The secretary doesn’t agree with Obama’s team, especially Susan Rice, on how to deal with Egypt. Unfortunately for Rice, Kerry is the one on the ground—and he’s doing things his way.
Before Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent trip to Cairo, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told him to make strong statements in public and private about the trial of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. On his own, Kerry decided to disregard the White House’s instructions.The tension between the national security adviser and the secretary of state spilled over into public view in the past week, when Rice laid out her critical appraisal of the Egyptian government, which contradicted Kerry’s assessment that Egypt was “on the path to democracy.
Obama’s taken responsibility for HealthCare.gov and apologized to those who got cancellation notices. But he should never be sorry for passing a law to bring us affordable health care.
It’s true what they say: Barack Obama does not relish the game of politics. Don’t get me wrong—as the first president in more than five decades to win more than 51 percent of the vote twice, he understands how the game is played. The man knows how to read a poll, and he is certainly not immune to the very human disappointment one must feel when the numbers show that a majority of your fellow citizens personally disapprove of you and the job that you’re doing.
Millennials, a generation shaped by GOP failure, are predisposed to vote Democratic. But their faith in government has been ebbing—and if Obamacare isn’t fixed, they may well flee.
If Obamacare never gets fixed, it might just sour the single best relationship the Democratic Party has: its love affair with the young.To understand why, it’s important to understand the basic paradox of millennial politics. Millennials are the product of what Chris Hayes has called “the fail decade.” Because they came of age watching a Republican president fail massively in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and the financial crisis, millennials are predisposed to favor Democrats.
The campaign for president has already begun, and the New Jersey governor is in a dead heat with Hillary Clinton. Here’s how he can take the White House.
Governor Christie, on Election Day you won reelection by more than 20 points, and a Quinnipiac poll shows you in a dead heat with Hillary Rodham Clinton. Campaign 2016 starts now. If you are to win the Republican nomination and then remain viable, you must do three things. First, get a top notch tech team up and running, the sooner the better. Second, build bridges to Southern Republicans, who have yet to cotton to you. Third, lessen your tropism toward Wall Street.
We don't know whether relations with Iran will go toward peace or war, but the interim freeze again under negotiations this week holds little risk and much promise. Don't let the hawks on both sides kill it, writes Leslie H. Gelb.
No honest person can know whether the nuclear negotiations with Iran will produce a sound agreement, least of all the know-it-alls who are fighting to prevent it. Maybe, the West will have to further strengthen economic sanctions. Perhaps, Iran will make threatening moves that justify a Western military strike. But the arguments against a full and serious drive to try staying the dogs of war are sheer, dangerous nonsense. The upside is a short-term deal that would lead to the Mideast equivalent of ending the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
No matter who becomes president in 2016, stripping Medicaid coverage for millions of Americans will not be an option. It’s time to start discussing how to reform—not repeal—Obamacare.
Over the past month, as the Obamacare exchanges have bounced and crashed, some 400,000 Americans have enrolled in Medicaid or S-Chip, the children's health program. The architects of the Affordable Care Act expected that about half the people who would gain coverage under the law would do so through Medicaid; about half through the much more publicized exchanges. Website troubles and high prices have depressed exchange sign up. But Medicaid sign-ups are trundling along in half the states.
Biracial couples are gross, the United Nations will sexually radicalize your children, and anti-abortionists plot to kidnap pregnant women in Texas. Another week in fun from the fringe.
The U.N. Is Coming to Radicalize Your ChildrenHide your kids, the “sexual radicals” of the United Nations are coming! The U.N. released a report this week addressing the link between teen pregnancy and “an underlying failure to fulfill young women’s human rights,” offering suggestions for fighting teen pregnancy, such as clamping down on child marriage and providing access to birth control options. This sent the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute into a tailspin, it sent out a panicked email to their supporters declaring that “The sexual radicals have your children, MY CHILDREN, in their crosshairs.
The GOP idea that Obamacare is flailing because he pushed through a ‘partisan’ bill beyond Kafkaesque—and Republicans only believe it because they assume everything is about politics.
Here’s one thing I absolutely cannot stand hearing: that President Obama is getting what he deserves now because he passed such a “partisan” health-care bill. The suggestion is truly beyond belief and, quite literally, totalitarian in spirit, in the way it flips the truth so perversely on its head, turning the perpetrated-upon into the perpetrator and the aggressor into the victim. As Obamacare flails, one hears the “partisan” line frequently these days on television and radio.
She didn’t write about ‘Protecting the Heart of Christmas’ at all—instead, the eternally offended governor may have penned the perfect manual for another holiday altogether: Festivus.
Initially I planned to ignore this week’s release of Good Tidings and Great Joy, Sarah Palin’s book waging war on the war on Christmas. Few political hucksters milking the culture war for an easy buck peddle antics more shopworn than the annual fear-mongering that secularist Scrooges are coming for our creches.But then I couldn’t stop wondering: What happens when the Queen of Grievance takes up arms on behalf of the Prince of Peace’s birthday?I’ll tell you what happens.
In an era of episodic, thoughtful television, Amazon’s ‘Alpha House,’ about four senators who share a bachelor pad, falls too easily into groan-worthy predictable sitcom pablum.
Which is more representative of the wonders of this whiz-bang age—the latest crap from one of the networks or studios, streaming ghostlike into your home and shrunk to the size of a cellphone for repeated or intermittent viewing, or the crap from some era long ago, resuscitated and now living forever on some forgotten corner of the Internet?It’s a trick question! They are both still crap!Put another way: what makes something truly new at a time when the old order has been destroyed? Is it form or content?The questions present themselves on the occasion of Amazon dipping its digital finger into the river of original content production with Alpha House—a comedy about four United States Senators crashing in a shared bachelor pad in Washington D.
Jon Stewart made news with his merciless mocking of the health-care reform’s escalating troubles this week. But he’s been getting in digs since the rollout disaster began. WATCH VIDEO.
1. What November 30 Deadline?The Daily Show host jumped at his latest chance to ridicule the Obamacare rollout on Thursday, when President Obama said he couldn’t guarantee an earlier pledge that the site would be fully operational by November 30: “Let me be clear. When I said, ‘November,’ I didn’t say which November.”2. A Cringe-Worthy Sebelius InterviewSoon after HealthCare.gov’s initial October 1 rollout, Stewart didn’t mince words in his interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, calling the level of incompetence “larger than it should be.
Yes, the HealthCare.gov rollout has been a fiasco, and yes, it will harm the administration if it isn’t fixed. But comparing it to a deadly hurricane is ludicrous.
In general, explanation is easier when you have a reference point, which is why political reporters are quick to refer back to previous presidencies.At the same time, events ought to be understood on their own terms, and you can obscure more than you explain by forcing an analogy. That the main problem with this piece in today’s New York Times, which uses the Bush administration’s failed response to Hurricane Katrina as the frame for the troubled rollout of President Obama’s health care law:Barack Obama won the presidency by exploiting a political environment that devoured George W.
Critics are calling the botched health-care reform rollout Obama’s Katrina. The truth is he has one year to save his presidency. Will he be the Chamberlain or the Churchill?
Ron Brownstein pretty well nails it today:For decades, Democratic strategists have viewed universal health care as their best opportunity to reverse the doubt among many voters, especially whites, that government programs can tangibly benefit their families. Now the catastrophic rollout of the health law threatens instead to reinforce those doubts. That outcome could threaten Democratic priorities for years.He points to exit polls from Virginia last week, when 52 percent of white voters said they opposed the law.
While Obama tried to stop the political bleeding over the botched ACA rollout, his party was racing to reverse hemorrhaging support among voters before 2014.
The primary rule of politics and the primary rule of medicine are always the same: First, do no harm. But on Thursday, President Barack Obama scrambled to stop the political bleeding among congressional Democrats in full panic over the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act.With the 2014 elections on the horizon and millions of Americans getting notices that their health-insurance plans have been canceled because of the new law, Democrats have become furious that the legislation many consider their crowning achievement is fast becoming a political liability because of its chaotic implementation by the administration.
The Democratic Party we thought we knew has left us, abandoning voters on jobs, education, and entitlements. Why the party of Obama needs a bold new vision to rescue the future.
We are two Democrats, one of us a baby boomer and the other a millennial. Not only are we of different ages, but we also have vastly different perspectives. Despite this, we hold similar core values. For different reasons, we feel that the Democratic Party has left us. What we are concerned with here is addressing challenges to our core values as a society and redefining what being a Democrat means in today’s circumstances.While we both believe in social compassion, we do not believe that a political party that exists solely to be compassionate, to protect social programs, or to raise trillions in revenue represents us.
Saturday was the deadline to fix the site. Did they do it, and if so, does it even matter? The Sunday talk shows look at the practical and political future of Obamacare.
The American right hated Nelson Mandela when it mattered. But when have they ever been correct on a historic issue? From segregation to Iran, it’s a record of tragedy and moral nullity.