Barack Obama

Israeli raid puts Obama, America, in a big political bind

Israeli raid puts Obama, America, in a big political bind

The diplomatic crisis prompted by Israel’s raid on a flotilla of aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip confronts President Barack Obama with a second major test by the Israeli leadership and presents yet another blow to his goal of brokering peace with the Palestinians. Also taking a hit: the president’s effort to improve the […]

As oil coats Gulf Coast, BP tries another risky move

As oil coats Gulf Coast, BP tries another risky move

As submersible robots made another risky attempt to control the underwater Gulf oil gusher, the crude on the surface spread, closing in on Florida. BP’s stock plummeted and took much of the market down with it, and the federal government announced criminal and civil investigations into the spill. The stakes couldn’t be higher. After six […]

Obama’s Memorial Day washout

Obama’s Memorial Day washout

Normally, on this Memorial Day weekend, I would have packed up the saddlebags and tour pack of my Harley and headed to Washington for the annual Rolling Thunder ride to the wall. But my mother’s deteriorating health eliminates overnight trips for the near term so I rode over to Bedford Monday to visit the National […]

Obama flees thunderstorm on Memorial Day

Obama flees thunderstorm on Memorial Day

President Barack Obama, already under fire for skipping the traditional Memorial Day wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, fled from a thunderstorm at Lincoln National Cemetery south of Chicago and hid in a administration building, leaving those who came to hear his remarks scrambling from the rain. So the White House propaganda machine went into overdrive […]

Mullen: Congress should have waited on gay ban vote

Mullen: Congress should have waited on gay ban vote

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday he would have preferred that Congress had waited before voting to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that bans gays from serving openly in the military. Adm. Mike Mullen did not directly criticize a House vote on Friday that marked a step toward repealing […]

White House admits using Clinton to pressure Sestak

White House admits using Clinton to pressure Sestak

Forced to disclose backstage political bargaining, President Barack Obama’s embarrassed White House acknowledged on Friday that it enlisted Bill Clinton to try to ease Rep. Joe Sestak out of Pennsylvania’s Senate primary with a job offer. The admission left many questions unanswered, however, and Republicans aren’t likely to let the issue rest. For Obama, the […]

Obama snubs vets: Skips Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery

Obama snubs vets: Skips Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery

President Barack Obama would rather vacation in Chicago on this Memorial Day and insults veterans by skipping the traditional ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Vice President Joe Biden will stand in for the President at the wreath-laying ceremony while Obama will put in an appearance at Illinois’s Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. The snub is not […]

Another Senate candidate lies about military record

Another Senate candidate lies about military record

Another politician running for the Senate has lied for years about his military record. Republican Mark Kirk, running for President Barack Obama’s old Senate set in Illinois, claimed for years that he won the U.S. Navy’s intelligence officer of the year while serving in the reserves. But Kirk never won the award. His unit won […]

Obama’s never-ending list of ‘top’ priorities

Obama’s never-ending list of ‘top’ priorities

President Barack Obama keeps reassuring the nation that stopping the Gulf oil spill and limiting the fallout on the region are his top priority. Yet so is protecting the country against attack. And getting people back to work. Presidencies usually don’t allow for a dominant priority — just a list of priorities. During another hectic […]

Attempt to cap oil leak fails: Now what?

Attempt to cap oil leak fails: Now what?

Yet another mix of risky undersea robot maneuvers, containment devices and longshot odds is being prepared to fight the uncontrolled gusher feeding the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Six weeks after the catastrophe began, oil giant BP PLC is still casting about for a way to slow down the spewing, blown-out well underneath the […]