Tag: Valerie Jarrett

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Obama hails ‘historic’ launch of health exchanges

President Barack Obama, stands with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and people who support the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law, as he speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Josh LedermanAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hailing it as an “historic day,” President Barack Obama pressed forward his flagship health care program Tuesday, inaugurating new insurance exchanges to expand access for those without coverage despite the shutdown taking hold across much of the government.

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Obama holds Martin Luther King as personal hero

This photo taken Aug. 26, 2013 shows President Barack Obama speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) by Darlene SupervilleAssocated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation’s first Black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks Wednesday at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality.

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Chicago remembers teen victim of city gun violence

Pendleton Remembered–This undated family photo shows 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton of Chicago. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Damon Stewart) Sara BurnettAssociated Press WriterCHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral service Saturday for a Chicago teen whose killing catapulted her into the nation’s debate over gun violence.