The President will travel to Fort Belvoir, Virginia to deliver remarks and sign H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. The bill provides the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans.
White House Schedule – August 7, 2014
In the morning, the President will travel to Fort Belvoir, Virginia to deliver remarks and sign H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. The bill provides the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media; the deadline to RSVP has closed.
In the afternoon, the President will meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
Thursday, August 7th 2014 All Times ET
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Thursday August 7th, 2014
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THURSDAY AUGUST 7th, 2014
11:20 AM: The President delivers remarks and signs H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, Wallace Theater – Fort Belvoir.
The President delivers remarks and signs H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014; Fort Belvoir, Virginia
4:00 PM: The President meets with senior advisors, Oval Office.
Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks – August 6th, 2014
President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos, President of the Republic of Colombia
Investments Announced at Symposium for African Spouses Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Former Lady Laura Bush
A Conversation Between First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Laura Bush Moderated by Cokie Roberts at “Investing in our Future,” a Symposium for Spouses on Advancements for Women and Girls in Africa
Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at “Investing in Our Future,” a Symposium for Spouses on Advancement for Women and Girls in Africa
President Obama Engages with African Leaders on Final Day of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
09:50 PM EDT
President Obama and African leaders took part in three action-oriented sessions today as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. The summit is the largest event any U.S. president has held with African heads of state and government, and builds on President Obama’s trip to Africa last summer.
In remarks at this morning’s opening session, the President explained the purpose of the event and noted the progress across the African continent — and what that means for America:
We come together this week because, even as the continent faces significant challenges, as I said last night, I believe a new Africa is emerging. With some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, a growing middle class, and the youngest and fastest-growing population on Earth, Africa will help shape the world as never before.
Moreover, Africa’s progress is being led by Africans, including leaders represented here today. More governments are embracing economic reforms, attracting record levels of investment. Gains in development, increasing agricultural production, declining rates in infectious diseases are being driven by African plans. African security forces and African peacekeepers are risking their lives to meet regional threats. A new generation of young Africans is making its voice heard.
Africa’s rise means opportunity for all of us — including the opportunity to transform the relationship between the United States and Africa. As I said in Cape Town last year, it’s time for a new model of partnership between America and Africa — a partnership of equals that focuses on African capacity to solve problems, and on Africa’s capacity to grow. And that’s why we’re here.
Join a Twitter Q&A on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
06:09 PM EDT
Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of activity in Washington focused around strengthening our economic and diplomatic ties with Africa. Last week, President Obama took part in a town hall for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, which is part of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). And this week, the President hosted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which brought 50 African leaders to Washington, making it the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government.
During the summit, the President highlighted Africa’s impressive economic growth, and made clear that America will be a partner in its success — “a good partner, an equal partner, and a partner for the long term.” He also announced a series of steps that the United States is taking to boost trade and investments with Africa — commitments from the private and public sectors which total some $33 billion.
This is an important step for both the United States and Africa — and we want to spend a little more time talking about it with you this week. So Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes is taking to Twitter to answer your questions. Tomorrow, August 7 at 2 p.m. ET, join Ben Rhodes and the ONE Campaign for a Twitter Q&A on YALI and this week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.
August 2014: Photos of the Day
5 reasons why Congress should fund educational children’s television
The recent success of LeVar Burton’s Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than $5 million to bring back the classic PBS show “Reading Rainbow,” illustrates just how hungry Americans are for high-quality educational programming. I am wowed by the impact of crowdsourcing, but I am also worried that Congress will take this as a sign that it no longer needs to invest federal dollars into educational children’s television.
Federal funding has set up the infrastructure for a truly impressive Public Broadcasting Service and programming that would never otherwise have gained a foothold if left to the vagaries of the marketplace economy. Without the support of the American people, long-running series like “Sesame Street” might not have reached generation upon generation of children. Programs that teach literature (“Wishbone”) or science (“Bill Nye the Science Guy”) or computer literacy (“Cyberchase”) might never have found their audience. The evolution of government-supported educational media for children reflects not only imagination (Peg+Cat), but also serious research on what works and what doesn’t for kids’ TV created with learning — not selling — as the primary outcome.
1. Public television is free, and cable television is expensive.
A reasonable question might be: Why do we need federal funding to support educational content on broadcast TV when there are whole cable channels specifically devoted to children? Well, 10 percent of U.S. homes have only broadcast TV. And these broadcast-only homes, according to Nielsen research, are significantly poorer than the rest: The median household income for families with cable or satellite is almost twice that of families with only broadcast TV. While there are examples of high-quality programs on children’s channels like Nickelodeon (“Dora the Explorer”) and the Disney Channel (“Doc McStuffins”), they are the exception rather than the rule. The goal of their companies is to make money, not educate children (and I don’t have a problem with that). But neither of these channels does the kind of research that is essential to understanding how their lessons are being received, whether they are making a difference in children’s cognitive growth and, most importantly, whether they are reaching those children who can benefit most because they have the fewest resources.
2. The formula that works for the “marketplace” economy does not work for children’s educational television.
PBS shows aren’t designed to capture a huge audience. To be educationally successful, curriculum-based shows must be targeted to a narrow developmental age or stage. That’s why we see so many shows on commercial stations like Nickelodeon or the Disney Channel taking a different approach and teaching “prosocial” lessons — for example, the importance of being a good friend or the value of honesty. These shows need to appeal to a huge swath of the child audience (and therefore advertisers), but let’s be real: Kids have already learned these so-called lessons. Educationally driven shows aren’t designed with obvious licensing and merchandizing opportunities. Funding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and the local public stations that make excellent children’s shows (such as WGBH in Boston) gives them greater freedom to create formats that are pedagogically sound, rather than commercially oriented.
3. The quality of educational television on stations that are mandated by law to provide educational content for children is dismal.
Although Congress passed the Children’s Television Act in 1990 and the Federal Communications Commission established clear guidelines spelling out exactly what kind of programming would count as “core” educational content (with a minimum of three hours per week), our studies at the Annenberg Public Policy Center reveal that many of the so-called E/I shows on broadcast TV are of dubious educational value. The network that stands above the rest in quality and educational value? PBS, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona.
4. The research is clear: television shows that are designed to be beneficial really are beneficial, particularly for children with fewer educational opportunities in the home and community.
A landmark 2001 study conducted by Daniel Anderson and colleagues tracked children’s television viewing and academic success over 10 years. They found that children who watched educational programming like that found on PBS (at that time, “Barney & Friends,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street”) arrived at school more ready to learn. The advantage they received from exposure to educational fare during preschool years was still evident when the researchers re-contacted these children as high-schoolers. Controlling for the variables we know would affect adolescent academic success (including parent education, home environment and family income), child viewing of educational TV still predicted higher grades, reading more books and greater creativity.
5. What’s good for children who watch PBS can be good even for those who don’t.
Public broadcasting has served as a kind of Petri dish of ideas that commercial broadcasters and channels have appropriated — once they see that it works. Angela Santomero, creator of the Nickelodeon series “Blue’s Clues,” has said that “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” inspired her to create a host who would talk directly to children and invite them to respond because she saw that it worked for Fred Rogers. Other groundbreaking shows like “Bill Nye” and “The Magic School Bus” showed that TV can teach complex concepts (in fact, both of these shows found homes in syndication on commercial channels). PBS raises the bar, and families across the nation expect more and better for their children.
Jordan, Ph.D., is associate director for Policy Implementation at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. She is also president-elect of the International Communication Association.
Thank you Amy Jordan, contributor, & The Hill.
BODY OF US GENERAL Harold J. Greene ARRIVES AT DOVER AIR FORCE BASE
By Associated Press.
The body of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was returned home to the U.S. Thursday morning in solemn proceedings at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The body of a two-star general killed in an Afghan “insider attack” has arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
A C-17 cargo plane carrying the body of 55-year-old Maj. Gen. Harold Greene landed Thursday morning at Dover, home to the nation’s largest military mortuary.
White-gloved soldiers solemnly carried a flag-draped metal case with Greene’s remains to a waiting mortuary vehicle as Army officials and other dignitaries saluted.
Greene is the highest-ranked U.S. officer to be killed in combat since 1970 during the Vietnam War. Greene, a 34-year U.S. Army veteran, also is the highest-ranked American officer killed in combat in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Thank you Associated Press.
From last week’s meeting of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, to this week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, there’s been a lot going on here in Washington focused on strengthening our economic and diplomatic ties with Africa. So as the summit comes to a close, we’re giving you an opportunity to chat with us about what this means for the future of Africa and the United States.
Today, at 2 p.m. ET, join Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and the ONE Campaign for a Twitter Q&A.
Dr. Walt Whitman & The Soul Children of Chicago Jamming with the FLOTUS!
HEATED: Ben Shapiro, Peter Beinart Get Personal Over Gaza
Published on Aug 7, 2014
Shapiro, Beinart Get Personal Over Gaza: ‘Hamas Celebrates Every Moment You’re On Television’
CNN Tonight 8/6/2014: Liberal commentator Peter Beinart and conservative pundit Ben Shapiro viciously tore into one another Wednesday night over the conflict in Gaza after Beinart accused the pro-Israel Shapiro of being “the true ideological partner of Hamas.”
Sometimes the best way to prove idiocy, is to allow idiots to speak.
Daily Press Briefing: August 5, 2014
Published on Aug 7, 2014
U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki leads the Daily Press Briefing at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on August 5, 2014. A transcript is available athttp://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/201…
Russians mock Obama with laser show on U.S. Embassy
Published on Aug 7, 2014
A racially charged laser show of Barack Obama eating a banana was projected on the U.S. embassy in Moscow.
Laura Bush and Michelle Obama talk spotlight and criticism
Published on Aug 7, 2014
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