Archive for June 29th, 2015

29
Jun
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama, surrounded by Cabinet officials and members of Congress, signs a series of bills during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Included in the bills signed is the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

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President Barack Obama's signature is seen on H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White Hous in Washington. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama’s signature is seen on H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 29, 2015, before signing H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Law makers and cabinet officials applaud President Barack Obama after he signed H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is at right.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Surrounded by Cabinet officials and members of Congress, President Barack Obama applauds after signing H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 , Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. From left are, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Rep. John Delaney, D- Md., Rep. David Reichert, R-Wash., Sen.. Chris Coons, D-Del., Rep. Ron Kind, D- Wis., Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., Rep. Donald Beyer, D-Va., Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Surrounded by Cabinet officials and members of Congress, President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 29, 2015. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama smiles after signing ceremony for H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Monday, June 29, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets attendees in the crowd after signing House Resolution 2146, the "Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act and Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015,"  during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama and President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff  visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at 2015 MORE Impact Awards Luncheon at The Newseum

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Actress Robin Wright

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29
Jun
15

Chat Away

On This Day: President Barack Obama and President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

29
Jun
15

What Did SCOTUS Do Today?

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Truly shows the pettiness and privilege of Fisher. She was not qualified, but because she’s white, the heavens must always grant her everything. At the end of the day, more whites benefited but she’s butthurt because 5 Black and Latino students were granted admission. The privilege is disgusting

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Trust and believe President Obama is not going to be waiting years to fix this BS from the SCOTUS

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Emily Atkin: BREAKING: The Supreme Court Will Allow Coal Plants To Emit Unlimited Mercury

Power plants will continue to able to emit unlimited mercury, arsenic, and other pollutants thanks to the Supreme Court, which on Monday invalidated the first-ever U.S. regulations to limit toxic heavy metal pollution from coal and oil-fired plants. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, commonly referred to as MATS. The EPA had been trying to implement a rule that cut down on toxic mercury pollution for more than two decades. But the Supreme Court majority opinion, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, said the EPA acted unlawfully when it failed to consider how much the regulation would cost the power industry before deciding to craft the rule.

“EPA must consider cost — including cost of compliance — before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary,” the opinion reads. “It will be up to the [EPA] to decide (as always, within the limits of reasonable interpretation) how to account for cost.” The decision doesn’t mean power plants will never be subject to regulations on toxic air pollutants. Instead, it means the EPA will have to go back to the drawing board, and find some mechanism to consider how much it will cost the power industry. Until another version of MATS is approved — a process that often takes years — power plants will have no limits on their emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, and other toxins. In other words, the rule is effectively delayed.

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29
Jun
15

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama looks out the window from the cell where Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid legend, was once jailed on Robben Island, on June 30, 2013

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Today (all times Eastern)

2:05: President Obama Signs the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act & the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

6:0: Hosts a working dinner with President Rousseff of Brazil

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Our beauuuuuuuuuuutiful westie TODers (and LL)!!!!

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On This Day

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in the Green Room prior to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month reception in the East Room of the White House, June 29, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama listens to former prisoner Ahmed Kathrada as he stands in former South African President Nelson Mandela’s cell during a tour of Robben Island Prison on Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First lady Michelle Obama tour the cell block on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held captive near Cape Town, June 30, 2013

President Obama greets Archbishop Desmond Tutu as he arrives at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their family tour a limestone quarry where prisoners would work at Robben Island outside Cape Town, South Africa, on June 30, 2013

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Morning everyone!

29
Jun
15

Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “A quiet moment inside Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell as the President embraced Sasha while the Obama family was listening to Ahmed Kathrada recount his years spent imprisoned here on Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, initially in this prison cell. Kathrada was imprisoned at Robben Island for 18 years.” June 30, 2013

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