Change in Cuba policy

 Posted by at 21:49  Politics
Dec 172014
 

Today, President Barack Obama announced that the 54-year-old embargo of Cuba by the United States is coming to an end. Diplomatic and economic relations between the two countries are to be reestablished.

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Weekly Address 12-13-14

 Posted by at 10:52  Politics
Dec 132014
 

“Giving Thanks for Our Troops”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, the President thanked the men and women in uniform who serve and sacrifice to protect the freedom, prosperity, and security that we all enjoy as Americans. On Monday the President will visit troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and voice his appreciation in person for their incredible service.

These troops, as well as the many who are still overseas, have met every mission they have been tasked with, from bringing a responsible end to our war in Afghanistan, to working to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, to saving lives by fighting to contain the spread of Ebola. During this holiday season, a time of blessings and gratitude, the President reminded everyone to find a way to thank and serve the members of the military who serve us every day.

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Weekly Address 12-06-14

 Posted by at 10:57  Politics
Dec 062014
 

“Ensuring Americans Feel the Gains of a Growing Economy”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the good news in Friday’s jobs report – that American businesses added 314,000 new jobs this past month, making November the tenth month in a row that the private sector has added at least 200,000 new jobs. Even with a full month to go, 2014 has already been the best year of job creation since the 1990s. This number brings total private-sector job creation to 10.9 million over 57 consecutive months – the longest streak on record.

But even with this real, tangible evidence of our progress, there is always more that can be done. Congress needs to pass a budget and keep the government from a Christmas shutdown. We have an opportunity to work together to support the continued growth of higher-paying jobs by investing in infrastructure, reforming the business tax code, expanding markets for America’s goods and services, making common-sense reforms to the immigration system, and increasing the minimum wage.

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Weekly Address 11-27-14

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Nov 272014
 

“Happy Thanksgiving from the Obama Family”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, the President wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving and reflected on the history of our country and its celebration of diversity. He gave thanks for the many Americans who sacrifice every day, from volunteer workers who serve their communities, to men and women in unform who serve us all.

On Thanksgiving, a holiday that is uniquely American, he reminded us to focus on what unites — our commitment to American ideals like justice and equality and our gratitud and love for our country.

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Weekly Address 11-22-14

 Posted by at 09:53  Politics
Nov 222014
 

“Immigration Accountability Executive Action”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, the President laid out the steps he took this past week to fix our broken immigration system. Enacted within his legal authority, the President’s plan focuses on cracking down on illegal immigration at the border; deporting felons, not families; and accountability through criminal background checks and taxes. These are commonsense steps, but only Congress can finish the job.

As the President acts, he’ll continue to work with Congress on a comprehensive, bipartisan bill — like the one passed by the Senate more than a year ago — that can replace these actions and fix the whole system.

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