Recent events suggest that the 44th president may not be immune to the phenomenon that historians call the “second-term curse.”
Not four months after his ambitious inaugural address, President Obama finds himself struggling to move his legislative agenda through an unbudging Congress.
And over the past week, two flaring controversies — one over his administration’s handling of the killing of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya, the other over Internal Revenue [...]
CHICAGO — When she returns home here Wednesday to deliver a speech on gun violence, first lady Michelle Obama will be making a rare foray into the politics of the day that could presage a more activist role during her husband’s second term.
Obama is taking what aides described as an intentional step outside her narrow focus on military families and childhood nutrition to confront the dark reality of young people [...]
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN and DONOVAN SLACK |
7/11/12 6:29 PM EDT
President Obama had a “productive” and “enthusiastic” meeting with Democratic leaders from the House and Senate on Wednesday, a senior administration official said.
Neither the official nor the members in the room — including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid(D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — revealed any major developments from the afternoon session, just that it was another chance for a discussion of legislative priorities including the president’s call [...]
Radio said “Emergency Press Conference”.
T.V is saying “Unplanned Press Conference”.
WH just announced Pres Obama will make a statement on the economy and his legislative agenda for jobs at 1015am in the Briefing Room.
Obama to make statement on economy at 10:15 a.m
As a candidate, Barack Obama once endorsed a ban on handguns and favored restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms. So when gun owners heard of Operation Fast and Furious, many feared the worst.
Now, newly revealed emails suggest that if the gun-running operation didn’t start out with that intent, as administration officials insist, the program certainly led to discussions on new gun regulations.
“There’s a lot of talk that President [...]
By Travis Waldron, ThinkProgress
As ThinkProgress has reported, brothers Charles and David Koch and their corporate giant, Koch Industries, have played an extensive role in the corporate takeover of government, both at the state and federal level. This weekend, another of the Kochs’ projects surfaced in Texas, as the state’s Republican lawmakers rammed through a Koch-backed bill that would make it harder for consumers, workers, and [...]
LOUISVILLE, Ky. â€“ Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Saturday that President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda is “over,” but said GOP lawmakers are willing to work with the White House to do what they “think is right for America.”
In a speech Saturday night to a GOP crowd in his hometown, the Kentucky Republican derided Obama for performing “Clintonian back flips” to portray himself as a moderate, but [...]
“Senate Democrats have given up on their plan to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill in the face of unified Republican opposition.”
“Democrats will move instead to two high priorities on their legislative agenda: the DREAM Act, which would grant permanent legal residency to illegal immigrants under a certain age, and a repeal of the militaryâ€™s â€œDonâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tellâ€ policy.”
Sen. Jeff Session (R.-Ala.) told [...]