When President Obama came to town last week, we all knew he was talking legislative strategy with House Democrats. But a visit away from Washington always seems to mean finding some time in the schedule for Obama. This time, it was Ravens Running Back Justin Forsett who got to meet the President. Even though the 30-year-old is already an NFL player, he was in awe of meeting the Commander in Chief. Read More →
This is both a news item and traffic advisory: President Barack Obama will be in downtown Baltimore on Thursday night, Jan. 28. Read More →
Decades-old plans to put an interstate through the center of Baltimore were a topic of conversation at the White House Wednesday, but there wasn’t a threat this time. Barbara Mikulski received the highest honor a civilian can get from President Barack Obama. Read More →
Baltimore City isn’t forgotten in the Oval Office these days. President Obama dropped by last week, and one of his panels heard from SRB. The streak continues this week, when State Senator Catherine Pugh will be sitting beside the First Lady as the President delivers the State of the Union address. Read More →
(UPDATED 7:10 p.m.) Some Democrats running for office this fall don’t want to be seen with the President, but Anthony Brown is going back for seconds. President Barack Obama is heading to Maryland on Sunday to boost the lieutenant governor’s bid for a promotion. Read More →
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake returned to Meet the Press Sunday to defend Obamacare. Her appearance coincided with an announcement by the White House that, two months in, healthcare.gov is now “working smoothly for most users.”
It’s pretty hard to play this off as a triumph, and Rawlings-Blake wisely didn’t even try. “We know that the rollout was botched,” she conceded on the program. (Co-panelist Rep. Chris Van Hollen echoed her sentiment in a comment on Maryland’s state run exchange, stating flatly, “Maryland’s a mess. There’s no doubt about it.”) Read More →
First off, would anyone mind if I took a moment to eat a little crow? In early October I picked on Md. Congressman Andy Harris for calling the troubled roll-out of the Maryland Health Connection’s website a “bad omen” for Obamacare. Turns out, he could barely have been more correct. So far, anyway.
Not only have healthcare.gov’s technical difficulties proved to be a bigger problem than the administration initially let on, but President Obama’s repeated promise that Americans would have the option of keeping their current health plans became his own personal “Read my lips” moment as a few million Americans received cancellation notices from their insurance companies.
As Obama’s approval ratings drop, some Democratic lawmakers (many of whom will soon be up for re-election) have turned against the president, demanding that he alter the Affordable Care Act to allow active health insurance plans that don’t meet the new law’s coverage standards to be grandfathered in, at least for now. Even former President Bill Clinton has spoken up in favor of Obama tinkering with the ACA to retroactively keep his promise. Read More →
Somehow I missed this video of the Ravens’ White House visit until today. Joe is cute, Ray is cute, Barack is cute — the whole thing just makes me grin.
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