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Obama Pushes “College Promise” Plan for Free Community College

President Barack Obama speaks at Macomb Community College, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Warren, Mich. Obama announces new steps to expand apprenticeships and a push to make community college free for responsible students. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Unable to have his way with Congress, President Barack Obama reached back to his roots as a community organizer and sought Wednesday to spark a national movement in support of his idea for free community college.

Congress has shown next-to-no interest in Obama’s $60 billion community college proposal, so he’s taking his case to the people.  “It’s an idea whose time has come,” Obama told an audience at Macomb Community College. “It’s an idea that makes sense.”

Obama said six states and communities have created programs similar to what he proposed during his State of the Union address earlier this year, including one announced by Milwaukee on Wednesday. Lawmakers in more than 10 other states have introduced legislation providing for free community college, he said.

Getting an education is the best investment anyone can make for their and the country’s future, Obama said.  “Education has always been the secret sauce, the secret to America’s success,” he said.

Obama announced that a new, independent “college promise” advisory board will work with various organizations to build momentum for the idea by highlighting programs that already provide free community college, and recruiting more states and communities to do likewise. It will be headed by a woman who Obama said is his “favorite community college instructor,” Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer, a Republican.

Biden, who teaches English at a community college near Washington, D.C., traveled to Michigan with the president.  “It’s important that you give your friends, your families, your classmates, a heads-up to join the movement to make two years of community college free because education is the key to America’s future,” she said while introducing Obama.

Obama also announced $175 million in Labor Department grants to help create 34,000 apprenticeship slots around the country.

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Michelle Obama Announces Employment Site For Veterans


Nine percent of veterans who have served in the military since September 2001 are unemployed. This is about 1.6 percentage points higher than the overall civilian population. The White House is hoping a new job website will help bring these numbers down. First Lady Michelle Obama has announced a new online platform “to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets,” reports The Grio. The new Veterans Employment Center will sort of be like a one-stop shop for troops as they transition to civilian life.

The website, EBenefits.VA.Gov, will assist veterans and military spouses in creating resumes, translating military skills into private-sector skills and will offer career and training data.  “It is our obligation to you,” Obama told soldiers at Fort Campbell on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. “Your job is to take full advantage of these opportunities.” Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, joined Mrs. Obama for the announcement.

The site is sorely needed. “The Army plans to reduce its fighting force from a high of about 570,000 at the peak of the Iraq war to 490,000 — a reflection of budget cuts and of the country’s current military needs as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end,” reports MSN.

And the White House says the site will have a smoother rollout than its glitch-riddled HealthCare.gov site. Administration officials announced that they have fully tested the veterans’ site to make sure it can handle high traffic and perform the various tasks.

article by Ann Brown via madamenoire.com

Obama Observes 12th Anniversary of 9/11(VIDEO)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a moment of silence with First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and his wife Jill Biden today.  Obama, along with Mrs. Obama, walked out of the White House at 1246 GMT, the moment the first hijacked plane hit the World Trade Center tower in New York City.  Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks that led to a long war in Afghanistan. The President went on to speak at a Sept. 11 ceremony at the Pentagon today (see video below).

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson