And the only way you do that is that you take a cold, steely, hard look at it and get ready.” He refused to rule out the possibility of airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria. Broad-based approach At the same time, Hagel and Dempsey emphasized that defeating ISIS requires a broad-based approach that includes diplomacy to forge an international coalition and better governance in Iraq and Syria to build public opposition to the extremists. “Political reform will make it harder for (ISIS) to exploit sectarian divisions,” Hagel said. “The United States and the international community will increase support for Iraq in tandem with political progress.” Expanding the military campaign into Syria comes with significant risks for a President who has based his foreign policy on avoiding what he characterizes as reckless interventions of the past, particularly the Iraq War launched by his predecessor in 2003. It would give critics fodder for arguing that Obama’s decision to keep out of the Syrian conflict contributed to the ability of ISIS to grow into the threat it poses today.
Obama Urges Renewal of US Export-Import Bank – ABC News
Aug 23, 2014, 6:02 AM ET By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama urges business owners to lobby Congress to renew the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The bank provides loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to foreign buyers of U.S. products.
Obama urges renewal of US Export-Import Bank, says growing US exports will create jobs | Star Tribune
Export-Import Bank. The bank provides loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to foreign buyers of U.S. products. But it will cease functioning unless Congress renews its charter before October. Some Republican lawmakers who supported the bank in past years now want to put it out of business.
Obama sends White House aides to Ferguson url funeral – Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports
The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government can’t force companies like Hobby Lobby to pay forbirthcontrol, sending the administration scrambling for a way to ensure their employees can still getbirthcontrolone way or another at no added cost. The dual decisions mark the Obama administration’s latest effort to address a long-running conflict that has pitted the White House against churches and other religious groups. The dispute has sparked dozens of legal challenges, fueling an election-year debate about whether religious liberty should trump a woman’s access to health care options. “Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to providing women with access to coverage for contraception, while respecting religious considerations raised by nonprofit organizations and closely held for-profit companies,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. Yet the latest proposals will likely run up against the same objections, because they still enable employees to receive contraception through their health plans one of a range of preventive services required under President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Obama: Review military equipment for police | Politics – WCVB Home
But, once in the hands of these departments, it’s “up to local law enforcement to determine how and when and where and under what circumstances they use excess military equipment,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said earlier this week. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has defended his force’s actions, saying officers have needed protection and noting that some protesters have thrown fire bombs. Other officials, including Gov. Jay Nixon, have expressed concern about the ramped-up equipment and patrols following the first protests.
Obama offers new birth control accommodations – CSMonitor.com
Johnson is also the secretary for the Cabinet. Also attending will be the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Marlon Marshall, and an adviser for the office, Heather Foster. The White House says Marshall is a St. Louis native and attended high school with Brown’s mother. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.