The downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine last week, the eruption of war in Gaza between Israelis and Palestinians, and the humanitarian crisis caused by the influx of Central American minors seeking to cross the border has put a strain on the White House. Even on the road, the troubles abroad were not far from the president. While aboard Air Force One in route to Seattle he placed a call to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to discuss evidence that Russia continues to send weapons and fighters into Ukraine. The Malaysian airline flight originated in Amsterdam, and many of the deaths were Dutch citizens. View gallery President Barack Obama reaches into a crowd on his arrival Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Seattle.
President Barack Obama arrived at King County International Airport for a fundraising visit on July 22, 2014. Photo: JOSHUA BESSEX, SEATTLEPI.COM People take photos of Air Force One from inside the airport…. President Barack Obama’s convoy arrives as he prepares to depart Seattle. President Barack Obama arrived at King County International Airport for a fundraising visit on July 22, 2014. Photo: JOSHUA BESSEX, SEATTLEPI.COM President Barack Obama’s convoy arrives as he prepares to depart… President Barack Obama’s convoy arrives as he prepares to depart Seattle.
Malaysia Airlines: Kerry lashes out at Russia – CNN.com
Bodies kept in refrigerated train cars After preventing international observers from accessing the site, there were small signs of improvement Sunday. “Today was a better day for sure,” said Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s monitoring team in Ukraine. “We were able to spend quite a bit of time out at the different crash sites.” But it was still far from a well-organized investigation scene, and the area remained under the control of pro-Russia rebels. Dutch PM demands access to MH17 scene OSCE: Bodies decomposing at crash site Mourners attend a memorial service on July 20, 2014, in Eynesbury, Australia, for a family of five killed in the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster. The United States says a surface-to-air missile took down the Boeing 777 on Thursday as it was flying from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, killing all 298 people aboard. Ukrainian officials have accused pro-Russian rebels of downing the jet, but Russia blames Ukraine’s recent military operations against the rebels.
Obama’s veterans agency nominee vows corporate-style discipline – Yahoo News
Obama’s action came on the heels of the US Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case that allowed some closely held private businesses to opt out of the federal health care law’s requirement thatcontraceptioncoverage be provided to workers at no extra charge. Obama advisers said that ruling has no impact on non-discrimination policies in federal hiring and contracting. Obama said 18 states and more than 200 local governments already ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, as well as a majority of Fortune 500 companies. But he noted that more states allow same-sex marriage than prohibit gay discrimination in hiring. “It’s not just twitter about doing the right thing, it’s also about attracting and retaining the best talent,” Obama said. The change for federal contracting will affect some 24,000 companies with 28 million workers, or one-fifth of the US workforce.
Obama grants gay and transgender employees US bias protection – CSMonitor.com
He also told senators he would give them his cellphone number and encouraged them to use it, adding that as P&G’s CEO, his phone was turned on “24 hours a day.” McDonald, 61, was nominated to replace Eric Shinseki, who resigned as VA secretary in late May amid a scandal over the coverup of delays in scheduling medical appointments at dozens of VA hospitals and clinics across the country. In Phoenix, doctors have said that some 40 veterans died as their names languished on secret waiting lists while officials misrepresented wait-time data to meet targets for bonus compensation. Shinseki, a retired four-star Army general, had said that he had not been made aware of the wait-time problems until the scandal boiled over in the media this year, amid dozens of investigations by the VA inspector general. Asked how he would avoid the same situation, McDonald said he would get out of the executive suite and visit many of the department’s 1,700 facilities to help improve their communication with the Washington head office. “You don’t want people in your community lying.