The Oklahoman: “Worse than May 3rd.” Story lede: “The monster returned.”
AP: “President Barack Obama has called Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to express his concern about a monstrous tornado that wreaked havoc in the Oklahoma City suburbs. The White House says Obama told the governor that he’s directed the government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide any assistance she needs. FEMA has sent a special team to Oklahoma’s emergency operations center to help out and dispatch resources.”
Obama will speak at 10:00 am ET on the tragedy. It was exactly one year ago today at that Obama spoke at the Joplin High School commencement. Here’s a timeline of President Obama’s speeches on tragedies.
It was also just two years ago, almost to the day, that President Obama visited Joplin, MO.
“Top White House staff, including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, knew that a potentially damaging inspector general’s report on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea party groups was looming but decided not to inform President Barack Obama,” Roll Call writes.
Politico: “Monday’s revelation amounts to the fifth iteration of the Obama administration’s account of events, after initially saying that the White House had first learned of the controversy from the press.”
Roll Call: “In the wake of revelations that IRS officials unduly targeted right-leaning groups, a number of tea party supporters plan to publicly shame the tax man by amassing outside the agency’s headquarters on Tuesday for a lightning-fast gripefest. The proposed ‘IRS Flash Rally’ — ‘We will NOT have a permit, so be prepared to keep moving on the sidewalk,’ one of the organizers counseled online — is scheduled to go down at the corner of 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest from noon to 1 p.m.”
The Hill: “Predictions of massive ‘rate shock’ as a result of President Obama's healthcare law have been overblown, according to new analysis from the Center for American Progress (CAP). CAP, a liberal think tank, said higher costs will only affect about 3 percent of people between ages 19 and 29. Critics of the healthcare law say young, healthy people will see their premiums skyrocket as a result of new rules designed to protect patients who have pre-existing conditions.”
But… The Hill also notes, “Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare. Months after the president’s reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic.”
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, and UNITE HERE are among the groups.
President Obama and the first lady will visit Africa June 26-July 3. They’ll head to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.