Pres. Barack Obama

2012 Presidential Election
1:04 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Obama Tosses 'Cowpie of Distortion' at Romney. Will it Stick?

President Obama tossed a cowpie charge at Republican Mitt Romney, May 24, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa.
JEWEL SAMAD AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 10:05 am

We haven't even yet reached the summer before the general election and already the cowpie is hitting the fan.

Actually, it was President Obama who on Thursday rhetorically hit Mitt Romney, the all-but-official Republican presidential nominee. Obama went all barnyard on Romney, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of not only lying about his presidential record but Romney's as well. It was, according to those following the president's re-election campaign, his toughest attack yet on Romney.

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Women's Health
8:32 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Catholic Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Birth Control Rule

In a compromise, President Obama proposed to allow religious universities and charities offer birth control coverage through their own health insurers.
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Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 3:21 pm

So much for compromise.

A total of 43 Catholic educational, charitable and other entities filed a dozen lawsuits in federal court around the nation Monday, charging that the Obama Administration's rule requiring coverage of birth control in most health insurance plans violates their religious freedom.

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Health
3:22 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

National Alzheimer's Plan Could Help With Texas' Large Burden

Because of sheer population size, Texas faces a big challenge when it comes to Alzheimer's disease.
Photo courtesy jamelah via Flickr

The Obama Administration has unveiled a plan to address Alzheimer’s disease.

It has five broad goals for addressing the disease and helping families facing challenges from it, with an end- goal to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025.

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Opinion
8:49 am
Fri May 11, 2012

New Republic: On Gay Marriage There's no Downside

A supporter of President Barack Obama holds a placard on May 10, 2012 near a private residence where Obama was attending a campaign fundraiser in Seattle. Obama voiced his support of gay marriage May 9, 2012 during an interview.
Mandel Ngan AFP/GettyImages

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 8:09 am

Ruy Teixeira is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and editor of America's New Swing Region: Changing Politics and Demographics in the Mountain West.

Will Obama's Wednesday embrace of same-sex marriage equality hurt him in November? The short answer is: possible, but not likely.

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Politics
2:04 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

President Obama: Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able To Wed

President Barack Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday. President Barack Obama told an ABC interviewer that he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:19 pm

In an interview with ABC News, President Obama declared his support for gay marriage. This marks a departure from the president's previous stance, which has repeatedly been described as "evolving."

Here's the money quote from ABC's OTUS blog:

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2012 Presidential Election
9:01 am
Wed May 9, 2012

In West Virginia Primary, Texas Prisoner Gives Obama Run For His Money

Texas inmate Keith Judd won roughly 40 percent of the votes in West Virginia's Democratic primary.
Barack Obama photo courtesy of the White House; Keith Judd photo courtesy Texas Dept. of Corrections.

Texas prison inmate Keith Judd earned an unofficial 42 percent of votes in yesterday’s West Virginia Democratic Presidential Primary. President Barack Obama earned close to 58 percent.

So who is Keith Judd?

The Associated Press reports Judd is behind bars at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. Judd paid a $2,500 fee and filed a notarized form to get on the ballot in West Virginia.

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Special Coverage
9:52 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Obama: The 'Light of a New Day' is Visible in Afghanistan

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers an address to the American people on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan during his visit to Bagram Air Base on Tuesday.
Kevin Lamarque AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 8:14 am

In a speech delivered from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, President Obama said that after more than 10 years of war in the country, the U.S. is on a path toward peace.

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Special Coverage
5:01 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

On Anniversary of Bin Laden Death, President Obama Speaks From Afghanistan

President Obama, photographed in 2011 while the Bin Laden raid was underway.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

He’ll be addressing America in a speech tonight, the one year anniversary of a special forces mission that killed Osama Bin Laden.

KUT News will broadcast NPR's coverage of President Obama’s remarks tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can listen on KUT 90.5 FM, or stream online at kut.org

AM Update
8:25 am
Wed April 25, 2012

AM Update: Romney Leads Obama in Texas, State Seizes Yassine Properties, Moontower Fest Kicks Off

If Presidential elections were today, a new poll says Texas would vote for Mitt Romney.
Obama photo courtesy Pete Souza via Wikipedia; Romney photo courtesy Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia.

Romney Leads Obama in Texas

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would beat President Obama in Texas if an election were held today. At least that’s what a recent survey from Public Policy Polling has found.

The group surveyed nearly 600 Texans and 400 Republican primary voters and found that 50 percent would vote for Romney.  Forty-three percent said they would choose Obama.  The seven-point spread is a significant drop from the last presidential race in Texas when, in 2008, republican nominee John McCain captured the state by 13 points.

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2012 Presidential Election
12:17 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Obama Campaign Begins Push for Another Latino-Vote Landslide

President Obama's re-election campaign has released four new Spanish-language ads, each ending with the phrase: "Esta eleccion si importa," which in English means, "This election does matter."
barackobama.com

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 10:42 am

In 2008, Barack Obama captured two-thirds of the Hispanic vote, winning in crucial swing states with large Hispanic populations like Colorado, Nevada and Florida.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:57 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Obama, Romney Define Each Other as General-Election Fight Starts for Real

Romey-Steven Senne/Obama-Carolyn Caster AP

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 10:40 am

Incumbent presidents generally try to cast their re-election contest as a choice between the imperfect but well-meaning and effective occupant of the White House and the far worse alternative offered by the rival party.

Challengers, on the other hand, try to frame a presidential race as a referendum on the sitting president whose record nearly always contains missteps, or who can be blamed for trouble in the economy or elsewhere.

In short, whether it's the president or the challenger, the way the game is played requires each to define the opposition as well as himself.

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health
7:36 am
Thu March 29, 2012

White House Aide To Skeptical Journalists: No Contingency Plan On Health Law

White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest in February 2012.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 5:20 pm

No matter how many times he said it Wednesday, the White House press corps just didn't seem to be buying deputy press secretary Josh Earnest's assertion that Obama administration officials weren't working on contingency plans just in case the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act.

They also weren't taking at face value Earnest's defense of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli's performance on behalf of the administration Tuesday which has been widely criticized as nervous, halting and all-around less-than-inspiring.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

President Obama Speaking on ‘Marketplace’ Tonight

Pres. Obama sits down with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal
Photo courtesy Marketplace/APM

President Barack Obama will discuss energy, economic policy and more on American Public Media's "Marketplace" tonight.

The “Marketplace” team says host Kai Ryssdal will chat with President Obama at the Copper Mountain Solar facility in Boulder Hills, Nevada. In addition to talking about energy policy and high gas prices, they will touch on many aspects of the economy: jobs, the budget, housing, average Americans, banks and the politics of economic policy.”

“Marketplace” airs at 6:30 p.m. on KUT 90.5 FM.

SXSW
9:22 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Watch Bloggers Discuss the 2012 Election, Live From SXSW

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Here’s one South by Southwest Interactive panel you don’t need a badge for.

At 9:30 a.m. today, a group of panelists are gathering to answer a question: “Can Bloggers Put Hope Back Into the 2012 Election?” The group is set to discuss whether the online team the Obama campaign assembled in 2008 can be jump-started this cycle and counter potential Democratic unenthusiasm:

2008 was the first Election in American History where bloggers and vloggers helped shape the political narrative and carry President Obama to the presidency. Four years later, the Administration has not nurtured these pop cultural connections. Will the blogosphere turn out for Obama in 2012?

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Health
12:36 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Majorities In Senate And Public Support Birth Control Coverage

Suitable for health insurance coverage?
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Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 5:10 pm

The Senate has turned back an attempt to kill President Obama's new rules requiring most health insurance plans to provide contraceptives without additional cost.

The 51-48 vote against an amendment to an unrelated highway bill (Yes, that's just how the Senate works) was mostly along party lines.

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Politics
2:24 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

We Read The 2013 Budget So You Don't Have To

A congressional staffer collects copies of the president's 2013 budget request from the Senate Budget Committee on Monday in Washington, D.C.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 1:43 pm

NPR reporters are analyzing the president's 2013 budget proposal. We'll be adding to this post as we get additional budget breakdowns. Check back for updates.

Overview

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Politics
11:24 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Keystone Pipeline Application to be Rejected, Sources Say

If completed, the Keystone XL pipeline will stretch from Canada down to the Gulf of Mexico.
Image courtesy transcanada.com

Approval for the Keystone XL pipeline – a controversial 1,700 mile pipeline designed to transport oil sands from Canada all the way to Texas ports along the Gulf of Mexico – is expected to be rejected today by the Obama Administration, according to a report from The Washington Post.

StateImpact Texas notes the announcement comes just a few weeks before the Obama administration would have been forced to make a decision on the proposal.

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Texas
10:54 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Austinite Could Become First Openly Gay US Attorney in Texas

The US Courts, Western District of Texas includes Austin, Waco, El Paso, San Antonio and many other cities.
Image courtesy of US Justice Dept.

Texas may get its first openly gay U.S. attorney. The San Antonio Express-News reports President Obama is set to nominate U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Lee Pitman of Austin as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, an area that stretches from El Paso to Austin.  

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Politics
10:22 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Perry Rejects "Obamacare," but State Agency Pushes On

Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Republican Gov. Rick Perry has made no secret of his disdain for federal health reform, or for one of its key tenets, a Travelocity-like state insurance marketplace in which consumers could choose from public and private health plans.

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News Brief
5:54 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Top Morning Stories May 11, 2011

Graphic courtesy of the Texas Tribune, by Todd Wiseman.

Texas Lawmakers Trying to Overhaul Medicaid & Medicare

The Texas Tribune, KUT's political reporting partner, has a story this morning on how Texas lawmakers are moving forward with efforts to overhaul -and get more control of- Medicare and Medicaid. 

Medicare is the health care program for the elderly; Medicaid primarily serves poor children and people who are disabled. State lawmakers are moving forward with their bill even though seniors across the country are upset with U.S. House members who supported overhauling Medicare.

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