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President Obama Set to Dine with Four Who Wrote from Kansas City

A video posted to The White House YouTube channel today highlights four Kansas City residents set to dine with President Barack Obama this evening.

“The President loves getting 10 letters a night, that he reads every night, where he can hear from everyday Americans about how they’re affected by the policies that he’s fighting to implement here in Washington,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest says in the video. “The president’s been traveling across the country meeting with these individual people who’ve written him letters. He’s gonna do the same thing in Kansas City.”

The video continues with Earnest calling individuals – including Becky, Victor, and Valerie – who have written to Obama letting them know that they’re invited to dine with the president.

“Would you be willing to have dinner with the President on Tuesday night,” asks Earnest, to which one woman replied, “Ohh yes, yes…That sounds like a blast.”

ABC News reports that the President will dine with “a man who thanked Obama for student loan help he received, a single mother who described her challenges raising children and running a business, a teacher in a GED program and a woman who is active in her neighborhood association.”

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Members of Congress Pitch Their Town as Host for DNC Convention

As the Democratic National Committee is making site visits to potential host cities for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, The Washington Post’s Jackie Kucinich visited Capitol Hill to hear from several Members from finalist cities on why their town should be chosen.

Philadelphia’s Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA) entices with the “real” Philadelphia cheesesteak. Brooklyn’s Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) touts the new Manhattan as the home of Jay-Z. Birmingham’s Rep. Terri Sewell promotes that “magical things happen” in her town. And Phoenix’s Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) promises that everyday in Phoenix is a great hair day.

Also in the running as host city for the Democratic National Convention: Columbus (Ohio) and Cleveland, which was selected earlier this month as host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Philadelphia, Chicago and Miami have all hosted both conventions in the same year, most recently being Miami in 1972.

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White House Broadcast Booker Dag Vega Set to Leave 1600 Penn.

Dag VegaDag Vega, special assistant to the president and director of broadcast media at the White House, is set to leave 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at the end of next week. Since joining the administration at the start of President Obama’s first term, Vega has managed the cable, Sunday show, and morning news appearances of the president and many White House officials.

In a POLITICO report this morning, Vega’s boss and White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri said, “Dag conceives of the interview, negotiates the terms, books it, preps the president, staffs the president, haggles over the excerpts, and then takes the incoming from the nets and talent who didn’t get the interview.”

His new gig is yet to be named but it’s said to be in the private sector.

WaPo’s Pamela Kirkland Explores Past Criticisms of Obama’s ‘Katrina Moments’

The border has been a strong topic of political conversation in recent weeks and critics have been referring to it as “Obama’s Katrina” both on and off television. Well, it’s not the first time an Obama response has been compared to Katrina and likely won’t be the last.

The Washington Post’s Pamela Kirkland explores three additional times critics drew the same comparison.

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Josh Earnest Sits Down with CNN’s Brian Stelter for First Sunday Show Appearance

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 13.02.51On Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” CNN host Brian Stelter sat down in the White House briefing room with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest to discuss a variety of issues including the Administration’s ‘transparency’ and how he’s settling into his new role in his first Sunday Show appearance.

On the topic of transparency, Earnest said, “If there’s ever a day when the White House press corps sits back and says, ‘You know, we’re getting all the information that we need from the White House Press Office,’ then everybody in the White House press corps would not be doing their jobs, right?”

For those who missed, click through for the full conversation, which also touched on whether he’s dreaded any days he’s had to speak at the podium, if the briefing should remain televised, and what his media diet entails. Read more

Edward Klein’s Latest Blood Feud the Topic of Much Scandalous Conversation

51GMqv8vJYLIn June, Regency published former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein‘s latest Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas, on the “rocky” relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons.

The New York Times bestseller list on Monday positioned it above Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices in the category for combined print and e-book nonfiction for July 13, 2014.

Business Insider has been in touch with someone close to Clinton, who said that, “there is no bigger liar in the entire world,” to describe Klein, who in 2005 authored The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President.

In June 2005, FishbowlDC reported that Jay L. Clendenin, a photographer who’s work was included in the 2005 book, said that Klein misrepresented former President Bill Clinton in a photo he took that was cropped. Read more

Sarah Palin Pens Support for Impeachment of President Obama

Sarah Palin earlier today tweeted out a link to piece she wrote for Breitbart News supporting the impeachment of President Barack Obama for his position on the border crisis.

“It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment,” wrote the former Vice Presidential candidate. “The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.”

 

Glenn Beck Says Press to ‘Take Out Their Anger’ on Hillary Clinton

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 14.50.27On TheBlaze TV today, Glenn Beck predicted that if Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016, press will “take out their anger of being betrayed by this administration” on her.

“Hillary Clinton is going to pay the price of this administration – not by the American people – but by the press,” said Beck. “I think the press is going to take out their anger of being betrayed by this administration, never on this president, because they’re too deeply in bed. And I just don’t think that they will ever take out their aggression. But they know that some of these things are wrong. What’s happening with the White House and the Press Corps and how they’re treating us. I don’t think they have alarm bells going off, but they are uncomfortable with it and they don’t like it, and they don’t like the way they’ve been treated sometimes. And I think they’re going to take that out on Hillary Clinton.”

Click on over to Mediaite for video of Beck’s full comments.

Site Selection Committee Recommends Cleveland as 2016 Host City for RNC

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 12.18.55The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee today announced its support for Cleveland as the 2016 convention host city. The final running was between the Ohio city on Lake Erie and Dallas. In June, Denver and Kansas City were eliminted as possible host cities.

The RNC and Cleveland will now enter into exclusive negotiations regarding the city’s bid to host the 2016 convention. And at an August meeting in Chicago, the Site Selection Committee will present their recommendation to the RNC.

Eind Michelsen, chairwoman of the RNC Site Selection Committee, said, “Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus added, “A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer.”

Cleveland also has a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

That said, it’s never too early to start planning where to go out! We reached out to a friend who lives in downtown Cleveland for the lowdown on what not to miss around the Cleveland Convention Center (300 Lakeside Avenue) near East 4th, the Warehouse District, and The Flats.

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Jonathan Karl Asks Josh Earnest About President’s Knowledge of @BarackObama

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 14.16.23Jonathan Karl posed a question to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at today’s press briefing on the topic of a ‘Throwback Thursday’ Tweet by @BarackObama referencing “when a woman—not her boss—made her own decisions about her health care.”

“Does he even read the others?” asked Karl about ones not signed with his initials. “Does he know they’re going out? Are they reviewed by senior people at the White House or is that just simply OFA doing something on his behalf?”

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