Archive for September, 2011
Rep Maxine Waters is upset over President Obama’s remark to black Americans to “stop complaining.” The California Democrat has insisted, during an Early Show interview, that he wouldn’t speak to any other group, such as Hispanics, Jews, or members of the gay and lesbian community, in such a disparaging way.
On Saturday, while speaking at an awards dinner for the Congressional Black Caucus, Obama said that blacks should “take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We’ve got work to do, CBC.”
The Obama Administration has decided not to to ask a federal appeals court in Atlanta for further review of a ruling striking down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul. This latest Administration decision now means that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear a case on the health care overhaul in the court’s term starting next month, and give its verdict on the law in the midst of the 2012 presidential election campaign.
Thanks to a provision that lawmakers slipped through unnoticed 20 years ago, almost two dozen union leaders in Chicago stand to walk off with a cool $56 million in pension money, the Chicago Tribune reported last week. But only if the Illinois legislature doesn’t repeal the law, as was detailed in a report by WGN-TV.
Congressional Democrats say there’s a communication gap between the Obama administration and lawmakers that often leaves them out of the loop on key issues. Roll reports Democrats say the administration often goes to the media before Democrats while members of Congress receive little advance notice on White House proposals and sometimes little information before events in their districts.
President Barack Obama on sunday said that the GOP vision of government would “fundamentally cripple America,” as he tried out his newly combative message on the liberal West Coast. During his speech to supporters in Median Washington, the president mixed frontal attacks on Republicans with words of encouragement intended to buck up the faithful as the 2012 campaign revs up.
“From the moment I took office what we’ve seen is a constant ideological pushback against any kind of sensible reforms that would make our economy work better and give people more opportunity,” the president said at an intimate brunch fundraiser at the Medina, Wash., home of former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley.
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