The Obamas were returning from their two-week vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. Reuters U.S. President Barack Obama returned to Washington late Sunday after a two-week vacation at Marthas Vineyard, Mass. Despite his taking time to respond to developments in Iraq, the Islamic States beheading of American journalist James Foley and the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., the president was criticized for not cutting his vacation short to address the crises. Obama was slammed for hitting the golf course moments after delivering a statement from Marthas Vineyard condemning Foleys beheading at the hands of Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS.
DALESIO 1 hour ago 0 shares Content preferences Done RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) President Barack Obama’s visit to the American Legion this week is posing an uncomfortable test for embattled Sen. Kay Hagan. On Tuesday, the pair shares the spotlight at the veterans’ group’s convention, a speaking engagement Hagan can’t afford to skip in a state with several military bases and a large veteran population. But a photo with Obama, who lost North Carolina in 2012 and remains unpopular in the state, could be used by GOP challenger Thom Tillis to link Hagan to the president.
Obama weighs national monument status for San Gabriels – LA Times
Earnest addressed reports that the Pentagon has been preparing options for US military action in Syria, saying it was the job of the US military headquarters to plan for all kinds of scenarios. “The president has not made any decision to order military action in Syria,” Earnest said, before the president was due to meet Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on issues including the situation in Iraq and the threat from IS. Earnest did not directly respond to a comment by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria that it was willing to work with the United States to http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net/ take on “terrorism” inside Syria, in a reference to IS forces opposed by both Washington and Damascus. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem was also quoted as saying that any US air strikes would require coordination with the government in Damascus or they would be considered a violation of its sovereignty. Washington has repeatedly demanded Assad leave power and accused him of gross violations of human rights in a civil war that has killed at least 190,000 people. Earnest appeared to hint that if Obama were to decide to launch attacks on Syrian territory, he would not feel the need to inform the Damascus government.
Obama has taken no decision on Syria airstrikes: White House – Yahoo News
The San Gabriels wrinkled slopes and lush canyons are visited by 3.5 million visitors a year. Families play in the San Gabriel River in the Angeles National Forest. The San Gabriels wrinkled slopes and lush canyons are visited by 3.5 million visitors a year. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times) Under a national monument designation, the Forest Service would give priority to recreation, garbage and graffiti removal, traffic, signage, hiking trails and education programs. The new status would also provide more protection for wildlife and curtail mining and other activities banned in most national monuments.