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The Obama Morning News || November 25, 2014

Holder: Civil rights investigation continues . . . The federal government’s investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown “remains ongoing,” Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday after a grand jury decided against indicting the officer who shot and killed the Ferguson teenager. Calling Brown’s death “a tragedy,” Holder said his department is still examining the possibility of bringing civil rights charges against Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. The Hill

Obama: We have “more work to do” on race . . . President Obama issued an appeal on Monday for restraint by protesters and police after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teen last August. In a late-night appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama also urged Americans to understand that much work remained to be done to improve relations between black Americans and law enforcement. Reuters

Flournoy tops list to replace Hagel . . . Among a long list of would-be successors to Hagel, two names have bubbled to the top: Michèle Flournoy and Ash Carter, both former senior Pentagon officials. Flournoy has long been considered a top contender for the job in the next administration if a Democrat wins the presidency in 2016 — especially if it’s Hillary Clinton. Flournoy is considered hawkish on defense issues, which would play well with a Republican-led Senate confirmation process. Politico

Gruber contradicted Obama claim on premiums . . .  While President Obama campaigned on a promise that his universal health care plan would lower premiums, his controversial adviser and plan architect was privately warning the state of Wisconsin that Obamacare was poised to massively increase insurance costs for average residents, internal documents show. Washington Times

Gruber to testify . . . Jonathan Gruber, the former ObamaCare adviser in hot water for his comments about the “stupidity of the American voter,” has agreed to testify at a House panel next month, setting up a healthcare showdown in what could be the final week of this Congress. The Hill

Hispanics united behind Obama order . . . President Obama’s move to grant nearly 5 million illegal immigrants amnesty from deportation has united Hispanic voters in an unprecedented fashion, leaving them firmly behind the White House and Democrats and adamant about opposing Republicans’ plans to rescind the new policy, a leading pollster said Monday. Washington Times

Kerry under fire for lack of Iran deal . . . When nuclear talks with Iran were last extended in July, Secretary of State John Kerry declared that “we have come a long way in a short period of time.” Now that the talks have been extended again — despite a lack of visible progress — even some moderate Democrats are worried that Kerry’s dogged nuclear diplomacy has done the opposite: come a short way in a long period of time. Politico

​Extension prompts calls for sanctions . . . Several U.S. Republican lawmakers insisted on Monday that the extension of nuclear talks with Iran be accompanied by increased sanctions, setting the stage for a battle with the Obama administration after their party takes full control of Congress next year. Reuters

Could Webb give Hillary a fight? . . . Without mentioning Clinton by name, the former Democratic senator from Virginia stated bluntly that government is “paralyzed” and that he wants to help — not as a “career politician,” but as a public servant — to “re-establish a transparent, functioning governmental system in our country.” Fox News

Romney leads in New Hampshire by 19 points . . . The 2012 GOP nominee would get 30 percent of the vote in the key battleground state, the poll found. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is second, at 11 percent, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sits in third at 9 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush fourth at 8 percent. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate in 2016, is tied for sixth with just 5 percent of the vote — or roughly the margin of error (+/- 4.9 percent) of the poll. Yahoo News
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8 Responses to The Obama Morning News || November 25, 2014

  1. Hmm, nuthin’ good in this morning round up. Obama’s Amerika.

    Re. Flournoy I am hearing she is good stuff, but maybe not Sec Def good stuff. But then again “good enough” is top of the rung for this Administration. And since the mini action against ISIS is micro managed by the likes of Rice does it really matter.

    • I’ve seen other polls which show much more of a split with approval having an edge with Latinos. It appears from the name that this was an off-shoot Hispanic poll.

  2. In spite of what Holder is saying today, the buzz has been consistent that the DOJ has found no grounds on which to pursue a civil rights case against Darren Wilson. This is just Holder pathetically trying to have the last word.