Slain Teen Michael Brown’s Grandfather to Obama: “I Voted for You” So Meet With Me

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Slain Teen Michael Brown’s Grandfather to Obama: “I Voted for You” So Meet With Me

Les McSpadden, the grandfather of slain teen Michael Brown, demanded that President Obama visit him in Ferguson, during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” with Rev. Al Sharpton. President Obama hasn’t said whether or not he intends to visit Ferguson.

McSpadden said, “America is built on people coming together at times like this, and now is the time for my president to step forward.” He added, “I want to say this to my President, I voted for you, so you ought to be able to meet with me.”

The Congressional Black Caucus has been largely silent on calls for President Obama to visit Ferguson. Attorney General Eric Holder will be visiting Ferguson on Wednesday.

Personally, I don’t think the president should make a trip. It would be a distraction. There is a federal investigation underway in addition to an investigation by local law enforcement, so he should let the system work.

 

US Launches Air Strikes on Islamic State Artillery Used Against Kurds in Erbil

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US Launches Air Strikes on ISIL Artillery Used Against Kurds in Erbil (Pictured Lloyd Austin) [DoD photo by Cherie Cullen. (Released)]

Pentagon: US military aircraft conduct strike on Islamic State artillery ‘used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil.” The airstrikes are meant to go after ISIL military artillery and formations. This morning the airstrikes targeted a clear military formation outside Erbil. General Lloyd Austin, the first African American to lead the U.S. Central Command, was the general who gave the order to fire after President Obama’s authorization. It’s ironic that Austin should give the order, since he played a big role in the drawdown of military forces from Iraq.

Washington Post: “The airstrikes targeted artillery being used by militants of the Islamic State extremist group against Kurdish forces defending the Irbil, the Kurdish regional capital, the Pentagon said. It said the artillery was used “near U.S. personnel.”

“The U.S. action came after President Obama authorized airstrikes against Sunni Muslim extremists who punctured Kurdish defenses in a powerful offensive in northern Iraq on Thursday. Obama also sent U.S. military aircraft to drop food and water to besieged Iraqi civilians in the region.”

The Islamic State militants will be hard to contain because they are well financed. It is not clear how they are getting their money and weapons, but they aren’t only wreaking havoc in Iraq but also in Syria. It is troublesome that ISIL is getting support from the Sunnis. What that means is the if the U.S. bombs on behalf of the Kurds, we are playing right into ISIL’s propaganda and further pushing the Sunnis squarely in their corner. There are no easy solutions.

President Obama Announces $33 Billion in Commitments to Africa

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President Obama Announces $33 Billion in Commitments to Africa

President Obama announced $33 billion in commitments to Africa to form economic partnerships beyond the usual humanitarian aid. This comes as the U.S. is playing catch-up to the Chinese, who have capitalized on the growing economies. Africa is home to six of the world’s fastest growing economies and fast-growing middle class. That means increased spending power.

The bulk of the commitments Obama made comes from private sector companies like Coca Cola and General Electric.

President Obama noted that just one percent of U.S. exports go to sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S. trade with the continent is about the same as its trade ties to Brazil.

Obama said at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, “We’ve got to do better, much better.” He added, “I want Africans buying more American products and I want Americans buying more African products.”

Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, who opened the summit, said, “We also realize we have some catching up to do.” “We are letting Europe and China go faster than the U.S.,” he added.

Fact-sheet on Doing Business in Africa: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/05/fact-sheet-doing-business-africa-campaign

Here are some tweets about the #USAfrica:

Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks Accuses Democrats of Waging War on Whites

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Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks Accuses Democrats of Waging War on Whites (Credit: MSNBC Video Screengrab)

Democrats have been searching for a replacement for Todd Akins and they found him….Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). Yeah, he went there… This is not even worth a comment but read on….

During an interview with Laura Ingraham, Brooks accused Democrats of waging a war on “whites.” Yeah, he pulled the ole race card! Here’s the transcript from Real Clear Politics:

Brooks: “This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true, okay?

And if you look at the polling data, every demographic group in America agrees with the rule of law, enforcing and securing our borders, and every one them understands that illegal immigration hurts every single demographic group. It doesn’t make any difference if you are a white American, a black American, a Hispanic American, an Asian American, or if you’re a woman or a man….

Ingraham: I don’t think [U.S. Rep.] Raul Labrador would probably say there’s a war on whites, though, Congressman – that characterization’s a little out there.

Brooks: But that is in effect what they’re doing, though. And that’s the political game they’re playing there, okay?

Ingraham: They’re playing the race card, just like they played the war-on-women card. This is what the left does. I just think that phraseology might not be the best choice.

Brooks also stated that everyone in America, regardless of their race, is affected by the influx of undocumented and legal immigrants. In other words, in his view, we need to halt ALL types of immigration because it lowers wages. Um, gee, I wonder how he explains his heritage? So, now we have moved on from Todd Akin’s honest rape, to other issues, such as treating immigration reform as a “thoughtful issue.” I could never in good conscience ever support the Republican Party, not when lunatics like Mo Brooks are holding elected office.

Now for the audio:

Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Major Blow to Obamacare on Tax Subsidies

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Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Major Blow to Obamacare on Tax Subsidies (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

More trouble for President Obama’s signature health care reform legislation, the Affordable Care Act. A federal appeals court panel dealt a major blow to Obamacare on Tuesday, ruling that the tax subsidies that are central to the law may not be provided in at least half of the states, the Washington Post reports. The provision helped millions to purchase health insurance on federal health care exchanges.

Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Blow to Obamacare

Federal Reserve Trims Stimulus as Economy Rebounds After Nasty Winter

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Federal Reserve Trims Stimulus as Economy Rebounds After Nasty Winter

Contrary to what the right wing wants you to believe, the economy has rebounded under President Obama. The Federal Reserve’s latest press release proves that point — “growth in economic activity has rebounded in recent months.” The Fed cut its economic forecast for 2014, retreating from its stimulus activities. This latest news comes as applications for unemployment benefits fell to 312,000 last week, which is near pre-recession levels.

Labor market indicators generally showed further improvement. The unemployment rate, though lower, remains elevated. Household spending appears to be rising moderately and business fixed investment resumed its advance, while the recovery in the housing sector remained slow. Fiscal policy is restraining economic growth, although the extent of restraint is diminishing. Inflation has been running below the Committee’s longer-run objective, but longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable.

The Committee currently judges that there is sufficient underlying strength in the broader economy to support ongoing improvement in labor market conditions. In light of the cumulative progress toward maximum employment and the improvement in the outlook for labor market conditions since the inception of the current asset purchase program, the Committee decided to make a further measured reduction in the pace of its asset purchases. Beginning in July, the Committee will add to its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $15 billion per month rather than $20 billion per month, and will add to its holdings of longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $20 billion per month rather than $25 billion per month. The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction. The Committee’s sizable and still-increasing holdings of longer-term securities should maintain downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative, which in turn should promote a stronger economic recovery and help to ensure that inflation, over time, is at the rate most consistent with the Committee’s dual mandate.

The big takeaway from this press release is that Fed Chair Janet Yellen isn’t giving up on the long-term and shadow unemployed. She admitted that “it’s conceivable there is some permanent damage” to the long-term unemployed but is still very optimistic that a faster recovery would get more people back into the labor force.

 

Taliban Commander: “Better to Kidnap 1 Person Like Bowe Bergdahl”

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Taliban Commander: “Better to Kidnap 1 Person Like Bowe Bergdahl”

Time magazine reports an unnamed Taliban commander warns of more kidnappings of  people like Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a result of the prisoner swap deal.

Time Magazine reports he said “It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people. It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.”

This is quite the opposite of how the White House framed its argument for releasing five senior Taliban detainees in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, who many are calling a deserter and not a POW.
The Taliban commander’s latest comments will only amplify the rhetoric from Republicans and some Democrats who are very uncomfortable with the deal.
The alleged Taliban commander comments come as President Obama said he would make “absolutely no apologies” for the deal. Meanwhile, George Mason University law professor Francis Buckley is stoking the right wing fire. He said George Washington was considered the “indispensable man,” while Barack Obama has “assumed king-like powers as president.”
What’s shocking is that staunch Obama critic Charles Krauthammer backs Obama’s deal to bring Bowe Bergdahl home. Um, that’s a stark departure from the right wing feeding frenzy currently underway. Krauthammer told Fox News on Wednesday, “Had the choice been mine I would have made the same choice.”
 Taliban Commander: Better to Kidnap 1 Person Like Bowe Bergdahl

White House Apologizes to Senate Intel Chief for Not Telling Her About Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

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White House Apologizes to Senate Intel Chief for Not Telling Her About Bergdahl Prisoner Swap (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

The controversy surrounding President Obama’s deal to release five Gitmo prisoners in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who either went AWOL or is a POW, when he was captured in Afghanistan five years ago. It now turns out that the White House is apologizing for an “oversight,” in which they neglected to tell Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the other heads of intelligence committees of the deal. All I can say is just, wow. Really? This is a page out of the George W. Bush playbook. Despite Dick Cheney saying otherwise, ex-Bush official John Bellinger says otherwise. He says that’s exactly what GWB would have done, with the war winding down.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein told reporters when the Obama administration approached the House and Senate Intelligence committees in 2011, “there was very strong views and they were virtually unanimous against the trade.” She said, “The notification to us is important and I think that it would have been a much better thing to do because you do try to work together.” Here’s the salt Sen. Feinstein rubbed in the wound: Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken apologized for not notifying her of the trade sooner” and said it was an “oversight.”

It would seem that Feinstein’s version of events has also been backed up by her Republican colleagues, such as House Intelligence Committe chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, who said, “I don’t know what he means by consulted Congress for some time.” “In 2011, they did come up and present a plan that included a prisoner transfer that was, in a bipartisan way, pushed back.” He added, “We hadn’t heard anything since on any details of any prisoner exchange.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) slammed President Obama for going behind Congress’ back to get Bergdahl released. He said, the president “didn’t follow the law” when he unilaterally made the decision to release the five senior Taliban prisoners. He added, “We have a law in this country, it says you have to notify Congress within 30 days. He completely ignored it. He’s gone rogue.”

 White House Apologizes to Senate Intel Chief for Not Telling Her About Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

President Obama Accepts Eric Shinseki’s Resignation Over VA Scandal

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President Obama Accepts Eric Shinseki’s Resignation Over VA Scandal

President Obama announced that he has accepted the resignation of Eric Shinseki’s resignation over the ongoing VA scandal. Sloan Gibson will become acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in place of Shinseki.

Obama said he accepted Shinseki’s resignation with “considerable regret,” after the two men met in the Oval Office Friday morning.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls for his resignation from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. His resignation comes two days after a blistering internal report found deep-seated problems in the veterans’ health care system, which provides care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.

Shinseki, who is a retired four-star Army general, has overseen the VA since the start of Obama’s presidency.

 President Obama Accepts Eric Shinsekis Resignation Over VA Scandal

NH Police Commissioner Robert Copeland Won’t Apologize for Calling Obama a ‘F*cking N*gger’

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NH Police Commissioner Robert Copeland Won’t Apologize for Calling Obama a ‘F*cking N*gger’

Robert Copeland, Wolfeboro, NH, police commissioner, refuses to resign or apologize for calling President Obama a f*cking n*gger while dining in a restaurant. He said Obama “meets and exceeds my criteria for such.” The majority of the residents want him out.

Resident Jane O’Toole said she overheard Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland use a racial slur in describing Obama…

She heard him say he hates turning on the television because every time he does, there’s that ‘f***ing n*****.’
‘He sort of swung around and puffed up his chest and said, “Yeah,”‘ she told the Concord Monitor. ‘And I said, “Not good, not good at all.”‘

In an email response to her, Copeland included an excerpt from an email he sent to his fellow commissioners acknowledging his remark.
He said in the excerpt, ‘I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse. For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.’ He also wrote: ‘While I believe the problems associated with minorities in this country are momentous, I am not phobic.’

 NH Police Commissioner Robert Copeland Wont Apologize for Calling Obama a F*cking N*gger