TheObamaCrat Wake-Up Call™ For HuMpDaY The 16th Of July: House Democrats. Congressional Hispanic Caucus . Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force.


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President Barack Obama’s meetings on Wednesday are with House Democrats, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and appointees to his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience.

 

White House Schedule – July 16, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HuMpDaY July 16th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
HUMPDAY, JULY 16th, 2014

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience. The President will provide remarks and engage in a discussion with Task Force members about a series of new actions the Administration is taking to support state, local, and tribal leaders in preparing their communities, including electricity systems and infrastructure, for the impacts of climate change. There will be a pool spray at the top of this meeting in the State Dining Room.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This meeting is an opportunity to hear from members of the Caucus about ideas for actions to improve our immigration system. The President will also emphasize the urgency for Congress to approve supplemental funding to address the situation at the Southwest border. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the evening, the President and Vice President will meet with House Democrats on the State Floor. This meeting is closed press.

 

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Wednesday, July 16 2014  All Times ET

 

10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

12:45 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at Generation Progress’s 2014 Make Progress National Summit, JW Marriot – Washington.

 

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience, State Dining Room.

 

 

2:15 p.m. ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Unite for Veterans Summit in Los Angeles.

 

 

3:50 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

 

5:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with House Democrats, The State Floor.

 

 

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July 16, 2014 12:45 PM EDT

Vice President Biden Speaks to Generation Progress Summit

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July 16, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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Tune In: The First Lady Speaks at the Unite for Veterans Summit

 

 

Today at 2:15 p.m. ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Unite for Veterans Summit in Los Angeles, an event hosted by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the University of Southern California.

 

As part of the Joining Forces Initiative, the First Lady is teaming up with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to highlight the importance of aiding veterans as they transition into the next phase of their lives. Mayor Garcetti has joined the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by the end of 2015.

 

 

Unite for Veterans

 

Started on Jul 15, 2014

Unite for Veterans will bring together key business and civic
leaders, agencies and community stakeholders to highlight the scalable best practices in employment, housing and other human services to provide veterans with a fulfilling life after military service.

 

 

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Welcoming Congressional Action on Key National Security Tools

 

 

Today, Congress took an important step forward in making sure that we’re developing the capabilities necessary to make America safer.

 

As the President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, I welcome the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee markup of the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Act. Its ultimate passage would allow us to move forward on a number of priority national security initiatives, including the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF).

 

As President Obama announced during his West Point speech in May, this new fund will help us take the fight to terrorist organizations by strengthening the capacity of our friends on the frontlines. The CTPF presents a new, sustainable model for strategic engagement with our partners from South Asia to the Sahel. Because today’s principal terrorist threats no longer emanate from al-Qa’ida central leadership but from an evolving and decentralized set of actors, we need the flexibility to develop tailored regional solutions to terrorist groups that pose the greatest threat to the United States, wherever they are located.

 

These funds would allow us to train, equip, advise, and operationally enable our partners to counter them — ultimately leading us to rely less on U.S. forces and more on our frontline allies. The CTPF would also support long-term security sector and governance initiatives, because we know that our counterterrorism success over the long run ultimately depends on partnering with and developing professional and accountable security forces and supporting institutions.

 

I also applaud the inclusion of new authorities related to Syria that would allow us to more effectively partner with appropriately vetted members of the moderate Syrian armed opposition. Importantly, this train and equip mission could help us to better protect Syrian civilians, pressure the regime, and counter terrorist threats emanating from the country’s contested and ungoverned areas — including from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

 

In a turbulent and uncertain world, the Senate today took an important step forward in providing vital tools to help our military and counterterrorism professionals confront this challenge.

 

 

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July 15 Senate GOP Leadership Press Conference

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

Senate GOP leaders discussed the crisis at the Southern border, the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and Speaker John A. Boehner’s proposed lawsuit of President Barack Obama at their weekly news conference on July 15.

 

 

“GOP Leadership” is an oxy-moron. Much like “Jumbo Shrimp or “Military Intelligence.”

 

 

Cycles of Violence With Gaza Rooted in Israel’s Rejection of Palestinian Unity

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

TRNN Middle East correspondent Lia Tarachansky discusses Operation Protective Edge after Hamas rejected the Egyptian ceasefire proposal

 

 

 

Israel warns Gaza residents to leave

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

Airstrikes in Israel and Gaza continued overnight, with the death toll rising. CNN’s Karl Penhaul has more.

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases- July 16th, 2014

 

Remarks by the President on the Economy — McLean, VA

 

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

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Salim al-Jabouri

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

 

President Obama Announces Members of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations

 

FACT SHEET: Progress in Four Years of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

 

Readout of the Obama Administration’s Meeting with Members of Congress and their Constituents on Promoting Exports

 

 

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TheObamaCrat SoapBox™: Immigration.

 

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

 

Everytown For Gun Safety: Urge Your Senators To Help Save Women’s Lives.

 

The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.

 

The President Speaks On The Economy: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center In McLean, Virginia.

 

 

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President Obama Hosts an Iftar Dinner

 

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Published on Jul 14, 2014

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. July 14, 2014.

 

 

Statements and Releases – July 14th, 2014

 

ADVISORY: President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Signs Iowa Disaster Declaration

 

White House Report: Economic Analysis of Transportation Infrastructure Investment

 

 

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The First-Ever White House Summit on American Apprenticeship

 

 

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker tour a classroom at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa.President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker tour a classroom at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa., April 16, 2014. Students Zach Kuzma and Stephanie Womack demonstrate equipment that teaches students how to manipulate gears, pulleys, sprockets, etc. to adjust the speed and/or torque of a motor or system. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

To create new opportunities for more hard-working Americans, the President and his team are committed to advancing job-driven training initiatives that help American workers acquire the skills they need to succeed in good jobs that are available now. Expanding quality apprenticeship is a key strategy to make education and training programs more job-driven.

 

As part of that effort, today, we hosted the first-ever White House Summit on American Apprenticeship to gather the best ideas and to catalyze action to dramatically increase apprenticeship in America. More than 60 attendees presented their ideas — including leading employers, big and small, like IBM, Bank of America, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Oberg Industries; labor unions like the IBEW and SEIU; training providers like Ivy Tech and Lone Star Community Colleges; and local workforce leaders from states as diverse as Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

 

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With less than a month to go until the start of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., we’re excited to announce the launch of the Summit’s official website, which you can access here. As the site describes, the Summit constitutes the largest single engagement by any U.S. President with Africa.

 

Starting on August 4 and with events spanning three days, it will include approximately 50 African heads of state and government as well as the Chairperson of the African Union, a range of U.S. and African civil society and business leaders, young African leaders, and Members of Congress. The presence of so many African leaders in the nation’s capital provides an historic opportunity to further strengthen ties with our African partners and highlight America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa’s development and its people.

 

In addition to the website, which will be continuously updated as the Summit nears, we invite you to follow the Summit on Twitter using the hashtag #AfricaSummit.

 

These online tools will offer an opportunity for broader dialogue as we prepare for this unprecedented engagement with one of the world’s most dynamic regions.

 

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The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.

 

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7/14/14: White House Press Briefing

 

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Published on Jul 14, 2014

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

 

 

 

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Eric Holder: America is STILL a Nation of Cowards

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder discusses racism is America

 

 

 

Eric Holder Paints Grim Picture Of Race Relations In America

 

Published on May 19, 2014

Attorney general: ‘segregation has reoccurred.’

 

 

 

Racism directed at the President

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

Paul Begala brings up some of the racism the President has had to endure, Newt Gingrich, Tim Phillips and Neera Tanden debate.

 

 

 

PBS News Hour Monday, July 14, 2014

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

Monday on the NewsHour, Citigroup agreed to pay a record fine for selling risky mortgage securities. Also: Hamas launched a drone in the midst of chaos in the Middle East, fighting flares along the Russia-Ukraine border, British comedian John Oliver on turning news into comedy, reflecting on the impact of the 2014 World Cup and remembering the Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer.

 

 

 

Malala Dedicates Day to Captured Nigerian Girls

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

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A Pakistani teenager who escaped a Taliban assasination attempt is spending her 17th birthday in Nigeria in an effort to aid the release of 219 schoolgirls held by militant extremists. (July 14)

 

 

 

Remembering writer and activist Nadine Gordimer

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

Nadine Gordimer has died at the age of 90 at her home in Johannesburg. The Nobel Prize-winning writer and anti-apartheid activist used her pen to write damning indictments of South Africa’s racial segregation. We look back at Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s 1987 interview with Gordimer about the prospect of having another book banned by the government.

 

 

 

President Obama Walks the Streets of Denver

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

President Barack Obama – aka “The Bear” – got loose for a night in Colorado and stopped at a couple of bars and a pizza shop.
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Delivering Nearly 2.4 Million “Not One More” Postcards

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

More than 600,000 supporters like you have helped spread Richard Martinez’s message to elected officials: Not One More person should have to die because leaders in Washington refuse to pass common-sense gun laws. Now Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action have set out to delivery them. Watch and share this powerful video!

 

 

 

WHO CARES – CNN Panel over Eric Holder Responding to Palin on Impeaching Obama

 

 

 

Kristol, Navarro: ‘Nobody of Relevance’ Is Talking Impeachment

 

Published on Jul 13, 2014

In an on-air subtweeting Sarah Palin, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and GOP strategist Ana Navarro dismissed the talk of impeaching President Barack Obama bubbling up on the right, arguing that it was limited to the irrelevant fringes, while GOP leadership is focused on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) lawsuit against the president.

 

“No responsible elected official has called for impeachment,” Kristol said. “The Republican task is to elect a Republican Senate and elect a Republican president in 2016, not create a phony issue which allows Democrats to make Republicans look extreme.”

 

“Nobody of responsibility, nobody in leadership, nobody of relevance has talked about impeachment,” Navarro said. “The lawsuit is about constitutional powers and separation of powers. So can we stick to talking about what people who actually can make something happen say, as opposed to what what folks who want to make headlines say?”

 

Besides, Kristol added, “One problem with [impeachment] is you’d just get Joe Biden as president.”

 

 

 

Study: Kids of same-sex parents happier

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with human behavior expert Mel Robbins about children raised by same-sex couples.

 

 

 

Moms With Guns Founder’s Disgusting Obama Facebook Post

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

“Sharing a photo on her Facebook page of President Obama’s recent visit to Texas, the founder of the Moms With Guns website commented on the photo, stating: “Where is an assasin (sic) when you need one?”

 

The post has since been taken down and the Moms With Guns Facebook account has been closed by founder Kathy Perkins, but not before Liberaland was able to save a screen capture.”

 

 

 

Who is the Unsung Hero of the $7 Billion Citigroup Settlement?

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

Bill Black says that a just settlement would’ve included criminal prosecution of senior Citigroup officials who led the fraud and covered it up

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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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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Where In The World Is Barack™: Oval Office. Roosevelt Room. East Room. State Floor. Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center.


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On Wednesday, the President will have lunch with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the White House.  Afterward, the President will welcome Jimmie Johnson to the White House to honor him for his 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner.

 

White House Schedule – June 25th, 2014

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HuMpDaY June 25th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
HuMpDaY June 25th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of Health and Human Services Burwell in the Oval Office; the Vice President will also attend. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the morning, the President and Israeli President Shimon Peres will drop by a meeting with American Jewish community leaders. This meeting in the Roosevelt Room is closed press. Following this meeting the President will host President Peres for a working lunch in the Cabinet Room; the Vice President will also attend. The lunch is closed press. Following the lunch, there will be a photojournalist spray in the Oval Office.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will welcome Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team members to the White House to honor his 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. This event in the East Room is open press.

 

In the evening, the President will meet with the Senate Democrats on the State Floor; the Vice President will also attend. The meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. This event is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

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Wednesday, June 25 2014  All Times ET

 

10:45 AM: The President meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services Burwell; the Vice President will also attend

 

11:30 AM: The Vice President drops by a “Data Jam” as part of his continuing efforts to make the federal workforce and training system more job-driven

 

11:45 AM: The President and Israeli President Shimon Peres will drop-by a meeting with American Jewish community leaders

 

12:20 PM: The President holds a working lunch with Israeli President Shimon Peres; the Vice President will also attend

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest WATCH LIVE

 

1:25 PM: The President meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres

 

2:55 PM: The President welcomes Jimmie Johnson and the Hendrick Motorsports team members to the White House to honor their 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship WATCH LIVE

 

3:00 PM: The Vice President will meet with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore

 

5:00 PM: The President meets with the Senate Democrats; the Vice President will also attend

 

7:10 PM: The President delivers remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner WATCH LIVE

 

 

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On Thursday, the President will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

On Friday, the President and First Lady will attend the Marine Barracks Evening Parade in Washington, DC.

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks – June 24, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at the President’s Cup Reception

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

 

 

Statements and Releases – June 24th/25th, 2014

 

PROGRESS REPORT: President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

 

FACT SHEET: Advancing The Human Rights Of LGBT Persons Globally

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

 

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

 

 

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.

 

Additional details about the trip are forthcoming.

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

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

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

 

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

 

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the reporting functions conferred upon the President by section 1206(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66).

 

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

 

 BARACK OBAMA

 

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Lupita Nyong’o looks flawless in first beauty ad for Lancôme

 

Lupita Nyong’o is stunning – and her new ad for Lancôme proves this yet again.

 

The beauty brand’s first ad featuring their newest spokesperson released this week and Nyong’o looks radiant with her glowing chocolate-colored complexion.

 

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The Oscar-winning actress became endorsed by the beauty brand in April – and her first ad highlight’s Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation, a smooth blemish-free product which is “available in 28 shades for all skintones.”

 

The foundation is being touted as one of the brand’s more diverse products, which provides “endless perfection” for women of almost every complexion.

 

And with the current Vogue magazine cover girl promoting their product, Lancôme seems to be sending a message of appreciation for diversity and consumers of color.

 

 

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Going Where No “We The Geeks” Has Gone Before

 

This afternoon, we’re celebrating the end of National Oceans Month and one year of progress on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan — so we’re diving into ocean science by hearing from an expert living 63 feet below the surface.

 

At 2:00 p.m. ET, the White House and the Weather Channel will host “We the Geeks: SUBMERGED!” to discuss the importance of oceans to our way of life and how oceans both contribute to and are impacted by climate change and weather patterns — with one of our participants streaming live from the ocean floor!

 

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Join pioneers of ocean exploration and experts on weather and climate science on a Google+ Hangout at 2:00 p.m. ET. They’ll share what scientists know about how oceans are the critical engine of the climate and weather we experience above the surface.

 

 

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Senate Democrat: Obama ‘Must’ Come to Congress Before Iraq Military Action

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

A longtime ally of President Barack Obama says he must come to Congress before taking military action in Iraq, except to secure the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., the former head of the Democratic National Committee, said Obama “must seek congressional approval” before launching military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) unless there is a direct and imminent threat to the United States, such as a threat to the U.S. Embassy. There is no such imminent threat now, Kaine said.

 

 

 

Testimony of Mothers

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

Reverend Heber Brown talks to two mothers who’s sons were murdered in Baltimore.

 

 

 

Shocking 1994 Video Of Dick Cheney Predicting Everything About The Crisis In Iraq

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

As ISIS bludgeons their way across Iraq, Lee Camp pulls out a video of a 1994 Dick Cheney predicting everything that would happen – which raises the question “Is Cheney a time traveler?”

 

 

 

Boehner considers suing Obama, Not Creating Jobs.

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner is considering bringing a lawsuit against President Obama for misusing executive authority.

 

 

 

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President Obama Welcomes NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson to the White House

 

President will welcome Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team members to the White House to honor his 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner

 

President will deliver remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center.

 

 

 

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A Brand New Day™: 2013 Presidents Cup Teams Visit The White House. The Vice President And Dr. Biden Host Reception For The LGBT Community.


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On Tuesday, On this sunny and warm Tuesday President Barack Obama meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the Oval Office. The President will also host the 2013 Presidents Cup Teams at the White House.

 

White House Schedule – June 24, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY June 24th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
Tuesday June 24th, 2014

 

In the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will host the 2013 Presidents Cup Team at the White House. The Vice President will also attend. This event in the East Room is open press.

 

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Tuesday, June 24th,  2014  All Times ET

 

12:00 PM: The Vice President ceremonially swears in Sylvia Mathews Burwell as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, Roosevelt Room.

 

 

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

 

 

4:20 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

 

6:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT hosts the 2013 Presidents Cup Team; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends, East Room.

 

 

7:00 PM: The Vice President and Dr. Biden host a reception for members of the LGBT Community, Naval Observatory.

 

 

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June 23rd, 2014: Photos of the Day

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the First Lady During Conversation with Robin Roberts at The White House Working Families Summit

 

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

 

 

 

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Residents flee the Honduran capital

 

 

 

International microlender brings small business lending to U.S. merchants

 

 

 

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Key races in Mississippi, Oklahoma

 

 

 

The 20th Annual Gay Prom

 

 

 

The Road to Freedom Summer — Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)

 

 

 

Raw Video: President Obama Stops for Lunch at Chipotle

 

 

Ahead of the Working Families Summit today, President Obama stopped by a local Chipotle in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. for a burrito bowl, and a conversation with a few working parents.

It was an opportunity for him to hear from Americans balancing the responsibilities of work and family — aided by companies with flexible, supportive policies — and he was “looking forward to comparing notes about changing diapers.”

Policies like paid leave and flexible hours aren’t just smart for parents, they’re smart for business. As President Obama said, “not only do families benefit and children benefit, but the businesses benefit and the economy benefits.”

 

 

 

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On Wednesday, the President will have lunch with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the White House.  Afterward, the President will welcome Jimmie Johnson to the White House to honor him for his 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner.

 

On Thursday, the President will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

On Friday, the President and First Lady will attend the Marine Barracks Evening Parade in Washington, DC.

 

 

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