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Night owl chat – The laughter continues: Monty Python

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Sep
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Laughter: A Good Way To End The Day

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Sep
14

The President And First Lady’s Day

@dougmillsnyt: President Obama walks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during a surprise visit to the MLK Memorial

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President Obama hosts a meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office

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Last night’s dinner

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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India en-route to the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit the Martin Luther King Memorial

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 First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a luncheon in the East Room of the White House to honor of the winners of the 2014 National Design Awards

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Sep
14

A Tweet Or Two

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Sep
14

Coming Up

1:0 EDT: First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards Luncheon

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1:0 EDT: Vice President Biden Speaks at the Luncheon in Honor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

30
Sep
14

Rise and Shine

On this Day: Sen. Barack Obama is silhouetted as he speaks at a rally in front of Morrill Hall at the University of Nevada at Reno, Sept. 30, 2008

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Today (all times Eastern)

10:45: The President meets with Indian Prime Minister Modi

1:0: White House Press Briefing

5:45: The President meets with Defense Secretary Hagel

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The Week Ahead

Wednesday: The President will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. In the afternoon, the President will welcome Sporting Kansas City to the White House to honor their 2013 MLS Championship. In the evening, the President will travel to Chicago where he will spend the night.

Thursday: The President will headline a fundraiser in Chicago for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Later, he will deliver a speech on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. He will then return to the White House and in the evening he will deliver remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual awards gala in Washington.

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

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@dougmillsnyt: President Obama heads back to the White House following a DNC roundtable in Washington

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On This Day

Sen. Barack Obama at a rally at the University of Nevada at Reno, Sept. 30, 2008

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets gymnast Nadia Comaneci, her husband gymnast Bart Connor, left, Paralympic athlete Linda Mastandrea, center-right , and other former Olympians before the Chicago 2016 Dinner in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009. From left in the background; athletes Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bob Berland, David Robinson, Dr. Edwin Moses and Mike Conley (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama takes a practice putt with a golf club presented to him by golf legend Arnold Palmer prior to the signing ceremony for H.R. 1243, the Arnold Palmer Congressional Gold Medal Act, in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama peers into a microscope during a tour of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

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President Obama salutes Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the Armed Forces farewell tribute to Mullen at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, in Arlington, Va., Sept. 30, 2011. Admiral Mullen’s wife, Deborah, stands at right (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama participates in the Armed Forces farewell tribute to Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, in Arlington, Va., Sept. 30, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama with Mexican band Mana at a rally at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, September 30, 2012

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President Obama tapes a message for American military and Defense Department personnel on the impending government shutdown, in the Blue Room of the White House, Sept. 30, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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 MoooOOOooorning!

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Sep
14

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets Jasper Mann and his parents, Billy and Gena Mann, before signing H.R. 2005 – Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011, in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Tuesday!

29
Sep
14

A Tweet Or Two

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29
Sep
14

McAllen, Texas Saved $20M On Healthcare?! Thanks ObamaCare

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NYT: A Health Care Success Story

IT may have been the most influential magazine article of the past decade. In June of 2009, the doctor and writer Atul Gawande published a piece in The New Yorker called “The Cost Conundrum,” which examined why the small border city of McAllen, Tex., was the most expensive place for health care in the United States. The article became mandatory reading in the White House. President Obama convened an Oval Office meeting to discuss its key finding that the high cost of health care in the country was directly tied to a system that rewarded the overuse of care. Five years later, the situation has changed. Where McAllen once illustrated the problem of American health care, the city is now showing us how the problem can be solved, largely because of the Affordable Care Act that Mr. Obama signed into law in 2010.

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The problem was that doctors in McAllen were responding to reimbursement incentives in the American health care system that rewarded activity rather than value. The more procedures and visits a doctor billed, the more he got paid. The Affordable Care Act was designed to change that. One of its provisions created the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which rewards doctors for keeping their patients healthy. Participation in the program requires primary care doctors to create networks, called accountable care organizations, or A.C.O.s, to better coordinate patient care. These networks are reimbursed for delivering high-quality care below a baseline of historical Medicare costs. In 2012, doctors in McAllen formed the Rio Grande Valley Accountable Care Organization Health Providers, and signed up for this experiment. The early results are in, and they are stunning: From April 2012 to the end of 2013, the Rio Grande Valley A.C.O. saved more than $20 million from its Medicare baseline. These changes didn’t just save money; they also improved patients’ health. From 2012 to 2013, the number of patients achieving control of their diabetes rose 11.8 percentage points. The number receiving vaccinations rose 12.2 percentage points.

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29
Sep
14

More Positive Economic News? Thanks, President Obama

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NYT: Business Spending, Exports Spur Big Bounce In U.S. Economy

The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years in the second quarter with all sectors contributing to the jump in output in a bullish signal for the remainder of the year. The Commerce Department on Friday raised its estimate of growth in gross domestic product to a 4.6 percent annual rate from the 4.2 percent pace reported last month. The United States is bucking a spate of weaker overseas growth with the euro zone and Japan slumping, and growth in China slowing as well. the expansion in consumer spending, combined with strong business investment,

was nevertheless enough to push domestic demand ahead at its fastest pace since 2010. That suggests the economy’s recovery is becoming more durable after output slumped at a 2.1 percent rate in the first quarter because of an unusually cold winter. So far, data covering manufacturing, trade and housing suggest that much of the second quarter’s momentum spilled over into the third quarter. Growth estimates for the July-September quarter range as high as a 3.5 percent pace. When measured from the income side, the economy grew at a 5.2 percent pace during the second quarter…export growth was raised to an 11.1 percent pace, the fastest since the fourth quarter of 2010, from a 10.1 percent rate.

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Jason Furman: Third Estimate of GDP For The Second Quarter Of 2014

1. Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4.6 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter of 2014, the fastest pace since the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the third estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The strong second-quarter growth represents a rebound from a first-quarter decline in GDP that largely reflected transitory factors like unusually severe winter weather and a sharp slowdown in inventory investment. Growth in consumer spending and business investment picked up in the second quarter, and residential investment increased following two straight quarters of decline. Additionally, State and local government spending grew at the fastest quarterly rate in five years. However, net exports subtracted from overall GDP growth, as imports grew slightly faster than exports.

Real gross domestic income (GDI), an alternative measure of the overall size of the economy, was up 5.2 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter. 3. Over the past four quarters, real GDP has risen 2.6 percent, faster than the 2.0 percent annualized pace observed over the preceding eight-quarter period. Looking at four- and eight-quarter changes to smooth some of the quarter-to-quarter volatility, it is clear that many components of GDP are showing improvement. The growth rates of consumer spending, business investment and exports have all picked up, and the pace of declines in the Federal sector have moderated a bit. In addition, the State and local government sector has turned positive, after several years of steady cutbacks. One area that has slowed over the last four quarters is residential investment, although it did rebound in the second quarter.

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