President Obama on Syria

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 6:53 pm

President Obama gave an odd and contradictory speech which very little sense can made out of. Though one take away is he is delaying the vote by Congress – probably because he was going to lose.

 

President Obama’s August 31st Remarks on Syria – LIVE

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 10:50 am

President Obama will seek authorization from Congress.

Miami Herald’s Well-Founded Editorial on Obama’s Abuse of Executive Power

By: Sunday May 26, 2013 6:00 pm

In response to President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism speech given at the National Defense University last Thursday, the Miami Herald editorial board has published an editorial with well-founded points that should lead anyone to be restrained in their praise of his speech.

The editorial declares that the “best thing about President Obama’s speech on counterterrorism last week was that it revived a long overdue debate over reining in the powers of the presidency in wartime.” That may be one of the only aspects of the speech worth praising.

Obama’s Drone Speech: Despite PR Spin, America Not Shifting Away From Treating World as a Battlefield

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 5:01 pm

The speech by President Barack Obama, which touched upon perpetual war, his authority to carry out drone strikes, the efficacy of drones, closing Guantanamo Bay prison, adhering to the rule of law when fighting terrorism and even national security leaks, was wide-ranging and bewildering. It was longer than the “State of the Union” address he gave this year.

Anwar Al-Awlaki Finally Gets a (Show) Trial

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 2:59 pm

American Citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in Yemen solely on the authority of President Barack Obama. Al-Awlaki never received a trial, was never indicted, nor given any opportunity to address the allegations against him. But today during President Obama’s extensive terrorism speech Mr. Al-Awlaki finally received his trial, a show trial.

Hearts & Minds & La La La I Can’t Hear You

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 2:01 pm

I was about to do a Shorter Barack Obama Speech, but SteveM from No More Mr. Nice Blog nailed it in under 140 characters

Obama’s Speech on Terrorism and Drones

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 10:54 am

President Obama speaks at the National Defense University on his terrorism policies. The speech comes in the wake of official acknowledgement that the Obama Administration has killed at least 4 American citizens without due process.

FDL Movie Night: Black Tulip

By: Monday January 14, 2013 5:00 pm

Based on a true story, The Black Tulip takes us to Kabul in 2001 after the Taliban has been routed, as the hope of freedom returns. Written, directed, and produced by our guest Sonia Nassery Cole, who stars as Farishta Mansouri, The Black Tulip follows Faishta and her family as they open a restaurant in Kabul in the building where her father had his bookstore, Poet’s Corner. As children, Farishta and her sister witnessed Taliban troops kidnapping her father and burning his shop. Now despite the worries of her mother, and concerns of her husband, Farishta hopes to honor his memory with poetry readings and hospitality. Poet’s Corner restaurant grows in popularity, becoming a place where both the military and those opposed to them can enjoy traditional food, music, and an open microphone.

The American Jobs Act, Summarized

By: Thursday September 8, 2011 4:45 pm

Here is a summary of the American Jobs Act that the White House is putting out. I don’t have a ton of time to analyze it right now, but much of it will be familiar, albeit with a few new wrinkles. There’s $35 billion for state fiscal aid, which is somewhat robust and good bang for the buck in terms of saving jobs. All in all there’s $105 billion in infrastructure/public works (that includes a replenishing of the Neighborhood Stabilization Fund, which helps address the foreclosure crisis). And there’s an attempt to restart the TANF Emegency Fund with $5 billion or so. That’s on top of the $170 billion for the payroll tax cut and extending unemployment insurance. So all in all, back of the envelope says about $315 billion.

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