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 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.”

 

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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
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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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The Last 24™: Videos.


 

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Surge in child immigrants crossing U.S.-Mexico border

 

 

 

Secretary Hagel Testifies on Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange: President Obama Made Final Decision

 

 

 

June 11 House Armed Services Hearing on Bowe Bergdahl Exchange

 

 

 

A billboard on display before it was announced he'd be released in exchange for five detainees at Guantanamo.

 

 

Defense Secretary Scolds Rep. Over Bergdahl’s Health

 

 

 

Leave Bowe Bergdahl Alone!

 

 

 

There’s a War Within The Republican Party

 

 

 

Cantor Announces Plans to Resign Leadership Post

 

 

 

Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Arraigned in NJ Court

 

 

 

Sun releases massive solar flare – NASA video

 

 

 

Brad Paisley Reunites With Army Officer

 

 

 

Senator Warren’s Remarks After “Bank on Students” Vote

 

 

 

Raw: Rio Statue Lit Up in Colors for World Cup

 

 

 

Obama Makes Starbucks Run

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 11th Of June: Where In The World Is Barack?


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HuMpDaY The 11th Of June: Where In The World Is Barack? Worcester, Massachusetts.

 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Will Soon be Unemployed.....

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Even primary winner was surprised he beat Eric Cantor

 

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Little-known challenger Dave Brat beat House Majority leader Eric Cantor in a primary race. CNN’s Dana Bash reports.

 

 

 

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Primary Shock: House Majority Leader Loses

 

Published on Jun 10, 2014

David Brat, an economics professor with Tea Party backing, shocked the Republican party on Tuesday by defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary in their suburban Richmond, Virginia district. (June 11)

 

 

 

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White House Schedule – June 11, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
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THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
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In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the morning, the President will meet with the United States Sentencing Commission in the Roosevelt Room. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts. The departure from the South Lawn is open press and the arrival at Worcester Regional Airport is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in the Boston area. There will be print pool coverage of the President’s remarks.

 

Later in the evening, the President will depart Worcester, Massachusetts en route Washington, DC. The departure from Worcester Regional Airport is open to pre-credentialed media, while the arrival on the South Lawn is open press.

 

 

Wednesday, June 11 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

10:50 AM: The President meets with the United States Sentencing Commission, Roosevelt Room.

 

1:45 PM: The Vice President delivers the keynote address at the North American Energy Summit, Goldman Sachs – New York City.

 

1:50 PM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

2:05 PM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Andrews.

 

3:20 PM: The President arrives Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Regional Airport.

 

4:00 PM: The President delivers remarks at the Worcester Technical High School Commencement, Worcester Technical High School – Worcester.

 

7:00 PM: The President delivers remarks and answers questions at a DSCC event, Private Residence – Weston.

 

8:20 PM: The President departs Worcester, Massachusetts en route Andrews Air Force Base, Worcester Regional Airport.
9:45 PM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews,Joint Base Andrews.

 

10:00 PM: The President arrives the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

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On Thursday, the President will hold a bilateral meeting Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia at the White House; the Vice President will also attend. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia’s leadership of the G-20 this year, the future of Afghanistan, and the growing bilateral defense relationship, including the rotation of U.S. Marines through Darwin.  They will also address some of the most serious security issues that confront both Australia and the United States, including Syria, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, North Korea, and the security and stability of the Asia Pacific region. In the afternoon, the President will welcome the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their victory in the WNBA Finals.

 

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Cannonball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Following their visit to Indian Country, the President and the First Lady will travel to Palm Springs, CA.

 

 

On Saturday, the President will deliver the commencement address at University of California, Irvine on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the UC Irvine campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson. UC Irvine does outstanding work at the undergraduate and graduate level in science and research, humanities, and professional studies, and the President looks forward to speaking with the graduates in June. Following these events, he will return to Palm Springs, CA. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, D.C on Monday.

 

 

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.

 

 

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June 11, 2014 1:45 PM EDT
Vice President Biden Gives the Keynote Address at the North American Energy Summit
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June 11, 2014 4:00 PM EDT
President Obama Speaks at the Worcester Technical High School Commencement
Worcester, Massachusetts

 

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

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

President Obama takes to Tumblr in an event at the White House moderated by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp. The President answered questions in the State Dining Room from folks across the country on the importance of education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.

 

 

 

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President Obama visiting Worcester to speak at H.S. graduation

 

Pres. Obama to deliver Worcester Tech. commencement address

 

Published on Mar 20, 2014

A Worcester school underwent a transformation and is now getting some big-time recognition from Pres. Barack Obama.

 

 

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) - Many high school graduates quickly forget who spoke at their graduation ceremony, but it is unlikely that the class of 2014 at Worcester Technical High School will have trouble remembering. President Barack Obama is headed to central Massachusetts Wednesday, to give some parting words of wisdom to Worcester Tech’s graduates.

 

The president will speak at Wednesday afternoon’s commencement ceremony at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, and shake the hands of graduates as they accept their diplomas. Following the president’s remarks, he will head to the Boston area, where he will participate in an event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He will return to Washington later in the evening.

 

22News reporter Yoojin Cho will be at the DCU Center, and you can watch President Obama’s remarks to the graduates live on WWLP.com at around 4:00 P.M.

 

Principal Sheila Harrity has been named National High School Principal of the YearU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has visited the school; and its class motivational speaker was former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

 

 

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Statements and Releases - June 10, 2014

 

Statement by the President on the Presidential Election in Israel

 

Remarks by the President at Signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act and the 65th Infantry Regiment Congressional Gold Medal

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Egyptian President al-Sisi

 

Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Belarus

 

Message to the Congress — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Belarus

 

REPORT: Taking Action – Higher Education And Student Debt

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1726, H.R. 3080

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 724, H.R. 1036, H.R. 1228, H.R. 1451, H.R. 2391, H.R. 2939, H.R. 3060, H.R. 3658, H.R. 4032, H.R. 4488, S. 611

 

 

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Obama “Biggest Frustration” Shootings discusses gun legislation after shooting in Troutdale, Oregon

 

Published on Jun 10, 2014

The President discusses gun legislation after shooting at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon.

 

 

 

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How the Oregon shooting events unfolded

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

A 14-year-old student was killed in an Oregon school shooting. CNN’s Sara Sidner reports.

 

 

 

When is enough death from gun violence, enough death from gun violence to make the whores of the NRA in Washington, D.C. who work on Capitol Hill….vote for gun control/gun reform? There have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook Elementary School was the scene of a school massacre. When is enough blood money under the table to allow guns in the hands of everybody, enough money?

 

When does MY right to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness trump YOUR right to have weapons of death in your basement, or in the back window of your pickup, or slung across your back in Target?

 

Shooter, Student Dead After School Shooting

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

Authorities near Portland, Oregon say a teen gunman killed a student and wounded a teacher before apparently killing himself on Tuesday. (June 11)

 

 

 

Who has to die next to convince politicians nationwide on the state and federal level, that people with guns kill people, that there is NO good guy with a gun?

 

If I see a person with a weapon slung over their backs where I publicly do business, I’m going to snatch that weapon off that sumbitch and beat their ass with that weapon.

 

Yes, I carry bail money with me.

 

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

 

Published on May 29, 2014

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

 

 

 

Obama’s Bowe Bergdahl Trade Was The Right Call

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

President Obama made the right decision to trade five Guantanamo Bay detainees for Bowe Bergdahl, the last American POW from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

 

 

 

Political funny: Obama’s latte

 

 

 

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Gun Activists With Assault Rifles Harass Marine Veteran On Memorial Day. God Almighty I Wish This Was Me.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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I have felt a somewhat mean angry nasty spirited emotion over take me the past week. I seem to have reached a brick wall reinforced by old Pittsburgh steel when it comes to my already very low tolerance for dumbfuckery from dumbassgunmorons.

 

I would gladly have switched places with this Marine Vet & been face to face with these gun toting no military service idiots, with a much different outcome than the one we see here with this Veteran.

 

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From Mother Jones:

 

Gun Activists With Assault Rifles Harass Marine Veteran on Memorial Day.

 

“Are you gonna cry? Sounds like you’re about to cry.” Watch armed men pursue a vet through downtown Fort Worth.

 

 

On Memorial Day this week, a former Marine in Texas named James got a couple calls from friends who’d spotted an unusual gathering in downtown Fort Worth: Roughly a dozen people, mostly men, were hanging out in the middle of the city’s cultural district, armed with semi-automatic rifles. James quickly knew what his friends were describing, having recently encountered an open-carry demonstration himself in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. An independent TV commercial producer who sometimes films live events, James headed downtown with his camera to get some footage.

 

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What he saw there struck him as especially provocative. Not only had the open-carry activists come to a typically relaxed, family friendly part of town, they were displaying intimidating firearms just three days after a major gun massacre in Southern California. What he didn’t anticipate was that they would soon be pursuing him for several city blocks with cameras of their own, harassing him and later posting the footage online, where they would also level homophobic slurs and violent threats against him.

 

Women who speak out have been the primary target for gun activists, as I detailed in a recent investigation. But now, on a day meant to honor fallen service members, a military vet would make the hit list.

 

James, who asked that his last name not be used, knows his way around guns. He served for four years in the US Marines infantry, where he earned several awards for marksmanship. He is a gun owner, he told me, and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and concealed-carry rights. But while carrying rifles publicly is legal in Texas, he felt that these guys—supporters of a movement that seeks to legalize the open carrying of handguns—were crossing a line.

 

“I’ll be happy to smash assholes like him,” said one gun activist online. “Who here wants to help ruin him?” said another.

 

The men, members of the groups Open Carry Texas and Open Carry Tarrant County, asked him which news network he was with. When he said he wasn’t, things began turning frosty. They pressed him about what he thought of their demonstration, and he replied with an unvarnished opinion that included profanities, language he told me he regrets having used.

 

“I’m all for responsible gun owners,” he says. “What I was taught was not to wear it around like a gold chain. What they’re doing is irresponsible. It intimidates the public, and people have just as much right to be comfortable in their public environment as these guys have a right to own their firearms.”

 

Suddenly he was surrounded by about a half-dozen armed men. They started badgering him with questions and accusing him of being anti-American. “I said, ‘Are you kidding me? I served in the military.’ They were trying to intimidate me, and when I didn’t cower that upset them,” he said. But he was starting to feel nervous and decided to disengage and walk away.

 

In a video obtained by Mother Jones that was posted online later that day by one of the activists, the group can be seen pursuing and harassing James through downtown Fort Worth. “I’m following this guy around,” declares one of them, setting off after him with his weapon slung across his back. He and others stay right behind James for several city blocks, following him through traffic and taunting him along the way. James grows more agitated and tells them off, calling them assholes and bullies.

 

“We’re being polite, you’re calling people names,” one of the gun activists pursuing him says.

 

“You’re not being polite out here with assault rifles the weekend after people lost their children,” James retorts, before again trying to walk away.

 

The harassment continues down the street. “Are you gonna cry?” one says. “Sounds like you’re about to cry.” Another says: “What’s wrong with that guy—is he a liberal?

 

“Yeah,” the other replies.

 

“Big time?”

 

“Yeah.”

 

Eventually they follow him to a parking lot (where, in the background, there just so happens to be a Chipotle). As James gets into his vehicle, the gun activists zoom in on his company’s name and contact info appearing on the side of his truck, as well as his license plate, vowing to post it all online.

 

After the video went up on YouTube and Facebook, James pushed back in the comments sections, only to be met with increasing hostility.

 

“That guy obviously thinks he’s a badass talking shit to armed citizens,” one gun activist said. “When [the shit hits the fan] I’ll be happy to smash assholes like him.”

 

When one of the guys who’d followed him suggested posting the video to multiple sites, another said they should “put really gay background music to it.”

 

“He wasn’t Marine Corps infantry,” declared another. “Or he got out due to ‘don’t ask don’t tell.’ What a fruit.”

 

“Who here wants to help ruin him?” said another.

 

The footage the group posted was not the first such effort to intimidate by exposing someone’s personal information: As I reported recently, in April members of Open Carry Texas outed a concerned schoolteacher who had called police in Plano, Texas, and she was soon hit with a barrage of harassment and violent threats by phone and email. James faced similar treatment this week, he told me, with harassers saying he was a “fucking faggot” and “this guy needs his jaw broken.”

 

James shared his story only reluctantly, but he is also adamant, he says, that what the gun activists are doing is wrong. And he’s far from alone in that view: He has since also received many positive calls and messages of support, he says—including from a couple of vocal open-carry supporters, one of whom invited him to go to a firing range together.

 

After multiple rejections from corporate restaurants and a wave of negative publicity, several Texas open-carry groups put out a joint statement last week asking their supporters to dial back the provocative tactics. Some hardcore followers balked at that, but now even some rank and file gun activists have expressed doubt in online comments about this latest incident. “Following him makes you the bad guy and could be considered intimidation,” one said. A member of Open Carry Texas—who himself participated in that group’s intimidation tactics against women—also disapproved of the footage, or at least of its public airing. “Nothing about this video benefits our movement,” he said.

 

Thank you  & Mother Jones.

 

Mark Follman is a senior editor at Mother Jones. Read more of his stories, follow him on Twitter,

 

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When I was in basic in my branch of the military, we were taught in the first month of that experience how to disarm anyone who was unfriendly. Be they armed with a K-Bar or toting a SG 550. We were taught that no matter the weapon, if an enemy was within reach of us physically, he could be disarmed in 4.5 seconds if we recruits learned what we were being taught.

 

I wish an asshole who imagines he/she has an advantage over anyone because he/she is armed, would approach me in the exact same manner as these 11th graders approached this Marine Vet.

 

I am against guns. PERIOD. The 2nd amendment is a racist joke, and should be repealed yesterday. NO human should have any weapon more deadly that a Louisville Slugger. Guns should be, must be, removed from any sane intelligent civil society.

 

I own guns, and I own a concealed carry permit and have been licensed since 1985 when I returned home from my 9 years in hell for Uncle Sam. With relatives like Uncle Sam, you never need enemies. I carry daily when I am in the street, you could never tell that just by looking at me or talking to me.

 

The second guns are outlawed I’ll be the 2nd person in line to turn my weapons in….never be the 1st to do anything (another military lesson from my CO).

 

On July 13th of 2013 when George Zimmerman was labeled not guilty, I re-purchased 7 weapons to replace the 7 I had given up the week after the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre. I couldn’t with good mind keep guns if I hated them so much, and that Sandy Hook slaughter turned my resolve to carry or hold weapons.

 

Then George Zimmerman was set free. That changed my resolve to be unarmed.

 

I said all that to say this….this video is prime proof why dumbass Americans do not need firearms, including me.

 

I should not have weapons and neither should any human, no matter how well trained, or how well experienced in the use of firearms.

 

Before you open your mouth to say “2nd amendment” read this, then shut the fuck up and go sit the fuck down…..

 

Guns. Some Guns. More Guns. Gun News. The 2nd Amendment.

 

People like these cretins in this video are why no human that breaths oxygen or bleeds red blood, should ever have a weapon. Had that been me instead of “James”, we’d all have been on the 6 O’clock news.

 

With them dead, and me facing prison because Stand Your Ground was not created for a Black American. Nor is it allowed to be used as a defense option during trial.

 

Have a happy weekend.

 

An Answer To Joe The Plumber’s (Samuel J. Wurzelbacher) Asinine Comment: “Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”

 

A Gun Violence Victim Speaks.

 

 

 

 

Isla Vista victim’s dad: Don’t call me politicians, do something

 

Published on May 27, 2014

Anderson Cooper speaks with Richard Martinez, the dad of Isla Vista shooting victim Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez.

 

 

 

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

 

Published on May 29, 2014

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

 

 

 

Father of UCSB Shooting Victim Christopher Martinez: “When Will This Insanity Stop?”

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Richard Martinez, the father of 20-year-old UCSB shooting victim Christopher Martinez, attacked the NRA and guns in a heartbreaking speech at a press conference this afternoon.

 

“Our son Chris Martinez and six others are dead,” Martinez said. “Our family has a message for every parent out there: You don’t think it will happen to your child until it does.”

 

 

 

Richard Martinez is right.

 

His son Christopher was shot and killed in Santa Barbara after our representatives in Washington failed — again and again and again — to fix our broken gun laws.

 

They failed to take comprehensive action after Columbine. After Virginia Tech. After Tucson. After Fort Hood. After Aurora. And as Mr. Martinez said, “My kid died because nobody responded to what happened at Sandy Hook.”

 

We cannot stand by and do nothing while 86 people die every day from gun shots. Not One More person should die because our elected officials failed to fix our broken gun laws.

 

 

Entertainers Speak Out Against Gun Violence

 

Published on May 30, 2014

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A mix of rappers, sports stars and other entertainers including Snoop Dogg and Joe Montana teamed up in San Francisco to speak against gun violence. (May 30)

 

 

 

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