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The Obama Morning News || March 16, 2015

Top Obama official cashes in at company he steered funds to . . . For five years, Dan Poneman was the Energy Department’s No. 2 administrator during a time when the agency steered hundreds of millions of dollars to a struggling nuclear company that has won the backing of both the Obama administration and top Republicans and Democrats in Congress. This month, he’s set to become the company’s president and CEO — a post that will bring him as much as $1.7 million a year. Politico

His and her jets to Los Angeles . . . Taxpayers paid for President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to fly separately Thursday to Los Angeles, where they appeared on separate TV talk shows on the same day. Mr. Obama flew on Air Force One, which costs about $228,000 per hour of flight time, to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Mrs. Obama flew on a different plane Thursday across country to Burbank, California, to tape an appearance on Ellen Degeneres‘ show. Washington Times

Will the FCC decide how much you pay for Internet? . . . The agency insists net neutrality won’t lead to price controls, but the industry is skeptical. National Journal

ValJar behind Hillary email leak? . . . Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett leaked to the press details of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail address during her time as secretary of state, sources tell me. But she did so through people outside the ­administration, so the story couldn’t be traced to her or the White House. In addition, at Jarrett’s behest, the State Department was ordered to launch a series of investigations into Hillary’s conduct at Foggy Bottom, including the use of her expense account, the disbursement of funds, her contact with foreign leaders and her possible collusion with the Clinton Foundation. Edward Klein

Obama kills tax program for the poor . . . The Obama administration has quietly killed an IRS tax preparation program designed to help low-income and disadvantaged citizens, choosing instead to give millions of dollars to liberal groups for the same purpose. Daily Caller

Dems still ready to buck Obama on Iran . . . Even as the White House ramps up pressure on Congress to stay out of its negotiations with Iran on a nuclear agreement, Republicans are on the brink of veto-proof majorities for legislation that could undercut any deal. And that support has held up even after the uproar last week over the GOP’s letter to Iranian leaders warning against an agreement. Politico

Saudis: We’ll take the same deal Iran gets . . . Any terms that world powers grant Iran under a nuclear deal will be sought by Saudi Arabia and other countries, risking wider proliferation of atomic technology, a senior Saudi prince warned. Reuters

Obama to keep troops in Afghanistan . . . The Obama administration is abandoning plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to 5,500 by year’s end, bowing to military leaders who want to keep more troops there, including many into the 2016 fighting season, U.S. officials say. Associated Press

Kerry open to negotiating with – Assad? . . . Secretary of State John Kerry says he’s open to negotiations with Syrian President Bashar Assad to bring about a political transition to end the country’s civil war. “We have to negotiate in the end,” Kerry said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Politico

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3 Responses to The Obama Morning News || March 16, 2015

  1. I pray to God each morning for the strength to reach the day when the Obama morning news is but old news. (I’m sure there will be plenty of Dem shenanigans to track so not wishing you personally out Keith!:))

  2. Keith as always I appreciate the news listed each day. I am usually able to read it earlier in the day.
    The article/subject of the Saudis and other nations does get mentioned on Fox. As always I do not understand why citizens are once again not paying attention. I am fearing our Country turning into a circus, the whole world is doing so as well.