Tuesday - February 19, 2019
Politics: President Barack Obama Newsletter for Sunday February 17, 2019 ( 19 items )  

Air Force District of Washington Provides Ceremonial Honors to Longest-Serving Congressional Member
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Maryland, Feb. 13 -- The U.S. Air Force District of Washington issued the following news: By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle Public Affairs Air Force District of Washington conducted an Arrival Ceremony in honor of World War II Army veteran and former Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) here Tuesday. Dingell, 92, passed away in Dearborn, Michigan, Feb. 7. Dingell's family and his remains arrived at JBA on board a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base  more

Air Force District of Washington Provides Ceremonial Honors to Longest-Serving Congressional Member
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Feb. 14 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle Public Affairs Air Force District of Washington conducted an arrival ceremony in honor of World War II Army veteran and former Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) Feb. 12, 2019. Dingell, 92, passed away in Dearborn, Michigan, Feb. 7. Dingell's family and his remains arrived at JBA on board a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C. AFDW is  more

Congressmen Lowenthal and Fitzpatrick Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect Imperiled Seabirds
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 -- Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-California, issued the following news release: Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today, joining with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and nine House colleagues, introduced legislation to protect imperiled seabirds from international fishing threats while increasing ongoing seabird conservation efforts in the United States and abroad. The Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act would implement the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and  more

Criminal-Justice Reformer Bryan Stevenson to Speak at Penn's 263rd Commencement
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Best-selling author, public-interest lawyer and advocate Bryan Stevenson will deliver the address at the 2019 University of Pennsylvania Commencement on Monday, May 20. The announcement was made today by Vice President and University Secretary Leslie Laird Kruhly. "We are honored to bestow our highest degree on Bryan Stevenson and have him address our graduates at Penn's 263rd Commencement," said   more

CSU Hosts Former Tulane President Scott Cowen Feb. 20
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb. 15 -- Cleveland State University issued the following news release: Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is hosting Tulane University President Emeritus, Dr. Scott Cowen for a presentation Wednesday, Feb. 20. Cowen's presentation, titled "Winnebagos on Wednesdays: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education (And Law Schools for that Matter)," will discuss the current cynical narrative surrounding the necessity and value of higher edu  more

Environmental Law Institute Welcomes Eight New Members to Its Leadership Council
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 -- The Environmental Law Institute issued the following news release: The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is delighted to announce the newest members of its Leadership Council: Tommy P. Beaudreau; Kimberly Leue Bick; Nadira Clarke; Avi S. Garbow; Charles B. Howland; Deborah J. Schmall; Ethan G. Shenkman; and Hilary C. Tompkins. "We are so fortunate to have these accomplished individuals join our Leadership Council," said ELI Leadership Council President Kathy Robb. "ELI's   more

Female Air Force Pioneer Laid to Rest at Arlington National Cemetery
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor Public Affairs Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Marcelite Jordan Harris was laid to rest Feb. 7, 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, with full military funeral honors. During Harris's life and Air Force career, she accomplished multiple crowning achievements. After receiving her commission through Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in 1965, she  more

Honorable Stephen Higginson to Deliver 2019 Rubin Lecture on March 19
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, Feb. 12 -- The Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center issued the following news: The Honorable Stephen A. Higginson, federal judge on the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, will present the Judge Alvin B. and Janice G. Rubin Visiting Professor of Law Lecture on March 19 at the LSU Law Center. The lecture, titled "The Fifth Circuit, Summer of 1963: 'A Causerie of ... Ethics in Negotiation,'" will take place at 5 p.m. in the Robinson Courtroom. Th  more

How Many Presidents Have Been to Offutt?
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska, Feb. 15 -- The U.S. Air Force (55th Air Wing) issued the following news: By L. Cunningham Public Affairs Presidents Day, celebrated the third Monday of February, was originally established in 1885 in recognition of our first president, George Washington, born Feb. 22, 1732. Eventually it was moved as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971, which made it a combined a celebration of all presidents. However, the only presidents born in the month of Febru  more

Indiana House Joins Shackleford in Honoring Jerry Harkness
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, Feb. 11 -- The Indiana House Democrats issued the following news on behalf of Indiana State Rep. Robin Shackleford, D-Indianapolis: Indiana House members today joined State Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) in honoring Jerry Harkness for his success as a basketball player and a champion for civil and social justice in our state. Harkness, a native of New York City, first gained attention when he helped the Loyola University of Chicago Ramblers win the 1963 NCAA bas  more

Lecture Honors African-American Pioneer With 'Historical Legacy'
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 13 -- Ohio State University issued the following news: * * * - Buckeye grad survived deadliest incident of racial violence in U.S. * * * Last year, on the anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, the world came to know the extraordinary testimony of Olivia J. Hooker, the last surviving witness of the incident and the first black woman to actively serve in the U.S. Coast Guard. She was a 103-year-old Buckeye, a 1937 College of Education graduate. Then, in November, she pa  more

March for Our Lives Activists and Stockton, California Mayor to Receive John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 5 -- The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation issued the following news release: March For Our Lives organizers Edna Chavez, Ryan Deitsch, David Hogg, and Tyah Robertswill receive the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award for their work to galvanize support and drive public advocacy for substantive changes to gun safety laws following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Stockton, California Mayor Michael Tubbs, the youngest mayor eve  more

Mosquera, Lampitt, Murphy Bill Requiring Baby Diaper-Changing Stations in All Newly Constructed Public Restrooms Clears Assembly Committee
TRENTON, New Jersey, Feb. 15 -- The New Jersey Assembly Democrats issued the following news release: * * * - Would Apply to Public Places that Hold More than 25 People, Allow Children Over Age 3 * * * To ensure that parents of small children have greater access to changing tables in public restrooms, a bill that would require baby diaper-changing stations in any newly constructed men's or women's public restrooms cleared the Assembly Women and Children's Committee Thursday. The measure is sp  more

Peters, Stabenow Announce Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring John D. Dingell
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 -- The office of Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced Senate passage of a resolution honoring the life and legacy of former Congressman John D. Dingell. The bipartisan resolution, which was co-sponsored by 17 other Senators, passed the Senate unanimously. "I was proud to join Senator Stabenow in leading this effort to honor the life and legacy of Chairman Dingell," said S  more

Rep Lieu Issues Statement on Passage of Resolution to End U.S. Support in Yemen
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 -- Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California, issued the following statement on the passage of the House resolution to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen: "I've been gravely concerned about the catastrophe unfolding in Yemen since 2015, and have worked to stop U.S. military involvement in this bloody civil war. The Saudi-led coalition was dropping bombs on civilians and we were helping fuel those planes. Millions of people were becoming aid-dependent in what was turning into, and now i  more

Reservists Overcome Winter Weather to Give Late Congressman Final Flight
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, South Carolina, Feb. 14 -- The U.S. Air Force Reserve Command issued the following news: By Michael Dukes Public Affairs A Reserve aircrew's wise planning helped them complete a high-profile airlift mission Feb. 12 - delivering the remains of U.S. Rep. John Dingell back to Washington - despite crippling winter weather that prevented other aircraft from landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Michigan. A Charleston C-17 Globemaster III flown by a crew from the 701st   more

Stabenow, Peters Announce Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring John D. Dingell
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 -- The office of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced Senate passage of a resolution honoring the life and legacy of former Congressman John D. Dingell. The bipartisan resolution, which was co-sponsored by 17 other Senators, passed the Senate unanimously. "With this resolution, we pay tribute to a true Michigan - and American - legend, the Dean of the House and my lon  more

Warren Washington, Michael Mann Win 2019 Tyler Prize
BOULDER, Colorado, Feb. 12 -- The National Center for Atmospheric Research issued the following news release: The 2019 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement - often described as the "Nobel Prize for the environment" - has been awarded to climate scientists Warren Washington of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University. Washington is a distinguished scholar at NCAR whose pioneering work on global climate models has influenced decad  more

Wolf Administration Invests $1.2 Million Into Education and Prevention Programs to Fight Sexual Violence
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 11 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the following news release: Today, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced a new round of funding for the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education program under the Wolf Administration. The department was awarded $1.2 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue to work on education and prevention of sexual violence and unhealthy relationships. "My administratio  more