FLOTUS Michelle @ Natl Council of La Raza & VP Biden India/Singapore Travel

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FLOTUS LaRaza 2013

Tuesday, July 23 @ 12:30 PM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the key note address to the 2013 National Council of La Raza
Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

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Vice President Biden’s Trip to India and Singapore

19 July 2013 http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov

Washington — Vice President Biden will visit India and Singapore the week of July 22 to highlight the U.S. rebalancing of its foreign policy toward Asia and the Pacific and to encourage greater economic cooperation, including expanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

A senior Obama administration official who spoke to reporters on background in a July 19 teleconference said the vice president will arrive in New Delhi July 22 and meet with Indian officials, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He will also travel to Mumbai during his India visit. His discussions will cover bilateral economic cooperation, energy and climate issues, and cooperation on regional and defense issues, including maritime security, counterterrorism and Asia’s multilateral institutions.

Biden told an audience in Washington July 18 that with regard to Asia and the Pacific, the Obama administration is focused on “the risks of disruptions of commerce, proliferation, human disasters, conflict between nations and the persistent threat posed by North Korea.”

In response, the administration’s approach has been to strengthen its alliances in the regions, deepen security partnerships and invest “like never before” in Asian regional institutions to help them manage disputes peacefully, he said.

Empowered and growing Asian and Pacific region middle classes can help lift the global economy, he said, and progress can be made “if nations reject the temptations of zero-sum thinking and rise peacefully together, if progress toward greater rights and freedoms proves that no country has to make a choice between democracy and development, which is a false choice.”

The senior administration official said Biden plans to make a speech in Mumbai July 25 on ways to improve trade, and how there is a “strategic convergence” between the United States and India on maritime security and navigation, fair trade rules and shared democratic values.

In his remarks, Biden said India is increasingly looking east as a force for security and growth and “to us that’s welcome news.”

“We welcome India’s engagement in the region, and we welcome its efforts to develop new trade and transportation links by land and by sea in the area,” he said.

Before departing for Singapore, the vice president will also give a speech in Mumbai on women’s empowerment and the importance of their increased participation in science and math, the administration official said.

On July 26, Biden will meet with Singaporean leaders including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam for consultations on maritime security and the South China Sea, as well as Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, before returning to the United States July 27.

Biden said Singapore, a country of 5 million people, has become the 17th largest economy in the world and is an important U.S. partner on issues ranging from counterproliferation to counterpiracy.

In promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Singapore and elsewhere, “we want to help lead in creating the 21st century rules of the road that will benefit not only the United States and the region, but the world as a whole. The lifeblood of the region, to state the obvious, is economic development,” Biden said.

“To spark new growth, there has to be fewer barriers at and behind our borders; protections for intellectual property to reward innovation; new commitments to make sure everyone plays by the same rules because that’s what attracts investment and jobs; as well as greater economic integration,” Biden said.

The vice president said the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ambitious, but “doable,” and “we’re working hard to get this done this year.”

The vice president’s wife, Jill Biden, will accompany him on the trip, will participate in a health and nutrition event in India, and will take part in events concerning girls’ education and gender-based violence. In Singapore, she will also participate in an early education event and a barbecue for U.S. service members, the official said.

Vice President Biden’s India Schedule – July 22 – 25, 2013

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Vice President Biden’s Singapore Schedule – July 26 – 27, 2013

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  1. WH

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    7:25 PM
    President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Organizing for Action “Action August” summit
    DC, Mandarin Oriental Hotel-Grand Ballroom B&C, Washington, DC

    Vice President Biden arrives in India on a visit aimed at boosting trade and strengthening strategic relations

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    8:10 AM
    President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Organizing for Action “Action August” dinner
    DC, Mandarin Oriental Hotel-Grand Ballroom B&C, DC

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    10:45 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
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    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

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    The President meets with Secretary of State Kerry
    Oval Office

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  2. National Council of La Raza Annual Conference

    July 20-23, 2013

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    • The National Council of La Raza

      The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

      Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC, serving all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country. It has state and regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and San Antonio.

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  3. Israel, Palestinians Set Down Guidelines for Peace Talks

    July 21, 2013 Robert Berger – VOAnews

    JERUSALEM — Israel and the Palestinians are setting down guidelines for new peace talks brokered by the United States.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the expected resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians after a four-year stalemate.

    Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said negotiations with the Palestinians are a “vital strategic interest” of Israel.

    He said the talks will be difficult and any final agreement would be brought to a national referendum.

    Israeli and Palestinian chief negotiators are due to meet in Washington soon with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who on Friday announced an agreement had been reached establishing a basis for the resumption of direct final status negotiations. The officials will try to hammer out the framework for resumed peace talks, but disagreements have already emerged over the borders of a future Palestinian state.

    The Palestinians say they have received written guarantees from Kerry that negotiations will be based on borders that existed before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

    For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/netanyahu-resumed-talks-with-palestinians-of-vital-importance/1706043.html

  4. Hey CR. Thanks for this thread. I am looking forward to hearing FLOTUS deliver the keynote speech Tuesday.

    • I am also impressed with SOS Kerry for his work in promoting peace talks. I think he is absolutely loving his job.

      • I think that the Obama Administration is lucky to have had SOS Clinton and now to have SOS Kerry. We NEED peace in the world.

  5. Biden to Visit India and Singapore

    19 July 2013 http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov

    Washington — Vice President Biden will visit India and Singapore the week of July 22 to highlight the U.S. rebalancing of its foreign policy toward Asia and the Pacific and to encourage greater economic cooperation, including expanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

    A senior Obama administration official who spoke to reporters on background in a July 19 teleconference said the vice president will arrive in New Delhi July 22 and meet with Indian officials, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He will also travel to Mumbai during his India visit. His discussions will cover bilateral economic cooperation, energy and climate issues, and cooperation on regional and defense issues, including maritime security, counterterrorism and Asia’s multilateral institutions.

    Biden told an audience in Washington July 18 that with regard to Asia and the Pacific, the Obama administration is focused on “the risks of disruptions of commerce, proliferation, human disasters, conflict between nations and the persistent threat posed by North Korea.”

    Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2013/07/20130719279206.html#ixzz2Zm8gIaT5

    • Biden Heads To India To Expand Trade Relations

      JULY 22, 2013, 7:25 AM 10 NIRMALA GEORGE -AP

      NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives in India on Monday on a visit aimed at boosting trade and strengthening strategic relations as Washington pursues its new Asia-Pacific policy.

      Biden’s four-day visit will include meetings with top Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, before he heads to Mumbai to meet Indian business leaders.

      Biden and Indian leaders were expected to discuss hurdles to trade and restrictions on American companies doing business in the Indian marketplace.

      Biden’s visit is viewed as a major step in promoting President Barack Obama’s Asia-Pacific rebalance policy aimed at forging strong partnerships in the region seen as an effort to counterbalance China’s power.

      Biden begins his trip Monday evening with a visit to a museum dedicated to M. K. Gandhi, India’s independence leader and nonviolence crusader.

      For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/biden-heads-to-india-to-expand-trade-relations.php?ref=fpb

    • Vice President Biden’s India Schedule
      July 22 – 26, 2013

      Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden are greeted in New Delhi

      Vice President Biden meets with President Pranab Mukherjee
      and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

      Vice President Biden visits a museum dedicated to Indian independence hero Mohandas Gandhi.

      Vice President Biden and Indian officials attend meetings on ways to expand bilateral trade that currently stands at $100 billion

      Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visit a U.S. supported public health program in Agra and then tour the nearby Taj Mahal.

      Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visit with women teaching at the India Institute of Technology

      Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visit US Embassy staff

      Vice President Biden delivers remarks to the Bombay stock exchange

    • Vice President Biden’s Singapore Schedule
      July 26 – 27, 2013

      Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden are greeted in Singapore

      Vice President Biden meets with President Tony Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

      Vice President Biden meets with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

      Vice President Biden and Singaporean officials attend meetings on ways to expand bilateral trade

      Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visit an American-owned Pratt and Whitney aircraft facility

      Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visit the USS Freedom, currently deployed to the region.

      Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visit US Embassy staff

    • On Board in New Delhi: Visiting Gandhi Smriti

      Published on Jul 22, 2013

      In New Delhi, The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden meet with the Gandhi’s granddaughter and tour the building where he spend the last years of his life, which is now the Gandhi Smriti museum.

    • On The Road with Dr. Jill Biden: Agra, India

      Published on Jul 23, 2013

      Dr. Jill Biden visits a USAID funded progam in Kachhpura, one of the 430 slums in the city of Agra. There, she saw firsthand the “Health for the Urban Poor Program” providing health care to the under-served and empowering groups of local woman to continue working within the community

    • July 24, 2013

      Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden on the U.S.-India Partnership at the Bombay Stock Exchange

      The Bombay Stock Exchange
      Mumbai, India

      1:40 P.M. IST

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Kaku. I appreciate it.

      Thank you all for giving me this opportunity. It’s an honor to be back in India and to be here in Mumbai. Off script for a second here, I was reminded — I was elected to the United States Senate when I was a 29-year-old kid back in 1972, and one of the first letters I received and I regret I never followed up on it. Maybe some genealogist in audience can follow up for me, but I received a letter from a gentleman named Biden — Biden, my name — from Mumbai, asserting that we were related. (Laughter.) Seriously. Suggesting that our mutual, great, great, great, something or other worked for the East India Trading Company back in the 1700s and came to Mumbai.

      And so I was thinking about it, if that’s true, I might run here in India for office. (Laughter.) I might be qualified. But I’ve never followed up on it. But now that I’m back for the multiple times, I’m going to follow up to find out whether there is a Biden and whether we’re related. I hope he’s in good standing if we are. (Laughter.)

      I want to thank you for the kind welcome, Kaku, and the nice introduction. I’m delighted to be in Mumbai, a city full of history and dreams and incredible energy. I bring with me the admiration of the American people and the good wishes of President Obama.

      We admire the way you’ve melded ethnicities, faiths and tongues into a single, proud nation; the way entrepreneurship seems almost hard-wired into Indian society, from rickshaw wallas to web programmers; and maybe most of all, we admire your democracy and the message that your democracy sends to people everywhere in the world. And that message is: No nation need choose between development and freedom. They are not inconsistent.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/24/remarks-vice-president-joe-biden-us-india-partnership-bombay-stock-excha

    • July 26, 2013

      Remarks to the Press by Vice President Biden and Prime Minister Lee of Singapore

      Istana
      Singapore

      3:45 P.M. SGT

      PRIME MINISTER LEE: Ladies and gentlemen, is it my great pleasure to welcome Vice President Biden to Singapore.

      I was — met him last in the White House in April (inaudible) together with President Obama, and I’m delighted to reciprocate Vice President Biden’s very kind hospitality. I hope you enjoy the visit and I hope that Mrs. Biden likes the orchid that we made up.

      Our relations with the U.S. are wide-ranging and in excellent shape. Many U.S. institutions, colleges like Yale University, Duke Medical School or Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute are partnering with Singapore universities. And American companies are here too in big numbers, like Pratt & Whitney, which the Vice President is visiting. And they have contributed much to our economy and they are continuing to invest and to upgrade their operations.

      We are also pleased to have a very good security relationship and defense relationship with the U.S. And we’re hosting the first U.S. LCS littoral combat ship in Singapore, which arrived in April to conduct exercises together with navies in the region.

      So in our discussions just now, the Vice President and I agreed to explore new partnerships in R&D, in culture and in education. We are (inaudible) very happy that the U.S. is engaged in the region, Asia Pacific, and particularly, of course, in Southeast Asia and ASEAN, our partners as well — and on a global front, through security cooperation, trade, education, energy and so on.

      Singapore is friends with America, also with India, Japan and China and the other major powers. And we would like to maintain our good relations with all of them. And we’ve always believed that the U.S. has a constructive role to play in the region, and the Vice President has played a significant role being responsible for these efforts in this administration, and especially in maintaining and strengthening (inaudible) between U.S. and China.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/26/remarks-press-vice-president-biden-and-prime-minister-lee-singapore

    • Remarks by Vice President Biden on the Economy at Pratt & Whitney

      Published on Jul 30, 2013

      Vice President Biden speaks on the economy at Pratt & Whitney’s Singapore-based engine overhaul facility.

    • Remarks by Vice President Biden on the U.S.S. Freedom

      Published on Jul 30, 2013

      Vice President Biden speaks to sailors on the U.S.S. Freedom at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore.

  6. July 21, 2013

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the Investiture of His Majesty King Philippe, King of the Belgians

    On behalf of the American people, the President congratulates His Majesty King Philippe on the occasion of his investiture as King of the Belgians, and wishes the very best to him, Queen Mathilde, and the Belgian people on this special day. The United States and Belgium share a rich history and strong ties, including as NATO allies. The President also sends his heartfelt appreciation to King Albert II for his warmth, service, and leadership as he steps down after nearly 20 years. Belgium is a valued friend of the United States, and the President looks forward to continuing to deepen this bond in the years to come.

  7. GOP WRONG WAY

    House GOP to slash environmental, arts funding

    7/22/13 51 minutes ago ANDREW TAYLOR – AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are proposing slashing cuts to environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts as they unveil the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration.

    The $24 billion spending measure guts the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency with a one-third cut and cuts the National Endowments for the Arts by almost half. Overall, the measure funding the Interior Department, EPA, national parks and federal firefighting efforts is cut by 19 percent below funding approved in March.

    The bill reflects trade-offs made when making further cuts to domestic programs to restore opposed cuts to defense. It is sure to be slapped with a White House veto threat and is really just a placeholder until negotiations this fall.

  8. Survey: Brighter US economic outlook boosts hiring

    7/22/13 Christopher s. Rugaber, AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies are increasingly confident the economy will grow at a modest pace over the next year and are hiring more, according to a survey of business economists.

    Nearly one-third of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics said their companies added jobs in the April-June quarter, according to a report released Monday. That’s the highest percentage in nearly two years. And 39 percent expect their firms will hire more in the next six months. That’s near the two-year high of 40 percent reached in the January-March quarter.

    The hiring pickup occurred even though sales and profit growth slowed in the second quarter.

    Optimism about future economic growth increased. Nearly three-quarters of the survey respondents forecast growth of 2.1 percent or more over the next 12 months. That’s up from two-thirds in the first quarter survey, released in April, and the most in a year.

    The quarterly survey’s results echo much of the recent data tracking the economy. Growth has been slow in the past nine months, but employers have added jobs at a healthy pace. Many economists anticipate that the steady hiring will help accelerate growth in the second half of this year.

    The NABE surveyed 65 of its member economists between June 18 and July 2. The economists work for companies from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, transportation and utilities, finance, retail and other services.

    Among the findings:

    — Only about 35 percent of the respondents said sales at their firms increased in the second quarter. That’s sharply lower than the 55 percent who reported rising sales in the first quarter. And 15 percent said sales fell, up from 9 percent in the first quarter.

    — Profit growth also slowed: Only 21 percent of respondents said profit margins increased last quarter, down from 29 percent in the first.

    — Only 19 percent of economists said their firms were raising wages and salaries, down from 31 percent in April and the lowest proportion since October.

    — A small but increasing minority of respondents say that government spending cuts and tax increases have hurt their businesses. Twenty-six percent of the economists said their firms were negatively impacted, up from only 16 percent in April. Still, 74 percent said the government policies had no impact on their businesses, though that’s down from 79 percent three months earlier.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/survey-brighter-us-economic-outlook-040317607.html

  9. July 22, 2013

    Statement by the President and Mrs. Obama Congratulating Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

    Michelle and I are so pleased to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child. We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings. The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations. Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince.

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    British Palace officials confirmed the arrival of His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge, born at St. Mary’s Hospital at 4:24 PM BST, and weighing 8 lbs 6 oz.. born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

  10. 7:25 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Organizing for Action “Action August” summit
    DC, Mandarin Oriental Hotel-Grand Ballroom B&C, DC

    • July 22, 2013

      Remarks by the President at an OFA Dinner

      Mandarin Oriental Hotel
      Washington, D.C.

      8:13 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hey! (Applause.) Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody have a seat. We’re among friends here; we don’t have to be too formal.

      Well, first of all, those of you who don’t know Jon Carson, Jon didn’t get on TV much during the campaign, and Messina was hogging all the attention. (Laughter.) But there is nobody who is a better grassroots organizer than Jon Carson. (Applause.) And we owe so much to him and we’re so proud of all the work he’s doing now. He is outstanding.

      I want to thank our outstanding Democratic Leader in the House of Representatives — perhaps soon to be Speaker again — Nancy Pelosi in the house. (Applause.) Fighting the good fight. I could not have a better partner than Nancy. And alongside her is my dear friend — and I think he probably had to take off, but I just want to still acknowledge him publicly — Harry Reid is fighting the good fight every single day and we’re so proud of him. (Applause.)

      So I’m not going to give a long set of remarks, because I know all of you and mostly I just want to hear from you and have a good conversation for about 45 minutes. This week, I’m going to Galesburg, Illinois. I see an Illinois table here, so a number of you know where Galesburg is. Galesburg is where I gave my first big speech after I had been elected to the United States Senate. It was the commencement at Knox College, and it was a speech about the economy. This was in 2005, so well before the financial crisis. The housing bubble was still going strong; people were still maxing out on their credit cards. On paper at least, it looked like the economy was growing.

      But in this speech, what I said was that the world has changed. Technology, globalization, the weakening of unions — all of this had shifted the basic bargain that had existed basically during the post-World War II era. So that for a lot of folks, the idea that if you worked hard, you could make it — you could get a good job that paid a living wage, that you would have the security of decent health care, that you would be able to retire with dignity and respect, that you could count on your kids having a better future than you did — that those things were slipping out of the grasp of a lot of folks.

      And in Galesburg, Illinois, Maytag had been a massive employer there, and Maytag had moved out to Mexico. And what had swept through a lot of towns throughout the Midwest and Northeast had happened in Galesburg, where people were left high and dry. Tax base had declined, unemployment had soared, a lot of folks out of work; the jobs that replaced them generally were jobs that paid a much lower wage.

      And all these trends that had been taking place were visible at the time — rising inequality, struggles in the middle class — but they were papered over to some extent by the bubble. And by the time I took office, the bottom had fallen out.

      Now, the good news is over the last five years, we fought alongside people like Nancy Pelosi. But most importantly, because of the grit and resilience and determination of the American people, we’ve been able to clear away the rubble and get back to where we were.

      The speech I’m going to be giving on Wednesday focuses on the fact that those underlying trends still exist. They are still a central challenge that we face. That there’s no more important question for this country than how do we create an economy in which everybody who works hard feels like they can get ahead and feel some measure of security. It isn’t to say that other issues are not important. Obviously, if we don’t do something about climate change, that has an impact for generations to come. Obviously, if we’re not vigilant, we can see a continued erosion in women’s rights and civil rights. Obviously, the scourge of gun violence is something that we still have to stay focused on.

      But what we also know is, is that so many of the issues that we care about are more likely to progress if people feel good about their own lives and their economic situation.

      So this is going to be more of a thematic speech, and then we’re going to follow it up with a series of more concrete proposals, some of which I’ve made before, some of which will be new. But the key is to try to make sure that this town refocuses on the issues that matter most to people day to day. Because I think a lot of Americans out there, they’re watching — well, they don’t watch cable TV, but if they did, or they’re listening to the talking heads, they would say to themselves, this doesn’t connect with me and what I’m going through, and what my children are going through.

      And so I’m excited about the speech, not because I think the speech is going to change any minds, but because it gives us an opportunity to refocus attention on the thing that the American people sent me to focus on. And some of the proposals that we’ve put forward are ones that are going to be very difficult to get through this Congress. Of course, everything is very difficult to get through this Congress.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/22/remarks-president-ofa-dinner

  11. WH

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    4:30 AM
    Vice President Biden meets with Sushma Swaraj of the Bharatiya Janata Party
    New Delhi, India

    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    6:45 AM
    Vice President Biden meets with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
    New Delhi, India

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    Vice President Biden meets with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
    New Delhi, India

    9:00 AM
    9:45 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama meets with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

    11:00 AM
    11:45 AM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the key note address to the 2013 National Council of La Raza
    Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden arrive in Mumbai
    Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, India

    2:10 PM
    President Obama welcomes the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship winners the Louisville Cardinals to the White House

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  12. Louisville to visit White House

    Updated: July 16, 2013, 8:50 PM ET Associated Press

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NCAA champion Louisville men’s basketball team is headed to Washington, D.C., to meet President Barack Obama.

    White House officials announced Tuesday that the Cardinals will be honored by the president July 23 in the Rose Garden at 2:05 p.m. They follow Louisville’s 1980 and 1986 NCAA title teams, who previously visited the presidential residence while presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were in office respectively.

    Cardinals coach Rick Pitino hinted last week that a White House invitation could come soon. In a release, he called the pending visit “a great honor” for the team and “something they will always cherish and someday tell their children.”

    The Cardinals’ trip includes a tour of the U.S. Capitol and a visit with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, a Louisville graduate who frequently attends their home games.

  13. Asian Pacific Caucus plans meeting with Obama

    July 17, 2013 Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus are planning to raise the issues of immigration and appointments in a meeting with President Barack Obama.

    California Democrat Mike Honda’s spokesman, Anthony Kusich, says the meeting is on schedule for next week but did not specify a day. The White House declined Tuesday to confirm the meeting.

    The caucus, led by California Democrat Judy Chu, has been concerned about the lack of Asians and Pacific Islander candidates for Cabinet positions in Obama’s second term. The number of Asians moving to the U.S. is one of the nation’s fastest growing immigrant groups A caucus priority is keeping intact immigration policies allowing relatives to join family members in the U.S.

    Obama met with black and Hispanic caucus members last week.

  14. 1200 days

    Posted: 22 Jul 2013 07:21 PM PDT ThePeoplesView

    We have reached a point where the GOP doesn’t even hide that they have no interest in governing.

    Chris Cilliza and Aaron Blake have a piece in the Washington Post. In it, they have a remarkable quote from Speaker John Boehner:

    “We should not be judged by how many new laws we create,” Boehner told CBS’ Bob Schieffer in an interview that aired Sunday. “We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal. We’ve got more laws than the administration could ever enforce.”

    Let that sink in for a moment.

    Of course, Mr. Boehner states that he’s merely sticking to ideas of Republican governance, which is to govern as little as possible. And he’s also sticking to Grover Norquist’s ideology of making government small enough to drown in the bathtub.

    But, in general, most people send their representatives to Congress in the hope that they’ll get something done. They may grumble about “big government”, but they want roads fixed, pensions paid, and all the other goodies they get from the evil government.

    Read more : http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/07/1200-days.html#more

  15. ICSC-Goldman Store Sales

    Released On 7/23/2013 7:45:00 AM For wk7/20, 2013
    Prior Actual
    Store Sales – W/W change -1.1 % 1.4 %
    Store Sales – Y/Y 1.7 % 2.1 %

    Highlights
    One week it’s cool and one week it’s hot, making for swings in ICSC-Goldman’s weekly tally of same-store sales that level out when averaged. ICSC-Goldman reports a big 1.4 percent surge in the July 20 week as hot weather drove shoppers into the malls, especially into department stores, for relief and for seasonal goods. In the prior week, cool weather held back shopping and seasonal demand and made for a 1.1 percent weekly decline.

    The latest year-on-year rate, at plus 2.1 percent, is right in line with the 4-week average of 2.2 percent. Yet the report does see some weakness for July as a whole for its sample, forecasting a 3.0 to 3.5 percent year-on-year rate for the month vs a 4.1 percent gain in June.

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

  16. FHFA House Price Index

    Released On 7/23/2013 9:00:00 AM For May, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    M/M change 0.7 % 0.5 % 0.8 % 0.5 % to 1.2 % 0.7 %
    Y/Y change 7.4 % 7.3 % 7.3 %

    Highlights
    House prices continue to rebound. The FHFA house price index for May advanced 0.7 percent after gaining 0.5 percent in April. The consensus forecast a 0.8 percent increase. The May HPI change marks the sixteenth consecutive monthly price increase in the purchase-only, seasonally adjusted index. The U.S. index is 11.2 percent below its April 2007 peak.

    The May increase was led by the South Atlantic region, increasing 1.8 percent. The weakest was the East South Central region which slipped 1.5 percent. Six of nine Census regions showed gains in the latest month; two declined; and one was flat.

    The year-on-year rate for May posted at 7.3 percent, matching the April pace.

    Overall, the housing sector continues to make moderate progress. The rise in home prices is favorable for the overall recovery as this will bring more supply to the housing market and add to consumer confidence.

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

    • Champions of Change: Transformative Civic Engagement and Open Data

      Published on Jul 24, 2013

      The White House honors open government change agents and civic hackers as Champions of Change. July 24, 2013.

  17. 10:45 AM ET
    President Obama meets with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

    • July 23, 2013

      Readout of the President’s Meeting with Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

      This morning, President Obama met with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) at the White House to discuss a range of important issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The President thanked CAPAC for their work to expand the middle class within AAPI communities and among all Americans, and said that he looks forward to continuing to work with them.

      The President stressed that the Administration continues to urge the House to take action to pass commonsense immigration reform that would secure our borders, crack down on illegal employment, offer a path to earned citizenship for undocumented persons, and modernize our legal immigration system so that it once again addresses our needs and reflects our values as a nation. He thanked CAPAC for their ongoing efforts on this important issue and both sides agreed on the need to pass immigration reform now to help grow the economy, create jobs and reduce the deficit. The President urged CAPAC to continue to reach out to their colleagues in the House to find consensus and complete work on this important issue at the earliest possible opportunity. In the coming weeks, members of the Cabinet and Senior Administration officials will stress the economic need for commonsense immigration reform, including highlighting the economic benefits of reform and the high costs of inaction.

      The President also said that he was proud of his efforts to make the Executive Branch and the federal judiciary more diverse. CAPAC thanked the President for more than doubling the number of AAPI federal judges currently serving. The President reiterated his commitment to ensuring that his Administration is composed of highly qualified public servants who reflect the diversity of America. CAPAC also thanked the President for the ongoing work of the White House Initiative on AAPIs to better connect AAPI communities to the federal government.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/23/readout-presidents-meeting-members-congressional-asian-pacific-american-

    • July 23, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady to the National Council of La Raza

      Earnest M. Morial Convention Center
      New Orleans, Louisiana

      11:59 A.M. CDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Buenos dias! Oh, my goodness. You all rest yourselves. You’ve been busy. I understand you are having a phenomenal conference. And it is such a pleasure to be here with all of you today for this 2013 Annual Conference.

      Of course, I want to start by thanking Janet not just for that very kind introduction, but I want to thank her, as well as Jorge Plasencia, for their leadership, for this outstanding organization. I also very much want to thank all of you who are part of this great American organization.

      As you know, for more than four decades, NCLR has served as a powerful voice on the most important issues of our time — from voting rights to health care, from education to immigration. Because of all of you, your steadfast work, we have seen such great progress for the Latino community and for our country.

      And please know that whether it’s implementing health reform or passing common-sense immigration reform, your President and his administration are going to keep working with you and fighting with you every step of the way. (Applause.) Know that. And I know these debates are hard — particularly on immigration. But do not give up, because I promise you that my husband won’t give up until a good bill gets on his desk. (Applause.)

      That’s because in the end, these issues are all about one simple thing: They’re about achieving the American Dream. They’re about building a country where no matter who you are, or where you’re from, or what you look like, or who you love, you can build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/23/remarks-first-lady-national-council-la-raza

    • July 23, 2013

      Remarks by the President with the NCAA Champion Louisville Cardinals

      2:16 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Please have a seat. Welcome to the White House. And let’s give it up for Coach Pitino and the National Champion, the Louisville Cardinals. (Applause.)

      Now, I have to start by recognizing a proud graduate of the University of Louisville, Senator Mitch McConnell, who is here. (Applause.) We’ve got a number other members of Congress who are here. We’ve also got Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer in the house. (Applause.) We’ve got Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the house. (Applause.) And I gather we have a whole bunch of fans everywhere. (Laughter and applause.)

      Today we’re here to celebrate a Louisville team that always played hard, that always worked together, that stayed focused on one singular goal, and that is to bust my bracket. (Laughter.) I’ve been having a tough time lately on my brackets. (Laughter.) This year I was close — I had the Cardinals in the title game. But I guess I discounted the motivational power of making your 60-year-old coach promise to get a tattoo if you won. (Laughter.)

      Now, we’re not going to ask Coach to show it here at the White House — (laughter) — but I have to hand it to you, Coach, you did not chicken out. You kept your word. And in return, you’ve got something that will stay with you forever — a shirtless picture of you on the Internet. (Laughter.) That will never be erased. (Laughter.)

      But even if the rest of us don’t have a tattoo on our shoulder to serve as a reminder, I think we all agree this is a team we will not forget. It had a swarming defense and, as a consequence, the Cardinals were able to capture their school’s third national title, but their first since 1986. They ran off 16 straight wins to end the season. They captured the Big East Tournament title. They sailed through the first four games of the NCAAs.

      In the Final Four, they needed a pair of three pointers from walk-on Tim Henderson to mount a late comeback. Go ahead and give Tim a big round of applause. (Applause.) Mounting a late comeback against Wichita State to make the title game. And then against Michigan, they treated us to one of the best championship games that any of us have seen in a very, very long time. Luke Hancock led the way. (Applause.) Luke! At one point scoring 14 points in a row, including four straight 3s, before helping to ice the game with a pair of free throws in the final minutes. And that made Luke one of the first — I believe the first player ever to come off the bench and win the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. So it’s a great testament to him.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/23/remarks-president-ncaa-champion-louisville-cardinals

  18. July 23, 2013

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Amash Amendment

    In light of the recent unauthorized disclosures, the President has said that he welcomes a debate about how best to simultaneously safeguard both our national security and the privacy of our citizens. The Administration has taken various proactive steps to advance this debate including the President’s meeting with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, his public statements on the disclosed programs, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s release of its own public statements, ODNI General Counsel Bob Litt’s speech at Brookings, and ODNI’s decision to declassify and disclose publicly that the Administration filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. We look forward to continuing to discuss these critical issues with the American people and the Congress.

    However, we oppose the current effort in the House to hastily dismantle one of our Intelligence Community’s counterterrorism tools. This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process. We urge the House to reject the Amash Amendment, and instead move forward with an approach that appropriately takes into account the need for a reasoned review of what tools can best secure the nation.

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