U.S. Supreme Court Docket: Gay Marriage

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PBO Strive for Complete Equality for LGBT

 

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“My general view is that transgender persons, just like gays and lesbians, are deserving of equal treatment under the law. And that’s a basic principle,” the president said. “My sense is that the Supreme Court is about to make a shift, one that I welcome, which is to recognize that — having hit a critical mass of states that have recognized same-sex marriage — it doesn’t make sense for us to now have this patchwork system and that it’s time to recognize that, under the equal protection clause of the United States, same-sex couples should have the same rights as anybody else.”

2/17/15 President Obama interview with BuzzFeed

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U.S. High Court Will Consider Taking Up Gay Marriage in January

Dec 23, 2014 11:37 AM PT By Greg Stohr – TheHill

The U.S. Supreme Court will say as early as Jan. 9 whether it will consider legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide in what would be a landmark clash over an issue that has divided the country.

Five gay-marriage appeals will be before the justices when they meet that day for a private conference, according to an update today on the court’s online docket. A decision to take up the issue would probably mean a ruling by June.

Cases testing bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Louisiana are all pending, in some cases with advocates on both sides seeking Supreme Court review.

The court varies in how quickly it acts after discussing a case at its conference. An immediate announcement on gay marriage is possible so that the lawyers will have time to file their briefs for a late-April argument session.

The Supreme Court in October refused to take up the issue, leaving intact federal appeals court rulings that said gay marriage is a constitutional right. Since then, a different U.S. appeals court has reached the opposite conclusion, increasing the pressure on the Supreme Court to resolve the issue.

The justices have let rulings legalizing gay marriage take effect even while sidestepping the underlying constitutional issue.

The high court last week brought the number of gay-marriage states to 36 by clearing weddings to begin in Florida next month. Two justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, dissented and said they would have blocked the trial court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

The number of gay-marriage states has tripled in the 18 months since the Supreme Court ruled in two pivotal cases, including a 5-4 decision requiring the federal government to give equal treatment to legally married same-sex couples. The District of Columbia also allows gay marriage.

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-23/u-s-high-court-will-consider-taking-up-gay-marriage-in-january.html

 

Petitions for US Supreme Court Conference of 01.09.2015

Docket Case Page Issue(s)

14-596 Robicheaux v. George
(1) Whether a state’s constitutional and statutory bans denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry and recognition of their marriages validly entered in other jurisdictions violate the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

14-574 Bourke v. Beshear
(1) Whether a state violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment by prohibiting gay men and lesbians from marrying an individual of the same sex; and (2) whether a state violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment by refusing to recognize legal marriages between individuals of the same sex performed in other jurisdictions.

14-571 DeBoer v. Snyder
(1) Whether a state violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by denying same-sex couples the right to marry.

14-562 Tanco v. Haslam
(1) Whether a state violates the Due Process or Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by depriving same-sex couples of the fundamental right to marry, including recognition of their lawful, out-of-state marriages; (2) whether a state impermissibly infringes upon same-sex couples’ fundamental right to interstate travel by refusing to recognize their lawful out-of-state marriages; and (3) whether this Court’s summary dismissal in Baker v. Nelson is binding precedent as to petitioners’ constitutional claims.

14-556 Obergefell v. Hodges
(1) Whether Ohio’s constitutional and statutory bans on recognition of marriages of same-sex couples validly entered in other jurisdictions violate the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; and (2) whether Ohio’s refusal to recognize a judgment of adoption of an Ohio-born child issued to a same-sex couple by the courts of a sister state violates the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Source: http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/petitions-were-watching/

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UPDATES: 

1/9/15 Supreme Court kicks gay marriage down the road again

1/16/15 Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling (cases will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June)

6/26/13 ❤️ US Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Same-Sex Marriage !!! ❤️

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34 thoughts on “U.S. Supreme Court Docket: Gay Marriage

  1. Friday, January 9, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:20 AM
    President Obama departs the White House
    South Lawn

    10:35 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    President Obama arrives Tennessee
    McGhee Tyson Airport

    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on new educational opportunity initiatives
    Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on Manufacturing Jobs
    Techmer PM, Clinton, Tennessee

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:10 PM
    President Obama departs Tennessee
    McGhee Tyson Airport

    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    5:45 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:45 PM
    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden deliver remarks at the Student Veterans of America conference
    JW Marriott – San Antonio, Texas

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • U.S. High Court Will Consider Taking Up Gay Marriage in January

      Dec 23, 2014 11:37 AM PT By Greg Stohr – TheHill

      The U.S. Supreme Court will say as early as Jan. 9 whether it will consider legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide in what would be a landmark clash over an issue that has divided the country.

      Five gay-marriage appeals will be before the justices when they meet that day for a private conference, according to an update today on the court’s online docket. A decision to take up the issue would probably mean a ruling by June.

      Cases testing bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Louisiana are all pending, in some cases with advocates on both sides seeking Supreme Court review.

      The court varies in how quickly it acts after discussing a case at its conference. An immediate announcement on gay marriage is possible so that the lawyers will have time to file their briefs for a late-April argument session.

      The Supreme Court in October refused to take up the issue, leaving intact federal appeals court rulings that said gay marriage is a constitutional right. Since then, a different U.S. appeals court has reached the opposite conclusion, increasing the pressure on the Supreme Court to resolve the issue.

      The justices have let rulings legalizing gay marriage take effect even while sidestepping the underlying constitutional issue.

      The high court last week brought the number of gay-marriage states to 36 by clearing weddings to begin in Florida next month. Two justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, dissented and said they would have blocked the trial court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

      The number of gay-marriage states has tripled in the 18 months since the Supreme Court ruled in two pivotal cases, including a 5-4 decision requiring the federal government to give equal treatment to legally married same-sex couples. The District of Columbia also allows gay marriage.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-23/u-s-high-court-will-consider-taking-up-gay-marriage-in-january.html

    • Supreme Court kicks gay marriage down the road again

      A lawyer for Louisiana told a U.S. appeals court that legalizing same-sex marriage could have unintended consequences.

      Jan. 9, 2015 at 4:09 PM By Frances Burns – UPI

      WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court once again postponed dealing with the issue of same-sex marriage, taking no action on petitions asking the justices to review lower-court rulings.
      The justices met in conference in Washington as a federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments on bans on same-sex marriage in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

      The high court ruled in 2013 that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which banned the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages conducted in jurisdictions where they are legal, is unconstitutional. The decision opened the door for legal challenges to state laws, and this week Florida became the 36th state where same-sex couples can marry.

      The Supreme Court is expected to take up the issue at some point because the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that ban same-sex marriage. Every other appellate court that has decided a case so far has ruled the other way.

      The justices could decide to hear some or all of the petitions now before them or wait for the new appeals that are certain to come to them.

      In New Orleans, Kyle Duncan, a lawyer representing Louisiana, argued that no one knows what the unintended consequences of allowing same-sex couples legal marriage will be.

      “Since we don’t know, we should fear the unknown and we should ban it?” Judge James E. Graves Jr., the only Democratic appointee on the three-judge panel, asked.

      Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/01/09/Supreme-Court-kicks-gay-marriage-down-the-road-again/9571420834583/

    • UPDATE: Supreme Court kicks gay marriage down the road again

      A lawyer for Louisiana told a U.S. appeals court that legalizing same-sex marriage could have unintended consequences.

      Jan. 9, 2015 at 4:09 PM By Frances Burns – UPI

      WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court once again postponed dealing with the issue of same-sex marriage, taking no action on petitions asking the justices to review lower-court rulings.
      The justices met in conference in Washington as a federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments on bans on same-sex marriage in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

      The high court ruled in 2013 that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which banned the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages conducted in jurisdictions where they are legal, is unconstitutional. The decision opened the door for legal challenges to state laws, and this week Florida became the 36th state where same-sex couples can marry.

      The Supreme Court is expected to take up the issue at some point because the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that ban same-sex marriage. Every other appellate court that has decided a case so far has ruled the other way.

      The justices could decide to hear some or all of the petitions now before them or wait for the new appeals that are certain to come to them.

      Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/01/09/Supreme-Court-kicks-gay-marriage-down-the-road-again/9571420834583/#ixzz3ONGGMMis

    • US Supreme Court poised to take up same-sex marriage

      Both sides in the same-sex marriage debate want the US
      Supreme Court to act definitively. Differences in federal appeals court rulings could prompt the high court’s consideration of gay marriage, now legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

      JANUARY 10, 2015 By Brad Knickerbocker – csmonitor

      Sooner or later, it seems, the US Supreme Court will rule definitively on same-sex marriage – a moment that couldn’t come too soon for advocates and opponents of gay marriage.

      But it didn’t happen Friday – the first day of 2015 when the high court could have announced its intention to take up an issue that has rattled US society and politics.

      Still, the court could have something to say on same-sex marriage Monday morning when it issues new orders, or perhaps the following Friday following a conference of the Supreme Court justices when they would have another opportunity to discuss several cases involving state bans on gay marriage.

      For more: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2015/0110/US-Supreme-Court-poised-to-take-up-same-sex-marriage

    • America’s Newest Diplomat Will Defend LGBT People Around the World

      LGBT people everywhere endure terrible discrimination. A new State Department envoy will try to fix that.

      Feb. 5, 2015 By Sam Brodey – motherjones

      LGBT communities around the world will soon have a powerful advocate in the State Department whose sole job is to watch out for their interests. Later this month, the State Department will name a special envoy to focus on the rights of LGBT people globally, a department official tells Mother Jones. In an emailed statement, the official said that Secretary of State John Kerry and his staff are in the final stages of selecting an openly gay Foreign Service officer as the United States’ first-ever diplomat to focus on LGBT issues. The position will not require Senate confirmation.

      Congress has attempted to push for a special envoy on LGBT issues in the past: In 2014, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the International Human Rights Defense Act, which proposed establishing the position and taking steps to make the protection of LGBT individuals a foreign policy priority. Markey’s 2014 bill failed to become law. He reintroduced it last month, but the measure’s fate is uncertain—mostly because of opposition from congressional Republicans. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the chairman of the House subcommittee on human rights, said last week in a hearing that he does “not construe homosexual rights as human rights,” and suggested that the White House’s public support of LGBT rights negatively affected the United States’ ability to work with Nigeria to combat terrorism. Nigerian police arrested a dozen people for attending a same-sex wedding.

      For more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/law-would-make-protecting-lgbt-rights-foreign-policy-priority

    • Release No: NR-272-15

      July 13, 2015 dod.gov

      Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on DOD Transgender Policy

      Over the last fourteen years of conflict, the Department of Defense has proven itself to be a learning organization. This is true in war, where we have adapted to counterinsurgency, unmanned systems, and new battlefield requirements such as MRAPs. It is also true with respect to institutional activities, where we have learned from how we repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” from our efforts to eliminate sexual assault in the military, and from our work to open up ground combat positions to women. Throughout this time, transgender men and women in uniform have been there with us, even as they often had to serve in silence alongside their fellow comrades in arms.

      The Defense Department’s current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions. At a time when our troops have learned from experience that the most important qualification for service members should be whether they’re able and willing to do their job, our officers and enlisted personnel are faced with certain rules that tell them the opposite. Moreover, we have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines – real, patriotic Americans – who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit.

      Today, I am issuing two directives to deal with this matter. First, DoD will create a working group to study over the next six months the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly. Led by (Acting) Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Brad Carson, and composed of military and civilian personnel representing all the military services and the Joint Staff, this working group will report to Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work. At my direction, the working group will start with the presumption that transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness, unless and except where objective, practical impediments are identified. Second, I am directing that decision authority in all administrative discharges for those diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identify themselves as transgender be elevated to Under Secretary Carson, who will make determinations on all potential separations.

      As I’ve said before, we must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve. Going forward, the Department of Defense must and will continue to improve how we do both. Our military’s future strength depends on it.

  2. Southern Christian Leadership Conference

    The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is an African-American civil rights organization. SCLC was closely associated with its first president, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The SCLC had a large role in the American Civil Rights Movement.

    On January 10, 1957, following the Montgomery Bus Boycott victory and consultations with Bayard Rustin, Ella Baker, and others, Dr. King invited about 60 black ministers and leaders to Ebenezer Church in Atlanta. Prior to this, however, Bayard Rustin (in New York City), having conceived the idea of initiating such effort, first sought Rev. C. K. Steele to make the call and take the lead role. C. K. Steele declined, but told him he would be glad to work right beside him if he sought Dr. King in Montgomery, for the role. Their goal was to form an organization to coordinate and support nonviolent direct action as a method of desegregating bus systems across the South. In addition to Rustin and Baker, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth of Birmingham, Rev Joseph Lowery of Mobile, Rev Ralph Abernathy of Montgomery, Rev C.K. Steele of Tallahassee, all played key roles in this meeting.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Christian_Leadership_Conference

  3. It is a conservative court so it’s hard to know which way they will go. Hope they do the right thing!

  4. December Employment Gain Caps Best Year for U.S. Since 1999

    Jan 9, 2015 5:30 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Employment rose more than forecast in December and the jobless rate declined to 5.6 percent, wrapping up the best year for the labor market since 1999 and adding to evidence the U.S. is a standout in the global economy.

    The addition of 252,000 jobs followed a 353,000 rise the prior month that was more than previously estimated, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The jobless rate dropped to the lowest level since June 2008. The report wasn’t all good news as earnings unexpectedly declined from a month earlier.

    An additional 2.95 million Americans found work in 2014, the most in 15 years and a sign companies are optimistic U.S. demand will persist even as overseas markets struggle. The combination of job growth and cheaper gasoline will probably help stretch workers’ paychecks and sustain consumer spending.

    “The labor market was on a tear going into 2015,” Jacob Oubina, a senior U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets LLC in New York, said before the report. “It bodes well for the consumer and for the economy. The U.S. is growing at a decent clip and is more than likely to accelerate this year.”

    Job growth was broad-based last month, highlighted by the biggest gain in construction employment in almost a year.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-09/december-employment-gain-caps-best-year-for-u-s-since-1999.html

  5. Wholesale inventories up 0.8% in November, versus expectations for 0.3% gain

    1/9/15 Reuters

    U.S. wholesale inventories recorded their largest increase in seven months in November and October’s stocks were revised higher, suggesting restocking may boost fourth-quarter growth.

    The Commerce Department said on Friday wholesale inventories rose 0.8 percent, despite an energy price-related decline in the value of petroleum stocks. October’s wholesale stocks were revised up to show a 0.6 percent gain.

    Wall Street had expected wholesale inventories to rise only 0.3 percent in November following a previously reported 0.4 percent increase in October.

    Inventories are a key component of gross domestic product changes. The component that goes into the calculation of GDP – wholesale stocks excluding autos—rose 0.8 percent.

    For more: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102324860

  6. January 09, 2015

    Remarks by the President on America’s College Promise

    Pellissippi State Community College
    Knoxville, Tennessee

    2:05 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Hey! Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Please have a seat. Well, it is good to be back in Tennessee. I hope you guys aren’t getting tired of me. I’ve been coming around a lot lately, because there’s a lot of good stuff happening here.

    I want to begin by thanking Joe and Jill Biden. They’re not just good friends and good partners, but they really believe in the power of education and they really believe in creating those kinds of ladders of opportunity that gave all three of us and Michelle the chances, the incredible opportunities that we’ve had today. And they understand the promise of America’s community colleges. Well, Jill really understands it, and Joe — (laughter) — he doesn’t really have a choice.

    Before I get into the reason that I’m here today, I want to begin by saying just a few words about the tragic events that we’ve watched unfold in France over the last several hours and days. And because events have been fast-moving this morning, I wanted to make sure to comment on them.

    I just spoke to my counterterrorism advisor. We have been in close touch with the French government throughout this tragedy. The moment that the outrageous attack took place, we directed all of our law enforcement and counterintelligence operations to provide whatever support that our ally needs in confronting this challenge. We’re hopeful that the immediate threat is now resolved, thanks to the courage and professionalism of the French personnel on the ground.

    But the French government continues to face the threat of terrorism and has to remain vigilant. The situation is fluid. President Hollande has made it clear that they’re going to do whatever is necessary to protect their people. And I think it’s important for us to understand: France is our oldest ally. I want the people of France to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been directly impacted. We grieve with you. We fight alongside you to uphold our values, the values that we share — universal values that bind us together as friends and as allies.

    And in the streets of Paris, the world has seen once again what terrorists stand for. They have nothing to offer but hatred and human suffering. And we stand for freedom and hope and the dignity of all human beings. And that’s what the city of Paris represents to the world, and that spirit will endure forever — long after the scourge of terrorism is banished from this world. (Applause.)

    Now, I’m in Knoxville not only because I just like Knoxville, but I’m here today because one of my resolutions is to make sure that folks across this great country feel like they are coming back. And there is no doubt: Thanks to the steps we took early on to rescue our economy and to rebuild it on a new foundation, America is coming back. (Applause.)

    Now, I’m not running for office anymore, so let me just present the facts. I promised that 2014 would be a breakthrough year for America. This morning, we got more evidence to back that up. In December, our businesses created 240,000 new jobs. Our unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent, which is the lowest in six and a half years. What that means is, 2014 was the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s. (Applause.) Unemployment fell in 2014 faster than any year since 1984. Now, think about that. It’s been 30 years since unemployment fell as fast as it did last year. And most importantly, we’re seeing faster job growth in industries that provide good-paying jobs, traditionally middle-class jobs, than anything else.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/09/remarks-president-americas-college-promise

    • January 09, 2015

      Remarks by the President on America’s College Promise

      Pellissippi State Community College
      Knoxville, Tennessee

      2:05 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Hey! Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Please have a seat. Well, it is good to be back in Tennessee. I hope you guys aren’t getting tired of me. I’ve been coming around a lot lately, because there’s a lot of good stuff happening here.

      I want to begin by thanking Joe and Jill Biden. They’re not just good friends and good partners, but they really believe in the power of education and they really believe in creating those kinds of ladders of opportunity that gave all three of us and Michelle the chances, the incredible opportunities that we’ve had today. And they understand the promise of America’s community colleges. Well, Jill really understands it, and Joe — (laughter) — he doesn’t really have a choice.

      Before I get into the reason that I’m here today, I want to begin by saying just a few words about the tragic events that we’ve watched unfold in France over the last several hours and days. And because events have been fast-moving this morning, I wanted to make sure to comment on them.

      I just spoke to my counterterrorism advisor. We have been in close touch with the French government throughout this tragedy. The moment that the outrageous attack took place, we directed all of our law enforcement and counterintelligence operations to provide whatever support that our ally needs in confronting this challenge. We’re hopeful that the immediate threat is now resolved, thanks to the courage and professionalism of the French personnel on the ground.

      But the French government continues to face the threat of terrorism and has to remain vigilant. The situation is fluid. President Hollande has made it clear that they’re going to do whatever is necessary to protect their people. And I think it’s important for us to understand: France is our oldest ally. I want the people of France to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been directly impacted. We grieve with you. We fight alongside you to uphold our values, the values that we share — universal values that bind us together as friends and as allies.

      And in the streets of Paris, the world has seen once again what terrorists stand for. They have nothing to offer but hatred and human suffering. And we stand for freedom and hope and the dignity of all human beings. And that’s what the city of Paris represents to the world, and that spirit will endure forever — long after the scourge of terrorism is banished from this world. (Applause.)

      Now, I’m in Knoxville not only because I just like Knoxville, but I’m here today because one of my resolutions is to make sure that folks across this great country feel like they are coming back. And there is no doubt: Thanks to the steps we took early on to rescue our economy and to rebuild it on a new foundation, America is coming back. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/09/remarks-president-americas-college-promise

  7. January 09, 2015

    Remarks by the President at Announcement of Manufacturing Hub

    Techmer PM

    Clinton, Tennessee

    4:00 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. There’s no need to stand up. Thank you so much. First of all, it’s wonderful being here in Clinton. And I want to thank Mayor Scott Burton and very much appreciate the hospitality. I want to thank John Manuck and the whole Techmer team for having me and the Vice President, as well as your own Senator, Bob Corker.

    I understand I am the first President — sitting President — to visit Clinton. You’d think Bill would have come down here. (Laughter.)

    THE VICE PRESIDENT: Missed opportunity.

    THE PRESIDENT: Missed opportunity. Let me tell you, if there’s an Obama, Tennessee — (laughter) — I’m going there. (Laughter.) But the reason we’re here is because wherever Americans are doing big things that can help build our middle class and grow our economy and extend opportunity to everybody, I want to be here to lift it up and figure out how we can promote more of it.

    Last year, our economy created jobs faster than at any time since the 1990s. The key now is to make sure that that growing prosperity and resurgence is reaching everybody, not just some. And that means that that we’ve got to create more good jobs and we’ve got to train people for those jobs that are being created. And this is going to be the focus of my State of the Union address — but we decided to get started a little early.

    This morning, I was over in Pellissippi State, where I announced my plan to make two years of community college free for students who are willing to work hard, keep their grades up and do the right thing. And we’re here in Clinton because I’m taking actions, building on what we’ve been doing over the last four or five years, to attract more high-quality manufacturing jobs for workers to fill in the new economy.

    For decades, manufacturing was the essential ingredient in building our middle class. You punched in, you made something you were proud of — Made in America, shipped everywhere around the world — and as a consequence, you were able to take home a good paycheck, could support your family, had good benefits. And it was a bargain that involved more than just building things; it reflected the values that this country stood for.

    Over time, technology made some jobs obsolete. Globalization and additional foreign competition meant that some jobs went overseas. American manufacturing lost about one-third of its jobs in the last decade, and the middle class paid the price.

    So when I took office, I believed, and I know Joe believed, that if the last decade was characterized by outsourcing, I wanted to define this decade for insourcing, making sure that the United States was competitive and that businesses wanted to locate here, and that we had a dynamic manufacturing sector and research and development sector to support that manufacturing, so that we could reverse some of those trends.

    So we invested in clean energy, saved the auto industry, and today, factories are opening their doors at the fastest pace in almost two decades. Manufacturing is actually in its best stretch of job creation since the 1990s. It’s added about 786,000 jobs over the past 58 months. Manufacturing is actually growing faster than the rest of the economy. Right here in Tennessee, manufacturing jobs have jumped by about 11 percent.

    And the question is, how do we keep that progress going? How do we build on it? That’s why we’re working to grow the jobs of tomorrow through a national network of manufacturing hubs. We’re launching these hubs around the country, and the concept is simple: We bring businesses, research universities, community colleges, state, local and federal governments together, and we figure out, where are some key opportunities for manufacturing in the future, how do we get out in front of the curve, how do we make sure everybody is working together.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/09/remarks-president-announcement-manufacturing-hub

  8. West Wing Week: 1/9/15 or, “SOTU Spoiler Alert!”

    Published on Jan 9, 2015

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and on the road to the State of the Union. This week, the President traveled to Michigan and Arizona to preview new policy initiatives from his upcoming State of the Union address on January 20th. His actions will focus on helping middle class families buy a home and land solid, good paying jobs. That’s January 2nd to January 8th or, “SOTU Spoiler Alert!”

  9. Saturday, January 10, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  10. SATURDAY, JAN. 10

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Ahmedabad, India, for the annual Vibrant Gujarat Summit, a global investor conference to be inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  11. Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    January 10, 2015

    Hi, everybody. About a year ago, I promised that 2014 would be a breakthrough year for America. And this week, we got more evidence to back that up.

    In December, our businesses created 240,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 5.6%. That means that 2014 was the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s. In 2014, unemployment fell faster than it has in three decades.

    Over a 58-month streak, our businesses have created 11.2 million new jobs. After a decade of decline, American manufacturing is in its best stretch of job growth since the ‘90s. America is now the world’s number one producer of oil and gas, helping to save drivers about a buck-ten a gallon at the pump over this time last year. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, about 10 million Americans have gained health insurance in the past year alone. We have cut our deficits by about two-thirds. And after 13 long years, our war in Afghanistan has come to a responsible end, and more of our brave troops have come home.

    It has been six years since the crisis. Those years have demanded hard work and sacrifice on everybody’s part. So as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we’ve got to show for it. America’s resurgence is real. And now that we’ve got some calmer waters, if we all do our part, if we all pitch in, we can make sure that tide starts lifting all boats again. We can make sure that the middle class is the engine that powers America’s prosperity for decades to come.

    That’ll be the focus of my State of the Union Address in a couple weeks – building on the progress we’ve made. But I figured, why wait – let’s get started right now.

    On Wednesday, I visited a Ford plant outside of Detroit – because the American auto industry and its home state are redefining the word “comeback.” On Thursday, I traveled to Arizona, a state that was hit among the hardest by the housing crisis, to announce a new plan that will put hundreds of dollars in new homeowners’ pockets, and help more new families buy their first home. And, I’m speaking with you today from Pellissippi State Community College in Tennessee, a state making big strides in education, to unveil my new plan to make two years of community college free for every responsible student. I’m also here to establish a new hub that will attract more good-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs to our shores.

    Making homeownership easier. Bringing a higher education within reach. Creating more good jobs that pay good wages. These are just some of the ways we can help every American get ahead in the new economy. And there’s more to come. Because America is coming back. And I want to go full speed ahead.

    Thanks, everybody, and have a great weekend.

    • U.S. Retakes the Helm of the Global Economy

      Jan 9, 2015 2:25 PM PT By Rich Miller – bloomberg

      The U.S. is back in the driver’s seat of the global economy after 15 years of watching China and emerging markets take the lead.

      The world’s biggest economy will expand by 3.2 percent or more this year, its best performance since at least 2005, as an improving job market leads to stepped-up consumer spending, according to economists at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Deutsche Bank AG and BNP Paribas SA. That outcome would be about what each foresees for the world economy as a whole and would be the first time since 1999 that America hasn’t lagged behind global growth, based on data from the International Monetary Fund.

      “The U.S. is again the engine of global growth,” said Allen Sinai, chief executive officer of Decision Economics in New York. “The economy is looking stellar and is in its best shape since the 1990s.”

      In the latest sign of America’s resurgence, the Labor Department reported on Jan. 9 that payrolls rose 252,000 in December as the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent, its lowest level since June 2008. Job growth last month was highlighted by the biggest gain in construction employment in almost a year. Factories, health-care providers and business services also kept adding to their payrolls.

      About 3 million more Americans found work in 2014, the most in 15 years and a sign companies are optimistic U.S. demand will persist even as overseas markets struggle.

      For more; http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-09/u-s-retakes-the-helm-of-the-global-economy.html

  12. Sunday, January 11, 2015

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  13. US attorney general to attend terror talks in Paris Sunday

    1/8/15 afp

    Washington (AFP) – US Attorney General Eric Holder will attend international terror talks convened by France in Paris on Sunday after a deadly attack on a satirical newspaper, a Justice Department official said Thursday.

    “The meetings will include discussions on addressing terrorist threats, foreign fighters and countering violent extremism,” the official told AFP.

    The ministerial-level meeting was convened by French Justice Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

    Twelve people were killed in the attack Wednesday by heavily armed gunmen who stormed Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly in Paris that had lampooned Islam.

    A massive manhunt for two brothers identified as suspects in the attack was focused Thursday on a town in northeastern France where a getaway car was abandoned.

    The massacre, which claimed the lives of the weekly’s editor and some of France’s most celebrated cartoonists, drew international condemnation as an attack on the free speech central to western culture.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-attorney-general-attend-terror-talks-paris-sunday-173415682.html

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