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Obama Schedule || Tuesday, March 3, 2015

10:30 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
1:30 pm || Meets with Secretary of Defense Carter
2:50 pm || Delivers remarks on expanding efforts to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and stay in school; East Room
4:00 pm || Meets with senior advisors

All times Eastern
Live stream of White House briefing at 12:15 pm
Live stream of Netanyahu address to Congress at 10:30 am

Obama to Promote Girls’ Education – in Other Countries

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks Tuesday at the White House about “expanding efforts to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and stay in school,” according to the White House.

“These efforts will build on the investments we have made and the successes we have achieved in global primary school education by elevating existing programs and public and private sector partnerships,” the White House said.

This is all very nice. But it of course begs the question, Why is the White House concerning itself with the worldwide education of girls or the worldwide education of anyone else?

At a time when our own schools are giving so many of our young people a lousy education, why are we devoting resources to helping other countries educate their kids?

Because, we are all one world! What are you, some kind of American exceptionalist?

This looks to be a Valerie Jarrett operation, likely done under the auspices of the White House Council on Women and Girls.

The Council was created by Bill Clinton – okay, sorry, that’s a bad joke – it was created by President Obama and is chaired by ValJar, her own pet project.

The council appears to do some useful things, like combating human trafficking in our supply chains and raising breast cancer awareness, and some harmful things, like the typical equality-of-results and affirmative action-type efforts you would expect from this White House.

But whether we’re doing helpful things or not, let’s leave the education of girls in Guinea to the Guineans.

How Much Porn Do You Need to Watch at Work to Get Fired?

In the private sector, not much. But at the EPA, it seems you can fight pollution while polluting your desktop.

CBS – yes CBS!! – did a great report today on how hard it is to fire government workers, even if they spend years surfing the web for pornography.

Under President Obama, of course, the federal workforce has grown a full ten percent, by about 158,000 employees. His latest budget calls for hiring another 34,000.

That’s a lot of porn.

Netanyahu: “We Have a Voice”

Evoking the ancient fear among Jews of annihilation at the hands of their enemies, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday proclaimed “we have a voice,” saying the Jewish people will never again be passive in the face of threats to their existence.

“Those days are over,” Netanyahu said. “No more,” he declared, echoing the vow of “never again” Jews commonly use in reference to the Holocaust.

Netanyahu spoke during an appearance before AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying group. His remarks are a preview of those he will make Tuesday to Congress.

Netanyahu AIPAC

“Today we have a voice, and tomorrow as prime minister of the one and only Jewish state, I plan to use that voice,” he said. “American leaders worry about the security of their country,” he said. “Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their country.”

Showing a graphic he said depicted Iran’s training, arming and dispatching of terrorists on five continents, Netanyahu said Iranians’ “tentacles of terror” reached across the world.

“This is what Iran is doing now – without nuclear weapons. Imagine what Iran would do with nuclear weapons. And this same Iran vows to annihilate Israel. If it develops nuclear weapons, it would have the means to achieve that goal,” he said. “And as prime minister of Israel, I have a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these dangers while there is still time to avert them.”

Netanyahu said his appearance in Congress, arranged without the blessing of the White House, was not intended to show President Obama disrespect.

“My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both,” he said, receiving, according to the Associated Press, a standing ovation from more than 15,000 pro-Israel supporters.

The Obama Morning News || March 2, 2015

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Obama Schedule || Monday, March 2, 2015

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 11:00 am || Meets with members of the president’s policing task force; Roosevelt Room 12:45 pm || Meets with members of the Technology CEO Council; Roosevelt Room All times Eastern Live stream of White House briefing at 12:30 pm Don’t forget to share