BLINDSIDED: President Obama Outplays Republicans Once Again

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BLINDSIDED: President Obama Outplays Republicans Once Again (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

(OPINION) — President Obama has outplayed the Republicans once again. They were blindsided with the announcement Wednesday morning that the U.S. was moving forward to improve relations with Cuba after an ineffective embargo. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) were blindsided. Say what ever you want, Cuba will be as much on the ballot in 2016 as immigration reform.

The usual chorus of Republican naysayers were livid. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is expected to toss his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential election, blasted President Obama as the “worst negotiator in modern U.S. history.” He’s even challenging Pope Francis on Obama’s new Cuba policy. I am sure Rubio can walk in the shoes of the pontiff, right?

Marco Rubio:  “I think the people of Cuba deserve the same chances to have democracy as the people of Argentina have had, where he comes from; as the people of Italy have, where he now lives. Obviously the Vatican’s its own state, but very nearby.” “My point is I hope that people with that sort of prestige on the world stage will take up the cause of freedom and democracy. The Cuban people are the only people in this hemisphere that have not been able to elect a leader in more than 55 or 60 years. That’s outrageous.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted, “First Russia, then Iran, now Cuba — this is one more very, very bad deal brokered by the Obama Administration” (check out his Fox News interview: youtu.be/Rkoa3y8Kr-c). It’s comical to hear he and Rubio rant over Obama’s Cuba policy considering their fathers and Rubio’ s mother, hail from the Communist country. Gee, I wonder if Ted Cruz thinks we don’t know how his father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, engaged in bribery to leave Cuba and came to the U.S.? He and Rubio have a lot of chutzpa. He must be besides himself since he got a double whammy — his birth country, Canada, played a role in brokering the deal, along with Pope Francis.

First President Obama out-maneuvered the Republicans with the executive order for his immigration plan, then they had no choice but to pass the $1.1 trillion CRomnibus, leaving Obamacare and his immigration plan in tact (well, until February 2015), confirmed Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, as well as a slew of other nominees, including 12 district court judges, cementing his judicial legacy. Days later, wham, the new Cuba policy. O-man is on a roll.

House Speaker John Boehner had a lot to say: “Relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom – and not one second sooner. There is no ‘new course’ here, only another in a long line of mindless concessions to a dictatorship that brutalizes its people and schemes with our enemies. If anything, this emboldens all state sponsors of terrorism, as they now have an even better idea of what the president meant when he once told Russian leaders he would have ‘more flexibility’ after his re-election. We have seen this before, and I fear we will see it again. Despite these reservations about the president’s changes in our policy toward this communist regime, we all feel great joy and relief for Alan Gross and his family. Americans do not forget our own, and we speak out today because we have a moral responsibility not to forget anyone anywhere who longs for liberty and dignity.” Um, can you say “Oh China?”

Sen. Mitch McConnell had even less to say, echoing Marco Rubio’s talking points:  “Sounds like the correct response to me. I think he knows more about this than almost anybody in the Senate if not everybody in the Senate and I wouldn’t differ with his characterization.”

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge those Republicans who are receptive to thawing relations with Cuba. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) “was on the plane back from Cuba with Alan Gross  and said he’ll sponsor legislation to “vastly expand American travel to Cuba,” MSNBC reports.  Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) also said he will introduce a similar bill in the House. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who is the incoming House Oversight Committee chairman, “publicly expressed support” for President Obama’s Cuba policy.

Of course, the new policy doesn’t signal a close relationship akin to the U.S. and Great Britain, but it does signal a new start. Technically, Congress would need to lift the embargo on Cuba, but President Obama has some latitude to “chip away at at the effectiveness of the sanctions, making it easier for people to travel or trade with Cuba,” The Hill reports. The reality is that the majority of Americans want to reestablish relations with Cuba, but lawmakers like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz can’t seem to understand that. Besides, it will be a boon for baseball and business interests, including technology companies and the travel industry.

The reality is President Obama is causing chaos in the Republican Party, right in time for the 2016 presidential election. I can’t wait to see the GOP clown car pull up for the presidential debates. It promises to be quite funny. Get the popcorn ready. Obama isn’t going out with a whimper. Just ask Russia President Vladimir Putin, his country is feeling the effects of the sanctions imposed by Obama, which many Republicans claimed were weak. Um, the ruble is in a freefall….

Sony Lawyer Demands Media Stop Posting Data Leaked By Hackers

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Sony Lawyer Demands Media Stop Posting Data Leaked By Hackers

SONY EMAIL SCANDAL:  Newly hired Sony Entertainment lawyer David Boies is demanding that news organizations stop running stories on “stolen” data released by hackers.

In a letter to media outlets, Boies asked that the “stolen information” be destroyed.

Sony has suffered a PR nightmare after racist emails about President Obama were exchanged by co-chairwoman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin. TriStar executive Tom Rothman also sent an email blasting Will Smith’s children, Willow and Jaden, over an interview they gave the New York Times. Angelina Jolie was also called a “spoiled brat” in one of the emails.

In the sharply worded letter, Boies wrote the studio “does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use” of the information. The letter was sent to the legal department of media organizations.

Former Obama Campaign Staffers Urge Elizabeth Warren to Run for President

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Former Obama Campaign Staffers Urge Elizabeth Warren to Run for President (Photo Credit: Ready for Warren)

About 300 former Barack Obama campaign staffers are urging Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016. The letter, which was organized by Ready for Warren, is entitled, “We helped elect Barack Obama — now we’re calling on Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016.”

We believed in an unlikely candidate who no one thought had a chance.

We worked for him — and against all odds, we won in Iowa.

We organized like no campaign had organized before — and won the Democratic primary.

We built a movement — and the country elected the first-ever African American president.

We know that the improbable is far from impossible.

Now, former staffers from President Obama’s campaigns, along with former staffers from OFA, are joining with the thousands of Americans who are calling on Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016.

Rising income inequality is the challenge of our times, and we want someone who will stand up for working families and take on the Wall Street banks and special interests that took down our economy.

We urge Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016. Source: Ready for Warren

The list of former Obama staffers is here.

“Scandal” Creator Shonda Rhimes Blasts Media Response to “Racist” Leaked Sony Emails

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Shonda Rhimes Blasts Racist Email Exchange Between Sony Executive & Producer (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” creator Shonda Rhimes blasted the racist email exchange between Sony executive Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin in a Sony hack, by calling out the media for not taking a stronger stance against their actions. She slammed the characterization of the emails by the media as “racially insensitive.”

Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin mockingly guessed what films President Obama would like such as “Django Unchained” and “12 Years a Slave.” they concluded, “I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”

Rhimes tweeted, “Calling Sony comments “racially insensitive remarks” instead of “racist?” “U can put a cherry on a pile of sh*t but it don’t make it a sundae.” Ouch.

A group called the Guardians of Peace have taken responsibility for the massive hacking. The group demanded that Sony stop its release of “The Interview,” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, which lampoons North Korea.

President Obama: Racism “Deeply Rooted” in U.S. History

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President Obama: Racism “Deeply Rooted” in U.S. History

TRUTH:  In an interview with BET, President Obama said racism is “deeply rooted in our society; it’s deeply rooted in our history.” Of course, many on the right are saying not so. They want you to believe racism is a figment of our imagination. President Obama hosted a group of young civil rights activists at the White House last week.

Never mind the fact that the president was very clear in saying we have made progress as a country. The chorus of right wing haters are only focusing on a snippet of his comments — racism is deeply rooted in our society.

America has made gains, and that “gives us hope” of making more progress, he said.

“We can’t equate what is happening now to what was happening 50 years ago,” Obama said, “and if you talk to your parents, grandparents, uncles, they’ll tell you that things are better, not good in some places, but better.”

Obama said he is advising young people to be persistent because “typically progress is in steps, it’s in increments.”

In dealing with something “as deeply rooted as racism or bias in any society, you’ve got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it’s going to take some time and you just have to be steady so that you don’t give up when you don’t get all the way there,” Obama said. Source: Huffington Post

Watch a preview of President Obama’s BET interview, which will air Monday night:

President Obama to Address Nation on Immigration Reform

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President Obama to Address Nation on Immigration Reform (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

The heads of Republicans are exploding over President Obama’s imminent executive order for immigration reform that is expected to shield five million illegal immigrants.

Our immigration system has been broken for decades — and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.

So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.

This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas — and that’s where he’ll return on Friday to discuss why he is using his executive authority now, and why Republicans in Congress must act to pass a long-term solution to immigration reform.  Source: WhiteHouse.Gov

Mikhail Gorbachev Warns World Closer to New Cold War

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Mikhail Gorbachev Warns World Closer to New Cold War (Photo Credit: White House)

Former Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev warned that the world is closer to a new Cold War as a resut of the tensions between the major powers.

 

The 83-year-old accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to “triumphalism” after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the communist bloc a quarter century ago. The result, he said, could partly be seen in the inability of global powers to prevent or resolve conflicts in Yugoslavia, the Middle East and most recently Ukraine.

“The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it’s already begun,” Gorbachev said at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, close to the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate.

Gorbachev called for trust to be restored through dialogue with Moscow, and suggested the West should lift sanctions imposed against senior Russian officials over the country’s support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Failure to achieve security in Europe would make the continent irrelevant in world affairs, he said.

 

He should level some blame towards current president Vladimir Putin for his role in the rising tensions after he invaded the Ukraiine and seized the Crimean region.

 

Black Jobless Rate Inches Down to 10.9 Percent for October

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Black Jobless Rate Inches Down to 10.9 Percent for October

The U.S. jobless rate hit a six-year-low at 5.6 percent, while black unemployment rate inched down to 10.9 percent for the month of October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Despite the positive trend, voters remained very skittish, breaking for the Republican Party instead.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for whites declined to 4.8 percent in October. The rates for adult men (5.1 percent), adult women (5.4 percent), teenagers (18.6 percent), blacks (10.9 percent), and Hispanics (6.8 percent) changed little over the month. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.0 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier.

In October, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.9 million. These individuals accounted for 32.0 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed has declined by 1.1 million.

Payrolls grew by 214,000 jobs for the month of October. NBC News reports the labor report “coincided with the Federal Reserve’s decision to end its massive bond-buying to stimulate the economy, with the Fed expressing broad confidence in the economy’s health.”

US Ebola Crisis: Where’s the President Obama Who Showed Up During Superstorm Sandy?

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US Ebola Crisis: Where’s the President Obama Who Showed Up During Superstorm Sandy? (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

US Ebola Crisis:  The New York Daily News issued a scathing rebuke of President Obama and the continuing fall-out from the handling of the Ebola cases rocking Texas, saying “America needs a better Ebola plan.” Too bad the President Obama who showed up in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy is M.I.A.  Don’t get me wrong, I want my president to succeed, but I am also not afraid to criticize him when needed. Let’s not give an “October Surprise” to the Republican Party in the upcoming midterm elections.

It’s also very ironic that former White House press secretary Jay Carney jabbed his former boss, saying that  “substantive actions” need to be taken in the Ebola fight, such as travel restrictions. He told CNN on Thursday, “I think substantive actions need to be taken, and they may involve flight restrictions, they may involve moving all patients to specific hospitals in the country that can handle Ebola, and I think those would be wise decisions to make.” Carney added, “I’m not an expert, but I think that would demonstrate a level of seriousness in response to this that is merited at this point.”

Later on Wednesday, after cancelling a congressional campaign trip to Connecticut, President Obama said that the U.S. would become more aggressive in coordinating the national response to Ebola, including sending a CDC team to any hospital with a confirmed Ebola case.

But, by stopping short of issuing mandatory protocols, the President again fell back on the catch-as-catch-can system that produced such disastrous results in Dallas. He did so at the peril of health-care providers and the public — because trust that individual hospitals here, there and everywhere would perform superbly is decidedly misplaced.

Frieden acknowledged that he erred badly in assuming that virtually any hospital could stop the spread of Ebola by following proper protocols. Cluelessness about those protocols appears to remain widespread.

Neither Obama nor Frieden had the sense to issue directives with the firm, clear quality of standards sought by National Nurses United, representing thousands of nurses across the country.

The group called on Obama to order hospitals to follow procedures used at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a leading infectious disease facility, as well as to set requirements for protective equipment, staffing levels and training. Source: NY Daily News

I can’t solely blame President Obama for this mess. It’s not his fault that incompetence reigns supreme in this crisis. The Centers for Disease Control, specifically Director Thomas Frieden, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are also culpable. It seems like a case of the blind leading the blind. I am amazed at how then-candidate Barack Obama ran a stellar presidential campaign, followed that up with a great reelection campaign, only to become a Waffler-in-Chief. Nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson were led like sheep to the slaughter following the shocking misdiagnosis of patient zero, Thomas Eric Duncan.  The level of incompetence at this hospital is worthy of a lawsuit, not only from the family of Mr. Duncan, but also one from all the nurses placed in harm’s way — optional training via webinar, nurses protecting their necks with tape, failure to isolate Thomas Eric Duncan, denying his family’s request for a blood transfusion early on, failing to send crucial medical tests through routine delivery systems, etc. The list goes on. We are supposed to be the superpower on all fronts. This is simply a disgrace. No. It’s bigger than a disgrace. It’s a travesty.

Larry Klayman: Obama Must Be “Taken Alive” for Unleashing Ebola on White People

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Larry Klayman: Obama Must Be “Taken Alive” for Unleashing Ebola on White People (Photo Credit: FreedomWatch.org)

Larry Klayman is accusing President Obama of unleashing the deadly Ebola virus on white people. There are no words for this lunacy, but no-one should be surprised at this right wing freakout:

Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman has filed a lawsuit against President Obama for “providing material support and aid to international terrorism and facilitating terrorism” by not implementing a travel ban on people from countries facing an Ebola outbreak.

Health experts have advised against enacting a travel ban, explaining that such a move might actually increase the risk of an outbreak, but Klayman has his own idea as to why the Obama administration hasn’t enacted a ban: anti-white racism.

Klayman writes in his weekly column that “Obama has favored his African brothers over the rest of us by allowing them free entry into this country” and “relegating whites and others who are not black or Muslim to the back of the bus has become an invidious form of reverse discrimination. This was not right when blacks were subjected to this treatment, and it is not right now – particularly given its deadly implications.”

“I do not advocate violence, and I want Obama to be taken alive to be deported and pay for his inadequacies under the rule of law,” Klayman writes. “But he must be forced from office as soon as possible, before all is lost.” Source: Right Wing Watch

I’m pretty sure Rush Limbaugh is giving his two cents too, but why bother commenting on what the nutjobs are saying? It defies logic.