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Reuters: Obama unloads on Republicans, sees ‘cynical genius’

NEWPORT R.I. Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:52pm EDT

(Reuters) – Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises.

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WashPost: House plans to spend up to $350,000 on Obama suit

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Post Politics
By Sebastian Payne
August 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

House Republicans will pay up to $350,000 to sue President Obama, according to a contract Chair of the House Administration Committee Candice Miller (R-Mich.) signed Monday with Washington legal firm BakerHostetler.

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The Hill: White House defends Obama on golf

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By Justin Sink – 08/22/14 03:44 PM EDT

Leisure activities like golf “are a good way for release and clearing of the mind,” the White House said Friday, amid criticism over the optics of President Obama hitting the links just minutes after delivering a speech on the death of journalist Jim Foley at the hands of Islamist militants.

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NYTimes: A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics

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President Obama on Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday. Republicans and Democrats have said his vacation is ill timed. (Credit Steven Senne/Associated Press)

AUG. 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras. Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley, and vowed to “be relentless” against Islamic radicals threatening to kill another American.

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Politico: McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama


By MANU RAJU | 8/20/14 5:07 AM EDT Updated: 8/20/14 7:29 PM EDT

HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.

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Reuters: No optical illusion: Obama balances world crises with golf, time off

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By Jeff Mason
OAK BLUFFS Mass. Sat Aug 9, 2014 7:06pm EDT

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave Americans an update on U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Saturday from a podium on the White House lawn with Marine One, the presidential helicopter, parked in the background.

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AP: 5 things to know from the AP-GfK poll on politics


Associated Press
Aug 7, 2014 – 3:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds the nation dissatisfied with what Congress and President Barack Obama have done lately, and few expect much more after the midterm elections. Here’s a look at five things to know from the poll.

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TIME: Obama’s Approval Rating at All-Time Low in New Poll


Denver Nicks @DenverNicks
Aug. 5, 2014

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have dipped to a new low—40%—according to a new poll released Tuesday.

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From left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The outlook is grim for Obama nominees awaiting confirmation from the Senate, which went into recess Friday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
August 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

High anxiety is gripping scores of Obama administration nominees who were left dangling above the Senate floor as that distinguished body took off for a five-week recess. (That’s vacation for most of the lawmakers and nonstop campaigning for a few facing tight races.)

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WashPost: White House: Obama has ‘no choice but to act’ on immigration

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Post Politics
By Katie Zezima
August 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday that because of inaction by Congress on immigration, President Obama must act alone on the issue and will decide by the end of the summer exactly which steps he will take.

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National Journal

By Billy House and Matt Berman

July 30, 2014 — The House of Representatives voted Wednesday night to do what became inevitable weeks ago: proceed with a lawsuit to sue President Obama over executive actions related to Obamacare. The vote was split along party lines, with nearly all Republicans voting in favor of pursuing the lawsuit and all Democrats opposed.

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TheWeek: Americans really wish they had elected Mitt Romney instead of Obama


July 27, 2014

Mitt Romney 2014?

Americans are so down on President Obama at the moment that, if they could do the 2012 election all over again, they’d overwhelmingly back the former Massachusetts governor’s bid. That’s just one finding in a brutal CNN poll, released Sunday, which shows Romney topping Obama in a re-election rematch by a whopping nine-point margin, 53 percent to 44 percent. That’s an even larger spread than CNN found in November, when a survey had Romney winning a redo 49 percent to 45 percent.

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WashPost: Charles Krauthammer: The vacant presidency


By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion Writer
July 24, 2014

The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached from the world’s convulsions. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.

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IEBusinessDaily: World Explodes/President Fundraises


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IE Business Daily
Saturday, July 26, 2014

A few weeks ago we covered the shrinking relevance of the Obama Presidency.

Since that time, Malaysian Flight 17 carrying 298 souls was shot down over the Ukraine, Hamas began firing rockets into Israel from Gaza resulting in a full Israeli incursion that continue today, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began crucifying Christians in Mosul, Iraq.

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SFChronicle: Signs of donor fatigue at Obama’s Bay Area fundraisers


Carla Marinucci
Updated 7:55 am, Thursday, July 24, 2014

President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation’s most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in.

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Politico: Barack Obama locks out the press — again

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But Obama has attended three super PAC events in the past week. | AP Photo


By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and JOSH GERSTEIN | 7/23/14 9:02 PM EDT Updated: 7/24/14 12:00 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited.

Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee.

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The PE: RANCHO MIRAGE: Is Obama buying a home?

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Speculation is swirling that the first family is purchasing a $4.25 million, 8,232-square-foot hilltop estate in the gated community of Thunderbird Heights. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photograher)

Published: July 21, 2014 Updated: July 22, 2014 9:59 a.m.

More than a month after President Barack Obama vacationed in the opulent desert community of Rancho Mirage, speculation is again swirling that the first family is in the process of buying a home there.

To read story by Luke Ramseth in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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President Obama took questions Wednesday in Dallas after making a statement on the border crisis, defending his decision not to visit the border during his trip to Texas. (AP)

By Katie Zezima and David Nakamura
July 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

DALLAS — President Obama on Wednesday forcefully defended his decision not to visit the Texas border with Mexico to view a burgeoning humanitarian crisis, saying he’s “not interested in photo ops” and challenging Congress to give him new authority to respond to the situation.

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WSJ: Hillary Clinton begins to move away from Obama ahead of 2016

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Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton at a May dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. (Richard Drew/Press Pool)

Politics and Policy
Presumed Presidential Candidate Makes Clear She Won’t Be Running for de Facto Third Obama Term
By Peter Nicholas
July 6, 2014 – 8:13 p.m. ET

Hillary Clinton has begun distancing herself from President Barack Obama, suggesting that she would do more to woo Republicans and take a more assertive stance toward global crises, while sounding more downbeat than her former boss about the U.S. economic recovery.

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IEBusinessDaily: The Incredible, Shrinking President


Political Whispers
Saturday, July 5, 2014

So, as with all Presidential second terms, President Obama is fading from relevance. It is inevitable and common for second term Presidents to become less popular and effective, Republican or Democrat.

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SacBee (AP): Obama under pressure to visit US-Mexico border

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The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Jul. 3, 2014 – 1:47 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 4, 2014 – 3:18 am

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is facing mounting calls from Republicans to take a firsthand look at the immigration emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, putting him on the spot concerning what he has called the “humanitarian crisis” of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children flooding in from Central America.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!


Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning.

Official unemployment rate falls in June

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 288,000 jobs were added in June. The number dropped the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 6.1%

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WashPost: Obama’s annoyance with Congress boils over

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President Obama speaks in front of Key Bridge in Washington, D.C. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency)

By Dan Balz
July 2 at 1:08 PM

President Obama’s displeasure with gridlock in Washington — and with the Republicans he blames for it — has been rising for months. This week it has boiled over.

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LATimes: Obama says replenishing Highway Trust Fund would be patriotic

Highway Construction

Christi Parsons, Michael A. Memoli
July 1, 2014

In his latest attempt to get Congress to spend money to upgrade America’s roads and bridges, President Obama debuted a new sales pitch Tuesday: patriotism.

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LATimes: Gallup poll: Confidence in Supreme Court falls to 30%

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There was time when a majority of Americans were confident in their Supreme Court, but those positive feelings have been eroding in the last quarter of a century so that just 30% now say they have confidence in the institution, according to a Gallup poll.

Michael Muskal
June 30, 2014

The poll, released Monday, had good news and bad news for the high court, a unique institution that serves as a check and balance in the United States. People have more confidence in the court than in any other arm of government, but that may not be saying that much when confidence in the presidency stands at 29% and in the Congress at 7%.

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The Supreme Court’s decision against recess appointments highlights the president’s risky strategy.

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
June 26 at 8:41 PM

The Supreme Court decision invalidating President Obama’s use of recess appointments laid bare the legal and political risks the president faces as he makes the aggressive use of executive power a core tenet of his second term.

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WashPost: Charles Krauthammer: Government by fiat


Charles Krauthammer Opinion writer
June 26 at 8:08 PM

The Supreme Court this week admonished the Environmental Protection Agency for overreaching in regulating greenhouse gases. The Clean Air Act covers polluters that emit 250 tons per year (or in some cases, 100 tons). This standard makes no sense if applied to greenhouse gases. Thousands of establishments from elementary schools to grocery stores would be, absurdly, covered. So the EPA arbitrarily chose 100,000 tons as the carbon dioxide threshold.

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RollCall: Boehner Planning House Lawsuit Against Obama Executive Actions

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By Daniel Newhauser Posted at 5:11 p.m. on June 24

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told Republicans Tuesday he could have an announcement within days on whether the House will file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, challenging the executive actions that have become the keystone of the administration.

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Field Poll

By Christopher Cadelago
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 – 12:00 am

Despite political fallout from his prisoner exchange, the unfolding scandal in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and growing unrest in the Middle East, President Barack Obama has maintained encouraging job ratings in California, where he’s buoyed by a scarcity of Republicans, according to the new Field Poll.

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NationalJournal: What a GOP Senate Would Mean for Obamacare


Full repeal is impossible, but the GOP could do some real damage to the Affordable Care Act.

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Health Care

By Sam Baker
June 23, 2014

A Republican Senate majority wouldn’t be able to fully repeal Obamacare, but it could force some pretty significant changes to the health care law.

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NYPost: The feud between the Obamas and ‘Hildebeest’

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In his new book, “Blood Feud,” journalist Edward Klein gets inside the dysfunctional, jealous relationship between Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama — and how it could explode in 2016. (Photo: (Left) Getty Images, (right) WireImage)

By Edward Klein
June 21, 2014 | 6:48pm

In his new book, “Blood Feud,” journalist Edward Klein gets inside the dysfunctional, jealous relationship between Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama — and how it could explode in 2016.

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Politico: Poll: Obama sinks on immigration

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Thirty-one percent of those polled approved of his handling of immigration.


By KENDALL BREITMAN | 6/20/14 6:07 AM EDT Updated: 6/20/14 8:42 AM EDT

Two in three Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of immigration, according to a new Gallup poll.

At 65 percent, the disapproval rate is the highest that Gallup has reported since the group began polling on the subject and is up 10 points since August 2013.

Thirty-one percent of those polled approved of his handling of immigration, the lowest readings since 2010, when only 29 percent approved.

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LATimes: Republicans blame Obama policies for immigration crisis on border


Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Richard Simon
June 19, 2014

Republicans are challenging the president’s characterization of the surge in young immigrants from Central America across the southern border as an unforeseen crisis, accusing his administration of contributing to the influx and demanding that he deploy National Guard troops and other resources to secure the border.

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Politico: NBC/WSJ poll: Obama approval rating low point

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Obama’s approval rating on foreign policy sets a new low.

By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 6/18/14 6:18 AM EDT

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is tied for the lowest mark since the beginning of his presidency, a new poll says.

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Hillary Clinton

Dan Balz

Dan Balz
June 18, 2014 at 7:42 PM

It is a near-perfect storm that has come together as Hillary Rodham Clinton tours the country promoting her new book and preparing for a possible presidential campaign in 2016.

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WashPost: Obama’s image hits record lows in trio of polls

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Post Politics
By Sean Sullivan
June 13, 2014

At least three polls released this week showed President Obama’s favorability rating hitting new lows.

In his first term, his favorable rating held steady even as his job approval rating slipped. But that’s no longer true.

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Student Loan Debt

JUNE 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama signed an executive order on Monday intended to lessen the college loan burden on nearly five million younger Americans by capping repayments at 10 percent of the borrowers’ monthly income.

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By BURGESS EVERETT | 6/9/14 8:26 PM EDT – Updated: 6/10/14 6:28 AM EDT

She stood beside President Barack Obama through the politically damaging revelations over NSA data-mining, but Dianne Feinstein can’t seem to stay on the White House’s call list.

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WashPost: Feinstein, Chambliss criticize White House over Bergdahl secrecy

By Josh Hicks
June 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee suggested Sunday that the White House has done a poor job of sharing information with Congress about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his recent release from Taliban captivity.

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Politico: Dianne Feinstein: No threat to Bergdahl

Senate Democrats Speak To The Media After Their Weekly Policy Luncheon

Feinstein says the administration is obligated to investigate Bergdahl’s capture. | Getty

By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 6/6/14 1:32 PM EDT

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said she has not seen any evidence that the Taliban would have killed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if details of an agreement had leaked, contrary to what Obama administration officials have said.

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Politico: White House braced for Bowe Bergdahl backlash


By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | 6/4/14 7:07 PM EDT Updated: 6/5/14 10:31 AM EDT

President Barack Obama’s Rose Garden appearance Saturday afternoon with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s parents was an attempt to humanize the prisoner swap to deflect potential criticism of letting five Taliban leaders out of Guantánamo Bay, White House aides say.

It didn’t work.

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Carolyn Lochhead

Posted on Tuesday, June 3 at 2:43pm | By Carolyn Lochhead

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Tuesday that she got a call from the White House apologizing for not letting Congress know about its exchange of Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of Afghan rebels since 2009.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!


Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this week, in case you missed it!

Sterling Trust sells Los Angeles Clippers

The Sterling Family Trust and Shelly Sterling has agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Former Microsoft Executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

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Barack Obama

By Juliet Eilperin and Ed O’Keefe
May 22, 2014

President Obama delivered a forceful defense of his veterans policies Wednesday, saying that caring for veterans and their families is “one of the causes of my presidency” and vowing to punish those responsible for long wait times and other serious problems at military medical centers.

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NationalJournal: Geithner Book: When Obama Blew a Dog Whistle and a Budget Deal

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Former Treasury secretary adds context to behind-the-scenes White House budget machinations.

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By Ron Fournier
May 12, 2014

In his forthcoming memoir, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner captures a moment at which President Obama faced a choice between forging ahead with a promise to seek GOP compromise on the nation’s debt crisis or bow to pressure from his liberal base.

Obama chose surrender.

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WashPost: Obama concedes executive actions have limited reach

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By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Friday, May 9, 2014

LA JOLLA, Calif. — President Obama acknowledged Thursday that the executive actions he has been taking to work around an uncooperative Congress will go only so far in achieving his agenda, and said Democrats need to win control of the legislative branch to set the country on the right path in the final two years of his tenure.

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LATimes: Republicans poised for midterm gains, polling indicates


David Lauter
Monday, May 5, 2014

Six months out from the November midterm election, Republicans have a strong advantage which, if it holds up, would likely translate into significant gains in Congress, a new nationwide survey indicates.

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President Obama’s approval rating fell to 41 percent, down from 46 percent through the first three months of the year and the lowest of his presidency in Washington Post (ABC News polls. Charles Dharapak/AP)

By Dan Balz and Peyton M. Craighill
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama’s approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president’s agenda, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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US+Russia Flags

By Katie Zezima
April 17 at 9:05 am

[This post has been updated with additional excerpts from the interview.]

Russia doesn’t want a military confrontation with the United States, President Obama said Wednesday.

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InlandPolitics: It’s finally started!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s going to be an interesting election season.

Full of venom, recriminations and denials.

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The PE: FIELD POLL: President Obama’s popularity in California still high

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With Gov. Jerry Brown next to him, President Barack Obama discusses California’s drought crisis during a February visit. A new Field Poll found the president continues to be popular with the majority of California voters despite his overall negative image nationwide. (File Photo)

April 08, 2014; 06:01 AM

President Barack Obama’s popularity among California voters remains high even as a majority of Americans disapprove of him, according to a Field Poll released Tuesday.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

WashPost: More than 6 million Americans enrolled under the ACA, White House says


By Juliet Eilperin
March 27 at 2:30 pm

A tea party member reaches for a pamphlet titled “The Impact of Obamacare”, at a “Food for Free Minds Tea Party Rally” in Littleton, N.H. in this Oct. 27, 2012 file photo (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

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WashPost: Poll: Obama’s disapproval rating hits a new high

U.S. President Barack Obama have lunch with five young people at The Coupe restaurant - DC

By Aaron Blake
March 26 at 3:38 pm

Negative views of President Obama have hit a new high, according to a poll.

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Politico: President Obama: ‘In midterms, we get clobbered’


By TAL KOPAN | 3/21/14 7:58 AM EDT

President Barack Obama told Democratic donors that Democrats tend to “get clobbered” in midterm elections, and in order to win in November they need to turn out the vote.

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The Hill: O-Care premiums to skyrocket


The Hill

March 19, 2014, 06:00 am
By Elise Viebeck

Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration.

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Politico: The rich strike back

Rich Strike Back

From top left, clockwise: Bill de Blasio, Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Dave Camp, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are shown around a sign on Wall Street in this composite. | Getty Images



NEW YORK — Just a few months ago, it looked like 2014 would be the year of the populist, with Democrats running on economic inequality, tea party Republicans bashing banks and newly minted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledging to soak the rich with higher taxes.

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LATimes: More than 4.2 million people sign up for Obamacare


But new figures confirm that the administration probably will fall well short of the 7 million sign-ups it hoped for by the March 31 enrollment deadline.

By Noam Levey
March 11, 2014, 6:13 p.m.

WASHINGTON — With less than a month remaining in the first enrollment period, more than 4.2 million Americans have signed up for health insurance on marketplaces created by President Obama’s health law, administration officials announced Tuesday.

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Politics and Policy
Marks Could Be Hurdle for Democrats in November Amid Broad Dissatisfaction
By Patrick O’Connor
March 12, 2014 12:01 a.m. ET

President Barack Obama is struggling to overcome widespread pessimism about the economy and deep frustration with Washington, notching the lowest job-approval ratings of his presidency in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

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Tim Donnelly

California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in November. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / November 5, 2013)

By Seema Mehta
March 5, 2014, 11:40 a.m.

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari on Wednesday called Republican rival Tim Donnelly’s comparison of President Obama to Hitler and Stalin “outrageous.”

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Politico: Poll: Obama approval at record low

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Obama received low marks on foreign policy amid the crisis in Ukraine. | AP Photo



By TAL KOPAN | 3/5/14 6:16 PM EST

President Barack Obama’s approval rating hit a new low mark in a poll out Wednesday, dipping below 40 percent for the first time.

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LATimes: Donnelly says Obama is like Hitler, Stalin on gun control

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By Chris Megerian and Seema Mehta
March 4, 2014, 11:34 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican candidate for governor, on Tuesday likened President Obama to dictators such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin on the issue of gun control.

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Politico: Ukraine conflict: Obama’s options on Russia

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President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine. | AP Photo


By REID J. EPSTEIN | 3/2/14 8:52 PM EST

President Barack Obama once again finds himself in a standoff with Russian President Vladimir Putin — with no good options for getting out of it.

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Politico: Putin-Obama relationship in deep freeze

Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin

Putin is determined to assert Russia’s place as a major power, despite Obama’s warnings. | AP Photo


3/1/14 4:53 PM EST Updated: 3/2/14 10:53 AM EST

President Barack Obama couldn’t have been clearer when he warned Russia not to send troops into Ukraine.

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LATimes: Obamacare enrollment hits 4 million


By Noam N. Levey
February 25, 2014, 5:32 p.m.

WASHINGTON – Enrollment in health plans sold on marketplaces created by President Obama’s healthcare law has hit 4 million, the administration announced Tuesday, marking another milestone in the law’s implementation.

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California Small Business Marketplace

By J.D. Harrison
Monday, February 24, 2014

After a slow start, the pace of enrollment is starting to pick up on the health-care law’s new insurance marketplace for individuals and families, with more than 1 million people signing up for coverage last month, including strong showings in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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Politico: Obamacare stats still hard to nail down

It could be a long time before we know whether CBO was even close to the mark. | AP Photo

By DAVID NATHER | 2/23/14 10:59 PM EST

When you go to all this trouble to cover the uninsured, is it really that unreasonable to ask how many uninsured people Obamacare has covered so far?

The answer, apparently, is: Yes. It’s unreasonable.

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LATimes: Obama backs away from a Republican budget priority

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President Obama is seeking to present a unified Democratic front in his next budget, scheduled for release in early March. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press / February 12, 2014)

By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey
February 20, 2014, 7:13 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Seeking to present a unified Democratic front in an election year, President Obama is backing away from a proposal to restrain spending on entitlement programs, focusing instead on economic priorities likely to please his party’s base.

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LATimes: California drought: $687.4-million plan would free up water supplies

Drought in California

A Secret Service agent looks over a parched field as President Obama visited the region to discuss California’s drought. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / February 14, 2014)

By Anthony York
February 19, 2014, 8:14 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — A proposed $687.4-million drought-relief package was unveiled Wednesday to free up water supplies and aid Californians facing financial ruin.

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By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would increase earnings for 16.5 million low-wage Americans but cost the nation about 500,000 jobs, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday.

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NationalJournal: How Obama Keeps Hurting Obamacare

Affordable Care Act

Republicans have huffed and puffed, but it’s the White House that has come closest to blowing the law down.

Health Care
By Sam Baker
February 11, 2014

Republicans have done everything they can think of to strike down Obamacare, but they’ve still only managed to come in second place. For all the House votes to repeal, defund, or weaken Obamacare, some of the most significant setbacks for the law have come from the administration itself.

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Reuters: Obamacare to cut work hours by equivalent of 2 million jobs: CBO


By David Morgan and David Lawder
WASHINGTON Tue Feb 4, 2014 3:08pm EST

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s healthcare law will reduce American workforce participation by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday, prompting Republicans to paint the law as bad medicine for the U.S. economy.

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Politico: Senate Democrats break from Obama


By BURGESS EVERETT | 2/2/14 11:04 PM EST

President Barack Obama is counting on Senate Democrats to help approve his legislative agenda during his final years in office. And though they are his staunchest allies on most economic issues, many Democratic senators are breaking with him on key issues in very public ways.

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RollCall: Polls Show No Impact From State of the Union Address

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By Steven T. Dennis
Roll Call Staff
Feb. 1, 2014, 4:02 p.m.

Tens of millions of Americans watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, but the speech had no appreciable impact on his depressed poll numbers.

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SacBee: Poll finds Californians not thrilled with Obama, health care law

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 29, 2014

As the federal health care overhaul continues to divide Californians, President Barack Obama’s approval here plunged to a record low, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Politico: Democrats: Cede the House to save the Senate

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Some have invested a lot to get Nancy Pelosi back in the speaker’s chair. | AP Photo

By ALEX ISENSTADT | 1/29/14 9:00 PM EST Updated: 1/30/14 7:17 AM EST

With Democrats’ grasp on the Senate increasingly tenuous — and the House all but beyond reach — some top party donors and strategists are moving to do something in the midterm election as painful as it is coldblooded: Admit the House can’t be won and go all in to save the Senate.

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NYTimes: In State of the Union Address, Obama Vows to Act Alone on the Economy

Barack Obama

Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

JAN. 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — After five years of fractious political combat, President Obama declared independence from Congress on Tuesday as he vowed to tackle economic disparity with a series of limited initiatives on jobs, wages and retirement that he will enact without legislative approval.

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John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, seen leaving the House chamber on Capitol Hill on Jan. 27, 2014, is warning President Obama not to overstep his Constitutional authority when it comes to raising the minimum wage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
Posted: 01/28/14, 8:07 AM PST | Updated: 12 hrs ago

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) says President Barack Obama likely has the authority to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers. But the speaker warned against any other unilateral steps that could encroach on the Constitution.

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By Zachary A. Goldfarb
January 28, 2014

Democrats consider President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday a launching point for a year of sustained assault on Republicans over a populist economic agenda, part of an effort to focus more on bread-and-butter issues and less on ­income inequality.

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WashPost: Poll finds little faith in nation’s leaders

By Dan Balz and Peyton M. Craighill
January 26, 2014

President Obama will speak to the nation Tuesday night with approval ratings lower than for any of his previous State of the Union addresses and with Americans broadly pessimistic that he or lawmakers of either party will make good decisions for the future of the country, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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Politico: Poll: Most say White House not competent

Voters disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy 56 percent to 39 percent, the poll says. | AP Photo

By TAL KOPAN | 1/22/14 12:36 PM EST

A slim majority of Americans say the Obama administration is not competent at running the government, according to a new poll.

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LATimes: Despite an improving economy, Obama’s approval rating stays low


President Obama speaks during a Cabinet meeting. The president’s job approval rating has fallen to the 40% range, suggesting many voters do not feel they’ve benefited from the economy’s steady growth. (Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images / January 14, 2014)

By Mark Z. Barabak
January 19, 2014, 6:34 p.m.

The stock market has hit sky-scraping highs, the unemployment rate has dipped to a five-year low and any number of economic statistics — new car sales, home prices, consumer spending — point to a perked-up economy that is steadily growing.

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LATimes: NSA surveillance: What’s changing, what isn’t


By David Lauter
January 17, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Obama has proposed changes in how the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence bodies conduct surveillance and collect data. Here’s a summary of what he’s proposing to change and what’s staying the same:

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McClatchyDC: Obama’s changes to phone surveillance unlikely to satisfy critics


By Anita Kumar
McClatchy Washington Bureau
January 16, 2014 – Updated 16 hours ago

No matter what President Barack Obama announces Friday when he unveils changes to the federal government’s surveillance programs, he won’t appease critics on the most important question he faces: what to do with the massive collection and storage of phone records.

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LATimes: Supreme Court hints it may limit president’s recess appointment power

U.S. President Barack Obama have lunch with five young people at The Coupe restaurant - DC

Based on oral arguments Monday at the Supreme Court, the justices may be preparing to limit a president’s ability to fill high-level vacancies during Senate recesses. Above, President Obama last week at a lunch with young people. (Olivier Douliery / MCT / January 10, 2014)

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January 13, 2014, 11:52 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hinted Monday it may move to limit a presidential power used since the days of George Washington to fill high-level vacancies during Senate recesses.

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RollCall: A Balance of Powers Case With Senate GOP Power in the Balance

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Hawkings Here

By David Hawkings
Posted at 8 p.m. on Jan. 12

One of the biggest congressional stories of the decade starts unfolding Monday — not at the Capitol, but across the street.

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