U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

“We’re announcing several new commitments by the private sector, colleges, and the National Association of Manufacturers, to help make these partnerships a reality. Through these efforts, we’re going to make it possible for 500,000 community college students — half a million community college students — to get industry-accepted credentials for manufacturing jobs that companies across America are looking to fill. Because the irony is even though a lot of folks are looking for work, there are a lot of companies that are actually also looking for skilled workers. There’s a mismatch that we can close. And this partnership is a great way to do it.

So if you’re a company looking to hire, you’ll know exactly what kind of training went into a specific degree. If you’re considering attending a community college, you’ll be able to know that the diploma you earn will be valuable when you hit the job market.”

June 24, 2011 President Barack Obama

Friday, June 24th President Obama  launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness.  Investing in technologies, such as information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology, will support the creation of good jobs by helping U.S. manufacturers reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate product development at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. at 11:00 EDT.

The event will be streamed live on the Carneie Mellon website. Chat with CarnegieMellon Twitter using #CMUObama.

6/17/14 President Obama’s Executive Action to Spur Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Revitalize American Manufacturing

10/27/14 President Obama Announces New Executive Actions to Further Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing

 

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, June 23, 2011

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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      June 23, 2011

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      President Obama discusses his proposed Afghanistan troop drawdown with U.S. soldiers in Fort Drum, New York. (Audio Only)

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      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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      Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf testifies before the House Budget Committee on the “Congressional Budget Office’s Long-Term Budget Outlook.”

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      The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on “Health Care Entitlements: The Road Forward,” focusing on what role, if any, Medicare and Medicaid should play in the deficit reduction effort.

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      President Obama discusses his proposed Afghanistan troop drawdown with U.S. soldiers in Fort Drum, New York.

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      President Obama makes remarks at the LGBT Leadership Council Gala in New York.

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

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      Sec. Clinton testifies at AFPAK hearing
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan and Pakistan. http://www.cspan.org/Events/House-and-Senate-Committees-Hold-Hearings-on-Troop-Withdrawal/10737422447/

      10:00 AM EDT
      Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf testifies before the House Budget Committee on the “Congressional Budget Office’s Long-Term Budget Outlook.” http://www.cspan.org/Events/CBO-Director-Testifies-on-Long-Term-Budget-Outlook/10737422443/

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      The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on “Health Care Entitlements: The Road Forward,” focusing on what role, if any, Medicare and Medicaid should play in the deficit reduction effort.

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      Michele Flournoy; Michael Mullen; Howard McKeon http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/USForces

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      U.S. Senate: Streamlining Presidential Appointment Process

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      President Obama discusses his proposed Afghanistan troop drawdown with U.S. soldiers in Fort Drum, New York. http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Obama-Remarks-to-Army-10th-Mountain-Division/10737422453/

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      Gen. Petraeus CIA confirmation hearing
      The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing for David Petraeus as CIA director. http://www.cspan.org/Events/Senate-Committee-to-Hear-from-CIA-Director-Nominee/10737422445/

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      Mullen, Flournoy to Testify on Afghan, Pakistan Operations
      Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Michele Flournoy, under secretary of defense for policy, testify before the House Armed Services Committee on operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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      President Obama discusses his proposed Afghanistan troop drawdown with U.S. soldiers in Fort Drum, New York.

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  2. CR says:

    June 08, 2011

    Remarks by the President at a Skills for America’s Future Manufacturing Event
    Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus, Alexandria, Virginia

    11:38 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody please have a seat. Thank you.

    Thank you so much, everybody. It is great to be back at NOVA. I come here often enough that I think I should be getting some credits. (Laughter.) Plus I’ve got an in with Dr. Biden, and her husband owes me big time, so. (Laughter.)

    It is wonderful to see everybody here. We’ve got some special guests. Our outstanding Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is here. Where’s Hilda? (Applause.) Congressman Jim Moran is here, putting on his jacket. (Applause.) The mayor of Alexandria, Bill Euille, is here. (Applause.) The president of Northern Virginia Community College, Dr. Robert Templin, is here. (Applause.)

    I just had a chance to see the labs where students are training for jobs working on advanced vehicles, led by a teacher who’s here, Ernie Packer, who spent almost three decades at Ford Motor Company. Where’s Ernie? Did we get him back here? There he is. (Applause.)

    That’s why my sleeves are rolled up. I was getting under the hood. (Laughter.) Do you guys want me to work on your car? Don’t do it. (Laughter.)

    But I was so impressed not only with the skills that the young people were learning but also with the enthusiasm and excitement of what they see as a potential future. All across America, there are students like the ones that I’ve met here at NOVA, folks who are gaining skills, they’re learning a trade, they’re working hard and putting in the hours to move up the profession that they’ve chosen or to take a chance on a new line of work. Among the students I was meeting here, we saw some looked like 18-, 19-year-olds, but we also saw a couple of folks who were mid-career or even had retired and now were looking to go back to work.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/08/remarks-president-skills-americas-future-manufacturing-event

  3. CR says:

    Building an Impact Economy

    Posted by Melody Barnes on June 22, 2011

    Since he took office, President Obama has been committed to strengthening the U.S. economy and creating jobs for American workers. To advance those goals, today, the White House is hosting a convening on the Impact Economy (watch live at WhiteHouse.gov/live).

    Often, people think that large corporations and the government are the dominant drivers of our economic growth, but there are many types of businesses that expand our economy and catalyze job creation. Today, we are highlighting an emerging sector of the economy, impact investing. Impact investing is currently estimated to be a $50 billion industry globally, but the Monitor Group and Hope Consulting predict that the impact investment industry could reach several hundred billion dollars in total assets under management over the next ten years.

    Impact investors, many of whom are gathered today at the White House, are seeking both financial and social returns. They believe that business has an opportunity to create economic value and positive social outcomes. They often make debt or equity investments in organizations that address major societal challenges such as economic opportunity, affordable housing, health care, education, or clean energy and improving the environment, while expecting a return on their invested capital.

    At today’s convening, the White House and the Aspen Institute will facilitate a conversation between investors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and executives along with policymakers about the emerging impact economy. These participants will discuss how to transform our economic landscape by creating better jobs that also strengthen our communities. The social benefits created by such businesses should be sustainable over the long-term, because they simultaneously generate financial returns. The Administration officials attending the event will be engaging with entrepreneurs and investors to understand how to remove barriers, streamline regulations and target existing government resources to support the building of an impact economy.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/22/building-impact-economy

  4. jacquelineoboomer says:

    Loved President Obama’s delivery of his remarks this evening. He’s so sincere in everything he does. Just can’t say enough about how much I appreciate the fact he’s our President – and that will never change!

  5. CR says:

    President Obama Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

    Posted by Erin Lindsay on June 24, 2011

    Today, President Obama visited Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he toured Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and delivered remarks to 150 leading manufacturing CEOs, university presidents, CMU students and faculty, senior leaders from federal agencies and a broad range of employers involved in manufacturing.

    In his remarks he announced the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort that brings together industry, universities and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness.

    We’ve launched an all-hands-on-deck effort betweenour brightest academic minds, some of our boldest business leaders, and our most dedicated public servants from science and technology agencies, all with one big goal, and that is a renaissance of American manufacturing.

    Throughout our history, our greatest breakthroughs have often come from partnerships just like this one. American innovation has always been sparked by individual scientists and entrepreneurs, often at universities like Carnegie Mellon or Georgia Tech or Berkeley or Stanford. But a lot of companies don’t invest in early ideas because it won’t pay off right away. And that’s where government can step in. That’s how we ended up with some of the world-changing innovations that fueled our growth and prosperity and created countless jobs — the mobile phone, the Internet, GPS, more than 150 drugs and vaccines over the last 40 years was all because we were able to, in strategic ways, bring people together and make some critical investments.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/24/president-obama-launches-advanced-manufacturing-partnership-0

    • CR says:

      Make It In America

      June 23, 2011 commerce.gov

      American manufacturing helped make this the most prosperous country on earth—and it helped build a strong middle class. As we continue to focus on job creation and economic growth, I believe a key part of that effort must be rebuilding our manufacturing strength. That’s why House Democrats have created the Make It In America agenda: it’s about creating the conditions for American businesses to innovate here, create jobs here, make products here, and sell them to the world—and about making sure we have a workforce qualified for well-paying jobs. I believe strongly that when we make more products in America, more families will be able to Make It In America, as well.

      Even as much of our economy has struggled, the manufacturing sector has consistently added jobs—it’s been a bright spot for our recovery. But the news isn’t all good. Manufacturing employment is still near its lowest point since World War II. And more worryingly, the index of manufacturing activity—a measure of the sector’s productivity and growth—fell sharply last month, to its lowest point since fall of 2009.

      For the entire article: http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2011/06/23/make-it-america

    • CR says:

      Assistant Secretary Fernandez To Mayors: “Manufacturing Goes Hand-in-Hand with Innovation”

      June 22, 2011 commerce.gov

      I had the pleasure of addressing the National Conference of Black Mayors 2011 Legislative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. today. I focused on what the Obama administration is doing to grow local economic ecosystems and help create jobs, particularly in manufacturing.

      The summit of almost 40 mayors from across the nation was a great opportunity for intergovernmental collaboration and provided an excellent platform to share best practices and discuss the challenges of creating jobs and increasing competitiveness.

      As a former mayor myself, I understood the pressing issues facing these leaders. They are the same issues the Obama administration is aggressively tackling at the federal level. And they all boil down to creating more jobs, particularly in manufacturing.

      The manufacturing sector currently employs over 11 million Americans, providing good-paying jobs for millions of families. Preparing Americans to enter into the manufacturing sector will not only strengthen the economy and put folks back to work, it’s critical to our nation’s success as we compete in a 21st century global economy.

    • CR says:

      Growing Exports with the New Market Export Initiative

      June 22, 2011 – commerce.gov

      The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Department of Commerce are working together to achieve President Obama’s goal of doubling exports by 2014. The New Market Export Initiative (NMEI) will make it easier for manufacturers to identify new markets, find new customers for their products and grow their business.

      Exports are a key part of any competitiveness agenda. Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States. With the right tools and resources, manufacturers can increase their exports and find new customers.

      Many of these manufacturers don’t have the resources to conduct extensive research on new possible export markets. Small and medium-sized firms, for example, account for 95 percent of all exporters in the U.S., yet only about one-third of all exports. The NMEI helps small and medium-sized manufacturers that are currently exporting to one or two countries expand their export sales to new markets.

      The initiative connects companies looking to enter new markets with Department of Commerce Foreign Commercial Service experts stationed in U.S. embassies and consulates around the world who provide briefings about local market and contacts with potential customers.

      For the entire article: http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2011/06/22/growing-exports-new-market-export-initiative

      • CR says:

        U.S. Companies and Technology on Display at the 2011 Paris Air Show

        June 21, 2011 commerce.gov

        This week I have had the privilege of attending the 2011 Paris Air Show, the largest aerospace industry show in the world. Since arriving on Sunday, I’ve participated in numerous industry events, met with CEOs, governors, ministers, members of congress and association representatives.

        Yesterday, I presided over the opening ceremony for the U.S. Pavilion with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood, Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye, Alabama senator Richard Shelby, and Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley. More than 200 U.S. companies are displaying their innovative and forward-thinking technology here.

        The U.S. aerospace industry is a strategic contributor to the economy, national security, and technological innovation of the United States The industry contributed $78 billion in export sales to the U.S. economy in 2010 and is important to achieve the goals of the President’s export initiative.

        The aerospace sector in the United States supports more jobs through exports than any other industry.

        Earlier today I witnessed a signing ceremony between Boeing and Aeroflot, Russia’s state-owned airline. Aeroflot has ordered eight 777s valued at $2.1 billion, and the sales will support approximately 14,000 jobs in the United States.

        For the entire article: http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2011/06/21/us-companies-and-technology-display-2011-paris-air-show

    • CR says:

      Standing Up for America’s Innovators

      Posted by Victoria Espinel on June 22, 2011

      As President Obama has said, to win the future and succeed in the global economy, the U.S. must continue to be a hub of innovation. To do this, it is critical that we protect the intellectual property of America’s innovators. That’s why one year ago today, on June 22, 2010, we issued the Obama Administration’s Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement.

      Today, we are sending to Congress and the American people an update (pdf) on what we have done to protect American intellectual property and innovation over the last year.

      The actions described in this report exemplify the Administration’s commitment to protect and grow jobs and exports, as well as to safeguard the health and safety of our people. After all, fake pharmaceuticals and counterfeit goods not only pose a threat to American jobs and businesses, they also pose a threat to the well being of our families. Across every measure, we have made substantial progress to improve intellectual property protection.

      The report (pdf) describes the successes to safeguard innovation, including increased law enforcement operations, cracking down on illegal counterfeiting and other intellectual property theft here at home and overseas; an innovative approach to reducing online infringement; a review of our domestic legislation leading to 20 legislative recommendations for Congress; and improved coordination of domestic law enforcement, our embassies overseas and our outreach and capacity building efforts.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/22/standing-america-s-innovators

    • CR says:

      Turning Around the American Manufacturing Industry

      Posted by Nikki Sutton on June 23, 2011

      President Obama speak on the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh tomorrow at 11:00 AM EDT on WhiteHouse.gov/live.

      Tomorrow, the President will speak at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the importance of American manufacturing to grow the economy and create new jobs.

      As the President spoke about earlier this month in Toledo, manufacturing is picking up all across the country. For example, Rhett Crooks is the owner of a precision tooling manufacturer in Vandergift, Pennsylvania that recently turned around and is rehiring. The President explained how manufacturers both large and small like Rhett’s are putting more Americans back to work:

      “And what’s most important, all three American automakers are now adding shifts and creating jobs at the strongest rate since the 1990s. So far the auto industry has added 113,000 jobs over the past two years. In Detroit, Chrysler added a second shift at its Jefferson North plant. GM is adding a third shift at its Hamtramck plant for the first time ever. In Indiana, Chrysler is investing more than $1.3 billion in its Kokomo facilities. And across the country, GM plans to hire back every single one of its laid-off workers by the end of the year — every single one.”

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/23/turning-around-american-manufacturing-industry

    • CR says:

      June 24, 2011

      Background on the President’s Event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Today

      Today, President Obama will travel to the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh to launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort to bring together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness. The President’s plan, which leverages existing programs and proposals, will invest more than $500 million to jumpstart this effort. Leading universities and companies will complement these federal efforts by working together to invent, deploy and scale these cutting-edge technologies.

      While at NREC, President Obama will tour exhibits that represent a range of cutting-edge technologies with the potential to transform and assist the manufacturing sector, from crowd-sourced vehicles and next-generation robots, to modeling and simulation. He will be led on the tour by Pradeep Khosla, Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Following the tour the President will deliver remarks to 150 leading manufacturing CEOs, university presidents, CMU students and faculty, senior leaders from federal agencies and a broad range of employers involved in manufacturing.

      Background on Tour Stops:

      * DARPA (Defense Advance Research Project Agency) Car
      * SOLO, Pipe Inspection Robot Demonstration
      * Procter and Gamble Modeling and Simulation

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/24/background-president-s-event-pittsburgh-pennsylvania-today

    • CR says:

      Department of Energy Announces $120 Million to Support Development of Innovative Manufacturing Processes

      June 24, 2011 commerce.gov

      Washington, D.C. – Today, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, including an investment of up to $120 million from the Department of Energy over three years to develop transformational manufacturing technologies and innovative materials that could enable industrial facilities to dramatically increase their energy efficiency. The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership is a national effort bringing together industry, universities and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness. This clean energy investment in new energy-efficient manufacturing processes and novel materials will help U.S. manufacturers save money by reducing the energy needed to power their facilities. President Obama made the announcement this morning at an event at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

      “These investments will support the innovations that American manufacturers need to stay competitive in the global marketplace,” said Secretary Chu. “These breakthrough manufacturing processes, technologies, and materials will help American companies to reduce energy waste and lower costs.”

      For the entire article: http://www.energy.gov/news/10397.htm

    • CR says:

      Manufacturing Innovation: Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact

      Posted by Lori Garver on June 24, 2011

      NASA has always been on the cutting edge of innovation, investing time, energy and resources into the technologies of tomorrow. Technologies that can be spun-off into the private sector to help create jobs and improve the quality of life of all Americans.

      With funding from NASA’s Aeronautics division, engineers at NASA¹s Langley Research Center have developed a manufacturing process that has turned science fiction into science fact. The Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication, or EBF3, is a process that uses an electron beam gun, a dual wire feed and computer controls to manufacture metallic structures for building parts or tools in hours, rather than days or weeks.

      The EBF3 is being used to manufacture titanium spars for vertical tails of the F-35 Joint Fight Striker. Less wasted titanium and reduced machining times result in a savings for Lockheed Martin, and ultimately the American taxpayer.

      In fact, most of the interest in the technology is coming from the aerospace industry because of the EBF3’s capability to tailor the manufacturing of critical aviation components to help improve the performance of aircraft.

      The EBF3 can manufacture complex shapes in a single operation, uses less power, and is safer for the workers operating it. The computer-driven process leaves behind no wasted material. It can also resurface a design with a harder material, making it more cost-efficient as well as lighter. For the aviation industry, lighter means less fuel is needed in flight.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/24/manufacturing-innovation-turning-science-fiction-science-fact

    • CR says:

      President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

      The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment the science and tech nology advice available to him from inside the White House and from cabinet departments and other Federal agencies. PCAST is consulted about and often makes policy recommendations concerning the full range of issues where understandings from the domains of science, technology, and innovation may bear on the policy choices before the President. PCAST is administered by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
      For more information about PCAST, see http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-advanced-manufacturing-june2011.pdf

    • CR says:

      Lynn Speaks on Advanced Manufacturing at Carnegie Mellon

      June 25, 2011 By Karen Parrish -American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON – Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III gave the defense perspective on advanced manufacturing yesterday while attending the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

      President Barack Obama created the partnership to bring together industry, universities and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that, according to a White House statement, will “create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness.”

      The president’s plan, which leverages existing programs and proposals, will invest more than $500 million to jumpstart this effort, bringing together leading universities and companies to invent, deploy and scale these cutting-edge technologies.

      In his remarks at the event, Lynn said the history of advanced manufacturing in the Defense Department can be told through three individuals: the inventor Eli Whitney, former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine, and Regina Dugan, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

      Before Whitney had success with the cotton gin, the deputy secretary said, he went to Congress in 1801 with a proposal to build muskets with interchangeable parts.

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64461

    • CR says:

      Helping U.S. Manufacturers Expand Exports

      June 27, 2011 – commerce.gov

      Guest post by Suresh Kumar, Assistant Secretary for Trade and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.

      Today, I had the opportunity to travel to West Virginia to discuss progress on President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) and the promotion of U.S. manufacturing exports. As many of you might know, the NEI, announced in 2010, aims to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014. I’m glad to report that the NEI is off to a good start. Exports last year comprised 12.5 percent of GDP, up from the 11.2 percent recorded in 2009.

      In West Virginia, exports of merchandise grew 34 percent in 2010 — double the national growth rate of 17 percent for goods and services. Thus far for 2011, the U.S. remains on pace to achieve the NEI goal.

      The NEI is critical because we need to get more U.S. companies to export so that we can bolster our economy and support new jobs here in America. Of America’s 30 million companies, less than 1 percent export, and of those that do, 58 percent only sell to one market. The NEI helps creates deep market linkages and connects innovation to the marketplace. It also works to inform U.S. companies of their export potential, and the U.S. Government and private sector services available to help them sell internationally.

      For the entire article: http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2011/06/27/helping-us-manufacturers-expand-exports

    • CR says:

      June 28, 2011

      Remarks by the President on the Critical Role the Manufacturing Sector Plays in the American Economy

      Alcoa Davenport Works
      Bettendorf, Iowa

      1:04 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! Please, you can cut the music. Thank you, everybody. Have a seat, have a seat. It is great to see all of you. Good to be back in the Quads. (Applause.)

      Hello, Iowa! (Applause.) I see a couple old friends here. I want to start by recognizing a few folks who are with us today. First of all, Governor Branstad is here. (Applause.) Congressman Bruce Braley is here. (Applause.) Congressman Dave Loebsack is here. (Applause.) Bobby Schilling is here. (Applause.) Michael Freemire, the mayor of Bettendorf, is here. (Applause.) And Jeff Grindle, mayor of Riverdale, is here. (Applause.) The chairwoman of the National Association of Manufacturers, Mary Andringa, is here. (Applause.) The CEO of Alcoa, Klaus Kleinfeld, is here. (Applause.) Vice president and general manager of Davenport, Malcolm Murphy, is here. (Applause.) And an old friend of mine who actually drove me around a couple times while I was traveling around Iowa, Skip McGill, is here, president of the local USW. (Applause.)

      You know, I know you’ve been seeing a lot of politicians around lately. Something tells me that you may see a few more before February is over. But Iowa, you and I, we go a long way back. And those of you who are coming over from the Illinois side, we go even longer back. (Applause.) So we’ve got some history together. And together we’re going to make some more history for years to come.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/28/remarks-president-critical-role-manufacturing-sector-plays-american-econ

      • CR says:

        “You know, as I was walking in, your team talked about I guess a saying around Alcoa, it says, “Nobody is perfect, but a team can be perfect.” Well, none of us individually are perfect, but as a team, America can perfect ourselves. But we got to start working like a team. Instead of having the kind of squabbling we see in Washington all the time, everybody has got to start thinking together the way engineers and workers and the business side of Alcoa thinks together. What’s our market? What’s the product we want to produce? How can we make it better? How can we make the plant safer? How can we cut costs? How can we retrain our workers? Problem-solving all the time, that’s what’s made you successful. That’s what will make America successful — by adapting and innovating, but also thinking like a team, instead of turning on each other.”

        President Obama 6/28/11

    • CR says:

      The Role of Advanced Manufacturing in Increasing Global Competitiveness

      Posted by Michael Block on July 07, 2011

      The President recently launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness.

      California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom reflects on an event in Sacramento that focused on the advanced manufacturing industry:

      Following the jobs-focused leadership of President Obama and his Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, I recently hosted a statewide summit in Sacramento with the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. Themed “Everything Grows with Manufacturing” and engaging 200 of our state’s best and brightest business and policy leaders, we discussed California’s past, present and future role in advanced manufacturing and the President’s call to increase our global competitiveness.

      California has always been a place of dreamers and doers, where the future is literally invented. We’ve led the world in innovation, cutting-edge discoveries, research and development and technology – but we have to do better in the area of manufacturing. California manufacturing has fallen from 28 percent of our GDP to nearly 11 percent. But it’s not all bad news. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, “since 2003, California manufacturing exports rose 60 percent faster than the state’s overall economy.” Manufacturing is the key to exports and exports are critical to California and the country.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/07/role-advanced-manufacturing-increasing-global-competitiveness

    • CR says:

      Racine Leaders Discuss the Economy with White House

      Posted by David Agnew on July 08, 2011

      One year ago, President Obama traveled to Racine, Wisconsin to hold a town hall on the economy. During the town hall, the President talked about extending unemployment benefits and helping small business owners get the loans they need to keep their doors open and hire more workers. He listened to the people of Racine as they requested help in weathering the mortgage crisis, asked what the White House could do to help military families, and strongly recommended that he try O&H Kringle and the Johnsonville bratwurst while he was in town.

      On Wednesday, thanks to video-conferencing technology, we had the chance to check back in with Racine during the White House Intergovernmental Affairs team’s first Virtual Town Hall. Racine Mayor John Dickert kicked off our discussion by promising that Racine’s famous Kringles are 100% fat free and recalling the President’s significant Kringle purchase during last year’s visit. But the real goal of the teleconference was to hear from Mayor John Dickert and Racine business and community leaders on the state of the Racine economy and better understand how businesses there are faring in the recovery.

      I was joined by Ron Bloom, Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy; Michael Strautmanis, Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor for Strategic Engagement; and Cecilia Muñoz, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Ron Bloom started the discussion by stressing the President’s commitment to manufacturing. He explained the ideas behind the President’s new Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. Michael Strautmanis told the group about the work being done by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and highlighted Startup America, the White House initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/08/racine-leaders-discuss-economy-white-house

    • CR says:

      July 17, 2012

      FACT SHEET: White House Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives to Drive Innovation and Encourage Companies to Invest in the United States

      In June 2011, the President launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies and skills that will support a dynamic domestic advanced manufacturing sector that creates high quality jobs and encourages companies to invest in the United States.

      The President has outlined a comprehensive blueprint for revitalizing American manufacturing, supported by the work of the AMP. Since February 2010, the U.S. manufacturing sector has added roughly 500,000 jobs, the fastest pace of job growth in the sector since 1995. In addition to the 12 million high-quality jobs that manufacturing supports, our nation’s ability to make things is inextricably linked to our ability to innovate. The manufacturing sector accounts for approximately 70% of all private-sector R&D spending and employs some 60% of the private sector R&D workforce. Innovations made by advanced manufacturers are reshaping how today’s goods are made and creating the industries of the future.

      To coordinate the Federal government’s manufacturing policy and programmatic efforts, the President last year announced the Office of Manufacturing Policy within the White House. The Office is co-chaired by Gene Sperling, the Director of the National Economic Council, and Department of Commerce Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank.

      o coordinate the Federal government’s manufacturing policy and programmatic efforts, the President last year announced the Office of Manufacturing Policy within the White House. The Office is co-chaired by Gene Sperling, the Director of the National Economic Council, and Department of Commerce Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank.

      Today, the AMP Steering Committee, working within the framework of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and co-chaired by Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical and Susan Hockfield of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, outlined recommendations for spurring investment and positioning the U.S. for long-term leadership in advanced manufacturing. The Committee’s report, Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing, has been endorsed by PCAST, which is led by John P. Holdren, science and technology advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Eric Lander, President of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

      The AMP Steering Committee report grouped its 16 recommendations into three categories: (1) Enabling innovation, (2) Securing the talent pipeline, and (3) Improving the Business Climate. The President’s plan includes legislative proposals and executive actions already being implemented across all three of these categories.

      The President’s Plan to Revitalize American Manufacturing

      Enabling Innovation

      * Proposing a national network of “manufacturing innovation institutes” and launching a pilot institute:

      * Increasing investment in advanced manufacturing R&D

      Securing the Talent Pipeline

      * Creating an $8 billion Community College to Career Fund

      * Launching a Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force to connect our veterans to high-skilled advanced manufacturing jobs

      Improving the Business Climate

      * Reforming the tax code to encourage investment in domestic manufacturing

      * Promoting the safe, responsible development of our natural gas resources

      * Leveling the playing field for U.S. workers and firms

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/17/fact-sheet-white-house-advanced-manufacturing-initiatives-drive-innovati

  6. CR says:

    Sister Act Will Host Obama Campaign Fundraiser June 23

    3 Jun 2011 By Adam Hetrick – Playbill

    The Tony-nominated musical Sister Act will be a pulpit for politics later this month. The June 23 performance of the disco-kissed musical will serve as a fundraiser for Barack Obama’s 2012 Presidential re-election campaign.

    A representative confirmed to Playbill.com that Sister Act producer Whoopi Goldberg will host the evening, with tickets beginning at $250 for mezzanine seating, $1,000 for an orchestra seat and special pre-show reception with Goldberg, and $10,000 for tickets and a photo with Obama. The New York Times first reported the news of the fundraiser.

    For the entire article: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/151461-Sister-Act-Will-Host-Obama-Campaign-Fundraiser-June-23

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      Good for Whoopi Goldberg! I’m sure President Obama appreciates her support.

  7. CR says:

    First Lady Michelle Obama’s South African Tour

    Thursday, June 23 – Cape Town, South Africa

    Mrs. Obama begins the day in Cape Town, thanking United States Consulate employees and their families for their service.

    Then, the First Lady is visiting Robben Island – where former President Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of his 27 imprisoned years.

    As a continuation of her commitment to engaging young people, supporting educational opportunities and promoting youth mentoring, Mrs. Obama is inviting students from area schools in historically disadvantaged communities, for a day-long university “immersion experience” at the University of Cape Town. The University of Cape Town is providing the students with campus tours, discussions with University students and exposure to studying on campus. The students are attending a full day of activities at the University of Cape Town, concluding with remarks delivered by the First Lady.

    Mrs. Obama is completing her day with a visit to the Cape Town Soccer Stadium, site of the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches. There she is meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Mrs. Obama is meeting with organizations dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS in South Africa, including using soccer as a means to convene and educate South African children about HIV/AIDS.

    After the meeting, Mrs. Obama is joining girls and boys from the Cape Town area, including its townships, on the soccer field for activities and drills.

    • CR says:

      June 23, 2011

      Remarks by the First Lady at Soccer Event with Youth from Township

      Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa

      5:43 P.M. (Local)

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, Archbishop Tutu, I think you’re a VSP, too. (Laughter.) But I’m not going to talk long, because we want to play, right? You guys are going to show us some soccer moves and, you know, maybe, I don’t know — are you ready to — we might show you our moves. (Laughter.)

      But I want to just make sure that we acknowledge all of the organizations who are responsible for supporting and educating and inspiring these young people, because in order to be a VSP, you’ve got to be, what, a VHP, a Very Healthy Person, right, which means you’ve got to have the knowledge and the internal wisdom to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and that you’re making good choices so that you’re healthy and you grow up strong, because it’s hard to have an impact if you’re not in the best condition possible.

      And the work that the organizations that all of you represent are — the work that they’re doing is helping to educate you to make sure that you are as healthy and vibrant and prepared to be the leaders that we know you can be.

      And Archbishop Tutu has been playing such a significant role with the work that he has done through his foundation, around HIV/AIDS education, raising awareness, bringing the world’s attention to how important it is to work on this issue here in this country.

      But the solution lies with all of you, because if you all figure this out and you’re able to talk about these issues and you’re able to ask for help, and you’re able to pass on good information to maybe even your parents and your friends and your community and those younger than you, that’s how we fix this problem.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/remarks-first-lady-soccer-event-youth-township

      • CR says:

        Meeting Michelle Obama

        Uploaded by News24Video on Jun 24, 2011

        Students from across the Western Cape had the opportunity to meet with US First Lady Michelle Obama during a question and answer session hosted by the University of Cape Town on Thursday.

      • CR says:

        Michelle Obama shows off her dribbling skills

        Uploaded by telegraphtv on Jun 23, 2011

        On a visit to Cape Town Stadium, First Lady Michelle Obama shows off her football skills as she advises children on the merits of healthy living.

      • CR says:

        Push-ups with the Archbishop and More of Cape Town with the First Lady

        Posted by Kristina Schake on June 24, 2011

        On Thursday, June 23 the First Lady spent the day in Cape Town, South Africa — where she toured a local museum, talked with students at the University of Cape Town, and met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

        Because of inclement weather the First Lady was unable to visit Robben Island, and while we were all hoping to see this historic prison we were fortunate to visit the District Six Museum instead. The museum offers insight into the racial segregation during the 1970s, chronicles Cape Town’s complex history, and celebrates the diverse culture of the area. After touring the exhibits, the First Lady and her family met with Ahmed Kathrada, an anti-apartheid icon and former Member of Parliament, who brought to life many of the exhibits and illuminated what life during apartheid was like for those striving for freedom. Mr. Kathrada’s story was so inspiring, and all of us were touched by his courage and determination to strengthen his country.

        The First Lady then visited the University of Cape Town where she spoke with high school students from nearby townships. She talked with them about the importance of working hard in school, knowing they each have the ability to achieve their dreams, and how each of us is connected. She said, “I can see the same promise in all of you as I do in my own girls. That’s what keeps me motivated. When I see you, I see them. When I see them, I see you. And I see it in the students that I’ve met all across my country in America, and in all of the young men and women I see as I travel around the world.”

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/24/push-ups-archbishop-and-more-cape-town-first-lady

        • CR says:

          Raw Video: First Lady Michelle Obama & Desmond Tutu Do Push-Ups

          From: whitehouse | Jun 23, 2011

          Raw video from the Cape Town Youth Soccer Event in Cape Town, Africa of the First Lady and Archbishop Desmond Tutu participating in a push-up activity with local youth.

    • CR says:

      Michelle Obama to meet Tutu

      5/23/11 AAP

      US first lady Michelle Obama kicks off the last leg of her South African tour in Cape Town today, when she will meet Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu.

      But her planned tour of the former apartheid-era prison Robben Island, which once held Nelson Mandela, was cancelled due to bad weather that made the journey by ferry impossible.

      “My understanding is that the visit was cancelled due to bad weather. There are lots of swells. I know she was looking forward to that,” US embassy spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said.

      Instead, Obama toured the District Six Museum, which chronicles the history of a vibrant racially mixed neighbourhood founded in the 1870s. The apartheid regime bulldozed the area and forcibly segregated its residents, with non-whites banished to barren outlying regions.

      Later Obama planned to meet local education officials and youth at the University of Cape Town, where she was to bring along a group of students from poor neighbourhoods.

      She will complete her day with a visit to the Cape Town Soccer Stadium, built for the football World Cup last year, where she will meet Tutu and kick around a ball with local children.

      Obama arrived in the country on Monday along with her daughters Malia and Sasha and her mother Marian Robinson.

      The trip has honoured the icons of the freedom struggle, and has captivated South Africans as local media track her every move.

      • CR says:

        June 24, 2011

        Remarks by the First Lady at Women’s Leadership Luncheon, Gaborone, Botswana

        Sanitas Tea Garden
        Gaborone, Botswana

        12:27 P.M. (Local)

        MRS. OBAMA: Well, hello everyone. It is such a pleasure to be with all of you today. It’s a beautiful sunny day. A little chilly. It’s okay, I’m from Chicago, I can handle it. (Laughter.) It’s cold in my hometown.

        But it is a pleasure to be in this beautiful country that embodies what my husband has called “a vision of Africa on the move.” That is Botswana, a thriving democracy, a vital society, a fast-growing economy, and more importantly a kind and generous people who have, in this short amount of time, given me and my family such a warm welcome. (Applause.)

        I want to start by thanking Mpho for that wonderful introduction. Very kind, very brilliant. Let’s give her a hand. (Applause.)

        And I also have to thank Ambassador Gavin for her remarks and for taking the time, for her leadership. She is going to be a magnificent ambassador. We are excited about her being here. She is among our best. So let’s give her a round of applause. (Applause.)

        But I also want to more importantly recognize our guests of honor. We have 23 young women who we are celebrating today. Some of these young women are the very first in their families to attend university. Others have overcome tremendous odds to do so. And all of them are working hard every day at their universities and at their secondary schools. And we’re here today because we are so proud of you all and we are very impressed by everything that you’ve achieved to this point. So let’s give them a round of applause, too. (Applause.)

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/24/remarks-first-lady-womens-leadership-luncheon-gaborone-botswana

    • CR says:

      Michelle Obama tours Cape Town museum [CNN: 6-23-2011]

      Uploaded by SubscribeForNewsNow on Jun 23, 2011

  8. CR says:

    Impact Economy Event: Session One

    From: whitehouse | Jun 22, 2011

    The White House and the Aspen Institute facilitate a conversation between investors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and executives along with policymakers about the emerging impact economy. June 22, 2011.

    • CR says:

      Impact Economy Event: Session Two

      From: whitehouse | Jun 22, 2011
      The White House and the Aspen Institute facilitate a conversation between investors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and executives along with policymakers about the emerging impact economy. June 22, 2011.

  9. CR says:

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

  10. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a terrific Thursday.

    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

  11. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    10:00 AM EDT
    Mullen, Flournoy to Testify on Afghan, Pakistan Operations
    Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Michele Flournoy, under secretary of defense for policy, testify before the House Armed Services Committee on operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/USForces

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

    • CR says:

      Mullen Endorses Afghanistan Drawdown Plan

      June 23, 2011 By Karen Parrish- American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON, – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress today he endorses the president’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

      Navy Adm. Mike Mullen testified before the House Armed Services Committee following President Barack Obama’s announcement yesterday that 33,000 U.S. troops now in Afghanistan will return home by September 2012.

      Mullen said he and the Pentagon’s top generals had been part of the decision process in planning the troop withdrawal.
      “As has been the case throughout the development and execution of the Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy, the commander in chief presided over an inclusive and comprehensive discussion about what to do next,” the chairman said.
      Mullen said the foremost concern in discussing the troop drawdown was preserving the success gained thus far in Afghanistan.

      “We believed back when the strategy was established in December of 2009 that it would be about now, this summer, before we could determine whether or not … the resources were enough and the counterinsurgency focus was appropriate,” he said.

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64442

    • CR says:

      Flournoy: Afghanistan Drawdown Matches Strategy

      June 23, 2011 By Lisa Daniel – American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw the 33,000 U.S. surge forces from Afghanistan by the end of next summer is consistent with the policy he established in 2009, the Pentagon’s top policy official said today.

      Obama was “true to his word” last night when he announced that 10,000 U.S. service members would leave Afghanistan by the end of this year and the remaining 23,000 from the surge would leave by the end of summer in 2012, Michèle Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, told the House Armed Services Committee.

      Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates “believes that this decision provides our commanders with the right mix of flexibility, resources and time to continue building on our progress on the ground,” she said.

      Even after the 33,000 service members redeploy, about 68,000 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan, Flournoy said.
      “That’s more than twice the number as when President Obama took office,” she said. “Clearly, this is not a ‘rush to the exits’ that will jeopardize our security gains.”

      The growth and increasing capabilities of Afghan security forces is allowing for the U.S. drawdown, Flournoy said. Afghanistan is on target to field an additional 55,400 of its security forces by the end of August 2012, she said, allowing for more Afghan and coalition forces in the fight than there are today.

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64443

  12. CR says:

    Department of Energy to Release Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    6/23/11 energy.gov

    Washington, DC – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that the U.S. and its partners in the International Energy Agency have decided to release a total of 60 million barrels of oil onto the world market over the next 30 days to offset the disruption in the oil supply caused by unrest in the Middle East. As part of this effort, the U.S. will release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The SPR is currently at a historically high level with 727 million barrels.

    “We are taking this action in response to the ongoing loss of crude oil due to supply disruptions in Libya and other countries and their impact on the global economic recovery,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “As we move forward, we will continue to monitor the situation and stand ready to take additional steps if necessary.”

    The United States has been in close contact with oil producing and consuming countries about disruptions to the international oil market that could affect the global economy. The situation in Libya has caused a loss of roughly 1.5 million barrels of oil per day – particularly of light, sweet crude – from global markets. As the United States enters the months of July and August, when demand is typically highest, prices remain significantly higher than they were prior to the start of the unrest in Libya.

    The Administration will continue to consult closely with other consuming and producing countries in the period ahead. The decision today is intended to complement the production increases recently announced by a number of major oil producing countries. The United States welcomes those commitments and encourages other countries to follow suit.

  13. CR says:

    Department of Energy Projects Win 36 R&D 100 Awards for 2011
    Technology Developments Aim to Address Energy, Environment and National Security Issues

    6/22/11 energy.gov

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Department of Energy researchers have won 36 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. The coveted awards are presented annually in recognition of exceptional new products, processes, materials or software developed throughout the world and introduced into the market the previous year.

    “I want to congratulate this year’s R&D 100 award winners. The Department of Energy’s national laboratories and sites are at the forefront of innovation, and it is gratifying to see their work recognized once again,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “The cutting-edge research and development done in our national labs and facilities is helping to meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and enhance our economic competitiveness.”

    These awards highlight some of the successes made by the Department’s national laboratories in technology transfer, moving basic research results into commercial products.

    This year, scientists and engineers from 13 DOE National Laboratories and facilities will receive awards. Since 1962, when R&D Magazine’s annual competition began, DOE has been the recipient of over 800 R&D 100 awards in areas such as energy, national security and basic scientific applications.

    R&D 100 awards are selected by an independent panel of judges based on the technical significance, uniqueness and usefulness of projects and technologies from across industry, government and academia. View the complete list of R&D100 awards.

    A list of DOE’s winning sites, technologies and corresponding press releases is below:

    * Argonne National Laboratory
    * Brookhaven National Laboratory
    * Idaho National Laboratory
    * Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    * Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    * Los Alamos National Laboratory
    * National Energy Technology Laboratory
    * National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    * Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    * Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    * Sandia National Laboratories
    * Savannah River National Laboratory
    * Y-12 National Security Complex

    For the entire article: http://www.energy.gov/news/10392.htm

    • CR says:

      Department of Energy Awards More Than $11 Million to Advance Innovative Geothermal Energy Technologies

      6/23/11 energy.gov

      Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that eight projects in five states – California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Texas, and Utah – have been selected to receive up to $11.3 million to support the research and development of pioneering geothermal technologies. The projects selected today will foster innovation in the technologies and methods used to generate geothermal energy, which will help strengthen U.S. energy security and increase America’s competitiveness in the global clean energy economy. Continued innovation and technical advances will also help geothermal energy to play an important role in achieving President Obama’s goal of generating 80 percent of U.S. electricity from clean energy sources by 2035.

      “Through these eight projects, the Department of Energy is investing in new technologies that will further develop the nation’s geothermal resources and help diversify our energy portfolio,” said Secretary Chu. “By investing in geothermal research and development, we are investing in our nation’s energy future and creating opportunities for energy innovation in the U.S.”

      The projects aim to develop fundamentally new ways of producing electricity from the Earth’s heat. Selected projects will conduct feasibility studies in Phase I, including technical and economic modeling and component design for technologies that recover geothermal heat for electricity production. If selected for Phase II, projects will then validate the designs in real-world environments. The selected projects are part of the Department’s comprehensive efforts to reduce the cost of geothermal energy to be competitive with conventional sources of electricity.

      Selected awardees are as follows:

      * GeoTek Energy, LLC (Midland, Texas)
      * Gtherm, Inc. (Westport, Connecticut)
      * Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, California)
      * Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
      * Physical Optics Corporation (Torrance, California)
      * Terralog Technologies USA, Inc. (Monrovia, California)
      * University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)

      For the entire article: http://www.energy.gov/news/10395.htm

  14. CR says:

    June 22, 2011

    Remarks by the President on the Way Forward in Afghanistan

    East Room

    8:01 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Nearly 10 years ago, America suffered the worst attack on our shores since Pearl Harbor. This mass murder was planned by Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network in Afghanistan, and signaled a new threat to our security –- one in which the targets were no longer soldiers on a battlefield, but innocent men, women and children going about their daily lives.

    In the days that followed, our nation was united as we struck at al Qaeda and routed the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then, our focus shifted. A second war was launched in Iraq, and we spent enormous blood and treasure to support a new government there. By the time I took office, the war in Afghanistan had entered its seventh year. But al Qaeda’s leaders had escaped into Pakistan and were plotting new attacks, while the Taliban had regrouped and gone on the offensive. Without a new strategy and decisive action, our military commanders warned that we could face a resurgent al Qaeda and a Taliban taking over large parts of Afghanistan.

    For this reason, in one of the most difficult decisions that I’ve made as President, I ordered an additional 30,000 American troops into Afghanistan. When I announced this surge at West Point, we set clear objectives: to refocus on al Qaeda, to reverse the Taliban’s momentum, and train Afghan security forces to defend their own country. I also made it clear that our commitment would not be open-ended, and that we would begin to draw down our forces this July.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/22/remarks-president-way-forward-afghanistan

    • CR says:

      Obama Tells VOA US Will Not Abandon Afghanistan, Despite Troop Cuts

      6/23/11 VOANews

      President Barack Obama has discussed the current situation in Afghanistan in an interview with the Voice of America.

      The president says his decision to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan does not mean the U.S. is abandoning that country.

      “Keep in mind that we’re talking about 10,000 troops by the end of this year, an additional 23,000 by the end of next summer – and we’ll still have 68,000 troops there, in addition to the coalition partner troops,” President Obama said. “So there is still going to be a substantial presence. But what it does signal is that Afghans are slowly taking more and more responsibility.”

      Phased transition

      The president says his decision is consistent with what he called a phased transition process.

      “Already there are Afghans out there every day who are fighting the fight, Afghans who are dying on behalf of their country, and their freedom, and their dignity,” he noted. “And what we want to make sure of is that we continue to be a good partner with that process, but also want to send a signal to the Afghan people: this is your country ultimately and you are going to have responsibilities.”

      For the entire article: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Obama-Focuses-on-Afghanistan-During-VOA-Interview-124416269.html

    • CR says:

      “We’re Keeping Our Promises”: Vice President Joe Biden on Afghanistan, Iraq, and Our Commitment to Defeat al Qaeda

      Posted by Kori Schulman on June 23, 2011

      Last night, President Obama addressed the nation on the way forward in Afghanistan and his plan to remove 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and a total of 33,000 by next summer.

      To put this decision in a larger context, Vice President Biden took a few minutes to share his thoughts about the promises this Administration has made – and kept – when it comes to the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, and our commitment to defeat al Qaeda:

    • CR says:

      Infographic: Troop Levels in Afghanistan and Iraq

      Posted by Ben Rhodes on June 23, 2011

      Our troops have provided extraordinary service and sacrifice in both Afghanistan and Iraq for nearly ten years. Last night, the President spoke to the American people about the way forward in Afghanistan, and outlined his plan to remove 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and a total of 33,000 by next summer, with reductions continuing after that at a steady pace. He also put the drawdown in the broader context of the last decade, and our effort to wind down these wars while keeping America safe. As President Obama said:

      “Yet tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding. Fewer of our sons and daughters are serving in harm’s way. We’ve ended our combat mission in Iraq, with 100,000 American troops already out of that country. And even as there will be dark days ahead in Afghanistan, the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance. These long wars will come to a responsible end.”

      Take a look at this infographic that lays out how we’re winding down these wars. To view full size.

      Inforgraphic troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq

  15. CR says:

    IRS Increases Mileage Rate to 55.5 Cents per Mile

    IR-2011-69, June 23, 2011 irs.gov

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and other purposes.

    The rate will increase to 55.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2011. This is an increase of 4.5 cents from the 51 cent rate in effect for the first six months of 2011, as set forth in Revenue Procedure 2010-51.

    In recognition of recent gasoline price increases, the IRS made this special adjustment for the final months of 2011. The IRS normally updates the mileage rates once a year in the fall for the next calendar year.

    “This year’s increased gas prices are having a major impact on individual Americans. The IRS is adjusting the standard mileage rates to better reflect the recent increase in gas prices,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “We are taking this step so the reimbursement rate will be fair to taxpayers.”

    For the entire article: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=240903,00.html

    • CR says:

      IRS increases gas mileage deduction in midyear

      6/23/11 By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press – 57 mins ago

      WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service is increasing the tax deduction motorists can take for using private vehicles for business, a rare midyear move sparked by high gas prices.

      Starting July 1, motorists who use their personal vehicles for business will be able to deduct 55 1/2 cents a mile from their taxable income, the agency announced Thursday. That’s an increase of 4 1/2 cents from the first six months of the year.

      The rate is also used as a benchmark by the federal government and many businesses to reimburse their employees for mileage. Workers who receive the reimbursement don’t have to report it as income, as long as the payments don’t exceed the IRS benchmark.

      High gas prices have hit consumers, slowed the economic recovery and put increased political pressure on President Barack Obama. On Thursday, the Obama administration said it will release 30 million barrels of oil from the country’s emergency reserve as part of an international response to lost oil supplies caused by turmoil in the Middle East and Libya.

      The average gas price is about $3.61 a gallon, up from $2.74 a year ago, according to AAA.

      “This year’s increased gas prices are having a major impact on individual Americans. The IRS is adjusting the standard mileage rates to better reflect the recent increase in gas prices,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “We are taking this step so the reimbursement rate will be fair to taxpayers.”

      The IRS normally updates the mileage rates once a year in the fall for the next calendar year.

      Motorists have the option of deducting the actual expenses of using their private vehicle for business, or they can use the IRS benchmark, which is often easier to document.

      The IRS is also increasing the rate for calculating deductible medical or moving expenses. Starting July 1, the rate will go from 19 cents a mile to 23.5 cents a mile.

  16. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good Thursday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    "What could be better to heal the wounds of a horrendous war than establishing centers of education and new knowledge to develop new generations of responsible democratic citizenry, and to grow the human capital and plant the seeds for new industries and a prosperous economy?"

    This is from the University of Illinois, talking about President Lincoln signing into law the Morrill Act that established land-grant universities. http://bit.ly/jDMZC5

    Reminded me of President Obama's foresighted investment in education and his wise strategy of enlisting all sectors to work together to rebuild our economy.

    • CR says:

      Good Thursday morning Kat!
      Interesting information about the Morrill Act. I am so glad that Pres Obama has the intelligence and foresight to lead America.

  17. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:30 PM EDT
    President Obama discusses his proposed Afghanistan troop drawdown with U.S. soldiers in Fort Drum, New York.

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Obama-Remarks-to-Army-10th-Mountain-Division/10737422453/

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

    • CR says:

      June 23, 2011

      Remarks of the President to Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York

      10th Combat Aviation Brigade Dining Facility, Fort Drum, New York

      2:52 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) I don’t want to give a long speech, because I want to spend most of my time just shaking hands and thanking all of you.

      Colonel Burleson, thank you so much for your leadership. To Sergeant Major Defreese and Parhum — to all of you, there’s a reason I wanted to come here today. As the colonel just mentioned, in 2009, after having been in Afghanistan for seven years, but having I think lost a sense of focus in terms of how we were going to accomplish our mission, I made the most difficult decision that I’ve made as President, and that is to deploy an additional 30,000 troops into Afghanistan so that we could turn back Taliban momentum, so that we could continue to go after al Qaeda aggressively, and so that we could make sure that we were training an Afghan security force that had the capacity to secure their own country.

      The only reason I was able to make that decision was because I knew that we had the finest fighting force in the world, and that if I gave a command to our troops, they would be able to accomplish that mission. If we were focused and if we were clear in terms of what we were going to try to accomplish, I knew that we could get it done.

      And the 10th Mountain Division, this storied — this group that has been there for America day in, day out throughout our history, was the first folks to go in after that order was given. And that’s not surprising, because you guys were also some of the first folks to go in right after 9/11.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/remarks-president-soldiers-10th-mountain-division-fort-drum-new-york

  18. CR says:

    June 23, 2011

    Dr. Jill Biden to Lead Presidential Delegation to the Special Olympics World Summer Games

    Washington, DC – On Friday, June 24th, Dr. Jill Biden will lead a Presidential Delegation to the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Dr. Biden and the Delegation will join approximately 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries worldwide, their families, as well as thousands of coaches, family members, volunteers and spectators. Special Olympics programs serve more than 3.7 million people with intellectual disabilities.

    The Delegation will participate in a number of events during their visit, including: the lighting of the Flame of Hope on Friday, June 24th; the Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, June 25th; and the Special Olympics Aquatic Competition on Sunday, June 26th. They will also attend a dedication ceremony for the naming of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Square on Sunday, June 26th.

    While in Greece, Dr. Biden will also meet with staff and families at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. In addition, she will join Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on the USS Ramage to visit with Sailors and offer thanks for their service to our Nation.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/dr-jill-biden-lead-presidential-delegation-special-olympics-world-summer

  19. CR says:

    Inspiration for a Future Free of HIV

    Posted by Ambassador Eric Goosby on June 23, 2011

    This week, First Lady Michelle Obama is visiting South Africa and Botswana, focusing on youth leadership, education, health and wellness. Today, Mrs. Obama met with organizations dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS in South Africa, including groups that use soccer to convene and educate children about HIV/AIDS. Tomorrow, she will meet with a Teen Club in Botswana that teaches teens about leadership and how to educate others about HIV.

    During her meetings with African youth, Mrs. Obama is highlighting the importance of youth leadership in fighting HIV/AIDS. These young men and women grew up watching family members and friends taken by this devastating virus. But today they know there is hope. They have seen dramatic change in recent years – thanks to strong leadership from their Government with support from the American people – where people who were once dying are now living. These youth can be the generation that ends HIV/AIDS.

    The United States is proud to be supporting South Africa, Botswana and countries around the world in leading their fight against HIV/AIDS. In South Africa, there are more than one million people on life-saving HIV treatment today, a far cry from the 50,000 people on treatment in all of sub-Saharan Africa in 2003. And Botswana is now closing in on the goal of eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/23/inspiration-future-free-hiv

  20. CR says:

    “A 21st Century Regulatory System”

    Posted by Austan Goolsbee on June 23, 2011

    The White House recently unveiled plans by 30 different federal agencies to make sure that the regulations they enforce are protecting Americans’ health and well-being without imposing unnecessary or excessive costs.

    These agencies will rewrite or remove regulations that have been on the books for decades to achieve their goals at lower costs and abolish regulations that have become obsolete. Examples of changes now underway include:

    * Removing regulations that require outdated technologies, such as film-X-rays instead of digital.

    * Eliminating the regulation requiring some gas stations to install vapor recovery systems on their hoses, because vapor recovery is now built into the gas tanks of cars, saving gas station owners about $670 million over the next decade.

    * Eliminating 1.9 million annual hours of redundant reporting requirements at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and harmonizing its hazard classifications with other countries to save $585 million or more per year for employers.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/23/21st-century-regulatory-system

  21. CR says:

    June 23, 2011

    Notice from the President regarding the contintuation of the national emergecy with respect to the Western Balkans

    On June 26, 2001, by Executive Order 13219, the President declared a national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions of persons engaged in, or assisting, sponsoring, or supporting (i) extremist violence in the Republic of Macedonia and elsewhere in the Western Balkans region, or (ii) acts obstructing implementation of the Dayton Accords in Bosnia or United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of June 10, 1999, in Kosovo. The President subsequently amended that order in Executive Order 13304 of May 28, 2003.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/notice-president-regarding-contintuation-national-emergecy-respect-weste

    • CR says:

      June 23, 2011

      Message from the President regarding the contintuation of the national emergecy with respect to the Western Balkans

      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 Western Balkans emergency is to continue in effect beyond June 26, 2011.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/message-president-regarding-contintuation-national-emergecy-respect-west

  22. CR says:

    June 23, 2011

    Notice from the President regarding the contintuation of the national emergency with respect to North Korea

    On June 26, 2008, by Executive Order 13466, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the existence and risk of the proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula. The President also found that it was necessary to maintain certain restrictions with respect to North Korea that would otherwise have been lifted pursuant to Proclamation 8271 of June 26, 2008, which terminated the exercise of authorities under the Trading With the Enemy Act (50 U.S.C. App. 1-44) with respect to North Korea.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/notice-president-regarding-contintuation-national-emergency-respect-nort

    • CR says:

      June 23, 2011

      Message from the President regarding the contintuation of the national emergency with respect to North Korea

      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 declared in Executive Order 13466 of June 26, 2008, expanded in scope in Executive Order 13551 of August 30, 2010, and addressed further in Executive Order 13570 of April 18, 2011, is to continue in effect beyond June 26, 2011.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/message-president-regarding-contintuation-national-emergency-respect-nor

  23. CR says:

    NATO chief says alliance will finish job in Libya

    6/23/11 Nick Carey – Reuters- 2 hrs 54 mins ago

    TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO’s chief on Thursday slapped down a call from Italy for a suspension of hostilities in Libya and tried to reassure wavering members of the Western coalition that Muammar Gaddafi can be beaten.

    Italy’s ceasefire call exposed the strain on the NATO alliance, nearly 14 weeks into a bombing campaign that has so far failed to dislodge Gaddafi but is causing mounting concerns about its financial cost and about civilian casualties.

    Highlighting the wider consequences of the war in the North African oil-producer, oil-consuming nations announced a rare move to release reserves from oil stockpiles to fill the gap left by disruption to Libyan output.

    Asked about Italy’s ceasefire call, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a newspaper interview: “No, on the contrary. We shall continue and see it through to the end.”

    “The allies are committed to making the necessary effort for a sustained operation,” he told France’s Le Figaro newspaper.

    “We will take the time needed until the military objective is reached: end all attacks against Libyan civilians, return armed forces to barracks and freedom of movement for humanitarian aid.”

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

  24. CR says:

    Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    6/23/11 By The Associated Press – 4 mins ago

    SYRIA
    Syrian troops push to the Turkish border in their sweep against a 3-month-old pro-democracy movement, sending panicked refugees, including children, rushing across the frontier to safe havens in Turkey. The European Union announces it is slapping new sanctions on the Syrian regime because of the “gravity of the situation,” in which the Syrian opposition says 1,400 people have been killed in a relentless government crackdown.
    ___

    LIBYA
    Supporters of Moammar Gadhafi rally in Tripoli after the Libyan leader lashes out at NATO over civilian casualties, calling the alliance “murderers” following an airstrike on the family home of a close associate. A few hundred supporters, most of them women, gather in the capital’s Green Square hours after the late-night speech, vowing to defend the Libyan leader against rebels seeking to oust him and NATO forces giving them air support. Gadhafi also warns the alliance that its more than three-month mission in Libya is a “Crusader’s campaign” that could come back to haunt the West.
    ___

    EGYPT
    The outgoing Arab League chief says the Arab world’s uprisings have set the region on a path of change. It is Amr Moussa’s last speech Thursday to the 22-member organization before he leaves to run for president of Egypt. Moussa says the ongoing revolts will not be in vain, because “the Arab nation is on the right track.”
    ___

    YEMEN
    A senior U.S. diplomat pushing for a peaceful transfer of power in Yemen says that whichever side emerges from the four-month political crisis to lead the nation will cooperate with Washington in battling Yemen’s al-Qaida branch. The Obama administration fears Yemen’s turmoil will give al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula more room to operate freely and plot attacks on the West from the country’s remote and mountainous reaches. The U.S. says the Yemen-based militants are now the terrorist network’s No. 1 threat and has carried out expanded strikes against them with armed drones and warplanes.

  25. CR says:

    Tom Hanks: I’m voting for Obama again

    6/23/11 POLITICO

    It’s a bit early, but Tom Hanks has already made up his mind about the 2012 presidential election. He’s voting for Barack Obama, again.

    In an interview with CNN, the actor who’s been on a media blitz promoting a new movie, explained his endorsement.

    Host Kyra Phillips introduced the subject, saying: “All right. President Obama, you’ve been a big supporter…”

    Interrupting, Hanks said, “And I will be again! Let me take it right now. I’m going to vote for him for his re-election in 2012. I beat to you the punch.”

    Phillips pressed the actor for his thoughts on Obama’s “evolving” stance on gay marriage. “Does President Obama need to endorse it?” she asked.

    “Isn’t that above my pay grade to make comments on?” said Hanks, before explaining, “I think all of America should endorse the idea because there’s nothing to be afraid of.”

    Hanks, a longtime Democrat, went on to say that the president has not only lived up to his expectations but “expanded” them.

    Said Hanks, “If you would have told me a few years ago that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ would be repealed and about a billion jobs at General Motors and Chrysler would have been saved because the president was smart enough and strong enough and bold enough to do so, I would have said, ‘Wow. That’s a good president, I think I’ll vote for him again.’”

  26. CR says:

    June 23, 2011

    President Obama Nominates Two to the United States District Court Bench

    WASHINGTON- Today, President Obama nominated Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps and Rosemary Márquez to serve on the United States District Court bench.

    “I am honored to put forward such highly qualified candidates for the federal bench,” President Obama said. “Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps and Rosemary Márquez will be distinguished public servants and valuable additions to the United States District Court.”

    * Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona

    * Rosemary Márquez: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/president-obama-nominates-two-united-states-district-court-bench

  27. CR says:

    June 23, 2011

    President Obama Nominates Three to Serve as U.S. Marshals

    WASHINGTON- Today, President Obama nominated Steven Richard Frank, Martin John Pane and David Blake Webb to serve as U.S. Marshals.

    “These dedicated law enforcement professionals have spent their careers protecting their fellow Americans,” said President Obama. “I am honored to nominate them to serve the American people as U.S. Marshals.”

    * Steven Richard Frank: Nominee for United States Marshal for the Western District of Pennsylvania

    * Martin John Pane: Nominee for United States Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

    * David Blake Webb: Nominee for United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/president-obama-nominates-three-serve-us-marshals

  28. CR says:

    Healthy Kids Recipe

    Vilsack Announces Finalists For First Lady’s Recipes For Healthy Kids Contest

    JUNE 15, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    First Lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids challenge has been going on since last September, and today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the finalists for the national contest, which was designed to promote healthy eating among children as part of the Let’s Move! campaign. The first place winners, who created recipes in a variety of categories, are from California, Minnesota, and North Carolina (the full list is below). Teams will compete for the Grand Prize during a national cook-off event at the American Culinary Federation National Convention in Dallas, Texas, on July 25th.

    Mrs. Obama and USDA created the competition to challenge teams of school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, and community members to develop creative, nutritious, and “kid-approved” recipes that schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch Program menus, under the guidelines of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Teams had to select a category of food to create their recipes around: Dark Green and Orange Vegetables; Whole Grains; and Dry Beans and Peas. All are a focus of the new school lunch legislation, as well as the new MyPlate icon.

    USDA received more than 300 entries from teams, and the top ten recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook in the future, according to USDA. The contest is also part of the broader effort to promote the Chefs Move to Schools initiative, which encourages chefs to work with schools in their communities.

    For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/06/vilsack-announces-finalists-for-first.html

  29. CR says:

    June 23, 2011

    Statement by Vice President Biden On the Bipartisan Debt Talks

    Over the past several weeks, the bipartisan debt talks have made significant progress on a blueprint for putting America’s fiscal house in order. Working together in good faith, we have found many areas of common ground and potential agreement on substantial savings. As all of us at the table said at the outset, the goal of these talks was to report our findings back to our respective leaders. The next phase is in the hands of those leaders, who need to determine the scope of an agreement that can tackle the problem and attract bipartisan support. For now the talks are in abeyance as we await that guidance. We stand ready to meet again as necessary.

    As the President and I have made clear from the beginning, the only way to make sure we begin to live within our means is by coming together behind a balanced approach that finds real savings across the budget – including domestic spending, defense spending, mandatory spending, and loopholes in the tax code. We all need to make sacrifices, and that includes the most fortunate among us.

    I continue to be grateful to my fellow negotiators for taking on this formidable challenge. We have made real headway and laid the groundwork to get this done. We owe it to the American people to take every responsible step to do right by our economy and the nation’s future.

    • CR says:

      Deficit talks in danger as Eric Cantor bails

      6/23/11 By DAVID ROGERS – POLITICO

      Republicans moved in concert Thursday to disrupt deficit reduction talks with the White House, refusing to participate in some cases until President Barack Obama become more personally involved and resolves the divisive issue of taxes.

      It is a high-stakes gamble designed to change the dynamic of the talks and push back hard on the revenue question — a central tenet for the party. But it also betrays a growing defensiveness inside the GOP, as the debt ceiling gets closer with no deal in sight and pressure for negotiators to consider defense cuts and eliminating some tax subsidies.

      For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57621.html

      • What a baby this guy is. This is all a dog and pony show. Now the President and Boehner will work out a deal and Boehner will take the wrath of theTeaparty because he will agree to raise the debt limit and Medicare and Medicaid will be in tact. It is a way to back out of the ludicrous Paul Ryan Plan.

        Of course this is only my take on it.

  30. CR says:

    June 23, 2011

    Readout of President Obama’s Call with Armenian President Serzh Sargsian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev

    President Obama made phone calls today to Armenian President Serzh Sargsian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in advance of their upcoming summit on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that Russian President Dimitriy Medvedev will host in Kazan, Russia on June 24th.

    The President reaffirmed the message expressed in his May 26th joint statement with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs President Nicholas Sarkozy and President Medvedev that the moment has come for all the sides to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to take a decisive step towards a peaceful settlement.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/readout-president-obamas-call-armenian-president-serzh-sargsian-and-azer

  31. CR says:

    June 23, 2011

    Statement by the Press Secretary on New Rules on Sensitive Nuclear Trade Approved by the Nuclear Suppliers Group

    The United States welcomes the decision of the 46-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to approve new guidelines covering transfers of sensitive nuclear technologies used for the enrichment of uranium or the processing of spent nuclear fuel. This decision establishes agreed criteria that limit allowed transfers only to those nations in compliance with their nonproliferation obligations and that meet agreed standards for nuclear safeguards, safety and security. This Administration remains committed to ensuring that nations in good standing can have access to peaceful nuclear energy without increasing the risks of nuclear weapons proliferation. This latest step, coupled with the agreement last December to establish an International Atomic Energy Agency nuclear fuel bank, advances the President’s nuclear agenda laid out in Prague in 2009. It further demonstrates the clear determination of nations to strengthen the international nonproliferation regime and build new frameworks for civil nuclear cooperation.

  32. CR says:

    Next Up…

    7:00 PM EDT (1 of 3 appearences)
    President Obama makes remarks at the LGBT Leadership Council Gala in New York.

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      June 23, 2011

      Remarks by the President at a DNC Event

      Sheraton Hotel and Towers
      New York, New York

      6:59 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello! (Applause.) Thank you! Thank you so much. Hello, New York! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Everybody please have a seat. Thank you. Thank you so much. (Applause.)

      Thank you, Jonathan, for your service to this country and for continuing to fight for what this country stands for, even after you had to take off the uniform.

      I also want to recognize the extraordinary performance of Audra McDonald. I like hearing her sing. (Applause.) I want to thank our MC for this evening, Neil Patrick Harris. (Applause.) Everybody knows that Neil is openly terrific. (Laughter.)

      A couple of other acknowledgments — Christine Quinn, the New York City Council Speaker, is here. (Applause.) A great friend of mine who helped move the process forward to make sure that “don’t ask, don’t tell” got done — Patrick Murphy is in the house. (Applause.) The DNC treasurer, Andy Tobias, is here. (Applause.) I think they like you, Andy. (Applause.) And I want to thank the co-chairs of the LGBT Leadership Council. Thank you so much. This is just an extraordinary event.

      It is wonderful to be back in New York. I see a lot of new faces but also a lot of friends who I have known for a very long time. Many of you knew me before I had gray hair. (Laughter.) Malia and Sasha says it makes me look distinguished. Michelle says it makes me look old. (Laughter.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/remarks-president-dnc-event

      • CR says:

        Obama speaks at LGBT Fundraiser

        Uploaded by LGBTQNation on Jun 23, 2011

        Via CNN: President Barack Obama speaks at an LGBT fundraiser in New York City on June 23.

    • CR says:

      June 23, 2011

      Remarks by the President at a DNC Event

      Daniel
      New York, New York

      7:40 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you. It’s great to be here. Everybody please have a seat. It’s me, it’s true. (Laughter.)

      It is wonderful to see all of you. Thank you so much for coming here tonight. To the host committee, who have generally been supportive of me since I had no gray hair. (Laughter.) I was telling people the other day, Malia and Sasha think I look distinguished; Michelle thinks I look old. (Laughter.)

      But I’m thrilled to be here tonight, and I appreciate all of you taking the time to have what I hope is a good conversation, but also the wonderful support that you’ve shown.

      What I’d like to do is to speak very briefly at the top, and then I want to spend as much time as possible just exchanging ideas and answering questions.

      When I was elected — I think back to 2008 and Grant Park, and it was a beautiful night — I said to people, this is not the end, this is the beginning, and that we were going to have a steep hill to climb. I had gotten into the race because of this profound belief in America, but also because there was a huge gap between what I thought America could be and where we were. That we had seen a decade where incomes and wages had stagnated. We had seen the absence of any coherent energy policy that would free ourselves from dependence on foreign oil and help to clean up the planet. Our education system — there was a lot of talk about reforming it, but we hadn’t made the kind of progress that would allow us to be competitive in the 21st century.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/remarks-president-dnc-event-0

    • CR says:

      June 23, 2011

      Remarks by the President at a DNC Event

      Broadway Theatre
      New York, New York

      9:50 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) It is good to be back in New York City! (Applause.) Good to be back on Broadway. (Applause.) Thank you, Whoopi Goldberg. We love you. (Applause.) How about the cast of Sister Act? Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      Everybody, you can take a seat. Just relax. (Laughter.) It is wonderful to follow Sister Act. (Laughter.) It helped me on my research, figuring out what continent to send Malia and Sasha. (Laughter.) They’re getting a little too old and too cute. (Laughter.)

      It is wonderful to be with all of you tonight. And I will not spoil a great show with a long speech. But I do have a few things to say. (Laughter.) You know, I was reflecting back on my last campaign and the 2008 election. And a lot has changed since then. I am a little grayer. (Laughter.) My daughters say it makes me look distinguished. And Michelle says it makes me look old. (Laughter.) But I think back to that day in Grant Park on Election Day, and speaking to the American people and trying to absorb this incredible honor. And I said to so many of you that as special as this night was, this was not the end; this was just the beginning. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/23/remarks-president-dnc-event-1

      • CR says:

        Barack Obama Speech @ Sister Act Fundraiser June 23, 2011

        Uploaded by NewMerika on Jun 24, 2011

        Introduced by Whoopi Goldberg, President Barack Obama addresses an audience of supporters following a performer of Sister Act on Broadway, June 23rd, 2011

  33. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, June 24, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    The President tours Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)
    Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center
    Pooled Press

    11:00 AM
    The President delivers remarks on the need to focus on cross-cutting technologies that will enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and speed up ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor
    Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center
    Open Press

    12:00 PM
    12:15 PM
    The President arrives Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Pittsburgh International Airport
    Open Press

    12:45 PM
    The President departs Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Pittsburgh International Airport
    Open Press

    1:00 PM
    1:40 PM
    The President arrives at Andrews Air Force Base
    Andrews Air Force Base
    Travel Pool Coverage

    1:55 PM
    The President arrives at the White House
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      June 24, 2011

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

      11:00 AM EDT
      The President delivers remarks on the need to focus on cross-cutting technologies that will enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and speed up ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor
      Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:00 AM EDT
      House considers Libya resolution
      House lawmakers may vote on a measure that would bar most funding for U.S. forces supporting the NATO operation in Libya.

      9:30 AM EDT
      Mutual fund oversight hearing
      A House financial services subcommittee holds a hearing on the oversight of the mutual fund industry.

      11:00 AM EDT
      The President delivers remarks on the need to focus on cross-cutting technologies that will enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and speed up ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor
      Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center

      11:45 AM EDT
      State Department briefing on democracy conference
      State Department officials brief reporters on the upcoming Community of Democracies meeting, which will take place in Lithuania.

      12:45 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the conflicts in Libya and Syria

      1:00 PM EDT
      Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairwoman Sheila Bair will address a National Press Club

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM EDT
      Hearing on Venezuela Ties to Iran (Sanctions)

      http://www.cspan.org/Events/House-Subcommittees-Hear-About-Venezuelas-Ties-to-Iran/10737422464/

      9:00 AM EDT
      House considers Libya resolution
      House lawmakers may vote on a measure that would bar most funding for U.S. forces supporting the NATO operation in Libya. http://www.cspan.org/Events/House-to-Vote-on-Libya-Resolutions/10737422460/

      9:30 AM EDT
      Mutual fund oversight hearing
      A House financial services subcommittee holds a hearing on the oversight of the mutual fund industry. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/300209-1

      11:00 AM EDT
      The President delivers remarks on the need to focus on cross-cutting technologies that will enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and speed up ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor
      Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Obama-Remarks-on-Advanced-Manufacturing-Partnership/10737422478/

      11:45 AM EDT
      State Department briefing on democracy conference
      State Department officials brief reporters on the upcoming Community of Democracies meeting, which will take place in Lithuania.

      12:45 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the conflicts in Libya and Syria.

      1:00 PM EDT
      Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairwoman Sheila Bair will address a National Press Club http://www.cspan.org/Events/House-Financial-Services-Subcommittee-to-Examine-Mutual-Funds/10737422466/

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      Carnegie Mellon University http://www.cmu.edu/event/obama/

      11:00 AM EDT
      The President delivers remarks on the need to focus on cross-cutting technologies that will enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and speed up ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor
      Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center

      Middle East Protest

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

  34. CR says:

    President’s Visit

    cmu.edu

    On Friday, June 24, President Barack Obama will visit Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy.

    The event will be streamed online.

    He will also discuss key steps that government, industry and universities will take together to create new industries and new jobs.

    The visit comes on the heels of CMU’s recently launched Greenlighting Startups.

    Greenlighting Startups is an initiative aimed at accelerating the university’s already impressive record of turning campus innovations into sustainable new businesses.

    President Obama’s remarks are expected to include the need to focus on cross-cutting technologies that will enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and speed up ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor.

    The visit will take place at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC).

    While at the NREC, President Obama will see a range of cutting-edge technologies — from crowd-sourced vehicles and next-generation robots to modeling and simulation — that have the potential to transform and assist the manufacturing sector.

    This is his third visit to the university. (Watch video and learn more about his previous visits.)

    Attendance to the event is by invitation only and tickets are unavailable. The online stream also includes ways to participate in the conversation via social media.

    Chat with us on Twitter using #CMUObama.

  35. CR says:

    FLOTUS SCHEDULE:

    Friday, June 24, 2011 – Gaborone, Botswana

    The First Lady is visiting the Botswana Baylor Children’s Clinic Center of Excellence’s Teen Club. Teen Club was assembled to teach leadership among teens and encourage young people to teach others HIV/AIDS education. Mrs. Obama joins Teen Club members in a service project at the site for the planned Botswana Baylor Adolescent Center.

  36. CR says:

    June 24, 2011

    President Obama Launches Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

    Today, at Carnegie Mellon University, President Obama launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness. Investing in technologies, such as information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology, will support the creation of good jobs by helping U.S. manufacturers reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate product development.

    The President’s plan, which leverages existing programs and proposals, will invest more than $500 million to jumpstart this effort. The President believes that even as we live within our means, we must invest to win the future. Investments will be made in the following key areas: building domestic manufacturing capabilities in critical national security industries; reducing the time needed to make advanced materials used in manufacturing products; establishing U.S. leadership in next-generation robotics; increasing the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes; and developing new technologies that will dramatically reduce the time required to design, build, and test manufactured goods. Leading universities and companies will compliment these federal efforts helping to invent, deploy and scale these cutting-edge technologies.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/24/president-obama-launches-advanced-manufacturing-partnership

    • CR says:

      Educated Workforces Spur Manufacturing Innovation

      Posted by David Agnew on June 24, 2011

      Ed. Note: At 11:00 AM EDT today, the President will deliver remarks on the need to focus on cross-cutting technologies that will enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and speed up ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor. Watch live on WhiteHouse.gov/live.

      While President Obama is talking about manufacturing in Pittsburgh today, cities around the country are working to link education and industry to create innovative products and high-tech jobs. This week, we heard from several cities about how an educated workforce is helping to grow the advanced manufacturing economy in their communities.

      * Cincinnati, Ohio Mayor Mark Mallory

      * Atlanta, Georgia, Mayor Kasim Reed

      * Greenville, South Carolina, Mayor Knox White

      * Huntsville, Alabama, Mayor Tommy Battle

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/24/educated-workforces-spur-manufacturing-innovation

  37. CR says:

    Asia moves to tap oil reserves

    6/24/11 By Tomasz Janowski – Reuters 1 hr 11 mins ago

    TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian nations moved to release emergency oil stockpiles on Friday as part of a rare global coordinated action by consumer countries to prevent high energy prices from stunting a stuttering economic recovery.

    The move, led by Washington and criticized by the oil industry as an unnecessary distortion of markets, suggests a fundamental shift on the part of industrialized nations toward intervention in commodity markets as an economic policy tool.

    Brent oil prices tumbled to a four-month closing low on Thursday and after rallying early on Friday, turned and fell again.

    Some doubts emerged that the unexpected decision by the International Energy Agency to release 60 million barrels over the next month would have a long-term impact.

    Japanese Economics Minister Kaoru Yosano said the IEA move was a warning to speculative buyers but India’s Oil Minister S. Jaipal Reddy doubted the action would have an impact.

    “Even if there is a slight increase in production (supply), those gains will not be made available to us because of unbridled speculation in the financial markets of the world,” he said. “We don’t know whether this (weaker oil prices) is a stable trend.”

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

  38. CR says:

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

  39. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a great Friday.

    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

  40. How I love Steve Benen.

    So Much for Acting Like “Adults”

    Shortly after the 2010 midterms, John Boehner looked ahead to how he’d deal with the debt ceiling as the Speaker of the House. “I’ve made it pretty clear to [my caucus] that as we get into next year, it’s pretty clear that Congress is going to have to deal with [the debt limit],” Boehner said. “We’re going to have to deal with it as adults. Whether we like it or not, the federal government has obligations and we have obligations on our part.”

    Is anyone, anywhere, willing to make the argument that House Republicans are dealing with this issue “as adults”?

    Yesterday, with leading Republican negotiators in the bipartisan debt-reduction talks quitting the process, we didn’t see political maturity; we saw a dangerous temper tantrum.

    The two Republicans in the talks, Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, and Senator Jon Kyl, the minority whip, had no intention of actually negotiating. Negotiations require listening to those on the other side and giving them something they want in exchange for some of your goals.

    That’s what this seems to boil down to: Republicans were incensed that Democrats want something out of this deal. It was as if Cantor was saying, “You don’t understand, this is our hostage strategy. You’re not allowed to ask for anything.”

    That’s not really an exaggeration. As far as GOP leaders are concerned, they picked the game, so they also get to pick the rules. Republicans choose the policy goal (debt reduction); Republicans choose the solution (massive spending cuts); Republicans choose what gets taken off the table (tax increases); Republicans choose what Democrats are permitted to propose; and Republicans choose when the negotiations end.

    Read more:

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_06/so_much_for_acting_like_adults030475.php

  41. CR says:

    Standing by Those Who Serve and Their Families

    Posted by LTC Jason Dempsey on June 24, 2011

    This week, the President announced his plan to responsibly draw down the number of troops in Afghanistan. After a long decade, the men and women of our armed forces – many of whom have served multiple tours of duty overseas – will soon begin to come home for good. They have worked hard, served bravely, and sacrificed much. I know because I was honored to serve alongside them. But we have not endured these challenges alone. Every time our troops are called to action, so too are their families. From day one of this conflict, America’s military families have been steadfast in service and support for their loved ones and their country. We owe it to these families to be just as steadfast now in our service and support for them.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/24/standing-those-who-serve-and-their-families

    • CR says:

      “Your Commander-in-Chief Has Your Back”

      Posted by Kori Schulman on June 24, 2011

      Yesterday, President Obama visited Fort Drum to thank soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division who had returned from Afghanistan this spring and meet with Gold Star Families. In an address to the nation a day earlier, the President announced his plan to remove 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and a total of 33,000 by next summer.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/24/your-commander-chief-has-your-back

  42. CR says:

    In Africa, Michelle Obama reflects on race

    6/24/11 By Jeff Mason – 45 mins ago

    CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Considering she is the first black First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama does not talk a lot about race.

    Though a descendant of slaves and spouse of the first African American president, Obama is more likely to opine on healthy eating than controversial racial divides.

    But, by design or default, her trip this week to South Africa has brought the issue to the forefront of the diplomatic agenda.
    On her second official solo trip abroad, Obama confronted the remnants of the racial discrimination system known as apartheid, highlighted the struggles of the U.S. civil rights movement, and answered questions about her role as a high profile African American woman.

    The first lady and her husband, President Barack Obama, tried hard to transcend race during his 2008 presidential campaign. His positions on the economy, U.S.-led war in Iraq, and healthcare reform trumped, they hoped, any tendency among voters to focus on the historic nature of his White House bid.

    In Africa, however, Michelle Obama has been welcomed as the daughter of a continent she has only visited a handful of times, and interest is high in her unique position as a black presidential spouse and leader in her own right.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/C0blg

  43. CR says:

    Data points to underlying factory strength

    6/24/11 By Lucia Mutikani – Reuters 36 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New orders for U.S. manufactured goods and a gauge of business spending plans rose in May, easing fears of a sharp slowdown in factory activity.

    Durable goods orders increased 1.9 percent after dropping 2.7 percent in April, the Commerce Department said on Friday.
    An improvement across the board in May and revisions to April’s figures that showed smaller declines than previously reported, pointed to underlying strength in a sector that has powered the economic recovery.

    Economists had expected durable goods orders, a leading indicator of manufacturing health, to rise 1.5 percent in May.

    The report came as a relief to investors after recent regional factory data had shown some signs of fatigue. Supply chain disruptions after the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan have been constraining manufacturing.

    “The strong rebound in core durable goods orders in May is an encouraging sign, particularly in light of the loss of momentum in the manufacturing sector evident in recent survey reports,” said Peter Newland, a senior economist at Barclays Capital in New York.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/Y1VtQ

  44. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:00 AM EDT
    The President delivers remarks on the need to focus on cross-cutting technologies that will enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and speed up ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor – Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Obama-Remarks-on-Advanced-Manufacturing-Partnership/10737422478/

    Carnegie Mellon University http://www.cmu.edu/event/obama/

    • CR says:

      June 24, 2011

      Remarks by the President at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center

      Carnegie Mellon University, National Robotics Engineering Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      11:02 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello! (Applause.) Thank you very much. Everybody, please have a seat. Thank you. Hello, Pittsburgh! (Applause.) It is good to be back. Thank you, Senator Casey, and Mayor Ravenstahl, County Executive Dan Onorato, State Auditor Jack Wagner, and all of you for having me back here at Carnegie Mellon. It is good to be here.

      And it seems like every time I’m here I learn something. So, for those of you who are thinking about Carnegie Mellon, it’s a terrific place, and you guys are doing just great work.

      I just met with folks from some cutting-edge companies and saw some of their inventions here in your National Robotics Engineering Center. But that’s not the only reason I’m here. You might not know this, but one of my responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief is to keep an eye on robots. (Laughter.) And I’m pleased to report that the robots you manufacture here seem peaceful — (laughter) — at least for now.

      This is a city that knows something about manufacturing. For generations of Americans, it was the ticket to a middle-class life. Here and across America’s industrial heartland, millions clocked in each day at foundries and on assembly lines to make things. And the stuff we made — steel, cars, planes — was the stuff that made America what it is. The jobs were good. They paid enough to own a home, to raise kids, send them to college, to retire. They were jobs that told us something more important than just how much money we made, what was in our paycheck. These jobs also told us that we were meeting our responsibilities to our family and to our neighborhoods, and building our communities, and building our country.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/24/remarks-president-carnegie-mellon-universitys-national-robotics-engineer

    • CR says:

      President Obama Launches Partnership at CMU

      Uploaded by CarnegieMellonU on Jun 24, 2011

      President Barack Obama launched a major manufacturing initiative from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) brings together major U.S. manufacturers and top U.S. universities.

  45. CR says:

    LATEST FROM THE PEOPLE’S VIEW…..

    Fairness for Workers: Obama Administration Moves to Put Union
    Elections on a Fast Track
    (Your Action REQUIRED)

    23 Jun 2011 Deaniac83 – ThePeople’sView

    When President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board stopped Boeing from illegally punishing its employees for the sin of unionization, the “progressive” media relegated the story to “ehh, boring.” So don’t be surprised when you also hardly find coverage of another important step the NLRB is about to take: cutting red tape that helps union busters and helping speed up organization of workers into unions. The AP reports that the new rules are likely to rein in the period of time big business would have to harass and intimidate workers. The SEIU, on their blog, has a good explanation of what the rule will do and why we need to stand by the NLRB in this process (emphasis theirs)

    For the entire article (at the bottom of the article is where YOUR ACTION REQUIRED): http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/06/fairness-for-workers-obama.html

  46. CR says:

    Now this is a cool ride!

    Posted by Macon Phillips on June 24, 2011

    Imagine seeing this in your rear-view mirror!

    Darpa Car

    The look of that vehicle isn’t the only cool thing about it: it’s also the product of a new approach to manufacturing, which has the potential to reduce the overall process by a factor a five. Rather than the usual contracting model that takes several years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (know as “DARPA”) asked a small company in Arizona, Local Motors, to fulfill the challenge in a little over four months. With only four weeks for planning, Local Motors democratized the process by receiving 162 high quality designs from hundreds of entrepeneurs and spent fourteen weeks building the car. The efficiency of the DARPA challenge reveals the potential impact of crowd-sourcing and small businesses on advanced manufacturing at the Department of Defense.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/24/now-cool-ride

    President Obama Tours Robotics Center http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Obama-Remarks-on-Advanced-Manufacturing-Partnership/10737422478-2/

  47. CR says:

    West Wing Week 06/23/11 or “The Receding Tide”

    From: whitehouse | Jun 23, 2011

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, President Obama addressed the nation on his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, delivering on a promise he made to the American people in December of 2009. The President also traveled Fort Drum to meet with soldiers and their families, welcomed young elected officials to the White House, and talked to mayors from across the country about job creation and economic growth.

  48. CR says:

    June 24, 2011

    Statement by the Press Secretary

    On Monday, the President and Vice President will hold meetings at the White House with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss the status of the negotiations to find common ground on a balanced approach to deficit reduction. The meeting with the Majority Leader will take place in the morning and the meeting with the Minority Leader will take place in the early evening.

  49. CR says:

    U.S. House of Representatives Approves Patent Reform Bill

    Jun 23, 2011 By Grant Gross, IDG News

    The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve a bill that would overhaul the U.S. patent system and allow for a new review of patents after they are approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    The America Invents Act would also allow the USPTO’s director to set the fees for patents, with the aim of giving the agency enough money to process a long backlog of patent applications. The bill would also change who is awarded a patent from the first person to create a new invention to the first person to file for a patent. Most other countries award patents to the first person to file.

    Many large tech companies have been pushing for changes in the U.S. patent system for years. The USPTO approves too many questionable patents, leading to patent lawsuits, critics have said. Large tech firms have also complained that it’s too easy for patent holders to sue and collect huge damages from tech vendors that potentially have hundreds of patented inventions in their products.

    The House approval, by a 304-117 vote, moves “long-awaited” patent reform closer to becoming law, said Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat and sponsor of a similar bill in the Senate.

    “This bill will unleash American Innovation and create good, well-paying jobs for American workers,” Leahy said in a statement. “It is commonsense legislation that goes to the heart of our shared agenda: reinvigorating the American economy and promoting job growth.”

    For the entire article: http://www.pcworld.com/article/231023/us_house_of_representatives_approves_patent_reform_bill.html

  50. CR says:

    Michelle Obama Visits HIV/AIDS Clinic in Botswana

    6/24/11 VOANews 38 minutes ago

    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama helped paint an HIV/AIDS clinic on her first stop in Botswana on Friday.

    Mrs. Obama and family members traveling with her painted a mural at the Botswana-Baylor Adolescent Center of Excellence in the capital, Gaborone.

    The mural is part of a facility that is being constructed to support children and teens infected with or affected by HIV-AIDS.

    Later, Mrs. Obama attended a women’s leadership conference where she again pushed for the empowerment of young women.

    The first lady noted she came from humble means. But after attending college, she learned her success depended not on where she came from, but on how much she believed in herself and how hard she was willing to work.

    Mrs. Obama also visited with President Ian Khama. She was scheduled to visit a game reserve with her family on Friday evening.

    Botswana is the second stop on her her two-nation tour of southern Africa to promote youth leadership and health and wellness.

    On Thursday in South Africa, the first lady teamed up with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu to promote healthy living. The first lady met with the archbishop emeritus at Cape Town Stadium, before kicking a football (soccer ball) around with some children.

    Obama told the children they needed to make smart choices and take care of their health if they want to be productive individuals.
    Archbishop Tutu told the children Obama’s presence was proof the possibilities for their futures are endless.

    For the entire article: http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2011/06/24/michelle-obama-visits-hivaids-clinic-in-botswana-2/

  51. CR says:

    Michelle Obama’s optimism seen in Africa

    6/24/11 By STEVE MORRISON & LISA CARTY – POLITICO

    First lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa this week with her daughters and her mother has generated major U.S. media attention. News outlets now feature the pictures of their meeting with South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, or dancing with local school children.

    But the first lady’s trip to southern Africa is about more than colorful photos. It is focusing national attention on the serious U.S. strategic interests on the continent.

    Washington is now confronting hard decisions about a range of issues relating to Africa — including security, trade and, particularly, global health. Millions of lives may be affected as a result.

    So this visit can help the American people better understand why the U.S. must continue to engage with South Africa and Botswana — as well as other African countries.

    South Africa and Botswana can be viewed as the kind of partners we need to advance U.S. interests in Africa. They are stable democracies that have long-standing partnerships with Washington to promote development in education, health, science and good governance.

    Read more: Washington is now confronting hard decisions about a range of issues relating to Africa — including security, trade and, particularly, global health. Millions of lives may be affected as a result.

    So this visit can help the American people better understand why the U.S. must continue to engage with South Africa and Botswana — as well as other African countries.

    South Africa and Botswana can be viewed as the kind of partners we need to advance U.S. interests in Africa. They are stable democracies that have long-standing partnerships with Washington to promote development in education, health, science and good governance.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/57693.html#ixzz1QDNMHeyh

    • CR says:

      South Africa trip offers rare peek at Malia, Sasha

      Often shielded from public eye, first daughters joined mother during good-will tour

      6/24/11 Darlene Supeville – AP

      CAPE TOWN, South Africa — A weeklong trip to Africa with their mother has given the public a rare look at Malia and Sasha Obama, sisters who are largely kept out of public view.

      Malia, who enters her teenage years when she turns 13 next month, and Sasha, her 10-year-old sibling, have been two steps behind first lady Michelle Obama on practically all her stops in southern Africa this week. It has given both the American and African media a long look at the sisters whose private lives their parents have tried to keep private.

      When they moved into the White House, the Obamas asked the news media to keep a respectful distance from the girls and refrain from photographing them at school, at weekend soccer games or at times when they weren’t with their parents. The White House even objected to coverage of their daughters at official events in the White House.

      But there was no such restriction on Mrs. Obama’s good-will visit to Africa, which began Monday night when her plane, dubbed “Brightstar,” landed on a chilly night at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa.

      The girls joined their mother, as well as their grandmother and two cousins who are traveling with the first lady, on well-documented public outings to Nelson Mandela’s foundation and several museums.

      For the entire article and photos: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43522063/ns/today-today_people/

  52. CR says:

    First Lady Michelle Obama Arrives in Botswana

    From: whitehouse | Jun 24, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama arrives in Botswana and is welcomed with a traditional African dance and the song “Obama Ye-Le-Le”

  53. CR says:

    Broadband and the Latino Community: Let’s Keep the Momentum Going!

    June 24, 2011 commerce.gov

    Guest blog by Anna M. Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information

    Yesterday I was happy to participate in a panel discussion about broadband at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) annual conference in San Antonio. NALEO members recognize that broadband Internet is one of the tools necessary to help their communities thrive in today’s economy. In fact, I think that any conference focused on building stronger communities should include a discussion of broadband – it’s a critical ingredient for job creation, economic growth, and improving education, health care, and public safety.

    I talked about challenges and opportunities. NTIA’s data show that although 90-95 percent of Americans live in areas with access to broadband, only 68 percent of households subscribe to the service. In fact, more than 28 percent of Americans do not use the Internet in any location, which means they are cut off from countless educational and job opportunities.

    Broadband

    For the entire article: http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2011/06/24/broadband-and-la tino-community-lets-keep-momentum-going

  54. CR says:

    Our Covenant with America’s Rural Miners

    Posted by Secretary Hilda Solis on June 24, 2011

    From the coal that makes it possible for us to power our computers, to the sand and gravel that serves as the foundation of our nation’s infrastructure, we simply could not function as a country without the natural resources that our miners provide.

    Mining and extraction industries have been key drivers of rural economic growth during our recovery, creating 80,000 new jobs in the last year alone. Nationally, this sector employs nearly 730,000 people in communities from Appalachia to the American West. For some raised in rural communities where mining is a way of life, this work is part of their family DNA, a profession “handed down” from one generation to the next. For others, a career in the mines is a ticket to a better life for their families. According to our Bureau of Labor Statistics, continuous mining machine operators have an average base pay of $48,000 a year, while supervisors earn more than $70,000.

    As a member of President Obama’s Rural Council, I am committed to helping miners get the training they need to harness our natural resources in a safe and cost-effective way. As rising gas prices continue to place strains on middle class families, it’s critical that we support the workers responsible for producing our domestic energy supply.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/24/our-covenant-america-s-rural-miners

  55. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good Friday CR and all friends!

    I’m heading off to work now but wanted to say thank you for all the news and information in this post — as always!

    HOPE everybody has a good day!

    >^..^<

  56. CR says:

    Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    6/24/11 By The Associated Press – 15 mins ago

    SYRIA
    Defying government guns, thousands of Syrian protesters pour down city streets and a main highway to press demands for President Bashar Assad’s ouster. Security forces open fire, killing at least 15 people, including two children, activists say.
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    YEMEN
    A car bomb believed to have been set off be a suicide attacker kills three Yemeni security personnel in the southern city of Aden, the government says, as residents grow fearful of a possible attempt by Islamic militants to seize control of the strategic port city.
    The government quickly says it suspects al-Qaida, but opponents have accused the regime of exaggerating the al-Qaida threat to try to hang on to Western support in the face of the four-month protest campaign aimed at ousting the autocratic president.
    Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Aden and around the nation again hold weekend rallies against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
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    BAHRAIN
    Bahrain’s top Shiite cleric sharply criticizes the life sentences given to eight opposition leaders for their role in anti-government protests in this Gulf kingdom. Sheik Isa Qassim’s sermon is the latest signal that Shiite leaders could snub Sunni rulers’ appeals for dialogue next month amid the crackdown in Bahrain, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.
    Bahrain’s government defends the sentences, saying that the activists were convicted of “plotting to violently topple Bahrain’s government” and “passing sensitive information to a terrorist organization in a foreign country.”
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    LIBYA
    Dozens of detained rebels return on a Red Cross ship to their eastern stronghold of Benghazi, detailing how they were tortured at the hands of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.
    The ship carrying 51 prisoners also brought back 249 people who wanted to be reunited with family in eastern Libya, a Red Cross spokeswoman says. It was not immediately clear whether there had been a prisoner swap with the Gadhafi government.
    “They electrocuted us, they tortured us in every possible way,” says Yousef al-Fetori, who had been detained in the capital of Tripoli. “They broke my ribs, hand and leg.”

  57. CR says:

    President Obama Speaks with Leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan

    Posted by Liz Sherwood-Randall on June 24, 2011

    Yesterday, President Obama placed calls to Armenian President Serzh Sargsian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. In each conversation, he encouraged his counterparts to take concrete steps toward a final settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that has undermined peace and development in the South Caucasus for over 20 years.

    Reaffirming the statement he issued with French President Sarkozy and Russian President Medvedev in Deauville last month, the President called upon both sides to engage constructively at the summit that President Medvedev convened today at Kazan, Russia.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/24/president-obama-speaks-leaders-armenia-and-azerbaijan

  58. CR says:

    June 24, 2011

    Statement by the Press Secretary on Gilad Shalit

    Nearly five years have now passed since Hamas terrorists crossed into Israel and abducted Gilad Shalit. During this time, Hamas has held him hostage without access by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in violation of the standards of basic decency and international humanitarian demands. As the anniversary of his capture approaches, the United States condemns in the strongest possible terms his continued detention, and joins other governments and international organizations around the world in calling on Hamas to release him immediately.

  59. CR says:

    June 24, 2011

    President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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

    * Sung Y. Kim, Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Department of State
    * Adrienne O’Neal, Ambassador to the Republic of Cape Verde, Department of State
    * Roy Woodall, Member, Financial Stability Oversight Council

    The President also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

    * Hyman Bass, Member, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science
    * Patty Gerstenblith, Chairman, Cultural Property Advisory Committee
    * Sean C. Martin, United States Commissioner, Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean
    * Patrick J. Murphy, Member, Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy
    * Russell F. Smith III, United States Commissioner, Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean
    * Marija Vojkovich, United States Commissioner, Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean
    * Nancy C. Wilkie, Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/24/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts

  60. CR says:

    June 24, 2011

    Statement by the President on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

    As we mark the anniversary of the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture, I join people around the world in honoring the victims of torture, paying tribute to all those who are courageously working to eradicate these inhuman practices from our world, and reaffirming the commitment of the United States to achieving this important goal.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/24/statement-president-international-day-support-victims-torture

  61. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good News Department:

    New York state senate approves same-sex marriage bill:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/nyregion/gay-marriage-approved-by-new-york-senate.html

    29 Democrats and 4 Republicans voted in favor.

    • CR says:

      Rainbow Flag

      YIPEE!!!! ONE MORE STATE THAT HAS EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

      NY becomes 6th state to legalized gay marriage!

      • Yay!!!! Just in time. All politics is local. :)
        How yall doing!!

      • CR says:

        I have something to say about California passing same-sex marriage on November 5, 2008 and then the right-wing “religious” side decided to start a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment called “Yes On 8“. The measure added a new provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights, to the California Constitution, which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

        I heard about the religious right coming into California and I saw them in my own neighborhood passing out misleading flyers door-to-door and there were misleading yard signs “Yes On 8″ with a stick figure of a man, woman and child to fool people into thinking that Prop 8 was pro-family instead of anti-gay. There was even a yard sign that I saw that someone had place right outside of a school/poling place that had a photo of POTUS & VPOTUS with a “Yes On 8″ under neath the photo! We know for a fact that Barack Obama and Joe Biden DID NOT endorse Prop 8.

        It burned me up to see how them lying bigots outsiders were misleading Californians! Why as a heterosexual woman am I so supportive of same-sex marriage? Because once upon a time in the U.S. my type of marriage was illegal as well; I am in a mixed race marriage! So why would I want discrimination on a group that I could have easily suffered from myself! I believe that all consenting adults should be able to marry each other!

  62. Good night yall!!! Just wanted to pop in to do a little celebrating. Happy sleep. :)

  63. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, June 25, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  64. CR says:

    Korean War – 61st Anniversary

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    The Korean War, June 1950 – July 1953

    Introductory Overview and Special Image Selection

    On 25 June 1950, the young Cold War suddenly turned hot, bloody and expensive. Within a few days, North Korea’s invasion of South Korea brought about a United Nations’ “police action” against the aggressors. That immediately produced heavy military and naval involvement by the United States. While there were no illusions that the task would be easy, nobody expected that this violent conflict would continue for more than three years.

    Throughout the summer of 1950, the U.S. and the other involved United Nations’ states scrambled to contain North Korea’s fast-moving army, assemble the forces necessary to defeat it and simultaneously begin to respond to what was seen as a global military challenge from the Communist world.

    Though America’s Armed Forces had suffered from several years’ of punishing fiscal constraints, the end of World War II just five years earlier had left a vast potential for recovery. U.S. materiel reserves held large quantities of relatively modern ships, aircraft, military equipment and production capacity that could be reactivated in a fraction of the time necessary to build them anew. More importantly, the organized Reserve forces included tens of thousands of trained people, whose World War II experiences remained reasonably fresh and relevant.

    For the entire article:http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/kowar/kowar.htm

    • CR says:

      Colonel Clark PSA Announcement on the Korean War

      Uploaded by DoDKW60 on Jun 9, 2011

      Colonel Clark describing Veterans of the Korean War and the sacrifices they made during combat.

  65. CR says:

    FLOTUS Schedule

    Saturday, June 25, 2011 – Gaborone, Botswana

    Mrs. Obama is beginning her day by thanking U.S. Embassy employees and their families. Following this event, Mrs. Obama and her family are departing for a family safari.

  66. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Random happy comment: We’re just re-watching our First Lady’s remarks to young African women leaders in Soweto on C-SPAN. What an inspiration, what a great symbol and reality of genuine partnership between America and Africa, how proud we are that she (and PBO!) represent our country.

  67. CR says:

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address

    June 25, 2011

    Pittsburgh, PA

    Hello, everybody. Earlier this week, I spoke about our way forward in Afghanistan, and I said that because of the extraordinary work of our men and women in uniform, civilians, and our coalition partners, we will soon begin bringing our troops home, just as we’ve begun doing in Iraq. After a decade of conflict, we’re finally bringing these wars to a responsible end.

    That’s in the best interests of America’s security. And it’s also in the best interests of America’s economy. Even though we’ve turned our economy in the right direction over the past couple of years, many Americans are still hurting, and now is the time to focus on nation building here at home.

    Of course, there’s been a real debate about where to invest and where to cut, and I’m committed to working with members of both parties to cut our deficits and debt. But we can’t simply cut our way to prosperity. We need to do what’s necessary to grow our economy; create good, middle-class jobs; and make it possible for all Americans to pursue their dreams.

    That means giving our kids the best education in the world so they have the knowledge and skills to succeed in this economy. It means rebuilding our crumbling roads, railways, and runways. And it means investing in the cutting-edge research and technologies that will spur growth in the years ahead – from clean energy to advanced manufacturing.

    That’s why I’m here today at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, one of America’s leading research universities. Behind me is a display from a company called RedZone Robotics. The robots they make are used to explore water and sewage pipes, and find leaks and breaks before they become expensive problems. But the folks at RedZone aren’t just solving problems; they’re working with unions to create new jobs operating the robots, and they’re saving cities millions of dollars in infrastructure costs.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/25/weekly-address-strengthening-america-investing-home

  68. CR says:

    NY becomes 6th state to legalized gay marriage

    6/25/11 By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press – 27 mins ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. – After days of contentious negotiations and last-minute reversals by two Republican senators, New York became the sixth and largest state in the country to legalize gay marriage, breathing life into the national gay rights movement that had stalled over a nearly identical bill here two years ago.

    Pending any court challenges, legal gay marriages can begin in New York by late July after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed his bill into law just before midnight Friday.

    At New York City’s Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village pub that spawned the gay rights movement on a June night in 1969, Scott Redstone watched New York sign the historic same-sex marriage law with his partner of 29 years, and popped the question.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/1rj2T

  69. CR says:

    Tax-Cut Religion and Republican Crybabies

    24 Jun 2011 Deaniac83 – ThePeople’sView

    All that was missing was John Boehner sobbing uncontrollably in front of a microphone when Republicans walked out of negotiations with Vice President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats over structuring a spending related package to increase the nation’s debt limit, which must be raised by August 2 to avoid very dire consequences. You see, apparently, VP Biden and Congressional Democrats are proving a little bit of a tough cookie for the Republicans to take the heat, and so they ran out and started throwing tantrums.

    For the entire article: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/06/tax-cut-religion-and-republican.html

  70. CR says:

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

  71. CR says:

    Michelle Obama and family go on African safari

    June 25, 2011 By Darlene Superville – Associated Press

    MADIKWE GAME RESERVE, South Africa—It was an African safari Saturday for Michelle Obama and her family.

    The first lady, joined by daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 10, along with her mother, Marian Robinson, and a niece and nephew, climbed into an open-airToyota Land Cruiser in search of lions, giraffes, elephants and other animals on the sprawling Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa.

    “Let’s go see some stuff,” Mrs. Obama said before she and her family returned to the vehicle after listening to a park guide’s explanation about the mountains off in the distance. “Let’s go.”

    They had seen at least one elephant by early afternoon.

    The group, including Mrs. Obama’s niece and nephew, Leslie and Avery Robinson, age 15 and 19, were spending the night at a lodge on the reserve.

    Mrs. Obama has been in Africa all week, promoting youth leadership, education, and health and wellness in South Africa and Botswana. She returns home to Washington on Monday.

    • CR says:

      First Lady Michelle and her family want to observe and admire wildlife……

      .

      …….instead of shooting animals from a helicopter like some ruthless and clueless “people”

    • CR says:

      Family Safari And Lunch: First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Village Eatery In Botswana

      JUNE 25, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

      On her second day in Botswana, the last leg of a weeklong trip to Africa, First Lady Michelle Obama today took her family on safari and out for a traditional lunch in the village of Mochudi, which is northeast of the capital, Gaborone. The cafeteria-style eatery, Borakanelo, is a favorite with locals. Mrs. Obama ordered six to-go meals of chicken, chips (aka fries, Mrs. Obama’s favorite food) and a traditional bread. Counter staffers packed these into styrofoam take out boxes as Mrs. Obama and her daughters, Sasha, 10, and Malia, 12, watched.

      “No veggies in sight,” the pool reporter on duty commented about the lunch order. Mrs. Obama, who wore a fringed, leopard print Prova scarf around her neck and a gray cardigan and gray slacks, was also accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and her nephew and niece, Avery and Leslie Robinson. Nearby, cows roamed outside unfenced pastures, spilling into the dusty country road. It is early winter in Botswana, and the air was cool.

      For the entire article and photos: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/06/family-safari-and-lunch-first-lady.html

  72. Good morning CR and Kat. Sorry I am so late. My computer is causing trouble. It has been so slow, I couldn’t get on here. I posted a couple of things on Twitter and it took forever. Just did a system clean and it is slightly improved for the moment.

    HOPE you have a wonderful Saturday.

  73. 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

  74. COS says:

    Happy Saturday, CR and friends. As always lots of good articles here CR. Thanks very much. Of all of the trips taken by FLOTUS and the girls, I think this one must rank as no. 1. I am so happy that they did this trip.

    • CR says:

      Hi COS!

      Let’s see POTUS traveled to Kenya in 1988 and then to Moneygall this year so he visited the motherland of his parents and now FLOTUS and her children visited their mother land too. Maybe one day I will go to Asia to visit my motherland too. :)

  75. CR says:

    Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    6/25/11 By The Associated Press – 1 hr 15 mins ago
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    SYRIA
    Hundreds of Syrians, some with gunshot wounds, cross into neighboring Lebanon in search of a refuge from the growing government crackdown in their homeland, a Lebanese security official says. Other Syrians march in a funeral for victims of the crackdown outside Damascus, demanding President Bashar Assad’s ouster.

    Most refugees arriving at the Lebanese border came after Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters in anti-regime demonstrations across Syria on Friday. Syrian activists say 20 people were killed, including two children aged 12 and 13.
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    LIBYA
    Libyan authorities accuse NATO of killing 15 people in an airstrike that they say hit a restaurant and bakery in the east, though the alliance denies the report.

    It is the latest outcry from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s government blaming NATO for killing civilians amid a four-month uprising that has sparked a civil war. NATO insists it does all it can to avoid such casualties.

    Rebel representatives, meanwhile, say their fighters are coordinating around the country for the “zero hour” when their forces would reach the capital of Tripoli.

    The rebels say they have been working to cut fuel supplies from the Tunisian border in an attempt to paralyze Gadhafi’s forces. Rebels also are making homemade bombs and trying to ferry other weapons to their comrades in Tripoli, a spokesman for an underground guerrilla group there says.
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    EGYPT
    Amnesty International urges Egypt’s military rulers to break with the past and abolish repressive laws and practices as the country prepares for parliamentary elections in the aftermath of Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

    Amnesty Secretary-General Salil Shetty tells reporters during a visit to Cairo that the military council that took power from Mubarak on an interim basis after February’s political upheaval should fulfill a promise to scrap decades-old emergency laws that gave Mubarak’s security agents and police a free hand to silence dissent.

    “This is an incredible moment of opportunity for the Egyptian authorities to show they have made a clean break with past abuses,” he says.
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    YEMEN
    Yemeni forces kill three men who were among nearly 60 suspected al-Qaida militants who escaped from prison this past week, officials says. The three escapees were awaiting execution in the Mukalla prison in southern Yemen, where inmates attacked guards, seized their weapons and fled through a tunnel on Wednesday in another sign that Islamic militants are making gains amid Yemen’s political turmoil.

    Nearly four months of anti-government protests have left the country’s president of more than three decades clinging to power.
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    TUNISIA
    Tunisia’s official news agency says a Tunis appeals court has upheld the conviction of a nephew of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on drug use and possession charges.

    The court gave Imed Trabelsi a four-year prison sentence, twice the penalty handed down in the original trial in May. He was also fined 3,000 dinars ($2,100).

    A Justice Ministry spokesman says Trabelsi will stand trial on other charges including corruption, fraud and illegal trafficking of archaeological items.

    Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia Jan. 14 amid a public uprising. He and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, were convicted in absentia Monday and sentenced to 35 years each in prison and fined millions of dollars.

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