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nathanhsyh   , 46

from West New York


Obama: Will work for ?appropriate? changes in NSA spying, ?recalibrate? Russia relationship

"It's sealed for a reason. But we are intent on capturing those who carried out this attack, and we're going to stay on it until we get them." That marked the only official confirmation so far of a sealed indictment in http://parsonsqlsc.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/farrah-abraham-holds-sophias-pacifier-hostage-while-wearing-a-face-mask-video/ the Benghazi case. For days, officials across the law enforcement http://marcelschr.soup.io/post/330593498/April-13-2013-Kim-Kardashian-Arrives-In and intelligence communities have refused to publicly confirm reports of a sealed indictment. After all, according to federal law, "no person may disclose [a sealed] indictment's existence," and a "knowing violation may be punished as a contempt of court." Contempt of court carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. Obama 'Intent on Capturing' Benghazi Attackers Watch Video Former Mass. Senator's Half-Brother Arrested Watch Video Obama Cancels Meeting with Putin: A New Cold War? Watch Video A U.S.
More: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obamas-surprise-revelation-sealed-benghazi-indictment/story?id=19920474


Obama, family going on eight-day Martha's Vineyard vacation

In his hour long press conference Friday afternoon, the president spoke in some memorably colorful terms about a range of issues. But at the heart of the event was the ongoing controversy over the NSAs surveillance programs. Obama opened by announcing several relatively modest steps to allay public concerns about the NSAs activities, which he stressed are a problem both domestically but alsoand perhaps moresoin other countries. Those include newly-released documents from the Justice Department and the NSA explaining the legal basis and parameters of the surveillance programs, plans for a group of outside experts to review the issue, and Obamas willingness to work with Congress to add more oversight and transparency to the data collection process. Obama also said he would support changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, allowing for a more adversarial process at a court often accused of rubber-stamping the governments requests. Its not enough for me, as president, to have confidence in these programs, Obama said.
More: http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/09/obama-on-doing-dishes-the-gops-holy-grail-and-the-whole-elephant-of-nsa-spying/

Republican aides laughed off the presidents assertions in a battery of Twitter messages. The Republican-led House, they said, was more than willing to pass a bill that codified the employer-mandate delay into law. Mr. Obama also downplayed a movement promoted by conservative groups and outspoken Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida to strike down any spending deals this September that include funding for the presidents health care law. Mr.
More: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/9/obama-defends-health-law-delays/

Many Republicans in Congress are demanding reduced spending for entitlement programs before sequestration is modified or turned off, an offer opposed by the White House. The federal budget deficit narrowed from more than 10 percent of the gross domestic product at the end of 2009 to 5.7 percent of GDP for the 12 months ended March 31 -- the smallest gap in four years, original site according to data compiled by Bloomberg. With tax collections rising and spending growth slowing down, the deficit is on track to drop to 4 percent of the $16 trillion U.S. GDP for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, according to a May forecast by the Congressional Budget Office.
More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-09/obama-bets-against-government-shutdown-over-spending.html

Obama defends health law delays

Martha's Vineyard is rich in presidential vacation lore. Bill and Hillary Clinton traveled there frequently during his presidential getaways, rubbing shoulders with such celebrities as James Taylor, Carly Simon, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. A Fox News poll showed a mixed bag on whether Americans believe Obama deserves a vacation - 48 percent were in favor, 48 percent were not. An overwhelming majority, however, said Congress definitely does not deserve time off. "The president probably has to be sensitive to image but I think people don't begrudge the idea that he deserves a vacation," said presidential scholar Thomas Alan Schwartz of Kim Kardashian Vanderbilt University.
More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/08/us-usa-obama-vacation-idUSBRE97715Q20130808

Obama?s Presser: Doing the Dishes, the GOP?s Holy Grail and the?Whole Elephant? of NSA Spying

But none of the moves would alter the basic core of the program, the collection of millions of Americans phone records. As for Snowden, recently granted temporary asylum by Russia, Obama said he is not a patriot, as some have suggested, and challenged him to return to the United States to face espionage charges. On Russia, Obama said that given recent differences over Syria, human rights and Snowden, it is probably appropriate for us to take a pause, reassess where it is that Russia is going... and recalibrate the relationship. The hour-long news conference ranged over numerous issues, although the president became especially animated when the questions turned to Republicans in Congress. He said they would risk the wrath of the public if they vote to shut down the government this fall in an attempt to cut off funding for his signature health care law.
More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-hold-pre-vacation-news-conference-amid-pressing-domestic-and-international-debates/2013/08/09/57983174-00f3-11e3-8294-0ee5075b840d_story.html