He even ordered that documents be sent by courier to meeting participants, rather than emailed. Administration officials said Obama largely settled on the outlines of his plan this summer. But he kept pushing for more options to defer deportations for agricultural workers and parents of some young immigrants. For both groups, administration lawyers reached the same conclusion: Obama couldn’t legally do it. Three days after the election, Obama invited congressional leaders for lunch. Administration officials said Boehner made one last attempt to stop Obama, suggesting a possible House vote by the spring.
Obama expands US military role in Afghanistan | New York Post
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Obama Pulls Out Five Rhetorical Stops – Forbes
“It was very hard for women to get an education,” when she was growing up, the 94-year-old Obama says. “Only young boys or men were allowed to go to school.” But things are different in Kenya now, she says. United Nations data actually shows a higher percentage of Kenyan girls going to school than Kenyan boys . “I encourage them even the ones who have had families at a young age I encourage them to go to school so that the cycle of poverty can end,” Obama says. She sometimes uses her grandson as an example of the doors an education can open. Often, Obama says, she and her foundation provide much more than encouragement.
Obama signs order expanding U.S. Afghanistan role: NYT – Yahoo News
Photo: AP MORE ON: President Obama has quietly ordered an expanded role for US troops in Afghanistan through 2015, including permission to target Taliban fighters in the war-torn country. Earlier plans had limited US soldiers to counterterrorism strikes against al Qaeda after this year. The decision wont affect the total number of US troops in Afghanistan, which will be about 9,800 by years end and half that by the end of 2015. The earlier plan would have only allowed attacks on Taliban if they threatened US forces or gave direct support to al Qaeda. To the extent that Taliban members directly threaten the United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan or provide direct support to al Qaeda, however, we will take appropriate measures to keep Americans safe, a US official said. The Taliban is much more powerful in Afghanistan than al Qaeda.
Obama to Ferguson: ‘Keep Protests Peaceful’ – ABC News
“I think first and foremost, keep protests peaceful,” Obama said in the interview, which was taped in Las Vegas after he delivered a speech about immigration. “This is a country that allows everybody to express their views, allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust,” Obama said. “But using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to rule of law, contrary to who we are.” The full interview is scheduled to air Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” The network released Obama’s comment about Ferguson on Friday night. A grand jury is deciding whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The fatal shooting sparked days of sometimes violent protests in the St.
Obama’s Step-Grandmother Continues Educating Young Kenyans : Goats and Soda : NPR
Obamas new order lets American forces execute missions against the Talibanand other militant groups threatening U.S. troops or the Afghan government. The new authorization also allows U.S. air strikes to support Afghan forces on combat missions and U.S. troops occasionally to accompany Afghan troops on operations against the Taliban. The Times did not mention if the change would affect the number of American troops deployed to Afghanistan.