Washington School Shooting: Marysville-Pilchuck High School Teacher Megan Silberberger Is Heroine. Jaylen Fryberg Is Lone Shooter.


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Two Dead in Washington High School Shooting.


Teacher who tried to stop Washington school shooting credited as hero.


MARYSVILLE, Washington — A high school teacher tried to stop a gunman who opened fire on a crowded lunchroom north of Seattle, killing one girl and badly wounding four other students, authorities said Saturday.


Witnesses identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, 14, a popular Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman. Fryberg fatally shot himself, according to police, though they didn’t identify him by name.


Student Erick Cervantes saw the shootings and identified first-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger as the woman who intervened, CBS affiliate KIRO in Seattle reported.


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“I believe she’s actually the real hero. She’s the one that intercepted him with the gun. He tried either reloading or tried aiming at her. She tried moving his hand away and he tried shooting and shot himself in the neck,” Cervantes told KIRO.


He said the gunshots followed a verbal altercation.


“It started off with an argument, but then I looked back and there was just gunshots and just people falling down,” Cervantes recalled. And immediately after the gunshots, the (woman) intervened, he said.


“She heard the gunshots first and she came in running through the door, right next to it,” Cervantes said.


Cervantes described the struggle between Silberberger and Fryberg as brief.


“It wasn’t (a) wrestle. She just grabbed his arm, and it lasted like two seconds, and I heard another shot.”


Randy Davis, the president of the Marysville Education Association, said he taught at the school for 20 years and knows Silberberger as someone who student-taught last year and just started her first semester as a social studies teacher.


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Davis described Silberberger as “your classic first-year teacher with high enthusiasm, a lot of passion for what she does.”


He told KIRO he felt “sadness that she had to do it,” but that he was “very proud of her efforts and her motivations.”


Detectives confirmed a school worker attempted to intervene in the attack, but Snohomish County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton provided no other details about Silberberger’s actions.


Three of the victims had head wounds and were in critical condition Saturday. Two 14-year-old girls were at Providence Everett Medical Center, and were identified by the facility as Shaylee Chucklenaskit and Gia Soriano. Andrew Fryberg, 15, was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a hospital official said.


Another victim, 14-year-old Nate Hatch, was listed in serious condition at Harborview, the hospital said. Family members told KIRO-TV that all three teenage boys are cousins. Two other students were treated at the high school for minor wounds, authorities said.


In a statement Saturday morning, Ireton said that the on-scene investigation at Marysville-Pilchuck High School was finished. A .40-caliber handgun was recovered, which authorities believe was the weapon used in the Friday morning shooting, Ireton said.


Brian Bennett, spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Seattle, said his agency conducted a trace of the firearm and determined “the most recent purchaser of the gun.” He said he could not identify that person, adding it would be up to the local police to release that information.


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Washington School Shooter Jaylen Fryberg ‘Happy,’ ‘Popular': Students.


Washington shooting: police investigate love triangle claims.


The headlines are numerous but the bottom line is simple. If states were intent on making it as hard, difficult, inconvenient to obtain a gun, assault weapon, shotgun, body armour and bullets as these same states make it to cast your vote in The United States Of AmeriKKKa….Marysville-Pilchuck High School and all the other Marysville-Pilchuck High School’s would NOT HAPPEN.


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School shooting victims remain critically injured


From CBS/AP October 25, 2014


Four students shot by a classmate at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington remained hospitalized with serious injuries Saturday as the community struggled to understand the motive behind the attack.


Two 14-year-old girls were listed in critical condition at Providence Regional Hospital in Everett, Washington, after sustaining gunshot wounds to the head. Hospital officials identified them as Shaylee Chucklenaskit and Gia Soriano.


Dr. Joanne Roberts, chief medical officer at the hospital, said the next three days would be “crucial” in determining their survival and potential recovery.


Two male patients were being treated at Harborview Medical Center. The hospital identified one patient as 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg, who remains in critical condition after a gunshot wound to the head. A 14-year-old boy, identified by family members as Nate Hatch, was listed in serious condition with an injury to the jaw.


Both boys have been identified as cousins of the suspected gunman, 14-year-old freshman Jaylen Fryberg, according to CBS affiliate KIRO in Seattle.


One girl was killed in the attack and has yet to be identified. Fryberg fatally shot himself after the spree, witnesses said.


Fryberg was well liked and athletic, a football player named to his high school‘s homecoming court just one week ago.


The suspected shooter’s motives remained unclear. Some students described Fryberg as happy and social, even though he had recently fought with a boy over a girl.


Shaylee Bass, a 15-year-old sophomore, said he remained upset about that, but she was stunned by the shooting.


“He was not a violent person,” she said. “His family is known all around town. He was very well known. That’s what makes it so bizarre.”


He was also facing problems, writing of some unspecified troubles on his Twitter feed: “It breaks me… It actually does….”


On Wednesday, a posting read: “It won’t last … It’ll never last.” On Monday, another said: “I should have listened. … You were right … The whole time you were right.”


Students said the gunman stared at his victims as he fired. The shootings set off a chaotic scene as students ran from the cafeteria and building in a frantic dash to safety, while others huddled inside classrooms at the school 30 miles north of Seattle.


Marysville police declined to release the shooter’s identity, with Chief Rick Smith insisting he did not want to “dramatize someone who perpetuated a violent crime in a place where children should feel safe.”


However, CBS News confirmed Fryberg as the gunman.


Students and parents said Fryberg was a member of a prominent family from the nearby Tulalip Indian tribes and was a freshman football player. A week ago, he stood on the high school track during the team’s homecoming game in a vest, tie and white sash as he was introduced as a prince, according to a video recorded by parent Jim McGauhey.


“They’re real good people, very loving,” Ron Iukes, a youth counselor with the tribe, said of Fryberg’s family. “Jaylen was one of our good kids.”


State Sen. John McCoy, a tribal member, said the tribal community was devastated. “We’re all related in one shape or form. We live and work and play together.”


Hundreds of people prayed and sang songs at a church vigil Friday night for victims and family members.


The Oak Harbor high school football team, which had been set to play Marysville Friday night, lined the front row of Grove Church in their purple jerseys. The game was canceled and Oak Harbor offered to give the win to Marysville.


Pastor Nik Baumgart told the overflow crowd there was no script for reacting to Friday’s events.


“One moment we’re thinking, we can do this,” Baumgart said. “Another moment, we’re thinking, how can we do this?”


Witnesses described the shooter as methodical inside the cafeteria.


Isabella MacKeige, 18, was having lunch with a friend when the suddenly heard gunshots behind them.


“I heard six shots go off and I turned and saw people diving under the tables,” she told The Associated Press.


“In my brain I thought ‘run!’ So I left my backpack, my phone and my purse and got out the door as fast as I could.”


Some students got hurt when they tripped and fell in the chaos, she said. They ran across an open field to the fence that circles the schoolyard and climbed over.


She kept running until she felt safe and found a phone.


“I called my mom and she said, ‘stay where you are – I don’t want to lose you,'” MacKeige said.


Brian Patrick said his daughter, a freshman, was 10 feet from the gunman. She ran from the cafeteria and immediately called her mother.


Patrick said his daughter said, “The guy walked into the cafeteria, pulled out a gun and started shooting. No arguing, no yelling.”


A crowd of parents later waited in a parking lot outside a nearby church where they were reunited with their children.


Patrick said after the shooting that his other daughter, a senior at the school, was “hysterical” when she called him from her classroom.


“I thought, ‘God let my kids be safe,'” he said.


Thank you CBS/AP CBS News & Associated Press


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Washington High School Shooter Jaylen Fryberg


A government official, friends, and witnesses to the shooting identified the gunman Friday as Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.


A teenage boy named Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in his high school cafeteria Friday.


Though police refused to name Fryberg, both witnesses and multiple media agencies identified him as the shooter.


The shooting happened at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, about 37 miles north of Seattle, where Fryberg was a freshman.


Fellow freshman Brandon Carr spoke with The Seattle Times about the shooting. Carr said he “started hearing these loud banging noises, like someone hitting a trash can,” heard screaming, and ran.

“Once I knew it was gunshots, we just booked it,” Carr told the paper.


Students at the school hid under classroom desks and in closets, among other places, as the school was placed on lockdown.

Marysville Police Commander Robert Lamoureux confirmed two people were killed, including the shooter, who turned the gun on himself.


Fryberg’s motive remained unclear Friday night, though clues about his recent life suggest he experienced things ranging from relationship woes to trouble at school.


Two of the victims, 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg and 14-year-old Nate Hatch, are reportedly Fryberg’s cousins. He also shot two girls, both of whom are not yet identified and in critical condition as of Saturday afternoon.

A student at the school told The Seattle Times that Fryberg was angry about a girl. The student added that the girl was one of those shot. Fryberg’s recent tweets also include complaints about feeling broken.


“He shot people he cared about,” Dylen Boomer, a friend and football teammate of Fryberg’s, told the Seattle Times.


Fryberg also recently had been suspended after getting into a fight, CNN reported. A student said the incident involved bullying and “a couple words said towards him that he obviously didn’t like.”

Still, Fryberg reportedly was popular at his school and recently was crowned a homecoming prince.


Fryberg was voted the homecoming prince for his freshman class, ABC News reported. In a video posted Oct. 19, he appears standing beside a classmate, smiling, while an announcer reads off a list of his activities.


The freshman also was a student athlete and played on the school football team. A student told The Seattle Times that Fryberg was in good spirits at practice on Thursday.


Over the summer, he was given a hunting rifle for his birthday. A law enforcement official told CBS News, however, that they believe Fryberg used a Beretta 40-caliber handgun during Friday’s shooting.


Police traced the gun used in the shooting to Fryberg’s father, CNN reported.

Fryberg was also a member of the Tulalip Tribe. His grandfather is the director of fish and wildlife for the tribe.


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His Twitter account is troubling. It’s mostly a mix of pornography and angry tweets alluding to the fact he recently broke up with his girlfriend.

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Several students Fryberg injured remained hospitalized Friday.


Of the four injured survivors, two girls were shot in the head and underwent surgery Friday. Fryberg’s cousin, 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg, was also shot and later underwent surgery.

The fourth surviving victim, 14-year-old Nate Hatch — who is also Fryberg’s cousin — was shot in the jaw, The Seattle Times reported. Three of the victims were “very critically ill” Friday, with the fourth in serious condition, according to CNN.



Washington School Shooter Jaylen Fryberg ‘Happy,’ ‘Popular': Students




A Washington state high school student who opened fire on a cafeteria table full of students, killing one, before fatally shooting himself was described by classmates as a happy, popular football player who’d recently gotten into a dispute with another student.

Two law enforcement sources identified the gunman as Jaylen Ray Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville Pilchuck High School, north of Everett. He pulled out a small handgun and opened fire on a table full of students about 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET), killing a girl and wounding four other people, three of them critically, police and witnesses said.

The names of the slain victim and those wounded weren’t released, but police said all were under the age of 18.

“He seemed like a nice guy, and he had lots of friends,” Erick Cervantes, 16, a junior, told NBC News.




“Jaylen wasn’t a bad kid… He was going through a lot. Feeling a way that nobody should ever feel. Don’t judge before you know! #RipJaylen” Jaylen killed a female student, and wounded several others because he was “going through a lot.” 


Michael Brown was a “thug.” A “thug”  who died because he walked down the middle of the street and was Black. Trayvon Martin was a “thug.” A “thug” who died because he ran home from a corner store (7-11) in the rain, hoodie up, after buying iced tea and a bag of candy, while Black.  


ALL “Thugs” who died unarmed at the hands of law enforcement. 


“Jaylen wasn’t a bad kid… He was going through a lot. Feeling a way that nobody should ever feel. Don’t judge before you know! #RipJaylen” Jaylen killed a female student, and wounded several others because he was “going through a lot.” 


“Thugs” are unarmed Black human beings…..who KILL NO ONE. Caucasians going thru bad times who act out by slaughtering innocent humans are either mental patients, drunk kids or just going through some bad times.


Anyone else notice the double standard?


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The President’s Day: October 2nd, 2014


On Thursday, the President will return from Chicago. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Annual Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.



President Obama Delivers Remarks at Northwestern University


Published on Oct 2, 2014

On October 2, 2014, President Obama spoke to young entrepreneurs at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management about the new foundation of America’s 21st century economy.



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The President Speaks at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala


Published on Oct 2, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 37th Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2014.






President Obama meets with the Prime Minister of Israel

October 01, 2014 | 6:01 | Public Domain

President Obama held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel on October 1, 2014.




The President Honors the MLS Cup Champions


Published on Oct 1, 2014

On October 1, 2014, President Obama delivered remarks in honor of the Sporting KC, the MLS Cup Champions of 2013.




West Wing Week: 10/03/14 or “If the Body is Strong”


Published on Oct 2, 2014

This week, the President convened summits on global public health and on the BRAIN Initiative, hosted the Prime Ministers of India and Israel, welcomed the 2013 MLS Champion Sporting Kansas City to the White House, and traveled to Chicago to speak on the resurgence of the American economy. That’s September 26th to October 2nd “If the Body is Strong.”




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Speeches and Remarks


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Remarks by the President at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala


Remarks by the President on the Economy — Northwestern University


Remarks by the President Honoring the MLS Cup Champion Sporting KC


Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting



Statements and Releases


Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh of Vietnam


Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Indian National Security Advisor Doval


Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China


President Obama Signs Kentucky Disaster Declaration


President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts


Readout of Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa O. Monaco’s Meeting with Security Officials from the Netherlands


Obama Administration Announces Climate Action Champions Competition to Recognize Climate Leaders Across the United States





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Gary Pollard, Jr.: “One American’s Perspective”


The Foundation for Growth and Prosperity Revisited


“A New Foundation Is Laid”: President Obama on America’s 21st Century Economy


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What’s Behind the Ebola Crises and are U.S. Americans at Risk?


Published on Oct 2, 2014

In an interview with Telesur’s The Global African, Johns Hopkins Infectious Disease Program co-director Taha E. Taha discusses the roots of the Ebola crisis and what can be done about it.




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This Insane Ad Shows Exactly How Republicans See Women


Published on Oct 2, 2014

Republicans just continue their “reaching out” to women in all the most tone deaf ways. College Republican National Committee released a demented new ad targeting young women voters attempting to parody the TV show Say Yes to the Dress…




Should Justice Ginsburg retire?


Published on Oct 2, 2014

When justices are named to the Supreme Court, they hold that seat for life. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 81, the oldest sitting justice and a powerful voice on the bench. Jeffrey Brown gets views from Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California-Irvine and Jeffrey Rosen of George Washington University on the political ramifications of a retirement, and the idea of Supreme Court term limits.




Justice Scalia Is Utterly Stupid, Especially On Religion & The Constitution


Published on Oct 2, 2014

“The separation of church and state doesn’t mean “the government cannot favor religion over non-religion,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued during a speech at Colorado Christian University on Wednesday, according to The Washington Times.




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Truck crashes during California high-speed police chase


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PBS NewsHour full episode Oct. 2, 2014


Published on Oct 2, 2014

Thursday on the NewsHour, we take a deeper look at the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Also: A debate on when Supreme Court justices should retire, students in Colorado protest changes to their curriculum, Walruses face dangers as sea ice retreats, taxi drivers push back against Uber and Lyft and actor Kevin Spacey cultivates an unsung talent.




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West Wing Week: 9/26/14 or “Stronger When We Stand United”


Published on Sep 26, 2014

This week, the President unveiled the “It’s on Us” campaign, signed the America’s Promise Summit Declaration and headed to New York City for the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly.




President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington.


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The President Delivers Remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit


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President Obama addressed 44 nations gathered at the White House for the Global Health Security Agenda Summit on September 26, 2014.













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Muslim Cleric from Contentious Fox and CNN Interviews Arrested in Counterterrorism Raid


Published on Sep 26, 2014

The Muslim cleric featured in heated interviews on both CNN and Fox News last month was arrested Thursday as part of a London police counterterrorism raid.


According to The Guardian, Anjem Choudary was among nine Islamic men arrested on suspicion of “being members of a proscribed organization, or supporting a proscribed organization, as well as encouraging terrorism.”


Choudary was once spokesman for al-Muhajiroun, a radical group now banned in England. The organization has reformed under various aliases, officials allege, while the cleric himself has denied ever supporting acts of terror.


Mediaite readers may be familiar with Choudary from his appearances on Fox’s Hannity and CNN’s Reliable Sources. Both TV hits were shouting matches: In the latter, host Brian Stelter confronted the cleric for making an off-color 9/11 joke during soundcheck; in the former, Sean Hannity shouted at the cleric, “Are you that dumb or ignorant?” during a discussion of “Sharia law.”




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President Obama Addresses Deadly Ebola Outbreak


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The White House Week Ahead…And Other Stuff From 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.




The White House Week Ahead


President Barack Obama has no official events on Saturday and Sunday, with a busy week ahead, including a visit to the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where on Tuesday he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and on the respiratory illness outbreak in several states, including the Chicago area.


Last week, the Sun-Times reported “eleven children in Chicago tested positive for a rare respiratory illness,” according to the CDC.



Schedule for the Week of September 15th Thru The 19th, 2014


On Monday, the President will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry.

In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in Washington, DC.


On Tuesday, the President will travel to Atlanta, GA to visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, discuss the U.S. response and thank the scientists, doctors and health care workers helping those affected by disease at home and around the world. The President will also receive an updated on the respiratory illness reported in several states in the Midwest.


In the evening, the President will travel to Tampa, FL, where he will remain overnight.



On Wednesday, the President will visit U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL.  CENTCOM’s area of responsibility includes 20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria. The President will receive a briefing from his top commanders at CENTCOM, and thank the men and women who will partner with others in the region to carry out the President’s strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL.


In the afternoon, he will return to Washington, DC.


In the evening, the President will host a picnic for Members of Congress at the White House.



On Thursday morning 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.


In the afternoon, the President will host President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine at the White House. The visit will highlight the United States’ firm commitment to stand with Ukraine as it pursues liberal democracy, stability, and prosperity. President Obama looks forward to discussing with President Poroshenko efforts to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine as well as our continued support for Ukraine’s struggle to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.


In the evening, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.



On Friday, the President will participate in an event with the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.



Obama library: 2 Chicago sites cut from list; U. of C. bid lives


WASHINGTON — Obama Presidential Library Foundation chief Martin Nesbitt is poised to announce the bid finalists next week with two Chicago sites without university affiliations — at Lakeside and Bronzeville — not advancing to the next round, I am told by multiple sources. The University of Chicago is expected to be on a shortlist of bidders who will be asked to submit a very detailed proposal for the library and museum.


Nesbitt, I am told, is personally making calls to bidders to deliver the news this week.


The Lakeside site — on the former U.S. Steel South Works site on the Southeast Side of Chicago — was spectacular but it would take years for related commercial and residential development to take place.


The Bronzeville bid was anchored at the site of the former Michael Reese Hospital.


A bid to place the Obama presidential library at the site of the former Michael Reese Hospital will not make the cut when the finalists are announced next week, sources have told the Chicago Sun-Times. | File Photo

A bid to place the Obama presidential library at the site of the former Michael Reese Hospital will not make the cut when the finalists are announced next week, sources have told the Chicago Sun-Times. | File Photo

5 things to know as Hillary Clinton heads to Iowa


WASHINGTON — Hillary and Bill Clinton hit Iowa on Sunday, her first trip back since she came in third in the 2008 caucuses, triggering a frenzy of rising expectations that this means she is getting closer to a 2016 White House run.


As the former secretary of state/senator/first lady ponders another presidential bid, a Chicago firm, 270 Strategies, is part of an extensive effort to build a political infrastructure for Clinton if and when she takes the plunge.


And just in case she doesn’t, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is among the Democrats laying the groundwork for a 2016 primary campaign, a reason he was in Chicago a few days ago, meeting with Democratic honchos in the city.


The official reason for the Clintons’ traveling to Indianola, Iowa, is to be the keynote speakers at a very big deal Hawkeye political tradition, Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry, the last for the retiring senator.


It’s a convenient excuse to visit Iowa, the state to cast the first votes in the contest for the nomination.


Here are five things to know while reading the Clinton tea leaves:


* 270 Strategies, at 401 W. Superior, is one of the top consultants for the Ready for Hillary political action committee, which is running a sort of shadow campaign to build an organization for Clinton to quickly tap if she gets in. The partners at 270 are veterans of the Chicago-based Obama presidential campaigns, and they specialize in grass-roots organizing.


Lynda Tran, a 270 partner who is a Ready for Hillary adviser, said the group has been planning a campaign-style welcome in Iowa for her and encouraging Iowa supporters to attend the Harkin Steak Fry.


“Ready for Hillary is also purchasing tickets and arranging buses for Students for Hillary supporters who want to attend the event — buses will depart from Drake University, Grinnell [College], Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa,” Tran told me in an email.


The Ready for Hillary bus that was made in Iowa, wrapped in Iowa and launched from Des Moines for its journey around the country accompanying Secretary Clinton’s book tour, also will be at the steak fry with folks available to hand out free T-shirts and put up signs.


* Among the Chicago donors to Ready for Hillary are a group of longtime Clinton loyalists and contributors: $25,000 from business executive Niranjan Shah; $5,000 each from attorney Mike and wife Pat Cherry; and $1,500 from Lynn Cutler, who served in the Clinton White House.


Between Jan. 1, 2013, and an FEC report dated June 30, the Ready for Hillary PAC has collected $4,297,930 and had $874,362 cash on hand. The PAC has contributed to a variety of state Democratic parties with the biggest donations, $10,000 each to the Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire, the state with the first primary vote.


* A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll of registered Democrats released Friday showed Clinton with a commanding lead over potential rivals: Clinton was at 53 percent; Vice President Joe Biden at 15 percent; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at 7 percent; and Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent allied with the Democrats, drew 5 percent. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had 3 percent; Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley 2 percent;  and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick 1 percent.


* O’Malley hit Chicago last weekend to appear at rallies for Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. But with an eye on 2016,  O’Malley held private fundraising meetings with Democrats as he sought to forge connections within the Chicago donor community.


When we talked, O’Malley told me, “I’m seriously considering running in 2016” no matter what Clinton does, and in the meantime “I’m helping people in the midterms.”


* Biden, also in play for 2016, hits Iowa on Wednesday to speak at the kickoff event for the Nuns on the Bus “We the People, We the Voters” bus tour, according to the Des Moines Register.


The Ready for Hillary bus, which was made in Iowa, was in New York in June as Hillary Clinton launched her book tour. | Getty Images

The Ready for Hillary bus, which was made in Iowa, was in New York in June as Hillary Clinton launched her book tour. | Getty Images




Weekly Address: We Will Degrade annd Destroy ISIL


September 13, 2014 | 4:02 | Public Domain

In this week’s address, President Obama reiterated his comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group ISIL.




VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: La estrategia del Presidente para degradar y destruir ISIL


September 13, 2014 | 3:45 | Public Domain

En el mensaje de la Casa Blanca, Ricardo Zúñiga reiteró la estrategia del Presidente que es integral y sostenida para la lucha contra el terrorismo para degradar y destruir en última instancia, el grupo terrorista ISIL. El plan del Presidente Obama reúne a una campaña de ataques aéreos selectivos, mayor apoyo a las fuerzas iraquíes y kurdas ya luchando en contra a los terroristas, ayuda a los aliados y socios, la expansión de esfuerzos para entrenar y equipar a la oposición siria, y la ayuda humanitaria en curso para los desplazados por ISIL. Ricardo Zúñiga expresó el inmenso agradecimiento del Presidente y de nuestro país por los hombres y mujeres en las fuerzas armadas que hacen estos esfuerzos es posible, y recordó al mundo que Estados Unidos continúa liderando y se mantiene firme contra el terrorismo.




Press Briefing


September 12, 2014 | 01:10:30 | Public Domain

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




President Obama Speaks on the 20th Anniversary of Americorps


September 12, 2014 | 15:14 | Public Domain

On September 12, 2014, President Obama delivered remarks at the White House to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Americorps.




West Wing Week: 9/12/14 or, “Meeting Those Threats with Strength and Resolve”


September 11, 2014 | 4:03 | Public Domain

This week the President concluded a summit in Wales with NATO allies, hosted a White House meeting with Congressional leadership on foreign policy, addressed the nation in primetime and commemorated the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.




President Obama speaks at the September 11th Observance Ceremony


September 11, 2014 | 20:23 | Public Domain

On September 11, 2014, President Obama and the First Lady attended the September 11th Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon, to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.




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What Did Barack Do Today™: Signed H.R. 3230, The Veterans’ Access To Care through Choice, Accountability, And Transparency Act Of 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.


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


President Obama Signs the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act


Published on Aug 7, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Belvoir before signing the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act into law on August 7, 2014.




Army Sgt. Maj. James McGruder, operations sergeant major for of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, introduces President Barack Obama during a presidential bill signing at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 7, 2014. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)

Army Sgt. Maj. James McGruder, operations sergeant major for of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, introduces President Barack Obama during a presidential bill signing at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 7, 2014. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)

President Barack Obama waves goodbye after visiting Fort Belvoir, Va., an Army base 20 miles south of Washington, to highlight efforts to help veterans have an easier time getting health care, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, a bill providing the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans. At right is Sgt. Major James McGruder who gave Obama an enthusiastic introduction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Barack Obama waves goodbye after visiting Fort Belvoir, Va., an Army base 20 miles south of Washington, to highlight efforts to help veterans have an easier time getting health care, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, a bill providing the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans. At right is Sgt. Major James McGruder who gave Obama an enthusiastic introduction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


By The Associated Press


President Obama Signs Major provisions of veterans health care law


A law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama aims to alleviate delays many veterans have faced in getting treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics and end the widespread practice of covering up long wait times for appointments. The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administrators and other senior VA executives.

Congressional budget analysts put the cost of the law at $16.3 billion over three years and estimate it will add $10 billion to federal deficits over the next 10 years.

The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act:

—Devotes $10 billion to pay private doctors to treat qualifying veterans who can’t get prompt appointments at the VA’s nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics, or those who live far from them. Only veterans who enrolled in VA care as of Aug. 1 or live at least 40 miles away are eligible for outside care.

—Devotes $5 billion to hire more doctors, nurses and other medical and mental health professionals.

—Authorizes $1.3 billion to open 27 new VA outpatient clinics and other medical facilities in 18 states and Puerto Rico.

—Gives the VA secretary authority to fire immediately poor-performing senior executives. They would have seven days to appeal, with a final resolution 21 days later.

—Expands a scholarship program for children of veterans killed in the line of duty to include surviving spouses.

—Allows all returning veterans and eligible dependents to qualify for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

—Cuts funding for annual bonuses for VA employees to $360 million, $40 million less than last year.

Thank you Associated Press


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President Obama Signs Bill to Give the VA the Resources It Needs



Earlier today, President Obama traveled to Fort Belvoir, Virginia to sign a reform bill giving the Department of Veterans Affairs the necessary resources to improve access and quality of care for the men and women who have served our country in uniform.


In remarks before the bill signing, President Obama addressed the misconduct that has taken place at some VA facilities across the country — veterans being denied the care they need, or long wait times being covered up.


“This is wrong,” the President emphasized. “It was outrageous. And working together, we set out to fix it and do right by our veterans across the board, no matter how long it took.”


We’ve already taken the first steps to change the way the VA does business. We’ve held people accountable for misconduct. Some have already been relieved of their duties, and investigations are ongoing. We’ve reached out to more than 215,000 veterans so far to make sure that we’re getting them off wait lists and into clinics both inside and outside the VA system.


We’re moving ahead with urgent reforms, including stronger management and leadership and oversight. And we’re instituting a critical culture of accountability — rebuilding our leadership team, starting at the top with Secretary McDonald. And one of his first acts is that he’s directed all VA health care facilities to hold town halls to hear directly from the veterans that they serve to make sure that we’re hearing honest assessments about what’s going on.




The VA reform bill — officially the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 — passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support, and will expand survivor benefits and educational opportunities and improve care for victims of sexual assault and veterans struggling with traumatic brain injuries. But the main focus of the new law is to ensure that veterans have access to the care they’ve earned.


“You’ve risked your lives on multiple tours to defend our nation. And as a country, we have a sacred obligation to serve you as well as you’ve served us – an obligation that doesn’t end with your tour of duty.”


The President outlined three important areas the law will address:


1. Giving the VA the resources it needs:

It will help the VA hire more doctors and more nurses and staff more clinics. As a new generation of veterans returns home from war and transitions into civilian life, we have to make sure the VA system can keep pace with that new demand. Keep in mind that I have increased funding for the VA since I came into office by extraordinary amounts. But we also have extraordinary numbers of veterans coming home. And so the demand, even though we’ve increased the VA budget, is still higher than the resources that we’ve got. This bill helps to address that.


2. Ensuring timely care:

For veterans who can’t get timely care through the VA, this bill will help them get the care they need someplace else. And this is particularly important for veterans who are in more remote areas, in rural areas. If you live more than 40 miles from a VA facility, or if VA doctors can’t see you within a reasonable amount of time, you’ll have the chance to see a doctor outside the VA system.


3. Holding people accountable:

We’re giving the VA Secretary more authority to hold people accountable. We’ve got to give [Secretary McDonald] the authority so that he can move quickly to remove senior executives who fail to meet the standards of conduct and competence that the American people demand. If you engage in an unethical practice, if you cover up a serious problem, you should be fired. Period. It shouldn’t be that difficult. And if you blow the whistle on an unethical practice, or bring a problem to the attention of higher-ups, you should be thanked. You should be protected for doing the right thing. You shouldn’t be ignored, and you certainly shouldn’t be punished.


The President noted, however, that while this law is focused on immediate needs to reform the VA, we can’t lose sight of the long-term goals of our service members and our veterans:


The good news is, we’ve cut the disability claims backlog by more than half. But let’s now eliminate the backlog. Let’s get rid of it. The good news is, we’ve poured major resources into improving mental health care. But now, let’s make sure our veterans actually get the care they need when they need it. The good news is, we’ve helped to get thousands of homeless veterans off the street, made an unprecedented effort to end veterans’ homelessness. We should have zero tolerance for that. But we’ve got to — still more work to do in cities and towns across America to get more veterans into the homes they deserve.


We’ve helped more than a million veterans and their spouses and children go to college through the post-9/11 GI bill. But now, we’ve got to help even more of them earn their educations, and make sure that they’re getting a good bargain in the schools they enroll in.


We’ve rallied companies to hire hundreds of thousands of veterans and their spouses. That’s the good news.  With the help of Jill Biden and Michelle Obama — two pretty capable women…But now, we’ve got to help more of our highly skilled veterans find careers in this new economy.


“America has to do right by all who serve under our proud flag.”




Speeches and Remarks – Official Transcript


Remarks by the President at the Signing of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act







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.


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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.



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