Barack Obama

Immigration landmines threaten Democrats

Immigration landmines threaten Democrats

The chance for hundreds of thousands of foreign-born youngsters brought to the country illegally to gain legal status is dwindling as time runs out on the Democratic-controlled Congress. Senate Democratic leaders will try Wednesday to advance legislation that would pave the way for legalizing the young immigrants, over opposition by most Republicans and several in […]

Elizabeth Edwards: A tough lady who showed grace through tough times

Elizabeth Edwards: A tough lady who showed grace through tough times

A son dying young. A six-year battle with cancer. A humiliating betrayal. Americans knew Elizabeth Edwards in large part through her tragedies, but more importantly, they knew her for the vitality and determination she showed through them. Her cancer incurable and her former-presidential-candidate husband mired in a paternity scandal, she did not shrink from public […]

Can Obama sell his tax-cut to angry Democrats?

Can Obama sell his tax-cut to angry Democrats?

President Barack Obama still has work to do to sell fellow Democrats on the tax package he negotiated with Republicans. House Democratic leaders say the package is tilted too much in favor of the wealthy, putting Obama on the defensive for striking a deal that is picking up support among GOP lawmakers and business groups. […]

Elizabeth Edwards near death from cancer

Elizabeth Edwards near death from cancer

Elizabeth Edwards, the political wife whose battle with cander stood as a sad counterpoint to her husband’s dalliances with a campaign aide, is near death. America watched with horror was Edwards battled her disease while her husband, one-time vice-Presidential candidate and a potential hopeful for the top job, contrasted as family man image with a […]

Barack Obama completes his sell-out

Barack Obama completes his sell-out

Barack Obama’s metamorphosis from symbol of change in Washington to puppet of a system still dominated by the Republican Party is complete.  The great black hope of progressives is gone, replaced by a new “yes sir” servant for the mostly-white elite that have run things for so long. Ignoring the Democratic and Independent base that […]

Is Obama even worth saving?

Is Obama even worth saving?

Barack Obama today stands alone — a President without a party that supports him, an electorate that no longer trusts him and and destroyed coalition of independents that feel abandoned and betrayed. It will take more than slick politics to save Obama’s President. It will take more than an unifying national tragedy. It will take […]

Is a deal near on taxes? That depends…

Is a deal near on taxes? That depends…

An outline of a bipartisan economic package is emerging that would temporarily extend the Bush-era tax rates for all taxpayers, while extending jobless benefits for millions of Americans. Differences remained over details, including White House demands for middle- and low-income tax credits. But Republicans and Democrats appeared to come together Sunday, raising the possibility of […]

Republicans block tax cuts for middle class

Republicans block tax cuts for middle class

President Barack Obama’s Republican foes in the Senate have blocked a move to let Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire, rejecting in the process Democrats‘ efforts to extend those breaks just for the middle class. Obama said he was “very disappointed” at the vote. “It makes no sense to hold tax cuts for […]

Tax showdown clears way for yearend deal

Tax showdown clears way for yearend deal

Senate Republicans derailed legislation Saturday to extend expiring tax cuts at all but the highest income levels in a political showdown that paradoxically clears a path for a compromise with the White House on steps to boost the economy. “We need to get this resolved and I’m confident we can do it,” President Barack Obama […]

To spend or not to spend…that is Obama’s question

To spend or not to spend…that is Obama’s question

In less than three hours, the extraordinary forces tugging at Barack Obama‘s presidency — and the Republicans who will soon take more control of Congress — came into sharp relief: a sky-high jobless rate, an out-of-control deficit and pressure to keep taxes down. Together, they illustrate the difficulty of balancing immediate, costly fixes for the […]