Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 – Fourth Anniversary

Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 signing

Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 signing

The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 is a law, signed into effect by President Obama, that expands the punitive abilities of tribal courts across the nation. The law allows tribal courts operating in Indian country to increase jail sentences handed down in criminal cases. This was a major step toward improving enforcement and justice in Indian country.

Before this law, tribal courts were limited in the scope of punishment they could hand down in criminal cases, giving them the impression of a lower, less serious court. They now possess the power under the Tribal Law and Order Act to pass increased sentences in order to incarcerate defendants longer.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribal_Law_and_Order_Act_of_2010

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The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010: A Step Forward for Native Women

July 29, 2010 by Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women

The President just signed the Tribal Law and Order Act — an important step to help the Federal Government better address the unique public safety challenges that confront tribal communities.

According to a Department of Justice report, Native American women suffer from violent crime at a rate three and a half times greater than the national average. Astoundingly, one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes. At the White House Tribal Nations Conference in November 2009, President Obama stated that this shocking figure “is an assault on our national conscience that we can no longer ignore.”

Last week, Congress took another important step to improve the lives of Native American women by passing the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. The Act includes a strong emphasis on decreasing violence against women in Native communities, and is one of many steps this Administration strongly supports to address the challenges faced by Native women.

The stipulations in the Act that will benefit Native women reflect several Administration priorities. The Act will strengthen tribal law enforcement and the ability to prosecute and fight crime more effectively. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act will require that a standardized set of practices be put in place for victims of sexual assault in health facilities. Now, more women will get the care they need, both for healing and to aid in the prosecution of their perpetrators.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/29/tribal-law-and-order-act-2010-a-step-forward-native-women

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July 29, 2010

Remarks by the President Before Signing the Tribal Law and Order Act

East Room

4:58 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  Please have a seat.

I want to start, obviously, by thanking Lisa for her introduction and having the courage to share her story with all of us today.  It’s for every survivor like Lisa who has never gotten their day in court, and for every family that feels like justice is beyond reach, and for every tribal community struggling to keep its people safe, that I’ll be signing the Tribal Law and Order Act into law today.

And in doing so, I intend to send a clear message that all of our people — whether they live in our biggest cities or our most remote reservations — have the right to feel safe in their own communities, and to raise their children in peace, and enjoy the fullest protection of our laws.

As many of you know, I campaigned on this issue.  And during our last — during our tribal conference last year, I pledged my administration’s fullest support for this bill.  And I told Senator Dorgan last week that I intended to sign it in a ceremony here at the White House with all of you.  So today, I am proud to make good on my word.

Now, I’m told there’s a Seneca proverb that says “He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.”  (Laughter.)  And that’s particularly true of this legislation, which is the product of tireless efforts by countless individuals across this country.  Congressional leaders like Senator Dorgan, Representative Herseth Sandlin, and others who are here today, and tribal leaders like Chairman Marcus Levings, President Theresa Two Bulls, President Diane Enos, Chief Chad Smith, Vice Chairman Jonathan Windy Boy — we are grateful to all of them for their extraordinary support.  And then we’ve got leaders in our administration like Attorney General Holder and Secretary Salazar, Kimberly Teehee, Jodi Gillette here at the White House who work tirelessly on this legislation.

And that’s nothing to say of all the dedicated judges and prosecutors and tribal and BIA law enforcement officers — some of whom are here today — who’ve supported these efforts.  And the determined survivors most of all, like Lisa, who even when it’s too late to undo what happened to them, still speak out to seek justice for others.

All of you come at this from different angles, but you’re united in support of this bill because you believe, like I do, that it is unconscionable that crime rates in Indian Country are more than twice the national average and up to 20 times the national average on some reservations.  And all of you believe, like I do, that when one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes, that is an assault on our national conscience; it is an affront to our shared humanity; it is something that we cannot allow to continue.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-signing-tribal-law-and-order-act

 

Tribe passes enhanced sentencing law

August 23, 2012

Cherokee recently passed legislation during the August Session of Tribal Council which updated the Cherokee Criminal Code and finalized the full implementation of the enhanced sentencing authority granted by the federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.  Cherokee Ordinance Number 182 was passed by Tribal Council on Aug. 2 and ratified by Principal Chief Michell Hicks on Aug. 16.  The Ordinance increased the maximum possible punishment of all felony-equivalent tribal crimes from one year to three years imprisonment and from a $5,000 to a $15,000 fine.

The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 granted enhanced, felony-level sentencing authority to tribal courts by increasing the maximum possible punishment that a tribal court may hand down from one year of imprisonment and a $5,000 fine per offense to three years of imprisonment and a $15,000 fine per offense, with a provision for stacking up to three offenses in certain criminal cases which could result in a maximum possible punishment of nine years of imprisonment (25 U.S.C. § 1302).  Before tribes can enact legislation to implement this enhanced punishment, the federal law requires that the tribal courts have law-trained judges, provide defendants with the right to effective assistance of counsel and indigent defendants with court appointed counsel, and make the tribal laws publically available, among other things.  The Cherokee Court has met all of these requirements, even for many years prior to the enactment of the Tribal Law and Order Act.

For more: http://www.webcitation.org/6FmBkL7iB

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  1. CR says:

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    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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  2. CR says:

    Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010

    The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 is a law, signed into effect by President Obama, that expands the punitive abilities of tribal courts across the nation. The law allows tribal courts operating in Indian country to increase jail sentences handed down in criminal cases. This was a major step toward improving enforcement and justice in Indian country.

    Before this law, tribal courts were limited in the scope of punishment they could hand down in criminal cases, giving them the impression of a lower, less serious court. They now possess the power under the Tribal Law and Order Act to pass increased sentences in order to incarcerate defendants longer.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribal_Law_and_Order_Act_of_2010

    • CR says:

      The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010: A Step Forward for Native Women

      July 29, 2010 by Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women

      The President just signed the Tribal Law and Order Act — an important step to help the Federal Government better address the unique public safety challenges that confront tribal communities.

      According to a Department of Justice report, Native American women suffer from violent crime at a rate three and a half times greater than the national average. Astoundingly, one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes. At the White House Tribal Nations Conference in November 2009, President Obama stated that this shocking figure “is an assault on our national conscience that we can no longer ignore.”

      Last week, Congress took another important step to improve the lives of Native American women by passing the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. The Act includes a strong emphasis on decreasing violence against women in Native communities, and is one of many steps this Administration strongly supports to address the challenges faced by Native women.

      The stipulations in the Act that will benefit Native women reflect several Administration priorities. The Act will strengthen tribal law enforcement and the ability to prosecute and fight crime more effectively. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act will require that a standardized set of practices be put in place for victims of sexual assault in health facilities. Now, more women will get the care they need, both for healing and to aid in the prosecution of their perpetrators.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/29/tribal-law-and-order-act-2010-a-step-forward-native-women

    • CR says:

      July 29, 2010

      Remarks by the President Before Signing the Tribal Law and Order Act

      East Room

      4:58 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat.

      I want to start, obviously, by thanking Lisa for her introduction and having the courage to share her story with all of us today. It’s for every survivor like Lisa who has never gotten their day in court, and for every family that feels like justice is beyond reach, and for every tribal community struggling to keep its people safe, that I’ll be signing the Tribal Law and Order Act into law today.

      And in doing so, I intend to send a clear message that all of our people — whether they live in our biggest cities or our most remote reservations — have the right to feel safe in their own communities, and to raise their children in peace, and enjoy the fullest protection of our laws.

      As many of you know, I campaigned on this issue. And during our last — during our tribal conference last year, I pledged my administration’s fullest support for this bill. And I told Senator Dorgan last week that I intended to sign it in a ceremony here at the White House with all of you. So today, I am proud to make good on my word.

      Now, I’m told there’s a Seneca proverb that says “He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.” (Laughter.) And that’s particularly true of this legislation, which is the product of tireless efforts by countless individuals across this country. Congressional leaders like Senator Dorgan, Representative Herseth Sandlin, and others who are here today, and tribal leaders like Chairman Marcus Levings, President Theresa Two Bulls, President Diane Enos, Chief Chad Smith, Vice Chairman Jonathan Windy Boy — we are grateful to all of them for their extraordinary support. And then we’ve got leaders in our administration like Attorney General Holder and Secretary Salazar, Kimberly Teehee, Jodi Gillette here at the White House who work tirelessly on this legislation.

      And that’s nothing to say of all the dedicated judges and prosecutors and tribal and BIA law enforcement officers — some of whom are here today — who’ve supported these efforts. And the determined survivors most of all, like Lisa, who even when it’s too late to undo what happened to them, still speak out to seek justice for others.

      All of you come at this from different angles, but you’re united in support of this bill because you believe, like I do, that it is unconscionable that crime rates in Indian Country are more than twice the national average and up to 20 times the national average on some reservations. And all of you believe, like I do, that when one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes, that is an assault on our national conscience; it is an affront to our shared humanity; it is something that we cannot allow to continue.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-signing-tribal-law-and-order-act

    • CR says:

      Tribe passes enhanced sentencing law

      August 23, 2012
      Cherokee recently passed legislation during the August Session of Tribal Council which updated the Cherokee Criminal Code and finalized the full implementation of the enhanced sentencing authority granted by the federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. Cherokee Ordinance Number 182 was passed by Tribal Council on Aug. 2 and ratified by Principal Chief Michell Hicks on Aug. 16. The Ordinance increased the maximum possible punishment of all felony-equivalent tribal crimes from one year to three years imprisonment and from a $5,000 to a $15,000 fine.

      The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 granted enhanced, felony-level sentencing authority to tribal courts by increasing the maximum possible punishment that a tribal court may hand down from one year of imprisonment and a $5,000 fine per offense to three years of imprisonment and a $15,000 fine per offense, with a provision for stacking up to three offenses in certain criminal cases which could result in a maximum possible punishment of nine years of imprisonment (25 U.S.C. § 1302). Before tribes can enact legislation to implement this enhanced punishment, the federal law requires that the tribal courts have law-trained judges, provide defendants with the right to effective assistance of counsel and indigent defendants with court appointed counsel, and make the tribal laws publically available, among other things. The Cherokee Court has met all of these requirements, even for many years prior to the enactment of the Tribal Law and Order Act.

      For more: http://www.webcitation.org/6FmBkL7iB

  3. CR says:

    $17B deal reached on vets bill

    07/28/14 02:00 PM EDT By Martin Matishak – TheHill

    House and Senate negotiators on Monday announced they have agreed to a $17 billion bill to reform the Veterans Affairs Department.

    The bill sets aside $10 billion for veterans to seek care at non-VA facilities.

    Another $5 billion would go toward hiring additional medical staff at Veterans Affairs facilities, and let the department enter into leases to use other medical facilities at 27 sites around the country.
    The agreement comes days after negotiators appeared at a standstill, with hopes for an agreement fading.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) the chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said the deal he worked out with his House counterpart Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is “far from what I would have written if I had to do it myself.”

    Both sides appeared to make compromises to get the deal.

    The $17 billion bill doesn’t go as far as the initial Senate bill, which the Congressional Budget Office said could add $35 billion to the deficit.

    But most of the bill’s costs also are not offset with other spending cuts, something Republicans in the House had been looking for.

    The deal says that $12 billion would be emergency mandatory spending. The other $5 billion would be offset by other spending cuts within the Veterans Affairs Department.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/213508-17b-deal-reached-on-veterans-bill

  4. CR says:

    July 29
    10:00 AM ET
    Washington, DC

    The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee meets with members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to discuss topics including the impact of proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules to limit carbon emissions and the reliability of the electric grid.

  5. Jueseppi B. says:

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  6. CR says:

    U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks

    7/29/14 4 hours ago By By Roberta Rampton – Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the U.S. government said on Monday that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate bilateral talks on the issue.

    The Cold War treaty, ratified in 1988, was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles).

    “This is a very serious matter which we have attempted to address with Russia for some time now,” an administration official said in a statement.

    “We encourage Russia to return to compliance with its obligations under the treaty and to eliminate any prohibited items in a verifiable manner,” the official said.

    The official did not describe how Russia violated the treaty. But the New York Times had reported in January that Washington informed its NATO partners that Russia had tested a ground-launched cruise missile.

    State Department officials had hinted that a formal determination that Russia had violated the treaty could be forthcoming, said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, a Washington-based research and advocacy group.

    He said the violation would not represent a new military threat to the United States and its European allies, given Russia’s existing missile arsenal.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-says-russia-violated-nuclear-treaty-urges-immediate-002428661.html

  7. CR says:

    White House Agriculture Champions of Change

    Published on Jul 29, 2014

    The White House honors leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching. July 29, 2014.

    • CR says:

      Unleashing Climate Data to Empower America’s Agricultural Sector

      Secretary Tom Vilsack, John P. Holdren July 29, 2014 08:16 AM EDT

      Today, in a major step to advance the President’s Climate Data Initiative, the Obama administration is inviting leaders of the technology and agricultural sectors to the White House to discuss new collaborative steps to unleash data that will help ensure our food system is resilient to the effects of climate change.

      More intense heat waves, heavier downpours, and severe droughts and wildfires out west are already affecting the nation’s ability to produce and transport safe food. The recently released National Climate Assessment makes clear that these kinds of impacts are projected to become more severe over this century.

      Food distributors, agricultural businesses, farmers, and retailers need accessible, useable data, tools, and information to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of their operations – from water availability, to timing of planting and harvest, to storage practices, and more.

      Today’s convening at the White House will include formal commitments by a host of private-sector companies and nongovernmental organizations to support the President’s Climate Data Initiative by harnessing climate data in ways that will increase the resilience of America’s food system and help reduce the contribution of the nation’s agricultural sector to climate change.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/29/unleashing-climate-data-empower-america-s-agricultural-sector

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      July 29, 2014
      FACT SHEET: Empowering America’s Agricultural Sector and Strengthening Food Resilience through the President’s Climate Data Initiative

      July 29, 2014
      White House Report: The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

    • CR says:

      Join a Twitter Q&A on Climate Change and the Cost of Inaction

      Alex Wall July 29, 2014 10:38 AM EDT

      Climate change is not a distant threat – we’re already experiencing its harmful impacts. That’s why President Obama has taken action to cut carbon pollution by moving to cleaner sources of energy and improving the energy efficiency of our cars, trucks, and buildings. But further steps are urgently needed to ensure that we leave our kids a planet that’s not polluted or damaged.

      Today, the White House released a new report from the Council of Economic Advisers that breaks down the economic consequences of delaying action to combat climate change. The report finds that delaying policy actions by a decade increases total climate change mitigation costs by about 40%, and failing to take any action would risk substantial economic damage.

      So how will this affect you and your community? Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is taking to Twitter to answer your questions. Today, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET, join him for a Twitter Q&A on the economic impacts of climate change on his Twitter handle, @CEAChair.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/29/join-twitter-qa-climate-change-and-cost-inaction

  8. CR says:

    Consumer Confidence in U.S. Rises to Highest Since October 2007

    Jul 29, 2014 7:17 AM PT By Nina Glinski – Bloomberg

    Confidence among U.S. consumers soared in July to the highest level in almost seven years on the heels of a strengthening labor market.

    The Conference Board’s index rose to 90.9, the highest since October 2007, from a revised 86.4 in June, according to the New York-based private research group said today. Economists in a Bloomberg survey projected a reading of 85.4 for the month.

    More employment opportunities, fewer firings and resilient equity markets are buoying spirits against a backdrop of geopolitical tension in Ukraine and the Middle East. Faster wage growth would help to further spur sentiment and provide the wherewithal for bigger gains in consumer spending.

    “Stronger job growth helped boost consumers’ assessment of current conditions, while brighter short-term outlooks for the economy and jobs, and to a lesser extent personal income, drove the gain in expectations,” Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board, said in a statement. The figures “suggest the recent strengthening in growth is likely to continue into the second half of this year.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-29/consumer-confidence-index-in-u-s-increased-to-90-9-in-july.html

  9. CR says:

    11:15 AM ET
    President Obama meets with a group of House Democrats on economic issues
    Roosevelt Room

  10. CR says:

    White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day

    Published on Jul 29, 2014

    The White House hosts an event bringing together technologists, entrepreneurs, and members of the disaster response community to showcase tools that will make a tangible impact in the lives of survivors of large-scale emergencies. July 29, 2014.

  11. CR says:

    July 29, 2014

    Statement by the President on Ukraine

    South Lawn

    3:39 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.

    In the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, and countries around the world, families are still in shock over the sudden and tragic loss of nearly 300 loved ones senselessly killed when their civilian airliner was shot down over territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine. These grieving families and their nations are our friends and our allies. And amid our prayers and our outrage, the United States continues to do everything in our power to help bring home their loved ones, support the international investigation, and make sure justice is done.

    Since the shoot-down, however, Russia and its proxies in Ukraine have failed to cooperate with the investigation and to take the opportunity to pursue a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine. These Russian-backed separatists have continued to interfere in the crash investigation and to tamper with the evidence. They have continued to shoot down Ukrainian aircraft in the region. And because of their actions, scores of Ukrainian civilians continue to die needlessly every day.

    Meanwhile, Russia continues to support the separatists and encourage them, and train them, and arm them. Satellite images, along with information we’ve declassified in recent days, show that forces inside Russia have launched artillery strikes into Ukraine — another major violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. And we have information that Russia continues to build up its own forces near the Ukrainian border and that more Russian military equipment, including artillery, armored vehicles, and air defense equipment, has been transferred across the border to these separatists.

    Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, the United States has worked to build a strong international coalition to support Ukraine, its sovereignty, its territorial integrity, its right to determine its own destiny, and to increase the pressure on Russia for actions that have undermined Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and ability to make its own decisions. The core of that coalition is the United States and our European allies.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/29/statement-president-ukraine

    • CR says:

      EU Aims at Russian Banks, Technology in Widest Sanctions

      Jul 29, 2014 11:37 AM PT By James G. Neuger and Jonathan Stearns – bloomberg

      The European Union curbed Russia’s access to bank financing and advanced technology in its widest-ranging sanctions yet over President Vladimir Putin’s backing of the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

      EU governments agreed today in Brussels to bar state-owned banks from selling shares or bonds in Europe and restricted the export of equipment to modernize the oil industry, a key prop for Russia’s economy, the EU said in a statement. New contracts to sell arms to Russia and the export of machinery, electronics and other civilian products with military uses will also be banned.

      “The political implications of the escalation in tensions are likely to cast a further chill over relations between Russia and the West,” Citigroup Inc. (C) analysts including Eric Lee and Tina Fordham said in a note to clients before the EU decision. “Economic costs are starting to bite, but it could be a while before the economic consequences bear domestic political costs for Russia.”

      • CR says:

        Putin Seen Punishing Own People Not Foes With Sanctions

        Aug 8, 2014 12:35 AM PT By David J. Lynch – bloomberg

        Russian President Vladimir Putin chose a funny way to punish his American and European adversaries.

        By imposing sanctions on imports of U.S. and European agricultural goods, as he did this week, Putin will make it harder for his own people to find and afford foreign-made meat, cheese and fruit. And a Russian economy that’s already near stall speed will probably slow further as the central bank comes under pressure to raise interest rates for the fourth time this year to battle an expected increase in inflation.

        “This is really bad economic policy,” said Anders Aslund, an economist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. “Putin is really shooting himself in the foot.”

        Though the trans-Atlantic hostility over the Ukraine crisis may be reminiscent of the Cold War, Putin’s move was less an echo of Nikita Khrushchev’s 1956 boast, “We will bury you,” than a truculent “Who needs you?”

        He may not like the answer. In Washington, Obama administration officials yesterday projected an air of detachment over what they described as the Russian leader playing a bad hand badly.

        Barely Measurable

        “The steps that Russia announced are likely insignificant as an impact on the U.S. economy,” said David Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. “What the Russians have done here is essentially impose sanctions on their own people.”

        For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-08/putin-seen-punishing-own-people-not-foes-with-sanctions.html

  12. CR says:

    3:25 PM ET
    President Obama meets with wounded servicemembers at the National Military Medical Center
    Bethesda, Maryland

  13. CR says:

    It’s Luck, Stupid! Why White House Democrats See Stronger Growth

    Jul 29, 2014 1:20 AM PT By Simon Kennedy – bloomberg

    It’s luck, stupid.

    That’s why the U.S. economy has performed better when the American president is a Democrat rather than a Republican, according to a working paper released this week by Princeton University economists Alan Blinder and Mark Watson.

    Since World War II the economy has performed an average of 1.8 percentage points better when a Democrat was in the White House than when a Republican was, they estimated. The average growth rate under Democrats was 4.35 percent compared to 2.54 percent for Republicans, meaning the economy grew 18.6 percent over a typical four-year term for the Democrats and 10.6 percent for Republicans.

    Meantime, the economy was in recession for 1.1 quarters on average during each Democratic term and 4.6 quarters during each Republican term, according to the paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    Unemployment (USURTOT) also fell 0.8 percentage points on average under the Democrats, while it rose 1.1 points on the watch of Republicans. Annualized stock market returns for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) were 5.4 points higher with a Democrat in charge.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-29/it-s-luck-stupid-why-white-house-democrats-see-stronger-growth.html

  14. CR says:

    July 29, 2014

    Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Bob McDonald as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs

    I applaud the overwhelming, bipartisan confirmation of Bob McDonald as our next Secretary of Veterans Affairs. As a veteran himself and a proud member of a military family, Bob is deeply committed to serving our veterans and their families. And as an executive with decades of private-sector experience, he is uniquely equipped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to help change the way the VA does business. As a country, we have a solemn duty to serve our veterans as well as they have served us. I know Bob will help us honor that commitment and make sure every veteran gets the care they deserve, the benefits they’ve earned, and the chance to pursue the American Dream they’ve risked so much to protect.

  15. CR says:

    8:00 PM ET
    President Obama has dinner with Americans who have written to the White House
    Kansas City, Missouri

    • CR says:

      Calling Kansas City

      Published on Jul 29, 2014

      Press Secretary, and Kansas City native, Josh Earnest places calls to hardworking Americans in Kansas City who wrote to the President and invites them to dinner with President Obama during his trip to America’s heartland.

      • CR says:

        Raw Video: The President visits Main Street in Parkville, MO

        Published on Jul 31, 2014

        During a trip to Kansas City, Missouri, President Obama took a walk down Main Street — talking with residents and visiting some “mom and pop” shops along the way.

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