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20
Jul
15

President Obama: A Champion For Women

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Laura Bassett: White House Finds Way Around Hobby Lobby Birth Control Decision

The Obama administration on Friday issued its final rules for employers who morally object to covering birth control in their health insurance plans. The accommodation ensures that all employed women, unless they work for a place of worship, will still have their birth control covered at no cost to them, even if their employers refuse to cover it. Under the new rule, a closely held for-profit company that objects to covering contraception in its health plan can write a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services stating its objection.

HHS will then notify a third-party insurer of the company’s objection, and the insurer will provide birth control coverage to the company’s female employees at no additional cost to the company. “Women across the country should have access to preventive services, including contraception,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a statement. “At the same time, we recognize the deeply held views on these issues, and we are committed to securing women’s access to important preventive services at no additional cost under the Affordable Care Act, while respecting religious beliefs.”

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19
Jul
15

A Well Earned Thank You

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Dick Meyer: Mr. President, On Behalf Of An Ungrateful Nation, Thank You

I’ve never written a column like this. Readers rarely believe it, but I am not on any political team. Generosity toward the high and mighty isn’t among my few virtues. But this needs to be said: Americans are lucky to have Barack Obama as president and we should wake up and appreciate it while we can. President Obama will go down in history as an extraordinary president, probably a great one. He will have done this in era that doesn’t aggrandize leaders and presidents, but shrinks them. All presidents have had profound opposition, vicious enemies and colossal failures. A few were beloved and others deeply respected in their day, but none in the modern era and certainly not Obama.

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One can hate Democrats, disagree with Obama on big issues, dislike his style or be disappointed the excitement of his election didn’t last. But his accomplishments, ambitious goals, dignity and honesty under tough circumstances demand admiration and appreciation. 1. The Iran deal: Time will reveal if the deal worked, not today’s talking/tweeting heads. What cannot be in dispute is this was a momentous initiative, a gutsy political risk, a diplomatic success and, potentially, a giant step in defusing a long-ticking time bomb. 2. Obamacare: In the midst of the worst economy since the Great Depression, Obama delivered one of the most important domestic programs since the New Deal. Only LBJ’s Great Society laws compare. Obamacare has survived two challenges in the Supreme Court and constant, kabuki-style congressional votes to repeal. It’s now off life support. Key goals are being met. It will evolve and improve. One day it will be taken for granted and people will say, “Keep the government out of my Obamacare.”

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02
Jul
15

The President’s Day

President Barack Obama looks out over the audience after speaking at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wisc., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime

A woman holds up a sign as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy during a visit to the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama arrives to speaks at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters after speaking at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Cartwright Student Center Thursday, July 2, 2015, in La Crosse, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama shakes hands as he arrives to speak at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama arrives to speak at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama greets people in the audience after speaking at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the audience after speaking about the economy during a visit to the University of Wisconsin La Crosse July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A young boy looks up at U.S. President Barack Obama as Obama greets his audience after speaking about the economy during a visit to the University of Wisconsin La Crosse July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Young boys pose for a photo with U.S. President Barack Obama as Obama greets his audience after speaking about the economy during a visit to the University of Wisconsin La Crosse July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama arrives to speak at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Cartwright Student Center Thursday, July 2, 2015, in La Crosse, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

01
Jul
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference with Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden. President Obama announced that Cuba and the United States would re-establish diplomatic ties, including an exchange of ambassadors and embassies

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Outkast and The Black Keys?!?! President Barack Obama is the greatest president of all time!

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We feel you, good people. We feel you

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U.S. President Barack Obama receives applause from Kelly Bryant as she introduces him to speak about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee July 1, 2015. Bryant is a breast care survivor who wrote Obama a letter to tell of her positive experience with the Affordable Care Act. Obama picked up Bryant at her home to take her to the event.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

President Barack Obama receives applause from Kelly Bryant as she introduces him to speak about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee. Bryant is a breast cancer survivor who wrote Obama a letter to tell of her positive experience with the Affordable Care Act

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President Barack Obama speaks at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015,  about the Affordable Care Act.  The president said he wants to refocus on improving health care quality, expanding access and rooting out waste now that the Supreme Court has upheld a key element of his health care law. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act. The president said he wants to refocus on improving health care quality, expanding access and rooting out waste now that the Supreme Court has upheld a key element of his health care law

President Barack Obama takes a question from a man in the audience at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015, where he spoke about the Affordable Care Act. The president said he wants to refocus on improving health care quality, expanding access and rooting out waste now that the Supreme Court has upheld a key element of his health care law.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama listens as Kelly Bryant, right, a breast cancer survivor, introduces Obama at Taylor Stratton Elementary School Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The president is in Nashville to speak about the Affordable Care Act. Bryant wrote to the president earlier this year to relay her positive experience with the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama walks to the home of Kelly Bryant to take her to the event where Obama was to speak about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville,  Tennessee July 1, 2015. Bryant is a breast care survivor who wrote Obama a letter to tell of her positive experience with the Affordable Care Act.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Kelly Bryant as he arrives to take her to an event where Obama was to speak about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville,  Tennessee July 1, 2015. Bryant is a breast care survivor who wrote Obama a letter to tell of her positive experience with the Affordable Care Act.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama walks with Kelly Bryant at her home in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015, en route to Taylor Stratton Elementary School, where he is to speak about the Affordable Care Act.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama walks with Kelly Bryant after arriving at her home to take her to the event where he was to speak about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School

U.S. President Barack Obama takes a question as he speaks about the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama answers a question from the audience at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015, where he spoke about the Affordable Care Act. The president said he wants to refocus on improving health care quality, expanding access and rooting out waste now that the Supreme Court has upheld a key element of his health care law.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

A woman photographs an autograph left by President Barack Obama on a wall at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, July 1, 2015, after Obama spoke at the school about the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

A woman photographs an autograph left by President Barack Obama on a wall at Taylor Stratton Elementary School

President Barack Obama talks with guests after arriving in Nashville, Tenn.,  Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The president is scheduled to speak at an elementary school regarding the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)

President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Washington as he returns from a visit to Taylor Stratton Elementary School, in Nashville, Tenn., where he spoke about the Affordable Care Act.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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