2014 Pres Obama’s Year of Action vs GOP Abandoning the 99%

Jon Stewart takes down GOP “warfare queens”

The GOP are starring in the play “A Streetcar Named We’re Always Wrong”

JUN 27, 2014 SARAH GRAY – SALON

Last night Jon Stewart destroyed the GOP’s hypocrisy when it comes to readily spending on nation building (military interventions everywhere), but their desire to block nation building when it is our own country (infrastructure, healthcare, gun control).

“I’m really worried about the Republicans,” Stewart explained. “Their inability to wean themselves off of military intervention. They have a culture of defendency, if you will. And I believe it’s turned them all into warfare queens. And I think we need to cut them off for their own good.”

After plenty of mocking of John McCain (“We are the party of hell no!”), Stewart turned his eyes to another GOP leader who could uses some serious weaning off the military industrial complex: Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

GOP_Elephant_WRONG_WAY_smallWHAT GOP CONGRESS HAS DONE in 2014 FOR 99% OF  AMERICANS

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Pres Obama Year of Action

President Obama is Taking Action

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama affirmed that this would be “A Year of Action” to help ensure opportunity for all Americans.

Since January, the President has taken more than 20 actions on his own to help build real, lasting economic security for the middle class and expand opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead:

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  1. CR says:

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    Saturday, June 28, 2014

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama is Taking Action – 2014 Year of Action

    In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama affirmed that this would be “A Year of Action” to help ensure opportunity for all Americans.

    Since January, the President has taken more than 20 actions to help build real, lasting economic security for the middle class and expand opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead:

    1/3/14 Partnering With Many of America’s Leading CEOs to Help the Long-Term Unemployed
    1/9/14 Promoting Economic Development in “Promise Zones”
    1/15/14 Wide Bandgap Semiconductors launched in Raleigh, NC
    1/16/14 College Opportunity Summit with more than 150 commitments by colleges, universities and organizations
    1/29/14 Presidential Memorandum directing Treasury to create myRA retirement program
    1/30/14 President Obama announced a FAFSA Completion Initiative, led by the Department of Education, to increase the percentage of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA)
    1/31/14 300+ companies signed on to best practices on recruiting and hiring the long-term unemployed, along with $150 !million committed towards Ready to Work Partnership Grants
    2/4/14 Annoucement of President’s ConnectED goal of connecting 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years.
    2/5/14 New USDA regional climate hubs established
    2/7/14 “Made In Rural America” Export and Investment Initiative
    2/12/14 Executive Order raising minimum wage for workers on new federal contracts
    2/18/14 President Obama directed the EPA and Dept. of Transportation to develop and issue new fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles and propose new incentives for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that run on alternative fuels like natural gas — benefiting our planet, our economy, and our energy security.
    2/19/14 Executive Order directing the timely completion of the International Trade Data System
    2/25/14 New manufacturing institutes launched Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago and One Institute in Detroit
    2/27/14 Presidential Memorandum – Creating and Expanding Ladders of Opportunity for Boys and Young Men of Color
    3/7/14 FAFSA Completion Initiative launched to help students apply for college financial aid
    3/11/14 President Obama Establishes Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of California Coastal National Monument
    3/13/14 Presidential Memorandum – Updating and Modernizing Overtime Regulations
    3/14/14 Gainful employment regulations released to protect many students from unaffordable college loans
    3/19/14 Climate Data Initiative launched
    3/20/14 Announcement of 2015 SelectUSA Summit and over $18 billion in investment facilitated by SelectUSA to date
    3/28/14 Released strategy to reduce methane emissions
    4/7/14 Award of $100 million in grants to redesign high schools
    4/8/14 Executive Order – Equal Pay Rules For Federal Contractors
    4/16/14 President Obama announced two new grant programs to spread models of job-driven training — along with private-sector commitments
    4/25/14 Laid out plan to strengthen America’s teacher preparation programs
    5/6/14 Third National Climate Assessment released
    5/9/14 Commitment by 300 public and private sector organizations to cut energy waste and deploy enough solar energy to power nearly 130,000 homes
    5/21/14 President Obama Designates Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
    5/22/14 Presidential Memorandum directing DHS and Commerce to take steps to improve the entry process for international arrivals
    5/27/14 4th White House Science Fair with new steps to help more students excel in STEM education and ConnectED commitments
    5/28/14 Energy Datapalooza with commitments from utilities and cities to use open data to drive energy efficiency
    5/29/14 White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit
    5/30/14 My Brother’s Keeper Federal Task Force issued its 90-day report
    6/2/14 Proposed the Clean Power Plan to protect the health of our children and put our nation on the path toward a 30 percent
    reduction in carbon pollution from the power sector by 2030
    6/4/14 Joined four governors and 77 mayors to call for an end to veterans homelessness by the end of 2015
    6/9/14 Presidential Memorandum — “Pay As You Earn’ Federal Student Loan Repayments
    6/12/14 Proposed rule issued to raise minimum wage for workers on new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour
    6/13/14 Announced steps to strengthen Native American communities through education and economic development
    6/14/14 Nearly $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition announced, to support innovative local resilience projects
    6/17/14 Actions announced to preserve and protect oceans, including to combat black market fishing
    6/17/14 New actions by federal agencies, Mayors, and local leaders to invest locally in manufacturing entrepreneurship
    6/18/14 First-Ever White House Maker Faire, expanding access to tools to launch businesses, learn STEM skills, and lead a grassroots renaissance in American manufacturing
    6/20/14 Presidential Action: Rule that makes legally married same-sex couples eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act
    6/23/14 Actions taken to support working families as part of Summit on Working Families, including a Presidential Memorandum directing federal agencies to enhance workplace flexibilities
    7/11/14 Presidential Initiative of SupplierPay, a new partnership with the private sector to strengthen small businesses by increasing their working capital, so they can grow their businesses and hire more workers.
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    July 30, 2014 – House GOP voted to sue President Obama for using his executive authority
    7/31/14 The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order governs new federal procurement contracts valued at more than $500,000, providing information on companies’ compliance with federal labor laws for agencies

    COMING SOON:

    * President Obama will call on business leaders, community colleges, mayors, governors, and labor leaders to increase the number of U.S. apprenticeships

    * President Obama will direct his Administration to work with states, cities, and tribes to cut harmful carbon pollution by developing clean energy and energy efficiency policies.

    • CR says:

      Year of Action: “We’re not done yet”

      Published on May 5, 2014

      Since January, the President has taken more than 20 actions to help build real, lasting economic security for the middle class and expand opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead. http://www.wh.gov/year-of-action

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      Jon Stewart takes down GOP “warfare queens”

      The GOP are starring in the play “A Streetcar Named We’re Always Wrong”

      JUN 27, 2014 SARAH GRAY – SALON

      Last night Jon Stewart destroyed the GOP’s hypocrisy when it comes to readily spending on nation building (military interventions everywhere), but their desire to block nation building when it is our own country (infrastructure, healthcare, gun control).

      “I’m really worried about the Republicans,” Stewart explained. “Their inability to wean themselves off of military intervention. They have a culture of defendency, if you will. And I believe it’s turned them all into warfare queens. And I think we need to cut them off for their own good.”

      After plenty of mocking of John McCain (“We are the party of hell no!”), Stewart turned his eyes to another GOP leader who could uses some serious weaning off the military industrial complex: Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

    • CR says:

      June 27, 2014

      Remarks by the President on the Economy — Minneapolis, MN

      Lake Harriet Band Shell
      Minneapolis, Minnesota

      10:15 A.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Minneapolis! (Applause.) How is everybody doing today? You look good. (Applause.) It is good to see all of you. I miss Minneapolis. I missed you guys. Go ahead and have a seat, I’m going to be talking for a while. (Laughter.)

      So we’ve got some wonderful folks here today. I want to acknowledge a few of them. First of all, your outstanding Governor, Mark Dayton. (Applause.) Your wonderful senators, Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar. (Applause.) Congressman Keith Ellison. (Applause.) Your Mayor, Betsy Hodges. (Applause.) And all of you are here, and that’s special.

      I want to thank Rebekah for not just the introduction and for sharing her story, but for letting me hang out with her and her family for the last couple of days. I really like her. (Laughter.) And her husband is like the husband of the year. Generally, you don’t want your wife to meet Rebekah’s husband, because she’ll be like, well, why don’t you do that? (Laughter.) Why aren’t you like that?

      I’ve been wanting to visit a place where all the women are strong and the men are good-looking, and the children above average. (Applause.) And this clearly is an example of what Minnesota produces. So yesterday, Rebekah and I had lunch at Matt’s Bar, had a “Jucy Lucy” — (applause) — which was quite tasty. We had a town hall at Minnehaha Park, although I did not take a kayak over the falls, which seemed dangerous. (Laughter.) We got ice cream at Grand Ole Creamery — very good, very tasty.

      And then this morning, Al Franken and I and Secretary Tom Perez, our Secretary of Labor who’s here — Tom, stand up — (applause) — we stopped by a community organization that helps with a lot of job programs and job placement programs. And this program in particular was focused on young moms. It was really interesting talking to them, because there are teenage mothers, 16 to 18, and it was a great pleasure for me to be able to say to all of them that my mom was a teenage mom, and she was 18 when she had me — and to be able to say to all of them that here in this country, it is possible for the child of a teenage mom, a single mom, to end up being President of the United States. (Applause.) And I think that it maybe gave them something to think about.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/27/remarks-president-economy-minneapolis-mn

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      Why the Fight Over Executive Authority Will Define the Rest of Barack Obama’s Presidency

      PAUL WALDMAN JUNE 30, 2014 prospect.org

      When Republicans made it impossible for the president to run the government, he found ways around their obstruction. And that made them really, really mad.

      It’s axiomatic to the point of cliché that in their second terms, presidents turn their attention to foreign affairs, where they have latitude to do what they want without having to get Congress’s permission. By the time they’ve been in office for five or six years, they’re so fed up with wrangling 535 ornery legislators that they barely bother anymore, and without an election looming (and with approval ratings often sliding down), they concentrate on what they can do on their own.

      Barack Obama has made clear that he won’t just be concentrating on foreign policy. He’ll be doing whatever he can to achieve domestic goals as well, even if Republicans have made legislating impossible.

      But faced with an opposition of unusual orneriness—perhaps more so than any in American history—Barack Obama has made clear that he won’t just be concentrating on foreign policy. He’ll be doing whatever he can to achieve domestic goals as well, even if Republicans have made legislating impossible. The conflict over the actions he has taken so far and the ones he’ll be taking in the future are likely to define the last two and a half years of his presidency.

      For more: http://prospect.org/article/why-fight-over-executive-authority-will-define-rest-barack-obamas-presidency

  3. CR says:

    Weekly Address: Focusing on the Economic Priorities for the Middle Class Nationwide

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    June 28, 2014

    Hi, everybody. This week, I spent a couple days in Minneapolis, talking with people about their lives – their concerns, their successes, and their hopes for the future.

    I went because of a letter I received from a working mother named Rebekah, who shared with me the hardships her young family has faced since the financial crisis. She and her husband Ben were just newlyweds expecting their first child, Jack, when the housing crash dried up his contracting business. He took what jobs he could, and Rebekah took out student loans and retrained for a new career. They sacrificed – for their kids, and for each other. And five years later, they’ve paid off debt, bought their first home, and had their second son, Henry.

    In her letter to me, she wrote, “We are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.” And in many ways, that’s America’s story these past five years. We are a strong, tight-knit family that’s made it through some very tough times.

    Today, over the past 51 months, our businesses have created 9.4 million new jobs. By measure after measure, our economy is doing better than it was five years ago.

    But as Rebekah also wrote in her letter, there are still too many middle-class families like hers who do everything right – who work hard and who sacrifice – but can’t seem to get ahead. It feels like the odds are stacked against them. And with just a small change in our priorities, we could fix that.

    The problem is, Republicans in Congress keep blocking or voting down almost every serious idea to strengthen the middle class. This year alone, they’ve said no to raising the minimum wage, no to fair pay, no to student loan reform, no to extending unemployment insurance. And rather than invest in education that helps working families get ahead, they actually voted to give another massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.

    This obstruction keeps the system rigged for those at the top, and rigged against the middle class. And as long as they insist on doing it, I’ll keep taking actions on my own – like the actions I’ve taken already to attract new jobs, lift workers’ wages, and help students pay off their loans. I’ll do my job. And if it makes Republicans in Congress mad that I’m trying to help people out, they can join me, and we’ll do it together.

    The point is, we could do so much more as a country – as a strong, tight-knit family – if Republicans in Congress were less interested in stacking the deck for those at the top, and more interested in growing the economy for everybody.

    So rather than more tax breaks for millionaires, let’s give more tax breaks to help working families pay for child care or college. Rather than protect tax loopholes that let big corporations set up tax shelters overseas, let’s put people to work rebuilding roads and bridges right here in America. Rather than stack the decks in favor of those who’ve already succeeded, let’s realize that we are stronger as a nation when we offer a fair shot to every American.

    I’m going to spend some time talking about these very choices in the week ahead. That’s because we know from our history that our economy doesn’t grow from the top-down, it grows from the middle-out. We do better when the middle class does better. That’s the American way. That’s what I believe in. And that’s what I’ll keep fighting for.

    Have a great Fourth of July, everybody – and good luck to Team USA down in Brazil.

    Thanks.

  4. CR says:

    June 27, 2014

    Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan

    On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan.

    A time for self-reflection and devotion through prayer and fasting, Ramadan is also an occasion when Muslims around the world reaffirm their commitment to helping the less fortunate, including those struggling because of economic hardship and inequality. Here in the United States, we are grateful to the many Muslim American organizations, individuals, and businesses that are devoted to creating opportunity for all by working to reduce income inequality and poverty, not only through their charitable efforts, but also through their initiatives to empower students, workers and families with the education, skills and health care they deserve.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/27/statement-president-occasion-ramadan

    • CR says:

      July 02, 2014

      Readout of the President’s call with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia

      Today, President Obama called King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to convey his best wishes as Ramadan begins. The two leaders discussed the current situation in Iraq, and the threat that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses to the stability of Iraq and to the entire region. They reaffirmed the need for Iraq’s leaders to move expeditiously to form a new government capable of uniting all of Iraq’s diverse communities. The President thanked the King for Saudi Arabia’s pledge of $500 million dollars to help alleviate the suffering of all Iraqis who have been displaced by the violence. The two leaders agreed to continue to consult closely on regional developments.

  5. CR says:

    Warren’s moment: The Barack Obama of 2016

    June 27, 2014 Jonah Goldberg – nypost

    In 2007, Democrats were delirious with rage about the Iraq war.

    Hillary Clinton, the “inevitable” presidential front-runner, had voted for the war and refused to apologize for it. Other leading candidates, including Joe Biden, John Edwards and Chris Dodd, voted for it, too.
    This left a huge opening for a credible antiwar candidate. Barack Obama, inexperienced and underqualified, nonetheless jumped into the vacuum. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Today, the issue that obsesses the base of the Democratic Party is income inequality. I think that’s foolish.

    The underlying causes of inequality — miserable economic growth, stagnating wages, poverty, etc. — are vastly more worthy challenges. Though, in fairness, many people actually have those problems in mind when they talk about inequality.

    There’s another component to the inequality obsession: ­populism.
    People increasingly feel that economic and political elites are enriching themselves, not by making great products or selling valuable services, but by cutting backroom deals and selling influence.

    This rage is remarkably bipartisan. It is the one theme that loosely unites Tea Partiers and Wall Street ­occupiers alike.

    Obscure economics professor David Brat toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia primary largely by tapping into that populism, particularly on such issues as immigration and Wall Street bailouts.

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren owes her left-wing hero status to the Democratic version of this kind of populism. She’s been talking for years about how the well-connected “rig the system” for their own benefit.

    Now, I find many of Warren’s proposed solutions — more regulation, more taxes, more government, etc. — abhorrent. But, believe it or not, I am not a Democratic primary voter. Those who are love what ­Warren is selling.

    Which is why Warren is perfectly poised to be the Obama of 2016. And the role of Hillary Clinton will be played by Hillary Clinton.

    For more: http://nypost.com/2014/06/27/warrens-moment-the-barack-obama-of-2016/

    • CR says:

      Elizabeth Warren Addresses MoveOn Members Joining The #WarrenPiketty

      Uploaded on Jun 2, 2014

      In these specially prepared remarks, Sen. Elizabeth Warren addresses MoveOn.org members participating in the June 2, 2014, watch party for the online premiere of her joint interview on economic equality with acclaimed economist Thomas Piketty. Sen. Warren is joined by Anna Galland, the Executive Director of MoveOn.org Civic Action, as she answers more questions from MoveOn.org members and discusses the work ahead for progressives.

  6. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  7. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    6/27/14 7:30 PM EDT By KENDALL BREITMAN – politico

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Former President Bill Clinton
    • Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus
    • White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett
    • Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.)

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
    • Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
    • Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey

    “This Week” on ABC
    • President Barack Obama

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman, House Judiciary Committee
    • Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), chairman, House Democratic Caucus
    • Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    • Rep.Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)

  8. CR says:

    Working on Acknowledgment – Interior’s New Hawaiian Recognition Initiative

    6/25/14 Gale Courey Toensing – indiancountrytodaymedianetwork

    On June 18, the Interior Department issued a press release announcing it is taking “a first step to consider reestablishing a government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Native Hawaiian community.” The purpose, the release says, “would be to more effectively implement the special political and trust relationship that currently exists between the Federal government and the Native Hawaiian community.”

    Interior issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) – a sort of notice of a possible coming notice of a proposed new rule – that lays out a series of public meetings and consultations in Hawaii and Indian country over the next 60 days, beginning June 23 in Honolulu. The meetings are to solicit comments to help Interior decide if it will move ahead and develop a formal, administrative procedure for “reestablishing” an official government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community and if so, what that procedure should be.

    The issue is fraught with complexities, including a growing Hawaiian sovereignty movement that wants its country back. While Interior considers “reestablishing” a government-to-government relationship with Hawaii, the last time one existed was before the U.S. government’s illegal military-backed regime change in Hawaii, a sovereign independent state, in 1893 and its backing of a U.S.-controlled ”provisional government” in violation of treaties and international law.

    Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/06/25/working-acknowledgment-interiors-new-hawaiian-recognition-initiative-155451

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