Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, criticized the Obama administration for its deliberate response to the escalating crisis in Iraq, while calling the threat from the extremist group ISIS overrunning the country “one of the biggest threats” to the United States.

“This is a crisis. It does call for a response, not going to Palm Springs for a fundraiser,” McCaul said Sunday on This Week, referring to President Obama spending Father’s Day weekend in Florida.

“The action needs to be now, not two weeks down the road,” McCaul added. “The President should come back to the White House, get a team of experts together.”

In a statement before leaving Washington Friday, President Obama ruled out sending U.S. troops back to Iraq, but said he had asked his national security team “to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq’s security forces,” saying he would be “reviewing those options in the days ahead.”

McCaul did not directly give support for U.S. military airstrikes to aid the Iraqi government as some Republicans have advocated, instead calling for greater diplomatic action by the Obama administration, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Hagel and Kerry need to be in the region, getting a regional strategy together, with our allies, to deal with this situation,” McCaul said. ”I think diplomatically, we’ve got to bring this – the Sunni-Shia-Kurds together against the extremists.”

McCaul, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, also voiced concerns about the national security threat to the U.S. posed by the extremist group ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has marched through Iraq in the past week and now stands on the outskirts of the capital Baghdad.

“I talked to [former U.S. Iraqi] Ambassador Crocker yesterday and he said that this is the greatest threat, national security threat, since 9/11. Al Qaeda owns more territory, more resources. And what’s happening in Iraq right now is really chaotic,” McCaul said. “When you look at the terrorist training ground operations in Syria and Iraq, I believe it is one of the biggest threats.”

He said the threat to the U.S. is made more real by extremists operating in Syria in Iraq who could travel to the West, as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently warned.

“This is not some down the road prospect,” McCaul said. “I would argue that not only is the threat great in Iraq and Syria, but so too the homeland, because we have a lot of individuals over there with legal travel documents that are trained – and these are the vicious, the worst of the worst. If they get back into the United States or in Western Europe against Western targets, I see that as a biggest threat today.”

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US House of Representatives(NEW YORK) — Outgoing Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told ABC’s Jonathan Karl that he was “absolutely” shocked by his primary loss this week to Tea Party challenger David Brat, a defeat that has sent shockwaves through Washington as the man seen as a possible heir to Speaker John Boehner was dethroned.

“I don’t think anybody in the country thought that the outcome would be what it was. And, you know, I just am a believer, as I said that night, and subsequently, that there are some things that happen for a reason and we may not be able to really discern it now and given the perspective of time, I think we’re going to be able to look back at this, and what seemed really bad at the time may turn out to be really good,” Cantor said on This Week.

The 51-year-old Virginia Republican was defeated Tuesday in his 7th District Republican primary by Brat, a tea-party backed college professor at Randolph-Macon College.

During the interview with ABC News, Cantor told Karl he believed his defeat could not be attributed to his stance on immigration reform, after Karl presented him with a tweet sent by conservative Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, reading, “Earthshaking primary results in Virginia tonight. Resounding rejection of #Amnesty and support for Rule of Law. Personal regrets to Eric.”

“First of all, I don’t think there was any one particular reason why the outcome was what it was,” Cantor said. “If you think about it, there are a number of things that go through voters’ minds when they go into the voting booth. But as far as immigration is concerned, my position never wavered. I have always taken the position that I’m not for a comprehensive amnesty bill.

“I’ve always said that we ought to deal with the kids who did not break any laws and themselves came into this country, in many cases, unbeknownst to them,” Cantor said. “I’ve always said that, and it’s a principled position. And it’s one I think that offers the only plausible way forward. Now, did that infuriate folks on both sides? Sure. But it is a principled position. I think an incremental reform approach to immigration is what we need.”

As for his future in politics, Cantor — currently the only Jewish Republican in either the House or Senate — did not rule out a future run, but said he did not plan to go into lobbying. He said he would be spending time consulting with his wife of nearly 25 years on his next steps, including possibly entering the private sector.

“She and I are going to make some decisions together about how we go forward. I don’t want to close off any options right now,” Cantor said. “I’m just hopeful that I can continue to be a champion for the kinds of things that we are working on here in Washington. I believe after almost 23 years in public service, 23 plus years in public service, that I can play a role and not just in elected office obviously but in the private sector.”

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(PHILADELPHIA) — President Obama intervened in the commuter-rail strike between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and its employees on Saturday, appointing a Presidential Emergency Board to help resolve the dispute.

SEPTA engineers and electrical workers went on strike Saturday after no labor agreement was reached. The strike is expected to impact 60,000 passengers on 13 regional rail lines per weekday.

Obama signed the executive order creating the board on Saturday, at the request of Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Pa. Within the next month, the board will hear evidence and provide the president with a report featuring recommendations for a resolution of the strike.

The president named the three members of the Presidential Emergency Board on Saturday, choosing experienced and professional arbitrators Richard Kasher, Ann Kenis and Bonnie Weinstock. “I appreciate that these dedicated individuals have agreed to devote their talent and years of experience working on labor-management disputes to help reach a swift and smooth resolution of this issue,” Obama said in a statement.

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Kendra Helmer/USAID(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The busiest Costco in America got a little busier Saturday morning when Hillary Clinton stopped by to sign copies of her book, Hard Choices, outside Washington, D.C.

In a makeshift “room” within the superstore created by pallets of bulk paper towels and water bottles, more than 1,300 people came to the land of the free and the home of the bulk to get a glimpse of Clinton, who signed a Costco-sized stack of books and shook hands for over three hours.

But everyone was surprised when Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor unexpectedly stopped by to say hello during her shopping trip.

“I don’t believe this. I’m so glad to see you,” Clinton told Sotomayor, who was casually dressed for her shopping trip. The two hugged and Sotomayor praised Clinton’s book.

“Wow, I loved yours, too,” Clinton said.

Civil rights activist and Georgia Rep. John Lewis also stopped by to greet Clinton.

“Thank you dear,” Clinton told the Congressman. “Did you get a book?”

Lewis told reporters he thinks Clinton “should” run in 2016.

Attendees were required to have Costco memberships to meet Clinton and receive a signed book. Costco staff said that the store sold 164 memberships, at $55 each, for the event.

A diverse crowd of men and women, young and old, many clad in “Ready for Hillary” stickers and pins, lined up outside the warehouse for the sixth stop on Clinton’s book tour.

The first in line, Fatema Dariani, told ABC News she got in line at 7 p.m. on Friday to see Clinton. Dariani wore a pantsuit for the occasion.

Fifth in line, Frank Colasonti Jr. drove from Detroit to see Clinton.

“I admire her. She’s a strong and accomplished leader, and I hope she’ll be president,” he said.

One enterprising attendee, Bryan Mendiola, handed Clinton his girlfriend’s resume.

As the former secretary of state signed copies of Hard Choices, dozens of people, including former campaign volunteers, told her they hoped she would run in 2016.

“Bless your heart,” Clinton responded.

The book tour blitz includes stops in Canada, Massachusetts, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Kansas City, and San Francisco over the coming weeks.

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US Department of State(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday in an attempt to de-escalate tensions in the region.

Early Saturday morning, with concerns already abound of Russian tanks and militants spilling across the border into Ukraine, a Ukrainian military plane was shot down, killing all 49 people aboard. In response, an angry mob of Ukrainians overturned diplomatic cars, dragged down the Russian flag and threw rocks at windows of the Russian embassy in Kiev.

In speaking with both Lavrov and Yatsenyuk, Kerry made clear that the ongoing flow of weaponry and militants across the Ukrainian border was a concern, and urged both sides to contribute to the de-escalation. Kerry also discussed ongoing negotiations over gas prices with Yatsenyuk and the situation in Iraq with Lavrov.

In a statement, the State Department condemned the attack on the Russian embassy, urging Ukrainian authorities to provide adequate security to the Russian embassy, citing Vienna Convention obligations.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(IRVINE, Calif.) — During his commencement speech at the University of California-Irvine on Saturday to push for action on climate change.

“When President Kennedy set us on a course for the moon,” Obama said, “there were a number of people who made a serious case that it wouldn’t be worth it.” And yet, Obama pointed out, “but nobody ignored science. I don’t remember anyone saying the moon wasn’t there, or that it was made of cheese.”

Speaking about politicians who avoid the tough questions on the topic of climate change, Obama said their avoidance really means that they accept the reality of man-made climate change, but that politics prevent them from acknowledging it.

Obama announced a $1 billion disaster-recovery fund that communities can compete for. The money is already accounted for by law, but the competition represents a new twist.

The president also called the graduation class, and the current generation of young people “super underrated.”

“Progress won’t always be flashy,” Obama said. “It’ll be measured in disasters averted and lives saved and a planet preserved.”

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Hemera/Thinkstock(MADISON, Wis.) — A federal judge in Wisconsin who struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages last week issued put those marriages on hold on Friday by issuing a stay.

Nearly 600 marriage licenses were issued in the 60 counties that allowed same-sex marriages between the ruling and the stay being issued by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb. The stay is expected to allow Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to pursue an appeal to Crabb’s earlier ruling.

In requesting the stay, Van Hollen released a statement on Monday, saying that he hoped a stay would maintain “status quo during the appeal process and [prevent] the introduction of uncertainty, inconsistency, and confusion into Wisconsin’s marriage laws.”

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Hemera/Thinkstock(MADISON, Wis.) — A federal judge in Wisconsin who struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages last week issued put those marriages on hold on Friday by issuing a stay.

Nearly 600 marriage licenses were issued in the 60 counties that allowed same-sex marriages between the ruling and the stay being issued by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb. The stay is expected to allow Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to pursue an appeal to Crabb’s earlier ruling.

In requesting the stay, Van Hollen released a statement on Monday, saying that he hoped a stay would maintain “status quo during the appeal process and [prevent] the introduction of uncertainty, inconsistency, and confusion into Wisconsin’s marriage laws.”

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US State Department(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton had harsh words for a few foreign leaders on Friday evening while speaking at the latest stop on her Hard Choices book tour. The sold out event at George Washington University was moderated by former Clinton speechwriter and staffer Lissa Muscatine.

Clinton criticized Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al- Maliki following days of unrest in the region for not committing to an inclusive government in Iraq and not cooperating with the U.S. sooner.

“The underlying problem though here is not one of military preparedness or security,” Clinton said. “The problem is the conception of leadership and governance that Maliki brought to the job of prime minister.”

The former Secretary of State said a failure at the government level combined with the extraordinary success of extremist groups in Syria, particularly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has made the crisis “especially dangerous.”

The Iraqi government appealed to the U.S. for help but Clinton said military support should not be considered unless Maliki is presented with a set of conditions. While support, in some form, is being considered, she said that’s a difficult task because “you’d be fighting for dysfunctional, unrepresentative, authoritarian government and there’s no reason on earth that I know of that we would ever sacrifice a single American life for that.”

Friday morning, President Obama said that he would not send troops back into combat in Iraq.

When asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin, Clinton said he is more focused on extending the country’s sphere of influence than pushing forward to create a modern economy.

“He is a determined, relentless pursuer of his vision of a Russia from the past,” she said.

She continued that whatever his vision it is imperative that the U.S. and the West ensure that he does not upset the stability established after World War II and the fall of the Soviet Union.

Audience members received a signed copy of Hard Choices and Clinton assured them that she signed each herself. Given the volume, she opted for first name only. Before leaving, she shook hands and took selfies with the eager crowd. The grandmother-to-be held an audience member’s baby on stage triggering applause, laughter and photographs from spectators.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — In his weekly address, President Obama wishes a happy Father’s Day to America’s dads and emphasizes the importance that fathers play in society.

The president stresses the support provided by intiatives like “My Brother’s Keeper” for those living without father figures, and highlights other actions being taken to help the nation’s families.

“We’ve still got too many workplace policies that belong in the 1950s, and it’s time to bring them up to date for today’s families, where oftentimes, both parents are working,” Obama says. “Moms and dads deserve affordable child care, and time off to care for a sick parent or child without running into hardship.”

The president will host the first-ever White House Working Families Summit in a few weeks to address such issues.

Read the full transcript of the president’s address:

Hi, everybody. Sunday is Father’s Day. If you haven’t got Dad a gift yet, there’s still time. Just barely. But the truth is, what we give our fathers can never match what our fathers give us.

I know how important it is to have a dad in your life, because I grew up without my father around. I felt the weight of his absence. So for Michelle and our girls, I try every day to be the husband and father my family didn’t have when I was young. And every chance I get, I encourage fathers to get more involved in their children’s lives, because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to have a child – it’s the courage to raise one.

Still, over the past couple years, I’ve met with a lot of young people who don’t have a father figure around. And while there’s nothing that can replace a parent, any of us can do our part to be a mentor, a sounding board, a role model for a kid who needs one. Earlier this year, I launched an initiative called My Brother’s Keeper – an all-hands-on-deck effort to help more of our young men reach their full potential. And if you want to be a mentor to a young man in your community, you can find out how at WhiteHouse.gov/MyBrothersKeeper.

Now, when I launched this initiative, I said that government can’t play the primary role in a young person’s life. Taking responsibility for being a great parent or mentor is a choice that we, as individuals, have to make. No government program can ever take the place of a parent’s love. Still, as a country, there are ways we can help support dads and moms who make that choice.

That’s why, earlier this week, we brought working dads from across America to the White House to talk about the challenges they face. And in a few weeks, I’ll hold the first-ever White House Working Families Summit. We’ve still got too many workplace policies that belong in the 1950s, and it’s time to bring them up to date for today’s families, where oftentimes, both parents are working. Moms and dads deserve affordable child care, and time off to care for a sick parent or child without running into hardship. Women deserve equal pay for equal work – and at a time when more women are breadwinners for a family, that benefits men, too. And because no parent who works full-time should have to raise a family in poverty, it’s time for Congress to follow the lead of state after state, get on the bandwagon, and give America a raise.

Dads work hard. So our country should do what we can to make sure their hard work pays off; to make sure life for them and their families is a little less stressful, and a little more secure, so they can be the dads their kids need them to be. Because there’s nothing more precious in life than the time we spend with our children. There’s no better feeling than knowing that we can be there for them, and provide for them, and help give them every shot at success.

Let’s make sure every dad who works hard and takes responsibility has the chance to know that feeling, not just on one Sunday, but every day of the year.

Thanks everybody, happy Father’s Day, and have a great weekend.

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