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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Obama Gears up for European Extravaganza

Barack Obama's visit to Europe marks his first major overseas trip since being sworn into office. Expectations are high as the US President takes part in three major conferences across the continent.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Obama to shake up GM, Chrysler

President Barack Obama announced an extraordinary bid to remake the ailing U.S. auto industry Monday, saying he would withhold long-term federal aid to two carmakers unless they make sweeping changes to ensure their survival.

W.H.: Chrysler small enough to fail

It turns out that Chrysler might be just small enough to fail. In the end, the Obama administration decided to back General Motors — at least for 60 days — but to effectively wash its hands of the much-smaller Chrysler after only 30 days. Barring a last-minute rescue by Italian automaker Fiat, U.S. taxpayers won’t put up another penny to back the company.

Obama gets personal

Barack Obama is a storyteller, and lately he has been telling lots of them: tales of sick children and a dying parent, of religious discovery and of a magical journey across the American West.


JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq.
Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh.


The White House is playing serious hardball for the first time with its recovery cash. The Obama administration auto task force today rejected the turnaround plans of General Motors and Chrysler and warned both could be put through bankruptcy to slash debts.

Now, a U.S. cardinal denounces Notre Dame's Obama invite

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo has become the first American cardinal to denounce the University of Notre Dame for inviting Democratic President Barack Obama as its commencement speaker in May and to receive an honorary degree.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Prospect of Barack Obama show causes UK to clear its decks

With an entourage of 500 staff, an armour-plated limousine and a fleet of decoy helicopters, America's new president will arrive for his first visit to Britain amid huge razzmatazz on Tuesday for the G20 summit.

GM CEO resigns at Obama's behest

The Obama administration asked Rick Wagoner, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, to step down and he agreed, a White House official said.


How efficient are the solar panels that were inspected by President Obama? The Denver Museum of Science isn't telling. But you are helping to foot the bill for the solar array that won't pay for itself until the year 2118.

Obama Town Hall Questioners Were Campaign Backers

...while the online question portion of the White House town hall was open to any member of the public with an Internet connection, the five fully identified questioners called on randomly by the president in the East Room were anything but a diverse lot. They included: a member of the pro-Obama Service Employees International Union, a member of the Democratic National Committee who campaigned for Obama among Hispanics during the primary; a former Democratic candidate for Virginia state delegate who endorsed Obama last fall in an op-ed in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star; and a Virginia businessman who was a donor to Obama's campaign in 2008.

Estimate of Mass. stimulus jobs uncertain at best

State officials overseeing the federal economic stimulus program in Massachusetts say they have no idea how the White House came up with one key pledge—the promise to save or create 79,000 jobs in the state.

They say they're not even sure how to measure saved jobs—and fear the jobs figure sets an unrealistic yardstick against which the success or failure of the program will be measured.

Letter from Nancy Pelosi

Dear ...,

Now is the time to act.

In less than 72 hours, the first FEC quarterly fundraising deadline will hit. It will be viewed by the media and many political analysts as a critical first test of President Obama’s political strength.

To demonstrate to the world the grassroots support for the President, my friends and colleagues at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) have launched a Million Dollar Matching Gift Campaign. Their goal is to raise $1 million by midnight Tuesday.

Your contribution of $5, $10 or more to the Democrats’ Million Dollar Match before midnight on March 31st will be matched 2-to-1 by Democrats in Congress, tripling the impact of your donation.

In the less than 100 days, Democrats have made significant progress in righting our economy, strengthening middle class families and ensuring children have access to high-quality health care. But there is a great deal of hard work left to do to move America in a New Direction. And, we urgently need your help.

The best step you can take right now to move America in a New Direction is to support the DCCC’s Million Dollar Matching Gift Campaign.

Your contribution of $5, $10 or more to the Democrats’ Million Dollar Match before midnight on March 31st will be matched 2-to-1 by Democrats in Congress, tripling the impact of your donation.

The Democratic Party has always stepped up to lead America at times of great need. Today, Democrats have again been called upon to provide leadership at a crucial moment in our nation’s history.

With the support and commitment of Democrats like you, I am confident America will emerge from this challenging time stronger and more united than ever before.


Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House

P.S.: Midnight on March 31st will be a critical milestone in the first 100 days of President Obama’s administration. Please demonstrate your commitment when it matters most by supporting the DCCC’s Million Dollar Match Campaign. Contribute now.


Letter from Madeleine K. Albright

Dear ...,

Last November, with the election of President Obama, we sent a clear message that people who love justice and respect democratic ideals can once again have faith in America.

President Obama and his new foreign policy team, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have hit the ground running and are showing the world that the real America – the best America– is back.

As the world watches a United States that is ready to once again lead in ways that reflect our highest values and our deepest hopes, it is incumbent upon us all to show how strongly we support President Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress.

The DCCC has set a goal of raising $1 million in grassroots support by March 31st. This is the only FEC deadline during President Obama’s first 100 days. The world will use it as a report card on the President’s first months in office and an indication of how strongly we stand behind his agenda for change.

Contribute $5, $10, or more to the Democrats’ Million Dollar Match before midnight on March 31st. Your gift will be matched 2-to-1 by Democrats in Congress, tripling its impact.

Although in office only two months, President Obama has already moved to revive diplomatic efforts in support of peace, renounce torture, write an end to the shameful chapter of Guantanamo, begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and find a solution to global climate change. Each day, he is sending a message that America wants to work as a partner with friends around the world in order to build a future based on law, justice, human rights, and a commitment to peace.

The president is doing his part; we need to do ours. It is essential that we show our early support for this profound and much-needed change to our foreign policy.

Please show your early support for President Obama and Democrats in Congress. Contribute $5, $10, or more to the Democrats’ Million Dollar Match before midnight on March 31st. Your gift will be matched 2-to-1 by Democrats in Congress, tripling its impact.

As President Obama said in his victory speech on Election Night last November, “a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.”

Please show the world how united we stand as Democrats and as Americans behind our new President and our new Congress in their fight to reclaim America’s role as a force for prosperity and peace around the world.


Madeleine K. Albright

P.S. The world is watching. Everyone in the media will use our March 31st totals as a report card on President Obama and House Democrats’ efforts to bring needed change to our foreign policy. Support the Democrats’ Million Dollar Match by Midnight on March 31st. Your gift will be matched 2-to-1, tripling its impact.


Introducing “Barack Obama Academy”

The students celebrated Wednesday shouting the new name throughout the halls, the principal said. “If the name of the school, rather than the achievement of educational excellence, is the motivating factor for the kids then the school is very much like its namesake…lots of slogans, lots of hype, no substance.”

Obama team debuts at UN climate talks

President Barack Obama's climate change team made their international debut Sunday at a major U.N. conference — and delegates were eager to find out whether Obama could translate his aggressive domestic agenda into a worldwide deal to fight global warming.

Obama to seek NATO support for Afghanistan plan

U.S. President Barack Obama will urge European allies to support his new strategy for Afghanistan, telling NATO partners this week their security could be at risk if the country falls into chaos.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Learning the hard way

HILLARY CLINTON’S most effective quip, in her long struggle with Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination last year, was that the Oval Office is no place for on-the-job training. ...he lacked even the slightest executive experience, and that in his brief career he had never really stood up to powerful interests... Might Mrs Clinton have been right about her foe?

Poll: Despite Obama’s stumping, support for budget drops five points

People who feel positively about his budget fell from 44% in late February to 39% this week. People who feel negatively about the budget increased one point to 27% in the same time frame. And after all that budget talk, people who claim to not know enough to have an opinion increased 10% from 30% to 33%.

Notre Dame draws Texas fire from Cardinal DiNardo

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, on Friday became the first American cardinal to publicly criticize the University of Notre Dame for inviting President Barack Obama to be this year's commencement speaker and to award him with an honorary law degree.

Obama Notre Dame invite stirs Catholic debate

In American Catholicism, it doesn't get much bigger than Notre Dame. So when the university known for its golden dome, "Touchdown Jesus" mural and rigorous academics invited President Barack Obama to speak at its commencement and receive an honorary degree in May, it stoked both pride and anger on campus and nationwide.

Obama pumps up his policy, regulatory agenda

Stepping through an economic minefield, President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are sowing the ground with unprecedented initiatives that capitalize on the recession to rein in Wall Street and broaden government's reach.

Obama Team Strikes Gentle Tone in Approach to Pakistan

While President Obama scolded Afghanistan for government corruption and a rampant drug trade, he and his advisers were reluctant to say anything critical of the leadership in Pakistan.

Obama's Fuzzy Math

A trillion here, a trillion there . . . In his press conference last Tuesday, Barack Obama said that America must reject the "borrow and spend" policies of the past in favor of a strategy of "save and invest." Sounds good. So why is Obama proposing to borrow and spend more than any president in the history of the republic? Already in the first 45 days of his administration, the federal government has authorized more debt spending than Ronald Reagan did in eight years in office.

Obama Goes for It All in Budget

In poker, there's a maneuver called "all-in," in which a player pushes all his chips to the center of the table in one big bet. By that standard, President Barack Obama is conducting an all-in presidency.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Campaign for Obama's budget is widening

A campaign to persuade Republicans to support President Obama's budget is morphing into something broader, with the White House political machine and its allies now focusing pressure on conservative Democrats and anyone else who might be tempted to vote no.

Obama's Day: New Afghan-Pakistan strategy

President Barack Obama announces his new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan on Friday.
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Obama's half-brother falls ill in Kenya

A Kenyan health official says President Barack Obama's older half-brother has been hospitalized with stomach pains and is being tested for cholera.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obama Voices Support for NATO Expansion Despite Russian Qualms

US President Barack Obama said in a meeting with NATO's Secretary General that he wants to improve relations with Russia. Yet Obama said he also feels the alliance should not be afraid of expanding its borders.

Obama's power grab

The government's inane response to the AIG bonus fiasco is no justification to broaden its authority over U.S. commerce.

Extending the Treasury's power to seize non-bank financial firms -- such as investment companies or large insurers -- would give the U.S. government unprecedented authority presumably if the collapse of these companies threatens the economy.

Obama Defends Push to Cut Tax Deductions for Charitable Gifts

President Obama defends his proposal to cut the tax deductions that wealthy Americans can claim for their charitable donations by arguing that the shift would not have an adverse effect on giving, but two independent analyses concluded that the proposal could result in a drop of as much as $3.87 billion for the already reeling nonprofit sector.

Obama Unwelcome at Notre Dame?

Alumni and supporters of Notre Dame University are sticking to their Fighting Irish namesake and uniting against a proposed plan to have President Barack Obama speak at their spring commencement.

Obama Mexico border plan not enough-US senator

A plan by President Barack Obama to send more federal agents to the Mexican border is inadequate to control growing drug violence in the two countries, an influential U.S. senator said on Wednesday, and he said he would seek $385 million more from Congress.

Czech PM says will query Obama on missile defense

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said on Wednesday he would ask U.S. President Barack Obama if he is serious about plans for a missile defense shield in central Europe, but he did not expect it to be killed.

Obama’s Spending Plan Faces First Voter Test in New York Race

A special U.S. congressional election in Upstate New York may provide an early referendum on a politician who’s not on the ballot: President Barack Obama.

Obama enters campaign, fundraising fray

In a pair of political firsts as president, Barack Obama endorsed a fellow Democrat in a competitive special congressional election and was the main draw at two Democratic National Committee fundraisers on Wednesday.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Obama Asks Volcker to Lead Panel on Tax-Code Overhaul

President Barack Obama is putting former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker in charge of a tax-code review aimed at closing loopholes, streamlining the law and generating revenue, budget Director Peter Orszag said.

Obama Years Ago Helped Fund Carbon Scheme He Is Now Pushing Through Congress

While on the board of a Chicago-based charity, Barack Obama helped fund a carbon trading exchange that will likely play a critical role in the cap-and-trade carbon reduction scheme he is now trying to push through Congress as president.

EU Presidency: Obama Plans 'a Way to Hell'

A top European Union politician on Wednesday slammed U.S. plans to spend its way out of recession as "a way to hell."

Obama Defends Budget, Says Spending Will Pay Off

President Barack Obama used a prime-time news conference to defend his $3.6 trillion budget plan, digging in on his ambitious spending and tax proposals one day before the plan begins to move in Congress.

FACT CHECK: Obama having it both ways on economy?

President Barack Obama's plea Tuesday for patience in the economic turmoil fits with the view of most economists that a turnaround will take some time. It doesn't fit quite so neatly with his bullish budget.
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Obama Selling His Economic Plan on the Airwaves, Again

Had enough yet? Tune into CNN and you may find President Obama’s latest public town hall meeting. Flip to NBC and you might come across the president yukking it up with Jay Leno. Turn to ESPN, and there he is giving his college basketball picks. Click over to CBS and there he is once again, chatting with Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Brawl over Obama budget brews in Congress

Barack Obama is preparing for one of the toughest fights of his young presidency as Congress begins work on a budget that may trim his spending plans but back his healthcare, energy and education proposals.

Obama Dials Down Wall Street Criticism

The Obama administration, after months of criticizing Wall Street, has been scrambling to woo top bankers and financiers to back its latest bailout plan.

U.S. Seeks Expanded Power to Seize Firms

The Obama administration is considering asking Congress to give the Treasury secretary unprecedented powers to initiate the seizure of non-bank financial companies, such as large insurers, investment firms and hedge funds, whose collapse would damage the broader economy, according to an administration document.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Obama breaks own signing rules

President Obama failed to consult Congress, as promised, before carving out exceptions to the omnibus spending bill he signed into law — breaking his own signing-statement rules two days after issuing them — and raised questions among lawmakers and committees who say the president's objections are unclear at best and a power grab at worst.

Sen. Gregg says Obama budget will bankrupt US

The top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee says the Obama administration is on the right course to save the nation's financial system. But Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire also says President Barack Obama's massive budget proposal will bankrupt the country.
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Kroft to Obama: Are you punch-drunk?

President Barack Obama said he believes the global financial system remains at risk of implosion with the failure of Citigroup or AIG, which could touch off “an even more destructive recession and potentially depression.”

His remarks came in a“60 Minutes” interview in which he was pressed by Steve Kroft for laughing and chuckling several times while discussing the perilous state of the world’s economy.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Obama Defends Security Decisions

U.S. President Barack Obama is defending his decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, which has stirred international outcry for its questionable treatment of prisoners.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

It's Obama's Crisis Now

You might have missed it, but a key moment in Barack Obama's young presidency occurred Wednesday afternoon as he began his trip to California to become the first sitting president to appear on a late-night comedy show. Heading for his helicopter, Obama made a statement about the AIG bonuses, and he didn't use the word "inherited." As in "we inherited this crisis."

Friday, March 20, 2009

Obama White House bars press from press award ceremony

The president is to receive the award from the federation of black community newspapers in a White House ceremony this afternoon. The Obama White House has closed the press award ceremony to the press.

President Barack Obama: 1st sitting president appears on 'The Tonight Show'

President Barack Obama, bantering casually with Jay Leno during a taping of "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, voiced some frustration with life inside the presidential bubble.

Obama announces new housing money for California

President Barack Obama continued a two-day campaign-style swing through California Thursday, announcing the distribution of $145 million in new Housing and Urban Development funds at a town hall meeting in Los Angeles.

Obama offers Iran 'the promise of a new beginning'

President Barack Obama reached out to Iran on Friday -- the start of the Iranian New Year -- in a video message offering "the promise of a new beginning" that is "grounded in mutual respect."

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Obama's $500,000 book bonanza

As he empathized with recession-weary Americans, President Obama arranged in the days just before he took office to secure a $500,000 advance for a children's book project, a disclosure report shows.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Obama May Use Legislative Ploy to Jam Through Health, Tax Bills

President Barack Obama may try to push through Congress a health-care overhaul, energy proposals and tax increases by using a partisan tactic that would thwart Republican efforts to block the measures.

Obama In St Patrick's Day Teleprompt Blunder

(A slightly different report.) A teleprompt blunder has led to Barack Obama thanking himself in a speech at the White House in a St Patrick's Day celebration.

Obama secretly ends program that let pilots carry guns

After the September 11 attacks, commercial airline pilots were allowed to carry guns if they completed a federal-safety program. No longer would unarmed pilots be defenseless as remorseless hijackers seized control of aircraft and rammed them into buildings.

Now President Obama is quietly ending the federal firearms program, risking public safety on airlines in the name of an anti-gun ideology.

Irish PM trips over Obama’s teleprompter

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address at a St. Patrick's Day celebration at the White House when he realized something sounded way too familiar. Turns out, he was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just given.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment

The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits

The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Worries grow that Barack Obama & Co. have a competence problem

Not long ago, after a string of especially bad days for the Obama administration, a veteran Democratic pol approached me with a pained look on his face and asked, "Do you think they know what they're doing?"

Obama's Stem Cell Disgrace

With a great deal of fanfare, President Obama signed an executive order on stem cell research last week. The most controversial element of his new directive is a short, harmless-looking clause that you probably haven’t heard about. People on all sides of the stem cell controversy should call this particular decision what it is: A disgrace.

Right after he told the country he supported alternative, non-destructive stem cell research, Obama signed the actual order: “Executive Order 13435…is revoked.” He abolished President Bush’s funding for the type of stem cell research upon which everyone could agree.

Obama Gives Reassurances on U.S. Debt

President Obama reassured China and other countries on Saturday that their investments in United States government debt were safe as he seeks to finance record deficit spending to pull the American economy out of its deep recession.

Post-Rush: Obama's message war

Beginning Sunday, the White House will harness every part of the Democratic Party’s machinery to defend President Obama’s budget and portray Republicans as reflexively political, according to party strategists.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Obama's New Tack: Blaming Bush

In his inaugural address, President Obama proclaimed "an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics." It hasn't taken long for the recriminations to return -- or for the Obama administration to begin talking about the unwelcome "inheritance" of its predecessor.

Obama administration dropping 'enemy combatant' term

Seeking to distance itself from the Bush administration, the Justice Department is omitting 'enemy combatant' from its filing that defines detention of prisoners at Guantánamo.

Obama appointee on leave after FBI raid, arrests

An employee of the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer and a private contractor were charged with corruption Thursday after an FBI raid at the former office of one of President Obama's appointees, Vivek Kundra.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Could Obama Be Just Too Awesome?

Soon Obama’s extremely targeted and precise stimulus plan will have us overflowing with riches, and his wisdom in all things will bring peace to this world. Then all the troubles we now have will be but fables to scare children with.
Despite all this, though, I still worry. Could Obama have a flaw? Could he be, in fact, too awesome?

Obama's Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth

It is simply wrong for commentators to continue to focus on President Barack Obama's high levels of popularity, and to conclude that these are indicative of high levels of public confidence in the work of his administration. Indeed, a detailed look at recent survey data shows that the opposite is most likely true.

Obama: Economic crisis 'not as bad as we think'

Confronting misgivings, even in his own party, President Barack Obama mounted a stout defense of his blueprint to overhaul the economy Thursday, declaring the national crisis is "not as bad as we think" and his plans will speed recovery.

The White House Misfires on Limbaugh

Presidents throughout history have kept lists of political foes. But the Obama White House is the first I am aware of to pick targets based on polls. Even Richard Nixon didn't focus-group his enemies list.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Obama's honeymoon bliss fading

Some Democrats have started to worry that voters don’t and won’t understand the link between economic revival and Obama’s huge agenda, which includes saving the banking industry, ending home foreclosures, reforming healthcare and developing a national energy policy, among much else.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Polish interests sacrificed due to big policy

U.S. President's proposal to Russian leadership to abandon the third positional area in Europe in case of a successful joint counteraction to Iran's missile and nuclear plans completely confused politicians and political scientists.

Public education in U.S. falls short, Obama says

The president's first speech on education may alienate some in teachers unions. He calls for more charters, higher pay for good teachers and quicker firings of bad ones.

Obama budget lacks votes

President Obama’s budget doesn’t have enough support from lawmakers to pass, the Senate Budget Committee chairman said Tuesday.

Heads should roll

President Obama's clumsy, smirky staff is sinking him -- and resurrecting a deflated GOP! Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama's first seven weeks in office and given the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping and resurrection.

U.S. banks may pay dearly for government aid

As public outrage swells over the rapidly growing cost of bailing out financial institutions, the administration of President Barack Obama and lawmakers are attaching more and more strings to rescue funds.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Stem cell go-ahead puts Obama at odds with pope

President Barack Obama's lifting of restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research puts him at odds with Pope Benedict and the American Roman Catholic Church.

President Obama education plan to call for performance-based pay, firing poorly performing teachers

President Obama will call for performance-based pay for deserving teachers and to give the boot to poorly performing educators in a speech Tuesday morning.

Obama’s Need for Speed Trumps Risk of Agenda Overload

Obama has been sticking to his campaign pledges, which included ending the war in Iraq, cutting taxes for the middle class, broadening health care and achieving energy independence. Events have prompted him to adopt the other, potentially competing agenda that involves the deepest government intervention in the economy in 76 years.

‘Manchurian Candidate’ Starts War on Business

Back in the 1960s, Lyndon Johnson gave us the War on Poverty. In the 1970s, Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs. Now that we have seen President Barack Obama’s first-year legislative agenda, we know what kind of a war he intends to wage. Obama is giving us the War on Business.

Obama orders review of Bush legal maneuvers

Calling into question the legitimacy of all the signing statements that former President George W. Bush used to challenge new laws, President Barack Obama on Monday ordered executive officials to consult with Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. before relying on any of them to bypass a statute.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Why Obama’s left leaning is no tactical feint

On this page last week I argued that Barack Obama’s first budget showed him to be more of a left-leaning liberal than I and many others – sceptics and admirers alike – had previously supposed. People I respect have accused me of going off the deep end about this, or of neglecting Mr Obama’s tactical finesse, or both.

Wikipedia scrubs Obama eligibility

Wikipedia, the online "free encyclopedia" mega-site written and edited entirely by its users, has been deleting within minutes any mention of eligibility issues surrounding Barack Obama's presidency, with administrators kicking off anyone who writes about the subject, WND has learned.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Obama Ponders Outreach to Elements of the Taliban

President Obama declared in an interview that the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the door to a reconciliation process in which the American military would reach out to moderate elements of the Taliban, much as it did with Sunni militias in Iraq.

Obama to restore stem cell funding

President Obama plans to rescind limits on federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells by signing an executive order Monday, fulfilling a campaign promise to frustrated supporters of the scientific work.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Obama's Radicalism Is Killing the Dow

WSJ: It's hard not to see the continued sell-off on Wall Street and the growing fear on Main Street as a product, at least in part, of the realization that our new president's policies are designed to radically re-engineer the market-based U.S. economy, not just mitigate the recession and financial crisis.

Medical Bankruptcies: A Data-Check

President Obama’s kicking off his health care reform today in the worst possible way: with a mischaracterization of data.

“The cost of health care now causes a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds," Obama said at the opening of his White House forum on health care reform. The problem: That claim, based on a 2001 survey, is simply unsupportable.

Was 'Lady Macbeth' behind Barack Obama's snub of Gordon Brown?

On US radio's Garrison show today, I was asked for my reaction as a true born Englishman to President Obama's double insult - first the sending back of the Winston Churchill bust, then his snub to Gordon Brown...Iain Martin is quite right here: no matter how utterly rubbish we have become as a nation in the Blair/Brown years, Britain's friendship is something Obama will come to regret having dispensed with so lightly.

Britain is still in the "Doesn't she look fabulous in a designer frock" stage of understanding of Michelle Obama. But they begin to think that she is every bit the terrifying executive's wife that Hillary Clinton was.

Yes One can

THE Queen is to give Barack Obama a private “getting-to-know-you” audience next month.

Obama tax hike meets Democratic resistance

President Barack Obama's proposal to limit itemized tax deductions for high earners is running into opposition from key Democrats in Congress who worry that charities and the housing market would be hurt.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cramer: My Response To The White House

Obama has undeniably made things worse by creating an atmosphere of fear and panic rather than an atmosphere of calm and hope. He's done it by pushing a huge amount of change at a very perilous moment, by seeking to demonize the entire banking system and by raising taxes for those making more than $250,000 at the exact time when we need them to spend and build new businesses, and by revoking deductions for funds to charity that help eliminate the excess supply of homes.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Obama Economy

As the Dow keeps dropping, the President is running out of people to blame.

As 2009 opened, three weeks before Barack Obama took office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9034 on January 2, its highest level since the autumn panic. Yesterday the Dow fell another 4.24% to 6763, for an overall decline of 25% in two months and to its lowest level since 1997. The dismaying message here is that President Obama's policies have become part of the economy's problem.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Is the historic special relationship between America and Britain under strain?

Barack Obama lavished praise on the 'special relationship' between Britain and America last night - but only after giving Gordon Brown a distinctly muted reception.

The Prime Minister's first official meeting with the new President fell short of the lavish welcomes laid on in recent years. There was no family get-together, nor did the President offer Mr Brown and his wife Sarah a star-studded White House dinner.

Angry McCain slams Obama

Long delayed but not shrunken with time, a nearly $410 billion omnibus spending bill is fast becoming a great bone in the throat for Democrats and the White House, just when each hoped to put the past behind them and move onto President Barack Obama’s new 2010 budget.

Obama 'ready to drop shield plans for Russian help on Iran' ???

Washington has told Moscow that Russian help in resolving Iran's nuclear program would make its missile shield plans for Europe unnecessary, a Russian daily said on Monday, citing White House sources.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Obama 'urban czar' campaign donations raise eyebrows...

The man who is President Obama's newly minted urban czar pocketed thousands of dollars in campaign cash from city developers whose projects he approved or funded with taxpayers' money, a Daily News probe found.

Brown woos Obama on global deal

GORDON BROWN hopes to forge a partnership with President Barack Obama in Washington this week, to call for a “global new deal” to lift the world out of recession.

Now in a book format

Yes, this blog was converted to the book format and published on Amazon.
100 Days of Obama Presidency (Kindle edition)

100 Days of Obama Presidency (Soft cover)