TheObamaCrat Wake-Up Call™ For Tuesday The 5th Of August, 2014; The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit, Washington, D.C.


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In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
 
In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.
 
Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks and participate in the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a day of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit focused on strengthening trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa. This event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is open to pre-credentialed media.
 
Afterward, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
 
In the evening, the President and First Lady will host a dinner at the White House for African heads of state, and government and select guests. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will also attend. There will be pooled press coverage of this event on the South Lawn.

 

White House Schedule – August 5th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday August 5th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY AUGUST 5th, 2014 

 

Tuesday, August 5 2014 All Times ET

 

8:45 AM: The Vice President holds a bilateral meeting with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, The Willard Hotel.

 

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

 

11:00 AM: The Vice President holds a bilateral meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, The White House.

 

12:30 PM: The President and Vice President meet for lunch, Private Dining Room.

 

1:45 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Washington.

 

2:45 PM: The President delivers remarks and participates in the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Washington.

 

3:15 PM: The Vice President ceremonially swears in Shaun Donovan as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Roosevelt Room.

 

4:45 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

5:30 PM: The Vice President holds a bilateral meeting with President Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia, The White House.

 

9:30 PM: The President and First Lady host a dinner; the Vice President and Dr. Biden also attend, South Lawn.

 

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White House Live

 

Now Streaming…
August 05, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
U.S.-Africa Business Forum
Washington, DC,  White House LIVE Streaming
Schedule of Events:
9:00 AM Moderated Sessions
1:45 PM Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks
2:45 PM President Obama Delivers Remarks
Find additional information at http://www.wh.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit.

 

 

Next Up…
August 05, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest
The White House,  White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

August 05, 2014 9:30 PM EDT
President Obama and the First Lady Host a Dinner for the U.S.-African Leaders Summit
The White House,  White House LIVE Streaming

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Day Two

 

 

AUGUST 5

 

U.S.-Africa Business Forum
On August 5, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies will co-host the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a day focused on strengthening trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa. President Obama will participate in the Business Forum along with Secretary Pritzker and Mayor Bloomberg, as will other senior U.S. government officials. Held at the Mandarin Oriental, in Washington, D.C., the U.S.-Africa Business Forum will intensify efforts to strengthen trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa and seek to create partnerships that will promote trade, accelerate job growth, and encourage investment. The Forum will focus on U.S. private sector engagement in Africa in the areas of finance and capital investment; infrastructure; power and energy; agriculture; consumer goods; and information and communication technology. African leaders will engage with business executives from both sides of the Atlantic to engage in conversations about successes and solutions to increase trade with and invest in Africa. President Obama will participate in the conversation with CEOs and government leaders from the United States and Africa.

 

See the U.S.-Africa Business Forum Official Website

 

White House Dinner on the occasion of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
On the evening of August 5, President and Mrs. Obama will host a dinner at the White House for African heads of state and government and select guests.

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Day Three

 

 

AUGUST 6

 

Summit Leader Meetings
African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in three action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.

 

Leader Session I – Investing in Africa’s Future
The opening session will discuss inclusive, sustainable development, economic growth, and trade and investment.

 

Leader Session II – Peace and Regional Stability
A working lunch centered around shared concerns regarding peace and security, including a discussion of long-term solutions to regional conflicts, peacekeeping challenges, and combating transnational threats.

 

 

Leader Session III – Governing for the Next Generation
This session will allow for a candid conversation about the greatest challenges and opportunities for Africa’s continued political and economic progress and a specific focus on governance. This session will focus on how to enhance governance in order to deliver services to citizens, attract and prepare for increased domestic and foreign direct investment, manage transnational threats, and stem the flow of illicit finance.

 

 

Leader Press Conferences

 

Spousal Program

On August 6, First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

 

 

Media

Media representatives wishing to cover the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and related events and/or to get access to the Media Center must apply to receive a credential. For more information on media and the online accreditation system, please go to the Working Media Credential Application page.

 

Any media-related questions should be directed to the U.S. Media Coordinator’s Office, at AfricaSummitMedia@state.gov.

 

Side Events

In order to leverage the presence in Washington, D.C. of so many African leaders as well as the intense interest in U.S.-Africa ties that the Summit has engendered, a number of non government actors – the private sector and non-profit organizations — are organizing events along the margins to coincide with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

 

 

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President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010 to support young leaders with opportunities and resources. Through YALI, the United States is committing significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, with the United States, and with the American people. Investing in the next generation of African leaders is critical to ensuring the success of Africa’s democracies and its economies.

 

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the exchange program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program brings over 500 young leaders to the United States each year, beginning in 2014, for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring. It also creates unique opportunities in Africa, through internships and follow-on opportunities, to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions. To be part of the YALI Network, follow @YALINetwork on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

 

For more information on YALI, please visitYoungAfricanLeaders.state.gov.

 

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Complete Coverage Of Day One

 

Recap Of Day One: The Last 24™ : The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.

 

 

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Statements and Releases – August 5th, 2014

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam of Mauritius

 

Readout of National Security Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni of Libya

 

 

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Here’s how you hold candidates accountable

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

The 2014 Gun Sense Voter Federal Candidate Questionnaire has been sent to every candidate for federal office in the United States. Make sure they take it.

 

 

 

Political Funny: Happy Birthday, Mr. President

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

John King highlights a joke by Craig Ferguson about President Obama, who turned 53 yesterday.

 

 

 

Author tracks Ebola outbreaks over decades, calls virus “Jack The Ripper”

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Twenty years ago, Richard Preston wrote “The Hot Zone,” a non-fiction thriller about the deadly Ebola virus. He joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the epidemic and how it’s changed in 2014.

 

 

 

WATCH: Fighter jet escorts passenger plan to Manchester Airport, man arrested

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

BREAKING: Man arrested after ‘hoax bomb threat’ on Qatar Airways flight triggers full emergency and RAF scrambles
(Daily Mail ) Typhoon to escort plane into Manchester Airport.

 

 

 

Climate Change & Wildfires Explained in Less Than Three Minutes

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

President Obama’s Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, explains in less than three minutes how the growing number of intense wildfires are linked in part, to climate change. Learn more athttp://wh.gov/climate-change

 

 

 

Ebola epidemic sparks panic in African nations

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa spreads, other countries in the continent are working to keep the deadly disease outside their borders. Debora Patta reports from Cape Town, South Africa.

 

 

 

DREAMers Erika Andiola & Cesar Vargas confront Steve King in Okoboji, Iowa for trying to end DACA

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

At a fundraiser with Rand Paul in Okoboji, Iowa, DREAMers Erika Andiola & Cesar Vargas confront Steve King for trying to end DACA. Rand Paul runs away when Erika says she’s a DREAMer.

 

 

 

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US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

The Week Ahead

 

Wednesday August 6th: The President participates in Summit Leader Meetings as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

 

Thursday & Friday Auguct 7th & 8th: Attends meetings at the White House

 

 

Presidential Actions August 4th, 2014

 

Presidential Memorandum — Establishing a Comprehensive Approach to Expanding Sub-Saharan Africa’s Capacity for Trade and Investment

 

 

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What Did Barack Do Today™: Barack Hussein Obama, Celebrating 53 Years Of Birth.


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White House Schedule – August 4, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday August 4th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY AUGUST 4th, 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 meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew. This meeting is closed press.

 

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Monday, August 4 2014  All Times ET

 

11:00 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

11:45 AM: The President meets with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office.

 

12:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Civil Society Forum, National Academy of Sciences.

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

The White House Week Ahead – Augustth  to August 8th, 2014

 

 

On Monday, August 4th, the President attends meetings at The White House. Barack Hussein turns 53 and will celebrate that birthday with family and staffers….there will be surprised throughout the day for The Commander-In-Chief.

 

On Tuesday, August 5th, President Obama will welcome leaders from across theAfrican continent to the Nation’s Capital for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind. This Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, will build on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 and it will strengthen ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions.

 

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.

 

 

 

President Obama will participate in the Business Forum along with Secretary Pritzker and Mayor Bloomberg, as will other senior U.S. government officials. Held at the Mandarin Oriental, in Washington, D.C., the U.S.-Africa Business Forum will intensify efforts to strengthen trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa and seek to create partnerships that will promote trade, accelerate job growth, and encourage investment. The Forum will focus on U.S. private sector engagement in Africa in the areas of finance and capital investment; infrastructure; power and energy; agriculture; consumer goods; and information and communication technology. African leaders will engage with business executives from both sides of the Atlantic to engage in conversations about successes and solutions to increase trade with and invest in Africa. President Obama will participate in the conversation with CEOs and government leaders from the United States and Africa.

 

On the evening of August 5, President and Mrs. Obama will host a dinner at the White House for African heads of state and government and select guests.

 

On Wednesday, August 6th, African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in three action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.

 

On August 6th, First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

 

On Thursday, August 7th, The President will attend meetings at The White House.

 

On Friday, August 8th, The President will attend meetings at The White House.

 

 

The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.… (Everything you need to know about this historic summit.)

 

 

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White House Live

 

Next Up

 

August 04, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

US-Africa Leaders Summit: Civil Society Forum

Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming

 

Schedule of Events:
8:30 AM – Civil Society Forum Panel
10:00 AM – Secretary of State Kerry Addresses the Forum
11:50 AM – Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks

Find additional information at
http://wh.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

 

 

August 04, 2014 12:45 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

The White House, White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

 

August 04, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

US-Africa Leaders Summit: Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate

Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming

Find additional information at
http://wh.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

 

 

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Highlights from Dr. Biden’s Trip to Africa

 

Last month, Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Africa on a three-country visit, leading a delegation to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sierra Leone. This trip focused on 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.

Dr. Biden had the opportunity to visit health clinics and a hospital for survivors of gender-based violence, speak at local schools to encourage the next generation to pursue their dreams, meet with women entrepreneurs who are spurring economic growth, and hear from women political leaders about their work to break barriers so more women can become voices of change in their communities.

Check out this video of highlights from Dr. Biden’s recent trip to Africa

 

Travels in Africa with Dr. Jill Biden

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

In July 2014 Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden led a delegation to Zambia, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone to meet with leaders and discuss education and women’s empowerment. On the trip she was joined by USAID Administrator Raj Shah. Hear them discuss their experiences and the significance of this visit.

 

 

 

The areas Dr. Biden focused on during her trip will be on display this week when the largest gathering of African heads of state and government come together in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The Summit will highlight ways to strengthen U.S.-African partnerships and enable greater opportunities and growth between our country and Africa moving forward.

Click here to learn more about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

 

 

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Questions and Answers on Ebola

 

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention website. See the original post here.

 

The current Ebola outbreak is centered on three countries in West Africa: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, although there is the potential for further spread to neighboring African countries. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. The CDC is surging resources by sending 50 more workers to the area to help bring the outbreak under control.

 

What is Ebola?

Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common

 

How is Ebola transmitted?

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

 

Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

 

Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?

No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.

 

Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?

No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

 

Are there any cases of individuals contracting Ebola in the U.S.?

No.

 

What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?

CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts on the ground in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. In addition, airports in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are screening all outbound passengers for Ebola symptoms, including fever, and passengers are required to respond to a healthcare questionnaire. CDC is also surging support in the region by deploying 50 additional workers to help build capacity on the ground.

 

What is CDC doing in the U.S.?

On the remote possibility that an ill passenger enters the U.S., CDC has protocols in place to protect against further spread of disease. These include notification to CDC of ill passengers on a plane before arrival, investigation of ill travelers, and, if necessary, isolation. CDC has also provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers and crew and for disinfecting aircraft. CDC has issued a Health Alert Notice reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients and how they can protect themselves from infection.

 

What about ill Americans with Ebola who are being brought to the United States for treatment? How is CDC protecting the American public?

CDC has very well-established protocols in place to ensure the safe transport and care of patients with infectious diseases back to the United States. These procedures cover the entire process — from patients leaving their bedside in a foreign country to their transport to an airport and boarding a non-commercial airplane equipped with a special transport isolation unit, to their arrival at a medical facility in the United States that is appropriately equipped and staffed to handle such cases. CDC’s role is to ensure that travel and hospitalization is done to minimize risk of spread of infection and to ensure that the American public is protected. Patients were evacuated in similar ways during SARS.

 

What does the CDC’s Travel Alert Level 3 mean to U.S. travelers?

On July 31, the CDC elevated their warning to U.S. citizens encouraging them to defer unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone over concerns that travelers may not have access to health care facilities and personnel should they need them in country.

 

For more information please see this statement from the Department of State.

 

Download the PDF here.

 

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In this video briefing from the West Wing, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes provides an update on recent U.S. actions with regard to Ukraine and offers an overview of America’s policy position.

 

Digital Briefing: Ben Rhodes on Ukraine

 

Published on Aug 1, 2014

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes provides an update on the situation in Ukraine and offers context for America’s policy position. Rhodes also discusses the origin of the recent conflict in the region.

 

 

President Obama also spoke to the press on Ukraine today, saying:

 

Our diplomatic efforts often take time, they often will see progress and then a step backwards. That’s been true in the Middle East, that’s been true in Europe, that’s been true in Asia. That’s the nature of world affairs – it’s not neat and it’s not smooth. But if you look at, for example, Ukraine, we have made progress in delivering on what we said we would do. We can’t control how Mr. Putin thinks, but what we can do is say to Mr. Putin, ‘If you continue on the path of arming separatists with heavy armaments that, the evidence suggests, may have resulted in 300 innocent people on a jet dying, and that violates international law and undermines the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, then you’re going to face consequences that will hurt your country.’

And there was a lot of skepticism about our ability to coordinate with Europeans for a strong series of sanctions, and each time, we have done what we said we would do, including this week when we put in place sanctions that have an impact on key sectors of the Russian economy—their energy, their defense, their financial systems. It hasn’t resolved the problem yet. I spoke to Mr. Putin this morning and I indicated to him: Just as we will do what we say we do in terms of sanctions, we will also do what we say we do in terms of wanting to resolve this issue diplomatically if he takes a different position. If he respects and honors the right of Ukrainians to determine their own destiny, then it’s possible to make sure that Russian interests are addressed that are legitimate and that Ukrainians are able to make their own decisions, and we can resolve this conflict and end some of the bloodshed.

 

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: Jobs, a VP #TBT, Iced Tea, and BBQ

 

53 Straight Months of Job Growth

 

VP at 26

 

BBQ, Iced Tea, and the Economy

 

Dinner with the President?

 

Africa’s Next Generation of Leaders

 

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It’s Time for Congress to Help the Middle Class

 

Published on Aug 2, 2014

In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the new monthly jobs report and the fact that our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July for the sixth straight month—the longest streak since 1997.

 

 

 

Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

 

 

The President Delivers a Statement

 

Published on Aug 1, 2014

President Obama briefs the press on the economy and foreign policy issues on Aug. 1, 2014.

 

 

 

West Wing Week 08/01/14: A Walk Down Main Street with President Obama

 

Published on Aug 1, 2014

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President hosted the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, reaffirmed America’s commitment to Ukraine, and continued responding to Americans’ letters – this time in Kansas City.

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks

 

Statement by NSC Deputy Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Earthquake in Southwestern China

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

 

The Obama Administration’s Government-Wide Response to Influx of Central American Migrants at the Southwest Border

 

Statement by Deputy NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Benjamin Rhodes and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with the Syrian Defector “Caesar”

 

Statement by Deputy NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the 70th Anniversary of the Massacre of Roma and Sinti People at Auschwitz-Birkenau

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1528, S. 517

 

Weekly Address: It’s Time for Congress to Help the Middle Class

 

Press Conference by the President

 

 

 It's Raining Videos™


It’s Raining Videos™

Live Streaming from the Summit:

 

 

American Museum of Natural History hosts sleepover for grown-ups

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

The New York City institution opened its doors to an adults-only sleepover last week to draw interest and new visitors. Jamie Wax reports on the experience

 

 

 

Cornel West Calls Obama a ‘War Criminal’ at Pro-Gaza Rally

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Cornel West Calls Obama a ‘War Criminal’ That Kills Children.
Radical leftist professor Cornel West denounced President Obama during a pro-Gaza rally in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, calling him a “war criminal.”

 

 

This is what happens when you get ass hurt cause you ask for additional inauguration tickets in 2009 and get turned down, you become an Obama hating house nigger.

 

 

What Speaking Out About Israel Does To Journalists

 

 

 

Surprising Group Of Politicians Declare ‘War FOR Women’

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

“A group of GOP Congress members led by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) on Wednesday unveiled a package of bills aimed at improving women’s economic situations and attracting women voters.

The proposals include tax credits for childcare, a bill that prevents retaliation against employees who ask about equal pay and a bill that allows employees to trade overtime pay for paid family leave and sick leave. Some of the bills are ones that have already passed the House, while others are new proposals.

Republicans for years have faced accusations that they are waging a “war on women.” But Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) said Wednesday he is proud to stand with his Republican colleagues in a “war for women.””

 

 

 

Secret serum likely saved Ebola patient

 

 

 

Covering a deadly disease

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

CNN’s David McKenzie shows the precautions he and his crew are taking while reporting at an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone.

 

 

 

Great Wall: Did You Know – GEICO

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

The Great Wall wasn’t always so great

 

 

 

Obama’s day: A happy birthday

 

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President Obama turns 53 years old on Monday, and celebrates in part with a light public schedule.

 

Obama, born Aug. 4, 1961, has a string of meetings with aides throughout the day.

 

The economy will be the major topic when the president sits down in the afternoon with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

 

Monday also marks the start of the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. While Obama is scheduled to address the summit Tuesday, he may drop in on some of the meetings set for Monday.

 

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Wrapping Up The Week That Was™


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Weekly Address: Expanding Opportunity – It’s Time for Congressional Republicans to Do Their Part

 

 

In this week’s address, the President recapped his visits with folks who have written him letters about their own American stories — their successes and struggles. While congressional Republicans are blocking meaningful measures that would strengthen the middle class, the President continues looking for ways to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans.

 

The President again urged Congress to join him, as they were elected to do, in working on behalf of everyday Americans – including those the President spent time with this week – by investing in our infrastructure to support American jobs, and ensuring that the Highway Trust Fund does not expire.

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Cambios en las prioridades de Washington

July 12, 2014 | 2:26 | Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, Felicia Escobar, la Asistente Especial del Presidente de Políticas de la Inmigración en el Consejo de Política Doméstica de la Casa Blanca, habló sobre el viaje del Presidente a Colorado y Texas, donde habló con personas sobre los desafíos que millones de personas se enfrentan para tratar de abrirse camino dentro de la clase media. El Presidente también subrayó la necesidad de aprobar la legislación bipartidista para arreglar nuestro sistema de inmigración que no funciona, después de realizar una mesa redonda sobre el urgente desafío humanitario en la frontera.

 

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up: “The Departed,” Pizza, Pool, and Fireworks

 

 

This week, President Obama sat down with everyday Americans who wrote him from around the country; he grabbed some pizza and shot some pool in Denver; he chowed down on some BBQ in Austin; and we celebrated Independence Day at the White House.

 

Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.

 


 

POTUS Channels “The Departed”

 

Yesterday, President Obama capped off a three-day road trip with a visit to Austin, Texas, where he sat down for coffee with a letter writer, delivered a speech on the economy, and grabbed lunch at a local BBQ joint.

 

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In his speech at the historic Paramount Theatre, the President took a line from “The Departed” to describe Republicans in Congress:

 

There’s a great movie called “The Departed” — a little violent for kids. But there’s a scene in the movie where Mark Wahlberg — they’re on a stakeout and somehow the guy loses the guy that they’re tracking. And Wahlberg is all upset and yelling at the guy. And the guy looks up and he says, “Well, who are you?” And Wahlberg says, “I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy.” Sometimes, I feel like saying to these guys, I’m the guy doing my job, you must be the other guy.

 

 

 

 

“Don’t get cynical. Don’t do it.”

 

On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Denver’s Cheesman Park, President Obama delivered remarks about the economy, the progress that his Administration has made, and how Republican obstructionism is making it more difficult for Americans achieve their full potential.

 

 

The President said that as a country we’re making progress:

 

Today, our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months. Construction and housing are rebounding. Our auto industry is booming. Manufacturing is adding jobs for the first time since the ‘90s. The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since September of 2008 — the fastest one-year drop in nearly 30 years.

 

We are better off today by almost every economic measure than we were when President Obama took office. But the President reiterated that there’s still work to do.

 

 

POTUS, Pizza, and Pool in Denver

 

On Tuesday, President Obama made his first stop on a three-day tour of Colorado and Texas. The President ate pizza with five Coloradans who wrote him, strolled through the streets of Denver, and ended up at a local brewery to shoot some pool with Colorado Governor John

 

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Fourth of July at the White House

 

New American citizens, lots of burgers, Pitbull, and fireworks. It was quite a Fourth of July at the White House.

 

Celebrate Independence Day all over again, and check out what you missed.

 

Fireworks on the National Mall from the White House

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The National Mall fireworks as seen from the South Lawn of the White House.

 

 

 

As always, to see even more of this week’s events, be sure to watch the latest episode of West Wing Week:

 

West Wing Week 07/11/14 or, “Responding to Your Letter…In Person!”

July 11, 2014 | 6:05 | Public Domain

 

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and far beyond.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks

 

Weekly Address: Expanding Opportunity – It’s Time for Congressional Republicans to Do Their Part

 

Remarks by the First Lady at LULAC Unity Luncheon

 

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Georgia to Attend the Funeral Service of Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades

 

President Obama Announces New Partnership with the Private Sector to Strengthen America’s Small Businesses; Renews the Federal Government’s QuickPay Initiative

 

 

The President Is Listening

 

President Obama was on the road again this week, breaking out of the D.C. bubble to meet with everyday Americans in Colorado and Texas — many of whom had written to tell him what’s going on in their lives.

 

There’s an underlying theme to these trips: The President’s listening.

 

He’s listening to the teacher of 26 years who wrote him about the importance of early childhood education — and he’s fighting for the college student whose parents lost their jobs after the Great Recession.

 

The President is traveling across the country and letting folks know that he hears them, and that he’s going to keep fighting for them so that this country can keep making progress.

 

See some of the highlights from the President’s trip to Colorado and Texas.

 

The President heads to Denver.

 

President Obama landed in Denver on Tuesday and made his first stop at Wazee Supper Club, where he ate pizza with five Coloradans who wrote him.

 

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The following day, the President spoke on the economy.

 

On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Denver’s Cheesman Park, President Obama delivered remarks on the economy, the progress that his Administration has made, and how Republican obstructionism is making it more difficult for Americans to achieve their full potential.

 

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The President closed his remarks by reminding people that despite the cynicism and obstructionism, he’s going to continue to spend every day fighting to restore the American Dream for everybody.

 

“Every day I receive these thousands of acts of hope from you. I’m listening. It’s why I ran for office. It’s why I’m fighting for you. I will keep treating your cares and concerns as my own.”

 

And then, he was off to Austin.

 

The President capped off his three-day tour in Austin, where he grabbed coffee with a letter writer and delivered another speech on the progress this country is making.

 

In the morning, the President met with Kinsey Button, a student at the University of Texas at Austin. She wrote the President talking about her family’s struggles, after both of her parents lost their jobs.

We’re going to keep doing this — because we’ve still got work to do.

 

The President is going to continue to travel around the country to meet with working Americans, talking about what their “day in the life” looks like, and highlighting the actions that he’s taken this year to benefit them.

 

Find out more about the President’s actions this year to keep moving our country forward.

 

 

In Memory Of The Verdict That Freed A Killer…

 

George Zimmerman Verdict: One Year Later (The Stand-Your-Ground Curse and Rachel Jeantel Interview)

 

Published on Jul 12, 2014

Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the George Zimmerman, ‘not guilty’ verdict. Since then, there has been a rash of murders in the name of ‘Stand-Your-Ground’, most notably, the movie theater murder (because the shooter “felt threatened”). This video revisits the Zimmerman case with new commentary by Al Sharpton (00:22) and Erin Burnett (09:10), interviews with Florida State Representative, Perry Thurston (03:04), attorney, Lisa Bloom (04:44), attorney, Rod Vereen (10:43), and, the close friend of Trayvon Martin, Rachel Jeantel (10:14). ***Watch Video***

 

 

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The Last 24™: Whats Barack Been Up To? West Wing Week. The Weekly Address.


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The Weekly Address

 

Expanding Opportunity — It’s Time for Congressional Republicans to Do Their Part

 

Published on Jul 12, 2014

In this week’s address, the President recapped his visits with folks who have written him letters about their own American stories — their successes and struggles. While Congressional Republicans are blocking meaningful measures that would strengthen the middle class, the President continues looking for ways to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans.

 

 

 

Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

Published on Jul 12, 2014

En el mensaje de esta semana, Felicia Escobar, la Asistente Especial del Presidente de Políticas de la Inmigración en el Consejo de Política Doméstica de la Casa Blanca, habló sobre el viaje del Presidente a Colorado y Texas, donde habló con personas sobre los desafíos que millones de personas se enfrentan para tratar de abrirse camino dentro de la clase media. El Presidente también subrayó la necesidad de aprobar la legislación bipartidista para arreglar nuestro sistema de inmigración que no funciona, después de realizar una mesa redonda sobre el urgente desafío humanitario en la frontera.

 

 

 

West Wing Week 07/11/14 or, “Responding to Your Letter…In Person!”

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

This Fourth of July week, the President welcomed some newly naturalized Americans, and spent time with middle-class Americans in Denver and Austin, while Dr. Jill Biden wrapped up a week-long trip to Africa.

 

 

 

The President Speaks on Creating Opportunity for All Americans

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

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Hobby Lobby Owner Reveals Plan to ‘Mandate’ Bible Course in Schools

 

 

 

Guy Fired For Legal Pot Purchase Gets His Groove Back

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

“Mike Boyer, the national treasure and inspiration to us all who lost his job after becoming Spokane, Wa.’s first legal weed buyer, is going back to work.

 

Newsweek reports that TrueBlue, a staffing agency that employs Boyer, changed its mind about firing him:

 

‘”TrueBlue got ahold of me and offered me my job back,” Mike told Newsweek. “I’ll accept it and we’ll see where it goes from there,” he said. “The reason they said they gave me my job back was because their policy says you cannot be under the influence at work, which I was not, and since I officially had the day off, what I did on my time was my time. And they gave me my job back, and even gave me a day’s worth of pay that I missed.”‘

 

 

 

New Biological Scare: Anthrax, Small Pox and the Flu two top labs forced to close

 

 

 

NSA Nudies, Hillary Helping Monsanto, Kids Too Fat For The Military and more

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

The Redacted Team discovers nude pics at the NSA, advice from Hillary to the GMO industry, that most youth don’t qualify for the military, the real force stopping marijuana’s legalization, walls that stop tornadoes, riot control drones, and that someone does read the episode description.

 

 

 

‘King James’ returns, Cleveland rejoices

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

After weeks of rumors, LeBron James announced today he is leaving the Miami Heat and rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

 

Who gives a fuck about an over paid Athlete going back to his home town to play a racist game? The NBA uses Black Athletes as house Negroes to make BILLIONS for caucasian owners, nee Donald Sterling. While the world self destructs in war and poverty, us Americans are dumbstruck by the movements of LeBron James? Plueeeeeeeese.

 

 

PBS News Hour For Friday, July 11, 2014

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

Friday on the NewsHour, the Palestinian death toll climbed with no signs of imminent cease-fire in the Middle East. Also: HIV researchers confront a setback, how talking to toddlers could help close a critical language gap, dwindling funds for federal highways if Congress doesn’t act, Lebron James returns to Cleveland and the political analysis of Shields and Brooks.

 

 

 

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May Was The Month For Images.

 

President Barack Obama holds a bobblehead doll of himself in the Outer Oval Office, May 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a bobblehead doll of himself in the Outer Oval Office, May 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Dr. Jill Biden and White House Assistant Pastry Chef Susie Morrison help children plant scarlet runner beans to be presented during a Joining Forces initiative tea honoring military mothers in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Dr. Jill Biden and White House Assistant Pastry Chef Susie Morrison help children plant scarlet runner beans to be presented during a Joining Forces initiative tea honoring military mothers in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama joins students from Lame Deer Junior High School for a group photo in the China Room of the White House, prior to the White House Talent Show hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, May 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama joins students from Lame Deer Junior High School for a group photo in the China Room of the White House, prior to the White House Talent Show hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, May 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Barack Obama greets guests during a Federal Judges Association reception in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets guests during a Federal Judges Association reception in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama hugs children participating in the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, in the East Garden Room of the White House, May 29, 2014. The President met with the group indoors when their South Lawn event was canceled due to weather. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama hugs children participating in the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, in the East Garden Room of the White House, May 29, 2014. The President met with the group indoors when their South Lawn event was canceled due to weather. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama adjusts a lapel pin for Vice President Joe Biden in the Outer Oval Office, May 23, 2014. Ferial Govashiri, Personal Assistant to the President stands at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama adjusts a lapel pin for Vice President Joe Biden in the Outer Oval Office, May 23, 2014. Ferial Govashiri, Personal Assistant to the President stands at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama tours the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kan., May 16, 2014. Stephanie Kyriazis, Chief of Interpretation and Education, leads the tour. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama tours the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kan., May 16, 2014. Stephanie Kyriazis, Chief of Interpretation and Education, leads the tour. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama during her remarks at an Affordable Care Act reception in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama during her remarks at an Affordable Care Act reception in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A soldier hugs President Barack Obama following his remarks at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A soldier hugs President Barack Obama following his remarks at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Last 24™: Holiday Edition.


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Celebrating Independence Day

July 04, 2014 | 2:30 | Public Domain

 

In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated Independence Day by noting the contributions and sacrifices from individuals throughout the history of this country – from our Founding Fathers, to the men and women in our military serving at home and abroad.

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Celebrando una nación única

July 04, 2014 | 3:25 | Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario Asistente de la Marina de Guerra Juan García conmemoró la fundación única de nuestro país: que somos una nación de inmigrantes. En la celebración del 4 de julio, el Presidente naturalizará inmigrantes que han servido en las fuerzas armadas y han estado dispuestos a sacrificar sus vidas por este país aun antes de ser ciudadanos.

 

 

 

President Obama Welcomes 25 New American Citizens on the Fourth of July

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    This morning, President Obama welcomed 25 new American citizens at a special naturalization ceremony held at the White House. The President celebrated as service members and their families were able for the first time to be called “our fellow Americans” on this Fourth of July, just as they are in ceremonies happening today around the country. The President paid tribute to all those who served and fought for the United States in the Armed Forces, and to the great sacrifice of their spouses and families.

     

    In the President’s words:

     

    Today, on this Fourth of July, all across the country –- from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to the Alamodome in Texas — immigrants from around the world are taking the oath of citizenship.  And many of them have worked and sacrificed for years to get to this moment.  All of them have done it for something none of us should ever take for granted:  the right to be called an American, from this moment, and forever after.

     

    Learn more about the Fourth of July at the White House.

 

 

Press Briefing

July 03, 2014 | 01:06:48 |Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

The President Visits 1776 to Talk About the Economy

July 03, 2014 | 6:57 | Public Domain

 

President Obama stops by 1776, an “incubator for all sorts of tech startups” in Washington, D.C., and speaks on the economy.

 

 

 

West Wing Week 07/04/14 or, “Cynicism is a Choice… Hope is a Better Choice”

July 03, 2014 | 7:51

 

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President wrapped up a trip to Minneapolis, nominated a new VA Secretary, and caught some World Cup fever. That’s June 27th to July 3rd or “Cynicism is a Choice…Hope is a Better Choice.”

 

 

 

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President Obama and the First Lady Attend a Fourth of July Celebration

 

Scheduled for Jul 4, 2014

The President and the First Lady will celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn. The President will deliver remarks.

 

 

 

President Obama hugs Army Sgt. Stephanie Van Ausdall after she had trouble leading the Pledge of Allegiance following a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, July 4

President Obama hugs Army Sgt. Stephanie Van Ausdall after she had trouble leading the Pledge of Allegiance following a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, July 4

 

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The Employment Situation in June

 

 

The 1.4 million jobs added in the first half of this year are the most in any first half since 1999. Furthermore, this is the first time since September 1999-January 2000 we have seen total job growth above 200,000 for five straight months. While today’s jobs report is encouraging, many families are still struggling with long-term unemployment and wages that have been stagnant for decades. The President continues to press Congress to take steps to further strengthen the economy, including passing a transportation bill to avoid jeopardizing hundreds of thousands of jobs later this year. But he will also continue to make progress using his own authority to increase economic opportunity, support wage growth, and ensure America’s workplaces are adapting to the 21st century.

 

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

 

1. The private sector has added 9.7 million jobs over 52 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 in June, mainly reflecting a 262,000 increase in private employment, which is above the 203,000 per month average over the past year. April and May were revised up slightly, so that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by a total of more than 2.4 million. In addition, the 1.4 million total nonfarm jobs added in the first half of this year are the most in any first half since 1999. Furthermore, this is the first time since September 1999-January 2000 we have seen total job growth above 200,000 for five straight months.

 

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A Few Miles Can Make the Difference Between Getting Health Care or Being Uninsured

 

 

For Adelina of Sunland Park, New Mexico, living in one state over another made all the difference in getting health care. Because she lives in New Mexico, rather than nearby Texas, she was able to access health care. The real difference of a state’s decision making is demonstrated in both Adelina’s story and a new report released yesterday by the Council of Economic Advisers entitled Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid.

 

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Finding herself needing to care for her sick mother, Adelina was unemployed and without insurance for over six months. But after keeping up with the news, she found that because New Mexico had expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, she had access to the affordable health insurance coverage she needed.

 

She recently wrote to President Obama to share her experience, explaining, “I write because I feel it is important to let our leaders know how their policies impact their constituencies.” She went on to say her coverage “has not only saved me thousands of dollars, but in some ways has kept me from further stress complications as anyone that is out of work knows how stressful that is.”

 

Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 5.2 million additional Americans have coverage from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the 26 states and the District of Columbia that expanded Medicaid eligibility to all non-elderly individuals in families with incomes below 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Adelina, who recently obtained health insurance under the New Mexico Medicaid Centennial Care system, was one of the Americans who received coverage following state decisions to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

 

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President Obama Visits 1776, “An Incubator for All Sorts of Tech Startups”

 

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at 1776, a tech startup hub in Washington, D.C.President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at 1776, a tech startup hub in Washington, D.C., July 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) 

On the day before we celebrate America’s independence, President Obama had a chance to stop by 1776, a tech startup incubator in D.C. that supports entrepreneurs tackling major challenges in education, energy, health care, and other critical industries. The President’s visit coincided with the June jobs report, which shows the supporting role that startups and new businesses are playing in the American economy.

1776 was an outgrowth of the President’s Startup America Initiative to encourage and promote entrepreneurship. During the visit, the President had the chance to meet some amazing entrepreneurs.

As he said, places like 1776 are helping Americans “coming from a wide range of backgrounds — we had former Army Rangers; we had lawyers; we had former HR folks, transportation experts, engineers — all of them had the kind of energy and drive and creativity and innovation that has been the hallmark of the American economy.”

 

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Here’s How the White House Celebrates the Fourth of July

 

 

Tomorrow’s the Fourth of July, and we’re pretty excited about it here at the White House.

 

To celebrate the holiday, the President and First Lady are inviting military heroes and their families to the White House tomorrow for a special Independence Day event, including a USO program featuring Grammy award-winning recording artist Pitbull.

 

But you don’t need to be on the South Lawn to enjoy the show! Check out the live-stream of all of tomorrow’s events — including a naturalization ceremony for service members and civilians, remarks from the President on the South Lawn, and the fireworks on the National Mall tomorrow night — right here atWhiteHouse.gov/Fourth-of-July.

 

In the meantime, check out some of our favorite Fourth of July moments from the past few years:

 


1. “One of the best perks about being President is anyone will hand you their baby.”

 

Holding a baby on July 4thPresident Barack Obama holds a baby while greeting guests during an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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Happy 16th Birthday to First Daughter Malia Ann Obama!!

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: Team USA, 9.7 Million Jobs, and 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act

 

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

 

This week, President Obama cheered on and congratulated the U.S. men’s soccer team; we saw a promising jobs report for June; the President talked about planes, trains, and automobiles in a speech on infrastructure and the economy; and the Vice President reflected on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

 

Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.

 

 

52 Months, 9.7 Million Jobs

 

Unemployment rate drops to 6.1 percent, pushes Dow Jones index to new record

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

The Dow Jones surged above 17,000 after a stronger-than-expected June jobs report that showed the economy gained more than 200,000 jobs for the fifth straight month. Margaret Brennan reports.

 

 

 

Yesterday’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that private-sector employment has increased for 52 straight months — the longest such streak on record. Over that time, businesses have added 9.7 million jobs, and the 1.4 million jobs added in the first half of this year are the most in any first half since 1999.

 

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50 Years Later

In the latest installment of our audio series Being Biden, the Vice President reflected on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and shared a photo of himself with Representative John Lewis, Jesse Jackson, and other leaders of the civil rights movement.

 

 

Vice President Biden reminds us that, as we celebrate the Fourth of July, we must also celebrate and remember the struggles of a generation that pushed to make the Declaration of Independence’s inalienable rights — of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” — a reality for all Americans.

 

 

 

 

 

“You guys did us proud.”

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. men’s national soccer team captured the attention of the nation during this year’s World Cup. Their run came to a heartbreaking end on Tuesday, however, as they fell to Belgium in extra time.

 

President Obama got in on the action, watching the game against Belgium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with White House staff.

 

 

 

The following day, President Obama called team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to commend them on their team’s performance during the World Cup.

 

 

 

 

POTUS Talks Infrastructure and the Economy

The Highway Trust Fund — which helps build and repair roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects across the country — is in danger of running out by the end of the summer. This would jeopardize nearly 700,000 American jobs, and hurt us on a global scale. Continuing to fund infrastructure projects should be a no-brainer, but House Republicans are refusing to act.

 

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“It’s not crazy, it’s not socialism. It’s not the imperial presidency — no laws are broken. We’re just building roads and bridges like we’ve been doing for the last, I don’t know, 50, 100 years.”

 

 

 

“It’s just politics. Plain and simple.”

In the Rose Garden on Monday, President Obama reiterated his commitment to immigration reform and reproached House Republicans for their unwillingness to confront this important issue.

 

 

“Their argument seems to be that because the system’s broken, we shouldn’t make an effort to fix it. It makes no sense. It’s not on the level. It’s just politics. Plain and simple.”

 

 

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Highway beating: CHP investigating video of officer hitting woman

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

California Highway Patrol is investigating an incident captured on video showing an officer hitting a woman repeatedly. The woman did not appear to be resisting. Anthony Mason reports.

 

 

 

Raw: French Kids Witness a Mom Killing Teacher

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

Police say the mother of a pupil at a French preschool stabbed a teacher to death in front of her class Friday, the last day of the school year. (July 4)

 

 

 

George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security” measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.

 

 

 

Hurricane Arthur moves up East Coast

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

The Category 2 storm moves offshore and heads up the East Coast after making landfall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

 

 

 

Helicopter Rescues Climber Clinging to a Cliff 

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

The stranded climber called 911 after he got stuck 5,000 feet up in the mountains in Washington.

 

 

 

The ACLU and the Baltimore Curfew Law’s Lead Sponsor Go Head to Head on the Issue

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

Find out why critics like the ACLU believe that the change to Baltimore’s youth curfew law threatens parental and Fourth Amendment rights.

 

 

Violating the 4th amendment rights of youth, or keeping those youth alive?

 

 

Hurricane Arthur causes flight delays

 

 

 

5 Women Stage ‘Knit-In’ Protesting Gas Pipeline, 1 Arrested

 

 

 

Insanely Racist Twitter Rant From Opie & Anthony Show Host

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

“Anthony Cumia, one half of the SiriusXM’s comedy show The Opie & Anthony Show, claims to have been assaulted by a woman in Times Square Tuesday. According to his Twitter feed, he was apparently trying to take photos of the area when the woman was caught in the frame. When she objected to being in the photos, she allegedly starting punching him. He responded by calling her a cunt. Cumia then took to Twitter—for hours—for a racist, violent tirade.”

 

 

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PBS News Hour For Thursday, July 3, 2014

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

Thursday on the NewsHour, good jobs news from June with a strong hiring report and a dip in the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent. Also: increased airport security and screening, the backlash against Common Core education standards, consumerism in rural Bangladesh, a reporter and his son embed with U.S. troops in Afghanistan and a new interpretation of the Declaration of Independence.

 

 

 

Hillary Clinton On The Benghazi Attack

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

In this audio excerpt from her book Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton addresses the political controversy surrounding the now-infamous attack on the Benghazi diplomatic compound at the end of an exhaustive chapter on the topic, narrated by the actress Kathleen Chalfant.

 

 

 

ALERT: Hurricane Arthur Lashing North Carolina Coast Now

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Hurricane Winds Gusts Top 100 Miles Per Hour
Hurricane Arthur expected to get stronger, brush N.C. coast.

CNN) — As Hurricane Arthur muscled up early Thursday evening, heavy rain began to fall along the coast of North Carolina.

 

The National Weather Service in Wilmington said 1 1/3 inches of rain fell during one hour Thursday afternoon. The office also tweeted that there was some flooding just south of downtown.

 

 

 

Remarks on Combating Violence and Discrimination Against Women

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s statement at a June 24, 2014 Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues Hearing titled “Combating Violence and Discrimination Against Women: A Global Call to Action.”

 

 

 

Paul Bloom: Can prejudice ever be a good thing?

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

We often think of bias and prejudice as rooted in ignorance. But as psychologist Paul Bloom seeks to show, prejudice is often natural, rational … even moral. The key, says Bloom, is to understand how our own biases work — so we can take control when they go wrong.

 

 

 

Jim Hightower on the Rise of Populism

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

The writer and commentator says groups across the country are stepping up the fight for economic, political and social justice.

 

 

 

Holiday travel impeded by weather

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

Dangerous weather will cause travel delays for one of the busiest weekends of the year. CNN’s Jason Carroll reports.

 

 

 

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