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Executive Branch

As it relates to the checks and balances of our American government, the Executive Branch is responsible for the daily administration of the state bureaucracy. The head of the Executive Branch is the President of the United States. Underneath the President are the several Departments that have been created by Executive Order. The Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice are just a few examples of these subgroups within the Executive Branch. The representative leaders of these departments are collectively known as the President’s “Cabinet” of advisors.

Since the Executive Branch of our government is in charge of administrating the affairs of the nation, it is important to keep them in our prayers. The Executive Branch directs the general political flow of the federal government.

Featured Member of the Executive Branch for Prayer

PrayFocusExecutiveJohn Brennan, Director, Central Intelligence Agency

John Owen Brennan was born in September 1955 in North Bergen, New Jersey. He attended the Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School and graduated from Saint Joseph of the Palisades High School in West New York, New Jersey, before enrolling at Fordham University. At Fordham he earned a B.A. in Political Science. He spent his junior year abroad learning Arabic and taking Middle Eastern studies courses at the American University in Cairo. He received an M.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. He speaks Arabic fluently.

Brennan has 25 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, working as a Near East and South Asia analyst, as station chief in Saudi Arabia, and as director of the National Counterterrorism Center. He left government service to become CEO of a security consulting business, and served as Chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, an association of intelligence professionals.

President Obama nominated Brennan as Director of the CIA in January 2013. He was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee in March. Despite a 13-hour filibuster by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Brennan was confirmed by the full Senate. When Obama security adviser John Brennan was sworn into office as Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency on March 8, 2013, he put his hand not on a Bible, but on a copy of the Constitution – before it included the Bill of Rights.

Brennan is married to Kathy Pokluda Brennan and they have a son and twin daughters.

IN THE NEWS: The CIA said it would unilaterally provide “enhanced death benefits” for employees and contractors “killed overseas in the performance of duty and as a result of terrorism,” going back to the Beirut bombing in 1983. The benefits include a life insurance payout up to $400,000, additional salary-based funds and education assistance. Under the new program, dozens of families will now receive new benefits. The family of Glen Doherty, a former Navy SEAL killed in the attack in Benghazi, Libya, was “thrilled” when they got the call from the CIA – not just because of what it means for their family, but for the families of all the others who will be helped through the program, according to Kate Quigley, Doherty’s sister.

“We’ve been waiting for this day a long time,” Quigley said. She also recalled how she personally sat in CIA Director John Brennan’s office in 2014, after a star was etched on the CIA’S Memorial Wall for her brother, “looked him in the eyes,” and urged him to “try to figure out a way to make this work.”

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and State Department computer specialist Sean Smith were also killed in the Benghazi attack. Quigley said her next “mission” is to see all four Benghazi victims recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal, legislation for which is currently making its way through the House and Senate.




Today’s Presidential Schedule

Tuesday May 3, 2016

The following schedule is provided (live feed) from The White House and is solely responsible for its content.

ALL TIMES EASTERN STANDARD-DAYLIGHT


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The President
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Executive Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION

President Barack Obama will visit Flint, Michigan on May 4 to spotlight the city’s lead-contamination crisis and hear first-hand from residents about public health issues and discuss federal efforts to respond.

The United States is preparing a “shield” to protect itself from “relatively low-level” threats coming from North Korea, as the regime continues its saber-rattling threats, according to President Obama who called it a “massive challenge.”

Pray for President Obama and his advisers as they confront both domestic and foreign issues of pubic protection.