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White House Schedule – July 31, 2014

 

President will sign an Executive Order titled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” that will ensure that all hardworking Americans get the fair pay and safe workplaces they deserve. Specifically, the new order will require prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and give federal agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. This event in South Court Auditorium is open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There will be expanded pool coverage of the President’s remarks.

 

In the evening, the President and First Lady will host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” at the White House to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics. The President will deliver remarks in the East Room, and the President and the First Lady will attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics in the State Dining Room. There will be pooled press coverage of this event.

 

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12:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

Press Briefing

July 31, 2014 | 48:08 | Public Domain

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

 

 

 

1:20 PM: The President delivers remarks and signs an Executive Order, South Court Auditorium.

 

The President Signs the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

July 31, 2014 | 15:54 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks before signing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building‘s South Court Auditorium.

 

 

 

3:40 PM: The President delivers remarks, The Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

The President Welcomes a New Secretary to HUD

July 31, 2014 | 10:48 | Public Domain

President Obama joins staff in welcoming Julian Castro as the new Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

 

 

7:25 PM: The President and First Lady host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation”; The President delivers remarks, East Room.

 

The President Speaks at Dinner to Celebrate Special Olympics

July 31, 2014 | 9:23 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks at a dinner in celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation.

 

 

 

8:25 PM: The President and First Lady attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics, State Dining Room.

 

President Obama Attends a Performance Commemorating the Special Olympics

 

 

 

Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

During an event at the White House honoring the Special Olympics, President Barack Obama received a hug from Tim Harris, a Special Olympian and owner of a restaurant called Tim’s Place. (July 31)

 

 

 

Raw Video: The President Takes a Walk Down Main Street

 

President Obama traveled to Kansas City, Missouri this week — where he grabbed some BBQ with Americans who had written him letters, and delivered a speech about how he’s working to get things done for hardworking Americans even as Congress chooses not to act to move this country forward.

 

And before he left, the President took a walk down Main Street (literally), spending time with store owners, touring an antique watch shop, and chatting with customers at a local coffee shop.

 

 

Raw Video: The President visits Main Street in Parkville, MO

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

During a trip to Kansas City, Missouri, President Obama took a walk down Main Street — talking with residents and visiting some “mom and pop” shops along the way.

 

 

 

President Obama: “You don’t have time to be cynical. Hope is a better choice.”

 

Published on Jul 30, 2014

President Obama speaks on expanding opportunity for more Americans at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. July 30, 2014.

 

 

 

Susan E. Rice: Previewing the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

United States national security Advisor Susan E. Rice previews the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit where President Obama will welcome nearly 50 African heads of state to Washington, as well as leaders from across Africa’s civil society, private sector and faith communities.

 

 

 

World Hepatitis Day 2014

 

Published on Jul 30, 2014

U.S. and international leaders gather at the White House to commemorate World Hepatitis Day, discussing the global impact of viral hepatitis and the importance of public health leadership. July 30, 2014

 

 

 

Save The Babies. Save The Children. It’s Time For Gun Sense In America.

 

Published on May 29, 2014

Common sense gun reforms and responsible gun control laws are needed now. Whose child will be next? How many more have to die? Does your second amendment rights trump my U.S. Constitutional rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness?

 

 

 

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Ann Coulter: we need ‘Netanyahu’ in America, Palestinians killed for associating with terrorists

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

On Fox News Hannity 9/31/2014 over U.S. – Mexico border crisis.

 

 

 

Teen Raped At Keith Urban Concert

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

“A teenage girl was raped at the same Keith Urban show where 20 people got so drunk they were hospitalized, police said.

 

The attack happened in front of a large crowd of other concertgoers on the lawn of the Xfinity Center, an outdoor amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday night, a police statement said.

 

The rape ended when a woman in the crowd pushed the alleged attacker off the victim and he fled, police said.”

 

 

 

Russell Simmons, LL Cool J Visit Youth at Jail

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

A group of young people at a New York City jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor LL Cool J. (July 31)

 

 

 

PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | July 31, 2014

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

Thursday on the NewsHour, Attorney General Eric Holder discusses immigration, the death penalty and voter ID laws. Also: A divided Congress struggles to address the border crisis, educators push back on legislation that puts the burden on colleges to investigate sexual assaults, Israel, Hamas and the laws of war, plus a Colorado town makes a musical recovery after a devastating flood.

 

 

 

Democrats Stage Protest Against Boehner’s Lawsuit on the House Floor

 

 

 

Rep Hastings Rips Boehner’s Lawsuit, ‘It’s Red Meat for a Base that Hates Our President’

 

 

 

25 Painfully Disturbing Facts About Human Trafficking

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

Did you know that there are more slaves today than ever before in history? These are 25 painfully disturbing facts about human trafficking.

 

World Day against Trafficking in Persons … July 30!!

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases- July 31st, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at HUD

 

Remarks by the First Lady at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference

 

Remarks by the President at the Signing of Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

 

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

 

Readout of Consultative Meeting with Congressional Leaders on National Security Issues

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

 

Op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama on McClatchy: Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all

 

FACT SHEET: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

 

 

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White House Schedule – July 31st, 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.
 
Afterward, the President and the Vice President will meet with Members of Congress on foreign policy. There will be a photojournalist spray of this meeting in the Cabinet Room.
 
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 sign an Executive Order titled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” that will ensure that all hardworking Americans get the fair pay and safe workplaces they deserve. Specifically, the new order will require prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and give federal agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. This event in South Court Auditorium is open press.
 
Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There will be expanded pool coverage of the President’s remarks.
 
In the evening, the President and First Lady will host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” at the White House to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics. The President will deliver remarks in the East Room, and the President and the First Lady will attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics in the State Dining Room. There will be pooled press coverage of this event.

 

 

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Thursday, July 31 2014  All Times ET

 

10:00 AM
The President and Vice President receive the P
residential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
10:55 AM
The President and Vice President meet with Members of Congress
on foreign policy, Cabinet Room
12:00 PM
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest,
12:30 PM
The President and Vice President meet for lunch
Private Dining Room
1:20 PM
The President delivers remarks and signs an Executive Order
South Court Auditorium
3:40 PM
The President delivers remarks
The Department of Housing and Urban Development
7:25 PM
The President and First Lady host “A Celebration of
Special Olympics and A Unified Generation”; The President
delivers remarks, East Room
8:25 PM
The President and First Lady attend a concert
commemorating the Special Olympics,
State Dining Room

 

 

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July 31, 2014 3:40 PM EDT

President Obama Speaks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

 

July 31, 2014 7:25 PM EDT

President Obama Speaks at “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” Dinner

The White House,  White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

 

July 31, 2014 8:30 PM EDT

President Obama Attends a Performance Commemorating the Special Olympics

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July 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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Statements and Releases – July 31st, 2014

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

 

Op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama on McClatchy: Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all

 

FACT SHEET: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

 

 

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The President Speaks in Kansas City, Missouri

July 30, 2014 | 32:09 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks on the economy, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 

 

Jay Carney, Part 1 – David Letterman

 

 

 

Jay Carney, Part 2 – David Letterman

 

 

 

Jay Carney, Part 3 – David Letterman

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” Dinner

 

 

 

President Obama Attends a Performance Commemorating the Special Olympics

 

 

 

Cantor Delivers Final Speech as Majority Leader

 

 

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Fractured Lives: Stories of those fleeing Ukraine’s war

 

 

 

Proof The Corporate Elite Are Running Out Of Threats

 

 

 

Why are ‘Women’s Issues’ a Taboo Subject?: Iman Mujahed

 

 

 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Asks About Lack of Private Student Loan Relief Options

 

 

 

Boehner: I Will Not ‘Accept Responsibility’ for Senate Inaction

 

 

Drunks never accept responsibility for jack shit, John.

 

 

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The President Makes a Statement on Foreign Policy

July 16, 2014 | 7:30 | Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers a statement to the press on foreign policy.

 

 

 

The President Meets with His Climate Task Force

July 16, 2014 | 4:11 | Public Domain

 

President Obama meets with his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

July 16, 2014 | 01:04:12 | Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

President Obama Hosts an Iftar Dinner

July 14, 2014 | Public Domain

 

President Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. This is the sixth Iftar that President Obama has hosted, continuing the tradition of hosting Iftars that began annually under President Clinton and was continued by President George W. Bush. The invited guests include elected officials, religious and grassroots leaders in the Muslim American community, and leaders of diverse faiths and members of the diplomatic corps.

 

 

 

Preparing Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change

 

 

We’ve been talking a lot recently about the need to rebuild and strengthen our nation’s infrastructure. As the President has made clear, a world-class infrastructure system is a vital part of a top-performing economy.

 

But there’s another important reason why we need to rebuild our infrastructure: climate change.

 

Communities across America need more resilient infrastructure that can withstand the impacts of climate change — like more extreme weather and increased flooding. That’s part of the reason why the President established the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience last November.

 

The Task Force, made up of 26 governors, mayors, and county and tribal officials from across the country, advises the President on how the federal government can best help American communities dealing with the effects of climate change. Today, the Task Force came to the White House for their fourth and final meeting, and will give the President final recommendations this fall.

 

“These leaders are here because states and communities that they represent are already dealing with the effects of climate change,” the President said at today’s meeting. “They’re seeing rising sea levels, more powerful hurricanes, more intense heatwaves, severe droughts, and wildfires out west. So this is already happening, and these leaders understand that climate change is a threat to public safety, it’s a threat to public health, and to something that we want to emphasize today — the infrastructure upon which our economy depends.”

 

More severe storms and increased flooding threaten roads and bridges and businesses.  Rising sea levels threaten coastal communities and ports.

 

So climate change poses a direct threat to the infrastructure of America that we need to stay competitive in this 21st-century economy.  That means that we should see this as an opportunity to do what we should be doing anyway, and that’s modernizing our infrastructure, modernizing our roads, modernizing our bridges, power grids, our transit systems, and making sure that they’re more resilient.  That’s going to be good for commerce and it’s obviously going to be good for communities.

 

During his remarks, the President also announced a series of actions in response to early feedback from the Task Force. These actions will help state, local, and tribal leaders prepare their communities for climate change by building more resilient infrastructure and rebuilding existing infrastructure in a stronger and smarter way.

 

We’re going to do more, including new data and 3D maps to help state, local officials in communities understand which areas and which infrastructure are at risk as a consequence of climate change.  We’re going to help communities improve their electric grids, build stronger seawalls and natural barriers, and protect their water supplies.  We’re also going to invest in stronger and more resilient infrastructure.

Last month, I announced a new competitive fund — $1 billion — to help communities do this.  Today we’re taking steps to make sure that this competition will work.  We’re going to announce the specifics about who can compete, how we can learn from communities that are rebuilding stronger from disasters like Hurricane Sandy and flooding in Colorado.  We want the best ideas to become models for the whole country.  And the idea of this competition is not just the communities that win a grant are able to improve their infrastructure but what we’re also going to be doing is hopefully lifting everybody’s game and making sure that people in their planning are thinking about these issues as they move forward.

“The bottom line is investing in our infrastructure, protecting our communities, ensuring the health and safety of our citizens.”

 

— President Obama, July 16, 2014

He reiterated that this shouldn’t be a partisan issue, as it’s something that Democrats, Republicans, and independents all care about.

 

“I want you to know that you have a partner in me,” the President said. “You have a partner in this administration, and I’m confident that, working together, we can take some common-sense steps to make sure that America’s infrastructure is safer, stronger and more resilient for future generations.”

 

Find out more about the series of actions the President announced this afternoon.

 

 

Giving Working Families a Voice

 

 

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor’s blog. See the original posthere.

 

Last night, New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy participated in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game – proof positive that you can perform peerlessly at your job while still taking care of your family at critical moments. Murphy made headlines a few months ago when he chose to miss the first game of the season to be with his wife after she gave birth to their child.

 

Murphy’s story is one about having the right priorities and being faithful to your values, even in the face of criticism. But his story is about something else very important – the power of membership in a strong labor union, which can use collective bargaining to secure paternity leave and other essential benefits.

 

Three weeks ago, a crowd of more than a thousand – workers, business leaders, policymakers, advocates, and more – gathered at the first White House Summit on Working Families to ignite a conversation about how to provide more people with the same workplace benefits and protections enjoyed by Daniel Murphy. And the labor movement, which has been in the vanguard of this struggle, played a prominent role.

 

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Dick Cheney The Living Embodiment Of Eisenhower’s Greatest Fear

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

test”Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that President Barack Obama is “devastating” the U.S. military and needs to divert more resources away from domestic priorities such as rebuilding roads and making sure low-income people can get food.

 

During an event sponsored by Politico, Cheney said the next president needs to “turn around the whole trend” of cutting defense dollars.

 

“That ought to be our top priority for spending. Not food stamps, not highways or anything else,” Cheney said. “Your No. 1 responsibility as president is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. [Obama] is the commander-in-chief and he’s absolutely devastating the United States military today.”

 

 

 

Obama Announces Expanded Sanctions Against Russia

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

The Obama administration is imposing new, deeper sanctions on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, targeting Russian banks and energy and defense firms.

 

 

“Given its continued provocations in Ukraine, today I have approved a new set of sanctions on some of Russia’s largest companies and financial institutions,” President Obama announced during a brief statement in the White House briefing room today.

 

“I’ve repeatedly made it clear that Russia must halt the flow of weapons and fighters across the border into Ukraine, that Russia must urge separatists to release their hostages and support a ceasefire, that Russia needs to pursue internationally mediated talks and agree to meaningful monitors on the border — I’ve made this clear directly to Mr. Putin,” he said. “So far, Russia has failed to take any of the steps that I mentioned.” “These sanctions are significant but they are also targeted, designed to have the maximum effect on Russia while limiting any spillover effects on American companies,” the president added. “The Russian leadership will see once again that its action has consequences.”

 

The sanctions were expanded in consultation with European allies, Obama said, noting that though the U.S. prefers diplomatic solutions, “we have to see concrete actions and not just words that Russia in fact is committed to trying to end this conflict.”

 

“Like any people, the Ukrainians deserve the right to forge their own destiny,” he said. “We’re going to continue to stand with the Ukrainian people as they seek to determine their own future.”

 

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today imposed what it called “a broad-based package of sanctions on entities in the financial services, energy and arms or related materiel sectors of Russia, and on those undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty or misappropriating Ukrainian property.”

 

Among the firms targeted is Kalashnikov Concern, the company that makes AK-47s.

 

“Russia has continued to destabilize Ukraine and provide support for the separatists, despite its statements to the contrary,” Under-Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said in a statement.

 

“Because Russia has failed to meet the basic standards of international conduct, we are acting today to open Russia’s financial services and energy sectors to sanctions and limit the access of two key Russian banks and two key energy firms to U.S. sources of financing, and to impose blocking sanctions against eight arms firms and a set of senior Russian officials,” Cohen said.

 

 

Mother becomes NFL cheerleader at 40

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

Kriste Lewis, 40, is one of the newest member of the New Orleans cheerleading squad, known as the Saintsations.

 

 

 

‘Doctor’ Coburn Lies about Hobby Lobby & Contraception on Senate Floor

 

 

 

 

House Rules Committee Hearing on Proposed Lawsuit of President Barack Obama

 

Streamed live on Jul 16, 2014

The House Rules Committee holds a hearing on initiating a House lawsuit against President Barack Obama over failing to enforce the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

Marines test-drive GUSS vehicle Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

The U.S. Marine Corps tested the Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) last week at the Kahuku Military Training Area on Hawaii’s Oahu island. The vehicle, the size of a small Jeep, can also drive itself.

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

Remarks by the President at Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Meeting

 

FACT SHEET: Taking Action to Support State, Local, and Tribal Leaders as They Prepare Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change

 

 

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President Barack Obama’s meetings on Wednesday are with House Democrats, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and appointees to his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience.

 

White House Schedule – July 16, 2014

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience. The President will provide remarks and engage in a discussion with Task Force members about a series of new actions the Administration is taking to support state, local, and tribal leaders in preparing their communities, including electricity systems and infrastructure, for the impacts of climate change. There will be a pool spray at the top of this meeting in the State Dining Room.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This meeting is an opportunity to hear from members of the Caucus about ideas for actions to improve our immigration system. The President will also emphasize the urgency for Congress to approve supplemental funding to address the situation at the Southwest border. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the evening, the President and Vice President will meet with House Democrats on the State Floor. This meeting is closed press.

 

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Wednesday, July 16 2014  All Times ET

 

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

 

 

12:45 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at Generation Progress’s 2014 Make Progress National Summit, JW Marriot – Washington.

 

 

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

 

 

2:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience, State Dining Room.

 

 

2:15 p.m. ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Unite for Veterans Summit in Los Angeles.

 

 

3:50 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

 

5:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with House Democrats, The State Floor.

 

 

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July 16, 2014 12:45 PM EDT

Vice President Biden Speaks to Generation Progress Summit

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July 16, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

The White House,  White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

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Tune In: The First Lady Speaks at the Unite for Veterans Summit

 

 

Today at 2:15 p.m. ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Unite for Veterans Summit in Los Angeles, an event hosted by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the University of Southern California.

 

As part of the Joining Forces Initiative, the First Lady is teaming up with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to highlight the importance of aiding veterans as they transition into the next phase of their lives. Mayor Garcetti has joined the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by the end of 2015.

 

 

Unite for Veterans

 

Started on Jul 15, 2014

Unite for Veterans will bring together key business and civic
leaders, agencies and community stakeholders to highlight the scalable best practices in employment, housing and other human services to provide veterans with a fulfilling life after military service.

 

 

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Welcoming Congressional Action on Key National Security Tools

 

 

Today, Congress took an important step forward in making sure that we’re developing the capabilities necessary to make America safer.

 

As the President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, I welcome the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee markup of the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Act. Its ultimate passage would allow us to move forward on a number of priority national security initiatives, including the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF).

 

As President Obama announced during his West Point speech in May, this new fund will help us take the fight to terrorist organizations by strengthening the capacity of our friends on the frontlines. The CTPF presents a new, sustainable model for strategic engagement with our partners from South Asia to the Sahel. Because today’s principal terrorist threats no longer emanate from al-Qa’ida central leadership but from an evolving and decentralized set of actors, we need the flexibility to develop tailored regional solutions to terrorist groups that pose the greatest threat to the United States, wherever they are located.

 

These funds would allow us to train, equip, advise, and operationally enable our partners to counter them — ultimately leading us to rely less on U.S. forces and more on our frontline allies. The CTPF would also support long-term security sector and governance initiatives, because we know that our counterterrorism success over the long run ultimately depends on partnering with and developing professional and accountable security forces and supporting institutions.

 

I also applaud the inclusion of new authorities related to Syria that would allow us to more effectively partner with appropriately vetted members of the moderate Syrian armed opposition. Importantly, this train and equip mission could help us to better protect Syrian civilians, pressure the regime, and counter terrorist threats emanating from the country’s contested and ungoverned areas — including from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

 

In a turbulent and uncertain world, the Senate today took an important step forward in providing vital tools to help our military and counterterrorism professionals confront this challenge.

 

 

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July 15 Senate GOP Leadership Press Conference

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

Senate GOP leaders discussed the crisis at the Southern border, the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and Speaker John A. Boehner’s proposed lawsuit of President Barack Obama at their weekly news conference on July 15.

 

 

“GOP Leadership” is an oxy-moron. Much like “Jumbo Shrimp or “Military Intelligence.”

 

 

Cycles of Violence With Gaza Rooted in Israel’s Rejection of Palestinian Unity

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

TRNN Middle East correspondent Lia Tarachansky discusses Operation Protective Edge after Hamas rejected the Egyptian ceasefire proposal

 

 

 

Israel warns Gaza residents to leave

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

Airstrikes in Israel and Gaza continued overnight, with the death toll rising. CNN’s Karl Penhaul has more.

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases- July 16th, 2014

 

Remarks by the President on the Economy — McLean, VA

 

FACT SHEET: Taking Action to Support State, Local, and Tribal Leaders as They Prepare Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change

 

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

 

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

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Salim al-Jabouri

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

 

President Obama Announces Members of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations

 

FACT SHEET: Progress in Four Years of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

 

Readout of the Obama Administration’s Meeting with Members of Congress and their Constituents on Promoting Exports

 

 

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TheObamaCrat SoapBox™: Immigration.

 

Dr. Jill Biden’s 2014 Trip To Africa: Official White House Photos.

 

Everytown For Gun Safety: Urge Your Senators To Help Save Women’s Lives.

 

The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.

 

The President Speaks On The Economy: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center In McLean, Virginia.

 

 

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President Obama Hosts an Iftar Dinner

 

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Published on Jul 14, 2014

President Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. This is the sixth Iftar that President Obama has hosted, continuing the tradition of hosting Iftars that began annually under President Clinton and was continued by President George W. Bush. The invited guests include elected officials, religious and grassroots leaders in the Muslim American community, and leaders of diverse faiths and members of the diplomatic corps. July 14, 2014.

 

 

Statements and Releases – July 14th, 2014

 

ADVISORY: President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Signs Iowa Disaster Declaration

 

White House Report: Economic Analysis of Transportation Infrastructure Investment

 

 

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The First-Ever White House Summit on American Apprenticeship

 

 

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker tour a classroom at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa.President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker tour a classroom at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa., April 16, 2014. Students Zach Kuzma and Stephanie Womack demonstrate equipment that teaches students how to manipulate gears, pulleys, sprockets, etc. to adjust the speed and/or torque of a motor or system. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

To create new opportunities for more hard-working Americans, the President and his team are committed to advancing job-driven training initiatives that help American workers acquire the skills they need to succeed in good jobs that are available now. Expanding quality apprenticeship is a key strategy to make education and training programs more job-driven.

 

As part of that effort, today, we hosted the first-ever White House Summit on American Apprenticeship to gather the best ideas and to catalyze action to dramatically increase apprenticeship in America. More than 60 attendees presented their ideas — including leading employers, big and small, like IBM, Bank of America, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Oberg Industries; labor unions like the IBEW and SEIU; training providers like Ivy Tech and Lone Star Community Colleges; and local workforce leaders from states as diverse as Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

 

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With less than a month to go until the start of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., we’re excited to announce the launch of the Summit’s official website, which you can access here. As the site describes, the Summit constitutes the largest single engagement by any U.S. President with Africa.

 

Starting on August 4 and with events spanning three days, it will include approximately 50 African heads of state and government as well as the Chairperson of the African Union, a range of U.S. and African civil society and business leaders, young African leaders, and Members of Congress. The presence of so many African leaders in the nation’s capital provides an historic opportunity to further strengthen ties with our African partners and highlight America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa’s development and its people.

 

In addition to the website, which will be continuously updated as the Summit nears, we invite you to follow the Summit on Twitter using the hashtag #AfricaSummit.

 

These online tools will offer an opportunity for broader dialogue as we prepare for this unprecedented engagement with one of the world’s most dynamic regions.

 

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The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.

 

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7/14/14: White House Press Briefing

 

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Published on Jul 14, 2014

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

 

 

 

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Eric Holder: America is STILL a Nation of Cowards

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder discusses racism is America

 

 

 

Eric Holder Paints Grim Picture Of Race Relations In America

 

Published on May 19, 2014

Attorney general: ‘segregation has reoccurred.’

 

 

 

Racism directed at the President

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

Paul Begala brings up some of the racism the President has had to endure, Newt Gingrich, Tim Phillips and Neera Tanden debate.

 

 

 

PBS News Hour Monday, July 14, 2014

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

Monday on the NewsHour, Citigroup agreed to pay a record fine for selling risky mortgage securities. Also: Hamas launched a drone in the midst of chaos in the Middle East, fighting flares along the Russia-Ukraine border, British comedian John Oliver on turning news into comedy, reflecting on the impact of the 2014 World Cup and remembering the Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer.

 

 

 

Malala Dedicates Day to Captured Nigerian Girls

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

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A Pakistani teenager who escaped a Taliban assasination attempt is spending her 17th birthday in Nigeria in an effort to aid the release of 219 schoolgirls held by militant extremists. (July 14)

 

 

 

Remembering writer and activist Nadine Gordimer

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

Nadine Gordimer has died at the age of 90 at her home in Johannesburg. The Nobel Prize-winning writer and anti-apartheid activist used her pen to write damning indictments of South Africa’s racial segregation. We look back at Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s 1987 interview with Gordimer about the prospect of having another book banned by the government.

 

 

 

President Obama Walks the Streets of Denver

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

President Barack Obama – aka “The Bear” – got loose for a night in Colorado and stopped at a couple of bars and a pizza shop.
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Delivering Nearly 2.4 Million “Not One More” Postcards

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

More than 600,000 supporters like you have helped spread Richard Martinez’s message to elected officials: Not One More person should have to die because leaders in Washington refuse to pass common-sense gun laws. Now Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action have set out to delivery them. Watch and share this powerful video!

 

 

 

WHO CARES – CNN Panel over Eric Holder Responding to Palin on Impeaching Obama

 

 

 

Kristol, Navarro: ‘Nobody of Relevance’ Is Talking Impeachment

 

Published on Jul 13, 2014

In an on-air subtweeting Sarah Palin, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and GOP strategist Ana Navarro dismissed the talk of impeaching President Barack Obama bubbling up on the right, arguing that it was limited to the irrelevant fringes, while GOP leadership is focused on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) lawsuit against the president.

 

“No responsible elected official has called for impeachment,” Kristol said. “The Republican task is to elect a Republican Senate and elect a Republican president in 2016, not create a phony issue which allows Democrats to make Republicans look extreme.”

 

“Nobody of responsibility, nobody in leadership, nobody of relevance has talked about impeachment,” Navarro said. “The lawsuit is about constitutional powers and separation of powers. So can we stick to talking about what people who actually can make something happen say, as opposed to what what folks who want to make headlines say?”

 

Besides, Kristol added, “One problem with [impeachment] is you’d just get Joe Biden as president.”

 

 

 

Study: Kids of same-sex parents happier

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with human behavior expert Mel Robbins about children raised by same-sex couples.

 

 

 

Moms With Guns Founder’s Disgusting Obama Facebook Post

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

“Sharing a photo on her Facebook page of President Obama’s recent visit to Texas, the founder of the Moms With Guns website commented on the photo, stating: “Where is an assasin (sic) when you need one?”

 

The post has since been taken down and the Moms With Guns Facebook account has been closed by founder Kathy Perkins, but not before Liberaland was able to save a screen capture.”

 

 

 

Who is the Unsung Hero of the $7 Billion Citigroup Settlement?

 

Published on Jul 14, 2014

Bill Black says that a just settlement would’ve included criminal prosecution of senior Citigroup officials who led the fraud and covered it up

 

 

 

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