- 5:28 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Knocking down the idea of imminent air strikes against Islamic State rebels operating from Syria, President Obama on Thursday made clear he is not ready to expand U.S. military action in Iraq.
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the President told reporters in the White House Briefing Room.
“We don’t have a strategy yet,” Mr. Obama said of striking Islamic State targets in Syria.
Republicans in Congress, many of whom have called for action against Islamic State camps in Syria, immediately jumped on the President’s remark.
“That’s obvious and increasingly unacceptable,” said Rep. Tom Price (R-GA).
Other Republicans eagerly piled on [More]
- 8:35 pm Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
It used to be that there was a lot of talk on Capitol Hill about actually balancing the budget. Back in the Clinton Administration, the Republican Congress came within one vote of sending a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification.
But after a few balanced budgets in the Clinton era, it’s been all red ink – and the latest forecast from the Congressional Budget Office features more and more of the same.
The budget deficit in Fiscal Year 2013 was $680 billion, and the CBO prediction for this year is that the deficit will fall to $506 [More]
- 3:07 pm Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
While the Inspector General of the VA did not draw a direct link between substandard care and the deaths of as many as 40 veterans at the Phoenix VA, a new report showcases what the IG labeled “unacceptable and troubling lapses in follow-up, coordination, quality and continuity of care” for veterans at that facility.
You can read the 143 page report on the website of the VA Inspector General.
The report delves into 45 different patient cases, raising questions about how the VA system dealt with these patients, and whether the person’s death could have been blamed on VA shortcomings.
Just a [More]
- 8:38 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs say investigators have found no evidence that health care delays at a Phoenix VA hospital led to the deaths of several dozen veterans, though the report confirmed internal troubles with the VA health care system and its delivery, according to the Associated Press.
The AP reported on Monday that the draft investigative report had not been publicly released, but was instead shared with top officials at the VA.
The AP quoted a statement from new VA Secretary Robert McDonald about the interim report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General, which said that [More]
- 8:32 pm Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Sometimes when you come back from vacation, you are greeted at the door by a lot of work that has piled up on your desk. For President Obama, a variety of domestic and world events pushed their way into his vacation, as he returns to the Oval Office with all kinds of unfinished business.
Let’s look at some of those items, D.C., in no particular order of importance.
It might seem hard to believe, but U.S. air strikes on northern Iraq began just as Air Force One was leaving for Martha’s Vineyard back on August 8. Since then, U.S. fighter jets [More]
- 8:08 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Still grappling with the brutal video killing of an American journalist this week, Pentagon leaders defended a failed rescue effort from earlier this summer and refused to publicly rule out the chance of attacks against Sunni militants in their home bases in Syria.
“I don’t know any other way to describe it, other than barbaric,” said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at a Pentagon news conference, as he denounced the execution of journalist James Foley and said the United States would not back off because of threats to kill other Americans.
“I think the President has been very clear on this,” Hagel [More]
- 8:00 pm Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
In the fight of his political life in 2014, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) isn’t running away from the controversy surrounding the Obama health law, as he has unveiled a new television ad which makes no bones about his support for some of the law’s major changes.
“That’s why I helped pass a law that prevents insurance companies from canceling your insurance policy if you get sick,” Pryor said.
The ad begins with Pryor’s father – the very popular former Senator and Governor David Pryor – talking about his son’s battle with cancer.
Pryor’s opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), has been a strident opponent [More]
- 2:25 pm Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
A day after a video surfaced showing Sunni militants brutally killing an American journalist, President Obama denounced the Islamic State group, saying the entire world is “appalled” by the murder of James Foley.
“No just God would stand for what they did yesterday,” the President said of ISIL, saying the Islamic extremist group has “no ideology of any value to human beings.”
Mr. Obama’s remarks from Martha’s Vineyard came soon after he spoke with the family of reporter James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria two years ago.
Here is a transcript of the President’s remarks as provided by the White House:
- 7:54 pm Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
As President Obama boarded Air Force One to go back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday afternoon, there was still no concrete explanation from the White House as to why the President had scheduled a return to work in Washington, D.C. as part of his summer break.
Before Mr. Obama left on his trip, reporters tried to get some insight from the White House on why the President was returning for meetings, but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest would only say the get togethers were not of an emergency nature.
“(T)his is an opportunity for the President to do [More]
- 9:21 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree
Back for two days from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, President Obama said he would send Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday, as he again urged police and protestors to avoid further conflict in the wake of the killing by an officer of an unarmed black teenager.
“While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving into that anger by looting or carrying guns, and even attacking the police only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos,” the President told reporters in the White House Briefing Room, saying such violence “undermines” [More]