Obama Scrapes Barrel’s Bottom For Ambassadors

Were going to continue to press for this priority, as we have in the past, mindful, of course, and recognizing that there are differing views on these issues in both parties, not just the Democratic Party, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday when asked about the lack of support from the presidents party. Mexicans in Mexico and in the U.S. have also been eager for the United States to overhaul its immigration laws. The Democratic-controlled Senate last year passed a comprehensive bill firming up border security and providing a pathway toward citizenship for about 11 million immigrants who crossed into the United State illegally or overstayed their visas. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said he also wants to change immigration laws and issued Republican principles that, among other things, would permit those immigrants to gain legal status in the U.S.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/obamas-n-american-agenda-hits-congressional-drag/2014/02/19/34e3927e-993f-11e3-b1de-e666d78c3937_story.html

… Everyone would be well-advised just to not push this right now.” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that despite such objections from Democratic leaders, “we’re going to continue to press for this priority.” Carney was asked whether recent generally pessimistic-sounding comments on prospects for fast track by Vice President Joe Biden to a Democratic conference could be taken as recognition by the White House that the trade legislation wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Carney said no but added that the administration is “mindful … that there are differing views in both parties, not just the Democratic Party” on the subject. But opposition to the trade deals is more pronounced on the Democratic side. Late last year, 151 House Democrats, roughly three-quarters of the chamber’s Democratic membership, signed a letter to Obama signaling their opposition to granting him fast-track trade authority.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-fellow-dems-odds-big-trade-bills-22567737

The Republican Party also has taken aim at the presidents recent actions. Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski told Time over the weekend the California golf outings which began less than 24 hours after Mr. Obama attended a town hall meeting focused on the states worsening water crisis are the latest example of a brand of hypocrisy frequently exhibited by this White House. Enlarge Photo This time it seems his soapbox doubles as a tee box, she said, according to Time. The White House didnt respond to The Washington Times request for comment regarding Tuesdays event.
Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/18/obama-orders-new-mileage-standards-big-rigs/

economy under my former classmate. Last week, the non-partisan CBO finally reported the truth: ObamaCare is the perfect job-killing machine. Millions have already been downsized from full-time to part-time work, and now we know from the CBO that an additional 2.3 million jobs will be eliminated. As I predicted from Day One, this is exactly what ObamaCare was intended to do — destroy the middle class and make us dependent on government checks to survive. But it is the reaction of Obamas defenders to the CBO report that tells us all we need to know about Obamas goals. The CBO courageously pointed out that ObamaCare makes it less likely that millions of Americans will want to work. Obama defenders called that choice. They painted it a wonderful development.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/02/18/most-successful-week-obamas-presidency/

Obama to sign order seeking to speed up export approvals

Compare that to Colleen Bell, Obamas nominee to Budapest. Bell, a producer of the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful,” was unable to string together cogent replies during her hearing. When asked about the U.S.’s strategic interests in Hungary, she answered, Well, we have a strategic interest in terms of what are our key priorities in Hungary. To a question about what she would do differently from her predecessor, she replied with platitudes worthy of a Miss America contestant: “If confirmed, I would like to work towards engaging civil society in a deeper — in a deeper The thought trailed off. When Obama’s appointee to Argentina, Noah Bryson Mamet, was asked by Republican Senator Marco Rubio if hed ever been there, he said he hadnt had the chance. Jon Stewart asked on “The Daily Show” if there was a rule against having an ambassador set foot in the country before being appointed so as not to ruin the surprise. The openness with which this practice takes place belies how crude and coarse an exchange it really is. Obama isn’t criticized for appointing so many lightweights.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-18/obama-scrapes-barrel-s-bottom-for-ambassadors.html

The summit also unfolds against other tensions, including revelations that the National Security Agency spied on Pena Nieto before he was elected and gained access to former Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s email system when he was in office. To the North, Canadian leaders have voiced frustration at the amount of time the Obama administration has taken to decide whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada 1,179 miles to Nebraska, where existing pipelines would then carry the crude to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. The NSA and pipeline issues could surface in one-on-one talks that Obama plans to have with Pena Nieto and Harper on the summit’s sidelines but are not expected to be a factor in the broader joint discussions among the three leaders. Obama met Pena Nieto last year when he traveled to Mexico. Wednesday’s visit is scheduled to last less than nine hours.
Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2014/02/19/obamas-n-american-agenda-hits-congressional-drag

Obama’s North American agenda faces congressional drag ahead of summit with Mexico, Canada

Associated Press Bubka calls for halt to violence in Ukraine SOCHI, Russia (AP) Sergei Bubka, the pole vault great who heads the Ukrainian Olympic Committee, urged both sides Wednesday in Ukraine’s political crisis to lay down their weapons and halt the violence that is bringing the country to “the brink of catastrophe.” Associated Press SOCHI, Russia (AP) The IOC says it would be “wholly inappropriate” for the Russian punk group Pussy Riot to protest at Sochi Olympic sites. Associated Press Stop! Somali traffic police try to restore order MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) “Stop!” a police officer in Somalia’s capital yells as a traffic light flashes red. Most of the cars keep going. Angered, he steps into the middle of the road and gridlock follows. Mogadishu recently began installing road signs for the first time, trying to end a culture federal student loans forgiveness of “anything goes” on the streets.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-sign-order-seeking-speed-export-approvals-110438650.html

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