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Change: Obama offers plum appointments to big donors

May 29, 2009

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In another example of the different kind of politician Barack Obama was advertised to be, we see how big-time political donors get offered sweetheart appointments, often to ambassadorships, and quite obviously in thanks for swelling his campaign coffers. Among the appointments: Louis Susman, appointed ambassador to the UK, raised between $200,000 and $500,000 John Roos, appointed ambassador […]

Obama: Health care reform must come this year

May 28, 2009

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(Image credit: Jason Reed/Reuters via the NY Times) President Obama, returning from a fund-raising trip, phoned campaign volunteers to tell them it was imperative health care reform happen this year, or it won’t happen at all. The conference call was put together by his political organization Organizing for America, and is part of a strategy […]

Clinton’s SecDef chastises Obama over missile defense

May 28, 2009

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The Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton, William Cohen, took President Obama to task in an editorial in the Washington Times over the President’s $1.4 billion cut to the American missile defense program. (Heads-up from Hot Air) Set against the backdrop of North Korea’s missile launches and nuclear tests, he argues we ought to err […]

Sotomayor to be Obama’s SCOTUS pick

May 26, 2009

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(Image credit: ABC News) In a move that surprised few, President Obama nominated the front-running candidate to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter in Sonia Sotomayor. Obama, who has listed “empathy” as a criteria for being a judge, which sounds nice but has little place in the role of an impartial legal umpire, will likely get […]

CA Supreme Court upholds Proposition 8

May 26, 2009

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The California Supreme Court ruled today that Proposition 8, a voter initiative that amended the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, should be allowed to stand, but that previous gay marriages should not be dissolved. Proposition 8 passed in November with 52.24% of the vote in a fairly liberal […]

New N. Korean nuke test prompts renewed international concern

May 25, 2009

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North Korea on Monday carried out an underground nuclear test that was confirmed by seismic observations in South Korea, which registered a 4.7 magnitude tremor as a result of the blast. President Obama called the test a cause for “grave concern”, and warned North Korea it would find neither security or peace on the belligerent path […]

Memorial Day

May 24, 2009

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So another Memorial Day is upon us, marking the unofficial beginning of the summer season and ushering in all the niceties and Americana that the lazy months of June, July, and August bring us year after year. I’ll unfortunately be spending the day the same way I spent Saturday and Sunday – at work (bacteria […]