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Capitol Hill, aside from being a metonym for the United States Congress, is the largest historic residential neighborhood in Washington D.C., stretching easterly in front of the United States Capitol along wide avenues. The Presidency of Barack Obama began at noon EST on January 20, 2009, when he became the 44th President of the United States. 5.0/5

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Obama to send his new war powers request to Capitol Hill: WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is exp...
WHAT IS WRONG WITH NIGERIA? It's 4.26am, Abuja time, Nigeria, the date is 21st January 2015,and l have just finished watching on CNN live, the State of the Union Address by the President of The United States of America, President Barack Obama. What got my initial attention, as l waited before the speech just like millions around the world was the air of expectation in the Capitol Hill. You could literally feel the excitement in the already tensed air. Tensed not because there was going to be some booing for the Greatest President on the face of the earth, but because for almost six years of President Obama's rule as America's President, his popularity ratio has increased albeit, again. You would expect that since the Democrats had lost the majority seat to the Republicans in the house, Obama's seemingly new popularity would have dwindled, but NO, this President has suddenly found his swag again. And as l watched in-between trying to force myself awake, l couldn't stop asking myself, what is wrong with my ...
Obama bats for the middle class: “Middle class economics works,” said U.S. President Barack Obama to thunderous applause on Capitol hill during his annual State of the Union (SOTU) address, as he sought to turn the page on the wo...
Police pursuit ends outside Capitol during State of the Union Address A police chase ended near the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday night-- while at the same time, President Barack Obama was giving his State of the Union Address inside. There was police activity at Washington Avenue SW and Delaware Avenue SW, near the Rayburn House Office Building. It was apparently the result of a police pursuit started in Prince George's County, and ended in the shadow of the Capitol building. Police say the chase stemmed from an armed robbery, and officers from District Heights, MD. were following a suspect. U.S. Capitol Police put out a priority call on the radio while the President was inside speaking. According to eyewitness, the car that was being pursued almost hit one of the barricades that pas protecting the Capitol campus on the lower part of Capitol Hill, near the Rayburn building. The scene was clear before 11 p.m. No additional details were immediately released.
Mia Love challenges Obama and opposes his immigration reforms and legislation (AP)-Congresswoman Mia Love Republican-Utah arrives for a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, of House Republicans on thwarting President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration by blocking the funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Obama's directives in November gave temporary relief from deportation to about 4 million immigrants in the country illegally, along with permits allowing them to work legally in the U.S. His move infuriated Republicans after their midterm election victories, and they vowed to retaliate once they assumed full control of Congress this week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP right back into the minority.
(Reuters) - The Obama administration made a last-ditch attempt on Thursday to drum up Democratic support to salvage a faltering $1.1 trillion spending bill, just hours ahead of a midnight U.S. government shutdown deadline. Administration officials from President Barack Obama down to staff at the Department of Education were phoning Democrats in the House of Representatives to ask them to set aside objections to a financial provision and pass the measure to fund most of the government through September.Obama dispatched his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, to Capitol Hill to speak at a rare evening meeting of House Democrats.But the outcome hung in the balance even as Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, who have battled each other for the past four years over budget bills, found themselves teaming up to win passage of this one."Sweating it," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski said. The Senate Democrat said she did not know whether enough of her fellow House Democrats would rally a ...
Congress Should Reject War Authorization Against Islamic State: Tell President No to Stupid WarPresident Barack Obama finally is obeying the law. He wants Congress to authorize military action against the Islamic State. That's what the Constitution requires. Congress should respond as it was prepared to do when the president requested permission last year to bomb Syria. Capitol Hill should say no. Barack Obama once believed in congressional supremacy. In December 2007 candidate Obama stated: "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." At the same time candidate Joseph Biden insisted that the Constitution gave "Congress the power to initiate all hostilities, even limited wars." But that was then and this is now. Three years ago President Barack Obama took America into war against Libya. Three months ago he initiated hostilities in Iraq against the Islamic Stat ...
Republicans seize Senate, gaining full control of Congress By Stephen Collinson, CNN updated 8:00 AM EST, Wed November 5, 2014 Your video will play in 0 secs STORY HIGHLIGHTS Republicans take Senate seats in Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, South Dakota, Montana and West Virginia CNN projects GOP will keep the House and Senate Mitch Mcconnell beat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky Obama to make a statement Wednesday afternoon Washington (CNN) -- A Republican tide ripped the Senate away from Democrats Tuesday, giving the GOP full control of Congress and the power to pin down President Barack Obama during his last two years in office. The thumping win upends the balance of power between the White House and Capitol Hill only six years after Obama's Democrats swept to power and marginalized Republicans in a rush to reform health care, Wall Street and pass a huge stimulus package. Republicans take control of U.S. Senate The new GOP power players Now, it's Democrats who will take the back se ...
Republicans head into the final weekend of campaigning before Tuesday's election sizing up the possibility of their first Senate majority in nearly a decade, but with key races still too close to call. Latest polls show some critical Senate races tightening, guaranteeing a night of drama and suspense on Tuesday, as Republicans strive for a net gain of six seats to capture the chamber. A GOP victory would give the party complete control on Capitol Hill and the ability to constrain President Barack Obama's final two years in office. But the best the GOP can hope for is a slim majority, which would do little to end the era of gridlock and partisan division that has stifled Washington for years and contributed to an ugly public mood ahead of the election. READ: How Mitch Mcconnell would run the Senate Even if they win on Tuesday, there is no scenario in which Republicans will gain enough senators to build a 60 seat super-majority that is needed to move major legislation in a deeply partisan Congress. Some rac ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials said Thursday they still don't know how two Dallas nurses caught Ebola from a patient, as criticism increased from lawmakers who questioned whether the U.S. is prepared to stop the deadly virus from spreading in the country. The revelation that one of the hospital nurses was cleared to fly on a commercial airline the day before she was diagnosed raised new alarms about the American response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The death toll is expected to climb above 4,500 in Africa, all but a few within Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the World Health Organization said. In Sierra Leone, the government announced the virus had infected two people in the last part of the country that had been free of the disease, in the mountainous north, despite aggressive steps to keep it at bay. President Barack Obama authorized a call-up of reserve and National Guard troops in case they are needed. His Executive Order would allow more forces than the up-to 4,000 already planned t ...
Defeating ISIS, Ignoring Iran 'Loses the War' More than 80 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry raising concern about Iran's refusal to cooperate with international nuclear inspectors. Lawmakers told Kerry, "We believe that Iran's willingness to fully reveal all aspects of its nuclear program is a fundamental test of Iran's intention to uphold a comprehensive agreement. As you wrote in The Washington Post earlier this summer, if Iran's nuclear program is truly peaceful, 'it's not a hard proposition to prove.' The only reasonable conclusion for its stonewalling of international investigators is that Tehran does indeed have much to hide.'" This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned both the United Nations and President Barack Obama that the world must prevent Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold. A number of legislators on Capitol Hill share Israel's concern that Obama's multi-national efforts to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria cou ...
Repost - Please read this important message. The ANAA Is Finally Here! The ANAA With the *Americans With No Abilities Act (“ANAA”), President Barack Obama and the Democratic Senate are considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many more Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition. "Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society," said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. "We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing." In a Capitol Hill press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pointed to the success of the U.S. Pos ...
WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) — The United States pledged $53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine on Thursday for its struggle against Russia's incursion, including counter-mortar radar equipment, in a gesture of support for visiting Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. Senior Obama administration officials said the new assistance would include $46 million to bolster Ukraine's security in its conflict with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and $7 million in humanitarian aid. Announcement of the package came as Poroshenko was in Washington to meet President Barack Obama and make the rounds with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The $46 million in security aid includes for the first time counter-mortar radar detection equipment used to locate incoming artillery fire and increase the ability of Ukrainian security forces to respond. Other items provided will include engineering equipment, patrol vehicles, personnel transports, small maritime craft, surveillance equipment and some chemical and explosive dete ...
Obama seeks billions for crisis Wednesday, July 9, 2014 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama appealed to Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with unaccompanied children attempting to immigrate by the thousands to the United States The move drew mixed local reaction. Obama was flying to Texas today on a trip designed mostly for political fundraising but now including a meeting on immigration with religious and local leaders in Dallas. He rejected pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Perry to visit the border for a firsthand look. In Washington, Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill seemed open to approving the emergency money, which would go toward hiring more immigration judges and asylum officers, building more detention facilities, boosting deterrence and enforcement and increasing surveillance along the border with Mexico. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Senate would act on it this month. U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., a Republican from Farmvil ...
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday rejected calls from several conservatives to impeach President Barack Obama. Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Boehner was asked about former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah P...
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The first prosecution arising from the Benghazi attacks is playing out in the federal courthouse blocks from both the White House and Capitol Hill, an appropriate setting for a case that has drawn stark lines between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress. Will you follow the court case? STORY:
Robbie Stokes stood outside the White House gates, reflecting. He wanted to make a difference. He wanted to change the world. He was certain he could do it one smile and one conversation at a time. “There’s an African-American man and his entire family living there,” he remembers thinking about President Barack Obama. “Anything is possible. …Let’s take this as far as we can go.” Stokes, 25, quit his job as an events coordinator on Capitol Hill, sold everything he owned, and boarded a journey that would visit 17 countries in 110 days. With $1,500 in his pocket, he kicked off the “I Talk to Strangers” initiative, focused on encouraging dialogue around the globe. In Ghana, Stokes danced with children in the streets, visited schools and was interviewed by an exuberant radio talk show host who told her audience, “I have here a man who has decided to live his life for others! I’ve never seen anything like it.” He made stops in Australia, Israel, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Malaysia and Switzer ...
The White House will not appeal a federal court's order to release the memo outlining the administration's legal arguments for the use of lethal drone strikes against American citizens. The announcement was made Tuesday on the eve of a key Senate vote. David Barron, President Barack Obama's nominee for a seat on the US Court of Appeals, cleared a procedural Senate vote Wednesday. Voting 52 to 43, Barron will now proceed to a formal confirmation vote. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky voiced his opposition, saying anyone who argues the president has the power to kill an American citizen without trial "is not worthy of being placed one step away from the Supreme Court." Lindsay France discusses these and other breaking developments on Capitol Hill with RT's Sam Sacks.
POLITICO BREAKING NEWS: Alex Mooney has won the Republican nomination in the crowded primary for Senate candidate Shelley Moore Capito’s open House seat in West Virginia. With 57 percent of precincts reporting, Mooney had received 33 percent of the votes, when the Associated Press called the race. Mooney, a former Capitol Hill staffer who also served in the Maryland state senate and as chairman for the Maryland Republican Party before moving to West Virginia, had benefitted from outside spending from Senate Conservatives Fund, Madison Project and Tea Party Express, among other groups. President Barack Obama lost West Virginia’s 2nd District by a wide margin in both 2008 and 2012. But Democrats are hoping a top recruit, Nick Casey, former chairman of the state’s Democratic Party, will boost their chances of picking up the seat. (via POLITICO app for iOS)
To mark May Day last week, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) invited people who are in the country illegally to Capitol Hill where they released a list of Executive Orders they believe President Barack Obama should put in place, including stopping all deportations and bringing back deportees who have family here. At the event, held in the Canon Office Building, seven people who are part of a “Blue Ribbon Commission” – six illegal aliens and an immigration attorney – that released a list of 14 things Obama could do (according to legal scholars they consulted with) to provide amnesty to millions without congressional approval. “We insist that the timing [of the Executive Orders] be immediate and the scope be as broad and bold as possible,” a summary of the commission’s findings states. How about the politicians listen to the insistence of the people who are legal citizens of the country, and vote them into office? Let’s say, issues like abortion, overspending, and following the rule of law?
But they can't vote to extend unemployment benefits for Americans.The House easily passed economic assistance to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, capping the package's tumultuous ride on Capitol Hill and sending the measure to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House vote was 378-34. The tally resembles the 399-19 vote last week on the House's Ukraine package - this version contains a few minor differences.
Republican Senate Could Work Around Obama's Veto Albert R. Hunt comments icon855 time iconMar 30, 2014 11:00 AM ET By Albert R. Hunt (Corrects reference to reconciliation as a way to overcome filibusters in fourth paragraph.) If Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in this year's elections, it will be, as Vice President Joe Biden might put it more graphically, a big deal. Last week, elections handicapper Nate Silver gave a 60 percent probability that the Republicans would gain at least the half-dozen seats required for a majority. This wasn't news to top party strategists. But it produced a palpable panic among Democrats along Pennsylvania Avenue, from the White House to Capitol Hill. Rationalizations followed. Maybe the assumptions were flawed, or Republicans would overreach and set the stage for Democrats to come back in 2016. In any case, President Barack Obama has the veto pen for the last two years of his term. That glosses over the profound policy implications of a change that would affect ma ...
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is circulating a letter on Capitol Hill calling once again for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and asking for President Barack Obama to keep his State of the
Copies of President Barack Obama's 2015 budget proposal are laid out for distribution on Capitol Hill (photo)
There is little surprise when a respected conservative judge calls for the impeachment of our lawless President. But when a liberal icon espouses impeachment, it is reason to sit up and take notice! As you know, Liberty Counsel Action is calling for Articles of Impeachment to be drafted against President Obama. We are hand delivering petitions to that end to Capitol Hill next Tuesday, including yours. There is real momentum building to end this failed presidency, so you’ll be encouraged by what I share in this message. Please read my very important update below – Mat. Howard, Respected Judge Andrew Napolitano, now turned Fox News analyst, has repeatedly raised the question of impeaching President Barack Obama because of his flagrantly unconstitutional actions. Yesterday, Newsmax cited Judge Napolitano as saying… “The only way to stop President Barack Obama from nullifying duly enacted laws is impeachment.” In an earlier op-ed, the Judge explained why there are grounds for impeachment... “The F ...
Haiti President Michel Martelly is likely to feel pressure on scheduling elections in Haiti as he meets Wednesday with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, ahead of a Thursday meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. At least a dozen members of the House Foreign Affairs committee have agreed to attend an 8:30 a.m. breakfast with Martelly organized by Miami Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Martelly will also meet with Secretary of State John Kerry then have lunch with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The meetings will be a trial run for his Thursday visit to the White House, where Obama is likely to commend Martelly for accepting a Senate bill on elections, but urge him to continue to work on breaking the political gridlock that his dogged his presidency and helped delay long-overdue senatorial and municipal elections. The balloting for one-third of Haiti’s 30-member Senate has been delayed since May 2012, while municipal elections have been delayed since April 2011.
And the fight goes on... House Democrats Seek To Revive Gun Control Push In Congress 1/29/14 04:32 PM ET WASHINGTON -- A group of Democratic lawmakers is seeking to revive stalled gun control efforts on Capitol Hill, after President Barack Obama pledged in his State of the Union Address Tuesday to take action "with or without Congress." Reps. Alan Lowenthal (Calif.), Mike Thompson (Calif.), and Elizabeth Esty (Conn.) introduced a House resolution Wednesday calling for renewed congressional action to reduce gun violence in the United States. The legislation is backed by the Newtown Action Alliance, one of the anti-gun violence groups formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. The resolution states: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that gun violence is a public health issue and Congress should enact by the end of the 113th Congress comprehensive Federal legislation that protects the Second Amendment and keeps communities safe and healthy, including expanding enforcea ...
Nashville, Tenn.; Jan 30, 2014: 11:30 AM ET 2 hours ago Obama acknowledges shooting death during visit to Nashville Posted by CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak Updated 6:30 p.m. ET, 1/30/2014 (CNN) - It’s the issue that dominated last year’s State of the Union Address, but two days after President Barack Obama gave gun control only a brief mention in this year’s speech, he confronted the nation’s gun violence crisis head-on during a stop in Nashville. Obama headed to Tennessee to talk about education, but he spoke at a high school where students are still reeling from the recent shooting death of one of their classmates. Obama acknowledged the incident at the beginning of his remarks, calling the shooting “heartbreaking,” and met with the family of the 15-year-old victim. “The past couple days have been hard and tested people’s spirits,” he said. “Some of you have lost a good friend. So I wanted you to know that Michelle and I have been praying for all of you in the community.” . ...
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in members for to of on Share 88 Email Dan Roberts in Washington Theguardian.com, Friday 24 January 2014 15.45 EST Jump to comments (137) chairman Reince Priebus Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the annual RNC winter meeting in Washington. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images Republican leaders have voted to denounce the “intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society” by the National Security Agency and backed efforts in Congress to outlaw all bulk collection of data on Americans. A resolution on the NSA supported by a near-unanimous show of hands from members of the Republican National Committee, who were gathered in Washington on Friday for their winter conference, is not binding on GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill, but nonetheless reflects a growing mood of unease over NSA activities, according to party officials. In its resolution, the RNC also called for a special committee to “investigate, report, and reveal to the publi ...
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Thanks to the work and generosity of you and our members, we can be proud of some impressive advocacy achievements in 2013. Here are just a few: AAUW helped lead the fight for passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). AAUW members played a significant role by personally visiting congressional offices and sending thousands of messages to Congress. Without AAUW, campus sexual assault measures would have been overlooked in the legislation that became law. Because of AAUW members' stalwart advocacy for pay equity, AAUW was invited to stand with President Barack Obama at the White House ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. As state lawmakers and courts threatened to roll back voting rights protections, AAUW members across the country mobilized at colleges, community events, and other public spaces to register people to vote during National Voter Registration Day 2013. The AAUW Action Fund Capitol Hill Lobby Corps continued to travel to Capitol Hill weekly to meet with membe ...
President Barack Obama returns to Washington eager to test whether a modest budget deal passed in the last days of 2013 can spark bipartisan momentum on Capitol Hill. More here:
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News That Matters To You! Headlines U.S. World Business Markets Technology Sports Entertainment Health Science Politics Year after Newtown, gun control groups keep hope By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Having already lost her 6-year-old son, Nicole Hockley insists she won't lose the fight to reduce gun violence - no matter how long it takes. She is among a group of "accidental activist" parents brought together one year ago by almost unthinkable grief after the Newtown school massacre. The shootings were so horrific that many predicted they would force Congress to approve long-stalled legislation to tighten the nation's gun laws. A divided Congress denied President Barack Obama's calls for changes. The national gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association, is arguably stronger than ever. And surveys suggest that support for new gun laws is slipping as the Newtown memory fades. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that that 52 percent of Americans favor stricter gun laws, whil ...
US President Barack Obama, the interim deal to cap Iran's nuclear program is a belated down payment on the transformative foreign policy he always envisioned. That is one reason why his Republican foes are suspicious of the pact, viewing it as typical of a diplomatic doctrine rooted  in weakness and an over eagerness to engage America's enemies at the expense of its friends. The deal, forged after intense negotiations between Tehran and world powers, is the most serious breakthrough in more than 30 years of near hatred between Washington and Iran. It means more to the president than a rare win in a grim political season: it represents hopes of validation for several core aspects of his political vision -- including the idea that America should talk to its enemies; that military force should be a true last resort; and that non proliferation should be at the center of US foreign policy. If the Iran initiative evolves into understandings wider than the nuclear issue, it would offers an opening for Obama to ...
President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday, just hours after the Israeli leader harshly criticized an American-backed deal that would temporarily ease certain sanctions on Iran in exchange for a six-month freeze in that nation's nuclear program. Netanyahu had called the agreement, struck early Sunday morning in Geneva, a "historic mistake," a position that gained support from some pro-Israel lawmakers in both parties on Capitol Hill. White House officials presented the Obama-Netanyahu conversation in a positive light in a readout sent to reporters Sunday afternoon. "The two leaders reaffirmed their shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," the White House said. "Consistent with our commitment to consult closely with our Israeli friends, the President told the Prime Minister that he wants the United States and Israel to begin consultations immediately regarding our efforts to negotiate a comprehensive solution. The President underscored that the United St ...
Obama: Iran deal 'an important first step' - President Barack Obama hailed an historic interim deal with Iran Saturday as "an important first step" towards a comprehensive pact to end the showdown over Teheran’s nuclear program. The president however quickly ran into criticism from opponents on Capitol Hill, reflecting the deep mistrust of Tehran after more than 30 years of Cold War-style hostilities and Obama's own ragged domestic political fortunes. "While today’s ann...
Obama Facing Democratic Rebellion over Obamacare Recent headlines from Capitol Hill tell the story: * "House Democrats' Frustration With Obamacare Rollout Reaches Fever Pitch," says Roll Call, noting that "a sizable portion of Democrats could defect and vote 'yes'" on the Upton bill to cancel the insurance policy cancellations triggered by Obamacare. * "Democrats Threaten to Abandon Obama on Health Law Provision," says the New York Times. * "House Dems about to 'go crazy'" according to The Hill. * "Tensions escalate between Democrats, White House" is the Politico headline over a story which begins: "Democrats are on the verge of abandoning President Barack Obama on vital elements of his signature health care law at a time when his poll numbers have been sliding with three years left to go in his second term." Politico goes on to report that, at a "raucous caucus" meeting today, Democrats hammered the White House over its handling of the Obamacare rollout. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) is quoted as saying, "T ...
FROM SPACE WAR- by Staff Writers Washington (AFP) Nov 12, 2013 The White House Tuesday warned lawmakers mulling tougher sanctions on Iran that thwarting US diplomacy could leave President Barack Obama little option but to use military force against Tehran's nuclear program. "The American people do not want a march to war," spokesman Jay Carney said, in a significant stiffening of US rhetoric towards opponents of a proposed interim agreement with Tehran on Capitol Hill. Carney warned that if Obama's efforts to solve the Iranian nuclear crisis diplomatically failed, or were blocked, he would be left with few other options, among them, a military one.
Washington (AFP) - The White House has warned US lawmakers that tightening sanctions on Iran could derail a diplomatic drive for a nuclear deal with Iran, boxing America into a "march to war." Related Stories Kerry to warn US Senate off new Iran sanctions AFP Obama seeks time from Congress for Iran diplomacy Associated Press White House appeals to Congress on Iran sanctions AFP Biden urges U.S. lawmakers to hold off on any new Iran sanctions Reuters Kerry says additional sanctions on Iran now would be a mistake Reuters The remarks Tuesday marked a significant toughening of President Barack Obama's stance towards Congress on sanctions as Washington prepares to resume high-stakes nuclear diplomacy with Iran later this month. The US president has vowed he will not allow Tehran's leaders to develop an atomic weapon, but last week's negotiations in Geneva between Iran and six world powers failed to reach an interim deal to halt its program. Fresh from the talks, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Capitol H ...
berita hari ini : In New Orleans, Obama pushes plan to improve ports - MiamiHerald.com NEW ORLEANS -- President Barack Obama traveled to this waterfront city Friday to push a plan to spend more money on ports from Miami to Tacoma as a way to put Americans back to work. “Nationally we’re falling behind. We’re relying on old stuff. . . . We should have some new stuff,” Obama told a crowd of 650 gathered at the Port of New Orleans. “That is going to help us grow and keep pace with global competition.” Obama has proposed spending $50 billion on improvements on roads and bridges, airports and ports as he looks to boost the U.S.’s infrastructure investment, which has dropped 50 percent since 1960 and lags behind other nations, including China. “We should close wasteful tax loopholes that don’t help our jobs, don’t grow our economy, and then invest that money in things that actually do create jobs and grow our economy,” he said. “And one of those things is building new roads and bridges a ...
Congress governs self under 'Obamacare' print Email this article | MORE by Associated Press Posted on November 1, 2013 at 7:39 AM WASHINGTON (AP) -- Think you're confused by "Obamacare." It's roiling Capitol Hill behind the scenes, too. Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama's signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs. For House members and senators, it's about a section of the law that may - or may not - require lawmakers to toss some staffers off of their federal health insurance and into the Affordable Care Act's exchanges. The verdict from congressional officers is ultimately that lawmakers, as employers, have discretion over who among their staffs gets ejected, and who stays. And they don't have to say who, how many or why. What they all say is this: "I followed the law," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., echoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others. But the law as written is open to broad interpretation, inspi ...
President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have repeatedly lied to the nation about the issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas says."This administration — starting with her and the president — I mean it's absolutely clear they're going to lie, and they lied again. Huelskamp expressed outrage over Sebelius' testimony on Capitol Hill on Tuesday about the problems plaguing the healthcare.gov website."To stand there and say [the healthcare website has] not crashed when indeed it has . . ." he said. "[Obama] promised . . . if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it. And Kathleen Sebelius repeated that lie again today, and lying to the 10 million Americans at least that have lost their healthcare coverage because of Obamacare. "The real problem is the arrogance of these folks that think they can do better than you and me at picking our healthcare plan. And we're going to see continued disasters on this front." Huelskamp said that ...
WASHINGTON — A bloody resurgence of al-Qaida in Iraq is prompting Baghdad to ask the U.S. for more weapons, training and manpower, two years after pushing American troops out of the country. The request will be discussed during a White House meeting Friday between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Barack Obama in what Baghdad hopes will be a fresh start in a complicated relationship that has been marked both by victories and frustrations for each side. Al-Maliki will discuss Iraq's plight in a public speech Thursday at the U.S. Institute for Peace in Washington. "We know we have major challenges of our own capabilities being up to the standard. They currently are not," Lukman Faily, the Iraqi ambassador to the U.S., told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. "We need to gear up, to deal with that threat more seriously. We need support and we need help." He added, "We have said to the Americans we'd be more than happy to discuss all the options short of boots on the ground." "B ...
Reid: No budget deal without new revenues (This means "More Taxes" People). Wake The F**K UP! The Associated Press - By ANDREW TAYLOR - Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's top ally on Capitol Hill says he won't support any attempt this year to ease across-the-board spending cuts hitting the Pentagon and domestic agencies if it fails to include new revenues. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the declaration on the eve of the first official meeting of a House-Senate negotiating panel on the budget. Most Republicans say they won't consider revenues to help ease the automatic cuts known as sequestration. The Nevada Democrat was a key force behind the hard line approach Obama and Democrats took in the recent battle over the debt limit and government shutdown that resulted in a big victory for the party. Participants and most observers believe that the parameters of the budget talks are likely to focus on alleviating sequestration. Here's a tax increase Republican lawmakers suppor ...
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Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): NSA Spying: Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President François Hollande of France on Friday called for talks with the United States on new rules for their intelligence relationship after reports that the National Security Agency monitored Merkel’s cellphone and collected data about millions of French citizens. “We've got a real problem. I think we've got an agency that's a bit out of control,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said on WCAX-TV. On The Thom Hartmann Program on Friday, Sanders said spying on allies undermines the fight against international terrorism. A Saturday rally on Capitol Hill was planned to protest NSA spying on U.S. allies and American citizens, WPTZ-TV said in a report that cited Sanders’ letter to President Barack Obama voicing his concerns. Save Social Security: “Despite the fact that poll after poll shows that the American people overwhelmingly do not want to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, very powerful Big Money in ...
Speaker Hopeful of Immigration Action This Year WASHINGTON October 23, 2013 (AP) By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press Associated Press Speaker John Boehner expressed optimism on Wednesday about House action by year's end on stalled efforts to overhaul immigration as Republicans discussed possible limited steps to deal with the contentious issue. Boehner publicly and privately raised the possibility of a House vote although he faces strong opposition from Tea Partyers even more resistant to giving President Barack Obama a domestic achievement after the recent rancorous fight over the partial government shutdown. "I still think immigration reform is an important subject that needs to be addressed. And I'm hopeful," Boehner told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference when asked if the House can act in the remaining weeks. The House has just five legislative weeks left though lawmakers indicated that could change. Business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, labor unions and religious organizations ...
Shutdown victim Source: By Mark Landler: Deccan Herald An ungovernable US is not something that the Chinese want either, given the economic interdependence of the two countries. Debate over the federal government shutdown has tended to focus on those it hurts: veterans, tourists barred from the Lincoln Memorial and Yellowstone National Park, and giant-panda enthusiasts deprived of their publicly funded panda cam. But the shutdown has already produced at least one winner: China. By forcing President Barack Obama to cancel to Malaysia and the Philippines, the impasse with House Republicans is spoiling Obama’s show of support for two Southeast Asian countries that have long labored under the shadow of China. And it is undermining his broader effort to put Asia at the heart of US foreign policy. Obama’s planned itinerary - a mix of summit meetings and good will visits - was carefully molded to reinforce the message to China that the U.S. is once again a central player in the region. But the president’s ...
BREAKING NEWS! President Barack Obama has tapped Mack Brown, Head Coach of the Texas Longhorns, to head up a team to get the government brought back on-line and work with Harry and John to revise Obama Care. When asked, Mack said, “He is honored to help the nation as he and his staff’s game plan against the Oklahoma Sooners a 2 touchdown favorite was some of the best leadership of his career that he hopes to use on Capitol Hill to bring the country together like they did today for the state of Texas.” I just report the news I don’t make it up!
White House OPENED OBAMACARE EXCHANGES DESPITE FLAWED WARNINGS NEWSMAX: "The White House received steady warnings in recent months that the Obamacare exchanges were greatly flawed, but proceeded with launching them anyway last week, those familiar with the conversations said on Tuesday. "People were pulling out their hair," Robert Laszewski, a healthcare consultant whose clients include insurers, told The Washington Post. He said insurance companies were complaining bitterly that the main Obamacare site, Healthcare.gov, was not performing well when they held teleconferences with officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The complaints came both before and after the Oct. 1 launch of the website, Laszewski told the Post. The strong warnings also came from state healthcare officials and many Democratic allies of President Barack Obama, the Post reported. "Nothing I told them ever surprised them," Democratic Rep. Robert Andrews of New Jersey told the Post. In the summer, he told the White ...
berita hari ini : Budget Fight, GOP Critics Likely to Stretch Hearings to Confirm Yellen - Wall Street Journal By VICTORIA MCGRANE and KRISTINA PETERSON CONNECT Budget battles on Capitol Hill could draw out the process of confirming Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve and provide a new venue to debate the effectiveness and duration of the central bank's bond-buying program. Senate Democrats expressed confidence Ms. Yellen would be confirmed without major roadblocks and rallied around the pending nomination Tuesday night after the White House said President Barack Obama intended to announce her as the pick. Associated Press The nomination of Janet Yellen would conclude a long and public debate about Mr. Obama's Fed choice. Wealth of Policy Experience Personal: Born Aug. 13, 1946, in Brooklyn, N.Y.; married to George Akerlof, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics; one son, Robert Akerlof, an economist at the University of Warwick in the U.K. Education: Graduated summa *** laude from Brow ...
Sometime around 2:15 p.m., Thursday I had just left the balcony of the Senate Press Gallery, listening to Sen. Robert J. Corker (R.-Tenn.) rake conservatives over the coals with his Sith Lord Sen. John S. McCain III (R.-Ariz.) for their temerity to challenge President Barack Obama. When they were done cracking each other up, I went back to the office space for periodical reporters--then, the alarms went off. Alarms, radios and fevered conversation by the Capitol Hill police officers in the hallways outside. For a few minutes, Senate business continued with a quorum call. But, on the monitors was the announcement that there was an active shooter in the Capitol and all personnel were instructed to shelter-in-place as the building was under lock down. One of the gallery clerks went to the hallway to speak to the police officers and when he returned, he told the seven reporters in the small office that he was shutting and locking the door. Yikes. OK, we all know what happened now. There was no shooter in the ...
How the Pentagon made certain their contractors -- not their employees -- wouldn't miss out. I don't mind astronomical telescope mirrors -- if used to watch stars and steroids. : Gordon Campbell on the shutdown of the US government by Tea Party terrorists October 4th, 2013 Surely, isn’t it time for the Republican Party to be designated as a terrorist organisation? Their current shutdown of the federal government has been bad enough, but the jihad these fanatics have chosen to wage against the Obama administration will shortly spill over into a conflict over the debt ceiling that threatens serious damage to the entire global economy. Organisations have seen their assets frozen and had travel bans imposed on their leadership for doing far less than what the Republican Party is currently doing on Capitol Hill. The ransom that the militant Tea Party faction of the Republicans in Congress were demanding (pre-shutdown) was that President Barack Obama had to postpone the enactment of his health care plan .. ...
Issues are there every where, Government offices are not working in US for the past two days. Ready more With that history in mind, here's what we know and what we don't know about the shutdown. DIVIDED CONGRESS What we know: Democrats and Republicans are deeply divided and barely on speaking terms these days. Feelings are hurt and fingers are pointing. Right now the wounds are too fresh and no one is in the mood to give anyone a break. The Republican-led House tried to pass a piecemeal funding plan on Tuesday night to pay for the District of Columbia, veterans affairs and national parks. It failed to win the required two-thirds vote, but has no future in any case. The Democratic-led Senate wasn't about to agree to it and the White House promised a veto. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the strategy as "just another wacky idea by Tea Party Republicans." President Barack Obama chimed in Tuesday, calling the Republicans "reckless" and saying they're holding the nation hostage to defund Obamacare. Re ...
Staffers on Capitol Hill and at dozens of federal agencies across the country were put on unpaid leave Tuesday. Meanwhile, the leaders who got America into this mess, members of Congress and President Barack Obama can still cash their paychecks. In an effort to share the pain, a few lawmakers said they are standing in solidarity with their employees and refusing a paycheck. Some members of Congress even announced Tuesday, they'd turn over a fraction of their $174,000 annual salary to charity.
WASHINGTON -- Obamacare is now the law of the land, and has been since President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on March 23, 2010. But if you listen to Republicans, it's still just a bill, sitting on Capitol Hill. "The American people don't want the president's health care bill," said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) last week. "The will of the people, I think, is to delay this bill until we can fix things that we all agree are a problem," said Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) in a recent C-SPAN interview. "And so my plea to this body is that we listen to the American people, because if we listen to our constituents, the answer is, defund this bill that isn't working, that's hurting the American people," said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during his 21-hour speech last week on the Senate floor. Sen. John Mccain (R-Ariz.) recently took to the Senate floor and reminded his GOP colleagues that the law passed after lengthy debate. McCain said "the people spoke" on the matter when they reelected Obama in 2012 and ...
Impack "Shutdown USA" ? TOP NEWS Obama to cut short Asia trip as shutdown continues Wed, Oct 02 05:14 AM EDT 1 of 17 By Andy Sullivan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday scaled down a long-planned trip to Asia, as a U.S. government shutdown entered a second day with no end in sight to the funding row in Congress that triggered it. Obama is expected to leave on Saturday for summit meetings in Indonesia and Brunei. Malaysian media quoted Prime Minister Najib Razak as saying he would now skip a subsequent visit to Kuala Lumpur. His last stop, in the Philippines, also now looks in question. The president would thus be able to return home just days before an even bigger crunch in Congress, which will put the United States at risk of defaulting on its debts if it does not raise the U.S. public debt ceiling. The fight between Obama's Democrats and the Republicans over the government's borrowing power is rapidly merging with the standoff over everyday funding, which has f ...
US Shutdown Looms As Congress Squabbles US government is teetering on the brink of a partial shutdown that will curtail all but essential services, with no compromise in sight in a deeply polarised Congress. If the Democrats and Republicans fail to find a solution before the deadline on a new spending bill, the shutdown goes into force at 12.01am on Tuesday. The federal funding bill is usually considered routine business, but this time the measure is tied to the highly controversial health care law promoted by President Barack Obama. It would be the first shutdown in 17 years. While essential services would remain in place, nearly a million government employees will be forced off work without pay, and museums and national parks will close. National parks and the capital's Smithsonian museums will be closed, pension and benefits cheques will be stopped and passport applications will not be processed. The healthcare law was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, despite op ...
The Iran End Game latest UN General Assembly gatherings have served to reiterate the grand spectacle of what is wrong, and in some ways right, about world politics. The usual players have turned up to make a scene. We have a vibrant Brazilian leader Dilma Roussef scolding the United States for its surveillance fetish. We have a bobbish Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani wishing to make his mark. And there is the large question mark over what is to be done about Syria. President Barack Obama is seen to be in a bother. There is the issue of government shutdown at home. The Syrian outfoxing, even if exaggerated, was notable enough to get those on Capitol Hill huffing about American inadequacy. At the United Nations, the President has found himself having to insist he did, in all earnestness, want to bomb Syria, which is another example of how one good violation of international law deserves another. Now, he is insisting that the Assad regime hand over chemical weapons with speedy urgency. In this heady ride on t ...
Obama's Power and its Limitations (As long as he has the lamestream media in his pocket, there are no limitations on his power) my comment Caroline Glick US President Barack Obama's rapidly changing positions on Syria have produced many odd spectacles. One of odder ones was the sight of hundreds of lobbyists from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee fanning out on Capitol Hill to lobby members of the House and Senate to support Obama's plan to launch what Secretary of State John Kerry called "unbelievably small" air strikes against empty regime controlled buildings in Syria. AIPAC officials claimed they were doing this because the air strikes would help Israel. But this claim was easily undone. Obama and Kerry insisted nothing the US would do would have any impact on the outcome of the Syrian civil war. This was supposed to be the strikes' selling point. But by launching worthless strikes, Obama was poised to wreck America's deterrent posture, transforming the world's superpower into an internatio ...
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Republicans Depart House Immigration Group A bipartisan House group that's been working in secret to write a comprehensive immigration bill splintered Friday with the departure of two Republicans, the latest sign of difficulty in solving the contentious issue. Texas Reps. John Carter and Sam Johnson said they can no longer be part of the effort because they don't trust President Barack Obama to enforce any legislation they write. Their move may amount to the end of the group, which even before Friday's development had failed to produce a final product after months of delay. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida is now the sole Republican with four Democrats involved in the effort. Another Republican, Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, departed the group several months ago. A joint statement from Johnson and Carter underscored how the thorny immigration issue is made even tougher by partisan politics on Capitol Hill and the distrust many House Republicans have for Obama. "The administration's practice of hand-pickin ...
Speaker John Boehner's office invited me to a private reception at Capitol Hill! President Barack Obama is slacking hard right now.
Obama's Violating Oath, Constitution in Implementing Obamacare Terry Jeffrey | Jul 10, 2013 The Constitution requires the president to take an oath or affirmation that says: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Article II, Section 3 says, "He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." In his unequal and discriminatory implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), President Barack Obama is now violating both his constitutional oath of office and his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws. The Obamacare law mandates that individuals must maintain health-insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents or pay a penalty. Similarly, it requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide those workers with health-insurance coverage or pay a penalty. The separa ...
Washington (CNN) -- The full Senate formally kicks off debate Tuesday on the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill -- a plan which, if enacted, will create a 13-year path to citizenship for most of America's 11 million undocumented immigrants. Among other things, the measure aims to strengthen border security while raising the cap on visas for high-skilled workers and establishing a new visa program for low-skilled workers on America's farms and elsewhere. "This week, the Senate will consider a commonsense, bipartisan bill that is the best chance we've had in years to fix our broken immigration system," President Barack Obama said Tuesday. "If you genuinely believe we need to fix our broken immigration system, there's no good reason to stand in the way of this bill." Needless to say, a lot of folks on Capitol Hill disagree with the president. "This bill has serious flaws," warned Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. "There will need to be major changes to this bill if it's goin ...
The “border surge” plan unveiled on Capitol Hill this week was hailed as a kind of miracle cure for the political ills plaguing the immigration bill the Gang of Eight and President Barack Obama have been tinkering with for months. The amendment from Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John *** ..
FROM THE NEWSROOM: WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months after a gunman took the lives of their loved ones, some families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims are heading to Capitol Hill this week to remind lawmakers they are painfully waiting for action. The lobbying visit Tuesday and Wednesday is one of several observances gun control proponents are planning for this week's half-year anniversary of the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn. Despite Senate rejection over protecting gun rights, the Sandy Hook families and other activists are trying to keep pressure on lawmakers to expand background purchases for firearm sales. Gun control advocates also are anticipating further action from President Barack Obama. He says even if he can't get Congress to tighten gun laws, he'll do what he can to stem gun violence.
Obama names three to top court, challenging Republicans US President Barack Obama has nominated three lawyers to a top federal appeals court in Washington DC, while daring Republicans to defy him. Flanked at the White House by the trio, he urged their swift confirmation to the Washington appeals court. His appointees, two women and a black man, reflect his administration's commitment to bring diversity to the mainly white, male federal bench. But a top Senate Republican said there was no need to fill the vacancies. "What I'm doing today is my job; I need the Senate to do its job," Mr Obama said in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, as he announced his nominees to the bench of what is sometimes called the second-highest court in the US. 'Political obstruction' The Democratic president accused Senate Republicans of blocking his nominees. Senator Charles Grassley on Capitol Hill in Washington on 23 April 2013 Republican Senator Charles Grassley says the appointees are not needed "My judicial nominees have waited th ...
Texas on the Potomac Blog Eva Longoria wins praise of Castros and clout in DC for work on Latino issues Houston Chronicle (May 26, 2013) Eva Longoria, one the highest-profile campaigners for President Barack Obama in 2012, has moved on to advocacy for Latino issues on Capitol Hill, earning effusive praise from lawmakers. Rep. Joaquin Castro said he first met Longoria in San Antonio around 2003, before she achieved fame from her role on Desperate Housewives. Castro said they have become regular friends, getting together when she is back in San Antonio. Since 2008, the first-term Democratic congressman from San Antonio said he has seen the political side of Longoria, speaking with her on issues such as education, environment, voter turnout, and her foundations. "As she developed a higher profile, she wanted to help out," Castro said in a phone interview. Castro said it is important that folks in places like San Antonio could see an educated Latina who remains active in the community and politics. When asked ...
WASHINGTON -- Even Medea Benjamin was surprised she managed to get into President Barack Obama's major national security address at National Defense University on Thursday. The long-time Code Pink protestor (and HuffPost blogger) is a fixture on Capitol Hill and well known to most D.C. reporters.
Attorney General Eric Holder fielded questions Wednesday from a number of lawmakers on Capitol Hill seeking answers about the flurry of scandals involving the Administration of President Barack Obama that have broken over the past several days, not the least of which was the Associated Press hacking...
Looks like Medicare Vouchers to me! Ryan Set to Release GOP Budget Plan By: Terence Burlij and Katelyn Polantz of PBS The ultimate goal for President Barack Obama's renewed outreach to members of Congress is reaching an agreement on a long-term deal to address the country's deficit. But as the president prepares Tuesday to make the first of four trips to Capitol Hill this week, it's the issue of the 2014 budget that is taking center stage. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Tuesday will release his blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins in October. The plan would cut spending by $4.6 trillion over the next decade while bringing the budget into balance without raising taxes. The 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee previewed his proposal late Monday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. "On the current path, spending will increase by 5% each year," Ryan writes. "Under our proposal, it will increase by 3.4%. Because the U.S. economy will grow faster than spending, the budget will ba ...
While the stand for liberty and government accountability was taking place on Capitol Hill, a handful of Republican Senators were having an off-the-record dinner with President Barack Obama. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) notebaly attended the dinner...
NEWPORT BEACH – Rep. Paul Ryan, one of the Republicans' brightest stars on Capitol Hill, dropped into Orange County on Thursday to lay out his vision of how lawmakers can roll back the "big government" changes of President Barack Obama.
Bring on the sequester's federal cuts By Matt Towery Fri, Feb 22, 2013 Of course, just like the “fiscal cliff” we never jumped off of, the nation will likely never see the so-called “sequester” or “automatic sequential budget cuts” that were agreed to by President Barack Obama and Congress come to fruition in March. That’s because the president, the politicians and the media will work the public and Wall Street into a frenzy, and we will have another of our national panic attacks leading to an 11th-hour compromise. And of course that compromise will be some short-term patch that serves as another Band-Aid while our debt situation gets further out of control. But consider what happens if the automatic cuts actually do take place. According to Jamie Dupree, a reliable and veteran reporter on Capitol Hill, the sequester is not just a reduction in the rate of spending. He reports that the cuts would result in an actual baseline reduction in the federal budget for FY 2013. And while the amount of ...
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered
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*URGENT* Please call your Senators You cant trust flip floppers "John Mccain" may be working to stab us in the back Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is still trying to rig the Senate rules so that President Barack Obama can get his anti-gun and anti-Constitution agenda passed. But first, here’s some good news. GOA activists like yourself are having an impact! Prior to the New Year, the reports coming out of Washington, DC indicated that Senator Harry Reid was going to nuke the filibuster on the first day of the new Congress (which would have been yesterday). But Politico, which is one of the official papers of Capitol Hill, reported yesterday that Reid still doesn't have the votes -- despite having a Democrat majority. The Politico headline blared: "Reid expected to Postpone Filibuster Rule Change: May buy time for a bipartisan bill." This is somewhat good news, as it means that Reid still can't cram a rules change down our throats, limiting the ability that pro-gun Senators have to filibuster (or kil ...
John Brennan: As President Barack Obama's pick for CIA director heads to Capitol Hill for his confirmation heari...
(Here's another news story from China Daily. We've all heard that the US is the world's "melting pot" - which is a good thing. Let's just hope these new proposals to change the immigration laws don't cause the US to actually "melt down.") Obama Proposal Targets Talent To Boost Economy By Qin Zhongwei, Chen Weihua, and Liu Yuhan Posted : Thu, 31-Jan-2013 09:33:32 +0800 High-skilled Chinese workers and students in the United States may benefit from a proposal by US President Barack Obama to overhaul the immigration system, observers said. Obama said that the time has come to promote comprehensive reform to change the "out-of-date" immigration system. Speaking on Tuesday in Las Vegas, where 27 percent of the population is Hispanic, Obama said that if Congress declines to act he will send his own proposal to Capitol Hill. He made his proposal a day after a bipartisan group of senators outlined their reform framework. The proposals by Obama and the senators emphasize a path to legal residency and citizenship f ...
While he didn’t ride up to Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama showcased the city’s bicycle-friendly facilities during the inauguration last week, giving millions of Americans a glimpse of the bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue. When not occupied by a presidential motorcade or thousands of cheering ...
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama lauded Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of his closest advisers and said their shared vision for America's role in the world persuaded his one-time rival – and potential successor – to be his top diplomat while he dealt with the shattered economy at home. During a joint interview that aired Sunday, Obama and Clinton chuckled as they described their partnership and stoked speculation that Obama may prefer Clinton to succeed him in the White House after the 2016 elections. Clinton is leaving Obama's Cabinet soon, and speculation about the former first lady and senator has only grown more intense after a heated appearance last week on Capitol Hill. Both Obama and Clinton batted away questions about future campaigns, but the joint interview – the president's first with anyone other than first lady Michelle Obama – was only likely to increase the fascination with Clinton's future. "The president and I care deeply about what's going to happen for our ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's sweeping gun-control package faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, where majority House Republicans are rejecting his proposals while the president's allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate are stopping well short of pledging immediate action. The fate of his plan could ultimately hinge on a handful of moderate Democratic Senators. Although they are unlikely to endorse the president's call for banning assault weapons, they might go along with other proposals, such as requiring universal background checks on gun purchases. Several of these senators responded warily after Obama unveiled his proposals Wednesday with the challenge that "Congress must act soon." "I will look closely at all proposals on the table, but we must use common sense and respect our Constitution," said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. Tester told the Missoulian newspaper in his home state recently that he supports background checks but doesn't think an assault weapons ban would have stopped ...
FISCAL CLIFF (CNN) -- Senate leaders and the White House struck a last-minute deal to avert the feared fiscal cliff Monday night, with Vice President Joe Biden headed to the Capitol Hill to pitch the plan to fellow Democrats. "Happy New Year," Biden, who became the Democratic point man in the talks, told reporters. "Did you think we would be here New Year's Eve?" A senior Democratic aide told CNN that if caucus meetings went well, a Senate vote could come "within the hour." But the House of Representatives went home long before midnight, meaning nothing will get through Congress before the combination of tax increases and spending cuts lawmakers have been scrambling to head off starts to kick in, at least on paper. A source familiar with the deal told CNN that the Senate proposal would put off the cuts for two months and keep the expiring Bush-era tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 or couples earning less than $450,000. President Barack Obama has long demanded that the threshold be set at ...
Dec. 30: In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, President Barack Obama tells David Gregory he’s optimistic the fiscal cliff can be averted, lays out the goals for his second term, and also discusses the Benghazi attack and how it was handled by the administration and those on Capitol Hill.
Defense sector braces for 'self-amputation' (Politico, 26 Dec 12) . Austin Wright or not, the defense industry is bracing for a bad decade. Contractors are hoarding cash. Top firms are eyeing potential mergers. And old alliances are cracking. Even senior Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees acknowledge a shrinking military is inevitable as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan after more than a decade of war. Chuck Hagel's rise to the top of President Barack Obama's shortlist to succeed Leon Panetta as Defense secretary is the latest sign the White House is preparing for a big drawdown - beyond the $487 billion reduction in Pentagon spending already on the table. Hagel, a former Republican Senator from Nebraska, has said the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction plan should act as a starting point in negotiations to rein in the federal deficit. The plan, designed to produce a balanced budget by 2015, would require steep cuts in military spending, calling for an end to such big-ticket pro ...
White House officials said Thursday that President Barack Obama will not send a fiscal cliff measure to Capitol Hill, while Republicans insisted they were expecting more details on the president's proposal. An aide to Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said the senator expected further details soon on what Obama and Democrats were proposing. A Senate Democratic leadership member also said that more details would be provided. Both sources spoke to CNN on condition of not being identified further. However, two White House officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the president was not sending a proposal to Congress. Such parsing of words and interpretations showed the high political sensitivity over how the fiscal cliff negotiations are being portrayed to the public. House leaders announced the chamber would reconvene on Sunday and could stay in session through January 2, before a new Congress gets sworn in on January 3.
(CNN) -- Two sources on Capitol Hill say President Barack Obama told Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell he would send to Congress on Thursday a scaled back fiscal cliff measure.
(TheBlaze/AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama is "actively supportive" of efforts on Capitol Hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban. Obama has long backed the proposal, but chose not to push for it throughout his first term. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., plans to introduce legi...
WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders are pressing President Barack Obama to come up with plan they can accept for spending cuts and tax revenue to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax hikes and budget reductions. Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr) tells reporters at a Capitol Hill new...
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, emerged Friday to say that "no progress" had been made on resolving the impending "fiscal cliff." Capitol Hill's top Republican said that talks with President Barack Obama toward resolving the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts sched …
If Wednesday’s phone call between Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama seemed like a hopeful sign in the fiscal cliff standoff, think again. On Thursday, with the House out of session, White House congressional liaison Rob Nabors trekked to Capitol Hill and delivered a firm message:...
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is ready to entertain Republican proposals for spending cuts, but GOP lawmakers must first commit to higher tax rates on the rich and specify what additional spending cuts they want in a deal to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff," Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said. "The ball really is with them now," Geithner, one of the president's chief negotiators with Capitol Hill, said during appearances on five Sunday talk shows. He acknowledged that Republicans are "having a tough time trying to figure out what they can do, what they can get support from their members for." The White House "might need to give them a little more time to figure out where they go next."
UN Ambassador Susan Rice listens at right as President Barack Obama speaks before a meeting with his cabinet, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. Earlier, Rice continued her fight on Capitol Hill to win over skeptics in the Senate who could block her chanc...
Actress and activist Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of actor Will Smith, told The Daily Caller on Capitol Hill that she is meeting with Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, at the Whit
The White House faces growing demands from Capitol Hill for answers about what the FBI and President Barack Obama knew about the David Petraeus scandal and whether the election campaign or questions over Benghazi led to information being suppressed.
Enlarge Gallery U.S. General David Petraeus gestures during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on his nomination to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington in this June 23, 2011, … CIA Director David Petraeus resigned his post on Friday, confessing to having shown "extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair." The former Army general rocketed to global prominence as the man in charge of the "surge" in Iraq and later the commander of American forces in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama said Petraeus had led the Central Intelligence Agency "with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication and patriotism." "I am completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and I have the utmost confidence in Acting Director Michael Morell and the men and women of the CIA who work every day to keep our nation safe," the president said in a written statement. "Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dav ...
You just spent $20,000,000 to move members and/or supporters of Hamas, a terrorist organization, to the United States; housing, food, transportation, the whole 9 yards. HB 1388 PASSED Whether you are an Obama fan, or not, EVERYONE IN THE U.S. Needs to know. H.R. 1388 was passed, behind our backs. You may want to read about it... It wasn't mentioned on the news. it just went by on the ticker tape at the bottom of the CNN screen. Obama funds $20M in tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA . This is the news that did not, and will not, make the headlines. By Executive Order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in "migration assistance" to the Palestinian refugees and "conflict victims" in Gaza .. The "presidential determination" (isn't that nice?) which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States, was signed and appears in the Federal Register. Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order p ...
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized President Barack Obama for dispatching an extremist, anti-American, anti-Israeli Islamist, Salaam Al-Marayati, to speak overseas on behalf of the U.S. to a human rights conference Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Salaam Al-Marayati, the director of the Islamist Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), is a vocal Israel-hater and apologist for Islamist terrorism who has called for Israel’s destruction; suggested Israel be placed on a suspect list as the possible perpetrator of the 9/11 acts of terrorism; condemned already in the 1990s American air strikes of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Sudan; and defended the rights of Holocaust deniers. In 1999, Marayati was appointed to a U.S. congressional committee on terrorism but, following a ZOA campaign in the media and on Capitol Hill that exposed his extremism, Marayati’s appointment was rescinded. (The ZOA’s campaign included ZOA President Morton Klein debating Marayati for an ...
To Republicans seeking to repeal or ignore Obamacare. That's not the best route to go. Improve it; adjust it; tweak it. After all it was YOUR idea! Despite some protests, the Heritage Foundation laid the ground work. Mitt Romney put it to work. Every one of our friends around the world has a version of it. Why would we tie a hand behind our backs and try to compete economically while handicapping ourselves? If you believe too many people are freeloading and living off entitlements, make them responsible by buying in, not opting out. To all the tough-talking governors, get a grip and get a plan Take the time to read the full story. EDITOR'S NOTE: An analysis of this comment by President Barack Obama was published on April 1, 2010. After it appeared, the Heritage Foundation's communications office contacted us to argue that our rating of Mostly True was too generous to the president. We did some additional reporting to review our ruling. Our second round of reporting -- primarily talking to conservative po ...
WASHINGTON -- Speaking on Capitol Hill shortly after the Supreme Court's historic decision, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the fact that health care reform was upheld as constitutional on Thursday makes it more urgent than ever for the American people to vote President Barack Obama out ...
Click image to see more photos. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill. (Susan Walsh/AP) President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege on Wednesday for the first time since taking office to withhold certain Justice Department documents tied to the flawed "Operation Fas...
This is my father, Samuel W. Hopkins, Sr. who will be receiving the Congressional Gold Medal Of Honor, Tuesday June 26, 2011 on Capitol Hill, possibly being presented by President Barack Obama. This picture was taken when he was 18 yrs. old during WWII at which time he was a member of the Montford Point Marines, a segregated platoon. He celebrated his 86th birthday on Jan 10, 2012. I love my Dad very much and I am so proud of him and of his accomplishments. Congratulations Dad!!!
AZ/DC Blog Follow Sens. John Mccain and Jon Kyl and the rest of Arizona's congressional delegation on AZ/DC, the blog written by Dan Nowicki, The Arizona Republic's award-winning national political reporter. The state is represented in the House by Republicans Jeff Flake, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Ben Quayle and David Schweikert and by Democrats Gabrielle Giffords, Raul Grijalva and Ed Pastor. Check back for breaking Capitol Hill news.Schweikert, Quayle introduce bills to block Obama's immigration policy change click to enlarge Reps. David Schweikert and Ben Quayle, the two sitting Arizona Republican congressmen who are running against each other in the 6th Congressional District primary, each introduced legislation Monday to block President Barack Obama's decision to allow certain young illegal immigrants to apply to work in the United States for two years. Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a former Arizona governor, announced the new policy on Friday. To apply for work authorizatio ...
• While Queen Nancy was Speaker of the House: Congress' Thirst For Spurious Spending: $200,000 for Bottled Water?! By Chuck Norris | October 26, 2010 | 00:00 The Congressional Budget Office just reported that in the past two years since President Barack Obama took office, federal spending is up 21.4 percent.The national deficit was $1.29 trillion in 2010 (second to the $1.4 trillion in Obama's first year in office, 2009), which means that for every $1 the federal government spent this past year, it borrowed 37 cents of it!The feds will tell you that their outrageous spending habits were necessary to pull our economy out of its recession. But would their same rationale justify the fact that the money Congress spends on itself has soared 89 percent over the past decade, more than three times the U.S. inflation rate?It's true. In 2000, the feds spent $2.87 billion to run Capitol Hill. In fiscal year 2010, they almost doubled the amount, to an enormous $5.42 billion. From 2000-10, while inflation went up 26 ...
The general election just got a massive jump-start on sleepy Capitol Hill. Speaker John Boehner opened a new — and increasingly harsh — line of attack against President Barack Obama, blaming almost all of the nation’s woes squarely at the White House steps. He called on the Obama campaign to pay bac...
where is Nancy Reagan when you need her? This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Why even wasting time voting. Let Reefer Buffett just pay more and make him happy sharing the wealth. DQ Dip Cones for every one Democrats in the Senate fail to get the 60 votes they need to move forward with a measure that would set a minimum 30% tax on millionaires and billionaires. The so-called Buffett Rule, proposed last year by President Barack Obama, grew out of the argument that wealthy people should pay a higher share of their income in taxes than those in the middle class. Its name comes from the fact that billionaire investor Warren Buffett has said he pays a lower effective tax rate than his secretary. Critics claim a minimum tax on millionaires would hurt small business owners, some of whom file tax returns under the individual tax code. The Senate result was expected; passage in the GOP-controlled House also was unlikely. The partisan battle has spilled from Capitol Hill to the presidential campaign tr ...
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