WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Monday unveiled a plan to cut taxes for middle-class families that would be paid for in part by a new tax on Wall Street trading.
The proposal, laid out by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the top-ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, represents a significant shift in economic policy and political messaging. In a speech at the Center for American Progress on Monday, Van Hollen not only sharply criticized competing Republican budget plans, but also broke with the Obama administration by pressing for a tax on financial transactions that both Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner have rejected. (Source: Read more)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up another broad challenge to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
The court rejected an appeal filed by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the Alliance for Natural Health USA. The groups had challenged various aspects of the law known as Obamacare including the so-called individual mandate that requires people to obtain health insurance or pay a tax.
In March 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the Obama administration. In 2012, a district court judge also ruled against the challengers.
The 2010 healthcare law has been subjected to numerous legal challenges, including a key 2012 case in which the Supreme Court upheld the bulk of the law on a 5-4 vote. (Source: Read more)
Attorney General Eric Holder insisted to MSNBC earlier this month that “we are in a better place than we were before” in race relations since Barack Obama was elected president.
The president doubled down in an interview with NPR last week. Asked if race relations were worse since he took office, he said, “No, I actually think that it’s probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided.”
But that’s not what the American people see. A Pew Research Center poll found that only 40% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling race relations. Black approval is down to 57%, while approval among whites is down to 33%. (Source: Read more)
Don’t look now, but President Barack Obama has been inching up in the polls, tying Reagan for this juncture in his presidency. Several polls have him inching up to nearly 50 percent approval rating after a rough 2014. Is it just a bit of holiday cheer, or is the trend real? And how does Obama compare to Reagan and other presidents in their sixth Christmas?
Boston’s National Public Radio affiliate (WBUR) reported that Obama’s approval rating is up to 48 percent. And they cited Rasmussen Reports, a polling firm often accused of leaning conservative in its surveys. WBUR speculated that the trend was driven by a positive view of the economy (51 percent concur in a CNN/ORC poll) and the stock market breaking the 18,000 point barrier. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: I totally agree, “More important, however, polls – or even elections – are not the measure of a president. High office shouldn’t be about putting points on the electoral scoreboard, it should be about changing the country for the better. Has Obama done that? Do his achievements look likely to endure? The answer to both questions is yes.”
President Obama graces the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone.
In the mag, Nobel Prize- winning economist Paul Krugman wrote an amazing piece in defense of President Obama’s presidency.
Mainstream media is often quick to point out President Obama’s perceived failures during his tenure, so it’s refreshing to see a publication highlight his many accomplishments — especially because President Obama’s approval rating is currently the lowest it’s ever been (according to CNBC).
Krugman declares President Obama as one of the “one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history” and acknowledges the harsh and often unfair criticism he endures. (Source: Read more)
Today as I celebrate my birthday and the Christmas Holiday, I can not be truly happy when folks around me are not happy. However I know that it is very little that I can do about other folks happiness especially when I go through my trials and tribulations but keep a smile on my face because I dare to allow anything to steal my joy!
But on this day I wish my President and his family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year because they have been treated so bad by Ignant Racist White Folks and Ignant Safe Negroes since dating back to the day he won the election not the day he moved into the White House.
It is so sad that when a black man or woman do some good things and ungrateful Negroes are ignant to the facts. However I want to thank my friend Lionel Kato who posted on Facebook the following as it relates to our President, “History will be much kinder to him than the present. The “fog of war” won’t allow many to see all that has been done these past 6 years” Lionel Kato.
I challenge everyone to be kind to our President and his family as he continues to do the best that he can for the next 2 years. You don’t have to always agree with him but damn respect the man and his family.
You will be enlightened. Senator Coburn knows the man so see if you agree with him.
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.
AP’s investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement benefits after being forced to leave the United States. Recipients ranged from the SS guards who patrolled the Third Reich’s network of camps where millions of Jews died to a rocket scientist who helped develop the V-2 rocket that Nazi Germany used to attack London.
The speed with which the legislation moved underscored the outrage AP’s findings triggered among lawmakers on Capitol Hill — and American taxpayers. The House unanimously approved the bill Dec. 2 and the Senate passed it by voice vote just two days later. (Source: Read more)
Washington (CNN) — The Senate confirmed Vivek Murthy as surgeon general on Monday night as Democrats — in the final days of their majority control of the chamber — overcame stiff opposition from the National Rifle Association.
The 51 to 43 vote ends more than a year of uncertainty over Murthy’s nomination. Obama had tapped the founder of the pro-Obamacare group Doctors for America for the post in November 2013.
But a confirmation vote had been held up after the gun lobby pointed to a letter Murthy had signed calling for new gun control measures in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings, and promised to score a vote in Murthy’s favor against senators in its ratings of how strongly lawmakers support gun rights. (Source: Read more)
Hell yeah! I as a black man and a die hard Democrat, if you Democrats don’t support “Our” President then you don’t give a damn about me! So I don’t give a damn about you Democrats. President Obama ran on the Democratic Agenda and was elected and re-elected so I ain’t supporting “Ignant Damn White Folks nor Ignant Damn Safe Negroes who don’t support “Our” President.
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Hi there! My name is Brian Joyce. I’m a member of the media. Specifically, I’m a talk radio host. And as a member of the media, I owe you an apology.
In case you didn’t notice — and let’s face it, the hope was that you wouldn’t — the long-awaited House Intelligence Report on Benghazi was released late Friday afternoon.
After two years of investigations, endless hours of hearings, and at least one concussion, the Republican-led Intelligence Committee has finally admitted what many of us knew all along: that the Obama administration did nothing wrong in Benghazi; that the White House, CIA and State Department did not deliberately mislead the American people on Benghazi; and that the Obama administration did everything it could to respond to Benghazi in a timely and appropriate manner. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: “Ignorance will never end. Even those with money can’t buy SENSE!!” Author: Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator
An aide to a Republican congressman has resigned after her critical comments about President Barack Obama’s daughters touched off a backlash.
Elizabeth Lauten, communications director to Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, commented on Malia and Sasha Obama’s pose and dress at a White House ceremony last week in which the president pardoned a turkey. She wrote that the girls should have shown more class. (Source: Read more)
CNN’s Candy Crowley tried to spin Obama as an unpopular president coming down the homestretch of his second term, but she was quickly straightened out by a panel of historians who discussed the fact that the president still has plenty of juice left.
CROWLEY: So, he said in jest, sort of. Here is a man who, for six years, has made no secret about the fact that he doesn’t like either the rhythms or the rituals of Washington, D.C. So, he has two years left. Can a man who doesn’t like the rituals or the rhythms of Washington, D.C., make good on those last two years? Put it first – put it into history for me. Who has made good? (Source: Read more)
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration’s challenge to certain “workplace wellness” programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter.
Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs.
The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk factors that can lead to expensive illnesses. A bipartisan provision in the 2010 healthcare reform law allows employers to reward workers who participate and penalize those who don’t. (Source: Read more)
As the nation awaits the grand jury’s decision of whether to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, President Obama said that Ferguson should not be used as an “excuse for violence.”
In an interview with ABC News George Stephanopoulos that aired Friday night, Obama acknowledged the right to protest over the killing of Brown, but urged that demonstrations remain peaceful.
“This is a country that allows everybody to express their views,” Obama said. “But using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to rule of law and contrary to who we are.”
Obama’s interview from Las Vegas was an excerpt of a longer version set to air Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” Watch the video excerpt above. (Source: Read more)