The Last 24™


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The President Makes a Statement on Foreign Policy

July 16, 2014 | 7:30 | Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers a statement to the press on foreign policy.

 

 

 

The President Meets with His Climate Task Force

July 16, 2014 | 4:11 | Public Domain

 

President Obama meets with his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

July 16, 2014 | 01:04:12 | Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

President Obama Hosts an Iftar Dinner

July 14, 2014 | Public Domain

 

President Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. This is the sixth Iftar that President Obama has hosted, continuing the tradition of hosting Iftars that began annually under President Clinton and was continued by President George W. Bush. The invited guests include elected officials, religious and grassroots leaders in the Muslim American community, and leaders of diverse faiths and members of the diplomatic corps.

 

 

 

Preparing Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change

 

 

We’ve been talking a lot recently about the need to rebuild and strengthen our nation’s infrastructure. As the President has made clear, a world-class infrastructure system is a vital part of a top-performing economy.

 

But there’s another important reason why we need to rebuild our infrastructure: climate change.

 

Communities across America need more resilient infrastructure that can withstand the impacts of climate change — like more extreme weather and increased flooding. That’s part of the reason why the President established the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience last November.

 

The Task Force, made up of 26 governors, mayors, and county and tribal officials from across the country, advises the President on how the federal government can best help American communities dealing with the effects of climate change. Today, the Task Force came to the White House for their fourth and final meeting, and will give the President final recommendations this fall.

 

“These leaders are here because states and communities that they represent are already dealing with the effects of climate change,” the President said at today’s meeting. “They’re seeing rising sea levels, more powerful hurricanes, more intense heatwaves, severe droughts, and wildfires out west. So this is already happening, and these leaders understand that climate change is a threat to public safety, it’s a threat to public health, and to something that we want to emphasize today — the infrastructure upon which our economy depends.”

 

More severe storms and increased flooding threaten roads and bridges and businesses.  Rising sea levels threaten coastal communities and ports.

 

So climate change poses a direct threat to the infrastructure of America that we need to stay competitive in this 21st-century economy.  That means that we should see this as an opportunity to do what we should be doing anyway, and that’s modernizing our infrastructure, modernizing our roads, modernizing our bridges, power grids, our transit systems, and making sure that they’re more resilient.  That’s going to be good for commerce and it’s obviously going to be good for communities.

 

During his remarks, the President also announced a series of actions in response to early feedback from the Task Force. These actions will help state, local, and tribal leaders prepare their communities for climate change by building more resilient infrastructure and rebuilding existing infrastructure in a stronger and smarter way.

 

We’re going to do more, including new data and 3D maps to help state, local officials in communities understand which areas and which infrastructure are at risk as a consequence of climate change.  We’re going to help communities improve their electric grids, build stronger seawalls and natural barriers, and protect their water supplies.  We’re also going to invest in stronger and more resilient infrastructure.

Last month, I announced a new competitive fund — $1 billion — to help communities do this.  Today we’re taking steps to make sure that this competition will work.  We’re going to announce the specifics about who can compete, how we can learn from communities that are rebuilding stronger from disasters like Hurricane Sandy and flooding in Colorado.  We want the best ideas to become models for the whole country.  And the idea of this competition is not just the communities that win a grant are able to improve their infrastructure but what we’re also going to be doing is hopefully lifting everybody’s game and making sure that people in their planning are thinking about these issues as they move forward.

“The bottom line is investing in our infrastructure, protecting our communities, ensuring the health and safety of our citizens.”

 

— President Obama, July 16, 2014

He reiterated that this shouldn’t be a partisan issue, as it’s something that Democrats, Republicans, and independents all care about.

 

“I want you to know that you have a partner in me,” the President said. “You have a partner in this administration, and I’m confident that, working together, we can take some common-sense steps to make sure that America’s infrastructure is safer, stronger and more resilient for future generations.”

 

Find out more about the series of actions the President announced this afternoon.

 

 

Giving Working Families a Voice

 

 

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor’s blog. See the original posthere.

 

Last night, New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy participated in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game – proof positive that you can perform peerlessly at your job while still taking care of your family at critical moments. Murphy made headlines a few months ago when he chose to miss the first game of the season to be with his wife after she gave birth to their child.

 

Murphy’s story is one about having the right priorities and being faithful to your values, even in the face of criticism. But his story is about something else very important – the power of membership in a strong labor union, which can use collective bargaining to secure paternity leave and other essential benefits.

 

Three weeks ago, a crowd of more than a thousand – workers, business leaders, policymakers, advocates, and more – gathered at the first White House Summit on Working Families to ignite a conversation about how to provide more people with the same workplace benefits and protections enjoyed by Daniel Murphy. And the labor movement, which has been in the vanguard of this struggle, played a prominent role.

 

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Dick Cheney The Living Embodiment Of Eisenhower’s Greatest Fear

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

test”Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that President Barack Obama is “devastating” the U.S. military and needs to divert more resources away from domestic priorities such as rebuilding roads and making sure low-income people can get food.

 

During an event sponsored by Politico, Cheney said the next president needs to “turn around the whole trend” of cutting defense dollars.

 

“That ought to be our top priority for spending. Not food stamps, not highways or anything else,” Cheney said. “Your No. 1 responsibility as president is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. [Obama] is the commander-in-chief and he’s absolutely devastating the United States military today.”

 

 

 

Obama Announces Expanded Sanctions Against Russia

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

The Obama administration is imposing new, deeper sanctions on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, targeting Russian banks and energy and defense firms.

 

 

“Given its continued provocations in Ukraine, today I have approved a new set of sanctions on some of Russia’s largest companies and financial institutions,” President Obama announced during a brief statement in the White House briefing room today.

 

“I’ve repeatedly made it clear that Russia must halt the flow of weapons and fighters across the border into Ukraine, that Russia must urge separatists to release their hostages and support a ceasefire, that Russia needs to pursue internationally mediated talks and agree to meaningful monitors on the border — I’ve made this clear directly to Mr. Putin,” he said. “So far, Russia has failed to take any of the steps that I mentioned.” “These sanctions are significant but they are also targeted, designed to have the maximum effect on Russia while limiting any spillover effects on American companies,” the president added. “The Russian leadership will see once again that its action has consequences.”

 

The sanctions were expanded in consultation with European allies, Obama said, noting that though the U.S. prefers diplomatic solutions, “we have to see concrete actions and not just words that Russia in fact is committed to trying to end this conflict.”

 

“Like any people, the Ukrainians deserve the right to forge their own destiny,” he said. “We’re going to continue to stand with the Ukrainian people as they seek to determine their own future.”

 

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today imposed what it called “a broad-based package of sanctions on entities in the financial services, energy and arms or related materiel sectors of Russia, and on those undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty or misappropriating Ukrainian property.”

 

Among the firms targeted is Kalashnikov Concern, the company that makes AK-47s.

 

“Russia has continued to destabilize Ukraine and provide support for the separatists, despite its statements to the contrary,” Under-Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said in a statement.

 

“Because Russia has failed to meet the basic standards of international conduct, we are acting today to open Russia’s financial services and energy sectors to sanctions and limit the access of two key Russian banks and two key energy firms to U.S. sources of financing, and to impose blocking sanctions against eight arms firms and a set of senior Russian officials,” Cohen said.

 

 

Mother becomes NFL cheerleader at 40

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

Kriste Lewis, 40, is one of the newest member of the New Orleans cheerleading squad, known as the Saintsations.

 

 

 

‘Doctor’ Coburn Lies about Hobby Lobby & Contraception on Senate Floor

 

 

 

 

House Rules Committee Hearing on Proposed Lawsuit of President Barack Obama

 

Streamed live on Jul 16, 2014

The House Rules Committee holds a hearing on initiating a House lawsuit against President Barack Obama over failing to enforce the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

Marines test-drive GUSS vehicle Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

The U.S. Marine Corps tested the Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) last week at the Kahuku Military Training Area on Hawaii’s Oahu island. The vehicle, the size of a small Jeep, can also drive itself.

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

Remarks by the President at Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Meeting

 

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

 

 

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The Last 24™: Holiday Edition.


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Celebrating Independence Day

July 04, 2014 | 2:30 | Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Celebrando una nación única

July 04, 2014 | 3:25 | Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

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

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    President Barack Obama Listens During Naturalization CeremonyPresident Barack Obama listens as Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security administers the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in the East Room of the White House, July 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

     

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

     

    In the President’s words:

     

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

     

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

 

 

Press Briefing

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

 

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

 

 

 

The President Visits 1776 to Talk About the Economy

July 03, 2014 | 6:57 | Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

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

July 03, 2014 | 7:51

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

Scheduled for Jul 4, 2014

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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The Employment Situation in June

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 

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Happy 4th of July!

 

Ray Charles – America the Beautiful

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

 

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

 

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

 

 

52 Months, 9.7 Million Jobs

 

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

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

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

 

 

 

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

 

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50 Years Later

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

“You guys did us proud.”

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

POTUS Talks Infrastructure and the Economy

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

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront Park President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C. July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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Highway beating: CHP investigating video of officer hitting woman

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

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

 

 

 

Raw: French Kids Witness a Mom Killing Teacher

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

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

 

 

 

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

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

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

 

 

 

Hurricane Arthur moves up East Coast

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

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

 

 

 

Helicopter Rescues Climber Clinging to a Cliff 

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

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

 

 

 

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

 

Published on Jul 4, 2014

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

 

 

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

 

 

Hurricane Arthur causes flight delays

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Insanely Racist Twitter Rant From Opie & Anthony Show Host

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

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

 

 

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PBS News Hour For Thursday, July 3, 2014

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

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

 

 

 

Hillary Clinton On The Benghazi Attack

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

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

 

 

 

ALERT: Hurricane Arthur Lashing North Carolina Coast Now

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

Remarks on Combating Violence and Discrimination Against Women

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

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

 

 

 

Paul Bloom: Can prejudice ever be a good thing?

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

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

 

 

 

Jim Hightower on the Rise of Populism

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

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

 

 

 

Holiday travel impeded by weather

 

Published on Jul 3, 2014

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

 

 

 

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Barack After Dark™: The Video Edition.


 

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Letters to the President: Covered in Pennsylvania

Published on May 1, 2014

While in Pittsburgh, the President met with several families who wrote letters about how the Affordable Care Act is benefiting their lives.

 

 

 

5/1/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on May 1, 2014

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

 

 

 

Vice President Biden Speaks on Preventing Campus Sexual Assault

 

Published on Apr 30, 2014

Vice President Biden delivers remarks at an event releasing the first report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. April 29, 2014.

 

 

 

First Lady and Dr. Biden at launch of Philanthropy — Joining Forces Impact Pledge

 

 

 

President Obama Honors the 2014 Teacher of the Year and Finalists

 

Published on May 1, 2014

President Obama honors the 2014 National and State Teacher of the Year and finalists, thanking them for their hard work and dedication each and every day in the classroom. May 1, 2014.

 

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Raising the Minimum Wage

 

Published on Apr 30, 2014

President Obama says that because Republicans in Congress said “no” to even allowing a vote in the Senate on raising the minimum wage, millions of hardworking Americans are going to have to wait for the raise they deserve. April 30, 2014.

 

 

 

Team USA Enters the Let’s Move! Olympics Opening Ceremony

 

The Sochi 2014 Olympics may be over, but the Let’s Move! Olympics are just getting started. And to mark National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, we invited some of our nation’s greatest athletes to participate.

 

 

 

Pentagon Chief Boosts Fight Against Sex Assaults

 

Published on May 1, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that sexual assaults are a threat to both women and men in uniform and that the Pentagon must do more to fight a culture that discourages victims from reporting assaults. (May 1)

 

 

 

Abducted Nigerian girls still missing

 

Published on Apr 16, 2014

Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for 100 teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

The abductions come a day after 71 people were killed in two explosions at a bus station in the capital Abuja.

 

 

 

Bamboo Orchestra or, West Wing Peek

 

Published on May 1, 2014

When the President arrived in Manila on Monday, the American delegation was received in epic fashion at Malacañang Palace, where a bamboo orchestra was playing the theme to Beverly Hills Cop.

 

 

 

 

1 is 2 Many PSA: 60 Second

 

 

Published on Apr 29, 2014

President Obama, Vice President Biden, Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell on putting an end to sexual assault. http://www.whitehouse.gov/1is2many

 

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White House Photo Of The Day, May 1st, 2014

 

President Barack Obama meets with Cody Keenan, right, Director of Speechwriting, and Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office, April 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Cody Keenan, right, Director of Speechwriting, and Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office, April 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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The President’s Trip To Asia: Photos By Mr. Peter Souza

 

President Obama’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. The President’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines will focus on our major priorities in the region: modernizing our alliances; supporting democratic development; advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and commercial ties; investing in regional institutions; and deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.

 

 

 

The First Lady Visits China Photos By Ms. Amanda Lucidon

 

The First Lady traveled to China from March 19-26, 2014. She visited Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26.

 

 

 

The President’s Trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia. Photos By Mr. Peter Souza

 

Published on Apr 30, 2014

Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Holy See, and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were where Mr. Souza captured these historical images. Come along on a journey of magnificent memories.

 

 

 

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The Weekly Address: Rewarding Women’s Hard Work And Increasing The Minimum Wage


 

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Your Weekly Address

 

President Barack Obama intends to publish a weekly video address every Saturday morning of his presidency.

 

 

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Weekly Address: Rewarding Women’s Hard Work and Increasing the Minimum Wage

March 22, 2014 | 3:04 |Public Domain

 

In this week’s address, President Obama highlights the importance of making sure our economy rewards the hard work of every American – including America’s women.

 

 

 

 

 

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VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Premiando el trabajo arduo de las mujeres

March 22, 2014 | 3:06 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, Elmy Bermejo, la Directora de Asuntos Intergubernamentales del Departamento de Trabajo discutió la necesidad de garantizar que nuestra economía recompense el arduo trabajo realizado por las mujeres. Un verdadero plan de oportunidades no es tal si no funciona para las mujeres que son parte de la fuerza laboral. Porque cuando la mujer tiene éxito, Estados Unidos tiene éxito.

 

 

 

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West Wing Week 3/21/14 or, “24 Soldiers”

March 20, 2014 | 5:58

 

This week, the President celebrated St. Patrick’s day alongside the Prime Minister of Ireland, continued to work toward a diplomatic resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, hosted Palestinian President Abbas, awarded 24 Medals of Honor, and traveled to Florida to speak on the importance of supporting working families.

 

 

 

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Press Briefing

March 22, 2014 | 52:31 | 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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Statement By President Barack Hussein Obama On Ukraine


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Statement by the President on Ukraine

 

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:05 P.M. EST

 

 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Before Jay takes some of your questions, I wanted to provide a brief update on our efforts to address the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

 

Since the Russian intervention, we’ve been mobilizing the international community to condemn this violation of international law and to support the people and government of Ukraine.

 

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This morning I signed an executive order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people.

 

According to my guidance, the State Department has also put in place restrictions on the travel of certain individuals and officials.  These decisions continue our efforts to impose a cost on Russia and those responsible for the situation in Crimea.  And they also give us the flexibility to adjust our response going forward based on Russia’s actions.

 

We took these steps in close coordination with our European allies.  I’ve spoken to several of our closest friends around the world, and I’m pleased that our international unity is on display at this important moment.  Already, we’ve moved together to announced substantial assistance for the government in Kyiv, and today in Brussels, our allies took similar steps to impose costs on Russia.  I am confident that we are moving forward together, united in our determination to oppose actions that violate international law and to support the government and people of Ukraine.

 

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And that includes standing up for the principle of state sovereignty.  The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law.  Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine.  In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.

 

While we take these steps, I want to be clear that there is also a way to resolve this crisis that respects the interests of the Russian Federation, as well as the Ukrainian people.  Let international monitors into all of Ukraine, including Crimea, to ensure the rights of all Ukrainians are being respected, including ethnic Russians.  Begin consultations between the government of Russia and Ukraine, with the participation of the international community.  Russia would maintain its basing rights in Crimea, provided that it abides by its agreements and respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  And the world should support the people of Ukraine as they move to elections in May.

 

That’s the path of de-escalation, and Secretary Kerry is engaged in discussions with all of the relevant parties, including Russia and Ukraine to pursue that path.  But if this violation of international law continues, the resolve of the United States, and our allies and the international community will remain firm.  Meanwhile, we’ve taken steps to reaffirm our commitment to the security and democracy of our allies in Eastern Europe and to support the people of Ukraine.

 

One last point — there’s been a lot of talk in Congress about these issues.  Today, once again, I’m calling on Congress to follow up on these words with action, specifically to support the IMF’s capacity to lend resources to Ukraine and to provide American assistance for the Ukrainian government so that they can weather this storm and stabilize their economy, make needed reforms, deliver for their people, all of which will provide a smoother pathway for the elections that have already been scheduled in May.

 

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Today the world can see that the United States is united with our allies and partners in upholding international law and pursuing a just outcome that advances global security and the future that the Ukrainian people deserve.  That’s what we’re going to continue to do in the days to come until we have seen a resolution to this crisis.

 

Thanks very much.  And Jay and Ben and others will be happy to take your questions.

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1:10 P.M. EST

 

 

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Latvian President Andris Berzins

In a telephone call earlier today, Vice President Biden and Latvian President Andris Berzins expressed their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity and discussed how best to bring about a peaceful resolution.  The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ longstanding and continuing commitment to peace and security in the Baltic region.

 

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom

As part of our continuing close consultations on shared security challenges, the President spoke to Prime Minister Cameron today regarding the events unfolding in Ukraine  The leaders expressed their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, and both noted that the current circumstances are unacceptable.  Russia has already started to pay a cost for its actions, such as reducing investor confidence in Russia. The two leaders welcomed the military observer mission being undertaken by Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe at the request of the Government of Ukraine.   They also discussed support for the government of Ukraine as it works to stabilize its economy and makes preparations for elections in May.  The leaders agreed to stay in close contact in the days ahead.

 

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Vladimir Putin has responded to journalists’ questions about the invasion with “What invasion? I don’t hear anybody complaining about any invasion. Now go away, I’m busy protecting these cardboard targets.”

Vladimir Putin has responded to journalists’ questions about the invasion with “What invasion? I don’t hear anybody complaining about any invasion. Now go away, I’m busy protecting these cardboard targets.”

People attend a morning prayer service at Independence Square on March 2.

People attend a morning prayer service at Independence Square on March 2.

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AP PHOTO/ANDREW LUBIMOV A man in unmarked uniform rides military vehicle in Balaklava, on the outskirts of Sevastopol in the Crimean region of Ukraine. One day after sending in thousands of troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin got permission from parliament to use military force in the autonomous region of Crimea, where most residents are ethnic Russians.

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A man in unmarked uniform rides military vehicle in Balaklava, on the outskirts of Sevastopol in the Crimean region of Ukraine. One day after sending in thousands of troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin got permission from parliament to use military force in the autonomous region of Crimea, where most residents are ethnic Russians.

A woman sheds tears during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.

A woman sheds tears during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.

A woman waits in front of unidentified men in military fatigues who were blocking a base of the Ukrainian frontier guard unit in Balaklava, Ukraine, on March 1.

A woman waits in front of unidentified men in military fatigues who were blocking a base of the Ukrainian frontier guard unit in Balaklava, Ukraine, on March 1.

the United States, Germany and Italy during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.

the United States, Germany and Italy during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.

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