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Obama’s foreign policy a contradiction

The contradictions that have marked Barack Obama‘s Presidency also mark his approach to foreign policy. And his travels in South America show just how different those approaches can be. As he practices what the Associated Press calls “lead by example diplomacy” in his own hemisphere he orders cruise missiles and American fighter planes to pound Libya into submission. This two-sided approach to foreign policy is typical Obama — an approach that confuses world view of America, infuriates even members of his own party and confounds both critics and supporters. While one hand supports a friendly approach the other unleashes the
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A year later, the health care ‘reform’ debate continues

It’s been a year since President Barack Obama‘s controversial health care “reform” became law and America remains divided over whether it’s a good or bad thing. Most can’t even decide what to call the “reform.” Most polls show only one out of every eight Americans believe the new health care law has helped them and public reaction on the law is as divisive as ever. Many believe the bill is actually driving up the cost of health care as more and more Americans still cannot afford to pay for insurance. Court challenges await and the Supreme Court still has to
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Military apologizes for Afghan abuse photos

The US Army on Monday formally apologized “for the distress” caused by pictures portraying abuse allegedly committed by US troops serving in Afghanistan. “We apologize for the distress these photos cause,” said a statement released by the Army. German weekly Der Spiegel earlier Monday published photos that it said showed two US soldiers in Afghanistan from a rogue army unit posing with dead Afghans. Two photos, which Spiegel said US authorities had sought to keep secret, appear to show two members of a unit that allegedly killed Afghan civilians for sport. In one, a purported soldier, cigarette in hand, holds
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CBO: Obama playing fast and loose with numbers in budget

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says President Barack Obama is underestimating deficits and overestimating revenue projections in the budget released by the White House on Friday and that the budget, if passed by Congress, would increase the deficit by more than $2 trillion over the next decade. Obama claimed his budget would produce deficits of $7.2 trillion while the CBO assessment estimates the shortfall would be more like $9.5 trillion. The report suggests the administration is using political “fuzzy math” to mask the true cost of his budget.   Related articles CBO: Obama Understates Deficits by $2.3 Trillion – ABC
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U.S., allies strike Libya; Some in Congress upset

With surprising speed, President Barack Obama went from straddling the fence on Libya to ordering military strikes, along with European allies, with the threat of more to come. The President’s decision comes on top of a military stretched to the limit with military on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq and a lingering recession at home. Airstrikes cruise missles pounded the capital of Tripoli while Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vowed a long war “with unlimited patience and deep faith.” Obama claimed military action was not his “first choice” and said American ground troops would not be sent into Kuwait. And
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President Donald Trump?

“The Donald,” as in Donald Trump, says he will decide by June on whether or not he will run for President but says he is serious and that the run — if he makes it — is not a publicity stunt to promote his show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.” “The ratings on the show are through the room. I don’t need to boost the ratings,” Trump told The Associated Press. “But the country is doing so badly. I wish there was someone in the Republican field I thought would be incredible because that’s what we need right now.” Other wealthy businessmen
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Obama endorses military action against Libya

After weeks of hesitation and divisions among his advisers, President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed military action against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, saying U.S. values and credibility are at stake to stop “the potential for mass murder” of innocents. The U.S. military, which is already stretched thin by two wars and an expanding effort to assist disaster victims in Japan, would take a supporting role, Obama said, with European and Arab partners in the lead. He explicitly ruled out sending American ground forces into the North African nation. A wide range of U.S. firepower stood ready, including Navy ships and submarines
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Senate to Obama: Target deficit

Nearly two-thirds of the US Senate pressed President Barack Obama on Friday to back a “broad approach” of spending cuts, tax reforms, and curbing popular social programs to reduce the deficit. “We believe comprehensive deficit reduction measures are imperative and to ask you to support a broad approach to solving the problem,” 64 of the chamber’s 100 members said in a bipartisan letter to Obama. The group — which comprised 31 Democrats and one of their independent allies, as well as 32 Republicans — said they hoped any negotiations would “include discretionary spending cuts, entitlement changes and tax reform.” “By
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‘Blood money’ used to free CIA contractor in Pakistan

Pakistan abruptly freed the CIA contractor who shot and killed two men in a gunfight in Lahore after a deal was sealed Wednesday to pay $2.34 million in “blood money” to the men’s families. The agreement, nearly seven weeks after the shootings, ended a tense showdown with a vital U.S. ally that had threatened to disrupt the war on terrorism. In what appeared to be a carefully choreographed conclusion to the diplomatic crisis, a U.S. official said Pakistan had paid the families whose pardoning of Raymond Davis set the stage for his release. That arrangement allowed Secretary of State Hillary
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Gender-neutral Bible pisses off the rabid right

  In the old translation of the world’s most popular Bible, John the Evangelist declares: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar.” Make that “brother or sister” in a new translation that includes more gender-neutral language and is drawing criticism from some conservatives who argue the changes can alter the theological message. The 2011 translation of the New International Version Bible, or NIV, does not change pronouns referring to God, who remains “He” and “the Father.” But it does aim to avoid using “he” or “him” as the default reference to an unspecified
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