March 26, 2017

Asia Gets on With it While America’s Out of Play

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Of course President Obama had no choice but to stay at home. It is certainly not his fault that the interests of the United States and its friends have been so seriously damaged by the lack of respect that has emerged in American politics for the core institutions and principles of its great democratic state. The culpability for this latest ... Read More »

Shutdown to Ax Food Stamps, Job Training Programs Funding

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After waging a noisy summer-long campaign to modify food stamps rules in the name of rewarding work, House Republicans have cut off funding to the job training programs that go along with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by shutting down the government. Those employment and training programs, known as SNAP E&T, are being left to their own devices during the ... Read More »

Deciphering Obama’s U.N. Speech

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President Barack Obama delivered an overarching speech at the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly session on September 24. The focus of the speech and the session at large remained on Iran and Syria, as was expected. However, Obama also laid out the broad contours for the future of American policy in the Middle East and North Africa. He had ... Read More »

Shutdown: Republicans’ 21 Demands

Official House Republican Conference photograph. (Photo by Republican Conference, Creative Commons License)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action. Since the Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2011, they have repeatedly attempted to use the prospect of a government shutdown or a debt default as leverage. A shutdown would furlough close to a million federal workers and cut off essential services for millions more Americans, while a default ... Read More »

Shutdown: President’s Message to The Military

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Obama reassures military: You will be paid during shutdown (via Raw Story ) As the deadline passed to avert a shutdown of U.S. government operations, President Barack Obama’s administration released a video message to military service members in combat situations and Department of Defense (DOD) staffers reassuring them that… Read More »

Don’t Like The Shutdown? Blame The Constitution

The west front of the U.S. Capitol as seen from side of the House of Representatives on the eve of government shutdown. (Photo by by Phil Roeder, Creative Commons License)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action. A little more than two years ago, Canada faced a budget fight much like the one facing the United States today. Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose party controlled a plurality but not a majority of the seats in Canada’s parliament, proposed a budget that was unacceptable to the opposition ... Read More »

Cruz: Killing Obamacare for One Year is ‘The Essence of A Compromise’

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Cruz: Killing Obamacare for one year is ‘the essence of a compromise’ (via Raw Story ) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday asserted that the Republican threat to shutdown the government if President Barack Obama’s health care reform law was not delayed for at least one year was the “essence of a compromise.” During an interview on NBC… Read More »

Obamacare Will Cost Much Less Than Expected

Protest for / against The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare in fron of Supreme Court in Washington DC. (By Tabitha Kaylee Hawk)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action. When uninsured Americans begin enrolling in Obamacare’s new health care exchanges on Oct. 1, the overwhelming majority — 95 percent — will face health care premiums that are 16 percent lower, on average, than the government had previously projected, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the Obama administration. ... Read More »

How Much Would A US Government Shutdown Cost?

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  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action. With congressional conservatives poised to force a government shutdown at the end of the month over the three-year-old Affordable Care Act, economists are trying to tally up what shuttering the government would cost the country. Estimates vary widely, and the totals would depend on how long a shutdown ... Read More »

What House Continuing Resolution Means to You?

Speaker John Boehner speaks after the House passed Continuin Resolution to fund the federal government on September 20. (Photo by Caleb Smith, Speaker of the House photograph)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action The House of Representatives has passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through Dec. 15 and withhold funding for the Affordable Care Act. The 230-189 vote comes just 10 days before a possible shutdown and includes instructions authorizing the Treasury “to pay some bills and not ... Read More »