TheObamaCrat Wake-Up Call™ For July 14th, 2014: Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony. Iftar Dinner Celebrating Ramadan.


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President Barack Obama on Monday will host a ceremony to welcome new ambassadors to the United States from Cabo Verde, Sri Lanka, Armenia, Guinea and Somalia. Tonight, the president hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan.

 

White House Schedule – July 14, 2014

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday July 14th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, JULY 14th, 2014

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

 

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

 

His Excellency Jose Luis Fialho Rocha, Ambassador of the Republic of Cabo Verde

His Excellency Prasad Kariyawasam, Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

His Excellency Tigran Sargsyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia

His Excellency Mamady Conde, Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea

His Excellency Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Somalia

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the evening, the President will host an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. There will be pooled press coverage of the President’s remarks.

 

 

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Monday, July 14 2014  All Times ET

 

10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

12:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch, Private Dining Room.

 

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, The Brady Briefing Room.

 

 

2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony, Oval Office.

 

 

3:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors, Oval Office.

 

 

8:55 PM: THE PRESIDENT hosts an Iftar dinner,   State Dining Room.

 

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The White House Week Ahead™

 

WASHINGTON : In the week ahead, President Barack Hussein Obama meets with new ambassadors on Monday; on Tuesday goes to the Washington suburb of McLean, Va. to talk about the economy and on Thursday heads to New York City for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. Wednesday & Friday are meetings at The White House.

 

White House Schedule – July 14th, – July 18th, 2014

 

On Monday, 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 evening, the President will host an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House.

 

On Tuesday, the President will deliver remarks on the economy at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia.

 

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

 

On Thursday, the President will travel to New York City area to attend a DNC roundtable. Further details on the President’s travel to New York will be made available in the coming days.

 

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

 

 

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White House Live

 

Next Up…
July 14, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

The White House, White House LIVE Streaming.

 

 

 

July 14, 2014 8:55 PM EDT

The White House, White House LIVE Streaming.

 

 

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At The Movies With TheObamaCrat™: “All Is By My Side”, Jimi Hendrix (film)

 

At The Movies With TheObamaCrat™: “Miles Ahead”, A Film About Miles Davis.

 

At The Movies With TheObamaCrat™: “Get On Up”, A Film About The Life Of James Brown.

 

Rick Perry And Sean Hannity Are Currently Patrolling The Border On A Boat With A Machine Gun…So Fuckin What?

 

Wrapping Up The Week That Was™

 

HOUSE GOP MOVES AHEAD ON SUING OBAMA: House Has No Legislation On JOBS, Immigration OR Gun Reform…BUTT Let’s Fuckin Sue The POTUSA.

 

AMBER ALERT: Iowa Amber Alert, Blackhawk County. Nevaeh Hogan (Infant), Brooklyn Anne-Marie Gaffney (Child), Mia Elaine Gaffney (Child).

 

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Republicans Have A New Love: Obamacare!

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

“Republicans, still flailing in their efforts to come up with their own healthcare plan, are also going to be flailing when it comes to finding a coherent argument for getting rid of Obamacare in the first place. Their arguments against the law keep being shot down by the reality of its successes. Here’s another success: There are 9.5 million fewer uninsured people now, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study.

 

‘According to the survey, the proportion of working-aged adults without insurance dropped from 20 percent in the late summer of 2013 to 15 percent in the late spring of 2014, a period that corresponds roughly to the beginning and end of open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces. To put that in more concrete terms, there are still a lot of Americans walking around without health insurance today. But there are about 9.5 million fewer of them than there were last fall, almost certainly because so many people have enrolled in the newly expanded Medicaid program or purchased subsidized insurance through the Obamacare marketplaces.’

 

 

 

The Coors Light Ad You WON’T See

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

If you support what the Coors family supports, then Coors Light has a new beer just for you.

 

 

 

Headlines at 8:30: Santa Ana man reels in 482-pound halibut

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

“CBS This Morning” takes a look at some of the headlines from around the globe.

 

 

 

Bergdahl returning to active duty

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

Ex-captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling and may return to active duty soon.

 

 

 

Attorney General Eric Holder Challenges Republicans on Impeachment, Gridlock & Stands Firm on Statement about America’s Cowardice on RACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On The Road With Barack™, During A Twitter Storm™, While It’s Raining Videos™, All In The Last 24™.


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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at Cheesman Park in Denver

 

The President Speaks on the Economy

 

Published on Jul 9, 2014

During a visit to Denver, Colorado, President Obama speaks on the economy, July 9, 2014.

 

 

 

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Raw Video: President mixes with downtown Denver crowd

 

Published on Jul 8, 2014

President Barack Obama enjoyed his latest visit to Denver Tuesday night. He walked down the street after dinner and chatted with surprised people.

 

 

 

Raw Video #2: President Obama meets people in downtown Denver

 

Published on Jul 8, 2014

President Barack Obama walked along 15th Street in downtown Denver Tuesday night, chatting with people. He even met a guy wearing a horse head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama Makes a Statement on the Humanitarian Situation at the Southwest Border

 

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks – July 9th, 2014

 

Remarks by the President on the Economy, Denver, CO

 

Remarks by the President at DSCC Lunch — Denver, CO

 

 

 

Statements and Releases – July 9th, 2014

 

FACT SHEET on the Democratic Republic of the Congo Executive Order

 

President Obama Signs New York Disaster Declaration

 

Message to the Congress — Regarding the Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Calls with Central American Presidents

 

Statement by the President on the Resignation of Matt Olsen

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Conversation with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Indonesian Presidential Election

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the 10th Anniversary of the Murder of American Journalist Paul Klebnikov

 

Statement by the President to the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

 

Readout of the President’s Calls with Afghan Presidential Candidates Dr. Ghani and Dr. Abdullah

 

 

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Julián Castro as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

I applaud the bipartisan majority of Senators who today confirmed Julián Castro as our next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Julián is a proven leader, a champion for safe, affordable housing and strong, sustainable neighborhoods.  I know that together with the dedicated professionals at HUD, Julián will help build on the progress we’ve made battling back from the Great Recession — rebuilding our housing market, reducing homelessness among veterans, and connecting neighborhoods with good schools and good jobs that help our citizens succeed.  Julián has lived the American Dream in his own life, and I’m confident he will help Americans across our country seize their own piece of that dream for themselves and their children.

 

 

Julián Castro Confirmed by the Senate as the Next HUD Secretary

 

 

President Obama, with Vice President Biden, delivers remarks announcing his intent to nominate HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan as OMB Director and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to replace himPresident Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks announcing his intent to nominate Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan as Office of Management and Budget Director and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to replace him, in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

This afternoon, the Senate overwhelmingly approved San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to be the next Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The vote was 71-26.

 

President Obama applauded the bipartisan majority of senators who quickly confirmed Mayor Castro for Secretary of HUD:

 

Julián is a proven leader, a champion for safe, affordable housing and strong, sustainable neighborhoods. I know that together with the dedicated professionals at HUD, Julián will help build on the progress we’ve made battling back from the Great Recession — rebuilding our housing market, reducing homelessness among veterans, and connecting neighborhoods with good schools and good jobs that help our citizens succeed.

 

Back in May, the President Obama nominated Mayor Castro to lead HUD, citing his work revitalizing San Antonio as an excellent example of the expertise and skill that he will bring to his new post. As mayor of San Antonio, Castro revitalized the city, implementing housing and economic development projects that have attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in investments.

 

Mayor Castro has developed strong relationships with other mayors all across the country and established important partnerships in the Administration’s Promise Zones Initiative, which highlights San Antonio’s success in partnering with local businesses and community leaders to foster economic growth and opportunity.

 

Mayor Castro has also not lost sight of his roots. In May, the President talked about how Mayor Castro’s story represents the American Dream:

 

Julián’s grandmother came to this country from Mexico. She worked as a maid, worked as a cook, worked as a babysitter — whatever she had to do to keep a roof over her family’s head. And that’s because for her, and generations of Americans like her, a home is more than just a house. A home is a source of pride and security. It’s a place to raise a family and put down roots and build up savings for college or a business or retirement, or write a lifetime of memories. And maybe one day the kid grows up in that home and is able to go on to get a great education and become the Mayor of San Antonio, and become a member of the President’s Cabinet.

 

Julián ha vivido el Sueño Americano. And it’s precisely because he’s lived out the American Dream that he’ll work his tail off to make sure more people can travel that same path and earn their own dreams as well.

 

Mayor Castro will bring his proven, on-the-ground success to HUD — and his own story will remind him every day of what a home can mean to a family.

 

 

What You Wrote the President

 

 

Ed. note: Earlier today, the Director of Presidential Correspondence, Fiona Reeves, sent an email to the White House list. Didn’t get it? Make sure you sign up for updates.

 

Two weeks ago, President Obama asked you to write and tell him how you’re doing. And I can tell you, as one of the people who helps sort through the mail here at the White House, that a lot of you answered.

 

You told us how you’re feeling about your family, your community, and our country. You shared stories about what’s been going well, and what you wish was better.

 

So if you were wondering if those letters actually get read, the answer is yes.

 

Your stories paint a broader picture of how things have changed these past few years, and I wanted to share a few of them. Here’s what folks had to say

 

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The President Speaks on the Economy

 

Published on Jul 9, 2014

During a visit to Denver, Colorado, President Obama speaks on the economy, July 9, 2014.

 

 

 

Growing Up Privileged in Apartheid, Colonial Israel – Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)

 

Published on Jul 9, 2014

Mr. Hever says he became politically active after the Second Intifada was repressed with extreme violence by the Israeli military and police.

 

 

 

West Virginia reporter attacked with own tripod caught on camera

 

Published on Jul 9, 2014

Caught on Camera: West Virginia reporter attacked with own tripod
(WDAY) Glen, WV (CNN) – A man has been arrested in West Virginia for an alleged attack on a news photographer, and that incident is caught on tape.
Howard Lilly was silent, and handcuffed after state police charged him with three felonies, saying he attacked reporter Bob Aaron – and it was all caught on camera.
Bob was standing on a public road shooting video of Howard’s property after animal control had been there investigating allegations of animal abuse.

 

 

 

Obama addresses mass child immigration from Texas – 7/9/2014

 

Published on Jul 9, 2014

President Obama Full Statement in Texas on Illegal Border Crossings
LIVE: Pres. Obama speaks on US border crisis. President Obama addressed the influx of child migrants on the Southwest border this evening from Texas.
(CTNow) Obama to Perry: Urge congress to pass immigration spending request.
President Obama met with Texas Governor Rick Perry in Dallas Wednesday to discuss the influx of child migrants to the Southwest border. In a press conference following their meeting President Obama stated that he doesn’t have a philosophical objection to any of Gov. Perry’s requests and reiterated that it is ‘unlikely’ that the child migrants will be allowed to stay in the United States.

 

President Obama then urged Congress to pass his request quickly for $3.7 billion in funds to address the influx of unaccompanied migrant children from Central America crossing the U.S. border.

 

Obama said he would consider Perry’s request to deploy the National Guard to the border.

 

Obama told reporters he urged Perry to press Texas lawmakers in the U.S. Congress to support the White House’s funding request.

 

The president also rejected criticism that he did not visit the border during his Texas visit.

 

 

 

Dozen of Police car surrounding suspect in Texas Mass shooting 7/9/2014

 

Published on Jul 9, 2014

Tense standoff underway following grisly scene in N. Harris Co.
7 Shot 5 Dead including children lead to car chase and standoff in Texas neighborhood .

 
HOUSTON (KTRK) –
Seven people have been shot, five fatally, in north Harris County. Two children were also wounded in the shooting, and now a standoff near the scene is underway.

 

The bodies were discovered at or near a home on Leaflet Lane near Interstate 45 and Cypresswood. While Harris County Precinct 4 deputies were responding to that scene, Sky Eye HD noticed a vehicle leaving the scene. Several patrol units gave chase.

 

The pursuit lasted only a few minutes and never seemed to reach high speeds. The chase ended in a cul-de-sac and there’s currently a standoff underway.

 

Authorities investigate a shooting in which several people were killed in north Harris County.

 

Authorities are now working to evacuate homes around the cul-de-sac.

 

 

 

Pope Francis picks new leader for troubled Vatican Bank

 

Published on Jul 9, 2014

Vatican officials announced that Pope Francis will replace top management of the Vatican Bank, plagued for years by scandals involving corruption, money laundering and mismanagement. Hari Sreenivasan talks to John Allen of The Boston Globe about the Pope’s new strategy for reforming the bank, as well as his recent meeting with victims of sexual abuse.

 

 

 

Water Woes: A Look at Shortages in 2014

 

Published on Jul 9, 2014

2014 has seen one water shortage emergency after another grip entire regions. Some of the problems were manmade, others are Mother Nature’s doing. RT Correspondent Meghan Lopez takes us on a trip across to country to look at shutoffs, shortages and spills.

 

 

 

Outrageous Claim By Republican To Justify Doing Nothing

 

Published on Jul 9, 2014

“In a condemnatory speech last week against the Obama administration’s new Environmental Protection Agency carbon emission regulations, Kentucky state Sen. Brandon Smith (R) claimed that man-made climate change is scientifically implausible because Mars and Earth share “exactly” the same temperature.

 

Smith, the owner of a mining company called Mohawk Energy, argued that despite the fact that the red planet doesn’t have any coal mines, Mars and Earth share a temperature. Therefore, Smith reasoned, coal companies on Earth should be exempt from emission regulations.”* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

 

 

 

Pres Obama Rips Republicans for Failure to Act on Economy

 

 

 

 

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Where In The World Is Barack™: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The President & Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan, Welcome Teachers For Lunch.


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On Monday, the President will host a group of teachers at the White House for lunch to discuss the Administration’s efforts to ensure that every student is taught by an effective educator. The President will be joined by the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY July 7th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, JULY 7th, 2014

 

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Monday, July 7 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President will host a group of teachers at the White House for lunch to discuss the Administration’s efforts to ensure that every student is taught by an effective educator. The President will be joined by the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. There will be a pool spray at the top of the lunch.

 

11:00 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

11:30 AM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room. Watch White House Live.

 

12:10 PM: The President hosts a group of teachers for lunch; Secretary of Education Duncan also attends, South Lawn.

 

 

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The Big Picture: This Month’s Jobs Numbers

 

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Fourth of July 2014 at the White House

 

 

 

 

President Obama Welcomes 25 New American Citizens on the Fourth of July

 

President Barack Obama listens as Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security administers the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in the East Room of the White House, July 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama listens as Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security administers the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in the East Room of the White House, July 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up: Team USA, 9.7 Million Jobs, and 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act

 

Weekly Address: Celebrating Independence Day

 

West Wing Week 07/04/14 or, “Cynicism is a Choice… Hope is a Better Choice”

 

President Obama Visits 1776, “An Incubator for All Sorts of Tech Startups”

 

 

 

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White House Week Ahead Schedule For July 8th, to July 11th, 2014

 

On Tuesday, the President will welcome NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to the White House.  Ahead of the NATO summit in Wales this September, the President looks forward to discussing with the Secretary General the crisis in Ukraine and related reassurance measures for our NATO allies; improving allied defense investment; further work on bolstering NATO’s network of partners; and NATO’s post-2014 non-combat mission in in Afghanistan.  The Secretary General’s visit underscores the vital importance the United States places on NATO as the cornerstone of our alliance with Europe.  In the evening, the President will travel to Denver, CO area where he will remain overnight.

 

On Wednesday, while in Denver, the President will attend a DSCC event. The President will then travel to the Dallas, Texas area for a DCCC event. In the evening, the President will travel to the Austin, Texas area, where he will attend a DNC event and remain overnight.

 

On Thursday, while in Austin, TX, the President will attend a DNC event and deliver remarks on the economy before returning to the White House. Further details about the President’s travel to Colorado and Texas will be made available in the coming days.

 

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

 

 

It's Raining Videos™

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7-6-2014 Chairman Issa on Fox News Sunday

 

 

Darrell Issa has his head so far up Barack’s ass, if Barack farts, Issa has heartburn.

 

 

Army Violently Stops African Refugees Trying to Leave Israel

 

Published on Jul 6, 2014

Sudanese and Eritrean refugees in Israel’s so-called “open prison” go on hunger strike after failed attempt to leave for Egypt

 

 

 

Proof That You’ll Lose Friends When You Fall In Love

 

Published on Jul 6, 2014

“A new study carried out by Oxford University in the UK has shown that when you find a new love, it comes at the cost of losing two close friends. As we all know, when you meet someone new, you have less time on your hands so it makes sense you will have less time for your friends. The study shows you actually lose two of these close friends. The researchers asked a number of people about their core friendship curcle and how it changed when romance was entered into the equation. The findings showed the the core which is usually five people, dropped to three people when the new lover came on the scene.”

 

 

 

WAR – WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS

 

 

 

Woman fired for saying ‘have a blessed day’? bank teller fired from U.S. Bank

 

Published on Jul 6, 2014

A bank teller claims she was fired from U.S. Bank for telling a customer to “have a blessed day.”

 

 

 

Mom in hot car death case under investigation

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

A series of search warrants have been released in the case involving the death of a toddler in a sweltering car.

 

 

 

Increased airport security: Electronic devices must be powered up for U.S.-bound flights

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

Passengers on international flights to the U.S. will have to do more than take laptops out of their cases. They will have to prove the machines work. Don Dahler reports on the new efforts against possible onboard bombings.

 

 

 

Obama Tackles Immigration Reform, Republicans Disagree

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

“The White House’s immigration reform cease-fire is over.

President Barack Obama came to the Rose Garden on Monday to lay out the case: He gave House Speaker John Boehner “space” to convince his members. He kept quiet about the Republicans he knew were open to an overhaul. He avoided talking about the issue much himself.

 

No more.

 

Obama was one of the few people holding on to hope that a deal could squeak through Congress by the August recess. But even that evaporated when House Republicans reacted to Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprise primary loss by moving firmly — and finally — away from immigration reform, and he began a crackdown on the influx of Central American children crossing the southern border, threatening to put him in opposition to immigration reform advocates.”* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

 

 

 

American teen allegedly beaten by Israeli police

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

The 15-year-old American cousin of Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teen who was abducted and killed last week, says he was detained and beaten by Israeli police for days. Alex Ortiz reports from East Jerusalem.

 

 

 

See planes nearly collide during landing

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

Two planes almost collide at an airport in Barcelona. CNN’s Kate Bolduan discusses with aviation expert Miles O’Brien.

 

 

 

Sen. John McCain on a Hillary Clinton presidency

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was on “Face the Nation” when Bob Schieffer put him on the spot about Hillary Clinton.

 

 

Senator John McCain, please go suck a dick. I suggest that with much respect.  ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ   

 

 

Congress Gets Fun New Perk: More Secret Bribery!

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

“It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms.

 

The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings.

 

“This is such an obvious effort to avoid accountability,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “There’s no legitimate reason. There’s no good reason for it.””* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

 

 

 

"I got this guys, just chill."

“I got this guys, just chill.”

 

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From The Associated Press:

 

Michelle Obama takes on the GOP over school lunches

 

By Darlene Superville, Associated Press

 

This May 27, 2014 file photo shows first lady Michelle Obama, with Eric Goldstein, chief executive officer, Office of School Support Services, New York City Department of Education, left, and Donna Martin, School Nutrition Program, Burke County Board of Education, in Georgia, during a discussion with school leaders and experts on school nutrition in an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

This May 27, 2014 file photo shows first lady Michelle Obama, with Eric Goldstein, chief executive officer, Office of School Support Services, New York City Department of Education, left, and Donna Martin, School Nutrition Program, Burke County Board of Education, in Georgia, during a discussion with school leaders and experts on school nutrition in an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet.

 

She’s fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and says she’s ready “to fight until the bitter end.”

 

Mrs. Obama even mocked the GOP effort in an opinion column and argued her case on Twitter.

 

“Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?” she wrote in The New York Times. “You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense. Yet we’re seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools.”

 

Mrs. Obama lobbied largely behind the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires more fruit, vegetables and whole grains in school meals, along with less sodium, sugar and fat. It was a major achievement, the first update to school lunch rules in decades designed to make school meals more nutritious.

 

The School Nutrition Association, an industry-backed group that represents school cafeteria workers and originally supported the standards, has now turned against them. The association says it fully supports getting kids to eat healthier but says many districts are losing money because students aren’t buying the healthier lunches.

 

More than 1 million fewer students eat lunch at school each day since the first round of standards went into effect in 2012, following decades of steadily increasing participation, said Diane Pratt-Heavner, a spokeswoman for the association, citing federal data. A second round of rules, including standards for school breakfasts, took effect July 1.

 

“How can we call these standards a success when they are driving students away from the program?” she said.

 

Her group wants more flexibility for districts that are losing money. A House bill to fund the Agriculture Department next year would give districts a chance to apply to skip the requirements for one year.

 

Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama, the Republican author of that measure, said the lunch rules go too far and came too fast for school districts to handle.

 

“As well-intended as the people in Washington believe themselves to be, the reality is that from a practical standpoint these regulations are just plain not working out in some individual school districts,” he said after a House panel approved the bill. A vote by the full House is expected after its July Fourth break.

 

The first lady and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose department runs the school meals program, oppose changing the law.

 

Critics of the association say the about-face is motivated not only by overburdened school officials but also by the food industry. Food companies are some of the association’s highest-paying members and supply schools with most of their food. The industry largely has kept silent through the debate but will spend millions of dollars to reformulate many products to meet the new standards.

 

“The last thing that we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health, especially when we’re finally starting to see some progress on this issue,” Mrs. Obama said at the White House, where she met with a group of school nutrition experts, all of whom were friendly toward the standards.

 

The association requested a meeting with Mrs. Obama and Vilsack. Instead it was invited to sit down next week with Vilsack and Sam Kass, a White House chef who is executive director of the first lady’s anti-obesity initiative, along with representatives from a dozen other organizations that favor the standards.

 

The first lady’s publicly aggressive approach against Congress and the school nutrition association stands in stark contrast to the quiet lobbying she did early on, and to her handling of earlier controversies. Her approach has been to bite her tongue and not comment in the heat of the moment.

 

“She very, very strongly believes in the anti-obesity initiative, and I think she sees the attempt by Congress to roll back the 2010 legislation as just being anathema after trying very hard to change the culture of what we see going into these institutional lunches,” said Myra Gutin, who studies first ladies at Rider University.

 

Mrs. Obama says the requirements are based on sound science and that 90 percent of schools are meeting them. The association says districts are unprepared to meet the newest standards.

 

“I’m going to fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our schools,” the first lady said at a White House event where she showcased elementary school students preparing and then eating a salad lunch using vegetables they had planted in her garden on the South Lawn.

 

The White House has threatened to veto the House bill. The Senate version does not include the one-year waiver.

 

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Associated Press writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.

 

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First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet. She’s fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and says she’s ready “to fight until the bitter end.” Mrs. Obama even mocked the GOP effort in an opinion column and argued her case on Twitter.

 

“Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?” she wrote in The New York Times. “You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense. Yet we’re seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools.” Mrs. Obama lobbied largely behind the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires more fruit, vegetables and whole grains in school meals, along with less sodium, sugar and fat.

 

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Presidential Proclamation — 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

 

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Few achievements have defined our national identity as distinctly or as powerfully as the passage of the Civil Rights Act. It transformed our understanding of justice, equality, and democracy and advanced our long journey toward a more perfect Union. It helped bring an end to the Jim Crow era, banning discrimination in public places; prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; and providing a long-awaited enforcement mechanism for the integration of schools. A half-century later, we celebrate this landmark achievement and renew our commitment to building a freer, fairer, greater society.

 

Through the lens of history, the progress of the past five decades may seem inevitable. We may wish to remember our triumphs while erasing the pain and doubt that came before. Yet to do so would be a disservice to the giants who led us to the mountaintop, to unsung heroes who left footprints on our National Mall, to every American who bled and died on the battlefield of justice. In the face of bigotry, fear, and unyielding opposition from entrenched interests, their courage stirred our Nation’s conscience. And their struggle helped convince a Texas Democrat who had previously voted against civil rights legislation to become its new champion. With skillful charm and ceaseless grit, President Lyndon B. Johnson shepherded the Civil Rights Act through the Congress — and on July 2, 1964, he signed it into law.

 

While laws alone cannot right every wrong, they possess an unmatched power to anchor lasting change. The Civil Rights Act threw open the door for legislation that strengthened voting rights and established fair housing standards for all Americans. Fifty years later, we know our country works best when we accept our obligations to one another, embrace the belief that our destiny is shared, and draw strength from the bonds that hold together the most diverse Nation on Earth.

 

As we reflect on the Civil Rights Act and the burst of progress that followed, we also acknowledge that our journey is not complete. Today, let us resolve to restore the promise of opportunity, defend our fellow Americans’ sacred right to vote, seek equality in our schools and workplaces, and fight injustice wherever it exists. Let us remember that victory never comes easily, but with iron wills and common purpose, those who love their country can change it.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim July 2, 2014, as the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that celebrate this accomplishment and advance civil rights in our time.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

 

BARACK OBAMA

 

 

President Obama Delivers Keynote Address at Civil Rights Summit 2014 (Full Speech)

 

Published on Apr 10, 2014

‘I have lived out the promise of LBJ’s efforts’
‘My fellow Americans, I am confident we shall overcome’
Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

 
President Obama Speaking At UT For Civil Rights Summit
AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – President Barack Obama has arrived at the University of Texas campus for his part in a civil rights summit.

 
The president and first lady Michelle Obama flew from Houston to Austin late Thursday morning. The first couple and the director of the LBJ Presidential Library, Mark Updegrove, viewed the “Corner Stones of Civil Rights” exhibit at the presidential center.

 

Obama remembered Lyndon B. Johnson as a giant of a man whose efforts to pass the Civil Rights Act made real the promise of the nation’s founders. That is — Obama says — that all men are created equal.

 

“I have lived out the promise of LBJ’s efforts,” Obama said, speaking at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation that helped clear the way for him to become the nation’s first black president.

 

Obama praised Johnson’s ability to cajole and strong-arm the legislation through Congress over the objections of lawmakers from his own Democratic Party, calling him a man who understood the power of his office. But amid the celebrations of the law, Obama cautioned that work remains in order to fulfill the goals of the legislation Johnson championed.

 

“The story of America is a story of progress, however slow, however incomplete,” Obama said.

 

This is the final day of ceremonies to commemorate the Civil Rights Act of 1964. LBJ’s daughters Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb were on hand for Obama’s address in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT.

 

 

 

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

NASA celebrates the impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on NASA and the nation.

 

 

 

Civil Rights Act of 1964: Landmark legislation’s 50th anniversary

 

Published on Apr 9, 2014

The Johnson Presidential Library will mark the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with four presidents. Bill Plante reports on the commemoration.

 

 

 

Civil Rights Act of 1964

 

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as “public accommodations”).

 

Powers given to enforce the act were initially weak, but were supplemented during later years. Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the United States Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce under Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964, at the White House.

 

Civil Rights Act of 1964
Great Seal of the United States.
 
Enacted by the  88th United States Congress
Effective July 2, 1964
Citations
Public Law 88-352
Stat. 78 Stat. 241
Codification
Title(s) amended 42
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as H.R. 7152 by
  • Emanuel Celler (DNYon June 20, 1963
  • Committee consideration by: Judiciary
  • Passed the House on February 10, 1964
  •  (290–130)
  • Passed the Senate on June 19, 1964
  •  (73–27) with amendment
  • House agreed to Senate amendment on
  • July 2, 1964 (289–126)
  • Signed into law by President
  • Lyndon B. Johnson onJuly 2, 1964
Major amendments
Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972,

Civil Rights Act of 1991

United States Supreme Court cases
Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States
Katzenbach v. McClung
Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education
Griggs v. Duke Power Co.

Ricci v. DeStefano

 

Origins

The bill was called for by President John F. Kennedy in his civil rights speech of June 11, 1963, in which he asked for legislation “giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments”, as well as “greater protection for the right to vote”. Kennedy delivered this speech following a series of protests from the African-American community, the most notable being the Birmingham campaign(sometimes referred to as the “Childrens’ Crusade”) in which students and children endured attacks by police dogs and high pressure fire hoses during their protests against segregation.

 

Emulating the Civil Rights Act of 1875, Kennedy’s civil rights bill included provisions to ban discrimination in public accommodations, and to enable the U.S. Attorney General to join in lawsuits against state governments which operated segregated school systems, among other provisions. However, it did not include a number of provisions deemed essential by civil rights leaders including protection against police brutality, ending discrimination in private employment, or granting the Justice Department power to initiate desegregation or job discrimination lawsuits.

 

John F. Kennedy addresses the nation about Civil Rights on June 11, 1963

John F. Kennedy addresses the nation about Civil Rights on June 11, 1963

 

 

Legislative history

House of Representatives

On June 11, 1963, President Kennedy met with the Republican leaders to discuss the legislation before his television address to the nation that evening. Two days later, Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen and Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield both voiced support for the president’s bill, except for provisions guaranteeing equal access to places of public accommodations. This led to several Republican Congressmen drafting a compromise bill to be considered. On June 19, the president sent his bill to Congress as it was originally written, saying legislative action was “imperative”. The president’s bill went first to the House of Representatives, where it was referred to the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Emmanuel Celler, a Democrat from New York.

 

After a series of hearings on the bill, Celler’s committee strengthened the act, adding provisions to ban racial discrimination in employment, providing greater protection to black voters, eliminating segregation in all publicly owned facilities (not just schools), and strengthening the anti-segregation clauses regarding public facilities such as lunch counters. They also added authorization for the Attorney General to file lawsuits to protect individuals against the deprivation of any rights secured by the Constitution or U.S. law. In essence, this was the controversial “Title III” that had been removed from the 1957 and 1960 Acts. Civil rights organizations pressed hard for this provision because it could be used to protect peaceful protesters and black voters from police brutality and suppression of free speech rights.

 

Kennedy called the congressional leaders to the White House in late October, 1963 to line up the necessary votes in the House for passage.The bill was reported out of the Judiciary Committee in November 1963, and referred to the Rules Committee, whose chairman, Howard W. Smith, a Democrat and avid segregationist from Virginia, indicated his intention to keep the bill bottled up indefinitely.

 

 

Johnson’s appeal to Congress

The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, changed the political situation. Kennedy’s successor as president, Lyndon Johnson, made use of his experience in legislative politics, along with the bully pulpit he wielded as president, in support of the bill. In his first address to a joint session of Congress on November 27, 1963, Johnson told the legislators, “No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long.”

 

Judiciary Committee chairman Celler filed a petition to discharge the bill from the Rules Committee; it required the support of a majority of House members to move the bill to the floor. Initially Celler had a difficult time acquiring the signatures necessary, because even many congressmen who supported the civil rights bill itself were cautious about violating normal House procedure with the discharge petition. By the time of the 1963 winter recess, 50 signatures were still needed.

 

After the return of Congress from its winter recess, however, it was apparent that public opinion in the North favored the bill and that the petition would acquire the necessary signatures. To avert the humiliation of a successful discharge petition, Chairman Smith relented and allowed the bill to pass through the Rules Committee.

 

Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Among the guests behind him is Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Among the guests behind him is Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Passage in the Senate

Johnson, who wanted the bill passed as soon as possible, ensured that the bill would be quickly considered by the Senate. Normally, the bill would have been referred to theSenate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator James O. EastlandDemocrat fromMississippi. Given Eastland’s firm opposition, it seemed impossible that the bill would reach the Senate floor. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield took a novel approach to prevent the bill from being relegated to Judiciary Committee limbo. Having initially waived a second reading of the bill, which would have led to it being immediately referred to Judiciary, Mansfield gave the bill a second reading on February 26, 1964, and then proposed, in the absence of precedent for instances when a second reading did not immediately follow the first, that the bill bypass the Judiciary Committee and immediately be sent to the Senate floor for debate.

 

When the bill came before the full Senate for debate on March 30, 1964, the “Southern Bloc” of 18 southern Democratic Senators and one Republican Senator led by Richard Russell (D-GA) launched a filibuster to prevent its passage. Said Russell: “We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our (Southern) states.”

 

The most fervent opposition to the bill came from Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC): “This so-called Civil Rights Proposals, which the President has sent to Capitol Hill for enactment into law, are unconstitutional, unnecessary, unwise and extend beyond the realm of reason. This is the worst civil-rights package ever presented to the Congress and is reminiscent of the Reconstruction proposals and actions of the radical Republican Congress.”

 

After 54 days of filibuster, Senators Everett Dirksen (R-IL), Thomas Kuchel (R-CA), Hubert Humphrey (D-MN), and Mike Mansfield (D-MT) introduced a substitute bill that they hoped would attract enough Republican swing votes to end the filibuster. The compromise bill was weaker than the House version in regard to government power to regulate the conduct of private business, but it was not so weak as to cause the House to reconsider the legislation.

 

On the morning of June 10, 1964, Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) completed a filibustering address that he had begun 14 hours and 13 minutes earlier opposing the legislation. Until then, the measure had occupied the Senate for 57 working days, including six Saturdays. A day earlier, Democratic Whip Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, the bill’s manager, concluded he had the 67 votes required at that time to end the debate and end the filibuster. With six wavering senators providing a four-vote victory margin, the final tally stood at 71 to 29. Never in history had the Senate been able to muster enough votes to cut off a filibuster on a civil rights bill. And only once in the 37 years since 1927 had it agreed to cloture for any measure.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X at the United States Capitol on March 26, 1964. Both men had come to hear the Senate debate on the bill. This was the only time the two men ever met; their meeting lasted only one minute.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X at the United States Capitol on March 26, 1964. Both men had come to hear the Senate debate on the bill. This was the only time the two men ever met; their meeting lasted only one minute.

 

On June 19, the substitute (compromise) bill passed the Senate by a vote of 73–27, and quickly passed through the House-Senate conference committee, which adopted the Senate version of the bill. The conference bill was passed by both houses of Congress, and was signed into law by President Johnson on July 2, 1964.

 

 

Women’s rights

Just one year prior, the same Congress had passed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibited wage differentials based on sex. The prohibition on sex discrimination was added to the Civil Rights Act by Howard W. Smith, a powerful Virginia Democrat who chaired the House Rules Committee and who strongly opposed the legislation. Smith’s amendment was passed by a teller vote of 168 to 133. Historians debate Smith’s motivation, whether it was a cynical attempt to defeat the bill by someone opposed to both civil rights for blacks and women, or an attempt to support their rights by broadening the bill to include women.

 

Smith expected that Republicans, who had included equal rights for women in their party’s platform since 1944, would probably vote for the amendment. Historians speculate that Smith was trying to embarrass northern Democrats who opposed civil rights for women because the clause was opposed by labor unions. Representative Carl Elliott of Alabama later claimed, “Smith didn’t give a damn about women’s rights…he was trying to knock off votes either then or down the line because there was always a hard core of men who didn’t favor women’s rights,” and the Congressional Record records that Smith was greeted by laughter when he introduced the amendment.

 

Smith asserted that he was not joking; he sincerely supported the amendment and, indeed, along with Rep. Martha Griffiths, he was the chief spokesperson for the amendment. For twenty years Smith had sponsored the Equal Rights Amendment (with no linkage to racial issues) in the House because he believed in it. He for decades had been close to the National Woman’s Party and its leader Alice Paul, who was also the leader in winning the right to vote for women in 1920, the author of the first Equal Rights Amendment, and a chief supporter of equal rights proposals since then. She and other feminists had worked with Smith since 1945 trying to find a way to include sex as a protected civil rights category. Now was the moment.

 

Griffiths argued that the new law would protect black women but not white women, and that was unfair to white women. Furthermore, she argued that the laws “protecting” women from unpleasant jobs were actually designed to enable men to monopolize those jobs, and that was unfair to women who were not allowed to try out for those jobs. The amendment passed with the votes of Republicans and Southern Democrats. The final law passed with the votes of Republicans and Northern Democrats. Thus, as Justice William Rehnquist explained in Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, “The prohibition against discrimination based on sex was added to Title VII at the last minute on the floor of the House of Representatives… the bill quickly passed as amended, and we are left with little legislative history to guide us in interpreting the Act’s prohibition against discrimination based on ‘sex.'”

 

 

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Experience the White House Kitchen Garden!

 

 

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the Let’s Move blog. See the original post here.

 

In keeping with the President and First Lady’s commitment to open the People’s House to as many people as possible, tours of the White House Kitchen Garden are back and now available to community organizations as well as school groups with an interest in gardening and healthy eating. Come smell the beautiful, brightly colored fruits and vegetables in the Kitchen Garden, including herbs grown from Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello; see the vibrant flowers in the Pollinator Garden; and hear the bees buzzing around the White House Beehive.

 

Nestled on the White House South Lawn, the Kitchen Garden is home to different fruits, vegetables, and herbs each growing season. The First Lady planted the White House Kitchen Garden in 2009 to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation and to serve as an inspiration for schools and community groups across the country to plant gardens of their own. Now nearly five years later, the Kitchen Garden is as healthy as ever and is an example of just how easy it is to plant a garden in your backyard, school, or community space.

 

So if you haven’t already started your own garden, click here to check out the Let’s Move! Gardening Guide, which has all the information you need to get planting!

 

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In Case You Missed It: LGBT Pride at the White House

 

 

Yesterday, for the sixth time since taking office, President Obama joined national, state, and local community leaders, business leaders, grassroots activists, elected officials, and others for an event celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month at the White House.

 

With the First Lady by his side, the President spoke about the tremendous progress we have made during the course of his Administration — from repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to implementing the Affordable Care Act with important protections for LGBT people — and restated his commitment to taking executive action on behalf of LGBT workers:

 

The majority of Fortune 500 companies already have nondiscrimination policies to protect their employees because it’s the right thing to do and because many say it helps to retain and attract the best talent. And I agree. So if Congress won’t act, I will. I have directed my staff to prepare an executive order for my signature that prohibits discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

 

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July 1st, 2014: Videos of the Day

 

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7/1/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

 

Beaten and shot in Syria

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour speaks with journalist Anthony Loyd, who was kidnapped near Aleppo in May.

 

 

 

Farmed Fish That’s Better Than Wild?

 

 

 

Is Silicon Vally Sexist? Tinder Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

 

Published on Jul 1, 2014

“Tinder, the popular hookup and dating app, is being sued for sexual harassment and .

 

The company’s co-founder and former vice president of marketing Whitney Wolfe has filed a lawsuit on Monday, alleging her fellow senior executives engaged in “atrocious sexual harassment and sex discrimination” against her.

 

In the lawsuit, Wolfe described Chief Marketing Officer Justin Mateen as “verbally controlling and abusive.” She accused him of repeatedly calling her a “slut” and a “whore,” including in front of CEO Sean Rad.”

 

 

 

Is Israel Preparing New Military Offensive Against Gaza?

 

Published on Jul 1, 2014

TRNN Middle East Correspondent Yousef Al-Helou says that Israel is punishing Gaza despite that no evidence shows Hamas is responsible the deaths of the Israeli teenagers.

 

 

 

US Wealth Gap Doubles In Last 10 Years

 

Published on Jul 1, 2014

A new study shows that inequality in America has been steadily increasing from the 1980’s onward, and has even doubled from 2003 to 2013.

 

 

 

PBS NewsHour – Tuesday July 1, 2014

 

Published on Jul 1, 2014

On tonight’s program, Iraq lawmakers walk out of parliament in a standoff over their leadership and demonstrators flood Hong Kong demanding democracy. Fred de Sam Lazaro travels to Vietnam to investigate human trafficking, Jeffrey Brown uncovers Facebook’s massive user experiment and our roundtable of Marcia Coyle, Erin Murphy and Neal Katyal consider the year at the Supreme Court.

 

 

 

Israel mourns kidnapped, murdered teens.

 

Published on Jul 1, 2014

Manny Halberstam, cousin of slain teen Naftali Frankel details his character, life and family.

 

 

 

Obama, Booker joint fundraiser held in Chicago today

 

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Cory Booker of New Jersey, both up for re-election this November, hit Chicago on Tuesday for a joint fundraising reception at John Barleycorn’s, 149 W. Kinzie.

The price points:

$500 individual ticket.

To raise or donate:

$1,000 to be designated a “sponsor”

$2,500 to be a “host”

$5,000 to be a “chair.”

The cash haul will be evenly divided between the Durbin and the Booker main Senate campaign funds.

 

 

 

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