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A Brand New Day™: The Dynamic Duo Head To Pennsylvania, Announce $600 Million In Job Grants.


 

By Jueseppi B.

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

 

From The Associated Press:

 

Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

They were making the announcement Wednesday at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in the western Pennsylvania borough of Oakdale.

Administration officials say they hear from too many businesses that they cannot find skilled workers for jobs they need to fill. On top of that, officials say many people who are looking for work may be open to learning new skills but need assurance that a job will be waiting for them at the end of a training program.

Obama and others in the administration often say community colleges are among the best sources for job training and say learn-on-the-job apprenticeship programs provide some of the most direct paths to well-paying jobs.

Although the economy is improving, unemployment remains stubbornly high at 6.7 percent and Obama says more must be done to create jobs.

 

 

The programs that Obama and his Pennsylvania-born vice president are announcing do not need approval from Congress because they will be paid for with money that lawmakers have already authorized for spending. In response to stiff resistance to his agenda from Republican lawmakers, Obama has made it a goal this year to take smaller steps on his own, without support from Congress, to benefit the economy, workers and others, and Wednesday’s program fits that script.

The larger of the two grant programs will put nearly $500 million toward a job training competition run by the Labor Department that is designed to encourage community colleges, employers and industry to work together to create training programs that are geared toward the jobs employers need to fill. Applications will be available starting Wednesday.

The training is part of an existing competitive grant program for community colleges that prepare dislocated workers and others for jobs.

A priority will be placed on partnerships that include national entities, such as industry associations, that pledge to help design and institute programs that give job seekers a credential that will be recognized and accepted across a particular industry, signaling to an employer what kind of work the holder can do.

The Labor Department is also making an additional $100 million available for grants to reward partnerships that expand apprenticeship programs.

Apprenticeships are used less widely in the U.S. than in some other countries, said administration officials, who also noted that nearly 9 out of 10 apprentices end up in jobs that pay average starting salaries of above $50,000 a year.

The apprenticeship grant program will begin in the fall and focus, in part, on broad partnerships that create programs in high-growth fields, such as information technology, health care and advanced manufacturing, as well as programs that provide college credit or industry-wide skills certification.

Obama earlier this year put Biden, who is a native of Scranton, Pa., in charge of a “soup-to-nuts” review of federal job-training programs, and set a July 30 deadline for his report.

House Republicans have complained that Biden’s effort is a waste of time because the Government Accountability Office, the auditing arm of Congress, has identified redundancies in a comprehensive review it completed in 2011. They have urged Obama to press his allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate to vote on a House-passed measure that proposes to streamline dozens of duplicative job training programs.

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White House Schedule – April 16th, 2014

 

 

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

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, April 16th, 2014

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President will travel to Oakdale, Pennsylvania. There will be in-town travel pool coverage of the President’s departure from White House, and the arrival at Pittsburgh International Airport is open press.

 

While in Oakdale, the President will visit the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center to tour a classroom and deliver remarks on the importance of jobs-driven skills training in a 21st Century economy. The Vice President will also deliver remarks and join the tour. There will be out-of-town travel pool coverage of the tour, and the remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the evening, the President will depart Oakdale, Pennsylvania en route Washington, DC.  The departure from Pittsburgh International Airport is open press, and there will be in-town travel pool coverage of the return to the White House.

 

 

Wednesday, April 16th 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

 

1:00 PM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

 

1:35 PM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

 

2:30 PM: The President arrives Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh International Airport.

 

 

3:10 PM: The President and Vice President tour a classroom, Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center – Oakdale – Pennsylanvia.

 

 

3:45 PM: The President and Vice President deliver remarks, Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center – Oakdale – Pennsylanvia.

 

 

5:45 PM: The President departs Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania en route Joint Base Andrews, Pittsburgh International Airport.

 

 

6:45 PM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

7:20 PM: The President arrives the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

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On Wednesday, President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Leetsdale, Pennsylvania for an event on the economy. Further details on the President and Vice President’s travel to Pennsylvania will be made available in the coming days.

On Thursday, the President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.  A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.

On Friday, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion.  Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

 

 

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President Obama and Vice President Biden Speak on the Importance of Jobs-Driven Skill Training in the 21st Century Economy

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April 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 15, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 15, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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2013 Boston Marathon Tribute: Joe Biden

 

Boston, Masschutes, USA, A week before the 118th Boston Marathon, the city of Boston came together to remember the tragic terrorist attack last year. And giving tribute to the heroes and the survivors of that day, Vice-President Joe Biden had these words.

 

 

 

 

President Obama and Vice President Biden Deliver Remarks

 

Scheduled for Apr 16, 2014

The President and Vice President will visit the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center to tour a classroom and deliver remarks on the importance of jobs-driven skills training in a 21st Century economy.

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center Wednesday to spotlight what they call “jobs-driven skills training.”

 

 

 

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Vice President Biden Joins Instagram

 

Today, we’re excited to announce the Office of the Vice President is joining Instagram to give followers a unique look inside the Vice Presidency. This new social media presence continues efforts by the Vice President’s Office to connect with citizens online, adding to his official Twitter handle and the Being Biden audio series.

 

The VP’s Instagram followers will have access to behind-the-scenes photos from the road and around the White House. And today, as the Vice President joins President Obama in Pennsylvania to announce grants that will spur job training and apprenticeship programs, you’re invited to follow along on Instagram.

 

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VPOTUSA, Joseph Robinette “Joey B” Biden, Jr., joins instagram.

 

Stay tuned for photos and videos from the Vice President – and don’t forget to check out our other official Instagram accounts, including: The White HouseFirst Lady Michelle ObamaandChief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza.

 

 

A Moment of Silence to Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

 

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President Obama Hosts Annual Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House

 

Connecting Young African Leaders with the U.S. and One Another

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President

One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote. The Senate’s commonsense agreement would grow the economy by $1.4 trillion and shrink the deficit by nearly $850 billion over the next two decades, while providing a tough but fair pathway to earned citizenship to bring 11 million undocumented individuals out of the shadows, modernizing our legal immigration system, continuing to strengthen border security, and holding employers accountable.  Simply put, it would boost our economy, strengthen our security, and live up to our most closely-held values as a society.

 

Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action, seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform. Instead of advancing commonsense reform and working to fix our immigration system, House Republicans have voted in favor of extreme measures like a punitive amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers”. The majority of Americans are ahead of House Republicans on this crucial issue and there is broad support for reform, including among Democrats and Republicans, labor and business, and faith and law enforcement leaders. We have a chance to strengthen our country while upholding our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and I urge House Republicans to listen to the will of the American people and bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote.

 

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FACT SHEET – American Job Training Investments: Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class

 

Readout of the President’s Calls with University of Connecticut Basketball Coaches Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma

 

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa O. Monaco

 

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Pharrell’s New Song is ‘Here’ From the ‘Spider-Man 2′ Soundtrack

 

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In keeping with the emotional tenor of Pharrell lately, here is his new song “Here” from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. It’s a sweeping ballad full of all the right things that will make the moment when Peter Parker kisses that lucky so-and-so extra emotional. The difference between a delusion and a dream? Explained. Where is Pharrell? Here. Why? He got “new GPS’s.” Is he happy? He’s trying.

 

This is the second Pharrell Williams contribution we’ve heard from the soundtrack, following the release of his song with Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar,“It’s On Again.”

 

Williams also co-wrote the score to the film with Hans Zimmer and ex-Smiths guitarists Johnny Marr. The soundtrack will be available April 22, and you can pre-order it now on Amazon

 

Read more and hear the song on Radio.com.

 

 

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Young Men Debunk Negative Racial Stereotypes In “Suit and Tie” Video

 

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Published on Feb 27, 2014

A Counter-Narrative on Black Male Students: At Central High School’s Black History Month Celebration, the Central and Centennial High School African-American Clubs released a joint video countering the negative images of young African-American males in the media. The students affirmed the following in a video highlighting the successes of young black males within the District:
• We are not gangsters and thugs.
• We are employees and volunteers.
• We are scholars.
• We are athletes.
“The negative stories told daily in the media and in our culture about our young African-American men tend to ignore their successes and don’t tell the full story about how young Black men are becoming leaders within our community schools,” said Central School Social Worker and African-American Club Sponsors Tiffany Gholson and Barbara Cook, who worked with the students on this effort. “In this video, our students reclaim the narrative of who they are and inspire other students to follow in their footsteps.” In our assembly, we addressed the State of the Youth and highlighted what Black students have overcome from a historical perspective. The assembly also highlighted how overcoming those obstacles has helped make America stronger and urged students of all backgrounds to carry the torch for future generations.

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 15th Of April. Happy Passover AND Happy Tax Day!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday meets with faith leaders to boost prospects for passing immigration reform (right now not very good), meets with Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel and then hosts his annual White House seder, with the core group of guests Obama 2008 campaign staffers who were in Harrisbug, Pa.  battling Hillary Rodham Clinton in the brutal Democratic primary on Passover 2008. The staffers put together a seder at a hotel on the campaign trail and Obama kept the tradition going when he reached the White House.

 

The campaign seder was led by Eric Lesser, then the campaign’s chief baggage wrangler who went on to become an assistant to then White House senior adviser David Axelrod and is now running for the state senate in Massachusetts.

 

White House Schedule – April 15, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will meet with faith leaders to discuss the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform in the Oval Office. There will be a stills only pool spray at the top of the meeting.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with senior advisors, where he will also observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. This meeting and moment of silence in the Oval Office are closed press.

 

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

 

In the evening, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff. The Seder in the Old Family Dining Room is closed press.

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, April 15th, 2014

 

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Tuesday, April 15th 2014 All Times ET

 

 

7:30 AM: The Vice President and Secretary of State John Kerry meet for breakfast, Naval Observatory.

 

 

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

 

 

11:30 AM: The President meets with faith leaders, Oval Office.

 

 

12:00 PM: The Vice President and Dr. Biden attend a Tribute to those affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013, Hynes Convention Center.

 

 

12:15 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:40 PM: The President meets with senior advisors and observes a moment of silence, Oval Office.

 

 

3:45 PM: The President meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

 

6:30 PM: The President and First Lady mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House, Old Family Dining Room.

 

 

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On Tuesday, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff.

On Wednesday, President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Leetsdale, Pennsylvania for an event on the economy. Further details on the President and Vice President’s travel to Pennsylvania will be made available in the coming days.

On Thursday, the President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.  A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.

On Friday, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion.  Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

 

 

 

April 2014: Photo of the Day

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First Lady Michelle Obama visits with families working on crafts at Maryland Fisher House IV at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., April 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama visits with families working on crafts at Maryland Fisher House IV at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., April 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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1st Lady Michelle has stickers put on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt at Walter Reed Hospital.

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1st Lady Michelle meets 6-month-old Kyleigh Garmon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center today .

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Fisher House Family Easter Event

 

Remarks by the President at Easter Prayer Breakfast

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin

At Moscow’s request, President Obama spoke with Russian President Putin today about the situation in Ukraine.  The President expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine.  The President emphasized that all irregular forces in the country need to lay down their arms, and he urged President Putin to use his influence with these armed, pro-Russian groups to convince them to depart the buildings they have seized.

 

The President reiterated the importance of Russia withdrawing its troops from Ukraine’s border in order to defuse tensions.  President Obama noted that despite the rhetoric from Russian officials, the government of Ukraine has acted with remarkable restraint, and he praised the Ukrainian government’s efforts to unify the country by holding free and fair presidential elections on May 25, pursuing inclusive constitutional reform and proposing concrete steps toward the decentralization of power.  The President noted Russia’s growing political and economic isolation as a result of its actions in Ukraine and made clear that the costs Russia already has incurred will increase if those actions persist.

 

The President noted the upcoming contact group meeting in Geneva and said that while he continues to believe that a diplomatic solution is still possible, it cannot succeed in an environment of Russian military intimidation on Ukraine’s borders, armed provocation within Ukraine, and escalatory rhetoric by Kremlin officials.

 

 

Statement by the President

A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon.  Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded.  Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier.  And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

 

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety.  Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.  And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.

 

One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us – learning to stand, walk, dance and run again.  With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city.  And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday – Patriot’s Day – hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.

 

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with the Global Development Council

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco’s Meeting with Yemeni Minister of Finance Sakhir Wajih and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammed Saadi

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Hollande of France

 

Vice President Biden to Travel to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Jose Mujica Cordano of Uruguay

 

White House Announces 2014 Easter Egg Roll Program and Talent Line-up

 

Statement by Vice President Biden on the Passing of Nuala Pell

 

Statement from the President on Passover

 

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The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) Facts:

 

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ACA enrollment through exchanges reached 7.1 million, ahead of early estimates.

* The ACA is quickly reducing the uninsured rate.

* Thanks in part to the ACA, health care spending has slowed dramatically and health care inflation is at its lowest point in 50 years.

* According to the Department of Commerce, the ACA is also having a positive effect on personal incomes.

* And according to the CBO, the system is even more affordable than previously projected.

This is a system that’s working. The right can either acknowledge reality or embrace delusions and conspiracies, but the facts are quite evident for those who care to look. The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) is here to stay.

 

 

Remember when Barack said this would happen 2 years ago....

Remember when Barack said this would happen 2 years ago….

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Following the announcement that the United States Postal Service first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House on May 22, Harvey Milk’s nephew and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation Stuart Milk released the following statement:

“A stamp dedication ceremony on May 22 at the White House comes with incredibly special significance for both place and date. President Obama and his administration have provided the nation with steadfast and trend setting leadership in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the US and abroad….

“The Milk family thanks President Obama and other allies and champions of LGBT inclusive diversity as exemplified by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, all of the LGBT leaders who have stood on uncle Harvey’s shoulders to run for and serve openly in public office, and each and every LGBT individual who go about their daily life with authenticity, refusing to hide who they are and who they love. Together, all of us, continue to move humanity forward, bending that arc of the moral universe ever closer to justice.”

 

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President Obama speaks during a statement to the press following explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the briefing room of the White House April 15, 2013

President Obama speaks during a statement to the press following explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the briefing room of the White House April 15, 2013

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Does anyone besides me see the irony in a traitor using the backdrop of the U.S. Constitution as he talks about the stolen NSA documents he has on the 5 laptops he took without permission…and gave to China & Russia?

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The Morning E-Mail From HuffPost


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Morning E-Mail From HuffPost

 

By Lauren Weber with Eliot Nelson

 

Forget Google Maps – Google Naps is where it’s at. Be right back while we catch some ZZZ’s. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Monday, March 31, 2014.

 

The Scuttlebutt

 

 

 

 

BABY GEORGE!!!

Our family: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge show off Prince George and Lupo in their latest official portrait Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2592932/Prince-George-spitting-image-Kate-baby-family-portrait-released-Mothers-Day.html#ixzz2xXrkJBNj  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Our family: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge show off Prince George and Lupo in their latest official portrait

 

Britain’s royal family released a new portrait of Prince George and his obscenely photogenic family. Kaley Cuoco got a dramtic haircut. Someone spent $25,000 to try to look like Jennifer Lawrence. VH1 looked into the fabulous life of the most fabulous couple: Beyonce and Jay-Z. And Ke$ha looks great in her first red carpet appearance since rehab.

 

 

 
TOP STORIES

UN ON CLIMATE CHANGE: ‘WE’RE SITTING DUCKS’
Global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of many risks, a United Nations scientific panel reports, warning that the wild climate ride has only just begun. ‘Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman Rajendra Pachauri said in a Monday news conference.” [AP]

 

 

DIPLOMACY AT ITS FINEST

“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday night the United States and Russia agree on the need for a diplomatic solution for Ukraine but he stressed the Russian troop buildup along the border is not helpful.” Yah think? [AP]

 

MISSING PLANE SEARCH: BLACK BOX BATTERIES RUNNING OUT
“Authorities calculate that they have six days, or thereabouts, to find the black boxes. That could mark a turning point in the search effort, they say, which would become immensely more difficult.” Hopes from this weekend’s developments were dashed as recently discovered floating objects were found to be fishing equipment. One of the flight attendants’ husband has not been able to explain the tragedy to his children. “I told them mummy’s going to take a bit longer to come home this time, and I even promised them I’m going to bring her home.” [WSJ]

 

STATESIDE: Last Day for Obamacare Enrollment
Today is the last day to enroll for the Affordable Care Act. A wealthy heir who raped a three-year-old dodged jail time because the judge didn’t think he’d fare well in prison. Wow. The Washington mudslide death toll continues to climb. A deadly shooting in Albuquerque has led to violent protests. Corvette owners are transfixed by the extraction of eight of the classic cars from a sinkhole. And this woman’s Facebook post could land her in jail.

In cutest-video-ever news, here’s a bulldog puppy meeting a baby.

 

 

 

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McDonalds is offering free cups of coffee to combat Taco Bell’s new breakfast menu. A Supreme Court case could change the way computer software is patented. Josh Elliott of “Good Morning America” is heading to NBC sports after a contract dispute. “The Big Short” and “Liar’s Poker” author Michael Lewis declared the stock market “rigged” in his new book about high-speed trading. And in case you missed it this weekend, the iPhone 6 is projected to hit the shelves in September.

In relaxation news, here’s a cat enjoying his hammock.

 

 

SCOUTING REPORT: 
Pass us the peanuts and Cracker Jacks: it’s opening day! This soccer player saved his opponent’s life on the field. A Gainesville television station recreates March Maddness highlights to avoid breaking NCAA restrictions. Grantland tackles the Kevin Love question. And the Final Four is set. Is your bracket is busted? Ours is way past the point of no return.

 
In science news, here’s water freezing and boiling in quick succession.

 

 

CULTURE CATCH-UP: ‘Frozen’ Enters Record Books

The return of “Harry Potter” will be in trilogy-form; we cannot wait to freebase J.K. Rowling’s next batch of literary crack. We’re all dying to see Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence together again, but until “Serena” comes out, promotional pictures from the Oscar-bait movie will have to do. Suit up — the “How I Met Your Mother” series finale airs tonight. Money flooded in for “Noah” this weekend(har har har). And people just aren’t letting go — “Frozen” is the highest grossing animated movie of all time.

In grandpa news, here’s a guy explaining “wingmanning” to his grandfather.

 

 

LIVIN’: Google Naps
This erratic weather completely messes with your wardrobe. Here are a few ways to rock transitionally appropriate outfits. Google has a parody site that shows you where to nap. Here’s each state’s coolest invention. The average cost of a wedding has risen to $30,000. Better start saving now. And wanna look cute on Sunday? Here’s something other than leggings to rock at brunch.

In wipeout news, here’s a pug not sticking a landing.

 

 

 

ONE MORE THING
This is what the world would look like without lights.

 

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Statement By The Press Secretary On Ukraine: March 16th, 2014


 

By Jueseppi B.

America’s ambassador to the UN, Ms. Samantha Power, berates her Russian counterpart saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong.

America’s ambassador to the UN, Ms. Samantha Power, berates her Russian counterpart saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong.

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

 

The United States has steadfastly supported the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine since it declared its independence in 1991, and we reject the “referendum” that took place today in the Crimean region of Ukraine.  This referendum is contrary to Ukraine’s constitution, and the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law.

 

No decisions should be made about the future of Ukraine without the Ukrainian government.  Moreover, this vote was not necessary.  The Ukrainian government has made clear its willingness to discuss increased autonomy for Crimea, and the presidential elections planned for May 25 provide a legitimate opportunity for all Ukrainians to make their voices heard on the future of their country.

 

In addition, Ukraine, the United States, the EU, the OSCE, the UN, and others have called for Russia to allow international monitors into the Crimean peninsula to ensure that the rights of ethnic Russians in Ukraine are being upheld.  Russia has spurned those calls as well as outreach from the Ukrainian government and instead has escalated its military intervention into Crimea and initiated threatening military exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border.

 

Russia’s actions are dangerous and destabilizing.  The UN Security Council recognized this in a vote yesterday that only Russia opposed.  As the United States and our allies have made clear, military intervention and violation of international law will bring increasing costs for Russia – not only due to measures imposed by the United States and our allies but also as a direct result of Russia’s own destabilizing actions.

 

In this century, we are long past the days when the international community will stand quietly by while one country forcibly seizes the territory of another.  We call on all members of the international community to continue to condemn such actions, to take concrete steps to impose costs, and to stand together in support of the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

 

 

Statement of G-7 Leaders on Ukraine

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Yatsenyuk of Ukraine

 

Readout of the President’s Calls with President Berzins of Latvia, Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom, President Grybauskaite of Lithuania, President Hollande of France, President Ilves of Estonia, and Prime Minister Renzi of Italy

 

 

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President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk of Ukraine

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The President Obama and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine speak to the press after a bilateral meeting to discuss finding a peaceful resolution to Russia’s ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. The leaders also discussed support the international community can provide to help Ukraine confront its economic challenges, and the importance of uniting Ukraine and working to fulfill the aspirations of the Ukrainian people as they prepare for May presidential elections.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Ukraine

March 06, 2014 | 4:20 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers a statement on Ukraine.

 

 

 

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From The Daily Mail:

 

US v Russia in clash of diplomats: America’s ambassador to the UN berates her Russian counterpart saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong

 

  • 13 countries voted for the motion, Russia against, China abstained
  • Russia Foreign Ministry blasted vote as American plot to interfere
  • Samantha Power of US said Crimea will stay Ukrainian unless law changes

 

Russia defied the world yesterday as it vetoed a UN resolution that declared today’s referendum on the status of Crimea invalid.

 

Samantha Power, America’s ambassador to the UN, berated her Russian counterpart, Vitaly Churkin, at an emergency meeting of the Security Council in New York, saying his country stood alone and its actions were wrong. 

 

Thirteen countries voted in favour of the resolution. Russia voted against the motion, while China abstained.

 

Visibly enraged, she discussed options with Ukraine's Yuriy Sergeyev (second left) ahead of the vote.

Visibly enraged, she discussed options with Ukraine’s Yuriy Sergeyev (second left) ahead of the vote.

 

Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the resolution as another American attempt to interfere in Ukraine.

 

But Ms Power – an Irish-born diplomat and academic who has held various senior positions in Barack Obama’s administration – said: ‘Crimea will be part of Ukraine unless and until its status is changed in accordance of Ukrainian and international law.’

 

Mr Churkin was the only country to vote against the motion. China abstained, and 13 voted in favour.

Mr Churkin was the only country to vote against the motion. China abstained, and 13 voted in favour.

 

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Thank you The Daily Mail.

 

 

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President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine in the Oval Office, March 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine in the Oval Office, March 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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

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

Look closely at this foot Vladimir, cause it's about to be lodged up your ass.

Look closely at this foot Vladimir, cause it’s about to be lodged up your ass.

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

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

An Orthodox clergyman stands at the gate of a Ukrainian military base in Crimea that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2. Behind him are Ukrainian soldiers standing just inside the gate.

An Orthodox clergyman stands at the gate of a Ukrainian military base in Crimea that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2. Behind him are Ukrainian soldiers standing just inside the gate.

A young Ukrainian soldier stands behind the gate inside a Ukrainian military base that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2 in Crimea.

A young Ukrainian soldier stands behind the gate inside a Ukrainian military base that was surrounded by several hundred Russian-speaking soldiers March 2 in Crimea.

Ukrainian soldiers, left, and unidentified gunmen, right, stand at the gate of an infantry base in Perevalnoye, Ukraine, on March 2.

Ukrainian soldiers, left, and unidentified gunmen, right, stand at the gate of an infantry base in Perevalnoye, Ukraine, on March 2.

A Maidan self-defense unit member stands in support of Ukraine in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 2.

A Maidan self-defense unit member stands in support of Ukraine in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 2.

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

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Barack After Dark™: The First Family Returns Home. The Weekly Address. The Week Ahead.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weekly Address: Time for Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage for the American People

 

Lindsay Holst
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March 08, 2014
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In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the momentum building across the country to give Americans a raise and reiterated his call for Congress to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The President has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for people working under new federal contracts. Companies large and small are choosing to give workers a raise because they know it’s good business. And Governors across the country are answering the President’s call by working to raise their states’ minimum wages. Now, it’s time for Congress to get the job done and restore opportunity for all Americans by raising the minimum wage to “ten-ten.”

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Es hora que el Congreso aumente el salario mínimo

March 08, 2014 | 3:03 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario de Trabajo Thomas E. Pérez habló sobre el llamado del Presidente al Congreso para aumentar el salario mínimo para los trabajadores estadounidenses a $10.10 dólares. Es el momento de dar a Estados Unidos un aumento de sueldo.

 

 

 

 

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WEEKLY  SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, MARCH 10th, – MONDAY, MARCH 14th, 2014

 

On Sunday, the First Family will return from Key Largo, Florida. The First Family’s departure from Homestead Air Reserve Base and arrival on the South Lawn

 

 

On Monday, the President will host a reception for the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Champions.

 

On Tuesday, the President will travel to New York, NY to attend DNC and DSCC events.

 

On Wednesday, the President will attend meetings at theWhite House.

 

On Thursday and Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

 

 

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From The White House Blog

 

Weekly Wrap Up: the President Announces His Budget, YouTube Stars Say Hi, and More

 

This week, the President announced his 2015 budget, and addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. YouTube Stars visited the White House, and more. Check out what you missed in this week’s wrap up.

 

 

President Obama Announces His 2015 Budget

The President traveled to Powell Elementary School on Tuesday after sending his 2015 budget to Congress. There, he discussed what he called a “roadmap” for the opportunity agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address.

 

President Obama's #budget invests in his vision of giving every 4-year-old in America access to quality preschool.

President Obama’s #budget invests in his vision of giving every 4-year-old in America access to quality preschool.

 

“Our budget is about choices,” President Obama said. “It’s about our values. As a country, we’ve got to make a decision if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy, and expand opportunity for every American.”

 

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A World-Class Education for Every Student in America

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack 

March 07, 2014
07:27 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students in a classroom at Coral Reef Senior High School, Florida, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obamatalks with students in a classroom at Coral Reef Senior High School, Fla., March 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

 

Today, President Obama and the First Lady visited Coral Reef High School in Miami to discuss the President’s plan to equip all Americans with the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

 

“By working hard every single day, every single night, you are making the best investment there is in your future,” President Obama told the students. “And we want to make sure you’ve got everything, all the tools you need to succeed.”

 

President Obama talked about one tool that’s helping give more students the opportunity to afford, attend, and graduate from college: the Free Application for Student Aid or FAFSA.

 

It is a simple form. It used to be complicated; we made it simple. It doesn’t cost anything — that’s why the word “free” is right there in the name. It does not take a long time to fill out. Once you do, you’re putting yourself in the running for all kinds of financial support for college — scholarships, grants, loans, work-study jobs.

 

Over the last five years, the Obama administration has been working to make college more affordable for more students. And today, more young people are earning college degrees than ever before. But we have to do more, President Obama said.

 

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Opening Today: The 2014 Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery

 

Don’t miss your chance to join the First Family for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The big event is on Monday, April 21 and more than 30,000 people will join in on the fun. Guests will have a chance to participate in activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll – all on the White House South Lawn.

 

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This year’s theme  ”Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” encourages children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. In addition to the fun and games, the day’s activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.

 

Starting today, you can enter the lottery at www.recreation.govfor a chance to join in on the fun. The event is open to children ages 13 years and younger and their families. Be sure to enter the lottery before it closes on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

 

Families and schools who can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C. but want to participate in the festivities can enter the annual poster contest. The First Lady will select the winning design to be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program.

 

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Ask President Obama Your Health Care Questions on WebMD

 

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Next week, President Obama will sit down for his first-ever interview with WebMD, the leading source of health information for consumers and health care professionals, to discuss the importance of signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. During a conversation with the site’s health care reform expert Lisa Zamosky, the President will answer questions about health care and the ACA directly from WebMD users in an interview that will air on March 14.

What’s your question for President Obama? Ask now at WebMD.com/AskObama

 

The President’s interview with WebMD continues efforts by the administration to encourage as many Americans as possible to sign up for health insurance for 2014 by the end of open enrollment on March 31.

 

And it’s just one of many innovative and targeted strategies used by the White House to speak with Americans directly — especially women, young adults and the uninsured – about quality, affordable health care options available. As the leading source for health information, WebMD has enormous reach. According to WebMD, the site’s more than 156 million unique visitors per month is made up of 60 percent women, 33 percent of its audience is ages 18-34 and 38 percent of those younger users are uninsured.

 

So, go ahead and submit your questions now – then tune in on March 14 to watch the full interview and find out if the President answered your question.

 

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West Wing Week 3/7/14 or “Look Who’s In Our Room”

 

 

 

This week, The White House hosted its first ever White House Student Film Festival, while the President addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, presented his budget for Fiscal Year 2015, urged Congress to raise the minimum wage, and held a town hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

YouTube Stars Talk Health Care (and Make History) at the White House

 

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This year, the President is committed to using the power of his phone and pen to create opportunity for all Americans. One ways he’s doing that is through raising awareness about policies and priorities through non-traditional platforms, like YouTube.

 

Last week, senior administration officials sat down with some of the most popular content creators on YouTube to talk about the issues that they care the most about, including access to quality, affordable health care. This group of influencers has developed innovative ways to engage with tens of millions of young people in a way that few other media platforms can accomplish. To learn from the YouTube community, we’re starting a dialogue with these leaders to continue the conversation about issues that are important for their audiences including anti-bullying, education, economic opportunity, and health care.

 

 

 

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The Employment Situation in February

 

February 2014 was the 48th straight month of private-sector job growth, with businesses adding 8.7 million jobs over that time. Despite a major snowstorm that hit the East Coast during the reference week for the labor market surveys, the rate of job growth picked up from the December and January pace. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate remains elevated, and for too many Americans, wages have been slow to rise.

 

This week, the President put out a budget that can make progress on these issues by investing in education, job training, and innovation, by expanding tax credits for working Americans, and by extending the emergency unemployment benefits that has expired for 2 million Americans. And while the President encourages Congress to act on his proposals, he will also continue to take action on his own wherever possible to support job growth and expand economic opportunity.

 

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

 

1. The private sector has added 8.7 million jobs over 48 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 175,000 in February, with 162,000 of that increase in the private sector. Revisions to private employment in the previous months were small and offsetting, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.2 million, or an average of 183,000 a month. This is almost identical to the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (182,000 a month).

 

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The First Family Returns Home

 

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