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Barack Obama




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Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Obama is a member of the Democratic Party, and was the first person of African American descent to serve as president. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000. [1]

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img Justin Thomas posted a review

James Rosen is reporting that a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on Trump and his transition team will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee tomorrow. The information goes even beyond what Chairman Devin Nunes described as a "bombshell" earlier this week, multiple sources say.

According to Rosen, "the intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources."

Names of Trump associates captured on surveillance were apparently unmasked and the information disseminated in reports, the source says, adding that there is no other plausible purpose for the unmasking than to damage the incoming Trump administration.

"The NSA document production is expected to produce more intelligence than Chairman Nunes has so far seen or described – including what one source described as a potential 'smoking gun' establishing the spying."

6 days ago

img Dev Achmed posted a review

There's been a lot of misinformation spreading about whether the Obamacare repeal/replace bill would repeal the individual mandate. It would. Here are the facts:

OBAMACARE: Under the existing law passed by Democrats and President Obama (i.e. if Obamacare is NOT repealed), you, your spouse, and your dependents are charged a fee for each and every month of your life that you don't have insurance. The fee is either a percentage of your total household income, or a per person fee, whichever is higher. As of 2017, the fee for one year is the higher of:

• 2.5% of total household income (up to the national average annual cost of a bronze plan, which was $2,699 last year and will likely be much higher this year); or

• $695 per adult and $347.50 per child under 18, up to a maximum of $2,085, increasing every year by the rate of inflation.

THE NEW BILL: If the repeal/replace bill gets passed, the Obamacare individual mandate requiring you to pay a fee for every month you don't have insurance will go away. No more penalties for people who don't have insurance. However, for people who opt not to have insurance and then decide to buy insurance later (if they try to game the system by waiting until they become sick to get insurance, for example), insurance companies are allowed to charge a one-year, 30% premium on the cost of the insurance being purchased.

THE DIFFERENCE: The difference between the Obamacare individual mandate penalty and the replacement law is gigantic. Under Obamacare, a person who elects to stay uninsured for the 47 years between when they turn 18 and when they become eligible for Medicare would pay a minimum of $289,419 in individual mandate penalties (assuming the average inflation rate over the next 47 years equals the average inflation rate from the last 47 years). And that's just for one person. A household with with 3 people would pay up to $868,257 (or more, depending on how much money they make).

Under the new bill, the same household would pay $0. And if they change their mind and decide to purchase insurance at some point, they'd pay a one-time, 30% surcharge on their premiums for one year. That's about $800 total.

$289,419 under Obamacare, vs $800 under the replacement bill.

1 week ago

img Justin Thomas posted a review

The US forces are acting in a supporting role to non-ISIS rebels even now.

3 weeks ago

img Yuri Michael posted a review

Last weekend, Barack Obama’s spokesman Kevin Lewis denied that the former president would have given an order to wiretap Trump Tower. But the denial was carefully worded in a way that left open the possibility that somebody else ordered the surveillance. Indeed Obama's spokesman even hinted as such, saying such an order would have come from an “independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.”

Many in the media reported this as "Obama denies wiretapping Trump", which gives the false impression that Trump was not under surveillance. The truth is, he and/or his campaign were most definitely being eavesdropped on. The New York Times and other sources reported it last year, both before and after the election.

And even if it was indeed part of a legitimate investigation, the fact that leaks of the wiretapped conversations came out and damaged the Trump team proves there are political motivations involved.

Furthermore, just a few days before leaving office, President Obama gave orders that enabled further surveillance leaks. His signed new rules significantly relaxed longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. The move, which seemed puzzling at the time, could very well have been aimed at facilitating the dissemination of surveillance data for political motivations.

As for the results of the investigations against Trump and his team -

12/15/16, NBC News: "Intelligence sources emphasize to NBC News that there is no evidence that Donald Trump collaborated behind the scenes with Putin or the Russians."

1/19/17, New York Times: “The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said.”

1/23/17, CNN: "The officials all stressed that so far there has been no determination of any wrongdoing."

3/5/17, former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: “We did not have evidence in our report, and I say our, that’s NSA, FBI and CIA with my office, the director of national intelligence that had anything — that had any reflection of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was there no evidence of that, including in our report.”

Indeed as allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign fizzle out, a new narrative is emerging: The Obama administration, through the Justice Department and the FBI, was investigating the opposition party’s presidential nominee and his associates during the campaign and illegally funneling the highly classified investigative information to the press. If this turns out to be true, it would be the biggest abuse of government power in a generation at least.

3 weeks ago

img Frank Zetta posted a review


President Obama is the “deporter-in-chief” because he deported more illegal immigrants than any of his predecessors. Conservatives are whining about nothing and Trump supporters misgivings over illegal immigration aren’t founded in reality, but bigotry towards Hispanics. Trump is lying about Obama turning a blind eye to aliens entering the country illegally.


Not even close. The Obama administration has been using an apples to oranges comparison when it suits them and retreating from those numbers when it doesn’t.

Historically, “removal” numbers—what we think of as deportations—consisted of legal immigrants who have committed crimes, overstayed visas, or illegal aliens caught inside the country.

Deportations or “removals” have not included what are known as “returns,” who are Mexican nationals caught crossing the border illegally by border control and subsequently returned.

The Obama Administration does this by counting “removals” and “returns” together, giving them the inflated and misleading deportation statistics. If you counted these two groups together in previous administrations his “record-level” deportations aren’t even close to those in prior administrations.

In 2009, there were 237,941 interior removals in the first year of Obama’s term. That dropped to 133,551 by year 2013.

In October 2011, President Obama said this:

“The statistics are actually a little deceptive because what we’ve been doing is, with the stronger border enforcement, we’ve been apprehending folks at the borders and sending them back. That is counted as a deportation, even though they may have only been held for a day or 48 hours, sent back – that’s counted as a deportation.”

Two years later, the White House was blaming Republicans in the House for the high deportation numbers, as the White House domestic policy chief Cecilia Munoz laments:

“The government’s job is to do what Congress tells it to do. Congress, under the immigration laws that we’ve got now, Congress requires us to remove people who are removable and gives DHS, frankly, a whole lot of resources to do that job. DHS’s job is to make sure they make the best possible decisions on how they use those resources.”

Deportations in 2015 are down 43% under Barack Obama since FY 2012.

on February 25, 2017

img Yuri Michael posted a review

It's clear that Obama has plenty to do with an organization he founded and promotes on his post-presidency website (see link below), and it has been reported that he wants to merge Organizing for Action with his Foundation. Secondly, it does not matter if he can or cannot actually overthrow the government. The law only requires that he is trying to do it -- not that he is able to do it. Finally, all I am asking for is an investigation. No one is above the law -- not even ex Presidents.

on February 20, 2017

img John Adams posted a review

During the last days of his presidency, Barack Obama greatly expanded the government's ability to access domestic surveillance information on Americans. According to the New York Times, Obama's “new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.”

Essentially, instead of acting as a firewall between the massive amount of information it collects and the rest of the government, the new rules mean the N.S.A. must now share its raw surveillance data with other departments.

The move was largely ignored by the media, but is now being reexamined in light of revelations that someone with access to the N.S.A.'s surveillance programs used it to eavesdrop on then private citizen Michael Flynn's phone conversations and leaked it to the media. The conversations included several with Russian officials regarding U.S. sanctions on that country. The conversations were politically damaging (though likely not illegal) and their exposure led to Flynn resigning as National Security Advisor.

Whether the new rules made it easier for someone to use the N.S.A. surveillance info against Flynn is unknown, but a debate currently rages over whether it would enable future abuse of power.

on February 18, 2017

img Ian Da Silva posted a review

But now people want to pretend like they are sticking up for Muslims???

Freaking out over Trump's Muslim policy is very disingenuous.

on January 29, 2017

img Justin Thomas posted a review

The huge transfer was one of Mr Obama’s last acts in the White House with the cash being released just hours before Donald Trump was inaugurated last Friday. 

However, the new president’s administration attempted to freeze the transfer, with two Republican congressman requesting a hold. 

These holds, however, while usually respected are not legally binding and the Palestinian president's office confirmed the transfer had gone through succesfully. 

on January 28, 2017

img Lucas Lynch posted a review

Incoming US President Donald Trump has said he will wage war on Isis, vowing to "bomb the s*** out of 'em".

And as the world gears up for a seemingly more violent four years, it is worth reflecting on President Obama's tenure

According to newly released figures, President Obama had already upped the number of bombs on foreign countries.

US forces dropped over 3,000 more bombs in 2016 than 2015, taking the grand total of strikes for the year to at least 26,171.

on January 26, 2017
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