Today (all times Eastern)
12:30: Josh Earnest briefs the press
1:40: The President delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families
2:10: Participates in a discussion at the White House Summit on Working Families
BREAKING: Chemical weapons watchdog: Syria hands over last of declared chemical weapons stockpile.
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 23, 2014
President Obama got Syria to give up its chemical weapons without a trillion dollar war and 2500+ US deaths. IMPEACH HIM.
— Lord Baelish (@_KingMalcolm) June 23, 2014
Steve Benen: Cheney doesn’t want to talk about ‘what happened 11 or 12 years ago’
It was discouraging last week when discredited conservatives, who failed spectacularly on U.S. policy in Iraq, were given a media platform to talk about U.S. policy in Iraq. Last week’s Sunday shows alone, featuring the likes of Paul Wolfowitz and Bill Kristol, led James Fallows to argue, “In the circumstances, they might have the decency to shut the hell up on this particular topic for a while. They helped create the disaster Iraqis and others are now dealing with. They have earned the right not to be listened to.”
And yet, these discredited voices remain ubiquitous. Kenneth Pollack, for example, was on CNN yesterday, presented to viewers as a credible expert. Elliott Abrams, who pleaded guilty to withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, and went on serve on the Bush/Cheney National Security Council as head of the Mideast bureau, had a lengthy piece in Politico yesterday describing President Obama as “the man who broke the Middle East.”
Top Sunday show guests so far in 2014: Rogers (15), McCaul (11), Kinzinger (9), Rand Paul (8), Santorum (8), McCain (7) – all Republicans
— Steve Benen (@stevebenen) June 22, 2014
ThinkProgress: No, Obama Didn’t Create The Migrant Children Crisis
The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border has spiked 90 percent since last year. Republicans are responding to the humanitarian situation by making it the latest excuse to halt efforts on immigration reform. While some Republicans are lining their campaign wallets using the crisis, others are trying to blame the President Obama for not enforcing current immigration laws.
… Most children are fleeing extreme violence and a fear of individual safety in Mexico and Central America’s northern triangle of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. And there has been an uptick of these child refugees since 2009, long before either the Senate comprehensive immigration bill or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (a presidential initiative which grants temporary legal presence to some undocumented immigrants) came into public existence.
…. the current process of dealing with unaccompanied children from countries other than Mexico was set by the Bush administration….
— Media Matters (@mmfa) June 23, 2014
TPM: Supreme Court Rulings Are Coming Today: Here’s What To Watch For
The Supreme Court is delivering rulings on Monday at 10 A.M. EST, with several major decisions yet to come in the remaining days of June.
Here’s a refresher on key cases to watch for in the final stretch, which include Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate and the president’s recess appointment power.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 22, 2014
On This Day
President Obama arrives through the Colonnade of the Rose Garden with Gen. David Petraeus and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to announce Petraeus will replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan at the White House, June 23, 2010.
First lady Michelle Obama does push ups with Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
At an Obama 2012 Rally, New York City, June 23rd, 2011