2016 Commander-In-Chief Forum

Commander-in-Chief Forum

For the first time in history, both major party Presidential nominees will take the stage in New York City for a forum focusing on national security, military affairs, and veterans issues. Hosted by IAVA, and broadcast in primetime by NBC and MSNBC, this forum will allow an audience of primarily servicemembers, veterans and military family members to ask questions of both candidates on the issues most important to our community. Learn more about how you can be involved!

IAVA has been advocating for a Commander in Chief forum since 2015 when the field was crowded and the primaries were far from settled. Too often, veterans and members of the military serve as props in political campaigns of all stripes, while our issues get shallow, boilerplate answers and pundits and partisans drive the debate. This changes now. We are proud to lead and set a new precedent with the first Presidential candidate conversation exclusively on veteran and military issues in any recent election cycle.

“IAVA is proud to lead this historic event for our veterans community and all Americans,” said Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IAVA. “On the cusp of the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York is a fitting stage to give voice to American veterans and service members that are all too often shut out of our political debate. IAVA members world-wide, 93% of whom say they’ll be voting in November, and many deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan right now, are ready to hear from the candidates and hold them accountable. IAVA is honored to join with NBC on this significant event that will ensure that America’s next Commander-in-Chief, at least for one night, addresses our nation’s moral obligation to support and empower its 22 million veterans, our servicemembers and our military families.”

For more: http://iava.org/cicforum/

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2016 Commander-in-Chief Forum
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
8:00 PM ET
New York City, New York
Hosted by IAVA MSNBC

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  1. WH

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    12:00 AM
    12:30 AM
    President Obama participates in an EAS family photo
    National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

    1:00 AM
    2:00 AM
    2:20 AM
    President Obama holds a press conference
    Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

    3:00 AM
    3:20 AM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India
    Landmark Mekong Riverside, Vientiane, Laos

    4:00 AM
    5:00 AM
    5:50 AM
    President Obama departs Laos
    Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama tours Wat Xieng Thong temple
    Luang Prabang, Laos

    President Obama Holds a YSEALI Town Hall
    Luang Prabang, Laos

    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:30 PM
    President Obama tours Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) Visitor Centre
    Vientiane, Laos

    10:00 PM
    11:15 PM
    President Obama attends the ASEAN – EAS Summit session
    National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS welcome dinner and cultural performance.
    National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

  2. 2016 Commander-In-Chief Forum

    For the first time in history, both major party Presidential nominees will take the stage in New York City for a forum focusing on national security, military affairs, and veterans issues. Hosted by IAVA, and broadcast in primetime by NBC and MSNBC, this forum will allow an audience of primarily servicemembers, veterans and military family members to ask questions of both candidates on the issues most important to our community. Learn more about how you can be involved!

    IAVA has been advocating for a Commander in Chief forum since 2015 when the field was crowded and the primaries were far from settled. Too often, veterans and members of the military serve as props in political campaigns of all stripes, while our issues get shallow, boilerplate answers and pundits and partisans drive the debate. This changes now. We are proud to lead and set a new precedent with the first Presidential candidate conversation exclusively on veteran and military issues in any recent election cycle.

    “IAVA is proud to lead this historic event for our veterans community and all Americans,” said Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IAVA. “On the cusp of the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York is a fitting stage to give voice to American veterans and service members that are all too often shut out of our political debate. IAVA members world-wide, 93% of whom say they’ll be voting in November, and many deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan right now, are ready to hear from the candidates and hold them accountable. IAVA is honored to join with NBC on this significant event that will ensure that America’s next Commander-in-Chief, at least for one night, addresses our nation’s moral obligation to support and empower its 22 million veterans, our servicemembers and our military families.”

    For more: http://iava.org/cicforum/

  3. President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

    Wednesday, September 7th
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    President Obama participates in an EAS family photo
    National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama holds a press conference
    Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India
    Landmark Mekong Riverside, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama tours Wat Xieng Thong temple
    Luang Prabang, Laos

    President Obama Holds a YSEALI Town Hall
    Luang Prabang, Laos

    President Obama tours Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) Visitor Centre
    Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS welcome dinner and cultural performance
    National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

    • September 07, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama at the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) Centre

      COPE Visitor Centre
      Vientiane, Laos

      10:44 A.M. ICT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. As you saw, we just had the opportunity to learn more about the very important work that’s being done here at the COPE Center, and about the magnitude of the challenge posed by unexploded ordnance.

      For many people, war is something that you read about in books — you learn the names of battles, the dates of conflicts, and you look at maps and images that depict events from long ago. For the United States, one of the wars from our history is the conflict called the Vietnam War. It’s a long and complicated conflict that took the lives of many brave young Americans. But we also know that despite its American name, what we call it, this war was not contained to Vietnam. It included many years of fighting and bombing in Cambodia and here in Laos. But for all those years in the 1960s and ‘70s, America’s intervention here in Laos was a secret to the American people, who were separated by vast distances and a Pacific Ocean, and there was no Internet, and information didn’t flow as easily.

      For the people of Laos, obviously, this war was no secret. Over the course of roughly a decade, the United States dropped more bombs on Laos than Germany and Japan during World War II. Some 270 million cluster bomblets were dropped on this country. You can see some of these displays showing everything that landed on relatively simple homes like this, and farms and rural areas. By some estimates, more bombs per capita were dropped on Laos than any other country in the world.

      For the people of Laos, war was also something that was not contained to a battlefield. In addition to soldiers and supply lines, bombs that fell from the sky killed and injured many civilians, leaving painful absences for so many families.

      For the people of Laos, the war did not end when the bombs stopped falling. Eighty million cluster munitions did not explode. They were spread across farmlands, jungles, villages, rivers. So for the last four decades, Laotians have continued to live under the shadow of war. Some 20,000 people have been killed or wounded by this unexploded ordnance, or UXO.

      For the people of Laos, then, these are not just statistics. These bomblets have taken the lives of farmers working in the fields, traders gathering scrap metal, children playing outside who thought these small, metal balls could be turned into a toy.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/07/remarks-president-obama-cooperative-orthotic-and-prosthetic-enterprise

    • September 07, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama at YSEALI Town Hall

      Souphanouvong University
      Luang Prabang, Laos

      1:49 P.M. ICT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you so much! Sabaidii!

      AUDIENCE: Sabaidii!

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is such a pleasure to be here. Can everybody please give Om a big round of applause for that great introduction? (Applause.)

      So it is wonderful to be in Luang Prabang. I’ve always wanted to visit. It is said that this is where the Buddha smiled when he rested during his travels. And I can see why — because it is beautiful and relaxed. I’ve just come from seeing Wat Xieng Thong. Did I say that right? Sort of. And it was beautiful. And the entire area is spectacular. I want to thank everyone at Souphanouvong for hosting me here today. And I want to thank the people of Laos. I’ve been deeply touched by the hospitality you’ve shown me.

      This is my 11th visit to Asia as President of the United States, but it’s my first visit to Laos. And in fact, I’m the first United States President ever to come here. And with the kindness that you’ve shown me, I’m sure I will not be the last. Other Presidents will want to come as well. And I promise you I will come back when I’m no longer President. (Applause.) And the good thing about when I come back and I’m not President I won’t have so much security. (Laughter.) And I can sit and relax and have some food, and I won’t be so busy.

      Now, whenever I travel around the world, I spend a lot of time doing business with world leaders, and I meet with the presidents of big companies. But I try to balance spending time with young people like you. And I gave a long speech yesterday, so I’m not going to do a long speech today. I want to have a conversation with you. I want to hear what you have to say. But I’m just going to make a few remarks.

      I think you know that this part of the world means a lot to me because I lived in Indonesia as a boy. And my sister is half-Indonesian. She was born there. She married a man whose parents were from Malaysian. My mother worked in Southeast Asia most of her life, working with women in villages to try to help them get more money through selling handicrafts and developing small businesses. So as I drive around here, it’s very familiar to me. It reminds me of my childhood. And my commitment to deepening America’s ties to Southeast Asia is very real.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/07/remarks-president-obama-yseali-town-hall

    • Muslim Advocates Heralds President Obama’s Historic Judicial Nomination

      Posted on September 6, 2016 by Fatima Khan – muslimadvocates

      Sept. 6, 2016 — Today President Obama nominated Abid R. Qureshi to serve as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. A litigation partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington, DC, Mr. Qureshi is the first American Muslim to be nominated to serve on the federal judiciary.

      “I commend President Obama for taking this important step in continuing to pick the best and brightest from every community to serve as part of our nation’s judiciary,” said Farhana Khera, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and executive director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy organization. “A judiciary that reflects the rich diversity of our nation helps ensure the fair and just administration of the law, and it is vital for American Muslims to be included. Mr. Qureshi’s profound commitment to the rule of law and justice for people of all backgrounds makes him an exceptional nominee.”

      Mr. Qureshi has a long and distinguished legal career. He has served as lead counsel in numerous trials before state and federal courts across the country and has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels and before state and federal regulators and national and international arbitral tribunals. Mr. Qureshi has also served as Chair of Latham’s Global Pro Bono Committee since 2012, overseeing one of the world’s largest pro bono programs. His pro bono work has included working with Muslim Advocates on two cutting edge civil rights cases.

      For more: https://www.muslimadvocates.org/muslim-advocates-heralds-president-obamas-historic-judicial-nomination-2/

  4. Gallup U.S. Job Creation Index

    Released On 9/7/2016 8:30:00 AM For Aug, 2016
    Prior Actual
    level 33 33

    Highlights
    Workers’ reports of hiring activity at their places of employment in August held steady at a post-recession high for the fourth month in a row at plus 33, the same as in May, June and July.

    Since the index bottomed out at minus 5 in early 2009 in the midst of the nation’s economic crash, it has taken a slow, bumpy path upward, with numerous minor downticks from month to month. However, every August reading since 2010 has shown improvement over the previous August. The near-negligible one-point improvement this August from last August’s plus 32 is the smallest since the index began its climb.

    The Job Creation Index for both government and non-government workers showed no material change in August. The index for government workers (local, state and federal) rose a single point to plus 32 — the highest level since Gallup began identifying government workers in August 2008. Meanwhile, the index for non-government workers in August stood at plus 34. Forty-four percent report their employers are hiring new workers, 10 percent say they are cutting back.

    For more: http://www.econoday.com/economic-calendar.aspx

  5. Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary

    For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, September 7, 2016 USDL-16-1807

    JOB OPENINGS AND LABOR TURNOVER – JULY 2016

    The number of job openings increased to 5.9 million on the last business day of July, the U.S. Bureau of
    Labor Statistics reported today. Hires and separations were little changed at 5.2 million and 4.9 million,
    respectively. Within separations, the quits rate was 2.1 percent and the layoffs and discharges rate was
    1.1 percent. This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, and
    separations for the nonfarm sector by industry and by four geographic regions.

    Job Openings

    On the last business day of July, there were 5.9 million job openings, an increase of 228,000 from June.
    The job openings rate was 3.9 percent in July. The number of job openings increased over the month for
    total private (+243,000) and was little changed for government. Job openings increased in professional
    and business services (+166,000) and durable goods manufacturing (+27,000) but decreased in health
    care and social assistance (-63,000). The number of job openings was little changed in all four regions.
    (See table 1.)

    Hires

    The number of hires was 5.2 million in July, little changed from June. The hires rate was 3.6 percent in
    July. The number of hires was little changed for total private and for government. Hires increased in
    professional and business services (+137,000) but decreased in other services (-77,000). The number of
    hires increased in the South region. (See table 2.)

    For more: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/jolts.nr0.htm

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