Labor Day


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LABOR DAY: WHAT IT MEANS

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

 

 

LABOR DAY LEGISLATION

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

 

 

THE FIRST LABOR DAY

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

 

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

 

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A NATIONWIDE HOLIDAY

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

 

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

 

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

 

JOB CORPS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF OPPORTUNITY

 

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Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched a series of programs aimed at restoring our nation’s fundamental promise of equality and opportunity. The Economic Opportunity Act, signed on Aug. 20 of 1964 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” established the Job Corps, a residential education and training program for disadvantaged young people ages 16-24. Today, nearly 2.7 million students have benefited from the Job Corps. At 125 centers in 48 states, students today learn the skills necessary to succeed in good jobs with high-growth potential in a dynamic economy. Graduates learn career skills in more than 100 areas – from automotive maintenance to information technology, from health care to hospitality, from construction to IT. Some have become doctors, judges and entertainment executives. All across the country, Job Corps centers are celebrating this historic milestone with demonstrations, open houses, local proclamations, and other events. We’re also sharing stories from some of the people whose lives have been most deeply transformed by the program on our blog. You can contribute by submitting your story through our Web form here − or share on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #JobCorps50.

 

 

“The basic bargain of America is that no matter who you are, where you come from or what you look like, if you work hard & play by the rules, you can make it.”

— Labor Secretary Tom Perez

 

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Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

 

Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre, which occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.

 

The equivalent holiday in Canada, Labour Day, is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. In many other countries (more than 80 worldwide), “Labour Day” is synonymous with, or linked with, International Workers’ Day, which occurs on May 1.

 

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Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882
Observed by United States
Type

Federal Holiday (federal government, DC and U.S. Territories);

and State Holiday (in all 50 U.S. States)

Celebrations Parades, barbecues
Date First Monday in September
2013 date September 2
2014 date September 1
2015 date September 7
2016 date September 5
Frequency annual
Related to Labour Day

 

History

In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York. Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882, after witnessing the annual labor festival held in Toronto,CanadaOregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.

 

Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday; President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation’s trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers’ Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would be associated with the nascent Communist, Syndicalist and Anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers’ Day. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday.

 

Retail Sale Day

To take advantage of large numbers of potential customers free to shop, Labor Day has become an important sale weekend for many retailers in the United States. Some retailers claim it is one of the largest sale dates of the year, second only to the Christmas season’s Black Friday.

 

Ironically, because of the importance of the sale weekend, some of those who are employed in the retail sector not only work on Labor Day, but work longer hours. More Americans work in the retail industry than any other, with retail employment making up 24% of all jobs in the United States. As of 2012, only 3% of those employed in the retail sector were members of a labor union.

 

In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white or seersucker.

 

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the weekend of Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held that day from 1950 to 1983 in Darlington, South Carolina. At Indianapolis Raceway Park, the National Hot Rod Association hold their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race. Labor Day is the middle point between weeks 1 and 2 of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships held in Flushing Meadows, New York.

 

In the United States, many school districts resume classes around the Labor Day holiday weekend (see First Day of School). Most begin the week before, making Labor Day weekend the first three-day weekend of the school calendar, while others return the Tuesday following Labor Day, allowing families one final get away before the school year begins. Many districts across the Midwest are opting to begin school after Labor Day.

 

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West Wing Week 08/29/14 or “Choose the Harder Right Instead of the Easier Wrong”

 

Published on Aug 28, 2014

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the White House honored two important anniversaries, for Women’s Rights and Civil Rights, and the President announced new actions to improve access to quality healthcare for veterans.

 

 

 

President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Economy, Iraq, and Ukraine

 

Published on Aug 28, 2014

On August 28, 2014, President Obama provided an update on the strength of our economy as well as America’s position on the situations in Iraq and Ukraine.

 

 

 

Weekly Address: This Labor Day, Let’s Talk About the Minimum Wage

 

Published on Aug 30, 2014

In this week’s address, the President wished Americans a Happy Labor Day weekend, highlighted the important economic progress we’ve made, and reaffirmed his commitment to accelerate our progress and ensure that our growing economy fuels a strong middle class.

 

 

 

Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

Published on Aug 30, 2014

En el mensaje de esta semana, para celebrar el Día del Trabajo , el Secretario de Trabajo de EE.UU. Thomas Pérez honró los trabajadores de los Estados Unidos que han ayudado para que la economía crezca y han contribuido a nuestras industrias de la energía , la tecnología , la fabricación y de automóviles. Ese progreso se puede avanzar por aumentar el salario mínimo y luchar por las maneras de fortalecer la clase media.

 

 

 

8/29/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Aug 29, 2014

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

 

 

 

Phoenix police say veteran officer shot, killed mentally ill

 

Published on Aug 15, 2014

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A mentally ill woman was shot and killed by a Phoenix police sergeant at an apartment complex in the city after she threatened officers with a claw hammer, police officials said on Friday.

 

Michelle Cusseaux, 50, was killed on Thursday by a single gunshot at the threshold of her apartment as officers were attempting to serve an emergency court order to take her to a mental health facility, Phoenix police spokesman Sergeant Tommy Thompson said.

 

 

 

WATCH: Melissa Harris-Perry Delivers Powerful Tribute to Unarmed Black Men Killed By Police

 

 

 

Raw: Miners Rescued After Mine Shaft Collapses

 

Published on Aug 30, 2014

The first 11 of 24 miners trapped by a collapse in a mine in northern Nicaragua have been rescued, and crews were working early Saturday to free more, officials said. The men had been trapped for more than 24 hours. (August 29)

 

 

 

Rep. Peter King slams Obama for tan suit

 

Published on Aug 29, 2014

Rep. Peter King says Obama wearing a tan suit during a press conference was a metaphor for a “lack of seriousness.”

 

 

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Black man taken to jail for sitting in public area

 

Published on Aug 26, 2014

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“Choose the Harder Right Instead of the Easier Wrong”

Too bad these words don’t apply to Black Americans dying in the streets of AmeriKKKa, shot down like rabid mad dogs just because they have Black skin. Your ;ack of speaking out against unlawful executions by caucasian law enforcement is a real and present danger to US Black Americans, Mr. President.

 

Barack Hussein Obama Is STILL MIA On The Systematic Genocide Of Black Americans.

 

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: Women’s Equality Day, Our National Parks Turned 98, and More

 

This week, the White House celebrated Women’s Equality Day, the National Park Service celebrated its 98th birthday, and President Obama addressed the American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran service organization.

 

Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.

 


Women’s Equality Day

 

This past Tuesday, the White House celebrated Women’s Equality Day — commemorating the certification of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, securing women’s right to vote. Although we’ve made a lot of progress in the decades since, there is still much work to be done.

 

 

Throughout the day, White House economist Betsey Stevenson also took over the popular “I Love Charts” Tumblr blog to tell the story of the progress we’ve made in closing the earnings gap between women and men, and the challenges women still face in the workforce. See her charts here.

 

 

Our National Parks Turned 98

 

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service to formally protect and preserve America’s beautiful lands, so people all over the world could experience our country’s historic beauty and heritage for years to come.

 

 

Take a glimpse at what the National Park Service has been working to preserve for 98 years, and follow the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior on Twitter to see more of what makes America so beautiful.

 

 

Our Moral Obligation

 

President Obama traveled to Charlotte, NC on Tuesday to address the American Legion and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our veterans from every corner of the country and every generation.

 

President Obama Delivers Remarks at the American LegionPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

The President noted how his Administration has been working with the Legion to fulfill our moral obligation to today’s generation of service members when they come home:

 

The bond between our forces and our citizens has to be a sacred trust, and that for me, for my administration, upholding our trust with our veterans is not just a matter of policy, it is a moral obligation.

 

Where’s the moral obligation to Black Americans who are being systematically murdered, unarmed Black Americans, by racist caucasian law enforcement? When will you address THAT moral obligation, to speak out about racist policemen using their badge and gun as the new lynch rope?

 

 

The Economy Continues to Grow

 

A new report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis yesterday showed that U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) increased at a 4.2 percent rate in the second quarter of 2014. The report affirms that second-quarter economic growth was strong — consistent with the recent string of solid job growth and improvements across other economic indicators.

 

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But we still have to do more to build on this momentum. That’s why the President is continuing to act on his own to encourage investment in American manufacturing, energy, and infrastructure, and to help improve the financial security of our nation’s working families

 

Chart of the Week: Where We Stand on Equal Pay for Equal Work

 

Second Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2014

 

Chart of the Week: Where We Stand on Equal Pay for Equal Work

 

President Obama Asks Todd Park to Continue Administration Service in New Role after Returning to Silicon Valley

 

President Obama Delivers an Update on the Economy, Iraq, and Ukraine

 

Moving Forward on International Regulatory Cooperation

 

More than 3.89 Million Records Released

 

Weekly Address: This Labor Day, Let’s Talk About the Minimum Wage

 

 

August 29th 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama reads briefing material before the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office, August 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama reads briefing material before the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office, August 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the President at a DNC Event — Purchase, New York

 

Statements and Releases

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with President Aquino of the Philippines

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Iran Designations

 

 

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TheObamaCrat Wake-Up Call™ For Tuesday The 5th Of August, 2014; The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit, Washington, D.C.


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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 and the Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.
 
Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks and participate in the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a day of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit focused on strengthening trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa. This event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is open to pre-credentialed media.
 
Afterward, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
 
In the evening, the President and First Lady will host a dinner at the White House for African heads of state, and government and select guests. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will also attend. There will be pooled press coverage of this event on the South Lawn.

 

White House Schedule – August 5th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday August 5th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY AUGUST 5th, 2014 

 

Tuesday, August 5 2014 All Times ET

 

8:45 AM: The Vice President holds a bilateral meeting with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, The Willard Hotel.

 

10:00 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

11:00 AM: The Vice President holds a bilateral meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, The White House.

 

12:30 PM: The President and Vice President meet for lunch, Private Dining Room.

 

1:45 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Washington.

 

2:45 PM: The President delivers remarks and participates in the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Washington.

 

3:15 PM: The Vice President ceremonially swears in Shaun Donovan as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Roosevelt Room.

 

4:45 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

5:30 PM: The Vice President holds a bilateral meeting with President Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia, The White House.

 

9:30 PM: The President and First Lady host a dinner; the Vice President and Dr. Biden also attend, South Lawn.

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Day Two

 

 

AUGUST 5

 

U.S.-Africa Business Forum
On August 5, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies will co-host the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a day focused on strengthening trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa. President Obama will participate in the Business Forum along with Secretary Pritzker and Mayor Bloomberg, as will other senior U.S. government officials. Held at the Mandarin Oriental, in Washington, D.C., the U.S.-Africa Business Forum will intensify efforts to strengthen trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa and seek to create partnerships that will promote trade, accelerate job growth, and encourage investment. The Forum will focus on U.S. private sector engagement in Africa in the areas of finance and capital investment; infrastructure; power and energy; agriculture; consumer goods; and information and communication technology. African leaders will engage with business executives from both sides of the Atlantic to engage in conversations about successes and solutions to increase trade with and invest in Africa. President Obama will participate in the conversation with CEOs and government leaders from the United States and Africa.

 

See the U.S.-Africa Business Forum Official Website

 

White House Dinner on the occasion of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
On the evening of August 5, President and Mrs. Obama will host a dinner at the White House for African heads of state and government and select guests.

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Day Three

 

 

AUGUST 6

 

Summit Leader Meetings
African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in three action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.

 

Leader Session I – Investing in Africa’s Future
The opening session will discuss inclusive, sustainable development, economic growth, and trade and investment.

 

Leader Session II – Peace and Regional Stability
A working lunch centered around shared concerns regarding peace and security, including a discussion of long-term solutions to regional conflicts, peacekeeping challenges, and combating transnational threats.

 

 

Leader Session III – Governing for the Next Generation
This session will allow for a candid conversation about the greatest challenges and opportunities for Africa’s continued political and economic progress and a specific focus on governance. This session will focus on how to enhance governance in order to deliver services to citizens, attract and prepare for increased domestic and foreign direct investment, manage transnational threats, and stem the flow of illicit finance.

 

 

Leader Press Conferences

 

Spousal Program

On August 6, First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

 

 

Media

Media representatives wishing to cover the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and related events and/or to get access to the Media Center must apply to receive a credential. For more information on media and the online accreditation system, please go to the Working Media Credential Application page.

 

Any media-related questions should be directed to the U.S. Media Coordinator’s Office, at AfricaSummitMedia@state.gov.

 

Side Events

In order to leverage the presence in Washington, D.C. of so many African leaders as well as the intense interest in U.S.-Africa ties that the Summit has engendered, a number of non government actors – the private sector and non-profit organizations — are organizing events along the margins to coincide with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

 

 

YALI

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President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010 to support young leaders with opportunities and resources. Through YALI, the United States is committing significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, with the United States, and with the American people. Investing in the next generation of African leaders is critical to ensuring the success of Africa’s democracies and its economies.

 

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the exchange program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program brings over 500 young leaders to the United States each year, beginning in 2014, for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring. It also creates unique opportunities in Africa, through internships and follow-on opportunities, to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions. To be part of the YALI Network, follow @YALINetwork on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

 

For more information on YALI, please visitYoungAfricanLeaders.state.gov.

 

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Complete Coverage Of Day One

 

Recap Of Day One: The Last 24™ : The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.

 

 

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Statements and Releases – August 5th, 2014

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam of Mauritius

 

Readout of National Security Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni of Libya

 

 

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Here’s how you hold candidates accountable

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

The 2014 Gun Sense Voter Federal Candidate Questionnaire has been sent to every candidate for federal office in the United States. Make sure they take it.

 

 

 

Political Funny: Happy Birthday, Mr. President

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

John King highlights a joke by Craig Ferguson about President Obama, who turned 53 yesterday.

 

 

 

Author tracks Ebola outbreaks over decades, calls virus “Jack The Ripper”

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Twenty years ago, Richard Preston wrote “The Hot Zone,” a non-fiction thriller about the deadly Ebola virus. He joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the epidemic and how it’s changed in 2014.

 

 

 

WATCH: Fighter jet escorts passenger plan to Manchester Airport, man arrested

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

BREAKING: Man arrested after ‘hoax bomb threat’ on Qatar Airways flight triggers full emergency and RAF scrambles
(Daily Mail ) Typhoon to escort plane into Manchester Airport.

 

 

 

Climate Change & Wildfires Explained in Less Than Three Minutes

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

President Obama’s Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, explains in less than three minutes how the growing number of intense wildfires are linked in part, to climate change. Learn more athttp://wh.gov/climate-change

 

 

 

Ebola epidemic sparks panic in African nations

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa spreads, other countries in the continent are working to keep the deadly disease outside their borders. Debora Patta reports from Cape Town, South Africa.

 

 

 

DREAMers Erika Andiola & Cesar Vargas confront Steve King in Okoboji, Iowa for trying to end DACA

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

At a fundraiser with Rand Paul in Okoboji, Iowa, DREAMers Erika Andiola & Cesar Vargas confront Steve King for trying to end DACA. Rand Paul runs away when Erika says she’s a DREAMer.

 

 

 

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US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

The Week Ahead

 

Wednesday August 6th: The President participates in Summit Leader Meetings as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

 

Thursday & Friday Auguct 7th & 8th: Attends meetings at the White House

 

 

Presidential Actions August 4th, 2014

 

Presidential Memorandum — Establishing a Comprehensive Approach to Expanding Sub-Saharan Africa’s Capacity for Trade and Investment

 

 

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What Did Barack Do Today™: Barack Hussein Obama, Celebrating 53 Years Of Birth.


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White House Schedule – August 4, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday August 4th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY AUGUST 4th, 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.

 

Later in the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew. This meeting is closed press.

 

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Monday, August 4 2014  All Times ET

 

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

 

11:45 AM: The President meets with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office.

 

12:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Civil Society Forum, National Academy of Sciences.

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

The White House Week Ahead – Augustth  to August 8th, 2014

 

 

On Monday, August 4th, the President attends meetings at The White House. Barack Hussein turns 53 and will celebrate that birthday with family and staffers….there will be surprised throughout the day for The Commander-In-Chief.

 

On Tuesday, August 5th, President Obama will welcome leaders from across theAfrican continent to the Nation’s Capital for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind. This Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, will build on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 and it will strengthen ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions.

 

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.

 

 

 

President Obama will participate in the Business Forum along with Secretary Pritzker and Mayor Bloomberg, as will other senior U.S. government officials. Held at the Mandarin Oriental, in Washington, D.C., the U.S.-Africa Business Forum will intensify efforts to strengthen trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa and seek to create partnerships that will promote trade, accelerate job growth, and encourage investment. The Forum will focus on U.S. private sector engagement in Africa in the areas of finance and capital investment; infrastructure; power and energy; agriculture; consumer goods; and information and communication technology. African leaders will engage with business executives from both sides of the Atlantic to engage in conversations about successes and solutions to increase trade with and invest in Africa. President Obama will participate in the conversation with CEOs and government leaders from the United States and Africa.

 

On the evening of August 5, President and Mrs. Obama will host a dinner at the White House for African heads of state and government and select guests.

 

On Wednesday, August 6th, African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in three action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.

 

On August 6th, First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

 

On Thursday, August 7th, The President will attend meetings at The White House.

 

On Friday, August 8th, The President will attend meetings at The White House.

 

 

The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.… (Everything you need to know about this historic summit.)

 

 

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August 04, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

US-Africa Leaders Summit: Civil Society Forum

Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming

 

Schedule of Events:
8:30 AM – Civil Society Forum Panel
10:00 AM – Secretary of State Kerry Addresses the Forum
11:50 AM – Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks

Find additional information at
http://wh.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

 

 

August 04, 2014 12:45 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

The White House, White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

 

August 04, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

US-Africa Leaders Summit: Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate

Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming

Find additional information at
http://wh.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

 

 

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Highlights from Dr. Biden’s Trip to Africa

 

Last month, Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Africa on a three-country visit, leading a delegation to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sierra Leone. This trip focused on how girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society can accelerate economic development, improve health and educational outcomes, strengthen democratic governance, and foster peace and security.

Dr. Biden had the opportunity to visit health clinics and a hospital for survivors of gender-based violence, speak at local schools to encourage the next generation to pursue their dreams, meet with women entrepreneurs who are spurring economic growth, and hear from women political leaders about their work to break barriers so more women can become voices of change in their communities.

Check out this video of highlights from Dr. Biden’s recent trip to Africa

 

Travels in Africa with Dr. Jill Biden

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

In July 2014 Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden led a delegation to Zambia, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone to meet with leaders and discuss education and women’s empowerment. On the trip she was joined by USAID Administrator Raj Shah. Hear them discuss their experiences and the significance of this visit.

 

 

 

The areas Dr. Biden focused on during her trip will be on display this week when the largest gathering of African heads of state and government come together in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The Summit will highlight ways to strengthen U.S.-African partnerships and enable greater opportunities and growth between our country and Africa moving forward.

Click here to learn more about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

 

 

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Questions and Answers on Ebola

 

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention website. See the original post here.

 

The current Ebola outbreak is centered on three countries in West Africa: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, although there is the potential for further spread to neighboring African countries. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. The CDC is surging resources by sending 50 more workers to the area to help bring the outbreak under control.

 

What is Ebola?

Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common

 

How is Ebola transmitted?

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

 

Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.

 

Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?

No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.

 

Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?

No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

 

Are there any cases of individuals contracting Ebola in the U.S.?

No.

 

What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?

CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts on the ground in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. In addition, airports in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are screening all outbound passengers for Ebola symptoms, including fever, and passengers are required to respond to a healthcare questionnaire. CDC is also surging support in the region by deploying 50 additional workers to help build capacity on the ground.

 

What is CDC doing in the U.S.?

On the remote possibility that an ill passenger enters the U.S., CDC has protocols in place to protect against further spread of disease. These include notification to CDC of ill passengers on a plane before arrival, investigation of ill travelers, and, if necessary, isolation. CDC has also provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers and crew and for disinfecting aircraft. CDC has issued a Health Alert Notice reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients and how they can protect themselves from infection.

 

What about ill Americans with Ebola who are being brought to the United States for treatment? How is CDC protecting the American public?

CDC has very well-established protocols in place to ensure the safe transport and care of patients with infectious diseases back to the United States. These procedures cover the entire process — from patients leaving their bedside in a foreign country to their transport to an airport and boarding a non-commercial airplane equipped with a special transport isolation unit, to their arrival at a medical facility in the United States that is appropriately equipped and staffed to handle such cases. CDC’s role is to ensure that travel and hospitalization is done to minimize risk of spread of infection and to ensure that the American public is protected. Patients were evacuated in similar ways during SARS.

 

What does the CDC’s Travel Alert Level 3 mean to U.S. travelers?

On July 31, the CDC elevated their warning to U.S. citizens encouraging them to defer unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone over concerns that travelers may not have access to health care facilities and personnel should they need them in country.

 

For more information please see this statement from the Department of State.

 

Download the PDF here.

 

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In this video briefing from the West Wing, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes provides an update on recent U.S. actions with regard to Ukraine and offers an overview of America’s policy position.

 

Digital Briefing: Ben Rhodes on Ukraine

 

Published on Aug 1, 2014

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes provides an update on the situation in Ukraine and offers context for America’s policy position. Rhodes also discusses the origin of the recent conflict in the region.

 

 

President Obama also spoke to the press on Ukraine today, saying:

 

Our diplomatic efforts often take time, they often will see progress and then a step backwards. That’s been true in the Middle East, that’s been true in Europe, that’s been true in Asia. That’s the nature of world affairs – it’s not neat and it’s not smooth. But if you look at, for example, Ukraine, we have made progress in delivering on what we said we would do. We can’t control how Mr. Putin thinks, but what we can do is say to Mr. Putin, ‘If you continue on the path of arming separatists with heavy armaments that, the evidence suggests, may have resulted in 300 innocent people on a jet dying, and that violates international law and undermines the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, then you’re going to face consequences that will hurt your country.’

And there was a lot of skepticism about our ability to coordinate with Europeans for a strong series of sanctions, and each time, we have done what we said we would do, including this week when we put in place sanctions that have an impact on key sectors of the Russian economy—their energy, their defense, their financial systems. It hasn’t resolved the problem yet. I spoke to Mr. Putin this morning and I indicated to him: Just as we will do what we say we do in terms of sanctions, we will also do what we say we do in terms of wanting to resolve this issue diplomatically if he takes a different position. If he respects and honors the right of Ukrainians to determine their own destiny, then it’s possible to make sure that Russian interests are addressed that are legitimate and that Ukrainians are able to make their own decisions, and we can resolve this conflict and end some of the bloodshed.

 

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: Jobs, a VP #TBT, Iced Tea, and BBQ

 

53 Straight Months of Job Growth

 

VP at 26

 

BBQ, Iced Tea, and the Economy

 

Dinner with the President?

 

Africa’s Next Generation of Leaders

 

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It’s Time for Congress to Help the Middle Class

 

Published on Aug 2, 2014

In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the new monthly jobs report and the fact that our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July for the sixth straight month—the longest streak since 1997.

 

 

 

Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

 

 

The President Delivers a Statement

 

Published on Aug 1, 2014

President Obama briefs the press on the economy and foreign policy issues on Aug. 1, 2014.

 

 

 

West Wing Week 08/01/14: A Walk Down Main Street with President Obama

 

Published on Aug 1, 2014

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President hosted the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, reaffirmed America’s commitment to Ukraine, and continued responding to Americans’ letters – this time in Kansas City.

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks

 

Statement by NSC Deputy Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Earthquake in Southwestern China

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

 

The Obama Administration’s Government-Wide Response to Influx of Central American Migrants at the Southwest Border

 

Statement by Deputy NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Benjamin Rhodes and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with the Syrian Defector “Caesar”

 

Statement by Deputy NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the 70th Anniversary of the Massacre of Roma and Sinti People at Auschwitz-Birkenau

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1528, S. 517

 

Weekly Address: It’s Time for Congress to Help the Middle Class

 

Press Conference by the President

 

 

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American Museum of Natural History hosts sleepover for grown-ups

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

The New York City institution opened its doors to an adults-only sleepover last week to draw interest and new visitors. Jamie Wax reports on the experience

 

 

 

Cornel West Calls Obama a ‘War Criminal’ at Pro-Gaza Rally

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Cornel West Calls Obama a ‘War Criminal’ That Kills Children.
Radical leftist professor Cornel West denounced President Obama during a pro-Gaza rally in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, calling him a “war criminal.”

 

 

This is what happens when you get ass hurt cause you ask for additional inauguration tickets in 2009 and get turned down, you become an Obama hating house nigger.

 

 

What Speaking Out About Israel Does To Journalists

 

 

 

Surprising Group Of Politicians Declare ‘War FOR Women’

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

“A group of GOP Congress members led by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) on Wednesday unveiled a package of bills aimed at improving women’s economic situations and attracting women voters.

The proposals include tax credits for childcare, a bill that prevents retaliation against employees who ask about equal pay and a bill that allows employees to trade overtime pay for paid family leave and sick leave. Some of the bills are ones that have already passed the House, while others are new proposals.

Republicans for years have faced accusations that they are waging a “war on women.” But Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) said Wednesday he is proud to stand with his Republican colleagues in a “war for women.””

 

 

 

Secret serum likely saved Ebola patient

 

 

 

Covering a deadly disease

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

CNN’s David McKenzie shows the precautions he and his crew are taking while reporting at an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone.

 

 

 

Great Wall: Did You Know – GEICO

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

The Great Wall wasn’t always so great

 

 

 

Obama’s day: A happy birthday

 

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President Obama turns 53 years old on Monday, and celebrates in part with a light public schedule.

 

Obama, born Aug. 4, 1961, has a string of meetings with aides throughout the day.

 

The economy will be the major topic when the president sits down in the afternoon with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

 

Monday also marks the start of the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. While Obama is scheduled to address the summit Tuesday, he may drop in on some of the meetings set for Monday.

 

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This days edition of The Last 24™

 

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Experience the White House Kitchen Garden!

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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July 1st, 2014: Videos of the Day

 

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7/1/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

 

Beaten and shot in Syria

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

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

 

 

 

Farmed Fish That’s Better Than Wild?

 

 

 

Is Silicon Vally Sexist? Tinder Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

 

Published on Jul 1, 2014

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Is Israel Preparing New Military Offensive Against Gaza?

 

Published on Jul 1, 2014

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

 

 

 

US Wealth Gap Doubles In Last 10 Years

 

Published on Jul 1, 2014

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

 

 

 

PBS NewsHour – Tuesday July 1, 2014

 

Published on Jul 1, 2014

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

 

 

 

Israel mourns kidnapped, murdered teens.

 

Published on Jul 1, 2014

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

 

 

 

Obama, Booker joint fundraiser held in Chicago today

 

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

The price points:

$500 individual ticket.

To raise or donate:

$1,000 to be designated a “sponsor”

$2,500 to be a “host”

$5,000 to be a “chair.”

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

 

 

 

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