June 2014

Jun 27, 2014

Obama Requests Money to Train ‘Appropriately Vetted’ Syrian Rebels

By Helene Cooper, The New York Times

President Obama requested $500 million from Congress on Thursday to train and equip what the White House is calling “appropriately vetted” members of the Syrian opposition, reflecting increased worry about the spillover of the Syrian conflict into Iraq.

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How immigration reform died

By Seung Min Kim and Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico

President Barack Obama paused for what felt like an eternity to the immigration reform activists seated around the Roosevelt Room.

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Republicans cheer Supreme Court decision on recess appointments

By Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post

Republican lawmakers on Thursday cheered the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling that President Obama lacked constitutional authority to make high-level government appointments when he declared the Senate in recess and unable to act on the nominations.

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Abortion Clinic Protest Ruling to Impact Several States

With Pete Williams, NBC News

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U.S. intervention in Libya now seen as cautionary tale

By Paul Richter and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times

A group of U.S. diplomats arrived in Libya three years ago to a memorable reception: a throng of cheering men and women who pressed in on the startled group "just to touch us and thank us," recalled Susan Rice, President Obama's national security advisor.

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Jun 30, 2014

On eve of court ruling, Americans oppose contraceptive ban: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Joan Biskupic, Reuters

A majority of Americans oppose letting employers, based on their religious views, exclude certain contraceptives from workers’ insurance coverage, says a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision expected on Monday.

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Goodlatte: No Immigration Reform This Year

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

Proposed immigration reforms will not clear Congress this year -- and may be politically untenable as long as President Obama is in office.

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Where Did the GOP’s Foreign Policy Wise Men Go?

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

With the world in chaos and voters losing faith in President Obama’s leadership, the Republican Party has an opportunity to reclaim its place in the foreign policy conversation. First, though, the party has to figure out what it wants to say. Its leaders have the basic gist: Obama bad. It’s the delivery and the details where things get a little fuzzy. Right now there are at least three competing GOP visions to Obama’s world view.

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It may be too difficult for Hillary Clinton to reinvent herself

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post


Hillary Rodham Clinton has a sparkling résumé but she is also captive to that biography. Experience is her greatest asset but she is constrained by her longevity in the public arena. She knows plenty — but perhaps too much to become an aspirational presidential candidate offering unlimited possibilities. She can evoke realism but can she seize the future?

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Jun 26, 2014

Immigration reform effectively dead until after Obama leaves office, both sides say

By David Nakamura and Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

The two-year attempt to push immigration reform through Congress is effectively dead and unlikely to be revived until after President Obama leaves office, numerous lawmakers and advocates on both sides of the issue said this week.

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Tea party cash remains huge despite primary losses

By Charles Babington and Philip Elliott, Associated Press

Desperate to knock off GOP incumbents in this year's Republican primaries, the nation's tea party groups have spent millions only to fall short in election after election.

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Obama Hitting the Road on Female-Voter Empathy Tour

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

President Obama has something on his mind -- a message he plans to deliver in Minneapolis Thursday and Friday.

It’s similar to an idea President George H.W. Bush shared in Pease, N.H., in January 1992. During a town-hall session -- akin to the one Obama will hold in Minnesota this week -- Bush said his White House mail helped him understand the worries of hardworking, everyday Americans.

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