Senator John McCain Is Senile And MUST Resign His Senatorial Seat Immediately.


 

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Fact Checker Says John McCain DID Flip-Flop On Bowe Bergdahl

 

 

It was just last week when Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) delivered a Memorial Day message in which she urged Americans to keep Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl “in our thoughts and prayers.” She added, “I renew my call on the Defense Department to redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family.”
Less than a week later, the Defense Department announced that Bergdahl had been freed and he’ll be returned safely to his family – prompting a new round of criticism from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).

But all things considered, these conflicting statements are mild compared to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his recent reversals, highlighted today by Doug Mataconis.

 

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John McCain: Obama Released the ‘Jihadists Responsible for 9/11′ to Get Sgt. Bergdahl

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday asserted that the five Taliban members traded for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was being held prison of war, were “hardcore military jihadists who are responsible for 9/11″ and should have been detained indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay or some other U.S. prison.

 

“First of all, I wouldn’t release these men,” McCain told CNN host Candy Crowley.

 

“Ever?” Crowley wondered.

 

“Not these men,” McCain insisted. “They were judged time after time during their confinement in Guantanamo, they were evaluated and judged as too great a risk to release. That was the judgement made.”

 

The Arizona Republican argued that Bergdahl knew when he joined the military that he was taking “certain risks, and among those risks are wounding, death, imprisonment. That’s why we cherish and love all of those men and women who serve so much.”

 

Crowley pointed out McCain had supported a prisoner exchange with the Taliban to save Bergdahl earlier this year.

 

McCain, however, insisted that the president had chosen the wrong prisoners, but refused to say exactly which detainees he would have selected.

 

“First of all, we’re not sending everybody home,” he chuckled. “We are going to send them — even if we close Guantanamo — we are going to send them to facilities inside the United States of America, that’s been the plan all along.”

 

“Second of all, I believe we should keep these people because they are hardcore jihadists who are responsible for 9/11,” McCain continued. “Of course, nobody wants to release people who are responsible for 9/11, and these people that are released that were Taliban governing worked hand-in-glove with al Qaeda.”

 

Retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis, who was the former top prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, told MSNBC on Saturday that the prisoners released in exchanged for Bergdahl were so inconsequential that he did not even know who they were.

 

“My role as chief prosecutor was to review the information we had on the detainees to determine which ones we could potentially bring war crimes charges against,” Davis recalled. “When I saw the names of the five individuals, when they were reported last weekend, my first reaction was, ‘Who are they?'”

 

“I never saw the names before, which means there was not enough information to even make it on our list of potential prosecution,” he explained. “To trade five of them for a U.S. service member, in my estimation, and I’m often critical of President [Barack] Obama, I think they struck a pretty good deal.”

 

 

 

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WaPo Fact Checker: Yes, McCain Flip-Flopped on Bergdahl Release Deal

 

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

Yesterday John McCain insisted that he did not flip-flop on support for the deal to release Bowe Bergdahl, and anyone who says he did is a “lying” “Obamaphile.” Well, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler looked into McCain’s denial and concluded that yes, he did, in fact, flip-flop.

 

Kessler goes through all the facts of the case; McCain was aware of who was being considered for the prisoner exchange, he said previously he was “inclined to support” a deal to trade five Taliban commanders for Bergdahl, and his given reason for not flip-flopping is that he brought up “details” back then that would have to be decided on. Kessler writes, “His previous dispute had been on releasing the men as a confidence-building measure, not on the character of the men themselves. He certainly did not say he would have objected to these men being part of the prisoner exchange.”

 

Kessler also calls McCain out for acting like the trade was a “surprise” when it’s clear he was aware of the facts ahead of time, and concludes that he flip-flopped. McCain may have thought he left himself an out when he said his support was dependent on the details. But then he can’t object to the most important detail — the identity of the prisoners — that was known at the time he indicated his support. McCain earns an upside-down Pinocchio, constituting a flip-flop.

 

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Rachel Maddow Jabs John McCain Hypocrisy on Bergdahl – The Rosetta Stone of What’s Wrong in DC

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

6-4-14 – (MSNBC) – On Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow announced that she has discovered the Rosetta Stone, the “secret decoder ring” by which all of U.S. politics in the Obama administration can be interpreted. She began by pointing to a Charlie Rose Show appearance by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) from some weeks ago in which the senator gave his prescription for how President Barack Obama should handle the Russian incursion into Ukraine.

 

“I think first I would try the Magnitsky, which as you know, targets individuals and their bank accounts and their ability to travel,” said McCain. “I would try that first. Then, obviously, I would look at other areas, throw them out of the G8, of course, it should be the G7.”

 

Then, when President Obama did exactly those things, McCain went on Imus in the Morning to bash him, joking that Putin must be “reduced to tears” not to be included in the G8 anymore.

 

“See?” Maddow said. “This is the Rosetta Stone, this is the magic decoder ring that tells you how Washington works right now. Say that President Obama should do something, then pray that he doesn’t actually do it, because if he does actually do it, you’re going to have to come out against the thing that you have been recommending all along.”

 

“It’s amazing,” she said. “John McCain, I’d have to make you up if you didn’t exist.”

 

Case in point: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the prisoner of the Afghanistan war whose return Obama traded five Guantanamo prisoners for.

 

Weeks ago, in an interview with Anderson Cooper, McCain said, “I would be inclined to support such a thing,” with regards to swapping the five Taliban combatants held at Guantanamo for Bergdahl, particularly in light of the “rapid deterioration” of Bergdahl’s health seen in videos released to the Pentagon by the Taliban.

 

That, said Maddow, was Step One: McCain suggests Obama do something. Then comes Step Two, in which the president actually does it.

 

 
“Step Three?” Maddow said. “Well, now John McCain has to pretend to be against his own idea.”

 

Arizona’s senior senator obliged by saying on Wednesday, “This decision to bring Sgt. Bergdahl home — and we applaud that he is home — is ill-founded. It is a mistake and it is putting the lives of American servicemen and women at risk and that to me is unacceptable to the American people.”

 

Sighing heavily, Maddow said, “Sen. McCain did not think that very same exchange of prisoners would be ‘unacceptable to the American people’ when he himself suggested it in February. But once Pres. Obama did it and got Bowe Bergdahl home that way, well that’s when the senator had to complete Step Three of his magic decoder ring process and come out against his own idea as a terrible, outrageous and dangerous idea because Pres. Obama actually did it.”

 

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University Of California Santa Barbara Isla Vista Shooting Rampage: 7 Reported Dead Including 22 Year Old Shooter, Elliot Rodger.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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22-year-old Elliot Rodger as the suspect who opened fire Friday night in a busy commercial strip just outside the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus.

 

Elliot Rodger’s Retribution | Elliot Rodgers Retribution | Elliot Rodger Haunting Final Video [RAW]

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Haunting final video of Elliot Rodgers titled ‘Retribution’ Elliot Rodger Retribution California Drive-by Shootings. Elliot Rodger’s Retribution | Premeditated Mass Murder. California shooting: Elliot Rodger suspected of killing six. Elliot Rodger is suspected of shooting dead six people before turning the gun on himself, in a rage against being rejected by women.

 

 

Just a quick note from me, Jueseppi B: After reading the 141-Page Manifesto Found in UCSB Shooter, Elliot Rodger’s  apartment, and watching the above video, I see no real reason to label him a mental illness case, or to categorize his shooting rampage as the work of a mentally disturbed person. Elliot Rodger was a spoiled dumbass vile caucasian rich kid, who was ignored by females.  The key word here is “spoiled.”

 

 

Raw: Vigil Held to Honor Shooting Victims

 

 

The following blog post was compiled with articles and photo images from ABC NEWS, KTLA 5, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Gawker, and ATLAS LEFT.

 

7 Dead in California Drive by Shootings Isla Vista Seven Killed

 

Seven people, including a suspected gunman, died in drive-by shootings Friday night in a small Southern California college town, a rampage that authorities believe to be “premeditated,” Santa Barbara County sheriff‘s deputies said Saturday.
The shootings occurred in Isla Vista near the University of California-Santa Barbara. Seven people also were being treated in a hospital for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries, including at least one who was in surgery, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

 

 

 

Cops identify California drive-by shooter

 

Published on May 24, 2014

The Santa Barbara sheriff’s department provides details about the suspect in the California drive-by shootings.

 

 

 

Police give shooting timeline

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Police detail the events of the deadly drive-by shootings in California.

 

 

 

Father of victim: ‘Too many have died’

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Shooting victim Christopher Martinez’s father blames “craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA” for his son’s death.

 

 

 

Ten minutes of terror in college town

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Witnesses share accounts of the shooting spree that terrorized a California college town.

 

 

 

Witness: ‘It was a huge shock’

 

Published on May 24, 2014

CNN’s Sara Sidner spoke with student Kyle Sullivan about the horrific aftermath of the “mass murder” in California.

 

 

 

Raw: Shooting Rampage Near UC Santa Barbara

 

Published on May 24, 2014

A drive-by shooter went on a rampage near a Santa Barbara university campus that left seven people dead, including the attacker, and seven others wounded, authorities said Saturday. (May 24)

 

 

 

Three Bodies and 141-Page Manifesto Found in UCSB Shooter’s Apartment

 

Posted by: John Prager

 

The 22-year old son of Peter Rodger, second unit director of the first Hunger Games movie, had a few issues with his virginity. In fact, his inability to find even one woman who would kiss him led him to develop a deep-seated hatred for all who were fortunate enough to have had squishy, skin-slapping, ecstasy-filled experiences. His jealousy built into a rage and his rage into an irrational furor.

 

22-year-old Elliot Rodger posted a short video on YouTube explaining his motive for what he would do just hours later. “If I had it in my power. I would stop at nothing to reduce every single one of you to mountains of skulls and rivers of blood,” adding “You deserve to be annihilated, and I will give that to you,” he said, speaking of what he termed his “day of retribution.”

 

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The police investigation naturally led to Rodger’s apartment, where police made a grisly discovery: along with a 141-page, 107,927-word autobiographical manifesto titled My Twisted World, bodies were discovered. It is unclear if the three bodies police were seen pulling from the apartment adds to the body count, or if they were among the original six, however.

 

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Santa Barbara Shooter Was Angry Girls Were ‘Repulsed by Me’

 

By BEN CANDEA and MARK MOONEY via GOOD MORNING AMERICA

 

The California college student who police said is the Santa Barbara gunman described himself as the “ultimate gentleman,” but was baffled – and angry – why the “many beautiful girls here… are so repulsed by me.”

 

Elliot Rodger, who was also identified by his family’s lawyer as the man who killed six and wounded 13 in a furious rampage Friday, said in a blog that his loneliness was the “darkest hell.”

 

Rodger, 22, clearly identifies himself on several YouTube videos and a blog as well as a 141 page manifesto lamenting his lonely life.

 

“I’ve been alone for a very long time. I’ve been attending college in Santa Barbara for 2 and half years now. And in those 2.5 years I’ve experienced nothing but loneliness and misery,” he said in a YouTube video.

 

“It doesn’t make sense. I do everything I can to appear attractive to you,” Rodger said in a message to women in general. “I dress nice. I’m sophisticated. I’m magnificent. I have a nice car… I’m the ultimate gentleman. And yet, you girls you never give me a chance. I don’t know why.”

 

Alan Schifman, the lawyer for the Rodger family, said he was being treated by several therapists and recently his parents and a social worker had become so alarmed by his behavior and his videos that they had reported him to police.

 

His loneliness was agony for the young student.

 

“I see so many beautiful, blonde haired girls. So many beautiful blonde-haired girls walking around everywhere. In your revealing shorts. Your cascading blonde hair. Your pretty faces. And I want one for a girlfriend… I’m 22 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend. I’m still a virgin. I’ve never had the pleasure of having sex with a girl. Sleeping with a girl. Kissing a girl. I’ve never even held a girl’s hand,” he said in a video.

 

Rodger’s most ominous video made shortly before Friday’s shooting spree was titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution.”

 

“Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men but never to me,” he says. He added that it was to be his last video.

 

While Rodger struggled with loneliness, his father Peter Rodger moved among the glamor of Hollywood. Peter Rodger was an assistant director on one of the “Hunger Games” movies.

 

His son recounts his efforts to fit in.

 

“I put a lot of effort into dressing nice. These sunglasses here, were $300. Giorgio Armani,” he said in a video.

 

He recalled how “unfair” it was during a recent shopping trip to Trader Joe’s when a “disgusting loser” entered the store “with these two beautiful blonde girls at his side.”

 

“I was of course all alone as I always am,” he said.

 

Rodger also wrote a blog post in April titled “Lonely in Santa Barbara.”

 

“Being lonely in a beautiful place like Santa Barbara is truly a horrible experience,” it read. “As I’ve said many times, a beautiful environment can be the darkest hell if you have to experience it all alone, especially while having to watch other men walking around with their girlfriends. I wish girls were attracted to me. I don’t know why they aren’t.”

 

Police haven’t confirmed whether the person who posted the videos or the man in them is the suspect in the Santa Barbara shooting. Schifman said the family contacted police about the videos, which led to an investigation.

 

Schifman said Rodger was diagnosed as being a high-functioning patient with Asperger syndrome and had faced bullying through much of his life as he had trouble making friends.

 

 

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Isla Vista Shooting Rampage, 3 UCSB Students Identified as Victims

 

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Three victims of a shooting rampage in Isla Vista and the suspected gunman were identified by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Saturday. The names of three other people who died during a stabbing incident prior to the shooting had not been released.

 

Santa Barbara City College student Elliot Rodger, 22, was identified as the gunman by Santa Barbara Sheriff and Coroner Bill Brown on Saturday.

 

Rodger allegedly killed seven people and injured 13 others Friday night using his BMW, one or more guns and sharp objects.

 

Three males had been repeatedly stabbed with sharp objects at a residence in the 6500 block of Seville Road (map) before Rodger’s shooting spree, Brown said.

 

Rodger then shot multiple people as he drove around Isla Vista, killing three.

 

 

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Veronika Weiss (left) was one of seven people who died on May 23, 2014, during a shooting spree and stabbing incident near UC Santa Barbara. Weiss posted this photo on her Twitter account on May 9, 2014.

Veronika Weiss (left) was one of seven people who died on May 23, 2014, during a shooting spree and stabbing incident near UC Santa Barbara. Weiss posted this photo on her Twitter account on May 9, 2014.

 

Veronika Weiss was a student at University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

Weiss was standing outside the Alpha Phi sorority house in the 800 block of Embarcadero del Norte (map) when she and two others were shot, Brown said. One of the three victims was expected to survive.

 

It was not known if any victims were members of the sorority.

 

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Katie Cooper (left) posted this picture on her Facebook.

Katie Cooper (left) posted this picture on her Facebook.

Cooper was with Weiss when Rodger opened fire on the two women.

Cooper studied art history and archaeology at UCSB, according to her Facebook.

She graduated from Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills in 2010.

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Chris Martinez, 20, died after he was shot on May 23, 2014. His father gave this photo to CNN.

Chris Martinez, 20, died after he was shot on May 23, 2014. His father gave this photo to CNN.

 

Michael-Martinez’s father, Richard Martinez, spoke about his son’s death outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday.

 

“You don’t think it’ll happen to your child, but it does. Chris was a really great kid,” he said. “Ask anyone who knew him.”

 

Martinez blamed “irresponsible politicians” and the National Rifle Association for his son’s death during his statement.

 

The UCSB student was inside a delicatessen when Rodger shot him, Brown said.

 

 

Three college students were identified Saturday as the victims of a shooting rampage in Isla Vista that killed seven people, including the alleged gunman.

 

Veronika Weiss, 19, Katie Cooper, 22, and Christopher Michael-Martinez, 20, all attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

“You don’t think it’ll happen to your child, but it does. Chris was a really great kid,” Chris’s father said. “Ask anyone who knew him.”

 

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Shooting rampage that killed 7 near UCSB planned, authorities say

 

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Authorities on Saturday said they believe a shooting rampage that left seven people dead in the UC Santa Barbara campus town of Isla Vista was a premeditated attack and are looking at a video in which a young man threatens violence in the area.

The shootings Friday night left Isla Vista reeling as police tried to piece together what they described as multiple crime scenes. The gunman, who was killed, opened fire from inside a black BMW, witnesses said.

 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said a video titled “Elliot Rodger’s retribution” “appears to be connected at this time” but would not elaborate.

Brown called the shooting “the work of a madman.”

The video appears to have been made by a young man who identified himself on his blog as a student in Santa Barbara.

“I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male,” the man says on the video, sitting in a car.

 

On the six-minute video, he talks about feeling alienated and rejected by women.

“I will be a god compared to you. You will all be animals. You are animals, and I will slaughter you like animals. I hate all of you. Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species,” he says.

“Yes, after I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house I’ll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there.”

 

Authorities said they are looking at videotaped as well as written evidence related to the shooting. But the man on the tape has not been named as a suspect.

Various media outlets in Hollywood and London reported that the man in the video was the son of commercial photographer and director Peter Rodger.

Rodger shot numerous commercials and was a unit director on the “The Hunger Games,” according to his IMDB profile.

 

Calls to phone numbers listed for Peter Rodger were not immediately  returned.

 

The shootings began at 9:27 p.m. in Isla Vista. As deputies were tending to the injured in the first round of shootings, reports of gunfire in several other areas of the college community were reported.

Six minutes after the first 911 call came in, an unidentified man began shooting at deputies, who returned fire. He fled and seconds later was spotted by another deputy, prompting another firefight.

He then took off down Del Playa Drive and crashed into a parked vehicle, the Sheriff’s Department said. When deputies approached the vehicle they discovered the man was dead and recovered a semiautomatic handgun.

 

The seven injured people are being treated for gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries; their conditions are unknown. At least one of them has undergone surgery.

Authorities are investigating nine crime scenes and are interviewing a large number of witnesses, sheriff’s officials said.

Nikolaus Becker was eating outside the Habit, 888 Embarcadero Del Norte, near the scene when the first shots were fired about 9:30 p.m. At first he thought it was firecrackers. A group of three to five police officers who were nearby started to casually walk toward the sounds, said Becker, but ran when a second round of shots broke out.

The school’s police department is working with the sheriff’s office on the investigation. In addition, the university has established emergency housing for students displaced by the shooting and the investigation.

Police already had a beefed up law-enforcement presence in Isla Vista on Friday night, Brown said. The area is known for its partying; last month, a party turned into a riot that saw multiple people arrested and dozens hospitalized. As a result, there were more officers in Isla Vista than there would have been on another night of the week, he said.

 

 

Update at 7:20 p.m. ET. Victim’s Father Speaks:

In a brief press conference seen on CNN, Ricardo Martinez said his son, 20-year-old Christopher Martinez, was killed in the shooting.

“When will this insanity stop? … Too many have died. We should say to ourselves ‘not one more,’ ” he said.

 

 

Update at 6:50 p.m. ET. UC Santa Barbara Chancellor:

In a letter to the UC Santa Barbara community, University of California Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Young said the university was “horrified and deeply saddened by the tragic events in Isla Vista last night.”

Young says the school has set up a campus call center and is working with police and local authorities to provide information as it becomes available.

He also thanks the campus police “who acted quickly and courageously to protect our students and other Isla Vista residents and prevent an even greater tragedy from unfolding.”

 

 

Update at 2:36 p.m. ET. Some Students:

In a statement, UC Santa Barbara says that some of those injured during last night’s shooting were students.

University of California President Janet Napolitano said a statement:

“While details on the shooting are scarce and families are still being notified, the campus is already taking steps in response. University officials have set up a room for families who are coming to campus, and are making counseling services available to any students, faculty and staff who need our support. UC Santa Barbara officials are also working with the local County Sheriff’s Office and have opened the campus’ Emergency Operations Center. We will share additional information as it becomes available.”

 

 

Update at 12:28 p.m. ET. A Witness:

The University of California, Santa Barbara’s student newspaper The Nexus talked to one eyewitness who described a chaotic scene:

“One local resident and UCSB student, Niklas Svennefiord, said he saw the suspect flee from police, from his house at 6585 Del Playa Drive. The suspect, a man in a white shirt, crashed into a nearby black jeep, he said.

“‘I heard a couple gunfire shots. I thought they were fireworks, so I didn’t think about it, but I was pretty startled and then I heard a car hit into another car. So I look up into my little window that’s in my shower, and I see a guy try to flee and the cops shoot him,’ Svennefiord said.

“Svennefiord said the suspect then continued to flee from police and also said that he believes one of his best friends was killed.

“‘I see a guy try to flee out of the car and the cop shoots him and then runs up to the car, seriously, and runs up to the car, looks into the car and the guy tries rolling around, and the cop kind of kicked him to make sure he was down,’ Svennefiord said.”

And just to repeat, authorities have said they don’t know if the gunman was killed by police or if he committed suicide.

Police said they are investigating nine different crime scenes.

 

 

UPDATE 1:56 pm: Elliot Rodger’s family has confirmed his identity and said that he was receiving psychiatric treatment. From the BBC:

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The lawyer for the alleged gunman’s father, Peter Rodger, said his son was diagnosed with “highly functional Asperger’s syndrome” as a child.

 

His mother contacted the police and a social worker after a YouTube video was posted recently, the lawyer added.

 

 

 

 

Images From The Latest Gun Tragedy To Strike America. University Of California, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: HuMpDaY The 21st Of May, 2014. Seattle Seahawks. National Monument Designation. Veterans Affairs. Ambassador’s Credentials.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – May 21st, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21st, 2014

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
HuMpDAY, MAY 21st, 2014

 

 

In the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki and Rob Nabors in the Oval Office to receive an update on the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This meeting will be closed press.

 

The President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington. This event is closed press. The following Ambassadors will attend:

His Excellency Hassane Mahamat Nasser, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad

His Excellency Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia

His Excellency Awang Adek bin Hussin, Ambassador of Malaysia

His Excellency Domingos Sarmento Alves, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

His Excellency Serdar Kilic, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey

His Excellency Ernest Ndabashinze, Ambassador of the Republic of Burundi

His Excellency Hans Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

His Excellency Jorge Alberto Milla Reyes, Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras

His Excellency Juan Gabriel Valdes Soublette, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile

His Excellency Omar Arouna, Ambassador of the Republic of Benin

Her Excellency Makurita Baaro, Ambassador of the Republic of Kiribati

His Excellency Farhod Salim, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan

In the afternoon, the President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. This event in the East Room is open to pre-credentialed media.

Later in the afternoon, the President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico. This event is pooled for TV and open to limited pre-credentialed media.

 

 

HuMpday May 21st, All Times EDST

 

 

10:45 AM: President Obama Makes a Statement on the VA administration issues,The White House.

 

11:35 AM: THE PRESIDENT participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony, Oval Office.

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

2:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, East Room.

4:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT deliver remarks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation, Department of Interior.

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President Obama Speaks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation
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The Week Ahead Schedule – May 21st – 23rd, 2014

 

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On Wednesday, the President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington. Afterward, the President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory.

 

 
On Thursday, the President will travel to Chicago, IL to participate in two events for the DSCC. The President will remain overnight in Chicago. Barack is coming home to Chicago next Thursday for fundraisers to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and will remain in the city overnight.

 

 
On Friday, the President will return from Chicago & attend meetings at The White House.

 

 

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President Obama Honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico.

 

 

 

The White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show

 

Published on May 20, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the first-ever White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, followed by a number of celebrity performances and remarks from President Obama, May 20, 2014.

 

 

 

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 Moneygall, Ireland Presidential Visitors Center

 

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A visitor centre named after President Obama, which will focus on his ancestry, will open in two weeks’ time.

It will serve as a welcoming point into the ancestral home of the President and will tell the story of his Irish Ancestry and of that historic trip to Moneygall on 05/23/11 (3 years this Friday).

We will also highlight the other 21 American Presidents with Irish ancestry and many more famous Irish Americans. It will be an Oasis on the M7 Motorway, only 1.5 hours from Dublin.

This centre will be free to visit and I have been tasked with getting memorabilia for the area.

I was wondering if any of The Obama Diary’s followers would like to send us anything connected with President Obama, his 1st election, inauguration and the subsequent election and inauguration, that we could put on display in the centre?

If people are willing to share badges, bumper stickers, newspapers, election posters, etc, we would be delighted.

We understand people would like to keep these items, but maybe if they had duplicates – eg two copies of the same newspaper or magazine – they might consider sending them to me… contact me at @HenryHealy

We want this to be an exciting location with lots for people to see, so hopefully the dedicated The Obama Diary contributors and followers can send something to us for our exhibitions – and when you visit Moneygall, we will ensure you all receive the warmest of welcomes!

Contact me at @HenryHealy Moneygall · facebook.com/henryhealy

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In Nigeria, Commerce Sec. Pritzker on search for kidnapped girls

 

SHINGTON–Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker, on a trade mission to Nigeria and other African nations, outlined U.S. efforts to find the Nigerian kidnapped girls during a speech in Lagos on Wednesday. “A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more,” Pritzker said.

 

In Washington this morning, Rep. Ed Royce R-CA Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, holds a hearing “to examine the Administration’s response to Boko Haram, particularly the terrorist organization’s recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls.”

 

As the Nigerian government has failed to find the more than 200 girls, abducted from their school, Pritzker discussed the missing girl in the context of international assistance available to the Nigerian government in her remarks.

 

“And I want to address the issue that is on all of our minds. To the north of here in the town of Chibok, hundreds of families are without their daughters today. As a mother of two myself, my heart breaks for these girls and their loved ones and friends,” Pritzker said, according to prepared text of her remarks.

 

“All parents, no matter where they were born or where they reside, hope that their children are always safe, and that their children have the opportunity to realize their dreams. That these young girls were kidnapped while pursuing their education is particularly unsettling, and the world is anxiously awaiting their safe return.

 

“The United States is supporting Nigeria as it works to find and free these young girls. A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more. Last weekend, the United States attended a meeting in Paris where President Goodluck Jonathan and the heads of state of the countries bordering Nigeria — Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin — pledged to work together to combat Boko Haram. With them, the U.S., France, the EU and the UK agreed that to prevent violent, extremist groups from making inroads into vulnerable communities, a comprehensive approach to promoting opportunity, inclusion, and security must be implemented in the region. We will help Nigerians do that. Our commitment is long-term; we will stand by Nigerians as they strive to defend and protect their sons and daughters, husbands, brothers, sisters and mothers,” she said.

 

 

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#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters

 

An Open Letter To Nigerian President  Goodluck Jonathan.

 

#BringBackOurGirsl #BringBackOurDaughters: Updates.

 

New Zealanders support Bring Back Our Girls campaign

 

Out Of Maryland, A Cry For Nigeria: ‘Bring Back Our Girls!’

 

‘Bring back our girls’: Dozens rally in downtown Portland for Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram

 

Interview: “Bring back our girls,” UN official says

 

Lawmakers Mull Special Forces to Find Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

 

Associated Press: Nigeria Opens The Door For Talks With Boko Haram.

 

Nigeria Refuses To Swap Militant Prisoners For Kidnapped Girls. New Video. #BringBackOurGirls.

 

Brand New Boko Haram Video Shows Missing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls. #BringBackOurGirls

 

The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign.

 

#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters: The Global Village.

 

Report: Nigerian Military Knew Of Kidnapping Threat Hours Beforehand

#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. Vows To Help Nigeria In The Search For Kidnapped Girls. #BringBackOurDaughters.

 

#BringBackOurGirls: Extremist Islam Is Scared Of Little Girls.

 

Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 1

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 2

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 3

 

 

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The White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show

 

Published on May 20, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the first-ever White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, followed by a number of celebrity performances and remarks from President Obama, May 20, 2014.

 

 

 

PBS NewsHour  Tuesday, May 20, 2014

 

Published on May 20, 2014

Tuesday on the NewsHour, we look at the Justice Department’s crackdown on Credit Suisse and what it means for other banks. Also: Graduate students serve their communities with poetry, tailoring scientific research to reflect gender differences, examining Apple after Steve Jobs’ death and the telecom industry is reshaped by a mega-merger deal.

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks

 

FACT SHEET: Overview of NATO and Bilateral Reassurance Measures in Romania

 

Message to the Senate — Transmitting a Tax Convention with Poland

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 3627

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

Committee On The Arts And Humanities Announces Expansion Of Turnaround Arts Program

 

FACT SHEET & REPORT: On White House Roundtable on Investing in America

 

President Obama Announces Jennifer Yeager Kaplan as Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Additional Humanitarian Assistance for South Sudan

 

 

President Obama Meets with Business Leaders

 

Published on May 20, 2014

During a meeting with business leaders, the President explains that we need to make sure businesses around the world know the benefits of investing in America.

 

 

 

On Board: Travels with the Vice President in Romania, “Carpathian Spring”

 

Published on May 20, 2014

Go on board with the Vice President in Romania as he tours the military exercise “Carpathian Spring”, greets the joint U.S. and Romanian participants and speaks on the international community’s response to Russia’s illegal military intervention and destabilzing actions in Ukraine underscoring the United States’ ironclad commitment to the collective defense of NATO under Article 5 while expressing appreciation for Romania’s contributions to regional and global security. http://www.whitehouse.gov

 

 

 

President Obama Honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President at Meeting with Business Leaders

 

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden to Joint United States and Romanian Participants in Carpathian Spring Military Exercise

 

Presidential Actions

 

Presidential Proclamation — National Maritime Day, 2014

 

Presidential Determination — South Sudan

 

 

Google+ Hangout: The State of Our Climate

 

Published on May 19, 2014

Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face. On Monday at 1pm ET, join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Grist for a #WHClimateChat on the steps we’re taking to reduce carbon pollution, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and build a clean energy economy:http://go.wh.gov/4HHmUE

 

 

 

5/20/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

 

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In Nigeria, Commerce Sec. Pritzker on search for kidnapped girls

 

SHINGTON–Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker, on a trade mission to Nigeria and other African nations, outlined U.S. efforts to find the Nigerian kidnapped girls during a speech in Lagos on Wednesday. “A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more,” Pritzker said.

In Washington this morning, Rep. Ed Royce R-CA Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, holds a hearing “to examine the Administration’s response to Boko Haram, particularly the terrorist organization’s recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls.”

As the Nigerian government has failed to find the more than 200 girls, abducted from their school, Pritzker discussed the missing girl in the context of international assistance available to the Nigerian government in her remarks.

“And I want to address the issue that is on all of our minds. To the north of here in the town of Chibok, hundreds of families are without their daughters today. As a mother of two myself, my heart breaks for these girls and their loved ones and friends,” Pritzker said, according to prepared text of her remarks.

“All parents, no matter where they were born or where they reside, hope that their children are always safe, and that their children have the opportunity to realize their dreams. That these young girls were kidnapped while pursuing their education is particularly unsettling, and the world is anxiously awaiting their safe return.

“The United States is supporting Nigeria as it works to find and free these young girls. A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more. Last weekend, the United States attended a meeting in Paris where President Goodluck Jonathan and the heads of state of the countries bordering Nigeria — Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin — pledged to work together to combat Boko Haram. With them, the U.S., France, the EU and the UK agreed that to prevent violent, extremist groups from making inroads into vulnerable communities, a comprehensive approach to promoting opportunity, inclusion, and security must be implemented in the region. We will help Nigerians do that. Our commitment is long-term; we will stand by Nigerians as they strive to defend and protect their sons and daughters, husbands, brothers, sisters and mothers,” she said.

 

 

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#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters

 

An Open Letter To Nigerian President  Goodluck Jonathan.

 

#BringBackOurGirsl #BringBackOurDaughters: Updates.

 

New Zealanders support Bring Back Our Girls campaign

 

Out Of Maryland, A Cry For Nigeria: ‘Bring Back Our Girls!’

 

‘Bring back our girls’: Dozens rally in downtown Portland for Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram

 

Interview: “Bring back our girls,” UN official says

 

Lawmakers Mull Special Forces to Find Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

 

Associated Press: Nigeria Opens The Door For Talks With Boko Haram.

 

Nigeria Refuses To Swap Militant Prisoners For Kidnapped Girls. New Video. #BringBackOurGirls.

 

Brand New Boko Haram Video Shows Missing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls. #BringBackOurGirls

 

The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign.

 

#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters: The Global Village.

 

Report: Nigerian Military Knew Of Kidnapping Threat Hours Beforehand

#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. Vows To Help Nigeria In The Search For Kidnapped Girls. #BringBackOurDaughters.

 

#BringBackOurGirls: Extremist Islam Is Scared Of Little Girls.

 

Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 1

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 2

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 3

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday May 20th. Dr. Jill & Joey B. Head To Romania, Cyprus. It’s Primary Tuesday.


 

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Vice President Biden And Dr. Jill Biden Travel To Romania And Cyprus

 

Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to Romania and Cyprus

WASHINGTON, DC – The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Romania and Cyprus from May 20-23, 2014.  The Vice President will discuss with the leadership of both countries the international community’s response to Russia’s illegal military intervention and destabilizing actions in Ukraine.  The Vice President will also address the need to deepen economic ties, including through the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP); to recommit to strengthening democratic institutions across the region; and to undertake a sustained and collective effort to bolster Europe’s energy security.

 

In Bucharest, the Vice President will meet with Romanian President Băsescu and Prime Minister Ponta.  He will also deliver remarks to Romanian civil society and youth leaders, and will meet with American and Romanian troops conducting a joint capacity-building exercise. The Vice President will underscore the United States’ ironclad commitment to the collective defense of NATO under Article 5, and express appreciation for Romania’s contributions to regional and global security.

 

At the invitation of President Anastasiades, the Vice President will visit Cyprus, where he will meet with political leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, civil society representatives, and faith leaders.  The Vice President will emphasize the United States’ strong support for a comprehensive settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality.  The Vice President will urge all parties on the island to intensify their work on behalf of peace and security in the region, and stress the important role that all citizens can play in promoting mutual understanding between the two communities.

 

 

H.S. Student Invites Biden to Prom

 

Published on May 20, 2014

High school student Talia Maselli from Newington, Connecticut wrote to Vice President Biden last fall, inviting him to the prom. Biden wrote back last week, saying he couldn’t make it but inviting her to the White House instead. (May 20)

 

 

 

Biden’s Cyprus stop will honor slain ambassador

 

By Dave Boyer The Washington Times

Vice President Joseph R. Biden will travel to a Mediterranean country this week to pay his respects to a U.S. ambassador killed during an attack on the American diplomatic facility.

No, Mr. Biden won’t be honoring Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed with three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. Instead the vice president will attend a brief ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the slaying of Ambassador Rodger Davies in Cyprus.

Mr. Davies was shot to death at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia in 1974 by Greek Cypriot gunmen who were protesting Washington’s failure to stop Turkish troops from taking control of part of the island. The ambassador was seeking shelter in a hallway when a bullet struck him in the chest. An embassy secretary, Antoinette Varnavas, also was killed.

An aide to Mr. Biden briefing reporters Monday didn’t say whether the vice president plans to draw any comparisons with the death of Mr. Stevens, who was killed during a terrorist attack that the administration initially blamed on a protest over an anti-Islamic video. A special House committee has been appointed to investigate the slayings in Libya.

Time magazine said the Cyprus incident was “eerily similar” to the Benghazi attack, with initial media reports claiming that gunmen stormed the embassy in Nicosia under cover of demonstrators screaming “Kissinger! Kissinger!” (Henry Kissinger was U.S. Secretary of State at the time).

But the culprits were brought to justice in the 1974 killings, while no perpetrators have been located in the Benghazi attack. The Cypus government charged six people. Two men charged with manslaughter received lengthy prison sentences, although the sentences were later reduced and they were freed after 18 months.

The anniversary of the Cyprus attack is actually Aug. 19, but a senior administration official said Mr. Biden will lay a wreath at the embassy on Thursday after meeting with civil and religious leaders on the still-divided island nation in the eastern Mediterranean.

In August, embassy staff in Nicosia will hold another ceremony in which the ambassador’s residence will be renamed the Davies House, and a lounge in the embassy will be named after Ms. Varnavas.

Mr. Biden’s trip will start on Wednesday with a visit to Romania, where he will meet with the country’s leaders to reassure them of the U.S. commitment to protect its NATO allies in light of Russia’s “destabilizing” actions in Ukraine, a senior administration official said.

The vice president’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will accompany him on the trip.

Background Press Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden’s Trip to Romania and Cyprus

Vice President Biden And Dr. Jill’s Itinerary For Romania & Cyprus.

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden Remarks In Romania

 

REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
TO JOINT UNITED STATES AND ROMANIAN PARTICIPANTS
IN CARPATHIAN SPRING MILITARY EXERCISE

Otopeni Military Airbase
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Being Biden Vol. 15: Coffee

 

Being Biden

In this audio series Vice President Biden will tell the story behind a photo – of where he was, why it matters to him, and how the experience fits into the broader narrative of this Administration. From meetings at the White House to travels around the country, the Vice President will share his perspective in candid, behind-the-scenes snapshots. In other words, he’ll explain what it’s like “Being Biden.”

 

What does a cup of coffee mean? For Vice President Biden and Officer Peter Laboy of the Alexandria Police Department, quite a bit.

 

After Officer Laboy was injured in the line of duty last year, Vice President Biden visited him in the hospital and brought coffee for his unit. Last week, Officer Laboy returned the favor — bringing the Vice President a cup of coffee here at the White House.

 

As the Vice President says in this edition of Being Biden, Officer Peter Laboy represents the tens of thousands of police officers across the country who put their lives on the line for Americans every single day, “So, the next time you’re drinking a cup of coffee think of them.”

 

Hear the story in Vice President Biden’s own words:

 

 

May 15, 2014 Vice President Joe Biden meets with Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy and his family, in the Vice Presidents Ceremonial Office. Also pictured are Wife Suzanne Laboy, and sons Miles Weaver, Alejandro Laboy, and Marcos Laboy. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Vice President Joe Biden meets with Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy and his family, in the Vice Presidents Ceremonial Office. Also pictured are Wife Suzanne Laboy, and sons Miles Weaver, Alejandro Laboy, and Marcos Laboy. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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White House Schedule – May 20th, 2014

 

President Barack Obama will gather executives from several major international companies including Ford Motor Co and Deutshe Lufthansa AG on Tuesday to discuss a White House initiative to encourage investment in the United States.

 

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WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, MAY 20th, 2014

 

Tuesday May 20th, All Times EDST

 

10:45 PM: President Obama meets with business leaders on jobs, The Roosevelt Room.

12:25 PM: Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

2:50 PM: First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at the White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, The White House. White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

5:00 PM: The President meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, The Oval Office.

 

 

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The Week Ahead Schedule – May 20th – 23rd, 2014

 

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

 

 
On Wednesday, the President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington. Afterward, the President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory.

 

 
On Thursday, the President will travel to Chicago, IL to participate in two events for the DSCC. The President will remain overnight in Chicago. Barack is coming home to Chicago next Thursday for fundraisers to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and will remain in the city overnight.

 

 
On Friday, the President will return from Chicago.

 

 

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5/19/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on May 19, 2014

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

 

 

 

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
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President Obama Warms Up for Cooperstown at Little League Game

 

Obama surprised Little Leaguers in DC yesterday when he stopped by.

 

President Barack Obama made an unannounced stop at a Little League game in Northwest Washington, ahead of a planned visit later this week to Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the baseball Hall of Fame.

President Obama shook hands and spoke to the four co-ed teams at the park, who were warming up for their games. He also stepped up to the pitcher’s mound and threw a ball to 10-year-old Danny Ringel of the Tigers.

President Obama made the stop while headed to a dinner fundraiser at a home in suburban Potomac, Md. He heads to Cooperstown on Thursday.

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Think Tank: Primary challenges to Boehner, McConnell and Cantor reveal a lot about the state of the GOP.

 

Primary Challenges to GOP Leaders Say a Lot About the State of the Party

 

By JOHN FEEHERY

 

From left, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) in 2012. Associated Press

From left, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) in 2012. Associated Press

 

Think Tank is Capital Journal’s home for outside analysis from policy and political thinkers.

Leadership is hard, especially in the U.S. Congress and especially if you are a Republican.

 

House Speaker John Boehner easily survived his primary last week. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is likely to survive his primary on Tuesday. And House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should be able to handle his Republican opponent next month.

But the fact that all three have had to spend their time and resources battling primary opposition says a lot about the state of the party.

 

Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell and Mr. Cantor are all very conservative in the traditional understanding of conservative politics. All are pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax, anti-spending. And all are proponents of a much smaller government than we have today.

But they aren’t fanatics, and because they are the ones who have to make final decisions on legislative strategy, their lack of fanaticism has proven to be a liability to some Republican primary voters.

That, however, is the price of leadership. You have to make the tough calls, and you can’t make everybody happy, especially in this political environment.

Making some fanatics unhappy seems a small price to pay to gain a governing majority in Congress.

John Feehery is president of QGA Public Affairs and former spokesman for then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

 

Thank you Think Tank.

 

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From Ms. Lynn Sweet:

 

President Obama here for fundraisers as outside groups target Senator Durbin

 

President Obama and Sen. Dick Durbin in 2012 | Paul Beaty/AP file

President Obama and Sen. Dick Durbin in 2012 | Paul Beaty/AP file

 

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama hits Chicago on Thursday to headline major-money fundraisers for Sen. Dick Durbin and Senate Democrats as two outside conservative groups recently spent $554,480 to defeat Durbin — one of them bankrolled by Lake Forest business executive and mega-donor Richard Uihlein.

Obama visits Chicago for a reception at the Gold Coast home of Invenergy LLC CEO Michael Polsky and his wife, Tanya, followed by a dinner at the Lincoln Park residence of Fred Eychaner, the chairman of Newsweb Corp. and one of the biggest Democratic donors in the nation.

Eychaner in March donated $4 million to the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC dedicated to keeping the U.S. Senate in Democratic control. The Thursday proceeds will be split between Durbin’s campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which would spend it on Durbin if he needed help.

The Chicago price points, according to the invite:

* The ask is $35,000 per couple for the Eychaner dinner and a photo with Obama, or $17,500 per person. I hear about 50 people are expected for the dinner.

* $15,000 to be listed as a Polsky reception co-chair, with a photo.

* $10,000 to be a reception sponsor, with a photo.

* $1,000 reception guest, no photo.

Obama is expected to overnight in Chicago after the events. He was in Chicago last for an April 2 major-money fundraiser to benefit the Democratic National Committee.

Though Durbin had $6,062,115 in his campaign fund as of March 31, which seems a lot when compared to the $473,081 cash-on-hand of GOP Senate nominee state Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, Durbin is worried about money from outside groups and the ability of the wealthy Oberweis to write big checks for his long-shot bid.

Cases in point: In March, the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, a super Pac, spent $56,000 against Durbin, mainly in direct mail and telemarketing.

And since March, Americas PAC has poured $498,480 into anti-Durbin  radio spots, according to Federal Election Commission Independent Expenditure records, including a May 14 filing reporting a $110,000 media buy.

Where does money for the Marion, Iowa-based Americas PAC come from?

A lot of it from Uihlein, the CEO of the Uline Corp., who is emerging as a major GOP Illinois political money player, bankrolling conservative and tea party movement candidates and causes.

One of Americas PAC funds is organized as a tax-exempt political organization and according to an IRS report (covering through March 31), Uihlein donated $350,000 on March 13.

An IRS report for 2013 shows Uihlein contributed $600,000 to Americas PAC last year.

That’s a combined $950,000 for 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 from Uihlein, making him Americas PAC’s biggest donor for that time period.

Days after Uihlein’s March donation to Americas PAC, according to IRS records going through March 31, money started flowing to Illinois radio stations for the anti-Durbin spots: $17,200 to WPJX in Waukegan on March 19, the day after the Illinois primary; $29,000 to WRPW in Bloomington on March 26 and $31,360 to WIBL in Normal on March 27.

Uihlein also has contributed $350,000 to GOP Illinois governor nominee Bruce Rauner’s warchest. In 2010, Uihlein kept the GOP governor bid of Dan Proft, the WLS radio host, alive with $550,000 in contributions.

With Durbin so far ahead, the obvious question is why would outside groups throw money in so early?

One theory: The early spending could bring donors to Oberweis, since money begets money in politics.

And another theory I like better: Since Durbin has money and is a popular surrogate for other Democrats, the idea may be to keep him in Illinois and to make him spend it all.

LYNN SWEET: Lynn Sweet is the Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief. She writes a column, a blog and files on Twitter.

 

 

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It’s Primary Day:

5 things to watch as Tea Party faces primary test

 

By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

 

Voters in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania go to the polls Tuesday to pick their nominees in some of the hottest races for Senate, House and governor this year.

 

Here are five things to watch from today’s results, as the Tea Party is tested on the biggest primary date yet in the 2014 midterm elections:

 

How big is Mitch McConnell’s GOP victory in Kentucky? The Senate GOP leader is a favorite to defeat Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin, setting McConnell up to run for a sixth term. Bevin, a businessman, has spent about $3.4 million and gotten help from Tea Party allies such as the Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks. McConnell’s campaign adviser, Josh Holmes, told reporters in a memo Monday that primary challengers to sitting U.S. senators, who have spent more than $1 million on their races, have averaged about 48% of the vote. The final Bluegrass Poll had McConnell easily defeating Bevin, 55%-35%. Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes will be waiting to face McConnell in November.

 

Does Sarah Palin propel Karen Handel into the GOP Senate runoff in Georgia? Businessman David Perdue, a political novice and former CEO of Dollar General, is expected to be the top vote-getter in the seven-candidate race on Tuesday night. The question is who will be Perdue’s opponent in the July 22 GOP runoff. Palin said Monday the “good old boys are ganging up” on Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of State and the only woman in the race. Handel gained ground in the crowded field with Palin’s help and a flub by Perdue, who referred to his rival as only a “high school graduate.” Handel must get past Rep. Jack Kingston, an 11-term congressman who has the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Democrat Michelle Nunn is expected to easily win her party’s nomination.

 

Can the Tea Party defeat veteran House members in Idaho and Pennsylvania? Conservative groups say the news media are making too much of the Tea Party vs. Republican establishment theme. Primary challenges to veteran Republican Reps. Mike Simpson of Idaho, who is seeking a ninth term, and Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, running for a seventh full term, are an example. The Club for Growth, which helped identify lawyer Bryan Smith as Simpson’s challenger, has spent more than $700,000 on the Idaho race but stopped paying for TV ads a few weeks ago.

 

Will Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law win the Democratic House nomination in Pennsylvania? Marjorie Margolies, whose son is married to the former first daughter, lost her House seat 20 years ago when she provided a decisive vote for Bill Clinton’s budget. Margolies is locked in a four-way primary in the Philadelphia suburbs for the seat of Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., who is running for governor. Margolies’ final TV commercial featured Bill Clinton, who said the ex-congresswoman “saved the economy” with her 1993 budget vote.

 

Will any of the Senate Democratic nominees who win Tuesday campaign with President Obama? Obama is unpopular in Arkansas, Kentucky and Georgia – three states that figure prominently in the battle for Senate control. Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor welcomed Obama to Arkansas for a tour of tornado damage earlier this month – but that wasn’t a campaign event. Grimes has campaigned with Clinton, a family friend, but has distanced herself from Obama’s coal policy, which is reviled in Kentucky. Nunn has had to walk a tightrope on Obama’s health care law, by saying she would not vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act but wants to reverse cuts to rural Georgia hospitals that were caused by the state not expanding Medicaid.

 

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Primary day: 6 states to watch

 

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Fight Night Preview: Primaries From Georgia to Idaho

 

By Abby LivingstonAlexis Levinson, and Emily Cahn

 

It’s primary night in six states, with plenty of races to watch in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

 

The only night with more states holding consequential primaries? In two weeks, on June 3.

 

(For a full list of the primary calendar, check out CQ Roll Call’s Primary Dates chart.)

 

There are no fewer than five competitive primary races in Georgia. Beyond that, three Republican incumbents steeped in the establishment will, by all appearances, swat back tea party rivals after the polls close. Unless there is a sleeper primary upset, the only incumbent who is in any sort of political trouble is a Democrat, Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia.

 

Our Politics Team will have a live blog in this space tonight to keep up with the latest results. After polls close, @Alexis_Levinson and@KyleTrygstad will track the Senate races, while @CahnEmily and @RollCallAbby will watch the House side of politics.

 

Here are the races to watch, accompanied by each race’s Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call race rating:

 

Kentucky – Polls close at 7 p.m. EST

  • Senate: At first, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin seemed to pose a serious threat to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But over the last year, McConnell stomped his primary rival in fundraising and discredited the tea party challenger. So much so, that McConnell telegraphed weeks ago that he was moving his campaign on to the general election. Race rating: Leans Republican

 

Georgia – Polls close at 7 p.m. EST

  • Senate (open): Georgia Republicans have a lot of options on Tuesday when they go to the polls to pick their nominee for Senate. Businessman David Perdue, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and Reps. Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun are all vying for the nomination to succeed Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who is retiring. The race is expected to go to a July 22 runoff between the top two candidates. Perdue has consistently led in polling, but it’s likely a three-person race, with Handel and Kingston. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn. Race rating:Favored Republican
  • 1st District (open): Six Republicans are vying for the change to replace Kingston in this southeastern Georgia district. With such a crowded field, the race is expected to head to a runoff. Georgia GOP operatives say state Sen. Buddy Carter is favored to advance, while former Capitol Hill aide John McCallum, state Rep. Jeff Chapman and surgeon Bob Johnson all could find a path to that second-place spot.Race rating: Safe Republican
  • 4th District: Political junkies should also keep a close eye on Georgia’s 4th District — this race could be the sleeper contest of the evening. Johnson, a Democrat known for his unscripted comments, faces a serious primary threat from former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown. Local operatives say Brown has been visible on the trail and kept pace with Johnson in fundraising, giving him a good shot at ousting the incumbent. Race rating: Safe Democrat
  • 10th District (open): With seven Republicans looking to succeed Broun in this heavily Republican district, this contest is also assured to head to a July runoff. GOP operatives say trucking company executive Mike Collins and Baptist Pastor Jody Hice are likely to land in the top-two. In a low-turnout situation, Republicans note there is also a path for state Rep. Donna Sheldon to advance. Race rating:Safe Republican
  • 11th District (open): Look for former Rep. Bob Barr to advance in this Atlanta-area district, open because of Gingrey’s Senate bid. Former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk is also expected to advance to the July runoff. Race rating: Safe Republican
  • 12th District: Five Republicans are competing for the chance to take on Democratic Rep. John Barrow, a top GOP target. With such a crowded field, this race also likely headed to a runoff. Construction company owner Rick Allen is likely to advance, with state Rep. Delvis Dutton and businessman Eugene Yu running for second-place. Race rating: Leans Democrat

 

Pennsylvania – Polls close at 8 p.m. EST

  • 8th District: National Democrats have avoided many competitive primaries in targeted districts, but this race to take on Republican Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick is one of the few exceptions. Veteran Kevin Strouse, who has the support of the DCCC, is expected to defeat small business owner Shaugnessy Naughton, who had marginal support from EMILY’s List. Race rating: Favored Republican
  • 9th District: Some Pennsylvania Republicans were alarmed last fall that six-term Republican Bill Shuster had a tea party challenge on his hands in the form of  retired Coast Guard Captain Art Halvorson. But Shuster took the threat seriously and raised nearly $3 million over the course of the cycle. Halvorson raised a total of $261,000, and $175,000 came in the form of candidate loans. It should be an early night here. Race rating: Safe Republican
  • 13th District (open): State Rep. Brendan Boyle is the front-runner in this Philadelphia-area district. But ex-Rep. Marjorie Margolies is also running. If she wins, it will likely have to do with the fact that an old friend – and in-law – by the name of Bill Clinton campaigned on her behalf.  The Democratic nomination in this race to replace Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz will likely determine her successor. Race rating: Safe Democrat

 

Idaho – Polls close at 11 p.m. EST

  • Idaho 2nd District: The nuclear war between the tea party and Boehner’s inner circle was supposed to come down to this district on this night. Attorney Bryan Smith earned endorsements from the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund. But even operatives who would like to see Smith win say this race is Simpson’s to lose.Race rating: Safe Republican

 

 

Arkansas – Polls close at 8:30 p.m. EST

  • 2nd District (open): Banker French Hill is expected to defeat state Rep. Ann Clemmer in the Republican primary — an open seat thanks to GOP Rep. Tim Griffin’s bid for lieutenant governor. While Clemmer is an elected official, Republican operatives say Hill’s cash advantage makes him the favorite on Tuesday. Whoever emerges from that primary will face former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Race rating: Leans Republican
  • 4th District (open): State House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman faces a tough Republican primary against energy executive Tommy Moll in the race to replace Rep. Tom Cotton, who is running for Senate. Westerman went into the primary with $83,000 in cash on hand to Moll’s $345,000. GOP operatives say Westerman’s leadership role in the legislature makes him a known quantity in the district and could help him emerge victorious Tuesday. The winner faces James Lee Witt, a Democrat who served as FEMA director under President Bill ClintonRace rating: Safe Republican

 

Oregon – Polls close at 11 p.m. EST

  • Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby and state Rep. Jason Conger face off in the GOP primary to take on Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley. This is not among the top tier of Senate races this cycle, but it could enter the limelight, especially if Wehby wins. Oregon recently announced it would abandon it’s state-run exchange, potentially putting health care at the forefront. Still, Oregon remains a solidly Democratic state and opposition research on Wehby is already flying. Race rating: Safe Democrat

 

 

Thank you ROLL CALL.

 

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President Obama to discuss U.S. investment with corporate executives

 

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in Washington October 31, 2013. Obama announced Washington is expanding its efforts to entice foreign firms to bring jobs to the United States. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in Washington October 31, 2013. Obama announced Washington is expanding its efforts to entice foreign firms to bring jobs to the United States. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 

 

From Reuters:

 

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama will gather executives from several major international companies including Ford Motor Co and Deutshe Lufthansa AG on Tuesday to discuss a White House initiative to encourage investment in the United States.

 

The White House says the program, SelectUSA, has assisted in winning more than $18 billion in business investments in 17 states and territories.

Obama, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and other economic advisers will join the executives in a discussion about their U.S. investments.

“These businesses have recognized the many advantages of locating, growing and hiring in the United States,” said Jeff Zients, director of the White House National Economic Council, in a conference call with reporters on Monday.

“We will discuss why they chose to invest and hire in the U.S. and how we can get even more investment from companies like theirs.”

Other companies involved include Swedish telecom supplier Ericsson and Zurich NA, a subsidiary of Switzerland’s Zurich Insurance, according to the White House.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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