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The Obama Morning News || June 16, 2011

The White House argued in a 32 page report that its nearly three-month-old military involvement in Libya does not require congressional approval because of the supporting role most U.S. forces are playing there. Obama is spending almost $9.5 million every single day to blow things up in Libya

Deficit-reduction talks between the White House and congressional leaders focused on budget caps, even as Democrats seek to put attention on a “long list” of tax breaks that could be eliminated to raise new revenue.

Google denied it gave Obama’s re-election campaign special access to a new advertising program, something a sales representative from the search and advertising giant had claimed in an email to customers.

A federal firearms investigation that allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of Mexican smugglers was closely monitored by the very top leaders of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Tacking left, Attorney General Eric Holder will showcase his department’s liberal positions at the American Constitution Society Thursday.

Mitt Romney solidified his lead ahead of the GOP field, a post-debate poll finds.

In the year since she was fired from her federal job after being falsely accused of reverse racism, Shirley Sherrod has become the ubiquitous face of the Obama administration’s misstep on race. And she won’t go away.

Expectations are low for this weekends Golf Summit between Obama and Speaker Boehner.

And POLITICO has a few scenes from the White House picnic: Boehner seen smoking and yukking it up with Jay Carney, who covered Capitol Hill as a reporter.

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12 Responses to The Obama Morning News || June 16, 2011

  1. In the Politico story on the Google ads, a commenter noted an important point: the company denied Obama PAID for the program and Obama denied he PAID for access/the program. Google easily could have let him/the campaign have it for free.

    And the golf story, also on Politico, is nauseating, in making remarks such as that other presidents played golf far more frequently. (Really? No supporting data there.) One interesting point in it: that the president is prone to sullen silences when he has a bad day on the course. What a whiny baby.

    • Beth – They were probably referring to Eisenhower, who spent as much, if not more time on the golf course than Obama. Of course that was during a huge boom in the economy, and what some call the “Golden Era”of America. Unfortunately we are in another golden era, this time instead of prosperity it means if you don’t own gold you are in error.

      Little know fact, Eisenhower was the reason that the paint by numbers picture sets got so popular. He was a big aficionado. Kind of like Clinton and his cigars, okay, maybe not exactly like Clinton and his cigars.

  2. The Washington Times had a good article on the Libya situation, and the lawsuit that Kucinich (who I would normally place in the “flaming loon” file) et al have filed in federal court. I found it interesting that, according to the Times’ story, Dennis has also sent a letter to the International Criminal Court “to look into whether NATO’s bombing campaign has broken international law.”

    My question is, if the ICC finds that NATO and it commanders have in fact violated international law, can/will the leaders of this military campaign be declared war criminals. That was the tack that the left attempted to use against Bush/Cheney over Iraq and Afghanistan. How ironic it would be if the poster child for the progressives was deemed a war criminal, and in violation of the War Powers Act, while Bush and Cheney (who’s administration did follow the law, for the most part) are exonerated.

    The story also quotes Boehner’s letter to Obama: “The Constitution requires the president to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’ and one of those laws is the War Powers Resolution, which requires an approving action by Congress or withdrawal within 90 days from the notification of a military operation.” Excuse me Mr. Speaker, but what about all the other laws this administration has decided to ignore? You know simple things like securing the border, and protecting voters from intimidation? I could go on, but I’ll leave the rest to the pundits (your cue Keith).

  3. Google and Obama have been joined at the hip for years. This is really not surprising that they are colluding again. MSM always uses the Cpt Renault tactic when reporting the blatant corruption exhibited by their favorite politicians…”I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

  4. Summary: Obama is a joke of a President. The time has come for change in the hopes of something better- doesn’t matter if it is Hillary or Romney or Bachman or a flower pot, anything would be better at being President than this guy.

  5. “supporting role most U.S. forces are playing there”

    Tell that to my SOCOM/”Special Activties Div.” friends ;-) who are helping to spend the “$9.5 Million every day” calling in air-strikes/close air support (LOL = bombs cost $,$$$,$$$)