Tuesday, February 12, 2013
President Obama will deliver his State Of The Union address at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12. According to the New York Times, Obama will outline his second term agenda and focus on improving America’s middle class. He also plans to announce ways to improve education, infrastructure, manufacturing and clean energy. WHERE TO WATCH/LIST WCVB-TV (Ch. 5) WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) WBZ-TV (Ch. 4) WFXT-TV (Ch. 25) White House Live Feed WBUR (90.9 and live feed)
Monday, January 21, 2013
Are you attending the inauguration on Jan. 21? Find out where you can watch the ceremonies.
Monday, January 21
Millions of people will head towards the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21 to witness President Barack Obama take the oath of office for his second term. On Jan. 20, 2009, Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. The theme for his first inauguration was “A New Birth of Freedom.” The ceremony honored the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. This year, the theme is “Faith in America's Future,” honoring the installation of the Statue of Freedom on the Capitol Dome 150 years ago in 1863. WHERE TO WATCH CNN: Coverage begins at 9 a.m. ABC: coverage begins at 9 a.m. NBC: Coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. This year's inauguration will also commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., as Jan. 21 is also Martin Luther King Jr…
Saturday, January 5, 2013
According to published reports, former Senator Chuck Hagel will likely receive the nomination soon.
President Obama will likely nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense, according to the Los Angeles Times. The nomination could come as early as next week, according to the New York Times. Obama, however, has not yet made a final decision on Hagel, according to the Times. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Hagel would replace current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Hagel, who retired from the Senate in 2008, could face stiff opposition in the Senate, according to the Los Angeles Times. Republicans have criticized Hagel for his views on the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He could also face criticism for previously saying he wanted Israel to negotiation a peace agreement with the Palestinian’s according to the …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The agreement reached between the White House and Congress doesn't address spending cuts and leaves another potential debt limit showdown on the table. It also increases taxes on income over $400,000. Is this a deal that works for you?
Wednesday, January 2
After a marathon holiday negotiation session, after grumbling by liberal senators and after a near-revolt by conservative representatives, the fiscal cliff deal was approved by the House of Representatives late Tuesday night. The bargain will increase taxes on income above $450,000 for families, increase capital gains taxes, permanently fix the alternative minimum tax, change the estate tax and provide some changes in deductions. It also will extend unemployment benefits, earned income tax credits and other tax breaks for the working class. The Washington Post has a cheat sheet with all of the details. Middle class taxpayers will still see a smaller paycheck in 2013; The payroll tax cut was not preserved as part of the fiscal cliff deal. …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Lawmakers and President Obama are making progress on creating a deal that would avoid going over the "fiscal cliff."
President Obama and lawmakers are making progress on a deal to avert going over the so-called "fiscal cliff," the president announced on Dec. 28. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, met with Obama on Dec. 28 for a face-to-face meeting to come up with a deal, Obama said. The president said the meeting was a "good and constructive discussion" and is "modestly optimistic" a deal can be reached, according to The Huffington Post. While the president did not issue specifics of the meeting, he said that if a deal cannot be made, he expects the Senate to vote on a bill that would preserve unemployment benefits and assure tax rates on middle-class families would not rise. If …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The Massachusetts senator is the president's pick to replace Hillary Clinton as the country's top diplomat.
UPDATED: John Kerry is President Obama's pick to become the next Secretary of State, and replace Hillary Clinton as the nation's top diplomat. Many expected Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to be the president's pick after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice took her name out of the running last week. Rice had been under scrutiny by Republicans in Congress for statements she made in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The scramble to replace Kerry is already on; a poll done for WBUR showed yesterday that Republican Scott Brown would lead if the special election to replace Kerry were held today.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Announcement represents reversal of Obama's prior position.
In an interview with ABC News, President Obama said he now supports gay marriage. The announcement represents a reversal of his prior stance against gay marriage, according to ABC News. Obama is the first president to endorse the rights of gay individuals to marry. "It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," Obama told ABC News in an interview taped at the White House today. Excerpts of the interview will air tonight at 6:30 p.m. on ABC News. Of course, gay marriage is already legal in Massachusetts. Despite the announcement, Obama told ABC that he still supports the rights of states to decide the controversial issue. The announcement comes days after Vice President Joe …