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The Obama Morning News || July 21, 2014

WH dismissed border crisis in 2013 . . . Fox News
The Obama administration ignored a report to the Department of Homeland Security last year which predicted that a large number of unaccompanied children would arrive at America’s southern border in the coming months.

WH warned on VA five years ago . . . Washington Times
The Obama administration first received clear notice more than five years ago about the need for an overhaul to reduce patient wait times.

New Obamacare fixes in the works . . . New York Times
The Obama administration is developing stricter standards to address the concerns of consumers who say that many health plans have unduly limited their choices of doctors and hospitals, leaving them with unexpected medical bills.

Hillary earned $12 million after State . . . Bloomberg
Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, a windfall at odds with her party’s call to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor.

WH snubs lawmakers on Iran talks . . . National Journal
“My invite was lost in the mail,” said Sen. John McCain.

Kerry returns to Mideast . . . Associated Press
Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East.

Obama calls for a truce . . . AFP
Obama called for an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas on Sunday, after the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza.

Americans: Stay out of conflicts . . . Politico
Americans are recoiling from direct engagement overseas and oppose U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine by large margins, according to a new poll.

Ben Carson wins straw poll . . . Washington Times
Ben Carson won the Western Conservative Summit’s annual presidential straw poll Sunday, with Ted Cruz second and Sarah Palin third.

Poll: Dim views of Hillary’s time at State . . . Politico
Just 14 percent described her time at Stat as “excellent,” while 28 percent defined it as “good.”

WH hopefuls start battling their own . . . The Hill
Until recently, 2016 contenders have lauded their likely adversaries and downplayed intraparty friction. But now, they are taking shots at one another.

Rick Perry lands in Iowa . . . Associated Press
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Iowa for the fourth time in eight months, hoping for a second chance to win over Republican voters who delivered him a stinging caucus loss when he ran for president two years ago.

Rand Paul charms the Jews . . . National Journal
The 2016 contender is massaging his Israel views as he courts Jewish conservatives suspicious of the Paul family brand.

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4 Responses to The Obama Morning News || July 21, 2014

  1. Schedule for the Week of July 21, 2014

    On Monday morning, the President will sign an Executive Order to protect LGBT employees from workplace discrimination. In the afternoon the President will award Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

    On Tuesday, the President will deliver remarks and sign H.R. 803, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, at an event at the White House; the Vice President will also attend. Afterward, the President will travel to Seattle, WA to attend a DNC event. Later in the day, the President will travel to San Francisco, CA, where he will remain overnight.

    On Wednesday, the President will attend a DCCC event in the San Francisco area, and later in the day will travel to the Los Angeles area, where he will remain overnight.

    On Thursday, the President will visit a community college in Los Angeles to deliver remarks on the importance of job-driven skills training, particularly for fast-growing sectors such as health care. Later, he will attend a DNC event. Further details about the President’s travel to Washington and California will be made available in the coming days.

    On Friday, the President and the Vice President will welcome President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador to the White House. The four leaders and Vice President Biden will discuss how to reinforce our ongoing collaboration to stem the flow of undocumented migrants from Central America to Mexico and the United States.

    • Both POTUS and FLOTUS are spending a lot more time in California these days. With Malia living there for the summer and probably looking at Stanford for college, it’s almost a no-brainer they will keep a house in California post-presidency. Maybe not their primary residence, but surely the winter one. Must be nice being king and queen.