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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Good Friday The 18th Of April. The American Legion. The Commander-in-Chief Trophy.


 

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Breaking Ukraine News: President Obama Cautious Over Deal To Ease Ukraine Crisis

 

US President Barack Obama has cautiously welcomed a deal to calm tensions in Ukraine, reached at multi-party talks in Geneva. He said the US and its allies were ready to impose new sanctions on Russia if the situation failed to improve. At the Geneva talks, the sides agreed that illegal military groups in Ukraine must be dissolved, and that those occupying buildings must be disarmed and leave them. The foreign ministers also agreed that there would be an amnesty for all anti-government protesters. But speaking in Washington just hours later, President Obama expressed scepticism as to whether Russia would keep its side of the bargain. “My hope is that we actually do see follow-through over the next several days, but I don’t think, given past performance, that we can count on that,” he said.

“We have to be prepared that we can actually respond to what continue to be efforts of interference by the Russians in eastern and southern Ukraine,” he added. In a telephone call with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, the two leaders agreed that the United States and Europe are prepared to take further measures to impose a new round of sanctions if Russia failed to help restore order. “We have put in place additional consequences that we can impose on the Russians if we do not see actual improvement of the situation on the ground,” Mr Obama said. The UK is to provide an additional £1m to support the expansion of the OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine. Washington and the EU have already imposed sanctions on key Russian and Ukrainian political and business officials.

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White House Schedule – April 18th, 2014

 

On Friday, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion.  Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
Good FRIDAY, April 18th, 2014

 

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 meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Following this, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will present the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team. This event in the Rose Garden is open press.

 

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Friday, April 18th 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

 

10:45 AM: The President meets with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office.

 

 

11:35 AM: The President meets with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion, Oval Office.

 

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:00 PM: The President presents the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team, The Rose Garden.

 

 

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April 2014: Photo of the Day

 

One of the riders taking part in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, with a President Obama bobblehead in his jersey, waits in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, April 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

One of the riders taking part in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, with a President Obama bobblehead in his jersey, waits in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, April 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

A Wounded Warrior exits the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House to participate in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

A Wounded Warrior exits the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House to participate in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki cheer on participants in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki cheer on participants in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Participants in the seventh annual Soldier Ride make their way around the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Participants in the seventh annual Soldier Ride make their way around the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki welcome the Soldier Ride to the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki welcome the Soldier Ride to the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

First lady Michelle Obama and Bow Wow, co-host of the television show “106 & Park,” along with high school students from Chicago, tour the Howard University dorms. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

First lady Michelle Obama and Bow Wow, co-host of the television show “106 & Park,” along with high school students from Chicago, tour the Howard University dorms. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

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First Lady Michelle Obama smiles at rapper Bow Wow at Howard University. The First Lady joined juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools on the first day of their four-day visit to Howard University, as part of a program to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment.

First Lady Michelle Obama smiles at rapper Bow Wow at Howard University. The First Lady joined juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools on the first day of their four-day visit to Howard University, as part of a program to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment.

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President Obama makes a face as Nancy Loubin takes a photo of him at Wounded Warriors event at White House today

The Phoro Of The Year: President Obama Watches As The Riders Speed By.

The Photo Of The Year: President Obama Watches As The Riders Speed By.

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Press Conference by the President, 4/17/14

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Discussion with High School and College Students

 

Statement by the President on the Passing of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Marquez

 

FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers

 

President Obama Signs Montana Disaster Declaration

 

Statement by the President on the Tragic Ferry Sinking Off the Coast of the Republic of Korea

 

First Lady Michelle Obama to Address 2014 Graduating Seniors

 

FACT SHEET: Building on Progress – Supporting Solar Deployment and Jobs

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron of United Kingdom

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

 

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West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, “Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win”

 

This week, the President nominated Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services, hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast and a Passover Seder, discussed immigration reform with Faith leaders, welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, announced a major milestone in the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and hit the road to New York City and Oakdale, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

Friday, April 11th

  • The President announced the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Later, the President traveled to New York City and gave the keynote address at the 16th annual National Action Network convention.

 

Monday, April 14th

  • The President hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast.
  • Later, the President welcomed recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
  • The First Lady visited Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

 

Tuesday, April 15th

  • The President discussed immigration reform with faith leaders in the Oval Office.
  • Later, the President marked the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing with a moment of silence.
  • That evening, the President hosted a Passover seder in the Old Family Dining Room.

 

Wednesday, April 16th

 

Thursday, April 17th

  • The President and Vice President welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride to the South Lawn of the White House.
  • Later, the President made an announcement relative to healthcare enrollment.
  • The First Lady traveled to Howard University for a roundtable discussion with students highlighting the Presidents North Star Goal.

 

 

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The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride at the White House

 

Published on Apr 17, 2014

President Obama welcomes Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the seventh annual Soldier Ride. A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks to the Press

 

Published on Apr 17, 2014

Before taking questions from the press in the White House Press Briefing Room, President Obama announces that 8 million people signed up for private health coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. April 17, 2014.

 

 

 

 

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Letters to the President: Stories of Health Reform

 

Published on Apr 17, 2014

While in Austin, the President recently met with several Americans who wrote letters about the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

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@BarackObama The Affordable Care Act is working—for millions of Americans.

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The Affordable Care Act is working—for millions of Americans.

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 Read All About The 8 Million:

8 Million People Have Signed Up For Private Health Coverage Thanks To The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

According to @FoxNews ObamaCARES enrollment is through the chart roof.

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See What Health Reform Means to Six Families

See What Health Reform Means to Six Families

While in Austin, Texas, the President met with several Americans who wrote letters about how the Affordable Care Act has helped them. Here's what they had to say.

While in Austin, Texas, the President met with several Americans who wrote letters about how the Affordable Care Act has helped them. Here’s what they had to say.

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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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James Brian Hellwig, The Ultimate Warrior, Has Died At Age 54.


 

By Jueseppi B.

The Ultimate Warrior, James Brian Hellwig, with Vince McMahon.

The Ultimate Warrior, James Brian Hellwig, with Vince McMahon.

 

I am stunned. I was not a fan of The Ultimate Warrior, but I just watched him at Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday, two days ago. I just watched him last night on Monday Night Raw, a little over 24 hours ago. Now he is dead.

 

TMZ: Warrior collapsed outside an AZ hotel at 5:50 PM on April 8th while walking to his car with his wife. Pronounced dead at the hospital.

 

Monday April 7th, 2014 on Monday Night Raw. R.I.P.

Monday April 7th, 2014 on Monday Night Raw. R.I.P.

 

 

Ultimate Warrior passes away

 

WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.

 

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I almost want to believe this is some type of prank, wrestling stunt….publicity maneuver to gain interests in a return to the ring.

 

His fight against Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI was one for the ages. 

 

Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior: WrestleMania VI – Champion vs. Champion Match

 

Published on Jan 13, 2014

Hulk Hogan collides with Ultimate Warrior at SkyDome on April 1, 1990 in the first-ever match on The Grandest Stage of Them All between the reigning WWE and Intercontinental title holders.

 

 

 

The Warrior was 54. Details about his passing have not yet been reported as of early Wednesday morning.

 

He also participated on this week’s Monday Night Raw with this incredibly ominous, if not eerie, speech that touched upon death and immortality through storytellers which is well worth watching.

 

2014 WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior speaks: Raw, April 7, 2014

 

Published on Apr 7, 2014

2014 WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior makes his return to the Raw ring.

 

 

 

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2014 WWE Hall Of Fame 1st Inductee: The Ultimate Warrior!

 

Published on Jan 14, 2014

One of WWE’s most iconic and exciting Superstars will take his place in sports-entertainment history on Saturday, April 5, 2014. It was announced today that Ultimate Warrior will return to WWE after an 18-year absence be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony at New Orleans Arena, as a part of the WrestleMania XXX festivities.

 

“The Ultimate Warrior was the most intense, colorful, competitive and outspoken Superstar in sports-entertainment history, and his contributions to WWE were extraordinary,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “We are thrilled to induct The Ultimate Warrior into the WWE Hall of Fame.”

 

When his trademark theme music hit, Warrior would burst out of the dressing room and sprint towards the ring, causing a frenzy of excitement amongst WWE fans. Inside the squared circle, Warrior was an intense competitor and responsible for many of the most memorable moments in WWE history.

 

At the inaugural SummerSlamin 1988, he defeated the Honky Tonk Man in record time to win his first of two Intercontinental Championships. Two years later, Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan to become WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI in one of the most exciting matches to ever take place on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

 

Warrior would continue to captivate audiences around the world with epic encounters against legendary Superstars like Undertaker and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. After a storied career that also saw him rekindle his rivalry with Hogan in WCW, Warrior stepped away from the ring in 1998. Last year, he was featured in the WWE2K14 video game as a downloadable character, giving the next generation of WWE fans a chance to “feel the power of the Ultimate Warrior.”

 

 

 

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Throughout his career the Warrior was subject to numerous death rumors, but this one appears to be real and not  part of a storyline or “work.”

 

For wrestling fans in the late 80s and early 90s the Warrior was a phenomenon who burned brightly in feuds with Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and the Undertaker but disappeared from the scene almost as quickly as he arrived. The Warrior did claim the then-WWF title from Hogan at Wrestlemania VI and became the first man to hold both the World Championship and Intercontinental belts at the same time.

 

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Birth name James “Brian” Hellwig
Ring name(s) Blade Runner Rock
Dingo Warrior
Jim “Justice” Hellwig
The Ultimate Warrior
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Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Born June 16, 1959
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Died April 8, 2014 (aged 54)
Billed from Parts Unknown (as The Ultimate Warrior)
Queens, New York
(as The Dingo Warrior)
Trained by Bill Anderson
Rick Bassman
Red Bastien
Debut November 28, 1985
Retired November 1998

 

 

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Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, 2014, the night before WrestleMania XXX. Warrior died just 3 days later on April 8, 2014.

 

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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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President Obama Honors the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox

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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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Philip Douglas “Phil” Jackson Returns To The New York Knickerbockers As Team President.


 

 

By Jueseppi B.

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New York Knicks owner James Dolan, left, and new team president Phil Jackson poses for photos during a news conference where he was introduced, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

New York Knicks owner James Dolan, left, and new team president Phil Jackson poses for photos during a news conference where he was introduced, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

 

From The Associated Press:

 

Phil Jackson officially president of the New York Knicks

 

by Brian Mahoney, Associated Press.

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Jackson is back in New York, providing the Knicks stability, championship-building ideas and a link to the franchise’s best days.

 

Now they need him to get some good players.

 

Jackson was introduced Tuesday as team president of the Knicks, in the midst of another difficult season and with no easy path to a quick fix.

 

But Jackson has won here before, done plenty of it since and says a couple of years off have left him ready to take on what might be his toughest challenge, turning this dysfunctional franchise into a champion again.

 

“It would be a capstone on the remarkable career that I’ve had,” Jackson said.

 

Jackson was a member of the Knicks’ title teams in 1970 and 1973, and they haven’t won since. He went on to win 11 championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

 

This will be his first time as an executive and the Knicks say he will be in charge of all basketball decisions. Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan said he “willingly and gratefully” is stepping back to give Jackson the power to make the changes.

 

“Phil has a vision for the Knicks that I know will put us on the path for success,” Dolan said.

 

Steve Mills will remain general manager.

 

“I think that we have a teamwork situation here that’s going to be really quite swift and capable of making some important changes as we move forward,” Jackson said.

 

The Knicks announced the hiring in the lobby of Madison Square Garden, with a giant “Welcome Home Phil” sign overhead and racks of his old No. 18 jersey on sale.

 

He signed a five-year contract that reportedly will pay at least $12 million annually. After living in California for many years, Jackson said he would spend significant time in New York, starting with Wednesday’s game against Indiana.

 

He’s got big decisions coming up involving Carmelo Anthony and coach Mike Woodson.

 

It’s the second reorganization in six months for the Knicks, who fired GM Glen Grunwald days before the start of training camp. Mills replaced him even though he had no previous experience running the basketball side.

 

The deal began to take shape at a holiday party hosted by a mutual friend of Jackson and Dolan. Though Jackson quickly declined interest in coaching, they agreed to keep talking.

 

It will be tough for Jackson to make big changes quickly in New York, where the Knicks face with the salary cap problems. Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani will all be in the final year of expensive contracts, making them difficult to unload. And they traded their first-round pick to Denver in 2011 to acquire Anthony.

 

Jackson alluded to that, saying the Knicks “were going to have to go out and work the bushes for players this next year.”

 

But he has a vision for how he wants to do it, a change from the Knicks’ way of too frequently adding big-name players who don’t fit any particular style.

 

Jackson said he won’t insist that the Knicks run the triangle offense that worked so well for him with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, then Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. But he made it clear he believes in the system’s principles of passing, movement and teamwork.

 

But it’s not just Xs and Os that have doomed the Knicks during a mostly disastrous decade. It’s the policies of Dolan, who has too often involved himself in basketball decisions.

 

Jackson said he will be accessible and will focus on things such as “how players are treated” and “the kind of culture that’s built.”

 

“This organization has suffered in the past few years from things I think have just been created, by press, by lack of continuity, by lack of solidarity.”

 

It wasn’t like that when Jackson played in New York. Those teams not only thrived on the court but were well-known and well-liked around the city, players such as Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and Dave DeBusschere.

 

“This is the best place to play basketball,” Jackson said.

 

Jackson is marrying the daughter of late Lakers owner Jerry Buss and said he will continue to spend time in California, where his children and grandchildren live.

 

Jackson said he didn’t know how much day-to-day work he would handle. After five knee and hip surgeries, Jackson is “not easily able to move around” on commercial airlines or scouting at small gyms.

 

That ruled out coaching, the job that Knicks would have loved him to do. But the work needed from the front office might ultimately be more important.

 

“Now to come back to where I’ve started in basketball, it’s a great feeling,” Jackson said.

 

Thank you The Associated Press.

 

 

New York Knicks new team president Phil Jackson, right, shakes hands with Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan during a news conference where he was introduced, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

New York Knicks new team president Phil Jackson, right, shakes hands with Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan during a news conference where he was introduced, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Phil Jackson, the new president of the New York Knicks, answers questions during a news conference, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Jackson, who won two NBA titles as a player with the Knicks, also won 11 championships while coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Phil Jackson, the new president of the New York Knicks, answers questions during a news conference, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Jackson, who won two NBA titles as a player with the Knicks, also won 11 championships while coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Phil Jackson smiles as he is introduced as the new president of the New York Knicks, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Jackson, who won two NBA titles as a player with the Knicks, also won 11 championships while coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Phil Jackson smiles as he is introduced as the new president of the New York Knicks, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Jackson, who won two NBA titles as a player with the Knicks, also won 11 championships while coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Former New York Knicks player Walt Frazier, left, joins Phil Jackson, the newly named president of the Knicks, at a news conference Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Frazier and Jackson are former teammates with the Knicks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Former New York Knicks player Walt Frazier, left, joins Phil Jackson, the newly named president of the Knicks, at a news conference Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in New York. Frazier and Jackson are former teammates with the Knicks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

 

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