The 14th Amendment

Passed by Congress June 13, 1866, and ratified July 9, 1868, the 14th amendment extended liberties and rights granted by the Bill of Rights to former slaves.

Following the Civil War, Congress submitted to the states three amendments as part of its Reconstruction program to guarantee equal civil and legal rights to black citizens. The major provision of the 14th amendment was to grant citizenship to “All persons born or naturalized in the United States,” thereby granting citizenship to former slaves. Another equally important provision was the statement that “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The right to due process of law and equal protection of the law now applied to both the Federal and state governments. On June 16, 1866, the House Joint Resolution proposing the 14th amendment to the Constitution was submitted to the states. On July 28, 1868, the 14th amendment was declared, in a certificate of the Secretary of State, ratified by the necessary 28 of the 37 States, and became part of the supreme law of the land.

For more: http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=43

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90 thoughts on “The 14th Amendment

  1. WH

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama and his family spend their weekend at Camp David
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  2. 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution

    July 9, 1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified guaranteeing African Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law.

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    Passed by Congress June 13, 1866, and ratified July 9, 1868, the 14th amendment extended liberties and rights granted by the Bill of Rights to former slaves.

    Following the Civil War, Congress submitted to the states three amendments as part of its Reconstruction program to guarantee equal civil and legal rights to black citizens. The major provision of the 14th amendment was to grant citizenship to “All persons born or naturalized in the United States,” thereby granting citizenship to former slaves. Another equally important provision was the statement that “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The right to due process of law and equal protection of the law now applied to both the Federal and state governments. On June 16, 1866, the House Joint Resolution proposing the 14th amendment to the Constitution was submitted to the states. On July 28, 1868, the 14th amendment was declared, in a certificate of the Secretary of State, ratified by the necessary 28 of the 37 States, and became part of the supreme law of the land.

    For more: Passed by Congress June 13, 1866, and ratified July 9, 1868, the 14th amendment extended liberties and rights granted by the Bill of Rights to former slaves.

    Following the Civil War, Congress submitted to the states three amendments as part of its Reconstruction program to guarantee equal civil and legal rights to black citizens. The major provision of the 14th amendment was to grant citizenship to “All persons born or naturalized in the United States,” thereby granting citizenship to former slaves. Another equally important provision was the statement that “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The right to due process of law and equal protection of the law now applied to both the Federal and state governments. On June 16, 1866, the House Joint Resolution proposing the 14th amendment to the Constitution was submitted to the states. On July 28, 1868, the 14th amendment was declared, in a certificate of the Secretary of State, ratified by the necessary 28 of the 37 States, and became part of the supreme law of the land.

    For more: http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=43

    • AMENDMENT XIV
      Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.

      Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.

      Section 1.
      All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

      Section 2.
      Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age,* and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

      Section 3.
      No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

      Section 4.
      The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

      Section 5.
      The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

      *Changed by section 1 of the 26th amendment.

      Source: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html

  3. July 7

    Camp Obama – Gilroy
    We just had a great Camp Obama with OFA Neighborhood Leader Mary Shine (San Jose), OFA members north of us like Regina Wallace-Jones, Leslie Bannerman and Alex Drzaic (Morgan Hill resident holding phone banking @ MH Starbucks), Tyller Williamson from Monterey, and Stephan Schaffer from LA! There was new OFA members like a gal from Los Banos and another from Atascadero who wanted to start something in their area.

    Gilroy For Obama” team’s new lead is Alex Drziac and I, CR, am the data entry person. We are planning voter registration drives at Gavilan College, phone banking with Alex in Morgan Hill and canvassing to near by battleground states!

  4. This topic is so timely considering the attack on voting rights and democracy being carried out by GOP legislatures!

  5. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    7/6/12 4:05 PM EDT By LEIGH MUNSIL – POLITICO

    This fall’s elections and this summer’s legislative priorities lead the Sunday television talk shows, as Congress prepares to return from a week-long Fourth of July recess and President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney exchange blows over the nation’s stubbornly slow economic recovery.

    “Fox News Sunday” has the national committee party chairs – Republican Reince Priebus and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), as well as Reps. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.).

    CNN’s “State of the Union” has Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, now a senior adviser to the Obama reelection campaign.

    Additionally, former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, stop by to dissect Friday’s unemployment report for June.

    ABC’s “This Week” hosts Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a prominent Republican surrogate for Romney, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

    CBS’s “Face the Nation” has Arizona Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee who joins the program from Monaco, where he’s on an overseas congressional trip, as well as Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican.

    NBC’s “Meet the Press” is preempted this Sunday by sports coverage of the Tour de France bicycle race.

    On Bloomberg TV, “Political Capital” has John Podesta, the former Clinton White House chief of staff who’s now chairman of the Center for American Progress.

    On C-SPAN, “Newsmakers” hosts Lee Saunders, the new president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, interviewed by Melanie Trottman of The Wall Street Journal and Kevin Bogardus of The Hill.

    And a special edition of TV One’s “Washington Watch” focuses on African-American entrepreneurship with rapper and actor Ice T and BET co-founder Sheila Johnson.

  6. Asian-American voters could become game-changers in presidential election

    7/8/12 By Josh Richman – mercurynews

    Add Asian-Americans to the list of voting blocs that candidates and political parties ignore at their own peril.

    Just as “soccer moms” proved to be a crucial swing vote in 1996 and Latinos have become a much-sought-after constituency, the Asian-American electorate is now emerging as a game-changer.

    The signs are ominous for Republicans: Not only has the Asian-American population exploded in the past decade, but recent polls show Asian-Americans are turning away from the GOP in droves.

    They’ve “started to understand they have the leverage,” said Rep. Mike Honda, D-Campbell. “A marginalized community has become a margin of victory.”

    Honda might grasp that better than most. He’s seeking his own re-election in the newly drawn 17th Congressional District, where about 49 percent of the population is Asian-American, according to data from the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. That represents the largest Asian-American population of any House of Representatives district on the U.S. mainland.

    A Democratic National Committee vice chairman since 2005, Honda is now arguably the Obama campaign’s leading Asian-American spokesman.

    Coupled with Pacific Islanders, Asian-Americans represent the nation’s fastest-growing minority group. Census data show that the population grew by 41 percent nationwide from 2000 to 2011, but at higher rates — in many cases, much higher — in nine of 11 states likely to be key battlegrounds in November’s presidential election.

    For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_21022397/asian-american-voters-could-become-game-changers-presidential

  7. Democrat Jay Inslee is running for Governor of Washington and he has my vote!!!

  8. WH

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    All Times Eastern

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

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    President Obama delivers a statement on the need for Congress to act to extend tax cuts for middle class families.

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    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

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    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event for Senator Claire McCaskill
    Kansas City, MO

    Dr. Jill Biden participates in a roundtable discussion with Missouri National Guard members and their families at the McCoy Meetin’ House at Park University Kansas City, MO

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    President Obama is interviewed by regional television outlets.

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    Dr. Jill Biden participated in a roundtable discussion at South Seattle Community College Hangar, a satellite classroom at Boeing International Field, on her “Community College to Career” tour.

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    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event for Senator Maria Cantwell.
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  9. ‘Partners in Care’ connects Guardsmen with local support network

    5/24/11 By Jennifer Archdeki- US.ARMY.MIL

    JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri National Guard is reaching out to troops in an effort to provide yet another layer of support to the state’s Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen.

    Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, signed a voluntary memorandum of understanding Thursday, April 28 to implement the Partners in Care initiative.

    Partners in Care help coordinate support for Guardsmen and their Families by teaming up with local faith communities. The state chaplain’s office is working to identify resources churches currently offer and refer troops to those services. All faiths are welcome to participate with their congregations.

    “My intent is to provide our Guardsmen and their Family members with a variety of support systems in their local communities,” said Danner. “The care team is in place to recognize and assess their needs. We can then direct them to resources within our organization, as well as within their local areas.”

    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon supports this new partnership and sees the positive impact it will have on troops and their Families.

    “Missouri’s communities of faith have been anchors in times of need,” Gov. Jay Nixon said. “We have seen them put their faith into action many times before to help their fellow Missourians with physical needs. Partners in Care takes this to a new level, helping to meet the spiritual needs of those brave men and women who protect us at home and overseas, as well as ministering to the needs of their Families. This initiative will carry great reward and benefit for everyone involved.”

    Col. Gary Gilmore, Joint Force chaplain with the Missouri National Guard, recognizes that an untapped area of strength and support are local churches.

    For more; http://www.moguard.com/05-24-11-partners-in-care.html

  10. College to Career

    President Obama’s Plan to Train 2 Million Workers for Jobs in High-Demand Industries

    Megan Slack – February 13, 2012 at 04:26 PM EST

    Today, President Obama announced the Community College to Career Fund, an $8 billion investment in his Fiscal Year 2013 Budget that would train two million workers with skills that lead directly to good jobs in industries that need workers, including advanced manufacturing, clean energy, and information technology.

    This program will serve a dual purpose: making sure community colleges have the resources they need to equip workers with crucial skills and industry-recognized credentials, and ensuring that employers in high-growth industries have the skilled workforce they need for positions that might otherwise go unfilled—or overseas.

    Employers today are looking for skilled, educated workers, and they should be able to find those workers right here in the United States. Here’s how the Community College to Career Fund would help:

    Support for workers:

    In addition to supporting community college-based training programs that provide workers with targeted, certified training for jobs in rapidly growing industries like clean energy, high-tech manufacturing and information technology, the proposed program will fund:

    * On-the-job training opportunities such as registered apprenticeships and paid internships that allow students to simultaneously earn credit for work-based learning and gain relevant employment experience in high-wage, high-skill fields.

    * “Pay for Performance” strategies that provide incentives for training providers, community colleges, and local workforce organizations to make sure workers find permanent jobs after they complete training and earn credentials.

    Support for industry
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    The program would also help high-growth industries address the issues they face in hiring skilled workers by funding regional or national industry groups tasked with identifying workforce needs in their respective fields, and developing solutions like standardized worker certification, new training technologies, or collaborations with industry employers to better define careers pathways for workers.

    Support for state and local governments:

    The Community College to Career Fund will allow federal agencies to partner with state and local governments to encourage businesses to invest in America in several ways:

    * The ability to quickly train the local workforce will enable state and local governments to encourage companies to locate in the U.S.

    * States will also be able to seek funding to support employer efforts to upgrade the skills of their workforce.

    Read the Community College to Career Fund Fact Sheet

  11. Dems face month of perilous votes

    7/8/12 7:03 PM EDT By JAKE SHERMAN and SEUNG MIN KIM – POLITICO44

    As the spotlight shifts unmistakably from Washington to the campaign trail, House Republicans have planned a series of hot-button votes over the next four weeks to contrast the party’s agenda with that of Democrats and put President Barack Obama and Democratic candidates on the defensive.

    Very little — if any — of it will become law. The main goal is to boost the party’s prospects on Election Day.

    The carefully planned effort, detailed by Republicans inside and outside the Capitol, has buy-in from Mitt Romney’s campaign, aides say. Outside political groups, which by law cannot coordinate with lawmakers, intend to pounce on the upcoming votes with advertising, robocalls and mailings.

    House Republicans will kick off the effort this week with another quixotic attempt to repeal Obama’s health care law. Next week, they will turn to defense, passing the Defense Department’s funding bill while trying to put the Obama administration on record as having no plan to avoid deep cuts to the Pentagon next year.

    After that, Republicans intend to take up a slew of regulatory relief bills. And before the House breaks in August for its monthlong recess, GOP leaders plan to hold a vote on tax rates and principles for future tax reform.

    Republicans have spent much of 2012 on these very themes. And therein lies the risk for the party: With the nation’s unemployment rate stuck at 8.2 percent and Obama and House Democrats trying to make Congress’s inaction a central point of their election-year message, weeks of passing bills that are unlikely to become law could give Democrats more ammunition.

    There is money in the waiting.

    The American Action Network, a center-right group that supports many House Republican candidates, plans to spend more than $1 million on print advertisements, mail, robocalls and Web videos targeting Democrats for supporting the health care law and praising Republicans who vote to knock it down.
    The YG Action Network says it plans to spend north of six figures on issue advertisements.

    How aggressively Democrats will respond is unclear. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching an online advertising campaign keying off the repeal vote this week but declined to say how much it will spend. The main super PAC supporting House Democrats has no similar plans in the works, said House Majority PAC spokesman Andy Stone.

    Romney’s presidential campaign is very much in tune with the GOP’s plans. Mike Leavitt, who is heading Romney’s transition, has been in close contact with House Republicans on planning the health care repeal vote. And ahead of the defense push, former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent, a top Romney adviser, will meet this week with lawmakers from big defense states such as Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Texas, according to sources.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78218.html

  12. Next Up…

    11:50 AM ET
    President. Obama on Middle Class Tax Cuts
    President Obama will ask congress to take up legislation to extend for one year the tax cuts for families making up to $250,000 per year. His remarks take place at the White House. GOP House leaders have announced that they will take up legislation in the next couple of weeks which would extend the Bush era tax cuts for everyone, including those making more than $250,000.

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-on-Middle-Class-Tax-Cuts/10737432195/

    • July 09, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Extending Tax Cuts for Middle-Class Families

      East Room

      12:08 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Everybody, have a seat. Have a seat. Good afternoon, everybody. I’m glad things have cooled off a little bit. I know folks were hot. (Laughter.)

      We’re here today to talk about taxes — something that everybody obviously cares deeply about. And I’ve often said that our biggest challenge right now isn’t just to reclaim all the jobs that we lost to the recession — it’s to reclaim the security that so many middle-class Americans have lost over the past decade. Our core mission as an administration and as a country has to be, yes, putting people back to work, but also rebuilding an economy where that work pays off — an economy in which everybody can have the confidence that if you work hard, you can get ahead.

      What’s holding us back from meeting these challenges, it’s not a lack of plans, it’s not a lack of ideas — it is a stalemate in this town, in Washington, between two very different views about which direction we should go in as a country. And nowhere is that stalemate more pronounced than on the issue of taxes.

      Many members of the other party believe that prosperity comes from the top down, so that if we spend trillions more on tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, that that will somehow unleash jobs and economic growth.

      I disagree. I think they’re wrong. I believe our prosperity has always come from an economy that’s built on a strong and growing middle class — one that can afford to buy the products that our businesses sell; a middle class that can own homes, and send their kids to college, and save enough to retire on. That’s why I’ve cut middle-class taxes every year that I’ve been President — by $3,600 for the typical middle-class family. Let me repeat: Since I’ve been in office, we’ve cut taxes for the typical middle-class family by $3,600. (Applause.)

      I wanted to repeat that because sometimes there’s a little misinformation out there — (laughter) — and folks get confused about it.

      Moreover, we’ve tried it their way. It didn’t work. At the beginning of the last decade, Congress passed trillions of dollars in tax cuts that benefited the wealthiest Americans more than anybody else. And we were told that it would lead to more jobs and higher incomes for everybody, and that prosperity would start at the top but then trickle down.

      And what happened? The wealthy got wealthier, but most Americans struggled. Instead of creating more jobs, we had the slowest job growth in half a century. Instead of widespread prosperity, the typical family saw its income fall. And in just a few years, we went from record surpluses under Bill Clinton to record deficits that we are now still struggling to pay off today.

      So we don’t need more top-down economics. We’ve tried that theory. We’ve seen what happens. We can’t afford to go back to it. We need policies that grow and strengthen the middle class — policies that help create jobs, that make education and training more affordable, that encourage businesses to start up and create jobs right here in the United States.

      So that’s why I believe it’s time to let the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans — folks like myself — to expire. (Applause.) And, by the way, I might feel differently — because it’s not like I like to pay taxes — (laughter) — I might feel differently if we were still in surplus. But we’ve got this huge deficit, and everybody agrees that we need to do something about these deficits and these debts. So the money we’re spending on these tax cuts for the wealthy is a major driver of our deficit, a major contributor to our deficit, costing us a trillion dollars over the next decade.

      By the way, these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are also the tax cuts that are least likely to promote growth. So we can’t afford to keep that up, not right now. So I’m not proposing anything radical here. I just believe that anybody making over $250,000 a year should go back to the income tax rates we were paying under Bill Clinton — back when our economy created nearly 23 million new jobs, the biggest budget surplus in history, and plenty of millionaires to boot.

      And this is not just my opinion. The American people are with me on this. Poll after poll shows that’s the case. And there are plenty of patriotic and very successful, very wealthy Americans who also agree, because they know that by making that kind of contribution, they’re making the country as a whole stronger.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/09/remarks-president-extending-tax-cuts-middle-class-families

    • 98% tax_cut_extension

      By the Numbers: 98 Percent

      Yesterday, President Obama called on Congress to extend the middle-class tax cuts for the 98 percent of Americans making less than $250,000 for another year. If lawmakers don’t act, a typical middle-class family of four will see its taxes go up by $2,200 on January 1.

      Our prosperity has always come from an economy built on a strong and growing middle class. That’s why the President has cut middle-class taxes every year– by $3,600 for the typical middle class family.

      No one thinks raising taxes on the middle class is a good idea–it would be a big blow to working families, and it would drag down our entire economy. This should be one of those rare issues where everyone in Washington can agree. But so far, Congress hasn’t been able to extend middle class tax cuts because Republicans in Washington refuse to ask the wealthy and big corporations to pay their fair share.

      Middle class families should have the certainty and security of knowing their taxes won’t go up in six months, and the President Obama’s message to Congress is clear: Pass a bill extending the tax cuts for the middle class and he’ll sign it tomorrow.

  13. 12:30 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event for Senator Claire McCaskill
    Kansas City, MO

  14. 1:30 PM ET
    Dr. Jill Biden participates in a roundtable discussion with Missouri National Guard members and their families at the McCoy Meetin’ House at Park University to learn more about Partners in Care, a faith-based partnership between the Guard and the Missouri faith community.
    Kansas City, MO

  15. Obama for America TV Ad: “The Problem”

    Published on Jul 7, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
    Are you in? http://OFA.BO/Q4EHXY

    Mitt Romney, 10/11/2012:

    “The Chinese are smiling all the way to the bank … taking our jobs and taking a lot of our future. And I am not willing to let that happen.”

    He made a fortune letting it happen.

    Newly published documents show Mitt Romney’s firms were ‘pioneers’ at ‘helping companies outsource their manufacturing’ to countries including China.

    Bragging they were ‘A one-stop shop for their outsource requirements.’

    Mitt Romney’s not the solution. He’s the problem.

    • Good grief. I wouldn’t believe MR if he said 2 plus 2 is four. He’d have that same calculating experssion, like “Are they buying it? Am I getting away with it?”

  16. 5:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event for Senator Maria Cantwell.
    Seattle, WA

  17. !?!

    I thought I already checked in today!

    Good and HOPEful Monday, CR and all friends!!

    >^..^<

  18. 7:30 PM ET
    Dr. Jill Biden participates in a roundtable discussion at South Seattle Community College Hangar, a satellite classroom at Boeing International Field, on her “Community College to Career” tour. Dr. Biden will participate in a roundtable discussion focused on Seattle Community College industry partnerships in the aviation-aerospace, manufacturing, and maritime industries
    Seattle, WA

  19. July 07, 2012

    Statement by the President on Libya

    On behalf of the American people, I extend my congratulations to the people of Libya for another milestone on their extraordinary transition to democracy. After more than 40 years in which Libya was in the grip of a dictator, today’s historic election underscores that the future of Libya is in the hands of the Libyan people. Across Libya today, voters turned out to exercise their hard-earned freedoms, most participating in an election for the first time in their lives. They cast ballots for representatives of a National Congress that will lead the next stage of Libya’s transition.

    The United States is proud of the role that we played in supporting the Libyan revolution and protecting the Libyan people, and we look forward to working closely with the new Libya – including the elected Congress and Libya’s new leaders. We will engage as partners as the Libyan people work to build open and transparent institutions, establish security and the rule of law, advance opportunity, and promote unity and national reconciliation. There are still difficult challenges ahead and voting needs to be completed in some areas. As they begin this new chapter, the Libyan people can count on the continued friendship and support of the United States.

  20. WH

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:25 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    9:40 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    Travel Pool Coverage

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:50 AM
    President Obama arrives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    Eastern Iowa Airport
    Open Press

    12:00 PM
    12:20 PM
    President Obama holds a roundtable discussion with a local Iowa family.
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Private Residence
    Pool Spray at the Top

    12:45 PM
    Lady Michelle join on-live MAMIVERSE.COM chat with Latina mothers

    1:00 PM
    1:50 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at grassroots event.
    Kirkwood Community College, SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Private Residence
    Pool Spray

    2:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a campaign event
    Miami, FL

    Dr Jill Biden visits with Servicemembers and families at a Joining Forces event at the Utah Air National Guard Base
    Salt Lake City, UT

    3:00 PM
    3:15 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the 2012 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference
    Las Vegas, NV
    Open Press

    4:00 PM
    4:40 PM
    President Obama departs Cedar Rapids, Iowa en route Washington, D.C.
    Eastern Iowa Airport
    Open Press

    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a campaign event
    Orlando, FL

    6:00 PM
    6:40 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.
    Travel Pool Coverage

    6:55 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.
    Open Press

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign fundraiser.
    Private Cumming Residence
    Park City, UT
    Open Press

  21. Details of President Obama’s Visit to Cedar Rapids Released

    Jul 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM CDT

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – President Obama will make a campaign swing through Cedar Rapids Tuesday, making a late morning stop at Kirkwood Community College’s Johnson Hall.

    The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 10:15 a.m.

    Tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be distributed at Obama for America offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Waterloo as well as the IBEW 405 Hall starting at noon on Saturday.

    It will be the president’s second visit to Cedar Rapids this year and the fourth to Iowa, one of a handful of swing states that are expected to determine the outcome of the 2012 election.

    It also marks the ninth time since January that Obama, First Lady Michele Obama or Vice President Joe Biden has traveled to Iowa. Biden was here most recently, making several stops in Eastern Iowa in late June.

    The frequent visits come as no surprise to Rep. Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids, who is a part of the local Obama for America. “Obviously, the race is close in Iowa,” he said, noting that Iowa is regularly included on lists of states key to an Obama victory in November.

    Tom Szold, Iowa communications director for the Republican National Committee, agrees that Iowa is in play. That reflects “reflect a disillusioned Iowa where voters are frustrated with President Obama’s failed policies and his empty, endless promises.”

    However, Olson says the president “believes he has a great so try to tell in Iowa about strengthening the economy and the importance to the campaign to win Iowa in November.”

    “So there’s no question the campaign and the president are going to be focusing time on states like Iowa,” he said.

    For more: http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Details-of-President-Obamas-Visit-to-Cedar-Rapids-Released-161615805.html

  22. Michelle Obama to speak at UCF arena Tuesday

    July, 9 2012 8:18 AM posted by scottpowers on – orlandosential

    First Lady Michelle Obama will be speaking at The Venue at the University of Central Florida — aka the UCF arena — at 3 p.m. Tuesday

    Michelle Obama also will be appearing at a high school in Miami Lakes in the morning. At both events, she will speak to grassroots supporters and volunteers for the re-election campaign of her husband, President Barack Obama, describing her view of what’s at stake in this election for Floridians, encouraging supporters to register to vote and volunteer for the campaign, and thank volunteers.

    The events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required due to limited space, and will be available to the public starting on a first come, first serve basis at the following Organizing For America and Democratic organization offices below.

    – Orlando OFA Field Office, 1516 E Colonial Drive, Suite 203, Orlando, FL 32803;

    – Kissimmee OFA Field Office, 1004 Royal Street
    Kissimmee, FL 34744;

    – University of Central Florida, College Democrats Room, Egmont Key Room 224 , 4000 Central Florida Blvd.;

    – Sanford OFA Field Office, 1426 W. 1st Street, Sanford.

  23. Just dropped by to say hello and read the good stuff on this great thread. Have a blessed night CR.

  24. Biden to speak at upcoming La Raza conference in Las Vegas

    June 26, 2012 | 4:01 p.m. By Tovin Lapan – lasvegassun

    Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker for the National Council of La Raza annual conference, which will be staged in Las Vegas for the first time July 7-10, the national Latino advocacy group announced Tuesday.

    “Choosing Nevada as the home for this year’s conference is a natural fit given the state’s growing Latino population and electorate,” Janet Murguía, National Council of La Raza president and CEO, said in a statement. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Latinos from across the country to come together and learn about current and newly emerging issues facing our community at the local, state and national levels.”

    The conference, which will also include speeches from financial adviser Suze Orman, television producer Nely Galan, author Sandra Cisneros and actors Tony Plana and Wilson Cruz, will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan and Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto also are scheduled to attend.

    The organization said the 2012 conference would be one the largest in history, with more than 50 workshops, four townhalls and entertainment in the evenings. Issues such as education, health, workforce development, youth leadership and nonprofit management will be addressed during the four-day program.

    For more: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jun/26/biden-speak-upcoming-la-raza-conference-las-vegas/

  25. The White House responds to a We the People Petition on the Bush Tax CutsThe White House responds to a We the People Petition on the Bush Tax Cuts

    Jon Carson July 10, 2012 10:49 AM EDT

    Today, the White House responded to a petition that asked the Obama Administration to commit to vetoing any legislation that extends the Bush tax cuts for the 1%. In his response, David Plouffe, Senior Advisor to the President, stated that while the President is calling on Congress to prevent taxes from going up on 98% of Americans by extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle-class, he affirmed that the President will veto any legislation that extends the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.

    We the People is an online petitioning platform designed to give all Americans a new and unique way to petition the Obama administration to take action on a rage of important issues facing our country.

    Check out the response below or on We the People.

    PROTECTING THE MIDDLE-CLASS AND ENDING TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST

    By David Plouffe, Senior Advisor to the President

    Thanks for participating in We the People and speaking out about how important it is to make the tax code simpler and fairer to grow the economy and create jobs.

    President Obama believes we need an economy built on a strong and growing middle class, and is calling on Congress to prevent taxes from going up on 98% of Americans by extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class.

    The President also believes that the top 2% should return to Clinton-era income tax rates — when the United States created 23 million jobs and ran the biggest budget surplus in history — and will veto any legislation that extends the unaffordable Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest in our country.

    As President Obama recently said:
    Many members of the other party believe that prosperity comes from the top down, so that if we spend trillions more on tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, that that will somehow unleash jobs and economic growth.

    I disagree. I think they’re wrong. I believe our prosperity has always come from an economy that’s built on a strong and growing middle class — one that can afford to buy the products that our businesses sell; a middle class that can own homes, and send their kids to college, and save enough to retire on. That’s why I’ve cut middle-class taxes every year that I’ve been President — by $3,600 for the typical middle-class family.

    Moreover, we’ve tried it their way. It didn’t work. At the beginning of the last decade, Congress passed trillions of dollars in tax cuts that benefited the wealthiest Americans more than anybody else. And we were told that it would lead to more jobs and higher incomes for everybody, and that prosperity would start at the top but then trickle down.

    And what happened? The wealthy got wealthier, but most Americans struggled. Instead of creating more jobs, we had the slowest job growth in half a century. Instead of widespread prosperity, the typical family saw its income fall. And in just a few years, we went from record surpluses under Bill Clinton to record deficits that we are now still struggling to pay off today.

    So we don’t need more top-down economics. We’ve tried that theory. We’ve seen what happens. We can’t afford to go back to it. We need policies that grow and strengthen the middle class — policies that help create jobs, that make education and training more affordable, that encourage businesses to start up and create jobs right here in the United States.

    So that’s why I believe it’s time to let the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans — folks like myself — to expire.

    You can hear more from him here.

    While how to handle taxes for the wealthiest 2% may be a contentious issue, both Republicans and Democrats agree that taxes shouldn’t go up on the 98% of Americans who make less than $250,000. President Obama is ready to sign an extension of the middle-class tax cuts as soon as it hits his desk. Now it’s up to Congress to get it there.

    Thank you,
    David Plouffe
    Senior Advisor to the President

    Tell us what you think about this response and We the People.

    P.S. The President recently gave a speech on the issue. I hope you’ll take a moment to read the transcript or watch the remarks and share this message far and wide. No matter where you stand, this is a critical issue that affects everyone.

    • Honesty Alert: Congressional Republican Admits Bush Tax Cuts Will Increase the Debt

      July 29th, 2010 by Karina – speaker.gov/blog

      Congressional Republicans – eager to return to the “exact same agenda” of failed Bush economic policies that put us into this mess – continue to call for an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest few despite the staggering $678 billion cost to the deficit (after voting against tax cuts for small businesses and 98% of working families). Congressional Republicans have also made many false claims in their defense of the tax cuts for the wealthiest, saying everything from they ‘didn’t lead to the deficit‘ to ‘tax cuts increased revenue.’ This week, House Republican Leader John Boehner even claimed he didn’t know they were intentionally designed to kick their enormous cost down the road.

      But, as Think Progress notes, yesterday morning on CSPAN’s Washington Journal, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) admitted that extending the deficit-exploding Bush tax cuts for the rich will increase the debt—countering the many false claims his fellow Congressional Republicans have made:

      C-SPAN Host Steve Scully: “Tax cuts, do they increase the debt or do they spur economic growth?”

      Congressman Devin Nunes: “Well, I think that they increase the debt.”

      For the entire article: http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=2422

  26. GOP WRONG WAY

    Romney’s plan to move backwards on education

    Jul 10, 2012 10:43 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    The New York Times ran a report last week on President Obama, who enjoyed the enthusiastic backing of most young voters four years ago, having more trouble rallying support this year. The combination of a weak recovery and dysfunctional mess in Washington has tempered the youthful passion that helped propel Obama into office in the last election.

    But the next question is whether the president’s challenger, Republican Mitt Romney, is in a position to win over many of the young people who may be open to outreach. If education policy makes any difference at all, the former governor is hardly trying.

    The quote didn’t generate much in the way of attention, but consider this line Romney delivered in a recent speech in Virginia.

    The key phrase: Romney wants young people to “get as much education as they can afford.” That’s not really the way American society is supposed to work — if you’re a young person who’s bright, works hard, and wants to further you’re education, your public leaders and public institutions aren’t supposed to say, “Sorry, you’re not wealthy enough to pursue educational opportunities.”

    But that’s Romney’s message in a nutshell. Indeed, in March, the GOP candidate explained his intention to cut Pell Grants and encourage students who struggle with tuition costs to “shop around” until they can find a college they can afford.

    And then, of course, there’s Romney’s plan for the student-loan system, which he intends to make worse, on purpose, in order to boost bank profits for no reason. It’s arguably the most scandalous element of Romney education agenda, and most voters probably aren’t aware of how absurd it is.

    Continue reading this entry …http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/10/12662127-romneys-plan-to-move-backwards-on-education

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    As much education as you can afford

    Published on Jun 29, 2012 by Romney oned

    • First Lady Michelle Obama Chats Live With Mamiverse.com’s Latina Moms To Discuss Key Issues Impacting Hispanic Families

      July 9, 2012 BY MAMIVERSE MEDIA

      NEW YORK, — /PRNewswire/ — In a Mamiverse.com exclusive, First Lady Michelle Obama will sit down to chat with six Latinas to discuss their lives as moms, and the key issues impacting Hispanic families across the nation. The live streaming video chat will take place on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM EDT on Mamiverse.com. Filmed in Miami, and moderated by Maria Cardona, contributing political editor to Mamiverse.com and CNN analyst, the approximately half-hour chat will be aired continuously on the Mamiverse.com platform for future viewings.

      “We could not be more honored to have the First Lady join us for this conversation. Hispanics in America find ourselves at a pivotal cultural crossroad,” said founder and CEO Rene Alegria. “We are just now starting to understand the effect we will have in shaping America’s future. Our moms, thankfully, are leading the charge.”

      Latina moms are an increasingly powerful demographic in America. Their amplified clout at both the voting booth and in the shopping aisle has been acknowledged by politicians and corporations alike. With extraordinary population shifts occurring in this country, most tilting in favor of the booming Latino community, understanding their thoughts and lives has become more and more important. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Latinos are the largest minority in the U.S., and accounted for 55% of the overall U.S. population growth between 2000-2010. One in four babies born in America are by way of Latina moms.

      “Like everyone in America, Latina moms just want to be heard and understood,” said Mamiverse.com political editor and chat moderator, Maria Cardona. “The First Lady is an inspiration to moms everywhere, and her effort to start a conversation with Latina moms about the future we want to build for our children will help ensure our voices are heard in this election.”

      Launched in July 2011, Mamiverse.com is the preeminent site for Latina moms and families in America. With over one million pageviews a month and growing, the site provides culturally focused information on topics such as food, culture, health, money, school, and style.

      You can follow the conversation at #latinos2012

    • The Affordable Care Act and Latinos

      Posted by Alejandra Campoverdi on March 22, 2012 at 06:52 PM EDT

      As we commemorate the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act this Friday, it’s worth taking a look at the many ways this landmark health reform law is making a difference in the lives of Americans, especially Latinos who suffer disproportionately from a lack of access to coverage. Thirty two percent of Latinos were uninsured in 2009 – higher than any other racial or ethnic group – and half of Latinos did not have a regular doctor, compared to only one-fifth of white Americans. And twenty percent of low-income Hispanic youth have gone a year without a health care visit. When you look at these numbers, it’s clear that the Affordable Care Act has had and will continue to have a profound effect on the health of the Latino community.

      Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis wrote an op-ed this past week for ImpreMedia on the Affordable Care Act and Latinos in which she highlighted that “Too often because of cost, Latinos don’t get the preventive care they need to stay healthy. This is particularly true during tough economic times, when many are forced to forego health services for other needs, like rent or groceries. A recent study found that 6.1 million Latinos gained prevention coverage in their private insurance plans in 2011.” You can read the rest of her op-ed HERE.

      And throughout the week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has highlighted how the new law has:

      * Helped more than 5.1 million people with Medicare save over $3.2 billion| en español

      * Provided more than 45 million women access to preventive health care services| en español

      * Helped young adults get and keep affordable health coverage

      * Made it possible for nine states to deem health insurance rate hikes “unreasonable”

      We’ve also made a fact sheet available in ENGLISH and SPANISH to highlight how the Hispanic community benefits. For example:

      *( Under the new law, insurance companies are already banned from denying coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition. In 2014, they are banned from discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition.

      * Already, 6.1 million Latinos now have coverage for preventive services without additional cost sharing. Under the new health care law, all Americans joining a new health care plan must be able to receive recommended preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays or deductibles.

      * Already, approximately 11.8 million Latinos are free from worrying about lifetime limits on coverage thanks to the new health care law.

      * Over 2.5 million young adults have gained coverage because of the new health care law, including 736,000 Latinos.

      * The new Exchanges, tax credits and Medicaid expansion will result in as many as 9 million Latinos becoming eligible to get coverage they lack today. And it expands the Medicaid program and provides $900 million dollars for Puerto Rico to expand coverage on the island.

      * More than 500,000 Latinos with Medicare have already received one or more free preventive services, including the new Annual Wellness Visit. The new law also provides relief for people in the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap or donut hole – the ones with the highest prescription drug costs.

      * Approximately 35% of patients served by community health centers in 2009 were Latino, and the Affordable Care Act increases the funding available to the more than 1,100 community health centers in all fifty states to enable them to double the number of patients they served from 19 million to nearly 40 million by 2015.

    • July 10, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Campaign Event — Cedar Rapids, IA

      Kirkwood Community College
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      12:58 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Cedar Rapids! (Applause.) Oh, it is good to be back. (Applause.) Love Cedar Rapids!

      All right, a couple of people I want to acknowledge. First of all, please give Jason and his wife Ali a big round of applause. (Applause.) They are just wonderful people. I’m so glad I had a chance to meet them. Now, they’re debating what to name their son, so if you guys have some suggestions. (Laughter.) I asked them, what about Barack? (Laughter.) That was not yet on the list. (Laughter.) But they are wonderful people and they’ve got an incredibly cute guy named Cooper. And so I really thank them for their hospitality and we appreciate them so much. And Jason is starting as a high school principal, so wish him good luck. (Applause.) He’s going to do a great job.

      I want to acknowledge Mick Starverich —

      AUDIENCE: Starcevich.

      THE PRESIDENT: Starverich.

      AUDIENCE: Starcevich.

      THE PRESIDENT: Starcevich. (Applause.) I call him Mick. (Laughter.) And he is the President of Kirkwood and our host today. Thank you so much. (Applause.)

      I want to acknowledge our outstanding MC, Peggy Whitworth. (Applause.) Great friend. Great friend of mine. And one of my dearest friends here in Iowa, your outstanding Attorney General, Tom Miller, is in the house. (Applause.)

      Now, if you guys have a seat, feel free to take a seat. That way, if it gets a little warm, I don’t want anybody getting overheated. You guys are kind of out of luck. (Laughter.) So make sure you’re hydrated.

      And Abraham Lincoln is in the house! (Applause.) My homeboy from Illinois — (laughter) — and an outstanding Republican endorsee. (Laughter and applause.) There you go.

      Now, unless you’ve managed to hide your television somewhere for the last year, you may be aware that it is now campaign season. (Laughter.) And here in Iowa it seems like it’s always campaign season. You guys can’t get away from it. And I know that it is not always pretty to watch. There is more money flooding the system than ever before. There’s more negative ads. There’s more cynicism. Most of what you hear in terms of the news is who’s up or who’s down in the polls, instead of how any of this relates to your lives and the country that you love.

      So I know that sometimes it can be tempting to lose interest and to lose heart and to get a little cynical. And frankly, that’s what a lot of people are betting that you do. But I’m betting that you won’t. I’m betting that you are going to be as fired up as you were in 2008 — (applause) — because you understand the stakes for America. (Applause.)

      Most of you are here because you know that even though sometimes our politics seems real small and petty, the stakes in this election could not be bigger. What’s at stake is bigger than two candidates, it’s bigger than two political parties. What’s at stake is two very different visions for our country.
      And, Cedar Rapids, the choice that we make that will help determine our direction for years to come — that choice is going to be up to you.

      AUDIENCE: Obama! (Applause.)

      THE PRESIDENT: That’s a good choice. (Applause.)

      This will be my last political campaign, no matter what. I’ve got nothing else to run for. (Laughter.) But it’s got — and because of that, you start feeling a little nostalgic and you start thinking about some of your first campaigns. I think about all the places I used to travel in Illinois and the first race I ran as a state senator. And Michelle and I had to Xerox or go to Kinko’s and copy our little flyers, and we didn’t have a TV budget back then. (Laughter.) And we rode around in my car and I filled it up with my gas — (laughter) — and I’m the one who got lost if I took a wrong turn. (Laughter.)

      And what’s amazing, though, when I think about it was how many people you’d meet from every walk of life all across Illinois in big cities, small towns, upstate, downstate, quads, you name it. And you’d always hear similar stories from people about their parents or their grandparents and the struggles they had gone through, and how they had been able to find a job that paid a living wage and look after their families and their kids had done a little better than they did. And those stories would resonate with me and Michelle because that was our story, that was our lives.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/10/remarks-president-campaign-event-cedar-rapids-ia

    • July 10, 2012

      Remarks by the President to Overflow Crowd at Kirkwood Community College

      Kirkwood Community College
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      12:47 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: How’s it going, Iowa? (Applause.) Well, it is great to see you guys. It is good to be back. (Applause.) I’m not going to give a long speech because I’m going to give a long speech there. But I just want to say, first of all, all of you guys who were involved four years ago — thank you. (Applause.) For those of you who are getting involved for the first time — welcome.

      This is going to be a close election. But I have so much confidence whenever I come to Iowa, because I remember four years ago, even when the national press was writing us off, we would come here, Michelle and I, and we would talk to folks and we would sit in people’s living rooms, and drop by a diner or a VFW hall, and everywhere we went we were reminded of the strength and the decency and the values of America — because nobody represents those values better than the people of Iowa. (Applause.)

      We’re going to have two choices in this election. And one choice is to take us down a path of top-down economics and an approach that says if we do good for folks at the very top, somehow everybody benefits —

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: — and my vision, which says, when we grow best it’s because our middle class is doing well and everybody who’s fighting to get into the middle class. (Applause.) And this debate we’re having right now about taxes — where we want to go ahead and just make sure that 99.9 percent of the folks here, I suspect, would get the tax break that they need to help provide for their families, and folks like me, we can do without, and we can lower our deficit, rather than give more tax breaks to folks who don’t need them and weren’t even asking for them — that tax debate is representative of the kind of debate that we’re going to be having on a whole bunch of issues all throughout this election.

      So the bottom line, though, is I’m going to need your help. (Applause.) And all of you are going to be bombarded with all kinds of negative ads, and it’s going to be non-stop. But the thing you guys taught me four years ago is that when you have grassroots folks who are energized and enthusiastic, nobody can stop you. (Applause.)

      So I hope you guys are ready to hit the streets and knock on doors, and make phone calls, and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors — because if you do, we’re going to finish what we started in 2008 and remind everybody just why it is America is the greatest country on Earth.

      Thank you, Iowa! Love you, guys. (Applause.) Hope you’re still fired up and you’re still ready to go! (Applause.)

      END
      12:50 P.M. CDT

    • July 10, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event

      Barbara Goleman High School
      Miami, Florida

      2:19 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness! (Applause.) Yes, we can! (Applause.) Well, thank you so much. Well, thank you so much. Thank you so much. (Applause.) You all, I am — (applause) — you all are fired up. Get it done. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness, thank you! You all, I am just thrilled. Four more years! Yes, indeed! (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! (Applause.)

      MRS. OBAMA: My goodness. Four more years — with your help. With your help. Four more years. (Applause.)

      I am beyond thrilled to be with all of you today. This welcome was just — you’re going to make me cry, and I have makeup on. (Laughter and applause.)

      I want to start by thanking José for that wonderful introduction, but for his work in making sure that all our communities are healthy. Let’s give him a round of applause. José, you did a great job. (Applause.)

      I have a few more thank-yous, because I know there were several people who helped get you all fired up. I want to thank Simone Worsdale. (Applause.) I also want to thank Sergeant First Class Johnnie Pattison and — yes, that’s your man — (applause) — that’s your — and Reverend Hafner, because I know they spoke earlier. I want to thank them for their words. I also want to thank Steven Montoya for working and getting you guys fired up. (Applause.) And I got to meet Nestor Zurita and his band backstage, and I want to thank them for their wonderful performance as well. (Applause.)

      And finally, I want to thank all of you. (Applause.) You all are extraordinary volunteers and organizers. Thank you for everything that you do — everything that you do. (Applause.) Everything you all do day-in and day-out, because what you do makes this campaign possible. Everything. And I know that work is hard. You all are knocking on those doors. You are registering those voters, which is critical. And you’re giving people the information they need about the issues they care about. And I just want you to know that that kind of grassroots work that you all are doing to get people focused and fired up, that is the work that’s at the very core of this campaign. And that’s how we did it four years ago, and that’s exactly how we’re going to do it again today. (Applause.)

      And I say this to all of our volunteers around the country: I know that the work you do isn’t easy, and — no, right? It’s hard work. (Laughter.) And I know that you’re doing it with all of the busy lives you all are leading. You’ve got lives of your own — you’ve got jobs you’ve got to get to, you’ve got classes to attend, hopefully. We’ve got young people attending their classes. (Applause.) All right. We’ve got — I know you all have your families that you’re trying to raise.

      But I also know that there’s a reason why all of you are here and doing this work, and it’s not just because we all support an extraordinary man, who happens to be my husband. (Applause.) I’m a little biased. (Laughter.) I think our President is awesome. (Applause.) And I know you’re not just doing this because we want to win an election — which we will. (Applause.)

      But we’re all doing this because of the values we believe in. That’s the thing we have to remember: We’re doing this because of the vision for this country that we all share. We’re doing this because we want all of our children to have those good schools -– the kind of schools that push them, and inspire them, and prepare them for the good jobs and opportunities for the future. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/10/remarks-first-lady-campaign-event

  27. 2:00 PM ET
    Dr Jill Biden visits with Servicemembers and families at a Joining Forces event at the Utah Air National Guard Base
    Salt Lake City, UT

    • Vice President Biden’s Full Remarks at the 2012 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference

      Published on Jul 11, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Are you in? http://OFA.BO/qGE17e

      Vice President Joe Biden’s Remarks at the 2012 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference in Nevada.

    • July 10, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event

      University of Central Florida
      Orlando, Florida

      5:59 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: You all look good. Oh my goodness. Wow. Four more year years! Four more years!

      AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much. We will get it done. We will get it done with your help, absolutely. Let me tell you, I am beyond thrilled to be here. You all look so good — so good. (Applause.)

      I want to start with a few thank-yous because we wouldn’t be here without a whole lot of people, including you, but I want to start by thanking Melissa for that amazing introduction. She is an inspiration. I mean, Melissa is an example of the kind of folks in this country who keep me inspired. So let’s give her a round of applause for everything she is doing to make us all so proud. (Applause.)

      I also want to thank State Senator-Elect Victor Torres, who’s here; Pastor Jeffrey Rivera; also Staff Sergeant Joseph Washington for all the work he’s doing. We have an amazing National Campaign Co-Chair, Lynette Acosta. She is amazing. I got to meet her. She’s doing a terrific job. Let’s give her a round of applause. And I understand that Milagro Padilla helped to fire you all up earlier, and we want to thank him for that as well. (Applause.)

      And finally, last but not least, I want to thank all of you, truly. Yes, indeed, all of you. There are so many of our extraordinary volunteers and organizers. You all, thank you for everything that you do — everything. Yes, we haven’t seen nothing yet. (Applause.) But thank you for everything that you do day in and out to make this campaign possible, truly. Yes, indeed — yes, indeed.

      You guys are doing the hard work. I know you’re out there knocking on those doors. You’re registering those voters. You all are giving folks the information they need about the issues they care about so they know what to do. And let me tell you, you have to know — hi, sweetie — that the grassroots work that you guys are doing, all that work that you’re doing to get people focused and fired up, that work is at the core of everything we do in this campaign. It truly is. But let me tell you, because of you, that’s how we did it four years ago, and that’s how we’re going to do it again today — absolutely. (Applause.)

      And what I do know is that the work that you are doing is not easy. You guys are all busy leading wonderful lives — you’ve got your jobs, your families that you take care of. Many of you young students, older students, student students, you’re out there, you’ve got classes to attend. People are raising their families.

      But I also know that there’s a reason why we’re all here today, and why all of you are working so hard. There’s a reason — and it’s not just because we all support this awesomely phenomenal, terrific and handsome President. And I will admit, I’m a bit biased — (laughter) — but our President is pretty awesome. (Applause.) And we’re not just doing this because we want to win an election — although we do and we will. (Applause.) We are doing this because of the values we believe in.

      I mean, it’s important for us to remember we’re doing this because of the vision for this country that we all share. We’re doing this because we want all of our kids to have good schools. You know what kind of schools I’m talking about — the kind of schools that inspire them. The kind of schools that prepare them for good jobs and wonderful opportunities. We want that for all of our kids. (Applause.)

      We want our parents and our grandparents to be able to retire with dignity — (applause) — because we believe that after a lifetime of hard work, they should be able to enjoy their golden years, right? (Applause.)

      We are here because we want to restore that basic middle-class security for our families, because we believe that in America folks shouldn’t go bankrupt because someone gets sick. (Applause.) They shouldn’t lose their home because someone loses a job. (Applause.) We believe in America that responsibility should be rewarded and hard work should pay off. (Applause.) We believe that everyone should do their fair share, but play by the same rules, right? (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/10/remarks-first-lady-campaign-event-0

  28. Tax avoidance is not the American way

    Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:32 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    We still don’t know exactly why Mitt Romney set up a shell corporation in Bermuda, stashed cash in the Caymans, and opened a Swiss bank account. One running theory is that the Republican hoped to avoid paying U.S. taxes through offshore investments in notorious tax havens.

    But today one of Romney’s allies stood up for him, arguing that even if Romney was trying to circumvent American tax laws, what’s so bad about that?

    Mitt Romney shouldn’t be criticized for using off-shore tax havens because “it’s really American to avoid paying taxes, legally,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday. […]

    Graham argued that Congress is responsible for tax avoidance because it has crafted such convoluted rules and said he was fine with Romney’s taking advantage of the loopholes.

    “As long as it was legal, I’m OK with it,” Graham said. “I don’t blame anybody for using the tax code to their advantage.”

    So, let me get this straight. So long as Romney didn’t commit any actual felonies, the American mainstream shouldn’t mind that they had to pay their tax bill, but Romney could use some creative accounting tricks, send his money to the Cayman Islands, and magically lower his own tax bill in ways average folks can’t.

    And this is a defense? From one of Romney’s Republican allies?

    For that matter, as the Obama campaign’s Ben LaBolt argued over the weekend, “Mitt Romney is effectively saying he hasn’t technically broken any laws by keeping his money in offshore tax havens. Here’s the question: is not technically breaking the law a high enough standard for someone who wants to be president of the United States?”

    If Lindsey Graham is parroting the Romney campaign’s new talking points, I’m afraid Republicans might need a better argument.

    • Cayman Islands, Swiss Banks ? – Romney ?

      Published on Jul 6, 2012 by EqualityNowWorld

      Vanity Fair and the Associated Press have reported that Mitt
      Romney has put huge sums of money into investments in offshore tax havens
      like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. Is he avoiding paying U.S. taxes by
      having money in those tax havens? Was he trying to hedge against the
      dollar by having a Swiss bank account? We asked some ordinary Americans
      what they think of Mitt Romney’s financial arrangements.

  29. 10:00 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign fundraiser.
    Private Cumming Residence
    Park City, UT

  30. Job Openings In U.S. Rose In May After April Plunge: Economy

    Jul 10, 2012 1:48 PM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    Job openings increased in May after plunging the prior month, easing concern the U.S. job market was faltering.

    The number of positions waiting to be filled climbed by 195,000 to 3.64 million, partially countering the 294,000 drop seen in April, the Labor Department said today in Washington. Another report showed confidence among small companies slumped in June.

    Increasing demand for workers indicates some companies see an opportunity to expand as sales improve. At the same time, the report showed firings also picked up, indicating the European debt crisis and slowing growth in emerging markets like China may be prompting some employers to cut back.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-10/job-openings-in-u-s-increased-in-may-by-195-000-to-3-64-million.html

  31. July 10, 2012

    Statement by the President on the 17th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

    On July 11, we honor the memory of the over 8,000 innocent men and boys – brothers and husbands, fathers and sons – who were brutally murdered in Srebrenica 17 years ago in a brazen act of genocide that shocked the world. The name Srebrenica will forever be associated with some of the darkest acts of the 20th century.

    A measure of justice is finally being served for the victims in courts in The Hague and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as the perpetrators of this atrocity, including Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, are now being called to account for their actions. We know that Srebrenica’s future, and that of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will not be held back by its painful recent history.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/10/statement-president-17th-anniversary-srebrenica-genocide

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