The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Obama Approves Budget and Defense Bills While on Holiday

    President Obama, who is on vacation in Hawaii, has signed seven pieces of legislation including the two-year bipartisan budget deal negotiated in Congress earlier this month and a sweeping defense policy law. While acknowledged as modest progress by all sides, the budget accord offers hope that three years of extreme budget brinkmanship and partisan posturing are coming to an end. The defense bill includes provisions that will ease the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to countries willing to accept them – provisions the White House has long sought – as well as changes to how the military handles sexual assault cases.

    Sources: Washington Post, Al Jazeera, BBC, NPR

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