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.

Why Obama’s Not Talking About Health Care

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 3:05 pm

There is no way Obama could have spent more time talking about the biggest legislative action of his presidency and still have received the incredibly broad approval he did get from people who watched the speech. Don’t expect the issue of health care to be brought up by choice by Democrats in the upcoming campaign.

Politicians Love a Complex Tax Code

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 1:15 pm

I’ve noticed this tension among politicians for a while. On the one hand, they want to say that they favor a “simpler” tax code, and they like to talk about how many thousands of pages the tax code is, and how byzantine it is to understand, etc. At the same time, they boast about all the goodies they give out to this or that business or individual using the tax code, which of course only makes it more complex.

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