Archive for February 24th, 2015

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Feb
15

Today Really Needs Laughter

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Feb
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Perfect response by Zendaya to Giuliana Rancic’s and Kelly Osbourne’s racist comments. She is 18!!! Bravo!

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Feb
15

The Veto Heard Around The World

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New York Times: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

President Obama on Tuesday vetoed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rejecting an effort by Republicans and some Democrats to force his administration to let the highly contested energy project move forward. By saying no to the legislation, Mr. Obama retains the authority to make a final judgment on the pipeline on his own timeline. The White House has said the president would decide whether to allow the pipeline when all of the environmental and regulatory reviews are complete. But the veto — his first rejection of major legislation as president — is also a demonstration of political strength directed at Republicans who now control both chambers of Congress.

Mr. Obama is signaling that he will fight back against their agenda. The Obama administration must decide whether to approve infrastructure projects like the Keystone pipeline, which cross a border with another country. In his veto message to Congress, delivered with no fanfare on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Obama wrote that the legislation “attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.” Mr. Obama added that “because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto.”

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Feb
15

Medicare Saves $15B On Prescription Drug Costs. Thanks, ObamaCare

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Sarah Ferris: Medicare Drug Costs Shrinking Under ObamaCare

ObamaCare has led to substantial savings in prescription drug costs and a strong increase in the use of preventive services, administration officials announced Tuesday. “Our parents and grandparents on Medicare saved more than $15 billion on prescription drugs since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010,” Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said. Those savings amount to nearly $1,600 per person enrolled in Medicare — an increase from about $1,400 in average savings last year. Tackling prescription drug costs has been a major goal of the Obama administration, pledging to close the coverage gap, known as the “doughnut hole,” by 2020. Because

Medicare drug plans have a limit on how much they pay for medication, beneficiaries are forced to pay for their treatments out of pocket before their catastrophic coverage kicks in. Under ObamaCare, recipients in the “doughnut hole” receive a rebate or discount from the government to help them save on prescription drug costs until the gap can ultimately be closed. Burwell also highlighted the growing use of preventive healthcare coverage under ObamaCare — another top issue for the administration. Many provider groups only signed onto healthcare reform with the promise that preventive care would be a central tenet. Nearly 40 million people have used at least one of Medicare’s free preventive services in the last year alone, the secretary said. Nearly 5 million enrollees received the annual wellness exam.

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24
Feb
15

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in the Blue Room of the White House before the National Governors Association Dinner, Feb. 24, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:20: The President meets with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani

1:0: White House Press Briefing

2:10: The President and VP meet with rank-and-file law enforcement officials to thank them for their service to our communities

4:15: Meets with Members of Congress to discuss criminal justice reform; Cabinet Room

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The First Anniversary of the Greatest Thing Ever

President Obama participates in an interview with Zach Galifianakis for “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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On This Day

President Obama has a moment alone with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Senior Advisor David Axelrod before addressing the Joint Session of the United States Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as he arrives to address a joint session of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 24, 2009

President Obama greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as Vice President Biden watches on prior to addressing a joint session of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 24, 2009

President Obama addresses the Joint Session of the United States Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., Feb., 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Ty’Sheoma Bethea, a student from Dillon, South Carolina, who was pointed out during a speech by President Obama as he addressed a joint session of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 24, 2009

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NSC Senior Director for Russian Affairs Mike McFaul briefs President Obama in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with family members of Ambassador Daniel Ohene Agyekum of Ghana, during a credentialing ceremony in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets, from left, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, and Bob Santelli in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House before the Motown Music Series student workshop, Feb. 24, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Stevie Wonder receives a standing ovation during “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House,” a concert celebrating Black History Month and the legacy of Motown Records, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Vice President Joe Biden, joined by daughter Ashley Biden, left, wife Dr. Jill Biden, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, react to a joke made by performing artist Jamie Foxx during “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House” in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks with White House Residence staff in the Butlers Pantry before addressing the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Best Picture Oscar to Argo live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!

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Feb
15

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets students from Orchard Gardens in Boston, Mass., after the students performed at a luncheon for National Governors Association spouses, in the Map Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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