Senate passes budget bill and sends it to Obama

Senate passes budget bill and sends it to Obama – The Boston Globe >by: David M. Herszenhorn |New York Times  October 31, 2015|RePost: 11/02/2015 2:18:26 PM| WASHINGTON — The Senate approved a crucial bipartisan budget agreement early Friday that would avert a government default and end nearly five years of pitched battles between congressional Republicans and the Obama administration over fiscal policy. The measure, which was approved 64-35, now goes […]

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Judge rejects challenge to Obama’s executive action on immigration

Joe Arpaio

Judge rejects challenge to Obama’s executive action on immigration | TheHill >by: Ben Kamisar | 12/24/2014, 07:43 AM | RePost: 12/27/2014 8:04:55 AM | A federal judge late Tuesday gave the Obama administration an early Christmas present by tossing out a challenge to President Obama’s immigration executive actions filed by controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell warned in an opinion that while Arpaio’s lawsuit brings up important issues, the […]

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James Carville: “Why do people vote against their interests?”

Voters

James Carville: Why do people vote against their interests? | TheHill >by: James Carville | 12/16/14 07:37 PM EST | RePost: 12/25/2014 2:55:00 AM| During my time as a political strategist, one of the most vexing problems was figuring out why so many people vote against their perceived interests. Commentators like myself have spent countless hours speculating on why so many people vote against their perceived interests, staying up late […]

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The ‘Obama refuses to lead’ crowd falls silent

President Barack Obama speaks at an event on Oct. 2, 2014 in Evanston, Ill.

The ‘Obama refuses to lead’ crowd falls silent | MSNBC >by Steve Benen |12/17/14 04:56 PM | RePost: 12/20/2014 9:27:20 AM| Kevin Drum pauses today to take stock of the recent actions from President Lame Duck. So how have things been going for our bored, exhausted, and disengaged president? He’s been acting pretty enthusiastic, energized, and absorbed with his job, I’d say. It’s funny, in a way, to think about […]

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Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

Budget battle 2014

Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill, sends to Obama’s desk | MSNBC >by Carrie Dann and Frank Thorp |12/13/14 08:40 PM—Updated 12/13/14 11:26 PM | RePost: 12/14/2014 3:10:16 AM | After days of rancor and uncertainty on Capitol Hill, the Senate has passed a massive spending bill, formally averting a government shutdown and sending the $1.1 trillion measure to the president’s desk. The vote, which pitted both parties’ establishment against its more […]

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Obama delays acting on immigration until after November elections – Spotlight

Undocumented immigrant watch Obama's immigration speech from New York.

Obama delays acting on immigration until after November elections   >by Roberta Rampton and Doina Chiacu |WASHINGTON Sat Sep 6, 2014 7:13pm EDT| Re-Post 09/07/2014 3:41:02 AM | (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama reversed course on Saturday and delayed taking executive action on immigration reform until after November congressional elections, bowing to concerns it could cost his fellow Democrats control of the U.S. Senate. Obama had promised in a high-profile […]

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Obama orders review of police use of military hardware

Police officers react at the scene of a looting at the Dellwood Market after protests against the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014.

Obama orders review of police use of military hardware >by Steve Holland and Andrea Shalal | EDGARTOWN Mass./WASHINGTON Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:30pm EDT| (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The president ordered the examination of federal programs and […]

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Exposed: Putin’s anti-American rhetoric now persuades his harshest critics

Putin’s anti-American rhetoric now persuades his harshest critics >by Nina Khrushcheva | July 29, 2014 | Re-Post 08/02/2014 | People I know in Russia, members of the intelligentsia and professionals who have long been critical of President Vladimir Putin’s anti-Western stance, have suddenly turned into America-bashers. Many have been swept away by Putin’s arguments that the United States, not the Kremlin, is destabilizing Ukraine. Since the current crisis broke in […]

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Major Obamacare insurer backs away from double-digit rate hike prediction

Major Obamacare insurer backs away from double-digit rate hike prediction >by Jason Millman Updated: April 30 at 10:55 am |Re-Post| Major health insurers are continuing to report their first quarter of financial results under Obamacare’s new market rules, giving us insight into how they’re seeing the law’s new insurance marketplaces playing out. Wellpoint delivered its results Wednesday morning, following earnings from UnitedHealth Group and Aetna. 1. Wellpoint, the nation’s second-largest […]

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Spotlight: Obama grasps for momentum in State of Union address

Obama grasps for momentum in State of Union address Obama grasps for momentum in State of Union address (via AFP) In the sixth year of a battered presidency and confounded by recalcitrant Republicans, President Barack Obama will try to loosen his political straitjacket in his annual State of the Union address. Obama will seize one of his diminishing windows Tuesday…

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