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Obama Discusses Irene, Libya, Economy

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass., Aug. 25 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama interrupted his Martha’s Vineyard vacation Thursday for briefings on Libya and Hurricane Irene — then it was off to the beach.

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said counterterrorism adviser John Brennan briefed Obama on developments in Libya where the search was on for Moammar Gadhafi as rebels battled forces loyal to the Libyan strongman for control of Tripoli.

Obama also convened a call with Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, emergency management Administrator Craig Fugate and others to discuss Irene’s path and likely impact along the Eastern Seaboard.

Irene was expected to turn north toward the United States Friday and could make landfall at North Carolina before taking aim at New York, hurricane forecasters said.

Obama also talked with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew, Daley and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling about economic issues including jobs proposals and deficit reduction. The discussion came as the Labor Department reported jobless claims had increased by 5,000 for the week ending last Saturday. The figures were skewed by claims filed as a result of a strike at Verizon.

After the talks, Obama was off to the beach near Edgartown Great Pond with his family, their third visit there this vacation.

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