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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

No to Keystone Pipeline

President Obama, as promised to Congress on several inferences, has vetoed a bill blocking the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

In the president's veto message to Congress, the president writes, "I am returning herewith without my approval S. 1, the "Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act."  Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest."

The Keystone XL pipeline has been a point of contention between Congress and the president for some time.   Congress, with glaring approval from the House speaker John Boehner, claims that building the pipeline would create hundreds of job.  He has called the presidential veto a "national embarrassment."

Said the speaker in a You Tube address, "It;s embarrassing when Russion and China are plowing ahead on two massive pipelines and we can't get this one no-brainer of a project off the ground."

It has also been said9 that building the pipeline would make America less dependent on foreign fuel. Meanwhile, the administration is taking into account the affect the pipeline may have on the environment and national security.

Writes the president:  "The Presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously.  But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people.  And because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest -- including our security, safety, and environment -- it has earned my veto."

Both the Senate and House passed the bill earlier this week in favor of the pipeline with a total of 270 votes.

If built, the pipeline would extend from the U.S.-Canadian border in Montana, through Cushing, Oklahoma, to oil refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 White House Easter Egg Roll challenges Americans to #Gimme5 ways to your healthy!

First Lady Michelle Obama announces Easter Egg Roll 2015 using the #Gimme5 theme.

In the spirit of the first lady's Let's Move! campaign, Mrs. Obama is challenging Americans to implement five things they are doing to be healthy.

The 2015 Easter Egg Roll will be held this year on April 6th.  The ticket lottery begins Monday, February 23 and will close Thursday, February 26 at noon.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Reggie Love: From right-hand man to, author, man

Reggie Love's new book "Power Forward:My Presidential Education" shares light on his relationship with President Obama while he was the right-hand man to the most powerful man in Washington, D.C.

Love left the White House on 2012 to "go back to school", but spoke to ABC's Robin Roberts Thursday on an array of topics to include (obviously) his new book, the physical demands required to keep up with his former boss, a 'primary' misstep, basketball, and making the first African American U.S. president "generationally relevant".

Here's the exchange below.

President Obama Meets Muslim Leaders

from the White House press office.

Office of the Press Secretary
February 4, 2015

Readout of the President’s Meeting with American Muslim Leaders

The President this afternoon met with American Muslim leaders to discuss a range of domestic and foreign policy issues.  The President thanked the participants for their work in a variety of fields and for coming together to offer views on issues of importance to their communities, noting that his regular interactions with different faith communities provided him with valuable insights and feedback.  Among the topics of discussion were the community’s efforts and partnerships with the Administration on a range of domestic issues such as the Affordable Care Act, issues of anti-Muslim violence and discrimination, the 21st Century Policing Task Force, and the upcoming White House Summit on Countering Violence Extremism.  The President reiterated his Administration's commitment to safeguarding civil rights through hate crimes prosecutions and civil enforcement actions.  The President discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam.  Noting the remarkable contributions of Muslim Americans to our country, the President also encouraged the participants to remain civically engaged in their communities, and told them that he looked forward to seeking additional opportunities to continue the discussion of these and other issues.