Where In The World Is Barack Today™: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. New York City, N.Y.


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Where In The World Is Barack Today™: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. New York City, N.Y. 

 

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

On Tuesday, President Obama will travel to TechShop Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to deliver remarks on the economy.  Following this, he will travel to New York City to attend the DNC LGBT Gala and take part in another DNC Event.

 

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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 travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The President’s departure from White House and the arrival at Pittsburgh International Airport are open press.

While in Pittsburgh, the President will tour the TechShop Pittsburgh, deliver remarks and answer questions on the additional ways we can continue to create good jobs and expand opportunity for Americans by spurring American manufacturing and innovation. There will be out-of-town travel pool coverage of the tour, and the remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

In the afternoon, the President will depart Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania en route New York, NY. The departure from Pittsburgh International Airport and arrival at the John F. Kennedy International Airport are open press.

While in New York, the President will attend a Senate Majority PAC roundtable event at the Intercontinental Hotel. This roundtable is closed press. Following this event the President will attend and deliver remarks at the DNC LGBT Gala. There will be expanded pool coverage of this event.

In the evening the President will attend a DNC roundtable at a private residence. The roundtable is closed press. Following the roundtable, the President will depart New York City en route Washington, DC. The departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 

White House Schedule – June 17th, 2014

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday June 17th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
TUESDAY June 17th, 2014

 

Tuesday June 17th 2014  All Times ET

 

8:00 AM: The Vice President holds a bilateral meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Local Event Time: 9:00 AM, Palácio do Planalto – Brazil.

 

9:30 AM: The Vice President holds a bilateral meeting with Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer. Local Event Time: 10:30 AM, Vice President Michel Temer’s residence – Brazil

 

10:00 AM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

10:50 AM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

11:05 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Joint Base Andrews.

 

11:15 AM: The Vice President and Vice President Temer deliver statements to the press. Local Event Time: 12:15 AM, U.S. Embassy – Brasilia.

 

12:00 PM: The President arrives Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh International Airport.

 

1:25 PM: The President tours TechShop Pittsburgh, Techshop Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh.

 

1:45 PM: The President delivers remarks and answers questions, Techshop Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh.

 

3:25 PM: The President departs Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania en route New York, NY, Pittsburgh International Airport.

 

4:35 PM: The President arrives New York, NY. John F. Kennedy International Airport.

 

5:25 PM: The President attends a Senate Majority PAC roundtable event, Intercontinental Hotel – New York.

 

8:00 PM: The Vice President arrives at El Dorado International Airport. Local Event Time: 7:00 PM, El Dorado International Airport – Bogota.

 

8:05 PM: The President delivers remarks at the DNC LGBT Gala, Gotham Hall – New York.

 

9:00 PM: The President attends a DNC roundtable, Private Residence – New York.

 

10:40 PM: The President departs New York, John F. Kennedy International Airport.

 

11:35 PM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Andrews.

 

11:50 PM: The President arrives at the White House, South Lawn.

 

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U.S. embassy on alert in Iraq

 

 

 

ISIS moves closer to Baghdad

 

 

 

Kurdish fighters trying to keep ISIS at bay

 

 

 

Insurgent advance spreads in Iraq’s northwest

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes: Inside the U.S. National Team Locker Room

 

 

 

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On Wednesday, the President will host the first ever White House Maker Faire and meet with students, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens who are using new tools and techniques to launch new businesses, learn vital skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and fuel the renaissance in American manufacturing.

 

On Thursday, the President will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

 

On Friday, the President will meet with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand to highlight our increasingly close relationship with New Zealand and our collaboration on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, climate change, and military-to-military cooperation.  The President looks forward to consulting with Prime Minister Key on these and other issues, including the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, regional maritime security issues, and global security issues.

 

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A Brand New Day™ Tuesday The Tenth Of June, 2014. I’ll Tumblr For Ya. Happy 13th Birthday to First Daughter Natasha ” Sasha” Obama.


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On Tuesday, the President will take to Tumblr in an event at the White House moderated by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp. The President will deliver remarks and answer questions from folks across the country on the importance of education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.

 

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Announcing the President’s First-Ever Tumblr Q&A

 

 

We’re excited to announce that on Tuesday, June 10, at 4:00 PM ET President Obama will take to Tumblr to answer your questions about education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.

 

Getting a higher education is the single-most important investment students can make in their own futures. At the same time, it’s never been more expensive. That’s why since taking office, the President has made historic investments to make college more affordable – and it’s why he’s inviting you to join a conversation about the issue. Starting today, you can submit questions for the President at ObamaIRL.tumblr.com.

 

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This will be the President’s first-ever Tumblr Q&A, and will be moderated by David Karp, founder and CEO of the platform, live from the White House. With more than 40 percent of users between the age of 18-34, issues like access to higher education and keeping college affordable are particlularly relevant to the Tumblr community.

We’re also inviting some of our White House Tumblr followers to attend, continuing our series of “White House Socials” that invite our social media followers to engage with administration officials and attend in-person events.

The White House joined Tumblr more than a year ago with GIFs aplenty, and even took a stance on how to pronounce “GIF” (we’re still in the hard ‘g’ camp, by the way). It’s been an incredible way to connect with followers on the issues they care about, including the latest news around the White House, behind-the-scenes photos, graphics, and more. You can follow the White House on Tumblr at WhiteHouse.tumblr.com.

Note: We are no longer accepting applications for our White House Social. Check in at whitehouse.gov/social for upcoming opportunities.

 

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White House Schedule – June 10, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will deliver remarks and sign H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2014, and H.R. 1726 to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers. The Vice President will also attend. This event in South Court Auditorium is open press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will take to Tumblr in an event at the White House moderated by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp. The President will deliver remarks and answer questions in the State Dining Room from folks across the country on the importance of education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt. There will be pool coverage of this event, which will also be streamed live on WhiteHouse.Tumblr.com and Yahoo.com.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Tuesday, June 10 2014 All Times ET

 

10:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT signs H.R. 3080 and H.R. 1726; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends, South Court Auditorium.

 

 

12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, The Brady Briefing Room.

 

 

4:00 PM:  THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and answers questions in a Tumblr event, State Dining Room.

 

 

5:25 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

 

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On WednesdayPresident Obama will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony. The President will also attend a DSCC event in the Boston area. Following the event, the President will return to Washington, DC.

 

 

On Thursday, the President will hold a bilateral meeting Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia at the White House; the Vice President will also attend. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia’s leadership of the G-20 this year, the future of Afghanistan, and the growing bilateral defense relationship, including the rotation of U.S. Marines through Darwin.  They will also address some of the most serious security issues that confront both Australia and the United States, including Syria, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, North Korea, and the security and stability of the Asia Pacific region. In the afternoon, the President will welcome the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their victory in the WNBA Finals.

 

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Cannonball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Following their visit to Indian Country, the President and the First Lady will travel to Palm Springs, CA.

 

 

On Saturday, the President will deliver the commencement address at University of California, Irvine on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the UC Irvine campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson. UC Irvine does outstanding work at the undergraduate and graduate level in science and research, humanities, and professional studies, and the President looks forward to speaking with the graduates in June. Following these events, he will return to Palm Springs, CA. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, D.C on

 

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“Why I Was at the White House Today”

 

Earlier today, the President signed a memorandum to make federal student loan debt more affordable and manageable to repay.

 

After the signing, Andy MacCracken, who introduced the President, sent the message below to the White House email list, explaining why the President’s action was meaninful for him.

 

Didn’t get the email? Make sure to sign up for White House email updates here.

 

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President Obama on Student Loan Debt: “No Hardworking Young Person Should Be Priced Out of a Higher Education”

 

President Barack Obama signs a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt, in the East Room of the White House, June 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama signs a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt, in the East Room of the White House, June 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

More students than ever before are relying on student loans to pay for their college education. 71 percent of students earning a bachelor’s degree graduate with debt, averaging $29,400. While most students are able to repay their loans, many feel burdened by debt, especially as they seek to start a family, buy a home, launch a business, or save for retirement.

 

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That’s why, as part of his year of action to expand opportunity for all Americans, President Obama is taking steps to make student loan debt more affordable and manageable to repay.

 

Earlier this afternoon, the President signed a memorandumdirecting the Secretary of Education to propose regulations that would allow nearly 5 million federal direct student loan borrowers the opportunity to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income. The memorandum also outlines new executive actions to support federal student loan borrowers, especially vulnerable borrowers who may be at greater risk of defaulting on their loans.

 

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The NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Visit the White House

 

 

This afternoon, President Obama welcomed the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies to the White House. UConn’s men’s and women’s basketball teams both won the 2014 NCAA Championships — so in an effort to “eliminate waste and cut out duplicative programs to make things more efficient,” the President concurrently congratulated both of them. But “this may be carrying things a little too far,” he joked.

 

In the President’s remarks, he highlighted the well-known legacy of UConn basketball. This is the ninth national title for the women, while it’s the men’s fourth title in the last 16 years. And only once before, in 2004, has one school won both the men’s and women’s Division I titles. That team was — you guessed it — UConn.

 

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The Changing Role of Fathers in the Workforce and Family

 

As part of the lead-up to the White House Summit on Working Families, we’ve been exploring policies and best practices that help both families and businesses manage the increasingly complicated interaction between work and family-life. Today, Administration officials hosted a discussion—the first of its kind at the White House—on the state of working dads and how businesses can create a win-win culture to enable these fathers to be more involved parents and better employees.

 

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The need to rethink workplace policies to work better for parents is not just about working moms or women—working fathers are a key piece of the story as well. As the data compiled by the Council of Economic Advisers on “The Economics of Fatherhood and Work” show, the role of fatherhood has been changing with fathers taking a more hands-on approach to raising children. This change is both cultural and economic, with families responding to the reality of women’s increased role in the labor market. Nearly two-thirds of children now have either two working parents or a single parent who is working, contributing to the trend of father’s increasingly caring for children. Today, one in fourteen fathers with kids under 18 are single parents—a striking seven-fold increase since 1970—and dads are increasingly staying at home when their wives work.

 

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Meeting on Regional Food Systems

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

The White House Rural Council hosts a meeting on building regional food systems as a strategy for community economic development, June 9, 2014.

 

 

 

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White House Press Briefing: 6/9/14

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

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

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks - June 09, 2014

 

Remarks by the President on Opportunity for All: Making College More Affordable

 

Remarks by the President Honoring NCAA Champions the University of Connecticut Huskies

 

 

Statements and Releases - June 09, 2014

 

FACT SHEET: Supporting Western Governors As They Deal with Wildfire, Drought, and Other Climate Impacts

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Western Governors on Wildfire Preparedness

 

Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal sent to the Senate

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Nurses on Commonsense Immigration Reform

 

FACTSHEET: Making Student Loans More Affordable

 

 

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Happy 13th Birthday to First Daughter Natasha ” Sasha” Obama!

 

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White House LIVE!!! Streaming Schedule

 

 

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June 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
Ensuring Positive Futures and Academic Achievement: Student Substance Use and Educational Success
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June 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT
President Obama Signs H.R. 3080 and H.R. 1726
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June 10, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
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June 10, 2014 1:15 PM EDT
Vice President Biden Speaks at the National Association of Manufactures Summit
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June 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT
President Obama Takes to Tumblr to Answer Questions on Education and College Affordability
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June 9th, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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Videos emerge of Vegas shooters

 

Published on Jun 10, 2014

YouTube videos emerge shedding light on the Las Vegas couple who fatally shot two policemen. CNN’s Dan Simon reports.

 

 

 

Bernstein: This is a Clinton production

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

Following Hillary Clinton’s primetime with Diane Sawyer, a panel of political and media experts off their reactions

 

 

 

Today in History for June 10th, Associated Press

 

Highlights of this day in history: The Six-Day War ends in the Mideast; Yugoslav troops leave Kosovo after NATO’s campaign of airstrikes; Alcoholics Anonymous founded; Actress and singer Judy Garland born; Singer Ray Charles dies. (June 10)

 

 

 

PBS News Hour For Monday, June 9th, 2014

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

Tonight on the program, we take a look inside the Veterans Affairs Department and the revelation of cooking the books over veteran wait times. Also: Taliban militants attack a Pakistani airport in Karachi, Common Core standards face push back by Louisiana parents and politicians, examining President Obama’s new executive order on student debt and a second look at our talk with Bryan Cranston.

 

 

 

Obama Makes Starbucks Run

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

President Barack Obama slipped out of the White House for a run to a nearby Starbucks, ahead of the knot of White House reporters who normally accompany him when he leaves the White House grounds. (June 9)

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 9th Of June, 2014.


 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: The White House Week Ahead & Daily Schedule.

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday June 9th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE SCHEDULE
June 9th – June 13th, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will join nurses from across the country to discuss the importance of passing commonsense immigration reform. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks and sign a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt. This event in the East Room is open press.

 

Following this event, the President will meet with governors of Western States to discuss wildfires via video teleconference. This meeting in the Situation Room is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will welcome the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams to honor the teams and their 2014 NCAA Championships. This event in the East Room is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

 

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On Monday, the President will host an event on education at the White House. Later in the afternoon, the President will welcome the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams to honor the teams and their 2014 NCAA Championships.

 

 

On Tuesday, the President will take to Tumblr in an event at the White House moderated by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp. The President will deliver remarks and answer questions from folks across the country on the importance of education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.

 

 

On Wednesday, President Obama will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony. The President will also attend a DSCC event in the Boston area. Following the event, the President will return to Washington, DC.

 

 

On Thursday, the President will hold a bilateral meeting Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia at the White House; the Vice President will also attend. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia’s leadership of the G-20 this year, the future of Afghanistan, and the growing bilateral defense relationship, including the rotation of U.S. Marines through Darwin.  They will also address some of the most serious security issues that confront both Australia and the United States, including Syria, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, North Korea, and the security and stability of the Asia Pacific region. In the afternoon, the President will welcome the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their victory in the WNBA Finals.

 

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Cannonball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Following their visit to Indian Country, the President and the First Lady will travel to Palm Springs, CA.

 

 

On Saturday, the President will deliver the commencement address at University of California, Irvine on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the UC Irvine campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson. UC Irvine does outstanding work at the undergraduate and graduate level in science and research, humanities, and professional studies, and the President looks forward to speaking with the graduates in June. Following these events, he will return to Palm Springs, CA. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, D.C on Monday.

 

 

White House Schedule – June 9, 2014

 

President Barack Obama on Monday has White House events on student loan debt and immigration and honors the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams.

 

Monday, June 9th, 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: The President and The Vice President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, The Oval Office.

 
10:50 AM: The President meets with nurses to discuss immigration reform, Oval Office.

 

12:30 PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest has his first Daily Press Briefing as the Press Secretary, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 
1:45 PM: The President delivers remarks and signs a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt, The East Room.

 
2:40 PM: The President meets with governors of Western States via video teleconference. The Situation Room.

 
4:15 PM: The President welcomes the UConn men’s and women’s NCAA champion basketball teams. The East Room.

 

 

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June 2014: Photos of the Day

 

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Federal Agencies and the Opportunities and Challenges of Big Data

 

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On June 19, the Obama Administration will continue the conversation on big data as we co-host our fourth big data conference, this time with the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute.

 

The conference, “Improving Government Performance in the Era of Big Data; Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Agencies”, will build on prior workshops at MIT, NYU, and Berkeley, and continue to engage both subject matter experts and the public in a national discussion about the future of data innovation and policy.

 

 

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June 09, 2014 9:00 AM EDTShare
Working Families Summit on Fatherhood
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Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
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President Obama Speaks and Signs a Presidential Memorandum on Reducing the Burden of Student Loan Debt
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Regional Food Systems: A Strategy for Community Economic Development
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Driver: Tracy Morgan in crash

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has undergone surgery and continues a slow recovery after a devastating car crash.

 

 

 

Motive Sought in Las Vegas Shooting

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

Las Vegas authorities say they are trying to determine a motive in Sunday’s deadly shooting spree. A man and a woman killed two police officers and a third person before the female suspect killed the male and then herself. (June 9)

 

 

 

Raw: 5 Dead in Las Vegas Shooting

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

Two suspects shot and killed two police officers in an ambush at a Las Vegas restaurant Sunday before fatally shooting a third person and killing themselves inside a nearby Walmart, authorities said. (June 8)

 

 

 

From ‘Gang-Banger’ to College Graduate

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

Four years ago, Krishaun Branch was part of an entire class of college-bound high school graduates from Chicago’s Urban Prep. He recently graduated from Fisk University in Nashville. AP’s Martha Irvine chronicles his achievement. (June 9)

 

 

 

Raw: Teams Arrive in Brazil for World Cup

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

The English, German, and Russian teams arrived in Brazil on Sunday ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The international soccer tournament begins in four days. (June 8)

 

 

 

Michigan Teen Carries Brother on Back for 40 Miles

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

A Michigan teenager completed a two-day, 40-mile walk with his 7-year-old brother on his back. The Cerebral Palsy Swagger was designed to raise awareness about the muscle disorder that affects the younger brother. (June 8)

 

 

 

Raw: Pope Wades Into Mideast Peace-making

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

Francis is welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers just weeks after the collapse of the latest round of U.S.-sponsored peace talks. (June 8)

 

 

 

Hugh Jackman, NPH Walk Tonys Red Carpet

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

Hugh Jackman talks about hosting this year’s Tony Awards on red carpet while Neil Patrick Harris, Chris O’Dowd, and Lena Hall discuss Jackman hosting show. (June 8)

 

 

 

Supporting America’s Students

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

In this week’s address, President Obama underscored the importance of helping to lift the burden of crushing student loan debt faced by too many Americans and highlighted the efforts he’s taken to ensure we uphold America’s commitment to provide a quality education for all who are willing to work for it.

 

 

 

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From Salon.Com:

 

GOP wimps cave to the right: New plan resumes Obamacare fight, ditches immigration

 

Under pressure from conservatives, GOP leaders unveil new agenda that shows they haven’t learned a thing

 

By  for Salon.Com

 

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On Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released a memo detailing the June legislative agenda for the House of Representatives, and in doing so drove yet another final nail into immigration reform’s already well-sealed coffin.

 

Cantor’s memo lays out the various bills and issues the House GOP plans to address over the next three weeks, and immigration is conspicuously absent. By leaving it off the agenda, Cantor has effectively cut in half the time available to the House to take up any reform proposals.

 

To recap: A bipartisan group of senators passed a comprehensive reform bill last June that has been gathering dust ever since. The House Republican leadership refuses to bring it to a vote. They also won’t bring their own immigration “principles” up for a vote. Every few weeks or so they renew their verbal commitment to immigration reform, and then continue doing absolutely nothing. President Obama threatened to take executive action to limit deportations, but recently backed off that threat in order to give the Republicans the time and space they needed to bring up a bill.

 

Cantor, in leaving immigration reform off the June agenda, has made clear that time and space are not the issue. The GOP is just not going to take up immigration reform. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made clear that the window for action by the Republicans closes at the end of July, just before the August recess. At that point, everyone expects Obama to move forward on his own.

 

You can guess what happens then. “Tyranny!” “Power-grab!” “Overreach!” The Republicans, who spurned every opportunity to compromise, will attack Obama for refusing to work with Congress. By that point the midterm elections will be too close to get anything done anyway. Everyone will retreat from policy into politics and the Senate reform bill will be quietly, solemnly interred next to its forbears.

 

There was never much hope of Cantor budging on immigration reform, but it certainly didn’t help that he’s come under fire in the last few weeks by Tea Party conservatives who suspect that he’s secretly working to implement “amnesty.” Cantor is facing a primary challenge from economics professor David Brat, who attacks Cantor mercilessly for his work on the Kids Act (the Republican-friendly version of the Dream Act). Cantor will defeat Brat and he’ll defeat him handily, but he still needs to take him seriously because Brat is pulling in support from influential conservative figures like radio host Laura Ingraham. Part of Cantor’s strategy has been to highlight how he’s fought “amnesty” for “illegal aliens.”

 

So he’s not going to lose, but he’s still had to shift to the right to try to make amends with the conservatives who are deeply suspicious that any attempt at reform will be too lenient on undocumented immigrants. Cantor’s facing a no-win situation on immigration reform, and for now the best option for him politically is to do nothing, so he’s killing immigration reform through inaction.

 

While we’re on the topic of conservatives pressuring the leadership on hot-button issues, Cantor’s June memo is also noteworthy for what it says about healthcare reform. Early last month, the House Republicans unexpectedly went dark on Obamacare – after years of hearings and countless repeal votes, legislators suddenly seemed to lose interest in the health law. According to Cantor’s memo, the cease-fire will come to an end as the House GOP plans to do … something on healthcare:

 

Our committees continue to work to expose the harmful effects of Obamacare and refine different policies that reduce costs, expand access and provide patients with greater control over their healthcare. We will be discussing these policy options with you in the weeks ahead in anticipation of additional floor action.

 

Cantor’s vague promise to discuss unnamed “policy options” comes on the heels of an effort by the hard-line conservative Republican Study Committee to force the leadership into scheduling a vote on the RSC’s Obamacare replacement plan.

 

Conservative members of the rank-and-file have to be frustrated with Cantor on Obamacare. In January he promised that “we will rally around an alternative to Obamacare and pass it on the floor of the House.” In February he said that the finishing touches were being put on the Obamacare replacement plan. Since then there’s been no action to speak of.

 

Cantor and the rest of the leadership haven’t picked a replacement plan because doing so would present significant political risks. Any plan they choose would necessarily require huge disruptions to the insurance market, and the Republican alternative plans that have been put forward to date would cover far fewer people than Obamacare. The surging expansion of Medicaid complicates their efforts even further; people are signing up in droves and are making enthusiastic use of the program, and Republicans are left to argue that they should be transitioned off their newly obtained government-paid insurance. That’s a tough sell, even if the ACA’s approval rating is in the gutter.

 

Introducing an Obamacare replacement would also put Republican midterm candidates in a tough spot, as it would force them to take a position on health reform policy at a time when many of them are trying hard to be as evasive as possible.

 

The leadership has clearly gotten the message from conservatives that inaction on Obamacare is not an option. But they’re clearly still unsure of what to do. What does appear to be certain, however, is that conservatives are succeeding in boxing in the leadership on immigration and healthcare.

 

Thank you   & Salon.Com.

 

 

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Let’s Talk About The Minimum Wage


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Let’s Talk About the Minimum Wage

 

Published on May 1, 2014

Workers, business owners and community leaders share why they think it’s time to raise the federal minimum wage. Visit http://www.dol.gov/minwage to learn more about this issue.

 

 

 

The Employment Situation in April

 

US created 288,000 jobs in April vs 210,000 est

 

Job creation accelerated in April as the U.S. economy added 288,000 new positions, while the unemployment rate plummeted to 6.3 percent amid a sharp drop in the workforce.

Economists had been anticipating 210,000 new jobs and a 6.6 percent rate.

Employment growth was solid in April, as businesses added jobs for the 50th consecutive month, and the unemployment rate fell. The employment data can fluctuate from month-to-month, and while this month’s report happens to be above expectations, it is still broadly consistent with the recent trends we have been seeing in the labor market. The President continues to emphasize that more can and should be done to support the recovery, including acting on his own executive authority to expand economic opportunity, as well as pushing Congress for additional investments in infrastructure, education and research, an increase in the minimum wage, and a reinstatement of extended unemployment insurance benefits. In fact, CEA estimates that because of the failure to continue extended benefits into 2014, the economy has already incurred the loss of 80,000 jobs so far this year. Failure to reinstate extended unemployment insurance benefits is expected to cost another 160,000 jobs over the balance of the year.

 

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

 

1. The private sector has added 9.2 million jobs over 50 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 in April, driven by a 273,000 increase in private employment. Job growth in February and March was revised up, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.4 million, or an average of 198,000 a month. This is slightly faster than the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (182,000 a month).

 

 

2. The level of April payrolls came in 0.05 percent above expectations—meaning the consensus forecast of the levelof payroll employment was extremely accurate. Accounting for the revisions to March, the consensus forecast was for 138,182,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in April, which was only a tiny bit below the actual 138,252,000 nonfarm payroll jobs reported today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of course, the main focus is on the forecast for the change in jobs and in this regard the actual 288,000 jobs added was 32 percent higher than the consensus forecast of 218,000 jobs, a substantial prediction error. Forecasting the change in jobs is very difficult because anything that adds or subtracts just 0.05 percent to total jobs shows up as a 70,000 job swing that appears as a large difference from the consensus forecast, but actually may just be a transitory fluctuation, statistical sampling noise, or quirks in seasonal adjustment. That is why it is best to focus on the trend in jobs over longer periods of time as well as a range of other economic data.

 

 

3. Long-term unemployment continues to affect a demographically diverse group that is broadly similar to the group of workers that have been unemployed for shorter durations. As shown below, the educational attainment of the long-term unemployed is strikingly similar to that of the shorter-term unemployed. Additionally, as noted previously, long-term unemployment does not appear to be overly concentrated in a single occupation. These facts suggest that steps that have been proposed to support the long-term unemployed—including reinstating extended unemployment insurance—still have a critical role to play in helping to address this pressing issue.

 

 

4. The pattern of job growth across industries in April was highly consistent with the pattern observed over the past year. One way to evaluate whether the composition of job growth is in line with recent trends is to consider the correlation between the most recent one-month percent change and the average percent change over the last 12 months across various industries. Looking across the 17 industries shown in point #5, the correlation between the April change and the average percent change over the last 12 months was 0.87, suggesting that the distribution of employment gains last month was very much in line with recent trends. Since 2008, this correlation has averaged 0.63. Thus, it appears that the pickup in job growth observed in April does not reflect any outlier performance in a single industry or handful of industries.

 

 

5. Looking over the 50 straight months of private-sector job growth since March 2010, the 273,000 increase in private employment in April represents the 3rd strongest single month of job growth during this time. Construction rose by 32,000 in April, its 5th strongest month since March 2010. Over the last four months alone, the construction sector has added 124,000 jobs. Manufacturing added 12,000 jobs in April, in line with the average monthly gain over the last 50 months, during which time manufacturing employment has risen by 647,000.

 

 

As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.

 

 

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Thursday In Tokyo, Japan.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama Holds a Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister  Shinzo Abe

 

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Watch Live: President Obama at the Miraikan Science Expo

 

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On Thursday, the President will hold a state call with Emperor and Empress of Japan at the Imperial Palace. Later in the morning, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at the Akasaka Palace. In the afternoon, the President will visit the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation to tour and deliver remarks at a youth and science event with students. Later in the afternoon, the President will visit the Meiji Shrine and host a round table meeting with Select USA business leaders. In the evening the President will attend the Japanese State dinner at the Imperial Palace with the Imperial family. The President will remain overnight in Japan.

 

 

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President Obama Schedule || Thursday, April 24, 2014

 

All times Japan Standard Time, which is 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Daylight Time

 

9:20 am || Participates in an official arrival ceremony; Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan


9:30 am || Inspects the Guard of Honor; Imperial Palace


9:40 am || Participates in a state call with the Emperor and Empress of Japan; Imperial Palace


10:15 am || Arrives at the Akasaka Palace; Akasaka Palace, Tokyo


10:25 am || Meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan; Akasaka Palace


12:15 pm || Holds a joint press conference with Abe; Akasaka Palace


3:10 pm || Delivers remarks at the Miraikan Science Expo and Youth Event; Miraikan Museum, Tokyo


4:05 pm || Tours the Meiji Shrine; Tokyo


8:20 pm || Attends the state dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan; Imperial Palace


10:00 pm || Participates in an after-dinner talk; Imperial Palace

 

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama meets with Emperor Akihito of Japan at the Imperial Palace
  • The President meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at Akasaka Palace
  • In the afternoon, the President participates in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Abe
  • Later, President Obama delivers remarks at a youth and science event with students at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
  • The President visits Meiji Shrine
  • President Obama attends the Japan State Dinner and delivers remarks

 

 

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 Photo Of The Day

 

President Barack Obama talks with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during a state call at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during a state call at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting

 

Akasaka Palace
Tokyo, Japan

10:33 A.M. JST

 

PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  On behalf of the government and the people of Japan, I would like to sincerely welcome President Obama as our state guest.

 

At the outset, I would like to once again express my heartfelt gratitude for the assistance from the United States in the aftermath of the great East Japan earthquake.  More than 20,000 servicemembers of the U.S. forces participated in Operation Tomodachi.  And as a matter of fact, Japanese people were greatly encouraged and helped by the assistance extended from the government and the people of the United States.  And I am truly grateful for that.

 

Japan has been walking on the path of peace based on its peaceful orientation in a consistent manner for the past 70 years after the Second World War.  Japan and the United States share fundamental values such as freedom, democracy and fundamental human rights, and also we share strategic interests.  And the alliance between these two nations is indispensable and irreplaceable as the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous Asia Pacific region.

 

Your visit to Asia this time is a testament to the U.S. revised policy which attaches importance to this region.  This greatly contributes to regional peace and prosperity, and Japan strongly supports and also certainly welcomes this.

 

My administration intends to contribute to regional peace and prosperity more practically than ever, in line with the policy of what I call practical contribution to peace based on the principle on international cooperation.  And together with the United States, Japan would like to realize our leading role of the alliance in ensuring a peaceful and prosperous Asia Pacific.

 

Today, at this meeting, I look forward to having exchanges with you on how the alliance should look like in the future, based on the cooperation we have had so far.

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, let me begin by thanking you, Mr. Prime Minister, and your delegation, as well as the Japanese people for the incredibly gracious hospitality that you’ve provided us so far during this visit.

 

As you indicated, the U.S.-Japan alliance is the foundation for not only our security in the Asia Pacific region but also for the region as a whole.  And we have continued to strengthen it. We are looking at a whole range of issues that are challenging at this time, including the threats posed by North Korea and the nuclearization that’s been taking place in that country.  But because of the strong cooperation between our countries I am confident that we will continue to make progress in the future.

 

Of course, the bonds between our countries are not restricted to a military alliance.  We represent two of the three largest economies in the world, and we have the opportunity by working together to help shape an open and innovative and dynamic economy throughout the Asia Pacific region.

 

Our shared democratic values means that we have to work together in multilateral settings to deal with regional hotspots around the globe but also to try to make sure that we are creating a strong set of rules that govern the international order.  And the strong people-to-people bonds that we have and the educational and scientific and cultural exchanges that we have means that our friendship and alliance I’m confident will continue for generations to come.

 

So I look forward to very productive meetings today.  And I want to once again thank you for your hospitality.  As you said, my visit here I think once again represents my deep belief that a strong U.S.-Japan relationship is not only good for our countries but good for the world.

 

END
10:44 A.M. JST

 

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Where In The World Is Barack: Tokyo, Japan  

 

President Barack Obama starts a four-nation Asian swing. President Obama’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. The President’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines will focus on our major priorities in the region: modernizing our alliances; supporting democratic development and commercial ties; investing in regional institutions; and deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.

 

 

 

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Friday, April 25, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Japan
  • Later that morning, the President bids farewell to the Emperor Akihito of Japan
  • In the afternoon, President Obama travels to Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • The President visits the National War Memorial and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony
  • Later, the President visits Gyengbok Palace
  • President Obama meets with President Park at the Blue House

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
  • Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks
  • In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia
  • Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
  • President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra
  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak
  • The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center
  • Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia

 

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony at Malacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

 

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