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The Obama Morning News || March 3, 3015

Hillary used personal email while Secretary of State . . . Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record. Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act. New York Times

Obama attacks Netanyahu’s credibility . . . Obama said Netanyahu has been wrong before — pointing to the 2013 interim deal with Iran. “Netanyahu made all sorts of claims. This was going to be a terrible deal. This was going to result in Iran getting $50 billion worth of relief. Iran would not abide by the agreement. None of that has come true,” Obama said. CNN

Netanyahu, Obama differences widen into a chasm . . . Over six years of bitter disagreements about how to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat, President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel kept running into one central problem: The two leaders never described their ultimate goal in quite the same way. New York Times

Top U.S. official: Tensions with Israel could last two years . . . “There are moments of significant agreement and then there are moments of tactical disagreement,” US deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken told French radio station Europe 1. “That’s the nature of things and I imagine that will continue for the last two years of the Obama administration,” he said. AFP

State tweets anti-Semitic Muslim cleric . . . The State Department’s counterterrorism office is facing pushback after promoting recent remarks by a Muslim cleric who blamed regional unrest in the Middle East on what he called a “conspiracy” by a “new global colonialism allied to world Zionism.” Washington Free Beacon

Obama moving in on local law enforcement powers . . . President  Obama Monday introduced his plan for a progressive takeover of state and local policing. “We have a great opportunity… to really transform how we think about community law enforcement relations,” he said Monday. Obama’s strategy matches the progressive playbook, which continuously expands progressives’ power by gradually adding more conditions to federal aid. Daily Caller

Blind man searching for Lerner emails . . . The first IT specialist to inspect the computer hard drive of former IRS exemptions director Lois Lerner was legally blind, according to an affidavit filed last year by Stephen Manning, deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization at the IRS. Daily Caller

Official Clinton portrait includes sly Monica reference . . . Hidden in the portrait of former President Bill Clinton is a subtle metaphor that represents the sex scandal that rocked his administration in the late 1990s, according to the man who painted it. The Blaze

The Obama Morning News || March 2, 2015

White House, Netanyahu to make dueling cases . . . President Obama and two of his top national security officials will make their case publicly on Monday for a diplomatic agreement with Iran to prevent that nation from acquiring a nuclear weapon, one day before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is to address Congress to denounce such a deal. The president has scheduled an interview with Reuters for Monday afternoon, the same day that Susan E. Rice, his national security adviser, and Samantha Power, his ambassador to the United Nations, will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at its policy conference here. New York Times

WashPost: Obama spreads lies about Keystone . . . President Obama, seeking to explain his veto of a bill that would have leapfrogged the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline, in an interview with a North Dakota station repeated some false claims that had previously earned him “Pinocchios.” Yet he managed to make his statement even more misleading than before, suggesting the pipeline would have no benefit for American producers at all. Washington Post

Court case could massively disrupt Obamacare . . . On Wednesday, the high court will hear arguments in King v. Burwell, a case that will determine whether the health law’s premium subsidies are legal in 34 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges and rely on the Obamacare website to enroll their residents. If the court decides they’re not, an estimated 7 million to 8 million people would be cut off. The cost of insurance would rise sharply and millions could end up uninsured. It would unravel much of the president’s signature domestic achievement. HHS Sylvia Mathews Burwell insists she has no administrative fix at her fingertips and denies that her agency has contingency plans — an assertion that many Republicans just don’t buy. Politico

The White House strategy may be to emphasize the “misery” and use it to “force” Obama to take some kind of executive action.

Obama-doesn’t-love America kid locked out of Facebook . . . CJ Pearson, a politically active 12-year-old from Augusta, Georgia, says he has been locked out of his Facebook account after posting a video saying President Barack Obama doesn’t love America. Newsmax

Cuban spy freed by Obama ready to return to duty . . . His sentence commuted by Obama, Gerardo Hernandez is now a free man in his native Cuba, reunited with his wife, Adriana, and his former spy comrades. Last Tuesday the Cuban Five, they are called here, were officially decorated by President Raúl Castro as national heroes in a grand celebration at Cuba’s National Assembly. And, Hernandez says he’s ready to return for duty to advance the cause of his country’s communist revolution. Yahoo News

Kerry stands by opinion that Americans “safer than ever” . . . Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday stood firm on his assessment that Americans are “safer than ever,” despite a spike in deaths from terrorism across the world. Washington Times

Kerry: Israel safer too! . . . Kerry said negotiators deserve “the benefit of the doubt” in attempts to secure a nuclear agreement with Iran, after the White House threatened to veto a bill providing for Congress to approve of any final deal. Kerry repeated the administration’s position that Iran has lived up to an interim agreement reached in late 2013, known as the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), and said that as a result of that agreement, “Israel is safer today.” CNS News

The Obama Morning News || February 25, 2015

Obama ignoring judge’s immigration order . . . The Obama administration moved Tuesday to carry out portions of President Obama’s executive action on immigration even as a federal judge has halted the president’s temporary deportation amnesty. Washington Times

Half of America can’t say Obama loves his country . . . Rasmussen Reports, in testing former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s charge last week that Obama doesn’t love America, found that 35 percent don’t believe that the president loves his country and another 14 percent aren’t sure. Washington Examiner

Rev. Wright’s daughter headed to jail . . . Jeri Wright, the 48-year-old daughter of President Barack Obama’s mentor and former pastor Jeremiah Wright, is heading to jail. Free on bail while awaiting sentencing for money laundering in connection to a government-funded jobs training program, a U.S. District Court Judge found “there was probable cause to believe Wright committed a separate theft while on bail, thereby violating terms of her supervised release.” Daily Caller

GOP caves to Obama on Internet regulation . . . With the Federal Communications Commission poised Thursday to impose unprecedented regulations on the Internet, congressional Republicans have quietly backed down on a plan to block the looming FCC rules ahead of time with their own legislation. Washington Examiner

Walker leads in Iowa . . . Scott Walker is off to a strong start among caucus-going Republicans in Iowa, according to a new poll released Wednesday morning. Among the 12 candidates mentioned in Quinnipiac University’s poll, the Wisconsin governor garnered 25 percent. Politico

Walker denies he was targeting Bush . . . Wis. Gov. Scott Walker denied Tuesday that he took a swipe at former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush when he suggested the night before that “unlike some out there, I didn’t inherit fame or fortune from my family.” Fox News

Well who else was he talking about? Prince William?

Rahm fails to secure win, faces runoff . . . In failing to secure an outright victory — the first time that has happened since a city election law change two decades ago made the contest nominally nonpartisan — Emanuel has opened the door to a more competitive landscape. Chicago Tribune

The Obama Morning News || February 24, 2015

VA secretary lied about special forces service . . . Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in special operations forces, the most elite units in the armed forces, when his military service of five years was spent almost entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division during the late 1970s. Huffington Post

Obama woos Warren wing with anti-Wall Street push . . . After years of dragging its feet on the issue, the White House is getting fully behind a proposal strongly opposed by the industry to police financial advisers who steer clients toward products that may not be best for them but bring in bigger commissions and fees. Politico

Gruber may have padded bills . . . Jonathan Gruber, who made national headlines last year for talking about “the stupidity of the American voter” was a target Monday in a report from the Vermont state auditor saying the economist may have padded his bills to the state. Auditor of Accounts Douglas Hoffer said he referred his findings on Gruber and his contract with the state to Attorney General William Sorrell. Associated Press

Grubby, grabbing Gruber.

Obamacare case could be derailed . . . New questions have surfaced over whether the plaintiffs in a key Obamacare challenge before the Supreme Court were legitimately hurt by the healthcare law, a controversy experts say could derail the case scheduled for oral arguments next week. Washington Examiner

War authorization may be meaningless . . . President Obama could still use ground troops in Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State and the next president could extend the war beyond the three-year limit no matter what Congress passes. The difficulty, according to the Congressional Research Service, is that Mr. Obama’s proposal for a new authorization for the use of military force would leave in place a 2001 war resolution authorizing the fight against al Qaeda. Washington Times

The humbling of Rahm . . . It ought to be a coronation, Rahm Emanuel must figure. But as he nears what might or might not be the end of his exhausting race for a second term as Chicago’s mayor, the former White House chief of staff and tough-guy insider on Tuesday faces a possibly humiliating setback—particularly ego-crushing because he is running against an extremely weak field of four, has vastly more money than any of them, has television ads airing 24/7 and has run the table on endorsements. Politico

The Obama Morning News || February 23, 2015

DWS planned to accuse Obama of anti-Semitism . . . When Debbie Wasserman Schultz sensed Obama was considering replacing her as chair in 2013, she began to line up supporters to suggest the move was both anti-woman and anti-Semitic.” Wasserman Schultz is reportedly very much at odds with White House staffers, and rarely even speaks with President Barack Obama. Mediaite 

Hillary Clinton’s war on women . . . Hillary Clinton portrays herself as a champion of women in the workforce, but women working for her in the U.S. Senate were paid 72 cents for each dollar paid to men, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis of her Senate years’ salary data. Washington Free Beacon

Coverage of Rudy dwarfs that of Hillary’s foreign donors . . . A failed presidential candidate has dominated the media coverage these past few days. Oddly enough, it’s not Hillary Clinton. Washington Free Beacon

Walker has labor reeling in Wisconsin . . . At the old union hall here on a recent afternoon, Terry Magnant sat at the head of a table surrounded by 18 empty chairs. A members meeting had been scheduled to start a half-hour earlier, but the small house, with its cracked walls and loose roof shingles, was lonely and desolate. “There used to be a lot more people coming,” said Magnant, a 51-year-old nursing assistant, sighing. Washington Post

Walker feeling the heat . . . The Wisconsin governor is getting questions he doesn’t like, and that some conservatives think are unfair or irrelevant. Politico

McCain: “I’m ashamed of my country” . . . “I’m ashamed of my country, I’m ashamed of my president and I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t done more to help these people,” McCain said, referring to the Ukrainians. “It is really, really heartbreaking.” Daily Caller

The Obama Morning News || February 20, 2015

Psaki to become White House communications director . . . President Barack Obama has picked U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki to take over as White House communications director, bringing someone with whom he has a long history back into his inner circle as other long-time aides depart. “Jen worked on both my campaigns, she’s served in the White House and she’s traveled the world as an advisor to Secretary (John) Kerry,” Obama said in a statement. “I fully trust Jen – and I am thrilled she’s agreed to come back to the White House,” he said. Reuters

But Harf won’t succeed her, according to report . . . Marie Harf, the embattled State Department deputy spokeswoman who insisted this week that helping ISIS jihadis find gainful employment was a better strategy than killing them, is not in line for a promotion when her boss moves to the White House on April 1, a State Department official said Thursday. “Jen’s move to the White House isn’t something that happened overnight,” the official said, “and Marie’s TV appearances were an audition of sorts, a test run, and she failed spectacularly.” Daily Mail

Obama appoints anti-ISIS communications czar . . . Among the few concrete steps to emerge from the extremism summit, the administration announced this week that one of Mr. Obama’s close aides, Rashad Hussain, was appointed as special envoy and coordinator for strategic counterterrorism communications. Washington Times

FBI chief not invited to extremism summit . . . The White House declined to invite FBI Director James Comey to a three-day summit held this week to develop strategies to combat violent extremism, according to senior administration officials. Comey’s absence was in stark contract to the presence of his Russian counterpart, Aleksandr V. Bortnikov, the director of the Russian Federal Security Service, the successor to the Soviet KGB. Daily Caller

Obama wants $20 million to get kids to parks . . . Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative would cost about $20 million per year, and is aimed at ensuring that kids have a chance to “visit and enjoy” America’s outdoors. He proposed it in a speech in Chicago in which he also announced new national monuments in Colorado, Hawaii and Illinois. The Blaze

GOP wants to limit Obama’s monuments . . . While the Obama administration celebrated naming three new national monuments on Thursday, the Republican-led Congress signaled it could move to limit the president’s authority to designate large swaths of land unilaterally under the 1906 Antiquities Act. Washington Examiner

Chicago on track to host Obama library . . . It took personal intervention by Emanuel, who faces reelection next week, to find a way to end the land dispute and put Chicago — specifically, the city’s South Side — back at the front of the pack. Politico

The Obama Morning News || February 18, 2015

Immigration ruling may be hard to challenge . . . President Obama’s administration faces a difficult and possibly lengthy legal battle to overturn a Texas court ruling that blocked his landmark immigration overhaul, since the judge based his decision on an obscure and unsettled area of administrative law, lawyers said. In his ruling, Judge Andrew Hanen faulted Obama for not giving public notice of his plans. The failure to do so, Hanen wrote, was a violation of the 1946 Administrative Procedure Act, which requires notice in a publication called the Federal Register as well as an opportunity for people to submit views in writing. Reuters

White House puts immigration plans on hold after ruling . . . The Obama administration put its new deportation-relief program on hold Tuesday on the eve of its launch, complying reluctantly with a federal judge’s order that roiled immigrant communities nationwide and seemed to harden an already-tense stalemate on Capitol Hill. Associated Press

You know, I was honestly surprised they felt they had to comply with the ruling. I’ve now adopted, without noticing it, a presumption of lawlessness with respect to this administration.

Administration to border agents: OK to release drunk drivers . . . The Obama administration is telling Customs and Border Protection agents in a busy stretch of the U.S.-Mexico crossing that they don’t have to arrest intoxicated drivers, sparking backlash from advocacy groups and others. Jessica Vaughan, a policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, said Tuesday the advisory is consistent with the administration’s long-held strategy of trying to end federal agents’ close cooperation with state and local law enforcement, which has led to deportations. Fox News

Muslim leader who met with Biden said Israel a 9/11 suspect . . . A controversial U.S. Muslim leader who has been highly critical of Israel and said that the Jewish state should be on the “suspect list” in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks participated on Tuesday in a White House summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) that featured Vice President Joe Biden. Washington Free Beacon

Holder mocks Fox News . . . Attorney General Eric Holder criticized Fox News on Tuesday for its obsession with the administration’s characterization of the Islamic State. “We spend more time talking about what do you call it as opposed to what do you do about it. You know, really, if Fox didn’t talk about this, they’d have nothing else to talk about,” Holder said. Politico 

DOJ may go after the Ferguson police department . . . In weighing whether to bring discrimination charges against the Ferguson Police Department, the Justice Department has been “seriously examining” allegations that the city’s enforcement of minor offenses discriminated against minorities and often led to jail time and to fines that lined the city’s coffers. Politico

Risen: Obama administration the top enemy of press freedom . . . New York Times reporter James Risen slammed Attorney General Eric Holder in a series of tweets Tuesday evening, calling the Obama administration “The greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.” “Eric Holder has been the nation’s top censorship officer, not the top law enforcement officer,” Risen tweeted. Politico

White House: 11.4 million using Obamacare . . . The White House late Tuesday claimed that 11.4 million people had signed up for Obamacare at the end of the law’s second enrollment period, more than 2 million more than what the Obama administration set for a goal late last year. The Blaze

Behind the scenes, Obamacare website still a mess . . . The “back end” of the Obamacare website still isn’t properly wired to the health insurance companies. Instead of a swift process, health plans use clunky workarounds and manual spreadsheets. It takes time and it costs money. Politico

The Obama Morning News || February 12, 2015

Obama finally unites Republicans, Democrats . . . Obama’s request for authorization to use military force against the Islamic State is a tough sell on Capitol Hill in its current form, with Republicans calling it too soft and Democrats questioning its scope and size. Washington Examiner IRS to pay back-refunds to illegals . . . IRS Commissioner KoskinenContinue Reading

The Obama Morning News || February 11, 2015

FCC Commissioner sites “enormous” White House pressure . . . Republican Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai voiced his concern Tuesday about President Obama’s proposal “to regulate the internet.” Pai cited concerns ranging from the proposal causing heavy-handed FCC regulations on the internet to the plan being a “gift to trial lawyers.” Daily Caller White House seeksContinue Reading

The Obama Morning News || February 10, 2015

Feds won’t release IRS Tea Party targeting documents . . . The Obama administration is refusing to publicly release more than 500 documents on the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups. Twenty months after the IRS scandal broke, there are still many unanswered questions about who was spearheading the agency’s scrutiny of conservative-leaning organizations. The HillContinue Reading