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Whatever Happened To That Lawsuit The House Of Representatives Was Filing Against Obama?

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It’s been three months, but there’s been no action on the lawsuit that the House of Representatives said it was filing against President Obama.

Jeanne Shaheen: No Need To Come Campaign For Me, Mr. President

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Jeanne Shaheen isn’t exactly eager for President Obama to come campaign for her: Pushed Thursday night on whether she would want President Barack Obama to campaign with her as she seeks a second term, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said it doesn’t make sense and Obama is “exactly where he needs to be” — in Washington. […]

Obama the Republican

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Bruce Bartlett has a column at the American Conservative (Obama Is a Republican) which is getting a lot of attention today (and rightfully so, in fact).  His points about the deficit, in particular, ought to be paid attention to. I will say, however, that I find all the attention to his thesis a bit amusing, […]

Obama’s Diminished Standing Among Women Is Hurting Democrats In The Midterms

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To a large degree, the Democratic Party’s supposed advantage among women voters appears to not exist this year.

Obama’s Credit Card Rejected

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President Obama had a bit of trouble paying for dinner during a recent visit to New York City: Turns out, even the president of the United States has had a credit card declined. “I should mention, by the way, that I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was there during the […]

Political Pressure Grows For An Ebola Travel Ban, But The Argument For One Remains Weak

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A travel ban sounds like a simple solution to a complex problem. Like most simple solutions, though, it becomes far less appealing when you think about the details.

Obama Names ‘Ebola Czar,’ Doesn’t Explain Why We Need One

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President Obama has appointed an “Ebola Czar,” but it’s unclear why we need one when there are already people who are supposed to be in charge of the Ebola response.

Joe Biden’s Son Kicked Out of Navy Reserve For Cocaine Use

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Poor Joe Biden can’t stay out of the news. This time, it’s not one of his gaffes but one by his youngest son.

Problems With The Response To Ebola, And A Little Perspective

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We’ve become aware of failures in how we’ve handled the Ebola situation. The response is to figure out what went wrong and do our best to fix it, not to panic.

White House Won’t Name New Attorney General Until After Election

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The White House has announced that it will not announce a new pick for Attorney General until after the midterm elections: President Obama has decided to wait until after next month’s midterm elections to nominate a replacement for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., White House officials said on Tuesday, effectively ensuring that the choice […]

GOP Digs HRC with 404 Page

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Slate‘s Will Oremus calls attention to a clever Republican jab at the Democratic frontrunner for 2o16: “The Republicans’ 404 Error Page Is a Hillary Clinton Joke.” The Republicans have not lately been known as the party of Internet savvy, as eventheir own party operatives will admit. But give them credit, at least, for making the best […]

Air War In Syria Not Exactly Going As Planned

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So far at least, the air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria do not seem to be having much of an impact.

Alison Lundergan Grimes Really Doesn’t Want To Admit She Voted For Obama

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Sometimes, being evasive in answering a question just makes a politician look silly. This is one of those times.

Tide Of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing Border Down Significantly

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Remember the border crisis? Yea, it’s not much of a crisis these days.

Obama May Punt On Executive Action On Immigration, Even After The Election

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Will the President back track on his promise of further action on immigration if the GOP wins the Senate?

Ebola In The Age Of 24/7 News And A Broken Political Culture

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Combining politics, an incessantly sensationalist news cycle, and a virus that scares a lot of people can’t end well.

Secret Service Director Resigns

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An inevitable outcome for the head of a once proud agency.

The U.S. Should Stay Quiet About The Protests In Hong Kong

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In the current situation, speaking out forcefully as some are demanding can only do more harm than good.

Another Secret Service Breach Put Armed Man With Criminal Record In Elevator With Obama

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The security lapses at the Secret Service just continue to mount.

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?

Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush laugh on stage during a Presidential Leadership Scholars program event at the Newseum in Washington

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?”

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton listens to U.S. President Obama speak during a meeting with members of his cabinet in Washington

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

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton listens to U.S. President Obama speak during a meeting with members of his cabinet in Washington

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.

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