Obama will have dinner in Denver on Tuesday with a woman the White House is identifying only as Alex. White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer says Alex’s boss voluntarily raised her pay the day after Obama’s January State of the Union address. That’s when Obama urged Congress to raise the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour. Pfeiffer says the raise allowed Alex to pay her rent and groceries without concern and says Alex wrote Obama to thank him. Obama has been meeting recently with Americans who personify economic challenges he’s trying to address.
Obama asks Congress for $3.7 billion for immigration crisis – Yahoo News
White House officials who briefed reporters said the largest portion, $1.8 billion, would go to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department to provide appropriate care for the children while in U.S. custody. Without this money, “HHS will be unable to address the influx of children by securing sufficient shelter capacity with the number of children held at Border Patrol stations continuing to increase, for longer periods of time,” the White House said. Another $1.1 billion would go to the U.S. Homeland Security Department to pay for transporting the children, expanding investigations of immigrant smugglers and pay for the detention and removal of undocumented adults traveling with children.
Obama signs intelligence bill into law – Yahoo News
A link has been sent. Done Obama signs intelligence bill into law Obama signs intelligence bill into law, legislation contains whistleblower protections 9 hours ago Content preferences Done WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that authorizes spending of $564 million over five years for the U.S. 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.
Obama praises Abbas, but not Netanyahu in opinion piece published by Israeli newspaper | Fox News
Haaretz said the op-ed was intended for the newspaper’s upcoming peace summit. The White House told The Associated Press the op-ed was written before June 30 — the day the three Israeli teens were found dead — but later updated to reflect more recent events. Writing in emotional terms, Obama said he couldn’t imagine the pain suffered by the parents of the three Israeli teens, but was also heartbroken by the senseless murder of a Palestinian teenager who many suspect was killed as payback. “All parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution,” Obama said. Obama didn’t mention Tariq Abu Khdeir, the cousin of the murdered Palestinian, who was arrested after clashing with Israeli forces. The State Department has said it’s “deeply troubled” by reports that Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian-American, was badly beaten while in custody.
Obama Intervenes In Afghan Presidential Election : NPR
He said Tuesday he doesn’t accept the results of the fraudulent vote. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the process Obama student loan of judging the fraud allegations must be allowed to conclude. “The preliminary results are not final or authoritative and may not predict the final outcome,” he said. It is unusual for a U.S. president to speak to foreign political candidates during an election, but Obama thought it was important to reach out given the seriousness of the situation and the U.S.