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Health care reform fight will test Obama’s skills

Embarking on arguably his most complex political fight yet, President Barack Obama is using skills honed during his presidential campaign and lessons learned from past failures to try to overhaul the health care system.

It’s a feat none before him has achieved. As such, it would pay monumental dividends for a popular new president looking for history-making accomplishments ahead of his likely 2012 re-election campaign.

Lieberman sings a new tune on Obama

Sen. Joe Lieberman has changed his tune on Barack Obama.

After campaigning across the country for Republican John McCain in 2008 and attacking Obama as naive, untested and unwilling to take on powerful special interests, Lieberman now showers praise on the popular new Democratic president.

To hell with the fruitcakes: Obama is an American

It is an article of faith in the loopier precincts of the Internet, impervious to evidence to the contrary, that Barack Obama is ineligible to be president of the United States because he is not a "natural born citizen" as the Constitution requires.

All this would be quite harmless, like believing in the Illuminati or alien abduction, except that the extra-chromosome true believers have taken to filing suit in the federal courts basically seeking to overturn the election.

Obama on stimulus: ‘We did the right thing’

While aknowledging an "astounding" number of job losses in February, President Barack Obama told critics of his $787 billion economic recovery plan Friday that it is saving jobs and said, "I know we did the right thing." He suggested that critics talk to 25 police recruits in Ohio’s capital city who owe their jobs to stimulus spending and "talk to the teachers who are still able to teach our children because we passed this plan."

Contract reform: Welcome and overdue

President Obama seems to be announcing new initiatives at the rate of one a day, but this latest program is much needed and long overdue.

He has instructed his budget director, Peter Orszag, to conduct a governmentwide review, due to be completed in September, of federal contracting and procurement procedures with the goal of cutting down on fraud and waste by adding more competition and accountability.

The review will be supplemented by contract-reform legislation sponsored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Carl Levin, D-Mich.

Is it Obama’s economy now?

Barack Obama took the oath of office in January amid a deepening recession, rising unemployment and a volatile and declining stock market. All of those challenges were present before Obama entered the White House. But more than a month into his presidency, the economy seems to have worsened.

In the interim, President Obama pushed for and eventually signed a $780 billion economic stimulus bill, offered a home mortgage rescue plan, and gave a nationally televised address to Congress in which he promised to boost federal spending on health, education and welfare programs.

Obama promises to take axe to government waste

President Barack Obama on Wednesday promised to save American taxpayers 40 billion dollars a year by slashing waste in government contracting, with a special eye on bloated spending on defense.

"I reject the false choice between securing this nation and wasting billions of taxpayer dollars," Obama said on a day when he signed a presidential memorandum reforming the contracting system across the entire government.

Obama set to kick off health care reform effort

President Barack Obama takes on healthcare reform at a White House forum on Thursday, seeking to design an overhaul of a costly and inefficient system he believes is threatening the U.S. economy.

Obama, who has nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as his health secretary, will gather about 120 people representing everyone from doctors and patients to health insurers and lawmakers to discuss how to fix U.S. health care.

Memo to Obama: Learn to ‘brighten up’

President Obama continues to show his inexperience when discussing the economy in public. Americans need reassurance, not more depressing news from our President. Yet Mr. Obama did it again this week, according to Reuters:

"Obama joined leaders from the OECD group of developed countries and the International Monetary Fund in predicting a difficult way out of the (economic) crisis, which Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said required still more bold steps to prevent a costly, long-term catastrophe.

Obama set to order contracting overhaul

President Barack Obama plans to change how government contracts are awarded and who can earn them, a move his aides say would save taxpayers about $40 billion a year by making the process more competitive.

Obama is to sign a presidential memo Wednesday that changes government contracting procedures, an administration official said on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the decision before it was announced.