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Signing Up Seniors for Food Stamps Is Called 'Buying Votes' for Obama, Says Fox News Host

The Pennsylvania chapter of powerful senior lobby group AARP recently launched a campaign to sign up more seniors for food stamps but Fox Business host Stuart Varney has dismissed it as an effort to “buy votes” to benefit President Barack Obama. …read more

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Obama Condemns the Growing Income Inequality Occurring Under His Watch

In the fifth year of the Obama presidency, America’s middle class continues to suffer while the rich are gaining, President Barack Obama noted in a much ballyhooed speech last week before his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, one of the hottest destinations for America’s elite. Republicans and conservatives complain the middle class is suffering because of Obama policies. Obama counters that if Republicans would just agree to implement more of his policies they could end the suffering. …read more

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A Plan to Simplify the Tax Code for Businesses and Give Working Families a Better Deal

By <a href="/author-detail/3699933">Megan Slack</a>

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Amazon Chattanooga Fulfillment Center

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Amazon Chattanooga Fulfillment Center in Chattnooga, Tenn., July 30, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Today President Obama traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee today to talk about the first and most important cornerstone of middle class security: a good job in a durable, growing industry.

“We should be doing everything we can as a country to create more good jobs that pay good wages,” President Obama said. And plenty of independent economists, business owners, and people from both parties are already in agreement on some of the ingredients that we need for creating good jobs, he explained:

Putting people back to work rebuilding America’s infrastructure. Equipping our kids and our workers with the best skills. Leading the world in scientific research that helps to pave the way for new jobs in new industries. Accelerating our clean energy and natural gas revolutions. Fixing a broken immigration system so that American workers aren’t undercut, undermined because some businesses are unscrupulous and hiring folks and not paying them decent wages.

“We're not lacking for ideas, we're just lacking action, especially out of Washington,” he said.

“So I’m going to try offering something that serious people in both parties should be able to support: a deal that simplifies the tax code for our businesses and creates good jobs with good wages for middle-class folks who work at those businesses.”

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Securing the Vote for All Americans

By Valerie B. Jarrett

President Barack Obama meets with Civil Rights leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

Yesterday, President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez met with civil rights leaders, and state and local elected officials at the White House to discuss how to safeguard every eligible American’s right to vote in light of the recent Supreme Court decision on Shelby County vs. Holder.

President Barack Obama meets with Civil Rights Leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, July 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

The Supreme Court’s decision invalidating one of the Voting Rights Act’s core provisions, upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

President Obama acknowledged that for nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans, and expressed deep disappointment about the recent decision. He asked the leaders in the room for their ideas on how to strengthen voting rights, and also encouraged them to continue educating their communities on the Voting Rights Act, and how to exercise voting rights.

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Obama delicately wades into Mideast talks

By avandagriff

President Barack Obama on Tuesday delicately waded into the first round of Middle East peace talks in years, meeting privately at the White House with lead negotiators for the Israeli and Palestinian delegations. Read More: Obama delicately wades into Mideast talks | CNS News.

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Obama joins new Israeli-Palestinian peace push

By avandagriff

President Barack Obama brought senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to the White House on Tuesday to give a boost to his administration’s third bid to relaunch stalled Middle East peace talks. Read More: Obama joins new Israeli-Palestinian peace push | CNS News.

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Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits to Agriculture and Rural Communities

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New Report Released by the White House

“So if we’re truly committed to strengthening our middle class and providing more ladders of opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to make it into the middle class, we’ve got to fix the system. We have to make sure that every business and every worker in America is playing by the same set of rules. We have to bring this shadow economy into the light so that everybody is held accountable — businesses for who they hire, and immigrants for getting on the right side of the law. That’s common sense. And that’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”

– President Barack Obama, January 29, 2013

Today, the White House released a report, Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits to Agriculture and Rural Communities, detailing the important benefits provided by the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill for the domestic agriculture sector, its workforce, and rural American communities.

As the report states, in recent years, the agriculture sector has seen strong growth, with farm income and agriculture exports both reaching historic highs. In 2013, net farm income is forecast to total $128.2 billion, which would be the highest level since 1973 after adjusting for inflation. Much of this growth is due to the demand for American agricultural exports: the value of agricultural exports has steadily risen in recent years and is projected to reach $135.8 billion in Fiscal Year 2013, which would also establish a new record.

But there’s more work to do, and currently the agriculture industry is hampered by a broken immigration system that fails to support a predictable and stable workforce. Among all economic sectors, the U.S. agriculture sector is particularly reliant on foreign-born workers. Agricultural producers cite difficulty in locating qualified available authorized workers—both foreign and domestic—as one reason for the high rate of undocumented labor. Moreover, there continue to be insufficient U.S. workers to fill labor needs: of those crop workers surveyed between 2007 and 2009, 71 percent were foreign born. By providing a path to earned citizenship for currently unauthorized farmworkers, the bipartisan Senate bill gives unauthorized workers and their families the security they need to invest in their own skills and education and pursue higher-paying employment.

In June, the Senate passed historic legislation that is largely consistent with the President’s principles for commonsense immigration reform with a strong bipartisan vote. This bill would strengthen border security while providing an earned path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers who are vital to our nation’s agriculture industry, and a new temporary worker program negotiated by major grower associations and farmworker groups. If enacted, the Senate bill would provide a path to earned citizenship for undocumented farmworkers that includes paying a fine, their full share of taxes and is estimated to allow an estimated 1.5 million agricultural workers and their dependents to earn a legal status, and eventually citizenship.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at The White House Press Office

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton To Meet For Private Lunch On Monday, White House Announces

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join President Barack Obama for lunch on Monday, the White House Press Office announced Sunday evening.

The noon appointment, which will be held in the President’s private dining room, is closed to the press. The White House did not disclose the purpose of the meeting. However, as with anything related to Clinton these days, discussion in the media will likely circle back to one topic: 2016.

Several prominent Democrats have already voiced their support for another Clinton presidential run. In May, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) called Clinton the “best qualified” person for the party’s nomination. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) commented last week that Clinton would “handle things probably even better” in the White House than her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

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Larry Summers Fed Nomination Would Bypass ‘Steady’ And ‘Right’ Janet Yellen

By The Huffington Post News Editors

WASHINGTON — Leading Democrats are struggling with the idea that President Barack Obama may actually nominate economist Larry Summers to head the Federal Reserve. If he does, he’d pass over Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen, who saw the warning signs of the 2008 financial collapse, for Summers, whose deregulatory advocacy as treasury secretary contributed to it.

Summers’ critics typically cite his role in the 1999 repeal of Glass-Steagall financial regulations and the 2000 deregulation of the derivatives market as key contributors to the financial collapse of 2008. But Yellen accurately read signs of bank trouble before the crash, when she served as president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve.

“She’s steady, she’s been right and she hasn’t ignored the real economy and the role of employment,” former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), now president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, said Wednesday. “The reputation she has is as someone who has certainly been more interested in the full employment side of the mission than just the anti-inflationary side.” Yellen pushed for transparency at the Fed before it was popular and ate with fellow workers in the cafeteria, Perriello noted.

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President Obama Lays Out a Better Bargain for the Middle Class

By <a href="/author-detail/3699933">Megan Slack</a>

President Barack Obama delivers a speech on the economy at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill

President Barack Obama delivers a speech on the economy at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., June 24, 2013.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today President Obama returned to Knox College to kick off a series of speeches about his vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class — and those fighting to join it – front and center.

In his remarks, President Obama laid out the progress we’ve made together in the five years since the start of the recession that cost millions of Americans their jobs, their homes, and their savings

Thanks to the grit and resilience and determination of the American people — of folks like you — we’ve been able to clear away the rubble from the financial crisis. We started to lay a new foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth.

As a country, we’ve recovered faster and gone further than most other advanced nations in the world. With new American revolutions in energy and technology and manufacturing and health care, we're actually poised to reverse the forces that battered the middle class for so long, and start building an economy where everyone who works hard can get ahead.

But, he said, “I’m here to tell you today that we're not there yet.”

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Panel's differences on US prison at Guantanamo underscore challenge of closing the facility

Deep divisions among members of a Senate panel over whether to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, underscore the uphill battle President Barack Obama faces in fulfilling a 5-year-old promise to shutter the facility. …read more

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Don't be fooled by study's dramatically lower cyberthreat estimate, experts say

A recent study that greatly reduces an often-cited estimate on the economic impact of cybercrime and cyberespionage should not give companies a reason to spend less on security, experts say.

The McAfee-sponsored report, released on Monday, found that Internet-based crime and spying cost the U.S. economy as much as $100 billion a year, not the $1 trillion originally estimated by the Intel-owned security vendor. The study was done in conjunction with the nonprofit Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The analytical approach used in the latest findings is closer to reality than the previous methodology based on notoriously imprecise corporate surveys. McAfee acknowledges that the earlier figure, included in President Barack Obama’s 2009 cybersecurity speech, was inflated.

”There were some methodological challenges with the [original] study and we felt that the right thing to do was to work with the top think tank in the world focused on security and come up with a better study to set the record straight,” Tom Gann, vice president of government relations at McAfee, said on Tuesday.

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Congress Disapproval Rating Hits All-Time High In NBC/WSJ Poll, Obama Approval Drops

By The Huffington Post News Editors

A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday finds that Americans’ disapproval of Congress has reached unprecedented levels, while approval of President Barack Obama has dropped significantly.

According to the survey, 83 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing in Washington, an all-time high in the poll. Just 12 percent approve of Congress’ job, while 57 percent they would replace every member of Congress if they could.

NBC/WSJ also finds that the president’s approval rating has dropped to 45 percent, down from 48 percent last month. Obama’s new approval rating is the lowest in the poll since August 2011, when the president was entangled in a standoff over the debt ceiling with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other congressional Republicans.

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Obama’s Support Tumbling In “Blue” California

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A new statewide poll by the respected Field organization reveals that President Barack Obama’s support in California, one of the Democrats’ “bluest” states, has dropped 10 points since February, from a near high of 62%, to 52% job approval, one of the steepest drops in popularity during his Presidency.  Obama’s biggest percentage loss in approval came from women, whose approval rating of him dropped a whopping 15 points, from 68% to 53 percent, over the last five months.  Of those polled, 35% disapprove of Obama’s performance as President and 13% report no opinion.

Read More at CA Political Review . By James V. Lacy.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Western Journalism