All eyes have been on Syria recently with the “that President Bashar al-Assad’s military forces had used chemical weapons against civilians last week.” Over the weekend President Obama met with his national security team at the White House and ”advisers discussed options for military action.” In a statement earlier today to reporters on the issue of chemical weapons use in Syria, Secretary Of State John Kerry said, “… make no mistake: President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people. Nothing today is more serious, and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny.” Kerry’s fiery statement came just a few hours after a U.N. team investigating the claims … Continue reading →
President Obama says he’s offering $4 trillion in federal deficit reduction as part of his solution to avert the coming federal budget cuts known as the sequester, including more than $2.5 trillion he’s already signed into law. “I’ve laid out a plan that details how we can pay down our deficit in a way that’s balanced & responsible,” the president says via an official White House tweet. Set to kick in Friday, the sequester is a “doomsday device” enacted as part of the budget deal in 2011. The president warned in his recent State of the Union speech of dire consequences if the sequester was allowed to take effect, however. The sequester could lead to widespread layoffs and other economic woes. Democrats … Continue reading →
Just a month after President Obama won his campaign for a second term, his campaign apparatus sprang back to life Wednesday, urging supporters to keep pressure on the GOP to sway towards the president’s favored tax policies. In an email to supporters, Obama campaign chief Jim Messina urged supporters to ask Americans in Republican districts to contact their members of Congress to back an extension of tax cuts for the middle class while allowing the cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers to expire at the end of the year. GOP House Speaker John Boehner so far has resisted that approach to resolving the so-called fiscal cliff. “Whether you voted for the President or not, he’s fighting to keep taxes low for … Continue reading →
by WALTER BRASCH A white Ford F-250 pick-up rumbled through town, a Confederate rebel flag on a pole behind the cab; on the rear bumper were a pro-life and three Anti-Obama stickers, two of which could not be revealed in a family newspaper. It wasn’t a lone wolf protest; several cars, trucks, and homes in the area sport similar flags and messages. During the summer, when a 4-wheel Jamboree and a Monster Truck rally are held at the local fairgrounds, attracting thousands from a multi-state area, many trucks fly rebel flags, insignia, and political statements. During the annual eight-day fair at the end of September, vendors sell all kinds of items with the Confederate battle flag, most of … Continue reading →
As I noted here last night, the White House hosted a blues show last night that was being taped for broadcast on PBS, Monday February 27. At the end of the show, as the stage was filled with rock and blues legends including Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks and wife, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo and Buddy Guy. After introducing the finale, the president went back to his seat next to First Lady, Michelle Obama and soon after, Buddy Guy proceeded to prod President Obama to sing a little of the chorus:
What will they think of next… Rocking the Blues at the White House with Mick Jagger and BB King. Oh my… Buddy Guy and President Barack Obama singing Sweet Home Chicago… You’re kidding… But, seriously, if you missed the live stream that was available online earlier this evening at WhiteHouse.gov, you can catch the show that was being taped tonight for PBS on Monday, February 27… “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” will honor the musical form that sprang from the Mississippi Delta and flourished in the Westside of Chicago with deep roots in Africa and slavery. The performances will explore those roots and pay homage to the great figures of the Blues and the songs they made … Continue reading →
Former Clinton White House aide and Arizona prosecutor Andrei Cherny announced his run for Congress in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Andrei on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. If you live in Arizona get involved here. In related news on Arizona and the House, “Ron Barber, an aide to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) who was wounded in the shooting spree that also injured Giffords, will run to replace her in the House.” Barber announced today he would run in the special election for Giffords seat, and said that she had asked him to run.
Senator John Kerry tonight released a statement following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address: “If Members of Congress are going to be honest about it, there was a lot of common sense and even more common ground in tonight’s address. We shouldn’t have to wait for another year or another election to act like it. Tax reform, energy security, infrastructure, and jobs matter to all of us and we’re so much closer on these issues than the shrillness of our politics pretends we are. We ought to prove peoples’ suspicions wrong and prove that Congress can actually get something done even in an election year. Dysfunction isn’t defensible.” The full text of President Obama’s State of the Union … Continue reading →