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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.

 

 

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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.”

 

 

 

10/01/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

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

 

Have This in Front of You When You Watch the President Today

 

Watch and Engage: President Obama Speaks on the Future of America’s 21st Century Economy

 

President Obama Welcomes 2013 MLS Champs Sporting KC to the White House

 

You Told Us: Here’s What Raising the Wage Means to You

 

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu Meet at the White House

 

Kevin Pearce: “I may never get to stand on the Olympic podium, but:”

 

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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.

 

 

 

Ebola patient’s family still in apartment

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Massive Cyber Attack 76 million accounts from JPMorgan been compromised – LoneWolf Sager

 

 

 

36 Million Americans in the Path of Severe Weather From Dallas to Chicago

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

From Dallas to Chicago, powerful winds, hail, rain and floods all threaten the heartland. – LoneWolf & The Three Muskadoggies
“Please…. Remember Our Homeless, Hospitalized & Disabled Veterans & Fallen Heroes! Thank You….America!”
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Truck crashes during California high-speed police chase

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

A police chase spanning three counties in California Thursday ended after the driver, who was suspected of grand theft, crashed off the interstate.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Vice President Biden Speaks to the Urban Alliance and U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 

Scheduled for Oct 3, 2014

 

 

 

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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

 

Published on Sep 26, 2014

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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FAA: Fire at facility stops Chicago air traffic

 

Published on Sep 26, 2014

Chicago air traffic has been stopped due to a fire at an FAA facility in Aurora, Illinois, according to an official.

 

 

 

NRA Women Love at First Shot | Ep. 1 Bonus Clip: Being Responsible

 

 

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With cuts to similar programs, the Common Pantry feeds more New Yorkers

 

Published on Sep 26, 2014

New York’s millionaires have increased cost of living, leaving many residents struggling to pay for both shelter and food.

 

 

 

Pierre Boussaguet Quartet – Live at The New Morning 2003 [Full HD]

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at Meeting of the Open Government Partnership

 

Published on Sep 26, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a meeting of the Open Government Partnership in New York, New York on September 24, 2014. A text transcript can be found at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-o…

 

 

 

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.”

 

 

 

The Daily Show: 9/25/14 in :60 Seconds

 

Published on Sep 26, 2014

Lindsey Graham worries about the safety of Americans, Native American activists protest the Redskins logo, and Steven Johnson discusses “How We Got to Now.”

 

 

 

Yes Please Comedy: Automated Teller Assholes

 

 

 

Top 5 Reasons to Prosecute Bush and Cheney

 

 

 

President Obama Addresses Deadly Ebola Outbreak

 

Published on Sep 26, 2014

President Obama urged nations to aid in the efforts to prevent the spread of ebola in West Africa during a speech at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit from the White House.

 

 

 

Ferguson Missouri Police Chief: I’m truly sorry the Michael Brown shooting saga

 

 

 

Arrests in Ferguson Missouri Following Police Chief’s Apology

 

 

 

Ferguson Police Chief & Ferguson Police Have Shoving & Riot Starts

 

 

 

‘Why did you shoot me?’ video shows police shooting unarmed man

 

 

 

South Carolina Officer in Dash-Cam Shooting Video Faces Charges

 

 

 

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


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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.


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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.

 

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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)

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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)

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.”

 

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Speeches and Remarks – Official Transcript

 

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

 

 

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BODY OF US GENERAL Harold J. Greene ARRIVES AT DOVER AIR FORCE BASE

 

By Associated Press.

 

The body of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was returned home to the U.S. Thursday morning in solemn proceedings at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

 

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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.

 

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Dreams for Africa

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

In July 2014, 500 extraordinary young entrepreneurs, public servants and civic activists from across Africa came together for the Mandela Washington Fellowship program to discuss the future of their countries and their continent. Listen to their dreams for Africa.

 

 

 

A Conversation with The First Lady and Mrs. Laura Bush

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

During the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Symposium for African Spouses, the First Lady and Mrs. Laura Bush took part in a moderated conversation with NPR’s Cokie Roberts on August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden Speaks on Creating Opportunities for Young Women Leaders

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden speaks before the U.S.-African Leaders Summit on education and how we can create opportunities and invest in the next generation of women leaders. August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Participates in the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

President Obama takes part in the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session on investing in Africa’s Future. August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Holds a Press Conference at the U.S.-African Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

President Obama holds a press conference where he answers questions and gives an update on the U.S.-African Leaders Summit. August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Business Forum

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomgberg, L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, opens the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 5, 2014. More information is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-l….

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Investing in Women, Peace, and Prosperity

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett moderates the “Investing in Women, Peace, and Prosperity” Signature Event during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 4, 2014. More information is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-l….

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Open Markets – Enhancing the Africa of Tomorrow

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Session on “Open Markets – Enhancing the Africa of Tomorrow” at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum in Washington, DC on August 5, 2014. More information is available athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-l….

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Combating Wildlife Trafficking

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

U.S. Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli moderates the “Combating Wildlife Trafficking” Signature Event during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 4, 2014.

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Images.

 

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