Obama Declares Federal Emergency For NC

President Barack Obama has declared an emergency for North Carolina that is expected to be hit by Hurricane Irene over the weekend.

Obama on Thursday night ordered federal aid to supplement state and local responses to the storm.

The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

It also means the state is eligible for federal funds to help in cleanup and other needs.

Irene is tightening its aim on the Eastern Seaboard. It threatens up to 65 million people along a shore-hugging path from North Carolina to New England.


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  • by Angela Location: Belhaven on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    I am a black democrat and I voted for Obama and Clinton (my choice and my RIGHT). I find it amazing how we can see everything as black or white and FAIL realize this back and forth badgering is RIDICULOUS. Reading all these "supposedly" smart, intelligent people posting sarcastic, cruel, hateful and YES racial comments, I pray everyone will realize we have to work TOGETHER to accomplish the goal to improve OUR economy. It doesn't matter what the color of your skin maybe, we all have to deal with the issues raised with the state of our economy. With all the wisdom being posted why not advocate for what you believe in an effort to better the economy and society.
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      by The flood on Aug 31, 2011 at 01:46 PM in reply to Angela
      Other than the posters, like yourself, who are calling all criticsm of the President racism, a tired and totally untrue tactic of the left, please point to the racism that has been posted here. I see no reason to work with people who are just wrong about everything they believe, especially when to comes to the economy.
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      by clint on Aug 31, 2011 at 04:54 PM in reply to Angela
      If you want to better the economy you surely will not vote for Obama again. But of course we all know you will. Not because of his great economic policies either. Tax, spend, over regulate and give away is no economic policy. So just exactly which voters are the real racists.
  • by anne Location: blackjack on Aug 31, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    It's not fair to the people that lost all their food in the fridge and freezers to not get assistance but the ones that already get foods stamps can go get assistance immediatelly and half of them are using them for drugs or saleing them. IT'S NOT FAIR TO THE ONES WHO NEED IT!!!!!
  • by Lonnie Ray Mackneal Location: Oriental on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    OK, here is a prediction on Tropical Storm Katia far, far away, but heading our way... If the storm hits NC and causes damage it is Obama's fault. If it veers out in the ocean Obama is still the bad guy. The point?: Obama-haters use every event to thinly veil their racicism and hatred. Thety of course will deny it. My prayers are for healing in our land. Oh well, a guy can hope can't he?
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      by The flood on Aug 30, 2011 at 03:11 PM in reply to Lonnie Ray Mackneal
      As long as people cry racism at any criticism of Obama there will never be healing. If Obama were 100% white and named John Smith with the same policies and divisive rhetoric I would dislike him just as much.
  • by Momof4 Location: Havelock /Va on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    WELL I SEE MR.O IS COMING NOW . IF HE REALLY DID CARE? HELP BY SLASHING THE GAS TAX ON OUR GAS PUMPS ,IT'S LIKE 53 CENTS STATE 37 CENTS FED. AND SO ON . MOST PEOPLE COULD NOT AFFORD HURRICANE IRENE AND THE CLEAN UP .A LITTLE HELP GOES A LONG WAY.FOR EVERYONE.
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      by To Mother on Aug 30, 2011 at 11:27 AM in reply to Momof4
      The president has NO CONTROL over gas prices!!! He has tried to cut tax subsidies to them to help with the deficit, but the GOP WON"T LET HIM!!!
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM in reply to To Mother
        Wrong, he has control over the value of the dollar. Geitner, who prints the money, printed 1 trillion dollars. Now, got back to la la land.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2011 at 01:37 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          You do know you just contradicted yourself, don't you? The Fed is in charge of printing money, not Obama. And I'd like to see how you can say that Obama directly tells the Fed what to do, because that would spell disaster for how Bush handled the economy.
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          by and on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:07 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          put your tin foil hat in the trash and go help some people in need .
  • by Nothing Dumber..... Location: Bath on Aug 29, 2011 at 05:01 PM
    There is not a dumber group of people in this country than poor or middle classed US citizens that support our present Republican party. I understand the millionaires and billionaires that support them. It's to THEIR advantage to do so. But, too many people in eastern NC were born and raised as Republicans, people who are blinded to the fact that the Republicans in Washington now DON'T REPRESENT THEM. These politicians are part of the rich and greedy who control this country. Their special interests are not YOUR special interests, people. Please wake up. I was born and raised as a Republican in ENC. The party now sickens and embarrasses me. The only thing more embarrassing is the racists in ENC who are so blinded by their hatred that they can't see something SO OBVIOUS. These aren't your grandparent's Republicans. This party represents only the top 2% of Americans, and yet their propaganda works on many average Americans as if they were kindergarten students. It boggles my mind.
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      by Momof4 on Aug 29, 2011 at 07:39 PM in reply to Nothing Dumber.....
      WELL THE CHANGE MADE IN 2008 NEED'S TO CHANGE BACK IT HAS PROVEN TIME AND TIME IT DOES NOT WORK AND DID NOT HELP POOR OR MIDDLE CLASS AS WELL.OR CREATE JOBS .
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 30, 2011 at 08:33 AM in reply to Nothing Dumber.....
      We support the party that supports the constitution, not the socailist agenda of the democrats. As always, let us know what poor man you work for...been waiting a long time for that answer. Demcrats, the party that bites the hand that feeds them.
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        by TO OSOC on Aug 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Socialism? You mean like the oil subsidies and the agricultural subsidies? Constitution? Where does it say in the Constitution that Congressional Representative should be committed to a "pledge" to an outside force and not the people? You are right, men who work the poor and keep them poor with low wages do become rich!
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:51 PM in reply to TO OSOC
          Taking a pledge and taking an oath are two different things. The TP is committed to upholding the constitution while the democrats in congress ignore it. I support that and nothing else. The other thing, you just won a million dollar lottery. After you win, you will pay 400K to taxes for fed and state. You OK with that right? The idiots on the liberal web sites always forget one thing important about the rich...most don't make income and are retired. And You poster child Warren Buffet hasn't paid taxes since 2002. So get off you class warfare, its doesn't work, we the middleclass work for weathy people that actually pay us well and look after us. Now here is you facts; http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obama-suporter-warren-buffetts-co-hasnt-paid-some-taxes-since-2002/
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      by Teresa on Aug 31, 2011 at 01:51 PM in reply to Nothing Dumber.....
      To "Nothing Dumber". You are so right. I wish I knew you. How dumb can people be to stick with a party that does nothing for them unless they are rich. I wish I cut and paste the words you said and send it to the FOX news listeners. They are so full of hatred and racisim until they can't see that their own party has snowed them. If the rich create jobs... where are the jobs? Overseas... Look at unemployment. These rich million and billionaires have soldout their own country for the love of money (GREED). These guys pay little to no taxes and look for you to continue to pull blood from a dried up turnip. Wake up. What is the definition of insanity?
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:25 AM in reply to Teresa
        So you are not aware of the very filthy rich that support Obama? Yeah, you believe the rhetoric off the liberal web sites. Actions speak louder than words. Warren Buffet, billionaire and liberal, has not paid taxes since 2002 and says he was for paying more. Hypocritys and liars. GE CEO Imelt, big Obama contributor, moved the company to China where they don't pay taxes to the US while taking billions in government money. There is that greed for you...right from the DNC.
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          by cottonmouth on Sep 1, 2011 at 12:35 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          And you would rather the filthy rich support the Tea Party or what? Or that we ban filthy richhood and take up the communist way (whose filthy rich are hidden from view)? Would you like to repeal the new health care laws because they cost the taxpayers some money or because you hate the government and are against all taxes unless they benefit you personally? I could go on, but you get my drift.
  • by Momof4 Location: Havelock /Va on Aug 29, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    WELL I QUESS THE BLACK BUS WONT STOP HERE SINCE WERE IN A DISASTER AREA . MR. OBAMAS WONT STOP IN BLACK AREAS OR DISASTER AREAS . ITS NOT MR. OBAMAS CUP OF TEA . HE MIGHT GET DIRTY.
  • by HENRY on Aug 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    great, this joker is now going to print up more money to help NC. . .do us a favor Obumma, go back to your vaction. UM. . .third one this summer i believe?
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      by what on Aug 29, 2011 at 03:00 PM in reply to HENRY
      bush did nothing beside let this country go broke as a president. Where were all the good ole boys then. It was ok for him to lt this happen and no one complained until President Obama had to come behind him to clean up his mess. To call our president out of his name is low thinking and goes beyond politics. Your message is loud and clear.
  • by Jeannica Location: Rocky Mount on Aug 27, 2011 at 03:41 AM
    God knows exactly what he's doing
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      by Momof4 on Aug 29, 2011 at 04:23 PM in reply to Jeannica
      WHAT GOD OUR GOD OR HIS ALAH THE MUSLIM GOD
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        by To MOM of 4 on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:23 PM in reply to Momof4
        I am so glad you posted this, it lets me clearly know what a kook you are!
  • by Mark on Aug 26, 2011 at 07:44 PM
    I have never disliked a president personally until this guy! always comes across as insincere and self-centered!
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      by Tristan on Aug 26, 2011 at 08:09 PM in reply to Mark
      I concur, I loathe him.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 12:47 PM in reply to Tristan
        Obama dont like........................american people
  • by Ironic Location: enc on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:05 PM
    The "Red" states-those who are so against government are those most affected by storms and other natural disasters. They "get back" $1.50 for every $1.00 they pay in taxes! This is a perfect example! The "Blue" states get $.82 on every $1.00. Maybe the "Red" states should be required to pay higher taxes than the "Blue" or not receive the help they need more often!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to Ironic
      Nope, the blue states have more freeloaders than the red states and those blue states....they have the wealthy influencial democrats. Now, isn't that ironic?
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        by To OSOC on Aug 26, 2011 at 08:49 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        My factual dollar amounts are correct!
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      by Ironic? on Aug 26, 2011 at 07:05 PM in reply to Ironic
      I am from New York (which is a blue state in case you didn't know). I think you should go to The Hamptons, which is swarming with multi-millionaire and billionaire DEMOCRATS and then rethink your post. From wall street to Hollywood, they are all there and they are all democrats. You want to take money from the red states and let all those with the multi-million and billion dollar mansions in The Hamptons pay less taxes, then you say it is the republicans are the ones who don't want to pay taxes. THAT is definately typical thinking by a democrat and about as hypocritical as it gets!!
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        by to inreply to Ironic on Aug 26, 2011 at 08:22 PM in reply to Ironic?
        There is no legal way to give money to the government EXCEPT through taxes! These Democrats want them changed! If you overpay your taxes-they will return the difference if you misfile! Of course the Dems. and the Rep. are filing the same kind of tax returns and getting the same breaks-that's the LAW! The difference is the Dems. want the LAW CHANGED. Why is that so hard to understand? Even Buffet said he pays a lower % than his secretary and it is wrong! That's exactly why the wealthy Democrats know what is happening-they do it too!
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          by The flood on Aug 27, 2011 at 02:24 PM in reply to to inreply to Ironic
          Wrong on so many counts. In 1843 the treasury instituted the "Gifts for the United States" account where any American can send as much as they want. Last year it received a whopping $1,527,313.54. Rich dems could pay more but they choose not to. As for Buffett's false claim according to the CBO the bottom 1/5 paid 4% of their income to taxes, the middle paid 14.3%, the rich paid 25.1% and the super rich paid 29.5%. He is either lying or sorely mistaken.
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          by david on Aug 29, 2011 at 12:51 PM in reply to to inreply to Ironic
          fixing the tax problem probably isnt the worru. We just dont want him to do it just to havce more money to waste (spend)
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      by The flood on Aug 27, 2011 at 02:44 PM in reply to Ironic
      Another widespread myth. Government SPENDING =/= government ASSISTANCE. Red states get more in federal spending while Blue states get more in federal assistance. Military bases count as federal spending. For example New Mexico gets the most in spending while New Jersey gets the least. There are 3 AF Bases in NM and only 1 in NJ which has a higher pop. Farm subsidies to red states benefit blue states more since they can't produce their own food and it lowers the final price. There are many more reasons why this is just a half truth left wing talking point but space is limited.
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        by To the Flood on Aug 28, 2011 at 09:19 AM in reply to The flood
        According to the IRS-over 1500 millionaires paid absolutely zero last year! Capital gains is paid at 15%-which is the way most of the super wealthy list their "income". I don't know where you are getting your info, but it is wrong!
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          by The flood on Aug 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM in reply to To the Flood
          If you intended that to be a gotcha you failed miserably. I gave you my source, the CBO, and the facts I presented are indeed true and correct. 1500 out of 235,000 doesn't change my percentages. If you read the analysis you could see the reasons they paid no income taxes. Massive charitable donations, investments in tax-exempt state and municipal bonds, or foreign tax credits were the causes. None of that changes the fact that if rich democrats think we should be paying more in federal taxes they are more than welcome to send a check for as much as they would like to Uncle Sam but being the hypocrits they are they don't.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 at 11:51 AM in reply to To the Flood
          So.....they should be able to get out of paying their fair share because they exploid tax loop-holes?
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          by The flood on Aug 30, 2011 at 08:14 AM in reply to To the Flood
          No, way totally miss the point. Look at what the deductions are, bonds (buying government debt), charities (relieving pressure on overburdened government entitlements) both of which put them paying more of their "fair share" back to the country. Even Warren Buffett admits that charities are better and more efficient at spending his donations than the government is at spending taxes. The foreign tax credit is for money earned in a different country that has been taxed already and Uncle Sam has no right to that. These "loopholes" are for encouraging positive behavior for the country. The only reason to oppose them is sheer jealousy.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 30, 2011 at 08:39 AM in reply to To the Flood
          Typical Democrat; http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obama-suporter-warren-buffetts-co-hasnt-paid-some-taxes-since-2002/
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