About 57,000 unaccompanied minors have arrived at the border since October, double the total from fiscal 2013. Most of the children came from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Funding Request Obama is seeking $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to address what his administration has called a humanitarian crisis. House Republican leaders are proposing to give Obama less than half that amount. Obama met July 21 at the White House with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other members of his Homeland Security Council to consider responses to the crisis at the border and is seeking the emergency funding to temporarily shelter and process the immigrants.
Obama Declares Washington Wildfire Emergency – ABC News
causing creeks and drainages to flood at a much faster rate than normal.” Still, the shift in weather was a positive development. “The cooler weather and the moisture has cooled aspects of the fire down,” fire spokeswoman Susan Peterson said Tuesday evening. “In some instances, firefighters were able to do a direct attack. “We had additional crews come in, and they were able to put lines in closer to the fire itself.” Speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday in Seattle, President Barack Obama said the wildfire, along with other western blazes, can be attributed to climate change. “A lot of it has to do with drought, a lot of it has to do with changing precipitation patterns, and a lot of that has to do with climate change,” the president said.
Obama will support anti-inversion legislation: Senior White House officials
Speaking during a high-dollar fundraiser at the home of the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, Obama used a now-familiar phrase – “phony scandals” – to describe what he sees as a petty obsession among the political class. “No offense, ‘Scandal’s’ a great show,” he said told Rhimes and the drama’s star, Kerry Washington. “But we don’t want to be living it out.” And while Americans are watching warily as crises unfold overseas, Obama said “the conflict that probably makes people most discouraged is the conflict they see in Washington.” It’s a midterm election message Obama has been peddling more frequently as this year’s contests approach. During remarks around the country and at Democratic fundraisers, Obama has taken to lambasting Republicans and the media for Obama student loan forgiveness for teachers fueling an endless cycle of made-for-TV controversy, citing dust-ups at the IRS and the 2012 attack in Benghazi as examples. He’s also ramping up his fundraising stops. After this week he’ll have attended a dozen campaign cash events this month alone. Wednesday’s, held in the leafy and exclusive Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, started at $1,000 a ticket.
Obama: Washington could do with less ‘Scandal’ – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs
His commitment to Hawaii runs deep, just like mine. I value him as a partner, and because of Neils work, Hawaiis best days are ahead. ( Also on POLITICO: RGA to spend $100M in final 100 days ) In the ad, Obama describes Abercrombie as like ohana Hawaiian for family. Abercrombie is locked in a tight primary with state Sen. David Ige. The vote is scheduled for August 9. An Abercrombie spokesman, Shane Peters, said the governors team approached the president with three options for ad scripts, all far more formal.
Obama administration presses for $225M addition to Iron Dome funding | Nation |
The Government of Israel has requested $225 million in additional funding for Iron Dome in order to accelerate production of Iron Dome components in Israel and maintain adequate stockpiles, Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, told JTA in an email. The Department of Defense has reviewed and supports this urgent request, she said. Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, Iron Dome has saved countless Israeli lives. In a meeting Wednesday of Democratic senators and Jewish leaders, some of the senators said they had already started the procedure to include the new money in this years appropriations. A day earlier, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote to leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate asking that the money be appropriated above the $351 million Congress is considering for the system.
Obama cuts radio ad for Neil Abercrombie – Kyle Cheney – POLITICO.com
is that we should be acting as quickly as possible,” a White House official told reporters on a conference call. “That will buy us more time and space to … reform our tax code as a whole.” Republicans prefer a change to inversions to be part of an effort to reform the U.S. tax code. The White House supports broad tax reform but argues that action on inversions is needed now.