Obama and Merkel voice alarm at Russian moves into Ukraine, call for de-escalation | Star Tribune
Martin Dempsey , chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the presidents senior military adviser, said in public comments that IS will eventually have to be defeated. To do that, he added, will require addressing that part of the organization that resides in Syria. General Dempsey further said defeating IS requires the application of all the tools of national power, ranging from diplomatic to military, and only one small part of which is airstrikes. Yet despite administration officials talk of defeating IS, some national security experts say they are not sure the president is signaling he is ready to do what would be necessary to defeat a group that some are calling a bigger threat than Al Qaeda. The president doesnt seem yet to be committed to taking this on, particularly the Syria piece of it, says Peter Feaver, director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a former adviser for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff of President George W. Bush. Defeating IS necessarily means broadening and lengthening the fight by going into Syria, Mr. Feaver says otherwise the Islamist militants put under pressure in Iraq could just flee across the border into Syria.
President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel say the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine, the buildup of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border and Russian shelling into Ukraine represent dangerous escalations of tensions by Moscow. The White House says the two leaders agree that a Russian convoy that entered Ukraine without approval is yet another provocation by Moscow that violates Ukraine’s sovereignty. Obama and Merkel spoke Friday while Obama vacationed in the island resort of Martha’s Vineyard. Russia says the convoy that entered Ukraine on Friday is for humanitarian purposes, but Ukraine and the U.S. say the Russians failed to abide by conditions set by Ukraine and the International Red Cross.
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President Barack Obama, center, speaks with people on the porch while visiting with Valerie Jarrett and friends in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) – President Barack Obama student loans 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.
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Obama offers new accommodations on birth control | The Detroit News
The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs. The government is also extending an existing accommodation to some for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby thats currently available only to nonprofits. That accommodation requires groups to sign a form transferring responsibility for paying for birth control to their insurers or third-party administrators. The dual decisions embrace suggestions included in recent Supreme Court rulings. But theyre unlikely to go far enough to satisfy religious groups.