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A Youth Response to SOTU

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 01.30.2015 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

President Obama addressed several youth issues, but as young people we have to make sure these policies are being developed with the interest of young people in mind and advocate for the issues that directly impact our lives.

President Obama Would Rather Talk to Youtube Stars Than to Mainstream Media -- And They Can't Stand It

Richard Fowler | Posted 01.30.2015 | Media
Richard Fowler

The truth is that the online audience Obama was able to speak to trust Bethany Mota, Glozell Green, and Hank Green. They do not trust mainstream journalists. But for the mainstream media, rather than taking a look in the mirror, it is much easier to continue with what has become tiresome and played-out Obama bashing.

Can President Obama Make Equal Access Headway?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.30.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

The bottom line here: What needs to change so that we ensure all children have access to a quality K-12 education?

Trust Reality Rather Than President Obama's Words on Drones

Jeff Bachman | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Jeff Bachman

Despite all of the evidence that demonstrates how empty Obama's words are when it comes to the reality of the civilian impact of drone strikes, he somehow finds the nerve to continue the "trust me" defense.

Pareidolia in Politics: The Face of Faith's Corrupting Influence

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

A big leap it is not from believing in god and the devil to believing in anything at all, including that the president is a radical Christian but also a Muslim and a foreign-citizen socialist who will take your guns away. Facts don't matter; we create a fictional order in the face of randomness and then call that real, and the chasm becomes ever wider.

Internet Users, Businesses Awaiting FCC Open Internet Rules After Congress, President's Attention

Edward J. Black | Posted 01.26.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The FCC was the institution Congress created years ago to look out for the public interest in communications network access. They were wise to minimize politics and charge the agency with developing the technical expertise to protect universal access to communications services. Congress would be wise now to let the FCC carry out its mission.

SOTU: Obama Now Sounds Like a Candidate for High School Class President

Michael Goldstein | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

Now, with a Congress fully in the hands of a Republican Party increasingly dominated by its right wing, he can make all the ringing proclamations he wants to about taxing the rich to help the middle class.

The Upcoming Battle Over Iran

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Matthew RJ Brodsky

When Netanyahu makes his third appearance in the House Chamber, the political and strategic gap between Obama and himself will again be thrown into stark relief, with ramifications echoing in both countries' foreign and domestic policies.

Sustaining Progress in Cancer Research: Precision Medicine and More

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

One very encouraging proposal in President Obama's recent State of the Union is the commitment to greater federal investment in biomedical research, including precision medicine and genomics research.

Don't Forget Me

Paula Gordon | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

It's deeply reassuring when our president shows how he is paying attention. Remembering. And his numbers don't lie. Barack Obama continues to lead us away from the Great Republican Recession.

State of the President? Free at Last!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Why is that man smiling? ...

Jason Linkins

So, That Happened: Congress Delivered Its State Of Disarray | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics

In last week's speech, the most newsworthy moment came when the president emphasized the importance of what he called "middle-class economics." The quick, hot take was that by doing so, Obama was opening a new round of combat with Republicans.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Steals GOP's Honeymoon

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of our article today is going to deal with Obama and his speech, ending with the snappiest portions as this week's talking points. But before we get to that, let's take a quick look at what the Republicans have been up to, as well as some other minor political news of the week.

The President's Baby Steps Towards Retirement Security

Teresa Ghilarducci | Posted 01.25.2015 | Money
Teresa Ghilarducci

The president's proposal is fantastic, really. But this is not enough. Helping workers to invest these accumulated assets and then to withdraw sensibly at retirement are two other big problems, which the president didn't touch.

New Yorker Cartoonist Live Tweets the State of the Union

Liza Donnelly | Posted 01.23.2015 | Green
Liza Donnelly

We all need to laugh! So when Moms Clean Air Force was told Florida Field Manager, Nicole Hernandez Hammer was invited as a personal guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union, I was asked to Live Tweet the event.

9 Funny Someecards To End The Week With A Laugh

The Huffington Post | Christine Dalton | Posted 01.23.2015 | Comedy

We made it through another one, y'all! This week had its winners and losers. We're gonna give the win to President Obama for having the one of the...

Business Owners: Here's How the President's SOTU Proposals Will Affect You

Gene Marks | Posted 01.23.2015 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Good speech? Bad speech? That's irrelevant. And it's not important what you think of the president either. What's more important is what will actually impact your company. And based on the above, some of what the president discussed will impact you. That's what you should be thinking about as you begin this new year.

'Green News Report' - January 22, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

President Obama's State of the Union focuses on climate change; Republicans' sneaky move to give the Keystone XL pipeline a new name; Yellowstone River pipeline spill spews oil and cancer-causing benzene; PLUS: Yes, Republicans vote climate change is not a hoax -- but there's a catch.

A Majority of Dependents

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.22.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Even if you're a just a talk-radio host, you shouldn't just say "Yap," as KHOW 630-AM's Mandy Connell did yesterday, when your special guest, in this case, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), insults the President.

20 Huge Statements Obama Made About Your Money in His State of the Union Address

GOBankingRates | Posted 01.22.2015 | Money

Did you watch Tuesday's State of the Union address? If you didn't get a chance to catch President Obama's annual address to the nation, now is the time to get caught up. The following recap includes 20 key points the president touched on that could have an impact on your wallet.

Did the Public Like Obama's State of the Union Speech?

John A. Tures | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Republicans frequently used the line "missed opportunity" to respond to Obama's 2015 State of the Union address. But actually, it sounds more like a golden opportunity. The only question is whether the president will be able use this newfound public support.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

We Went To The State Of The Union To Ask Members Of Congress: Who Are You Wearing? | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

Machiavelli once said that "politics have no relation to morals." But do politics have any relation to fashion? It's a question that continues to ratt...

President's 5 Economic Proposals That Could Benefit LGBTQ People

Meghan Maury | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Meghan Maury

This week, President Obama introduce a series of economic proposals during his annual State of the Union speech. Here's how five of them would impact the LGBTQ community.

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul Stretch Facts In Obama Criticism | Eugene Kiely & Lori Robertson | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on There were multiple official and unofficial Republican responses to President Obama’s Sta...

Obama's "Epiphany"

Michael Brenner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Obama's SOTU presented Americans with a strongly argued case to press a progressive agenda that encompasses taxes, social spending and a variety of ancillary programs. It was rooted in the philosophical soil that has sustained the Democratic Party for nearly a century. It meets crying national needs. It conforms to principles of justice and decency that hold the Republic together. Unfortunately, it all amounted to little more than an exercise in rhetoric under current political realities. Those realities are the ineluctable outcome of the Obama presidency's abandonment of those very ideas from the day he entered the White House. The speech is six years and three elections too late -- literally behind the times.