Barack Obama

Axelrod: ‘I don’t give a flying…’

Axelrod: ‘I don’t give a flying…’

David Axelrod, President Barack Obama‘s image manager, says he doesn’t give a “flying fuck” what critics say about the White House and its failures but while Axelrod puts forward a defiant face, others say the level of concern is rising over the administration’s failure to stay on message. “The Obama White House has lost the […]

Bitter partisanship not new in America

Bitter partisanship not new in America

The current partisan divide is as stark and nasty as any in recent history and on almost every issue — from health care to energy independence to reviving the economy — there’s little or no effort to find common ground. But fierce political battle is also a tradition ingrained in American history. If today’s hostile […]

Obama ups the sales pitch on health care

Obama ups the sales pitch on health care

President Barack Obama, facing a public that no longer trusts him, Republicans who dog his every move and Democrats who prefer re-election to supporting the leader of their party, bumped up the rhetoric Saturday in a last-ditch effort to sell his faltering health care program. In his Saturday radio and Internet address, Obama honed in […]

Karl Rove’s memoir based on fantasy?

Karl Rove’s memoir based on fantasy?

Karl Rove, shifting from strategist to apologist for the failed administration of his former boss, George W. Bush, claims in a new book that the White House did not lie about that non-existent weapons of mass destruction that served as the centerpiece for the rationale for invading Iraq in 2003. The man who was called […]

Skeptical Democrats not sold on Obama’s latest health care plan

Skeptical Democrats not sold on Obama’s latest health care plan

President Barack Obama faces skepticism on his latest revised health care plan not only from Republicans but also from Democrats who have one eye on polls and the other on a tough re-election campaign in 2010. Obama Wednesday called on Congress to put aside a year of partisanship and bitter divisions over his faltering health […]

Anti-abortion Democrats threaten health care bill

Anti-abortion Democrats threaten health care bill

The fate of President Barack Obama‘s signature health care bill in Congress could lie in the hands of a dozen Democrats who oppose abortion and who want a provision barring it. Michigan Democratic Rep. Bob Stupak says he and his fellow anti-abortion Democrats are prepared to take the heat if they can sink the bill. […]

Bunning blinks, allowing passage of highway, jobs bill

Embattled, bitter Kentucky GOP Senator Jim Bunning folded his one-man blockade of federal highway programs and extension of unemployment benefits Tuesday, allowing the Senate to finally pass a $10 billion bill to finance the activities. President Barack Obama immediately signed the measure into law, allowing 2,000 Department of Transportation workers to return to work and […]

Obama courts uneasy Democrats on health care ‘reform’

Obama courts uneasy Democrats on health care ‘reform’

President Barack Obama hopes he can convince reluctant Democrats who voted against his health care “reform” plan on its first trip through the House of Representatives. The vote counters in the Democratic whip’s office say nine of the 39 Democrats who voted against the health care bill have softened their opposition and might be convinced […]

White House wants simple up or down vote on health care reform

White House wants simple up or down vote on health care reform

The White House called for a “simple up-or-down” vote on health care legislation Sunday as Speaker Nancy Pelosi appealed to House Democrats to get behind President Barack Obama’s chief domestic priority even it if threatens their political careers. In voicing support for a simple majority vote, White House health reform director Nancy-Ann DeParle signaled Obama’s […]