Review Category : Poltics

Obama Thinks He ‘Could Win’ Third Term in White House

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) — President Obama thinks he ‘could win’ a third term in the White House if he wasn’t barred from running again.

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” Obama said Tuesday in a speech before the African Union in Ethiopia. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.”

The president’s comments came as he explained he does “not understand” why some leaders are insistent they remain in power when their term limit ends.

“The point is I don’t understand why people want to stay so long. Especially when they’ve got a lot of money,” he said. “When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife, as we’ve seen in Burundi.”

As he advocated for term limits, Obama said “old people think in old ways” before making a joke about his own aging.

“You can see my gray hair, I’m getting old,” he said to laughter.

The president also shared what he looks forward to doing once he leaves the White House.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’m looking forward to life after being president. I won’t have such a big security detail all the time,” he said. “It means I can go take a walk, I can spend time with my family, I can find other ways to serve, I can visit Africa more often.”

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Obama Thinks He ‘Could Win’ Third Term in White House

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) — President Obama thinks he ‘could win’ a third term in the White House if he wasn’t barred from running again.

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” Obama said Tuesday in a speech before the African Union in Ethiopia. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.”

The president’s comments came as he explained he does “not understand” why some leaders are insistent they remain in power when their term limit ends.

“The point is I don’t understand why people want to stay so long. Especially when they’ve got a lot of money,” he said. “When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife, as we’ve seen in Burundi.”

As he advocated for term limits, Obama said “old people think in old ways” before making a joke about his own aging.

“You can see my gray hair, I’m getting old,” he said to laughter.

The president also shared what he looks forward to doing once he leaves the White House.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’m looking forward to life after being president. I won’t have such a big security detail all the time,” he said. “It means I can go take a walk, I can spend time with my family, I can find other ways to serve, I can visit Africa more often.”

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Obama Tours Food Factory on Last Day in Ethiopia

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) — On the last day of his five-day, two-country visit to Africa, President Obama toured a food factory in Ethiopia Tuesday morning, highlighting efforts to promote food security in the region.

Donning a USAID cap, the president spoke with a local farmer at the Faffa Foods plants and touted the U.S. government’s Feed the Future program, the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative.

“The goal is to drastically increase productivity of farmers throughout Africa,” Obama said. “With just a few smart innovations…they can make huge improvements in their overall yield.”

“Historically part of the problem is even if you have food grown here the process is done somewhere else…you don’t get the kind of integrated food industries locally,” he said.

Feed the Future supports the Faffa Foods plant by incorporating private sector partnerships to help improve food security and counter malnutrition in Ethiopia.

At one point on his tour, Obama noticed the reporters assembled in the travel pool were required to wear hair nets on the food tour.

“Everybody looks great in their hairnet,” he joked. He later posed for a photo with the hair-net-wearing travel pool. The president donned only a hat and not a hair net.

Later on Tuesday, Obama will speak before the African Union — the first time a U.S. president addresses the group of African leaders.

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House Republicans Asking President to Fire IRS Head

marcnorman/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — Congressional republicans are demanding the President ask his Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner to resign.

They insist he hasn’t cooperated and let the agency destroy evidence that could prove the IRS targeted conservative groups.

The agency released a statement saying Commissioner Josh Koskinen has cooperated and has been truthful and employees have testified in more than 30 congressional hearings offering more than a million pages of documents.

A treasury investigation suggests the IRS did destroy some relative records and email files.

Many House Republicans want the President to hire a new IRS leader.

No response yet from the President or the IRS.

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The First Republican Presidential Debate: Who’s In, Who’s Out

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The first Republican Presidential debate is just 10 days away, but the question remains: who will be on stage and who will be watching from home?

Fox News, which is hosting the first debate next Thursday in Cleveland, says that they will include the top 10 candidates from an average of the five most recent national polls. But Fox News isn’t saying which polls they will use to calculate their average, leaving the rest of us to play a guessing game.

We expect several more national polls to come out in the next week and a half — and we will watch as GOP candidates jockey for every last percentage point they can earn.

Getting onto the debate stage in Cleveland is a major first hurdle in the GOP race that will create a stark division between candidates who are in the running and candidates who have minimal support.

WHAT TO KNOW

Getting onto the debate stage in Cleveland is a major first hurdle in the GOP race.

Who’s In

According to an ABC News analysis of five recent major national polls on July 27, eight candidates can likely already book their tickets to the debate. Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson.

Who’s Out

Another three candidates are almost certainly going to miss the mark. Carly Fiorina, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham have less than 1 percent support. The six candidates who don’t make the debate will instead participate in a one-hour forum during the afternoon before the debate.

Who’s on the Bubble:

But that leaves five candidates who are on the bubble: less than 1 percentage point separates the four candidates between 10th place and 13th place.

Chris Christie and Rick Perry currently hold the last two spots on the debate stage. John Kasich, who just announced his candidacy last week, misses the debate stage by just two-tenths of a percentage point. Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal are close behind, but still watching from home on Aug. 6. These numbers will move slightly with each new poll that comes out in the next 10 days.

FULL STANDINGS (as of July 27):

1. Trump – 18 percent
2. Bush – 14 percent
3. Walker – 11 percent
4. Rubio – 6 percent
T5. Paul – 6 percent
T5. Cruz – 6 percent
7. Huckabee – 6 percent
8. Carson – 5 percent
9. Christie – 3.0 percent
10. Perry – 2.2 percent
11. Kasich – 2.0 percent
12. Santorum – 1.6 percent
13. Jindal – 1.4 percent
14. Fiorina – 0.8 percent
15. Pataki – 0.6 percent
16. Graham – 0.2 percent

This analysis includes five recent polls: CNN/ORC on July 26; ABC/Post on July 20, Fox News on July 17, Monmouth University on July 13 and USA Today/Suffolk University on July 13. This analysis excludes a poll from PPP, a Democratic polling company, on July 21.

What We Don’t Know

There’s still a lot we don’t know. Fox News says that it gets to decide which national polls it will recognize, saying only that they “must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques.”

But there’s more. Will it try to get more precise numbers from polling companies or just use the whole number reported? There’s a big difference between 4.4 percent and 3.5 percent, but both round to 4 percent. Will Fox News round averages to the nearest whole number? To the nearest tenth of a percent? What qualifies as a tie?

What About Ties?

Fox News has also said that, if there is an apparent tie, the news agency will look at more detailed data to determine who is ahead, according to Politico. And if there is an exact tie, they will add an 11th podium to the stage.

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The First Republican Presidential Debate: Who’s In, Who’s Out

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The first Republican Presidential debate is just 10 days away, but the question remains: who will be on stage and who will be watching from home?

Fox News, which is hosting the first debate next Thursday in Cleveland, says that they will include the top 10 candidates from an average of the five most recent national polls. But Fox News isn’t saying which polls they will use to calculate their average, leaving the rest of us to play a guessing game.

We expect several more national polls to come out in the next week and a half — and we will watch as GOP candidates jockey for every last percentage point they can earn.

Getting onto the debate stage in Cleveland is a major first hurdle in the GOP race that will create a stark division between candidates who are in the running and candidates who have minimal support.

WHAT TO KNOW

Getting onto the debate stage in Cleveland is a major first hurdle in the GOP race.

Who’s In

According to an ABC News analysis of five recent major national polls on July 27, eight candidates can likely already book their tickets to the debate. Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson.

Who’s Out

Another three candidates are almost certainly going to miss the mark. Carly Fiorina, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham have less than 1 percent support. The six candidates who don’t make the debate will instead participate in a one-hour forum during the afternoon before the debate.

Who’s on the Bubble:

But that leaves five candidates who are on the bubble: less than 1 percentage point separates the four candidates between 10th place and 13th place.

Chris Christie and Rick Perry currently hold the last two spots on the debate stage. John Kasich, who just announced his candidacy last week, misses the debate stage by just two-tenths of a percentage point. Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal are close behind, but still watching from home on Aug. 6. These numbers will move slightly with each new poll that comes out in the next 10 days.

FULL STANDINGS (as of July 27):

1. Trump – 18 percent
2. Bush – 14 percent
3. Walker – 11 percent
4. Rubio – 6 percent
T5. Paul – 6 percent
T5. Cruz – 6 percent
7. Huckabee – 6 percent
8. Carson – 5 percent
9. Christie – 3.0 percent
10. Perry – 2.2 percent
11. Kasich – 2.0 percent
12. Santorum – 1.6 percent
13. Jindal – 1.4 percent
14. Fiorina – 0.8 percent
15. Pataki – 0.6 percent
16. Graham – 0.2 percent

This analysis includes five recent polls: CNN/ORC on July 26; ABC/Post on July 20, Fox News on July 17, Monmouth University on July 13 and USA Today/Suffolk University on July 13. This analysis excludes a poll from PPP, a Democratic polling company, on July 21.

What We Don’t Know

There’s still a lot we don’t know. Fox News says that it gets to decide which national polls it will recognize, saying only that they “must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques.”

But there’s more. Will it try to get more precise numbers from polling companies or just use the whole number reported? There’s a big difference between 4.4 percent and 3.5 percent, but both round to 4 percent. Will Fox News round averages to the nearest whole number? To the nearest tenth of a percent? What qualifies as a tie?

What About Ties?

Fox News has also said that, if there is an apparent tie, the news agency will look at more detailed data to determine who is ahead, according to Politico. And if there is an exact tie, they will add an 11th podium to the stage.

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Meet Donald Trump: Everything You Need To Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About The 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

ABC News(WASHINGTON) —

Name: Donald John Trump

Party: Republican

What he does now: Trump has been the chairman and president of the Trump Organization since 1971 and is the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.

What he used to do:
During summers as a teen, Trump worked for his father’s company at construction sites. Influenced by his father to start a career in real estate, Trump began his career at his father’s company, “Elizabeth Trump and Son.” Before he was given control of the company in 1971, Trump worked on building projects in Manhattan.

Declared as a candidate:
June 16, 2015 in New York City.

Nickname:
The Donald.

In his own words: “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. I tell you that. I’ll bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places. I’ll bring back our jobs, and I’ll bring back our money.”

Family tree:
Trump was born on June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York to Fred Trump and Mary MacLeod, a Scottish immigrant. His paternal grandparents were German immigrants. His father had amassed a sizeable fortune through his career as an entrepreneur in real estate developments, particularly in low-cost rental apartments in a variety of New York City neighborhoods, including Coney Island, Flatbush, and Flushing.

How he grew up: The fourth of five children and the son of a burgeoning real-estate entrepreneur, Donald grew up in relatively affluent circumstances. After graduating from the New York Military Academy, Donald attended college for two years at Fordham University in the Bronx before transferring to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, which then had one of the only real estate programs in American academia. He graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

Early challenge: Trump’s father decided to take his son out of the Kew-Forest School in Queens and transfer him to the New York Military Academy at the age of 13. Trump excelled at the Military Academy, playing three varsity sports and earning academic honors. He graduated in 1964.

Breakout moment in politics: During the 2000 presidential primaries, Trump made an effort to receive the nomination of the Reform Party. Joining the party on October 25, 1999, Trump initially presented an alternative to the frontrunner, Pat Buchanan. Confident in his chances in winning both the primary and the general election, Trump entered the California primary, receiving 15,311 votes. He later withdrew his candidacy, expressing concerns over the state of the Reform Party.

Stoked controversy: When he raised questions over the veracity of President Obama’s birth certificate. Though the President acquiesced by releasing his long-form birth certificate in April of 2011, Trump continued to call for the release of additional personal documents, offering Obama a check for $5 million to the charity of his choice in return for the release of his college transcripts and passport records.

What you might not know about him: Trump’s family is not entirely new to the realm of politics: Trump’s older sister — Maryanne Trump Barry — served as a federal judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She was appointed on September 22, 1999 by President Clinton and served until June 30, 2011.

Family tragedy:
The life of Trump’s brother, Fred, was tragically cut short as a result of extreme alcoholism. Donald, mindful of his brother’s warnings to refrain from drinking and smoking, does not drink.

Favorite hobby: An owner of renowned golf courses from the Doonbeg Golf Course in County Clare, Ireland to his own course in Washington, D.C., Trump, an avid golfer, developed a passion for the game when he played with friends in college at the University of Pennsylvania. Trump’s career best is a 66, which he shot while playing at his course in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Meet John Kasich: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About the 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

ABC News(WASHINGTON) —

Name: John Richard Kasich

Party: Republican

Declared as a candidate: July 21, 2015 at the Ohio State University.

What he does now: Kasich is the 69th Governor of Ohio, elected first in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

What he used to do: Kasich was a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers up until the 2008 financial collapse. He also served in Congress for 18 years, where he was chairman of the House Budget Committee from 1995 to 2001. He unsuccessfully ran for president in 2000.

In his own words: “I think I was in the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.”

Family tree: Kasich was born the eldest of three to two Democratic parents, both of whom were children of immigrants. His father was a mailman and believed Democrats were for the working man, though his mother eventually became a Republican. Sadly, Kasich lost both his parents in a car crash in 1987 — they were killed by a drunk driver.

Where he grew up: In a working class neighborhood in Pennsylvania. He was very active in the Catholic church. As an altar boy, he dreamed of someday becoming a priest, and was even nicknamed, ‘Pope’. After enrolling in the Ohio State University, he abandoned his dreams of priesthood after realizing the implication of a life of celibacy.

Breakout moment in politics: Kasich made history in Ohio by becoming the youngest elected senator in its legislature’s history. He was elected to Congress when he was 30 and rose through the ranks to ultimately chair the House Budget Committee. During his time in Congress, he teamed up with fellow Rep. Ron Dellums of California to curb production of the B-2 bomber, which cost $1 billion per plane.

Claim to fame: In 1997, Kasich made Newsweek’s “The Century Club,” list, a compilation of people to watch in the 21st century. In the company of superstars like Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Rock.

What you might not know about him: Kasich was kicked off the stage at a Grateful Dead concert in 1991. He had a pass to be on stage for the opener, Dwight Yoakam, but attempted to go back on stage as the Dead played.

Famous friend:
Arnold Schwarzenegger. “He’s a pal, he’s been a great friend of mine,” Kasich once told the Columbus Dispatch. “There aren’t that many people like him on the Earth.”

Known for: His brash style and tone. Following his 2010 gubernatorial election win, he told lobbyists at a luncheon, “If you’re not on the bus we will run you over with the bus. And I’m not kidding.” In 2008, Kasich was ticketed for “approaching a public safety vehicle with lights displayed.” Speaking of the incident in January 2011, Kasich bluntly referred to the police officer who cited him as “an idiot.”

Might have wished for a do-over: In 2011, Kasich championed and signed into law legislation that implemented restrictive collective bargaining measures. After a campaign led by teachers, police and firefighters, the voters of Ohio were able to place a voter referendum on Ohio’s 2011 general election ballot. Kasich defended the bill, arguing that it was intended to close the then 8-billion budget hole in Ohio. On November 8, 2011, however, Ohio voters soundly rejected Kasich’s argument; 61 percent of voters chose to repeal the law.

What he did during the political off-season: Worked for Fox News. After declining to run for re-election for Congress in 2001 and after a failed presidential bid in the 2000 election, Kasich landed a show on Fox News. Heartland with John Kasich, a program similar in style to Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor, aired its final show in 2007.

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Katy Perry’s Presidential Ambitions: Singer Poses with Two Former Presidents

@katyperry/Instagram(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — Katy Perry held her own among two political powerhouses Sunday night when she headlined a charity event in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Posing between President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush — the 42nd and 43rd presidents of the United States — the singer suggested that she might even be next.

“42, 43, 46?!” Perry captioned an Instagram snap with the former presidents, implying that she’d consider running for the high office in 2020 or 2024 when she’d be the 46th president.

The “Dark Horse” singer, 30, was headlining the annual Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala, where she performed five songs, including “Roar” and “Firework,” according to TwinCities.com.

The foundation, which provides more than 175,000 free hearing aids annually around the world, honored President Bush this year, while President Clinton’s Global Initiative is one of the foundation’s major supporters.

Though she may have been joking about running for office, Perry is no stranger to politics.

She has been a vocal supporter of President Barack Obama, even performing at a rally for the president during the 2012 campaign.

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Today on the Trail — 7/27/15

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton is on the third day of a swing in Iowa and Monday she will further address her climate change policies she unveiled last night.

At 11 a.m. ET, she will take a tour and speak at the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Central Station, which is LEED Platinum certified.

At 12:15 p.m. ET, she will address the Iowa State Education Association summer leadership conference in Altoona.

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