The group is holding other American hostages, and a U.S. rescue mission in Syria failed last month. Mr. Rhodes said the president hasnt been presented with specific military options outside of the current airstrikes in Iraq , but he indicated that going after the Islamic State in Syria is under consideration. We would certainly look at what is necessary in the long term to make sure were protecting Americans, Mr.
Obama bashed for days off, but he has fewer than predecessors | The Detroit News
Since becoming president, Obama has taken 20 vacations lasting two to 15 days. As of Friday, he has spent all or part of 138 days on vacation. By the same point in his second term, President George W. Bush spent 381 partial or complete days at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and another 26 at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, according to CBS News reporter Mark Knollers widely respected record keeping on the presidency. Other recent American leaders also spent more time away. But images of Obama playing leisurely rounds of golf as the U.S. strikes Islamist militants in northern Iraq have been jarring to some, particularly his fiercest national security critics.
Obama urges renewal of US Export-Import Bank – Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports
On Friday, the White House announced that women employed by closely-held for profit companies that opt-out of certain kinds of birth control will be able to obtain coverage directly from their insurance company.This workaround is the same alternative in place for religious non-profit organizationsand, as several people noted earlier this summer , the Supreme Court suggested in their ruling that the administration could simply offer the sameaccommodation to for-profits. Todays announcement reinforces our commitment to providing women with access to coverage for contraception, while respecting religious considerations raised by non-profit organizations and closely held for-profit companies,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters .The plan would also allow religious non-profits like hospitals and Catholic schools to opt out of birth control by contacting the department of health, not their insurance company. Sarah Kliff at Vox notes thatthis is just a proposed rule, meaning the White House is still seeking comment on it. One group that may have something to say on the matter is the network ofthird-party administrators who the government hasn’t yet figured out how to pay. RELATED: White House Calls Foley Killing ‘A Terrorist Attack Against Our Country’ As Alex Wayne at Bloomberg explained, a third-party administrator of a plan is supposed to team up with an insurer that covers the objectionable birth control. The government pays the insurer and the insurer pays the administrators. The problem is that insurers haven’t been eager to team up with administrators, and the government hasn’t figured out how to pay them forgiveness of student loans directly. The need for a Hobby Lobby workaround came in June, when the Supreme Court ruledthat closely-held corporations like Hobby Lobby have the right tohold and exercise religiousbeliefs, and that the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates that right.(Like many religious organizations, Hobby Lobby’s owner believe that certain forms of birth control act as abortion-causing drugs,though the science behind that claim is questionable, at best .) But part of the reason the government lost the case was because of the accommodation that was already in place for non-profits.
Obama considering airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State – Washington Times
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. 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.