Category Archives: public policy

In Kansas, Pat Roberts Losing to Independent Greg Orman

In Kansas, a new poll shows that Republicans will have to spend precious resources to defend a Senate seat they thought was safe when they mapped out their campaign to takeover the Senate. A Public Policy Polling survey shows Republican Kansas Sen Continue reading

Former Vice President urges Obama to launch ‘immediate’ assault on Islamic State

Former Vice President Dick Cheney called Wednesday for launching “immediate, sustained, simultaneous action” to defeat the Islamic State, arguing that President Obama bore responsibility for the danger the jihadist group now poses to America’s interests. In a speech at a conservative think tank hours before Obama will address the nation on his strategy to combat the Islamic State, Cheney said the president must show a new commitment to doing “what it takes, for as long as it takes” to defeat them. After nearly six years in office, Obama has demonstrated “his own distrust for American power as a force for good,” Cheney argued, and said the establishment of the new caliphate offers evidence of what happens when the United States follows through on that view. Continue reading

A realistic account of President Obama’s war on ISIS

Credit Photograph by Saul Loeb/Pool/Getty With his approval ratings in some recent polls touching new lows, President Obama knows that many Americans don’t have much patience with him. In addressing the nation from the White House on Wednesday night, he got right down to it: “My fellow Americans,” he said , “tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL .” The steps that the President announced were largely expected. He said that the United States military would carry out “a systematic campaign of air strikes against these terrorists,” including hitting targets inside Syria Continue reading

Jay Carney and John McCain have heated argument over Obama’s handling of ISIS

[embedded content] Some first day of work at CNN for Jay Carney. The former press secretary began his new political commentator role Wednesday night by being blasted on the air by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) minutes after President Obama’s primetime address announcing plans to destroy ISIS. Continue reading

President Obama’s Speech on Islamic State Strategy

Text of President Barack Obama’s address Wednesday night on the Islamic State strategy, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House: ——— My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. Continue reading

President Obama authorizes airstrikes in militant-controlled Syria

Barack Obama announced an open-ended bombing campaign against Islamic State militants on Wednesday that will extend into Syria for the first time, despite acknowledging that the extremist group did not currently pose a direct threat to the US homeland. In a markedly interventionist speech on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Obama announced an aggressive offensive to combat Isis, which has been responsible for the beheading of two American citizens in the past month and captured a swath of territory in northern parts of Iraq and Syria Continue reading

Sen. Ted Cruz booed off stage during news conference

In this Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas,speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Continue reading

Early Job Experience Isn’t the Payoff It Once Was

As the school year gets underway and teenagers in the U.S. weigh whether to take after-school jobs, the pros and cons of doing so paint a conflicting picture. Learning time management, self-reliance, how to relate to employers and other productivity-increasing skills are all benefits of working part-time in high school Continue reading

Latinos furious at Obama on immigration delay

By Julia Edwards By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hispanic lawmakers and immigration advocates harshly criticized President Barack Obama’s decision to delay executive action on immigration and vowed to keep pressuring him to make bold changes. Continue reading

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will cash in with $3.5 million Wall Street job

September 2, 2014, 9:12 AM ET Getty Images Eric Cantor Talk about victory in defeat: Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will be pulling in about $3.5 million thanks to his new job with Wall Street investment bank Moelis & Co.  /quotes/zigman/30179569/delayed /quotes/zigman/30179569/lastsale MC It’s a huge raise for the Virginia Republican, whose salary as majority leader was a lowly $193,400. Cantor, whose Republican primary loss to little-known Dave Brat stunned Washington, will open an office for Moelis & Co. in the nation’s capital and also work out of its New York City office Continue reading