Posts Tagged ‘ Barack Obama ’

President Obama and the youth vote

June 4, 2012
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by David Boaz  

"A new Gallup poll finds that Obama still gets 64 percent of the youth vote, but only 56 percent of young people say they definitely intend to vote -- compared with more than 80 percent in other age groups. And a new poll from Harvard University's Institute of Politics has even worse news: Among college-age youth, only 50 percent approve of Obama's performance, only 39 percent approve of his handling of the economy, and only 41 percent say they'll vote for him, to 29 percent for Mitt Romney." (06/01/12)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/president-obama-youth-vote  

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Obama, Romney camps trade jabs over latest dismal jobs report

June 3, 2012
posted by

Fox News    

"Advisers for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama sparred Sunday over who was to blame for the latest grim unemployment rate and how it will impact November’s election. The latest employment report out Friday shows only 69,000 jobs were added during May -- the fewest in a year, as the unemployment rate increased to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April." (06/03/12)

http://fxn.ws/LmMBcm  

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The Birther distraction only benefits Obama

June 3, 2012
posted by

The Liberty Papers
by Stephen Littau  

"This is precisely the kind of issue President Obama wants to be a part of this campaign. If the media and the people are talking about the birther question, they are not talking about his failed economic policies, his continued assaults on free market capitalism, ObamaCare, signing extensions to the Patriot Act, signing the NDAA, Fast and Furious, his drug war hypocrisy, his foreign policy befitting that of a warlord, his very Orwellian change in the definition of the term 'civilian' to make his statistics for killings of innocent people in foreign lands not look so bad to the casual news consumer, and etc. In other words, Obama’s record as president!" (05/31/12)

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Wealth creation is not the enemy

May 30, 2012
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"President Obama accuses Mitt Romney of putting profits above people by striving to create wealth rather than jobs during his 15 years at Bain Capital. This critique of Romney's work at the private equity firm, which Obama says will be central to his re-election campaign, betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of capitalism." (05/30/12)

http://bit.ly/KcyRUZ  

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Obama’s secret murder list

May 29, 2012
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New York Times    

"[US president Barack] Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret 'nominations' process to designate [alleged] terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be. ... In interviews with The New York Times, three dozen of his current and former advisers described Mr. Obama’s evolution since taking on the role, without precedent in presidential history, of personally overseeing the shadow war with Al Qaeda." (05/29/12)

http://nyti.ms/LQm359  

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Does Andrew Sullivan’s Obamaphilia make sense?

May 20, 2012
posted by

Will Wilkinson The Moral Sciences Club
by Will Wilkinson  

"Andrew's heartfelt loving admiration seems to me to immunize his censure of Obama's manifold crimes against suspicion of low ideological opportunism. Andrew loves Obama. Apparently it does really pain him that Obama has not able to find the courage to, say, oppose the extrajudicial assassination of American citizens. (Just think of the poor man's sleepless nights!) I don't see this as a higher form of concern trolling so much as the pure form of rhetorical entreaty which the concern troll mimics in bad faith." (05/18/12)

http://bit.ly/Ljipx5  

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Romney’s gay marriage challenge

May 16, 2012
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"What does he mean by 'domestic partnership?'" (05/16/12)

http://reason.com/archives/2012/05/16/romneys-gay-marriage-challenge  

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Obama’s “cynicism” on gay marriage

May 14, 2012
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Abraham Lincoln is remembered today for freeing the slaves. But he didn't start out with that policy, and he didn't get there quickly. He reached his ultimate position only by slowly and painfully 'evolving' -- while blacks waited and suffered in bondage. When he came out for same-sex marriage, Obama won praise from gays, liberals and libertarians who have supported same-sex marriage all along. But he has also gotten sharp criticism from both left and right." (05/14/12)

http://reason.com/archives/2012/05/14/obamas-cynicism-on-gay-marriage  

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Obama’s gay marriage equivocation

May 9, 2012
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"The marriage whose name the president dare not speak." (05/09/12)

http://bit.ly/Js2sYH  

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WV: Federal prisoner embarrasses Obama in presidential primary

May 9, 2012
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ABC News    

"The outcry to vote against President Barack Obama was heard loud and clear in West Virginia. In the Democratic primary there, 4 out of 10 cast votes for Keith Judd, a prisoner in Texas serving time a for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. Obama earned 59 percent of the vote. Judd received 41 percent." (05/09/12)

http://abcn.ws/JrPw5b  

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Rich, White, Mormon …

April 26, 2012
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason  

"In a recent piece, I suggested that Romney would likely win the Republican nomination, and since he has no history of scandals and is obviously intelligent, the Obama campaign (which cannot run on Obama’s record in office, which is risible) would attack him in the only way it can. It will try to attack him for being rich, white, and Mormon. That is, it will try to arouse envy of the rich among the poor, hatred of whites among blacks and Latinos, and anti-Mormon prejudice among the populace at large (and especially among evangelicals)." (04/25/12)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/790  

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Romney targets Obama after sweeping five more primaries

April 25, 2012
posted by

Baltimore Sun    

"Republican Mitt Romney launched his general election campaign against President Barack Obama after sweeping five primaries on Tuesday, condemning the president for false promises and weak leadership and declaring 'a better America begins tonight.' ... he rolled to easy double-digit victories in five Northeastern states -- Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island -- with a combined 231 delegates." (04/25/12)

http://bsun.md/JyYdeM  

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Obama: More for thee, but not for me

April 17, 2012
posted by

The Libertarian Standard
by Brian Martinez  

"President Obama pays a lower tax rate than his secretary -- the very sort of disparity which, according to his own staff, illustrates why the so-called 'Buffett Rule' needs to be implemented so that the wealthy pay more. But Obama won’t consider the idea of simply donating more to the Treasury to address the gap -- oh no!" (04/17/12)

http://bit.ly/IE5uUH  

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Obama in the balance

April 12, 2012
posted by

The American Prospect
by Steve Erickson  

"To anyone so foolish as to have persuaded himself otherwise, the past three weeks have been a reminder that Barack Obama is at best a slight favorite for re-election by a narrow margin. Rick Santorum’s exit on Wednesday from a Republican primary race that already was settled means that the de facto nominee of the party, former governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, has time for damage control that would have been too late three months from now." (04/12/12)

http://prospect.org/article/obama-balance  

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“Buffett rule” reveals agenda of Obama tax plans

April 10, 2012
posted by

Christian Science Monitor    

"When President Obama travels to Florida Tuesday to argue for the so-called Buffett rule, he’ll be emphasizing a cornerstone of his economic agenda that would likely define the White House’s approach to future tax reform, as well as drawing a stark contrast between himself and his likely Republican presidential rival, Mitt Romney. White House officials call the Buffett rule 'a basic principle of fairness.'" (04/10/12)

http://tinyurl.com/c3c268f  

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Barack Obama is no centrist

April 10, 2012
posted by

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"President Obama chastised the media last week. ... [He] also claimed that he holds positions that 20 or 15 years ago 'would have been considered squarely centrist positions. What's changed is the center of the Republican Party.' ... Yet many in the media don't ask: Where are the moderate Democrats?" (04/10/12)

http://tinyurl.com/c9knrfg  

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Obama’s contempt for law

April 10, 2012
posted by

National Review
by Mona Charen  

"Last month the Obamas hosted a White House conference on bullying. It was intended as a show of support for victims, but watching this president in action, it might just as easily have been a tutorial. We've gotten glimpses of Obama's intimidating instincts from the beginning. Now, as his administration flounders, his aggressiveness is becoming less and less veiled." (04/10/12)

http://bit.ly/HyzsM5  

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Obama, the happy drug warrior

April 9, 2012
posted by

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Why is the federal government under President Obama arguably tougher on medical marijuana operations than it was under George W. Bush? That's the question that anti-drug-war groups have been asking themselves for months." (04/08/12)

http://tinyurl.com/7kj298p  

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Why Romney is too moderate to beat Obama

April 9, 2012
posted by

The New Republic
by Noam Scheiber  

"For the last three months, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have been repeating the same argument against Mitt Romney: He’s a moderate, and a moderate Republican can’t win the White House. ... The argument is incredibly self-serving: both men invariably cast themselves as Reaganesque antidotes to Romney’s flaccid centrism. ... But that doesn’t make the argument untrue! Indeed, if the last week or so has taught us anything, it’s that Romney’s reputation for moderation could be a major liability against Obama." (04/05/12)

http://tinyurl.com/6pb4gyr  

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Obama publicly flaunts complete ignorance of US Constitution

April 2, 2012
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CNN    

"President Barack Obama weighed in Monday on last week's Supreme Court arguments about health care reform, saying he expected the justices to rule the act is constitutional. 'In accordance with precedents out there, it is constitutional,' Obama said of the 2010 Affordable Care and Prevention Act passed by congressional Democrats with no Republican support." (04/02/12)

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/02/politics/obama-health-care/  

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US futures regulator rejects gambling on Obama’s future

April 2, 2012
posted by

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)

http://reut.rs/HGnmj4  

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

April 1, 2012
posted by

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)

http://wapo.st/HLEAvV  

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Battlefield rust belt

March 21, 2012
posted by

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
posted by

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)

http://usat.ly/GzRKQA  

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Obama trails Romney in new poll

March 13, 2012
posted by

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)

http://tinyurl.com/7f5ntbo  

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