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The Obama Morning News || June 24, 2014

IRS chief: No laws broken on emails . . . Associated Press
John Koskinen said Monday he has seen no evidence anyone committed a crime when the agency lost emails that might shed light on the targeting of tea party and other political groups.

Issa: We’re tired of your game-playing . . . Reuters
Oversight panel chairman accused IRS of hiding a former official’s emails related to a 2013 controversy involving the department’s treatment of conservative groups.

Kerry: Ready for military action . . . Associated Press
Warning of the “existential threat” posed by Sunni militants, Secretary of State Kerry said Monday the U.S. is prepared to take military action even if Baghdad delays political reforms.

Obama blames biz for families’ woes . . . Washington Times
Obama offered few policy prescriptions Monday for working parents who are struggling in the post-recession economy, but blamed employers for not making their lives easier.

WH lawyer will testify on IRS . . . The Blaze
A former Internal Revenue Service attorney who now works in the White House counsel’s office will appear before the House Oversight Committee Tuesday to answer questions about former IRS official Lois Lerner’s missing emails.

WH enlist billionaire activist on climate . . . Examiner
White House officials are set to meet with Tom Steyer, an environmental activist pledging to pump up to $100 million into the November midterm elections, as part of a new campaign to promote Obama’s green agenda.

Supreme Court nibbles at EPA on Climate . . . Politico
THE EPA emerged from the Supreme Court’s latest greenhouse gas decision Monday with its authority over carbon pollution almost entirely intact, despite a judicial tongue-lashing about overstretching its powers.

VA officials ignored whistleblowers . . . Examiner
A federal investigator described a “troubling pattern” of Veterans Affairs officials downplaying or ignoring whistleblowers at facilities nationwide, resulting in patients receiving deficient, delayed and in some cases no needed medical attention.

VA wracked by incompetence . . . Examiner
Underworked doctors, crooked contracting officers, criminals, perverts and cheats are all part of the broken culture that rewards failure and punishes honest employees.

Obamacare looking good for big insurers . . . Daily Caller
Premium increases show that insurers have chosen to protect earnings margins rather than push membership growth.

More legal trouble for Christie . . . New York Times
Investigations into the Christie administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have zeroed in on possible securities law violations stemming from a $1.8 billion road repair agreement in 2011.

Harding affair letters to go public . . . Politico
The letters detail the relationship between President Warren G. Harding and his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips, from 1910 to 1920.

Clinton saga to become a musical .  .  . Politico
“Clinton: The Musical” will make its U.S. debut in New York City’s New York Musical Theater Festival this summer, from July 18-25.

Book: Obama fought on the Vineyard . . . Daily Caller
President Obama and wife Michelle slept in separate bedrooms due to a marital fight during a first-term Martha’s Vineyard vacation; Obama ate in bed, smoked.

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20 Responses to The Obama Morning News || June 24, 2014

  1. How like Jean Kerree (hats of to Grace) to look at all the gruesome bloodshed going on in Iraq as an “existential” problem. I guess Jean and I are of the same generation as I never wrote a paper in college which didn’t include that word at least once.

  2. Stayed tuned for run-off results today in Mississippi. In an effort to thwart Chris McDaniel, John McCain flew in to give Cochran support. Cochran, has been courting Union and black Dems, in what I assume is a ‘vote for me is the lesser of two evils’ approach for the win. RINOS will not go gently into that good night.

    “We’ve got efforts reaching out to black voters in Mississippi who want to vote for Thad because they like what Thad is for,” Austin Barbour, a Cochran campaign adviser, told the Times. “Thad Cochran is someone who, even with his conservative message, represents all of Mississippi. He’s not some hostile screamer.”

    • If anything says the Republican Party needs cleansing it is this Mississippi run off. Haley Barbour pulling every old pol’ trick in the book, coupled with John McCain, a man censured by the Party in his own state, both stumping to save a man whose mental faculties are questionable ….

      With Obama it should be crystal clear to every voter that elections have consequences.

    • I think McDaniels will win, but I just read that in OK the establishment is doubling down and saying how dare outsiders, e.g. Cruz, interfere in their state elections.

  3. I read the clip of the Klein book about the argument Michelle and Barack Obama had and how they reacted. Barack’s taking to bed, making a mess, and constantly smoking — however much of that true — speaks to the true third world country nature of this man. He has fouled the WH and everything he touches. I can see him, leaning up against a wall, in a dirty city, crouching on his haunches, leaning in, smoking, glaring, and spitting. For some reason, having spent a lot of time in Central Asia where spitting is common and cultural, sticks in my mind. This is the Obama I see behind the suit and the trappings this country has mistakenly afforded him. To our deep regret.