5:26 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama blasted gun violence in a Tumblr event today at the White House. He said that it's "off the charts" here in America.
"This is becoming the norm," he said. "We should be ashamed."
Here's the pool report:
Pres Obama, in response to a question that Karp said was submitted a few days ago from a tumblr user about mass shootings, declared that as president "my biggest frustration so far is that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps" to curb gun violence.
He cited the failed effort to toughen background checks.
"We're the only developed country" where this happens, Obama said. "There's no place else like this."
Gun violence in America is "off the charts."
But he said he could only do so much. "If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change."
In the executive "we don't have enough tools right now to make as big a dent as we need to," he said. He took to task candidates and lawmakers who are "terrified of the NRA."
To those who say it's not guns, it's mental health: "The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people."
"This is becoming the norm," he lamented, in ways that, "as a parent, are terrifying to me."
"We should be ashamed."
3:44 PM, Jun 10, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Earlier this week, a couple shot two Las Vegas police officers while saying "this is a revolution." They draped the police officers' bodies in Gadsden flags and swastikas, and evidence later emerged they had gone out to support rancher Cliven Bundy.
2:33 PM, Feb 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on the phone about the violence in Ukraine. The two leaders agreed "to stay in close touch in the days ahead," according to a White House read-out of the call.
7:12 AM, Jan 8, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
On Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are scheduled to make a joint appearance at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, MD. The purpose of the visit is to hold a roundtable with students on "Solutions to Enhance School Climate/Improve Discipline Policies and Practices" and to make an announcement, accompanied by "civil rights advocates and local community members."
8:53 AM, Nov 6, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The White House is ramping up a new push for the president's version of comprehensive immigration reform. In an opening salvo, White House advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal wrote a blog entry titled, "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Survivors Can’t Afford to Wait," saying that "it’s up to Republicans in the House to decide whether to move forward with immigration reform." Ms.
8:01 AM, Oct 22, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
"Bullying doesn't just happen on the playground," so begins an article in an online Health and Human Services (HHS) publication called Let's Talk.
3:44 PM, Sep 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The State Department today announced that John Kerry would spend $10 million "to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies worldwide."
9:15 AM, Sep 23, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
While Germany was engaging in peaceful elections and the United States was watching football – civilized societies being big on democratic rituals and sports – people in other parts of the world were relieving their frustrations in violence.
3:29 PM, Aug 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The anti-Christian violence in Egypt is "a modern pogrom," David Brog, the executive director of Christians United for Israel, says in a statement.
"Events in Egypt this week highlight yet again the tragedy facing the Christians of the Middle East. Once again, Christians are being targeted for murder. Once again Christian schools, businesses and churches are being attacked. And once again, the world is largely silent," Brog says.
The Family Research Council shooting, one year later. 12:55 PM, Aug 15, 2013 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Today is the one year anniversary of the Family Research Council shooting, when an armed gunman unhappy with the organization's stance on gay issues entered its building in downtown Washington D.C. with the intent of killing everyone in the building. The gunman shot FRC's security guard, Leo Johnson, who bravely fought and subdued the gunman even after he was wounded. The gunman would later tell the FBI that he selected the Family Research Council as a target because it was listed as a "hate" group on the Southern Poverty Law Center's website.
12:24 PM, Aug 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest released this statement on the ongoing violence in Egypt:
7:31 AM, May 9, 2013 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
During his trip to Mexico and Costa Rica last week, President Obama tried to highlight the positive and downplay the negative. Thus, he spoke at length about the growth of trade, commerce, and economic partnerships, arguing that security issues should not be allowed to dominate all discussions of U.S. policy in the region.
3:33 PM, May 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a statement to the press, the State Department is calling "on all Libyans to refrain from armed protest and violence during this difficult time in the democratic transition."
The rest of the statement reads:
2:12 PM, May 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a petition emailed today to supporters, Organizing for Action, President Obama's former campaign group, uses violence in Chicago to push for more gun control.
"In 2009, my schoolmate Greg Robinson was in the backseat of a car returning home from a basketball game when someone with a gun opened fire," the letter from "Ronnie Mosley," of Morehouse College Class of 2013, emails.
7:19 AM, May 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden made the case last night at a Washington, D.C. hotel that abused women fear getting "raped again by the system." Biden made the comments in remarks to a fundraiser for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which is co-chaired by his daughter.