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edwinvuxg   , 82

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Obama-Fueled Speculation on Fed Pick Political Circus

He played golf Saturday with friends from his days in Hawaii and Chicago. Some of them joined him at Camp David. Obama is scheduled to return to the White House more information on Sunday afternoon. His week ahead includes travel to the West Coast to discuss plans to help homeowners, appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and visit with troops at Camp Pendleton. He also has a White House meeting Thursday with the prime minister of Greece. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/obama-turns-52-celebrates-out-of-sight-at-camp-david-presidential-retreat-in-maryland/2013/08/04/4c716952-fcf0-11e2-8294-0ee5075b840d_story.html

Obama "reevaluating" summit with Russia after Snowden asylum

The White House said little about how Obama would celebrate on Saturday night and Sunday, but the birthday wishes started rolling in early. House Democrats presented Obama with a birthday cake when he went up to the Capitol this week, and American Legion youth members sang Happy Birthday to him during a White House visit late last month. For last years birthday, which fell during his heated campaign for re-election, Obama also celebrated with a round of golf before heading to Camp David. But he later held several birthday-themed campaign fundraisers in Chicago, Kim Kardashian including one at his familys South Side home. Obama is scheduled to return to the White House on Sunday.
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We cannot allow today's action by Putin to stand without serious repercussions." McCain and Graham suggested "significantly" expanding the Magnitsky Act list, which prohibits certain Russians from entering the U.S., "to hold accountable the many human violators who are still enjoying a culture of impunity in Russia." They also suggested, sites among other things, pushing for the completion of U.S. missile defense programs in Europe, as well as another NATO expansion. "Today's action by Putin's Russia should finally strip away the illusions that many Americans have had about Russia the past few years," they said. In a State Department briefing Thursday, deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said neither the U.S. nor Putin want the Snowden affair to negatively affect the two nations' relationship.
More: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57596558/obama-reevaluating-summit-with-russia-after-snowden-asylum/

PHOTOS: FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA HUGS IT OUT Before leaving, officials said Obama's counterterrorism adviser updated him on a potential al-Qaida threat that led the State Department on Friday to issue a global travel warning to Americans and order the weekend closure Kim Kardashian of 21 embassies and consulates across the Muslim world. The White House said there were three golfing foursomes, which included some of Obama's friends from Hawaii, where he grew up, and Chicago, where he lived before becoming president, as well as current and former aides. PHOTOS: OBAMA'S TRAVELS: A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK Carolyn Kaster/AP President Barack Obama and Yemen's President, Abdo Rabby Mansour Hadi talk to the media as they sit under a portrait of former President George Washington in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Washington. Among them were childhood friends Bobby Titcomb and Mike Ramos, and Chicago pals Marty Nesbitt and Eric Whitaker. White House aides Marvin Nicholson and Sam Kass, an assistant chef, rounded out the group, along with Reggie Love, who for years had been Obama's personal assistant, or "body man," and basketball buddy until he left the White House in late 2011 to finish the course work for an MBA.
More: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-tees-birthday-weekend-golf-article-1.1416782

Obama's Birthday Is Today! President Turns 52

Obama turns 52 on Sunday and is spending part of the day at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. The White House said little about how he's celebrating. He played golf Saturday with friends from his days in Hawaii and Chicago. Some were expected to join him at Camp David. Obama is scheduled to return to the White House on Sunday afternoon. His week ahead includes travel to the West Coast to discuss plans to help homeowners, appear on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and visit with troops at Camp Pendleton.
More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/04/obamas-birthday_n_3703251.html

Obama tees off birthday weekend with round of golf ahead of spending time with friends at Camp David

Fed officials are debating whether to start scaling back a measure used to try to spur the U.S. economy -- the last of three bond-buying programs aimed at lowering long-term interest rates. The nations unemployment rate of 7.4 percent last month, while down from a 26-year high of 10 percent reached in October 2009, is still higher than the 6 percent average level of the past two decades. Disruptive Debate The public debate over competing candidates has detracted a bit from talking about the things that really matter in a chairman, said Broaddus. El-Erian said the discussion is starting so early that it forces people not just to focus on whats good, but it also forces people to find differences and that is not a good thing. What you really want is continuity of monetary policy to make sure that you continue to allow the economy to heal. As White House officials have tried to tamp down speculation, theyve signaled that Obama wont be announcing the decision during his August vacation on Marthas Vineyard, as he did with Bernankes reappointment in 2009. Pressure campaigns from Congress or allies of Summers and Yellen, theyve said, arent useful.
More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-02/obama-fueled-speculation-on-fed-pick-political-circus.html