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Tax troubles derail two presidential nominees today

President Barack Obama’s administration today got hit with two tough political blows. Two Obama nominees, Former Senator Tom Daschle and consulting executive Nancy Killefer, both withdrew their names for top positions because of tax blunders. Daschle stepping aside was the most damaging to the fledgling Obama administration. Daschle was nominated to be head of the Health and Human Services Department. Daschle had been expected to lead the charge for health care reforms — an issue close to the president and millions of Americans. Daschle was tripped up by the disclosure that... Read More →

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President Obama sends out e-mails rallying support for his economic plan

Photo from: www.whitehouse.gov   I got one. An e-mail from President Barack Obama today. No, I am not on that ultra-top secret list of folks with the president’s e-mail address to his new Blackberry-like device. Also, I am not the only one who got this e-mail from the president today. President Obama sent out tons of e-mails to supporters urging them to push for the passage of his $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The president said:”I need your help to spread the word and build support.”... Read More →

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Day Nine: President Obama signs groundbreaking equal pay bill

Photo from www.whitehouse.gov   Today, less than two weeks into his administration President Barack Obama signed his first bill into law and it’s a groundbreaker. President Obama put his signature on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act of 2009. Among the supporters at the signing ceremony, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Lilly Ledbetter. Ledbetter worked 19 years in a Goodyear tire plant. In 1998, Ledbetter sued Goodyear for pay discrimination. In May 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against her saying she had failed to file... Read More →

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Day Eight:President Obama’s $819 Billion stimulus plan clears first major hurdle

 Late today, the House of Representatives passed President Barack Obama’s $819 billion economic stimulus plan aimed at creating jobs and providing tax cuts to individuals and businesses. The vote was 244-to-188. Despite the president’s efforts over the past few days to rally support among Republicans, not one voted for the plan. Only 18 Democrats voted against it. The president is trying to drum up support for his stimulus plan in the private sector as well. This morning at the White House, Obama met with executives from corporations like IBM, Jet Blue,... Read More →

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Day Four:President Obama first weekly address touts his economic recovery plan

Photo from www.whitehouse.gov   In his first radio and Internet weekly address, President Barack Obama today called for bold and swift action to shore-up our shaky economy. The president is pushing for the passage of his American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan by Congress, which he said will “jumpstart” the economy. “It’s a plan that will save or create three to four million jobs over the next few years, and one that recognizes both the paradox and the promise of this moment – the fact that there are... Read More →

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Day Two: President Obama signs more important executive orders

President Barack Obama delivered on more campaign promises today. At the White House, the president signed three executive orders: one to close the controversial U.S. run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and two others banning torture and setting up a task force to oversee these changes. These swift decisions are a clear break with the Bush administration and send a message to the world. President Obama says: “This is following through not just on a commitment I made during the campaign but an understanding that dates back to our Founding Fathers, that we are willing... Read More →

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Obama Oath

A do-over on the oath of office for President Obama

Today Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to President Obama for a second time.   Millions of people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across the country, and around the world cheered after the swearing-in yesterday of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. It probably did not matter to most of them that the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court flubbed the 35-word oath. Chief Justice Roberts misplaced the word, “faithfully” and then at another point, omitted the word “execute.” That explains... Read More →

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President Obama gets down to business

  President Obama meets with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the Oval Office.   The parties and celebrations of the historic inauguration of the 44th president are over. (Technical problems on my site blocked me from blogging yesterday. Some of the glitches are still being worked out.)  Meanwhile today, President Barack Obama got down to the business of running the country and dealing with its myriad of problems. President Obama’s first full day on the job got off to a fast start with the signing of several executive orders... Read More →

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