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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 9th Of April, 2014. Fort Hood Memorial. Houston


 

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White House Schedule – April 9th, 2014

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle fly to Texas on Wednesday  to attend a memorial for the victims of the latest shooting in Fort Hood. Later, they head to Houston for fundraisers to benefit the House and Senate campaign operations.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, April 9th, 2014

 

 

In the morning, the President and First Lady will travel to Killeen, Texas. The departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Robert Gray Army Airfield are open press.

 

In Killeen, the President and First Lady will attend a memorial ceremony on Fort Hood.  The President will deliver remarks paying tribute to the victims of the tragedy that occurred on April 2.  The ceremony is pooled for TV and open to limited, pre-credentialed stills and correspondents.

 

Following this event, the President and First Lady will depart Killeen en route Houston, Texas. The departure from Robert Gray Army Airfield and the arrival at George Bush Intercontinental Airport are open press.

 

While in Houston, the President will attend a DNC event. Following this, the President will deliver remarks and answer questions at a joint DCCC/DSCC dinner. The first event is closed press, and the dinner is open to the print pool for remarks only.

 

The President and First Lady will remain overnight in Houston.

 

 

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Wednesday, April 9th 2014 All Times ET

 

 

9:05 AM: The President and First Lady depart the White House, South Lawn.

 

9:20 AM: The President and First Lady depart Joint Base Andrews.

 

12:30 PM: The President and First Lady arrive in Killeen, Texas. Local Event Time: 11:30 AM. Robert Gray Army Airfield.

 

3:00 PM: The President and First Lady attend a memorial ceremony, Local Event Time: 2:00 PM. Fort Hood, Sadowski Field.

 

5:20 PM: The President and First Lady arrive in Houston, Texas. Local Event Time: 4:20 PM. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

 

6:00 PM: The President attends a DNC event. Local Event Time: 5:00 PM. Private Residence’

 

8:20 PM: The President delivers remarks and answers questions at a joint DCCC/DSCC dinner. Local Event Time: 7:20 PM. Private Residence.

 

The President and First Lady will remain overnight in Houston.

 

 

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Barack Hussein Obama Week Ahead Schedule, April 9th, To 11th, 2014

 

On Wednesday, the President and the First Lady will travel to Houston, TX. The President will attend DCCC and DSCC events.  More details regarding the President and First Lady’s travel to Houston will be forthcoming.

 

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend Wednesday’s memorial service for the victims of last week’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a top White House official announced.

 

Obama vowed after the shootings that “We’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened” at Fort Hood, where three soldiers were killed and 16 wounded Wednesday afternoon by a soldier who then took his own life. Investigators have identified the killer as Spc. Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old Iraq war veteran with a history of depression and anxiety.

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer confirmed the trip Sunday morning during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Obama also addressed the memorial service for an earlier massacre at Fort Hood, in 2009.

 

On Thursday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, TX.  The President will deliver remarks at a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, DC, in the afternoon.

 

On Friday, the President will travel to New York, NY to deliver remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention.

 

 

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Published on Apr 8, 2014

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

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks on Equal Pay for Equal Work

 

Published on Apr 8, 2014

Following an introduction by Lilly Ledbetter, President Obama announces two new executive actions to strength

 

 

 

 

Raw: Hagel Tours Forbidden City Amid Dispute

 

Published on Apr 9, 2014

During a trip to China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toured Beijing’s Forbidden City, Wednesday, a day after he and his Chinese counterpart squared off over territorial disputes in the East China Sea. (April 9)

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk from the White House before boarding the Marine One helicopter, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force base, Md., then onto Fort Hood, Texas for a memorial service in honor of those who died.

 

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding the Marine One helicopter.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding the Marine One helicopter.

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PENNSYLVANIA School Stabbing.

 

As many as 20 people were injured Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, where a student began stabbing people just before the start of the school day, according to Westmoreland County emergency management…Not all 20 of the injured people were actually stabbed, Stevens said. Some of the injuries were described as cuts and scrapes. Several police cars and ambulances are at the high school. Three medical helicopters are also there. A student reported that someone came into the school with a knife and started slashing people, including some of his friends. That information has not been confirmed by police.

 

 

BREAKING: 20 Stabbed at Franklin Regional High School Pennsylvania

 

MASS STABBING: As many as 20 injured in stabbings at Pennsylvania school, 1 arrested.
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – April 9, 2014 (WPVI) — As many as 20 people may be injured after a stabbing incident at a high school near Pittsburgh Wednesday morning, WTAE reports.

 

Dan Stevens, the spokesman for Westmoreland County emergency management, says a suspect has been taken into custody at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. That’s about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 8th Of April. LILLY LEDBETTER: Equal Pay For Women.


 

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White House Schedule – April 8th, 2014

 

President Barack Obama on Tuesday returns to a core theme: equal pay for women. Obama will sign an executive order “prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation.” And federal contractors will have file reports with the Department of Labor on wages, broken down by race and sex. The first bill Obama signed–on Jan. 29, 2009– was the  fair pay Lilly Ledbetter Act.

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will deliver remarks at an event marking Equal Pay Day where he will announce new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women. This event in the East Room is open press.

 

In the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of State Kerry in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, April 8th, 2014

 

 

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Tuesday, April 8 2014 All Times ET

 

 

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

 

 

11:45 AM: The President delivers remarks on pay equality for women & celebrates Lilly Ledbetter Act, East Room.

 

 

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

 

 

12:30 PM: Press Briefing By Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:30 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of State Kerry, Oval Office.

 

 

4:00 PM: The Vice President meet with Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic of Montenegro.

 

 

 

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Barack Hussein Obama Week Ahead Schedule, April 8th, To 11th, 2014

 

 

On Tuesday, the President  will host an event on the economy at the White House.

 

 

On Wednesday, the President and the First Lady will travel to Houston, TX. The President will attend DCCC and DSCC events.  More details regarding the President and First Lady’s travel to Houston will be forthcoming.

 

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend Wednesday’s memorial service for the victims of last week’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a top White House official announced.

 

Obama vowed after the shootings that “We’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened” at Fort Hood, where three soldiers were killed and 16 wounded Wednesday afternoon by a soldier who then took his own life. Investigators have identified the killer as Spc. Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old Iraq war veteran with a history of depression and anxiety.

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer confirmed the trip Sunday morning during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Obama also addressed the memorial service for an earlier massacre at Fort Hood, in 2009.

 

On Thursday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, TX.  The President will deliver remarks at a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, DC, in the afternoon.

 

On Friday, the President will travel to New York, NY to deliver remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention.

 

 

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

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Rethinking High School: President Obama Announces New Youth CareerConnect Grants

 

Opportunity for All: Access to Career Skills and College-Level Courses

 

Published on Apr 7, 2014

President Obama travels to Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland to announce the winners of a competition he launched last fall to bring together educators and employers to redesign the high school experience in order to give students better access to real-world career skills and college-level courses.

 

 

 

 

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President Obama looks over a student’s work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School, Md., April 7

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Education and High School Redesign

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At Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, President Obama announce the winners of a competition he launched last fall to bring together educators and employers to redesign the high school experience to give students access to real-world career skills and college-level courses.

 

 

 

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FACT SHEET: Youth CareerConnect

 

Remarks by the President on Opportunity for All — Bladensburg High School

 

 

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Press Briefing

April 07, 2014 | 49:32 | Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

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Remarks by the President, Vice President, and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet at Swearing-In Ceremony

 

FACT SHEET: Strengthening Entrepreneurship At Home and Abroad

 

The President and Vice President Speak at the Swearing-In of Maria Contreras-Sweet as SBA Administrator

April 07, 2014 | 18:17 |Public Domain

 

President Obama says he nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration because “she knows first-hand the challenges that small businesses go through — and she has a proven track record of helping them succeed.”

 

 

 

 

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Behind the Scenes: “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul”

 

Behind the Scenes at “Women of Soul”

 

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Published on Apr 7, 2014

Last month at the White House, the President and First Lady honored great “foremothers” of American music, music legends and contemporary artists whose songs express the struggles and achievements of women. The program, “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul,” included performances by Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott, with Greg Phillinganes as music director.

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the event, then tune to PBS tonight at 9:00 pm ET to watch the full program. Check your local listings for times and channel information.

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

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FACT SHEET: Expanding Opportunity for All: Ensuring Equal Pay for Women and Promoting the Women’s Economic Agenda

 

Statement by the President on the Senate Voting to Renew Unemployment Insurance

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 4275, S. 1557

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Leaders from Veterans of Foreign Wars

 

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White House Announces America’s PrepareAthon!: First National Day of Action, April 30

 

America’s PrepareAthon!

 

Streamed live on Apr 7, 2014

On Monday, April 7th at 1pm ET, join us to discuss America’s #PrepareAthon!, a campaign to help Americans prepare for disasters could happen in their communities. Tune in to hear from the head of FEMA, an award-winning meteorologist, and leaders from across the nation who share a passion for getting prepared: http://wh.gov/lvO1G

 

 

 

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship

 

 

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President Barack Obama walks onto the stage to deliver remarks at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md., April 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama Speaks on Equal Pay Day

 

 

 

 

Vice President Biden : “Stand Up” for Voting Rights

 

 

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Tell Congress: Pass Paycheck Fairness

 

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Equal pay for equal work is critical for our economy, our families and our children.

 

It is outrageous that in 2014 – 2014 – a woman can still be paid less than one of her male counterparts for the exact same work.

 

Join me and my colleagues to demand that Congress act now. Sign on today

 

This is about fairness and economic opportunity for all. Pay discrimination is holding families back. Equal pay is not only an ideal, it should be a guarantee. That’s the message we have to send to Republicans in Congress now.

 

We have to fight for this.

 

Add your name today and join the call for basic paycheck fairness immediately.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 7th Of April. Barack Goes To School. Maria Contreras-Sweet Gets Sworn In.


 

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White House Schedule – April 7th, 2014

 

On  a rainy Monday, President Barack Obama travels to a Washington suburb in Maryland to talk about high school students getting “real-world career skills and college-level courses,”  meets with the Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and delivers remarks at the  ceremonial swearing-in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as the new Small Business Administration chief.

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, April 7th, 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 travel to Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland to announce the winners of a competition he launched last fall to bring together educators and employers to redesign the high school experience to give students access to real-world career skills and college-level courses. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media and there will be in-town travel pool coverage of the President’s classroom visit at Bladensburg High School.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will attend and deliver remarks at the ceremonial swearing-in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration. This event in the South Court Auditorium is open press.

 

 

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Monday, April 7 2014 All Times ET

 

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

11:15 AM: THE PRESIDENT visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg, Maryland.

 

 

11:35 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg, Maryland.

 

 

1:15 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Oval Office.

 

 

3:25 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT attend the ceremonial swearing in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration, South Court Auditorium.

 

 

 

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Barack Hussein Obama Week Ahead Schedule, April 7th, To 11th, 2014

 

 

On Monday, the President will travel to Prince George’s County, MD to host an event on the economy. Following this event, he will meet with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

On Tuesday, the President  will host an event on the economy at the White House.

 

 

On Wednesday, the President and the First Lady will travel to Houston, TX. The President will attend DCCC and DSCC events.  More details regarding the President and First Lady’s travel to Houston will be forthcoming.

 

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend Wednesday’s memorial service for the victims of last week’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a top White House official announced.

 

Obama vowed after the shootings that “We’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened” at Fort Hood, where three soldiers were killed and 16 wounded Wednesday afternoon by a soldier who then took his own life. Investigators have identified the killer as Spc. Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old Iraq war veteran with a history of depression and anxiety.

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer confirmed the trip Sunday morning during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Obama also addressed the memorial service for an earlier massacre at Fort Hood, in 2009.

 

On Thursday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, TX.  The President will deliver remarks at a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, DC, in the afternoon.

 

On Friday, the President will travel to New York, NY to deliver remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention.

 

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The Obamas to attend Fort Hood memorial

 

Flowers are laid at the main gate at the U.S. Army post at Fort Hood, Texas, gunman Ivan Lopez opened fire in the Fort Hood Army base area in central Texas on April 2, 2014 injuring  16 and killing 4 including himself.

Flowers are laid at the main gate at the U.S. Army post at Fort Hood, Texas, where gunman Ivan Lopez opened fire in the Fort Hood Army base area in central Texas on April 2, 2014 injuring 16 and killing 4 including himself.

 

WASHINGTON — President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit Fort Hood on Wednesday to pay respect to the victims of last week’s shooting tragedy at the Texas military installation, a senior White House official announced Sunday.

 

“It’s a terrible tragedy what happened at Fort Hood,” senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said during an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation.“The president and first lady send their thoughts and prayers out to the victims and families and everyone on the base, and they’re going to actually travel down on Wednesday to the memorial ceremony.”

 

The Obamas were already scheduled to begin a two-day trip to Texas on Wednesday to take part in Democratic campaign fundraisers in Houston. On Thursday, they are both scheduled to travel to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, where the president is to deliver remarks at a civil rights summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

 

Obama visited Fort Hood in November 2009 under similar circumstances following the shooting rampage by a Muslim Army officer that left 13 dead and injured 30 more. Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted in August of those killings, which occurred after Hasan had communicated via e-mail with a radical Muslim cleric living in Yemen.

 

Meanwhile, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, repeated on Sunday that the latest incident at Fort Hood — in which three soldiers were killed before the gunman, Spc. Ivan Lopez, killed himself — underscores the need for military personnel to be allowed to carry concealed weapons on base.

 

“We should be looking at the idea of senior leadership at these bases, give them the ability to carry a weapon,” said McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee on Fox News Sunday. “They defend us overseas and defend our freedom abroad, so the idea that they are defenseless when they come on our home bases, I think, Congress should be looking at that and having a discussion with the bases about what would be the best policy.”

 

Pfeiffer, however, suggested the White House wouldn’t support such legislation.

 

“The Pentagon has looked at proposals like the one Congressman McCaul has talked about,” Pfeiffer said. “They don’t think it’s a good idea.”

 

Meanwhile, dozens gathered in the Fort Hood community of Killeen, Texas, on Sunday to honor the victims of last week’s mass shooting.

 

Pastor Robert Sperbeck tried to comfort the congregation at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Killeen, saying most everyone is asking why a shooting like this would happen again.

 

Sperbeck said “the devil is the author of what happened,” but that “the way of God leads to the way of comfort.” The pastor added that God gives individuals choice, and that the shooter chose to follow darkness.

 

 

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on Fort Hood

 

Published on Apr 3, 2014

The President delivers brief remarks about the shooting at
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Weekly Address: The President’s Budget Ensures Opportunity for All Hardworking Americans

 

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the important differences between the budget he’s put forward — built on opportunity for all — and the budget House Republicans are advocating for, which stacks the deck against the middle class.

While the President is focused on building lasting economic security and ensuring that hardworking Americans have the opportunity to get ahead, Republicans are advancing the same old top-down approach of cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and slashing important investments in education, infrastructure, and research and development.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up: Millions Get Covered, Team USA Visits, and More

 

This week, the President announced that 7.1 million Americans got covered, and the First Lady worked with students to plant the Kitchen Garden. Plus, 2014 U.S. Olympians and Paralympians visited the White House. Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.

 

 

America’s PrepareAthon!

 

Here at the White House, we’re getting ready for the first America’s PrepareAthon!, a national day of action that will take place April 30, 2014.

 

Join us this Monday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss America’s PrepareAthon!, a community-based campaign to build a more secure and resilient nation by getting people to understand what disasters could happen in their communities and to take action to increase their preparedness. Actions include signing up for mobile alerts and warnings, holding a preparedness discussion to emphasize the steps people should take to be ready should a disaster occur, and conducting a drill so people are familiar with what to do beforehand.

 

 

You’re Invited: White House Easter Egg Roll Social

 

On Monday, April 21, 2014, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun. For our next White House Social, we are giving our followers of @LetsMove and @FLOTUS on Twitter, or @MichelleObama on Instagram, a chance to attend.

 

Interested in attending the White House Easter Egg Roll? Sign up for your chance to join us and learn more about the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll atWhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll. All applicants must have children ages 5 to 13.

 

 

 

While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than 7.1 million Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, 3 million additional young adults were covered under their parents’ insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A new report shows that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law. The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least 3 million people higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to HealthCare.gov.

 

 

 

West Wing Week: 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”

 

This week, the President wrapped up a six day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, spoke on the success of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, traveled to Michigan to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage, and honored both the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, and the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic teams. That’s March 28th to April 3rd or, “The Rosies.”

 

 

 

 

The Employment Situation in March

 

Economy added 192,000 jobs in March; unemployment rate steady at 6.7 percent

 

The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to government data released Friday morning, a concrete sign that the recovery remains on track despite a slowdown over the winter.

 

The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent as about half a million people joined the labor force, and the broad-based expansion touched industries ranging from health care to construction.

 

The private sector has added 8.9 million jobs over 49 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in March, entirely due to an increase in private employment, while government employment was unchanged on net. Job growth in January and February was revised up, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.3 million, or an average of 189,000 a month. This is slightly faster than the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (175,000 a month).

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda

 

Statement by the President on Elections in Afghanistan

 

 

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Press Briefing

April 04, 2014 | 53:48 | Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

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Will Ortiz’s Selfie be Obama’s Last? I fail to see what all the fuss is about.

 

After presenting the president with an "Obama 44" Red Sox jersey, Boston DH David Ortiz and Obama posed for a "selfie" on the South White House Lawn. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

After presenting the president with an “Obama 44″ Red Sox jersey, Boston DH David Ortiz and Obama posed for a “selfie” on the South White House Lawn. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

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Are selfies causing President Obama more trouble than they’re worth?

 

White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer told “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer Sunday that the recent kerfuffle over David Ortiz’s impromptu cell phone shot could mean the end of presidential selfies as we know them.

 

“Well, [Obama] obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this,” he said. “And, perhaps, maybe this will be the end of all selfies. But in general, whenever someone tries to use the president’s likeness to promote a product, that’s a problem with the White House Counsel”

 

Pfeiffer declined to comment on whether the administration would seek legal action over the photograph.

 

Ortiz: “That was one of those things that just happened,” Ortiz told the Globe last week. “I gave [Obama] the jersey, and the photographers were going to take their pictures and I thought, really at the last second, maybe I should snap a shot with my phone while I have the chance.

 

“It had nothing to do with no deals.”

 

He took a selfie and then used it for personal gain….so what. Ain’t that the American way? Well ain’t it Niccah?

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Friday The 4th Of April. The Jobs Numbers Are Out; 192K New Jobs. Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 6.7%.


 

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Jobs Report for March: Jobs Up Adding 192,000 new jobs. Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 6.7%. That odd sound you hear are GOPukes the nation over having another stroke.

 

 

White House Schedule – April 4, 2014

 

On Friday, the President will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House.  During the meeting, the President looks forward to discussing the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.  The leaders will discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, including U.S. economic, political, and security assistance to support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda and Tunisia’s stability.  Prime Minister Jomaa’s visit is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people, and America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition. The Vice President will also attend.

 

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

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, April 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 and Vice President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew.

 

In the afternoon, the President will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House.  During the meeting, the President looks forward to discussing the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.  The leaders will discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, including U.S. economic, political, and security assistance to support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda and Tunisia’s stability.  Prime Minister Jomaa’s visit is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people, and America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition. The Vice President will also attend. There will be a pool spray at the top of the bilateral meeting in the Oval Office.

 

In the evening, the President will host a reception for Greek Independence Day in the East Room. The Vice President will also attend. This reception is closed press.

 

 

Friday, April 4 2014 All Times ET

 

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

10:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office

 

 

12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends, Oval Office.

 

 

5:40 PM: THE PRESIDENT hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends, East Room.

 

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April 3rd 2014: Photo of the Day

 

 

President Barack Obama gives a signing pen to Jacob Miller, brother of Gabriella Miller, after signing H.R. 2019, the "Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act", in the Oval Office, April 3, 2014. The law ends taxpayer contributions to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and diverts the money in that fund to pay for research into pediatric cancer through the National Institutes of Health. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama gives a signing pen to Jacob Miller, brother of Gabriella Miller, after signing H.R. 2019, the “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act”, in the Oval Office, April 3, 2014. The law ends taxpayer contributions to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and diverts the money in that fund to pay for research into pediatric cancer through the National Institutes of Health. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive a Paralympic and Olympic flag signed by all the Olympians from Alpine Skier Jon Lujan and Ice Hockey forward Julie Chu

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive a Paralympic and Olympic flag signed by all the Olympians from Alpine Skier Jon Lujan and Ice Hockey forward Julie Chu

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 3rd Of April. Fort Hood. Chicago. Gardens. Olympians.

 

Raise The Minimum Wage: Barack Speaks At Michigan University, Ann Arbor – Full Speech.

 

It’s A Garden Party At First Lady Michelle Obama’s House. School Children & FoodCorps Leaders Plant A White House Kitchen Garden.

 

Barack After Dark™: Team USA Visits. Spring Has Sprung. The Gabriella Miller “Kids First” Research Act. Combating Climate Change.

 

From Wired.co.uk: Oju Africa Launches Set Of “Afro – Centric” Emoticons…Ahead Of Apple.

 

 

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President Obama Signs the Gabriella Miller “Kids First” Research Act

April 03, 2014 | 3:51 | Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers remarks in the Oval Office before signing the Gabriella Miller “Kids First” Research Act, which will put millions of additional dollars into pediatric medical research.

 

 

 

 

 

Team USA Visits the White House

April 03, 2014 | 18:47 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House, in honor of their performance at this year’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

 

 

 

 

Champions of Change: Gun Violence Prevention

 

Published on Apr 3, 2014

The White House honors nine grassroots leaders taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence. April 3, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Press Briefings

April 03, 2014 | 53:01 | Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

 

The White House Safety Datapalooza Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery

 

Published on Apr 3, 2014

The second annual White House Safety Datapalooza highlighted
innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who have used freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways. The event featured new safety data resources in the areas of transportation, food, occupational and consumer product safety as well as tools to improve disaster preparedness and emergency response.

 

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the President and the First Lady at Visit of the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Athletes

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on South Sudan

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 4152, S. 2183

 

Readout of the President’s Conference Call on the Shooting at Fort Hood

 

Message– Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to South Sudan

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 4152, S. 2183

 

 

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Economy added 192,000 jobs in March; unemployment rate steady at 6.7 percent

 

The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to government data released Friday morning, a concrete sign that the recovery remains on track despite a slowdown over the winter.

 

The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent as about half a million people joined the labor force, and the broad-based expansion touched industries ranging from health care to construction. The strong showing is roughly on par with the pace of hiring during the second half of last year, before job creation plunged amid an unusually brutal winter. Economists are still debating how much of the weakness was a temporary side effect of the weather. But Friday’s data suggested the labor market has thawed with the spring.

 

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Where In The World Is Barack™: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The White House Blog Updates AND West Wing Week.


 

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President’s Schedule – March 28th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, MARCH 28th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will depart Rome, Italy en route Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The President’s departure from the Fiumicino Airport is open press. The President’s arrival at the King Khalid International Airport is pooled press.

 

In the evening, the President arrives to the Rawdat Khuraim and participates in a bilateral meeting with His Majesty Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There will be travel pool coverage of the President’s arrival and a pool spray at the top of the bilateral meeting.

 

The President will remain overnight in Saudi Arabia.

 

 

Friday, March 28 2014 All Times ET

 

On Friday, the President will travel from Rome, Italy to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi Arabia, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with His Majesty Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The President will remain overnight in Saudi Arabia.

 

10:10 AM: The President arrives Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Local Event Time: 5:10 PM ASTKing Khalid International Airport – Riyadh – Saudi Arabia.

 

10:55 AM: The President arrives and is greeted by the Saudi delegation. Local Event Time: 5:55 PM AST, Rawdat Khuraim.

 

11:00 AM: The President participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah, Local Event Time: 6:00 PM AST, Rawdat Khuraim.

 

 

Raw: Obama Arrives in Saudi Arabia

 

Published on Mar 28, 2014

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President Barack Obama paid a visit to the desert oasis of wary ally King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, hoping to reassure the aging monarch who is nervously watching Washington’s negotiations with Iran and other U.S. policy in the Middle East. (March 28)

 

 

 

Barack Leaving Italy....

Barack Leaving Italy….

Marine helicopters carry President Barack Obama and his delegation for a meeting with Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat al-Khraim (Desert Camp) near Riyadh

Marine helicopters carry President Barack Obama and his delegation for a meeting with Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat al-Khraim (Desert Camp) near Riyadh

President Obama is welcomed by Governor of Riyadh Prince Khalid Bandar bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud on arriving in Riyadh

President Obama is welcomed by Governor of Riyadh Prince Khalid Bandar bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud on arriving in Riyadh

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Walking That Barack Swag On "The Red Carpet."

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President Obama meets with Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat Khuraim

President Obama meets with Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat Khuraim

THIS is how Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat Khuraim does it in the desert.

THIS is how Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat Khuraim does it in the desert.

 

 

FACT SHEET: United States-Saudi Arabia Bilateral Relationship

 

In his meetings with King Abdullah in Riyadh, President Obama reiterated the significance the United States places on its strong relationship with Saudi Arabia, which has endured for over 80 years.  The United States and Saudi Arabia are working together to address a number of critical bilateral and regional issues, including resolving the crisis in Syria, preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, counterterrorism efforts to combat extremism, and supporting negotiations to achieve Middle East peace.

 

Defense Cooperation:  U.S. and Saudi defense forces enjoy outstanding partnerships and regularly participate in joint exercises to advance shared interests in Gulf security.  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer, with active and open cases valued at approximately $97 billion, as Saudi forces build capabilities across the full spectrum of regional challenges.  The United States and Saudi Arabia currently are enhancing partnerships on critical infrastructure and border security, including on the Interior Ministry’s multi-billion dollar initiative to enhance land and coastal border defenses.

 

Counterterrorism:  Saudi Arabia has been a strong U.S. counterterrorism (CT) partner, particularly on disrupting Al Qaeda (AQ) elements.  We work closely with Saudi authorities on a range of CT issues, including countering terrorist financing (CTF), and the United States and Saudi Arabia work together to help various nations in the region counter shared terrorist threats.

 

Bilateral Trade and Investment:  U.S. exports to Saudi Arabia exceeded $35 billion in 2013, including direct exports of $19 billion (a 76 percent increase since 2009) and roughly $2 billion in service exports (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction; Design; Financial; and Legal).  Indirect exports and other goods and services were valued at an additional $15 billion.  The bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement provides a forum for the United States and Saudi Arabia to explore ways to advance economic relations.  Among other successes, Saudi Arabia has followed up on its commitment to improve its intellectual property rights regime since being removed from the United States Trade Representative’s Special 301 Watch List in 2010.  Continual improvements in its intellectual property rights regime facilitate the Kingdom’s efforts to develop a diversified knowledge economy and improve the investment climate for U.S. businesses.

 

Energy Cooperation:  As U.S. oil and gas production increases, and as Saudi Arabia works to diversify its energy mix and improve energy efficiency, our longstanding bilateral cooperation on energy issues is getting stronger, not just on conventional energy market issues, but also energy efficiency, renewable and other alternative energy sources, and science and technology research.  For example, Saudi Arabia is working with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on measuring its solar energy resources.  The Saudis are also working with the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and others on developing energy efficiency for the Kingdom, including automotive fuel economy standards.  The United States and Saudi Arabia hold an annual Bilateral Energy Dialogue to explore broader energy cooperation, including potential cooperation on advanced geothermal research and other issues relating to alternative energies.

 

Educational Programs:  There are more Saudi students in the United States now than ever before, with approximately 80,000 Saudi students in the United States representing Saudi Arabia’s future political, business, and social leadership.  U.S. education and the American experience help to shape Saudi Arabia’s future workplace and national outlook and will encourage new perspectives on diversity, tolerance, and global affairs.

 

Citizen Exchanges:  The United States and Saudi Arabia have a decades-long history of citizen exchanges.  International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP) focus on interfaith dialogue, volunteerism, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, and public health issues.  A number of American Fulbright scholars are working with Saudi higher education institutions to develop and strengthen their graduate curricula and offer new academic majors.  Several thousand Saudis have participated in citizen exchange programs over the past several decades.

 

Science and Technology Cooperation:  In keeping with its interest in developing knowledge-based industries, Saudi Arabia has significantly expanded its scientific research and technological development.  Under the U.S.-Saudi Science and Technology Agreement, signed in 2008, the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) is currently working with NASA on several projects including the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) and space geodesy and geodynamics research.  KACST also collaborates with numerous U.S. universities and is exploring collaborative programs with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Energy on projects important to both of our countries, including dust storm monitoring, seismic imaging of the Earth’s crust, and solar energy.

 

Environmental Programs:  Saudi Arabia joined the Global Methane Initiative in January 2014, providing a vehicle for enhanced cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas.  The Department of Energy, through an MOU signed in 2010, and the EPA are also working to enhance cooperation with the Kingdom on research and application of carbon capture, use, and storage.

 

Health Cooperation Programs:  The United States and Saudi Arabia have been close partners in health cooperation for over three decades.  Currently, a number of U.S. scientists have collaborative National Institutes of Health grants with Saudi partners.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a long history with the Saudi Ministry of Health and Saudi Arabian National Guard Health Affairs; both have hosted CDC experts for one to two year stints and work with the CDC on infectious disease surveillance during the yearly Hajj pilgrimage.  CDC also works closely with Saudi Arabia on a range of issues including smoking cessation, breast cancer awareness, control and prevention of diabetes and heart disease, and epidemiology and surveillance of infectious diseases.

 

 

FRIDAY

  • President Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with King Abdullah of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 

SATURDAY

  • President Obama meets with employees and family members of the U.S. embassy

 

 

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West Wing Week 03/28/14 or, “The 2014 European Edition”

 

Published on Mar 28, 2014

Welcome to a special, travel edition of the West Wing Week. The President spent this whirlwind week working in Europe, where he attended the third, biennial Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, traveled to Brussels for an EU-US Summit, and then on to Rome, where he met with His High Holiness Pope Francis.

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases - March 28, 2014/March 27, 2014

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as the Next NATO Secretary General

 

We welcome the selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as NATO’s next Secretary General, beginning October 1, 2014.  Mr. Stoltenberg is a proven leader with a demonstrated commitment to the transatlantic Alliance.  As Prime Minister, he built Norway’s military capabilities and actively contributed to NATO operations and political dialogue.  We are confident he is the best person to ensure the continued strength and unity of the NATO Alliance.

 

We also are grateful for the service of current NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and will rely on his expertise to bring the Alliance through the NATO Summit in September.  Secretary General Rasmussen has been an exceptional leader at an extraordinary time.  His vision and dedication have strengthened the Alliance’s strategic direction and focus on ways to bolster defense capabilities while reinforcing the commitments and values underpinning it.  From preparing for NATO’s transition in Afghanistan, to seeing us through the intervention in Libya, and – now – to providing strong leadership in the face of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, Secretary General Rasmussen has been a steadfast partner and a trusted friend of the United States throughout his tenure.  We know that Mr. Stoltenberg will prove the same.

 

 

FACT SHEET: Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions

 

A Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions

 

 

In June 2013, President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University where he laid out both the case for action on climate change and the steps his Administration will take to address it. The Climate Action Plan that the President announced includes steps to cut carbon pollution, help prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change that are already on the way, and continue American leadership in international efforts to combat global climate change.

 

In his Climate Action Plan, President Obama directed the Administration to develop a comprehensive, interagency strategy to cut methane emissions. Today, the White House released the Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions. Learn more about the strategy in the fact sheet below, and check out the full Strategy here.

 

 

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on UN Human Rights Council Vote on Sri Lanka

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

 

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Supreme Court Decision in U.S. v. Castleman Will Save Women’s Lives

 

 

This week, the Supreme Court decided a case that will save women’s lives.

 

Back in 1996, Congress made it a crime for anyone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to possess a gun. As Vice President Biden has often noted, there is a direct connection between gun violence and domestic violence: when a domestic abuser has a gun, a victim is 12 times more likely to die than when he doesn’t.

 

Some courts, however, have set a high bar for what counts as a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” – which has meant that many domestic abusers have been allowed to keep their guns.

 

But in United States v. Castleman (written by Justice Sotomayor), the Court changed all that. It recognized that domestic violence is a unique kind of crime that doesn’t always fit everyone’s idea of what’s “violent”: often, it can involve pushing, grabbing, shoving, scratching, or hair pulling – and which, over time, can “subject one intimate partner to the other’s control.” The Court also recognized that, in a number of states, these acts are prosecuted as crimes of “offensive touching” – which, before this week, meant some courts didn’t consider them to be domestic violence. But now, according to the Court, that’s enough to subject a convicted domestic abuser to the federal gun ban.

 

This is a landmark opinion. As so many abused women know, what happens to them is a far cry from “offensive touching.” It is terrifying and debilitating, and can rob her of all manner of trust, security, and hope. It can make her – as the Vice President has also said – a prisoner in her own home. But at least now, the law recognizes that those who are convicted of these crimes have no business having a gun.

 

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President Obama: We need “Russia to move back those troops”

 

Published on Mar 28, 2014

In an interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley, President Obama spoke about the steps Russia must take to reduce tensions over Ukraine.

 

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

The United States welcomes the preliminary agreement between the Government of Ukraine and International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff on a loan program of $14-18 billion.  This represents a powerful sign of support from the international community for the Ukrainian government, as we help them stabilize and grow their economy, and move their democracy forward.  The agreement is expected to unlock roughly $27 billion in total support from the international community for Ukraine’s people over the next two years, as the country implements historic reforms to address long-standing problems that have undermined Ukraine’s economic strength and prosperity.  It is important now for both the Government of Ukraine and the IMF to move expeditiously and complete the steps necessary to gain approval from the IMF Executive Board.

Together with our allies and partners, President Obama will continue to build international support for the Ukrainian people at this critical time.  The IMF program will be a central component of a package of assistance to support Ukraine as it implements reforms and conducts free and fair elections that will allow all the Ukrainian people to determine the future of their country.  We are working alongside international partners, including the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), to disburse rapid additional assistance to complement the IMF program and ease Ukraine’s economic transition, particularly for the most vulnerable.  As part of this international effort, we are working with Congress to quickly provide a $1 billion loan guarantee and are offering technical and financial assistance to help Ukraine meet its most pressing needs.  We also remain committed to providing the IMF with the resources it needs – in partnership with Congress – to provide strong support to countries like Ukraine as well as reinforcing the Fund’s governance to reflect the global economy.

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