AMBER ALERT: Iowa Amber Alert, Blackhawk County. Nevaeh Hogan (Infant), Brooklyn Anne-Marie Gaffney (Child), Mia Elaine Gaffney (Child).


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AMBER Alert Information

NCIC: m102081269
Date: 2014-07-09
Time: 22:15:58
Location: blackhawk co
Destination: unknown

 

Vehicle Information

Color: red
Year: 2001
Make: pontiac
Model: grand am
License Plate Number: 832ypc

 

Abducted:

mia elaine gaffney (Child)

 

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General Information
Race: white
Gender: female
Age: 6
Height: 400
Weight: 080
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown

 

 

Brooklyn Anne-Marie Gaffney (Child)

 

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General Information
Race: white
Gender: Female
Age: 8
Height: 4′ 4
Weight: 080
Hair: BRO
Eyes: BRO

 

 

Nevaeh Hogan (Infant) No image available

 

General Information
Race: W
Gender: F
Age: 8 mo

 

 

shaun michael hogan (Abductor)

 

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General Information
Race: black
Gender: male
Age: 36
Height: 603
Weight: 250
Hair: black
Eyes: brown
Other Important Information

 

Contact Information

 

Department: DPS
Contact Person: Alex Murphy
Telephone Number: 515 443 3014

 

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Op-Ed By President Obama: White House Summit On Working Families. POTUSA & FLOTUSA Speak At The White House Summit On Working Families.


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Op-Ed by President Obama on the White House Summit on Working Families

In an op-ed published on the Huffington Post, President Obama writes about the importance of today’s White House Summit on Working Families and his commitment to creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.

 

The following op-ed by President Obama appeared on the Huffington Post.

 

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs

 

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs

 

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As President, my top priority is rebuilding an economy where everybody who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

 

That’s the subject of the first White House Summit on Working Families, which is taking place today. We’re bringing together business leaders and workers to talk about the challenges that working parents face every day and how we can address them.

 

Take flexibility — the ability to take a few hours off for a school play or to work from home when your kid is sick. Most workers want it, but not enough of them have it — even though studies show that flexibility makes workers happier and helps companies lower turnover and raise productivity.

 

Take paid family leave. Many jobs don’t offer adequate leave to care for a new baby or an ailing parent, so workers can’t afford to be there when their families need them the most. And the United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave.

 

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Take childcare. Most working families I know can’t afford thousands a year for childcare, but often, that’s what it costs. I recently got a letter from a woman in Minnesota whose kids’ preschool is so expensive it costs more every month than her mortgage.

 

And take the minimum wage. Nearly 28 million Americans would benefit if we raised the minimum wage to $10.10. And we’re not just talking about young people on their first job — the average worker who would benefit from an increase is 35 years old. Many have kids. And a majority are women. Right now, many full-time minimum-wage workers aren’t even making enough to keep their kids out of poverty.

 

Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.

 

Parents who work full-time should earn enough to pay the bills and go to work every day knowing that their kids are in good hands. Workers who give their all should know that if they need some flexibility, they can have it — because their employers understand that it’s hard to be productive when you’ve got a sick kid at home or a childcare crisis. And talented, hard-working people should be able to say yes to a great new opportunity without worrying that their families will pay the price. Nearly half of all working parents surveyed say they’ve chosen to turn down a job not because they didn’t want it, but because it would be too hard on their families. When that many members of our workforce are forced to choose between a job and their family, something’s wrong.

 

Some businesses are realizing that family-friendly policies are a good business practice, because they help build loyalty and inspire workers to go the extra mile. JetBlue offers a flexible work-from-home plan for its customer-service representatives. Google increased its paid parental leave to five months — and the rate of women leaving the company decreased by half. Cisco lets their employees telecommute as needed, which they estimate saves them over $275 million every year.

 

And there’s a bigger economic case here, too. The strength of our economy rests on whether we’re getting the most out of all of our nation’s talent — whether we’re making it possible for all our citizens to contribute to our growth and prosperity. That’s the key to staying competitive in the global economy. Right now, we’re leaving too many people on the sidelines who have the desire and the capacity to work, but are held back by one obstacle or another. It’s our job to remove those obstacles. That’s what supporting working families is all about.

 

States are getting on board, too. California, Rhode Island and New Jersey give workers paid family leave. Connecticut offers paid sick days. So does New York City. Since I asked Congress to raise the minimum wage last year, 13 states have taken steps to raise it on their own.

 

But all Americans should get to benefit from these policies. That’s why we need to see some action here in Washington.

 

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I’ll work with anyone — Democrats or Republicans — to increase opportunity for American workers. But in this year of action, whenever I can act on my own, I will.

 

Today, I’ll sign a Presidential Memorandum directing every agency in the federal government to expand access to flexible work schedules, and giving employees the right to request them.

 

I’m calling on Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, because too many pregnant workers are forced to choose between their health and their job. They can get fired for taking too many bathroom breaks, or forced on unpaid leave just for being pregnant. It’s inhumane, and it needs to stop.

 

And to help parents trying to get ahead, I’m directing my Secretary of Labor to invest $25 million in helping people who want to enroll in job-training programs, but don’t currently have access to the childcare they need to do it.

 

I take this personally — as the son and grandson of some strong women who worked hard to support my sister and me; as the husband of a brilliant woman who struggled to balance work and raising our young ladies when my job often kept me away; and as the father of two beautiful girls, whom I want to be there for as much as I possibly can — and whom I hope will be able to have families and careers of their own one day.

 

We know from our history that our country does better when everybody participates; when everyone’s talents are put to use; when we all have a fair shot. That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America I’ll keep fighting for every day.

 

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President Obama Grabs a Bite at Chipotle Before Summit!!

 

 

 

The White House Summit on Working Families {Full Summit}

 

 

 

Remarks by President Obama at the White House Summit on Working Families | June 23, 2014

 

 

A Letter to the President: Rebekah

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks at the Working Families Summit

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Friday The 20th Of March, 2014: Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand. Joey B. In Guatemala City.


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President Barack Obama meets on Friday with the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key. Vice President Joey B. travels to Guatemala on Friday to discuss the rising tide of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing the U.S. border.

 

White House Schedule – June 20th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY June 20th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
FRIDAY June 20th, 2014

 

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In the morning, 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. There will be a pool spray at the bottom of the meeting.
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In the afternoon, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Friday, June 20 2014 All Times ET

 

10:55 AM: The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand, Oval Office.

 

11:30 AM: The Vice President arrives at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Local Event Time: 9:30 AM, La Aurora International Airport – Guatemala City.

 

12:10 PM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

12:15 PM: The Vice President attends a greet with Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina. Local Event Time: 10:15 AM, Palacio Nacional de la Cultura.

 

12:30 PM: The Vice President attends a bilateral meeting with President Pérez Molina, Local Event Time: 10:30 AM, Palacio Nacional de la Cultura.

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room. White House LIVE!! 

 

1:15 PM: The Vice President and President Pérez Molina deliver statements to the press. Local Event Time: 11:15 AM, Palacio Nacional de la Cultura.

 

1:30 PM: The Vice President attends a multilateral working lunch meeting with Pres. Molina; Pres. Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador; Jorge Ramón Hernández Alcerro, the Coordinator General of Honduras; and Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, the Mexican Secretary of Gov, Local Event Time: 11:30 AM.

 

4:30 PM: The Vice President attends a roundtable with reintegration leaders. Local Event Time: 2:30 PM, U.S. Ambassador’s Residence – Guatemala.

 

5:45 PM: The Vice President delivers a statement to the press at the residence of the US Ambassador to Guatemala. Local Event Time: 3:45 PM, U.S. Ambassador’s Residence – Guatemala.

 

 

VP Biden’s Trip to Guatemala

 

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden travels to Guatemala on Friday to discuss the rising tide of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing the U.S. border, but he is likely to face pressure from local leaders to improve migrant rights in the United States.ador as well as top officials from Honduras and Mexico’s Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong as the region seeks to solve a problem that has hit the U.S. border regions hard this year.

 

Responding to what President Barack Obama has called an urgent humanitarian crisis, the U.S. Congress on Tuesday advanced legislation boosting funds by as much as $2.28 billion to handle a surge of foreign children entering the United States illegally.

 

U.S. data show that between October and May more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the U.S., nearly double the number in the previous year.

 

On Thursday, Obama spoke with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto about a strategy to deal with a flood of children coming from Central America to the United States, the White House said.

 

Obama “welcomed the opportunity to work in close cooperation with Mexico to develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America,” the White House said.

 

Many unaccompanied children have sought to escape drug-fueled conflicts in the region as well as rejoin family members who have already made the journey across the border.

 

Obama told Pena Nieto the United States and Mexico could work together to return children safely to their families, and noted that the children, many of whom are unaccompanied, were vulnerable to crime and abuse.

 

Looking ahead to Friday’s talks, El Salvador President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said he would press Biden for a reform that could help reunite existing family members in the U.S. with more recently arrived relatives.

 

“We’re going to ask the U.S. vice president to consider the need to find legal mechanisms that can achieve an orderly process of family reunification,” Sanchez Ceren told reporters.

 

“For us, it’s important to insist that a true immigration reform be achieved in the United States,” he added.

 

A partisan divide in the United States has stymied Obama’s efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform for years.

 

Sanchez Ceren’s sentiments were echoed by Jorge Ramon Hernandez, the senior representative of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez tapped to attend the meetings, who said the cases of children should not all be lumped together.

 

“There are children who might be fleeing violence in their communities, children who might be seeking to escape extreme poverty, and children who might be migrating because of domestic violence,” said Hernandez on Thursday.

 

“Each child should be analyzed individually,” he said.

 

In Guatemala, meanwhile, the government will seek more information from U.S. immigration officials.

 

“We need more coordination because there doesn’t currently exist documentation for all of the children who are in this process,” said Alejandra Gordillo, head of Guatemala’s national migration council.

 

Mexico’s foreign ministry, which will also send senior officials to Guatemala, had no immediate comment.

 

(Reporting by Mike McDonald in Guatemala City, Dave Graham in Mexico City, Gustavo Palencia in Tegucigalpa and Nelson Renteria in San Salvador; Editing by Ken Wills)

 

 

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From The Pro President Obama Blog:

 

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Vice President Biden and Guatemalan President Molina hold a bilateral meeting
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Vice President Biden and Guatemalan President Molina hold a press conference
National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala

 

Vice President Biden attends a multilateral working lunch meeting with Guatemalan President Molina; El Salvadoran President Sánchez; El Salvadoran President Sánchez Cerén; Honduran President Hernández; the Coordinator General of Honduras; and Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, the Mexican Secretary of Gov
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Vice President Biden attends a roundtable with reintegration leaders
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Remarks to the Press by the Vice President and Dominican President Medina

The Presidential Palace
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2:30 P.M. EDT

 

PRESIDENT MEDINA:  (As interpreted.)  Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to welcome Vice President Joe Biden and his delegation in the name of the government and the people of the Dominican Republic, as well as in my own name.

 

I would like also to take the opportunity of our distinguished guest to send a message of friendship and solidarity to President Barack Obama and to the people of the United States.

 

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Statements and Releases- June 20th, 2014

 

Fact Sheet: The Economic Challenge Posed by Declining Pollinator Populations

 

President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin as Commissioner of Social Security

 

FACT SHEET: Promoting Energy Security in the Caribbean

 

Statement by the President on Massachusetts Taking Action Toward Raising its Minimum Wage

 

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve as U.S. Attorneys

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

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

 

Statement by the President on the Observance of Juneteenth

 

 

Speeches and Remarks- June 20th, 2014

 

Remarks by the Vice President at Maritima Solar

 

Remarks by the First Lady at DC-CAP Graduation Celebration

 

Remarks by the President on the Situation in Iraq

 

Remarks by the President at Presentation of The Medal of Honor to Corporal William Kyle Carpenter

 

Remarks by the Vice President and President Santos of Colombia in a Joint Press Statement

 

 

 

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CNN reporter roughed up during Hamas protest

 

 

 

Lazy Crew – GEICO

 

 

 

Supreme Court just said lying is free speech

 

 

 

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The Mississippi Freedom Summer – Bob Moses Reality Asserts Itself (1/8)

 

 

 

ISIS Born from Occupation of Iraq, not Syrian Civil War

 

 

 

June 19th, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama talks with Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outside the Oval Office following a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, June 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outside the Oval Office following a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, June 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama’s Fight For YOUR Children’s Health.


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Michelle Obama‘s food fight

 

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By Susannah Bradley & MSN Healthy Living:

 

My toddler is going through a phase. If the breakfast, lunch or dinner menu involves anything other than peanut butter on a spoon, my sweet little boy turns into King Joffrey and I’ve got a fight on my hands.

 

On the other side of the country, another mom – Michelle Obama – is also engaged in a food fight. In her case, it’s not about one little boy’s sweet tooth, but our entire nation’s obesity epidemic.

 

Specifically, she’s fighting against efforts to roll back the school nutrition standards that were enacted with the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. At the time, the standards, which aim to deliver more nutrients to growing kids by setting limits on calories and salt, phasing in whole grains, and requiring that students take at least one fruit or vegetable per meal, enjoyed wide support. Today, there’s a concerted effort led by the School Nutrition Association (SNA) (a trade group backed by Coca-Cola, Domino’s Pizza and Pepsico) and certain members of Congress to roll them back.

 

I sat down with the First Lady to talk about the school lunch reforms she’s trying to save, and why we’ve come too far in the fight against childhood obesity to turn back now.

 

Why this matters

The childhood obesity crisis has been years in the making, but the school lunch reforms are the first organized, widespread move directed at shrinking the problem. At their core, the reforms are based on the idea that we need to relearn how to feed our kids.

 

“Before coming to the White House, I struggled, as a working parent with a traveling, busy husband, to figure out how to feed my kids healthy, and I didn’t get it right. Our pediatrician had to pull me aside and point out some things that were going wrong. I thought to myself, if a Princeton and Harvard educated professional woman doesn’t know how to adequately feed her kids, then what are other parents going through who don’t have access to the information I have?

 

When I first came to the White House, one of the first things I knew I wanted to take on was this issue, because now we know that there is a childhood obesity epidemic, and a lot of it comes from the fact that we have lost that core understanding of how to best nourish our kids. And the most important place to start tackling this issue is in our schools,” said Mrs. Obama.

 

Power to the parents

Mrs. Obama recognizes that mealtime battles are an inevitable part of trying to raise healthy eaters, and she says that the school nutrition reforms give parents an ally in the effort.

 

“It’s so important for our schools to make the hard calls for our kids, because parents are struggling enough at home. So once you make that decision to set the rules, you don’t want to be undermined when your kids go to school and have some sweet cereal for breakfast with chocolate milk followed by a donut and then a burger and fries for lunch. That’s why we’re in the state that we’re in right now, in regards to the epidemic of childhood obesity.

 

We have to be the ones in charge of what our kids eat. We have to set the tone and provide the examples, because what they learn now is what they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives. I want to make sure that my girls know what healthy meals look like and feel like, so that when they leave my home and go to college, they at least have the knowledge to make the best choices for themselves.”

 

Responding to opponents

Those who are working to roll the reforms back cite reasons that should be familiar to most parents. Namely, that healthy food costs more than processed alternatives and is more difficult to prepare, and that kids don’t like eating their vegetables.

 

According to the SNA’s website, “Whole-grain items, fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat snacks in particular have resulted in increased costs.”

 

Mrs. Obama refutes the claim that the cost of healthy food is a burden for schools, because 90 percent of schools are complying with the standards. In fact, she says, many schools implemented the standards before they had to.

 

“Many schools started implementing the standards before they were mandatory, because the principals understood that nutrition isn’t just about feeding good food to our kids, but it’s also about setting them up for academic success. Many of these schools have seen the difference in academic performance that these kids have when they have vegetables and whole grains, when they start out with a complete breakfast that carries them through the morning, when they’re getting regular physical activity. Schools have seen their test scores rise and attendance rates improve and disciplinary issues go away.”

 

As for complaints that kids just don’t like eating the healthier foods, Mrs. Obama has little patience.

 

“It is our job as adults to make sure that our kids eat what they need, not what they want. I struggle with that in my own life, and I tell you, if I let my kids dictate what we have for dinner every day, it would be French fries, chips and candy, but we don’t run our households like that, and we can’t run our schools like that.

 

The first step is not to roll back the standards, but to help the schools that are struggling do a better job at making the meals more enjoyable for the kids. Good health and flavor go hand in hand.

 

What we need to do is lend a hand to the schools that are struggling, not roll back the standards and say, Oh, well. The kids don’t like it so let them eat cake. We can’t afford to do that.”

 

A call to action

Mrs. Obama urges parents to find out where their representatives stand on this issue, but also to talk to principals and school nutritionists to get informed about what’s working and what’s not at their kids’ schools.

 

 

“That’s our job as parents, to roll up our sleeves and know what’s going on on the ground.”

 

 

Thank you Susannah Bradley & MSN Healthy Living & First Lady of The United States Of America, Michelle LaVaughn Obama.

 

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The Last 24™: The White House.


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President Obama Gives the Commencement Address at Worcester Tech in Massachusetts

 

 

 

This afternoon, President Obama traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts to deliver the commencement address at Worcester Technical High School.

 

In his remarks, the President congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments, letting them know that they stand out among other high schools across the country:

 

I’m here today because there is nothing ordinary about Worcester Tech or the Class of 2014.  You have set yourselves apart.  This high school has set itself apart.

Over the past four years, some of you have learned how to take apart an engine and put it back together again.  Some of you have learned how to run a restaurant, or build a house, or fix a computer.  And all of you are graduating today not just with a great education, but with the skills that will let you start your careers and skills that will make America stronger.

“The thing I really want to do,” he said, “is make sure that what we’ve learned here at this high school we can lift up for the entire nation. I want the nation to learn from Worcester Tech.”

 

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Remarks by the President at Worcester Technical High School Commencement Ceremony (Full Transcript)

 

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A Step Toward Cleaner Air and Healthier Communities

 

 

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a vital component of the President’s Climate Action Plan – proposed common-sense carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Since air pollution from power plants can worsen asthma and other breathing problems, EPA’s guidelines will help protect the health of vulnerable Americans, including children and the elderly.

 

In a big step forward, yesterday the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates, a body representing more than 500 medical associations and organizations, voted to formally reaffirm their support for carbon pollution standards for power plants and committed to submit comments on the EPA’s proposal underscoring the need to keep strong standards that protect public health. AMA’s vote puts them alongside other public health organizations that have taken leadership on this issue, including the American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association.

 

In addition to cutting carbon emissions from the power sector by about 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, EPA’s plan will also decrease that sector’s emissions of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by about 25 percent. From the soot and smog reductions alone, for every dollar invested through the Clean Power Plan, American families will see up to $7 in health benefits.

 

In the first year that these standards go into effect, up to 100,000 asthma attacks and up to 2,100 heart attacks will be prevented. These standards will also help more kids to be healthy enough to show up to school – with up to 72,000 fewer absences in the first year. The benefits increase each year from there.

 

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President Obama: “There’s No Advanced, Developed Country on Earth That Would Put Up with This”

 

 

 

During yesterday’s Tumblr Q&A at the White House, the President answered a question on the epidemic of gun violence in America.

 

“My biggest frustration so far,” he said, “is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage.” Talking about the increasing frequency of school shootings across the country, the President noted that the U.S. is the only developed country where this is routine.

 

“The country has to do some soul-searching about this,” President Obama said. “This is becoming the norm, and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me.”

 

He also stressed that the only thing that is going to reverse this alarming trend is public opinion. “If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change.”

 

Until there is a fundamental shift in public opinion in which people say, enough, this is not acceptable, this is not normal, this isn’t sort of the price we should be paying for our freedom, that we can have respect for the Second Amendment and responsible gun owners and sportsmen and hunters can have the ability to possess weapons but that we are going to put some commonsense rules in place that make a dent, at least, in what’s happening — until that is not just the majority of you — because that’s already the majority of you, even the majority of gun owners believe that. But until that’s a view that people feel passionately about and are willing to go after folks who don’t vote reflecting those values, until that happens, sadly, not that much is going to change.

 

President Obama noted that he has issued more than 20 executive actions this year to try to tighten up some of the rules in the law, but it’s not possible to get even the slightest restrictions through Congress right now, “and we should be ashamed of that.”

 

President Obama’s Tumblr Q&A at the White House

 

 

 

President Obama Answers the Question “Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?”

 

 

 

Remarks by the President in Q&A with David Karp, CEO of Tumblr (Full Transcript)

 

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#LunchWithFLOTUS: The First Lady’s Twitter Q&A on Healthy School Lunches

 

 

Today, millions of kids across America are eating better school meals because of healthier lunch standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Thanks to the hard work of school chefs and food service workers around the country, 90 percent of our schools are now meeting modern nutrition standards — and the USDA is working to provide greater flexibility and more assistance to help the remaining schools catch up.

 

As part of her Let’s Move! initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama has helped raise awareness around the importance of our kids eating healthy and getting the nutrition they need — and now she’s taking to Twitter to answer your questions.

 

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 12, at 2:30 p.m. ET, join the First Lady for a Twitter Q&A on school nutrition and healthy school lunches on her Twitter handle, @FLOTUS.

 

Here are the details:

 

  • Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #LunchWithFLOTUS
  • Follow the Q&A live through the @FLOTUS Twitter handle
  • If you miss the live Q&A, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/whitehouse

 

Learn more about the First Lady’s initiative to encourage healthy eating at Letsmove.gov/eat-healthy, and then join the First Lady for a Twitter chat on @FLOTUS on Thursday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

Upcoming Guidance for First Lady Michelle Obama

Thursday, June 12, 2014

 

Washington, DC * 3:30 PM – The First Lady will join local students and school nutrition directors from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden.  In 2009, Mrs. Obama planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation—a conversation that evolved into her Let’s Move! initiative.  Since Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! in 2010, parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children.  And thanks to these efforts, we are moving toward a healthier new norm all across the country.

 

To help with this summer’s harvest, the First Lady invited local school children whose schools are successfully implementing national school lunch standards.  Children from these Washington, D.C. schools joined Mrs. Obama in April for the spring garden planting and will now have the opportunity to harvest the produce they recently planted:

 

  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Friendship Public Charter School
  • Kimball Elementary School
  • Bancroft Elementary School
  • Harriet Tubman Elementary School

 

Mrs. Obama is also inviting school nutrition directors from Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX, and West Virginia to participate in the harvest.  These school nutrition directors have seen success in their new school lunch programs thanks to the standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  Today, thanks to the hard work of school chefs, food service providers, and school nutrition directors across the country, 90 percent of schools are now meeting modern nutrition standards, including the schools in attendance at the harvest.  Because of these improvements, consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains has significantly increased, and over 600,000 kids are now getting a nutritious breakfast.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided greater flexibility and is working to give more assistance to help the remaining schools meet these standards.

 

The following school nutrition directors will participate in this summer’s garden harvest:

 

  • Lora Gilbert, MS, RD, FADA, SNS, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
  • Richard Goff, MBA, Executive Director, Office of Child Nutrition, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Dora Rivas, MS, RDN, SNS, Executive Director, Food and Child Nutrition Services Department, Dallas Independent School

 

This event will be livestreamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Announce Winning Recipes in Townwide “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge”

 

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Thoughts on Fatherhood in the 21st Century

 

 

This was originally posted on the Huffington Post, and is part of a series of essays about the issues facing working families in the 21st century, leading up to the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014.

 

You can learn more about the Summit and how you can get involved at www.workingfamiliessummit.org.

 


 

Growing up, if I wanted to play catch, I often had to play it alone. Sometimes I’d even aim at a tree for lack of person with a glove at the other end of the yard. I admit, the tree wasn’t a very good replacement. But when you’re a kid — and you don’t have a dad to play catch with — you’ll toss a ball at anything. Even if that thing is a 40-foot-tall oak and unlikely to toss the ball back.

 

In this respect, I’m probably not unique. Far too many children grow up without a dad in their lives, like I did. And for many, the effects cut deeper and last longer than being forced to have a one-way game of catch.

 

I’m a father now. My daughter was born 10 years ago, and my son soon after. And one of my greatest challenges, having never grown up with a father myself, is figuring out what a dad is supposed to do. I got the memo about taking out the garbage. And I change more light bulbs than Thomas Edison. But when it comes to preparing your kids for the slings and arrows of life, that’s something I’ve only learned about fairly recently.

 

And here’s the key: I only learned about it because I was able to make the time.

 

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Statements and Releases – June 11th, 2014

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice Keynote Address at the Center for a New American Security Annual Conference

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice
“The Strength of American Leadership, the Power of Collective Action”

Keynote Address at the Center for a New American Security Annual Conference
Washington, DC

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Thank you so much Richard for that kind welcome.  And, to my good friends and former colleagues— Michele Flournoy and Kurt Campbell— I can’t help but note how well-rested you both look.  I’m only a little bitter.  Still, I want to thank you for your stellar service to our country both from inside government and now, again, as leading thinkers on national security.

 

CNAS, which you founded, does a remarkable job of preparing our next generation of national security leaders.  That work is critical, because our nation needs bright, dedicated young women and men who care deeply about our world.  We need a diverse pipeline of talent ready and eager to carry forward the mantle of American leadership.  So, thank you all.

 

As President Obama told West Point’s graduating class two weeks ago, the question is not whether America will lead the world in the 21st century, but how America will lead.  No other nation can match the enduring foundations of our strength.  Our military has no peer.  Our formidable economy is growing.  We are more energy independent each year.  Our vibrant and diverse population is demographically strong and productive.  We attract hopeful immigrants from all over the world.  Our unrivaled global network of alliances and partnerships makes us the one nation to which the world turns when challenges arise.  So, American leadership is and will remain central to shaping a world that is freer, more secure, more just and more prosperous.

 

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At West Point, President Obama outlined how America will lead in a world that is more complex and more interdependent than ever before.  As we move out of a period dominated by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will lead by drawing on every element of our national power.  That power starts with our unparalleled military might, used wisely and when necessary to defend America’s core interests – the security of our citizens, our economy, and our allies.  We will lead by strengthening effective partnerships to counter an evolving terrorist threat.  We will lead by rallying coalitions and marshaling the resources of our partners to address regional and global challenges.  And, we will lead by standing firm in defense of human dignity and equality, while steering the course of history toward greater justice and opportunity for all.

 

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