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Shannon Watts, Everytown For Gun Safety: Fight Gun Violence With Your VOTE.


 

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Mayors Against Illegal Guns/Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America.

 

If our elected officials won’t change our gun laws, it’s time to change our elected officials.

I was in the Senate gallery one year ago today when a minority of U.S. Senators blocked a bill to expand criminal background checks. They caved under pressure from the Washington gun lobby instead of standing up for more than 90% of the American people who supported the bill. They made the wrong choice.

That’s why I’m proud to announce the launch of Gun Sense Voter, an unprecedented initiative to mobilize Americans in all 50 states to fight gun violence with their votes.

I’m writing to ask you to pledge to vote for candidates in local, state and federal elections who support common-sense laws to reduce gun violence. And, at the same time, help us show others the door.

Will you take the pledge to become a Gun Sense Voter today?

Are you a Gun Sense Voter? Here’s how you’ll know:

 

  • You believe that felons and domestic abusers shouldn’t have access to guns.
  • You think guns don’t belong in places like churches, schools and playgrounds.
  • You think our elected officials should be as passionate about the safety of our communities as they are about the right to bear arms.
  • You understand that each and every vote matters when it comes to reducing gun violence — and you’re not afraid to use yours to create change.

 

If you’re a mom, a mayor, a survivor, a police officer, or a concerned citizen who thinks that our elected officials must do more to stop gun violence, then you’re a Gun Sense Voter.

 

Make it official and take the Gun Sense Voter pledge right now:

 

http://www.GunSenseVoter.org/

 

I’ve taken the pledge, and I hope you will too.

 

It’s the most important thing you can do to make sure we finally get the common-sense gun laws that will keep our fellow Americans safe from gun violence.

 

Thank you,

 

Shannon Watts
Founder
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America

P.S. — When you take the pledge, please make sure you check the box if you can volunteer in your community. The Gun Sense Voter team will be reaching out to some volunteers all across the country to organize trainings in the weeks ahead, and we hope to see you there!

Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense gun policies. We are moms, mayors, survivors, and concerned citizens. 



We depend on contributions from supporters like you to fund our important work to reduce gun violence.

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WHAT IS GUN SENSE?

 

Gun Sense is the simple idea that we can do more to keep our families and communities safe from gun violence. It’s the belief that we, as Americans don’t have to tolerate 31,000 deaths from gun violence every year.

If you believe that felons and domestic abusers shouldn’t have access to guns; if you think guns don’t belong in places like churches, schools and playgrounds; If you think our elected officials should be as passionate about the safety of our communities as they are about the right to bear arms: You have Gun Sense.

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New AD on Gun Safety: ‘Moms Demand Action’ For Gun Sense in America

 

 

 

Michael Bloomberg Announces $50 Million Project to Fight Gun Violence

 

Published on Apr 16, 2014

Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend at least $50 million this year to combat gun violence in the United States through a new lobbying group, Everytown for Gun Safety.
Bloomberg said in a New York Times article published Tuesday evening that he plans to spend the $50 million — at least — through Everytown’s advocacy work as well as “personal expenditures.”

 

“I put $50 million this year, last year into coal, $53 million into oceans,” he told the Times about the causes he supports. “Certainly a number like that, $50 million. Let’s see what happens.”

 

The group will have kick-off events in several cities across the country on Wednesday to spread the word and launch the “Gun Sense Voter” campaign that aims to mobilize 1 million voters to support officials and laws that tout gun safety.

 

 

 

 

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The White House Weekend™: The Weekly Address. Miriam Carey. White House Easter Egg Roll Social. America’s PrepareAthon!


 

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Barack Hussein Obama Week Ahead Schedule, April 7th, To 11th, 2014

 

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On Monday, the President will travel to Prince George’s County, MD to host an event on the economy. Following this event, he will meet with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

On Tuesday, the President  will host an event on the economy at the White House.

 

On Wednesday, the President and the First Lady will travel to Houston, TX. The President will attend DCCC and DSCC events.  More details regarding the President and First Lady’s travel to Houston will be forthcoming.

 

On Thursday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, TX.  The President will deliver remarks at a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, DC, in the afternoon.

 

On Friday, the President will travel to New York, NY to deliver remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention.

 

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Weekly Address: The President’s Budget Ensures Opportunity for All Hardworking Americans

 

 

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VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: El Presupuesto del Presidente –Expandiendo la oportunidad para todos

April 05, 2014 | 3:16 | Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora del Consejo de Política Doméstica de la Casa Blanca Cecilia Muñoz habla sobre el presupuesto del Presidente que ampliará las oportunidades para todos, incluyendo a millones de familias hispanas.

 

 

 

 

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the important differences between the budget he’s put forward — built on opportunity for all — and the budget House Republicans are advocating for, which stacks the deck against the middle class.

While the President is focused on building lasting economic security and ensuring that hardworking Americans have the opportunity to get ahead, Republicans are advancing the same old top-down approach of cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and slashing important investments in education, infrastructure, and research and development

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: Millions Get Covered, Team USA Visits, and More

7.1 Million Americans: Covered

 

The numbers don’t lie — the Affordable Care Act is working. By the end of open enrollment on March 31, 7.1 million Americans had signed up for coverage.

 

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The First Lady and Local Students Plant the White House Kitchen Garden

 

Spring is definitely here as the White House Kitchen Garden is growing again. First Lady Michelle Obama invited local students to join her for the sixth-annual planting of the garden earlier this week, making sure the White House will have a fresh crop of healthy fruits and vegetables in the months ahead.

The First Lady delivers remarks at the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen garden, emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

The First Lady delivers remarks at the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen garden, emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

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POTUS Rallies Wolverines Around Raising the Wage

 

The President traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan on Wednesday to speak to a crowd filled with University of Michigan Wolverines about his March Madness bracket, a famous local deli named Zingerman’s, and, of course, the importance of raising the national minimum wage.

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Team USA Stops by the White House

 

U.S. Olympians and Paralympians who competed in Sochi earlier this year visited the White House this week, spending time touring the grounds, playing with Bo and Sunny, and hearing from the President and First Lady.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive a Paralympic and Olympic flag signed by all the Olympians from Alpine Skier Jon Lujan and Ice Hockey forward Julie Chu

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive a Paralympic and Olympic flag signed by all the Olympians from Alpine Skier Jon Lujan and Ice Hockey forward Julie Chu

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Hop to the White House Easter Egg Roll Social

 

Are you a social butterfly? Do you have kids ages 5-13? Want to visit the White House? The 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll is just around the corner, and you are invited.

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West Wing Week: 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”

 

 

This week, the President wrapped up a six day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, spoke on the success of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, traveled to Michigan to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage, and honored both the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, and the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic teams. That’s March 28th to April 3rd or, “The Rosies.”

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While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues

 

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than 7.1 million Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, 3 million additional young adults were covered under their parents’ insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A new report shows that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law. The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least 3 million people higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to HealthCare.gov.

 

While this is great progress, states where governors or legislatures refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion provisions of the law will leave 5.7 million Americans uninsured. States that have expanded Medicaid, such as Kentucky and New York, have seen particularly dramatic declines in their uninsured populations. Just take Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky has seen a 40 percent drop in its rate of uninsured since October 1.

 

 

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America’s PrepareAthon!

 

 

 

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Here at the White House, we’re getting ready for the first America’s PrepareAthon!, a national day of action that will take place April 30, 2014.

 

Join us this Monday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss America’s PrepareAthon!, a community-based campaign to build a more secure and resilient nation by getting people to understand what disasters could happen in their communities and to take action to increase their preparedness. Actions include signing up for mobile alerts and warnings, holding a preparedness discussion to emphasize the steps people should take to be ready should a disaster occur, and conducting a drill so people are familiar with what to do beforehand.

 

Join us for a Google+ Hangout to hear from the head of FEMA, an award-winning meteorologist, and leaders from across the nation who share a passion for getting prepared. I will moderate the live discussion.

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April 4th 2014: Photo of the Day

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President Barack Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Sage and Elsa Smith. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Sage and Elsa Smith. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama gives a signing pen to Jacob Miller, brother of Gabriella Miller, after signing H.R. 2019, the "Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act", in the Oval Office, April 3, 2014. The law ends taxpayer contributions to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and diverts the money in that fund to pay for research into pediatric cancer through the National Institutes of Health. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama gives a signing pen to Jacob Miller, brother of Gabriella Miller, after signing H.R. 2019, the “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act”, in the Oval Office, April 3, 2014. The law ends taxpayer contributions to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and diverts the money in that fund to pay for research into pediatric cancer through the National Institutes of Health. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama visits with patrons during a stop for lunch at Zingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Mich., April 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama visits with patrons during a stop for lunch at Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Mich., April 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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U.S. President Barack Obama stands alone as he makes a statement about the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, while in Chicago, April 2, 2014. Obama said on Wednesday he was “heartbroken” that another shooting had occurred at the Fort Hood Army base and described the situation there as fluid. At least one gunman opened fire on Wednesday, injuring an unknown number of people at the U.S. Army base in central Texas that was the scene of a shooting rampage in 2009, officials said. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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From The Sanders Firm: THE MIRIAM CAREY FAMILY REACTS TO THE AUTOPSY REPORT. What If Miriam Carey Had Been White?

 

Where Are Rev. Al Sharpton. Rev. Jesse Jackson. ALL The So Called Civil Rights Leaders Who Speak For US?
6 Months Ago Miriam Carey Was Executed By D.C. Capitol Hill Police AND Secret Service Officers. Miriam Was Un-Armed AND Had an 18 Month Baby In A Car-seat In The Back.

 

What If Miriam Carey Had Been White? With A Neatly Dressed Caucasian Baby In The Back Seat?

 

 

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From The Sanders Firm: THE MIRIAM CAREY FAMILY REACTS TO THE AUTOPSY REPORT. What If Miriam Carey Had Been White?

 

Six months have passed since Ms. Miriam Carey was brutally gunned down in Washington D.C. by Capitol Hill police and The Secret Service, while her 18 month old child was strapped in the backseat in a baby carrier.

 

WHY was MIRIAM CAREY Chased and EXECUTED by POLICE

 

 

 

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It’s up to us to make history on "NO"vember 4th, 2014.

It’s up to us to make history on “NO”vember 4th, 2014.

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 3rd Of April. Fort Hood. Chicago. Gardens. Olympians.


 

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Before leaving Chicago Cut, President Obama signed a menu. | @ChicagoCut photo

Before leaving Chicago Cut, President Obama signed a menu. | @ChicagoCut photo

 

 

White House Schedule – April 3rd, 2014

 

President Barack Obama briefs congressional leaders on his trip to Europe and the situation in Ukraine on Thursday and greets 2014 Sochi Winter games Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the White House.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3rd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, April 3rd, 2014

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

 

Following lunch, the President and First Lady will welcome members of the United States teams and delegations from the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi to the White House.  The President and the First Lady’s remarks in the East Room are open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will sign H.R. 2019, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, into law. There will be a pool spray of the signing in the Oval Office.

 

In the evening, the President and Vice President will meet with the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Leadership to discuss his recent trip to Europe and the ongoing situation in the Ukraine.  The meeting will take place in the Oval Office.  This meeting is closed press.

 

 

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 All Times ET

 

10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

12:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

12:35 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch, Private Dining Room.

 

 

3:20 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY welcome the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House, East Room.

 

 

4:00 PM:  THE PRESIDENT holds a bill signing ceremony, Oval Office.

 

 

6:00PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Leadership, Oval Office.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of April 3rd to April 4th, 2014.

 

On Thursday, the President and First Lady will host members of the United States teams and delegations from the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games at the White House.

 

On Friday, the President will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House.  During the meeting, the President looks forward to discussing the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.  The leaders will discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, including U.S. economic, political, and security assistance to support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda and Tunisia’s stability.  Prime Minister Jomaa’s visit is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people, and America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition. The Vice President will also attend.

 

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When Barack Comes Home Sweet Home, Chicago.

 

Air Force One sits on the runway at O'Hare.  |  AP Photo

Air Force One sits on the runway at O’Hare. | AP Photo

Air Force One sits on the runway at O'Hare.  |  AP Photo

Air Force One sits on the runway at O’Hare. | AP Photo

Obama exits Air Force One after landing at O'Hare.  |  AP Photo

Obama exits Air Force One after landing at O’Hare. | AP Photo

Marine One helicopter with Obama aboard, arrives and lands near an Osprey helicopter seen in the foreground at the Soldier Field landing zone.  |  AP Photo

Marine One helicopter with Obama aboard, arrives and lands near an Osprey helicopter seen in the foreground at the Soldier Field landing zone. | AP Photo

Obama talks with Gov. Pat Quinn while walking to Marine One helicopter at O'Hare.  |  AP Photo

Obama talks with Gov. Pat Quinn while walking to Marine One helicopter at O’Hare. | AP Photo

Willis Tower is seen through a window of an Osprey helicopter traveling with Obama.  |  AP Photo

Willis Tower is seen through a window of an Osprey helicopter traveling with Obama. | AP Photo

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U.S. President Barack Obama stands alone as he makes a statement about the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, while in Chicago, April 2, 2014. Obama said on Wednesday he was “heartbroken” that another shooting had occurred at the Fort Hood Army base and described the situation there as fluid. At least one gunman opened fire on Wednesday, injuring an unknown number of people at the U.S. Army base in central Texas that was the scene of a shooting rampage in 2009, officials said. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama pauses as he makes a statement on the shooting at the Fort Hood.  |  Getty Images

Obama pauses as he makes a statement on the shooting at the Fort Hood. | Getty Images

 

Chicago Cut Steakhouse – Chicago, IL

 

Published on Mar 13, 2014

Chicago is one of those cities that’s already well known for steak, but The Chicago Cut Steakhouse takes things to a whole new level. Though relatively young in comparison to the city’s old guard of established steakhouses, “The Cut” only serves America’s best beef – which is arguably the best beef in the world as it is – they also do all their own in-house aging to make sure you get the best at your table. This along with countless other details and efforts in service and atmosphere make The Chicago Cut a must if you want to get serious about having a great meal in one of the greatest cities on the continent.

 

 

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Official snipers are getting ready for President #Obama during the round-table

Official snipers are getting ready for President #Obama during the round-table

 

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April 03, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

White House Champions of Change: Gun Violence Prevention Leaders

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April 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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April 03, 2014 3:20 PM EDT

President Obama and the First Lady Welcome the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Teams to the White House

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The President Delivers A Statement About The Shooting At Fort Hood: Four Dead, 16 Injured At Ft. Hood, Texas.

 

U.S. President Obama makes a statement about the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas while in Chicago U.S. President Barack Obama stands alone as he makes a statement about the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, while in Chicago, April 2, 2014. Obama said on Wednesday he was "heartbroken" that another shooting had occurred at the Fort Hood Army base and described the situation there as fluid. At least one gunman opened fire on Wednesday, injuring an unknown number of people at the U.S. Army base in central Texas that was the scene of a shooting rampage in 2009, officials said. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Obama makes a statement about the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas while in Chicago
U.S. President Barack Obama stands alone as he makes a statement about the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, while in Chicago, April 2, 2014. Obama said on Wednesday he was “heartbroken” that another shooting had occurred at the Fort Hood Army base and described the situation there as fluid. At least one gunman opened fire on Wednesday, injuring an unknown number of people at the U.S. Army base in central Texas that was the scene of a shooting rampage in 2009, officials said. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama: We will get to the bottom of Fort Hood shooting

 

Published on Apr 2, 2014

President Obama gives a statement on the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas.

 

 

 

 

It’s A Garden Party At First Lady Michelle Obama’s House. School Children & FoodCorps Leaders Plant A White House Kitchen Garden.

 

The First Lady delivers remarks at the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen garden, emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

The First Lady delivers remarks at the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen garden, emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

 

 

Raise The Minimum Wage: Barack Speaks At Michigan University, Ann Arbor – Full Speech.

 

President Barack Obama speaks on raising the national minimum wage at the University of Michigan on April 2, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Obama unveiled a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour in his State of the Union address in January. / JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Obama speaks on raising the national minimum wage at the University of Michigan on April 2, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Obama unveiled a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour in his State of the Union address in January. / JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

 

 

Next Battle: The “NO”vember 4th, 2014 Mid-Term Elections.

 

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The 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election along with 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures (except LouisianaMississippiNew Jersey and Virginia), four territorial legislatures and numerous state and local races.

 

 

 

President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Affordable Care Act

April 01, 2014 | 18:13 |Public Domain

 

Following the closing of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, the President delivers remarks in the Rose Garden, announcing that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private health coverage.

 

 

 

 

The 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox Visit the White House

April 01, 2014 | 10:53 |Public Domain

 

The President delivers remarks honoring the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox from the White House South Lawn.

 

 

 

 

The White House Safety Datapalooza USDA, DOT, State, CPSC and DOL Open Data in Action

 

Published on Apr 2, 2014

The second annual White House Safety Datapalooza highlighted innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic
sectors who have used freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways. The event featured new safety data resources in the areas of transportation, food, occupational and consumer product safety as well as tools to improve disaster preparedness and emergency response.

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks - April 02, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at DNC Dinner

 

Remarks by the President on the Shooting at Fort Hood

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Sixth Annual Kitchen Garden Planting

 

Remarks by the President on Minimum Wage — Ann Arbor, MI

 

 

 

Statements and Releases - April 03/02, 2014

 

 

Readout of the President’s Conference Call on the Shooting at Fort Hood

Tonight aboard Air Force One, the President convened a conference call with Department of Defense and FBI leadership to receive an update on the shooting at Fort Hood. He commended the military personnel, first responders, and medical staff who responded swiftly and heroically to the horrific shooting.

The participants of the call included Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, Chief of Staff of the Army General Ray Odierno, FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors.

The President directed his team to utilize every resource available to fully investigate the shooting. As the President said earlier tonight, these brave men and women serve with valor and distinction, and when at home they need to feel safe. The Fort Hood community is strong and resilient, and the President emphasized the importance of doing everything we can to ensure the community has every resource needed to recover, heal, and come back stronger than before.

The Department of Defense has the lead on the investigation with support from federal partners including the FBI, as well as state and local law enforcement personnel. The President will continue to receive updates as new information becomes available and has directed that his team do everything it can to assist the families of those lost and wounded today. The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the killed and wounded individuals.

Please send your personal message of support, and we'll make sure it is delivered to the families affected by the Fort Hood shooting.

Please send your personal message of support, and we’ll make sure it is delivered to the families affected by the Fort Hood shooting.

 

President Obama Signs Washington Disaster Declaration

 

 

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April 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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For the AAers: Pres Obama at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

For the AAers: Pres Obama at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

President Barack Obama visits with patrons during a stop for lunch at Zingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Mich., April 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama visits with patrons during a stop for lunch at Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Mich., April 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Barack Obama walks into the Oval Office for his first full day in office, January 21, 2009, by Souza

Barack Obama walks into the Oval Office for his first full day in office, January 21, 2009, by Souza

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday April 1st, 2014. 7 Months Until The 2014 Mid Terms.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – April 1st, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1st, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, April 1st, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will welcome the Boston Red Sox to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 World Series Championship. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. This event on the South Lawn is open to pre-credentialed media. The deadline to request media credentials has passed.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in the Private Dining Room for lunch.  This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with Secretary of Commerce Pritzker. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

Tuesday April 1st 2014,  All Times ET

 

10:30 AM: The President and Vice President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, The Oval Office.

 
11:35 AM: The President honors the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, on the South Lawn.

 

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12:15 PM: The President has lunch with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, The Private Dinning Room.

 

1:15 PM: The White House Daily Briefing. White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 
3:15 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of Commerce Penny Prtizker, The Oval Office.

 

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of April 1st to April 4th, 2014.

 

 

On Tuesday, the President will welcome the Boston Red Sox to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 World Series Championship.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for an event on his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.  Following this event, he will travel to Chicago, Illinois to attend DNC events.

 

On Thursday, the President and First Lady will host members of the United States teams and delegations from the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games at the White House.

 

On Friday, the President will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House.  During the meeting, the President looks forward to discussing the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.  The leaders will discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, including U.S. economic, political, and security assistance to support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda and Tunisia’s stability.  Prime Minister Jomaa’s visit is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people, and America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition. The Vice President will also attend.

 

 

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President Obama hits Chicago Wednesday for DNC fundraisers

 

President Barack Obama hits Chicago on Wednesday for two jumbo priced fundraisers to benefit the Democratic National Committee.

 

Obama hosts a roundtable—I am told keyed towards business executives—at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse downtown where about 25 folks are expected; the tab is up to $32,400. The Obama roundtable is hosted by Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard Price.

 

Later, Obama is the headliner at a dinner for about 55—donating up to $10,000–at the Lincoln Park  home of Craig Freedman and Grace Tsao-Wu, who is an Obama major donor and fund-raiser.

 

“It will be a great opportunity to get a photo with the President and hear him speak in an intimate setting,” a note with the invite for the Lincoln Park event said.

 

 

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GOP insiders and financiers courting former Florida governor Jeb Bush and starting to talk fundraising strategy. Wilfredo Lee/AP -

GOP insiders and financiers courting former Florida governor Jeb Bush and starting to talk fundraising strategy. Wilfredo Lee/AP -

 

Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race

 

By  and Robert Costa Washington Post

 

LAS VEGAS — Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.

 

Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.

 

Bush’s advisers insist that he is not actively exploring a candidacy and will not make a decision until at least the end of this year. But over the past few weeks, Bush has traveled the country delivering policy speeches, campaigning for Republicans ahead of the fall midterm elections, honing messages on income inequality and foreign policy, and cultivating ties with wealthy benefactors — all signals that he is considering a run.

 

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March 31st 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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

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

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the President in Presenting State Department’s 2014 Women of Courage Award to Dr. Maha Al Muneef

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

President Obama Signs North Carolina Disaster Declaration

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Shannon Watts, Mayors Against Illegal Guns: VICTORY, Facebook heard you!


 

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Thanks to hundreds of thousands of supporters like you, Facebook and Instagram just announced new policies to crack down on illegal gun sales!

 

These are real, common-sense policies — and they’re going to make Facebook and Instagram safer for all users.1 As a mom and a Facebook user, I’m thrilled to share this news.

 

Join me by spreading the word about this amazing victory with your friends and family on Facebook and on Twitter! If you don’t use Facebook or Twitter, please forward this email.

 

 

These new Facebook and Instagram policies include several measures that will drastically reduce the chances of illegal gun sales on its platform, such as letting users report suspicious gun posts, deleting posts that offer to buy and sell guns without background checks, requiring Facebook gun page owners to post a notice that says users must comply with all applicable laws, and warning Instagram users about the law when they search for gun offers.

 

What’s more, all individual gun offers and pages dedicated to gun sales will be blocked for users under 18 — a critical measure for keeping our kids safe online.

 

This victory marks a huge milestone in the history of our movement — and it all took shape in less than a month, thanks to you!

 

Moms Demand Action got its start on Facebook, a place I knew I could turn to find other like-minded moms and make our voices heard in the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown. Facebook and Instagram have taken a major step forward to prevent gun sales, and we will hold them accountable to these promises going forward.

 

But there’s still so much more that can be done – by corporations, by Congress, by state and local political leaders — to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

 

We’re all working together to change the culture on gun laws, one step at a time. This is just the first page in an exciting new chapter in the fight for common-sense gun laws, and I hope you will continue to be there every step of the way.

 

Please share the news with your friends and family on Facebookand on Twitter today, and let them know about the momentum for common-sense gun laws that you’ve helped us build.

 

We aren’t going away until all Americans can live free from fear of gun violence — Facebook and Instagram heard our message, and now we need to take it even further.

 

Thanks for being a part of this historic moment,

 

Shannon Watts
Founder, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

 

 

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