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WATCH LIVE: President Obama to speak on Nelson Mandela’s death

President Barack Obama will deliver a live statement regarding the death on Thursday of South African activist and leader Nelson Mandela. Watch Obama’s remarks live via NBC News below. [Image via Agence France-Presse]…

All is not lost: Three reasons not to count President Obama out

The roll-out of the Affordable Care Act has hatched a spasm of obituaries for Obama’s second term, and more than a few for Liberalism as We Know It. That’s right, Error 404: Ideology Not Found. At best, pundits have surmised that Obama’s popularity will never recover. Comparisons between the implementation…

President Obama and First Lady visit fasting immigration activists

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited a group of activists on Friday who are fasting to protest inaction by the House of Representatives on immigration reform. According to the Associated Press, the protesters have foregone all food for 18 days, drinking only water. The president visited the…

Health-care price inflation is at its lowest rate in 50 years

President Obama makes a statement before the start of a meeting with representatives of health insurance companies in the White House in Washington Friday. (Evan Vucci/AP) Health care spending is growing at the slowest rate on record, and health-care…  …

U.S. food banks struggle to meet new demand caused by food stamp cuts

Across the country, food banks that were already struggling to feed the millions of U.S. citizens who need nutritional assistance are now bracing for a surge in demand for help as deep cuts in the food stamp program take effect. According to NBC News, one in seven Americans will be…

Obama administration denies he knew about Merkel spying as scandal spreads

Transatlantic tensions reached boiling point Monday as Washington sharply denied reports President Barack Obama knew US spies were tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but fresh allegations emerged of mass snooping in Spain. As outrage over secret US surveillance of leaders and average citizens mounted with a tide of new reports,…

Calling Someone Hitler Is Calling Someone Hitler No Matter How You Frame It

As hard it may be for conservative leaders to accept, there are some situations you just can’t lie your way out of. (See: Akin, Todd.) Sometimes there’s a single, solitary interpretation of an event and no amount of dissembling, deflection, or outright bullshit will convince people otherwise. (See: Republicans trying…

NSA staff pissed off at Obama: He isn’t sticking up for us

NSA Staff Whining That President Obama Isn’t Defending Them Enough (via Techdirt) Foreign Policy magazine has an article highlighting how NSA employees are pissed off that President Obama hasn’t been defending the NSA strongly enough these past few months. While many (including us) have been quite critical of President Obama’s…

Tea party leader: GOP passed ‘clean defund Obamacare’ and ‘clean delay Obamacare’ bills

Tea Party Express Chair Amy Kremer said on Tuesday that Republicans in the House of Representatives had passed “clean” government funding bills to “delay Obamacare” and “defund Obamacare.” As the government was entering the second week of a shutdown on Monday, President Barack Obama called on House Speaker John Boehner…

Ted Cruz’s strategy failed Republicans, but GOP still has leverage in the sequester

OK. Plan A didn’t quite work as advertised. Texas Senator Ted Cruz said that if the House Republican majority attached a “defunding” of Obamacare to the continuing resolution (CR) budget, he and his allies would force the Democratic majority in the Senate to pass same and coerce President Obama into…

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