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Sunday, May 31, 2009

White House Plots GM Bankruptcy, Unsure When Taxpayers Will Recoup $50 Billion Investment

Senior administration officials, who declined to speak for attribution, said the U.S. government will be a "passive" investor but will oversee operations at the new GM because "the taxpayer will want us to."

How Obama Impacts the Future of the Press

Two weeks ago, ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper wrote in his “Political Punch” blog that the Obama White House has begun covering its own stories, “complete with cuts, interviews and chyrons identifying who's speaking.”

‘Obama committed to ejecting Jews from Judea-Samaria,’ says Abbas

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday told reporters in Cairo that he is convinced that US President Barack Obama is firmly committed to finally ejecting the Jews from Judea and Samaria.

Republicans Begin to Find Voice on Racial Aspects of Sotomayor Nomination

Republican senators are starting to figure out how they will navigate the racial aspects of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, showing Sunday that they won't be tongue-tied when it comes to the politically tricky subject.

Greens miffed at Obama's mining moves

Environmentalists say they are alarmed at the large percentage of mountaintop-removal coal projects approved by the Obama administration.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Teleprompter

We are on the brink of ‘man-caused disaster.’

White House moves to restrict criticism of stimulus projects

A new White House policy on permissible lobbying on economic recovery and stimulus projects has taken a decidedly anti-First Amendment turn. It's a classic illustration of Big Government trying to control every aspect of a particular activity and in the process running up against civil liberty.

Vote at your own risk? DOJ Dismisses Charges Against Black Panthers

Election Journal first broke the story on November 4th (here, here) about these uniformed, baton swinging thugs intimidating voters at a polling place in Philadelphia while hurling racial threats and insults at both black and white voters.

Career lawyers overruled on voting case

Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Loose cannon gives Obama a lesson

THERE has been a battle of wills between North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il and US President Barack Obama. So far, Kim has won.

The truth about ObamACORN

They thought it would go away. They were wrong. Obama and the Left thought ACORN’s scandalous racket was a dead issue. But whistleblowers, investigative bloggers, and talk radio continue to press for transparency and taxpayer accountability.

Obama tries to deflect criticism from Sotomayor

President Barack Obama on Friday personally sought to deflect criticism about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who finds herself under intensifying scrutiny for saying in 2001 that a female Hispanic judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge.

American capitalism gone with a whimper

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

Shelby assails large gov't role in General Motors

Sen. Richard Shelby said Friday the government should have allowed the marketplace to decide General Motors' fate and that the huge federal stake in the company puts Washington on "the road to socialism."

Obama Offers Prime Posts to Those Who Helped Bankroll Campaign

Louis Susman has one thing in common with many of his predecessors nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom: money.

President's Business Ties That Bind

The White House is trying to rev up the economy, pass a big health-care overhaul and change the nation's energy profile. That's pretty obvious. Less obvious but highly intriguing is how, in the process, Team Obama also is trying to create a new and durable Democratic coalition with friendly segments of the business community.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why is the Obama Justice Department protecting New Black Panthers?

According to a legal source familiar with DOJ procedures, dismissing a lawsuit won by default is unheard of.

Obama will host next G-20 summit - In Pittsburgh

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs just announced that the next G-20 summit will be Sept. 24 and 25 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Left Out of D-Day Events, Queen Elizabeth Is Fuming

Indeed, she is decidedly displeased, angry even, that she was not invited to join President Obama and France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, next week at commemorations of the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy...

Obama says health care a must this year _ or never

President Barack Obama warned Thursday that if Congress doesn't deliver health care legislation by the end of the year the opportunity will be lost, a plea to political supporters to pressure lawmakers to act.

Furor grows over partisan car dealer closings

Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted for closing Chrysler dealers who contributed to Repubicans.

Presidential Fundraising Trips Leave Taxpayers With Hefty Tab

President Obama left Tuesday for a two-day fundraising tour in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The Democratic National Committee is expected to pick up part of the cost, but if history is any gauge, taxpayers will pick up most of the tab.

"Dealergate" - rumors surface that Obama shut down Chrysler dealerships based on politics

Dealergate - alternate media diggs through Chrysler franchise mess :more

Unreal. After Weeding Out Dealers Chrysler Looking To Open New Dealerships :more

Mapping the Chrysler Closures :more

Stats demonstrate that Chrysler Dealers likely shuttered on a partisan basis :more

Additional Research Shows Closing Bias :more

Dealergate and the MSM :more

Chrysler Dealership Campaign Donation Information :more

DEALERGATE — looking big :more

America's Mugabe and Dealergate :more

McCaskill, Bond ask car czar for details about closing dealerships :more

A look at the protected Chrysler dealerships :more

Let's paint our roofs in camouflage colors

If painting roofs white will help us fight the global warming and lower our energy bill, even after cap and trade taxes, why don't we paint them in camouflage colors first so the North Korean missiles can't find us? Just as long as our president is busy with more pressing issues like found raising. Then, if we can't talk them to death, we just wish them good luck finding us.

Who is minding the store???

While president Obama is on fund raising tour and giving himself praises who is minding the store? Joe Biden? He broke the teleprompter. So it can't be him. Does Obama even know that we are on the brink of the war with North Korea?

Antiwar protesters criticize President Obama during visit

About 40 antiwar protesters were holding a peaceful but noisy demonstration near the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where President Obama is holding a fundraiser. They demanded the release of torture photos and the prosecution of Bush-era officials for war crimes.

Gay rights demonstrators call on Obama to abolish 'don't ask, don't tell'

Chanting and carrying flags, gay rights advocates called on President Obama tonight to more aggressively pursue equal rights for all Americans as they demonstrated outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the president was attending a fundraiser.

Obama Rings Up Cash Among the Stars

The state budget may be severely overdrawn, but the California political A.T.M. seems to be working just fine.

President Obama touts early progress

President Obama offered a laudatory assessment Wednesday night of his early days in office, suggesting the worst of the economic crisis has passed and Americans have regained some of their old confidence.

Obama drops into California for political money

President Barack Obama painted an upbeat vision of the economy Wednesday as he addressed Californians who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid Democratic campaigns in other states.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Payback is a b...

When Biden's teleprompter failed, he said:
"What am I going to tell the president? Tell him his teleprompter is broken? What will he do then?"
Was it a payback for a joke about Biden sticking to the teleprompter told by Obama???


N. Korea Warns of Strike Against S. Korea, U.S.. North Korea launched a tirade Wednesday against world powers threatening to punish it for conducting its second nuclear test, saying it is not afraid of sanctions and calling South Korea's decision to join an operation to prevent the spread of weapons a declaration of war.

U.S. Likely Taking Majority Ownership of GM

Automaker expected to announce that only a small fraction of the holders of its $27 billion in bonds agreed to swap that unsecured debt for a 10 percent equity share of a recapitalized GM.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Obama Picks Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court

President Obama this morning announced that U.S. appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York is his pick to replace retiring justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court, White House officials said.

Obama Set to Create A Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate

President Obama is expected to announce late this week that he will create a "cyber czar," a senior White House official who will have broad authority to develop strategy to protect the nation's government-run and private computer networks, according to people who have been briefed on the plan.

Corruption and the Obamas

Barack Obama may have been a product of the cesspool of Chicago politics, but political corruption ultimately may have saved him from financial ruin caused by his own financial fecklessness.

Obama ducks promise to delay bill signings

It seemed among the easiest of his transparency pledges and is entirely under his control, but President Obama is finagling his promise to post bills on the White House Web site for comment for five days before he signs them.

Obama’s Confederate Memorial the Right Move to Make

President Obama sent a wreath to the Confederate memorial at Arlington cemetery during the memorial services to recognize the sacrifices and service of the members of our armed forces this week.

Obama administration was "relatively relaxed" on N.K.

MAY 20, 2009: Despite Kim Jong Il's explicit threats of another nuclear test, U.S. Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth said last week that the Obama administration is "relatively relaxed" and that "there is not a sense of crisis." They're certainly smiling in Pyongyang.

Obama and the 'South Park' Gnomes

Sometimes it takes "South Park" to explain life's deeper mysteries. Like the logic of the Obama administration's policy proposals.

Dick Cheney's Second Act

By goading a sitting president into responding to his arguments on his terms, Dick Cheney won the contest with Barack Obama last week before either said a word. And his re-emergence onto the public square seems to be driving everybody nuts.

New Rules on Stem Cells Threaten Current Research

When President Obama lifted restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research in March, many scientists hailed the move as a long-awaited boost for one of the most promising fields of medical research.

British banks revolt against Obama tax plan

British banks and stockbrokers may refuse to take on American clients if new international tax proposals outlined by President Obama are passed.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Obama: North Korean nuclear test 'a grave threat'

President Obama castigated the North Korean government Monday for conducting a second nuclear bomb test in defiance of multiple international warnings.

Michelle paints herself as the queen of arts

The heads of New York’s most prestigious cultural institutions are in no doubt that she intends to play an active policy-making role in the arts world after they were summoned to meet her last week.

Netanyahu defies Obama on Israeli settlement freeze

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rebuffed U.S. calls to impose a freeze on all settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, setting the stage for friction with President Barack Obama.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Rolling Thunder not expecting Obama greeting

The last time Rolling Thunder roared into Washington, the president welcomed the riders in the White House driveway with a smile on his face and heartfelt personal greeting. This year, maybe not.

Some Obama Enemies Are Made Totally of Straw

Democrats often complained about President George W. Bush’s frequent use of a rhetorical device as old as rhetoric itself: creating the illusion of refuting an opponent’s argument by mischaracterizing it and then knocking down that mischaracterization.

Obama names US space agency head

President Barack Obama has chosen retired astronaut Charles Bolden to lead Nasa, ending months of speculation over who would lead the space agency.

Obama plans 'leaner' car industry

President Barack Obama says he hopes US carmakers will come out "leaner and meaner" from their financial troubles.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Obama Pays Memorial Day Weekend Tribute to US Military

As Americans prepare to honor the nation's war dead on the Memorial Day weekend, President Barack Obama says he will do all he can to support members of the U.S. military and their families.

The 10 punches Dick Cheney landed on Barack Obama's jaw

...the very fact that Obama chose to schedule his speech (Cheney's was announced first) at exactly the same time as the former veep was a sign of some weakness.

Upholding values will shield US from terror: Obama

President Barack Obama Friday warned America risked its security when it compromised its values, seeking support for his bid to sketch a new legal framework for anti-terror policies.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Conflicting Views on Terror Fight Get Capitol Airing

President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney squared off in contentious, back-to-back addresses over the Bush era's terrorism policies, starkly dramatizing the wide divide on how best to safeguard America while protecting its rights and traditions.

Obama, Cheney Lay Out Views On Post-9/11 Policies

Most national media outlets are combining their coverage of yesterday's speeches by President Obama and Dick Cheney into a single story, casting the speeches as a showdown of sorts between Obama and the former vice president.

Obama's crock

In his speech at the National Archives yesterday, Barack Obama gave a full-throated, campaign-style version of the left-wing critique of the Bush administration's national security policies. As John pointed out in his excellent dueling speeches series of posts, the speech cannot withstand serious scrutiny. It is a crock.

Obama: We must never compromise our cherished values, unless it’s really important

In a nutshell: We must look forward while also remembering that everything is Bush’s fault, and we must not abandon our core ideals unless doing so would make things too difficult for The One.

Sobbing Kindergarteners Snubbed for Steelers?

Kids locked out of White House; officials say they were too late - 10 (ten) minutes.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Obama Is Said to Consider Preventive Detention Plan

President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried...

Obama OKs nuclear deal with United Arab Emirates

President Barack Obama agreed Wednesday to share US nuclear power technology with the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, giving his consent to a deal signed in the final days of George W. Bush's administration.

Obama tries to ease concerns over Guantanamo

President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to quell a domestic backlash against his efforts to close the internationally condemned U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay and roll back some of the most divisive Bush-era anti-terrorism policies.

President Obama: U.S. 'went off course' fighting terror

President Barack Obama declared defiantly Thursday that the U.S. "went off course" in fighting terrorism over the past eight years, and said his policies will "better protect" the country against al Qaeda.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

RNC Chairman Urges Stronger Attacks on Obama

Seeking to reassert himself as a party leader, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele yesterday implored GOP members to stop "navel gazing" and sharply attack President Obama.

Obama at the Auto Buffet

Detroit is dependent on Washington loans for survival. The industry's lobbyists and its congressional allies have collapsed in a heap, offering no resistance. So why not go for broke? If you're alone in front of the shrimp buffet, why not eat all the shrimp...

Obama Announces New Fuel Economy Standards

President Obama announced tough new rules Tuesday for fuel efficiency and emissions in the U.S. auto industry, calling for a national standard that all automakers would have to meet.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

President Obama refuses to meet with Governor Gibbons about tourism comments

The Office of Governor Jim Gibbons was notified today that President Barack Obama has refused to meet with the Governor and key business leaders from Nevada.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Barack Obama attempts to ward off disastrous military air strike on ‘nuclear’ Tehran

President Obama will seek today to persuade the hawkish Israeli Prime Minister that the White House’s recent overtures to Iran should be given time to work and that an Israeli military strike against Tehran could trigger disaster.

Obama calls for understanding in Notre Dame speech

President Barack Obama strode head-on Sunday into the stormy abortion debate and told graduates at America's leading Roman Catholic university that both sides must stop demonizing one another.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Obama Won't Rule Out More Troops for Afghanistan

President in magazine interview does not rule out the possibility of sending even more troops to Afghanistan, while stressing such a decision was premature at this point.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Obama’s Competence Gap

We’ve heard the cliché: there is a difference between campaigning and governing. But in the last few weeks the contrast between the two could not have been more stark.

President Obama Aims to Chart His Own Course

Through much of last year's campaign, President Obama enjoyed the acclaim of a politician who seemed adept at making himself all things to almost all people.

Reports detail Obama's new book deal

...forms show that Obama in January struck a $500,000 advance deal with Crown Publishing Group for an abridged version of his best-seller, "Dreams From My Father," aimed at "middle grade or young adult readers." When the book comes out, Obama will rack up more in royalties: 15% of the hardcover sales price and 10% of the paperback price.

WSJ: Gov't pressuring Bank of America board change

The story in The Wall Street Journal called the regulators' move "unusual" as the government does not own a stake in the company, and most of the bank's problems are the result of its purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co., which was advised by regulators.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Obama's barbed words worry corporate world

Relations between President Barack Obama and U.S. corporate leaders have grown tense in recent weeks, with business groups bristling over his sharp rebukes of lenders and multinational companies in particular.

Obama 'to revive military trials'

US President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Friday that he is reviving military trials for some of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Obama Says U.S. Long-Term Debt Load ‘Unsustainable’

President Barack Obama, calling current deficit spending “unsustainable,” warned of skyrocketing interest rates for consumers if the U.S. continues to finance government by borrowing from other countries.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Obama Moves to Bar Release of Detainee Abuse Photos

President Obama said Wednesday that he would fight to prevent the release of photographs documenting abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan by United States military personnel, reversing his position on the issue after commanders warned that the images could set off a deadly backlash against American troops.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Obama Opposes Releasing Photos of U.S. Detainee Abuse

President Obama has decided to not release the photos which the Pentagon had planned to release by May 28 in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

White House memo challenges EPA finding on warming

An Environmental Protection Agency proposal that could lead to regulating the gases blamed for global warming will prove costly for factories, small businesses and other institutions, according to a White House document. The nine-page memo, released Tuesday by Republican senators, is a compilation of opinions made by numerous federal agencies prior to the EPA determining in April that greenhouse gases pose dangers to public health and welfare.

Chrysler and the Rule of Law

While the rest of the world in 1787 was governed by the whims of kings and dukes, the U.S. Constitution was established to circumscribe arbitrary government power.

U.S. Eyes Bank Pay Overhaul

The Obama administration has begun serious talks about how it can change compensation practices across the financial-services industry, including at companies that did not receive federal bailout money, according to people familiar with the matter.

Cheney Emerges as Defender-in-Chief for Bush Years, Says He Won't 'Roll Over'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has taken an aggressive approach to his post-administration life, holding on to the spotlight in order to defend the Bush administration against criticism from the party in power.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Some Notre Dame Seniors Say No to Graduation

Because of President Obama's appearance and speech at Notre Dame this Sunday, some seniors will not attend their own graduation ceremony and instead join a University prayer service on the grounds at Notre Dame.

Obama plans Las Vegas getaway to help Harry Reid get big money

...in politics these days you can never have too much money, as someone showed last fall by raising $750 million, which is even more than those outrageous AIG bonuses. Now Happy Harry's bringing in Bette. And Sheryl. And some guy named Barack.

Obama Halves Chrysler's Planned Marketing Budget

Chrysler wanted to spend $134 million in advertising over the nine weeks it's expected to be in bankruptcy -- the U.S. Treasury's auto-industry task force gave it half that.

Obama, Health Industry Pledge to Cut Health Spending Growth by $2 Trillion

Hoping to sell a health care reform package to Congress by the end of the year, President Barack Obama pledged that with the help of other “stakeholders” in the health care industry, the growth of costs can be cut by $2 trillion by 2019.

Deficits soar even with rosy assumptions in new Obama budget

The White House on Monday projected 2009 and 2010 federal budget deficits far higher than it forecast just two and a half months ago, even as it continued to defy most experts and predict that the economy is headed for a strong comeback starting late this year.

PRUDEN: Even a messiah loses his training wheels

Disconnecting the training wheels is a scary prospect for every apprentice biker, even with Daddy standing close by. We can sympathize with Barack Obama's fright as his moment approaches. It's not easy suddenly being on your own, paying the price of falling with your own skinned knees and bruised elbows.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Lady Justice's blindfold

Time and again, Obama has called for judges who do not put their private political views aside when deciding cases. If Obama means what he says, he wants judges who will violate their oath of office.

Obama says healthcare overhaul could save U.S. trillions

President Barack Obama will aim on Monday to build support for a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. health care system by highlighting a drive for greater efficiency he predicts could save trillions of dollars.

Obama more popular among Arabs than U.S.

resident Barack Obama's popularity in leading Arab countries far outstrips that of the United States, suggesting he could be able to boost goodwill in the region toward his country, a survey showed on Sunday.

Not funny: Barack Obama laughs at Wanda Sykes "joke" about wanting Rush Limbaugh dead

What was Wanda Sykes thinking? Perhaps more to the point, what was President Barack Obama thinking when he laughed and smiled as the comedienne wished Rush Limbaugh dead?

Cheney: Obama endangers the nation

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday continued his verbal attack against President Obama, saying that the country is more vulnerable to a potential terrorist attack since the Obama administration took power.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Barack Obama's rich supporters fear his tax plans show he's a class warrior

Some of Barack Obama's richest supporters fear they have elected a "class warrior" to the White House, who will turn America's freewheeling capitalism into a more regulated European system.

Vatican Is Silent on Furor Over Obama, Notre Dame

Ever since the University of Notre Dame announced that President Obama would receive an honorary degree and speak at this year's commencement ceremony, the critics -- including about one-fifth of America's bishops -- have been laying on the heat.

Obama wants to ease rules on aid to jobless

President Obama said he wants to make it easier for people to collect unemployment benefits while they go to school or retrain for jobs, promising to "lay a new foundation for our economic growth by investing in our citizens."

Obama to Travel to Egypt, Give Speech to Muslim World

U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver his long-anticipated speech to the Islamic world on June 4 in Egypt. VOA's Paula Wolfson reports it is part of an ongoing effort by the new administration to ease tensions between the United States and Muslims.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Battered Hedge Fund Managers' Syndrome

Greed is good — until it gets in the way of a union-friendly restructuring deal. President Obama, generous recipient of Wall Street largesse, angrily derided a group of hedge fund managers this week as "speculators."

Archbishop Slams Obama Appearance at Notre Dame, Administration's Abortion Policies

One of the Vatican's highest ranked clerics and a frequent critic of President Obama says Notre Dame's giving the president an honorary degree and a platform to address graduates at its commencement next weekend is a "scandal."

Obama budget nixes aid for jailing illegal immigrants

President Obama voted in the Senate to provide additional funding for a program targeted for elimination by his budget that provides states a federal subsidy to offset the costs of jailing illegal immigrants.

Obama and the 9/11 Families

The president isn't sincere about 'swift and certain' justice for terrorists.

U.S. threatens to rescind stimulus money over wage cuts

The Obama administration threatens to rescind billions in stimulus money if Gov. Schwarzenegger and lawmakers do not restore wage cuts to unionized home healthcare workers.

Democrats Assail Obama's Hit List

President Obama's modest proposal to slice $17 billion from 121 government programs quickly ran into a buzz saw of opposition on Capitol Hill yesterday, as an array of Democratic lawmakers vowed to fight White House efforts to deprive their favorite initiatives of federal funds.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Obama Slashes Union Enforcement Budget

President Obama today unveiled a paltry $17 billion in cuts to the $3.4 trillion federal budget, about half of which will come out of defense spending. But buried in the budget documents released by the White House today is a 9 percent cut in the unit of the Department of Labor that is in charge of regulating unions.

Obama plans cuts totaling $17 billion

President Obama plans to present a fiscal 2010 budget today full of details on his plans to save as much as $17 billion by cutting, and in some cases ending, 121 government programs.

Obama pressed to engage on gay issues

Activists urge action on same-sex marriage, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ rule

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Details thin on stimulus contracts

Although President Obama has vowed that citizens will be able to track "every dime" of the $787 billion stimulus bill, a government website dedicated to the spending won't have details on contracts and grants until October and may not be complete until next spring.

Obama tones down National Day of Prayer observance

For the past eight years, the White House recognized the National Day of Prayer with a service in the East Room, but this year, President Obama decided against holding a public ceremony.

Obama Proposes Extending D.C. Voucher Program

President Obama will seek to extend the controversial D.C. school voucher program until all 1,716 participants have graduated from high school, although no new students will be accepted, according to an administration official who has reviewed budget details scheduled for release tomorrow.

Obama to force Israel to give up nukes?

The Washington Times reports that Barack Obama may counter demands from Israel to confront Iran over their nuclear program by confronting Israel over theirs.

Hedge Fund Leader Blasts Obama for "Bullying" and "Abuse of Power"

Cliff Asness, whose firm manages some $20 billion of assets, has written an open letter blasting President Obama for his attack on the hedge fund industry in the wake of the Chrysler bankruptcy.

Parts of Obama's Green Energy Plan Fuel Discontent Among Environmentalists

Some environmentalists, who have successfully fought a wind farm on the border of Oregon and Washington, are trying to block a massive solar plant in the Mojave desert.

New Allegations Of White House Threats Over Chrysler

Creditors to Chrysler describe negotiations with the company and the Obama administration as "a farce," saying the administration was bent on forcing their hands using hardball tactics and threats.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Barack Obama hints at tougher line on Israel

The Obama Administration has signalled a tougher approach towards Israel ahead of fresh talks on the Middle East peace process by insisting it must endorse the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

Bipartisan Group Introduces Climate Change Bill as Talks Stall Between Obama, Dems

Talks stalled Tuesday between President Obama and Democratic lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee over the president's controversial energy legislation that opponents say hurts fossil fuel-producing states, harms businesses and results in a tax on consumers.

"Why Sir? Why???" (last words on this video)

Reason TV on how Obama killed the D.C. vouchers program.

Geithner to crack down on tax cheats? Bwahahaha

It’s just too good to pass up. The best part is they say it with a straight face. The president said he intends to close loopholes that actually were put in place during the Clinton administration to allow companies to compete more effectively overseas.

Our Genius President: 'Happy Cuatro de Cinco!'

I like to note these little incidents when they happen, not because I think it makes Obama an idiot because he occasionally stumbles over his words, but because his somewhat overblown reputation as the most cerebral, eloquent, utterly erudite president of all time could really use a pricking every now and then.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Obama Rebuffed on Funds to Close Guantanamo

Top House Democrats raised tensions with the White House on a key foreign policy goal, rebuffing a request for funding to begin closing the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

White House Unveils Plans To Fight Individual Tax Evasion

U.S. President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass a law that would change the legal standard that applies in disputes between the Internal Revenue Service and some foreign banks over whether the bank is helping U.S. taxpayers to hide assets.

Obama Wants $190 Billion Tax Increase on Companies

President Barack Obama proposed to raise about $190 billion over the next decade by outlawing three offshore tax-avoidance techniques used by U.S. companies such as Caterpillar Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. He also would make it riskier for Americans to stash money in tax-haven banks.

Newt Gingrich: Obama's policy on Iran is a 'fantasy'

Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Sunday blasted the Obama administration for setting itself on a collision course with Israel and endangering the Jewish state.

Presidents Don't Prosecute Their Predecessors

In the span of 220 years there have been 43 changes of presidents, and always this rule, never written but never broken, has prevailed: Presidents let their predecessors be judged by the merciless jury of history, not by the temporal verdicts of courts.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Obama: Wall Street will play less dominant role

Wall Street is not going to play as dominant a role in the economy as regulations reduce "some of the massive leveraging and the massive risk-taking that had become so common," President Barack Obama says.

Chrysler’s Fall May Help Administration Reshape G.M.

Fresh from pushing Chrysler into bankruptcy, President Obama and his economic team are hoping that the hard line they took last week gives them leverage to force huge changes in General Motors, a far larger and more complex company.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Obama uses WH press corps as threat against Chrysler investors

An attorney representing several Chrysler bondholders accused the Obama administration of intimidating his clients by issuing threats of public humiliation if they opposed their brokered deal to resolve the automaker’s debts.

Union Takes Rare Front Seat in Chrysler Deal

Bankruptcy for the United Automobile Workers union, Chrysler’s Chapter 11 case, which began in New York on Friday, could turn out to be — if the company survives and thrives — the Cadillac of bankruptcies.

Unions Prevail Over Wall Street in Chrysler Deal

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA BLAMED CHRYSLER'S BANKRUPTCY on "speculators," but the real problem was that the government's plan gave too much to the auto maker's unions and not enough to creditors.

Critics Say Obama's Torture Ban Undermines Vow to Protect America

Obama has argued that any intelligence gained by methods his administration deems torture could have been obtained instead by methods that don't violate American principles ideals.

Obama calls 'empathy' key to Supreme Court pick

Interest groups are already lobbying for a woman, minority or solid liberal to succeed Justice David Souter. Obama says he puts empathy, intelligence and independence before ideology.

President Obama To Visit 'American Idol'?

The "American Idol" contestants have enough pressure dealing with the critiques of Randy, Kara, Paula and Simon – and if "Idol's" harshest judge gets his way, they'll be performing for President Obama.

Obama revelling in U.S. power unseen in decades

Barack Obama is revelling in presidential power and influence unseen in Washington for decades. Barely 100 days in office, the U.S. president and his Democratic Party have firm control over the White House and Congress and the ability to push through ambitious plans.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Obama's High Approval Ratings Won't Last

When the Obama administration crashes and burns, with approval ratings that fall through the floor, political scientists can trace its demise to its first hundred days.

Obama's Italian Job

The attention in the troubled auto sector flipped from Detroit to DC yesterday where Obama announced a deal that would keep Chrysler alive by sending the car maker into bankruptcy protection and allowing the union to take control (via its retirement plans), while casting Italian automaker Fiat and the U.S. government as "junior partners."

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)