VP Biden @ UofSC & FLOTUS Michelle @ Dillard 2014 Commencements

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Vice President Joe Biden to deliver UofSC commencement address

4/9/2014 By Megan Sexton – sc.edu

Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the commencement address at the Friday, May 9, ceremony at the University of South Carolina.

Biden will address graduates at the 3 p.m. ceremony in the Colonial Life Arena that includes students from the Darla Moore School of Business, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, College of Nursing, South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the Arnold School of Public Health.

The Vice President will receive an honorary degree of doctor of public administration.

Biden has spent his lifetime in public service. At age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served for more than three decades. He chaired or served as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, and was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act. As chairman or ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since 1997, Biden played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy, working on issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East and Southwest Asia.

Biden, a two-time presidential candidate, was tapped by Barack Obama as his running mate in 2008 and the pair were re-elected in 2012. As the country’s 47th vice president, Biden has represented the interests of the United States in every region of the world, traveling to more than two dozen countries. He has also championed many domestic issues, including college affordability, American manufacturing growth and middle class living standards. He is the first sitting vice president to give a commencement address at Carolina.

Also at the Friday commencement ceremony, David Seaton, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Fluor Corporation and a University of South Carolina graduate, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of business administration.

For more: http://www.sc.edu/uofsc/announcements/2014/04_biden_to_speak_at_uofsc_commencement.php#.U0wbb15rhbw

University of South Carolina Commencement 2014
Vice President Joseph Biden – Commencement Speaker
Friday, May 9 @ 3:00 PM ET
Columbia, South Carolina

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Deliver Commencement Address at Dillard Saturday, May 10

(New Orleans, LA) – First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the address at Dillard University on Saturday, May 10, when 243 students of Dillard University’s Class of 2014 walk down the Avenue of the Oaks during the commencement ceremony at 10 AM.  

A product of Chicago public schools, Mrs. Obama studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she later met the man who would become the love of her life.

After a few years, Mrs. Obama decided her true calling was working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago’s City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service.

In 1996, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago with a vision of bringing campus and community together. As Associate Dean of Student Services, she developed the university’s first community service program, and under her leadership as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, volunteerism skyrocketed.

Promoting Service and working with young people has remained a staple of her career and her interest. Continuing this effort now as First Lady, Mrs. Obama in 2010 launched Let’s Move!, a campaign to bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

As First Lady, Mrs. Obama continues to work on the issues close to her heart — supporting military families, helping working women balance career and family, encouraging national service, promoting the arts and arts education, and fostering healthy eating and healthy living for children and families across the country.

For more: http://www.dillard.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1712:first-lady-michelle-obama-to-deliver-commencement-address-at-dillard-saturday-may-10&catid=129:dillard-in-the-news&Itemid=564

Dillard University Commencement 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Saturday, May 10 @ 11:00 AM ET
New Orleans, Louisiana

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34 thoughts on “VP Biden @ UofSC & FLOTUS Michelle @ Dillard 2014 Commencements

  1. WH

    Friday, May 9, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:55 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks about U.S. energy policy
    WalMart, Mountain View, California

    1:00 PM
    Vice President Joe Biden attends a luncheon for The South Carolina Democratic Party
    Capital City Club, Columbia, South Carolina

    1:45 PM
    President Obama departs California en route Washington, DC
    Moffett Federal Airfield, Mountain View, CA

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    Vice President Joseph Biden delivers the commencement speech at the University of South Carolina
    University of South Carolina , Columbia, South Carolina

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:20 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    9:35 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

    10:00 PM

  2. Vice President Joe Biden to deliver UofSC commencement address

    4/9/2014 By Megan Sexton – sc.edu

    Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the commencement address at the Friday, May 9, ceremony at the University of South Carolina.

    Biden will address graduates at the 3 p.m. ceremony in the Colonial Life Arena that includes students from the Darla Moore School of Business, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, College of Nursing, South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the Arnold School of Public Health.

    The Vice President will receive an honorary degree of doctor of public administration.

    Biden has spent his lifetime in public service. At age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served for more than three decades. He chaired or served as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, and was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act. As chairman or ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since 1997, Biden played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy, working on issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East and Southwest Asia.

    Biden, a two-time presidential candidate, was tapped by Barack Obama as his running mate in 2008 and the pair were re-elected in 2012. As the country’s 47th vice president, Biden has represented the interests of the United States in every region of the world, traveling to more than two dozen countries. He has also championed many domestic issues, including college affordability, American manufacturing growth and middle class living standards. He is the first sitting vice president to give a commencement address at Carolina.

    Also at the Friday commencement ceremony, David Seaton, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Fluor Corporation and a University of South Carolina graduate, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of business administration.

    For more: http://www.sc.edu/uofsc/announcements/2014/04_biden_to_speak_at_uofsc_commencement.php#.U0wbb15rhbw

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    University of South Carolina Commencement 2014
    Vice President Joseph Biden – Commencement Speaker
    Friday, May 9 @ 3:00 PM ET
    Columbia, South Carolina

  3. First Lady Michelle Obama to Deliver Commencement Address at Dillard Saturday, May 10

    (New Orleans, LA) – First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the address at Dillard University on Saturday, May 10, when 243 students of Dillard University’s Class of 2014 walk down the Avenue of the Oaks during the commencement ceremony at 10 AM.

    A product of Chicago public schools, Mrs. Obama studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she later met the man who would become the love of her life.

    After a few years, Mrs. Obama decided her true calling was working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago’s City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service.

    In 1996, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago with a vision of bringing campus and community together. As Associate Dean of Student Services, she developed the university’s first community service program, and under her leadership as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, volunteerism skyrocketed.

    Promoting Service and working with young people has remained a staple of her career and her interest. Continuing this effort now as First Lady, Mrs. Obama in 2010 launched Let’s Move!, a campaign to bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

    As First Lady, Mrs. Obama continues to work on the issues close to her heart — supporting military families, helping working women balance career and family, encouraging national service, promoting the arts and arts education, and fostering healthy eating and healthy living for children and families across the country.

    For more: http://www.dillard.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1712:first-lady-michelle-obama-to-deliver-commencement-address-at-dillard-saturday-may-10&catid=129:dillard-in-the-news&Itemid=564

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    Dillard University Commencement 2014
    First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
    Saturday, May 10 @ 11:00 AM ET
    New Orleans, Louisiana

  4. President Obama to speak Friday at Mountain View Walmart

    5/06/2014 03:22:45 PM PDT By Josh Richman – bayareanewsgroup.com

    President Barack Obama will visit a Walmart store in Mountain View on Friday to talk about the importance of energy efficiency, a White House official said Tuesday.

    The president arrives in Silicon Valley on Thursday to do two fundraisers benefiting the Democratic National Committee. One is an exclusive tech round table for 20 — at $32,400 per head — at the Los Altos home of 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki. The other is a bigger event at the Mountain View headquarters of Y Combinator, co-hosted by company president Sam Altman and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, for which tickets cost from $1,000 to $32,400 per head.

    Further details on the Friday event in Mountain View will come soon, the White House said.

    “We are very excited,” Walmart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said Tuesday. But she didn’t elaborate on details of the presidential visit.

    Walmart — the retail giant that employs 1.3 million Americans but has drawn fire for squeezing out smaller businesses, offering meager pay and opposing labor unions — has set a goal of being powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources.

    “Our buildings represent the largest piece of our carbon footprint that we directly control,” the company’s website says. “From lighting and water conservation to refrigeration systems and building materials, we view our facilities as laboratories of sustainability.”

    The company was a leader in adopting energy-efficient LED lighting; installing “secondary loop refrigeration” that saves energy, prevents leakage and cuts greenhouse gas emissions; and using fly ash — a byproduct of coal-fired electrical generation — and slag from steel manufacturing in its building materials.

  5. Photo album of looted Nazi art given to US archive

    5/8/14 1 hour ago AFP

    Washington (AFP) – A photo album depicting troves of precious art works looted by the Nazis during World War II was donated Thursday to the National Archives, America’s repository of historical artifacts.

    The album is one of 39 “Hitler albums” — essentially a catalogue of art confiscated by troops operating under orders from Der Fuerher.

    The book contains photos of looted paintings and other cultural artifacts swiped from France.

    The album was given to the National Archives at a ceremony that fell on the anniversary of the war’s end in Europe.

    The event was attended by Harry Ettlinger, 88, one of six surviving soldiers from a US army unit tasked with recovering thousands of art works confiscated by the Nazis.

    The album showed page after page of black and white photographs, images, in this case, of artwork stolen from France. The leather-bound book was recovered from one of Hitler’s homes.

    The album was donated to the National Archives by the “Monuments Men” Foundation, whose mission is to disseminate the story about the lost works of art and the Allied soldiers who helped recover them.

    The story of the military’s art recovery units was popularized in the movie “The Monuments Men,” written by and starring George Clooney. The film opened across US movie screens in February.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/photo-album-looted-nazi-art-given-us-archive-211509410.html

  6. West Wing Week 05/09/14 or, “Reach Higher”

    Published on May 8, 2014

    This week, the First Lady launched her new Reach Higher education initiative, while the President hosted two bilateral meetings and a press conference, let loose some humor at the White House Correspondents Dinner, and traveled to Arkansas and California.

  7. President Obama: Republicans blocked 500 bills

    5/8/14 6:10 AM EDT By JONATHAN TOPAZ – politico

    President Barack Obama is railing against congressional Republicans, telling a Hollywood crowd that the midterm elections are crucial because the GOP is willing “to say no to everything.”

    The president, speaking at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event Wednesday evening hosted at Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn’s home, said Republicans have been obstructionist since even before he took office.

    “Their willingness to say no to everything — the fact that since 2007, they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class just gives you a sense of how opposed they are to any progress — has actually led to an increase in cynicism and discouragement among the people who were counting on us to fight for them,” Obama said of Republicans.

    “The conclusion is, well, nothing works,” the president continued. “And the problem is, is that for the folks worth fighting for — for the person who’s cleaning up that house or hotel, for the guy who used to work on construction but now has been laid off — they need us. Not because they want a handout, but because they know that government can serve an important function in unleashing the power of our private sector.”

    Obama opened by saying that he is “in trouble at home,” because in 2012 he had told his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, that he had run his last campaign.

    “A couple months ago, I had to let her in on a secret, and that is, honey, I got one more campaign I got to run,” he said, referring to the 2014 midterm elections. “I need to make sure we continue to have a Democratic Senate, and I need a Democratic House of Representatives in Washington.”

    The president spoke to a group of roughly 90 people for about 15 minutes. Those in attendance included actor James Brolin, singer Barbra Streisand and DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

  8. US wholesale stockpiles rise 1.1 percent in March

    May 09, 2014 7:22 AM PDT By MARTIN CRUTSINGER – AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles in March by the largest amount in five months while sales increased at the fastest clip in 10 months.

    Wholesale stockpiles rose 1.1 percent in March after a 0.7 percent gain in February, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the ninth consecutive monthly gain and the largest increase since a 1.2 percent rise in October.

    Sales at the wholesale level were up 1.4 percent, the best showing since a 1.9 percent rise in May 2013.

    The sizable gain in sales should encourage businesses to keep restocking their shelves to meet rising demand. That will mean increased orders to factories and rising production which would boost economic growth.

    In the January-March quarter, the economy slowed to a barely discernible growth rate of 0.1 percent after growth of 2.6 percent in the October-December quarter. A slowdown in inventory building subtracted 0.6 percentage point from first quarter growth.

    But economists expect the drag from a slowdown in inventory building will ease in the second quarter. The big rise in March inventories supports that view, indicating that there was growing momentum headed in the second quarter.

    Many analysts are looking for growth to easily top 3 percent in the second quarter with the most optimistic saying the economy may surge to growth above 4 percent, reflecting pent-up demand from consumer spending that was delayed during the harsh winter.

    For more: http://www.wfmj.com/story/25474157/us-wholesale-stockpiles-rise-11-percent-in-march

  9. Shrimp Shells Could Provide Biodegradable Plastic Alternative

    May 07, 2014 2:34 Matthew Hilburn – voanews

    A substance found in the shells crustaceans and parts of insects could provide the world with an abundant and environmentally friendly way to replace many plastics.

    It’s called chitosan, a resilient form of chitin, which researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering say is the “the second-most abundant organic material on Earth.”

    Chitin is a tough polysaccharide found in the shells of crustaceans.

    After Wyss announced its progress making chitosan-based materials in March, they were approached by a variety of companies and entrepreneurs eager to learn about it and explore possible commercial uses, said Javier Fernandez, a lead researcher on the project.

    One example, a simple drinking cup, could be made from about 200 grams of shrimp shells, about a handful, Fernandez said.

    To put that in perspective, Fernandez said that one species of plankton-sized crustaceans, the copepod, is estimated to produce billions of tons of chitin each year.

    For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/shrimp-shells-could-provide-biodegradable-plastic-alternative/1909805.html

    • May 09, 2014

      Remarks by the President on American Energy

      Walmart
      Mountain View, California

      9:48 A.M. PDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Mountain View! (Applause.) It’s good to be in California. Everybody, have a seat. Have a seat. This is actually my third day on the West Coast. On Wednesday, we went to L.A., then we went to San Diego, we’re here in the Bay Area. But I have to get back because Sunday is what?

      AUDIENCE: Mother’s Day!

      THE PRESIDENT: It is Mother’s Day. That is a public service announcement — do not forget. (Laughter.) It’s Mother’s Day.

      I told Michelle one time, I said, how come people put so much emphasis on Mother’s Day, and Father’s day not so much? (Laughter.) She said every day other than Mother’s Day is Father’s Day. (Laughter and applause.) Which I thought kind of quieted me down.

      I want to thank your mayor, Chris Clark, for hosting us. (Applause.) I want to thank the folks at Walmart. And I know this looks like a typical Walmart, but it is different — and that’s why I’m here. A few years ago, you decided to put solar panels on the roof of the store. You replaced some traditional light bulbs with LEDs. You made refrigerator cases more efficient. And you even put in a charging station for electric vehicles. And all told, those upgrades created dozens of construction jobs and helped this store save money on its energy bills. And that’s why I’m here today — because more and more companies like Walmart are realizing that wasting less energy isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for business. It’s good for the bottom line.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.)

      THE PRESIDENT: Yes, see, he agrees. (Applause.) And it means jobs.

      Changing the way we use energy is just one of the ways Americans have been working so hard to move this country forward. In the wake of the worst financial and economic crisis in generations, our businesses now have created over 9.2 million new jobs. A housing market that was reeling is rebounding. An auto industry that was flat-lining is now booming. You’ve got a manufacturing sector that had lost a third of its jobs during the ‘90s and now is adding jobs for the first time. More than 8 million Americans have now signed up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. (Applause.) Troops that were fighting two wars are coming home. And rather than create jobs in other countries, more companies are actually choosing to create jobs and invest right here in the United States of America.

      But we’ve got a long way to go before we get to where we need to be — which is an economy where everybody who works hard, everybody who takes responsibility has a chance to get ahead, and that we have a chance to build an economy that works not just for a few at the top, but for everybody. That’s our goal — the idea that no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, what your last name is, if you work hard, if you take responsibility, you can make it here in America.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/09/remarks-president-american-energy

  10. Obama Scores Third Court Victory in Air Pollution Fight

    May 9, 2014 10:44 AM PT By Sophia Pearson and Jim Efstathiou Jr. – bloomberg

    The Obama administration scored a third legal victory in less than a month in its fight to cut air pollution as regulators prepare rules to reduce emissions from power plants.

    In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said the Environmental Protection Agency was within its discretion to tighten standards on fine particulate matter, or soot, from coal power plants, refineries, manufacturers and vehicles. The court struck down a challenge by the National Association of Manufacturers, which said the rule overreached.

    The administration has now defeated challenges to pollution rules three times since mid-April, as the Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals tossed aside industry objections and gave the EPA broad leeway to set standards.

    “Time after time, courts have found that EPA’s clean air standards are solidly based in science and the law,” Peter Zalzal, an attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund, said in a statement. “This decision, like the ones before it, will help us ensure longer and healthier lives for all Americans.”

    The soot particles at issue in today’s ruling are among the most dangerous forms of pollution, especially for children, people with asthma and the elderly, said John Walke, clean air director at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-09/manufacturing-lobby-loses-epa-rule-fight-in-u-s-court.html

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    Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    5/9/14 22 minutes ago By ANDREW DEMILLO – Associated Press

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Friday struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage, opening the door for gay couples to wed.

    Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said the 2004 amendment’s definition of marriage as allowable only between a man and a woman is unconstitutional and violates the rights of same-sex couples.

    The ruling came nearly a week after state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he personally supports gay marriage rights but that he will continue to defend the constitutional ban in court.

    McDaniel’s office is expected to quickly appeal Piazza’s ruling to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

    The 2004 constitutional amendment was passed with the overwhelming support of Arkansas voters.

    The U.S. Supreme Court last year ruled that a law forbidding the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. Since then, lower-court judges have repeatedly cited the Supreme Court decision when striking down some of the same-sex marriage bans that were enacted after Massachusetts started recognizing gay marriages in 2004.

    Since late last year, federal judges have ruled against marriage bans in Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Texas, and ordered Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

    In all, according to gay-rights groups, more than 70 lawsuits seeking marriage equality are pending in about 30 states. Democratic attorneys general in several states — including Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Oregon and Kentucky — have declined to defend same-sex marriage bans.

    McDaniel, a Democrat in his final year as attorney general, is the first statewide elected official in Arkansas to support marriage equality. The state’s other top Democrats, including Gov. Mike Beebe and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, have said they still oppose gay marriage rights.

    The plaintiffs argue that their rights to due process and equal protection can’t be superseded, even by a state constitutional amendment. Attorneys for the state have argued that an amendment to the state constitution can’t itself be deemed unconstitutional.

    A group of same-sex couples have also challenged Arkansas’ ban in federal court.

  12. WH

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement speech at Dillard University
    Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Mary Landrieu meet with the spouses of veterans to hear their firsthand accounts “of the transition of families from active duty military to veteran status
    World War II Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

    2:00 PM
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  13. Weekly Address: The First Lady Marks Mother’s Day and Speaks Out on the Tragic Kidnapping in Nigeria

    Remarks of First Lady Michelle Obama

    Weekly Address

    May 10, 2014

    Hello everyone, I’m Michelle Obama, and on this Mother’s Day weekend, I want to take a moment to honor all the mothers out there and wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.

    I also want to speak to you about an issue of great significance to me as a First Lady, and more importantly, as the mother of two young daughters.

    Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night.

    This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education – grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.

    And I want you to know that Barack has directed our government to do everything possible to support the Nigerian government’s efforts to find these girls and bring them home.

    In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters. We see their hopes, their dreams – and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now.

    Many of them may have been hesitant to send their daughters off to school, fearing that harm might come their way.

    But they took that risk because they believed in their daughters’ promise and wanted to give them every opportunity to succeed.

    The girls themselves also knew full well the dangers they might encounter.

    Their school had recently been closed due to terrorist threats…but these girls still insisted on returning to take their exams.

    They were so determined to move to the next level of their education…so determined to one day build careers of their own and make their families and communities proud.

    And what happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident…it’s a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions.

    It’s the story of girls like Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan.

    Malala spoke out for girls’ education in her community…and as a result, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while on a school bus with her classmates.

    But fortunately Malala survived…and when I met her last year, I could feel her passion and determination as she told me that girls’ education is still her life’s mission.

    As Malala said in her address to the United Nations, she said “The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”

    The courage and hope embodied by Malala and girls like her around the world should serve as a call to action.

    Because right now, more than 65 million girls worldwide are not in school.

    Yet, we know that girls who are educated make higher wages, lead healthier lives, and have healthier families.

    And when more girls attend secondary school, that boosts their country’s entire economy.

    So education is truly a girl’s best chance for a bright future, not just for herself, but for her family and her nation.

    And that’s true right here in the U.S. as well…so I hope the story of these Nigerian girls will serve as an inspiration for every girl – and boy – in this country.

    I hope that any young people in America who take school for granted – any young people who are slacking off or thinking of dropping out – I hope they will learn the story of these girls and recommit themselves to their education.

    These girls embody the best hope for the future of our world…and we are committed to standing up for them not just in times of tragedy or crisis, but for the long haul.

    We are committed to giving them the opportunities they deserve to fulfill every last bit of their God-given potential.

    So today, let us all pray for their safe return… let us hold their families in our hearts during this very difficult time…and let us show just a fraction of their courage in fighting to give every girl on this planet the education that is her birthright. Thank you.

  14. 11:00 AM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement speech at Dillard University
    Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana

    • May 10, 2014

      Remarks by the First Lady in Commencement Address to Dillard University

      UNO Lakefront Arena

      New Orleans, Louisiana

      10:33 A.M. CDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness! Good morning!

      AUDIENCE: Good morning.

      MRS. OBAMA: I am so happy to be here with you all. I’m proud to be here in the Big Easy. Look at you all! (Applause.) You look good.

      STUDENT: You do too!

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you. (Laughter.) I want to start by thanking Nicole for that very kind introduction and for sharing her story, which is not too unfamiliar to me — because they told me I couldn’t be where I am, too. So I want to thank Nicole. I’m proud of her. Thank you for the selfie; I think that’s the first selfie I’ve done at a commencement. So, Nicole, you’re my first. (Laughter.)

      And of course, I want to thank the Dillard University Choir. Oh, oh, oh! (Applause.) Oh! That’s all I can say. It’s like you want to start something up in here, right? (Laughter.) It’s like, now we got a commencement going on up in here. (Laughter.) That was beautiful, beautiful. Thank you so much.

      I also want to recognize Senator Mary Landrieu, who is here. Let’s give her a hand. (Applause.) She has been a strong supporter of this university.

      I want to thank the Dillard University Board of Trustees. I want to thank the faculty, the staff, and, of course, your tremendous president, Dr. Walter Kimbrough. (Applause.) Now, my husband has been called a few things over the years, but he has never had the honor of being referred to as the “Hip Hop President.” (Applause.)

      I also want to thank all the folks from the University of New Orleans for hosting us here today. And I know they’re hosting the folks at Southern University at New Orleans for their commencement later on today as well, so we wish them a wonderful day. And thank you for having us. (Applause.)

      And of course, I’ve got to give a big shout-out to all the family members in the crowd, all of the family members — (applause) — especially to the mothers, because it is the day before Mother’s Day. To all the mothers, Happy Mother’s Day. (Applause.)

      Now, graduates, you all handled your business, right? Just because you were graduating didn’t mean you — come on, now. (Laughter.) Okay, well, if you didn’t, you have my permission to get up and go right now, because there is nothing more important — no, no, don’t get up. (Laughter.) Your mothers would kill you if you got up at this moment. (Laughter.) So just stay in your seats, and when this is all over make sure you take care of mom.

      But in all seriousness, to all the moms out there — as well as the dads and the grandparents, the uncles, the aunts, the brothers, the sisters, all of you who have helped raise these graduates — you have seen them through their ups and downs, and you have poured your hearts and souls into these men and women. So today is your day, too, and you should be very proud. You really should. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/10/remarks-first-lady-commencement-address-dillard-university

  15. 1:00 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Mary Landrieu meet with the spouses of veterans to hear their firsthand accounts “of the transition of families from active duty military to veteran status
    World War II Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

    • World War II Museum

      New Orleans, Louisiana

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      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much. It’s my privilege to be here. As Mary said, I came initially to do the commencement for Dillard University, but when we found out we could have some time in the schedule to come and sit down and talk to our military families and veterans and to hear more about what’s going on in your lives, I jumped at the chance to stay.

      These kind of gatherings, these small groups are so helpful for me — as well as Jill Biden, who is my partner in Joining Forces — because we’re all up in Washington doing a lot of interesting things hoping that what we’re doing is impacting you all on the ground, but we don’t really know until we hear from you. So these conversations really help us shape what we do.

      And many of the initiatives that we’ve taken on under Joining Forces have come from conversations like these, you guys telling us your stories. And it gives us a better sense of what’s working, what’s not, where we need to push harder.

      So I just want to say thank you. You all keep me going, and I say this every time I meet you all — I know I haven’t met you, but I know so many of your stories. And there are so few people who understand what it means to do the kind of service that you all are doing. And whenever I’m feeling sorry for myself, you know, I really do think of what you all are sacrificing every day and how you do it with such courage and with poise, and with gratitude and strength. So I say, get over it, Michelle; stop complaining, get up, go to work, do something to help this country. (Laughter.)

      So my time here I want to spend really listening to you guys.

      END 12:06 P.M. CDT

    • Joining Forces This Mother’s Day

      Commander Cara LaPointe May 10, 2014 07:09 PM EDT

      Today, I had the pleasure of addressing the Mother’s Day brunch for military moms and families hosted by the Association of the United States Army. My comments were about Joining Forces and our efforts to support veteran and military families. In addition to being a Commander in the United States Navy, I am also a military spouse and a military mom to three wonderful, and rather rambunctious, small children.

      My message was clear to the families in the audience:

      Overwhelmingly our nation recognizes that our service members and our veterans have made many sacrifices through their service, but so have their families. Every military spouse and every military child, each of you has served our country too. You have made sacrifices and you have endured uncertainty in your own lives in order for our military to be able to do its job ensuring the freedom of every person in this great Nation. Your sacrifices and your service are the reason that the First Lady and Dr. Biden created Joining Forces.

      Joining Forces was launched three years ago to ensure that all of our veterans and military families get the benefits, support and respect that they have earned and that they deserve. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden have called upon all sectors of society to step up and support veterans and military families. Across our Nation, public, private and nonprofit organizations are answering that call in the areas of employment, education, wellness, and beyond.

      READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/10/joining-forces-mothers-day

  16. GOP WRONG WAY

    House GOP ignores deficit, approves massive tax break

    5/09/14 04:44PM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    Look up literally any legislative debate of the Obama era in which Democrats wanted to make public investments and you’ll find one thing: Republicans screaming about the deficit. America is broke, the argument goes, so we can’t afford job creation, infrastructure, educational opportunities, expanded health care benefits, or really much of anything.

    We are, GOP officials repeatedly insisted, in the midst of a debt crisis that threatens to destroy civilization as we know it and saddle our children and grandchildren with a crippling burden.

    And this afternoon we received proof that Republicans didn’t mean a word of it.
    The House voted 274-131 on Friday to permanently extend and expand the research and development tax credit that expired at the end of last year.

    The bill championed by the business community would cost $156 billion over 10 years with no offset…. The research and development credit, which has been extended on a short-term basis roughly 15 times over the last 30 years or so, expired at the end of last year, along with more than 50 other tax breaks.
    The full roll call is online here. Note that 212 Republicans — nearly all of whom have railed against the threat of out-of-control deficits — voted for it, as did 62 Democrats.

    It’s worth emphasizing that there are some nuances to this. The research-and-development tax break, for example, has traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support. There’s a credible case to be made that some of these tax policies serve a legitimate economic purpose and making them permanent is hardly a bad thing.

    But the point is, Republicans said there’s no need to even try to pay for them. Their bill today came with a $156 billion price tag, and the same folks who scream bloody murder when new spending is added to the deficit effectively argued today that the cost of the tax break should be added to the deficit.

    In other words, the significance of today’s vote is the degree to which it shreds years of GOP rhetoric about “fiscal responsibility.”

    Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-gop-ignores-deficit-approves#break

  17. WH

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  18. May 09, 2014

    Presidential Proclamation — Mother’s Day, 2014

    MOTHER’S DAY, 2014

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    For over a century, Americans have come together to celebrate our first friends and mentors, our inspirations and constant sources of strength. Our mothers are breadwinners, community leaders, and pillars of family. They pioneer scientific discoveries, serve with valor in our Armed Forces, and represent our Nation in the loftiest halls of Government. Whether biological, adoptive, or foster, they play a singular role in our lives. Because they so often put everything above themselves, on Mother’s Day, we put our moms first.

    Through centuries of organizing, marching, and making their voices heard, mothers have won greater opportunities than ever before for themselves and their children. Their victories brought our Nation closer to realizing a sacred founding principle — that we are all created equal and each of us deserves the chance to pursue our own version of happiness.

    Today, there are more battles to win. Working mothers increasingly provide the majority of their family’s income, yet even now, discrimination prevents women from earning a living equal to their efforts. My Administration is proud to fight alongside women as they push to close the gender pay gap, shatter glass ceilings, and implement workplace policies that do not force any parent to choose between their jobs and their kids. Because when women succeed, America succeeds.

    By words and example, mothers teach us how to grow and who to become. They shape lasting habits that can lead to healthy living and lifelong learning. They demonstrate what is possible when we work hard and apply our talents. Without complaint, they give their best every day so they and their children might achieve the scope of their dreams. Today, let us once again extend our gratitude for our mothers’ unconditional love and support — during years past and in the years to come.

    The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May each year as “Mother’s Day” and requested the President to call for its appropriate observance.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 11, 2014, as Mother’s Day. I urge all Americans to express love and gratitude to mothers everywhere, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

    BARACK OBAMA

    • The First Lady: “One of the Greatest Lessons I Learned from My Mom”

      Kasie Coccaro May 11, 2014 11:09 AM EDT

      In honor of Mother’s Day, First Lady Michelle Obama shared a message about one of the greatest lessons she learned from her mom: the importance of education. Through the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, she’s reaching out directly to young people to encourage them to take charge of their futures and complete their education past high school. You can read the First Lady’s Mother’s Day message below, or at MomsRising.org.

      One of the greatest lessons I learned from my mom was about the importance of education. Neither she nor my father had gone to college, but they were determined to see me and my brother get a good education. So starting when I was young, my mom volunteered at my school, helping out in the front office and making sure my teachers were doing their jobs and my school was running like it should be.

      My mom wasn’t a teacher, or principal, or school board member, but she believed that our education was very much her business. And while I was occasionally mortified by her presence at my school, in retrospect, I have no doubt that my classmates and I got a better education because she was there, keeping an eye on things.

      READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/05/11/first-lady-one-greatest-lessons-i-learned-my-mom

  19. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    5/10/14 7:38 AM EDT By LUCY MCCALMONT – politico

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Pre-empted by coverage of English Premier League soccer

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
    • Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
    • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
    • Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), chairman, House Democratic Caucus
    • Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell
    • Malala CEO Shiza Shahid

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fa.), chairwoman, Democratic National Commitee
    • Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman, House Appropriations Committee

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Rubio
    • Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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