Category: Obama Administration

Obama administration releases historic guidance to educators on making schools safe & welcoming for transgender students

Obama administration releases historic guidance to educators on making schools safe & welcoming for transgender students

Today, The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released a joint guidance to help provide educators the information they need to provide all students, including transgender students, a school environment that is safe and welcoming. The guidance is not legally binding but it makes clear that the Obama administration sees anti-transgender rules, regulations, and laws in violation of federal law including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Here are some of the comments from members of the Obama administration connected to this historic letter:

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.:

No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus.

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Justice Department official: 3- and 4-year olds can represent themselves in immigration court

Justice Department official: 3- and 4-year olds can represent themselves in immigration court

I really hope that this article was in President Obama’s morning briefing because they have an employee in the U.S. Justice Department who needs to go. Like yesterday.

This is outrageous:

A senior Justice Department official is arguing that 3- and 4-year-olds can learn immigration law well enough to represent themselves in court, staking out an unconventional position in a growing debate over whether immigrant children facing deportation are entitled to taxpayer-funded attorneys.

Jack H. Weil, a longtime immigration judge who is responsible for training other judges, made the assertion in sworn testimony in a deposition in federal court in Seattle.…

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GUEST POST: Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) State of the Union mystery (by Ed Schultz)

GUEST POST: Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) State of the Union mystery (by Ed Schultz)

The following guest post was written by Ed Schultz, the former host of “The Ed Show” on MSNBC and current host of “The Ed Schultz Show”.
If implemented, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could undermine many of President Barack Obama’s landmark achievements and thus his legacy on jobs and economic recovery, health care access, financial reform – and close to Michigan’s heart – the U.S. auto industry rescue and more. The great mystery is why Obama called for congressional passage of the TPP in his final State of the Union address?

The TPP text was finally released in November after seven years of secretive talks.…

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Obama admin sends $5 million for #FlintWaterCrisis. Gov. Snyder says the actions he’s taken are “going beyond reason”.

Obama admin sends $5 million for #FlintWaterCrisis. Gov. Snyder says the actions he’s taken are “going beyond reason”.

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– Chris

Following Gov. Rick Snyder’s tardy request for a federal declaration of a state of emergency in Flint due to his administration’s poisoning of their drinking water, President Obama moved swiftly to approve it. However, this frees up only $5 million to deal with a $1.5 billion problem:

President Barack Obama on Saturday declared a federal emergency in Flint, freeing up to $5 million in federal aid to immediately assist with the public health crisis, but he denied Gov.…
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President Obama smacks down Republican attempt to block new NLRB rule making it easier for workers to unionize

President Obama smacks down Republican attempt to block new NLRB rule making it easier for workers to unionize

Last December, the National Labor Relations Board issued a new rule to “modernize and streamline the process” of forming a union.

The new rule:

  • Provides for electronic filing and transmission of election petitions and other documents;
  • Ensures that employees, employers and unions receive timely information they need to understand and participate in the representation case process;
  • Eliminates or reduces unnecessary litigation, duplication and delay;
  • Adopts best practices and uniform procedures across regions;
  • Requires that additional contact information (personal telephone numbers and email addresses) be included in voter lists, to the extent that information is available to the employer, in order to enhance a fair and free exchange of ideas by permitting other parties to the election to communicate with voters about the election using modern technology; and
  • Allows parties to consolidate all election-related appeals to the Board into a single appeals process.
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Obamacare success stories keep coming, with a rosy forecast for 2015

Obamacare success stories keep coming, with a rosy forecast for 2015

Karen is just one of 272,500 Michiganders who signed up for coverage through Healthcare.gov, where a strong finish to 2014 enrollment bodes well for next year.

So much good news, it’s hard to know where to begin.

On Thursday, Obama administration officials predicted health insurance premiums would be stable in 2015, thanks to a large and varied pool of insured Americans. This is according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which reported that about 28 percent of the 8 million Americans who enrolled in private health insurance through Healthcare.gov were in the 18-34-year-old age range needed to help keep the risk pool balanced and keep premiums down — the demographic naysayers predicted would not sign up.…

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If SCOTUS rules that corporations are religions, personal and patient rights will be in jeopardy

If SCOTUS rules that corporations are religions, personal and patient rights will be in jeopardy

Consider how Citizens United has amplified the power of corporate interests in elections. A ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby would do the same to religion.

Hobby Lobby wants to have its cake and eat it, too. A for-profit corporation, Hobby Lobby also wants to have the rights of a religious organization when it comes to providing birth control coverage to its employees.

But Hobby Lobby can’t have it both ways. A corporation pays taxes and must abide by specific laws. Churches and other religious institutions do not have to abide by those same rules. That’s why the Obama administration gave religious organizations an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate.…

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The 2014 State of the Union: Let’s make this a year of action

The 2014 State of the Union: Let’s make this a year of action

From my view inside the White House, I saw what every other American watching the President’s speech did: true leadership.

I believe in the dream of America. I always have. So has President Obama, which is why he’s always had my support.

In his 2014 State of the Union address, he made it clear that his optimism is unwavering. Despite all the obstruction and partisanship he’s faced from day one, he still believes that our country can come together for the good of every citizen.

Let’s make this a year of action. That’s what most Americans want: for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations.…
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Get the inside scoop from the 2014 State of the Union

Get the inside scoop from the 2014 State of the Union

I’ll be reporting live from the White House — and you can be there virtually, too.

There aren’t many things more exciting than being invited to the White House. At least not to me. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn I’d been selected as one of the lucky social media users who will attend the #SOTUSocial at the White House.

I’ll be there in person for President Obama’s State of the Union address — before, during and after. I’ll use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media channels to share my thoughts on the speech. Our group will also meet with White House officials immediately following the SOTU, when we’ll have a chance to ask them questions about the speech and the legislative agenda it will outline.…

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The Obama administration in Detroit today, will announce $300 million in new investments

The Obama administration in Detroit today, will announce $300 million in new investments

The cavalry is coming! The cavalry is coming!


[Image by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog]

The Obama adminstration will be in Detroit today and bring with them $300 million in new federal and private investments, much of which is designed to eradicate blight and foster an environment of rehabilitation. The delegation is led by chief White House economic adviser, Gene B. Sperling, and includes three cabinet members: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; Shaun Donovan, secretary of housing and urban development; and Anthony R. Foxx, secretary of transportation and a former mayor of Charlotte, N.C.

This meeting is part of an effort by our two Democratic Senators, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, to harness existing federal grants and programs to help out Michigan’s largest city.…

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Reform now or live to regret it

Reform now or live to regret it

If you have nothing to hide, what’s with the pants?

Oregon’s senior senator Ron Wyden has spent years trying to make Americans aware of the secret surveillance law being written by a secret court made up of judges all appointed by one man — Chief Justice John Roberts.

Wyden along his colleague Mark Udall attempted to get Congress to make that court’s decisions public. Congress refused to do so. Wyden tried to get the director of National Intelligence James Clapper to admit the scope of National Security Agency surveillance. He refused to do so.

And most Americans remained ignorant of how we may be spying on ourselves and the rest of the world — until Edward Snowden leaked what he’d taken during his time working as a contractor for the NSA.…

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