“It’s On Us” to STOP Sexual Assault

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Not Alone – Protecting Students from Sexual Assault
Fact Sheet

One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college.  Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year.  In the great majority of cases, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened.  And though fewer, men, too, are victimized.

The Administration is committed to putting an end to this violence. That’s why the President established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on January 22, 2014, with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to combat sexual assault on their campuses.

Today, the Task Force is announcing a series of actions to: (1)  identify the scope of the problem on college campuses, (2) help prevent campus sexual assault, (3) help schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted, and (4) improve, and make more transparent, the federal government’s enforcement efforts.  We will continue to pursue additional executive or legislative actions in the future.

These steps build on the Administration’s previous work to combat sexual assault.  The Task Force formulated its recommendations after a 90-day review period during which it heard from thousands of people from across the country — via 27 online and in-person listening sessions and written comments from a wide variety of stakeholders.

Helping Schools Identify the Problem: Climate Surveys

As we know, campus sexual assault is chronically underreported – so victim reports don’t provide a fair measure of the problem.  A campus climate survey, however, can.  So, today:

  • We are providing schools with a toolkit for developing and conducting a climate survey.
  • We will explore legislative or administrative options to require colleges and universities to conduct an evidence-based survey in 2016.

Preventing Sexual Assault – and Bringing in the Bystander

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a systematic review of primary prevention strategies for reducing sexual violence, and is releasing an advance summary of its findings.
  • The CDC and the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women will pilot and evaluate prevention strategies on college campuses.
  • Getting Bystanders to Step In and Help Is a Promising Practice

Helping Schools Respond Effectively When A Student is Sexually Assaulted: Confidentiality, Training, Better Investigations, and Community Partnerships

  • Many survivors need someone to talk to in confidence.
  • We are providing a sample confidentiality and reporting policy.
  • We are providing specialized training for school officials.
  • We will give schools guidance on how to improve their investigative and adjudicative protocols.
  • We are helping schools forge partnerships with community resources.

Improving and Making More Transparent Federal Enforcement Efforts

  • We are launching a dedicated website – www.NotAlone.gov – to make enforcement data public and to make other resources accessible to students and schools.
  • The Department of Education is providing more clarity on schools’ legal obligations.
  • The Departments of Justice and Education have entered into an agreement clarifying each agency’s role.

Next Steps
The action steps highlighted in this report are the initial phase of an ongoing plan and commitment to putting an end to this violence on campuses.  We will continue to work toward solutions, clarity, and better coordination. We will review the legal frameworks surrounding sexual assault for possible regulatory or statutory improvements, and seek new resources to enhance enforcement.  Campus law enforcement agencies have special expertise- and they, too, should be tapped to play a more central role.  And we will also consider how our recommendations apply to public elementary and secondary schools – and what more we can do to help there.

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/29/fact-sheet-not-alone-protecting-students-sexual-assault

Today, the President announced an initiative to help put an end to campus sexual assault. It’s called “It’s On Us.”

That’s not just a slogan or catchphrase. It’s the whole point. Because in a country where one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted — only 12 percent of which are reported — this is a problem that should be important to every single one of us, and it’s on every single one of us to do something to end the problem.

As a husband, as a brother, and as a father of three boys and daughter who is a sophomore in college, it’s on me to help create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable, and where survivors are supported.

It’s on me to tell my kids to never blame the victim. To not be a bystander. It’s on me to make sure they know that if they see something that looks wrong, they need to get involved — to intervene any way they can, even if it means enlisting the help of a friend or resident advisor. It’s on me to teach them to be direct, and to trust their gut.

That’s why this is personal for me.

And it’s why I took a step this morning to show my commitment to doing my part.  And whether you’re a parent, a student, a survivor or a friend of one, there’s something you can do right now to do the same.

Go to It’sOnUs.org, and take the pledge — a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It’s a promise that you won’t be a bystander to the problem — that you’ll be a part of the solution. The President took the pledge this morning. I did, too — along with dozens of other White House staffers. Do it right now.

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  1. WH

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the 21st Democratic Women’s Leadership Forum 21st Annual National Issues Conference
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    President Obama and Vice President Biden delivers remarks on a campus sexual assault awareness campaign “It’s On Us” Campaign
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    Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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  2. Campaign Against Campus Sex Assault – “It’s On Us” You Are Not Alone

    Not Alone – Protecting Students from Sexual Assault
    Fact Sheet

    One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year. In the great majority of cases, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened. And though fewer, men, too, are victimized.

    The Administration is committed to putting an end to this violence. That’s why the President established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on January 22, 2014, with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to combat sexual assault on their campuses.

    Today, the Task Force is announcing a series of actions to: (1) identify the scope of the problem on college campuses, (2) help prevent campus sexual assault, (3) help schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted, and (4) improve, and make more transparent, the federal government’s enforcement efforts. We will continue to pursue additional executive or legislative actions in the future.

    These steps build on the Administration’s previous work to combat sexual assault. The Task Force formulated its recommendations after a 90-day review period during which it heard from thousands of people from across the country — via 27 online and in-person listening sessions and written comments from a wide variety of stakeholders.

    Helping Schools Identify the Problem: Climate Surveys

    As we know, campus sexual assault is chronically underreported – so victim reports don’t provide a fair measure of the problem. A campus climate survey, however, can. So, today:

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/29/fact-sheet-not-alone-protecting-students-sexual-assault

    • Obama opens campaign against campus sexual assault

      Sep 15, 2014 By NEDRA PICKLER – Associated Press

      WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign from the White House Friday, with a special focus on engaging men in the fight against a largely hidden problem.

      White House officials say the campaign, called “It’s On Us,” will challenge everyone on campuses to see sexual assault as their personal responsibility to prevent, but will particularly target male students. Presidential aides point to research shows that men are often reluctant to speak out against violence against women because they believe other men accept it, and that Obama and Biden hope to set an example by speaking out to help change social norms.

      The event comes as students are settling in for a new year on campus and follows other White House efforts that have been helping raise awareness about the problem that typically remained in the shadows. Research has shown that one in five college women is assaulted, most victims know their attackers, alcohol or drugs are often involved and only 12 percent of college women attacked report it to police.

      “We can do more to make sure that every young man out there – whether they’re in junior high or high school or college or beyond – understands what’s expected of them and what it means to be a man, and to intervene if they see somebody else acting inappropriately,” Obama said in January when he announced a task force to combat the problem. “We’re going to need to encourage young people, men and women, to realize that sexual assault is simply unacceptable. And they’re going to have to summon the bravery to stand up and say so, especially when the social pressure to keep quiet or to go along can be very intense.

      For more: http://www.njherald.com/story/26536551/obama-launching-campus-sexual-assault-campaign

    • September 19, 2014

      FACT SHEET: Launch of the “It’s On Us” Public Awareness Campaign to Help Prevent Campus Sexual Assault

      Since the beginning of this Administration, the President and Vice President have made it a priority to root out sexual violence wherever it exists, especially in our nation’s schools. In April 2011, Vice President Biden and the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, introduced comprehensive guidance to help colleges and universities nationwide better understand their obligations under federal civil rights laws to prevent and respond to sexual assault on campus.

      Building on those efforts, in January 2014, the President and Vice President established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The Task Force has since worked to assist schools in preventing sexual assault and to provide practical tools to help. Today’s announcement is a critical part of the Administration’s work to prevent sexual assault, but it is not the final step. Our efforts to improve enforcement, transparency, and accountability will continue.

      Launching “It’s On Us”

      In April, after 27 listening sessions with stakeholders across the country, the Task Force launched the 1is2many PSA aimed at spreading the word that one victim is too many and released the “Not Alone” report to help empower and equip student and administrative bodies to better understand and more effectively tackle the issue. The report included action steps, recommendations, and best practices in four key areas:

      (1) Identifying the scope of the problem through campus climate surveys
      (2) Preventing campus sexual assault and engaging men
      (3) Helping schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted
      (4) Improving, and making more transparent, the federal government’s enforcement efforts

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/19/fact-sheet-launch-it-s-us-public-awareness-campaign-help-prevent-campus-

    • September 19, 2014

      Remarks by the President at “It’s On Us” Campaign Rollout

      East Room

      12:14 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Welcome to the White House, everybody. And thank you to Joe Biden not just for the introduction, not just for being a great Vice President — but for decades, since long before he was in his current office, Joe has brought unmatched passion to this cause. He has. (Applause.)

      And at a time when domestic violence was all too often seen as a private matter, Joe was out there saying that this was unacceptable. Thanks to him and so many others, last week we were able to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the law Joe wrote, a law that transformed the way we handle domestic abuse in this country — the Violence Against Women Act.

      And we’re here to talk today about an issue that is a priority for me, and that’s ending campus sexual assault. I want to thank all of you who are participating. I particularly want to thank Lilly for her wonderful presentation and grace. I want to thank her parents for being here. As a father of two daughters, I on the one hand am enraged about what has happened; on the other hand, am empowered to see such an incredible young woman be so strong and do so well. And we’re going to be thrilled watching all of the great things she is going to be doing in her life. So we’re really proud of her.

      I want to thank the White House Council on Women and Girls. Good Job. Valerie, thank you. (Applause.) I want to thank our White House Advisor on Violence Against Women — the work that you do every day partnering with others to prevent the outrage, the crime of sexual violence.

      We’ve got some outstanding lawmakers with us. Senator Claire McCaskill is right here from the great state of Missouri, who I love. (Applause.) And we’ve got Dick Blumenthal from the great state of Connecticut, as well as Congresswoman Susan Davis. So thank you so much, I’m thrilled to have you guys here. (Applause.)

      I also want to thank other members of Congress who are here and have worked on this issue so hard for so long. A lot of the people in this room have been on the front lines in fighting sexual assault for a long time. And along with Lilly, I want to thank all the survivors who are here today, and so many others around the country. (Applause.) Lilly I’m sure took strength from a community of people — some who came before, some who were peers — who were able to summon the courage to speak out about the darkest moment of their lives. They endure pain and the fear that too often isolates victims of sexual assault. So when they give voice to their own experiences, they’re giving voice to countless others — women and men, girls and boys –- who still suffer in silence.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/19/remarks-president-its-us-campaign-rollout

    • Congress Just Delayed New Funding to Help Rape Victims
      The spending bill lawmakers just approved leaves out new grant money to help localities go after rapists.

      Sep. 22, 2014 11:30 AM EDT By Erika Eichelberger – motherjones

      Last week, Congress once again delayed federal funding to help catch rapists.

      Here’s the backstory. In March, President Barack Obama asked Congress to fund a new Justice Department program designed to help states and localities test backlogs of rape kits, which include DNA evidence taken after a sexual assault and are used to identify attackers. The funding would likely also go toward investigating and prosecuting rape cases.

      There are over 100,000 untested kits sitting on shelves at police storage facilities around the country—some held for decades—partly because state and local governments lack the money to process them.

      In May, the Republican-controlled House passed a massive spending bill for 2015 that included $41 million for the rape kit program, and a key committee in the Democratic-run Senate approved the same spending in June. But after a spat on the Senate floor over unrelated amendments Republicans wanted added to the bill, Democratic leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) yanked the legislation. Consequently, Congress had to resort to a short-term spending bill to keep the government operating until mid-December. The House and Senate approved it last week, and Obama signed it Friday. Because it’s a stop-gap spending bill, the legislation continues government spending at current levels, leaving out most new funding—including the money for the rape kit processing program.

      More partisan bickering this winter could cause lawmakers to fail to pass a full appropriations bill until February or March, according to experts on congressional procedure, forcing rape victims to wait another six months or so to see the program enacted. That is, if this spending bill does include the rape kit money. (Last Thursday, the Senate approved a separate House-passed bill reauthorizing an existing program designed to process backlogged DNA evidence from all sorts of crimes, including rape kits. But the existing funding, which was first authorized in 2004, has not been sufficient to clear the backlog—which is why advocates were pushing for the new money.)

      For more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/09/congress-continuing-resolution-rape-kit-backlog-funding

  3. 21st Democratic Women’s Alliance Annual Women’s Leadership Forum Conference

    Washington D.C.
    Thursday September 18th and Friday September 19th 2014

    The Women’s Leadership Forum, founded in 1993 by Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore, engages women in Democratic politics by bringing together women leaders and supporters from across the country for regional and national events providing them with information, contacts, and support for further involvement in the Democratic Party.

    On Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will speak at a welcome reception. The First Lady’s remarks will be pooled for print media.

    On Friday, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Rodham Clinton, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and DNC CEO Amy Dacey will address the conference. Remarks will be open for print press and still photography and pooled for video. Conference panels will be closed press.

  4. Top Scientists Suggest A Few Fixes For Medical Funding Crisis

    September 17, 2014 4:11 AM ET by RICHARD HARRIS – NPR

    Dr. Harold Varmus, a Nobel Prize winner, cancer biologist and director of the National Cancer Institute.

    Many U.S. scientists had hoped to ride out the steady decline in federal funding for biomedical research, but it’s continuing on a downward trend with no end in sight. So leaders of the science establishment are now trying to figure out how to fix this broken system.

    It’s a familiar problem. Biomedical science has a long history of funding ups and downs, and, in the past, the system has always righted itself with the passage of time and plumper budgets.

    “You know I lived through those [cycles]; I know what they were like,” says cancer biologist Dr. Harold Varmus, whose long research career includes a Nobel Prize. However, he says, the funding challenges “were never, in my experience, anywhere as dramatic as they are now.”

    Varmus knows the problem well – now head of the National Cancer Institute, he directed the entire National Institutes of Health in 1998, when President Clinton started an ambitious push to double the NIH budget.

    “It has to be recognized that we actually weren’t asking for that much that fast at that time,” Varmus says. “And many voices — including my own — were saying, ‘Yes, this is great, and we can spend the money well; but you have to be prepared for what you do at the end of that five years.’ ”

    Doubling the budget, he realized, would, of course, encourage rapid growth — so smaller, continual increases would then be required to keep this bigger enterprise humming.

    And the annual budget did grow to an impressive size — surpassing $30 billion. But (adjusting for inflation) today’s federal budget for biomedical research has given up much of that gain.

    Many scientists say the obvious solution is to give them more money.

    “There’s no doubt that having a bounce-back — an increase in our funding — would be helpful,” Varmus says. “But I don’t think it’s going to solve all the problems at this point.”

    There are now deep structural problems in the way research is financed. Scientists and universities alike are thinking less and less about the exciting frontiers of science, and more and more about tactics they can use simply to stay afloat.

    For more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/09/17/348998609/top-scientists-suggest-a-few-fixes-for-medical-funding-crisis

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    September 19, 2014
    National Academy of Sciences Meeting
    2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC: Lecture Room
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00pm
    Agenda: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/public_agenda_sept_2014_pcast_mtg_v3.pdf
    Webcast Link: http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/pcast/140919/

  5. Hi CR, It’s unbelievable that in 2014 this country still needs this kind of training & safe guards for females in the military and on college campus, etc. Women really need to stick together and use their political power to make sure the candidates they elected have a clue to what is going on. Thanks for post.

    • Hi Issac

      What people have to remember is that those vicitims are people that like your sister, your daughter or your niece.

  6. Scottish referendum: Voters to reject independence – BBC

    19 September 2014 Last updated at 00:17 ET

    Scotland will vote to stay in the United Kingdom after rejecting independence, the BBC has predicted.

    With 26 out of the country’s 32 council areas having declared, the “No” side has 54% of the vote, with the “Yes” campaign on 46%.

    By 05:15 BST (06:15 GMT), the “No” campaign had more than 1,397,000 votes, with “Yes” on just over 1,176,000.

    A total of 1,852,828 votes is needed for victory in the referendum.

    • September 19, 2014

      Statement by the President on the Results of the Scottish Referendum

      We welcome the result of yesterday’s referendum on Scottish independence and congratulate the people of Scotland for their full and energetic exercise of democracy. Through debate, discussion, and passionate yet peaceful deliberations, they reminded the world of Scotland’s enormous contributions to the UK and the world, and have spoken in favor of keeping Scotland within the United Kingdom. We have no closer ally than the United Kingdom, and we look forward to continuing our strong and special relationship with all the people of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as we address the challenges facing the world today.

  7. Payrolls Rise in 35 States as California, Florida Lead Way

    Sep 19, 2014 7:17 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Payrolls climbed in 35 states in August, while the unemployment rate rose in 24, as gradual progress in the labor market continued.

    California led the nation with a 44,200 increase in payrolls, followed by Florida with 22,700 more jobs, figures from the Labor Department showed today in Washington.

    While national payroll gains slowed in August compared to the previous six months, labor market indicators have shown signs of strength as an improving economy boosts demand for workers. More job growth will be needed to spur wage increases and lift consumer spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the economy.

    “The labor market continues to improve, perhaps at a more moderate pace,” said John Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Charlotte, N.C. “When you also look at some other indicators like hiring and quits rates, the marginally employed — a lot of these have improved.”

    Texas was among other states showing gains in employment. States showing declines included Michigan, Arizona and Massachusetts.

    The unemployment rate rose the most in South Carolina, Georgia and Vermont. Kentucky and Michigan were among those seeing statistically significant declines in joblessness.

    Georgia had the highest jobless rate in the country at 8.1 percent. North Dakota had the lowest at 2.8 percent in August.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-19/payrolls-rise-in-35-states-as-california-florida-lead-way.html

  8. West Wing Week 09/19/14 or, “You guys aren’t normally this quiet are you?””

    Published on Sep 19, 2014

    This week, the President celebrated the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, awarded the Medal of Honor to two American heroes, detailed U.S. efforts to combat the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa at the CDC in Atlanta, spoke to the troops at MacDill Air Force Base about our strategy against ISIL before returning to meet with the Ukraninan President. That’s September 12 to 19 or “You guys aren’t usually this quiet are you?”

  9. WH

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

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  10. Weekly Address: The World Is United in the Fight Against ISIL

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    September 20, 2014

    Over the past week, the United States has continued to lead our friends and allies in the strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. As I’ve said before, our intelligence community has not yet detected specific plots from these terrorists against America. Right now, they pose a threat to the people of Iraq, Syria, and the broader Middle East. But its leaders have threatened America and our allies. And if left unchecked, they could pose a growing threat to the United States.

    So, last month, I gave the order for our military to begin taking targeted action against ISIL. Since then, American pilots have flown more than 170 airstrikes against these terrorists in Iraq. And France has now joined us in these airstrikes.

    Going forward, we won’t hesitate to take action against these terrorists in Iraq or in Syria. But this is not America’s fight alone. I won’t commit our troops to fighting another ground war in Iraq, or in Syria. It’s more effective to use our capabilities to help partners on the ground secure their own country’s futures. We will use our air power. We will train and equip our partners. We will advise and we will assist. And we’ll lead a broad coalition of nations who have a stake in this fight. This isn’t America vs. ISIL. This is the people of that region vs. ISIL. It’s the world vs ISIL.

    We’ve been working to secure bipartisan support for this strategy here at home, because I believe that we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. We’ve been consulting closely with Congress. And last week, Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Defense Hagel, and military leaders worked to gain their support for our strategy.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/20/weekly-address-world-united-fight-against-isil

  11. Dollar Has Longest Win Streak Since 1967 on Divergence

    By Andrea Wong Sep 19, 2014 2:17 PM PT

    The dollar had its longest stretch of weekly gains since Lyndon Johnson was in the White House after the Federal Reserve signaled an end to unprecedented monetary stimulus measures next year.

    The U.S. Dollar Index advanced for a 10th straight week, the longest since at least March 1967, when Johnson was in the fourth year of his presidency. The yen fell to a six-year low as the Bank of Japan pledged to maintain stimulus to stave off deflation, and the euro reached the weakest in 14 months as the European Central Bank offered a loan program. Sterling rose for the first week this month after Scotland rejected independence.

    “The dollar is the No. 1 trend across all asset classes going into the end of the year,” Neil Azous, founder of Stamford, Connecticut-based research firm Rareview Macro LLC, said in a phone interview. “It’s back to trading interest-rate fundamentals.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-19/dollar-set-for-six-week-gain-versus-yen-on-fed-bets-pound-rises.html

  12. WH

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

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    President Obama and the First Family returns to the White House

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  13. September 21, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on Signing of a Political Agreement Regarding the Electoral Crisis in Afghanistan

    The United States applauds presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani for signing an agreement on the formation of a government of national unity. Signing this political agreement helps bring closure to Afghanistan’s political crisis, and restores confidence in the way forward. We support this agreement and stand ready to work with the next administration to ensure its success.

    As the two Afghan candidates recognized in their August 8 Joint Declaration, the people of Afghanistan deserve an effective and legitimate government to realize a better future for their country. Millions of Afghans braved insecurity and threats to vote for Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Ghani, and this agreement respects the Afghan people’s collective determination. Reaching this agreement required difficult choices, partnership and compromise on the part of both candidates, and the outcome of their talks prioritizes the recognized needs of the Afghan nation ahead of politics or individual power.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/21/statement-press-secretary-signing-political-agreement-regarding-electora

  14. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    By POLITICO STAFF | 9/21/14 8:29 AM EDT

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    * Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
    * Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
    * Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform
    * Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman retired Adm. Michael Mullen
    * Former National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    * U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power
    * Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    * Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    * Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)
    * Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), director, president and CEO, the Wilson Center
    * Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morrell

    “This Week” on ABC
    * Power

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    * Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)
    * Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
    * Republican strategist Karl Rove
    * Democratic strategist Joe Trippi

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    * Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

  15. Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book

    September 21, 2014 7:45 AM ET by PETRA MAYER – npr

    This is a story about love. It’s a story about bad things happening to good people, about memory and perseverance — and comic books. But most of all, it’s a story about a voice. A mellow, smooth voice, just right for late-night jazz.

    The voice belonged to David Rector, who was a producer here at NPR, going all the way back to the days of magnetic tape and razor blades. David left NPR in 2008 and moved to California to be with his fiancee and pursue his dreams of on-air work — but it didn’t happen. He suffered an aortic dissection — a tear in a major blood vessel — then a series of crises in the hospital that ultimately left him unable to speak or walk. Now his fiancee, Roz Alexander-Kasparik, is helping give him a voice again, in the pages of an autobiographical superhero comic called Recall and Given.

    David was a quiet guy, but he had an encyclopedic knowledge of movies, pop culture and especially comic books. “I tended to be a Marvel comics person, he was a DC guy,” recalls Bob Malesky — David’s boss for many years at Weekend Edition. “We tended to get into rather detailed arguments.”

    So naturally, he timed his arrival in California to coincide with San Diego Comic-Con — one of the biggest comics conventions in the country. Roz says they had a blast. “He saw the Incredible Hulk. We went to all the panels, he knew all the people, I don’t know any of these people.” But they didn’t make it back the next year: Eight months later, David got sick. “So he went one day, from basically being on his treadmill while I was in dance class, to not being able to move or speak.”

    The man who wanted to make a living with his voice suddenly had no voice — in more ways than one. He could only use his thumb. He was given a court-appointed conservator. He no longer had the right to vote. Miserable, he stopped responding to his therapists. Roz fought an acrimonious legal battle to get him out of a series of nursing homes.

    For the entire article, drawings, photo and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2014/09/21/345587828/finding-a-voice-again-in-the-pages-of-a-comic-book

  16. Rep. Marcia Fudge says Congressional Black Caucus will mobilize voters by stressing GOP threats to President Obama

    9/19/14 By Sabrina Eaton, Plain Dealer Washington Reporter

    WASHINGTON, D. C. – Arguing that Republican gains in Congress could lead to renewed efforts to impeach President Barack Obama, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge on Friday unveiled a get-out-the-vote effort intended to get black voters to the polls in key Senate and House races around the country.

    “Once they know what is at stake, they will vote,” Fudge promised, adding that her Caucus will tell black voters that Republicans will try to change entitlement programs, reduce funds for schools and emergency services, raise the Social Security retirement age, remove money from Medicaid or Medicare and “make our lives miserable for the next two years” if their power in Congress increases.

    She also predicted GOP members of Congress would “try to make our president an illegitimate president” with claims that he isn’t born in the United States, wasn’t smart enough to go to Harvard, and ignores the laws.

    “We will have two more years of that foolishness if they take back the Senate and get a few more seats in the House,” said Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat, who predicted voters “will be standing in the line waiting for the doors to open” at the polls when they hear what members of her group have to say.

    Fudge said pastors in more than 3,000 black churches around the country will stress the importance of voting in their sermons this Sunday. Other pastors will deliver that message on different weekends, with the goal of reaching 12 million voters before November’s election.

    For more: http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/09/rep_marcia_fudge_announces_con.html

  17. September 21, 2014

    Readout of the President’s Calls with Dr. Ghani and Dr. Abdullah of Afghanistan

    The President spoke with Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah earlier today to congratulate them on concluding their agreement for a government of national unity and safeguarding the first democratic and peaceful transfer of leadership in Afghanistan’s history.

    The President thanked Drs. Ghani and Abdullah for their leadership and willingness to partner to advance Afghanistan’s national interests.

    The President reaffirmed the United States’ strategic partnership with Afghanistan and commitment to continue its support to the new Afghan government.

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