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The Obama Morning News || Friday, December 5, 2014

Obama may be mulling sanctions against Israel . . . The Obama administration is refusing to discuss reports that emerged early Thursday claiming that the White House is considering imposing sanctions on Israel for continuing construction on Jewish homes in Jerusalem. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dodged several questions on Thursday when confronted with reports that the administration had held secret internal meetings to discuss taking action against Israel for its ongoing building in East Jerusalem. Washington Free Beacon

Guess who has the Garner case now? . . . The federal civil rights investigation into the chokehold death of Eric Garner could present a new complication for Loretta E. Lynch’s nomination as attorney general, because she will be heading the inquiry as the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York even as she undergoes scrutiny in the new Republican-controlled Senate. New York Times

Activist who met with Obama arrested . . . A Ferguson protester who met with President Obama earlier this week was charged with assault stemming from an incident that occurred last week during protests over a grand jury’s decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Daily Caller

Calorie posting requirement to cost business $1.7B . . . The federal government formally completed regulations that will force vending machines and restaurants to display calorie information, which can lead to businesses being fined thousands of dollars for not including the number of calories in a mayonnaise packet. The regulations, which originated in Obamacare, total 319 pages and will cost industry $1.7 billion to comply. Washington Free Beacon

Coal plants brace for closures . . . The energy industry and coal-producing states are projecting a wave of power plant closures in the final two years of the Obama administration as Environmental Protection Agency regulations take hold. Fox News

Funny numbers out of HHS? . . . HHS says premiums for the lowest-cost silver plan will increase on average by 5 percent. Republicans are questioning those numbers and sources tell the Washington Free Beacon they are looking into it, but believe the numbers are inaccurate because the administration has “reworked” parts of the plan to produce a smaller increase in premiums. Washington Free Beacon

Obama unveiling Carter for SecDef this morning . . . President Barack Obama will nominate former senior Pentagon official Ashton Carter on Friday to replace Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, the White House said. Yahoo News

No evidence linking Christie to lane closures . . . No evidence was found by New Jersey lawmakers to show New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was involved in a plot to close lanes near the George Washington Bridge last year. Fox News

Buffet ready for Hillary . . . Billionaire investor Warren Buffett gave $25,000 to the pro-Clinton group Ready for Hillary last quarter. The sum is the highest donation that the group allows. The Hill

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24 Responses to The Obama Morning News || Friday, December 5, 2014

  1. O.T. Looks like FOX has chosen Molly Henniger to replace WH correspondent Wendell Goler! This just about does it for me. FOX is hitting new lows every day. Henniger has been around since Bush 43. She was terrible then…and she hasn’t improved one iota in 12 years. Where do they get these people? My remote control is wearing out!

  2. I’m glad to see Oliver North was as jarred by HRC’s comment that we must have respect for everyone including our enemies. ISIS, Boko Haram? But I wonder if she was referring to Iran and if at that meeting she supposedly had with Obama the other day, she got on board with making a deal with Iran. She wants all that Muslim money.

    $25K is not a lot of money for Warren Buffet to throw away. He committed himself to HRC long ago and must keep up appearances, but he most certainly be aware that things are unraveling for Clinton. The pictures of the half empty auditorium at Georgetown University at a Clinton speech are not a good “optic” for her.

  3. The ACA’s caloric laws are so insane. If you are a reasonably intelligent adult, you KNOW this, you know what to eat & when you need a salad not a burrito.
    I know it’s all about control & it’s going to get worse.

    • AF Vet, That article is about Erik Whitaker — Obama’s bff corrupt golfing buddy.

      Ashton Carter is new SecDef. Who as I noted below was given a big bear hug by Susan Rice — so this is one big Yes Man who said he would give the best “military advice”. Carter has no military experience.

  4. We ought to be able to capitalize on this. A big part of the problem is that on a federal level when Senators and Congressmen are elected in their states and districts and go merrily off to Washington, they do not make good on their campaign promises and they become more beholden to the power and corruption of WDC than their constituents. Lots of elections before we can turn that around.

    Still, the MSM and concentration on the boy king and all his illegal acts tends to put our strengths across the country on the backburner.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/all-gop-controlled-states-outnumber-all-democratic-states-24-7/article/2557023/comments#disqus_thread