August 8, 2011 |
With markets rattled by the downgrade in the U.S. credit rating, President Obama sought to reassure the public that America remains a "Triple A country" and voiced hope that the news will prod the two parties to reach agreement on a long-term plan to cut the nation's deficit. Obama, in an afternoon speech that was part pep talk, said the country is still a safe bet for investors. "That doesn't mean we don't have a problem," the president said, speaking from the State Dining Room.
August 10, 2011
From where Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) sits, his decision not to release information on Assembly members' operating budgets may look like good politics. From where the rest of California sits, it's bad public relations, bad public policy and bad government. Unlike cities, counties and school districts, which are subject to strict budget disclosure rules, the Legislature has given itself the power to keep its numbers secret. This opacity has become an issue now because of a spat between Pérez and Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge)
June 11, 2011 |
Facing the most intense calls yet for his resignation, Rep. Anthony Weiner said Saturday that he will seek professional help in the wake of a still-raging scandal over his online sexual liaisons with at least six women. After House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats declared that the New York Democrat should quit, Weiner's office instead said that he will take a leave of absence to seek treatment. "Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person," said a spokeswoman for Weiner.
August 22, 2011 |
Though gunfights continued in the streets of Tripoli and Moammar Kadafi's whereabouts were unknown, the debate had already begun in political circles Monday about whether the crumbling of the Kadafi regime was a victory for President Obama. Obama has shouldered criticism for months from Republican rivals, as well as members of his own party, about the cost of the mission and his decision to commit U.S. military resources without congressional approval. Even Republican candidates who supported some level of U.S. military involvement in Libya, like Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, often accused Obama of devoting more than $1 billion toward a mission that had no clear strategy or endgame.
August 2, 2011 |
After Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency changed. As he put it in 1943, "Dr. New Deal" had to be replaced by "Dr. Win the War. " It was a colossal policy switch, but it wasn't an extreme makeover politically. He was still the same FDR, and the public understood the need for change. And it saved his presidency. As President Obama's former economic advisor Larry Summers said recently, "Never forget ? that if Hitler had not come along, Franklin Roosevelt would have left office in 1941 with an unemployment rate in excess of 15% and an economic recovery strategy that had basically failed.
June 14, 2011 |
[ Updated, 11:25 a.m. June 14: Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and President Obama's first ambassador to China, will launch his bid to unseat the president next week, he announced Tuesday. Speaking in New York at a forum on China with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Huntsman said he'll announce his candidacy "a week from today. " Sources close to the Republican say the kickoff event will take place at Liberty State Park, followed by a campaign swing through key early-voting states.]