Chris Christie: I Never Hugged Obama

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. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images) 1974 President Richard Nixon wants to require employers to cover their workers and create federal subsidies to help everyone else buy private insurance. The Watergate scandal intervenes. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) 1976 President Jimmy Carter pushes a mandatory national health plan, but economic recession helps push it aside. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images) 1986 President Ronald Reagan signs COBRA, a requirement that employers let former workers stay on the company health plan for 18 months after leaving a job, with workers bearing the cost.

Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Sunday urged President Obama to “stop apologizing” for the National Security Administration’s surveillance programs. “I think the president should stop apologizing, stop being defensive,” King said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The reality is the NSA has saved thousands of lives — not just in the United States, but also in France and Germany and throughout Europe.”The surveillance programs are again in the news following reports that the NSA monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone and millions of phone calls in France. 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.

3 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Barack Obama David Jackson, USA TODAY 10:29 a.m. EDT October 27, 2013 President Obama (Photo: Win McNamee, Getty Images) Tags Barack Obama SHARE 5 CONNECT 29 TWEET 3 COMMENTEMAILMORE A new cable network targeting young Hispanics has a special guest for its opening day on Monday: President Obama. Fusion — which describes itself as a “news, pop culture, and satire TV and digital network,” and is a joint venture of ABC News and Univision — announced Sunday that Obama will be a guest on “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” at 7 p.m. Monday. Expect immigration and Obamacare to be major topics.

Obama knew of NSA spying on Merkel and approved it, report says

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. And you know, its become legend. Christie said the famed snapshotshowing the two leaders gripping hands and Obama with a hand on Christies shoulderportrayed Christies bipartisan side, incited anger among some Republicans, and has been a constant source of questioning, even by those who havent seen the photo.

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Issa wants to know why she didn’t know. Sebelius declined to testify last Thursday, citing a scheduling conflict, but is set to testify Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Using an iceberg analogy, Issa said his committee is looking for “quick answers” to straighten out as much of the “above the water” issues, such as the website glitches. He also wants to address the 90 percent of the problems below the water. Those include 2,500 counties 58 percent that have only one or two companies bidding to provide health insurance. It’s “a question of cost and benefit” to people, Issa said.

According to The New York Times, Susan E. Rice, the presidents national security adviser, insisted that Obama did not know about the monitoring of Merkels phone, during a call last week with Christoph Heusgen, Rices German counterpart. The unnamed NSA official’s allegations delve deeper into a Saturday report, published by the German magazine Der Spiegel, claiming the U.S. spy agency has monitored Merkels phone since 2002, or even before she rose to her countrys chief executive position and was only an opposition leader. The revelations follow earlier reports of the NSA monitoring phone calls made by French and German citizens, an account prompting both nations foreign ministries to summon the respective American ambassadors to each country for an explanation. Much — if not all — of the reporting on the alleged spying scandal stems from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward J.


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