VP Biden @ Miami Dade Commencement & WHCD 2014

Miami Dade

Vice President Joe Biden to Lead Distinguished Selection of Keynote Speakers at Miami Dade College’s 2014 Commencement Ceremonies May 3

Miami, April 21, 2014 – United States Vice President Joe Biden will join other distinguished leaders who will address nearly 15,000 graduates during Miami Dade College’s (MDC) upcoming commencement exercises Sat., May 3, 2014.

Other speakers hail from top universities and philanthropic organizations from across the country. Speaking at the day’s first ceremony for the Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses is J.B. Milliken, President, University of Nebraska and Chancellor-Designate, City University of New York. The next commencement, for the InterAmerican and Homestead Campuses, is the graduation where Vice President Biden will speak and where Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University, will be conferred a special honorary degree. John Sexton, President of New York University will address graduates during the North Campus and West ceremony. The Medical Campus ceremony will feature Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. The final speaker of the day is Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University. Each of the distinguished speakers will receive an honorary degree from Miami Dade College.

Students will graduate in five special exercises representing the College’s seven campuses and two outreach centers. For more: http://www.mdc.edu/main/news/articles/2014/04/vice_president_joe_biden_to_lead_disting.aspx

Live Stream: http://www.mdc.edu/commencement/live/

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Miami Dade College Commencement 2014
Saturday, May 3, @ 10:30 AM ET
Vice President Joe Biden – Commencement Speaker
InterAmerican and Homestead Campuses, Miami, Florida

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2014 WHCD
2014 WHCD

2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
May 3, 2014 @ 6:00 PM ET
Washington Hilton, Washington DC

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Founded in 1914 to represent the White House press corps, the association marks its centennial this year. It works to maintain independent news media coverage of the president, advocating for access, handling logistics for pools of reporters who stay close to the president and those who travel with him, and providing scholarships to journalism students.

The annual dinner is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships for aspiring journalists and awards recognizing excellence in the profession.

For more: http://www.whca.net/dinner.htm
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The White House Correspondence Dinner Association honors Harry McAlpin the first African-American reporter to gain entry to the exclusive White House press conference.

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41 thoughts on “VP Biden @ Miami Dade Commencement & WHCD 2014

  1. WH

    Friday, May 2, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    9:55 AM
    President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a bilateral meeting to discuss international security, trade and other issues; Vice President Biden also attends
    Oval Office

    10:00 AM
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    11:40 AM
    President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint press conference
    Rose Garden

    12:00 PM
    Vice President Biden speaks at the 2014 Creativity Conference being hosted by the Motion Picture Association of America, ABC News, and Microsoft. The conference’s theme is how creativy and innovation play a role in globalization and the economy
    Washington, DC

    12:15 PM
    First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the College Signing Day ceremony
    H-E-B UC ballroom, University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

    12:45 PM
    President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a working lunch and Official U.S. and Official German Delegations; Vice President Biden also attends
    Cabinet Room

    1:00 PM
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    3:50 PM
    President Obama meets with AAPI Business and Faith Leaders to discuss Commonsense Immigration Reform
    Roosevelt Room

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  2. VP Biden Speaks @ Miami Dade Commencement

    Vice President Joe Biden to Lead Distinguished Selection of Keynote Speakers at Miami Dade College’s 2014 Commencement Ceremonies May 3

    Miami, April 21, 2014 – United States Vice President Joe Biden will join other distinguished leaders who will address nearly 15,000 graduates during Miami Dade College’s (MDC) upcoming commencement exercises Sat., May 3, 2014.

    Other speakers hail from top universities and philanthropic organizations from across the country. Speaking at the day’s first ceremony for the Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses is J.B. Milliken, President, University of Nebraska and Chancellor-Designate, City University of New York. The next commencement, for the InterAmerican and Homestead Campuses, is the graduation where Vice President Biden will speak and where Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University, will be conferred a special honorary degree. John Sexton, President of New York University will address graduates during the North Campus and West ceremony. The Medical Campus ceremony will feature Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. The final speaker of the day is Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University. Each of the distinguished speakers will receive an honorary degree from Miami Dade College.

    Students will graduate in five special exercises representing the College’s seven campuses and two outreach centers.

    For more: http://www.mdc.edu/main/news/articles/2014/04/vice_president_joe_biden_to_lead_disting.aspx

    Miami Dade College Commencement 2014
    Saturday, May 3, @ 10:30 AM ET
    Vice President Joe Biden – Commencement Speaker
    InterAmerican and Homestead Campuses, Miami, Florida

  3. White House Correspondence Dinner

    The WHCA’s annual dinner, begun in 1920, has become a Washington, D.C. tradition and is usually attended by the President and Vice President.[1] Fifteen presidents have attended at least one WHCA dinner, beginning with Calvin Coolidge in 1924. The dinner is traditionally held on the evening of the last Saturday in April at the Washington Hilton.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Correspondents_Dinner#White_House_Correspondents.27_Dinner

    • 100th White House Correspondents’ Dinner
      May 3, 2014
      Washington Hilton, Washington DC

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      Founded in 1914 to represent the White House press corps, the association marks its centennial this year. It works to maintain independent news media coverage of the president, advocating for access, handling logistics for pools of reporters who stay close to the president and those who travel with him, and providing scholarships to journalism students.

      The annual dinner is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships for aspiring journalists and awards recognizing excellence in the profession.

      For more: http://www.whca.net/dinner.htm

    • Little Known Black History Fact: Harry McAlpin

      Apr 18, 2014 By D. L. Chandler – blackamericanweb

      Harry S. McAlpin broke the White House press corps color barrier in February 1944, becoming the first African-American reporter to gain entry to the exclusive White House press conference. Despite almost being denied entry to White House Press Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) because of his race, McAlpin took the first bold steps in what would be a stellar career in journalism and beyond.

      McAlpin, a reporter for the National Negro Press Association and the Atlanta Daily World at the time, joined a gathering of reporters waiting to enter the Oval Office to be addressed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The WHCA official stopped McAlpin and told him that White reporters were upset at his presence, but said if he waited outside they would share notes and let him join the association.

      McAlpin ignored the request, and entered the Oval Office with the rest of the journalists. At the end of the conference, McAlpin approached President Roosevelt, who shook his hand and said, “Harry, I’m glad you’re here.”

      For more: http://blackamericaweb.com/2014/04/18/little-known-black-history-fact-harry-mcalpin/

  4. Merkel’s US Trip to Focus on Ukraine Crisis

    May 1, 2014 By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press

    The crisis in Ukraine will dominate talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama in Washington this week, with both leaders keen to show the West is united in its resolve to take even tougher measures against Russia if necessary.

    The U.S. and European Union both imposed new sanctions against Moscow on Monday, accusing Russia of failing to implement a diplomatic accord aimed at calming the situation in Ukraine.

    Merkel and Obama will discuss when they meet Friday at what point further measures — targeting the Russian economy directly — could be taken, senior German officials said before Merkel’s two-day trip to Washington, which starts Thursday.

    Henning Riecke, an expert on U.S.-German relations, said Merkel would seek to calm American concerns that Germany might waver on further sanctions because of its close economic ties to Russia.

    “This is a really dangerous situation and it’s important that America and its partners show unity,” said Riecke, who works at the German Council on Foreign Relations, a Berlin-based think tank. “I expect a strong statement indicating that the West has certain red lines when it comes to Ukraine and the security of its NATO allies in Eastern Europe.”

    For more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/merkels-us-trip-focus-ukraine-crisis-23543262

    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Washington DC Itinerary

      President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a bilateral meeting to discuss international security, trade and other issues
      White House

      President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint press conference
      White House

      President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a working lunch
      White House

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel address the US Chamber of Commerce, foucsing on a planned trans-Atlantic free trade pact,

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with US senators

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde

    • G-7 Leaders Agree to Act Against Russia as Deal Falters

      Apr 25, 2014 9:03 AM PT By Daryna Krasnolutska, Henry Meyer and Patrick Donahue – bloomberg

      he Group of Seven nations are preparing new measures against Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia of trying to impose its will at “the barrel of a gun.”

      President Barack Obama discussed deepening sanctions against Russia with Merkel and leaders from France, the U.K. and Italy in a conference call today, a day after Kerry said Russia is running out of time to ease tensions in Ukraine. They spoke after Russia began new military exercises on its neighbor’s border and explosions in two Ukrainian cities wounded eight people.

      U.S. and European officials said Russia hasn’t fulfilled its part of an April 17 accord signed in Geneva aimed at calming the crisis. The conflict — the biggest between Russia and its former Cold War enemies since the collapse of the Soviet Union – – escalated yesterday when Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Ukraine against continuing an anti-separatist offensive that killed five rebels.

      “Russia has or would have the possibility, I’m deeply convinced, to guide separatists in Ukraine onto a peaceful path,” Merkel said alongside Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Berlin today. “Such signals have failed to emerge so far, unfortunately. Secondly, we will therefore have to act and I think it will be a joint European action and a joint action by the G-7 states.”

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-25/g-7-may-act-quickly-against-russia-as-accord-falters.html

    • March 12, 2014

      Statement of G-7 Leaders on Ukraine

      We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, call on the Russian Federation to cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea contrary to Ukrainian law and in violation of international law.  We call on the Russian Federation to immediately halt actions supporting a referendum on the territory of Crimea regarding its status, in direct violation of the Constitution of Ukraine.

      Any such referendum would have no legal effect.  Given the lack of adequate preparation and the intimidating presence of Russian troops, it would also be a deeply flawed process which would have no moral force.  For all these reasons, we would not recognize the outcome.

      Russian annexation of Crimea would be a clear violation of the United Nations Charter; Russia’s commitments under the Helsinki Final Act; its obligations to Ukraine under its 1997 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership; the Russia-Ukraine 1997 basing agreement; and its commitments in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994.  In addition to its impact on the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea could have grave implications for the legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all states.  Should the Russian Federation take such a step, we will take further action, individually and collectively.

      We call on the Russian Federation to de-escalate the conflict in Crimea and other parts of Ukraine immediately, withdraw its forces back to their pre-crisis numbers and garrisons, begin direct discussions with the Government of Ukraine, and avail itself of international mediation and observation offers to address any legitimate concerns it may have.  We, the leaders of the G-7, urge Russia to join us in working together through diplomatic processes to resolve the current crisis and support progress for a sovereign independent, inclusive and united Ukraine.  We also remind the Russian Federation of our decision to suspend participation in any activities related to preparation of a G-8 Sochi meeting  until it changes course and the environment comes back to where the G-8 is able to have a meaningful discussion.

      • May 02, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel in Joint Press Conference

        Rose Garden

        12:07 P.M. EDT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good morning, everybody. It is always a great pleasure to welcome my friend Chancellor Merkel to the White House. Germany is one of our strongest allies, and Angela is one of my closest partners. And with her indulgence, I want to start by making two brief comments.

        First, as President, my top priority is doing everything that we can to create more jobs and opportunity for hardworking families — for our economic strength is a source of strength in the world. And this morning, we learned that our businesses created 273,000 new jobs last month. All told, our businesses have now created 9.2 million new jobs over 50 consecutive months of job growth.

        The grit and determination of the American people are moving us forward, but we have to keep a relentless focus on job creation and creating more opportunities for working families. There’s plenty more that Congress should be doing, from raising the minimum wage to creating good construction jobs rebuilding America. And I want to work with them wherever I can, but I keep acting on my own whenever I must to make sure every American who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

        Second point — I also want to say on behalf of the American people that our thoughts are with the people of Afghanistan, who have experienced an awful tragedy. We are seeing reports of a devastating landslide, on top of recent floods. Many people are reported missing; rescue efforts are underway. Just as the United States has stood with the people of Afghanistan through a difficult decade, we stand ready to help our Afghan partners as they respond to this disaster. For even as our war there comes to an end this year, our commitment to Afghanistan and its people will endure.

        Now, Angela, I’m still grateful for the hospitality that you and the German people extended to me, Michelle and our daughters last year in Berlin. It was an honor to speak at the Brandenburg Gate. You promised me a warm welcome and delivered an unbelievable 90-degree day in Berlin.

        This morning, our work touched on the range of issues where the United States and Germany are vital partners. We agreed to continue the close security cooperation — including law enforcement, cyber, and intelligence — that keeps our citizens safe. We reaffirmed our strong commitment to completing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — T-TIP — which is critical to supporting jobs and boosting exports in both the United States and in Europe.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/02/remarks-president-obama-and-german-chancellor-merkel-joint-press-confere

      • May 02, 2014

        FACT SHEET: The United States and Germany – Leading Together

        The United States and Germany are long-standing allies and friends, and our countries continue to deepen cooperation across a wide range of issues, enhancing a partnership that is instrumental to meeting the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Bilaterally and through multilateral mechanisms including NATO, the United Nations, the G-7, and the G-20, the United States and Germany work together to advance a shared agenda of peace, prosperity, and freedom.

        Working Together to Boost our Economies

        The United States and Germany have one of the world’s strongest economic relationships, and our countries are committed to policies that will support the global recovery. We support efforts that will boost demand, create new jobs, and promote strong, sustainable, and balanced growth. President Obama and Chancellor Merkel are devoted to further strengthening this relationship through the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement, currently being negotiated by the United States and the European Union. A comprehensive and ambitious T-TIP agreement that eliminates duties on bilateral goods trade; reduces regulatory and other non-tariff barriers while maintaining high standards for environmental, labor, and consumer protection; and charts joint approaches to global trade challenges of common concern will boost growth and support good jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. T-TIP also will generate savings for consumers and open up new opportunities for U.S. and German entrepreneurs and companies, particularly small and medium-sized businesses.

        The United States and Germany are leaders in promoting education and training as a key factor for strengthening economic and social growth. Since 2012, we have been cooperating through the Skills Initiative, launched by the German Embassy to the United States and actively supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This important initiative brings together leading German companies with U.S. state and local officials, representatives of community colleges and other educational institutions, and labor experts to share information and best practices for developing a skilled workforce. The Administration will continue to look for ways to intensify and further develop our cooperation with Germany in the area of workforce education and training.

        Germany is the largest economy in Europe, the world’s fourth largest economy, and our top trading partner in the European Union. In 2012, our two-way trade in goods and services totaled $210 billion. Furthermore, the U.S.-German trade relationship is driven by mutual investment. The value of German direct investment in the United States in 2012 was almost $200 billion, while U.S. direct investment in Germany was $121.2 billion.

        Cooperating on Global Challenges

        The United States and Germany are NATO allies. Our countries have worked together for decades on our shared goal of a Europe whole, free, and at peace, and we have stood together to oppose Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, its illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea, and its other efforts to destabilize Ukraine. We are working together to help Ukraine as it pursues urgently needed reforms to stabilize its economy, reform its constitution, combat corruption, strengthen its energy security, and hold free and fair elections on May 25.

        For generations, the German people have been gracious hosts to U.S. forces in Europe, with more than 45,000 military personnel and dependents currently based in Germany. Our troops have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in Afghanistan for more than a decade. Together, the United States and Germany coordinate closely on the full range of security issues, including counterterrorism, defense capabilities, and sanctions implementation. We also work together on multilateral concerns including Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, the Middle East, and the Balkans. Our two countries continue to lead international efforts to address climate change, both in the development of a new global climate agreement for 2015 as well as through complementary initiatives to reduce emissions through concrete actions.

        We are pleased that on June 26, Germany will host the second annual U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral meeting. The United States and Germany have been cooperating on many key cyber issues over the course of the last decade, and this whole-of-government dialogue seeks to identify additional areas for awareness and alignment. The following day, June 27, we will hold a German-American Cyber Dialogue, a multi-stakeholder dialogue in which participants will discuss the relationship between Big Data, security, and privacy, as well as international cyber cooperation.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/02/fact-sheet-united-states-and-germany-leading-together

  5. Letters to the President: Covered in Pennsylvania

    Published on May 1, 2014

    While in Pittsburgh, the President met with several families who wrote letters about how the Affordable Care Act is benefiting their lives.

    • https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/i_like_obamacare-e1332535276414.jpg?w=700

      “I’m a Republican, and You Should Get Covered”

      Mark D. Bearden, Ph.D. March 28, 2014 02:46 PM EDT

      Mark D. Bearden is a retired psychologist living in Monroe, North Carolina. In February, he wrote a letter to the President letting him know what the Affordable Care Act has meant to him. The message below was sent to the White House email list today.

      I am a staunch Republican, a self-proclaimed Fox News addict, and I didn’t vote for the President. And I’m here to tell you that Obamacare works. I’m living proof.

      I’m a chemotherapy patient, and was previously paying $428 a month for my health coverage. I was not thrilled when it was cancelled.

      Then I submitted an application at HealthCare.gov. I looked at my options. And I signed up for a plan for $62 a month.

      It’s the best health care I have ever had.

      So right now, here’s what I want to tell anyone who still needs health insurance, or knows someone who does:

      Sign up. Follow the instructions on the website. Apply, and look at your options. You still have time, and take it from me: This is something you want to do.

      I wrote a letter to President Obama this past February to tell him about my experience with the Health Insurance Marketplace. I hoped he’d read it, and he did.

      I may not be a supporter of the President. But now, I get mad when I see Obamacare dragged through the mud on television.

      And even though I regularly tune in to conservative pundits, I’d like to tell them they’re getting it wrong. Obamacare works.

      So one more time: If you still need health insurance, you have just three days to get it. Do what I did. Go to HealthCare.gov, submit an application, and pick a plan that works for you.

      It just might change your life.

      Mark D. Bearden, Ph.D.
      Monroe, North Carolina

      • Once opposed to ACA, now a convert

        POSTED: April 28, 2014 By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer

        Dean Angstadt fells trees for a living.

        He’s a self-employed, self-sufficient logger who has cleared his own path for most of his 57 years, never expecting help from anyone. And even though he’d been uninsured since 2009, he especially wanted nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act.

        “I don’t read what the Democrats have to say about it because I think they’re full of it,” he told his friend Bob Leinhauser, who suggested he sign up.

        That refrain changed this year when a faulty aortic valve almost felled Angstadt. Suddenly, he was facing a choice: Buy a health plan, through a law he despised, that would pay the lion’s share of the cost of the life-saving surgery – or die. He chose the former.

        “A lot of people I talk to are so misinformed about the ACA,” Angstadt said. “I was, before Bob went through all this for me. I would recommend it to anybody and, in fact, have encouraged friends, including the one guy who hauls my logs.”

        In 2011, Angstadt had a pacemaker and defibrillator implanted to help his ailing heart pump more efficiently. Not long after, the almost 6-foot, 285-pound man’s man was back in the woods, doing the Paul Bunyan thing.

        But last summer, his health worsened again. It was taking him 10 minutes to catch his breath after felling a tree. By fall, he was winded after traveling the 50 feet between his house and truck.

        “I knew that I was really sick,” said the Boyertown resident. “I figured the doctors were going to have to operate, so I tried to work as long as I could to save money for the surgery. But it got to the point where I couldn’t work.”

        For more: http://articles.philly.com/2014-04-28/news/49440051_1_health-plan-obamacare-life-saving-surgery

  6. I always look forward to this dinner especially since President Obama was elected. Got a kick out of the year Seth Myers leveled Donald Trump. Wasn’t that the same year that President got Bin Laden?

    • Hi Vitaminlover. Yes, I am looking forward to the WHCDinner as well.

      Yes that all happened in 2011. Trump and all those other wackos who love the spotlight sure do believe the wackiest things.

  7. The First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative

    Eric Waldo May 02, 2014 09:07 AM EDT

    Today, the First Lady is heading to the University of Texas at San Antonio to talk to high school students during the city’s fourth-annual College Signing Day. College Signing Day is part of Destination College, the city’s week-long celebration to encourage students to pursue and complete some form of higher education. On Signing Day, to celebrate students commitments to higher education, city residents will show their support by wearing college apparel. While in Texas, the First Lady will join in the celebrations by wearing her college t-shirt to encourage young people to take charge of their futures and complete an education beyond high school. Join in and encourage others to show their support by taking a photo in you college T-shirt and share it with the hashtag #ReachHigher.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/02/first-ladys-reach-higher-initiative

    12:15 PM ET
    First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the University of Texas San Antonio’s College Signing Day ceremony
    H-E-B UC ballroom, University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

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

    University of Texas San Antonio http://nowcastsa.com/blogs/webcast-college-signing-day-2014

    • May 02, 2014

      Remarks by the First Lady at San Antonio Signing Day Reach Higher Event

      University of Texas, San Antonio
      San Antonio, Texas

      12:39 P.M. CDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Hey! (Applause.) Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Let me tell you, I am thrilled to be here today — and not just because I get to wear a T-shirt, because I never get to wear a T-shirt to work. I’m here because this is such an incredible event. It really is. This is amazing. You all are showing that signing days like these are not just for all-American athletes, but they’re for all-Americans. Period.

      So I want to just give a big shout-out to San Antonio, Texas for the great work that they’re doing. You all should be very proud of yourselves. (Applause.) Yes!

      But, before we begin, I just want to take a few moments to thank a few people — your tremendous mayor, Mayor Castro — (applause) — yes, as well as his very cool brother, Congressman Castro — (applause) — and all of the elected officials, all the school administrators, all the university presidents who are here, and of course, all of the parents. Let’s hear it for the parents; there are a few here. (Applause.) Thank you for being here today. Thank you all for everything you do for these young people.

      I also want to thank the University of Texas-San Antonio for hosting us here today. (Applause.)

      And finally, I have to thank Rocio for that very, very kind introduction and for sharing her story. (Applause.) She is pretty amazing, and I know she represents all of you so well. And really, her story of grit and determination and commitment to education –- that’s what we’re celebrating today.

      Each of you has your own story of how you made it to this day –- a story that includes a lot of other folks who were there with you along the way. Maybe you were raised by a single mom who worked two jobs to put food on the table. Well, this day is for her, right? (Applause.) Maybe a teacher or a counselor encouraged you to apply to that stretch school, or to do more than you thought you could do. Well, this day is for them. (Applause.)

      Maybe your family was like Rocio’s and you came to this country just a few years ago to give you a chance at a better life. Well, this day is the day you all can celebrate another step toward achieving your American Dream. (Applause.) Or maybe, like me, along the way, somebody told you you would never make it to this day; that you simply weren’t college material. Well, this day is for the doubters and the haters, too. (Applause.) It’s the day that they see how wrong they were. This is their day, too.

      But most of all, this day is for you. It’s for all those years of hard work you all put in, right? All those late nights and tough classes, right? All those obstacles that you fought your way through because no matter what, you were determined to go to college — and you did it. You made it, and you should be so proud of yourselves. Because I am so proud of you. So let’s just take a moment to give yourselves a round of applause. To the San Antonio class of 2014! (Applause.) We are all so proud of you. We’re so proud!

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/02/remarks-first-lady-san-antonio-signing-day-reach-higher-event

  8. Payrolls in U.S. Rise Most Since 2012, Unemployment at 6.3%

    May 2, 2014 6:17 AM P Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Employers boosted payrolls in April by the most in two years and the jobless rate plunged to 6.3 percent as companies grew confident the U.S. economy was emerging from a first-quarter slowdown.

    The 288,000 gain in employment was the biggest since January 2012 and followed a revised 203,000 increase the prior month, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 218,000 advance. Unemployment dropped to the lowest level since September 2008.

    Households spent more freely as the first quarter drew to a close and manufacturing accelerated, helping explain why companies such as Ford Motor Co. (F) are taking on more workers. The figures corroborate the Federal Reserve’s view that the expansion is perking up after stagnating last quarter, indicating it will keep trimming stimulus.

    “The economy is gathering momentum after the bad winter,” said Michael Gapen, senior U.S. economist at Barclays Plc in New York, whose firm’s projection was among the closest in the Bloomberg survey. “The unemployment rate will stay in its downward trend, which means tapering will continue.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-02/payrolls-in-u-s-rise-by-most-since-2012-unemployment-at-6-3-.html

  9. US factory orders increase 1.1 percent in March

    5/2/14 minutes ago By MARTIN CRUTSINGER – Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories advanced strongly for a second month in March while demand in a key category that signals business investment plans increased by the largest amount in more than a year.

    The strength was further evidence that the economy was rebounding after a harsh winter.

    The Commerce Department says orders increased 1.1 percent in March after increasing 1.5 percent in February. Those gains followed two months of declines in December and January.

    Orders for core capital goods, considered a good proxy for business investment, jumped 3.5 percent in March, rebounding from a 0.9 percent drop in February. It was the biggest increase since January 2013.

    Economists say rising demand will boost factory production in coming months, helping the overall economy emerge from a winter slowdown.

  10. 3:50 PM ET
    President Obama meets with AAPI Business and Faith Leaders to discuss Commonsense Immigration Reform
    Roosevelt Room

    • May 02, 2014

      Readout of the President’s Meeting with AAPI Business and Faith Leaders on Commonsense Immigration Reform

      This afternoon, President Obama met with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) business and faith leaders in the Roosevelt Room to discuss the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform. The meeting coincides with the start of AAPI Heritage Month, an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the many contributions that AAPIs have made to this great nation. Those present at the meeting represent the success of the AAPI community and the promise of the American dream – a dream that remains out of reach for many new immigrants because of our broken immigration system.

      The President repeated his strong desire for the House of Representatives to follow the bipartisan example of the Senate and pass commonsense immigration reform. He urged the leaders at the table to continue to press the House Leadership to move forward on this important issue. Both the President and the leaders agreed that commonsense immigration reform would benefit the AAPI community by supporting business leaders and entrepreneurs and keeping families together.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/02/readout-president-s-meeting-aapi-business-and-faith-leaders-commonsense-

  11. West Wing Week 05/02/14 or, “Old Seoul”

    Published on May 2, 2014

    This week the President wrapped up a four country trip to Asia before honoring the Teachers of the Year and speaking on the minimum wage, while the VP announced a series of actions to help address sexual assault.

  12. WH

    Saturday, May 2, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    Vice President Biden deliver remarks at the Miami Dade College Commencement Ceremony
    InterAmerican and Homestead Campuses, Miami, Florida

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    President Obama speaks at the 100th White House Correspondents’ Dinner; First Lady Michelle also attends
    Washington Hilton, Washington DC

    9:00 PM
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  13. May 3, 1963 
    During civil rights protests in Birmingham, AL, Commissioner of Public Safety Eugene “Bull” Connor uses fire hoses and police dogs on black peaceful demonstrators that included children.

  14. OSCE observers held in Ukraine released

    5/3/14 36 minutes ago By PETER LEONARD – Associated Press

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine on Saturday released the seven OSCE military observers and five Ukrainian assistants who had been held for more than a week. The insurgent leader in Slovyansk was quoted as saying he ordered the release because of increasing insecurity in the city, where fighting broke out on Friday.

    The observers, members of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe observer team, were seized on April 25 in Slovyansk, the epicenter of eastern Ukraine’s unrest. The insurgents said the team possessed unspecified suspicious material and alleged they were spying for NATO.

    A team member from Sweden was also seized but was released earlier. Unlike the other observers’ countries, Sweden is not a member of NATO and the Swede reportedly suffers from a mild form of diabetes.

    The insurgents’ leader in Slovyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying he ordered the release because of increasing insecurity in the city. But he later [told] The Associated Press that “they are not being released — they are leaving us, as we promised them.”

    Two Ukrainian helicopters were reported shot down outside the city on Friday, killing two crew members. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said two other soldiers were killed in a clash on the city’s edge.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/osce-observers-held-ukraine-released-084724404.html

  15. Weekly Address: The President’s Year of Action

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    May 3, 2014

    Hi, everybody. My number one priority as President is doing whatever I can to create more jobs and opportunity for hardworking families. And yesterday, we learned that businesses added 273,000 jobs last month. All told, our businesses have now created 9.2 million new jobs over 50 consecutive months of job growth.

    But we need to keep going – to create more good jobs, and give middle-class families a sense of security. And I want to work with Congress to do it.

    But so far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every serious idea to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. They’ve said “no” to raising the minimum wage, “no” to equal pay for equal work, and “no” to restoring the unemployment insurance they let expire for more than two million Americans looking for a new job.

    That’s not what we need right now. Not when there are still too many folks out of work and too many families working harder than ever just to get by.

    That’s why, in my State of the Union Address, I said that in this Year of Action, whenever I can act on my own to create jobs and expand opportunity for more Americans, I will. And since January, I’ve taken more than 20 executive actions to do just that.

    I acted to raise more workers’ wages by requiring that workers on new federal contracts earn a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour – and as long as Republicans in Congress refuse to act, I’ll keep working with cities, states, and businesses to give more Americans a raise. I acted to encourage more pay transparency and strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws, so that more women have the tools they need to earn fair pay. And I’m modernizing regulations to make sure that more Americans who work overtime get the pay that they’ve earned. I’ve launched new hubs to help attract more high-tech manufacturing jobs to America – and ordered a reform of job training programs to make sure more Americans can earn the skills that employers need right now. I’ve brought together business leaders to help us connect more classrooms to high-speed internet, and give more of the long-term unemployed a better shot at finding a job.

    Each of these steps will make a difference. You can check out the full list at whitehouse.gov.

    But we could do a lot more if Republicans in Congress were less interested in stacking the deck in favor of those at the top, and more interested in growing the economy for everybody. They’ve now voted more than 50 times to take apart the Affordable Care Act – imagine if they voted 50 times on serious jobs bills.

    That’s why I’m going to take action on my own wherever I can. To grow our economy from the middle-out, not the top down. To give every American who works hard a chance to get ahead.

    That’s what this Year of Action is all about, and that’s what I’m going to keep fighting for.

    Thanks, and have a great weekend.

    • May 03, 2014

      Remarks by the President at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

      10:21 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much, everybody. Have a seat, have a seat. Before I get started, can we get the new presidential setup out here?

      (Aides bring out two ferns.)

      It was worked before. (Laughter and applause.) That’s more like it.

      It is great to be back. What a year, huh? I usually start these dinners with a few self-deprecating jokes. After my stellar 2013, what could I possibly talk about? (Laughter.)

      I admit it — last year was rough. Sheesh. (Laughter.) At one point things got so bad, the 47 percent called Mitt Romney to apologize. (Laughter.)

      Of course, we rolled out healthcare.gov. That could have gone better. (Laughter.) In 2008 my slogan was, “Yes We Can.” In 2013 my slogan was, “Control-Alt-Delete.” (Laughter.) On the plus side, they did turn the launch of healthcare.gov into one of the year’s biggest movies. (Laughter.)

      But rather than dwell on the past, I would like to pivot to this dinner. Let’s welcome our headliner this evening, Joel McHale. (Applause.) On “Community,” Joel plays a preening, self-obsessed narcissist. So this dinner must be a real change of pace for you. (Laughter.)

      I want to thank the White House Correspondents Association for hosting us here tonight. I am happy to be here, even though I am a little jet-lagged from my trip to Malaysia. The lengths we have to go to get CNN coverage these days. (Laughter and applause.) I think they’re still searching for their table. (Laughter and applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/03/remarks-president-white-house-correspondents-dinner

  16. WH

    Sunday, May 4, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  17. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    5/4/14 8:00 AM EDT By LUCY MCCALMONT – politico

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)
    • Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
    • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (D)
    • Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
    • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D)
    • Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena Williams

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)
    • Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)
    • Former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe
    • HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver
    • New York Times Magazine National Correspondent Mark Leibovich
    • Former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
    • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
    • FedEx CEO Fred Smith
    • 32 Advisors Founder and CEO Robert Wolf

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
    • Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), ranking member, House Foreign Affairs Committee

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.)

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Garcetti
    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman, House Judiciary Committee
    • Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio

  18. Ukraine claims advances on rebel-held positions

    5/4/14 3 hours ago Associated Press By PETER LEONARD

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Ukraine on Sunday said government forces reclaimed a television tower during a security operation to quell pro-Russian rebel activity in the eastern town of Kramatorsk.

    Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a statement on his Facebook page that a new assault to reclaim control over the town by the National Guard and armed forces began at dawn.

    The city saw a standoff Saturday that culminated in insurgents setting buses alight to ward off attacks. Russian state television has reported 10 deaths, including two among government forces, during clashes in Kramatorsk so far. Those figures could not be independently confirmed.

    At least 12 government armored personnel carriers were spotted driving through the town Saturday, although they appeared to have returned to their base at a military airfield on the edge of the city by day’s end.

    Efforts to counteract the insurgency have focused mostly on the nearby town of Slovyansk; authorities are currently seeking to form a security cordon around that city.

    The blockade has already resulted in a spate of panic-buying in the city with long lines forming outside grocery stores.

    Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly claimed victories in capturing checkpoints surrounding the city, although such boasts have often proven overstated.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-claims-advances-rebel-held-positions-072854398.html

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