Briefing Bites: Iran, XL pipeline, and pressuring the 'super committee'
November 7th, 2011
03:46 PM ET

Briefing Bites: Iran, XL pipeline, and pressuring the 'super committee'

Today’s briefing by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney spanned many topics, everything from the impending release of the IAEA’s report on Iran’s nuclear program to the actions of the Congressional ‘super committee’ to the proposed Keystone natural gas pipeline.

On the Iranian nuclear report, Carney’s common refrain was that he wouldn’t comment on a report that hasn’t been released yet, but he did expound a little bit on what the Obama administration expects to see when the IAEA releases its report this week:

We certainly expect it to echo and reinforce what we've been saying about Iran's behavior and it's failure to live up to its international obligations and it will, I'm sure, echo our concern about Iran's nuclear program. What I can also say, because of the leadership of this president, we have mobilized the international community in a way that has never existed before to take action to pressure Iran, to isolate Iran. We now have in place the most aggressive, isolating and debilitating sanctions regime ever. And that regime has had an impact, as the Iranian president himself recently noted. We continue to focus on a diplomatic channel and it is because of the kind of consensus that we've achieved at the international level among our partners and allies in dealing with Iran that we're able to continue to isolate and put pressure on Iran and to insist that Iran get right with the world and live up to its international obligations.

Just a day after a large anti-pipeline protest literally surrounded the White House, Carney was asked again about how involved the president will be in the final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project: FULL POST


Topics: Briefing Bites
November 7th, 2011
12:55 PM ET

Bypassing congress, Obama unveils latest jobs push for veterans

President Obama unveiled three executive actions Monday aimed at helping unemployed veterans secure private-sector employment, the White House’s latest effort to bypass Congress with initiatives designed to spur economic growth.

Flanked by members of veterans associations in the Rose Garden, the president announced three new programs the White House says will reduce the time it takes a veteran to find a job. It’s part of what the White has dubbed the “We Can’t Wait” campaign – a series of moves Obama says he can initiate without congressional authorization.

“Just think about the skills these Veterans have acquired – often at a very young age,” Obama said. “Think about the leadership they learned – the cutting edge technologies that they've mastered. Their ability to adapt to changing and unpredictable circumstances you can't just get from a classroom.”

Among the new initiatives is a Veteran Gold Card which will provide post-9/11 service members with six months of personal career support, an online search tool which will suggest career paths tailored to a transitioning veteran’s position in the service, and an online jobs bank launched with the support of the leading internet job search companies.
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Topics: President Obama
CNN Poll of Polls: President's approval rating remains in the mid-forties
November 7th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

CNN Poll of Polls: President's approval rating remains in the mid-forties

The guys over at the Political Ticker have a new post up about President Obama's approval rating that's definitely worth checking out. Here's the highlight:

According to the CNN Poll of Polls, which is an average of the most recent national surveys, 45 percent of Americans approve of how the president is handling his job and 51% disapprove.

Check out the whole article here.


Topics: Political Ticker • Poll • President Obama
Obama back on the fundraising trail
November 7th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

Obama back on the fundraising trail

President Obama returns to the fundraising circuit Monday evening, set to attend a reception at a private Washington residence where event-goers have paid at least $17,900 per person to attend.

According to a Democratic National Committee official, the high-dollar fundraiser is being hosted by Dwight Bush, president of Urban Trust Bank, and his wife Antoinette - a partner at the prominent law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom.

The fundraiser is the president’s first since his swing through Nevada, California, and Colorado two weeks ago. The DNC expects about 45 people to attend tonight’s event – translating to a cash haul of at least $800,000.


Topics: President Obama
Morning Briefing: One year out
November 7th, 2011
08:11 AM ET

Morning Briefing: One year out

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Mood is dark around White House one year before election [WashPost]

Elizabeth Warren is part of the 1 percent [POLITCO]

Cain trying to get back on some kind of message [NYTimes]

Republicans think Romney is most electable [WashPost]

What’s wrong the flat tax? [NYTimes]

Is it time to scrap the dollar bill? [NYTimes]

POTUS' Day Ahead: November 7
November 7th, 2011
07:48 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: November 7

President Obama will spend much of this Monday behind closed doors, receiving his daily briefing at 9:45 a.m. and meeting with senior advisors 30 minutes later. In the afternoon, the president will meet with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the Oval Office, but this event is open to photographers only. He then meets with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Wrapping up the day, the president heads to a local DC residence for a fundraiser. That event is also closed to television cameras.

Full schedule after the jump:
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