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2012 Candidates Praise Gadhafi's Fall, But Not U.S. Involvement

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

This president decided to follow, rather than lead... so he can't sit back now and claim 'look how well our strategy worked.'

- Presidential hopeful Herman Cain

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Transcript: President Obama Delivers Remarks on Libya

Monday, August 22, 2011

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I just completed a call with my National Security Council on the situation in Libya. And earlier today I spoke to Prime Minister Cameron about the extraordinary events taking place there.

The situation is still very fluid. There remains a degree of uncertainty and there ...

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Did Obama Win The War in Libya?

Monday, August 22, 2011

People will be able to say Obama got rid of Gadhafi, but for the Libyans this story is beginning rather than ending...It will be an interesting question whether Libyans can maintain any kind of stability themselves. If they can't, the West will really have to face the more difficult question of whether we go in on the ground at all to maintain order.

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Setting The Week in Politics: Huntsman, Perry, Obama and More

Monday, August 22, 2011

[Huntsman]'s starting to have fun with it, and when you're at 2.2 percent in the polls, you can do that...He's making the case that if his party wants to have a real shot at winning in the fall, you can't go with Michele Bachmann, you can't go with Rick Perry.

Melinda Henneberger, contributing editor to Time.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Read Obama's Remarks on the Events in Libya

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tonight, the momentum against the Gadhafi regime has reached a tipping point. Tripoli is slipping from the grasp of a tyrant. The Gadhafi regime is showing signs of collapsing. The people of Libya are showing that the universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist ...

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Obama or Perry (or Romney) – Does it Make a Difference to Immigrants?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

As the GOP whittles down its field of presidential candidates, it is worth looking at where these politicians stand on immigration and asking whether it ultimately matters who wins the presidency in 2012 when it comes to advancing policies and laws beneficial to immigrants and their families.

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In Poll, New Yorkers Give Obama Worst Marks Ever, Want Giuliani in 2012 Race

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The president's job performance rating fell to a new low among New Yorkers in August, according to a recent Siena Poll. But the survey also showed that New Yorkers would still elect Barack Obama over any Republican hopeful.

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This Week's Agenda: Obama's Bus Tour, Super Committee, Perry's Bid

Monday, August 15, 2011

President Obama is departing today for his three-day bus tour through the Midwest, where he will stop in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. With his poll numbers slipping, Obama will be talking with Americans about ways to improve the economy and job growth. While Obama is on the road, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who announced this weekend that he will seek the 2012 Republican nomination, will begin fundraising for his campaign. As the race to for the presidency kicks up a notch, a Congressional twelve-member 'super committee' will begin work on a debt-reduction strategy, aiming to come up with a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion by Thanksgiving of this year.

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Opinion: Obama's Poorly Timed Fundraiser

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Obama's poorly timed fundraiser is worse than just bad optics. It's at the root of bad policy. It's a reminder of what our leaders need to do to get elected. When you see from whom they get support, it's no surprise who their decisions support.

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

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Rangel Talks Re-Election, Obama and Harlem's Changing Demographics

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The always irrepressible Charlie Rangel is holding a fundraiser and birthday bash tonight, headlined by Aretha Franklin. It's A Free Country caught up with the Congressman for a few words in a coffee shop at Rockefeller Center, where he had just finished an appearance on MSNBC.

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Poll #1: New Yorkers sum Cuomo up in a word -- Quinnipiac

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

(Courtsey of the Governor's office)

“Good.”

“Competent.”

“Trying.”

“Honest.”

“OK”

Those are the top choices for words that described Governor Andrew Cuomo, according to a Quinnipiac poll released this morning. The poll surveyed 1,640 New Yorkers and found almost all of the top 30 descriptors to be positive; "arrogant," "liberal" and "dissapointed" were the possible negatives pollsters identified. Astonishingly there was only one genuine crusty soul out of the whole lot who chose to sum up the governor using vulgarity.

Voters continue to give the governor high job approval marks--62 percent, down a bit from last month's 64 percent.

Likewise, the Empire State thinks the governor is a better leader than both New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 51–35 percent, and President Barack Obama--46–38 percent.

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Opinion: Democrats Have Enabled the Tea Party's Toxic Economic Platform

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

There's an acceptance that somehow government needs to be smaller, the free market will provide a solution and we're all waiting for the wealth to trickle down. Both sides are saying it - the real difference is that Tea Party fanatics are acting on it with all their convictions.

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

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Watch Live: Obama Addresses Nation on Economic Instability

Monday, August 08, 2011

President Barack Obama delivers a statement about the economy as the nation grapples with the first downgrade of U.S. debt in the country's history, and will give an update on military operations in Afghanistan.

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Who's to Blame for Downgrade? Not Surprisingly, Politicos and 2012 Contenders Point Fingers

Monday, August 08, 2011

After Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S. debt rating for the first time American history, reaction was swift, mixed, and like everything else involving fiscal policy these days, pointedly partisan. 

 

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This Week's Agenda: U.S. Credit Rating, Obama Bus Tour, Verizon Strike

Monday, August 08, 2011

Credit ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S.'s credit rating for the first time in history on Friday, causing jaws to drop across the country, and raising the blood-pressures of leaders worldwide as many held emergency meetings to fend off any backlash this news might create. President Obama will be preparing this week for his upcoming bus tour to reconnect with voters in the Midwest. Meanwhile, News Corp. will release their fourth quarter results on Wednesday, the PGA Championship kicks off on Thursday, and Dennis Rodman will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.

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Politicians Claim Victory, Deliver Parting Shots on FAA Shutdown

Friday, August 05, 2011

With the FAA sorting out how to get back up and running after a nearly two-week long partial shutdown, politicians are claiming victory and delivering their parting shots. Here's the roundup, including a vowed to use "every tool at our disposal" in the next round from Congressman John Mica.

Senator Jay Rockefeller, (D-WV) Chair of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee once again blamed republicans for playing politics.

“House Republicans made it clear they would continue to hold the entire aviation system hostage.  I deplore those tactics, but ultimately the stakes for real people are too high. Thankfully, for now, this compromise allows the FAA to restart, maintains workers’ rights, and ensures that rural airports can get the resources they need, with language that protects deserving small communities whose airports are the lifeblood of their economies."

House Transportation Committee Chair, John Mica (R-FL) issued a release with the subject "Democrats Yield to House FAA Extension."

“The American people have witnessed firsthand how truly difficult it is to bring about even modest reforms and cut wasteful programs in Washington, like $3,720 individual airline ticket subsidies...  If the Senate refuses to negotiate on the few remaining issues, they can be assured that every tool at our disposal will be utilized to ensure a long-term bill is signed into law. [underline his] ... Once again, it’s unfortunate and unfair that a few in the Senate would unnecessarily leave thousands of workers behind for the last two weeks.”

The White House statement, by comparison, reads more like sigh of relief. President Barack Obama:

"I'm pleased that Congress has passed an agreement which will allow tens of thousands of people to return to their jobs rebuilding runways and working on construction projects all over America, while removing the uncertainty hanging over the jobs of thousands of hardworking FAA employees. This impasse was an unnecessary strain on local economies across the country at a time when we can’t allow politics to get in the way of our economic recovery.  So I’m glad that this stalemate has finally been resolved."

For a recap of the main issues that caused the shutdown see our summary here, or our complete coverage here.

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Watch Live: Obama Speaks on Workforce

Friday, August 05, 2011

President Obama will speak on the administration’s work to prepare veterans for the workforce, and is expected to hit on the Friday jobs report, which was better than forecasted.

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Stucknation: Impassioned Hope of 2008 Nowhere to be Found in Passive 2011 Obama

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I have been in close quarters with President Obama only twice, but what happened between those two occasions tells a lot about the arc of his presidency and the trajectory of the nation he's charged with leading.

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Despite Debt Deal, Economic Outlook Remains Bleak

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Despite Congress finally passing a debt deal and President Obama signing off on the plan yesterday, the national mood was not celebratory. It's been a bad week for the economy, and it appears that it will only get worse. Last Friday, G.D.P. data showed disappointing economic activity in the nation's second quarter, and this week the Commerce Department released a report showing consumer spending fell in June. New employment figures, the economic indicator used to gauge growth, will be released Friday, and many are expecting them to be dismal.

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Congress, Obama Reach Debt Ceiling Agreement

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

President Obama and Congress reached a deal on raising the debt ceiling today, averting a potential debt default just hours ahead of midnight deadline.

The framework for the deal, which was announced on Sunday by Congressional leaders, raises the debt ceiling in two stages - an initial $1 trillion now to stave off the threat of immediate default, and a second, $1.4 trillion to be proposed by a newly created congressional committee that would have to agree upon cuts.

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