President Barack Obama Hosts The White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit.


 

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President Barack Obama, on this overcast Thursday morning, hosts the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit and a variety of public-private partnerships to deal with the problem.

 

 

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From the White House: the “summit is bringing together key stakeholders to highlight new commitments, including new public-private partnerships, to increase research that will expand our knowledge of concussions and to provide parents, coaches, clinicians, and young athletes tools to better prevent, identify and respond to concussions.”

 

 

Actions Obama will announce, according to the White House:

 

·         The NCAA and the Department of Defense are jointly launching a $30 million effort to fund the most comprehensive clinical study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted and to issue an Educational Grand Challenge aimed at improving concussion safety behaviors in college sports and the military. This initiative aims to produce research on concussion risks, treatment and management through a multi-site longitudinal clinical study and advanced research projects.  Through an Educational Grand Challenge, the initiative aims to create novel and impactful evidence-based concussion education materials and solicit research proposals to identify key factors for affecting change in the culture and behavior of college student-athlete and other young adult populations with regard to concussions.

 

 

·         The NFL is committing $25 million over the next three years to support projects and partnerships aimed at promoting youth sports safety, including support for new pilot programs to expand access to athletic trainers in schools, in conjunction with the National Athletic Trainers Association, and to support a Back to Sports program — a collaboration with the National PTA and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association — to hold information sessions across the country to educate parents about sports safety and the value of sports participation and an active lifestyle.

 

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·         The National Institutes of Health is announcing the launch of a new longitudinal research effort to detect, characterize, and measure the chronic effects of repetitive concussions to inform clinical trials aimed at preventing or slowing disease progression in the future.  NIH is being supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, starting with an initial investment of $16 million from its first Sports Health Program partner, the National Football League. This funding, together with grants announced at the end of last year, fulfill the $30 million commitment the NFL made to the NIH in 2012.   This fall, the NIH will convene public and private funders of concussion and TBI research, including NIH, the NFL, DoD, and NCAA, with the goal of supporting enhanced coordination among research efforts and better leveraging of public and private investments to accelerate research outcomes.

 

 

·         The UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, with a $10 million investment from Steve Tisch, UCLA’s Departments of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics will launch the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program to target sports concussion prevention, outreach, research and treatment for athletes of all ages, especially youth.  The program will focus on strategies such as community education events, including a planned Southern California youth concussion day for players, coaches, parents and trainers; a new fellowship program training the next generation of pediatric sports neurologists; longitudinal research studies to advance understanding of and treatment of concussion; and expanded treatment capacity through new multidisciplinary concussion clinics.  In addition, this commitment will support a planning initiative to inform the development of a national system to accurately determine the incidence of youth sports-related concussions.

 

 

·          The National Institute of Standards and Technology will invest $5 million over five years as part of the Materials Genome Initiative, to work on tools to accelerate the development of advanced materials that can provide better protection against concussions for the athlete, the warfighter and others.  These efforts aim to advance the development of new materials including light-weight, structural composite, and active or smart materials for protective gear.

 

 

·         Pop Warner Little Scholars will participate this season in a research project modeled on the High School RIO reporting system, which tracks concussions and concussion trends in high school sports, to improve tracking of concussions among young athletes.  100 Pop Warner teams will participate in the RIO pilot.  Pop Warner provides youth football and cheer and dance programs to approximately 425,000 young people ranging in age from 5 to 16 years old.  The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will launch a comprehensive pediatric and adolescent concussion registry to enable CHOP researchers to assess data for thousands of children with concussions to improve understanding of concussions and their impact on child health.

 

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·         Safe Kids Worldwide, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, will host more than 200 sports safety clinics for parents, coaches and young athletes across the country, including education on concussions, and will release a research report this summer providing updated insights into the culture of youth sports today.  The Brain Injury Association of America in collaboration with SAP will build an online application to help students, parents and educators better understand when to return to class after a concussion through a software platform that allows students, parents, educators, coaches and medical treatment providers to communicate.

 

 

·         USA Cheer will roll-out a new Head Injury Protocol to over 300,000 cheerleaders and their coaches this summer at clinics around the country to teach coaches and cheerleaders how to prevent, identify and seek treatment for any suspected head injuries.  USA Cheer and its partners, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, the U.S. All-Star Federation and the National Federation of State High School Associations will release new, updated cheerleading safety guidelines to reduce head injuries in cheerleading.

 

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·         U.S. Soccer is establishing a Chief Medical Officer position to interface with the medical community and experts in the field of concussion management and prevention.   U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer will jointly organize a first-of-its-kind Medical Summit to, among other topics, lead a coordinated effort on concussion management and prevention initiatives. They also will use their platforms to communicate PSAs and other concussion-related messages including through U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team games, MLS games and special events, and other venues.

 

 

·         The National Federation of State High School Associations will host a concussion summit this year focused on promoting best practices to minimize injury risks in high school athletes.  NFHS writes playing rules for high school level sports, reaching more than 19,000 high schools and more than 7.7. million participants in high school sports.  The National High School Athletic Coaches Association will use its summer  convention to provide education sessions on concussion for high school coaches and expand the concussion information on its Web site.

 

 

·         The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will promote the use of its new Heads Up to Parents app to help parents learn how to spot concussion symptoms and what to do if they think their child or teen has a concussion.  In response to the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to evaluate education efforts, CDC will evaluate its Heads Up concussion education program to help ensure that its messages are best reaching parents, coaches and young athletes.  It also will support the evaluation of ‘return to play’ laws.

 

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·         The American Academy of Neurology will host its first multidisciplinary Sports Concussion Conference this summer and continue to support a national public education campaign to increase awareness of its clinical guidelines on sports concussions.   The American Psychological Association will produce a Web-based Concussions Toolkit as a resource for psychologists on concussions research and clinical information.  The American Academy of Pediatrics anticipates releasing an updated policy statement on sports-related concussion in children and adolescents in the  fall of 2015.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will, by spring 2015, release the clinical guidelines it is developing for the appropriate diagnosis and management of children and teens with mild traumatic brain injury, including concussions, for use in doctor’s offices and emergency departments.  CDC has convened a Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guideline Workgroup composed of leading clinical experts to support the development of these guidelines.

 

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Remarks by the President at the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit

 

Remarks by the President at the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit

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11:19 A.M. EDT

 

THE PRESIDENT:  As a dad, when you — Tori’s parents are here.  And I have to imagine they are awfully proud of this remarkable young lady, and we really appreciate you taking the time to introduce me.

 

 

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I want to welcome everybody here to the White House.  I want to thank members of Congress, who are here.  We’ve got leaders from America’s sports and medical communities, especially young people here like Tori, who did such a great job sharing her story today.

 

All across the country, there are millions of young athletes just like Tori who spend their weekends and summers on baseball diamonds and soccer pitches.  And they put in extra practice so they can make the varsity or maybe even earn a college scholarship.  Most of them are not as good as Tori was at her sport.  I certainly wasn’t — although, I had the same enthusiasm.  And for so many of our kids, sports aren’t just something they do; they’re part of their identity.  They may be budding scientists or entrepreneurs or writers, but they’re also strikers and linebackers and point guards.  And that’s a good thing.

 

First of all, the First Lady thinks everybody needs to move.  (Laughter.)  And obviously there’s a huge public health interest in making sure that people are participating in sports.  But sports is also just fundamental to who we are as Americans and our culture.  We’re competitive.  We’re driven.  And sports teach us about teamwork and hard work and what it takes to succeed not just on the field but in life.

 

And I was a basketball player — as I said, not as good as Tori was at soccer.  But I learned so many lessons playing sports that I carry on to this day, even to the presidency.  And still, when I need to relax and clear my head, I turn to sports — whether it’s a pick-up basketball game — and I’m much slower than I was just last week — (laughter) — or more sedate pastimes like golf, or watching Sports Center.

 

And more than that, as a parent, Michelle and I have always encouraged our girls to play sports.  One of the greatest transformations I think in our society has been how young women have been finally given the opportunity because of Title IX, and now you see just unbelievable women athletes who are getting the same exposure and experience and outlets for sports all across the country.  And Malia and Sasha are part of that generation.  They took for granted — of course, we’re playing sports.  And they played everything from soccer to basketball and tennis and track.  So sports are important to our life as a family, just like they are for families all across the country.

 

The reason we’re here today, though, is all across the country parents are also having a more troubling conversation, and that’s about the risks of concussions.  There’s a lot of concern, but there’s a lot of uncertainty.  And as Tori’s story suggests, concussions are not just a football issue.  They don’t just affect grown men who choose to accept some risk to play a game that they love and that they excel at.  Every season, you’ve got boys and girls who are getting concussions in lacrosse and soccer and wrestling and ice hockey, as well as football.  And, in fact, the Center for Disease Control reports that in the most recent data that’s available to us, young people made nearly 250,000 emergency room visits with brain injuries from sports and recreation — 250,000.  That number obviously doesn’t include kids who see their family doctor or, as is typical, don’t seek any medical help.

 

Read The Entire Transcript Of The Presidents Remarks Here.

 

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Read By Dr. Maya Angelou (PhD) 1928-2014.

 

Tall and regal, with a deep, majestic voice, Maya Angelou defied all probability and category, enjoying mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium.

 

Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman, survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais.

 

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President Obama to Host Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, May 29, President Obama will host a Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House, where he will be joined by young athletes, parents, coaches, academics and experts, athletes, military service members, and other stakeholders.

 

We know that many parents are focused on how best to protect their child from concussions, identify when their child has a concussion, and how best to respond when their child has a concussion.  Last fall, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council published a report that found that there are gaps in our research knowledge and that there is a startling lack of data on concussions, especially in youth sports.  The report also found that there is still a “culture of resistance” among athletes related to the self-reporting of concussions and the adherence to treatment plans once they experience a concussion.

 

The President believes we can and must do better and the Administration is committed to helping ensure that children continue to be active and play sports safely. During this summit, the Administration will announce new commitments from both the public and private sectors to raise awareness among young athletes, parents, school administrators, clinicians, coaches, and youth sports programs about how to identify, treat, and prevent concussions, as well as to conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help better address concussions among students.

 

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WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama, on this overcast Thursday, hosts the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit and a variety of public-private partnerships to deal with the problem.

 

 

From the White House: the “summit is bringing together key stakeholders to highlight new commitments, including new public-private partnerships, to increase research that will expand our knowledge of concussions and to provide parents, coaches, clinicians, and young athletes tools to better prevent, identify and respond to concussions.”

 

 

Actions Obama will announce, according to the White House:

·         The NCAA and the Department of Defense are jointly launching a $30 million effort to fund the most comprehensive clinical study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted and to issue an Educational Grand Challenge aimed at improving concussion safety behaviors in college sports and the military. This initiative aims to produce research on concussion risks, treatment and management through a multi-site longitudinal clinical study and advanced research projects.  Through an Educational Grand Challenge, the initiative aims to create novel and impactful evidence-based concussion education materials and solicit research proposals to identify key factors for affecting change in the culture and behavior of college student-athlete and other young adult populations with regard to concussions.

 

 

·         The NFL is committing $25 million over the next three years to support projects and partnerships aimed at promoting youth sports safety, including support for new pilot programs to expand access to athletic trainers in schools, in conjunction with the National Athletic Trainers Association, and to support a Back to Sports program — a collaboration with the National PTA and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association — to hold information sessions across the country to educate parents about sports safety and the value of sports participation and an active lifestyle.

 

 

·         The National Institutes of Health is announcing the launch of a new longitudinal research effort to detect, characterize, and measure the chronic effects of repetitive concussions to inform clinical trials aimed at preventing or slowing disease progression in the future.  NIH is being supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, starting with an initial investment of $16 million from its first Sports Health Program partner, the National Football League. This funding, together with grants announced at the end of last year, fulfill the $30 million commitment the NFL made to the NIH in 2012.   This fall, the NIH will convene public and private funders of concussion and TBI research, including NIH, the NFL, DoD, and NCAA, with the goal of supporting enhanced coordination among research efforts and better leveraging of public and private investments to accelerate research outcomes.

 

 

·         The UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, with a $10 million investment from Steve Tisch, UCLA’s Departments of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics will launch the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program to target sports concussion prevention, outreach, research and treatment for athletes of all ages, especially youth.  The program will focus on strategies such as community education events, including a planned Southern California youth concussion day for players, coaches, parents and trainers; a new fellowship program training the next generation of pediatric sports neurologists; longitudinal research studies to advance understanding of and treatment of concussion; and expanded treatment capacity through new multidisciplinary concussion clinics.  In addition, this commitment will support a planning initiative to inform the development of a national system to accurately determine the incidence of youth sports-related concussions.

 

 

·          The National Institute of Standards and Technology will invest $5 million over five years as part of the Materials Genome Initiative, to work on tools to accelerate the development of advanced materials that can provide better protection against concussions for the athlete, the warfighter and others.  These efforts aim to advance the development of new materials including light-weight, structural composite, and active or smart materials for protective gear.

 

 

·         Pop Warner Little Scholars will participate this season in a research project modeled on the High School RIO reporting system, which tracks concussions and concussion trends in high school sports, to improve tracking of concussions among young athletes.  100 Pop Warner teams will participate in the RIO pilot.  Pop Warner provides youth football and cheer and dance programs to approximately 425,000 young people ranging in age from 5 to 16 years old.  The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will launch a comprehensive pediatric and adolescent concussion registry to enable CHOP researchers to assess data for thousands of children with concussions to improve understanding of concussions and their impact on child health.

 

 

·         Safe Kids Worldwide, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, will host more than 200 sports safety clinics for parents, coaches and young athletes across the country, including education on concussions, and will release a research report this summer providing updated insights into the culture of youth sports today.  The Brain Injury Association of America in collaboration with SAP will build an online application to help students, parents and educators better understand when to return to class after a concussion through a software platform that allows students, parents, educators, coaches and medical treatment providers to communicate.

 

 

·         USA Cheer will roll-out a new Head Injury Protocol to over 300,000 cheerleaders and their coaches this summer at clinics around the country to teach coaches and cheerleaders how to prevent, identify and seek treatment for any suspected head injuries.  USA Cheer and its partners, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, the U.S. All-Star Federation and the National Federation of State High School Associations will release new, updated cheerleading safety guidelines to reduce head injuries in cheerleading.

 

 

·         U.S. Soccer is establishing a Chief Medical Officer position to interface with the medical community and experts in the field of concussion management and prevention.   U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer will jointly organize a first-of-its-kind Medical Summit to, among other topics, lead a coordinated effort on concussion management and prevention initiatives. They also will use their platforms to communicate PSAs and other concussion-related messages including through U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team games, MLS games and special events, and other venues.

 

 

·         The National Federation of State High School Associations will host a concussion summit this year focused on promoting best practices to minimize injury risks in high school athletes.  NFHS writes playing rules for high school level sports, reaching more than 19,000 high schools and more than 7.7. million participants in high school sports.  The National High School Athletic Coaches Association will use its summer  convention to provide education sessions on concussion for high school coaches and expand the concussion information on its Web site. 

 

 

·         The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will promote the use of its new Heads Up to Parents app to help parents learn how to spot concussion symptoms and what to do if they think their child or teen has a concussion.  In response to the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to evaluate education efforts, CDC will evaluate its Heads Up concussion education program to help ensure that its messages are best reaching parents, coaches and young athletes.  It also will support the evaluation of ‘return to play’ laws.

 

 

·         The American Academy of Neurology will host its first multidisciplinary Sports Concussion Conference this summer and continue to support a national public education campaign to increase awareness of its clinical guidelines on sports concussions.   The American Psychological Association will produce a Web-based Concussions Toolkit as a resource for psychologists on concussions research and clinical information.  The American Academy of Pediatrics anticipates releasing an updated policy statement on sports-related concussion in children and adolescents in the  fall of 2015.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will, by spring 2015, release the clinical guidelines it is developing for the appropriate diagnosis and management of children and teens with mild traumatic brain injury, including concussions, for use in doctor’s offices and emergency departments.  CDC has convened a Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guideline Workgroup composed of leading clinical experts to support the development of these guidelines. 

 

 

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White House Schedule – May 29th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29th, 2014

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, MAY 29th, 2014

 

 

Thursday May 29th, 2014. All Times EDST

 

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

Later in the morning, the President will deliver remarks as part of the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit.  He will be joined by young athletes, parents, coaches, academics, experts, athletes, military service members, and other stakeholders for these remarks in the East Room.  The President’s remarks will be open press.

 

 

In the afternoon, the President will join students participating in the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit for a sports clinic on the South Lawn.  This event will be pooled press.

 

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

11:10 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, East Room.

 

 

12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

 

2:55: PM: THE PRESIDENT participates in a clinic as part of the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, South Lawn.

 

 

3:00 PM: The Vice President attends a reception for the Democratic National Committee, Local Event Time: 12:00 PM. Private Residence – Seattle

 

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President Obama’s Schedule for the Week of May 29th to May 30th 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will host a summit at the White House on youth sports safety and concussions, where he will be joined by stakeholders, including young athletes, parents, coaches, experts, professional athletes, and military servicemembers. At the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit, the President will announce new commitments by both the public and private sectors to raise awareness about how to identify, treat and prevent concussions, and conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help us better address these problems.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a hurricane preparedness meeting at FEMA Headquarters.

 

 

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Gutierrez in Richmond, Va. to prod Cantor on immigration reform

 

By LYNN SWEET

 

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) join a group of military 'DREAMers,' undocumented youth who aspire to serve the United States military but are prohibited from doing due to their immigration status, during a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on May 20, 2014. | Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) join a group of military ‘DREAMers,’ undocumented youth who aspire to serve the United States military but are prohibited from doing due to their immigration status, during a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on May 20, 2014. | Getty Images

 

WASHINGTON — Rep. Luis Gutiettez D-Ill. on Wednesday hits Richmond Va. to discuss immigration reform at the State Capitol. Richmond is in the congressional district of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor R-Va. congressional district (VA-7) and the event is designed to try to prod Cantor into getting House leadership to take up immigration reform — almost a year after the Senate passed a comprehensive reform bill.

 

There is not a lot of time left. In a speech on the House floor last week (May 20) Gutierrez noted only 18 legislative days before Congress takes a July 4 break.

 

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Hillary Clinton: Rahm Emanuel interviews her in Chicago June 11

 

By LYNN SWEET

 

WASHINGTON—Hillary Rodham Clinton hits Chicago for a speech on June 10—the day her new book “Hard Choices” is released—and at the Chicago Ideas Festival the next day, she will be interviewed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is helping raise money for a group encouraging her to run for president in 2016.

 

Clinton returns to her hometown for the paid address to the United Fresh Produce Association and the Food Marketing Institute, meeting at McCormick Place coming on the release date of the anticipated blockbuster—and I say that based on news reports that a million copies of the book have been printed.

The Ideas Festival is calling the Clinton/Emanuel event a “conversation,” with the former Secretary of State delivering remarks for about 20 minutes, followed by Emanuel hosting a question and answer session which will include taking questions from the audience.

 

Ticket info:  chicagoideas.com Tickets to Clinton’s event will include a signed copy of Hard Choices.

 

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Westboro Baptist Church’s Plan to Protest D.C. High School Sparks Counterprotest

 

 

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A local high school’s effort to support its gay students has drawn the ire of the Westboro Baptist Church, provoking the divisive, Kansas-based group to plan a protest next month in the District.

 

On Wednesday, mayoral candidate David Catania, an openly gay member of the D.C. Council, called on residents of the city to stand with students at Woodrow Wilson High School “in support of tolerance and respect.”

 

The Northwest D.C. school will host a Pride Day on June 4, welcoming more than 20 organizations with support and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students into its atrium for a midday event.

 

Five days later, the WBC is planning an anti-gay protest on the sidewalk outside the school, attempting to catch the attention of students as they arrive for morning classes.

 

“This generation cannot find wisdom at any of their institutions of elementary, secondary or post-secondary education,” organizers declared in a release posted to Westboro’s website on Sunday. The group is targeting Wilson for providing resources to gay students.

 

Last year, Wilson made history as the first public school in D.C. to have a pride celebration.

 

Catania spoke with the principal, faculty and students behind the second annual event and thanked them for their work. Some have announced plans to organize a peaceful counterprotest.

 

“As I told the students, they are reaffirming the District’s legacy of inclusiveness and respect,” he said in a release.

 

“This is the city where Mildred and Richard Loving sought refuge and the freedom to love the person of their choice when the state of Virginia barred them from marrying because of the difference in the color of their skin,” he continued, referring to the landmark civil rights decision that invalidated laws barring interracial marriage. “More recently, it is the same city that was at the forefront of the fight for Marriage Equality.”

 

Catania, a Republican-turned-independent who spent much of his childhood in Kansas, is urging D.C. residents to back the students against the protesters.

 

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From Associated Press:

 

Conservative Senator: Gay Marriage Will Become Law Of The Land

 

Orrin Hatch

 

Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks during an appearance on KSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show (http://bit.ly/1koFdlh).

 

“Let’s face it: anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on,” said Hatch, a seven-term Republican senator who has been a proponent of keeping marriage exclusively between a man and a woman.

 

He said he doesn’t agree with the string of pro-gay marriage rulings, but defended two Utah judges who issued such decisions. Hatch said Robert Shelby and Dale Kimball are both excellent federal judges. Hatchrecommended both for the bench — Shelby in 2011 and Kimball in 1997.

 

“How do you blame the judge for deciding a case in accordance with what the Supreme Court has already articulated?” Hatch said.

 

His only criticism of Shelby was that he didn’t immediately put his ruling on hold when he struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban in December. More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples until the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay more than two weeks later. The case is before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

 

Gay rights activists have won 14 lower court cases since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last summer. Gay and lesbian couples currently can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with Oregon and Pennsylvania being the latest states to join the list.

 

Hatch also questioned whether judges should be able to tell states how to handle an important matter like marriage.

 

He said he believes nobody should suffer discrimination, and said religious people should try to understand other people’s beliefs.

 

The former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted the Supreme Court would take a gay marriage case in 2015.

 

“Sooner or later gay marriage is probably going to be approved by the Supreme Court of the United States, and certainly as the people in this country move toward it, especially young people,” Hatch said. “I don’t think that’s the right way to go, on the other hand, I do accept whatever the courts have to say.”

 

Thank you Associated Press.

 

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Newspaper Writes Blistering Editorial On McConnell’s Shift On Obamacare

 

By DANIEL STRAUSS

 

That doesn’t quite add up to the editorial board of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

 

“Repeal the federal law, which McConnell calls ‘Obamacare,’ and the state exchange would collapse,” the editorial said on Wednesday. “Kynect could not survive without the ACA’s insurance reforms, including no longer allowing insurance companies to cancel policies when people get sick or deny them coverage because of pre-existing conditions, as well as the provision ending lifetime limits on benefit payments. (Kentucky tried to enact such reforms in the 1990s and found out we were too small a market to do it alone.)”

 

The editorial goes on to say that Kynect wouldn’t be able to survive without the federal funding from Obamacare.

 

“Kynect is the Affordable Care Act is Obamacare — even if Kentuckians are confused about which is which,” the editorial continued.

 

The editorial went on to say that the talking points it received from the McConnell campaign in response to questions about McConnell on Kynect and Obamacare are “unconnected to reality.”

 

“Kentuckians are waiting to learn if their five-term senator understands —or cares— how much is at stake,” the editorial concluded.

 

 

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Let’s Cook! with Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks

 

Published on May 29, 2014

Richard Sherman of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks goes into the White House Kitchen to cook up something special. http://www.letsmove.gov

 

 

 

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It’s All About Joseph Robinette “Joey B” Biden, Jr.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Vice President Biden to Travel to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup

WASHINGTON, DC – The Vice President will travel to the Federative Republic of Brazil in June to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  While in Brazil, the Vice President will attend a game of the U.S. national team.

 

Additional details about the Vice President’s trip will be released at a later date.

 

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Vice President Biden Speaks at the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour

 

Published on Apr 14, 2014

Vice President Biden welcomes the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour to the State Department. April 14, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Biden, Kerry Greet World Cup Trophy in First Tour Stop

 

By BY SUZANNE GAMBOA & NBC News

 

Vice President Joe Biden plans to head to Brazil this summer to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup and cheer the U.S. national team at on of its games.

Brazil expects 600,000 foreign visitors and 3 million Brazilian tourists during the monthlong tournament, according to The Associated Press.

The trophy to be awarded the winner of this year’s World Cup soccer (fútbol) tournament made a stop Monday in Washington, D.C. at the State Department where Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry were on hand to welcome it and make a few remarks.

The stop was the first of the Trophy Tour preceding the tournament that begins June 12. Before the presentation, athletes from youth soccer organizations batted around a soccer ball with Kerry and DC United players.

At the ceremony, Kerry expressed excitement at the possibility of a match between the United States and Brazil, adding, “to do that the United States has to get through Germany, Portugal and Ghana.” Those opponents have been called one of the “Groups of Death” in the tournament and U.S. faces a serious challenge in emerging the winner.

Biden said he played the other football, but his grandchildren play soccer. “One of the great advantages of being vice president, I’m able to take _ if I’m not going to a war zone _ one of my grandchildren with me … And the only thing all my girls said is they want to go to the World Cup,” Biden said.

Whether Brazil will be ready for the event is a worry. Three stadiums still are under construction and the country expects street protests, according to the AP.

Thank you SUZANNE GAMBOA & NBC News.

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Statement by Vice President Biden on the Passing of Nuala Pell

Jill and I were saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend, Nuala Pell. She and her husband, Senator Clairborne Pell, were among our closest friends. They embraced me in my earliest days in the Senate, after I had lost my wife and daughter. I spent many memorable evenings in their company, and through all the years we served together, I always knew I had a welcome home in Washington with the Pells.

 

I also remember the love and partnership that marked their marriage. Senator Pell used to keep a pillow in his office embroidered with the words, “Happiness is being married to your best friend.” Nuala and Claiborne worked side by side on every issue, whether it was on behalf of the elderly, or women’s health care, or the arts and humanities, or access to education. After Claiborne passed, Nuala continued her lifetime of service, creating the Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service to give future leaders the skills to enter public service. Her lifetime of service will live on through the next generation of leaders she helped grow, and in the hearts of her many friends.

 

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Geraldo Attacks O’Reilly Over Contentious Obama Interview: You ‘Minimized’ The President!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Geraldo Attacks O’Reilly over Contentious Obama Interview: You ‘Minimized’ the President!

 

Published on Feb 8, 2014

Geraldo Rivera took on Bill O’Reilly Friday night over whether O’Reilly was disrespectful to President Obama in their big Super Bowl interview. Rivera gave O’Reilly some benefit of the doubt, but other than that thought O’Reilly was a bit too confrontational and didn’t give Obama the kind of respect a president normally deserves.

 

 

 

Rivera argued it was less like an interview and more like a meeting of the minds with the “President of Most of the White Guys of America” (O’Reilly) against the president of the rest of the country, and told O’Reilly that it was out of line for him to refer to Obama as a “community organizer.”

 

He said it was “unsettling to watch,” and the president deserves “all the respect and dignity” of the office. O’Reilly fired back that his job is not to please, it’s to “get information” and ask “the tough questions,” and believed that he gave enough deference and respect to the office of the presidency.

 

Bill O’Reilly interviews President Obama before the Super Bowl

 

Published on Feb 2, 2014

Bill O’Reilly sits down with President Obama at the White House to discuss the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the Affordable Care Act and the Super Bowl.

 

 

 

Rivera concluded that the larger point O’Reilly made about inner-city families was “obscured” by how he “minimized” the president.

 

 

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Super Bowl XLVIII Is Why The Game Is Played And “The Expert Pundits” Should Be Ignored.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Denver Broncos Must Have Been Tied Up In Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridge Gate, You Know, Stuck In That Traffic Study On The George Washington Bridge. They Never Showed Up To Play In Super Bowl XLVIII.

 

This is why we play the actual sports games and don’t pay a lick of attention to ALL the sports “experts” who are highly paid idiots, according to their Super Bowl picks for XLVIII.

 

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Super Bowl XLVIII By The Numbers: Historic ineptitude on display.

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The game wasn’t all that interesting, not with the Seahawks jumping out to a big lead and with the Broncos unable to do anything about it, but Super Bowl XLVIII certainly produced some interesting statistics.

 

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Like, how Peyton Manning set a Super Bowl record for the most completions and Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas set a Super Bowl record for the most catches. So, it wasn’t all bad for Denver, am I right?

 

Anyway, here were the most fascinating numbers for the final game of the 2013 season.

 

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0: The number of times in NFL history before Sunday that an NFL game ended with a 43-8 score.

 

0: The number of interceptions thrown by Russell Wilson this postseason.

 

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0.125: The percentage of successful replay challenges by Broncos coach John Fox this season. Fox challenged the call of a forward pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the first half, but referee Terry McAuley confirmed the original ruling on the field. On the season, Fox was 1 for 8.

 

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2:02: The length of time of Renee Fleming’s beautiful national anthem if you hit the stopwatch when she opened her mouth to sing.

 

2:12: The length of time of Renee Fleming’s gorgeous national anthem if you hit the stopwatch when her accompanying band began to play.

 

3: The number of consecutive seasons that a safety has been scored in a Super Bowl, via Michael David Smith.

 

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3: The number of times since the 1975 season, including Sunday, that a Super Bowl team has not scored at least 10 points in the game.

 

5: The number of points the Seahawks had accumulated early in the first quarter. No other Super Bowl team in history has ever had five points on the scoreboard.

 

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5: The number of losses for the Broncos in Super Bowl games. That’s the most of any team in the league.

 

11:41: The amount of time in the first quarter that the Seahawks held the ball. Overall, Seattle ran 22 plays in the first 15 minutes. Denver ran six.

 

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12: The number of seconds it took for the Seahawks to score, the fastest score in Super Bowl history. The previous fastest was 14 seconds when Devin Hester scored on the opening kickoff return in Super XLI.

 

13: The number of receptions for Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas, the most of anybody in Super Bowl history.

 

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13: The number of years it’s been since a Super Bowl participant was shut out in the first half. That would be the Giants falling behind 10-0 to the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.

 

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19: The number of minutes into the game that it took for the Broncos to get their first first down.

 

24: The number of times a coin flip in the Super Bowl has landed on heads, and the number of times it’s landed on tails, via RJ Bell.

 

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29: The number of points scored by the Seahawks to start the game, the most consecutive points ever scored by one team to open a game since the Redskins scored 24 in Super Bowl XXVI, via ESPN Stats Info.

 

33: The number of completions Sunday by Peyton Manning, the most-ever by a Super Bowl quarterback.

 

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69: The length of Malcolm Smith‘s pick-6 of Peyton Manning in the first half. It’s the longest interception return for a touchdown since Tracy Porter returned one 74 yards in Super Bowl XLIV against a guy named Peyton Manning.

 

82,529: The number of fans who jammed themselves into MetLife Stadium to watch the game.

 

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526,217: The base salary made by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for the entire 2013 season.

 

882,352:The salary made by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning eachweek of the NFL season, via Bryan A. Graham.

 

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$10.2 Million: The amount the legendary boxer, Floyd Mayweather bet on a Denver Broncos victory. I won’t mention the starving children, poor families, charities that could have used that $10.2 million. Now his bookie can retire. Oh well, he’ll just jave to fight Manny Pacquiáo.

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Best, worst of Super Bowl XLVIII

 

Evaluating the memorable moments of Seattle’s Super blowout of Denver

 

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Seahawks LB and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith gives credit to the entire Seattle defense.
The Seattle Seahawks, underdogs in the eyes of the folks in Las Vegas, smoked the Denver Broncos 43-8.
This was an unlikely game in which Peyton Manning did a passable imitation of his beleaguered younger brother, Eli. Or was it barely passable? This season alone, Eli (15) and Peyton (two) combined to throw 17 interceptions at MetLife Stadium, the home of the Giants and Jets. In a quirky turn of events, the brothers combined to throw seven interceptions (and one lonely touchdown) here against the Seahawks this season.
The best play of the game, if you are a Seahawks fan, was linebacker Malcolm Smith‘s 69-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the second quarter. Defensive end Cliff Avril hit Manning’s arm as he released the ball, and Smith gathered in the disabled duck — and ran a wondrous, meandering route to the end zone. That gave Seattle a stunning 22-0 lead.
It was the longest interception return for a touchdown since the Saints’ Tracy Porter took one back 74 yards — against Manning in Super Bowl XLIV.
Going in, if you had known that Seattle’s two starting cornerbacks — Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell — would be out of the game midway through the fourth quarter, you might have thought Manning would have a field day. Instead, he merely finished the game with a Super Bowl record for completions (34), an exceedingly hollow victory.
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Best effort by a part-time player: It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. Seattle wide receiver Percy Harvin got a six-year, $67 million contract but made exactly one catch during the 2013 regular season. Hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum took Harvin out of play for much of the season, but he returned for the divisional playoff game against the Saints (three catches), then suffered a concussion. After sitting out the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers, he was a big part of the Seahawks’ offensive game plan. He had two sweet runs in the first half, a 30-yard rush around left end and a 15-yard sweep. Then he ran back the kickoff to open the second half 87 yards for a touchdown — and a 29-0 lead.
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Best quarterback: Russell Wilson is the most successful quarterback in NFL history over his first two seasons. This Super Bowl victory gives Wilson a total of 28 wins — one more than the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 and ’05. This is a guy who was drafted in the third round, 53 spots behind Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden.
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Worst quarterback: He had the best offensive season in NFL history, but he was also the second-oldest quarterback to start this ultimate game. Peyton Manning was the only player on either team to win a Super Bowl, but he certainly didn’t win this one. No, the two interceptions weren’t completely his fault, but his big-game nerves will be questioned after this loss. Again. Manning is now 11-12 in playoff games.
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Worst effort in the big game: The Broncos franchise is now 2-5 in Super Bowls — and the only team to lose five. The worst Super Bowl blowout ever? The Broncos lost to the 49ers 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV.
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Best career opportunist: In addition to his memorable interception, Smith had a backbreaking fumble recovery in the third quarter. Cornerback Byron Maxwell punched the ball from the hands of Demaryius Thomas. Smith scooped it up, and it wasn’t long before Seattle had a 36-0 lead.
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Best non-omen: The Seahawks had zero players who had previously appeared in a Super Bowl, the first team with that number since the 1990 Buffalo Bills. Those Bills, by the way, lost a tough one to the Giants (Scott Norwood, wide right) and went on to lose four consecutive Super Bowls. The Seahawks, obviously, are not students of history.
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Worst start (ever):We’ve seen Peyton Manning check out of so many plays this season that we almost expect it. So when the Broncos’ quarterback stepped out of the shotgun formation and moved toward center Manny Ramirez on the first offensive play of the game, it seemed like business as usual. But then Ramirez inexplicably snapped the ball over Manning’s head. It sailed into the end zone, and Seattle had a stunning safety — 12 seconds into the game. It was the fastest score in Super Bowl history and only the ninth safety. The second-fastest? Chicago’s Devin Hester took the opening kickoff all the way back in Super Bowl XLI — against Manning’s Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis, for the record, came back to win that game.
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Best dressed: Manning, declining to follow the fashion trend of Michael Jackson, actually wore two gloves, one on each hand. An hour before the game, when he first started throwing, the temperature was 52 degrees. But with a forecast calling for the low 40s (not to mention a modest wind chill), Manning probably didn’t want to make a “Bad” decision and change midstream.
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Worst dressed: “Broadway” Joe Namath made a pregame sideline appearance wearing an enormous retro 1960s fur coat, which sent Twitter into a tizzy. It was tawny, with white, snowy piping, and it had a hood. See temperature in above item.
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Best breakup: If not for Denver linebacker Nate Irving, the Seahawks almost certainly would have had a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. But after Russell Wilson feathered a lovely pass up and over into the end zone to Jermaine Kearse, Irving stuck his right hand in Kearse’s face. As they fell to earth, he wrenched the ball loose, and Seattle had to settle for a field goal.
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Worst route-running decision: On paper, it was an ugly interception by Manning. But judging by the exercised discussion his coaches had with him afterward, tight end Julius Thomas might have broken off the route prematurely. In any event, Seattle safety Kam Chancellor collected the late-first-quarter gift ball, and the Seahawks had another offensive possession. They ran 22 plays in the first quarter versus only seven for Denver.
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Best dodged bullet: The Broncos’ Trindon Holliday appeared to fumble after returning a kickoff past his 30-yard-line. Chris Maragos knocked it loose, and kicker Steven Hauschka recovered. It was ruled a fumble on the field and would have given Seattle the ball in Denver territory with more than three minutes left in the first half. But, upon further review, Holliday was ruled down by contact. So take heart, Broncos fans. It could’ve been worse.
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