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Raw: Aftermath, Rescue Efforts After China Quake

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Rescue teams search for survivors as they dig through thousands of collapsed homes following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed hundreds and left thousands homeless on Sunday. (Aug. 5)

 

 

 

Israel withdraws ground forces from Gaza as 72-hr truce starts

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

An Egypt-mediated truce between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza has begun Tuesday morning minutes after an exchange of cross-border fire. RT’s Paula Slier reports. READ MOREhttp://on.rt.com/2kqjxe

 

 

 

Groups Say US Effort in Cuba Hurt Aid Work

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

A U.S. program in Cuba that secretly used an HIV-prevention workshop for political activism was assailed by public health officials and members of Congress who declared that such clandestine efforts put global health programs at risk. (Aug. 5)

 

 

 

Footage Of Rap Video Shooting Released By NYPD

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

“A music video shoot at a Bronx bodega turned violent after one member of a rap duo reportedly opened fire on his partner, wounding him in the head, legs, and chest. According to the bodega’s owner, the shooting was triggered by an argument over who was the video’s star.

 

“They were fighting over who’s the star, who’s better,” owner Ali Abdul told the New York Daily News. “They were drunk. They spit at each other then one guy pulled out a gun and shot the other guy five times.”

 

See the full video here: http://gawker.com/nypd-releases-grues…

 

 

News for TYT, a video of a “rap” shooting is no more news worthy than the 30 or so shootings in Chicago over any weekend.

 

 

Residents return to rubble in Gaza video released Aug. 4

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

In a video released Aug. 4, the International Red Cross documents the return of residents to their homes that were destroyed by rockets in the eastern Gaza neighborhood of Shijaiyah. – LoneWolf & The Three Muskadoggies “Please…. Remember Our Homeless, Hospitalized & Disabled Veterans & Fallen Heroes! Thank You….America!”

 

 

 

The Lasting Impact of Reagan’s Firing of Air Traffic Controllers (1/2)

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Prof. Joseph McCartin and former PATCO spokesperson Elliot Simons discuss the anniversary of the firing and Ronald Reagan’s betrayal.

 

 

Ronnie Ray-Gun is STILL fucking with America.

 

 

‘It was a criminal presidency’

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Legendary journalists Carl Bernstein and Dan Rather reflect on Watergate on the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation.

 

 

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Fox News Exclusive: Tom Marino over Pelosi’s bizarre behavior at the House floor

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Rep. Tom Marino Speaks Out About Pelosi Spat
Monday evening on the Kelly File, Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Tom Marino joined Shannon Bream to discuss his recent dust-up with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, on the House Floor.

 

Rep. Marino had made remarks criticizing Pelosi’s former Speakership in the scope of immigration policy. Leader Pelosi then broke normal decorum and walked over to where the Williamsport Representative was speaking and responded to his criticism. Her comments were largely indecipherable on the chamber’s microphones.

 

 

Faux Spews has some of the most dumbass on air morons in history. This blonde bottle bitch is one of the premier stupids.

 

 

PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | Monday, August 4, 2014

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Tonight on the program, we take a look inside Toledo, Ohio, and examine how weather and nutrient pollution can create a toxic algae bloom. Also: the U.S.-Africa summit aims to focus on burgeoning markets, keeping safe in Ebola territory in West Africa, Europe pays tribute to WWI soldiers 100 years later and remembering Reagan press secretary and gun control activist James Brady.

 

 

 

NYPD assaults, arrests half-naked grandmother

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

The New York City Police Department is again in hot water after footage emerged showing officers wrestling to the ground a half-naked 48-year-old woman who had just exited the shower, and then arresting her entire family. Reportedly responding to a possible domestic violence call, the officers attempted to cuff the naked Denise Stewart, who lost her towel after being drug into her apartment building’s hallway, for over two minutes. Shouting for her oxygen during the length of the ordeal, the asthmatic woman eventually collapses to the ground while her neighbors shout for assistance. RT’s Anastasia Churkina takes a look at the chaotic scene.

 

 

 

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Remembering James Brady: “A Legend At The White House.” Brady Dies At Age 73.


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President Barack Obama stops by Press Secretary Jay Carney’s meeting with James Brady in Carney's West Wing office at the White House, March 30, 2011. Brady was former President Ronald Reagan's press secretary during the assassination attempt on President Reagan thirty years ago. Brady's wife Sarah, right, and son Scott, center, joined him for the meeting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama stops by Press Secretary Jay Carney’s meeting with James Brady in Carney’s West Wing office at the White House, March 30, 2011. Brady was former President Ronald Reagan‘s press secretary during the assassination attempt on President Reagan thirty years ago. Brady’s wife Sarah, right, and son Scott, center, joined him for the meeting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Remembering James Brady: “A Legend at the White House”

 

 

Earlier today, former White House Press Secretary James Brady passed away in Alexandria, Virginia at the age of 73.

 

After being shot and almost killed in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981, Brady recovered and became a symbol of the ongoing fight against gun violence. In a statement this afternoon, President Obama expressed his condolences to Brady’s family, calling him a “legend at the White House.”

 

Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former White House Press Secretary James Brady on his passing.  Jim is a legend at the White House for his warmth and professionalism as press secretary for President Reagan; for the strength he brought to bear in recovering from the shooting that nearly killed him 33 years ago; and for turning the events of that terrible afternoon into a remarkable legacy of service through the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.  Since 1993, the law that bears Jim’s name has kept guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.  An untold number of people are alive today who otherwise wouldn’t be, thanks to Jim.

Every day, reporters and White House staffers walk past a plaque marking the day in 2000 that the White House Briefing Room was renamed the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.  It reads, “May his courage and dedication continue to inspire all who work in this room and beyond.”  Those words will endure, as will his legacy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s wife Sarah, who has been Jim’s steadfast partner in advocacy, and their children Scott and Melissa.

 

The Vice President also released a statement, calling Brady a “dear friend and one of the country’s finest public servants.”

Jill and I are saddened to hear of the loss of James Brady, our dear friend and one of the country’s finest public servants.  Our friendship goes back to the days when Jim was the press secretary to my former colleague, Republican Senator Bill Roth of Delaware. Even then, I valued what Presidents of both parties and the American people would later come to value in Jim: his honesty, humor, decency, and absolute courage.

It’s been three decades since he nearly lost his life to an assassin’s bullet fired at President Reagan from a gun bought with no background check. But through his paralysis and daily physical struggle, Jim and his wife Sarah showed a dignity, grace, and fierce determination to turn tragedy into action.  Still healing himself, Jim would reach out to survivors of gun violence and other tragedies with a message of encouragement and hope on their own road to recovery. I was proud to have worked with Jim and Sarah in the 1980s and 1990s as they persevered privately to publicly lead the bipartisan consensus for commonsense efforts to keep guns out the hands of those who would use them to harm themselves or others. And I am grateful for their ongoing, rational, and heartfelt guidance as our nation continues to experience devastating gun violence tragedies, like the one at Newtown and in towns and cities across America.

Because of the Bradys’ leadership and the gun violence prevention law named in Jim’s honor, sensible background checks to date have kept 2 million guns out of the wrong hands. Because of them, countless lives have been saved. And because of what became the cause of their lives, countless more can be saved—in our school and on our streets—if we carry forward the legacy of Jim Brady that turned personal tragedy into service to country and to each other.

Our deepest condolences to Sarah, son Scott and daughter Melissa, the entire Brady family, the dedicated staff at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and all those who were fortunate to call him a friend, colleague, mentor, and role model.  He was a good man.


Update: Press Secretary Josh Earnest and a number of former Press Secretaries also released the following statement on the passing of James Brady:

Jim Brady defined the role of the modern White House Press Secretary. With his passing we lost a friend and mentor, and the country lost a selfless public servant who dedicated his life to service, even in the face of tragedy. Jim always did his job with the highest integrity. He had a true affection and respect for the press, relished a good sparring with the front row, and was an unfailing defender of the President and the value of a free press. Jim set the model and standard for the rest of us to follow. It’s been a genuine honor for each of us to stand at the podium in the briefing room that will always bear his name. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s wife Sarah and his children Scott and Melissa.

 

Statement by Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Former Press Secretaries on the Passing of James Brady

Statement by Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Former Press Secretaries Jay Carney, Robert Gibbs, Dana Perino, Scott McClellan, Ari Fleischer, Jake Siewert, Joe Lockhart, Mike McCurry, Dee Dee Myers, Marlin Fitzwater, and Ron Nessen

 

Jim Brady defined the role of the modern White House Press Secretary. With his passing we lost a friend and mentor, and the country lost a selfless public servant who dedicated his life to service, even in the face of tragedy. Jim always did his job with the highest integrity. He had a true affection and respect for the press, relished a good sparring with the front row, and was an unfailing defender of the President and the value of a free press. Jim set the model and standard for the rest of us to follow. It’s been a genuine honor for each of us to stand at the podium in the briefing room that will always bear his name. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s wife Sarah and his children Scott and Melissa.

 

 

Statement by the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden on the Passing of James Brady

Jill and I are saddened to hear of the loss of James Brady, our dear friend and one of the country’s finest public servants.  Our friendship goes back to the days when Jim was the press secretary to my former colleague, Republican Senator Bill Roth of Delaware. Even then, I valued what Presidents of both parties and the American people would later come to value in Jim: his honesty, humor, decency, and absolute courage.

 

It’s been three decades since he nearly lost his life to an assassin’s bullet fired at President Reagan from a gun bought with no background check. But through his paralysis and daily physical struggle, Jim and his wife Sarah showed a dignity, grace, and fierce determination to turn tragedy into action.  Still healing himself, Jim would reach out to survivors of gun violence and other tragedies with a message of encouragement and hope on their own road to recovery. I was proud to have worked with Jim and Sarah in the 1980s and 1990s as they persevered privately to publicly lead the bipartisan consensus for commonsense efforts to keep guns out the hands of those who would use them to harm themselves or others. And I am grateful for their ongoing, rational, and heartfelt guidance as our nation continues to experience devastating gun violence tragedies, like the one at Newtown and in towns and cities across America.

 

 

Statement by the President on the Passing of James Brady

Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former White House Press Secretary James Brady on his passing.  Jim is a legend at the White House for his warmth and professionalism as press secretary for President Reagan; for the strength he brought to bear in recovering from the shooting that nearly killed him 33 years ago; and for turning the events of that terrible afternoon into a remarkable legacy of service through the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.  Since 1993, the law that bears Jim’s name has kept guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.  An untold number of people are alive today who otherwise wouldn’t be, thanks to Jim.

 

Every day, reporters and White House staffers walk past a plaque marking the day in 2000 that the White House Briefing Room was renamed the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.  It reads, “May his courage and dedication continue to inspire all who work in this room and beyond.”  Those words will endure, as will his legacy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s wife Sarah, who has been Jim’s steadfast partner in advocacy, and their children Scott and Melissa.

 

James Brady Died Age 73

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

James Brady, the former White House press secretary shot in the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has died at 73.

 

 

James Scott “Jim” “Bear” Brady

 

James Scott “Jim” “Bear” Brady (August 29, 1940 – August 4, 2014) was an assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary under U.S. President Ronald Reagan. After nearly being killed and becoming permanently disabled as a result of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981, Brady became an ardent supporter of gun control.

 

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Brady in August 2006
15th White House Press Secretary
In office
1981–1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Jody Powell
Succeeded by Larry Speakes
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Born James Scott Brady
August 29, 1940
Centralia, Illinois, U.S.
Died August 4, 2014 (aged 73)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Illinois at

Urbana–Champaign

 

Early career

After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a member of Sigma Chi with a Bachelor of Science in political science in 1962, Brady began his career in public service as a staff member in the office of Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL). He went on to hold various positions in the private sector and in government, including service as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, James Thomas Lynn; Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; and member of the staff of Senator William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE). He also served as Press Secretary to then-presidential candidate John Connally in 1979. After Connally dropped out of the race, he eventually became Director of Public Affairs and Research for the Reagan-Bush Committee, and then Spokesperson for the Office of the President-Elect. After Reagan took office, Brady became White House Press Secretary.

Shooting

Brady was among the four people shot during John Hinckley, Jr.‘s March 30, 1981 attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, suffering a serious head wound. During the confusion that followed the shooting, all major media outlets except CNN erroneously reported that Brady had died. When ABC News anchorman Frank Reynolds, a friend of Brady, was later forced to retract the report, he angrily said on-air to his staff, “C’mon, let’s get it nailed down!”, resulting in Sam Donaldson joining him after the commercial. During the hours-long operation, surgeon Dr. Arthur Kobrine was informed of the media’s announcement of Brady’s death, to which he retorted, “No one has told me and the patient.”

 

Although Brady survived, the wound left him with slurred speech and partial paralysis that required the full-time use of a wheelchair. Kobrine, his neurosurgeon, described him as having difficulty controlling his emotions while speaking after the shooting, saying “he would kind of cry-talk for a while”, and suffering deficits in memory and thinking, such as failing to recognize people. However, Kobrine said that 30 years later, Brady could walk and had recovered almost all speech and cognitive function.

 

Brady was unable to work as the White House Press Secretary but remained in the position until the end of the Reagan Administration with Larry Speakes and Marlin Fitzwater performing the job on an “acting” or “deputy” basis.

 

Handgun control advocate

With his wife Sarah, who served as Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence–formerly known as Handgun Control, Inc., co-founded by N.T. “Pete” Shields–Brady subsequently lobbied for stricter handgun control and assault weapon restrictions. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, also known as “the Brady Bill”, was named in his honor.

 

Brady received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois, in 1982. Sarah and James Brady were each awarded a doctorate degree (of Humane Letters) by Drexel University in 1993. In 1994, James and Sarah received the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards. In 1996, Brady received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton, the highest civilian award in the United States.

 

 

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President George W. Bush hosts six White House Press Secretaries, including James Brady (second from the right) with his wife Sarah Brady (far right), before the Press Briefing Room underwent renovation (August 2, 2006).

President George W. Bush hosts six White House Press Secretaries, including James Brady (second from the right) with his wife Sarah Brady (far right), before the Press Briefing Room underwent renovation (August 2, 2006).

In 2000, the Press Briefing Room at the White House was renamed after Brady as the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.

Death

Brady died in Alexandria, Virginia from an unspecified cause. His family announced his death on August 4, 2014. He was 73.

Portrayals in film

Brady’s recovery after the shooting was dramatized in the 1991 film Without Warning: The James Brady Story, with Brady portrayed by Beau Bridges.

 

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The Man Who Snaps Barack: The President’s Photographer, Peter Souza.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Published on Oct 24, 2013

Peter Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes he’s ahead of him. As the President’s chief White House photographer, Souza is the President’s shadow.

 

With unprecedented access, National Geographic follows the President’s photographer inside the Obama White House–aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union, and into the heart of the West Wing. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency and a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world–for history. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

 

 

 

 

Pete Souza (born 1954) is an American photojournalist and the current Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and Director of the White House Photography Office. He was the Official White House Photographer during President Ronald Reagan‘s second term, 1983–1989. He was a photographer with Chicago Tribune (Washington bureau), 1998–2007; during this period he also followed the rise of Senator Obama to the Presidency.

 

 

Early life and Education

Souza was born in New BedfordMassachusetts and grew up in South Dartmouth,Massachusetts, from a family of Portuguese ancestry. Souza graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in public communication from Boston University and a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Kansas State University.

 

First term official portrait of Barack Obama by Souza, January 2009

First term official portrait of Barack Obama by Souza, January 2009

 

 

Career

 

President Reagan and Nancy Reagan with Michael Jackson, White House, 1984, by Souza.

President Reagan and Nancy Reagan with Michael Jackson, White House, 1984, by Souza.

 

Souza started his career in the 1970s in Kansas at the Chanute Tribune and the Hutchinson News. In early 80s, he was a photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times. He served as an official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan during his second term, from June 1983 until 1989. He was also the official photographer for the funeral services of Ronald Reagan.

 

Thereafter, he continued to be based in Washington D.C., and worked for ten years as a photographer for the Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau (1998–2007). It was during this period that in 2004, Jeff Zeleny, now a political writer for the New York Times, asked Souza to take photographs for a project documenting Barack Obama’s first year as U.S. senator.

 

 

Souza covered Obama’s arrival to the Senate in 2005 and met him for the first time on Obama’s first day in the Senate. He documented Obama’s time in the Senate, following him in many foreign trips including Kenya, South Africa, and Russia. In the process he not only became close to Senator Obama, he ended up following his rise to Presidency. In July 2008, Souza published a bestseller photo-book The Rise of Barack Obama, in which photographs between 2005 and 2008 were compiled.

 

In May 2009 Souza began using Flickr as an official conduit for releasing White House photos. The photos were initially posted with a Creative Commons Attribution license which required that the original photographers be credited. Flickr later created a new license which identified them as “United States Government Work” which does not carry any copyright restrictions. The photos however are posted with the following disclaimer, “This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”

 

Souza has also worked as a freelancer for National Geographic and Life magazines. After 9/11, he was among the first journalists to cover the war in Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul.

 

The Situation Room (2011) by Souza became one of the most-viewed on Flickr.

The Situation Room (2011) by Souza became one of the most-viewed on Flickr.

 

He was an assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University‘s School of Visual Communication and later he was asked to become the official White House photographer for his second time for the new President-elect Obama. On January 14, 2009, the new presidential portrait was released; it is the first time that an official presidential portrait was taken with a digital camera. A week later he was present at the inauguration and following day he was the only photographer present for Obama’s second swearing-in on Obama’s first workday in the Oval Office.

 

In 2010, National Geographic produced a program about Souza titled The President’s Photographer which featured Souza as the main subject while also covering the previous White House photographers.

 

Peter Souza talks about being the White House Photographer

 

Published on Jan 11, 2014

Peter Souza spoke to Boston University prior to receiving his Distinguished Alumnus award about his career as the White House Photographer and his future plans

 

 

Souza’s 2011 photograph of Obama in the Situation Room during the raid on Osama bin Laden has become one of the most viewed images onFlickr. As White House photographer, Souza travels with the President to document each meeting, trip and encounter for historical record. Along with his staff, Souza produces up to 20,000 pictures a week.

 

In November 2011, Souza was included on The New Republic‘s list of Washington’s most-powerful, least-famous people.

 

 

Barack Obama walks into the Oval Office for his first full day in office, January 21, 2009, by Souza

Barack Obama walks into the Oval Office for his first full day in office, January 21, 2009, by Souza

 

Pete Souza with the Obamas in Oslo, 2009

Pete Souza with the Obamas in Oslo, 2009

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 20th Of March. Spring?? Not Really.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – March 20th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, MARCH 20th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will travel to Orlando, Florida. The departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Orlando International Airport are open press.

 

In Orlando, the President will participate in a roundtable with a group of Valencia College students and local workers and deliver remarks about the challenges these groups face, and the steps the Administration can continue to take, to expand economic opportunity for women and working families. The arrival and departure of Air Force One are open press. There will be a pool spray of the roundtable and the President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Following this event, the President will depart Orlando en route Miami. The departure from Orlando International Airport and the arrival at Miami International Airport are open press.

 

In Miami, the President will attend a DNC event. Following this, the President will deliver remarks and answer questions at a DCCC dinner. The DNC event is closed press and the DCCC event is open to the print pool for remarks only.

 

In the evening, the President will depart Miami en route Washington, D.C. The departure from Miami International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 

 

Thursday, March 20 2014 All Times ET

 

11:00 AM: The President departs the White House, South Lawn.

 

11:20 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews

 

1:25 PM: The President arrives in Orlando, Florida, Orlando International Airport.

 

2:00 PM: The President takes part in a roundtable with Valencia College students and local workers, Valencia College.

 

2:30 PM: The President delivers remarks on improving economic opportunity for women and working families, Valencia College.

 

3:45 PM: The President departs Orlando, Florida, Orlando International Airport.

 

4:35 PM: The President arrives in Miami, Florida, Miami International Airport.

 

5:10 PM: The President attends a DNC event, Private Residence.

 

7:35 PM: The President delivers remarks and answers questions at a DCCC dinner, Private Residence.

 

8:50 PM: The President departs Miami, Florida, Miami International Airport.

 

11:05 PM: The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

 

11:20 PM: The President arrives at the White House, South Lawn.

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to China March 19-26, 2014

The First Lady will travel to China from March 19-26, 2014. She will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26. During her trip, the First Lady will meet with Madame Peng, the spouse of China’s President Xi Jinping. She will also visit a university and a high school in Beijing, and a high school in Chengdu. Additional details about the First Lady’s trip will be announced in the coming weeks. Accompanying Mrs. Obama on this trip will be her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.

 

During the trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries.

 

She will also be visiting important historical and cultural sites in China, and will share with students in the U.S. the stories of the students she meets in China, as well as interesting facts about China’s history and culture – emphasizing the importance of students learning from one another globally.

 

The First Lady is encouraging students and classrooms across the U.S. to follow her trip by signing up for updates throughout the visit. View the First Lady’s message to students here.

 

PBS LearningMedia and Discovery Education will offer engagement opportunities for young people surrounding the trip, along with resources available for U.S. classrooms that explore the culture, geography, current events and people of China.

 

 

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The Rhodes Ahead: The First Lady’s Trip to China

 

Uploaded on Mar 19, 2014

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and the First Lady’s Chief of Staff Tina Tchen preview First Lady Michelle Obama’s official visit to China. During the trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in China and the United States.

 

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama China Schedule:

 

THURSDAY, March 20th: Arrives Beijing.

 

FRIDAY, March 21st: Joins Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan at Beijing Normal School; visits Forbidden City; meets with Peng and joins her for dinner and performance. Peng will lead Obama on a tour of the Forbidden City, which was the seat of Chinese imperial power from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, and the two will see a show and have a private dinner.

 

SATURDAY, March 22nd: Addresses students at Stanford Center at Peking University; participates in virtual discussion with American youth; visits Summer Palace; meets with staff and families of U.S. Embassy.

 

SUNDAY, March 23rd: Hosts roundtable on education; visits the Great Wall of China.

 

MONDAY, March 24th: Arrives Xi’an, visits Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xi’an City Wall.

 

TUESDAY, March 25th: Visits Chengdu No. 7 High School; meets with staff and families of U.S. Consulate.

 

WEDNESDAY, March 26th: Visits Chengdu Panda Base; has lunch at a Tibetan restaurant. Returns Home.

 

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White House Schedule – March 20th – March 21st, 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will travel to Orlando, Florida for an event on the economy.  Following this event, he will travel to Miami, Florida to attend DNC and DCCC events.

 

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

 

 

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White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

Next Up…

March 20, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

President Obama Speaks on Improving Economic Opportunity for Women and Working Families

Valencia College, Orlando, Florida. White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 

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March 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama talks with Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice in the Oval Office, March 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice in the Oval Office, March 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

 

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama Travels To China.

 

Barack Picks The 2014 NCAA Basketball Champion: The “Barack-etology”…..President Obama Picks The Spartans.

 

Angela Corey’s Office Sends Out E-Mail About The Marissa Alexander Case…To Florida Lawmakers.

 

12 Days Left To Get Covered. Are You Covered?

 

President Barack Hussein Obama Screens The Film ‘Cesar Chavez’. Barack Appears On “Ellen” Tomorrow.

 

 

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President Obama Hosts a Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

March 19, 2014 | 9:01 |Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers remarks before a White House screening of a film celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez, who dedicated his life to making sure that our country lived up to the words of our founding and the idea that all of us are created equal.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

March 19, 2014 | 53:00 | Public Domain

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

 

 

 

White House Champions of Change: Next Generation Conservation Leaders

 

Published on Mar 18, 2014

The White House celebrates local leaders from across the country who are working to get young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. The leaders promote environmental awareness and responsibility by offering outdoor work experiences for people of all ages, inspiring others to participate in outdoor recreation and physical activity, providing educational opportunities for students, and educating others about the environment and the impact of climate change. March 18, 2014.

 

 

 

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President Obama to make appearance on ‘Ellen’

 

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Don’t forget, President Barack Obama appears on Ellen tomorrow (Thursday)

 

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President Barack Obama wants to make sure all uninsured Americans know about the deadline to sign up for healthcare coverage — so, naturally, that means turning to Ellen DeGeneres for help.

 

Obama will appear on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Showvia live shot from the White House. He’ll be reminding viewers that the deadline to sign up for Obamacare is March 31.

 

Though he made a memorable guest appearance on the talk show when he was campaigning for president (see below for video), this will be Obama’s first time on Ellen as commander-in-chief.

 

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Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Jomaa of Tunisia

President Obama will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House on Friday, April 4.  During the meeting, the President looks forward to discussing the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.  The leaders will discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, including U.S. economic, political, and security assistance to support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda and Tunisia’s stability.  Prime Minister Jomaa’s visit is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people, and America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition.

 

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

President Obama spoke this morning with Chancellor Merkel regarding Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The leaders condemned Russia’s moves to formally annex Crimea, which is a violation of international law, and noted there would be costs.  They agreed it was vital to send international monitors from the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations to southern and eastern Ukraine immediately.  Both leaders agreed to continue to underscore to Russian President Putin that there remains a clear path for resolving this crisis diplomatically, in a way that addresses the interests of both Russia and the people of Ukraine.  Finally, the leaders discussed ways to support Ukraine as it works to stabilize its economy and prepare for elections in May.  They noted the importance of bilateral as well as multilateral support for Ukraine, including through the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. The two leaders agreed to continue to coordinate closely on the situation in Ukraine in the days to come, including at the G-7 meeting in the Hague.

 

 

Remarks by the President at Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

 

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andris Berzins of Latvia

 

 

Just 11 Days Left To #GetCovered

 

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The White House Blog

 

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Updating the White House Privacy Policy

 

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March 19, 2014
05:41 PM EDT

 

On April 18, we will be updating our White House privacy policy.You can check out the draft new policy here.

 

Our old privacy policy was just that — old. The last substantial update occurred in 2011, and its substance remains predominantly based on an even earlier version. Our online presence and infrastructure has evolved to include new capabilities, like expanded use of mobile and email technology, and we need a privacy policy that reflects that growth and which is appropriate for the rest of the Administration.

 

As a result of some of those new technologies, we have a greater ability to provide users with a more dynamic experience — one that is better tailored to the information that is relevant to them. On a practical level, if you have opted in to receive email updates, we’ll use data that you submit or that is automatically generated by your use of the website to try to send you more information about issues or events you care about.

 

Of course, you can always unsubscribe from our emails or turn off cookies in your browser if you decide you’re not interested in this kind of information anymore.

 

You’ll notice the new policy is substantially different visually. We wanted our new policy to be easier to read and understand, so we’ve built out a new interactive page that puts this into a simpler, shorter format with plain language (or as plain as we can).

 

It’s also important to recognize what hasn’t changed: Much of our data retention is a consequence of adherence to the Presidential Records Act. And how we share data covered by the policy outside the Executive Office of the President has not changed.

 

It’s also important to recognize what hasn’t changed: Much of our data retention is a consequence of adherence to the Presidential Records Act. And how we share data covered by the policy outside the Executive Office of the President has not changed.

 

 

 

As Families Gather Around the Nowruz Table, President Obama Speaks to the People and Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

March 20, 2014
08:00 AM EDT

 

As families and friends gather around the Sofreh-e Haft Sin to celebrate Nowruz, President Obama extends his best wishes for the new spring and new year.

 

In his message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about the possibility for the first time in many years of a new chapter in the history of Iran and its role in the world – including a better relationship with the United States and the American people.  The President is clear that if Iran meets its international obligations with regards to its nuclear program, it will open up new possibilities and prosperity for the Iranian people for years to come.

 

Eid-e Shoma Mobarak.

 

Statement by President Obama on Nowruz

 

President Obama’s Nowruz Message to the Iranian People

 

Published on Mar 20, 2014

President Obama sends best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz. In his video message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about the possibility for the first time in many years of a new chapter in the history of Iran and its role in the world — including a better relationship with the United States and the American people.

 

 

Transcript (Persian)

Transcript (English)

 

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President Obama Hosts a Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

 

Published on Mar 19, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks before a White Housescreening of a film celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez, who dedicated his life to making sure that our country lived up to the words of our founding and the idea that all of us are created equal. March 19, 2014.

 

 

 

President Barack Obama speaks at the screening of the film ‘Cesar Chavez’, in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The movie biopic is directed by Diego Luna about the Mexican-American labor leader Cesar Chavez

President Barack Obama speaks at the screening of the film ‘Cesar Chavez’, in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The movie biopic is directed by Diego Luna about the Mexican-American labor leader Cesar Chavez

 

 

Remarks by the President at Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

South Court Auditorium

2:38 P.M. EDT

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Welcome to the White House.  We are here to celebrate the life of an American hero.  Cesar Chavez was a man who devoted this brief time that we have on Earth to making sure that this country lived up to some of its lofty ideals, the words of our founding, the idea that all of us are created equal — a man who organized others to widen the circle of opportunity not just for the people he knew, but for future generations.

 

And some of those future generations are here today.  Cesar’s son, Paul, is here.  (Applause.)  There he is.  I was looking for him.  Some of his children — some of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren are here.  I did not have the honor of knowing Mr. Chavez, but I’d imagine that he’d be pretty proud to know that his granddaughter works in the White House.  (Applause.)  And not only does she know how to deliver an outstanding introduction — (laughter) — but she also does just an extraordinary job carrying on his work organizing people, but now all across the country, to engage on issues that are of importance to all Americans.  And Julie just does an extraordinary job.  We’re so proud of her.  So, thank you, Julie, for the great introduction.  (Applause.)

 

A couple of other acknowledgements — I want to acknowledge an outstanding Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.  (Applause.)  The great Dolores Huerta, our dear friend who co-founded the United Farm Workers along with Cesar.  (Applause.)  Rosario told me she was playing Dolores, and I thought I can see that — there’s the same fire.  I did have to say Rosario is a little taller.  Just a little bit.  (Laughter.)

 
I want to thank the UFW’s current president, Arturo Rodriguez, a great friend of ours.  Thank you. (Applause.)  And I want to thank Diego Luna and the entire cast of “Cesar Chavez.”  (Applause.)  I told him I loved “Y Tu Mamá, También.”  But we can’t screen that at the White House.  (Laughter.)  It’s a great movie, but this is a little more family-friendly here.  (Laughter.)

 

 

This movie, this film tells the story of a man guided by an enormous faith — faith in a righteous cause and a loving God, and the dignity of every human being.  And it reminds us how throughout our history that faith has been tested, and that it falls to ordinary Americans, ordinary people, to fight and restore that faith.

 

Cesar himself said that he spent his first 20 years working as an organizer without a single major victory.  But he never gave up.  He kept on going, and the world is a better place because he did.  And that’s one of the great lessons of his life. You don’t give up the fight no matter how long it takes.  No matter how long the odds, you keep going, fueled by a simple creed — sí, se puede.

 

 

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Sometimes people ask me — in fact, while we were backstage, somebody said, oh, you look pretty good.  You look better than I expected.  (Laughter.)  The implication being that there might be reason for me not to look good.  (Laughter.)  But part of what sustains me and part of what I’ve said in the past — and some of you who have been in meetings with me when we’ve experienced setbacks or frustrations on particular issues — I’ve tried to remind people change is hard.  It doesn’t happen easily.  It doesn’t happen smoothly or painlessly.  It happens because you put your shoulder behind the wheel and you keep on pushing.  And then, sometimes it’s going to roll back a little bit on you.  And then, you got to dig in and you’ve got to push some more.

 

And Cesar Chavez understood that.  You have to push and you create this space.  And sometimes you won’t even see all the victories that are achieved, but you’ve invested that time and that effort, and you’ve inspired others.  And, eventually, things change, and you pass the baton and future generations then continue this process.

 

So we’ve got a lot of causes that are worth fighting for.  We’ve got to keep fighting to make sure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care.  We were very persistent about getting that website fixed.  It’s fixed now.  (Laughter and applause.)  And we’ve got more than 5 million people signed up.  But we’ve got two more weeks to sign them up. (Applause.)  So cuidadodesalud.gov — (laughter) — get on the website, spread the word.

 

We’ve got to keep fighting to make sure that our economy rewards the hard work of every American with a fair and living wage and equal pay for equal work.  We’ve got to keep working to fix our broken immigration system.  This is an example of where this is hard, but we’ve made progress and we are going to get this done.  This is going to happen.  It’s not a matter of if, just a matter of when.  And I want it to happen now, so we are going to keep on pushing.  (Applause.)

 

Mr. Chavez once said, “When you have people together who believe in something very strongly — whether it’s religion or politics or unions — things happen.”  And today, we’ve got labor leaders and CEOs and faith leaders and law enforcement, and they’ve come together and they’ve said it’s time to fix this broken immigration system.  We’ve got Democrats and Republicans who have now passed in the Senate a comprehensive bill.  And if we stay united, things will happen, things will get done.

 

None of us can claim to know exactly what Cesar would have said about this fight, or any other.  But I do think he would want us to remember that the debates we have are less about policy than they are about people.  They’re about the lives of men and women, the young and not so young, who want nothing more than the chance to work hard, support their families, provide a future for their kids and their grandkids, earn their place in our American story.  That’s what this is all about.  They’re about our highest hopes and aspirations for this country that we love — and the country that we leave for future generations.

 

As this film reminds us, that was the cause of Cesar Chavez’s life, and I hope this afternoon it’s going to inspire all of us in the causes that we have to fight as well.

 

I cannot stay for the screening.  I’ve been promised by our director that I’m — or producer or somebody is going to get me the CD.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  DVD.
 

 
THE PRESIDENT:  Whatever.  (Laughter.)  I’m a little technologically challenged.  (Laughter.)  The DVD.  (Laughter.)  The point is I’m going to watch it this weekend.  (Applause.)  Michelle and the girls are on their way to China.  It’s very lonely at home, so nothing better than to see an inspiring film. And I’m really looking forward to seeing a chronicled life of one of my heroes and one of the people who inspired me to get into the work that I’ve gotten into.  So thank you for sharing it with us.  (Applause.)  God bless.  (Applause.)

 

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2:47 P.M. EDT

 

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Don’t forget, President Barack Obama appears on Ellen tomorrow (Thursday)

 

President Obama to make appearance on ‘Ellen’

 

ellen

 

President Barack Obama wants to make sure all uninsured Americans know about the deadline to sign up for healthcare coverage — so, naturally, that means turning to Ellen DeGeneres for help.

 

Obama will appear on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Showvia live shot from the White House. He’ll be reminding viewers that the deadline to sign up for Obamacare is March 31.

 

Though he made a memorable guest appearance on the talk show when he was campaigning for president (see below for video), this will be Obama’s first time on Ellen as commander-in-chief.

 

Barack Obama on Ellen

 

Uploaded on Oct 30, 2007

Obama 2012: Are you in?http://my.barackobama.com/ellenvid

As a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Barack shows off his dancing skills.

 

 

Check your local listings to catch the viewing times for The Ellen Show in your area.

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

Actors Diego Luna and Rosario Dawson speak after President Barack Obama made remarks at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” at the White House

Actors Diego Luna and Rosario Dawson speak after President Barack Obama made remarks at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” at the White House

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Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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