
Trade promotion authority, a Washington drama - The Hill (blog)

"...President Obama, to his credit, is directing the fight. He wants to drive this issue and he wants to win. At the end of the day, this battle is about leadership, about supporting the office of the president and about keeping America vital in the world of international commerce and, at the same time preserving congressional oversight which TPA clearly does...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


983 days ago | qz
Obamas plans for inking new trade deals suffered a big defeatthis time, at the hands of free traders
"...Unless a deal can be found soon, this looks like the beginning of the end for Obama's dream of a free-trade zone stretching across the Pacific and covering 40% of the world's economic production...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


983 days ago | delawareonline
Free-trade opponents get less logical by the day
"...If Congress allows an up-or-down vote by passing TPA, as it should, that's probably what will happen this time too: Congress will take a look at TPP, and decide it's worth passing. That would make a lot more sense than the escalating war of words between Obama and Warren. And it would be better for the country, too...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


983 days ago | politico
Reid offers plan to break trade impasse

"...Trade proponents in both parties vowed on Tuesday to try to put the pieces back together and the fracas doesn't mean the fast-track is dead, especially if Reid is committed to finding a way out. The GOP and White House officials argue that enacting fast-track Trade Promotion Authority is critical for Obama's ability to strike a landmark trade deal with Pacific Rim countries, and the roadblock in the Senate threatens progress on that pact...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


983 days ago | ibtimes
TPP Fast Track Vote: Why Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Didnt Pass The Senate
"...That sentiment has some pundits speculating that the GOP leadership put the vote up to embarrass Obama. Others used it to criticize the Democratic Party as a whole...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


983 days ago | foxnews
Trade matters: Why Congress must restore Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) - Fox News

"... Congress has the ultimate authority over any free trade agreement, but the vote has to be either yes or no, not amendments that amount to renegotiation. We hope that under TPA members of Congress would continue to engage the Administration throughout negotiations to ensure that all objectives are met so that when an agreement is final they would be able to vote yes...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | nytimes
White House Gives Conditional Approval for Shell to Drill in Arctic - New York Times

"...Both industry and environmental groups say that the Chukchi Sea is one of the most dangerous places in the world to drill. The area is extremely remote, with no roads connecting to major cities or deep water ports within hundreds of miles which makes it difficult for clean-up and rescue workers to get to the site in case of an accident...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | americanprogress
STATEMENT: Interior's Approval of Shell's Arctic Oil Exploration Plan Is the ... - Center For American Progress
"...The Center for American Progress has also repeatedly highlighted the immense climate change risks associated with Arctic drilling, which would undermine the Obama administration's laudable Climate Action Plan. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | dailycaller
A Promising Step Forward For Arctic Drilling
"...Considering it takes 10 to 30 years of preparation and drilling to bring oil to market, failure to explore the Arctic's array of natural resources risks a renewed and forecasted reliance on imported oil, which would adversely affect the nation's global competitiveness and geopolitical influence...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | theguardian
Shell to resume Arctic drilling off Alaska as green groups warn of disaster

"...The environmentalists warn that drilling in the icy Arctic waters is likely to be much more dangerous than other more temperate seas, and could lead to disasters on an even greater scale than the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that killed 11 people and spilled nearly 5m barrels of crude oil into the ocean. The nearest coast guard station with equipment for responding to a spill is more than 1,000 miles away...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | motherjones
Obama OKs Shell's Plan to Drill for Oil in the Arctic

"...Shell faced a year-long series of mishaps as it tried to navigate the icy waters, culminating in a wreck of the Kulluk, one of its main drilling ships. For many environmentalists, that botched project was a sign that Shell is ill-equipped to handle Arctic waters...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | thestranger
Feds Approve Shell's Arctic Drilling Plans
"...Nevertheless, the Obama administration approved Shell's exploration plans within a month of receiving them. Critics sounded off on why they thought the administration's approval was a bad idea. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | popsci
SHELL CAN START DRILLING FOR OIL IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN THIS SUMMER
"...Then there's Shell's track record in the region. This approval comes two years after Shell halted operations in the Arctic in the wake of a 2012 drilling season riddled with violations, difficulties with safety procedures and contractors, and the grounding of the company's Kulluk drilling rig off the coast of Alaska. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | ecowatch
Obama Administration Approves Shells Plan to Drill in the Arctic
"...The decision is a devastating blow to environmentalists, who have pressed the Obama administration to reject proposals for offshore Arctic drilling...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | theglobeandmail
U.S. approval of Shells plan to drill for oil in Arctic enrages environmentalists
"... Shell's 2012 summer of setbacks and embarrassments only redoubled the efforts of environmental groups to keep major oil companies from drilling in the Arctic, where fierce storms pose significant additional threats...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | hotair
Did Obama lie about the bin Laden raid?
"...This is where the narrative starts to slip off the rails, though, and it brings up an important point. The first issue in any story written by Seymour Hersh is Seymour Hersh. He has a habit of running with single-source stories that don't pan out in the long run, and this tale has a number of red flags. This would be a big one...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | youngcons
New Report Claims Obama LIED About Osama bin Laden Raid in 2011
"...Do we honestly expect anything less at this point from the most conniving, manipulative administration in recent history? Face palm...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | zerohedge
Seymour Hersh: Obama's Entire Account Of bin Laden's Death Is One Big Lie; This Is What Really Happened
"...No, Obama is not facing re-election. Unfortunately, the person under whose watch the bin Laden "raid" took place, Hillary Clinton, is facing election. And sadly for America, once she takes over Obama's throne, the surge in high-level lying, secret prisons, drone attacks, immunity from checks and balances and forced silencing of all naysayers, no matter the coast, will truly show the world what happens when a former superpower enters its terminal decline phase...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | breitbart
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST HERSH CLAIMS OBAMA LIED ABOUT BIN LADEN RAID
"...Hersh's story describes a politically obsessed President Obama rushing to get word out about the raid over the objections of key officials like Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Hersh points out that the bin Laden raid was the high point of Obama's first term, and a major factor in his re-election. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | wonkette
Breaking: Anonymous Source Says Obama Lied About Bin Laden Raid, Everything In Universe
"...Not surprisingly, Hersh's story isn't exactly being welcomed as the Reporting Coup of the Year, because Big Media is all in the pocket of Big Government, and they can't handle the truth. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | addictinginfo
Famous Journalist Says Obama LIED About Bin Laden Raid. Theres Just One Small Problem
"...President Obama lied about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. That's right, he lied. The facts of the situation were not as he claimed, according to a new report in the London Review of Books. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Seymour Hersh, claims that Obama's assertion that the raid was an entirely American operation, without the input or knowledge of the Pakistani government or international coalitions, is a giant lie...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | ijreview
New Bombshell Report: Obama Lied to the Country On The Osama Bin Laden Raid
"...A new bombshell report details how Obama lied to the country about the raid which killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011. The 10,000 word report, which was written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh, reveals how Obama blatantly lied' about the mission...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | mrconservative
Special Forces Operative Reveals The Osama Bin Laden Raid Was A Lie
"...This presidency can surely be said to be the most shrouded in secrecy of all times.  From birth certificate conspiracies to everything else this man has had the indecency to lie about in order to ensure political prevalence, Obama can surely be labeled a sociopath.  A letter has come forward stating that although you may believe it, things he can only express through words have proven to him that Obama did not in fact kill Osama during that raid...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | vox
The many problems with Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden conspiracy theory

"...Hersh's story is amazing to read, alleging a vast American-Pakistani conspiracy to stage the raid and even to fake high-level diplomatic incidents as a sort of cover. But his allegations are largely supported only by two sources, neither of whom has direct knowledge of what happened, both of whom are retired, and one of whom is anonymous. The story is riven with internal contradictions and inconsistencies...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | news.investors
Obama's Osama bin Laden lie: The political fallout
"...The White House, of course, will play on media skepticism, desperately attempting to defuse a story that strikes at the heart of whatever residue of credibility remains after six-plus years of scandals, broken promises and misleading narratives. Can you say anti-Muslim video, decimated al Qaeda, Yemen success story, JV ISIS? And remember Obama originally dismissed Edward Snowden as a mere hacker...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


984 days ago | wnd
Obamacare goof could bring medical system down - WND.com
"...What's worse, Obamacare is expected to increase the number of patients primary-care physicians must treat, but Hieb says such an increased workload is not financially viable when many of these new patients possess government insurance...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


985 days ago | wnd
WND Exclusive: Obamacare goof could bring medical system down - WND.com
"...Now it appears to be sending more people to hospital emergency rooms. A poll shows three of four ER physicians is seeing an increase in traffic, some by significant numbers...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


985 days ago | wnd
WND Exclusive: GOP 'dream budget' repeals Obamacare with no new taxes - WND.com
"...The House should have no problem voting to repeal Obamacare. Price strongly encourages the Senate to pass it through reconciliation, the same tactic used to pass Obamacare in the first place, which requires just a simple majority for approval...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


985 days ago | reviewjournal
LETTER: 'Cadillac tax' repeal boosts Obamacare - Las Vegas Review-Journal
"...I never said the Affordable Care Act was perfect. As is common with major legislation, adjustments need to be made over time as issues arise. That does not mean the policy should be scrapped...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


985 days ago | fool
1 Aspect of Obamacare That Is Decisively Missing the Mark - Motley Fool
"...But, here-in lies the rub, and perhaps Obamacare's greatest failure thus far: PCP's aren't seeing a surge in Obamacare patients -- emergency rooms are!..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


986 days ago | washingtonpost
Will the TPP really protect workers?

"...Vietnam, Mexico, Brunei and Malaysia all TPP countries are notorious labor and human rights violators, currently out of compliance with the standards supposedly in the TPP. There is no known plan to withhold TPP benefits until these countries comply. This raises serious doubts about whether the TPP will create a level playing field for workers...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


986 days ago | theguardian
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will lead to a global race to the bottom

"...That's an apt place for Obama to beat the free-trade drum Nike, like the TPP, is associated with offshoring American jobs, widening the income inequality gap, and increasing the number of people making slave wages overseas......" see full article or see all articles on this topic


986 days ago | sfchronicle
Trans-Pacific Partnership reflects global economic realities
"...Put simply, America's trade policy urgently needs an upgrade. In recent years, the international landscape has been reshaped by technological change, the rise of emerging markets and globalization. To ensure California's workers and businesses aren't left behind, we need to take three steps forward today...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


986 days ago | sfgate
Too much at stake to fast-track Trans-Pacific pact
"...There's no reason to believe the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement would be any different from previous trade deals that have ripped hundreds of thousands of California workers from the middle class and harmed the environment at home and in neighboring countries. In fact, based on what little information is available, the TPP would continue the failed status quo of previous agreements and introduce new problems for California, including copyright provisions that would stifle innovation in our state's technology sector...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


986 days ago | statesmanjournal
Trans-Pacific Partnership a US job-killing trade deal
"...A major contributing factor of this dire situation has been trade deals like NAFTA, CAFTA and others that have helped set off a global race to the bottom in wages and an exodus of the good jobs that used to be the backbone of the middle class. The TPP will make it worse, while also posing threats to our health, our environment and product safety...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


986 days ago | chicago.suntimes
Nike is the problem, not the solution
"...If the Trans Pacific Partnership goes into effect, American wages will be dragged down by further losses of manufacturing jobs. All workers with similar skill levels face downward wage pressure when Americans displaced from better-paying manufacturing jobs join the glut of workers competing for non-offshorable jobs...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


986 days ago | politicususa
Republicans Crushed As Obamacare Transforms Into A Winning Issue For ... - PoliticusUSA
"...The ACA turned into a winning issue because people like having health insurance. Republicans are sowing the seeds for future Democratic victories by continuing to fight battles that they've already lost...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


986 days ago | theguardian
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will lead to a global race to the bottom - The Guardian

"...Since the passage of NAFTA in 1993, we've seen the loss of nearly five million US manufacturing jobs, the closure of more than 57,000 factories, and stagnant wages. This deal won't be any different...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


987 days ago | sentinel-standard
IUE-CWA Local 436 rallies against fast track of Trans-Pacific Partnership - Sentinel-Standard
"......there have been an estimated one million jobs lost after the passing of NAFTA due to outsourcing, and the group is afraid that the TPP could contribute to the trend. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


987 days ago | insideclimatenews
The Many Unknowns of Inevitable Arctic Oil Spills - InsideClimate News
"...But when oil inevitably spills in the Arctic, scientists say it's going to be an entirely different scenario from what has played out in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil spills are nasty business no matter what, but when sub-zero temperatures, persistent darkness, remote locations and sea ice are thrown into the mix, the situation becomes exponentially more complex...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


987 days ago | usnews
New Study Shows Obamacare Working, But the Law Remains Divisive - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

"...In a different political environment, any numbers that show a decrease in the uninsured would be celebrated, but the Affordable Care Act remains so politically divisive that even its supporters are reluctant to talk about it. So good news like this won't be touted too widely outside the White House. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


987 days ago | thehill
Karl Rove surrenders to ObamaCare - The Hill (blog)

"...When the first American dies because of the loss of ObamaCare, the world will witness the mother of all Republican and conservative cons: the death panels were not caused by ObamaCare; they were prevented by ObamaCare, and without ObamaCare, people will die and voters will blame Republicans for the real equivalent of death panels, created by the Republicans in their war against ObamaCare...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


987 days ago | courier-journal
Ky hospitals: Obamacare forcing cuts, layoffs - The Courier-Journal
"...More than four in 10 hospitals reported service reductions, such as closing a sleep lab, a wound care clinic and a surgery department. And two Kentucky hospitals have recently reported they've had to close their doors for good. Rural hospitals have suffered most. A recent state audit showed that 68 percent of Kentucky's rural hospitals scored below the national average on a measure of financial strength looking at such figures as profit margin and cash on hand...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


987 days ago | news.investors
Did 17 Million Actually Gain Coverage Under ObamaCare? - Investor's Business Daily (blog)
"...So did 17 million gain coverage just because of ObamaCare? Not likely...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


987 days ago | latimes
A real Obamacare concern: Are insurers lying about their doctor networks? - Los Angeles Times
"...As ACA coverage continues to take hold, Americans' familiarity with narrow networks will increase, along with awareness of the tradeoffs. They're likely to become more accepting of the trend, unless network shrinkage begins really to bite into doctor availability or insurers become less flexible...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


987 days ago | huffingtonpost
A Multinational Trojan Horse: The Trans-Pacific Partnership - Huffington Post

"...So, who, if anyone, benefits by so-called "free trade?" Only the multinational corporations set "free" to scour the earth for the hottest sweatshops and the cheapest labor. Free trade is a global race to the bottom...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


988 days ago | time
Can Barack Obama Uphold Bill Clinton's Free Trade Legacy? - TIME
"...Obama, who enjoys rare GOP backing on trade, needs to bring along a face-saving number of Democrats to close the deal, but a presidential primary season is hardly the best time for encouraging hustling politicians to dig into the facts of trade...." see full article


988 days ago | huffingtonpost
How Barack Obama Led Us Into The Selfie Century - Huffington Post

"...So it's no accident that Obama and social media rose together. They were made for each other. However cool he could be in private -- and the air around him can get frigid -- he and his presidential campaign amassed 20 million friends on Facebook. He was the sunny side of a new day to his supporters, while his intimate omnipresence provoked deep fear among foes, who saw him as some kind of Orwellian force...." see full article


988 days ago | washingtonpost
What if a 2016 GOP candidate told the truth about Obamacare? - Washington Post (blog)

"...Nevertheless, the good news continues to pile up, and at least some of it may be penetrating to the public, albeit slowly (approval of the law has been ticking up of late). Which could create the opening for a Republican willing to say something different from his peers...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


988 days ago | thehill
What is truly at stake with TPA and TPP? - The Hill (blog)

"...What we do know is that in the absence of TPA there will be no TPP, and there'll be no U.S. trade agreements of any consequence for years to come. That might not affect my generation very much, but it would be devastating for our children and grandchildren. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


989 days ago | bloombergview
Life Under Obamacare - Bloomberg View
"...Overall, I think that this is a real potential threat to the future of the insurance market. But as yet, it is only a highly speculative threat. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


989 days ago | salon
Robert Reich: The Trans Pacific Partnership is a corporate hijacking - Salon

"...These corporations made sure the deal contains provisions expanding and protecting their intellectual property around the world, but not protecting American jobs...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


990 days ago | nymag
4 New Studies: Obamacare Working Incredibly Well -- NYMag
"...Since the law passed, health-care inflation has fallen to historically low levels. Conservatives have repeatedly insisted this was a blip that would soon be reversed, and seized upon any apparent evidence for this case. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


990 days ago | azcentral
Wait, Bush criticized Obama on Iraq? He's one to talk - azcentral.com
"...Bush is literally the FATHER OF ISIS and al Qaeda. Al Qaeda NOR ISIS was in Iraq prior to Bush's and Cheney's decision to commit our military to that country. Americans are smarter and continue to publicly rebuke the Bush administration's foreign policy decisions in going to war in Iraq. It cost the USA two trillion dollars and total of 4,491 U.S. service members and 90,000 Iraqi lives, for no reason...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


993 days ago | jsonline
President Barack Obama's big fail on Baltimore violence - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"...The unrest in Baltimore should not have been a surprise to Obama. Baltimore is just 40 miles from the White House. But Obama wasn't prepared. Possibly that's because it's easier to ignore the problems right under our noses. I think it's time to stop acting surprised when we treat people living in poverty as disposable consumer items and then see their neighborhoods explode...." see full article


994 days ago | americanthinker
Baltimore Burns while Barack Obama Drinks Sake - American Thinker (blog)

"...Rome might not be burning, but Baltimore sure is, and if partying in the midst of a crisis could be considered fiddling, President Obama would be quite the fiddler indeed...." see full article


995 days ago | hotair
Barack Obama, once and future community organizer - Hot Air
"...While it might be a heretical admission coming from a conservative blogger, but there are many reasons to believe that Barack Obama's post-presidency will be an industrious and ultimately beneficial one. Though it's a low hurdle to clear, surely Obama's time out of office will be spent pursuing more productive pursuits than were his years in the Oval Office...." see full article


995 days ago | commentarymagazine
Bush's Mistakes Don't Excuse Obama's | Commentary Magazine
"...The argument against him speaking out rests on one crucial decision: Iraq. Even if President Obama's defenders were willing to admit that he made mistakes in Iraq that allowed ISIS to rise, they can claim with some justice that none of it would have happened if Bush hadn't invaded...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


996 days ago | hotair
Bush rips Obama foreign policy at closed-door Adelson forum « Hot Air
"...Obama has spent the last six years blaming the older brother for any failure that takes place, and GWB had no real incentive to respond. He does now, if only to attack the conventional wisdom that Obama and his team have created in order to give his younger brother space to argue for a return to a more muscular and intelligent foreign policy...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


998 days ago | commdiginews
Bush's Republican Jewish Coalition vs Obama's White House Correspondents ... - Communities Digital News
"...The true irony is that while Bush was going out of his way to avoid gutter sniping, Obama was launching plenty of personal attacks of his own disguised as humor.Bush was in a room filled with politically conservative Jews who are deeply concerned that Iran is building a nuclear bomb so they can wipe Israel and then America off the map. Obama was in a room with celebrities celebrating themselves as celebrities cracking jokes as the world around them from Baltimore to Baghdad burned...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


998 days ago | qz
Obama should say 'genocide' when he talks about what happened to Armenians - Quartz
"...It's admittedly somewhat shameful that Turkish leaders have strong-armed the White House into submitting on this issue. The United States is home to the third-largest Armenian community in the world. Many of its constituents are descended from those who fled genocide in post-war Anatolia. This dishonest language all to soothe the egos of revisionists in Ankara is an inexcusable affront to those who expect human-rights leadership from a president who has won the Nobel Peace Prize...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1001 days ago | firstlook
What Obama's Refusal to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide Tells Us About ... - The Intercept - First Look Media
"...This is not hyperbole. In fact, American and Israeli denial of the Armenian Genocide often uses exactly the same language as Iranian denial of the Holocaust...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1001 days ago | thedailybeast
Obama, Armenia, and What Hitler Learned About Genocide Denial - Daily Beast

"...The president's failure to call out Turkey for its role in the Armenian Genocide stains the soul of America...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1002 days ago | fresnobee
EDITORIAL: Obama whiffs again on the Armenian genocide - Fresno Bee
"...Obama's tiptoeing around the genocide reflects negatively not just on himself but on the entire United States. Our country is the world's leader. We speak the truth. We have condemned many genocides, including the Holocaust and more recent atrocities in Cambodia, Darfur, Ukraine and Bosnia. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1002 days ago | theguardian
Obama still won't refer to the Armenian genocide by name. He should end the ... - The Guardian

"...In his cowardice, Obama has become complicit in a sort of wounding far more grave than Turkish pride: that of the Armenians whose lore includes watching their forebears forcibly deported and summarily executed, their bodies deposed in mass graves or floated down rivers into oblivion...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1002 days ago | opposingviews
Obama Refuses To Use The Term "Genocide" In Acknowledging ...
"...The refusal is also, of course, a human rights concern. Armenians and millions of activists around the world have been waiting years for an official U.S. acknowledgment. Even Pope Francis has referred to the killings as the first genocide of the 20th century. It seems clear how Obama truly feels about the issue, as he's deliberately stated his personal opinion in public before...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1003 days ago | salon
"An unpunished crime": The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and ... - Salon

"...the seventh time President Barack Obama will fail to keep a promise he made during 2008 presidential campaign: that he would use the word genocide to describe what the Ottoman Empire did a century ago in present-day Turkey to kill more than 1 million people...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1003 days ago | huffingtonpost
Obama Again Avoids Calling 1915 Armenian Killings 'Genocide'

"... prompting anger and disappointment from those who have been pushing him to fulfill a campaign promise and use the politically fraught term on the 100th anniversary of the killings this week. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1004 days ago | vox
This is the case against Obama's Iran deal that everyone should hear - Vox

"...President Obama is putting us and our allies before an ultimatum either an Iranian nuclear program or disaster and I just think we have many more options than that. I think we're much more powerful and influential than the president is giving us credit for on that score...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1005 days ago | washingtonpost
Obama is prepared to give Iran anything and everything for a deal - Washington Post (blog)

"...This massive concession is bound to run into widespread opposition in Congress and from our Gulf allies who already fear Obama is ceding domination of the Middle East to Iran...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1006 days ago | usnews
Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal Is an Unforgivable Betrayal of Israel - U.S. News & World Report

"...The next few months will be nothing less than a supreme test of our skill and our resolve and give the Obama administration the opportunity to manage a fundamental change that improperly handled would threaten American allies and the United States itself...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1006 days ago | dailykos
Obama has three months to seal the Iran nuke deal ... and to sell it

"...the framework or "understanding" laid out last week in the White House's summary of what's been agreed to is quite a bit better than expected...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1018 days ago | jpupdates
Obama Faces Congressional Democrats' Defiance Over Iran Deal - JP Updates
"... There's no way that Congress should allow the congressional sanctions regime to be negotiated away without saying a word, ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1018 days ago | realclearpolitics
O'Reilly: Americans Don't Trust President Obama on Iran - RealClearPolitics

"...Simply put, millions of Americans do not trust President Obama to protect us from the deranged mullahs who have committed atrocities for decades...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1018 days ago | foxnews
Obama, Congress on collision course over Iran nuke deal - Fox News

"...Apart from Congress, Obama must also handle Arab allies who are skeptical about a possible agreement. The president has invited leaders of six Gulf nations to Washington this spring and said he wanted to "formalize" U.S. assistance. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1019 days ago | businessinsider
Democrats will play a key role in Obama selling the Iran deal to ...

"...While many Democrats are skeptical of Iran, they may be unwilling to hand the U.S. president a major foreign policy defeat. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1019 days ago | nytimes
President Obama Calls Preliminary Iran Nuclear Deal 'Our Best Bet' - New York Times

"...Mr. Obama said almost nothing about how the United States and its allies would force Iran to answer questions about suspected past work on weapons designs. For years, Iran has blocked inspectors from visiting laboratories where such work is believed to have been conducted...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1019 days ago | businessinsider
Democrats will play a key role in Obama selling the Iran deal to Congress - Business Insider

"...While many Democrats are skeptical of Iran, they may be unwilling to hand the U.S. president a major foreign policy defeat. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1020 days ago | thehill
Cruz says Obama's Iran plan 'doomed to failure' - The Hill (blog)

"...Cruz, who sits on the Senate Committee on Armed Services, described the deal as a historic mistake. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1020 days ago | politico
On Iran, Obama finally reaches Mitch McConnell - Politico

"...The Obama administration is launching a heavy congressional outreach campaign to try to sell the Iran deal. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1020 days ago | thefiscaltimes
Menendez Indictment May Help Obama in Iran Nuke Deal - The Fiscal Times
"...With Menendez no longer chair, Obama has a better shot with congress...." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1020 days ago | newsweek
Iran Was the Easy Part: Obama Takes His Nuke Deal to Congress

"...Yet even with such arguments, Congress will not be an easy sell. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1021 days ago | politico
Barack Obama's next job: Sell the Iran deal - Politico

"...Do this or prepare for a war that no one wants and won't work anyway. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1022 days ago | bostonherald
Robbins: Obama must take Iran deal to Congress - Boston Herald
"...And since the deal will virtually guarantee a nuclear Iran in about a decade, won't it also guarantee that Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries loaded with cash will act swiftly to obtain their own nuclear weapons? What is our plan for that?..." see full article or see all articles on this topic


1022 days ago | washingtonpost
Will Senate Democrats really help kill an Obama nuclear deal with Iran? - Washington Post (blog)

"...If an agreement is reached with Iran, anyone in Congress can introduce a bill saying the president is hereby barred from implementing it...." see full article or see all articles on this topic



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