Christian Bale, Everytown for Gun Safety: Aurora, Two Years Later.


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My heart sank when I heard the news about the shooting two years ago in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. It was opening day of The Dark Knight Rises and 12 people had just been shot and killed at a midnight showing — 58 wounded.

 

The only thing I could think to do was go to Aurora. I visited the survivors and family members in the hospital.

 

One of the amazing survivors of the shooting I met was Steve Barton — a guy who just happened to be passing through on a cross-country bike trip when he stopped to go to the movies with friends.

 

Tomorrow marks two years since the Aurora shootingClick here to watch Steve’s moving story and then share it with your family and friends to mark this somber anniversary.

 

Two years ago, Steve Barton was shot in the 2012 Aurora movie theater mass shooting. He survived — and has sinced joined more than 600,000 other Gun Sense Voters in the fight to reduce gun violence. Join him in taking the Gun Sense Voter pledge.

Watch and share this powerful video, and encourage your friends, family and colleages to take the pledge to vote for candidates who support common-sense gun laws.

 

What happened to him could happen to anyone

 

 

After the shooting, Steve focused his incredible talents on fighting for public safety measures that will prevent others’ lives from being affected by gun violence like his was. I’m inspired by his resilience and dedication.

 

The fact is, there’s a lot more we can do to cut down on gun violence. After the Aurora shooting, Colorado passed a strong law that has already blocked criminals from easily buying guns without a background check.

 

But making that kind of progress in other states or at the federal level is going to require elected officials with the backbone to act. That’s why it’s so important to support local, state and federal candidates who will push for common-sense gun laws.

 

On this sad anniversary, let’s all recommit ourselves to turning tragedy into meaning.

 

Watch Steve’s powerful message now and then spread the word:

 

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It’s an honor to stand with Steve, with you and with all Americans fighting to reduce gun violence.

 

Thank you,

Christian Bale

 

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What You Might Have Missed This Week

 

 

This week, President Obama addressed the crash of Flight MH17, talked about investing in our country’s infrastructure, and continued to take important steps to respond to a changing climate — and the First Lady hosted the Kids’ State Dinner, featuring 54 delicious recipes from around the country.

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

 

 

Weekly Address: Equipping Workers with Skills Employers Need Now and for the Future

 

In this week’s address, the President discussed the importance of ensuring that the economic progress we’ve made is shared by all hardworking Americans. Through his opportunity agenda, the President is focused on creating more jobs, educating more kids, and working to make sure hard work pays off with higher wages and better benefits.

 

This week, the President will visit a community college in Los Angeles to highlight the need to equip our workers with the skills employers are looking for now and for the good jobs of the future, and he will continue looking for the best way to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans.

 

 

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President Obama on the Crash of Flight MH17

 

 

Yesterday, President Obama delivered a statement to the press in the wake of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17:

 

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine near the Russian border. Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, infants — who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine. Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions

 

 

President Obama noted that this was “a global tragedy — an Asian airliner was destroyed in European skies, filled with citizens from many countries.” And as a result, there now needs to be a credible, international investigation into exactly what happened.

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“Let’s Build Some Bridges. Let’s Build Some Roads.”

 

Thursday afternoon, President Obama spoke about the importance of long-term investments in our country’s infrastructure in front of Delaware’s Interstate 495 Bridge.

 

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks before he signs an executive action creating the Build America Investment Initiative during an event near the Interstate 495 Bridge at the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, Del., July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

We know that in the 21st century economy, businesses are going to set up shop wherever they find the best roads, the best bridges, the fastest Internet connection, the fastest rail lines, the smartest airports, the best power grid. First-class infrastructure attracts investment and it creates first-class jobs.

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At the Port of Wilmington in Delaware, President Obama delivers remarks on the economy.

 

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The First Lady hosted the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner today at the White House. Fifty-four winners were selected out of more than 1,500 delicious recipes — one of those 54 recipes included the Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.

 

The President and First Lady at the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama deliver remarks at the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House.

 

 

President Obama also made a surprise visit and talked about the First Family’s “pig-out indulgence food[s].”

 

“My big thing — chips and guacamole. Basically, if there is a bowl of good chips and guacamole — I lose my mind.”

 

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West Wing Week 07/18/14 or, “Where Are You Going to Go Build Your Widgets?”

 

 

Welcome to Infrastructure & Transportation Week here at West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening infrastructurally and transportationally here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and beyond.

 

 

 

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Weekly Address: Equipping Workers with Skills Employers Need Now and for the Future

 

 

In this week’s address, the President discussed the importance of ensuring that the economic progress we’ve made is shared by all hardworking Americans. Through his opportunity agenda, the President is focused on creating more jobs, educating more kids, and working to make sure hard work pays off with higher wages and better benefits.

 

This week, the President will visit a community college in Los Angeles to highlight the need to equip our workers with the skills employers are looking for now and for the good jobs of the future, and he will continue looking for the best way to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans.

 

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VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Capacitando a los trabajadores para más oportunidades

July 19, 2014 | 3:50 | Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora de la Casa Blanca Consejo de Política nacional Cecilia Muñoz habló sobre el progreso de nuestra economía, pero también subrayó la necesidad de seguir avanzando la agenda de oportunidad del Presidente para crear más puestos de trabajo, capacitar a más trabajadores, educar a todos nuestros niños y garantizar que el trabajo duro sea recompensando con salarios más altos y mejores beneficios. Según la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económico (OCDE), los adultos hispanos son cuatro veces más propensos a tener bajos niveles de alfabetización, lo que representa una gran barrera para las personas en Estados Unidos que trabajan duro para ascender en la escala de la carrera a trabajos mejor remunerados que apoyen su sueño americano. Este país debe seguir siendo el lugar en el que todos los que trabajan duro pueden tener éxito si intentan.

 

 

 

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Preparing for a Changing Climate

 

Throughout the week, President Obama has been talking about how our nation’s infrastructure is vital for a world-class economy. But there’s another reason for all of this: climate change

 

 

Last November, the President established the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which is made up of 26 governors, mayors, and county and tribal officials from across the country. On Wednesday, the Task Force came to the White House for their final meeting, before presenting the President their recommendations in the fall

 

 

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5.5 Billion Hours

 

5.5 billion hours — that’s how much time Americans spend sitting in traffic each year. That costs us $120 billion in wasted time and gas.

 

We need to make driving safer and smarter — which is one of the reasons why President Obama visited the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center on Tuesday, to talk about the importance in investing in new infrastructure technologies and renewing the Highway Trust Fund.

 

 

There are bipartisan bills moving forward in both the House and the Senate to fund the Highway Trust Fund for the short term — bills that the President supports. But he reiterated that there must be a long-term, comprehensive solution — which is something the President already put forth earlier this year.

 

 

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PBS News Hour: Why political division is multiplying in Wisconsin

 

Published on Jul 18, 2014

The residents of metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin are increasingly split by race, political party and geography. A major fight over Gov. Scott Walker in 2012 helped widen the divide. Gwen Ifill talks to residents and local politicians about the fractured political landscape and what the polarization means on a national level, and Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh in with analysis.

 

 

 

NYPD Kills Man For Selling Untaxed Cigarettes

 

Published on Jul 18, 2014

“A Staten Island man died Thursday after police placed him in a chokehold as they attempted to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.

 

According to authorities, Eric Garner, 43, went into cardiac arrest and died at Richmond University Medical Center following the arrest that was filmed by several witnesses, the New York Daily News reported.

 

In the video, Garner can be seen telling police that he had not been selling cigarettes, repeatedly saying, ” I didn’t sell anything,” before insisting, “I’m minding my own business, please leave me alone.”

 

After a standoff, five officers tackled the 400-pound Garner — with one placing him in a chokehold — and wrestled him to the ground as they attempted to put handcuffs on him.

 

As Garner lay on the ground, with one officer pushing his head into the pavement, he can be heard saying, “I can’t breath. I can’t breath,” over and over.”

 

 

 

‘She was about bringing people together’

 

Published on Jul 18, 2014

Lucy Thackray of “The Daily Mail” shares memories of MH17 victim Sister Philomene Tiernan, a nun she called her mentor.

 

 

 

RAW: World mourns MH17 crash in Ukraine

 

Published on Jul 19, 2014

Mourners from around the globe left flowers, candles and stuffed animals for the victims of the MH17 crash in Ukraine. In Amsterdam’s airport where the plane took off, to the small flower shop that two of the victims owned, people paid their respects to those who died.

 

 

 

Typhoon Rammasun makes landfall in China

 

Published on Jul 19, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun has made landfall in China much earlier than expected. Meteorologist Karen McGinnis has the details

 

 

 

Controversies cloud new NFL season

 

Published on Jul 19, 2014

The NFL is starting its latest season with controversies on several fronts. Geoff Foster, sports editor for the Wall Street Journal, discusses the latest drug inquiry as well as the ongoing Redskins saga.

 

 

 

GOP Faithful Want Obama Impeached, Why? He’s Obama, That’s Why

 

Published on Jul 19, 2014

“About one-third of U.S. adults and 68 percent of Republicans agree with Sarah Palin that President Obama deserves impeachment, a new poll found.

 

The split along partisan lines in the new Huffington Post/YouGov poll was stark. While 68 percent of Republicans said impeachment would be justified, only 8 percent of Democrats agreed and independents were evenly split 37 percent on each side.

 

Just over one quarter, 26 percent, of respondents who did not describe themselves as Republicans called for impeachment.”

 

 

 

 

What happened to him could happen to anyone

 

Published on Jul 19, 2014

Two years ago, Stephen Barton was shot in the face and neck at the 2012 Aurora theater shooting in Colorado. He survived and joined the fight to stop gun violence — hear what he has to say.

 

 

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President Obama Speaks on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Russia and Ukraine, and the Situation in Gaza

 

 

The President Makes a Statement on Ukraine

 

Published on Jul 18, 2014

President Obama delivers a statement to the press in the wake of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 yesterday, and also discusses the current situation in Gaza, July 18, 2014.

 

 

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The President Makes a Statement on Foreign Policy

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

 

Today, President Obama delivered a statement to the press in the wake of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 yesterday:

 

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Yesterday, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine near the Russian border.  Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, infants — who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine.  Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions.

We know at least one American citizen, Quinn Lucas Schansman, was killed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family for this terrible loss.

Yesterday, I spoke with the leaders of Ukraine, Malaysia, and the Netherlands.  I told them that our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and that the American people stand with them during this difficult time.  Later today, I’ll be speaking to Prime Minister Abbott of Australia, which also suffered a terrible loss.

By far, the country that lost the most people on board the plane was the Netherlands.  From the days of our founding, the Dutch have been close friends and stalwart allies of the United States of America.  And today, I want the Dutch people to know that we stand with you, shoulder to shoulder, in our grief and in our absolute determination to get to the bottom of what happened.

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“The U.N. Security Council has endorsed this investigation,” the President said, “and we will hold all its members – including Russia – to their word.” He then made clear that Russia, pro-Russian separatists, and Ukraine need to “adhere to an immediate cease-fire” in order to facilitate the investigation.

 

“Evidence must not be tampered with,” he said. “Investigators need to access the crash site. And the solemn task of returning those who were lost on board the plane to their loved ones needs to go forward immediately.”

 

The U.S. is ready to provide any necessary assistance to the investigation and has already offered the support of the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and personnel from these two agencies are already on their way to assist in the investigation. President Obama said that he will “continue to be in close contact with leaders from around the world” as the U.S. responds to this catastrophe.

 

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He emphasized that the immediate focus is on “recovering those who were lost, investigating exactly what happened, and putting forward the facts.” But more broadly, he made clear that peace and security must be restored in Ukraine:

 

For months, we’ve supported a pathway to peace, and the Ukrainian government has reached out to all Ukrainians, put forward a peace plan, and lived up to a cease-fire, despite repeated violations by the separatists — violations that took the lives of Ukrainian soldiers and personnel.

Moreover, time and again, Russia has refused to take the concrete steps necessary to deescalate the situation.  I spoke to President Putin yesterday in the wake of additional sanctions that we had imposed.  He said he wasn’t happy with them, and I told him that we have been very clear from the outset that we want Russia to take the path that would result in peace in Ukraine, but so far at least, Russia has failed to take that path.  Instead, it has continued to violate Ukrainian sovereignty and to support violent separatists.  It has also failed to use its influence to press the separatists to abide by a cease-fire.  That’s why, together with our allies, we’ve imposed growing costs on Russia.

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So now is, I think, a somber and appropriate time for all of us to step back and take a hard look at what has happened.  Violence and conflict inevitably lead to unforeseen consequences.  Russia, these separatists, and Ukraine all have the capacity to put an end to the fighting.  Meanwhile, the United States is going to continue to lead efforts within the world community to de-escalate the situation; to stand up for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine; and to support the people of Ukraine as they courageously work to strengthen their democracy and make their own decisions about how they should move forward.

The President then remarked briefly on the situation in Gaza, following a conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel this morning:

 

We discussed Israel’s military operation in Gaza, including its efforts to stop the threat of terrorist infiltration through tunnels into Israel.  I reaffirmed my strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself.  No nation should accept rockets being fired into its borders, or terrorists tunneling into its territory.  In fact, while I was having the conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu, sirens went off in Tel Aviv.

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I also made clear that the United States, and our friends and allies, are deeply concerned about the risks of further escalation and the loss of more innocent life.  And that’s why we’ve indicated, although we support military efforts by the Israelis to make sure that rockets are not being fired into their territory, we also have said that our understanding is the current military ground operations are designed to deal with the tunnels, and we are hopeful that Israel will continue to approach this process in a way that minimizes civilian casualties and that all of us are working hard to return to the cease-fire that was reached in November of 2012.

Secretary Kerry is working to support Egypt’s initiative to pursue that outcome.  I told Prime Minister Netanyahu that John is prepared to travel to the region following additional consultations.

Read the President’s full remarks here.

 

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Statement by the President on Ukraine

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

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THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.

 

Yesterday, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine near the Russian border.  Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, infants — who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine.  Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions.

 

We know at least one American citizen, Quinn Lucas Schansman, was killed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family for this terrible loss.

 

Yesterday, I spoke with the leaders of Ukraine, Malaysia, and the Netherlands.  I told them that our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and that the American people stand with them during this difficult time.  Later today, I’ll be speaking to Prime Minister Abbott of Australia, which also suffered a terrible loss.

 

By far, the country that lost the most people on board the plane was the Netherlands.  From the days of our founding, the Dutch have been close friends and stalwart allies of the United States of America.  And today, I want the Dutch people to know that we stand with you, shoulder to shoulder, in our grief and in our absolute determination to get to the bottom of what happened.

 

Here’s what we know so far.  Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that was launched from an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine.  We also know that this is not the first time a plane has been shot down in eastern Ukraine.  Over the last several weeks, Russian-backed separatists have shot down a Ukrainian transport plane and a Ukrainian helicopter, and they claimed responsibility for shooting down a Ukrainian fighter jet. Moreover, we know that these separatists have received a steady flow of support from Russia.  This includes arms and training.  It includes heavy weapons, and it includes anti-aircraft weapons.

 

Here’s what must happen now.  This was a global tragedy.  An Asian airliner was destroyed in European skies, filled with citizens from many countries.  So there has to be a credible international investigation into what happened.  The U.N. Security Council has endorsed this investigation, and we will hold all its members — including Russia — to their word.  In order to facilitate that investigation, Russia, pro-Russian separatists, and Ukraine must adhere to an immediate cease-fire.  Evidence must not be tampered with.  Investigators need to access the crash site.  And the solemn task of returning those who were lost on board the plane to their loved ones needs to go forward immediately.

 

The United States stands ready to provide any assistance that is necessary.  We’ve already offered the support of the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board, which has experience in working with international partners on these types of investigations.  They are on their way, personnel from the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board.

 

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In the coming hours and days, I’ll continue to be in close contact with leaders from around the world as we respond to this catastrophe.  Our immediate focus will be on recovering those who were lost, investigating exactly what happened, and putting forward the facts.

 

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White House Schedule – July 18, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will deliver a statement on the situation in Ukraine. The President’s statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room is open press.

 

In the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew. This meeting is closed press.

 

Afterward, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew and Secretary of State Kerry. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of Health and Human Services Burwell in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the evening, the President will travel to Camp David. The departure from the South Lawn is open press.

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday July 18th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, JULY 18th, 2014

 

9:30 AM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing.

 

11:30 AM: The President delivers a statement on the situation in Ukraine.

 

1:30 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew.

 

1:45 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew and Secretary of State Kerry.

 

4:20 PM: The President meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services Burwell.

 

5:40 PM: The President departs the White House en route Camp David.

 

 

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Tune In: Watch the Kids’ State Dinner Live!

 

 

This morning at 11:25 a.m. ET, we’ll be streaming the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner live from the White House.

 

And you can watch it all right here.

 

More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year, featuring wholesome and tasty ingredients such as squash, ground turkey, salmon, and kale. Watch the winning recipes being selected for the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner below – and tune in to the Kids’ State Dinner live today at 11:25 a.m. ET.

 

 

Let’s Move! The Countdown To The Kids’ State Dinner Begins!

 

 

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Working to End Pregnancy Discrimination: A Win for Families Everywhere

 

 

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on CNN.com. See the original post here.

More than 30 years ago, Congress wisely passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Yet today, many pregnant women still experience unfair and unnecessary challenges on the job.

Non-discrimination has been the law of the land for over three decades, yet, in some workplaces, the standard for treatment of pregnant women has remained in the dark ages. Some are fired or demoted, with no hesitation, when a modest accommodation would allow them to continue to work and support their families.

The stories are heart-wrenching and preventable. There’s the pregnant woman who was terminated when, in violation of company policy, she started carrying a water bottle on advice of her doctor to fight urinary and bladder infections.

Or the store clerk who was fired when her physician restricted her to lifting only lighter loads due to her pregnancy, even though during the course of work she rarely needed to lift heavier weights.

I vividly remember early on in my career when I was eight months pregnant, working literally around the clock, and worrying that each trip to the restroom or my need to catch the occasional catnap was causing my colleagues to question whether I could keep up.

In so many cases, modest accommodations – adjustments that readily might be made for other employees – are denied pregnant women, forcing expectant moms to choose between their health and that of their pregnancies, and their jobs.

 

Valerie Jarrett is Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

Notice from the President — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations

 

Letter from the President — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

 

Remarks by the President and the First Lady at the Kids State Dinner

 

Live from the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner

 

 

 

Statement by the President on Ukraine

 

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The President and First Lady at the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner

 

Published on Jul 18, 2014

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama deliver remarks at the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 18, 2014.

 

 

 

Kiev leaks phone call ‘proving self-defense forces downed MH17′

 

Published on Jul 18, 2014

Barack Obama claims the U.S. has firm evidence that the plane was shot down by a missile, fired from an area controlled by anti-Kiev fighters. He also accuses Russia of supporting them. Gayane Chichakyan followed the president’s speech in Washington DC.

 

 

 

Moyers & Company Full Show: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

 

Published on Jul 18, 2014

With new state laws and Supreme Court rulings, the battle over women’s reproductive rights is being fought more fiercely than ever. Roe v. Wade itself may be in peril. Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards joins Bill this week.

 

 

 

Veteran graffiti artist RISK on his evolving art form

 

Published on Jul 18, 2014

For more than 30 years, Los Angeles-based artist RISK has made the world his canvas, creating colorful murals on everything from highway overpasses — known as “heavens” — to dilapidated buildings, walls, trains and buses.

 

 

 

Organizing Update with Jon Carson: Minimum Wage

 

Published on Jul 18, 2014

In this Organizing Update, OFA Executive Director Jon Carson walks through OFA’s strategy on the minimum wage, holding elected officials accountable and working toward wins at the local and state level.

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FAA prohibits American carriers from flying in MH17 crash airspace

 

Published on Jul 18, 2014

Malaysian government insists the flight path of MH17 was declared safe, but within hours of the crash, other carriers announced they would not be flying that route. Jeff Pegues reports from Washington.

 

 

 

Heartbroken Loved Ones Gather at Amsterdam Airport for Information on Downed Flight 17

 

 

 

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


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The President Speaks on the Importance of Our Nation’s Infrastructure

 

 

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This morning, President Obama took a quick trip across the Potomac to visit the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, a facility in McLean, Virginia that focuses on highway technologies that help make driving safer and smarter.

 

In the President’s remarks, he talked about the importance of investing in new infrastructure technologies and renewing the Highway Trust Fund, as well as Congress’s continued inaction on important policies that would positively benefit millions of Americans.

 

The President opened his remarks contextualizing the time and money that Americans spend on transportation:

 

One study shows that Americans spend 5.5 billion hours stuck in traffic each year, which costs us $120 billion in wasted time and gas — that’s 800 bucks per commuter. Then you’ve got outdated roads and bridges that mean businesses pay an extra $27 billion in freight costs, which are then passed on to consumers. So, all told, transportation eats up more of the typical family’s household budget than anything except the rent or a mortgage.

 

Funding infrastructure projects helps our families, it fuels our economy, and it better positions America for the future.

 

But funding for infrastructure projects is about to run out because Congress has failed to act. The Highway Trust Fund, which supports infrastructure projects around the country, is in danger of running dry.

 

That could put nearly 700,000 jobs at risk, including more than 17,000 right here in Virginia. More than 100,000 active projects across the country — projects where workers as we speak are paving roads and rebuilding bridges and modernizing our transit systems — those projects would be slowed or stopped. And some states have already had to put some projects on hold because they don’t trust Congress to get its act together.

 

There are bipartisan bills moving forward in both the House and the Senate to fund the Highway Trust Fund for the short term — bills that the President supports. But he reiterated that there must be a long-term, comprehensive solution.

 

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That’s why, earlier this year, the President produced his own plan that would rebuild our infrastructure in a comprehensive and responsible way. It is a plan that invests in our future, instead of just kicking the can down the road.

 

It would support millions of jobs. It would give cities and states, and private investors the certainty they need to plan ahead and hire more workers. It would help small businesses ship their goods faster. It would help parents get home to their kids faster. It would mean less wear and tear on your car. It would mean less money on gas. It would save people money. It would support cutting-edge research like the work that you’re doing here, which could end up cutting back on the number of traffic fatalities.

But as is so often the case these days, House Republicans have refused to act on this — and they haven’t come up with their own ideas, either.

 

“Do something: That’s my big motto for Congress right now. Just do something.”

 

The President wants everybody — Republicans and Democrats — to work together on this issue, and others, to help move this country forward. But where Congress fails to act, the President is going to continue to act on his own to expand opportunity for all Americans.

 

So I’m proud of you. I want you to keep on doing what you’re doing. We’re going to try to make sure Congress actually does as good of a job at what they’re supposed to be doing as you guys are doing on yours. If we do, then you’re going to have some parents who are getting home a little earlier. You’re going to have folks who aren’t going to have to go to the body shop quite as often. You’re going to be seeing millions of people across the country saving money at the pump. We’re going to see airline delays reduced, so when you plan that Thanksgiving trip, you’re not spending the whole time in the airport. All that can make a huge difference.

 

Learn more about why we need to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, and watch the President’s full remarks below:

 

The President Speaks on the Economy

 

Published on Jul 15, 2014

After touring the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia, President Obama delivers remarks on the economy, July 15, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you hate traffic jams:

Since our earliest days, the American transportation system has comprised our economic backbone — part of what’s made us great as a nation.

 

But right now, there’s a big problem with our roads and bridges: Over the years, we’ve invested in them less and less. They haven’t kept up with the needs and demands of our growing economy.

 

That’s why the President has been clear: Investing in our infrastructure is a top priority, and it’s why he’s put out a long-term plan that shows we can invest in our infrastructure and pay for it in part by closing unfair tax loopholes and making commonsense reforms to our tax system.

 

With funding for surface transportation running out, and hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk, we simply can’t afford to stop investing in our transportation.

 

65% of America’s roads are already in less than good condition, and a quarter of our bridges require significant repair or can’t handle today’s traffic.

 

Take a look at our new interactive state-by-state map to learn more about the current condition of your state’s roads and bridges.

 

The President has a plan to fix our nation’s infrastructure for the long run — making targeted investments in the short term and laying the groundwork for increased efficiency down the road. But in the meantime, he’s calling on Congress to avoid a lapse in funding of the Highway Trust Fund.

 

His long-term plan to invest in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure would (among other things):

 

  • Invest $302 billion over four years into our highways, railroads, and transit systems
  • Provide certainty that cities, states, and investors need to break ground on major projects
  • Build a world-class freight network that gets our products out to overseas markets

 

Find out more about the roads and bridges in your state — and what will happen if Congress fails to act.

 

 

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


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Urge Your Senators to Help Save Women’s Lives

 

The heartbreaking shooting outside Houston last week reminds us once again of the strong connection between mass shootings and domestic violence – and the deadly role of guns in domestic and family violence.

 

More than half of women murdered with guns in the U.S. in 2010 — at least 54 percent — were killed by intimate partners or family members.

 

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Get the facts on America’s Uniquely Lethal Domestic Abuse Problem:

 

Here’s the reality: more than half of the women killed with guns in the U.S. are murdered by their partners. Every month, 46 women are shot and killed in the U.S. by a current or former boyfriend or spouse.

 

Gun violence in America is a domestic violence problem. We researched mass shootings between January 2009 and January 2013 and found that 57 percent of mass shootings involved the murder of a partner or other close family member.

 

But we know that common-sense gun laws will protect domestic violence victims and save lives. In states that require background checks, 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by intimate partners.

 

That’s why we’re pushing Congress and state legislatures to close the loopholes that make it easy for domestic abusers to get guns without a background check—common-sense changes that the gun lobby refuses to support. If abusers can simply go online and buy a gun, how can their partners ever be safe from harm?

 

We’re also working to prohibit stalkers from buying guns—and to make sure that convicted abusers don’t get to keep the guns they already own.

 

Demand Action – Zina’s Story

 

Published on Apr 3, 2013

Mayors Against Illegal Guns released this ad featuring Elvin Daniel, a gun owner and NRA member whose sister Zina Daniel was murdered in the Brookfield, Wis., spa shooting in October 2012 by her estranged husband.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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