By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
While continuing to cast doubt on the credibility of Standard & Poor's, several Democrats on Sunday said there is an even greater culprit in the downgrade of the nation's credit rating: the tea party.
Something unexpected happened along the president's breezy cruise to re-election. "No drama" Obama is suddenly looking about as calm as Jerry Lewis in a French film, about as brave as Ted Kennedy after an evening drive through Chappaquiddick. Witness Team Obama's recent panicky behavior.
All the talk in Washington is about the slowing economy, the threat of another recession, the government's growing debts and the looming insolvency of Social Security and Medicare.
President Obama's chief economist is departing as the administration's nearly trillion-dollar recovery is losing steam and Mr. Obama concedes that lackluster job growth could become a trend.
President Obama's chief economist, Austan Goolsbee, will step down later this year to resume his teaching post at the University of Chicago in time for the fall semester, the White House announced Monday night.
There's something distinctly fishy about the Treasury Department's lightning-fast and allegedly "surprise" discovery of more than $30 billion in Libyan government assets stored in U.S. banks.
Saying he simply needed a break, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday added his name to a growing list of West Wing staff departures as President Obama restocks the team that will help him deal with newly resurgent congressional Republicans and prepare for a 2012 re-election bid.
Among the first announcements President Obama will make upon returning from his Hawaiian vacation is his choice for top economic adviser, a decision that could signal a new direction for the administration as it struggles to jump-start the economy and wrestle down unemployment.
President Obama finds himself in a quest for Democratic votes on Capitol Hill as mounting liberal anger over his tax-cut deal with Republicans has him pressuring lawmakers from the outside with high-profile endorsements and deploying White House officials to cajole them from the inside.
Sarah Palin says she could defeat President Obama if she seeks the White House in 2012.
The White House has seen a stunning pre-election exodus of high-level staffers, culminating in the departure over the last two weeks of President Obama's chief of staff and national security adviser.
With the recent departures of Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, economic policy adviser Lawrence H. Summers and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, the next senior Obama administration official expected to quit is the national security adviser to the president, James L. Jones. All other things being equal, his successor seems likely to be the president's homeland security adviser, John Brennan (who also serves as Gen. Jones' deputy).
Woodward book: Aides doubt Obama Afghan strategy
Top White House economic adviser Lawrence H. Summers will step down at the end of this year, the administration said Tuesday, marking the departure of yet another key player on President Obama's financial team, which has struggled to right the U.S. economy.
Senior U.S. and Chinese officials met Monday to steady relations upset by disputes over currency, trade and military affairs, despite calls for a tougher line on Chinese economic policies that some say are contributing to American unemployment.
As Lawrence H. Summers, one of the architects of his burning building, recently wrote: "The great economic questions for the next generation" will involve how to pay for the exploding costs of government.
"This is an important event," former chief White House economic adviser Lawrence H. Summers told Reuters television. "It reminds us that even very well managed institutions with very sophisticated systems can make very large mistakes."