Building the 21st Century Grid

The White House will highlight efforts on building new transmission lines and applying digital technologies to the electric system to enable the clean energy economy, ensure a secure and reliable grid, and foster innovation and jobs of the future.  

Building the 21st Century Grid

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, June 13, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    9:50 AM
    The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    10:05 AM
    The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Morrisville, North Carolina
    Travel Pool Coverage

    11:00 AM
    The Vice President makes an announcement regarding the Administration’s ongoing effort to make government more accountable to the American people
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    Pooled TV, Open to Correspondents

    11:05 AM
    The President arrives in Morrisville, North Carolina
    Raleigh-Durham International Airport
    Open Press

    11:25 AM
    The President tours Cree, Inc’s manufacturing facility
    Cree, Durham, Inc., North Carolina
    Travel Pool Coverage

    11:40 AM
    The President meets with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council
    Cree, Durham, Inc., North Carolina
    Pool Spray at the Top

    1:45 PM
    The President delivers remarks
    Cree, Durham, Inc., North Carolina
    Open Press

    2:50 PM
    The President departs Morrisville, North Carolina en route Miami, Florida
    Raleigh-Durham International Airport

    Open Press
    4:45 PM
    The President arrives in Miami, Florida
    Miami International Airport
    Open Press

    5:50 PM
    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
    Florida, Miami, Private Residence
    Print Pool

    7:20 PM
    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
    Adrienne Arsht Center, Florida, Miami
    Pooled TV, Open to Correspondents

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      June 13, 2011

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

      10:00 AM EDT
      Building the 21st Century Grid
      This White House event will highlight efforts on building new transmission lines and applying digital technologies to the electric system to enable the clean energy economy, ensure a secure and reliable grid, and foster innovation and jobs of the future.

      11:00 AM EDT
      The Vice President makes an announcement regarding the Administration’s ongoing effort to make government more accountable to the American people
      Eisenhower Executive Office Building

      11:40 AM EDT
      President Obama attends President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness meeting
      Durham, North Carolina

      1:45 PM EDT
      President Obama Speaks to workers at Cree, Inc. Durham, North Carolina (Audio Only)

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      10:35 AM EDT
      President Obama departs Andrews Air Force Base en route to North Carolina, where he will discuss jobs.

      11:00 AM EDT
      Vice President Joe Biden announces a new plan aimed at cutting waste across all government agencies.

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

      1:00 PM EDT
      Congressional subpoenas hearing
      The House Oversight Committee holds a hearing on whether the Department of Justice has to respond to a Congressional subpoena.

      1:00 PM EDT
      President Obama will discuss ways to improve U.S. employment numbers during a visit to Durham, North Carolina

      2:30 PM EDT
      Human trafficking hearing
      A House foreign affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on ways to fight human trafficking.

      2:30 PM EDT
      Bus safety hearing
      The House Transportation Committee holds a hearing on ways to improve bus safety on the nation’s highways.

      4:00 PM EDT
      NYSE-Deutsche Boerse merger hearing
      A House judiciary subcommittee examines the planned merger between NYSE Euronext and Germany’s Deutsche Boerse.
      NYSE, Deutsche Boerse agree to merge

      7:00 PM EDT
      President Obama attends and makes remarks at a fundraiser in Miami, Florida.

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:15 AM EDT
      Pentagon Papers’ fortieth anniversary http://www.cspan.org/Events/Complete-Unedited-Pentagon-Papers-Released-Today/10737422187/

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

      1:45 PM EDT
      President Obama delivers remarks on the ways to improve U.S. employment numbers during a visit to Durham, North Carolina. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/300002-1

      1:00 PM EDT
      House Committee Oversight and Government Reform
      Justice Department and Congressional Subpoenas
      Darrell Issa

      1:00 PM EDT
      Oversight Panel Investigates Controversial Gun Program http://www.cspan.org/Events/Oversight-Panel-Investigates-Controversial-Gun-Program/10737422186/

      1:00 PM EDT
      National Press Club
      Secretary Vilsack on Global Food Security
      Mark Hamrick; Thomas Vilsack http://www.cspan.org/Events/Agriculture-Secretary-to-Speak-on-Farmers-and-Rural-America/10737422169/

      2:30 PM EDT
      House Panel Examines Bus Safety http://www.cspan.org/Events/House-Panel-Examines-Bus-Safety/10737422185/

      4:00 PM EDT
      House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Internet: NYSE-Deutsche Boerse Merger

      Middle East Protest

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

  2. CR says:

    Building the 21st Century Grid

    June 13, 2011

    Administration Announces Grid Modernization Initiatives to Foster a Clean Energy Economy and Spur Innovation

    The Obama Administration today announced a number of new initiatives designed to accelerate the modernization of the Nation’s electric infrastructure, bolster electric-grid innovation, and advance a clean energy economy.
    Aimed at building the necessary transmission infrastructure and developing and deploying digital information or “smart grid” technologies, these initiatives will facilitate the integration of renewable sources of electricity into the grid; accommodate a growing number of electric vehicles on America’s roads; help avoid blackouts and restore power quicker when outages occur; and reduce the need for new power plants.

    The White House also released a new report by the Cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) that delineates four overarching goals the Administration will pursue in order to ensure that all Americans benefit from investments in the Nation’s electric infrastructure: better alignment of economic incentives to boost development and deployment of smart-grid technologies; a greater focus on standards and interoperability to enable greater innovation; empowerment of consumers with enhanced information to save energy, ensure privacy, and shrink bills; and improved grid security and resilience.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/smart-grid-press-release-6-13-2011.pdf

    • CR says:

      The Recovery Act: Laying the Foundation for America’s 21st Century Clean Energy Economy

      Posted by Secretary Shaun Donovan on August 02, 2010

      Last week, I spoke at two events that helped underscore the extent to which President Obama’s Recovery Act is paving the way for a clean energy economy.

      Before an audience of green affordable housing developers at the Communities of the Institute for Professional and Executive Development (IPED) annual conference, I highlighted four ways HUD is using the lessons of the Recovery Act to make this possible—first, by upgrading and retrofitting 230,000 units of HUD’s affordable housing stock to high green standards by the end of this summer; second, by providing new tools to property owners that demonstrate which green improvements they can make and the savings they can generate; third, by using the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to catalyze new forms of green retrofit financing for single- and multi-family housing; and fourth, by forging interagency partnerships across government to weatherize homes and help clusters of communities work together to reduce the combined cost of housing and transportation.

      A day earlier, at the groundbreaking for the green retrofit of the Gibson Plaza Apartments in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, I saw for myself how these kinds of Recovery Act investments are helping green our homes, improve our quality of life, and create jobs. Over $2 million in Recovery Act funding will help residents of this 40 year old neighborhood anchor cut their utility costs more than 20 percent — at the same time creating75 good-paying green jobs that can never be sent offshore.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/08/02/recovery-act-laying-foundation-america-s-21st-century-clean-energy-economy

    • CR says:

      April 06, 2011

      Remarks by the President in a Town Hall Discussion on Energy in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

      Gamesa Technology Corporation, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat, have a seat.
 


      Hello, Fairless Hills! Hello, Gamesa! It is good to be here. I was here three years ago. I was then a candidate — how many folks were here at the time? Anybody remember? (Applause.) We had a good visit. I signed a blade, I think, while I was here. I didn’t have as much gray hair back then. (Laughter.) You guys still look great. I’m a little worn down.
 


      It is great to be back, and I love visiting places where people are actually making stuff, because that’s what America is about. Everybody here, you are helping to build towers that are going to stand 400 feet in the air and generate enough electricity to power 600 homes. And the blades alone are 140 feet long, so these aren’t your father’s windmills. These are wind turbines. You guys are not messing around. This is the future of American energy.
 


      So I wanted to come back partly because over the last two years since I’ve been President, just as I promised when I was here as a candidate, I have been promoting and boosting clean energy. I think it’s absolutely critical for our future. And it’s also nice to be next to cool products.


      
I think that what you do here is a glimpse of the future, and it’s a future where America is less dependent on foreign oil, more reliant on clean energy produced by workers like you. And I know that this is — this whole issue of energy is on the minds of a lot of people right now, partly because you’re paying more at the pump. Anybody notice that? You noticed that a little bit.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/04/06/remarks-president-town-hall-discussion-energy-fairless-hills-pennsylvani

    • CR says:

      Winning the Clean Energy Future in Communities Across America

      Posted by Nancy Sutley on March 08, 2011

      The health of our communities and prosperity of our economy are inextricably linked. From businesses and educators to state and local governments, communities across America are spearheading the innovations that will help us win the future. President Obama’s plan that he highlighted in the 2011 State of the Union Address to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the world through investments in a clean energy economy will create jobs and improve the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink.

      By investing in clean energy sources and developing 21st century clean energy technologies, we are moving to make America stronger, safer and healthier. Over the past few weeks, I saw this American ingenuity and the role our government has in sparking it firsthand. In Charlotte, N.C., workers at Carrier Corp. are building high-efficiency commercial HVAC systems that lead the global market and surpass energy efficiency standards by 40 percent. The workers I met are rightly proud of the products they make that help businesses and governments across the U.S. and throughout the world save money by lowering their energy bills. And they are pretty excited about their role in creating a clean energy economy.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/03/08/winning-clean-energy-future-communities-across-america

    • CR says:

      March 30, 2011

      Remarks by the President on America’s Energy Security

      Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.
      
11:36 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Everybody, please have a seat. Please have a seat. It is wonderful to be back at Georgetown. (Applause.)

      We’ve got a number of acknowledgements. First of all, I just want to thank President DeGioia for his outstanding leadership here, but also for his hospitality.

      We also have here Secretary Steven Chu, my Energy Secretary. Where is Steven? There he is over there. (Applause.) Secretary Ken Salazar of the Interior Department. (Applause.) Secretary Tom Vilsack, our Agriculture Secretary. (Applause.) Ray LaHood, our Transportation Secretary. (Applause.) Lisa Jackson, our EPA Administrator. (Applause.) Nancy Sutley, who is our Council on Environmental Quality director, right here. (Applause.)

      A couple of great members of Congress — Congressman Jay Inslee of Washington. Where’s Jay? There he is over there. (Applause.) And Rush Holt of New Jersey is here. (Applause.) We’ve got — he didn’t bring the weather with him — but the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, is in the house. (Applause.) Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Arizona, is here. (Applause.)

      And most importantly, the students of Georgetown University are in the house. (Applause.)

      I want to start with a difficult subject: The Hoyas had a tough loss, Coach. (Laughter.) Coach is here, too, and I love Coach Thompson. I love his dad and the great tradition that they’ve had. (Applause.) And it turned out VCU was pretty good. (Laughter.) I had Georgetown winning that game in my bracket, so we’re all hurting here. (Laughter.) But that’s what next year is for.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/30/remarks-president-americas-energy-security

    • CR says:

      March 30, 2011

      FACT SHEET: America’s Energy Security

      Rising prices at the pump affect everybody – workers and farmers; truck drivers and restaurant owners. Businesses see it impact their bottom line. Families feel the pinch when they fill up their tank. For Americans already struggling to get by, it makes life that much harder. That’s why we need to make ourselves more secure and control our energy future by harnessing all of the resources that we have available and embracing a diverse energy portfolio. With an ultimate goal of reducing our dependence on oil, in the near term we must responsibly develop and produce oil and gas at home, while at the same time leveraging cleaner, alternative fuels and increasing efficiency. And beyond our efforts to reduce our dependence on oil, we must focus on expanding cleaner sources of electricity – keeping America on the cutting edge of clean energy technology so that we can build a 21st century clean energy economy and win the future.

      Reducing oil imports

      In 2008, America imported 11 million barrels of oil a day. By 2025 – a little over a decade from now – we will have cut that by one-third.

      * Expanding Safe and Responsible Domestic Oil and Gas Development and Production
      * Securing Access to Diverse and Reliable Sources of Energy
      * Developing Alternatives to Oil, Including Biofuels and Natural Gas
      * Cutting Costs at the Pump with More Efficient Cars and Trucks

      Innovating Our Way to a Clean Energy Future
      * Creating Markets for Clean Energy
      * Cutting Energy Bills through More Efficient Homes and Buildings
      * Staying on the Cutting Edge through Clean Energy Research and Development

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/30/fact-sheet-americas-energy-security

    • CR says:

      White House Event Amps Up Grid Modernization Efforts

      Posted by Aneesh Chopra on June 15, 2011

      On Monday, the White House brought together a range of stakeholders from throughout the energy sector—including utility executives, state regulators, federal agencies, consumer advocates, technology leaders and entrepreneurs — to discuss along with Administration officials the most effective ways of upgrading our country’s electric grid. The White House also released a new report, A Policy Framework for a 21stCentury Grid, produced by the Cabinet-level National Science and technology Council.

      The advent of a range of information, communications, and energy technologies provides us with an opportunity to upgrade the grid in a manner that will enable it to operate more efficiently, more reliably, and to spur innovation. To take best advantage of the opportunities provided by these technologies, A Policy Framework for a 21stCentury Grid establishes four key priorities:

      1. “Scale what works” to enable cost-effective smart grid investments;
      2. Unlock the innovation potential in the electricity sector with a continued focus on open interoperability standards;
      3. Empower consumers with education and access to their own energy usage information in consumer- and computer- friendly formats, with improved privacy safeguards and consumer protections; and
      4. Continue to secure the grid against natural disasters and cyber-threats.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/15/white-house-event-amps-grid-modernization-efforts

    • CR says:

      Modernizing the Grid: Keeping the Dialogue Going

      Submitted by Patricia A. Hoffman on July 25, 2011

      Over the last few weeks, I have traveled around the country to talk – and listen – about what is being done to modernize the nation’s electric grid. Across the U.S., utilities and communities are developing smart, viable solutions that address their specific needs. For example, at the University of Vermont’s conference on “Powering the Future: The Vermont Smart Grid and Beyond,” I spoke with Senator Bernie Sanders and other Vermont officials about how the e-Vermont project is leveraging investments in smart grid, broadband and health care IT.

      Michigan, meanwhile, is leading the way on incorporating electric vehicle charging infrastructure into the smart grid. While in Dearborn, I spoke at the “Smart Grid Symposium: Transforming to a Smart and Secure Electric Power Grid” about the importance of improved grid reliability, resiliency and customer service. The following week, I visited Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where I spoke at an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers conference about the role of technologies such as microgrids, distribution automation technology and flywheel storage in modernizing the grid.

      My next stop: Atlanta, where I joined other keynote panelists at the Grid ComForum hosted by Southern Company and The Georgia Institute of Technology for a discussion on policy and regulation issues. The event addressed smart grid issues from the power utility perspective with a focus on business case development (including customer and stakeholder benefits), market drivers and marketing operations and policy concerns. Demonstrating the success of the smart grid in the marketplace is crucial.

      Another highlight from this event was Southern’s account of being able to restore power more quickly following a series of severe storms and tornados because of the smart grid technologies they have in place. The final stop on my “road trip” was the University of Washington in Seattle, where I spoke at the “Washington Electric Energy Systems Symposium” about the impact of technology, markets and policy on the future of the grid.

      For the entire article: http://blog.energy.gov/blog/2011/07/25/modernizing-grid-keeping-dialogue-going

  3. CR says:

    May 25, 2011

    President Obama will Meet with Jobs and Competitiveness Council in North Carolina

    WASHINGTON — On June 13th, President Obama will travel to Raleigh-Durham, NC to meet with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council to discuss initiatives and policies to strengthen the economy, promote and accelerate job growth and bolster America’s competitiveness around the world. The President will hear from a variety of leaders and continue the discussion focused on identifying practical ways the government and business can work together to foster growth and create jobs. The Council will also focus on the importance of educating and training America’s workforce to ensure the jobs and the industries of the future are created in the United States.

    The President’s Jobs and Competitiveness Council, led by GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt, was created to provide non-partisan advice to the President on ways to strengthen the economy and ensure the competitiveness of the United States. The Jobs Council is made up of representatives of the various sectors of the economy who offer diverse perspectives of the private sector, employers, and workers on how the Federal Government can best foster growth, competitiveness, innovation, and job creation.

    The Jobs Council held their first meeting at the White House on February 24th, focusing on finding new ways to promote growth, to encourage hiring, to educate and train our workers to compete globally, and attract the best jobs and businesses to the United States.

    • CR says:

      Jobs panel proposes ways to spur hiring

      6/12/11 Jeff Mason – Reuters

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington should streamline permitting for construction projects and make it easier for tourists to visit the United States to help boost hiring and spur the economy, a top adviser to President Barack Obama said.

      Jeff Immelt, chief executive of General Electric and head of Obama’s jobs and competitiveness council, said his panel’s “progress report” outlined ways to increase hiring in manufacturing, construction, healthcare, and tourism sectors.

      Obama will meet the jobs council during a trip to North Carolina on Monday.

      The proposals to increase hiring included cutting red tape so infrastructure construction projects could proceed quickly, boosting training for manufacturing skills through partnerships between the private sector and community colleges, and improving visa processes to win market share for U.S. tourism.

      Making commercial buildings throughout the United States more energy efficient would also create jobs, Immelt wrote in an opinion piece co-written with American Express chief executive Ken Chenault.”

      For the entire article: http://goo.gl/00icV

      • CR says:

        How We’re Meeting the Job Creation Challenge
        The President’s Jobs and Competitiveness Council, comprised of 26 private-sector leaders, is developing ideas that will accelerate job growth and improve America’s competitiveness.

        6/13/11 By JEFF IMMELT AND KEN CHENAULT – wsj

        The U.S. economy is resilient, but the inescapable truth is that we have a persistent jobs challenge that demands an aggressive response. That’s why earlier this year President Obama asked 26 private-sector leaders to develop ideas that will accelerate job growth and improve America’s competitiveness.

        The President’s Jobs and Competitiveness Council is made up of industry leaders, people running large and small companies, and people standing up for the rights of workers. We’ve been at work for the past 90 days to develop recommendations for a series of immediate, actionable steps to accelerate job creation. Today we are presenting an initial “progress report” to the president that includes a series of steps that can help spur hiring in the short term in areas like construction, manufacturing, health care and tourism.

        No single idea, however well-conceived, will solve our nation’s employment challenge. So we’re taking a comprehensive approach with eight teams focused on specific areas such as skills and training, regulatory reform, and innovation. We analyzed which actions are critical to accelerating job growth in high-potential sectors, while also addressing areas of concentrated unemployment. We believe that the following “fast-action” steps can support the creation of more than one million jobs within these industries.

        • Train workers for today’s open jobs
        • Streamline permitting
        • Boost jobs in travel and tourism
        • Facilitate small-business loans
        • Put construction workers back to work

        For the entire article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304259304576380323311523538.html?KEYWORDS=Immelt

  4. CR says:

    ARCHIVE:

    Car Allowance Rebate System

    The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), colloquially known as “Cash for Clunkers”, was a $3 billion U.S. federal scrappage program intended to provide economic incentives to U.S. residents to purchase a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle when trading in a less fuel-efficient vehicle. The program was promoted as providing stimulus to the economy by boosting auto sales, while putting safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles on the roadways.

    Although the program officially started on July 1, 2009, the processing of claims did not begin until July 24, and the program ended on August 24, as the appropriated resources were exhausted. The deadline for dealers to submit applications was August 25.[5] According to estimates of the Department of Transportation, the initial $1 billion appropriated for the system was exhausted by July 30, 2009, well before the anticipated end date of November 1, 2009, due to very high demand. In response, Congress approved an additional $2 billion.

    For the entire article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cash_for_Clunkers

    • CR says:

      On Clunkers debate, one point we can all agree on
      A big “Thank you” to the White House blog team for a witty and perceptive account of Cash for Clunkers’ real contribution to our economic recovery.

      October 30, 2009 fastlane.dot.gov

      If you haven’t read about the brush-up prompting that White House response, it began with a report from Edmunds.com that minimized the impact of Cash for Clunkers.

      You don’t have to look too far beyond Edmunds to find loads of support for a positive analysis of this successful program:

      * Ford Motor Co. estimates 30-40% of Cash for Clunkers sales were truly incremental–an increase of 210,000 to 280,000 vehicles, or twice what Edmunds asserts).

      * Moody’s Investors Service estimated 60% of sales were incremental or about 420,000 extra vehicles.

      * Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, told the Detroit News’: “Simply put, they [Edmunds] have misrepresented the facts, and the White House is completely justified in calling them out on it. Edmunds’ political views have tainted their usual rigorous approach to research. We believe that the incremental sales are over 500,000 new vehicles.”

      But, let’s also not forget about the larger goal of the Cash for Clunkers program: to jump-start this economy. By that measure, the 1.7% of our 3.5% growth this past quarter attributable to the automobile industry reveals that this program has done exactly what was intended.

      Others agree:

      * George Pipas, sales analyst for Ford: “They [Edmunds] missed the point. The whole purpose of the program was to provide some kind of catalyst to kick-start the economy, and by all accounts the extra production that was added this year was a boost to the economy.”

      * Jared Bernstein, White House economist: “Some sales in Cash for Clunkers were sales that would have occurred later than when they did. That’s okay, especially when you look at today’s GDP report where we are posting positive growth; we really need that growth now. Pulling sales forward is actually helpful.”

      For the entire article: http://fastlane.dot.gov/2009/10/on-clunkers-debate-one-point-we-can-all-agree-on.html

    • CR says:

      Did ‘Cash-for-Clunkers’ work as intended?

      Posted by Christina Romer & Christopher Carroll on April 05, 2010

      On June 24, 2009, President Obama signed into law the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS, commonly known as ‘Cash-For-Clunkers’), one of several stimulus programs whose purpose was to shift expenditures by households, businesses, and governments from future periods when the economy is likely to be stronger, to the present when the economy has an abundance of unemployed resources that can be put to work at low net economic cost.

      Critics of the CARS program argued that it would have little ultimate effect because most of the purchases under the program would have happened soon anyway – they were merely ‘pulled forward’ from the following few months. In contrast, the CEA’s September 10 economic analysis of the program argued that a substantial proportion of the CARS sales were pulled forward from a far more distant future, and thus represented an important increment to aggregate demand at just the time when such demand was sorely needed.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/04/05/did-cash-clunkers-work-intended

  5. azgrammy says:

    Hi CR,
    Thanks for all the work you do on this blog.
    Hopefully this country will get a new secure and reliable grid.
    One possible danger we did face in Tucson from the fire, was losing transmission lines, & having fire coming close to transformers….
    If that had happened, this city & area would have lost our electricity…
    We are in triple-digit heat now, & not having A/C would be terrible.
    How did those early settlers manage? I cannot imagine…!

    • CR says:

      Hello AZGrammy!

      I feel so terrible about the fires in Arizona! My prayers are with all those affected by it. I know that all the first responders from all over are doing their best (bless them).

      —–

      “Jackie 4 Obama” posted this in the last thread and it is well worth repeating:

      Please call or email the Tide Loads of Hope Program so we can get them to come up when needed to help the folks of the (Arizona) Wallow Fire.

      Their clothing, bedding everything is going to smell of smoke and Tide will help with soap donations or laundry services free to the people of the community.

      Please cross post this to everyone you know.

      http://www.tide.com/en-US/loads-of-hope/index.jspx

      Talk to Tide
      Toll-free at 1-800-879-8433

      Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 6:00PM EST

      THANK YOU!!

  6. CR says:

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

  7. Hi everyone!!! HOPE-ing for a good Monday!!!

  8. Good morning CR, Sandy and O’Family. HOPE you all have a terrific Monday.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation. May the President’s trip to Puerto Rico be safe and productive.

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

  9. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    10:00 AM EDT
    Building the 21st Century Grid
    This White House event will highlight efforts on building new transmission lines and applying digital technologies to the electric system to enable the clean energy economy, ensure a secure and reliable grid, and foster innovation and jobs of the future.

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

    • CR says:

      Building the 21st Century Grid

      ploaded by whitehouse on Jun 13, 2011

      Administration officials outine efforts underway to build new transmission lines and applying digital technologies to the electric system to ensure a secure and reliable grid, foster innovation and create the jobs of the future. June 13, 2011.

  10. Bloomberg: Profits Seen Increasing Jobs as Earnings Grow Most Since 1940s

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=2065100&sid=a57_8Z_4ELpg

    • CR says:

      Great article Jackie!

      —–

      Profits Seen Increasing Jobs as Earnings Grow Most Since 1940s

      June 13, 2011 — By Shobhana Chandra (Bloomberg)

      Profits at American companies are poised to be one of the few bright spots in the U.S., helping to steady the faltering recovery.

      Earnings will climb an average 10 percent a year through 2013, more than three times quicker than the economy, after what has already been the fastest rebound since the late 1940s, JPMorgan Chase & Co. projects. In mounting signs of confidence, Macy’s Inc. has raised its annual profit forecast, Intel Corp. and Target Corp. increased dividends and DuPont Co. plans to invest more than $500 million to boost production.

      Surging overseas sales, improving U.S. demand and the Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep interest rates close to zero for an extended period bode well for earnings, said Robert Mellman , an economist at JPMorgan who has tracked corporate profits since 1985 and published a special report May 20 on the subject. Widening margins will give businesses the means and incentive to invest and hire, paving the way for accelerating growth in the world’s largest economy, he predicted.

      “ Corporate profits have plenty of room to run,” as “returns on investing and expanding are high,” Mellman said in a June 10 interview from New York. “This makes companies want to grow the business. As profitability remains strong, they’ll increase hiring.”

      The recent spate of weak economic data, capped by news that payrolls grew in May at the slowest pace in eight months, has sparked concern about the expansion’s sustainability. Even so, JPMorgan projects growth will pick up in the second half as higher energy costs and supply-chain disruptions subside. The economy will return to a 3 percent growth rate in the third and fourth quarters, with profit gains accelerating to 10 percent, Mellman said.

      * 10 Percent Rise (expect of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index)
      * Beating Projections
      * ‘Enormous’ Gains
      * More Optimistic
      * Domestic Surge
      * Trickle Down

      For the entire article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=2065100&sid=a57_8Z_4ELpg

  11. CR says:

    Michelle Obama In Los Angeles: ‘iCarly’ Taping, Reception At Designer Michael Smith’s Home

    JUNE 13, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    Fresh off celebrating daughter Sasha’s tenth birthday at the Camp David presidential retreat this weekend, First Lady Michelle Obama begins a two-day trip to California in Los Angeles this morning, with events for her Joining Forces campaign and Democratic National Committee fundraisers for President Obama’s re-election campaign. In the afternoon, Mrs. Obama will tape the hit Nickelodeon kids’ TV show iCarly for an episode focused on military family issues. The comedy is one of her daughters’ favorites, Mrs. Obama has said. In the evening, the First Lady will be reunited with Michael S. Smith, the interior designer who re-decorated the private residence at the White House.

    Smith is hosting an evening DNC reception at his ultra-modern residence, co-owned with HBO executive James Costos, in the glam Little Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, which is next door to Beverly Hills.

    For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/06/first-lady-in-los-angeles-icarly-taping.html

    • CR says:

      Hollywood Silver Screen Debut: First Lady Michelle Obama Films “iCarly”

      JUNE 13, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

      In Los Angles on Monday for a two-day swing through California, First Lady Michelle Obama taped two scenes of a special episode of the hit Nickelodeon TV series for kids, iCarly, to promote her Joining Forces campaign to support and honor military families. The show’s storyline features 18-year-old actress Miranda Cosgrove as title character Carly Shay, who lives with her older brother in a loft, with no parents around because their father is a Colonel deployed overseas. The First Lady’s episode was written especially for her by series creator Dan Schneider.

      Since becoming First Lady, Mrs. Obama has appeared on many talk shows–and on a special White House episode of Iron Chef America. She’s also taped an extensive series of PSAs for both the Joining Forces and let’s Move! campaigns, but the iCarly outing is her first appearance on a sitcom. Earlier in the day, during a meeting at the Writers Guild Theater in West Hollywood, designed to encourage the creative Guilds to support military families by making entertainment vehicles focused on members of the Armed Forces, Mrs. Obama explained her iCarly appearance, and said that she’d been memorizing lines, but added that she was “terrified.”

      For the entire article and photos: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/06/hollywood-silver-screen-debut-first.html

    • CR says:

      iCARLY CAST MEETS FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

      Uploaded by xo1icarly1ox on Jun 14, 2011

      iCARLY CAST MEETS FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA IN THE ICARLY SET TO PROMOTE JOINING FORCES IN SUPPORT OF MILITARY FAMILIES .

    • CR says:

      First Lady in Hollywood

      From: DODvClips | Jun 14, 2011 | 70 views

      First Lady Michelle Obama wants to see more stories involving military families on television and in the movies.

  12. CR says:

    VIDEO: President Obama and Vice President Biden Launch the Campaign to Cut Waste

    Posted by Kori Schulman on June 13, 2011

    Ed. Note: At 11:00 AM, the Vice President will make an announcement regarding the Administration’s ongoing effort to make government more accountable to the American people. Watch the event live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

    In a video message, President Obama and Vice President Biden launched the Campaign to Cut Waste today, which will hunt down and eliminate misspent tax dollars in every agency and department across the federal government. “Targeting waste and making government more efficient have been a priority for my administration since day one. But as we work to tackle the budget deficit, we need to step up our game,” said the President in the video, “No amount of waste is acceptable – not when it’s your money; not at a time when so many families are already cutting back.” Watch the video below:

    • CR says:

      June 13, 2011

      White House Launches Campaign to Cut Waste: Vice President to Take on Making Government More Accountable

      Obama Administration Establishes New Board of Fraud and Waste Watchdogs

      WASHINGTON – In a video message to the American people, President Obama and Vice President Biden launched the Campaign to Cut Waste, which will hunt down and eliminate misspent tax dollars in every agency and department across the federal government. The Vice President hosted an event at the White House today where he announced that the President has asked him to take on a new role holding the Cabinet accountable for cutting waste in their agencies as part of the Administration’s ongoing effort to make government more accountable to the American people. At the event, he outlined the new steps the government would be taking as part of an Executive Order the President signed this morning.

      The Campaign to Cut Waste will build on the Accountable Government Initiative, led by OMB Director Jacob Lew and OMB’s Deputy Director for Management and Federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients, which has already tackled waste and inefficiency in many areas across government, cutting contracting spending for the first time in 13 years, identifying $3 billion in information technology savings, shutting down duplicative data centers and getting rid of excess federal real estate. The Administration also put out an update on steps they have taken to date to reduce government waste and make government work better for the American people.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/13/white-house-launches-campaign-cut-waste-vice-president-take-making-gover

      • CR says:

        June 13, 2011

        Executive Order–Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government

        EXECUTIVE ORDER

        DELIVERING AN EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE, AND ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT

        By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to cut waste, streamline Government operations, and reinforce the performance and management reform gains my Administration has achieved, it is hereby ordered as follows:

        Section 1. Policy. My Administration is committed to ensuring that the Federal Government serves the American people with the utmost effectiveness and efficiency. Over the last 2 years, we have made good progress and have saved taxpayer dollars by cutting waste and increasing the efficiency of Government operations by curbing uncontrolled growth in contract spending, terminating poorly performing information technology projects, deploying state of the art fraud detection tools to crack down on waste, focusing agency leaders on achieving ambitious improvements in high priority areas, and opening Government up to the public to increase accountability and accelerate innovation.

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the a c-press-office/2011/06/13/executive-order-delivering-efficient-effective-and-accountable-governmen

  13. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:00 AM EDT
    The Vice President makes an announcement regarding the Administration’s ongoing effort to make government more accountable to the American people
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building

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

    • CR says:

      V.P. Biden Announces Campaign to Cut Waste

      From: whitehouse | Jun 13, 2011

      Vice President Biden announces that President Obama has asked him to take on a new role holding the Cabinet accountable for cutting waste in their agencies as part of the Administration’s ongoing effort to make government more accountable to the American people. June 13, 2011

  14. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    11:40 AM EDTShare
    President Obama attends President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness meeting
    Durham, North Carolina

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-attends-presidents-council-jobs-and-competitiveness-meeting

    • CR says:

      June 13, 2011

      Remarks by the President in a Meeting with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council

      11:50 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: First of all, I just want to thank everybody for the seriousness, the diligence that you’ve displayed already on this Jobs Council. When we formed this we understood that we had averted the worst possibilities of a Great Depression. We’d gotten the economy growing again. We had stabilized the financial system. So we had made great strides from where we had been in 2008. But we understood even though jobs were being created they were not being created fast enough.

      And I’ve said this before, I will say it again: I wake up every single morning thinking about how can I make sure that anybody who wants a job is able to get a job. And that’s what I think about when I go to bed at night. And I am absolutely confident about America’s prospects for the 21st century, but we do have some challenges. And these challenges predated the financial crisis that we had in 2008. If you look at what had happened between 2001 and 2008, job growth was slow even when the economy was growing at a pretty good clip.

      So we’ve got a combination of factors, as Jeff said, that come into how do we create jobs. I cannot think of a better group of people to help us tackle it than those who are sitting around the table.

      A couple of just points that I would make so far. Over the last 15 months we have seen over 2 million jobs created. And prior to this month, we had seen job growth at a pretty good clip for the previous three months. So we had some good reports. This last one showed that job creation has not moved as quickly as we’d like.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/13/remarks-president-meeting-jobs-and-competitiveness-council

  15. CR says:

    How MCC’s Work in Tanzania Supports a Better Economic Future for the United States.

    Posted by Daniel W. Yohannes on June 13, 2011

    Earlier this year, President Obama made clear in his State of the Union address that his focus is on winning the future – getting our economy going after the worst recession since the Great Depression, while laying the foundation for long-term economic growth and job creation.

    Some might wonder how an international development agency like the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) fits into this vision. America has always been a generous nation, and our moral leadership is reflected in MCC’s goal of reducing poverty through economic growth in developing countries. But MCC’s investments not only benefit poor people overseas, they are critically important to our future prosperity here at home.

    That fact is illustrated in Tanzania where MCC investments are both helping to reduce poverty and providing opportunities for American companies. In 2008, MCC signed a $698 million compact with Tanzania. Two American companies, Symbion Power and Pike Electric, were awarded — after an open, competitive bidding process — contracts to build more than 20 power sub-stations and install approximately 1,000 miles of power lines in Tanzania, which will provide electricity to over 330 communities previously without power.

    This weekend Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and I are visiting with these American entrepreneurs, who have used MCC-funded contracts as an opportunity to enter a new market and make their own investment in Tanzania.

    While still one of the poorest countries in the world, with a gross national income of approximately $500 per capita, Tanzania is among a group of relatively well-governed African nations that are moving in the right direction. Real GDP growth has been 6 percent or higher in Tanzania in every year over the last decade – even in the midst of the global financial crisis.

    In short, Tanzania is a next-generation emerging market that is a smart place to invest for American companies with an eye on the long term.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/13/how-mcc-s-work-tanzania-supports-better-economic-future-united-states

  16. CR says:

    President Obama Visits North Carolina’s Cree, Inc., and Meets with Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

    Posted by Jen Psaki on June 13, 2011

    Today, President Obama will travel to Durham, NC to meet with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council at the corporate and U.S. manufacturing headquarters of Cree, a leading manufacturer of energy efficient LED lighting. The President will tour Cree’s manufacturing facilities, deliver remarks and meet with the Jobs Council to discuss initiatives and policies to spur economic growth, promote job creation and accelerate hiring across the nation.

    The President’s Jobs and Competitiveness Council, led by GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt, is a group of business leaders from around the country that was created to provide non-partisan advice to the President on ways to strengthen the economy and ensure the competitiveness of the United States.

    Since its creation three months ago, the Jobs Council has worked on recommendations to address short-term, medium-term and long-term economic growth and job creation with a focus on high-growth sectors, areas of concentrated unemployment, and immediate impact opportunities, including manufacturing, construction, clean energy, healthcare, and tourism.

    The Jobs Council held their first meeting at the White House on February 24th, focusing on finding new ways to promote growth, encourage hiring, to educate and train our workers to compete globally, and attract the best jobs and businesses to the United States.

    Today, the Jobs Council will present their ideas to the President.

    You can watch the President’s meeting with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council live on http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/Live at 11:40 AM EDT.

    Jen Psaki is the White House Deputy Communications Director

  17. CR says:

    Gibbs to counter GOP debaters

    6/13/11 By MATT NEGRIN -POLITICO44

    President Obama’s first and former press secretary is going back on TV.

    The AP reports that Robert Gibbs, who left the White House in February, will be in New Hampshire on Monday to stick up for Obama as Republicans are expected to criticize the president at a debate there. Gibbs is expected to speak on network and local affiliate TV stations.

    Gibbs was at the White House last week to celebrate Auburn University’s football championship.

    • COS says:

      Good morning CR and friends. This post makes me so happy! I just saw a headline about Romney’s FB page pounding PBO “bump in the road” statement on jobs with his rainbow of supporters. I did not read the article. I pray to God that folks don’t get hoodwinked again by the republicans and jobs. Once greater highlights are shed on Romney’s record, I am sure people will see him for what he is or isn’t.

      I have my popcorn ready for the debate. :)

  18. CR says:

    The Week Ahead: Deficit talks times three

    6/13/11 By Cristina Marcos – TheHill

    (Excerpts)

    Deficit-reduction talks will heat up as much as the Washington summer temperatures this week as the deadline to raise the debt ceiling draws ever closer.

    The debt commission, led by Vice President Biden, will meet three times this week to continue negotiations to raise the debt ceiling. The group has only met sporadically since early May, and the members last met on Thursday. The first meeting of the week is scheduled for Tuesday.

    All sides are said to want a deal in place before Congress leaves for the July 4th recess.

    On Monday, Biden will make an appearance at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with White House budget director Jacob Lew to announce a proposal that would help federal agencies reduce wasteful spending.

    While both houses of Congress are in Washington this week, President Obama will travel widely, with stops in North Carolina, Florida and Puerto Rico. His visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday will be the first by a sitting president since 1961.

    The president and the first lady will headline multiple Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraisers this week. President Obama will attend one on Tuesday, and Michelle Obama will attend a total of four DNC events during her trip to California early in the week.

    MONDAY

    Biden will make an announcement regarding a new proposal to help federal agencies become more efficient. Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew will join Biden at the announcement.

    President Obama will visit the corporate and manufacturing headquarters of Cree, an LED lighting manufacturer, in Durham, N.C. He will tour Cree’s facility, deliver remarks and meet with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council.

    Later in the day, the president will travel to Miami, Fla. and stay overnight.

    The Senate meets at 2 p.m., with no votes scheduled. The House will also meet at 2 p.m. with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

    First lady Michelle Obama will speak at an event in Los Angeles for military families sponsored by entertainment industry workers, including the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America West.

    The first lady will also headline a DNC luncheon in Pasadena and a dinner in Los Angeles.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/165973-the-week-ahead-deficit-talks-times-three

  19. I was able to watch a few minutes of the President’s Jobs and Competitiveness Council. Our President is such a wonderful listener. He even tolerated the whiners.

    • COS says:

      Hey Jackie, it was very informative. I am so happy that they are bringing this to the forefront at this time to combat some of the lies being told by MSM and Romney. I am not sure who it was, but a lady gave a good report on growth in small businesses. If we listen to the media and thee republicans, you would think that not one job has been created. A lot of good ideas were also presented.

  20. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    1:45 PM EDT
    President Obama Speaks to workers at Cree, Inc. Durham, North Carolina

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN (video available later) http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/300002-1

    • CR says:

      June 13, 2011

      Remarks by the President at Cree, Inc., in Durham, North Carolina

      Cree, Inc., Durham, North Carolina

      1:53 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Please, everybody, have a seat. Thank you.

      It is good to be back in North Carolina. (Applause.) It’s great to be back at Cree. To all the employees at Cree, thank you so much for your outstanding work and hospitality. I actually visited this plant about three years ago. I was still running for office. Somebody in the plant showed me a picture of the two of us together — (laughter) — and I looked so much younger then. (Laughter.) But — so it’s true, I’ve got a lot more gray hair now than I did the last time I visited. But I have a better plane — (laughter) — so it’s a fair trade.

      Now, that day, a wonderful man gave me a heck of an introduction. He introduced himself by saying, “I am a Cree employee, and I help build the most energy-efficient LEDs in the world. That’s what I do.” And his name was David Jones. David is the guy with the picture. Where is David? David must be — there he is, David’s back there. (Applause.) As you can see, David is shy — (laughter) — and lacks enthusiasm — (laughter) — but nevertheless.

      So I got to see David looking at the new LED production line — which he now runs, by the way –- and it’s easy to see why you guys are so proud of what you do. This company has made amazing progress. And the technology at this company is growing in leaps and bounds. In fact, as I was talking to Chuck here at Cree, he was explaining how just since my last visit LEDs have become — how much more efficient have they become?

      MR. SWOBODA: Twice — doubled in efficiency.

      THE PRESIDENT: Doubled in efficiency just since my visit three years ago — just since my visit three years ago. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/13/remarks-president-cree-inc-durham-north-carolina

    • CR says:

      President Obama Presented Ideas to Accelerate Job Growth and America’s Competitiveness at Jobs Council Meeting

      Posted by Erin Lindsay on June 13, 2011
      Today, President Obama traveled to Durham, NC to meet with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council at the corporate and U.S. manufacturing headquarters of Cree, a leading manufacturer of energy efficient LED lighting. While at Cree, the President toured the company’s LED lighting product assembly facility, met with the Jobs Council and delivered remarks to Cree employees, Jobs Council members, local business owners and representatives from nearby engineering colleges and universities.

      The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is led by GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt and is composed of representatives from various sectors of the economy andleaders in diverse industries — people running large and small companies that represent millions of Americans helping the economy run every single day. The Jobs Council held their first meeting at the White House on February 24, 2011. At that time the Council committed to holding their second meeting outside of Washington, DC. Cree’s facility, located in the heart of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park area, was selected to hold the second meeting.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/13/president-obama-presented-ideas-accelerate-job-growth-and-america-s-competitiveness-

    • CR says:

      Visiting North Carolina, Obama Again Focuses on Jobs

      Uploaded by VOAvideo on Jun 13, 2011

      President Barack Obama is continuing to visit companies across the nation that he calls examples of how new technology and innovation help to add jobs to the U.S. economy. On Monday, he visited a company in Durham, North Carolina called Cree that makes energy saving LED lights. He also met with members of a special council that advises him on job creation efforts. VOA Senior White House Correspondent Dan Robinson reports.

  21. CR says:

    ECB’s Nowotny doesn’t see new U.S. recession: paper

    6/13/11 Michael Shields– Reuters

    VIENNA (Reuters) – European Central Bank Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny does not expect the U.S. economy to enter a double-dip recession and is more concerned about fast-growing developing markets, he told a newspaper.

    Asked by Austrian paper Kurier if he feared the United States would soon slip back into, recession, he said: “No. The U.S. economy will weaken, but I do not see the danger of a recession.

    “Developing markets such as China, India or Brazil are behind the dynamism of the global economy. In some countries here there are tendencies to overheat. If these countries have to adopt cooling measures this would be more dangerous for the global economy now than the U.S. economy.”

  22. CR says:

    GM to invest $20 million in Kansas City plant

    6/13/11 AP

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – General Motors Co. is adding $20 million in new technology to an assembly plant in Kansas City.

    The company says the Fairfax Assembly plant is getting new machinery and special tools to make the Buick LaCrosse with eAssist, a new hybrid technology that will boost the car’s fuel economy. The LaCrosse with eAssist goes on sale later this summer.

    GM said last month that it planned $2 billion in new investments at 17 facilities across the country. The Kansas City investment is part of that total.

    The Fairfax plant employs around 3,900 workers. It also makes the Chevrolet Malibu.

  23. CR says:

    Battle to contain Arizona wildfire continues, but some can return home

    June 13, 2011 By the CNN Wire Staff 2:28 p.m. EDT

    Firefighters have stopped the northward advance of the second-largest wildfire in recorded Arizona history and are now focusing on its eastern flank, crossing the New Mexico border to build suppression lines meant to starve the flames into submission, authorities said Monday.

    The Wallow Fire has burned 706 square miles, officials said Monday, up from 694 square miles the day before. The fire remains about 10% contained.

    Calmer winds were helping firefighters get the upper hand on the fire, which has been burning since late May, said Jerome MacDonald, the operations chief for the Southwest Incident Management team.

    Efforts to return residents to Greer, part of which was burned in the fire, are under way, said fire chief Mark Wade.

    “Greer is not as bad as a lot of people are making it sound,” he said.
    But he warned that there are dangerous obstacles that must be cleared and utilities to be restored before residents can be allowed back in.

    Residents were already moving back to the towns of Springerville and Eagar after authorities lifted evacuation orders on Saturday.

    For the entire article: http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/06/13/arizona.wildfires/index.html?section=cnn_latest

  24. CR says:

    Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    6/13/11 By The Associated Press – 34 mins ago

    SYRIA
    Syrians stream across the border into neighboring Turkey, finding sanctuary in refugee camps ringed by barbed wire and offering a frightening picture of life back home where a deadly crackdown on dissent is fueling a popular revolt. Turkey’s prime minister accuses Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime of “savagery,” but also says he would reach out to the Syrian leader to help solve the crisis. Still, many of the 6,000 refugees in Turkey say they expect their government to inflict only more violence and pain.
    ___

    YEMEN
    Yemen’s acting president agrees with opposition parties to begin discussions on how to transfer power from the country’s embattled president. The agreement provides for the opposition and President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ruling party to open a dialogue to find a way to ease Saleh out of office in accordance with proposals put forward by Yemen’s Gulf neighbors. Saleh has publicly accepted the proposals in the past, but has avoided implementing them. Saleh is being treated in Saudi Arabia for wounds he suffered in a rocket attack on his compound.
    ___

    LIBYA
    Libyan rebels break out toward Tripoli from the opposition-held port of Misrata 140 miles to the east, cracking a government siege as fighters across the country mount a resurgence in their four-month-old revolt against Moammar Gadhafi. The rebels gain a diplomatic boost as well when the visiting the German foreign minister says the nascent opposition government is “the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.” Guido Westerwelle was visiting Benghazi, the capital of the rebel-held east of the country, to open a liaison office and hand over medical supplies. Germany has refused to participate in NATO airstrikes in Libya and withheld its support for the U.N. resolution that allowed the attacks.
    ___

    EGYPT
    Friends and relatives of a U.S.-born Israeli arrested in Egypt on spy charges say he is a law student in Atlanta with an avid interest in the Mideast — and not a Mossad agent out to sabotage Egypt’s revolution, as Egyptian authorities claim. His mother says he arrived in Cairo only in May, countering implications that he was involved in protests as early as February. The arrest of 27-year-old Ilan Grapel sets off new fears in Israel that relations with Egypt will sour now that its longtime president, Hosni Mubarak, has been deposed.
    ___

    LEBANON
    Hezbollah and its allies rise to a position of unprecedented dominance in Lebanon’s government, giving patrons Syria and Iran greater sway in the Middle East. Lebanon’s prime minister announces a new Cabinet dominated by the militant group and its allies, after five months without a functioning government. The feat caps Hezbollah’s steady rise over decades from resistance force against Israel to Lebanon’s most powerful military and political power. Opponents of Hezbollah — which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization — say having Hezbollah in control of Lebanon’s government could lead to international isolation. The group’s most ardent supporters are Iran and Syria, which dominated Lebanon for 29 years.
    ___

    BAHRAIN
    A special security tribunal begins trials of 34 doctors and nurses accused of backing Shiite-led protests for greater rights and taking part in alleged anti-state plots at the country’s main public hospital. The mass trial is part of a surge of cases coming before the security court set up by Bahrain’s Sunni rulers, who are appealing for talks with opposition groups even while moving ahead with trials that have come under sharp criticism from rights groups.

  25. CR says:

    Military Spouses Get Help With Professional Licenses

    June 13, 2011 By Lisa Daniel- American Forces Press Service

    ARLINGTON, Va. – A Defense Department organization is making it easier for military spouses to maintain professional licenses as they move from state to state.

    State Liaison and Educational Opportunity, an office of military community and family policy here, today announced that 16 states have adopted laws, or are close to doing so, to make it easier for military spouses to work in their career fields.

    “It gets them to work faster, and that’s been our objective,” Marcus Beauregard, chief of the state liaison office and a retired Air Force officer, said in an interview with American Forces Press Service.

    States require licenses for practitioners in virtually every medical occupation, as well as teaching, social work, cosmetology and other fields, and the standards vary from state to state, Beauregard said. DOD’s state liaison office was created in 2004 to work with states to address military family issues, and the licensing problem has been among the top concerns of families, he said.

    Of working military spouses, 33 percent work in fields that require licenses, mostly nursing and teaching, Beauregard said.

    The state liaison office created a forum for spouses to discuss the licensing problems on its Facebook page. More than 100 spouses wrote in,
    describing licensing challenges ranging from the expense of having to license with a new state every two to three years to lengthy processes of certification that include much paperwork, training, waiting periods, internships and the like. Many found that by the time they could get through the process, it would be time to relocate again.

    “I gave up education as a profession because of all that was involved in obtaining licensure with each move,” a spouse wrote. “It was a difficult decision.”

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64285

  26. CR says:

    First Lady Michelle Obama to raise funds, talk with military families in Southland

    6/13/2011 Daily News Wire Services

    LOS ANGELES — First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to hold fundraising events for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in Pasadena and Bel Air today and speak in Beverly Hills on a panel about military service.
    A $1,000 per-person lunchtime fundraiser will take place at a home in Pasadena. Organizers expected about 500 people. For $10,000, a couple can have their picture taken with Obama and have “private time” with her, according to organizer Lena Kennedy.

    A $1,000 per person dinner will be held tonight in Bel Air, according to Wilshire and Washington, the political website of the entertainment trade newspaper Daily Variety.

    Obama will join Katherine Fugate, creator of the Lifetime series “Army Wives,” in a panel discussion on the unique challenges faced by military families.

    Obama is expected to share stories about the work of Joining Forces, an initiative she and Jill Biden, wife of vice president Joe Biden, started in April, intended to help volunteers who want to help military families find service opportunities.

    “You see, these women — and men — they are heroes,” Obama told a Long Beach crowd in October. “And it’s time that we recognize that the challenges they face and the obstacles they overcome and the contributions they make, all of that isn’t just a military issue. It’s an American issue.”

    For the entire article: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_18262752?source=rss

    • CR says:

      Stars Turn Out For First Lady’s Los Angeles Fundraiser; $1 Million Raised For Campaign

      JUNE 14, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

      First Lady Michelle Obama was on both sides of the camera on Monday in Hollywood, giving story advice to members of the Hollywood creative unions in the morning, and taping an episode of the hit Nickelodeon TV show iCarly in the afternoon. Mrs. Obama capped the day with more Hollywood, with a Democratic National Committee fundraising reception held at the gleaming, modernist mansion of interior decorator Michael Smith, who re-did the White House for the Obamas. It was attended by celebrities including talk show host Ellen Degeneres and her wife, actor Portia DeRossi; Drew Barrymore; Ryan Phillipe; Vanessa Williams and superstar writer/producer Brian Grazer.

      Also among the guests was Chad Griffin, who with Mrs. Obama’s current White House Director of Communications Kristina Schake, ran the LA-based strategic communications firm of Griffin|Schake, which was critically involved in the legal efforts to derail California’s anti-gay marriage law. When Mrs. Obama, during her remarks, mentioned her husband’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, there were huge cheers from the guests.

      For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/06/stars-turn-out-for-first-ladys-los.html

    • CR says:

      Thanks again Jackie! ;)

      —–

      Boosting energy efficiency in buildings will create 114,000 jobs, new report finds

      This cross-post is by Lane Burt, Technical Policy Director, U.S. Green Building Council.

      Jun 13, 2011 By Climate Guest Blogger – thinkprogress.org

      Today USGBC, with our partners at the Real Estate Roundtable and the Natural Resources Defense Council, released an analysis conducted by the Political Economy Research Institute that concludes that President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative (BBI) will create over 114,000 jobs.

      As background, the Better Buildings Initiative is a collection of legislative proposals and federal agency actions designed to encourage the efficiency improvement of commercial buildings. The President has recommended tax incentives, grant and challenge programs, and increasing the availability of financing for the improvements. The analysis covers the major components of the initiative: the tax incentives, the financing programs, and the grant programs.

      The full report is available at http://www.USGBC.org/advocacy/BBIJobs. Here’s what you need to know:

      * The Better Buildings Initiative would create more than 114,000 jobs.

      * The greatest jobs-creating impact – over 77,000 new jobs – would derive from a revised tax incentive to encourage building retrofits.

      * New job creation would ripple throughout the economy. New jobs would be created directly at construction sites, which in turn would spur more jobs in the manufacturing and service sectors.

      * The Better Buildings Initiative’s federal incentives are an investment to trigger private sector spending, which in turn produces widespread benefits. For example, tax incentives would encourage at least three times as much private investment to make buildings more efficient.

      * Businesses would save over $1.4 billion in energy bills as a result of retrofit projects spurred by the tax incentive, which would in turn be re-injected into the economy.

      For the entire article: http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/06/13/241403/energy-efficiency-buildings-will-create-114000-jobs-new-report/

  27. CR says:

    TooManyWebsites.gov

    Posted by Macon Phillips on June 13, 2011

    As the President points out in this video, our government doesn’t need a website dedicated to foresters who play the fiddle. We also don’t need multiple sites dealing with invasive plants (here and here). And I‘m pretty sure the website dedicated to the Centennial of Flight can come down… particularly since the Centennial was in 2003.

    As President Obama has said, we can’t win the future with a government of the past. How our government uses the internet to communicate and deliver services is an obvious and critical part of this modernization effort.

    Today, there are nearly 2,000 top-level federal .gov domains (this means a top-level url, [WEBSITENAME].gov, that links to a distinct website). This includes WhiteHouse.gov, as well as others like USDA.gov, USASpending.gov, NOAA.gov and USA.gov. Under many of these domains are smaller sub-sites and microsites resulting in an estimated 24,000 websites of varying purpose, design, navigation, usability, and accessibility.

    While many government websites each deliver value to the taxpayer through easy-to-use services and information, an overall online landscape of literally thousands of websites – each focusing on a specific topic or organization – can create confusion and inefficiency.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/13/toomanywebsitesgov

  28. Romney Talks to ABC News About Health Care, Jobs, Ties and Red Sox

    . . .

    On health care, Romney responded “yes” when asked if he would sign the plan written by Rep. Paul Ryan that would restructure Medicare if it reached his desk as President, but quickly added that he would be offering his own plan.

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/06/romney-talks-to-abc-news-about-health-care-jobs-ties-and-red-sox.html

  29. CR says:

    Volcano eruption in Eritrea cuts short Hillary Clinton visit
    Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, was forced to cut short a tour of Africa after an Eritrean volcano that has lain dormant since modern records began erupted.

    13 Jun 2011 By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg – telegraph.co.uk/

    The eruption of the Nabro volcano close to the east African country’s border with Ethiopia came at around midnight local time on Sunday and was preceded by a series of earthquakes, the most powerful with a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale.

    Plumes of ash were sent eight miles upwards into the air. The ash cloud has already seen the cancellation of flights to Eritrea and neighbouring Ethiopia, and is expected to cause severe disruption in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel, to the north.

    Mrs Clinton arrived in Ethiopia today to address a meeting of the 53-member of the African Union and meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
    But amid warnings that the Ethiopia’s aviation authorities were considering closing Addis Ababa’s main airport as the ash cloud headed to the capital, she cancelled a media briefing and flew home 24 hours early.

    For the entire article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/eritrea/8573676/Volcano-eruption-in-Eritrea-cuts-short-Hillary-Clinton-visit.html

  30. CR says:

    5:50 PM EDT
    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
    Florida, Miami, Private Residence

    Remarks to follow

    • CR says:

      June 13, 2011

      Remarks by the President at a DNC Event

      Private Residence
Miami, Florida

      
6:23 P.M. EDT

      
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) It is wonderful to see you. Steve, to you and Dorothea, thank you for the incredibly gracious introduction and for opening up this extraordinary home. We really appreciate it.

      To everybody who is here, all the co-hosts who helped make this event happen, thank you. To Debbie Wasserman Schultz, thank you for letting me in your district. (Applause.) If you’re in the foxhole, you want Debbie alongside you, because not only is she charming and has that dazzling smile, but she’s tough as nails. And that’s what’s needed during challenging times.

      You know, when I was taking photographs, Steve mentioned — he said, this must be really the toughest time to be President that I can recall. And Steve has known some Presidents. And what I told him was that there’s no doubt that the country has gone through an extraordinary trauma. And there are a lot of folks here who remember my first campaign, that were big supporters during the first campaign. We talked about the challenges that America had been going through for the previous decade — the job growth had been slow, that inequality was on the rise, that our school system had declined, that we didn’t have an energy strategy that was appropriate for the 21st century.

      All those challenges were worsened as a consequence of the financial crisis. And so people who were already struggling — middle-class families who were already treading water and trying to figure out how to get by when their income and wages had flat-lined, even though costs of everything from health care to college tuition to groceries and gas had gone up — they really took it even worse in the chin over the last couple of years.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/13/remarks-president-dnc-event

  31. CR says:

    Champions of Change: Making a Difference through Service and Innovation

    Posted by Marta Urquilla on June 13, 2011

    Ed. Note: Champions of Change is a weekly initiative to highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities and helping our country rise to meet the many challenges of the 21st century.

    Last week, we gathered fourteen inspirational citizens to hear about their tireless efforts to renew and strengthen their communities through service and innovation. We met in New Orleans, the host city for the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, an annual convening of over 4,000 people working to make a difference in the lives of others. President Barack Obama has called New Orleans a “symbol of resilience and community”—and what better place to highlight these Champions of Change than the Crescent City and the living laboratory for social innovation and civic participation that it has become.

    Each of this week’s Champions exemplifies our Administration’s firm belief that the best ideas really do come from outside of Washington—from local communities across the country where, everyday, individuals are taking on our most pressing social challenges and developing solutions that work. From a twelve-year old environmental activist to established and highly regarded non-profit leaders, these Champions are making an extraordinary impact in communities, in schools, and in the workplace. They are building homes, creating opportunities for young people, veterans, and immigrants, and helping disaster victims rebuild their lives. Through their actions, they demonstrate that citizen leadership is critical to “winning the future.” They are redefining civic participation in the 21st century.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/13/champions-change-making-difference-through-service-and-innovation

  32. CR says:

    June 13, 2011

    Remarks by the First Lady at a Joining Forces Entertainment Guilds Event

    Writer’s Guild of America Building, Los Angeles, California

    10:13 A.M. PDT

    MRS. OBAMA: My biggest thing — I didn’t fall coming down. (Laughter.) So I’m good, I’m good.

    Q Nicely done. So thank you so much for being here. This is so exciting. So just for any of you who aren’t aware, I’m on stage with the First Lady of the United States. (Laughter.) Just want that to be clear — what’s happening. (Laughter.)
    So how did you become involved in supporting military families?

    MRS. OBAMA: Well, it started on the campaign trail, my husband, running, for this office. (Laughter.) So when I first went out on the campaign trail, I wanted to spend a lot of time talking to working women because that was really my connection. I wanted to make sure that their voices were incorporated into the campaign, potentially into the administration, so I spent a lot of time traveling around the country meeting with groups of women.

    And as you mentioned, I didn’t come from a military background; didn’t know many people in the military. But at every one of these sessions — and they were great, intimate discussion groups — there were voices that I hadn’t heard before, and they were the voices of military spouses, many of them women, but many men.

    And if you imagine talking to women about the day-to-day struggles that we’re facing — trying to manage a career, trying to keep it all together, raise our kids, look good, stay fit, manage in a tough economic situation, all of that — and then you couple and you multiply that with several deployments, what military families go through — the average military kid has moved six times in their lives — you think about what it takes for a family to re-engage with one another after a deployment — it takes a while to reconnect and then you turn around and they have to be deployed again — spouses trying to maintain a career while moving all those times, trying to finish their own education — these stories took my breath away because they were so unfamiliar to me.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/13/remarks-first-lady-joining-forces-entertainment-guilds-event

    • CR says:

      June 13, 2011

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Joining Forces Entertainment Guilds Event

      Writer’s Guild of America Building, Los Angeles, California

      10:13 A.M. PDT

      MRS. OBAMA: My biggest thing — I didn’t fall coming down. (Laughter.) So I’m good, I’m good.

      Q Nicely done. So thank you so much for being here. This is so exciting. So just for any of you who aren’t aware, I’m on stage with the First Lady of the United States. (Laughter.) Just want that to be clear — what’s happening. (Laughter.)
      So how did you become involved in supporting military families?

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, it started on the campaign trail, my husband, running, for this office. (Laughter.) So when I first went out on the campaign trail, I wanted to spend a lot of time talking to working women because that was really my connection. I wanted to make sure that their voices were incorporated into the campaign, potentially into the administration, so I spent a lot of time traveling around the country meeting with groups of women.

      And as you mentioned, I didn’t come from a military background; didn’t know many people in the military. But at every one of these sessions — and they were great, intimate discussion groups — there were voices that I hadn’t heard before, and they were the voices of military spouses, many of them women, but many men.

      And if you imagine talking to women about the day-to-day struggles that we’re facing — trying to manage a career, trying to keep it all together, raise our kids, look good, stay fit, manage in a tough economic situation, all of that — and then you couple and you multiply that with several deployments, what military families go through — the average military kid has moved six times in their lives — you think about what it takes for a family to re-engage with one another after a deployment — it takes a while to reconnect and then you turn around and they have to be deployed again — spouses trying to maintain a career while moving all those times, trying to finish their own education — these stories took my breath away because they were so unfamiliar to me.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/13/remarks-first-lady-joining-forces-entertainment-guilds-event

      Entertainment Guild FLOTUS Joining Forces

      Producer and director J.J. Abrams, from left, first lady Michelle Obama, Capt. Kelly Smith of the California Air National Guard, Bobby Jarman, a retired Army Sgt, and Arnita Moore a Marine wife talk during a panel discussion hosted by Entertainment Guilds in Beverly Hills, Calif., Monday, June 13, 2011. The Joining Forces event discussed the stories and issues of today’s military families so that their experiences can be integrated into film, television and digital media. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    • CR says:

      June 14, 2011

      Remarks by the First Lady at a DNC event

      Private Residence, Los Angeles, California

      7:36 P.M. PDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, that was so nice! Sheesh. (Applause.) Thank you so much. It is a real pleasure to be here with all of you tonight in this beautiful setting at the home of two of my favorite people in the whole wide world. And when you’re my age, you don’t often run into new people that you just sort of click with. But Michael and James have been just a true blessing to our family. I mean, imagine moving to this new house — it’s a little more than a house — not knowing where stuff goes, how it works, and Michael just — he has the right temperament, because believe it or not, the President has opinions about his drapes. (Laughter.) And Michael is very patient with him in a very humorous way. It’s a very good balance. It’s very interesting to watch.

      But I want to thank them for generously hosting us at this beautiful home in this beautiful setting. Thank you guys. You are amazing. Well done. (Applause.)

      I also want to recognize all of the National Finance Committee members here. Yay, you all. (Applause.) Firing it up. You made this event such a tremendous success, and we couldn’t do this without you. We are truly, truly grateful and proud because all of you are good, solid people, as well. So thank you.

      And finally I want to thank all of you for being here tonight. I’m thrilled to see so many new faces. That is always good. And I’m thrilled to see so many folks who have been with us right from the beginning; folks who have been through all of the ups and the downs and the nail-biting moments along the way, because there have been many.

      And tonight, as we look ahead to the next part of this amazing journey, I can’t help but think back to how it all began.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/14/remarks-first-lady-dnc-event

  33. CR says:

    Firefighters turn corner on massive Arizona blaze

    6/13/11 By Zelie Pollon – 1 hr 27 mins ago

    LUNA, New Mexico (Reuters) – Forest fire officials in eastern Arizona said on Monday they have turned the corner in a 16-day battle against a monster blaze that has destroyed dozens of homes and scorched an area more than double the size of Dallas, Texas.

    Some 4,300 firefighters have largely halted the fire’s advance on populated areas in and around the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, though nearly 2,000 residents remained displaced from a handful of evacuated towns near New Mexico, fire authorities said.

    By daybreak, ground crews working with bulldozers and hand tools had carved containment lines around 10 percent of the Wallow Fire perimeter, mostly between its eastern flank and communities on either side of the Arizona-New Mexico line.

    Firefighters also carried out extensive controlled burns of tinder-dry brush and trees to remove them as potential fuel for advancing flames.

    Winds that have helped fan the fire through thick, parched forests died down again on Monday, allowing more than a dozen water-dropping helicopters to stay aloft, joined by five airplane tankers carrying payloads of fire retardant.

    “We’re gaining an upper hand, in terms of getting some lines around the fire and making sure those lines are secure,” U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Suzanne Flory, on the Arizona side of the border, told Reuters.

    Betsy Coffee, a fire information officer at a staging area in Reserve, New Mexico, also was upbeat.

    “We’re definitely turning a corner,” she said. “Our fire progression map has hardly changed.”

    The New Mexico village of Luna, an enclave about 200 people within 10 miles of the Arizona state line and about 15 miles from the eastern edge of the fire, appeared to be out of immediate danger, Coffee said.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/1XJv6

  34. CR says:

    Taking a Stand against Elder Abuse

    Posted by Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Department of Health and Human Services on June 13, 2011

    June 15th, 2011 marks the 6th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This is an important opportunity for Americans and people around the world to recommit ourselves to ending elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

    Elder abuse, like domestic violence and child abuse, is a public health crisis that crosses all socio-economic lines. Millions of older Americans are abused, neglected, or exploited each year – often by someone they know – and an estimated 84 percent of these incidents are not reported.

    Elder abuse and exploitation is an issue that must be addressed. As Americans enjoy longer lives and the senior population continues to grow, abuse will likely grow with it. And, sadly, during hard economic times the prevalence of financial exploitation increases.

    One way this administration is committed to fighting elder abuse is through the Elder Justice Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last year. The Elder Justice Act provides the first-ever authorization of Federal resources for adult protective services demonstrations to test the best methods of identifying, responding to, and preventing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. In fact, the President’s 2012 Budget proposes $16.5 million in first-time funding for this purpose.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/13/taking-stand-against-elder-abuse

  35. COS says:

    I wish that we could see brave republicans stand up for PBO, like this guy, a lot more.

    http://www.renwl.org/racist-obama-imagery-causes-prominent-black-republican-to-leave-gop/12999/

    • CR says:

      Thank you Mr. Ken Barnes for having President Obama’s back!

      Because the GOP party decides to allow nasty videos, photos and articles to appear in the name of their party is why there are defectors and many “Republicans for Obama” .

    • COS says:

      Thanks Jackie. I am watching now.

    • CR says:

      June 13, 2011

      Remarks by the President at a DNC Event
      Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami, Florida

      7:50 P.M. EDT

      
 THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Miami! (Applause.) It’s good to see you. (Applause.) It is good to be back in Miami. (Applause.) Thank you, thank you, everybody. Thank you. Everybody have a seat. Have a seat.

      What do you guys think of our new DNC chair? (Applause.) Debbie Wasserman Schultz. We are so thrilled to have her. You want Debbie on your side. (Applause.) She’s a mom, she’s got that cute smile and all that, but she is tough. Don’t mess with Debbie. (Laughter.) We are so glad of her leadership.

      I know that a lot of folks have already been acknowledged. I want to make sure to mention resident commissioner Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico. Where is he? Pedro, are you still here? There he is right there. (Applause.)

      Adrienne Arsht, thank you so much for everything that you’ve done for the civic life in Miami. (Applause.) Our Florida finance chair, Kirk Wager, is here. (Applause.) Founding co-chair of Gen44, Andrew Korge, is here. (Applause.) Alonzo Mourning is in the house. (Applause.) And, look, he’s not from Miami, but he’s got 11 championships, so I’ve got to mention Bill Russell is in the house. (Applause.) Bill Russell — greatest champion of all time in team sports in North America right here. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/13/remarks-president-dnc-event-1

    • CR says:

      June 13, 2011

      Remarks by the President at a DNC event
      Private Residence, Miami, Florida

      8:51 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Everybody please have a seat, have a seat.

      I am among a lot of friends here tonight, and it is just wonderful to be back in Miami. I’m sorry about the Heat. (Laughter.) You know, my Bulls didn’t get there either. We’ll be back — both of our teams will be back in the Eastern Conference finals, and one of our teams will win the finals next year. And I’ll just leave it at that. (Laughter.)

      I want to thank J.P. and Maggie for opening up their incredible home. And to their daughters, thank you guys for letting us crash your pad here. (Laughter.) I told J.P. and Maggie that I am big on daughters, as you might imagine, and I think having such poised young ladies, that reflects very well on Mom. (Laughter.) We don’t really have anything to do with it. All we can do is screw it up. (Laughter.)

      But they have hosted Michelle here as well, and I said that they’re just going to have to do with me tonight because anybody who’s had a chance to spend time with Michelle knows who the real star of the family is.

      We have gone through an incredible journey over the last two and a half years. And many of you were with me very early in that journey when people couldn’t pronounce my name. And I think back to that night in Grant Park when it was clear that I had won the presidency, and it was a night of such hope and such promise. I tried to warn people, I explained to them, this isn’t the end, this is just the beginning.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/13/remarks-president-dnc-event-0

  36. CR says:

    Connecting with Personal Finance Sites

    Posted by Sarah Bernard on June 13, 2011

    Last Wednesday, the White House gathered a group of editors and writers from an array of personal finance and financial news websites for an afternoon of policy briefings and candid dialogue around ways to communicate more effecitvely with citizens online who are feeling their wallets pinched in these economic times.

    Much of the afternoon involved a variety of policy briefings from senior officials including CEA Chair Austan Goolsbee adressing the economic recovery, CTO Aneesh Chopra explaining the Startup America Partnership, policy advisor Heather Zichal speaking to gas prices and the Administration’s energy policy, Elizabeth Warren providing a consumer protections update, and NEC Director Gene Sperling covering fiscal policy. President Obama surprised the group by dropping by to welcome guests and take a few questions.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/13/connecting-personal-finance-sites

  37. CR says:

    Office of the First Lady

    June 13, 2011
    Remarks by the First Lady at a DNC event

    Ann and Robert Hamilton Residence, Pasadena, California

    12:42 P.M. PDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Well, goodness, that was good. How’s everybody doing? You all, thank you so much. This is a real thrill for me. It’s a pleasure to be here, to be back. I remember so well being here — gosh, how long ago was that? Was that two years ago? It was 2009, and I remember we were sitting — was it right about here? We had two big chairs and we were sort of the king and queen of Pasadena. It was kind of cool. (Laughter.)

    So it is great to be back. I want to start by thanking Lena for that very kind introduction and more importantly for her outstanding work today and every day. She has been a real friend and supporter to both me and to the President, and we are grateful for her friendship, for her dedication, for her passion. And let’s give her a round of applause. (Applause.)

    Yes, everyone, please feel free to sit. It’s hot out here. It’s nice and sunny. Everybody, sit and rest.

    I also want to recognize Ann and Robert Hamilton and their huge and beautiful family, for their incredible generosity in hosting us at their beautiful home. Thank you again, Ann. Thank you, Robert. You all have been tremendous to us, as well.

    And I also understand that Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn is here. Is she here? Hey, Janice, if you’re here. (Laughter.) I know that she’s going to make a terrific member of Congress, but I’m glad that she is working hard on behalf of the people here.

    I also want to thank all of the National Finance Committee members for making this event such a tremendous success. This is a terrific turnout. You all are amazing. Way to go. Keep it up.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/13/remarks-first-lady-dnc-event

  38. COS says:

    No offense to anyone but the audience in the GOP debate look just like the audience at the GOP 2008 convention. I did not see any people of color there.

  39. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden meets with senior advisers in the morning.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM

    9:30 AM
    The President departs Miami, Florida en route San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Miami International Airport
    Open Press

    9:40 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee breakfast in Oakland and luncheon in San Francisco covered by print pools.

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:45 AM
    The President arrives in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport
    Open Press

    11:55 AM
    The President delivers brief remarks at a welcome event
    Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport
    Open Press

    12:00 PM
    12:55 PM
    The President visits La Fortaleza
    Travel Pool Coverage

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    Vice President Biden hosts a meeting at with a bipartisan group of Congressional lawmakers to work on a legislative framework for comprehensive deficit reduction.

    2:55 PM
    The President is interviewed by El Nuevo Día and Univision of Puerto Rico
    Caribe Hilton
    Closed Press

    3:00 PM
    3:50 PM
    The President attends a DNC event
    Caribe Hilton
    Closed Press

    4:00 PM
    4:40 PM
    The President departs San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport
    Open Press

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:05 PM
    The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews
    Travel Pool Coverage

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      June 14, 2011

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

      11:00 AM EDT
      US-International Women in Science Dialogue
      The White House

      11:55 AM EDT
      The President delivers brief remarks at a welcome event
      Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (Audio Only)

      3:50 PM EDT
      The President attends a DNC event
      Caribe Hilton

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:30 AM EDT
      The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on “Achieving Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending.” Witnesses are yet to be announced.

      10:00 AM EDT
      A House Financial Services subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Does the Dodd-Frank Act End ‘Too Big to Fail’?”

      10:00 AM EDT
      Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Yucca Mountain

      10:30 AM EDT
      Counterfeit goods briefing
      Congressional leaders brief reporters on an investigation into counterfeit goods in the Pentagon supply chain.

      11:00 AM EDT
      Senate will consider the nominations of Claire Cecchi to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey and Esther Salas to U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. Later in the afternoon the Senate will resume consideration of Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011, which will include an amendment sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to repeal the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit.

      11:55 AM EDT
      The President delivers brief remarks at a welcome event
      Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen.

      2:00 PM EDT
      Pentagon briefing
      Defense Department officials brief reporters to discuss the Pentagon’s operational energy strategy.

      2:30 PM EDT
      Senate Committee Commerce, Science and Transportation
      U.S. Rail Security
      Kay Hutchison; John Rockefeller

      8:05 PM EDT
      President Obama arrives at Andrews Air Force Base after spending part of his day in Puerto Rico.

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:30 AM EDT
      The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on “Achieving Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending.”

      10:00 AM EDT
      A House Financial Services subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Does the Dodd-Frank Act End ‘Too Big to Fail’?”

      10:00 AM EDT
      Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Yucca Mountain http://www.cspan.org/Events/Nuclear-Waste-at-Yucca-Mountain-in-Nevada/10737422230/

      10:00 AM EDT
      Committee Examines Federal Wildfire Management http://www.cspan.org/Events/Committee-Examines-Federal-Wildfire-Management/10737422238/

      10:30 AM EDT
      Counterfeit goods briefing
      Congressional leaders brief reporters on an investigation into counterfeit goods in the Pentagon supply chain.

      11:00 AM EDT
      Senate will consider the nominations of Claire Cecchi to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey and Esther Salas to U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. Later in the afternoon the Senate will resume consideration of Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011, which will include an amendment sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to repeal the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit.

      11:55 AM EDT
      The President delivers brief remarks at a welcome event
      Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/300029-1

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen.

      2:30 PM EDT
      Senate Committee Commerce, Science and Transportation
      U.S. Rail Security
      Kay Hutchison; John Rockefeller http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/300028-1

      2:00 PM EDT
      Pentagon briefing
      Defense Department officials brief reporters to discuss the Pentagon’s operational energy strategy.

      2:30 PM EDT
      Bernanke, Administration, Lawmakers Look at Deficit http://www.cspan.org/Events/Bernanke-Administration-Lawmakers-Look-at-Deficit/10737422221/

      Department of Defense http://www.defense.gov/live/

      11:00 AM EDT
      Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates provides remarks during the 236th birthday of the Army at the Pentagon.

      2:00 PM EDT
      Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn and Sharon Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, discuss the Defense Department’s Operational Energy Strategy at the Pentagon.

      Department of State http://www.state.gov/

      10:15 AM EDT
      Eric Schwartz, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration, will hold a conversation with George Rupp, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

      Middle East Protest

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

  40. CR says:

    Flag Day

    In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
    In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

    Observance of Flag Day
    The week of June 14 is designated as “National Flag Week.” During National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week.

    For the entire article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_Day_(United_States)

    Flag Day

    • CR says:

      June 10, 2011

      Presidential Proclamation–Flag Day and National Flag Week

      On June 14, 1777, the Second Constitutional Congress adopted a flag with thirteen stripes and thirteen stars to represent our Nation, one star for each of our founding colonies. The stars were set upon a blue field, in the words of the Congress’s resolution, “representing a new constellation” in the night sky. What was then a fledgling democracy has flourished and expanded, as we constantly strive toward a more perfect Union.

      Through the successes and struggles we have faced, the American flag has been ever present. It has flown on our ships and military bases around the world as we continue to defend liberty and democracy abroad. It has been raised in yards and on porches across America on days of celebration, and as a sign of our shared heritage. And it is lowered on days of remembrance to honor fallen service members and public servants; or when tragedy strikes and we join together in mourning. Our flag is the mark of one country, one people, uniting under one banner.

      When the American flag soars, so too does our Nation and the ideals it stands for. We remain committed to defending the liberties and freedoms it represents, and we give special thanks to the members of the Armed Forces who wear our flag proudly. On Flag Day, and during National Flag Week, we celebrate the powerful beacon of hope that our flag has become for us all, and for people around the world.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/10/presidential-proclamation-flag-day-and-national-flag-week

    • CR says:

      STARS AND STRIPES (and kindlier gripes)

      Words and Music by ACFisk (ASCAP) and RMBrown (Socan)

      Give us stars for our right to assemble
      and for free speech in venting our spleen
      doesn’t matter at all our political stripes –
      the far left, the far right, in-between

      There’s the usual Dems and Republicans
      but branching out further from there
      at each end of our widening spectrum
      complex heartfelt issues all air

      Deep concerns leave many quite angry
      bitter rivals won’t always sway
      but our mainstream agree that malice is not
      the truly American Way

      So let us have cooler behavior
      our forefathers now remind…
      spiteful action is quite far beneath us
      in a nation intrinsically kind

      Let vitriol fall by the wayside
      fine manners once again flair
      Agree to respectfully disagree on
      common good & what’s basically fair.

      Opponents debating each other
      minus hate in our land of the free
      with One great and timeless reminder
      Love of neighbor has always been key

      Our empathy’s ever praised worldwide
      we’re admired for our caring so true
      ‘neath our own stars and stripes
      let’s have kindlier gripes
      for our beautiful Red, White and Blue.

      —–

      STARS AND STRIPES “and kindlier gripes”

      Uploaded by TheSongsculptor on Feb 18, 2011

  41. CR says:

    Puerto Rico 4 Obama

    President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico

    For over a century, the people of Puerto Rico and the United States have woven a lasting political, economic, social, and cultural relationship. Today, this relationship is strengthened and renewed by more than four million U.S. citizens who call Puerto Rico home and nearly equal number of Puerto Ricans living on the mainland who travel back to Puerto Rico for business, vacation, or visits to see family and friends. We honor their contributions to the Nation and welcome their vigorous participation in helping to develop, shape, and implement the recommendations presented in this Report.

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, MARCH 11, 2011

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/iga/puerto-rico

    • CR says:

      Obama courting Puerto Ricans at home and abroad

      6/13/11 By BEN FOX and LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ- Associated Press

      SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Cheering crowds in the steamy tropical heat are expected Tuesday when President Barack Obama makes a rare presidential visit to Puerto Rico.

      But the nearly 4 million U.S. citizens who live on the island and can’t vote in the general election aren’t really the point.

      Organizers are hoping this trip, the first in decades by a president to the U.S. Caribbean territory, will generate good will on the mainland, particularly in Florida, where the fast-growing Hispanic population will be essential to Obama’s re-election effort in 2012.

      “The past decade has witnessed a staggering growth in the Puerto Rican community,” said Andres W. Lopez, a member of the Democratic Central Committee who helped organize the visit. “They have become the quintessential battleground community in the nation’s battleground state.”

      There are almost a million more Puerto Ricans on the mainland than on the island. They long had been concentrated in the Northeast, but the 2010 census shows that Florida is in second place, with about 841,000, mostly in the Orlando area. These transplants tend to be younger and more educated than their counterparts in established communities in places such as Hartford, Conn., and New York. As more recent arrivals they also tend to have closer ties to family back home.

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

    • CR says:

      Kennedy Obama banner in Puerto Rico

      A huge banner hailing the President Obama’s visit hung on a building in downtown San Juan, Puerto Rico. Obama’s June 14 trip marks the first visit to the U.S. Territory by a sitting U.S. President since Kennedy’s 1961 visit.

  42. CR says:

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

  43. Good morning CR and O’Family. HOPE you all have a terrific Tuesday.

    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

  44. CR says:

    Next Up…

    9:40 AM EDT
    First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee breakfast in Oakland and luncheon in San Francisco covered by print pools.

    • CR says:

      June 14, 2011

      Remarks by the First Lady at DNC event

      Claremont Hotel
      Berkeley, California

      10:21 A.M. PDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness. (Applause.) Thank you so much. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness. (Applause.) Now, this is the way you start your day, right? (Applause.) You all, thank you so much. Please rest yourselves. (Laughter.) I want to make sure you have some energy to work. (Laughter.)

      Thank you again. It is a pleasure, it is a thrill to be with all of you this morning. And I have to start by thanking one of my dear friends not just for that kind introduction — because that was really nice — (laughter) — but for her leadership in Washington, for her outstanding work to make today such a success — she really pulled it all in for this one — but more importantly she has been a real friend to me in Washington, because you have those people at these events where you can just kind of pull aside and go, “Whew, goodness!” (Laughter.) That’s Barbara for me.

      And she talks about the nutrition legislation as a victory for me. No, no. This wouldn’t have happened without her. Barbara is always focused on her base. She is always fighting tooth and nail to do the right thing. And we are just so grateful for your friendship, your leadership, your support. We love you. Let’s give Barbara another round of applause (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.)

      And of course I have to recognize the fabulous Alice Waters for preparing this delicious breakfast I didn’t get to eat, but it’s okay. (Laughter.) They don’t let me eat at these things. (Laughter.) Just keep moving. But I can only imagine — (laughter) — because it was at one of the first fundraising lunches in Chicago that Alice did for me, where it began the spark of understanding this issue. And thank you for that. Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for laying the foundation for this issue and so many others. We are so grateful. I’m proud to call you a supporter and a friend. Thank you so much, Alice. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/14/remarks-first-lady-dnc-event-0

    • CR says:

      Alice Waters to Cater First Lady’s Event
      The First Lady will be eating a lot and early during next week’s visit, courtesy her friend Alice Waters

      Jun 7, 2011 By Lori Preuitt and Sajid Farooq – .nbcbayarea.com

      First Lady Michelle Obama will be in the Bay Area next week raising money for the Democratic Party and her husband’s reelection campaign.

      Michelle Obama will host two breakfast events next Tuesday in the East Bay. There are reports she may hold a third lunch event in San Francisco later in the day.

      First up is an early morning gathering at the Golden State Warriors’ practice arena in Oakland. Then she will host a breakfast at Berkeley’s Claremont Hotel. General seating starts at $1,000.

      The food at both East Bay events will be prepared by Bay Area chef Alice Waters. Waters and the Obamas are close. You may remember Waters helped the first family plant a garden in the backyard of the White House.
      Waters will serve a locally produced breakfast of course.

      According to the Bay Citizen the meal will feature organic ingredients from local farmers and purveyors and will specifically include garlic toast.
      Congresswoman Barbara Lee will be there. Lee said the East Bay will be sure to put out the welcome mat.

      “I’m delighted that the First Lady has accepted my invitation to visit the East Bay,” said Lee. “We plan to provide a very warm welcome to her next week.”
      The visit comes just two months after Mr. Obama visited the Bay Area to raise money for his re-election campaign and just eight months after the First Lady was last here raising money for the Democrats.

      For the entire article: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/First-Lady-Should-Arrive-Hungry-for-Bay-Area-Visit-123398703.html

  45. CR says:

    June 14, 2011

    Remarks by the First Lady at a DNC event

    Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco, California

    12:36 P.M. PDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Thank you everyone. (Applause.) You all are so sweet. (Applause.) Thank you so much. (Applause.) Please sit down, as I said in Oakland. (Laughter.) We don’t want you to — you’re too tired. You got to work. (Laughter.) So rest.

    I’m thrilled to be here. It is a pleasure. And I want to start by thanking Marie for that truly wonderful introduction, her story, her successes, her connections. We need to give her a round of applause for all that she has done — (applause) — in her life and all that she has done for the campaign.

    And I also want to recognize Janet and Clint for hosting us here in this beautiful space. Thank you both. (Applause.) Two beautiful daughters, as well. Reminds me of the challenges I face at home with my two. (Laughter.) I almost got lost — I wasn’t talking about politics or anything. I wanted to find out, are you all arguing all the time? (Laughter.) But they’re very sweet and a wonderful family. Thank you all so much.

    And I also — I’m not sure — Mayor Lee is here hopefully? Are you there, Mayor? Where? How are you? (Applause.) Thank you so much for your leadership. Thank you for being here.

    My dear friend — I call him “my other husband,” Paul Pelosi — (laughter) — is also here. (Applause.) Paul — you know what, I call him that because Paul is always at my things. He comes — I could be in, you know, another part of the world. It’s like, Paul’s here. (Laughter.) It’s like, well, how did you get here? (Laughter.) But I am always happy to see him. He has been such a great support. And he represents this state and this country so well. He is a wonderful man. Thank you, Paul. Thank you again for being here.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/14/remarks-first-lady-dnc-event-1

  46. CR says:

    Conversations with America – Helping the World’s Refugees

    Office of the Department of State Spokesperson
    Washington, DC

    June 10, 2011

    On Tuesday, June 14, 2011, Eric Schwartz, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration, will hold a conversation with George Rupp, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, on “Helping the World’s Refugees.” The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and streamed live on DipNote, the Department of State’s official blog, at 10:15 a.m. ET. Members of the general public are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast.

    6/14/11
    Department of State
    10:15 AM EDT http://www.state.gov/

  47. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:00 AM EDT
    US-International Women in Science Dialogue
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      U.S. – International Dialogue on Women in STEM Livecast Tomorrow 6/14, 11 a.m EDT

      Posted by Lauren Andersen on June 13, 2011

      President Obama has made clear that as part of his commitment to “restore science to its rightful place” the United States needs to do more to engage young people and underrepresented groups in the pursuit of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers.

      Although women represent a majority of college graduates in the United States, they still constitute a significant minority of those receiving STEM degrees. The Obama Administration is committed to increasing their participation by encouraging, supporting, and retaining women who will play a driving role in advancing the science and technologies of the future.

      Tomorrow, the White House will invite 16 women scientists representing a number of countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America to participate in a dialogue with senior women scientists from across the Administration on increasing the number of Women in STEM fields. Having traveled from various parts of the globe to take part in the State Department’s Changing Mindsets Symposium, these visiting scientists will share their experiences and impressions on best practices for engaging women and girls in this critical arena.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/13/us-international-dialogue-women-stem-livecast-tomorrow-614-11-am-edt

    • CR says:

      US-International Women in Science Dialogue

      From: whitehouse | Jun 14, 2011

      Sixteen women scientists representing a number of countries participate in a dialogue with senior women scientists from across the Administration on how to increase the number of women in science, technology, engineering and math. June 14, 2011.

  48. Rapid response ad about the Republican debate.

  49. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:55 AM EDT
    The President delivers brief remarks at a welcome event
    Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN (video available later) http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/300029-1

    • CR says:

      June 14, 2011

      Remarks by the President at a Welcome Event in San Juan, Puerto Rico

      Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport
      San Juan, Puerto Rico

      11:43 A.M. AST

      THE PRESIDENT: Buenas tardes! (Applause.) It is good to be back in Puerto Rico. (Applause.) It is great to see so many familiar faces, so many advocates for the island. First of all, I want to acknowledge Congressman Pierluisi is here. Where is he? Right over there. (Applause.) My great friend, Andres Lopez. (Applause.) Franciso Pavia. (Applause.) Senator Bhatia. (Applause.) Governor Fortuno. (Applause.) And I know that we’ve got some former governors here today, along with leaders of local parties, and of the House and the Senate.

      I am so grateful for the unbelievable reception. As you know, the last President to come to San Juan and address the people of Puerto Rico was John F. Kennedy, nearly 50 years ago. (Applause.) Now, at the time, I was about four months old — (laughter) — so my memory of this visit is a little hazy. What I do remember is that when I came here to campaign, I promised that I would return as President of the United States. (Applause.) And although my hair is a little grayer — (applause) — than during my first visit, I am glad to be able to keep that promise to the people of Puerto Rico. (Applause.)

      But this is only one part of my commitment to families here on the island. Because when I ran for President, I promised to include Puerto Rico not just on my itinerary, but also in my vision of where our country needs to go. And I am proud to say that we’ve kept that promise, too.

      First of all, we’ve addressed the question of political status. In March, a report from our presidential task force on Puerto Rican status provided a meaningful way forward on this question so that the residents of the island can determine their own future. And when the people of Puerto Rico make a clear decision, my administration will stand by you. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/14/remarks-president-welcome-event-san-juan-puerto-rico

    • CR says:

      POTUS eschews cerveza with lunch

      6/14/11 JULIE MASON – POLITICO

      After his official duties this morning at the governor’s mansion in Puerto Rico, President Obama made an unscheduled lunch stop in Old San Juan.

      Joined by Alejandro Garcia Padilla, a local Democratic official, the president surprised diners at Kasalta, a local restaurant in Ocean Park.

      “We got to try some food,” the president said. Reading the menu posted on the wall, he said: “This looks pretty good. What do we got here?”

      Pool members report that he apparently ordered the medianoche sandwich. The medianoche, named for the time of night a person starts to crave one, is a variation on the Cuban sandwich, and its origins trace back to Cuba. A local resident told the pool that Kasalta draws a Cuban clientele.

      Obama considered his drink order. “I can’t have beer in front of the press,’’ he said, laughing. “I’ve got to wait till I get home to have a beer.” He settled on bottled water.

      Insisting he pay, POTUS pulled a few $20s from his pocket, gave them to the cashier and said, “Keep the change.”

      Obama sat at a table with Padilla and chatted, while photographers, restaurant patrons and employees watched and Secret Service stood guard.

  50. CR says:

    Army 236 Birthday

    America’s Army: ‘The strength of the nation’ for 236 years

    6/13/11 Erin O. Stattel, Army News Service

    ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, May 25, 2011) — War fighting and humanitarian assistance are just a few of the roles some one million members of the U.S. Army play today, and has been for more than two hundred years.

    The Army celebrates its 236th birthday this year, and the milestone calls for a full lineup of events to commemorate the many roles the Army fulfills, the most important being the strength of the nation.

    “From the first battles at Lexington and Concord to the streets of Mosul and Kandahar, Soldiers have always defended freedom and epitomized what is best about America,” said the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.

    Dempsey said that as the Army moves forward it will continue to be the strength of the nation.

    “We will remain the nation’s decisive force, the clearest symbol of America’s commitment to freedom and the country’s preeminent leadership experience,” he said. “We will remain America’s Army, the strength of the nation.”

    For the entire article: http://www.army.mil/article/58796/America_s_Army___The_strength_of_the_nation__for_236_years/

    • CR says:

      Innovation, Flexibility Core of Army Success, Gates Says

      June 14, 2011 By Jim Garamone – American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON, – Innovation, dynamism and flexibility must remain the hallmarks of the U.S. Army, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

      Gates spoke during a Pentagon ceremony honoring soldiers on the 236th birthday of the Army.

      Gates, who recently returned from visiting service members in Afghanistan, praised the spirit of innovation in the Army. The lesson of history is that leaders must encourage such thinking.

      As an example, the secretary cited the experiences of D-Day in 1944.
      “One of the most deadly obstacles U.S. soldiers faced as they pressed inland from the beaches of France were hedgerows so thick and tough that allied tanks would ride, not through, but right on top of them, losing traction and exposing their vulnerable underbellies to German fire,” he said.
      Army Sgt. Curtis G. Culin, a cavalry non commissioned officer with the 2nd Armored Division, “had the brilliant idea of fashioning iron bars, scavenged from German anti-landing craft fortifications, into tank-mounted hedgerow cutters,” Gates said.

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64313

    • CR says:

      Army Birthday Message

      From: DODvClips | Jun 13, 2011

      Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey offers an Army Birthday message for the entire, extended Army.

    • CR says:

      Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates honored the 236th birthday of the Army at the Pentagon, June 14, 2011.

      Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates honored the 236th birthday of the Army at the Pentagon, June 14, 2011.

  51. CR says:

    One Month Of Bad Data. Stop the Bull$hi$! We Are Not on the Verge of a Great, Great Depression!

    13 Jun 2011 Posted by TiMT

    Some people would go the extra mile to sweep the progress made by this Administration under the rug. Well, they have a reputation of doing that day-in and day-out. In fact, it appears like they have a search engine built to find and flags bad news, articles, quotes and narratives and they put it all together as facts and HEY if some media personality say it, it must be the reality. Bullshit!

    For the entire article: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/06/one-months-of-bad-data-heck-we-are-not.html

  52. CR says:

    June 14, 2011

    Notice from the President on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Belarus

    NOTICE

    – - – - – - – - – -

    CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE ACTIONS AND POLICIES OF CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF BELARUS AND OTHER PERSONS TO UNDERMINE BELARUS DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES OR INSTITUTIONS

    On June 16, 2006, by Executive Order 13405, the President declared a national emergency and ordered related measures blocking the property of certain persons undermining democratic processes or institutions in Belarus, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706). The President took this action to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons to undermine Belarus democratic processes or institutions; to commit human rights abuses related to political repression, including detentions and disappearances; and to engage in public corruption, including by diverting or misusing Belarusian public assets or by misusing public authority.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/14/notice-president-continuation-national-emergency-respect-belarus

    • CR says:

      June 14, 2011

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

      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 and related measures blocking the property of certain persons undermining democratic processes or institutions in Belarus are to continue in effect beyond June 16, 2011.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/14/message-president-continuation-national-emergency-respect-belarus

  53. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good Tuesday and Happy Flag Day CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  54. CR says:

    Illiterate Somali soldier killed Qaida operative

    6/14/11 By MALKHADIR M. MUHUMED, Associated Press – 11 mins ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya – The black Toyota SUV pulled up to the security checkpoint in Mogadishu. It was night, and 22-year-old Somali soldier Abdi Hassan recalls that he ordered the driver to switch the headlights off and the interior lights on.

    “They are the elders,” said the driver, referring to the car’s occupants with an honorific name for top leaders of al-Shabab, Somalia’s most dangerous militant group.

    “I don’t know the elders,” Hassan said he responded, letting the driver know he wouldn’t be simply waved through the checkpoint.

    And thus a routine stop at a checkpoint in Somalia’s capital turned into a shootout resulting in the death of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of attacks on two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people. It was described in an exclusive interview on Monday with The Associated Press by Hassan, marking the first time details have emerged of a killing that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called a “significant blow to al-Qaida, its extremist allies, and its operations in East Africa.”

    The account given to AP by the young soldier was corroborated by Mogadishu’s deputy mayor for security based on reports of police who were with Hassan at the time. The events as described by Hassan show that while the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden was the result of meticulous gathering of intelligence and planning, Mohammed seems to have died because he had the bad luck of running into a government checkpoint manned by a determined soldier.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/YP7mP

  55. If you haven’t read this yet, it is worth a read.

    The GOP’s CIA Playbook: Destabilize the Country to Sweek Back into Power

    http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/151209/the_gop's_cia_playbook%3A_destabilize_country_to_sweep_back_into_power/

    What bothers me is that the Republicans hope the economy will fail if they vote against raising the debt ceiling. They can then blame President Obama. There is nothing to bargain with.

    • CR says:

      Thanks Jackie!

      Yes it is so very sad that they want to win at all costs…even at the cost of ruining America.

    • COS says:

      Hey CR and friends. This is a very good article. I have seen it posted in several places. It should go viral. The republicans are shameless. I tuned in and out of that farce of a debate last night and they all stood there bashed PBPO and lied with straight faces.

  56. CR says:

    Energy Strategy Improves Capabilities, Savings, Official Says

    June 14, 2011 By Lisa Daniel – American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON– The Defense Department’s new operational energy strategy challenges assumptions about battlefield energy usage, paving the way for a more secure, agile and flexible fighting force, according to the Pentagon official who oversees the strategy.

    Sharon E. Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, said during a June 9 interview that the strategy, included in the last Quadrennial Defense Review and required by Congress for the first time this year, is a new way of thinking about energy as a strategic capability that will reap benefits for years to come.

    “Energy is almost an assumption — that we’ll have all the energy we need, whenever we need it, wherever we need it — and we have wonderful logistics capability that makes that true,” Burke said. “But we make it much harder than it needs to be, and we’re putting our forces at much higher risks, and with much higher costs, and we’re not giving them all the capability they could have because of the amount of energy we use.

    “We’ve never looked at it as something we could do differently to make our military missions better,” she added, “and there’s no question that we can do better.”

    About 75 percent of the department’s energy usage comes from operations, rather than fixed installations, Burke said. While operations to supply fuel downrange has been a target as long as fuel has been used, she said, what has changed is “the unprecedented volume of fuel” now used to supply the military, and geopolitics that make the United States reliant on unfriendly nations for its energy usage.

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64315

    • CR says:

      Energy for the War Fighter: The Department of Defense Operational Energy Strategy

      Posted by Bill Lynn on June 14, 2011

      Seven years ago, after leading the initial campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, General James Mattis, now the commander of U.S. Central Command, called on the Department of Defense to “unleash us from the tether of fuel.”

      Just last week on June 7th, General David Petraeus, echoed that call in a memo to all U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. “Energy is the lifeblood of our warfighting capabilities,” he said, noting that high fuel use means risks for the mission and for each Service member and civilian. “We can and will do better,” he directed.

      In the years between those two statements, the Department of Defense has in fact taken steps to improve our use of energy in military operations. But General Petraeus is right: we can and will do better.
      And that is why, earlier today, we released “Energy for the Warfighter,” the Department of Defense’s first Operational Energy Strategy. The Strategy sets the overall direction for DoD’s energy use in military operations.

      Every military capability, every mission, and every Service member depends on a reliable supply of energy. Last year, that meant the Department consumed some 5 billion gallons of fuel, at a cost of $13 billion. The money we spend on energy not only costs the taxpayer, it costs the warfighter. A dollar spent on increased energy costs is a dollar not spent on other warfighting priorities.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/14/energy-war-fighter-department-defense-operational-energy-strategy

  57. CR says:

    Admiral Mike Mullen Talks Osama bin Laden with David Letterman

    From: CBS | Jun 13, 2011

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, gives David Letterman insights into the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

  58. CR says:

    Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    6/14/11 By The Associated Press – 1 hr 27 mins ago
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    SYRIA
    Syrian tanks and the government’s most loyal troops push into more towns and villages, trying to snuff out any chance that the uprising against President Bashar Assad could gain a base for a wider armed rebellion. Facing the most serious threat to his family’s 40-year ruling dynasty, Assad has abandoned most pretenses of reform as his military seals off strategic areas in the north and east — including the town of Jisr al-Shughour, which was spinning out of government control before the military moved in.
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    YEMEN
    Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis demonstrate in nearly every major city of the country, demanding trial for the family and close aides of the ailing president. They are the largest protests since President Ali Abdullah Saleh went to neighboring Saudi Arabia for medical treatment for injuries suffered in a June 3 attack on his compound. Some of Saleh’s family and closest aides remain behind, and Yemen remains locked in a power struggle between the president’s allies and tribesmen demanding an end to the regime’s nearly 33-year rule.
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    LIBYA
    A NATO airstrike hits an area near Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s compound in the capital, as NATO military leaders voice concerns about sustaining the operations if the alliance mission drags on. Britain’s top naval officer, Admiral Mark Stanhope, warns that his nation — its military hobbled by severe budget cuts and the continuing cost of the Afghan war — would face hard decision if the Libya mission is not resolved by September. East of the capital, alliance aircraft begin dropping leaflets warning government troops to abandon their posts outside Zlitan, which lies just west of the rebel-held port city of Misrata.
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    EGYPT
    A nighttime curfew imposed just after a popular revolution erupted in Egypt in late January is lifted. As the protests intensified, so did the curfew — from 11 hours a day to 17 hours a day. It was eventually scaled back after President Hosni Mubarak fell from power, from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. As the first such restriction on Cairo since 1986, the curfew was widely ignored by the city’s residents.
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    LEBANON
    Members of Lebanon’s Western-backed coalition, newly in the opposition, warn that the country’s new government is a tool for Syria and the militant Hezbollah and represents a “coup against the democratic system.” Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s new Cabinet is dominated by Hezbollah and its allies, taking office five months after a walkout by the militant group dissolved the previous government.
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    TUNISIA
    Tunisia’s deposed president will be tried in absentia on June 20 by civil and military courts on charges ranging from embezzlement and murder to drug trafficking. Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi adds that the extradition request to Saudi Arabia, where he fled, remains unanswered. Zine Abidine Ben Ali ruled Tunisia for 23 years until a monthlong popular uprising forced him to flee on Jan. 14. Tunisia’s Ministry of Justice says there are 93 counts pending against him, including plotting against the security of the state, murder, abuse of power, embezzlement, money laundering and drug trafficking.

  59. CR says:

    Gay judge’s same-sex marriage ruling upheld

    6/14/11 By LISA LEFF, Associated Press – 2 mins ago

    SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge on Tuesday upheld a gay judge’s ruling to strike down California’s same-sex marriage ban. Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware said former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker did not have to divulge whether he wanted to marry his own gay partner before he declared last year that voter-approved Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.

    Lawyers for backers of the ban argued at a hearing Monday that Walker should have recused himself or disclosed his relationship because he and his partner stood to personally benefit from the verdict.

    Walker publicly revealed after he retired in February that he is in a 10-year relationship with a man. Rumors that he was gay had circulated before and after he presided over the trial in early 2010.

    Ware said the ruling by Walker, who did not attend Monday’s hearing, raised important questions and called it the first case in which a judge’s same-sex relationship had led to calls for disqualification.

    He said there probably were similar struggles when race and gender were the issues.

    Many legal scholars did not expect Ware to overturn Walker’s decision. They said having a judge’s impartiality questioned because he is gay is new territory, but efforts to get female judges thrown off gender discrimination cases or Hispanic judges removed from immigration cases have failed.

    Theodore Boutrous Jr., part of the legal team representing the two gay couples who filed the lawsuit against Proposition 8, called Cooper’s arguments frivolous, offensive and unfortunate. He said Walker was being targeted because he is gay.

    • CR says:

      Court: CA gay marriage ban is (un)constitutional

      2/7/12 Associated Press – 3 mins 47 secs ago

      SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has declared California’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, paving the way for a likely U.S. Supreme Court showdown on the voter-approved law.

      A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 Tuesday that a lower court judge interpreted the U.S. Constitution correctly in 2010 when he declared the ban, known as Proposition 8, to be a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians.

      The measure, which passed with 52 percent of the vote in 2008, outlawed same-sex unions just five months after they became legal in the state.

      Lawyers for Proposition 8 sponsors and for two couples who sued to overturn the ban have said they would appeal to the Supreme Court if they did not receive a favorable ruling from the 9th Circuit.

      • CR says:

        GOP WRONG WAY

        Romney slams judges for Prop. 8 same-sex-marriage ruling

        2/07/12 By Cameron Joseph – TheHill

        GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney slammed a Tuesday appellate court ruling that would overturn California’s ban on gay marriage.

        “Today, unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California who voted to protect traditional marriage,” he said in a Tuesday statement.

        “This decision does not end this fight, and I expect it to go to the Supreme Court. That prospect underscores the vital importance of this election and the movement to preserve our values.
        “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own politics and prejudices.”

        Conservatives have expressed concerns about Romney’s record on social issues, and are suspicious he would not strongly oppose gay marriage if elected. But Romney has said he is against same-sex marriage.

        Tuesday’s ruling forces the issue back into the spotlight, and while Romney prefers to talk about economic issues, this topic provides him an opportunity to brush up on his social conservative bona fides.

  60. CR says:

    Tammy Duckworth Leaves U.S. Veterans Affairs Office

    June 13, 2011 chicago.cbslocal

    CHICAGO (AP) – Tammy Duckworth, the Iraq War veteran from Illinois who started a career in government after recovering from serious injuries, has resigned her position as an assistant secretary of U.S. Veterans Affairs.

    The Chicago Sun-Times reports Monday that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says Duckworth submitted her resignation. Duckworth lost a close bid for Congress in 2006 to Illinois Republican Pete Roskam.

    Running for a U.S. House seat still remains an option for her.

    Shinseki says the 43-year-old Duckworth served with distinction and offered advocacy and leadership.

    The Hoffman Estates veteran was a helicopter pilot in Iraq when she lost both her legs and partial use of one arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in 2004.

    The U.S. Senate confirmed Duckworth’s nomination to the Veterans Affairs post in April 2009.

    She previously was chief of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and served with the Illinois National Guard.

  61. CR says:

    US stocks leap on positive data

    Tue Jun 14, 10:34 am ET

    NEW YORK (AFP) – US stocks jumped at the start of trading on Tuesday, buoyed by favorable economic data from the US and China and following increases in Asian and European markets.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 111.86 points (0.94 percent) at 12,064.83 in the first 45 minutes of trade.
    The broader S&P 500 index gained 13.96 points (1.10 percent) at 1,285.79, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was up 34.27 points (1.30 percent) at 2,673.96.

    The gains followed a release of Chinese economic data that showed inflation in the world’s second-largest economy at 5.5 percent, the highest in three years. The data eased fears that the global economy was slowing sharply.

    “Today’s data from abroad and at home is consistent with the soft patch view as opposed to the rumblings of a global economy moving toward another recession,” said Patrick O’Hare of Briefing.com.

    US retail sales data was weak but better than expected, falling 0.2 percent from April, a less steep drop than the consensus estimate of 0.7 percent.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/LdKq9

  62. CR says:

    Building a Culture of Efficiency Across the Federal Government

    Posted by Secretary Janet Napolitano on June 14, 2011

    Yesterday, President Obama and Vice President Biden announced the “Campaign to Cut Waste” to ensure all cabinet agencies are being good stewards of taxpayer dollars and doing everything they can to make the government more efficient. Since the beginning of this Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made an unprecedented commitment to efficiency and fiscal discipline in order to best support our frontline operations.

    To date, DHS has identified over $1 billion in cost avoidances and cuts as a result of these efforts. Additionally, our fiscal year 2012 budget request included more than $800 million in reductions associated with administrative savings and Efficiency Review initiatives currently underway, from efforts to buy smarter and manage our real estate and space usage more efficiently, to cutting spending on professional services contracts, printing, supplies and materials, travel, and training.

    And just last week, we began implementing an initiative from the 2010 President’s SAVE Award, submitted by Paul Behe, a DHS employee from Customs and Border Protection. This initiative changes current DHS practices by posting notices of seized property online instead of in print newspapers – avoiding approximately $1 million annually in advertising costs.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/14/building-culture-efficiency-across-federal-government

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