Category Archives: President & VP
(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 »
Following Vice President Biden’s message to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that the two are still buddies, Netanyahu released a video in which he confirms that the two are indeed still buddies.
“You can tell Vice President Biden that I know we’re still buddies. We’ll always be buddies,” Bibi Netanyahu says in the video, which was aired at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations in North America. Read more »
US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday had a message to Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: despite the bad blood between the two leaders and the strained relationship between the Israeli government and the US administration, we are still friends.
At the start of his address at the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, at the National Harbour in Maryland, Mr. Biden recognized Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, telling him to convey a message of friendship back to his boss in Jerusalem. Read more »
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday told his supporters at a Likud Party event that the crisis over Iranian nuclear ambitions and the uncertainty of a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 was at a critical moment.
“We are at critical moments and the powers must decide,” Netanyahu told the Likud central committee convention.“Israel will object to any that will allow Iran to be a nuclear threshold state.” Read more »
President Obama’s chief of staff revealed on Thursday that his boss was “quite angry” when he read that a senior administration official referred derisively to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “chickens–t.”
“When I read it, I was quite angry. When the president read it, he was quite angry,” Denis McDonough stated in a television interview. “So it didn’t go over well.”
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The Republicans win of the Senate may have come just in the right time to stop Obama from closing any nuclear agreement with Iran, after the GOP wants more sanctions on Iran.
According to the Wall Street Journal, President Obama sent a secret letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last month, where Obama explained the shared interest of the two countries in fighting the Islamic State extremist group. Read more »
(AP) — One day after sweeping Republican election gains, President Barack Obama and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to try and turn divided government into a force for good rather than gridlock on Wednesday, yet warned of veto showdowns as well.
Trade legislation loomed as one possibility for quick compromise, and immigration as an early irritant. Read more »
Vice President Joe Biden, who may become the deciding vote in the Senate, if the elections turn out to be a tie, predicted on Monday that Democrats will keep the Senate, despite many predictive models favoring the Republicans.
“I don’t agree with the oddsmakers,” Biden told CNN on Monday. “I predict we’re gonna keep the Senate.” Read more »
(AP) — In a final-week burst of campaigning, President Barack Obama sought to mobilize Democratic voters Thursday in the race for governor in Maine while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and the nurse who has defied them.
Obama was headlining a rally in Portland for Mike Michaud, a six-term congressman who is running to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a neck-and-neck race. Independent candidate Eliot Cutler is running a distant third. Read more »
The White House on Wednesday engaged in attempted “damage control” after an unsettling controversy broke out regarding a magazine article that outlined deep tensions between the United States and Israel – and quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official as calling the Israeli Prime Minister the derisive epithet “chickens–t.”
Officials of the Obama administration, including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, did not issue any denial of the offensive quote, nor did they convey in any fashion that they would seek to discover which official said it.
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The United States and Israel openly disagreed with each other over Israel’s announcement to build some 1,00 housing units in Jerusalem. After Israel announced its plan, the State Department was quick to speak out against the construction plan, calling it “incompatible” with “peace efforts.”
After Prime Minister Netanyahu called the Obama administration’s criticism of Israeli construction activity in East Jerusalem as “detached from reality,” the State Dept spokeswoman said that “our view on construction in East Jerusalem is clear – we will continue to express our views on this issue.” Read more »
A pervasive sense of unease about both the economy and politics in general marks public attitudes in the homestretch of the 2014 midterm elections campaign – a dynamic that casts negative light on President Obama’s job performance, bolstering his Republican opponents. The dissatisfaction in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is quite manifest – seven out of 10 Americans rate the nation’s economy negatively and only 28 percent are willing to claim that it’s getting better. A whopping 68 percent of United States citizens say the country is seriously moving on the wrong track.
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(AP) - President Barack Obama is making a rare appearance on the campaign trail just one week before Election Day in an effort to help a Democratic challenger oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office.
Walker is a top target of Democrats in the midterm elections after he angered organized labor by enacting a measure in 2011 that reduced the power of public sector unions in the state. Obama was scheduled to campaign Tuesday evening with Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycles executive and state commerce secretary, who is running close against Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate. Read more »
In an effort to secure a bigger role in the West’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, key Democrats have started to openly criticize the Obama administration for its plans to push off an immediate vote on a deal intended to stem Tehran’s ongoing nuclear program.
“I disagree with the administration’s reported assertion that it does not need to come to Congress at this point during negotiations with Iran,” asserted Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s leading Democrat, on Tuesday.
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(AP) - Marching onto the campaign trail for the first time this year, President Barack Obama accused Republicans of peddling fear and cynicism on Sunday as he rallied voters for Democrat Anthony Brown’s campaign for governor in a heavily black corner of Maryland.
In front of a rowdy crowd of about 8,000 people — plus an overflow crowd in a gym next-door — Obama painted Brown as a champion for the American Dream during a rally that echoed many of the same themes as Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Echoing an argument that’s become his party’s mantra this election season, Obama said the midterms would come down to one thing: “Who is going to fight for you?” Read more »
(AP) — Less than a month away from the midterm elections, President Barack Obama’s campaign schedule is getting off to a late start.
Even while he raises money for Democrats this week from coast to coast, Obama will steer clear of any public campaign events with Democratic candidates, which would hand Republicans easy opportunities to saddle their opponents with Obama’s own political baggage. The White House says Obama will start appearing with candidates as early as next week, but as of yet, no events have been announced. Read more »
(AP). Vice President Joe Biden’s supporters often brush off his slips of the tongue as byproducts of the speak-your-mind politics many Americans crave. But this time, Biden’s verbal blunders are causing more than just a few rough headlines and a momentary nuisance for the White House.
Twice in two days, Biden had to apologize to key U.S. allies in the fight against Islamic State militants after accusing the allies of arming and funding al-Qaida-linked groups in Syria. Not only did his comments threaten to jeopardize President Barack Obama’s fragile coalition, they also put the White House on the defensive, forced to clean up for Biden without specifically rebutting what he said. Read more »
(AP). Israel’s prime minister dismissed a recent White House rebuke of Israeli settlement construction, saying in comments broadcast on Sunday that the criticism goes “against American values.”
The tough words by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to deepen a rift with the White House over Israeli construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians as parts of a future independent state.
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(AP). U.S. Vice President Joe Biden apologized Saturday to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was angry over comments in which Biden said Erdogan had admitted that Turkey had made mistakes by allowing foreign fighters to cross into Syria.
Erdogan denied ever saying that and told reporters in Istanbul before Biden’s apology that he “will be history for me if he has indeed used such expressions.” Read more »
Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on Tuesday hosted a large group of Jewish leaders, including many insiders, at their Naval Observatory residence for a poolside reception celebrating the Jewish new year and the community’s contribution to society.
First thanking the people who have helped him throughout his political career, the veep joked that perhaps he would have been a successful businessman instead. Read more »
More than 200 excited people stood along the streets of Northwest Baltimore on a recent Friday afternoon in an attempt to briefly spot President Obama as he traveled through the neighborhood to a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that was being held at the home of former AIPAC president and prominent political financier Howard Friedman, who is Orthodox. Read more »