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#UmbrellasUp For Democracy In Hong Kong!

Friends, In 1997, Hong Kong was handed back to Chinese authorities after more than 150 years of British control. During that transfer of power, Communist China signed and agreement saying Hong Kong has a “high degree of autonomy,” from Mainland China, and that Hong Kong would be able to directly elect their Chief Executive in […]

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Umbrella Revolution: A Timeline

July 1997 – Hong Kong is handed back to Chinese authorities after more than 150 years of British control. Beijing signs agreement saying Hong Kong has a “high degree of autonomy” from mainland China. This agreement is known as the “Basic Law.” July 2003 – Half a million people spill onto Hong Kong’s streets to […]

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What We’re Reading — September 30, 2014

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting this morning with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The White House says the two will discuss everything from economic growth to security cooperation, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. This afternoon, Obama meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden attends the meeting with Modi before […]

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What We’re Reading — September 29, 2014

President Obama meets with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro this morning in the Roosevelt Room. This afternoon, he attends a DNC fundraiser at the Capital Hilton, and this evening he hosts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a private dinner in the Blue Room. Vice President Biden gives remarks this morning at an […]

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What We’re Reading — September 26, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks this morning at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit in the South Court auditorium. This afternoon, he hits a fundraiser at a private residence, so watch for motorcade-related traffic around 4:30 p.m. Vice President Biden is in New York all day, for meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Cypriot President […]

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What We’re Reading — September 25, 2014

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting this morning with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. This afternoon, he will address a U.N. meeting on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He has a bilateral sit-down with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi this afternoon, before heading back to D.C. after three days in New York. Vice President […]

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What We’re Reading — September 23, 2014

*Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (5775), begins at sundown.*                   President Obama addresses the U.N. General Assembly at 10 a.m. He meets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, U.N. General Assembly President Sam Kutesa and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon before chairing a Security Council meeting at 3 p.m. […]

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What We’re Reading — September 23, 2014

President Obama will deliver remarks on ordering air strikes in Syria before heading to New York today for three days of international meetings. This afternoon, he delivers remarks at the U.N. Climate Summit, before heading to the Clinton Global Initiative to discuss U.S. efforts to bolster civil society. Tonight, he attends a DSCC fundraiser before […]

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What We’re Reading — September 22, 2014

President Obama signs the America’s Promise Summit Declaration today in the Oval Office, making him the seventh consecutive president to endorse the document. America’s Promise Alliance founding chairman Colin Powell and current board chair, Alma Powell, will be on hand. Later today, Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. He heads to New York tomorrow […]

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What We’re Reading — September 19, 2014

President Obama hosts a kickoff event for “It’s On Us,” the White House’s new branding campaign aimed at curbing sexual assault on college campuses. This afternoon, Obama heads to the Marriott Marquis for the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum. And tonight, the First Family leaves the White House for a weekend at Camp David. Vice President […]

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What We’re Reading — September 16, 2014

President Obama meets with Gen. John Allen, coordinator of the international response to the Islamic State, and Brett McGurk, the administration’s deputy special envoy to Iraq, in the Oval Office this morning. This afternoon, he heads to Atlanta to visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There, he’ll be briefed both […]

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