Obama to Speak After Militants Behead American – ABC News
Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. (Associated Press file) (AP file photo) WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he’d adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his authority to help people who have already violated immigration laws. “The president has not made a decision regarding next steps, but he believes it’s important to understand and consider the full range of perspectives on potential solutions,” said White House spokesman Shawn Turner.
Obama ‘third term’ label a possible concern for Clinton – CNN.com
Obama will speak from Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he’s currently in the second week of his annual summer vacation. The White House isn’t saying what topics Obama will address. But the statement comes as the White House is saying that U.S. intelligence officials have determined the video showing the execution of journalist James Foley is authentic. The extremists in the video called the beheading retribution for recent U.S.
Conversely, Obamas approval rating for Ferguson among whites is 35 percent. Thats higher than his latest general approval rating among whites as measured by Gallup: 30 percent. That same dynamic is true for the Democrat/Republican split. Sixty-one percent of Democrats are behind Obama on Ferguson, while his overall Democratic approval rating is 80 percent, per Gallup. Twenty-five percent of Republicans back his Ferguson moves but his overall approval rating among members of the GOP is a dismal 7 percent. Its early in the cycle of this crisis, and the numbers here are limited.
Obama and Holder hone their messages on race issues – CNN.com
John McCain, who was the Republican nominee after George W. Bush, a wartime president who left the job deeply unpopular. The last time a single party controlled the White House for more than eight consecutive years — and the only time in the past 60 years — was from 1981-92 when Ronald Reagan served two terms and his vice president, George H.W. Bush, succeeded him for one. A kinder, gentler GOP?
Obama pours cold water on idea of participating in ice bucket challenge for ALS awareness | Star Tribune
Obama participated financially by donating an undisclosed sum, the White House said. “This is all about awareness. We appreciate him donating to the cause,” ALS Association spokeswoman Carrie Munk said. Singer Justin Bieber also nominated Obama to take the challenge, which has been a boon to the advocacy group. The association said it had received $41.8 million in donations as of Thursday, compared with $2.1 million between July 29 and Aug.
Obama’s Ferguson rhetoric: How are blacks, whites reacting? (+video) – CSMonitor.com
Now past the two-thirds mark of the Obama presidency, the pair have avoided such loaded language in response to the August 9 shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer in suburban St. Louis. Root causes While Holder recently reiterated his “nation of cowards” statement, he and Obama have tried to focus home attention on root causes of racial division in the aftermath of Brown’s killing, which has sparked more than a week of unrest on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, chronicled by widespread media coverage. Holder tries to reassure Ferguson “The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now,” Holder said Wednesday during a visit to the community. “The world is watching because the issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown predate this incident. This is something that has a history to it, and the history simmers beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson.” On Thursday, he said “few things have affected me as greatly” as his trip to Ferguson, and he cited a “sense of mistrust and mutual suspicion” between law enforcement and residents as something that needs to change.