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White House Schedule – July 31, 2014


President will sign an Executive Order titled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” that will ensure that all hardworking Americans get the fair pay and safe workplaces they deserve. Specifically, the new order will require prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and give federal agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. This event in South Court Auditorium is open press.


Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There will be expanded pool coverage of the President’s remarks.


In the evening, the President and First Lady will host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” at the White House to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics. The President will deliver remarks in the East Room, and the President and the First Lady will attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics in the State Dining Room. There will be pooled press coverage of this event.




12:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.


Press Briefing

July 31, 2014 | 48:08 | Public Domain

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




1:20 PM: The President delivers remarks and signs an Executive Order, South Court Auditorium.


The President Signs the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

July 31, 2014 | 15:54 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks before signing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building‘s South Court Auditorium.




3:40 PM: The President delivers remarks, The Department of Housing and Urban Development.


The President Welcomes a New Secretary to HUD

July 31, 2014 | 10:48 | Public Domain

President Obama joins staff in welcoming Julian Castro as the new Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.




7:25 PM: The President and First Lady host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation”; The President delivers remarks, East Room.


The President Speaks at Dinner to Celebrate Special Olympics

July 31, 2014 | 9:23 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks at a dinner in celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation.




8:25 PM: The President and First Lady attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics, State Dining Room.


President Obama Attends a Performance Commemorating the Special Olympics




Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian


Published on Jul 31, 2014

During an event at the White House honoring the Special Olympics, President Barack Obama received a hug from Tim Harris, a Special Olympian and owner of a restaurant called Tim’s Place. (July 31)




Raw Video: The President Takes a Walk Down Main Street


President Obama traveled to Kansas City, Missouri this week — where he grabbed some BBQ with Americans who had written him letters, and delivered a speech about how he’s working to get things done for hardworking Americans even as Congress chooses not to act to move this country forward.


And before he left, the President took a walk down Main Street (literally), spending time with store owners, touring an antique watch shop, and chatting with customers at a local coffee shop.



Raw Video: The President visits Main Street in Parkville, MO


Published on Jul 31, 2014

During a trip to Kansas City, Missouri, President Obama took a walk down Main Street — talking with residents and visiting some “mom and pop” shops along the way.




President Obama: “You don’t have time to be cynical. Hope is a better choice.”


Published on Jul 30, 2014

President Obama speaks on expanding opportunity for more Americans at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. July 30, 2014.




Susan E. Rice: Previewing the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit


Published on Jul 31, 2014

United States national security Advisor Susan E. Rice previews the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit where President Obama will welcome nearly 50 African heads of state to Washington, as well as leaders from across Africa’s civil society, private sector and faith communities.




World Hepatitis Day 2014


Published on Jul 30, 2014

U.S. and international leaders gather at the White House to commemorate World Hepatitis Day, discussing the global impact of viral hepatitis and the importance of public health leadership. July 30, 2014




Save The Babies. Save The Children. It’s Time For Gun Sense In America.


Published on May 29, 2014

Common sense gun reforms and responsible gun control laws are needed now. Whose child will be next? How many more have to die? Does your second amendment rights trump my U.S. Constitutional rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness?
















Ann Coulter: we need ‘Netanyahu’ in America, Palestinians killed for associating with terrorists


Published on Jul 31, 2014

On Fox News Hannity 9/31/2014 over U.S. – Mexico border crisis.




Teen Raped At Keith Urban Concert


Published on Jul 31, 2014

“A teenage girl was raped at the same Keith Urban show where 20 people got so drunk they were hospitalized, police said.


The attack happened in front of a large crowd of other concertgoers on the lawn of the Xfinity Center, an outdoor amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday night, a police statement said.


The rape ended when a woman in the crowd pushed the alleged attacker off the victim and he fled, police said.”




Russell Simmons, LL Cool J Visit Youth at Jail


Published on Jul 31, 2014

A group of young people at a New York City jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor LL Cool J. (July 31)




PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | July 31, 2014


Published on Jul 31, 2014

Thursday on the NewsHour, Attorney General Eric Holder discusses immigration, the death penalty and voter ID laws. Also: A divided Congress struggles to address the border crisis, educators push back on legislation that puts the burden on colleges to investigate sexual assaults, Israel, Hamas and the laws of war, plus a Colorado town makes a musical recovery after a devastating flood.




Democrats Stage Protest Against Boehner’s Lawsuit on the House Floor




Rep Hastings Rips Boehner’s Lawsuit, ‘It’s Red Meat for a Base that Hates Our President’




25 Painfully Disturbing Facts About Human Trafficking


Published on Jun 4, 2014

Did you know that there are more slaves today than ever before in history? These are 25 painfully disturbing facts about human trafficking.


World Day against Trafficking in Persons … July 30!!




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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases- July 31st, 2014


Remarks by the President at HUD


Remarks by the First Lady at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference


Remarks by the President at the Signing of Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order


President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts


Readout of Consultative Meeting with Congressional Leaders on National Security Issues


Statement by the Press Secretary


Op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama on McClatchy: Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all


FACT SHEET: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order



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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: My male colleagues didn’t really understand the Hobby Lobby case

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Screenshot


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Speaking with Katie Couric on Yahoo Global News, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that five of her male counterparts on the court have “a blind spot” when it comes to women’s issues.

After noting that all three female justices were in the minority in the recent Hobby Lobby decision, Couric asked Ginsburg whether she “believed the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision.”

Following a long pause, Ginsburg said, “I would have to say, ‘No.’”

“But,” she added, “justices continue to think, and can change. So I’m ever hopeful that if the Court has a blind spot today, its eyes can be opened tomorrow.”

“But you do, in fact, feel that these five justices had a bit of a ‘blind spot’?” Couric asked.

“In Hobby Lobby?” Ginsburg replied. “Yes.”

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World Day against Trafficking in Persons … July 30!!

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~~July 30, 2014~~

“This first World Day against Trafficking in Persons is a call to action to end this crime and give hope to the victims, who often live unrecognized among us.  To stop the traffickers, we must sever funding pipelines and seize assets.  I urge all countries to ratify and fully implement the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol on Trafficking in Persons.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


At any given time, an estimated 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery.

Men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers both in their own countries and abroad. Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.

Slavery, in both its ancient and modern forms, is not only shameful, it is as the abolitionist John Wesley said “the execrable sum of all villanies,” and…

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Something to think about …. Empathy!!

Originally posted on It Is What It Is:


~~July 31, 2014~~ 

Empathy is the capacity to recognize emotions that are being experienced by another sentient or fictional being. One may need to have a certain amount of empathy before being able to experience accurate sympathy or compassion.


Palestine is a geographic region in Western Asia between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. It is sometimes considered to include adjoining territories. The name was used by Ancient Greek writers, and was later used for the Roman province Syria Palaestina, the Byzantine Palaestina Prima and the Umayyad and Abbasid province of Jund Filastin. The region is also known as the Land of Israel, the Holy Land, the Southern Levant, Cisjordan, and historically has been known by other names including Canaan, Southern Syria and Jerusalem.

Situated at a strategic location between Egypt, Syria and Arabia, and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, the region has a long and tumultuous history…

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