President Barack Obama

Boston Marathon’s ‘Fallen Man’ Still Running

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayAs Boston transforms its annual marathon into an affirmation of strength, renewal and healing this year, I can’t help remembering last year’s “Fallen Man” who wouldn’t stay down. Blown off his feet by the first of two explosions, runner Bill Iffrig, then 78, was helped up by race attendants in the ensuing chaos, and thought to himself: “Hey, go for the finish line.” That’s just what he did. The Finish Line is the title of a short film on Iffrig and his love …

CBO Report Offers Mixed Message on Minimum Wage Hike

Posted on 02/20/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA new report by the Congressional Budget Office offers fodder for both sides of the debate about raising the nation’s $7.25-an-hour minimum wage. Democrats are cheering the nonpartisan agency’s finding that a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 would lift about 900,000 low-wage workers out of poverty. But Republicans say that what’s important is the report’s estimate that 500,000 jobs would disappear as businesses adjust to the new wage. The CBO found smaller impacts from a wage hike to …

Will the Obamas All Get Tattoos?

Posted on 04/25/2013 by | News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsOn the April 24 “Today” show, President Obama laid out the strategy he and Michelle have devised to discourage their daughters from getting tattoos. “What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo,” Obama told Savannah Guthrie in a taped interview. “And our thinking …

4 Ways Obama’s Budget Would Change Medicare

Posted on 04/15/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAdapted from an article by Mary Agnes Carey, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget includes a variety of what he says are “manageable” changes for Medicare’s 54 million beneficiaries as well as for the hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers that serve them. That assessment has drawn concern from some patient and provider groups that, although recognizing the need to address the nation’s rising health care costs, say seniors shouldn’t bear the brunt …

Being ‘Nixonian’ Ain’t What It Used to Be

Posted on 04/11/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is plenty upset. The leak of a surreptitious recording of one of his reelection campaign’s strategy sessions captures McConnell and his aides discussing possible attacks on actress Ashley Judd — at the time a potential Democratic opponent — over her past struggles with depression and religious views. Although Mother Jones magazine’s David Corn, who obtained the scoop, hasn’t revealed the source, McConnell accused Democrats of bugging his campaign headquarters. “A quite Nixonian move,” is …

Automatic Budget Cuts Will Reduce Medicare Payments To Doctors, Providers By $11 Billion

Posted on 09/14/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodaySpecial Post By Mary Agnes Carey | Kaiser Health News staff writer Medicare providers would see reductions of about $11 billion beginning in January as part of series of automatic spending cuts set to begin next year unless Congress acts to halt them, according to estimates released Friday by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The numbers came in a report that details how federal agencies would implement roughly $110 billion in mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts agreed to …