Silva widens lead ahead of Brazil presidential election

On August 29, 2014, in Site News, by Obama Watcher

iPresidential candidate Silva of the PSB speaks during a ceremony to launch her campaign platform in Sao PauloBy Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmentalist Marina Silva has widened her lead over President Dilma Rousseff to 10 percentage points in what could be a likely runoff in Brazil's October election, a survey by polling firm Datafolha showed on Friday. It was the third poll in less than a week that projected the Oct. 5 election would go to a second-round vote in which Rousseff would be unseated by Silva, who entered the race just 10 days ago following the death of her party's candidate. Silva has surged to 34 percent support from 21 percent in a previous Datafolha poll conducted before she launched her candidacy. If the race goes to a runoff on Oct. 26 as expected, Silva would win 50 percent of the votes, while Rousseff would get 40 percent, widening her margin of victory from six to 10 percentage points, according to Datafolha.

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This week, the White House celebrated Women's Equality Day, the National Park Service celebrated its 98th birthday, and President Obama addressed the American Legion, the nation's largest veteran service organization.

Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.

Women's Equality Day

This past Tuesday, the White House celebrated Women's Equality Day -- commemorating the certification of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, securing women's right to vote. Although we've made a lot of progress in the decades since, there is still much work to be done.

RT if you agree: It's time to ensure #EqualPay for women → http://t.co/Gl6KNF4mnc #WomensEqualityDay pic.twitter.com/LBld03iKOX

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 26, 2014

Throughout the day, White House economist Betsey Stevenson also took over the popular "I Love Charts" Tumblr blog to tell the story of the progress we’ve made in closing the earnings gap between women and men, and the challenges women still face in the workforce. See her charts here.

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More than 3.89 Million Records Released

On August 29, 2014, in White House 2.0, by Obama Watcher

In September 2009, the President announced that -- for the first time in history -- White House visitor records would be made available to the public on an ongoing basis. Today, the White House releases visitor records that were generated in May 2014. This release brings the total number of records made public by this White House to more than 3.89 million -- all of which can be viewed in our Disclosures section.