US President Barack Obama is meeting on 01 August with Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi to discuss the release of Yemeni Guantanamo detainees, of whom 56 have been long cleared for release. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB Image 1 of 2 1 2 Washington: President Barack Obama on Thursday pledged http://www.insanejournal.com/update.bml support for Yemens leader as he praised his visitors cooperation against Al Qaida and the countrys comparatively smooth political transition. Obama welcomed President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi hours after a deadly US drone strike in Yemen, where Washington has been deeply involved in a campaign against Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Obama said Hadi recognised the level of threat from AQAP, thanking him for the strong cooperation when it comes to counterterrorism, and promised to help address Yemens significant economic challenges. We reaffirmed our commitment to work with others in the international community to support Yemen during this transition period, Obama, next to Hadi, told reporters in the Oval Office. Hadis second visit to the White House in less than a year comes as the United States grows concerned about the direction of revolts around the Arab world, particularly in regional heavyweight Egypt. Hadi assumed power in February 2012 after an 11-month-long Arab Spring-inspired revolt toppled longtime autocrat Ali Abdullah Saleh, a close US ally who had ruled Yemen for 33 years.
And there's considerable opposition within Canada to building more pipelines to the coasts. "The State Department got browse it wrong," Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of international programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, wrote in a recent blog post . "Keystone XL is critical for tar sands expansion." Battle lines set over Keystone pipeline NRDC asked the public to petition the State Department in a bid to get it to change its analysis. Seventy thousand letters were sent, said Casey-Lefkowitz. There's a chance the State Department will modify its opinion on the project's climate impact.
Obama and aides have discussed a trip to the Russian capital in September to meet with President Vladimir Putin, but that prospect is very much in doubt now that Russia has granted temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. "Obviously this is not a positive development," said White House spokesman Jay Carney. "And we have a wide range of interests with the Russians, and we are evaluating the utility of a summit." Snowden's fate is only the latest dispute between the Obama and Putin governments, a list that includes Syria, Iran, and missile defense. Obama is Kim Kardashian scheduled to go to Russia in early September, to Saint Petersburg for a Group of 20 nations summit. The administration has not totally ruled out a aide-trip to Moscow -- at least not yet.
While the lawmaker understands that Americans are tired of fighting this war, he stated that we cannot let fatigue undermine our mission. The war has changed, but McCaul said that anyone who thinks al Qaeda will back down is wrong. Fighting terrorism today, at the most simplistic level, needs a cohesive international and national strategy. We cannot afford to go back to a pre-9/11 strategy of seeing terrorism as a domestic, law enforcement only issue, but we cant proceed with just a military strategy either. Nor can we refrain from using words to describe the issue at hand, such as terrorism, Islamic extremism, and radical Islam. We must call it what it is and use every tool at our disposal to fight it.
Bush. Drew Johnson's editorial , titled "Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough," went viral and drew national attention earlier this week when Obama visited the city. The Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial page editor was later ousted. The newspaper released a statement Thursday saying Johnson had been fired for "placing a headline on an editorial outside of normal editing procedures." But in an interview with Fox News, Johnson said that policy -- requiring that last-minute changes to headlines be approved -- was only implemented after they published his piece. Johnson explained he was simply thinking of the "Take This Job and Shove It" song and thought it was an "apt title," and used it to replace a "placeholder" headline. He said his criticism of the president's jobs plans was in line with the views of many readers, but his bosses were dealing with complaints. "(The editor) said that she was disappointed in the headline, that she thought it was crass and she'd gotten a lot of complaints by Obama supporters," he said, recalling a meeting he had with the editor earlier in the week. "Today I come into work and am told that I'm fired for violating that policy that wasn't put in place until the day after I wrote the piece," Johnson told Fox News on Thursday, calling it a "retroactive firing." Johnson has adamantly defended himself, in a series of interviews and on Twitter. He argues that while the execs at the paper slammed his headline, they also left it up online as the story drew considerable Internet traffic. "I just became the first person in the history of newspapers to be fired for writing a paper's most-read article," continue he tweeted. He later added: "To answer a question I've gotten a lot: I feel confident that if the headline had referenced Bush instead of Obama, I would still have a job." The newspaper denied Johnson's firing had anything to do with the content of his editorial.
Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which must confirm the nominee. But Hatch seemed conflicted. Whoever restructured Freddie Mac didnt do too good a job, the senator said. Id like to know a little bit more about him. The head of the committee, Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, told McClatchy the pick was a good one. He said its important to have somebody with strong managerial background, someone who has some tax expertise.
Why would Obama want to probe something phony? As this scandal widened, Obama also demanded the resignation of then-IRS commissioner Steven Miller. Was Millers resignation letter phony, too? Perhaps responding to additional phoniness, Obama found the Justice Departments inspection of The Associated Press and Fox News Channels telephone records and emails so troublesome that he assigned Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate Attorney General Eric Holders role in these matters. And al-Qaidas attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, might seem phony to Obama, but it likely does not to the survivors of the four American public servants murdered there last September 11.
Blankinship, the former president of the Houston Police Officers Union, has been nominated by President Obama to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Texas. Blankinship, who retired from the Houston Police Department last year as a senior police officer, was one of four U.S. marshals formally nominated by President Obama this evening. His nomination was first announced by the White House on May 17, 2012, but he was not confirmed before the congressional session ended. The other nominees announced this evening were federal prosecutor Robert L.