Amid growing foreign policy crises, President Barack Obama is encouraging Congress and the country to focus on issues here at home - namely how to improve the livelihoods of working families. On Monday, the President and first lady Michelle Obama will hold a Working Families Summit in Washington, which highlights economic issues affecting American families at home and in the workplace.
"Every single day, there are conversations around the kitchen table where people are trying to figure out, this child care is costing so much, I'm not sure that we're going to be able to make our mortgage at the end of the month," the President said to Kate Bolduan of CNN's "New Day." "There are folks who are saying, 'Little Johnny is sick, but if I don't show up at my job, because I don't have paid family leave, we're not going to be able to pay the electricity bill.' "
Bolduan sat down with the President on Friday to discuss how he plans to achieve his administration's goal of a "21st-century workplace that works for all Americans."
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And here's a rundown of the top stories from today's show:
John Kerry visits Iraq as the country gets pummeled by militants. Soccer star Hope Solo heads to court after cops say she attacked her sister and nephew. And a Louisiana company is offering a cold summer treat made from pickle juice.
It's Monday, and here are 5 things to know for your new day:
1. KERRY IN IRAQ
Dicey situation: If you think your Monday is stressful, at least you're not John Kerry. The secretary of state landed in Baghdad today to try to help with Iraq's problem of losing swaths of the country to radical militants. But even President Obama said there's only so much the U.S. can do. If Iraq's not willing to help resolve sectarian strife, "there's no amount of American firepower that's going to be able to hold the country together."
2. BOWE BERGDAHL
Baby steps: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is no longer a patient at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. He's been moved to an outpatient facility where his slow reintegration process continues. Previous captives have completed their program within 10 days. But authorities are taking it slow with Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years.
3. HOPE SOLO
Red carded: Hope Solo, soccer star and controversy magnet, will face a judge today after she was hauled off to jail over the weekend on domestic violence assault charges. Police said she attacked her sister and her 17-year-old nephew. She appeared “intoxicated,” cops said.
4. MALAYSIA MISSING PLANE
Never give up: Australia says it’ll announce a new search area this week in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A re-examination of data could shift the search area hundreds of kilometers south. Another development over the weekend: London’s Sunday Times said the plane’s pilot is the primary suspect. But Malaysian authorities say that's not true.
5. WORLD CUP
Thisclose: If you happened to be the one person in the U.S. who didn’t watch the Americans take on Portugal, here’s how it went down: Portugal led, and the U.S. tied. Then the U.S. led and we were feeling pretty good about it. All the team had to do was NOT. GIVE. UP. THE. BALL. But with just 27 seconds to go, Portugal bounced back with an equalizer.
The U.S. went from this:
Team USA hits the field next in a match against Germany. (An earlier version of this report said that the U.S. team needed to beat Germany to stay in the tournament. It’s not that simple. In fact, it’s kind of complicated - win lose or tie, they still have a shot.)
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing:
That's a dilly of a pickle: Surely we're not the only ones who love to drink the juice at the bottom of the pickle jar. Nope! A Louisiana frozen treat stand now specializes in pickle juice sno-balls. What else would you want on a hot summer day?
Cat welcomes soldier home: Yes, it's possible - a cat breaks his aloofness and showers a human with love! Finn the cat actually seems happy that his owner is home:
Hedgehog fails to eat finger: Well, if that's what it was trying to do. OK, maybe it’s just a baby hedgehog adorably licking a finger. Either way it's pretty cute:
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning. Be sure to tune in to "New Day" from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, join us at CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!
This time it was the United States that gave up the dramatic goal.
Portugal's Silvestre Varela scored on a strong headed goal deep, deep in stoppage time to give Portugal a desperate 2-2 draw with the United States in a key Group G World Cup match at Manaus, Brazil.
The goal, in the 95th minute, came off a cross from Cristiano Ronaldo, who showed no signs of a knee injury that was the subject of much media attention in the buildup to the contest.
Second half strikes by U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones and striker Clint Dempsey had given the United States a 2-1 lead until Portugal rescued its World Cup chances.
"You're disappointed not to get three points but at the same time you have to take the positives from the game," Dempsey said. "We're happy with four points and there's everything to play for in the last game."
The United States plays co-group leader Germany on Thursday while Ghana and Portugal square off.
The Americans will win the group with a victory, but could also advance to the Round of 16 with a draw and a tie in the other match, which will be played at the same time.
But if Ghana or Portugal wins and the other match also has a winner, tiebreakers - the first being goal differential - will determine the second-place team in the group.