Barack Obama

Examine: Mobility has been weak – since the Nixon years

mobility_geo This map shows the average percentile rank of children who grow up in below-median income families across areas of the U.S. (absolute upward mobility). Lighter colors represent areas where children from low-income families are more likely to move up in the income distribution. To look up statistics for your own city, use the interactive version of this map created by the New York Times.

Mobility has been weak–since the Nixon years >by: Timothy Noah | 01/29/14 07:05 AM | MSNBC | “Inequality has deepened,” President Obama said in his State of the Union speech. “Upward mobility has stalled.” Is there a connection between these two dismal trends?That more income inequality translates into less upward mobility has been a frequent […]

Highlight E. J. Dionne: 2013: Not As Bad As You Think

2013: Not As Bad As You Think AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski

2013: Not As Bad As You Think >by: E. J. Dionne | December 30th, 2013 12:00 am| WASHINGTON — “Has this been the worst year of your presidency?” It was a heck of a way for President Obama to wrap up 2013. In asking the question at the president’s year-end news conference, Julie Pace of […]

Spotlight Harry Reid: Boehner agreed to clean CR last month-then reneged because he’s ‘afraid’

Harry Reid called House Speaker John Boehner a coward.

Harry Reid: Boehner agreed to clean CR last month-then reneged because he’s ‘afraid’ >by: Ian Reifowitz | Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 09:28 AM PDT | This seems like a pretty big deal to me. According to Harry Reid, in early September he and John Boehner not only negotiated over a clean continuing resolution that […]

Examine: The Debt-Ceiling Showdown Is the Fight of Obama’s Life

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The Debt-Ceiling Showdown Is the Fight of Obama’s Life >By Jonathan Chait    | 09/27/2013 | New York – Daily Intelligencer| The debt-ceiling showdown has snuck up quietly on Washington and is barely registering in the broader economy. Nobody is quite sure what to make of it. A familiar Washington Kabuki dance? A white-knuckle bond […]

Examine: New Senate Syria plan limits Barack Obama …Obama and Congress: ‘Rolling the dice’!

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New Senate Syria plan limits Barack Obama >by JOHN BRESNAHAN | 9/2/13 5:29 PM EDT| Politico – New Senate Syria plan limits Barack Obama | Senate leaders are working on a revised resolution authorizing U.S. strikes in Syria that puts President Barack Obama on a short leash in responding to the alleged use of chemical […]

Spotlight Obama: U.S. ‘should’ punish Syria; will seek congressional permission

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Obama: U.S. ‘should’ punish Syria; will seek congressional permission >by: Reid J. Epstein and Jonathan Allen | August 31, 2013 01:08 PM EDT | [I say take him (Syrian President Bashar Assad) out - plain and simple...Done!] The United States is prepared and “should” take military action against Syria, President Barack Obama said Saturday afternoon […]

Spotlight Dylan Byers: Liberal media and Obama’s second term

President Obama and U.S., SOS Hillary Clinton

[important]Liberal media and Obama’s second term[/important] By DYLAN BYERS | 12/2/12 10:15 AM EST | From my report on how liberal media will cover Obama’s next term: For the better part of four years, progressive media has had President Barack Obama’s back. Now that he’s won re-election, it is faced with a choice: Should the […]

Spotlight: How President Obama Won a Second Term

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[important]How President Obama Won a Second Term[/important] Political strategist James Carville breaks down where the Republicans went wrong – and what it means for the future >by Tim Dickinson| November 23, 2012 7:00 AM ET | Two weeks after Barack Obama won a second term, political analysts are just beginning to assess the surprising scope of […]

Spotlight Jonathan Chait: Political for and against comparison of Obama, Romney

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[important]The Case for Obama: Why He Is a Great President. Yes, Great[/important] >by Jonathan Chait|10/31/12 at 10:17 AM|  Re-post 11/03/12 DLU| I decided to support Barack Obama pretty early in the Democratic primary, around spring of 2007. But unlike so many of his supporters, I never experienced a kind of emotional response to his candidacy. […]

Spotlight Editorial: Obama for president: A second term for a serious man

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[important]Obama for president: A second term for a serious man[/important] >by the Editorial Board|The Platform St. Louis Post-Dispatch|Re-post: October 06, 2012| Four years ago, in endorsing Democrat Barack Obama for president, we noted his intellect, his temperament and equanimity under pressure. He was unproven, but we found him to be presidential, in all that that word […]

Spotlight: We are better off as Obama’s lead – grows

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[important]Just the Facts [/important] – The question of “Are you better now than 4 years ago” is not helping the Republicans because we would be at the end of the Bush era when the economy tanked! Plus, they need to remember that they’ve obstructed job growth on several fronts like for instance; blocking the Jobs […]

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