National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.

From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

NOAA’s roots date back to 1807, when the Nation’s first scientific agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established. Since then, NOAA has evolved to meet the needs of a changing country. NOAA maintains a presence in every state and has emerged as an international leader on scientific and environmental matters.

NOAA’s mission touches the lives of every American and we are proud of our role in protecting life and property and conserving and protecting natural resources. I hope you will explore NOAA and how our products and services can enrich your own life.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
and NOAA Administrator

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Science, Service, and Stewardship

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139 Responses to National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, July 28 2010

    All Times ET

    9:30 am
    The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:00 am
    The President meets with senior advisors
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:40 am
    The President meets with Senator John Kerry
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:45 am
    The President departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base
    South Lawn
    Open Press
    (Pre-set 11:15AM – Final Call 11:30AM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

    12:00 pm
    The President departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Newark, New Jersey
    Andrews Air Force Base
    Travel Pool Coverage
    (Call Time 10:45AM – Virginia Gate, Andrews Air Force Base)

    12:50 pm
    The President arrives in Newark, New Jersey
    Newark Liberty International Airport
    Open Press

    1:30 pm
    The President meets with a group of small business owners to discuss the economy and urge Congress to pass support for small businesses
    Edison, New Jersey, Tastee Sub Shop
    Travel Pool Coverage

    2:20 pm
    The President delivers a statement to the press
    Edison, New Jersey, Tastee Sub Shop
    Travel Pool Coverage

    5:40 pm
    The President attends a DNC finance event
    Four Seasons Hotel, New York City
    Closed Press

    7:20 pm
    The President attends a DNC finance event
    New York City, Private Residence
    Closed Press

    8:50 pm
    The President departs Newark, New Jersey en route Andrews Air Force Base
    Newark Liberty International Airport
    Open Press

    9:40 pm
    The President arrives at Andrews Air Force Base
    Andrews Air Force Base
    Travel Pool Coverage

    9:55 pm
    The President arrives at the White House
    South Lawn
    Open Press
    (Pre-set 9:30PM – Final Gather 9:45PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

  2. CR says:

    NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Their reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.

    From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

    NOAA’s roots date back to 1807, when the Nation’s first scientific agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established. Since then, NOAA has evolved to meet the needs of a changing country. NOAA maintains a presence in every state and has emerged as an international leader on scientific and environmental matters.

    NOAA’s Mission:
    Science, Service, and Stewardship.
    To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts,
    To share that knowledge and information with others, and
    To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

    NOAA’s Vision of the Future:
    Resilient Ecosystems, Communities, and Economies.
    Healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient in the face of change

  3. meta says:

    Got creamed on the last thread, so I post here again:

    Reminder for all of us, OTeam:

    Tomorrow night PBS is broadcasting “Paul McCartney: In Performance at the White House” on your local PBS station. Check your local listings! There’s performances by McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris, Lang Lang and Jack White. Jerry Seinfeld will also do some hosting.

    Here’s a preview:

    http://www.pbs.org/inperformanceatthewhitehouse/

    and

    Check it out!

    • CR says:

      Thanks Meta! I HOPE that you have a good night!

      • meta says:

        Backatcha!

        Anyone hear from Donna today?

        • CR says:

          I received this email today from Donna:

          I am pretty busy at work this week so you will only see me on a limited basis on the blog while I try to get everything wrapped up before we take a short vacation to the beach later this week. I will be taking my laptop since the beach house has wireless service but sometimes I have a hard time getting a signal so I hope to be able to communicate while there.

          Take care and keep up the great work at our Oasis!

          Donna

  4. CR says:

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Hurricane Preparedness Briefing

    May 27, 2010

    “President Obama was briefed by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco and National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read, as well as five FEMA Regional Administrators adding their local prospective, on the outlook for hurricane season and the Federal government’s efforts to prepare all Federal partners, state and local governments, the private sector and the public for hurricanes and other emergencies.

    Early today, NOAA announced it expects an “active to extremely active” hurricane season this year.

    Under the President’s direction, the entire Federal family is working together to ensure not only that the Federal government is doing everything to prepare for the coming season, but that the public knows of the critical role they have in making sure they are prepared for storms and other emergencies, to include having up-to-date evacuation plans.

    The President stressed that the government must ensure we consider the effects the BP oil spill could have on storms, response capabilities, and recovery efforts in planning for this year’s season but that those considerations do not change the primary mission of emergency management officials during a response, which is to support state efforts to protect lives and property.

    In addition, the President urged that Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Fugate continue to be in close contact with Governors, congressional delegations, and emergency managers in hurricane-prone states to ensure they have all the tools and resources needed to prepare for, respond to, and recover from any potential hurricanes.”

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-press-secretary-presidents-hurricane-preparedness-briefing

  5. CR says:

    What is the NESDIS Satellite and information Service?

    The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) is dedicated to providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, & enhance the Nation’s economy, security, environment, & quality of life.

    To fulfill its responsibilities, NESDIS acquires and manages the Nation’s operational environmental satellites, operates the NOAA National Data Centers, provides data and information services including Earth system monitoring, performs official assessments of the environment, and conducts related research.

    The NESDIS vision is to be the world’s most comprehensive source and recognized authority for satellite products, environmental information, and official assessments of the environment in support of societal and economic decisions.

    http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/AboutNESDIS.html

  6. CR says:

    Weather

    NOAA’s weather programs touch the lives of every American. Every day, decisions are made based on NOAA weather information – from the mundane “should I pack an umbrella today?” to the most critical and potentially life-saving.

    With the mission to protect life and property, and enhance the United States’ economy, NOAA’s National Weather Service is the sole official voice of the U.S. government for issuing warnings during life-threatening weather situations.

    Covering the sun to the seas, the National Weather Service provides local and regional forecasts, and emergency alerts for severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, extreme heat, winter storms, fire threats, tsunamis and solar flares. From its national centers to its 122 Weather Forecast Offices and 13 River Forecast Centers, the National Weather Service is watching over the nation and your neighborhood.

    Weather and climate sensitive industries in the United States account for about one-third of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. Marine, aviation and space interests rely on National Weather Service information, alerts and warnings. In addition, NOAA has a responsibility to support the growth of an environmental information enterprise, a partnership between government, academia and the private sector.

    These services are supported by organizations throughout NOAA, including NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service, which maintains the satellites and data used in weather forecasting as well as historical climate records, and research and products provided by NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the National Ocean Service to improve forecasting ability.

  7. CR says:

    Oil in gulf is degrading, becoming harder to find, NOAA head says

    7/27/10 Marc Kaufman – Washington Post

    Oil from the BP blowout is degrading rapidly in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and becoming increasingly difficult to find on the water surface, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.

    “The light crude oil is biodegrading quickly,” NOAA director Jane Lubchenco said during the response team daily briefing. “We know that a significant amount of the oil has dispersed and been biodegraded by naturally occurring bacteria.”

    Lubchenco said, however, that both the near- and long-term environmental effects of the release of several million barrels of oil remain serious and to some extent unpredictable.

    “The sheer volume of oil that’s out there has to mean there are some pretty significant impacts,” she said. “What we have yet to determine is the full impact the oil will have not just on the shoreline, not just on wildlife, but beneath the surface.”

    But much of the oil appears to have been broken down into tiny, microscopic particles that are being consumed by bacteria. Little or none of the oil is on seafloor, she said, but is instead floating in the gulf waters.

    Her conclusions come from the work of several NOAA boats now collecting water samples, as well as the analysis of academics brought in to help study the spill effects. The goal, she said, is to get a scientifically sound assessment of the overall environmental effects of the spill.

    “To do this, we’re working with the best scientific minds in the government, as well as the independent scientific community, to produce an estimate of just how much oil has been skimmed, burned, contained, evaporated and dispersed,” she said. “We’re getting close to an answer.”

    For the entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/27/AR2010072705263.html

  8. CR says:

    Obama venturing to Edison, N.J.

    07/23/10 By MATT NEGRIN – POLITICO

    President Obama will discuss the economy in the Edison area of New Jersey on Wednesday, the White House announced.

    Obama was scheduled to make a similar trip to central New Jersey on May 5, but he canceled it because of the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

  9. CR says:

    Obama raising at editor’s home

    07/14/10 By MAGGIE HABERMAN -POLITICO

    I reported the other day that President Obama is coming to New York on July 28 for Democratic National Committee fundraising, but apparently he has two events planned on the day – including one at the home of Vogue editrix Anna Wintour, several sources tell me.

    Wintour became a bundler for Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, and the president named her to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities late last year. I should also note that Wintour was the basis for the “Devil” character in “The Devil Wears Prada.”

    The other event’s locale stil hasn’t been revealed.

    It’s hardly a shock to have a Democratic president come to liberal New York during an election year, even a midterm one. That said, it will be his first trip here to raise cash after a spate of stories reflecting the anger among various sectors of the donors community.

    UPDATE: A source tells me the other event, which I described the other day as a “small” one, is at the Four Seasons in Midtown.

  10. CR says:

    Vice President Joe Biden to welcome troops returning to Fort Drum from Iraq

    July 26, 2010 Mark Weiner – The Post-Standarad

    Washington — Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will visit Fort Drum on Wednesday to welcome home 10th Mountain Division troops returning from Iraq.

    The Bidens will greet the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, one of the most deployed brigades in the U.S. Army, when the troops return Wednesday afternoon from eastern Baghdad.

    The team will be returning from its fourth deployment to Iraq. It has also been sent to Afghanistan three times.

    The latest deployment to Iraq began in October in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    The Fort Drum brigade is among those retuning home as the United States winds down and ends it combat operations in Iraq by Aug. 31. By then, the U.S. plans to have reduced its troops in Iraq from about 145,000 to 50,000.

    All American forces are due to leave Iraq by December 31, 2011.

  11. CR says:

    NWS Tsunami Centers

    The NWS operates two Tsunami Warning Centers and the International Tsunami Information Center

    West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (WCATWC))
    The WC/ATWC provides tsunami warning guidance for all U.S. coastal states (except Hawaii), the Canadian coastal provinces, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

    Richard H. Hagemeyer Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC)
    The PTWC provides tsunami warning guidance for Hawaii and countries in the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Caribbean Sea.

    International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC) International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC)
    Operated by the NWS on behalf of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, the ITIC supports the IOC’s Tsunami Program which focuses on the coordination of tsunami warning and mitigation systems globally. The ITIC provides direct support to Member States in the Pacific by monitoring and recommending operational improvements to the Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific, and by working with countries to increase tsunami awareness and preparedness, and promote education and research.

    Is your community prepared for the next destructive tsunami?

    West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (WCATWC)

    TsunamiReady Program
    A program designed for recognition for Communities that have met certain standards of tsunami preparedness.

    Want more NOAA Tsunami Information?

    NOAA Tsunami Site

    The NOAA Tsunami Web Page.

  12. Kat 4 Obama says:

    usoceangov, June 21, 2010 -

    Where would we be without hydrography? Celebrate World Hydrography Day with this short video hosted by NOAA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere.

  13. Kat 4 Obama says:

    usoceangov, May 17, 2010 -

    NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco discusses NOAA’s seafood sampling efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

  14. Kat 4 Obama says:

    National Geodetic Survey, July 26, 2010:

    NOAA Makes Its Mark at the 2010 ESRI International User Conference

    From July 10-16, staff from NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) participated in the 30th Annual ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, CA, the world’s largest conference devoted to geographic information systems (GIS). NOAA attends the conference to sharpen staff skills and for the opportunity to showcase NOAA’s geospatial data and products to a diverse international audience. NGS played a leadership role at this year’s conference, presenting in various technical sessions. The NOAA exhibit featured interactive computer kiosks where staff demonstrated GIS data, products, and services that support NOAA’s mission in the areas of Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, weather and climate, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response efforts.

    http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/web/news/NOAA_at_ESRI_Conference.shtml

    NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) defines and manages a national coordinate system. This network, the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS), provides the foundation for transportation and communication; mapping and charting; and a multitude of scientific and engineering applications.

    Committed to making transportation and navigation safer, NGS conducts aerial photography surveys near airports in the United States and its possessions to position obstructions and aids to air travel. NGS also maps the coastal regions of the United States and provides data for navigational charts.

    http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/INFO/WhatWeDo.shtml

  15. Kat 4 Obama says:

    usoceangov, May 27, 2010 -

    Off the coast of Southern California in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA’s Jessie Altstatt is busy doing some gardening. This, however, isn’t your usual type of gardening. She’s underwater, planting eelgrass to restore damaged habitat.

  16. Kat 4 Obama says:

    KBZK7, July 27, 2010 -

    Montana TV coverage at Yellowstone National Park on Monday as Vice President Joe Biden talks about Recovery Summer.

  17. Kat 4 Obama says:

    aaronkunz, July 27, 2010 –

    More of Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks in Yellowstone National Park.

  18. Kat 4 Obama says:

    The White House Blog, July 27, 2010:

    The Daily Snapshot

    Posted by Katelyn Sabochik

    Want to get the inside scoop on what’s going on at the White House delivered to your inbox each morning? The Daily Snapshot is a quick look at what’s happening each day at the White House. It includes the President and Vice President’s daily schedules, a look at what’s hot on the White House blog, the Photo of the Day and other important updates.

    Take a look at our first edition of the Daily Snapshot below, then sign up to get updates. You can also sign up to get periodic updates from President Obama and other senior Administration officials as well as our weekly newsletters – the Energy and Climate Agenda and the Economy and Jobs Agenda….

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/27/daily-snapshot

  19. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Office of the Press Secretary, July 27, 2010:

    President Obama to Meet with Small Business Owners, Urge Congress to Act to Support Small Businesses and Create Jobs

    Tomorrow, President Obama will meet with a group of small business owners at Tastee Sub Shop in Edison, New Jersey, to discuss the economy and urge Congress to pass support for small businesses, the engines of private sector job growth. The President will discuss with the small business owners how the small business legislation that the Senate is expected to vote on this week will help businesses like theirs grow and hire more workers.

    A fact sheet on President Obama’s small business jobs proposals is attached. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/Small_Business_Jobs_Fact_Sheet.pdf

    The small business provisions that the President has put forward will help small businesses like the ones the President will meet with by:

    • Providing small banks on Main Street with capital and incentives to lend to small businesses on Main Street, so that these businesses can renew a credit line, purchase new equipment or open a new location.

    • Supporting state initiatives like loan guarantee programs that make it easier for creditworthy small businesses to borrow from private sector lenders.

    • Creating tax incentives for new investments made by small businesses seeking to expand and grow – allowing, for example, a small business to more quickly receive a deduction on their taxes after purchasing new machinery or equipment.

    • Eliminating capital gains taxes on key investments in small businesses, encouraging and rewarding those who invest their capital in smaller firms.

    • Continuing successful provisions from the Recovery Act that have helped increase the availability of SBA loans and reduce the fees small businesses pay, while doubling the size of SBA loans small businesses can receive so that they can expand and create new jobs.

    The names of the small business owners at the event in New Jersey tomorrow and their stories are below…

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/fact-sheet-president-obama-meet-with-small-business-owners-urge-congress-act-suppor

  20. Kat 4 Obama says:

    USA Today, July 27, 2010:

    President Obama signs landmark cruise safety legislation

    By Gene Sloan

    Barack Obama today signed legislation that requires cruise lines to contact the FBI and the U.S. Coast Guard as soon as a suspicious death or assault of a passenger on a ship is reported.

    The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, passed earlier this month by Congress, also requires the agencies be notified after the disappearance of a U.S. national from a ship, and it requires that passengers claiming sexual assault be given immediate access to a national sexual assault hotline as well as a sexual assault forensic exam and medications to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Ships also will be required to install peep holes on cabin doors and make other changes.

    The legislation was introduced more than a year ago by Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., who joined the President at the signing along with a constituent, Laurie Dishman of Sacramento, Calif., who wrote to Matsui four years ago saying she was sexually assaulted on a cruise ship.

    “The President’s signature on this legislation is a significant milestone for American consumers and the traveling public,” Matsui says in a statement. It “will improve the safety and security of all cruise ship passengers traveling in and out of U.S. waters, and provide common-sense security measures to prevent crimes from occurring – and protections and support for victims and their families if and when they do.”….

    http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2010/07/president-obama-cruise-vessel-security-safety-legislation-bill-3360/101434/1

  21. Kat 4 Obama says:

    SeattlePI.com, July 27, 2010:

    President Obama to make first trip to [Washington] state next month

    President Obama will visit the Puget Sound area next month to talk about the economy and headline a fundraiser for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., an administration ally locked in what she describes as a close reelection race.

    A White House spokesman would not give a date, but Murray campaign spokeswoman Julie Edwards indicated the visit will be August 17.

    It will be the first Washington trip of Obama’s presidency. As a candidate, he filled Key Arena on the eve of Washington’s 2008 presidential caucuses, in which Obama swamped Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Obama came twice in 2006 to boost colleague Sen. Maria Cantwell, and held a rock concert fund raiser in October of 2007.

    The president has made repeated visits to Nevada to boost embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and was recently in California to do big ticket events for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

    Murray, Reid and Boxer have emerged as major Republican targets in the 2010 mid-term elections. It was disclosed Tuesday that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is mounting a $500,000 anti-Murray TV barrage, on top of a $750,000 media blitz earlier this month by an “independent” group with Republican ties.

    Vice President Joe Biden came to the state for a Murray breakfast on the eve of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

    The Obama administration has relentlessly promoted its Stimulus package in Washington state.

    A $2 billion chunk of Stimulus money is being spent to speed completion of a plant to treat high-level nuclear waste at Hanford; $55 million has gone to help remove two aged, salmon-destroying dams on the Elwha River, one located in Olympic National Park.

    King County has received more than $1 billion in stimulus dollars, money going for such projects as weatherization of homes in low-income Seattle neighborhoods and monitoring of energy use at the University of Washington.

    The state’s unemployment rate currently stands at 8.9 percent, down slightly from spring and lower than the national average….

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/archives/215941.asp

  22. CR says:

    Good Wednesday Morning Everyone!

  23. donna 4 obama says:

    Good Morning O’Team

    Missed you all yesterday. Lot’s of work drama just because I’m trying to wrap things up so I can get out of here this week to the beach. Oh well such is life :)

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=pbo

  24. donna 4 obama says:

    The Obama administration is known for its use of the Internet and social media to communicate with the American public. It’s not surprising, then, that President Obama himself starred in an online video explaining an issue that’s confusing to many people: the new health care reform bill. In the video, released July 28, Obama shows people how to use a new web site, healthcare.gov, created to help the public understand provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act.

    http://www.webmd.com/obama-health-care-072010

  25. donna 4 obama says:

    Show our unity and support for President Obama on August 4th.

    We call on ALL who support President Obama to take action. On August 4th, the President’s 49th birthday, we ask those who support him to wear any campaign item from the Presidential election as a demonstration of our ongoing support. Bring out your old campaign paraphernalia.

    If… you don’t have caps, buttons or tee shirts, wear a red, white, and blue tri-color ribbon or clothing on August 4th. If nothing else, this simple demonstration of support for our President will provide a counteraction to the negativity that spews forth daily. We can do this. YES WE CAN. YES WE WILL.

    Join us and sign up to participate in this show of unity for President Obama on his Birthday:

    http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gpfy7d

    • CR says:

      .
      *~*~* AUGUST 4TH POTUS BIRTHDAY *~*~*
      .

      Send a real birthday card to Pres Obama at the White House also!

      Let him know that you stand with him and appreciate him.

      .
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500

      .
      *~*~* AUGUST 4TH POTUS BIRTHDAY *~*~*

    • No problem. I carry an Obama tote bag and a key chain every day, and I am the proud owner of several Obama buttons.

    • CR says:

      I have an Obama 08′ license plate holder and Obama’08 signs on the sides of my car! I frequently wear an Obama T and stick out my chest when I pass the GOP houses.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      I RSVP’d. I’m always wearing O-pins.

  26. meta says:

    Good morning, OTeam. Here is today’s livestream schedule:

    July 28, 2010
    All times Eastern

    9:30 AM
    Bipartisan Fiscal Commission: 4th meeting of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
    Livestreamed at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/ and http://www.cspan.org/

    10:00 AM
    A House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing was scheduled to hear today from the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, about American civilian aid to the region. The topic may now be overshadowed by questions regarding more than 91,000 leaked documents related to the war there.
    Livestreamed at http://www.cspan.org/

    11:00 AM
    Senators on energy legislation: Five senators brief reporters on their call for a bipartisan energy bill.
    Livestreamed at http://live.cnn.com/

    1:30 PM
    President Obama economic remarks: President Obama discusses the economy at a small business in Edison, New Jersey.
    Livestreamed at http://live.cnn.com/

    4:30 PM
    Thad Allen briefing on Gulf oil disaster: Retired Coast Guard admiral and National Incident Commander Thad Allen speaks with reporters in New Orleans on the 100-day anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster.
    Livestreamed at http://live.cnn.com/

    Also:
    Speakers at today’s National Urban League convention in Washington discuss the group’s annual report on economic and racial disparities, which finds that the recession has negatively impacted minority communities more than the rest of the nation.

    The “State of Black America” convention marks the civil rights organization’s centennial. Participants in this year’s conference include Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty (D), and NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Jealous.
    Livestreaming now at http://www.cspan.org/

    AND, tonight there is “Paul McCartney: In Performance at the White House” on your local PBS station. Check your local listings!

  27. meta says:

    Good morning, everyone. Happy Wednesday!

    Thanks to Donna for those morning treats and reminders. Love the new video of PBO demonstrating the new HCR website on his laptop with the Presidential seal over the Apple logo!

    CR, the livestream schedule is in moderation. Thanks.

  28. Good morning CR, Meta, and Donna. It really has been a busy week. I have been trying to catch up on OFA and here and it’s tough. I will be leaving for Germany in two weeks, so it has really been hectic for me both here and at work. Hope you all have a great day.

  29. I want to say something here that I don’t want to say on OFA. Why are we not going after Darrell Issa? This man is on a personal vendetta against the President and I think he is extremely dangerous. He has a corrupt past and it doesn’t seem to have stopped him from being in the forefront of the Obama Administration’s destruction. He has made no secret of saying that if the Republican House and Senate gets back in power, impeachment proceedings is front and center.

    • donna 4 obama says:

      Just coming up for air for a moment.

      JB I couldn’t agree with you more. Fear is a great motivator and honestly if the Dems made this more of an issue I know lots of folks that would be far more motivated to make sure that we keep the Republicans in the minority.

      • What can we do? Maybe it would be good to pull things and send to Rachel? I feel this is so important, but we (I don’t mean us here) are just not getting any message out. If the message was being tossed around, we would be much higher in the polls. I thought David was supposed to be the “be all and end all” of the campaign but I am not seeing much from him or any of the others — only the President. Leave it to the busiest person to get things done.

        • donna 4 obama says:

          I will send it to Rachel and make a comment tomorrow on her Facebook page.

          Generally in the mornings her first post is to ask us what we want her to talk about on her show. I’ll be prepared with this JB.

  30. sandy466 says:

    Good Morning everyone! HOPE for a great Wednesday.

  31. donna 4 obama says:

    The New DNC Ad – Good job Dems tie the Republican Party to the Tea Party because they are…..
    ONE AND THE SAME

  32. vero804 says:

    Morning everyone! Glad you are popping in Donna, but JEALOUS that you’re getting away to the beach! You deserve the break, for sure. Also, jealous Jackie of your upcoming trip to Germany. I was there for a day – in the airport – and the people were cool.

    Here’s some interesting info to spread:

    via: Ezra Klein

    A new paper from Alan Blinder and Mark Zandi concludes economic policies from 2008 and 2009 prevented a depression, reports Sewell Chan: “The economists argue that without the Wall Street bailout, the bank stress tests, the emergency lending and asset purchases by the Federal Reserve, and the Obama administration’s fiscal stimulus program, the nation’s gross domestic product would be about 6.5 percent lower this year..They estimate the total direct cost of the recession at $1.6 trillion, and the total budgetary cost, after adding in nearly $750 billion in lost revenue from the weaker economy, at $2.35 trillion, or about 16 percent of G.D.P.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/business/economy/28bailout.html?_r=1

    • donna 4 obama says:

      Hello Vero!

      Thanks for the link. I hope the WH touts this article.

      “When all is said and done, the financial and fiscal policies will have cost taxpayers a substantial sum, but not nearly as much as most had feared and not nearly as much as if policy makers had not acted at all,” they write.”

    • CR says:

      Good morning Vero!

  33. vero804 says:

    Please make this true and make this happen SOON!

    GOP senators leaning toward yes on New START

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/07/27/gop_senators_leaning_towards_yes_on_new_start

  34. donna 4 obama says:

    2010 DCCC Strategy Call with Speaker Pelosi

    Listen live to the DCCC strategy call with Speaker Pelosi.

    Submit your questions in advance on Twitter, Facebook, or by emailing dccc@dccc.org.

    http://www.dccc.org/page/content/strategy/

  35. vero804 says:

    More proof that the AZ “No Way Jose” law is pre-empted by the constitution:

    Arizona police may struggle to enforce the state’s anti-illegal immigration law, due to come into effect Thursday, if the federal government doesn’t help the state deport illegals detained under the new measure, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    Without the help of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which must be contacted to verify immigration statuses, “police likely would have to release suspects, because the law doesn’t give them the authority to detain an individual indefinitely based on suspicion of unlawful presence in the U.S.,”?the Journal says.

    “ICE needs to play with us,” John Harris, the president of the Arizona Association of Police Chiefs, told the paper. “Without ICE, it makes it much more difficult for us to arrest people.”

    The agency responded by saying that the result of the Obama administration’s legal challenge to the law “will inform the government’s actions going forward.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0710/arizonas_obstacle_3c36b90c-59a6-42ea-bc92-ca616887bad9.html

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      So all ICE needs to do is say, “Gee, we’re just too busy right now to help” and they can significantly hang up the enforcement of this law?

  36. sandy466 says:

    Judge Blocks Parts of Arizona Immigration Law
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Published: July 28, 2010
    Filed at 1:16 p.m. ET

    PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has blocked the most controversial sections of Arizona’s new immigration law from taking effect Thursday, handing a major legal victory to opponents of the crackdown.
    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/07/28/us/AP-US-ArizonaImmigratio.html?_r=2

  37. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy middle of the week and bonjour and aloha and everything CR, Donna, Jackie, Meta, Sandy and Vero and all friends!

    >^..^<

  38. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    July 28, 2010 1:30 PM EDT

    V.P. Biden and Dr. Biden Attend the Welcome Home Ceremony for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division- Fort Drum, New York

    WhiteHouse.gov (Audio Only) http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  39. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Here’s the White House’s posting of the video Donna provided upthread:

    President Obama Explains Healthcare.gov

    President Obama explains HealthCare.gov, the new consumer website that helps you take control of your health care coverage. This first-of-its-kind website makes it easier to find health care coverage and clearly explains how the Affordable Care Act will benefit you, your family, or your business.


  40. Kat 4 Obama says:

    White House Blog, July 28, 2010:

    Affordable Housing in the Recovery Summer

    Posted by Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States

    Access to affordable housing is a challenge facing communities across the country. But the Recovery Act is helping our nation meet that challenge head on by providing states with cash to help them finance low-income housing construction at a time when too many projects would otherwise be stalled. These projects are helping revitalize communities through both the creation of new affordable housing developments and the tens of thousands of jobs being created to build them.

    Yesterday, I joined D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, officials from the D.C. office of Housing and Community Development, representatives of Vida Senior Residences – and even some of the building’s future residents – to break ground on an affordable housing development made possible with more than $6.8 million in Recovery Act funding. When it’s complete, The Vida Senior Residences at Brightwood in Washington, DC will provide 36 affordable apartments for low-income seniors. And while it’s under construction, this project will create an estimated 55 full-time construction jobs….

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/28/affordable-housing-recovery-summer

  41. Kat 4 Obama says:

    This reminded me of Vero’s comments about energy and national security yesterday:

    White House Blog, July 28, 2010:

    Clean Energy and National Security

    Posted by Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

    Yesterday, we hosted a lively forum at the White House, which brought more than 130 stakeholders– civilian and uniformed officials from the Department of Defense (DOD) and our armed services, policy makers from the Department of Energy (DOE), think tanks, and business entrepreneurs – together for a discussion on the importance of clean energy for our national security.

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, delivered the keynote address, and highlighted not just the great progress happening at the Department of the Navy in terms of greening its fleet, powering its jets with biofuels, and testing new, experimental technology in efficiency and alternative energy, but also underscored just how much further we have to go to ensure our energy independence. Deputy Secretary Dan Poneman of the Department of Energy echoed these sentiments, and challenged the audience to think about ways in which our challenges might instead be viewed as opportunities for both improved mission capability, and an enhanced energy security.

    And to build on the work already ongoing at DOD and DOE, Deputy Secretary Poneman announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between DOD and DOE – a commitment to work together, and foster partnerships inside and out of government to develop a clean energy economy that works to not only create jobs and reduce our dependence on oil, but to ensure our national security and the mission of our military….

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/28/clean-energy-and-national-security

  42. CR says:

    Next Up…

    July 28, 2010 2:20 PM EDT

    President Obama Speaks on the Economy – Edison, New Jersey

    WhiteHouse.gov (Audio Only) http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294800-1

  43. sandy466 says:

    ACLU fought against the Disclose Act? Why?
    I tried posting this twice with link but nothing showed up.

    • vero804 says:

      Purity. They believe speech should not be regulated AT ALL in pretty much ALL circumstances. The first amendment says you can’t infringe upon people’s freedom of speech, however there’s always been narrow exceptions crafted by the Supremes through the years. I think the ACLU is of the position that there should be no exceptions to the rule. Therefore, even requiring people to put their names and faces behind their ads is an unacceptable infringement…I suppose that’s their argument.

    • CR says:

      Hi Sandy I approved it.

      Your post went straight to the “spam bin” without any notice emailed to me so it was good that you commented about it or else I would not have known to check there.

    • vero804 says:

      OK, scratch my comment above. I’ve read the ACLU’s statement, and I can see where they are coming from. Their issue is that exempting some organizations, like large ones like the NRA, from the disclosure, the law would treat smaller orgs differently, which they view as problematic. I agree, it should be a blanket rule for all organizations who give money to fund ads, etc.

      Here’s the relevant part in the statement:

      “By exempting larger organizations that might tend to be more mainstream from certain disclosure requirements, the bill inequitably suppresses only the speech of smaller organizations that might be more controversial, and compromises the anonymity of small donors.“

  44. CR says:

    Extending High-Income Tax Cuts is the Wrong Answer for the Recovery

    7/29/10 by Christina Romer – WhiteHouse.gov

    President Obama has made it clear that he favors extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for middle-income families, but letting those for high-income earners expire as called for in current law. Recently, some have argued that extending the high-income cuts is necessary for the economy. This is simply wrong.

    First, extending the high-income tax cuts would provide very little job creation in 2011. There is widespread agreement that the short-run economic benefits of high-income tax cuts are small. The Congressional Budget Office lists a tax cut for high-income earners as a particularly ineffective job creation measure. Private sector forecasters haver reached the same judgment.1 The vast majority of economic research shows that higher-income earners spend less of a tax cut and so tax cuts to those earners create fewer jobs throughout the economy.2

    That doesn’t mean that all tax cuts are ineffective in creating growth. In fact, tax cuts designed in the right way can be highly effective. That is why the President supported numerous tax cuts in the Recovery Act and why continuing the middle-class tax cuts from 2001 and 2003 is so important. The view that tax cuts focused on the middle class can be important to the recovery is consistent with a wide range of research, including a paper that I wrote with David Romer before coming to government and that was recently published. This paper showed that tax changes in the postwar United States had larger short-run impacts on output growth than previously believed. Since most postwar tax changes have been broad-based, our evidence indicates that broad-based tax cuts have large effects. But it’s important to note that our study did not distinguish among tax cuts for different groups and did not focus on high-income earners. Thus, it provides no basis for doubting the compelling evidence that tax cuts for high-income earners are less effective than broad-based tax cuts focused on the middle class.

    If lawmakers are truly concerned about job creation, as they should be given the painfully high rate of unemployment, many approaches would be more cost effective than extending the Bush tax cuts for high-income earners. For example, a private sector study recently concluded that a third year of the Making Work Pay tax credit would be far more stimulative.1 Likewise, estimates by the Council of Economic Advisers suggest that that spending $10 billion to prevent the layoffs of teachers, firefighters, and police would lead to nearly twice as many jobs as the estimated $30 billion of high-income tax cuts—that’s twice as many jobs for one-third the cost. The small business jobs bill currently before the Senate, which contains both targeted tax cuts for small businesses and measures to improve their access to credit, would also be a far more powerful and cost-effective way to stimulate economic growth and job creation.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/28/extending-high-income-tax-cuts-wrong-answer-recovery

  45. Kat 4 Obama says:

    SenateDemocrats, July 27, 2010 -

    Schumer Fights For Passage of DISCLOSE Act

    Prior to a key vote on the DISCLOSE Act today, Senator Chuck Schumer criticized his Republican colleagues for pledging to block passage of this critical legislation.


  46. Kat 4 Obama says:

    SenateDemocrats, July 27, 2010 -

    Democrats Pledge to Continue the Fight for DISCLOSE Act

    Following a failed cloture vote on the DISCLOSE Act, the bill’s sponsor, Senator Chuck Schumer, and his colleagues Senators Ron Wyden and Al Franken held a press conference to explain that they won’t give up this fight. “We will keep fighting and fighting until this passes, until we get that one courageous Republican,” said Schumer.


  47. Kat 4 Obama says:

    SenatorFranken, July 28, 2010 -

    Sen. Franken Delivers Speech on DISCLOSE Act

    Sen. Franken went to the Senate floor today to speak out in favor of the DISCLOSE Act. The bill was introduced to combat the harmful impacts of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that allows corporations, including foreign entities, and other special interests to spend unlimited sums to influence elections.


  48. This message is so important to get out to the American people. The Citizens United case should have us all scared to death, but — crickets.

    • vero804 says:

      Because most people don’t “get it.” We are so tuned into politics, moreso than the average American, that we are freaked out over it. Add to the fact that most Americans aren’t well-versed in legal issues, and you have a situation where people feel it’s not right, but don’t know just how “not right” it is.

      I am horrified that they voted against disclosure. It’s even unnerving that the NRA was able to get the carve out. That’s how shady these folks are.

      Nasty games going on. Power is something else.

  49. blackwaterdog says:

    Hi guys

    Here’s a LOOONG one. Please give it a rec – that was a lot of work. :)

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/7/28/888183/-In-which-the-mishmash-is-too-long-for-a-title

    • Jo 4 Obama says:

      Nice work BWD! Bravo again!

    • CR says:

      Thank you BWD!

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Bless you, BWD. Reading the comments over there, I see there is a huge need and desire for the truth. The whiners and naysayers are experiencing a backlash aginst their crazy negativity, and they’re not used to it!

  50. CR says:

    Snowe becomes fourth Republican to endorse Kagan’s confirmation

    7/28/10 CNN

    CNN) – Sen. Olympia Snowe said Wednesday she will vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, making her the fourth Republican to come out in support of President Obama’s nominee to the high court.

    “Throughout my tenure in the Senate, I have applied a uniform standard for evaluating nominees for the United States Supreme Court, under both Republican and Democratic administrations,” said Snowe in statement. “I find that Ms. Kagan has met that standard with the strong intellect, respect for the rule of law, and understanding of the important but limited role of the Supreme Court that I believe is required of any Justice.”

    Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, have also said they will vote for Kagan. No Democrats have expressed opposition to Kagan.

    The current solicitor general and former Harvard Law School dean is expected to easily win confirmation, but likely with less Republican support than the nine GOP votes Justice Sonia Sotomayor garnered a year ago.

    Full statement from Snowe, after the jump:

    “After a careful and considered review of Elena Kagan’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her overall record, and my personal meeting with her, I have concluded that General Kagan should be confirmed,” Senator Snowe said.

    “Throughout my tenure in the Senate, I have applied a uniform standard for evaluating nominees for the United States Supreme Court, under both Republican and Democratic administrations. I find that Ms. Kagan has met that standard with the strong intellect, respect for the rule of law, and understanding of the important but limited role of the Supreme Court that I believe is required of any Justice. On that note, she has testified and spoken about the necessity of courts to maintain a fidelity to the law, and of the essential requirement not to pre-judge any case, stating during her hearing that judging is about ‘…what the law says, whether it’s the Constitution or whether it’s a statute…the question is always what the law says…it’s what the text of the Constitution says…what the law says, not a judge’s personal views.’

    “It also is significant that, for her work as Solicitor General, Ms. Kagan has won the support of all ten Solicitors General who have served since 1985, including five Republican appointees, and she has also earned the support of over fifty deputy and assistant solicitors general who have served over the last forty-two years. Indeed by all accounts – including those from conservative former Solicitors General Ken Starr and Ted Olson, and Assistant Solicitor General Miguel Estrada – General Kagan has a clear reputation for a sound judicial temperament.

    “Also, she has affirmed forcefully that adherence to Court precedent is a vital command for the Court. And in that light, in my view as a longtime, ardent supporter of Second Amendment rights, it was critical that General Kagan stated during her testimony that the precedents set by the Supreme Court in the Heller and McDonald cases – which upheld a personal right to possess a firearm – are ‘deeply rooted in this nation’s history and traditions’ and are ‘settled law;’ that she has ‘absolutely no reason to think that the court’s analysis was incorrect in any way;’ and, that she will apply these cases as law ‘going forward.’”

    



  51. Kat 4 Obama says:

    PubliCola.com, July 28, 2010:

    PubliCola Picks Patty Murray for U.S. Senate

    Three-term incumbent Patty Murray (D-WA) is a powerhouse in the US Senate. A senior member of the appropriations committee, Murray brings billions in federal dollars home to Washington State, most notably as chair of the transportation appropriations committee, where she’s been a champion for Sound Transit. It would be regional suicide to lose Murray at a moment when the Puget Sound’s economic future is predicated on expanding light rail.

    Murray’s other earmarks—a fancy word for budget line items—include everything from money for YWCA domestic violence programs in Yakima to infrastructure fixes at McChord Air force Base to law enforcement dollars directed at fighting meth in Tacoma to diesel-electric hybrid buses in Spokane.

    Republicans have tried to use Murray’s talent for getting local projects into the budget as a gripe against her this election, citing it as evidence of her spendthrift ways. (Fact check: Earmarks make up less than one percent of the federal budget.) Moreover, the criticism that her line items for defense, cops, and social services add to the deficit doesn’t make sense because getting something in the budget requires knocking something else out. We’re glad Murray has Washington’s back.

    Murray makes no apologies about her ability to bring home the bacon: “When I come to D.C., it is my responsibility to fight for my home state.”

    Meanwhile, Murray has a stellar record on the big issues: Health care reform (yea); financial reform (yea); global warming (yea—the EPA should be able to regulate greenhouse gas emissions); immigration reform (yea on creating a path to citizenship); abortion rights (she’s adamantly pro-choice and led the fight to make emergency contraception available over the counter).

    Vote after vote, Murray’s record lines up with the Obama agenda that Washington State voters loudly supported in 2008.

    [Emphasis mine.]

    At a time when the Democrats need every one of their 60 votes to overcome cynical—and seemingly weekly—GOP filibuster threats in order to extend unemployment insurance or pass equal rights legislation like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, PubliCola is glad Murray’s in D.C….

    http://www.publicola.net/2010/07/28/publicola-picks-patty-murray-for-u-s-senate/

    This editorial also vividly sums up and condemns the GOP opposition as the twice-rejected “pour-and-stir Republican” Dino Rossi and the Tea Partier Clint Didier, who recently said, “We’ve got to get rid of this, ‘protecting the weak.’”

  52. CR says:

    ‘All about equality’
    Duncan tackles achievement gap

    7/28/10 By KENDRA MARR – POLITICO

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday he would create a bipartisan committee to examine educational equity in K-12 schools.

    “In so many ways, our reform agenda is all about equity,” Duncan said at the National Urban League’s 100th anniversary conference. “Competition isn’t about winners and losers. It’s about getting better.”

    The Equity and Excellence Commission will comprise 15 members who will send Duncan recommendations on how to right inequities that contribute to the achievement gap.

    Next week, the department will publish a notice in the Federal Register asking for nominations for the commission.

    “You are partners and allies in the cause of public education,” Duncan told civil-rights leaders in the audience. “This is a movement. This is the civil-rights issue of our time.”

    Duncan and civil-rights leaders are striving to smooth over relations. Two days ago, rights leaders released a 17-page blueprint thrashing the Obama administration’s education agenda. But their tone quickly softened after a meeting with Duncan and White House domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes.

  53. COS says:

    Hello O family. I am just getting a chance to weigh in on here today. Been pretty busy. The first thing I saw this evening when I logged on to yahoo news is, that the cable and blogosphere is burning up discussing PBO appearance on the View. I am dying laughing. This is such a joke. This is another example of PBO not letting people put him in a box. I hope it went well for him. I need to go and catch up on the other happenings today unless someone care to give me a quick summary. :)

  54. COS says:

    Exactly. The article said that morning joke was discussing it early this morning on his show and racist Pat Buchanan says that he did not think it was a good idea because it diminishes the president; he said Oprah would have been better. Rosie O’Donnell who I can’t stand said that she did not think it was a good idea. Rosie is jealous because she is no longer on the show because she did not fit in. I am sure their ratings will be large tomorrow. I am sure Ed Schultz’s head is spinning. :)

    At least PBO got a partial victory today with that AZ law ruling. It is at least enough to keep the wolves at bay for a little while.

  55. CR says:

    Thursday 7/29
    10:05 am ET

    The President delivers a major education reform speech at the National Urban League 100th Anniversary Convention – Washington Convention Center

    The President will deliver a major education reform speech at the National Urban League 100th Anniversary Convention at the Washington Convention Center. The President will discuss how his signature Race to the Top program and other initiatives are driving education reform across the country and focusing the nation on the goal of preparing students for college and careers. He will highlight the unprecedented support for and adoption of common standards by a majority of states already, and the Administration’s commitment to develop the next generation of high-quality assessments benchmarked to common standards. The President’s speech will focus on the dramatic reforms that states, school districts, schools and teachers unions have undertaken over the past 18 months, including steps to improve teacher effectiveness and transform persistently low-performing schools.

    http://www.nul.org/content/president-barack-obama-education-reform-centennial-conference

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Wonderful!

    • COS says:

      Great; will be looking forward to it. Guys remember Meta reminded us that the PBS special honoring Paul McCartney will be on tonight at 8:00 pst to 9:30 and an encore from 9:30 to 11:00.

      • CR says:

        Another one I have to wait for until it comes on-line!

      • meta says:

        I’m so looking forward to this tonight. Nothing like rocking out at the White House! Can you believe how much the Presidency has changed in just over a year and a half? PBO and Mrs. O are so classy and fun and full of life.

  56. vero804 says:

    I’m watching Rachel with this Chris Hayes guy talking about deportations under this president being 10% higher than Bush.

    Here’s the deal. My firm represents a lot of people w/in the Hispanic community. What has been happening more and more is that when my clients break the law and get booked, the local authorities immediately contact ICE and ICE runs their info, they come back undocumented, and then a detainer is placed on them. Meanwhile, the state level crime is handled, and then he person is deported.

    I think they key is this: This people being deported BREAK THE LAW OR ARE CHARGED WITH BREAKING THE LAW FIRST. This situation ends up putting them in the system by getting them arrested. Maybe they shouldn’t get themselves in trouble?

    Of course there are times when the arrest/charge is questionable. But most of the time, these folks are getting caught driving drunk, running lights (then they have no license), and beating their wives and having other issues that happen every day regardless of one’s race or immigration status. If his argument is that the federal government NOT inquire into someone’s immigration status when they are charged and quite often convicted of a criminal act, then I can’t get with that argument.

    • meta says:

      Yes, if you are convicted of a crime, then you should be deported. I don’t see any sort of compelling argument otherwise.

    • CR says:

      More are deported under Obama -felons, auditing businesses

      7/25/10 Peter Slevin – Washington Post

      In a bid to remake the enforcement of federal immigration laws, the Obama administration is deporting record numbers of illegal immigrants and auditing hundreds of businesses that blithely hire undocumented workers.

      The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency expects to deport about 400,000 people this fiscal year, nearly 10 percent more than the Bush administration’s 2008 total and 25 percent more than were deported in 2007. The pace of company audits has roughly quadrupled since President George W. Bush’s final year in office.

      The effort is part of President Barack Obama’s larger project “to make our national laws actually work,” as he put it in a speech this month at American University. Partly designed to entice Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform, the mission is proving difficult and politically perilous.

      Obama is drawing flak from those who contend the administration is weak on border security and from those who are disappointed he has not done more to fulfill his campaign promise to help the country’s estimated 11 million illegal residents. Trying to thread a needle, the president contends enforcement — including the deployment of fresh troops to the Mexico border — is a necessary but insufficient solution.

      A June 30 memo from ICE director John Morton instructed officers to focus their “principal attention” on felons and repeat lawbreakers. The policy, influenced by a series of sometimes-heated
      White House meetings, also targets repeat border crossers and declares that parents caring for children or the infirm should be detained only in unusual cases.

      “We’re trying to put our money where our mouth is,” Morton said, describing the goal as a “rational” immigration policy. “You’ve got to have aggressive enforcement against criminal offenders. You have to have a secure border. You have to have some integrity in the system.”

      For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_15600728?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

    • COS says:

      Thanks for this information Vero. When he was reporting that, I was getting very upset. Why would a so call progressive want to shed light on this if no one else is talking about it. Anythng to bring negativity on this president. He gave the Hispanic commuity Judge Sotomayer.

      Now Hayes is pushing Elizabeth Warren.

  57. meta says:

    Today, Schwarzenegger signed a legislation establishing ‘Ronald Reagan Day’ in California. He wants the schools to spend that day going over all that Reagan did for California and the nation. He also created the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission, tasked with promoting the celebration of Reagan’s 100th birthday next year.

    “We’ve got to celebrate really big,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “So this is why we create the commission which will help plan events and help us celebrate this special day. Maybe we throw a huge parade, name a college after him, or maybe a mountain range after him, or a lake after him – I don’t know. But the least thing we can do is start building a great statue of Ronald Reagan up there at the state capitol,” he said.

    He also vetoed a bill that would have given overtime pay to farmworkers who work more than 8 hours a day, saying it would overturn long-standing rules and create “additional burdens on California businesses.”

    I don’t even know where to begin. We have a total moron for a governor.

  58. meta says:

    How is everybody doing tonight? It seems like it’s been a long week already! And then it’s the dog days of August. ARGH.

    • Glad to be home. It seems as though we have all had a busy week so far. I have been getting slammed for the last two weeks and it doesn’t look like it is going to let up — just in time to have to leave on my trip. So much for leaving all caught up.

      • meta says:

        I was just reading about your trip. Wow, I’m excited for you! I hope it’s an inspirational journey free of any worries from home. Everyone deserves a vacation!

      • donna 4 obama says:

        Don’t I know it JB! You work yourself crazy to take time off then you work yourself crazy when you get back. But…. I am grateful to have a job.

        You know I am looking forward to the weekend away. I just don’t know how our President avoids getting mired down in the negativity. I tell you these past two weeks have been tough watching him continue to work so hard for us and seemingly the media, some on the left and the obstructionist Repubs are fight him every step of the way.

        I love my President and admire his fortitude and most of all his ability to keep focused on the big picture. He is a better person than I.

        • meta says:

          I honestly wonder sometimes where he gets his strength. I don’t think he’s super human or anything but he does have an incredible gift of compassion and grace. Perhaps it’s his faith. I remember he once said he uses prayer to guard against pride and to guard against complacency. That really stuck with me.

  59. Kat 4 Obama says:

    CNN, July 28, 2010 -

    The President: Helping small businesses is as American as apple pie

    In New Jersey, President Obama calls for Congress to pass a jobs bill before the recess.


    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Office of the Press Secretary, July 28, 2010:

      Remarks by the President on Small Business Jobs Initiatives

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, I just had a terrific meeting with these small business owners here at Tastee Sub Shop. And I want to thank Dave and Carl for hosting us here today. And I highly recommend everybody buy a sandwich while you’re here, although as I said before, I can’t eat a 12-inch these days, now that I’m 49 — well, I will be in a week.

      We talked about some of the difficulties that people have had making payroll and turning a profit during this recession. And we talked about what we can do to make it easier for small businesses to grow.

      All of these folks here know why that’s important. Small businesses create two out of every three jobs in this country. So our recovery depends on them. And if we want to keep America moving forward, we need to keep investing in our small businesses.

      This is, by the way, more than — is more important than just our economy. It’s also about who we are as a people. Because America has always been a place where if you’ve had a good idea and you’re willing to really work hard for it, you can see it through and you can succeed. That’s what gives the worker the courage to leave her job to become her own boss. It’s what propels people to risk their savings on an idea that they believe might just change the world. I was hearing from Tom here about how he was having trouble finding work 30, 40 years ago, and decided that he would take over a business that only had two employees. And now he’s an employer for a whole bunch of folks and he’s going to be passing on his business to his family. And that’s the American story….

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-small-business-jobs-initiatives-0

  60. donna 4 obama says:

    This is not very nice so forgive me but I just looked at the pics of the ladies on the view.

    What in the heck does Whoopie have on?

    It’s 90 degrees outside and she has on what looks like boots, slacks, a very large blouse and a coat. I know she always wears big baggy clothing but come on….WTH!??

  61. CR says:

    A Clear Commitment to Clean Water for America

    Posted by Nancy Sutley on April 27, 2011

    Clean water is the foundation of healthy communities. It is vital to everyone, from families who want safe drinking water, to fishermen and women who want to know their catch is safe to eat, to farmers who rely on it to grow their crops, and everyone in between. We understand the importance of clean water and healthy watersheds to our economy, to our environment and to our families.

    Clean water has been a priority for this Administration from day one. Through an extensive set of policies and initiatives, we are working across Federal agencies, across governments and across sectors to use every tool in our toolbox to make sure Americans have the clean and healthy waters they need and deserve.

    Today, we released a national clean water framework that affirms the Obama Administration’s comprehensive commitment to ensuring clean water and healthy waterways for American families, American communities, and the American economy. We’re taking strong action to reduce contaminants in our drinking water by using the latest science to update drinking water standards, and by better protecting drinking water sources from pollution. We’re giving farmers incentives to reduce pollution, and giving landowners incentives to open up their lands for fishing, swimming, and other activities that promote public stewardship of our waters. We’re working with states to make sure rural communities have affordable and modern clean water systems.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/04/27/clear-commitment-clean-water-america

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