Title IX


Title IX

Title IX is a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972, Public Law No. 92-318, 86 Stat. 235 (June 23, 1972), codified at 20 U.S.C. sections 1681 through 1688, U.S. legislation also identified by the name of its principal author as the Patsy T. Mink (Hawaiian Congresswoman) Equal Opportunity in Education Act . It states (in part) that

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity.

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


Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Where You Go to School

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities (hereinafter “schools”) receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

Below is additional information regarding the specific requirements of Title IX as they pertain to sexual harassment and sexual violence.

What are a school’s responsibilities to address sexual harassment and sexual violence?

  • A school has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively. If a school knows or reasonably should know about sexual harassment or sexual violence that creates a hostile environment, the school must take immediate action to eliminate the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
  • Even if a student or his or her parent does not want to file a complaint or does not request that the school take any action on the student’s behalf, if a school knows or reasonably should know about possible sexual harassment or sexual violence, it must promptly investigate to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation.
  • A criminal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence does not relive the school of its duty under Title IX to resolve complaints promptly and equitably.What procedures must a school have in place to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence and resolve complaints?

• Every School Must Have And Distribute A Policy Against Sex Discrimination

• Every School Must Have A Title IX Coordinator

• Every School Must Have And Make Known Procedures For Students To File Complaints Of Sex Discrimination.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/fact_sheet_know_your_rights.pdf


Mr. President, the last thing I want to say is, I want to thank you personally, you and the First Lady, for all you do to empower women. You have no idea.  Every day, you both send a strong message that little girls can do anything they want to do, and they can be anything they want to be.

6/14/13 Indiana Fever Coach Lin Dunn


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  1. WH

    Sunday, June 23, 2013

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    Title IX

    Title IX is a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972, Public Law No. 92-318, 86 Stat. 235 (June 23, 1972), codified at 20 U.S.C. sections 1681 through 1688, U.S. legislation also identified by the name of its principal author as the Patsy T. Mink (Hawaiian Congresswoman) Equal Opportunity in Education Act . It states (in part) that

    No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity.

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

    • June 23, 2012

      Op-ed by President Obama: President Obama Reflects on the Impact of Title IX

      The full text of the op-ed by President Barack Obama is printed below. The piece was published today in Newsweek .

      President Obama Reflects on the Impact of Title IX

      By President Obama

      Coaching my daughter Sasha’s basketball team is one of those times when I just get to be “Dad.” I snag rebounds, run drills, and have a little fun. More importantly, I get to watch Sasha and her teammates improve together, start thinking like a team, and develop self-confidence.

      Any parent knows there are few things more fulfilling than watching your child discover a passion for something. And as a parent, you’ll do anything to make sure he or she grows up believing she can take that ambition as far as she wants; that your child will embrace that quintessentially American idea that she can go as far as her talents will take her.

      But it wasn’t so long ago that something like pursuing varsity sports was an unlikely dream for young women in America. Their teams often made do with second-rate facilities, hand-me-down uniforms, and next to no funding.

      What changed? Well, 40 years ago, committed women from around the country, driven by everyone who said they couldn’t do something, worked with Congress to ban gender discrimination in our public schools. Title IX was the result of their efforts, and this week, we celebrated its 40th anniversary—40 years of ensuring equal education, in and out of the classroom, regardless of gender.

      I was reminded of this milestone last month, when I awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Pat Summitt. When she started out as a basketball coach, Pat drove the team van to away games. She washed the uniforms in her own washing machine. One night she and her team even camped out in an opponent’s gym because they had no funding for a hotel. But she and her players kept their chins up and their heads in the game. And in 38 years at the University of Tennessee, Pat won eight national championships and tallied more than 1,000 wins—the most by any college coach, man or woman. More important, every single woman who ever played for Pat has either graduated or is on her way to a degree.

      Today, thanks in no small part to the confidence and determination they developed through competitive sports and the work ethic they learned with their teammates, girls who play sports are more likely to excel in school. In fact, more women as a whole now graduate from college than men. This is a great accomplishment—not just for one sport or one college or even just for women but for America. And this is what Title IX is all about.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/23/op-ed-president-obama-president-obama-reflects-impact-title-ix

    • AP: Markey Wins Massachusetts Senate Seat

      JUNE 25, 2013, 9:16 PM BOB SALSBERG AND STEVE LEBLANC – tpm

      BOSTON (AP) — Longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey defeated Republican political newcomer Gabriel Gomez in a special election on Tuesday for the state’s U.S. Senate seat long held by John Kerry, a race that failed to draw the attention that the state’s 2010 special Senate election did.

      Markey, 66, won the early backing of Kerry and much of the state’s Democratic political establishment, which was set on avoiding a repeat of the stunning loss it suffered three years ago, when Republican state Sen. Scott Brown upset Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley in the election to replace the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy.

      Gomez, a 47-year-old businessman and former Navy SEAL, positioned himself as a moderate and Washington outsider who would challenge partisan gridlock, contrasting himself with Markey, who was first elected to the U.S. House in 1976.

      Markey had an advantage of about 8 percentage points over Gomez with most precincts reporting late Tuesday, according to unofficial returns. He took to Twitter to thank voters after his victory.

      “Thank you Massachusetts!” he tweeted. “I am deeply honored for the opportunity to serve you in the United States Senate.”

      For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/ap-markey-wins-massachusetts-senate-seat.php?ref=fpb

      • June 25, 2013

        Statement by the President on the Special Election for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts

        Tonight, I spoke to Ed Markey to congratulate him on his election to the United States Senate.

        During more than 36 years as a Congressman, Ed has distinguished himself as a leader on many of the key challenges of our time—from fighting carbon pollution to protecting our children from gun violence to creating good, middle-class jobs. He’s earned a reputation as an effective, creative legislator, willing to partner with colleagues across the aisle to make progress on the issues that matter most. The people of Massachusetts can be proud that they have another strong leader fighting for them in the Senate, and people across the country will benefit from Ed’s talent and integrity.

        I also want to thank Mo Cowan for his hard work and dedication over the last five months. And I want to thank John Kerry for his nearly three decades of extraordinary service to the people of Massachusetts in the Senate, and for agreeing to continue to serve the American people as Secretary of State. I’m confident Ed will help carry on that legacy, and I look forward to working with him to strengthen our economy, protect the middle class, and expand opportunity.

  3. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    6/21/13 5:22 PM EDT By TAL KOPAN – POLITICO44

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
    • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), ranking member, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.)
    • Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs
    • Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
    • Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member, Senate Budget Committee

    “This Week” on ABC
    • NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander
    • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
    • Dan Senor, former Mitt Romney adviser
    • Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas)

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
    • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman, Senate Rules and Administration Committee

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Tony Blinken, former White House deputy national security adviser

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.)

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Durbin
    • Schumer
    • Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
    • Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
    • Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

  4. Ex-president Mandela’s condition now ‘critical’: government

    6/23/13 Kevin Liffey- Reuters – 15 mins ago

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African president Nelson Mandela, in hospital with a recurring respiratory infection, is now in “critical” condition, a government statement said on Sunday.
    The statement added that doctors were doing everything they could for the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero.

  5. WH

    Monday, June 24, 2013

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  6. The Moment Netroots Nation Turned Into CPAC

    Sunday, June 23, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C – ThePeoplesView

    What is the key difference between liberals and right wingers? Sure, we have different issue positions, but the difference is deeper than that. Liberals let the facts guide the debate, and conservative wingbats shout down facts they do not like. So Nancy Pelosi went to Netroots Nation in San Jose, CA last night and stated an incontrovertible fact: Edward Snowden violated the law.

    The reaction?

    Speaking at Netroots Nation in San Jose, the House Democratic leader said Snowden “did violate the law in terms of releasing those documents,” prompting loud boos and heckling from the crowd.

    Nancy Pelosi got booed for stating a fact: Edward Snowden violated the law. When facts begin to get booed because they poke holes into your ideological bubble, I humbly suggest you lose the ‘progressive’ label.

    This is to say nothing of the fact that the attendees who are effectively supporting someone who is at the least a coward who illegally released classified information, partly fabricated his own story, and who is at worst guilty of betraying his country – our country. This is to say nothing of people who describe themselves as ‘progressive’ advocating for a man who does not have the courage of his conviction to face the music after claiming having done an act of conscience. And this is to say nothing of the fact that they are defending a man whose idea of protesting surveillance is to do it from China.

  7. Supreme Court starts a hectic final week

    6/24/13 By Scott Bomboy | National Constitution Center – 1 hr 21 mins ago

    The Supreme Court announced three more decisions last Thursday, but it looks more and more like a set of historic cases will come down to the wire this week.

    The justices ruled in cases on Thursday involving federal criminal sentencing, the Federal Arbitration Act and the Agency for International Development.

    That leaves 11 decisions left for the court to release on its final week of the current term, which ends this month. The court can release between three and five opinions a day. But it’s also possible a decision could be pushed back to the court’s next term.

    For now, Monday, June 24 is the only day officially scheduled for decisions. It is widely expected that the court could add Wednesday, June 26 and/or Thursday, June 27 as extra days.

    There are three decisions that have been greatly anticipated: affirmative action, the Voting Rights Act and same-sex marriage (the two cases in same-sex marriage debate are expected to be announced at the same time).

    And it’s not outside of the realm of possibility that two of the “big three” decisions could be announced on the same day, which would lead to a tidal wave of attention from the media, observers, and interested parties.

    Other cases in the queue, according to SCOTUSblog, include Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, a widely followed adoption case.

    Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin is the affirmative action case we’ve profiled extensively. That case was argued last October, and its delayed release has spawned theories that the justices still could be writing opinions, or they could push the case to its next term, starting in October 2013.

    Shelby County v. Holder is the case involving part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is anticipated that the court could invalidate a section of the act that requires states with a history of voter suppression before 1965 to get federal approval of voting changes.

    And there are two cases about same-sex marriage: Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor. The Hollingsworth case is about California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman; the Windsor case is about the Defense of Marriage Act. The decision could help define the future of same-sex marriage, or raise a whole new set of questions.

    In any event, after last year’s media swarming of the Affordable Care Act decision (with several erroneous reports), expect an equally high level of attention on the court.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/supreme-court-starts-hectic-final-125206019.html

    • U.S. Supreme Court to decide gay marriage cases Wednesday

      6/25/13 By Howard Mintz – mercurynews.com

      The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will decide the fate of California’s Proposition 8 and a 1996 federal ban on benefits for same-sex couples.

      On Tuesday the court ruled in three cases, but did not decide the legal challenge to California’s gay marriage ban or to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

      Chief Justice John Roberts indicated the court will end its term Wednesday with rulings in its remaining cases, and the same-sex marriage cases are two of the three still to be decided.
      The justices are reviewing a federal appeals court’s ruling last year striking down Proposition 8, California’s 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, and a separate appeals court’s ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

      For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/samesexmarriage/ci_23534485/u-s-supreme-court-expected-decide-gay-marriage?source=rss

  8. Made in the USA: Journey behind the label

    6/24/13 By Rick Klein, Olivier Knox, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps | Power Players – 2 hrs 22 mins ago

    Top Line

    After a manufacturing plant closed down in his hometown of Ravenswood, W.Va., resulting in 650 people losing their jobs, Josh Miller began to wonder what was really made in America anymore.

    He decided to set out on a 30-day road trip across the United States in search of answers for how to revive American manufacturing – all the while trying to survive on only goods and products stamped with “Made in USA.”

    “I really thought that I could take this opportunity to give the Made in America movement and these folks a voice,” said Miller, who documented his trip in a film, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey.”

    Miller told Top Line that the Made in America movement isn’t so much about trying to get people to buy only American-made products that might be more expensive than foreign-made ones, but it’s about finding solutions to lower the prices of American-made products.

    “I think there are a lot of policies that we can push to help allow our businesses here in America to help reduce costs and lower the prices,” Miller said. “We need to put policies in place that allow us to outcompete the world, and that’s what this film was about.”

    While Miller hopes that Congress and the president will act to help American businesses become more competitive, his producer, Ron Newcomb, added that they also want to see less government regulation.

    “They need to also get out of the way, if you will, and let Americans to do what they do best, thrive in a business environment,” Newcomb said, referring to the federal government.

    But perhaps the most effective and immediate solution to create more manufacturing jobs in the United States, Miller and Newcomb said, is for the American consumer to demand it.

    “It’s a business aspect too,” Miller said. “If the consumers create that demand, the businesses will meet that demand. Request it, demand it, and it will come back and jobs will come back.”

    For more of the interview with Miller and Newcomb, and to hear how they say you can live by the principles of the Made in America movement without being a purist, check out this episode of Top Line.




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    President Obama meets with CEOs, business owners and entrepreneurs, to discuss the importance of commonsense immigration reform

    • June 18, 2013

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the Congressional Budget Office’s Score of Commonsense Immigration Reform

      Today, we have more proof that bipartisan commonsense immigration reform will be good for economic growth and deficit reduction: this time, in the form of a nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimate.

      The independent Congressional Budget Office released today their score of the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform bill, and found that the bill would reduce the deficit over the next 10 years by $197 billion, and by about $700 billion over the following decade. This comes on the heels of a recent analysis by the independent Social Security Administration’s Chief Actuary last month, that the Senate bipartisan immigration bill will strengthen the long-term solvency of Social Security for future generations. The Congressional Budget Office also made clear that passage of the immigration bill would not only reduce the deficit, it would increase economic growth for years to come. By fixing our broken immigration system – and making sure that every worker in America is playing by the same set of rules and paying taxes like everyone else – we can grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, improve our fiscal outlook and create new opportunity for Americans everywhere.

    • June 24, 2013

      Remarks by the President Before Immigration Reform Roundtable

      Roosevelt Room

      2:10 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. I want to welcome these extraordinary business leaders who are here today in support of comprehensive immigration reform. As all of you know, we are at a critical point in the debate that’s taking place in the Senate.

      All of these business leaders recognize the degree to which immigration is a contributor to growth, a contributor to expansion, a creator of jobs, but they also recognize that the immigration system that we currently have is broken.

      We have a system in which we bring outstanding young people from all across the world to educate them here, and unfortunately, too often, we send them right back so that they can start companies or help to grow companies somewhere else instead of here.

      We have a situation in which millions of individuals are in the shadow economy, oftentimes exploited at lower wages, and that hurts those companies that are following the rules, because they end up being at a disadvantage to some of these less scrupulous companies.

      And so, all of us I think recognize that now is the time to get comprehensive immigration reform done — one that involves having very strong border security; that makes sure that we’re holding employers accountable to follow the rules; one that provides earned citizenship for those 11 million, so that they have to pay back taxes, pay a fine, learn English, follow the rules, get to the back of the line, but ultimately can be part of the above-board economy, as opposed to the low-board economy; and a system that fixes and cleans up our legal immigration system so that we can continue to be a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/24/remarks-president-immigration-reform-roundtable

    • June 24, 2013

      Readout of the President’s Meeting with Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs on Economic Impact of Immigration Reform

      This afternoon, the President met in the Roosevelt Room at the White House with CEOs, business owners and entrepreneurs to discuss the economic benefits of fixing our broken immigration system. The President and business representatives discussed their shared belief that achieving immigration reform holds meaningful economic promise for the United States, creating a fair playing field for employers and workers alike.

      At the meeting, the President said that immigration reform would be a boost to our economic recovery. Just last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released its score of the Senate’s bipartisan immigration legislation, providing further evidence that commonsense immigration reform would promote economic growth and reduce the deficit.

      The President noted that business representatives participating in today’s meeting know first-hand that the broken immigration system is bad for business, for workers and our economy. He also noted that some of the business owners at the table were immigrants, and like the generations of immigrants that came before them, these business leaders came to this country to build a better life and are now helping us build a stronger economy by creating American jobs.

      The President reiterated his support for the continued bipartisan efforts in Congress and made clear he will continue to urge Congressional leaders to take action in order to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, improve our fiscal outlook and create new opportunity for Americans everywhere.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/24/readout-president-s-meeting-business-leaders-and-entrepreneurs-economic-

  10. WH

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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    President Obama meets with senior advisors

    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the White House on the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet for lunch.

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    President Obama unveils his plan to combat climate change
    Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

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    President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden meet with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders to discuss domestic and international issues, including immigration reform and student loan interest rates.
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    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Defense Secretary Hagel.

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    Vice President Biden attends a dinner for the Democratic National Committee

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    JUNE 22, 2013 georgetown.edu

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WILL lay out his vision for the steps he believes the country needs to take to address the effects of climate change and fight it on Tuesday at 1:35 p.m. at Georgetown.

    He will speak from the same university building the nation’s first president spoke from in 1797.

    Old North, which served as Georgetown’s main building from 1795 until the completion of Healy Hall, has received 13 United States presidents.

    The speech will be webcast live on http://www.georgetown.edu.

    For more: http://www.georgetown.edu/news/obama-old-north-2013.html

    • Champions of Change: Citizen Science

      Published on Jun 25, 2013

      The White House, along with Citizen Science, hosts the Citizen Science Champions of Change event, honoring amateur and nonprofessional scientists who conduct scientific research, often by crowdsourcing. June 25, 2013.

  12. Orders for U.S. Durable Goods Rose More Than Forecast

    Jun 25, 2013 5:51 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Orders for U.S. durable goods rose more than forecast in May, reflecting broad-based gains that signal manufacturing is stabilizing.

    Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years climbed 3.6 percent for a second month, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast of 81 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 3 percent increase. Excluding transportation equipment, where demand is volatile month to month, orders advanced 0.7 percent, also topping projections.

    Growing demand for cars and trucks and gains in homebuilding are helping counter weakness in export markets, benefiting manufacturers such as BorgWarner Inc. (BWA) and United Technologies Corp. (UTX) Businesses may also decide to replace aging equipment, which will help bolster expansion in the second half of 2013.

    “This is the missing piece for an upswing in economic activity,” said Millan Mulraine, director of U.S. rates research at TD Securities USA LLC in New York. “Business capital investment activity is off to a strong showing. If businesses start investing, they’ll add to their workforce.”

    Stock-index futures held earlier gains after the report. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index maturing in September rose 0.7 percent to 1,576.5 at 8:50 a.m. in New York after the People’s Bank of China said it will keep money-market rates at reasonable levels.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-25/orders-for-u-s-durable-goods-rose-more-than-forecast-in-may.html

  13. U.S. Housing Prices Increased More Than Forecast in April

    Jun 25, 2013 6:00 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Home prices climbed more than forecast in the 12 months through April, rising by the most in more than seven years and showing further strength in the U.S. housing market.

    The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values increased 12.1 percent from April 2012, the biggest year-over-year gain since March 2006, after advancing 10.9 percent a month earlier, a report showed today in New York. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 28 economists Bloomberg called for a 10.6 percent advance.

    Short supply, record-low mortgage rates and an improving job market combined to boost housing demand and spark the rebound in prices. The recovery is probably far enough along to overcome the recent surge in borrowing costs after Federal Reserve policy makers said they may trim unprecedented accommodative measures meant to spur the expansion.

    “It’s very likely that this is the start of a real, genuine recovery,” Anika Khan, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina, a subsidiary of the largest U.S. mortgage lender, said before the report. “Even if we’re seeing mortgage rates increase and long rates increase, the rates are still at a historical low and it’s still a good time to buy.”

    Bloomberg survey estimates ranged from increases of 9.9 percent to 12.3 percent. The S&P/Case-Shiller index is based on a three-month average, which means the April data were influenced by transactions in February and March.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-25/housing-prices-in-u-s-increased-more-than-forecast-in-april.html

  14. FHFA House Price Index

    Released On 6/25/2013 9:00:00 AM For Apr, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    M/M change 1.3 % 1.5 % 1.2 % 0.5 % to 1.5 % 0.7 %
    Y/Y change 7.2 % 7.5 % 7.4 %

    The housing sector continues on the mend with home prices continuing upward. The FHFA price index for April increased 0.7 percent after improving 1.5 percent in March. The latest number, however, fell short of the market forecast for a 1.2 percent gain.

    The April increase was led by the Mountain region, increasing 2.2 percent. Six of nine Census regions posted gains in the latest month.

    The year-on-year rate for April stood at 7.4 percent versus 7.5 percent for the month before.

    With this morning’s very favorable Case-Shiller report, the housing sector shows continued improvement although from a low base. The Fed’s quantitative easing program clearly is having positive impact in the housing sector. However, short supply of houses on the market also is contributing to the rise in prices.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  15. ICSC-Goldman Store Sales

    Released On 6/25/2013 7:45:00 AM For wk6/22, 2013

    Prior Actual
    Store Sales – W/W change 0.3 % 1.1 %
    Store Sales – Y/Y 2.5 % 1.6 %

    Same-store sales rose a sharp 1.1 percent in the June 22 week though the year-on-year rate, reflecting a calendar mismatch with last year’s Father’s Day, came in at a very soft plus 1.6 percent. But ICSC-Goldman sees the year-on-year rate, which has been trending near plus 3.0 percent, picking back up in the current week.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  16. New Home Sales

    Released On 6/25/2013 10:00:00 AM For May, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    New Home Sales – Level – SAAR 454 K 466 K 460 K 435 K to 475 K 476 K

    Market Consensus before announcement
    New home sales rose 2.3 percent in April to a 454,000 annual rate. Revisions to March and February showed a very strong net gain of 45,000 from initial levels that points to much greater than expected activity in prior months. Price readings were up significantly, up 8.3 percent in April alone for the median price to a new record $271,600. The average price, at $330,800 and also at a new record, is up 15.4 percent in the month. These readings, which are not based on repeat transactions, can be volatile but the year-on-year gain, at 14.9 percent for both the median and the average, is very convincing. The latest price reading suggests that there was a significant shift in sales toward the high end market.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  17. Consumer Confidence

    Released On 6/25/2013 10:00:00 AM For Jun, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Consumer Confidence – Level 76.2 74.3 75.0 72.5 to 79.5 81.4

    Market Consensus before announcement
    The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index jumped 7.2 points in May to a recovery best level of 76.2. Adding to the general showing of strength was a 9 tenths upward revision to April to 69.0. The assessment of the present situation posted at a recovery best of 66.7, up nearly 6 points from April. This run includes jobs as more say jobs are plentiful, 10.8 percent versus April’s 9.7 percent, and fewer say jobs are hard to get, at 36.1 percent for an 8 tenth improvement from April’s 36.9 percent. The assessment of expectations, at 82.4 for an 8.1 point jump, has been higher this recovery, but not by much. Fewer consumers were concerned over their income outlook and more see jobs opening up six months from now. Expectations for general business conditions showed significant improvement over April.

    Source: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=456297&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2013&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

    • US consumer confidence at five-year high in June

      6/25/13 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 8 mins ago

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ confidence in the economy rose to its highest level in more than five years, bolstered by a more optimistic outlook for hiring.

      The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index jumped to 81.4 in June. That’s the best reading since January 2008. And it is up from May’s reading of 74.3, which was revised slightly downward from 76.2.

      Consumers’ confidence in the economy is watched closely because their spending accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity.

      The report shows consumers are more positive about current economic conditions and have a more optimistic view of the economy and job market in the next six months.

      Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board, said that “suggests the pace of growth is unlikely to slow in the short-term, and may even moderately pick up.”

      Employers added 175,000 jobs in May, nearly matching the average monthly gain for the past year. That’s enough to slowly lower the unemployment rate. The rate ticked up to 7.6 percent last month but has fallen 0.6 percentage points in the past year.

      More Americans see signs of hiring taking place. Nearly 12 percent describe the number of jobs available as “plentiful,” the most since September 2008.

      And nearly 20 percent of consumers expect there will be more jobs in six months, while only 16.1 percent expect fewer jobs. That’s the first time those expecting more jobs have outnumbered those expecting fewer since February 2012.

      Rising home prices are also likely making Americans feel wealthier and more confident about spending. Home prices jumped 12.1 percent in April compared with a year ago, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index, also released Tuesday.

      Slightly more consumers said they planned to buy a car in the next six months. The percentage saying they planned to buy a home also ticked up.

      Americans have been resilient this year, despite tax increases and steep government spending cuts. Consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in two years in the first three months of the year. That helped the overall economy grow at a 2.4 percent annual pace during the January-March quarter.

      Economists forecast that overall economic growth is slowing to a 2 percent annual pace in the April-June quarter, in part because they expect consumers have eased up on spending from the robust first-quarter pace.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-consumer-confidence-five-high-june-140911097.html

  18. High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

    6/25/13 By MARK SHERMAN | Associated Press – 4 mins 49 secs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring.

    The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that does not reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.

    The court did not strike down the advance approval requirement of the law that has been used, mainly in the South, to open up polling places to minority voters in the nearly half century since it was first enacted in 1965. But the justices did say lawmakers must update the formula for determining which parts of the country must seek Washington’s approval, in advance, for election changes.

    Chief Justice John Roberts said for the conservative majority that Congress “may draft another formula based on current conditions.”

    That task eluded Congress in 2006 when lawmakers
    overwhelmingly renewed the advance approval requirement with no changes in which states and local jurisdictions were covered, and Congress did nothing in response to a high court ruling in a similar challenge in 2009 in which the justices raised many of the same concerns.

    “The coverage formula that Congress reauthorized in 2006 ignores these developments, keeping the focus on decades-old data relevant to decades-old problems, rather than current data reflecting current needs,” Roberts said.

    The decision means that a host of state and local laws that have not received Justice Department approval or have not yet been submitted will be able to take effect. Prominent among those are voter identification laws in Alabama and Mississippi.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/high-court-voids-key-part-voting-rights-act-141637132.html

    • June 25, 2013

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

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

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

    • Vice President Biden Speaks on the Voting Rights Act

      Published on Jun 25, 2013

      Vice President Biden speaks on today’s Supreme Court’s decision that invalidates a core provision of the Voting Rights Act, and decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent. June 25, 2013.

    • Vice President Biden Speaks on the Fair Labor Standards Act Anniversary

      Published on Jun 25, 2013

      Vice President Biden highlights the importance of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which established the minimum wage in 1938, and discusses what the Administration’s proposal to raise the minimum wage would mean for hard working American families.

    • Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938

      The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (abbreviated as FLSA; also referred to as the Wages and Hours Bill) is a federal statute of the United States. The FLSA established a national minimum wage, guaranteed ‘time-and-a-half‘ for overtime in certain jobs, and prohibited most employment of minors in “oppressive child labor,” a term that is defined in the statute. It applies to employees engaged in interstate commerce or employed by an enterprise engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce, unless the employer can claim an exemption from coverage.

      On Saturday, June 25, 1938, to avoid pocket vetoes 9 days after Congress had  adjourned, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat,  signed 121 bills. Among these bills  was a landmark law in the Nation’s social and economic development —  Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA). Against a history of judicial opposition,  the depression-born FLSA had survived, not unscathed, more than a year of  Congressional altercation. In its final form, the act applied to industries whose  combined employment represented only about one-fifth of the labor force. In these  industries, it banned oppressive child labor and set the minimum hourly wage at  25 cents, and the maximum workweek at 44 hours.

    • June 25, 2013

      Remarks by the President on Climate Change

      Georgetown University
      Washington, D.C.

      1:45 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you, Georgetown! Thank you so much. Everybody, please be seated. And my first announcement today is that you should all take off your jackets. (Laughter.) I’m going to do the same. (Applause.) It’s not that sexy, now. (Laughter.)

      It is good to be back on campus, and it is a great privilege to speak from the steps of this historic hall that welcomed Presidents going back to George Washington.

      I want to thank your president, President DeGioia, who’s here today. (Applause.) I want to thank him for hosting us. I want to thank the many members of my Cabinet and my administration. I want to thank Leader Pelosi and the members of Congress who are here. We are very grateful for their support.

      And I want to say thank you to the Hoyas in the house for having me back. (Applause.) It was important for me to speak directly to your generation, because the decisions that we make now and in the years ahead will have a profound impact on the world that all of you inherit.

      On Christmas Eve, 1968, the astronauts of Apollo 8 did a live broadcast from lunar orbit. So Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, William Anders — the first humans to orbit the moon -– described what they saw, and they read Scripture from the Book of Genesis to the rest of us back here. And later that night, they took a photo that would change the way we see and think about our world.

      It was an image of Earth -– beautiful; breathtaking; a glowing marble of blue oceans, and green forests, and brown mountains brushed with white clouds, rising over the surface of the moon.

      And while the sight of our planet from space might seem routine today, imagine what it looked like to those of us seeing our home, our planet, for the first time. Imagine what it looked like to children like me. Even the astronauts were amazed. “It makes you realize,” Lovell would say, “just what you have back there on Earth.”

      And around the same time we began exploring space, scientists were studying changes taking place in the Earth’s atmosphere. Now, scientists had known since the 1800s that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide trap heat, and that burning fossil fuels release those gases into the air. That wasn’t news. But in the late 1950s, the National Weather Service began measuring the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, with the worry that rising levels might someday disrupt the fragile balance that makes our planet so hospitable. And what they’ve found, year after year, is that the levels of carbon pollution in our atmosphere have increased dramatically.

      That science, accumulated and reviewed over decades, tells us that our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind.

      The 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come in the last 15 years. Last year, temperatures in some areas of the ocean reached record highs, and ice in the Arctic shrank to its smallest size on record — faster than most models had predicted it would. These are facts.

      Now, we know that no single weather event is caused solely by climate change. Droughts and fires and floods, they go back to ancient times. But we also know that in a world that’s warmer than it used to be, all weather events are affected by a warming planet. The fact that sea level in New York, in New York Harbor, are now a foot higher than a century ago — that didn’t cause Hurricane Sandy, but it certainly contributed to the destruction that left large parts of our mightiest city dark and underwater.

      The potential impacts go beyond rising sea levels. Here at home, 2012 was the warmest year in our history. Midwest farms were parched by the worst drought since the Dust Bowl, and then drenched by the wettest spring on record. Western wildfires scorched an area larger than the state of Maryland. Just last week, a heat wave in Alaska shot temperatures into the 90s.

      And we know that the costs of these events can be measured in lost lives and lost livelihoods, lost homes, lost businesses, hundreds of billions of dollars in emergency services and disaster relief. In fact, those who are already feeling the effects of climate change don’t have time to deny it — they’re busy dealing with it. Firefighters are braving longer wildfire seasons, and states and federal governments have to figure out how to budget for that. I had to sit on a meeting with the Department of Interior and Agriculture and some of the rest of my team just to figure out how we’re going to pay for more and more expensive fire seasons.

      Farmers see crops wilted one year, washed away the next; and the higher food prices get passed on to you, the American consumer. Mountain communities worry about what smaller snowpacks will mean for tourism — and then, families at the bottom of the mountains wonder what it will mean for their drinking water. Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction in insurance premiums, state and local taxes, and the costs of rebuilding and disaster relief.

      So the question is not whether we need to act. The overwhelming judgment of science — of chemistry and physics and millions of measurements — has put all that to rest. Ninety-seven percent of scientists, including, by the way, some who originally disputed the data, have now put that to rest. They’ve acknowledged the planet is warming and human activity is contributing to it.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/remarks-president-climate-change

    • June 25, 2013

      Fact Sheet: President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

      President Obama’s Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution
      Taking Action for Our Kids

      We have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged, and by taking an all- of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our kids’ health and begin to slow the effects of climate change so we leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. Building on efforts underway in states and communities across the country, the President’s plan cuts carbon pollution that causes climate change and threatens public health. Today, we have limits in place for arsenic, mercury and lead, but we let power plants release as much carbon pollution as they want – pollution that is contributing to higher rates of asthma attacks and more frequent and severe floods and heat waves.

      Cutting carbon pollution will help keep our air and water clean and protect our kids. The President’s plan will also spark innovation across a wide variety of energy technologies, resulting in cleaner forms of American- made energy and cutting our dependence on foreign oil. Combined with the President’s other actions to increase the efficiency of our cars and household appliances, the President’s plan will help American families cut energy waste, lowering their gas and utility bills. In addition, the plan steps up our global efforts to lead on climate change and invests to strengthen our roads, bridges, and shorelines so we can better protect people’s homes, businesses, and way of life from severe weather.

      While no single step can reverse the effects of climate change, we have a moral obligation to act on behalf of future generations. Climate change represents one of the major challenges of the 21st century, but as a nation of innovators, we can and will meet this challenge in a way that advances our economy, our environment, and public health all at the same time. That is why the President’s comprehensive plan takes action to:

      * Cuts Carbon Pollution in America
      In 2012, U.S. carbon pollution from the energy sector fell to the lowest level in two decades even as the economy continued to grow. To build on this progress, the Obama Administration is putting in place tough new rules to cut carbon pollution—just like we have for other toxins like mercury and arsenic —so we protect the health of our children and move our economy toward American-made clean energy sources that will create good jobs and lower home energy bills.

      * Prepares the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
      Even as we take new steps to cut carbon pollution, we must also prepare for the impacts of a changing climate that are already being felt across the country.

      * Lead International Efforts to Address Global Climate Change
      Just as no country is immune from the impacts of climate change, no country can meet this challenge alone. That is why it is imperative for the United States to couple action at home with leadership internationally. America must help forge a truly global solution to this global challenge by galvanizing international action to significantly reduce emissions, prepare for climate impacts, and drive progress through the international negotiations.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-climate-action-plan

      Download the full report: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf

      View inforgraphic: http://www.whitehouse.gov/energy/climate-change

  19. 3:00 PM ET
    WH Live Q&A
    Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy & Climate Change Heather Zichal will host a session of Office Hours on Twitter to answer your questions about the plan President Obama announced. Join in using #WHChat

  20. Happy & HOPEful Tuesday, CR and all friends!


    What a day! PBO about to make a major climate policy announcement and SCOTUS attacking Americans' right to vote!

    THIS is why voting matters! The two parties are not the same. Vote Democratic in 2014!

  21. June 24, 2013

    Readout of President Obama’s Call with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey

    President Obama spoke by phone yesterday with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey. The President and Prime Minister discussed developments in Syria, including the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people, our shared commitment to pursuing a political solution, the need to provide additional support to the Syrian Coalition and the Supreme Military Council to improve their effectiveness, and the importance of close bilateral cooperation on contingency planning and counterterrorism efforts. The Prime Minister also described the situation in Turkey. The two leaders discussed the importance of nonviolence and of the rights to free expression and assembly and a free press.

  22. June 25, 2013

    Statement by the President on the New Amir of Qatar

    I extend my best wishes to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as he assumes his new role as the Amir of Qatar. Qatar is an important partner of the United States, and we look forward to further strengthening our cooperation in the years ahead. I also extend my appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani for his friendship and leadership. The United States looks forward to working with Sheikh Tamim to deepen the ties between our two countries, and to continue our close partnership on issues of mutual interest.

  23. 3:35 PM ET
    President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden meet with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders to discuss domestic and international issues, including immigration reform and student loan interest rates.
    Oval Office

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