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07
Jun
14

The Week Ahead

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Monday

The President will host an event on education at the White House.

Later in the afternoon, he will welcome the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams to honor the teams and their 2014 NCAA Championships.

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Tuesday

The President will take to Tumblr in an event at the White House moderated by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp. He will deliver remarks and answer questions from people across the country on the importance of education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.

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Wednesday

The President will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony.

He will also attend a DSCC event in the Boston area.

Following the event, he will return to Washington, DC.

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Thursday

The President will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia at the White House (sorry, 99ts); the Vice President will also attend.

In the afternoon, the President will welcome the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their victory in the WNBA Finals.

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Friday

The President and the First Lady will travel to the Cannonball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Following their visit to Indian Country, they will travel to Palm Springs, CA.

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Saturday

The President will deliver the commencement address at University of California, Irvine on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the UC Irvine campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, D.C on Monday.

15
Sep
13

The Week Ahead

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Monday: President Obama will speak from the White House Rose Garden to mark the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis and will highlight the administration’s response to it.

Later, the President and the First Lady have invited various music artists to the White House for a celebration of Latin music during Hispanic Heritage Month. Música Latina: In Performance at the White House will showcase Latin musical heritage, reflecting the influence of richly diverse Latino communities from throughout the Americas. The performance will be held in the East Room and will be live streamed at White House Live starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. More here

Tuesday: The President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office.

Wednesday: The President will deliver remarks to members of the Business Roundtable and will answer questions.

Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Friday: The President will visit the Ford Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Kansas and talk about economic progress made since 2008’s financial crisis.

02
Sep
13

The Week Ahead

Tuesday:

9:45 AM: President Obama and VP Biden meet with members of Congress

8:30 PM: President Obama departs the White House en route Stockholm, Sweden

Wednesday: The President arrives in Stockholm. While there, he will hold a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Reinfeldt. He will then participate in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue in Stockholm and tour an expo featuring clean energy innovations at the Royal Institute of Technology. In the evening, he will take part in a dinner with Nordic Leaders.

Thursday: The President will hold a bilateral meeting with the King and Queen of Sweden. He will then depart Stockholm en route Saint Petersburg, Russia where he will attend the G-20 Summit.

Friday: Attends the G-20 Summit. Returns to Washington, DC on Friday evening.

23
Jun
13

The Week Ahead

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Monday: The President will host a meeting at the White House with business leaders to discuss the importance of commonsense immigration reform including the Congressional Budget Office analysis that concludes immigration reform would promote economic growth and reduce the deficit.

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Tuesday: President Obama will speak at Georgetown University on the growing threat of climate change (1:35 EST)

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Wednesday morning: The President and the First Family depart on their trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. The President and the First Family will arrive in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday evening.

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Expertly fiddled-with map

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Random rant: Whenever I look at those ruler-straight African borders, it’s a reminder of how brutally colonialists carved up the continent among themselves, with no regard for the people’s native homelands. Compare it with Europe’s ‘natural’ borders:

…. and the West still gasps when there’s trouble and strife in African countries….

(because, you know, Europe, for example, has had no internal civil-ish wars, if you exclude Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, Spain, Germany, etc)….

….. and is at a loss to understand why the people of south such-and-such feel a bond with the people of north such-and-such. Look at your artificial borders, dudes, and the people you divided.

Any way….

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15
Jun
13

Rise and Shine

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Saturday: The President has no public events scheduled

Sunday: The President and the First Family will depart for Belfast, Northern Ireland (9:20 PM)

Monday: The President and the First Family will arrive in Belfast in the morning, where he will deliver remarks – the First Lady will introduce the President at the event.

The President will then meet with Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the G8 Summit. Later, he will attend the G-8 Summit at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, hosted by PM Cameron, from June 17-18.

On Monday evening, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Tuesday: In the evening, following the G-8, the President and the First Family will travel to Berlin, Germany.

Wednesday: The President will have a meeting with President Gauck and Chancellor Merkel to discuss a wide range of bilateral and global issues.

Later that afternoon, at the invitation of Chancellor Merkel, President Obama will speak at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

On Wednesday evening, the President and the First Family will return to the White House.

Thursday and Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

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Daniel W. Drezner (Foreign Policy): Why Obama is arming Syria’s rebels: it’s the realism, stupid.

…. is this the first step towards another U.S.-led war in the region? No. Everything in that Times story, and everything this administration has said and done for the past two years, screams deep reluctance over intervention. Arming the rebels is not the same thing as a no-fly zone or any kind of ground intervention. This is simply the United States engaging in its own form of asymmetric warfare. For the low, low price of aiding and arming the rebels, the U.S. preoccupies all of its adversaries in the Middle East.

…. Now let’s be clear: to describe this as “morally questionable” would be an understatement. It’s a policy that makes me very uncomfortable… until one considers the alternatives. What it’s not, however, is a return to liberal hawkery.

So, to conclude: the United States is using a liberal internationalist rubric to cloak a pretty realist policy towards Syria.

Am I missing anything?

Full post here

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Steve Benen: It was just three weeks ago that President Obama made a persuasive case for closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. He described a military prison that costs too much, has become an international embarrassment, and is filled with “people who have been charged with no crime.”

…. Last week, House Republicans once again barred the Obama administration from transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Friday, against a backdrop of a terrible hunger strike, a Democratic effort to do the right thing was easily defeated in the face of mindless, reactionary conservative opposition.

More here

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Kurt Eichenwald: PRISM Isn’t Data Mining and Other Falsehoods in the N.S.A. “Scandal”

I can’t stand it.

A few days ago, I wrote in some detail about the National Security Agency’s data-mining program in hopes of calming the hysteria that has been whipped up in the last number of days by incorrect and misleading reports, as well as by plenty of ill-informed commentary based on those errors. At this point, I’ve decided that I need to tell a little bit more…..

See here

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Tommy Christopher (Mediaite): …. Glenn Greenwald and his source, whistle-and-country-blower Edward Snowden, have completely taken over the political media with revelations that hype well, but don’t amount to much upon closer examination. Now, Greenwald promises more (and more devastating) revelations to come, but what has been revealed so far is about as alarming as an epidemic of Pac Man Fever….

…. That hasn’t stopped the media from going all Chicken Little, some because they’re desperate to “have the conversation,” some because they want to attack President Obama to prove varying types of cred, and some because they’d like even less fettering of the surveillance state. I think we do need to “have the conversation” about government surveillance, but it should begin in 1978, not last week, when the world discovered that the first black president was in charge of it….

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04
May
13

This and That

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Today:

All times Eastern

1:0: The President attends a forum on Inclusive Economic Growth and Development (Audio only at White House live)

3:0: Departs San Jose, Costa Rica en route Washington, DC

7:20: Arrives Joint Base Andrews

7:35: Arrives the White House

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Live coverage from Costa Rica:

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Tomorrow:

9:45: President Obama departs the White House

11:15: Arrives Columbus, Ohio

12:35: Delivers the commencement speech at The Ohio State University

3:25: Arrives the White House

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The week ahead:

Monday: The President will have meetings at the White House

Tuesday: Welcomes President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea to the White House

Wednesday: Meetings at the White House

Thursday: Travels to Austin, Texas for events on the economy and to see UT. Returns to the White House in the evening

Friday: Meetings at the White House

Saturday: The President and the Vice President will honor the 2013 National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS award winners at the White House

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President Barack Obama and President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica participate in a cultural event with Costa Rican youth at Casa Amarilla, San Jose, Costa Rica, May 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama at his joint press conference with Costa Rica’s President Laura Chincilla in San Jose, May 3

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A Cinco de Mayo pic or two, even though it’s only the 4th :???:

2009:

President Obama and the First Lady take the elevator to the private residence after a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House, May 4, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

2010:

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