Barack After Dark™: The West Wing Week. National Action Network. The Obama/Biden Administrations Taxes.


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This week, the President honored soldiers who lost their lives last week at Fort Hood, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and picked up his pen to take action toward ensuring equal pay. Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.





West Wing Week 4/11/14 or, “Love Never Ends”



This week, the President honored Equal Pay Day and signed two executive orders to support efforts to level the playing field for women, pushed for better access to skills-based high school training, hosted the Prime Minister of Tunisia, and traveled with the First Lady to the memorial at Fort Hood and then to Austin, to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.







President Obama Speaks at the National Action Network Convention




President Obama Speaks at the National Action Network Convention


Published on Apr 11, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention. April 11, 2014.




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President Obama and Vice President Biden’s 2013 Tax Returns



Today, the President released his 2013 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $481,098. The Obamas paid $98,169 in total tax.


The President and First Lady also reported donating $59,251 – or about 12.3 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 32 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was $8,751 to the Fisher House Foundation. The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 20.4 percent. The President pushed for and signed into law legislation that makes the system more fair and helps the middle class by extending tax cuts to middle class and working families and asks the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. In 2013, as a result of his policies, the President was subject to limitations in tax preferences, as well as additional Medicare and investment income taxes, for high income earners. The President and First Lady also released their Illinois income tax return and reported paying $23,328 in state income tax.





The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden also released their 2013 federal income tax returns, as well as state income tax returns for both Delaware and Virginia. The Bidens filed joint federal and combined Delaware income tax returns. Dr. Biden filed a separate non-resident Virginia tax return. Together, they reported adjusted gross income of $407,009. The Bidens paid $96,378 in total federal tax for 2013, amounting to an effective tax rate of 23.7 percent. They also paid $14,644 in Delaware income tax and Dr. Biden paid $3,470 in Virginia income tax. The Bidens contributed $20,523 to charity in 2013, including contributing the royalties received from Dr. Biden’s children’s book, net of taxes, to the USO.







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Remarks by the President Nominating Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services


The President Nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Secretary Of Health And Human Services.


First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter And Senator Elizabeth Dole Hosting The Joining Forces Initiative For Caregivers.


Statement by President Obama on the Retirement of Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns


Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate


President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Holy See to Attend the Canonization Mass of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II





April 11th 2014: Photo of the Day


President Barack Obama reaches down to 6-month-old Sabina Johnson, from Beaumont, Texas, who was visiting the Oval Office with her uncle, Elbek Elibaev, for his Make-A-Wish visit at the White House, April 11, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama reaches down to 6-month-old Sabina Johnson, from Beaumont, Texas, who was visiting the Oval Office with her uncle, Elbek Elibaev, for his Make-A-Wish visit at the White House, April 11, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)





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Fox Panelist Wishes Black People Would Chill Out When He Locks His Car (VIDEO)

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:


I’m feeling a lot better and I couldn’t resist posting this…

TPM Livewire

After Perino brought up Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), who said once again on Thursday that President Obama’s critics are motivated by racism, middling comedian Tom Shillue — filling in for Fox’s wannabe comedian Greg Gutfeld — had a novel idea.

“This race thing is – you know, at this point, I can’t believe they’re still saying it,” Shillue said.

“I might even agree with you that there may be some racism left in America, but who cares?” he added. “Anyone who does or says anything racist is always punished for it immediately. So why do we even talk about it anymore?”

The mostly conservative panel agreed. Perino wondered if “playing the race card so…

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US President Barack Obama addresses the National Action Networks 16th Annual Convention in New York City on April 11 , 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama addresses the National Action Networks 16th Annual Convention in New York City on April 11 , 2014 | (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Huffington Post

President Barack Obama delivered a fiery speech against Republicans on Friday, charging that the GOP is threatening voting rights in America.

Appearing at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference, Obama cited a 2006 DOJ analysis showing that out of 197,000,000 votes cast for federal elections between 2002 and 2005, only 40 voters were indicted for fraud.

“For those of you who are math majors, that is a percentage that is 0.00002 percent,” Obama said, drawing cheers from the crowd.

Obama then pointed to who he considers to be the real perpetrators: the people behind these “bogus” claims.

“Let’s be clear,” Obama said. “The real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments…

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Michael Eric Dyson blasts Cornel West: ‘You ain’t that important’

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This is a reblogged article written by Stereo Williams

2Over the past several months, Dr. Cornel West has been vocal in his disapproval of President Barack Obama, as well as Dr. West’s fellow intellectuals and cultural commentators Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Rev. Al Sharpton. Speaking last year in regard to President Obama’s 2013 inauguration, Dr. West stated, “We saw, of course, the coronation of the bonafide house Negro of the Obama plantation, our dear brother Al Sharpton, supported by the Michael Dysons and others who’ve really prostituted themselves intellectually in a very ugly and vicious way.”

As he spoke about the state of black intellectualism at Rev. Sharpton’s National Action Network Conference yesterday (April 10th), Dr. Dyson addressed Dr. West’s criticisms.

“The prophetic temptation is to believe your voice is the only voice,” said Dr. Dyson. “[You think that] your vision is the only vision. That’s what makes…

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Originally posted on America The NOT SO Beautiful:

April 11, 2014

By Mike Caccioppoli


Once again the favorite slogan of the NRA and gun loonies all across America, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” has been debunked as what it really is.. a slick, facile attempt to promote gun sales and to inoculate themselves from any responsibility when it comes to all of the gun violence in the USA. 22 people were injured by a knife wielding student at a high school near Pittsburgh, Pa. this past Wednesday. Some of the stabbing victims were hurt badly, but as I write this column, none have died from their injuries. 

Now this was an horrific event as another unstable American youth went ape shit in the hallways of our schools and began to stab anyone who passed by. However, we can only imagine the horror if this student had a gun, the usual semi-automatic weapon that most of these…

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