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Transforming the Health, Well-Being, and Livelihoods of Millions Across the Globe

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 9:44 am (UTC-4)
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This year marks a decade of American leadership in the global fight against malaria through the President’s Malaria Initiative. Retired Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, the US Global Malaria Coordinator, reports the hard work is paying off.

Obama’s Reaction to San Bernardino Shootings on CBS News

Posted December 3rd, 2015 at 12:45 pm (UTC-4)
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“The one thing we do know is that we have a pat­tern now of mass shoot­ings in this coun­try that has no par­al­lel any­where else in the world.”

Obama: ‘This Is Not Normal’

Posted November 28th, 2015 at 6:14 pm (UTC-4)
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“If we truly care about this… then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them.” President Barack Obama after shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado

A Trade Deal for Working Families

Posted November 10th, 2015 at 1:36 pm (UTC-4)
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“…As any middle-class family will tell you, we have more to do. That’s why I believe the Trans-Pacific Partnership is so important. It’s a trade deal that helps working families get ahead.” President Barack Obama

To Do List for the Next President: Afghanistan

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 6:28 pm (UTC-4)
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Barack Obama now finds himself standing firmly in the shoes of his predecessor, George W. Bush. In September of 2013, President Obama made this comment at a G-20 summit in Russia: “I was elected to end wars, not start them.” By Kevin Enochs

Empowering Global Voices Against Extremism

Posted October 6th, 2015 at 2:02 pm (UTC-4)
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“Da’esh is not protecting Muslims, it is killing them and fooling all of us,” says Khadijah, a young woman who lived in London, became disillusioned with her studies and was lured by the Islamic State (also called Da’esh) to Syria. In the end, she defected. Her story, and those of many other defectors, is now being told by the United States and its global partners. By Richard Stengel.

Being Catholic

Posted September 24th, 2015 at 3:36 pm (UTC-4)
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By Catherine Maddux
“If the guiding principle of Catholic faith is ultimately about the love of Christ, then Pope Francis has created the space for fallen Catholics to revisit a religion that is a struggle to connect with.”

Secretary of Navy: Why Our Fleet is Growing After Years of Decline

Posted September 22nd, 2015 at 2:49 pm (UTC-4)
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What should Americans conclude when they hear conflicting claims about the U.S. Navy being too large or shrinking too much? History and the facts prove those claims wrong. Indeed, this administration is aggressively rebuilding our fleet to surpass 300 ships before 2020, and that effort is critical to our security and our economy.
The size of our fleet matters because we live in a maritime-centric world. About 70% of our planet is covered by water; 80% of the earth’s population lives within an hour’s drive to the sea; 90% of global trade is seaborne; and 95% of voice and data are carried via undersea cables.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Iran Nuke Deal

Posted September 4th, 2015 at 10:00 am (UTC-4)
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From an op-ed published in USA Today on Sept. 7, 2015
“On Iran, the deal will prevent that nation from getting a nuclear weapon in a comprehensive and verifiable way…. The military option is real today and, as Secretary of Defense, I will be sure that remains true well into the future.”

President Obama’s op-ed on Iran

Posted August 20th, 2015 at 12:19 pm (UTC-4)
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“From the time I first ran for president, I have said that we need to end the mindset in American politics that prioritizes military action over diplomacy and that rushes into conflict. That mindset is what led us to go to war in Iraq, and we are still dealing with the consequences of that decision more than a decade later. As commander-in-chief, I have not hesitated to use force when necessary. If Iran does not abide by this deal, it’s possible that we won’t have any other choice than to act militarily. However, we cannot in good conscience justify a march toward war before we’ve exhausted diplomacy.”

An Appeal for More Support for Youth Civic Engagement

Posted August 13th, 2015 at 1:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Since 2012, Ana Usharek — which means “I Participate” in Arabic — has brought together more than 11,000 young people across Jordan to take a leading role in promoting civic participation and engaging with government. The program, jointly run by USAID and the National Democratic Institute, aims to support young people the chance to have constructive conversations about important policy issues.

50 Years After the Voting Rights Act, We Still Have Work to Do

Posted August 6th, 2015 at 1:58 pm (UTC-4)
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“We owe them a great debt. I am certain I wouldn’t be where I am today without their sacrifices.” President Barack Obama

CPJ to Iran Judiciary: Intervene in case of Jason Rezaian

Posted July 20th, 2015 at 11:33 am (UTC-4)
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The Committee to Protect Journalists is dedicated to ensuring freedom of the press around the world. Today, our board of directors is writing you to urge immediate intervention in the case of our colleague, Jason Rezaian …

For the U.S., the Choice Between Saudi Arabia and Iran Should be an Easy One

Posted July 14th, 2015 at 2:59 pm (UTC-4)
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The turmoil in the Middle East in recent years has forced many nations to reevaluate their relations with the countries of the region. It is only natural that the U.S. would do so as well. However, and despite their ideological and sometimes political differences, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have managed to sustain what has been a mutually beneficial relationship.

The Right Path to Counter Daesh

Posted July 10th, 2015 at 11:08 am (UTC-4)
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Daesh may be capable of dramatic acts of violence, but people across the globe and in the Middle East overwhelmingly reject its vision. We want to harness that rejection of Daesh and strengthen popular support for a different path, by giving a platform to those billions that are too often sidelined by Daesh’s headline grabbing violence.