Posts Tagged ‘ Barack Obama ’

US futures regulator rejects gambling on Obama’s future

April 2, 2012
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Reuters    

"The Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Monday quashed a proposal to allow options contracts on the U.S. presidential election, saying such 'gaming' was not in the public interest. The CFTC rejected an application by the North American Derivatives Exchange (Nadex) seeking to list options contracts tied to election outcomes such as the 2012 presidential race or whether Democrats or Republicans will control the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate." (04/02/12)

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Donor who gave $50K to Obama re-election campaign accused of fraud

April 1, 2012
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Washington Post    

"A major donor to President Barack Obama has been accused of defrauding a businessman and impersonating a bank official .... The New York donor, Abake Assongba, and her husband contributed more than $50,000 to Obama’s re-election effort this year, federal records show. But Assongba is also fending off a civil court case in Florida, where she’s accused of thieving more than $650,000 to help build a multimillion-dollar home in the state ..." (04/01/12)

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Battlefield rust belt

March 21, 2012
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In These Times
by Eric Johnson  

"President Barack Obama won the industrial Midwest in 2008 with a message of hope and change, but he faces a much different political and economic re-election landscape. And with key congressional races looming in 2012, the beleaguered Rust Belt will be on the front lines of the battle over competing definitions of American capitalism and plans to restore the dwindling middle class. In states like Ohio, Wisconsin and Indiana -- where Republican lawmakers have successfully pushed anti-labor legislation since early 2011 -- unions and fiscal hawks have flocked to the streets and capitol buildings with teeth bared and fists clenched." (03/20/12)

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/12851/battlefield_rust_belt  

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Obama raises $45 million in February for campaign

March 19, 2012
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USA Today    

"President Obama has stepped up his fundraising pace, amassing $45 million for his re-election and the Democratic National Committee in February before a likely spending spree by Republican outside groups in the general election, his campaign announced Monday. The haul outpaces the $29.1 million Obama raised for himself and the Democratic Party in January. It still trails what he collected at this point four years ago as he made his first bid for the White House." (03/19/12)

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Obama trails Romney in new poll

March 13, 2012
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Christian Science Monitor    

"President Obama is under pressure in public opinion polls, and the high price of gasoline appears to be a central reason. Even though the job market has been improving, energy prices are a big concern that stares Americans in the face whenever they're at a gas pump. That could be bad news for Mr. Obama's reelection hopes, new polls suggest. A Washington Post/ABC News poll, released Monday, tells one big part of the story: Disapproval of the president's handling of the economy stands at 59 percent of Americans, which the Post says is a record low on that issue for Obama." (03/12/12)

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Hold off on Obama victory dance

March 12, 2012
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The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner  

"Things have been breaking well for President Obama. Economically, job growth has outperformed expectations. The unemployment rate could be below 8 percent by Election Day. Politically, Republicans are engaged in the sort of demolition derby once reserved for Democrats. ... However, Obama faces a daunting two-part challenge related to Iran’s nuclear assertions, with implications for both national security and sustainable energy. A misstep could cost him the presidency and cause the country to take a disastrously wrong turn in these two critical areas." (03/12/12)

http://prospect.org/article/hold-obama-victory-dance  

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The coming anti-Mormon rage

March 11, 2012
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason  

"[T]he problem for the Obama regime is that Romney has no obvious flaws: messy divorces, past affairs, tax dodging, DUIs, misdemeanors, or what have you. So the Regime will be reduced to hammering away at the fact that Romney is rich, white, and Mormon. The attack is already well underway." (03/09/12)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/763  

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Obama and the Harvard “we”

March 8, 2012
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Michael Christian  

"I think there are two kinds of elitism, a good one and a bad one, and that President Obama may have been corrupted by the latter during his time at Harvard. I don’t suppose that the Harvard of my and Obama’s generation intentionally aimed to produce the bad kind of elitism, but it soaked its students in a bad elitist culture. Even the vocabulary of the students changed to accommodate elitism. The best example is what I call the Harvard 'we.'" (03/06/12)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/762  

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Ron Paul vs. Barack Obama on individual liberty and healthcare

February 28, 2012
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Nolan Chart Nolan Chart
by William K. Nelson  

"There are legitimate concerns on both sides of the debate in relation to public health care. Libertarians like Ron Paul believe that if it is mandatory for everyone to be insured then people are going to be subject to state coercion which infringes upon their civil liberties. However, Progressive Liberals and Democrats like Barack Obama will argue that it's the 'free riders' who do not have insurance because they are either too cheap or too poor to afford it that contribute to the rise in health care and thus health insurance costs." (02/27/12)

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Is Obama’s America God’s country?

February 21, 2012
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Patrick J. Buchanan  

"Santorum is undeniably taking an immense gamble here. First, he is wagering that by emphasizing his moral, social and cultural conservatism, he can trump Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital job-creator card. Second, he is wagering that Obama, with his latest attempt to impose secular values on Catholic institutions, can be portrayed as possessed of an 'overt hostility to faith in America.' Third, he is wagering that he has the rhetorical and political skills to make this case to the nation through the prism of a hostile media." (02/20/12)

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Obama can stop Israel from attacking Iran

February 7, 2012
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Israel’s highest officials tell American journalists their air force may attack Iran’s nuclear facilities this spring, although Israeli and American intelligence agencies say the Islamic republic has no plan to build a bomb. The officials might be bluffing, but the threats pose a problem for the Obama administration. In recent weeks there has been much in-person contact between the governments." (02/06/12)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1202b.asp  

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Obama’s phony tax reform

February 1, 2012
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"The president's tax proposals would make a brutally byzantine system more complicated." (02/01/12)

http://reason.com/archives/2012/02/01/obamas-phony-tax-reform  

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Obama the angry, part 3

January 31, 2012
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Orange Punch
by Mark Landsbaum  

"Nah, he’s not an angry guy. Not much. We no sooner observe how the Hothead in Chief gets snippy at the slightest provocation than another incident comes to the fore to verify that this president is out of his league. Criticisms and things that don’t go his way seem to have a disproportionate effect. The guy loses his cool. And we had such hope. Oh well, another change unanticipated." (01/30/12)

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George Soros: Obomney for president

January 31, 2012
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"George Soros is quoted in a blog at the UK's Daily Mail as saying that if the US presidential election comes down to Obama and Romney, 'there isn’t all that much difference except for the crowd that they bring with them.' This isn't even news to libertarians. The whole point of an engineered Obama/Romney runoff is to guarantee business as usual for the billionaire ruling classes of Oz who run both parties from behind the Wizard's curtain." (01/30/12)

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Obama’s unwelcome mat

January 30, 2012
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Mark A. Calabria  

"In his State of the Union address, President Obama let us know that he will be 'sending this Congress a plan that gives every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage, by refinancing at historically low interest rates.' What he failed to tell us is that such a push would do nothing to turn around either the housing market or the broader economy." (01/26/12)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=14051  

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Obama’s justices vs. Obama

January 26, 2012
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Barack Obama, the law professor who railed against the Bush administration's disdain for privacy, has been to civil liberties what the Hindenburg was to air travel: an unexpected debacle. Time after time, he has chosen to uphold government power at the expense of individual protections. ... But there is one big redeeming item on his record: He has appointed to the Supreme Court people who don't entirely share his taste for aggressive statism." (01/26/12)

http://reason.com/archives/2012/01/26/obamas-justices-vs-obama  

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Thou shalt not covet

January 26, 2012
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"President Obama says that people are poor because others are rich. What a crock that is. It’s nothing more than a refusal to accept personal responsibility for the failure of the welfare-warfare way of life and the managed-economy way of life that that statists have foisted upon our nation. What’s even a bigger crock is Obama’s solution for making the poor better off." (01/26/12)

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2012-01-26.asp  

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The statist of the Union

January 26, 2012
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Anthony Gregory Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"Unsurprisingly, President Obama’s campaign speech masquerading as the routine address to Congress, spelled out in the Constitution and known as the State of the Union, was saturated with every prevalent form of modern American statism -- protectionism, corporate-liberal socialism, nationalism, and militarism. In a couple areas, however, he was particularly bold in his statist proposals." (01/25/12)

http://blog.independent.org/2012/01/25/the-statist-of-the-union/  

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A redistributive State of the Union

January 26, 2012
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"Shortly after President Obama was elected, NBC News interviewed a young woman from Detroit named Peggy Joseph. She explained that she was excited about Obama’s election because 'I won’t have to worry about putting the gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage.' In the three years since, President Obama may not have actually paid her mortgage or filled up her tank, but judging from last night’s State of the Union address, he’s still trying." (01/25/12)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=14045  

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Obama raises $68 million in last quarter of 2011

January 12, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"Capping off a lucrative fundraising year, President Obama raised more than $68 million for his reelection effort and the Democratic Party in the fourth quarter of 2011, his campaign announced Thursday morning. The haul -- in which more than $42 million went to Obama for America and more than $24 million to the Democratic National Committee -- marks a drop-off from earlier fundraising periods, but still gives the president a formidable cash advantage over his would-be GOP challengers." (01/12/12)

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NH: Obama fails to file delegate slate for presidential primary

January 5, 2012
posted by

KN@PPSTER    

"New Hampshire election law required presidential primary candidates to submit delegate slates to the Secretary of State last November. President Barack Obama didn't bother. ... The beneficiary? Darcy G. Richardson." (01/05/12)

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IA: Progressives plan to challenge Obama

January 2, 2012
posted by

The Raw Story    

"The group Progressive Democrats of America hope to send a message to President Barack Obama by organizing people to vote for 'uncommitted' in the Iowa Democratic caucuses. 'I believe we need an inside outside strategy,' Tim Carpenter, the founder of the group, said at an organizing meeting in Des Moines this week. 'We’re not asking everybody in this room to vote for Barack Obama. We’re not voting for Barack Obama. We’re organizing uncommitted slates to go to the caucus on Tuesday to challenge Barack Obama ..." (01/02/12)

http://tinyurl.com/6nyn7p3  

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IA: Occupy activists stake camp at Obama office

December 19, 2011
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Boston Globe    

"Occupy Des Moines activists on Saturday vowed to shut down President Barack Obama’s campaign offices and set up a camp outside they plan to maintain around the clock. ... A handful of activists went to Obama’s nondescript office in a downtown strip mall after larger rallies to mark the three-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York. They had hoped to read a statement demanding Obama cut military spending by half and 'dismantle our U.S. military empire ... so we can create jobs, balance the budget, meet our peoples' needs here and help the human community to heal our dying planet.'" (12/18/11)

 

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The Spirit of ’48

November 29, 2011
posted by

National Review
by Rich Lowry  

"Hopeful Democrats think 'Give 'em hell, Barry' can use the 1948 template to overcome his poor standing in the polls in another victory over another new, unpopular Republican Congress. That the Truman campaign is a template at all is a measure of Obama’s desperation, and of his definitive termination of the politics of hope and change." (11/29/11)

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/284272/spirit-48-rich-lowry  

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Assassinating the rule of law

November 27, 2011
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In These Times
by Leonard C. Goodman  

"Of all the promises made by candidate Barack Obama, it was his promise to end the lawlessness of the Bush years by closing Guantanamo, ending torture and restoring the United States’ reputation for justice that got me out in the streets and knocking on doors. And it is President Obama’s failure to keep these promises that makes it impossible for me to support him again." [editor's note: This is a trend that could guarantee either a runaway win for the GOP survivor ... or the rise of a Dem contendah, as BHO does an LBJ - SAT] (11/25/11)

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