Review Category : Poltics

Signs That President Obama May Ditch His BlackBerry for the iPhone 6

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) — Is President Obama looking to give up his beloved BlackBerry?

The president was spotted on the sidelines of United Nations meetings Tuesday eyeing the ambassador of Bahrain’s phone.

According to news reports, the president asked if it was the new iPhone 6 and the ambassador confirmed that indeed it was.

The president famously fought to bring his BlackBerry into the Oval Office when he was first elected. He won the battle and was given an upgraded, secure device to become the nation’s first e-mailing president.

But now it seems he’s hoping to upgrade his smartphone.

The president has an Apple iPad and admits to loving the device, but has not been given the green light to get an iPhone.

“I am not allowed, for security reasons, to have an iPhone,” he explained at a White House Youth Summit last year. “I have noticed that Sasha and Malia seem to spend a lot of time on it.”

The Obama daughters have been spotted on numerous occasions on their Apple devices.

Until the Secret Service finds a way to make the phone secure for their dad, maybe they’ll let the president take theirs for a spin?

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Chelsea Clinton Fears Her Baby Could Live on a ‘Planet Without Elephants’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — If there is one thing Chelsea Clinton is most worried about, it may be that her soon-to-be child will grow up in a world without elephants.

Standing alongside her mother, Hillary Clinton, at the Clinton Global Initiative Tuesday, the very-pregnant former first daughter warned the plight of African elephants, killed for their ivory tusks, is an “existential” one, and said that if the current poaching rates continue, elephants could be few and far between within the next decade.

If so, this means Chelsea Clinton’s favorite animal could be something her child would never know.

“The child Marc and I are waiting to bring into this world could grow up in a planet without elephants,” Clinton cautioned, before announcing a new commitment to stop the killing of African elephants and the trafficking of ivory.

Chelsea Clinton said the African elephant crisis is not only a “moral” and “ecological disaster,” but also a “security threat,” as ivory is increasingly being used by the world’s most nefarious terror groups, such as the Lord’s Resistance Army and Boko Haram. She pleaded that “it’s in all of our interests” to stop the growing practice.

Saving the elephants is a favorite mission for the Clinton women. While making the announcement at the family’s annual philanthropic meeting Tuesday, Hillary Clinton described the issue as something she and her daughter are “passionately committed” to, and said that Chelsea Clinton has made it a “priority” of the Clinton Foundation.

Ahead of the birth of her child, Chelsea Clinton teamed up with the website BRIKA.com, to launch a line of elephant-themed gifts to benefit groups working to stop the international poaching of African elephants. She told the blog Refinery 29, she’s even contemplating buying some of the pieces herself for an elephant-themed nursery.

“We’re very baby-oriented right now, so we’ll definitely be buying a felt elephant or two. I think those will look great in our nursery. And, it’s safe to say that as last year, this year too, a lot of our friends will be getting elephant-themed Christmas presents,” Clinton said.

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Chelsea Clinton Fears Her Baby Could Live on a ‘Planet Without Elephants’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — If there is one thing Chelsea Clinton is most worried about, it may be that her soon-to-be child will grow up in a world without elephants.

Standing alongside her mother, Hillary Clinton, at the Clinton Global Initiative Tuesday, the very-pregnant former first daughter warned the plight of African elephants, killed for their ivory tusks, is an “existential” one, and said that if the current poaching rates continue, elephants could be few and far between within the next decade.

If so, this means Chelsea Clinton’s favorite animal could be something her child would never know.

“The child Marc and I are waiting to bring into this world could grow up in a planet without elephants,” Clinton cautioned, before announcing a new commitment to stop the killing of African elephants and the trafficking of ivory.

Chelsea Clinton said the African elephant crisis is not only a “moral” and “ecological disaster,” but also a “security threat,” as ivory is increasingly being used by the world’s most nefarious terror groups, such as the Lord’s Resistance Army and Boko Haram. She pleaded that “it’s in all of our interests” to stop the growing practice.

Saving the elephants is a favorite mission for the Clinton women. While making the announcement at the family’s annual philanthropic meeting Tuesday, Hillary Clinton described the issue as something she and her daughter are “passionately committed” to, and said that Chelsea Clinton has made it a “priority” of the Clinton Foundation.

Ahead of the birth of her child, Chelsea Clinton teamed up with the website BRIKA.com, to launch a line of elephant-themed gifts to benefit groups working to stop the international poaching of African elephants. She told the blog Refinery 29, she’s even contemplating buying some of the pieces herself for an elephant-themed nursery.

“We’re very baby-oriented right now, so we’ll definitely be buying a felt elephant or two. I think those will look great in our nursery. And, it’s safe to say that as last year, this year too, a lot of our friends will be getting elephant-themed Christmas presents,” Clinton said.

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Bill Clinton On White House Security Breach: ‘I Still Don’t Know How That Happened’

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Bill Clinton, who lived in the White House for eight years, said he was “surprised” an intruder was able to make it through the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue without being stopped by Secret Service, the former president told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Tuesday.

“I’m surprised he got to walk into the White House. I wasn’t surprised he jumped the fence. We had a guy jump the fence when I was there,” Clinton told Stephanopoulos during an interview on the sidelines of the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City. “Those things are gonna happen. But I was quite surprised that he got in. I still don’t know how that happened.”

Last Friday, 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez jumped over a White House fence, sprinted across the North Lawn and got into the executive mansion before he was arrested by Secret Service. Gonzalez was carrying a three-and-a-half-inch knife at the time of his arrest. President Obama and his daughters had departed the White House just minutes before the intrusion.

President Obama has said he is confident in the Secret Service despite the security breach.

Clinton recounted his own experiences with security breaches at the White House, describing the time a man stole a single-engine plane and crashed it on the South Lawn.

“He bounced a couple times, flipped over the single-engine plane, went above the shrubs and below the magnolia tree and crashed that plane into the base of the White House which is huge, that stone base and killed himself,” Clinton said. “I think he would’ve been shot down by the snipers on the White House roof except Hillary and Chelsea and I were across the street staying in Blair House ’cause they were rehabbin’ the White House.”

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Wave of Top Republicans Rally Around Sen. Pat Roberts

Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Kansas has become the destination for the Republican Party’s biggest names as they swarm to the state to bolster the re-election bid of Sen. Pat Roberts, whose seat could make the difference in the GOP’s hope to win control of the Senate.

According to Roberts’ campaign manager Corry Bliss, former Florida governor Jeb Bush will be in the state to campaign next Monday. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., will both be in the state in October to stump for Roberts.

These newest additions accompany a list of three former presidential candidates — who all lost — already giving a hand to the campaign.

Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney recorded a robocall that ran throughout the state two weeks ago. Former Kansas senator and another GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole is back in the state this week attending town halls with Roberts. Roberts will then be joined by Sen. John McCain, the Arizona president who also lost a presidential run, at campaign events Wednesday and Thursday.

McCain’s running mate, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, is also rumored to be a “special guest” at a pancake breakfast in Independence, Kan., on Wednesday morning, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Ryan, Paul and Bush have all generated buzz over their potential as contenders for a spot on the Republican presidential ticket in 2016.

Now, they are working the state to help defeat independent candidate Greg Orman. The multimillionaire businessman has shown a lead over Roberts in several recent polls, and with Democrat Chad Taylor now off the state’s ballots, Republicans are more jittery over the prospect of Orman defeating Roberts — and being a deciding factor in the balance of the Senate.

Kansas Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon told ABC News her group has no plans to endorse Orman, but they are in full support of Kansas voters voting out Roberts.

“The fact they have to prop [Roberts] up with all of this star power shows a lot about their concerns about this race,” Wagnon said. “They’re trying to nationalize this election and I think they’ll find out that Kansans really don’t like that.”

Republicans have been quick to paint Orman as a liberal, though he has not yet indicated which party he would caucus with if he is elected.

In a video posted to his campaign website, Orman says, “If I get elected to the United States Senate, there’s a reasonable chance that neither party will have a majority. And if that happens, that’s a great thing for Kansas.”

“Those senators who are centrist like myself… would be able to come together and basically say we are going to caucus with whichever party is willing to solve our country’s problems,” Orman says. “It’s something we’ve never really seen before in the United States Senate. We’ve never really seen the opportunity to hold the party in charge responsible.”

Bliss said the outside help was an indication of the importance of the election.

“The Republican Party is uniting around Pat Roberts because he is the only candidate in this race who will ensure Harry Reid is no longer in control of the Senate,” Bliss said in a statement to ABC News.

Orman registered to run as a Democrat in 2008 and voted for Barack Obama that year, but he also has said he voted for Romney and Ryan in the 2012 election, both of whom are now campaigning against him.

Paul and McCain are the only sitting U.S. senators to commit to campaign in the state for Roberts, but could also be potential colleagues to Orman if he defeats Roberts in November.

Orman’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

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Obama Offers Motorcade for Chelsea Clinton’s Delivery

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — If Chelsea Clinton goes into labor, her dad has nothing to worry about: President Obama has got her covered.

Obama jokingly offered up his motorcade to the pregnant former first daughter at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City on Tuesday.

“I was just discussing with President Clinton that if Chelsea begins delivery while I’m speaking, she has my motorcade and will be able to navigate traffic,” he said with a smirk. “I don’t know what the problem is. Everybody hypes the traffic, but I haven’t noticed.”

Earlier in the day the president made remarks at a climate summit at the U.N. General Assembly. The annual meeting creates notoriously bad street closures and traffic jams across New York City as whole sections of Manhattan become police-enforced “frozen zones” to protect national leaders as they move around the city.

Chelsea Clinton, who announced her pregnancy in April, is apparently due any day now. President Clinton told CNN Sunday he hopes to be a grandfather “by the first of October.”

“I don’t know” the gender of the baby, Clinton said. “My daughter and son-in-law decided not to know. They want to be surprised. So we’re all just sitting around waiting.”

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Obama Offers Motorcade for Chelsea Clinton’s Delivery

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — If Chelsea Clinton goes into labor, her dad has nothing to worry about: President Obama has got her covered.

Obama jokingly offered up his motorcade to the pregnant former first daughter at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City on Tuesday.

“I was just discussing with President Clinton that if Chelsea begins delivery while I’m speaking, she has my motorcade and will be able to navigate traffic,” he said with a smirk. “I don’t know what the problem is. Everybody hypes the traffic, but I haven’t noticed.”

Earlier in the day the president made remarks at a climate summit at the U.N. General Assembly. The annual meeting creates notoriously bad street closures and traffic jams across New York City as whole sections of Manhattan become police-enforced “frozen zones” to protect national leaders as they move around the city.

Chelsea Clinton, who announced her pregnancy in April, is apparently due any day now. President Clinton told CNN Sunday he hopes to be a grandfather “by the first of October.”

“I don’t know” the gender of the baby, Clinton said. “My daughter and son-in-law decided not to know. They want to be surprised. So we’re all just sitting around waiting.”

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White House Arrest Underscores Problem of Gate Crashers

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Kevin Carr came to the White House on foot Saturday afternoon saying he had an appointment with the president after driving to Washington from his home in New Jersey.

According to court records, Carr told Secret Service agents that he was “the Prince of Peace” who often communicated with President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin telepathically. He was there at the White House, he said, to discuss “resolving the conflict in the Ukraine.”

Aside from his self-described telepathic powers, his story had other problems. He told officers that his appointment was at noon, but it was now 3:12 p.m. and the president was not home. The first family had departed for Camp David the previous evening.

After checking his car at a nearby parking garage and finding “nothing of interest,” Carr was told to go back to New Jersey, according to court papers.

Agents told him he should go home and Carr volunteered that his grandparents said he had been behaving strangely and sent him to see a therapist. The therapist, Carr told the agents, is a liar. He also told agents he does not have any mental health issues or take medication.

Minutes later, Carr appeared at a different White House entrance, this one at 15th Street and E Street and this time driving his Chevy Cruze. Again, he told an officer he had an appointment to meet with the president, but omitted any talk of telepathic communications with world leaders.

This time, however, he was directed to a restricted parking lot for “authorized vehicles only” inside the White House complex. Instead of parking, Carr allegedly drove his vehicle “25 feet in the general direction of the White House, even further into the White House Complex,” according to court papers.

A Secret Service account filed in court with the complaint states, “Had the defendant not falsely stated that he had an appointment to meet with the president, and omitted the information about his communications with the president…he would not have been allowed to enter the White House Complex at all.”

At this point, Secret Service officers broadcast a lookout alert for Carr. Officers immediately responded to the vehicle and asked Carr why he was there. According to the filing, Carr said, “I am persistent.”

Carr was arrested and charged with unlawful entry, a misdemeanor. He appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Monday and was released on his own recognizance with an order not come within a block of the White House Complex and that he submit to drug testing.

Saturday’s arrest came less than 24 hours after a fence jumper with a knife was arrested after he gained entry into the White House on Friday. The suspect in that case, Omar Gonzalez, had two prior encounters with the Secret Service, law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

ABC News is awaiting comment from the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Obama Gesture to Marines Dubbed ‘Latte Salute’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) — Some are calling it the “latte salute.”

When President Obama stepped off Marine One at the Wall Street landing zone in New York City, en route to the United Nations, he saluted two Marines at the bottom of the stairs as he held a coffee cup in the same hand.

The unusual gesture appeared in an Instagram video posted by the White House on social media. Obama is also wearing sunglasses as he arrived, with the first lady not far behind.

The video drew ridicule from some Instagram users, who saw the unorthodox salute as “un-presidential.”

“Hopefully it was just a slip by this President,” one user posted.

Others saw unnecessary nitpicking in the criticism.

“People are dying from disease, abuse or even hunger,” another user commented on the video. “Priorities.”

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Obama Declares Climate Change Defining Threat of the Century

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Even as he battles ISIS and Ebola, President Obama on Tuesday declared climate change the threat that will “define the contours of this century more than any other.”

“Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we don’t hear them,” Obama told delegates at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, referencing the massive demonstrations over the past few days.

“We have to tackle this global threat before it’s too late,” he said.

Obama cast himself as a global champion of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, highlighting the administration’s efforts to boost fuel efficiency of American cars and trucks, curb carbon pollution from coal-fired U.S. power plants and planned phase-out of the use of HFC coolant in refrigerators and air conditioners.

The White House also unveiled an Executive Order the president will sign requiring government agencies to take climate change into account when funding international development work. The administration also said it was providing new tools — including improved NASA satellite data, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorological forecasting tools and other measures — to help poorer, developing communities manage the impact of climate change.

Obama warned the U.S. cannot solve the crisis alone.

“We will do our part. We will help developing nation’s do theirs. But we can only succeed combating climate change if we are joined by every nation, developed and developing alike. Nobody gets a pass,” he said.

“None of this is without controversy. In each of our countries, there are interests that will be resistant to action. And in each country there is a suspicion that if we act and other countries don’t then we will be at an economic disadvantage,” he said. “But we have to lead.”

Overshadowing the climate summit was the list of big names that chose not attend, including the leaders of some of the world’s biggest polluters — China, India, and Russia.

Tuesday’s meeting was not part of formal negotiations for a global climate treaty to be signed in Paris next year, but it’s been billed as a highly symbolic show aimed at pressuring visiting heads of state to make commitments to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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