Photo: The President and First Lady Show Their School Spirit


First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Wayne State University on Friday to attend Detroit’s first-ever citywide College Signing Day Celebration — an event aimed at honoring those students dedicated to furthering their education.

The First Lady commended the 2,000 students present — and all college-bound high school seniors throughout America — on their college acceptances and called them real role models. In congratulating the soon-to-be graduates, the First Lady also called on them to help younger students reach this impressive goal of attending college.

See highlights from the First Lady’s trip — and check out how students across America celebrated College Signing Day.

The President and First Lady celebrate College Signing Day

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sport their college t-shirts in support of the First Lady’s “Reach Higher” initiative on College Signing Day, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Weekly Address: Ensuring Every Child Gets a Great Education

In this week’s address, the President reiterated his commitment to expanding access to education, and to spreading the joy of reading to more children and young adults. Earlier this week, the President announced two new efforts that help every student get a library card and provide more than $250 million in free e-Books for low-income students. The President also previewed his upcoming commencement speech at Lake Area Tech in Watertown, South Dakota.


Harry Potter, Math Whiz, and Pencils: 3 Things You Didn‘t Know About a Young President Obama

President Obama traveled to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C. last week to announce new partnerships to expand access to free books for America’s students, and to ensure every student has easy access to their local libraries. While in a conversation with kids, the President shared new details of what he was like as a young student.


West Wing Week: “I Think That Works!”

Last week, the President hosted the Japanese Prime Minister, joked around at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, sat down for an interview with the Wall Street Journal, took a walk with the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, and participated in a “virtual field trip” with students at D.C.’s Anacostia Neighborhood Library.


Isaac Bloom, Everytown for Gun Safety: Oregon Victory

Everytown for Gun Safety


BREAKING: Oregon just passed a law to require background checks on all gun sales.

This is an incredible victory for Oregon — but also for gun sense across the country — because it shows what happens when we come together to stand up to the gun lobby. Not only do we win, we win BIG.

Now, THAT is a victory worth celebrating. Spread the word about this big win by sharing the image below on Facebook or on Twitter:

Victory in Oregon!

Check out the amazing ways that Everytown and Moms Demand Action supporters helped make this victory possible:

Victory in Oregon!
More than 100 volunteers came to the state capitol to advocate for a strong background checks law.

Victory in Oregon!
Everytown ran powerful TV ads across the state featuring Mike Reese, the former Portland police chief, and Paul Kemp whose brother-in-law was shot and killed in the Clackamas Town Center mall shooting.

Victory in Oregon!
Volunteers spent time making calls to lawmakers to build support for SB 941, the background checks bill.

Victory in Oregon!
Ted Alcorn, Everytown for Gun Safety’s Research Director, presented key findings on background checks at a legislative hearing on SB 941.

Victory in Oregon!
Our Moms Demand Action volunteers brought together law enforcement, gun violence survivors, and lawmakers to speak out in the press about the life-saving bill.

It turns out, the NRA has a formidable opponent in people like you, and we’re ready to take this fight across the country until every state joins Oregon on the background checks map.

But first, spread the word about today’s amazing victory in Oregon:

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Here’s to many more to come,

Isaac Bloom
Deputy Organizing Director
Everytown for Gun Safety

As a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense gun policies, we depend on contributions from supporters like you to fund important work to reduce gun violence.

the Senate CONGRESS 5/5 the House

redpeacesignThe Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the veto message to accompany S.J.Res.8 (NLRB). Senators should expect a vote on the motion to proceed to the Budget conference report at approximately 10:15am.


Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to proceed to the conference report to accompany S.Con.Res.11, Budget; agreed to: 53-44.
  2. Adoption of the conference report to accompany S.Con.Res.11, the concurrent resolution on the Budget; adopted: 51-48.
  3. Motion to table the veto message on S.J.Res.8, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures (NLRB rule); tabled: 96-3.

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.97, supporting the goals of International Women’s Day.

Adopted S.Res.155, establishing May 2, 2015, as a Day of Recognition for Ebola Orphans.

Adopted S.Res.169, expressing condolences to the family of Dr. Warren Weinstein.

Executive Business


Last Floor Action:
11:33:22 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 4(b) of H. Res. 223.

The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on May 8, 2015.

11:30:00 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
11:30:15 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
11:30:44 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Anthony Craig Diocese of Duluth, Pequot Lakes, MN.
11:32:01 A.M. Pursuant to section 4(a) of H. Res. 223, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
11:32:06 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
11:32:27 A.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on May 4, 2015 at 2:47 p.m.: That the Senate passed S. 665.
11:33:22 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 4(b) of H. Res. 223. The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on May 8, 2015.


BREAKING: Republicans forced Budget passes … read to see if your family will be cut slashed or burned

Speaker Boehner and his radical caucus forced through their “Work Harder for Less” budget last week.

Now Senator McConnell and the GOP-held Senate just passed this.

This budget makes it harder to buy a home, pay for college, or save for a secure retirement. Put simply: the GOP budget is a DISASTER for hardworking families, while millionaires and billionaires make out like bandits.

We can’t let Boehner and McConnell get away with this.

Tell Boehner and McConnell to stop ransacking America’s future in favor of corporations and special interests.

Let’s recap the “highlights” (or “lowlights”, as I’d call them) of the GOP’s “Work Harder for Less” budget:

  • slashes programs for K-12 education
  • cuts Pell Grants that help low-income students attend college
  • repeals the Affordable Care Act
  • cuts investments in infrastructure and innovation

And let’s not forget, the GOP budget does all of those things while empowering special interests and paving the way for huge tax breaks for millionaires.

Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell CANNOT get away with this — and we need to hold them accountable. Add your name to the petition today.

Thank you.