Republicans have an entirely different blueprint for the start of the year. In full control of Congress for the first time of Obama’s presidency, they planned an all-out offensive against his policies on immigration, foreign policy and the environment. In a sign of their divergent paths, just as lawmakers arrive in Washington to start the new Congress this week, Obama was heading out of town. He planned to spend most of the week in Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee showcasing how his own economic policies are fueling the economic recovery. The State of the Union comes early this year, on Jan. 20, and it is Obama’s first with Republicans in control of both House and Senate.
Obama dials up executive power – David Nather – POLITICO
President Barack Obama during a plenary session at the G-20 summit on November 15, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. and Great Britain have often shared a strong personal relationship, even if they’re on opposite sides of the political spectrum, and lately British Prime Minister David Cameron may be feeling more comfortable with President Barack Obama than with his European counterparts. In fact, Cameron told the Daily Mail , when Mr. Obama telephones, he calls him “bro.” The “Dude” map In the interview with the Daily Mail, Cameron said of their closeness, “The president has said the special relationship is stronger than it has ever been privately and in public, and I agree.” The Daily Mail prefers “bro” to the “Yo, Blair,” overheard on an open mic on former President George W. Bush to former Prime Minister Tony Blair at a Group of Eight summit in 2006.
Obama urged to push harder for pan-Pacific trade pact – Yahoo News
Fresh off a two-week vacation, Obama immediately began ramping up for his State of the Union address his best chance to set the agenda for 2015 on his own terms. Obama will roll out new executive steps and proposals for Congress this week on home ownership, higher education and manufacturing jobs a similar menu to the one Obama has offered in years past. Republicans have an entirely different blueprint for the start of the year. In full control of Congress for the first time of Obamas presidency, they planned an all-out offensive against his policies on immigration, foreign policy and the environment. In a sign of their divergent paths, just as lawmakers arrive in Washington to start the new Congress this week, Obama was heading out of town. He planned to spend most of the week in Michigan, Arizona and Tennessee showcasing how his own economic policies are fueling the economic recovery.
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Defense: The Defense Department is about to go through a major transition as Ash Carter prepares to move into the defense secretary job, assuming he gets confirmed by the Senate. His major task will be to work with Congress to try to prevent the return of sequestration on Oct. 1. news But hell also have to persuade Congress to accept cost-cutting reforms that lawmakers have resisted in the past, including base closures and changes to military pay and benefits. Otherwise, defense experts are worried that the military will have to keep absorbing budget cuts that could leave it unprepared for the next war.
Obama to discuss immigration with Mexico’s president at White House – Washington Times
think tank is urging President Barack Obama to ramp up efforts to win support for a pan-Pacific trade pact, saying without it Asian nations will be skeptical of the administration’s foreign policy pivot toward the region. The Center for Strategic and International Studies said Monday if Obama work can with Republicans and address divisions within his own Democratic party over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, legislation to facilitate the pact could be passed midyear. It says that could enable conclusion of TPP this fall. Since November elections that saw Democrats lose control of the Senate, Republican leaders have identified trade as a potential area of cooperation with Obama, but divisive politics and strong opposition among Democrats and labor unions still stand in the way of a deal. Politics & Government
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The administration also has been urging Mexican officials to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants from central American countries via a network of smugglers operating in Mexico . The two leaders are also likely to discuss other security issues, with the embattled Mexican president facing street protests over his handling of the massacre of 43 students who were abducted in September by a drug gang working with corrupt police in the city of Iguala. Drug wars could also be on the agenda. Human Rights Watch urged Mr. Obama in a letter Monday to press his Mexican counterpart to investigate and prosecute abuses by Mexican security forces.