GOP Wants Budget Talks with Obama, Not Reid, Pelosi  – Newsmax … “With a little more than a week before a government shutdown, Republicans have stated that they only want Obama as a negotiating partner when it comes to budget talks, rather than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif., The Hill reports. ‘They think they can get a better deal from Obama,’ said Darrell West, director of the governance studies program at the Brookings Institution. ‘When you look at past negotiations, Obama often has been willing to compromise on Democratic principles in ways his congressional counterparts have not been willing to do.'”
“However, after meeting with the president on Thursday, Pelosi and Reid told reporters that they have come to an agreement in regards to budget. But, Republicans, who since the midterm elections have control of the Senate, believe that Obama should have to deal with them directly. With an Oct. 1 deadline quickly approaching, the Hill notes that the Democrats want to combine spending talks with negotiations over a multi-year transportation bill.”
US-Trained Division 30 Rebels ‘Betrayed US and Hand Weapons Over to al-Qaeda’s Affiliate in Syria’  – Telegraph … “Pentagon-trained rebels are reported to have betrayed US and handed weapons over to an al-Qaeda affiliate immediately after entering Syria. Fighters with Division 30 surrendered and handed over ‘all its weapons’ to Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria, sources alleged on Monday. The moderate rebel group was the first faction to graduate from a US-led training programme in Turkey which aims to forge a fighting force on the ground in Syria to fight against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).”
“‘A strong slap [in the face] for America… the new group from Division 30 that entered yesterday hands over all of its weapons to Jabhat al-Nusra after being granted safe passage,’ tweeted Abu Fahd al-Tunisi, who purports to be a member of the al-Qaeda affiliate. ‘They also handed over a very large amount of ammunition and medium weaponry and a number of pick-ups.’ Abu Khattab al-Maqdisi, who also claims to be a Nusra member, added that Anas Ibrahim Obaid, Division 30’s commander, had explained to al-Nusra’s leaders that he had tricked the coalition because he needed weapons.”
COMMENT: Another great example of how this personally-designed military ‘strategy’ by President Obama is not only not working, but is a real disaster.
Obama Won’t Attend Clinton Global Initiative This Year  – Newsmax … “President Barack Obama will not be attending the Clinton Global Initiative when he attends the United Nations General Assembly next week, Politico reports. It will mark the first time since he assumed the presidency in 2009 that he has not attended. The decision comes as his vice president, Joe Biden, considers a run for the top office himself against Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state and a founder of CGI. The White House officially put the blame of a crowded schedule.”
“Neither Biden or Secretary of State John Kerry plan to attend this year either, according to Politico. White House Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith is the highest ranking member of the administration slated to attend. Big corporate sponsors also have dropped out this year, according to USA Today.”