What Did Barack Do Today™ Friday The 8th Of August, 2014.


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White House Schedule – August 8, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of Labor Perez. This meeting in the Roosevelt Room is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of Commerce Pritzker. This meeting in the Roosevelt Room closed press.

 

White House Schedule – August 8th, 2014

 

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

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY AUGUST 8th, 2014 

 

Friday, August 8th 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

11:30 AM: The President will meet with Secretary of Labor Perez, The Roosevelt Room.

 

12:10 PM: The President will meet with Secretary of Commerce Pritzker, The Roosevelt Room.

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

August 08, 2014 12:45 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

The White House, White House Streaming Live

 

 

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Chart of the Week: Number of Americans Applying for Unemployment Benefits Lowest Since 2006

 

The economy is getting stronger thanks to the grit and resilience of American workers. Last month, total job growth exceeded 200,000 for the sixth straight month, the first time that’s happened since 1997. In fact, our private sector has added 9.9 million jobs for the last 53 straight months, the longest streak on record.

 

As the economy moves forward, the number of people who are applying for unemployment insurance is dropping. Just this week, the four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment benefits hit their lowest level since 2006. And while this series can be volatile from week to week, a look at the longer-term picture shows the progress we have made. Take a look at where that number was during the Great Recession — and where we are now:

 

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This chart shows that the four-week moving average of initial claims — a more accurate measure of unemployment claims than week-to-week data — has fallen to 293,500, the lowest level since February of 2006.

 

While we are making progress, there is still more work to do. President Obama’s priority continues to be restoring economic security for the middle class — and those working their way up to the middle class — to ensure that every hardworking American has the opportunity to get ahead. The President is committed to working with Congress to continue this momentum, but he won’t wait on Congress to do his job and invest in America’s economic growth.

 

Check out how the President is using his pen and his phone to create new manufacturing jobs, expand job training, make college more affordable, support equal pay and work flexibility, and strengthen security for America’s middle class.

 

 

President Obama Makes a Statement on the Crisis in Iraq

 

President Obama Signs Bill to Give the VA the Resources It Needs

 

President Obama Engages with African Leaders on Final Day of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Join a Twitter Q&A on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

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President Barack Hussein Obama Makes A Statement On The Iraq Crisis.

 

Justice For Ms. Renisha McBride: Theodore Wafer GUILTY Of Second Degree Murder.

 

What Did Barack Do Today™: Signed H.R. 3230, The Veterans’ Access To Care through Choice, Accountability, And Transparency Act Of 2014.

 

Where In The World Is Barack™: Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

 

The Story Behind Dr. Jill Biden’s Wax Print Dress At Last Night’s White House Dinner.

 

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

 

What Did Barack Do Today™

 

The Last 24™

 

Statements and Releases

 

Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on Iraq

 

Statement by the President on Iraq

 

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U.S. launches first airstrikes in Iraq

 

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US Airstrike Begins: 2 F/A-18 drops 500lb Laser-guided Bombs on ISIS near Erbil, Iraq

 

Published on Aug 8, 2014

URGENT – Iraq US Airstrike ISIS Details
BREAKING NEWS (CNN) — Two American F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a “mobile artillery piece” used by ISIS at about 6:45 a.m. ET, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said. ISIS was using the artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Irbil, Iraq, where U.S. personnel are located, he said. The commander of U.S. Central Command made the decision to strike under authorization granted him by President Barack Obama, Kirby said.

 

US Carries Out Airstrike Against ISIS in Iraq
The United States carried out an airstrike against ISIS militants in Iraq today, targeting artillery, the Pentagon’s press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

 

Kirby said two F/A 18 fighter jets dropped 500 pound laser guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish province. He said the artillery was being “used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near US personnel.”

 

The strike comes one day after President Obama authorized airstrikes in Iraq if necessary.

 

“We intend to stay vigilant, and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq,” Obama said.
Obama said there will be no U.S. troops on the ground.

 

“I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq. And so even as we support Iraqis, as they take the flight to these terrorists, American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq,” Obama said.

 
It has been nearly three years since U.S. forces left Iraq, three years since Obama announced the war there was over. The last convoy of U.S. soldiers left Iraq in December 2011.

 

Administration officials believe the Iraqis are best-suited to deal with the threat of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, over the long term.

 

“We’re laying down a marker here that even though [ISIS] is not penetrating Erbil, just their presence on the periphery, and the potential threat they pose, could lead us to take action if the targets present themselves,” an official told ABC News.

 

U.S. forces are conducting a difficult and dangerous humanitarian mission, with three U.S. Air Force cargo jets escorted by two F-18 fighter jets dropping critical supplies. In a race to stop a catastrophe, thousands of families who fled to the top of a mountain in Sinjar now face a worrisome predicament, battling blistering heat, pleading that there is no water or bread. Nearly 20 children have already died.

 

They are trapped 3,000 feet up with no escape.

 
Down below, ISIS terrorists have taken over their homes, warning of a slaughter if they return.

 

The U.S. aircraft dropped 5,300 gallons of water and 8,000 ready-to-eat meals.

 

Senior administration officials said air drops and humanitarian aid will continue “as we see need,” and the administration expects that need to continue.

 

The White House believes any action would be consistent with international law, because U.S. input was requested by the Iraqi government. Additionally, the administration believes that the president has the legal authority under the Constitution to act to protect U.S. citizens.

 

At this point, the United States is not evacuating Americans from Erbil, confident that the consulate is safe, administration officials said.

 

 

The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel.

 

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it.

 

President Barack Obama authorized such airstrikes Thursday when the Islamic state militant group advanced on Irbil, in northeaster Iraq, where U.S. military trainers are stationed.

 

Earlier Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. military has enough intelligence to clearly single out Islamic militants.

 

Hagel also said that more than 60 of 72 bundles of food and water airdropped onto the mountain reached the Iraqi religious minorities stranded there.

 

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Police officer recorded criticizing Obama resigns

 

A central New Jersey police officer who was videotaped making disparaging comments about President Barack Obama and the Constitution has resigned.

 

Part-time Officer Richard Recine was called to the Helmetta town hall Monday because resident Steve Wronko was seen videotaping inside. Wronko insisted he had a constitutional right to make the recording.

 

On the tape, the officer says Obama has “decimated” the Constitution and “if he doesn’t follow the Constitution, we don’t have to.”

 

Recine told Bridgewater’s Courier News on Thursday it was a “stupid statement” and he was being sarcastic.

 

The 59-year-old Recine is a Democrat. He earned an hourly wage while collecting a $79,000 pension after retiring from the Franklin Police Department in 2006.

 

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Martha’s Vineyard prepares for Obamas’ summer vacation

 

President Barack Obama and his family are heading to the wealthy island resort of Martha’s Vineyard for a three-week vacation starting Saturday, a near-annual ritual that islanders say is a boon to local businesses even if it comes with added hassles for vacationers during what’s typically the busiest tourist month of the year.

In this Aug. 9, 2013 file photo Meghan Ford of Marshfield, Mass., left, looks through a rack of clothes near a cut-out photograph of President Barack Obama, right, at a shop in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama and his family are returning to the island off the Massachusetts mainland Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. | AP file

In this Aug. 9, 2013 file photo Meghan Ford of Marshfield, Mass., left, looks through a rack of clothes near a cut-out photograph of President Barack Obama, right, at a shop in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. President Obama and his family are returning to the island off the Massachusetts mainland Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. | AP file

At Big Al’s, a sports memorabilia store in Oak Bluffs, owner Alex McClusky prominently displays “I vacationed with Obama” T-shirts he’s sold since the family’s first visit in 2008.

 

“The visits have been great for business,” he said. “He’s brought more people down because people want to see him.”

 

Island businesses capitalize on that.

 

Mad Martha’s ice cream shop will roll out an Obama-themed flavor in its three locations, as it has in previous years, said owner Patti Roberts. “Barack My World” features coffee ice cream with caramel swirl and macadamia nuts.

 

At Nancy’s, a popular Oak Bluffs restaurant serving fried clams, lobster rolls and other New England summer staples, owner Joseph Moujabber said he hopes the Obamas’ visit boosts a season that’s been slower than he would have liked.

 

“It’s nice to have him. Every time he comes to the island, he comes here,” Moujabber said during a lull in an otherwise busy lunchtime this week.

 

Regular summer residents, many of whom acknowledged they were Obama supporters, said they’ve come to accept the hassles.

 

“I don’t begrudge them the 10 minutes that I have to wait if they are coming through an intersection or if I can’t get a reservation at a restaurant,” said Lawrence Aber, a New York University professor who has vacationed on the island nearly every year since he and his wife honeymooned here nearly 40 years ago.

 

Residents and businesses on the island in the heavily Democratic state brush aside criticism Obama has faced for taking a prolonged vacation while the nation faces a number of intractable challenges.

 

“There’s always going to be a crisis,” Roberts said this week as she opened up the Mad Martha’s on Vineyard Haven’s main street. “It’s not like he’s turning off everything. We’re not a political forum here. We’re here to sell ice cream and make people smile. That’s what vacation should be.”

 

Some short-term vacationers, though, were less than enthused about the prospect of spending their limited time on the island navigating detours or sitting in traffic.

 

On Oak Bluffs’ rolling town green overlooking Nantucket Sound, Cara Pearson said she planned her visit in hopes of missing the president altogether. She leaves the day after the Obamas arrive.

 

“I imagine it would be a little chaotic here,” said Pearson, who works in Washington and said she’s well-acquainted with the presidential motorcade. “It’s just an island. Everything would be gridlocked.”

 

In Chilmark, on the western part of the island where the Obamas have stayed in and around nearly every summer, residents are breathing a sigh of relief that the president picked a less conspicuous vacation spot than before.

 

This year, the Obamas are renting a seven-bedroom, 8,100-square-foot house along the island’s Vineyard Sound side, far off the main roads.

 

Said Chilmark Town Selectman Warren Doty, “They’ll just be another quiet summer visitor.”

 

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Small security breach: Toddler squeezes through White House fence.

 

A brief security alert ensued when a child slipped through the gates of the White House, according to Secret Service officials. | AP Photo

A brief security alert ensued when a child slipped through the gates of the White House, according to Secret Service officials. | AP Photo

 

It’s usually someone jumping over the White House fence that causes Secret Service agents patrolling the grounds to scramble.

 

But on Thursday night, a toddler passing through slats in the gate caught the eyes of the gun-toting officers who are charged with protecting the president.

 

Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan says the child was returned to his parents. Neither the boy nor his parents were identified.

 

Donovan joked that agents were going to wait until the toddler learned to talk to question him about the incident, but says he instead was given a “timeout” and was returned to his parents.

 

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Reuters: New Medicaid enrollments top 7 million under Obamacare

 

More than seven million Americans have gained health coverage through government programs including Medicaid since enrollment in Obamacare health insurance was launched October 1, the U.S. administration said on Friday.

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said 7.2 million new participants in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program by June brought overall Medicaid enrollment to 66 million people.

 

The enrollees include uninsured Americans who gained coverage through traditional Medicaid, as well as a special Medicaid expansion in 26 of the 50 U.S. states under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

 

…. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated that 10.3 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage through the marketplaces and Medicaid, resulting in a 5.2 percentage point drop in the U.S. uninsured rate since last September.

 

 

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Remembering James Brady: “A Legend At The White House.” Brady Dies At Age 73.


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President Barack Obama stops by Press Secretary Jay Carney’s meeting with James Brady in Carney's West Wing office at the White House, March 30, 2011. Brady was former President Ronald Reagan's press secretary during the assassination attempt on President Reagan thirty years ago. Brady's wife Sarah, right, and son Scott, center, joined him for the meeting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama stops by Press Secretary Jay Carney’s meeting with James Brady in Carney’s West Wing office at the White House, March 30, 2011. Brady was former President Ronald Reagan‘s press secretary during the assassination attempt on President Reagan thirty years ago. Brady’s wife Sarah, right, and son Scott, center, joined him for the meeting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Remembering James Brady: “A Legend at the White House”

 

 

Earlier today, former White House Press Secretary James Brady passed away in Alexandria, Virginia at the age of 73.

 

After being shot and almost killed in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981, Brady recovered and became a symbol of the ongoing fight against gun violence. In a statement this afternoon, President Obama expressed his condolences to Brady’s family, calling him a “legend at the White House.”

 

Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former White House Press Secretary James Brady on his passing.  Jim is a legend at the White House for his warmth and professionalism as press secretary for President Reagan; for the strength he brought to bear in recovering from the shooting that nearly killed him 33 years ago; and for turning the events of that terrible afternoon into a remarkable legacy of service through the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.  Since 1993, the law that bears Jim’s name has kept guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.  An untold number of people are alive today who otherwise wouldn’t be, thanks to Jim.

Every day, reporters and White House staffers walk past a plaque marking the day in 2000 that the White House Briefing Room was renamed the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.  It reads, “May his courage and dedication continue to inspire all who work in this room and beyond.”  Those words will endure, as will his legacy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s wife Sarah, who has been Jim’s steadfast partner in advocacy, and their children Scott and Melissa.

 

The Vice President also released a statement, calling Brady a “dear friend and one of the country’s finest public servants.”

Jill and I are saddened to hear of the loss of James Brady, our dear friend and one of the country’s finest public servants.  Our friendship goes back to the days when Jim was the press secretary to my former colleague, Republican Senator Bill Roth of Delaware. Even then, I valued what Presidents of both parties and the American people would later come to value in Jim: his honesty, humor, decency, and absolute courage.

It’s been three decades since he nearly lost his life to an assassin’s bullet fired at President Reagan from a gun bought with no background check. But through his paralysis and daily physical struggle, Jim and his wife Sarah showed a dignity, grace, and fierce determination to turn tragedy into action.  Still healing himself, Jim would reach out to survivors of gun violence and other tragedies with a message of encouragement and hope on their own road to recovery. I was proud to have worked with Jim and Sarah in the 1980s and 1990s as they persevered privately to publicly lead the bipartisan consensus for commonsense efforts to keep guns out the hands of those who would use them to harm themselves or others. And I am grateful for their ongoing, rational, and heartfelt guidance as our nation continues to experience devastating gun violence tragedies, like the one at Newtown and in towns and cities across America.

Because of the Bradys’ leadership and the gun violence prevention law named in Jim’s honor, sensible background checks to date have kept 2 million guns out of the wrong hands. Because of them, countless lives have been saved. And because of what became the cause of their lives, countless more can be saved—in our school and on our streets—if we carry forward the legacy of Jim Brady that turned personal tragedy into service to country and to each other.

Our deepest condolences to Sarah, son Scott and daughter Melissa, the entire Brady family, the dedicated staff at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and all those who were fortunate to call him a friend, colleague, mentor, and role model.  He was a good man.


Update: Press Secretary Josh Earnest and a number of former Press Secretaries also released the following statement on the passing of James Brady:

Jim Brady defined the role of the modern White House Press Secretary. With his passing we lost a friend and mentor, and the country lost a selfless public servant who dedicated his life to service, even in the face of tragedy. Jim always did his job with the highest integrity. He had a true affection and respect for the press, relished a good sparring with the front row, and was an unfailing defender of the President and the value of a free press. Jim set the model and standard for the rest of us to follow. It’s been a genuine honor for each of us to stand at the podium in the briefing room that will always bear his name. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s wife Sarah and his children Scott and Melissa.

 

Statement by Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Former Press Secretaries on the Passing of James Brady

Statement by Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Former Press Secretaries Jay Carney, Robert Gibbs, Dana Perino, Scott McClellan, Ari Fleischer, Jake Siewert, Joe Lockhart, Mike McCurry, Dee Dee Myers, Marlin Fitzwater, and Ron Nessen

 

Jim Brady defined the role of the modern White House Press Secretary. With his passing we lost a friend and mentor, and the country lost a selfless public servant who dedicated his life to service, even in the face of tragedy. Jim always did his job with the highest integrity. He had a true affection and respect for the press, relished a good sparring with the front row, and was an unfailing defender of the President and the value of a free press. Jim set the model and standard for the rest of us to follow. It’s been a genuine honor for each of us to stand at the podium in the briefing room that will always bear his name. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s wife Sarah and his children Scott and Melissa.

 

 

Statement by the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden on the Passing of James Brady

Jill and I are saddened to hear of the loss of James Brady, our dear friend and one of the country’s finest public servants.  Our friendship goes back to the days when Jim was the press secretary to my former colleague, Republican Senator Bill Roth of Delaware. Even then, I valued what Presidents of both parties and the American people would later come to value in Jim: his honesty, humor, decency, and absolute courage.

 

It’s been three decades since he nearly lost his life to an assassin’s bullet fired at President Reagan from a gun bought with no background check. But through his paralysis and daily physical struggle, Jim and his wife Sarah showed a dignity, grace, and fierce determination to turn tragedy into action.  Still healing himself, Jim would reach out to survivors of gun violence and other tragedies with a message of encouragement and hope on their own road to recovery. I was proud to have worked with Jim and Sarah in the 1980s and 1990s as they persevered privately to publicly lead the bipartisan consensus for commonsense efforts to keep guns out the hands of those who would use them to harm themselves or others. And I am grateful for their ongoing, rational, and heartfelt guidance as our nation continues to experience devastating gun violence tragedies, like the one at Newtown and in towns and cities across America.

 

 

Statement by the President on the Passing of James Brady

Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former White House Press Secretary James Brady on his passing.  Jim is a legend at the White House for his warmth and professionalism as press secretary for President Reagan; for the strength he brought to bear in recovering from the shooting that nearly killed him 33 years ago; and for turning the events of that terrible afternoon into a remarkable legacy of service through the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.  Since 1993, the law that bears Jim’s name has kept guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.  An untold number of people are alive today who otherwise wouldn’t be, thanks to Jim.

 

Every day, reporters and White House staffers walk past a plaque marking the day in 2000 that the White House Briefing Room was renamed the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.  It reads, “May his courage and dedication continue to inspire all who work in this room and beyond.”  Those words will endure, as will his legacy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s wife Sarah, who has been Jim’s steadfast partner in advocacy, and their children Scott and Melissa.

 

James Brady Died Age 73

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

James Brady, the former White House press secretary shot in the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has died at 73.

 

 

James Scott “Jim” “Bear” Brady

 

James Scott “Jim” “Bear” Brady (August 29, 1940 – August 4, 2014) was an assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary under U.S. President Ronald Reagan. After nearly being killed and becoming permanently disabled as a result of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981, Brady became an ardent supporter of gun control.

 

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Brady in August 2006
15th White House Press Secretary
In office
1981–1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Jody Powell
Succeeded by Larry Speakes
Personal details
Born James Scott Brady
August 29, 1940
Centralia, Illinois, U.S.
Died August 4, 2014 (aged 73)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Illinois at

Urbana–Champaign

 

Early career

After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a member of Sigma Chi with a Bachelor of Science in political science in 1962, Brady began his career in public service as a staff member in the office of Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL). He went on to hold various positions in the private sector and in government, including service as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, James Thomas Lynn; Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; and member of the staff of Senator William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE). He also served as Press Secretary to then-presidential candidate John Connally in 1979. After Connally dropped out of the race, he eventually became Director of Public Affairs and Research for the Reagan-Bush Committee, and then Spokesperson for the Office of the President-Elect. After Reagan took office, Brady became White House Press Secretary.

Shooting

Brady was among the four people shot during John Hinckley, Jr.‘s March 30, 1981 attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, suffering a serious head wound. During the confusion that followed the shooting, all major media outlets except CNN erroneously reported that Brady had died. When ABC News anchorman Frank Reynolds, a friend of Brady, was later forced to retract the report, he angrily said on-air to his staff, “C’mon, let’s get it nailed down!”, resulting in Sam Donaldson joining him after the commercial. During the hours-long operation, surgeon Dr. Arthur Kobrine was informed of the media’s announcement of Brady’s death, to which he retorted, “No one has told me and the patient.”

 

Although Brady survived, the wound left him with slurred speech and partial paralysis that required the full-time use of a wheelchair. Kobrine, his neurosurgeon, described him as having difficulty controlling his emotions while speaking after the shooting, saying “he would kind of cry-talk for a while”, and suffering deficits in memory and thinking, such as failing to recognize people. However, Kobrine said that 30 years later, Brady could walk and had recovered almost all speech and cognitive function.

 

Brady was unable to work as the White House Press Secretary but remained in the position until the end of the Reagan Administration with Larry Speakes and Marlin Fitzwater performing the job on an “acting” or “deputy” basis.

 

Handgun control advocate

With his wife Sarah, who served as Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence–formerly known as Handgun Control, Inc., co-founded by N.T. “Pete” Shields–Brady subsequently lobbied for stricter handgun control and assault weapon restrictions. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, also known as “the Brady Bill”, was named in his honor.

 

Brady received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois, in 1982. Sarah and James Brady were each awarded a doctorate degree (of Humane Letters) by Drexel University in 1993. In 1994, James and Sarah received the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards. In 1996, Brady received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton, the highest civilian award in the United States.

 

 

James S. Brady press briefing room

 

President George W. Bush hosts six White House Press Secretaries, including James Brady (second from the right) with his wife Sarah Brady (far right), before the Press Briefing Room underwent renovation (August 2, 2006).

President George W. Bush hosts six White House Press Secretaries, including James Brady (second from the right) with his wife Sarah Brady (far right), before the Press Briefing Room underwent renovation (August 2, 2006).

In 2000, the Press Briefing Room at the White House was renamed after Brady as the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.

Death

Brady died in Alexandria, Virginia from an unspecified cause. His family announced his death on August 4, 2014. He was 73.

Portrayals in film

Brady’s recovery after the shooting was dramatized in the 1991 film Without Warning: The James Brady Story, with Brady portrayed by Beau Bridges.

 

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The Last 24™


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White House Schedule – July 31, 2014

 

President will sign an Executive Order titled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” that will ensure that all hardworking Americans get the fair pay and safe workplaces they deserve. Specifically, the new order will require prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and give federal agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. This event in South Court Auditorium is open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There will be expanded pool coverage of the President’s remarks.

 

In the evening, the President and First Lady will host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” at the White House to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics. The President will deliver remarks in the East Room, and the President and the First Lady will attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics in the State Dining Room. There will be pooled press coverage of this event.

 

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12:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

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July 31, 2014 | 48:08 | Public Domain

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

 

 

 

1:20 PM: The President delivers remarks and signs an Executive Order, South Court Auditorium.

 

The President Signs the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

July 31, 2014 | 15:54 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks before signing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building‘s South Court Auditorium.

 

 

 

3:40 PM: The President delivers remarks, The Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

The President Welcomes a New Secretary to HUD

July 31, 2014 | 10:48 | Public Domain

President Obama joins staff in welcoming Julian Castro as the new Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

 

 

7:25 PM: The President and First Lady host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation”; The President delivers remarks, East Room.

 

The President Speaks at Dinner to Celebrate Special Olympics

July 31, 2014 | 9:23 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks at a dinner in celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation.

 

 

 

8:25 PM: The President and First Lady attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics, State Dining Room.

 

President Obama Attends a Performance Commemorating the Special Olympics

 

 

 

Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

During an event at the White House honoring the Special Olympics, President Barack Obama received a hug from Tim Harris, a Special Olympian and owner of a restaurant called Tim’s Place. (July 31)

 

 

 

Raw Video: The President Takes a Walk Down Main Street

 

President Obama traveled to Kansas City, Missouri this week — where he grabbed some BBQ with Americans who had written him letters, and delivered a speech about how he’s working to get things done for hardworking Americans even as Congress chooses not to act to move this country forward.

 

And before he left, the President took a walk down Main Street (literally), spending time with store owners, touring an antique watch shop, and chatting with customers at a local coffee shop.

 

 

Raw Video: The President visits Main Street in Parkville, MO

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

During a trip to Kansas City, Missouri, President Obama took a walk down Main Street — talking with residents and visiting some “mom and pop” shops along the way.

 

 

 

President Obama: “You don’t have time to be cynical. Hope is a better choice.”

 

Published on Jul 30, 2014

President Obama speaks on expanding opportunity for more Americans at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. July 30, 2014.

 

 

 

Susan E. Rice: Previewing the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

United States national security Advisor Susan E. Rice previews the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit where President Obama will welcome nearly 50 African heads of state to Washington, as well as leaders from across Africa’s civil society, private sector and faith communities.

 

 

 

World Hepatitis Day 2014

 

Published on Jul 30, 2014

U.S. and international leaders gather at the White House to commemorate World Hepatitis Day, discussing the global impact of viral hepatitis and the importance of public health leadership. July 30, 2014

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

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Ann Coulter: we need ‘Netanyahu’ in America, Palestinians killed for associating with terrorists

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

On Fox News Hannity 9/31/2014 over U.S. – Mexico border crisis.

 

 

 

Teen Raped At Keith Urban Concert

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

“A teenage girl was raped at the same Keith Urban show where 20 people got so drunk they were hospitalized, police said.

 

The attack happened in front of a large crowd of other concertgoers on the lawn of the Xfinity Center, an outdoor amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday night, a police statement said.

 

The rape ended when a woman in the crowd pushed the alleged attacker off the victim and he fled, police said.”

 

 

 

Russell Simmons, LL Cool J Visit Youth at Jail

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

A group of young people at a New York City jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor LL Cool J. (July 31)

 

 

 

PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | July 31, 2014

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

Thursday on the NewsHour, Attorney General Eric Holder discusses immigration, the death penalty and voter ID laws. Also: A divided Congress struggles to address the border crisis, educators push back on legislation that puts the burden on colleges to investigate sexual assaults, Israel, Hamas and the laws of war, plus a Colorado town makes a musical recovery after a devastating flood.

 

 

 

Democrats Stage Protest Against Boehner’s Lawsuit on the House Floor

 

 

 

Rep Hastings Rips Boehner’s Lawsuit, ‘It’s Red Meat for a Base that Hates Our President’

 

 

 

25 Painfully Disturbing Facts About Human Trafficking

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

Did you know that there are more slaves today than ever before in history? These are 25 painfully disturbing facts about human trafficking.

 

World Day against Trafficking in Persons … July 30!!

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases- July 31st, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at HUD

 

Remarks by the First Lady at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference

 

Remarks by the President at the Signing of Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

 

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

 

Readout of Consultative Meeting with Congressional Leaders on National Security Issues

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

 

Op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama on McClatchy: Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all

 

FACT SHEET: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

 

 

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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.

     

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    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!

 

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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.

 

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“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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