The broad based social safety net has always faced skepticism from white voters, who don't want to spend tax dollars on the "undeserving" poor. In a speech today, Obama took that on.
If you’ve been listening to President Obama’s speeches with any regularity over the last two years, you’ll be familiar with this afternoon’s address at the Center for American Progress on income inequality and economic mobility. As usual, he notes the growing gap between the rich and everyone else, the deep insecurity of the middle-class, and the disappearance of working-class jobs that can provide a decent quality of life.There was, however, something different about this speech relative to all his others.
Thanks to the sequester, the Pentagon has floated cuts to grocery stores for military families. But they haven't happened yet, and if they do, conservatives can blame Republicans.
The latest “news” out of the conservative blogosphere is that President Obama is launching an attack on military families. How? By closing commissaries—grocery stores that offer food and other products at a discount to service-members, veterans, and their families.“Obama’s wasting billions on food stamps, Obamacare and every other boondoggle you can imagine, but he has no qualms about sticking it to dirt poor soldiers,” wrote one blogger for the Rightwing News website.
Just in case you're tempted to talk about the prospects for "independent" candidates, remember that most voters—including yourself—are partisans.
The public is tremendously frustrated with the two most public branches of the federal government, with low approval ratings for Congress (an all-time low of 9 percent) and President Obama (40 percent). Congress, in particular, is a joke. With the exception of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and Hurricane Sandy relief, Congress—and House Republicans in particular—has done nothing but dither, argue, and plunge the country into a dangerous stand-off over the debt limit.
The RNC's ill-worded tweet about the "end" of racism is a nice time to remember that racial bias is still real and still affects millions of Americans.
This past Sunday, to commemorate the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott—a long-planned assault on segregation in the city initiated by Rosa Parks’ civil disobedience—the RNC wrote a tweet: “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand in ending racism.”The reaction was swift as hundreds of Twitter users piled on the RNC with the hashtag #RacismEndedWhen, created by user @FeministaJones, mocking the idea that racism is anywhere close to over.
Healthcare.gov is well on its way to full stability, but Republicans refuse to acknowledge it. No matter the facts, the GOP is committed to the message that Obamacare has failed.
It wasn’t that long ago when Republicans were deeply concerned over the quality of the president’s healthcare website.In a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Lamar Alexander demanded answers for the massive glitches that attended the rollout of Healthcare.gov. “We are concerned by recent comments to the media that the system suffers from architectural problems that need design changes,” wrote the two GOP lawmakers, “We seek information about these problems as well as whether you still expect individuals to suffer a tax penalty if they do no purchase government-approved health insurance.
Do corporations have religious beliefs? According to an arts and crafts chain, they do, and if the Supreme Court agrees, it could have huge implications for employees
The Supreme Court just can’t seem to quit the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, it announced it would hear challenges to the law’s “contraception mandate,” which requires employers that provide health insurance to include contraceptives in their plans, including birth control pills and emergency contraception. At stake is whether for-profit companies can be exempted from the mandate because of their owner’s religious beliefs.This controversy centers on a lawsuit by Hobby Lobby, an arts & crafts chain whose owners—David Green and his family—are devout Christians who believe life begins at conception and that using certain kinds of birth control violates their religious beliefs.
Much like ‘wilding’ before it, the furor over the ‘knockout game’ bears all the hallmarks of an overblown panic over a crime wave that doesn’t exist.
Have teenagers adopted a new game of random assaults, with the goal of a one-hit “knockout”?If you’ve been following local news, watching national coverage, or reading your Facebook newsfeed, you might think the answer is “yes.” The Today Show, for instance, reports that “teenagers [are] knocking people out for the fun of it,” targeting “women and children,” with cases “piling up.”Likewise, CNN writes that “A sick so-called game known as ‘knockout’…is catching the attention of law enforcement throughout the nation,” and USA Today echoes the report with a brief on beefed up police vigilance in cities such as New York, Washington, New Haven, and Philadelphia.
A year's worth of Republican obstruction have pushed Harry Reid to consider the "nuclear option" and end the judicial filibuster. He should do it.
Harry Reid has had enough. On Tuesday, after Republicans blocked another nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Senate Majority Leader signaled his willingness to end filibusters on judicial nominations—the nuclear option. At the Washington Post, Greg Sargent gives a little more detail:Reid has concluded Senate Republicans have no plausible way of retreating from the position they’ve adopted in this latest Senate rules standoff, the aide says.
Zimmerman's recent arrest for domestic violence, and attempt to pin the blame on his girlfriend, should put an end to the debate over Trayvon Martin's killing.
You didn’t have to be a George Zimmerman skeptic to not be surprised as his recent arrest. In the months since his acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman has been stopped for speeding (three times) and faced police questioning over an altercation with his ex-wife, Shellie Zimmerman, who said he punched her father and threatened her with a gun. Monday’s news fits the pattern. After smashing a table, threatening his girlfriend, Samantha Schiebe, with a loaded shotgun, and barricading her out of the home, police took him into custody and charged him with domestic violence.
Americans are unhappy with the Affordable Care Act, unhappy with President Obama, and kind of wish they had elected Romney instead.
At first glance, today’s poll from the Washington Post and ABC News is total vindication for Republicans who urge total rejection of the Affordable Care Act. In addition to the 57 percent who oppose the law—up eight points from last month—63 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of the implementation.I’ll be the first to say that we should look to the economy as the driving force in the president’s standing. Still, it’s important not to under-emphasize the impact of the disastrous health care rollout.
Before we blame the problems with HealthCare.gov on ‘big government’ or ‘liberalism,’ we should remember that the Affordable Care Act needed GOP cooperation to succeed.
To help people sign up for coverage, the Affordable Care Act provides federal dollars for “navigators,” community-based groups that help individuals enroll in the exchanges. They are a real boon to efforts to implement the law, which means they’re a target for Republican efforts to derail Obamacare and create more problems for the administration.To wit, Dylan Scott reports for Talking Points Memo, Senate Republicans are using the lack of a federal background check for navigators—the groups themselves are responsible for vetting their employees—to attack the entire program as a vector for felons, identity thieves, and other criminals.
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.
President Obama nominates another qualified candidate to the D.C. Circuit Court, and again, Senate Republicans used the filibuster to shoot it down.
By the standards of judicial nominees, there’s nothing objectionable about Cornelia Pillard, President Obama’s choice for one of the three vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court. But this didn’t stop Senate Republicans from filibustering the nomination into oblivion. This, it should be said, makes her the second nominee in as many weeks to face near-unanimous opposition from Republicans who want to maintain their advantage on the DC Circuit. Three of the eleven seats are vacant, and filling them would nix the court as a vehicle for blocking Obama’s legislative agenda.
Forget more "credibility" or "competence." The only thing that can save Barack Obama's approval ratings is a stronger economy, and right now, that's far off.
If the latest polls from Gallup and Quinnipiac University are any indication, the public would—if it could—burn down Washington and everyone in it. Gallup, for instance, finds Congress with an approval rating of just 9 percent. And worse, at 14 percent and falling, its yearly approval rating is on track to be the lowest ever. For comparison’s sake, this makes Congress less popular than traffic jams, cockroaches, head lice, root canals, and colonoscopies.
The long-time Washington Post columnist has, again, used his valuable real estate to give retrograde opinions on race.
Last week, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen took the time to share his revelation that slavery was a bad thing—he saw Twelve Years a Slave, you see.It was a terrible, ignorant column. Not to be outdone by his own work, however, he uses this week's space to offer his perspective on interracial marriage, nestled in the middle of a piece on Chris Christie’s potential problems with the Tea Party:When I read this, my inclination was to give Cohen the benefit of the doubt.
While Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor to give a lengthy, and often bizarre, attack on the Affordable Care Act, Jamelle Bouie joins MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts to explain why Cruz is in opposition to a majority of Americans.