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Memo to GOP budget chairmen: National debt will explode under your presidential candidates

Among the lesser-known facts of the Obama presidency is this: inflation-adjusted federal spending is lower now than when Barack Obama first took the oath of office. Nevertheless, after seven years of flat-spending and declining deficits,...Show More Summary

North Dakota Newspaper Editor: Obama Going For “Killing Blow” Against The Oil Industry

This video commentary by Dickinson Press editor Dustin Monke is pretty great. In it he addresses President Barack Obama’s proposed $10 per-barrel tax on oil production (which, as I’ve pointed out previously, would amount to about a $4.2 billion tax on North Dakota based on current production levels), something he calls an attempted “killing blow”...

Happy Hour Roundup

Something tells me Bernie Sanders is going to bring this up at some point: The Democratic National Committee has rolled back restrictions introduced by presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 that banned donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees. The decision was viewed with disappointment Friday morning by good government activists who saw […]

Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC

DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama's legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Prominent black leaders echoed the theme —...Show More Summary

Let’s Watch Barack And Michelle Obama Make Goo Goo Sexes At Each Other In Public

The birds are chirping and the salmons are sexing (somewhere probably) and love is in the air! That’s because Sunday is Valentine’s Day, and OK yeah we get it, the holiday is total BS, a thing foisted on those who happen to be in love (or obligated to pretend they still are) by marketers and

'No Soup for You!' Hillary Clinton's New Message Denies Hope and Empowerment

While claiming the mantle of continuity with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton is in fact sending a message of impotence, inability to change and acceptance of the status quo. Her tone is gray, stern, highly reminiscent of Seinfeld's "The...Show More Summary

Black Democrats question Sanders' commitment to Obama

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders' push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama's legacy, arguing she is the rightful heir to the...Show More Summary

Setting a high standard for presidential support for science

No matter who wins, it'll be a long time before Americans see a president as pro-science as Barack Obama.

Behind the Curve: Obama (Again), and Some Republicans Too

The Guardian: Barack Obama is planning to make “a big, public reach-out” to British voters to stay inside the European Union, the chair of the US Senate foreign relations committee has revealed. The plan emerged amid fears in Washington...Show More Summary

President Obama: Will Let You Know When Humans Contact Aliens

The truth about extraterrestrial life isn’t known, and when it is, President Barack Obama will let you know. That is the message Mr. Obama had for six-year-old "presidential expert" Macey Hensley in an interview broadcast Friday. Interviewed by Ms. Hensley on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mr. Obama said humans haven’t contacted alien life.

Senate confirms nominees for State posts and ambassadorships

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed on Friday six of President Barack Obama's nominees for ambassadorships and senior positions at the State Department after GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ended his opposition. Cruz...Show More Summary

Ryan lays out budget options to divided House Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan is delivering a message to conservatives unhappy with last year's pact with President Barack Obama that boosted spending for the Pentagon and domestic agencies: The Wisconsin Republican said in a party...Show More Summary

House sends NKorea sanctions bill to president for signature

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Friday that hits North Korea with more stringent sanctions for refusing to stop its nuclear weapons program. Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Thursday...Show More Summary

Democratic Debate Focuses on Obama, Kissinger

President Barack Obama was the star of Thursday night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton didn't just stake her claim for Obama's mantle, she proved she's willing to brawl for it. Sanders, meanwhile, showed he's getting more comfortable being the liberal that liberals always hoped Obama was at heart.

Clinton, Sanders embrace Obama in debate

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred in a debate Thursday over who was closer to President Barack Obama, a critical icon as they vied for the support of the same coalition of voters that sent Obama to the White House. Locked in a surprisingly close race for the nomination, Clinton and Sanders grew [...]

Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Won The Debate With Sanders By Defending Barack Obama

As someone who has attended Bernie Sanders rallies and written about his impressive candidacy, I expected him to prevail in the Milwaukee debate. But Hillary Clinton prevailed by going to the mat for her former boss. Early in the debate, Vermont Senator Sanders took the early lead on Wall Street and Clinton's connections to that group. Show More Summary

LIVE STREAM: PBS/CNN Democratic Debate

I'm betting both candidates think Barack Obama knows what he's doing, without saying it three times, Rubio-style. Tonight's debate airs at 9 Eastern / 6 Pacific, and will be simulcast on CNN and NPR and streamed live on It will be moderated by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. Let us know what you're hearing and thinking. Debate Open Thread below...

Obama bequeaths praise legacy for federal employees in his final budget

In the last budget proposal of Barack Obama’s presidency, he bequeathed his workforce strong words of praise, even if he couldn’t leave them much money. The “Strengthening the Federal Workforce” section of the budget released Tuesday contains a paean to federal employees, lauding them for making administration policies a success. “In 2015 alone, Federal employees […]

Why Democrats should embrace fair maps amendment

Late in his speech Wednesday to the Illinois General Assembly, President Barack Obama alluded to one of my favorite philosophical principles when he raised the subject of laws that govern voting and political mapmaking. "If we were setting up a set of rules ahead of time, and you didn't know where...

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