CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) President Barack Obama is criticized whenever he goes on vacation but travel industry data show he’s taken about as much vacation this year as most Americans do. Still, his decision to continue with a two-week holiday in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and play hours of golf amid major foreign policy crises, has teed up his critics anew. It’s also forcing the White House to confront the issue of whether there’s ever a good time for a president to go on vacation. Aides deflect the criticism and say Obama travels with the staff and equipment needed to do the job from wherever he may be. The vacation is Obama’s fourth this year.
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The measures come less than two months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that American business owners with religious objections may deny contraceptive coverage as part of universal employee health insurance now required by law. On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced an administrative action that maintains the exception for certain religious non-profits, but allows them to notify the government directly, instead of insurance companies, on their objection to covering contraceptive services. The government would then take over providing coverage to those employees who seek contraception. The administration also is seeking comment on extending “to certain closely held for-profit companies the same accommodation that is available to non-profit religious organizations.” In a statement, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said women across the country deserve access to recommended preventive services that are important to their health, no matter where they work.” She said, “todays announcement reinforces our commitment to providing women with access to coverage for contraception, while respecting religious considerations raised by non-profit organizations and closely held for-profit companies.
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More long term, the US will move to defeat IS also known as ISIS or ISIL, the administrations preferred acronym for the group but only in conjunction with the local forces whom the US will expect to take http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net/ the lead on the ground: the Iraqi military and Kurdish peshmerga in Iraq, and the moderate rebel forces in Syria that the US is beginning to arm. That scenario emerged from comments that Obamas deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, made Friday afternoon to reporters at the presidents vacation on Marthas Vineyard. Absolutely in the long term we want to see an organization like ISIL defeated, Mr. Rhodes said, after defining Obamas strategy for confronting IS in Iraq with three terms: evict, squeeze, and push out. The more near-term objective is to evict IS fighters from the territory they have grabbed in recent weeks as they have advanced toward Iraqi Kurdistan, he said, then to squeeze them back into a contained area.
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The great task for a leader of the United States, Obama appears to believe, is to get out of history’s way. That’s why it’s a good idea to reduce our army to its smallest size since 1940, and to reduce the Marines by 8 percent. According to the American Thinker, the Army chief of staff recently testified that due to cutbacks in training funds, 75 percent of our forces are not combat ready. Apparently that’s OK, because according to the words of Martin Luther King Jr., which Obama had embroidered into the Oval Office rug, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” James Foley’s family might not agree. Nor would the Yazidis, or the hundreds of thousands of Syrians murdered by gas and artillery and barrel bombs, or the 100,000 Bosnians and others killed in the heart of Europe in the late 20th century, or the 1 million Rwandans killed in 1994, or the roughly 2 million Cambodians massacred between 1975 and 1979.
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A statement released from the White House Press Office on Friday said Obama will address the convention Tuesday. The statement said more details will be made available in the next few days. The American Legion is holding its 96th annual national convention at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the president, North Carolina Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr will also address the group Tuesday.