Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

Dec
2014
2

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand
  Just one day after President Obama announced a series of immigration reforms via executive action, a federal judge greenlit a lawsuit that challenges a student visa program which the reforms would expand.  The program, known as Optional Practical Training (OPT), allows foreign born students who graduate from U.S. schools to be eligible to...
Apr
2014
16

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval
  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed Keystone XL pipeline approved.  Last week, eleven Senate Democrats came out in favor of the project, including five who are seeking reelection this year. A key driver of support for the project is job-creation, some of which [&hellip...
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Apr
2014
14

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts
  On Friday, President Obama wrapped up a week of commemorating progress made by the civil rights movement with a fiery speech in which he lashed out at Republicans who seek to restrict voting rights through unnecessary legislation.   Aided by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down aspects of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, [&hellip...
Apr
2014
9

Obama Signs Female Worker Protection EO While Polls Show Women, GOP Drifting Further Apart

Obama Signs Female Worker Protection EO While Polls Show Women, GOP Drifting Further Apart
  Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that makes it illegal for federal contractors to retaliate against workers who openly discuss their pay.  The timing of the action coincides with National Equal Pay Day.   In bypassing Congress the Obama Administration hopes to test the policy on employees of federal contractors in...
Mar
2014
31

In Op-ed, Obama Clarifies Who a Minimum Wage Boost Would Benefit, Scope of Support for Its Passage

In Op-ed, Obama Clarifies Who a Minimum Wage Boost Would Benefit, Scope of Support for Its Passage
  Elaborating on his principle that “no American that works full time should have to raise a family in poverty,” President Obama published an op-ed on Sunday reiterating his call for a raise in the minimum wage.  With the Senate ready to vote on a federal minimum wage hike, the president used his op-ed to [&hellip...
Mar
2014
26

Polls Show Opposition to Keystone XL is Elitist Democrat Viewpoint, Awful Election Strategy

Polls Show Opposition to Keystone XL is Elitist Democrat Viewpoint, Awful Election Strategy
  An article from The Daily Beast writer Lloyd Green argues that “Downton Abbey Democrats may cost the party the Senate,” noting that while the environmentalist elite oppose Keystone XL, the project has a broad approval rating that crosses party lines.   It is difficult to gauge whether the ire of environmentalists amounts to much...
Mar
2014
20

Sadistic Statistic: Rising Number of Minimum Wage Workers “Trying to Raise Children on Their Own.”

Sadistic Statistic: Rising Number of Minimum Wage Workers
  Ben Casselman of the newly independent FiveThirtyEight.com has decided to crunch the numbers surrounding who exactly will benefit from a raise in the minimum wage.  Republicans are fond of claiming those who earn the nation’s lowest wages are teenagers and people seeking supplemental income.  Democrats contend that the minimum wage...
Mar
2014
18

KORUS of Boos: US-Korea Trade Disaster Is Bellwether for Fast-Tracked TPP

KORUS of Boos: US-Korea Trade Disaster Is Bellwether for Fast-Tracked TPP
  Last weekend marked the second anniversary of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), but there is less cause to celebrate the time that has passed than there is to regret the engagement altogether. It is quite clear that the deal failed to produce the positive impact promised by our trade-loving President.   While the [&hellip...
Feb
2014
6

Fixing the Broken System of Offshore Tax Havens? Easier Said Than Done.

Fixing the Broken System of Offshore Tax Havens? Easier Said Than Done.
  In politics, the populist message of ending corporate tax havens is easy to garner support for. Actually affecting policy to end the practice? Less easy. President Obama campaigned on closing these types of loopholes but still exist, perhaps as much as ever, and companies still take great advantage of them.  It’s a cycle with [&hellip...
Feb
2014
4

Snubbed by ACA, Major Unions Send Letter to Dem Leaders Predicting Tepid Midterm Election Mobilization from Membership

  The leaders of LiUNA! and Unite Here have written a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggesting that their membership will not campaign for Democratic candidates during the 2014 midterm elections if provisions of the Affordable Care Act which alter their health insurance programs are not...
Nov
2013
15

Independence Day: U.S. Oil Production Tops Net Imports for First Time In 18 Years

Independence Day: U.S. Oil Production Tops Net Imports for First Time In 18 Years
  In October, the United States produced more oil than it imported, a major victory for the domestic energy sector.  It is the first time that production topped imports since 1995.  The United States is now producing 7.7 million barrels of crude oil per day.   The Obama Administration was quick to point to its [&hellip...
Aug
2013
20

IBEW Local 103 Capitalizes on Obama Vineyard Trip, Handbills for FBI Facility Construction Jobs

  President Obama is spending his summer vacation at Martha’s Vineyard and Boston unions are hoping to capitalize on this reliable tradition. They want to make sure the top shot-caller knows to utlizie their skills for the construction of a new FBI facility to be built in Chelsea, MA. Slated to open in 2015, the [&hellip...