Barack Obama

Supreme Court: Obama’s next battleground

Supreme Court: Obama’s next battleground

President Barack Obama, fresh off a bruising battle over healthcare, could face another tough fight in Congress to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy if 89-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens retires as expected. A confirmation battle could sidetrack Democratic plans to focus on the economy and job creation ahead of November’s congressional elections in which […]

Obama looks to tone down ‘terrorist’ rhetoric

Obama looks to tone down ‘terrorist’ rhetoric

President Barack Obama’s advisers plan to remove terms such as “Islamic radicalism” from a document outlining national security strategy and will use the new version to emphasize that the U.S. does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism, counterterrorism officials say. The change would be a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, […]

Obama unveils restrictive nuclear weapon use policy

Obama unveils restrictive nuclear weapon use policy

The Obama administration is unveiling a new nuclear weapons policy that seeks to narrow the circumstances under which the United States would use such weapons while preserving long-standing assurances of nuclear protection for allies, U.S. officials said. It is a delicate balance that the administration will describe in a policy document, called a nuclear posture […]

So much hate, so little reason

So much hate, so little reason

In 2008, I sat with a group of local government officials in a Georgia city and listened to some of them predict that if Barack Obama won the Presidential election, he would be assassinated before ever taking office. “There’s no way the racists and extreme right-wing will let him serve a day as President,” said […]

Obama offers offshore oil drilling program

Obama offers offshore oil drilling program

President Barack Obama, who campaigned against offshore drilling for oil during his 2008 Presidential campaign, now wants to allow such drilling 50 miles off the Virginia coast and may open up other stretches of the Atlantic coast and areas off Alaska. Obama will offer a program that reverses the long-standing ban on coastal drilling outside […]

Obama chooses politics over principle, forces White House Counsel out

Obama chooses politics over principle, forces White House Counsel out

President Barack Obama backtracked on yet another campaign promise for change by choosing political expediency over principle when he ignored his White House Counsel and forced him out so a political hack could take his place. Greg Craig, who served as Obama’s conscience and top lawyer for 11 months, resigned in late 2009 as part […]

Drug Lobby: The big winner in health care ‘reform’

Drug Lobby: The big winner in health care ‘reform’

Chalk one up for the pharmaceutical lobby. The U.S. drug industry fended off price curbs and other hefty restrictions in President Barack Obama‘s health care law even as it prepares for plenty of new business when an estimated 32 million uninsured Americans gain health coverage. To be sure, the law also levies taxes and imposes […]

Obama caps big week with surprise visit for Afghanistan

Obama caps big week with surprise visit for Afghanistan

After weeks dominated by health care, President Barack Obama‘s secret trip to Afghanistan turned attention back to another issue whose progress this year could help define the success of his presidency. By deciding in December to order a massive buildup to the war he inherited, Obama placed a big bet. Nearly tripling the U.S. presence […]

Gallup Poll shows public turnaround in health care support

Gallup Poll shows public turnaround in health care support

Nearly half of Americans give a thumbs-up to Congress’ passage of a healthcare reform bill last weekend, with 49% calling it “a good thing.” Republicans and Democrats have polar opposite reactions, with independents evenly split. The findings, from a March 22 USA Today/Gallup poll conducted one day after the bill received a majority of votes […]

Palin to Tea Party: Keep shouting

Palin to Tea Party: Keep shouting

Sarah Palin told thousands of tea party activists assembled in the dusty Nevada desert Saturday that Sen. Harry Reid will have to explain his votes when he comes back to his hometown to campaign. The wind whipped U.S. flags behind the former Alaska governor as she stood on a makeshift stage, holding a microphone and […]