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Weekly Wrap Up: #ItsOnUs

 

This week, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat, met with National Spelling Bee winners, announced a major increase in our efforts to help fight Ebola in West Africa, gave a statement about the bipartisan support of our strategy to defeat ISIL, and launched a campaign to help stop sexual assault.

 

Check out the rest of the highlights from this week.

 

Monday:

 

A Closer Look at the Medal of Honor Ceremony

 

President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for their heroic and brave actions in Vietnam. While you probably know that the Medal of Honor is the highest military award that a member of the U.S. Armed Forces can receive, have you ever wondered what goes into the actual ceremony at the White House?

 

We went behind the scenes as the President presented the Medal of Honor in June to Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, a retired United States Marine, for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan. Take a look here:

 

 

 

Tuesday:

 

Increasing Our Response to the Ebola Outbreak

 

President Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and spoke about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In his remarks, he announced a major increase in our efforts to help the international community fight the outbreak with four main goals:

 

  • Controlling the outbreak
  • Addressing the ripple effects of local economies and communities to prevent a truly massive humanitarian disaster
  • Coordinating a broader global response
  • Urgently building up a public health system in these countries for the future — not just in West Africa but also in countries that don’t have a lot of resources generally

 

While reiterating that the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States are very unlikely, the President emphasized that the outbreak is still a national security priority, and that the government has “devoted significant resources in support of our strategy.”

 

 

 

Wednesday:

 

Celebrating Constitution Day

 

On Wednesday, September 17, we celebrated the document that helped establish our government. But what exactly is Constitution Day? We’ve got the facts for you.

 

 

After you’ve checked out the facts, head to the Constitution page on WhiteHouse.gov to find out more.

 

 

Thursday:

 

“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

 

Speaking from the White House, the President outlined our strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. He also thanked Congress for its bipartisan support of a Continuing Resolution that supports our military efforts to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces so they can help defeat the terrorist group.

 

“I believe that we’re strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. And I want to thank leaders in Congress for the speed and seriousness with which they approached this urgent issue — in keeping with the bipartisanship that is the hallmark of American foreign policy at its best.”

 

 

 

Friday:

 

It’s On Us to End Sexual Assault

 

Today, the President announced an initiative to help stop campus sexual assault. Be part of the solution and take the pledge to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault on ItsOnUs.org. Here’s what you’ll be pledging:

 

  • To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
  • To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
  • To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
  • To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

 

Take a personal commitment to be the change and help stop sexual assault now

 

 

 

Message to the White House Email List: “It’s On Us”

 

 

Earlier today, White House staffer Jordan Brooks sent this message to the White House email list. Didn’t get it? Make sure you sign up for email updates here.


 

I’m proud to work for our President every day. But that’s especially true today.

 

To the survivors who are leading the fight against sexual assault on campuses, your efforts have helped to start a movement. I know that … there are times where the fight feels lonely, and it feels as if you’re dredging up stuff that you’d rather put behind you. But we’re here to say, today, it’s not on you. This is not your fight alone. It’s on all of us — every one of us — to fight campus sexual assault. You are not alone, and we have your back.

That’s what President Obama said in the East Room this morning, when he announced the launch of “It’s On Us” — a new effort to fundamentally change the way we think about sexual assault as a country, by inspiring everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something.

 

When I was in college, I met so many courageous students and friends who had been victims of sexual assault. Their stories, and countless stories of people just like them, touched me deeply and personally. They made me feel angry, sad, outraged, and — often times — powerless.

 

I decided to do absolutely everything that I could to make a change, and keep it from happening to anyone else. So I organized with our campus gender relations center. We conducted bystander intervention trainings for students across campus, and worked to get out the word about sexual assault: how people couple help step up to stop it, and how survivors could get the resources they needed to heal.

 

I believe, just like so many others working to end sexual assault, that it’s on every one of us to step up, take a stand, and make a difference where we can.

 

Right now, I’m asking you to take a stand, too — join the President and Americans across the country by making a personal commitment to help keep men and women safe from sexual assault. Visit ItsOnUs.org, and take the pledge.

 

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It’s On Every Single One of Us

 

 

Today, the President announced an initiative to help put an end to campus sexual assault. It’s called “It’s On Us.”

 

That’s not just a slogan or catchphrase. It’s the whole point. Because in a country where one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted — only 12 percent of which are reported — this is a problem that should be important to every single one of us, and it’s on every single one of us to do something to end the problem.

 

As a husband, as a brother, and as a father of three boys and daughter who is a sophomore in college, it’s on me to help create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable, and where survivors are supported.

 

It’s on me to tell my kids to never blame the victim. To not be a bystander. It’s on me to make sure they know that if they see something that looks wrong, they need to get involved — to intervene any way they can, even if it means enlisting the help of a friend or resident advisor. It’s on me to teach them to be direct, and to trust their gut.

 

That’s why this is personal for me.

 

And it’s why I took a step this morning to show my commitment to doing my part.  And whether you’re a parent, a student, a survivor or a friend of one, there’s something you can do right now to do the same.

 

Go to ItsOnUs.org, and take the pledge — a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It’s a promise that you won’t be a bystander to the problem — that you’ll be a part of the solution. The President took the pledge this morning. I did, too — along with dozens of other White House staffers. Do it right now.

 

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President Obama Launches the “It’s On Us” Campaign to End Sexual Assault on Campus

 

 

 

 

Today at the White House, President Obama joined Vice President Biden and Americans across the country to launch the “It’s On Us” initiative — an awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.

 

It’s On Us asks everyone — men and women across America — to make a personal commitment to step off the sidelines and be part of the solution to campus sexual assault.

 

“An estimated one in five women has been sexually assaulted during her college years — one in five,” the President noted. “Of those assaults, only 12 percent are reported, and of those reported assaults, only a fraction of the offenders are punished.”

 

For anybody whose once-normal, everyday life was suddenly shattered by an act of sexual violence, the trauma, the terror can shadow you long after one horrible attack.  It lingers when you don’t know where to go or who to turn to.  It’s there when you’re forced to sit in the same class or stay in the same dorm with the person who raped you; when people are more suspicious of what you were wearing or what you were drinking, as if it’s your fault, not the fault of the person who assaulted you.  It’s a haunting presence when the very people entrusted with your welfare fail to protect you.

 

To work so hard to make it through the college gates only to be assaulted is “an affront to our basic humanity,” the President said.

 

It insults our most basic values as individuals and families, and as a nation.  We are a nation that values liberty and equality and justice.  And we’re a people who believe every child deserves an education that allows them to fulfill their God-given potential, free from fear of intimidation or violence.  And we owe it to our children to live up to those values.

 


“It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and to refuse to accept what’s unacceptable.”

 


 

The Obama administration has taken steps to help bring an end to campus sexual assault by:

 

  • Sending guidance to every school district, college, and university that receives federal funding on their legal obligations to prevent and respond to sexual assault
  • Creating the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to work with colleges and universities on developing best practices on how to respond and prevent sexual assault
  • Reviewing existing laws to make sure they adequately protect victims of sexual assault

 

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks at an event to launch the "It's On Us" campaignPresident Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks at an event to launch the “It’s On Us” campaign, a new public awareness and action campaign designed to prevent sexual assault at colleges and universities, in the East Room of the White House, Sept. 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

But “as far as we’ve come, the fact is that from sports leagues to pop culture to politics, our society still does not sufficiently value women,” he said. “We still don’t condemn sexual assault as loudly as we should. We make excuses. We look the other way. The message that sends can have a chilling effect” on young men and women.

 

It’s on us — all of us — to stop sexual assault. Here are a few tips on what you can do to be part of the solution:

 

  1. Talk to your friends honestly and openly about sexual assault.
  2. Don’t just be a bystander — if you see something, intervene in any way you can.
  3. Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.
  4. Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they’re ok.
  5. Get someone to help you if you see something — enlist a friend, RA, bartender, or host to help step in.
  6. Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink.
  7. If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.
  8. Recognize the potential danger of someone who talks about planning to target another person at a party.
  9. Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, or corner someone else.
  10. Get in the way by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation, or separating them.
  11. Understand that if someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it’s rape.
  12. Never blame the victim.

 

If you are a victim or survivor, or helping someone in that situation, go tonotalone.gov to get the resources and information you need. You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. 

 

The NCAA, Big Ten conferences, MTV, VH1, and a few others you might recognize have already made a personal commitment to help stop sexual assault. See why — then join them in taking the pledge at ItsOnUs.org.

 

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Standing United Against ISIL: “We’re Strongest as a Nation When the President and Congress Work Together”

 

 

 

A New Solar Energy Job-Training Pilot Program for Veterans

 

West Wing Week: 09/19/14 or, “You Guys Aren’t Usually This Quiet, Are You?”

 

What’s a Continuing Resolution and Why Does It Matter?

 

Weekly Address: The World Is United in the Fight Against ISIL

 

Meet Brittany

 

First Lady Highlights College Signing Day in Latest Upworthy Post

 

Spelling Bee Champions Visit the White House

 

New Executive Actions to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the First Lady in Q&A with Patients

 

Remarks by the First Lady at National Student Poet Reading

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Poroshenko of Ukraine After Bilateral Meeting

 

Remarks by the First Lady to Women’s Leadership Fund Conference

 

Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden at the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the One-Year Anniversary of the Westgate Mall Attack in Nairobi, Kenya

 

President Obama and the First Lady to Travel to New York, NY

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.J. Res. 124, S. 231

 

Obama Administration Launches Second Promise Zone Competition to Create Economic Opportunity in High-Poverty Communities

 

Statement by the President on the Results of the Scottish Referendum

 

President Obama Nominates Seven to Serve on the United States District Courts

 

Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the Senate

 

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

On Sunday, the President will return to the White House.  The arrival of Marine One at Joint Base Andrews and return to the White House will be covered by the in-town travel pool, and there are no public events scheduled.

 

On Monday, the President will sign America’s Promise Summit Declaration at an event at the White House.

 

On Tuesday, the President and the First Lady will travel to New York City for the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at the Climate Summit 2014. Afterward, the President will deliver remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Meeting. In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event. Afterward, the President and First Lady will attend a reception for visiting Heads of State and Government. The President and First Lady will remain overnight in New York City.

 

On Wednesday, the President will address the United Nations General Assembly. The First Lady will also attend. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Sam Kutesa, President of the United Nations General Assembly. Afterward, the President will attend a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Later in the afternoon, the President will chair a United Nations Security Council summit on foreign terrorist fighters. Afterward, the President will attend a meeting of the Open Government Partnership. The President and First Lady will remain overnight in New York City.

 

On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at a United Nations meeting on the Ebola epidemic. In the afternoon, the President and First Lady will return to the White House.

 

On Friday, the President will deliver remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit at the White House.

 

On Saturday, the President will deliver remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.

 

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Rihanna to CBS – GO FUCK YOURSELF!

 

Published on Sep 21, 2014

Rihanna lashed out at CBS after they pulled her open for Thursday Night Football then tried to use it the following week after the Ray Rice scandal blew over. The lesson? Don’t mess with RIRI!

 

 

 

Kerry Washington Public Service Announcement on Domestic Violence

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

Kerry Washington joins Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to raise awareness for domestic violence and the financial abuse that occurs in 98 percent of all cases. Help ensure domestic violence survivors aren’t financially trapped in an abusive relationship at PurplePurse.com.

 

 

 

Sierra Leone in Lockdown to Control Ebola

 

Published on Sep 20, 2014

Sierra Leone residents remained in lockdown on Saturday as part of a massive effort to confine millions of people to their homes in a bid to stem the biggest Ebola outbreak in history. (Sept. 20)

 

 

 

Is the lynch mob targeting the NFL still angry about OJ Simpson verdict?

 

Published on Sep 20, 2014

If you really want to know one of the possible reasons why politicians, mass media and the masses they control are focusing so much attention on the NFL and the issue of domestic violence then look no further than one Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson.

 

 

I’ve said all along, this obsession with the outbreak of domestic violence in the NFL is race related. Why do I say that? The profession with 5 times the domestic violence/abuse cases, happens to be law enforcement. NOW, has anyone noticed an outcry for THAT profession to be investigated, Or anyone connected with law enforcement resign, as is being asked of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell? NO.

 

 

Should pro athletes be considered role models?

 

Published on Sep 20, 2014

By a two-to-one margin, Americans disapprove of the way the NFL has handled domestic violence incidents involving its players, according to a poll conducted by ABC News and Marist college. The NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs team asked high school students if professional athletes should be considered role models.

 

 

 

Nike Air commercial Charles Barkley – I am not a role model

 

 

 

Hey White People: A Kinda Awkward Note to America by #Ferguson Kids by FCKH8.com

 

Published on Sep 9, 2014

Six black kids from #Ferguson, MO teamed up with http://FCKH8.com/ to bluntly and sarcastically educate white America about the racist reality in 2014. Recruited on the very block where unarmed black teen Michael Brown was gunned down by a white police officer, these kids ranging in age from 6 to 13 years old, use sometimes uncomfortable humor to show white people the continued racism their generation faces. Armed ONLY with statistics (hands up, don’t shoot) these articulate and adorable kids are not having it while much of white America would rather pretend racism is over.

 

 

 

Sledge Response to Dear White People PSA

 

Published on Sep 18, 2014

20 lb SLEDGE responds to race baiters who thrive off racism. We’re just doing our part in demolition duty to Sledge through this nonsense!

On a side note, how is that people are so quick on the draw to pull out their phones to record anything, yet nobody has footage of the confrontation between Daren Wilson and Mike Brown? That was plenty of time for someone to start recording.

 

 

 

CNN: White House fence jumper arrested on air

 

 

 

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Obama’s day: Medals of Honor

President Obama pays tribute to the military Monday by presenting the Medal of Honor to three heroes from conflicts past: The Vietnam War and the Civil War.

 

One Medal of Honor is dedicated to the memory of 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who gave his life while commanding Union troops against Pickett’s Charge during the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, a turning point in the War Between the States.

 

Family members and supporters have lobbied the government for years to honor Cushing.

 

Obama will also bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers who fought during the Vietnam War: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat.

 

Adkins, who lives in Alabama, is being honored for running through enemy fire to rescue comrades during a Vietnam battle in 1966.

 

Sloat died on the field of battle in 1970, when he used his body to shield other soldiers from an exploding grenade.

 

 

President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

In a ceremony at the White House on September 15, 2014, President Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Specialist Four Donald Sloat.

 

 

 

Inside the White House: The Medal of Honor

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor awarded by the United States. Take a look behind the scenes at what goes into the award presentation at the White House.

 

 

 

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Civil War hero gets medal 150 years later

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

A century and a half after the Battle of Gettysburg is receiving the Medal of Honor from President Obama.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of September 15, 2014

 

On Monday, the President will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry.

 

In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

On Tuesday, the President will travel to Atlanta, GA to visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, discuss the U.S. response and thank the scientists, doctors and health care workers helping those affected by disease at home and around the world. The President will also receive an updated on the respiratory illness reported in several states in the Midwest.

 

In the evening, the President will travel to Tampa, FL, where he will remain overnight.

 

 

On Wednesday, the President will visit U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL.  CENTCOM’s area of responsibility includes 20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria. The President will receive a briefing from his top commanders at CENTCOM, and thank the men and women who will partner with others in the region to carry out the President’s strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL.

 

In the afternoon, he will return to Washington, DC.

 

In the evening, the President will host a picnic for Members of Congress at the White House.

 

 

On Thursday morning 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.

 

In the afternoon, the President will host President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine at the White House. The visit will highlight the United States’ firm commitment to stand with Ukraine as it pursues liberal democracy, stability, and prosperity. President Obama looks forward to discussing with President Poroshenko efforts to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine as well as our continued support for Ukraine’s struggle to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

 

In the evening, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

On Friday, the President will participate in an event with the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.

 

 

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Obama library finalists: U of Chicago, UIC, Hawaii, Columbia

 

WASHINGTON — The Barack Obama Foundation on Monday announced the finalists for President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum: the University of Chicago; the University of Illinois at Chicago; Columbia University and the University of Hawaii.

 

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Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — for Obama library

 

WASHINGTON — The finalists for the Obama library and museum announced Monday — the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — face a very heavy lift to win the competition. The Chicago-based Barack Obama Foundation, in naming the final four, also released an 18-page bid document — called a “Request for Proposal” — that sheds light, for the first time, on the gigantic financial commitment the bidders must make — in perpetuity.

 

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Grand Jury Delays Decision On Whether Or Not To Indict Darren Wilson

 

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A grand jury has until January 7 to decide whether or not to bring criminal charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson,  who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown to death on August 9, reports STLToday.com.

 

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington extended the usual four month period, which expired last week, and now the grand jury has an additional 60 days to make a decision.

 

“She extended it to the full amount allowed by law,” said Court Administrator Paul Fox said.

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The panel is hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case exclusively, and can meet whenever it needs to, Fox said.

The grand jury is 12 people selected from the standard jury pool to meet in secret, usually weekly, to hear evidence and decide whether criminal charges are warranted. It takes nine votes to issue an indictment, which sends a defendant to a public trial.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch can bypass a grand jury and take a case to trial by filing a complaint that goes first to a preliminary hearing, a public proceeding in which a judge decides if there should be a trial. Often, his office files a charge first and then obtains an indictment to replace it, avoiding the preliminary hearing.

McCulloch chose to take the full investigation of Wilson’s use of deadly force to the grand jury. He announced weeks ago that he would present all the evidence gathered, leaving to grand jurors the decision of what to do.

As previously reported by NewsOne, Wilson shot Brown at least six times, including twice in the head.

According to the autopsy, the six shots produced numerous wounds with some of the bullets entering and exiting several times, including one that left at least five different wounds.

Wilson was not identified immediately and once he was, police revealed that he had been allowed to leave town.

 

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Adrian Peterson: Discipline or child abuse?

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

Miguel Marquez reports on the latest news in the Adrian Peterson story, including updates on new allegations of abuse.

 

 

 

Breakthroughs Unlikely at Upcoming UN Climate Summit

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

As the climate justice movement prepares for an historic convergence in NYC, political economist Patrick Bond warns that the “big tent approach” to the People’s Climate March might backfire by giving space to institutions that promote financialization as a solution.

 

 

 

WATCH: the CNN report that China doesn’t want you to see

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

(CNN) The Chinese government pulled the plug on CNN’s feed inside their country when AC360 aired David McKenzie’s report on the crackdown on Christians in Eastern China. Christian leaders there are facing the worst persecution in decades. It features exclusive video of police clashing with church members.
Christians in eastern China scramble to save symbol of their faith.

 

 

 

Audio: LAPD investigates Watts’ racial profiling complaint actress Daniele Watts’

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Online tabloid TMZ released an audio clip from “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts’ brief detainment by Los Angeles police.

 

 

 

Obama to visit Atlanta health center to discuss Ebola 

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

President Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control.

 

 

 

Mystery Respiratory Virus Spreads to 21 States

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Scary virus that is sending kids to the ICU is now in the Northeast.

 

 

 

Bill Clinton Unplugged: The Former President Goes Off-The-Cuff In Iowa

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Is he an asset or liability for Hillary Clinton in 2016 – or a bit of both?

 

 

 

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Thanks to an exemption, two Vietnam veterans receive the Medal of Honor

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

President Barack Obama on Monday will bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers for their acts of bravery in the Vietnam War.

Congress granted an exemption so Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat could receive the medal, because recommendations typically must be made within two years of the act of heroism, and the medal presented within three.

 

 

 

The Medal of Honor: Behind the scenes

 

Today, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to two men — Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat — for their service in Vietnam.

 

“Nearly half a century after their acts of valor,” the President said, “a grateful nation bestows upon these men our highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor.”

 

Most Americans know that the Medal of Honor is the highest military award that a member of the U.S. Armed Forces can receive. But have you ever wondered what goes into the preparation for an actual Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House?

 

In June, we went behind the scenes of the award ceremony for Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, a retired United States Marine, for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

ISIS beheads third Western prisoner, Britain vows armed response

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

The Islamic State released a video on Saturday showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. The third Westerner executed by the radical Islamist group since mid-August, Haine’s killing drew swift condemnation by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who vowed to hunt and bring to justice to those responsible. RT’s Manila Chan has more details.

 

 

 

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 – En Espanol

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

La fuerza laboral de los EE.UU. esta cambiando. En las ultimas dos decadas el numero de Hispanos que contribuyen a nuestra economia ha incrementado.

 

 

 

Pictures of the injuries suffered by Adrian Peterson‘s child scream child abuse

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Of course Adrian Peterson is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt but unless he is claiming someone else beat his child, as is the case in the death of his other son, it is hard to fathom any kind of legitimate defense on his part. Pictures are worth a thousands words and the pictures of the injuries suffered by Adrian Peterson child scream child abuse.

 

 

 

Occupy Democrats Reports: Bill Clinton Blasts McConnell for His Koch Money Addiction

 

 

 

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President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC – On September 15, 2014, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry.

Command Sergeant Major Adkins will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as an Intelligence Sergeant assigned to Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces.  Then-Sergeant First Class Adkins distinguished himself during combat operations at Camp A Shau, Republic of Vietnam, on March 9 through March 12, 1966.

Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a Machine gunner with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division.  Specialist Four Sloat distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of Hawk Hill Fire Base, Republic of Vietnam, on January 17, 1970.

President Obama also approved the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for gallantry in action at the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.   Additional details on the award to First Lieutenant Cushing will be announced separately.

First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. Cushing distinguished himself during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND: 

Command Sergeant Major Adkins joined the Army in 1956, at the age of 22. He served in the 2nd Infantry Division until leaving to join Special Forces in 1961.  He deployed to Vietnam three times between February 1963 and December 1971; the actions for which he will receive the Medal of Honor took place during his second tour.

After Vietnam, Command Sergeant Major Adkins served approximately two years as First Sergeant for the Army Garrison Communications Command in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He then joined Class #3 of the Army Sergeants Major Academy in El Paso, Texas. After graduation, he served with Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then led training at Fort Sherman’s Jungle School in the Panama Canal Zone. He retired from the Army in 1978.

Command Sergeant Major Adkins and his wife of 59 years, Mary Adkins, currently reside in Opelika, Alabama. They will both attend the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House.

Specialist Four Sloat entered the Army on March 19, 1969 from Coweta, Oklahoma. After completing his training, he was assigned as an M60 Machine Gunner, to 3rd Platoon, Delta Company, 2/1 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.

Specialist Four Sloat was killed in action on Jan. 17, 1970, at the age of 20.  On that day, his squad was conducting a patrol, when one of the Soldiers triggered a hand grenade trap placed in their path by enemy forces. Specialist Four Sloat picked up the live grenade, initially to throw it away. However, when he realized that detonation was imminent, he chose to shield its blast with his own body, sacrificing his own life to save the lives of three of his fellow Soldiers.

Dr. William Sloat of Enid, Oklahoma, will join the President at the White House to accept the Medal of Honor on his brother’s behalf.

First Lieutenant Cushing graduated, and was commissioned, from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the class of June 1861.  Born in what is now Delafield, Wisconsin, he was raised in Fredonia, New York.  Cushing was the commander of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg.

First Lieutenant Cushing was killed in action on July 3, 1863, at the age of 22.  On that day, the third day of the battle, in the face of Longstreet’s Assault, also known as Pickett’s Charge, First Lieutenant Cushing’s battery took a severe pounding by Confederate artillery.  As the rebel infantry advanced, he manned the only remaining, and serviceable, field piece in his battery.  During the advance, he was wounded in the stomach as well as in the right shoulder.  Refusing to evacuate to the rear despite his severe wounds, he directed the operation of his lone field piece continuing to fire in the face of the enemy.  With the rebels within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed during this heroic stand.  His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repulse the Confederate assault. First Lieutenant Cushing is buried with full honors at his alma mater, West Point.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

THE MEDAL OF HONOR:

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

Senate Backs MoHs for Two Vietnam Soldiers

The Senate Armed Service Committee has approved legislation to waive time limits and allow President Obama to award the Medal of Honor to two soldiers who served in the Vietnam War.

The Senate committee action followed on a similar move last year by the House to authorize and request the President to award the Medal of Honor to Bennie G. Adkins and Donald P. Sloat, both of Oklahoma.

The SASC measure passed earlier this week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act would waive the three-year time limit under the U.S. Code from the date of the action justifying the possible award of the MoH to Sloat, and for the upgrade of a Distinguished Service Cross to an MoH in the case of Adkins.

Sloat, of Coweta, Okla., was awarded the DSC for his actions on Jan. 17, 1970 in Quang Tin province while serving with the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade of the Americal Division. Sloat was killed when he covered a booby-trap grenade with his body to save the lives of others in his unit.

Adkins, 79, of Waurika, Okla., received his DSC for actions from March 9-12, 1966, while serving as a sergeant first class with Army Special Forces Detachment A-102 in Vietnam’s A Shau valley, about 30 miles southwest of Hue City, which was a key infiltration route for North Vietnamese forces into South Vietnam.

Adkins was wounded while rushing through enemy fire to man a mortar pit as Viet Cong forces attempted to overrun his unit’s position. Though wounded, he ran through enemy fire again to drag wounded comrades to safety.

“During the evacuation of a seriously wounded American, Adkins maneuvered outside the camp walls to draw fire and successfully covered the rescue,” the DSC citation said.

The next day, the enemy launched the main attack and “although wounded with most of his team killed or wounded, he (Adkins) fought off the waves of attacking Viet Cong,” the citation said.

“Adkins and the small group of remaining soldiers were ordered to evacuate the camp. Although they were running low on ammunition, they fought their way out of the camp and evaded the Viet Cong for two days until they were rescued,” the citation said.

Adkins was drafted into the Army in 1956, served a total of 13 years with the Special Forces and retired as a Command Sergeant Major in 1978. He served three tours in Vietnam and his other awards include the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and the Purple Hear with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

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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.”

 

 

West Wing Week 06/20/14 or, “Zot, Zot, Zot!”

 

 

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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6/20/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

 

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Mitt Romney says ‘no’ to 2016 

 

 

 

PBS News Hour Friday, June 20, 2014

 

 

 

Mary Wilson Open to Supremes Reunion

 

 

 

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