Futures Series

110 Responses to “Futures Series”

  1. August 19, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    Obama Foundation video above:
    “I very much believe in the mantra: ‘You cannot believe what you cannot see’.
    (Elena Valentine, Co-founder and CEO, Skill Scout Film)

    ….hey there NW, happy Friday !

  2. August 19, 2022 at 5:16 pm


    ‘To Connect, Not To Divide’: Buttigieg On Outreach To The Right And Helpful Infrastructure

    “Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg talks with Alex Wagner about the challenge of penetrating right wing media, and President Biden’s agenda for developing forward-looking transportation infrastructure that helps connect communities.”

  3. August 19, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    First Native American woman to travel to space
    By Esme Stallard

    “Next month Nasa will send a new crew into space. And for the first time there will be a Native American woman aboard. Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann, of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, will be mission commander…”
    “Ms Mann says that in her allocated 3.3 lb (1.4kg) for personal items she will take “a dreamcatcher that my mother gave me when I was very young”.”


    • August 19, 2022 at 5:25 pm

      “Pregnancy. For everybody (it) changes your life.”
      “If you don’t have control of your own body, what does it even mean to be a person?”
      “Speak up !”

      (Ms. Walker interviewed last night by O’Donnell)

  4. August 19, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    US and Taiwan announce formal bilateral trade talk
    “The first round of talks are expected to begin in “early fall”, said the Office of US Trade Representative. Their discussion will include talks on trade facilitation, digital trade and anti-corruption standards.”

    Monica Miller: (https://www.bbc.com/news/business-62585899)

  5. August 19, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Ron Howard’s film “Thirteen Lives” employed actors with regional accents and producers from Thailand to ensure the depiction of the miraculous rescue remained a fully Thai story.

    By Frances Nguyen

    In “Thirteen Lives,” a documentary-styled dramatization of the 2018 flooded cave-complex rescue in northern Thailand, telling the story from the perspective of the local Thai people was a priority.

    To tell the story of the rescue of a youth soccer team and their coach, film director Ron Howard styled it as an ensemble film with a small cast not only of individual heroes, but also a wide array of characters who ultimately made it happen. It was the individual acts of heroism of the people involved, most of whom were Thai, that amounted to the miraculous rescue.

    The film, released on Amazon Prime and in select theaters, tells the story of the villagers helping the rescue effort by diverting rainwater from the mountain above and the farmers’ flooding their paddy fields to receive the water, even if that meant losing their livelihoods — all the while the parents remained committed to keep faith.”


  6. August 19, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Abortion Was Already Inaccessible on Reservation Land. Dobbs Made Things Worse.
    Federal and state abortion restrictions have been interfering with tribal sovereignty for years

    Emily Hofstaedter:

  7. August 19, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    Stardate: Friday, August 19 2022
    Already an incredible rollout of legislative successes for the American people, and now the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law !! 
Congrats to everyone involved in this historic work.

  8. August 19, 2022 at 6:36 pm

  9. 18 amk for obama
    August 19, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    taliban ban on girls going to school is coming up next. no consequences and hence no depth of depravity. voters/non-voters own this.

  10. 20 amk for obama
    August 20, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Well “parents”, you did and still do vote for get gobinment off my back. Now, time to fucking pay up for your fucked up voting choices.

  11. 21 amk for obama
    August 20, 2022 at 1:40 am

    If only he had more comfortable majority in both houses.

  12. 22 amk for obama
    August 20, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Make it happen, GA’ians.

  13. 23 amk for obama
    August 20, 2022 at 2:16 am

  14. 24 amk for obama
    August 20, 2022 at 8:03 am


  15. August 20, 2022 at 11:25 am

  16. August 20, 2022 at 11:45 am

  17. August 20, 2022 at 11:50 am

  18. August 20, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    Senator Mark Kelly:
    “I’ve heard from seniors who cut pills in half, or skip medication entirely, because of the high cost of prescription drugs. Our plan that was just signed into law caps out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries at $2,000 per year and the cost of insulin at $35 a month.”

  19. August 20, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    Sen. Johnson Again Blurts Out Extreme MAGA Contempt for Social Security

    From the Speaker’s Press Office:

    “Republicans just can’t shut up about their contempt for the sacred guarantee of Social Security. On Wednesday, Sen. Ron Johnson once again showcased the Extreme MAGA Republican contempt for Social Security as we know it — echoing the dangerous plans to dismantle Social Security and Medicare constantly put forward by House and Senate GOPers.”


  20. August 20, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Speaker Pelosi’s Remarks at Press Event Marking 87th Anniversary of Social Security


  21. August 20, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    How Animals Understand the World

    Ed Yong

    (The Atlantic, July/August 2022)

  22. August 20, 2022 at 3:10 pm


    Behind the Lens: Mateo Zapata
    In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, we sat down with Mateo Zapata, a Chicago-based photographer documenting the public health crisis, the ways it’s disproportionately affecting his community, and the systemic inequality it has brought to light. We spoke about how his heritage has influenced his work, and the message he hopes young people take from his images—
    that when the world stopped, it was people of color who kept it turning…

    “Our community consists of hardworking families and essential workers that are literally sustaining the economy. I don’t think enough young people know that—or are aware of that. It’s important for them to know, whether it’s right now or ten years from now. Immigrants have been criminalized lately. It’s important for our youth to be proud of their identity and witness positive representations of their community. When people are talking about what happened in the year 2020, and all these events and moments in history come up, I want them to remember and to acknowledge that there were essential workers that came from Black and Brown communities. That has to be documented. Our community’s workforce is essential, but our community’s need for resources and safety needs to be essential, too. That reality has to be acknowledged.”

    To close his conversation with us, Mateo shared a dicho from his community—a family proverb passed down for generations. It’s a saying he still finds strength in every morning,
    one seen in every photo he takes. Of his community. For his community: El sol sale para todos.
    The sun shines for everyone. ”It’s this idea that the sun, that light, this day you’re waking up to is also yours. This is all for you. All this around you—all this light, of this nature, of this community, all this city, this world, is for you.”


  23. August 20, 2022 at 4:32 pm


  24. August 20, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Statement by President Joe Biden Marking Slavery Remembrance Day

    AUGUST 20, 2022

    More than 400 years ago, twenty enslaved Africans were forcibly brought to the shores of what would become the United States. Millions more were stolen and sold in the centuries that followed, part of a system of slavery that is America’s original sin.

    Great nations don’t hide from their history. They acknowledge their past, both the triumphs and the tragedies. Today is a day to reflect on the terrible toll of slavery, and on our nation’s profound ability to heal and emerge stronger. Despite the horrors they faced, these men and women and their descendants have made countless contributions to the building of this nation and the continuous effort to realize the American ideal. I was honored last year to declare Juneteenth a national holiday, another moment to reflect and rededicate ourselves to becoming a more perfect union. And it’s why my Administration will continue the hard, ongoing work to bring true equity and racial justice to our country.

    I’m grateful for the efforts of Congress—in particular, Representative Al Green and Senator Elizabeth Warren—to recognize the significance of this day.


  25. 40 amk for obama
    August 20, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    More magat mania.. Yippee.

  26. 41 amk for obama
    August 20, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    a. Perfectly fine water in a bowl.
    b. Toilet bowl.
    Fucking cat: Hmmm, tough choice…

  27. 42 amk for obama
    August 20, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Dogs: Come on, play with us please.
    Fucking cat: Hisssssssss

  28. 43 Dudette
    August 21, 2022 at 8:26 am

    Wooof! 😁

  29. 44 amk for obama
    August 21, 2022 at 9:18 am

    A fucked up weak corrupt system exposed to all.

  30. 45 amk for obama
    August 21, 2022 at 9:20 am

    too little, too late. the treasonous gang ran the clock out.

  31. 46 amk for obama
    August 21, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Fucking fifth columnists.

  32. 47 amk for obama
    August 21, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Rethugs are gang of pootin.

  33. August 21, 2022 at 11:34 am

    Conservatives Have Been Packing the Courts for Years
    By Rakim Brooks
    August 19, 2022

    How we got here: (https://www.democracydocket.com/news/conservatives-have-been-packing-the-courts-for-years/

  34. August 21, 2022 at 11:35 am

    Supreme Court Justices Should Say Sorry Too

    “US Supreme Court justices have committed ethical lapses unapologetically, says Gabe Roth, executive director of Fix the Court. He argues that the justices should be held to the same standard of conduct as other federal judges and should apologize for missteps.”


  35. August 21, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Indigenous Nations and the Development of the U.S. Economy:
    Land, Resources, and Dispossession

    “This view relies on the “Pristine Myth” of an empty undeveloped land, but the abundant land of North America was already made productive and was the recognized territory of sovereign Indigenous Nations.”


  36. August 21, 2022 at 11:40 am


    Millions of Native Americans were replaced at the point of European contact.
    In 1492 there was an Indigenous population of 60 million. (Europe’s population at the time was 70 to 88 million.) Over the next hundred years 90% of Native Americans died.
    55 million people died due to violence and never-before-seen pathogens like smallpox, measles, and influenza.

    = the true story of Replacement in America.

  37. 52 Dudette
    August 21, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Happy Sunday TOD Village! ❤️

  38. August 21, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Jimi Hendrix – Although he is arguably one of the most legendary guitarists in rock history, most fans may not know that Hendrix was Native American.

    Hendrix was African-American, European, Hispanic and Native American, as his grandmother descended from the Cherokee tribe. Hendrix supported other Native musicians like “Redbone.” Hendrix’s music greatly influenced the psychedelic-rock movement and goes down in rock history as one of the best electric guitarists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

  39. 69 amk for obama
    August 21, 2022 at 9:47 pm

  40. 70 amk for obama
    August 21, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    I am with him. Especially, raise your hand shitty meme.

  41. 71 amk for obama
    August 21, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    wish the kid did that.

  42. 72 amk for obama
    August 22, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Yup. Don’t ever trust these rigged untrustworthy polls.

  43. 73 amk for obama
    August 22, 2022 at 1:21 am

    His trolling shtick is getting frivolous. He need to get more serious if wants to win.

  44. 74 amk for obama
    August 22, 2022 at 2:28 am


  45. 75 amk for obama
    August 22, 2022 at 2:30 am

    Dayyyyyymen, girl. My DU is the same way. “Don’t get cute with me, I am a doctor, not your daughter”.

  46. 76 Dudette
    August 22, 2022 at 9:07 am

    Happy Anniversary to VP and Second Gentleman! ❤️💐

  47. 77 amk for obama
    August 22, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Damn, I cut three fingers just by watching it.

  48. 78 amk for obama
    August 22, 2022 at 10:25 am

    egg.sack.lee. Treasonous traitorous thug.

  49. 79 amk for obama
    August 22, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Effing morans (sic).

  50. 80 amk for obama
    August 22, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Fuck the magats and their feelings.

  51. 81 amk for obama
    August 22, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Asshole gonna asshole. Scummy pos.

  52. 85 Dudette
    August 22, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    Look at this magnificent creature! 🥰

  53. August 22, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Statement from President Joe Biden on the announcement of
    Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Departure from NIAID

    AUGUST 22, 2022

    During my time as Vice President, I worked closely with Dr. Anthony Fauci on the United States’ response to Zika and Ebola. I came to know him as a dedicated public servant, and a steady hand with wisdom and insight honed over decades at the forefront of some of our most dangerous and challenging public health crises. When it came time to build a team to lead our COVID-19 response – in fact, in one of my first calls as President-elect – I immediately asked Dr. Fauci to extend his service as my Chief Medical Advisor to deal with the COVID-19 crisis our nation faced. In that role, I’ve been able to call him at any hour of the day for his advice as we’ve tackled this once-in-a-generation pandemic. His commitment to the work is unwavering, and he does it with an unparalleled spirit, energy, and scientific integrity.

    Dr. Fauci has served under seven Republican and Democratic Presidents during his career, beginning with Ronald Reagan. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008 under President George W. Bush. For almost four decades, he has served as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, helping our country navigate health crises ranging from HIV/AIDS to COVID-19. Because of Dr. Fauci’s many contributions to public health, lives here in the United States and around the world have been saved. As he leaves his position in the U.S. Government, I know the American people and the entire world will continue to benefit from Dr. Fauci’s expertise in whatever he does next. Whether you’ve met him personally or not, he has touched all Americans’ lives with his work. I extend my deepest thanks for his public service. The United States of America is stronger, more resilient, and healthier because of him.


  54. August 22, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    one billion trillion thanks Dr. Fauci, you’re so wonderful,
    and you’ve have dedicated your life to saving lives here and around the world.

  55. August 22, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    Fauci Says He Will Step Down in December to Pursue His ‘Next Chapter’
    Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who has advised seven presidents and spent more than half a century at the National Institutes of Health, will leave government service by the end of the year.

    “Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said on Monday that he intended to leave government service in December to “pursue the next chapter” of his career, and that he would step down as President Biden’s top medical adviser and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,
    which he has led for 38 years.

    The announcement by Dr. Fauci, 81, was not entirely unexpected. He has hinted for some time that he was thinking of retiring. In an interview Sunday evening, he said he was “not retiring in the classic sense” but would devote himself to traveling, writing and encouraging young people to enter government service.”

    Sheryl Gay Stolberg: (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/22/us/politics/fauci-retire.html)

  56. August 22, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    President Obama:
    “I will always be grateful that we had a once-in-a-century public health leader to guide us through a once-in-a-century pandemic. Few people have touched more lives than Dr. Fauci – and I’m glad he’s not done yet.”

  57. 90 amk for obama
    August 22, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    I tire of dire predictions. where is the actual consequences?

  58. August 22, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Trump Had More Than 300 Classified Documents at Mar-a-Lago

    The National Archives found more than 150 sensitive documents when it got a first batch of material from the former president in January, helping to explain the Justice Department’s urgent response.

    “In total, the government has recovered more than 300 documents with classified markings from Mr. Trump since he left office, the people said: that first batch of documents returned in January, another set provided by Mr. Trump’s aides to the Justice Department in June and the material seized by the F.B.I. in the search this month.”


  59. August 22, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    What to watch as in the Aug. 23 primaries and special elections

    The primaries in Florida and New York will include some of the most competitive and closely watched House contests in the country this year.

    Steve Benen: (https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maddowblog/watch-aug-23-primaries-special-elections-rcna44236)

  60. 93 amk for obama
    August 22, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    What were those ‘concerned’ fbi and doj agents doing for all those months? Even now, no public rebuttal of the lies from the treasonous thug’s and his traitorous gang’s lies, which the fucking msm is parroting as valid arguments. As usual, too little, too late from these so called institutions.

  61. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    August 22, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Goodnight, TODville! Here’s a beauty from our friend Kat:

  62. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    August 22, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    Just love hearing from President Obama on current events!

  63. 98 amk for obama
    August 23, 2022 at 1:36 am

    This despite rethugs’ many attempts for 8 years to pin something on him.

  64. August 23, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Trump’s new court filing ‘sort of asks Garland to prosecute him’:
    Harvard Law professor

    On ReidOut:

    • August 23, 2022 at 9:02 am

      Laurence Tribe:

      “It’s very strange. For one thing, it’s filed not on behalf of private citizen Trump but filed on behalf of President Donald J. Trump. You know, it’s never been clear that he distinguishes between himself as a private citizen and himself as president. That may help explain just psychologically why he feels he’s entitled to all these papers. He says they’re his. That’s one thing that’s really strange. Another thing that’s quite strange. You mentioned yourself just a minute ago, he waited a couple of weeks. So it’s sort of too late to ask for some new special master.”

      (Also a statement):
      “on page 13 that President Trump should not be treated differently from any other citizen. Finally, he gets that right.

      Any other citizen who took top-secret material to not just a private home but a resort,
      like Mar-a-Lago which has been penetrated by Chinese spies and perhaps by others, would be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. So he is sort of asking Merrick Garland to prosecute him.

      Thank you Mr. Trump. I won’t call him President Trump.”

  65. August 23, 2022 at 9:06 am

  66. August 23, 2022 at 9:14 am

    An Unusual $1.6 Billion Donation Bolsters Conservatives
    A low-profile Republican financier donated his company to a new group run by the influential operative Leonard A. Leo.

    “The source of the money was Barre Seid, an electronics manufacturing mogul, and the donation is among the largest — if not the largest — single contributions ever made to a politically focused nonprofit. The beneficiary is a new political group controlled by Leonard A. Leo, an activist who has used his connections to Republican donors and politicians to help engineer the conservative dominance of the Supreme Court and to finance battles over abortion rights, voting rules and climate change policy.

    This windfall will help cement Mr. Leo’s status as a kingmaker in conservative big money politics.
    It could also give conservatives an advantage in a type of difficult-to-trace spending that shapes elections and political fights.”

    Vogel, Goldmacher: (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/22/us/politics/republican-dark-money.html)

    —-Chris Hayes interviewed Kenneth Vogel last night.

  67. 106 amk for obama
    August 23, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Fucking fifth columnists.

  68. 107 amk for obama
    August 23, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Rotten weak ass system

    • August 23, 2022 at 1:23 pm

      Trump Kept More Than 700 Pages of Classified Documents,
      Letter From National Archives Says
      The letter, which was sent to the former president’s lawyers, described the state of alarm in the Justice Department as officials began to realize the nature of the documents kept at Mar-a-Lago.

      By Alan Feuer

      “President Donald J. Trump took more than 700 pages of classified documents, including some related to the nation’s most covert intelligence operations, to his private club and residence in Florida when he left the White House in January 2021, according to a letter that the National Archives sent to his lawyers this year.”


Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • Special counsel obtains audio of Trump discussing classified doc after leaving office: Report
  • DeSantis ramps up his attacks against Trump
  • Steve Rattner: The White House deserves a victory lap on the debt deal
  • 'It's a joyous time': Stars of Broadway's '& Juliet' nominated for Tonys
  • Chris Matthews: It was the right decision for Biden to put his weight into debt deal fight
  • Chris Matthews: The two middles met on the debt ceiling
  • Andrew Weissman: If the audio exists, a question of when there will be charges
  • 'Default was never an option': House GOP member on why he voted 'Yes'
  • Majority of Americans comfortable seeing LGBTQ people in ads, report finds
  • Are Trump's attacks elevating DeSantis' profile?



Blog Stats

  • 43,364,935 hits
August 2022

%d bloggers like this: