President Obama plans to nominate Victoria Nuland as assistant secretary of state for Europe and retired Gen. Douglas E
In case you haven’t been following, the hot new right-wing narrative is that President Obama, despite not having any provable connection to the IRS’s inappropriate targeting of conservative non-profit groups, is nonetheless culpable because he exerts subtle influence over low-level bureaucrats which leads them to act out against conservatives and the Tea Party. The chief proponent of this theory has been the Wall Street Journal editorial page — specifically, Journal editorial board member Kimberley Strassel , who has devoted her last two weekly columns to Bureaucrat Whispering.
President Obama was interrupted during a major speech on national security policy by Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, who shouted from the back of the auditorium about his administration’s abusive policies of indefinite detention and drone warfare, leading the president to acknowledge her and even pause to let her finish. Obama lamented efforts by Congress to
[iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gaBI-FRMkDA?feature=oembed" width="425" height="239" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen] Elizabeth Warren grilled Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on the Obama administration’s opposition to breaking up the big Wall Street banks that are “too big to fail.” As a solution, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and David Vitter (R-Louisiana) introduced a bipartisan bill to break up the big banks and prevent future bailouts. Warren pointed out that the largest financial institutions are getting bigger and bigger — 30% larger than they were when they wrecked our economy. She asked Treasure Secretary Lew, “How big do the biggest banks have to get before we consider breaking them up?” He had no answer.
On Thursday afternoon President Obama gave a speech about his views on where the United States stands on issues of counter terrorism. It was a far ranging speech including the types of threats that we currently face, how to deal with them, the use of drones for killing people, including US citizens, media freedoms and Read More
The Washington Times attempted to recycle misinformation about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s warning that GOP obstructionism of President Obama’s nominees is unsustainable, but published an inaccurate argument that doesn’t support its own rhetoric. In a May 24 editorial , The Washington Times claimed Reid’s announcement that he would revisit filibuster reform in July because of the unprecedented obstructionism of the president’s executive and judicial nominees “disturbed the peace of the Senate” and was a “variant” of court-packing analogous to former President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous threat to expand the number of seats on the pre-war Supreme Court. From the editorial : Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t like the direction the federal judiciary is heading, so he has come up with a variant of court-packing to achieve his results.
Less than 24 hours after she interrupted President Obama’s major speech on the future of the secret drone war and Guantánamo, CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin describes why she repeatedly interrupted Obama’s address. Benjamin, the author of “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control,” criticized Obama for failing to explain why a U.S
On Fox News, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani suggested that the Obama administration has refused to recognize extremist Muslim ideology as a unifying theme in terrorist attacks on the U.S. even though the day before President Obama expressly identified radical Islam as “a common ideology” in terrorist attacks. On the May 24 edition of Fox’s America’s Newsroom , Giuliani attacked a speech that Obama delivered the day before at the National Defense University, claiming the president does not understand the role of extremist Islamic ideology in fueling terrorism and comparing him to “a police chief that refuses to recognize” a connection between many serial killings: [iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://mediamatters.org/embed/static/clips/2013/05/24/30329/fnc-an-20130524-giulianiterrorism" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"] In fact, President Obama discussed the role that radical Islam plays in terror attacks in his speech, stressing the need to understand that terrorist threats “don’t arise in a vacuum”: Lethal yet less capable al Qaeda affiliates