Category: Barack Obama

Charles Kettles, heroic Vietnam veteran from Ypsilanti, Michigan, awarded the Medal of Honor

Charles Kettles, heroic Vietnam veteran from Ypsilanti, Michigan, awarded the Medal of Honor

The dashing young man in the photo above is Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles S. Kettles. LTC Kettles, who lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was awarded the Medal of Honor yesterday at a White House ceremony. His story is extraordinary. Here’s an excerpt from President Obama’s remarks:

May 15, 1967, started as a hot Monday morning. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne were battling hundreds of heavily armed North Vietnamese in a rural riverbed. Our men were outnumbered. They needed support fast –- helicopters to get the wounded out and bring more soldiers into the fight. Chuck Kettles was a helo pilot. And just as he’d volunteered for active duty, on this morning he volunteered his Hueys –- even though he knew the danger.…

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REMINDER: This election is also about whether millions gain health insurance or tens of millions will lose it

REMINDER: This election is also about whether millions gain health insurance or tens of millions will lose it

Medicaid expansion and the ending of discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions are the greatest victories for working Americans in generations

Rejoice, fellow Americans who don’t enjoying seeing your fellow Americans die of indifference! More than 200,000 Louisianians will have health insurance on July 1 because the state elected a Democratic governor last year.

And this could just be the beginning of the good news for Medicaid expansion, the aspect of Obamacare that most directly takes on income inequality by taxing the well-off a bit to get the working poor basic health coverage.

“If it becomes obvious the Affordable Care Act won’t be repealed, a number of states will opt into the expansion fairly quickly,” Louisiana’s new governor John Edwards told Modern Healthcare.…

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The magic words every candidate should say: ‘We must study gun violence’

The magic words every candidate should say: ‘We must study gun violence’

The GOP is using the worst kind of ‘political correctness’ to keep us from doing anything to reduce gun deaths

President Obama is sick of you pretending that we can crush ISIL by just employing the perfect slur.

“What exactly would using this label accomplish?” he asked. “What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above.”

It’s obvious he’s angered by Donald Trump and conservatives pressing him toward language that implicates 1.6 billion Muslims in the ISIL’s crimes.…

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Obama administration takes another step toward slowing climate change – tougher regulations for methane emissions

Obama administration takes another step toward slowing climate change – tougher regulations for methane emissions

As LOLGOP has been telling us for years (like HERE), President Obama has created a green energy revolution that is unparalleled in American history. Not only that, his administration has done more to curtail the emissions of greenhouse gases than anyone before him.

Earlier this month, his administration took a huge step forward in limiting greenhouse gas emissions when they passed new regulations on the emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry:

In a move to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency on May 12 issued its first-ever regulations to reduce methane releases by the oil and natural gas sector.…

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Paul Ryan is more dangerous than Donald Trump will ever be

Paul Ryan is more dangerous than Donald Trump will ever be

The election of Donald Trump would be a threat to the global economy on par with “the rising threat of jihadi terrorism,” according to The Economist‘s Global Forecasting Service.

It’s easy to see why policy experts who value sober reasoning, conventionality and actually knowing things are terrified of Donald Trump, who doesn’t seem to even grasp the basics of, say, the Iran Deal that he continually bashes like it’s a woman who slightly insulted him.

What happened to calm, respectable Republicans like good ole, wallpaper sample model Paul Ryan, the world’s elite wonders?

And that’s exactly the question Paul Ryan wants you to ask, which is why he gave a speech last week decrying “the ugliness” in politics.…

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This is why Republicans hate Obama — and this is why he doesn’t mind

This is why Republicans hate Obama — and this is why he doesn’t mind

Republicans are very upset that President Obama continued on with his trip in Cuba after the disgusting terror attacks in Brussels today. They are also upset that he’s in Cuba, that he is president and that he exists.

Of course, the majority of Republicans will prefer Donald Trump and Ted Cruz’s immediate gut reaction, which is to abandon the Constitution and embrace rank religious discrimination and then, likely, invade the wrong country.

When Republicans reacted to the Paris attacks with the worst kind of demagoguery — or as Republicans call it, the best kind of demagoguery — the president remained steadfast and principled, which confused the media and heightened the attention focused on the right cowering at the prospect of child refugees standing in line next to them at Chipotle.…

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On World Water Day, Obama announces new investments in infrastructure while Snyder administration still drags its feet

On World Water Day, Obama announces new investments in infrastructure while Snyder administration still drags its feet

Coinciding with World Water Day, the Obama administration released details of massive investments in water resource conservation, water system infrastructure upgrades, and heightened awareness of water resources in general. You can read the full report HERE. Of particular interest to Michigan in light of the Flint water crisis, the report outlines a number of corporate responses to the White House call to action that will target water assistance to those in need across the USA:

  • The Dow Chemical Company is partnering with Genesee County Habitat for Humanity to offer free water-filtration systems to 150 Habitat for Humanity homes in Flint, MI.
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UPDATED: Obama is totes trolling the GOP with the SCOTUS nomination of Merrick Garland

UPDATED: Obama is totes trolling the GOP with the SCOTUS nomination of Merrick Garland

President Obama’s nomination of the moderate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court is, perhaps, his most blatant trolling of Republicans during his entire presidency. Make no mistake, Garland is eminently qualified. Not only that, he’s liked by Democrats and Republicans alike.

NPR’s SCOTUS-watcher Nina Totenberg described Garland as a “gentle individual” and pointed out that Republican efforts to villainize him would run smack into the reality that he is a moderate, mild, and non-ideological judge.

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is on the record as saying that Garland is a “consensus candidate” and that he had “no question” that he would be confirmed when he was being considered for the Supreme Court back in 2010.…

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Far more than twice as many private sector jobs created under Carter, Clinton and Obama than Reagan, Bush and Bush

Far more than twice as many private sector jobs created under Carter, Clinton and Obama than Reagan, Bush and Bush

Presidents generally get too much or too little credit for job creation.

“In general, presidents and their policies matter much less for the economy’s performance than most people imagine,” Paul Krugman recently wrote then noted:

The point, however, is that politicians and pundits, especially on the right, constantly insist that presidential policies matter a lot. And Mr. Obama, in particular, has been attacked at every stage of his presidency for policies that his critics allege are “job-killing” — the former House speaker, John Boehner, once used the phrase seven times in less than 14 minutes.

Following news that 20 million Americans have gained health insurance, the Labor Department reported that 242,000 jobs were created in February, exceeding expectations again.…

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With 11 months left in Obama’s term, Michigan 7th District Republicans vote ask Tim Walberg to intro articles of impeachment

With 11 months left in Obama’s term, Michigan 7th District Republicans vote ask Tim Walberg to intro articles of impeachment

President Obama now has less than a year left in his final term in office. But that hasn’t stopped the drumbeat of calls for his impeachment among the most fervent haters of the country’s first African American POTUS.

This past week, the Michigan 7th Congressional District Republicans passed a resolution asking Congressman Tim Walberg to introduce articles of impeachment. In their resolution, these legal geniuses accuse the president of “Usurpation of the Oval Office via criminal identity fraud”, “Malfeasance, misconduct and abuse of the Oval Office”, and “Aiding and abetting known enemies of the United States”. They say that impeachment is “the proper constitutional solution to Obama treason, tyranny and treachery.”

In other words, they are classic racist tea party birthers.…

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The ‘most, intensive coordinated lobbying effort that Capitol Hill has ever seen’ is going on right now

The ‘most, intensive coordinated lobbying effort that Capitol Hill has ever seen’ is going on right now

Elections Matter: The Fiduciary Standard Edition

You’ve probably haven’t heard anything about it but the “most, intensive coordinated lobbying effort that Capitol Hill has ever seen is going on right now,” according to lawyer, financial planner and academic Ron Rhoades.

You should listen Bloomberg’s Barry Ritholtz interview Rhoades about this now.

Billions of dollars of inflated fees are at stake, as are the retirement plans of tens of millions of Americans — including you.

The government is about to do something transformative that will move much of our retirement planning away from a culture of sales towards a culture of duty to customers.…

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