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Did Emperor Obama Really Lie About Not Using Executive Actions?

One of the common threads of opposition to President Obama has long been the idea that he’s a tyrannical fascist overreaching emperor who defies the will of Congress and We The People™ by abusing the authority of his office (this is a subset of the uppity arrogant narrative). As many of the President’s supporters have […]

Obama’s Great Month

If President Obama is focused on building his legacy, this month has been quite a success in that department: On November 26, the Obama administration put forward new anti-smog regulations that should prevent thousands of premature deaths and heart attacks every year. About two weeks later, Obama’s appointees at the Federal Reserve implemented new rules curbing reckless […]

WASHINGTON — President Obama, accompanied by Gov. Chris Christie, will head to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst today to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan and thank the troops stationed there for their service to their country. The president was scheduled to fly via Air Force One to the base, the only U.S. facility serving […]

Unless you enjoy looking really stupid, you can’t logically blame the president for the $1.4 trillion deficit in 2009 and then refuse to give him credit for reducing the deficit to $500 billion at the end of this year. Likewise, you can’t shout, “Where are the jobs, Mr. President?” then refuse to give him any […]

President Has Acid Reflux

President Obama stopped at Walter Reed military hospital Saturday complaining of a sore throat and was diagnosed width acid reflux. “The president’s symptoms are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly,” Obama’s doctor, Captain Ronny Jackson, said in a statement. Acid reflux is a condition in which the […]

The Strong Obama Recovery

Kevin Drum compares the Obama recovery with the Bush one. Bush benefited not just from a historic housing bubble, but from big increases in government spending and government employment. But even at that his recovery was anemic. Obama had no such help. He had to fight not just a historic housing bust, but big drops […]

In my latest column for The Hill I argue that President Obama’s focus on actions that use his executive branch powers is natural for a second term President. A second term is different. A president ineligible to run for reelection is freer to focus on his policy preferences and his legacy. All presidents since FDR […]

No, the president doesn’t control oil prices. But when they were high he was attacked by the right. It was nearly three years ago when then-presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich settled on his top campaign issue: the disgraced former House Speaker said he would push an energy policy that would lead to $2.50 gas. Indeed, in […]

President Obama will discuss the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday with his Cabinet, civil rights leaders, law enforcement officials and others. Uh oh. Republicans will say Obama wants to start a race riot in 3…2… The Associated Press reports: The White House says Obama’s Cabinet meeting will focus on his administration’s review of federal […]

In what has become an annual tradition, President Obama went on a shopping jaunt this weekend in support of Small Business Saturday, with the press pool in tow. The President was accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, as they shopped at Washington’s Politics and Prose bookstore. As the First Family checked out, the pool […]

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