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Maybe Obama Should Take Up Painting

April 10, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

The left criticizes Obama over NSA surveillance, lack of action on climate change and immigration, and being too conciliatory with the big banks.

The right attacks him over expanding healthcare, pushing for fair wages and pay equity, defending contraception and not invading Russia.

A do-nothing Congress says Obama does too little. The media enjoys declaring him a lame duck already. The American public isn't sure what to make of him.

In a time when more Americans have healthcare, we're choosing diplomacy over unnecessary war and our limping economy isn't toppling completely, we are treated to stories of George W Bush's paintings.

A glowing media celebration of the man who recklessly led us into a disastrous war, crashed our economy and tanked our reputation. Maybe Obama should take up painting?

Some ex-Presidents build houses for the needy, some focus on global poverty and climate change. Some just keep misunderestimating their potential.

Much to talk about, to toast and to torpedo so trade tales as you toss back a tumbler or two at your local progressive social club.    Read more

Party Leadership Message War Via Twitter

April 2, 2014 by Andrew17

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

This morning I took a look at the different tweets from the party leadership (Democrats and Republicans). You will notice something very interesting about Mitch Mcconnell's tweet. He doesn't mention Healthcare. Why is that?

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Obama Time, Overtime or Out Of Time?

March 13, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

The Prez pushes overtime pay for more Americans as he realizes he may be running out of time to address growing inequality in our country.

He and Putin stake out a stand-off in Ukraine, but as Crimea rushes a Russian vote, will there be a solution in time before this stalemate goes into overtime?

As the countdown winds down on enrollment, Obama plugs Obamacare here, there, everywhere, hoping the roll-out can eek out a victory at the buzzer.

The President is working overtime, hoping this month can be Obama Time before he finds himself, and all of us, out of time.

Toast his highs or roast his lows as you share a pint and an opinion or two at your local progressive social club.

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Russians Rush In. Europe, You're Up.

March 6, 2014 by Living Liberally

Russians, Russia, Europe, Germany, Ukrainian

After upheaval upends Ukrainian government, Putin's put in a new position, Russians rush in and if you think we are jumping to conclusions you can Crimea river...

Kerry carries on talks, Merkel's murky about actions, McCain's manic, Graham's self-aggrandized while Obama's having long talks with Putin about as constructive as conversations with Congress.

And as we wonder what Putin wants, what Obama will do, where the EU will stand, let's hope we remember to ask the Ukrainians how they'd like to see their own country governed.

The Olympics showcased the world coming together in peace, friendship and healthy competition. Now, Russia has taken its ball and gone home…maybe we should have let them win at ice hockey after all.

It's cold out there, but our company is warm, our conversation cozy and our ideas on fire as you share a drink and what you think at your local progressive social club.

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Republican Michael Grimm Threatens to Break Report in half (Video)

January 29, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) got in a reporter's face and reportedly threatened him after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Washington Has Joined The Jersey Bridge-and-Tunnel Crowd

January 16, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Chris Christie's not the only one with a bridge to sell you: in Washington, some argue the NSA never went to far, that Food Stamps promote a culture of dependency and that we'll get better internet without net neutrality.

Christie's tactics may seem straight out of the Sopranos, but it is Obama strong-arming an abusive trade treaty, the House GOP gunning down unemployment relief and a Florida man shooting a movie theater texter.

There is something rotten in the Garden State, but also something poisonous in our nation's capital, where a push for Iran sanctions outweigh calls for talks and where a mediocre spending bill is called a victory.

Christie may be making national headlines, turning bridges into jams and tunneling himself deeper, but it seems that DC is now playing by Jersey rules and all Washington has jointed the Bridge-and-Tunnel crowd.

Laugh at the absurdity or cry at the insanity -- with a drink in hand and good company at your side at your local progressive social club.

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Did Hell Just Freeze Over?

January 9, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

As America shivered through a historic freeze, Obama warmed up the discussion of poverty, the Senate passed unemployment benefits and debate shifted from austerity to inequality.

While record lows chilled much of the country, there was a spark of hope on intelligence reform, Affordable Care sign-ups heated up and new allies called to let Snowden thaw out.

And in NJ, the GOP's most popular candidate may have to put his 2016 plans on ice as his national ambitions seem a bridge too far.

Politics has never been believably pretty, but in the Garden State, Did Hell Just Freeze Over? it's unbelievably petty.

Maybe the polar vortex caused hell to freeze over: we're witnessing events we had never expected, and a few conservatives stuck out in the cold.

Warm company, hot topics and cool beers will turn a winter night into a winner night at your local progressive social club.

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From Endured To Insured, Though Not Yet Assured

January 2, 2014 by Living Liberally

We survived a year of stalemate and shutdowns, shouting matches, sideshows and sh*t-storms, and somehow, despite setbacks and silliness, millions of Americans begin the new year insured.

We made it through bogus budget battles, callous compromises, cave-ins and calls for cuts, to a new year that starts with new rhetoric: a President, Pope & nation talking about inequality.

We stumbled through saber-rattling with Syria, and slogged through Snowden's NSA surprises to a January that finds us in fewer wars than a year before and fresh force for reforms in our intelligence operations.

2013 was a year we endured. Will 2014 see more Americans insured, our privacy ensured and our safety net assured? We can hope and work, but we can never be sure.

Show of up for a sure bet of socializing and sipping as we share New Year's resolutions and revels at your local progressive social club.

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Crystal Ball Musings for 2014

December 27, 2013 by Maureen Andrade

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

What will happen in 2014? Will the Tea Party finally gasp its last breath in the midterm elections? Will the GOP find its conscious? Will President Obama be vindicated in health care reform and other policies and positions? What will the next wave of big stories be?  Really, I don’t know, but here are my best guesses:

Firstly, I think the midterm elections will be a Saturday night-Sunday morning moment for the GOP. Hung over and still slightly drunk from the intoxication of hatred and fear served up by the Tea Party for five years, the GOP will swear off the hard stuff. The county I live in happens to be an eerily accurate reflection of the national political mood, being deeply purple, and in 2013 our off year elections showed a renewed interest in the middle way. The local Tea Party lost a noticeable amount of ground in city and county races. I think in 2014, we will see this trend out nationally.    Read more

NSA Task Force Recommations - File Attached

December 18, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

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President Obama’s National Security Agency task force offered some major reforms for the beleaguered National Security Agency (NSA). Download the full report now. 
Do you think these recommendations will help?

McCain’s comparison of Obama to a Hitler appeaser was

December 11, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday compared President Obama’s handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro to Neville Chamberlain shaking hands with Adolph Hitler.

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Fed publicizes plans for additional economic stimulation

December 6, 2013 by hemlock

The Federal Reserve said that it arranged the choice of more economic easing following the release of August's poor jobs report. Those efforts have been formulated, and were publicized on Thurs. Article resource: Fed Economic Stimuls
 

Drive down borrowing expenses

The Federal Reserve has decided it is necessary to drive down borrowing expenses even more after a two-day meeting with the policy committee. The Federal Reserve explained that it will spend $40 each month on mortgage backed securities to do this. This will be a 3rd round of “quantitative reason.”

Short term interest rates will stay at historic lows for six months longer than they used to until the end of 2015. The Federal bank has publicized this change in policy.

In 2013 and 2014, the Federal Reserve lowered its growth outlook for 2012 from 2.4 percent to 2 percent. By 2014, the unemployment rate is anticipated to decrease from 8.1 percent to 6.7 percent too.

Stock market rallies following announcement    Read more

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