Obama: ‘I’m a Pretty Good President’ And If I Ran For a Third Term, I Could Win

(Free Beacon) President Obama told the African Union Tuesday that he felt he had been a “pretty good” president and if he were allowed to run for a third term, he’d probably be victorious. Obama made the remarks while criticizing leaders on the continent who wouldn’t step aside at the conclusion of their terms. “Now, let me be honest with you,” Obama said. “I do not understand this. I am in my second term. It has been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as the President of the United States. I cannot imagine a greater honor or a more interesting job. I love my work. But under our Constitution, I cannot run again.”… “I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he said. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t. So there’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving, but the law is the law.” As it stands, the Democratic Party appears it will have to make do with Hillary Clinton as its 2016 standard-bearer.

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6,000 Feet… (A photo essay by Matt Mittan)

7-5-15 142I recently spent several hours just writing random thoughts and taking photos – while saturating myself in a natural setting, within Mt. Mitchell State Park, NC.

Most of the photos in this essay were taken along the Balsam Trail, around the Summit of Mt. Mitchell. For those that have never visited the site, Mt Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.

…Something happens at 6,000 ft… If you give yourself to the mountain she will give back much more than you can imagine…

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Buncombe sees lowest job growth in middle class jobs; other counties do better

(Asheville Citizen-Times) Asheville is in no danger of losing its star power when it comes to top 10 lists. Travel + Leisure magazine, for example, pegged the city this week as 10th favorite among readers in the U.S. and Canada. But the city and areas surrounding it have yet to stand out when it comes to the nation’s struggle to grow middle class jobs at a faster rate than those paying little or those offering better-than-average wages. Like much of the country, Asheville and Buncombe County experienced weakest growth in middle-class jobs over a five-year period ending at the close of 2014 as compared to increases in jobs at the margins, according to data in a new report. Jobs that pay in the middle 50 percent wage range grew least quickly, as compared to highest and lowest 25 percent wage-earners, according to data compiled by Tom Tveidt, an Asheville-based research economist.

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Room to Read Builds Its 10,000th Library

(Good News Network) Three weeks ago in Nepal, 1,000 villagers gathered to mark a momentous day in the history of Room To Read, a charity that builds children’s libraries around the developing world. They celebrated the opening of the group’s 10,000th library. John Wood, founder and executive chairman, launched Room to Read 10 years ago after a trek through Nepal where he visited several local schools.  He was amazed by the warmth and enthusiasm of the students and teachers, but also saddened by the shocking lack of resources. Driven to help, John quit his senior executive position with Microsoft and built a global team to work with rural villages in furthering the educating of young people. Wood wrote on his blog, “This achievement was not just an achievement for me but it was an achievement for all of us -– for our staff that has worked tirelessly over these past ten years to enable us to reach this point, and for our partners who have helped us to create a global movement to bring change to the world through education.” Room To Read boasts an astonishing average of 6 library openings every day in the developing world -– that’s 3,000 kids every day who gain access to a well-stocked library with the tools they need to further their education.

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Giving Back: Tim McGraw Gives Mortgage-Free Homes to 36 More Veterans

(Operation Homefront) Home may be where the heart is, but for 36 lucky veterans, it’s on a street where Tim McGraw has bought each of them a house. It is fitting that on America’s Independence Day week we introduce you to the country singer who is providing financial independence for veterans with thirty-six mortgage-free homes. He’s handing out one per stop on his current nationwide tour. McGraw already has given away 108 homes to deserving military families in the last three years, after he formed a partnership with Chase Bank and Operation Homefront. “Launching our Homefront program made last summer so much more special than I could have originally imagined,” McGraw said. “I can honestly say that I got as much or more out of the experience than the veterans who received the new homes and assistance.”

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Meet The Father of The “No-Kill” Movement

(GoodNews Network) Richard Avanzino was a bit of a wallflower as a kid. He didn’t have any friends to speak of—well, friends on two legs, anyway. His friends with four paws were his true pals, and because of them, he vowed to dedicate his life to helping dogs everywhere. And he did: millions of them, in fact. It all started back in 1976, when Avanzino arrived at the San Francisco SPCA. At the time, the primary discussion within the humane movement was how to best kill the animals, but that all changed after he encountered Sido. As its president, he revolutionized animal sheltering by housing dogs and cats awaiting adoption in cozy, home-like settings rather than cages, setting a new standard of sheltering practices—and not just the cute, young ones, either.

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