1964 St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement vs Ku Klux Klan

In June 1964, James Brock, Manager of the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida dumped acid into the swimming pool water. He was trying to disrupt swimmers who were protesting the hotel's whites-only policy.

In June 1964, James Brock, Manager of the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida dumped acid into the swimming pool water. He was trying to disrupt swimmers who were protesting the hotel’s whites-only policy.

St. Augustine Movement

St. Augustine, Florida, 1963–64

St. Augustine, on the northeast coast of Florida was famous as the “Nation’s Oldest City,” founded by the Spanish in 1565. It became the stage for a great drama leading up to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. A local movement, led by Dr. Robert B. Hayling, a black dentist and Air Force veteran, and affiliated with the NAACP, had been picketing segregated local institutions since 1963, as a result of which Dr. Hayling and three companions, James Jackson, Clyde Jenkins, and James Hauser, were brutally beaten at a Ku Klux Klan rally in the fall of that year.

Nightriders shot into black homes, and teenagers Audrey Nell Edwards, JoeAnn Anderson, Samuel White, and Willie Carl Singleton (who came to be known as “The St. Augustine Four“) spent six months in jail and reform school after sitting in at the local Woolworth’s lunch counter. It took a special action of the governor and cabinet of Florida to release them after national protests by the Pittsburgh Courier, Jackie Robinson, and others.

In response to the repression, the St. Augustine movement practiced armed self-defense in addition to nonviolent direct action. In June 1963, Dr. Hayling publicly stated that “I and the others have armed. We will shoot first and answer questions later. We are not going to die like Medgar Evers.” The comment made national headlines. When Klan nightriders terrorized black neighborhoods in St. Augustine, Hayling’s NAACP members often drove them off with gunfire, and in October, a Klansman was killed.

In 1964, Dr. Hayling and other activists urged the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to come to St. Augustine. The first action came during spring break, when Hayling appealed to northern college students to come to the Ancient City, not to go to the beach, but to take part in demonstrations. Four prominent Massachusetts women—Mrs. Mary Parkman Peabody, Mrs. Esther Burgess, Mrs. Hester Campbell (all of whose husbands were Episcopal bishops), and Mrs. Florence Rowe (whose husband was vice president of John Hancock Insurance Company) came to lend their support. The arrest of Mrs. Peabody, the 72-year-old mother of the governor of Massachusetts, for attempting to eat at the segregated Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge in an integrated group, made front page news across the country, and brought the civil rights movement in St. Augustine to the attention of the world.

Widely publicized activities continued in the ensuing months, as Congress saw the longest filibuster against a civil rights bill in its history. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested at the Monson Motel in St. Augustine on June 11, 1964, the only place in Florida he was arrested. He sent a “Letter from the St. Augustine Jail” to a northern supporter, Rabbi Israel Dresner of New Jersey, urging him to recruit others to participate in the movement. This resulted, a week later, in the largest mass arrest of rabbis in American history—while conducting a pray-in at the Monson.

A famous photograph taken in St. Augustine shows the manager of the Monson Motel pouring acid in the swimming pool while blacks and whites are swimming in it. The horrifying photograph was run on the front page of the Washington newspaper the day the senate went to vote on passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_civil_rights_movement#St._Augustine.2C_Florida.2C_1963.E2.80.9364

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    All Times Eastern

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  2. CR says:

    St. Augustine Movement

    St. Augustine, Florida, 1963–64

    St. Augustine, on the northeast coast of Florida was famous as the “Nation’s Oldest City,” founded by the Spanish in 1565. It became the stage for a great drama leading up to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. A local movement, led by Dr. Robert B. Hayling, a black dentist and Air Force veteran, and affiliated with the NAACP, had been picketing segregated local institutions since 1963, as a result of which Dr. Hayling and three companions, James Jackson, Clyde Jenkins, and James Hauser, were brutally beaten at a Ku Klux Klan rally in the fall of that year.

    Nightriders shot into black homes, and teenagers Audrey Nell Edwards, JoeAnn Anderson, Samuel White, and Willie Carl Singleton (who came to be known as “The St. Augustine Four“) spent six months in jail and reform school after sitting in at the local Woolworth’s lunch counter. It took a special action of the governor and cabinet of Florida to release them after national protests by the Pittsburgh Courier, Jackie Robinson, and others.

    In response to the repression, the St. Augustine movement practiced armed self-defense in addition to nonviolent direct action. In June 1963, Dr. Hayling publicly stated that “I and the others have armed. We will shoot first and answer questions later. We are not going to die like Medgar Evers.” The comment made national headlines. When Klan nightriders terrorized black neighborhoods in St. Augustine, Hayling’s NAACP members often drove them off with gunfire, and in October, a Klansman was killed.

    In 1964, Dr. Hayling and other activists urged the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to come to St. Augustine. The first action came during spring break, when Hayling appealed to northern college students to come to the Ancient City, not to go to the beach, but to take part in demonstrations. Four prominent Massachusetts women—Mrs. Mary Parkman Peabody, Mrs. Esther Burgess, Mrs. Hester Campbell (all of whose husbands were Episcopal bishops), and Mrs. Florence Rowe (whose husband was vice president of John Hancock Insurance Company) came to lend their support. The arrest of Mrs. Peabody, the 72-year-old mother of the governor of Massachusetts, for attempting to eat at the segregated Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge in an integrated group, made front page news across the country, and brought the civil rights movement in St. Augustine to the attention of the world.

    Widely publicized activities continued in the ensuing months, as Congress saw the longest filibuster against a civil rights bill in its history. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested at the Monson Motel in St. Augustine on June 11, 1964, the only place in Florida he was arrested. He sent a “Letter from the St. Augustine Jail” to a northern supporter, Rabbi Israel Dresner of New Jersey, urging him to recruit others to participate in the movement. This resulted, a week later, in the largest mass arrest of rabbis in American history—while conducting a pray-in at the Monson.

    A famous photograph taken in St. Augustine shows the manager of the Monson Motel pouring acid in the swimming pool while blacks and whites are swimming in it. The horrifying photograph was run on the front page of the Washington newspaper the day the senate went to vote on passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_civil_rights_movement#St._Augustine.2C_Florida.2C_1963.E2.80.9364

    • CR says:

      Remembering A Civil Rights Swim-In: ‘It Was A Milestone’

      June 13, 2014 3:04 AM ET by NPR STAFF

      On June 18, 1964, black and white protesters jumped into the whites-only pool at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Fla. In an attempt to force them out, the owner of the hotel poured acid into the pool.

      Martin Luther King Jr. had planned the sit-in during the St. Augustine Movement, a part of the larger civil rights movement. The protest — and the owner’s acidic response — is largely forgotten today, but it played a role in the passing of the Civil Rights Act, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

      J.T. Johnson, now 76, and Al Lingo, 78, were two of the protesters in the pool that day. On a visit to StoryCorps in Atlanta, the pair recalled the hotel owner, James Brock, “losing it.”

      “Everybody was kind of caught off guard,” J.T. says.

      “The girls, they were most frightened, and we moved to the center of the pool,” Al says.

      “I tried to calm the gang down. I knew that there was too much water for that acid to do anything,” J.T. says. “When they drug us out in bathing suits and they carried us out to the jail, they wouldn’t feed me because they said I didn’t have on any clothes. I said, ‘Well, that’s the way you locked me up!’

      “But all of the news media were there, because somehow I guess they’d gotten word that something was going to happen at that pool that day. And I think that’s when President [Lyndon B.] Johnson got the message.”

      The following day, the Civil Rights Act was approved, after an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.

      “That had not happened before in this country, that some man is pouring acid on people in the swimming pool,” J.T. says. “I’m not so sure the Civil Rights Act would have been passed had [there] not been a St. Augustine. It was a milestone. We was young, and we thought we’d done something — and we had.”

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2014/06/13/321380585/remembering-a-civil-rights-swim-in-it-was-a-milestone?ft=1&f=

    • CR says:

      Tea Partier’s KKK Connection

      6/17/14 By Ben Jacobs – The Daily Beast

      After break-ins, gaffes and scandals, the Mississippi Senate race now includes a flashback to the state’s troubled racial politics.

      Tea Partier Chris McDaniel has taken $800 in donations from Carl Ford, a former lawyer for Sam Bowers, the imperial wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan who died in prison after being convicted of the murder of civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer. Ford also is active in the League of the South, a neo-Confederate organization that has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was active in the Klan in Laurel, Mississippi, in the early 1960s.

      In an interview with The Daily Beast, Ford, who still practices in Laurel, McDaniel’s hometown, said he was supporting the Tea Party challenger facing six-term Republican incumbent Thad Cochran in a June 24 runoff because of McDaniel’s opposition to what Ford called “immigration reform, so-called.” In contrast, Ford said Cochran was siding with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and supporting “knocking the wall down on the borders and advocating bringing more illegals in.” The septuagenarian lawyer also condemned Michael Bloomberg’s donations to Mississippi Conservative PAC, a super PAC backing Cochran, because of the former New York mayor’s support for gun control. “Don’t think we want a nanny state,” Ford added. “I’m too old and too fat to drink too much sody pop and still don’t want nobody telling me how much to drink.”

      It’s not the first time McDaniel, whose campaign declined to comment on the record to The Daily Beast, has been linked to figures with neo-Confederate ties. The Mississippi state senator has spoken to gatherings of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in the past and made racially charged comments on a talk radio show that he hosted from 2004 to 2007.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/tea-partier-kkk-connection-094500043–politics.html

    • CR says:

      The Black Man Who Tricked the KKK

      May 27, 2014 2:00 PM By William O’Connor – The Daily Beast

      Ron Stallworth made headlines in 2006 when a reporter uncovered the retired cop’s amazing story. When Stallworth was the first black police officer in Colorado Springs in the late ’70s, he went undercover and infiltrated the Colorado Ku Klux Klan, becoming not only the leader of his local chapter, but even playing the organization’s Grand Wizard for a fool. He uncovered not only the Klan’s plans around the country, but also the involvement of a significant number of military personnel from nearby bases.

      Stallworth operated over the phone with the KKK members, while a white undercover cop attended meetings using his name. The Klan never figured it out.

      Now, Stallworth is out with a book detailing his exploits. Here are the juiciest bits.

      Move over, Deep South—Colorado was apparently Klan Central.

      According to Stallworth’s research, the Ku Klux Klan once had the run of things in Colorado. By 1923, he says, there were 30,000-45,000 members in the state, half of them in Denver alone. In fact, Denver was a center for Klan power—Klansman Ben Stapleton was the city’s longtime mayor from 1923 to 1931 and again from 1935 to 1947. Even more shocking, despite the fact that he had openly run on the Klan ticket, the city’s airport bore Stapleton’s name until 1995.

      Furthermore, Stallworth claims, Colorado’s governor at that time, Clarence Morley, was also a Klansman, and the state’s two U.S. senators also had dealings with the Klan. City police departments, state judiciaries, and city governments were stocked with Klansmen.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/black-man-tricked-kkk-180000463–politics.html;_ylt=AwrSyCX5RKBTxikAPQXQtDMD

  3. CR says:

    The Urgency of Immigration Reform: Attracting the World’s Best and Brightest

    Todd Park June 16, 2014 04:30 PM EDT

    It has been nearly a year since the Senate passed a strongly bipartisan immigration reform bill that would fix our broken immigration system, reduce federal deficits by nearly $850 billion, and increase GDP by $1.4 trillion over the next two decades. As the economic costs of inaction continue to grow, now is the time for the House of Representatives to do its part to get a commonsense immigration reform bill to the President’s desk. Simply put: The House can and should act before August.

    Throughout this week, we will highlight the urgency and importance of attracting the best and brightest talent from around the world, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Senate bill would effectively “staple” a green card to the diplomas of advanced STEM graduates from U.S. universities, so that these talented researchers have a chance to stay and contribute to our economy.

    Every foreign-born graduate with an advanced STEM degree is associated with, on average, 2.6 jobs for American workers. By some estimates, immigration was responsible for one-third of the growth in patenting in past decades, and these innovations contributed to increasing U.S. GDP by 2.4 percent.

    When President Obama delivered the commencement address at the University of California, Irvine this past weekend, he told the story of just one of these talented graduates:

    There are people here who know what it means to dream. When Mohamad Abedi was a boy, the suffering he saw in refugee camps in Lebanon didn’t drive him into despair — it inspired him to become a doctor. And when he came to America, he discovered a passion for engineering. So here, at UC Irvine, he became a biomedical engineer to study the human brain. And Mohamad said, “Had I never come to the United States, I would have never had the ability to do the work that I’m doing.” He’s now going to CalTech to keep doing that work.

    READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/16/urgency-immigration-reform-attracting-world-s-best-and-brightest

  4. CR says:

    WH to honor young illegal immigrants

    June 16, 2014, 05:30 pm By Rebecca Shabad – TheHIll

    The White House will honor 10 young adults on Tuesday who came to the United States illegally and qualified for the president’s program to defer deportation actions.

    Each person has qualified for the government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, which delays removal proceedings against them as long as they meet certain guidelines.

    They will be honored as “Champions of Change,” the White House said in a statement Monday because they “serve as success stories and role models in their academic and professional spheres.”

    They emigrated from Mexico, Colombia, Morocco, India, Taiwan and the Philippines and many of them work in professions related to immigration policy or have helped launch initiatives that promote reform.

    In 2012, President Obama created DACA through an executive order, which defers any action on the status of people who came to the U.S. illegally as children for two years and can be renewed. DACA doesn’t provide any legal status.

    People who qualify include those who came to the U.S. before turning 16, resided in the U.S. continuously since 2007 and people who are either currently in school, have graduated or received a certificate of completion for high school or were honorably discharged from the military.

    DACA recipients also cannot have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors.

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/209524-white-house-to-honor-young-adults-who-came-to-us-illegally

    • CR says:

      Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Champions of Change

      Publishe3d on Jun 17, 2014

      The White House honors DACA Champions of Change for their exemplary leadershipin their communities

  5. CR says:

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    President Obama to headline to Democratic National Committee events in June

    5/19/14 By MAGGIE HABERMAN – POLITICO

    President Barack Obama will be the star attraction at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour as well as a major LGBT gala next month, POLITICO has learned.

    Invitations to the Wintour-hosted fete on June 17 in New York were recently distributed. The fashion magazine icon was one of Obama’s fundraisers during his 2012 reelection bid.

    The president also has been advertised as the headliner for the DNC’s LGBT gala, which falls on the same date and will be held at New York’s Gotham Hall.

    “Under this President, we have seen more progress for our community than under any other administration in U.S. History,” read a note to potential attendees of the gala from DNC officials.
    “From hospital visitation rights, to workplace protections for transgender federal employees, to supporting marriage equality, we have so much to be proud of — and so much at stake in 2014.”
    According to the White House, Obama is already scheduled for 10 upcoming DNC fundraisers, in addition to events for other campaign committees.

  6. CR says:

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    Vice President Biden’s Itinerary

    Brazil

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

    Vice President Biden and Brazilian President Rousseff hold press conference
    Alvorada Palace, Brasília, Brazil

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

    Vice President Biden travels to Colombia

    • CR says:

      June 17, 2014

      Remarks by the Vice President to the Press at U.S. Embassy — Brasilia, Brazil

      Brasilia, Brazil

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: It’s good to be back in the embassy. I am looking forward to meeting everyone in the embassy in a few moments.

      Look, before I begin, on behalf of the United States, I’d like to extend my condolences for the loss of life and the destruction caused by the floods in Brazil. I had a brief conversation with the President about that this morning, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Brazilian people and those who are in distress.

      I want to thank — I want to start off by thanking the President and the Vice President for the hospitality and warmth that they extended in welcoming me today. It’s good to see them both again. It’s not my first visit, and we’ve become friends and it was great to see them again. And as you probably are aware, I always enjoy my time with President Rousseff. We get along really well, and we enjoy each other’s company. And I always learn something when I’m with her.

      But before I begin to speak about the conversations we had, I wanted you to know how much I look forward — and I have my granddaughter with me, and my nephew. This is my granddaughter’s second trip to the embassy and to Brazil. But when she heard I was going to the World Cup, as a soccer player, she importuned me to say, Pop, I’m going with you, okay? (Laughter.) And it was a great — it makes me a wonderful grandfather, I want you to know now. (Laughter.) I am the favorite grandfather in the family right now.

      But we had — the three of us had a wonderful, wonderful time last night. First of all, all the talk about the stadium — the stadium is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. And it met every expectation. But I must tell you, we were even more excited about what was happening on the field than what happened in the construction of the stadium.

      Watching the United States win last night was a great thrill for us. And we got to go down to the locker room afterwards and I got to renew acquaintances with some of the players, in particularly our goalie, who played an incredible game last night, because I had seen him in the World Cup down in South Africa just four years earlier. And we committed to meeting at the next World Cup, as well. He’ll probably have the same job; I’m not sure I’ll have the same one. (Laughter.) But we had a great, great, great time.

      And with regard to the — what we’ve seen so far, Brazil has done an incredible job in preparing for and getting these games underway. And we also wanted — the President would have liked to have traded spots with me, but we wanted to show our great support for Brazil and the people of Brazil in hosting these games.

      The President and I, Dilma, we had a long private conversation. We met alone, talking about the prospects of how to bring our nations even closer together and our people closer together. There is already a great deal of mutual benefit that exists for our people in the existing relationship. We already have $100 billion in a trade relationship; there’s no reason, over time, that can’t double. There’s no reason why that can’t continue to grow.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/17/remarks-vice-president-press-us-embassy-brasilia-brazil

    • CR says:

      June 17, 2014

      FACT SHEET: The U.S.-Brazil Bilateral Relationship

      Vice President Biden traveled to Brazil to attend the first United States World Cup game and to meet with President Dilma Rousseff and Vice-President Michel Temer to discuss our countries’ broad and multifaceted bilateral relationship.

      * Growing Economic Cooperation
      * Internet Governance
      * Internet Governance

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/17/fact-sheet-us-brazil-bilateral-relationship

  7. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  8. Kat 4 Obama says:

  9. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Monday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  10. CR says:

    Obama will propose vast expansion of Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary

    June 17 at 12:01 AM BY JULIET EILPERIN – washingpost

    President Obama on Tuesday will announce his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities, according to senior White House officials.

    The proposal, slated to go into effect later this year after a comment period, could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected.

    The announcement — details of which were provided to The Washington Post — is part of a broader push on maritime issues by an administration that has generally favored other environmental priorities. The oceans effort, led by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and White House counselor John D. Podesta, is likely to spark a new political battle with Republicans over the scope of Obama’s executive powers.

    The president will also direct federal agencies to develop a comprehensive program aimed at combating seafood fraud and the global black-market fish trade. In addition, the administration finalized a rule last week allowing the public to nominate new marine sanctuaries off U.S. coasts and in the Great Lakes.

    For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-will-propose-vast-expansion-of-pacific-ocean-marine-sanctuary/2014/06/16/f8689972-f0c6-11e3-bf76-447a5df6411f_story.html?hpid=z1

    • CR says:

      June 17, 2014

      FACT SHEET: Leading at Home and Internationally to Protect Our Ocean and Coasts

      “We’ve already shown that when we work together, we can protect our oceans for future generations. So let’s redouble our efforts. Let’s make sure that years from now we can look our children in the eye and tell them that, yes, we did our part, we took action, and we led the way toward a safer, more stable world.”

      President Barack Obama, June 17, 2014

      President Obama is committed to protecting the ocean and its marine ecosystems. Americans all over the country depend on the ocean for food, jobs, and recreation. But the health of our ocean is under threat on multiple fronts, from overfishing to carbon pollution. The recently released National Climate Assessment confirms that climate change is causing sea levels and ocean temperatures to rise. Changing temperatures can harm coral reefs and force certain species to migrate. In addition, carbon pollution is being absorbed by the oceans, causing them to acidify, which can damage coastal shellfish beds and reefs, altering entire marine ecosystems. In fact, the acidity of our ocean is changing 50 times faster than any known change in millions of years. And black market fishing—fishing that is illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU)—continues to pose a major threat to the sustainability of our world’s fisheries, economies and to global security.

      Recognizing these significant challenges, President Obama launched the National Ocean Policy early in his first term. The National Ocean Policy seeks to streamline more than 100 laws that govern our oceans and create a coordinated, science-based approach to managing the many resources and uses of our coasts and oceans. National Ocean Policy initiatives range from voluntary marine planning to releasing more federal data to supporting offshore renewable energy projects to making our ports more resilient to sea level rise.

      This week, the State Department is hosting the “Our Ocean” conference, an international conference on sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and ocean acidification that concludes today. Secretary Kerry has also issued a global call to action to protect the oceans. As part of the conference, the President is announcing several steps that the United States is taking to answer that call. During the closing events of the conference, the State Department will announce additional steps and commitments it has secured to protect our oceans.

      New Actions to Protect and Preserve the Ocean

      Today, in a video message to conference participants, President Obama is announcing new executive actions to preserve and protect the oceans.

      * New protections for world-class marine areas
      * Combating black market fishing and supporting fishermen
      * Establishing a pathway to new marine sanctuaries
      * Meeting diverse coastal needs with regional marine planning
      * Understanding the impacts of ocean acidification
      * $102 million to build resilience in coastal communities
      * Bolstering domestic shellfish aquaculture
      * National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/17/fact-sheet-leading-home-and-internationally-protect-our-ocean-and-coasts

  11. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This is something to remember … never forget what happened because it didn’t stand for good!!

    • CR says:

      Thank you for helping spread the word Dr Rex!

      • Dr. Rex says:

        You are welcome. Yes, need to spread the word!!
        I lived in Jacksonville for several years and actually saw the hotel where that pool was. I couldn’t believe it.
        They were talking about it bc it was scheduled to be demolished to build another hotel.

        • CR says:

          Interesting. There really should be a sign there to mark the historic event but that would be “bad for business”.

          • Dr. Rex says:

            There should be. Now … it’s like it never happened. There’s a new hotel, all fancy …. shiny, spanking new.
            Of course, no sign …. In a way, it was sad for me to see it “go”. So much history there … SMH!!

  12. CR says:

    Housing Starts in U.S. Beat 1 Million Pace for Second Month

    Jun 17, 2014 5:50 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Builders broke ground on 1 million U.S. homes in May, indicating the industry is picking up this quarter after a weather-induced slump to start the year.

    The number of housing starts last month was in line with the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg and followed April’s 1.07 million annualized rate that was the most since November, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. Permits, a proxy for future construction, decreased, reflecting a decline in the volatile multi family category.

    A strengthening job market and a retreat in mortgage costs in recent weeks is helping support residential real-estate following a lull in building in early 2014. Faster sales will prompt developers to step up construction, given supplies of homes on the market remain lean and property values are rising.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-17/housing-starts-in-u-s-exceed-1-million-pace-for-second-month.html

  13. Isaac Nuru says:

    CR, Thanks for the email. This is eye-opening; mind-blogging information. And the Tea-Party is becoming or have became the fourth branch of this evilness–at least the part of the Tea-Party that I see and read about.

    As Dr. King said, before he was assassinated, “the moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice.” As President Obama said, paraphrasing, the arc doesn’t bend by itself; it takes all of us reaching up, and bending it…

    Thank you & Forward-Together! Isaac

    • CR says:

      Hi Issac!

      Thank God that historic events like this are being put in the spotlight. If NPR had not featured this story yesterday I would have not known about it. The KKK, Tea Party and many others stand for pure hate/ignorance. It is our duty to help bend the moral arc toward justice.

  14. CR says:

    Tune In: A Conversation About Working Families’ Issues With Labor Secretary Tom Perez

    Lindsay Holst June 16, 2014 04:07 PM EDT

    This Wednesday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez will be joining a digital conversation about how working families’ issues — from paid leave to other policies that offer more flexibility in the workplace — uniquely impact low-wage workers.

    The conversation, which will be hosted and moderated by HuffPost Live, will include business leaders who have instituted these policies, workers whose lives they are helping, and business leaders who are advoacting on behalf of them.

    Have a question that you’d like to ask the Secretary about workplace policies that can help more working families succeed?

    You can submit a video question or comment here.

    And if you’ve got a story to tell about how your family would be helped by 21st-century workplace policies, you can share it here.

    Wednesday’s conversation is the digital completement to a series of regional roundtable events that have been happening across the country, leading up to the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014.

    To learn more about the event and how you can participate, visit http://www.workingfamiliessummit.org.

  15. CR says:

    Afghan police kill Taliban who cut off voters’ fingers

    6/17/14 AFP

    Afghan police hunted down and killed two Taliban insurgents who cut off the fingers of 11 elderly men who voted in the presidential election run-off, officials said on Tuesday.

    All voters in Afghanistan had their fingers marked with ink after voting to prevent them from casting more than one ballot, but the ink also identified those who participated in the election in defiance of Taliban threats.

    “Insurgent commander Mullah Shir Agha and one of his officers were killed in a police operation yesterday in Herat,” a statement from the interior ministry said.

    “The pair were accused of having cut off the ink-dyed finger of 11 voters.”

    The ministry said another insurgent involved in the attacks was injured in the operation and held by police.

    Local police confirmed the operation, but said two Taliban fighters had escaped.

    “The security forces are on them. They are members of Taliban and will pay the price for their crimes,” Herat police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi told AFP.

    Jan Kubis, head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, described the mutilations as an “abhorrent” act.

    “These ordinary Afghans were exercising their fundamental right to determine the future path of their country through voting and not through violence and intimidation,” he said.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/afghan-police-kill-taliban-cut-off-voters-fingers-065736965.html

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    U.S. captures Benghazi suspect in secret raid

    June 17 at 11:19 AM BY KAREN DEYOUNG, ADAM GOLDMAN AND JULIE TATE – washingtonpost

    U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assault has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.

    The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.

    Khattala’s apprehension is a major victory for the Obama administration, which has been criticized for having failed so far to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attacks to justice.

    One jubilant official called Khattala’s capture “a reminder that when the United States says it’s going to hold someone accountable and he will face justice, this is what we mean.”

    The Washington Post learned about the capture Monday but agreed to a request from the White House to delay publication of a story because of security concerns.

    • CR says:

      June 17, 2014

      Statement by the President on the Apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khatallah

      The United States has an unwavering commitment to bring to justice those responsible for harming Americans. Since the deadly attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, I have made it a priority to find and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans. I recently authorized an operation in Libya to detain an individual charged for his role in these attacks, Ahmed Abu Khatallah. The fact that he is now in U.S. custody is a testament to the painstaking efforts of our military, law enforcement, and intelligence personnel. Because of their courage and professionalism, this individual will now face the full weight of the American justice system.

      Even as we welcome the success of this operation, we also pause to remember the four Americans who gave their lives in Benghazi representing their country: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty. As I said shortly after the attack, they exemplified the values that we stand for as a nation, including a commitment to freedom and justice. All Americans should be grateful for their service, just as we are grateful to all our personnel – civilian and military – who represent our country around the globe. We will continue to honor our fallen by carrying on their efforts in support of the Libyan people’s aspirations to live in a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic society.

      With this operation, the United States has once again demonstrated that we will do whatever it takes to see that justice is done when people harm Americans. We will continue our efforts to bring to justice those who were responsible for the Benghazi attacks. We will remain vigilant against all acts of terrorism, and we will continue to prioritize the protection of our service-members and civilians overseas. We will also sustain our support for the Libyan people, as they work to overcome years of tyranny and do the difficult work of building a democracy.

      • CR says:

        Libyan suspected in Benghazi attack now in U.S. federal custody – official

        6/28/14 13 minutes ago Reuters

        WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Libyan militia leader suspected in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans was in federal custody on Saturday morning, the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington said.

        “Ahmed Abu Khatallah is in law enforcement custody,” said Bill Miller, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia. Miller would not comment on where Khatallah was being held. U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday that Khattallah was expected to arrive in the United States this weekend. CNN and The New York Times reported that Khatallah was brought to federal court in Washington from a Navy warship where he has been held since his June 15 capture.

        For more: http://news.yahoo.com/libyan-suspected-benghazi-attack-now-u-federal-custody-143712809.html;_ylt=AwrSyCMo1q5TiFkAeB3QtDMD

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    June 17, 2014

    FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Pen and Phone Actions to Spur Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Revitalize American Manufacturing

    U.S. manufacturing is on the rise, and the U.S. manufacturing sector is as competitive as it has been in decades for new jobs and investment. The manufacturing sector has added 646,000 jobs since February 2010, the fastest pace of job growth since the 1990s. And this week, President Obama will outline new actions to accelerate an emerging trend in U.S. manufacturing: new technologies and entrepreneurship in manufacturing that are providing advantages for the United States and helping hardworking Americans get ahead.

    A new White House report, Making in America: U.S. Manufacturing Entrepreneurship and Innovation, demonstrates how new game-changing technologies are reducing the cost, increasing the speed, and making it easier for entrepreneurs and manufacturers to translate new ideas into products Made in America. These new technologies are already having an impact, with the growth rate in manufacturing entrepreneurship at its fastest pace in over 20 years. The report can be found here.

    Today, the Obama Administration is announcing new actions by the Federal government and new commitments from Mayors and local leaders around the country who, following the President’s call to action, are investing locally in manufacturing. On Wednesday, the President will host the first-ever White House Maker Faire, where he will announce new actions by Federal agencies and new public-private commitments to spur local entrepreneurship and inspire young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.

    * Communities stepping up to support manufacturing entrepreneurship
    * treamlining access to over $5 billion worth of advanced equipment in over 700 R&D facilities available to entrepreneurs
    * Expanding investment in the Materials Genome Initiative to ensure U.S. leadership in inventing and manufacturing advanced materials

    * Recognizing more than 90 Mayors and community leaders who are responding to the President’s Call to Action as part of the Mayors’ Maker Challenge to expand access to innovative manufacturing technologies and grow the Maker movement in their communities:
    * Helping manufacturing entrepreneurs discover, access, and use the more than $5 billion worth of research, prototyping, and testing equipment and expertise included in over 700 Federal R&D facilities.
    * Launching a $150M expansion of the Materials Genome Initiative to deliver new domestic manufacturing capabilities for advanced materials, providing a foundation for ongoing U.S. leadership.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/17/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-new-pen-and-phone-actions-spur-inno

  18. CR says:

    A Historic Day for Our Judiciary

    Neil Eggleston June 17, 2014 12:16 PM EDT

    This morning, the Senate confirmed three federal judges. On the one hand, they are not unique; like all of the President’s judges and judicial nominees, they have the necessary intellect, experience, integrity, and temperament. But they are special in that each of them is a trailblazer on their courts:

    *Judge Darrin Gayles, confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, is the first openly gay African American man to be confirmed as a lifetime-appointed federal judge in our nation’s history.

    * Judge Salvador Mendoza, confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, is the first Hispanic judge to serve on his court.

    * Staci Yandle, confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, is the first African American to serve on her court and the first openly gay lifetime-appointed federal judge in Illinois.

    Today’s confirmations also set historic milestones:

    * For the first time in history, the Senate has confirmed two openly gay judges on the same day.

    * President Obama has now appointed more female judges than any other President, breaking the record previously set by President Clinton.

    * President Obama also has now appointed more Hispanic judges than any other President, breaking the record previously held by President George W. Bush.

    READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/06/17/historic-day-our-judiciary

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    1:45 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks on the economy
    TechShop Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?320014-2/president-obama-remarks-pittsburgh

    • CR says:

      President Obama Speaks on Manufacturing and Innovation

      Published Jun 17, 2014

      President Obama delivers remarks and answers questions at TechShop Pittsburg in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    • CR says:

      Obama to give speech on economy in Pittsburgh

      Jun 14, 2014 8:43 PM PDT AP

      PITTSBURGH (AP) – President Barack Obama will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday to deliver a speech on the economy.

      The White House says Obama will visit TechShop Pittsburgh, a fabrication and prototyping studio open to the public via paid memberships.

      Obama last visited the Pittsburgh area in April, when he appeared at the Community College of Allegheny County to tout job training programs

  20. CR says:

    5:25 PM ET
    President Barack Obama attends a DNC event
    Intercontinental Hotel, New York, New York, NY

  21. CR says:

    8:00 PM ET
    President Obama attends DNC’s LGBT Gala
    New York’s Gotham Hall, New York, NY

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?320014-1/president-obama-remarks-dnc-fundraiser

    • CR says:

      June 17, 2014

      Remarks by the President at a DNC LGBT Gala

      Gotham Hall
      New York, New York

      7:36 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Edith, Robbie, thanks for the wonderfully brief introduction. (Laughter.) I mean that sincerely. The day that the Supreme Court issued its ruling, United States v. Windsor, was a great day for America, a clear victory for human decency and equality and justice and freedom. So we thank you for your courage and your inspiration. Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      I want to thank Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for the great job she’s doing as chair of the DNC. (Applause.) Andy Tobias, making sure the money goes to the right places. (Applause.) Yeah, Andy! Henry Muñoz — thank you, Henry. (Applause.) Thanks to Sia for the beautiful performance. (Applause.) Our MJ, Jesse Tyler Ferguson. (Applause.) Jesse, congratulations on both your weddings. (Laughter.) Mitch and Cam finally tied the knot. Michelle and the girls were crying. (Laughter.)

      There are other newlyweds here — Eric Johnson and Mark Parker were married a couple of hours ago. (Applause.) They decided to make this their after-party — pretty cool. If you’ve got a glass, raise it for Eric and Mark — a lifetime of health and happiness to them.

      So Pride Month is a time for celebration, and this year we’ve got a lot to celebrate. If you think about everything that’s happened in the last 12 months, it is remarkable. In nine more states you’re now free to marry the person you love — that includes my two home states of Hawaii and Illinois. (Applause.) The NFL drafted its first openly gay player. (Applause.) The U.S. Postal Service made history by putting an openly gay person on a stamp — the late, great Harvey Milk smiling from ear to ear. (Applause.)

      So now you flash back 10 years ago. Maybe no single issue divided our country more than same-sex marriage. In fact, the Republican Party built their entire strategy for 2004 around this issue. You remember? They calculated that if they put constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage on state ballots, they’d turn out more voters, they’d win. And they, frankly, were right. People flocked to the polls. Those amendments were on the ballots in 11 states. They passed in every single one.

      Now, here’s a good bet. They’re not going to try the same strategy in 2014. (Applause.) When I took office, only two states had marriage equality. Today, 19 states and the District of Columbia do. (Applause.) There are court rulings pending in other states as well. (Applause.) And despite the great work of some incredibly talented and courageous lawyers, it is important to understand it’s not just the laws that are changing — it’s hearts and minds.

      The conventional wisdom says that all this change is due to young people growing up with different attitudes than their parents and their grandparents had. And anybody who has kids knows that there is some truth to that. The basic attitude is, I’m sorry, what is it that you’re talking about here? What’s the big deal? But what’s been remarkable is the way Americans of all age groups are increasingly embracing marriage equality. They understand love is love. And for many people whose minds have changed, it was love that did it — love for the child or the grandchild, or the friend or the coworker who sat down one day and held their hands and took a deep breath and said, I’m gay.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/17/remarks-president-dnc-lgbt-gala

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    WH

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama views “Maker Faire” projects devoted to using science and technology to advance business
    South Lawn

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

    11:00 AM
    First Lady Michelle delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony
    The National Archives, Washington, D.C.

    11:30 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Maker Faire
    East Room

    Vice President Biden and Colombian President Manuel Santos hold a restricted bilateral meeting
    Local Event Time: 10:30 AM
    Palace of Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia

    12:00 PM
    12:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden and Colombian President Santos hold a press conference
    Palace of Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia

    12:45 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    Vice President Biden tours the National Center for Historic Memory
    National Center for Historic Memory, Bogotá, Colombia

    12:15 PM
    President Obama meets with economists for lunch
    Roosevelt Room

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    President Obama meets with Congressional Leadership; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:10 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of State Kerry

    6:00 PM
    Vice President Biden arrives at Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo, where he will remain overnight
    Las Americas International Airport – Santo Domingo

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

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      June 18, 2014

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

      10:00 AM ET
      Live from the First White House Makers Faire
      The White House

      10:45 AM ET
      President Obama Views Maker Faire Projects
      The White House

      11:30 AM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Maker Faire
      East Room

      12:00 PM ET
      Vice President Biden and Colombiaian President Santos Hold a Joint Press Conference
      Bogota, Colombia

      12:45 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM ET
      House Committee Energy & Commerce | Oversight and Investigations
      General Motors Ignition Switch Recall
      Diana DeGette; Timothy Murphy
      General Motors’ (GM) Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations http://www.c-span.org/video/?319987-1/gm-ignition-switch-internal-investigation

      10:00 AM ET
      Climate Change Issues
      Four former EPA administrators testify at a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee hearing on efforts to address climate change. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) chairs the subcommittee. http://www.c-span.org/video/?320038-1/addressing-climate-change

      11:30 AM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Maker Faire

      12:45 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press http://www.c-span.org/video/?320043-2/white-house-briefing

      2:30 PM EDT
      E-Cigarette Marketing
      Industry representatives and anti-tobacco advocates testify at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on e-cigarette marketing practices that appeal to children. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) chairs the committee.http://www.c-span.org/video/?320040-1/ecigarette-marketing

  23. CR says:

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    First White House Science Maker Faire

    First-Ever White House Maker Faire

    Tom Kalil and Jason Miller February 03, 2014 12:48 PM EST

    Maker Faires and similar events can inspire more people to become entrepreneurs and to pursue careers in design, advanced manufacturing, and the related fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Administration is already partnering with companies, non-profits, and communities to make the most of this emerging movement. The Defense Advanced Projects Agency, or DARPA, collaborated with the Veteran’s Administration to support the creation of a TechShop in Pittsburgh, where members can access cutting-edge tools for making, andprovided memberships for thousands of veterans. With funding from the Department of Labor, the AFL-CIO and Carnegie Mellon University are partnering with TechShop Pittsburgh to create an apprenticeship program for 21st-century manufacturing and encourage startups to manufacture domestically. Similarly, with support from Americorps and leading companies and foundations, the Maker Education Initiative is working with schools and youth-serving organizations to provide students with access to Making. Last summer, the group engaged more than 90,000 youth and families around the country in Making activities. The White House has also honored Maker Movement leader Dale Dougherty as a Champion of Change.

    Later this year, the Administration will launch an all-hands-on-deck effort to provide even more students and entrepreneurs access to the tools, spaces, and mentors needed to Make. There are many ways in which, in addition to the contributions of thousands of individual Makers, companies, universities, mayors and communities, and foundations, and philanthropists can get involved. For example:

    * Companies could support Maker-spaces in schools and after-school programs, provide their employees with time off to serve as mentors, be “anchor tenants” for makerspaces like Ford’s partnership with TechShop, or, for multi-channel retailers, provide access to consumers for innovative Maker start-ups.
    * Universities could add a “Maker Portfolio” option as part of their admissions process, create more Maker spaces on campus for students and the community, and support research in advancing the development of better hardware and software tools at national, regional, and local levels, such as the equipment in MIT’s FabLabs.
    * Mayors and communities could pursue initiatives like design/production districtsthat allow entrepreneurs to create more jobs or initiatives that expand access to Marker spaces, mentorship, and educational opportunities through their schools,libraries, museums, and community organizations.
    * Foundations and philanthropists could provide matching grants to communities that are interested in embracing Making, in the spirit of Andrew Carnegie’s support for public libraries. In particular, the Administration has called for special efforts to ensure that girls and under-represented minorities are included in such STEM opportunities.

    • CR says:

      Challenging Mayors to Help Make a Difference

      Posted by Tom Kalil, Jason Miller, and Rohan Patel on May 15, 2014 at 03:26 PM EDT

      In the last decade, the Maker Movement has burst to life, democratizing the tools and skills necessary to design and make just about anything. The Maker Movement has already changed the landscape of American manufacturing in small towns and big cities, offering a uniquely American path to revitalizing our manufacturing sector. This transformation has the potential to unleash new opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to make the next world-changing product, students interested in hands-on engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and companies hoping to manufacture their products with American workers passionate about the latest manufacturing technologies.

      In advance of the first-ever White House Maker Faire, mayors around the country are signing up to join the Mayors Maker Challenge, a call to action from mayors, challenging their peers to bolster Making in their own communities. This week, over 20 “maker mayors” asked other local leaders to join them in spreading access to the tools, technologies, and education to spur Making and manufacturing innovation in big and small communities around the United States.

      Cities are already getting involved by:

      * Hosting Maker Faires and Mini-Maker Faires;
      * Fostering local maker ecosystems, bringing together libraries, schools, museums, companies, non-profits, labor unions, universities, and citizens to build a diverse community invested in making;
      * Supporting maker spaces, like TechShops and Fab Labs, that broaden access to the tools needed for design, prototyping, and making;
      * Encouraging accelerators, like AlphaLab Gear in Pittsburgh or SFMade in San Francisco, to help entrepreneurs grow their companies;
      * Supporting women and under-served communities in Making, like GeekBus in San Antonio and Mothership HackerMoms in California; and
      * Helping schools integrate Making into their STEM curriculum, like Digital Harbor in Baltimore, Manor New Tech in Austin, and Elizabeth Forward in Pennsylvania.

      The Mayors Maker Challenge asks cities to build on this work by committing to action, including:

      * Convening a roundtable to spur local partnerships and catalyze public and private commitments to strengthen the local Maker Movement;
      * Committing to work with school districts, libraries, museums, after-school providers, community colleges and universities, workforce investment boards, and job training organizations to give more students access to access to maker spaces and mentorship, and focus more education and training programs on the emerging fields of advanced manufacturing and technology innovation;
      * Supporting maker spaces in local incubators, accelerators, educational institutions, under-utilized buildings, and/or design-production districts;
      * Celebrating the ingenuity and creativity of local makers by holding a Maker Faire;
      * Designating a maker liaison in the mayor’s office or economic development department;
      * Upgrading economic & business development programs, incentives and services to provide support to manufacturing entrepreneurs and small businesses;
      * Identifying, documenting and sharing “promising practices” in manufacturing and technological innovation so that others in your community and beyond can learn from local experimentation; and
      * Supporting initiatives to engage students, maker entrepreneurs and small manufacturers in under-served neighborhoods.

    • CR says:

      Announcing The First-Ever White House Maker Faire

      Published on Feb 3, 2014

      Inspired by “Joey Marshmallow” and the millions of citizen-makers driving the next era of American innovation, we are thrilled to announce plans to host the first-ever White House Maker Faire. We will release more details on the event soon, but it will be an opportunity to highlight both the remarkable stories of Makers like Joey and commitments by leading organizations to help more students and entrepreneurs get involved in making things. Learn more at http://www.whitehouse.gov/makerfaire

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      June 18, 2014

      Remarks by the President at the White House Maker Faire

      East Room

      12:02 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody, have a seat. Thank you. Well, good morning. And welcome to the first-ever White House Maker Faire — which is pretty exciting. (Applause.) Let me start off by saying, the only thing that I asked my staff about is why is there an “E” at the end of “faire.” (Laughter.) I mean, I wasn’t sure — is there jousting? Do we all have to get dressed up, or what? So I’m just warning you — next year, the “E” may be gone. I don’t know exactly who came up with that. This is America — we don’t have E’s at the end of “fair.” (Laughter and applause.) I’m just saying. I’m just saying. Whoever came up with that idea, you let me know.

      We’ve got three outstanding members of Congress who are here. Bill Foster. (Applause.) Rush Holt. (Applause.) And Russ [sic] Takano. We’ve got National Science Foundation Director France Cordova, who’s here. France. (Applause.) Our NIH Director Francis Collins. (Applause.) My science advisor, John Holdren. (Applause.) We’ve got innovators like Dale Dougherty, who’s here, who helped launch the very first Maker Faire nearly a decade ago. Dale, stand up. (Applause.) We have Intel’s youngest intern, who I know because he’s probably the only person who was ever allowed to fire a marshmallow in the White House. (Laughter.) Joey Hudy — where’s Joey? There he is. (Applause.) There’s still a stain — (laughter) — from where the marshmallow hit. It was scary. The thing just went out a little — you don’t want to be at the receiving end of that marshmallow. He also brought, by the way, his “3x3x3 LED Shield,” which is his.

      And we’ve got some wonderful folks like our Science Guy, Bill Nye, who’s here all the time. (Applause.) And Mr. Kamen, a great inventor. So this is a smart group right here. There are some innovative folks.

      Before I begin, I have to ask: What on Earth have you done to my house? (Laughter.) I mean, there’s a mobile factory on the South Lawn. There’s a robotic giraffe. There’s a giant red weather balloon in the Rose Garden. There’s a paper-crafted dinosaur head in the hallway. Over here is a 3D-printed sculpture of my State of the Union Address. (Laughter.) Clearly, there could have been some edits right there in the middle. (Laughter.) The sculpture clearly goes on too long. (Laughter.) So this is not your typical day at the White House.

      We invited you here because today is “D.I.Y.” Today’s D.I.Y. is tomorrow’s “Made in America.” Your projects are examples of a revolution that’s taking place in American manufacturing — a revolution that can help us create new jobs and industries for decades to come.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/18/remarks-president-white-house-maker-faire

    • CR says:

      June 18, 2014

      FACT SHEET: President Obama to Host First-Ever White House Maker Faire

      A Nation of Makers: Empowering America’s Students and Entrepreneurs to Invent the Future

      Today, President Obama will host the first ever White House Maker Faire and will meet with students, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens who are using new tools and techniques to launch businesses, learn vital skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and lead a grassroots renaissance in American manufacturing.

      As part of his year of action and this week’s focus on efforts that will expand opportunity by spurring manufacturing, innovation and entrepreneurship, the President will also announce new steps the Administration and its partners are taking to increase the ability of more Americans, young and old, to have access to these tools and techniques and to bring their ideas to life.

      Among the efforts being launched by the President at the White House Maker Faire:

      * Helping Makers launch new businesses and create jobs
      * Dramatically expanding the number of students that have the opportunity to become Makers
      * Challenging Makers to tackle our most pressing problems

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/18/fact-sheet-president-obama-host-first-ever-white-house-maker-faire

    • CR says:

      White House Maker Faire: The Electric Giraffe Project

      Published Jun 18, 2014

    • CR says:

      White House Maker Faire: The Mobile Fab Lab

      Jun 18, 2014

      MIT Professor Nail Gershenfeld, Nadya Peek, Makeda Stephenson talk about the Mobile Fab Lab

  24. 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 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

  25. CR says:

    Report: Ukraine president offers cease-fire

    6/18/14 48 minutes ago Associated Press

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president said Wednesday that government forces will unilaterally cease fire to allow pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country a chance to lay down weapons or leave the country, a potential major development to bring peace to the country.

    Petro Poroshenko’s plan, announced following conversations with Russian and German leaders, aims to end two months of fighting in eastern provinces that form the nation’s industrial heartland. It could also help ease the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War, which was triggered by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea that followed the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Russia president.

    The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a possible cease-fire in a phone conversation with Poroshenko late Tuesday. Poroshenko’s office said he also discussed his peace plan with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    “The plan will begin with my order for a unilateral ceasefire,” Poroshenko told reporters in Kiev. “I can say that the period of the ceasefire will be rather short. We anticipate, that immediately after this, the disarming of the illegal military formations will take place.”

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/report-ukraine-president-offers-cease-fire-082852750.html

  26. CR says:

    Summer Job Outlook Sunnier for Teens as U.S. Market Mends

    Jun 17, 2014 9:01 PM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    Dwane Holloman plans to dedicate his summer to an American rite of passage: a teen job. The 17-year-old will operate amusement park rides at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania, near his home.

    More of his peers could share his luck this year, as short-term job prospects improve alongside the broader labor market, which has added more than 200,000 jobs in each of the past four months.

    Teen hiring posted the biggest gain in eight years this May, not counting for seasonal adjustments. If the nascent job recovery retains steam through the summer, it could bolster wallets and resumes for U.S. youth.

    “There’s pent-up demand in the economy for the teen worker,” said Rick Cobb, executive vice president at employment consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. in Chicago. Though teen hiring increased in May, he said June through mid-July will give the full picture.

    Sixteen-to 19-year-olds last month gained the most jobs for May since 2006, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations. The group added 217,000 jobs, compared with 215,000 the prior year.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-18/summer-job-outlook-sunier-for-teens-as-u-s-market-mends.html

  27. CR says:

    Burned Ukrainian boy jubilant over ability to walk

    6/18/14 By RODRIQUE NGOWI – Associated Press

    BOSTON (AP) — Ihor Lakatosh struggles to describe his life before the surgeries, when his severe burns went untreated for years in his native Ukraine, leaving him with one arm fused to his body, unable to walk and abandoned by his mother.

    The 11-year-old boy, however, smiles widely and repeatedly makes the sign of the cross when he describes how he feels now, after a series of surgeries and physical therapy at a Boston charity hospital. “Thank you I can walk. Thank you I can walk. Thank you Lord, I can walk,” he said recently through an interpreter.

    Ihor returned to Boston early this year for a second round of procedures, and has been spending time showing off his newfound ability to walk, take off his jacket and climb onto a bed.

    No one knows the details surrounding the fire that burned 30 percent of Ihor’s body when he was about 3 years old. He was severely malnourished and unable to walk or bend his arms when neighbors in Lviv, Ukraine, urged his mother to take him to a hospital in 2011, doctors said. She did, and never came back.

    The hospital provided minor care but couldn’t pay for extensive treatment of Ihor. Staff there thought he was mentally impaired and took him to a special orphanage for children with cerebral palsy.

    The orphanage director contacted a Ukrainian burn physician, who got in touch with Boston-based anesthesiologist Dr. Gennadiy Fuzaylov and sent him a photo of the boy. Fuzaylov and plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Driscoll run a nonprofit organization, Doctors Collaborating to Help Children, which works to improve medical care for children in various countries. Through the organization, they brought Ihor to Boston’s Shriners Hospital for Children two years ago. The philanthropic hospital specializes in severe burns.

    He was about 8 or 9 years old when he arrived and weighed less than 30 pounds, half the average weight for a boy his age. The boy hadn’t walked since he was burned.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/burned-ukrainian-boy-jubilant-over-ability-walk-051723160.html

  28. CR says:

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    First black, openly gay man confirmed as U.S. federal judge

    6/18/14By By Zachary F – Reuters

    MIAMI (Reuters) – The United States’ first black, openly gay male judge was appointed to the federal bench on Tuesday in a unanimous confirmation decision by the U.S. Senate.

    Darrin P. Gayles, appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, one of the nation’s busiest federal benches, has served as a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge since 2011. He was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1966 and earned a law degree from the George Washington University Law School.

    The Senate also confirmed Judge Staci Michelle Yandle, an openly gay African-American woman, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. She is the federal bench’s second openly lesbian black woman.

    President Barack Obama nominated Gayles for the position in February, after a previous openly gay black nominee from Miami was not confirmed to the federal bench last year.

    Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge William L. Thomas was blocked by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a conservative Republican. A spokeswoman for Rubio said he withdrew his support due to concerns over sentencing in a murder and drunk driving case.

  29. CR says:

    Redskins’ ‘Disparaging’ Trademark Canceled by Patent Office

    Jun 18, 2014 8:31 AM PT By Mason Levinson and Susan Decker – bloomberg

    MIAMI (Reuters) – The United States’ first black, openly gay male judge was appointed to the federal bench on Tuesday in a unanimous confirmation decision by the U.S. Senate.

    Darrin P. Gayles, appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, one of the nation’s busiest federal benches, has served as a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge since 2011. He was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1966 and earned a law degree from the George Washington University Law School.

    The Senate also confirmed Judge Staci Michelle Yandle, an openly gay African-American woman, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. She is the federal bench’s second openly lesbian black woman.

    President Barack Obama nominated Gayles for the position in February, after a previous openly gay black nominee from Miami was not confirmed to the federal bench last year.

    Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge William L. Thomas was blocked by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a conservative Republican. A spokeswoman for Rubio said he withdrew his support due to concerns over sentencing in a murder and drunk driving case.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-18/redskins-trademark-is-canceled-by-patent-office-as-disparaging-.html

    • CR says:

      Indian Country Celebrates Redskins Trademark Revocation; Snyder Resists Name Change

      6/18/14 Rob Capriccioso indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com

      Celebration spread throughout Indian country June 18 given a ruling from the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceling the Washington Redskins trademark registration.

      The revocation of six of the team’s trademarks was necessary, the USPTO ruled, because the football team’s name is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

      Amanda Blackhorse, the lead plaintiff in the case against the team, was “elated” by the news, according to her lawyer, Jesse Witten, of the Drinker Biddle firm.

      “It is a great victory for Native Americans and for all Americans,” Blackhorse said in a statement. “We filed our petition eight years ago, and it has been a tough battle ever since.”

      Blackhorse hopes this ruling “brings us a step closer to the inevitable day when the name of the Washington football team will be changed.

      “The team’s name is racist and derogatory,” Blackhorse added. “I’ve said it before, and I will say it again – if people wouldn’t dare call a Native American a ‘redskin’ because they know it is offensive, how can an NFL football team have this name?”

      Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/06/18/indian-country-celebrates-redskins-trademark-revocation-snyder-resists-name-change-155366

  30. CR says:

    11:00 AM ET
    First Lady Michelle delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony
    The National Archives, Washington, D.C.

    • CR says:

      June 18, 2014

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Naturalization Ceremony

      The National Archives
      Washington, D.C.

      11:11 A.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, let me join Jeh by saying good morning, my fellow Americans. Sounds pretty good, huh? (Laughter.) You like that, right? All right, I’m going to loosen you up if it takes all morning. You’re now citizens! It’s very cool. (Laughter.) And I am honored to be here. This is an exciting day, and it’s just wonderful that I can be among the first to congratulate you on becoming American citizens.

      And I also want to welcome your family and friends who are here — let’s see the family members who are here. Where are they? You guys are here, that’s good, that’s good. Yes. (Applause.) I know how important these people are because I know that they’ve supported you every step of the way. And I see that they are beaming with pride, so welcome.

      I want to thank Secretary Johnson, Director Scialabba, for taking the time to be here today and for their tremendous work. I also want to especially thank David and the incredible staff at the National Archives for making today’s event possible. This is a beautiful setting.

      It’s amazing that just a few feet from here where I’m standing are the signatures of the 56 Founders who put their names on a Declaration that changed the course of history. And like the 50 of you, none of them were born American — they became American.

      Just like you’re about to pledge allegiance to our flag, they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to this extraordinary idea that we now know as America -– the notion that we are all created equal, endowed with fundamental rights and freedoms that no one can ever take away from us.

      People come from across the globe to see these documents, to read the names and signatures of the very first “Americans-by-choice,” because they know that this room holds the first chapter of our shared history. And today, it holds the next chapter of our story, as well.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/18/remarks-first-lady-naturalization-ceremony

  31. CR says:

    Jay Carney’s last briefing

    6/18/14 2:55 PM EDT JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO

    Jay Carney took the podium as White House press secretary for the final time on Wednesday, emerging to blaring guitars of his favorite band before thanking the press, his colleagues and the president for his experiences over the past five years.

    “I just want to say thank you to all of you here,” Carney said, speaking a bit more slowly and more wistfully than usual. “This has been an extraordinary experience, and I have loved every minute of every day, even the many minutes of many days that I’ve spent in this room.

    “It’s always a pleasure, no matter how hard it can get in here, how hot it can sometimes be and contentious it sometimes is,” he added.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/jay-carney-white-house-last-briefing-108009.html?hp=f3

  32. CR says:

    June 18, 2014

    Readout of the President’s Meeting with Congressional Leaders

    President Obama met today with Senate Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Democratic Leader Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader McConnell to discuss the situation in Iraq. The President provided an update on the Administration’s efforts to respond to the threat from ISIL by urging Iraq’s leaders to set aside sectarian agendas and to come together with a sense of national unity. He also reviewed our efforts to strengthen the capacity of Iraq’s security forces to confront the threat from ISIL, including options for increased security assistance. He asked each of the leaders for their view of the current situation and pledged to continue consulting closely with Congress going forward.

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