North American Leaders’ Summit 2014

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Canada's Prime Minister Harper, President Obama and Mexico's President Pena Nieto hold a press conference

Canada’s Prime Minister Harper, President Obama and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a press conference

On February 19. 2014, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto will host President Obama and  Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the 2014 North American Leader’s Summit (NALS) to be held in Toluca, Mexico.

This meeting  built on wide-ranging and ongoing cooperation among the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a particular focus on economic competitiveness, energy and the environment, and defence and security cooperation. They will also have the opportunity to exchange views on a number of important regional and global security issues.

Canada, the U.S. and Mexico have a successful history of cooperation on environmental issues. This cooperation includes efforts to safeguard North America’s natural resources and ecosystems, as well as efforts to address the global challenges posed by climate change.

The United States, Canada and Mexico celebrate the 20th anniversary of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Other successful cooperative agreements like the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) , the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) safeguard the natural resources of North America.

U.S.-Canada Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/canada

U.S.-Mexico Trade  http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/mexico

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North American Leaders’ Summit 2014
February 19, 2014
Toluca, Mexico

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President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a bilateral meeting
Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Mexico, Toluca, Mexico

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a working lunch
Cosmovitral, Botanical Gardens, Toluca, Mexico

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Peña Nieto meet with North American Business, Civil Society and Education Leaders
Salon del Pueblo, Palacio de Gobierno, Toluca, Mexico

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto participates in the Trilateral North American Leaders Summit Meeting
Courtyard, Palacio de Justicia, Toluca, Mexico

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold trilateral meetings
Courtyard, Palacio de Justicia, Toluca, Mexico

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a press conference
Patio Cental, Palacio de Gobierno, Toluca, Mexico

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38 Responses to North American Leaders’ Summit 2014

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    Dr. Jill Biden delviers remakrs at a summit focused on how Americans can support post-9/11 veterans
    The George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas, TX

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:15 AM
    President Obama departs The White House

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    Vice President Biden tours America’s Central Port, a rail, river road shipping complex
    Granite City, Illinois

    1:00 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at America’s Central Port, a rail, river road shipping complex
    Granite City, Illinois

    1:10 PM
    President Obama arrives Toluca, Mexico

    1:35 PM
    President Obama is greeted by Mexican President Nieto

    1:55 PM
    President Obama and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold bilateral meeting
    Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Mexico, Toluca, Mexico

    2:00 PM
    2:10 PM
    President Obama and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold an extended bilateral meeting
    Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Mexico, Toluca, Mexico

    3:00 PM
    3:40 PM
    President Obama participates in a North American leaders family photo

    3:45 PM
    President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a working lunch
    Cosmovitral, Botanical Gardens, Toluca, Mexico

    President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Peña Nieto meet with North American Business, Civil Society and Education Leaders
    Salon del Pueblo, Palacio de Gobierno, Toluca, Mexico

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:20 PM
    President Obama participates in a walk and talk with Prime Minister Harper of Canada
    Cosmovitral, Botanical Gardens, Toluca, Mexico

    5:50 PM
    President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto deliver remarks
    Cosmovitral, Botanical Gardens, Toluca, Mexico

    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto participates in the Trilateral North American Leaders Summit Meeting
    Courtyard, Palacio de Justicia, Toluca, Mexico

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:15 PM
    President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a press conference
    Patio Cental, Palacio de Gobierno, Toluca, Mexico

    9:00 PM
    9:50 PM
    President Obama departs Toluca, Mexico

    10:00 PM
    11:00 PM
    12:00 AM
    1:00 AM

    1:50 AM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    2:00 AM
    2:05 AM
    President Obama arrives at The White House

  2. CR says:

    North American Leaders’ Summit 2014

    Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto will host President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the 2014 North American Leader’s Summit (NALS) to be held in Toluca, Mexico.

    This meeting built on wide-ranging and ongoing cooperation among the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a particular focus on economic competitiveness, entrepreneurship, trade and investment, and citizen security.

    Canada, the U.S. and Mexico have a successful history of cooperation on environmental issues. This cooperation includes efforts to safeguard North America’s natural resources and ecosystems, as well as efforts to address the global challenges posed by climate change.

    The United States, Canada and Mexico celebrate the 20th anniversary of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Other successful cooperative agreements like the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) ,  the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) safeguard the natural resources of North America. 

    North American Leaders’ Summit 2014
    February 19, 2014
    Toluca, Mexico

    • CR says:

      North American Free Trade Agreement

      The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral rules-based trade bloc in North America. The agreement came into force on January 1, 1994.

      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nafta

    • CR says:

      February 19, 2014

      FACT SHEET: Key Deliverables for the 2014 North American Leaders Summit

      Today President Obama met in Toluca, Mexico, with President Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada for the North American Leaders Summit. They discussed their vision for a prosperous and secure future for the citizens of all three countries and their shared commitment to work together to realize that vision. They announced concrete initiatives by the three countries aimed at enhancing our competitiveness in the global economy, expanding opportunities for our citizens, and promoting peace, security, and development through multilateral action. Some of these initiatives include:

      INCLUSIVE AND SHARED PROSPERITY

      * Creating a North American Trusted Traveler Program, allowing vetted individuals to travel more easily between our three countries.
      * Harmonizing trade data, consistent with international standards, to make it easier for companies to do business in our three countries.
      * Joint Investment and Tourism Cooperation including exchanging best practices.
      * Creating a North American Transportation Plan, starting with freight planning.
      * Exchanging information on our strong bilateral border initiatives.
      Strengthening trilateral regulatory cooperation in order to ease burdens on business.

      INNOVATION/EDUCATION

      * Creating a Trilateral Research, Development and Innovation Council, encouraging opportunities for North American leadership and a trilateral network of entrepreneurs, as well as economic development efforts in highly integrated regions, like the Pacific Northwest Economic Region and the CaliBaja mega region.
      * Increasing educational exchanges and promoting skills for a 21st century workforce.
      * Promoting trilateral cooperation on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship.

      ENERGY/CLIMATE CHANGE

      * Holding a North American Energy Ministers Meeting in 2014 in order to define areas for strong trilateral cooperation on energy.
      * Supporting efforts to reinvigorate the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
      * Continue trilateral work under the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFC production and consumption.
      * Continuing trilateral coordination in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
      * Declaring North American adherence to high standards in fuel quality, emissions standards, and fuel efficiency for heavy-duty vehicles.

      CITIZEN SECURITY

      * Trilateral Coordination on emergency management communications.
      * Broadening the North American Plan for Animal and Pandemic Influenza to include other health security threats; leverage this collaboration as a model to strengthen global health security.
      * Increasing trilateral cooperation to combat importation of counterfeit products.
      * Fighting trafficking in persons, including through a trilateral technical-level exchange.

      REGIONAL, GLOBAL AND STAKEHOLDER OUTREACH

      * Providing North American support for a Disaster Risk Insurance Initiative for Central America to enhance the ability of the region to respond swiftly to natural disasters.
      * Increasing North American cooperation on energy in Central America and the Caribbean.
      * Creating an outreach mechanism to increase stakeholder input, including from civil society.

  3. vitaminlover says:

    Makes me glad that I live in this hemisphere!

  4. CR says:

    Joe Biden Illinois-bound to tout stimulus milestone

    February 19, 2014 AP

    (GRANITE CITY, Ill.) Vice President Joe Biden is making an appearance in southwestern Illinois as he touts the merits of the federal stimulus package enacted five years ago.

    Biden is scheduled to appear with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at noon on Wednesday at the America’s Central Port near Granite City, northeast of St. Louis. He’s expected to also highlight what he calls the need for more infrastructure spending.

    It’s been a half decade since President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion spending bill called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    The White House says that measure boosted the U.S. economy and helped avoid another Great Depression.

    Republican leaders in Congress counter that the bill spent too much for too little in return.

  5. CR says:

    1:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at America’s Central Port, a rail, river road shipping complex
    Granite City, Illinois

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      Vice President Biden Speaks at America’s Central Port on the Fifth Anniversary of the Recovery Act

      Marc Aidinoff February 20, 2014

      “The Recovery Act is the largest public works project since President Eisenhower laid out our nation’s interstate highway system—and all of you here at America’s Central Port are continuing this American story of boldness and doing big things that are so deeply ingrained in our history,” Vice President Biden said at an event marking the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which saved our country from an economic depression and helped rebuild the middle class.

      Speaking on the Mississippi River at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois on Wednesday. February 19, the Vice President outlined how the Recovery Act’s TIGER grants at the port and across the country have modernized the way we do business, created good-paying middle-class jobs, and strengthened our global economic competitiveness.

      Joined by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, current Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, along with local and port officials, the Vice President described how the grants significantly improve the way we finance and strengthen the capacity of our nation’s ports, railroads, and highways. At America’s third largest inland port, the TIGER program has already helped hire workers who installed new levee relief wells, laid down a new rail track, and started work on a new harbor, all of which help increase the Port’s efficiency and reduce shipping costs.

      READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/02/20/vice-president-biden-speaks-america-s-central-port-fifth-anniversary-recovery-act

    • CR says:

      February 19, 2014

      FACT SHEET: President Obama to Sign Executive Order on Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses

      In his State of the Union address, President Obama set an ambitious agenda to make 2014 a year of action: using his pen and his phone to take steps that expand opportunity for America’s middle class – including helping small American businesses compete in a global economy. Today, aboard Air Force One, the President will sign a new Executive Order on Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses.

      Specifically, the Executive Order cuts processing and approval times from days to minutes for small businesses that export American-made goods and services by completing the International Trade Data System (ITDS) by December 2016. Today, businesses must submit information to dozens of government agencies, often on paper forms, sometimes waiting on process for days to move goods across the border. The ITDS will allow businesses to electronically transmit, through a “single-window,” the data required by the U.S. Government to import or export cargo. This new electronic system will speed up the shipment of American-made goods overseas, eliminate often duplicative and burdensome paperwork, and make our government more efficient.

      This Executive Order is especially important to small and medium companies that depend on global trade. Once fully implemented, the ITDS will dramatically reduce the time and expense for businesses to move the more than 50 million containers and $3.8 trillion worth of goods that cross our borders each year.

      Development of a “Single-Window”

      The Executive Order mandates the completion of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) by December 2016. The ITDS creates capabilities that will allow businesses to transmit, through an electronic “single-window,” the data required by the U.S. Government to import or export cargo.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/19/fact-sheet-president-obama-sign-executive-order-streamlining-exportimpor

  6. CR says:

    1:55 PM ET
    President Obama and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold bilateral meeting
    Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Mexico, Toluca, Mexico

    • CR says:

      February 19, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama before Restricted Bilateral Meeting

      Governor’s Office
      Palacio De Gobierno Del Estado De Mexico
      Toluca, Mexico

      1:00 P.M. CST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, let me thank President Peña Nieto for his wonderful hospitality in hosting us here today. And it’s a special treat to be able to visit his home town of Toluca.

      This is my fifth visit to Mexico, and I think it underscores the incredible importance of the relationship between the United States and Mexico, not only on commercial issues and security issues, but because of the intimate person-to-person relations that exist between our two countries.

      I want to congratulate President Peña Nieto on the outstanding efforts that he’s made during the course of this year on a whole range of reforms that promise to make Mexico more competitive and increase opportunity for the people of Mexico. And I’m also very interested in hearing President Peña Nieto’s strategies as he embarks on dealing with some of the reforms in the criminal justice system and around security issues, which I know are very pressing on his mind and where we have some excellent cooperation between the United States and Mexico.

      More broadly, the North American Leaders Summit gives us an opportunity to build on the enormous progress that we’ve already made in making sure that North America is the most competitive region in the world and that we are able not only to continue to integrate our economies effectively to create jobs both in the United States, Mexico and Canada, but that we’re able to project American and Mexican and Canadian goods and services around the world toward the benefit of our people.

      And the cooperation ranges from how do we make our borders more efficient to moving forward on the Trans-Pacific Partnership that offers the opportunity to open up new markets in the fastest, most populous region of the world, the Asia Pacific region.

      We’ll also have the opportunity to discuss how we can work together more closely on scientific and educational exchanges. We’re particularly interested in making sure that young people in Mexico and the United States and Canada are able to study and travel in each country, and we’re trying to expand those kinds of exchanges.

      So this is a wonderful opportunity for us to build on the work that we’ve already done over the last year.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/19/remarks-president-obama-restricted-bilateral-meeting

  7. CR says:

    3:40 PM ET
    President Obama participates in a North American leaders family photo

  8. CR says:

    3:45 PM ET
    President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a working lunch
    Cosmovitral, Botanical Gardens, Toluca, Mexico

  9. CR says:

    5:00 PM ET
    President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Peña Nieto meet with North American Business, Civil Society and Education Leaders
    Salon del Pueblo, Palacio de Gobierno, Toluca, Mexico

    • CR says:

      February 19, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama, President Peña Nieto, and Prime Minister Harper to North American Business, Civil Society and Education Leaders

      Salon del Pueblo
      Palacio de Gobierno
      Toluca, Mexico

      5:03 P.M. CST

      PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO: (As interpreted.) Your Excellency, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America; Your Excellency, Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests: We are here gathered with representatives from the public, the private, and the social sectors. All of you have walked along with us in the construction road to a more competitive North America. And by this, we will have a higher level of development for our peoples.

      Members of the media, Mexico welcomes you with open arms to celebrate the North America Leaders Summit, Toluca 2014. Besides being Toluca, my hometown, this is the place where I was entrusted by the citizens to serve as the governor of this state, the state of Mexico. The state of Mexico is a clear symbol of the productive integration of North America due to its geographic location and its connectivity. Here we have seen the settlement of advanced automobile facilities and very important logistic hubs. Both are a true example of value chains, global value chains that make North America excel.

      That is why, from Toluca, the three leaders of North America confirm today our commitment to position our region as one of the most dynamic and competitive of the whole world.

      I celebrate the fact that we have gathered here with prominent representatives from the academia, from the private sector, and from the civil society from North America. Your contribution has been vital to bring Canada, the U.S. and Mexico closer. With a clear vision in mind, all of you pushed from the onset the great idea that gathers us today — an integrated North America with goals and shared efforts.

      (Drop in audio feed.)

      Once, the Free Trade Agreement area was the largest free trade area with an unprecedented push of trade exchanges, regional investment, and the creation of millions of jobs. With the same innovative spirit, two decades after, we are bound to go beyond and enhance all together the progress that each one of our countries has made, because individually all our countries have moved forward as well.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/19/remarks-president-obama-president-pe-nieto-and-prime-minister-harper-nor

  10. CR says:

    Dr. Jill Biden delviers remakrs at a summit focused on how Americans can support post-9/11 veterans
    The George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas, TX

    • CR says:

      Dr. Biden Speaks at Summit Focused on Post-9/11 Veterans at The Bush Institute

      Melanie Kaye February 20, 2014 03:07 PM EST

      Yesterday, Dr. Jill Biden joined President Bush at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas for a Summit focused on how Americans can support post-9/11 veterans as they transition back to civilian life. Dr. Biden noted that while the troops serving our nation represent only one percent of the population, the other 99 percent of Americans need to find ways to honor and support them.

      In her remarks, Dr. Biden highlighted the many ways Americans have already stepped up since she and First Lady Michelle Obama started Joining Forces nearly three years ago:

      * Businesses have made it a priority to hire veterans and military spouses, not only because it is their patriotic duty, but because they know our service men and women are highly-skilled, hardworking employees;

      * Educators, including teaching colleges, are doing more to prepare teachers for the unique needs of military-connected children in the classroom, and higher education institutions are taking steps to help veterans succeed on campus; and

      * Doctors, nurses, and social workers have pledged support to enhance the preparation of our nation’s medical providers to care for returning service men and women, and their families.
      But she also said that even small gestures of kindness can make all the difference for a military family, whether it is bringing over a warm meal or a neighbor shoveling the driveway.

      Raising awareness about the military experience and transition back to civilian life is critical.

      “…as more and more Americans have a real understanding of what it means to serve, the more they are ready to step up and do their part,” Dr. Biden said.

      Learn more about how you can take action to support our servicemen and women, veterans and military families.

  11. CR says:

    5:50 PM ET
    President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto deliver remarks
    Cosmovitral, Botanical Gardens, Toluca, Mexico

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      President Obama Delivers Remarks with President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Harper

      Published on Feb 19, 2014

      President Obama delivers remarks to North American business, civil society and education leaders with President Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minster Harper of Canada. February 19, 2014.

  12. CR says:

    8:15 PM ET
    President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Harper and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a press conference
    Patio Cental, Palacio de Gobierno, Toluca, Mexico

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?317877-1/north-american-leaders-summit

    • CR says:

      February 19, 2014

      Press Conference by President Obama, President Peña Nieto, and Prime Minister Harper

      Patio Central
      Palacio de Gobierno
      Toluca, Mexico

      7:25 P.M. CST

      PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO: (As interpreted.) Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Members of the media. Your Excellency, President of the United States of America Barack Obama; Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper. Once again, I would like to welcome you to our country.

      It is a great honor to have hosted you for the North American Leaders Summit here in the State of Mexico, and Toluca, its capital city — a state that I had the great honor of being the governor of before I took office with the greatest honor in the world of politics, and that is to lead the course of my country.

      That is why I am very glad that we have had the opportunity of having this meeting. And I’d like to congratulate myself for creating a space where we have had dialogues, where we have outreach to our countries, and where we have strengthened our friendship. I can be certain that the warm space where we have met is very different from what the teams of men and women representing Mexico in Sochi are having in Russia. They are in very cold weather and fighting hard to win a medal. So be welcome to this very warm weather.

      I would like to summarize for the media and for your delegations the scope of our meetings. I would like to share with you that we have two highlights in our meetings. First we had a bilateral with President Barack Obama and with his delegation and their counterparts from Mexico to address the following, and I would like to share this with you.

      First of all, we assessed the breakthroughs related to the agreements made during President Obama’s past visit in May to our country, and now during his fifth visit — and I must note that Mexico ranks top of the list of the most visited countries by President Obama during his term. And we were able to identify the level of progress of the agreements made back then; how much we have advanced the exchange between high level officials to precisely boost the trade and commercial relationship that Mexico and the U.S. have.

      We have also analyzed the possibility of setting forward new mechanisms to build and fund strategic projects. We have agreed to work on a proposal that would help us find different mechanisms to fund projects so that we can give a new life to our infrastructure, to have more agile and have safer commercial transactions between our countries.

      Specifically, we talked about education. We have set the task to have more academic exchanges so that more Mexican students can study in the United States and, reciprocally, students from the United States come to Mexico to study. The number of students so far is somehow low, considering the potential that we have. And out of the 14,000 students from Mexico that go to the United States to study, we have set a goal and that is to increase year by year this figure and reach 100,000 students a year that visit the United States, and 50,000 students from the U.S. coming to Mexico to study.

      We have revised our security agenda and we have agreed to maintain a strategic dialogue, to coordinate efforts so we can face a common issue — security in both of our countries and, specifically, security at the border.

      On the other hand, I would like to refer to the outcome of the North American Leaders Summit. Therefore, I would like to share with you highlights in terms of the agreements reached in this framework. We have worked on four main topics. The first one is to foster shared and inclusive prosperity. We have agreed to work on a plan to boost competitiveness. We also have agreed to work on a North America transport plan which would give us better infrastructure in our three countries to make the commerce that happens between our three nations thrive.

      We also agreed to standardize and expedite all the procedures that take place in our customhouses. We have also agreed to enable the movement of individuals, and by this have Trusted Travelers Programs. We have, each one, a program of this nature with a purpose in mind that all the travelers that are part of the Trusted Travelers registers in our countries are considered as a vetted traveler in North America.

      Additionally, in terms of the second topic, we have addressed areas of opportunity. And I must insist, in terms of our binational agenda with the United States, we have added up Canada to work on a program to train professionals by increasing our academic exchanges and ensuring mobility of students between our three countries.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/19/press-conference-president-obama-president-pe-nieto-and-prime-minister-h

  13. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    First Lady Michelle Obama tapes an appearence on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”
    New York, NY

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Taking Back the Streets exhibit
    New Museum, New York City NY

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    Vice President Biden meets with members of the Cabinet to discuss ways to identify job skills that match the demands of American companies, while creating training programs to teach those skills across the country
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:35 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks and answers questions at the the Democratic Governors Association dinner
    The St. Regis, Washington, DC

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  14. CR says:

    Jobless Claims in U.S. Fell Last Week as Firings Abated

    Feb 20, 2014 6:20 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek and Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign employers are holding the line on firings even as cold weather slowed industries from manufacturing to housing.

    Jobless claims declined by 3,000 to 336,000 in the week ended Feb. 15, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 53 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a decrease to 335,000. No states were estimated and there was nothing unusual in the data, a Labor Department spokesman said as the figures were released.

    A slowdown in dismissals could lay the groundwork for a pickup in hiring, and more jobs could translate to a boost in consumer spending. An improving job market would support a turnaround in an economy held back by harsh winter weather that has slowed retail sales, employment and factory production.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-20/jobless-claims-in-u-s-decreased-last-week-as-firings-abated.html

  15. CR says:

    Leading Economic Indicators Index in U.S. Rose 0.3% in January

    Feb 20, 2014 7:01 AM PT By Katherine Peralta – bloomberg

    The Conference Board’s index of U.S. leading indicators, a gauge of the outlook for the next three to six months, rose 0.3 percent in January, the New York-based group said today.

    The median forecast of 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.3 percent gain, with estimates ranging from a 0.2 percent decrease to a 0.6 percent increase.

    Among other reports today, fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign employers are holding the line on firings even as cold weather slowed industries from retailing to housing. Jobless claims declined by 3,000 to 336,000 in the week ended Feb. 15, the Labor Department said.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-20/leading-economic-indicators-index-in-u-s-rose-0-3-in-january.html

  16. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden meets with members of the Cabinet to discuss ways to identify job skills that match the demands of American companies, while creating training programs to teach those skills across the country
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building

  17. CR says:

    3:30 PM ET
    White House Patent Reform Event
    The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      Strengthening the Patent System

      Published on Feb 20, 2014

      The White House highlights the Administration’s commitment to strengthening the patent system to ensure it encourages innovation and invention, inspires and rewards creativity, drives investment, and spurs job creation. February 20, 2014.

  18. CR says:

    February 20, 2014

    FACT SHEET – Executive Actions: Answering the President’s Call to Strengthen Our Patent System and Foster Innovation

    v Year of Action: Making Progress Through Executive Action v

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama set an ambitious agenda to make 2014 a year of action. As part of that commitment, and recognizing that innovation is the lifeblood of our economy, the Administration today is announcing major progress on a series of initiatives designed to combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation; issuing new executive actions to build on these efforts; and renewing its call on Congress to finish the job by passing common-sense patent reform legislation.

    Since last June, when the White House pledged to protect innovators from frivolous litigation, the Administration has been working to implement a series of executive actions to improve the U.S. patent system. Today the White House is announcing delivery on these commitments:

    * Promoting Transparency
    * Making Patents Clear
    * Protecting Main Street from Abuse
    * Expanding Outreach & Focused Study
    * Strengthening Exclusion Order Enforcement
    * Innovation For Global Development

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/20/fact-sheet-executive-actions-answering-president-s-call-strengthen-our-p

  19. CR says:

    5:35 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks and answers questions at the the Democratic Governors Association dinner
    The St. Regis, Washington, DC

    • CR says:

      February 20, 2014

      Remarks by the President at DGA Dinner

      The St. Regis
      Washington, D.C.

      5:39 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. (Applause.) Everybody have a seat. Have a seat. Well, it is wonderful to see all of you. It is always a great weekend when the governors come into town. And tonight, we’re with some of the best — and a few of their better halves. And I’m so grateful to all of you for all the great work you’re doing.

      And I’m grateful for the people who are here to support our outstanding governors. I want to thank our DGA chair, Peter Shumlin, for the great work that he’s doing up in Vermont. (Applause.) His neighbor, Maggie Hassan, who is the vice chair, and the first time I saw her was another state senator just like me. And she’s doing great up in New Hampshire, so we are very, very proud of her. (Applause.)

      I’m not going to give a long speech because I think we want to make this more of a conversation. I want to take out some time for questions and answers. But the main thing I want to do is just to say thank you for all of you coming out and supporting Democratic governors.

      And Peter alluded to this, but let me underscore it. Folks here in Washington like to talk abstractions. You get into a lot of ideological debates. The problem for governors is that they actually have to do something and they just can’t talk. And they have to be practical. They have to understand a wide range of issues that are affecting a wide range of constituents. And the work that these governors do each and every day are having a concrete impact in helping to shape the debate in ways that are extraordinary.

      And the challenge we have sometimes in politics is that the national politicians and the national races get all the attention. But so often, the action — how our policies are actually impacting our constituents day to day — are being determined by governors and state legislatures.

      And if there’s one message I want to deliver today to every Democrat and every person who’s interested in supporting Democratic policies, it’s that you got to pay attention to the states. You have to stay focused on what’s happening in the states, and you especially have to pay attention to what’s happening in the states during midterm elections. Because we know how to win national elections, but all too often, it’s during these midterms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble, because I guess we don’t think it’s sexy enough. But the fact of the matter is, is that that’s where so much of the action is.

      And Democratic governors are testing ideas, and they are innovating and implementing critical policies all across the board. And that’s work that obviously is made tougher when you don’t always have a Congress that is cooperating. And what binds together all these Democratic governors is a pretty simple idea, and that’s the idea of opportunity — the idea that if you work hard in this country, no matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, what your last name is, you can make it.

      And we recognize as Democrats and you recognize as governors that government can’t do it all or shouldn’t even try to do it all. But government has a critical role to play in helping provide communities and families the tools they need to succeed, if they’re willing to work hard, if they’re acting responsibly.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/20/remarks-president-dga-dinner

  20. CR says:

    February 20, 2014

    First Lady Michelle Obama to Celebrate the Fourth Anniversary oF Let’s Move!

    WASHINGTON, DC – This week, First Lady Michelle Obama will kick off a celebration around the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, her initiative to ensure that all our children grow up healthy and reach their full potential.

    Today, we are moving toward a healthier future and this movement is becoming the new norm all across the country. From child care centers through high school, from sun up to sun down the country is moving toward a healthier future.

    On this anniversary, Mrs. Obama will be highlighting examples of people, communities, and organizations that are participating in this movement.

    To demonstrate the national scope of this movement, the First Lady is encouraging people of all ages, to show her how they move – through their everyday fitness routine, making better food choices, or by moving their community toward that new norm – on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc. using #LetsMove. Click here to watch the First Lady explain this online challenge.

    Follow @FLOTUS and @LetsMove on twitter and @MichelleObama on Instagram for live updates.

    Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! on February 9, 2010 to unite the country around our kids’ health and create real support for families to live healthier lives. Since then, parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children.

    Thanks in part to these efforts, our nation is moving towards a new, healthier norm. More Americans now have access to healthy, affordable food closer to home, school health environments are changing, healthier foods are being marketed to kids, and making healthy choices is becoming easier for families. A CDC report released last year showed that obesity among low-income pre-schoolers declined in 19 states over the past couple of years.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/20/first-lady-michelle-obama-celebrate-fourth-anniversary-lets-move

    • CR says:

      The First Lady on the Fourth Anniversary of Let’s Move!

      Published on Feb 25, 2014

      The First Lady, Michelle Obama, speaks about the progress that has been made and announces new commitments on the fourth anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative.

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