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The Beginning Of The End Of The Obama Presidency

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Obama’s mishandling of the debt crisis and his signature on a bill that will cut social security will mark the beginning of the end of his presidency.

Before or on August 2, President Barack Obama, a Democratic Party nominated president, will in fact, sign into law a bill that cuts Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as we know it.

Obama will sign a Republican measure to cut the first and second rail of Democratic Party politics, established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who launched America’s social and political compact following the dark days of the Great Depression during the 1930s.

Obama will not veto a bill that contains these cuts in the final analysis, despite his protests to the contrary during the past several weeks in negotiations with Speaker John Boehner of the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Obama will not allow the United States of America to default on its debt.  He has publicly rejected the option of invoking the 14th Amendment that could empower him to unilaterally raise the debt, although former President Bill Clinton suggested it as an option.

The Tea Party Republicans are holding Boehner’s speakership hostage — as well as the rest of the country — while Obama repeatedly overestimates his ability to persuade his opponents to embrace his position. During the recent dust-up, any option Obama supports is rejected outright by his opponents.

His mishandling of the Republican-manufactured debt crisis and his ultimate signature on a bill that yields to “reforms” of social security and fails to raise taxes on the most wealthy of Americans, will mark the beginning of the end of his presidency. Adding to his woes is an abysmal economy that is riddled with long-term joblessness –14 million presently unemployed, registering at 9.2 percent nationally and is in double digits in a number of states, including Ohio and Michigan among others.  Unemployment among African Americans is registering in double digits, customarily associated with depression levels.

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Whatever happened to Obama, the soaring orator from the campaign trail? His rally of Americans last night that urged them to contact their representatives, despite collapsing a couple of servers on Capitol Hill, comes too little, too late.

Obama has curiously failed to exploit the bully pulpit throughout his presidency. His failure to advance a core Democratic Party argument that the most wealthy Americans should pay more taxes for the greater good of American society, seals his fate for re-election.

By failing early to rally like-minded Americans to this debate, Obama has preemptively undercut himself and fellow members of the Democratic Party and effectively jettisoned a significant pressure point on the Republican Party.

His failing presidency is not lost on liberal Democrats.  In a Washington Post-ABC poll released earlier today, the survey reports that liberal Democrats who strongly support Obama’s record on jobs plunged 22 points that now registers at 31 percent approval. African Americans, who have been stalwart supporters of Obama, are now hovering just above 50 percent approval of his handling of the economy.

This failure also feeds into the image of a distant Obama, detached from the day-to-day concerns of regular Americans. And Americans are weighing in with a devastating analysis. In a CNN-ORC poll released yesterday, 84 percent of respondents rated the economy either somewhat poor or very poor.

In addition, “59 percent-believe the economy will still be in poor shape one year from now.” According to CNN, this survey’s results is the first time in 14 years of poll taking that a majority of Americans were pessimistic about the economy.

Who wouldn’t be pessimistic under these circumstances?

Not missing a beat, GPS Crossroads, the Karl Rove-founded third-party political group, is airing a “No Blank Check” video aimed at Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2012, and set out to elevate the campaign when at the apex of the debt ceiling crisis. GPS put up a “No Blank Check” video and related versions against Democrats two weeks ago as part of a $7 million multi-ad rollout that is running on national cable, network and local affiliates, targeting 11 states and is being billed as an “advocacy campaign on runaway government spending.” The video below is running in Ohio against U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and is also running in Florida, Missouri, Montana and Nebraska–all key states for Democratic senators that puts them at risk and “on the bubble.” And most political strategists agree that Obama must win Ohio or Florida to win the general election. There is no mistaking the Republican strategy, which has staked out these targeted states to take back the Senate in 2012.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=TVVs9Z2Z3qY%3Fversion%3D3%26hl%3Den_US

While most Americans continue to blame former President George W. Bush for the poor economic situation in America, at the end of the day, Obama is the sitting president who has failed to rally the American people to his side during the debt ceiling crisis, a crucial test of his presidency. Obama will be forced to sign perverted legislation to avert a default, by a Tea Party-driven Republican caucus in the House of Representatives. Consequently, Obama has placed his presidency in serious jeopardy, as well as the Democratic Party’s efforts to maintain the Senate in 2012–a thoroughly depressing scenario for all Progressives in America.

 

Tanya L. Domi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, who teaches about human rights in Eurasia and is a Harriman Institute affiliated faculty member. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Domi worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media development, human rights, gender issues, sex trafficking, and media freedom.

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Dem Wants Probe Into Allegations of Congress Members Drinking During Contempt Hearing

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House Oversight Republicans held a contempt of Congress hearing for Attorney General Merrick Garland while lawmakers allegedly were drinking alcohol and acting “pretty ugly” during Thursday night’s proceedings. Now, they are the ones accused of behavior “embarrassing to our institution” by Ranking Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who wants an investigation.

“Members of the panel ultimately advanced a contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Merrick Garland on a party-line vote, but the far more striking takeaway was the personal attacks and theatrics lobbed between lawmakers in both parties — as Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) struggled unsuccessfully to gain control for more than an hour,” Politico reported Friday, adding: “both Republicans and Democrats acknowledged some members had been drinking that evening.”

Who was drinking remains a secret.

“A House Republican described the hearing as ’embarrassing’ and ‘a four -alarm dumpster fire,'” Axios reported. “The session quickly devolved into chaos, with Democrats blasting the GOP for postponing the hearing so several members could visit former President Trump’s trial and Republicans heckling them in response.”

One Democrat during the hearing spoke up.

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Ranking Member Raskin “said it was ’embarrassing to our institution’ and that he ‘constantly’ instructs his members to maintain a ‘high level of dignity and respect and decorum.'”

“We have some members in the room who are drinking inside the hearing room … who are not on this committee,” alleged Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-NM).

The Hill adds that Congressman Raskin said, “I didn’t see the drinking,” and that “the gentlelady from New Mexico, Melanie Stansbury raised it, she said there are members drinking in the room, and that’s something that is worth investigating if there was in fact drinking taking place.”

One unnamed House Republican told Axios, “This place is so stupid.”

The evening’s events quickly took a bad turn when U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), violating decorum, interrupted Ranking Member Raskin barely 30 seconds into his remarks.

Watch below or at this link.

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Why Alito’s ‘Stop the Steal’ Flag Story Just Fell Apart

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Justice Samuel Alito’s defense for why there was a “Stop the Steal” flag flying at his Alexandria, Virginia home three days before Joe Biden’s inauguration, ten days after the January 6, 2021 insurrection, just fell apart.

The entire justification for a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice with lifetime tenure who refuses to recuse himself from cases including ones related to the 2020 election, which ethics experts and U.S. Senators say he is obligated to do so, is a dispute with a neighbor, according to The New York Times‘ original reporting, and a Fox News reporter.

Critics say his defense doesn’t justify flying a U.S. flag upside down, a symbol of the Stop the Steal movement used by insurrectionists.

In brief, Fox News’ Shannon Bream reports Justice Alito “told me a neighbor on their street had a ‘F— Trump’ sign that was within 50 feet of where children await the school bus in Jan 21. Mrs. Alito brought this up with the neighbor.”

“According to Justice Alito, things escalated and the neighbor put up a sign personally addressing Mrs. Alito and blaming her for the Jan 6th attacks,” Bream wrote. She added Alito “says he and his wife were walking in the neighborhood and there were words between Mrs. Alito and a male at the home with the sign. Alito says the man engaged in vulgar language, ‘including the c-word’,” which prompted Mrs. Alito to hang the American flag upside down as the insurrections did on January 6.

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Court watchers and critics have called into question Alito’s judgment. Senate Democratic Judiciary Chairman Dick Durban has called for the Justice to recuse himself from all cases related to the 2020 presidential election, NBC News is reporting.

Critics are asking if Justice and/or Mrs. Alito’s response to an alleged dispute with neighbors was appropriate, but now Justice Alito’s telling of events is being called into question entirely.

Aaron Fritschner, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), says no school children would have been waiting for school buses at the time the Alito’s flag was photographed upside down, because schools had moved to virtual learning during the COVID pandemic at that time in the area the Alitos reside.

Further calling into question Justice Alito’s claims, CNN’s Holmes Lybrand, a former fact-checker for The Weekly Standard, reports none of the Alitos’ neighbors remember the alleged dispute the justice recounted.

“I spoke with some of Justice Alito’s neighbors who said they remember the American flag being flown upside-down at his home but didn’t recall any neighborhood drama surrounding it,” Lyband reports. “Each neighbor I spoke with reiterated multiple times how kind and well-liked the Alitos are.”

In its report that broke the story, The New York Times noted, “The half-dozen neighbors who saw the flag, or knew of it, requested anonymity because they said they did not want to add to the contentiousness on the block and feared reprisal.”

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Alito Tells Fox News Story Behind His Home’s ‘Stop the Steal’ Flag but Critics Unconvinced

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Editor’s note: The spelling of Fox News host Shannon Bream’s last name has been corrected.

Justice Samuel Alito on Friday appeared to compound concerns over the bombshell New York Times report revealing a flag associated with the January 6 insurrection and the “Stop the Steal” movement was flying at his house just before Joe Biden was inaugurated and while the Supreme Court was reviewing a 2020 election case.

Alito, whose far-right positions including writing the majority opinion in the Supreme Court case overturning Roe v. Wade, have infuriated and frustrated the left, once again has found himself the subject of apprehension over his impartiality and grasp of ethical norms.

In a rare move, the embattled justice, who now faces strong calls for his ouster, spoke immediately to the news media to address those issues, and revealed the story behind the decision to fly the “Stop the Steal” flag at his home.

Confirming again it was his wife who put the flag up, Alito seemed neither remorseful nor cognizant of the great ethical and credibility violation that act represented.

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“I spoke directly with Justice #Alito about the flag story in the NYT,” Fox News host Shannon Bream reported late Friday morning via social media. “In addition to what’s in the story, he told me a neighbor on their street had a ‘F— Trump’ sign that was within 50 feet of where children await the school bus in Jan 21. Mrs. Alito brought this up with the neighbor.”

“According to Justice Alito, things escalated and the neighbor put up a sign personally addressing Mrs. Alito and blaming her for the Jan 6th attacks,” Bream continued.

“Justice Alito says he and his wife were walking in the neighborhood and there were words between Mrs. Alito and a male at the home with the sign. Alito says the man engaged in vulgar language, ‘including the c-word’,” she wrote. “Following that exchange, Mrs. Alito was distraught and hung the flag upside down ‘for a short time’. Justice Alito says some neighbors on his street are ‘very political’ and acknowledges it was a very heated time in January 2021.”

The Bulwark’s Bill Kristol chastised Bream, noting she got Alito’s side of the story without “trying to see how it compares with the accounts and recollections of others involved. If only the anchor had the resources of a ‘news’ channel to seek out the truth!”

Some critics responding to Bream’s report say Alito’s explanation doesn’t make their perception of his actions — or his wife’s – any more reasonable.

Former George W. Bush administration official Christian Vanderbrouk commented, “Sam Alito is unapologetic for desecrating an American symbol as part of a neighborhood feud.”

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“Interesting claims by Alito,” attorney Robert J. DeNault remarked. “Not sure it’s reasonable to think any person would react to a neighbor disagreeing — even crassly or rudely — over Trump by hanging an American flag upside down. Does not feel credible to contend Alito’s upside flag was divorced from MAGA symbolism.”

“Alito speaks to Fox about New York Times report, continues to attribute it to his wife, but does not explain why his wife’s reaction to a ‘fuck Trump’ sign and being insulted was to hang an American flag upside down in the days after Jan. 6.” observed CNN’s Edward-Isaac Dovere. “Suburban neighborhood disputes happen all the time – over lawn care, noisy children, Christmas lights… all sorts of things. Not many instances of an escalated response being a now very politicized symbol of military distress.”

“Friendly reminder the entire GOP and Fox News is screaming on practically a daily basis that Judge Merchan needs to recuse because of the work his adult daughter separately does,” national security attorney Brad Moss offered. “But yeah, this is no biggie.”

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