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The First Family’s Day

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President Barack Obama signs H.R. 1138 Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act. in the Oval Office

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L-R), his daughter Sasha and first lady Michelle Obama depart for their annual summer vacation to Martha's Vineyard from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama, his daughter Sasha, and First Lady Michelle Obama depart for their annual summer vacation to Martha’s Vineyard from the South Lawn of the White House

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter Sasha walk from the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, to board Marine One on the South Lawn for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., then onto Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for a family vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sasha Obama (C) smiles while walking with her parents U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as they depart for their annual summer vacation to Martha's Vineyard from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama, center, first lady Michelle Obama, right, and their daughter Sasha walk across the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, en route to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and onto Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for a family vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha walk off of Marine One and head towards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The president will return to his summer vacation spot of choice, the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, a day earlier than originally planned for more than two weeks of hoped-for rest coupled with extended pursuit of his favorite leisure sport: golf. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama waves from the top of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The president will return to his summer vacation spot of choice, the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, for more than two weeks of hoped-for rest coupled with extended pursuit of his favorite leisure sport: golf. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk from Marine One upon their arrival in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts August 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk from Marine One upon their arrival in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet well wishers upon their arrival in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts August 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama, left, talks with Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass, second from left, as first lady Michelle Obama, second from right, looks to Sasha Obama, center, after they arrived at Air Station Cape Cod, in Mass., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The president is returning to his summer vacation spot of choice, the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, for more than two weeks of hoped-for rest coupled with extended pursuit of his favorite leisure sport: golf. 102nd Intelligence Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Karen Cozza is at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama talks with Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass.

People watch as Marine One with President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha Obama, on board arrives at Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard, Mass., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The president is returning to his summer vacation spot of choice, the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, for more than two weeks of hoped-for rest coupled with extended pursuit of his favorite leisure sport: golf. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet people after arriving at Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard, Mass., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The president is returning to his summer vacation spot of choice, the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, for more than two weeks of hoped-for rest coupled with extended pursuit of his favorite leisure sport: golf. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk over to greet people after arriving at Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard, Mass., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The president is returning to his summer vacation spot of choice, the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, for more than two weeks of hoped-for rest coupled with extended pursuit of his favorite leisure sport: golf. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Aug
15

Listen Bibi and Schumer: #IranWar = ISIS Caliphate

by @zizii2

No mincing words. Killing the #IranDeal is a vote for war with Iran. Listen Bibi & Schumer: War with Iran erases the single obstacle to the total conquest of the Middle East by ISIS Sunni Extremists. How do we know this? One word, Iraq. If we think it’s bad enough that Iraq today is overrun by ISIS that we toil at great expense to reclaim; it will be a Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade compared to what the region will look like if we get embroiled in war with Iran.

We will in effect be acting as ISIS’ turbocharged cavalry and bombardiers. I repeat. We will be fighting ISIS’ war for them by demolishing their arch Shia enemy. More than a decade ago, America’s dangerous stupidity in waging the Iraq War created the vacuum that led directly to the rise of our worst nightmare; ISIS/ISIL. Now we will be both their cannonballs and fodder.

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But our tunnel vision predated GWB’s Mid-East blunder in the maniacal miscalculations we made in backing Saddam Hussein against Iran during the Iran/Iraq War all because our fee fees were hurt about the ouster of the Shah in 1979 (not to mention the horror we committed in 1953). As surely as there exists the law of gravity, we nuked ourselves in the foot each and every time we dabbled in the Middle East by creating cancerous power vacuums as we zoomed in and out detonating blowback ordnance on our own heels.

The NeoCon cabal, their Military Industrial Complex puppetmasters, plus their myopic Democratic Party bedfellows may satisfy their immediate greed, but America will be crippled and isolated permanently in its hubris.

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Aug
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This Is How You Watch A Clown Show

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Aug
15

65 Consecutive Months Of Job Growth. Thanks, President Obama

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Aug
15

The incredible cowardice of Senator Chuck Schumer

Chuck Schumer, senior Senator from New York, last night came out in opposition to the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the five permanent Security Council members and the EU, a deal which takes an Iranian nuclear weapon off the table.

The fact that he released his statement when followers of politics had their eyes fixed on the GOP beauty pageant is telling. It was the equivalent of a Friday afternoon news dump.

Of course, he wasn’t counting that those of us who are Obama supporters and supporters of peace can do more than one thing at a time. The reaction was instant and furious. I’ve tried calling Sen. Schumer’s office, and no one is answering the phone.

His Medium piece is one roiling paranoid fantasy that Iranians can never be trusted, ever, on a par with Binyamin Netanyahu’s belief that Iran wants to conquer the world.

Continue reading ‘The incredible cowardice of Senator Chuck Schumer’

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Chat Away

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Rise And Shine

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President Barack Obama greets troops during a rally at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza

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10:00AM: President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

4:35PM: The First Family departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base

4:50PM: The First Family departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Massachusetts

6:00PM: The First Family arrives Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station

6:20PM: The First Family arrives Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

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Justin Salhani: Why All The Arguments Against The Iran Deal Sound Familiar

President Obama invoked the memory of Iraq in his latest speech on the Iranian nuclear deal. “Now, when I ran for president eight years ago as a candidate who had opposed the decision to go to war in Iraq, I said that America didn’t just have to end that war,” Obama told a crowd at American University in Washington DC. “We had to end the mindset that got us there in the first place.”

As the president’s term winds down, the Iran deal will largely be what defines his foreign policy legacy just as Bush’s was defined by the 2003 Iraq invasion. Obama has taken flak from critics on his policies concerning Iraq and Syria, and while the Iran deal has also faced criticism from the right and Israel it has also found widespread support among former U.S. ambassadors to Israel and Israeli security chiefs.

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Alice Ollstein: GOP Debate Spends Less Than A Minute On Police Violence And Black Lives Matter

Though the first GOP debate took place in Cleveland, a city rocked by police violence against its African American residents, only one candidate had to speak to the problem: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The Fox News moderators asked Walker how to address the problem of “overly aggressive police officers targeting young African Americans,” noting that some call it “the civil rights issue of our time.” Yet

Walker’s only response was advocating for proper training for law enforcement, particularly when it comes to use of force. He then called for showing those who step over the line that “there are consequences to show that we treat everyone the same in America,” Wisconsin already had the some of the worst racial disparities in the country when he took office, but it has gotten much worse under his tenure. Soon after taking office, he defunded a program that tracked the race of people stopped by police, even though black residents of Madison’s Dane County were found to be 97 times more likely to go to jail for a drug crime than a white resident.

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President Barack Obama attends a health care meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House,  August 7, 2009.    (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama listens during a health care reform meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on Aug. 7, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

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WDH.com: Obama Heading For Martha’s Vineyard Vacation A Day Early

President Barack Obama is returning to his summer vacation spot of choice, the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, a day earlier than originally planned for more than two weeks of hoped-for rest. He is leaving the White House on Friday afternoon with his wife, Michelle, and teenage daughters Malia and Sasha, instead of on Saturday as initially planned. Last year, he was forced to break his self-imposed vacation silence several times and appear before news cameras to address political developments in Iraq, the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants and violent protests that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri,

following the fatal shooting of an unarmed, 18-year-old black man by a white police officer. He also returned to the White House in the middle of last year’s vacation. There are no plans for a similar trip before Obama returns to Washington on Aug. 23. The president heads to Martha’s Vineyard following a recent string of legal and legislative victories on trade, health care and gay marriage. Last month, he announced that the U.S. and five other world powers had reached a deal to grant Iran relief from crippling economic sanctions in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.

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President Barack Obama talks with members of the 2012 Summer White House intern class before a group photo in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 7, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama gestures during a roundtable discussion with Hispanic Print and web media in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, August 7, 2009.   (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama gestures during a roundtable discussion with Hispanic print and web media in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on Aug. 7, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama walks with Press Secretary Josh Earnest on the Colonnade prior to delivering a statement on Iraq in the State Dining Room of the White House, Aug. 7, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza




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