Farmers Markets

First Lady Michelle Obama helps open the Farmer’s Market near the White House 1/17/2009

Farmers markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm. Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers who grows the produce.

Find a farmer’s market in your area:  http://apps.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets/

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The Kochs’ quest

10/13/2012 09:11:44 PM PDT By Bill Wilson and Roy Wenzl – The Wichita Eagle
WICHITA, Kan. — In January 2009, just days after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Charles and David Koch met in their company headquarters in Wichita with their longtime political strategist, Rich Fink.

The country was headed toward bankruptcy, they agreed. Fink told them bluntly that Obama’s administration represented the worst of what Charles and David fear most: a bloated, regulation-heavy, free-spending government that could plunge the country into another deep recession. That day, Fink advised two of the richest men in the nation that it would be the fight of their lives to stop the government spending spree and to change the course of the country, starting with the 2012 election.

“If we are going to do this, we should do it right or not at all,” Fink, 61, recalled telling the brothers. “But if we don’t do it right or if we don’t do it at all, we will be insignificant and we will just waste a lot of time and I would rather play golf.

“And if we do it right, then it is going to get very, very ugly.”

Three and a half years later, Obama accused the Koch brothers of engineering “a corporate takeover of our democracy.”

The brothers’ political spending and the network of conservative political organizations and think tanks they fund have sparked protests. The condemnations and criticism prompted Charles Koch to break his silence about politics. In his most extensive interview in 15 years, Charles Koch talked about why he wants to defeat Obama and elect members of Congress who will stop what he calls catastrophic overspending.

Government recklessness threatens the country and his business, he said.

The Kochs say the price for their involvement has been high: Death threats, cyberattacks on their business, hundreds of news stories criticizing them, calls for boycotts of the company’s consumer goods, and what the brothers see as ongoing and public attacks from the Obama administration.

The Kochs aren’t finished. Win or lose in November, they plan to start a new fight. They are organizing dozens of business and grass roots groups to build support for eliminating all corporate and agricultural subsidies.

For more; http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_21769107/kochs-quest?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

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Ending agricultural subsidies would mean that American businesses would have to raise their prices and USA farmers would not be able to compete with cheap and inferior and unsafe imports.

* American diary farms would be impacted
* American vegetable and fruit farms would would be impacted
* American grain farms for human would be impacted
* American pork, beef and chicken farms would be impacted
* American nut farms would be impacted
* American fiber producers (cotton, wool, wood etc) would be impacted
* American gasoline would be impacted

There are many more that industries that would impacted.


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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, May 16 2011

    All Times ET

    8:45 AM
    The President departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    9:00 AM
    The President departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Memphis, Tennessee
    Travel Pool Coverage

    11:00 AM
    The President arrives in Memphis, Tennessee
    Local Event Time: 10:00 AM CDT
    Memphis International Airport
    Open Press

    11:30 AM
    The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden attend the inauguration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel
    Local Event Time: 10:30 AM CDT
    Chicago, Illinois
    Open Press

    The President meets with families impacted by the flooding, state and local officials, first responders and volunteers
    Local Event Time: 10:30 AM CDT
    Cook Convention Center
    Closed Press

    1:00 PM
    The President delivers the commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School, the winner of the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge
    Local Event Time: 12:00 PM CDT
    Cook Convention Center
    Open Press

    3:25 PM
    The President departs Memphis, Tennessee en route Andrews Air Force Base
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    The President arrives at Andrews Air Force Base
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    5:35 PM
    The President welcomes the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team to the White House for a ceremony honoring their 2011 NCAA national championship
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    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
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      POTUS podium

      May 16, 2011

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

      1:30 PM EDT
      President Obama delivers the commencement speech at Booker T. Washington High School, the Winner of the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge – Memphis, Tennessee

      3:00 PM EDT
      Launching the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace-The White House

      5:35 PM EDT
      President Obama welcomes the 2011 NCAA Division I men’s basketball champions, the Connecticut Huskies, to the White House.

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      8:56 AM EDT
      Space shuttle Endeavour begins its last mission, launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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      FCC: Roundtable on Protecting Small Businesses from Cybersecurity Threats

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      Rep. Giffords’ chief of staff statement
      The chief of staff for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will make a statement and possibly take questions at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Giffords attended this morning’s launch of space shuttle Endeavour. Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, is part of the shuttle crew.

      11:30 PM EDT
      The President meets with families impacted by the flooding, state and local officials, first responders and volunteers

      11:30 AM EDT
      Rahm Emanuel mayoral inauguration ceremony
      Rahm Emanuel is sworn in as the next mayor of Chicago.

      12:30 PM EDT
      Gen. James Jones talks bin Laden, Pakistan
      Former National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones discusses the impact of Osama bin Laden’s death, as well as U.S. relations with Pakistan, at the National Press Club in Washington.

      1:15 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s legal woes, the arrest warrant sought for Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, and the fallout over Osama bin Laden’s death.

      1:30 PM EDT
      President Obama addresses the graduating class of Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee.

      2:00 AM EDT
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      Secretary of State Clinton talks cyberspace strategy
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes remarks at a White House event on the release of the Obama administration’s international strategy for cyberspace.

      5:35 PM EDT
      President Obama welcomes the 2011 NCAA Division I men’s basketball champions, the Connecticut Huskies, to the White House.

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

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      Government Debt Ceiling Limit may be Reached – US Treasury Secretary Geithner says he has given lawmakers more time to act. Fed Chair Bernanke Remarks: Available Later http://www.cspan.org/Events/Government-Debt-Ceiling-Limit-may-be-Reached/10737421550/

      8:56 AM EDT
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      10:30 AM EDT
      FCC: Roundtable on Protecting Small Businesses from Cybersecurity Threats

      11:00 AM EDT
      Rep. Giffords’ chief of staff statement
      The chief of staff for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will make a statement and possibly take questions at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Giffords attended this morning’s launch of space shuttle Endeavour. Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, is part of the shuttle crew.

      11:30 PM EDT
      The President meets with families impacted by the flooding, state and local officials, first responders and volunteers

      11:30 AM EDT
      Rahm Emanuel mayoral inauguration ceremony
      Rahm Emanuel is sworn in as the next mayor of Chicago.

      12:30 PM EDT
      Gen. James Jones talks bin Laden, Pakistan
      Former National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones discusses the impact of Osama bin Laden’s death, as well as U.S. relations with Pakistan, at the National Press Club in Washington.

      1:15 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s legal woes, the arrest warrant sought for Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, and the fallout over Osama bin Laden’s death.

      1:30 PM EDT
      President Obama addresses the graduating class of Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee. http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Obama-Commencement-Speech-to-Booker-T-Washington-High-School/10737421575-1/

      2:00 AM EDT
      US Senate Session

      2:45 PM EDT
      Secretary of State Clinton talks cyberspace strategy
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes remarks at a White House event on the release of the Obama administration’s international strategy for cyberspace.

      5:35 PM EDT
      President Obama welcomes the 2011 NCAA Division I men’s basketball champions, the Connecticut Huskies, to the White House

      Nasa.gov http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

      8:56 AM EDT
      Space shuttle Endeavour begins its last mission, launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

      Middle East Protest

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  2. CR says:

    Farmers Markets

    Farmers markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm. Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers who grows the produce. Direct marketing of farm products through farmers markets continues to be an important sales outlet for agricultural producers nationwide. As of mid-2010, there were 6,132 farmers markets operating throughout the U.S. This is a 16 percent increase from 2009.

    For the entire article: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/farmersmarkets

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      Farmers Markets: An Investment in Fresh Food

      October 14, 2010P Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan – LetsMove.gov

      An integral part of the Let’s Move! initiative is gaining a critical boost when it comes to solving the challenge of childhood obesity and improving the health and nutrition of all Americans. Today, USDA is proud to announce new investments that will help connect farms with families at the local level by providing grants to local farmers markets, producers, and farmers. Farmers markets across the country help families make the right choice when it comes to fresh produce and foods by bringing their harvest right to our communities.

      This year, USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is announcing over $4 million in grants to 77 projects in 34 states. From a farmers’ market in New York City’s Harlem, to a cooperative urban farm in Philadelphia, to a refrigerated truck for low-income growers in Oakland, CA, USDA grants will make a difference in bridging the gap between producers and consumers, and in making fresh fruits and vegetables accessible to families all across the nation.

      Over the past five years, this grant program has awarded over $14 million to local farmers so they can grow their income and grow their ability to make fresh, healthful food available to more families across the country – particularly in underserved communities. The First Lady and Chef Sam Kass noted FMPP’s important role in our country’s efforts to expand access to fresh, healthful food at the official opening of the White House Farmers Market last year.

      For the entire article: http://www.letsmove.gov/blog/2010/10/14/farmers-markets-investment-fresh-food

    • CR says:

      WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program

      1. What is the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program?

      The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is associated with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, popularly known as WIC. The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women, and to infants and children up to 5 years of age, who are found to be at nutritional risk.

      The FMNP was established by Congress in 1992, to provide fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants, and to expand the awareness, use of, and sales at farmers’ markets.

      2. Where does the FMNP operate?

      Currently, 45 State agencies operate the FMNP. They represent the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and 36 States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, 6 Indian Tribal Organizations administer the Program: Chickasaw, Oklahoma; Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma; Osage Nation, Oklahoma; the Mississippi Band of Choctaws; the Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos, New Mexico; and the Pueblos of San Felipe, New Mexico.

      3. Who can participate?

      Women, infants (over 4 months old) and children that have been certified to receive WIC program benefits or who are on a waiting list for WIC certification are eligible to participate in the FMNP. State agencies may serve some or all of these categories.

      For the entire article: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/FMNP/FMNPfaqs.htm#1

    • CR says:

      Today: Kass, Merrigan Celebrate Opening of Farmers Market BY The White House

      MAY 05, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

      It was the “shallots heard ’round the world” when First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the opening of the Farmers Market BY The White House in September of 2009; Mrs. Obama’s turn through the outdoor market made international headlines. Today, the market re-opens for its third season. At 3:00 PM, Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass and Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan as well as other local luminaries will be on hand to ring cowbells during a brief opening ceremony.

      Just two blocks from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Farmers Market BY The White House is run by FRESHFARM Markets, and is located in front of the Veterans Administration building at 810 Vermont Avenue NW. With a steady clientele of federal employees and commuters passing through on their way to the Metro, the market has done very well, Ann Yonkers, President and Co-Director of FRESHFARM, told Obama Foodorama.

      “It gets the highest numbers for any of our midweek markets,” Yonkers said. FRESHFARM runs markets in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

      Mrs. Obama, on that long-ago rainy day in September when the market opened, gave a pathbreaking food policy speech which predicted where her healthy food initiatives were headed, though it would be months before the Let’s Move! campaign was formally launched. More than two years on, encouraging the creation of and shopping at farmer markets has remained a priority in the First Lady’s and USDA’s effort to combat food deserts. Check out USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, which notes an uptick in the number of US farmers markets in the last year.

      For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/05/today-kass-merrigan-celebrate-opening.html

  3. CR says:

    May 10, 2011

    Booker T. Washington High School Wins Race to the Top Commencement Challenge

    WASHINGTON – Today, the White House announced Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee as the winner of the 2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. Vice President Joseph Biden called Principal Alisha Kiner today to tell her the school had won. President Obama will travel to Memphis, Tennessee, on Monday, May 16, to deliver the school’s commencement address.

    “I’m so proud of the schools that participated in this year’s commencement challenge and I want to thank all of them for their hard work and dedication,” said President Obama. “Booker T. Washington High School proves what can be accomplished when students, teachers, parents and administrators come together to support achievement in the classroom and I’m looking forward to delivering the commencement address at this extraordinary school soon.”

    Booker T. Washington High School’s graduation rate went from 55% in 2007 to 81.6% in 2010. The school has taken steps such as establishing separate freshmen academies for boys and girls to help students adjust to the school culture and creating an atmosphere where teachers take personal interest in seeing students take pride in their schoolwork. Students can now take AP classes, learn about engineering through robotics competitions, and earn college credits.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/10/booker-t-washington-high-school-wins-race-top-commencement-challenge

    • CR says:

      Obama visit validates hard work of Tenn. Graduates

      May 15, 2011 ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press

      MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Senior year presented a crossroads for William Cain, the man of the house with an absentee father at 19 years old: Drop out of high school after his mother was assaulted and his house burned down, or keep working toward his diploma in a community burdened with high crime, intense poverty and broken families.

      His decision to stick it out is being validated Monday, when President Barack Obama delivers the commencement speech to 150 seniors graduating from Booker T. Washington High School.

      The visit may also uplift spirits in Memphis, where residents are still dealing with swamped homes and businesses from the city’s second-worst flood in history.

      Cain, a football player, said the devil was tempting him to “do your own thing” when he thought of dropping out and credits teachers, coaches, administrators and classmates for their advice to stay.

      “I felt like giving up,” Cain said. “But my teachers and my principal, they kept me inspired. They told me, ‘Don’t do this, do the right thing. You’re going to make it out of here. If I have to kill you, you’re going to make it out of here.'”

      Booker T. Washington was selected last week as the only high school in the country that will receive a commencement speech from the president. When principal Alisha Kiner got the victory call in her office from Vice President Joe Biden, she realized that the school had completed its transformation into a vibrant and cohesive learning environment.

      For the entire article: http://goo.gl/j4dnv

  4. CR says:

    VP Joe Biden to attend Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral inauguration

    5/12/11 By MICHAEL SNEED- Sun-Times

    Vice President Joe Biden plans to attend Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s inauguration Monday, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed has learned.

    Extra security precautions for the event had prompted speculation about whether President Obama might attend the ceremony at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion for his former White House chief of staff.

    But top White House advisor David Axelrod said, “Don’t think so.”

    Also in attendance will be Emanuel’s parents and his brothers, Zeke and Ari, as well as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

  5. CR says:

    Endeavour’s Fueling Begins On Time

    Sun, 15 May 2011 Nasa.gov

    Fueling of space shuttle Endeavour’s external fuel tank with more than 500,000 gallons of super cold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen began on time at 11:36 p.m. EDT. Clocks began counting down again at T-6 hours following a two-hour built in hold. Forecasts remain at a 70 percent chance of favorable weather for Endeavour’s liftoff set for 8:56 a.m. EDT. Teams are not working any issues that would delay launch.

    Watch live commentary on NASA Television and at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

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    Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, FEMA Administrator Fugate Statement on Opening of Morganza Spillway

    May 14, 2011 FEMA.gov

    WASHINGTON- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today issued the following joint statement on the opening of the Morganza Spillway in Pointe Coupee, Louisiana:

    “Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the flooding in Louisiana’s Morganza Spillway. While the Army Corps is responsible for levee maintenance and control and the decision to open the Morganza Spillway, FEMA, the USDA and the entire federal family are focused on ensuring the safety and recovery of the people and communities we serve and at the direction of President Obama, we have been working closely with the state of Louisiana for weeks to prepare for this event.

    “Due to the overwhelming amount of water flowing down the Mississippi, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had to open the Morganza Spillway as part of a flood risk management plan designed to minimize damage to property, structures and to protect millions of people from historic flood levels. Even before the decision was made to breach the levee, USDA has been working in concert to coordinate with our federal partners to evaluate how we can provide relief to farmers and others impacted by this natural disaster. FEMA and USDA are ready to support the state so they can help begin the road to recovery as quickly as possible. USDA agencies that provide flood and disaster assistance are offering support to those in need and standing by to assist others.

    “USDA wants to assure all producers who purchased crop insurance and whose crops have been damaged by the flooding, that you will be eligible for crop insurance indemnities in accordance with the provisions of your crop insurance policy. To all of those producers who are unable to plant, but have purchased crop insurance, you will be eligible for prevented planting payments in accordance with your policy.

    “In preparation for flooding, under the leadership of Secretary Napolitano, FEMA has already embedded staff, including top officials, in the state’s emergency operations center to coordinate closely with our state and local partners and has pre-positioned commodities in strategic locations that can be deployed to assist Louisiana and other states quickly, if needed.

    “In the past two weeks since historic floods have affected the Mississippi River Basin, USDA and FEMA have been providing updates on the situation and working closely with state and local officials to assist impacted communities and help get people back on their feet. This will continue to be a team effort. Working together, in support of our state partners, we will do everything we can to help mitigate this damage and protect the families, farmland and communities we serve.”

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    • CR says:

      Flood victims are promised help

      5/16/11 By MJ LEE -POLITICO

      President Obama talked for 35 minutes with the Tennessee flood victims on Monday, telling them he of “wanted to hear firsthand” from them.

      According to White House press secretary Jay Carney, Obama also spoke to first responders, volunteers and local officials in Memphis about how the community was coping after the disaster.

      “He heard stories about people having to evacuate their homes and move in with family members; briefings from first responders about how they dealt with monitored the rising waters and alerted people; and reports from faith-based volunteer organizations on their relief effort,” Carney said in a statement.

      At the end of the meeting, Obama told the victims, “We’re there for you, and we’re grateful for your resilience,” Carney said. Obama signed a disaster declaration for Tennessee four times in May.

      Other elected officials who were there were, according to the White House:

      • Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam
      • Memphis Mayor A C Wharton
      • Sen. Lamar Alexander
      • Sen. Bob Corker
      • Rep. Steve Cohen

  7. CR says:

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

  8. CR says:

    Next Up…

    8:56 AM EDT
    Space shuttle Endeavour begins its last mission, launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

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    • CR says:

      A Great Launch, A Challenging Mission Ahead

      Mon, 16 May 2011 08:35:13 AM PDT – Nasa.gov

      Space shuttle Endeavour is officially on its way to the International Space Station on its STS-134 mission and final flight. Endeavour lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on time at 8:56 a.m. EDT, soaring through a few clouds, after a relatively smooth countdown.

      “I can’t thank the teams that got this vehicle ready to fly and for all the work they’ve done,” said Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier referring to the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) heater issues and said, “The teams worked really hard to get through that, get it behind and to understand what the problem was — and it was no problem to us at all during the count.”

      “The teams stayed focused, and made this launch a success,” Gerstenmaier added. “The mission in front of us is no easy mission, the EVAs (extra vehicular activities) are very demanding — but it’ll be exciting to see the AMS (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer) get installed on the station and get some real research data for the ISS.”

      “We showed our determination to succeed on a very complex mission,” said Michel Tognini, head of the European Astronaut Center and former ESA astronaut, “and this is the model of human exploration for the future.”

      Mike Moses apologized (in jest) about the view not being the best and the longest because of the cloud cover.” But the data that we were looking at in the launch center was absolutely perfect,” said Moses. “We had the clouds where we needed them, so we went.”

      For the entire article: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

  9. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you have a terrific Monday.

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

  10. CR says:

    Do You Know Someone Like This?

    Posted by Katelyn Sabochik on May 16, 2011

    This morning, President Obama sent the email below to the White House email list asking for nominations for the 2011 Citizens Medal, our nation’s second-highest civilian honor. This year, President Obama is looking for Americans who have performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs and provided inspiration for others to serve. Learn more about the Citizens Medal and submit your nomination.

    If you didn’t get this email, be sure to sign up for the White House email list.

    Last year I asked the public to help identify outstanding Americans I should consider for the Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. After receiving more than 6,000 nominations, I invited 13 outstanding Americans to the White House to receive the medal and be recognized for their service.
    It’s time to do it again.

    Like last year, we’re looking for Americans who have performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs and provided inspiration for others to serve.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/16/do-you-know-someone

    • CR says:

      Announcing the 2011 Citizens Medal

      From: whitehouse | May 13, 2011

      The 2011 Citizens Medal is a chance to recognize extraordinary citizens who have impacted their communities, but who may not have garnered national attention. Now’s your chance to nominate an everyday hero in your community. Visit WhiteHouse.gov/citizensmedal and nominate a local hero today.

    • CR says:

      May 16, 2011

      White House Launches 2011 Citizens Medal Nomination Process

      WASHINGTON, DC–In an email sent today, President Obama announced that the American public will once again be invited to nominate candidates for the Citizens Medal, the nation’s second highest civilian award. For over 40 years, the Presidential Citizens Medal has recognized “citizens of the United States of America who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” Past recipients have included some of America’s most respected public figures including Colin Powell, Bob Dole and Muhammad Ali, but also everyday heroes like 2010 recipient Susan Retik Ger, a widow who lost her husband on 9/11 and who found cause in educating and training Afghan widows and their children. The President’s email can be viewed HERE.

      By asking the public to submit nominees, President Obama hopes to recognize exemplary citizens and local heroes who have significantly impacted their communities but who may not have garnered national attention.

      “Now I know there are thousands of citizens out there who meet these criteria — I read their letters every night, and I meet many of them in my travels around the country” said President Obama. “I also know that many times their contributions go unrecognized. The 2011 Citizens Medal is a chance to recognize the everyday heroes in your community.”

      Public nominations will be reviewed by White House staff. Additional nominees may be identified outside of the public nomination process. The President will select award recipients and award the 2011 Citizens Medal in a ceremony at the White House. Last year, the White House received more than 6,000 nominations and invited 13 outstanding Americans to the White House to receive the Medal and be recognized for their service. Learn more about the 2010 Citizens Medal recipients and view a video gallery HERE.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/16/white-house-launches-2011-citizens-medal-nomination-process

  11. CR says:

    National Small Business Week is Here!

    Posted by Karen Mills on May 16, 2011

    Happy National Small Business Week to more than 27 million small businesses, their employees, and all Americans! You can read the President’s proclamation here.

    The facts are clear: small businesses create about two out of every three jobs in the U.S. each year, and roughly half of working Americans either own or work for a small business.

    Today, we released a report that details the many things the Administration has done over the past two years to help small businesses do what they do best: create jobs. It’s called The Small Business Agenda: Growing America’s Small Businesses to Win the Future.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/16/national-small-business-week-here

    • CR says:

      Creating More Export Opportunities for American Small Businesses

      Posted by Ambassador Ron Kirk on May 16, 2011

      As President Obama has proclaimed this week to be World Trade Week, I would like to take this opportunity to especially encourage small businesses across the country to consider the advantages of exporting to one of our trade agreement country partners. Over a quarter million American small businesses from every state sell goods and services to foreign customers around the globe, and these export sales sustain millions of well-paying American jobs.

      In fact, the U.S. International Trade Commission estimates that both direct and indirect exports by small firms which supply inputs or services to larger companies supported four million jobs in the United States in 2007. That is why President Obama launched the National Export Initiative, with the goal of doubling U.S. exports and supporting millions of additional U.S. jobs by the end of 2014.

      Most U.S. small businesses which export begin by selling to our neighboring partners, Canada and Mexico. However, the United States has negotiated trade agreements with a total of 17 countries. It can be easier, cheaper, and faster for businesses to sell globally in partner countries due to the reduced tariffs at the border.

      To help even more small companies the Administration recently launched a new free online tariff tool. U.S. exporters now have an online resource that streamlines tariff information for goods going to 20 foreign markets with which the U.S. has negotiated trade agreements. This information has never before been available free of charge in one searchable database. This new tool makes it easier for small businesses to grow and prosper through exports.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/16/creating-more-export-opportunities-american-small-businesses

    • CR says:

      May 16, 2011

      White House Releases The Small Business Agenda: Growing America’s Small Businesses to Win the Future Highlighting Critical Support for Small Businesses Across the Country

      WASHINGTON – Today, the President’s National Economic Council released The Small Business Agenda: Growing America’s Small Businesses to Win the Future, a report highlighting the importance of expanding and supporting the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses across the nation. The report, which kicks off National Small Business Week, outlines the critical investments this Administration has made to support small businesses, create jobs and strengthen our economy.

      “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our communities. They create two of every three new jobs in America, spur economic growth, and spark new industries across the country,” said President Obama. “We will continue to create new incentives to help small business owners hire new workers, promote growth and do what America does best – invest in the creativity and imagination of our people.”

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/16/white-house-releases-small-business-agenda-growing-americas-small-busine

  12. CR says:

    Obama working to rebuild grassroots army

    5/16/11 KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA – President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is barely a month old, but Camille Gervasio and other volunteers nationwide already are hard at work.

    “Are you with us? Are you in?” Gervasio asks into her iPhone, dialing through a call sheet resting on her laptop to line up supporters for an election 18 months away.

    In call centers like this one on the eighth floor of an office building, the president’s backers are trying to take advantage of a head start over the still-forming Republican field and the benefits of incumbency to rebuild a grassroots effort that mobilized millions of voters in 2008.

    Obama’s campaign has pledged to reach out to every voter it was in contact with during his first run, a herculean 50-state organizational effort to reconnect with its supporters — some of them now disillusioned with the president because of his policies — while giving it an early indication of any vulnerabilities among critical constituent groups.

    Without having to focus on a primary opponent, Obama’s campaign also is spending much of its time and money trying to build foundations of support early in battleground states like Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Ohio that backed Obama last time but have since elected Republican governors, weakening state Democratic Party operations.

    “Every single day we have to go scratch and claw for those votes,” Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, said recently in a video outlining Obama’s strategy. He argued that Obama’s team must “act like an insurgent campaign” to win re-election.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/xPsrJ

  13. CR says:

    As US Reaches Debt Limit, Geithner Implements Additional Extraordinary Measures to Allow Continued Funding of Government Obligations

    5/16/2011 By: Colleen Murray – treasury.gov

    Today, the United States has reached the statutory debt limit. Secretary Geithner sent the following letter to Congress this morning alerting them to actions that have be taken to create additional headroom under the debt limit so that Treasury can continue funding obligations made by Congresses past and present. The Secretary declared a “debt issuance suspension period” for the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, permitting Treasury to redeem a portion of existing Treasury securities held by that fund as investments and suspend issuance of new Treasury securities to that fund as investments. He also suspended the daily reinvestment of Treasury securities held as investments by the Government Securities Investment Fund of the Federal Employees’ Retirement System Thrift Savings Plan. For more information on these measures, please read this FAQ.

    Last Friday, Secretary Geithner also responded to an inquiry from Senator Bennet regarding the fiscal and economic consequences of failing to increase the debt limit. That letter can be found here.

    Secretary Geithner continues to urge Congress to raise the debt limit in a timely manner in order to uphold the full faith and credit of the United States.

    For the entire article: http://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/Geithner-Implements-Additional-Extraordinary-Measures-to-Allow-Continued-Funding-of-Government-Obligations.aspx

  14. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:30 PM EDT
    President Obama delivers the commencement speech at Booker T. Washington High School, the Winner of the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge -Memphis, Tennessee

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Obama-Commencement-Speech-to-Booker-T-Washington-High-School/10737421575-1/

    • CR says:

      May 16, 2011

      Remarks by the President at Booker T. Washington High School Commencement

      Cook Convention Center, Memphis, Tennessee

      12:18 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. (Applause.) Everybody, please have a seat. Thank you, Chris. Hello, Memphis! (Applause.) Congratulations to the class of 2011! (Applause.)

      Now, I will admit being President is a great job. (Laughter.) I have a very nice plane. (Laughter.) I have a theme song. (Laughter.) But what I enjoy most is having a chance to come to a school like Booker T. Washington High School and share this day with its graduates. (Applause.) So I could not be more pleased to be here.

      We’ve got some wonderful guests who are here as well, and I just want to make mention of them very quickly. First of all, the Governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, is here. Please give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) Three outstanding members of the Tennessee congressional delegation, all of whom care deeply about education — Senator Bob Corker, Senator Lamar Alexander, and Congressman Steve Cohen is here. (Applause.) You’ve got one of Memphis’s own, former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. is in the house. (Applause.) And the Mayor of Memphis, A.C. Wharton is here. Please give him a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      I am so proud of each and every one of you.

      STUDENT: Thank you!

      THE PRESIDENT: You’re welcome. You made it — and not just through high school. You made it past Principal Kiner. (Laughter and applause.) I’ve spent a little bit of time with her now, and you can tell she is not messing around. (Laughter.) I’ve only been in Memphis a couple of hours, but I’m pretty sure that if she told me to do something I’d do it. (Laughter.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/16/remarks-president-booker-t-washington-high-school-commencement

    • CR says:

      Booker T. Washington High School (Memphis, Tennessee)

      From: whitehouse | Apr 21, 2011 | 13,957 views

      Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee is a finalist in the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.

      • CR says:

        May 16, 2011

        Remarks by the President in a Surprise Drop-By with Booker T. Washington Class of 2011

        Cook Convention Center, Memphis, Tennessee

        11:13 A.M. CDT

        THE PRESIDENT: How’s everybody doing? (Applause.) You’re all excited about graduating, huh? (Applause.) Listen, I just had a chance to meet with your principal and these two outstanding classmates of yours, and I just want to say how inspired we were. We were inspired by the video you sent. We’re inspired by the stories you told. We’re inspired by how you’ve turned this school around. But obviously a lot of that has to do with your outstanding principal. (Applause.)

        She says you guys know how old she is. How old is she?

        STUDENTS: Twenty-five!

        THE PRESIDENT: Twenty-five. She started when she was seven. (Laughter.) Teaching high school at seven years old. (Laughter.)

        Obviously it has a lot to do with great teachers, but this is mainly your day and your success, because a lot of you — and I’m going to talk about this at the commencement — a lot of you had to struggle to get here. Most of you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth. But what you’ve shown is determination. What you’ve shown is character. What you’ve shown is a willingness to work hard and the ability to steer clear of folks that were trying to send you down the wrong path. And so as a consequence, you’ve now become role models for all the young people coming in behind you. You’ve become an inspiration to the city and the state of Tennessee and the country.

        So I just wanted you all to know, you inspire me. That’s why I’m here. I could not be prouder of what you do. But I’ve still got some big, big expectations for you, so don’t think just because you graduate from high school that that’s it. You’ve got a lot more work to do, because I expect all of you to be leaders in this community and communities all across the country. And this is just the beginning. This is not the end. All right?
        So God bless you guys. I’m so excited to be here. (Applause.)

        END 11:17 A.M. CDT

  15. CR says:

    The President & Vice President’s 2010 Financial Disclosure Forms

    Posted by Bob Bauer on May 16, 2011

    Today, the President and Vice President released their 2010 financial disclosure reports.

    The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires high-level federal officials to publicly disclose their personal financial interests. The public filing system serves to prevent financial conflicts of interest by providing for a systematic review of the finances of government officials. Those finances are set forth in annual disclosures which are reviewed and certified by ethics officials. Neither the President nor the Vice President have any conflicts of interest, and their reports have been reviewed and certified by the independent Office of Government Ethics. We are continuing this Administration’s practice of affirmatively posting these forms online here in the interests of transparency:

    View the President’s 2010 financial disclosure report (pdf)
    View the Vice President’s 2010 financial disclosure report (pdf)
    White House staff are also completing their forms and we anticipate they will be available here next month, also in electronic form.

    Bob Bauer is Counsel to the President

  16. CR says:

    Mayor Rahm thanks Obama

    5/16/11 By MJ LEE – POLITICO44

    Rahm Emanuel thanked his former boss on Monday after he was sworn in as the new mayor of Chicago.

    “I also want to thank President Obama, who turned our nation around and who loves our city so much. He understood why I wanted to come home – to get our city moving again,” Obama’s ex-chief of staff said.

    Vice President Biden and the second lady stood next to Emanuel at the ceremony in Chicago.

    “Today, more than any other time in our history, more than any other place in our country, the city of Chicago is ready for change,” Emanuel said. “As your new mayor, it is an honor to fight for the change we need and a privilege to lead a city we love.”

    Emanuel left the White House in October.

  17. CR says:

    Wounded Rep. Giffords Says Husband’s Shuttle Launch Is ‘Good Stuff’
    Clara Moskowitz,

    16 May 2011 SPACE.com

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The months of rehabilitation paid off for wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords today (May 16) as she watched her astronaut husband launch into space on NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour.

    Giffords, D-Ariz., was surrounded by her mother, her stepchildren, her staff, and the other astronauts’ family members as her husband Mark Kelly commanded the shuttle Endeavour’s final liftoff to orbit from here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The group watched the launch from the top of NASA’s Launch Control Center.

    “Good stuff, good stuff,” she said after Endeavour climbed into the sky at 8:56 a.m. EDT (1256 GMT) Monday (May 16), according to her chief of staff, Pia Carusone.

  18. CR says:

    Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    5/16/11 By The Associated Press – 1 hr 26 mins ago
    ___

    SYRIA
    Syrians fleeing their homeland describe a “catastrophic” scene in a besieged border town that has been largely sealed off as the army tries to crush a two-month uprising. At least eight people were killed Sunday in Talkalakh — the most recent casualties from a government crackdown that already has killed 850 people nationwide since mid-March, according to the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria. A town of about 70,000 residents, Talkalakh has been under a military siege since last week.
    ___

    LIBYA
    The International Criminal Court prosecutor asks judges to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and two other senior members of his regime, accusing them of committing crimes against humanity by targeting civilians in a crackdown against rebels. The move by prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo comes as rebel fighters inside the Libyan city of Misrata say they have driven Gadhafi’s forces from another key point on the port city’s outskirts, but there are conflicting reports on whether the rebels would advance farther for fear of opening too wide a front.
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    EGYPT
    Egyptian riot police fire tear gas and live ammunition to disperse thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. At least 185 demonstrators are arrested over allegations of attacking police and vandalism. The rally in Cairo follows marches on Israel in support of the Palestinians, holding annual rallies marking the “nakba,” or “catastrophe” — the term Palestinians use to describe their defeat and displacement in the war surrounding Israel’s 1948 founding. The Cairo protesters set fire to an Israeli flag, chant anti-Israeli slogans and call for the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador and the closing the embassy.
    ___

    BAHRAIN
    Bahrain’s special security court postpones until next week the trial of 21 mostly Shiite opposition leaders and political activists accused of plotting against the state. The suspects — 14 in custody and the others being tried in absentia — are accused of attempting to overthrow the 200-year-old Sunni dynasty and of having links to “a terrorist organization abroad.” That is an apparent reference to Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon, which Bahrain’s rulers have claimed was involved in the strategic island kingdom’s Shiite-led protests earlier this year. Authorities are seeking to prosecute opposition leaders and others after months of clashes and protests in Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

  19. CR says:

    Next Up…

    May 16, 2011 3:00 PM EDT

    Launching the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace – The White House

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      Launching the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace

      Posted by Howard A. Schmidt on May 16, 2011

      Today, I am proud to announce the United States’ first, comprehensive International Strategy for Cyberspace (pdf). The International Strategy is a historic policy document for the 21st Century — one that explains, for audiences at home and abroad, what the U.S. stands for internationally in cyberspace, and how we plan to build prosperity, enhance security, and safeguard openness in our increasingly networked world.

      Today, Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan and I were joined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Deputy Secretary of Defense Bill Lynn in announcing this landmark document’s release, here at the White House. The event was streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov, and you can view it here starting this evening.

      The International Strategy lays out the President’s vision for the future of the Internet, and sets an agenda for partnering with other nations and peoples to achieve that vision. It begins by recognizing the successes networked technologies have brought us, in large part due to the spirit of freedom and innovation that has characterized the Internet from its early days as a research project. While the strategy is realistic about the challenges we face, it nonetheless emphasizes that our policies must continue to be grounded in our core principles of fundamental freedoms, privacy, and the free flow of information.

      To achieve our vision, the United States will build an international environment that ensures global networks are open to new innovations, interoperable the world over, secure enough to support people’s work, and reliable enough to earn their trust. To achieve it, we will build and sustain an environment in which norms of responsible behavior guide states’ actions, sustain partnerships, and support the rule of law.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/16/launching-us-international-strategy-cyberspace

  20. CR says:

    Next Up…

    5:35 PM EDT
    President Obama welcomes the 2011 NCAA Division I men’s basketball champions, the Connecticut Huskies, to the White House.

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      May 16, 2011

      Remarks by the President in Welcome of the University of Connecticut Huskies

      East Room

      5:43 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Welcome. Please, have a seat, have a seat. Have a seat. Welcome to the White House, and congratulations to the Huskies on being the best college basketball team in the land. (Applause.)

      Before we start, I want to acknowledge a big Huskies fan that’s in the house –- Senator Joe Lieberman is here. (Applause.) I know he is proud of this team.

      I have to be honest -– this is a bittersweet day for me. (Laughter.) On the one hand, I get to congratulate a great team and a great coach on winning the national championship. On the other hand, I’m reminded once again that my bracket was a bust. (Laughter.) I did not pick UConn to win it all. That was a big mistake. (Laughter.) I was just mentioning to Coach that it was because Andy Katz of ESPN told me there’s no way Uconn was winning. (Laughter.) I did have these guys going to the Elite Eight, and I was doing pretty well in my pool at the beginning of the tournament, and then things completely fell apart.

      But I was not alone. Let’s face it, this was a tough year for a lot of brackets because teams like this one shocked the world. So next time you guys decide to reel off 11 straight wins, please let me know ahead of time. (Laughter.)

      Because the truth is, UConn’s perfect run through the Big East and the NCAA tournament was a surprise to everybody but themselves and Coach. These guys knew they had something special. And even though they finished the regular season tied for ninth in the Big East, even though there were some rough spots during the season, these players just put their heads down, they worked hard, and they focused on winning the games that counted.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/16/remarks-president-welcome-university-connecticut-huskies

    • CR says:

      Youth Basketball Clinic with The UConn Huskies

      From: whitehouse | May 17, 2011

      In the spirit of past champions who President Obama has welcomed to the White House, the 2011 Men’s Basketball National Champion, UConn Huskies, participated in a service project by running a youth basketball clinic on the White House basketball court for D.C. area youth.

  21. I don’t know he does so much on any given day. He is so amazing.

  22. CR says:

    White House: No trade deals without workers’ aid

    5/16/11 By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON – The White House is threatening to hold up final passage of three coveted free trade agreements unless lawmakers agree to expand retraining assistance for American workers who lose their jobs because of foreign competition.

    The move comes as administration officials begin talks on Capitol Hill to finalize the agreements the White House reached to expand trade with South Korea,
    Panama and Colombia. President Barack Obama has said the deals are an integral part of his economic agenda, and the pacts have broad Republican support.

    While administration officials have long said they supported expanding the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, or TAA, Monday’s announcement was the first time aides said they would be willing to delay the deals without it.
    “We will not submit the FTAs without an agreement on an enhanced TAA,” said Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council. “But we also believe we can work on congressional leadership to get that accomplished.”

    White House officials said they’re willing to proceed on the trade pacts without formal passage of the assistance expansion as long as lawmakers outline a plan for doing so.

    The assistance program was expanded two years ago as part of Obama’s stimulus package to include aid for more displaced workers, but the expansion expired in February. Labor unions and some key Democratic lawmakers have demanded the expansion as a condition for supporting the trade deals.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/NIEaz

  23. CR says:

    May 16, 2011
    Notice from the President regarding the annual renewal of the national emergency with respect to Burma

    NOTICE

    – – – – – – –

    CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO BURMA

    On May 20, 1997, the President issued Executive Order 13047, certifying to the Congress under section 570(b) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1997 (Public Law 104-208), that the Government of Burma had committed large-scale repression of the democratic opposition in Burma after September 30, 1996, thereby invoking the prohibition on new investment in Burma by United States persons contained in that section. The President also declared a national emergency to deal with the threat posed to the national security and foreign policy of the United States by the actions and policies of the Government of Burma, invoking the authority, inter alia, of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1701-1706.

    Because the actions and policies of the Government of Burma continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, the national emergency declared on May 20, 1997, and the measures adopted to deal with that emergency in Executive Orders 13047 of May 20, 1997, 13310 of July 28, 2003, 13348 of October 18, 2007, and 13464 of April 30, 2008, must continue in effect beyond May 20, 2011.

    Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to Burma. This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

    BARACK OBAMA

    • CR says:

      May 16, 2011
      Message from the President regarding the annual renewal of the national emergency with respect to Burma

      TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
      TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
      AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

      May 16, 2011

      Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

      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 Burma that was declared on May 20, 1997, is to continue in effect beyond May 20, 2011.

      The crisis between the United States and Burma arising from the actions and policies of the Government of Burma, including its engaging in large‑scale repression of the democratic opposition in Burma, that led to the declaration and modification of this national emergency has not been resolved. These actions and policies are hostile to U.S. interests and pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency with respect to Burma and maintain in force the sanctions against Burma to respond to this threat.

      Sincerely,
      BARACK OBAMA

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