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The Obama Morning News || July 6, 2011

by Keith Koffler on July 6, 2011, 6:41 am

With just over two weeks remaining before debt limit day, President Obama called lawmakers to the White House for a Thursday meeting to break the debt stalemate. Back channel communications set up the talks.

Obama talked about big projects during the campaign but he is pursuing smallish policies as he downsizes his ambitions, according to POLITICO. Obama won’t be playing by Twitter’s 140-character rule when he answers questions posed on the social-media website Wednesday in a town-hall format. Biden starts tweeting.

When they took the House, Republicans proclaimed they would “repeal and replace” the health care reform law, but six months later, they hardly talk publicly about those plans at all.

White House rapid response chief Jesse Lee bullies critics via Twitter, according to The Daily Caller.

Obama put the first openly gay or lesbian person onto the board that advises him on West Point. The Obama administration has reversed a White House policy of not sending condolence letters to the next-of-kin of service members who commit suicide.

Mitt Romney says Obama made the economy worse. Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who worked for two years as a top aide to then-Gov. Jon Huntsman in Utah, is passing over his onetime boss to endorse Romney.

Newt Gingrich is $1 million in debt, hampering any comeback effort. He now flies commercial.

A pair of upcoming climate summits will test the president’s relationship with environmentalists and allies.

Jay Carney said Treasury Secretary Geithner hasn’t told Obama he wants to go and will be around “for the foreseeable future.”

An Oregon man faces charges he threatened to kill President Obama and his family.

And Helen Thomas is still around, though not physically in the White House.

{ 8 comments }

William July 6, 2011 at 8:58 am

The article on Jesse Lee is very interesting. If I’m reading the story correctly, he’s being paid with taxpayer dollars and taking a partisan line. There might be a legal issue with that. There’s a fine line between policy advocacy and partisanship, and Lee seems to have crossed that line.

Star July 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

I double dog dare him to come over here!

Susan July 6, 2011 at 11:18 am

William, this administration has crossed the line so many times I’ve given up on counting. Taxpayer money and campaign donations are fungible to them. This is a rogue administration where the rule of law has become the rule of Obama. Who is going to investigate these unethical and illegal practices? He has the DOJ and the FEC in his hip pocket, so the prospects of an investigation by any arm of law enforcement is slim to nil.

William July 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

I know. It’s just that I sometimes write about things in a roundabout manner.

Susan July 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Sorry if I seemed critical, just expressing the frustration of our predicament. I’m glad to know there are others keeping score. If enough of us document and remember all their indiscretions, one day justice will be served.

srdem65 July 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

There is something so off-putting and wrong with the POTUS “tweeting” and the FLOTUS throwing out the first ball at a baseball game. This is all too metrosexual for a conservative thinker.

The Repub race for the WH is shaking out early.
ol’Newt is just ol’News now.

The popular thinking on Obamacare is that it will be decided by the Supremes and the odds are that it will be repealed.

Susan July 6, 2011 at 10:56 am

Each and every morning I read the news, one thing is perfectly clear…the man in the WH is not my president. Why is that? Because I don’t fit into any of his favored classes. I’m not a student, homosexual, union member, unemployed, welfare recipient, environmentalist, statist, progressive, globalist, socialist, Marxist, Islamic, illegal alien, racial minority, or Democrat voter. These are the only people he chooses to represent. After the 2012 election, it will be nice to have a president who will represent each and every American regardless of their political class, a president who will work within the confines of the Constitution of the United States, and a president who loves and cherishes this great country. That is my dream.

sodome July 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Why don’t pursue middle policies as he upsizes his ambitions?