Archives for October 21, 2009

Newark, NJ, airport guard accused of Obama threat (AP via Yahoo! News)

A private security guard at Newark Liberty International Airport was arrested on charges of threatening Barack Obama the night before the president was to fly there.

GOP senator says Obama showing Nixonian tendencies (AP via Yahoo! News)

The third-ranking Senate Republican said Wednesday the Obama administration appears to be launching a Richard Nixon-like political strategy of making an “enemies list” of people who disagree with the president.

Kerry becomes de facto diplomat for Obama (AP via Yahoo! News)

He’s not president, a Cabinet member or ambassador, but Sen. John Kerry has ascended to the unofficial role of President Barack Obama’s global adviser on key issues that could reshape the nation’s image around the world.

Obama refocuses bailout on small businesses (AP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama unveiled plans Wednesday to refocus spending of the government’s $700 billion financial bailout away from Wall Street’s big financial institutions and toward small businesses on Main Street.

Obama wades into Democrats’ tough governor races (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

U.S. President Barack Obama threw himself into the role of “campaigner in chief” on Wednesday, making appeals for Democratic candidates in two state governor races that some see as a referendum on his performance in the White House.

Kerry says Obama’s Afghan decision should wait (AP via Yahoo! News)

Sen. John Kerry says President Barack Obama should wait until after the new Afghanistan presidential election is conducted before making his decision for the war.

Obama: men still `obtuse" on sharing family duties (AP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama says his family is like a lot of others — in which the men “need to be knocked across the head every once in a while” in order to see imbalances between the time moms and dads put into childrearing.

Obama says may decide troop strategy before Afghan run-off (AFP via Yahoo! News)

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday he may decide on a new Afghanistan war strategy before the country’s run-off election next month — but may not announce it publicly.

Kerry Wins Obama’s Praise for Brokering Afghan Runoff (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) — Senator John Kerry, once suggested as a possible U.S. secretary of state, won praise from President Barack Obama for helping prod Afghan President Hamid Karzai to break an election impasse and accept a second round of voting.

Obama tries again to revive small business loans (CNN Money)

As small business lending continues to dry up, the federal government is readying two new initiatives aimed at reversing the trend. To unveil them, President Obama traveled Wednesday to Maryland, where he visited a family-owned company that used a government-backed loan to fund a recent expansion.