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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 at 02:15

by Joe Mullin - Aug 13, 2013 2:11 am UTC 75 President Obama held a news conference on Friday at which he promised reformbut groups who wanted to see real reform in the surveillance area were understandably skeptical . Obama made promises that he would "work with Congress" to produce better oversight, but he treated the recent leaks about NSA spying as more of a PR problem than anything else. The leaks had been revealed "in the most sensationalized manner," he stressed. But Obama maintained that the programs were not being abused. Notably, the president didn't suggest he would reduce the amount of surveillance taking place in any way. But the "high level group of outside experts" that Obama promised to convene is unlikely to change any hearts and minds, unless its composition changes. More:

We have visas, we have a date, which we wont disclose right now because of the frenzy, Fein said. Snowden has spoken the truth and wouldnt receive a fair trial if he voluntarily returned to the U.S., Lon Snowden said on the ABC program. U.S. political leaders, including members of Congress, have made absolutely irresponsible statements about Edward Snowden that have poisoned the well, so to speak, in terms of a potential jury pool, Lon Snowden said on the broadcast. Where my son chooses to live the rest of his life is going to be his decision, but I would like at some point in time for him to be able come back to the U.S., he said. Senator Robert Menendez , a New Jersey Democrat and the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said that Edward Snowden is a fugitive who deserves to be in an American courtroom, not in asylum in Russia. I believe he would have gotten a fair hearing, Menendez said on ABCs This Week today. To contact the reporters on this story: Greg Giroux in Washington at ; Lorraine Woellert in Washington at To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at U.S. More:

Clown Obama Missouri: Did rodeo stunt go too far?

Loesch. In 1994, a Philadelphia Inquirer story noted that a rodeo clown used a George H.W. Bush dummy to distract raging bulls, yet nobody called for a Secret Service investigation, pointed out Loesch. Of course, its the element of race that makes the Obama incident so site controversial. Many of those who are outraged by the rodeo clown perhaps see mock violence against the nations first African-American president in the context of the nations long history of real violence against African-Americans. Silence is an inappropriate response to this entertainment at an event supported by all Missourians,wrote Bob Yates on Show Me Progress," a left-leaning Missouri web site. More:

Samsung Odds Slim for Obama Veto of Apple-Won Phone Ban

Today, I can report that we are not where we need to be, but were making progress, Obama said during a speech at aDisabled American Veterans convention in Orlando. In the last five months alone, its down nearly 20 percent. Were turning the tide. White House officials told reporters that the administration has reduced the backlog claims pending for more than 125 days from 611,000 at the end of March to 500,000 in August, according to an Associated Press report . (Brian Blanco/EPA) President Obama addresses injured veterans Aug. 10 at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Orlando, Fla. In May, the Department of Veterans Affairs began what it described as a surge to address the buildup.The plan required all VA employees who process disability claims to work a minimum 20 hours of overtime each month through September to tackle the delays. The VA also began prioritizing claims pending more than a year as part of an earlier move to deal with the issue. The Office of Personnel Management is wrestling with a large backlogof its own relating to federal-employee retirement claims , but progress has stalled on that front. More:

In leisure mode, Obama shows off his golf game

The presidents golf outing was no surprise. Hes been known to tolerate miserable humidity and bone-chilling wind to go out for his almost weekly game in Washington. It would have been a shock if hed stayed off the course on this sunny, late-summer day. But the White House did surprise the group of reporters and photographers who follow the president by allowing the pack to watch a bit of the presidents golf game. The White House typically keeps the journalists far out of viewing range -- even in Kim Kardashian vans or a restaurant -- during the games. On Sunday, the group was allowed to gather in the trees on the first hole and watch Obama and the group putting. More:

Obama says VA has reduced backlog of disability claims

Mix all of that together and we could have a situation similar to 2011, when we just missed breaching the debt ceiling but had a ratings downgrade and the economy took a hit. POLITICOs Ben White and MJ Lee with the top story: SPEAKING OF THE HOUSE GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) thinks House Republicans have the votes to impeach Obama, reports POLITICOs Ginger Gibson: 2016 WATCH: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum were in Iowa over the weekend. So was Donald Trump, who said Republicans will have a really tough time if Hillary Clinton runs. But NBCs First Read team led by Chuck Todd reminds everyone to calm down: Taking the time machine back to 2005: After all, at this point in the 2008 cycle so visit site in Aug. More:

Apple could show its case dovetailed with the administrations expressed interest in limiting the power of patents underlying fundamental technology used across an industry. Samsungs products were ordered banned Aug. 9 for infringing two Apple patents on features that differentiate one phone from another -- an issue between the two companies that doesnt involve a widely-used standard. You have to look at it in that context -- even the president has been speaking about it, said Jim Altman , a patent lawyer with Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel in Washington who specializes in ITC cases. To overturn the Samsung ban, hed have to go off on a whole different level of reasoning. Samsung, the worlds largest smartphone maker, was ordered to stop selling phones and tablet devices that infringe Apple patents for multitouch technology and headphone jack detection. Standards Patents The commission said Samsung products including Continuum and Transform models infringe the headphone jack patent, while the Galaxy Tab 7.0 tablet computer and Galaxy S II -- the precursor to Samsungs top-selling Galaxy S4 -- do not. The Apple patents go to additional features, they go to convenience, but they dont go to the core function of how do I make a telephone call, said Jeff Lewis ofPatterson Belknap Webb & Kim Kardashian Tyler in New York. More:


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