Tag: President Obama

White House moves funds to prepare for Zika virus

The White House has stated that Congress hasn’t followed up with President Barack Obama’s request from January to move $1.9 billion to assist scientists in battling the Zika virus. “Over this time, Congress has done nothing. Now, we know that we cannot continue to fund a robust response to this disease without adequate resources, particularly… Read More

Obama, Putin take conflicting views on Syria

Obama and Putin talk in the Oval Office

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin took center stage at the United Nations General Assembly in late September with their conflicting stances on the situation in Syria. President Obama spoke first and told other world leaders that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down from power. His Russian counterpart expressed the exact opposite… Read More

Papal visit comes with a high price tag

A crowd gathers to see the Pope

This weekend, Pope Francis became the fourth leader of the Catholic Church to visit the United States, making stops in Washington, D.C.; New York; and Philadelphia. Papal visits draw massive crowds which can be difficult for a city’s infrastructure and bank account to bear.   Organizations such as World Meeting of Families and the federal… Read More

President Obama Calls Sony’s Decision to Pull The Interview a Mistake

http://variety.com/2014/film/opianion/how-obama-took-sonys-crisis-from-bad-to-worse-1201384780/

The Sony email scandal that rocked Hollywood not only threatened the careers of prominent Hollywood executives, but also prompted a national conversation about freedom of speech and the persistent threat of terrorism in the United States. In a White House speech on December 21, President Obama added his thoughts, stating that he believes Sony made a… Read More

The Crisis on the Border

There is a humanitarian crisis brewing along the borders of the United States. Children fleeing the chaos and violence of Central American countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are journeying thousands of danger-filled miles to throw themselves at the mercy of U.S. customs officials, seeking asylum and refuge. The influx is straining an… Read More

Supreme Court Speaks: Hobby Lobby Exempt from Contraception Mandate

Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated decision on Christian craft chain Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act. In a narrow 5-4 verdict, the nation’s highest court ruled that closely-held companies, such as Hobby Lobby, may apply for exemptions to federally mandated contraception coverage based on the religious objections of the owners.… Read More

Weekend Dose of Science

It is the weekend, and time to talk science! Your trusty correspondent suggests a drinking game in which contestants print out a copy of Einstein’s 1905 paper on special relativity, drink copiously, and then try to explain it to each other in five minutes or less. The winner becomes instantly unpopular and probably loses consciousness… Read More

The Brilliant, Catastrophic Obama Doctrine For Foreign Policy

Type in the words “Obama foreign policy” on your Google search bar and you will likely find your terms automatically completed by the dispiriting addition of the word “failures.” This search engine synthesis aptly captures the country’s perceptions of the president’s leadership around the globe, and it is not an encouraging sight. Obama’s foreign policy… Read More