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POTUS & Secretary Clinton Vow Resolve & Justice In Mob Attack On U.S. Libyan Embassy — Ambassador & 3 Staff Killed While Fleeing — Jihadi Militants Targeted As Using Embassy Attack To Kill Key Staff
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff were killed as they rushed away from a consulate building in Benghazi, stormed by al Qaeda-linked gunmen blaming America for a film that they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad. Gunmen had attacked and set fire to the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, the cradle of last year's uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule, late on Tuesday evening as another assault was mounted on the U.S. embassy in Cairo. California-born ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in the assault, but it was not clear how or where he died. U.S. consular staff were rushed to a safe house after the initial attack, Libya's Deputy Interior...>> & >> & >> & >> & >> - Context - WARNING: Graphic Photos - Facts & >> & >> & >> & >> - Videos & >> & >> & >>

Birth Control Devices and Medications - 05221243 U.S. Catholic Groups Sue POTUS Over Contraception Law
The University of Notre Dame and dozens of other Catholic institutions sued President Barack Obama's administration on Monday to block a government regulation that requires...>> & >> - Facts & >> - Insight & >> - Video

President Sees 4-Pronged Plan For U.S.-Euro Zone Economic Security
U.S. President Barack Obama urged Europe on Monday to strengthen its defenses against financial market turmoil and recapitalize its banks as part of a four-pronged...>> & >> - Facts & >> - Insight & >> - Videos & >> & >>

ANALYSIS: Is Paul Krugman’s Anti-Austerity Theory More Valid Now?
President Barack Obama took office in the midst of a financial crisis that had sent the U.S. economy into a tailspin. The two most pressing tasks of the incoming administration were...>> - Context & >> - Facts & >> - Videos & >>

President Obama & French President Hollande Agree Against Austerity
U.S. President Barack Obama pressed Europe on Friday to shift toward a more pro-growth policy and away from austerity to tackle a crisis that threatens to push Greece...>> & >> & >> - Insight & >> & >> - Facts & >> & >> - Video

ANALYSIS: Swing States — The Eurozone Crisis & 2012 U.S. Elections
The U.S. Commerce Department estimates that more than a quarter of all manufacturing workers in Ohio depend on exports for their jobs. Against this backdrop, the...>> - Context & >> - Insight & >> & >> - Facts & >> - Video

Once Again — POTUS & GOP Set Fight Over U.S. Debt Limit Increase
If Republican and Democratic leaders want to avoid a reprise of last year's nasty showdown over raising the federal debt limit, they are not off to a good start. After meeting...>> - Facts & >> - Context - Public Debt - Chart

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Administration Order Targets People Threatening Yemen Transition
President Barack Obama on Wednesday issued an executive order freezing all U.S. assets of anyone considered to be threatening the success of the U.S.-backed political transition in...>> & >> - Facts & >> - Context & >> - Map

President Awards 42-Years Overdue Medal Of Honor To Leslie Sabo
President Barack Obama presented the country’s highest military decoration to the family of Army Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., who was killed protecting fellow soldiers from an ambush in...>> - Facts & >> - Context & >> & >> - Video

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White House Says POTUS Has Nearly $1M JPMorgan Chase Stake
President Barack Obama has $500,001 to $1 million in a JPMorgan Chase private client asset management checking account, according to financial disclosures released by the...>> - Context & >> & >> - PDF - Facts & >>

ANALYSIS: Accountability — President Obama’s Wall Street Problem
The giant $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan Chase highlights a central problem in President Barack Obama’s case for a second term: Four years after the financial crisis nearly brought the nation...>> & >> - Facts & >> & >>

President Obama Hosts Chicago NATO Summit Focus On Afghanistan
President Barack Obama welcomes NATO leaders to his home town of Chicago this coming weekend for a summit focused on Afghanistan, burden-sharing and other challenges facing the alliance...>> - Facts & >> - NATO

Senior POTUS Aide Brennan Meets Anti-Al Qaeda Leader In Yemen
A senior aide to President Barack Obama flew to Yemen on Sunday to meet the leader of a country battling with al Qaeda insurgents that Washington believes has also targeted the United States...>> - Facts & >> & >>

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POTUS Call Leaves Black Clergy Conflicted On His Gay Marriage View
The pulpits of the nation's Black churches took measure Sunday of President Obama's decision to support gay marriage, and the result was conflicted. Some churches were silent on the issue...>> & >> & >> - Context & >> & >>

President Obama Sees Military Veterans As Key In Swing Vote States
President Barack Obama has wound down America's war in Iraq, ordered the operation that killed Osama bin Laden and set in motion the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. He also has focused particular...>> & >>

Small Cities & Rural U.S. Are Focus Of President Obama's Campaign
Last week, President Barack Obama launched his re-election campaign in the university town of Columbus, Ohio. His hopes for a second term, however, likely lie not with the student-heavy crowd but...>> - 2012 Issues Videos

POTUS's Gay Marriage Calculation Sees Stable Black Voter Support
President Barack Obama called his decision to support same-sex marriage the result of a personal evolution but it also appears to have been a calculated political choice made with an eye on the November...>> - Context & >> & >>

POTUS 44 Becomes 1st President To Officially Support Gay Marriage
President Obama endorsed same-sex marriage on Wednesday, capping days of frenzied speculation about his views and intensifying pressure from gay campaign donors that...>> - Context & >> - Opinionalysis - Map

The President's 'To Do' List For U.S. Congress: Jobs & Mortgages
Pressuring Congress, President Barack Obama is laying out an election year "to do" list Tuesday that urges lawmakers to take another look at economic proposals to promote job creation and help families...>> & Context & >>

GOP-POTUS Political Feud Falls On Social Programs vs. Military Cuts
U.S. Republicans in the House of Representatives on Monday will fire their first shots of the next deficit-reduction battle, advancing legislation to cut nearly $380 billion largely from social programs while protecting...>> - Facts

Obama Administration AIG Bailout Grows $15.1B Profit For Taxpayers
U.S. taxpayers could realize a profit of more than $15.1 billion from the massive government bailout of insurer American International Group, a congressional watchdog said. According to a report by...>> & Facts & >>

Obama Administration Starts Military Trial Of WTC Terror Defendants
Five men accused of orchestrating the September 11 attacks, including the self-proclaimed mastermind (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed), are headed back to a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay on Saturday...>> & >> - Context

POTUS Sets 290,000 Summer Jobs For U.S. Youth In New Program
The White House pledged on Wednesday to help lower-income youth find summer jobs in a move likely to appeal to younger voters crucial to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. The initiative is in partnership...>>

Unions & POTUS Cool Tensions To Focus On Infrastructure Jobs
Whatever tension may exist between President Obama and organized labor was set aside Monday, when the president spoke to union workers about the need to invest in infrastructure, casting Republicans as the... >> - Video

President Obama Goes To Afghanistan For Major Security Meeting
President Barack Obama marked the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death with a speedy trip to Afghanistan, signing a strategic pact with Kabul on Wednesday and delivering an election-year...>> - Analysis & >> - Videos

Japan’s PM Noda & President Obama Meet On Strengthening Ties
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda pledged on Monday to strengthen the U.S.-Japan security alliance, the latest effort to project unity between Washington and its Asian...>> & >> & >> & Video

Raid On Bin Laden May Be Highlighted In POTUS's 2012 Campaign
One year after he authorized an extraordinary mission inside Pakistan by an elite Navy SEALs unit to kill Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama is not hesitating to put it front and center in his gathering re-election...>> & >>

Presidents Obama & Clinton Kick-Off Campaign 2012 In Virginia
Former President Bill Clinton gave a rousing endorsement of fellow Democrat Barack Obama in his first 2012 campaign appearance with the president on Sunday night, and helped him raise more than $2 million. A white-haired...>>

OPINIONALYSIS: POTUS Steps On His Achilles Heel Again
Typically, all presidents in every nation risk making a strategic or political error when a decision is rooted in their emotions, and those of a special political interest. Just as he's building a relatively stable momentum toward a likely and earned 2012 re-election, President Barack Obama decides to make a symbolic point in spite of a larger political and social reality. Though the civil and human rights of LGBT Americans are a noble and justified pursuit, there is a bigger picture and greater good that is being ignored — getting re-elected to insure these rights. As the so-called gay marriage goal is a comparatively wedge issue that is a volatile topic to a small percentage of voters across a diverse politicized population, President Obama would have a better advantage for re-election by prioritizing his symbolism and personal conscious with regard to the major common concerns of all Americans — the economy — and long festering socioeconomic instabilities. Instead POTUS 44 has been lured into making truly symbolic pseudo-policy statements based on the nagging demands of a politically vocal and financially influential minority. Though the President should be admired for taking a principled stance on an important social issue, greater harm will be done to LGBT Americans when it becomes the extra gallon of gasoline poured near the social and religious embers smoldering under a fragile bridge that's been built to make these civil rights ready for the larger part of America that is not lesbian, gay, bisexual, or of a transgender sexuality. The unfortunate reality of American politics, our social history, and the basic nature of most voters require leaders to make real change in a strategically realistic and time-sensitive manner despite the changing data from selective polling and statistics. The baseline truth is that most Americans can see little or no obvious and vested common interest in gay issues. The reason for buying-in to these minority demands has never been fully and clearly explained beyond the talking point of “we have a legal right to our sexuality like you.” That is a basic lesson from the 80-plus years of the Black civil rights movement that secured equal citizenship for African Americans — though the deeper discrimination that still hinders most Blacks is absolutely unavoidable due to obvious physical features that cannot be conveniently muted like a sexual preference. Even a particular unescorted President knows he can't easily get a taxi in many parts of New York City, a friendly cup of coffee in West Virginia, or presumed to not be suspect of anything during a casual nighttime walk through a neighborhood other than his own. Nor can nearly 300 years of legal race-based servitude, overt segregation, and socially sanctioned terror be used to justify why gay civil rights are similar to any Black American’s civil or human rights struggle. It is totally a apples and rocks comparison that history blind LGBT organizations use to leverage their agenda on the backs of African Americans — which becomes an unintentional insult. Since states will ultimately be the final arbiter of what actual marital rights are afforded their local LGBT and non-LGBT residents, the President's latest election-year pronouncement has no more legal impact or policy power than the opinion of his Vice President. That is the bottom line reality beyond any feel good accolades or partisan criticisms POTUS will generate for his courageous statements. If President Obama earns a second term — which is not inevitable due partly to his forcing of a premature social and sexual paradigm — then he may have to equally emphasize that his soul-searching on gay marriage is simply and strictly an independent view and not a new national policy most Americans don’t agree on. Not only will most voters respect him for having a definable personal opinion which is no less valid than their own about LGBT rights, but the slim majority of the electorate he will definitely need to get re-elected this November will know for sure that the larger socioeconomic challenges facing the vast majority of Americans on a daily basis are genuinely still his top priority for "change to believe in." Moreover, LGBT citizens should and will be more secure when the person in the Oval Office after Election Day 2012 is one that is effectively more attuned to protecting their basic civil rights — especially if most American voters begin to see gay marriage as much of a priority as they do. — Dennis Moore, POTUSworld.com Publisher (10 May 2012)

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OPINIONALYSIS: France’s Voters Making Change Too
Despite the obvious, sometimes things are not all as they appear in politics. Surely, President Nicolas Sarkozy has the most aggressive and pervasive political campaign compared to candidate Franηois Hollande. However, this organizational advantage comes at the wrong time. Like so many leaders in history, Mr. Sarkozy fails to fully acknowledge the social, political and economic paradigm shift that has occurred in France and much of Europe among voters of a younger generation. It is this vulnerability in his political ambitions and ego that causes him to ignore the broader realities beyond his campaign strategy. Most times in history, a candidate’s quiet intelligence has defeated loud hubris. Mr. Hollande has arrived at the right time with the right personal attitude and message that is likely to make him the top choice for President of France — most likely, the final choice of most voters. Sarkozy will gain most of his votes from a segment of an older generation with substantial economic securities, while Hollande will overtake him with a much larger number of French voters that truly feel socioeconomically insecure — voters will bypass the political hype, fear mongering and special interest manipulation, and blame a president for their socioeconomic problems. This is the new voters’ political and social paradigm of ignoring partisan punditry and media sideshows to blame leaders rather than their equally insecure fellow citizens. This was the relative lesson of the shift — as in the Obama campaign’s “change you can believe in” strategy — from when POTUS 43 (George W. Bush) reigned massively in U.S. politics to the paradigm that elected POTUS 44 (Barack H. Obama). Moreover, U.S. voters and policy makers should note that political and economic changes in France — the world’s 5th largest economy — will have significant socioeconomic effects on America and the Eurozone. There are major financial and political forces and links in France rippling across the Atlantic — influences we need to be better informed about. It is too late for France’s President Sarkozy to benefit from this new voter reality. The angry voter genie is out of the bottle, and honoring most wishes for real accountability along with the real “change” they still want to see to believe in. — Dennis Moore, POTUSworld.com Publisher (23 April 2012)

 

Obama 2012: The View From Abroad Nearly Four Years Later
It was not just U.S. Democratic voters who were looking forward to "hope and change" when Barack Obama became the 44th U.S. president. Around the world, many anticipated the United States would behave very differently...>>

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