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Why did the President go to Austin on 11 March!


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President Obama is traveling to South by Southwest today — the first sitting President to do so. In Austin, he’s going to make the case for people “from all walks of life, working inside or outside of government, to help us make this democracy even stronger.”

Coming from the tech industry, I was aware of the ways President Obama, his campaigns, and the White House have used technology to help people embrace the “imperative of citizenship.” Tech, it seemed to me, was changing how our government engages with — and provides services to — people, and that’s exciting.

Giving people a voice, enabling them to be heard, and working with them to solve big problems is the animating principle of President Obama’s campaigns and the core of his presidency. It’s why he sought office and what drives his Administration. It’s how we make change in America.

This is what he’ll be talking about today at South by Southwest — how Americans can apply our ideas and talents to help the broader public and tackle big challenges in government. You can watch his conversation in Austin at 3:40 p.m. Eastern.

Technology has the power to enhance this work. When it puts users first, it enables Americans to find their voice, for our government to deliver better services, and make our country more just.

The chance to be part of this work — to build a more user-centered government — has inspired talented people to serve our country in new ways. The work they’re doing is impactful — and it’s hard to see how they don’t become permanent features of our government. Indeed, this might be President Obama’s most important accomplishment as the First Tech President: establishing a lasting legacy of service that will carry on long after he leaves office.

Along with the technologists serving in our government, companies from across the tech landscape have embraced this call and pitched in on issues ranging from the Syrian refugee crisis to providing rides to veterans for job interviews, from signing people up for health care to connecting young people with summer jobs.

Take a look at some of the work that’s already been accomplished across the Administration, and stay tuned for more.

Thanks,

Jason

Source: Jason Goldman
Chief Digital Officer
The White House
@Goldman44

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I want to talk to you about diapers!


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Every day, I walk into work and see the faces of teenage mothers who are trying their hardest to be good parents.

I help run a youth homeless shelter for an organization called Covenant House, and it’s my job to make life a little easier for the young mothers that we welcome. But week after week, there’s a major problem that stands in our way: diapers.

Diapers are basic necessities for these young women and their children, just like food and housing. We work to provide diapers to them as much as we can. But right now, diapers are a big expense: We pay roughly 33 cents per diaper and wait one week per shipment. When we run out, we need to make a run to the corner store, where we end up paying premium prices.

This isn’t just our problem. Studies show nearly one in three families struggle to afford diapers for their babies.

Policy experts say that low-income families spend twice as much on diapers every year compared to some wealthier families. That’s because low-income families don’t have internet access or credit cards to order diapers in bulk online, or often don’t have transportation to buy in bulk at a big box store.

When families can’t afford a healthy number of diapers for their babies, they’re faced with the choice between buying diapers and paying for food, rent, or utilities like heat. That’s a choice that no family should have to make.

Today, the White House is highlighting a new initiative by private and non-profit entities to help fix this problem and make diapers more affordable for all. Learn more about how it will help millions of families in need.

The initiative has three key parts:

First, the private sector and the non-profit community have teamed up to provide a more affordable way to manufacture and distribute diapers to non-profit organizations. This means that organizations like mine can pay less than half the cost of what we normally pay for diapers, and get them faster with free two-day shipping.

Second, any 501(c)(3) non-profit can sign up to participate in theCommunity Diaper Program and begin offering these more affordable diapers to families in their communities. The National Diaper Bank Network estimates that their 280 diaper banks will be able to order more than 14 million diapers this year thanks to this program.

Third, even more private sector organizations are helping address the problem through diaper donation campaigns to benefit families in need.

I cannot say how much seemingly small efforts like these can impact organizations like mine. When we have cheaper, more reliable access to diapers, we can invest any savings into job training programs to help these young mothers find full-time jobs to support their families.

But more important than saving money, this initiative shows these women that people care about them. They are working so hard to change their lives and provide their children with a good future, and this is the kind of support that they’ll remember for a lifetime.

Take a minute to find out what’s being done to help families get the diapers they need at wh.gov/DiaperGap.

Thanks so much for listening,

Renata

Source: Renata Alexis
Covenant House

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Chris Rock took a swipe at Will & Jada Smith at the Oscars plus other things he said


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Jada Pinkett-Smith started the 2016 Oscars
boycott after her husband Will Smith was
snubbed. You would think the host, a black man,
Chris Rock, would support his own
people…lol…but last night he took a swipe and
Jada and Will. He said;
‘It’s not fair that Will Smith was this good
in ‘Concussion and didn’t get nominated.
It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20
million for ‘Wild Wild West!’, was one of
Rock’s first zingers aimed at the
Hollywood power couple.”
Then about Jada Pinkett-Smith, Chris Rock said;

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‘What happened this year? Jada’s going
to boycott the Oscars. Jada boycotting
the Oscars is like me boycotting
Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited! ‘It’s
not an invitation I would turn down.’
Other things he said below…
“You realize if they nominated hosts, I
wouldn’t even get this job. You’d be
watching Neil Patrick Harris right now,’
‘It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which
means this whole no black nominees
thing has happened at least 71 other
times,’
Speaking on why the furor over diversity in the
industry was an issue today rather than in the
1950s or 1960s, Chris Rock said black
Americans had bigger issues to worry about
then.
‘Because we had real things to protest at
the time. We were too busy being raped
and lynched to care about who won best
cinematographer.’
‘When your grandmother is swinging from
a tree, it’s really hard to care about best
documentary foreign short.’
Chris then told a true story that involved
President Barack Obama.
‘I was at a fundraiser for president
Obama, a lot of you were there … It’s all
of Hollywood and there were four black
people there: me, Quincy Jones, Russell
Simmons, Questlove. The usual
suspects,’
‘At some point you get to take a picture
with the president. As they’re setting up
the picture you get a little moment with
the president. I’m like, ‘Mr. President, you
see all these writers producers and
actors, they don’t hire black people –
and they’re the nicest white people on
Earth. They’re liberals!’
Later he talked about racism in Hollywood
‘Everyone wants to know in the world, is
Hollywood racist? Is it ‘burning cross
racist’? No. Is it ‘fetch me some
lemonade racist’? No. It’s a different type
of racist…. Hollywood is ‘sorority racist.’
It’s like, we like you Rhonda, but you’re
not a Kappa.’

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Man draped in American flag jumps the White House fence on Thanksgiving day


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The Obama’s Thanksgiving celebrations had to be cut short after a man draped in the American flag jumped the fence of the White House.President Obama and his family were tucking into their turkey dinner when they were put on lockdown so the Secret Service could conduct a sweep of the grounds following the security breach.CNN reports that Joseph Caputo – who was wearing a baseball shirt, gloves and the flag as a cape when he hopped the fence – was immediately taken into custody. He also appeared to have a binder in between his teeth as he climbed the metal railings.

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Joseph Caputo scaled a fence on the North Lawn at 2:45 p.m., according to Secret Service spokesperson Robert Hoback. The jumper was immediately apprehended and taken into custody.According to two CNN photojournalists who witnessed the incident, the men was carrying an envelope, had on a blue shirt and white pants and was cloaked in an American flag. They said the officers who detained him had their guns drawn and were accompanied by K-9 units.

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Vanessa Pena, an intern on Capitol Hill, was playing tourist with her twin sister who was in town for Thanksgiving. “We were just standing there and the man came up behind us,” she told CNN. “I heardhim take a deep breath and say, ‘All right, let’s do this.'”Pena said the man “ran through” she and her sister before he jumped over a barricade, and then the fence.

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Though the White House issued an official”all clear” about two hours after the episode began, the north and south fence lines remained temporarily closed Thursday evening.

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U.S. general sees air strikes against Islamic State picking up


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   PHOTO: http://www.worldbulletin.net

U.S. and coalition forces are likely to
increase air strikes against Islamic State
targets in Iraq and Syria in coming
weeks after a lull in September and
October.
The head of U.S. Air Forces Central
Command, Lt-Gen. Charles Brown, said
this while speaking with reporters on
Saturday at the Dubai International Air
Chiefs Conference.
Brown said that the reduction in air
strikes was due to weather and to a
slowdown in activity on the ground and
not due to the start of Russian air strikes
in the region.
He said both government forces and
insurgents were increasing their ground
movements to create more opportunities
for the U.S. and its allies to carry out
more air strikes against Islamic State
targets.
“If they’re not out and about, it’s harder
to strike, particularly for an adversary
that may wrap themselves in the civilian
population,’’ he said.
Brown also rejected criticism that the
U.S. was not using air strikes as much or
effectively as possible.
He said that coalition forces were
striving to avoid civilian casualties that
could help recruitment for Islamic State.
He also noted that the sheer number of
air strikes was less of an indicator than
the targets hit and the number of
weapons used.
The U.S. and its allies targeted Islamic
State in Iraq with 14 air strikes on
Thursday, and also hit the militant group
with nine air strikes in Syria, the U.S.
military said.
Brown told reporters that an agreement
signed with Russia to avoid possible mid-
air collisions was working well, and no
incidents had been reported.
“They don’t want a mid-air and neither
do we,’’ he said.
He said that the agreement did not
hinder U.S. forces from carrying out
strikes where needed.
“We have said, we are going to fly where
we need to, to get the job done,’’ he said.
Scours: TheGuardian

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