Obama returns to Washington after summer vacation

Obama’s week ahead includes a White House recognition ceremony Tuesday for the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season. The Dolphins, who went 17-0, never made it to the White House after their Super Bowl win 40 years ago in 1973. President Richard Nixon was immersed in the Watergate scandal at the time and, back then, White House visits by victorious professional and collegiate sports teams were not as common as they are today. Many Dolphins team members are expected to attend, including fullback Larry Csonka and Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. Obama also hits the road again at the end of next week, this time on official business. He’s scheduled a bus trip through upstate New York and Pennsylvania to talk about making a college education more affordable.
Source: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_MAOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME

The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition The infractionsrange from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of US emails and telephone calls, the Post said, citing an internal audit and other top-secret documents provided it earlier this summer from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, a former systems analyst with the agency. While Obama as president and commander-in-chief has prime responsibility here, lawmakers are feeling the heat of public criticism as well. Doubts and criticisms about government snooping have started to surface in numerous districts and states, reports Politico.com . Amid the mounting revelations, some voters seem eager to have a debate that President Barack Obama and most of Washington never wanted in the first place. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D) of Michigan, for example, already has tangled with protestors who are seething over the pols position on surveillance, and activists have rallied against House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco, Politico reports.
Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2013/0818/Obama-s-post-vacation-blues-Egypt-and-NSA-spying-on-Americans/(page)/2

Obama faces a challenging post-vacation agenda

Obama has said, repeatedly, he will not negotiate to raise the debt ceiling, noting that it enables the government to pay bills already rung up. Some congressional Republicans say the debt ceiling issue can be used to leverage more budget cuts from the administration. Two years ago, a debt ceiling standoff led to a near-default and a downgrade in the nation’s credit rating. On Sunday, though, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke out against a shutdown.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/08/18/obama-post-vacation-agenda-egypt-budget-immigration-health-care/2660019/

Obama returns to Washington after quiet Martha’s Vineyard vacation

President Barack Obama’s fourth summer vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard is humming along with the usual golf games and basketball. But the family vibe is different. For the first time, daughters Malia and Sasha are missing, away at summer camp. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) Barack Obama President Barack Obama greets people before ordering lunch at Nancy’s restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. The President and first lady are on vacation on the island.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/18/obama-family-hit-the-beach-marthas-vineyard_n_3772917.html

Obama Destroys the Middle-Class

Under 1 percent GDP for the last three quarters. What a joke. The reason the economy isnt growing is because the people in charge dont want it to grow. Its that simple. I mean, how hard is it to boost GDP: You spend a little money, you run up the budget deficits and Viola, the economy grows! It aint rocket science.
Source: <a href='http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/19/obamas-destroys-the-middle-class/&#039; view site… >http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/19/obamas-destroys-the-middle-class/

Obama Family Hit The Beach On Martha’s Vineyard

President Richard Nixon was immersed in the Watergate scandal at the time and, back then, White House visits by victorious professional and collegiate sports teams were not as common as they are today. Many Dolphins team members are expected to attend, including fullback Larry Csonka and Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. Obama also hits the road again at the end of next week, this time on official business. He’s scheduled a bus trip through upstate New York and Pennsylvania to talk about making a college education more affordable. Thursday’s stops include the State University of New York at Buffalo and Henninger High School in Syracuse.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/19/obama-returns-to-washington-after-quiet-martha-vineyard-vacation/

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