Democrats Abroad – 50th Anniversary

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Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. They work to advance the principles of our Party by spreading the Democratic message to US voters in other countries and encouraging them to vote for Democratic candidates back home.

Democrats Abroad has committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. These Country Committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the U.S. political process. A support office is maintained in Washington, D.C.

American Democrats living outside of the United States may participate but must first join Democrats Abroad. The online membership form is located on the web site https://www.democratsabroad.org/user/register. Members will receive information on how they may participate in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary.

Democrats Abroad is recognized as a “state” Party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.

For more: https://www.democratsabroad.org/

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Democrats Abroad 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

With Special Guest Speakers
Saturday, March 1st, 2014
7 to 10 PM ET

Woman’s National Democratic Club
Whittemore House, Stevenson Ballroom
1526 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

For more:  https://www.democratsabroad.org/democrats-abroad-50th-anniversary-events

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  1. WH

    Friday, February 28, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
    The White House

    2:00 PM
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    3:45 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Student Film Festival
    The East Room

    4:00 PM
    4:45 PM
    President Obama makes a statement on Ukraine
    White House

    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting
    Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.

    6:00 PM
    President Obama attends a DNC event
    Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C.

    7:00 PM
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    Vice President Biden attends an event for the Democratic National Committee
    Private Residence – Phoenix – Arizona

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  2. Democrats Abroad – 50th Anniversary

    Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. They work to advance the principles of our Party by spreading the Democratic message to US voters in other countries and encouraging them to vote for Democratic candidates back home.

    Democrats Abroad has committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. These Country Committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the U.S. political process. A support office is maintained in Washington, D.C.

    American Democrats living outside of the United States may participate but must first join Democrats Abroad. The online membership form is located on the web site https://www.democratsabroad.org/user/register. Members will receive information on how they may participate in the Democrats Abroad Global Primary.

    Democrats Abroad is recognized as a “state” Party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.

    For more: https://www.democratsabroad.org/

  3. Obama to address DNC winter meeting Feb. 28

    February 13, 2014, 11:28 am By Rebecca Shabad – TheHill

    President Obama will address the Democratic National Committee at its annual winter meeting on Feb. 28 in Washington, D.C.

    The DNC made the announcement on Thursday. Obama’s remarks are scheduled for the meeting’s general session during the conference, which is set for Feb. 27 and 28.

    This is the first time Obama has spoken in person at a DNC meeting since 2010, DNC spokesman Michael Czin confirmed to The Hill.
    That year, the Republican Party won a majority in the House, gaining more than 60 seats.

    At the February 2010 winter meeting, Obama expressed his commitment to the healthcare reform law, which Congress passed a month later.

    “Let me be clear: I am not going to walk away from health insurance reform. I’m not going to walk away from the American people. I’m not going to walk away on this challenge,” Obama said. “”I’m not going to walk away on any challenge. We’re moving forward. We are moving forward. Sometimes, we may be moving forward against the prevailing winds. Sometimes it may be against a blizzard! But we’re going to live up to our responsibility to lead.”

    The Republican National Committee held its winter business meeting last month.

  4. Get Your Popcorn Ready! It’s the First Ever White House Film Festival

    Adam Garber February 25, 2014

    Earlier this month, President Obama made his first movie on a trip to Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi Maryland. And on Friday, although we’re not showing the President’s movie, we might be showing yours.

    On Friday, February 28, the White House is hosting the first-ever Student Film Festival, featuring the work of more than a dozen young filmmakers who created short films celebrating the role of technology in the classroom.

    The Filmmaker-in-Chief was at Buck Lodge to celebrate progress on ConnectED, an ambitious project to connect 99% of American students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years. In Adelphi, he announced that some of America’s largest companies answered the President’s call to action towards that goal by pledging more than $750 million in commitments to deliver cutting-edge technologies to classrooms, including devices, free software, teacher professional development, and home wireless connectivity.

    Building on the President’s eagerness to connect students to technology, and his newfound interest in filmmaking, we’re excited to host the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. In November, we called for K-12 students around the country to create short films on the role of technology in their classroom, and students responded with nearly 3,000 entries. In collaboration with the American Film Institute, the White House will screen the finalists’ works this Friday along with a star-studded cast including Kal Penn, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Conan O’Brien.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/02/25/get-your-popcorn-ready-its-first-ever-white-house-film-festival

  5. TPM Interview: The Brown Grad Student Who Chased The NRA Out Of Rhode Island

    FEBRUARY 27, 2014 ERIC LACH – tpm

    Sam Bell is in the third year of a PhD program in geology at Brown University. Geology as in rocks. But Bell also moonlights as the the state coordinator of The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, the state affiliate of the 10-year-old Progressive Democrats of America. And in his work with The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, Bell was instrumental to the investigation that ultimately led to the National Rifle Association paying the second largest campaign finance fine in the state’s history.

    Last year, Bell and his group started digging into the financial relationship between the NRA’s state-level political action committee, which over the previous decade had given tens of thousands of dollars to Rhode Island lawmakers, and the NRA’s national PAC, known as the NRA Political Victory Fund. What Bell and his associates found led them to file a complaint with the state’s Board of Elections, alleging a number of serious campaign finance violations. In apparent response, the NRA last year quietly dissolved its Rhode Island PAC. Then, earlier this year, news came that the pro-gun group had reached a settlement with the state, and agreed to pay a $63,000 fine — officially for not creating a separate bank account for money the state PAC received from the larger national PAC.

    For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/nra-rhode-island-pac

  6. This video is unlisted. Only those with the link can see it. West Wing Week 2/28/14 or, “I Am My Brother’s Keeper”

    Uploaded on Feb 27, 2014

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President announced two new manufacturing hubs, and his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, toured a new light rail system in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spoke on the importance of supporting American infrastructure jobs. The First Lady celebrated the fourth anniversary of her “Let’s Move” Initiative with both Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, while the Vice President kicked off the inaugural episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers.

  7. Obama, software firms team up

    February 28, 2014, 06:00 am By Justin Sink – TheHill

    President Obama will announce Friday that two software firms have pledged more than $400 million worth of software for American classrooms during an appearance at the inaugural White House Film Festival.

    Software maker Adobe will provide some $300 million in free copies of programs like Photoshop and Premiere Elements that will help students and educators complete digital creative projects. Prezi, a Hungarian software company, is providing $100 million in licenses for its professional presentation program.

    “We believe in the power of media creation as a way for youth to express their creativity and build their skills for future success,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe, in a statement. “We’re proud to contribute to the President’s ConnectED initiative, and look forward to seeing the benefits that our technology brings to both students and educators.”

    The pledged donations come on top of $750 million in private-sector commitments announced by Obama earlier this month. Those donations included classroom software, as well as Apple computers and tablets and Internet access for schools and libraries.

    In a statement, the White House said the announcement was in keeping with Obama’s “pledge to make 2014 a year of action using the power of his pen and his phone.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/199530-obama-software-firms-team-up-for-the-future

  8. Manufacturing in Chicago Area Unexpectedly Grows at Faster Pace

    Feb 28, 2014 6:51 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Business activity in the Chicago area accelerated unexpectedly in February, adding to signs manufacturing gains will be sustained in 2014.

    The Institute for Supply Management-Chicago Inc. said today its business barometer increased to 59.8 this month from 59.6 in January. The median forecast of 53 economists in a Bloomberg survey called for the index to fall to 56.4. Readings greater than 50 signal growth.

    Car sales, home construction and consumer spending continue to boost the outlook for manufacturers, which make up 12 percent of the economy. Faster wage growth and more job creation would lead to bigger and sustained gains.

    Economists’ projections ranged from 53 to 60. The national factory index, produced by the Tempe, Arizona-based Institute for Supply Management probably rose to 52 in February from 51.3 the prior month, according to the median projection in a Bloomberg survey. That report is due March 3.

  9. Pending Sales of Existing Homes in U.S. Rose 0.1% in January

    Feb 28, 2014 7:00 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes rose less than forecast in January, adding to signs housing was weakening in early 2014.

    The index of pending home sales climbed 0.1 percent after a 5.8 percent drop the prior month that was smaller than previously estimated, figures from the National Association of Realtors showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 41 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for sales to rise 1.8 percent.

    Faster gains in hiring and consumer confidence are needed to sustain the housing recovery. Home construction fell last month amid harsh winter weather, which combined with a lack of supply, strict lending rules and waning affordability to also reduce existing-home sales that are tabulated when a contract closes.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-28/pending-sales-of-existing-homes-in-u-s-rose-0-1-in-january.html

  10. Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Increases on Outlook for Economy

    Feb 28, 2014 7:16 AM PT By Katherine Peralta – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence in the U.S. improved in February from a month earlier as more consumers grew optimistic about the outlook for the economy.

    The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan final index of sentiment rose to 81.6 this month from 81.2 in January. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for the measure to hold at its preliminary reading of 81.2.

    Sustained sentiment indicates spending may pick up after bad winter weather across much of the U.S. caused some Americans to stay close to home rather than shop. Wage growth and more hiring would help further brighten spirits and give consumers the wherewithal to increase their purchases.

    “We need companies to start expanding and hiring people and that will raise consumer confidence.” Yelena Shulyatyeva, U.S. economist at BNP Paribas in New York, said before the report. “Consumer spending will continue on same pace and grow modestly throughout the year.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-28/consumer-sentiment-in-u-s-increases-on-outlook-for-economy-1-.html

    • February 28, 2014

      Remarks by the President at White House Student Film Festival

      East Room

      4:11 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello. My name is Shelly Ortiz — oh, wrong page. (Laughter.) I was just teasing. I knew I wasn’t Shelly Ortiz. (Laughter.) Everybody give Shelly a big round of applause for the great work. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thanks for not only the introduction, but for the beautiful video that you made about your dad. Us dads, we get pretty touched by stuff like that.

      And I am thrilled that all of you are with us for our first-ever White House Student Film Festival. And I know we’re running a little bit late. It’s not because the projector was not working. It was because of me. But I appreciate all of you guys being here and your patience.

      The Academy Awards are not until Sunday, but, as you can see, we’ve brought the Oscars to the White House a little bit early. And I want to thank our partners: Fox, National Geographic, and the American Film Institute. We’ve got the red carpet, we’ve got the big screens, the opening monologue. The only difference is nobody asks what you’re wearing. (Laughter.)

      And we’ve got Bill Nye, the Science Guy — (applause) — and Neil deGrasse Tyson from the Hayden Planetarium — (applause) — who might even give you a sneak peak of his new show, COSMOS, if everybody behaves themselves. (Applause.) I saw the original version — I’m a little older than all of you — and it was spectacular and wonderful, and I know this is going to be not just as good but even better. And so we’re thrilled with that. And we’re putting on a big show here because we’re honoring some remarkable filmmakers.

      I’ve said before, I believe, and I hope all of us believe, that every child in America deserves a world-class education — especially in science and technology and engineering and math — because it’s skills like these that made us an economic superpower and built our middle class. We also need folks who are studying the arts because our film industry is a huge generator of jobs and economic power here in the United States, and it tells us our story and helps us to find what’s — our common humanity.

      And it’s skills like these that allowed NASA to announce the other day that we’ve discovered more than 700 new planets. (Applause.) That’s cool. I mean, we didn’t make the planets, but we — (laughter) — we found out that they were there. And one of the ways that we deliver the best education in the world is by empowering our students with the best technology in the world.

      To help inspire us, we invited students from across the country to send their videos about how their schools use technology today, how they might use it in the future. So kids got their cameras out and went to work. And we received about 2,500 videos — 2,500.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/28/remarks-president-white-house-student-film-festival

    • February 27, 2014

      President Obama to Host First-Ever White House Film Festival

      Announces $400 million in new private sector commitments toward ConnectED goal

      WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama will host the first ever White House Student Film Festival, an event that will showcase the power of technology to boost learning and the Administration’s commitment to bringing America’s classrooms into the 21st century with high-speed internet and cutting-edge educational technology.

      In the East Room of the White House, President Obama will discuss ongoing progress towards his ConnectED goal of transforming American education by connecting 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years. In keeping with his pledge to make 2014 a year of action using the power of his pen and his phone, the President will announce $400 million in new private sector commitments from Adobe and Prezi to make free software available to teachers and students to help introduce creative learning materials to classrooms all across the country and help realize the promise of e-learning.

      The commitments the President will announce include:

      Adobe – Making available over $300 million worth of free software to teachers and students, including Photoshop and Premiere Elements for creative projects; Presenter and Captivate to amplify e-Learning; EchoSign for school workflow; and a range of teacher training resources.

      Prezi – Prezi, a software tool for creating memorable presentations, is providing $100 million in Edu Pro licenses for high schools and all educators across America.

      These build on the $750 million commitments the President announced earlier this month — by using the power of his phone, the President inspired private-sector leaders to pledge well over $1 billion in value to America’s students through these private-sector commitments in the last month alone.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/27/president-obama-host-first-ever-white-house-film-festival

    • February 28, 2014

      Statement by the President on Ukraine

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      5:05 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.

      Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine. Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. Together with our European allies, we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stabilize their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring.

      I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily communication with Russian officials, and we’ve made clear that they can be part of an international community’s effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the interest of The people of Ukraine and the international community, but also in Russia’s interest.

      However, we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties, and a military facility in Crimea, but any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interest of Ukraine, Russia, or Europe.

      It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people. It would be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws. And just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.

      The events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions. But the Ukrainian people have also reminded us that human beings have a universal right to determine their own future.

      Right now, the situation remains very fluid. Vice President Biden just spoke with Prime Minister — the Prime Minister of Ukraine to assure him that in this difficult moment the United States supports his government’s efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of Ukraine. I also commend the Ukrainian government’s restraint and its commitment to uphold its international obligations.

      We will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies. We will continue to communicate directly with the Russian government. And we will continue to keep all of you in the press corps and the American people informed as events develop.

      Thanks very much.

      END
      5:09 P.M. EST

    • March 01, 2014

      Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin

      President Obama spoke for 90 minutes this afternoon with President Putin of Russia about the situation in Ukraine. President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and which is inconsistent with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the Helsinki Final Act. The United States condemns Russia’s military intervention into Ukrainian territory.

      The United States calls on Russia to de-escalate tensions by withdrawing its forces back to bases in Crimea and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine. We have consistently said that we recognize Russia’s deep historic and cultural ties to Ukraine and the need to protect the rights of ethnic Russian and minority populations within Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has made clear its commitment to protect the rights of all Ukrainians and to abide by Ukraine’s international commitments, and we will continue to urge them to do so.

      President Obama told President Putin that, if Russia has concerns about the treatment of ethnic Russian and minority populations in Ukraine, the appropriate way to address them is peacefully through direct engagement with the government of Ukraine and through the dispatch of international observers under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). As a member of both organizations, Russia would be able to participate. President Obama urged an immediate effort to initiate a dialogue between Russia and the Ukrainian government, with international facilitation, as appropriate. The United States is prepared to participate.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/01/readout-president-obama-s-call-president-putin

    • Doorstep statement [on Ukraine]

      02 Mar. 2014 nato.int

      by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen before the meetings of the North Atlantic Council and the NATO-Ukraine Commission

      I have convened the North Atlantic Council today because of Russia’s military action in Ukraine. And because of President Putin’s threats against this sovereign nation.

      What Russia is doing now in Ukraine violates the principles of the United Nations Charter. It threatens peace and security in Europe. Russia must stop its military activities and its threats.

      Today we will discuss their implications, for European peace and security, and for NATO’s relationship with Russia.

      Afterwards, we will meet in the NATO-Ukraine Commission.
      We support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. We support the right of the people of Ukraine to determine their own future without outside interference. And we emphasise the need for Ukraine to continue to uphold the democratic rights of all people and ensure that minority rights are protected.

      Ukraine is our neighbour, and Ukraine is a valued partner for NATO.

      We urge all parties to urgently continue all efforts to move away from this dangerous situation. In particular, I call on Russia to de-escalate tensions.

    • Kerry to visit Ukraine on Tuesday, threatens sanctions if Russia doesn’t pull forces back

      March 2, 1:31 PM By Anne Gearan – washingtonpost

      The Obama administration called Russia’s advances in Ukraine “a brazen act of aggression” Sunday and threatened sanctions but skirted questions about whether the United States might use force to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin.

      The State Department announced Sunday that Secretary of State John F. Kerry will visit Kiev on Tuesday to show support for the new leadership there in the face of the Russian military intervention. Kerry on Sunday called the rapid movement of Russian troops across the border into the Crimean region of Ukraine unwarranted and outside international law and said Russia would suffer economic and political consequences.

      For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/kerry-to-visit-ukraine-on-tuesday-threatens-sanctions-if-russia-doesnt-pull-forces-back/2014/03/02/bdd16d4a-a245-11e3-a5fa-55f0c77bf39c_story.html?hpid=z1

    • March 02, 2014

      G-7 Leaders Statement

      We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter and its 1997 basing agreement with Ukraine. We call on Russia to address any ongoing security or human rights concerns that it has with Ukraine through direct negotiations, and/or via international observation or mediation under the auspices of the UN or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. We stand ready to assist with these efforts.

      We also call on all parties concerned to behave with the greatest extent of self-restraint and responsibility, and to decrease the tensions.

      We note that Russia’s actions in Ukraine also contravene the principles and values on which the G-7 and the G-8 operate. As such, we have decided for the time being to suspend our participation in activities associated with the preparation of the scheduled G-8 Summit in Sochi in June, until the environment comes back where the G-8 is able to have meaningful discussion.

      We are united in supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its right to choose its own future. We commit ourselves to support Ukraine in its efforts to restore unity, stability, and political and economic health to the country. To that end, we will support Ukraine’s work with the International Monetary Fund to negotiate a new program and to implement needed reforms. IMF support will be critical in unlocking additional assistance from the World Bank, other international financial institutions, the EU, and bilateral sources.

    • March 04, 2014

      FACT SHEET: International Support for Ukraine

      President Obama has made clear that the United States will continue to support the Government of Ukraine, including economically. We have been working closely with international partners to develop an assistance package that will provide rapid financial and technical assistance to help Ukraine restore economic stability and conduct free, fair, and inclusive new elections that will allow the Ukrainian people to continue to make democratic choices about their future.

      The new Ukrainian government has inherited an economy with enormous potential but that is currently financially fragile and uncompetitive. The Government of Ukraine has said publicly that it will work to meet these urgent challenges. As the government implements important reforms, the United States will work with its bilateral and multilateral partners to ensure that Ukraine has sufficient financing to restore financial stability and return to growth.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/04/fact-sheet-international-support-ukraine

    • February 28, 2014

      Remarks by the President at DNC Winter Meeting

      Capital Hilton

      Washington, D.C.

      5:36 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Democrats! (Applause.) Are you fired up?

      AUDIENCE: Ready to go!

      THE PRESIDENT: You better be ready to go. All right, everybody have a seat. Have a seat. Take a load off. (Laughter.) I see a lot of friends here. (Applause.) It is good to see all of you.

      Let me begin by thanking Debbie Wasserman Schultz for being the outstanding leader that she is, not just for the people of Florida, but being an outstanding leader for this party. We’re very proud of her. Our CEO, Amy Dacey, is here doing a terrific job already. (Applause.) Hit the ground running. I want to thank all the governors and mayors and legislators, and state party leaders and DNC members in the house, and to the DNC officers who are up here with me today. And all of them are just great friends and such incredible leaders who are moving the needle on behalf of justice, equity, and economic growth every single day. And thank you to the millions of Americans in all 50 states who help our party thrive at the grassroots —

      Q Puerto Rico!

      THE PRESIDENT: — and Puerto Rico — (laughter) — every single day. Thank you. (Laughter.)

      Well, it’s Friday. It’s after 5:00. So this is now officially happy hour with the Democratic Party. (Applause.) I can do that. It is an executive action. I have the authority. (Laughter.) Henry is picking up the tab. (Laughter.)

      Democrats, for more than 200 years, our country, our success, our progress, our people — all of it has been grounded, it’s been based, rooted in a basic promise — the promise of opportunity for all. It means that here in America, what matters isn’t what we look like, what our last name is, who we love, or how we started out. What matters is the strength of our work ethic; the scope of our dreams; our willingness to take responsibility not only for ourselves and our families and our immediate community, but for all people; that we take responsibility for each other. That’s what makes America the place that it is — a place where you can make it if you try. That’s what makes it a beacon for people from all around the world.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/28/remarks-president-dnc-winter-meeting

  11. Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act

    The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Pub.L. 103–159, 107 Stat. 1536, enacted November 30, 1993), commonly called the Brady Law, is an Act of the United States Congress that instituted federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States.

    It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on November 30, 1993, and went into effect on February 28, 1994. The Act was named after James Brady, who was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. during an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brady_law

    • 20th Anniversary Report

      Impact of the Brady Background Checks

      Since the Brady law went into effect on February 28, 1994, background checks have stopped more than 2.1 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers including convicted felons, domestic abusers, fugitives from justice, and other dangerous individuals.

      The human cost of guns sold without background checks

      Millions of guns are sold every year in “no questions asked” transactions. Experts estimate that 40 percent of guns now sold in America are done so without a Brady background check. Read more about the victims of the background checks loopholes.

      Next logical step: expanding background checks to all sales

      It’s time for Congress to finish the job and expand Brady background checks to stop criminals and other dangerous people from getting guns in America.

      For more: http://www.bradycampaign.org

    • Now Is The Time

      “If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then surely we have an obligation to try.”
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      President Obama speaks about the Newtown shooting. December 14, 2012
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      Our nation has suffered too much at the hands of dangerous people who use guns to commit horrific acts of violence. As President Obama said following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, “We won’t be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try.”

      Most gun owners are responsible and law-abiding, and they use their guns safely. The President strongly believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. But to better protect our children and our communities from tragic mass shootings like those in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Tucson, there are common-sense steps we can take right now.

      While no law or set of laws will end gun violence, it is clear that the American people want action. If even one child’s life can be saved, then we need to act. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence

    • Gun control activists press on into stiff wind as Brady law turns 20

      February 28, 2014, 11:29 am By Ben Goad and Mike Lillis – TheHill

      The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which took effect 20 years ago Friday, has blocked more than 2 million firearm sales, preventing “countless” killings and other crimes, gun control advocates said at an event to mark the anniversary.

      But the law has not been updated to reflect an evolving marketplace. The statute, for instance, doesn’t cover firearms bought at gun shows on the Internet.

      Efforts in Congress to shore up the system have repeatedly faltered, most recently in the months following 2012’s elementary school massacre in Connecticut, which left 20 children and six adults dead. And despite claims of momentum from within the gun control movement, there appears to be no clear road forward for federal legislation to expand background checks.

      That includes a bipartisan bill, introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Pete King (R-N.Y.), that would require private sellers, like those operating at gun shows and online, to perform background checks on potential buyers. Under current federal law, only licensed gun dealers are required to conduct those screenings.

      The bill has broad support in the House, and Thompson, a hunter and Vietnam War veteran who heads the House Democratic task force on gun violence, noted it has gained two more co-sponsors in recent weeks: Reps. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.).

      But there’s been no change, he said, in Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) refusal to bring the bill to the floor.

      Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/legislation/199556-brady-law-at-20-gun-control-activists-press-on-into-stiff-wind

  12. WH

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama speaks with President Putin via phone on Ukraine

    President Obama’s National Security Team meet to discuss the situation in Ukraine
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    President Obama speaks separately with President Hollande and Prime Minister Harper via phone on Ukraine

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  13. Weekly Address: Investing in Technology and Infrastructure to Create Jobs

    Video Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    March 1, 2014

    Hi everybody. In my State of the Union Address, I said that the best measure of opportunity is access to a good job. And after the worst recession of our lifetimes, our businesses have created eight and a half million new jobs in the last four years.

    But we need to do more to make America a magnet for good jobs for the future. And in this year of action, where Congress won’t do that, I will do whatever I can to expand opportunity for more Americans. This week, I took two actions to attract new jobs to America – jobs in American manufacturing, and jobs rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

    Here’s why this is important. In the 2000s alone, we lost more than one-third of all American manufacturing jobs. One in three. And when the housing bubble burst, workers in the construction industry were hit harder than just about anybody. The good news is, today, our manufacturers have added more than 620,000 jobs over the last four years – the first sustained growth in manufacturing jobs since the 1990s.

    Still, the economy has changed. If we want to attract more good manufacturing jobs to America, we’ve got to make sure we’re on the cutting edge of new manufacturing technologies and techniques. And in today’s global economy, first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure.

    That’s why, on Tuesday, I launched two new high-tech manufacturing hubs – places where businesses and universities will partner to turn groundbreaking research into real-world goods Made in America. So far, we’ve launched four of these hubs, where our workers can master 3-D printing, energy-efficient electronics, lightweight metals, and digital manufacturing – all technologies that can help ensure a steady stream of good jobs well into the 21st century.

    Then on Wednesday, I launched a new competition to build 21st century infrastructure – roads and bridges, mass transit, more efficient ports, and faster passenger rail. Rebuilding America won’t just attract new businesses; it will create good construction jobs that can’t be shipped overseas.

    Of course, Congress could make an even bigger difference in both areas. Thanks to the leadership of a bipartisan group of lawmakers, there’s a bill in Congress right now that would create an entire network of high-tech manufacturing hubs all across the country. And next week, I’ll send Congress a budget that will rebuild our transportation systems and support millions of jobs nationwide.

    There’s a lot we can do if we work together. And while Congress decides what it’s going to do, I’m going to keep doing everything in my power to rebuild an economy where everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead – where we’re restoring our founding vision of opportunity for all.

    Thanks, everybody, and have a great weekend.

  14. WH

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama speaks separately to Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom, President Komorowski of Poland, and Chancellor Merkel of Germany via phone regarding Ukraine

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  15. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    3/2/14 9:11 AM EST By TAL KOPAN – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Secretary of State John Kerry
    • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
    • Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), vice chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
    • California Gov. Jerry Brown (D)
    • Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D)

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Kerry
    • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
    • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Kerry
    • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)
    • Ben Affleck, actor, activist

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    • Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
    • Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member, House Budget Committee
    • Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)
    • Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.)

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
    • Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev
    • Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon
    • Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)
    • Former White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton
    • Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.)
    • Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman, House Joint Economic Committee

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • First lady Michelle Obama
    • Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
    • Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Roni Kaplan

  16. National Consumer Protection Week
    March 2-8, 2014

    National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. NCPW 2014 will take place March 2 through March 8, 2014.

    Every day, we make important decisions about finances, health, privacy, technology and more.

    NCPW.gov offers consumers a wealth of tips and information from federal and state government and non-profit partner organizations. You can download and print the materials and share them with friends and neighbors, or order materials from select partners if you’re planning a larger event such as a conference or workshop.

    Learn more: http://www.ncpw.gov/

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