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Obama’s day: Medals of Honor

President Obama pays tribute to the military Monday by presenting the Medal of Honor to three heroes from conflicts past: The Vietnam War and the Civil War.

 

One Medal of Honor is dedicated to the memory of 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who gave his life while commanding Union troops against Pickett’s Charge during the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, a turning point in the War Between the States.

 

Family members and supporters have lobbied the government for years to honor Cushing.

 

Obama will also bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers who fought during the Vietnam War: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat.

 

Adkins, who lives in Alabama, is being honored for running through enemy fire to rescue comrades during a Vietnam battle in 1966.

 

Sloat died on the field of battle in 1970, when he used his body to shield other soldiers from an exploding grenade.

 

 

President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

In a ceremony at the White House on September 15, 2014, President Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Specialist Four Donald Sloat.

 

 

 

Inside the White House: The Medal of Honor

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor awarded by the United States. Take a look behind the scenes at what goes into the award presentation at the White House.

 

 

 

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Civil War hero gets medal 150 years later

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

A century and a half after the Battle of Gettysburg is receiving the Medal of Honor from President Obama.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of September 15, 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 finalists: U of Chicago, UIC, Hawaii, Columbia

 

WASHINGTON — The Barack Obama Foundation on Monday announced the finalists for President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum: the University of Chicago; the University of Illinois at Chicago; Columbia University and the University of Hawaii.

 

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WASHINGTON — The finalists for the Obama library and museum announced Monday — the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — face a very heavy lift to win the competition. The Chicago-based Barack Obama Foundation, in naming the final four, also released an 18-page bid document — called a “Request for Proposal” — that sheds light, for the first time, on the gigantic financial commitment the bidders must make — in perpetuity.

 

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Grand Jury Delays Decision On Whether Or Not To Indict Darren Wilson

 

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A grand jury has until January 7 to decide whether or not to bring criminal charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson,  who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown to death on August 9, reports STLToday.com.

 

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington extended the usual four month period, which expired last week, and now the grand jury has an additional 60 days to make a decision.

 

“She extended it to the full amount allowed by law,” said Court Administrator Paul Fox said.

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The panel is hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case exclusively, and can meet whenever it needs to, Fox said.

The grand jury is 12 people selected from the standard jury pool to meet in secret, usually weekly, to hear evidence and decide whether criminal charges are warranted. It takes nine votes to issue an indictment, which sends a defendant to a public trial.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch can bypass a grand jury and take a case to trial by filing a complaint that goes first to a preliminary hearing, a public proceeding in which a judge decides if there should be a trial. Often, his office files a charge first and then obtains an indictment to replace it, avoiding the preliminary hearing.

McCulloch chose to take the full investigation of Wilson’s use of deadly force to the grand jury. He announced weeks ago that he would present all the evidence gathered, leaving to grand jurors the decision of what to do.

As previously reported by NewsOne, Wilson shot Brown at least six times, including twice in the head.

According to the autopsy, the six shots produced numerous wounds with some of the bullets entering and exiting several times, including one that left at least five different wounds.

Wilson was not identified immediately and once he was, police revealed that he had been allowed to leave town.

 

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Adrian Peterson: Discipline or child abuse?

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

Miguel Marquez reports on the latest news in the Adrian Peterson story, including updates on new allegations of abuse.

 

 

 

Breakthroughs Unlikely at Upcoming UN Climate Summit

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

As the climate justice movement prepares for an historic convergence in NYC, political economist Patrick Bond warns that the “big tent approach” to the People’s Climate March might backfire by giving space to institutions that promote financialization as a solution.

 

 

 

WATCH: the CNN report that China doesn’t want you to see

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

(CNN) The Chinese government pulled the plug on CNN’s feed inside their country when AC360 aired David McKenzie’s report on the crackdown on Christians in Eastern China. Christian leaders there are facing the worst persecution in decades. It features exclusive video of police clashing with church members.
Christians in eastern China scramble to save symbol of their faith.

 

 

 

Audio: LAPD investigates Watts’ racial profiling complaint actress Daniele Watts’

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Online tabloid TMZ released an audio clip from “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts’ brief detainment by Los Angeles police.

 

 

 

Obama to visit Atlanta health center to discuss Ebola 

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

President Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control.

 

 

 

Mystery Respiratory Virus Spreads to 21 States

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Scary virus that is sending kids to the ICU is now in the Northeast.

 

 

 

Bill Clinton Unplugged: The Former President Goes Off-The-Cuff In Iowa

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Is he an asset or liability for Hillary Clinton in 2016 – or a bit of both?

 

 

 

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The White House Observes A Moment Of Silence Marking The 9/11 13th Anniversary. President Obama Speaks At The September 11th Observance Ceremony.


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The White House Observes a Moment of Silence to Mark the 13th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

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President Obama Speaks at the September 11th Observance Ceremony

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Remarks by the President at 9/11 Memorial

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning. Scripture tells us, “We count as blessed those who have persevered.”

Secretary Hagel, General Dempsey, members of our Armed Forces, and, most of all, the survivors of that September day and the families of those we lost –- Michelle and I are humbled to be with you once again.

It has now been 13 years. Thirteen years since the peace of an American morning was broken. Thirteen years since nearly 3,000 beautiful lives were taken from us, including 125 men and women serving here at the Pentagon. Thirteen years of moments they would have shared with us. Thirteen years of memories they would have made.

Here, once more, we pray for the souls of those we remember, for you, their families, who love them forever, and for a nation that has been inspired by your example — your determination to carry on, your resolve to live lives worthy of their memories.

As Americans, we draw strength from you. For your love is the ultimate rebuke to the hatred of those who attacked us that bright, blue morning. They sought to do more than bring down buildings or murder our people. They sought to break our spirit and to prove to the world that their power to destroy was greater than our power to persevere and to build. But you, and America, proved them wrong.

America endures in the strength of your families who, through your anguish, kept living. You have kept alive a love that no act of terror can ever extinguish. You, their sons and daughters, are growing into extraordinary young men and women they knew you could be. By your shining example, your families have turned this day into something that those who attacked us could never abide, and that is a tribute of hope over fear, and love over hate.

America endures in the tenacity of our survivors. After grievous wounds, you learned to walk again and stand again. After terrible burns, you smiled once more. For you, for our nation, these have been difficult years. But by your presence here today, in the lives of service that you have led, you embody the truth that no matter what comes our way, America will always come out stronger.

America endures in the dedication of those who keep us safe. The firefighter, the officer, the EMT who carries the memory of a fallen partner as they report to work each and every day, prepared to make the same sacrifice for us all. Because of these men and women, Americans now work in a gleaming Freedom Tower. We visit our great cities, we fill our stadiums and cheer for our teams. We carry on, because, as Americans, we do not give in to fear — ever.

America endures in the courage of the men and women who serve under our flag. Over more than a decade of war, this 9/11 Generation has answered our country’s call, and three months from now, our combat mission in Afghanistan will come to an end. Today, we honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice these 13 years, more than 6,800 American patriots. And we give thanks to those who serve in harm’s way to keep our country safe and meet the threats of our time.

America endures in that perennial optimism that defines us as a people. Beginning tomorrow, there will be teenagers –- young adults –- who were born after 9/11. It’s remarkable. And while these young Americans did not know the horrors of that day, their lives have been shaped by all the days since — a time that has brought us pain, but also taught us endurance and strength; a time of rebuilding, of resilience, and of renewal. What gives us hope –- what gives me hope -– is that it is these young Americans who will shape all the days to come.

Thirteen years after small and hateful minds conspired to break us, America stands tall and America stands proud. And guided by the values that sustain us, we will only grow stronger. Generations from now, Americans will still fill our parks, our stadiums, our cities. Generations from now, Americans will still build towers that reach toward the heavens; still serve in embassies that stand for freedom around the world; still wear the uniform and give meaning to those words written two centuries ago: Land of the free. Home of the Brave. Generations from now, no matter the trial, no matter the challenge, America will always be America.

“We count as blessed those who have persevered.”

May God bless your families, who continue to inspire us all. May God bless our Armed Forces and all who serve to keep us safe. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.
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Memorial Museum Dedication Ceremony 9/11. We Remember

Published on May 15, 2014

The brand new Sept. 11 museum opened Thursday, May 15th, 2014 and was praised as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks. This is a video slide show of the dedication ceremony.

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September 9/11: 13 Years Later. Memorial Museum Dedication Ceremony.


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President Obama, Others Dedicate 9/11 Museum In Solemn Ceremony

President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks. (May 15)

Obama at 9/11 Museum: Terrorism Can’t Break Us

President Barack Obama, dignitaries, Sept. 11 survivors, rescuers and victims’ relatives marked the opening of the 9/11 museum in a solemn dedication ceremony on Thursday.

Obama called the National September 11 Memorial Museum as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helping others that followed the attacks.

“It’s an honor to join in your memories, to recall and to reflect, but above all to reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 — love, compassion, sacrifice — and to enshrine it forever in the heart of our nation,” he told an audience of victims’ relatives, survivors, and rescuers at the ground zero museum’s dedication ceremony.

“Like the great wall and bedrock that embrace us today, nothing can ever break us. Nothing can change who we are as Americans.”

The president praised the men and women who helped save lives in the attack, including those who gave their lives in the effort.

“Those we lost live on in us,” Obama said. “In the families who love them still, the friends who remember them always and in a nation that will honor them now and forever.”

Former mayor Michael Bloomberg called the museum “a place we come to remember those who died and to honor acts of courage and compassion.”

“We are here today to help dedicate a great museum, one that rises out of the bedrock of our city, our history and our hearts,” Bloomberg said before introducing Obama at the dedication ceremony. “In the years to come, the 9/11 memorial museum will take its place alongside the fields of Gettysburg, the waters of Pearl Harbor and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a sacred marker of our past and as a solemn gathering place.”

The museum, which commemorates the 2001 terrorist attack as well as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, opens to the public on May 21.

Before the ceremony, Obama walked quietly through an expansive hall with Bloomberg.First lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton following behind them.

Reflections from dignitaries, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, were interspersed with the voices of everyday people caught up in Sept. 11.

Retired Fire Department Lt. Mickey Cross described being trapped for hours in the wreckage of the north tower and then joining the recovery effort after being rescued.

“There was a real sense of caring for each other,” he said.

Kayla Bergeron remembered walking down 68 flights of stairs in the north tower, amid confusion and fear that there was no way out. Her final steps to safety were on an outdoor stairway, now in the museum as the “survivors’ stairs.”

“Today, when I think about those stairs, what they represent to me is resiliency,” she said.

Thirteen years after the Twin Towers fell, the raw emotion is still palpable among those who lived through it.

“It was like this dream you thought you were going to wake up from,” Midtown resident Peter Bricken said.

“It’s like being in a sacred place, like a tomb,” Washington Heights resident Roman Kopinads said. “So many people lost their lives.”

Inside The 9/11 Museum

9/11 Memorial Museum Dedication Ceremony

Published on May 15, 2014

The brand new Sept. 11 museum opened Thursday, May 15th, 2014 and was praised as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks. This is a video slide show of the dedication ceremony.

The museum and memorial plaza above, which opened in 2011, were built for $700 million in donations and tax dollars.

By turns chilling and heartbreaking, the ground zero museum leads people on an unsettling journey through the terrorist attacks, with forays into their lead up and legacy.

The sights and sounds are all-encompassing and at times, overwhelming.

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“Walking through this museum can be difficult at times, but it is impossible to leave without feeling inspired,” Bloomberg said Thursday.

There are scenes of horror, including videos of the skyscrapers collapsing and people falling from them. But there also are symbols of heroism, ranging from damaged fire trucks to the wristwatch of one of the airline passengers who confronted the hijackers.

Visitors start in an airy pavilion where the rusted tops of two of the World Trade Center’s trident-shaped columns shoot upward. From there, museumgoers descend stairs and ramps, passing through a dark corridor filled with the voices of people remembering the day and past the battered “survivors’ staircase” that hundreds used to escape the burning towers.

At the base level, 70 feet below ground, amid remnants of the skyscrapers’ foundations, there are such artifacts as a mangled piece of the antenna from atop the trade center and a fire truck with its cab shorn off.

Then, galleries plunge visitors into the chaos of Sept. 11: fragments of planes, a set of keys to the trade center, a teddy bear left at the impromptu memorials that arose after the attacks, the dust-covered shoes of those who fled the skyscrapers’ collapse, emergency radio transmissions and office workers calling loved ones, even a recording of an astronaut solemnly describing the smoke plume from the International Space Station.

President Obama Speaks at 9/11 Museum Dedication

Published on May 15, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero, May 15, 2014.

Sprinkled in are snippets about the 19 hijackers, including photos of them on an inconspicuous panel.

The unidentified human remains of more than 1,000 people will also be housed in an underground repository within the museum.

But several families gathered outside the memorial gates Wednesday night to say their relatives should not be buried inside a museum that costs $24 to enter.

“We want those remains up on the plaza, a nice memorial where they can continue DNA testing. They don’t belong in an admission charging museum,” said Jim Riches, whose firefighter son was killed in the attack.

Other victims’ families see it as a fitting resting place.

After Thursday’s dedication, the museum will be open for six days around-the-clock to Sept. 11 survivors, victims’ relatives, first responders and lower Manhattan residents.

When the museum opens to the public May 21, the $24 admission will be waived for all visitors, but advance reservations are required.

There will be no admission charge for relatives of Sept. 11 victims or for rescue and recovery workers. Children age 6 and younger will get in free. Admission will be free for everyone on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The museum’s regular hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Officials say advanced reservations for tickets can be booked at 911memorial.org.

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St. Louis Alderman Antonio French Opens “Heal ST. Louis” Office In Ferguson


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Heal STL Opens Storefront In Ferguson to Register and Organize Black Voters

Many people have followed or just read Antonio French on twitter during the demonstrations in Ferguson.  Mr. French is an alderman in the City of St. Louis, a people’s journalist (he had the paper and then blog, PubDef) and an long-time activist in the St. Louis area.  When Michael Brown was murdered in a police crime, and the streets erupted in Ferguson, Mr. French traveled the few miles from North St. Louis where he lives to report and help out in Ferguson.  He was arrested early on (on August 19) for reporting while black:

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FERGUSON, Mo. — St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who was arrested late Wednesday while documenting the protests and police presence in Ferguson, was released early Thursday.

 

After his release shortly after 7 a.m., French told reporters he had been arrested for unlawful assembly, but hadn’t been given any documents about the arrest. He didn’t have to post any bond.

 

French said he had gone into his car to escape the smoke bombs and tear gas being thrown by police.

 

“I realized that the best place is in your car with the windows rolled up, to keep the tear gas out, and that was where I was.”

 

While in his car, police approached him, dragged him out of the car and arrested him.

 

USA Today: Antonio French freed after arrest in Ferguson, Mo.

French moved from reporting to peacemaking and organizing during the protests.  Realizing that there is a lacuna of

 

leadership in Ferguson, he has stepped up to help organize Ferguson’s future leaders.

 

Last week, he and others started the Heal STL movement.  

 

 

Despite brutal heat on Saturday, West Florissant was more active than it has been in several days. The atmosphere was positive, as many people were there to take part in the Heal STL movement.

 

Organizers and participants of the movement made signs and marched along the roadway.They also helped people register to vote.

 

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Among city leaders participating in the effort, was St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed.

 

FERGUSON, Mo. – They have plans for change, and now have a building to house those efforts.

 

This week, St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French will open the doors to #HealSTL, adding a physical location to his work in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Located just off West Florissant, French says this building will serve as a place to coordinate political change in that community.

 

“This is where volunteers will be able to come, where we’ll be organized in planning out next steps,” French said. “And we’re here for the long-haul. It’s not just a couple of weeks or a day, we’re here for the next few months, if not year.”

 

French ventured outside his official ward during the Ferguson unrest, and gained national recognition for his live tweets during that time. Now, he’s looking to the future.

 

“It’s really about next steps, after the events of the last two weeks,” he said. “Our first part of our next steps is to register everyone out here to vote in Ferguson and to get them educated and mobilized to get political change out here.”

 

French said the building he found sat vacant for a period of time, even before the unrest in Ferguson. Without giving specifics, he said he and some “supporters” paid for the property, which currently houses a few boxes and hand-drawn signs.

 

Volunteers planning to use the space come from all over the country.

 

“We have a lot of folks who want to help and want to do something, and so our role is to help coordinate that, organize it, and to use all this energy we’ve seen these last few weeks and put in a productive way, and a way that we actually create some change.”

 

He hopes to have #HealSTL open and running by this weekend.

 

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