Women And Children Are Among Those Holding The Front-Lines Of Ferguson


Protesters cheer after blocking an intersection after a vigil in St. Louis, Mo. on Oct. 9, 2014. Photo by Jim Young/Reuters

Protesters cheer after blocking an intersection after a vigil in St. Louis, Mo. on Oct. 9, 2014. Photo by Jim Young/Reuters


From MSNBCAmanda Sakuma:


Women hold the front-lines of Ferguson


FERGUSON, Missouri For a time, little more than a few inches of space separated a delicate line between peace and chaos.


Protesters tested the limits to the invisible boundary Friday night, toeing dangerously close to the row of officers lined up to protect the police headquarters here. Warnings from law enforcement officials that they may soon begin arresting people were easily drown out by music and chants from the thickening crowd. Photographers readied their cameras, waiting for something to pop as demonstrators on the front lines stared down their opponents, leaving little room to breathe.


All except for Shermale Humphrey — she was facing the other way.


While the fallout of a teen’s death at the hands of a police officer focused heavily on the day-to-day injustices incurred by young black men, it’s the women who helped turn a string of protests into a movement, by seamlessly shifting between the roles of the peace-keepers, disrupters, organizers and leaders.


In Ferguson Friday night, Humphrey knew exactly what to do when she saw a young man — barely 15-years-old — struggling to contain the energy and anger building up inside him.


Carving space between a foreboding police officer dressed in full riot gear and a 6’3’’ tall teen on edge, Humphrey, a tiny young woman with a slight frame easily lost in a crowd, became the physical shield protecting the two sides.


“She’s got an officer in SWAT gear inches from her, and she’s just says, ‘You know what? Ain’t nobody putting their hands on him,’” Thenjiwe McHarris said of her friend on the protests front-lines, recounting Friday night. “Unafraid too. You gotta see there’s so much power in that.”


Since Aug. 9, when a police officer shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in broad daylight, women have made up a significant number of the protesters turned out in the streets. Many of the women heard their voices go hoarse after spending hours leading chants and making up rhymes. A number of them have been arrested — even more than once. Others say they’ve spent more time behind bars since Brown’s death than the man who killed them.


“It’s usually men on the forefront, but we gotta step up, we gotta show them that we all are equal,” Humphrey said, “White and blacks gotta be equal as man and woman.”


The protests in Ferguson have given birth to a movement led by groups that are consistently in the trifecta of those marginalized in society — young women of color. In the weeks since the community was roiled by violence and a brutal police crackdown, activist groups like Millennial Activists United emerged out Twitter and the familiar faces on the front-lines of the protests, founded almost entirely by women.


“We’re less concerned with what the police response will be,” said Ashley Yates, one of the founding leaders of MAU. “We want people to come out, we want people to share our resistance.”


One of the most prominent people to take the protests’ message to a national scale by being a barometer of shifting emotions in Ferguson is not only an elected official, but a black woman. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Missouri state senator known in part for her controversial and sometimes even profane opinions, rose to national prominence almost overnight due to her response to the protests.


“There are multiple stories of people who are out here and i spent a lot of time with young people. I felt the anger in these young people’s hearts,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “As a legislator, being black, being a woman … we’re pigeonholed, we’re put into a box. I’m sick of it.”


For McHarris, women have always been the driving force behind movements. This time, they’re not invisible — people are paying attention.


“Historically, women have always been leading,” McHarris said. “A lot of times women are often unseen leaders because women are all just doing it — we’re all just doing the work.”


Thank you Amanda Sakuma & MSNBC.







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FAA suspends U.S. flights to Israel


Published on Jul 23, 2014

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel for what he says will show people the area is safe.



Hit Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu and Israel Zionist where it matters most, in the pocketbook.



Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel


Published on Jul 23, 2014

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to “reverse course” and permit U.S. airlines to fly to Israel. Bloomberg boarded a flight to Tel Aviv on El Al Airlines Tuesday night. (July 23)



Mr. Bloomberg is a classic example of a dumbass. Would he himself fly into Israel?



American air carriers Suspend Service to Israel, Flight Diverted to Paris


Published on Jul 22, 2014

American air carriers suspended service after reports that a rocket that struck near Israel's main airport.



Good thing nobody actually listens to dumbasses such as Michael Bloomberg.



Raw: Secretary of State Kerry in Israel


Published on Jul 23, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel on Wednesday. He is trying to push for a ceasefire to end the fighting between Israel and Hamas. (July 23)




CrossTalk: MH17 Spin


Published on Jul 23, 2014

Washington has a mountain of evidence but isn’t disclosing it. What is Washington hiding? Will the investigation show something the West doesn’t want to see? And do we hear a drumbeat of war?
CrossTalking with Vladimir Suchan, Eric Kraus and Eric Draitser.




It’s Official, Kim Jong-un Is A Crybaby. This Viral Video Is Hilarious!


Published on Jul 22, 2014

“A video from China has gone viral on YouTube, but the country has been asked to take the content down because the North Korean dictator it mocked was apparently offended.


Kim Jong-un has asked China to stop the spread of the satirical video that shows him breakdancing, running, getting pranked by President Barack Obama and holding hands with Osama bin Laden while frolicking through a field, all set to catchy music.


North Korean officials say the video “seriously compromises Kim’s dignity and authority,” South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo daily news site reports.” *




Rula Jebreal discusses the media’s bias for Israel


Published on Jul 22, 2014

Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal called MSNBC’s coverage of the conflict in Gaza “disgustingly biased.




Pres Obama’s UN Ambassador Teaches Republican Warmongers a Lesson in Diplomacy




PBS News Hour Full Episode | Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Published on Jul 22, 2014

Tuesday on the NewsHour, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes discusses U.S. efforts toward a Mideast cease-fire and the MH17 investigation. Also: the EU weighs additional Russian sanctions, a traditional public school shares ideas and a roof with two charter schools, examining conflicting federal court rulings on the health care law and the 9/11 commission considers new challenges.


















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The Last 24™


By Jueseppi B.






President Obama On Michelle Running For Office Someday


By Morgan Whitaker



Fans of First Lady Michelle Obama who hope she might one day pursue political office got some bad news from President Barack Obama as he weighed in on the possibility of her candidacy.


“I would say ‘Where did you take my wife?’ Because I was sure that there had been an alien body snatching going on,” Obama said in an interview on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael.


LIVE with Kelly and Michael Interviews President Obama


Published on May 30, 2014

Kelly and Michael Interview President Barack Obama in the White House. They talk about Veterans, Eric Shinseki, Hillary Clinton, Malia’s prom, and Obama’s gray hair.




“One thing I can promise you, Michelle will not run for office,” he said.


But the president championed his wife’s handling of the role of first lady in the interview, praising both the leadership and maternal nature she’s brought to the job.


“She’s a brilliant lawyer and was a very strong professional and is as smart as can be around policy but what drives her, what is passionate for her are children,” he said.


He gave Michelle most of the credit for successfully raising what he described as both normal and well-adjusted daughters in the White House, saying that she’s “management” and he’s “labor” in their parenting relationship.


“They’re doing great because Michelle was a great mom and is a great mom,” he said. “The girls are confident, they’re smart, they’re funny, they work hard, but most importantly they’re respectful and they’re kind.”


The president said he and his wife were initially worried that bringing their daughters into the White House might give them “an attitude” but that instead they’ve remained respectful. “They treat everybody well and that makes us happy,” he said.


Elder daughter Malia has apparently attended her first prom, although the president wouldn’t say whether she took a date.


“I think this is all classified information, but I think it’s fair to say that the first time you see your daughter in heels it’s jarring,” he said. “She’s lovely.”


When asked how he might interact with any potential boyfriends arriving at the White House to court his daughter, the president insisted the process would go smoothly. “I’m not too intimidating, I don’t think,” he said.


While his wife may never try to run for office, Obama said he’d be happy to see another former first lady take control of the White House.


“Hillary and I, we’re buddies,” he said. “I think because we ran in the longest primary in history, you know, and our staffs I think we’re doing battle politically the perception was that this was always kind of a marriage of convenience when she came in as secretary of state. I always admired her as soon as she got here she couldn’t have been more effective more loyal and since that time we’ve become really really good friends.”


“I don’t know what she’s going to decide to do,” he added. “But I know that if she were to run for president I think she’d be very effective at that.”


But he made a point to praise Vice President Joe Biden as well, noting he and Hillary were both, “great, hardworking effective people and I love them to death.”


The president also reflected on what he believes makes a good president.


“I think it’s a combination of vision. You’ve got to know where it is that you want to take the country and what core convictions and values you want to fight for. You’ve got to have judgment because most of the problems that land on my desk don’t have an easy answer,” he said.


“Then the third thing is persistence,” he continued. “I think you just have to understand that the way the country moves forward, the way the world moves forward, requires a lot of elbow grease and sticktoitiveness and you can’t get discouraged.”


Thank you MSNBC & Morgan Whitaker.






Podium Shuffle: Carney Resigns as White House Press Secretary


President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance Friday to announce that his chief spokesman Jay Carney is leaving his post behind the podium.

Obama called Carney one of his closest advisers and friends at the White House in remarks to the press in the White House briefing room.

“In April, Jay came to me in the Oval Office and said that he was thinking of moving on, and I was not thrilled, to say the least,” he said. “But Jay has had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time.”




“I will continue to rely on him as a friend and an adviser after he leaves to spend as much of his summer as he can with his kids before he decides what’s next for him,” he added. “Whatever it is, I know he’s going to be outstanding at it.”

Carney, who has served as press secretary for over three years, called holding the job “an honor and a joy for me.”

Obama announced that communications deputy Josh Earnest will take over the job as the president’s press secretary.


“Today the flak jacket is officially passed to a new generation,” he said of Earnest.




Obama Speech Jay Carney Resigns as White House Press Secretary 5/30/2014


Published on May 30, 2014

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President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance Friday to announce that his chief spokesman Jay Carney is leaving his post behind the podium.



Obama called Carney one of his closest advisers and friends at the White House in remarks to the press in the White House briefing room.


“In April, Jay came to me in the Oval Office and said that he was thinking of moving on, and I was not thrilled, to say the least,” he said. “But Jay has had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time.”


“I will continue to rely on him as a friend and an adviser after he leaves to spend as much of his summer as he can with his kids before he decides what’s next for him,” he added. “Whatever it is, I know he’s going to be outstanding at it.”


Carney, who has served as press secretary for over three years, called holding the job “an honor and a joy for me.”


Obama announced that communications deputy Josh Earnest will take over the job as the president’s press secretary.







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President Obama Talks About My Brother’s Keeper


Published on May 30, 2014

President Obama meets with the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force and discusses their 90-day report, May 30, 2014.




My Brother’s Keeper “We need to give every child – no matter what they look like, where they live – the chance to reach their full potential.”

— President Barack Obama


Remarks by the President with the “My Brother’s Keeper” Task Force

Roosevelt Room

12:35 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Earlier this year, I launched something we’re calling “My Brother’s Keeper,” and I think that many of you recall me talking in very personal terms about someone who grew up without a father and made some mistakes when I was young, but benefitted from the love and attention and opportunities that were given to me during the course of growing up, and the fact that we have too many young men of color — black boys and young men, Latino boys and young men — who are adrift and don’t have those same opportunities and don’t have those same structures of support.


The idea behind “My Brother’s Keeper” was that there are a lot of folks that want to do something, but we hadn’t created a platform, a mechanism to gather all those resources together, concentrate and focus on them, get good data, figure out what the best practices are, and then go out there and implement.


And so what I did was assign a process for us to inventory everything that’s already being done to help young boys of color and men of color to succeed, to have every agency — from Justice Department to Education to HUD to USDA — look at how they could contribute to the process to make sure that we’ve got the best data possible, and then to report back to me so that we can have a plan of attack.


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Statement by the President

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

11:17 A.M. EDT


THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  A few minutes ago, Secretary Shinseki and Rob Nabors, who I’ve temporarily assigned to work with the VA, presented me with the department’s initial review of VA facilities nationwide.   And what they’ve found is that the misconduct has not been limited to a few VA facilities, but many across the country.  That’s totally unacceptable.  Our veterans deserve the best.  They’ve earned it.  Last week, I said that if we found misconduct, it would be punished.  And I meant it.


Secretary Shinseki has now begun the process of firing many of the people responsible, including senior leaders at the Phoenix VA.  He’s canceled any possible performance bonuses this year for VHA senior executives.  And he has ordered the VA to personally contact every veteran in Phoenix waiting for appointments to get them the care that they need and that they deserve.


This morning, I think some of you also heard Ric take a truly remarkable action — in public remarks, he took responsibility for the conduct of those facilities, and apologized to his fellow veterans and to the American people.  And a few minutes ago, Secretary Shinseki offered me his own resignation.  With considerable regret, I accepted.


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President Obama Speaks to the Press On Secretary Shinseki And The VA Problems.


Published on May 30, 2014

President Obama makes a statement to the press and announces the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, May 30, 2014.






Ric Shinseki has served his country with honor for nearly 50 years.  He did two tours of combat in Vietnam — he’s a veteran who left a part of himself on the battlefield.  He rose to command the First Cavalry Division, served as Army Chief of Staff, and has never been afraid to speak truth to power.


As Secretary at the VA, he presided over record investments in our veterans — enrolling 2 million new veterans in health care, delivering disability pay to more Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange, making it easier for veterans with post-traumatic stress, mental health issues and traumatic brain injury to get treatment, improving care for our women veterans.  At the same time, he helped reduce veteran homelessness, and helped more than 1 million veterans, servicemembers and their families pursue their education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


So Ric’s commitment to our veterans is unquestioned.  His service to our country is exemplary.  I am grateful for his service, as are many veterans across the country.  He has worked hard to investigate and identify the problems with access to care, but as he told me this morning, the VA needs new leadership to address them.  He does not want to be a distraction, because his priority is to fix the problem and make sure our vets are getting the care that they need.  That was Ric’s judgment on behalf of his fellow veterans.  And I agree.  We don’t have time for distractions.  We need to fix the problem.





West Wing Week: 5/30/14 or, “I Love These Kids!”



Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President nominated two new Cabinet Secretaries, honored servicemembers for Memorial Day, hosted the fourth-ever Science Fair and the first-ever Concussion Summit, and traveled to West Point, to graduate 1,000 brand-new Army officers. That’s May 23rd to May 29th or, “I Love These Kids!”




Previewing the President’s Trip to Europe


Published on May 30, 2014

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, previews the President’s upcoming trip to Poland, Belgium and France.




5/30/14: White House Press Briefing


Published on May 30, 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 Attends a Hurricane Preparedness Meeting


Published on May 30, 2014

The President delivers remarks at a hurricane preparedness briefing at the FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2014.




Readout of the President’s Briefing Ahead of the 2014 Hurricane Season



Barack Obama, Janet Napolitano

Remarks by the President at Hurricane Preparedness Briefing

FEMA Headquarters
Washington, D.C.

2:18 P.M. EDT


THE PRESIDENT:  We’re here at FEMA’S National Response Coordination Center to get an update on this year’s preparations for hurricane season, which begins on Sunday.  I want to thank Secretary Jeh Johnson as well as FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for leading this briefing.  And I also want to thank all the hardworking employees in all the departments that are responsible for helping us prepare, respond to, and recover from emergencies.


States still have the primary role in preparing for and responding to disasters, and we’ll continue to make sure that they get the full resources that they need, the support they need to back them up.  But it’s also every citizen’s responsibility to make sure that we are prepared for emergencies when they come — and not just hurricanes but every emergency.  And that’s why I want to thank the representatives that we have from not just the Department of Energy, but also the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as the folks from Orange County, Florida, who have developed mobile apps to give residents the ability to plan, prepare for, to get faster notice of, and respond to emergencies.


Before a hurricane is even on the horizon, these apps can help families develop emergency plans, figure out evacuation routes, and receive emergency alerts.  After a storm, one app provides information about power outages and where gas stations might be open.  Others show residents where to find shelter and water.  So I encourage every American to visit ready.gov — that’s our national website where you can go and get every bit of information you need to figure out whether you’re ready in the event, heaven forbid, something happens, you can get even more information about family emergency plans and supply kits and the plans that are taking place in your community.


And over the larger term, the changes we’re seeing in our climate means that, unfortunately, storms like Sandy could end up being more common and more devastating.  And that’s why we’re also going to be doing more to deal with the dangers of carbon pollution that help to cause this climate change and global warming.  And that’s why we’re also, with the terrific help of these departments, thinking of how we can build more resilient infrastructure.


But, obviously, more urgently, as hurricane season begins, we have to remember that responding to a hurricane is a team effort and everybody is going to have a role to play on the federal, state, and local levels.  So I encourage every family and business owner to check out ready.gov and see what you can do to be prepared.


And while I’m here I also want to thank not only the staff employees who each and every day without a lot of attention are helping communities deal with disasters, but I also want to thank all the first responders out there all across the family, because when they’re called on, they’re the ones who have to get there first and often put themselves at risk and do an amazing job.

Thank you, everybody.


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Rachel Jeantel Graduates






Average CEO pay tops $10 million for first time


Published on May 30, 2014

Median CEO pay now tops $10 million, the first time the figure has reached eight digits. With their wages rising 50 percent in the last four years, CEO’s made 257 times the average worker’s pay in 2013. While wages for top business executives continue rising, middle class job growth and pay still struggle. Most new jobs are on the lowest end of the wage spectrum. RT’s Lindsay France takes a deeper look at the figures and the widening income gap.




 PBS NewsHour Friday, May 30, 2014


Published on May 30, 2014

Tonight on the program, we examine the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki amid ongoing pressure, and the future of the VA. Also: Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze the week’s news, a look at a record-setting bid for the NBA team Los Angeles Clippers and how opera legend Jessye Norman learned to “Stand up Straight and Sing.”




VA Secretary Shinseki Resigns Amid Scandal, Problem Solved?


Published on May 30, 2014

“Eric K. Shinseki resigned as secretary of veterans affairs Friday, apologizing for a scandal in which employees throughout the VA’s massive hospital system conspired to hide months-long wait times that veterans faced when seeking care.


The size and scope of the coverups in an agency that he had presided over for more than five years left Shinseki dumbfounded and President Obama searching for a replacement for one of his longest serving and most trusted Cabinet officials.”



Porn industry up in arms over California condom bill


Published on May 30, 2014

A safe-sex bill introduced in California is upsetting many in the pornography industry. The proposed legislation requires the use of condoms by performers while also mandating employers keep their employees’ medical records. A potential cramping of style and violation of privacy, opinions are mixed. RT’s Lindsay France gets an insider’s view by speaking with Dennis Hoff, owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, and performer Chloe Collens.




Sarah Palin On VA Scandal: “Illegal Aliens Receive Better Care”


Published on May 30, 2014

“”In many respects, illegal aliens in our country today are receiving better health care, more benefits than our troops,” Palin said in an interview on Thursday with FOX’s “Hannity” at the Republican Leadership Conference.”





Letter from the President — Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act

Dear Mr. Chairman: (Madam Chairman:)
(Dear Representative:) (Dear Senator:) (Dear Mr. Vice Chairman:)

This report to the Congress, under section 804(a) of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, 21 U.S.C. 1903(b)(1) (the “Kingpin Act”), transmits my designations of the following three foreign individuals as appropriate for sanctions under the Kingpin Act and reports my direction of sanctions against them under the Act:


Francisco de Fatima Frederico Barros (Cape Verde)
Jose Adan Salazar Umaña (El Salvador)
Victor Ramón Navarro Cerrano (Colombia)




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Some Education News: Ramarni Wilfred, 11, With Higher IQ Than Einstein, Wanted By Mensa. The First Lady Drops By Girls International Roundtable.

By Jueseppi B.

Ramarni Wilfred has been invited to join Mensa

Ramarni Wilfred has been invited to join Mensa


Here’s a positive story you won’t see on CNN, ABC, CBS, BBC, PBS, MSNBC And certainly not FOX…


Romford boy, 11, with higher IQ than Einstein asked to join Mensa


By  Friday, May 9, 2014 


Could you beat Einstein or Stephen Hawking in a pub quiz? Probably not, but one 11-year-old boy could probably give them a run for their money.

Ramarni Wilfred, of Loom Grove, Romford, took a Mensa test and has been told he has a higher IQ level than Steven Hawking, Bill Gates and even Albert Einstein.

He said: “I can’t begin to compare myself to these great men whose hard work clearly proves that they are true geniuses.

“Who knows? Perhaps my ‘true genius’ moment will come when I grow up but for now I am just proud of myself and happy that my mum and sister are proud of me too.”

Ramarni, his mum and older sister moved to Romford two years ago but it was a lot earlier that his mum Anthea started to realise there was something a little special about her son.

Anthea, 37, said: “By the time he was three he could read and write and from 18 months we discussed the news and his favourite book was an encyclopaedia!”

Ramarni was part of the gifted and talented programme, a scheme to develop the abilities of more able pupils, as well as the Brilliant Club. It is a programme for those aged 10-16 who come from less privileged backgrounds, held at St Anthony’s Primary School, in Upton Avenue, Forest Gate.

After being invited to a graduation ceremony at Oxford University after writing an essay awarded a 2:1, he was then invited to take an IQ test at Birbeck University.

But it was to his surprise, he was given an IQ of 162, placing him in the top 1 per cent in the UK. Ramarni said: “I was surprised and very happy when I read the results of my IQ test as I didn’t feel very confident ­after completing the test.

“I was the youngest person there and some people looked in their 40’s!”

Mensa’s chief executive, John Stevenage, said: “Ramarni’s score shows he has great potential and we are pleased to welcome him to Mensa.

“We hope he will enjoy being part of the society and interacting with fellow members.”

As a member, Ramarni will now be invited to exclusive events and will be able to mix with people of his own age with the same interests as himself.

He added: “I don’t really see having a high IQ as a big deal but I do feel very privileged to be invited to join Mensa and can’t wait to ­attend some of the events.”



Thank you Ms. .




The First Lady Drops by Girls International Roundtable


Published on May 22, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama drops by a discussion with international education experts, and talks about the need to educate women and girls around the world, May 22, 2014.





Statements and Releases – May 22, 2014


President Obama to Host White House Science Fair



Statement by Press Secretary Jay Carney on Terrorist Attack in China


The United States condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Urumqi, China today.  We are aware of reports that the attack resulted in the death of 31 citizens and the injury of 90 more. This is a despicable and outrageous act of violence against innocent civilians, and the United States resolutely opposes all forms of terrorism.  We offer our condolences and sympathies to the victims, their families, and all those affected by this attack.



FACT SHEET & REPORT: President Obama Visits Cooperstown to Highlight Travel and Tourism that is Growing our Economy and Creating Jobs



Statement by the Press Secretary on the Adam Smith Amendment


The President applauds Ranking Member Adam Smith for his continued stalwart leadership in standing up for our values and national security by advancing the cause of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.  By eliminating unwarranted and burdensome restrictions relating to the transfer of Guantanamo detainees, his amendment would further our efforts to move past this chapter in U.S. history.   We urge the House to adopt the Smith Amendment and put an end to the ongoing harm to the nation’s security that results from the operation of the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


This Administration has repeatedly objected to statutory restrictions that impede our ability to responsibly close the detention facility and pursue appropriate options for the detainees remaining there, including by determining when and where to prosecute detainees, based on the facts and circumstances of each case and our national security interests.   In hundreds of terrorism-related cases – and as illustrated once again this week – our federal courts have proven themselves to be more than capable of administering justice.


Nearly a half billion dollars per year is an unacceptable price to pay for a facility that wastes our resources, creates friction with our allies, and undermines our standing in the world.    This needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions and enables the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.  We call on Members of both parties to work together to ensure the United States meets this goal.  If this year’s Defense Authorization bill continues unwarranted restrictions regarding Guantanamo detainees, the President will veto the bill.




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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 5th Of December, 2013. Just 20 Days Left Before Bankruptcy!


By Jueseppi B.

December 4th, 2013: Photo of the Day President Barack Obama meets with National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling in the Oval Office, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 4th, 2013: Photo of the Day
President Barack Obama meets with National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling in the Oval Office, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


White House Schedule – December 5, 2013


Office of the Press Secretary
December 5th, 2013




In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing and meet with senior advisors. These meetings in the Oval Office are closed press.


In the afternoon, the President will tape an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at American University in Washington, DC. There will be a stills only pool spray of the taping.


In the evening, the President will host two Hanukkah receptions in the Grand Foyer. The First Lady will also attend. There will be pooled press coverage of the President’s remarks.


Thursday, December 5 2013 All Times ET


5:30 AM: The Vice President arrives at Seoul, Republic of Korea, Osan Air Base.


@USEmbassySeoul: Welcome to Korea, @VP Biden! Air Force 2 has just touched down. Wishing the VP a fruitful visit!

@USEmbassySeoul: Welcome to Korea, @VP Biden! Air Force 2 has just touched down. Wishing the VP a fruitful visit!



9:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.



10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors, Oval Office.



2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT tapes an appearance on “Hardball with Chris Matthews”, Greenberg Theater, American University.



4:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Hanukkah Reception; the FIRST LADY attends, Grand Foyer.



8:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Hanukkah Reception; the FIRST LADY attends, Grand Foyer.


Briefing Schedule

1:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Brady Briefing Room.





Speeches and Remarks December 05, 2013


Remarks by the Vice President at a Breakfast with the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and the U.S.-China Business Council




Speeches and Remarks December 04, 2013


Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice: “Human Rights: Advancing American Interests and Values”


Remarks by the First Lady at 2013 Holiday Press Preview


Remarks by the President on Economic Mobility


Remarks by the President to ACA Youth Summit


Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China






ObamaCare: It’s All Over For The GOP But The LYING & ‘Baby-Slanders!’




President Obama Speaks at the White House Youth Summit

December 04, 2013 | 12:07 |Public Domain


President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act. The summit brought together over 160 national and local young leaders who have broad reach in their communities and can help get the word out to young Americans about enrolling in health coverage.




First Lady Michelle Obama Previews the 2013 White House Holiday Decorations

December 04, 2013 | 11:14 |Public Domain


First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2013 holiday decorations and asks every American to remember what our military families and servicemembers often experience during this time of year, and the sacrifices they make to proudly serve all of us.




President Obama Speaks on Economic Mobility

December 04, 2013 | 48:15 |Public Domain


President Obama discusses the twin challenges of growing income inequality and shrinking economic mobility and how they pose a fundamental threat to the American Dream.




Previewing the Vice President’s Trip to Asia

December 03, 2013 | 4:50


Jake Sullivan, the Vice President’s National Security Advisor, previews the upcoming trip to Asia.




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Michael Robertson
December 04, 2013
10:40 PM EST


“You have stage IV cancer”.


“Well, how many stages are there? Five, Six, Ten?”


“There’s only four”.


Two months after proposing to my wife and just three months before my 36th birthday, those were the first words spoken to me by my oncologist.


A check-up with my family doctor only days before spawned a whirlwind of appointments, scans, and tests. I sat, listening in awe, trying to wrap my head around the reality of balancing fear and uncertainty with wanting to fight, but not really knowing how. I learned that I was now a stage IV, metastatic colorectal cancer patient. A cancer that usually afflicts those 65 and older wasn’t just inside my body, it was growing and making its way through my body, spreading from my colon to a tumor in my liver and possibly a lesion on my lungs.


I was otherwise healthy my whole life – 35 years old, an athlete into college, professionally doing important work I’d only dreamed of, and finally about to be married and start my own family. Fighting to survive a catastrophic disease was NOT part my plans.


Thankfully, I was fortunate enough to have insurance through my employer and my cancer was treatable and curable they said. Thankfully, because I had insurance, they said, if I gave them the next year for treatment, they’d give me back the rest of my life.


But imagine if I didn’t have access to health insurance through my job. Until that week, just 16 months ago, I could have made the case that I almost didn’t “need” to spend money on health insurance. Technically, with only yearly check-ups and mostly needing only over-the-counter medicines, I could have afforded to pay for my healthcare needs myself.


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Jason Furman, Betsey Stevenson
December 05, 2013
09:00 AM EST


The United States economy continues to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and while substantial progress has been made, more work remains to boost economic growth and speed job creation. Despite ten consecutive quarters of GDP growth and 7.8 million private sector jobs added since early 2010, the unemployment rate is unacceptably high at 7.3 percent, and far too many families are still struggling to regain the foothold they had prior to the crisis.


The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program authorized by Congress in 2008 has provided crucial support to the economy and to millions of Americans who lost jobs through no fault of their own. Under current law, EUC will end on December 28, 2013


This report argues that allowing EUC to expire would be harmful to millions of workers and their families, counterproductive to the economic recovery, and unprecedented in the context of previous extensions to earlier unemployment insurance programs.


Download the full report here or read a summary below, including state-by-state effects of allowing EUC benefits to expire.


Since their inception in 2008, extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits have provided critical support to millions of workers and their families:

  • Nearly 24 million workers have received extended UI benefits
  • Recipients are a diverse group: roughly half have completed at least some college, including 4.8 million with bachelor’s degrees or higher
  • Including workers’ families, nearly 69 million people have been supported by extended UI benefits, including almost 17 million children
  • In 2012 alone, UI benefits lifted an estimated 2.5 million people out of poverty


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Kyle Lierman
Kyle Lierman

December 04, 2013
07:50 PM EST


This afternoon, youth leaders from across the country gathered here for our White House Youth Summit. The Summit was made of up 160 of this country’s finest national and local leaders aged 18-35.  Joined by White House and Administration staff, these millennial participants discussed issues important to their generation — especially spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act and organizing to get people enrolled in their respective communities. They also participated in a series of panels and breakout workshops with administration officials, stakeholder groups, and advocates.


To kick off the event, a very special guest dropped by to speak to the Youth Summit: President Obama — who let young Americans know he needed their help.


President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Dec. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


So I’m going to need you all to spread the word about how the Affordable Care Act really works, what its benefits are, what its protections are and, most importantly, how people can sign up. I know people call this law Obamacare. And that’s okay — because I do care. I care about you. I care about families. I care about Americans.

But no matter how much I care, the truth is, is that for your friends and your family, the most important source of information is not going to be me, it’s going to be you.  They are going to trust you.  If you’re taking them on a website, walking them through it saying, look at the price you’re able to get, look at the benefits you’re able to get.  That’s what’s going to be making a difference.


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Lindsay Holst
Lindsay Holst

December 04, 2013
03:46 PM EST


You’ve probably been hearing a lot about health reform and HealthCare.gov these past few months.
Here’s the bottom line: Reform is improving the lives of millions of Americans, right now. Here are just a few of their stories.
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