VP Biden Travels to Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic & Guatemala

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Vice President Biden to Travel to Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala during the week of June 16, 2014. In each country, the Vice President will meet with key leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral, regional and global issues. While in Brazil, the Vice President will attend the June 16th match in Natal between the United States and Ghana, and continue on to Brasilia to meet with President Rousseff and Vice President Michel Temer. In Colombia, the Vice President will meet with President Santos to follow-up on the bilateral and regional prosperity and security agenda. In the Dominican Republic, the Vice President will meet with President Danilo Medina to discuss a broad range of bilateral issues, as well as regional cooperation. In Guatemala the Vice President will meet with the president of that country and El Salvador, as well as a top official from Honduras.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/joe-biden-child-migrants-latin-america-107880.html#ixzz34kS6EZAB

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Vice President Biden’s Itinerary

Brazil

Vice President Biden attends the FIFA World Cup match between the United States and Ghana
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Vice President Biden and Brazilian President Rousseff hold a bilateral meeting
Alvorada Palace, Brasília, Brazil

Vice President Biden and Vice President Temer hold a bilateral meeting
Alvorada Palace, Brasília, Brazil

Vice President Biden and Brazilian Vice President Temer deliver statements to the press
U.S. Embassy, Brasilia,  Brazil

Vice President Biden travels to Colombia

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Colombia

Vice President Biden and Colombian President Santos hold a bilateral meeting
Palace of Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia

Vice President Biden and Colombian President Santos hold a press conference
Palace of Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia

Vice President Biden travels to the Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic

Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a bilateral meeting
The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a press conference
The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Vice President Biden visits the Maritima Solar facility and deliver remarks
Maritima Solar facility, Dominican Republic

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Guatemala

Vice President Biden and Guatemalan President Molina hold a bilateral meeting
National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Vice President Biden and Guatemalan President Molina hold a press conference
National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Vice President Biden attends a multilateral working lunch meeting with Guatemalan President Molina; El Salvadoran President Sánchez; El Salvadoran President Sánchez Cerén; Honduran President Hernández; the Coordinator General of Honduras; and Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, the Mexican Secretary of Gov
National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Vice President Biden attends a roundtable with reintegration leaders
U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Vice President Biden delivers a statement to the press at the residence of the US Ambassador to Guatemala
U.S. Ambassador’s Residence – Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry hosts FIFA World Cup Trophy at U.S. Department of State

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39 Responses to VP Biden Travels to Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic & Guatemala

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday,June 15 , 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama, First Lady Michelle and Malia Obama vacation at Rancho Mirage
    Palm Springs, CA

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    VP Biden Travels to Brazil, Colombia & Dominican Republic

    May 29, 2014

    Vice President Biden to Travel to Brazil, and the Dominican Republic

    Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic during the week of June 16, 2014. In each country, the Vice President will meet with key leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral, regional and global issues. While in Brazil, the Vice President will attend the June 16th match in Natal between the United States and Ghana, and continue on to Brasilia to meet with President Rousseff and Vice President Michel Temer. In Colombia, the Vice President will meet with President Santos to follow-up on the bilateral and regional prosperity and security agenda. In the Dominican Republic, the Vice President will meet with President Danilo Medina to discuss a broad range of bilateral issues, as well as regional cooperation. In Guatemala the Vice President will meet with the president of that country and El Salvador, as well as a top official from Honduras.

    • CR says:

      https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/biden-air-force-two-e1402927307572.jpg?w=450

      Vice President Biden’s Itinerary

      Brazil

      Vice President Biden attends the FIFA World Cup match between the United States and Ghana
      Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

      Vice President Biden and Brazilian President Rousseff hold a bilateral meeting
      Alvorada Palace, Brasília, Brazil

      Vice President Biden and Vice President Temer hold a bilateral meeting
      Alvorada Palace, Brasília, Brazil

      Vice President Biden and Brazilian Vice President Temer deliver statements to the press
      U.S. Embassy, Brasilia, Brazil

      Vice President Biden travels to Colombia

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      Colombia

      Vice President Biden and Colombian President Santos hold a bilateral meeting
      Palace of Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia

      Vice President Biden and Colombian President Santos hold a press conference
      Palace of Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia

      Vice President Biden travels to the Dominican Republic

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      Dominican Republic

      Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a bilateral meeting
      The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

      Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a press conference
      The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

      Vice President Biden visits the Maritima Solar facility and deliver remarks
      Maritima Solar facility, Dominican Republic

      Vice President Biden travels to Guatemala

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      Guatemala

      Vice President Biden and Guatemalan President Molina hold a bilateral meeting
      National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala

      Vice President Biden and Guatemalan President Molina hold a press conference
      National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala

      Vice President Biden attends a multilateral working lunch meeting with Guatemalan President Molina; El Salvadoran President Sánchez; El Salvadoran President Sánchez Cerén; Honduran President Hernández; the Coordinator General of Honduras; and Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, the Mexican Secretary of Gov
      National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala

      Vice President Biden attends a roundtable with reintegration leaders
      U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, Guatemala City, Guatemala

      Vice President Biden delivers a statement to the press at the residence of the US Ambassador to Guatemala
      U.S. Ambassador’s Residence – Guatemala City, Guatemala

    • CR says:

      Vice President Biden Speaks at the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour

      Published Apr 14, 2014
      Vice President Biden welcomes the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour to the State Department April 14, 2014.

    • CR says:

      June 20, 2014
      FACT SHEET: Unaccompanied Children from Central America

      The Administration remains greatly concerned by the rise in unaccompanied children from Central America who are crossing into the United States. These children are some of the most vulnerable, and many become victims of violent crime or sexual abuse along the dangerous journey. There has also been a rise in the number of very young children, female children, and adults with their children that are making the journey. The vast majority of these individuals rely on dangerous human smuggling networks to transport them up through Central America and Mexico.

      To address the situation, the President directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate a government-wide response to this urgent situation. Our first priority is to manage the urgent humanitarian situation by making sure these children are housed, fed, and receive any necessary medical treatment. We also are taking steps to improve enforcement and partnering with our Central American counterparts in three key areas: combating gang violence and strengthening citizen security, spurring economic development, and improving capacity to receive and reintegrate returned families and children.

      In Guatemala, the Vice President is meeting with regional leaders to address the rise in the flow of unaccompanied children and adults with their children to the United States, to discuss our work together with the countries of Central America, and to discuss our efforts to help address the underlying security and economic issues that cause migration.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/20/fact-sheet-unaccompanied-children-central-america

    • CR says:

      June 20, 2014

      Readout of the Vice President’s Call to President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras

      Vice President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández on his way to Guatemala to discuss a regional strategy to address the influx of unaccompanied children coming from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Vice President previewed his meeting in Guatemala with the Presidents of Guatemala and El Salvador, as well as representatives from the governments of Mexico and Honduras to discuss the urgent humanitarian issue. He asked President Hernández to work in close cooperation with other regional leaders to develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America.

      The Vice President also reiterated that arriving migrants will not qualify for legalization under proposed immigration reform legislation or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).

    • CR says:

      June 19, 2014

      Readout of the President’s Call to President Peña Nieto of Mexico

      This afternoon President Obama spoke by phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss a regional strategy to address the influx of unaccompanied children coming from Central America, through Mexico, to the U.S.-Mexico border. The President noted that Vice President Biden will attend a regional meeting in Guatemala on Friday, June 20, to discuss the urgent humanitarian issue, and welcomed the opportunity to work in close cooperation with Mexico to develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America. He also discussed the United States and Mexico’s shared responsibility for promoting security in both countries and in the region.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/19/readout-president-s-call-president-pe-nieto-mexico

  3. CR says:

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    2014 FIFA MEN’S WORLD CUP

    June 12 – July 13, 2014
    Brazil

    Official FIFA World Cup Website: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/index.html

    Univision FIFA World Cup App

    ESPN Audio: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?s=espn

  4. CR says:

    Obama longs to break out of White House bubble

    6/15/14 By NEDRA PICKLER – Associated Press

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — It’s perhaps appropriate that President Barack Obama is vacationing this weekend in California, where the state flag features a roaming grizzly.

    The restless president, who has compared himself to a caged animal on recent wanderings by declaring the “bear is loose,” took a long Father’s Day weekend away with his wife and older daughter.

    The visit to the desert resort area of Palm Springs is one of the ways Obama has been trying to escape during his sixth year cloistered in the White House.

    “I think frankly we’ve all been through a cold and bitter winter and the bear has cabin fever,” said Obama friend and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. “His cabin is a little bit bigger and harder to escape than most.”

    Obama has fantasized about being “on a beach somewhere drinking out of a coconut” or simply being able to walk out of the White House gate and stroll around unrecognized.

    In California, Obama has worked out mornings at a gym near the Rancho Mirage home where the first family is staying with White House decorator Michael Smith and his partner, James Costos, the American ambassador to Spain.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-longs-break-white-house-bubble-120614293–politics.html;_ylt=AwrTWVUGGp9TOnYA8c3QtDMD

  5. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Muslim reporter describes being ridiculed at the Texas GOP convention

    Republican chairman: ‘Would the state party ever condone that? Absolutely not.’

    6/14/14 By Jason Sickles, Yahoo

    The Texas Republican Party’s annual convention ended a week ago, but it’s still managing to make headlines.

    The GOP gathering first attracted national attention by fast-tracking a new platform that includes endorsing “reparative therapy” for gays. Some of the more moderate Republicans in attendance had hoped to address the matter, but the anti-gay topic was never allowed to come up for debate.

    Now, a reporter who was covering the convention says she was targeted and taunted because of her Muslim headdress.

    Heba Said, a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington, is the opinion editor of the school paper, The Shorthorn. The 22-year-old said she applied for media credentials and attended the convention hoping to share with her readers what it was like to sit in on panel discussions with delegates.

    Instead, Said writes, “I discovered a cult-like hatred that is simply disgusting.” From her report:

    As I walked through the halls, people stopped in their tracks and frowned and shook their heads at me. Panelists threw the word “Islamist” around as if it were perfectly OK, and one man even asked if I felt alone at a meeting. I was referred to as “you people” and “y’all Muslims” more times than I can count. The worst part was the way delegates looked at me, as if I were something to fear when I approached them.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/muslim-reporter-claims-she-was-ridiculed-at-the-texas-republican-convention-213308817.html

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      Black CNN camerawoman who was racially taunted at Republican National Convention is ‘not surprised’ it happened

      Patricia Carroll, 34, was pelted with peanuts on the convention floor Tuesday by two alternate GOP delegates who said, “This is what we feed animals.”

      August 30, 2012, 1:00 PM BY KRISTEN A. LEE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday,

      The black CNN camerawoman targeted in a racially-charged incident at the Republican National Convention earlier this week has come forward, saying she is “not surprised” it happened.

      Patricia Carroll, 34, was pelted with peanuts on the convention floor Tuesday by two alternate GOP delegates who said, “This is what we feed animals.”

      Carroll revealed her name to a reporter with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education after the story made headlines.

      “I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all,” said Carroll, an Alabama native.

      “This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South,” she said. “You come to places like this, you can count the black people on your hand. They see us doing things they don’t think I should do.”

      While Carroll said the racist incident could have happened anywhere, she acknowledged she stood out at the RNC.

      “There are not that many black women there,” she said.

      But she told the Maynard Institute that she doesn’t want the incident to be used to score a political point.

      “This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner,” she said.

      For more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/black-cnn-camerawoman-racially-taunted-republican-national-convention-speaks-incident-article-1.1147983

  6. Jueseppi B. says:

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  7. vitaminlover says:

    Who is busier? President Obama or Vice-President Biden? Two hard-working gentlemen!

  8. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, June 16, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden arrives in Brazil

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama, First Lady Michelle and Malia Obama vacation at Rancho Mirage
    Palm Springs, CA

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    President Obama, First Lady Michelle and Malia Obama departs Palm Springs en route to the White House

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    President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama departs Palm Springs en route to the White House

    6:00 PM
    Vice President Biden attends the FIFA World Cup – U.S. Men’s National Team’s first game – USA vs. Ghana
    Natal, Brazil

    7:00 PM
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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      June 16, 2014

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

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:30 AM ET
      State Department Ocean Conference
      Secretary of State John Kerry made remarks at the State Department “Our Ocean” Conference. http://www.c-span.org/video/?319978-1/state-department-ocean-conference

      10:00 AM ET
      Wilson (Woodrow) International Center for Scholars
      European Security
      Zbigniew Brzezinski; Jane Harman
      A group of analysts talked aobut European security and the challenges facing the transatlantic relationship following the crisis in Ukraine.  http://www.c-span.org/video/?319979-1/european-security-ukraine

      10:30 AM ET
      Center for American Progress
      Demographic and Political Change in the South
      Benjamin Jealous; Derrick Johnson
      The Center for American Progress hosted a discussion on the demographic and political changes in the South in the 50 years since civil rights activists travelled to Mississippi to register people of color to vote. http://www.c-span.org/video/?319980-1/voting-rights-south

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      State Department http://www.state.gov

      9:30 AM ET
      State Department Ocean Conference
      Secretary of State John Kerry made remarks at the State Department “Our Ocean” Conference. http://www.c-span.org/video/?319978-1/state-department-ocean-conference

  9. CR says:

    https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/biden-air-force-two-e1402927307572.jpg?w=450

    Vice President Biden’s Itinerary

    Brazil

    Vice President Biden attends the FIFA World Cup match between the United States and Ghana
    Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

    Vice President Biden and Brazilian President Rousseff hold a bilateral meeting
    Alvorada Palace, Brasília, Brazil

    Vice President Biden and Vice President Michel Temer hold a bilateral meeting
    Alvorada Palace, Brasília, Brazil

    Vice President Biden and Brazilian Vice President Temer deliver statements to the press
    U.S. Embassy, Brasilia, Brazil

    Vice President Biden travels to Colombia

  10. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    June 16, 2014
    U.S. Men vs. Ghana
    6 p.m. ET Estadio das Dunas
    Natal, Brazil

    • CR says:

      June 16, 2014
      U.S. Men vs. Ghana
      6 p.m. ET Estadio das Dunas
      Natal, Brazil

      FINAL SCORE: US 2:1 Ghana

    • CR says:

      Portugal’s loss to Germany boosts World Cup hopes for U.S.

      6/16/14 By Alex Baker – yahoo

      Portugal suffered a shock collapse to Germany in the opening match of Group G play Monday. The Germans hammered Portugal 4-0, amounting to its worst ever World Cup defeat. Heavy, multiple goal defeats like the one suffered by Portugal are dispiriting enough.

      But not only did Portugal lose big, it also had a man sent off as Real Madrid defender, Pepe, was shown straight red for a first half head-butt on Germany’s Thomas Muller.

      As a result of the red card, the defender will now be banned from the next match. This means that when Portugal faces the United States on Sunday, it will be without one of its key defenders.

      To make matters worse for Portugal, midfielder Fabio Coentrao, another key member of its starting lineup, was carted off on a stretcher in tears in the second half. Earlier in the game, Portugal striker Hugo Almeida also limped off the pitch with an injury.

      So just what does this result mean for the U.S., which kicks off its World Cup play later Monday against the other team in Group G, Ghana?

      From a U.S. point of view, things couldn’t have gone much better.

      Germany has long been among the favorites to win this summer’s World Cup. With a well-balanced squad that bristles with talent up and down the pitch, coach Jogi Loew’s German team is all but assured to make it to the next round.

      Led by current World Player of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal had been regarded as most likely to follow Germany into the Round of 16. But the 2013 Ballon d’Or winner was largely a peripheral figure in Monday’s match. Germany’s Jerome Boateng played at full back and was tasked with marking the Real Madrid forward. He did a better than respectable job and Ronaldo’s contribution was largely limited to taking free kicks and waving his arms at the referee when decisions didn’t go Portugal’s way.

      Ronaldo being dispirited, along with Coentrao’s injury and Pepe’s suspension amounts to a virtual hat trick of misfortune for Portugal. It heads into the next game against the U.S. looking like a depleted force.

      The U.S. has undoubtedly been dealt one of its toughest ever World Cup draws. And beating Germany would amount to one of the greatest World Cup upsets in recent history. But after Monday, it’s possible to plot a course where by the time the U.S. faces the Germans on June 26, it won’t be imperative.

      If the U.S. can win against Ghana, it could finish the first round of Group Stage play sitting second in Group G. Even a draw would put the U.S. in a relatively strong position.

      A win against Ghana, and a win or draw against Portugal on Sunday would be enough to all but guarantee the U.S. passage to the round of 16.

      For more: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/portugal-s-loss-to-germany-boosts-u-s–world-cup-hopes-183723010.html

    • CR says:

      Behind the Scenes: Inside the U.S. National Team Locker Room

      Published Jun 16, 2014

      Go behind the scenes at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Vice President Joe Biden as he visits with the U.S. National Team in the locker room after their 2-1 win over Ghana.

  11. CR says:

    Confidence Among U.S. Homebuilders Rises Most in Almost a Year

    Jun 16, 2014 7:00 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose in June by the most in almost a year, a sign the residential real estate market is stabilizing after reeling from severe winter weather earlier this year.

    The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo sentiment gauge climbed to 49 this month from 45 in May, the biggest gain since July 2013, figures from the Washington-based group showed today. Readings greater than 50 mean more respondents report good market conditions. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for 47.

    Current sales, the outlook for future purchases and prospective buyer traffic all improved this month, today’s figures showed, indicating mortgage rates close to historically low levels and a strengthening job market are sustaining demand. Improving sentiment comes as the world’s largest economy picks up this quarter following a contraction in the first three months of 2014.

    The increase “is a welcome sign and shows some renewed confidence in the industry,” NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a homebuilder and developer from Wilmington, Delaware, said in a statement. “However, builders are facing strong headwinds, including the limited availability of labor.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-16/confidence-among-u-s-homebuilders-rises-most-in-almost-a-year.html

  12. CR says:

    Industrial Production in U.S. Increases More Than Forecast

    Jun 16, 2014 6:35 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Industrial production climbed more than forecast in May, a sign gains in manufacturing (IPMGCHNG) are supporting growth as the U.S. economy picks up.

    Output at factories, mines and utilities rose 0.6 percent after a revised 0.3 percent drop in April that was smaller than previously estimated, a report from the Federal Reserve showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a 0.5 percent increase. Manufacturing, which makes up 75 percent of total production, also increased 0.6 percent.

    Demand for industrial goods is improving as consumer and business spending strengthen and the economy rebounds from its worst performance in three years. Bigger gains in corporate investment and stronger growth in overseas markets will be needed to provide an additional lift for U.S. producers.

    “Manufacturing activity is humming along at a fairly constructive pace,” said Tom Porcelli, chief U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets LLC, who accurately forecast the production gain. “That’s something we expect will continue over the balance of the year.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-16/industrial-production-in-u-s-climbed-more-than-forecast-in-may.html

  13. CR says:

    Supreme Court rules on ‘straw purchaser’ law

    6/16/14 10 minutes ago By SAM HANANEL – Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal ban on “straw” purchases of guns can be enforced even if the ultimate buyer is legally allowed to own a gun.

    The justices ruled 5-4 that the law applied to a Virginia man who bought a gun with the intention of transferring it to a relative in Pennsylvania who was not prohibited from owning firearms.

    The ruling settles a split among appeals courts over federal gun laws intended to prevent sham buyers from obtaining guns for the sole purpose of giving them to another person. The laws were part of Congress’ effort to make sure firearms did not get into the hands of unlawful recipients.

    Writing for the majority, Justice Elena Kagan said the federal government’s elaborate system of background checks and record-keeping requirements help law enforcement investigate crimes by tracing guns to their buyers. Those provisions would mean little, she said, if a would-be gun buyer could evade them by simply getting another person to buy the gun and fill out the paperwork.

    Kagan’s opinion was joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often considered the court’s swing vote, as well as liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.

    In dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia said the language of the law does not support making it a crime for one lawful gun owner to buy a gun for another lawful gun owner. He was joined by the court’s other conservatives — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

    The case began after Bruce James Abramski, Jr. bought a Glock 19 handgun in Collinsville, Virginia, in 2009 and later transferred it to his uncle in Easton, Pennsylvania. Abramski, a former police officer, had assured the Virginia dealer he was the “actual buyer” of the weapon even though he had already offered to buy the gun for his uncle using a police discount.

    Abramski purchased the gun three days after his uncle had written him a check for $400 with “Glock 19 handgun” written in the memo line. During the transaction, he answered “yes” on a federal form asking “Are you the actual transferee buyer of the firearm(s) listed on this form? Warning: You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.”

    Police later arrested Abramski after they thought he was involved in a bank robbery in Rocky Mount, Virginia. No charges were ever filed on the bank robbery, but officials charged him with making false statements about the purchase of the gun.

    A federal district judge rejected Abramski’s argument that he was not a straw purchaser because his uncle was eligible to buy firearms and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.

    The Obama administration had argued that accepting Abramski’s defense would impair the ability of law enforcement officials to trace firearms involved in crimes and keep weapons away from people who are not eligible to buy them. The administration said that even if the purchase is made on behalf of someone eligible to buy a firearm, the purpose of the law is frustrated since Congress requires the gun dealers — not purchasers — to run federal background checks on people buying guns.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/supreme-court-rules-straw-purchaser-law-140713053–finance.html

  14. CR says:

    Obama to sign order extending protections to gays

    6/16/14 51 minutes ago By JULIE PACE – Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation.

    The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to sign the order. The White House has long said it preferred that Congress pass legislation applying to nearly all employees, but that the bill has languished in the House and there is little sign that lawmakers will take it up in an election year.

    The official would not say when Obama planned to sign the order, only that the president had asked his staff to prepare a measure for his signature. The official insisted on anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the president’s decision by name.

  15. CR says:

    June 15, 2014

    Readout of the President’s Call with King Juan Carlos I of Spain

    The President spoke today with Spanish King Juan Carlos I to offer congratulations on his historic reign ahead of the investiture of Crown Prince Felipe later this week. The President thanked the King for his steadfast promotion of democracy in Spain and commitment to strong transatlantic relations. The two leaders also affirmed the strong bonds of friendship between the United States and Spain, which continue to deepen.

  16. CR says:

    Malia Obama Works on Set of Halle Berry’s ‘Extant’ During Pilot Reshoots (Exclusive)

    June 15, 2014 @ 4:05 pm By Jeff Sneider and Jethro Nededog – thewrap

    The first daughter was spotted working as a production assistant, an insider tells TheWrap

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s oldest daughter Malia could be setting her sights on Hollywood.

    Malia Obama, who turns 16 on July 4, was spotted this past week working as a production assistant for a day in Los Angeles on the set of Halle Berry‘s upcoming sci-fi series “Extant,” an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.

    “She helped with computer shop alignments and the director also let her slate a take,” the insider said.

    The insider also said Malia laughed with delight saying, “My first time. This is a big deal.”

    CBS has not yet not responded to TheWrap’s requests for comment. A spokesperson for the First Lady also has not responded.

    For more: http://www.thewrap.com/malia-obama-assisting-on-set-of-halle-berrys-extant-during-pilot-re-shoot-exclusive/

  17. CR says:

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    Vice President Biden’s Itinerary

    Colombia

    Vice President Biden and Colombian President Santos hold a bilateral meeting
    Palace of Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia

    Vice President Biden and Colombian President Santos hold a press conference
    Palace of Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia

    Vice President Biden travels to the Dominican Republic

    • CR says:

      June 18, 2014

      Remarks by the Vice President and President Santos of Colombia in a Joint Press Statement

      Presidential Palace
      Bogotá, Colombia

      PRESIDENT SANTOS: (As interpreted.) Well, good morning, all of you. I would like to start off by extending the most cordial welcome to the Vice President of the United States, Mr. Joe Biden. Vice President Biden has been a great friend of Colombia’s, not just now but for a long time — ever since he was the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee at the Senate in the United States.

      He was always fair. In all the circumstances that regarded Colombia, he always supported us. And I remember when he came and we launched the Colombia Plan in Cartagena. Well, now he is visiting us for the second time as Vice President, because he was here in May of last year. So welcome, Mr. Vice President.

      I would like to start off congratulating you because of the soccer match in Brazil. You won — the United States won. And I hope that your team goes on. I think we’re also struggling, and tomorrow we are going to have to face another big team, the Ivory Coast, where we also hope to be winners.

      We’ve had a long meeting this morning, a very fruitful one, where we looked at the agenda, at the program that we have with the United States, ratifying the fact that Colombia is very proud to be a strategic partner with the United States. The United States not only are our first trade partner, but we have many common denominators. We’ve been working on all these common denominators, and our agenda with the United States has become larger and larger.

      During my visit to Washington, when I saw President Obama, we introduced topics that unite us not only in bilateral relations, but with the rest of the region as well. We analyzed and we went through all these topics — the energy item, which we’ve been working on together, not only to develop our own technologies in order to be able to get the utmost out of these resources, but see how on a regional basis we can work with our energy in a more efficient and rational manner.

      I would like to thank Mr. Vice President and the American government, because only a week ago we started the process through which the constitution of a commission on what is called the visa waiver, so that we can get rid of visas for Colombian nationals. This is a process that requires certain procedures that will require a certain amount of time. But a week ago, we started this process, which for us is obviously a very important step.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/18/remarks-vice-president-and-president-santos-colombia-joint-press-stateme

    • CR says:

      June 20, 2014

      Remarks to the Press with Q&A by Vice President Joe Biden in Guatemala

      Residence of the United States Ambassador
      Guatemala City, Guatemala

      4:37 P.M. (Local)

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Hello, folks. Thank you for waiting. I appreciate it.

      I’ve just finished, as most of you know, a day of meetings, and I would say very constructive meetings here in Guatemala. And I wanted to speak about one issue in particular that brought me here. I also wanted to thank the chargé for accommodating us and accommodating the civil society groups — and the First Lady of Guatemala as well.

      The United States, to state the obvious, is greatly concerned by the startling number of unaccompanied minors that — children and teenagers who are making a very perilous journey through Central America to reach the United States. These are some of the most vulnerable migrants that ever attempt — and many from around the world attempt — to come to the United States. They’re among the most vulnerable. And the majority of these individuals rely — we estimate between 75 and 80 percent — rely on very dangerous, not-nice, human-smuggling networks that transport them through Central America and Mexico to the United States.

      These smugglers — and everyone should know it, and not turn a blind eye to it — these smugglers routinely engage in physical and sexual abuse, and extortion of these innocent, young women and men by and large.

      And they profit from the misery of these children and teenagers; these desperate, desperate young people. And the numbers are growing at an alarming — the U.S. Department of Homeland Security apprehended 24,000 unaccompanied minors in the year from October of 2012 to the year — to October, 2013. In that one year, they apprehended 24,000 unaccompanied minors at our border.

      In eight months since that time, the number has jumped to 47,000 additional unaccompanied minors. We’re also seeing a rise — generally mothers, who are traveling with their children from Central — Mexico to the United States.

      So I met today with the Presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, and the Honduran Coordinator General, the Mexican Secretary of Government. And President Obama had a chance to discuss the situation with Mexican President Peña Nieto last night, and I spoke at some length today on Air Force Two to the President of Honduras, President Hernández of Honduras. And we had a lengthy conversation about the issue.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/20/remarks-press-qa-vice-president-joe-biden-guatemala

    • CR says:

      June 18, 2014

      Remarks by the Vice President and President Santos of Colombia in a Joint Press Statement

      Presidential Palace
      Bogotá, Colombia

      PRESIDENT SANTOS: (As interpreted.) Well, good morning, all of you. I would like to start off by extending the most cordial welcome to the Vice President of the United States, Mr. Joe Biden. Vice President Biden has been a great friend of Colombia’s, not just now but for a long time — ever since he was the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee at the Senate in the United States.

      He was always fair. In all the circumstances that regarded Colombia, he always supported us. And I remember when he came and we launched the Colombia Plan in Cartagena. Well, now he is visiting us for the second time as Vice President, because he was here in May of last year. So welcome, Mr. Vice President.

      I would like to start off congratulating you because of the soccer match in Brazil. You won — the United States won. And I hope that your team goes on. I think we’re also struggling, and tomorrow we are going to have to face another big team, the Ivory Coast, where we also hope to be winners.

      We’ve had a long meeting this morning, a very fruitful one, where we looked at the agenda, at the program that we have with the United States, ratifying the fact that Colombia is very proud to be a strategic partner with the United States. The United States not only are our first trade partner, but we have many common denominators. We’ve been working on all these common denominators, and our agenda with the United States has become larger and larger.

      During my visit to Washington, when I saw President Obama, we introduced topics that unite us not only in bilateral relations, but with the rest of the region as well. We analyzed and we went through all these topics — the energy item, which we’ve been working on together, not only to develop our own technologies in order to be able to get the utmost out of these resources, but see how on a regional basis we can work with our energy in a more efficient and rational manner.

      I would like to thank Mr. Vice President and the American government, because only a week ago we started the process through which the constitution of a commission on what is called the visa waiver, so that we can get rid of visas for Colombian nationals. This is a process that requires certain procedures that will require a certain amount of time. But a week ago, we started this process, which for us is obviously a very important step.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/18/remarks-vice-president-and-president-santos-colombia-joint-press-stateme

  18. CR says:

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    Vice President Biden’s Itinerary

    Dominican Republic

    Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a bilateral meeting
    The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Vice President Biden and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina hold a press conference
    The National Palace, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Vice President Biden visits the Maritima Solar facility and deliver remarks
    Maritima Solar facility, Dominican Republic

    Vice President Biden travels to Guatemala

    • CR says:

      June 19, 2014

      Remarks to the Press by the Vice President and Dominican President Medina

      The Presidential Palace
      Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

      2:30 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT MEDINA: (As interpreted.) Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to welcome Vice President Joe Biden and his delegation in the name of the government and the people of the Dominican Republic, as well as in my own name.

      I would like also to take the opportunity of our distinguished guest to send a message of friendship and solidarity to President Barack Obama and to the people of the United States.

      In his public, as well as his private life, Vice President Biden is an example of tenacity and strength before adversities, qualities that determine the leadership that he has in his country and the world. His visit to our land, crib of the expansion of the Western world to the Americas comes to deepen our relations with the United States based in respect and mutual collaboration.

      In the meeting that we just concluded, we have overviewed the bilateral relation and touched on points of mutual interest, amongst which security in the area of the Caribbean and Central America, the fight against the scourge of illegal drug trafficking, the topic of energy and trade may be underscored.

      The Dominican Republic and the United States work hand in hand to guarantee security in the area of the Caribbean and Central America. The joint efforts are crucial to combat illegal drug trafficking, but also trafficking in persons, and containment of illegal immigration. In this respect we thank you for your support that is now manifested also through the initiatives promoted by the United States in favor of regional security in the actions of the Central American Integration System.

      As you all know, the United States is our main trade partner. And since the signing of the free trade agreement, DR-CAFTA, exports to that market have grown by 24 percent, from $3 billion in 2007 to $4.2 billion just last year. Trade between our nations amounted $12 billion in 2012. And the Dominican Republic is the ninth place for U.S. exports to the Western Hemisphere.

      We are aware, however, of the fact that DR-CAFTA also presents challenges. As a product of the great asymmetries between our economies, we trust to have the collaboration of the United States so that our trade be undertaken always under conditions of fairness that are sustainable for our producers. Our concern — sustainable for our producers. In this respect, I must indicate that we are very pleased with the answer that President Obama gave to the letter that we sent related to the dangers that the Trans Pacific Partnership represents for the Dominican economy. We trust that the United States will take into consideration our concern, and that we will not be forced to compete at a disadvantage in the U.S. market.

      Another fundamental aspect of our agenda has been energy security, a topic of vital importance for this government because of its profound repercussions in our national budget, and of course in the development of our nation. The Dominican Republic has launched an ambitious transformation agenda in energy, an integral project that should take us to overcome the energy deficit once and for all.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/19/remarks-press-vice-president-and-dominican-president-medina

    • CR says:

      June 19, 2014

      Remarks by the Vice President at Maritima Solar

      Maritima Solar
      Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: It’s a pleasure to be here, and I want to thank you for showing me the remarkable job you’ve done here. And energy security is vital for every nation. You see it around the world, and energy dependence is a very difficult place to find yourself as a nation. Indeed, it’s quite frankly a matter of national security around the world.

      I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the last two months in Ukraine. You see what the Russians are doing relative to using gas as a foreign policy tool to try to alter behavior. And so it’s — around the world in varying degrees it’s of significant consequence in terms of security, both economic and political security of a nation.

      But here in the Caribbean, the energy costs are the highest in the hemisphere. The entire hemisphere, they’re most expensive here in the Caribbean, and everybody feels it. For all the families that live here, it drains government budgets. And it holds back economic growth. Island nations face unique challenges when it comes to energy. They often depend on imports. They struggle to find economies of scale. And as a result, they sometimes end up with the most expensive and dirty fuel as a source of energy.

      Of course, each country is unique — with its own opportunities and its own challenges. But there is — so there’s no one-size-fits-all program initiative relative to energy that can be applied.

      But for example, for some the answer will lie in natural gas. For others, the abundance of sun, wind, and geothermal or a combination of all of the above. But there is on common denominator for every island nation. For any country that hopes to succeed, it requires the creation of an open, transparent, market-based, clear set of rules applied equally all the time because that provides the incentive for the private sector to make the investments that build the infrastructure that’s required for a more secure energy future for this entire region.

      But it’s easier said than done. I know some of you reporters have a significant amount of — questions. It’s more easily said than done.

      There are those inside your countries and outside with a vested interest in defending the status quo. In some cases that includes outright corruption and graft. And I’m here today that any country willing to take difficult steps that are required, the reforms that are required, are willing to put in place the rules and the institutions required to find willing partners, they will find willing partners in the United States to help them turn that commitment into tangible change.

      And here’s what we are ready to do, the United States. First, the United States will provide direct technical assistance and expertise to create the (inaudible) environments that attract investments. Let me say it another way, without them, you cannot attract investments.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/19/remarks-vice-president-maritima-solar

  19. CR says:

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    Vice President Biden’s Itinerary

    Guatemala

    Vice President Biden and Guatemalan President Molina hold a bilateral meeting
    National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala

    Vice President Biden and Guatemalan President Molina hold a press conference
    National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala

    Vice President Biden attends a multilateral working lunch meeting with Guatemalan President Molina; El Salvadoran President Sánchez; El Salvadoran President Sánchez Cerén; Honduran President Hernández; the Coordinator General of Honduras; and Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, the Mexican Secretary of Gov
    National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala

    Vice President Biden attends a roundtable with reintegration leaders
    U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, Guatemala City, Guatemala

    Vice President Biden delivers a statement to the press at the residence of the US Ambassador to Guatemala
    U.S. Ambassador’s Residence – Guatemala City, Guatemala

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