A year ago the DOJ announced that the banking giant JPMorgan Chase would avoid criminal charges by agreeing to pay $13 billion to settle claims that it had routinely overstated the quality of mortgages it was selling to investors. But how did the bank avoid prosecution for committing fraud that helped cause the 2008 financial crisis?
The question is whether President Obama can advance his foreign policy aims -- expanding trade, increasing military cooperation, keeping China at bay -- and honor the rest of that 2009 inaugural address?
This is not about President Obama, but about something bigger and deeper. It's about whether there's any real hope for America, and whether specifically there's hope that Liberal America can and will play the role that our nation needs for it to play.
The Valerie Jarrett I have come to know and work with has had vision, skill, patience, and passion -- and has been a key engine of this administration's getting important, life-changing, legacy-shaping things done.
With Republicans controlling both houses, I no longer fear that Ebola-infected terrorists are crossing the Rio Grande. I can sleep soundly. Also, as I cannot afford to replace my wife's wardrobe, so I am relieved that Sharia law will not be imposed.
If you want a single reason for why Democrats lost big on Election Day 2014 it's this: Median household income continues to drop. This is the first "recovery" in memory when this has happened. Jobs are coming back but wages aren't.
The President has a vision of what he wants the world to look like for his daughters and their children -- and it isn't B-Roll from Interstellar. Oh, and just in case he falters, there are those at the grassroots level who will remain vigilant... because they don't want future generations to be living in a science fiction movie.
The issue of refugees and illegal immigration sparked heated debates over the summer. On the July Fourth holiday, Obama told citizens that immigrants are central to the way of life in the USA, and that he hoped to pass comprehensive immigration overhauls.
No matter where you stand on the issues, you must concede that there will be extreme gridlock for the next two years: Congress will block President Obama's appointments, while in turn the president will use up a lot of ink with a steady stream of vetoes when Congress passes bills to undermine his agenda.
No one should be surprised that the American people are economically insecure and anxious. Seven in 10 voters said the nation's economy is in bad shape. Voters who said the economy was important to them voted 2 to 1 for Republicans.
The one accurate criticism I have of Obama is that he did not clearly and regularly label Republicans as obstructionists. In the end I blame Obama for not blaming anyone but himself. But at the same time, not evading personal responsibility is one of his greatest strengths. Go figure.
The administration should think twice about sending arms to the government in Baghdad at a time when many of the weapons are likely to be used by Shiite factions to repress Sunnis in Baghdad and beyond. Unless the Shiite militias are brought under control, Obama's claim that there is an "inclusive government" in Baghdad will remain a fantasy.
In Beijing on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama called on China to be a "partner in underwriting the international order" instead of "undermining" it. One key American strategist, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, is strongly promoting the idea that Obama's notion should be pushed further and formalized into a "Pacific Charter."
Insurers know the president won't allow the law to be repealed or even altered substantially, which will be good for future profits, and they also know they can count on the Republicans to push through legislation to get rid of the health plan tax and let them sell low-value policies again.
Lynch is without a doubt a consummate professional whose entire career embodies impartiality and justice.There may be a lot of thorns everywhere right now, but she is the rose pushing through to lead the way.
What is the TPP? A giant trade agreement between the U.S. and 12 Pacific Rim nations now being negotiated in secret. Well, mostly in secret. Around 600 corporations have seen a draft. Yet Congress and the public still have not.