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White House Schedule – July 31, 2014

 

President will sign an Executive Order titled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” that will ensure that all hardworking Americans get the fair pay and safe workplaces they deserve. Specifically, the new order will require prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and give federal agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. This event in South Court Auditorium is open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There will be expanded pool coverage of the President’s remarks.

 

In the evening, the President and First Lady will host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” at the White House to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics. The President will deliver remarks in the East Room, and the President and the First Lady will attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics in the State Dining Room. There will be pooled press coverage of this event.

 

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12:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

Press Briefing

July 31, 2014 | 48:08 | Public Domain

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

 

 

 

1:20 PM: The President delivers remarks and signs an Executive Order, South Court Auditorium.

 

The President Signs the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

July 31, 2014 | 15:54 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks before signing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building‘s South Court Auditorium.

 

 

 

3:40 PM: The President delivers remarks, The Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

The President Welcomes a New Secretary to HUD

July 31, 2014 | 10:48 | Public Domain

President Obama joins staff in welcoming Julian Castro as the new Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

 

 

7:25 PM: The President and First Lady host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation”; The President delivers remarks, East Room.

 

The President Speaks at Dinner to Celebrate Special Olympics

July 31, 2014 | 9:23 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks at a dinner in celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation.

 

 

 

8:25 PM: The President and First Lady attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics, State Dining Room.

 

President Obama Attends a Performance Commemorating the Special Olympics

 

 

 

Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

During an event at the White House honoring the Special Olympics, President Barack Obama received a hug from Tim Harris, a Special Olympian and owner of a restaurant called Tim’s Place. (July 31)

 

 

 

Raw Video: The President Takes a Walk Down Main Street

 

President Obama traveled to Kansas City, Missouri this week — where he grabbed some BBQ with Americans who had written him letters, and delivered a speech about how he’s working to get things done for hardworking Americans even as Congress chooses not to act to move this country forward.

 

And before he left, the President took a walk down Main Street (literally), spending time with store owners, touring an antique watch shop, and chatting with customers at a local coffee shop.

 

 

Raw Video: The President visits Main Street in Parkville, MO

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

During a trip to Kansas City, Missouri, President Obama took a walk down Main Street — talking with residents and visiting some “mom and pop” shops along the way.

 

 

 

President Obama: “You don’t have time to be cynical. Hope is a better choice.”

 

Published on Jul 30, 2014

President Obama speaks on expanding opportunity for more Americans at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. July 30, 2014.

 

 

 

Susan E. Rice: Previewing the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

United States national security Advisor Susan E. Rice previews the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit where President Obama will welcome nearly 50 African heads of state to Washington, as well as leaders from across Africa’s civil society, private sector and faith communities.

 

 

 

World Hepatitis Day 2014

 

Published on Jul 30, 2014

U.S. and international leaders gather at the White House to commemorate World Hepatitis Day, discussing the global impact of viral hepatitis and the importance of public health leadership. July 30, 2014

 

 

 

Save The Babies. Save The Children. It’s Time For Gun Sense In America.

 

Published on May 29, 2014

Common sense gun reforms and responsible gun control laws are needed now. Whose child will be next? How many more have to die? Does your second amendment rights trump my U.S. Constitutional rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness?

 

 

 

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Ann Coulter: we need ‘Netanyahu’ in America, Palestinians killed for associating with terrorists

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

On Fox News Hannity 9/31/2014 over U.S. – Mexico border crisis.

 

 

 

Teen Raped At Keith Urban Concert

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

“A teenage girl was raped at the same Keith Urban show where 20 people got so drunk they were hospitalized, police said.

 

The attack happened in front of a large crowd of other concertgoers on the lawn of the Xfinity Center, an outdoor amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday night, a police statement said.

 

The rape ended when a woman in the crowd pushed the alleged attacker off the victim and he fled, police said.”

 

 

 

Russell Simmons, LL Cool J Visit Youth at Jail

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

A group of young people at a New York City jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor LL Cool J. (July 31)

 

 

 

PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | July 31, 2014

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

Thursday on the NewsHour, Attorney General Eric Holder discusses immigration, the death penalty and voter ID laws. Also: A divided Congress struggles to address the border crisis, educators push back on legislation that puts the burden on colleges to investigate sexual assaults, Israel, Hamas and the laws of war, plus a Colorado town makes a musical recovery after a devastating flood.

 

 

 

Democrats Stage Protest Against Boehner’s Lawsuit on the House Floor

 

 

 

Rep Hastings Rips Boehner’s Lawsuit, ‘It’s Red Meat for a Base that Hates Our President’

 

 

 

25 Painfully Disturbing Facts About Human Trafficking

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

Did you know that there are more slaves today than ever before in history? These are 25 painfully disturbing facts about human trafficking.

 

World Day against Trafficking in Persons … July 30!!

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases- July 31st, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at HUD

 

Remarks by the First Lady at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference

 

Remarks by the President at the Signing of Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

 

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts

 

Readout of Consultative Meeting with Congressional Leaders on National Security Issues

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

 

Op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama on McClatchy: Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all

 

FACT SHEET: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

 

 

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What Did Barack Do Today™: Foreign Policy Meeting. Executive Order; “Fair Pay & Safe Workplace”. HUD Remarks. “A Celebration of Special Olympics & A Unified Generation” at the White House.


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White House Schedule – July 31st, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
 
Afterward, the President and the Vice President will meet with Members of Congress on foreign policy. There will be a photojournalist spray of this meeting in the Cabinet Room.
 
In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.
 
Afterward, the President will sign an Executive Order titled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” that will ensure that all hardworking Americans get the fair pay and safe workplaces they deserve. Specifically, the new order will require prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and give federal agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. This event in South Court Auditorium is open press.
 
Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There will be expanded pool coverage of the President’s remarks.
 
In the evening, the President and First Lady will host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” at the White House to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics. The President will deliver remarks in the East Room, and the President and the First Lady will attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics in the State Dining Room. There will be pooled press coverage of this event.

 

 

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Thursday, July 31 2014  All Times ET

 

10:00 AM
The President and Vice President receive the P
residential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
10:55 AM
The President and Vice President meet with Members of Congress
on foreign policy, Cabinet Room
12:00 PM
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest,
12:30 PM
The President and Vice President meet for lunch
Private Dining Room
1:20 PM
The President delivers remarks and signs an Executive Order
South Court Auditorium
3:40 PM
The President delivers remarks
The Department of Housing and Urban Development
7:25 PM
The President and First Lady host “A Celebration of
Special Olympics and A Unified Generation”; The President
delivers remarks, East Room
8:25 PM
The President and First Lady attend a concert
commemorating the Special Olympics,
State Dining Room

 

 

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White House Live

 

Next Up

 

July 31, 2014 3:40 PM EDT

President Obama Speaks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

 

July 31, 2014 7:25 PM EDT

President Obama Speaks at “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” Dinner

The White House,  White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

 

July 31, 2014 8:30 PM EDT

President Obama Attends a Performance Commemorating the Special Olympics

The White House,  White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

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July 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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Statements and Releases – July 31st, 2014

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

 

Op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama on McClatchy: Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all

 

FACT SHEET: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

 

 

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The President Speaks in Kansas City, Missouri

July 30, 2014 | 32:09 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks on the economy, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 

 

Jay Carney, Part 1 – David Letterman

 

 

 

Jay Carney, Part 2 – David Letterman

 

 

 

Jay Carney, Part 3 – David Letterman

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” Dinner

 

 

 

President Obama Attends a Performance Commemorating the Special Olympics

 

 

 

Cantor Delivers Final Speech as Majority Leader

 

 

Gag me with a fuckin spoon.

 

 

Fractured Lives: Stories of those fleeing Ukraine’s war

 

 

 

Proof The Corporate Elite Are Running Out Of Threats

 

 

 

Why are ‘Women’s Issues’ a Taboo Subject?: Iman Mujahed

 

 

 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Asks About Lack of Private Student Loan Relief Options

 

 

 

Boehner: I Will Not ‘Accept Responsibility’ for Senate Inaction

 

 

Drunks never accept responsibility for jack shit, John.

 

 

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Where In The World Is Barack™: Kansas City, Missouri.


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On Wednesday, while in Kansas City, the President will deliver remarks on the economy

 

In the morning, the President will deliver remarks on the economy at the Uptown Theater. This event is open to pre-credentialed media. 

 

In the afternoon, the President will depart Kansas City, Missouri en route Washington, DC. The departure from Kansas City International Airport is open to pre-credentialed media, and the arrival on the South Lawn is open press.

 

White House Schedule – July 30th, 2014

 

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WEEKLY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014  All Times ET

 

12:05 PM: The President delivers remarks on the economy. Local Event Time:11:05 AM, Uptown Theatre.

 

2:15 PM: The President departs Kansas City, Missouri en route Washington, DC. Local Event Time:1:15 PM, Kansas City International Airport.

 

4:25 PM; The President arrives Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Andrews.

 

4:40 PM: The President arrives the White House, South Lawn.

 

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White House Live

 

Next Up

 

July 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

World Hepatitis Day 2014

The White House, White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

 

July 30, 2014 12:05 PM EDT

President Obama Speaks on the Economy

Kansas City, Missouri, White House LIVE Streaming

 

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the evening, the President and First Lady will host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” at the White House to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics.

 

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

 

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Will you stop this?

 

Published on Jul 28, 2014

Warning: Some may find this video disturbing.
Stop violence again women. Text SAFER to 877-877 to urge your senator to support legislation that will keep domestic abusers from getting guns. #SaveWomensLives

 

 

Still think the 2nd amendment is for gun ownership?

 

 

How to Respond to Open Carry Activists Part 1

 

As most people know, there are activists in Texas who are making a point of going to public places with visible firearms. They have gotten a lot of attention because some chain restaurants and stores have prohibited them from openly carrying their weapons, mostly because it frightens other patrons.

 

This fear is legitimate. As many have pointed out, there is no way for bystanders to know whether the people with guns are “good guys” or “bad guys.” It is rational to be afraid of someone with a weapon, especially if you know nothing about them.

 

 

 

How to Respond to Open Carry Activists Part 2

 

 

 

Cops approach open carry patriot, Auburn WA July 4

 

 

 

“How Much?”

 

 

 

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura on defamation suit victory

 

Published on Jul 30, 2014

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura joins the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts to discuss the details of his legal battle with a former U.S. sniper. A federal jury deliberated for six days and awarded Ventura $1.8 million dollars.

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

White House Announces New Executive Secretary / Chief of Staff for the National Security Council Staff

Today, National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice announced that Suzy George will be named Deputy Assistant to the President, Executive Secretary of the National Security Council and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council staff.  Ms. George will succeed Brian McKeon, who will soon depart the White House to become the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense.

 

Ambassador Rice said, “Suzy George brings a wealth of foreign policy, government and management experience to this position, through her long service at the Department of State and as a principal with the Albright Stonebridge Group.  Her service at the highest levels of the State Department, where she engaged with senior leaders across the U.S. government and with foreign partners, gives me great confidence in her ability to lead the National Security Council staff.”

 

Ms. George has served as a principal at the Albright Stonebridge Group LLC, an international strategic consulting firm, and previously with The Albright Group LLC, since 2001.  From 1997-2001, Ms. George served as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Department of State, overseeing the management and coordination of travel and meetings, as a liaison to the White House and other Cabinet departments, and working across the Department on a range of foreign policy initiatives for Secretary Madeleine  Albright.

 

Ms. George has a BA from Mount Holyoke College, and a JD from the George Washington University Law School.

 

 

Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate

 

 

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Bob McDonald as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs

I applaud the overwhelming, bipartisan confirmation of Bob McDonald as our next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  As a veteran himself and a proud member of a military family, Bob is deeply committed to serving our veterans and their families.  And as an executive with decades of private-sector experience, he is uniquely equipped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to help change the way the VA does business.  As a country, we have a solemn duty to serve our veterans as well as they have served us.  I know Bob will help us honor that commitment and make sure every veteran gets the care they deserve, the benefits they’ve earned, and the chance to pursue the American Dream they’ve risked so much to protect.

 

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July 29th, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office to deliver a statement on the situation in Ukraine, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office to deliver a statement on the situation in Ukraine, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 

Advance Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2014

 

Economic growth in the second quarter was strong, consistent with the recent further improvement in the labor market and other indicators. The economy could do even better if Congress does its part to help — starting with taking the steps needed to ensure that work on our roads and bridges is not brought to a halt this fall. But to make further progress, the President is pressing ahead on his own authority, taking action to facilitate investments in American manufacturing, energy, and infrastructure.

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

1. Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4.0 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter of 2014, according to the advance estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The second-quarter increase in GDP follows a first-quarter decline that was slightly less steep than previously reported. In the second quarter, growth in consumer spending and business investment picked up from the previous quarter, and residential investment increased following two straight quarters of decline. Additionally, state and local government spending grew at the fastest quarterly rate in five years. However, net exports subtracted from overall GDP growth, as imports grew faster than exports. Over the last four quarters, real GDP has risen 2.4 percent.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks and answers questions at the Young African Leaders Initiative town hallPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks and answers questions at the Young African Leaders Initiative town hall in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 

President Obama’s town hall today with 500 of Africa’s most promising young leaders provided an inspiring window into what the future holds for Africa, and the world.

 

The 500 participants in the Washington Fellowship program were selected from nearly 50,000 applicants from across Africa, as part of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI was launched by President Obama in 2010, as part of a long-term investment in the next generation of African leaders. It aims to sharpen their skills, to improve their networks, and to strengthen partnerships between the United States and Africa for years to come.

 

The President announced during the town hall that the Washington Fellowship was being renamed as the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, in honor of the former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Mandela Washington Fellows represent the best and brightest from communities across Africa, and fields ranging from education, medicine, law, business, and beyond. These are the young leaders whose skills, passion, and visions for the future, will help shape the fate of their countries and the world. It is in everyone’s best interest to help them prepare with the tools they need to build a healthier, more secure, more prosperous, and more peaceful Africa, which is why President Obama launched YALI in the first place.

 

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Delivering the Goods: A Labor of Love for UPS Driver Jay Valentin

 

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s blog. See the original post here.

 

Like many Americans, when Jesus “Jay” Valentin – a UPS driver – goes to sleep at night in his New Jersey home, he’s got a lot on his mind.

 

He thinks about tomorrow’s deliveries and worries about what the traffic will be like and what the weather will mean for road conditions. He calculates how much next month’s mortgage payment will leave his family – his wife Jenny and four kids – for savings. He wonders how he will pay for his daughter Tiffany’s college education – she’s 16 now and thinking toward the future.

 

Last Friday, I had the chance to meet Jay and some of his coworkers at the UPS hub in Secaucus, New Jersey. It was an eye-opener in many ways.

 

Secretary Anthony Foxx meets with UPS staff (1)(Photo via the U.S. Department of Transportation)

 

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Unleashing Climate Data to Empower America’s Agricultural Sector

 

Today, in a major step to advance the President’s Climate Data Initiative, the Obama administration is inviting leaders of the technology and agricultural sectors to the White House to discuss new collaborative steps to unleash data that will help ensure our food system is resilient to the effects of climate change.

More intense heat waves, heavier downpours, and severe droughts and wildfires out west are already affecting the nation’s ability to produce and transport safe food. The recently releasedNational Climate Assessment makes clear that these kinds of impacts are projected to become more severe over this century.

Food distributors, agricultural businesses, farmers, and retailers need accessible, useable data, tools, and information to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of their operations – from water availability, to timing of planting and harvest, to storage practices, and more.

Today’s convening at the White House will include formal commitments by a host of private-sector companies and nongovernmental organizations to support the President’s Climate Data Initiative by harnessing climate data in ways that will increase the resilience of America’s food system and help reduce the contribution of the nation’s agricultural sector to climate change

 

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White House Report: The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

 

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Join a Twitter Q&A on Climate Change and the Cost of Inaction

 

Climate change is not a distant threat – we’re already experiencing its harmful impacts. That’s why President Obama has taken action to cut carbon pollution by moving to cleaner sources of energy and improving the energy efficiency of our cars, trucks, and buildings. But further steps are urgently needed to ensure that we leave our kids a planet that’s not polluted or damaged.

Today, the White House released a new report from the Council of Economic Advisers that breaks down the economic consequences of delaying action to combat climate change. The report finds that delaying policy actions by a decade increases total climate change mitigation costs by about 40%, and failing to take any action would risk substantial economic damage.

So how will this affect you and your community? Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is taking to Twitter to answer your questions. Today, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET, join him for a Twitter Q&A on the economic impacts of climate change on his Twitter handle, @CEAChair.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #WHClimateChat
  • Follow the Q&A live through the @CEAChair Twitter handle
  • If you miss the live Q&A, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/whitehouse

 

Learn more about President Obama’s plan to combat climate change atWhiteHouse.gov/climate-change, and then join Jason Furman, @CEAChair, for a Twitter chat today, July 29, at 2:30 p.m. ET

 

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New Report: The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

 

The signs of climate change are all around us. The average temperature in the United States during the past decade was 0.8° Celsius (1.5° Fahrenheit) warmer than the 1901-1960 average, and the last decade was the warmest on record both in the United States and globally. Global sea levels are currently rising at approximately 1.25 inches per decade, and the rate of increase appears to be accelerating.

The scientific consensus is that these changes, and many others, are largely consequences of anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases that have led to a warming of the atmosphere and oceans.

The Council of Economic Advisers released a report today that examines the economic consequences of delaying implementing policies to reduce the pace and ultimate magnitude of these changes; the findings emphasize the need for policy action today. The report was written under the leadership of Jim Stock, who recently resigned as a Member of the Council of Economic Advisers to return to his teaching position at Harvard University.

KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS

1. Immediate action substantially reduces the cost of achieving climate targets. Taking meaningful steps now sends a signal to the market that reduces long-run costs of meeting the target. Such action will reduce investments in high-carbon infrastructure that is expensive to replace and will spur development of new low- and zero-emissions technologies. For both reasons, the least-cost mitigation path to achieve a given climate target typically starts with a relatively low price of carbon to send these signals to the market, and subsequently increases as new low-carbon technologies are developed and deployed. An analysis of research on the cost of delay for hitting a specified climate target suggests that net mitigation costs increase, on average, by approximately 40 percent for each decade of delay.

 

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Labor Secretary Tom Perez is traveling with Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Toledo, Ohio, today to see first-hand model programs and partnerships that are equipping Americans with the knowledge, skills and industry-relevant education they need to get on the pathway to a successful career.

 

We want to make sure you see what they see, too. Follow along today to see live updates and highlights from their day.

 

First stop: The Toledo Technology Academy.

The path to good jobs begins in grade school. Students in grades 7 – 12 receive an intense integrated academic and technical education that prepares them for a rewarding, life-long career in engineering or manufacturing technologies. Along with more “typical” high school classes, they receive hands-on training in plastics technologies, automated systems, manufacturing operations, computer-automated design, electronics and other manufacturing technologies. The academy works closely with employers – including the local GM plant – to provide students with industry recognized credentials and certification. Students also can earn advanced credit at local 2- and 4-year colleges. In April, the Toledo Public School System was awarded a $3.8 million Youth CareerConnect grant that will expand the Toledo Technology Academy’s model to serve more students.

 

 

…Where students on the robotics team earn a varsity letter.

 

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On the Horizon: The 2015 White House Conference on Aging

 

Today at the White House, I was delighted to host a roundtable discussion with leaders from across the aging community who came together to discuss the White House Conference on Aging, which will take place in 2015 – the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security.

 

Just yesterday, the Medicare Trustees released their annual report finding that, since their report last year, the life of the Medicare Trust Fund has been extended by four additional years to 2030. When this Administration first took office, the Trust Fund was projected to go bankrupt more than a dozen years sooner, in 2017. The Trustees also project that – for the second year in a row – Part B premiums will not increase, allowing seniors to keep more of their Social Security cost-of-living increase.

 

Thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, we have improved the affordability of the program, while at the same time helping Medicare work better for seniors. For example, we are closing the prescription drug coverage gap or “donut hole” to make medications more affordable for Medicare beneficiaries. Just today, we learned that 8.2 million seniors and people with disabilities saved $11.5 billion since 2010 – over $1,000 on average for people hitting the donut hole. Additionally, Medicare now provides coverage without cost-sharing for many preventive benefits to help keep older Americans healthy. The Affordable Care Act also responds to older Americans’ desire to remain independent in their communities by creating incentives for states to provide the services and supports that help people remain at home as they age.

 

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Press Secretary Josh Earnest: “The President Wants to Meet You”

 

This summer, President Obama is traveling across the country to meet with everyday Americans who have written him about what’s going on in their lives.

 

Ahead of the President’s trip to Kansas City this evening, White House Press Secretary and Kansas City native Josh Earnest called a few people in the area and invited them out to dinner with the President.

 

Watch the Press Secretary give them a call, and hear their reactions — we’re sure you’ll enjoy it:

 

Calling Kansas City

 

Published on Jul 29, 2014

Press Secretary, and Kansas City native, Josh Earnest places calls to hardworking Americans in Kansas City who wrote to the President and invites them to dinner with President Obama during his trip to America’s heartland.

 

 

 

Table For Five: Obama To Dine With Kansas City Penpals

 

Valerie, a single mom from Kansas City, Missouri, who owns a small business, wrote to President Barack Obama last week “in the middle of the night,” describing just how hard she works.

 

On Tuesday, she will get the chance to tell Obama in person as one of four people the president dines with in a visit to the midwestern city – part of a summertime White House campaign to rouse Democratic voters ahead of November midterm elections.

 

“Are you serious?” said Valerie – whose last name was not provided – to Josh Earnest, Obama’s press secretary, who phoned her to invite her to the dinner.

 

“Oh my God! I would love it!” she told Earnest in a video made by the White House.

 

Obama has crisscrossed the country for the past month dining with ordinary Americans who have written him with their concerns about the economy.

 

The visits are designed to motivate Democrats to vote in the November elections, when Republicans stand a good chance of taking control of the Senate and are expected to keep control of the House of Representatives.

 

If that happens, Obama will have a hard time advancing his legislative goals during his last two years in office.

 

Obama reads 10 letters a night selected by his staff from the tens of thousands received by the White House each day.

 

“In these letters, people tell me their stories,” Obama said in a speech earlier this month inAustin, Texas, after meeting another group of penpals.

 

“They talk about the hardships they’re going through, successes they’ve had, things they hope for, things that they’re afraid of when it comes to the future and their lives,” he said.

 

In Kansas City, Obama and Valerie will be joined by Becky, who wrote about her neighborhood association; Mark, who teaches people who have dropped out of high school; and Victor, who was helped by a student loan repayment plan.

 

The White House did not provide their surnames or ages.

 

But the snippets of phone calls provided revealed their delight in being invited to meet the president.

 

“I am just amazed that little bitty old me is going to get this chance,” said Becky.

 

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White House Schedule – July 29, 2014

 

2:50 PM: The President delivers a statement on the situation in Ukraine.

 

3:00 PM: The President departs the White House en route Bethesda, Maryland.

 

3:10 PM: The President arrives Bethesda, Maryland.

 

3:25 PM: The President visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

 

5:15 PM: The President departs Bethesda, Maryland en route Joint Base Andrews.

 

5:30 PM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews.

 

8:00 PM: The President arrives Kansas City, Missouri.

 

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Statements and Releases – July 29th, 2014

 

Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate

 

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Bob McDonald as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs

 

Message to Congress — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Lebanon

 

Notice to Congress — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Lebanon

 

FACT SHEET: Empowering America’s Agricultural Sector and Strengthening Food Resilience through the President’s Climate Data Initiative

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice to the National Jewish Leaders Assembly

 

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Associated Press: President Obama Mulls Massive Move On Immigration.


 

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POTUSA Obama Mulls Massive Move on Immigration

 

Such a large-scale move on immigration could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, a prospect White House officials have openly discussed.

 

Yet there’s little sign that the urgent humanitarian situation in South Texas, where unaccompanied minors have been showing up by the tens of thousands from Central America, has impeded Obama from making plans to address some portion of the 11.5 million immigrants now in this country illegally. Obama announced late last month that congressional efforts to remake the nation’s dysfunctional immigration system were dead and he would proceed on his own authority to fix the system where he could.

 

Since then he’s asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied youths, a request that’s gone unmet even as the House and the Senate scramble to see if they can vote on some solution to the crisis this week before adjourning for their annual August recess.

 

Meanwhile, White House officials led by Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz and White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, along with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, have been working to chart a plan on executive actions Obama could take, hosting frequent meetings with interest groups and listening to recommendations from immigration advocates, law enforcement officials, religious leaders, Hispanic lawmakers and others.

 

Advocates and lawmakers who were in separate meetings Friday said that administration officials are weighing a range of options including reforms to the deportation system and ways to grant relief from deportation to targeted populations in the country, likely by expanding Obama’s two-year-old directive that granted work permits to certain immigrants brought here illegally as youths. That program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been extended to more than 500,000 immigrants so far.

 

Advocates would like to see deferred action made available to anyone who would have been eligible for eventual citizenship under a comprehensive immigration bill the Senate passed last year, which would be around 9 million people. But Obama told them in a meeting a month ago to “right-size” expectations, even as he pledged to be aggressive in steps he does take.

 

That’s led advocates to focus on other populations Obama might address, including parents or legal guardians of U.S. citizen children (around 3.8 million people as of 2009, according to an analysis by Pew Research’s Hispanic Trends Project) and parents or legal guardians of DACA recipients (perhaps 500,000 to 1 million people, according to the Fair Immigration Reform Movement).

 

“Our parents deserve to live without the fear of deportation,” Maria Praeli, a 21-year-old from New Haven who came to the United States from Peru 16 years ago, said at a protest outside the White House on Monday. “It is time for the president to go big and to go bold.”

 

Another focus could be the potentially hundreds of thousands of people who might be eligible for green cards today if current law didn’t require them to leave the country for 10 years before applying for one.

 

At the same time, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it is actively working to determine whether there are steps Obama could take by executive action that could help the business community.

 

For Obama, the political repercussions of broad executive action on immigration could be unpredictable, and extreme.

 

Republicans are warning he could provoke a constitutional crisis.

 

“It would be an affront to the people of this country which they will never forgive, it would be a permanent stain on your presidency,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said on the Senate floor Monday, while urging language to block such executive action be made part of any legislation to address the border crisis.

 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced plans to use an oversight hearing on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency Tuesday to raise questions about Obama’s plans, which he warned could “worsen the border crisis and encourage many more to come.”

 

On the other side, some Democrats have debated the best timing for Obama to take executive action, raising questions as to whether acting before the midterms could hurt vulnerable Senate Democrats in close races while boosting turnout among the GOP base.

 

But liberal advocates noted that Obama’s move on deferred action two years ago gave him a boost heading into his re-election and could help this year with Latino voters discouraged over the failure of immigration reform legislation and record-high deportations on Obama’s watch. Republicans would be in a position of deciding whether to come out in favor of deporting sympathetic groups, such as parents, and many liberals say impeachment talk would only shore up Democratic base voters.

 

“Most Democrats will be thrilled” if Obama acts boldly on immigration, said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, a leading advocacy group. “And Republicans will keep lurching to the right and cementing their reputation as the anti-immigrant party.”

 

Associated Press writers Jim Kuhnhenn and Alicia A. Caldwell contributed to this report.

 

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