October 2013

Oct 25, 2013

Obama Softens Tone on Immigration Reform

By Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times

After months of insisting the House should take up the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate in June, President Obama changed tactics Thursday and said he might consider GOP proposals to overhaul separate parts of the immigration system.

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How and Why NSA Spies on U.S. Allies

By Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to President Barack Obama in a phone call this week after receiving information that her cellphone may have been monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies. The White House said the U.S. isn’t monitoring and won’t monitor Merkel’s communications — but didn’t address what might have happened in the past.

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Healthcare.Gov’s Problems Aren’t Just with the Uninsured

By Amy Walter, Cook Political Report

By now just about every single media outlet, comedian, pundit and columnist – left, right and center – has flogged the Obama Administration for their poorly designed and terribly managed health care website. But, what many are missing is the fact that those who are uninsured and struggling to get onto the website (or are giving up all together), aren’t the ones that should worry Democrats the most in 2014. It is the people who are insured, and aren’t going to ever try to log-on to HealthCare.gov, who are going to determine the political fall-out from this mishap in the midterm elections.

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Democrats Beginning to Support Obamacare Delays

By Susan Davis, USA Today

A rising tide of Democrats has begun voicing support for easing the deadlines and penalties of the Affordable Care Act, showing the first cracks in party unity against GOP opposition to the health care law.

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The Populist Egghead

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

Sen. Ted Cruz may be the conservative movement's first populist egghead—a grassroots leader who is attacked for being too smart to have common sense. In political theater, you're usually allowed to wear only one of these costumes.

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Oct 24, 2013

France is Latest US Ally Angered by NSA Snooping

By Deb Riechmann and Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press

The sweep and scope of National Security Agency snooping abroad forced President Barack Obama once again to hear complaints from a U.S. ally angry about the surveillance net that has sparked an international debate over the limits of American spying.

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Partisan Squabbles Raise Questions Over U.S. Global Influence

The U.S. performance on the global stage has looked a little rocky in the past few weeks.

The Obama administration had to let Russia take a lead in managing the security challenge in Syria. The United States was also embarrassed when allies like Germany, France and Brazil reacted angrily to the news that the National Security Agency had monitored their leaders' communications.

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Trash-Talking the President

By Todd Purdum, Politico

No matter how many times you’ve been there, the White House is a pretty awesome place, conferring on every president what “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin once called “the single greatest home-court advantage in the modern world.”

So it would have to rank as the biggest “in your face” any modern president has faced if someone actually said to Barack Obama, in his own workspace — where a constantly shifting array of blown-up photographs of him line the halls and a retinue of helicopters wait at his beck and call — “I cannot even stand to look at you.”

 

 

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Inside the Messy but Moneyed Republican Plan to Neutralize the Tea Party

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

It took a tea party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultra-conservative ideologues across red America.

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Ted Cruz Returns to Texas as a Hero Who is Reshaping the State Republican Party

By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

Sharon Alford knows what they have been saying about her state’s junior senator up in Washington. Which is why she was standing here, among about 600 people in a sweltering warehouse, holding a hand-made sign that said, “We the people ♥ Ted Cruz.”

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Sharon Alford knows what they have been saying about her state’s junior senator up in Washington. Which is why she was standing here, among about 600 people in a sweltering warehouse, holding a hand-made sign that said, “We the people ♥ Ted Cruz.”

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

The Obama administration, seeking to remedy confusion about the Affordable Care Act's deadlines, said Wednesday that Americans can purchase health insurance through March 31 and avert the law’s penalty, which would be applied to those who are uninsured next year.

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Can a President Expect ACA Flaws But Be in the Dark Too?

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

Conservative lawmakers want to know what President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius knew, and when they knew it. Did the administration launch the Oct. 1 Affordable Care Act enrollment phase knowing the Web portal would be flawed? Was their decision to proceed rather than wait the correct one?

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