US President Barack Obama signs a Memorandum of Disapproval regarding S.J. Res. 8, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures, at the White House in Washington, DC, March 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Emission Cuts Ordered By Obama May Not Survive Beyond End Of His Presidency

The United States put forth its contribution Tuesday to a global climate treaty, relying entirely on a set of emission cuts ordered by President Barack Obama that may not survive beyond the end of his presidency.


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STEM Education & Why President Obama Has Made It An Educational Priority

Innovation drives the U.S. economy, and employees with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills have become a hot commodity in post-recession America.


GOP: The Party of “I Told You So”

With President Obama’s announcement on Friday that American troops currently serving in Iraq will be home for the holidays, most high profile Republicans have been left with only one response, that leaving early endangers Iraq and bolsters insurgents.


US President Barack Obama speaks with US Speaker of the House John Boehner during a meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 23, 2011. Obama summoned top lawmakers for crisis talks Saturday on averting an August debt default that could send shockwaves through the fragile global economy. With an August 2 deadline fast approaching, Obama warned that polarized lawmakers must have a plan for raising the $14.3 trillion US debt ceiling by the time world markets pass judgment Monday on the stalemate. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

“Emergency” Negotiations are the Only Kind Politicians Know

If I seem a bit cynical, it’s because I am experiencing an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. Is it just me, or does it seem that every set of negotiations between the White House and Congress over a major issue always comes down to some fabricated deadline?


WASHINGTON - JUNE 14: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listens during a news conference June 14, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Republicans spoke to the press on several issues after their weekly policy luncheon. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Shortsighted Reactions to McConnell’s Plan

But, even though I believe the plan has practical flaws, I think most of McConnell’s GOP colleagues are being short-sighted about the political advantages of McConnell’s plan. Frankly, it’s one of the more Machiavellian ideas to come out of Washington in a while.


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The Effective Politics of the Drawdown

The fact of the matter is that the announcement of the drawdown essentially turns what was planned to be a standard course of events into a strategic move that President Obama can own. It’s too smart of a move to think that no one considered the political ramifications.


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The X Files Political Era

It appears that it’s easier to believe that our President, with the help of the Navy Seals, and the Pakistani Military Institute, concocted a scheme to get a jump in the polls in 2011, than it is to believe that we actually found America’s most hated enemy.


US tycoon Donald Trump addresses a press conference to annouce a real estate project by Donald Trump in Georgia, at the Trump Tower in New York, March 10, 2011. Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili and Trump annouced the development of two luxury properties by Donald Trump and the Silk Road Group in the Black Sea resort of Batumi and another tower in Tbilisi, Georgia's capital.AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The Death of a Movement?

Not only did Donald Trump hijack the “birther” movement, but at least for a brief period, he hijacked Republican political momentum. The difficult news for the GOP is that as President Obama burst Trump’s bubble, he also exposed how shallow the Republican platform is right now.


President Barack Obama speaks on fiscal policy April 13, 2011 at George Washington University. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The 10-12 Year Excuse, err, Standard

Whatever you think about raising the taxes of the rich, or substantive changes to entitlement programs that most people younger than Baby Boomers are convinced won’t be around for them, my problem with both plans is the time allotted for everything to work itself out.


The Justices of the US Supreme Court sit for their official photograph on October 8, 2010 at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Front row (L-R): Associate Justice Clarence Thomas,  Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Back Row (L-R): Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. and Associate Justice Elena Kagan. (Credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Cut To The Supreme Chase

With every politician, judge and pundit in the country 100% confident that this case will only be resolved in the Supreme Court, why must we endure this unnecessary dance?



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