President Obama

24 Veterans Get Long-Overdue Medals of Honor

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeMelvin Morris vividly remembers the day in September 1969 when he became a war hero in the eyes of others. Morris was a young Green Beret staff sergeant in South Vietnam. After his master sergeant was killed in a jungle ambush in the vicinity of Chi Lang, Morris, serving as the commander of a Special Forces strike force, went back into the line of fire three times to recover the body and a map case — and was wounded three …

President Pushes for New Pension Savings, Job Programs

Posted on 01/29/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIn his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, President Barack Obama proposed a new retirement savings plan, called for more efforts to create jobs and outlined other measures that could benefit older Americans. Acknowledging that Social Security often isn’t sufficient and that many workers don’t have pensions, Obama described plans for a new type of IRA, called MyRA, to be created by the Treasury Department. “It’s a new savings bond that encourages folks to build a nest egg,” …

Obama on Health Care: Law Is Working, Website Will Be Fixed

Posted on 10/21/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Obama conceded on Oct. 21 that the website at the center of the health care law has been a mess but insisted that the law continues to benefit many people. Obama said “nobody is madder than me” about the snafus that have left people unable to finish finding insurance on healthcare.gov since it opened on Oct. 1. “There’s no excuse for the problems,” he said, “and they are being fixed.” He said the government is “doing everything we can …

Is Congress Trying to Sneak Out of Obamacare? Don’t Bet on It

Posted on 04/29/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsFew things rile some people as much as the new health care law and the benefits that Capitol Hill lawmakers give themselves. So it’s not at all surprising that the idea of Congress exempting itself from Obamacare would make political commentators’ tongues wag and an angry public Tweet like mad—real mad. But is it much ado about nothing? John Breshnahan and Jake Sherman of Politico touched off the venting with their report that lawmakers are worried that Obamacare could raise …

Congress Nibbles at Obama’s Budget

Posted on 04/18/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsNow it’s Congress’ turn. Last week President Obama made his budget proposal, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill already have begun trying to bend it to their will. On April 18, in fact, the House Ways and Means Committee will take up one of the most controversial pages in the budget book: the proposal to change the way that benefits under Social Security and other federal programs are adjusted for inflation. The “chained consumer price index,” or chained CPI, would mean …

The 3 Budget Plans: How Do They Stack Up?

Posted on 04/18/2013 by | News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsNow that President Obama has sent his 2014 budget proposal to Congress, three blueprints for the nation’s fiscal future are on the table. The other two are sharply divergent plans drafted by the lawmakers who chair the congressional budget committees: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). The Republican-controlled House passed the Ryan budget on March 21; the Democratic-controlled Senate passed the Murray budget two days later. We surveyed news accounts and nonpartisan analyses to pull together the …