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Obama speaking at Navy Yard shooting memorial: ‘Our tears are not enough … We are going to have to change’

President Obama said that change to America’s gun laws must come from public demand, because the political process alone isn’t sufficient, speaking Sunday during a memorial service in Washington, D.C. “Our tears are not enough,” Obama said. “Our words are not enough. We are going to have to change.” Part…

Government shutdown in sight as Republicans revolt over Obamacare

The House of Representatives doubled down Wednesday on a gamble to strip funding for “Obamacare” as part of a stop-gap budget, inching the US government closer to a shutdown. Congress has until September 30, the end of the fiscal year, to pass a temporary budget measure or see closures of…

Update: Larry Summers withdraws his name from Fed chairman consideration

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers withdrew his name from consideration as a nominee for the position of Federal Reserve Chairman today. Summers called President Obama on Sunday to withdraw his name. “I have reluctantly concluded that any possible confirmation process for me would be acrimonious and would not serve…

Maher mocks Republicans: Are they really against attacking Syria, or are they just ‘black-tracking’?

Bill Maher not only got a laugh out of Republican flip-flopping during President Barack Obama’s administration on Friday, but he shared a new word for it with his Real Time panelists. “It should be in the dictionary: ‘Black-track,’” Maher explained, defining it as, “The act of changing one’s mind because…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama addresses nation on prospect of attack on Syria

President Barack Obama is scheduled to address the issue of a possible U.S. military attack against Syria at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday. On Monday, Obama said in an interview with ABC News that Syria’s response to a Russian proposal to give up its chemical weapon stockpile was a “modestly…

Secretary of State John Kerry: End to Syria war must be political not military

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the solution to the Syrian conflict must be political not military but that air strikes were essential to stop the Assad regime from killing its own people with chemical weapons. “Let me be clear, the United States, President Obama, myself, others…

Bush neocon Dan Senor worries that Syria vote means that Congress won’t back Iran strike

Neoconservative Dan Senor, who worked to spin the Iraq war for the Bush administration, said on Sunday that he was worried that if Congress votes against military action in Syria then lawmakers may refuse to use military force against countries like Iran for the rest of President Barack Obama’s term.…

Obama says he learns what NSA is doing from the press, then goes to NSA for details

Ewan MacAskill calls out a rather astounding statement by President Obama during his most recent press conference in St. Petersburg at the G20 summit. The very last question, which I believe is asked by AFP reporter Tangi Quemener, asks President Obama…  …

Big coal takes on Obama’s new pollution limits

In June, President Obama announced his Climate Change Action Plan, which calls for cutting total U.S. carbon pollution by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. A key part of that effort is placing limits on the amount of CO2 emitted by power plants,…  …

Colbert: ‘If America was concerned with shooting people, we’d be invading Chicago’

Stephen Colbert returned from his two-week hiatus last night and opened with a cutting critique of John Oliver and his English accent, before moving on to criticize the Obama administration for its clumsy handling of the escalation of the war with Syria. “I don’t ‘sprechen sie Italiano,” he said, “but…

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