Posts Tagged ‘ Barack Obama ’

No cigar: Obama’s Cuba critics are dead wrong

April 21, 2015
posted by

Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"At the Summit of the Americas, President Obama took the next crucial steps in his quest to normalize relations with Cuba. Not only did he have a cordial meeting with Cuban leader Raul Castro, he announced that Cuba would be removed from the U.S. list of states that sponsor terrorism. Both actions have been long overdue. Predictably, Obama's rapprochement with Cuba has drawn fire from hard-line hawkish elements in the United States." (04/20/15)

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Panama: Obama, Castro meet

April 12, 2015
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WAAY 31 News    

"President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro sat down together Saturday in the first formal meeting of the two country's leaders in a half-century, pledging to reach for the kind of peaceful relationship that has eluded their nations for generations. In a small conference room in a Panama City convention center, the two sat side by side in a bid to inject fresh momentum into their months-old effort to restore diplomatic ties. Reflecting on the historic nature of the meeting, Obama said he felt it was time to try something new and to engage with both Cuba's government and its people." (04/12/15)

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Obama calls for end to gay conversion “therapy”

April 9, 2015
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The Virginian-Pilot    

"President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy [sic] treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth. The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed suicide in December and left behind writings mentioning religious therapy [sic]. In a statement late Wednesday, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said the administration supports banning so-called conversion therapy [sic] treatments for minors. ... The White House is not explicitly calling for congressional legislation to ban the therapies [sic] nationwide. But Jarrett's statement highlighted states that have outlawed the practice and expressed hope that there will be broader action." (04/09/15)

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Obama frees drug war prisoners

April 6, 2015
posted by

Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Obama's latest batch of commutations, which doubled his total in a single day, suggests that the president, whose clemency record during his first term was remarkably stingy, is beginning to make up for lost time. Last year the Justice Department signaled a new openness to clemency petitions, laying out criteria for the sort of applications the president wanted to see. An unnamed 'senior administration official' told Yahoo News the new guidelines could result in commutations for 'hundreds, perhaps thousands' of federal prisoners by the end of Obama's second term. The president will have to pick up the pace to reach that goal. But his avowed interest in ameliorating the egregious injustices inflicted by federal drug laws seems to be more than rhetorical." (04/06/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/06/obama-frees-drug-war-prisoners  

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The president stops laughing about pot

March 24, 2015
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"In an interview with Vice News last week, President Obama suggested that removing marijuana from the list of federally prohibited substances would represent 'progress.' At the same time, he made it clear he's in no hurry to see that happen. 'Young people,' he said, 'I understand this is important to you. But, you know, you should be thinking about climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace. Maybe, way at the bottom, you should be thinking about marijuana.' This sort of condescension is by now a familiar feature of Obama's responses to questions about marijuana legalization. It glosses over the reality of pot prohibition, which entails arresting 700,000 or so people every year in the United States, or one every 45 seconds." (03/23/15)

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Obama stands up for America

March 23, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"From the perspective of a noninterventionist, President Obama’s foreign policy has been a disaster. Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, and now the stalled withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan -- all this and more is evidence that the candidate who campaigned against the reckless policies of his predecessor has turned out to be worse, in many ways, than George W. Bush. However, in one area his recent actions have made us proud, and that is in his dealings with the rogue state of Israel." (03/23/15)

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Loyal

March 4, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Joep Bertrams  

Cartoon. (03/04/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/03/loyal/  

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Federal judge temporarily blocks Obama’s executive action on immigration

February 17, 2015
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RTT News    

"In a move cheered by conservatives [sic], a federal judge in Texas has temporarily halted implementation of President Barack Obama's controversial executive action on immigration. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen comes as lawmakers in Washington continue to squabble over a bill linking funding for the Department of Homeland Security to blocking the president's immigration action. In the ruling, Hanen argued that the Obama administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act, which calls for a more elaborate rulemaking process before taking action." (02/17/15)

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Obama’s liberal spending panacea

February 17, 2015
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"President Obama recently denounced the 'mindless austerity' that threatens his dream of spending $4 trillion in the coming year. In lieu of the current sequestration restrictions on federal spending, Mr. Obama promises 'smart investments that strengthen America.' But 'smart investments' are a pipe dream as long as the president and his team view federal spending as magic beans to miraculously make America rich." (02/16/15)

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How school choice could come back to bite Republicans in the butt

February 16, 2015
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Joy Pullmann Heartland Institute
by Joy Pullmann  

"Obama and Republicans have common ground on K-12 education in one major area: Charter schools. In this, Obama has long bucked the teachers union gorillas in the Democrat closet. And who can really rage against charter schools, given that high-quality studies keep showing these independent public schools educate children better and for less cost than traditional public schools? Unions can, but Obama occasionally ignores them, since they backed Hillary instead of him in 2008. The problem with federal support for charter schools is the problem with federal support for a lot of things: Federal support usually means money with strings attached, which often ends up suffocating the thing you’re trying to inflate." (02/16/15)

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Republicans on the verge of a nervous breakdown over Obama’s “executive amnesty”

February 8, 2015
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Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Last month, the GOP leadership convinced restrictionists to temporarily hold their fire and pass a Cromnibus spending bill that would fund all federal departments till the end of fiscal 2015, except for DHS, which would be funded only till the end of this month. The plan was to use DHS funding as leverage to get Democrats -- and the president -- to back off on the so-called 'executive amnesty' (their exaggerated term for a three-year reprieve from deportation that does not even offer a path to legalization let alone citizenship) while avoiding a repeat performance of the 2013 government shutdown that splashed so much egg on the GOP’s face. So how's it working out?" (02/06/15)

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Obama’s “mindless austerity”

February 5, 2015
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Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"In announcing his $3.999 trillion budget proposal for FY 2016, President Obama said that he was putting an end to 'mindless austerity' in federal spending. In response to which, one wants to ask, 'What color is the sky on his planet?' There has been no austerity, mindless or otherwise, during the Obama presidency (or, for that matter, the Bush presidency before that)." (02/04/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamas-mindless-austerity  

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Budget balloon

February 4, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Nate Beeler  

Cartoon. (02/02/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/02/budget-balloon/  

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One cheer for Obama on the Keystone XL boondoggle

February 3, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp The Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"As I write this, Congress has passed a bill bypassing the US State Department's endless review process and approving construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. President Barack Obama's vow to veto that bill is the right thing to do, but for the wrong reasons. He's blowing an opportunity to steal congressional Republicans' thunder on one of their own banner issues. ... why not address the elephant in the room (pun very much intended) and openly side with libertarians against this GOP boondoggle on property rights grounds?" (02/02/15)

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Obama disses religious liberties in India

January 28, 2015
posted by

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"President Barack Obama handed Narendra Modi a personal triumph by accepting the Indian prime minister's invitation to attend India's Republic Day celebrations last Monday, January 26. The holiday commemorates India adopting its constitution, and affirms the nation's commitment to religious liberties. That's why it was critical for President Obama to ensure that Modi and his Hindu triumphalist cronies didn't regard his visit as a clean chit for their recent attacks on religious liberties. But he didn't." (01/28/15)

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McConnell blasts Obama for threatening to veto giant big-government corporate welfare land theft project

January 8, 2015
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WHAS 11 News    

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is obstructing the change American voters want by threatening to veto the first bill introduced in the new, Republican-controlled Senate. Despite that disagreement over approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, McConnell held out hope Wednesday that Republicans could work with Obama on issues such as trade agreements, infrastructure improvements and rewriting tax laws." (01/07/15)

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AZ: El Caudillo de Maricopa files yet another frivolous lawsuit vs. Obama

December 22, 2014
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ABC News ABC News    

"A lawyer for controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio urged a federal court judge today to stop the president from 'ramming' new immigration policies 'down the throats of the American people.' Larry Klayman, founder of the conservative [sic] legal group Judicial Watch, urged Washington, D.C. District Court Judge Beryl Howell to issue an injunction blocking Obama’s executive actions, which Klayman called a 'lanket amnesty.'" [editor's note: If it really is an "amnesty," then the US Constitution quite clearly allows Obama to do it -- see Article 2, Section 2 - TLK] (12/22/14)

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Federal judge publicly admits he hasn’t read Article II, Section 2 of US Constitution

December 17, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Earlier Tuesday, a federal court in Pennsylvania declared aspects of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy unconstitutional. According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes 'beyond prosecutorial discretion' in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals. As a consequence, Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority." [editor's note: Even assuming the extremely dubious constitutionality of federal immigration law as such, which part of "The President ... shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States" is unclear? - TLK] (12/16/14)

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Why Obama’s immigration policy is constitutional

December 16, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Ilya Somin  

"President Obama’s recent order deferring the deportation of up to 5 million undocumented immigrants has led to enormous controversy. Many, especially on the political right, argue that it undermines the rule of law. The president, they contend, is required to enforce federal law as written, not pick and choose which violators to go after and which to exempt based on policy considerations. In reality, Obama’s actions were well within the scope of executive authority under the Constitution." (12/16/14)

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US House rebukes Obama over immigration actions; spending fight looms

December 4, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"House Republicans voted Thursday to block President Obama's immigration executive actions, though it was unclear whether the largely symbolic step would be enough to prevent a risky budget stand-off next week. The House voted 219-197 for the bill, by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., that declares Obama's actions 'null and void and without legal effect.'" (12/04/14)

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Obama declares “lawful action” to protect 5 million immigrants

November 21, 2014
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USA Today    

"President Obama took a historic, legacy-defining step Thursday night when he announced a plan to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, infuriating Republicans but satisfying immigrants who have fought for years for such relief. The president's plan will allow undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, known as green card holders, to legally live and work in the country for a period of three years. He expanded the pool of undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children who are eligible for protected status." [editor's note: "Historic?" "Legacy-defining?" Not even close. It was incredibly weak tea and clearly aimed at baiting congressional Republicans into passing legislation - TLK] (11/20/14)

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Obama’s immigration plan may be his most worthy act

November 21, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Yael Ossowski  

"The New York Times and others are reporting that President Obama will sign an executive order Friday to allow some illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States. In an administration notorious for its incompetence and overreach, the president's order will be among his few worthy actions." (11/19/14)

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Reid urges Obama to delay executive action on immigration

November 14, 2014
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ABC News ABC News    

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has privately asked the White House to delay an executive order on immigration until Congress passes a spending bill to keep the government running, ABC News has learned. While Reid supports President Obama’s ability to act on his own on immigration, he told senators today that he is increasingly concerned some Republicans will seize on the move and try to block the funding bill, which could lead to a government shutdown." (11/13/14)

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Obama and the Convention Against Torture

November 13, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Steve Breyman  

"The Convention on Torture, other international treaties, and domestic law require the president to investigate allegations of torture, and to prosecute those responsible. Obama has, contrary to the law, shown zero interest in pursuing Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice or the other enablers and defenders of criminal behavior in the country's name; 'we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.' There’s been no full-scale public inquiry into or publication of the various torture memos written by John Woo, or other records of official lawlessness. Neither have we witnessed a reckoning by the Obama Justice Department with the illegal and outrageous practice of extraordinary rendition." (11/13/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/13/obama-and-the-convention-against-torture/  

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Source: Obama to announce 10-point immigration plan via exec action as early as next week

November 13, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"President Obama is planning to unveil a 10-part plan for overhauling U.S. immigration policy via executive action -- including suspending deportations for millions -- as early as next Friday, a source close to the White House told Fox News. ... The plan contains 10 initiatives than span everything from boosting border security to improving pay for immigration officers. But the most controversial pertain to the millions who could get a deportation reprieve under what is known as 'deferred action.'" (11/12/14)

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