Barack Obama

2013: el año más difícil de Barack Obama

Posted on 12/31/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolEl presidente lo niega. De hecho, en su último pronunciamiento público dijo que éste no ha sido su peor año y citó mejoras en la economía y otros logros. Pero las encuestas y los hechos, por lo menos generan dudas. El presidente de Estados Unidos tuvo un año complicado. Si bien comenzó en enero fortalecido por su reelección, terminó el año con el índice de aprobación más bajo de sus cinco años de presidencia, según encuestas nacionales. ¿Por qué cada …

How the New Budget Deal Affects You

Posted on 12/11/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe two-year budget deal approved by House and Senate negotiators may be most notable for what it doesn’t do. The agreement, unveiled on Dec. 10, aims to keep the government from running out of money in January, avert another government shutdown, cut $23 billion from the federal deficit over two years and ease automatic spending cuts in military and many domestic programs. But the deal doesn’t make major changes in Medicare and Social Security, which many Republicans favored, and it …

Obama Eases Rules on Canceled Health Plans

Posted on 11/14/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Barack Obama will ease rules that were causing some people to lose their health insurance under the health care law, he announced Nov. 14. Obama had repeatedly promised that consumers who like their health insurance plans could keep them under the new system. But some people who buy their own insurance — as opposed to getting it through an employer — found their plans canceled by insurers in recent weeks because they didn’t meet the minimum standards the law …

Una crisis peor que la del cierre temporal del gobierno

Posted on 10/12/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolEl cierre temporal del gobierno ha estado acaparando la atención del país, y aunque continúan las negociaciones para resolver esta crisis, lo cierto es que se siembran más dudas sobre la economía a medida que se acerca límite de la deuda (“debt ceiling”). Imagínate qué pasaría si el gobierno tuviera qué decidir a quién pagarle primero: ¿el Seguro Social a los jubilados o los fondos al programa de Medicare? Esto es lo que podría suceder, según la Casa Blanca, si …

Helen Thomas: Grande Dame of the White House Press Corps

Posted on 07/20/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacySome journalists, as the saying goes, speak truth to power. Helen Thomas made power squirm. White House correspondent Thomas, who died on July 20 at age 92 in Washington, D.C., covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama over more than five decades. She was inquisitive — and an inquisitor. “I think that presidents deserve to be questioned, maybe irreverently, most of the time, [to] bring ‘em down a size,” she explained in an HBO documentary about her life. And …

Obama’s Budget Aims to Expand the Estate Tax

Posted on 04/16/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsJust a few months ago, President Obama and Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill negotiated their way off the fiscal cliff and agreed to make the estate tax a mere shadow of its former self — so much so, according to estimates from the Tax Policy Center, that only 3,800 estates will owe any federal estate tax in 2013. President Obama’s new budget proposal, however, aims to turn things back around. It would raise the estate tax rate to 45 percent …