Obama Demands Syria Action, Diplomacy With Iran

Presidents Obama and Clinton Obama will speak a week before the opening of health care exchanges Some Republicans are trying to block funding for the plan Hillary Rodham Clinton will introduce the two presidents before the forum SHARE 111 CONNECT 34 TWEET 52 COMMENTEMAILMORE Facing a pivotal time for his signature health care law, President Obama will promote the program during a forum Tuesday hosted by predecessor Bill Clinton in New York City. Obama will speak at the Clinton Global Initiative exactly one week before the opening of new health insurance marketplaces; the administration needs most uninsured Americans to sign up for health insurance because it is essential to the overall financing of the plan. Some congressional Republicans, meanwhile, are trying to eliminate funding for “Obamacare,” threatening to block any new government spending plan unless that happens. The standoff could lead to a shutdown of the government after the fiscal year ends on Monday night. The Affordable Care Act “is a train wreck, and it’s going to raise costs,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “It’s destroying American jobs, and it must go.” Obama’s appearance at the Clinton Global Initiative also comes two decades after President Clinton proposed his own national health care plan during a speech to Congress on Sept.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/23/obama-clinton-health-care-plan-republicans/2857715/

Obama, Clinton to launch healthcare campaign push Tuesday

And we should say so clearly. Arab states, and those who have supported the Palestinians, must recognize that stability will only be served through a two-state solution and a secure Israel,” he said. Obama addressed the situation in Egypt, where the military ousted democratically-elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Noting that the U.S. was criticized by all sides, he said Washington’s approach reflects a larger point about U.S.
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Obama Says Iran Must Match Words With Verifiable Action

But first, Obama will go before the U.N. Tuesday morning for a speech focused on the Middle East, in what deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes called an update of Americas approach, how we see our interests, how we prioritize our policies going forward. But as much credit as the White House can claim for Obamas recalibrating the situation with Assad, no one believes he meant to get rebuffed quite so definitively by Congress or give Vladimir Putin quite so dominant a role. And no one believes he meant to give Rouhani an opportunity to praise American restraint and facilitate more conversations by having to put the attack on hold. Aaron David Miller, a former top Middle East policy expert at the State Department, applauded Obama, crediting a combination of fortuna which is critically important to the success of any president combined with a certain degree of prudence on view publisher site his part, and ineptitude for creating a situation thats got a lot more cause for optimism now than anyone would have guessed at in early August. ( Also on POLITICO: Reporter denies writing article linking Syrian rebels to chemical attack ) I dont want to turn these guys into Metternichs, Bismarcks, Talleyrands, Miller said. This was more like a Marx Brothers movie. While Obamas openness to negotiations appears to have caught Rouhanis attention, there are worries in the foreign policy community that the takeaway in Tehran will be that hes not actually willing to use force, and is willing to pursue a process that most expect Assad and Putin will fill with delays, excuses and deceptions.
Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/barack-obama-iran-syria-solution-97245.html

That history will set the stage for Tuesday’s event. “The format of their conversation is designed to foster an enthusiastic and candid discussion between our current president and the last president to make tackling healthcare a priority, who share a deep passion for improving the quality and cost of care for American families and businesses,” a White House official said. Hillary Clinton, who is a potential presidential candidate in 2016 and served as secretary of state during Obama’s first term, will introduce the two men. Obama dubbed the former president his “secretary of explaining stuff” during the 2012 campaign. Clinton’s aggressive outreach on behalf of Obama is credited with helping him vanquish Republican candidate Mitt Romney and win re-election.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/24/us-obama-healthcare-idUSBRE98N00020130924?feedType=RSS

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