INSKEEP: But I’m asking about the power, not their success. OBAMA: No, I – well, I understand. But at some level, they’re going to be a big dog in that neighborhood. And we welcome China’s peaceful rise. In many ways, it would be a bigger national security problem for us if China started falling apart at the seams.
Gaza crisis: Obama tells Netanyahu US worried about mounting deaths | Fox News
The White House says Obama and Netanyahu spoke Sunday about the ongoing violence in the region and the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza. Obama also reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas’ rocket attacks. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Obama says a lasting peace will ultimately require a demilitarized Gaza and dismantling of terror groups. The U.S. president is also pushing for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire that would allow Israeli and Palestinian civilians to return to normalcy.
Obama prods Republicans on border plan – Yahoo News
A link has been sent. Done Obama prods Republicans on border plan By JIM KUHNHENN and ERICA WERNER July 26, 2014 2:36 PM 0 shares Content preferences Done WASHINGTON (AP) With one week left before Congress’ August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of unaccompanied minors and migrant families from Central America. But with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow. Republican leaders are working against time to find a consensus within their party to deal with thousands of unaccompaniedchildren and other migrants who have arrived since October. Obama’s push for congressional action comes as Republican lawmakers are attempting to coalesce behind a narrow package of changes.
The Millennials’ Moment: Why 2014 Does Matter – Forbes
He was not able to rally voters to his side as he pushed for his Affordable Care Act, let alone build majority support for infrastructure renewal, environmental regulations, and much else of his domestic agenda. Unlike President Lyndon Johnson, he was not able to turn his victories into a posture that allowed him to bully members of Congress from either party. His reward: an almost record loss of seats in the 2010 elections to the House of Representatives and the election of Obama student loan forgivness Tea Party representatives who, lets just lay it on the line, simply hate his guts. History will ultimately judge whether Mr. Obama is enumerated among the transformational Presidents. No doubt, Americas first African American President will be memorialized in brick and mortar, along highways, in stone, and etched in coin.
Obama tells Israel Gaza truce needed as conflict rages – Yahoo News
But Hamas rocket fire prompted Israel to abandon an extension of that truce Sunday, and subsequent Hamas calls for another ceasefire were ignored by both sides, as world leaders pushed for a permanent cessation of hostilities. Neither side has agreed to the truce demands of the other, in a conflict that has killed more than 1,030 Palestinians, 43 Israeli soldiers and three civilians inside Israel. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif engaged in a round of telephone diplomacy late Sunday to rally support and humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza. He spoke with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and regional leaders, stressing that the priority was to get food and medical aid into areas worst hit by Israel’s military offensive, Iran’s official IRNA news agency said. Meanwhile Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry was still working for Israel and Hamas to agree to further halts in the bloodshed ahead of hoped for Egypt-led peace talks, a US official said.