Barack Obama

Obama’s big speech: He came, he saw, he failed

Obama’s big speech: He came, he saw, he failed

President Obama’s speech to the nation Wednesday night had all the trappings of a game-changing address on a major crisis. He used the Oval Office, a setting reserved for Presidential pronouncements on war. He tried to look stern as he issues a few weak diatribes against BP and declared a pseudo-war on the 58-day old […]

Obama talks tough but can he deliver?

Obama talks tough but can he deliver?

Fresh from admonishing BP before the world, President Barack Obama now gets his moment with the oil company’s leaders. It will be on his turf and, he vowed to an angry nation, on his terms. “We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused,” Obama declared in his first Oval Office address, […]

Gulf Coasters aren’t buying Obama’s side show

Gulf Coasters aren’t buying Obama’s side show

President Barack Obama promised that life would return to normal for people living on the stricken Gulf Coast, and BP said by the end of the month it would contain more than three times as much oil spewing from a ruptured undersea well. The pledges didn’t placate some residents. “I think that as long as […]

BP execs face grilling on Capitol Hill

BP execs face grilling on Capitol Hill

BP Plc’s U.S. chief faces accusations in Congress on Tuesday that the energy giant caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history with a calculated strategy to cut costs, hours before President Barack Obama uses a televised address to defend his handling of the disaster. A day after BP shares fell 9 percent in London […]

Financial reform: The lobbyists move in

Financial reform: The lobbyists move in

Congress’ final tinkering with Wall Street overhaul this month offers lobbyists a last-ditch shot to reshape the package on behalf of clients with billions at stake. Even as the legislation gets tougher on banks by the week, agents of influence are hardly strangers on Capitol Hill. Many once worked for the lawmakers they’re lobbying. Rep. […]

American politics: The art of the con

American politics: The art of the con

Politics has long been the last refuge of con artists, scoundrels and crooks but the rise of scam professionals like Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and Barack Obama has completely infiltrated our system of government and the political circus that controls it. The con is in place and the marks are the fools who follow these […]

Obama, GOP in pissing contest over Medicare pay for docs

Obama, GOP in pissing contest over Medicare pay for docs

President Barack Obama is asking Republican lawmakers to approve billions of dollars in new spending to avert a scheduled 21 percent cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients. If GOP senators don’t allow the stalled proposal to pass, some doctors will stop treating Medicare recipients, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet […]

Obama may strike out on health benefits extension

Obama may strike out on health benefits extension

If Chuck Lacasse had gotten his pink slip four days earlier, Uncle Sam would have covered most of his family’s health insurance while he looked for a new job. But Congress allowed emergency health care assistance for unemployed workers to expire May 31, and seems unwilling to renew it despite pleas from President Barack Obama. […]

Another comeback for Bill Clinton

Another comeback for Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton’s back. The former two-term president may have finally found a role in Obama world after struggling to fit in after the caustic Democratic presidential campaign that sullied his reputation. Clinton is heading up special projects for Haiti and outreach to North Korea for the White House. He was the closer in rural Pennsylvania […]