For State of Union, Obama faces GOP Congress for first time

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For State of Union, Obama faces GOP Congress for first time

For State of Union, Obama faces GOP Congress for first time. WASHINGTON — For the first time in his presidency, Barack Obama will stand before a Republican-led Congress to deliver his State of the Union address and try to convince lawmakers newly empowered to block his agenda that they should instead join with him on education, cyberprotection and national security proposals. With Obama firmly in the legacy-building phase, his address is expected to be as much about selling a story of U.S. economic revival as it is about outlining initiatives. Obama says Carolyn Reed of Colorado recently expanded her sandwich shop chain thanks to a Small Business Administration loan, and raised wages for her ...

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For State of Union, Obama faces GOP Congress for first time

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For State of Union, Obama faces GOP Congress for first time

Obama Looks to Trim State of the Union Speech. WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will have some special guests in the audience for his State of the Union address Tuesday night — people who wrote him in the past year to share their personal situations. Obama says Carolyn Reed of Colorado recently expanded her sandwich shop chain thanks to a Small Business Administration loan, and raised wages for her hourly employees. The president is well known for his delivery of lengthy speeches and detailed explanations, and his aides have tried – unsuccessfully – to rein him in at times. This year’s themes look set to include administration successes on the economy, withdrawing from Afghanistan ...

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For State of Union, Obama faces GOP Congress for first time

Rubric: Congress | 17 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
For State of Union, Obama faces GOP Congress for first time

For State of Union, Obama Faces GOP Congress for First Time. President Barack Obama on Saturday named some of the people he has invited to this year’s State of the Union address, which he will deliver on Tuesday. With Obama firmly in the legacy-building phase, his address is expected to be as much about selling a story of U.S. economic revival as it is about outlining initiatives. The president is well known for his delivery of lengthy speeches and detailed explanations, and his aides have tried – unsuccessfully – to rein him in at times. Ana Zamora, a student at Northwood University, will be sitting in first lady Michelle Obama’s box as the president delivers his annual address to Congress, ...

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For State of Union, Obama Faces GOP Congress for First Time

Rubric: Congress | 17 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
For State of Union, Obama Faces GOP Congress for First Time

For State of Union, Obama Faces GOP Congress for First Time. For the first time in his presidency, Barack Obama will stand before a Republican-led Congress to deliver his State of the Union address and try to convince lawmakers newly empowered to block his agenda that they should instead join with him on education, cyberprotection and national security proposals. With Obama firmly in the legacy-building phase, his address is expected to be as much about selling a story of U.S. economic revival as it is about outlining initiatives. The president is well known for his delivery of lengthy speeches and detailed explanations, and his aides have tried – unsuccessfully – to rein him in at times. ...

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Obama vows to ‘play offense’ against GOP-led Congress

Rubric: Congress | 16 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Obama vows to ‘play offense’ against GOP-led Congress

Are Democrats Trolling the Left?. At the Republican retreat, Senate GOP leaders are apparently working overtime to dial down expectations among Republicans who still hope that the Congressional GOP can put a stop to President Obama’s out-of-control lawlessness. President Obama used a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators Thursday to once again threaten to veto a bill ordering stiffer sanctions against Iran — and, in legacy mode, repeatedly vowed to former colleagues he would remain “on offense” against the GOP Congress on a range of issues.OBAMA ON ‘OFFENSE’ – GOP mantra: It’s Obama’s fault – ERNST TO GIVE GOP SOTU REBUTTAL – Oversight’s portrait war ...

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Congress Gears Up for Immigration Battle

Rubric: Congress | 14 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Congress Gears Up for Immigration Battle

AP EXPLAINS: Obama’s presidential veto power. Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg’s Peter Cook reports on the battle over immigration policy and on an Ohio bartender threatening to kill House Speaker John Boehner. “Cyber threats are an urgent and growing danger,” Mr Obama said yesterday as the White House unveiled a plan to revive cyber-security legislation stalled over the past few years. “So neither government nor the private sector can defend the nation alone.President Barack Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. ...

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Congress Plans on Relaxing Regulations over Banks

Rubric: Congress | 14 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Congress Plans on Relaxing Regulations over Banks

Clip Dodd-Frank at your own risk. The senior Massachusetts senator spoke with her fellow scorner of Tim Geithner, Sheila Bair, the former Federal Deposit Insurance (FDIC) chairperson about key economic issues in an interview for Fortune magazine. WASHINGTON — The House passed a measure Tuesday to dramatically restrict the government’s ability to enact any significant new regulations or safety standards, potentially hamstringing the efforts of every federal agency, from financial regulators to safety watchdogs.Boosted by their November election gains, congressional Republicans have launched a new effort to weaken, bit by bit, a law that dramatically expanded federal oversight of the ...

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In New Congress, Wall St. Pushes to Undermine Dodd-Frank Reform

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In New Congress, Wall St. Pushes to Undermine Dodd-Frank Reform

Clip Dodd-Frank at your own risk. WASHINGTON — The House passed a measure Tuesday to dramatically restrict the government’s ability to enact any significant new regulations or safety standards, potentially hamstringing the efforts of every federal agency, from financial regulators to safety watchdogs. Boosted by their November election gains, congressional Republicans have launched a new effort to weaken, bit by bit, a law that dramatically expanded federal oversight of the financial system after the Great Recession.WASHINGTON – The House moved Tuesday toward approving a measure aimed at softening legislation responding to the 2008 financial crisis that put banks and Wall Street ...

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Congress moves toward easing bank, Wall Street rules

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Congress moves toward easing bank, Wall Street rules

Clip Dodd-Frank at your own risk. WASHINGTON More than six years after the financial crisis struck, the House is moving toward softening a post-crisis law that brought the strictest rules for banks and Wall Street since the 1930s. Boosted by their November election gains, congressional Republicans have launched a new effort to weaken, bit by bit, a law that dramatically expanded federal oversight of the financial system after the Great Recession.WASHINGTON – To anyone paying attention, the current battle in Washington over rolling back some of the more arcane provisions in the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul resembles a circular firing squad. In this conversation between the Massachusetts senator ...

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Obama and Congress look for common goals

Rubric: Congress | 14 Jan 2015 | no comments yet »
Obama and Congress look for common goals

Boehner to Obama at White House meeting: The House will defund your immigration plan. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) went to the White House Tuesday to tell President Barack Obama that the House would vote to defund Obama’s executive action on immigration, and wouldn’t waver in the face of Obama’s threat to veto the bill. Boehner and other congressional leaders met with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, in a meeting that covered immigration, cybersecurity and U.S. military action against the Islamic State. The $39.7 billion spending bill was expected to pass by Wednesday, when House Republicans leave Washington for a two-day policy retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Boehner, ...

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