President Obama is taking a stand – and this time it’s against bullying.
Joining the Cartoon Network’s campaign “Stop Bullying: Speak Up”, the president has recorded an opening message introducing a 30-minute documentary film “Speak Up”.
Cartoon Network describes the film as a “moving, thoughtful and hopeful program (that) consists of candid interviews with kids, mostly between the ages of 8 and 13 years old, who either are or have been the target of bullies, bystanders in a bullying situation or even bullies themselves.”
Cartoon Network’s “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” is a multi-platform initiative launched in October 2010 that focuses on motivating bystanders-witnesses to bullying-to speak up and help prevent bullying.
The half-hour film premieres on March 14, 2012, at a middle school on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C and will air nationally on Cartoon Network on March 18, 2012.
Washington (CNN) – Monday White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said any politician who claimed they could guarantee $2.50 a gallon gasoline would be “lying.” There is only one candidate – Newt Gingrich – who has made headlines calling for exactly that.
On Tuesday, the president’s spokesman had to walk back such impolitic language.
“It is a fallacy, as I said yesterday, to suggest that there’s some three-point plan or five-point plan out there that could magically, if you wave a wand, reduce the price that Americans are paying per gallon of gas,” Carney told reporters today. “I said yesterday that anybody who said that would be a liar. And I shouldn't have gone on motivations. I should have said that anybody who says that doesn't know what he's talking about.”
On Monday, Carney had said: “What he [Obama] is not willing to do is to look the American people in the eye and claim that there is a strategy by which he can guarantee the price of gas will be $2.50 at the pump. Any politician who does that is lying, because it just - that strategy does not exist. It is a simple fact that there is no such plan that can guarantee the price of oil or the price at the pump.”
Washington (CNN) - The United States plans to announce Tuesday that it is filing a trade case over China's export restrictions on minerals that are crucial for the production of many high tech devices, a senior Obama administration official said.
The European Union and Japan will join the United States in the case, which aims to pressure China to lift export limits on certain minerals known as rare earths, the official said Monday.
China produces about 95% of all rare earths, which are used to make products like flat-screen televisions, smart phones and hybrid cars.
The United States will ask the World Trade Organization, the organization tasked with monitoring trade between nations, to serve as a facilitator in talks with China, according to the U.S. official.
The United States accuses China of hoarding the valuable minerals for its own use. But China disputes that, saying the restrictions are motivated by environmental concerns.
Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympic opening ceremonies in London, according to an administration official.
The announcement will come later today at her event with Mrs. Cameron at American University.
The opening ceremony which includes the parade of athletes is scheduled for July 27, 2012.
The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:
* U.S. to file trade case against China over rare earths (CNN)
* Deluge in Acadiana (THEADVERTISER)
* U.S. officials debate speeding Afghan pullout (NYT)
* Romney could seal the deal in the South (POLITICO)
* Syria laying landmines along boarders according to Human Rights Watch report (BBC)
President Obama takes visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron on a road trip to watch round one of the of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship March Madness game in Dayton, OH. The trip includes a roundtrip ride on AF1 for P.M. Cameron. This is just day one of a two-day "official visit". Tomorrow's festivities will include a huge arrival ceremony on The South Lawn and a State Dinner.
full schedule after the jump