<h3 http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net style=”clear:both”>Obama to Congress: Extend unemployment insurance
In 2013, the tea party began to decline in both real and perceived power, and Republicans began a slow retreat from the politics of absolutism. In this falls budget fight, Obama did not blink, and Democrats did not break ranks when House Speaker John Boehner bowed to tea-party pressure to shut down the government. The public was furious. Republicans plummeted in the polls and eventually gave in. This set the stage for this months moderate reversal of some of the sequesters spending cuts.
The budget deal alleviates the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts on the Pentagon and domestic agencies. It reduces those cuts, known as the sequester, by about one-third, restoring approximately $63 billion over two years. The comprehensive defense bill gives military personnel a 1 percent pay raise and also covers combat pay, ships, aircraft and bases. WATERFALL HIKE: After signing the bills, Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters traveled across Oahu to hike at Manoa Falls, a popular, easy tropical trail that leads to a 150-foot waterfall. Hikers seemed surprised to see the first family arrive. Security kept many hikers from entering the trail as the family started their hike, which lasted about one hour.
Obama’s Presidency Beset by Fits, Starts in Year 5
Congressman Jacobs dies at 81 The Associated Press Posted: 12/27/2013 11:50:17 PM PST Updated: 12/28/2013 10:07:40 PM PST INDIANAPOLISAndrew Jacobs Jr., a former longtime Indiana congressman, died Saturday afternoon, according to a family spokesman. He was 81. Gary Taylor, a family friend and former campaign manager for Jacobs, said the former Democratic lawmaker had died earlier in the day at his Indianapolis home among family. Taylor said Jacobs had experienced declining health in recent years. He said the death was likely due to complications from old age rather than any single cause.
Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill
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Correction: Obama-Hawaii Vacation Story
A government shutdown and second debt crisis seemed improbable. His health care law, the signature achievement of his presidency, seemed poised to make the leap from theory to reality. Obama had campaigned for re-election on the hope that a second term would bring with it a new spirit of compromise after years of partisan rancor on Capitol Hill. “My expectation is that there will be some popping of the blister after this election, because it will have been such a stark choice,” he’d said. Instead, great expectations disappeared in fumbles and failures.