Can Obama Help Democrats Keep The Senate?

Abu-Jamal was convicted of the 1981 killing of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Adegbile was asked about the case during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week and replied, “It’s important, I think, to understand that in no way does that legal representation, zealously as an advocate, cast any aspersion or look past the grievous loss of Sergeant Faulkner.” His critics, including Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., disagree. According to Fitzpatrick, “[Abu-Jamal’s] attorneys … attended a rally in Philadelphia and said that they could not have been prouder than to have had the opportunity not to represent justice, not to fight for the Constitution, but to represent Mumia Abu-Jamal.” Faulkner’s widow, Maureen, says she is “outraged” by Obamas decision to nominate Adegbile to such an important post. “To have a man who defended a murderer, someone who murdered a police officer with premeditation and malice, is a radical, is a Black Panther, and to give him an appointment, to nominate him, to the Department of Justice, I mean it’s a disgrace.” Adegbile is senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., praised his “calm demeanor” and ability to “build consensus.” Leahy added, “He is a careful lawyer and good listener.” Dozens of organizations, led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, penned a letter of support to the Senate as well – calling Adegbile “a tireless advocate, a skilled litigator, and a well-respected member of the legal community who is extraordinarily qualified for and suited to this position.” At the same time, Ed Whelan, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, contends there are questions about president Obama student loan relief Adegbile’s qualifications.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/15/obama-pick-for-justice-department-carries-controversial-past/

Questions arise over Obama’s pick for Justice post

Gary Toebben, chief executive of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, of which Contreras-Sweet is a member, said she has the right experience to help small businesses prosper. “In her business as chair of Proamerica Bank she was in contact with numerous small businesses every day, businesses that have financial needs and need other kinds of advice,” Toebben said. “That gives her a really hands-on understanding of the small business community and the challenges and opportunities they face.” Contreras-Sweet was also president and co-founder of Fortius Holdings, a private equity firm that provided capital to small California businesses. As a member of the California Gov. Gray Davis’ Cabinet Contreras-Sweet was secretary of the California Department of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999 to 2003 she oversaw a department of 40,000 employees that operated on a $12-billion budget.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-sba-contreras-sweet-20140116,0,2158201.story

Obama names L.A.’s Maria Contreras-Sweet to head SBA

The announcement fulfilled a pledge from his 2013 State of the Union address, two weeks before this years speech. The manufacturing initiative also demonstrated the presidents ability work around Congress. Originally, the plan was to set up 15 institutes. But funding would have required congressional authorization. So he scaled back to three institutes, and financed it with a grant from the Energy Department. SHARON, Mass.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-help-democrats-keep-senate-224450119.html

Obama to push manufacturing, economic agenda in North Carolina

Regrouping at the start of a busy election year, Obama also encouraged Democrats to coalesce behind a proposed minimum wage hike as a cornerstone of the party’s economic message to voters. An evening session in the East Room of the White House offered Obama an opportunity to deliver a message privately and in person that his administration has been making publicly for weeks: Give budding negotiations with Tehran time to play out before turning the screw further. A six-month deal between Iran and world powers takes effect next week, but prominent senators in both parties have balked at the deal and want even tougher sanctions. “The president did speak passionately about how we have to seize this opportunity,” Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said. “If Iran isn’t willing in the end to make the decisions that are necessary to make it work, he’ll be ready to sign the bill to tighten those sanctions.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-dems-act-congress-21550602

Obama to Dems: I’ll Act With or Without Congress

Intel said a major chip factory it had built in Chandler, Arizona, will not open for the forseeable future. Obama, on the campaign trail in 2012, had held up the facility as an example of U.S. manufacturing potential. Although manufacturing output has recovered well from the recession, job growth in the sector has not tracked the gains, said Peter Ward, professor of operations management at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. “The number of jobs in manufacturing don’t reflect the bounce back in output,” Ward said.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/15/us-usa-obama-idUSBREA0E0JZ20140115?feedType=RSS

Michelle Obama Won’t Rule Out Plastic Surgery

Aides are keeping a tight lid on details to maintain the element of surprise for Mrs. Obama. Guests have been told to come prepared to dance and to eat before they come. “There’s one thing I can tell you for sure … people will move,” Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser who is close to the Obamas, told The Associated Press. Jarrett wouldn’t comment on reports that Beyonce, who also is close to the Obama family, will sing at the first lady’s party.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/15/michelle-obama-plastic-surgery_n_4601865.html

Obama’s NSA announcements just the starting point

officials familiar with the White House intelligence review. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama’s blueprint for overhauling the government’s sweeping surveillance program is just the starting point. The reality is few changes could happen quickly without unlikely agreements from a divided Congress and federal judges. The most contentious debate probably will be over the future of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone records from millions of Americans. In his highly anticipated speech on Friday, Obama is expected to back the idea of changing the program. But he’ll leave the specifics to Congress, according to U.S.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-39-nsa-announcements-just-starting-point-222103895–politics.html

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