Category: Barack Obama

This pod could be your America

This pod could be your America

Could podcasts play a similar role in a 2018 wave election that AM radio did in 1994? There is an almost inappropriate roar of a crowd. It could be welcoming an aging boy band or an Avengers Comic Con panel. Instead, four former White House staffers and the one former Bernie Sanders flack take the stage of The National theater […]

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Trump’s ACA sabotage may have already have a cost of more than 4,000 American lives

Trump’s ACA sabotage may have already have a cost of more than 4,000 American lives

We’re paying more and now 3.5 million more Americans are uninsured Andy Slavitt loves seeing Americans gain health insurance, and since 2014, he’s had a lot of reasons to be happy.. Slavitt stepped in to save HealthCare.gov in the midst of a crisis of technology and crisis that threatened the Affordable Care Act. By the end of the enrollment period, […]

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Trump Supporters Are the Ones Living in a Bubble in Michigan

Trump Supporters Are the Ones Living in a Bubble in Michigan

After Donald Trump’s surprise victory last year, it became almost gospel with beltway pundits that liberals were living in a bubble. That’s been followed by a never-ending stream of profiles of Trump supporters (aka Real Americans) who — wouldn’t ya know it? — vowed to stick with him no matter what. Now given the fact that Trump’s win shocked most […]

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Yes, Trump’s diehard supporters just want to piss you off

Yes, Trump’s diehard supporters just want to piss you off

But let’s not pretend there are enough of them to keep him winning Pity the Obama supporter. After eight years, no one tried to understand you. There weren’t probing front-page profiles in the New York Times marveling at how Tamara Levine — an Esthetician loving life in Torrance, California — is still thrilled with her president, despite the failure of […]

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Trump doesn’t care about Confederate statues any more than he cared about Obama’s birth certificate

But you knew that Like voter ID laws, the preservation of Confederate statues polls quite well. This could be an odd correlation, but I think you get what both of these wedge issues are about preserving. Trump has a preternatural sense of stoking and capitalizing upon white grievance. It’s a pattern that he developed well before he met Steve Bannon. […]

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Happy birthday, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Happy birthday, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Seven years ago today, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Hussein Obama: Thank you to President Obama, every Democrat who voted for it, every organization that advocated for it, and, most importantly, every grassroots organizer and activist that worked to get it passed. Meanwhile, sorry this dick move didn’t work out for […]

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Here’s an antidote to today’s inauguration ceremony

Here’s an antidote to today’s inauguration ceremony

Anne and I were fortunate enough to attend President Obama’s first inauguration eight years ago today. Her photomosaic poster of Barack Obama, “Out of Many, We Are One”, had appeared in TIME magazine, had sold well and was being given out as a gift at the Michigan Ball. We also miraculously got tickets to the inauguration itself. Not only that, […]

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VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s final Weekly Address : (

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s final Weekly Address : (

Because I am on the White House Press email list, I get the embargoed Weekly Address every week on Friday, embargoed until 6 a.m. the next morning. I have posted a few of them over the years but, generally, I didn’t make too big a deal about them. But, oh, man. I didn’t anticipate how sad it would make me […]

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If the GOP guts Obamacare funding with tax breaks for the rich, it’s dead

If the GOP guts Obamacare funding with tax breaks for the rich, it’s dead

Any vote to repeal is a vote to uninsure millions and sentence America’s sick to untold misery Add America’s sick to the top of the list of those who will most be directly threatened by Donald Trump and the GOP. If the next Republican Congress guts the funding for the Affordable Care Act next month, which it almost all but […]

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Trump: The unfinished business of Goldwater & Rockefeller

Trump: The unfinished business of Goldwater & Rockefeller

Like Barry Goldwater’s campaign to “Save America” in 1964, Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign unearthed a marginally suppressed anger rooted in white supremacist racism, fear, and capitalism. Goldwater’s opposition to big government and civil rights had come at a time when the country was wounded and struggling to move forward. It came at a time after a presidential assassination, […]

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PHOTOS & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s last campaign stop – Ann Arbor LOVES President Obama & Secretary Clinton!

PHOTOS & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s last campaign stop – Ann Arbor LOVES President Obama & Secretary Clinton!

President Obama made his last campaign stop of the 2016 election season and we were fortunate to have that stop be in Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to the press pool report, the crowd was estimated to be in excess of 9,000: All photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog Before President Obama spoke, we heard from a number for […]

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