Barack Obama

Decency and lies 2

Consider two scenes. The first occurs during the Army-McCarthy Hearings in 1954, when Joseph Welch, an attorney for the for the U.S. Army asks Senator Joseph McCarthy to provide evidence to the attorney general of his accusations that there are communists working in U.S. defense plants. Instead, McCarthy names someone from Welch’s law office in(…)

Governor Patrick sounds off on Obama’s speech 0

Governor Deval Patrick’s response to President Barack Obama’s speech to the joint Congress: I commend the president for strong leadership on health care. This President is clearly prepared to seize the best chance we have had in generations to deliver security and stability for those Americans who have health insurance and affordable choices for those(…)

President Barack Obama’s remarks at Senator Ted Kennedy’s funeral 0

THE PRESIDENT: Your Eminence, Vicki, Kara, Edward, Patrick, Curran, Caroline, members of the Kennedy family, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Today we say goodbye to the youngest child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy. The world will long remember their son Edward as the heir to a weighty legacy; a champion for those who had none;(…)

Lion of the Senate dead at 77

Lion of the Senate dead at 77 3

Massachusetts Senator Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy has lost his battle against brain cancer at his Hyannis Port home at the age of 77, his family announced this morning, just two weeks after the death of his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Known as the Lion of the Senate, he will be remembered as one of the(…)

3/18: An additional Trillion Dollars 0

WASHINGTON — With the country sinking deeper into recession, the Federal Reserve launched a bold $1.2 trillion effort Wednesday to lower rates on mortgages and other consumer debt, spur spending and revive the economy. To do so, the Fed will spend up to $300 billion to buy long-term government bonds and an additional $750 billion in mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues wrapped a two-day meeting by leaving a key short-term bank lending rate at a record low of between zero and 0.25 percent. Economists predict the Fed will hold the rate in that zone for the rest of this year and for most _ if not all _ of next year.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a change on medical marijuana policy Wednesday, saying federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state law.

That would be a departure from the Bush administration, which targeted medical marijuana dispensaries in California even if they complied with that state’s law.

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday preserving a healthy newspaper industry was important and he was open to adjusting antitrust policy if it could help.

“I’d like to think 20, 30, 40 years from now people will still be reading the newspaper,” Holder told reporters.

He was responding to a call by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging the Justice Department to give newspapers more leeway to merge or combine operations.

“The policy is to go after those people who violate both federal and state law,” Holder said in a question-and-answer session with reporters at the Justice Department.

Obama to the (Green) Rescue? 1

President Obama has pledged to make green priorities his priorities — and thus far he appears to be keeping his word. Environmental groups are praising his initiatives — including support in the new stimulus package for energy efficiency and renewable energy research, greening federal buildings, weatherizing homes, and creating green jobs – but caution that(…)

Senator Kennedy collapses during inaugural luncheon 0

Blast has learned that Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) has collapsed during President Barack Obama’s celebratory luncheon. CNN initially reported that either Senator Kennedy or Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia collapsed, and they are reporting that Byrd may also have some kind of health situation. Reports indicate that Kennedy suffered a seizure that “lasted quite(…)

Cheese state screwball arrested for threatening Obama online 1

Steven Joseph Christopher, 42, proves once again why you can’t trust people with the multiple first names. The Wisconsin native was arrested in Mississippi by Secret Service agents Friday for making threats against President-Elect Barack Obama, U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton announced. Authorities say Christopher made threats against Obama on an internet chat forum over a(…)

Feminism is not a Dirty Word

Feminism is not a Dirty Word 3

So I’ve been reading all about this controversy with the cover of Ms Magazine lately. “I Can Haz Feminism?” Jezebel had a post today about an ongoing dispute between Ms. magazine and other self described feminists. Basically these “super feminists” are pissed that Barack Obama is on the cover of Ms. because of how he(…)

Welcome to the 21st Century 0

If one was to judge by the calendar alone, the 21st century started eight years ago this week. Although, when people refer to the 21st century in conversation, often they aren’t talking about the specific time period between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2099, but the attitude, philosophy, and technological savvy that is becoming(…)

Obama — the first six months 0

The economic crisis has literally changed the rules of government. The executive branch has overseen an injection of trillions of public funds into the private sector — and without admitting it, has essentially conceded that American-style capitalism, which has been viewed as holy writ by economists, journalists, academics and politicians for 30 years, is not sustainable. There are still many unknowns about how Barack Obama will govern when he takes office later this month, but one thing is clear: Obama will have enormous power. [...]

Commentary: On Rick Warren 0

On January 20 the world will watch Rick Warren, a man who has compared gay marriage to incest and abortion to the Holocaust, give the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. Oddly enough, in the public eye Warren comes off as an almost moderate pastor, something that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Warren backed(…)

Geithner tapped for Treasury 1

President-elect Barack Obama announced Tuesday some key staff appointments in the financial sector of government. Timothy F. Geithner, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, will serve as Secretary of the Treasury. Lawrence H. Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton, will serve as Director of the National Economic(…)