US Deficit $1.4 trillion in 2009 reduced to projected $468 billion in 2015

01/26/2015

CBO: Deficit Shrinks To Lowest Level Of Obama Presidency

The deficit was a whopping $1.4 trillion in fiscal year 2009, when Obama took office.

“The federal budget deficit, which has fallen sharply during the past few years, is projected to hold steady relative to the size of the economy through 2018,” CBO concluded. “Beyond that point, however, the gap between spending and revenues is projected to grow, further increasing federal debt relative to the size of the economy—which is already historically high.”

The primary long-term fiscal challenges are spending under Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare and net interest costs, CBO said.

Under estimates based on current tax and spending laws, the budget office projects that the economy “will expand at a solid pace in 2015 and for the next few years.”

The CBO projected that Obamacare spending on coverage provisions will be 7 percent — or $101 billion — less over a decade than last April’s forecast. The federal government is projected to spend $76 billion in 2015 and $1.35 trillion from 2015 to 2024 under the health care law to broaden insurance coverage.

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Learn more about President Obama’s Plan for the US Economy:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy

Opportunity for All: The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Overview: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/overview

For more charts and graphs of the US Economy: https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49892-Outlook2015.pdf

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Caribbean Energy Security Summit

01/25/2015

Vice President Biden to Host Caribbean Energy Security Summit

Vice President Biden will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, DC on January 26, 2015.  The Vice President looks forward to welcoming Caribbean leaders and representatives of the international community to promote a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, greater access to finance, and donor coordination.

The Summit will include remarks by the Vice President, an energy security roundtable with heads of government, and meetings and events with government officials, representatives from the private sector, and officials from multilateral institutions.  This Summit is a key component of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative that the Vice President announced in June 2014, and will be hosted by the White House and the State Department in partnership with the Atlantic Council and the Council of the Americas.

June 19, 2015 FACT SHEET: Promoting Energy Security in the Caribbean

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here in the Caribbean, the energy costs are the highest in the hemisphere.  The entire hemisphere, they’re most expensive here in the Caribbean, and everybody feels it.  For all the families that live here, it drains government budgets.  And it holds back economic growth.  Island nations face unique challenges when it comes to energy.  They often depend on imports.  They struggle to find economies of scale.  And as a result, they sometimes end up with the most expensive and dirty fuel as a source of energy.

6/19/14 Vice President Biden
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President Obama Travels to India & Saudi Arabia

01/23/2015

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November 21, 2014

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to India

At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. This visit will mark the first time a U.S. president will have the honor of attending Republic Day, which commemorates the adoption of India’s constitution. The President will meet with the Prime Minister and Indian officials to strengthen and expand the U.S.-India strategic partnership.

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This will be President Obama’s second trip to India as a sitting president. President Obama will be accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obana, a delegation comprising of members of the Cabinet, Pentagon, White House officials, members of Congress and top American business leaders.

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U.S. – India Strategic Cooperation
U.S. – India Energy and Climate Change
U.S. – India Education and Development
U.S. – India Trade and Economic Cooperation
U.S.-India Trade Agreements
U.S. – India Science and Technology, Health and Innovation

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1/25/15 Fact Sheet: U.S. and India Climate and Clean Energy Cooperation
1/25/15 U.S.-India Joint Statement साँझा प्रयास – सबका विकास” – “Shared Effort; Progress for All”
1/25/15 U.S.-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region
1/25/15 India-U.S. Delhi Declaration of Friendship
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President Obama and First Lady Michelle’s India & Saudi Arabia Travel Itinerary

Sunday, January 25

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in
Ramstein, Germany and Air Force One refuels
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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart Ramstein Air Force Base en route New Dehli, India
Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in India
Air Force Station Palam

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participates in official arrival ceremony with India President Mukherjee
Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, India

President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony and tree planting
Raj Ghat, New Delhi, India

President Obama attends a working lunch hosted by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama participates in a walk and talk with India Prime Minister Modi
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a bilateral meeting
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a press conference
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with Embassy personnel and families
ITC Maurya Hotel, New Dehli, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a banquet in his honor by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India

Monday, January 26

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day parade as the state guest of honor of India
Rajpath Saluting Base, New Delhi, India

President Obama meets with Congress Party Leaders
ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day reception with India President Mukherjee
Rajpath Saluting Base, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Mnister Modi take part in Indo-US CEO Roundtable
Taj Palace HotelNew Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Mnister Modi deliver remarks at the U.S.- India Business Summit
Taj Palace HotelNew Delhi, India

Tuesday, January 27

President Obama participates in a town hall meeting; First Lady Michelle Obama attends
Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, India

President Barack Obama joins India Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki baat’  to the people of India
New Delhi, India

President Obama is interviewed by Fareed Zakaria of CNN
New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit the Taj Mahal
Agra, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama travel to Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle pay their respects to the memory of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah and meet with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle pay their respects to the memory of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah and meet with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama participates in delegation introductions
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud hold a bilateral meeting
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle attends a dinner hosted by King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return to the United States

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24th Amendment – 51st Anniversary

01/21/2015
Jim Ivey 1964 cartoon titled, "Here's another one for you" making fun of the poll tax

Jim Ivey 1964 cartoon titled, “Here’s another one for you” making fun of the poll tax

The Twenty-fourth Amendment (Amendment XXIV) prohibits both Congress and the states from conditioning the right to vote in federal elections on payment of a poll tax or other types of tax. The amendment was proposed by Congress to the states on August 27, 1962, and was ratified by the states on January 23, 1964.

Poll taxes appeared in southern states after Reconstruction as a measure to prevent African Americans from voting, and had been held to be constitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States in the 1937 decision Breedlove v. Suttles. At the time of this amendment’s passage, five states still retained a poll tax: Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi. The amendment made the poll tax unconstitutional in regards to federal elections. However, it was not until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6–3 in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections (1966) that poll taxes for state elections were unconstitutional because they violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24th_Amendment

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With new year comes new obstacle to voting in Texas

12/31/14 08:06 AM By Zachary Roth – msnbc

Texas has among the lowest rates of voter participation in the country. And, starting midnight Wednesday, those looking to change that will face yet another obstacle.

To register voters in the Lone Star State, you have to be certified by your county—a process that includes attending a training session. And at the start of every odd-numbered year—that is, this Thursday morning—those certifications expire, meaning anyone who wants to continue to do voter registration must go through the time-consuming training process again.

That requirement, combined with other strict rules governing registration imposed in recent years, adds an enormous hurdle for groups conducting registration drives.

“No other state requires volunteers to jump through these hoops, just to register voters,” said Jenn Brown, the executive director of Battleground Texas, a Democratic group that’s working to register and mobilize new voters in the state. The restrictions, Brown added, “seem designed to keep eligible voters away from the polls.”

To understand just what those hoops are, you have to consider the full range of requirements the state imposes on those simply looking to help their fellow citizens register and vote.

Since the 1980s, Texas has required anyone registering voters be certified as a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR), and be re-certified every two years. After the passage of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which aimed to make registration easier, many states dropped those certification requirements as inconsistent with the spirit of the federal law. Texas didn’t.

Then in 2011, the state made the process even trickier. First, Republican lawmakers passed new rules barring non-Texas residents from doing voter registration, which made it harder for outside groups to come into the state and run registration drives. They also added a training requirement to the VDR certification process, and imposed criminal penalties for any group that pays registrars. This was the same legislative session in which lawmakers passed the strictest voter ID law in the country—later struck down as a poll tax by a federal judge—as well as a redistricting plan that was found by a court to have intentionally discriminated against Hispanics.

For more: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/new-year-comes-new-obstacle-voting-texas

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Angel Island Immigration – 105th Anniversary

01/20/2015
Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California

Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California

Immigrants arrive at Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California

Immigrants arrive at Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California

In 1905, construction of the Immigration Station began in the area then known as North Garrison. Surrounded by public controversy from its inception, the station was finally put into partial operation in 1910. It was designed to process Chinese immigrants whose entry was restricted by the Chinese Exclusion Law of 1882.  A rush of immigrants from Europe were expected with the opening of the Panama Canal, but international events after 1914, including the outbreak of World War I, cancelled the expected rush, but Asians continued to arrive on the West Coast and to go through immigration procedures. Though most immigrants processed through the Immigration Station on Angel Island were Chinese, over 80 countries were represented by the influx of immigrants.

The influx of Asians into the United States, dating from the California Gold Rush, created tension between many immigrant groups. During the 1870s, an economic downturn resulted in serious unemployment problems, and led to outcries against Asian immigrants who would work for low wages, this along with the resentment towards Chinese who were finding themselves successful in the laundry, hotel and fishing industries led to very restrictive immigration laws. These laws allowed entry only to those that had been born in the U.S. or had husbands or fathers who were citizens. Enforcement of those laws was assigned to the Bureau of Immigration.

When it opened 1910, the new detention facility on Angel Island was considered ideal because of its isolation. Access to and from the Island was very important to control and enforce the relatively new immigration laws and deal with the threat of disease from the many new people arriving daily to America. There were buildings to house and care for detainees, a pier, hospital, and regular boat service to the mainland. During the next 30 years, this was the point of entry for most of the approximately 175,000 Chinese immigrants who came to the United States. Most of them were detained on Angel Island for as little as two weeks or as much as six months. A few however, were forced to remain on the island for as much as two years.

For more: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1309

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Angel Island State Park website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=468

Donate to Angel Island Association: http://angelisland.org/donate/

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Links to Immigration Resources

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We are and always will be a nation of immigrants

“We are a proud Nation of immigrants, home to a long line of aspiring citizens who contributed to their communities, founded businesses, or sacrificed their livelihoods so they could pass a brighter future on to their children. Each year on Citizenship Day, we welcome the newest members of the American family as they pledge allegiance to our Constitution and join us in writing the next chapter of our national story.

Throughout our history, immigrants have embraced the spirit of liberty, equality, and justice for all — the same ideals that stirred the patriots of 1776 to rise against an empire, guided the Framers as they built a stronger republic, and moved generations to bridge our founding promise with the realities of our time.

The pursuit of this promise defines our history; with amendments that trace our national journey, the Constitution bears witness to how far we have come. As we celebrate the world’s longest surviving written charter of government, let us remember that upholding our founding principles requires us to challenge modern injustices. Let us accept our responsibilities as citizens, our obligations to one another and to future generations. Let us move forward with the knowledge that in the face of impossible odds, those who love their country can change it. “

9/16/13 President Barack Obama 

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State of the Union Address 2015

01/18/2015

The State of the Union is an annual address presented by the President of the United States to the United States Congress. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the president to outline his legislative agenda (the office of the President does not have Constitutional power to enact legislation, only Congress can do this legally) and national priorities to Congress.

George Washington gave the first State of the Union address on January 8, 1790 in New York City, then the provisional U.S. capital. In 1801.

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

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President Obama’s State of the Union Address – U.S. Capitol

Tuesday, January 20, at 9 p.m. EST

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1/21/15 Post SOTU -  Ask questions across social media using #AskTheWH and follow along

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White House – Top Issues

* CIVIL RIGHTS

* CLIMATE CHANGE

1/14/15 FACT SHEET: Administration Takes Steps Forward on Climate Action Plan by Announcing Actions to Cut Methane Emissions

* ECONOMY

1/7/15 FACT SHEET: Making Homeownership More Accessible and Sustainable

1/9/15 FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Knoxville, Tennessee

1/12/15 FACT SHEET: Safeguarding American Consumers & Families

1/14/15 FACT SHEET: White House Unveils New Steps to Strengthen Working Families Across America

* EDUCATION

1/9/15 FACT SHEET – White House Unveils America’s College Promise Proposal: Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students

* ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

1/16/15 FACT SHEET: Increasing Investment in U.S. Roads, Ports and Drinking Water Systems Through Innovative Financing

* FOREIGN POLICY

* HEALTH CARE

* IMMIGRATION

* SENIORS & SOCIAL SECURITY

* TAXES

1/17/15 FACT SHEET: A Simpler, Fairer Tax Code That Responsibly Invests in Middle Class Families

* TECHNOLOGY

1/13/15 FACT SHEET: Broadband That Works: Promoting Competition & Local Choice In Next-Generation Connectivity

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

01/16/2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.  King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. The federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994. Since 1996, the annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service.  has been the largest event in the nation honoring Dr. King. In honor of MLK, volunteers across the country donate their time to make a difference on this day.

Explore the mlkday.gov site to learn more about MLK Day and how you can participate. Below area few links to get you started.

 

MLK Day: Final Freedom Train in Bay Area ends 30 years of celebrating King’s legacy

1/19/2015 11:36:32 AM PST mercurynews.

SAN JOSE — America’s final Freedom Train chugged out of San Jose’s Diridon Station and into the history books Monday, ending three decades of tributes on the nation’s rails that celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s enduring legacy.

After years of declining interest, the chartered Caltrain roared to San Francisco on its final journey with a rejuvenated spirit and about 1,500 passengers — five times more than last year.

Packed joyously in 10 train cars, the multicultural mix of pilgrims sang civil rights hymns, read MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech and shared personal stories. Michelle Geary’s mother, Arlee Geary, made sure their family was onboard.

“My mom called me and said, ‘I grew up on Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy and if this is going to be the last train I want all of us to ride it,” said Michelle Geary of San Jose whose son and husband were also part of the final ride.

King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, started the Freedom Train celebrations in dozens of cities across the country to commemorate the historic civil rights march her husband led from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

But with so many new competing events over the years marking MLK’s birthday, the train journeys faded away, leaving the Bay Area’s as the last to survive. This year, after the police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York, the traditional day of service also became a day of civil rights protests.

“All those people protesting these days, they ought to be demanding the continuation of the Freedom Train because losing this is a really a shame,” said Charles Herndon, who was the conductor on the first 25 years of MLK trains before retiring. He rode the farewell train as a passenger Monday.

For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_27350087/mlk-day-final-freedom-train-bay-area-ends



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