Scott Applewhite) Rep. 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.
Obama to talk Obamacare on Wednesday in Boston
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 "will speak with Fusion White House Correspondent and ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila," says Fusion.
They point out that today, 97% of Massachusetts residents have insurance. Also this week, administration officials and Cabinet secretaries will continue a series of appearances across the country to push enrollment in 10 areas with the highest rates of the uninsured. On Monday, Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, will participate in a health care enrollment event in Detroit to help connect residents with application specialists. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Atlanta on Tuesday to participate in enrollment outreach events. Obama is also attending a fundraiser for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Weston, Mass., on Wednesday.
Now that Obama appears to have a brief respite from his domestic problems, this might be an opportune moment for him to set out Americas foreign-policy priorities and explain how the US plans to pursue them. Is the pivot to Asia sustainable? What are Americas objectives in the Middle East? Is the US to be a kind of hectoring NGO, lecturing friends and detractors alike for not being more like Americans? And just what is the US trying to accomplish with Russia? Can it identify ways to cooperate with this difficult, undemocratic state, in order to address issues of mutual concern?
But the administration has been noncommittal about such a role, which India would probably oppose. Obama also urged Pakistan to take measures to strengthen control over its expanding nuclear stockpile, saying he was confident that Pakistan was committed to the cause of nuclear safety. The two countries' relationship hit a low point in 2011 after the U.S. raid in Pakistan to kill Osama bin federal student loan forgiveness act of 2012 Laden and the killing of two Pakistanis by a U.S. government contractor. Obama acknowledged that tension is likely to continue.
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. Snowden.
So how will it be paid for, well lets see one way is with Medicare funds. He is planning to RAISE the payroll tax on Medicare to 3.9%. Less for seniors more for the unemployed and poor. Even though there are many poor seniors receiving both Medicare and Medicaid. Those who buy Medicare advantage to cover what Medicare doesn't, will pay more for the insurance premiums and co-pays. But after all that is said and done with ACA, there will still be millions of people uninsured.