Peter King: Obama Should ‘stop Apologizing’ For Nsa

WILSON/AFP/Getty Images) 2003 President George W. Bush persuades Congress to add prescription drug coverage to Medicare in a major expansion of the program for older people. (STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images) 2008 Hillary Rodham Clinton promotes a sweeping health care plan in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. She loses to Obama, who has a less comprehensive plan. (PAUL RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images) 2009 President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress spend an intense year ironing out legislation to require most companies to cover their workers; mandate that everyone have coverage or pay a fine; require insurance companies to accept all comers, regardless of any pre-existing conditions; and assist people who can’t afford insurance.

Obama, Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif meet at White House

Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) renewed his call for a one-year delay on the law’s individual mandate, which requires most Americans to obtain insurance, in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” “Nobody should be forced to buy a policy that costs more than what they had and is inferior to what they had,” Manchin said. “Those things have to be worked out.” Manchin announced on Wednesday that he was joining a Republican effort to delay the mandate. He has suggested that the penalty for not having health insurance should not go into effect until January 2015. “The new markets that are opening up basically is going to be good, but it has to be affordable. You have to work through this,” Manchin said.

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The account could mean difficulties for the White House, given another report claiming Obama told Merkel during a telephone conversation last Wednesday he was not aware of the NSAs spying. The Economic Times cited Frankfuter Allgemeine Zeitung in writing that when Merkel called Obama last week to alternately complain — and get an explanation — about the NSA surveillance, the president assured her he wasnt aware of the campaign regarding her, and would have halted it, had he known. According to The New York Times, Susan E. 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.

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The fact is, they’ve carried out spying operations against the United States — both the government and industry,” King said. “As far as Germany, that’s where the Hamburg Plot began, which led to 9/11. They’ve had dealings with Iran and Iraq, North Korea — the French and the Germans, other European countries.” Aaron Blake covers national politics at the Washington Post, where he writes regularly for the papers Post Politics and The Fix blogs. A Minnesota native and graduate of the University of Minnesota, Aaron has also written for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The Hill newspaper. He joined the Post in 2010.

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 Laden and the killing of two Pakistanis by a U.S. government contractor. Obama acknowledged that tension is likely to continue.

1. Issa wants to know why she didn’t know. Sebelius declined to testify last Thursday, citing a scheduling conflict, but is set to testify Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Using an iceberg analogy, Issa said his committee is looking for “quick answers” to straighten out as much of the “above the water” issues, such as the website glitches. He also wants to address the 90 percent of the problems below the water.

Obama develops more modest Middle East agenda

“We can’t just be consumed 24/7 by one region, important as it is,” said National Security Adviser Susan Rice in an interview with The New York Times. Rice, go to website who is heading up a Middle East policy review at Obama’s direction, said: “He thought it was a good time to step back and reassess, in a very critical and kind of no-holds-barred way, how we conceive the region.” That could mean less emphasis on Egypt, which remains under military rule, as well as nations like Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, speaking on ABC’s This Week, said he is concerned that the Obama administration will “pivot to Asia,” and short-change the Middle East at a critical time. “I know that our friends in the region are worried,” said the Republican vice president to President George W. Bush.


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