Barack After Dark™: Joey B. On Immigration. Barack Presents The International Women of Courage Award. The Cesar Chavez Champions of Change.


 

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In Case You Missed It: Vice President Biden Talks About the Need for Immigration Reform

 

 

Last Thursday, Vice President Biden spoke to 350 Hispanic businessmen, entrepreneurs, and community leaders at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Summit.

 

During his speech, he spoke passionately about the need for immigration reform and thanked the Chamber for their continued leadership on this issue.

 

The Vice President stated, “The single most important thing we can do for our economy, for America’s future, is pass immigration reform now.”

 

He cited the findings of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the economic benefits of the immigration reform bill (S. 744) the Senate passed in June and similar legislation recently introduced by House Democrats. The CBO determined common-sense reform would increase our gross domestic product by $1.4 trillion and reduce the deficit by $850 billion over the next 20 years.

 

The Vice President offered several examples to illustrate why our current broken immigration system is damaging our economy.

 

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He explained that under our current system, we send scientists and engineers who earn PhD‘s at our universities back to their home countries.

 

Because we turn them away, these professionals will make their next great discoveries and products abroad instead of on U.S. soil. “It makes absolutely no sense,” the Vice President said. “We should be stapling a green card to each and every one of those degrees as they walk across the stage.”

 

The Vice President also discussed the plight of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. These immigrants are already contributing to our economy and society and would have the opportunity to contribute more fully if they were allowed to come out of the shadows and access a path to earned citizenship. “They just want a decent life for their kids, a chance to contribute to a free society, a chance to put down roots and help build the next great American century,” the Vice President said.

 

The Vice President ended his remarks by urging House Republican leaders to allow a vote on immigration reform legislation. The vast majority of the American people—including many Republicans—support immigration reform. The Senate passed an immigration reform bill nine months ago by a wide bipartisan margin. Passing immigration reform, as the Vice President has said, is not only the morally right thing to do for the 11 million living in the shadows, but it is also in the overwhelming economic interest of our nation.

 

“So keep up the pressure,” the Vice President told the audience. “Embrace those who are with us in both parties. But tell everybody, you got to stand up. It’s not enough to say it.  You got to stand up.”

 

Felicia Escobar is the Senior Policy Director for Immigration in the Office of the Vice President. Sherry Lachmann is a Domestic Policy Advisor in the Office of the Vice President.

 

 

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President Obama Presents the International Women of Courage Award

 

Published on Mar 31, 2014

President Obama presents the State Department’s 2014 International Women of Courage Award to Dr. Maha Al Muneef. The award is presented annually women who are doing extraordinary work around the world advocating on behalf of women, children, and families. March 29, 2014.

 

 

 

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN PRESENTING STATE DEPARTMENT’S 2014 WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARD TO DR. MAHA AL MUNEEF.

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THE PRESIDENT:  For the press, I just wanted to let everybody know Dr. Al Muneef was a recipient of the International Women of Courage Award that the State Department annually presents to women who are doing extraordinary work around the world advocating on behalf of women, children, and families.  She was not able to attend because of family health issues, but we were aware of the fact that we’d be able to see her here today to personally present the award.

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I’m doing this on behalf of Michelle Obama, who normally is the presenter, and I know that Dr. Al Muneef is disappointed that it’s me instead of Michelle — appropriately so.  (Laughter.)  But Dr. Maha Al Muneef has been able to not only set up services here in the kingdom, but also, more importantly in some ways, been able to pass laws providing protections for women and children for domestic abuse and to provide a safe space and shelter for those who are suffering from domestic abuses.

     And so to see the kind of progress that’s been made, her ability to work with the kingdom to persuade many that this is an issue that’s going to be important to the society over the long term, I think makes this award fully justified.  And so we’re very, very proud of you and grateful for all the work you’re doing here and I’m looking forward to seeing you do even more wonderful things in the future.

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     DR. AL MUNEEF:  Thank you.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  And she has wonderful children who are over there taking pictures.  She’s very proud of them.

 

 

U.S. President Barack Obama presents Dr. Maha Al-Muneef with the U.S. Secretary of State's International Woman of Courage Award in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 29, 2014. Photo by AP

U.S. President Barack Obama presents Dr. Maha Al-Muneef with the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Woman of Courage Award in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 29, 2014. Photo by AP

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President Barack Obama points out Dr. Maha Al-Muneef's family members after presenting her with the International Woman of Courage award at the Ritz Carlton Riyadh hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama points out Dr. Maha Al-Muneef’s family members after presenting her with the International Woman of Courage award at the Ritz Carlton Riyadh hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Cesar Chavez Champions of Change

 

Published on Mar 31, 2014

The White House honors community service leaders to highlight their incredible contributions to our public and community service sectors in recognition of Cesar Chavez Day.

 

 

 

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

 

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Streamed live on Mar 31, 2014

Live from the Brady Press Briefing Room

 

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White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

 

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Last Call for Health Insurance: It’s the Last Day to Get Covered

 

 

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If you don’t have health insurance, today is the last day to get coverage that starts in 2014. Go right now to HealthCare.gov to sign up.

There are three ways to sign up:

  • Online. You can sign up at HealthCare.gov . You can also sign up in Spanish at CuidadoDeSalud.gov.
  • On the Phone. You can call 1-800-318-2596, any time, any hour, and a trained representative will help you enroll.
  • In Person. You can also find a person in your community to help you at localhelp.healthcare.gov.

 

Don’t put it off any longer — get covered now!

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President Obama Signs North Carolina Disaster Declaration

Today, the President declared a major disaster in the State of North Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm during the period of March 6-7, 2014.

 

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm in the counties of Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, and Randolph.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

 

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Elizabeth Turner as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

 

FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

 

 

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March 2014: Photo of the Day

 

March 31st 2014 Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama plays with 5 month-old Vann Carroll during a greet with wounded warriors and their families who were touring the White House, in the East Room, March 31, 2014. Vann was visiting with mom Ryan Carroll and dad, Major Ben Carroll. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama plays with 5 month-old Vann Carroll during a greet with wounded warriors and their families who were touring the White House, in the East Room, March 31, 2014. Vann was visiting with mom Ryan Carroll and dad, Major Ben Carroll. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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A short story: One day in April…


Originally posted on petitemagique:

*Warning, this post may contain triggers concerning sexual harassment, bullying and grief*

One Day In April…

She had a great childhood.

Loving parents, awesome siblings and lots of fun things to do.

She had a couple of nightmares because of a man jumping in front of a train before her eyes and the man of her aunt harassing and threatening her family, but other than that, she had the life every child dreamed of.

Blessed with intelligence and creativity, there were no problems with school either. Sure, she was easily distracted. But she made up for that with the will to succeed.

Yes, she was a bit strange and always would go her own way, but she was loved and respected.

But that changed when she went to high school. The kids there didn’t like someone who was ‘different’ or stood out. So the bullying started. She didn’t really care…

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Lemon Lavender Bars


Originally posted on Whole to the Core Blog:

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These snack bars were a ‘mom and daughter’ creation over spring break. Aleyah has really become accustomed to finding her way around the kitchen, and it was fun to be able to work on this together. Since she loves the scent of lavender (and it’s growing in our garden), I decided to let her taste it and here is what we came up with:

Lemon Lavender Bars

  • 1 cup almonds

  • 1 cup golden raisins

  • 1/4 cup ground flax

  • 1 lemon, Juice zest

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2/3 cup whole oats

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

  • 1 Tablespoon honey

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lavender

  • 1 Tablespoon honey

Place almonds, raisins, and flax into a bowl. Zest and then juice lemon and add to the bowl. Pour in water and allow to sit for about 30 minutes for almonds to soften. Place the almond mix and the rest of the ingredients…

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The White House: Last Call For Health Insurance. It’s The Last Day To Get Covered. Joey B. Visits Rachael Ray.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Last Call for Health Insurance: It’s the Last Day to Get Covered

 

If you don’t have health insurance, today is the last day to get coverage that starts in 2014. Go right now to HealthCare.gov to sign up.

 

There are three ways to sign up:

 

 

Don’t put it off any longer — get covered now!

 

 

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Rachael Ray Tears Up During Joe Biden’s Last-Minute Obamacare Pitch

 

 

Published on Mar 31, 2014

3-31-14 – Vice President Joe Biden took his final pitch on the Affordable Care Act to Rachael Ray’s syndicated program Monday and found an emotional, effective pitchwoman in the daytime talk show host. Ray began to tear up as she described to Biden and her audience how her family used Healthcare.gov to help her brother find a new insurance plan after he was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. “My mom and my sister went on the site and used it as a resource to find the people in our community and they found the right healthcare for my brother and his child,” Ray explained. “It is such an important resource for Americans, and I just thank this administration for doing this.”

 

RELATED: Ellen Thanks Obama for Obamacare: ‘Everyone’s Very Grateful You Did This’

 

Biden then used Ray’s story to tout the “peace of mind” Obamacare can bring to people like her brother and millions of other Americans who will no longer be able to be dropped by their insurance companies for having pre-existing conditions. When Ray pointed out that she was “getting teary” because of how “emotional” the issue is for her, Biden commiserated, saying, “No, it’s personal.”

 

“I hope that young people take it seriously enough to get online today and get signed up,” Ray said to her viewers on the final day of the enrollment period. “It’s so important to take advantage of this.”

 

 

 

 

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@FLOTUS No bones about it: Today’s the last day to sign up for health insurance. #GetCoveredNow → http://Healthcare.gov 

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@WhiteHouse You've still got time to #BeatTheBuzzer and sign up for health insurance. #GetCoveredNow → http://Healthcare.gov

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You’ve still got time to #BeatTheBuzzer and sign up for health insurance. #GetCoveredNow → http://Healthcare.gov

 

 

MARCH 31, 2014
2014 open enrollment ends
If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period — and will likely have to pay a fine.

 

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2014
2015 open enrollment begins
You can search for and purchase health insurance in the Marketplace for the following year.

 

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2015
2015 open enrollment ends
If you have not signed up for health insurance by this date, you will need to wait until the next open enrollment period, and will likely have to pay a bigger fine than 2014.

 

 

Learn more:

 

 

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How to Get Obamacare (healthcare.gov enrollment instructions)

 

Published on Oct 12, 2013

How to Get Obamacare is a Free Guide to Enrolling on Healthcare.gov Health Insurance Marketplace Exchange. Learn How to Save money with Gov Subsidy, and avoid the penalty. Brought to you by Insureacare http://www.insureacare.com/Affordable…

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie Jarrett to Hollywood to Get Obamacare in Movie, TV Scripts

 

 

 

 

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Whats Going On Now?™ Bachmann. ObamaCARES. The GOP. Hobby Lobby. Koch Bros. Christie Report.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From Daily Kos Recommended:

 

 

NJ State Senator Weinberg explains on MTP, Five Things that are Wrong with the Christie Report

 

New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-NJ, Majority Leader/Co-Chair, Legislative Select Committee on Investigation) was interview by Chuck Todd about 30 minutes into the show. (Thankfully, David Gregory had some other commitment, or something.)
Here’s my brief summary of her critique of the “exhaustive” Christie Report, provided by Christie’s Interview Review team of attorneys. Many are saying this for-hire Report was designed to cast Christie in the best light possible, while at the same time, take a pre-emptive character strike, at those former staffers who have yet to have their say in court (or in this self-serving Report either).

 

Here’s my brief summary of Senator Loretta Weinberg’s critiques of the Report, gleaned from her answers to Todd’s questions:

  1) Missing List of 70 Witnesses.

  2) Missing Transcript of the 70 Witnesses’ Interviews.

  3) Its “gratuitous, sexist language” with regards to witness Kelly.

  4) Its intentional omissions to disclose: that both Christie and Samson were copied on her letter of 09/19/2013, concerned the GWB Traffic problems.

  5) Its use of euphemisms like “The Lane Realignment” to give a false impression about the intentional nature Traffic Gridlock situation in Fort Lee.

 

 

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Why libertarians have it totally wrong on the contraceptive mandate

 

This past Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the combined cases of Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius—referred to colloquially and hereinafter as the Hobby Lobby case. At issue before the highest court in the land is the question of whether for-profit businesses can lay claim to having a religion, and if so, whether the contraceptive mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act places an undue burden on religious employers because they would be forced to provide medical insurance that is required to cover care that violates the doctrine of the employing entity, regardless of of whether the employee desires the care or not.

 

A decision for plaintiffs in this case would not just represent a setback on access to contraception, but would open up a Pandora’s Box of negative policy consequences. As Justices Kagan, Ginsburg and Sotomayor aptly pointed out, accepting the arguments of the plaintiffs would not simply gut the contraceptive mandate. Even worse, it would provide precedent for any employer to refuse to cover any type of medical care on religious grounds, or even seek religious exemptions to unrelated laws such as nondiscrimination clauses or the minimum wage. This would force courts to consider employers’ claims for exemptions on a case-by-case basis, resulting in a host of frivolous litigation that would force judges into the impossible position of evaluating the sincerity of each individual’s religious conviction.

 

It goes without saying that the theocratic right wing is fully in support of the plaintiffs in these cases. After all, the war on a woman’s reproductive freedom that used to be more exclusively reserved for the continued debate over abortion rights has now extended to birth control, which used to be so uncontroversial a topic that even Hobby Lobby has previously covered it for their employees without objection. But the religious right has an ally in the fight to deny women guaranteed coverage of contraception: economic libertarians.

 

 

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GOP’s Obamacare spite means death toll for red states

 

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Despite the catastrophic launch of the Healthcare.gov web site last fall, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is on pace to hit and surpass the CBO’s most recent forecast of 6 million private insurance subscribers by the March 31 enrollment deadline. All told, at least 13 million people will obtain insurance coverage as a result of Obamacare, including 3 million young adults under age 26 added to their parents’ (a majority of them Republican) policies. As with President Bush’s Medicare Part prescription drug plan 8 years ago, ACA approval is climbing. The markets, too, have spoken, with stock prices for major insurers surging as their CEOs signal their pleasure with the total number and age mix of their new customers.

 

But given the unprecedented four-year Republican war to smother it in its cradle, Obamacare’s recovery is all the more remarkable. A seemingly unending torrent of court challenges by state Republicans and right-wing front groups has held up ACA implementation in many states. (If they succeed in Halbig v. Sebelius, they will effectively undo the Affordable Care Act in 34 states altogether.) A misinformation campaign about make-believe deficits, mythical “death panels,” a pretend “government takeover of health care” and a supposedly simultaneous insurance industry “death spiral” and “bailout” left Americans—especially the uninsured—fearful, confused and shockingly ill-informed.

 

Yet as damaging as that uncertainty and chaos has been, the Republican Party’s scorched-earth opposition to Obamacare is producing something far worse: a body count. That’s not hyperbole, but a grim reality. Due to what might be the greatest act of political spite in modern American history, Republicans will needlessly leave millions of people uninsured, many hospitals on the edge of financial ruin and thousands of Americans dead, mostly in the states the GOP itself controls.

 

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Bachmann blathers over her latest Obamacare outrage

 

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Rep. Michele Bachmann says the latest delay in the implementation of Obamacare is just another example of “lawlessness” on the part of President Barack Obama.

 

“Unfortunately, it is the continuation of lawlessness from the administration,” Bachmann told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on Wednesday. “The administration gets to have it any way they want to have it. All their promises about Obamacare, completely hypocritical. They didn’t come through, and now this? More of the same.”

 

That’s about the delay that isn’t really a delay, just a grace period for pending applications to be completed. And once again, we’ve got a Republican with reading comprehension problems.

 

For those wondering—in §1311 of the health law, the HHS Secretary is given the power to set dates for enrollment—so there is your legal underpinning for any date change.

Of course, that’s assuming Bachmann ever bothered to read the law.

 

 

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Don’t Buy Koch

 

Here is a list of Koch products.

 

Koch Brothers and Koch Industries from:

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It was probably here before, this list, so here it is, again.

 

Koch Industry Gasoline:
Chevron
Union
Union 76
Conoco

 

Koch Industry/Invista Products:
COMFOREL® fiberfill
COOLMAX® fabric
CORDURA® fabric
DACRON® fiber
POLYSHIELD® resin
SOLARMAX® fabric
SOMERELLE® bedding products
STAINMASTER® carpet
SUPPLEX® fabric
TACTEL® fiber
TACTESSE® carpet fiber
TERATE® polyols
TERATHANE® polyether glycol
THERMOLITE® fabric
PHENREZ® resin
POLARGUARD® fiber and
LYCRA® fiber

 

Koch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products:
Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper
Sparkle napkins
Vanity fair napkins
Zee napkins

 

Georgia Pacific Building products:
Dense Armor Drywall and Decking
ToughArmor Gypsum board
Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood
Flexrock
Densglass sheathing
G/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)-
Agricultural Plaster
Arts & Crafts Plaster
Dental Plaster
General Purpose Plaster
Glass-reinforced Gypsum (GRG),etc.

 

 

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My Short F*ck You Note & Meme To Hobby Lobby

 

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I’m sick and tired, of being sick and tired, of seeing women’s rights gutted and stomped on by misogynist GOP politicians and corporations. As an artist, I will no longer purchase my supplies from Hobby Lobby. Rarely do I use the words ‘always’ and ‘never’. In this case, I can say I will never step foot in another Hobby Lobby store again – even if they drop the lawsuit.

 

To use religion as their stance, then import products from China, knowing China has forced-abortions, and in some areas, horrible working conditions and a lack of human rights, Hobby Lobby is guilty of the worst kind of blasphemy and hypocrisy. This Hobby Lobby case is not about the money – It’s about THE MONEY. Money, greed and control.

 

This is my public goodbye to Hobby Lobby and my happy hello to small, locally-owned art supply shops – where I should have been shopping in the first place.

 

 

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Thank you Daily Kos Recommended.

 

 

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