U.S. Announces Delegation To Africa: Ebola Virus Humanitarian Effort, “Conservative Politicians For 3rd World Nations Relief.”


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From VOX.com and Julia Belluz:

 

“A violent virus”: views from Ebola‘s ground zero

 

Aid worker Ishmeal Alfred Charles says getting abducted as a child soldier during Sierra Leone‘s bloody civil war when he was 15-years-old was less scary than living there now under the Ebola threat.

 

“You knew the rebels were coming,” said the Freetown native in a recent interview from Sierra Leone, where he is among hundreds of aid workers trying to beat back the deadly virus in what is now the biggest-ever outbreak and the first to hit West Africa. “They’d attack a town, and so you made a move. You knew to hide.”

Now, he can’t flee. It’s too expensive to fly elsewhere. And he can’t hide from an enemy that could be lurking anywhere. Instead, he has stopped shaking people’s hands and he installed a hand-washing station—a bucket filled with chlorinated water—outside his house.

 

“You don’t know if the person you’re sitting next to is infected with Ebola, so all you’re trying to do is be as conscious as you can. Because we have heard of situations where whole families get infected… and you lose everyone in the family.”

 

For most people, Ebola is a distant threat, a nightmarish word that conjures up images of sudden and violent hemorrhaging. But for West Africans like Charles, it’s now an everyday possibility. “Wherever you go—on Facebook, in the community, on the phone, in Whatsapp messages—people are talking about Ebola.”

 

As a program manager with the Catholic aid agency Caritas, Charles now works to educate people about a virus that only recently emerged in Sierra Leone. He goes door to door, school to school, church to church; he talks to everyone he can reach about the disease; and he hands out hand sanitizer and chlorine. Sometimes, he uses megaphones in town squares, relaying public-health messages about sanitation and prevention. It’s a tedious process, he says, but it’s necessary.

 

“A lot of people still have denial about Ebola,” Charles says. “That’s one of the biggest challenges.”

 

Stories about medical personnel and the government trying to kill or capture Africans circulate, and it doesn’t help that when patients are taken into quarantine, they most often never return.

 

Dispelling these myths isn’t easy. “We show them films, photos of Ebola,” says Charles. “We try to make sure they understand, first and foremost, there’s a virus called Ebola and it’s real.”

 

So far in the current outbreak, there have been 1,323 confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola, and 729 deaths. No one knows why the virus sometimes jumps from the fruit bat—which most scientists believe is its animal host—into the human population. But bad infrastructure and the lack of sanitation practices in what are some of the poorest countries on earth don’t help with its containment.

 

The shortage of resources has made the work very difficult, says Monia Sayah, a nurse with Doctors Without Borders.

 

Sayah, who normally resides in Brooklyn, New York, has just finished two stints on the front line in Guinea, the West African nation where the disease first reemerged in March.

 

When she arrived, she said her biggest challenge was not trying to get people to believe the disease is real: it was figuring out how to care for the reality of so many sick patients.

 

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“The workload was very high,” she says of dealing with up to a dozen Ebola patients in quarantine. So was the mortality rate: at the beginning, about eight in ten patients were dying, close to the numbers in previous outbreaks of the Zaire Ebola virus, which killed 79 percent of those infected. (The death rate in the current outbreak has dropped to around 60 percent.)

 

“It’s very stressful because you’re constantly on alert: a patient here, a patient there. The physical stress of working is very hard because you lose a lot of fluid (wearing protective clothing), and get very tired in the heat as well.” All the while, trying to make sure she didn’t expose herself to the virus or accidentally cross-contaminate any person or thing.

 

When she’d arrive at the treatment facility in the morning, she’d put on a gown and then a waterproof and airtight suit, headgear, goggles, two pairs of gloves, and rubber boots. “Every inch of the body is covered,” she says. When she left 12 hours later, everything except for her rubber boots—which get decontaminated with choline solution—was burned.

 

Since there is no treatment or cure for Ebola, caring for patients meant hydrating them, feeding and washing them, helping them walk, and giving them antibiotics to ward off any bacterial infection so that their immune systems can fight the virus.

 

It also meant touching and comforting them. “They’re alone. They are isolated. Normally in this part of Africa people are never alone when they’re sick.” Most commonly, family members care for their loved ones at home—not strangers in a containment facility.

 

“We take them away from their families,” says Sayah. “We know we’re bringing them to a treatment facility, the place they should be to receive the best care, to isolate the virus. But the virus is inside a person.”

 

The other tricky thing about Ebola is how quickly it can overtake its host. “We have patients asking for lunch, and we would go to see them a few hours later, and suddenly they would just die. It’s a violent virus. You never know what’s going to happen.”

 

Since working in the field, she has seen people lose their entire families. She has watched teenagers perish before her eyes. In another case, she says, “I went to see a woman in the community, and she was lying in a pool of blood. I thought she had a miscarriage there was so much blood.” The medical team was able to get her to a treatment facility, and stop the bleeding, but she was already very weak and died shortly thereafter.

 

What’s so critical about Ebola, too, is making a differential diagnosis between what might be the lethal virus and any other number of diseases that have a similar profile at first.

 

“Trying to make a differential diagnosis is difficult because you’re in a village,” Sayah explained, “you have nothing with you. All you have is a thermometer.”  If you misdiagnose a negative patient, that can mean unnecessary isolation and trauma. If a positive patient is passed, that’s another potential site of infection—and more spread.

 

Ebola specialists believe one of the key reasons this outbreak has spread so far is because of the shortage of health-care personnel to deal with it: if you don’t have enough people on the ground doing the labor-intensive job of tracing the contacts of positive patients and ensuring they are identified before becoming ill too, each missed case is the new beginning of more human-to-human spread.

 

Those missed cases are what worries Tarik Jasarevic, a World Health Organization worker on the ground in Guinea. He says that because of the geographic dispersal of the current outbreak—the demand for so many specialists in a relatively rare disease over several countries—mobilizing people and getting systems in place to care for everyone is problematic.

 

According to Jasarevic, you need these basic resources to contain an Ebola outbreak: “You need to have enough treatment centers so infected persons can be treated in adequate conditions. You need to have surveillance systems. You need to have a system where suspect cases and deaths are being reported so we can go in very safely and check on suspect sick people. We need to have lab capacity to make sure the people infected are identified.”

 

The WHO and other aid organizations have been short on many of these fronts right now, and the UN just pledged $100-million to help quell the current outbreak.

 

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For now, Jasarevic says he’s doing what he can in a very uncertain environment. “You try to wash your hands as much as you can. You try to make sure you don’t touch people who are sick. But you just don’t know who may be in contact with the virus.”

 

Thank you VOX.com and Julia Belluz

 

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U.S. Announces Delegation To Africa: Ebola Virus Humanitarian Effort, “Conservative Politicians For 3rd World Nations Relief.”

 

On Friday the White House announced a massive humanitarian effort to help the African nations dealing with the Ebola Virus. The White House releaded the following statement:

 

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August 01, 2014

 

The Obama Administration’s Government-Wide Response to The Ebola Virus Outbreak In Africa

 

In conjunction with the worldwide effort to address the Ebola virus outbreak in Africa, I have instructed the following AmeriKKKans to be immediately drafted into service in our joint efforts to assist this horrific virus in Africa. I put out a nationwide call to all “patriots” in my concern that the homeland of all civilization, be saved from this tragedy effecting Africa.

 

Since the month of August has been unofficially designated as “lazy ass politician vacation time”, I choose this month to ship all these “embarrassment to America fools”, off to Africa.

 

The List Of Conservative “Volunteers”:

 

War Whore Senator John McCain

 

Ladyboy Senator Lindsey Graham

 

Batshit Crazy Rep. Michelle Bachman

 

Canadian Immigrant Senator Ted Cruz

 

Drunk House Speaker John Boehner

 

Outgoing Idiot Eric Cantor

 

Moron Rep Louie Gohmert

 

Dumbass Rep Steve King

 

Misogynist Mitch McConnell

 

The following civilians have been enlisted to accompany the politicians on this humanitarian effort….

 

Ted Nugent

 

Sarah Palin

 

Rush Limbaugh

 

Glenn Beck

 

Ann Coulter

 

Sean Hannity

 

The Complete Fox News Staff

 

Don Lemon

 

Andrea Mitchell

 

Wolf Blitzer

 

Jake Tapper

 

Chuck Todd

 

Allen West

 

Wayne LaPierre

 

George Zimmerman

 

The Koch Brothers have graciously volunteered their jet plane for the travel accommodations and have agreed to accompany this delegation to Ebola infected Africa.

 

The citizens of The United States Of America applaud these brave AmeriKKKans and our thoughts & prayers are with them.

 

If they return from this humanitarian voyage and are not infected with the deadly Ebola Virus, the FAA has made arrangements for this delegation to travel over the Ukraine war zone, in hopes the great Vlad Putin will shoot the aircraft down, using Russian supplied surface to air missiles.

 

God Bless The United States of America, and these brave selfless AmeriKKKans.

 

 

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HOUSE GOP MOVES AHEAD ON SUING OBAMA: House Has No Legislation On JOBS, Immigration OR Gun Reform…BUTT Let’s Fuckin Sue The POTUSA.


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HOUSE GOP MOVES AHEAD ON SUING OBAMA

House Has No Legislation On JOBS, Immigration OR Gun Reform…BUTT Let’s Fuckin Sue The POTUSA.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took the initial step on Thursday to sue President Barack Obama over the administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate of the health care law.

 

The office of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, released a draft of the resolution that would authorize the House to file suit amid GOP criticism that the president has declined to faithfully execute the laws of the country.

 

“In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it,” Boehner said in a statement. “That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”

 

The so-called employer mandate was written into the law as a guardrail to discourage employers from shifting workers into taxpayer-subsidized coverage. Under those rules, companies with 50 to 99 workers must provide coverage or pay a $2,000-per-worker fine.

 

The administration gave businesses an extra year to comply with the health care law’s requirement to offer coverage.

 

The House Rules Committee has scheduled a hearing on the resolution next week, with a House vote later this month.

 

Obama has called the GOP effort a “stunt” and criticized lawmakers for inaction on legislation such as a stalled bill to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

 

“I mean, think about that,” Obama said Thursday in Austin, Texas, as he criticized Republicans anew. Addressing them, he said: “You’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job, while you don’t do your job.”

 

White House press secretary Josh Earnest reiterated that position and linked it to economic initiatives, saying in a statement that “Republican leaders in Congress are playing Washington politics rather than working with the president on behalf of hardworking Americans.”

 

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, said the effort was a waste of taxpayer dollars. “This lawsuit is just another distraction from House Republicans desperate to distract the American people from their own spectacular obstruction and dysfunction,” Hamill said.

 

Boehner’s actions on the lawsuit come as some Republicans are demanding a far more formidable step — impeachment.

 

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and others have called for Obama’s impeachment. Boehner said Thursday that he disagrees with those calls, but asserts that others can make a determination on their own whether the chief executive deserves it.

 

Obama made light of the calls for impeachment while in Texas. “You hear some of them — ‘sue him,’ ‘impeach him.’ Really?” he asked to laughter. “Really? For what?”

 

Obama Dismisses Boehner Lawsuit as a ‘Stunt’ on GMA

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

The first part of George Stephanopoulos‘ interview with President Barack Obama aired Friday morning on Good Morning America (more to come Sunday on This Week) and during their talk the president addressed House Speaker John Boehner‘s proposed lawsuit against him for the first time.

“You notice that he didn’t specifically say what exactly he was objecting to,” Obama told Stephanopoulos during his trip to Minnesota. “I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing.”

 

 
“The suit is a stunt,” he added.

 

“What I’ve told Speaker Boehner directly is, ‘If you’re really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, why don’t you try getting something done through Congress?'” Obama continued, mentioning immigration reform as one area in which Americans want action. “You’re going to squawk if I try to fix some parts of it administratively that are within my authority while you’re not doing anything?”

 

On Wednesday, Boehner held a press conference in which he announced the planned lawsuit and criticized Obama for “bragging” about taking executive action on issues. But, he added, “This is not about impeachment, this is about his faithfully executing the laws of our country.”

 

 

 

Boehner: Why we must sue the President

 

Published on Jul 6, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner says he will introduce legislation that will authorize Congress to sue the President.

 

 

I’ll say it one more time, instead of wasting millions with a frivolous lawsuit, pass a jobs bill, pass gun reforms, pass background check legislation. Reinstate unemployment benefits for long term unemployed. Reinstate cuts to Veterans, Reinstate cuts to SNAP.

 

 

GOP leaders plan to sue the President and Obama fires back

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

John Boehner says he’ll sue the President for “rewriting law to make it fit his own needs.” CNN’s Jim Acosta reports. More from CNN at http://www.cnn.com/

 

 

 

Boehner & Obama; Immigration; Lawsuit

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

Your political headlines in 90 seconds: John Boehner vs. Obama; NYT Immigration Op-Ed; Boehner’s presidential lawsuit. More from CNN at http://www.cnn.com/

 

 

 

‘Halt an Imperial Presidency’, Impeach Obama – Sarah Palin 7/8/2014

 

Published on Jul 8, 2014

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(Fox News Insider) Sarah Palin tonight urged Congress to impeach President Barack Obama, saying “a great awakening is due in this country.”
Palin said we must send the message that “he is not an imperial president, and lawlessness will not be accepted by the American people.”

 

 

This dumbass talks so much shit, when she wipes her mouth she uses toilet paper.

 

 

Boehner: ‘When is [Obama] Going to Take Responsibility For Something?’

 

Published on Jul 10, 2014

One day after President Barack Obama urged Congress to move quickly on a request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the Texas border crisis, Speaker John A. Boehner made it clear the spending supplemental will not be rubber-stamped.

“We’re not giving the president a blank check,” Boehner said during his weekly press conference Thursday.

 

 

President Barack Hussein Obama will take responsibility for “something”, John, when you sober up.

 

 

President Obama Taunts Boehner: ‘So Sue Me!’

 

Published on Jul 1, 2014

On Tuesday afternoon, President Barack Obama continued his streak of railing against Republican obstructionism in Congress, taunting the rival party for “doing nothing” while threatening legal action against the president to curb executive authority.

 

Speaking near the Key Bridge in Washington, D.C., Obama implored Congress to continue funding for the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and suggested that the political system is currently rigged in favor of those who aren’t in need, by those lawmakers who refuse to take action.

 

 

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Fathers Day In The Gun Violence Era.


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Fathers Day In The Gun Violence Era.

 

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Fathers Day is a holiday, not unlike Mothers Day, that celebrates the joys of parenthood. Fathers across the globe are honored for being Fathers, Dads, Mentors, Support Systems and Friends to their children.

 

Not all Fathers will be joyous this Fathers Day, or any Fathers Day in the past or future, ever again.

 

Gun violence takes 30,000 PLUS American lives each year. Now when a disease takes that many lives yearly, the CDC jumps into action to develop a system to alert the public and work toward a cure for that disease. The Reich Wing or our two party political process, lead by the NRAsshole Organization under the guidance of Wayne LaPierre who was the NRAssholes Executive Vice President, stopped the Centers For Disease Control from addressing gun violence as a disease.

 

The NRAssholes even prevented the CDC from doing any studies on the effects of gun violence on our American society.

 

But the NRAssholes can’t stop people from taking action against the NRAssholes and their masters, Gun Manufactures worldwide. They can’t stop bloggers like me.

 

Fathers Day is not a happy joyous time for Hundreds Of Thousands of Fathers In America. Children are dying in the streets, schools, malls, places of worship and in their homes from gun violence….every day. But we as Americans don’t care because it’s not our children that have been slaughtered.

 

Not yet.

 

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Can you imagine the horror, pain, heartbreaking sorrow and fear a parent goes through after turning on the TV, seeing that “BREAKING NEWS” alert scrolling across the bottom of the screen, followed by the words: “School Shooting At (Insert YOUR Child’s School Name Here). Have YOU ever thought what that sledge hammer to your gut feels like?

 

I know Fathers who have lost their children to gun violence, I grew up in Chicago. I know the empty space in their soul that is a permanent hole caused by someone else’s right to bear arms. AmeriKKKa is slowly spinning counterclockwise down the toilet into a cesspool of gun rights.

 

But this is about the Fathers.

 

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This is about all those men who love their children and can never hug them. Can never celebrate the joy of that child’s eyes, that child’s smile, that child’s voice. That child is gone forever.

 

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I grieve with the Hundreds Of Thousands Of Fathers on this Fathers Day who will sit in silence and cry.

 

I feel your pain and I am here to tell you, I will never stop actively working to repeal the 2nd amendment. Destroy the NRAsshole Organization. Remove guns from the hands of AmeriKKKans.

 

 

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NRA: ‘Only Way To Stop A Bad Guy With A Gun Is With A Good Guy With A Gun’……OR A Good Guy With A Pen.

 

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President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Shooting

 

Published on Dec 14, 2013

Ths President and First Lady observe a moment of silence and light candles at the White House in honor of those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. December 14, 2013.

 

 

 

 

Save The Babies. Save The Children. It’s Time For Gun Sense In America.

 

Common sense gun reforms and responsible gun control laws are needed now. Whose child will be next? How many more have to die? Does your second amendment rights trump my U.S. Constitutional rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness?

 

 

 

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Tom Sullivan, Everytown for Gun Safety: Fathers Day. My Son Alex.


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Richard Martinez, whose son was killed in the Santa Barbara shootings on May 23, said the following:

 

“Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not One More. People are looking for something to do. I’m asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough.”

 

We couldn’t agree more. Use this form to send a postcard to each of your members of Congress and your Governor.

 

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Richard Martinez, whose son was killed in the Santa Barbara shootings on May 23, said the following:

 

“Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not One More.”

 

I just sent a Not One More postcard to my elected leaders. Join me and send one today in honor of Mr. Martinez and all fathers who want to keep their kids safe from gun violence:

 

Send a Postcard to Your Elected Officials Now

 

Before Father’s Day ends, enter your information in the form below to send a postcard. Please provide your full address so we can send a postcard to your members of Congress and governor.

 

Thanks!

 

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Father’s Day is a hard day for me and my family. My son, Alex, was shot and killed almost two years ago in a mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora. Alex was there celebrating his 27th birthday.

 

There’s nothing as painful as seeing your child’s life cut short. And that’s just one of the reasons I stand with Richard Martinez, a brave father whose own son Christopher was killed because of senseless gun violence last month in a horrific shooting in Santa Barbara.

 

By signing a “Not One More” postcard you’ve shown you stand with him, too — and you believe in his call for elected officials to do more to reduce gun violence.

 

Can you spread the word and make sure your friends and family also sign postcards before Father’s Day?Click here to share on Facebook or on Twitter.

 

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Everytown will be delivering postcards soon after Father’s Day in honor of Richard Martinez and all fathers who want safer communities for their kids.

 

In just the past several days, our nation has been rocked by even more high-profile shootings: Seattle, Las Vegas, andMonday’s school shooting in Troutdale, Oregon.

 

The daily toll of gun violence can be overwhelming. The death of a child is devastating. But we can solve this problem — with the help of people like you.

 

More than 600,000 people (including you) have heeded Mr. Martinez’s call — “Not One More” — and signed postcards to their elected officials. Now make sure your friends and family do, too:

 

Share on Facebook     Share on Twitter

 

If you don’t use Facebook or Twitter, you can still spread the word by sending your friends this link: http://every.tw/fathers-day

 

Thank you for standing with us,

Tom Sullivan

 

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President Obama Gives the Commencement Address at Worcester Tech in Massachusetts

 

 

 

This afternoon, President Obama traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts to deliver the commencement address at Worcester Technical High School.

 

In his remarks, the President congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments, letting them know that they stand out among other high schools across the country:

 

I’m here today because there is nothing ordinary about Worcester Tech or the Class of 2014.  You have set yourselves apart.  This high school has set itself apart.

Over the past four years, some of you have learned how to take apart an engine and put it back together again.  Some of you have learned how to run a restaurant, or build a house, or fix a computer.  And all of you are graduating today not just with a great education, but with the skills that will let you start your careers and skills that will make America stronger.

“The thing I really want to do,” he said, “is make sure that what we’ve learned here at this high school we can lift up for the entire nation. I want the nation to learn from Worcester Tech.”

 

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Remarks by the President at Worcester Technical High School Commencement Ceremony (Full Transcript)

 

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A Step Toward Cleaner Air and Healthier Communities

 

 

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a vital component of the President’s Climate Action Plan – proposed common-sense carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Since air pollution from power plants can worsen asthma and other breathing problems, EPA’s guidelines will help protect the health of vulnerable Americans, including children and the elderly.

 

In a big step forward, yesterday the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates, a body representing more than 500 medical associations and organizations, voted to formally reaffirm their support for carbon pollution standards for power plants and committed to submit comments on the EPA’s proposal underscoring the need to keep strong standards that protect public health. AMA’s vote puts them alongside other public health organizations that have taken leadership on this issue, including the American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association.

 

In addition to cutting carbon emissions from the power sector by about 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, EPA’s plan will also decrease that sector’s emissions of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by about 25 percent. From the soot and smog reductions alone, for every dollar invested through the Clean Power Plan, American families will see up to $7 in health benefits.

 

In the first year that these standards go into effect, up to 100,000 asthma attacks and up to 2,100 heart attacks will be prevented. These standards will also help more kids to be healthy enough to show up to school – with up to 72,000 fewer absences in the first year. The benefits increase each year from there.

 

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President Obama: “There’s No Advanced, Developed Country on Earth That Would Put Up with This”

 

 

 

During yesterday’s Tumblr Q&A at the White House, the President answered a question on the epidemic of gun violence in America.

 

“My biggest frustration so far,” he said, “is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage.” Talking about the increasing frequency of school shootings across the country, the President noted that the U.S. is the only developed country where this is routine.

 

“The country has to do some soul-searching about this,” President Obama said. “This is becoming the norm, and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me.”

 

He also stressed that the only thing that is going to reverse this alarming trend is public opinion. “If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change.”

 

Until there is a fundamental shift in public opinion in which people say, enough, this is not acceptable, this is not normal, this isn’t sort of the price we should be paying for our freedom, that we can have respect for the Second Amendment and responsible gun owners and sportsmen and hunters can have the ability to possess weapons but that we are going to put some commonsense rules in place that make a dent, at least, in what’s happening — until that is not just the majority of you — because that’s already the majority of you, even the majority of gun owners believe that. But until that’s a view that people feel passionately about and are willing to go after folks who don’t vote reflecting those values, until that happens, sadly, not that much is going to change.

 

President Obama noted that he has issued more than 20 executive actions this year to try to tighten up some of the rules in the law, but it’s not possible to get even the slightest restrictions through Congress right now, “and we should be ashamed of that.”

 

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President Obama Answers the Question “Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?”

 

 

 

Remarks by the President in Q&A with David Karp, CEO of Tumblr (Full Transcript)

 

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#LunchWithFLOTUS: The First Lady’s Twitter Q&A on Healthy School Lunches

 

 

Today, millions of kids across America are eating better school meals because of healthier lunch standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Thanks to the hard work of school chefs and food service workers around the country, 90 percent of our schools are now meeting modern nutrition standards — and the USDA is working to provide greater flexibility and more assistance to help the remaining schools catch up.

 

As part of her Let’s Move! initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama has helped raise awareness around the importance of our kids eating healthy and getting the nutrition they need — and now she’s taking to Twitter to answer your questions.

 

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 12, at 2:30 p.m. ET, join the First Lady for a Twitter Q&A on school nutrition and healthy school lunches on her Twitter handle, @FLOTUS.

 

Here are the details:

 

  • Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #LunchWithFLOTUS
  • Follow the Q&A live through the @FLOTUS Twitter handle
  • If you miss the live Q&A, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/whitehouse

 

Learn more about the First Lady’s initiative to encourage healthy eating at Letsmove.gov/eat-healthy, and then join the First Lady for a Twitter chat on @FLOTUS on Thursday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

Upcoming Guidance for First Lady Michelle Obama

Thursday, June 12, 2014

 

Washington, DC * 3:30 PM – The First Lady will join local students and school nutrition directors from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden.  In 2009, Mrs. Obama planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation—a conversation that evolved into her Let’s Move! initiative.  Since Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! in 2010, parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children.  And thanks to these efforts, we are moving toward a healthier new norm all across the country.

 

To help with this summer’s harvest, the First Lady invited local school children whose schools are successfully implementing national school lunch standards.  Children from these Washington, D.C. schools joined Mrs. Obama in April for the spring garden planting and will now have the opportunity to harvest the produce they recently planted:

 

  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Friendship Public Charter School
  • Kimball Elementary School
  • Bancroft Elementary School
  • Harriet Tubman Elementary School

 

Mrs. Obama is also inviting school nutrition directors from Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX, and West Virginia to participate in the harvest.  These school nutrition directors have seen success in their new school lunch programs thanks to the standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  Today, thanks to the hard work of school chefs, food service providers, and school nutrition directors across the country, 90 percent of schools are now meeting modern nutrition standards, including the schools in attendance at the harvest.  Because of these improvements, consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains has significantly increased, and over 600,000 kids are now getting a nutritious breakfast.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided greater flexibility and is working to give more assistance to help the remaining schools meet these standards.

 

The following school nutrition directors will participate in this summer’s garden harvest:

 

  • Lora Gilbert, MS, RD, FADA, SNS, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
  • Richard Goff, MBA, Executive Director, Office of Child Nutrition, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Dora Rivas, MS, RDN, SNS, Executive Director, Food and Child Nutrition Services Department, Dallas Independent School

 

This event will be livestreamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Announce Winning Recipes in Townwide “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge”

 

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Thoughts on Fatherhood in the 21st Century

 

 

This was originally posted on the Huffington Post, and is part of a series of essays about the issues facing working families in the 21st century, leading up to the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014.

 

You can learn more about the Summit and how you can get involved at www.workingfamiliessummit.org.

 


 

Growing up, if I wanted to play catch, I often had to play it alone. Sometimes I’d even aim at a tree for lack of person with a glove at the other end of the yard. I admit, the tree wasn’t a very good replacement. But when you’re a kid — and you don’t have a dad to play catch with — you’ll toss a ball at anything. Even if that thing is a 40-foot-tall oak and unlikely to toss the ball back.

 

In this respect, I’m probably not unique. Far too many children grow up without a dad in their lives, like I did. And for many, the effects cut deeper and last longer than being forced to have a one-way game of catch.

 

I’m a father now. My daughter was born 10 years ago, and my son soon after. And one of my greatest challenges, having never grown up with a father myself, is figuring out what a dad is supposed to do. I got the memo about taking out the garbage. And I change more light bulbs than Thomas Edison. But when it comes to preparing your kids for the slings and arrows of life, that’s something I’ve only learned about fairly recently.

 

And here’s the key: I only learned about it because I was able to make the time.

 

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Statements and Releases – June 11th, 2014

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice Keynote Address at the Center for a New American Security Annual Conference

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice
“The Strength of American Leadership, the Power of Collective Action”

Keynote Address at the Center for a New American Security Annual Conference
Washington, DC

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Thank you so much Richard for that kind welcome.  And, to my good friends and former colleagues— Michele Flournoy and Kurt Campbell— I can’t help but note how well-rested you both look.  I’m only a little bitter.  Still, I want to thank you for your stellar service to our country both from inside government and now, again, as leading thinkers on national security.

 

CNAS, which you founded, does a remarkable job of preparing our next generation of national security leaders.  That work is critical, because our nation needs bright, dedicated young women and men who care deeply about our world.  We need a diverse pipeline of talent ready and eager to carry forward the mantle of American leadership.  So, thank you all.

 

As President Obama told West Point’s graduating class two weeks ago, the question is not whether America will lead the world in the 21st century, but how America will lead.  No other nation can match the enduring foundations of our strength.  Our military has no peer.  Our formidable economy is growing.  We are more energy independent each year.  Our vibrant and diverse population is demographically strong and productive.  We attract hopeful immigrants from all over the world.  Our unrivaled global network of alliances and partnerships makes us the one nation to which the world turns when challenges arise.  So, American leadership is and will remain central to shaping a world that is freer, more secure, more just and more prosperous.

 

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At West Point, President Obama outlined how America will lead in a world that is more complex and more interdependent than ever before.  As we move out of a period dominated by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will lead by drawing on every element of our national power.  That power starts with our unparalleled military might, used wisely and when necessary to defend America’s core interests – the security of our citizens, our economy, and our allies.  We will lead by strengthening effective partnerships to counter an evolving terrorist threat.  We will lead by rallying coalitions and marshaling the resources of our partners to address regional and global challenges.  And, we will lead by standing firm in defense of human dignity and equality, while steering the course of history toward greater justice and opportunity for all.

 

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