Father of 8-Year-Old Killed in Boston Bombing Thanks Americans for Prayers
Bill Richard, the father of 8-year-old Martin Richard, one of the three victims killed as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, is thanking Americans for their prayers and thoughts during this difficult time for his family.
Says a majority of Americans -- and Republicans -- support his approach for deficit reduction.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Barack Obama says "the majority of the American people agree with me" on spending cuts and tax increases to fix the budget
The sequester lives, and it’s the Republicans’ fault, President Barack Obama told Americans on Friday. As blunt, broad spending cuts started their slow crawl across the federal government on March 1, 2013, the president said he just needed Republicans in Congress to "catch up to their own party and the country." That means an approach to deficit reduction that "asks something from everybody," he said, including raising tax revenue. Saying he believes Congress "can and must" replace the sequester’s cuts with "a more balanced approach," he added: > More
Weekly address: The President’s plan to create jobs and cut the deficit
To anyone who thought we couldn’t do this…
Today, we released our first quarterly fundraising numbers at Organizing for Action, and I couldn't be prouder.
In just the first few months of this brand-new organization, 109,582 supporters stepped up and invested in what we're building together—from the grassroots up.
As part of our voluntary disclosure, we're also releasing the names of every supporter who has given $250 or more in this fundraising period. You can see the full list here.
To anyone who thought we couldn't do this, these numbers send a pretty clear message. It's never been done before, but supporters like you are doing it.
Here's something else I'm proud of: Our average donation is just $44.
People—especially the special interests on the other side—are taking notice of what this grassroots-funded organization is up to. We're digging in, we're speaking out, and we're amplifying the voices of ordinary Americans on some of the biggest issues of our time.
We're off to a running start, and we'r
Says if Congress doesn’t avoid the sequester, "tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids."
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Barack Obama says sequester would leave ‘tens of thousands’ of parents scrambling for child care
Will the sequester yank away parents’ child care? On March 1, mandatory federal budget cuts take effect that were supposed to be so painful that Congress would take action to avoid them. President Barack Obama has urged lawmakers to avoid the cuts, known as the sequester, and has been citing dire predictions about who might be hurt by the across-the-board reductions in a broad range of federal programs. On Feb. 19, 2013, he warned that if Congress didn’t take action, "tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble ... >> More
President Obama to Speak at Interfaith Service in Boston on Thursday
The White House announced Tuesday afternoon that President Barack Obama will be attending an interfaith vigil to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on Thursday in Boston, Mass.
Pledge to call the Senate on Tuesday
This week, the U.S. Senate is getting ready to vote on a bill that would go a long way toward preventing gun violence and making our communities safer. That's because, in the wake of tragedies like the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, people all across the country spoke out to demand action from Congress.
We cannot let up on our senators—not when we've come this far. This Tuesday, April 16th, we're holding a National Call Day to make sure the voices of ordinary Americans are heard in this debate.
You can get involved from wherever you are. All you have to do is pledge to call your senators on Tuesday.
We'll follow up with their contact information and the resources you need to get it done.
Fellow OFA supporters and our allies will be doing the same thing—calling their senators and letting them know that we haven't forgotten about the toll gun violence is taking on our families and our communities. If we do our jobs right, anyone near a U.S. Senate office on Tuesday wil
Prioritizing Gun Violence Reduction Measures
Only four percent of Americans say that gun violence or gun issues constitute the most important problem facing the country today, based on our April 4-7 monthly update of the "most important problem" measure. This puts guns in the same four percent category as immigration issues, education, and the situation with North Korea.
If the sequester hits, "hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings."
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Barack Obama says sequester would cut vaccinations, cancer screenings for hundreds of thousands
In a recent speech, President Barack Obama said that key health programs will be cut if the sequester -- an across-the-board federal spending cut -- takes effect as scheduled on March 1, 2013. "Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings," Obama said. We wondered if his dire claim was accurate. First, let’s recap how the sequester works. Unless a deal is struck, most types of federal spending must be cut by a uniform amount -- tentatively ... >> More
If the sequester hits, federal prosecutors will have to "let criminals go."
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Barack Obama says sequester could force prosecutors to 'let criminals go'
To pressure Congress to prevent the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration by the March 1, 2013, deadline, President Barack Obama gave a speech on Feb. 19 warning of dire consequences if it takes effect. "Emergency responders like the ones who are here today -- their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded," Obama said. "Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go." As we’ve noted, dire warnings about budget cuts are a popular tactic ... >> More
Why President Obama is not giving the weekly address today
Obama's Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay
It's a pity North Korea's Kim Jong-un had to spoil the party this week. Rockers at the White House should not have had to listen to disturbing news stories about rattling sabers and missile launches