Nomen Baraci Obama – Named after Barack Obama

President Barack Hussein Obama - Born In The USA on August 4, 1961 at Kapiolani Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
President Barack Hussein Obama – Born In The USA on August 4, 1961 at Kapiolani Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

List of things named after Barack Obama, the 44th and current President of the United States per Wikipedia:

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Wisconsin

Streets

Tanzania

  • Barack Obama Drive – A road in the Tanzanian capital of Dodoma was renamed in honor of Obama’s visit to the country. The road, located by the Indian Ocean, leads to the Tanzanian president’s residence.

California, United States

  • Obama Way – Seaside, California – Seaside City Council approved the commemorative designation of Broadway Avenue as Obama Way

Florida, United States

Illinois, United States

  • Barack Obama Avenue – East St. Louis, Illinois – City council approved the renaming of a half mile section of 4th street to Barack Obama Avenue in August, 2012.

Missouri, United States

Visitor Center

  • Obama Plaza – Moneygall, Offaly, Ireland – President Barack Obama Visitor Centre opened on July 4, 2014 is located off junction 23 on the M7 motorway linking Dublin and Limerick

Topographical Features

Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, left, unveils a stone sculpture and plaque honoring President Barack Obama as Brent Hardt, charge d'affairs of the U.S. embassy in Barbados, looks on during a ceremony naming Antigua's highest mountain
Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, left, unveils a stone sculpture and plaque honoring President Barack Obama as Brent Hardt, charge d’affairs of the U.S. embassy in Barbados, looks on during a ceremony naming Antigua’s highest mountain “Mount Obama” in St. John’s, Antigua, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. The small Caribbean nation celebrated the American president on his birthday and saluted him as a symbol of black achievement. (AP Photo/Johnny Jno-Baptiste)

Antigua and Barbuda

  • Mount Obama in Antigua and Barbuda – renamed from Boggy Peak on Obama’s birthday, 4 August 2009

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The Parade of Presidents, Cuba City, Cuba
The Parade of Presidents, Cuba City, Cuba

City of Presidents

The Parade of Presidents. A bicentennial project in 1976 Commemorating our nation’s 200th birthday.

Forty-four patriotic shields with each president’s name, silhouette, term in office and birth state, still line the city’s Main Street. Flags fly high over each shield from Memorial Day through Veteran’s Day for everyone to enjoy.

For more: http://cubacity.org/organizations_city_of_presidents.php

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US Ambassador to New Zealand & Samoa David Huebner (R) and Wellington, New Zealand artist Maurice Bennett (R) with his toast art of President Barack Obama 7/12/2010
US Ambassador to New Zealand & Samoa David Huebner (R) and Wellington, New Zealand artist Maurice Bennett (R) with his toast art of President Barack Obama 7/12/2010

Toasting the President

7/12/10 newzealand.usembassy.gov

Just when I thought I had seen and heard everything, I met a guy with 4,234 pieces of toast and a grand vision.

Yes, that’s me with a portrait of President Obama (center) and Wellington artist Maurice Bennett (right).

Maurice’s favored medium is bread. He has toasted an array of political figures such as Prime Minister John Key and former Prime Minister Helen Clark, as well as cultural icons such as Elvis and the Mona Lisa. He once sold a billboard-sized portrait of Dame Edna Everage to a bread company for $15,000. He also does abstract works in toast. A Renaissance man not confined to one medium, he has rendered Eminem in … (come on, take a guess) … M& M’s.

Our ceilings in the Embassy are not high enough or I would have twisted Maurice’s arm to leave President Obama’s portrait with us for awhile. The portrait is now on display at the Walrus Gallery on Taranaki Street, Wellington.

When my colleague Janine suggested that I make time to view the portrait, I thought the idea was half-baked. It turned out Janine was right … fully baked and well worth the time.

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From left to right: Derick Maarleveld, Ambassador Hartog Levin, Diederick Kraaijeveld. 1/20/10
From left to right: Derick Maarleveld, Ambassador Hartog Levin, Diederick Kraaijeveld. 1/20/10

Ambassador Hartog Levin accepts portrait of President Obama by Dutch artist Diederick Kraaijeveld

January 20, 2010 thehague.usembassy.gov

The portrait, previously exhibited in Washington on inauguration day 2009, was presented to the Embassy by Derick Maarleveld, who raised funds from supporters of President Obama in the Netherlands to acquire the work.

Kraaijeveld uses salvaged wood from around the world to create his works. The blue wood he used for the President’s tie in this portrait is from Mombasa, Kenya.

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Portrait of President Obama created with hyacinths. Photo: J. Peppelman
Portrait of President Obama created with hyacinths. Photo: J. Peppelman

Dutch village creates portrait of President Obama with hyacinth

May 11, 2009 hehague.usembassy.gov

40 volunteers worked on a 2 x 3 meter mosaic of President Obama, composed of millions of hyacinth flowers.

It is one of the items on display during the annual flower days (bloemendagen) in the village of Limmen near Alkmaar in the month of May. People living there make mosaics with the flowers of the Hycinthus Orientalis and set up the mosaics in front of their house.

The Obama portrait was created out of admiration of the American President.

Born:Barack Hussein Obama II Date: August 4, 1961 Location: Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Born: Barack Hussein Obama II
Date: August 4, 1961
Location: Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.

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44 thoughts on “Nomen Baraci Obama – Named after Barack Obama

  1. WH

    Friday, August 2, 2013

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    • Caribbean island renames its highest point Mount Obama

      AUGUST 4, 2009BY: DENNIS D. JACOBS – examiner

      Boggy Peak on the Caribbean island of Antigua is now Mount Obama.

      Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer made the change official today (Wednesday) during a ceremony honoring American President Barack Obama on his birthday. The peak is the highest point on the island, rising 1,300 feet above sea level.

      The move was not universally favored on Antigua, but Spencer did not need legislative approval to make the name change. He said Obama, as the first black American president, was a source of pride for all Caribbean people.

    • Toasting the President

      7/12/10 newzealand.usembassy.gov

      Just when I thought I had seen and heard everything, I met a guy with 4,234 pieces of toast and a grand vision.

      Yes, that’s me with a portrait of President Obama (center) and Wellington artist Maurice Bennett (right).

      Maurice’s favored medium is bread. He has toasted an array of political figures such as Prime Minister John Key and former Prime Minister Helen Clark, as well as cultural icons such as Elvis and the Mona Lisa. He once sold a billboard-sized portrait of Dame Edna Everage to a bread company for $15,000. He also does abstract works in toast. A Renaissance man not confined to one medium, he has rendered Eminem in … (come on, take a guess) … M& M’s.

      Our ceilings in the Embassy are not high enough or I would have twisted Maurice’s arm to leave President Obama’s portrait with us for awhile. The portrait is now on display at the Walrus Gallery on Taranaki Street, Wellington.

      When my colleague Janine suggested that I make time to view the portrait, I thought the idea was half-baked. It turned out Janine was right … fully baked and well worth the time.

    • Ambassador Hartog Levin accepts portrait of President Obama by Dutch artist Diederick Kraaijeveld

      January 20, 2010 thehague.usembassy.gov

      The portrait, previously exhibited in Washington on inauguration day 2009, was presented to the Embassy by Derick Maarleveld, who raised funds from supporters of President Obama in the Netherlands to acquire the work.

      Kraaijeveld uses salvaged wood from around the world to create his works. The blue wood he used for the President’s tie in this portrait is from Mombasa, Kenya.

    • Kapiolani Health Foundation – Centennial Dinner KHNL Jan 25 2009

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      Centennial Dinner KHNL Jan 25 2009

    • Obama Plaza opens in ancestral home of Moneygall, Offaly

      July 11,2014 01:55 AM Paddy Clancy @irishcentral

      Born on the fourth of July! That’s the official day the President Barack Obama Visitor Centre was opened in Moneygall, but gestation started the day Obama visited his distant family home in a village of 320 people in 2011.

      The center in Co. Offaly is in the Barack Obama Plaza, a service station and food court. It opened earlier this year just off junction 23 on the M7 motorway linking Dublin and Limerick.

      The €7 million ($9.5m) development, owned by Pat and Una McDonagh, is considered to be one of the biggest investments in the midlands in recent years.

      It’s hoped the visitor center will attract tourists who wish to learn more about Obama’s connections to Moneygall as well as the links of 22 former U.S. presidents to Ireland.

      Henry Healy, 29, distant cousin of Obama, said the visit of the most powerful man in the world to his ancestral home had huge benefits for the community.

      Healy, who has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in the White House, is hopeful America’s most famous family will visit Moneygall’s latest tourist attraction.

      Healy, the manager of Barack Obama Plaza said, “This is another milestone for Moneygall. We have a facility which will enhance the community and become one of the largest employers in the area.”

      Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny paid a brief visit to the center on opening day. “We are always supportive of keeping our connections with the United States alive,” he said.

      Kenny spoke about President Obama’s great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney, who left Moneygall as a 19-year-old to emigrate to the U.S.

      The Barack Obama Plaza, including the visitor center and meetings suite and the attached filling station and food store, will employ 85 people.

      For more: http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Obama-Plaza-opens-in-ancestral-home-of-Moneygall-Offaly-VIDEO.html#

  2. West Wing Week: 08/02/13 or “Let Us Be Awed By Their Shining Deeds”

    Published on Aug 1, 2013

    This week, the Vice President and Dr. Biden wrapped up a trip to India and Singapore, the President announced a bargain for middle class jobs, welcomed the Huskies and the Giants, the American Legion, Girls & Boys Nation, the President of Yemen, and civil rights leaders to the White House, and marked the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

  3. Payrolls Rise Less Than Forecast, U.S. Jobless Rate Falls

    Aug 2, 2013 5:55 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Employers added fewer workers than anticipated in July and the U.S. jobless rate dropped to 7.4 percent, indicating uneven progress in the labor market.

    The 162,000 increase in payrolls last month was the smallest in four months and followed a revised 188,000 rise in June that was less than initially estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 93 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 185,000 gain. Workers spent fewer hours on the job and hourly earnings fell for the first time since October.

    The slower pace of hiring suggests some employers are confident they’re able to meet demand with current staffing levels as the economy begins to emerge from a first-half slowdown. At the same time, improving consumer confidence and auto sales have encouraged other companies such as Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) and Ford Motor Co. (F) to take on more workers.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-02/payrolls-rose-162-000-in-july-u-s-jobless-rate-falls-to-7-4-.html

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      The Employment Situation in July

      Alan Krueger August 02, 2013 09:30 AM EDT

      While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further confirmation that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we remain focused on pursuing policies to speed job creation and expand the middle class, as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.

      Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the unemployment rate declined from 7.6 percent to 7.4 percent in July, reaching its lowest level since December 2008. The unemployment rate for African Americans fell from 13.7 percent to 12.6 percent, also its lowest level since December 2008. The unemployment rate for women fell from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent, its lowest level since January 2009, and from 7.8 percent to 7.7 percent for men.

      The establishment survey showed that private sector employers added 161,000 jobs last month (see chart below). Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 162,000 jobs in July. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 41 consecutive months, and a total of 7.3 million jobs have been added over that period. So far this year, 1.4 million private sector jobs have been added.

      With the recovery entering its fifth year, we need to build on the progress we have made so far and now is not the time for Washington to impose self-inflicted wounds. The across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester continue to be a drag on the economy now and in the future. The Administration continues to urge Congress to replace the sequester with balanced deficit reduction, and promote the investments our economy needs to put more Americans back to work, such as by rebuilding our roads and bridges.

      READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/08/02/employment-situation-july

  4. Personal Income and Outlays

    Released On 8/2/2013 8:30:00 AM For Jun, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Personal Income – M/M change 0.5 % 0.4 % 0.4 % 0.2 % to 0.7 % 0.3 %
    Consumer Spending – M/M change 0.3 % 0.2 % 0.4 % 0.1 % to 0.6 % 0.5 %
    PCE Price Index — M/M change 0.1 % 0.1 % 0.4 % 0.2 % to 0.4 % 0.4 %
    Core PCE price index – M/M change 0.1 % 0.1 % 0.1 % 0.1 % to 0.2 % 0.2 %
    PCE Price Index — Y/Y change 1.0 % 1.3 %
    Core PCE price index – Yr/Yr change 1.1 % 1.2 %

    Market Consensus before announcement
    Personal income in May gained 0.5 percent after a 0.1 percent rise in April. The wages & salaries component advanced 0.3 percent, following a 0.1 percent increase. Consumer spending rebounded 0.3 percent in May, following a 0.3 percent drop the month before. Headline inflation was soft with a 0.1 percent rise after declining 0.3 percent in April. The core inflation rate gained 0.1 percent in May, following no change in April. Market expectations were for a 0.1 percent rise. Looking ahead, private aggregate earnings jumped 0.6 percent in June in the employment report and suggest a sizeable increase in the private wages & salary component of the personal income report. The spending component is likely to be moderately healthy based on durables and nondurables. Unit new motor vehicle sales jumped a monthly 4.2 percent in June to a recovery best annual rate of 16.0 million units. From the June retail sales report, gasoline sales increased 0.7 percent. PCE inflation is likely to be on the warm side as the June headline CPI surged 0.5 percent and the core increased 0.2 percent. Finally, this month’s report includes annual revisions.

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

  5. Consumer Spending in U.S. Rose in Line With Forecast in June

    Aug 2, 2013 5:30 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Consumer spending in the U.S. rose in line with forecasts in June as Americans’ incomes (PITLCHNG) grew, a sign the biggest part of the economy is withstanding fiscal headwinds.

    Household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the economy, rose 0.5 percent, after a 0.2 percent increase the prior month that was less than previously estimated, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 0.5 percent rise. Incomes advanced 0.3 percent.

    Rising home values, stock price gains, and an improved job market are cushioning the effects of a payroll tax increase that began in January. Bigger spending gains are needed to overcome federal budget cuts and weak overseas economies, which are slowing growth.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-02/consumer-spending-in-u-s-rose-in-line-with-forecast-in-june.html

  6. Factory Orders

    Released On 8/2/2013 10:00:00 AM For Jun, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Factory Orders – M/M change 2.1 % 3.0 % 2.3 % 0.5 % to 3.0 % 1.5 %

    Market Consensus before announcement
    Factory orders rose 2.1 percent in May following a revised 1.3 percent rise in April. But commercial aircraft orders, which are always volatile month-to-month, skewed the results higher. Excluding transportation equipment, new orders rose 0.6 percent in May, following a 0.2 percent gain in April. Shipments, where activity has also been uneven, rose 1.0 percent in May but followed declines in the prior two months of 0.7 percent and 1.5 percent. Shipments of non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, which is a reading used to gauge business expansion, nearly reversed a 2.1 percent April decline with a 1.9 percent gain in May. More recently, durables orders in June surged 4.2 percent, following an upwardly revised 5.2 percent for May.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  7. https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/rainbow-flag.jpg?w=700

    Announcement on Visa Changes for Same-Sex Couples

    John Kerry
    Secretary of State
    U.S. Embassy London
    London, United Kingdom

    August 2, 2013

    (Excerpt)

    “I’m very pleased to be able to announce that effective immediately, when same-sex spouses apply for a visa, the Department of State will consider that application in the same manner that it will consider the application of opposite-sex spouses. And here is exactly what this rule means: If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, your visa application will be treated equally. If you are the spouse of a non-citizen, your visa application will be treated equally. And if you are in a country that doesn’t recognize your same-sex marriage, then your visa application will still be treated equally at every single one of our 222 visa processing centers around the world.

    Now, as long as a marriage has been performed in a jurisdiction that recognizes it so that it is legal, then that marriage is valid under U.S. immigration laws, and every married couple will be treated exactly the same, and that is what we believe is appropriate. Starting next year, that will include same-sex couples from England and Wales, which just this year passed laws permitting same-sex marriage that will take effect in 2014.

    And as you know, more than two years ago, President Obama instructed our Department of Justice to stop enforcing DOMA. Then just a few weeks ago, the Supreme Court of the United States declared DOMA unconstitutional. Today, the State Department, which has always been at the forefront of equality in the federal government, I’m proud to say, is tearing down an unjust and an unfair barrier that for too long stood in the way of same-sex families being able to travel as a family to the United States.”

    For the entire transcript: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/08/212643.htm

  8. US Department of State Statement on US Embassy Closings

    Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson
    Daily Press Briefing
    Washington, DC
    August 1, 2013

    “US Department of State has instructed certain U.S. embassies and consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4th. The Department has been apprised of information that, out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations that indicates we should institute these precautionary steps. The Department, when conditions warrant, takes steps like this to balance our continued operations with security and safety.”

    Source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2013/08/212625.htm#DEPARTMENT

    For information on individual US Embassies: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_1168.html

    • W.H. official: Obama briefed on threats

      8/2/13 9:49 PM EDT POLITICO44

      After the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens, a White House official in a statement late Friday said: “The President is being updated on a potential threat occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. The State Department’s newly-released travel alert makes clear that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that we believe they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August. The President has directed his National Security Team to take all appropriate steps to protect the American people and will continue to be updated on a regular basis.”

    • White House terror threat briefings continue

      8/3/13 9:20 PM EDT POLITICO44

      The White House press office on Saturday evening released a readout of administration meetings on a potential terror threat that has led to the closures of American embassies and consulates across the Middle East and North Africa.

      “Early this week, the President instructed his National Security team to take all appropriate steps to protect the American people in light of a potential threat occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. Given the nature of the potential threat, throughout the week, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco has held regular meetings with relevant members of the interagency to ensure the U.S. Government is taking those appropriate steps. This afternoon, National Security Advisor Rice chaired a meeting with the Principals Committee to further review the situation and follow-up actions. The President has received frequent briefings over the last week on all aspects of the potential threat and our preparedness measures. After today’s Principals meeting, the President was again briefed by Amb. Rice and Ms. Monaco.

      Attendees at today’s meeting included:

      White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jeff Prescott, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Robert Mueller, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan, Director of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olsen, and Acting Assistant Attorney General John Carlin.

  9. CR, this is really cool. And once PBO gets out of office, the number of things named after him is going to be huge.

    Thanks for the post. Isaac

  10. WH

    Saturday, August 3, 2013

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Camp David.

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  11. 2013 NGA Summer Meeting

    August 01, 2013 nga.org

    National Governors Association Gathers in Milwaukee for Summer Meeting

    Governors joined together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, today to kick off the National Governors Association’s (NGA) 105th Summer Meeting; August (1-4)

  12. August 03, 2013

    Weekly Address: Securing a Better Bargain for the Middle Class

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    August 3, 2013

    Hi, everybody. This week, I went down to an Amazon warehouse in Tennessee to talk more about what we need to do to secure a better bargain for the middle class – to make sure that anyone who works hard can get ahead in the 21st century economy.

    Over the past four and a half years, we’ve fought our way back from the worst recession of our lifetimes and begun to lay a foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth. Today, our businesses have created 7.3 million new jobs over the last 41 months. We now sell more products made in America to the rest of the world than ever before. Health care costs are growing at the slowest rate in 50 years, and our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years.

    But as any middle-class family will tell you, we’re not where we need to be yet. Even before the crisis hit, we were living through a decade where a few at the top were doing better and better, while most families were working harder and harder just to get by.

    Reversing this trend must be Washington’s highest priority. It’s certainly mine. But too often over the past two years, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. They’ve allowed an endless parade of political posturing and phony scandals to distract from growing our economy and strengthening the middle class.

    That’s why I’m laying out my ideas for how we can build on the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class in America. A good education. A home of your own. Health care when you get sick. A secure retirement even if you’re not rich. And the most important cornerstone of all: a good job in a durable, growing industry.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/03/weekly-address-securing-better-bargain-middle-class

  13. Seven Obama regulations to watch

    8/03/13 08:05 AM ET By Julian Hattem & Ben Goad – TheHill

    Members of Congress are heading back to their districts this weekend for the August recess, but regulators across Washington will remain at work crafting new rules.

    In coming weeks and months, the Obama administration is set to issue scores of regulations, some of them long-delayed and others stemming from more recent laws.

    The Hill has assembled a list — by no means exhaustive — of notable regulations on tap that run the gamut from power plants to vending machines.

    Here’s a look at seven major regulations to come:

    Power plants
    In June, President Obama announced a major new initiative to combat climate change that would set limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

    His proposal addresses both existing and yet-to-be-built plants, which will be addressed in separate rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    The first of those proposals, on new power plants, has been sent to the White House budget office for a review and is scheduled to be released to the public by September 20.

    Menu labels
    The Food and Drug Administration is finalizing rules requiring that calorie information be posted on menus at chain restaurants and fast food joints, as well as on vending machines.

    The new requirements, called for under the healthcare law, would require that calorie counts be visible on restaurant menus and on signs near vending machines.

    Restaurants with 20 or more locations operating under the same name and selling the same items will be covered by the regulations. The administration is expected to finalize the rules in September.

    Home care workers
    People who help the elderly and patients with disabilities manage their daily lives will be entitled to a minimum wage salary and overtime pay under a long-delayed rule expected from the Labor Department.

    The effort to extend benefits to the nation’s nearly 2.5 million in-home healthcare aides dates back to the Clinton administration and was given new life when Obama took office.

    The expected rule would close a loophole in federal labor laws that exempted babysitters and people who spend time with their elderly neighbors from wage requirements. At the time the laws were written, the home care industry didn’t exist.

    Labor unions have long pushed for the expansion of the law, and in June Vice President Biden personally vouched for their cause.

    “Shouldn’t someone working 40 hours a week be able to make a wage that’s above the poverty level?” he said at the time.

    The regulation was scheduled to be issued in July but has not yet been finished.

    Silica
    Safety and labor advocates have long pushed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a rule limiting the legal amount for silica dust, a sand-like industrial material.

    Once inhaled, the dust can cause lung cancer and lead to severe injuries and death.

    Nearly 2 million workers are exposed to the substance, the agency estimates.

    OSHA has been working on the rule for years, and in 2011 sent a draft proposal to the White House regulations office for what was supposed to be a 90-day review. Since then, the White House has held 11 closed-door meetings with labor unions and industry groups, but has not yet released the proposal.

    In its biannual agenda for new rules, the Obama administration said it expected the rule to be finalized in July.

    Now entering August, the administration has yet to issue the proposal.

    Biofuel
    Sometime in August, the EPA is scheduled to issue its final determinations for the annual amount of biofuel to be mixed with traditional gasoline as part of a renewable fuel program.

    Called the Renewable Fuel Standard, the EPA-administered program calls for 36 billion gallons of biofuel to be blended into gas by 2022, a requirement opponents have criticized as governmental overreach.

    The oil and gas industry has warned about an approaching “blend wall,” at which point the government would require a gas mix beyond what cars can handle.

    Automobile companies have already warned that owners’ warranties will be void if they use a blend of 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, even though the EPA has said since 2011 that the blend is fine for cars.

    ObamaCare penalty
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is gearing up to finalize its rules for the penalty that will be charged to people who do not carry health insurance.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, people without health insurance who do not qualify for an exemption will be charged a penalty.

    The agency proposed in January to set that penalty as either a flat amount of $95 per year or 1 percent of household income, though the amount will rise in future years.

    The penalty will go into effect starting in 2014.

    Worker pay disparity
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is getting ready to propose a rule requiring companies to publish how much more their chief executives are paid than the average worker.

    The draft rule should be issued “in the next month or two,” according to agency’s chairwoman, Mary Jo White.

    The measure was ordered under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. Supporters say it will expose and reduce the yawning pay gap between employers and their workers.

    In the administration’s roadmap for new regulations, the SEC indicated that the proposal would be released to the public in October.

    Businesses have opposed the potential rule. They say that it will be overly burdensome to calculate the pay and benefits for all workers.

  14. Obama tees off into birthday weekend with golf

    8/3/13 2 hours ago DARLENE SUPERVILLE – AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama kicked off his birthday weekend with a round of golf Saturday and planned to spend time with friends at Camp David.

    Obama, who turns 52 on Sunday, left the White House unusually early for the half-hour trip by motorcade to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to squeeze in some golf before the celebration was to shift to the presidential retreat.

    Before leaving, officials said Obama’s counterterrorism adviser updated him on a potential al-Qaida threat that led the State Department on Friday to issue a global travel warning to Americans and order the weekend closure of 21 embassies and consulates across the Muslim world.

    The White House said there were three golfing foursomes, which included some of Obama’s friends from Hawaii, where he grew up, and Chicago, where he lived before becoming president, as well as current and former aides.

    Among them were childhood friends Bobby Titcomb and Mike Ramos, and Chicago pals Marty Nesbitt and Eric Whitaker. White House aides Marvin Nicholson and Sam Kass, an assistant chef, rounded out the group, along with Reggie Love, who for years had been Obama’s personal assistant, or “body man,” and basketball buddy until he left the White House in late 2011 to finish the course work for an MBA.

    The White House said little about how Obama would celebrate on Sunday, but the birthday wishes started rolling in early.

    House Democrats presented Obama with a birthday cake when he went up to the Capitol this week, and American Legion youth members sang “Happy Birthday” to him during a White House visit late last month.

    For last year’s birthday, which fell during his heated campaign for re-election, Obama also celebrated with a round of golf and quiet time at Camp David, proving that he is a creature of habit. But he later held several birthday-themed campaign fundraisers in Chicago, including one at his family’s South Side home.

    Obama is scheduled to return to the White House on Sunday.

  15. Obama: No Tax Reform Without Spending To Spur Jobs

    AUGUST 3, 2013, 8:15 AM JOSH LEDERMAN – tpm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there are no gimmicks to grow the economy — just difficult steps that require Washington’s focus.

    In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is promoting a plan he says can break through gridlock. He’s calling it a grand bargain for the middle class.

    Obama says he’s willing to work with Republicans to reform the tax code for businesses. That would mean lowering rates but ending many loopholes and deductions.

    But Obama says he’ll only do it if money generated is used for infrastructure, training and job growth.

    In the Republican address, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says Obama’s health care law will cost jobs. She wants to change the law to require companies to provide insurance to employees working 40 hours a week, not 30.

  16. WH

    Sunday, August 4, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama departs Camp David and returns to the White House

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    • Raw Video: Singing Happy Birthday to President Obama

      Published on Aug 4, 2013

      The American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls and Boys Nations sing “Happy Birthday” to President Obama during a visit to the East Room of the White House.

  17. “The Kindle Singles Interview” with President Obama

    Kori SchulmanJuly 31, 2013 01:28 PM EDT

    Yesterday, President Obama visited the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee to discuss his plan to create jobs and grow the economy from the middle out, not the top down. Just before speaking to a crowd of Amazon employees, the President sat down for a “Kindle Singles Interview,” a new long-form interview series for Amazon’s e-reader.

    During the conversation with Kindle Singles editor David Blum, the President explained how his past has informed his policies as President, and discussed his plans to spur growth for middle-class families and create more ladders of opportunity. You can download the interview now at http://www.amazon.com/kindlesingles.

    The Kindle Singles Interview with President Obama is available on Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, Windows Phone, Blackberry, PC and Mac. Get the reading apps at http://www.amazon.com/kindleapps.

  18. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    8/3/13 8:30 AM EDT By TAL KOPAN – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
    • Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), vice chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman, House Budget Committee
    • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman, Senate Rules Committee
    • Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman, House Homeland Security Committee

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), ranking member, House Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)
    • Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
    • Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), chairman, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)
    • Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director, NSA and CIA
    • Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)
    • Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman, House Ways and Means Committee

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), New York mayoral candidate
    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman, House Judiciary Committee
    • Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)

  19. August 04, 2013

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Inauguration of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

    On the occasion of Dr. Hojjatoleslam Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration today as the Islamic Republic of Iran’s seventh president, we again congratulate the Iranian people for making their voices heard during Iran’s election. We note that President Rouhani recognized his election represented a call by the Iranian people for change, and we hope the new Iranian government will heed the will of the voters by making choices that will lead to a better life for the Iranian people. The inauguration of President Rouhani presents an opportunity for Iran to act quickly to resolve the international community’s deep concerns over Iran’s nuclear program. Should this new government choose to engage substantively and seriously to meet its international obligations and find a peaceful solution to this issue, it will find a willing partner in the United States.

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