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Speaker Boehner Calls Impeachment Talk a ‘Democratic Scam’

Obama-BoehnerHouse Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday that the idea that Republicans want to impeach President Obama is a ‘scam’ by democrats to help them fundraise off it.

“This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election,” Boehner said at a news conference. Read more »

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Reuters/IPsos Poll: 49% Of Jewish Voters Disapprove Obama’s Job Performance

Obama - KipahPresident Barack Obama’s job approval among Jewish voters is at a 45/49 negative, according to the latest data from Reuters/Ipsos monthly poll.

A similar poll published earlier this month by Gallup showed President Obama’s approval rating among Jewish American voters at 55 percent, a significant drop of 22 percentage points from the 77% at the start of his presidency. Disapproval of Obama among Jews stood at 41 percent. Read more »

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Report: Obama Was Rude and Hostile During Phone Call With Netanyahu

Obama Foot on Table IsraelThe conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama was tense and tough, according to a report on Channel 1 Tuesday evening.

Based on a transcript of the conversation, obtained by Israel’s channel 1, Obama “behaved in a rude, condescending and hostile manner,” the network’s foreign correspondent concluded.

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Obama Names Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein As Ambassador For Int’l Religious Freedom

rabbi david Nathan Saperstein President Barack Obama on Monday announced the nomination of Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom and the State Department.

“I am grateful that Rabbi Saperstein has chosen to dedicate his talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead,” President Obama said in a statement. Read more »

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LIVE BLOG – Operation Protective Edge Day 21: UN, Obama Push For An Immediate Cease-Fire

23:28: Cleared for publication: Five soldiers died Monday in clashes with a Hamas commando that tried to reach Israel through a tunnel at Nahal Oz.

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Pelosi Praises Obama’s ‘Strong Leadership’ on Foreign Policy

Nancy PelosiAppearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked if it’s bad optics for the president to attend fundraisers while part of the world is in turmoil.

“The president’s leadership has been very strong,’ Pelosi told Candy Crowley, not directly addressing the fundraising. Read more »

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Obama: FAA Ban on Flights to Israel Wasn’t Political

Obama CNBCFollowing a long interview with CNBC about multiple economical issues, the networks Steve Liesman asked the president if he thinks it’s now safe to travel to Israel.

The president responded that the decision by the FAA to ban US airlines from operating to and from Israel’s Ben Gurion airport wasn’t for political reasons. Read more »

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Schumer, Graham in Letter to Obama: Ceasefire Must Include Disarmament of Hamas

hamas-2U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-New York), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) today wrote to President Obama about the negotiation of a cease-fire agreement in Israel.

“Any cease fire should create a situation in which Israeli citizens no longer face the threat of brazen terrorist attacks,” said the senators. “Israeli citizens have faced over 1800 rocket launches from Hamas since June.  While Iron Dome has saved countless lives, over five million Israelis live in fear of incoming rockets fired indiscriminately from Gaza. Twenty-eight tunnels have been discovered by the IDF since the ground operation in Gaza began.  Israel has an absolute right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel.  Read more »

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Cruz Charges FAA’s Ban Is An Economic Boycott of Israel By Obama

Ted CruzU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday questioned the FAA’s decision to ban flights to Israel on behalf of the Obama Administration while, at the same time, announcing continuing aid that will be funneled to Hamas.

“Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things. One, it helps our enemy. Two, it hurts our ally,” said Sen. Cruz. Read more »

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Turkey’s Erdogan: ‘I No Longer Talk To Obama’

Recep Tayyip Erdogan TurkishTurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict, the AFP reports.

“In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can’t get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other,” Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV channel late Monday. “And I have talked to (US Vice President Joe) Biden. He calls me and I call him.” Read more »

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Giuliani: Obama Leading From Behind On Foreign Policy

giuliani fdnyFormer mayor of NYC Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday blasted President Obama’s Foreign Policy approach, including negotiating about Iran’s nuclear program with “middle man” Hasan Rouhani.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is “an austere figure but I have to tell you knowing something about internal workings of Iran, he’s all powerful,” Giuliani told radio Read more »

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Poll: Majority of Republicans Support Impeaching Obama

Obama-BoehnerFollowing Sarah Palin’s call for Obama’s impeachment in a column published on Breitbart.com Tuesday, many looked at her like a lone wolf in the Republican Party, but a new poll shows she has the backing of a Republican majority.

In a new Huffington Post/YouGov poll, two-thirds of the republican party think Obama should be impeached, while one-third of Americans think so too.

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Obama, Cameron Discuss Foreign Policy Hot Spots Over Phone

Obama CameronThe White House says President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq and the status of Iran nuclear talks during a Sunday phone call.

On Ukraine, the White House says the leaders agreed Russia has not made progress complying with steps to calm the situation. They agreed Western nations should impose deeper costs on Russia if it “does not take immediate steps toward de-escalation.” Read more »

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Christie: Obama’s To Blame In Mideast Unrest; Urges President To ‘Stand Up’ For Israel

Governor-Christie-Kippa1-300x256New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday partly blamed the recent unrest in the Middle East and the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza on President Barack Obama.

Speaking to reporters during a meeting of the National Governors Association, Christie said Obama has not spoken firmly and forcefully on Israel’s behalf and that the country no longer trusts it has the full support of the United States because of him. Read more »

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Oy Vey! Jewish Approval Of Obama Drops To 55%, New Poll Shows

obama oy vey 2President Barack Obama’s approval rating among Jewish American voters has dropped to 55 percent, a significant drop of 22 percentage points from the 77% at the start of his presidency, a new poll, conducted by Gallup and published on Friday, shows. Disapproval of Obama among Jews stood at 41 percent.

In contrary, a whopping majority of 72 percent of U.S. Muslims approved of the job President Obama was doing as president during the first six months of 2014, higher than any other U.S. religious group Gallup tracks. Mormons were least approving, at 18%. Read more »

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Obama, Netanyahu Talk Over The Phone

Obama Foot on Table IsraelPresident Barack Obama on THursday spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone for the first time since violence flared up between Israel and Hamas this past week.

The President offered his mediation of a ceasefire that would end Operation Protective Edge and push off the next round of rockets flying over Israel for another time. Read more »

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Huckabee: Obama Must Support Israel; ‘We’re Either For Freedom Or For Terrorism’

Mike HuckabeeFresh off his recent trip to Israel, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee attacked President Obama for appearing at fundraisers when he should be dispatching the defense secretary and the secretary of state to Israel.

Huckabee, a former Republican presidential primary candidate, said Obama must also make a public statement that the U.S. fully supports Israel since “Hamas is nothing more than a puppet of Iran.” Read more »

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Obama to Attend Fundraising Event at NJDC’s Stanley’s Home

NJDC Marc StanleyPresident Obama will attend a fundraising event on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas, at the home of Marc Stanley, chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council. Stanley is a longtime Democratic fundraiser.

Obama appointed Stanley in 2011 to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Council. Read more »

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Obama Meets Horse-Head Man During Handshake Greeting In Denver

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(AP) — On Tuesday, President Barack Obama’s continuing quest to break free from the constraints of the White House brought him to a crowded pizza restaurant, a pool bar and face-to-face with a man wearing a horse head mask.

Shortly after arriving in Denver, Obama headed to the Wazee Supper Club for dinner with local residents who had recently written him letters. It was a carefully orchestrated event aimed at projecting an image of the president connecting with real Americans. Read more »

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Obama Administration Moves to Protect Bris Milah in Europe

iran formanThe Obama administration’s official anti-Semitism monitor has taken on the responsibility of defending circumcision (bris milah) in Europe, where it has been under increasing legislative attack, JTA reported.

The right to perform the classic Jewish practice on newborn babies has become a top priority for Ira Forman, the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Forman has been warning European governments that actions to ban ritual circumcision could result in the disappearance of their countries’ Jewish communities. Read more »

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Peres: Don’t Judge President Obama By Images, Judge Him On Facts

peres medalOutgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres, fresh off a farewell visit to the United State, is seeking to assure the Israeli public that President Obama is one of Israel’s best friends, despite rocky relationship with prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Don’t judge President Obama by images, judge him by the facts,” urged Peres, during a speech at the annual 4th of July ceremony hosted by the US Embassy in Tel Aviv. “In fact, he’s one of the greats friends Israel has ever had. A man who answered all our defensive calls.” Read more »

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Rand Paul to Obama: How Many Times Must Israel Show Restraint?

Rand Paul JlemIn an antagonistic oped for the National Journal, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is addressing the Obama administration for its response to the abduction and killing of the three Israeli teenagers.

Paul is questioning Obama for calling on Israel to ‘refrain’ from responding to the abduction with violence. Obama asked “all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation,” in an official WH statement. Read more »

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Obama Rips GOP On Immigration, ‘America Cannot Wait Forever for Them to Act’

Obama Rose Garden speech on ImmigrationAfter failing to get congress to act on immigration for the past year, the president took the fight to the American public on Monday, saying that he can act alone if Congress won’t help him.

At a hastily scheduled Rose Garden appearance, Obama said the top House Republican — Speaker John Boehner — told him last week that the chamber’s GOP majority will continue blocking a vote on a Senate-passed immigration bill. Read more »

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Obama: European Jihadists Threaten the United States

Obama on ABCPresident Obama, discussing the recent Iraq crisis on ABC’s This Week, said that his entire presidency the United States has been under “under serious threat” from terrorists.

The president further warned that “battle-hardened” Europeans who embrace jihad in Syria and Iraq threaten the United States because their passports mean they can enter the country without a visa. Read more »

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Peres: Obama ‘Has Never Said A Word To Condem’ Israel

20140625-151928.jpgPresident Shimon Peres is serving as President Barack Obama’s main advocate in his  final visit to Washington as Israel’s president. In an interview with Channel 10 News, Peres argued that the U.S. president has done a lot for Israel.

“What has he not done for Israel that we asked them to do?” Peres said. “He vetoed UN condemnations of Israel, did things that I do not know that anyone else would have done.” Read more »

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