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Democratic National Committee Promotes at CHCI

Washington, DC – This year the Democratic National Committee will have an unprecedented presence at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Conference. During CHCI, the DNC will promote the website which is part of our Voter Expansion Project and commitment to increase access to the ballot box for all Americans.

Commenting on the effort, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, “Our presence at CHCI promoting is incredibly important in achieving our goal of increasing participation and ensuring language isn’t a barrier to voting. The DNC is committed to expanding access to voting - it’s easier and more convenient for people to participate in the electoral process when they understand when to vote, where to vote, what to bring with them to vote and what to expect on Election Day in order to vote.

“The DNC is committed to providing the information and resources for Hispanics to actively participate in our democracy and elect leaders that share their community’s priorities. The Spanish language campaign ads that we released last week and our presence at CHCI are just one part of our outreach to Hispanics across the country to ensure that this November, the Hispanic community comes out to vote and makes their voices heard.”

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Early Vote Decision in Ohio

Washington, DC – Today, the United States Supreme Court agreed with Ohio Republicans’ move to delay the start of early voting in Ohio, which was set to begin Tuesday. In response, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“Less than sixteen hours before polling stations were scheduled to open in Ohio, early voting in the state has been blocked by the Supreme Court at the request of Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted and Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine.

“This week was supposed to be the “Golden Week” during which voters could both register to vote and vote on the same day. In 2012, 59,000 Ohioans cast their ballots during this period. However, this late change is likely to confuse voters, the media, and even election administrators and has happened because Republicans like John Kasich, Jon Husted and Mike DeWine have fought against Golden Week every step of the way.

“This fight is an example of the GOP’s hypocrisy on voting rights, made even worse by the fact that the decision came down as Ohio Governor John Kasich held a rally claiming to encourage his supporters to vote early – alongside Chris Christie, who vetoed early vote legislation in New Jersey.

“Despite Republican opposition, Democrats will continue to work to make voting easier and more convenient for all Americans, protecting and promoting the vote through the DNC’s Voter Expansion Project. We will continue to fight for more opportunities for people to exercise their right to vote while Republicans continue to stand in their way.”

Mary Burke: “Add your name to defeat Scott Walker”

Mary Burke sent this email to Democrats across the country, asking them to help her defeat Scott Walker in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race. Here’s what she had to say:

Since I launched my campaign for governor against Scott Walker last year, thousands of grassroots activists have joined Team Burke. Under Walker, our state capitol has become the most divisive in the nation. People are recognizing there's a better way. I understand that it's time to focus on what matters and use common sense to find solutions that work.

My message is resonating with folks across Wisconsin, and this race is a dead heat. The latest polls have us tied 46-46 with Scott Walker among registered voters -- that's why I need your help today. Are you with me?

Add your name to defeat Scott Walker and say that you're standing with me!

With just weeks until Election Day, Scott Walker and his allies are trying to hide his failures behind a sea of negative ads. They're spending millions because they know I can win.

I know how to apply my experience creating jobs in the private sector to our government, focusing on what entrepreneurs and small businesses need to start up and grow.

I directed strategic planning at Trek Bicycle, helping the company grow to nearly 1,000 employees right here in Wisconsin. During my time as Secretary of Commerce, I helped small businesses get started, and businesses of all sizes grow. I know how to get Wisconsin moving again.

Sign your name if you're ready to join my team and defeat Scott Walker:

Thanks for standing with me,

Mary Burke

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Attorney General Eric Holder

Washington, DC –Today, President Obama accepted the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“On behalf of the Democratic Party, I would like to thank and congratulate Eric Holder for his service as our 82nd Attorney General. General Holder will leave office as one of the longest-serving Attorneys General in our nation’s history, and his contributions have been invaluable to President Obama’s administration and the country.

“Attorney General Holder has fought fiercely to protect the human and civil constitutional rights of all Americans. Among his accomplishments at the Department of Justice, of particular note, is his emphasis on ensuring that all Americans can exercise their right to vote. Despite opposition from the Supreme Court and Congressional Republicans, Attorney General Holder and DOJ have been stalwart defenders of voting rights threatened by state legislative action.

“I have full confidence President Obama’s choice for our nation’s next Attorney General will continue the important and immeasurable civil rights work being done at the Department of Justice under Attorney General Holder and that Senate Republicans will be responsible and not recklessly obstruct the process of confirming a replacement.”

DNC Launches GOTV Spanish Ad Campaign

WASHINGTON, DC – The Democratic National Committee today launched national and state Spanish language radio ads, the second round of ads in a seven figure national paid media campaign. The first ad, ‘No pierda la oportunidad de votar’ or ‘Don’t miss the opportunity to vote’ will air on Spanish radio stations nationally and key stations in Colorado, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Nevada.

“This Spanish ad buy is just one part of our outreach to Latinos and Hispanics across the country. Democrats are committed to expanding the vote and we want to ensure that this November Latinos come out to vote and make their voices heard,” said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “There’s a lot at stake in these midterm elections, and these ads highlight many of the issues Democrats are fighting for – affordable higher education, an increase in the minimum wage, and protecting Medicare.

Additional waves of ads will launch in the coming weeks.

Listen to the ad, HERE

Below please find a transcript for, ‘No pierda la oportunidad de votar”

Republicans think we’re going to stay home.

They voted against our kids for a budget that could lay off 29,000 teachers and aides.

They voted against our parents with a plan that would end Medicare as we know it.

And time and time again they voted to protect their millionaire friends instead of raising the minimum wage to help you and your family.

What they don’t understand is that our families still believe in the American dream.

It’s time to rise up — we can’t stay at home.

The decisions we make this November are too important:

For schools that prepare our children to compete …

To create jobs with dignity for the middle class …

And to assure health care that honors the work and sacrifice of our parents.

Don’t miss this opportunity to vote.

Visit and make a promise to defend your family … make a promise to vote, Democrat.

“Paid for by the Democratic National Committee,, not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.”

Women’s Leadership Forum 2014

Democratic women from across the country spent two days gathered together to hear from First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama, and many other Democratic leaders. Here are some of the highlights:

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Rosh Hashanah

Washington, DC – Tonight marks the beginning of the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. In recognition of that occasion, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, approaching, we take time to reflect on the year that has ended, seek forgiveness, and look forward to the promise of renewal in the year ahead.

“As our world faces uncertain and challenging times, we strengthen our resolve to come together with family and friends in the spirit of prayer, fellowship, and understanding. The principles of teshuvah, tefillah, and tzedakah can guide us all to take account of our actions and strive to do more for one another.

“While we've seen important progress over the last year, I am hopeful that 5775 will be a year in which we can work together to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges and continue working every day to improve the lives of the people we represent.

“As I celebrate today with my own family, I hope everyone celebrating has the opportunity to share this holiday in health and happiness with those they love. I wish you and your loved ones L'Shana tovah u’metuka – a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.”

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Rosh Hashanah

Washington, DC – Tonight marks the beginning of the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. In recognition of that occasion, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, approaching, we take time to reflect on the year that has ended, seek forgiveness, and look forward to the promise of renewal in the year ahead.

“As our world faces uncertain and challenging times, we strengthen our resolve to come together with family and friends in the spirit of prayer, fellowship, and understanding. The principles of teshuvah, tefillah, and tzedakah can guide us all to take account of our actions and strive to do more for one another.

“While we've seen important progress over the last year, I am hopeful that 5775 will be a year in which we can work together to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges and continue working every day to improve the lives of the people we represent.

“As I celebrate today with my own family, I hope everyone celebrating has the opportunity to share this holiday in health and happiness with those they love. I wish you and your loved ones L'Shana tovah u’metuka – a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.”

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on National Voter Registration Day

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement recognizing National Voter Registration Day:

“Fifty years ago, hundreds of young volunteers descended on Mississippi for Freedom Summer to register black Mississippians to vote. Despite being met with hatred and violence, the effort was an important milestone in the Civil Rights movement.

“Half a century after Freedom Summer, voter registration remains among the most effective methods by which to empower a community. Today, on National Voter Registration Day, and all days, we encourage every American to be sure they are able to exercise their right to vote.

“The Democratic Party believes that our nation and our democracy are stronger when more people participate. That is why our Voter Expansion Project is committed to more than just protecting the vote, but to expanding the vote as well. Registering new voters is one of the DNC’s top priorities in 2014 and beyond, and we have used our data and technology advantage to develop tools that allow voter registration efforts to use their finite resources most efficiently.

“Unfortunately, Republicans have made the cynical calculation that their path to victory is a smaller electorate. Obstacles to registering to vote  – such as elimination of same-day registration and refusal to adopt online registration – disproportionately affect young people, women, and communities of color.  These are the same groups that are fueling the growth of the Democratic Party and the key to victory for Democratic candidates – and also comprise a majority of all Americans.

“The DNC is fighting to make sure that every eligible voter can register, every registered voter can vote, and every vote cast is counted. This National Voter Registration Day, everyone should take a few minutes to visit or to find out how to register to vote if they haven’t already. And if you are registered to vote, sign the pledge to vote this November at”

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on the GOP Blocking Bank on Students

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the GOP blocking the Bank on Students bill in the U.S. Senate:

“Bank on Students is an important piece of legislation for borrowers everywhere. This common sense legislation would have allowed Americans to refinance their student loans. For young people just getting their start in the workforce, this was a measure that could have made a real difference. Instead, Republicans chose to block it for a second time, siding with those who have the most, over America's students.

“While Republicans scratch their heads, wondering why young people reject them on issue after issue, this is yet another sign that the problem isn't a lack of outreach—it's their core message and principles. While Democrats stand for a fair shot for all Americans, Republicans continue to stand in the way of progress. This isn't over, and Democrats will continue the fight to ensure that every American has access to a quality, affordable education. In the meantime, it continues to be clear which party stands with young Americans.”


Readout of the President’s Call with CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Tom Frieden updated the President this afternoon on the recently-diagnosed Ebola case in Dallas, Texas. The President and Director Frieden discussed the stringent isolation protocols under which the patient is being treated as well as ongoing efforts to trace the patient’s contacts to mitigate the risk of additional cases. Dr. Frieden noted that the CDC had been prepared for an Ebola case in the United States, and that we have the infrastructure in place to respond safely and effectively.

U.S.-India Joint Statement

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the President of the United States of America Barack Obama met this morning.  Marking their first bilateral summit, the President recognized the Prime Minister’s historic election victory in the largest democratic election ever held.    

The two leaders extolled the broad strategic and global partnership between the United States and India, which will continue to generate greater prosperity and security for their citizens and the world.  Prime Minister Modi emphasized the priority India accords to its partnership with the United States, a principal partner in the realization of India’s rise as a responsible, influential world power.  Given the shared values, people-to-people ties, and pluralistic traditions, President Obama recognized that India’s rise as a friend and partner is in the United States’ interest.  They endorsed the first “Vision Statement for the Strategic Partnership” as a guide to strengthen and deepen cooperation in every sector for the benefit of global stability and people’s livelihoods over the next ten years.  They committed to a new mantra for the relationship, “Chalein Saath Saath: Forward Together We Go.”                        

The two leaders recognized that the bilateral relationship enjoys strong support in both countries, which has allowed the strategic partnership to flourish even as the governments change.  Welcoming the wide range of collaborative activities undertaken to improve their citizens’ lives, both leaders agreed to revitalize the existing partnership and find new areas for collaboration and mutual benefit.

Economic Growth

Noting that two-way trade has increased fivefold since 2001 to nearly $100 billion, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi committed to facilitate the actions necessary to increase trade another fivefold.  President Obama and Prime Minister Modi recognized that U.S. and Indian businesses have a critical role to play in sustainable, inclusive, and job-led growth and development. 

In order to raise investment by institutional investors and corporate entities, the leaders pledged to establish an Indo-U.S. Investment Initiative led by the Ministry of Finance and the Department of Treasury, with special focus on capital market development and financing of infrastructure.  They pledged to establish an Infrastructure Collaboration Platform convened by the Ministry of Finance and the Department of Commerce to enhance participation of U.S. companies in infrastructure projects in India.  

In this context, the U.S. government welcomes India's offer for U.S. industry to be the lead partner in developing smart cities in Ajmer (Rajasthan), Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh).  The Prime Minister will welcome two trade missions in 2015 focused on meeting India’s infrastructure needs with U.S. technology and services. 

They also committed to a new partnership to advance the Prime Minister's goal of improved access to clean water and sanitation for all.  USAID, through the Urban India Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Alliance, will serve as knowledge partner to help leverage private and civil society innovation, expertise, and technology, such as with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to support the Prime Minister's  500 Cities National Urban Development Mission and Clean India Campaign.

The President welcomed the Prime Minister’s ambitious plan to extend basic financial services to all its citizens, giving them powerful tools to manage their finances and more fully participate in India's growing economy.  The President and Prime Minister underlined the important contribution that U.S. locomotive technology, equipment to monitor rail system assets, and U.S. best practices can play in modernizing India’s vast railway network, including accessing programs of U.S. Trade and Development Agency in this work. 

The leaders discussed their concerns about the current impasse in the World Trade Organization and its effect on the multilateral trading system, and directed their officials to consult urgently along with other WTO members on the next steps.  The leaders committed to work through the Trade Policy Forum to promote a business environment attractive for companies to invest and manufacture in India and in the United States.  Agreeing on the need to foster innovation in a manner that promotes economic growth and job creation, the leaders committed to establish an annual high-level Intellectual Property (IP) Working Group with appropriate decision-making and technical-level meetings as part of the Trade Policy Forum.  They recognized in particular the contribution of the Indian and U.S. Information Technology (IT) industry and the IT-enabled service industry in strengthening India-U.S. trade and investment relations. 

The two leaders committed to hold public-private discussions in early 2015 under the Commercial Dialogue on new areas of cooperation, including innovation in advanced manufacturing.  In order to share best practices in manufacturing and work toward greater harmonization of standards, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership program will start a dialogue with Indian counterparts.  The two countries plan to work expeditiously through several joint initiatives to facilitate greater confidence in cross-border trade and investment. 

The President also offered to support the Prime Minister to achieve his goal of preparing young Indians for 21st century jobs through new partnerships to share expertise and global standards for skills development in India, including by reinvigorating the Higher Education Dialogue. 

The leaders look forward to the annual U.S.-India Economic and Financial Partnership in early 2015.   They also welcomed the expansion of the partnership in oversight of financial institutions, including between Reserve Bank of India and the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency.  They also agreed to reinvigorate the India-U.S. CEO Forum, and welcomed India's offer to host the Forum for the second time in early 2015.

Energy and Climate Change

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to implement fully the U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation agreement.  They established a Contact Group on advancing the implementation of civil nuclear energy cooperation in order to realize early their shared goal of delivering electricity from U.S.-built nuclear power plants in India.  They looked forward to advancing the dialogue to discuss all implementation issues, including but not limited to administrative issues, liability, technical issues, and licensing to facilitate the establishment of nuclear parks, including power plants with Westinghouse and GE-Hitachi technology. 

Recognizing the critical importance of increasing energy access, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving resilience in the face of climate change, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi agreed to a new and enhanced strategic partnership on energy security, clean energy, and climate change.  They agreed to strengthen and expand the highly successful U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) through a series of priority initiatives, including a new Energy Smart Cities Partnership to promote efficient urban energy infrastructure; a new program to scale-up renewable energy integration into India’s power grid; cooperation to support India’s efforts to upgrade its alternative energy institutes and to develop new innovation centers; an expansion of the Promoting Energy Access through Clean Energy (PEACE) program to unlock additional private sector investment and accelerate the deployment of cost-effective, super-efficient appliances; and the formation of a new Clean Energy Finance Forum to promote investment and trade in clean energy projects. 
Both leaders are committed to working towards a successful outcome in Paris in 2015 of the conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including the creation of a new global agreement on climate change.

The leaders recalled previous bilateral and multilateral statements on the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  They recognized the need to use the institutions and expertise of the Montreal Protocol to reduce consumption and production of HFCs, while continuing to report and account for the quantities reduced under the UNFCCC.  They pledged to urgently arrange a meeting of their bilateral task force on HFCs prior to the next meeting of the Montreal Protocol to discuss issues such as safety, cost, and commercial access to new or alternative technologies to replace HFCs.  The two sides would thereafter cooperate on next steps to tackle the challenge posed by HFCs to global warming.

They launched a new U.S.-India Partnership for Climate Resilience to advance capacity for climate adaptation planning, and a new program of work on air quality aimed at delivering benefits for climate change and human health.  

They also launched a new U.S.-India Climate Fellowship Program to build long-term capacity to address climate change-related issues in both countries.  The President and Prime Minister instructed their senior officials to work through the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue, U.S.-India Joint Working Group on Combating Climate Change, and other relevant fora to advance these and other initiatives.

The leaders welcomed the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Export-Import Bank and the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency, which would make up to $1 billion in financing available to bolster India’s efforts to transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient energy economy, while boosting U.S. renewable energy exports to India.  The two leaders reiterated the importance of conserving India's precious biodiversity and agreed to explore opportunities for collaboration on national parks and wildlife conservation. 

Defense and Homeland Security Cooperation

The Prime Minister and the President stated their intention to expand defense cooperation to bolster national, regional, and global security.  The two leaders reaffirmed that India and the United States would build an enduring partnership in which both sides treat each other at the same level as their closest partners, including defense technology transfers, trade, research, co-production, and co-development.

To facilitate deeper defense cooperation, they welcomed the decision to renew for ten more years the 2005 Framework for the U.S.-India Defense Relationship and directed their defense teams to develop plans for more ambitious programs and activities.  The two leaders also agreed to reinvigorate the Political-Military Dialogue and expand its role to serve as a wider dialogue on export licensing, defense cooperation and strategic cooperation.  

The leaders welcomed the first meeting under the framework of the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative in September 2014 and endorsed its decision to establish a Task Force to expeditiously evaluate and decide on unique projects and technologies which would have a transformative impact on bilateral defense relations and enhance India's defense industry and military capabilities.

The President and Prime Minister welcomed cooperation in the area of military education and training, and endorsed plans for the United States to cooperate with India's planned National Defence University. They also decided to expand military-to-military partnerships including expert exchanges, dialogues, and joint training and exercises. They also committed to enhancing exchanges of civilian and military intelligence and consultation. 

The leaders agreed to intensify cooperation in maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation and unimpeded movement of lawful shipping and commercial activity, in accordance with accepted principles of international law.  To achieve this objective, the two sides considered enhancing technology partnerships for India's Navy including assessing possible areas of technology cooperation. They also agreed to upgrade their existing bilateral exercise MALABAR.

The leaders reaffirmed their deep concern over the continued threat posed by terrorism, most recently highlighted by the dangers presented by the ISIL, and underlined the need for continued comprehensive global efforts to combat and defeat terrorism.  The leaders stressed the need for joint and concerted efforts, including the dismantling of safe havens for terrorist and criminal networks, to disrupt all financial and tactical support for networks such as Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the D-Company, and the Haqqanis.  They reiterated their call for Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai to justice. 

They pledged to enhance criminal law enforcement, security, and military information exchanges, and strengthen cooperation on extradition and mutual legal assistance.  Through operational cooperation through their law enforcement agencies, they aimed to prevent the spread of counterfeit currency and inhibit the use of cyberspace by terrorists, criminals, and those who use the internet for unlawful purposes, and to facilitate investigation of criminal and terrorist activities.   The leaders also committed to identify modalities to exchange terrorist watch lists.  President Obama pledged to help India counter the threat of improvised explosive devices with information and technology.  The leaders committed to pursue provision of U.S.-made mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles to India. 

The President and Prime Minister looked forward to easing travel between their two countries, as India introduces visa-on-arrival for U.S. citizens in 2015 and works toward meeting the requirements to make the United States’ Global Entry Program available to Indian citizens. 

High Technology, Space and Health Cooperation

Fundamental science and high technology cooperation has been a critical pillar of the strategic partnership, the two leaders confirmed, and they looked forward to renewing the Science and Technology Agreement in order to expand joint activities in innovative technology.  The Prime Minister welcomed the United States as a partner country, for the first time, at India’s annual Technology Summit in November 2014. In addition, they committed to convene the ninth High Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG).  They plan to launch new partnerships to source and scale innovation for the benefit of citizens in both countries and to harness innovation to solve global development challenges. 

The President welcomed India’s contribution and cooperation on high-energy physics and accelerator research and development with the U.S. Department of Energy.  The President thanked the Prime Minister for his offer to have U.S. institutions partner with a new Indian Institute of Technology. 

The leaders committed to partner on the Digital India initiative, with the goal of enhancing digital infrastructure, deploying e-governance and e-services, promoting industry collaboration, and digitally empowering India’s citizens.  The President welcomed India's proposal to establish the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN, or Knowledge) under which India would invite and host up to 1,000 American academics each year to teach in centrally-recognized Indian Universities, at their convenience.

The two leaders exchanged congratulations on the successful entry into orbit of their respective Mars missions, which occurred two days apart.  They welcomed the establishment and planned first meeting of the NASA-ISRO Mars Joint Working Group under the U.S.-India Civil Space Joint Working Group.  The leaders also look forward to the successful conclusion of a new agreement to support the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, to be launched in 2021. 

The United and India also intend to start a new dialogue on maintaining long-term security and sustainability of the outer space environment, including space situational awareness and collision avoidance in outer space. 

The President and Prime Minister recognized the extensive ongoing cooperation in the health sector which they will put to use in preventing the spread of the Ebola virus.  The President welcomed India’s contribution to the UN Fund and donation of protective gear to the effort against Ebola, and thanked the Prime Minister for encouraging Indian-owned businesses in West Africa to contribute to the fight against Ebola.  The Prime Minister also offered to deploy Indian expertise in the fight against Ebola, including by investing its resources in producing modelling of the spread of the disease, jointly producing rapid deployable diagnostics, and considering joint training of response personnel.  The United States stands ready to amplify India's efforts to achieve a further reduction in preventable child and maternal deaths, including replicating India's successful approaches in other countries. 

The leaders agreed to launch a new phase of the India-U.S. Vaccine Action Program to develop affordable vaccines for dengue, malaria, and tuberculosis, and the establishment of an adjuvant development center.  They also agreed in principle to initiate cooperative activities to increase capacity in cancer research and patient care delivery, including by developing collaborative programs for and with India's upcoming AIIMS-National Cancer Institute.  The President welcomed India’s offer to take a leading role in the Global Health Security Agenda. 

Global Issues and Regional Consultations

Highlighting their shared democratic values, the President and Prime Minister recognized the critical role that women play in India and the United States, as shown by India’s “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” (“Save Daughters, Celebrate Daughters, Educate Daughters”) initiative.  They looked forward to holding a Women Empowerment Dialogue in order to exchange best practices to enhance the role of women in their countries, and they asserted zero tolerance for violence against women. 

As a critical step in strengthening global nonproliferation and export control regimes, the President and Prime Minister committed to continue work towards India’s phased entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the Wassenaar Arrangement and the Australia Group.  The President affirmed that India meets MTCR requirements and is ready for membership in the NSG.  He supported India’s early application and eventual membership in all four regimes.  

As active participants in the Nuclear Security Summit process, the United States and India welcomed progress toward reducing the risk of terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons or related materials, and noted their shared commitment to improving nuclear security nationally and globally.  They reviewed their bilateral dialogue on nuclear security and endorsed working through India’s Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership to reinforce safe and secure use of nuclear energy worldwide.  They also pledged to strengthen their efforts to forge a partnership to lead global efforts for non-proliferation of WMDs, to reduce the salience of nuclear weapons in international affairs, and to promote universal, verifiable, and non-discriminatory global nuclear disarmament.

Noting India’s “Act East” policy and the United States’ rebalance to Asia, the leaders committed to work more closely with other Asia Pacific countries through consultations, dialogues, and joint exercises.  They underlined the importance of their trilateral dialogue with Japan and decided to explore holding this dialogue among their Foreign Ministers.

The President and Prime Minister emphasized the need to accelerate infrastructure connectivity and economic development corridors for regional economic integration linking South, Southeast, and Central Asia.  The President reiterated that the United States, through its New Silk Road and India-Pacific Economic Corridor, is promoting the linkage of India to its neighbors and the wider region to enable a freer flow of commerce and energy. 

The President and Prime Minister noted the success of their countries’ collaboration on agricultural innovation in three African countries. They announced a new agreement to expand joint development initiatives in third countries in a range of sectors, including agricultural productivity, clean energy, health, women’s empowerment, and disaster preparedness. They also look forward to continuing the productive cooperation in Afghanistan on promoting women’s economic empowerment.

The Prime Minister and the President reaffirmed their shared interest in preserving regional peace and stability, which are critical to the Asia Pacific region's continued prosperity.  The leaders expressed concern about rising tensions over maritime territorial disputes, and affirmed the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea.  The Prime Minister and President called on all parties to avoid the use, or threat of use, of force in advancing their claims.  The two leaders urged the concerned parties to pursue resolution of their territorial and maritime disputes through all peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

India and the United States pledged to consult closely on global crises, especially unfolding events in Syria and Iraq.  The two leaders committed to exchange information about nationals returning from these conflict zones, and to seek cooperation in protecting and responding to the needs of civilians stranded in the middle of these conflicts. 

Recognizing the importance of their respective strategic partnerships with Afghanistan, the leaders asserted the importance of a sustainable, inclusive, sovereign, and democratic political order in Afghanistan, and committed to continue close consultations and cooperation in support of Afghanistan’s future. 

They stressed the need for diplomacy to resolve the serious concerns of the international community regarding Iran’s nuclear program, and called on Iran to comply with its UN Security Council-imposed obligations and to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency. 

The two leaders expressed concerns over the continued development by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, including its uranium enrichment activities.  They urged DPRK to take concrete actions toward denuclearization and other goals, as well as to comply fully with all its international obligations, including all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and to fulfill its commitments under the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks. 

The President expressed appreciation for the contributions of Indian peacekeepers to global peace and stability for the past 60 years, and welcomed the partnership with India to train third country peacekeepers at India’s training center in New Delhi.  The President reaffirmed his support for a reformed UN Security Council with India as a permanent member, and both leaders committed to ensuring that the Security Council continues to play an effective role in maintaining international peace and security as envisioned in the United Nations Charter. 

The President also affirmed his commitment to enhancing India's voice and vote in international financial institutions, and ensuring that resources are made available and are used creatively through multilateral development banks for infrastructure financing.

The President thanked the Prime Minister for the gracious invitation to return to the great nation of India.  In conclusion, the two leaders affirmed their long-term vision for a resilient and ambitious partnership through the first “Vision Statement for the Strategic Partnership,” which they will hold up as the guiding framework for their governments and people. 

Presidential Proclamation --- National Arts and Humanities Month, 2014

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In this complicated world and in these challenging times, the arts and humanities enhance the character of our Nation.  The flash of insight that comes from watching a thought-provoking documentary or discovering a compelling novel sparks moments of joy, awe, and sorrow.  From symphonies that bring tragedy to life with long bow strokes to architecture that challenges the boundaries of the world around it, these works add texture to our lives and reveal something about ourselves.  During National Arts and Humanities Month, we reflect on the many ways the arts and humanities have contributed to the fabric of our society. 
Since our earliest days, America has flourished because of the creative spirit and vision of our people.  Our Nation is built on the freedom of expression, and we rely on the arts and humanities to broaden our views and remind us of the truths that connect us.  We must never take for granted the wonder we feel when standing before a timeless work of art or the world of memories that is unlocked with a simple movement or a single note.  By capturing our greatest hopes and deepest fears, the arts and humanities play an important role in telling our country's story and broadening our understanding of the world.
Cultivating the talents of our young people and ensuring they have access to the arts are critical to our Nation's growth and prosperity.  To meet the challenges ahead, we must harness the skills and ingenuity of our children and grandchildren and instill in them the same passion and persistence that has driven centuries of progress and innovation.  The arts and humanities provide important opportunities for our young people to unleash their creativity and reach for new heights.  That is why my Administration is committed to bolstering initiatives that ensure the next generation has the tools to foster their artistic expression and the opportunities to go as far as their imaginations can take them. 
This month, we pay tribute to the tremendous power of the arts and humanities to bring us together and expose us to new ideas that make us think and feel.  As we carry forward this proud tradition, let us celebrate the ways our Nation's rich heritage has strengthened our country and inspired our lives.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2014 as National Arts and Humanities Month.  I call upon the people of the United States to join together in observing this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to celebrate the arts and the humanities in America. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this  thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Presidential Proclamation -- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2014

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Cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers the United States faces.  They jeopardize our country's critical infrastructure, endanger our individual liberties, and threaten every American's way of life.  When our Nation's intellectual property is stolen, it harms our economy, and when a victim experiences online theft, fraud, or abuse, it puts all of us at risk.  During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we continue our work to make our cyberspace more secure, and we redouble our efforts to bring attention to the role we can each play.

Cyberspace touches nearly every part of our daily lives.  It supports our schools and businesses, powers the grid that stretches across our Nation, and connects friends and families around the world.  Our constant connection has led to revolutions in medicine and technology and has bettered our society, but it has also introduced new risks, especially to our finances, identity, and privacy.  That is why last year I signed an Executive Order directing my Administration to identify the best ways to bolster our country's cybersecurity.  And earlier this year, we delivered on that commitment by releasing the Cybersecurity Framework.  A model of public-private cooperation, this Framework will help industry and Government strengthen the security and resiliency of our critical infrastructure.  My Administration is also investing in new strategies and innovations that help keep pace with rapidly changing technology, and because cyberspace crosses every boundary, we will continue engaging with our international partners.
Americans of all ages can take action to raise the level of our collective cybersecurity, and the Department of Homeland Security's "Stop.Think.Connect." campaign is empowering individuals to do their part.  Everyone should utilize secure passwords online and change them regularly.  Internet users should take advantage of all available methods to protect their private accounts and information, and parents can teach their children not to share personal information over the Internet.  Enhancing the security of our Nation's digital infrastructure is a shared responsibility, and together we can protect our most important information systems.  To learn more about safe cyber practices, visit
Our commitment to maintaining an open, secure, and reliable cyberspace ensures the Internet will remain an engine for economic growth and a platform for the free exchange of ideas.  This month, we resolve to work together to meet this global challenge.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2014 as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the importance of cybersecurity and to observe this month with activities, events, and training that will enhance our national security and resilience. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this  thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Presidential Proclamation --- National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2014

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Domestic violence affects every American.  It harms our communities, weakens the foundation of our Nation, and hurts those we love most.  It is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end.  During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, embrace the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse, and recognize that more work remains until every individual is able to live free from fear.
Last month, our Nation marked the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Before this historic law, domestic violence was seen by many as a lesser offense, and women in danger often had nowhere to go.  But VAWA marked a turning point, and it slowly transformed the way people think about domestic abuse.  Today, as 1 out of every 10 teenagers are physically hurt on purpose by someone they are dating, we seek to once again profoundly change our culture and reject the quiet tolerance of what is fundamentally unacceptable.  That is why Vice President Joe Biden launched the 1is2many initiative to engage educators, parents, and students while raising awareness about dating violence and the role we all have to play in stopping it.  And it is why the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and the newly launched "It's On Us" campaign will address the intersection of sexual assault and dating violence on college campuses.
Since VAWA's passage, domestic violence has dropped by almost two-thirds, but despite these strides, there is more to do.  Nearly two out of three Americans 15 years of age or older know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, and domestic violence homicides claim the lives of three women every day.  When women and children are deprived of a loving home, legal protections, or financial independence because they fear for their safety, our Nation is denied its full potential.
My Administration is committed to reaching a future free of domestic violence.  We are building public-private partnerships to directly address domestic violence in our neighborhoods and workplaces, and we are helping communities use evidence-based screening programs to prevent domestic violence homicides.  At the same time, the Federal Government is leading by example, developing policies to ensure domestic violence is addressed in the Federal workforce.  New protections under the Affordable Care Act provide more women with access to free screenings and counseling for domestic violence.  And when I proudly reauthorized VAWA last year, we expanded housing assistance; added critical protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans; and empowered tribal governments to protect Native American women from domestic violence in Indian Country.
Our Nation's success can be judged by how we treat women and girls, and we must all work together to end domestic violence.  As we honor the advocates and victim service providers who offer support during the darkest moments of someone's life, I encourage survivors and their loved ones who are seeking assistance to reach out by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visiting
This month, we recognize the survivors and victims of abuse whose courage inspires us all.  We recommit to offering a helping hand to those most in need, and we remind them that they are not alone.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2014 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  I call on all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support local efforts to assist victims of these crimes in finding the help and healing they need. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this  thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Presidential Proclamation --- National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, 2014

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Substance abuse disrupts our families, schools, and communities and limits the success of young people across our country.  It destroys relationships and stands in the way of academic achievement.  Every day, thousands of young Americans try drugs or alcohol for the first time, and for many, this decision will have a profound impact on their health and well-being.  This month, we join with families, schools, and local leaders to promote safe and healthy neighborhoods and help ensure all our children have the support and resources they need to achieve their full potential.
Preventing substance use before it begins is the most effective way to eliminate the damage caused by drugs and the abuse of alcohol.  That is why my Administration's 2014 National Drug Control Strategy supports evidence-based education and outreach programs that connect with young people at schools, on college campuses, and in the workplace.  This year, through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, we are investing in 680 local coalitions that are working to reduce substance use in cities and towns across our country.  These partners raise awareness of the harms associated with drug and alcohol use and create supportive environments that foster good decisionmaking.
Substance use affects everyone, and each of us can play a part in helping the next generation make choices that support physical, mental, behavioral, and emotional health.  Parents, mentors, and community members can model a healthy lifestyle and should talk with kids early and often about the dangers of drug and alcohol use.  During National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, we recognize all those who work to prevent substance use in our neighborhoods, and we renew our commitment to building a safer, drug-free America.  Together, we can make sure all children have the opportunity to pursue happy, fulfilling, and productive lives.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2014 as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.  I call upon all Americans to engage in appropriate programs and activities to promote comprehensive substance abuse prevention efforts within their communities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Presidential Memorandum -- Determination with Respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008


SUBJECT:      Determination with Respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008

Pursuant to section 404 of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA) (title IV, Public Law 110-457), as amended, I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States:  to waive the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to Rwanda, Somalia, and Yemen; to waive in part the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to the Central African Republic to allow for provision of International Military Education and Training (IMET); to waive in part the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to allow for provision of IMET, nonlethal Excess Defense Articles, the issuance of licenses for direct commercial sales of U.S. origin nonlethal defense articles, Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) assistance, and support provided pursuant to section 1208 of the National

Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 to the extent such support would be restricted by the CSPA; and to waive in part the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to South Sudan to allow for the provision of PKO assistance and support provided pursuant to section 1208 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 to the extent such support would be restricted by the CSPA.  I hereby waive such provisions accordingly.

You are authorized and directed to submit this determination to the Congress, along with the accompanying Memorandum of Justification, and to publish the determination in the Federal Register.


Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India After Bilateral Meeting

1:05 P.M. EDT

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  It is an extraordinary pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Modi to the White House for the first time.  I think that the entire world has watched the historic election and mandate that the people of India delivered in the recent election.  And I think everyone has been impressed with the energy and the determination with which the Prime Minister has looked to address not only India’s significant challenges, but more importantly, India’s enormous opportunities for success in the 21st century.

We have had an outstanding discussion around a range of issues.  And we, during our discussions, reaffirmed that as two of the world’s largest democracies, vibrant people-to-people contacts between India and the United States, including an incredible Indian American population that contributes so much, that we have so much in common it is critical for us to continue to deepen and broaden the existing framework of partnership and friendship that already exists.

Last night, during a private dinner we spent most of our time talking about the economy.  And we agreed that in both countries, one of our primary goals is to improve education and job training so that our young people can compete in the global marketplace, and the Prime Minister shared with me his vision for lifting what is still too many Indians who are locked in poverty into a situation in which their lives can improve.

We also today spent time talking about the international situation and security issues.  We addressed challenges in the Middle East and violent extremism and the fight against ISIL.  We discussed what has now been a successful peaceful transition of power in Afghanistan and the need for all of us to work together to ensure that there is stability there. 

We discussed the issues of trade, issues of making sure that maritime rules are observed, and we discussed how we can continue to work together on a whole host of issues from space exploration, scientific endeavor, to dealing with humanitarian crises like Ebola in West Africa. 

And throughout this conversation I’ve been impressed with the Prime Minister’s interest in not only addressing the needs of the poorest of the poor in India and revitalizing the economy there, but also his determination to make sure that India is serving as a major power that could help bring about peace and security for the entire world.

So I want to wish him luck in what I’m sure will be a challenging but always interesting tenure as Prime Minister in India.  I’m very grateful for the friendship between the United States and India, and I’m looking forward to building on this meeting so we can continue to promote progress in both countries and around the world.

So thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister.

PRIME MINISTER MODI:  (As interpreted.)  President Obama, members of the media:  First, I want to thank President Obama for his invitation and his warm and generous hospitality.  I am pleased to visit the USA and meet President Obama at the start of my tenure.

I’m happy that we are meeting here just a few days after the Indian and the U.S. missions reached Mars around the same time.  So after the India-U.S. summit on Mars, we are meeting here on Earth.  (Laughter.)  This happy coincidence captures the potential of our relationship.

This visit, especially my conversation with President Obama, has reinforced my conviction that India and the United States are natural global partners based on our shared values, interests, and strengths in the digital age.  We already have the foundation of a strong partnership.  We now have to revive the momentum and ensure that we get the best out of it for our people and for the world.

The President and I spoke about many of our common economic strategies.  I’m confident that India will see rapid economic growth and transformation.  We are focusing in India not just on policies but also on processes to make it easy and productive to do business in India.  I believe that India-U.S. economic partnership will also grow rapidly in coming years.

I also saw President Obama’s support for continued openness and ease of access by Indian service companies in the U.S. market.  We are serious about resolution of issues on both sides to enable civilian nuclear energy cooperation to take off.  It is important for India’s energy security.

We had a candid discussion on Bali ministerial of the WTO.  India supports trade facilitation.  However, I also expect that we are able to find a solution that takes care of our concern on food security.  I believe that it should be possible to do that soon.  

We have agreed to consult and cooperate closely on climate change issues, an area of strong priority for both of us.  There was great convergence on international developments that matter the most to our two countries, including peace and stability in Asia Pacific region.  The United States is intrinsic to our “Look East” and “Link West” policies.

We discussed existing terrorism challenges, including in South Asia and the new threats of terrorism in West Asia and beyond.  We agreed to intensify our counterterrorism and intelligence cooperation.  The Afghan people have shown the will to prevail over violence and extremism.  We discussed our two countries’ continued commitment to assist Afghanistan and our own coordination in this area.

We have shared concern on the Ebola crisis in Africa, for which India has already made financial commitments of $12 million. 

Given our broad range of shared interests, we will also continue to beef up our security dialogue and defense relations.  I want to especially welcome the U.S. defense companies to participate in developing the Indian defense industry.

During the last four days in the U.S. I have seen extraordinary interest and excitement about India and India-U.S. partnership among the people of our two countries.  We will draw strength and inspiration from it as we start a more purposeful course in our ongoing journey.

I look forward to receiving President Obama and his family in India at a convenient time.  I, once again, thank President Obama, the people of the United States, and especially the Indian American community for their warm welcome and hospitality.  And also I should thank the media from India and the U.S.

1:20 P.M. EDT

Remarks by the First Lady at Annual Cooper Hewitt Luncheon

East Room

1:08 P.M. EDT

MRS. OBAMA:  Well, good afternoon everyone, and welcome to the White House.  Yay!  (Applause.)  See, I always have to loosen you guys up.  You’re in the White House, you’re a little stiff.  (Laughter.)  But let me just take a moment to notice these nice chairs -- pretty nice.  This is a new addition to the luncheon, those of you who have been here.  (Laughter.)  This is -- round of applause.  (Applause.) 

Well, it is truly a pleasure to be here with all of you today as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the National Design Awards.  And I have been fortunate enough to be here for -- this is my 6th year that we’ve had the pleasure of hosting this event here in the East Room.  And every year, I truly look forward to learning more about the honorees.  I mean, I get to read everything, but then, every now and then, I get to sit down and talk to you guys and actually learn a little bit about how you do what you do.

And what I discover is that these men and women are some of the most daring and creative minds in the world.  From a designer at Google who’s using data and crowd-sourcing to create art that will take your breath away, to the former Hollywood set designers who are now creating some of the most unique buildings and interiors that you’ll ever see -- and they like each other, I think.  (Laughter.)  And then there’s this fashion designer whose parents tried to convince him to be a lawyer, or a doctor, or a dentist, or something like that.  And I’m sure that I speak for all women -- (laughter) -- when I say that I’m grateful that Narciso chose another path.  (Laughter and applause.)  Well done.

And it’s that idea of a path -- a life’s journey -- that I’d like to spend just a moment reflecting on.  Because every year at this event, I love asking our honorees how they ended up in these cool careers in the first place.  And more often than not, they tell me some crazy, quirky, interesting story about a string of coincidences that led them here today -– a chance meeting that turned into a partnership or business; a passion that no one ever dreamed they could actually make a living from; a mentor, a teacher, a family member who sort of led them into the career.

And as we reflect on the obstacles, and all the zig-zags and false starts that the folks we honor in this room have faced, I also want us to ask ourselves a few questions:  What can we do to help smooth the path for those who come after?  How do we make sure that our young people know about these careers?  I think about that all the time.  Who knows that you can do the stuff you do?  They don’t teach it in school, and we don’t want to leave it to luck or coincidence or chance to allow the next generation to make their dreams come true. 

And more importantly, what are we doing to prepare the next generation for the opportunities that we do create for them?  How are we reaching our young people where they are in a way that really moves them and inspires them to commit to their education and fulfill their boundless promise?  Because in this age, as you know -- and I’ve got teenagers -- (laughter) -- when our kids are always buried in some screen or device, what I’ve learned is that we can’t just lecture them anymore.  They tune us out.  (Laughter.)  It happens every night at dinner, it’s so sad.  We’ve got to really engage them and find ways for them to interact with us in new ways and with the world around them.

And that’s why I am so excited about the new Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, which will reopen in December, because you all are embracing the technology of the next generation in some really exciting ways.  I haven’t got a chance to see it; I’m going to come visit when it’s open, but I understand that you’re giving everyone who enters this new museum an interactive pen they can use to download information from ultra-high-definition exhibition tables -- which means that essentially a visitor can record their visit, and then share and view it online long after they leave the museum, which is really kind of cool.  You’re also creating something called an “immersion room,” where a visitor can choose from hundreds of different wallpapers and patterns, or they can create something of their own and then instantly project them onto the walls around them.

And then of course there’s all the wonderful work that you’re doing outside of the museum that I am so proud of.  You’re sponsoring Teen Design Fairs and allowing kids to meet with experts, where they get feedback and they learn from some of the best in the world.  And you’re supporting budding designers with your DesignPrep Scholars program that’s in D.C. and New York.  And as usual, I got a chance to meet that group before I came into the room, and I want us to just take a moment -- I want all those young scholars to please stand so that we can acknowledge you.  (Applause.)  Yay for you guys.  You can sit down now.  (Laughter.)  

We’re very proud of you guys, and I’ve heard some really exciting things about the workshops earlier today and hopefully you all learned something too.  But here’s what I want you to think about -- your mind, your creativity got you into the White House.  Remember that.  (Laughter.)  So you can do anything, all right?  This is pretty cool, right?  We’re very proud of you, and we’re proud of everything that Cooper Hewitt is doing.  Because the truth is, you all get it.  You really do.  You know that it’s not enough to simply celebrate the best design in America today, you know that we’ve got to really cultivate the best designers of tomorrow as well.

And it is an honor that during this special anniversary that we’re here at the White House that I’m able to thank you all once again for everything you do to make this world a better, more fun and interesting place, and what you’re doing to pass on that passion and imagination and commitment to our next generation.  It is truly a treat and an honor for me.  So thank you all, and congratulations.  (Applause.) 

And now, it is my pleasure to introduce someone else who knows a thing or two about reaching out to our young people.  Under his leadership, the Smithsonian has used technology and educational programming to open up the museums, exhibitions and artifacts to more people than ever before -- and my daughters are among those young people.  And while we are sad to see his time as Secretary of the Smithsonian end in just a few months, we’re pleased to have him here for this event one last time. 

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my dear friend, Dr. Wayne Clough.  (Applause.)

1:18 P.M. EDT

Presidential Memorandum -- FY 2015 Refugee Admissions


SUBJECT:      Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2015

In accordance with section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the "Act") (8 U.S.C. 1157), and after appropriate consultations with the Congress, I hereby make the following determinations and authorize the following actions:

The admission of up to 70,000 refugees to the United States during Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest; provided that this number shall be understood as including persons admitted to the United States during FY 2015 with Federal refugee resettlement assistance under the Amerasian immigrant admissions program, as provided below.

The admissions numbers shall be allocated among refugees of special humanitarian concern to the United States in accordance with the following regional allocations; provided that the number of admissions allocated to the East Asia region shall include persons admitted to the United States during FY 2015 with Federal refugee resettlement assistance under section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 1988, as contained in section 101(e) of Public Law 100-202 (Amerasian immigrants and their family members):

East Asia.............................13,000
Europe and Central Asia................1,000
Latin America and Caribbean............4,000
Near East and South Asia..............33,000
Unallocated Reserve....................2,000 

The 2,000 unallocated refugee numbers shall be allocated to regional ceilings, as needed.  Upon providing notification to the Judiciary Committees of the Congress, you are hereby authorized to use unallocated admissions in regions where the need for additional admissions arises.

Additionally, upon notification to the Judiciary Committees of the Congress, you are further authorized to transfer unused admissions allocated to a particular region to one or more other regions, if there is a need for greater admissions for the region or regions to which the admissions are being transferred.  Consistent with section 2(b)(2) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, I hereby determine that assistance to or on behalf of persons applying for admission to the United States as part of the overseas refugee admissions program will contribute to the foreign policy interests of the United States and designate such persons for this purpose. 

Consistent with section 101(a)(42) of the Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(42)), and after appropriate consultation with the Congress, I also specify that, for FY 2015, the following persons may, if otherwise qualified, be considered refugees for the purpose of admission to the United States within their countries of nationality or habitual residence:

a. Persons in Cuba
b. Persons in Eurasia and the Baltics
c. Persons in Iraq
d. Persons in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador
e. In exceptional circumstances, persons identified by a United States Embassy in any location

You are authorized and directed to publish this determination in the Federal Register.



Open thread for night owls. Lehmann: 'Democrats can't win by cutting class'
The above is the right-hand section of the 1934 mural "City Life" at Coit Tower in San Francisco. It was painted by Russian-American painter Victor Arnautoff as part of the Public Works of Art Project, the first such program of the New Deal, which ran from December 1933 to June 1934. In that short period, 3,749 artists were hired and 15,663 works were produced. The project was succeeded by the Federal Art Project and the Works Progress Administration. Arnautoff, who, like his mentor Diego Rivera, was a communist, sparked some objections at the mural's unveiling because, in the lower left corner of the North Beach neighborhood a newsstand is selling copies of the Masses and the Daily Worker. That's a self-portrait of the artist looking right at the viewer. You can see a larger image of the whole mural here, details here, and the left-hand section of the mural here.

Chris Lehmann writes at In These Times The Democrats can’t win by cutting class. Some excerpts:

[T]o put more House districts in play means the Democrats would have to successfully harness a populist economic message to reach constituencies that haven’t lately broken Democratic—lower-middle-class white families, rural voters and the like. “By definition, if you want to go from the minority to the majority, you want to win over a group of voters from the other side,” says Michael Lind, policy director of the New America Foundation, a D.C.-based think-tank. “You can win over the pro-New Deal creationists, or the socially liberal Christian conservatives. But by definition, those people are not going to agree with you on your own personal issues.”

That the Democrats should be this far away from homing in on any sort of majoritarian message is an unusual situation. Historically, midterm cycles have been crucial for shoring up power on the Democratic side of the aisle. In 1982, for example, a resurgent House Democratic majority fresh from major gains in the midterms passed the Boland amendment, forbidding American aid to the Nicaraguan Contras—and thereby laid the groundwork for the Iran-Contra scandal that hamstrung the Reagan administration and came close to endangering the presidency itself. Similarly, the 1974 “Watergate class” of reformist Democrats passed the first wave of campaign-finance legislation to curb the uglier abuses of the election system by moneyed interests.

Over and above such signature reform movements, Democratic Congresses were integral to the New Deal and Great Society eras of lawmaking, whose popular initiatives in turn solidified what became known as the Democratic majority—the coalition of union members, movement liberals, and urban white “ethnic,” black and brown voters that comprise the backbone of the Democratic Party. These voters sustained and nourished the later Democratic Congresses that extended the basic terms of New Deal governance via landmark legislation such as the GI Bill, Medicare, Medicaid, the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act and the raft of workplace and environmental protections legislated into being from the 1970s onward. The voting majorities behind the postwar Democratic domination of Congress should have, on paper, continued to expand in tandem with the vital expansions of income supports and civil-rights protections that these Congresses managed, however narrowly, to enact. […]

Of course, Democrats face other obstacles in advancing a winning strategy to reclaim the House in November—the factors that election wonks call “structural,” such as the gerrymandering of safe Republican districts by Republican dominated state legislatures. But structural forces are, by definition, the very factors that effective majoritarian strategies are crafted to overcome. The GOP overcame much the same set of obstructions in its successful takeover of the House in 2010—the year that the Tea Party, and its corporate backers, stepped into the political limelight.

What’s more, gesturing at the implacable power of GOP-run state legislatures raises the question of just how the Democrats—the historic grassroots party of the people, operating with the enormous advantage of a crippling recession occurring on the Republicans’ executive watch—have been unable to summon their own majorities in so many state legislatures. (That answer—yet again—resides in a decided GOP tactical advantage rooted in long-term conservative organizing initiatives at the state and grassroots levels.)

Meanwhile, when it comes to the allocation of resources within the party, the top-heavy nature of Democratic campaign funding once more distorts the party’s priorities. [...]

If this complaint sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Before the 2006 Democratic wave, the head of the DCCC, Illinois House member Rahm Emanuel, was locked in battle with Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean over Dean’s ambitious “50-state strategy.” The Dean plan sought to put Democratic candidates into competitive play everywhere, as opposed to the traditional coastal, urban and upper-Midwestern strongholds of Democratic congressional power. Emanuel, a member of the investment-banking fraternity who had been charged with shepherding in bundled big-money donations, contended that such far-flung organizing efforts were unrealistic—and thus a strain on the party’s bulging campaign coffers. He got the better of the argument, and after the 2006 cycle, the 50-state strategy was shelved—and Dean was sent packing.

Eight years later, it’s hard not to conclude that the party would be far better off if it had followed Dean’s lead and pressed its already formidable advantages in 2006 into districts that now look like nearly permanent “red state” power bases. A 2013 study in Governing magazine found that even the partial implementation of the Dean plan yielded quite encouraging results for the Democrats. In the 20 red states covered in the survey, “Democratic candidates chalked up modest successes, despite the difficult political terrain,” the Governing team found. “Then, after the project stopped, Democratic success rates cratered.” In other words, in heeding Emanuel’s counsel to follow the big money, Democrats are getting exactly what they paid for.

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2012Welcome to the culture war against teachers, coming to a theater near you:

The campaign against teachers is special, and worth paying attention to. It's not like workers in general get much respect in our culture, at least not beyond vague lip service that only ever applies to the individual, powerless worker not asking for anything. And janitors, hotel housekeepers, cashiers, and a host of others could fill books with the daily substance of working in low-status professions, I'm sure. But right now, teachers are the subject of a campaign heavily funded and driven from the top down to take a profession that has long been respected by the public at large and make the people in the profession villains and pariahs, en route to undercutting the prestige, the decision-making ability, the working conditions, and, of course, the wages and benefits of the profession as a whole. What we're watching right now is a specific front in the war on workers, and one with immense reach through our culture—and coming soon to a movie theater near you if it's not already there, in the form of the poorly reviewed parent trigger drama Won't Back Down.

(That it's a war not just on teachers but on the workers of the future and on the government just sweetens the pot for many of the people waging the war.)

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The banks we bailed out are still evicting struggling families & the media tells me Miley just posted topless selfies.

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Economics Daily Digest: Mass incarceration, European austerity, and the Lehman bailout that wasn't

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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The Score: Why Prisons Thrive Even When Budgets Shrink (The Nation)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal and Bryce Covert look at the growth of incarceration even in times when presidents preach against "big government," which the prison system certainly is. They caution against trying to make the system more "fair":

Many of the initial sentencing acts were meant to provide fair, predictable guidelines, but prosecutors took advantage of them instead to rapidly escalate incarcerations. Money that President Clinton earmarked for “community policing” ended up being used by police for zero-tolerance programs like “stop-and-frisk.” As a result, we incarcerate too many people, for too long, and for the wrong reasons. The necessary agenda—from stopping the “war on drugs” to rejecting carceral force as our first response to social problems—requires not investing more in the existing criminal-justice system, but simply doing less.

Follow below the fold for more.

Amazing drone footage of massive Hong Kong protests
Drone capturing protests in Hong Kong
Residents of Hong Kong are coming out en masse, demanding democracy:
The mass sit-in — and for hardier participants, sleep-in — in several of Hong Kong’s key commercial districts has presented the Chinese leadership with one of its biggest and most unexpected challenges in years. The protesters are demanding the right to elect the city’s leader, or chief executive, without procedural hurdles that would ensure that only Beijing’s favored candidates get on the ballot.
Just how massive are protests in Hong Kong? Check out this amazing drone footage of the crowds:

Stephen Colbert blasts Rush Limbaugh's Hillary obsession
Last night, Stephen took a look at Hillary's latest move toward the White House—becoming a grandmother—and the new Clinton scandal so big that only one man has the courage to report on it: Rush Limbaugh. Full video after the jump.

Maria Fernandes died napping in her car between part-time jobs, but let's focus on how she lived
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH....Friends and family pay respects to Maria Fernandes, 32, of Newark, New Jersey, at the Evans-Gordon Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey September 5, 2014. Fernandes, a woman with three part-time jobs who died while sleeping in her car between shifts, was remembered on Friday as much for her generosity as for becoming the face of millions of struggling U.S. low-wage workers. A day after hundreds of U.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities in a fight for higher pay, Fernandes was eulogized by family and friends who said their grief was eased by knowing that her death was contributing to a national conversation about raising the minimum wage.  REUTERS/Barbara Goldberg   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY OBITUARY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) - RTR4552V
Maria Fernandes, the woman who died while napping in her car between shifts at the three different Dunkin' Donuts stores she worked at, is a powerful symbol of the horrors of America's low-wage economy. Rachel Swarns, writing in the New York Times, profiles Fernandes, seeking to make her "more than an emblem of our nation’s rising economic inequality." She was a Michael Jackson fan, an animal lover, and more. But you can't get around that her life—not just her death—was defined by her work, and by the low wages and impossible schedule it left her with:
She dreamed of the bustling streets of Los Angeles and the leafy towns of Pennsylvania. She dreamed of working two jobs, not three. She dreamed of sleeping, really sleeping, for six or seven hours at a stretch.

But dreams rarely pay the rent. So Ms. Fernandes worked three jobs, at three Dunkin’ Donuts stores in northern New Jersey, shuttling from Newark to Linden to Harrison and back. She often slept in her car — two hours here, three hours there — and usually kept the engine running, ready in an instant to start all over again.

She had an apartment, but was falling behind on the $550 rent despite those three jobs. Dunkin' Donuts said she was a "model" employee, but wouldn't say how much she was paid or how many hours she worked. Which makes sense—it probably is in Dunkin' Donuts' best interest for us not to know how they treat their model employees.

Fernandes was certainly an individual who deserves to be remembered for who she was. But in a way her death is a reminder of how many people are one accident away from becoming emblems of rising inequality. And it shouldn't take a death to make us see the rank injustice of Maria Fernandes' life. The minimum wage should be higher than New Jersey's $8.25 an hour. Fast food chains like Dunkin' Donuts should offer workers regular schedules with enough hours, so they aren't forced to spend their days going from job to job, grabbing naps in between. Someone like Fernandes should not only be able to pay $550 a month for a basement apartment, she should also be able to afford her dream of going to cosmetology school. Maria Fernandes may have died in a way that focused attention on her life, but some of the attention should go to how sadly common the details of that life are. It should not be so ferociously difficult to get by, let alone get ahead, in this country.

Daily Kos Elections ad roundup: In Kansas, the GOP plays the strip club card against Paul Davis

Leading Off:

KS-Gov: It was only a matter of time before Republicans hit Democrat Paul Davis over this embarrassing story from his past that recently came to light. About a week ago, the Coffeyville Journal reported that Davis was at a strip club in 1998 when police were raiding it. Davis was unmarried at the time and says his boss brought him there. With Republican Gov. Sam Brownback trailing in the polls, it's no surprise that the GOP would use this to try and disqualify Davis.

The RGA spot starts with a clip of Davis saying that "the best example of future behavior is past behavior," then cuts to clips of news reports about the strip club story. The narrator then accuses Davis of voting against a bill that would prevent sexually oriented businesses from opening near homes, churches, and day cares. This is a decent line of attack given how socially conservative Kansas is, though after watching this spot it doesn't feel like the GOP has enough material to really destroy Davis' chances.

The NRA also goes up for Brownback. For his part Davis himself has a new spot, blaming Brownback for the poor condition of Kansas' education system.

Head below the fold for more ads in contests from around the country.

Is Bill O'Reilly okay, or should we be calling someone?
Screenshot of CBS News, with BIll O'Reilly outlining his plan to defeat ISIS
Curiously, Bill O'Reilly's bold new idea on how to win wars came out
at the exact moment he had a new book to sell.
Bill O'Reilly remains an odd fellow.
On Sunday’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, O’Reilly not only continued to push for the privatization of the U.S. armed forces by replacing the troops with an outsourced 25,000-man mercenary army, but he also stated point-blank that there aren’t any active-duty military commanders who are capable of defeating ISIS.
We don’t have any Pattons today. But I was with Henry Kissinger today and he told me that my idea of a worldwide anti-terror force paid for by coalition nations under [crosstalk] so let’s win the war, and that’s what George Patton would say.
This notion of O'Reilly's that America ought to outsource our wars to massive mercenary armies is very strange, although it does take the Rumsfeldian notion of military privatization to its logical extreme. There's the question of whether we really want a group of 25,000 heavily armed profiteers wandering around the Middle East under no particular rule of law—I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest no—and the further question as to whether aforementioned rampaging army would stop shooting things when we told them to—again, our experience with arming even small foreign forces might give pause there. The role of American mercenary forces in undermining the proper U.S. military's stabilization efforts in Iraq is well-documented, as it turns out that having bands of trigger-happy,† for-profit buccaneers zooming through towns shooting whatever they want to shoot is not an effective path to winning hearts and minds, but never mind all that because I'm sure if Bill O'Reilly were in charge he'd patch all those problems right up.

Somehow, though, all that has now morphed into a plug for his latest book. This one somewhat inexplicably claims that Gen. George Patton did not die from injuries sustained in a car crash as the rest of the planet has long been led to believe, but from a secret plot because let's face it, secret plots are so much more interesting.

Patton was being tracked by Soviet intelligence. He had around the clock guards who were worried about the press, they weren’t worried about anybody else. His wife was in the hospital room with him. And he’s having cognac, and he’s laughing with the nurses, and he goes to sleep, and he wakes up dead. Why? [...]

Stalin had a factory that produced traceless poisons back then, but now with our advanced technology, we could see if there was something in Patton’s remains.”

And that's why we should dig the well-moldered corpse of Gen. George S. Patton out of the ground and test it with some advanced technology to figure out the mystery of why this cognac-drinking car crash victim somehow "woke up dead."

This seems to be a new (?) and very commonplace method of conservative history-telling. Come up with some historical event, claim that the truth is completely different because you are a history-minded genius uncovering truths that all the real historians have never been able to suss out, sell a book saying so, repeat. The Founding Fathers were all Roman Catholic priests, why not; the Civil War was not about slavery, but about northern attempts to stifle southern business entrepreneurship; the Nazis were far-left communists because c'mon, fellow conservatives, doesn't it feel so good to say so? And look how hard we looked at the cover art!

With his claims of unrecognized foreign policy genius and his suspiciously premised, dubiously sourced history premises, Bill here's been increasingly sliding into Glenn Beck territory. He's either just doing it for the money or is having a slow, Beckian break with reality, but which?

PPP gives Republican Joni Ernst a two-point lead for U.S. Senate
Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braley with Sen. Tom Harkin
Democratic nominee Bruce Braley (right) with Sen. Tom Harkin
On Saturday night Democrats got some bad news when the respected Selzer poll gave Republican Joni Ernst a 44-38 lead over Democrat Bruce Braley. Democrats released a response poll showing a tie, all but confirming that what had once looked Braley's race to lose had turned into a tough fight. On Tuesday PPP released their own poll and while it was better for Democrats than Selzer, things still aren't looking good in the Hawkeye State. PPP gives Ernst a small 44-42 lead: The group's last independent poll from a month ago found Braley up by 1 point. A more recent late August PPP poll for Americans for Tax Fairness had Ernst up 45-43.

This is one race where third-party candidates aren't having much of an impact: When voters are asked to only choose between Ernst and Braley, the GOP keeps their 2-point lead. The undecideds report voting for Obama over Romney 10-6 and they could give Braley a small boost, but far from enough to let him break open a real lead. Neither candidate is popular at all. Ernst spots a 42-46 favorable rating, while Braley is at 37-44. However, while the favorability gap between the two isn't large, it's been moving in the wrong direction. Back in August PPP found Braley with a 37-41 rating while Ernst was at 36-46. If Ernst has been getting less unpopular while Braley has been absorbing more blows, that's bad news for Team Blue.

It's possible that the GOP's recent spending blitz has something to do with this and Democrats will be able to seize the imitative in the next few weeks: Democrats have more ads reserved for the final stretch of the race. The good news is that Ernst gives Democrats plenty of material to use against her, but Braley has his own flaws that the GOP is more than happy to keep exploiting. Either side can pull off a win here, but Braley and his allies can't afford to allow Ernst to keep recovering.

PPP also took a look at the gubernatorial contest and finds what basically everyone has found: Republican Gov. Terry Branstad is looking very good to win another term. A few months ago Branstad's numbers looked a bit weak, and Democrats had some hope that Jack Hatch could pull off a surprise. But PPP now finds Branstad up 50-36, and neither party has gotten involved here recently. Selzer recently found Branstad up by a similar 48-34. The governor has a strong 53-38 approval rating, while opinions of Hatch are very mixed. Branstad, who served from 1983 to 1999 before returning in 2011, is already the longest serving governor in American history, and it looks like Iowans are happy to keep him around for another four years.

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Administration focusing on second round of Obamacare enrollments
Wilbert Jones helps local residents sign up for the Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as
Goal ThermometerThe second open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act plans starts on November 15, and runs through February 15, 2015. That's one of the first hurdles the administration has in making the second round of enrollments as successful as the first—it's three months shorter than the enrollment period for 2014. But there are more challenges this time around, including the fact that the people most in need of insurance flocked to the exchanges. In other words, the easiest group of people to get signed up, signed up. Getting the message out to the remaining eligible uninsured is going to be harder, and the administration is working on a response.
The administration is not yet revealing many details of its plan for this second enrollment period, which begins Nov. 15. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell is less than four months into her new job, and she’s brought in a slew of new people to work on management and communications around the Affordable Care Act.

Yet clear themes in their strategy are emerging. The administration and Burwell frequently repeat the point that the law is "working"— meaning that millions of people are getting affordable health coverage. Over the next several months, they'll surely talk more about actual individuals who got coverage in the first year and hammer home that the law offers tax subsidies to many.

Only Politico would put scare quotes around working, since all available evidence shows that yes, the law is working on a variety of levels. That includes providing affordable insurance to millions. Through focus groups conducted by the healthcare research firm PerryUndem, it's clear that many of the still-uninsured don't know that subsidies are available to make insurance more affordable. The focus groups also found that talking about the least popular part of the plan—the mandate to get coverage or face a tax penalty—is a good motivator to get signed up. So expect more emphasis this year on that tax penalty, coupled with the message that there's financial help.

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States in Play: Part 3: Loss of a Democratic Power Leaves Arkansas in Doubt
Democrats face tough challenges in a state that is drifting right. Their popular governor must leave office because of term limits, and outside interests loom larger in a race that may determine control of the Senate.

Secret Service Rules Violated on Obama's Trip to Atlanta
The contract security guard also managed to take pictures during the encounter, an official said, violating Secret Service rules while the president was in Atlanta.

U.S. Cannot Subsidize Health Plans in States With No Marketplace, a Judge Rules
A decision on the Affordable Care Act that could affect 36 states increases the likelihood of a Supreme Court ruling.

Obama Approves Plan to Let Children in Central America Apply for Refugee Status
The program is aimed at helping to discourage many children from making a long, dangerous trek across Mexico in an attempt to cross into the United States and join their parents.

Mayor of Bell Gardens, Calif., Is Killed by Wife, Police Say
Mayor Daniel Crespo was shot by his wife, Lyvette Crespo, during a domestic dispute in their home, law enforcement officials said.

News Analysis: Showing Concern for the President, Even While Criticizing Him
Democrats say Republicans could use the intense focus on security lapses at the White House to further undercut confidence in the Obama administration.

For Obama and Indian Leader, a Friendly Stroll if Not a Full Embrace
The White House tried to spotlight hopes for working with Prime Minister Narendra Modi while not lavishing full pageantry on a leader who was once barred from entering the United States.

An Ever-Expanding List of Unwelcome Visitors to the White House
Presidents have faced astonishing breaches at “the people’s house,” long before an intruder with a knife managed to slip past security and run around the State Floor this month.

Lawmakers Rebuke Secret Service Chief Over White House Breach
Members of Congress raised doubts that Julia Pierson, the agency’s director, was the right person to confront what they called systemic problems and a lack of candor about recent breaches.

Ethics Office Urges Inquiry of Petri, Wisconsin Republican
Representative Tom Petri may have violated House rules by intervening on behalf of a Pentagon contractor in which he owned stock, the office said.


Hendrik Hertzberg: Anthony Weiner’s all-digital sex scandal.
It’s been another political season of impressively gaudy sex scandals, further confounding America’s hard-won reputation as a nation of censorious puritans. The paradox isn’t so surprising, when you think about it: the broader the range of sex-related activities deemed immoral, unnatural, or . . .

John Cassidy: Don’t give up on Detroit.
If you were to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts, home to Diego Rivera’s magnificent murals depicting scenes at the Ford Motor Company in the early nineteen-thirties, and then take a stroll through the surrounding streets, you might be surprised at what you would find: coffee shops . . .

Jelani Cobb: The folly of Stand Your Ground laws.
For some years, the N.R.A.’s approach to gun-rights advocacy has amounted to a variant of the old Maoist dictum, to the effect that democracy flows from the barrel of a gun. In March, the group provided a novel twist on the theme of sidearm liberty when it . . .

George Packer: Why Egypt is a foreign-policy puzzle.
American foreign aid has always been an awkward exercise in high-minded self-interest—humanitarian goals balanced uneasily with strategic calculations. Whenever these two come into conflict, Presidents inevitably find a way out of their loftier commitments. In 1947, when Secretary of State George C. Marshall proposed a huge . . .

Jeffrey Toobin: The end of DOMA and the future of gay rights.
The Supreme Court’s embrace of gay rights last week had an almost serene majesty. The obvious correctness of the Court’s judgment, its curt dismissal of a monstrous injustice, had a grandeur that requires little elaboration. Yet the decision had its roots in something prosaic and largely . . .

Steve Coll: Obama sends weapons to Syria.
The carved minaret above Aleppo’s twelfth-century Umayyad Mosque collapsed in April. The city, which is Syria’s most populous, has endured Hittite, Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman rule, little of it benevolent. But this year, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have delivered a distinctly . . .

Hendrik Hertzberg: Difficult questions about the N.S.A.
Since the first week of June, when the Washington Post and London’s Guardian, doing the work that journalism is supposed to do, published detailed news of the National Security Agency’s gigantic programs of cell-phone and Internet information-gathering, the world has been riveted. These were . . .

Steve Coll: Why journalists deserve better protections.
In 1969, when nothing excited the public’s interest like the depredations of drug fiends, the Louisville Courier-Journal sent a reporter named Paul Branzburg to penetrate Kentucky’s marijuana underground. He published eyewitness accounts; a photograph accompanying one of them showed hands hovering over a pile of . . .

William Finnegan: The struggle for immigration reform.
It was edifying while it lasted. A bipartisan immigration bill, supported by an unusually wide coalition of business, labor, church, and humanitarian groups, made its way through the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, the baying over Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service was fierce and rising . . .

Elizabeth Kolbert: What’s at stake in Obama’s Keystone decision.
A lot of what’s known about carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can be traced back to a chemist named Charles David Keeling, who, in 1958, persuaded the U.S. Weather Bureau to install a set of monitoring devices at its Mauna Loa observatory, on the island of Hawaii. By . . .

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Update on "Africa Mercy"
An update on the world's largest civilian hospital ship and how it is being utilized for the Ebola outbreak

Jack Ma brings Alibaba to America
Lara Logan speaks with the founder who took $50,000 in seed money and created a company valued at $231 billion

President Obama: What makes us America
In a wide-ranging interview, the president discusses the battle against Islamic extremists, U.S.-Russia relations and the upcoming midterm elections

Obama: U.S. underestimated rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria
The U.S. had expected the Iraqi army to do more against extremists, president says in acknowledgment of intelligence shortcomings

A look back: Nixon in 1968
At the time, Richard Nixon was running for president and told Mike Wallace he hoped "to restore respect to the presidency"

Biggest scam around: Identity tax fraud
Con artists have been filing bogus tax returns and collecting millions. Steve Kroft finds out how far the scam has gone and why the IRS hasn't been able to stop it

The Islamic State: On the ground in Iraq
Scott Pelley reports from the front lines in the fight against ISIS in northern Iraq. He speaks with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and victims of ISIS atrocities

Nowhere to Go: Mentally ill youth in crisis
Scott Pelley reports on severe shortcomings in the state of mental health care for young people in the U.S.

The Gaskos: Capturing Whitey Bulger
FBI agents tell Steve Kroft about their 16-year search and eventual capture of Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, once No. 1 on the Most Wanted list

Alabama coach Nick Saban's quest for perfection
Nick Saban has won three out of the last five national championships for the University of Alabama

60 Minutes/Vanity Fair: Royals
Which celebrity should start a U.S. royal family? Americans share their opinions on royalty in this month's 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll

Quarterback Guru: Steve Clarkson
Morley Safer interviews the "QB Guru" who says the new norm to get to the NFL as a quarterback starts with a tutor like him training kids as young as 8

Saving the children
Briton Nicholas Winton helped save hundreds of mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the war

BP cries foul in massive oil spill settlement
Is BP backpedaling on a settlement with oil spill victims, or are some Gulf Coast businesses exploiting BP to the tune of more than $500 million?

Pink Panthers: Daring heists rake in half-a-billion dollars
Using expert planning and military discipline, a loose group of European thieves dubbed "the Pink Panthers" have stolen $500M over 20 years

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