Archive for August 20th, 2013

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Laughter + Laughter = TOD?!

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Aug
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1972 Miami Dolphins Meet President Obama

President Barack Obama poses for photos with members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins including head coach Don Shula (R), quarterback Bob Griese (L), and running back Larry Csonka (4th L). President Obama hosted the undefeated 1972 Super Bowl champion who didnt get the chance to be honored at the White House back then.

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President Barack Obama receives a commemorative jersey from hall of fame coach Don Shula

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Cindy Boren: 1972 Miami Dolphins Visit President Obama, White House

President Obama stepped into the East Room of the White House and opened with the words, “It’s mid-August … that means football is in the air.” With that, he requested a crowd that was a little more raucous than usual at these celebrations to “give it up” for the undefeated, untied 1972 Miami Dolphins.” He admitted that it’s “unorthodox” to invite a team so much later for a visit and that so many former players and coaches have changed, now minus “the Afros, the muttonchops and the Fu Manchus.”

Obama, turning serious, noted that the 1972 Dolphins were “a juggernaut” known for a grinding running game, two 2,000 rushers and three shutouts. It was a team that doubled opponents’ scores eight times and “did most of it after” quarterback Bob Griese broke his leg in Week 5. He was replaced, Obama noted, by Earl Morrall, quoting a teammate who said, “He couldn’t run and he couldn’t throw, but he could win.” The Dolphins, Obama said, “did that again and again and again.”

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President Barack Obama jokes with members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins, including offensive guard Larry Little (L), and quarterback Bob Griese

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Hall of fame coach Don Shula applauds as President Barack Obama honors Super Bowl VII Champion Miami Dolphins and their perfect season. The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only team in the NFL to go undefeated.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with head coach of the 1972 Miami Dolphins Don Shula

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President Barack Obama talks with former coach Don Shula prior to a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins, in the Blue Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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13

Chat Away

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Pete Souza: And another Instagram of Bo and Sunny

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Aug
13

Heads Up: Pres. Obama Honors The 1972 Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins’ crowning moment came when the team carried off Don Shula after its Super Bowl victory over the Washington Redskins. (AP)

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2PM ET: President Obama Honors Superbowl Champion Miami Dolphins

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Rise and Shine

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President Barack Obama has a foreign leader phone call in the Oval Office, Aug. 20, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Chief of Staff Jack Lew; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; and Steve Simon, Senior Director for Middle East and North Africa. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (All Times Eastern):

12:45PM: Josh Earnest briefs the press.

2PM: President Obama honors Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins and their undefeated 1972 season.

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“Separate, but equal” drinking fountains in North Carolina, photographed by Elliott Erwitt in 1950.

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TIME: One Man. One March. One Speech. One Dream

Fifty years ago, 250,000 people gathered on the National Mall for the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream for America. TIME talks to the people who helped make the march a success—from civil rights leaders to Hollywood stars—and offers exclusive, unseen images from that transformative era.

[Harry Belafonte] “At the end of the Second World War, those of us who had participated in that conflict were under the impression that if we were triumphant over fascism and the Nazis, that the men and women who returned from that conflict would be celebrated and honored by our nation. Many of us went off to that war and didn’t have the right to vote. Many of us went off to that war and didn’t have the right to participate in the American Dream. We didn’t really think about this thing as a dream until Dr. King articulated it.

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Dan Hodges (UK Telegraph): Why does being a relative of Glenn Greenwald place you above the law?

Should being a relative of Glenn Greenwald place you above the law? I ask the question because many people are arguing Greenwald’s partner David Miranda should, in effect, enjoy immunity from investigation solely because his spouse writes very lengthy articles for The Guardian.

…. far from being a professional journalist working on a one of the most sensitive stories on the globe, Miranda was really just some bloke carrying something through customs for a mate …. Maybe in the excitement of his trip he’d forgotten he was carrying information that could potentially destroy the entire security apparatus of the Western world. We’ve all done it, especially if we’re rushing to get to duty free.

…. Why should David Miranda be allowed to happily saunter around carrying Britain’s most sensitive secrets simply because Glenn Greenwald is his spouse? Are we seriously saying the phrase “I’m with Greenwald” should now act as an international get-out-of-jail-free card?

It’s clear David Miranda wasn’t stopped because he was Glenn Greenwald’s partner. He was stopped because he was suspected of carrying classified information highly detrimental to the UK national interest. And if we don’t stop people because of that, who do we stop?

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Bruce Japsen: To Help Navigate ObamaCare, United Way, Catholic Church, Others Get $67 Million

The Obama administration today awarded $67 million in grants to more than 100 organizations who have “who have volunteered to help Americans learn about the health care coverage available in the marketplace.” The announcement is part of a major public-private sector effort to educate Americans, particularly the uninsured, on their options should they seek coverage on the online exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for individuals eligible for subsidies to buy coverage begins October 1 and runs for six months for broader coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2014.

The awards include:  $300,000 to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium;  the University of Arkansas, which will get more than $770,000; the Archdiocese of Mobile Alabama, which will get $20,000; the nation’s largest Catholic hospital and health system, Ascension Health, was awarded more than $160,000, and various United Way organizations across the country.

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Amanda Terkel: Head Start Cut Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

Head Start, the federal pre-K education service for low-income families, has eliminated services for more than 57,000 children in the coming school year as a result of the federal budget reductions known as sequestration. The cuts include a shorter school year and shorter school days, as well as laying off or reducing the pay for more than 18,000 employees nationwide. Others eliminated medical and dental screenings and bus routes.

Head Start is best known for providing preschool to low-income students, but it supplies many of its 960,000 children with two hot meals a day, transportation to and from school and basic medical care. When these services are eliminated, it also affects parents, who often must find difficult-to-afford day care services or take off days of work to tend to their children. HHS data says that Head Start will have administered 1,342,015 fewer days of service nationwide because of sequestration cuts.

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NPR: You Ask, We Answer: More Of Your Questions About The Affordable Care Act

The Oct. 1 launch of the new health insurance exchanges is now less than two months away, and people are starting to pay attention to the changes these new marketplaces may bring to the nation’s health care system. We know it’s confusing, so we’re spending part of the summer and fall answering at least some of your questions about the law. You can see earlier pieces in our series here and here.

Today we’re answering questions regarding two of the more frequent topics raised: student health plans and possible penalties for failing to obtain health insurance.

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On This Day:

First Lady Michelle Obama and guests watch Big Time Rush perform during the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2012 (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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President Barack Obama samples a baked zucchini fry in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House after dropping by the East Room for the Kids’ State Dinner, Aug. 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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