Obama quick to spend like predecessor

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s budget proposal, including the much-touted so-called freeze on nondefense domestic discretionary spending — to begin next year, brings to mind one of the confessions St. Augustine made in his landmark book of confessions. As he was wrestling with the implications of becoming a fully believing Christian, Augustine said that […]

State of the Union text

Text of President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union speech, as prepared for delivery on Wednesday and provided by the White House.

U.S., India talks display deepening ties

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama last week hosted India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House as his administration’s first official state visit. The event came complete with the usual press conference, two hours of diplomatic discussions and a star-studded dinner gala scheduled for the south lawn of the White House with a […]

Obama needs to take care of U.S. first

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday to a U.N. General Assembly packed with more than 100 heads of state was a strange combination of modesty and chutzpah, of a change in tone designed to persuade people that more substantive changes in policy had occurred. Insofar as a more modest tone reflects an understanding […]

Schools offering choice on whether to view Obama speech

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Seidenwurm By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Controversy over President Barack Obama’s speech to school children today is making for extra work at Clovis schools. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said she has heard concerns from parents on both sides of the issue. “We were caught a little off guard that there would be any kind of […]

Immigration reform should begin soon

President Barack Obama said earlier this month that even though our immigration system is “broken” and he believes reform is necessary, we shouldn’t expect any change this year. We see no reason to wait. Proposals for such reform should be offered now, allowing Congress as much time as necessary to hear all sides of the […]

Obama failing on transparency promise

Freedom Newspapers It should hardly come as a surprise that once in office elected politicians forget about, abandon, or fudge on promises made to get elected. President Barack Obama’s record on transparency and openness, however, is more disappointing than most such instances. During the campaign, candidate Obama promised an unprecedented degree of openness and transparency, […]

No tolerance for opponents of health reform

Freedom New Mexico The ongoing debate over the White House health-care plan has revealed the ugly dark side of this administration. We now see that behind President Barack Obama’s soothing words and talk about ameliorating differences is a man and his allies who disdain their opponents and have little tolerance for freewheeling public debate. We’re […]

Health revamp begins with office cleanup

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has appointed a worthy, even inspirational woman to be the country’s next surgeon general. Dr. Regina Benjamin founded the Bayou La Batre rural health clinic to serve an Alabama fishing village of 2,500. She has a refreshingly old-fashioned approach to her work, treating any and all patients regardless of […]

Press needs to be skeptical of president

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s news conference Tuesday may have marked the beginning of the end of the administration’s honeymoon with the Washington establishment as personified by the Washington press corps. Although the president was still firmly in command of his audience, the questions were sharper and more pointed, a little less reverential than […]

President enacts Bingaman-authored public lands and water package

President Barack Obama today signed into law a major water and public lands package written in large part by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman.

Editorial: Adding troops in Afghanistan not necessary

President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Thursday that the “era of the blank check is over” in Afghanistan. But the plan he laid out Friday looks very much like a blank check for an increased military and civilian presence in Afghanistan that is unlikely to be successful or to end any time soon. The Afghan […]

Ute pipeline legislation headed to president

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Ute Water Project has cleared Congress. Senate Bill 22, commonly known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects, including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The bill passed the House on a 285-140 vote Wednesday, and now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, […]

Editorial: President has good start on education

For better and for worse, President Barack Obama has been reasonably consistent in trying to put in place as policy some of the broad and ambitious hopes he expressed during his campaign. Many aspects of his broad vision are alarming to those who see a larger and ever-growing government as more of a problem than […]

Editorial: Challenging deficit comes too late for GOP

As much as President Barack Obama tries to blame his predecessor, he has to take some ownership of a careening federal deficit that apparently will reach $1.75 trillion this year. That jaw-dropping number came from Obama himself last week

Udall to President: We must stop border violence

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to include in his budget “the highest levels of funding possible” to reduce violence along the U.S.—Mexico border.

Bingaman applauds Obama’s plans for funding health care, education, science and Indian Country

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget proposal is good for New Mexicans because it gives priority to health care, education and science. “The Obama administration has prepared a budget that gives priority to the issues that matter most to our state.

Bingaman reacts to President Obama’s address

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he looks forward to working with President Barack Obama to meet the challenges our nation faces.

Local reaction to president’s speech mixed

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In the hours following President Barack Obama’s first address to Congress, local opinions ranged from optimism in the face of tough times to wondering how the president plans to keep all of his promises. Portales resident Sandra Robinson shed tears during Obama’s hour-long address. “I thought it was so […]

President announces Medicaid relief

President Obama Announces More Than $95 Million in Medicaid Relief from ARRA for New Mexico Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding available for states on Wednesday in special Treasury accounts President Barack Obama announced this morning in a meeting with the Nation’s Governors that states will be able to access the first two quarters of […]