Christie in Nashville: Smacks Obama on Middle East Policy, Calls for Obamacare Repeal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

Speaking to reporters Saturday at a conference of the National Governors Association in Nashville, Tennessee, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continued to talk like a man with plans for a 2016 presidential run while finding new ways to be coy about actually committing to said presidential run. 

For starters, reports that Christie took former BFF President Barack Obama to task for his foreign policy in the Middle East:
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Religious Leaders Use Hobby Lobby Case Against LGBT Community


When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent on the much-publicized Hobby Lobby case that the court’s decision”ventured into a minefield,” she wasn’t far from the truth.  It hasn’t taken long for religious leaders across the nation to compose a letter to President Obama, asking certain organizations to be exempt from his upcoming executive order which bans discrimination against LGBT individuals who are employed as federal contractors. Read more »

Five Ways Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Could Help Philly

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

By now, you’ve probably heard about President Obama’s new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. The collaboration between foundations, policy makers, and private businesses wants to better understand the obstacles facing black and Latino boys and young men and then eliminate barriers to success.

The initiative’s Task Force is a made up of executive departments and federal agencies that will examine policies and programs across the nation that best serve black and Latino males. The Task Force will also recommend “incentives for adoption of policy by state, local, and private decision makers in order to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.”

But perhaps you’re wondering why this this needed. According to a statement released by the White House, “As recently as 2013, only 14 percent of black boys and 18 percent of Hispanic boys scored proficient or above on the 4th grade reading component of the National Assessment of Educational Progress compared to 42 percent of white boys and 21 percent of black and Hispanic girls. Youth who cannot read ‘proficiently, by third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school by 19.”

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Philadelphia Nonprofit Joins Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative

Today President Obama will announce plans for My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative aimed at helping young African-American and Hispanic men. KYW 1060’s Cherri Gregg notes a local nonprofit is involved in the effort.

BMe Community CEO Trabian Shorters will be in Washington today for the launch of President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which will bring together non-profits and for-profit organizations to test strategies for helping young men of color overcome negative statistics. Men and boys of color are disproportionately more likely to drop out of school, be victims of homicide or to go to prison, but these stats do not tell the full story of this population.

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State of the Union: Is Obama Failing Millennials?


Twitter was aflutter with thoughts and quippy one-liners in response to the president’s State of the Union Address last night. Most reactions seemed to be from the Millennial set, who are roundly dismissed as aimless and entitled, despite their heavy engagement in political and social issues.

What resonated most on social media was his verbalized focus on action and his readiness to flex on congress to get things done before the end of his term.  It’s the change many have been waiting for. President Obama delivered his address during the most economically stable period of his two terms, while at his lowest approval rating (43 percent) since taking office.

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Can Everybody Please Shut Up About The Obama Funeral Selfie?


It happened on Tuesday. One day before the Fake Sign Language Interpreter Scandal broke, United States President Barack Obama put on the Classic Overbite Selfie Face for a photo with some mobile-phone-wielding blonde (who happened to be Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt) and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a photo that has now become known as the Obama Funeral Selfie and has inspired the Great Obama Funeral Selfie Scandal of 2013, otherwise known as Selfie-gate. Read more »

President Obama on NSA Wiretapping: Incompetent or Unaware?

“Asleep at the wheel” is the idiom we use for a leader who is so inattentive at important moments that he or she is dangerous. For some inexplicable reason, the White House image masters have decided it’s better having President Obama seem clueless than in command.

If we are to believe the administration’s spin, the President didn’t know that the NSA was running a continuous wiretap on the phone of German Prime Minister Angela Merkel and 34 other world leaders, he didn’t know that the Affordable Health Care web site was not ready and when four Americans were being killed during a terrorist attack in Benghazi, the President quite literally went to sleep.

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Why Millennials Should Opt Out of Obamacare


Psst…Hey kid, want some universal healthcare?

Sometime back in 2001, Denzel Washington brought his ’79 Monte Carlo to a dead stop in the middle of a bustling LA intersection to hold a gun to Ethan Hawke’s head. “You turn shit down on the street, and the chief brings your wife a crisply folded flag,” he says, referring to Hawke’s refusal to smoke a bowl of PCP-laced pot at Washington’s request. Ultimately, our hero relents and takes a heroic puff, sending him on a trip from which he likely would never recover. And all that just to prove he’s down.

However unlikely it is that director Antoine Fuqua had that scene from Training Day in mind as an allegory for the establishment of universal health care in the US, he accomplished just that thanks to the recent institution of the dreaded Obamacare act. We need only to think of that PCP as the ACA, Denzel as President Obama, and Ethan Hawke as the perpetually downtrodden millennial generation—the traffic jam Denzel Washington created, meanwhile, is our ongoing federal shutdown. The outcome of that particular situation can only be bad for the guy doing the smoking.

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Democrats Screwed Themselves Using “Obamacare”


Question to Democrats: Whose bright idea was it for you to start using the term “Obamacare?”

Oh, yeah, that’s right–it was the guy who created it. Putting his hands up in resignation after a few years of unnerving Republican temper tantrums, the god of Obamacare thought co-opting the term would be a clever way of turning the tables. “I like it,” said the President during his first debate with GOP nominee Mitt Romney this same time last year. “I do care.”

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What Happened to the Barack Obama I Voted For (Twice)?

I voted for President Obama. Twice.

It was the first election that ever made me feel that I’d actually won something. He was the first candidate I’d ever voted for who seemed to believe in all the same things I did. I felt like my concerns were going to land on the desks of the people who could do something about them.

He had me at “change.”

Senator Obama struck me as a different kind of candidate. He seemed like someone who “got it” as a Gen X’er with modern sensibilities and interests. Despite his pedigree as a constitutional law professor at Harvard University, he read as an everyman archetype. That in another space or time, we could know each other somehow. I didn’t want (or need) a president I could have a beer with. But I appreciated the sense of familiarity and, more importantly, deferred to his intellect and scholarship and perspective on the issues that mattered to me.

I was reassured when he spoke out against the war in Afghanistan.

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