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Barack Obama

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Barack Obama

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Obama on Issues

  • Economic policy  economic-policy icon

    When Obama first won the presidency in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown, he touted a bipartisan approach to politics, but struggled to get support...

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    Barack Obama on Economic policy  economic-policy icon

    When Obama first won the presidency in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown, he touted a bipartisan approach to politics, but struggled to get support for his flagship initiative: a $787 billion stimulus package that included large tax cuts and more government spending. A year afterwards, the bill was used as proof that Obama was a profligate spender and had racked up irresponsible deficits.

  • Energy policy  energy-policy icon

    As president, Obama has advocated renewable energy sources as a way to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and pushed to reduce the effects of climate...

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    Barack Obama on Energy policy  energy-policy icon

    As president, Obama has advocated renewable energy sources as a way to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and pushed to reduce the effects of climate change. His administration's EPA was accused of stretching the limits of the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions standards without passing new legislation in Congress.

  • Foreign Policy  foreign-policy icon

    In his 2008 campaign, Obama pledged to end America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The following year he ordered a 30,000 troop "surge" to Afghanistan...

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    Barack Obama on Foreign Policy  foreign-policy icon

    In his 2008 campaign, Obama pledged to end America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The following year he ordered a 30,000 troop "surge" to Afghanistan at the same time he ordered combat brigades home from Iraq. In 2011, Obama presided over the mission that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was found hiding in Pakistan.

  • Health Care  health-care icon

    Only a few months after taking office, Obama and his team began the push for an overhaul of the American health-care system that Obama had promised in...

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    Barack Obama on Health Care  health-care icon

    Only a few months after taking office, Obama and his team began the push for an overhaul of the American health-care system that Obama had promised in his 2008 campaign. The result, 2010's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was one of the most significant--and controversial--pieces of health-care legislation in history.

  • Medicare Reform  medicare-reform icon

    Obama has said American cannot recover from its economic crisis without getting financial control of entitlement programs including Medicare. Obama did...

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    Barack Obama on Medicare Reform  medicare-reform icon

    Obama has said American cannot recover from its economic crisis without getting financial control of entitlement programs including Medicare. Obama did not support Republican Paul Ryan's Medicare-overhaul plan in the 2012 House GOP budget and instead introduced an alternative that retained the outlines of the current program but added spending limits.

  • Social Issues  social-issues icon

    Obama pledged to defend abortion rights and backed a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Though...

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    Barack Obama on Social Issues  social-issues icon

    Obama pledged to defend abortion rights and backed a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Though he has frequently said he supports civil unions, gay activists have criticized Obama for not going far enough to push for gay marriage rights.

Obama Coverage

  • I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country.

    The Washington PostJune 23, 2011
  • We must embrace America’s singular role in the course of human events, but we must also be as pragmatic as we are passionate, as strategic as we are resolute. When threatened, we must respond with force — but when that force can be targeted, we need not deploy large armies overseas.

    Politico.comJune 22, 2011
  • Today, the single most serious economic problem we face is getting people back to work,” Obama said. “And even though we’ve added more than 2 million private sector jobs over the last 15 months, I’m not satisfied. Not until everyone who wants a good job that offers a little security has one. Not until empty storefronts in town are open for business again.”

    Politico.comJune 13, 2011
  • I don't want the new breakthrough technologies and the new manufacturing taking place in China and India. I want all those new jobs right here in Indiana, right here in the United States of America, with American workers.

    NPRJune 13, 2011
  • I will not allow Medicare to become a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry, with a shrinking benefit to pay for rising costs.

    Huffington PostApril 13, 2011

Obama and the ‘1967 lines’

Confused by the diplomatic significance of President Obama’s statement on Israel and having negotiations start with the 1967 boundaries? We provide a primer and a history lesson.

Politicians ride bombastic rhetoric to the bank

Politicians ride bombastic rhetoric to the bank

1. Politician blurts out something incendiary. 2. The remark goes viral. 3. Fundraisers man the phones.

Political war of attribution

Political war of attribution

Both the Obama and Romney campaigns cite the mainstream media to lend credibility to their ads and appeals to voters.

In military-rich battlegrounds, Obama targets new group: veterans

In military-rich battlegrounds, Obama targets new group: veterans

Republicans have long defined themselves in part on their hawkish stance on national security issues and their popularity among the military and veterans. But the makeup of the nation’s armed forces is changing, and Obama hopes to win over veterans by appealing to the same subgroups that propelled him to victory in 2008: women, minorities and young people.

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