Barack Obama

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 […]

Another TSA nominee bites the dust

Another TSA nominee bites the dust

President Barack Obama is back to square one — again — in finding a transportation security chief to shore up the nation’s defenses against terrorist threats from the air, road and rail. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding took himself out of the running Friday night as head of the Transportation Security Administration, another setback […]

Manadatory health insurance: A GOP idea?

Manadatory health insurance: A GOP idea?

Republicans were for President Barack Obama‘s requirement that Americans get health insurance before they were against it. The obligation in the new health care law is a Republican idea that’s been around at least two decades. It was once trumpeted as an alternative to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s failed health care overhaul in the 1990s. […]

New White House rules for help on mortgages

New White House rules for help on mortgages

The White House plans to announce on Friday that it will require lenders to lower the mortgage payments of some unemployed workers and encourage lenders to eliminate some principal debt of homeowners who owe more than their home is worth, sources familiar with the plan said on Thursday. The plan comes as President Barack Obama […]

Threats escalate against lawmakers over health care vote

Threats escalate against lawmakers over health care vote

A fax bearing the image of a noose. Profane voice mails. Bricks thrown, a gas line cut. White powder sent to an office. Democrats and a few Republicans revealed mounting numbers and unsettling details of threats against them Thursday in the emotional aftermath of the passage of the health care overhaul. Lawmakers uniformly condemned the […]

Final piece of health care bill headed for Obama’s signature

Final piece of health care bill headed for Obama’s signature

Congressional Democrats sent the final piece of landmark health care legislation to President Barack Obama before heading home to face a skeptical — and sometimes even threatening — electorate. The last legislative chapter in the wrenching national debate over Obama’s health overhaul plan came Thursday night in the House, as Democrats approved — for the […]