Peter Roff


January 2011


Obama Needs Outside Help Handling Egypt Protests

By |

Events in Egypt present the Obama administration with its most serious foreign policy crisis to date—serious because, unlike the other issues on the table, it is not likely to be resolved in the short term and could easily go in a way that runs counter to U.S. strategic and economic long-term ...

Read More

TAGS:
foreign policy
Egypt
Kennedy, John
Iran
White House
foreign aid
Obama administration
Obama, Barack
Clinton, Hillary

Obama's Corporate Tax Cut Could Be a Tax Hike

By |

In an otherwise largely forgettable State of the Union address, President Barack Obama surprisingly called for a cut in the U.S. corporate income tax rate.

“Over the years, a parade of lobbyists has rigged the tax code to benefit particular companies and industries. Those with accountants or ...

Read More

TAGS:
Obama, Barack
unemployment
Republican Party
deficit and national debt
income tax
Democratic Party
Norquist, Grover
White House

GOP Budget Cut Battle Shows Party Health

By |

In the campaign that recently ended, the House Republicans made—as part of their “Pledge to America”—the promise that they would cut $100 billion out of the federal budget over the course of fiscal year 2011.

It's a promise that has created some trouble for them. The U.S. fiscal year begins in ...

Read More

TAGS:
Republican Party
deficit and national debt
Boehner, John
Jordan, Jim
unemployment
Congress
tea party
federal budget
politics

State of the Union Is High Risk, Low Reward for Obama

By |

With his approval numbers gently rebounding in the aftermath of his Tucson speech, President Barack Obama has been presented with the opportunity to use Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to redefine his presidency.

Independents, the voter bloc that right now holds the “keys to the kingdom”

Read More

TAGS:
Obama, Barack
State of the Union
politics
Obama administration
Boehner, John
unemployment
Republican Party
Democratic Party
health care reform
health care
energy
energy policy and climate change
polls
Congress
2010 Congressional elections

Does Obama Fear a Hillary Clinton Primary Challenge?

By |

 If there was ever a sign that the White House is nervous about 2012, it’s the news that a covey of senior White House aides and Democratic National Committee operatives are headed to Chicago to open President Barack Obama’s re-election headquarters—nearly two years in advance of the election.

Read More

TAGS:
politics
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections
White House
Clinton, Hillary
Obama, Barack
tea party
Democratic Party
Boehner, John
McConnell, Mitch
Clinton, Bill

Republican Health Reform Repeal Vote Is Just First Step

By |

By a vote of 245 to 189, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal the new national healthcare law commonly referred to as “Obamacare.”

The White House dismissed the vote, both before and after, as a purely symbolic act since, in their calculation, it has no chance of being taken ...

Read More

TAGS:
health care reform
health care
Republican Party
Democratic Party
politics
unemployment
Reid, Harry
Pelosi, Nancy
energy policy and climate change
energy
2012 presidential election
Conrad, Kent
Lieberman, Joe
Webb, Jim
Nelson, Ben
Nelson, Bill
Stabenow, Debbie
Tester, Jon
Casey, Bob
Brown, Sherrod
Kohl, Herb

Remember That the Arizona Shootings Are the Exception in America

By |

It comes as little surprise that, in the aftermath of the horrific shooting in Tucson, Arizona that killed a half dozen people and wounded more than twice that number--including a member of the U.S. House of Representatives--that the left and the right are both trying to establish a claim to the ...

Read More

TAGS:
Congress
Giffords, Gabrielle
Republican Party
Democratic Party
tea party
politics
gun control and gun rights
Adams, John Quincy
Jackson, Andrew
Lincoln, Abraham

Clinton Vets Like Daley Show Dems See Obama as Empty Suit

By |

The meaning behind the utterly surreal episode in the White House press room several weeks ago in which former President Bill Clinton dazzled the assembled reporters while Barack Obama left for a Christmas party is now clear. It was a deviously subtle way to announce the Obama administration was ...

Read More

TAGS:
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
politics
Axelrod, David
Summers, Larry
2012 presidential election
Democratic Party
Emanuel, Rahm
deficit and national debt
Clinton, Bill
Obama, Barack
White House
Congress
unemployment
Geithner, Tim
Gibbs, Robert
Daley, William

Poll Shows Republican Ranks Are Growing

By |

With the new Congress just days from coming in, pollster Scott Rasmussen reports that the number of Americans who identify themselves as Republicans continues to rise.

More than two-thirds of American adults--37 percent--called themselves Republicans in Rasmussen's December survey, while the number ...

Read More

TAGS:
politics
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Congress
2012 presidential election
unemployment
national security terrorism and the military
Obama, Barack
LGBT rights

You Might Also Like


See More