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White House Schedule – August 6, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will deliver remarks and participate in the first Leaders Session of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, “Investing in Africa’s Future.” There will be pooled press coverage of this event at the State Department.

 

In the afternoon, the President will take an official family photo with leaders. There will be pooled press coverage of this photo.

 

Afterward, the President will participate in “Leaders Session Two: Peace and Regional Stability.” This event is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in “Leaders Session Three: Governing the Next Generation.” There will be pooled press coverage of this event.

 

Afterward, the President will hold a press conference. This press conference is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

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White House Schedule – August 6th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HuMpDaY August 6th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
HUMPDAY AUGUST 6th, 2014 

 

Tuesday, August 6th 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: The President delivers remarks and participates in Session One: Investing in Africa’s Future.

 

12:05 PM: The President participates in a family photo with leaders.

 

12:30 PM: The President participates in Session Two: Peace and Regional Stability.

 

2:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at a meeting on legal access for unaccompanied immigrant children.

 

2:30 PM: The President participates in Session Three: Governing the Next Generation WATCH LIVE.

 

5:00 PM: The President holds a press conference WATCH LIVE.

 

 

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White House Live

 

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August 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Leaders Sessions
U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming

10:00 AM – President Obama Delivers Remarks and Participates in Session I: Investing in Africa’s Future

12:05 PM – President Obama Participates in a Family Photo with Leaders

2:30 PM – President Obama Participates in Session 3: Governing the Next Generation

5:00 PM – President Obama Holds a Press Conference

Find additional information at

http://wh.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

 

 

 
August 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
Spousal Program Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Laura Bush, and the Bush Institute
Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming

Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM – A Conversation between Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bush Moderated by Cokie Roberts

11:35 AM – Dr. Biden Speaks on Education: Creating Opportunities and Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders

2:30 PM – Public Private Partnerships: Fostering Women’s Economic Participation and Promoting Healthy Lives Through Technology and Training

Find additional information at

http://wh.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

 

 

Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks – August 6th, 2014

 

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Open Letter on Seventeen.com

 

Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at “Investing in Our Future,” a Symposium for Spouses on Advancement for Women and Girls in Africa

 

Remarks by the President at Opening Session of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Toast Remarks by the President at U.S.-African Leaders Summit Dinner

 

President Obama Delivers Remarks at a Dinner for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

President Barack Obama delivers remarks a dinner for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 5, 2014. More information about the Summit is available athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-l….

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Videos Of Events….The Final Day.

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Leaders Sessions

 

Started on Aug 6, 2014

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

Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM ET – President Obama Delivers Remarks and Participates in Session I: Investing in Africa’s Future

12:05 PM ET – President Obama Participates in a Family Photo with Leaders

2:30 PM ET – President Obama Participates in Session 3: Governing the Next Generation

5:00 PM ET – President Obama Holds a Press Conference

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

 

 

 

Spousal Program Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, Mrs. Laura Bush, and the Bush Institute

 

Started on Aug 6, 2014

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.

Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM ET – A Conversation between Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bush Moderated by Cokie Roberts

11:35 AM ET – Dr. Biden Speaks on Education: Creating Opportunities and Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders

2:30 PM ET – Public Private Partnerships: Fostering Women’s Economic Participation and Promoting Healthy Lives Through Technology and Training

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

 

 

 

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“The Right to be Counted”: A New Generation Leaders of a Unified Generation

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

President Obama and the First Lady attend a celebration of the Special Olympics in which new leaders of a unified generation call for a more respectful and inclusive society.

 

 

 

DREAMer on Confronting Steve King and Rand Paul: ‘You Don’t Run Away’

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

DREAMer: GOP needs to stop listening to Steve King
Erika Andiola, co-director of the DRM Action Coalition, joins José Díaz-Balart to talk about her recent confrontation with Rep. Steve King over his stance on immigration reform.
Undocumented immigrant Erika Andiola responded to a viral Internet video Wednesday that appeared to show Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) dashing away from her as she confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on his immigration position.

 

 

 

Second Ebola patient Nancy Writebol arrives at Atlanta hospital

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

American Ebola patient Nancy Writebol arrived for treatment at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital after traveling from Liberia on Tuesday. Writebol now joins Doctor Kent Brantly who is also being treated for the disease.

 

 

 

Hillary Clinton makes fun of herself on ‘The Colbert Report’

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton poked fun at herself on an unannounced visit to “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday night.

 

The former secretary of state, who has been on a two-month tour to promote her book “Hard Choices,” joked with Stephen Colbert in a scripted segment about the amount of name-dropping in her book and her regular use of diplomatic language.

 
“Madame, it is not just your name-dropping that I call into question, I question your title,” Colbert said. “There aren’t any real hard choices in here.”

 

 

 

#CongressInOneWord

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

John King, Manu Raju and Todd Zwillich look at a “word cloud” that asked users to sum up the U.S. Congress it one word.

 

 

 

President Obama/Vice Presidetn Biden Speak at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

“A Good Partner, an Equal Partner, and a Partner for the Long Term”

 

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to a crowd that included 50 African leaders, at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C. The Business Forum was part of the historic three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit — the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government.

 

The President highlighted Africa’s impressive economic growth, and made clear that America will be a partner in its success — “a good partner, an equal partner, and a partner for the long term.”

 

Watch the President’s remarks, and see how the U.S. is boosting economic ties with Africa.

 

“I want Africans buying more American products. I want Americans buying more African products.”

 

 

Vice President Biden also spoke at the the Business Forum today, describing the strengthening relationship between the United States and Africa and highlighting the economic progress across the African continent.

 

“The question is no longer what we can do for Africa, but what we can do with Africa,” the Vice President said. This represents an important and exciting shift in the dynamic between the United States and its African partners — and provides a look into our relationship with many African states moving forward.

 

 

“It’s never, ever been a good bet to bet against America,” the Vice President noted. “And America is betting on Africa.”

 

Vice President Joe Biden gives remarks to the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in Washington, D.C., August 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden gives remarks to the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in Washington, D.C., August 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Climate Change Makes Sustainable Development Crucial to Africa

 

This week, more than 40 heads of state and government from across Africa are joining President Obama in Washington for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Since 2000, the continent has seen enormous progress. Rates of extreme poverty and hunger are down. The number of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa dropped by almost 40 percent between 2001 and 2012. Access to education and health care is on the upswing.

 

As a result, Africa today is a continent of opportunity. Six of the 10 fastest-growing economies are on the African continent, driven by a rising middle class and a generation of optimistic young people. By 2035, the continent will have a working-age population bigger than that of China or India.

 

This is the time for the United States and African leaders to look beyond the crises of the moment to the opportunities the next 10 to 15 years have in store — which is why the theme of this week’s Leaders Summit is “Investing in the Next Generation.”

 

A key part of that agenda hinges on helping African nations develop sustainable economies whose future growth is not constrained by the threat of climate change and environmental degradation. That’s why the Leaders Summit highlights the ways that the United States and Africa are partnering to address both the drivers and impacts of climate change.

 

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John Podesta: “The Cost of Inaction”

 

Today, John Podesta, Counselor to the President, sent the following message to the White House email list. Want to be on the list? Sign up for updates.

 


 

The facts are in. The science is definitive. The question is no longer whether climate change is happening, but whether we can afford not to act.

 

In the western United States, changes in our climate are fueling wildfire seasons that are longer and more intense — putting people, communities, and businesses at risk.

 

As we’re seeing right now, wildfires unquestionably have devastating impacts on the lives of many Americans. This weekend, California declared a state of emergency as two major wildfires scorched acres of land, threatening towns and forcing many to evacuate. These are just two of the 14 fires that are currently burning throughout the state.

 

Make no mistake: The cost of inaction on wildfires and climate change is too high a price for Americans to pay, particularly when we have a chance to address this right now.

 

Watch as President Obama’s Science Advisor Dr. John Holdren breaks down exactly why this is a problem that we must meet head-on — and pass it along to someone who needs to see it.

 

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TheObamaCrat Wake-Up Call™ For HuMpDaY The 16th Of July: House Democrats. Congressional Hispanic Caucus . Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force.


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President Barack Obama’s meetings on Wednesday are with House Democrats, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and appointees to his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience.

 

White House Schedule – July 16, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HuMpDaY July 16th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
HUMPDAY, JULY 16th, 2014

 

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 will meet with his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience. The President will provide remarks and engage in a discussion with Task Force members about a series of new actions the Administration is taking to support state, local, and tribal leaders in preparing their communities, including electricity systems and infrastructure, for the impacts of climate change. There will be a pool spray at the top of this meeting in the State Dining Room.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This meeting is an opportunity to hear from members of the Caucus about ideas for actions to improve our immigration system. The President will also emphasize the urgency for Congress to approve supplemental funding to address the situation at the Southwest border. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the evening, the President and Vice President will meet with House Democrats on the State Floor. This meeting is closed press.

 

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Wednesday, July 16 2014  All Times ET

 

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

 

 

12:45 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at Generation Progress’s 2014 Make Progress National Summit, JW Marriot – Washington.

 

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience, State Dining Room.

 

 

2:15 p.m. ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Unite for Veterans Summit in Los Angeles.

 

 

3:50 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

 

5:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with House Democrats, The State Floor.

 

 

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Tune In: The First Lady Speaks at the Unite for Veterans Summit

 

 

Today at 2:15 p.m. ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Unite for Veterans Summit in Los Angeles, an event hosted by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the University of Southern California.

 

As part of the Joining Forces Initiative, the First Lady is teaming up with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to highlight the importance of aiding veterans as they transition into the next phase of their lives. Mayor Garcetti has joined the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by the end of 2015.

 

 

Unite for Veterans

 

Started on Jul 15, 2014

Unite for Veterans will bring together key business and civic
leaders, agencies and community stakeholders to highlight the scalable best practices in employment, housing and other human services to provide veterans with a fulfilling life after military service.

 

 

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Welcoming Congressional Action on Key National Security Tools

 

 

Today, Congress took an important step forward in making sure that we’re developing the capabilities necessary to make America safer.

 

As the President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, I welcome the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee markup of the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Act. Its ultimate passage would allow us to move forward on a number of priority national security initiatives, including the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF).

 

As President Obama announced during his West Point speech in May, this new fund will help us take the fight to terrorist organizations by strengthening the capacity of our friends on the frontlines. The CTPF presents a new, sustainable model for strategic engagement with our partners from South Asia to the Sahel. Because today’s principal terrorist threats no longer emanate from al-Qa’ida central leadership but from an evolving and decentralized set of actors, we need the flexibility to develop tailored regional solutions to terrorist groups that pose the greatest threat to the United States, wherever they are located.

 

These funds would allow us to train, equip, advise, and operationally enable our partners to counter them — ultimately leading us to rely less on U.S. forces and more on our frontline allies. The CTPF would also support long-term security sector and governance initiatives, because we know that our counterterrorism success over the long run ultimately depends on partnering with and developing professional and accountable security forces and supporting institutions.

 

I also applaud the inclusion of new authorities related to Syria that would allow us to more effectively partner with appropriately vetted members of the moderate Syrian armed opposition. Importantly, this train and equip mission could help us to better protect Syrian civilians, pressure the regime, and counter terrorist threats emanating from the country’s contested and ungoverned areas — including from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

 

In a turbulent and uncertain world, the Senate today took an important step forward in providing vital tools to help our military and counterterrorism professionals confront this challenge.

 

 

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July 15 Senate GOP Leadership Press Conference

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

Senate GOP leaders discussed the crisis at the Southern border, the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and Speaker John A. Boehner’s proposed lawsuit of President Barack Obama at their weekly news conference on July 15.

 

 

“GOP Leadership” is an oxy-moron. Much like “Jumbo Shrimp or “Military Intelligence.”

 

 

Cycles of Violence With Gaza Rooted in Israel’s Rejection of Palestinian Unity

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

TRNN Middle East correspondent Lia Tarachansky discusses Operation Protective Edge after Hamas rejected the Egyptian ceasefire proposal

 

 

 

Israel warns Gaza residents to leave

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

Airstrikes in Israel and Gaza continued overnight, with the death toll rising. CNN’s Karl Penhaul has more.

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases- July 16th, 2014

 

Remarks by the President on the Economy — McLean, VA

 

FACT SHEET: Taking Action to Support State, Local, and Tribal Leaders as They Prepare Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

 

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

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Salim al-Jabouri

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

 

President Obama Announces Members of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations

 

FACT SHEET: Progress in Four Years of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

 

Readout of the Obama Administration’s Meeting with Members of Congress and their Constituents on Promoting Exports

 

 

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TheObamaCrat SoapBox™: Immigration.

 

Dr. Jill Biden’s 2014 Trip To Africa: Official White House Photos.

 

Everytown For Gun Safety: Urge Your Senators To Help Save Women’s Lives.

 

The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.

 

The President Speaks On The Economy: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center In McLean, Virginia.

 

 

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The White House Schedule™ For Friday The 11th Of July: Small Business At Barack’s House.


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White House Schedule – July 11, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday July 11th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, JULY 11th, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will meet with company executives and their small business suppliers to discuss ways to strengthen our economy. There will be a photojournalist spray at the top of the meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

Friday, July 11 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

10:50 AM: The President meets with company executives and their small business suppliers,Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room. The Vice President attends an event for the Democratic Governors Association. Local Event Time: 11:45 AM, Nashville.

 

 

2:30 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting. Local Event Time: 1:30 PM. Omni Hotel – Nashville.

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks – July 10th, 2014

 

Remarks by the First Lady at LULAC Unity Luncheon

 

Remarks by the President on the Economy — Austin, TX

 

Remarks by the President at DNC Event — Austin, TX

 

 

Statements and Releases – July, 10 & 11th, 2014

 

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

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel

 

Message from First Lady Michelle Obama to the United States-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange

 

Year of Action Updated Progress Report

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

It is disappointing that Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans have decided to waste time and taxpayer dollars on a political stunt. At a time when Washington should be working to expand economic opportunities for the middle class, Republican leaders in Congress are playing Washington politics rather than working with the President on behalf of hardworking Americans. As the President said today, he is doing his job – lawsuit or not – and it’s time Republicans in Congress did theirs.

 

 

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Shaun Donovan as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget

I am pleased that Republicans and Democrats in the Senate today confirmed Shaun Donovan as the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget. From his outstanding work at HUD helping to rebuild our housing market to his leadership in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Shaun has played a crucial role in our efforts to battle back from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes and expand opportunity for more Americans. While we have made significant strides by investing in areas that are helping to grow the economy, creating good jobs, and promoting more effective and efficient management in government, Shaun knows there is more work to do, and today’s bipartisan vote ensures the dedicated professionals at OMB will have a proven, effective leader to build on the progress we’ve made.

 

 

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Is the Supreme Court Out of Order?

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women’s health splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative/liberal divide. Bill speaks with Linda Greenhouse, a NY Times columnist and Dahlia Lithwick and a senior editor at Slate, about the rulings.

 

The President Speaks on Creating Opportunity for All Americans

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

In remarks during his trip to Austin, Texas, President Obama talks
about the importance of creating opportunity for all Americans, July 10, 2014.

 

 

 

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 7

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

As members discuss Jesus and car brakes, Rep. Mike Simpson says members need to know when to “shut up.”

 

 

 

Valet crashes $500k Lamborghini Gallardo into a wall

 

 

 

WATCH: Cops put VA mom in chokehold after her kids film cousin’s arrest from porch

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

Second family says Petersburg Police went too far
PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) – Another family has come forward claiming Petersburg Police came on their front porch and tried to stop them from shooting video of arrests happening right in front of their home.

 

The family reached out to the On Your Side Investigators and shared dramatic cell phone video. The incident led to a violent confrontation.

 

Cell phone video shows JaQuan Fisher, 17, standing on his own front porch recording the arrests happening on Rome Street. In the video, an officer is heard saying, “Unless you want me to take your phone from you,” before there is a struggle and video goes to black.

 

“I was right here. I pulled out my phone,” JaQuan said, pointing to where he was standing.

 

Petersburg Police had just busted several people at a home next door. They were handcuffing the suspects in front of Fisher’s home. He walked out onto the porch and his cousin—who was one of the people being arrested–yelled, “Start recording.”

 

“[The officer] came off the porch and said, ‘You want me to take your phone?'” Fisher said. “I put my phone in my pocket and then when he tried to take my phone, I guess he thought he was going to get my phone and he shoved me. I shoved him back.”

 

Fisher’s sister also started taking cell phone video. She captured the violence that followed.

 

“They was trying to grab my son off the porch. I was trying to tell my boyfriend to open the door so we can get in the house,” Debra Fisher said. She is JaQuan’s mother and can be seen on the video wrestling with officers.

 

A second officer arrived during the struggle. There was an object in his hand. The family says he started spraying mace.

 

“They maced each other, too. He just started mace-ing everywhere,” Debra Fisher said.

 

A third officer came rushing in to the chaos and put Debra into a choke hold, nearly pulling her backward off the porch.

 

JaQuan Fisher was charged with two counts of felony assault on law enforcement. Prosecutors eventually dropped one charge and reduced the other to a misdemeanor. He pleaded guilty to that charge. His mother didn’t have an attorney, and a judge found her guilty of obstructing justice.

 

For the family, this wasn’t about the fight on the porch. It’s why they were even bothered by police to begin with.

 

“We have a right to do what we want to do with our phone sitting on your porch. Sitting on my porch,” Debra Fisher said.

 

Two months prior to this incident on April 10, there was another confrontation between a Petersburg resident and police caught on cell phone video.

 

“Get inside now. Inside. You can record all you want to,” an officer yelled in this video from June. Devin Thomas, 17, was recording video of an arrest when officers tried to make him leave a public street. That also led to a violent confrontation, again with a bystander not involved in the original police arrest.

 

“When you start having a pattern of encounters like this, regardless of who’s right or wrong, just the pattern and the questions that are raised erodes the public confidence in the police and public trust in the police,” Steven Benjamin said. He’s a prominent defense attorney and also NBC12’s legal analyst.

 

“Let’s be real clear. You have the absolute right to stand on your front porch and record what’s going on in your front yard,” Benjamin said.

 

He has no inside knowledge of the cases and doesn’t know what information police had. He can only see what you do, what’s on the videos. He says what he does see raises some red flags.

 

“Because an officer decided to prohibit what was the video recording being made on the porch, you then had the police creating a separate encounter that very quickly got out of control, putting the other officers at risk,” he said.

 

He also questions the use of the choke hold.

 

“It’s a dangerous procedure and it’s very far along that continuum of force, that gradual increase of force that officers are allowed to use to protect themselves. It can be very dangerous to hold a person in place like that,” Benjamin said. What’s captured on video suggests, “That there is a need for training, additional training, perhaps a different approach to their policing and perhaps some discipline.”

 

We gave Petersburg Police a few days notice and requested an on camera interview. We wanted to find out the agency’s perspective as to what was going on in the video.

 

The agency pointed out Debra Fisher was charged with obstruction and found guilty in a court of law. The agency went on to say, “All subject resistance reports are reviewed by the department and no officers were disciplined or transferred to other positions within the department because of the case. Officers are trained to use the least amount of force. No complaints have been filed and the event happened nearly 3 months ago. Officers do not hinder the public from recording video as it is their right to do so.”

 

 

 

Woman Attacks Pro-Life Activist

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Woman Faces Assault Charge for Attack on Pro-Life Activists.
(Fox News Insider) A pro-life activist came under attack on the street in Columbus, Ohio and it was all caught on camera. Victoria Duran, who confronted the anti-abortion group called “Created Equal,” later claimed she was defending herself and the protesters had no right to film her.
Mark Harrington, the executive director of “Created Equal,” and Seth Drayer, director of training, joined Steve Doocy on Fox and Friends to discuss the attack.

 

 

 

Obama mocks GOP leaders, apologizes for cutting in line at Texas barbeque

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

After claiming that he is doing his job while Republicans are not, the president apologized for cutting in line at an Austin barbeque joint and breaking Texan etiquette. Norah O’Donnell reports.

 

 

 

Obama Taunts GOP: “Sue me!? Impeach me!?…Really?!?”

 

Published on Jul 10, 2014

President Obama to GOP: “you’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job?…while you don’t do your job?”
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PBS News Hour For Thursday, July 10, 2014

 

Published on Jul 10, 2014

Thursday on the NewsHour, a spat over spying escalates between Germany and the U.S. Also: death toll climbs amid increased violence in the Middle East, a test that evaluates American students and schools, addressing the backlog of cases in U.S. immigration courts, what today’s Emmy nominations say about the broadcast TV networks and brazilian artists battle violence against women.

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 19th Of June: President’s Export Council. Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Gets The Medal Of Honor.


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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 19th Of June, 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

 

With the situation in Iraq growing more dangerous, President Barack Obama on Thursday added a meeting with his national security team to his schedule as well as a public statement, coming at 12:30 p.m. ET.

 

White House Schedule – June 19, 2014

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY June 19th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
Thursday June 19th, 2014

 

 

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In the morning, the President will join a meeting of the President’s Export Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.  The President’s Export Council advises the President on policies and programs that affect U.S. trade performance and promote export expansion.   As part of the focus on manufacturing and innovation this week, the President will participate in a discussion about opportunities for the U.S. to take advantage of growing manufacturing competitiveness and new innovative technologies to grow our exports and create more American jobs. The meeting will be livestreamed on www.WhiteHouse.gov/live. The President’s remarks are pooled press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. The First Lady will also attend. Corporal Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Corporal Carpenter will be the eighth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  The President’s remarks in the East Room are open to pre-credentialed media; the deadline to RSVP has closed.

 

Thursday, June 19 2014 All Times ET

 

10:15 AM: The President joins a President’s Expo Council Meeting, Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

12:00 PM: The Vice President arrives at the Presidential Palace, Presidential Palace – Santo Domingo.

 

12:15 PM: Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

The Vice President holds a bilateral meeting with Dominican President Danilo Medina, Presidential Palace – Santo Domingo.
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12:30 PM: The President delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq, Brady Press Briefing Room.
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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Situation in Iraq

2:30 PM EST

 

1:00 PM: The Vice President and President Medina make statements to the press, Presidential Palace – Santo Domingo.

 

2:15 PM: The President awards Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor; the First Lady also attends, East Room.

 

President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor

 

 

 

 

President Obama To Award Medal Of Honor To Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret).

 

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President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

On June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Corporal Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines,Regimental Combat Team 11st Marine Division(Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

 

Corporal Carpenter will be the eighth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

 

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, was born in Flowood, Mississippi on October 17, 1989, and graduated from W. Wyman King Academy, Batesburg, South Carolina, in 2008.  In February 2009, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at Recruiting Station Columbia, South Carolina, and completed his basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, later that year.

 

At the time of the November 21, 2010 combat engagement in Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, then-Lance Corporal Carpenter served as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team-1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

 

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In July 2013, he was medically retired as a Corporal due to his wounds.  He is currently a full time student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

 

His personal awards include a Purple Heart Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.  Additional awards and decorations include the Navy Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one bronze star, North Atlantic Treaty

 

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2:45 PM: The Vice President visits the Maritima Solar facility and deliver remarks, Maritima Solar facility.

 

 

 

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Summit on Heroin and Prescription Drugs: Federal, State, and Community Responses
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On Friday, the President will meet with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand to highlight our increasingly close relationship with New Zealand and our collaboration on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, climate change, and military-to-military cooperation.  The President looks forward to consulting with Prime Minister Key on these and other issues, including the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, regional maritime security issues, and global security issues.

 

 

June 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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6/18/14: White House Press Briefing, with Jay Carney

 

 

 

White House Maker Faire: The Mobile Fab Lab

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases- June 19th, 2014

 

Statement by the President on the Investiture of His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Colombia

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Calls with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, and President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Congressional Leaders

 

 

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It’s time for a 21st-century workplace that works for all Americans.

 

The modern family looks different than it ever has before. In 63 percent of families with children, all parents work. 32 percent of families with children are single-parent families. And yet, most moms and dads don’t have access to paid leave or flexible workplaces. On average, women are still earning 77 cents to every dollar a man doing the same work earns.

 

It’s time for workplace policies that give all workers the best chance to succeed at work and at home.

 

Join us for a conversation on working families for a 21st Century workplace at the Working Families Summit on June 23rd. Visit WorkingFamiliesSummit.org to learn more.

 

 

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Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English

 

 

 

House Republicans ‘Furious’ Over ‘Lost’ IRS emails

 

 

 

Cheney; Schweitzer; Farve’s political ad

 

 

 

TheObamaCrat™ SoapBox: The Dumbfuckery Edition. NSFW Or Kids.

 

 

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Barack After Dark™: Being Biden. 50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act. SelectUSA. New Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship.


 

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Being Biden Vol. 14: Chopper

 

 

The audio series Being Biden is an opportunity for the Vice President to give you a window into his daily life, and share some of his most memorable experiences.

 

In this episode, Vice President Biden talks about what it was like to meet with Trevor, a Navy SEAL, and his military dog Chopper. The two served together in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Chopper saved Trevor’s life. Military dogs perform a hugely important service, helping our wounded heal — in addition to serving them in combat zones.

 

Listen to this edition of Being Biden:

 

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden meets with SEAL dog “Chopper” and his handler, Trevor Maroshek, a Navy SEAL Veteran, and Trevor’s wife, Rujuta, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, April 8, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden meets with SEAL dog “Chopper” and his handler, Trevor Maroshek, a Navy SEAL Veteran, and Trevor’s wife, Rujuta, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, April 8, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

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Honoring President Lyndon Baines Johnson on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

 

Today, 50 years after President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, President Obama spoke at the LBJ Presidential Library to honor the work and legacy of our nation’s 36th president.

 

“As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we honor the men and women who made it possible,” President Obama said. “We recall the countless unheralded Americans, black and white, students and scholars, preachers and housekeepers — whose names are etched not on monuments, but in the hearts of their loved ones, and in the fabric of the country they helped to change.”

 

 

“But we also gather here,” President Obama said, “deep in the heart of the state that shaped him, to recall one giant man’s remarkable efforts to make real the promise of our founding:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”’

 

Because of the Civil Rights movement, because of the laws President Johnson signed, new doors of opportunity and education swung open for everybody — not all at once, but they swung open.  Not just blacks and whites, but also women and Latinos; and Asians and Native Americans; and gay Americans and Americans with a disability.  They swung open for you, and they swung open for me.  And that’s why I’m standing here today — because of those efforts, because of that legacy.

Read President Obama’s full remarks, or watch them above.

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks as First Lady Michelle Obama, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove, listen at right at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, April 10, 2014. They attended a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks as First Lady Michelle Obama, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove, listen at right at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, April 10, 2014. They attended a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

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SelectUSA: Investing in the United States, Creating Jobs, and Spurring Economic Growth

 

 

Today, Lufthansa Technik announced a significant new investment in Puerto Rico that demonstrates how efforts to deploy the full resources of the federal government to win job-creating investments in U.S. states and territories pay off. Through the advocacy of several high-level U.S. officials, including the Vice President and the Secretary of Commerce, as well as the work of SelectUSA, the government of Puerto Rico was able to secure this new investment, which will create up to 400 permanent jobs and strengthen Puerto Rico’s burgeoning civil aviation sector.

 

Lufthansa Technik, a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany-based Lufthansa AG, is making a significant new investment in Puerto Rico to build a maintenance, repair, and operations facility. Thanks to the persistent support of the Administration through our SelectUSA investment initiative, local efforts led by Governor Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico, and the strengths of Puerto Rico’s growing aviation industry, the United States won this new investment despite strong competition.

 

SelectUSA – launched in 2011 and housed in the Department of Commerce – is the first-ever federal effort to bring job-creating investment from around the world to the United States in partnership with state and local economic development organizations. Today, Ambassador-led teams at our posts overseas directly support foreign investors looking to make investments in the U.S. by providing resources and information, and when needed, connecting them to investment experts at the Department of Commerce and throughout the SelectUSA interagency network.

 

Each investor, and investment case, gets tailor-made attention from our case managers at SelectUSA, who rely on ombudsman efforts to answer questions, as well as a sophisticated advocacy network that leverages key Administration officials all the way up to the President of the United States. Lufthansa is a perfect example of our coordinated efforts to bring job-creating investment here to the United States. In addition to Vice President Biden and the Secretary of Commerce and her team, SelectUSA involved other key federal officials, and coordinated with several federal agencies to provide the needed assistance to secure the project. And, when it came time to seal the deal, SelectUSA coordinated an effort across the federal government, including the support of the President’s Taskforce on Puerto Rico, to present Lufthansa with the case for locating their investment in the United States.

 

The Lufthansa investment is yet another example that demonstrates that the United States is an increasingly attractive location for job-creating business investment from around the world. Last year, for the first time in a decade, global business executives ranked the United States the number one destination for foreign investment. And the Department of Commerce released new data showing that foreign direct investment flows into the United States and our territories rose from $160 billion in 2012 to $187.5 billion in 2013.

 

With our booming natural gas sector, our skilled workforce, our status as home of the some of the top research universities and innovation hubs, and our resurgent manufacturing communities, the United States is primed for business investment. Businesses increasingly cite the U.S. open investment climate, rule of law, the ability to efficiently export their goods, access to high-quality supply chains, and proximity to robust consumer markets as key factors to locate their operations in the United States. And now, with the help of SelectUSA, the federal government is undertaking a coordinated and concerted effort to showcase our strengths and make the case with even more investors that the United States should be their top choice.

 

To put it simply, the United States is Open for Business.

 

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Announcing President Obama’s New Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship

 

 

At the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last October, President Obama announced that we would bring together a group of America’s best and brightest innovators to champion entrepreneurship both here at home and overseas. Together, these individuals would use their networks and platforms to stimulate a start-up culture in the United States and all over the globe. I am honored to chair this new group, the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE).

 

President Barack Obama drops by the first meeting of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

President Barack Obama drops by the first meeting of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, April 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

This week, the inaugural members of PAGE met for the very first time. Each of these 11 individuals has a unique and valuable perspective that will inform how the group tackles the challenges to entrepreneurial growth at home and abroad. For example, Tory Burch (Chief Executive Officer, Tory Burch; Founder, Tory Burch Foundation), who started her line of shoes and accessories just 10 years ago, recognizes the obstacles facing aspiring businesspeople who need access to financial capital to turn their ideas into successful ventures.

 

Nina Vaca (Chief Executive Officer, Pinnacle Technical Resources), runs a business that provides IT services to companies all over the country and sees a real need to ensure we have a highly-skilled workforce in America that can take on 21st century jobs. And Hamdi Ulukaya (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chobani), who came to the United States from Turkey and launched Chobani Greek Yogurt in upstate New York in 2007, shared that many talented, entrepreneurial minds lack a key ingredient that can help them realize success: a belief that they can achieve their dreams.

 

These leaders have created jobs in the U.S., and together can utilize their experience to help others. They are passionate about spurring creativity and entrepreneurship in the United States and recognize the positive impact of new business formation on economic growth and job creation. In fact, young companies today are responsible for almost all new job growth across the United States.

 

PAGE members understand the benefits that creative ideas and solutions bring to our society. Alexa von Tobel (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, LearnVest) launched her company in 2009, with the goal of spreading financial literacy and financial advice to people all over the country regardless of their income or background. Rich Barton (Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Zillow), founded Expedia, Zillow, and Glassdoor, with the idea that one way to empower people is through transparency and access to information.

 

America’s entrepreneurial spirit and supporting ecosystem are admired worldwide. As President Obama reminded us in our meeting on Monday, promoting entrepreneurship at home and abroad can generate prosperity globally by spurring job growth and encouraging innovative solutions to pressing challenges. The Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship will work to educate and inspire bright minds across the United States and around the world, helping them find pathways to start their own businesses and create their own success, leading to greater peace, prosperity and progress.

 

The inaugural members of PAGE are:

  • Rich Barton, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Zillow (Seattle, WA)
  • Tory Burch, Chief Executive Officer, Tory Burch; Founder, Tory Burch Foundation (New York, NY)
  • Steve Case, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Revolution (Washington, DC)
  • Helen Greiner, Chief Executive Officer, CyPhyWorks; Co-Founder, iRobot Corporation (Danvers, MA)
  • Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn (Mountain View, CA)
  • Quincy Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Quincy Jones Productions (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Salman Khan, Founder and Executive Director, Khan Academy (Mountain View, CA)
  • Daphne Koller, Co-Founder and President, Coursera (Mountain View, CA)
  • Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chobani (New York, NY)
  • Nina Vaca, Chief Executive Officer, Pinnacle Technical Resources (Dallas, TX)
  • Alexa von Tobel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, LearnVest (New York, NY)

 

 

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Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at the LBJ Presidential Library

 

President Barack Obama’s Keynote Speech: Civil Rights Summit, The LBJ Presidential Library.

 

New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line

 

Millionaire Uses Fortune To help Kids In Struggling Town: What Is The Tangelo Park Pilot Program?

 

Breaking: Stephen Colbert named next host of ‘Late Show’

 

The Vice President and Dr. Biden’s Support for Community Colleges and Apprenticeship Programs

 

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