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TMCTLT Offline
#651 Posted:
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HUH....imagine that, another " short sighted " racist policy and program implemented by our feckless leader that's FAILING MISERABLY d'oh!

http://www.gopusa.com/obamas-anti-expulsion-policy-increases-school-violence/



And here's a look inside of Obama's State Dept. and their honest belief in Government transparency....
It's most ironic when considering this was yet another one of his " platform issues " and his own people....laugh about it.

http://www.conventionofstates.com/state_department_spokesman_transparency_is_a_joke
ZRX1200 Offline
#652 Posted:
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https://youtu.be/NUve9f7nDG8
ZRX1200 Offline
#653 Posted:
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The Justice Department released a video this week encouraging companies not to terminate immigrants after their employment authorization expires, and indicated that doing so is a form of discrimination.

The video is shot in a dimly lit office, where two actors discuss whether their fictional company should let go of some Salvadoran employees who have failed to provide updated paperwork on their immigration status.

After a discussion about whether retaining the workers would violate the law, a woman says, “I think this is an exception to that rule,” and recommends that they contact the the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices before making any decisions.

“We want to follow the rules but we don’t want to lose these workers or discriminate against them,” she concludes. “They are too valuable.”

The video then tells viewers that the federal government has extended employment authorization by six months for people from El Salvador with Temporary Protected Status, a benefit designed to help foreign nationals who are considered unable to safely return to their home.

The Justice Department claims requesting additional work-authorization documents from these workers may violate a provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) designed to protect individuals from excessive employer demands based on their nationality.

This administration seems to be willing to just ignore laws it doesn’t like in favor of social justice.

It’s quite stunning.
DrafterX Offline
#654 Posted:
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Posts: 91,565
are there naked boobs..?? Huh
Speyside Offline
#655 Posted:
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Wow, just wow.
tonygraz Offline
#656 Posted:
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DrafterX wrote:
are there naked boobs..?? Huh


TCBY must undress sometime.
DrafterX Offline
#657 Posted:
Joined: 10-18-2005
Posts: 91,565
freak... Mellow
ZRX1200 Offline
#658 Posted:
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http://americanmilitarynews.com/2016/09/breaking-chemical-weapon-fired-at-u-s-troops-mustard-agent-shell-lands-in-base/
Speyside Offline
#659 Posted:
Joined: 03-16-2015
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Glad no one was hurt by the chemical. I am not sure how our military should respond to this, but I do think a response is appropriate.
ZRX1200 Offline
#660 Posted:
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Yup.
TMCTLT Offline
#661 Posted:
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tonygraz wrote:
TCBY must undress sometime.



In that instance.....they'd be Moobs, but not judging if that's what your into....



Speyside wrote:
Glad no one was hurt by the chemical. I am not sure how our military should respond to this, but I do think a response is appropriate.



Absolutely, will be interesting to see if Barry feels the same and what if anything he will do about it.
DrafterX Offline
#662 Posted:
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and forfeit his Peace Prize..?? Huh
ZRX1200 Offline
#663 Posted:
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MOSCOW -- Russian officials accused the U.S. on Thursday of siding with “terrorists” in Syria, in a sign of escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington amid the battle for the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby’s warning that the collapse of U.S.-Russian cooperation in Syria could lead to a rise in extremism and potential attacks against Russia drew Moscow’s anger.

The Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries both cast it as U.S. encouragement of terror attacks on Russia.


Ambassador Nicholas Burns on the Syrian war
“We can’t assess those statements as anything else but a call, a directive for action,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing.


Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Kirby’s statement amounted to “the most frank confession by the U.S. side so far that the whole ‘opposition’ ostensibly fighting a ‘civil war’ in Syria is a U.S.-controlled international terrorist alliance.”

“What makes Kirby’s statement particularly shocking is that the scale of direct U.S. influence on terrorists’ activity is global and reaches as far as Russia,” he said.

The remarks by Russian officials have shown a degree of mistrust and strain between Moscow and Washington after the collapse of the U.S.-Russia-brokered truce and the Syrianarmy onslaught on Aleppo backed by Russian warplanes. The growing friction makes it increasingly unlikely that the cease-fire could be revived.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Washington is “on the verge” of ending Syria talks with Moscow because of days of deadly bombings of Aleppo by Russian and Syrian planes.

Kirby, asked Wednesday what the consequences would be for Russia if cooperation with the U.S. in Syria collapsed, said “that extremists and extremists groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there ... which will include, no question, attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities, and Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags.”


Konashenkov interpreted Kirby’s statement as a direct threat to the Russian military in Syria. He said Russia remains open for dialogue with Washington on Syria, but added that the U.S. needs to “exclude even a hint at threatening our military and Russian citizens.”


Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Thursday that Moscow still wants to cooperate with Washington on the Syrian crisis, but blamed the U.S. for a failure to deliver on its pledge under the Sept. 9 agreement to encourage moderate opposition to sever ties with al-Qaida’s branch in Syria.

“Our colleagues from Washington have tried to cover up their inability to fulfill their own obligations with verbal attacks on Russia,” he said.

Russia on Friday is marking the one year since it launched its air campaign in Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. In light of that, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a warning to Russians abroad about possible “provocations,” urging them to exercise caution.

The diplomatic tension follows Kerry’s warning that the U.S. will stop coordinating with Moscow​ unless Russian and Syrian attacks on Aleppo end.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying of the U.S. that “a certain emotional breakdown occurred.”

He also reiterated Russia’s stance that a seven-day pause in the Aleppo offensive would give militant groups time to regroup.

(From CBS news BTW)
DrMaddVibe Offline
#664 Posted:
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Obama implies he’ll be more vocal about issues after he leaves office


President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during a campaign event at Bayliss Park, on Aug. 13, 2012, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, during a three day campaign bus tour through Iowa. Carolyn Kaster AP

Many U.S. presidents, upon leaving office, try to fade from the national spotlight and live the rest of their lives as private citizens.

President Barack Obama implied in a Vanity Fair interview that he might choose to go a different route.

In the interview conducted by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Obama talked about his use of the term “radical Islam,” how he would miss Air Force One and his desire to make the world better.

Then there’s a short bit where he hints at what life after the presidency might look like for him, a relatively young 55 years old as he exits the office. He says there are some things he suspects he’ll be able to accomplish better after being president.

“Having had this office has given me this incredible perch from which to see how the world works. The power of the office is unique and it is a humbling privilege,” Obama said. “With that power, however, also comes a whole host of institutional constraints. There are things I cannot say. There are things that...”

“You mean now, but you will later,” Goodwin prods.

“That I cannot say, not out of any political concerns, but out of prudential concerns of the office,” Obama continues. “There are institutional obligations I have to carry out that are important for a president of the United States to carry out, but may not always align with what I think would move the ball down the field on the issues that I care most deeply about.”

Obama has spoken passionately about many subjects as president, one being police violence against black men. He said after the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida that “we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African American boys.”

“You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama said. “I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”

Once Obama leaves office, and those “institutional constraints” have lifted, we’ll see what issues he decides to address.


http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article105126401.html




Cuz Lord knows he's not free to speak his mind as the LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD!!!!

He's done sooooo much for the African American community as President hasn't he?

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/378087/black-americans-are-worse-under-obama-deroy-murdock

That's from 2014!!!

This economy has left blacks with little to show for their loyalty to Barack Obama and the Democrats.
The unemployment rate has fallen under Obama, from 7.8 percent when he was sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009 to 5.5 percent last month. Though less dramatic, joblessness has dropped for black Americans (from 12.7 to 10.1 percent) and black teenagers (from 35.3 to 25.0 percent).

From there, things get bleak.

U.S. labor force participation has dropped during that same period, from 65.7 to 62.7 percent. For blacks in general, the damage was a bit lighter, dipping from 63.2 to 61.0 percent of available employees in the work pool. For black teenagers, however, this number cratered — from 29.6 to 25.7 percent

The percentage of Americans below the poverty line inched up, the latest available Census Bureau data found, from 14.3 to 14.5 percent overall — between 2009 and 2013. For black Americans, that climb was steeper: The 25.8 percent in poverty rose to 27.2 percent.

Real median household incomes across America retreated across those years, from $54,059 to $51,939. Though less pronounced, such finances also reversed for black Americans, from $35,387 to $34,598.

Food Stamp recipients between 2009 and 2013, the most recent Department of Agriculture figures show, rose from 32.9 million to 47.1 million Americans. Meanwhile, the equivalent number of blacks soared from 7.4 million to 12.2 million.

Home ownership slipped from 67.3 percent of Americans in the first quarter of 2009 to 64.0 in the fourth quarter of 2014. For blacks, that figure slid from 46.1 to 42.1 percent.


Breaking News at Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Murdock/Blacks-Obama-voters-unemployment/2015/04/09/id/637479/#ixzz4LmrVmms4



That's from 2015...2016...while the fiscal year is a wrap...he can only go up from there...riiight?

Keep on drinking the kool-aid.
ZRX1200 Offline
#665 Posted:
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WKYmiWiNqOw


Oops.
ZRX1200 Offline
#666 Posted:
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Where's Code Pink (o)????

Turkey has long insisted they view the Kurdish YPG and ISIS as basically the same thing. Overnight incidents around the city of Afrin, however, show that when the two forces are in close proximity, the Turkish military is definitely going after the Kurds.

The Kurdish YPG forces were launching an offensive near Afrin against the ISIS fighters when a flurry of Turkish airstrikes were launched against them, described as the single biggest attack Turkey has launched against Kurds since their invasion back in August. Turkish officials estimated 200 Kurds killed.

Turkey has long objected to US support for the Kurds in Syria, and particularly complained about the Kurds taking formerly ISIS-held areas. Afrin is its own sore spot for Turkey, since it is far west of the rest of Syrian Kurdistan, though it has been a Kurdish area since at least the 19th century.

Since Turkey’s August invasion, they’ve demanded the Kurds withdraw from any area west of the Euphrates River, and have also talked of taking full military control of their entire border region with Syria, which would include a large amount of Kurdish territory. So far, they’ve not attempted ground invasions of any Kurdish-held lands, but these airstrikes are a continuation and escalation of the existing hostility toward the Kurds, and suggest the invasion may be only a matter of time.


****and don't forget the genius slip up Hill dog made at the previous date about the Kurds on top of this****
mikey1597 Offline
#667 Posted:
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Obama implies he’ll be more oral about issues after he leaves office







Wonder if Tricky Willy talked him into it.
frankj1 Offline
#668 Posted:
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my Aleppo moment...

all I know about Afrin is they make the best 12 hour nasal spray
MACS Offline
#669 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
my Aleppo moment...

all I know about Afrin is they make the best 12 hour nasal spray


Yeah... and Ol' Gary is looking pretty damn good about now, isn't he??
frankj1 Offline
#670 Posted:
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MACS wrote:
Yeah... and Ol' Gary is looking pretty damn good about now, isn't he??

believe me, if I thought he had a prayer, I would not vote for him!

Speyside Offline
#671 Posted:
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I'm not so much voting for him as I'm voting for a third party. To enact change we need a third party to develop. I understand the wasted vote concept, but see it differently. The Republicans and the Democrats certainly won't create change
frankj1 Offline
#672 Posted:
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Speyside wrote:
I'm not so much voting for him as I'm voting for a third party. To enact change we need a third party to develop. I understand the wasted vote concept, but see it differently. The Republicans and the Democrats certainly won't create change

me too. I live in a state where my vote will not matter if I vote for D or R, as the outcome will be lopsided.
ZRX1200 Offline
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Iraqi army and popular forces have discovered a number of US-made missiles from a military position of the ISIS (ISIL, IS, Daesh) in the Southern part of Mosul, informed local sources disclosed after the first group of pro-government troops opened their way into Southern Mosul on Monday.
"Several US-made missiles were found in al-Shoura region to the South of Mosul," a local source said on Monday.
The Iraqi army and popular forces had found US-made missiles in Anbar province several times before.
Provincial officials confirmed that the US-made weapons were sent by the US-led anti-ISIL coalition airplane for the ISIL terrorists in Anbar province.
Meantime, Iraqi security officials announced that the ISIL has sent US-made military equipment to Tal Afar region in the last two days to stand strong against Iraqi popular forces' impending attack to capture the region.
"The ISIL terrorists have sent US-made TOW anti-tank missiles to Tal Afar and it is quite evident that they are preparing for a long-term war," the Arabic-language media quoted an Iraqi security official as saying on Monday.
In late August 2015, a senior Iraqi intelligence official revealed that the US helicopters drop weapons and other aids for the ISIL terrorists in the Western province of al-Anbar.
"The fighters present at the forefront of fighting against the ISIL always see US helicopters flying over the ISIL-controlled areas and dropping weapons and urgent aids for them," the official who called for anonymity told FNA.
Yet, he said the helicopters could have also been sent from Turkey or Israel.
He added that in addition to dropping aids, the helicopters transfer the ISIL ringleaders and wounded members from the battleground to some hospitals in Syria or other countries which support the terrorist group.
The official cautioned that such assistance further prolongs the conflicts in Anbar, adding that when the Iraqi army and popular forces purge the terrorists from Anbar province, the US helicopters will transfer the ISIL ringleaders to other regions to prevent the Iraqi forces' access to ISIL secrets.
Also in March 2015, a group of Iraqi popular forces known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi shot down the US Army helicopter that was carrying weapons for the ISIL in the Western parts of Al-Baghdadi region in Al-Anbar province.
Meantime in February 2015, a senior lawmaker disclosed that Iraq’s army had shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIL terrorists in Al-Anbar province.
“The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL,” al-Zameli said.
DrafterX Offline
#674 Posted:
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Those Bassards..!! Mad
dstieger Offline
#675 Posted:
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Maybe instead of a wall along the Rio Grande, the world would be better served by a wall along the Euphrates....one long wall from the Med to the Persian Gulf.....If that doesn't work, put a wall around the entire Arabian Peninsula and Turkey and don't let anyone in or out until the shooting stops....I'd probably make a concession to build it on the east side of Israel, but everyone else just stays put until they play nice or bury the second to last man standing. U.S and Russia just couldn't be content to let Saudis and Iranians play their proxy games by themselves....We're probably still at least a couple centuries away from any lasting peace over there
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The first family has spent over $10 million a year on travel and vacations, and the still growing bill has crossed over $85 million in eight years, according to a watchdog group.

Judicial Watch, which has charted the travel of presidents for years, on Monday said that it has received a new batch of bills for the first family's Christmas break in Hawaii, bringing that trip to nearly $5 million. The Obama's are expected to return to Hawaii this Christmas.

The expenses cover items such as security, flights and hotel rooms for staff and U.S. Secret Service. They do not include the price of prepositioning ships and aircraft in the area or much of the communications costs.


Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained records from the U.S. Secret Service revealing that its travel expenses for the First Family's 2015 Hawaiian vacation cost taxpayers $1.2 million, which bring the total cost of the vacation trip to at least $4.8 million. This was the Obamas' eighth Hawaiian family vacation. The trip has become an annual event for the Obamas. To date, Obama's and his family's travel expenses total at least $85,029,819.

The records obtained by Judicial Watch for Obama's Secret Service travel to Hawaii reveal the following expenses totaling $1,234,316.67:

Hotel and lodging costs totaled $1,000,458.63.

The Secret Service spent $165,893.88 on car rentals.

Air and rail expenses totaled $67,964.16.

Although the vacation officially lasted from December 18, 2015, to January 3, 2016, the Secret Service rented several Kailua homes for 19 nights, starting from December 16. The total for the rentals, located near the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay was $245,993.12.

According to bills obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Secret Service also paid for rooms at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club. The Secret Service also reserved rooms at the Moana Surfrider resort on Waikiki Beach, and the Ala Moana Hotel, which cost a total of $40,249.48 and $671,895.99, respectively.

The Secret Service rented cars from Avis, Alamo, and Hertz – 103 cars for the two-week vacation, totaling $165,893.88 in taxpayer money.


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-family-travel-vacations-cross-85-million-mark/article/2608882
victor809 Offline
#677 Posted:
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I certainly hope you plan on keeping this up for agent orange...
ZRX1200 Offline
#678 Posted:
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I will.
banderl Offline
#679 Posted:
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victor809 wrote:
I certainly hope you plan on keeping this up for agent orange...



The government will be paying him for putting up security in his hotels.
DrafterX Offline
#680 Posted:
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I wonder how much of Hillary's Campaign funds are under her mattress... Think Think
ZRX1200 Offline
#681 Posted:
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Just like Biden......
DrMaddVibe Offline
#682 Posted:
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victor809 wrote:
I certainly hope you plan on keeping this up for agent orange...


Why?


It's not like you even got the gist of the OP to begin with!
DrafterX Offline
#683 Posted:
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Hillary Victory Fund is a PAC during the 2016 election. As of October 19, 2016, the committee raised a total of $473M and spent a total of $391M.


Think
ZRX1200 Offline
#684 Posted:
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US Sends 200 More Troops To Syria Days After Obama Lifts Ban On Arms Supplies To Rebels

written by tyler durden

saturday december 10, 2016


With Assad on the verge of retaking Aleppo, and with it, regaining full control in the ongoing Syrian proxy war, we asked last week in "With Assad On Verge Of Historic Victory, Syrian Rebels Request A Ceasefire" how long before the US intervenes in an attempt to derail the sudden Syrian (and Russian) momentum. We got the answer this morning, when US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that the US is sending 200 additional military personnel to Syria to help drive Islamic State from its de facto capital of Raqqa.

Speaking in Bahrain at the Manama Dialogue conference on Middle East security, Carter said the 200, including special forces trainers, advisers, and explosive ordnance disposal teams, would join 300 US special forces already in Syria. “These uniquely skilled operators will join the 300 US special operations forces already in Syria, to continue organizing, training, equipping, and otherwise enabling capable, motivated, local forces to take the fight to ISIL,” Carter said quoted by AP.

Three years ago Obama vowed that he would not put American boots on the ground in Syria.
Carter added that “by combining our capabilities with those of our local partners, we've been squeezing ISIL by applying simultaneous pressure from all sides and across domains, through a series of deliberate actions to continue to build momentum."

A hint of US plans to intervene came earlier in the week, when on Thursday, President Obama unexpectedly granted a waiver for restrictions on the delivery of military aid to “foreign forces, irregular forces, groups, or individuals,” if those forces are supporting the US’ alleged counter-terrorism efforts in Syria.

The decision was promptly slammed by Syria on Saturday, whose Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that "the lifting of the ban on arms supplies to Syria by US President Barack Obama is another evidence of Washington's continuing support for terrorism, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said Saturday."

"The United States has provided a new evidence of its notorious role in support for terrorism in Syria by taking the decision to lift the ban on supplying arms to terrorist groups," the ministry added.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov likewise warned that "the prospect of terrorists coming into possession of those weapons, including MANPADs (man-portable anti-air missiles), “poses a serious threat not only for the region, but the entire world,” adding that the US’ decision will “definitely” create a risk for the Russian Air Force.

However. according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the decision to ease restrictions on military aid for foreign forces and other fighters supporting the US in Syria is unlikely to affect the situation in eastern Aleppo. Moscow is looking for a solution that involves as few casualties as possible, Lavrov stressed, speaking at an OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg.

“I think everyone understands that the militants in east Aleppo are agonizing. We don’t want to support those who would gladly finish off those militants at any cost without any talks. We are ready to solve these problems in a way that would spare us additional casualties and destruction,” he noted.

That said, in light of the recent significant gains by the Syria regime and Russian forces in Syria while the US State Department was rocked by a post-election power and decision vacuum, it would take a full blown US ground offensive against Assad to prevent what now an almost certain defeat of the "Syrian rebels" in the coming weeks and months, thereby eliminating the biggest source of geopolitical instability in the middle east as life in Syria slowly returns to normal.
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#685 Posted:
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http://nypost.com/2016/12/16/obama-family-will-travel-to-hawaii-for-holiday-vacation/
mikey1597 Offline
#686 Posted:
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-accomplished-policy-goals-party-floundered-132019824--politics.html



Barry was great for the Dems.........................NOT!!
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WASHINGTON (AP) — For Barack Obama, there's a presidential library to build, hundreds of millions of dollars to raise, causes to champion and a book to write. And don't forget that long-promised vacation with his wife.

Looming retirement is looking like anything but for the 44th president.

Obama's next chapter starts Friday when he becomes an ex-president. He'll be freer to speak his mind, set his own schedule and make some money.

Already, Obama is looking ahead to the book he wants to write, and has had talks with Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel about arrangements that could include speaking gigs.

At 55, Obama will be a relatively young ex-president, with plenty of time for a second act. He's ruled out running another campaign for political office — so has his wife — but he has pledged to stay active in the national conversation.

With President-elect Donald Trump headed to the White House, Democrats are eager for Obama to play the role of shadow-president, offering direction to those Americans who feel they lost their political compass the day Trump was elected.

Obama has said he has plenty of ideas for how his party can revive itself, but after eight years as president, his role will be to offer guidance, not to micromanage.

"I think it's appropriate for me to give advice, because I need some sleep," Obama told NPR last month. "And I've promised Michelle a nice vacation. My girls are getting old enough now where I'm clinging to those very last moments before they are out of the house."

Obama is expected to keep a low profile for the first few months after Trump's swearing-in.

Following some relaxation time with his wife and daughters in an unnamed location, the family will return to Washington, where they've rented a mansion in the upscale Kalorama neighborhood.

Obama has repeatedly praised George. W. Bush for giving him room to operate without having the ex-president publicly second-guess him at every turn. Still, Obama has reserved the right to speak out against Trump if he pursues policies the president finds particularly odious, such as a ban on Muslim immigration or mass deportation of children brought to the U.S. illegally.

"The party is in bad state and there are no clear, obvious voices for Democrats yet," said Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University. "If there's anyone who could stand up to a President Trump, it's going to be former President Obama."

Obama may re-emerge in a more public way around the time he releases his book — probably sometime next year — and goes on a promotional tour. Obama's chief White House speechwriter, Cody Keenan, is expected to stay with his boss to help him craft the sequel to Obama's two previous best-sellers.

Though Obama has yet to fully settle his plans, four individuals familiar with Obama's thinking said over the last year that he's discussed post-presidency arrangements with Emanuel, a leading talent executive. One of Emanuel's brothers is Obama's former chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

It's unclear whether Obama will sign with Ari Emanuel. But the discussions suggest Obama has been looking to Hollywood for inspiration about ways to engage creatively and on multiple fronts, such as digital media and television. Emanuel didn't respond to a request for comment.

Whatever direction he chooses, Obama will not be pressed financially. He can expect to fetch an advance of more than $20 million for his book, said Keith Urbahn, a literary agent at Javelin DC who's handled best-sellers for top political figures.

"Half of the country still looks at him as their leader," Urbahn said. "From a publishing perspective, he will probably end up with the highest advance of any ex-president in history."

It won't be long until Obama and his wife start raising money for the Barack Obama Foundation, which is developing his presidential library and center in Chicago. The price tag is expected to approach half a billion dollars.

The Obamas will have to hire personnel in the coming months as they engage more heavily in designing the center. While it will be several years before the library is up and running, the foundation has left open the possibility it might start some programming sooner.

Former White House aide Amy Brundage, a spokeswoman for the foundation, said it would use 2017 to "build upon the work that has begun" to create a center that inspires people to take on big challenges.

Obama also plans to stay involved in his My Brother's Keeper initiative, recently renamed the "Task Force on Improving the Lives of Boys and Young Men of Color and Underserved Youth." He is also teaming up with former Attorney General Eric Holder on the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a new initiative to improve Democrats' hand when political districts are redrawn in 2020.

The hub of Obama's activity will be his personal office, to be housed in the World Wildlife Fund headquarters not far from his rented home. For the first six months, he'll also have a government-funded office overseeing his transition to ex-president.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-prepares-busy-retirement-more-freedom-083725317.html
Buckwheat Offline
#688 Posted:
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TMCTLT wrote:
HUH....imagine that, another " short sighted " racist policy and program implemented by our feckless leader that's FAILING MISERABLY d'oh!

http://www.gopusa.com/obamas-anti-expulsion-policy-increases-school-violence/



And here's a look inside of Obama's State Dept. and their honest belief in Government transparency....
It's most ironic when considering this was yet another one of his " platform issues " and his own people....laugh about it.

http://www.conventionofstates.com/state_department_spokesman_transparency_is_a_joke


Paul do you primarily get your information from right wing sites? Just an honest question.
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(For those you playing our home game, the challenger Buckwheat, is in fact using the term "information" as a euphemism)
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#690 Posted:
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The word is "VACATION".
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#691 Posted:
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Buckwheat wrote:
Paul do you primarily get your information from right wing sites? Just an honest question.




Right wing when the content is not agreeable? Don't worry I'm done picking on Barry....he's finally F8cking GONE
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#692 Posted:
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DrMaddVibe wrote:
WASHINGTON (AP) — For Barack Obama, there's a presidential library to build, hundreds of millions of dollars to raise, causes to champion and a book to write. And don't forget that long-promised vacation with his wife.

Looming retirement is looking like anything but for the 44th president.

Obama's next chapter starts Friday when he becomes an ex-president. He'll be freer to speak his mind, set his own schedule and make some money.

Already, Obama is looking ahead to the book he wants to write, and has had talks with Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel about arrangements that could include speaking gigs.

At 55, Obama will be a relatively young ex-president, with plenty of time for a second act. He's ruled out running another campaign for political office — so has his wife — but he has pledged to stay active in the national conversation.

With President-elect Donald Trump headed to the White House, Democrats are eager for Obama to play the role of shadow-president, offering direction to those Americans who feel they lost their political compass the day Trump was elected.

Obama has said he has plenty of ideas for how his party can revive itself, but after eight years as president, his role will be to offer guidance, not to micromanage.

"I think it's appropriate for me to give advice, because I need some sleep," Obama told NPR last month. "And I've promised Michelle a nice vacation. My girls are getting old enough now where I'm clinging to those very last moments before they are out of the house."

Obama is expected to keep a low profile for the first few months after Trump's swearing-in.

Following some relaxation time with his wife and daughters in an unnamed location, the family will return to Washington, where they've rented a mansion in the upscale Kalorama neighborhood.

Obama has repeatedly praised George. W. Bush for giving him room to operate without having the ex-president publicly second-guess him at every turn. Still, Obama has reserved the right to speak out against Trump if he pursues policies the president finds particularly odious, such as a ban on Muslim immigration or mass deportation of children brought to the U.S. illegally.

"The party is in bad state and there are no clear, obvious voices for Democrats yet," said Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University. "If there's anyone who could stand up to a President Trump, it's going to be former President Obama."

Obama may re-emerge in a more public way around the time he releases his book — probably sometime next year — and goes on a promotional tour. Obama's chief White House speechwriter, Cody Keenan, is expected to stay with his boss to help him craft the sequel to Obama's two previous best-sellers.

Though Obama has yet to fully settle his plans, four individuals familiar with Obama's thinking said over the last year that he's discussed post-presidency arrangements with Emanuel, a leading talent executive. One of Emanuel's brothers is Obama's former chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

It's unclear whether Obama will sign with Ari Emanuel. But the discussions suggest Obama has been looking to Hollywood for inspiration about ways to engage creatively and on multiple fronts, such as digital media and television. Emanuel didn't respond to a request for comment.

Whatever direction he chooses, Obama will not be pressed financially. He can expect to fetch an advance of more than $20 million for his book, said Keith Urbahn, a literary agent at Javelin DC who's handled best-sellers for top political figures.

"Half of the country still looks at him as their leader," Urbahn said. "From a publishing perspective, he will probably end up with the highest advance of any ex-president in history."

It won't be long until Obama and his wife start raising money for the Barack Obama Foundation, which is developing his presidential library and center in Chicago. The price tag is expected to approach half a billion dollars.

The Obamas will have to hire personnel in the coming months as they engage more heavily in designing the center. While it will be several years before the library is up and running, the foundation has left open the possibility it might start some programming sooner.

Former White House aide Amy Brundage, a spokeswoman for the foundation, said it would use 2017 to "build upon the work that has begun" to create a center that inspires people to take on big challenges.

Obama also plans to stay involved in his My Brother's Keeper initiative, recently renamed the "Task Force on Improving the Lives of Boys and Young Men of Color and Underserved Youth." He is also teaming up with former Attorney General Eric Holder on the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a new initiative to improve Democrats' hand when political districts are redrawn in 2020.

The hub of Obama's activity will be his personal office, to be housed in the World Wildlife Fund headquarters not far from his rented home. For the first six months, he'll also have a government-funded office overseeing his transition to ex-president.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-prepares-busy-retirement-more-freedom-083725317.html




Isnt he one of the main reasons the DNC is so jacked up?
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#693 Posted:
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possibly, but it looks like he's still a playa...
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#694 Posted:
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They're the only people I know that need a vacation FROM a vacation!!!!


https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/barack-michelle-obama-enjoy-post-191704043.html
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#695 Posted:
Joined: 02-24-2012
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banderl wrote:
The government will be paying him for putting up security in his hotels.



Is that worse than the using $85M in taxpayer funds to vacation during his 8 years in office?
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#696 Posted:
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Yup. I hold that against Obama and Bush both. Vacationers and chiefs, both of them.
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#697 Posted:
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Except a lot of W's was at Crawford......and the first family wasn't constantly taking separate planes.....
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#698 Posted:
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Immediately following his presidency, Barack Obama has begun marketing the Obama Foundation, which appears to use the same oligarchic formula that Bill and Hillary Clinton implemented in the Clinton Foundation in order to peddle their own influence and grow their personal wealth under the pretense of philanthropy. The Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors closely resembles the make-up of the Clinton Foundation’s board in that it relies on corporate lobbyists and financial industry insiders over philanthropy experts. Donald Trump’s ascendence to the presidency was enabled by the mistrust that the Obama administration placed in American voters by allowing donors and corporate lobbyists to exponentially increase their power in government. Rather than oppose this takeover, Obama welcomed it from the outset of his presidency. ...
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#699 Posted:
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It's funny how in public he chastised the SCOTUS for its Citizen's United decision, yet he is reaching out to those who benefited from that decision. GWB raised $550M in endowments. Obama has his sights set at $1B. Sounds more like a private think tank than a library to me. Not sure why W needed half that either.


SMMFH
Abrignac Offline
#700 Posted:
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For comparisons sake, such an endowment would tie University of Tennessee at #91 on the list of the 100 largest university endowment. It's larger than the endowments of both University of Kentucky and University of Maryland.

Ridiculous!!!
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