In Egypt, it was the bloodiest day since the Arab Spring.
Organizing for Action is out with a new ad, promoting ObamaCare. It’s the third ad the group has cut in support of ObamaCare. It’s slated to run on national cable, including Bravo and Lifetime.
Obama’s economic approval has fallen to 35% in a new Gallup poll, down from 42% in June.
Norm Ornstein: “In many ways, Obama faces the same kinds of challenges that hit every second-term president. His opportunities to excel are there—but the combination of the typical and the added complication of rampant and intense tribalism make break-the-mold success an uphill battle.”
Politico: “President Barack Obama never said so, but he was always pushing for Cory Booker to win his Senate primary. ‘He likes the guy,’ a member of the Obama circle said ‘He roots for him. He’s encouraging of him.’ Being an early supporter of Obama and having a personal relationship has benefits: for Booker, that included active support from both Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and DNC executive director Patrick Gaspard, who encouraged him to run for Senate and then informally advised him throughout the campaign — even though his opponents included two sitting, senior members of Congress. People familiar with the conversations say both were regularly in touch with Booker directly, with Jarrett personally updating an interested president at points along the way.”
AP: “The Obama administration, under pressure from black college presidents and lawmakers, has made changes to the PLUS loan program that may help thousands of families qualify for the college financial aid. The Education Department says families that have recent but small-scale debt may now become eligible for PLUS loans through appeals. … Black lawmakers have been pressuring the administration, saying large numbers of previously eligible applicants have been denied aid under tighter credit rules. Parents and graduate students who use PLUS loans have no borrowing limit, but they face some of the highest interest rates in the federal student loan system.”
“President Barack Obama is filling his Martha’s Vineyard vacation with golf, visits to friends’ homes and dinners out with the first lady. But he will have to wait just a little bit longer to do one other thing: spend time with his daughters,” AP writes. “For the first time, Malia and Sasha Obama are missing from the family’s vacation on this coastal Massachusetts island as they finish up at summer camp. White House spokesmen will only say that they will reunite with their parents later this week, without giving a specific date.”
The Boston Globe: “The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 plans to send a dozen members to stand by the docks at Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, hoping to catch the vacationing President Obama’s attention about a local labor issue. Workers from the Dorchester-based local will hand leaflets to ferry-goers, urging Obama to enter into an agreement guaranteeing that a planned FBI facility in Chelsea will be built entirely by unions in exchange for organized labor agreeing not to disrupt construction.”
First published August 15 2013, 5:59 AM