World Economic Forum 2016 & VP Biden Takes on Cancer Cure

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World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.’

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World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
January 20-23, 2016
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

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  1. WH

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    Vice President Biden’s meets with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann

    The Vice President met today with President of Switzerland Johann Schneider-Ammann.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    Vice President Biden hosts a roundtable, “Cancer Moonshot – A Call to Action,” with physicians, researchers and government officials
    2016 World Economic Forum,, Congress Centre, Davos Switzerland

    11:20 AM

    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    President Obama welcomes Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the White House

    11:20 AM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
    Oval Office

    12:00 PM
    Vice President and Dr. Biden will attend the Crystal Awards
    2016 World Economic Forum,, Congress Centre, Davos Switzerland

    12:30 PM
    President Obama holds a working lunch with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbul
    Cabinet Room

    1:00 PM
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    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of State Kerry
    Oval Office

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  2. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016

    The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.

    The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

    It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

    Lear more: http://www.weforum.org/about/world-economic-forum

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    World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
    January 20-23, 2016
    Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

  3. January 12, 2016

    Inspiring a New Generation to Defy the Bounds of Innovation: A Moonshot to Cure Cancer

    Three months ago, I called for a “moonshot” to cure cancer.

    Tonight, the President tasked me with leading a new, national mission to get this done.

    It’s personal for me. But it’s also personal for nearly every American, and millions of people around the world. We all know someone who has had cancer, or is fighting to beat it. They’re our family, friends, co-workers.

    If this disease has touched your life, I want to hear your story.

    Today, cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. And that’s only expected to increase in the coming decades — unless we make more progress today.

    I know we can.

    From my own personal experience, I’ve learned that research and therapies are on the cusp of incredible breakthroughs. Just in the past four years, we’ve seen amazing advancements. And this is an inflection point.

    Over the course of the past few months, I’ve met with nearly 200 of the world’s top cancer physicians, researchers, and philanthropists.

    And the goal of this initiative — this “Moonshot” — is to seize this moment. To accelerate our efforts to progress towards a cure, and to unleash new discoveries and breakthroughs for other deadly diseases

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/12/inspiring-new-generation-defy-bounds-innovation-moonshot-cure-cancer

    • January 18, 2016

      Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President of Switzerland Johann Schneider-Ammann

      The Vice President met today with President of Switzerland Johann Schneider-Ammann. The Vice President thanked President Schneider-Ammann for Switzerland’s support on Iran, which was instrumental in achieving a deal to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and free U.S citizens held there; and for hosting Syria peace talks. The Vice President lauded Switzerland’s apprenticeship program, noting U.S. efforts to make apprenticeship opportunities available to American students. The two leaders also discussed the situation in Ukraine and ways to deepen U.S. – Swiss economic cooperation.

    • Biden Vows Quicker US Approval of Cancer Drug Combinations

      January 19, 2016 2:31 PM Reuters

      DAVOS, SWITZERLAND—
      U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the United States would speed up the approval of promising new drug combinations in his government’s newly announced drive to cure cancer “once and for all.”

      Biden, who lost his son Beau, 46, to brain cancer last year, set out his plans at a World Economic Forum meeting of international cancer experts in Davos, a week after being appointed to lead the initiative by President Barack Obama.

      So-called combination therapy is increasingly seen as central to fighting tumors, as scientists unlock the different genetic factors driving cancer cell growth, but bringing such cocktails to market can be slow and costly.

      Biden said he had hosted a meeting at his home with three unnamed large drug companies and the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at which both sides had pledged to do more to get novel cancer drug cocktails to patients.

      “The head of the FDA made a commitment that everybody would move much more rapidly in approving combinations,” Biden said.

      At the same, the pharmaceutical industry executives had all said they were “open to a different way of doing business” in order to ensure that promising drugs from different companies were tested together as early as possible, he added.

      Cancer experts are particularly excited by the promise of new immunotherapy medicines that help the body’s immune system fight tumors and that have been shown to work well when used alongside other drugs.

      Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, described their potential as “breathtaking.”

      For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/biden-vows-quicker-united-states-approval-cancer-drug-combinations/3153115.html

    • January 28, 2016

      Memorandum — White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force

      January 28, 2016

      MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

      SUBJECT: White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force

      Cancer is a leading cause of death, and cancer incidence is expected to increase worldwide in the coming decades. But today, cancer research is on the cusp of major breakthroughs. It is of critical national importance that we accelerate progress towards prevention, treatment, and a cure — to double the rate of progress in the fight against cancer — and put ourselves on a path to achieve in just 5 years research and treatment gains that otherwise might take a decade or more.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/28/memorandum-white-house-cancer-moonshot-task-force

  4. January 08, 2016

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia

    President Obama will welcome Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia to the White house on January 19, 2016, on his first trip to Washington since assuming office. During the meeting, they will highlight the extraordinary breadth of the U.S.-Australian alliance, and discuss a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues, including our cooperation in Iraq and Syria, our trade relationship, the successful conclusion of negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and other developments in Asia and the Pacific.

    • January 19, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia Before Bilateral Meeting

      Oval Office

      11:21 A.M. EST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Turnbull and his delegation to the Oval Office. We had the opportunity to work together at the G20 Summit in Turkey and then had our first bilateral meeting in Manila during the APEC and ASEAN events. And I emphasized to the Prime Minister at that time and want to reiterate the extraordinary gratitude that the American people have for the strong and steadfast alliance between our two countries.

      I’ve said before that the friendship between the United States and Australia is not only based on common economic and geopolitical interests, but it’s also based on an extraordinary affinity and shared values. There are very few countries that have as much in common as the United States and Australia does, and I want to thank all the people of Australia for the extraordinary hospitality and graciousness that they’ve shown me every time that I’ve had a chance to visit your wonderful country. I’m glad to be able to reciprocate. I will note it is a little bit colder here than it was Down Under.

      Malcolm has had an opportunity to travel to some key hotspots over the last several days, including Afghanistan and Iraq. And those are just two places where we see the value of Australia’s armed forces and the remarkable contribution that they have made and the sacrifices that they make consistently.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/19/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-turnbull-australia-bilateral

    • January 19, 2016

      Fact Sheet: United States – Australia Cooperation: Deepening Our Strategic Partnership

      President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on January 19 met in Washington, 76 years after the United States and Australia established diplomatic relations, to celebrate the deep friendship and extraordinary cooperation between our two countries.

      * Security Relationship
      * Countering Violent Extremism
      * Cooperating on Cyber Issues
      * Economic Cooperation
      * Partners in Innovation
      * Shared Energy Initiatives
      * Advancing Cooperation on Marine and Climate Science
      * Education, including Strengthening Educational Exchanges
      * Partnering in International Development

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/19/fact-sheet-united-states-–-australia-cooperation-deepening-our-strategic

  5. ConnectED Library Challenge Convening

    Published on Jan 19, 2016

    On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the White House hosted the ConnectED Library Challenge convening. Mayors, county executives, school superintendents, and library leaders from over 40 cities attended the event, which focused on advancing collaboration between schools and libraries to provide students with greatly needed educational resources.

  6. WH

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    4:00 AM
    Vice President Biden attends a roundtable hosted by the Human Rights Campaign
    2016 World Economic Forum, Davos Switzerland

    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM
    7:30 AM
    Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece
    2016 World Economic Forum, Davos Switzerland

    8:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    10:40 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews en route Michigan
    South Lawn

    10:55 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Detroit, Michigan

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:05 PM
    President Obama arrives Michigan
    Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport – Romulus, Michigan

    1:00 PM
    1:50 PM
    President Obama visits the Detroit Auto Show
    Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan

    2:00 PM
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    3:25 PM
    President Obama Speaks at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources
    UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, Detroit, Michigan

    4:00 PM
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    5:20 PM
    President Obama departs Michigan
    Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport – Romulus, Michigan

    6:00 PM
    6:35 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    6:50 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

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  7. On the Ground This Week: HHS to Lead Federal Response in Flint

    JANUARY 19, 2016 AT 1:45 PM ET BY MARY K. WAKEFIELD, PH.D., RN

    Summary: Here’s how HHS is leading the federal government response to the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan.

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services blog. See the original post here.

    Flint, Michigan is in the midst of a serious public health crisis, with high levels of lead in its water supply. President Obama signed an emergency declaration on Saturday, ordering federal assistance to support state and local response efforts.

    With the emergency declaration in place, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has now been designated the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating federal government response and recovery efforts.

    This means that HHS will, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), identify and mobilize the capabilities of the rest of the federal partners – including the Small Business Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Education and Agriculture (USDA) — that are already working to help residents in Flint.

    The goal of the federal response will be to help state and local leaders identify the size and scope of the problem, and work with them to make and execute a plan for mitigation of the short- and long-term health effects of lead exposure.

    HHS will have a team on the ground in Flint this week. The team will be led by Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). Dr. Lurie will begin engaging with state and local officials today and will travel to Flint tomorrow.

    For more; https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/01/19/ground-week-hhs-lead-federal-response-flint

    • January 19, 2016

      Veto Message from the President — S.J. 22

      To the Senate of the United States:

      I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 22, a resolution that would nullify a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army to clarify the jurisdictional boundaries of the Clean Water Act. The rule, which is a product of extensive public involvement and years of work, is critical to our efforts to protect the Nation’s waters and keep them clean; is responsive to calls for rulemaking from the Congress, industry, and community stakeholders; and is consistent with decisions of the United States Supreme Court.

      We must protect the waters that are vital for the health of our communities and the success of our businesses, agriculture,and energy development. As I have noted before, too many of our waters have been left vulnerable. Pollution from upstream sources ends up in the rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and coastal waters near which most Americans live and on which they depend for their drinking water, recreation, and economic development. Clarifying the scope of the Clean Water Act helps to protect these resources and safeguard public health. Because this resolution seeks to block the progress represented by this rule and deny businesses and communities the regulatory certainty and clarity needed to invest in projects that rely on clean water, I cannot support it. I am therefore vetoing this resolution.

      Barack Obama

  8. MBA Mortgage Applications

    Released On 1/20/2016 7:00:00 AM For wk1/15, 2016
    Prior Actual
    Composite Index – W/W Change 21.3 % 9.0 %
    Purchase Index – W/W Change 18.0 % -2.0 %
    Refinance Index – W/W Change 24.0 % 19.0 %

    Highlights
    A drop in rates during the January 15 week fed a sharp jump in refinancing applications, which rose 19 percent, but not for purchase applications which fell 2 percent. But purchase applications did surge in the prior week and remain 17 percent higher than a year ago which is a positive indication for underlying home sales. The average rate for 30-year conforming mortgages ($417,000 or less) fell 6 basis points in the week to 4.06 percent.

    Source: http://www.econoday.com/economic-calendar.aspx

    • January 20, 2016

      Remarks by the President on the Economy — Detroit, MI

      UAW-GM Center for Human Resources
      Detroit, Michigan

      3:49 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Detroit! (Applause.) It’s good to be back in Michigan — even though it might be just a little cold here. (Laughter.) But I’m from Chicago, so I’m used to it.

      A couple people I want to start off by introducing. First of all, Detroit is coming back, and everybody deserves credit for that. But one person who deserves special credit for it is your mayor, Mike Duggan. He’s doing an outstanding job. (Applause.) And we’re very proud of him. You’ve got four outstanding members of Congress. Debbie Dingell. (Applause.) The Dean, John Conyers. (Applause.) Brenda Lawrence. (Applause.) Sandy Levin. (Applause.) We’ve got one of the finest congressmen who ever served, and a great friend of Detroit — John Dingell is here. (Applause.) There he is.

      And a dear friend of mine — we drove over together, and I was just telling my team, when I was running for the United States Senate — not for the President — when I was running for the United States Senate, and nobody knew who I was and nobody could pronounce my name — (laughter) — the regional leader of the UAW in Illinois was a guy named Dennis Williams. (Applause.) And he was my friend and supporter before just about anybody else out there. And then, when I ran for President, by that time we’d made some great friends in the UAW, and so I just want to say how proud I am to call him a friend. Your UAW president, Dennis Williams. (Applause.)

      And give it up for Cindy for that outstanding introduction. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: — my mom!

      THE PRESIDENT: That’s your mom?

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: That’s my mom.

      THE PRESIDENT: Are you proud of your mom?

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I’m very proud of my mom!

      THE PRESIDENT: Oh, look at that. Well, you’re like out of a TV show. What, are you like a child actor, or something? Look at him. He’s all handsome. Yeah. (Laughter.) All right, Cindy, he’s a pretty impressive young man.

      I want to pick up briefly on something that Cindy said, and that is just to talk for a second about what’s happening in Flint. I am very proud of what I’ve done as President — (applause) — but the only job that’s more important to me is the job of father. And I know that if I was a parent up there, I would be beside myself that my kids’ health could be at risk. And that’s why, over the weekend, I declared a federal emergency in Flint to send more resources on top of the assistance that we’ve already put on the ground. We’ve designated a federal coordinator to make sure the people of Flint get what they need from their country.

      Yesterday, I met with Mayor Weaver in the White House, in the Oval Office, and I told her that we are going to have her back and all the people of Flint’s back as they work their way through this terrible tragedy. It is a reminder of why you can’t shortchange basic services that we provide to our people and that we, together, provide as a government to make sure that the public health and safety is preserved. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/21/remarks-president-economy-detroit-mi

  9. January 20, 2016

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan

    The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks today on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan, and on a bus carrying members of the media in Kabul, Afghanistan. These reprehensible attacks, against students and teachers in Pakistan and members of the media in Afghanistan, underscore the ongoing threat that terrorists pose to the region and to the peaceful and prosperous future we seek to build together. We offer our deepest condolences to the victims of the attacks and to their families, and we stand with the people of the region against all forms of extremism and terrorism.

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