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Category: Barack Obama administration
March 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Budget cuts mean no more White House tours

Appreciation of history is more important than a vacation The Seattle Times reported that President Obama has canceled all tours of the White House as a result of staffing reductions prompted by the sequester, tours that are overseen by Secret Service personnel [“No more White House tours, thanks to budget cuts,” seattletimes.com, March 6]. Yet…

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Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, budget cuts, Federal government | Topics: Barack Obama, Sequestration, The White House

March 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Obama nominates two to reach climate goals

Keystone XL Pipeline will contribute greatly to climate change Elizabeth Lerer wears a pipe-shaped hat to express opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline at a rally in Los Angeles, Calif., February 17. The “Forward on Climate” rally encouraged President Barack Obama to take strong action on climate change. (DAVID MCNEW/GETTY IMAGES) President Barack Obama will decide soon…

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Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, Climate change, Environment | Topics: Barack Obama, Keystone XL Pipeline, oil

March 10, 2013 at 6:30 AM

No agreement in federal government leads to automatic budget cuts

Deficit should be dealt with on micro level I am no fan of the sequester: Some of the programs cut by it are vital programs that should never have been touched [“Nobody budged,” page one, March 2]. But seeking a grand bargain is a recipe for a long, drawn-out battle, and will probably entail numerous capitulations…

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Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, Congress, Economy, Federal government | Topics: federal deficit, Sequestration

March 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Obama, lawmakers work to reduce deficit

Deficit from war has historical precedence Debt reduction, the deficit, the fiscal cliff, it’s nothing new [“Obama, lawmakers trying for deficit deal,” News, March 7]. In his speech “War is a Racket,” Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler worried about the deficit spending from war that plagued the country and would have to be paid through “backbreaking taxation…

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Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, Economy, Federal government | Topics: Barack Obama, federal deficit, national debt

September 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Health care: a sour debate, diet as the answer and cutting costs

The problem with health care? Look in the mirror The Seattle Times editorial [“Needed health reform must contain costs,” Opinion, Sept. 6] noting that health-care reform must contain costs identified part of the problems facing quality care as insurance companies, excessive specialist income, how medical services are delivered and paid, and high costs of new technology…

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September 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Israel: Should settlements be withdrawn from Palestine?

Freezing Israeli settlements a path to peace In attacking President Obama’s demand for a settlement freeze by Israel [“Obama’s misguided approach to Israel,” Opinion, guest column, Sept. 4], Nevet Basker is either incredibly naive or supremely Machiavellian. She presents a simplistic version of what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to achieve. It’s not about adding a…

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September 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Obama and Joe Wilson: Who’s the liar?

Joe Wilson: the next Hulk Hogan? Editor, The Times: What an absolute embarrassment Rep. Joe Wilson is to this country [“Republican apologizes for heckling president,” CloseUp, Sept. 10] and the institution he takes an oath to serve and represent. Wednesday night on an international stage, he showed his true colors — that of a complete pompous buffoon. I…

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September 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Krauthammer: Has the president fallen to Earth?

Gloating at president’s struggles, offering no solutions Editor, The Times: Charles Krauthammer’s syndicated column [“The president who fell to Earth,” Opinion, Sept. 5] shows the attitude of the far right. The emptiness they feel at not having a Republican president or a majority in Congress must be intolerable. Krauthammer and company attack President Obama and Democrats for what…

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September 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Obama in the classroom: Was his speech indoctrination?

A public service announcement for our nation’s children Editor, The Times: This message is offered by the Republican National Committee to provide balance to the president’s message to America’s children. “Kids, studying is hard work. Don’t do it. Don’t study, and do not stay in school! If you picked your parents well, your daddy will get you into…

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September 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Afghanistan: Should Obama bring troops home?

Sirota whiffs again on Afghanistan I always look forward to David Sirota’s columns on Sundays. He never ceases to amuse as he steps up to the editorial plate, swings and misses. The truly amusing part is not the whiff itself (I expect him to miss) but the extent of the whiff. One wonders if Sirota even…

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Comments | More in Afghanistan, Barack Obama administration, Bush administration, Federal government, Foreign policy, military, Politics

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