U.S. Fed Personal Income Tax Rate Comparision 1913-2011

“The only way the states and the federal government will succeed in fighting the budget deficit is by raising taxes on the wealthy and stopping the corporate welfare. The middle class has no more to give: it is time for the wealthy to step up to the plate. It is time for the corporations who are sending jobs overseas to bring the jobs and the money home.” K. Harris’ comment to P. Solman’s The Business Desk

P. Solman: Your point about the unsustainability of benefit cuts is a good one, Ms. Harris, and an example of what economists often call the law of unintended consequences. Take people off Medicaid and they’re less likely to go to the doctor, meaning less preventive care, worse health, overcrowded ERs — greater costs in the end. That has long been the economics argument for covering the uninsured.

As to the issue of “cutting taxes for the rich,” it is, well, a rich one. I can’t find the data you ask for about states, but I’ve found a chart from the non-partisan Tax Policy Center of the top marginal Federal (not state) income tax rate for individuals.

For a more graphic visualization, try this, through 2003. To bring it up-to-date, just extend the line at 35 percent.

Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/businessdesk/2011/02/save-the-pensions-tax-the-rich.html

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, March 2 2011

    All Times ET

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spend the morning reading to students as part of Read Across America Day.

    10:00 am
    The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:30 am
    The President meets with senior advisors
    Oval Office
    Closed Press
    James S. Brady Briefing Room
    Open Press

    12:30 pm
    The President and the Vice President meet for lunch
    Private Dining Room
    Closed Press

    12:30 PM EST
    White House Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

    1:45 pm
    The President awards the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal; the First Lady also attends
    East Room
    Open Press
    Pre-set 12:45PM – Final Gather at 1:15PM – North Doors of the Palm Room

    4:30 pm
    The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of State Clinton
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      Mar 2, 2011

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      12:30 PM EST
      White House Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

      1:45 PM EST
      President Obama awards the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal- East Room White House

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com/

      9:30 AM EST
      Secretary of State Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the 2012 International Affairs Budget

      10:00 AM EST
      Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen testify before the House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee on the budget for the Defense Department

      10:00 AM EST
      Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke delivers the semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to the House Financial Services Committee

      10:00 AM EST
      Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the president’s proposed 2012 budget for the Interior Department. Drilling projects are also a likely topic. The hearing begins at 10 a.m

      10:00 AM EST
      Secretary of Energy Steven Chu testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on the budget for the Energy Department

      10:00 AM EST
      NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. testifies before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on NASA’s 2012 budget request

      12:30 PM EST
      White House Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

      1:30 PM EST
      Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testifies at a Congressional hearing on problems at the U.S. Postal Service

      1:45 PM EST
      President Obama awards the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal- East Room White House

      2:00 PM EST
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before a House appropriations subcommittee on the State Department’s budget needs for next fiscal year.

      2:00 PM EST
      Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies before the House Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee on the DHS budget request

      2:30 PM EST
      Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the EPA budget request

      3:00 PM EST
      Judicial nominations hearing
      The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to consider several nominations for U.S. District Court and Circuit Court judiciary posts.

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:30 AM EST
      Senate to Take Up Spending Measure
      House passes CR, 335-91 http://www.cspan.org/Events/Senate-to-Take-Up-Spending-Measure/10737419932/

      9:30 AM EST
      Secretary of State Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the 2012 International Affairs Budget http://www.cspan.org/Events/Clinton-Pushes-to-Maintain-State-Dept-Budget/10737419899-1/

      10:00 AM EST
      Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen testify before the House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee on the budget for the Defense Department http://www.cspan.org/Events/Lawmakers-Examine-2012-Defense-Budget/10737419897-1/

      10:00 AM EST
      Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke delivers the semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to the House Financial Services Committee http://www.cspan.org/Events/Monetary-Report-Presented-to-House/10737419898/

      10:00 AM EST
      Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the president’s proposed 2012 budget for the Interior Department. Drilling projects are also a likely topic. The hearing begins at 10 a.m

      10:00 AM EST
      Secretary of Energy Steven Chu testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on the budget for the Energy Department

      10:00 AM EST
      NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. testifies before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on NASA’s 2012 budget request

      11:00 AM EST
      First Lady reading today at Read Across America

      12:30 PM EST
      White House Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

      1:30 PM EST
      Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testifies at a Congressional hearing on problems at the U.S. Postal Service

      1:45 PM EST
      President Obama awards the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal- East Room White House

      2:00 PM EST
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before a House appropriations subcommittee on the State Department’s budget needs for next fiscal year.

      2:00 PM EST
      Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies before the House Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee on the DHS budget request

      2:30 PM EST
      Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the EPA budget request

      3:00 PM EST
      Judicial nominations hearing
      The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to consider several nominations for U.S. District Court and Circuit Court judiciary posts.

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      US Department of Defense

      10:00 AM EST
      Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen testify before the House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee on the budget for the Defense Department http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/

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      Middle East Protest

      Al Jazeera – English http://english.aljazeera.net/

      Middle East and North Africa unrest- BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698

  2. CR says:

    Republicans Release 2011 Spending Bill

    Republicans announced a spending bill on February 11, 2011 that would severely damage our economy’s ability to grow and create jobs. Democrats agree that spending cuts are necessary to tackle our deep budget deficit. But Republicans—in a haphazard, closed process that clearly breaks their promises of transparency—have released a package of indiscriminate cuts that severely hamper America’s ability to compete in the global economy. Republicans would slash investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure—the very investments that will help America’s entrepreneurs build the industries and jobs of the future.

    At the same time, the Republican spending bill does very little to address our long-term fiscal challenges. That failure is even more glaring in light of the policies proposed by Republicans that would add $5 trillion to our deficit. Huge cuts in key programs may make good campaign slogans, but they will do very little to address the real sources of our debt and hurt the middle class.

    • CR says:

      Republican cuts would cost 700,000 jobs: Report

      3/1/11 Zachary Roth – news.yahoo.com/

      A new report by a leading economic forecaster finds that budget cuts passed by the House of Representatives would cost 700,000 jobs over the next two years if enacted.

      “The House Republicans’ proposal would reduce 2011 real GDP growth by 0.5% and 2012 growth by 0.2%,” according to the study, by Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi. “This would mean some 400,000 fewer jobs created by the end of 2011 and 700,000 fewer jobs by the end of 2012.”

      Zandi is no left-wing ideologue. He was on the economic team for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and has advised members of both political parties. His findings point in the same direction as those of an even more pessimistic Goldman Sachs report, leaked last week, which concluded that the proposed cuts would reduce second- and third-quarter growth in 2010 by 1.5 to 2 percentage points.

      Although the economy has been growing of late, it’s not adding jobs fast enough to start significantly bringing down the unemployment rate, which stands at 9 percent. Writes Zandi: “Imposing additional government spending cuts before this has happened, as House Republicans want, would be taking an unnecessary chance with the recovery.”

      America already faces a jobs crisis, having lost around 8 million jobs since the start of the recession in late 2007.

      For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/hxcpFx

    • CR says:

      Pelosi Remarks Before Hearing on Jobs Now: Protecting the Taxpayer & Securing Our Energy Future

      February 28, 2011 democraticleader.gov

      Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee held a hearing today on creating jobs now in America, protecting the taxpayer, and securing our energy future. The hearing emphasized actions the 112th Congress should take to create jobs, bolster the middle class, and strengthen our economy through innovation and new clean energy technologies. Below are the Leader’s remarks:

      “Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you all very much for joining us, weathering this bit of a storm—planes a little later, but here we are to attend to some very important business.

      “I am pleased to welcome all of you to this hearing of the Steering and Policy Committee, under the leadership of our Chair, Rosa DeLauro; Congressman Ed Markey, the Ranking Member of Natural Resources Committee; Congressman Elijah Cummings, the Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee; and Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, a leader in sustainability in the Congress. Congressman Rob Andrews, thank you for your leadership. Jared Polis, thank you for your joining us. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, all the way from Hawaii, and the first one here I think.

      “We all join together in welcoming very special witnesses here today to give their testimony on a subject that is about creating jobs now and how we can protect the taxpayer and secure our energy future.

      For the entire article: http://www.democraticleader.gov/news/press?id=2068

    • CR says:

      LeaderHoyer | Feb 16, 2011
      CSPAN_02-16-2011_10.06.10
      If our country continues on the course of fiscal irresponsibility and continues to pile debt on our children, we will all feel the consequences no matter our party. It is vital that our two parties work together, Mr. Speaker, to put our fiscal house in order.

    • CR says:

      Reid Spokesman: Encouraged To See Republicans Abandoning Calls For Extreme Measures That Would Cut Jobs And Hurt Our Economy — And Moving Toward Democrats’ Calls For Smart Cuts To Government Spending

      February 25, 2011 democrats.senate.gov/

      Washington, D.C. – Jon Summers, spokesman for Nevada Senator Harry Reid, released the following statement in response to reports that Republican leaders are considering a two-week Continuing Resolution that closely resembles the kind of responsible cuts Democrats have been calling for:

      “When Republican leaders have to hold an entire press conference to try to convince people that they do not want to shut down the government, that’s saying something. We are encouraged to hear that Republicans are abandoning their demands for extreme measures like cuts to border security, cancer research and food safety inspectors and instead moving closer to Democrats’ position that we should cut government spending in a smart, responsible way that targets waste and excess while keeping our economy growing.

      “The plan Republicans are floating today sounds like a modified version of what Democrats were talking about. We’re glad they think it’s a good idea, but we should keep our focus on what we need to do to cut spending and keep our economy growing in the long-term. If we need a little more time to agree on a responsible path forward, we should pass a short-term CR for no longer than the next month. But the ‘my way or the highway’ approach Republicans have been taking in the past only signals a desire for a government shutdown that our country can’t afford. We hope this is a sign that they have abandoned it and will work with Democrats moving forward.”

    • CR says:

      Budget cuts may hit homeless vets

      3/1/11 By Jennifer Liberto, CNN Money

      WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) — Among the more controversial GOP budget cut proposals is an effort to kill $75 million that’s slated to house homeless veterans.

      Republicans are quick to point out that the cuts won’t impact veterans who were homeless but now receive housing vouchers. Vouchers give homeless veterans a place to live for a year and can be renewed annually, assuming federal funding is available.

      The cuts would hurt some 11,000 homeless veterans who qualify for housing this year but have yet to receive vouchers.

      It’s the cut that Democrats like to point to when they accuse of Republicans of going too far. And Democrats have even started to make it a campaign issue.

      For the entire article: http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/01/news/economy/homeless_veterans_housing_cuts/

    • CR says:

      The Reviews Are In: Republican “So Be It” Spending Plan Hurts Job Creation and Economic Growth

      3/1/11 democraticwhip.gov

      While the House considers a two-week continuing resolution this week, Americans remain focused on how Congress will cut spending while investing in our nation’s future over the remainder of the fiscal year. Democrats agree that we need to cut spending, and are willing to work together to reach a compromise plan for the remainder of the fiscal year. Republicans will have to abandon their extreme and arbitrary cuts which will harm our economic recovery and job creation, while not seriously reducing the deficit.

      Economists predict the Republican Spending Plan will cost jobs and slow economic growth:

      Moody’s Analytics: “A Republican plan to sharply cut federal spending this year would destroy 700,000 jobs through 2012, according to an independent economic analysis set for release Monday. [Mark] Zandi [Moody’s Analytics’ economist], an architect of the 2009 stimulus package who has advised both political parties, predicts that the GOP package would reduce economic growth by 0.5 percentage points this year, and by 0.2 percentage points in 2012, resulting in 700,000 fewer jobs by the end of next year.” [Washington Post, 2/28/11]

      Goldman Sachs: “The more federal spending Congress slashes this year, the greater the potential drag on economic growth, according to a new analysis from Goldman Sachs. In a research note, economists at the Wall Street bank estimate that the House GOP’s spending bill — which would cut $61 billion between March and Sept. 30 — could reduce economic growth by 1.5 percentage points to 2 percentage points in the second and third quarters…” [Financial Times, 2/23/11]

      For the entire article: http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/reviews-are-republican-%E2%80%9Cso-be-it%E2%80%9D-spending-plan-hurts-job-creation-and-economic-growth

    • CR says:

      GOP looks to cut IRS budget despite returns

      3/1/11 STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, AP

      WASHINGTON – Every dollar the Internal Revenue Service spends for audits, liens and seizing property from tax cheats brings in more than $10, a rate of return so good the Obama administration wants to boost the agency’s budget.

      House Republicans, seeing the heavy hand of a too-big government, beg to differ. They’ve already voted to cut the IRS budget by $600 million this year and want bigger cuts in 2012.

      The IRS has dramatically increased its pursuit of tax cheats in the past decade: Audits are up, property liens are up and asset seizures are way up. President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress see stepped up enforcement as a good way to narrow the nation’s staggering budget deficit without raising tax rates or cutting popular spending programs.

      “It makes little sense to cut the agency that collects revenue,” said Rep. Jose Serrano of New York, the top Democrat on the House subcommittee that oversees the IRS budget.

      For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110301/ap_on_re_us/us_gop_tax_collectors

    • CR says:

      Newspaper Reactions to President Obama’s 2012 Budget

      February 15, 2011 Posted by Josh Cohen – democrats.org

      Yesterday, President Obama released his 2012 federal budget, part of his plan to help America win the future. The President’s proposal is a responsible approach that restores fiscal responsibility and makes targeted investments in key pillars of growth – to create jobs right now and grow the economy for the long run.

      Here’s what newspapers from around the country are saying:

      USA Today: “Obama budget plan could create millions of jobs.” President Obama’s proposed fiscal 2012 budget is potentially a massive job-creation engine, with plans to generate millions of them by repairing and expanding highways, bridges and railways.The plan calls for $53 billion to build a high-speed rail system, $336 billion for highways and a “national infrastructure bank” that would combine public and private money to build national or regional transportation systems. Associated General Contractors (AGC), a trade group for the construction industry, estimates the plan could create about 5.4 million construction jobs and 10 million more jobs in related industries and the broader economy. The proposal calls for new outlays to be offset by new revenue. Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, says infrastructure improvements not only create construction jobs but improve transportation systems to increase U.S. economic competitiveness. A study co-authored by Zandi concluded the economic stimulus, which included $135 billion in infrastructure spending, generated 8 million additional jobs in 2009 and 2010.

      New York Times: “Obama’s budget focuses on path to rein in deficit.” With President Obama’s release on Monday of a budget for next year and House action this week on a Republican plan for immediate deep spending cuts, the nation is getting its clearest view since the president took office of the parties’ competing visions of the role of government, the urgency of addressing the deficit and the best path to long-term economic success. Mr. Obama used his budget for the fiscal year 2012 and beyond to make the case for selectively cutting spending while increasing resources in areas like education and clean energy initiatives that hold the potential for long-term payoffs in economic growth.

      For the entire article: http://www.democrats.org/news/press/1581

    • CR says:

      Current personal income tax rates around the world

      Angola 1-60%
      Australia 0-45%
      Austria 21-50%
      Belgium 25-55%
      Chile 0-40%
      China 5-45%
      Cuba 10-50%
      Denmark 36.57-60%
      France 0-40%
      Germany 0-45%
      Greece 0-45%
      Iceland 0-46.28%
      Netherlands 0-52%
      Sweden 28.89%-59.09%
      United Kingdom 0-50%

      United States 0-35%

      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_rates_around_the_worldhttp://www.cspan.org/Events/Clinton-Pushes-to-Maintain-State-Dept-Budget/10737419899-1/

      • CR says:

        The United States only last year joined the rest of the countries of the world in providing it’s citizens with universal health care.

        Germany – world’s oldest universal health care system; Health Insurance Bill of 1883

        United Kingdom- the National Insurance Act 1911

        United States – Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

        Source; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_healthcare#cite_note-1

      • CR says:

        “During this past decade, profligate spending in Washington, tax cuts for multi-millionaires and billionaires, the cost of two wars, and the recession turned a record surplus into a yawning deficit, and that left us with a big pile of IOUs. If we don’t act, that burden will ultimately fall on our children’s shoulders. If we don’t act, the growing debt will eventually crowd out everything else, preventing us from investing in things like education, or sustaining programs like Medicare….

        So I am ready, I am eager, to work with Democrats and Republicans to reform the tax code to make it simpler, make it fairer, and make America more competitive. But any reform plan will have to raise revenue to help close our deficit. That has to be part of the formula. And any reform should follow another simple principle: Middle-class families shouldn’t pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires. That’s pretty straightforward. It’s hard to argue against that. Warren Buffett’s secretary shouldn’t pay a higher tax rate than Warren Buffett. There is no justification for it….”

        President Barack Obama 9/19/2011

  3. CR says:

    New Report: Clean Air Act Saves Millions of Lives, Trillions of Dollars

    Attacks on EPA Threaten Health of American Families

    3/1/11 sierraclub.org

    Washington, D.C. – The Clean Air Act will have saved Americans roughly $2 trillion by 2020 and prevented as many as 230,000 premature American deaths in that year alone due to asthma, heart disease, and other illnesses caused by air pollution, according to a new report released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report comes as the EPA and Administrator Lisa Jackson faces increasing attack from the oil and coal industries and their allies for the agency’s role in protecting Americans from air and water pollution.

    View the new report here.

    Statement of Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune:

    “Every single American benefits from clean air. The Clean Air Act has saved millions of Americans from heart attacks, asthma, and other life-threatening illnesses. Without the Clean Air Act, Americans would be spending trillions of dollars on lost work days and health care costs.

    “Keeping polluters in check is not just good for our children’s lungs – it’s good for our economy. Cleaner air means better health and productivity for American workers and less money wasted on health care for illness caused by pollution.

    “Unfortunately, the oil and coal industries are working to eliminate the basic protections that for decades have kept deadly pollution out of the air we breathe. The oil and coal industries care more about breaking new profit records than about keeping American families from getting sick.

    “Common-sense updates to our clean air standards promotes innovation, creates jobs and revitalizes our economy while protecting public health and reducing premature deaths in American adults and infants.”

    • CR says:

      The Clean Air Act: Protecting Our Families and the Air We Breathe

      Posted by Heather Zichal on March 01, 2011

      Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report estimating the economic, environmental and health benefits of the Clean Air Act over the period 1990 to 2020. This report, which is designed to provide Congress and the public with comprehensive, updated, and peer-reviewed information on the Act’s costs and benefits, reaches a clear conclusion: the Clean Air Act has been an incredible investment for America.

      According to the study, the direct benefits of the Clean Air Act – in the form of cleaner air and healthier, more productive Americans – are estimated to reach nearly $2 trillion in the year 2020, exceeding the costs by a factor of more than 30 to one. But this report also reminds us that the common sense provisions under the Clean Air Act are about more than economics – they are ultimately about the health of our families.

      According to the report, in 2010 alone, the reductions in fine particle and ozone pollution from the Clean Air Act prevented more than:

      * 160,000 premature deaths
      * 130,000 heart attacks
      * 13 million lost work days
      * 1.7 million asthma attacks

      This report puts to rest the old argument that we can’t have a healthy economy and a healthy environment – and serves as an important reminder of the need to protect the Clean Air Act from attacks. For decades, it has brought cleaner air to our children and avoided billions in health care costs. And we need a strong Act to protect our children’s children for decades to come.

  4. CR says:

    Fixing the U.S. trade problems Outsourcing – msnbc video-
    From: StartLoving4 | Mar 1, 2011

    Fixing the U.S. trade problems Outsourcing

  5. CR says:

    March 01, 2011

    Presidential Proclamation–Read Across America Day, 2011

    READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY, 2011

    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Hidden in the pages of books are extraordinary worlds and characters that can spark creativity and imagination, and unlock the potential that lies within each of our children. Reading is the foundation upon which all other learning is built, and on Read Across America Day, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting America’s next generation of great readers.

    Cultivation of basic literacy skills can begin early and in the home. It is family who first instills the love of learning in our future leaders by engaging children in good reading habits and making reading a fun and interactive activity. Regardless of language or literacy level, every adult can inspire young people to appreciate the written word early in life. Parents and mentors can help build fundamental skills by reading aloud to children regularly, discussing the story, and encouraging children to ask questions on words or content they do not understand. By passing a passion for literature on to our sons and daughters, we prepare them to be lifelong, successful readers, and we provide them with an essential skill necessary for academic achievement.

    Teachers also play an integral role in our students’ lives, and educators can help prepare our children to meet the challenges of tomorrow by making reading a key component of classroom activities. Our Nation’s young people rely on the critical thinking and analytical skills gained from reading to build other areas of knowledge, including the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The next generation’s ability to excel in these disciplines is crucial to America’s strength and prosperity in the 21st century.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/01/presidential-proclamation-read-across-america-day-2011

    • CR says:

      The Week Ahead: Fund the government

      02/28/11 By Alicia M. Cohn – TheHill.com

      (Democratic excerpts only)

      Wednesday, March 2

      Michelle Obama and Duncan will read their favorite Dr. Seuss books to 300 elementary school students at the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building for the National Education Association’s 14th annual Read Across America Day, which also marks Dr. Suess’ birthday.

      Michelle Obama will participate in a conference call with key school leaders and administrators from across the country to discuss ways to help schools join the Healthier US Schools Challenge program. She will be joined by Duncan and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

      For the entire article including Republican information: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/146349-the-week-ahead-fund-the-government

    • CR says:

      Spotlight: HealthierUS School Challenge
      First Lady, Cabinet Secretaries will host conference call to woo schools to join

      2/24/11 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

      First Lady Michelle Obama has just three months left to meet her June, 2011 goal of getting 1,250 American schools certified in the HealthierUS School Challenge, a centerpiece of the Let’s Move! campaign. Run by USDA, the program awards cash incentives and nice, decorative plaques to schools enrolled in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. So far, 552 schools have met the Challenge requirements.

      To encourage more schools and districts to join, next Wednesday, March 2, Mrs. Obama will participate in a conference call with “key school leaders and administrators” from across the US to discuss the federal technical assistance that’s available to help schools meet Challenge requirements. She’ll be joined by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

      For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/02/spotlight-healthierus-school-challenge.html

  6. jacquelineoboomer says:

    Too exhausted to read more. See you tomorrow!

    • canadabarb4obama says:

      Me too. I’m “pooped” (do you use that expression?)and heading off to bed.
      It’ll be a great day tomorrow.

      • jacquelineoboomer says:

        CanadaBarb – So sorry about the problem with my email. It’s only happening when I send you something. What’s up with that, honey bunch???

  7. CR says:

    Senate to send Obama a stopgap GOP spending bill

    3/2/11 ANDREW TAYLOR- AP

    WASHINGTON – In an early victory for Republicans, the Democratic Senate is voting to send President Barack Obama a GOP-drafted measure that cuts $4 billion in spending as the price for keeping the government open for an additional two weeks.

    Sweeping bipartisan support is expected Wednesday for the measure, which passed the House on Tuesday by a 335-91 tally. More than 100 Democrats broke with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California to support it.

    “The president is encouraged by the progress Congress is making towards a short-term agreement,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said after the House vote. “Moving forward, the focus needs to be on both sides finding common ground in order to reach a long-term solution that removes the kind of uncertainty that can hurt the economy and job creation.”

    Hours earlier, however, Carney had floated a trial balloon for a four- or five-week measure that would provide a more realistic time frame for what promises to be highly contentious negotiation on a follow-up bill to set spending levels through the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/fXnyTM

    • CR says:

      Pelosi Floor Statement Against GOP Short-Term Continuing Resolution

      March 01, 2011 democraticleader.gov

      Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor today in opposition to the Republican short-term spending resolution, which will fund the federal government for two weeks. Below are the Leader’s remarks:

      “I thank the gentleman for yielding. I thank him for yielding time and for presenting the Dicks substitute, which was not allowed to come to the floor but nonetheless I salute him for his leadership in that regard.

      “Madam Speaker, Members of Congress agree on two things today. We must move this process forward, so the government does not shut down and that we must reduce the deficit. As we do that, we must create jobs and strengthen the middle class. That is someplace where we may have some separation.

      “We have, as distinguished ranking member Mr. Dicks said earlier, in December of 2010, Congressional Democrats and the President of the United States cut spending by $41 billion. On that day in December, only one Republican voted for those cuts. February, two months later, Republicans pass a spending bill that does not create jobs but in fact has been said to destroy 700,000 jobs. That’s approximately 100,000 jobs a week since we passed our cut bill. February, 2011, Republicans pass a spending that reduces U.S. economic growth by 1.5% to 2%.

      For the entire article: http://www.democraticleader.gov/news/press?id=2070

    • CR says:

      Hoyer Floor Statement on Short-Term Continuing Resolution

      3/1/11 democraticwhip.gov

      WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today regarding the two-week Continuing Resolution. Click here to watch the video. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

      “Our deep debt is a serious danger to our economic future and our children’s opportunities. The American people want us to bring the debt down, and I doubt that there’s a Member here who disagrees.

      “Democrats believe that spending cuts are part of the solution—but we also believe that those cuts must be smart and targeted, not pegged to an arbitrary number. We have to cut the spending we can do without, not the vital investments that are helping to grow our economy, helping our private sector innovate, and creating the jobs of the future.

      “Unfortunately, Republicans passed a spending bill full of short-sighted and indiscriminate cuts just over a week ago. They would cut billions in energy and medical research, kick 200,000 children out of Head Start, make college more expensive, and stop 21st-century infrastructure projects in 40 states.

      For the entire article: http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/hoyer-floor-statement-short-term-continuing-resolution

  8. CR says:

    Private sector adds 217,000 jobs in February: ADP

    3/2/11 Leah Schnurr -Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Private employers added 217,000 jobs in February, beating analysts’ expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.

    Economists polled by Reuters had expected a rise of 175,000 in February. The January figure was revised higher to 189,000 from 187,000.

    The ADP Employer Services report, jointly developed with Macroeconomic Advisers LLC, comes ahead of the government’s much more comprehensive labor market report on Friday, which includes both public and private sector employment.

    That report is expected to show a rise in overall nonfarm payrolls of 185,000 last month and a rise of 190,000 in private payrolls.

    Economists often refer to the ADP report to fine-tune their expectations for the payrolls numbers, though it is not always accurate in predicting the outcome.

  9. CR says:

    Good Wednesday morning everyone! I HOPE that you have a good day! :)

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Happy Wednesday CR and all friends!

      >^..^<

      Kat's Obama Administration Report, 3/2/11

      Today's report features:

      Behind the Scenes at "In Performance": Join John Legend behind the scenes with performers including Jamie Foxx, Sheryl Crow, Nick Jonas, Seal, Gloriana, Jordin Sparks and more in the green room during rehearsal and backstage during production of "In Performance at the White House: The Motown Sound."

      The Commencement Challenge: The Commencement Challenge invites public high schools across the country to demonstrate how their school best prepares them for college and a career; John Legend encourages schools to get involved.

      EPA Update: Economic, environmental and health benefits of the Clean Air Act; EPA Administrator Jackson discusses women in science; EPA and Justice announce $4 million penalty for coal supplier that violated Clean Water Act.

      Creating Green Jobs: Transportation Secretary LaHood reports on an electric bus manufacturer that, thanks to federal investment, has developed zero-emissions transit buses and added hundreds of new jobs in South Carolina.

      White House Press Briefing: Mr. Carney takes questions on Libya, the President's upcoming visit to Florida, budget talks and other issues.

      Foreign Policy Update: Secretary of State Clinton testifies on "Assessing U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities and Needs Amidst Economic Challenges" before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/02/951544/-Kats-Obama-Administration-Report,-3-2-11

    • Happy Wednesday CR!

  10. CR says:

    Next Up..

    9:30 AM EST
    Secretary of State Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the 2012 International Affairs Budget

    CNN http://live.cnn.com/

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/Events/Clinton-Pushes-to-Maintain-State-Dept-Budget/10737419899-1/

    • CR says:

      FY2012 State and USAID Budget Request

      Hillary Rodham Clinton -Secretary of State

      Opening Remarks Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – Washington, DC

      March 2, 2011

      Well, thank you, and I want to begin by thanking you, Chairman Kerry and you, Ranking Member Lugar, for not just those two eloquent statements of our priorities and our needs as a nation, but for your service, your lifetime of leadership on issues that really do matter to America’s security, interest, and values. It’s an honor to appear before you.

      I recently took part in emergency meetings in Geneva to discuss the events unfolding in Libya, and I’d like to begin by offering a brief update. As the Chairman said, we have joined the Libyan people in demanding that Colonel Qadhafi must go, now, without further violence and bloodshed. And we are working to translate the world’s outrage into action and results.

      Marathon diplomacy at the United Nations and with our allies has yielded quick, aggressive steps to pressure and isolate Libya’s leaders. We welcome yesterday’s decision to suspend Libya from the Human Rights Council, as I had urged a day earlier. USAID is focused on Libya’s food and medical supplies, and is dispatching two expert humanitarian teams to help those fleeing the violence into Tunisia and Egypt. Our combatant commands are positioning assets to prepare to support these critical civilian missions. And we are taking no option off the table so long as the Libyan Government continues to turn its guns on its own people.

      For the entire article: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/03/157556.htm

    • CR says:

      Senate passes stopgap, setting up bigger spending fight with House

      03/02/11 By Alexander Bolton – TheHill.com

      The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday morning to keep the federal government operating another two weeks and cut $4 billion from its budget.

      The vote was 91-9.

      Democratic senators expressed a litany of complaints with the short-term measure, but most were unwilling to vote against it and risk being seen as stubbornly resistant to spending cuts.

      They also said they did not want to risk a government shutdown by squabbling over specific cuts, such as more than $500 million chopped from the Army Corps of Engineers.

      For the entire article: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/146989-senate-passes-stopgap-setting-up-bigger-spending-fight-with-house

  11. Reuters: Private Sector Adds 217,000 Jobs in February

    Economists polled by Reuters had expected a rise of 175,000 in February. The January figure was revised higher to 189,000 from 187,000.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/02/us-usa-economy-idUSTRE71R3OO20110302

  12. Good morning everyone! Need a little lifting of the spirit today, does anyone know if FLOTUS is being shown reading to the kids on any media form?

    • CR says:

      Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver, first lady Michelle Obama to read to kids

      3/2/11 greenbaypressgazette.com

      Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver heads to Washington on Wednesday to join first lady Michelle Obama for a reading event.

      Driver is one of the featured readers at the first lady’s “Read Across America” kickoff party at the Library of Congress, according to WISN-TV in Milwaukee. He’ll read his children’s book “Quickie Makes the Team.” About 400 local school children will attend.

      Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and actress Jessica Alba will also read.

      The National Education Association motivation program marks the March 2 birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Hi, Sandy. CSPAN.org will be streaming the event beginning at 11:00 EST.

  13. CR says:

    Next Up…

    10:00 AM EST
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen testify before the House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee on the budget for the Defense Department

    CNN http://live.cnn.com/

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/Events/Lawmakers-Examine-2012-Defense-Budget/10737419897-1/

    Pentagon Channel http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/

    • CR says:

      Gates, Mullen Urge Swift Action on Budget

      3/2/11 By Terri Moon Cronk- American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON, March 2, 2011 – Congress needs to take steps now to ensure troops in harm’s way in Afghanistan get the gear and capabilities they need to face the Taliban, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a congressional panel today.

      Gates told the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee that the matter is a grave concern to him.

      The Defense Department requested reprogramming $1.2 billion last month to purchase urgently needed equipment to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the secretary noted, and the request has yet to be approved.

      “As of last week, all congressional committees except this one approved the request,” Gates said of the funding from the fiscal 2011 budget that Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, had requested.

      “General Petraeus requested this equipment as an urgent matter to better protect our forward-operating bases to continue to push into contested areas,” Gates told the subcommittee. The equipment would improve and protect against improvised explosive devices through enhanced intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities, particularly through the use of fixed-base sensors, he said.

      “Our troops need this force-protection equipment, and they need it now,” the secretary said. “Every day that goes by is a day they will go without it, [and it puts] the lives of our troops at greater risk.”

      The secretary said the items must be sent to the troops in Afghanistan prior to the fighting season, which begins in a matter of weeks.

      “We should not put American lives at risk to protect specific programs or contractors,” Gates told the lawmakers. “I strongly urge the committee to act on this matter today so we can get this urgently needed equipment flowing to our troops.”

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=62995

  14. CR says:

    2 US warships move closer to Libya via Suez Canal

    3/2/11 SALAH NASRAW -AP

    CAIRO – Two U.S. warships have passed through the Suez Canal on their way to the Mediterranean Sea and closer to Libyan shores after orders from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Egyptian officials said Wednesday.

    The amphibious assault ships USS Kearsarge and USS Ponce entered the canal earlier in the day from the Red Sea. The officials said the USS Kearsarge is carrying 42 helicopters.

    The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

    Gates said he ordered two Navy amphibious warships into the Mediterranean, along with an extra 400 Marines, in case they are needed to evacuate civilians or provide humanitarian relief.

    And while he did not rule out other options, such as providing air cover for Libyan rebels, he made clear he has little enthusiasm for direct military intervention.

    The Obama administration is weighing its military options for Libya, conscious that it may need to flex U.S. muscle to help usher Moammar Gadhafi out of power but fearful of provoking even deadlier violence from a regime that has shown little restraint in attacking its own people.

  15. CR says:

    Daley’s people
    W.H. returns to courting business

    03/02/11 By MATT NEGRIN – POLITICO

    The White House is again trying to persuade the business community that President Obama is on their side — and this time, the message is coming from a man who got more than $15 million from JP Morgan Chase since 2009.

    In an op-ed bluntly headlined “Why Obama is a pro-business president” in Wednesday’s Financial Times, White House chief of staff Bill Daley argues with 3M CEO George Buckley for labeling Obama “anti-business.” Rather, Daley says, Obama “has always believed that America succeeds when business succeeds.”

    Daley, who joined the Obama administration at the beginning of the year, is a moderate Democrat whose appointment as chief of staff earned initial acclaim from the business community. “This is a strong appointment,” Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said after Daley was picked to run the White House. “Bill Daley is a man of stature and extraordinary experience in government, business, trade negotiations, and global affairs.”

    For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0311/daleys_people_48d7b3b7-62bf-44a4-affa-a2c4260dd681.html

  16. CR says:

    Investing in Tomorrow, Creating Jobs Today

    March 1, 2011 by Secretary Ray LaHood

    Cross-posted from the Department of Transportation blog.

    Today, I want to share a terrific new video, called “Transporting America: Proterra,” which tells the story of Proterra, Inc, an electric bus manufacturer in Greenville, South Carolina. Thanks to federal investment, this company has been able to develop incredible zero-emissions transit buses and add hundreds of new jobs in South Carolina.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/03/01/investing-tomorrow-creating-jobs-today

  17. CR says:

    High court rules for military funeral protesters

    3/2/11 AP

    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.

    The court voted 8-1 Wednesday in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his son’s funeral.

  18. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Watch our First Lady reading today at Read Across America event –

    CSPAN.org will be streaming the event beginning at 11:00 EST.

    When I read Sandy’s question about this upthread I emailed NEA and they answered.

  19. tigerfists88 says:

    Good morning everyone..!! :D

    Well…I guess this conirms what we already know about the “Liberal Media”…

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @MikeElk: RT @AMERICAblog: Issa aide: Reporters asking GOP to conduct witch hunts of Obama so they can COVER them http://bt.io/ http://bt.io/Gl4i

  20. CR says:

    March 02, 2011

    Statement by the President on Passage of Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 (H.J.RES.44)

    I’m pleased that Democrats and Republicans in Congress came together and passed a plan that will cut spending and keep the government running for the next two weeks. But we cannot keep doing business this way. Living with the threat of a shutdown every few weeks is not responsible, and it puts our economic progress in jeopardy. That’s why I’m calling on Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress to begin meeting immediately with the Vice President, my Chief of Staff, and Budget Director so we can find common ground on a budget that makes sure we are living within our means. This agreement should cut spending and reduce deficits without damaging economic growth or gutting investments in education, research and development that will create jobs and secure our future. This agreement should be bipartisan, it should be free of any party’s social or political agenda, and it should be reached without delay.

  21. tigerfists88 says:

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @SultanAlQassemi: Al Jazeera: Yemen President spoke to Obama’s advisor & apologised for “misunderstood comment” that US & Israel are behind Arab revolts.

  22. CR says:

    March 02, 2011
    Readout of John Brennan’s call with President Salih

    President Salih called Assistant to the President John Brennan this morning to convey his regret for misunderstandings related to his public remarks that Israel and the United States have engaged in destabilizing activities in Arab countries. President Salih also said that he is firmly committed to meaningful political reform in Yemen and that he is reaching out to opposition elements in an effort to achieve reform through a democratic, inclusive, and peaceful process. Mr. Brennan expressed appreciation for the call and said that any comments that seek to attribute blame for recent developments in the region are unhelpful, as they ignore the legitimate aspirations of people in the Arab world. Mr. Brennan encouraged President Salih to continue with his constructive outreach efforts and noted that opposition groups should respond positively to President Salih’s calls for dialogue with the government, as such engagement provides the best path to peaceful and meaningful political reform. Finally, Mr. Brennan reiterated President Obama’s repeated calls for all sides to pursue their interests in a nonviolent manner.

  23. CR says:

    2 US airmen killed in Frankfurt airport shooting

    3/2/11 DAVID McHUGH and JUERGEN BAETZ -AP

    FRANKFURT, Germany – A gunman fired at U.S. Air Force personnel on a bus outside Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being taken into custody, authorities said.

    Kosovo’s interior minister told The Associated Press that German police have identified the shooter as a man from Kosovo.

    The attack came as the bus sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport, according to Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt.

    The bus driver and a passenger were killed, and one person suffered serious wounds and another light injuries, Fuellhardt said.

    He had no further details, but U.S. Air Force Europe spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock said all four victims were airmen. She said she could not yet say where they were based, nor give any other details until their next of kin had been notified.

    In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her sympathies were with the victims and their families, and pledged that Germany would do everything in its power to investigate the crime.

    “It is a terrible event,” she said.

    At the airport, taxi cab driver Salimi Seraidon said he was sitting at a stand about 200 yards (meters) away when the attack took place and said it was over quickly as police rushed onto the scene.

    • CR says:

      President Obama on the Tragic Events In Germany

      March 02, 2011 Posted by Jesse Lee

      President Obama appears briefly during the press briefing to say his thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the attack in Frankfurt as well as their families.

      I want to take a brief moment just to say a few words about a tragic event that took place earlier today in Frankfurt, Germany. I am saddened and I am outraged by this attack that took the lives of two Americans, and wounded two others.

      I think the American people are united in expressing our gratitude for the service of those who were lost. Michelle and I have their family and their friends in our thoughts and prayers, and we are praying for a speedy recovery for those who were injured.

      I want everybody to understand that we will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place, and in working with German authorities to ensure that all of the perpetrators are brought to justice.
      We don’t have all the information yet, and you will be fully briefed as we get more information, but this is a stark reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices that our men and women in uniform are making all around the world to keep us safe, and the dangers that they face all around the globe.

      So I think it’s fair to say that on behalf of the American people we want to extend our deepest condolences to these families and we will give you further updates as we get more information about it.

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      My cousin was a career Air Force officer and he and his family were stationed in Germany for a time. Thank God he escaped anything like this.

      Prayers and thoughts go up for the airmen and their families.

    • CR says:

      Kosovo reaction to Frankfurt shooting

      March 9, 2011 By Nate Tabak -TheWorld.org

      ⋅Fatime Bejta was walking through the village of Zhabar in northern Kosovo when she heard the news: Somebody from her community had shot and killed two American airmen at the Frankfurt airport in Germany.

      “My husband came and said that someone named Arif did this to two Americans. My husband was crying. He said, ‘They are soldiers, what is the reason?’ ”

      Bejta said that it’s unthinkable that a Kosovo Albanian from her village would attack US military personnel. In this predominantly Muslim Albanian community, Americans are revered as liberators who drove out Serbian forces in 1999 and paved the way for Kosovo independence nine years later.

      Then Bejta learned that the suspected gunman wasn’t just a neighbour, and his name wasn’t Arif.

      It’s Arid, Arid Uka — her 21-year-old nephew, and the grandson of the local imam.

      Bejta said she was devastated: “I do not even know how to describe it.”

      Arid Uka declined to speak at a court hearing last Thursday in Germany. But German authorities said that he told them that he wanted to kill members of the US military because he was angry about the war in Afghanistan. Authorities said that Uka, an airport worker, had recently embraced a radical form of Islam, and that he acted on his own.

      To Uka’s aunt, Fatime Bejta, the American airmen who died might as well have been family.

      “We are crying, like the parents of these two [airmen]. Even though we don’t know them, we share the pain with the Americans,” she said.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.theworld.org/2011/03/kosovo-frankfurt-airport-shooting/

  24. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

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

  25. CR says:

    Up Next…

    1:45 pm
    The President awards the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-awards-2010-national-medal-arts-and-national-humanities-medal

    CNN http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=stream3

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/ (Rebroadcast later)

    • CR says:

      March 02, 2011

      Remarks by the President Awarding the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal
      East Room

      1:54 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everyone. Please — please, have a seat. Thank you. Well, hello, everybody. It is wonderful to have all of you here.

      I want to make mention of some folks in particular that have helped us to celebrate the arts and the humanities for many years. First of all, if I’m not mistaken, our Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, a great champion of the arts, is here. There she is. (Applause.) Thank you, Nancy.

      The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman, is here. Where’s Rocco? There he is. (Applause.) The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jim Leach, is here. (Applause.) The two most powerful people in the White House — Jill Biden and Michelle Obama — are here. (Laughter and applause.)

      And two recipients who were unable to be here, but who we love, I want to make sure to acknowledge: Meryl Streep and Harper Lee could not be here today, but they will be receiving their awards as well. So please give them a round of applause. (Applause.)

      I was just told by my wife that I went off program because originally we were supposed to get everybody seated and I was supposed to then come in and make my formal remarks. And I bulled my way through to go ahead and see the honorees before they came out here to sit down because these are extraordinary people. One of the great joys of being President is getting a chance to pay tribute to the artists and authors, the poets and performers, who have touched our hearts and opened our minds — or, in the case of Quincy Jones and James Taylor, set the mood. (Laughter.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/02/remarks-president-awarding-2010-national-medal-arts-and-national-humanit

  26. CR says:

    March 01, 2011
    President Obama to Award 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal

    On Wednesday at 1:45 PM, President Obama will award the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 20 honorees in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend. This event will be open press and will also be live streamed at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/Live.

    Members of the media who wish to cover this event and do not have a hard pass must send their full name, outlet, date of birth, social security number and country of origin to press@who.eop.gov by 8:00AM tomorrow March 2nd.

    At tomorrow’s event, the President will deliver remarks and present the awards to the following individuals and organizations:

    2010 National Medal of Arts

    * Robert Brustein
    * Van Cliburn
    * Mark di Suvero
    * Donald Hall
    * Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
    * Quincy Jones
    * Harper Lee
    * Sonny Rollins
    * Meryl Streep
    * James Taylor

    2010 National Humanities Medal

    * Daniel Aaron
    * Bernard Bailyn
    * Jacques Barzun
    * Wendell E. Berry
    * Roberto González Echevarría
    * Stanley Nider Katz
    * Joyce Carol Oates
    * Arnold Rampersad
    * Philip Roth
    * Gordon Wood

    Note: Harper Lee, Meryl Streep, Daniel Aaron and Jacques Barzun are not expected to be in attendance.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/01/president-obama-award-2010-national-medal-arts-and-national-humanities-m

  27. jacquelineoboomer says:

    Happy Wednesday, all!

    Glad I checked in – off to watch the President’s award ceremony @ the White House livestreaming site. Can’t wait!

  28. tigerfists88 says:

    My latest tweet :D

    Watchin Pres. @BarackObama Award The 2010 Medals in Arts & Humanities http://bit.ly/g4mMTE …Check It #TeamFollowBack #obama

  29. CR says:

    Testimony of Secretary Janet Napolitano Before the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security, “DHS Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request”

    Release Date: March 2, 2011

    Dirksen Senate Office Building

    Chairman Landrieu, Ranking Member Coats, and Members of the Committee:

    Let me begin by saying thank you to this Committee for the strong support you have provided me and the Department over the past two years. I look forward to continuing to work with you in the coming year to protect the homeland and the American people.

    I am pleased to appear before the Committee today to present President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

    The demands on DHS have never been greater and the threats we face pose new challenges that require an innovative and focused response. Today’s threat picture features an adversary who evolves and adapts quickly and who is determined to strike us here at home – from the aviation system and the global supply chain to surface transportation systems, critical infrastructure, and cyber networks. The Department’s FY 2012 Budget allows us to continue to meet these evolving threats and challenges by prioritizing our essential operational requirements – while reflecting an unprecedented commitment to fiscal discipline that maximizes the effectiveness of every security dollar we receive.

    For the entire article: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/testimony/testimony_1299077554302.shtm

  30. jacquelineoboomer says:

    I know this is over the top (although I don’t care), but every time I see President Obama as he delivers these types of awards, I cry. I cry because I’m thinking what a wonderful honor it is for these people to be handed their medals by this President. This must have been what it felt like for President Lincoln to shake a citizen’s hand.

  31. CR says:

    March 02, 2011

    Remarks By The First Lady At “Let’s Move” Healthier U.S. School Challenge Program Conference Call
    Via conference call

    3:02 P.M. EST

    MRS. OBAMA: Thank you, Melody. Thank you so much for that kind introduction, but more importantly thank you for all of your outstanding work. We love you so much. You’re working so hard for this administration, for the East Wing, for the entire White House, for the country. She is amazing.

    I also want to thank Secretary Duncan as well as Secretary Vilsack for their leadership and their passionate commitment to the health and well being of our young people. They have been tremendous partners to me on these efforts. We would not be where we are today without their leadership.

    And I also want to thank Becke Bounds for joining us on the call today and for the difference that she’s making for so many young people down in Mississippi where we got a chance to visit a few months ago.

    And finally, I want to thank all of you on this call –- education leaders from all across the country –- for everything that you’ve done to make this first year of “Let’s Move” such a tremendous success.

    More than just about anyone else, all of you on this call know what’s at stake here. You know the impact that nutrition and exercise have on our kids’ academic performance. You know from firsthand experience that our kids need time to run around and play before they can settle down and concentrate. You know that they need something other than chips and candy before they can focus on math and reading.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/02/remarks-first-lady-lets-move-healthier-us-school-challenge-program-confe

  32. CR says:

    Read Across America
    Building a Nation of Readers

    Happy Read Across America Day!
    First Lady Michelle Obama Leads the Nation in Reading

    The First Lady and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel welcome a star-studded lineup of readers and 400 local schoolchildren to the Library of Congress today for the national kickoff of NEA’s Read Across America. Who’s grabbed a hat to read with the Cat? Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Jessica Alba, Superbowl champion Donald Driver, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and chefs Carla Hall and Mike Isabella, designer Camila Alves and actors Bridget Moynahan, Jeffrey Ray Valdez, and Mehcad Brooks, along with journalists Norah O’Donnell and Luke Russert.

    The First Lady & Secretary Duncan Read To Students
    From: whitehouse | Mar 2, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan read the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs and Ham” to students at the Library of Congress.

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      Good book choice, Mrs. Obama!

      Green Eggs and Ham has a triple meaning for me.

      It was the first book my son read out loud to me, all by himself.

      Years later, on his 21st birthday when I took him to dinner, I bought him his first “legal” drink and gave him a new copy of Green Eggs and Ham. Corny, huh?

      He’s 42 now and – sorry – but I’m still telling this story, because it continues to makes me smile! I can still hear him reading that book in my mind (sentimental fool that I am).

      Soon, I plan to give his brand new grandson a copy!

    • CR says:

      Behind-The-Scenes on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
      From: whitehouse | Mar 2, 2011

      Go behind-the-scenes on Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the Library of Congress with First lady Michelle Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan as they prepare to read to students highlighting March 2nd as Read Across America Day.

  33. CR says:

    Hoyer Opening Remarks at “Future of American Manufacturing” Hearing

    March 2, 2011 democraticwhip.gov

    WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer testified today at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation full committee hearing titled “The Future of American Manufacturing: Maintaining America’s Competitive Edge.” Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “I want to thank Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Hutchison for giving me the opportunity to speak on one of our nation’s defining challenges: strengthening and creating jobs for America’s middle class. That same goal is behind the Democrats’ Make It In America agenda. Make It In America is about creating an environment in which American businesses can thrive, innovate, and create jobs here—and it is about ensuring we have a workforce that can fill the well-paying jobs of the future. I believe that when more products are made in America, more families will be able to Make It In America.

    “That’s why manufacturing is so important to Make It In America and its vision of middle-class opportunity. For generations, manufacturing has been a source of reliable, well-paying, middle-class jobs. And just as manufacturing helped build the world’s most prosperous middle class here in America, it is essential to our economic recovery today.

    “Sadly, manufacturing employment has been in decline until very recently. From its peak in 1979, the number of manufacturing employees has been cut nearly in half: from some 20 million to fewer than 12 million today. The last decade was an especially devastating one for manufacturing employment: from 2001 to 2009, nearly a third of our manufacturing jobs disappeared.

    For the entire article: http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/hoyer-opening-remarks-%E2%80%9Cfuture-american-manufacturing%E2%80%9D-hearing

  34. CR says:

    US growth ‘modest to moderate’: Fed

    3/2/11 AFP

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US economy expanded at a “modest to moderate pace” in the first months of this year, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, as it sounded a cautious tone on inflation and the housing market.

    As it gears up for a key policy meeting later this month, the Fed said in its periodic Beige Book report that “overall economic activity continued to expand at a modest to moderate pace in January and early February.”

    That appeared to be a slight downgrade from the Fed’s report in January, in which a “moderate” expansion was noted.

    A slight improvement in the jobs market helped limit the negative impact of price rises, as the cost of commodities, including oil, soared worldwide.

    “Labor markets modestly improved across the country,” allowing manufacturers “greater ability to pass through higher input costs to customers,” the Fed noted.

    “Several districts described an increase in demand for staffing services, especially for high-skilled IT positions.”

    But there was a warning of higher prices to come.

    “Retailers in some districts mentioned they had implemented price increases or were anticipating such action in the next few months.”

    The Beige Book report will be used at the next meeting of the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee on March 15.

    Meanwhile there was little good news from the crippled housing sector, which has not recovered despite low borrowing rates.

    “All districts maintained that the overall level of home sales and construction remained low.”

    • CR says:

      Ben Bernanke: GOP’s plan will cut jobs

      3/2/11 SIMMI AUJLA – POLITICO

      Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that House GOP’s 2011 spending plan would likely cost “a couple hundred thousand jobs,” a number he called “not trivial.”

      Bernanke’s testimony Wednesday was more specific than what he offered Tuesday before a Senate committee, in which he said he couldn’t put a number on the number of jobs the GOP spending package would eliminate.

      His comments buttress House Democrats’ warnings that the bill will put people out of work.

      “Our sense is that the 60 billion dollars cut spread out in the normal way would reduce growth. But we think given the size it’s one to two tenths [of a percentage point reduction to gross domestic product], about a couple hundred thousand jobs,” he told the House Financial Services Committee. “It’s not trivial.”

      For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/50503.html

  35. CR says:

    Going Further with America’s Auto Industry

    Posted by Secretary Hilda Solis on March 02, 2011

    Cars have always been a part of my life. I was raised with two brothers who loved cars and when we were kids, my sisters and I would hear the buzz about the coolest “this” and the fastest “that.” With all the car talk, one would think I would have become an engineer. Two of my sisters did and we joke it’s how we got our “drive.”

    By far though, my father played the most important role in my familiarity with cars. He taught me how to drive. He insisted that I learn with a stick shift. He told me that it would make me more independent – that it would take me further.

    I thought about him when I visited Michigan’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant (where they are building the new Chevy Volt) and the Jeep Supplier Park plant in Toledo, Ohio recently. Both facilities have and continue to be a big beat to the hearts of their communities. And both are a testament to the success of the Obama Administration’s investments in auto communities across the country.

    But while we’ve come a long way in the last two years – we too can go further.

    These facilities represent what can be done when the interests of business and the well-being of hard working people are combined for a common good. Early on, this administration took immediate action on behalf of the auto community by providing necessary aid to GM and Chrysler, helping the two industry giants eliminate debts and get back to business. President Obama also created the White House Council on Automotive Communities – which I co-chair – to provide attention directly to workers and communities affected by dislocation in the auto industry.

    For the entire article and photo slide: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/03/02/going-further-americas-auto-industry

  36. CR says:

    Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the General Assembly Resolution Suspending Libya from the Human Rights Council, at the General Assembly Stakeout

    Susan E. Rice
    U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
    U.S. Mission to the United Nations
    New York, NY

    March 1, 2011

    Ambassador Rice: Good afternoon. We had, just, a historic session of the General Assembly when all members unanimously agreed to the suspension of Libya’s membership from the Human Rights Council. This is the first time that either the Human Rights Council or its predecessor, the Human Rights Commission, have suspended any member state for gross violations of human rights. And we think this is an important step forward in enhancing the credibility of the Human Rights Council, whose credibility on these issues has often, quite legitimately, been called into question. Today, the General Assembly exercised its authority to suspend a member state for gross violations of human rights. In our view, this is progress, as was last Friday’s special session in Geneva for the Human Rights Council, and we hope its progress will be sustained.

    Reporter: What’s the importance that many Arab countries, as Lebanon, took the lead for this resolution and many Arab countries sponsored the resolution for a human rights issue in an Arab country?

    Ambassador Rice: I think it’s very significant and an important development. And similarly the Africa Group, which also claims Libya as a member, took strong leadership and brought this effort both to Geneva and to New York. And so, while we’re proud to have co-sponsored it, we certainly applaud their leadership.

    Reporter: Ambassador, do you think it was an outrage that Libya was elected to the Human Rights Council in the first place? And also, this morning, lots of American officials said that all options are on the table, yet you denied forcefully that there is an invasion plan.

    For the entire article: http://usun.state.gov/briefing/statements/2011/157522.htm

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      Ambassador Rice is a wonderful spokesperson for this administration and our country. I’m so glad she’s in that role.

  37. CR says:

    Eclectablog’s latest thread:

    March 1, 2011
    Help Wanted: President of the United States

    Imagine if Barack Obama had received a true-to-life, realistic job preview of the job he was about to take on. Imagine if, in February 2007, when he decided to throw his hat into the ring in the run for president, he had read the following HELP WANTED ad, one that accurately reflects the road ahead of him.

    Imagine…

    http://www.eclectablog.com/2011/03/help-wanted-president-of-united-states.html

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      I saw that earlier, and passed it to a bunch of people on my e-mail list. Great stuff.

  38. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton: Al Jazeera is ‘Real News’, U.S. Losing ‘Information War’
    March 02, 2011 5:36 PM

    ABC News’ Kirit Radia reports:

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear today that she is worried the United States is losing what she calls the “information war” abroad.

    China and Russia, she says, have started English-language networks that push their message overseas and even the Taliban controls the airwaves in Afghanistan.
    http://abcn.ws/gcdkre

    • Well said SOS Clinton.

    • CR says:

      I agree Sandy!

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      Pretty amazing that SOS Clinton feels the same way we do (so we know the President must, as well). From the link:

      “Al Jazeera has been the leader in that [they] are literally changing people’s minds and attitudes. And like it or hate it, it is really effective,” she said.

      “In fact viewership of al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news. You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news which, you know, is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners.”

      • COS says:

        Good evening CR and my O friends. I just read waht SOS Clinton said. I am in total agreement with her. More and more people need to speak out about our media.

        On a slightly different topic, Randi had this nobel prize guy on her show today, and he explained how the media is all wrong about the pensions, i.e they are making it appear that tax payers are paying for the public servant’s pensions, but that is so wrong. I knew they were wrong because my sister and brother-n-law are retired teachers and they explained this to me.

  39. CR says:

    BlueWaveNews is back on-line after being hacked a month ago!

    BlueWaveNews http://www.bluewavenews.com/

  40. CR says:

    Great thread on http://www.whatisworking.com/

    From Surviving to Thriving – Wounded Warriors are Changing the Face of America

    3/1/11 Posted by Linda H on whatisworking.com

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2011 – Communities, nonprofit organizations and companies are reaching out to support unemployed American veterans in their search for work, and one of the companies joining in the effort is information technology giant, Microsoft Corp.

    It was last Veterans Day when Microsoft kicked off its grant campaign, “Elevate America Veterans Initiative,” by awarding $2 million in cash and up to $6 million in software and information technology training to six nonprofit agencies that support veterans in varying fashions.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/03/from-surviving-to-thriving-wounded.html

  41. CR says:

    Protesters block stairs, halls in NY Capitol

    3/2/11 MICHAEL VIRTANEN -AP

    ALBANY, N.Y. – More than 100 protesters chanting opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to cut program funding for the poor while giving tax breaks to the rich blocked central stairs and hallways in the Capitol for an hour Wednesday afternoon.

    State police said they arrested 17 people who would be charged with disorderly conduct, arraigned before a judge and released later Wednesday. Handfuls of demonstrators held long banners across the stairways and escalator leading to Empire State Plaza and to three Capitol corridors.

    That forced state workers and visitors to struggle past or step over, sometimes with troopers’ help, or seek another route.

    Dozens of other protesters streamed around the Capitol lobby carrying signs calling for jobs, housing and higher taxes on the rich. One carried an American flag. They chanted, changing phrases every few minutes.

    “Show me what democracy looks like; this is what democracy looks like.”

    “Hey you millionaire; pay your fair share.”

    “You say Cuomo; we say hell no.”

    Protest organizer Wanda Hernandez, a board member from the activist group VOCAL New York, said the group opposes cutting social programs and closing hospitals and schools while letting an income tax surcharge on the wealthiest New Yorkers expire after this year.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110302/ap_on_re_us/ny_cuomo_protest

    • COS says:

      I am shocked at Cuomo. He is giving the democrats a bad name. He should know better. I am sure some of those employees gpt him elected.

  42. CR says:

    March 02, 2011
    Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Ukrainian President Yanukovych

    Vice President Biden spoke with President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine today to discuss our common agenda following the meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission on February 15. The Vice President thanked President Yanukovych for Ukraine’s assistance in responding to the situation in Libya. He underscored that our strategic partnership with Ukraine is based on our shared democratic values. In that context, the Vice President emphasized the importance of avoiding any selective prosecutions of opposition officials and the need for an electoral law reform process that is fully inclusive to further Ukraine’s European integration and best help it attract foreign direct investment. The Vice President emphasized that the United States wants to see greater foreign direct investment in Ukraine, and he and President Yanukovych discussed the need to avoid any laws or other actions that would undercut the ability of businesses to make those investments. In addition, the Vice President thanked President Yanukovych for our continued cooperation on nonproliferation issues and underscored our commitment to see through our promises to each other to remove all Ukrainian highly enriched uranium by next year’s Nuclear Security Summit.

  43. CR says:

    March 02, 2011
    Statement by the President on the Assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti

    I am deeply saddened by the assassination of Pakistan’s Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti today in Islamabad, and condemn in the strongest possible terms this horrific act of violence. We offer our profound condolences to his family, loved ones and all who knew and worked with him. Minister Bhatti fought for and sacrificed his life for the universal values that Pakistanis, Americans and people around the world hold dear – the right to speak one’s mind, to practice one’s religion as one chooses, and to be free from discrimination based on one’s background or beliefs. He was clear-eyed about the risks of speaking out, and, despite innumerable death threats, he insisted he had a duty to his fellow Pakistanis to defend equal rights and tolerance from those who preach division, hate, and violence. He most courageously challenged the blasphemy laws of Pakistan under which individuals have been prosecuted for speaking their minds or practicing their own faiths. Those who committed this crime should be brought to justice, and those who share Mr. Bhatti’s vision of tolerance and religious freedom must be able to live free from fear. Minister Bhatti will be missed by all who knew him, and the United States will continue to stand with those who are dedicated to his vision of tolerance and dignity for all human beings

  44. CR says:

    March 02, 2011

    Message from the President on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Zimbabwe

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

    Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions is to continue in effect beyond March 6, 2011.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/02/message-president-continuation-national-emergency-respect-zimbabwe

    ———-

    March 02, 2011
    Notice from the President on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Zimbabwe

    NOTICE

    CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO ZIMBABWE

    On March 6, 2003, by Executive Order 13288, the President declared a national emergency and blocked the property of persons undermining democratic processes or institutions in Zimbabwe, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706). He took this action to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions. These actions and policies have contributed to the deliberate breakdown in the rule of law in Zimbabwe, to politically motivated violence and intimidation in that country, and to political and economic instability in the southern African region.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/02/notice-president-continuation-national-emergency-respect-zimbabwe

  45. CR says:

    March 02, 2011

    President Obama Names Three to the United States District Court

    WASHINGTON- Today, President Obama nominated Nannette Jolivette Brown, Wilma Antoinette Lewis, and Nancy Torresen to United States District Court judgeships.

    “I am proud to nominate these three outstanding candidates to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “They all have long and distinguished records of service, and I am confident they will serve on the federal bench with distinction.”

    Nannette Jolivette Brown: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

    Wilma Antoinette Lewis: Nominee for the District Court of the Virgin Islands

    Nancy Torresen: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Maine

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/02/president-obama-names-three-united-states-district-court

  46. CR says:

    March 02, 2011
    President Obama Names Three to Serve as U.S. Marshals

    WASHINGTON- Today, President Obama nominated Clayton D. Johnson, Alfred Cooper Lomax, and Charles F. Salina to serve as U.S. Marshals.

    “I am pleased to nominate these outstanding public servants to serve as U.S. Marshals,” said President Obama. “Throughout their careers, these individuals have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to justice, and I am grateful for their continued willingness to serve and protect the American people.”

    Clayton D. Johnson: Nominee for United States Marshal for the Northern District of Oklahoma

    Alfred Cooper Lomax: Nominee for United States Marshal for the Western District of Missouri

    Charles F. Salina: Nominee for United States Marshal for the Western District of New York

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/02/president-obama-names-three-serve-us-marshals

  47. CR says:

    March 02, 2011

    Nominations Sent to the Senate

    NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

    Walter A. Barrows, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Railroad Retirement Board for a term expiring August 28, 2014, vice Virgil M. Speakman, Jr., resigned.

    David V. Brewer, of Oregon, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute for a term expiring September 17, 2013, vice Florence K. Murray, term expired.

    ——-

    S. Amanda Marshall, of Oregon, to be United States Attorney for the District of Oregon for the term of four years, vice Karin J. Immergut, term expired. (Originally nominated on 11/17/10)

    Thomas Gray Walker, of North Carolina, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina for the term of four years, vice George E. B. Holding. (Originally nominated on 11/30/09)

    ——-

    Felicia C. Adams, of Mississippi, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi for the term of four years, vice James Ming Greenlee, term expired.

    Clayton D. Johnson, of Oklahoma, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Oklahoma for the term of four years, vice Timothy Dewayne Welch, term expired.

    Nannette Jolivette Brown, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, vice Stanwood R. Duval, Jr., retired.

    Wilma Antoinette Lewis, of the District of Columbia, to be Judge for the District Court of the Virgin Islands for a term of ten years, vice Raymond L. Finch, retired.

    Alfred Cooper Lomax, of Missouri, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Missouri for the term of four years, vice Charles M. Sheer, term expired.

    Charles F. Salina, of New York, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of New York for the term of four years, vice Peter A. Lawrence, term expired.

    Nancy Torresen, of Maine, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine, vice D. Brock Hornby, retired.

  48. CR says:

    March 02, 2011

    President Obama Nominates Felicia C. Adams to Serve as U.S. Attorney

    WASHINGTON- Today, President Obama nominated Felicia C. Adams to serve as a U.S. Attorney.

    “Felicia Adams has demonstrated an unwavering

    commitment to justice throughout her career, and I am honored to nominate her to serve the people of Mississippi as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District,” said President Obama.

    Felicia C. Adams: Nominee for United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/02/president-obama-nominates-felicia-c-adams-serve-us-attorney

  49. CR says:

    As you know I don’t have “TV” so I rely on on-line feed of things.

    I never did see the 2009 Inaugural “We Are One” concert when it was aired. I ordered and received the HBO DVD today and I am watching it now with tears in my eyes and pride all over again in my heart!

    • COS says:

      I know exactly what you mean CR. I have the DVD and also have it stored on my dvr. I watch it from time to time and enjoy it as if I am watching it for the first time. Enjoy.

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      My favorite performance (or one of them) was Jon Bon Jovi and Bettye LaVette – Change Gonna Come. That was so meaningful. Love the look on President Obama’s face during one part of the song, when the camera zoomed in on him.

      • COS says:

        Yes, that was a good one Jacqueline and I also liked U2 “blinding lights” which brought back memories from the campaign trail. CR, you made me go back and pull it up from my dvr. I am watching right now. :)

  50. COS says:

    CR, Rachel Maddow has another good show tonight.

    • CR says:

      Uploaded by goog2k on Mar 2, 2011

      President Obama challenged GOP Governors to propose a ‘better’ health care plan. “He will support it!” Just provide universal coverage at lower cost and cut the deficit. LOL!!! Only Oregon & Vermont with ‘single payer’ plans said they would. Rachel talks Ezra Klein. with From MSNBC & msnc.com

  51. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday Mar. 3, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    Michelle Obama invites visiting First Lady Margarita Zavala of Mexico to read to students at Oyster-Adams Bilingual Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

    8:00 AM
    VP Biden hosts a breakfast meeting with Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East Tony Blair.

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

    10:00 am
    The President and the Vice President meet with his national security team for his monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan
    The Situation Room
    Closed Press

    11:55 am
    The President holds an expanded bilateral meeting with President Felipe Calderón; the Vice President will also attend
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    12:20 pm
    The President holds a one on one meeting with President Felipe Calderón
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    1:00 pm
    The President and President Felipe Calderón hold a joint news conference
    East Room
    Open Press
    Pre-set 12:00PM – Final Gather at 12:30PM – North Doors of the Palm Room

    1:35 pm
    The President meets with President Felipe Calderón for a working lunch
    Old Family Dining Room
    Closed Press

    3:00 PM
    OMB Director Jack Lew and Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer hold a briefing.

    4:00 PM
    VP Biden meets with House and Senate leaders to discuss the federal budget; OMB Director Jack Lew and W.H. Chief of Staff Bill Daley also attend.

    5:03 pm
    The President calls the crews of the Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      Mar 3, 2011

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      Michelle Obama invites visiting First Lady Margarita Zavala of Mexico to read to students at Oyster-Adams Bilingual Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

      1:00 PM EST
      President Obama and President Felipe Calderón of Mexico hold Press Conference
      The White House

      2:00 PM EST
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the conflict in Libya, Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s visit to Washington and global diplomacy.

      4:30 PM EST
      Open for Questions: America’s Great Outdoors
      CEQ Chair Nancy Sutely and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson take your questions. – The White House
      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com/

      9:30 AM EST
      U.S. Senate Session

      9:30 AM EST
      House Committee Homeland Security
      Homeland Security 2012 Budget Request- Janet Napolitano; Peter King

      9:30 AM EST
      The Senate Armed Services Committee will meet to consider the nomination of Gen. Martin Dempsey to be Army chief of staff

      10:00 AM EST
      U.S. House of Representatives: Small Business Bill

      10:00 AM EST
      Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee on the DHS budget request

      10:00 AM EST
      NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. testifies before the House Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on the NASA budget

      10:00 AM EST
      Transportation Secretary LaHood testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on the budget for the Transportation Department

      10:00 AM EST
      Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies before the House Natural Resources Committee on the budget for the Interior Department

      12:00 PM EST
      U.S. House of Representatives Session

      1:00 PM EST
      President Obama and President Felipe Calderón of Mexico hold Press Conference

      2:00 PM EST
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the conflict in Libya, Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s visit to Washington and global diplomacy.

      2:30 PM EST
      Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner testifies about the global economy before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

      4:00 PM EST
      Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Current Political & Economic Situation http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Caldern

      5:03 PM EST
      Pres Obama calls the space station
      President Obama talks to astronauts currently aboard the international space station.

      6:00 PM EST
      NASA shuttle briefing
      NASA officials discuss the current mission of space shuttle Discovery.

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:30 AM EST
      U.S. Senate Session
      House Minority Leader Pelosi speaks to the press http://www.cspan.org/Events/Biden-other-WH-staff-to-meet-with-Congressional-Leaders-on-Budget/10737419992-2/

      9:30 AM EST
      House Committee Homeland Security
      Homeland Security 2012 Budget Request- Janet Napolitano; Peter King http://www.cspan.org/Events/Homeland-Security-Chief-Discusses-Budget/10737419952/

      9:30 AM EST
      Health and Human Services 2012 Budget Request- Secretary Kathleen Sebelius http://www.cspan.org/Events/Sebelius-to-defend-HHS-Budget/10737419948/

      9:30 AM EST Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2012 Budget Request- Lisa Jackson http://www.cspan.org/Events/EPA-Head-Meets-Congress-on-Budget-Proposal/10737419951/

      9:30 AM EST
      The Senate Armed Services Committee will meet to consider the nomination of Gen. Martin Dempsey to be Army chief of staff

      10:00 AM EST
      U.S. House of Representatives: Small Business Bill

      10:00 AM EST
      Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee on the DHS budget request http://www.cspan.org/Events/Napolitano-and-Congress-debate-Border-Security/10737419952-1/

      10:00 AM EST
      NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. testifies before the House Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on the NASA budget

      10:00 AM EST
      Transportation Secretary LaHood testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on the budget for the Transportation Department

      10:00 AM EST
      Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies before the House Natural Resources Committee on the budget for the Interior Department

      10:30 AM EST
      Defense Department Briefing on Afghanistan
      http://www.cspan.org/Events/Defense-Department-Briefing-on-Afghanistan/10737419987-1/

      12:00 PM EST
      U.S. House of Representatives Session

      1:00 PM EST
      President Obama and President Felipe Calderón of Mexico hold Press Conference http://www.cspan.org/Events/US-Navy-Ships-Near-Libya/10737419953/

      2:30 PM EST
      Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner testifies about the global economy before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

      4:00 PM EST
      Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Current Political & Economic Situation

      —–

      US Department of Defense
      10:30 AM EST
      Military Leader to Discuss Afghanistan Operations at
      U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, Regional Command Southwest commander, will speak via satellite with Pentagon reporters at 10:30 a.m. EST about current operations in Afghanistan. http://www.defense.gov/live2/

      —–
      Middle East Protest

      Al Jazeera – English http://english.aljazeera.net/

      Middle East and North Africa unrest- BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698

  52. CR says:

    The Week Ahead: Fund the government

    02/28/11 By Alicia M. Cohn – TheHill.com

    (Democratic excerpts only)

    Thursday, March 3

    Obama has his monthly meeting with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Obama will meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa at the White House to discuss the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

    For the entire article including Republican information: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/146349-the-week-ahead-fund-the-government

  53. CR says:

    Help Feed Hungry Kids This Summer: Learn More on March 3rd

    February 28, 2011 Posted by Max Finberg

    The winds of winter may still be blowing where you live, but it is already time to start thinking about the summer. When school is finished, the 20 million children who receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year through USDA’s National School Lunch Program will be in trouble. Only 3 million kids participate in our Summer Food Service Program. We want to make sure that no child in the U.S. goes to bed hungry, whether school is in session or out. We can only do that with your help. Your organization can get free meals for kids this summer by being a site or sponsor in the Summer Food Service Program. SFSP is a federally funded program administered by states that reimburses organizations for meals served to children during the summer.

    Feeding hungry people and extending hospitality around food are tenets of every faith. Feeding hungry kids is truly a universal calling and one you are probably already doing.

    Our Center will be hosting a one-hour webinar targeted towards faith-based organizations and hope that you can join this. Learn how your congregation or organization can get free food to feed kids in your community. Please share this invitation far and wide!

    What: USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Webinar
    for Faith-Based Organizations
    Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

    Registration Link: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g48fe7

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/02/28/help-feed-hungry-kids-summer-learn-more-march-3rd

  54. CR says:

    Cutting Costs by Getting Rid of Government Buildings We Don’t Need

    Posted by Jeffrey Zients on March 2, 2011

    In the White House Briefing Room today, I announced a new proposal to create a Civilian Property Realignment Board to help the Federal government cut through red tape and politics to sell property it no longer needs. The plan will save taxpayers $15 billion over the first three years the Board is fully up and running.

    The Federal government owns 1.2 million properties across the country making it the biggest property owner in the United States, but billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted each year on government properties that are no longer needed. This includes roughly 14,000 buildings and structures currently designated as excess and thousands of others that are underutilized. These properties range from sheds to under-utilized office buildings and empty warehouses. Next month, the Administration will release detailed information on these excess properties so that the public can be better informed about this challenge

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/03/02/cutting-costs-getting-rid-government-buildings-we-dont-need

  55. CR says:

    Treasury expects $6.3 billion from AIG’s MetLife sale

    3/2/11 Soyoung Kim – Reuters

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – American International Group Inc sold $9.6 billion worth of MetLife Inc shares on Wednesday, producing gross proceeds of about $6.3 billion to accelerate its payback of U.S. Treasury bailout funds.

    AIG and the Treasury said a total of 146.8 million shares of MetLife common stock were sold at $43.25 per share in a deal that met strong demand.

    AIG and the Treasury expected it to take two days to market the MetLife shares but managed to close the book in just one day, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday night.

    “We are optimistic about the prospects that taxpayers will recover every dollar invested in AIG — something that many thought would be impossible when these investments were first made,” said Tim Massad, Treasury’s acting assistant secretary for financial stability.

    The total $9.6 billion sale also included the sale of $3.3 billion in MetLife preferred stock.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/ggrK8V

  56. CR says:

    AKAKA’S RETIREMENT

    3/2/11 POLITICO

    President Obama’s statement on the announcement that Hawaiian Sen. Daniel Akaka will not seek another term: “Danny Akaka answered the call to serve right after high school by joining the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. When he returned to Honolulu, he continued to serve the people of Hawaii as an educator before embarking on more than three decades of distinguished service in both houses of Congress. Danny spent his career fighting for our troops, veterans and their families and for the rights of Native Hawaiians. He worked tirelessly to reform Wall Street and to make sure that consumers and small business owners are treated fairly in our system. His voice in the Senate will be missed. Michelle and I would like to join the people of Hawaii in saying ‘mahalo’ to Danny for his lifetime of service and offer both him and Millie our best wishes for the future.”

    • CR says:

      Mahalo Sen. Daniel Akaka for all your years of service. I can not remember a time when there was not a Senator Akaka! He is 86 now and he deserves to take it easy so I understand but that is one less good Democrat in the US Senate!

  57. tigerfists88 says:

    hehe..From my twitter timeline:

    RT @iboudreau: The progressives complaining about #Obama not being liberal enough are the kids who told friends their favorite bands were all sellouts.

  58. tigerfists88 says:

    Honest teabagger tweet :D :

    RT @CrawlingTurtle: @IloveGovPalin Last election there was over 10 republicans announced in ’06, I’m not socialist, I guaruntee nobody wants to debate #Obama

  59. CR says:

    Ohayōgozaimasu minasan! Kyō wa Hinamatsuri desu! (Japanese)
    Good morning everyone! Today is Girl’s Day!

    The Japanese Doll Festival (雛祭り, Hina-matsuri), or Girls’ Day, is held on March 3

    I HOPE that you have a good day! :)

  60. CR says:

    A LIBYA QUESTION

    3/3/11 POLITICO

    President Obama will make good on his word to answer reporters’ questions on Thursday as he calls a “news conference” with President Felipe Calderón of Mexico.

    The press corps, which has been clamoring to ask Obama about Libya for days, begged him for a question on Wednesday when the president made a surprise appearance in the briefing room. His short reply: “I will have a chance to take some questions tomorrow. President Calderón from Mexico will be here, and so I’ll give you guys a chance to ask a couple of questions on some of these other pressing topics.”

  61. tigerfists88 says:

    Good morning everyone..!! :D

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @WEESeeYou: Huffington Post Contributors Go on ‘Strike’ http://shar.es/3x9Aq #p2 #p2b #professionalleft #TeamFollowBack #jobless

  62. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy Thursday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Kat's Obama Administration Report, 3/3/11

    Today's report features:

    President's Remarks on Shooting of U.S. Service Members: "I want everybody to understand that we will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place and in working with German authorities to ensure that all of the perpetrators are brought to justice."

    National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal: President Obama makes the presentations in a ceremony at the White House.

    President's Statement on Bhatti Assassination: The President condemns the assassination of Pakistan’s Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti.

    The First Lady: On NEA's Read Across America Day, First Lady Michelle Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan read "Green Eggs and Ham" to students at the Library of Congress; Mrs. Obama's remarks at “Let's Move” Healthier U.S. School Challenge Program conference call.

    2011 Commencement Challenge: Singer Nick Jonas urges high schools to apply for the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.

    Investing in Auto Communities: Labor Secretary Solis talks about the Administration's role in the reviving auto industry.

    White House Press Briefing: Mr. Carney is joined by the President, who makes a statement on the shooting of U.S. service members in Germany, and OMB Deputy Director Jeff Zients, who talks about the Accountable Government Initiative that will raise billions of dollars by selling unused federal property.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/03/951931/-Kats-Obama-Administration-Report,-3-3-11

  63. CR says:

    Jobless claims at 2-1/2 year low, buoy jobs view

    3/3/11 Lucia Mutikani, Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to their lowest level in more than 2-1/2 years, signaling an acceleration in job creation could be under way.

    The labor market outlook was also enhanced by another report on Thursday showing steady productivity growth in the fourth quarter, implying that employers might be forced to step-up hiring to meet growing demand.

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the lowest since May 2008, the Labor Department said. Economists had forecast claims rising to 398,000.

    “The downward trend in claims suggests that the labor market is getting back to health,” said Krishen Rangasamy, an economist at CIBC World Markets in Toronto.

    Stock index futures rallied on the data, while prices for government debt extended losses. The dollar rose against the yen.

    The claims data falls outside the survey period for the government’s closely watched employment report for February due for release on Friday. Nonfarm payrolls probably increased 185,000 after snowstorms depressed growth to a paltry 36,000 jobs in January, according to a Reuters survey.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/i4IifE

  64. CR says:

    Retailers report solid gains in February

    3/3/11 ANNE D’INNOCENZIO -AP

    NEW YORK – Retailers reported solid revenue gains for February, extending the strong spending momentum seen during the holiday season as the economic recovery takes hold.

    Worries are growing, however, that rising gas prices could sap shoppers’ spending on other items.

    Among major retailers reporting their monthly results Thursday, Limited Brands Inc., J.C. Penney Co. and Macy’s Inc. reported gains that beat Wall Street expectations. Luxury retailers including Saks Inc. saw sales surge as the affluent kept spending.

    There were a few stragglers. Target Corp. announced an increase slightly below analysts’ projections. And Gap reported a bigger-than-expected drop.

    The figures are based on revenue at stores open at least a year and are considered a key indicator of a retailer’s health.

    “We’re seeing a continued roll-off from the holidays,” said Laura Gurski, a partner at A. T. Kearney. “There’s disposable income out there. But it’s going to be a long spring.” Low-income shoppers are already feeling pinched by rising prices for food and gasoline, she noted, and that’s only going to trickle up to middle-income consumers.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110303/ap_on_bi_ge/us_retail_sales

  65. CR says:

    A Tougher, Greener Battery Could Power Phones in Africa

    3/3/11 Rob Goodier, TechNewsDaily Contributor,
    LiveScience.com

    One of the problems facing developing countries is that people in rural communities tend to walk around with dead cell phones. That is because mobile devices are cheaper than ever, but power plants are still expensive. But as a work-around in off-the-grid communities, phone owners have learned to run charge cords off of used car batteries.

    Now, Fenix International, a San Francisco-based design firm, may have a better solution for these communities: a new ruggedized battery and generator system called ReadySet. The device, its designers believe, could put more electricity in off-the-grid homes, create jobs, reduce indoor air pollution by replacing kerosene lanterns with LEDs, and eliminate car battery acid leaks. Plus, the telecom industry is hooked on it. Network carriers can make 10 to 14 percent more money from users who can keep their phones charged, and an estimated 500 million cell phone users worldwide live off the grid, according to a report from the mobile communications group GSMA.

    “Building upon the existing culture was the inspiration for this solution,” said Michael Lin, founder of Fenix. “People in developing communities have a variety of needs, of course, but access to electricity is exciting in that it empowers people to improve their lives in a number of areas.”

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20110303/sc_livescience/atoughergreenerbatterycouldpowerphonesinafrica

  66. CR says:

    Report: Affordable Care Act controls costs for early retiree coverage

    State and local governments, private employers receive $535 million in 2010 to
    help protect coverage for retired Americans

    March 2, 2011 hhs.gov

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing that the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) created by the Affordable Care Act is reducing health care costs for early retirees. As of December 31, 2010, more than 5,000 employers had been accepted into ERRP, more than $535 million in health benefit costs have been reimbursed through the program, and those payments have helped benefit more than 4.5 million Americans.

    This funding provides financial assistance for health plan sponsors – including state and local governments, for-profit companies, schools and other educational institutions, unions, religious organizations and other non-profits – to help early retirees and their families maintain access to quality, affordable health coverage. The largest share of 2010 reimbursements went to governments, including state and local governments, school districts and other local agencies.

    A list of approved plan sponsors, updated on January 27, 2011, is available online at http://www.HealthCare.gov/law/provisions/retirement.

    “The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program is helping to control health care costs and protect coverage for early retirees and their families,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “This program is providing critical financial relief to help states, private employers and other organizations preserve access to affordable health coverage for millions of Americans.”

    The percentage of large firms providing workers with retiree health coverage dropped from 66 percent in 1988 to 29 percent in 2009. Many Americans who retire before they are eligible for Medicare without employer-sponsored health coverage see their life savings disappear because of medical bills and exorbitant rates in the individual health insurance market. Health insurance premiums for older Americans are over four times more expensive than those for young adults, and the deductible these enrollees pay is, on average, almost four times that in a typical employer-sponsored insurance plan.

    For the entire article: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/03/20110302a.html

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      This is a wonderful piece of the legislation, to allow people to keep their health care coverage.

  67. CR says:

    Next Up..

    10:30 a.m. EST

    Military Leader to Discuss Afghanistan Operations at
    U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, Regional Command Southwest commander, will speak via satellite with Pentagon reporters at 10:30 a.m. EST about current operations in Afghanistan.

    CNN http://live.cnn.com/

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/Events/Defense-Department-Briefing-on-Afghanistan/10737419987-1/

    Pentagon Channel http://www.defense.gov/live2/

    • CR says:

      Helmand Province Makes Security Gains, Commander Says

      March 3, 2011 By Jim Garamone
      American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON, – The fight against insurgents in Afghanistan’s Helmand province may have turned the corner and the trend lines are going up, the commander of Regional Command-Southwest said today.

      Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, speaking to Pentagon reporters via videoconference, said there has been clear progress in all areas of the command.

      The general and his command have been in Helmand since April last year. He formed the new geographical command in July, breaking off from RC-South. There are 30,000 coalition troops in Helmand and Nimruz provinces.

      The security situation in the region has made tremendous progress, the general said.

      “We have attempted with our winter campaign to maintain pressure on the enemy, and I believe that we have been able to do that,” Mills said. “We have seen a steady expansion of our security bubbles as we move out from the areas that we do control into those areas where the enemy still has a presence.”

      Mills said his command is working with Afghan security forces to “deepen” security in the area. In Sangin, in the northern part of the command, there’s been a rapid expansion of the security bubble due to agreements with local tribes who see progress in other parts of the province, and want some security themselves.

      Elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which arrived in Afghanistan last month, are making progress in the upper Garesh Valley, the general said. The area was a Taliban supply depot, he added, and the Marines are providing security for a new road project that will link the area to Afghanistan’s Ring Road system.

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63016

  68. CR says:

    Gates, Mullen Urge Swift Action on Budget

    3/3/11 By Terri Moon Cronk- American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, March 2, 2011 – Congress needs to take steps now to ensure troops in harm’s way in Afghanistan get the gear and capabilities they need to face the Taliban, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a congressional panel today.

    Gates told the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee that the matter is a grave concern to him.

    The Defense Department requested reprogramming $1.2 billion last month to purchase urgently needed equipment to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the secretary noted, and the request has yet to be approved.

    “As of last week, all congressional committees except this one approved the request,” Gates said of the funding from the fiscal 2011 budget that Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, had requested.

    “General Petraeus requested this equipment as an urgent matter to better protect our forward-operating bases to continue to push into contested areas,” Gates told the subcommittee. The equipment would improve and protect against improvised explosive devices through enhanced intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities, particularly through the use of fixed-base sensors, he said.

    “Our troops need this force-protection equipment, and they need it now,” the secretary said. “Every day that goes by is a day they will go without it, [and it puts] the lives of our troops at greater risk.”

    The secretary said the items must be sent to the troops in Afghanistan prior to the fighting season, which begins in a matter of weeks.

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=62995

  69. CR says:

    Republicans delay vote to kill key Obama housing aid

    3/3/11 Corbett B. Daly -Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A key panel in the House of Representatives delayed until next week a vote to kill President Barack Obama’s embattled foreclosure prevention program.

    The House Financial Services Committee, which had been scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill to kill the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), was now expected to vote on the measure next week, said Representative Spencer Bachus, the panel’s chair.

    Bachus said the panel would vote on two lesser known programs on Thursday and consider HAMP and one other program next week.

  70. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:00 pm
    The President and President Felipe Calderón hold a joint news conference
    East Room

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=stream1

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/Events/US-Navy-Ships-Near-Libya/10737419953-1/

    • CR says:

      March 03, 2011

      Remarks by President Obama and President Calderón of Mexico at Joint Press Conference

      East Room

      1:17 P.M. EST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon. I am delighted to welcome my friend and partner, President Calderón, back to the White House. I want to discuss our meeting today and then address the situation in Libya.

      President Calderón was last here, along with First Lady Señora Zavala, for a very productive state visit last spring —- a visit that reflected the new era of respect and cooperation and partnership between our two countries. We’ve since worked together as global partners at the G20 summits in Toronto and Seoul and at the APEC Summit in Yokohama. And I very much appreciate President Calderón being here today to deepen the cooperation that is so essential to the prosperity and security of both of our countries.

      Of course, the relationship between the United States and Mexico isn’t measured just in the partnership between two Presidents. It’s evident every day in the strong bonds between our two societies. It’s the thousands of people who work together, at every level -— federal, states and community levels -— to keep our citizens safe, to keep our economies growing. It’s the tens of thousands of students and teachers and researchers in exchanges between our schools and our universities.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/03/remarks-president-obama-and-president-calder-n-mexico-joint-press-confer

  71. CR says:

    March 03, 2011

    FACT SHEET: Enhancing U.S.-Mexico Cooperation

    Mexican Trucks:

    President Obama and President Calderón today announced that Mexico and the United States have found a clear path to resolving the cross-border long-haul trucking dispute. This path will allow for the establishment of a reciprocal, phased-in program built on the highest safety standards that will authorize both Mexican and United States long-haul carriers to engage in cross-border operations under NAFTA. Once a final agreement is reached, Mexico will suspend its retaliatory tariffs in stages beginning with reducing tariffs by 50 percent at the signing of an agreement and will suspend the remaining 50 percent when the first Mexican carrier is granted operating authority under the program. Mexico will terminate all current tariffs once the program is normalized. The agreed schedule will not affect the rights and obligations of Mexico or the United States under the NAFTA, including Mexico’s right to apply its retaliatory measures.

    This agreement will deliver a program that is safe, secure, efficient, and advances the economic interests of both the United States and Mexico. It also will feature a number of program improvements that are important to both United States and Mexican interests. U.S. and Mexican negotiators are continuing to work through the remaining issues and expect to have a draft final agreement in place very soon. As soon as all of the details are in place, the United States Department of Transportation and USTR will confer with interested members of Congress and publicly share the proposed agreement and seek comment.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/03/fact-sheet-enhancing-us-mexico-cooperation

  72. CR says:

    Today: Obama Lunches With Mexico’s Calderón
    Presidents will hash out tense partnership issues as their wives visit a DC elementary school…

    March 03, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    President Obama will welcome Mexican President Felipe Calderón to the White House today for their fifth face-to-face meeting in the last two years. It’s their first meeting since last May, when President Obama honored his south of the border counterpart with a State Dinner.

    The two Presidents will lunch privately in the Old Family Dining Room at 1:35 PM, after a one-on-one meeting, an expanded bilateral meeting that includes Vice President Joe Biden, and a joint press conference.

    “The president is deeply committed to this strong partnership the United States has with Mexico,” Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Feb. 23.

    But the visit comes amidst rising tensions with Mexico, and trade, immigration, and drug violence are expected to be under discussion. Sixteen days ago, American immigration and customs enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was shot and killed on a Mexican provincial highway in the state of San Luis Potosi. His law enforcement partner, Victor Avila, Jr., was also shot but he survived.

    “We admire the commitment and sacrifices of the Mexican people as they confront the criminal organizations that have brought so much violence to Mexico,” Carney said.

    First Lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, will be with Mr. Calderón’s wife, First Lady Margarita Zavala. They’ll be visiting Oyster-Adams Bilingual Elementary School to read to students, as part of the celebration of the National Education Association’s Read Across America efforts. The pre-k-8 school is a dual-immersion program and conducts academic instruction and school activities in both Spanish and English. The two First Ladies visited a school in Maryland the last time the Mexican presidential couple were at the White House, and did calisthenics with the students before sharing a family-style lunch with pre-schoolers.

    For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/03/today-obama-lunches-with-calderon.html#more

  73. CR says:

    Data points to strengthening growth, jobs market

    3/3/11 Lucia Mutilation- Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless aid hit the lowest level in more than 2-1/2 years last week and service sector hiring picked up in February, signs the labor market recovery was quickening.

    Another report on Thursday confirmed business productivity picked up a bit in the fourth quarter, but it also underscored a slowing trend that suggested employers may have to step-up hiring even further.

    Another report on Thursday confirmed a slowdown in business productivity in the fourth quarter of 2010, suggesting employers may have to step-up hiring even further.

    “There can be no denial that a strengthening in labor market conditions is under way, as layoffs have dropped sharply since the beginning of the year,” said Jim Baird, a partner at Plante Moran Financial Advisors in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    Initial claims for state jobless benefits dropped 20,000 to 368,000, the lowest since May 2008, the Labor Department said.

    Economists had forecast claims rising to 398,000. The four-week average of claims, a better measure of underlying trends, fell below 400,000 for first time since July 2008.

    Separately, growth in the huge services sector touched a fresh 5-1/2 year high in February.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/fWLW9t

  74. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Listen to President Obama’s Call to Space

    Today at 5:03 p.m. EST, President Obama will make a phone call to the crews of the Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station. The phone call will be streamed live on NASA TV. Listen to the conversation live on NASA.gov: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

    • COS says:

      Hey Kat and friends. Thanks so much Kat for this link. I enjoyed this tremendously.

    • CR says:

      President Obama Calls the International Space Station
      From: whitehouse | Mar 4, 2011

      President Obama places a telephone call to the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station as Discovery conducts its final mission in orbit. The President congratulates the crews on their achievements in support of this unique orbiting research laboratory and express his gratitude for their dedication to the exploration of space.

  75. CR says:

    Wisconsin’s Walker says layoff notices imminent

    3/3/11 By James Kelleher – Reuters

    MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker warned on Thursday that unless the state legislature approves a plan to reduce the power of public sector unions he will soon begin preparing layoff notices to state workers.

    Speaking to reporters during a tour of the state, Walker stepped up the pressure on 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats who have left the state to prevent a vote quorum for the union measure.

    “If we fail to have the Senate Democrats come back and we fail to achieve those savings, we have to start preparing (layoff) notices by the end of this week,” Walker said.

    The notices could affect some 1,500 workers who would be let go in order to achieve savings to balance the budget in fiscal 2011, Walker has said.

    Walker’s statement increased the stakes in a bitter battle between Wisconsin Republicans, and Democrats supported by organized labor.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/g0wo6o

  76. CR says:

    Texas To Students: For Spring Break, Don’t Mess With Mexico

    3/2/11 Bill Chappell -NPR

    It’s March — and that means spring break is around the corner for many college students. But Texas officials are advising students to avoid going to Mexico, saying that drug violence there isn’t isolated to border areas.

    The Texas Department of Public Safety put out a document today listing potential dangers to students traveling to Mexico for their schools’ holiday. DPS officials also urged travelers to do careful research before any trip.

    Here are more details from John Burnett:

    The warning from DPS Director Steve McCraw is direct: “Avoid traveling to Mexico during Spring Break and stay alive.”

    He cites worsening drug-related violence and mayhem occurring not only in Mexico’s northern border states, but throughout the country.

    The current U.S. State Department Travel Warning for Mexico—dated September 2010—is slightly less alarming. It says while the security situation all over Mexico poses risks for U.S. citizens, resorts and tourist areas do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region.

    The State Department advises the more than 100,000 young Americans who flock to Mexican beach resorts over spring break every year to practice situational awareness, common sense, and phone home periodically to inform family members of their safety and whereabouts.

    For the entire article: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/02/134204739/texas-to-students-for-spring-break-dont-mess-with-mexico?ft=1&f=1001

  77. CR says:

    2011 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

    Office of the Spokesman
    Washington, DC

    March 3, 2011

    Today, March 3, 2011, the Department of State submitted the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) to Congress. The INCSR reviews conditions in the major illicit drug-producing countries, the major drug-transit countries, and the major source countries for precursor chemicals used in the production of illicit narcotics. In addition, the INCSR discusses conditions in the major money-laundering countries. This is the 28th edition of the annual report to Congress and covers calendar year 2010.

    This two-part report is the Department’s comprehensive assessment of foreign governments’ efforts to deal with their domestic narcotics problems and meet their international responsibilities, as set out in UN narcotics and crime treaties. The Drugs and Chemical Control section covers some 125 countries and jurisdictions. The second section, Money-Laundering and Financial Crimes, describes the efforts of the 60 major money laundering countries to implement strong anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing regimes.

    The INCSR is prepared by the Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The full report is available now on CD, and can be picked up in person from the State Department’s Office of Press Relations in room 2109. It also is available for review and downloading from the Department of State website at: http://www.state.gov/p/inl/rls/nrcrpt/2011/index.htm.

  78. CR says:

    Remarks With Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski Before Their Meeting

    Hillary Rodham Clinton- Secretary of State
    Treaty Room Washington, DC

    March 3, 2011

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good morning. And it is such a pleasure for me to welcome not only a colleague, but someone who has become a friend over the last years and whose opinion I value greatly on not just matters related to Poland and Europe, but indeed global issues as well. I look forward to a productive meeting and the opportunity to reaffirm the absolutely unbreakable friendship and alliance between the United States and Poland.

    We have a full agenda that will concentrate on three essential areas: building our mutual security, expanding prosperity, and promoting democracy. On security, we will discuss America’s unwavering Article 5 commitment to Poland and to all NATO allies. As was announced by our two presidents in December, we plan to establish a new permanent U.S. air detachment in Poland, build missile defenses in Poland, and as agreed at the NATO summit, develop a contingency plan in the region. And I want to thank Poland and in particular the minister for the very strong contributions that you have made to the fight against extremism in Afghanistan.

    For the entire article: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/03/157597.htm

  79. CR says:

    Holly Petraeus Aims to Protect Troops’ Finances

    March 2, 2011 By Elaine Wilson
    American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON – Years ago, Holly Petraeus and her husband, then a young Army officer, went shopping for a new desk.

    Looking for a bargain, they honed in on a gray, metal desk at a rent-to-own store, where the monthly payments were set low to attract customers and to distract from an inflated bottom-line cost.

    “We spent, I’m sure, far more by the time we finished renting the thing than we would have spent just going out and buying a desk,” Petraeus said. “It was really ugly too — enormous and hard to move,” she added with a laugh. “I had to think, ‘Why did we do that?’”

    The couple experienced a few other financial setbacks over the years. Along the way, Petraeus said, she not only picked up some financial savvy, but also acquired a resolve to prevent other military families from having to learn their lessons the hard way.

    Today, Petraeus is set to put her hard-won knowledge to good use as head of the Office of Servicemember Affairs, a subset of the government’s new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Her husband, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, has moved up to become the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

    “It’s an amazing community and amazing people who serve this country, both those in uniform and their spouses and children. I only want the best for them,” she said. “It bothers me to see them get their pockets picked, so anything I can do to prevent that, I feel, is well worth doing.”

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63000

  80. CR says:

    Pączki Day

    In Poland, pączki are eaten especially on Fat Thursday (the last Thursday before Lent). Many Polish Americans celebrate Pączki Day on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, the reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because they were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during Lent.

    In the large Polish community of Chicago, and other large cities across the Midwest, Pączki Day is celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. In Buffalo, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Windsor, Pączki Day is more commonly celebrated on Fat Tuesday instead of Fat Thursday. Chicago celebrates the festival on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday, due to its sizable Polish population.

    In Hamtramck, Michigan, an enclave of Detroit, there is an annual Pączki Day (Shrove Tuesday) Parade, which has gained a devoted following. In the Greater Cleveland area, it is wide spread through out the region, that many bakeries have people that will wait in lines for pączki on Pączki Day. The Pączki Day celebrations in some areas are even larger than many celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day.

    Pączki in America
    These pastries have become popular in the United States as a result of Polish immigrants and marketing by the bakery industry.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponchik#P.C4.85czki_Day

  81. CR says:

    March 03, 2011
    President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

    WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

    * Danny Glaser, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Department of the Treasury
    * Jon Leibowitz, Commissioner and Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
    * Robert E. Patterson, Ambassador to Turkmenistan, Department of State
    * Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, Department of Commerce

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/03/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts

  82. CR says:

    Mexican President Felipe Calderón spoke on Current Political & Economic Situation at the Wilson (Woodrow) International Center for Scholars

    Mexico President Felipe Calderon talked about the current political and economic situation in his country. Former Representative Jane Harman, the president of the Wilson International Center for Scholars, introduced President Calderon and Susan Segal moderated.

    CSPAN rebroadcast: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Caldern

  83. CR says:

    Humility: What Interning Meant to Me

    Posted by Patricia Moscoso on March 03, 2011

    My summer as a White House intern redefined many parts of my life, but in a very literal sense, it gave me a new meaning of the word “humble.” When I applied, I was nineteen and wondering how I could possibly contribute to the work of our government. When I was chosen for an interview, I was shocked. When I was accepted, I was floored. The White House staffers who gave me the amazing news that day would teach me so much about committing to a team and never taking this opportunity for granted.

    May 22, 2009, a date I will never forget, was my first day in the internship during one of the most exciting times to be in Washington. From my position in the Office of Legislative Affairs, I had a front row seat for so many different issues. President Obama and his legislative team were balancing health care, climate change, and then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation, among other priorities.

    And while they were doing all this, they still found time to mentor me and bring me into their important work. My supervisors were professionals at the top of their field, respected Capitol Hill veterans and hardworking junior staffers. I assumed that kind of success made people arrogant and inwardly focused, too busy to help each other. But not at the White House: the Legislative Affairs crew was the most collegial, supportive group I had ever worked with.

    Looking back, I cannot help but be humbled by everything I got to be a part of. I was really contributing to history, instead of watching it on C-SPAN or waiting for a professor to write about it. And my walk to work was a daily reminder of who I was working for. My walk to the office took me past the bank where my grandmother worked in the days after World War II, the department store where my father had one of his first jobs in America, and the building where my mother began her career. After generations of circling it, our family had made it to the White House. My internship was a gift: I got to honor the legacy of my family while working hard for a larger cause, nurtured and supported by great mentors who shared my values.

    This is an unbeatable opportunity for anyone who is willing to work hard, be a real part of an incredible team, and adapt to challenging circumstances.

    Apply for the Fall 2011 White House Internship Program
    . You’ll need a resume, two essays and three letters of recommendation – the deadline is Sunday March 13 at midnight, so do it now and don’t miss this opportunity.

  84. CR says:

    March 03, 2011

    Readout of President Obama’s Video Teleconference with President Karzai and National Security Council Meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan

    President Obama spoke with President Karzai yesterday via video teleconference. The two leaders spoke for approximately one hour and discussed a number of topics, including the beginning of transition to Afghan security lead, the renewal of the U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Declaration, and the beginning of U.S. troop reductions in July. Both leaders agreed that the United States and Afghanistan should continue to work together to advance a political outcome to the war in Afghanistan and President Obama reaffirmed his support for an Afghan-led political process. The two leaders agreed on the importance of resolving the issues facing Kabul Bank. President Obama expressed his deep regret for the tragic accident in Kunar Province in which nine Afghans were killed. The President conveyed his condolences to the Afghan people and stressed that he and General Petraeus take such incidents very seriously. President Obama and President Karzai agreed that such incidents undermine our shared efforts in fighting terrorism.

    President Obama met with his national security team today for his regular monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan. President Obama received an update on our regional diplomatic efforts, including the successful meeting of the International Contact Group on Afghanistan hosted by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The President underscored the importance of continued international support for peace and stability in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, specifically support for Afghan-led reconciliation. The President received an update on the security situation on the ground, including our efforts to prevent civilian casualties and sustain the gains that have been made over the last several months. Finally, the President and his team reviewed our efforts to advance the transition process that was embraced in Lisbon, with the transition to Afghan-lead beginning this year, U.S. troop reductions beginning in July, and the transition to Afghan lead being completed by the end of 2014.

  85. CR says:

    White House agrees to $6B more in budget cuts

    3/3/11 JIM KUHNHENN and ANDREW TAYLOR- AP

    WASHINGTON – With only two weeks to cut a deal, the White House proposed more than $6 billion in spending cuts Thursday as part of its opening bid in negotiations with congressional Republicans over how to keep the government operating through Sept. 30 and avoid a shutdown.

    White House economic adviser Gene Sperling did not specify where the cuts would be made, but the figure set the stage for fresh talks Thursday between Vice President Joe Biden, White House budget officials and the bipartisan leadership of Congress. The meeting lasted more than an hour and the participants had little to say to reporters afterward.

    House Republicans want to cut $61 billion from current fiscal year spending. Sperling says the $6 billion would be in addition to the $4 billion already cut in a stop-gap spending measure that expires March 18.

    “We’re willing to cut further if we can find common ground on a budget that we think reduces spending in the right way while protecting our investments in education, innovation and research,” Sperling said.

    A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, Brendan Buck, dismissed the White House number as “little more than the status quo.”

    Thursday’s afternoon meeting comes a day after Obama signed the two-week, temporary spending bill and warned that it would be irresponsible for lawmakers to create the threat of a government shutdown every few weeks.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/fBbxBn

  86. CR says:

    Fourth Anniversary of Robert Levinson’s Disappearance

    Hillary Rodham Clinton – Secretary of State
    Washington, DC

    March 3, 2011

    As we approach the fourth anniversary of Bob Levinson’s disappearance, we have received recent indications that Bob is being held somewhere in southwest Asia. As the Government of Iran has previously offered its assistance in this matter, we respectfully request the Iranian government to undertake humanitarian efforts to safely return and reunite Bob with his family. We would appreciate the Iranian government’s efforts in this matter.

  87. CR says:

    Current Situation in Abyei

    Philip J. Crowley – Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
    Washington, DC

    March 3, 2011

    The United States condemns this week’s violent clashes in the Abyei region and urges all parties to refrain from taking actions or making statements that could further heighten tensions there. The United States calls on local and national authorities to ensure that the UN Mission in Sudan has the access required to protect civilians, increase patrols where fighting is taking place, and engage with local leaders to restore calm.

    We welcome news that officials plan to meet tomorrow in Abyei town in an effort to finalize arrangements for a peaceful migration in line with agreements already reached. At the same time, we urge the parties to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement to renew their efforts to reach agreement on the final status of Abyei, consistent with the Abyei Protocol and ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

  88. CR says:

    Detention and Allegations of Torture of Political Activists in Zimbabwe

    Philip J. Crowley – Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
    Washington, DC

    March 3, 2011

    The United States is concerned about recent arrests in Zimbabwe targeting political and civil society activists. On February 19, police arrested former Movement for Democratic Change Member of Parliament Munyaradzi Gwisai and 45 other labor union and student activists who had gathered peacefully to discuss recent events in Egypt; they were subsequently charged with treason. In recent weeks, there have been a number of other arrests of political and civil society activists. In some of those incidents, activists claimed to have been tortured.

    Mr. Gwisai’s defense attorney has reported that several of the 46 people were tortured while in custody, and we understand that the magistrate has ordered physical examinations to substantiate those claims. We call on the government to provide medical attention for those who need it and, if torture occurred, to take immediate action to hold the perpetrators accountable. We will follow closely the planned announcement of a ruling on the merits of the treason charges on March 7.

    For the entire article: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/03/157663.htm

  89. COS says:

    I was listening to a caller on the Randi Rhodes show reporting on what was actually happening in Wisconsin and he said that there were bullets found around the capitol and it appeared that they had been planted because there were piles in some places. What will Walker do next?

  90. CR says:

    * San Jose, CA Youth Needs Our Support *

    The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church (HATE GROUP) has threatened to picket the showing of /The Laramie Project/ play at Gunderson High School in San Jose this Friday night. The play is based on a true story of the hate-crime murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.

    This church believes that God is punishing the U. S. because the country condones “homosexuality.” The church is well known for picketing the funerals of U. S. soldier’s killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    While we don’t want to feed the church’s need for publicity, we do want the youth of San Jose to know *we stand with them against all forms of hate and bigotry.*

    *Take an hour and turnout to support our Valley youth* by joining them at their fun, non-violent counter-picket.

    *An Injury to One is an Injury to All*

    When: Tomorrow Night
    Friday, March 4
    6PM – 7PM

    Where:
    Gunderson High School
    622 Gaundabert Lane
    San Jose, CA

    (off Chynoweth Ave., close to 85 and 87 interchange)

  91. CR says:

    Open for Questions: America’s Great Outdoors
    From: whitehouse | Mar 3, 2011

    Council for Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson take your questions about the America’s Great Outdoors initiative to achieve lasting conservation strategies for America’s outdoor spaces. March 2, 2011.

  92. tigerfists88 says:

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @Tigerfists88: @thinkprogress : 10 Things Newt Gingrich Doesn ’t Want You To Know About Him … #obama #Democrats http://tiny.ly/Klsj

  93. CR says:

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