President Obama urged the House to get immigration done by the August recess. “The ball is in the House’s court. I do urge the House to try to get this done before the August recess. There’s more than enough time. This thing’s been debated amply and they’ve got a number of weeks to get it done. Now’s the time.”
President Obama and former President George W. Bush will be in the same Tanzanian city Monday and could meet up. The AP: “Their wives plan to team up at the conference Tuesday for a joint discussion on promoting women’s education, health and economic empowerment. … Initially aides said the men had no plans to meet, but Obama foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes indicated Sunday that could change. ‘There may be something,’ Rhodes said.
(By the way, Bush is expected to make remarks at his library on immigration July 10 during an event called, “What Immigrants Contribute.” That’s the same day House Republicans are set to meet about the same issue.)
While visiting Africa, Bush said of Edward Snowden: “I think he damaged the security of the country.”
AP: “Vice President Joe Biden has asked Ecuador to turn down an asylum request from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the country’s president said Saturday.” More: The Friday phone call between Correa and Biden — it’s the highest-level conversation between the U.S. and Ecuador to be disclosed since Snowden began seeking asylum — added to the confusion about Snowden’s status.”
And Snowden appears stuck in the Moscow airport.
Tanzanians were excited about Obama’s visit.
NBCNews.com’s Andrew Rafferty: “President Barack Obama on Sunday announced a sweeping initiative to help bring electrical power to some of Africa's poorest regions, while reflecting on the legacy of Nelson Mandela and urging the continent to continue the work of South Africa's ailing former leader. Speaking at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the president announced a $7 billion initiative to bring electrical power to sub-Saharan Africa in an effort to help modernize the continent and better connect it with the rest of the world. The program, called ‘Power Africa,’ will also include more than $9 billion in investment from private companies, according to the White House. The iniative will focus on six African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania.”
A young boy rapped for President Obama in South Africa, and then Obama told him he should “drop the mic.”
Obama stood in Nelson Mandela’s prison cell.
Germany’s not happy about U.S. surveillance. The U.S. ambassador was summoned. (The ambassador is Philip Murphy, who, by the way, was finance chairman for the DNC and a former Goldman Sachs executive. The Center for Responsive Politics calls him “the largest personal giver to all federal candidates among nominees to date.” With his wife, they have given $1.5 million to federal candidates.)
“A wave of weddings were performed in San Francisco City Hall on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decisions to restore same-sex marriages to California, as defeated backers of the state’s gay marriage ban filed a last-ditch effort to halt the ceremonies,” AP reports. “Less than 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, lawyers for the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom filed an emergency petition to the high court Saturday asking it to halt the weddings on the grounds that its decision was not yet legally final. They claimed the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted prematurely and unfairly on Friday when it allowed gay marriage to resume by lifting a hold that had been placed on same sex unions.”
But: “Gay-marriage opponents lost a bid Sunday to temporarily reinstate California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, when a Supreme Court justice denied their motion,” The Wall Street Journal writes.
“Vice President Joe Biden continued a busy political pace Saturday, appearing with Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate at the swing state’s premier party fundraiser and ridiculing this fall’s conservative Republican statewide ticket as extreme captives of tea party ideology,” AP writes. “Biden brought about 1,000 Democrats to their feet repeatedly at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner barely four months ahead of the nation’s only competitive governor’s race. His appearances at state fundraisers haved evoked speculation that he is laying his footing for a 2016 presidential bid.”
Said Biden: “They are so afraid of a challenge by the tea party that they vote against what is the right vote. Imagine what they will do to Barack and me if Terry McAuliffe loses.”
Cucinelli then challenged Biden to a debate, accusing him of launching "a vitriolic, scurrilous and false attack." Said Cuccinelli in a statement: “It’s disappointing and all-too typical that Vice President Biden would be willing to come into Virginia to level false charges on behalf of a candidate who has been unwilling or unable to offer a plan for Virginia’s economic future or participate in substantive debates on the issues facing Virginians. Since my opponent threatened to walk away from the only debate scheduled, and refuses to engage in other debates across the Commonwealth, perhaps his friend, the vice president, will. There’s no question that this administration’s policies—from the Affordable Care Act to the war on coal—continue to contribute to an unyielding sense of uncertainty for Virginia job creators and middle class families. One can only assume that Mr. Biden would be willing to defend the administration’s stances on these issues in an open and honest debate."
Coral Davenport: “The U.S. had failed to be a world leader in fighting global warming—until this week. President Obama’s new climate-change plan, which he unfurled at a speech at Georgetown University, is a messy, second-best affair. … But bypassing Congress and using the unpopular tool of executive action also positions Obama to do what no president before him has been able to—show up at the global climate-change negotiating table with a credible, concrete action plan in hand, one that he can use to force action from other nations.”
Amy Harder sees Obama approving the Keystone XL pipeline some time in December.