Obama Much-vaunted Asia ‘pivot’ Runs Out Of Steam

De Blasio has questioned the Bloomberg policies that led to the creation of P-Tech, which is lauded by President Obama. The celebrated Brooklyn school that President Obama visited Friday might never have existed if Bill de Blasio had been mayor four years ago. Though this years mayoral front-runner joined Obama and Mayor Bloomberg in toasting the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, he has challenged some of the Bloomberg policies that led to the schools creation. The much-touted P-Tech, which Obama wants to clone across the nation, opened in 2011 in what had been Paul Robeson High School as part of Bloombergs effort to replace large, struggling schools with small, theme-based academies. Charles Dharapak/AP President Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan (right) laughs as he visits a classroom at Pathways in Technology Early College High School, also known as P-Tech, in Brooklyn on Friday. De Blasio has questioned that policy and says hell impose a moratorium on school closings as mayor.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/de-blasio-nixed-p-tech-article-1.1497293

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 16 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Barack Obama The Oval David Jackson, USA TODAY 10:34 a.m. EDT October 27, 2013 President Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who is heading up a Middle East policy review at Obama’s direction. (Photo: Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images) Tags Iran SHARE 67 CONNECT 56 TWEET 16 COMMENTEMAILMORE While Iran’s nuclear program, Syria’s chemical weapons and the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians remain priorities, President Obama and his team appear to be developing a lower key Middle East agenda. “We can’t just be consumed 24/7 by one region, important as it is,” said National Security Adviser Susan Rice in an interview with The New York Times.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/10/27/obama-susan-rice-middle-east-new-york-times-interview/3280451/

“And the French are someone to talk. The fact is, they’ve carried out spying operations against the United States — both the government and industry,” King said. “As far as Germany, that’s where the Hamburg Plot began, which led to 9/11. They’ve had dealings with Iran and Iraq, North Korea — the French and the Germans, other European countries.” Aaron Blake covers national politics at the Washington Post, where he writes regularly for the papers Post Politics and The Fix blogs. A Minnesota native and graduate of the University of Minnesota, Aaron has also written for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The Hill newspaper. He joined the Post in 2010.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/27/peter-king-obama-should-stop-apologizing-for-nsa/

Obama to talk health care law Wednesday in Boston

And, while growing signs of impatience with North Korea have been welcomed as a harbinger of an eventual policy shift, fresh thinking in China has not been sufficient to forestall US efforts to step up military cooperation with South Korea and Japan. But perhaps China does not need to do anything to change US policy again. Since Obamas re-election, there appears to have been a pivot away from the pivot, towards something that can be described only as retro. US Secretary of State John Kerrys effort to jumpstart the Arab-Israel peace process was a laudable initiative. But, if the Arab Spring has taught us anything, it is that the Middle Easts real fault lines have little to do with Israel and much to do with the Arab worlds deepening secularist-Islamist divide and growing sectarian struggle between Shiites and Sunnis. Israel is but a small part of this overall pattern.
Source: http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/obama-much-vaunted-asia-pivot-runs-out-of-steam-1.1247835

Mitt Romney in 2006 signed the Massachusetts health care reform into law. Obama on Wednesday is expected to discuss the ongoing efforts to fix the link problems plaguing the HealthCare.gov website, the official said. The administration has touted Massachusetts’ health care law as the model for the Affordable Care Act. Officials point to that state’s experience showing how many consumers sign up for insurance only as a deadline approaches. They point out that today, 97% of Massachusetts residents have insurance. Also this week, administration officials and Cabinet secretaries will continue a series of appearances across the country to push enrollment in 10 areas with the highest rates of the uninsured.
Source: http://www.kcci.com/news/health/health-care-reform/obama-to-talk-health-care-law-wednesday-in-boston/-/21920556/22657294/-/nx6egtz/-/index.html

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