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White House Fence Jumper Got Deep Inside The Building

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Last week’s security breach just became a lot more serious.

Obama: “They” Underestimated ISIS

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Apparently, the buck doesn’t stop in the Oval Office these days.

Americans Support Air Strikes Against ISIS, Oppose Ground Troops

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The American public’s support for the President’s war against ISIS has its limits.

The President’s War Is Lacking A Convincing Plan

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The Administration’s policy in the President’s war against ISIS has no coherent plan, and that virtually guarantees escalation.

Cabinet Tenure In Perspective

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As I noted in my earlier post, once Eric Holder’s resignation becomes final, there will only be two people left from the Cabinet that President Obama selected when he first entered office, the Secretaries of Education and Agriculture. In the meantime, Holder will have been the fourth longest serving Attorney General in history. The Fix’s Philip Bump […]

Attorney General Eric Holder To Resign

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One of last members of President Obama’s original cabinet is stepping aside.

The Economist On Obama’s War Against ISIS: ‘Mission Relaunched’

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The cover for the new edition of The Economist draws a direct parallel between the President’s war against ISIS and his predecessors invasion of Iraq: This week's cover preview: Mission relaunched September 27th – October 3rd 2014 Read via: http://t.co/oojziSoY1o pic.twitter.com/v7zXxpvYNp — The Economist (@TheEconomist) September 25, 2014 Given the rather direct connections between Bush’s war and […]

Justice Ginsburg Won’t Resign Because Obama Couldn’t Appoint A Good Replacement

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Once again, Justice Ginsburg is telling people she has no plans to resign, but her explanation is a bit different this time.

Obama’s Coffee Cup Salute Leads To Latest Outrage Of The Day

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The usual suspects flew into outrage mode on social media and in the blogosphere earlier today when video emerged of President Obama saluting a Marine while holding what appears to be a Starbucks cup in his hand: Some are calling it the “latte salute.” When President Obama stepped off Marine One at the Wall Street […]

Pentagon Says Obama’s War Against ISIS Likely To Last Years

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The war against ISIS continues to silently escalate, with little input from the people’s representatives in Congress.

Second Term Blues?

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The sixth year of a presidency leads to some predictable commentary (and some comparative notes).

U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria

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President Obama has opened a new front in his “war” against ISIS

White House Fence Jumper Makes It To Front Door Of White House

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Late yesterday afternoon, a man scaled the fence at the North Lawn of the White House and managed to get to the front door of the building before being caught by Secret Service agents: A man climbed over the White House fence and raced across the lawn and through the north portico doors Friday night, […]

Obama Must Be Honest About The Possibility Of American Ground Troops In His War Against ISIS

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President Obama is still insisting that his war against ISIS will not require American ground troops. He’s not being honest with the American people.

Good News For GOP, Bad News For Obama In Latest CBS/New York Times Poll

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President Obama hits new job approval lows, while the GOP seems poised for success in November,

Joint Chiefs Chairman Doesn’t Rule Out U.S. Ground Troops In ISIS Fight

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So much for the President’s promise about ‘no ground troops.’

President Obama’s Misplaced Trust In The “Moderate” Syrian Rebels

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After keeping his distance from them for three years, President Obama is placing much misplaced hope in the “moderate” Syrian rebels,

Obama’s Anti-ISIS Coalition Seems To Exist Only In His Mind

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Despite the President’s assurances of an international coalition, the rest of the world doesn’t seem all that interested in joining the fight.

Obama’s Flimsy Legal Case For War

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The Obama Administration’s legal justification for war against ISIS is laughably flimsy.

Before We Go To War Against ISIS, We Need To Answer Some Questions

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If the President is going to increase American involvement in the Middle East, he needs to address some fundamental questions first.

Obama To Delay Action On Immigration Reform Until After Election

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For purely political reasons, the Administration is delaying the announcement of new executive action on immigration.

White House May Hold Off On Immigration Action Until After Election

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Cowardice, or politically prudent?

Congress Must Vote Before We Expand The Attacks On ISIS

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As talk begins of expanding the war against ISIS into Syria, it is becoming long past time for Congress to exercise its Constitutional function.

What “Third Term Curse?”

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Some have argued that there is an historical bias against political parties holding on to the White House for more than two terms. As with most commonly held ideas, that simply isn’t true.

Hillary Clinton Hurting 2014 Democratic Candidates?

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Some on the left are saying that Hillary Clinton isn’t doing enough to help Democrats in 2014.

It’s August, So It Must Be Time To Complain About Presidential Vacations Again

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The chattering class is chattering about the President’s vacation again. It really is quite tiresome.

Alaskans Don’t Think Much Of Sarah Palin

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There ought to be no set of voters in the country who know Sarah Palin better than Alaskans. She was, after all, their Governor for just over two years before deciding to quit her job to become a star in reality television and political media, and she’s been something of a force in the Alaska […]

Arming The “Good” Syrian Rebels Would Not Have Prevented The Rise Of ISIS

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Dispelling a rising myth,

Hillary Clinton Attacks Foreign Policy She Helped Create And Implement

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Does Hillary Clinton remember that she was Secretary of State for four years?

Obama’s Iraq Policy Is Open-Ended, Directionless, And Likely To Fail

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President Obama doesn’t seem to have any idea what he wants to do in Iraq.

U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIS In Northern Iraq

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For the second time in just over ten years, the United States is involved in military action in Iraq.

Majority of Americans Disapprove Of The House’s Lawsuit Against Obama

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A new CBS News poll indicates that a majority of Americans disapprove of the House’s lawsuit against President Obama: Despite their reservations about the president, more Americans disapprove (54 percent) than approve (37 percent) of the lawsuit against Mr. Obama authorized by Republicans in the House of Representatives, which charges that the president exceeded his authority when […]

Mike Huckabee: Obama Is “Worthy” Of Impeachment

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Mike Huckabee, who many believe is at least considering the possibility of running for President in 2016, is the latest Republican to mention the possibility of impeaching President Obama, and he isn’t rejecting the idea: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Monday said that he believes President Obama has committed many impeachable offenses. Iowa […]

Republican Congressmen Keep Talking About Impeachment

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For a party that says its not interested in impeachment, the GOP sure keeps bringing it up.

So, Which Party Actually Brought Up Impeachment First Anyway?

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It wasn’t the Democrats.

Obama To Take New Executive Action On Immigration?

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According to some reports, President Obama may be about to make an end run around Congressional inaction on immigration reform.

Republicans Dismiss Impeachment As A Democratic Ploy, But May Still Face A Dilemma

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Republicans are dismissing talk of impeachment as a Democratic fundraising ploy, but it may be they are protesting just a bit too much.

The Failures Of Obama’s Leadership

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Fairly or not, the President has created the impression that he is not a good leader, and there’s not much he can do about it at this point.

Sarah Palin Launches Subscription Based Online TV Channel

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Sarah Palin is launching her own online channel: Sarah Palin says she’s fed up with traditional news media outlets. So she’s starting her own online channel. In a Sunday video, the former Republican vice presidential nominee announced the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based Web site that she says will offer news, video chats with her and […]

Top House Republican Dodges Question On Impeachment

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In an interview yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise refused to rule out the idea of impeaching President Obama: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Sunday repeatedly declined to give a straight answer on whether he would support impeaching President Obama. Even in the relatively friendly confines of Fox News […]

Majority Of Americans Oppose Both Impeachment And The House’s Lawsuit Against Obama

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Once again the GOP finds itself on the wrong side of public opinion.

Voters Not Too Impressed With Hillary Clinton’s Time At Foggy Bottom

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A new poll suggests that Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of State doesn’t impress voters as much as she might hope.

Obama To Bar Discrimination Against Gays By Federal Contractors, With No Religious Exemption

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Later today, President Obama will sign an Executive Order barring Federal Contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation. But that’s not even the most controversial part for some conservatives.

Hillary Clinton Remains The Overwhelming Choice Of Democrats For 2016

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If Hillary Clinton is going to have a serious challenge in 2016, the person who will do that has yet to emerge.

Majority Of Republicans Support Obama’s Impeachment

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A lot of Republicans dislike the President enough to think that he should be removed from office, but will that make impeachment more likely to happen?

Only Congress Can Do What’s Needed To Deal With The Border Crisis

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That ball is in your court, Congress.

GOP Establishment Pushes Back Against Calls For Impeachment

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Led by Speaker John Boehner, Republican leaders are trying to placate calls for impeachment.

John Boehner’s Lawsuit Against Obama Is All About Obamacare, And Will Probably Be Dismissed

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John Boehner’s latest political move is designed mostly to appease the GOP base, but it’s likely a non-starter from a legal point of view.

The Border Crisis: Many Causes, No Simple Solutions

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Trying to make sense of a very complicated issue.

Americans Basically Want Sarah Palin To Go Away

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While Sarah Palin continues to pontificate about politics on a mostly regular basis, most recently calling for President Obama’s impeachment, Sean Sullivan notes that most Americans have no desire to hear what she has to say: More than half of voters say they have heard enough from Sarah Palin and would rather she not wade into […]

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