Obama Much-vaunted Asia ‘pivot’ Runs Out Of Steam

The celebrated Brooklyn school that President Obama visited Friday might never have existed if Bill de Blasio had been mayor four years ago. Though this years mayoral front-runner joined Obama and Mayor Bloomberg in toasting the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, he has challenged some of the Bloomberg policies that led to the schools creation. The much-touted P-Tech, which Obama wants to clone across the nation, opened in 2011 in what had been Paul Robeson High School as part of Bloombergs effort to replace large, struggling schools with small, theme-based academies. Charles Dharapak/AP President Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan (right) laughs as he visits a classroom at Pathways in Technology Early College High School, also known as P-Tech, in Brooklyn on Friday. De Blasio has questioned that policy and says hell impose a moratorium on school closings as mayor.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/de-blasio-nixed-p-tech-article-1.1497293

Follow @TIMEPolitics Deny, deny, deny. Thats what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is doing about his alleged hug with Obama last year when the president arrived atAtlantic City International Airport to tour the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, six days before Election day. The potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate made a point to clear up the misconception in an interview with ThePhiladelphia Inquirerpublished Sunday, discussing the approaching one-year anniversary of the storm. It was a handshake like you would shake hands with anyone, he said. It was a perfectly natural, casual, normal type of greeting between two people.
Source: http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/27/chris-christie-i-never-hugged-obama/

The plan meets Republican opposition, divides Democrats and comes under a firestorm of lobbying from businesses and the health care industry. It dies in the Senate. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images) 1997 Clinton signs bipartisan legislation creating a state-federal program to provide coverage for millions of children in families of modest means whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid. (JAMAL A.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/26/obama-health-care_n_4165939.html

Peter King: Obama should ‘stop apologizing’ for NSA

16 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Barack Obama The Oval David Jackson, USA TODAY 10:34 a.m. EDT October 27, 2013 President Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who is heading up a Middle East policy review at Obama’s direction. (Photo: Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images) Tags Iran SHARE 67 CONNECT 56 TWEET 16 COMMENTEMAILMORE While Iran’s nuclear program, Syria’s chemical weapons and the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians remain priorities, President Obama and his team appear to be developing a lower key Middle East agenda. “We can’t just be consumed 24/7 by one region, important as it is,” said National Security Adviser Susan Rice in an interview with The New York Times. Rice, who is heading up a Middle East policy review at Obama’s direction, said: “He thought it was a good time to step back and reassess, in a very critical and kind of no-holds-barred way, how we conceive the region.” That could mean less emphasis on Egypt, which remains under military rule, http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net/ as well as nations like Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, speaking on ABC’s This Week, said he is concerned that the Obama administration will “pivot to Asia,” and short-change the Middle East at a critical time.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/10/27/obama-susan-rice-middle-east-new-york-times-interview/3280451/

(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) 1945 President Harry Truman calls on Congress to create a national insurance program for those who pay voluntary fees. The American Medical Association denounces the idea as “socialized medicine” and it goes nowhere. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) 1960 John F. Kennedy makes health care a major campaign issue but as president can’t get a plan for the elderly through Congress. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson’s legendary arm-twisting and a Congress dominated by his fellow Democrats lead to creation of two landmark government health programs: Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/27/democrats-health-care_n_4167840.html

decision two years ago to stay away from the Syrian conflict and the recent quick rush to the sweet talk from Iran on that countrys nuclear program. Faith Rattled Those are critical issues to the Saudis, to the Qataris, to the Jordanians, to others in the Arab League that I think rattled their faith in the administrations ability to protect them in a very dangerous world, Rogers said. Saudi Arabia refused to accept the membership of the United Nations Security Council it won earlier this month, citing issues including Syrias civil war that it said show the world body is incapable of resolving conflicts. The councils style, working mechanisms and double standards prevent it from ending the turmoil in Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement on the state-run Saudi Press Agency. The body has also failed to rid the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction and nuclear arms programs, it said. Lack of Confidence Speaking today on ABCs This Week, former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney also was critical of Democrat Obamas policies, saying the Middle East no longer has confidence in the U.S., whereas its presence in the region was enormously important for decades.
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-27/king-says-obama-should-stop-apologizing-for-nsa-phone-intercepts.html

King, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, suggested France and Germany shouldn’t act so indignant about NSA surveillance in their countries. “And the French are someone to talk. The fact is, they’ve carried out spying operations against the United States — both the government and industry,” King said. “As far as Germany, that’s where the Hamburg Plot began, which led to 9/11. They’ve had dealings with Iran and Iraq, North Korea — the French and the Germans, other European countries.” Aaron Blake covers national politics at the Washington Post, where he writes regularly for the papers Post Politics and The Fix blogs. A Minnesota native and graduate of the University of Minnesota, Aaron has also written for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The Hill newspaper.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/27/peter-king-obama-should-stop-apologizing-for-nsa/

The Chinese believed that the entire purpose was to confront and contain their countrys geopolitical rise. And who could blame them, given the drumbeat of US policy pronouncements expressing concern about China? Indeed, in the weeks that followed the initial announcement of the pivot (which came just as the 2012 US election campaign was getting under way), China-bashing by American officials got worse. A perfectly normal extension of the US-Philippines security agreement turned into an occasion to bemoan Chinas claims on what former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton called the West Philippine Sea. In this environment, the Chinese perceived a routine decision to send US marines to train in Australia as another link in the chain meant to hold China down.
Source: http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/obama-much-vaunted-asia-pivot-runs-out-of-steam-1.1247835

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