TheObamaCrat Wake-Up Call™ For Monday The 11th of August: Barack In Tisbury, Massachusetts.


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On Monday, August 11, the President will attend a DSCC event at a private residence in Tisbury, Massachusetts. There will be print pool coverage for remarks only. The First Family is on a well deserved vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

 

Enjoy Your Well Deserved Vacation.

 

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Raw: President Golfs on Martha’s Vineyard

 

Published on Aug 9, 2014

President Barack Obama kicked off a two-week vacation by playing golf on Martha’s Vineyard Thursday, which comes as the U.S. is engaged in military airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq. (Aug. 9)

 

 

 

White House Schedule – August 11th, 2014

 

On Monday, August 11, the President will attend a DSCC event at a private residence in Tisbury, Massachusetts. There will be print pool coverage for remarks only.

 

Monday, August 11 2014  All Times ET

 

5:55 PM: The President delivers remarks and answers questions at a DSCC event, Private Residence — Massachusetts.

 

 

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Airstrikes in Iraq: What You Need to Know

 

President Obama has authorized the U.S. military to execute targeted airstrikes in Iraq.

 

The President takes no decision more seriously than the use of military force. So it’s worth taking a few minutes to make sure you understand exactly what is happening in Iraq right now, who is involved, and why we are taking action. Here are a few answers to some key questions Americans may be asking:

 

1. What exactly did the President do?

On August 7, 2014, President Obama authorized two operations in the northern region of Iraq. First, he authorized the military to use limited airstrikes to protect American diplomatic and military personnel serving in the city of Erbil. Second, the United States is delivering humanitarian aid to thousands of Yezidis, Iraqi civilians, who have been forced to flee their homes and are now stranded on a mountainside — facing near-certain death without our assistance.

 

 

2. Why are airstrikes needed now?

Terrorist forces known as ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) have been advancing across Iraq. ISIL had moved toward the city of Erbil, where many American diplomats and military advisors are currently serving. By August 7, ISIL forces had taken positions only minutes from Erbil.

 

In order to stop ISIL’s advance from threatening our people and facilities, the President ordered targeted airstrikes against ISIL terrorist convoys should they move toward Erbil.

 

 

3. Why can’t we just evacuate the Americans from Erbil instead of taking military action? 

The American personnel in Erbil are vital to joint operations with the Kurds and the Iraqi government. Right now, we have the capability to see what’s happening on the ground and we have military capability to hit strategic targets.

 

 

4. What about the humanitarian mission? Why is that needed? 

ISIL forces have acted with particular brutality toward ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq, including the Yezidi people in northern Iraq. Not only have they conducted executions and enslaved Yezidi women, they have threatened to systematically destroy the entire Yezidi people, which would constitute an act of genocide.

 

Thousands of Yezidis have fled their hometowns to Mount Sinjar in order to escape the advancing ISIL forces. They have no access to food or water — many are dying of thirst.

 

The United States has been airdropping food and water to the Yezidis on Mount Sinjar to prevent the loss of innocent lives. As the President said, “The United States of America cannot turn a blind eye. We can act, carefully and responsibly, to prevent a potential act of genocide.”

 

 

5. Will airstrikes be used to protect the Yezidi people on the mountain? 

The U.S. military has been undertaking limited airstrikes to help Iraqi forces that are fighting to beat back ISIL’s siege on the mountain and to protect the civilians there.

 

 

6. Are we the only ones fighting ISIL?

No. The United States is providing urgent assistance and arms to Iraqi forces in the region so they can more effectively wage the fight against ISIL. Britain and France have also committed to joining the United States in providing humanitarian aid to the Yezidi people.

 

 

7. Is ISIL more dangerous than al-Qaeda right now? 

While both are terrorist forces, they have different ambitions. Al-Qaeda’s principal ambition is to launch attacks against the west and U.S. homeland. That’s the direct threat that we have taken direct action against for many years. Right now, ISIL’s primary focus is consolidating territory in the Middle East region to establish their own Islamic State. So they’re different organizations with different objectives.

 

 

8. Are we at war with ISIL? Will we be sending troops back to Iraq? 

No. There is no U.S. military solution to the larger situation in Iraq. The United States’ chief goals are to protect our personnel and facilities, and to prevent a potential act of genocide. That is the scope of these operations. As the President said, we will support Iraqis as they take the fight to these terrorists, but no American combat troops will be returning to fight in Iraq.

 

 

9. What’s our plan moving forward? 

We will protect our citizens, and we will work with Iraqis and the international community to address the humanitarian crisis facing the Yezidi people.

As we carry out that mission, we will pursue a strategy that empowers Iraqi leaders to come together, forge an inclusive government, and build security forces that can fight back against threats like ISIL. The Iraqi people have named a new President, a new Speaker of Parliament, and working to choose a new Prime Minister. The U.S. will work with this new government and other countries in the region on a broader counterterrorism strategy moving forward

 

Learn more about the situation in Iraq and our plan to help ensure the security of Americans serving in Erbil.

 

 

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Summer Mailbag: Ask the White House Your Questions

 

 

It’s that time of year again! We’re bringing back the Summer Mailbag edition of West Wing Week. If you’ve got a question about President Obama’s policies, what it’s like to work at the White House, or really, anything you’ve been meaning to ask about his day-to-day life or his Administration, we want to hear from you.

 

  • We’re asking people across the country to submit their questions on social media — and administration officials will answer some of them in West Wing Week. Here’s how it works:

     

    1. Ask your questions on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, or Google+ using the hashtag #AskTheWH.
    2. We’ll send some of your questions over to White House staffers for them to answer.
    3. Be sure to watch the Summer Mailbag edition of West Wing Week to find out if your question got answered.

     

    Need some inspiration? Check out last year’s Summer Mailbag edition, and stay tuned for this year’s episode over the next couple of weeks.

 

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The President Gives an Update on the Situation in Iraq

 

 

 

This morning, from the South Lawn of the White House, President Obama made a statement on the situation in Iraq, detailing the progress of current American operations in the country:

 

Good morning.  Over the past two days, American pilots and crews have served with courage and skill in the skies over Iraq.

First, American forces have conducted targeted airstrikes against terrorist forces outside the city of Erbil to prevent them from advancing on the city and to protect our American diplomats and military personnel.  So far, these strikes have successfully destroyed arms and equipment that ISIL terrorists could have used against Erbil.  Meanwhile, Kurdish forces on the ground continue to defend the city, and the United States and the Iraqi government have stepped up our military assistance to Kurdish forces as they wage their fight.

Second, our humanitarian effort continues to help the men, women and children stranded on Mount Sinjar.  American forces have so far conducted two successful airdrops — delivering thousands of meals and gallons of water to these desperate men, women and children.  And American aircraft are positioned to strike ISIL terrorists around the mountain to help forces in Iraq break the siege and rescue those who are trapped there.

 

The President added, however, that the United States is continuing to pursue our broader strategy in Iraq, even while dealing with these immediate situations:

We will protect our American citizens in Iraq, whether they’re diplomats, civilians or military. If these terrorists threaten our facilities or our personnel, we will take action to protect our people.

We will continue to provide military assistance and advice to the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces as they battle these terrorists, so that the terrorists cannot establish a permanent safe haven.

We will continue to work with the international community to deal with the growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq.  Even as our attention is focused on preventing an act of genocide and helping the men and women and children on the mountain, countless Iraqis have been driven or fled from their homes, including many Christians.

This morning, I spoke with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom and President Hollande of France.  I’m pleased that both leaders expressed their strong support for our actions and have agreed to join us in providing humanitarian assistance to Iraqi civilians who are suffering so much.  Once again, America is proud to act alongside our closest friends and allies.

More broadly, the United Nations in Iraq is working urgently to help respond to the needs of those Iraqis fleeing from areas under threat.  The U.N. Security Council has called on the international community to do everything it can to provide food, water and shelter.  And in my calls with allies and partners around the world, I’ll continue to urge them to join us in this humanitarian effort.

“Finally,” the President concluded, “we continue to call on Iraqis to come together and form the inclusive government that Iraq needs right now.”

All Iraqi communities are ultimately threatened by these barbaric terrorists and all Iraqi communities need to unite to defend their country.

Just as we are focused on the situation in the north affecting Kurds and Iraqi minorities, Sunnis and Shia in different parts of Iraq have suffered mightily at the hands of ISIL.  Once an inclusive government is in place, I’m confident it will be easier to mobilize all Iraqis against ISIL, and to mobilize greater support from our friends and allies.  Ultimately, only Iraqis can ensure the security and stability of Iraq.  The United States can’t do it for them, but we can and will be partners in that effort.

One final thing — as we go forward, we’ll continue to consult with Congress and coordinate closely with our allies and partners.  And as Americans, we will continue to show gratitude to our men and women in uniform who are conducting our operations there.  When called, they were ready — as they always are.  When given their mission, they’ve performed with distinction — as they always do.  And when we see them serving with such honor and compassion, defending our fellow citizens and saving the lives of people they’ve never met, it makes us proud to be Americans — as we always will be.

Read the full transcript of the President’s statement, along with the questions he answered from the press.

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Statements and Releases – August 11th, 2014

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Iraqi President Fuad Masum

Vice President Biden called Iraqi President Fuad Masum this morning to discuss the ongoing government formation process in Baghdad and to express the United States’ full support for his role as guarantor of the Iraqi Constitution. President Masum discussed with the Vice President the nomination of Hayder al-Abadi to be the next prime minister. The Vice President commended Masum for meeting this key milestone and reiterated President Obama’s repeated calls for the timely creation of a new, more inclusive government that will be able to address the legitimate concerns of all Iraqis. Vice President Biden also emphasized President Obama’s desire to boost coordination with a new Iraqi government and Iraqi Security Forces to roll back gains by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. President Masum thanked the Vice President for his continued support.

 

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President Obama Explains the Ebola Outbreak

 

Published on Aug 9, 2014

With Ebola spreading in West Africa, President Obama discusses the outbreak and what the United States is doing to help improve the situation.
More on the Ebola outbreak:
http://www.tdcvideo.com/2014-deadlies…

 

 

 

#GazaDayofRage: Tens of thousands march worldwide in support of Palestinians

 

Published on Aug 9, 2014

People across the globe have gathered to support the plight of Gaza, with the most impressive turnout taking place in London. Since the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict a month ago, over 1,800 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed.

 

 

 

Police Brutality: Ferguson teen killing fuels fears of more innocent victims

 

 

 

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Police: St. Louis, Missouri teen killed after altercation

 

 

 

I Can’t Breathe

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

BROADWAY STARS SEND A MESSAGE ABOUT POLICE VIOLENCE AND THE KILLING OF ERIC GARNER

On July 29th, at 6pm WalkRunFly Productions (Warren Adams & Brandon Victor Dixon) partnered with poet Daniel J. Watts, and over 100 Broadway stars, directors, producers, musicians, choreographers, designers and technicians in Times Square to send a message about violence and the killing of Eric Gardner.

 

 

 

Police: Black Teen Shot in Missouri Was Unarmed

 

Published on Aug 10, 2014

An 18-year-old black man shot and killed by a suburban St. Louis police officer was unarmed, police said Sunday during a news conference that occurred while hundreds of angry protesters gathered outside to demand answers. (Aug. 10)

 

 

 

Occupy Democrats Reports: Town Outraged After Unarmed Black Teen Shot by Police

 

 

 

‘Kill the Police': Protests erupt after Ferguson cops shoot black teen to death

 

 

 

Domestic violence victim has gun taken by police while suspect is free

 

Published on Aug 10, 2014

(MyFoxDetroi) CITY OF DETROIT – Keisha Thomas was married to 42-year-old James Alderidge for four years but after years of physical abuse – she did what most women don’t.

 

She left, they divorced and that’s when Thomas says Alderidge began making violent threats to hurt the people closest to her, including her brother and 16-year-old son.

 

“All I can hear is my nephew saying, ‘Somebody shoot him, somebody get him, he’s killing my daddy he’s killing my daddy,'” Thomas said. “I have a gun. I have a (concealed pistol license). My gun jammed that’s the only reason why I wasn’t able to protect him.”

 

“My ex-husband shot my brother eight times, he almost killed him.”

 

Domestic violence never effects just the people involved. It touches entire families, children, mothers, sisters and brothers. And in Detroit — a city with a well-documented culture of violence and a code of street justice – domestic violence is often deadly.

 

Last year in Michigan there were 122 homicides.

 

“My marriage was like hell and that’s why I filed for divorce,” Thomas said.

 

The Detroit couple divorced in 2013. Thomas said that is when the threats from him began.

 

“Every morning I come home he’s sitting in front of my house waiting on me or calling my house or sending people down there or looking in my windows,” Thomas said. “It’s not the first time he pulled a gun on my brother and he stalked me. I lost a job because of him.”

 
“I filed personal protection order violations and they gave him probation, and he has continued to harass us.”

 

The violations are well documented with Detroit Police. But the follow-through on violent confrontations with Thomas’ family don’t count because they don’t involve her. Domestic abuse experts say that’s a common tactic.

 

“I think this situation illustrates how abuse does escalate when a victim chooses to leave their partner,” said Emily Matuszczak, senior director of programs at Haven. “And they will use whatever means are available to get back at her and to continue to try and scare her.”

 

But Friday Aug. 1 when Alderidge was spotted in the neighborhood, Thomas’ brother and ex-husband began to fight. Witnesses say Alderidge shot Thomas’ brother eight times.

 

“He has no kidneys, they took his pancreas, they took half of his colon,” Thomas said. “He broke his left leg, he has to wear a colostomy bag.”

 

The story gets very complicated. According to the police report, Alderidge was shot in the leg.

 

A source tells Fox 2 that it was Thomas’ brother who pulled the trigger. But her family says the gun was fired by someone in the large crowd at the scene.

 

Thomas also legally carries a weapon which was confiscated as part of the investigation. Now she says she can’t protect herself and to make matters worse, Alderidge was released from custody pending charges and he is back on the streets.

 

“I want him in jail,” Thomas said. “I want him to suffer in jail for the rest of his life and think about all the things he has done to hurt people.”

 

Investigators believe it was Thomas’ brother who fired the first shot which could lay the ground work for a possible self-defense plea. Even though Thomas’ brother was shot eight times, prosecutors say there is not enough evidence to prove assault with intent to commit murder. That is why Alderidge was released.

 

The case is still under investigation, anyone with information should call Detroit Police at (313) 596-5200.

 

 

 

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President Obama Gives the Commencement Address at Worcester Tech in Massachusetts

 

 

 

This afternoon, President Obama traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts to deliver the commencement address at Worcester Technical High School.

 

In his remarks, the President congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments, letting them know that they stand out among other high schools across the country:

 

I’m here today because there is nothing ordinary about Worcester Tech or the Class of 2014.  You have set yourselves apart.  This high school has set itself apart.

Over the past four years, some of you have learned how to take apart an engine and put it back together again.  Some of you have learned how to run a restaurant, or build a house, or fix a computer.  And all of you are graduating today not just with a great education, but with the skills that will let you start your careers and skills that will make America stronger.

“The thing I really want to do,” he said, “is make sure that what we’ve learned here at this high school we can lift up for the entire nation. I want the nation to learn from Worcester Tech.”

 

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Remarks by the President at Worcester Technical High School Commencement Ceremony (Full Transcript)

 

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A Step Toward Cleaner Air and Healthier Communities

 

 

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a vital component of the President’s Climate Action Plan – proposed common-sense carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Since air pollution from power plants can worsen asthma and other breathing problems, EPA’s guidelines will help protect the health of vulnerable Americans, including children and the elderly.

 

In a big step forward, yesterday the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates, a body representing more than 500 medical associations and organizations, voted to formally reaffirm their support for carbon pollution standards for power plants and committed to submit comments on the EPA’s proposal underscoring the need to keep strong standards that protect public health. AMA’s vote puts them alongside other public health organizations that have taken leadership on this issue, including the American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association.

 

In addition to cutting carbon emissions from the power sector by about 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, EPA’s plan will also decrease that sector’s emissions of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by about 25 percent. From the soot and smog reductions alone, for every dollar invested through the Clean Power Plan, American families will see up to $7 in health benefits.

 

In the first year that these standards go into effect, up to 100,000 asthma attacks and up to 2,100 heart attacks will be prevented. These standards will also help more kids to be healthy enough to show up to school – with up to 72,000 fewer absences in the first year. The benefits increase each year from there.

 

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President Obama: “There’s No Advanced, Developed Country on Earth That Would Put Up with This”

 

 

 

During yesterday’s Tumblr Q&A at the White House, the President answered a question on the epidemic of gun violence in America.

 

“My biggest frustration so far,” he said, “is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage.” Talking about the increasing frequency of school shootings across the country, the President noted that the U.S. is the only developed country where this is routine.

 

“The country has to do some soul-searching about this,” President Obama said. “This is becoming the norm, and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me.”

 

He also stressed that the only thing that is going to reverse this alarming trend is public opinion. “If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change.”

 

Until there is a fundamental shift in public opinion in which people say, enough, this is not acceptable, this is not normal, this isn’t sort of the price we should be paying for our freedom, that we can have respect for the Second Amendment and responsible gun owners and sportsmen and hunters can have the ability to possess weapons but that we are going to put some commonsense rules in place that make a dent, at least, in what’s happening — until that is not just the majority of you — because that’s already the majority of you, even the majority of gun owners believe that. But until that’s a view that people feel passionately about and are willing to go after folks who don’t vote reflecting those values, until that happens, sadly, not that much is going to change.

 

President Obama noted that he has issued more than 20 executive actions this year to try to tighten up some of the rules in the law, but it’s not possible to get even the slightest restrictions through Congress right now, “and we should be ashamed of that.”

 

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President Obama Answers the Question “Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?”

 

 

 

Remarks by the President in Q&A with David Karp, CEO of Tumblr (Full Transcript)

 

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#LunchWithFLOTUS: The First Lady’s Twitter Q&A on Healthy School Lunches

 

 

Today, millions of kids across America are eating better school meals because of healthier lunch standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Thanks to the hard work of school chefs and food service workers around the country, 90 percent of our schools are now meeting modern nutrition standards — and the USDA is working to provide greater flexibility and more assistance to help the remaining schools catch up.

 

As part of her Let’s Move! initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama has helped raise awareness around the importance of our kids eating healthy and getting the nutrition they need — and now she’s taking to Twitter to answer your questions.

 

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 12, at 2:30 p.m. ET, join the First Lady for a Twitter Q&A on school nutrition and healthy school lunches on her Twitter handle, @FLOTUS.

 

Here are the details:

 

  • Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #LunchWithFLOTUS
  • Follow the Q&A live through the @FLOTUS Twitter handle
  • If you miss the live Q&A, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/whitehouse

 

Learn more about the First Lady’s initiative to encourage healthy eating at Letsmove.gov/eat-healthy, and then join the First Lady for a Twitter chat on @FLOTUS on Thursday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

Upcoming Guidance for First Lady Michelle Obama

Thursday, June 12, 2014

 

Washington, DC * 3:30 PM – The First Lady will join local students and school nutrition directors from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden.  In 2009, Mrs. Obama planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation—a conversation that evolved into her Let’s Move! initiative.  Since Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! in 2010, parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children.  And thanks to these efforts, we are moving toward a healthier new norm all across the country.

 

To help with this summer’s harvest, the First Lady invited local school children whose schools are successfully implementing national school lunch standards.  Children from these Washington, D.C. schools joined Mrs. Obama in April for the spring garden planting and will now have the opportunity to harvest the produce they recently planted:

 

  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Friendship Public Charter School
  • Kimball Elementary School
  • Bancroft Elementary School
  • Harriet Tubman Elementary School

 

Mrs. Obama is also inviting school nutrition directors from Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX, and West Virginia to participate in the harvest.  These school nutrition directors have seen success in their new school lunch programs thanks to the standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  Today, thanks to the hard work of school chefs, food service providers, and school nutrition directors across the country, 90 percent of schools are now meeting modern nutrition standards, including the schools in attendance at the harvest.  Because of these improvements, consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains has significantly increased, and over 600,000 kids are now getting a nutritious breakfast.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided greater flexibility and is working to give more assistance to help the remaining schools meet these standards.

 

The following school nutrition directors will participate in this summer’s garden harvest:

 

  • Lora Gilbert, MS, RD, FADA, SNS, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
  • Richard Goff, MBA, Executive Director, Office of Child Nutrition, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Dora Rivas, MS, RDN, SNS, Executive Director, Food and Child Nutrition Services Department, Dallas Independent School

 

This event will be livestreamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Announce Winning Recipes in Townwide “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge”

 

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Thoughts on Fatherhood in the 21st Century

 

 

This was originally posted on the Huffington Post, and is part of a series of essays about the issues facing working families in the 21st century, leading up to the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014.

 

You can learn more about the Summit and how you can get involved at www.workingfamiliessummit.org.

 


 

Growing up, if I wanted to play catch, I often had to play it alone. Sometimes I’d even aim at a tree for lack of person with a glove at the other end of the yard. I admit, the tree wasn’t a very good replacement. But when you’re a kid — and you don’t have a dad to play catch with — you’ll toss a ball at anything. Even if that thing is a 40-foot-tall oak and unlikely to toss the ball back.

 

In this respect, I’m probably not unique. Far too many children grow up without a dad in their lives, like I did. And for many, the effects cut deeper and last longer than being forced to have a one-way game of catch.

 

I’m a father now. My daughter was born 10 years ago, and my son soon after. And one of my greatest challenges, having never grown up with a father myself, is figuring out what a dad is supposed to do. I got the memo about taking out the garbage. And I change more light bulbs than Thomas Edison. But when it comes to preparing your kids for the slings and arrows of life, that’s something I’ve only learned about fairly recently.

 

And here’s the key: I only learned about it because I was able to make the time.

 

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Statements and Releases – June 11th, 2014

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice Keynote Address at the Center for a New American Security Annual Conference

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice
“The Strength of American Leadership, the Power of Collective Action”

Keynote Address at the Center for a New American Security Annual Conference
Washington, DC

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Thank you so much Richard for that kind welcome.  And, to my good friends and former colleagues— Michele Flournoy and Kurt Campbell— I can’t help but note how well-rested you both look.  I’m only a little bitter.  Still, I want to thank you for your stellar service to our country both from inside government and now, again, as leading thinkers on national security.

 

CNAS, which you founded, does a remarkable job of preparing our next generation of national security leaders.  That work is critical, because our nation needs bright, dedicated young women and men who care deeply about our world.  We need a diverse pipeline of talent ready and eager to carry forward the mantle of American leadership.  So, thank you all.

 

As President Obama told West Point’s graduating class two weeks ago, the question is not whether America will lead the world in the 21st century, but how America will lead.  No other nation can match the enduring foundations of our strength.  Our military has no peer.  Our formidable economy is growing.  We are more energy independent each year.  Our vibrant and diverse population is demographically strong and productive.  We attract hopeful immigrants from all over the world.  Our unrivaled global network of alliances and partnerships makes us the one nation to which the world turns when challenges arise.  So, American leadership is and will remain central to shaping a world that is freer, more secure, more just and more prosperous.

 

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At West Point, President Obama outlined how America will lead in a world that is more complex and more interdependent than ever before.  As we move out of a period dominated by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will lead by drawing on every element of our national power.  That power starts with our unparalleled military might, used wisely and when necessary to defend America’s core interests – the security of our citizens, our economy, and our allies.  We will lead by strengthening effective partnerships to counter an evolving terrorist threat.  We will lead by rallying coalitions and marshaling the resources of our partners to address regional and global challenges.  And, we will lead by standing firm in defense of human dignity and equality, while steering the course of history toward greater justice and opportunity for all.

 

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Surge in child immigrants crossing U.S.-Mexico border

 

 

 

Secretary Hagel Testifies on Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange: President Obama Made Final Decision

 

 

 

June 11 House Armed Services Hearing on Bowe Bergdahl Exchange

 

 

 

A billboard on display before it was announced he'd be released in exchange for five detainees at Guantanamo.

 

 

Defense Secretary Scolds Rep. Over Bergdahl’s Health

 

 

 

Leave Bowe Bergdahl Alone!

 

 

 

There’s a War Within The Republican Party

 

 

 

Cantor Announces Plans to Resign Leadership Post

 

 

 

Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Arraigned in NJ Court

 

 

 

Sun releases massive solar flare – NASA video

 

 

 

Brad Paisley Reunites With Army Officer

 

 

 

Senator Warren’s Remarks After “Bank on Students” Vote

 

 

 

Raw: Rio Statue Lit Up in Colors for World Cup

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 11th Of June: Where In The World Is Barack?


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HuMpDaY The 11th Of June: Where In The World Is Barack? Worcester, Massachusetts.

 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Will Soon be Unemployed.....

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Will Soon be Unemployed…..

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Even primary winner was surprised he beat Eric Cantor

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

Little-known challenger Dave Brat beat House Majority leader Eric Cantor in a primary race. CNN’s Dana Bash reports.

 

 

 

It's been a blast, hopefully you won't need an un employment benefit extension....since you voted not to extend unemployment benefits.

It’s been a blast, hopefully you won’t need an un employment benefit extension….since you voted not to extend unemployment benefits.

 

Primary Shock: House Majority Leader Loses

 

Published on Jun 10, 2014

David Brat, an economics professor with Tea Party backing, shocked the Republican party on Tuesday by defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary in their suburban Richmond, Virginia district. (June 11)

 

 

 

Buh Bye asswipe.

Buh Bye asswipe.

 

White House Schedule – June 11, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HuMpDaY June 11th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
HuMpDAY June 11th, 2014

 

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In the morning, the President and Vice 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 the United States Sentencing Commission in the Roosevelt Room. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts. The departure from the South Lawn is open press and the arrival at Worcester Regional Airport is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in the Boston area. There will be print pool coverage of the President’s remarks.

 

Later in the evening, the President will depart Worcester, Massachusetts en route Washington, DC. The departure from Worcester Regional Airport is open to pre-credentialed media, while the arrival on the South Lawn is open press.

 

 

Wednesday, June 11 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

10:50 AM: The President meets with the United States Sentencing Commission, Roosevelt Room.

 

1:45 PM: The Vice President delivers the keynote address at the North American Energy Summit, Goldman Sachs – New York City.

 

1:50 PM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

2:05 PM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Andrews.

 

3:20 PM: The President arrives Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Regional Airport.

 

4:00 PM: The President delivers remarks at the Worcester Technical High School Commencement, Worcester Technical High School – Worcester.

 

7:00 PM: The President delivers remarks and answers questions at a DSCC event, Private Residence – Weston.

 

8:20 PM: The President departs Worcester, Massachusetts en route Andrews Air Force Base, Worcester Regional Airport.
9:45 PM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews,Joint Base Andrews.

 

10:00 PM: The President arrives the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

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On Thursday, the President will hold a bilateral meeting Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia at the White House; the Vice President will also attend. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia’s leadership of the G-20 this year, the future of Afghanistan, and the growing bilateral defense relationship, including the rotation of U.S. Marines through Darwin.  They will also address some of the most serious security issues that confront both Australia and the United States, including Syria, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, North Korea, and the security and stability of the Asia Pacific region. In the afternoon, the President will welcome the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their victory in the WNBA Finals.

 

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Cannonball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Following their visit to Indian Country, the President and the First Lady will travel to Palm Springs, CA.

 

 

On Saturday, the President will deliver the commencement address at University of California, Irvine on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the UC Irvine campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson. UC Irvine does outstanding work at the undergraduate and graduate level in science and research, humanities, and professional studies, and the President looks forward to speaking with the graduates in June. Following these events, he will return to Palm Springs, CA. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, D.C on Monday.

 

 

Upcoming Guidance for First Lady Michelle Obama

Thursday, June 12, 2014

 

Washington, DC * 3:30 PM – The First Lady will join local students and school nutrition directors from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden.  In 2009, Mrs. Obama planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation—a conversation that evolved into her Let’s Move! initiative.  Since Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! in 2010, parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children.  And thanks to these efforts, we are moving toward a healthier new norm all across the country.

 

To help with this summer’s harvest, the First Lady invited local school children whose schools are successfully implementing national school lunch standards.  Children from these Washington, D.C. schools joined Mrs. Obama in April for the spring garden planting and will now have the opportunity to harvest the produce they recently planted:

 

  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Friendship Public Charter School
  • Kimball Elementary School
  • Bancroft Elementary School
  • Harriet Tubman Elementary School

 

Mrs. Obama is also inviting school nutrition directors from Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX, and West Virginia to participate in the harvest.  These school nutrition directors have seen success in their new school lunch programs thanks to the standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  Today, thanks to the hard work of school chefs, food service providers, and school nutrition directors across the country, 90 percent of schools are now meeting modern nutrition standards, including the schools in attendance at the harvest.  Because of these improvements, consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains has significantly increased, and over 600,000 kids are now getting a nutritious breakfast.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided greater flexibility and is working to give more assistance to help the remaining schools meet these standards.

 

The following school nutrition directors will participate in this summer’s garden harvest:

 

  • Lora Gilbert, MS, RD, FADA, SNS, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
  • Richard Goff, MBA, Executive Director, Office of Child Nutrition, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Dora Rivas, MS, RDN, SNS, Executive Director, Food and Child Nutrition Services Department, Dallas Independent School

 

This event will be livestreamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

 

 

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White House LIVE!!! Streaming Schedule

 

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June 11, 2014 1:45 PM EDT
Vice President Biden Gives the Keynote Address at the North American Energy Summit
Audio Only
New York, New York

 

 

June 11, 2014 4:00 PM EDT
President Obama Speaks at the Worcester Technical High School Commencement
Worcester, Massachusetts

 

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President Obama’s Tumblr Q&A at the White House

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

President Obama takes to Tumblr in an event at the White House moderated by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp. The President answered questions in the State Dining Room from folks across the country on the importance of education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.

 

 

 

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President Obama visiting Worcester to speak at H.S. graduation

 

Pres. Obama to deliver Worcester Tech. commencement address

 

Published on Mar 20, 2014

A Worcester school underwent a transformation and is now getting some big-time recognition from Pres. Barack Obama.

 

 

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – Many high school graduates quickly forget who spoke at their graduation ceremony, but it is unlikely that the class of 2014 at Worcester Technical High School will have trouble remembering. President Barack Obama is headed to central Massachusetts Wednesday, to give some parting words of wisdom to Worcester Tech’s graduates.

 

The president will speak at Wednesday afternoon’s commencement ceremony at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, and shake the hands of graduates as they accept their diplomas. Following the president’s remarks, he will head to the Boston area, where he will participate in an event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He will return to Washington later in the evening.

 

22News reporter Yoojin Cho will be at the DCU Center, and you can watch President Obama’s remarks to the graduates live on WWLP.com at around 4:00 P.M.

 

Principal Sheila Harrity has been named National High School Principal of the YearU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has visited the school; and its class motivational speaker was former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

 

 

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Statements and Releases – June 10, 2014

 

Statement by the President on the Presidential Election in Israel

 

Remarks by the President at Signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act and the 65th Infantry Regiment Congressional Gold Medal

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Egyptian President al-Sisi

 

Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Belarus

 

Message to the Congress — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Belarus

 

REPORT: Taking Action – Higher Education And Student Debt

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1726, H.R. 3080

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 724, H.R. 1036, H.R. 1228, H.R. 1451, H.R. 2391, H.R. 2939, H.R. 3060, H.R. 3658, H.R. 4032, H.R. 4488, S. 611

 

 

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Obama “Biggest Frustration” Shootings discusses gun legislation after shooting in Troutdale, Oregon

 

Published on Jun 10, 2014

The President discusses gun legislation after shooting at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon.

 

 

 

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How the Oregon shooting events unfolded

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

A 14-year-old student was killed in an Oregon school shooting. CNN’s Sara Sidner reports.

 

 

 

When is enough death from gun violence, enough death from gun violence to make the whores of the NRA in Washington, D.C. who work on Capitol Hill….vote for gun control/gun reform? There have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook Elementary School was the scene of a school massacre. When is enough blood money under the table to allow guns in the hands of everybody, enough money?

 

When does MY right to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness trump YOUR right to have weapons of death in your basement, or in the back window of your pickup, or slung across your back in Target?

 

Shooter, Student Dead After School Shooting

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

Authorities near Portland, Oregon say a teen gunman killed a student and wounded a teacher before apparently killing himself on Tuesday. (June 11)

 

 

 

Who has to die next to convince politicians nationwide on the state and federal level, that people with guns kill people, that there is NO good guy with a gun?

 

If I see a person with a weapon slung over their backs where I publicly do business, I’m going to snatch that weapon off that sumbitch and beat their ass with that weapon.

 

Yes, I carry bail money with me.

 

Save The Babies. Save The Children. It’s Time For Gun Sense In America

 

Published on May 29, 2014

Common sense gun reforms and responsible gun control laws are needed now. Whose child will be next? How many more have to die? Does your second amendment rights trump my U.S. Constitutional rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness?

 

 

 

Obama’s Bowe Bergdahl Trade Was The Right Call

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

President Obama made the right decision to trade five Guantanamo Bay detainees for Bowe Bergdahl, the last American POW from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

 

 

 

Political funny: Obama’s latte

 

 

 

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8 Million People Have Signed Up For Private Health Coverage Thanks To The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).


 

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President Obama: 8 Million People Have Signed Up for Private Health Coverage

 

Speaking from the White House Briefing Room this afternoon, President Obama announced that 8 million Americans have signed up for private health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

 

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Published on Apr 17, 2014

Before taking questions from the press in the White House Press Briefing Room, President Obama announces that 8 million people signed up for private health coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. April 17, 2014.

 

 

 

 

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He noted that 35 percent of those people are under 35 years old.

 

What’s more, costs associated with expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act are lower than expected:

 

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And health care costs are growing at the slowest level on record. That slower growth in spending is reflected across Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance:

 

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Take a look at a few more important numbers, from a fact sheet released today:

 

  • 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35 percent of those who signed up are under 35 years old, and 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old, virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in its first year of health reform.

 

  • 3 million young adults gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act by being able to stay on their parents’ plan.

 

  • 3 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of February, compared to before the Marketplaces opened. Medicaid and CHIP enrollment continues year-round.

 

  • 5 million people are enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards outside the Marketplace, according to a CBO estimate. When insurers set premiums for next year, they are required to look at everyone who enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards, both inside and outside the Marketplace.

 

  • 5.7 million people will be uninsured in 2016 because 24 states have chosen not to expand Medicaid — even though this expansion would be of no cost to states, as the President pointed out in today’s briefing.

 

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The bottom line, as the President said: “This thing is working.

 

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FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers

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The Affordable Care Act is working.  It is giving millions of middle class Americans the health care security they deserve, it is slowing the growth of health care costs and it has brought transparency and competition to the Health Insurance Marketplace.

HEALTH CARE BY THE NUMBERS

  • 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35 percent of those who signed up are under 35 years old and 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old, virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in their first year of health reform.

 

  • 3 million young adults gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act by being able to stay on their parents plan.

 

  • 3 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of February, compared to before the Marketplaces opened. Medicaid and CHIP enrollment continues year-round.

 

  • 5 million people are enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards outside the Marketplace, according to a CBO estimate. When insurers set premiums for next year, they are required to look at everyone who enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards, both on and off the Marketplace.

 

  • 5.7 million people will be uninsured in 2016 because 24 States have not expanded Medicaid.

 

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HEALTH CARE COST GROWTH IS LOWEST IN DECADES

  • Health care costs are growing at the slowest level on record:Since the law passed, real per capita health care spending is estimated to have grown at the lowest rate on record for any three-year period and less than one-third the long-term historical average stretching back to 1960. This slower growth in spending is reflected in Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

 

  • CBO projects the deficit will shrink more and premiums will be lower than expected: CBO previously estimated that the ACA will reduce the deficit by $1.7 trillion over two decades, and, just this week, CBO concluded that lower-than-expected Marketplace premiums and other recent developments will cut $104 billion from our deficit over the next ten years. The CBO report also projects that lower-than-expected premiums will help to save $5 billion this year, and that lower premiums will persist in the years ahead, remaining 15 percent below projections by 2016 (the only year in which CBO provides a precise estimate).

 

  • Medicare spending growth is down: Medicare per capita spending is growing at historically low rates.  This week, for the fifth straight year, the CBO reduced its projections for Medicare spending over the next 10 years – this time by $106 billion.  CBO projects that Medicare and Medicaid costs in 2020 will be $180 billion below its 2010 estimates.  Recent economic research suggests that the ACA’s reforms to Medicare may have “spillover effects” that reduce costs and improve quality across the health care system, not just in Medicare.

 

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THE SECURITY OF HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MILLIONS OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES

  • Up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions – including up to 17 million children – no longer have to worry about being denied health coverage or charged higher premiums because of their health status.

 

  • 71 million Americans with private insurance have gained coverage for at least one free preventive health care service such as mammograms, birth control, or immunizations in 2011 and 2012.

 

  • In 2013, 37 million people with Medicare received at least one preventive service at no out of pocket cost.

 

  • Approximately 60 million Americans have gained expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and/or federal parity protections.

 

  • Since the health care law was enacted, almost 8 million seniors havesaved nearly $10 billion on prescription drugs as the health care law closes Medicare’s “donut hole.”

 

  • 105 million Americans no longer have to worry about having their health benefits cut off after they reach a lifetime limit.

 

@BarackObama The Affordable Care Act is working—for millions of Americans.

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The Affordable Care Act is working—for millions of Americans.

 

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Eight Million Joey B.

Can Ya'll Haters Please Kiss My Entire Black Ass?

Can Ya’ll Haters Please Kiss My Entire Black Ass?

Eight Million.....And Counting.

Eight Million…..And Counting.

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