“It is utterly beneath the dignity of the office. I know the president is frustrated. I’m frustrated. The American people are frustrated, too.” Since confirming his plans to file a lawsuit accusing the president of overstepping his constitutional authority by using executive actions, Boehner has declined to say specifically which actions the House legislation will name in a bill to authorize the lawsuit. He has, however, repeatedly used Obama’s actions in implementing the Affordable Care Act, immigration policy, energy regulations and foreign policy as reasons for refusing to bring up a number of high-profile bills in the House, saying those actions made it impossible for Republicans to trust the president to enforce any law they do pass. Obama and his fellow Democrats have waved away that line of reasoning as an excuse for inaction.
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Boone Pickens told CNBC on Monday. While energy independence in America is “in sight,” it could have happened sooner, he added. “We’re down to 4 million barrels a day of OPEC oil [from 7 million] and we can knock that out within the next three years,” Pickens said in a ” Squawk Box ” interview. “All you have to do is switch natural gas over to the heavy-duty trucks.” Tuesday marks six years since he launched his ” Pickens Plan .” Originally unveiled on “Squawk Box” in 2008, it calls for the U.S. to move away from foreign oil and embrace booming domestic natural gas supplies to fuel transportation needs. Despite pretty broad support, the “Pickens Plan” failed to get Congress and President Barack Obama to act.
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Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Obama, Hollande call on Putin to pressure Ukraine rebels on talks 1 hour ago . View photo US President Barack Obama speaks ahead of a lunch with a group of teachers on July 7, 2014 in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan ) Paris (AFP) – The French and American presidents on Monday urged their Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to pressure pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine to hold talks with Kiev, a Paris statement said.
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intelligence community and expands protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers against retaliation. The White House said Obama signed the bill Monday. The cost figure does not include classified programs. The bipartisan legislation specifies that employees would be protected when they make disclosures about potential wrongdoing within their agencies, to internal watchdogs or to Congress’ intelligence committees. The legislation adopts and expands whistleblower protection proposals made by Obama in 2012. The legislation would encourage whistleblowers to voice concerns through channels rather than through unauthorized and potentially damaging leaks, supporters said.
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illegally will be deported or allowed to stay. And the Los Angeles Times reports that deportations for illegal immigrant minors have dropped precipitously in recent years. Immigration and Customs Enforcement data, according to the report, show that the number of minors deported or turned back at ports of entry fell to 1,669 last year, from 8,143 in 2008. Fewer than 100 minors were deported from nonborder states last year, according to the report. Republicans say that recent Obama administration directives have fueled the latest surge, particularly a 2012 order allowing some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to stay. But the Obama administration points to a 2008 Bush administration-era law that made it difficult to send back minors from Central America who cross the border unaccompanied. The Obama administration is now seeking additional authority continue to speed up such deportation proceedings, but until then is pursuing a multi-pronged PR campaign whose results remain to be seen. Announced last week, the $1 million media campaign will warn families in Central America that making the trek to the U.S.-Mexico border is not worth the risk. The so-called “Dangers Awareness Campaign” will employ hundreds of billboards and some 6,500 public service announcements for radio and television stations in the target countries. One offering has an image of a child’s footprints in the desert running toward the horizon with the message in Spanish: “I thought it would be easy for my son to get papers in the USA. … I was wrong.” According to CBP, the campaign will include media events in the U.S. in areas with high concentrations of Central American residents, including New York and Los Angeles.
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But many on the left dont trust him, either they dont think hes gone nearly far enough. Both sides have learned not to take anything this president says at face value. This is especially true when it comes to immigration, where Obama finds himself in a pickle because he wants to be tough and compassionate in a debate that doesnt allow much room for people to be both. To show that hes compassionate, Obama says he is willing to consider options to lessen the deportations that his own Department of Homeland Security accelerated to record numbers. It did so by eroding the discretion of federal agents and prosecutors, relying on monthly quotas and using local police as a force multiplier.