Dr. Jill Biden’s 2014 Trip To Africa: Official White House Photos.


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Dr. Jill Biden’s 2014 Trip to Africa

 

Dr. Jill Biden, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and U.S. Ambassador Catherine Russell to Travel to Africa

Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone from June 30 – July 7, 2014. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also travel with Dr. Biden.

 

During their travel, Dr. Biden, Administrator Shah, and Ambassador Russell will highlight how girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society can accelerate economic development, improve health and educational outcomes, strengthen democratic governance, and foster peace and security. These themes will also be woven throughout the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. in early August.

 

Granddaughter Finnegan Biden will accompany The Second Lady on this trip.

 

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Dr. Jill Biden Arrives in Lusaka, Zambia to Highlight Women’s Empowerment

 

Dr. Jill Biden Arrives in Sierra Leone

 

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Shalom Community School in Zambia – On Board with Dr. Biden

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

Shalom Community School in Lusaka, Zamba is a primary and secondary school established in 2008. A total of 558 students attend the school. Part of the population of the school is 39 orphans, 173 children who have lost one parent and 239 highly vulnerable children.

 

 

 

Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden at Shalom Community School

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

Wednesday July 2nd 2014, Lusaka, Zambia.
Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks to students at Shalom Community School in Kanyama Township about the importance of education and gender equality in their lives and for the future of Zambia.

 

 

Dr. Biden’s trip to Africa will highlight the importance of girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society in accelerating economic development; improving health and educational outcomes; strengthening democratic governance; and fostering peace and security.

 

 

Dispatch from Dr. Biden

Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone from June 30 to July 7, 2014. During her travel, Dr. Biden will highlight how girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society can accelerate development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the Road in the DRC – Dr. Mukwege & Panzi Hospital

 

Published on Jul 8, 2014

Bukavu is home to Panzi Hospital, which has cared for more than 19,000 victims of sexual and gender-based violence, a widespread problem in the DRC affecting millions of Congolese women and children.

 

Dr. Biden met with survivors, heard their stories, and saw firsthand the response services provided to them. She also met with U.S. government partners who are working to prevent and respond to this dire situation.

 

 

 

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The Last 24™: Whats Barack Been Up To? West Wing Week. The Weekly Address.


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The Weekly Address

 

Expanding Opportunity — It’s Time for Congressional Republicans to Do Their Part

 

Published on Jul 12, 2014

In this week’s address, the President recapped his visits with folks who have written him letters about their own American stories — their successes and struggles. While Congressional Republicans are blocking meaningful measures that would strengthen the middle class, the President continues looking for ways to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans.

 

 

 

Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

Published on Jul 12, 2014

En el mensaje de esta semana, Felicia Escobar, la Asistente Especial del Presidente de Políticas de la Inmigración en el Consejo de Política Doméstica de la Casa Blanca, habló sobre el viaje del Presidente a Colorado y Texas, donde habló con personas sobre los desafíos que millones de personas se enfrentan para tratar de abrirse camino dentro de la clase media. El Presidente también subrayó la necesidad de aprobar la legislación bipartidista para arreglar nuestro sistema de inmigración que no funciona, después de realizar una mesa redonda sobre el urgente desafío humanitario en la frontera.

 

 

 

West Wing Week 07/11/14 or, “Responding to Your Letter…In Person!”

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

This Fourth of July week, the President welcomed some newly naturalized Americans, and spent time with middle-class Americans in Denver and Austin, while Dr. Jill Biden wrapped up a week-long trip to Africa.

 

 

 

The President Speaks on Creating Opportunity for All Americans

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

In remarks during his trip to Austin, Texas, President Obama talks
about the importance of creating opportunity for all Americans, July 10, 2014.

 

 

 

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Hobby Lobby Owner Reveals Plan to ‘Mandate’ Bible Course in Schools

 

 

 

Guy Fired For Legal Pot Purchase Gets His Groove Back

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

“Mike Boyer, the national treasure and inspiration to us all who lost his job after becoming Spokane, Wa.’s first legal weed buyer, is going back to work.

 

Newsweek reports that TrueBlue, a staffing agency that employs Boyer, changed its mind about firing him:

 

‘”TrueBlue got ahold of me and offered me my job back,” Mike told Newsweek. “I’ll accept it and we’ll see where it goes from there,” he said. “The reason they said they gave me my job back was because their policy says you cannot be under the influence at work, which I was not, and since I officially had the day off, what I did on my time was my time. And they gave me my job back, and even gave me a day’s worth of pay that I missed.”‘

 

 

 

New Biological Scare: Anthrax, Small Pox and the Flu two top labs forced to close

 

 

 

NSA Nudies, Hillary Helping Monsanto, Kids Too Fat For The Military and more

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

The Redacted Team discovers nude pics at the NSA, advice from Hillary to the GMO industry, that most youth don’t qualify for the military, the real force stopping marijuana’s legalization, walls that stop tornadoes, riot control drones, and that someone does read the episode description.

 

 

 

‘King James’ returns, Cleveland rejoices

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

After weeks of rumors, LeBron James announced today he is leaving the Miami Heat and rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

 

Who gives a fuck about an over paid Athlete going back to his home town to play a racist game? The NBA uses Black Athletes as house Negroes to make BILLIONS for caucasian owners, nee Donald Sterling. While the world self destructs in war and poverty, us Americans are dumbstruck by the movements of LeBron James? Plueeeeeeeese.

 

 

PBS News Hour For Friday, July 11, 2014

 

Published on Jul 11, 2014

Friday on the NewsHour, the Palestinian death toll climbed with no signs of imminent cease-fire in the Middle East. Also: HIV researchers confront a setback, how talking to toddlers could help close a critical language gap, dwindling funds for federal highways if Congress doesn’t act, Lebron James returns to Cleveland and the political analysis of Shields and Brooks.

 

 

 

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May Was The Month For Images.

 

President Barack Obama holds a bobblehead doll of himself in the Outer Oval Office, May 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a bobblehead doll of himself in the Outer Oval Office, May 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Dr. Jill Biden and White House Assistant Pastry Chef Susie Morrison help children plant scarlet runner beans to be presented during a Joining Forces initiative tea honoring military mothers in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Dr. Jill Biden and White House Assistant Pastry Chef Susie Morrison help children plant scarlet runner beans to be presented during a Joining Forces initiative tea honoring military mothers in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama joins students from Lame Deer Junior High School for a group photo in the China Room of the White House, prior to the White House Talent Show hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, May 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama joins students from Lame Deer Junior High School for a group photo in the China Room of the White House, prior to the White House Talent Show hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, May 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Barack Obama greets guests during a Federal Judges Association reception in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama greets guests during a Federal Judges Association reception in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama hugs children participating in the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, in the East Garden Room of the White House, May 29, 2014. The President met with the group indoors when their South Lawn event was canceled due to weather. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama hugs children participating in the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, in the East Garden Room of the White House, May 29, 2014. The President met with the group indoors when their South Lawn event was canceled due to weather. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama adjusts a lapel pin for Vice President Joe Biden in the Outer Oval Office, May 23, 2014. Ferial Govashiri, Personal Assistant to the President stands at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama adjusts a lapel pin for Vice President Joe Biden in the Outer Oval Office, May 23, 2014. Ferial Govashiri, Personal Assistant to the President stands at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama tours the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kan., May 16, 2014. Stephanie Kyriazis, Chief of Interpretation and Education, leads the tour. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama tours the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kan., May 16, 2014. Stephanie Kyriazis, Chief of Interpretation and Education, leads the tour. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama during her remarks at an Affordable Care Act reception in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama during her remarks at an Affordable Care Act reception in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A soldier hugs President Barack Obama following his remarks at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A soldier hugs President Barack Obama following his remarks at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The Joy of a First Lady

The Joy of a First Lady

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Dispatches With Dr. Jill Biden: On The Road In The Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC).


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Following Dr. Biden’s visit to Zambia, she traveled next to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), her second stop on a three-country visit to Africa.

 

Dr. Biden toured two cities in the DRC – Kinshasa, the country’s capital, and Bukavu, located in the eastern part of the Congo.

 

 

Kinshasa

In Kinshasa, Dr. Biden met with women entrepreneurs who are creating their own successful small businesses. The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world and remains near the bottom of many important economic indicators, so entrepreneurs – especially women entrepreneurs – play a vital role in overcoming these challenges and diversifying the DRC’s economy for the benefit of its people.

 

Among the successful female entrepreneurs that Dr. Biden met, Therese Izay Kirongoz’s story represents the important role women play in advancing and strengthening the global economy.

 

Therese worked in restaurants while attending engineering school and spent three years developing traffic-directing robots. Now, in addition to running a chain of local restaurants, Therese manufactures and sells the robots and hopes to distribute her product to neighboring countries.

 

“Like Therese, the steep challenges that all of you have overcome are truly remarkable. And your success – and your leadership – is instrumental in empowering more Congolese women to be successful,” Dr. Biden told the women entrepreneurs. “But we must do more to ensure that all women have the economic security and opportunities they deserve and their families need.”

 

 

Dr. Biden then stopped by the Parliament to meet with women parliamentarians and aspiring political leaders, where they discussed efforts to politically empower women in the DRC. Following the 2011 national elections in the DRC, women occupied less than 10 percent of parliamentary seats.

 

The meeting was an opportunity to highlight the challenges and opportunities for women in political life, and women’s role in making political parties more representative and responsive to their constituencies.

 

“One purpose of our visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo is to learn about the difficulties that women face as well as to let you know that we support you,” Dr. Biden said.

 

 

Bukavu

On Saturday, Dr. Biden traveled across the DRC to visit Bukavu, a war-torn city located in the eastern part of country.

 

Bukavu is home to Panzi Hospital, which has cared for more than 19,000 victims of sexual and gender-based violence, a widespread problem in the DRC affecting millions of Congolese women and children.

 

Dr. Biden met with survivors, heard their stories, and saw firsthand the response services provided to them. She also met with U.S. government partners who are working to prevent and respond to this dire situation.

 

“Thanks to your extraordinary efforts to help prevent sexual violence from occurring, fight against impunity, and provide essential services to survivors…you’re not only improving the lives of thousands of Congolese women and families, but you’re helping to change the story of Africa,” Dr. Biden said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Biden then traveled across the city to the UNICEF Boys Reintegration Center. Over many years of conflict, a large number of children have been recruited into the armed forces and other armed groups. Dr. Biden met with some of the children who have been removed from armed groups and are now housed in this temporary residential center, where they are safe and learn vocational skills that meet the demands of local employers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden Arrives in Sierra Leone

Dr. Jill Biden has arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, her final stop on a three-country visit to Africa.

 

In Sierra Leone, Dr. Biden will highlight how her trip to Africa has focused on the importance of girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society in accelerating economic development, improving health and educational outcomes, strengthening democratic governance, and fostering peace and security.

 

On Sunday, Dr. Biden will attend a reception hosted by Second Lady Khadija Sam Sumana as part of Sierra Leone’s recognition of the significance of this visit.

 

On Monday, Dr. Biden will meet with President Ernest Bai Koroma at the State House to discuss women’s empowerment; Sierra Leone’s participation in the Equal Futures Partnership and its efforts to promote women’s political and economic empowerment; the country’s work to crack down on corruption; and a range of other issues facing Sierra Leone today. Upon arrival at the State House, Dr. Biden will observe a female quarter guard ceremony and then walk with President Koroma to the Cotton Tree, a historic national landmark and enduring image of Freetown.

 

Later, Dr. Biden will visit St. Joseph’s Secondary School where she will deliver remarks on the empowerment of women and girls through education and highlight important moments from her three-country tour of Africa.

 

Afterwards, Dr. Biden will travel to the U.S. Embassy to meet with staff and families. While at the Embassy, she will meet with human trafficking survivors to discuss how local organizations and government officials are working to prevent trafficking and provide assistance to survivors.

 

Dr. Biden will then depart Sierra Leone en route Washington, DC.

 

 

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Remarks by the President before Lunch with Teachers

 

President Obama Has Lunch with Teachers

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

President Obama, joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, hosts a group of teachers for lunch at the White House, July 7, 2014.

 

 

 

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The Last 24™ Includes A Twitter Storm™


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Shalom Community School in Zambia – On Board with Dr. Biden

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

Shalom Community School in Lusaka, Zamba is a primary and secondary school established in 2008. A total of 558 students attend the school. Part of the population of the school is 39 orphans, 173 children who have lost one parent and 239 highly vulnerable children.

 

 

 

Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden at Shalom Community School

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

Wednesday July 2nd 2014, Lusaka, Zambia.
Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks to students at Shalom Community School in Kanyama Township about the importance of education and gender equality in their lives and for the future of Zambia.

 

 

 

US Goalie May Have Set New World Cup Record!

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

“If this was the last World Cup game of Tim Howard‘s career, the greatest soccer player in United States history went out with the greatest game of his life — and perhaps the best goalkeeping performance ever at the World Cup.

 

It’s a shame Howard got no help from his teammates, who hung him out to dry in a crushing 2-1 extra time loss to Belgium. The U.S. World Cup run ended Tuesday in the Round of 16, but it was through no fault of the 35-year-old North Brunswick, N.J., product, whose 16 saves were the most in the World Cup since FIFA started keeping track in 2002.

 

“That’s my job. That’s what I signed up to do. It’s part of it,” Howard told ESPN moments after the possession-starved U.S. had squandered one of the best goalkeeping efforts in recent memory. “In these big games against top quality competition, the levee is going to break if we continue that. Hats off to Belgium, they were fantastic. But we gave a valiant effort.”

 

 

NOW maybe this inane World Cup coverage will cease?

 

 

Today in History for July 3rd, Associated Press

 

Highlights of this day in history: Union forces win the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War; George Washington takes charge of the Continental Army; Algeria gains independence; Actor Tom Cruise born; Singer Jim Morrison dies. (July 3)

 

 

 

Laser Procedure Erases Combat Wounds

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

A laser procedure used to smooth wrinkles is now helping erase battle scars and give back range of motion to amputees who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. (July 3)

 

 

This is remarkable news.

 

 

Corporations Making a Killing As Billions Are Poured Into Border Enforcement

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

Author Todd Miller discusses how defense contractors look to cash
in on President Obama’s expected $2 billion proposal in additional funding for border security.

 

 

I’ll believe Corporations are people as soon as TexASS executes a Corporation. Hello Cara.

 

 

California bride fighting colon Stage 4 Cancer Gets Special Wedding 

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

California bride fighting colon cancer walked down the aisle thanks to Relay for Life’s fundraising efforts.

 

 

THIS type of thing happens daily in the lavender fields of “Hopeland.”

 

 

California town blocks immigration buses

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

A small California community fights the busing of immigrants into their town. CNN’s Kyung Lah reports.

 

 

Every last racist caucasian fuck you see here protesting, is themselves an immigrant, unless of course they are direct decedents of a Native American.

 

 

PBS News Hour For Wednesday, July 2, 2014

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

Wednesday on the NewsHour, the militia leader accused of involvement in the 2012 Benghazi attack appeared in court for the second time. Also: Iraqi Kurds contemplate independence, heroics and heartbreaks for the U.S. at the World Cup, the Civil Rights Act that changed the nation, alleged fraud halts progress in Afghan elections and country legend Willie Nelson talks about a new album.

 

 

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Statements and Releases – July 2nd, 2014

 

Readout of the President’s call with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia

 

Statement by the President on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Conversation with Osama al-Nujaifi

 

White House Report: Missed Opportunities and the Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

Presidential Proclamation — 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

 

Presidential Proclamation — AGOA

 

Presidential Memorandum — Delegation of Reporting Functions Specified in Section 1206(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

 

Presidential Memorandum — Enhancing Workplace Flexibilities and Work-Life Program

 

 

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President Obama Just Called Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. Listen to Their Call

 

Find Out How Expanding Medicaid Will Help People in Your State

 

What They’re Saying Around the Country: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

 

Dispatch from Dr. Biden: Lusaka, Zambia

 

Being Biden Vol. 16: “50 Years Later”

 

Talking Cybersecurity

 

Experience the White House Kitchen Garden!

 

 

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July 2nd 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama talks with Council of Economic Advisers Chair Jason Furman, National Economic Council Director Jeffrey Zients and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in the Oval Office, July 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Council of Economic Advisers Chair Jason Furman, National Economic Council Director Jeffrey Zients and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in the Oval Office, July 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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From Ms. Lynn Sweet:

 

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Lynn Sweet is the Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief. She writes a column, a blog and files on Twitter. Sweet is a regular guest on television and radio news shows. A Chicago native, Sweet earned a master’s from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley after attending the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

 

Plouffe, Obama sibling Soetoro-Ng join Obama Foundation Board

 

WASHINGTON — The Chicago-based Barack Obama Foundation announced Wednesday it added two members to its board: David Plouffe, the former White House senior adviser who was President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager and a half-sister of the president, Maya Soetoro-Ng.

 

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The foundation also pushed back its timeline to mid-September for making a short list of bidders for the Obama Library and Museum who will be asked to respond to a “Request for a Proposal.”  First round bids were submitted on June 16.

 

The foundation still expects to announce a site early in 2015. The addition of Soetoro-Ng is significant in that she lives in Hawaii and knows the players who have put together the bid from Hawaii to host the library and museum, or, in the more realistic alternative, be the home of a “Presidential Center” in the state where Obama was born. The other leading bidders are offering sites in New York and Chicago.

 

“There are few people who know the President’s life and vision better than the individuals joining our Foundation team today,” Foundation Board Chair Martin Nesbitt said in a statement. “President Obama deeply trusts their advice, judgment, and expertise, and we are confident that his future Presidential Library will be stronger for their input.”

 

Stepping down from the board to direct fund-raising for the foundation is Julianna Smoot, the 2012 Obama campaign deputy manager who was the 2008 Obama campaign finance director. Smoot, who is also a former White House Social Secretary is a founder of the Smoot Tewes political consulting firm.

 

Smoot, tasked with raising hundreds of millions of dollars, switched roles in order to avoid any conflicts.  A foundation spokesperson told me, “Everyone agreed that it was important to create a separation between the fundraising and decision-making processes to avoid any appearance of conflicts of interest.”

 

Plouffe formalizes his informal role with this appointment; he has been part of a cadre of close Obama associates who have been advising the foundation. The other informal advisors are former deputy chief of staff Alyssa Mastromonaco and former speech writer Jon Favreau.

 

Nesbitt, a close friend of the president, is the co-CEO of Chicago-based The Vistria Group and treasurer of Obama’s two White House campaigns; the other board member is J. Kevin Poorman, the Wilmette businessman who took over several companies run by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker when she stepped down to join Obama’s cabinet.

 

Background, from the Foundation: David Plouffe served as senior advisor to President Obama until January 2013 and as his campaign manager during the 2008 election.  He has managed campaigns at all levels of politics, served as a consultant to leading Fortune 500 companies, and is a contributor for ABC News and Bloomberg Television.

 

Maya Soetoro-Ng is President Obama’s half-sister and is currently a specialist for the Matsunaga Institute for Peace. She is the co-founder of a nonprofit, Our Public School, which works to connect public schools to the communities that surround them. She has co-created a program of peace education called Ceeds of Peace which has been implemented in Hawaii schools and communities.  Previously, Maya worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai’i’s College of Education and taught in both private and public settings in New York City and in Hawaii. She also worked as an Education Specialist at the East West Center, promoting international educational exchange between Asia and the United States. Ms. Soetoro-Ng received a Masters degree in Secondary Education from NYU’s College of Education and a PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Hawaii.

 

 

Top White House staffer pay? $172,200, according to 2014 report

 

WASHINGTON — Want to know what White House staffers earn? Salaries range from a high of $172,200, down to $42,000, with two staffers accepting no pay. Top earners from Chicago: White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and First Lady Chief of Staff Tina Tchen. Each July, the White House releases to Congress its pay list. Scroll below to look at the jobs and salaries for 456 staffers.

 

Some highlights:

 

*There are 22 staffers who make the maximum, including the new press secretary Josh Earnest and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.

 

*The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that male-female pay gap “persists” at the White House. The average salary of 226 females was $78,012. The average salary for 221 men was $88,218.

 

*The Washington Post also found that 87 men make more than $100,000 compared with 53 females.

 

View The Complete List Of White House Staffers Salaries.

 

Thank you Ms. LYNN SWEET.

 

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White House Blog Updates™: Dr. Jill Speaks At Shalom Community School. The Francis Scott Key Bridge. States NOT Expanding Medicaid.


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White House Blog Updates™

 

Remarks As Prepared for Delivery by Dr. Jill Biden at Shalom Community School in Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hi, everyone! Thank you, Martha, for that great introduction! Dr. Scott, thank you for joining me today. I can see very quickly that we share many of the same passions.

 

Provincial Education Officer Ngosa Korati and District Education Board Secretary Ruth Phiri – thank you for honoring us with your presence today. Head Teacher George Kaamba and students – thank you for such a warm welcome!

 

It’s a pleasure to be here at Shalom Community School and to meet all of you – and to be joined by Administrator Raj Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Cathy Russell, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and David Young, our Charge d’Affaires in Zambia.

 

I don’t want to keep you from your studies so I just want to say a few quick words. I am very lucky – as Second Lady of the United States, I have the opportunity to travel all around the world.

 

And as a lifelong teacher, one of my favorite things to do when I travel is to meet students, like all of you.

 

What all of you are doing – putting your education first – is so important. By focusing on your studies, you are creating a lifetime of opportunities for you and your families.

 

So on my trip over the next few days, one of the areas I will be focusing is education.

 

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Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden at Shalom Community School

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

Wednesday July 2nd 2014, Lusaka, Zambia.
Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks to students at Shalom Community School in Kanyama Township about the importance of education and gender equality in their lives and for the future of Zambia.

 

 

 

 

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Being Biden Vol. 16: “50 Years Later”

 

 

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

 

It was 50 years ago today that President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. And 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.

 

The Vice President reminds listeners what these civil rights leaders faced in 1965 on Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge — recounting a walk met by “billy clubs and beatings, at the hand of state police officers.”

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Congressman John Lewis, during the 48th annual Bridge Crossing Ceremony in Selma, Alabama, March 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

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50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT

 

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as “public accommodations”).

 

The bill was called for by President John F. Kennedy in his civil rights speech of June 11, 1963, in which he asked for legislation “giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments”, as well as “greater protection for the right to vote”.

 

 

50 Years After The Civil Rights Act African Americans Face a Different Kind of Segregation

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

Bob Moore and Dayvon Love – How American Civil Rights have Failed the American People

 

 

 

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The President Heads to D.C.’s Key Bridge to Talk Infrastructure and the Economy

 

 

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama talked about infrastructure and the economy, with Washington, D.C.’s Francis Scott Key Bridge serving as the backdrop.

 

On a hot and muggy day, the President quickly got down to business, talking about the merits of the Highway Trust Fund, established by Congress in the 1950s, which helps states build and repair roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects across the country.

 

But funding for the Highway Trust Fund is in danger of running out by the end of the summer, jeopardizing nearly 700,000 American jobs. Putting that in more tangible terms, the President noted that it “would be like Congress threatening to lay off the entire population of Denver, or Seattle, or Boston. That’s a lot of people. It would be a bad idea.”

 

 

 

Some projects are already running out of money, and our failure to adequately fund infrastructure projects is also hurting us on a global scale. “We spend significantly less as a portion of our economy than China does, than Germany does, than just about every other advanced country,” President Obama said. “They know something that I guess we don’t, which is that’s the path to growth, that’s the path to competitiveness.”

 

Earlier this year, the President put forth a plan to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. It’s a plan that wouldn’t add to the deficit — and we would pay for it in part by closing tax loopholes for corporations that are shipping their jobs overseas.

 

The President reminded the audience that this issue is not out of the ordinary:

 

“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.”

 

But House Republicans have refused to act — and this obstructionism has real consequences for working-class Americans.

 

So far this year, the President noted, “Republicans have said no to raising the minimum wage, they’ve said no to fair pay, they’ve said no to extending unemployment insurance for over 3 million Americans looking for a new job.” But where Congress refuses to act, the President is going to continue to do what he can to strengthen the middle class and move our country forward.

 

Already this year, President Obama has signed executive actions that ensure Americans earn a decent wage, attract new manufacturing jobs, speed up construction projects, build 21st-century workplaces, and make it easier for students to pay off their loans.

 

“And they criticize me for this,” the President said. “Boehner sued me for this.”

 

And I told him, I’d rather do things with you, pass some laws, make sure the Highway Trust Fund is funded so we don’t lay off hundreds of thousands of workers.  It’s not that hard.  Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff.  So sue me.  As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something.

 

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)

 

The President went on to note the flaws in Republicans’ theory of how the economy works, saying that “they believe that all we should be doing is giving more tax breaks to those at the top, eliminating regulations that stop big banks or polluters from doing what they want, cut the safety net for people trying to work their way into the middle class, and then somehow the economy is going to get stronger and jobs and prosperity trickle down to everybody.”

 

“It’s just not accurate,” the President countered. “It does not work. We know from our history our economy doesn’t grow from the top down; it grows from the middle out.”

 

“We could do so much more if we just rallied around an economic patriotism,” he continued, “a sense that our job is to get things done as one nation and as one people.”

 

Economic patriotism says that instead of stacking the deck in the favor of folks just at the top, let’s harness the talents and ingenuity of every American and give every child access to quality education, and make sure that if your job was stamped obsolete or shipped overseas, you’re going to get retrained for an even better job.

 

Economic patriotism says that instead of making it tougher for middle-class families to get ahead, let’s reward hard work for every American. Let’s make sure women earn pay that’s equal to their efforts. Let’s make sure families can make ends meet if their child gets sick and they need to take a day off. Let’s make sure no American who works full-time ever has to live in poverty.

 

This is the sort of economic patriotism that we should all be able to get behind — where everybody is worth something, and everybody has a stake in the future economic growth of this country. So in order to move forward, we need to all be in this together.

 

And so I just want everybody here to understand that as frustrating as it may be sometimes, as stuck as Congress may be sometimes, if the American people put pressure on this town to actually get something done and everybody is looking at some commonsense agenda items that we should be able to do because Democrats and Republicans were able to do them in the past, we can grow our economy, we can lift people’s incomes, we can make sure that people who are fighting hard can get into the middle class and stay there. But it’s going to take you. It’s going to take you. This is not going to happen on its own. And I’m confident if that’s what we do, if all of you are fighting alongside me every single day instead of just giving up on this place, then we’re going to make America better than ever. That’s a promise.

 

President Barack Obama greets audience members after he delivers remarks on the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront ParkPresident Barack Obama greets audience members after he delivers remarks on the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C. July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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What They’re Saying Around the Country: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

 

 

Today, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report,Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid, which shows the effects of state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion on access to care, financial security, overall health and well-being of residents, and state economies.

Under the Affordable Care Act, states had the opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage to give citizens in their states access to affordable health care, and in return receive 100 percent of federal funding to cover those costs for the first three years and no less than 90 percent federal support in the years ahead.

A number of governors and legislators in both parties decided to put people over politics by expanding Medicaid in their states. To date, 26 states have chosen to do the right thing by expanding coverage, and in those states, 5.2 million Americans have gained access to affordable health care through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Unfortunately, some governors and legislators are still holding hostage a Medicaid expansion that we know would help thousands of their residents, reduce the rate of uninsured, and could have significant economic benefits for their states.

And now, in this report, we can see the opportunities that these states are missing out on.

Read The State By State Report

White House Report: Missed Opportunities and the Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

 

Today, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report, Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid, which details the effects of state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion on access to care, financial security, overall health and well-being of residents, and state economies.

 

The Affordable Care Act has expanded high‐quality, affordable health insurance coverage to millions of Americans. One important way in which the Affordable Care Act is expanding coverage is by providing generous financial support to States that opt to expand Medicaid eligibility to all non‐elderly individuals in families with incomes below 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

 

To date, 26 States and the District of Columbia have seized this opportunity, and since the beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, 5.2 million people have gained Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage in these States, a tally that will grow in the months and years ahead as Medicaid enrollment continues. In contrast, 24 States have not yet expanded Medicaid—including many of the States that would benefit most and sometimes because State legislatures have defied even their own governors—and denied health insurance coverage to millions of their citizens. Researchers at the Urban Institute estimate that, if these States do not change course, 5.7 million people will be deprived of health insurance coverage in 2016. Meanwhile, these States will forgo billions in Federal dollars that could boost their economies.

 

This analysis uses the best evidence from the economics and health policy literatures to quantify several important consequences of States’ decisions not to expand Medicaid. That evidence, which is based primarily on careful analysis of the effects of past policy decisions, is necessarily an imperfect guide to the future, and the actual effects of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act could be larger or smaller than the estimates presented below. However, this evidence is clear that the consequences of States’ decisions are far‐reaching, with implications for the health and well‐being of their citizens, their economies, and the economy of the Nation as a whole.

 

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Conversation with Osama al-Nujaifi

This morning, Vice President Biden spoke with Osama al-Nujaifi, who served as Speaker of the previous session of Iraq’s Council of Representatives. The Vice President expressed the United States’ strong support for Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and concern for those Iraqis affected by the current crisis. The two agreed on the importance of Iraqis moving expeditiously to form a new government capable of uniting the country.

 

 

July 1st 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and staff watch the U.S. soccer team vs Belgium in World Cup action in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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In Case You Missed It: LGBT Pride at the White House

 

President Obama Speaks at Pride Month Celebration

June 30, 2014 | 14:56 | Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers remarks at a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month in the East Room of the White House.

 

 

 

Obama’s Biggest Disappointment As President

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

President Barack Obama answers a question about gun control and his frustration with congress’ inaction on the issue during a town hall-style Q&A in Minnesota.

 

 

 

Simon Anholt: Which country does the most good for the world?

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

It’s an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, “Which country does the most good?” The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US or China).

 

 

 

U.S. bridges in danger of collapse on the brink of a highway crisis 

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

The nation may be on the brink of a highway crisis and lawmakers are scrambling to avoid a “transportation fiscal cliff.”

 

 

 

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