Posts Tagged ‘ Barack Obama ’

Obama and Rousseff focus on climate, play down spy row

June 30, 2015
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The Daily Star [Lebanon    

"US President Barack Obama and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff traded compliments and vowed to work together on renewable energy Tuesday, bidding to put a bitter spying row behind them. The pair met for extensive White House talks, a meeting originally planned for 2013 but scuppered by revelations the National Security Agency eavesdropped on Rousseff's calls. ... The pair rolled out a litany of unoffensive economic, political and military agreements ranging from work on patents to food security in Africa. But they also unveiled ambitious joint renewable energy targets, hoping to present a collective front ahead of crunch global climate talks later this year." (06/30/15)

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Another open letter to Barack Obama

May 17, 2015
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"I applaud your recent support for freer trade. Yet I cannot help but note that all five of the benefits that your administration's website ascribes to freer trade are beside the point. Each of your '5 ways that trade is linked to our economic strength' highlights ways that freer trade helps American producers. Your list contains not even a hint of the chief and overwhelming economic justification for freer trade -- namely, the greater access to lower-priced goods and services that freer trade brings to consumers." (05/15/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/05/another-open-letter-to-barack-obama.html  

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The liberal apologies for Obama’s ugly reign

May 16, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Paul Street  

"A second liberal and 'progressive' apology for Obama's corporatism, imperialism, militarism, and eco-cidalism places the blame on the rest of us. It's our failure, this second storyline goes. The citizenry and activists are at fault for not making Obama be the progressive, populist, environmentalist, and peace-dividend president he really wanted to be. We didn't compel him to advance the decent, egalitarian, and ecologically sustainable policies he sincerely desired to enact by organizing and protesting from the bottom up. This justification for Obama's power-serving presidency is barely less idiotic than 'the Republicans blocked him' excuse." (05/15/15)

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IL: Obama presidential library to be built in Chicago

May 12, 2015
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Chicago Sun-Times    

"President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle on Tuesday said they wanted to locate their Obama library and museum in Chicago -- with an announcement on their foundation website declaring 'Sweet Home Chicago.' ... Their decision gives Chicago a permanent, public institution housing the legacy of the Obama presidency and the Barack Obama Foundation. The Obama Center will be a massive building and job creating project on the South Side that could spark an economic renewal in the surrounding communities. The decision on whether the Obama project will be at Jackson Park or Washington Park -- both near the U. of Chicago main Hyde Park complex -- will come, the foundation said, 'in the coming months.'" (05/12/15)

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Obama rebukes “politician” Warren as trade feud escalates

May 10, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"A growing feud between President Obama and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren kicked up a notch Saturday, with the president rejecting her recent warnings about a long-sought trade deal and saying in an interview, 'Elizabeth is a politician just like everybody else.' The president and the liberal Massachusetts senator have been sparring amid an internal Democratic battle over Obama’s trade push. The administration wants Congress to give the president so-called 'fast-track' authority, which would ease the ability of the president to secure trade pacts -- in this case, a major agreement with Pacific nations called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Most recently, Warren has argued that giving Obama the new authority could open the door for a future administration to strike a deal rolling back provisions of the landmark 2010 financial-industry regulatory overhaul." (05/10/15)

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Obama’s unaccountable drone war

May 7, 2015
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Philip Giraldi The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi  

"The recent killing of two foreign captives in an errant drone strike in Pakistan has raised some serious questions about the government's employment of what has become its principal offensive weapon in its global war on terror (which the White House now prefers to call its overseas contingency operations). While President Obama, who has claimed that drones strikes only take place when there is 'near certainty' about the target, took personal responsibility for the mishap, it does not require much understanding of Washington's ways to realize that the gesture is in reality quite empty since the Chief Executive is unlikely to bear any actual consequences." (05/07/15)

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Obama flunks the constitutional test

May 4, 2015
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Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"As the world awaits the Supreme Court's rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage, pundits have engaged in a phony war that misses a larger story: the court's rejection of the government's extreme claims of unlimited federal power. Indeed, the Obama administration has already lost unanimously 20 times, having passed in its first five years the Bush DOJ's number across two full terms (15)." (05/04/15)

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The Obama paradox: Can a first-term senator win the White House again?

April 30, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor
by Linda Feldmann  

"Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul all have a Barack Obama problem. All three Republicans are running for president as first-term senators -- just as a young Senator Obama did eight years ago. And the last thing America needs is another President Obama, Republicans are fond of saying. That argument may hold sway with some GOP voters, but there’s a problem with it. Mr. Obama won the presidency -- twice. And it’s hard to argue with success." (04/28/15)

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Report: Obama gave CIA “secret waiver” for Pakistan drone killings

April 28, 2015
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Indian Express [India]    

"President Barack Obama tightened rules for the US' drone programme but secretly approved a waiver giving CIA more flexibility in Pakistan than anywhere else to strike suspected militants, a media report has said. Obama tightened the rules for the US drone programme in 2013 to reduce the risk of civilian casualties but secretly exempted the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from carrying out adequate intelligence-gathering missions in Pakistan before conducting drone strikes, The Wall Street Journal reported. Obama, in his directive, stated that proposed targets should pose an imminent threat to the US but the waiver exempted the CIA from this standard in Pakistan." (04/27/15)

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President Obama finally challenges his party’s trade skeptics

April 28, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Daniel J Ikenson  

"Trade policy divides Democrats and unites Republicans. That axiom has guided Democratic leadership in Congress since 2007, when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid assumed the reins and intentionally drove the trade agenda into a ditch. Better to bury international trade in a heap of disparagement and fallacy than risk the consequences of an honest, informed discussion. But change is in the air. With 21 months left in office and his ambitious trade agenda hanging in the balance, President Obama is finally challenging his party's retrogressive stance." (04/27/15)

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Why Obama wants to lift sanctions on Iran

April 27, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"[K]eep in mind, that what Obama's doing is extremely unpopular with many powerful groups; the congress, the media, Israel and even high ranking officials in his own State Department. Could it be that the powerbrokers who pull Obama's strings and tell him what to do have suddenly seen the light and want to open a new era of reconciliation and friendship with Iran? Of course not. No one believes that. The only reason Obama would strike a deal with Iran is because the US wants something in return. And the US does want something in return. The US wants a substitute for Russian gas flowing to the Europe so it can destroy Russia economically and implement its strategic plan to spread US power across Asia so US mega-corporations can maintain their dominant position in the global economy. Obama is playing nice with Iran so he can pivot to Asia as easily as possible." (04/27/15)

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Warren calls on Obama to declassify trade deal details

April 27, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is asking President Obama to make public classified information in the international trade deal that he's asking Congress to 'fast track' -- the latest incident in which the populist, first-term Democratic senator appears critical of the president's relationship with Wall Street and big business. At issue is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as the TPP -- a significant deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations that aims to create a free trade zone in the Asia-Pacific region. A letter dated Saturday and co-signed by fellow Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, was written in response to Obama's suggestion that critics of the TPP, specifically Warren, were wrong about the trade deal and 'dishonest' when they claim the TPP is a secret deal." (04/26/15)

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White House: Two hostages accidentally killed in drone strike

April 24, 2015
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USA Today    

"President Obama expressed 'grief and condolences' Thursday for a drone strike against suspected terrorists that accidentally killed two hostages. Obama said he took full responsibility for the operation and apologized to the families of the hostages. 'I profoundly regret what happened,' he said. The two Western hostages -- one American, one Italian -- were killed during a drone strike this year that targeted members of al-Qaeda, the White House said." [editor's note: By "taking full responsibility," I assume he doesn't mean turning himself in, confessing, and pleading guilty to multiple counts of terrorism and murder. He just means he's saying the words "I take full responsibility" - TLK] (04/23/15)

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Graham, McCain call for wahhhhhhmbulance over Paul “lapdog” remark

April 23, 2015
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Politico    

"The Senate's Two Amigos are firing back at Rand Paul's 'lapdog' diss. Paul, the 2016 GOP presidential contender who's tussled with Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain over foreign policy, took aim at the hawkish duo this week by charging that they are 'lapdogs' for President Barack Obama's policies abroad. On Wednesday, Graham -- considering a 2016 bid of his own -- dismissed the Kentucky Republican's criticism and said Paul would have the 'worst chance of anybody to make a case against Obama’s foreign policy.' ... Meanwhile, McCain said an anonymous Obama administration official has compared him and Graham to Doberman Pinschers -- rather than lapdogs." [editor's note: I have to agree that Graham and McCain aren't "lapdogs." More like rabid Chihuahuas - TLK] (04/22/15)

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Obama won’t call genocide genocide on 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide

April 22, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"President Barack Obama, wary of damaging relations with Turkey amid growing unrest in the Middle East, won't use the 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire to declare the brutal episode a genocide. Despite Obama's campaign promise in 2008 to 'recognize the Armenian Genocide' as president, the White House on Tuesday issued a carefully worded statement on a high-level administration meeting with Armenian groups that avoided using the term 'genocide.' An administration official said Obama, who will mark the centennial this Friday, would similarly avoid using the word. The term angers Ankara, which denies that Ottoman Turks carried out a genocide." (04/21/15)

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No cigar: Obama’s Cuba critics are dead wrong

April 21, 2015
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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
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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
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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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