White House tries to walk back “chickenshit” . . . The White House on Wednesday sought to tamp down the controversy over a magazine piece that detailed deep tensions between the U.S. and Israel – and quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official calling the Israeli leader a “chickenshit.” Administration officials did not deny the quote. They also did not signal there would be any robust effort to find out who said it. But the asserted the criticism does not reflect how the rest of the administration views Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fox News
Boehner blasts remark . . . House Speaker John Boehner lashed out at the Obama administration for reports that a senior official described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit,” while another unnamed official described him as a “coward.” Boehner said the comments suggesting Netanyahu is more concerned about his political self-interest than forging peace in the Middle East could threaten America’s relationship with Israel and the long-term security of the region. Newsmax
Jewish leader demands apology . . . Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has called on President Obama to “name, apologize for, and repudiate” the anonymous official quoted in an Atlantic Magazine article describing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit.” Fox News
Activists fear Obama to scale back legalization . . . Immigration activists close to the White House worry that President Barack Obama could delay or scale back executive actions on immigration that he has promised to take before the year ends. Reuters
Obama scores Ebola policy opponents . . . A visibly agitated President Obama on Wednesday ripped into critics of the U.S. response to the Ebola virus, insisting that his administration was leading the charge to “snuff out” the deadly disease. “When I hear people talking about American leadership and then are promoting policies that would avoid leadership … [and have us] hiding under the covers, it makes me a little frustrated,” the president said, joined by healthcare workers who treated the disease in West Africa, including American Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly. Examiner
Labor secretary likes 12-months of paid leave . . . Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Wednesday praised Germany’s policy of giving new parents a full year of paid time off from work, and suggested the U.S. should adopt similar policies. The Blaze
Holder’s one regret: targeting Rosen . . . Attorney General Eric Holder says he has one regret: his department’s court order for Fox News reporter James Rosen’s emails labeling him a criminal “co-conspirator.” Fox News
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