Representative Steve Simon (DFL Hopkins/St. Louis Park) says a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment is largely about religion. He says if sexual orientation is innate as science is showing us, and not a lifestyle choice, then God created gay people. He asks how many gay people must God create before we accept that he wants them around.
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At a a town hall in New Orleans, a child asks President Obama "Why do people hate you?" Transcript: Okay, here's -- this young man, right here. I'm going to let him use my special mic. Hey, this is a big guy -- don't go "awww." Come on, man, I mean, this is a -- all right, what's your name? Q Terrence Scott (phonetic). THE PRESIDENT: Terrence Scott. What do you have to say? Q I have to say, why do people hate you and why -- they supposed to love you, and God is love and -- THE PRESIDENT: That's what I'm talking about. (Laughter and applause.) Come on. That's what I'm talking about. Terrence, I appreciate that. What grade are you in? Q Fourth. THE PRESIDENT: You're in fourth grade? Well, now, first of all, I did get elected President, so not everybody hates me, now. I don't want you to -- (laughter.) I got a whole lot of votes. I want to make sure everybody understands. But you know, what is true is if you were watching TV lately, it seems like everybody is just getting mad all the time. And, you know, I think that you've got to take it with a grain of salt. Some of it is just what's called politics, where once one party wins then the other party kind of gets -- feels like it needs to poke you a little bit to keep you on your toes. And so you shouldn't take it too seriously. And then sometimes -- as I said before, people just -- I think they're worried about their own lives. A lot of people are losing their jobs right now. A lot of people are losing their health care or they've lost their homes to foreclosure. And they're feeling frustrated. And when you're President of the United States, you know, you've got to deal with all of that. That's exactly right. And, you know, you get some of the credit when things go good; and when things are going tough, then you're going to get some of the blame and that's part of the job. But, you know, I'm a pretty tough guy. Are you a tough guy? You look like you're pretty tough. And so you've just got to keep on going even when folks are criticizing you. Because as ...
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President Obama spends his last week in office getting in many goodbyes to his staff, the press and the American people.
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Supporters of changing Minnesota's law banning same-sex marriage bring their kids along to a news conference announcing a bill to repeal that ban. The kids are oblivious to the occasion and make life difficult for their dads. See all episodes of The UpTake http://blip.tv/the-uptake#EpisodeArchive Visit The UpTake's series page http://blip.tv/the-uptake
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On March 14, 2016, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted local students and the cast of Broadway musical Hamilton for a daylong celebration of the arts in America. Watch the cast perform musical selections "Alexander Hamilton" and "Schuyler Sisters" in the East Room.
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President Barack Obama cautions Joe Walsh of the Eagles not to trash the White House like he once did a hotel room. "We want to get our security deposit back." Walsh, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmidt and the widow of Glenn Frey were at the White House in advance of the Kennedy Honors celebration. This is the final Kennedy Honors that Obama will preside over while president.
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During a virtual road trip on Google+, President Obama answered questions from people joining around the country. Including Rob in Portland who asked, "How are you?" Watch what President Obama had to say.
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Representative John Kriesel is one of the few Republican legislators to oppose a Minnesota constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. He explains how he came to that position even though it does not jive with most other Republicans.
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Lynne Osterman who was elected as a Republican to the Minnesota legislature says she regrets casting a "political expedient" vote for Minnesota's "Defense of Marriage" law that outlawed same-sex marriage. She tears up when talking about it and urges Minnesota lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage. Transcript: I'm Lynn Osterman from New Hope and I thank you sincerely for the opportunity to be part of this discussion. When I was a sophomore in college I set the goal to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives. And when I got here, thinking I was going to be a thoughtful citizen legislator, I was ill-prepared for the partisanship that greeted my class. The chair's class of 2002. I served as a Republican because of my interest in smaller government. And it was incredibly counter-intuitive to me to then upon my arrival, tell citizens how the government wanted them to live their lives. I didn't' come to St. Paul to single out same-sex couples and their families. But in my only term as a member..... .... I cast a politically expedient vote in favor of DOMA and I have regretted that ever since. It was not in my conscience or my own compass. My dad is a retired Presbyterian minister. In fact, he served the congregation that Reverend Chadwick now serves. I've heard lots of bible-based sermons over the years. And never once did I hear that someone else's love was somehow lesser than the love between my parents of now 55 years. My husband of almost 26 years and I have established and demonstrated our decision making priorities with our two children, stressing people are more important. It's never been "well, except for those people." Nothing in my life says it's OK to treat people differently than how I would want to be treated— fairly, respectfully, equally. And that's really what this conversation is about. Whether you believe in big government or small, do you believe in fair, respectful, equal? Is it ever OK to say "well, except for those people?" I feel like I'm at the Oscars, I see the red sign. Lawmakers before us—you— all over this nation have had conversations about equality, respectability and fairness. We've all taken our history classes and could come up with our own list of instances. What were the polls like for those issues? Was everyone ready when our elected officials took the reigns and led our community, state and nation so those laws were changed? Voting no today, this session, might seem politically expedient. But I can tell you from experience that you will have to live knowing that a no vote is not fair, it's not respectful and it's not equal. I blew my vote. And I'm imploring you, please get this right. Minnesota citizens just want you to lead.
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President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to actress Cicely Tyson at the White House. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
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President Obama strays off script when applause breaks out after he says "I have no more campaigns to run." He stops his speech and then says " I know because I won both of them"
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Comedians David Letterman and Jon Stewart crack jokes in honor of the USO's 75th birthday.
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President Obama makes a few jokes at James Taylor's expense during a reception before the Kennedy Honors.
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The President was heading over to the nearby Department of the Interior and decided to break with tradition and take a Springtime walk. On the way, he got a chance to meet with all sorts of folks, who weren't expecting to meet the President of the United States of America.
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Senator Al Franken is a former comedian and says he is well schooled on what is absurd. He finds the reasons from Republicans to block President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland are that - absurd. And then dismantles the GOP logic during Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee meeting.
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President Obama honors Country Music legend Loretta Lynn with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor the US bestows.
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A behind the scenes look at President Obama's unannounced/unscheduled stops during his bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.
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President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to Bill and Melinda Gates The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
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Posing as her "West Wing" character C.J. Cregg, actress Allison Janney made a surprise appearance at the White House press podium. "Josh is out today, he has, I believe it's a root canal," she said about real-life White House press secretary Josh Earnest's absence. "But let's be honest, I'm better at this than he is anyway." Janney announced that President Obama is "still working" on his speech for tomorrow's White House Correspondents' Dinner and that "he intends to be funny, very funny." Janney ended the spoof by revealing her real reason she was at the White House today: to talk about opioid addiction and what was being done to combat the problem. Her current show on CBS, Mom, deals with drug addiction and its struggles. "This is a disease that can touch anybody, and all of us can help reduce drug abuse through evidence-based treatment, prevention and recovery. Research shows it works, and courageous Americans show it works every day," Janney said.
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Rep. Steven Simon (DFL) fought back tears while giving a pro-gay marriage speech on the Minnesota House floor He got emotional while telling a story on a rabbi's lesson to young students about "a new day." Simon described a rabbi asking his students what is the precise moment when night ends and a new day begins. "The moment when night ends and a new day begins is the moment when you look into the face of a stranger and see the face of your brother," Simon said in between long pauses. "Until that moment, no matter what time it is, it's still night. But at that moment, that's when the new day begins. I like the sound of that—a new day—and I hope we can all go there together." The Minnesota House passed same-sex marriage by a vote of 75-59.Distributed by OneLoad.com
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Senator Al Franken (DFL- Minnesota) questions Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the conservative think tank Hudson Institute about bankruptcies caused by medical crises. Franken points out there are no such bankruptcies in Switzerland, France or Germany. Furchgott-Roth tries to bring up a flawed study about cancer survivor rates in those countries. Franken cuts her off, noting that the study she is talking about cherry-picked information and included easily survivable cancers in the US.
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President Barack Obama cracks jokes at the 2015 Washington Correspondents Dinner.
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Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan which makes the EpiPen is grilled by House members on why the price of the device has risen to about $600. The price of the device, used in emergencies to treat severe allergic reactions, has increased more than 500% since Mylan acquired it in 2007. A two-pack of the EpiPen now has a list price of $608. Rep. Jason Chaffetz asked a simple question to start: You raised the price — what did you think was going to happen? Bresch did a lot of gymnastics to explain how Mylan actually doesn't make that much money on the drug, but Chaffetz wasn't having it. "This doesn't make any sense," he said. "This is why we don't believe you."
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President Obama makes a few jokes at Al Pacino's expense during a reception before the Kennedy Honors.
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U.S. Sen. Al Franken (DFL-MN.) says extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans while failing to continue the unemployment insurance program is misguided, especially during the holiday season. "The choice before us is clear this holiday season—lend a hand to those who simply can't get by without the help, or give $100,000 in average tax cuts to people making over a million dollars," said Sen. Franken in his speech on the Senate Floor
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President Obama honors baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor the US bestows.
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Video from The White House. More at www.theuptake.org Wonder how Stephen Colbert worked President Obama into the gag where he got his head shaved? Here's the inside look. And here's the finished show http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-collections/229295/colbert-report-adventure-quest?current_video=230466
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With just four days left living at the White House, President Obama donated their daughters' south lawn playground to a Washington homeless shelter as part of a Martin Luther King Day service project Monday. "Malia and Sasha's Castle," as the wooden play set was known, is now at the Jobs Have Priority shelter, a 28-apartment complex in southeastern Washington. The Obamas even showed up to demonstrate how to use the equipment. The president pushed two girls in the swing, while Mrs. Obama showed a younger boy how to use the rope swing. "Brings back memories," Obama remarked while pushing the swing, noting that Sasha was not much smaller when the family moved into the White House eight years ago. Outside the shelter a crowd gathered and sang, "Obama, Obama! Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye," to the tune of the 1970 Steam song
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A student reporter, Patrick Forrest, from Fresno City College asks a question that draws a rant from President Obama. Student: Earlier today, one thing we talked about was civic engagement, and a line was used in the State of the Union address of “don’t give into the cynicism of the day.” A poll released by Reuters yesterday shows that nearly half of Americans feel that the elections are rigged in some way. Is there any goal or plan of the administration to help revitalize the faith in democracy that seems to be lacking?
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Transcript: Q I have a question for you. Since you can't run again for another term, is there any way that we as a group can talk the First Lady into running? THE PRESIDENT: No. (Laughter and applause.) No, no, no. No, no. Q I know that's right. (Laughter.) THE PRESIDENT: Let me tell you, there are three things that are certain in life. (Laughter.) Death, taxes, and Michelle is not running for President. (Laughter.) That I can tell you. But you know what, the First Lady, though, the work she’s done around reducing childhood obesity, the work that she and Jill Biden have done on military families and making sure they get support, I could not be prouder of her. And I am certain that she’s going to be really active as a First Lady. Not only is she going to be a very young ex-First Lady, but unlike me, she looks young. (Laughter.) I was looking at a wedding picture -- actually, we found the old video from our wedding. We’ve been married 23 years now. (Applause.) And so my mother-in-law had been going through some storage stuff and found our wedding video. And I popped it in -- and I look like a teenager -- and realized, boy, I sure have aged. (Laughter.) AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.) THE PRESIDENT: I know that, though. (Laughter.) But Michelle looked -- she looked identical. Looked identical. Q We're proud of her. THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m proud of her, too, because most importantly she’s been an unbelievable mom, which is why my daughters turned out so well. (Applause.)
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President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to singer Dina Ross at the White House. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reads an email that has been circulating on the internet as a way of trying to explain the Trump tax cut plan. Suppose that every day ten people for our purposes, we’ll say reporters, go out for beer. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If these ten reporters paid their tab every night the way we pay our taxes, would go something like this. the first four, the poorest, would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1, the sixth would pay $3, the seventh would pay $7, the eighth would pay $12, the ninth would pay $18, the tenth, the richest, would pay $59. So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten reporters drink in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement until one day the bar owner threw them a curve. Since you’re all such good customers, he said, I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten reporters would now cost just $80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. so the first four were unaffected. they would still drink for free. what about the other six? how could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get their fair share? these are the reporters, After all, so they’re concerned with fairness. They realize that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth reporter and the sixth reporter, would each end up being paid to drink beer. So, the bar owner suggested it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was. by doing that he explained, they continue following the principle of the tax system they’d been using. He proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should pay now. so, the fifth reporter, like the first four, now paid nothing. He got a 100% savings. the sixth now paid $2 instead of $3, a 33 percent savings. The seventh now paid $7, a 28 percent savings. the eighth now paid $9 instead of $12, a 25 percent saving. the ninth now paid $14 instead of $18, which was a 22 percent saving. The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59, a 16 percent saving. So each of the six was better off than before, and the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the bar, the reporters began to compare their savings. I only got $1 out of the $20 saving, declared the sixth reporter. She pointed to the tenth reporter, and he got $10. Yes that’s right, exclaimed the sixth reporter. I only saved $1 too. It’s unfair that he received 10x more benefit than me. That’s true, why should he get $10 back when I only got $2? The wealthy gets all the breaks. wait a minute, yelled the first four reporters, we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor. The nine reporters yelled at the tenth and made him feel bad so the next time the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks and the nine sat down and had their beers without him. When it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They no longer had enough money between them all to even cover half of the bill. “And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how our tax system works,” Sanders continued. “The people who are being paid the highest taxes will naturally benefit from a tax reduction but not the largest benefit. Taxing them too much and they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier. This is a silly story but it illustrates a very important point. Our tax cuts and reforms will create a fair system that works better for everyone. It will make our country the friendliest in the world for American families trying to build a better life for their children. And for American companies seeking a competitive edge. I will be happy to get that story to everybody so you can get those numbers later. again, i know that may be an oversimplification but it paints a very good picture of the tax system.”
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President Obama reflects on living at the White House as he prepares to leave and return to being a citizen.
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Investigators have uncovered dozens of cross-border drug tunnels over the years — but they say one raided this week in California is the first where pot smugglers bought a parcel of land and built an entire house over it. The underground passageway running from the three-bedroom home in Calexico to a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico, was nearly the length of four football fields and equipped with electricity, lighting and a rail system. The traffickers spent $240,000 on the land and $86,000 on construction of the Calexico house, but the only marijuana they moved through it was intercepted, authorities said. Video courtesy U.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementVideo by Ron Rogers
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President Obama delivers remarks at the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors reception.
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Oprah Winfrey And Will Smith speak a at the African American Museum opening
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Footage of Texas National Guard soldiers conducting rescue operations in heavily flooded areas near Houston, Texas. The entire Texas National Guard has been called up in response to Harvey. Video by 1LT Zachary West, 100th MPAD)
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As White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest presides over the final press briefing of the Obama administration, President Obama puts in a surprise appearance.
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