Saturday, July 23

(Video) Weekly Presidential Address: Protecting the Progress We’ve Made with Wall Street Reform

Senator Elizabeth Warren joined President Obama to discuss how far we've come since the financial crisis, when the recklessness of Wall Street caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, homes, and savings.

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Veto Message from President Obama: H.R. 1777 "Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2016"

TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
I am returning herewith without my approval H.R. 1777, the "Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2016," which would amend the Former Presidents Act of 1958.
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I agree with H.R. 1777's goal of reforming the pensions and allowances provided to former Presidents so as to reduce unnecessary costs to taxpayers.  But if implemented as drafted, the bill would have unintended consequences.  It would impose onerous and unreasonable burdens on the offices of former Presidents, including by requiring the General Services Administration to immediately terminate salaries and benefits of office employees and to remove furnishings and equipment from offices.  It would withdraw the General Services Administration's ability to administer leases and negatively impact operations, with unanticipated implications for the protection and security of former Presidents.
My Administration will work with the authors of the bill and other leaders in the Congress, in consultation with the offices of former Presidents, to explore the best ways to achieve these goals going forward.  If the Congress returns the bill having appropriately addressed these concerns, I will sign it.  For now, I must veto the bill.
BARACK OBAMA
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Friday, July 22

(Video) President Obama - Advancing 21st Century Policing

The fourth in a series of convenings of law enforcement officers from around the United States aimed at facilitating the implementation of the Final Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

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Executive Order 13728: Delegation of Certain Authorities and Assignment of Certain Functions Under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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DELEGATION OF CERTAIN AUTHORITIES AND ASSIGNMENT
OF CERTAIN FUNCTIONS UNDER THE TRADE FACILITATION
AND TRADE ENFORCEMENT ACT OF 2015
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (the "Act") (Public Law 114-125) and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby order as follows:

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Section 1.  Authorities and Functions under the Act.  (a)  The functions of the President under section 2313A(b) of the Export Enhancement Act of 1988, as added by section 504 of the Act, are assigned to the Secretary of Commerce.  In carrying out its functions, the State and Federal Export Promotion Coordination Working Group established by the