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Does Obama Have Confidence in Secret Service Chief?

Does Obama Have Confidence in Secret Service Chief?

I don’t think so. At least, any confidence he might have is contingent on what we find out. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney played the artful dodger on the question Tuesday, and apparently none of the White House press corps picked up on it. We’re back to, “It depends on what the meaning of the words ‘is’ is.” Here’s why. Carney was asked Tuesday, “Does the President feel that if these […]

Little-Known DOJ Cell Watches Trayvon Martin Protests

Little-Known DOJ Cell Watches Trayvon Martin Protests

A largely unknown group of Justice Department officials has inserted itself into the local Florida protest movement surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin, assisting the protestors and attending their meetings and rallies. While the officials are tasked with preventing racial violence, it appears that in carrying out their duties, they have provided significant assistance to those protesting the killing of Martin, who black, by George Zimmerman, who is half white […]

Obama to Kill Two Political Birds With One Stone

Obama to Kill Two Political Birds With One Stone

Updated 9:22 am ET This is fantastic. A brilliant maneuver by the West Wing political operation. I’m deeply moved. The White House just announced that President Obama this morning will materialize in the Rose Garden to tell everyone that he is “cracking down” on manipulation of the oil market by financial profiteers. This is very elegant. Pretend you are doing something about gasoline prices while ALSO sticking it to evil […]

Obama Stands His Ground at Latin Summit

Obama Stands His Ground at Latin Summit

President Obama at this weekend’s Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia defied Latin American leftists and the AFL-CIO, which means, all in all, he had a pretty good summit. The United States insisted that Fidel Castro be excluded from the proceedings, and Obama stuck to his guns. We have discussed in the OAS the pathway whereby Cuba can fully participate in some of these regional forums.  But the fact […]

Did Obama Pay a Lower Rate Than His Secretary?

Did Obama Pay a Lower Rate Than His Secretary?

Updated 1:10 pm ET President Obama paid a total federal tax rate in 2011 on adjusted income of $789,674 that may be lower than that of his secretary, even though she earned substantially less. Obama has spent the past week touting the Buffett Rule, which calls on those who make $1 million – just a little more than Obama made – to pay at federal tax rate of at least […]

Quote of the Day || April 13, 2012

Quote of the Day || April 13, 2012

Wednesday, April 11 || Holds an East Room celebration of the first anniversary of “Joining Forces,” and then travels to Philadelphia to continue the celebration. Afterward, Michelle will be in New York City to appear on The Colbert Report Thursday, April 12 || Continues the celebration with events in Shreveport, Louisiana and Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida Friday, May 11 || Offers the commencement address at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, […]