Category Archives: President & VP
The attempt by United States legislators to permanently lock in three tax breaks for charitable giving stalled as the White House issued a veto threat against the bipartisan measure. Charities have been rallying support for the $11.1 billion bill, which would revive lapsed tax incentives for donations of conservation easements, money from retirement accounts and food inventory.
The House was scheduled to debate the measure on Wednesday and vote on it Thursday, moving ahead in spite of opposition from the Obama administration. House Democratic leaders are calling on their members to vote against it.
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United States Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Thursday downplayed increasing liberal concerns over a deregulation provision in the omnibus spending bill that is set for a vote this week, and he dismissed concerns regarding President Obama’s latest Treasury nominee.
Lew chose not to say that the Obama administration would oppose the bill to fund the government and prevent a shutdown over the inclusion of a measure that would negate a Dodd-Frank provision designed to prevent trading in derivatives in bank units receiving a federal backstop.
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President Obama is increasingly talking publicly about a rebounding national economy as part of an effort to define his ultimately two-term White House legacy. Obama has utilized a series of speeches and television interviews to tout the strongest monthly jobs report in years as a prime example of his administration’s work towards an improved economy. Read more »
While the threat of ISIS has so far largely stayed in the Middle-East regions of Iraq and Syria, a large majority of Americans expect the terror group to attempt an attack on US turf in the near future.
Forty-eight percent think it is “very likely” that the Islamic State will attempt an attack, but an overwhelming majority of whopping 81% expect an attack. Read more »
John Catsimatidis, a leading New York businessman and former candidate for the city’s mayoralty, has called on the United States to take on a more active role in helping to tamp down the economic tensions between the various countries in the Middle East as well as Russia.
Catsimatidis also touched on the increasingly negative position of the Obama administration toward Israel, noting that in such a tense personal atmosphere, Israel may feel unable to launch attacks for defensive purposes, as it would fear a lack of American support and backing for those types of actions.
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An overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens remain convinced that their country’s traditionally strong ties with the United States have been harmed as a result of the negative relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama. A full seventy-two percent of poll respondents contended that the poor personal relations between Netanyahu and Obama have exerted a negative influence on US-Israel relations.
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Vice President Joe Biden said that a decision for a potential 2016 run for the presidency will come towards the “end of spring or early summer.”
Biden said that he hasn’t made up his mind yet, but “I’m confident I’d be in a position to be competitive,” should he decide to run. Read more »
The White House is escalating its campaign to prevent new congressional sanctions on Iran after diplomatic discussions over Tehran’s nuclear program were again extended in November, for a fairly lengthy period of seven months.
Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Sunday that the negotiation process could be concluded in half that time, contending to American and Israeli leaders at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum on U.S.-Israeli relations that negotiators could achieve a final nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic within four months.
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A large number of Congress members are calling on President Obama to issue a clarification about controversial reports that he is thinking abut leveling sanctions on Israel, according to a letter that was sent on Friday by lawmakers to the White House.
The Obama administration has become embroiled in controversy since reports surfaced Thursday that the White House and State Department had held secret meetings to discuss strategy about imposing sanctions on the Jewish state in retaliation for its continued building of houses in disputed Jerusalem neighborhoods.
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(AP). Acid reflux is responsible for the sore throat President Barack Obama has complained about for the past couple of weeks, the White House said Saturday, shortly after the president returned from undergoing diagnostic tests at a nearby military hospital.
Obama’s motorcade made the approximately half-hour crawl in rainy weather to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where a CT scan was performed and was normal. Obama, 53, was at the facility for about a half hour before returning to the White House. Read more »
With an announcement to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel looming, Hagel said that there were “no major differences” with president Obama, despite his early resignation.
Speaking of his resignation for the first time since he submitted it November 24, Hagel said that there was no single issue that he can point to as the reason for his resignation. Read more »
The Obama administration is looking into the possibility of taking action against the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as opposed to its more routine policy of issuing statements of denunciation.
According to senior Israeli officials, a classified discussion was held among White House officials several weeks ago about the possibility of taking active measures against the settlements.
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On Wednesday President Obama met privately with the next Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The president also met with Hillary Clinton, a meeting that wasn’t on Obama’s public schedule.
The president met with McConnell in an effort to bridge the gap between Democrats and the GOP. The Republicans are coming off a fresh win with the Senate falling into their hands during the midterm elections. Read more »
The percentage of Israeli citizens who believe that United States President Barack Obama holds either a “positive” or a “neutral” view of Israel has dropped dramatically in the two years since Obama’s visit to the Jewish state in the spring of 2012, a Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies survey has shown.
In the poll, the results of which were released on Tuesday, 37 percent of the respondents said Obama has a “positive” position towards Israel, while an equal number stated that he has a “negative” attitude regarding the country. Another 24% said the president was “neutral” toward the Jewish state.
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz slammed the so-called “Obama-Clinton foreign policy” in a speech he delivered at an event hosted by Concerned Veterans for America and The Weekly Standard, on Tuesday.
Cruz said that “it’s almost as if the whole world is on fire right now.” The firebrand Conservative said that Obama’s no strategy in the fight against the terrorist organization ISIS “surprised precisely 0.0 percent of the people on this planet.” Read more »
President Barack Obama will devote most of his day on Monday to discuss the situation in Ferguson, Missouri with his Cabinet, civil rights leaders, law enforcement officials and others.
According to a White House official, Obama’s Cabinet meeting will focus on his administration’s review of federal programs that provide military-style equipment to law enforcement agencies. Read more »
(AP). President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday’s basics.
There was thyme-roasted turkey and honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing and oyster stuffing, braised winter greens and macaroni and cheese. Don’t forget the green bean casserole, sweet potato gratin, mashed potatoes and dinner rolls. Read more »
Congressional pressure to place tough new sanctions on Iran has built up to the point where even a presidential veto probably won’t block such a move, as talks on curbing its nuclear program are extended for yet another lengthy period.
A bipartisan group of legislators, apprehensive that Tehran is stretching out the negotiations so that it can gain time to advance its efforts to build a nuclear weapon, plans to move legislation leveling new sanctions after Congress comes back to work in January from its holiday recess. Read more »
During a speech on Tuesday, where the president further explained his executive action on immigration, Obama also reiterated his call for peaceful protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
A grand jury on Monday decided against indicted police officer Darren Wilson for the deadly shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. After the announcement by the prosecutor, some protests turned violent. Read more »
The White House has publicly signaled that the sudden resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was based on concerns about his ability to handle the threat presented by ISIS, but part of what alienated Hagel from President Obama’s inner circle was the defense secretary’s resistance to directives to reduce the prisoner population at Guantanamo Bay.
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(AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.”
The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades and set off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers. Read more »
Eight former senior U.S. officials have written a letter to President Barak Obama in which they strongly protest “the unjust denial of parole to Jonathan Pollard,” following a report that the administration has prevented the release of Jonathan Pollard on parole.
The letter was signed by officials who have first-hand knowledge of the case and who are fully familiar with the classified file, including former CIA director James Woolsey and former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb. Read more »
President Barack Obama is set to deliver a prime time address on Thursday evening where he will announce a major executive action on immigration.
The presidents address is sure to set off Republicans who’ve just won majority in the Senate and maintained it in the House. Party leaders warned the president against any executive action on immigration. Read more »
Former President George W Bush released a book this week and his predecessor, President Clinton, congratulated him on the book via a tweet from Clinton’s official twitter account.
The book, titled “41” is about Bush’s father, the 41st president of the United States. Mr. Clinton wrote on twitter: “Received my copy of #41 by #43, George W. Bush. Touching tribute! #HowAreYouSTILLNotOnTwitter #PresidentialTweeters.” Read more »