Does economic news give Obama an ‘upper hand?’

The current debate is over a budget resolution, a non-binding measure that doesn't require Obama's signature.

Does economic news give Obama an ‘upper hand?’

Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress, aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats an advantage despite their status as a weakened minority. But while Obama retains full use of the bully pulpit, his leverage over matters […]

Obama having trouble picking good political fights

Yet even as the president casts his shadow over the next presidential election, the jostling potential candidates hang over him as well.

Obama having trouble picking good political fights

President Barack Obama used to say 2012 was his last election. Then, in 2014, he hit the road for some Democrats in friendly states and called it his last campaign. Now, like it or not, he can’t shake 2016. Whether it’s Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails, Gov. Scott Walker’s union fight in Wisconsin, Jeb Bush and […]

Obama’s tightrope on when to exert power

Obama could rely on the authorization obtained by President George W. Bush in 2001 that granted the president powers to pursue terrorists.

Obama’s tightrope on when to exert power

When it comes to President Barack Obama’s exerting of presidential powers, Republicans have made it clear they want to keep him in check. Except when they don’t. Democrats want the president to be aggressive in his use of executive authority. But not at all times. Obama’s go-it-alone strategy on immigration, health care and the environment […]

Higher wages could end economic stagnation

Higher wages could end economic stagnation

President Barack Obama’s top economists say that even as the U.S. has managed to kick start a lasting and growing recovery, modest wage gains are far from making up for decades of paycheck stagnation for middle-class workers. The White House, in its annual report to Congress, also warns that despite the U.S. relative economic strength, […]

The budget battle: Is there really room to negotiate?

The budget battle: Is there really room to negotiate?

There are reasons President Barack Obama and his aides will argue that his new budget can be the start of a negotiation with the Republican controlled Congress. For one, some of his proposals are thematically in the same sphere as those of the GOP. For another, he can block their initiatives. Wielding a hockey stick […]

Obama’s budget offers contrasts against GOP extremes

Obama’s budget offers contrasts against GOP extremes

With a blend of tax hikes and spending increases, President Barack Obama’s budget spells out a policy agenda that will distinguish him from Republicans who now control Congress. It also will contain what amount to opening bids for some long-shot compromises. Republicans have already dismissed much of Obama’s initiatives, spelled out in his State of […]

Red ink? What red ink? Let’s spend more

Red ink?  What red ink? Let’s spend more

The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit. As the nation’s ledger adjusts to decreasing levels of deficit spending, the voices in Washington calling for austerity are barely audible. Republicans want more defense spending. Democrats want more domestic spending. And President Barack Obama wants both. For the first time since the 2011 Budget Control Act […]

Obama goes bullish on economic messages

Obama goes bullish on economic messages

For most of last year, President Barack Obama tempered his pitch on the economy: It may be improving, he would say, but millions of Americans had yet to benefit from the rebound. But now that caveat is gone, replaced by a bullish new message as Obama marches into his second-to-last year. “American resurgence is real,” […]

Obama faces limits on his immigration actions

Obama faces limits on his immigration actions

As broadly as President Barack Obama may push the limits of his authority to shield from deportation millions of immigrants illegally in the United States, the fate of millions more will still be left unresolved. Obama is preparing to flex his executive powers Thursday, using an 8 p.m. EST address to announce that he is […]

Obama campaigns in Connecticut and Pennsylvania

Obama campaigns in Connecticut and Pennsylvania

President Barack Obama is placing his ability to energize voters to the test in two high-profile governor races, making a final election-season push to save a Democrat in Connecticut and unseat a Republican in Pennsylvania. In a swing Sunday through two states he carried in both 2008 and 2012, the president hoped to mobilize members […]

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