Archives

Barack Obama’s next chapter: Boosting African-American youth

Some ex-presidents paint. Others form foundations. Some monitor international elections. Others go skydiving. And of course, they all play golf and make money giving speeches. Now, President Obama has announced his next focus: He will keep on being his brother’s keeper. In a speech at Lehman College in the Bronx, Obama laid out plans for […]

Read More

Bush criticizing Obama foreign policy on Iran nuclear deal defines chutzpah

On Saturday night, the 44th president, Barack Obama, delivered some funny one-liners at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington. More than 2,000 miles away, the 43rd president, George W. Bush, delivered some unintentionally funny lines of his own. According to a story in The New York Times, Bush told a closed-door meeting of the […]

Read More

Is GOP finally abandoning Obamacare repeal?

Either some form of sanity or the acceptance of political reality apparently has taken hold in at least some members of the Republican Party. According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, GOP congressional leaders are dropping their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and instead are turning their focus to issues like […]

Read More

The audacity of a dope: Dick Cheney

As if he hasn’t caused the United States enough damage, former Vice President Dick Cheney has crawled out of his hidey hole once again to criticize President Obama and the framework for the Iranian nuclear deal. In a radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt, according to a story from The Hill, Cheney called the […]

Read More

Obamacare working well five years later

On the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law is meeting many of its goals. Millions more people have health insurance. The health care spending curve is bending, meaning costs are not going up as fast as they used to. Insurance premiums are being held in check. Jobs […]

Read More

GOP’s letter to Iran: Treason or just stupid?

Republicans are being excoriated across the country — and rightly so — for sending a letter to “the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” trying to sabotage in advance any deal President Obama might make with Iranians on limiting Iran’s nuclear program. I’m sure “Tehran Tom” Cotton of Arkansas and the other 46 GOP […]

Read More

Best way to honor Obama’s historic Selma speech: Vote

Every once in a while, someone utters a phrase or asks a question that jolts you into reality. And, we hope, into action. President Obama’s speech on the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., was an eloquent and stirring tribute to what is best about America. […]

Read More

Evaluating the ISIS threat: Deadly or just photogenic?

As President Obama asks Congress to pass a measure clarifying and making official the United States mission in the Middle East against the Islamic State, it’s worth taking a step back to consider just who and what U.S. forces are up against — and if there’s any meaningful way to make a difference. News media […]

Read More

Obama tax plan fires new salvo on income inequality

President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address will offer details on the White House Robin Hood proposal about raising taxes on the very rich and giving most of America a tax break. Quite simply, Obama wants a simpler and fairer tax code to help lower- and middle-class families while asking the wealthiest to pay […]

Read More

Obama didn’t go to Paris? Quelle horreur!

The latest OUTRAGE on the right and in the media seems to be the fact that President Obama didn’t fly to Paris to take part in the group of other world leaders in the midst of a million-plus person march to show solidarity in face of the terrorist attacks against the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo […]

Read More