Barack Obama

Tom Evslin: The ship of state is taking on water

I’m afraid that America is currently a rocking boat.

John McClaughry: Stronger limits on executive power needed

With a new president and governor inaugurated this month, it’s a good time to rethink the limits of executive power.

Jules Rabin: Imagining Donald Trump

What would Donald Trump have made of any five-minute segment of Obama’s performance in a recent press conference, if he took the trouble to listen carefully?

Burlington House candidate called for Obama to be hanged in Tweet

The Tweet is one of a handful from Michael McGarghan that denounce the president, promote conspiracy theories or contain anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Obama signs into law new federal food labeling requirements

The federal law immediately preempts Vermont’s GMO labeling statute, Act 120, which went into effect on July 1.

Sanders gets Obama meeting; Clinton gets Obama endorsement

The president threw his support behind his former secretary of state in a video that also hailed the Vermont senator’s primary campaign.

Sanders meeting president behind closed doors today

During a brief break from the campaign trail in Iowa, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is scheduled to meet President Barack Obama privately today in the Oval Office. There’s no formal agenda, according to White House press secretary John Earnest. “The president and Sen. Sanders first discussed this meeting last December when Sen. Sanders attended the […]

Letters urge President Obama to highlight earned sick days in State of the Union

Vermont business owner, Jen Kimmich, and public school employee, Amy Lester, called on President Obama to push forward earned sick days in his State of the Union address.

VSAC statement on Obama’s college plan

VSAC statement on President Barack Obama’s announcement of America’s College Promise.

Cuban cigars? Not so fast

Under the imminent changes, Cuban cigars purchased in Canada will remain banned from being brought over the border into the U.S.

Patrick Leahy: Promoting reconciliation with Cuba

Common sense dictates that it is beneath the United States to continue treating a tiny neighbor that poses no threat and whose people have much in common with us as an enemy.

Barrie Dunsmore: Race issue as problematic as ever

For all of the hopes raised by the election of the first African-American president, the issue of race is more pernicious today than it was prior to his taking office.

Sanders’ statement on immigration reform and network blackout

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today on President Barack Obama’s executive order to defer deportation for millions of immigrants in the United States.

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco to speak at Vermont Humanities Council event

Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco will discuss identity and belonging in a talk at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier on December 3 at 7:00 pm. His talk, “Becoming American: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.