President Barack Obama is making a statement on a shift in United States policy toward Cuba. The shift comes after US Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross and three members of the “Cuban Five” were freed from Cuba and the US in a prisoner swap. The Associated Press reports, according to unnamed US officials [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 17, 2014 8:54 am|
|By: msmolly Friday December 12, 2014 5:00 am|
What did we learn on Tuesday that we didn’t already know? We received details that we previously did not have, but it has been common knowledge for a long time that we “tortured some folks” with impunity, and with the approval of all three branches of the United States government.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 2, 2014 3:00 pm|
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder met with seven black and Latino organizers yesterday to discuss police violence in not just Ferguson, Missouri, but throughout the country. Following the meeting, Obama announced some steps his administration would be taking to address some of the issues raised. Organizers who participated [...]
|By: Alan Grayson Tuesday November 25, 2014 7:10 pm|
I’m happy that President Obama finally has moved forward with immigration reform. But the six-year-long White House Bad Messaging Plague (WHBMP) continues unabated. We’re in danger of losing the public on this issue even before the first work permit is issued.
President Obama’s executive order removes the loaded guns pointed at the temples of five million human beings, who also happen to be undocumented U.S. immigrants. It is a sincere act of compassion and mercy that has eluded House Speaker John Boehner for years.
|By: DSWright Monday November 24, 2014 9:09 am|
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced his resignation to be completed when the Senate confirms a replacement. The announcement came at an event at the White House where President Obama offered a warm summation of Hagel’s career and personal friendship with the president. Flanked by both President Obama and Vice President Biden, Secretary Hagel said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family and was proud of his public service.
|By: DSWright Monday November 24, 2014 7:03 am|
Last May President Barack Obama announced that US forces in Afghanistan would finally be ending their combat mission and in 2015 would move to an advisory role. According to The New York Times that pledge has now been reversed with an order to continue combat missions against the Taliban and anyone else who threatens US forces in the country or the Afghan government. Rather than pull back from Afghanistan as President Obama promised, the US is doubling down.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday November 21, 2014 8:04 am|
Five prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay prison were released and resettled in Georgia and Slovakia. The released prisoners included four Yemenis, marking the first time since 2010 that Yemenis cleared for release were set free.
|By: DSWright Friday November 21, 2014 6:53 am|
Last night President Barack Obama laid out the executive actions he would take to help some undocumented immigrants stay in the country. In the speech Obama broke his plan into three parts – border security, opportunities for high-skilled immigrants, and his plan to allow roughly five million undocumented immigrants stay in the country and not face deportation.
The last part is where the real controversy lies. Obama’s plan protects parents of citizens who have been in the country for more than five years as well as undocumented immigrants who came to America as children – the so-called DREAMers.
The Republican response to the plan and speech has, not surprisingly, been explosive.
|By: Elliott Thursday November 20, 2014 4:55 pm|
Citing a broken system, President Obama “is taking executive action to fix what he can to help build a system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.” The speech, scheduled for 8:00pm ET, is expected to last fifteen minutes. It will be on cable, CSPAN and PBS, but the broadcast networks have their priorities, sweeps.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 20, 2014 4:00 pm|
On the floor of House of Representatives on November 17, Virginia Democratic Representative Jim Moran put forward a stinging rebuke of the “selective prosecution” of former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou. He asked President Barack Obama to pardon Kiriakou and called the fifteen-year CIA veteran “an American hero.”
Kiriakou was the first member of the CIA to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under President George W. Bush’s administration.