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Opinion: The GOP Field Supports Israel, Will American Jews Finally Listen?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

With no hope at getting the Jewish vote, conservative candidates stand with Israel consistently and fully, yet American Jews follow their tradition of voting for Democrats even against their own interests. 

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Protesters Target Obama at City Fundraiser

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

After an afternoon of events in a blue-collar corner of Pennsylvania, President Barack Obama will be in Manhattan Wednesday evening to court well-heeled supporters at three private fundraisers.

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Opinion: Obama Misplayed the Super Committee

Monday, November 21, 2011

Would it really be all that bad they fail, and the big hunk of the federal government has to eat a 7.8 percent budget cut? In short, yes... it would be horrible.

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The Process is Political: Transparency and Obama Supporters' Lobbying Ties

Monday, October 31, 2011

Obama "Transparent" About Bundlers: After the New York Times reported last week that donors with clear ties to lobbying are among President Obama campaign donation bundlers — in violation of the spirit of the president's pledge not to take money from lobbyists — Obama campaign strategist argued that ...

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Obama: Troops to Be Withdrawn from Iraq by End of Year

Friday, October 21, 2011

President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.

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This Week's Agenda: Obama Out West, Government Shutdown Looms

Monday, September 26, 2011

It's Monday morning, which means we're looking at the agenda for the week ahead. President Obama will make a west coast trip this week, hitting Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area, San Diego, Los Angeles and Denver, raising funds for his re-election campaign and advocating for his jobs bill. Back in Washington, D.C., Congress is in the midst of another stalemate over government funds. Meanwhile, some key economic indicators will be released this week, including home sales figures and consumer confidence reports.

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The Process is Political: Judge Orders Review of Hispanic Voting Power in Nevada

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nevada's Hispanic population is up by more than 80 percent, and Democrats and Republicans are arguing about how that should affect the Congressional map. Fundraising limits on recall campaigns reveal true motives of campaign finance reform, argues George Will. Nevada's  And Obama fundraisers go back to school. 

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The Process is Political: Rick Perry Comes to Wall Street

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry comes to Wall Street to raise campaign cash. Republicans in Pennsylvania want to divide up the state's electoral votes by Congressional district, while Republicans in Nebraska want to return to the winner-take-all approach. And Maine voters debate a people's veto of a new same-day registration law. 

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Opinion: Obama Has Divided His Black Base

Friday, September 09, 2011

When I attend private functions with the folks, there is an increasing divide: Those who feel it is okay to criticize the president publicly, and those who feel we must stand by Obama, no matter what.

-Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Obama Calls Congress to Take Action on Jobs Plan

Friday, September 09, 2011

President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress and television viewers across the country last night, presenting a $447 billion package of tax cuts and new government spending meant to increase jobs in America. Obama urged Congress to "pass this jobs plan right away." After the speech, House speaker John Boehner said "The proposals the president outlined tonight merit consideration." Will Obama's plan pass through Congress and, more importantly, will it work?

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CEOs, Union Heads and Small Business Owners: Obama's Special Guests at his Jobs Speech

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Corporate CEOs, union chiefs, small businesses owners, city leaders and teachers facing layoffs are among the guests who will be sitting in the First Lady's box during President Obama's jobs speech tonight.

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Opinion: Republicans Should Use this Labor Day to Ponder their Assault on the American Worker

Sunday, September 04, 2011

It's only a matter of time before today's Congress seeks to change Labor Day to Capital Day. In the end, they will only compromise and call it "Ronald Reagan Labor Day" if the White House cuts more jobs programs.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: In Retreat Again over Debate Dustup, Obama Misses a Chance to Make Jobs Matter

Thursday, September 01, 2011

The White House did what it does best: They backed down. They'll now give the speech on Thursday - rather than go head-to-head with a group of clowns bashing each other for sport, they are going to try to compete with NFL football.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Obama on Irene Invites Bush, Katrina Comparisons

Friday, August 26, 2011

“All indications point to this being a historic hurricane,” President Obama said in remarks about Hurricane Irene on Friday morning from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation.

He emphasized that coordination with local agencies has already begun. “Although we can’t predict with perfect certainty the impact of Irene over the next few days, the federal government has spent the better part of last week working closely with communities that could be affected by this storm to see to it that we are prepared.”

That’s what President Obama said publicly, and for a window into what the private briefings might look today and tomorrow, it’s worth looking back at video of President George W. Bush’s briefing with FEMA and National Hurricane Center officials less than a day before Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. The Associated Press obtained video of that briefing six months after Katrina.

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Obama and Libya: Political Implications

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

With Col. Muammar Gadhafi's rule in Libya seemingly over, President Obama called for him to step down, to avoid further bloodshed as rebel forces continue to fight loyalists in the capital of Tripoli. Republicans are calling for an even bigger military presence in Libya. It's safe to say that Obama has some difficult decisions ahead, in regard to how the U.S. will be involved in Libya's transition to democracy.

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Bloomberg, Local Politicos Rail Against Washington's Role in Debt Downgrade

Monday, August 08, 2011

Washington has done more to harm the economy over the last two months than they have have done to help it, and that's got to change.

-Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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Obama Reacts to Debt Downgrade, Trades Chiding for Reassurance

Monday, August 08, 2011

As the stock market shed value on Monday afternoon, President Obama offered sweeping remarks designed to sure up confidence and to appeal to the patriotism of his colleagues in Washington.

In a break from the chiding tone that characterized many of his public statements during the debt ceiling debate, Obama sought to create a sense of calm by emphasizing the fundamental soundness of the American economy. 

He made three key points, which taken together, came down to one message: We are better than this. 

 

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Opinion: Which Politicians Won the Debt Fight? Who Lost?

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I just don't understand how anyone can justify putting themselves in the column that would prefer default, a loss of our triple A credit rating and an all but assured double dip recession, over voting for a deal that gave them most of what they wanted.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Long-Term Political and Economic Impact of the Debt Ceiling Drama

Monday, August 01, 2011

As Congress arrives at a budget agreement and avoids sending the U.S into default right before the August 2 deadline, we're examining the broader, long-term political and historical impact of the the debt crisis. How will it affect the credibility of the U.S. government? What does it tell us about President Obama, and how will the crisis shape next year's election?

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How Obama Can Get to Yes on the Debt Deal: Lessons from Past Presidents

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

President Obama has had a muted legislative record so far this year, but this debt ceiling standoff is shaping up to be among his administration's most dramatic confrontations with Republicans. 

After signing the health care overhaul, the stimulus bill, and the auto bailout in his first two years – not to mention the tax deal, unemployment extension, DADT, 9/11 First Responders bill flurry during the lame duck Congress last year – Obama was forced to scale back his agenda with the new Republican majority in the House this year. 

Despite his past dismissiveness of small-scale initiatives, Obama has had to table other major pushes on immigration, clean energy, and education. But there was no way to avert this battle on the debt ceiling vote. And it only continues to heat up, with a firm primetime address on Monday and a veto threat on Tuesday. 

But now what? Here, a guide to how previous deals have made been made. 

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