Van Jones: Obama Must Speak Out to Stop Trump From Breaking What He Fixed

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Wednesday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” discussing how unlike President George W. Bush remaining silent after leaving office, President Barack Obama said today at his final press conference that if President-elect Donald Trump does “something that would merit” him “speaking out” to defend the “core values ” of America he will do so, former Obama administration green jobs czar and network contributor Van Jones said Obama should speak out because “Trump is coming in to break things that Obama fixed.” Partial transcript as follows: COOPER: George W. Bush could have said when President Obama became president, well, when the core values of the Second Amendment are threatened I’m going to speak up. Yet, he didn’t. He said he deserved silence. Why doesn’t Donald Trump deserve President Obama’s silence? JONES: Very simple. Because Obama came in to fix things that W broke. Trump is coming in to break things that Obama fixed. It’s literally the exact opposite situation. W horribly unpopular, passing off a broken economy, passing off two terrible wars, said Obama deserves my silence. Obama passing off a growing economy, passing off at least not two land wars, and frankly a country that under his leadership at least was
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Obama: Reports of Voter Fraud Are ‘Fake News’ Restrictions Traced ‘Directly Back To Jim Crow’

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Wednesday at the White House during his final news conference, President Barack Obama said he worries about continuing efforts to make it harder to vote through things like voter identification legislation because of America’s “ugly history” that “traces directly back to Jim Crow and the legacy of slavery,” and added that such allegations of voter fraud were “fake news.” Obama said, “I worry about, as I said in response to a previous question, making sure that the basic machinery of our democracy works better. We are the only country in the advanced world that makes it harder to vote rather than easier. And that dates back—there’s an ugly history to that. That we should not be shy about talking about … I’m talking about voting rights. The reason we are the only country among advanced democracies that makes it harder to vote is that it traces directly back to Jim Crow and the legacy of slavery.” “And it became sort of acceptable to restrict the franchise,” he continued. “And that’s not who we are. That shouldn’t be who we are. That’s not when America works best. So I hope that people pay a lot of attention to making sure that
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Earnest on Possible Bergdahl Leniency: No Comment on ‘Decisions That the President Hasn’t Made’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest answered questions on possible leniency for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by stating that he didn’t have any comment on decisions that haven’t been made, and “if we have news on this, then that’s news that President Obama will make.” Earnest also said, “the vast majority of the 1,300-1,400 people that President Obama has offered clemency to, are men and women who have served time in our criminal justice system for, in many cases, drug crimes, that didn’t involve violence.” Earnest was asked if Bergdahl would be “up for any type of leniency?” He answered, “I don’t have any comment on any decisions that the president hasn’t made. There are a number of other people who have applied for clemency, but I don’t have any news to make on that front.” Earnest was then asked by anchor Chris Cuomo, “But you can’t say that Bowe Bergdahl is not getting commuted?” He answered, “What I can say is that, if we have news on this, then that’s news that President Obama will make. But, I do also think, Chris, it’s important to — when you take a look at the
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Dem Sen Manchin: Manning Commutation ‘Dead Wrong,’ Gives ‘Green Light’ to Hacking

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On Tuesday’s “MTP Daily,” Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) stated that the commutation of Chelsea Manning is “dead wrong,” and giving “a green light to people basically, with all the hacking going on now, and all the cyber attacks we’ve got going on.” Manchin said, “I think it’s dead wrong, absolutely dead wrong. This is treason, espionage at the highest level. What the Private Manning done, — what Chelsea did is — absolutely found guilty, 35 year sentence…should basically serve that sentence out. You’re going to — we’re going to give a green light to people basically, with all the hacking going on now, and all the cyber attacks we’ve got going on. My goodness, you’ve got Snowden out there, and you’ve got Assange, you’ve got all these people, it’s just wrong. We’re not going to — I’m for one, not going to be supportive of these types of commutes whatsoever, or pardons. I think they’re wrong.” (h/t Washington Free Beacon) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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CNN’s Zeleny: ‘Hard to Imagine’ Obama Would Have Commuted Manning If Manning Wasn’t Transitioning

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” CNN Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny stated that Chelsea Manning’s transition from a man to a woman “certainly played into” President Obama’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence, and “Without that, it’s hard to imagine, I think, this president would have done that.” Zeleny said, “I think a question that this president the White House will have to answer here — will answer, and I think it’s an important one, if — how much was the personal story of Chelsea Manning involved in this, because the outcry from the left was so strong on this. And she’s having a difficult time in federal prison, no question. But, to me, that is a central question here. Without that, you have to wonder if the outcome would be the same. I think it might not be.” He added, “[B]ecause she transitioned from a man to a woman, I think all of that certainly played into this. Without that, it’s hard to imagine, I think, this president would have done that.” (h/t Mediaite) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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The Obama Administration Digital Transition: Moving Forward

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Over the past eight years, the President, the First Lady, and the Obama White House have used social media and technology to engage with people around the country and the world on the most important issues of our time. From the very beginning, our mission has been to reach people on the channels and platforms where they already spend their time. This work began before President Obama took office in 2009, and, now, this work will continue. 

As this Administration draws to a close, we wanted to share how you can continue to follow and engage with President Obama, the First Lady, and other Obama White House officials, as well as how you can find content posted over the past eight years after January 20, 2017. Moving forward, the President and First Lady can be followed on familiar handles: @BarackObama and @MichelleObama

In October, we laid out plans to preserve and pass on the digital legacy of the Obama administration and have been working to ensure this unprecedented digital transition meets three key goals. First, we are preserving the material we’ve created with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Second, we are working to ensure these materials continue to be accessible on the platforms where they were created, allowing for continued access to the content posted over the past eight years. Finally, we are working to ensure that the next White House and future administrations can continue to use and develop the digital channels we have created to connect directly with the people they serve. 

We are grateful to the people around the country and the world who have engaged with us online over the past eight years. We listened to you, we learned from you, and we strove to create opportunities for you to play an active role in your government by fulfilling the most important role in our government: the role of citizen.

Digital assets that will remain with the White House

We are working to ensure that the next White House and future administrations can continue to use and develop the digital channels we have created to connect directly with the people they serve. The following assets will remain with the institution:

Where you can access archival Obama White House content

After January 20, 2017, materials will continue to be accessible on the platforms where they were created, allowing the public continued access to the content posted over the past eight years.

WhiteHouse.gov becomes ObamaWhiteHouse.gov
The Obama White House website – which includes press articles, blog posts, videos, and photos – will be available at ObamaWhiteHouse.gov, a site maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), beginning on January 20, 2017. If you are looking for a post or page on the Obama administration’s WhiteHouse.gov from 2009 through 2017, you can find it by changing the URL to ObamaWhiteHouse.gov. For example, after the transition, this blog post will be available at ObamaWhiteHouse.gov/obama-administration-digital-transition-moving-forward.

President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr. Biden
Archived content posted to these social media accounts during the Obama administration will be maintained by NARA at the following handles:

White House Social Media
Archived content posted to institutional White House social media accounts during the Obama administration will be maintained by NARA at the following handles:

How you can keep following the President, First Lady, and other White House Officials:

President Obama
After January 20, 2017, President Obama will use the following accounts:

First Lady Michelle Obama
You can follow First Lady Michelle Obama after January 20, 2017 at the following accounts:

Vice President Biden
You can follow Vice President Biden after January 20, 2017 at the following accounts:

Dr. Jill Biden
You can follow Dr. Jill Biden after January 20, 2017 at the following accounts:

White House Officials (You can follow an twitter list of Obama White House officials here):

  • Denis McDonough: You can continue to follow Denis at @DenisMcDonough on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Denis44.
  • Valerie Jarrett: You can continue to follow Valerie at @ValerieJarrett on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @VJ44.
  • Josh Earnest: You can continue to follow Josh at @JoshEarnest on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @PressSec44. 
  • Susan Rice: You can continue to follow Susan at @AmbassadorRice on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @AmbRice44.
  • Ben Rhodes: You can continue to follow Ben at @brhodes on Twitter. Archive content will be available at @Rhodes44.
  • Jason Goldman: You can continue to follow Jason at @Goldman on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Goldman44.
  • Brian Deese: You can continue to follow Brian at @BrianCDeese on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Deese44.
  • Jason Furman: You can continue to follow Jason at @JasonFurman on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @CEAChair44.
  • Cecilia Muñoz: You can continue to follow Cecilia at @cecmunoz on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Cecilia44.
  • DJ Patil: You can continue to follow DJ at @dpatil on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @DJ44. 
  • Jen Psaki: You can continue to follow Jen at @JRPsaki on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Psaki44.
  • Megan Smith: You can continue to follow Megan at @SmithMegan. Archived content will be available at @USTO44. 
  • Pete Souza: You can continue to follow Pete at @PeteSouza on Twitter and @PeteSouza on Instagram. Archived content will be available at @petesouza44 on Twitter and @petesouza44 on Instagram.
  • Brandi Hoffine: You can continue to follow Brandi at @brandihoffine on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Hoffine44.
  • Charlie Anderson: You can continue to follow Charlie at @EconCharlie on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Charlie44. 
  • Ed Felten: You can continue to follow Ed at @EdFelten on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @EdFelten44.
  • Eric Schultz: You can continue to follow Eric at @ericschultz on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Schultz44. 
  • Jay Shambaugh: You can continue to follow Jay at @JayCShambaugh on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @CEAJay.
  • Jesse Lee: You can continue to follow Jesse at @jessecharleslee on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @jesseclee44.
  • Joanna Rosholm: You can contine to follow Joanna @jojorosholm on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Rosholm44.
  • Katie Hill: You can continue to follow Brandi at @KatieMHill. Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Hill44.
  • Kori Schulman: You can continue to follow Kori at @KoriSchulman on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @ks44.
  • Kristin Lee: You can continue to follow Kristin at @kristindlee on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Lee44.
  • ​Liz Allen: You can continue to follow Liz at @LizMarieAllen on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @LizAllen44.
  • Ned Price: You can continue to follow Ned at @NedPrice on Twitter. Archived content will be available at Price44. 
  • Patrick Rodenbush: You can continue to follow Patrick at @pnrodenbush on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Patrick44.
  • Paulette Aniskoff: You can continue to follow Paulette at @PAniskoff on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Paniskoff44.
  • R. David Edelman: You can continue to follow David at @R_D on Twitter. Archive content will be available at @rD44.
  • Shaun Donovan: You can continue to follow Shaun at @Shaun_Don66 on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @ShaunOMB.
  • Tara McGuinness: You can continue to follow Tara at @taradmcguinness on Twitter. Archived content will be available at @Tara44.

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