The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – 50th Anniversary

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women.  It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as “public accommodations”).

Powers given to enforce the act were initially weak, but were supplemented during later years. Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the United States Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce under Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who would later sign the landmark Voting Rights Act into law.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964

 

"1964: Civil Rights at 50" is a yearlong exhibit at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC

1964: Civil Rights at 50” is a yearlong exhibit at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC

6/24/14 US House and Senate leaders posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

6/24/14 US House and Senate leaders posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Desiline Victor, 102, stood in line for three hours to cast her vote on Oct. 28, 2012. Ms. Victor was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama to listen to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address.

Desiline Victor, 102, stood in line for three hours to cast her vote on Oct. 28, 2012. Ms. Victor was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama to listen to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address.

June 25, 2013

Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder

“I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.”

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TELL HOUSE REPUBLICANS: RESTORE & PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS

The Supreme Court just gutted the most important civil rights law in our country — the Voting Rights Act. This decision is an extremely disappointing setback for voting rights in this country. Now it’s up to Congress to enact new legislation to protect the rights of voters, and it’s up to us to make them act.

Contact your legislator Contact your Congress person to Republicans it’s time to pass laws to RESTORE and PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS!!!

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US Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1863-1963 (ProPresObama.org Civil Rights Timelines ™)

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  1. CR says:

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    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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  2. CR says:

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – 50th Anniversary

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as “public accommodations”).

    Powers given to enforce the act were initially weak, but were supplemented during later years. Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the United States Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce under Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who would later sign the landmark Voting Rights Act into law.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964

    • CR says:

      July 02, 2014

      Statement by the President on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

      In 1964, President Johnson put pen to paper and signed the Civil Rights Act into law. Fifty years later, few pieces of legislation have defined our national identity as distinctly, or as powerfully. By outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, the Civil Rights Act effectively ended segregation in schools, workplaces, and public facilities. It opened the door for the Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act. And it transformed the concepts of justice, equality, and democracy for generations to come.

      The Civil Rights Act brought us closer to making real the declaration at the heart of our founding – that we are all created equal. But that journey continues. A half a century later, we’re still working to tear down barriers and put opportunity within reach for every American, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. So as we celebrate this anniversary and the undeniable progress we’ve made over the past 50 years, we also remember those who have fought tirelessly to perfect our union, and recommit ourselves to making America more just, more equal and more free.

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      June 30, 2014
      Presidential Proclamation — 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

    • CR says:

      June 25, 2013

      Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder

      “I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

      As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.”

    • CR says:

      Tribal leaders welcome Holder’s voting access plan

      Tuesday, 10 June 2014 15:28 by RACHEL D’ORO, Associated Press

      ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday his office will consult with tribes across the country to develop ways to increase voting access for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

      Holder said the goal is to require state and local election officials to place at least one polling site in a location chosen by tribal governments in parts of the nation that include tribal lands. Barriers to voting, he said, include English-only ballots and inaccessible polling places.

      In Alaska, for example, the village of Kasigluk is separated into two parts by a river with no bridge. On election day, people on one side have just a few hours to vote before a ballot machine is taken by boat to the other side. Several other Alaska villages have been designated as permanent absentee voting areas, which is something allowed by regulation, according to Gail Fenumiai, director of the state Division of Elections.

      In Montana, a voting rights lawsuit is pending from tribal members on the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap reservations. They want county officials to set up satellite voting offices to make up for the long distances they must travel to reach courthouses for early voting or late registration.

      “These conditions are not only unacceptable, they’re outrageous,” Holder said. “As a nation, we cannot — and we will not — simply stand by as the voices of Native Americans are shut out of the democratic process.”

      After consulting with tribal leaders, his office will seek to work with Congress on a potential legislative proposal, Holder said.

      For more: http://www.nativetimes.com/index.php/news/politics/10019-tribal-leaders-welcome-holder-s-voting-access-plan

    • CR says:

      SCOTUS’ civil rights problem: Here’s what’s behind the Court’s ignorance

      Right-wing judges say stats showing effects on minorities or women can’t prove discrimination. Here’s the problem

      MONDAY, JUN 30, 2014 08:50 AM PDT DANIEL KIEFER, JEROME SACKS AND DONALD YLVISAKER – salon.com

      In 1989, twenty-five years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun asked “…whether the majority [of the court] still believes that race discrimination – or, more accurately, race discrimination against nonwhites – is a problem in our society, or even remembers that it ever was.” Prompting Justice Blackmun’s question was the decided shift in the late 1980s in how the Court’s majority treated evidence of bias, especially numerical/statistical evidence. Another 25 years have now passed and the question remains apt.

      When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964, and a year later the Voting Rights Act, our society was transformed and a period of dramatic movement against an array of discriminatory practices began. The workplace, in particular, was remade by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which banned employment discrimination based on “race, color, national origin, sex, and religion,” while the Voting Rights Act significantly altered the makeup of elected bodies across the nation.

      Blatant acts of job discrimination (“colored need not apply”) were plainly illegal, but establishing more subtle and indirect forms of bias required statistical evidence. A unanimous Court recognized this implicitly in 1971 in Griggs v. Duke Power when it ruled that the Civil Rights Act barred not only “overt discrimination, but also practices that are fair in form, but discriminatory in operation.”

      How to determine whether a practice is “discriminatory in operation?” Look at the numbers; the data on hiring, wages and promotions of employees carry the relevant information. Similarly, in 1986, the Court held that the Voting Rights Act banned voting practices that had the effect of preventing minorities from electing candidates they preferred. The way to show that was to collect and analyze election data.

      Since 1987, the Supreme Court has issued a series of closely decided rulings on capital punishment, employment discrimination, and voting rights that jeopardize these legislative milestones. This is not news. What has been less noticed is the marked change in the Court’s treatment of numerical/statistical evidence. The result: a chilling effect on the advancement and protection of civil rights in elections and employment.

      For more: http://www.salon.com/2014/06/30/scotus_civil_rights_problem_heres_whats_behind_the_courts_ignorance/

    • CR says:

      Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels Speaks at “Celebrating Our History & Commissioning Our Future: a Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964”

      Milwaukee ~ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – justice.gov

      Thank you for that kind introduction. I’d like to thank United States Attorney James Santelle for inviting me to speak today and for the remarkable work that this office does to protect the civil rights of those in the Milwaukee community and across the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Just last month, the Civil Rights Division worked hand-in-hand with the Eastern District’s talented team to prosecute a Milwaukee man for sex trafficking. Thanks to this close collaboration we were able to secure guilty pleas on five counts.

      I’d also like to thank the cosponsors of today’s event – the NAACP Milwaukee Chapter, the Milwaukee Urban League and Centro Hispanico – both for their support of this event and for all of their work to advance the cause of civil rights. Finally, thank you to all of you who came here today to celebrate this milestone in the continued fight for equality under the law.

      Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. With its landmark protections against discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and religion, the act ended the era of legal segregation in America, relegating the age of Jim Crow to the history books. As he prepared to sign the bill, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the goal of the law – to ensure that all should “be equal in the polling booths, in the classrooms, in the factories, and in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters and other places that provide service to the public.”

      Prior to the passage of the act, there were no effective federal protections against discrimination based on race. No effort to accommodate language minorities. No federal protections for Americans with disabilities. Elite colleges and universities set quotas capping admission of women or prohibited them from attending altogether. African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans were excluded from hospitals, restaurants and theaters.

      For more: http://www.justice.gov/crt/opa/pr/speeches/2014/crt-speech-140702.html

    • CR says:

      Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

      JULY 2, 2014 ed.gov

      Today, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we can reflect upon and celebrate the strides our nation has made in many areas – at the ballot box, and in employment, public places, and our nation’s schools.

      Now is also a time to honor the many leaders and citizens who refused to be complacent and accept the status quo, who risked their lives in pursuit of justice and equality, and who did not back down until our country lived up to its better self. To them—and to President Lyndon B. Johnson, who persevered to see the legislation through to fruition despite great opposition—we owe a tremendous debt.

      We have, indeed, made progress toward fulfilling the goal of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Black and Latino young people are graduating high school and enrolling in college at much higher rates. In 1950, fewer than 25 percent of young black adults completed high school; in 2012, almost 70 percent graduated on time. During the same time span, the percentage of young black adults who earned a bachelor’s degree or higher increased seven-fold, from about 3 percent to 21 percent. There are other indicators, too, that point to significant improvements over the last half-century.

      For more: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/statement-us-secretary-education-arne-duncan-50th-anniversary-civil-rights-act-1

  3. CR says:

    Americans on the Road Again as Economic Recovery Gains Traction

    Jul 2, 2014 2:00 AM PT By Steve Matthews, Nina Glinski and Nadja Brandt – bloomberg

    Traci Butler and her husband cut out vacations after the U.S. recession five years ago. This week, the couple is taking their two boys on a weeklong trip that includes a July 4th visit to the nation’s capital, just a few weeks after touring Italy on their own.

    In the aftermath of the recession, “things were much tighter,” said Butler, a special education teacher from Washington, Illinois, whose husband works for construction machinery maker Caterpillar Inc. “We didn’t have bonuses for a while. The last two years have been better.”

    About 34.8 million people plan to drive 50 miles or more from home during the five days ending July 6, up from 34.1 million last year and the most since 2007, AAA, the biggest U.S. motoring organization, said June 26. The travel recovery is boosting sales for hotels and attractions, a sign that consumer confidence and consumer spending are on the mend, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

    “Stronger business travel and tourism is a very good barometer of the health of the broader economy,” Zandi said. “Spending on travel is more discretionary and expensive. The revival in travel is thus a good sign that the economic recovery is gaining traction.”

    Hotels Fuller

    Hotel occupancies across the U.S. averaged 62 percent during the first five months of this year, up from 60 percent during the same period last year and the highest average for that time frame since 1996, according to data provided by Hendersonville, Tennessee-based research firm STR Inc. Average room rates climbed 4.1 percent to $113.58.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-02/americans-on-the-road-again-as-economic-recovery-gains-traction.html

  4. CR says:

    U.S. Companies Show Broad Recovery as Hiring Pace Surges

    Jul 1, 2014 9:01 PM PT By Thomas Black and Caelainn Barr – bloomberg

    A family-run concrete business in Michigan, the U.S.’s second-biggest carmaker, the largest railroad and a solar power provider in California are all hiring as industrial companies lead a broad labor-market rebound that’s on pace to add the most jobs in 15 years.

    Employment may be headed for a “breakout year” as companies feel more secure adding to payrolls following several years of demand rising only to stumble on threats from U.S. budget standoffs, a debt-ceiling induced default and a European credit crisis, said Marisa Di Natale, a director at Moody’s Analytics.

    “It’s the first year in several where we haven’t had some kind of manufactured fiscal showdown in Washington, which weighs on business confidence and consumer confidence,” Di Natale said.

    Industries from construction to autos to oil and gas are increasing jobs as growth accelerates after a harsh winter stunted business. As some sectors, such as floor retail sales, have yet to rebound and wages have been kept in check, the recovery is likely to be a steady climb rather than a boom, according to Jeffrey Joerres, executive chairman of Milwaukee-based staffing company Manpowergroup Inc.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-02/u-s-companies-show-broad-recovery-as-hiring-pace-surges.html

  5. CR says:

    ADP Says Companies in U.S. Added Most Workers in June Since 2012

    Jul 2, 2014 5:31 AM PT Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Payrolls at U.S. companies climbed in June by the most since November 2012, a sign the job market is strengthening as demand picks up.

    The 281,000 increase in employment exceeded the most optimistic forecast in a Bloomberg survey and followed a 179,000 rise in May, data from the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey, showed today. The median projection of 47 economists was 205,000.

    Businesses are taking on more workers and limiting dismissals, bolstering economists’ projections that the economy will strengthen after a first-quarter contraction. A Labor Department report tomorrow may show private payrolls climbed by 213,000 workers last month, according to the Bloomberg survey.

    “Job gains are broad-based across all industries and company sizes,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said in a statement. Moody’s produces the figures with ADP. “Judging from the job market, the economic recovery remains fully intact and is gaining momentum.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-02/adp-says-companies-in-u-s-boosted-payrolls-by-281-000-in-june.html

  6. CR says:

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    White House petition for Tim Howard

    By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 7/2/14 7:53 AM EDT

    A bunch of USA soccer fans thinks Tim Howard deserves his own airport.

    On Tuesday evening, they launched an official White House petition to rename Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after the Team USA goalkeeper, who set a World Cup record by saving 16 shots during Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Belgium.

    “Whereas Tim Howard has shown himself to be a national treasure, Minister of Defense, Friend of [Vice President] Joe Biden, and the holder for the record of most saves in a World Cup match; Therefore, we politely request that we rename the airport to recognize his accomplishments, and meritorious service to the United States of America,” the petition reads.

    Howard kept Team USA in the Round of 16 game against Belgium, who tested him early and often. The keeper had 11 saves after regulation, in which he helped keep the Belgians off the board for a 0-0 tie heading into extra time.

    If the petition receives 100,000 signatures, the Obama administration will offer an official response, per the “We the People” White House initiative launched in 2011. The petition currently currently has 1,987 signatures and will need to reach the 100,000 mark by July 31 to earn a response. Earlier this year, the administration declined another sports-related petition, this one to make Major League Baseball’s Opening Day a national holiday.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/tim-howard-airport-white-house-petition-world-cup-108510.html#ixzz36Jt8J42M

    • CR says:

      Chuck Hagel: Goalie Tim Howard could become real Defense secretary

      7/2/14 5:10 PM EDT By PHILIP EWING – POLITICO

      U.S. Men’s National Team keeper Tim Howard showed so much talent protecting his goal on Tuesday that he drew plaudits from the man charged with protecting the entire United States.

      Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel phoned Howard on Wednesday, the Pentagon said, to congratulate him and the rest of the U.S. men’s soccer team on their run in the World Cup, which ended with a 2-1 loss to Belgium in extra time.

      Howard blocked a total of 16 shots on goal in the game — the most in recorded World Cup history — and Hagel invited him and his teammates to visit the Pentagon later this year, said press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.

      Howard’s performance in Tuesday’s game prompted users of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia to edit his entry to describe him as “Secretary of Defense,” and Hagel acknowledged Howard has shown he has what it takes to become a potential successor.

      “He told Howard that with some training, he could someday become the real secretary of Defense,” Kirby said.

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      Democrat Tweets to USMNT:

      Pres Obama: Very proud of @USSoccer. We’ll win it all sooner than the world thinks. #BelieveIt -bo

      VP Biden: Proud that our guys, just like our country, never gave up. Tim Howard–most valuable player in the World Cup. #USMNT

      Former Pres Clinton: I am proud of @ussoccer for a hard-fought effort today and a great #2014worldcup run.

      Defense Sec Hagel: From 1 SecDef to another: Hagel calls @timhowardgk to say thanks for defending USA. We (USA) are proud of @ussoccer!

    • CR says:

      July 02, 2014

      Readout of the President’s Call with Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard

      Today, the President called US Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to commend them on their leadership and the team’s performance during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On the call, the President commended them not only for their work on the field, but for carrying themselves in a way that made the country proud. The President noted how captivating the team’s performance was and asked both men to relay his congratulations to Coach Klinsmann and the entire team on their hard work.

  7. CR says:

    July 02, 2014

    White House Report: Missed Opportunities and the Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

    Today, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report, Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid, which details the effects of state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion on access to care, financial security, overall health and well-being of residents, and state economies.

    The Affordable Care Act has expanded high‐quality, affordable health insurance coverage to millions of Americans. One important way in which the Affordable Care Act is expanding coverage is by providing generous financial support to States that opt to expand Medicaid eligibility to all non‐elderly individuals in families with incomes below 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

    To date, 26 States and the District of Columbia have seized this opportunity, and since the beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, 5.2 million people have gained Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage in these States, a tally that will grow in the months and years ahead as Medicaid enrollment continues. In contrast, 24 States have not yet expanded Medicaid—including many of the States that would benefit most and sometimes because State legislatures have defied even their own governors—and denied health insurance coverage to millions of their citizens. Researchers at the Urban Institute estimate that, if these States do not change course, 5.7 million people will be deprived of health insurance coverage in 2016. Meanwhile, these States will forgo billions in Federal dollars that could boost their economies.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/02/white-house-report-missed-opportunities-and-consequences-state-decisions

  8. CR says:

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    Big Win For Gun Control Groups: Target Bans Guns In Its Stores

    JULY 2, 2014, 10:08 AM EDT ERIC LACH – tpm

    Target has finally made its decision about firearms in its stores. The retail giant is telling its customers to leave their guns at home.

    “Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so,” Target interim CEO John Mulligan said in a statement published by Target’s in-house online magazine on Wednesday. “But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.”

    Mulligan acknowledged what he called a “complicated issue,” but said that, ultimately, he believes that guns in the stores “creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”

    With the move, Target became the latest in a recent flurry of retail chains to ban guns in its stores. Target stores, particularly in Texas, had in recent months become the focus of both guns rights and gun control activists, and both sides had used the stores and their parking lots as stages for gatherings and demonstrations. The Michael Bloomberg-backed group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, which had been calling for Target to explicitly keep guns out of its stores, took credit for Target’s decision on Wednesday.

    “Moms are thankful that Target responded quickly to the call of nearly 400,000 Americans and asked customers to keep their firearms at home,” Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said in an emailed statement. “Moms everywhere were horrified to see images of people carrying loaded assault rifles down the same aisles where we shop for diapers and toys. Like Chipotle, Starbucks, Facebook, Jack in the Box, Sonic, and Chili’s, Target recognized that moms are a powerful customer base and political force – and you can respect the 2nd Amendment and the safety of customers at the same time.”

    For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/target-bans-guns

  9. CR says:

    12:00 PM ET
    President Obama hosts top economists for lunch to discuss ways to accelerate economic growth, expand opportunity, and improve the competitiveness of the American economy. The Vice President also attends

  10. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Wednesday, CR and all friends!

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  11. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

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    Payrolls Jumped as U.S. Jobless Rate Fell to 6.1% in June

    Jul 3, 2014 5:57 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Employers added more workers than projected in June and the unemployment rate fell to an almost six-year low of 6.1 percent, underscoring a brighter U.S. labor market that will help spur the economy.

    The addition of 288,000 jobs followed a 224,000 gain the prior month that was bigger than previously estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 215,000 advance. The number of long-term unemployed Americans fell to 3.1 million, showing they’re having greater success finding work.

    A rebound in the economy after a first-quarter slump is encouraging companies such as Ford Motor Co. (F) to add to staffing levels, laying the groundwork for a pickup in wages needed to further propel consumer spending. More employment opportunities will probably keep Federal Reserve policy makers on the path to gradually reduce monetary stimulus.

    “The improvement in the labor market is accelerating,” said Robert Stein, deputy chief economist at First Trust Portfolios LP in Wheaton, Illinois, and the top forecaster of payrolls the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “We’re seeing a self-sustaining recovery where production growth leads to job growth, which leads to consumption growth.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-03/payrolls-in-u-s-rise-more-than-forecast-jobless-rate-at-6-1-.html

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    Trade Gap in U.S. Shrinks More Than Forecast on Record Exports

    Jul 3, 2014 5:30 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    The trade deficit in the U.S. narrowed more than forecast in May on record exports, signaling a pickup in global growth that will boost American manufacturers.

    The gap shrank by 5.6 percent, the biggest drop since November, to $44.4 billion from the prior month’s $47 billion, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 69 economists called for a contraction to $45 billion. Sales to foreign customers climbed 1 percent on growing demand for autos and parts, petroleum products and aircraft engines.

    Economic expansions abroad that are gaining traction will probably continue to invigorate demand for American goods. A narrowing deficit would mean trade becomes less of a drag on gross domestic product in the second quarter after the world’s largest economy contracted in the first three months of 2014.

    Other reports today showed payrolls rose by 288,000 in June and the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent, according to figures from the Labor Department.

    Trade estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from gaps of $41 billion to $48 billion. The April reading was revised from a previously reported $47.2 billion deficit.

    Exports climbed to $195.5 billion from $193.5 billion in April.

    Imports decreased 0.3 percent to $239.8 billion as demand for petroleum dropped to the lowest level since November 2010. Excluding petroleum, imports rose to a record as Americans bought more autos and parts, industrial machines and drilling equipment.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-03/trade-gap-in-u-s-shrinks-more-than-forecast-on-record-exports.html

  14. CR says:

    Dow Average Tops 17,000 as Payrolls Rise Amid ECB Plans

    Jul 3, 2014 6:33 AM PT By Lu Wang – bloomberg

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed above 17,000 for the first time as data showed employers added more workers than projected in June and the European Central Bank prepared to disclose details of its stimulus plans.

    The Dow gained 42.70 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,018.94 at 9:31 a.m. in New York. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) rose 0.3 percent to 1,980.56. Equities markets close at 1 p.m. today before the Independence Day holiday.

    “This is a pretty strong report,” said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at San Francisco-based Wells Capital Management, in a phone interview. “This is stuff that is going to lead to upward revisions of second quarter growth rates and it starts off the third quarter in a real positive momentum place.”

    The addition of 288,000 jobs followed a 224,000 gain the prior month that was bigger than previously estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 215,000 advance. The jobless rate is the lowest since September 2008. The number of long-term unemployed fell to 3.1 million, showing they’re having greater success finding work.

    Benchmark indexes are at record levels as stocks extended a rebound from a selloff earlier this year that started with biotechnology and small-cap stocks. The S&P 500 has rallied 8.8 percent since reaching a two-month low in April as central bank stimulus spread from Europe to Japan and the U.S.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-03/u-s-stock-index-futures-little-changed-before-jobs-data.html

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    U.S. services sector activity accelerates in June: Markit

    7/4/14 Reuters

    NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The final reading for activity in the U.S. services sector hit its highest in 4-1/2 years, pushed higher by increasing new business activity and hiring, a survey showed on Thursday.

    Financial data firm Markit said its final services Purchasing Managers Index hit 61.0 in June, the highest final reading since the survey began in October 2009, compared with May’s final reading of 58.1. It was slightly lower than the 61.2 preliminary print.

    A reading above 50 signals expansion in economic activity.

    The services sector added employees at the fastest rate on record with the employment index coming in at 56.1, higher than the 55.4 preliminary reading. Last month’s final read came in at 52.8.

    The new orders subcomponent also hit its highest on record.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-services-sector-activity-accelerates-june-markit-135014769–business.html;_ylt=AwrSyCNSZbVTmQ4ACH3QtDMD

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    July 03, 2014

    Remarks by the President on the Economy

    1776
    Washington, D.C.

    11:57 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: So we’re going into the 4th of July weekend and what more appropriate place to be than 1776. (Applause.) This is an incubator for all sorts of tech startups, a lot of them focused on social change issues, on education, on health care. And so we’ve got a range of entrepreneurs who are trying to figure out how can we do well by doing good, in many cases.

    And I just have to say that the young people — and some not so young people — (laughter) — that I spoke to, coming from a wide range of backgrounds — we had former Army Rangers; we had lawyers; we had former HR folks, transportation experts, engineers — all of them had the kind of energy and drive and creativity and innovation that has been the hallmark of the American economy.

    And part of the reason I wanted to come here today is to focus on what’s happened in the U.S. economy over the last several months and last several years. We just got a jobs report today showing that we’ve now seen the fastest job growth in the United States in the first half of the year since 1999. (Applause.) So this is also the first time we’ve seen five consecutive months of job growth over 200,000 since 1999. (Applause.) And we’ve seen the quickest drop in unemployment in 30 years.

    So it gives you a sense that the economy has built momentum, that we are making progress. We’ve now seen almost 10 million jobs created over the course of the last 52 months. And it should be a useful reminder to people all across the country that given where we started back in 2008, we have made enormous strides, thanks to the incredible hard work of the American people and American businesses that have been out there competing, getting smarter, getting more effective. And it’s making a difference all across the country.

    Now, what we also know is, as much progress as has been made, there are still folks out there who are struggling. We still have not seen as much increase in income and wages as we’d like to see. A lot of folks are still digging themselves out of challenges that arose out of the Great Recession.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/03/remarks-president-economy

    • CR says:

      Obama Visits Tech Hub 1776 Ahead of Fourth of July

      7/3/14 nbc

      President Barack Obama visited the patriotically named Washington start-up hub 1776 on the day before the Fourth of July. 1776 pairs start-ups dealing with issues like education, energy, health care, and government with assets in the nation’s capital. During his tour, Obama touted a new jobs report that showed unemployment hit a near six-year low and said the incubator was the best place to visit on the eve of Independence Day.

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