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February 27, 2013
Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.
Legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward • Making a veiled comparison of Obama to Nixon on “Morning Joe” this morning — specifically in regards to Obama’s decision to announce an aircraft carrier could not go to the Persian Gulf due to the budget issues. This is a new approach for Woodward, we’ll give him that.
9:14 // 1 year ago
With one newspaper cover, The Washington Post Express wins sequestration. (via Newseum)

With one newspaper cover, The Washington Post Express wins sequestration. (via Newseum)

8:50 // 1 year ago
February 23, 2013
pewresearch:

While Obama’s job ratings are up at least slightly among many demographic groups, one of the most striking turnarounds over the past year is in the views of Hispanics. Read more.

It’s hard not to assume that the upswing in President Obama’s job approval rating among hispanics relates to the recent push for immigration reform. And though well it may be, it’s worth remembering that immigration isn’t the sole politically-influenced area of hispanic life in America. There’s a panoply of topics before us  — jobs, health care, education, justice, and social issues among them — that animate people across all demographic lines. It’s important not to lose sight of that complexity.

pewresearch:

While Obama’s job ratings are up at least slightly among many demographic groups, one of the most striking turnarounds over the past year is in the views of Hispanics. Read more.

It’s hard not to assume that the upswing in President Obama’s job approval rating among hispanics relates to the recent push for immigration reform. And though well it may be, it’s worth remembering that immigration isn’t the sole politically-influenced area of hispanic life in America. There’s a panoply of topics before us — jobs, health care, education, justice, and social issues among them — that animate people across all demographic lines. It’s important not to lose sight of that complexity.

15:19 // 1 year ago
February 21, 2013
bylinebeat:

Obama Weighs Stepping In On Gay Marriage Case
Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage - a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country.
The administration has one week to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the justices outlining its opinion on the California ban, known as Proposition 8. While an administration brief alone is unlikely to sway the high court, the government’s opinion does carry weight with the justices.
Opponents of the Proposition 8 ban believe the president signaled his intention to file a brief when he declared in last month’s inaugural address that gays and lesbians must be “treated like anyone else under the law.” An administration official said Obama - a former constitutional law professor - was not foreshadowing any legal action in his remarks and was simply restating his personal belief in the right of gays and lesbians to marry, though the official said the administration was considering filing a brief.
The Proposition 8 ballot initiative was approved by California voters in 2008 in response to a state Supreme Court decision that had allowed gay marriage. Twenty-nine other states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, while nine states and Washington, D.C., recognize same-sex marriage.
Photo Credit: (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

If he were to step in on this, would it help or harm the case in front of the Supreme Court?

bylinebeat:

Obama Weighs Stepping In On Gay Marriage Case

Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage - a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country.

The administration has one week to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the justices outlining its opinion on the California ban, known as Proposition 8. While an administration brief alone is unlikely to sway the high court, the government’s opinion does carry weight with the justices.

Opponents of the Proposition 8 ban believe the president signaled his intention to file a brief when he declared in last month’s inaugural address that gays and lesbians must be “treated like anyone else under the law.” An administration official said Obama - a former constitutional law professor - was not foreshadowing any legal action in his remarks and was simply restating his personal belief in the right of gays and lesbians to marry, though the official said the administration was considering filing a brief.

The Proposition 8 ballot initiative was approved by California voters in 2008 in response to a state Supreme Court decision that had allowed gay marriage. Twenty-nine other states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, while nine states and Washington, D.C., recognize same-sex marriage.

Photo Credit: (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

If he were to step in on this, would it help or harm the case in front of the Supreme Court?

8:45 // 1 year ago
February 20, 2013
Because the sequester is (and is likely to continue to be) very ill-defined in the minds of most Americans, the politics of it will devolve into a popularity contest between the major players. Which gets us to the fact that Obama is at (or close to) his high-water mark in terms of job approval, while Congress sits in political reporter/used car salesman territory.
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, theorizing that there’s no way possible way Congress can win the sequester battle against President Obama. The thinking here is is based on three premises: One, that Obama believes the sequester ultimately will not be avoided, because Congress is dysfunctional and if they could have struck a deal on these cuts, there wouldn’t have been a sequester to begin with; two, that effects of the sequestered cuts will be felt by many Americans once they come into effect; and three, that Obama is significantly more popular than Congress. Given these three assumptions, it seems reasonable enough to conclude that if the sequester happens, Congress—and the GOP-led House of Representatives—will be blamed by the American public. It’s not a bad theory, though it’s still quite speculative given the assumptions. More information on the sequester here. source
19:32 // 1 year ago
February 17, 2013

Climate change protest: Thousands descend on DC, press Obama to stop Keystone XL pipeline

  • 35k protesters showed up at the White House on Sunday to rally regarding the president’s expected-to-be-forthcoming decision on the Keystone XL pipeline—as well as to hold the president to his statements on climate change. ”This movement’s been building a long time. One of the things that’s built it is everybody’s desire to give the president the support he needs to block this Keystone pipeline,” said one of the lead protesters, 350.org’s Bill McKibben. source
16:41 // 1 year ago

How Republicans reacted when Obama’s immigration bill leaked

  • Sen. Rubio “If actually proposed, the president’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress, leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come.”
  • Rep. Ryan “Leaking this out does set things in the wrong direction. By putting these details out without a guest worker program, without addressing future flow, by giving advantage to those who cut in front of the line…that tells us he’s looking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution.”
  • Sen. McCain “There are groups in the House and Senate working together to get this done. and when he does things like this, it makes it much more difficult to do that. And that’s why I think this particular move - very counterproductive.”
  • Sen. PaulI will support it on one condition: That we have a report that says the borders are being secured … (it has to be) a report and comes back and is voted on in Congress. I won’t do it on a promise from President Obama, that he will secure the borders.” source

By the way, it’s worth noting that the bill is intended as a backup plan, in case members of Congress fail to come to a bipartisan solution on the issue.”We’re doing exactly what the president said we would do last month … which is we’re preparing. We’re going to be ready,” said White House Chief of staff Denis McDonough.

16:31 // 1 year ago
February 16, 2013
Don’t get me wrong. As the son of a single mom, who gave everything she had to raise me with the help of my grandparents, I turned out okay. But at the same time, I wish I’d have had a father who was around and involved.
President Obama • Speaking to a predominantly black high school audience at Hyde Park Academy in the South Side of Chicago today, with a slightly different angle on the pro-gun control rhetoric he’s been voicing of late — urging that positive examples in poverty-stricken communities, in family life as well as community life, are also necessary to reduce violence: “…it can feel like the future only extends to the next street corner or the outskirts of town… There are entire neighborhoods where they don’t see an example of somebody succeeding.” source
16:50 // 1 year ago
hypervocal:

Geraldo is right about fathers, but he’s WAY wrong about Obama, who’s been talking about this issue for his entire presidency. HERE, WE GOOGLED IT FOR YOU —>http://hypr.vc/13ogp7

You would expect a man who found all the treasure in Al Capone’s vault to do more research.

hypervocal:

Geraldo is right about fathers, but he’s WAY wrong about Obama, who’s been talking about this issue for his entire presidency. HERE, WE GOOGLED IT FOR YOU —>http://hypr.vc/13ogp7

You would expect a man who found all the treasure in Al Capone’s vault to do more research.

14:18 // 1 year ago
February 12, 2013
President Obama, departing the Senate chamber following his State Of The Union address, once again in the thick of one of the biggest, and perhaps most deferential autograph-seeking mobs youy’ll ever see. What did you guys think?

President Obama, departing the Senate chamber following his State Of The Union address, once again in the thick of one of the biggest, and perhaps most deferential autograph-seeking mobs youy’ll ever see. What did you guys think?

22:26 // 1 year ago