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First Lady Michelle Obama visits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama visits patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Wednesday September 17, 2014.

 

 

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President Obama’s statements on ISIS at MacDill AFB – FULL SPEECH

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

At MacDill, President Obama reaffirms U.S. combat position.
(AP) TAMPA – Underscoring the multiple challenges facing his administration, President Barack Obama consulted with military officials Wednesday at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants.

 

Obama met with top officers at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, which oversees U.S. military efforts in the Middle East. Accompanying him were his national security adviser, Susan Rice, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Obama was to address Central Command troops, providing him another opportunity to make a case for the air strike campaign he wants to carry out against Islamic State.

 

The President also spoke to troops after meeting with military brass, thanking them for their service.

 

“You play a central role in our combat and counterterrorism efforts,” Obama told the MacDill troops. “Your work is as vital as ever. In an uncertain world, full of breathtaking change, the one constant is American leadership.

 
“It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists, including the group in Iraq and Syria known as ISIS.”

 

The president says the fight against the Islamic State group cannot be America’s alone and will require a broad coalition.

 

He says some nations will assist the U.S. with airstrikes and others will help train forces.

 

On Tuesday, the top U.S. military officer said American ground troops may be needed to battle the militants if Obama’s current strategy fails.

 

His meeting with top U.S. commanders comes amid newly raised doubts about the ability of the United States to rely on Iraqi forces, Kurds and Syrian opposition fighters to carry out a ground fight against the Islamic State militants and whether U.S. troops might have to play a combat role.

 

It also comes as Congress prepared to vote on Obama’s request for authority to equip and train Syrian opposition fighters whom the administration deems as moderates in the Syrian civil war.

 

Lawmakers in both parties have raised worries that the U.S. might be unable to find enough Syrian rebels who could be trusted to confront the Islamic State or that their numbers would be sufficient against the extremists.

 

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, raised new doubts about Iraq’s role in the fight, telling a small group of reporters traveling with him to Paris that about half of Iraq’s army is incapable of being an effective partner with the U.S. to push the Islamic State back in western and northern Iraq. He said the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment.

 

Dempsey told senators Tuesday that if it became necessary for U.S. military advisers to accompany Iraqi troops into combat he might “go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of ground forces.”

 

The White House, however, remained firm about Obama’s view. “What he’s been very specific and precise about is that he will not deploy ground troops in a combat role into Iraq or Syria,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in response to Dempsey’s comments.

 

 

 

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President Obama Talks with First-Graders at Tinker Elementary School

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

On September 17, 2014, President Obama dropped by a first grade class at Tinker Elementary School in Tampa, Florida.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jill Biden at the International Congress on Vocational & Professional Education & Training

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

In Winterthur, Switzerland, Dr. Jill Biden speaks on the Obama-Biden Administration’s commitment to higher education and job-training programs to ensure American workers have the skills they need to succeed in the global economy.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Ebola

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

Speaking at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, President Obama provides an update on the U.S. plan to help combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. September 16, 2014.

 

 

 

We the Geeks: Miss America

 

Streamed live on Sep 17, 2014

Join us Wednesday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m. ET for a special #WeTheGeeks to highlight women and girls in STEM fields with the +Miss America Organization. Hear from the Miss America STEM scholarship winners as they share their stories from crowns to classrooms, personal role models, and advice for the next generation of women in #STEM  → http://wh.gov/ilixP

Got a question? Post it right here on Google+ or tweet it with #WeTheGeeks .

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the Congressional Picnic

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

Preside Obama addresses Members of Congress at the Congressional Picnic at the White House on September 17, 2014.

 

 

 

Invictus Games Dinner

 

Published on Sep 12, 2014

At the Naval Observatory, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden host a dinner for the athletes headed to the Invictus Games in London.

 

 

 

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5 Things to Know: The President Lays Out the U.S. Plan to Degrade and Destroy ISIL

 

 

 

President Obama travelled to Tampa, Florida to speak to service men and women at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, a terrorist organization that is killing innocent, unarmed civilians  in both Iraq and Syria. ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, is also responsible for the brutal murders of American journalists Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

 

“In a world where technology provides a small group of killers with the ability to do terrible harm, it is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists,” he told servicemembers. To effectively do so, the U.S. will execute a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy that will empower the international community and local leaders to decimate these terrorists.

 


“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

 

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Today Is Constitution Day. Here’s What That Means:

 

On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed and adopted the Constitution at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. What exactly does that mean?

 

We’ve got the facts for you, courtesy of the Constitution page at WhiteHouse.gov.

 

What did the Constitution aim to do?

 

As drafted, the Constitution’s purpose was to create a government that had enough power to act on a national level, but without so much power that individuals’ fundamental rights would be at risk.

 

The Constitution accomplished this, in part, by separating the government’s power into three branches, and then including checks and balances on each of those separate powers to make sure no single branch would gain supremacy. Each branch’s powers are spelled out in the Constitution, and the powers not assigned to them are reserved for the states.

 

This was all no coincidence — it was based largely on the experience that the Constitutional delegates had previously had with the King of England and his powerful Parliament.

 

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Michelle Obama: Malia is driving

 

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WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama disclosed on Wednesday that daughter Malia, who turned 16 on July 4, “just started driving.”

 

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama and the first lady said Malia, their oldest daughter, would be taking driving lessons.  Mrs. Obama said Malia was actually driving during a conversation she had with young patients at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

 

“I think in many ways I’m like any working mom,” Mrs. Obama told the children.

 

“I’ve got to make sure that I do my job and that I try to do it well, but I’ve got to make sure my girls are good.  They’re going to school and I’ve got an open house to go to tomorrow night, and I’ve got to make sure that — Malia just started driving — whew!  I know, that’s scary.  I’ve got to hang out with my husband.  He needs attention, too.  So it’s all a balance, just like your parents.  It’s the same thing.  So you just learn that rhythm.  You got to do it and you’ve got to do it all well.”

 

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U.S. Companies Leading to Reduce Emissions of HFC Climate Pollutants

 

We the Geeks: Miss America

 

New Data Show Early Progress in Expanding Coverage, with More Gains to Come

 

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance in the United States in 2013

 

A Look Back at Lehman Brothers and Where We Stand Six Years After the Financial Crisis

 

Opening the People’s House

 

Our Comprehensive Response at the Border, By the Numbers

 

Welcoming the Third Class of Presidential Innovation Fellows

 

Here’s What a Medal of Honor Presentation at the White House Looks Like:

 

 

 

Growing Our Economy and Strengthening Our Financial System

 

Dr. Jill Biden Cheers on Team USA at the Invictus Games in London

 

Continuing the Conversation: VAWA at 20

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

Notice to Congress — Terrorism

 

Message from the President on the Extradition Treaty between the US and Chile

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and Ambassador Brett McGurk, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with National Security Office Director Kim Kwan-Jin of the Republic of Korea

 

Statement by the President

 

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Partners with Private Sector on New Commitments to Slash Emissions of Potent Greenhouse Gases

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

 

Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the Senate

 

Remarks by the President at MacDill Air Force Base

 

Remarks by the President on the Ebola Outbreak

 

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Dr. Jill Biden at the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training

 

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Medal of Honor to Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Specialist Four Donald Sloat

 

Remarks by the President at a DSCC Event

 

Remarks by the President at the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Event

 

It's Raining Videos™

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Reaction To Women Abusing Men In Public

 

 

 

WWYD? – Women Being Violently Abused By Their Boyfriends In Public!

 

 

 

WWYD? – Beaten Woman Enters The Diner With Her Physically Abusive Boyfriend..Where’s The Mace??

 

 

 

WWYD? – A White Preppy & Ghetto Boyfriend Attacking/Abusing His Girlfriend In Public!!

 

 

 

Interracial Couple Arguing: Would You Intervene?

 

 

 

What would you do – Domestic violence – Boyfriend abusing his girlfriend in public

 

 

 

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Where In The World Is Barack™: California.


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White House Schedule – July 23, 2014

 

President Barack Obama on Wednesday is in California, on a fundraising swing to benefit Democratic political operations.

 

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In the morning, the President will attend a House Majority PAC event at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. This event is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will attend a DCCC event at a private residence. There will be print pool coverage for remarks only.

 

Afterward, the President will depart San Francisco en route Los Angeles, California. The President’s departure from San Francisco International Airport and arrival at Los Angeles International Airport are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will attend a DNC event at a private residence. There will be print pool coverage for remarks only.

 

The President will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

 

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Wednesday, July 23 2014  All Times ET

 

12:10 AM: The President arrives San Francisco. Local Event Time:9:10 PM, San Francisco International Airport.

 

12:20 PM: The President attends a House Majority PAC event. Local Event Time:9:20 AM. Four Seasons – San Francisco.

 

2:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks to the NAACP National Convention. Local Event Time:11:00 AM. Mandalay Bay Convention Center – Las Vegas.

July 23, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

Vice President Biden Speaks at the NAACP National Convention

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Las Vegas, Nevada,  White House LIVE Streaming

 

3:00 PM: The President delivers remarks and answers questions at a DCCC event. Local Event Time:12:00 PM. Private Residence – Los Altos Hills.

 

4:20 PM: The President departs San Francisco. Local Event Time:1:20 PM. San Francisco International Airport.

 

4:30 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at a rally for Congressional candidate Erin Bilbray. Local Event Time:1:30 PM. Henderson Convention Center – Las Vegas.

 

5:30 PM: The President arrives Los Angeles. Local Event Time:2:30 PM. San Francisco International Airport.

 

7:55 PM: The President attends a DNC event. Local Event Time:4:55 PM. Private Residence – Los Angeles.

 

The President will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

 

 

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On Thursday, the President will visit a community college in Los Angeles to deliver remarks on the importance of job-driven skills training, particularly for fast-growing sectors such as health care. Later, he will attend a DNC event. Further details about the President’s travel to Washington and California will be made available in the coming days.

 

On Friday, the President and the Vice President will welcome President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador to the White House. The four leaders and Vice President Biden will discuss how to reinforce our ongoing collaboration to stem the flow of undocumented migrants from Central America to Mexico and the United States.

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases- July 23rd, 2014

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Indonesian President-Elect Widodo

 

Remarks by the First Lady at a “Drink Up” Event

 

Remarks by the President at the Embassy of the Netherlands

 

Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Signs Washington Emergency Declaration

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands

 

Readout of the Administration’s Call With Governors on the Situation at the Border

 

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Plane Crashes in Taiwan, 47 Trapped, Feared Dead

 

Published on Jul 23, 2014

A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and a transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

 

 

 

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Tel Aviv to push for a cease-fire

 

Published on Jul 23, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Israel on Wednesday, to push for a cease-fire to end the fighting between Israel and Hamas

 

 

 

FOXNews Outraged That 911 Helps Dying Refugees

 

 

 

Typhoon downs trees, threatens landslides

 

Published on Jul 23, 2014

Typhoon Matmo brought heavy rain and high winds as it slammed into Taiwan. The island also faces the threat of landslides

 

 

 

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From Denver to Austin: “The Bear Is Loose” Again

 

 

President Barack Obama has lunch with Rebekah Erler at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis, Minn., June 26, 2014. Erler is a 36-year-old working wife and mother of two pre-school aged boys who had written the President a letter about economic difficulties. President Barack Obama has lunch with Rebekah Erler at Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis, Minn., June 26, 2014.Erler is a 36-year-old working wife and mother of two pre-school aged boys who had written the President a letter about economic difficulties. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 

Going all the way back to the early days of the campaign, whenever President Obama shook off his schedule and busted out of the bubble, we would say “the Bear is loose.”

 

Lately, the Bear has been loose a lot, and this week will be no different. The President is hitting the road on a three-day swing to Colorado and Texas, where he will meet with Americans who’ve written him letters and whose stories – their challenges and successes – resonate with folks from across the country.

 

While congressional Republicans continue to block votes on important issues like equal pay and the minimum wage and undertake taxpayer-funded political stunts like Speaker Boehner’s plan to sue the President for doing his job, the President will continue to do everything in his power – with and without Congress – to create economic opportunity for all Americans.

 

The day after the State of the Union, a woman named Alex received a raise, allowing her to pay rent and afford groceries without worry. Alex’s boss was inspired by the President’s call and increased her wage right away. Earlier this year, Alex wrote the President to say “thank you.”

 

Tonight, the President will deliver his reply in person when he meets Alex for dinner in Denver. And tomorrow, she’ll introduce the President before his remarks in Denver.

 

On Thursday in Austin, TX, the President will highlight the actions his Administration has taken – more than 40 since January – to benefit hardworking Americans. From helping to create new manufacturing jobs, to expanding apprenticeships and job training, and from making student loan payments more affordable, to cutting carbon pollution, the President’s used his pen and phone on behalf of folks all across the country.

 

We’ve come a long way since President Obama took office. Thanks to the grit and resilience of the American people, we’ve made progress and there’s reason to be optimistic. Last week, our latest jobs report showed that we’ve undergone the fastest job growth in the United States in the first half of the year since 1999, with five consecutive months of job growth over 200,000. Yet we know there’s still much more to do.

 

The President will continue to do his part – focusing on growing our economy from the middle out, not the top down. And he’ll continue to urge Republicans in Congress to join him in working for the folks he hears from every day – Americans like Alex, whom the leaders in Washington were sent to serve.

 

 

White House Schedule – July 8, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will meet with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the White House.  Ahead of the NATO summit in Wales this September, the President looks forward to discussing with the Secretary General the crisis in Ukraine and related reassurance measures for our NATO allies; improving allied defense investment; further work on bolstering NATO’s network of partners; and NATO’s post-2014 non-combat mission in Afghanistan.  The Secretary General’s visit underscores the vital importance the United States places on NATO as the cornerstone of our alliance with Europe.  The Vice President will also attend.  There will be a photojournalist spray at the top of this meeting in the Oval Office.

 

In the afternoon, the President and First Lady will host the Diplomatic Corps Reception in the East Room.  This event is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will travel to Denver, Colorado.  The departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Denver International Airport are open press.

 

The President will remain overnight in Denver.

 

All times are Eastern Time (ET)

 

11:00 AM: The President meets with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen; the Vice President also attends

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

 

2:00 PM: The President and the First Lady host the Diplomatic Corps Reception

 

4:20 PM: The President departs the White House

 

4:35 PM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews

 

7:55 PM: The President arrives Denver, Colorado

 

The President will remain overnight in Denver.

 

 

President Obama Shoots Pool With Gov. Hickenlooper

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The nerve of some asshole, like Rick Perry, to imagine The POTUSA needs to cow-tow to them.

The nerve of some assholes, like Rick Perry, to imagine The POTUSA needs to cow-tow to them.

 

 

RICK PERRY TO BARACK OBAMA: NO SHAKE, BUT YES TO MEETING

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and President Barack Obama will meet in Texas on Wednesday to discuss the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, a governor’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.

 

“Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow,” spokeswoman Lucy Nashed wrote in an email to POLITICO. Nashed said that the meeting will be in Dallas.

 

White House press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed the meeting at Tuesday’s press briefing, saying that the administration is “pleased” that the two will have a chance to discuss the border situation on Wednesday.

 

The announcement comes after a back and forth this week between the governor and Obama, who will be in the state for two days this week.

 

Perry declined an official White House offer to greet President Barack Obama when he lands at Austin’s airport Wednesday.

 

“I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas,” Perry wrote in a letter on Monday to the president, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue. With the appropriate notice, I am willing to change my schedule to facilitate this request.”

 

FUCK you Rick Perry. The only way you will ever occupy the Oval Office is on a White House Tour.

 

 

‘N*GGER’ OP-ED AUTHOR ON CNN: PEOPLE STILL ‘THINK OF OBAMA AS THE N*GGER’

 

Published on Jul 8, 2014

James Lincoln Collier, author of a controversial op-ed called “The N*gger in the White House,” appeared on CNN Monday to explain why he felt it necessary to title his pro-Obama piece in such an offensive manner. (CNN.7.7.2014)

 

 

 

7/8/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Jul 8, 2014

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

 

 

 

Worse President Ever….What A Day

 

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Discussed the Summit with President Obama (NATO Secretary General’s Blog)

 

 

 

On the Road in the DRC – Dr. Mukwege & Panzi Hospital

 

Published on Jul 8, 2014

Bukavu is home to Panzi Hospital, which has cared for more than 19,000 victims of sexual and gender-based violence, a widespread problem in the DRC affecting millions of Congolese women and children.

 

Dr. Biden met with survivors, heard their stories, and saw firsthand the response services provided to them. She also met with U.S. government partners who are working to prevent and respond to this dire situation.

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks – July 8th, 2014

 

Remarks as Prepared by White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region Philip Gordon at the Ha’aretz Israel Conference for Peace

 

 

Statements and Releases – July8th, 2014

 

FACT SHEET: Emergency Supplemental Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the Southwest Border

 

Letter from the President — Regarding Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the Southwest Border; and Wildfire Suppression

 

Message to the Congress — Regarding the Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

President Obama Signs New York Disaster Declaration

 

Factsheet on the Democratic Republic of the Congo Executive Order

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

 

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My new favorite anti gun ad……Listen to the accidental shooting statistics after the video.

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Hosts the 2013 Presidents Cup Team

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

President Obama welcomes the 2013 Presidents Cup Team to the White House and delivers remarks, June 24, 2014.

 

 

 

Working Families Summit: “Career Ladders and Leadership”

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

Mika Brzezinski moderates the third plenary session at the
White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014.

 

 

 

Working Families Summit: “A 21st Century Economy that Works for Business and Workers”

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

Claire Shipman and Katty Kay moderate the second plenary
session at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014.

 

 

 

PBS News Hour For Tuesday, June 24, 2014

 

 

 

SCOTUS Ruling Limits EPA Regulatory Power

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

Pubic Justice Executive Director Paul Bland and EcoWatch founder Stefanie Spear explain why SCOTUS ruling is being claimed as victory by environmentalists and coal industry alike.

 

 

 

Inside Story – Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram?

 

Uploaded on Nov 8, 2011

After a wave of attacks hit Nigeria, Inside Story asks what motivates the Islamist group’s increasing violence in Africa’s most populous country.

 

 

 

Freedom Summer‘ leaders recall pivotal fight against racism

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

A new documentary “Freedom Summer” looks back to the deeply segregated Mississippi of 1964, and the young people who came from around the country to lend a hand in the struggle against racism. For a look back at the moment, Gwen Ifill is joined by Freedom Summer coordinator Robert Moses, Freedom Summer volunteer Rita Schwerner Bender, as well as director of the film, Stanley Nelson.

 

 

 

The Road to Freedom Summer — Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

Mr. Moses says one of the main ways we get to Freedom Summer is the assassination of Medgar Evers.

 

 

 

SD Republican Party votes to impeach Obama

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

Impeaching President Barack Obama is a long-standing desire for many, but delegates for the South Dakota Republican Party decided to act instead of merely wish. In a 191-176 vote in favor of impeachment, delegates voiced their approval Saturday for removing from office the 44th president of the United States. Citing what the delegates claim are numerous violations of the oath of office, the resolution calls for Representatives in the House “to initiate impeachment proceedings.” RT’s Ameera David speaks with Robert Burgess, communications director for the South Dakota Republican Party, to learn more about the vote.

 

 

 

6/24/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Jun 24, 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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Dan Pfeiffer: “POTUS Replies”

 

 

This morning, Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer sent the message below to the White House email list to share the story of Rebekah — a hardworking mom from Minneapolis who wrote the President to share her story, and will meet with him later this week.

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Hi, all –

Every day, the Office of Presidential Correspondence sorts through thousands of letters. Every night, President Obama reads ten of them. Some people write to share what his decisions mean in their daily lives, to talk about the economy, or to ask a question about a policy. Others just write in to say hello.

Each letter is a chance for President Obama to hear directly from folks across the country about the sorts of issues they face every day.

The President makes notes in the margins, and sits down to reply personally. He often sends the letters to the staff as reminder of what we are fighting for or to ask us to follow up on an issue raised in the letter. So when Rebekah, a hardworking mom from Minneapolis, wrote in to share how much harder it’s become to get ahead and do right by her family, you can bet the President set that letter aside for a reply.

But he’s not just doing that. He’s meeting Rebekah in person this Thursday to spend a day in her shoes. Watch President Obama tell her story, and find out why he’s traveling to her town.

 

When the President travels to Minnesota, he’ll launch the first in a series of “day-in-the-life” visits across the country this summer. He’ll spend a day with Rebekah — and he’ll meet with her family and community members to discuss the issues that matter to them, host a town hall, and talk about the steps we need to take as a country to help more Americans like Rebekah get ahead.

I know the President is excited to talk with her — and Americans like her. So all this summer, he’ll meet with folks who’ve written in to share what their lives are like. He’ll be hitting the road and traveling to communities across the country — sitting around diner booths and kitchen tables to talk about the issues that matter to them.

Rebekah’s story is representative of the experiences of millions of Americans: Even though our economy’s made a historic comeback, too many middle-class Americans are still stretched too thin, and there’s more work to do.

Make sure you see Rebekah’s story — and then tune in on Thursday as the President travels to Minnesota.

 

 

A Letter to the President: Rebekah

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

The President reads a letter from Rebekah, a hardworking mom from Minneapolis who wrote to the President about what she sees, what she thinks needs changing, and her struggle to get ahead. The President chose to highlight Rebekah’s story because it is representative of the experiences of millions of Americans: While our economy’s made a comeback, too many Americans are still stretched too thin and the President knows there’s more work to do.

 

 

 

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Here’s What You Missed: The White House Summit on Working Families

 

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Yesterday, the White House, in partnership with the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress, hosted a Summit on Working Families with the aim of having a national conversation and set a concrete agenda to bring American workplaces into the 21st century.

 

That conversation brought together businesses, economists, labor leaders, legislators, advocates, and working citizens to talk through the very real issues facing the full spectrum of working families — from low-wage workers to executives.

 

And you didn’t have to be in Washington to participate join in. Americans across the country tuned in and raised their voices online.

 

As Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett noted yesterday: “This is a movement, not a moment.” So if you missed the event yesterday, you can still add your voice. Take a look at our recap of yesterday’s Summit, and if you’ve got a story tell — get involved.

 

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Senate Delays Hurting Our National Security

 

 

As the President’s National Security Advisor, I am focused every day on keeping our country secure and our citizens – at home and abroad – safe. But these goals are hindered and our stature abroad is weakened when we are not fielding a full team. That’s why I urge the Senate to let the President’s qualified ambassadorial nominees get to work on behalf of the American people.

Right now, 48 nominees for ambassador are pending and 26 are on the Executive Calendar and eligible for confirmation by the full Senate – 16 of whom are career Foreign Service Officers. Together, all ambassadorial nominees have been waiting an average of 161 days, while those on the Executive Calendar have been waiting an average of 262 days. This is simply too long.

These crucial posts are vacant and American interests are therefore underrepresented. The longer we wait to fill these roles the harder it becomes to maintain our effective American diplomacy.

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Consider:

  • Kuwait borders Iraq and is a vital strategic partner that requires the highest level engagement given the current situation. Yet our post there remains without an ambassador. Now more than ever, it is crucial that our ambassador to the State of Kuwait is confirmed.

 

  • In Africa, a quarter of our ambassadors are awaiting Senate confirmation. And in combating regional instability and serious challenges such as Boko Haram, key partners including Niger, Cameroon, and Mauritania – as well as our delegation to the African Union – need ambassadors in place now. And with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit planned for later this summer, it’s crucial that we display our commitment to partnering with leaders from across the continent for the good of Africa and the United States.

 

  • ASEAN will play a crucial role in the East Asia Summit in November 2014, which the President will attend. Substantively and organizationally, we need an ambassador in place to lay the groundwork for a successful Summit. We need a leading voice in our seat at the ASEAN table as tensions in the region have escalated surrounding China’s actions in the South China Sea.

These are only a few of many reasons it is critical to our national security that America fields a full team in our global engagement. The qualified individuals nominated to serve our country need to be confirmed without delay and allowed to do their important work leading our complex and vital interagency teams that are working to protect American interests around the world.

While there is a potential path to confirmation without bipartisan support, our nation’s security is stronger when we act together, and so I call on all members of the Senate to agree to confirm these nominees today so we can get them in place now.

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell Sworn In as the New HHS Secretary

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden swears in Sylvia Matthews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human ServicesVice President Joe Biden swears in Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as Secretary of Health and Human Services, with her husband Stephen holding the bible, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. June 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

This afternoon, the Vice President ceremonially swore in Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

On June 5, Secretary Burwell was confirmed by a strong, bipartisan majority of Senators. In a statement that day, President Obama commended the Senate and reiterated his support for Secretary Burwell as a proven manager:

 

I applaud the strong, bipartisan majority of Senators who today confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as America’s next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sylvia is a proven manager who knows how to deliver results, and over her career she has built deep relationships with Democrats and Republicans alike. I’m confident Sylvia’s unparalleled experience will serve her well in her new role as she works to ensure the safety of our food and drug supply, protect our nation from outbreaks or bioterror attacks, keep America at the forefront of medical research, and make sure every American has access to quality, affordable healthcare.

 


 

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President Obama Joins a Roundtable Discussion at the Working Families Summit

June 23, 2014 | 1:42 | Public Domain

 

President Obama participates in a roundtable discussion at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and U.S. Ambassador Catherine Russell to Travel to Africa

Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone from June 30 – July 7, 2014. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also travel with Dr. Biden.

 

During their travel, Dr. Biden, Administrator Shah, and Ambassador Russell will highlight how girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society can accelerate economic development, improve health and educational outcomes, strengthen democratic governance, and foster peace and security. These themes will also be woven throughout the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. in early August.

 

Additional details about the trip are forthcoming.

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Statements and Releases

FACT SHEET: Advancing The Human Rights Of LGBT Persons Globally

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

It’s great to be here, and particularly great to see such a wonderful collection of faith leaders, human rights activists, private sector representatives and colleagues in government all in one place.  Protecting and upholding human rights, especially for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters, is work to which we all are called, so thank you, thank you so much for joining us here today.

 

The inexhaustible pursuit of equality, the drive to expand opportunity, the unshakeable conviction that human dignity and human rights are the natural endowment of all humankind—these are qualities that are fundamental to our American character.  For many Americans, they are also essential to our personal story.  I would not be standing here today if those who came before me had not pried open doors that had long been shut to people who look like me.  So, I feel a responsibility and a personal passion to help others enjoy the same opportunities that I have been blessed to receive.  It’s what drives me as a public servant and as a mother, because I do not want my children, or anyone else’s, to have their life choices limited by how they look, who they worship, or whom they love.

 

Universal human rights are not bestowed by governments or powerful majorities, they are God’s gift and the birth right of all people.  They belong to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender men and women as surely as they belong to anyone in the human family.  As President Obama has said so eloquently, “If we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

 

It offends our common humanity when men or women anywhere in the world are beaten or abused, or when individuals anywhere have their rights restricted because of who they are.  And, it doesn’t just harm those who are targeted.  It rends the bonds that knit society together.  Trust recedes; suspicion spreads.  Entire countries are deprived of vital contributions from citizens in minority groups.

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Presidential Actions

Presidential Memorandum — Delegation of Reporting Functions Specified in Section 1206(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

 

Presidential Memorandum — Enhancing Workplace Flexibilities and Work-Life Program

 

 

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