Weekly Wrap Up: VP At The World Cup, Robotic Giraffes, The Medal of Honor, West Wing Week, The Twitter Storm™ And More.


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Weekly Wrap Up: VP At The World Cup, Robotic Giraffes, The Medal of Honor And More.

 

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This week, the President continued his fight against climate change, updated the American people on the situation in Iraq, hung out with a robotic giraffe at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, and paid tribute to our newest Medal of Honor recipient — and the Vice President cheered on the U.S. Men’s National Team at the World Cup.

 

Check out what you might have missed this week in our weekly wrap up:

 

 

He “Should Not Be Alive Today”

 

At the White House yesterday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, a retired United States Marine. Corporal Carpenter received the medal for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

 

By all accounts, Kyle shouldn’t be alive today. On November 21, 2010, Kyle’s platoon woke up to the sound of AK-47 fire. As their compound began taking fire, Kyle and Lance Corporal Nicholas Eufrazio took cover up on a roof, low on their backs behind a circle of sandbags. And then a grenade landed nearby, its pin already pulled.

 

 

In the President’s remarks, he detailed the horrific events that followed:

 

When the grenade landed, other Marines in the compound looked up and saw it happen. Kyle tried to stand. He lunged forward toward that grenade, and then he disappeared into the blast. Keep in mind, at the time, Kyle was just 21 years old. But in that instant, he fulfilled those words of Scripture: “Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

 

Learn more about Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Kyle Carpenter.

 

 

An Update on Iraq

 

Yesterday, after a meeting with his national security team, President Obama delivered a statement from the White House Press Briefing Room on the situation in Iraq and the U.S. response.

 

 

Read the President’s full statement here.

 

 

The First-Ever White House Maker Faire

Banana pianos, giant red weather balloons, POTUS pancakes, and a 17-foot robotic giraffe on the South Lawn. These were all part of the first-ever White House Maker Faire on Wednesday, hosted by President Obama.

 

 

The event brought together more than 100 students, entrepreneurs, engineers, and researchers from 25 states — all of whom love to “Make” stuff. Check out the Storify here.

 

 

One Team, One Nation

 

On Monday night, Vice President Biden cheered on the U.S. men’s soccer team as they defeated Ghana in their first game of the World Cup in Brazil. The Vice President talked about the experience and visited with the team in the locker room after their thrilling victory.

 

 

The Vice President wrote, “As I told the guys in the locker room after the game, they truly do represent one team, one nation united.”

 

 

 

“This Is a Fight That America Must Lead”

 

Last weekend, President Obama traveled to California to congratulate the University of California, Irvine’s 2014 graduating class and challenged them to get involved in the fight against climate change.

 

 

The President spent much of his speech urging graduates to fight the cynicism and naysayers and to act on climate change — “one of the most significant long-term challenges that our country and our planet faces.”

 

 

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This week, the President visited Lakota Country, the land of the Anteaters, and Pittsburgh’s Tech Shop, while at home he hosted the first-ever Maker Faire and awarded the Medal of Honor.

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on World Refugee Day

 

Fact Sheet: The Economic Challenge Posed by Declining Pollinator Populations

 

Background Conference Call by Senior Administration Officials on Iraq

 

President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin as Commissioner of Social Security

 

FACT SHEET: Unaccompanied Children from Central America

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call to President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and New Zealand: Forward Progress

 

White House Releases the United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan

 

Op-Ed by President Obama on the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill

 

Notice to Congress — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea

 

Press Call on Efforts to Enhance Enforcement on the Southwest Border

 

White House Report: Nine Facts About American Families and Work

 

Statement by the President

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Summer Learning Day Event

 

 

Op-Ed by President Obama on the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill

In an op-ed published in Military Times, President Obama reflects on the 70thAnniversary of the GI Bill, and how the investments we make in veterans help produce the leaders America needs.

 

The following op-ed by President Obama appeared in Military Times

 

You pick the school, and we’ll help pick up the bill.

 

That’s the basic promise America made to our veterans of World War II seventy years ago with the signing of the original GI Bill.  It’s the same promise we’re keeping with our newest veterans and their families through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  Now as then, investing in the education and skills of our veterans is one of the smartest investments we can make in America.

 

For some eight million World War II veterans, the original GI Bill meant the chance to realize a college education, get on-the-job training or buy their first home.  They became teachers and small business owners, doctors and nurses, engineers and scientists.  One of them was my grandfather.  A soldier in Patton’s Army, he came home, went to college on the GI Bill and raised his family.  In his later years he helped raise me, too.

 

The GI Bill also transformed America.  With the careers it sparked, the homes it helped our veterans buy, and the prosperity it generated, it paid for itself several times over and helped lay the foundation for the largest middle class in history.

 

Like generations before them, our men and women in uniform today deserve the chance to live the American Dream they helped to defend.  That’s why, under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we’ve already helped more than one million veterans and family members pursue their education.

 

Now, with our troops coming home from Afghanistan and a new generation of veterans returning to civilian life, even more will be eligible for this opportunity in the years to come.  As Commander in Chief, I want everyone who is eligible to know what the Post-9/11 GI Bill can do for them.  A good place to start is benefits.va.gov/gibill/, which has important information on the benefits available, including assistance to help pay for tuition, housing and books, and how to transfer benefits to a family member.

 

As veterans and their families think about which school is right for them, it’s worth considering several factors.

 

Does the school adhere to our Principles of Excellence?  We created these standards to protect our veterans from dishonest recruiting and predatory practices.  For example, does the school provide students with a clear statement of all costs?   Does it provide students with a point of contact for financial advice?  Does it provide a clear educational plan, so you get what you pay for?  So far about 6,000 colleges and universities have signed on to our principles and pledged to do right by our veterans and their families.

 

Does the school foster an environment that supports veterans?  Under the “8 Keys to Success” we unveiled last year, there are specific steps colleges and universities can take to truly welcome and encourage veterans on campus.  For example, is there a culture of inclusiveness that invests in veterans’ academic success?  Is there a centralized place on campus that coordinates services for veterans?  Are faculty and staff trained to understand the unique needs of veterans and how to best serve them?  So far nearly 400 colleges and universities have joined this effort to help our veterans complete their education and get their degree.

 

Even with the Post-9/11 GI Bill, will you still need student loans?  The high cost of college is leaving too many students, including veterans, in debt.  That’s why, even as we work to make college more affordable, we’re doing more to protect students from crushing debt.  We’re making it easier to automatically reduce the interest rates our service members and veterans pay on their student loans.  Congress can also do its part by passing legislation that would allow veteran attending a state college or university to pay in-state tuition, regardless of their residency.

 

Finally, when you go looking for that civilian job, are you taking advantage of the latest resources?  Our improved transition assistance program helps our newest veterans and their spouses plan their new careers.  We’re making it easier for veterans to transfer their military training to the licenses and credentials needed for civilian jobs.  We’re matching veterans looking for jobs with companies looking to hire veterans and military spouses through our Veterans Employment Center, online at ebenefits.va.gov.  Every company in America needs to know—if you want someone who will get the job done, hire a veteran.

 

The original GI Bill helped produce a generation of leaders, including three presidents, three Supreme Court Justices, more than a dozen Nobel laureates, and two dozen Pulitzer Prize winners.  Once again, the investments we make in our newest veterans today will produce the leaders America needs tomorrow.  On this 70th anniversary, we pledge to uphold that promise once more and keep our veterans and our country strong for decades to come.

 

 

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President Obama Meets with Prime Minister John Key

 

 

 

6/20/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

 

Obama: ‘No Amount of American Firepower’ Can Hold Iraq Together

 

 

 

Chris Christie’s ‘pro-life’ message his views on abortion and drug addiction

 

 

 

Hannity Brings Bullied Muslim Student On For More Bullying

 

 

 

Man walks like nothing happened after being knocked through the air

 

 

 

They Marched 500 Miles To Save Democracy, Now It’s Your Turn

 

 

 

Rape victim says Hillary Clinton ‘lied like a dog’

 

 

 

Mitt Romney says ‘no’ to 2016 

 

 

 

PBS News Hour Friday, June 20, 2014

 

 

 

Mary Wilson Open to Supremes Reunion

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 19th Of June: President’s Export Council. Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Gets The Medal Of Honor.


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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 19th Of June, 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

 

With the situation in Iraq growing more dangerous, President Barack Obama on Thursday added a meeting with his national security team to his schedule as well as a public statement, coming at 12:30 p.m. ET.

 

White House Schedule – June 19, 2014

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY June 19th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
Thursday June 19th, 2014

 

 

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In the morning, the President will join a meeting of the President’s Export Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.  The President’s Export Council advises the President on policies and programs that affect U.S. trade performance and promote export expansion.   As part of the focus on manufacturing and innovation this week, the President will participate in a discussion about opportunities for the U.S. to take advantage of growing manufacturing competitiveness and new innovative technologies to grow our exports and create more American jobs. The meeting will be livestreamed on www.WhiteHouse.gov/live. The President’s remarks are pooled press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. The First Lady will also attend. Corporal Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Corporal Carpenter will be the eighth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  The President’s remarks in the East Room are open to pre-credentialed media; the deadline to RSVP has closed.

 

Thursday, June 19 2014 All Times ET

 

10:15 AM: The President joins a President’s Expo Council Meeting, Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

12:00 PM: The Vice President arrives at the Presidential Palace, Presidential Palace – Santo Domingo.

 

12:15 PM: Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

The Vice President holds a bilateral meeting with Dominican President Danilo Medina, Presidential Palace – Santo Domingo.
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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Situation in Iraq

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1:00 PM: The Vice President and President Medina make statements to the press, Presidential Palace – Santo Domingo.

 

2:15 PM: The President awards Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor; the First Lady also attends, East Room.

 

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President Obama To Award Medal Of Honor To Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret).

 

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President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

On June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Corporal Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines,Regimental Combat Team 11st Marine Division(Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

 

Corporal Carpenter will be the eighth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

 

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, was born in Flowood, Mississippi on October 17, 1989, and graduated from W. Wyman King Academy, Batesburg, South Carolina, in 2008.  In February 2009, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at Recruiting Station Columbia, South Carolina, and completed his basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, later that year.

 

At the time of the November 21, 2010 combat engagement in Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, then-Lance Corporal Carpenter served as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team-1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

 

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In July 2013, he was medically retired as a Corporal due to his wounds.  He is currently a full time student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

 

His personal awards include a Purple Heart Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.  Additional awards and decorations include the Navy Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one bronze star, North Atlantic Treaty

 

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2:45 PM: The Vice President visits the Maritima Solar facility and deliver remarks, Maritima Solar facility.

 

 

 

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June 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
Summit on Heroin and Prescription Drugs: Federal, State, and Community Responses
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Meeting of the President’s Export Council
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Vice President Biden and President Danilo Medina Deliver Statements to the Press
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On Friday, the President will meet with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand to highlight our increasingly close relationship with New Zealand and our collaboration on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, climate change, and military-to-military cooperation.  The President looks forward to consulting with Prime Minister Key on these and other issues, including the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, regional maritime security issues, and global security issues.

 

 

June 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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6/18/14: White House Press Briefing, with Jay Carney

 

 

 

White House Maker Faire: The Mobile Fab Lab

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases- June 19th, 2014

 

Statement by the President on the Investiture of His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Colombia

 

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

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Calls with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, and President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Congressional Leaders

 

 

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It’s time for a 21st-century workplace that works for all Americans.

 

The modern family looks different than it ever has before. In 63 percent of families with children, all parents work. 32 percent of families with children are single-parent families. And yet, most moms and dads don’t have access to paid leave or flexible workplaces. On average, women are still earning 77 cents to every dollar a man doing the same work earns.

 

It’s time for workplace policies that give all workers the best chance to succeed at work and at home.

 

Join us for a conversation on working families for a 21st Century workplace at the Working Families Summit on June 23rd. Visit WorkingFamiliesSummit.org to learn more.

 

 

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Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English

 

 

 

House Republicans ‘Furious’ Over ‘Lost’ IRS emails

 

 

 

Cheney; Schweitzer; Farve’s political ad

 

 

 

TheObamaCrat™ SoapBox: The Dumbfuckery Edition. NSFW Or Kids.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: HuMpDaY The 21st Of May, 2014. Seattle Seahawks. National Monument Designation. Veterans Affairs. Ambassador’s Credentials.


 

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White House Schedule – May 21st, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21st, 2014

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
HuMpDAY, MAY 21st, 2014

 

 

In the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki and Rob Nabors in the Oval Office to receive an update on the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This meeting will be closed press.

 

The President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington. This event is closed press. The following Ambassadors will attend:

His Excellency Hassane Mahamat Nasser, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad

His Excellency Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia

His Excellency Awang Adek bin Hussin, Ambassador of Malaysia

His Excellency Domingos Sarmento Alves, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

His Excellency Serdar Kilic, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey

His Excellency Ernest Ndabashinze, Ambassador of the Republic of Burundi

His Excellency Hans Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

His Excellency Jorge Alberto Milla Reyes, Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras

His Excellency Juan Gabriel Valdes Soublette, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile

His Excellency Omar Arouna, Ambassador of the Republic of Benin

Her Excellency Makurita Baaro, Ambassador of the Republic of Kiribati

His Excellency Farhod Salim, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan

In the afternoon, the President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. This event in the East Room is open to pre-credentialed media.

Later in the afternoon, the President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico. This event is pooled for TV and open to limited pre-credentialed media.

 

 

HuMpday May 21st, All Times EDST

 

 

10:45 AM: President Obama Makes a Statement on the VA administration issues,The White House.

 

11:35 AM: THE PRESIDENT participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony, Oval Office.

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

2:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, East Room.

4:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT deliver remarks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation, Department of Interior.

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May 21, 2014 10:45 AM EDT
President Obama Makes a Statement
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May 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT
Vice President Biden Makes a Statement
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May 21, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
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May 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST
President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) Annual Meeting
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May 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
President Obama Welcomes the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House
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May 21, 2014 4:10 PM EDT
President Obama Speaks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation
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The Week Ahead Schedule – May 21st – 23rd, 2014

 

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On Wednesday, the President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington. Afterward, the President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory.

 

 
On Thursday, the President will travel to Chicago, IL to participate in two events for the DSCC. The President will remain overnight in Chicago. Barack is coming home to Chicago next Thursday for fundraisers to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and will remain in the city overnight.

 

 
On Friday, the President will return from Chicago & attend meetings at The White House.

 

 

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President Obama Honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico.

 

 

 

The White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show

 

Published on May 20, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the first-ever White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, followed by a number of celebrity performances and remarks from President Obama, May 20, 2014.

 

 

 

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 Moneygall, Ireland Presidential Visitors Center

 

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A visitor centre named after President Obama, which will focus on his ancestry, will open in two weeks’ time.

It will serve as a welcoming point into the ancestral home of the President and will tell the story of his Irish Ancestry and of that historic trip to Moneygall on 05/23/11 (3 years this Friday).

We will also highlight the other 21 American Presidents with Irish ancestry and many more famous Irish Americans. It will be an Oasis on the M7 Motorway, only 1.5 hours from Dublin.

This centre will be free to visit and I have been tasked with getting memorabilia for the area.

I was wondering if any of The Obama Diary’s followers would like to send us anything connected with President Obama, his 1st election, inauguration and the subsequent election and inauguration, that we could put on display in the centre?

If people are willing to share badges, bumper stickers, newspapers, election posters, etc, we would be delighted.

We understand people would like to keep these items, but maybe if they had duplicates – eg two copies of the same newspaper or magazine – they might consider sending them to me… contact me at @HenryHealy

We want this to be an exciting location with lots for people to see, so hopefully the dedicated The Obama Diary contributors and followers can send something to us for our exhibitions – and when you visit Moneygall, we will ensure you all receive the warmest of welcomes!

Contact me at @HenryHealy Moneygall · facebook.com/henryhealy

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In Nigeria, Commerce Sec. Pritzker on search for kidnapped girls

 

SHINGTON–Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker, on a trade mission to Nigeria and other African nations, outlined U.S. efforts to find the Nigerian kidnapped girls during a speech in Lagos on Wednesday. “A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more,” Pritzker said.

 

In Washington this morning, Rep. Ed Royce R-CA Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, holds a hearing “to examine the Administration’s response to Boko Haram, particularly the terrorist organization’s recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls.”

 

As the Nigerian government has failed to find the more than 200 girls, abducted from their school, Pritzker discussed the missing girl in the context of international assistance available to the Nigerian government in her remarks.

 

“And I want to address the issue that is on all of our minds. To the north of here in the town of Chibok, hundreds of families are without their daughters today. As a mother of two myself, my heart breaks for these girls and their loved ones and friends,” Pritzker said, according to prepared text of her remarks.

 

“All parents, no matter where they were born or where they reside, hope that their children are always safe, and that their children have the opportunity to realize their dreams. That these young girls were kidnapped while pursuing their education is particularly unsettling, and the world is anxiously awaiting their safe return.

 

“The United States is supporting Nigeria as it works to find and free these young girls. A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more. Last weekend, the United States attended a meeting in Paris where President Goodluck Jonathan and the heads of state of the countries bordering Nigeria — Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin — pledged to work together to combat Boko Haram. With them, the U.S., France, the EU and the UK agreed that to prevent violent, extremist groups from making inroads into vulnerable communities, a comprehensive approach to promoting opportunity, inclusion, and security must be implemented in the region. We will help Nigerians do that. Our commitment is long-term; we will stand by Nigerians as they strive to defend and protect their sons and daughters, husbands, brothers, sisters and mothers,” she said.

 

 

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#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters

 

An Open Letter To Nigerian President  Goodluck Jonathan.

 

#BringBackOurGirsl #BringBackOurDaughters: Updates.

 

New Zealanders support Bring Back Our Girls campaign

 

Out Of Maryland, A Cry For Nigeria: ‘Bring Back Our Girls!’

 

‘Bring back our girls’: Dozens rally in downtown Portland for Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram

 

Interview: “Bring back our girls,” UN official says

 

Lawmakers Mull Special Forces to Find Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

 

Associated Press: Nigeria Opens The Door For Talks With Boko Haram.

 

Nigeria Refuses To Swap Militant Prisoners For Kidnapped Girls. New Video. #BringBackOurGirls.

 

Brand New Boko Haram Video Shows Missing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls. #BringBackOurGirls

 

The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign.

 

#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters: The Global Village.

 

Report: Nigerian Military Knew Of Kidnapping Threat Hours Beforehand

#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. Vows To Help Nigeria In The Search For Kidnapped Girls. #BringBackOurDaughters.

 

#BringBackOurGirls: Extremist Islam Is Scared Of Little Girls.

 

Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 1

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 2

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 3

 

 

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The Last 24™


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show

 

Published on May 20, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the first-ever White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, followed by a number of celebrity performances and remarks from President Obama, May 20, 2014.

 

 

 

PBS NewsHour  Tuesday, May 20, 2014

 

Published on May 20, 2014

Tuesday on the NewsHour, we look at the Justice Department’s crackdown on Credit Suisse and what it means for other banks. Also: Graduate students serve their communities with poetry, tailoring scientific research to reflect gender differences, examining Apple after Steve Jobs’ death and the telecom industry is reshaped by a mega-merger deal.

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks

 

FACT SHEET: Overview of NATO and Bilateral Reassurance Measures in Romania

 

Message to the Senate — Transmitting a Tax Convention with Poland

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 3627

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

Committee On The Arts And Humanities Announces Expansion Of Turnaround Arts Program

 

FACT SHEET & REPORT: On White House Roundtable on Investing in America

 

President Obama Announces Jennifer Yeager Kaplan as Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Additional Humanitarian Assistance for South Sudan

 

 

President Obama Meets with Business Leaders

 

Published on May 20, 2014

During a meeting with business leaders, the President explains that we need to make sure businesses around the world know the benefits of investing in America.

 

 

 

On Board: Travels with the Vice President in Romania, “Carpathian Spring”

 

Published on May 20, 2014

Go on board with the Vice President in Romania as he tours the military exercise “Carpathian Spring”, greets the joint U.S. and Romanian participants and speaks on the international community’s response to Russia’s illegal military intervention and destabilzing actions in Ukraine underscoring the United States’ ironclad commitment to the collective defense of NATO under Article 5 while expressing appreciation for Romania’s contributions to regional and global security. http://www.whitehouse.gov

 

 

 

President Obama Honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President at Meeting with Business Leaders

 

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden to Joint United States and Romanian Participants in Carpathian Spring Military Exercise

 

Presidential Actions

 

Presidential Proclamation — National Maritime Day, 2014

 

Presidential Determination — South Sudan

 

 

Google+ Hangout: The State of Our Climate

 

Published on May 19, 2014

Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face. On Monday at 1pm ET, join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Grist for a #WHClimateChat on the steps we’re taking to reduce carbon pollution, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and build a clean energy economy:http://go.wh.gov/4HHmUE

 

 

 

5/20/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

 

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In Nigeria, Commerce Sec. Pritzker on search for kidnapped girls

 

SHINGTON–Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker, on a trade mission to Nigeria and other African nations, outlined U.S. efforts to find the Nigerian kidnapped girls during a speech in Lagos on Wednesday. “A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more,” Pritzker said.

In Washington this morning, Rep. Ed Royce R-CA Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, holds a hearing “to examine the Administration’s response to Boko Haram, particularly the terrorist organization’s recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls.”

As the Nigerian government has failed to find the more than 200 girls, abducted from their school, Pritzker discussed the missing girl in the context of international assistance available to the Nigerian government in her remarks.

“And I want to address the issue that is on all of our minds. To the north of here in the town of Chibok, hundreds of families are without their daughters today. As a mother of two myself, my heart breaks for these girls and their loved ones and friends,” Pritzker said, according to prepared text of her remarks.

“All parents, no matter where they were born or where they reside, hope that their children are always safe, and that their children have the opportunity to realize their dreams. That these young girls were kidnapped while pursuing their education is particularly unsettling, and the world is anxiously awaiting their safe return.

“The United States is supporting Nigeria as it works to find and free these young girls. A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more. Last weekend, the United States attended a meeting in Paris where President Goodluck Jonathan and the heads of state of the countries bordering Nigeria — Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin — pledged to work together to combat Boko Haram. With them, the U.S., France, the EU and the UK agreed that to prevent violent, extremist groups from making inroads into vulnerable communities, a comprehensive approach to promoting opportunity, inclusion, and security must be implemented in the region. We will help Nigerians do that. Our commitment is long-term; we will stand by Nigerians as they strive to defend and protect their sons and daughters, husbands, brothers, sisters and mothers,” she said.

 

 

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#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters

 

An Open Letter To Nigerian President  Goodluck Jonathan.

 

#BringBackOurGirsl #BringBackOurDaughters: Updates.

 

New Zealanders support Bring Back Our Girls campaign

 

Out Of Maryland, A Cry For Nigeria: ‘Bring Back Our Girls!’

 

‘Bring back our girls’: Dozens rally in downtown Portland for Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram

 

Interview: “Bring back our girls,” UN official says

 

Lawmakers Mull Special Forces to Find Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

 

Associated Press: Nigeria Opens The Door For Talks With Boko Haram.

 

Nigeria Refuses To Swap Militant Prisoners For Kidnapped Girls. New Video. #BringBackOurGirls.

 

Brand New Boko Haram Video Shows Missing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls. #BringBackOurGirls

 

The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign.

 

#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters: The Global Village.

 

Report: Nigerian Military Knew Of Kidnapping Threat Hours Beforehand

#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. Vows To Help Nigeria In The Search For Kidnapped Girls. #BringBackOurDaughters.

 

#BringBackOurGirls: Extremist Islam Is Scared Of Little Girls.

 

Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 1

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 2

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 3

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday May 20th. Dr. Jill & Joey B. Head To Romania, Cyprus. It’s Primary Tuesday.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Vice President Biden And Dr. Jill Biden Travel To Romania And Cyprus

 

Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to Romania and Cyprus

WASHINGTON, DC – The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Romania and Cyprus from May 20-23, 2014.  The Vice President will discuss with the leadership of both countries the international community’s response to Russia’s illegal military intervention and destabilizing actions in Ukraine.  The Vice President will also address the need to deepen economic ties, including through the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP); to recommit to strengthening democratic institutions across the region; and to undertake a sustained and collective effort to bolster Europe’s energy security.

 

In Bucharest, the Vice President will meet with Romanian President Băsescu and Prime Minister Ponta.  He will also deliver remarks to Romanian civil society and youth leaders, and will meet with American and Romanian troops conducting a joint capacity-building exercise. The Vice President will underscore the United States’ ironclad commitment to the collective defense of NATO under Article 5, and express appreciation for Romania’s contributions to regional and global security.

 

At the invitation of President Anastasiades, the Vice President will visit Cyprus, where he will meet with political leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, civil society representatives, and faith leaders.  The Vice President will emphasize the United States’ strong support for a comprehensive settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality.  The Vice President will urge all parties on the island to intensify their work on behalf of peace and security in the region, and stress the important role that all citizens can play in promoting mutual understanding between the two communities.

 

 

H.S. Student Invites Biden to Prom

 

Published on May 20, 2014

High school student Talia Maselli from Newington, Connecticut wrote to Vice President Biden last fall, inviting him to the prom. Biden wrote back last week, saying he couldn’t make it but inviting her to the White House instead. (May 20)

 

 

 

Biden’s Cyprus stop will honor slain ambassador

 

By Dave Boyer The Washington Times

Vice President Joseph R. Biden will travel to a Mediterranean country this week to pay his respects to a U.S. ambassador killed during an attack on the American diplomatic facility.

No, Mr. Biden won’t be honoring Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed with three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. Instead the vice president will attend a brief ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the slaying of Ambassador Rodger Davies in Cyprus.

Mr. Davies was shot to death at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia in 1974 by Greek Cypriot gunmen who were protesting Washington’s failure to stop Turkish troops from taking control of part of the island. The ambassador was seeking shelter in a hallway when a bullet struck him in the chest. An embassy secretary, Antoinette Varnavas, also was killed.

An aide to Mr. Biden briefing reporters Monday didn’t say whether the vice president plans to draw any comparisons with the death of Mr. Stevens, who was killed during a terrorist attack that the administration initially blamed on a protest over an anti-Islamic video. A special House committee has been appointed to investigate the slayings in Libya.

Time magazine said the Cyprus incident was “eerily similar” to the Benghazi attack, with initial media reports claiming that gunmen stormed the embassy in Nicosia under cover of demonstrators screaming “Kissinger! Kissinger!” (Henry Kissinger was U.S. Secretary of State at the time).

But the culprits were brought to justice in the 1974 killings, while no perpetrators have been located in the Benghazi attack. The Cypus government charged six people. Two men charged with manslaughter received lengthy prison sentences, although the sentences were later reduced and they were freed after 18 months.

The anniversary of the Cyprus attack is actually Aug. 19, but a senior administration official said Mr. Biden will lay a wreath at the embassy on Thursday after meeting with civil and religious leaders on the still-divided island nation in the eastern Mediterranean.

In August, embassy staff in Nicosia will hold another ceremony in which the ambassador’s residence will be renamed the Davies House, and a lounge in the embassy will be named after Ms. Varnavas.

Mr. Biden’s trip will start on Wednesday with a visit to Romania, where he will meet with the country’s leaders to reassure them of the U.S. commitment to protect its NATO allies in light of Russia’s “destabilizing” actions in Ukraine, a senior administration official said.

The vice president’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will accompany him on the trip.

Background Press Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden’s Trip to Romania and Cyprus

Vice President Biden And Dr. Jill’s Itinerary For Romania & Cyprus.

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden Remarks In Romania

 

REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
TO JOINT UNITED STATES AND ROMANIAN PARTICIPANTS
IN CARPATHIAN SPRING MILITARY EXERCISE

Otopeni Military Airbase
Bucharest, Romania.

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Being Biden Vol. 15: Coffee

 

Being Biden

In this audio series Vice President Biden will tell the story behind a photo – of where he was, why it matters to him, and how the experience fits into the broader narrative of this Administration. From meetings at the White House to travels around the country, the Vice President will share his perspective in candid, behind-the-scenes snapshots. In other words, he’ll explain what it’s like “Being Biden.”

 

What does a cup of coffee mean? For Vice President Biden and Officer Peter Laboy of the Alexandria Police Department, quite a bit.

 

After Officer Laboy was injured in the line of duty last year, Vice President Biden visited him in the hospital and brought coffee for his unit. Last week, Officer Laboy returned the favor — bringing the Vice President a cup of coffee here at the White House.

 

As the Vice President says in this edition of Being Biden, Officer Peter Laboy represents the tens of thousands of police officers across the country who put their lives on the line for Americans every single day, “So, the next time you’re drinking a cup of coffee think of them.”

 

Hear the story in Vice President Biden’s own words:

 

 

May 15, 2014 Vice President Joe Biden meets with Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy and his family, in the Vice Presidents Ceremonial Office. Also pictured are Wife Suzanne Laboy, and sons Miles Weaver, Alejandro Laboy, and Marcos Laboy. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Vice President Joe Biden meets with Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy and his family, in the Vice Presidents Ceremonial Office. Also pictured are Wife Suzanne Laboy, and sons Miles Weaver, Alejandro Laboy, and Marcos Laboy. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Biden thanks #Romania for 'standing alongside the #United States' talks to U.S., Romanian troops.

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White House Schedule – May 20th, 2014

 

President Barack Obama will gather executives from several major international companies including Ford Motor Co and Deutshe Lufthansa AG on Tuesday to discuss a White House initiative to encourage investment in the United States.

 

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WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, MAY 20th, 2014

 

Tuesday May 20th, All Times EDST

 

10:45 PM: President Obama meets with business leaders on jobs, The Roosevelt Room.

12:25 PM: Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

2:50 PM: First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at the White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, The White House. White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

5:00 PM: The President meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, The Oval Office.

 

 

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The Week Ahead Schedule – May 20th – 23rd, 2014

 

On Tuesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

 
On Wednesday, the President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington. Afterward, the President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory.

 

 
On Thursday, the President will travel to Chicago, IL to participate in two events for the DSCC. The President will remain overnight in Chicago. Barack is coming home to Chicago next Thursday for fundraisers to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and will remain in the city overnight.

 

 
On Friday, the President will return from Chicago.

 

 

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5/19/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on May 19, 2014

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

 

 

 

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President Obama Warms Up for Cooperstown at Little League Game

 

Obama surprised Little Leaguers in DC yesterday when he stopped by.

 

President Barack Obama made an unannounced stop at a Little League game in Northwest Washington, ahead of a planned visit later this week to Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the baseball Hall of Fame.

President Obama shook hands and spoke to the four co-ed teams at the park, who were warming up for their games. He also stepped up to the pitcher’s mound and threw a ball to 10-year-old Danny Ringel of the Tigers.

President Obama made the stop while headed to a dinner fundraiser at a home in suburban Potomac, Md. He heads to Cooperstown on Thursday.

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Think Tank: Primary challenges to Boehner, McConnell and Cantor reveal a lot about the state of the GOP.

 

Primary Challenges to GOP Leaders Say a Lot About the State of the Party

 

By JOHN FEEHERY

 

From left, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) in 2012. Associated Press

From left, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) in 2012. Associated Press

 

Think Tank is Capital Journal’s home for outside analysis from policy and political thinkers.

Leadership is hard, especially in the U.S. Congress and especially if you are a Republican.

 

House Speaker John Boehner easily survived his primary last week. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is likely to survive his primary on Tuesday. And House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should be able to handle his Republican opponent next month.

But the fact that all three have had to spend their time and resources battling primary opposition says a lot about the state of the party.

 

Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell and Mr. Cantor are all very conservative in the traditional understanding of conservative politics. All are pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax, anti-spending. And all are proponents of a much smaller government than we have today.

But they aren’t fanatics, and because they are the ones who have to make final decisions on legislative strategy, their lack of fanaticism has proven to be a liability to some Republican primary voters.

That, however, is the price of leadership. You have to make the tough calls, and you can’t make everybody happy, especially in this political environment.

Making some fanatics unhappy seems a small price to pay to gain a governing majority in Congress.

John Feehery is president of QGA Public Affairs and former spokesman for then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

 

Thank you Think Tank.

 

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From Ms. Lynn Sweet:

 

President Obama here for fundraisers as outside groups target Senator Durbin

 

President Obama and Sen. Dick Durbin in 2012 | Paul Beaty/AP file

President Obama and Sen. Dick Durbin in 2012 | Paul Beaty/AP file

 

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama hits Chicago on Thursday to headline major-money fundraisers for Sen. Dick Durbin and Senate Democrats as two outside conservative groups recently spent $554,480 to defeat Durbin — one of them bankrolled by Lake Forest business executive and mega-donor Richard Uihlein.

Obama visits Chicago for a reception at the Gold Coast home of Invenergy LLC CEO Michael Polsky and his wife, Tanya, followed by a dinner at the Lincoln Park residence of Fred Eychaner, the chairman of Newsweb Corp. and one of the biggest Democratic donors in the nation.

Eychaner in March donated $4 million to the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC dedicated to keeping the U.S. Senate in Democratic control. The Thursday proceeds will be split between Durbin’s campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which would spend it on Durbin if he needed help.

The Chicago price points, according to the invite:

* The ask is $35,000 per couple for the Eychaner dinner and a photo with Obama, or $17,500 per person. I hear about 50 people are expected for the dinner.

* $15,000 to be listed as a Polsky reception co-chair, with a photo.

* $10,000 to be a reception sponsor, with a photo.

* $1,000 reception guest, no photo.

Obama is expected to overnight in Chicago after the events. He was in Chicago last for an April 2 major-money fundraiser to benefit the Democratic National Committee.

Though Durbin had $6,062,115 in his campaign fund as of March 31, which seems a lot when compared to the $473,081 cash-on-hand of GOP Senate nominee state Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, Durbin is worried about money from outside groups and the ability of the wealthy Oberweis to write big checks for his long-shot bid.

Cases in point: In March, the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, a super Pac, spent $56,000 against Durbin, mainly in direct mail and telemarketing.

And since March, Americas PAC has poured $498,480 into anti-Durbin  radio spots, according to Federal Election Commission Independent Expenditure records, including a May 14 filing reporting a $110,000 media buy.

Where does money for the Marion, Iowa-based Americas PAC come from?

A lot of it from Uihlein, the CEO of the Uline Corp., who is emerging as a major GOP Illinois political money player, bankrolling conservative and tea party movement candidates and causes.

One of Americas PAC funds is organized as a tax-exempt political organization and according to an IRS report (covering through March 31), Uihlein donated $350,000 on March 13.

An IRS report for 2013 shows Uihlein contributed $600,000 to Americas PAC last year.

That’s a combined $950,000 for 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 from Uihlein, making him Americas PAC’s biggest donor for that time period.

Days after Uihlein’s March donation to Americas PAC, according to IRS records going through March 31, money started flowing to Illinois radio stations for the anti-Durbin spots: $17,200 to WPJX in Waukegan on March 19, the day after the Illinois primary; $29,000 to WRPW in Bloomington on March 26 and $31,360 to WIBL in Normal on March 27.

Uihlein also has contributed $350,000 to GOP Illinois governor nominee Bruce Rauner’s warchest. In 2010, Uihlein kept the GOP governor bid of Dan Proft, the WLS radio host, alive with $550,000 in contributions.

With Durbin so far ahead, the obvious question is why would outside groups throw money in so early?

One theory: The early spending could bring donors to Oberweis, since money begets money in politics.

And another theory I like better: Since Durbin has money and is a popular surrogate for other Democrats, the idea may be to keep him in Illinois and to make him spend it all.

LYNN SWEET: Lynn Sweet is the Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief. She writes a column, a blog and files on Twitter.

 

 

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It’s Primary Day:

5 things to watch as Tea Party faces primary test

 

By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

 

Voters in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania go to the polls Tuesday to pick their nominees in some of the hottest races for Senate, House and governor this year.

 

Here are five things to watch from today’s results, as the Tea Party is tested on the biggest primary date yet in the 2014 midterm elections:

 

How big is Mitch McConnell’s GOP victory in Kentucky? The Senate GOP leader is a favorite to defeat Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin, setting McConnell up to run for a sixth term. Bevin, a businessman, has spent about $3.4 million and gotten help from Tea Party allies such as the Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks. McConnell’s campaign adviser, Josh Holmes, told reporters in a memo Monday that primary challengers to sitting U.S. senators, who have spent more than $1 million on their races, have averaged about 48% of the vote. The final Bluegrass Poll had McConnell easily defeating Bevin, 55%-35%. Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes will be waiting to face McConnell in November.

 

Does Sarah Palin propel Karen Handel into the GOP Senate runoff in Georgia? Businessman David Perdue, a political novice and former CEO of Dollar General, is expected to be the top vote-getter in the seven-candidate race on Tuesday night. The question is who will be Perdue’s opponent in the July 22 GOP runoff. Palin said Monday the “good old boys are ganging up” on Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of State and the only woman in the race. Handel gained ground in the crowded field with Palin’s help and a flub by Perdue, who referred to his rival as only a “high school graduate.” Handel must get past Rep. Jack Kingston, an 11-term congressman who has the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Democrat Michelle Nunn is expected to easily win her party’s nomination.

 

Can the Tea Party defeat veteran House members in Idaho and Pennsylvania? Conservative groups say the news media are making too much of the Tea Party vs. Republican establishment theme. Primary challenges to veteran Republican Reps. Mike Simpson of Idaho, who is seeking a ninth term, and Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, running for a seventh full term, are an example. The Club for Growth, which helped identify lawyer Bryan Smith as Simpson’s challenger, has spent more than $700,000 on the Idaho race but stopped paying for TV ads a few weeks ago.

 

Will Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law win the Democratic House nomination in Pennsylvania? Marjorie Margolies, whose son is married to the former first daughter, lost her House seat 20 years ago when she provided a decisive vote for Bill Clinton’s budget. Margolies is locked in a four-way primary in the Philadelphia suburbs for the seat of Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., who is running for governor. Margolies’ final TV commercial featured Bill Clinton, who said the ex-congresswoman “saved the economy” with her 1993 budget vote.

 

Will any of the Senate Democratic nominees who win Tuesday campaign with President Obama? Obama is unpopular in Arkansas, Kentucky and Georgia – three states that figure prominently in the battle for Senate control. Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor welcomed Obama to Arkansas for a tour of tornado damage earlier this month – but that wasn’t a campaign event. Grimes has campaigned with Clinton, a family friend, but has distanced herself from Obama’s coal policy, which is reviled in Kentucky. Nunn has had to walk a tightrope on Obama’s health care law, by saying she would not vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act but wants to reverse cuts to rural Georgia hospitals that were caused by the state not expanding Medicaid.

 

Thank you USA TODAY.

 

 

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Primary day: 6 states to watch

 

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Fight Night Preview: Primaries From Georgia to Idaho

 

By Abby LivingstonAlexis Levinson, and Emily Cahn

 

It’s primary night in six states, with plenty of races to watch in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

 

The only night with more states holding consequential primaries? In two weeks, on June 3.

 

(For a full list of the primary calendar, check out CQ Roll Call’s Primary Dates chart.)

 

There are no fewer than five competitive primary races in Georgia. Beyond that, three Republican incumbents steeped in the establishment will, by all appearances, swat back tea party rivals after the polls close. Unless there is a sleeper primary upset, the only incumbent who is in any sort of political trouble is a Democrat, Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia.

 

Our Politics Team will have a live blog in this space tonight to keep up with the latest results. After polls close, @Alexis_Levinson and@KyleTrygstad will track the Senate races, while @CahnEmily and @RollCallAbby will watch the House side of politics.

 

Here are the races to watch, accompanied by each race’s Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call race rating:

 

Kentucky – Polls close at 7 p.m. EST

  • Senate: At first, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin seemed to pose a serious threat to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But over the last year, McConnell stomped his primary rival in fundraising and discredited the tea party challenger. So much so, that McConnell telegraphed weeks ago that he was moving his campaign on to the general election. Race rating: Leans Republican

 

Georgia – Polls close at 7 p.m. EST

  • Senate (open): Georgia Republicans have a lot of options on Tuesday when they go to the polls to pick their nominee for Senate. Businessman David Perdue, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and Reps. Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun are all vying for the nomination to succeed Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who is retiring. The race is expected to go to a July 22 runoff between the top two candidates. Perdue has consistently led in polling, but it’s likely a three-person race, with Handel and Kingston. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn. Race rating:Favored Republican
  • 1st District (open): Six Republicans are vying for the change to replace Kingston in this southeastern Georgia district. With such a crowded field, the race is expected to head to a runoff. Georgia GOP operatives say state Sen. Buddy Carter is favored to advance, while former Capitol Hill aide John McCallum, state Rep. Jeff Chapman and surgeon Bob Johnson all could find a path to that second-place spot.Race rating: Safe Republican
  • 4th District: Political junkies should also keep a close eye on Georgia’s 4th District — this race could be the sleeper contest of the evening. Johnson, a Democrat known for his unscripted comments, faces a serious primary threat from former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown. Local operatives say Brown has been visible on the trail and kept pace with Johnson in fundraising, giving him a good shot at ousting the incumbent. Race rating: Safe Democrat
  • 10th District (open): With seven Republicans looking to succeed Broun in this heavily Republican district, this contest is also assured to head to a July runoff. GOP operatives say trucking company executive Mike Collins and Baptist Pastor Jody Hice are likely to land in the top-two. In a low-turnout situation, Republicans note there is also a path for state Rep. Donna Sheldon to advance. Race rating:Safe Republican
  • 11th District (open): Look for former Rep. Bob Barr to advance in this Atlanta-area district, open because of Gingrey’s Senate bid. Former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk is also expected to advance to the July runoff. Race rating: Safe Republican
  • 12th District: Five Republicans are competing for the chance to take on Democratic Rep. John Barrow, a top GOP target. With such a crowded field, this race also likely headed to a runoff. Construction company owner Rick Allen is likely to advance, with state Rep. Delvis Dutton and businessman Eugene Yu running for second-place. Race rating: Leans Democrat

 

Pennsylvania – Polls close at 8 p.m. EST

  • 8th District: National Democrats have avoided many competitive primaries in targeted districts, but this race to take on Republican Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick is one of the few exceptions. Veteran Kevin Strouse, who has the support of the DCCC, is expected to defeat small business owner Shaugnessy Naughton, who had marginal support from EMILY’s List. Race rating: Favored Republican
  • 9th District: Some Pennsylvania Republicans were alarmed last fall that six-term Republican Bill Shuster had a tea party challenge on his hands in the form of  retired Coast Guard Captain Art Halvorson. But Shuster took the threat seriously and raised nearly $3 million over the course of the cycle. Halvorson raised a total of $261,000, and $175,000 came in the form of candidate loans. It should be an early night here. Race rating: Safe Republican
  • 13th District (open): State Rep. Brendan Boyle is the front-runner in this Philadelphia-area district. But ex-Rep. Marjorie Margolies is also running. If she wins, it will likely have to do with the fact that an old friend – and in-law – by the name of Bill Clinton campaigned on her behalf.  The Democratic nomination in this race to replace Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz will likely determine her successor. Race rating: Safe Democrat

 

Idaho – Polls close at 11 p.m. EST

  • Idaho 2nd District: The nuclear war between the tea party and Boehner’s inner circle was supposed to come down to this district on this night. Attorney Bryan Smith earned endorsements from the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund. But even operatives who would like to see Smith win say this race is Simpson’s to lose.Race rating: Safe Republican

 

 

Arkansas – Polls close at 8:30 p.m. EST

  • 2nd District (open): Banker French Hill is expected to defeat state Rep. Ann Clemmer in the Republican primary — an open seat thanks to GOP Rep. Tim Griffin’s bid for lieutenant governor. While Clemmer is an elected official, Republican operatives say Hill’s cash advantage makes him the favorite on Tuesday. Whoever emerges from that primary will face former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Race rating: Leans Republican
  • 4th District (open): State House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman faces a tough Republican primary against energy executive Tommy Moll in the race to replace Rep. Tom Cotton, who is running for Senate. Westerman went into the primary with $83,000 in cash on hand to Moll’s $345,000. GOP operatives say Westerman’s leadership role in the legislature makes him a known quantity in the district and could help him emerge victorious Tuesday. The winner faces James Lee Witt, a Democrat who served as FEMA director under President Bill ClintonRace rating: Safe Republican

 

Oregon – Polls close at 11 p.m. EST

  • Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby and state Rep. Jason Conger face off in the GOP primary to take on Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley. This is not among the top tier of Senate races this cycle, but it could enter the limelight, especially if Wehby wins. Oregon recently announced it would abandon it’s state-run exchange, potentially putting health care at the forefront. Still, Oregon remains a solidly Democratic state and opposition research on Wehby is already flying. Race rating: Safe Democrat

 

 

Thank you ROLL CALL.

 

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President Obama to discuss U.S. investment with corporate executives

 

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in Washington October 31, 2013. Obama announced Washington is expanding its efforts to entice foreign firms to bring jobs to the United States. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in Washington October 31, 2013. Obama announced Washington is expanding its efforts to entice foreign firms to bring jobs to the United States. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 

 

From Reuters:

 

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama will gather executives from several major international companies including Ford Motor Co and Deutshe Lufthansa AG on Tuesday to discuss a White House initiative to encourage investment in the United States.

 

The White House says the program, SelectUSA, has assisted in winning more than $18 billion in business investments in 17 states and territories.

Obama, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and other economic advisers will join the executives in a discussion about their U.S. investments.

“These businesses have recognized the many advantages of locating, growing and hiring in the United States,” said Jeff Zients, director of the White House National Economic Council, in a conference call with reporters on Monday.

“We will discuss why they chose to invest and hire in the U.S. and how we can get even more investment from companies like theirs.”

Other companies involved include Swedish telecom supplier Ericsson and Zurich NA, a subsidiary of Switzerland’s Zurich Insurance, according to the White House.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Bernard Orr)

Thank you Reuters.

 

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