• President Obama Signs Kids Tobacco Legislation
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    President Obama Signs Kids Tobacco Legislation

    The President: Please, everybody, have a seat — have a seat. I am thrilled to be here for what is I think an extraordinary accomplishment by this Congress, a bill we’re about to sign into law. I want to acknowledge a few of our special guests. First of all we’ve got the crew from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: Eamon, Christopher, Sarah, and Hoai-Nam. (applause) We have our FDA Commissioner, Dr. Peggy Hamburg. (applause) We have our CDC Director, Tom Frieden. (applause) And we have just some extraordinary members of Congress here on stage: Senator Dodd, Senator Durbin, Senator Enzi, Senator Harkin, Senator Lautenberg, Representative Waxman, Representative Dingell, Representative…

  • A critically important piece of legislation: ENDA
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    A critically important piece of legislation: ENDA

    Mr. Carney: Hi, we wanted to give you an update on an issue that I get asked about a lot in the White House briefing room. It’s called the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and the Senate is discussing this important — critically important piece of legislation this week. The bill provides strong federal protections against discrimination, making it explicitly illegal to fire someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. It’s hard to believe, but only 17 states currently prohibit discrimination against LGBT Americans. As a result, millions of Americans across the country go to work every day afraid and fearful that they might lose their jobs just because of who…

  • The Affordable Care Act & The Patient’s Bill of Rights
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    The Affordable Care Act & The Patient’s Bill of Rights

    Paul Brayshaw: Welcome. My name is Paul Brayshaw, and my wife, Frances here. We’d like to welcome you to our backyard. We appreciate you all being here. We tried to clean up everything, but just watch your step, you never know, there could be a fresh one out there. But — President Obama: He’s got dogs. Paul Brayshaw: Yeah. So welcome. 36 years ago, I was born with severe factor IX deficiency, hemophilia. I lack a specific clotting factor in my blood to make it clot. And it’s been a bit of a challenge over the years. In 2006, I reached a lifetime cap after three years. I was trying…

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    The Affordable Care Act & The Patient’s Bill of Rights

    Paul Brayshaw: Welcome. My name is Paul Brayshaw, and my wife, Frances here. We’d like to welcome you to our backyard. We appreciate you all being here. We tried to clean up everything, but just watch your step, you never know, there could be a fresh one out there. But — President Obama: He’s got dogs. Paul Brayshaw: Yeah. So welcome. 36 years ago, I was born with severe factor IX deficiency, hemophilia. I lack a specific clotting factor in my blood to make it clot. And it’s been a bit of a challenge over the years. In 2006, I reached a lifetime cap after three years. I was trying…

  • The House of Representatives in comparison to the Senate | US government and civics | Khan Academy
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    The House of Representatives in comparison to the Senate | US government and civics | Khan Academy

    – [Instructor] What I want you to do in this video is a little bit more of a deep dive into the House of Representatives. Now we’ve already talked about how either chamber of Congress can introduce general legislation. And if it gets approved by one chamber, it has to be voted on and approved by the other chamber. But the House of Representatives has some specific constitutional powers. So for example, impeachment proceedings would start in the House of Representatives. In other videos we have talked about impeachment is not the removal from office, of say the president, it is just a formal indictment. Now if the House of…

  • Austan Goolsbee – Credit Card Bill Kicks in Today
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    Austan Goolsbee – Credit Card Bill Kicks in Today

    Austan Goolsbee: I’m Austan Goolsbee of the Council of Economic Advisors. And I was just sitting here reading this Reuters article. Headline is “Consumers to Benefit as Credit Card Law Debuts.” And I was just remembering that the credit card law that goes into effect today was one of the very first consumer protections that President Obama got put in place. And he received thousands of letters of people complaining about all sorts of practices that credit card companies were behaving in that they really shouldn’t. It was the Wild West and things were out of control. This bill that’s going into effect today is going to change many things…

  • Weekly Address: The Patients Bill of Rights and Health Reform
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    Weekly Address: The Patients Bill of Rights and Health Reform

    The President: Over the past few decades, there has been an intense struggle in Washington between the lobbyists for the insurance industry and the interests of the American people over what’s been called a Patient’s Bill of Rights — a set of rules to protect Americans from some of the worst practices of the health insurance industry; rules to ensure that all Americans are getting the care they need from their doctors and the care they deserve from their insurance companies. The last time a Patient’s Bill of Rights was within reach was roughly a decade ago, and it was supported by Democrats and Republicans alike, from Ted Kennedy to…

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam:  (8 of 8)
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    Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam: (8 of 8)

    (applause) Lin-Manuel Miranda: I’m thrilled the White House called me tonight because I’m actually working on a hip-hop album. It’s a concept album about the life of someone I think embodies hip-hop Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton. (laughter) You laugh, but it’s true! He was born a penniless orphan in St. Croix of illegitimate birth, became George Washington’s right-hand man, became Treasury Secretary, caught beef with every other founding father. And all in the strength of his writing, I think he embodies the world’s ability to make a difference. So I’m going to be doing the first song from that tonight. I’m accompanied by Tony and Grammy music director Alex Lacamoire.…

  • So, You Want To Impeach The President | Ron’s Office Hours | NPR
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    So, You Want To Impeach The President | Ron’s Office Hours | NPR

    No president of the United States has ever been removed from office by impeachment. But, it’s hard to watch the news these days without hearing the word. So, what does it actually take to impeach a president? First, a member of the House of Representatives brings a resolution of impeachment, and that happens from time to time. Not a big deal in and of itself. Number 2, the House Judiciary Committee would have to produce a majority vote to advance that impeachment resolution to the full House. Third, the full House would have to have a majority vote for the impeachment resolution. Fourth and finally, the Senate would sit as…

  • Keep Americans Safe Act – New Anti-Gun Legislation – The Legal Brief!
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    Keep Americans Safe Act – New Anti-Gun Legislation – The Legal Brief!

    Welcome back to The Legal Brief, the show where we CRUSH the various legal myths and misinformation surrounding various areas of the gun world. I’m your host Adam Kraut and today we’re talking about the Keep Americans Safe Act, which as you probably guessed isn’t going to do that. The Keep Americans Safe Act was reintroduced this year in both the House and Senate by Representative Ted Deutch and Senator Robert Menendez. The two of them also held a press conference that has some real gems, more on that in a bit. The companion bills would to amend the Gun Control Act to add a definition for the term “large…