The Obama adminstration begins its three-day summit on countering violent extremism with a "roundtable discussion" Tuesday afternoon led by Vice President Joe Biden and including "representatives from cities working to address the spread of violent extremism." President Barack Obama will join the summit twice this week, according to the Associated Press:
President Obama referred to the Islamic terrorists who killed several French Jews last month as people who "randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris" in an interview with liberal website Vox.com. In Tuesday's press briefing, ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest to clarify the president's position on the terrorists' motivation to attack the kosher supermarket.
President Obama gave a pre-Super Bowl interview in the White House kitchen to NBC's Savannah Guthrie, where the two talked about (and drank) beer:
Obama "agreed to spend a few moments with us live," said Guthrie, explaining that the rest of the interview will be taped and aired for tomorrow's Today Show. "We're in the White House kitchen, where, among other things, you brew beer."
Associated Press White House reporter Julie Pace said on Fox News Sunday that she believes some in the White House want to see Elizabeth Warren challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary nomination.
"For some of these people in the White House, who have worked for the president before, who really relish a great primary fight, a great political debate, that they would like to [Warren] in there," said Pace.
The Obama administration is angry with Israel. Here's the administration's house organ, the New York Times, this morning:
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.
The Emergency Committee for Israel will host a reception for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits Washington, D.C. The reception for Bibi is because President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry refuse to meet with him.
Here's the statement from ECI announcing the event:
House speaker John Boehner has invited Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on February 11. The invitation is meant to be a repudiation of President Obama's Iran policy, according to a draft Boehner's prepared remarks this morning to the House Republican conference.