George Soros calls Obama ‘greatest disappointment,’ says he doesn’t ‘particularly want to be a Democrat’ | Fox News

New York billionaire and philanthropist George Soros said Barack Obama was his “greatest disappointment,” during a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times published on Tuesday, while also appearing to try to distance himself from partisan politics.

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Barack Obama and Joe Biden reunite for lunch at a DC bakery that supports military veterans – AOL News

The pair ate at Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown, which is owned and operated by a nonprofit that supports veterans, military spouses, and caregivers.

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Look who stopped by @DogTagBakery for lunch today! Thank you @BarackObama and @JoeBiden for supporting our mission of empowering veterans with service-connected disabilities, military spouses, and military caregivers!

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8 Times U.S. Intelligence Set People Up To Fabricate The Russia Story

These Russia-related events should anger any American who believes in representative democracy and the importance of the rule of law.

1. CIA And FBI ‘Human Intelligence’


Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team charged Papadopoulos — unconvincingly — with lying to investigators, because Papadopoulos said his contacts with Mifsud began before he was on the Trump campaign. Actually, the contacts started after he “learned he would be a foreign policy advisor for the campaign,” but before the campaign made a public announcement that he was to be an advisor.

2. The Trump Tower Meeting

Whenever Democrats or David French types talk about Trump and Russia collusion they look to the Trump Tower meeting as definitive proof. There are several problems with that. First, no presidential campaign in American history would pass up the chance of hearing evidence of crimes being committed by their opponent, no matter the source. In fact, some would say you’re doing the country a favor if you let everyone know that your opponent is subject to blackmail from a not-so-friendly foreign power (just don’t have your son and son-in-law sit in on the meeting).

More problematic is that Glenn Simpson — head of Fusion GPS, the firm being paid by the Clinton campaign and the DNC

3. Mike Flynn And The Logan Act

Although the FBI has tried to cover this up, we now know that the agents who interviewed Flynn — including the disgraced and hugely anti-Trump Peter Strzok — didn’t believe that Flynn had lied.

4. Andrew McCabe Sets Up Reince Priebus

Days later, the “breaking news” on CNN was that the White House had tried to pressure the FBI into batting down the reports on supposed ties between Trump and Russia. So not only was the White House supposedly colluding, now there were allegations of obstruction of justice.

5. Brennan Shops Dossier To Harry Reid

Former CIA Director John Brennan, who may have been the U.S. intelligence official to first push an investigation into the Trump campaign, briefed then-Sen. Harry Reid on the Clinton-funded dossier in August 2016.

6. Comey And Clapper Give CNN A Reason To Publish The Dossier

Comey, at the behest of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, briefed Trump on one of the allegations in the dossier, but not on the main allegation in the dossier,

7. The Jeff Sessions Recusal

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation after anonymous intelligence community leaks about his contacts with Russians.

8. Rosenstein Recommends Comey Firing, Appoints Special Counsel

Rosenstein  recommended Comey’s firing, and then — overseeing the investigation that stemmed from that firing — appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel.

Taken together, these setups indicate a massive effort to aid the Clinton campaign before the election.

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Trump Dumps Iran Deal — Hallelujah! | National Review

The Iran deal empowered the totalitarians. Trump’s exit squeezes them.

If you think that is an exaggeration, then you evidently think the Obama administration’s injection of well over a hundred billion dollars — some of it in the form of cash bribes — into the coffers of the world’s leading state sponsor of anti-American terrorism was either trivial or, more delusionally, a master-stroke of statecraft.

Of course, there’s a lot of delusion going around. After repeatedly vowing to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons (with signature “If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance” candor), President Obama, and his trusty factotum John Kerry, made an agreement that guaranteed Iran would obtain a nuclear weapon.

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Cubans feel excitement, suspicion as Obama visit nears

A Cuban takes a picture of a sign placed at the entrance of a restaurant with the images of Cuban and U.S. Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama in Havana on March 19, 2016.(Photo: Yuri Cortez, AFP/Getty Images)

As President Obama prepares to land in Cuba on Sunday evening, the first visit to Cuba by a U.S. president in nearly 90 years, Cubans are brimming with a combination of excitement and trepidation.

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(LA Times) – Obama adds another worker benefit: paid sick leave

President Obama plans to use Labor Day to announce a new step toward increased benefits for workers — ordering companies that do business with the government to provide paid sick leave for their employees.

The move, which Obama plans to announce with labor leaders in Boston, adds to a series of executive actions Obama has taken and comes as Congress resists legislation to change labor conditions and pay to cover all private-sector workers.

Obama’s executive actions directed at the labor market, which many Republicans see as excessive use of presidential authority, have been designed to boost worker pay and benefits. White House economists say that will lead to higher productivity in an era of stagnant wages, while nudging private companies and Congress to join in updating work conditions.

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“We have to do better, and we can do better,” White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said on a call with reporters. “While we’re waiting for Congress to do their job, President Obama is doing what he can.”

This latest order will require companies that have federal contracts to let workers accrue up to seven days of paid sick leave each year.

The action will provide coverage for as many as 300,000 workers whose jobs do not currently provide paid sick leave and many others with limited paid time-off benefits. It will begin in 2017.

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation without a federal family-leave law that guarantees workers can receive pay while taking time to care for themselves and loved ones. Current federal law mandates that companies provide leave, but does not require that it be paid.

Some states have paid-leave laws, but an estimated 44 million private-sector workers — about 40% of the private workforce — have no access to paid time off when they or a family member fall ill.

Over the last year, Obama has used his executive authority to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for workers in companies that contract with the federal government, expand overtime pay protections for all private-sector workers, and guarantee federal employees up to six weeks of paid leave with the arrival of a new child.

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Labor Secretary Tom Perez said it’s time to shelve notions about America’s working families that were set in the “Leave it to Beaver” era and modernize the workplace to keep the United States competitive with other global powers.

“Other countries have done it, and they see the benefit,” said Perez, who has toured the country collecting stories of workers who suffered hardships, including a bus driver who brought her sick child with her on the bus rather than risk losing pay with time spent at home.

The administration would not provide an estimate of how much the new benefit will cost companies. But officials cited studies showing costs can be outweighed by the benefits of employee retention and worker satisfaction. Business groups tend to contest such estimates.

Obama plans to use his speech to call on Congress to pass legislation that would require all companies with 15 employees or more to offer up to seven days a year of paid sick leave.

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Congress is unlikely to budge. Both the House and Senate are controlled by Republican majorities that resist such workplace interventions in favor of a hands-off approach that allows wages and benefits to be set by the marketplace.

Republicans are critical of Obama’s use of executive actions and have not looked favorably on his efforts to work around the legislative branch on workplace matters and other issues.

Instead, Republicans have passed bills, with support from some Democrats, to do away with regulations that businesses say hamper growth. Those have mostly been panned by the White House.

Obama chose Massachusetts for the announcement after voters there overwhelmingly approved a measure that provides workers at sizable companies up to 40 hours a year of paid sick leave. It went into effect July 1. The president plans to join union leaders Monday at a breakfast sponsored by the Greater Boston Labor Council.

The White House has had strained relations with organized labor this year as Obama pushed a free-trade agreement with Pacific nations that most unions opposed out of concern it would cause U.S. jobs to be sent overseas. But Monday’s announcement will draw labor support.

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(The Alpena News) – Obama arrives in Kenya to open two-nation Africa visit

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — President Barack Obama has opened a two-nation tour of Africa focused on deepening economic and security partnerships with the continent and its people.

Obama landed in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Friday.

His father was Kenyan and the trip amounts to a homecoming of sorts for Obama, who is expected to spend time with family.

Obama’s agenda for Saturday includes co-hosting a U.S.-sponsored business summit and a meeting with Kenya’s president, followed by a news conference and a state dinner.

He’ll address the Kenyan people on Sunday before departing for Ethiopia.

Obama meets Monday with Ethiopia’s president and prime minister, holds a news conference and attend a state dinner.

He addresses members of the African Union on Tuesday before heading back to Washington.


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(Newsweek) – Obama Says He Will Issue Executive Order for Jon Stewart to Continue Hosting Daily Show

President Barack Obama makes an appearance on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in New York City on July 21. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

“I can’t believe that you’re leaving before me,” Obama said during his final appearance as commander-in-chief with Stewart on The Daily Show. “In fact, I’m issuing a new executive order that Jon Stewart cannot leave the show. It’s being challenged in the courts.”

Stewart has led his late-night talk and news satire program since 1999. His last day hosting will be August 6. He will be replacedby 31-year-old South African comedian and Daily Show contributor Trevor Noah, whose first show as host will be on September 28.

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During the 30-minute interview, which was taped on Tuesday afternoon in New York City and aired that night, Stewart pressed Obama on the Iran nuclear deal, mismanagement at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, media and climate change.

“I finally know what I’m doing,” Obama said. “[There are] a bunch of other things that we want to get done, some of them we got started early.”

“Whose team are we on in the Middle East?” Stewart asked.

“Right now we’re going after ISIL, and we’ve got a 16-country coalition, and that’s a top priority,” Obama responded, using an acronym for the militant group, the Islamic State, better known as ISIS.

With the Iran deal reached last week, leaders won’t be able to obtain a nuclear weapon because the decision cuts off four major pathways for getting one, and the administration has international unanimity around an unprecedented inspection regime, Obama said. Congress has less than 60 days to vote on the deal. Obama has promised to veto a “no” vote from the leaders.

And as for presidential candidate Donald Trump entering the field for the Republican nomination?

“I’m sure the Republicans are enjoying Mr. Trump’s current dominance of their primary,” Obama joked. The real estate mogul, who spent months being skeptical of Obama’s original birth certificate, has been making headlines with some of his outlandish statements, most recently on Tuesday, when he revealed the personal cell phone number of South Carolina Lindsey Graham during a televised campaign speech.

Despite acknowledging there is work to finish, Obama noted his achievements with the economy.

“Stuff gets better if we work at it and we stay focused on where we’re going. It doesn’t immediately get all solved,” Obama said during an extended 20-minute interview posted to the show’s website. “It’s not just ‘fix it,’ it’s ‘how do we work together to get things done?'”

Obama’s appearance marked his seventh time on the Comedy Central show, including three appearances as president. In the past, Obama has met with other comedians, including with Jimmy Fallon on his late-night shows and with Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns. He also recently sat down in a Los Angeles garage to speak candidly with comedian Marc Maron.



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