The president hosts a press conference before he takes vacation. The event will likely mark Obama?s first comments on his decision to cancel a September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to Moscow?s decision to grant asylum to intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
President Barack Obama will unveil new measures in a press conference to increase transparency and build public trust in controversial government surveillance programs. Since data-gathering programs were revealed in June, Obama has repeatedly said he would encourage a national conversation about balancing the need for U.S. surveillance with people's rights to privacy.
An Israeli drone strike inside Egypt killed five suspected Islamic militants and destroyed a rocket launcher marking an incredibly rare Israeli operation carried out in its Arab neighbor's territory.