There Is No Money

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 4:02 pm

The great problem with President Obama’s State of the Union is that he has created a bizarre reality in which there is no money. This is a narrative that is not only going to continue to hinder our weak recovery, but also make new progressive spending programs impossible.


Waning Commitment to Government Transparency Evident in Obama’s ‘State of the Union’ Speeches

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 2:05 pm

Despite the stated commitments and professions on transparency, the Sunlight Foundation found talk of “government integrity, transparency, and influence” was mostly absent in President Obama’s “State of the Union” speech last night.

Obama’s Cybersecurity Executive Order Appears to Pose Little Risk to Citizens’ Privacy—For Now

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 9:31 am

President Barack Obama signed a major cybersecurity executive order hours before he delivered his State of the Union address. The order was highlighted in his address as he spoke about the current threat he believes the government faces from cyber-attacks.

Obama’s State of the Union: Afghanistan Drawdown & the Covert Drone War

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 5:51 am

The speech renewed the US government’s commitment to a permanent war on terrorism. While it signaled the country would no longer be engaging in full-scale occupations or nation-building efforts while Obama was president, there was no indication that America’s dominance in the world would be reduced. America’s global military footprint of around 1,000 bases would be preserved.

State Of The Union Liveblogging

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 5:55 pm

Well, it’s that time of the year again. We get to listen to a right-of-center Democrat speak, followed by a Tea Party senator delivering a GOP rebuttal, followed by yet another Tea Party senator delivering a Tea Party rebuttal. So, kinda like the Sunday talk shows.

FLOTUS Guest List Gives Preview of State of the Union

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 1:20 pm

If you really just can’t wait to find out what President Obama is going to talk about in his State of the Union speech this evening, the best indications come from the First Lady’s guest list. Normally the President will refer to the guests during the speech to highlight a particular issue.

Marco Rubio to Deliver Bilingual Response to State of the Union Address

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 7:45 am

For the first time ever the minority response to a State of the Union address will be delivered in both English and Spanish. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has been selected to give the Republican response.

State of the Union Set for Feb 12, Right Before Debt Limit

By: Friday January 11, 2013 10:24 am

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has officially invited President Obama to give his State of the Union address before the Congress on February 12 and the President has accepted.

Is There a Democratic Party Ideology?

By: Sunday January 29, 2012 10:40 am

Politicians and pundits blather about ideological divides. How can that be when the Democrats have no ideology, unless you count “We suck less”.

Late Night FDL: One Heckuva Week for Body Language

By: Saturday January 28, 2012 8:00 pm

I can’t use the photo, so I will direct readers to their own link and I will direct you NOT to Jan Brewer’s finger (or her mouth for that matter which looks as if she is screaming at the top of her lungs… though perhaps there was engine noise and she just wanted the President to hear what she had to say), but to the President’s right arm and hand (which you can’t see but which you can sort of figure out where it is from the angle and so on). He has moved in and is either putting his hand or trying to put his hand on her arm (perhaps on her elbow). He is trying to draw her in, reduce the distance between them.

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