Barack Obama http://wunc.org en Raising The Minimum Wage http://wunc.org/post/raising-minimum-wage <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">President Barack Obama signed an executive order last week to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour. He is pushing for Congress to pass a bill that will do the same for all Americans.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:21:34 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 30740 at http://wunc.org Raising The Minimum Wage How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The NSA? http://wunc.org/post/how-i-learned-stop-worrying-and-love-nsa <p>When ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed how the <a href="http://www.nsa.gov/">National Security Agency</a> collected data on Americans, the uproar was deafening.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:27:21 +0000 Alex Granados 29363 at http://wunc.org How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The NSA? Barack Obama Promises Jobs During Speech In Raleigh: http://wunc.org/post/barack-obama-promises-jobs-during-speech-raleigh <p>President Barack Obama gave a speech at <a href="http://www.ncsu.edu/">North Carolina State University</a> earlier this week.</p><p>He talked about the need to take action this year, and he promised speedier job production in 2014. Host Frank Stasio talks about this and other news items of the past week with <a href="http://www.wral.com/rs/bio/8970525/">Laura Leslie,</a> WRAL’s Capitol Bureau Chief; <a href="http://Jessica Jones,">Jessica </a>Jones, WUNC’s Capitol Bureau Chief; and Associate Press Reporter Michael Biesecker.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:09:21 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 29099 at http://wunc.org Barack Obama Promises Jobs During Speech In Raleigh: President Obama Announces Technology Hub At N.C. State http://wunc.org/post/president-obama-announces-technology-hub-nc-state <p></p><p>President Obama was in North Carolina yesterday to announce the creation of a $140 million technology hub at NC State University.</p><p>The announcement is part of a larger effort by the White House to foster the kind of high-tech collaboration that will encourage industry and generate jobs.</p><p>At NC State’s indoor tennis center, the mood was joyful yesterday. As the school’s pep band played, about two thousand people filed into the space that had been transformed into a mega-church-like venue. When President Obama arrived, the applause was deafening.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:17:54 +0000 Jessica Jones 29025 at http://wunc.org President Obama Announces Technology Hub At N.C. State Obama On New Innovation Institute: 'There Are A Lot Of Folks Down In North Carolina Who Are Excited' http://wunc.org/post/obama-new-innovation-institute-there-are-lot-folks-down-north-carolina-who-are-excited <p><strong>Updated 2:55 p.m. </strong>Big news today - the President announced a new public-private manufacturing institute that will be headquartered in our state. (Full text of his speech below.)</p><p>From the announcement:</p><blockquote><p>The new manufacturing innovation institute announced today in North Carolina is focused on enabling the next generation of energy-efficient, high-power electronic chips and devices by making wide bandgap semiconductor technologies cost-competitive with current silicon-based power electronics in the next five years.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:26:31 +0000 Carol Jackson 28982 at http://wunc.org Obama On New Innovation Institute: 'There Are A Lot Of Folks Down In North Carolina Who Are Excited' UNC Coach Dean Smith Recieves Presidential Medal Of Freedom [Video] http://wunc.org/post/unc-coach-dean-smith-recieves-presidential-medal-freedom-video <p></p><p>At a ceremony at the White House Wednesday, President Obama awarded former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith the Presidential Medal of Freedom.</p><p>The president bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor on a class of recipients including civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem.&nbsp; Smith was lauded not just for his many athletic achievements, but also for his impact on the community he calls home.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:21:31 +0000 Eric Mennel 26135 at http://wunc.org UNC Coach Dean Smith Recieves Presidential Medal Of Freedom [Video] Chapel Hill 12-Year-Old Wins White House Recipe Challenge & Meets The President http://wunc.org/post/chapel-hill-12-year-old-wins-white-house-recipe-challenge-meets-president <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Twelve-year-old Chapel Hill resident Vijay </span>Dey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took a special trip to the White House last week after being selected as one of 54 nationwide winners of the </span><a href="http://www.recipechallenge.epicurious.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Healthy Lunchtime Challenge</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a program sponsored by food website </span><a href="http://www.epicurious.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Epicurious</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Michelle Obama’s “</span><a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Let’s Move</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">” initiative. The Challenge asked young chefs to submit a healthy recipe that meets the USDA’s </span><a href="http://www.choosemyplate.gov/images/MyPlateImages/JPG/myplate_green.jpg" style="line-height: 1.5;">MyPlate standards</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, meaning half of the dish is comprised of fruits and vegetables. They also were encouraged to submit the story behind the dish.</span></p><p>Dey’s winning recipe was for Spring Rolls, a dish he said was inspired by his grandfather. “My grandpa makes that recipe and I thought it tasted really good,” Dey said. “And it fit with the MyPlate food group categories.”</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:34:32 +0000 Avery Kleinman & Laura Candler 18999 at http://wunc.org Chapel Hill 12-Year-Old Wins White House Recipe Challenge & Meets The President President Obama Touts Technology In Mooresville http://wunc.org/post/president-obama-touts-technology-mooresville <p>President Barack Obama used a visit to a North Carolina middle school as an opportunity to promote a new White House effort to expand broadband internet access in schools. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:13:52 +0000 Dave DeWitt 16714 at http://wunc.org President Obama Touts Technology In Mooresville How Easily Can Obama Close Guantanamo? http://wunc.org/post/how-easily-can-obama-close-guantanamo <p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333">Last week, President Obama laid out his strategy for a new phase in the war on terror.&nbsp; He repeated his belief that Guantanamo Bay should be closed and cited the political reasons for his failure to do so until now.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:12:43 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 16354 at http://wunc.org How Easily Can Obama Close Guantanamo? VIDEO: Gov. McCrory Gives GOP Response To President Obama's Weekly Address http://wunc.org/post/video-gov-mccrory-gives-gop-response-president-obamas-weekly-address <p>Gov. Pat McCrory gave a national audience a glimpse into reforms he wants to implement in North Carolina.&nbsp; He delivered this past weekend's GOP response to President Obama's weekly address.&nbsp;<br><br>McCrory criticized what he called Washington's "weak leadership" and urged national lawmakers to give more flexibility and accountability to states.&nbsp; He says he needs that kind of freedom to implement a different approach to Medicaid reform. Mon, 06 May 2013 13:28:22 +0000 Gurnal Scott 14838 at http://wunc.org VIDEO: Gov. McCrory Gives GOP Response To President Obama's Weekly Address