Port Chicago Naval Magazine Explosion – 70th Anniversary

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Port Chicago disaster exposed racism in military; helped launch civil rights movement

7/16/2014 By Lisa P. White –  Contra Costa Times

CONCORD — Seventy years ago today, a horrific explosion at the Port Chicago Naval munitions base claimed hundreds of lives. It also laid bare the ugly truth about racism in the United States military during World War II.

The subsequent mutiny trial and convictions of 50 African-American sailors who refused to resume loading ammunition under working conditions they believed were unsafe helped set the stage for the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Although the Port Chicago disaster was the war’s deadliest home-front accident, many Americans still are unfamiliar with the tragedy and its legacy. Port Chicago hasn’t been recorded in most history books or memorialized as a “date which will live in infamy.” Although there is a National Park Service memorial at the still active Military Ocean Terminal Concord, it won’t be open for the 70th anniversary because the Army is loading live ammunition there this summer.

Yet, for the few remaining survivors and families of the 202 African-American victims and the convicted mutineers, Port Chicago stands as a testament to courage, an indictment of injustice and a monument to resistance.

“The (survivors) that I talked to want people to know that they did their best in a poor situation, they did their best to help win the war,” said Rev. Diana McDaniel, board president of the Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial. “They were patriotic and proud of America and they wanted to go fight … but they got stuck loading munitions and they knew it was important.”

THE EXPLOSION

About 10:18 p.m. July 17, 1944, two explosions in rapid succession shook the Naval munitions base on Suisun Bay. Fire and smoke shot up two miles in the air above the base, and the blast was felt over a huge area, including as far away as Boulder City, Nev., near Las Vegas.

In an instant, 320 men were simply obliterated — most of their bodies too ripped apart to be identified. The blast shattered windows in the barracks a mile from the pier, raining glass and debris down on off-duty sailors. In the nearby town of Port Chicago, the explosion damaged buildings and injured residents. A total of 390 people were wounded that night.

Chaos, confusion and fear gripped the darkened naval base. Some sailors believed the Japanese had bombed them, but others quickly concluded there had been an explosion at the pier where the SS E.A. Bryan sat loaded with about 4,600 tons of bombs, ammunition and depth charges. An additional 429 tons of munitions, packed onto 16 railroad cars, waited on the pier to be transferred into the holds of the SS Quinault Victory also docked there.

Enlisted men and officers who rushed to the waterfront found a nightmarish scene — the pier was gone, and the E.A. Bryan had been reduced to pieces. The Quinault Victory’s stern had landed upside down in the water 500 feet away.

For more: http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_26162692/port-chicago-disaster-exposed-racism-military-helped-launch?source=rss

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Situation in Ukraine
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  2. CR says:

    Port Chicago Naval Magazine Explosion – 70th Anniversary

    Port Chicago disaster exposed racism in military; helped launch civil rights movement

    7/16/2014 By Lisa P. White Contra Costa Times

    CONCORD — Seventy years ago today, a horrific explosion at the Port Chicago Naval munitions base claimed hundreds of lives. It also laid bare the ugly truth about racism in the United States military during World War II.
    The subsequent mutiny trial and convictions of 50 African-American sailors who refused to resume loading ammunition under working conditions they believed were unsafe helped set the stage for the modern Civil Rights Movement.

    Although the Port Chicago disaster was the war’s deadliest home-front accident, many Americans still are unfamiliar with the tragedy and its legacy. Port Chicago hasn’t been recorded in most history books or memorialized as a “date which will live in infamy.” Although there is a National Park Service memorial at the still active Military Ocean Terminal Concord, it won’t be open for the 70th anniversary because the Army is loading live ammunition there this summer.

    Yet, for the few remaining survivors and families of the 202 African-American victims and the convicted mutineers, Port Chicago stands as a testament to courage, an indictment of injustice and a monument to resistance.

    “The (survivors) that I talked to want people to know that they did their best in a poor situation, they did their best to help win the war,” said Rev. Diana McDaniel, board president of the Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial. “They were patriotic and proud of America and they wanted to go fight … but they got stuck loading munitions and they knew it was important.”

    THE EXPLOSION

    About 10:18 p.m. July 17, 1944, two explosions in rapid succession shook the Naval munitions base on Suisun Bay. Fire and smoke shot up two miles in the air above the base, and the blast was felt over a huge area, including as far away as Boulder City, Nev., near Las Vegas.

    In an instant, 320 men were simply obliterated — most of their bodies too ripped apart to be identified. The blast shattered windows in the barracks a mile from the pier, raining glass and debris down on off-duty sailors. In the nearby town of Port Chicago, the explosion damaged buildings and injured residents. A total of 390 people were wounded that night.

    Chaos, confusion and fear gripped the darkened naval base. Some sailors believed the Japanese had bombed them, but others quickly concluded there had been an explosion at the pier where the SS E.A. Bryan sat loaded with about 4,600 tons of bombs, ammunition and depth charges. An additional 429 tons of munitions, packed onto 16 railroad cars, waited on the pier to be transferred into the holds of the SS Quinault Victory also docked there.

    Enlisted men and officers who rushed to the waterfront found a nightmarish scene — the pier was gone, and the E.A. Bryan had been reduced to pieces. The Quinault Victory’s stern had landed upside down in the water 500 feet away.

    For more: http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_26162692/port-chicago-disaster-exposed-racism-military-helped-launch?source=rss

  3. CR says:

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    First Stewards Symposium

    First Stewards Symposium
    United Indigenous Voices Address Sustainability:
    Climate Change & Traditional Places
    July 21-23, 2014
    Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol, Washington, D.C.

    First Stewards Inc. seeks to unite indigenous voices to collaboratively advance adaptive climate change strategies to sustain and secure our cultures and strengthen America’s resiliency and ability to adapt to climate change by holding symposia, and cultivating sustainable projects and educational opportunities within indigenous communities.

    Regional Representation on First Stewards Board

    The founding Board of First Stewards works to bring together the voices of indigenous leaders, scientists, elders and youth on the issue of climate change. To do this First Stewards has created a board populated with representatives from seven distinct regions: 1) Pacific Islands; 2) West Coast; 3) Alaska; 4) Inland 5) Great Lakes 6) East Coast (currently vacant) and 7) Gulf of Mexico (currently vacant).

    The event will include five panels composed of representatives from each region, tribal leaders and tribal & Western scientists who will examine how native people and their cultures have adapted to climate change for hundreds to thousands of years, and what their future—and that of America—may hold as the impacts of climate change continue.

    For more: http://www.firststewards.org/2014-symposium.html

  4. vitaminlover says:

    Wow! I never knew that Chicago had such a history.

    • CR says:

      Hi Vitaminlover,

      The name is misleading It’s called the “Port of Chicago” but it is in Northern California.

      I only found out about this story from my local newspaper this morning.

  5. CR says:

    President Obama Responds to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

    July 17, 2014
    Readout of the President’s call with President Poroshenko of Ukraine:

    President Obama spoke with Ukrainian President Poroshenko this afternoon to discuss the tragic crash of flight Malaysian Airlines 17. President Poroshenko welcomed the assistance of international investigators to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of the crash site. President Obama assured him that U.S. experts will offer all possible assistance immediately. The Presidents emphasized that all evidence from the crash site must remain in place on the territory of Ukraine until international investigators are able to examine all aspects of the tragedy.

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    July 17, 2014
    Readout of President Obama’s call with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia:

    President Obama called Malaysian Prime Minister Najib today to express condolences to the people of Malaysia for the terrible loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine, as well as all the families who lost loved ones in this tragic event. The President told the Prime Minister that United States has offered immediate assistance to support a prompt international investigation. President Obama reaffirmed the strength of the friendship between the United States and Malaysia and underscored that the United States stands ready to provide any assistance or support necessary.

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    July 17, 2014
    Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands

    President Obama called Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands this evening to express condolences to the people of the Netherlands for the tragic death of Dutch citizens traveling on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The President told the Prime Minister the United States was prepared to contribute immediate assistance to support a prompt, full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation. The President and Prime Minister agreed on the need to assure immediate access to the site of the incident to international investigators in order to facilitate the recovery of remains and to carry out a thorough investigation.

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    July 18, 2014
    Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Abbott of Australia

    President Obama spoke with Australian Prime Minister Abbott this afternoon to discuss Malaysia Airlines flight 17. The President expressed condolences on behalf of the American people to the Australian families who lost loved ones on board the flight. The two leaders discussed the importance of a prompt, full, unimpeded and transparent international investigation, and they stressed the need for immediate access by international investigators to the crash site. The President underscored continuing U.S. support and cooperation with Australia as this issue unfolds, and the two leaders committed to remaining in close touch moving forward.

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    July 18, 2014
    Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to discuss bilateral relations, the tragedy with Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and the situation in eastern Ukraine. The Vice President and Prime Minister reaffirmed that the United States and Poland are unshakable Allies and strategic partners. The two leaders agreed that a prompt international investigation with safe and unimpeded access was needed to fully investigate the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The leaders also discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine, noting that Russia was supplying weapons and training – including anti-aircraft weapons – to the separatists, with profoundly de-stabilizing consequences. The Vice President and Prime Minister agreed that Russia should immediately and publicly call on the separatists to lay down their weapons and allow full access to the Malaysian Airlines crash site for international and Ukrainian investigators.

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    July 21, 2014
    Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Abbott of Australia

    This evening, President Obama spoke again with Australian Prime Minister Abbott to discuss Malaysia Airlines flight 17. The President and Prime Minister reiterated their agreement that there must be a prompt, full, unimpeded and transparent international investigation. The two leaders also agreed that Russia has a responsibility to use its extraordinary influence with the pro-Russian separatists who control the crash site to compel them to cooperate with international monitors and investigators. As strong allies, the President underscored that the U.S. will continue to support and coordinate closely with Australia as this issue moves forward.

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    July 21, 2014
    Statement by the President on the Situation in Ukraine and Gaza

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    July 22, 2014
    Remarks by the President at the Embassy of the Netherlands

    Embassy of the Netherlands
    Washington, D.C.

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    July 22, 2014
    Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands

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    July 24, 2014
    Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands

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    July 24, 2014
    Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Abbott of Australia

    • CR says:

      July 17, 2014

      Statement by the Press Secretary on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

      The United States is shocked by the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, and we offer our deep condolences to all those who lost loved ones on board. We continue to seek information to determine whether there were any American citizens on board.

      It is critical that there be a full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation as quickly as possible. We urge all concerned – Russia, the pro-Russian separatists, and Ukraine – to support an immediate cease-fire in order to ensure safe and unfettered access to the crash site for international investigators and in order to facilitate the recovery of remains. The role of international organizations – such as the United Nations and the OSCE in Ukraine – may be particularly relevant for this effort, and we will be in touch with affected nations and our partners in these organizations in the coming hours and days to determine the best path forward. In the meantime, it is vital that no evidence be tampered with in any way and that all potential evidence and remains at the crash site are undisturbed. The United States remains prepared to contribute immediate assistance to any international investigation, including through resources provided by the NTSB and the FBI.

      While we do not yet have all the facts, we do know that this incident occurred in the context of a crisis in Ukraine that is fueled by Russian support for the separatists, including through arms, materiel, and training. This incident only highlights the urgency with which we continue to urge Russia to immediately take concrete steps to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine and to support a sustainable cease-fire and path toward peace that the Ukrainian government has consistently put forward.

    • CR says:

      July 18, 2014

      Statement by the President on Ukraine

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      11:52 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody.

      Yesterday, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine near the Russian border. Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken — men, women, children, infants — who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine. Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions.

      We know at least one American citizen, Quinn Lucas Schansman, was killed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family for this terrible loss.

      Yesterday, I spoke with the leaders of Ukraine, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. I told them that our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and that the American people stand with them during this difficult time. Later today, I’ll be speaking to Prime Minister Abbott of Australia, which also suffered a terrible loss.

      By far, the country that lost the most people on board the plane was the Netherlands. From the days of our founding, the Dutch have been close friends and stalwart allies of the United States of America. And today, I want the Dutch people to know that we stand with you, shoulder to shoulder, in our grief and in our absolute determination to get to the bottom of what happened.

      Here’s what we know so far. Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that was launched from an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine. We also know that this is not the first time a plane has been shot down in eastern Ukraine. Over the last several weeks, Russian-backed separatists have shot down a Ukrainian transport plane and a Ukrainian helicopter, and they claimed responsibility for shooting down a Ukrainian fighter jet. Moreover, we know that these separatists have received a steady flow of support from Russia. This includes arms and training. It includes heavy weapons, and it includes anti-aircraft weapons.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/18/statement-president-ukraine

  6. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

    • CR says:

      Thanks Juesppi for helping spread the word about this little know bit of civil rights history!

  7. CR says:

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    ReadyforWarren @ Netroots Nation
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    ‘We will fight’: Elizabeth Warren rallies base

    7/18/14 11:22 AM EDT By KATIE GLUECK – politico

    DETROIT — Elizabeth Warren received a thunderous reception at Netroots Nation on Friday as she pledged to fight a “rigged” system in a country of rising income inequality.

    The Massachusetts Democrat ascended the stage here at this annual liberal gathering to chants of “Run, Liz, Run.” Many in the audience touted “Elizabeth Warren for President” signs and some sported hats bearing the same message. The senator, smiling, shushed the 2016 cheers, urging everyone to “sit down, sit down. Let’s get started.”

    In the speech, which clocked in at a little more than 15 minutes and sounded at times like a campaign address, Warren depicted America as a place of gross inequality, where the wealthy few are on the rise while everyone else gets squeezed out.

    “The way I see this is, we can whine about it, we can whimper about it, or we can fight back,” she said to cheers. “I’m fighting back. I’m ready to fight back. Are you ready to fight back?”

    Employing the populist language she frequently embraces, Warren charged that “the game is rigged and the rich and the powerful have lobbyists and lawyers and plenty of friends in Congress. Everybody else, not so much.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/elizabeth-warren-netroots-nation-109095.html#ixzz37q1prwQI

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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren at @Netroots_Nation | #NN14

    Published on Jul 18, 2014

  8. CR says:

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    The 2014 Kids’ State Dinner

    First Lady Michelle Obama, Epicurious, the Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture have announced the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy eating among America’s youth. More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients, including salmon, black beans, and ground turkey. On July 18, 54 children and their parent or guardian will be flown to Washington, D.C. where they will have the opportunity to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House, hosted by Mrs. Obama. A selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.

    Live Stream: http://www.letsmove.gov/kids-state-dinner

    • CR says:

      July 18, 2014

      Remarks by the President and the First Lady at the Kids State Dinner

      East Room

      12:17 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Okay, Braeden. (Laughter.) All right, it’s going to be hard. All right, mister, you’re not supposed to make the First Lady cry. (Laughter.)

      Thanks so much. You guys, let’s give Braeden a big round of applause. (Applause.) Well done, young man. Well done. And thank you so much, Christy. Thank you.

      Okay, this is cool, right? You guys having a good time?

      AUDIENCE: Yes.

      MRS. OBAMA: Yes? Has it been exciting from beginning to end?

      AUDIENCE: Yes.

      MRS. OBAMA: What’s been the best part so far?

      AUDIENCE: You.

      MRS. OBAMA: This? All right, I didn’t cue them on that one. (Laughter.) That was a natural response.

      Well, I am just delighted to have you guys. You guys look amazing. You have dressed so appropriately for the event. Doesn’t the room look beautiful? They do such a great job. And all this stuff was picked out especially for you guys. It is really an honor to be here.

      And I want to start by thanking Tanya and all the folks from Epicurious, the entire team, for, year after year, making this event possible. It is truly the highlight of our lives, and I know that everyone involved really, really gets inspired from this event.

      And I’m also thrilled about the new Kids and Chefs Cook for Success program that you guys are launching. And with this effort, you guys are going to take this whole thing to another level. So I love the fact that, Epicurious, you’re finding ways to step this up every single year. So thank you, guys, and a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/18/remarks-president-and-first-lady-kids-state-dinner

  9. CR says:

    Payrolls Rose in 33 U.S. States in June, Led by Florida

    Jul 18, 2014 7:28 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Payrolls rose in 33 states in June and the U.S. unemployment rate fell in 22, adding to signs the labor market was making progress in the world’s largest economy.

    Florida led the nation with a 37,400 increase in payrolls, followed by California with 24,200 more jobs, figures from the Labor Department showed today in Washington.

    Advances in hiring across a broad swathe of the country help lift consumer confidence and spur household spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the economy. Growth is poised to accelerate in the second half of 2014 after payroll gains exceeded 200,000 in June for the fifth straight month and the jobless rate fell to an almost six-year low of 6.1 percent.

    “We’re going to continue to see strong employment growth through the end of the year,” Gennadiy Goldberg, a U.S. strategist at TD Securities USA LLC in New York, said before the report. “Bigger payroll gains translate into more spending power for the consumer. It ties into the outlook for a stronger economy in the second half.”

    Illinois was among states with the biggest decrease in unemployment as the rate fell to 7.1 percent from 7.5 percent in May, today’s report showed. Joblessness in Colorado, Rhode Island and Washington declined by 0.3 percentage point.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-18/payrolls-rose-in-33-u-s-states-in-june-led-by-florida.html

  10. CR says:

    West Wing Week 07/18/14 or, “Where Are You Going to Go Build Your Widgets?”

    Published on Jul 18, 2014

    Welcome to Infrastructure & Transportation Week here at West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening infrastructurally & transportationally here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond.

  11. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing
    Camp David, Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
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  12. CR says:

    Weekly Address: Equipping Workers with Skills Employers Need Now and for the Future

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    July 19, 2014

    Hi, everybody. Over the past 52 months, our businesses have created nearly 10 million new jobs. The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since 2008. Across lots of areas – energy, manufacturing, technology – our businesses and workers are leading again. In fact, for the first time in over a decade, business leaders worldwide have declared that China is no longer the world’s best place to invest – America is.

    None of this is an accident. It’s thanks to your resilience, resolve, and hard work that America has recovered faster and come farther than almost any other advanced country on Earth.

    Now we have the opportunity to ensure that this growth is broadly shared. Our economy grows best not from the top-down, but from the middle-out. We do better when the middle class does better. So we have to make sure that we’re not just creating more jobs, but raising middle-class wages and incomes. We have to make sure our economy works for every working American.

    My opportunity agenda does that. It’s built on creating more jobs, training more workers, educating all our kids, and making sure your hard work pays off with higher wages and better benefits.

    On Thursday, I traveled to Delaware to highlight how we’re trying to create more good, middle-class jobs rebuilding America: rebuilding roads and bridges, ports and airports, high-speed rail and internet.

    This week, Vice President Biden will release a report he’s been working on to reform our job training system into a job-driven training system. And I’ll visit a community college in L.A. that’s retraining workers for careers in the fast-growing health care sector. Because every worker deserves to know that if you lose your job, your country will help you train for an even better one.

    In recent days, both parties in Congress have taken some good steps in these areas. But we can do so much more for the middle class, and for folks working to join the middle class. We should raise the minimum wage so that no one who works full-time has to live in poverty. We should fight for fair pay and paid family leave. We should pass commonsense immigration reform that strengthens our borders and our businesses, and includes a chance for long-time residents to earn their citizenship.

    I want to work with Democrats and Republicans on all of these priorities. But I will do whatever I can, whenever I can, to help families like yours. Because nothing’s more important to me than you — your hopes, your concerns, and making sure this country remains the place where everyone who works hard can make it if you try. Thanks so much, and have a great weekend.

  13. CR says:

    Obamas to Spend Rare Weekend at Camp David Retreat

    July 19, 2014 11:23 IST Associated Press

    Washington: President Barack Obama is foregoing his usual round of weekend golf at a suburban Washington military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: a weekend at the presidential mountaintop retreat of Camp David.

    The family was leaving on Friday for the isolated and heavily guarded hideaway in the Catoctin Mountains north of the capital. The White House said the family weekend had already been planned and that he would return to the White House on Sunday.

    The escape from the White House caps a fierce week of foreign policy eruptions, highlighted by a downed commercial jet liner over Ukraine and Israel’s ground offensive into Gaza, as well as manoeuvres over how to address a surge of Central American migrants at the US border.

    Camp David is an unusual destination for Obama. His last visit was Aug. 3-4 of 2013, almost a year ago, when he celebrated his 52nd birthday.

    The trip will be his 33rd visit to Camp David, according to CBS News White House reporter Mark Knoller, the unofficial but meticulous chronicler of presidential outings. Obama went to Camp David only three times in 2013.

    For more: http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/obamas-to-spend-rare-weekend-at-camp-david-retreat-561266

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