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Dick Cheney lies

At the bottom of a Mother Jones article covering a "behind-closed-doors talk" by former Vice President Dick Cheney -- in which he talked up (to applause) the idea of bombing Iran and whined that President Obama was too weak in the Middle East -- the……

Despite call for NSA reform, Obama still asking FISA court to renew bulk phone collection

Obama Still Asking FISA Court To Renew Bulk Phone Collection (via Techdirt) After President Obama announced his willingness to really end the bulk collection of phone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, Senator Patrick Leahy pointed out that the easiest way to do that was to simply not…

Republicans, In Full Anti-Obama Frenzy, Take A Swipe At National Parks

Good a time as any to indulge a little nostalgia for home. Can the knee-jerk hostility to anything President Obama does get any worse? It’s often fun to joke that Republicans would be against puppies and rainbows if Democrats were for it, but this comes awfully close to making that…

Obama and Putin engage in 90-minute phone call about Russia’s seizing of Crimea

President Obama spoke to Russia’s President Putin today for about 90 minutes, and told him that he’s violating international law with Russian troops leaving their bases in Crimea to seize control of the Ukraine territory. Both sides put out descriptions of the lengthy discussion. First, here’s the White House’s explanation…

Mexico turning coal plant into Latin America’s biggest solar farm

The Biggest Solar Farm In Latin America Will Replace An Old Coal Plant (via Clean Technica) Originally published on ThinkProgress. By Ari Phillips. Last week President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Mexico for what’s traditionally called the “Three Amigos” meeting. In the daylong rendezvous, energy issues were……

Obama to Afghan president: U.S. considering complete troop withdrawal

President Barack Obama told his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Tuesday he is now planning a full US troop withdrawal, but did not rule out a deal on a post-2014 mission with the next Kabul government. Obama told Karzai by telephone that, since the Afghan leader had refused to sign…

Chuck Schumer’s compromise: Enact immigration reform now, implement after Obama’s gone

U.S. immigration reforms could be passed now but enacted after President Barack Obama leaves office if Republicans fear he will not enforce the new rules, a key Democratic senator said Sunday, offering a way to achieve one of Obama’s main policy objectives. Last week, Republican House Speaker John Boehner expressed…

Republicans still falling behind in election data wars

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, many political strategists saw it as a triumph of the Obama team’s technological prowess, allowing it to identify likely Democratic voters and get them to the polls. It was a sore point…

President Obama, Bill O’Reilly spar in combative pre-Super Bowl interview

President Barack Obama and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly grew testy with one another in a 10-minute live interview aired Sunday ahead of the Super Bowl. Things began tense and remained so throughout, with O’Reilly asking Obama if telling Americans that they could keep their insurance if they liked it…

In 2013, the U.S. lost 30 people a day to gun violence. Obama shouldn’t let us forget

The president should be talking about guns (and gun control) a lot more. This goes way beyond horrific school shootings President Obama opened his remarks at McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee with a brief mourning of the death of a student there on Tuesday, the day of his State…

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