Obama to hold year-end news conference before Hawaii getaway
5 things you need to know Friday.
President Obama will stop in San Bernardino, Calif., Friday to meet privately with the families of victims in the terrorist shooting spree that killed 14 and injured 22 earlier this month. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to take questions from reporters at the White House before starting his annual Hawaii vacation.
No public events are expected, as was the case in Obama’s trip to Roseburg, Ore., after a shooter killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in October. When Obama lands in Southern California before heading to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation he will encounter a group of families still burying their dead. Some are also asking why he doesn’t plan to meet with survivors. “It’s almost as like this is like an afterthought, that he’s flying on his way to vacation two weeks after the event,” says San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman. “I have several of my, of our, employees who got injured who expressed dissatisfaction that he didn’t come out and visit with them as well,” Hagman said.
He noted that Republicans failed to stop the move, and said it was “an indication of how much of the year has gone.” “There were Republicans who walked into this session of Congress emboldened by their strong new majority in the Senate and their historically large majority in the House,” Mr. FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, family members of Isaac Amanios, from left, Robel Tekleab, Fessehatsion Gebreselassie and Abraham Amanios hold a portait of Isaac Amanios in Fontana, Calif.
Earnest said. “But their opposition to many administration priorities melted away in the face of the administration’s determined and forceful effort to advance our agenda.” The president’s spokesman called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, for failing to scuttle Mr. Fans who were lucky enough to get tickets early got to see the highly anticipated new installment in the iconic sci-fi franchise at Thursday night preview screenings, but the movie opens in full ‘Force’ Friday nationwide. Some are just beginning to grapple with what happened while others describe being in a state of continued shock. (AP Photo/Christine Armario, File) “It won’t bring any closure to us,” said Evelyn Godoy, whose sister-in-law, Aurora Godoy, the mother of a toddler, was killed in the attack. “But it’s nice he’s going to stop.” Fourteen people were killed when Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, opened fire on his colleagues at a holiday meeting Dec. 2. Obama never officially took a position on the project until the State Department rejected it this fall. “Republicans were talking a real tough game about building the Keystone pipeline,” Mr. Hagman, who served as a Republican in the state Legislature, says his call to the president about changing his schedule is not about partisan politics. “I think you see the different reactions from when 9/11 happened when President Bush went out versus the reactions from Obama after our incident here,” Hagman said.
The House hopes to complete passage Friday of a $1.1 trillion spending bill in an effort to keep the government funded into 2016 and avert a shutdown. In the aftermath of the massacre, families of those killed have grieved while also slowly learning the unsettling details about the couple who killed their loved ones. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said Thursday that the budget deal reached this week shows the GOP to be “an effective opposition party.” He said it also blocks several Obamacare provisions and prevents the taxpayer bailout of the “risk corridor” program for health insurance companies that lose money under the Affordable Care Act. “When we return in January, the House will put an Obamacare repeal bill on the floor and pass it, and put it on the president’s desk,” Mr.
Federal investigators say they pledged allegiance to the leader of Islamic State terror organization before executing the attack. “Of course we have questions and we would like to know how and what happened,” said Robel Tekleab, whose brother-in-law, Isaac Amanios, 60, was killed. “But that is for another time. Tomorrow is all about grieving together and comforting each other.” Amanios greatly admired Obama, raising money for his 2008 campaign even through the immigrant from Eritrea was still not eligible to vote, said Tekleab, who worked as a field staffer on the president’s 2012 re-election campaign. The massive package contains dozens of odd provisions, including one to block federal permits for firms that round up stray cats and dogs and sell them for research. Earnest didn’t mention the third branch of government, the federal courts, which have dealt a major setback to the president’s immigration plan that would grant amnesty to more than 5 million illegal immigrants. Nor did he discuss the alarming rise of the Islamic State in 2015, the failure of economic sanctions on Russia to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine or the administration’s inability to have any appreciable impact on the civil war in Syria, which has led to a massive refugee migration in Europe.
And Putin, a longtime supporter of Assad, said he’s prepared to work more closely with the United States and its next president to resolve Syria’s civil war. Obama’s repeated call for raising the federal minimum wage has gone nowhere this year, leading the administration to work with states and employers to raise their own wage rates. Hosted for the last 12 years by Joel McHale, the show launched in 1991 as Talk Soup with Greg Kinnear and has also featured Hal Sparks, John Henson and Aisha Tyler as hosts.
McHale, who later starred in the NBC sitcom Community, helped reboot the series as The Soup in 2004, poking fun at everything from Keeping Up with the Kardashians (which also airs on E!) to the Bachelor franchise. What’s more, the spokesman for a White House that is one of the most savvy in history at media manipulation even claimed that the president doesn’t worry about polls or news cycles. “The unifying theme of these accomplishments is that so many of these victories that were enjoyed both by the administration and by the country were not just the productive and effective management of the news cycle,” Mr. Obama won in Congress this year was the measure that granted him trade promotion authority, which helped him to conclude the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement in October with 11 other nations. “And we anticipate working closely with Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill next year to secure congressional approval of that agreement,” he said. McConnell said last week that the Senate will likely postpone consideration of TPP until after the presidential election in November, or until after Mr.
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