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Obama Celebrates Early Father’s Day with BBQ Lunch

Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Celebrating an early Father’s Day, President Obama today made a surprise stop at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill. In a previously unannounced outing, the president had lunch with two active duty members of the military, both of whom are fathers, as well as two local barbers who are participating in an administration program promoting fatherhood.

The “Fatherhood Buzz” campaign is designed to “reach out to dads with positive information through barbers and barber shops as a part of the administration’s longstanding Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative,” according to the White House.

“The more information we’re getting out there to folks about how they could take responsibility for their kids, make sure that they’re in their child’s lives, help support their mother even if they’re not living with the mother, makes a huge difference,” the president told the men over heaping plates of barbecue.

Explaining his administration’s efforts to support families, the president said that children with involved fathers are “are less likely to do drugs… girls are less likely to get pregnant.”

“That message is something that we want to make sure gets out there,” he said.

The president delivered brief remarks to the press before diving into a platter of ribs, collard greens, black eyed peas and rice and a corn muffin.

“We’re going to eat in peace now,” Obama said as the cameras were escorted out.

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Patriot Games: Congressional Leaders Blindsided By Failed Vote

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As President Obama and Republican Congressional leaders sit down to lunch Wednesday, their respective parties Tuesday night showed just how tough this new era of bipartisanship will be.

Neither party could muster the votes needed to pass an extension of the Patriot Act, the country’s counterterrorism law.  In a 277-148 vote, the House of Representatives fell a few votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to extend several key provisions of the law.

The provisions of the act, which has been something of a legislative hot potato since it was first passed in the wake of Sept. 11, deal with roving wiretaps, granting authorities wider access to records and property during terrorism investigations, and so-called “lone wolf” provisions, which approve surveillance of suspected terrorists not linked to a specific terrorist organization.

Republican leaders said they plan to hold another vote on the measure before the end of the month.

Both the White House and the GOP leadership supported the extension, and it’s sure to be a topic of discussion when President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet Speaker Boehner, Republican leader Eric Cantor and Republican Whip McCarthy Wednesday.

“I think that the president looks forward to discussing all issues, foreign and domestic,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday, previewing Wednesday's lunch.  “Obviously, without a doubt there'll be, I think, a heavy discussion on the economy and on spending.”

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