Barack Obama

Tax bill foes say ‘yes, damn it,’ it will pass

Tax bill foes say ‘yes, damn it,’ it will pass

With the White House stepping up pressure and even bringing in former President Bill Clinton as the closer, even foes of the Obama tax cut deal see it passing and passing soon. Obama chief advisor David Axelrod acknowledged the tough battle will be in the House, which has rejected the legislation already but the aide […]

Can Obama reconnect with independents?

Can Obama reconnect with independents?

In political terms, President Barack Obama‘s tax-cut compromise with Republicans amounted to a step toward luring back independent voters whose support he needs to win re-election in 2012. Never mind that the deal alienated his liberal base; there’s no clear alternative Democrat to run against him. Perhaps more likely is a bid by an independent […]

Palin will run for President if she feels she has the ‘best shot’

Palin will run for President if she feels she has the ‘best shot’

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said in an interview she would run for US president if she has the “best shot” on the right, and expressed confidence that she could beat Barack Obama. But the Tea Party favorite and former Republican vice-presidential candidate said she was still mulling the “lay of the land” ahead of […]

Social Security advocates say tax cuts will hurt program

Social Security advocates say tax cuts will hurt program

President Barack Obama’s plan to cut payroll taxes for a year would provide big savings for many workers, but makes Social Security advocates nervous that it could jeopardize the retirement program’s finances. The plan is part of a package of tax cuts and extended unemployment benefits that Obama negotiated with Senate Republican leaders. It would […]

The impossible dream is just that

The impossible dream is just that

‘They had so much hope, so much hype and so much promise for change, this new Congress of 2008 when they swept into power two years ago with Barack Obama at the helm and a trustful nation behind them. Now, with time running out, with so little accomplished and so little consensus, the bitter Congress […]

Obama admits tax plan is far from perfect

Obama admits tax plan is far from perfect

President Barack Obama calls his tax-cut agreement with Republicans far from perfect but a good deal overall for Americans, while acknowledging that many fellow Democrats aren’t happy about what he negotiated with the GOP. Pressing for passage by year’s end, he told lawmakers in his radio and Internet address Saturday that “our recovery will be […]

Democratic mistakes, Tea Party success turn McConnell into power player

Democratic mistakes, Tea Party success turn McConnell into power player

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has long been the butt of many Washington jokes, from the more than 200 cartoons that hang on his office wall to the fact that he was the first big-name establishent Republican to suffer defeat at the polls at the hands of the upstart Tea Party. After all, it was Rand […]

Obama’s tax bill turns into a Christmas tree

Obama’s tax bill turns into a Christmas tree

‘ Tis the season and President Barack Obama‘s controversial grab bag of tax cuts, unemployment benefits and other goodies is turning into a typical “Christmas tree” legislation that packs a log of gifts for lawmakers in exchange for help. But the question remains over whether even packing the bill with lard, and bringing in former […]

Can Bill Clinton save Obama’s Presidency?

Can Bill Clinton save Obama’s Presidency?

No comment? No way. You don’t stop Bill Clinton when he’s back at the White House with something to say. Well, OK. He and President Barack Obama, two of the most famous men in the world, did need a little help getting a door unlocked first. But then it was on. The former president came […]

Doug Thompson: Memo to Republicans: Remember the real lessons of 1994

Doug Thompson: Memo to Republicans: Remember the real lessons of 1994

When Republicans captured control of Congress in the 1994 elections, they misunderstood the mood of angry voters who threw out Democrats to vent their anger at both the party of the jackass and President Bill Clinton. Instead of capitalizing on voter discontent, the pachyderm party used the election to run amuck with its extreme agenda […]