Obama And George Go One-On-One

Jun 27, 2014 9:06am

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone)

NOTABLES 

  • OBAMA CALLS BOEHNER LAWSUIT THREAT A ‘STUNT’: Despite Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s threat this week to sue President Obama over his use of executive orders, the president refused to apologize for his actions during an exclusive interview with ABC News and took the Republican Party to task for what he described as its attempt to interfere with the basic functions of government, according to ABC’s BEN BELL. “You notice that he didn’t specifically say what exactly he was objecting to,” the president said when asked about the suit by ABC News Chief Anchor GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS during an interview Thursday in Minnesota. “I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing,” the president added later. Boehner said Wednesday during the announcement of the lawsuit that the president had “not faithfully executed the laws,” but Obama sharply disagreed during his interview with ABC News. “The suit is a stunt,” he said. http://abcn.ws/TDJczE
  • OBAMA WARNS CENTRAL AMERICANS: ‘DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO THE BORDERS’: President Obama says tens of thousands of Central American children flooding into the U.S. along the southern border have created a “humanitarian crisis,” and he appealed directly to parents to stop sending kids north, ABC’s DEVIN DWYER notes. “Our message absolutely is don’t send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,” Obama told ABC’s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview. “We don’t even know how many of these kids don’t make it, and may have been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a train. “Do not send your children to the borders,” he said. “If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.” http://abcn.ws/1nNfDDP

THIS WEEK ON ‘THIS WEEK’: See more of George Stephanopoulos’ one-on-one interview with President Obama, Sunday on “This Week.” And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, and editor and publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel. See the “This Week” homepage for full guest listings. Be sure to use #ThisWeek when you tweet about the program. Tune in Sunday: http://abcnews.go.com/thisweek

 

BUZZ

with ABC’s SCOTT WILSON

A FEISTY OBAMA HITS THE ROAD TO REKINDLE MESSAGE OF HOPE Over his five years in the White House, President Obama has become a creature of Washington — a much-maligned condition he’s compared to being caged in a zoo, ABC’s DEVIN DWYER notes. But yesterday, Obama’s inner beast lashed out, pushing back against critics, cynics and the news media who say he’s lost his touch. “If I’ve got one message today,” he said later, noting that it’s that life is a struggle for many Americans and “I know it.” Thursday was the first in a series of what the White House has dubbed “Day-in-the-Life” trips, during which Obama is meeting with ordinary citizens. For over an hour, Obama took questions from a hand-picked audience of 350 Minnesotans, who probed broadly his views on climate change, gun violence, study-abroad programs, STEM education, minimum wage, and a pay hike for federal workers. At every turn, Obama hammered on his policy wish list, but offered little prospect for immediate solutions. http://abcn.ws/1o7WgrO

DEMOCRATS GIVE UP ON IMMIGRATION REFORM – FOR NOW. Congressional Democrats who have been pushing for a comprehensive immigration bill to match what the Senate passed a year ago have officially given up, ABC’s JIM AVILA, JOHN PARKINSON and SERENA MARSHALL report. At a press conference today Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois,  marked the anniversary with a news conference blasting Republicans for “insulting Hispanics” and refusing to allow a vote on immigration reform in the House. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, implored House Speaker John Boehner to schedule a vote. “Bring a bill to the floor,” Pelosi, D-California, urged. “Give us a vote.” But barring a sudden change of heart, Republicans are likely to watch the bill expire at the end of the year with the conclusion of this session of Congress. “Republicans in the House have a choice: allow a vote on commonsense immigration reform in July, or be the ones to blame for killing it,” Reid added. “Americans wants us to fix this nation’s broken immigration system, so let’s do that now.” http://abcn.ws/Vs2U2V

WHY SUPREME COURT RULING SENDS ABORTION RIGHTS GROUPS BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. Back in January, Chief Justice John Roberts did not ask one question during oral arguments in a case concerning whether a Massachusetts law that provides a 35-foot buffer zone around the entrances of abortion clinics violated the First Amendment, according to ABC’sARIANE DE VOGUE. A unanimous court agreed the law should be struck down — but only the liberal justices agreed with Roberts’ reasoning. “The key fight between the progressive and conservative justices is whether laws like these are specifically targeted at anti-abortion protestors. The compromise at the heart of the Chief Justice’s opinion is in holding that these laws are not so targeted, but that the Massachusetts law is invalid anyway because it is excessive, ” said Stephen I. Vladeck of American University Washington College of Law. The case was brought by Eleanor McCullen, a 77-year-old grandmother who seeks to peacefully reach women who may be contemplating an abortion. McCullen stands on public sidewalks near abortion clinics in Massachusetts, her lawyers say, to reach “a unique audience, at a unique moment, in a compassionate and non-confrontational way.” http://abcn.ws/1lSZTlp

HOW TO SUE THE PRESIDENT IN 4 NOT-SO-EASY STEPS. House Speaker John Boehner announced plans this week to file a lawsuit against President Obama in response to what Boehner says is the president’s misuse of executive authority. Wondering how to actually go about suing the President of the United States? ABC’s SCOTT WILSON has the scoop. Step 1 – Allege Presidential Overreach: Boehner cited health care, energy, foreign policy and education as areas where the president has over-stepped his bounds, but has not yet specified which executive orders he plans to challenge. Step 2 – Meet BLAG: Boehener’s memo stated that the speaker “would authorize the House of Representatives — through the House General Counsel and at the direction of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) — to file suit in the coming weeks.” Step 3 – Establish Legal Standing in Court and Argue the Case: BLAG would be required to demonstrate “standing” in court on behalf of the House of Representatives. According to George Washington University’s Jonathan Turley, in order to demonstrate standing, the plaintiffs “would need to show that [they] have injury.” Step 4 – Accomplish the Never-Before-Accomplished. http://abcn.ws/1joFnoO

OBAMA: WORLD CUP IMPACTING SOME FOREIGN POLICY MOVES On his way to Minnesota yesterday, President Obama took a break from his day job to watch one of the most anticipated World Cup matches so far — the U.S. vs. Germany — and he told ABC’s GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS that the international sporting event has even affected U.S. foreign policy in subtle ways, according to ABC’s DEVIN DWYER. “We had elements — which I won’t detail — of our foreign policy that have been shaped around the World Cup,” Obama told Stephanopoulos. “Phone calls meetings initiatives we had to think about.” During the conversation, Obama called the last World Cup “a breakthrough moment. “The U.S. exceeded expectations,” Obama said. “This year you get a sense it has captured popular imagination.” Obama said the American team had advanced from being a “non-factor” to being a “middle of the pack team.” “We’re not Germany yet or Italy or France or Argentina or Brazil,” he said. “But we’re now in the mix.” More of the interview will air on “Good Morning America” tomorrow and on “This Week” Sunday morning. http://abcn.ws/1jRwdRx

WHEN WILL SUPREME COURT’S AGING LIBERAL JUSTICES RETIRE? When will Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer retire? It’s a question that has surfaced as the Supreme Court term has come to an end in recent years, ABC’s BENJAMIN SEIGEL and JEFF ZELENY report. But anticipation about the future plans of Ginsburg and Breyer has taken on a new sense of urgency in some liberal legal circles, with Democrats locked in a bitter struggle with Republicans to keep control of the Senate in the fall midterm elections. The discussion is a delicate one, out of deference to the justices, but several lawyers say it’s quietly echoing from the White House to Congress and beyond. “The only way that Ruth Bader Ginsburg can be sure that someone with her views and values replaces her is to step down at the end of this term,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the UC-Irvine Law School, who called on the justices to retire in a Los Angeles Times editorial in March. http://abcn.ws/1rDhWNw

ONE YEAR AFTER TOP COURT’S RULING GAY MARRIAGE IS LEGAL IN 19 STATES It’s the one year anniversary of a major Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, ABC’s ARIANE de VOGUE notes. A lot can happen in a year. In United States v. Windsor, the justices didn’t squarely address the issue of a state ban on gay marriage. Windsor, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, invalidated part of a federal law that denied benefits to same sex couples legally married in their states. But since June 26, 2013 , federal judges have adopted Kennedy’s equal protection language to strike down bans across the country. The latest ruling came Wednesday when the 10th Circuit Court ruled that Utah’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Look at the statistics: A year ago same sex couples could marry in 10 states and DC. Today, that number has ballooned to 19 states and DC. Almost 44 percent of the country lives in states where same sex marriage is legal, according to Human Rights Campaign. http://abcn.ws/1pS0ndb

COLLEGE STUDENT DETAILS HIS SEXUAL ASSAULT FOR SENATE COMMITTEE Two survivors of sexual assault on a college campus testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee yesterday, sharing what steps they believe colleges, Congress and the U.S. Department of Education need to take to stem the sexual assault crisis occurring at many college campuses, ABC’s ARLETTE SAENZ reports. Emily Renda, who said she was raped as a first-year student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and later served on the school’s Sexual Assault Leadership Council, suggested that schools increase their education about peer support for survivors of sexual assault, saying many are afraid to come forward because of the response of their peers. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the committee chairman, said, “No student should have to endure something so terrible as sexual assault while they’re in college. “This is an issue that has for far too long been swept under the rug, been put in the closet, try to hide it, we’ve got to address this forthrightly.” http://abcn.ws/1izcNpN

 

IN THE NOTE’S INBOX

FORMER BIDEN AIDE SCOTT MULHAUSER HEADS TO CHINA. Long-time Washington hand Scott Mulhauser heads to Beijing next week to take on a new role as chief of staff at the U.S. Embassy in China to Ambassador Max Baucus.  Mulhauser, currently the chief of staff at the Export-Import Bank, was Vice President Biden’s deputy chief of staff on the 2012 Obama-Biden campaign and is also a Capitol Hill veteran. He worked for more than a dozen years in the Senate, including in senior roles on the Senate Finance Committee and for Senators Frank Lautenberg, John Breaux, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and more. The Note wishes Mulhauser — a ubiquitous presence on the DC social circuit –well in his new role.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

OBAMA SHADOWS WORKING MOM, HAS ‘JUCY LUCY,’ BUT NO BEER President Obama kicked off his “day-in-the-life” visit to 36-year-old mother Rebekah Erler with a stop at Matt’s Bar, a landmark dive here that’s home to the “Jucy Lucy,” ABC’s DEVIN DWYER notes. What’s the “Jucy Lucy” you ask? A world-famous local two beef-patty burger melded together around a hunk of cheese before hitting the griddle.  The result is gooey, cheesy goodness that’s washed down well with a mug of Pabst Blue Ribbon or other local brew. The lunch was the start of a planned day-long presidential visit in Minneapolis with Erler, a working mother with two preschool aged boys.  Erler wrote the president a handwritten letter earlier this year describing her financial struggles from the recession and housing market downturn. From student loan payments to her first mortgage, Erler’s story is “representative of the experience of millions of Americans,” the White House says, and one Obama wants to connect personally with. http://abcn.ws/1m26Li3

 

WHO’S TWEETING?

@MarkHalperin: NB: @HillaryClinton says there are no do-overs in life, but she’ll get a chance to re-set Qs abt her ’16 readiness w/midterm campaigning

@PhilipRucker: A1: “How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich” – comprehensive WaPo review of Bill’s $105M in paid speeches http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-the-clintons-went-from-dead-broke-to-rich-bill-earned-1049-million-for-speeches/2014/06/26/8fa0b372-fd3a-11e3-8176-f2c941cf35f1_story.html …

@HuffPostPol: Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren are totally crushing the right in book sales http://huff.to/1ljEA8f 

@keithcrc: Memo to GOP: #Obamacare divides Dems, immigration divides GOP. It is an election year. Better to be united. #tcot#teaparty#sgp#RS

@ABC: White House asking Congress for $500,000,000 to train and equip Syrian rebels: http://abcn.ws/1m1HDrM @ABCPolitics

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