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.
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Listen up Moderate Democrats and Far Right Republicans. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will never ever, ever be repealed. Why? Let me break it down! Right now 5 million people have signed up for healthcare insurance with the ACA. The prediction is 6 million will ultimately sign up by March 31st 2014. Before the next President is sworn in there will be two more enrollment periods in 2015 and 2016.
Assuming each enrollment period garners 40% of the total enrollment in 2014 (2.4 million per enrollment), which is a conservative number. That would put the total enrollment of the Affordable Care Act at roughly 10 million people as of March 31st 2016. Now assuming the Republicans pick up the House, Senate and Presidency in 2016; they wouldn't have the balls to take away 10 million healthcare policies from people. First the Insurance companies would have a super duper fit and image the 30s' ads. It would be way too easy to defeat any incursion into healthcare reform.
So please understand that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay forever! And yes GOP you lost!
Do you think the ACA will be rolled back if the Republicans take the House, Senate and Presidency?
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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CPAC 2014 is over, and the hard core rightists of our nation have had their fill of entertainment for another year. The convention also provided a week of really solid material for comedians like Jon Stewart, who had his audience snorting into its microbrew with his play-by-play of over-the-top CPAC moments. This back and forth between the unknowingly ridiculous right wing politicians and knowingly ridiculous left-leaning commentators still isn’t old for me, though after years of this it probably should be.
Relentlessly, the right ups the temperature on its rhetoric, creating frenzy around something with a lot of style and little substance. What real leaders do is identify problems, work on solutions in partnership with others, and implement policies that improve people’s lives. CPAC folks don’t do any of these things. They are like actors pretending to be leaders on a stage. The pontificators of conservative ideology are either really poor quality performance artists, or really good ones- I can’t decide which. Read more
This is pretty funny. Watch and enjoy
I have given a lot of thought of late about what is ailing our dysfunctional political system, and have come to the conclusion that it boils down to one significant thing: Ideology. Read more
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.
While another deep freeze engulfs the country, a deeper freeze permeates US diplomacy, as critics cast a chill on negotiations with Iran and create slippery conditions for Syria talks.
The weather shut down DC, but even if it hadn't, the GOP has effectively shut down congress closing down work on jobs, immigration, guns through distractions, deceptions and detours.
As icy roads snarl traffic as bad as Christie could, the President is caught in his own series of jams, gummed up over revelations of NSA wrongdoing, and road-raging to ram through a bad trade deal.
Americans know the current Polar Vortex will pass. Yet the Washington Polar Vortex has no end in site.
Warm up your soul, raise up your voice, lift up a pint to toast and talk, share and care, chat and cheers at your local progressive social club.
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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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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
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?
As the world marks the passing of a historic figure, a man who united through words and action, some critics decided that the real story is who the American President shook hands with.
As the world reflects on how apartheid ended, how a nation sought to heal, the global community's role and the lessons we could learn for today's challenges, a few lash out at Newt Gingrich for words of sympathy.
As the world remembers an aging, beloved leader who emerged from prison with a message of peace, too many of us forget the real struggle that came before: fierce, hard, at times violent and unapologetically radical.
Now - and onward - the world misses Nelson Mandela. Let's not also miss the point of his life and his impact.
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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.