September 30, 2011 Just because Wall Street officials didn't get skewered by Obama as much as they feared they might apparently doesn't mean they still don't have hold a few things against him. There's the signing of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, for instance, and his occasional public criticisms of Wall Street. Not to mention his recent call for higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires.
September 30, 2011 With the killing of terrorist spiritual leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, President Obama could and did claim yet another significant win Friday in the war against al Qaida. But if the past is any indicator, Obama is unlikely to get much in the way of sustained political credit for his role in bringing the al-Awlaki chapter of the al-Qaida story to an end.
September 27, 2011 President Obama used the heckling incident to testify to his own Christian beliefs. With many Americans still doubting that he's a Christian and believing him to be a Muslim, according to a recent poll, the president clearly saw a chance to affirm his faith and took it.
September 27, 2011 The nation's governance crisis, driven by economic anxiety, is the political equivalent of what meteorologists call a "blocking pattern" where storm systems get stuck over a particular region due to stationary high pressure systems that prevent the turbulent weather from passing along in the normal way.
The man who interrupted President Obama during a fundraiser Monday in Los Angeles is removed from the audience.
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September 27, 2011 The young man who interrupted the president's fundraiser in Los Angeles, though, also shouted that "Barack Obama is the Antichrist!" See the video.
September 26, 2011 President Obama's Monday visit to the Mountain View, Ca. headquarters of LinkedIn, the social networking site, for a town-hall style meeting gave him yet another opportunity to push his jobs plan and repeat his by now familiar talking economic agenda talking points. What makes the sessions interesting are the questions from the audience and how the president interacts with people.
September 26, 2011 For a president whose approval ratings even among African Americans have dropped strikingly, it can't be anything but bad news that his speech's climax has upset part of his base.
September 22, 2011 What does seem to be certain is that on Friday, Palestinian officials will ask to be admitted to the United Nations. The U.S. opposes that move, saying statehood should come through negotiations with Israel.
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September 21, 2011 The new Perry ad refers to Obama as "President Zero", an allusion to the Labor Department report that zero net new jobs were created in August, the image makers transform the iconic Obama "O" on the president's campaign web sites and posters into a zero, the better to imprint the connection on our brains. The ad makers want us to see an economy in decline when we see that red, white and blue "O."
President Obama addresses the opening of the Untied Nations General Assembly on Sept. 21 in New York City.
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September 21, 2011 The president said, "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N. ... Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians – not us – who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and security; on refugees and Jerusalem."
Go get 'em, the president tells Biden.
September 21, 2011 The president has "let me loose" to hit the campaign trail, Biden told supporters Tuesday. Meanwhile, a new poll shows a majority of voters believe the president will lose "to any Republican" next year.
September 21, 2011 Obama has been getting sharp criticism from the right for allegedly not being pro-Israel enough and from the left for appearing to be inconsistent by supporting self-determination in some Arab countries but not for Palestinians.
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September 20, 2011 Besides foreign policy, U.S. domestic politics was also at play Tuesday. Getting the nomination could depend on which GOP candidate can convince the greatest number of the most pro-Israel Jewish voters and evangelical Christians that he is most supportive of Israel.
September 20, 2011 With a self-flagellation rarely seen in a pundit David Brooks, who's also an NPR political analyst, calls himself a "sap" for believing that President Obama sought a compromise with congressional Republicans on his pass-this-bill jobs package announced earlier this month and his deficit-reduction proposal announced Monday.
September 19, 2011 One of the most inconvenient truths of the tax debate is that lower and middle income voters get many tax benefits. It's true some of the superwealthy have tax rates that are significantly lower than those of middle income taxpayers who make less in a year than some hedge-fund managers spend on a car. But there are a lot more middle income taxpayers than hedge fund managers.
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