September 14, 2011 |
APEX, N.C. — In this tiny town of 37,000, historic Salem Street still teems with charming mom-and-pop restaurants and stores, such as the Rusty Bucket, that sell country-themed knickknacks. The median family income is $102,000. The town was named a few years ago as the 14th best place to live in the nation. On Wednesday, President Obama arrived here to tour a manufacturing business and tout the benefits of his American Jobs Act, which the president has said would create jobs and lift...
September 25, 2011 |
Yippee! It's our turn. Now that the presidential campaign season has begun, it's okay for President Obama to openly court black people again. He even used the b-word recently. "Pass this jobs bill," Obama said at the Congressional Black Caucus annual awards dinner Saturday, "and every small-business owner in America, including 100,000 black-owned businesses, will get a tax cut. " An electrified audience bolted to its feet in applause. The nation's first black president had actually said "black.
October 20, 2011 |
Nine days after President Obama's $447 billion jobs package was blocked in the U.S. Senate, one of the plan's key components — which would provide $35 billion to states and local governments to hire teachers and first responders — suffered the same fate late Thursday. The vote represented the legislative part of a strategy by Democrats to convince voters that they are pushing popular job-creation bills that are being thwarted by Republican opposition. All 47 Republicans voted against allowing...
September 12, 2011 |
Don't fall for it. There is no "new tone" coming from the Republican-controlled House. It's just a remix of the same old song. Anyone who watched President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress last week could have guessed that the GOP reaction would be muted . You could scan the chamber and read the contrasting facial expressions: Democrats tended to have wide eyes and broad smiles, while many Republicans winced as if suffering indigestion....
September 28, 2011 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton is planning a march next month to bolster the president's jobs bill and bring attention to the plight of the unemployed. The march, which will draw labor groups and civil rights organizations, is expected to bring thousands to the Mall on the day before the new memorial honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is officially dedicated, organizers said. Sharpton — who is a civil rights activist, nightly TV host and staunch Obama ally — painted the...
October 6, 2011 |
After crisscrossing the country for weeks pushing his jobs plan directly to the American people, President Obama turned his attention to congressional Republicans on Thursday, promising to target them in 2012 if they stand in the way of his economic agenda. "If Congress does something, then I can't run against a do-nothing Congress," Obama said in response to a question at a morning news conference . "If Congress does nothing, then it's not a matter of me running against them.