Friday, February 8, 2013
President Barack Obama will give his State of the Union address at 8 p.m. CST Tuesday, Feb. 12.
President Obama's annual State of the Union address is the most important speech he delivers and could be the most important of his entire presidency, argues the Washington Post. The President is expected to preview the 2014 federal budget and discuss, among other issues, gun control, job creation, infrastructure repair, deficit and debt, climate change, the military and protecting the middle class, according to useconomy.about.com. Obama's State of the Union address begins at 8 p.m. CST. What agenda items are you most interested in? Are you attending or hosting a State of the Union viewing party? Post the details in the comments to share with your neighbors.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Corn and soybean crops are being hit hard by the worst U.S. drought in 50 years.
The worst U.S. drought in more than 50 years has caused alarms around the world as corn and soybean crops are threatened and could impact the world's food supply, the Christian Science Monitor reported. After a record-setting hot July, August has been mild by comparison. The Chicago Tribune reported that although Illinois still is in a drought, only 8 percent of the state remains in an "exceptional drought." However, even with improving conditions in August, the U.S. corn crop is supposed to be down 13 percent and the soybean crop down 12 percent, The Washington Post reported. The drought and extreme conditions in July have raised several issues. For example, the U.S. mandates the use of corn-based ethanol to reduce U.S. reliance of …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
President Obama has said he will veto legislation that extends the tax cuts for those with incomes over $250,000.
President Obama said he would veto legislation that would extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts, Fox news reported. Obama has proposed extending the tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 for another year, the Chicago Tribune reported. Obama said it would be imprudent to extend all of tax cuts – including those for upper income earners – because they were a major driver of the budget deficit (Note: Obama's complete remarks are attached to this story). "By the way, these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are also the tax cuts that are least likely to promote growth," Obama said. "So we can't afford to keep that up, not right now. So I'm not proposing anything radical here. I just believe that anybody making over $250,000 a year …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Local politicians reacted Thursday to the Supreme Court's 5–4 decision to uphold President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
(Update at 2:15 p.m.) Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) wants to make change to some parts of the Affordable Care Act and retain other provisions in the wake of today’s United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the law. “We need to put in place provisions we’ve talked about and repeal some of the others,” Dold said today. “I consider the doctor-patient relationship sacrosanct and nothing should come in between that.” Among other things, Dold wants to get rid of the Independent Patient Advisory Board, a 15-member panel created by the Affordable Care Act charged with finding Medicare savings. Dold wants to retain the provisions allowing people under 26 to remain on their parents’ coverage and those that prohibit an insurer from …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
President Obama's immigration policy will allow young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally to seek work permits.
The Obama administration announced that it will no longer deport younger immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children and will begin issuing work permits to them, The Huffington Post reported. The permits only would be available to individuals who had led law-abiding lives, the website reported. As many as 800,000 people could be affected by the policy change. "Today, I am announcing that effective immediately, young people brought to U.S. by no fault of their own and meet several criteria no longer are removed from country or entered into removal proceedings,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said to Fox News. Fox News reported that immigrants will have had to live in the U.S. for …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
President Barack Obama said that he supported gay marriage this week, while Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Gay marriage came to the forefront of the 2012 presidential campaign this week. President Barack Obama said on ABC's Good Morning America that he personally supported gay marriage. "You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently," Obama said in the interview with ABC. Obama's support for gay marriage came one day after North Carolina passed an amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, the Huffington Post Reported. Republican …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Christine Wolf was selected to ask the president a question in a Google Plus session.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Evanston Patch columnist Christine Wolf got an audience with the president Monday night courtesy of Google Plus. Christine was chosen from what The White House said were 225,000 questions submitted over Google's social networking site. Christine, a mom and writer, asked for advice on talking to kids about the recession. WLS TV has this clip of Christine asking her question. Or you can watch the president's full Q&A here. Christine told us that she was sworn to secrecy about her big moment. But now that it's aired, she's free to talk — and write — about it. Stay tuned to Patch for her next column about the experience. If you could ask the president one question, what would it be? Let us know in the comments section.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Be as honest as you can: what would you say if you were invited to dinner with President Barack Obama?
A few weeks ago, I received a series of emails from the Obama campaign, asking for money and, in exchange, the promise of a chance to have dinner with the President of the United States of America. I clicked, donated, and crossed my fingers. As soon as the confirmation email arrived from the Obama people, I was informed I'd have another chance to have dinner with the President if I donated just 1/2 of my previous donation -- right now. Half off? Who's not excited about half off? Click. Click. Click. Two chances to dine with Barack Obama! Two chances to tell him how I feel things are going. Two opportunities to voice my opinion about what really matters most in my world. The whole thing felt like gambling, which I can't say I loved. Still…
Monday, October 3, 2011
Local congressman spared some of the criticism.
A crowd of more than 60 people lashed out at Congressional leadership and partisan bickering in Washington during a town hall hosted by Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) Saturday in Wheeling. The attendees, while angry, spared the North Shore legislator some of their wrath. “You are one reasonable man in a sea of politicians who are thinking like politicians and not about us,” Vernon Hills resident Rich Lachman told Dold Saturday. “Please act like a reasonable man for the people who pay your salary.” During Dold’s opening 40-minute presentation, the congressman said the federal government had three deficits to deal with, a jobs deficit, a budget deficit and a leadership deficit. Jodi Wilson of Northbrook jumped on the leadership issue. “…
Friday, August 5, 2011
Not for Jonathan Webb and the City of Evanston’s “Let’s Move Dancers.”
Feeling sluggish after a lazy summer? Someone who hasn’t been lazy is Jonathan Webb, Division Manager for Community Health for the Evanston Health Department. Webb oversees programs related to obesity prevention (i.e. Women Out Walking), tobacco use cessation, chronic disease/diabetes self management, and prostate/testicular cancer screening awareness. Additionally, he serves as staff support to the Mental Health Board, oversees the Children’s Dental Clinic and Vital Records Office, and manages staff that signs residents up for the State’s Allkids/Moms and Babies Insurance programs. I recently exchanged emails with Webb about Evanston’s participation in a nationwide campaign aimed at tackling childhood obesity called the Let’s Move! Flash…