Posts Tagged ‘garden

18
Nov
16

First Lady Michelle Obama: A Champion For The World

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Jonathan Van Meter: Michelle Obama: A Candid Conversation With America’s Champion And Mother in Chief

Once she got her daughters acclimated—she routinely referred to herself as “Mom in chief”—the Harvard-educated lawyer took on issues like support for military families and healthy eating. “It was pooh-poohed as a sort of soft swing at the ball,” she says. By the middle of the second term, she had become more ambitious—launching two education initiatives, Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn—and over the past year and a half finding her métier, turning herself into the First Lady of Popular Culture, mastering social media (thanks to her proximity to a certain couple of teenage girls), appearing as herself on shows like NCIS and Parks and Recreation, singing karaoke with James Corden, and basically charming the pants off of everyone. Somewhere along the way, she became the greatest political communicator of our time—better than Bill Clinton, better than her husband—someone whose speeches actually start national conversations. And throughout all of this, she has remained one of the most glamorous women in the world—admired by teenagers and grandmothers alike—

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whose daring fashion instincts have won her near-universal accolades from an industry that had a champion in the White House for the first time in decades. When she wore that showstopping Atelier Versace rose-gold chain-mail column to her final state dinner in October, the Internet worked itself into a state of collective mourning over the fact that there will be no more Michelle Obama fashion moments to obsess about. The White House has changed quite a bit in the past eight years, becoming much warmer, far less formal, and distinctly more diverse. Obamalot, if you will. They have created an ecosystem that is so effortlessly inclusive that, for example, Joe Mahshie, a trip coordinator for the First Lady, and Brian Mosteller, director of Oval Office operations, were married by Joe Biden at his home just a few months ago. Mahshie, my minder today, tells me that he first met Mrs. Obama when his then boyfriend Mosteller took him to join the SoulCycle class that the First Lady goes to once a week with White House staffers. Mahshie and Mrs. Obama struck up a conversation; one of her staffers was taken aback by his forwardness: “Do you know her?” No, we just met, he replied. “Was I not supposed to talk to her? Should I have curtsied?” He laughs. “She creates that possibility.”

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07
Oct
16

Chat Away: White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest

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First Lady Michelle Obama embraces President Barack Obama as he surprises her during the White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest

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Pete Souza: President Obama talks with Debra Eschmeyer, Executive Director of “Let’s Move!”, and former Executive Director of “Let’s Move!” Sam Kass during the fall harvest in the White House Kitchen Garden

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07
Oct
16

Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

10AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:05AM: President Obama departs the White House

1:05PM: President Obama arrives in Chicago

2:35PM: President Obama delivers remarks

2:35PM: President Obama delivers remarks at a fundraiser for House Democrats; private residence

5PM: President Obama delivers remarks at a fundraiser for DNC; private residence

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06
Oct
16

Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

10:45AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

10:45AM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Briefing

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11AM: President Obama welcomes the Pittsburgh Penguins

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12:30PM: President Obama has lunch with Vice President Biden

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3PM: White House Kitchen Garden Fall 2016 Harvest

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06
Jun
16

The President And First Lady’s Day

US President Barack Obama honors the 50th Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on June 6, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama honors the 50th Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on June 6, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama honors the 50th Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos in the Rose Garden of the White House

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US President Barack Obama poses with the 50th Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on June 6, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands with coach NFL Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak he honors the 50th Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on June 6, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama poses with the 50th Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on June 6, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gestures during a White House Kitchen Garden harvest June 6, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady welcomed back students from the kitchen garden planting earlier in spring to help the harvest today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (3rd R) and Executive Pastry Chef Susan Morrison (R) prepare ingredients from a White House Kitchen Garden harvest for cooking with students June 6, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady welcomed back students from the kitchen garden planting earlier in spring to help the harvest today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama participates in a White House Kitchen Garden harvest with students June 6, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady welcomed back students from the kitchen garden planting earlier in spring to help the harvest today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a White House Kitchen Garden harvest with students. She welcomed back students from the kitchen garden planting earlier in spring to help the harvest today

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) prepares ingredients from a White House Kitchen Garden harvest for cooking with students June 6, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady welcomed back students from the kitchen garden planting earlier in spring to help the harvest today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama participates in a White House Kitchen Garden harvest June 6, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady welcomed back students from the kitchen garden planting earlier in spring to help the harvest today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and TV host Rachael Ray (R) cook ingredients from a White House Kitchen Garden harvest June 6, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady welcomed back students from the kitchen garden planting earlier in spring to help the harvest today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama participates in a White House Kitchen Garden harvest with students June 6, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady welcomed back students from the kitchen garden planting earlier in spring to help the harvest today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and TV host Rachael Ray cook ingredient from a White House Kitchen Garden harvest with students June 6, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady welcomed back students from the kitchen garden planting earlier in spring to help the harvest today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hugs a student after they participated in a White House Kitchen Garden harvest June 6, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady welcomed back students from the kitchen garden planting earlier in spring to help the harvest today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

 

05
Apr
16

The Obama Administration’s Day

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President Barack Obama delivers a statement on economy in the James Brady Press Briefing Room. President Obama made a statement in response to the Treasury Department announcement on corporate tax inversions that would stop companies from avoiding U.S. taxes by moving their tax base overseas

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First Lady Michelle Obama plants the White House Kitchen Garden with students. The garden which Mrs. Obama started in 2009, provides fruits and vegetables to the White House kitchen and homeless shelters

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President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with combatant commanders and Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Cabinet Room of the White House

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks to University of Pittsburgh students about their role in preventing sexual assault as part of the It’s On Us campaign

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06
Oct
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama meets with agriculture and business leaders at the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. The President discussed the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for American businesses and workers

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates with local students in the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. The garden, which started in 2009, is part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative

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First Lady Michelle Obama mixes salad with local students from Capital City Public Charter School after they participated in the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden

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First Lady Michelle Obama eats with local students from DC Bilingual Public Charter School

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15
Apr
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama meets with (L-R) Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Guinean President Alpha Conde and makes a statement on their progress in the fight against the Ebola virus and their efforts to create long-term economic recovery for the West African countries

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President Obama walks across the South Lawn before departing the White House aboard Marine One in Washington, DC. to Charlotte, North Carolina

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Pete Souza: Rainy day. President Obama arrives in Charlotte, N.C.

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Pete Souza: President Obama waits backstage before being introduced at town hall in Charlotte.

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Obama participates in a town hall meeting about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama holds a town hall meeting with BlogHer and SheKnows about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Pete Souza: President Obama signing photos backstage at Imaginon in Charlotte after today’s town hall.

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Obama says hello to a baby as he greets military families in a cargo bay after arriving aboard Air Force One at Charlotte Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama says hello to a baby as he greets military families in a cargo bay, due to a steady rain outside, after arriving aboard Air Force One at Charlotte Air National Guard Base

President Obama speaks with BlogHer co-founder and SheKnows COO Lisa Stone during a town hall meeting at Imaginon

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Obama greets attendees after a town hall meeting about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama greets attendees after a town hall meeting

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First Lady Michelle Obama runs up to greet local students before planting vegetables in the White House kitchen garden. This is the seventh year in a row the First Lady has planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around healthy eating.

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13
Jun
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama present a birthday cake to Assistant Usher Reggie Dickson outside the Usher’s Office of the White House, following a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony and dinner honoring President Shimon Peres of Israel, June 13, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

11:25 ET: The President and First Lady depart the White House

1:45 CT: Arrive Bismarck, North Dakota

2:40 CT: The President and First Lady participate in a roundtable discussion with Native American Youth, Cannon Ball Elementary School

3:45 CT: Attend the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration and delivers remarks, Cannon Ball Powwow Grounds

5:20 CT: Depart Bismarck

6:20 PT: Arrive Palm Springs, California

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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.

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President Obama adjusts the tie of Coast Guard Military Aide Cdr. Scott S. Phy’s son outside the Oval Office, June 12, 2014. Cdr. Phy and his family were in the Oval Office for an award citation and departure photos with the President (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Amy Lynn Smith: Cancer Patient: ‘If It Wasn’t For Obamacare, I’d Be Dead In 12 Months’

A cancer diagnosis is terrifying enough. The only thing that’s worse? Knowing you don’t have insurance and can’t possibly afford to pay for treatment. Marion N. Seidel has been uninsured since she changed jobs seven years ago. She’s worked the same job ever since, but could never afford her share of the coverage her employer offered: $600/month for herself and her daughter. On the rare occasions they got sick, the 52-year-old single mother would just pay cash for doctor’s appointments. But over the last year, Seidel started having some health issues that kept sending her to the doctor. Every time she missed a day of work, she lost a day’s pay. In April 2014, Seidel was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her tonsils that was already affecting her lymph glands. She needed to start treatment right away. Without it, the doctors told her, she had only 12 months to live.

I went everywhere to try to find help, but I kept being told, ‘If you can’t pay we can’t help you.’ But then she learned she could enroll for coverage through Healthcare.gov outside the open enrollment period, because her income had changed and she’d had problems signing up before. Seidel now has comprehensive coverage with low deductibles and co-payments. With the help of tax subsidies, she’s paying just $95/month for her insurance. The specialist told me I have a very high chance of being cured. They told me I’ll go through hell in the next few months but I will come back. That gave me more positivity and I feel I can beat this cancer. Without my insurance, I would not have been able to even see the specialist. If it wasn’t for Obamacare, I’d be dead in 12 months.

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Sahil Kapur: Barbara Boxer: ‘GOP Cheerleaders’ Of Iraq Invasion Are Now Joining ‘Blame-America-First Crowd’

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, torched Republican “cheerleaders” who started the Iraq war and are now criticizing President Barack Obama over the escalating violent insurgency in the country. “Some of the biggest GOP cheerleaders for the disastrous war in Iraq are now joining the blame-America-first crowd rather than working with our Commander-in-Chief to confront this crisis,” Boxer said in a statement Thursday.

She said the current crisis in Iraq “has its roots in an ill-conceived war,” arguing that while the U.S. should “go after” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Sunni jihadi organization taking over parts of the country, “any U.S. action must be well-considered and well-executed in coordination with our allies and the Iraqi government and military, which we helped train and arm.”

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Nicole Flatow: CNN Decides Not To Count 80 Percent Of School Shootings

When students are killed, injured, or put in harm’s way on school grounds, when does it “count” as a school shooting? Not all of the time, according to a number of right-wing commentators — and CNN. In a news report published Thursday, CNN amends its prior reporting that there were 74 school shootings since the Newtown Massacre — a number calculated by gun violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety — and concludes that there have instead been just 15. “CNN determined that 15 of the incidents Everytown included were situations similar to the violence in Oregon — a minor or adult actively shooting inside or near a school,” the article explains. Except for the times when those criteria don’t apply

Among those incidents not included was a brawl that escalated outside a college basketball game at Chicago State University, a shooting at a Mississippi town’s football game that left a 15-year-old dead, and a Georgia college that saw two shootings in two days. As Everytown points out in response to CNN, these discounted shootings led to 25 deaths and 45 injuries. They included familiar scenes of students hiding under desks and running for cover. And many of them were characterized by CNN as “school shootings” at the time of the incidents. CNN’s coverage does not mention it, but its change of heart followed a series of criticisms from right-wing commentators and outlets.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition Executive Director Richard Goff help students from five District of Columbia schools make a meal using the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden in the State Dining Room at the White House June 12. The students, who helped plant the garden earlier in the year, were joined by visiting school nutrition directors from Orlando, Dallas and West Virginia, where they have seen success in their new school lunch programs thanks to the standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

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Marlow Stern: Spike Lee’s Tribute to Ruby Dee: ‘A Living Example That One Could Be An Artist And Activist’

Ruby Dee, the legendary actress, poet, and Civil Rights activist, passed away on Wednesday in New York. She was 91. Born Ruby Ann Wallace, the Harlem native was a dynamo on stage and screen, starring in the 1961 film A Raisin in the Sun, winning Obie and Drama Desk Awards for the play Boesman and Lena, and earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her turn as the feisty mother to Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, played by Denzel Washington, in the 2007 film American Gangster. She was also a trailblazer who paved the way for young African-American actors and filmmakers to break through during the height of segregation. Dee was married to Ossie Davis, the actor, activist, and WWII veteran, from 1948 until his death in 2005.

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The pair appeared in 11 stage productions and five films together, including Davis’s first feature film, 1959’s No Way Out, which also starred Sidney Poitier, and later, in the Spike Lee films Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever. In 2004, Dee and Davis were recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, who described the duo as “one of the most revered couples of the American stage, two of the most prolific and fearless artists in American culture. As individuals and as a team they have created profound and lasting work that has touched us all. With courage and tenacity they have thrown open many a door previously shut tight to African American artists and planted the seed for the flowering of America’s multicultural humanity.” Indeed, both Dee and Davis were prominent activists in the Civil Rights movement, protesting the trial and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and later participating in Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington in 1963.

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Jonathan Capehart: Cantor Loss A Wake-Up Call For Democrats

Tuesday evening, I observed that the Republican Party now in thrall to the extreme far right of its base stands pinched in its own vise. About an hour later, the nation watched that vise pinch the life out of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s political career. But Democrats celebrating the Cantor calamity better check their schadenfreude. There will be more Brats in Congress if they don’t show up at the polls in November, especially in key races that will determine the balance of power in the Senate. Democrats love the president (75 percent), but barely half of them (51 percent) said they were “absolutely certain” to vote in November. Meanwhile, only seven percent of Republicans polled approve of the president’s job performance. But 68 percent of them said they were “absolutely certain” to cast a ballot. It’s data like this that have Obama warning the Democratic base over and over and over again against complacency.

“A lot of the reasons that the president has not been able to move some of the things as fast and big as he’s wanted to move them is ’cause we slept,” a Democratic friend told me recently. “We won big in 2008. And we slept in 2010. And we got what we got. And we are still paying [the] price.” Sure, it’s fun for Democrats to watch Republicans fight amongst themselves and hand their nominations to the fringe of their base. But if Democrats don’t vote in the numbers they need to in November, those folks who are more conservative than the ultra-conservative members already gumming up the works will come to Washington. If the threat of that is not enough of a wake-up call for Democratic voters, I don’t know what is.

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BBC: Sgt Bowe Bergdahl Arrives Back In US

The US soldier held by the Taliban has arrived at a Texas military base after flying in from Germany. Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, 28, is being taken to a military medical centre for the next part of what the military calls a “reintegration mission”. Officials previously said he would be reunited with his family there. Sgt Bergdahl was freed on 31 May in exchange for five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo bay, a deal criticised by the Republicans.

The US soldier left Ramstein Air Base earlier on Thursday aboard a US military aircraft and arrived in San Antonio early on Friday morning. “Our first priority is making sure that Sgt Bergdahl continues to get the care and support he needs,” Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm John Kirby said in an earlier statement. He had been recuperating at a military hospital in Germany since his release.

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Ryan Cooper: The Case For Optimism On Climate Change

First, I think climate change is the exception to how international relations normally go down. Yes, it’s quite easy to draw an international relations case, based on sound realist reasoning, that developing nations will never cut their emissions in time. This argument largely boils down to China and India since they are so huge; China alone now accounts for twice the total emissions of the United States. By this logic, no nation will harm its short-term interests by slashing emissions unilaterally when the gains are dispersed worldwide. But I think what the pessimists haven’t quite internalized is that China is going to be absolutely hammered by climate change.

Think of it this way: they’ve got an area roughly the size of the United States, with more desert, less farmland, less water, and less raw materials. In that area they’ve got the population of the entire Western Hemisphere, plus Nigeria and Japan. China could easily blow through the world’s carbon budget by itself; to say the Chinese government will choose growth over emissions is to say they will choose national self-immolation for a few measly decades of economic growth. India has it even worse, and similar things hold for most developing nations. I think people underestimate how panicked these nations are going to be, and how serious the international pressure will be for a climate treaty in five to 10 years.

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Yahoo: U.N. Human Rights Spokesman Says Hundreds Killed In Iraq

The number of people killed after Sunni Islamist militants overran the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this week may run into the hundreds, U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said on Friday. He said his office had reports the killings included the execution of 17 civilians working for the police and a court employee in central Mosul. Four women had killed themselves after being raped, 16 Georgians had been kidnapped, and prisoners released by the militants had been looking to exact revenge on those responsible for their incarceration, he said.

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NBC News: Ukrainian Forces Surround Separatist-Held Mariupol

Ukrainian forces surrounded the strategic rebel-held port city of Mariupol on Friday in a dawn attack launched as part of a broader military operation to reclaim control of eastern Ukraine. The rebel forces, who oppose the pro-European leadership in the capital Kiev and want to be part of Russia, said five of their fighters had been killed in the battle for Mariupol, Ukraine’s largest Azov Sea port. Mariupol, which has changed hands several times in weeks of conflict, is strategically important because steel is exported through the port and the city lies on

major roads from the southeastern border with Russia into the rest of Ukraine. President Petro Poroshenko intensified the military operation against the separatists after he was elected on May 25. The rebels took several cities and towns in east and southeast Ukraine after Russia annexed Crimea in March following the overthrow of Poroshenko’s Moscow-leaning predecessor.

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Washington Post: McCarthy Consolidating Support For House Majority Leader As Race For Whip Intensifies

The defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) in a Republican primary was an astounding triumph for the tea party movement, but there was little evidence Thursday that the insurgency could take advantage of it by getting one of their own elected to the suddenly vacant leadership position. In the race to replace Cantor, who will step down from his leadership post at the end of July, House Republicans began coalescing around Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), who is more aligned with the establishment wing of the party.

The leadership battle began to crystallize Thursday morning as a popular conservative, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Tex.), who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, announced that he wouldn’t run for majority leader and Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) entered the race and then withdrew within hours.

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Ann Sanner: Judge Orders 3 Early Voting Days Restored In Ohio

A federal judge ordered Ohio’s elections chief Wednesday to restore the final three days of in-person, early voting in the swing state in a ruling that gives Democrats a victory going into the fall election. The order from U.S. District Judge Peter Economus comes in a long-running dispute that began before the last presidential election. The fight was especially intense because of Ohio’s role as a swing state rich with electoral votes. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and Democrats filed a lawsuit in July 2012 against the state’selections chief over an Ohio law that cuts off in-person, early voting for most residents three days before Election Day.

The state law, passed in 2011, ends in-person voting on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election. But it allows an exception for military and overseas voters to cast a ballot in person until Monday. Democrats claimed that amounted to unequal treatment of voters and said everyone should have the chance to vote on the three days before Election Day. Ohio voters may cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person before Election Day without giving any reason.

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Steve Benen: McCain Left Classified Briefing ‘After Only A Matter Of Minutes’

With security conditions deteriorating quickly in Iraq, Sen. John McCain is in high dudgeon. Despite having been wrong about nearly every national security crisis in recent years, the Arizona Republican is doing what one might expect him to do: he’s blaming President Obama, condemning the White House, and urging everyone to pretend he still has credibility. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which McCain is the ranking member, were given a classified briefing this afternoon from military and intelligence officials, keeping lawmakers apprised of the latest developments in the Iraqi crisis. McCain left the closed-door briefing after only a matter of minutes, telling reporters the security situation in Iraq “is the greatest threat since the Cold War.” [emphasis added]

If it’s the great threat to security in a generation, then maybe McCain should have stuck around for the rest of the classified briefing, instead of bolting and heading for the cameras? Except McCain left “after only a matter of minutes” so he could go complain about the president in front of the cameras. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because just last week, McCain attended another closed-door, classified briefing on the prisoner swap that freed an American POW. McCain “walked out shortly after shouting at an official,” roughly half-way through the briefing. He then – you guessed it – headed for the cameras to complain about the president and the lack of compelling information he’d received in the briefing he left in the middle of.

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On This Day

President Obama tours Cree, Inc., a manufacturer of LED lighting, in Durham, N.C., June 13, 2011. Taking part in the tour are Chuck Swoboda, CEO and Chairman of Cree, Inc., left, and Jeff Immelt, CEO, General Electric and Jobs Council Chairman, center (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave goodbye to President Shimon Peres of Israel on the North Portico of the White House following the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony and dinner in his honor, June 13, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and Vice President Biden listen as 9 year-old twins Zea and Luna Weiss-Wynne introduce the President at the LGBT Pride Month celebration in the East Room of the White House, June 13, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., along with members of his family, in the Oval Office, June 13, 2013. Rep. Dingell is the longest-serving Member in the history of the United States Congress (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Air Force Pilot Captain Kelly Smith discuss Joining Forces with Hollywood Trade Representatives at the Writers Guild Theatre on June 13, 2011 in Beverly Hills

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‘Thank You, Mr President’

President Obama with the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Jani and Bob, during a news conference about the release of their son, May 31

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