Category: obama

Mississippi school named after confederate leader to be renamed…

Mississippi school named after confederate leader to be renamed in Obama’s honor

A small public elementary school in Mississippi announced it would make a big change in 2018 by changing its name to honor former President Barack Obama. And while this is a nice gesture on its own, it becomes even more significant when you consider the school is currently named after Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Read more.

Betsy DeVos announces roll back of Obama-era Title IX sexual…

Betsy DeVos announces roll back of Obama-era Title IX sexual assault guidelines

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Thursday announced that the Trump administration is rolling back sexual assault guidelines issued by former President Barack Obama’s administration.“The system established by the prior administration has failed too many students,” DeVos said during a speech at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. “That’s why we must do better, because the current approach isn’t working.”In 2011, the Obama administration told colleges and universities that they have an obligation under Title IX to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus. If colleges and universities do not meet that obligation, the Obama administration threatened to pull their federal funding. Read more. 

Scaramucci once asked Barack Obama on live TV if he’d be softer…

Scaramucci once asked Barack Obama on live TV if he’d be softer on Wall Street. It didn’t end well.

Long before he became President Donald Trump’s White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci was a simple hedge fund manager getting shut down by Barack Obama.

In 2010, as the nation was digging its way out of the 2008 financial collapse, Scaramucci took the microphone at a CNBC town hall to ask the then-president — a former Harvard classmate and sometimes opponent on the basketball court — whether he planned to “stop whacking at the Wall Street piñata.”

Scaramucci didn’t get the answer he was looking for. Read more. (7/22/17, 11:44 PM)

Obama defends his signature health care law as Senate unveils…

Obama defends his signature health care law as Senate unveils plan to repeal it

  • Former President Barack Obama on Thursday came to the defense of one of his signature achievements, the Affordable Care Act, after Senate Republicans announced draft legislation to gut it.
  • Experts said the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, as it’s called, would result in more Medicaid beneficiaries losing health insurance than even the House version of the bill, which passed in May. Read more (6/23/17)

Democrats blast “heartless” Republican health care bill

  • Senate Democrats are working to stall what they described as the “heartless” health care reform bill released by Senate Republicans on Thursday morning.
  • “This bill will result in higher costs, less care and millions of Americans will lose their health insurance, particularly through Medicaid,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said. “The way this bill cuts health care is heartless.” 
  • Democrats immediately began working to slow down the proceedings to keep the bill from getting the quick vote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants on it. Read more (6/23/17)

micdotcom: Trump supporters coax Delta and Bank of America into…

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Trump supporters coax Delta and Bank of America into pulling donations to free Shakespeare plays

  • Since Trump’s election, conservatives are outraged on behalf of Trump — at Kathy Griffin, at the New York Times and at various others who offend the sensibilities of the president’s fans. 
  • Their next target: free Shakespeare plays.
  • Delta Air Lines and Bank of America are dropping their charitable donations to the Public Theater in New York City after Fox News drummed up outrage over a summer production of Julius Caesar.
  • In the production, characters are stylized in modern garb, and the portrayal of Caesar, who is assassinated in the play, has drawn comparisons to President Donald Trump.
  •  The outrage is over what conservatives assert is portrayal of the president being killed.
  • The production of Julius Caesar is part of New York’s celebrated Shakespeare in the Park series, which puts on plays featuring celebrity talent for free.
  •  By pulling funding from the Public Theater, they stop subsidizing access to world-class performances for poor and working-class people. Read more (6/12/17)

Meanwhile, Delta continues to sponsor a theater that depicted Julius Caesar as Obama

  • Thought Delta pulled funding from the Public’s Trump-like Julius Caesar, the airline did not pull its sponsorship from another theater that also depicted a grisly demise of Obama in the same role in the same play.
  • Delta stuck with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, which mounted a production of the Shakespeare play more than five years ago that depicted Julius Caesar as Obama. 
  • According to Kathy Kukielka, director of Institutional Giving at the Guthrie, the airline was donating anywhere from $100,000 to $249,000 to the theater annually at the time of the production. It continues to donate to the theater at this level. Read more (6/12/17)

President Donald Trump is on course to announce a reversal of…

  • President Donald Trump is on course to announce a reversal of Obama-era Cuba policies during a trip to Miami on Friday, June 16, a source close to the decision told NBC News.
  • The rollback of the former administration’s policy was first reported last week, with sources confirming to the New York Times that the president was ready to reinstate limits on travel and commerce with the island nation over human rights abuses by the communist Castro government.  Read more. (6/10/17, 9:31 AM)

What does former President Barack Obama, Kerry Washington and…

What does former President Barack Obama, Kerry Washington and Jon Hamm all have in common? They struggled with student loans for years into their professional lives. If you have debt, you’re not alone.

Obama adviser explains just how much went into the Paris…

Obama adviser explains just how much went into the Paris agreement — and what we’ll lose by leaving

  • Brian Deese served as a senior climate adviser to former President Barack Obama and was one of the chief U.S. negotiators for the Paris climate agreement.
  • He knows just how much painstaking work went into the historic accord — and what’s at risk now that the U.S. is leaving it. Read more (6/2/17)

Leaked draft rule suggests Trump will roll back Obama’s…

Leaked draft rule suggests Trump will roll back Obama’s birth control coverage mandate

  • Trump reportedly plans to roll back the Obama-era mandate that requires insurers cover birth control, allowing any company to request a religious or moral exemption from offering employees copay-free birth control.
  • Vox published a leaked draft regulation, which is currently in its final phase of review with the White House Office of Management and Budget, on Wednesday. 
  • The rule would potentially exempt any employer from offering health insurance plans that cover contraception, expanding accommodations the Obama administration offered solely to religious houses of worship, as well as religious hospitals and universities, and “closely held,” for-profit corporations. Read more (6/1/17)

Syrian artist Abdalla Omari depicts world leaders as refugees….

Syrian artist Abdalla Omari depicts world leaders as refugees. He’s hoping the project will motivate world leaders to relate to refugees.