Articles by Dan O'Leary

Political Voice: A victory for America

Over the past several months, I have had the privilege to have followed and reported on stories surrounding the issue of health care reform in this country. During this period of time, I have experienced moments of frustration, confusion and disappointment. This past Sunday, these feelings were finally substituted with happiness. I never thought surpassing…

Obama unveils plan to bolster education system

With an educational system failing to meet the needs of students and teachers alike, the Obama administration has decided that new legislation is essential.  This much anticipated domestic policy would replace the current No Child Left Behind Law which was enacted during the presidency of George W. Bush. The current eight-year-old policy has fallen under…

Compromise proving elusive for ‘jobs’ bill

With unemployment at the high percentage rate of 9.7 percent, Democrats and Republicans alike have made job creation the top priority on Capitol Hill. Yet there still remains severe disagreements between the parties as to how to best address this ever growing problem. This split between the two parties became even more evident this past…

Pentagon to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

For almost 17 years, the military has adhered to a policy called “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the prevention of openly gay and lesbian service members in the armed forces. However, if President Barack Obama and the Pentagon have their way, this doctrine will no longer be in use.  This past Tuesday, high ranking officials…

Obama delivers State of the Union

President Barack Obama’s first year in office was composed of both high and lows, and on Jan. 27, he officially kicked off the second year of his presidency with hopes of attaining greater prosperity.  Speaking to a nationally televised joint session of Congress, Obama used his first State of the Union Address to reassure the…

In upset victory, Brown wins Massachusetts seat

Several weeks ago, Republican Senatorial candidate Scott Brown was a little known Massachusetts state senator facing an uphill battle in an overwhelmingly Democratic state.  However, with his stunning victory on Jan. 18, Brown has burst onto the national political scene. The impact of his election victory extends beyond the borders of Massachusetts, as Brown has…

Moderate Democrats pose obstacle for passing health insurance reform

As the health care debate continues to intensify in the Senate, it has become evident that bipartisan support is highly unlikely. Therefore, the Democratic leadership is focusing on keeping the Democratic caucus united in order to reach the crucial number of 60 votes needed for passage. This pursuit of 60 votes will undoubtedly be a…

With House vote, Democrats closer to passing health insurance reform

After months of lobbying for reform, liberal Democrats and the White House achieved a much needed victory on Saturday by delivering on a top domestic priority. In a late night vote, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 3962 Affordable Health Care for America Act by a tally of 220-215. Recently the debate surrounding…

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize for ambitious foreign policy agenda

President Barack Obama, seen here giving a speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in Egypt on June 4, won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 9 for his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and multilateral cooperation. President Barack Obama can now add the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to his list of career…

After months of talks, Baucus unveils health care reform bill

The push for health care reform intensified last Wednesday when Sen. Max Baucus released his much anticipated bill.

President’s speech addresses health care concerns

After weeks of tumultuous town hall meetings and intense political lobbying, Congress and the President have returned to Washington to debate health care reform.   In an unprecedented move, last Wednesday night President Barack Obama used the bully pulpit of the White House to advance his health care agenda.  Speaking in front of a Joint Session…

Nation mourns loss of Kennedy

Aug. 25, 2009 marked the end of an era in American culture with the passing of the legendary Sen. Edward M. Kennedy after his year-long struggle against brain cancer.  As the youngest brother of the slain President John F. Kennedy and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Ted was the patriarch of the historic Kennedy family. …