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    President Obama Bill Signing Ceremony

    President Obama signed two bills at a ceremony in the White House East Room, H.R. 2146, the Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act, and H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Expansion Act of 2015. H.R. 1295 allows the president to submit trade pacts for congressional review under a fast-track trade authority that limits legislators' ability to amend the agreements. H.R. 2146 extends the the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which funds a number of worker retraining programs throughout the U.S.

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    Weekly Presidential Address

    President Obama delivered his weekly address. He acclaimed that week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding part of the Affordable Care Act and said that the law was working well to make health care more available and more affordable.

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    Reverend Clementa Pinckney Funeral Service

    President Obama delivered a eulogy for Reverend and state Senator Clementa Pinckney, who was one of nine victims in the June 17, 2015, shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He called Mr. Pinckney a man of God who lived by faith and persevered to help provide a better life for others. He also commented on the Confederate flag and warned against betraying everything Mr. Pinckney stood for by failing to address the “uncomfortable truths about the prejudice that still infects our society.” President Obama ended by talking about the power of grace and then leading the audience in singing “Amazing Grace” and reading the names of the nine who were killed.

    Before the president’s remarks begin about three hours into the program, the service included musical interludes by the choir and several speeches in Mr. Pinckney’s honor.

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    President Obama on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    President Obama spoke about the Supreme Court’s decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case on same-sex marriage. The Court ruled 5-4 that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize marriages from other states. President Obama praised the ruling, saying “We’ve made our union a little more perfect” and calling the decsion a “victory for America.”

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    President Obama on Supreme Court Health Care Subsidies Decision

    President Obama made a statement on the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling in King v. Burwell allowing federal subsidies to be made available to individuals in states that have a federal health care exchange.

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    President Obama at LGBT Pride Month Reception

    President Obama spoke at a reception to mark LGBT Pride Month. He talked about the accomplishments of his administration, the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, and the changing attitudes of politicians toward LGBT issues. The speech was interrupted by an immigration heckler whom the president had escorted out for abusing his hospitality.

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    President Obama on Hostage Negotiation Policy

    President Obama spoke about changes following the completion of the Hostage Policy Review, including that the government would no longer threaten to criminally prosecute families of American hostages who paid ransom to terrorist groups. The president said hostages and their families “should never feel ignored or victimized by their own government.” The new policy also included better coordination and engagement with families of hostages, the creation of a Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, a hostage response group, and a new special presidential envoy for hostage affairs.

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    Weekly Presidential Address

    President Obama delivered his weekly address. He talked about initiatives for growing the economy and opening new avenues of opportunity for hardworking Americans such as those he expressed to the U.S. Conference of Mayors June 19, 2015. Topics included raising the minimum wage, paid leave, and international trade agreements.

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    President Obama at U.S. Conference of Mayors

    President Obama delivered remarks at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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    President Obama Statement on Charleston Church Shooting

    President Obama made a statement on the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in which nine people were killed. He the expressed his frustration over the many times he has had to issue statements following a mass shooting and the frequency with which they occur in the United States. He added that, “it is in our power to do something about it.” Vice President Biden appeared with the president.