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Julian Bond “Obama is to the Tea Party as the moon is to werewolves.”

 

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Jon Stewart “Even Megyn Kelly, who was, prior to that desperately searching for answers, had the House intelligence committee chair Mike Rogers (R-MI) on her show two weeks after he released the Benghazi report, and never asked him about it once.  Not bleeping once. Yes, the network who used the word Benghazi like a clubhouse password, the official Republican dominated House report on Benghazi was the only news story in two years that didn’t remind them to talk about Benghazi.

Which brings us once again to our main point of respect and appreciation.  The beauty that is the ugliness of Fox News.  They demand accountability for anger and divisiveness whilst holding themselves entirely unaccountable for their anger and divisiveness.  For two years they used Benghazi as shorthand, as a symbol for the whole concept of a corrupt lying, tyrannical, possibly murderous Obama White House, kind of like other people used Hands Up Don’t Shoot as a symbol for systemic racism.  There’s really only one difference between the two phenomena.  Systemic racism actually exists. “

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Rachel Maddow “In 2012, Pawlenty said a GOP president could generate 5% growth; Romney said a GOP president could get 6% unemployment, and Gingrich said a GOP president could get gas to $2.50 a gallon.

By Republican standards, is President Obama a striking success?”

 

 

 

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The medical-loss-ratio requirement mandates that insurance companies spend at least 80 percent of premiums on actual health benefits. It is one of the various provisions intended to help shape the behavior of insurance companies, making the market more efficient and cost-effective for consumers. Administrative costs are kept down, meaning that more of people’s money is going to real care.

“The medical loss ratio requirement and rate review mandated by the ACA put downward pressure on premium growth,” officials from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wrote in their report. Overall private insurance spending, of which premiums are a part, grew at a 2.8-percent rate — the lowest since at least 2007.

As Larry Levitt, vice president at the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation, put it to TPM in an email: “That is how it’s intended to work.”

 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-mlr-health-spending-slow

 

 

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President Barack Obama “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill,”

 

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Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said in a recent interview that President Barack Obama was one of the most successful presidents in American history, topping even Ronald Reagan.

In a cover story for Rolling Stone magazine titled “In Defense of Obama,” Krugman defends Obama against critics on the right and the left.

“High office shouldn’t be about putting points on the electoral scoreboard, it should be about changing the country for the better,” Krugman wrote. “Has Obama done that? Do his achievements look likely to endure? The answer to both questions is yes.”

“People who thought Obama was going to bring a transformation of America, I thought were being naive,” Krugman told ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl in a recent interview. “But by God, we got health reform, we got a significant financial reform. We are getting — the environmental action is not everything you would have wanted, but it’s more than anyone else has done for decades.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/blasphemy-paul-krugman-rates-obamas-legacy-as-more-consequential-than-reagans/

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John Oliver “There is something strange about the fact that we launched deadly drone strikes in two sovereign nations that almost no one here heard about.  But then again, why would it make the news?  We use drones all the time.  Hard numbers are very difficult to come by for reasons that we’ll get into but by one estimate, the Obama administration we’ve launched eight times the number of drone strikes than his predecessor.  And, while they’ve declined a bit recently, drone strikes will be as much of a characteristic of the Obama presidency as Obamacare or receiving racist e-mail forwards from distant relatives.”

 

 

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Bill Maher “Obama is still dealing with the crisis on our border.  He met yesterday with the Presidents of Guatemala, and Honduras, and El Salvador and he was trying to tell them to tell your citizens not to come to this country, and if they do, they will not be allowed to stay, unless they’ve got a great curve ball.  Then, we’re all good.”

 

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Stephen Colbert “So, as happy as I am that Sargent Bergdahl is coming home, it also means that five terrorists are free to roam in a treeless desert patrolled only by our predator drones…oh. Well, you enjoy that freedom fellas.”

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/full-episodes/3cuyeg/june-2–2014—thomas-piketty

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: But first here’s my take. Let me read you something from a well-known analyst of American foreign policy. He wrote, “Because of unsure and indecisive leadership in the field of foreign policy, questions have been raised on all sides.” The right added that the administration is, “plagued by a Hamlet-like psychosis which seems to paralyze it every time decisive action is required.”

Is this one of the many recent critiques of Barack Obama’s foreign policy? Actually, it is Richard Nixon writing about President John F. Kennedy in 1961.

Criticizing presidents for weakness is a standard trope in Washington because the world is a messy place, and when bad things happen, Washington and the president can easily be blamed for them. But to determine what America and Obama should be doing, let’s first try to understand the nature of the world and the dangers within it. From 1947 until 1990, the United States faced a mortal threat, an enemy that was strategic, political, military and ideological. Washington had to keep together an alliance that faced up to the foe and persuade countries in the middle not to give in. This meant that concerns about resolve and credibility were paramount. But the world today looks very different, far more peaceful and stable than at any point in several centuries.

The United States faces no enemy anywhere on the scale of Soviet Russia. America’s military spending is about that of the next 14 countries combined, most of which are treaty allies of Washington.

The countries that have been aggressive or acted as Washington’s adversaries are facing a tough environment. Look at Russia, China and Iran. In this context, what is needed from Washington is not another heroic exertion of American military power but rather a sustained effort to engage with allies, isolate enemies, support free markets and Democratic values and push these positive trends forward.

The Obama administration is, in fact, deeply internationalist, building on alliances in Europe and Asia, working with institutions like the IMF and U.N., isolating adversaries and strengthening the international order that has proved so beneficial to the United States and the world since 1945.

All the while it has fought al Qaeda and its allies ferociously. But the administration has been disciplined about the use of force and understandably so. An America that exaggerates threats, overreacts to problems and intervenes unilaterally would produce the very damage to its credibility that people are worried about.

After all, just six years ago, America’s closest allies were distancing themselves from Washington because it was seen as aggressive, expansionist and militaristic.

Obama is battling a knee-jerk sentiment in Washington that the only kind of international leadership that means anything is the use of military force.

“Just because we have the best hammer does not mean every problem is a nail,” he said in his speech at West Point. A similar sentiment was expressed in the farewell address of President Eisenhower, a strong leader who refused to intervene in the Suez crisis, the French collapse in Vietnam, two Taiwan Straits confrontations and the Hungarian uprising of 1956.

At the time many critics blasted the president for his passivity and wished that he would be more interventionist. A Democratic Advisory Council headed by Dean Acheson called Eisenhower’s foreign policy, quote, “weak, vacillating and tardy.” But Eisenhower kept his powder dry, confident that force was not the only way to show strength. He told his speechwriter, I’ll tell you what leadership is. It’s persuasion and conciliation and education and patience. It’s long, slow, tough work. That’s the only kind of leadership I know or believe in or will practice.”

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1406/01/fzgps.01.html