Pearl Harbor 74th Anniversary Remembrance

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President Barack Obama places a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 29, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama places a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial in
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 29, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in HonoluluHawaiʻi, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oʻahu was the action that led to United States involvement in World War II.

The memorial, dedicated in 1962, is visited by more than one million people annually. Accessible only by boat, it straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Historical information about the attack, shuttle boats to and from the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the associated USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, which opened in 1980 and is operated by the National Park Service. The sunken remains of the battleship were declared a National Historic Landmark on 5 May 1989.

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

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USS Arizona Memorial

The Visitor Center operated by the National Park Service is free to the public and has a museum with exhibits about the Pearl Harbor attack, such as the ship’s bell from the USS Arizona. The Pearl Harbor National Monument Bookstore revenue helps support the museum.

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23 thoughts on “Pearl Harbor 74th Anniversary Remembrance

  1. WH

    Sunday, December 6, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden departs White House enroute for Kyiv, Ukraine

    Vice President Biden arrves Kyiv

    Vice President Biden overnights in Kyiv

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama delivers remarks at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception
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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Kennedy Center Honors
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    President Obama Addresses the Nation on Keeping the American People Safe
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  2. Pearl Harbor 74th Anniversary Remembrance

    USS Arizona Memorial

    The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oʻahu was the action that led to United States involvement in World War II.

    The memorial, dedicated in 1962, is visited by more than one million people annually. Accessible only by boat, it straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Historical information about the attack, shuttle boats to and from the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the associated USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, which opened in 1980 and is operated by the National Park Service. The sunken remains of the battleship were declared a National Historic Landmark on 5 May 1989.

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

  3. Obama to deliver rare Oval Office address Sunday on terrorism

    12/05/15 07:00 PM EST By Mario Trujillo – TheHill

    President Obama will discuss the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings and the broader threat of terrorism on Sunday night in a rare prime time address from the Oval Office.

    The address at 8 p.m. will hit on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and how the terror threat has “evolved, and how we will defeat it,” according to the White House.

    “He will reiterate his firm conviction that ISIL will be destroyed and that the United States must draw upon our values – our unwavering commitment to justice, equality and freedom – to prevail over terrorist groups that use violence to advance a destructive ideology,” the White House said in a statement.

    The speech will come less than a week after 14 people were killed and dozens injured during a shooting in San Bernardino, which is now being investigated as an act of terrorism. It is also less than a month after the terrorist attacks in Paris, for which ISIS claimed responsibility.

    Obama called the California shootings an act of terrorism earlier in the day and said it is possible the two shooters were radicalized. But during a briefing with national security aides, Obama was told there were no links yet uncovered to a broader terrorist cell.

    For more: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/262234-obama-to-address-threat-of-terrorism-on-sunday-from-oval-office

    • December 06, 2015

      Address to the Nation by the President

      Oval Office

      **Please see below for a correction, marked with an asterisk.

      8:01 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays. They were taken from family and friends who loved them deeply. They were white and black; Latino and Asian; immigrants and American-born; moms and dads; daughters and sons. Each of them served their fellow citizens and all of them were part of our American family.

      Tonight, I want to talk with you about this tragedy, the broader threat of terrorism, and how we can keep our country safe.

      The FBI is still gathering the facts about what happened in San Bernardino, but here is what we know. The victims were brutally murdered and injured by one of their coworkers and his wife. So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas, or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home. But it is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West. They had stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition, and pipe bombs. So this was an act of terrorism, designed to kill innocent people.

      Our nation has been at war with terrorists since al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11. In the process, we’ve hardened our defenses — from airports to financial centers, to other critical infrastructure. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies have disrupted countless plots here and overseas, and worked around the clock to keep us safe. Our military and counterterrorism professionals have relentlessly pursued terrorist networks overseas — disrupting safe havens in several different countries, killing Osama bin Laden, and decimating al Qaeda’s leadership.

      Over the last few years, however, the terrorist threat has evolved into a new phase. As we’ve become better at preventing complex, multifaceted attacks like 9/11, terrorists turned to less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all too common in our society. It is this type of attack that we saw at Fort Hood in 2009; in Chattanooga earlier this year; and now in San Bernardino. And as groups like ISIL grew stronger amidst the chaos of war in Iraq and then Syria, and as the Internet erases the distance between countries, we see growing efforts by terrorists to poison the minds of people like the Boston Marathon bombers and the San Bernardino killers.

      For seven years, I’ve confronted this evolving threat each morning in my intelligence briefing. And since the day I took this office, I’ve authorized U.S. forces to take out terrorists abroad precisely because I know how real the danger is. As Commander-in-Chief, I have no greater responsibility than the security of the American people. As a father to two young daughters who are the most precious part of my life, I know that we see ourselves with friends and coworkers at a holiday party like the one in San Bernardino. I know we see our kids in the faces of the young people killed in Paris. And I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure.

      Well, here’s what I want you to know: The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us. Our success won’t depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values, or giving into fear. That’s what groups like ISIL are hoping for. Instead, we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless, and by drawing upon every aspect of American power.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/06/address-nation-president

      • Muslim groups raise $134K for San Bernardino shooting victims, families
        Muslims United for San Bernardino was launched one day after the terrorist attack that left 14 dead in California

        12/9/15 By Michael Walsh – yahoonews

        Muslim-American groups have come together to raise nearly $135,000 for the families of the 14 killed and 21 wounded in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif.

        Faisal Qazi, a neurologist and president of the MiNDS Network, launched the local fundraising campaign, Muslims United for San Bernardino, one day after the tragedy at the Inland Regional Center, a facility for people with developmental disabilities.

        It was intended as a local campaign for Muslim-Americans in Southern California until Tarek El-Messidi, founder of the nonprofit CelebrateMercy, reached out to Qazi and suggested broadening the scope to a national level.

        “We care for this country. We love this country. While no amount of money will bring back victims’ loved ones for their families, we hope this will alleviate some of the financial burden for these families,” El-Messidi said in an interview with Yahoo News.

        El-Messidi, who has experience with countrywide campaigns, secured promotions and endorsements from major Muslim organizations throughout the United States, including Zaytuna College and Mental Health 4 Muslims.

        Within 48 hours, the campaign on LaunchGood, a crowdfunding platform focused on Muslims throughout the world, reached its initial goal of $50,000, so the organizers raised the bar to $140,000.

        In the wake of the tragedy, El-Messidi said, many Muslims were frustrated and scared that some people were lumping them together with extremists.

        Perhaps the most public indication of this was Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States until “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” The proposal has garnered both domestic and international ridicule, and several prominent scholars challenged it on constitutional grounds.

        El-Messidi lamented what he considers the unfair and inaccurate representation of most Muslim-Americans as violent and treasonous in parts of the news media.

        “The truth is far from that. Muslims make about 1 percent of America,” El-Messidi said. “We are actively contributing to America and helping to build society. This campaign is one example of how American Muslims are trying to build and not destroy.”

        For more: http://news.yahoo.com/muslim-groups-raise–118k-for-san-bernardino-shooting-victims–families-180929608.html

      • December 19, 2015

        Remarks by the President After Meeting the Families of the Victims of the San Bernardino Shooting

        Indian Springs High School

        San Bernardino, California

        10:53 P.M. PST

        THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Just had a chance to meet with the families of the majority of the victims of the San Bernardino tragedy. It was so moving for Michelle and myself in part because it was so representative of the country. You had people from every background, every faith. Some described their loved ones who had come to this country as immigrants; others who had lived in the area all their lives — all of them extraordinarily proud of the work they were doing to keep people healthy and safe here in this community.

        And as difficult as this time is for them and for this entire community, they’re also representative of the strength and the unity and the love that exists in this community and in this country. And as we go into the holiday season, even as we are vigilant about preventing terrorist attacks from happening, even as we insist that we can’t accept the notion of mass shootings in public places and places of work and worship, we have to remind ourselves of the overwhelming good that exists out there.

        And we met some of these folks. Despite the pain and the heartache that they’re feeling, they could not have been more inspiring, and more proud of their loved ones, and more insistent that something good comes out of this tragedy. And many of them are already taking initiatives to reach out, to speak out on behalf of community and tolerance and treating people with respect. Many were interested in how we can prevent shootings like this from happening in the future.

        It was a reminder of what’s good in this country. And I hope that’s something that gives all Americans a sense of pride and a sense of hope as we go into our celebrations of our faith and our families and our country.

        Thank you, everybody.

        END

        10:56 P.M. PST

    • March 18, 2016

      Readout of the President’s Calls with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium and President Francois Hollande of France

      President Obama spoke by phone today with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and French President Francois Hollande to congratulate them on the arrest in Brussels today of Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the November 13, 2015 ISIL terrorist attacks in Paris, France. The President commended the work of Belgian security services and noted that this significant arrest was the result of hard work and close cooperation between Belgian and French law enforcement authorities. The President reiterated that the United States stands together with Belgium and France in our shared struggle against the scourge of terrorism and once again pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States in these efforts, reaffirming our shared commitment to degrading and destroying ISIL.

  4. December 06, 2015

    Remarks by the President to the 2015 Kennedy Center Honorees

    East Room

    5:15 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Please, everybody, have a seat, have a seat. Have a seat and welcome to the White House. This is a good-looking group. (Laughter.) President Kennedy once said, “There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts.”

    I believe he was right. Our achievements as a country and as a culture go hand-in-hand. The oldest of the 2015 Kennedy Center Honorees was born over 90 years ago — you won’t be able to tell. (Laughter.) But when we look back on the last century, for all the challenges we faced, what we see is a time of extraordinary progress. We won one World War, and then another. We endured one depression, and prevented another. And through it all, we created new medicines and technologies that changed the world for the better. We welcomed new generations of striving immigrants that made our country stronger. We worked together, and marched together, to open up new doors of opportunity for women, African Americans, Latinos, LGBT Americans, Americans with disabilities -– achievements that made all of us more free.

    Tonight, we honor five artists who helped tell the story of the first American century through music, theater, and film -– and by doing so, helped to shape it, helped to inspire it, helped to fortify our best instincts about ourselves.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/06/remarks-president-2015-kennedy-center-honorees

    • America to Celebrate Honorees’ Lifetime Artistic Achievements

      Carole King, George Lucas,
      Rita Moreno, Seiji Ozawa, Cicely Tyson
      To Receive 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

      Sunday, December 6, 2015

      Gala will be broadcast on CBS on December 29, 2015 at 9:00p.m., ET/PT.

      The Kennedy Center announced the selection of the six Honorees who will receive the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 38th annual national celebration of the arts are: singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson.

      “Quite simply,” said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, “our Honorees represent the voices, soundtracks, and stories of our personal lives and memories.”

      “When I look at this year’s outstanding slate of Honorees, I am struck by a powerful common theme-artists as history-makers, artists who defy both convention and category,” commented Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter.

      In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment, the 2015 Honorees will be saluted by today’s leading performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers through performances and tributes.

      UPDATE (as of Nov. 4, 2015): The presentation of a Kennedy Center Honors to the popular rock band, Eagles, has been postponed to 2016. “The Eagles will be unable to participate in the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors on December 6 due to Glenn Frey’s health,” said the band in a statement. “The Kennedy Center has graciously agreed to postpone the Eagles’ award presentation until next year, when all four Eagles, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit, can attend.”

      2015 Kennedy Center Honors Executive Producers: Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, White Cherry Entertainment Founding Producer:George Stevens Jr.

      For more: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/honors/

  5. Two Sides Come Together On Gun Research Funding

    Rachel speaks with former congressman Jay Dickey and Dr. Mark Rosenberg, president of The Task Force for Global Health, about the lack of funding gun research.

    December 6, 20158:17 AM ET Rachel Martin – NPR

    RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

    The massacre in San Bernardino and the string of mass shootings that preceded it has prompted a debate again about what might work to curb gun violence. But when it comes to actually finding solutions to the problem, there’s a major roadblock. There hasn’t been any federally funded scientific research on the issue since 1996. That’s because in ’96, Congress froze all federal funding for gun violence research. A Republican congressman from Arkansas named Jay Dickey spearheaded the anti-research legislation, which had the backing of the NRA. On the other side of the issue was the Centers for Disease Control and a doctor named Mark Rosenberg. In 1996, Congressman Jay Dickey didn’t actually know Mark Rosenberg. He just knew he wasn’t on his team.

    JAY DICKEY: I was told not to have anything to do with Mark Rosenberg. He was the point-man for the other side.

    MARTIN: And Rosenberg heard the same thing about Dickey.

    MARK ROSENBERG: I was told by my handlers at CDC – they said, don’t you have anything to do with this guy.

    MARTIN: But this is not a story about a rancorous political debate. This is a story about common ground. One day, Rosenberg found himself at Dickey’s office. His legislative assistant needed some information from him. And the assistant said, hey, the congressman is here and wants to meet you. Dr. Rosenberg prepared to meet his arch rival.

    ROSENBERG: And I thought, oh, my God. So I decided I would go carefully and tread carefully, and I would say hello. Well, we started talking. And we started talking about a number of things that ended up – we were talking about our kids. And then Jay invited my son and his whole class to come visit Congress. And he would get them on a tour and visit with them. And he made this happen. And I was very touched – very touched.

    MARTIN: Why did you do that, Congressman Dickey?

    DICKEY: Well, you know, I saw Mark’s sincerity. And I thought this might be worthwhile. It might be worthwhile to talk to a person who I was, I thought, destined to dislike.

    MARTIN: Mr. Dickey, you ended up changing your mind. And you evolved, I guess we could say, on the issue of gun-related research. Can you tell me how that happened? What tipped the balance?

    DICKEY: I just started watching what was happening in the news. And then all of a sudden, in the middle of that – and I think Mark showed it to me – what the highway industry did was to solve a problem that would be an example for us. They had a goal of eliminating head-on collisions in our interstate system. And they never – they didn’t come out and say, we’re going to eliminate the cars. And they spent the time and the money for science and developed these 4-foot barricades that now you can see on the highways between the lanes of the interstate. And the results have been remarkable as far as eliminating head-on collisions. And I thought, well, we could do the same thing. Well, Mark – I think it’s Mark’s idea. We want science and science investigation and examination to take the place of politics.

    MARTIN: Do the two of you talk with the NRA about this? How critical is their support?

    DICKEY: Very critical. I can’t – I’ve made phone calls. But I haven’t gotten a return call.

    ROSENBERG: And Jay was one of their leaders, and they don’t return his calls. I think there’s a big difference, Rachel, between the leadership of the NRA and the membership. Both Jay and I are members. And I think there’s a huge membership there that is desperate to make our homes and our communities safer. They don’t have to give up their guns.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2015/12/06/458661944/two-sides-come-together-on-gun-research-funding

    • US Supreme Court gives nod to assault weapons ban

      12/7/15 AFP

      Washington (AFP) – The US Supreme Court appeared on Monday to back lawmakers who want to restrict the type of guns such as semi-automatic assault weapons used in recent mass shootings.

      In a 7-2 vote, the high court’s justices refused to take up a challenge to a Chicago suburb’s ban on the sale or possession of semi-automatic weapons or high-capacity magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

      The court’s move is a small victory for activists against the spread of such guns, which can potentially kill many people in a short period of time.

      “By rejecting this case, today the Supreme Court sided with a community that has taken action to protect itself from the type of violence we’ve seen in San Bernardino, on college campuses and in movie theaters,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Center and Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

      Just last week, a husband and wife who authorities say had been radicalized for “quite some time” cut down 14 people and wounded another 21 in San Bernardino, California using legally purchased semi-automatic rifles.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-supreme-court-gives-nod-assault-weapons-ban-232230175.html

  6. December 06, 2015

    Address to the Nation by the President

    Oval Office

    **Please see below for a correction, marked with an asterisk.

    8:01 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays. They were taken from family and friends who loved them deeply. They were white and black; Latino and Asian; immigrants and American-born; moms and dads; daughters and sons. Each of them served their fellow citizens and all of them were part of our American family.

    Tonight, I want to talk with you about this tragedy, the broader threat of terrorism, and how we can keep our country safe.

    The FBI is still gathering the facts about what happened in San Bernardino, but here is what we know. The victims were brutally murdered and injured by one of their coworkers and his wife. So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas, or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home. But it is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West. They had stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition, and pipe bombs. So this was an act of terrorism, designed to kill innocent people.

    Our nation has been at war with terrorists since al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11. In the process, we’ve hardened our defenses — from airports to financial centers, to other critical infrastructure. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies have disrupted countless plots here and overseas, and worked around the clock to keep us safe. Our military and counterterrorism professionals have relentlessly pursued terrorist networks overseas — disrupting safe havens in several different countries, killing Osama bin Laden, and decimating al Qaeda’s leadership.

    Over the last few years, however, the terrorist threat has evolved into a new phase. As we’ve become better at preventing complex, multifaceted attacks like 9/11, terrorists turned to less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all too common in our society. It is this type of attack that we saw at Fort Hood in 2009; in Chattanooga earlier this year; and now in San Bernardino. And as groups like ISIL grew stronger amidst the chaos of war in Iraq and then Syria, and as the Internet erases the distance between countries, we see growing efforts by terrorists to poison the minds of people like the Boston Marathon bombers and the San Bernardino killers.

    For seven years, I’ve confronted this evolving threat each morning in my intelligence briefing. And since the day I took this office, I’ve authorized U.S. forces to take out terrorists abroad precisely because I know how real the danger is. As Commander-in-Chief, I have no greater responsibility than the security of the American people. As a father to two young daughters who are the most precious part of my life, I know that we see ourselves with friends and coworkers at a holiday party like the one in San Bernardino. I know we see our kids in the faces of the young people killed in Paris. And I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure.

    Well, here’s what I want you to know: The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us. Our success won’t depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values, or giving into fear. That’s what groups like ISIL are hoping for. Instead, we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless, and by drawing upon every aspect of American power.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/06/address-nation-president

    • President Obama Addresses the Nation on Keeping the American People Safe

      DECEMBER 6, 2015 AT 9:27 PM ET BY TANYA SOMANADER

      President Obama laid out the key elements of our strategy that are needed to combat the threat of terrorism abroad and here at home.

      Abroad, here is what the U.S. and the international community are doing:

      Since the tragic terrorist attack in Paris on November 13, the U.S., along with our partners in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, have intensified our efforts. Here’s what that looks like:

      Since November 17, Coalition airstrikes destroyed 283 ISIL oil tanker trucks, 120 ISIL oil storage tanks, and a significant amount of oil field infrastructure in eastern Syria.

      * On November 17, Canada announced it would increase its trainers in northern Iraq.
      * On December 2, the United States announced that, in full coordination and consultation with the Government of Iraq, it plans to deploy an Expeditionary Targeting Force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish partners, including by launching raids against ISIL targets, gathering intelligence, and capturing ISIL leadership.

      * On December 3, the United Kingdom began striking ISIL targets in Syria.
      * On December 4, the German Parliament approved plans to commit up to 1,200 troops to the counter ISIL fight, including potentially deploying surveillance and tanker aircraft.
      * Italy announced plans to increase its presence in Iraq to 750 trainers.
      * France deployed aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to the eastern Mediterranean to intensify strikes against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria, particularly around al-Raqqah.

      In addition to enhancements in the military campaign in Iraq and Syria, we are taking new steps with international partners to improve our homeland defenses:

      * On November 16, the United States and France signed a new agreement to enable the U.S. military to share more intelligence on a range of challenges, particularly ISIL.
      * On December 1, the United States announced a number of enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program/
      * On December 17, the United States will host a UN Summit to combat financing of extremist groups, particularly ISIL.

      A number of Coalition partners, including Belgium, Germany, Kuwait, Tunisia, made arrests to break up ISIL and ISIL-inspired terrorist cells.

    • December 19, 2015

      Remarks by the President After Meeting the Families of the Victims of the San Bernardino Shooting

      Indian Springs High School

      San Bernardino, California

      10:53 P.M. PST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Just had a chance to meet with the families of the majority of the victims of the San Bernardino tragedy. It was so moving for Michelle and myself in part because it was so representative of the country. You had people from every background, every faith. Some described their loved ones who had come to this country as immigrants; others who had lived in the area all their lives — all of them extraordinarily proud of the work they were doing to keep people healthy and safe here in this community.

      And as difficult as this time is for them and for this entire community, they’re also representative of the strength and the unity and the love that exists in this community and in this country. And as we go into the holiday season, even as we are vigilant about preventing terrorist attacks from happening, even as we insist that we can’t accept the notion of mass shootings in public places and places of work and worship, we have to remind ourselves of the overwhelming good that exists out there.

      And we met some of these folks. Despite the pain and the heartache that they’re feeling, they could not have been more inspiring, and more proud of their loved ones, and more insistent that something good comes out of this tragedy. And many of them are already taking initiatives to reach out, to speak out on behalf of community and tolerance and treating people with respect. Many were interested in how we can prevent shootings like this from happening in the future.

      It was a reminder of what’s good in this country. And I hope that’s something that gives all Americans a sense of pride and a sense of hope as we go into our celebrations of our faith and our families and our country.

      Thank you, everybody.

      END

      10:56 P.M. PST

  7. WH

    Monday, December 7, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden participates in a roundtable discussion with of civil society activists and reformers
    Hyatt Regency Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine

    Vice President Biden and Ukrainian President Poroshenko holds a bilateral meeting
    House of Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

    Vice President Biden and Ukrainian President Poroshenko holds a working lunch
    House of Chimeras, Kyiv, Ukraine

    Vice President Biden and Ukrainian President Poroshenko deliver a joint statement
    Conference Hall of the Bankova, Kyiv, Ukraine

    Vice President Biden meet with staff and families of the U.S. Embassy Hyatt Regency Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine

    Vice President Biden and Ukraian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk holds a bilateral meeting
    Cabinet of Ministers Club, Kyiv, Ukraine

    Vice President Biden and Ukraian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk deliver remarks
    Cabinet of Ministers Club, Kyiv, Ukraine

    Vice President Biden overnights in Kyiv

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:35 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host the Congressional Holiday Ball
    State Floor

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  8. December 06, 2015

    Statement by the President on Hanukkah

    Tonight, Jews in America, Israel, and around the world come together to light the first candle of the Festival of Lights. At its heart, Hanukkah is about the struggle for justice in the face of overwhelming obstacles. It’s a chance to reflect on the triumph of liberty over tyranny, the rejection of persecution, and on the miracles that can happen even in our darkest hours. It renews our commitment as Americans – as people who live by faith and conscience – to lead the way and act as unyielding advocates for the fundamental dignity of every human being.

    During these eight days, let us be inspired by the light that can overcome darkness. As we recall the Maccabees’ struggle to free a people from oppression, let us rededicate ourselves to being the engine of the miracles we seek. May the lights of the menorah brighten your home and warm your heart, and from my family to yours, Chag Sameach.

  9. Gun Advocates Rejected by U.S. High Court on Assault Weapons

    December 7, 2015 Greg Stohr – bloomberg

    A divided U.S. Supreme Court steered clear of a politically charged fight over gun rights, turning away a challenge to a law banning semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in a Chicago suburb.

    The justices left intact a federal appeals court decision that said the Highland Park, Illinois, restrictions don’t infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms. The appeals court said residents have plenty of legal self-defense options, including handguns and other types of long guns.

    The gun-control debate has intensified in recent months amid a series of mass shootings, including the Oct. 1 rampage that left nine people dead at an Oregon community college and the Dec. 2 shooting that killed 14 people at a social services center in San Bernardino, California. Had the high court taken up the Highland Park case, the justices would have issued their ruling next year in the heat of the presidential campaign.
    Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas voted to hear the case. Thomas said 5 million Americans own the type of weapons banned by the law.

    “The overwhelming majority of citizens who own and use such rifles do so for lawful purposes, including self-defense and target shooting,” Thomas said for the pair.

    Gun-rights advocates have repeatedly tried and failed in recent years to get the high court to expand protections under the Second Amendment. The court hasn’t ruled in a gun-rights case since 2010.
    ‘Massive Resistance’

    A Highland Park resident and the Illinois State Rifle Association challenged the city’s 2013 law. They argued in their appeal that lower courts are engaging in “massive resistance” to the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that said the Constitution protects individual gun rights.

    “In the seven years since that opinion was handed down, the lower courts have assiduously worked to sap it of any real meaning,” the appeal argued. “They have upheld severe restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms that would be unthinkable in the context of any other constitutional right.”

    Seven states and the District of Columbia ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, as do New York City and San Francisco. About a quarter of the U.S. population lives in areas that have banned assault weapons, Highland Park said in court papers. Federal courts have consistently upheld those laws.

    Among the weapons banned by Highland Park is the popular AR-15 military-style rifle. The city prohibits magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. It enacted the ordinance in response to mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado; Newtown, Connecticut; Tucson, Arizona; and Santa Barbara, California.

    For more; http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-12-07/gun-advocates-rejected-by-u-s-supreme-court-on-assault-weapons

  10. Two Sides Come Together On Gun Research Funding

    Rachel speaks with former congressman Jay Dickey and Dr. Mark Rosenberg, president of The Task Force for Global Health, about the lack of funding gun research.

    December 6, 20158:17 AM ET Rachel Martin – NPR

    RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

    The massacre in San Bernardino and the string of mass shootings that preceded it has prompted a debate again about what might work to curb gun violence. But when it comes to actually finding solutions to the problem, there’s a major roadblock. There hasn’t been any federally funded scientific research on the issue since 1996. That’s because in ’96, Congress froze all federal funding for gun violence research. A Republican congressman from Arkansas named Jay Dickey spearheaded the anti-research legislation, which had the backing of the NRA. On the other side of the issue was the Centers for Disease Control and a doctor named Mark Rosenberg. In 1996, Congressman Jay Dickey didn’t actually know Mark Rosenberg. He just knew he wasn’t on his team.

    JAY DICKEY: I was told not to have anything to do with Mark Rosenberg. He was the point-man for the other side.

    MARTIN: And Rosenberg heard the same thing about Dickey.

    MARK ROSENBERG: I was told by my handlers at CDC – they said, don’t you have anything to do with this guy.

    MARTIN: But this is not a story about a rancorous political debate. This is a story about common ground. One day, Rosenberg found himself at Dickey’s office. His legislative assistant needed some information from him. And the assistant said, hey, the congressman is here and wants to meet you. Dr. Rosenberg prepared to meet his arch rival.

    ROSENBERG: And I thought, oh, my God. So I decided I would go carefully and tread carefully, and I would say hello. Well, we started talking. And we started talking about a number of things that ended up – we were talking about our kids. And then Jay invited my son and his whole class to come visit Congress. And he would get them on a tour and visit with them. And he made this happen. And I was very touched – very touched.

    MARTIN: Why did you do that, Congressman Dickey?

    DICKEY: Well, you know, I saw Mark’s sincerity. And I thought this might be worthwhile. It might be worthwhile to talk to a person who I was, I thought, destined to dislike.

    MARTIN: Mr. Dickey, you ended up changing your mind. And you evolved, I guess we could say, on the issue of gun-related research. Can you tell me how that happened? What tipped the balance?

    DICKEY: I just started watching what was happening in the news. And then all of a sudden, in the middle of that – and I think Mark showed it to me – what the highway industry did was to solve a problem that would be an example for us. They had a goal of eliminating head-on collisions in our interstate system. And they never – they didn’t come out and say, we’re going to eliminate the cars. And they spent the time and the money for science and developed these 4-foot barricades that now you can see on the highways between the lanes of the interstate. And the results have been remarkable as far as eliminating head-on collisions. And I thought, well, we could do the same thing. Well, Mark – I think it’s Mark’s idea. We want science and science investigation and examination to take the place of politics.

    MARTIN: Do the two of you talk with the NRA about this? How critical is their support?

    DICKEY: Very critical. I can’t – I’ve made phone calls. But I haven’t gotten a return call.

    ROSENBERG: And Jay was one of their leaders, and they don’t return his calls. I think there’s a big difference, Rachel, between the leadership of the NRA and the membership. Both Jay and I are members. And I think there’s a huge membership there that is desperate to make our homes and our communities safer. They don’t have to give up their guns.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2015/12/06/458661944/two-sides-come-together-on-gun-research-funding

  11. Progressive group holds online vote for 2016 endorsement

    December 07, 2015, 06:00 am By Ben Kamisar – TheHill

    A major progressive group that tried to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) into a presidential bid will decide its presidential endorsement with an online vote starting this week.

    Democracy for America (DFA) opened online voting on Monday and will endorse a Democratic candidate if two-thirds of voters back one of the party’s three presidential candidates by Dec. 15, DFA confirmed to The Hill.

    “After spending the last two years making certain that the battle against income inequality was a defining issue of the 2016 race and seeing every single Democratic candidate respond by putting the issue at the front and center of their campaign, now is the right time to see if Democracy for America’s grassroots members have reached a consensus on the candidate we should support,” DFA executive director Charles Chamberlain said in a statement.

    The group will kick off the vote in an email to supporters on Monday morning.

    While the group will send the ballot to all members, anyone is allowed to vote online between Dec. 7 and Dec. 15, with the group allowing one vote per valid email address. By refusing to lock it down to only verified supporters, DFA spokesman Neil Sroka told The Hill that the group hopes to bring even more people into the movement’s fold.

    DFA’s technology team will analyze the results after the poll closes to ensure the vote is accurate, but the open voting leaves presents the possibility for those with no connection to the group to influence the decision.

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/262263-progressive-group-holds-online-vote-for-2016-endorsement

    DFA2016vote

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