Fuel Economy Standards for Automotive Vehicles

White House Announced First Ever Oil Savings Standards for Heavy Duty Trucks, Buses Saving $50 billion in fuel costs and over 500 million barrels of oil.

President Obama announced new fuel efficiency standards that will save American businesses that operate and own commercial vehicles approximately $50 billion in fuel costs over the life of the program. These work trucks, buses, and other medium- and heavy duty vehicleswill be required to meet fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards for the first time ever beginning in 2014.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the standards in close coordination with the companies that met with the President today as well as other stakeholders, following requests from companies to develop this program.

“While we were working to improve the efficiency of cars and light-duty trucks, something interesting happened,” said President Obama. “We started getting letters asking that we do the same for medium and heavy-duty trucks. They were from the people who build, buy, and drive these trucks. And today, I’m proud to have the support of these companies as we announce the first-ever national policy to increase fuel efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas pollution from medium and heavy-duty trucks.”

The 2014-2018 fuel efficiency standards for trucks are designed to account for the different kind of work done by different kinds of trucks. Long haul trucks will save an average of 4 gallons for fuel for every 100 miles traveled. Heavy-duty pickups and vehicles like buses, delivery trucks, or vans would save one gallon for every 100 miles traveled. Altogether, we’re looking at saving a projected 530 million barrels of oil.

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/09/secretary-lahood-50-billion-fuel-savings-significant-win-trucking-industry

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Fuel Efficiency Standards of Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

February 18, 2014

FACT SHEET: Opportunity For All: Improving the Fuel Efficiency of American Trucks – Bolstering Energy Security, Cutting Carbon Pollution, Saving Money and Supporting Manufacturing Innovation

Year of Action: Making Progress Through Executive Action

In his State of the Union address, the President outlined a comprehensive agenda to make America a magnet for middle class jobs and business investment. The President highlighted the autoworker, who, implementing the Administration’s historic fuel economy standards, “fine-tuned some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help America wean itself off foreign oil.” And the President pledged, “in the coming months” to “build on that success by setting new standards for our trucks, so we can keep driving down oil imports and what we pay at the pump.” The President also called on Congress to do its part “by putting people to work building fueling stations that shift more cars and trucks from foreign oil to American natural gas.” Today, the President laid out additional details for his plan to improve the fuel efficiency of American trucks – bolstering energy security, cutting carbon pollution, and spurring manufacturing innovation.

* Directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to Set the Next Round of Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles.

* Partnering with Private-Sector Leaders to Deploy Advanced Vehicles

* Expanding Fuel Choices for American Drivers.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/18/fact-sheet-opportunity-all-improving-fuel-efficiency-american-trucks-bol



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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    The Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden visit Long Island.

    7:00 AM
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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      August 10, 2011

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

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      TSA Administrator John Pistole on 9/11 & Transportation Security Ten Years Later

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      NPC Newsmakers Cmte.: “What You Didn’t Know About Unmanned Systems”

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  2. CR says:

    President Obama Announces First Ever Fuel Economy Standards for Commercial Vehicles

    Posted by Colleen Curtis on August 09, 2011

    President Obama today will announce new fuel efficiency standards that will save American businesses that operate and own commercial vehicles approximately $50 billion in fuel costs over the life of the program. These work trucks, buses, and other medium- and heavy duty vehicleswill be required to meet fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards for the first time ever beginning in 2014.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the standards in close coordination with the companies that met with the President today as well as other stakeholders, following requests from companies to develop this program.

    “While we were working to improve the efficiency of cars and light-duty trucks, something interesting happened,” said President Obama. “We started getting letters asking that we do the same for medium and heavy-duty trucks. They were from the people who build, buy, and drive these trucks. And today, I’m proud to have the support of these companies as we announce the first-ever national policy to increase fuel efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas pollution from medium-and heavy-duty trucks.”

    Under the comprehensive new national program, trucks and buses built in 2014 through 2018 will reduce oil consumption by a projected 530 million barrels and greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by approximately 270 million metric tons. Like the Administration’s historic car standards, this program – which relies heavily on off-the-shelf technologies – was developed in coordination with truck and engine manufacturers, fleet owners, the State of California, environmental groups and other stakeholders.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/09/president-obama-announces-first-ever-fuel-economy-standards-commercial-vehicles

    • CR says:

      Secretary LaHood: $50 Billion in Fuel Savings a “Significant Win” for Trucking Industry

      Posted by Secretary Ray LaHood on August 09, 2011

      At the Department of Transportation we have been working to encourage safer, more innovative, and more cost effective ways to move goods across our nation’s highways. Today, President Obama introduced one more step toward that goal.

      “While we were working to improve the efficiency of cars and light-duty trucks, something interesting happened,” said President Obama. “We started getting letters asking that we do the same for medium and heavy-duty trucks. They were from the people who build, buy, and drive these trucks. And today, I’m proud to have the support of these companies as we announce the first-ever national policy to increase fuel efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas pollution from medium and heavy-duty trucks.”

      The 2014-2018 fuel efficiency standards for trucks are designed to account for the different kind of work done by different kinds of trucks. Long haul trucks will save an average of 4 gallons for fuel for every 100 miles traveled. Heavy-duty pickups and vehicles like buses, delivery trucks, or vans would save one gallon for every 100 miles traveled. Altogether, we’re looking at saving a projected 530 million barrels of oil.

      That is a huge benefit to truck owners and operators. Over the life of a new truck built to fit these standards, a semi-truck driver will see a net savings of $73,000 through reduced fuel costs. Will the technology required to meet these standards add to the cost of a new truck? Yes, but the fuel-savings will more than match that cost within one year of driving.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/09/secretary-lahood-50-billion-fuel-savings-significant-win-trucking-industry

    • CR says:

      How New Fuel Economy Standards Are Creating New Jobs

      Posted by Colleen Curtis on August 11, 2011

      A fundamental part of President Obama’s strategy to energize
      our economy is making smart investments in research and technology that create jobs for America’s workers. Today,the President will be visiting an advanced battery manufacturing plant in Holland, MI to highlight the key role that innovative technologies will play in the future of the U.S. auto manufacturing industry, helping automakers achieve historic fuel efficiency standards, spurring economic growth, and creating high-quality domestic jobs in cutting edge industries across America.

      Back in 2009, the President announced $2.4 billion in Recovery Act grants towards the development of batteries and advanced vehicle technology. Johnson Controls received a $300 million grant to build domestic manufacturing capacity for advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles, which enabled them to open their first domestic lithium-ion plant in Holland and hire about 150 people to work on the project.

      Late last month, the President announced an aggressive new fuel-efficiency standard that will require cars and light trucks to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The standards include some specific incentive programs to encourage early adoption and introduction into the marketplace of advanced technologies that represent game changing performance improvements – including electric vehicles and “off cycle” technologies like start-stop technology, where the engine actually shuts off when the driver stops at a red light to avoid wasting fuel while idling.

      The start-stop functionality relies on batteries like the ones Johnson Controls is manufacturing now in Holland, and will soon be manufacturing at another one of their existing battery plants outside of Toledo, Ohio which is being retrofitted to handle increased demand. Johnson Controls estimates the conversion will create 50 jobs.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/11/how-new-fuel-economy-standards-are-creating-new-jobs

    • CR says:

      The Facts About President Obama’s Energy Record

      Uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on Jan 18, 2012

      President Obama has taken steps to make us energy independent and create an economy that’s built to last. He’s been a strong supporter of domestic energy production, has made historic investments in clean energy technology, and has nearly doubled fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. Because of the progress we’ve made, our dependence on foreign oil is the lowest it’s been in 16 years. Yet, conservative groups funded by big oil are spending millions trying to distort the President’s record.

      Get the facts: https://my.barackobama.com/unprecedentedad

    • CR says:

      August 28, 2012

      Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standards

      Consumer Savings Comparable to Lowering Price of Gasoline by $1 Per Gallon by 2025

      WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama Administration today finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. When combined with previous standards set by this Administration, this move will nearly double the fuel efficiency of those vehicles compared to new vehicles currently on our roads. In total, the Administration’s national program to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels.

      “These fuel standards represent the single most important step we’ve ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” said President Obama. “This historic agreement builds on the progress we’ve already made to save families money at the pump and cut our oil consumption. By the middle of the next decade our cars will get nearly 55 miles per gallon, almost double what they get today. It’ll strengthen our nation’s energy security, it’s good for middle class families and it will help create an economy built to last.”

      The historic standards issued today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) build on the success of the Administration’s standards for cars and light trucks for Model Years 2011-2016. Those standards, which raised average fuel efficiency by 2016 to the equivalent of 35.5 mpg, are already saving families money at the pump.

      Achieving the new fuel efficiency standards will encourage innovation and investment in advanced technologies that increase our economic competitiveness and support high-quality domestic jobs in the auto industry. The final standards were developed by DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and EPA following extensive engagement with automakers, the United Auto Workers, consumer groups, environmental and energy experts, states, and the public. Last year, 13 major automakers, which together account for more than 90 percent of all vehicles sold in the United States, announced their support for the new standards. By aligning Federal and state requirements and providing manufacturers with long-term regulatory certainty and compliance flexibility, the standards encourage investments in clean, innovative technologies that will benefit families, promote U.S. leadership in the automotive sector, and curb pollution.

      “Simply put, this groundbreaking program will result in vehicles that use less gas, travel farther, and provide more efficiency for consumers than ever before—all while protecting the air we breathe and giving automakers the regulatory certainty to build the cars of the future here in America,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Today, automakers are seeing their more fuel-efficient vehicles climb in sales, while families already saving money under the Administration’s first fuel economy efforts will save even more in the future, making this announcement a victory for everyone.”

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/28/obama-administration-finalizes-historic-545-mpg-fuel-efficiency-standard

      • CR says:

        August 30, 2012

        President Obama Signs Executive Order Promoting Industrial Energy Efficiency

        WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order to facilitate investments in industrial energy efficiency that will strengthen American manufacturing and help create jobs. These efforts to boost industrial energy efficiency, including combined heat and power systems, can save manufacturers as much as $100 billion in energy costs over the next decade, improving their bottom lines and strengthening U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. These types of efficiency measures will reduce energy consumption and reduce harmful emissions.

        “Today, we are taking another step to strengthen American manufacturing by boosting energy efficiency for businesses across the nation,” said President Obama. “This action will cut costs, increase efficiency, and help our businesses create strong, middle class jobs. We’ll continue to do everything we can to put more people back to work and build an economy that lasts.”

        While manufacturing facilities have become more energy efficient over time, there is an opportunity to accelerate and expand this trend with investments that reduce energy use through more efficient manufacturing technologies and processes, such as the expanded use of efficient, on-site heat and power generation, known as combined heat and power (CHP). This Executive Order builds on important steps the Administration has taken to scale up private sector investments in energy efficiency in our homes, buildings, and factories with efforts like the Better Buildings Initiative and investments upgrading homes around the United States.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/30/president-obama-signs-executive-order-promoting-industrial-energy-effici

  3. CR says:

    ARCHIVE:

    SPEECH Act of 2010

    The Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage (SPEECH) Act is a federal statutory act in the United States that makes foreign libel judgments unenforceable in U.S. courts, unless those judgments are compliant with the U.S. First Amendment. The act was passed by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.

    The act was written as a response to libel tourism. It creates a new cause of action and claim for damages against the foreign libel plaintiff, if they acted to deprive an American of their right to free speech. It was inspired by the legal battle that ensued between Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Saudi businessman Khalid bin Mahfouz over her 2003 book, Funding Evil.

    In a rare event, the act was passed unanimously in both the House of Representatives (as H.R. 2765 ) and the Senate (as S. 3518 ) before being signed by President Obama on August 10, 2010. The Free Speech Protection Acts of 2008 and 2009, also aimed at addressing the topic of libel tourism, had been introduced in the 110th and 111th United States Congress respectively but neither had passed.

    The SPEECH Act has been endorsed by several U.S. organizations, including the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of News Editors, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

    For the entire article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPEECH_Act_of_2010

    • CR says:

      SPEECH Act Celebration 2010 with the American Center for Democracy and Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld

      Uploaded by ehrenfeldr on Jan 11, 2011

      Former director of CIA, R. James Woolsey, discusses the work of Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and the American Center for Democracy and their success in advancing free speech rights in the United States. This video was taken at the celebration of the passage of the SPEECH Act of 2010 in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room. The SPEECH Act is a federal law that deters libel tourism and nullifies its chilling effects on free speech. Speakers included Senators Jeff Sessions and Patrick Leahy, Representative Steve Cohen, First Amendment layer Floyd Abrams, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle, and others.

    • CR says:

      COMMENT ON “SAYING THE UNSAYABLE: REVISITING INTERNATIONAL CENSORSHIP, BY ARCH PUDDINGTON AND CHRISTOPHER WALKER”

      30-Dec-10 by Rachel Ehrenfeld – acdemocracy.org

      Remarkably, the authors neglected to report on important new legislation to protect U.S. writers’ and publishers’ free speech rights from the threat of “libel tourism.”

      On August 10, 2010, the Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act (SPEECH Act) of 2010 was signed into law. The SPEECH Act targets the growing phenomenon of libel tourism, in which wealthy foreign plaintiffs exploit claimant-friendly libel laws abroad to sue and silence American researchers, journalists, bloggers, and others for statements published in the United States. After obtaining a favorable verdict, “libel tourists” sometimes seek enforcement of the judgment in the United States in order to collect damages.

      HR 2765 was introduced in the House by Representative Steve Cohen, and amended by the Leahy-Sessions SPEECH Act in the Senate. The SPEECH Act is based on New York State’s “Libel Terrorism Protection Act” (also known as “Rachel’s Law”). Congress passed the bi-partisan law unanimously, in July 2010. The Act prevents the domestic enforcement of foreign libel judgments that do not meet American standards of due process and free speech protection.

      For the entire article: http://acdemocracy.org/viewarticle.cfm?category=Free%20Speech%20-%20In%20the%20Media&id=1088

    • CR says:

      Obama seals off US journalists and authors from Britain’s libel laws

      August 10, 2010 guardian.co.uk

      President Obama yesterday signed into US law legislation aimed at protecting American authors, journalists and academics from Britain’s libel laws.

      The Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act, known as the SPEECH Act, makes libel judgments against US writers in foreign territories unenforceable if they are perceived to counter the First Amendment right to free speech.

      The British-based Libel Reform Campaign has expressed concern that Britain’s reputation is being damaged internationally due to what it calls “our restrictive, archaic and costly libel laws, which cost 140 times the European equivalent.”

The SPEECH Act is inspired by the Libel Terrorism Protection Act passed by the New York State assembly in February 2008, after American academic Dr Rachel Ehrenfeld was sued in London by an Arab businessman Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz.
      Only 23 copies of her book Funding Evil were sold in Britain compared to thousands distributed in the US. Mahfouz did not launch an action in the US courts because of First Amendment protection.

Jo Glanville, editor of Index on Censorship, said: “The US’s response to our libel laws has already played a key role in advancing the campaign for reform in the UK.

      “I’m hopeful that the government’s draft bill will address the issue of libel tourism, which has a clear chilling effect on freedom of speech, and make it harder for claimants from outside the EU to bully publishers, NGOs, bloggers and investigative journalists into silence.”

      For the entire article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2010/aug/11/medialaw-barack-obama

  4. CR says:

    Fed promises to keep rates low for at least 2 years

    8/9/11 By Pedro da Costa and Mark Felsenthal | Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve said on Tuesday it will keep its hefty monetary policy stimulus for at least another two years, an effort to support a flagging economy and fragile global markets that faced considerable internal dissent.

    It was unclear whether the decision, which involved no new commitment of funds for bond purchases, would be enough to put a floor on a U.S. stock market that has fallen more than 15 percent in the last two weeks.

    The Fed said U.S. economic growth was proving considerably weaker than expected, suggesting inflation, which has already moderated recently, will remain contained for the foreseeable future.

    Three officials, Richard Fisher of the Dallas Fed, Narayana Kocherlakota of Minneapolis and Charles Plosser of Philadelphia, voted against the move.

    “The committee currently anticipates that economic conditions — including low rates of resource utilization and a subdued outlook for inflation over the medium run — are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate at least through mid-2013,” the U.S. central bank said in a statement.

    It also reiterated its policy of reinvesting the proceeds from bonds maturing in its portfolio, though it did not state a specific time frame for such actions.

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

    • CR says:

      Stocks close up 430 after Fed vows low rates through mid-2013

      8/09/11 By Peter Schroeder -TheHill

      The Federal Reserve on Tuesday gave a bleak assessment of a slowing U.S. economy, and said it would keep interest rates near zero through mid-2013.

      The assessment set off a wild close to the trading day, with stocks plummeting after the Fed statement’s release. After a few gyrations up and down, markets skyrocketed to the closing bell, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing 430 points higher on the day.

      In a highly anticipated statement, the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) said information received since it last met in June shows the U.S. economy has been growing “considerably slower” than it expected.

      “Household spending has flattened out, investment in nonresidential structures is still weak, and the housing sector remains depressed,” the FOMC said. It also noted that temporary factors, including the supply chain disruption from the disasters in Japan, only accounted for “some of the recent weakness.”

      The central bank attempted to offer some assurances to the financial sector, announcing for the first time that it would be keeping interest rates “exceptionally low” at least through the middle of 2013. Previously, the Fed had simply said low rates would be merited for “an extended period.” Three members of the Fed’s board dissented from the more explicit language.

      For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/801-economy/176101-fed-lowers-economic-outlook-keeps-rates-unchanged

      • jacquelineoboomer says:

        Great news about the stock market! Hope it continues.

        Good evening to all! Thanks for all the diverse topics in this thread, CR. The fuel efficiency standards for the trucking industry is more good news for both truckers and the environment, as well as lowering our consumption of fuel.

  5. CR says:

    Obama, Military Leaders Pay Respects at Dover Air Force Base

    Aug. 9, 2011 – By Cheryl Pellerin – American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama and military leaders paid their respects today at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware during the dignified transfer of remains of service members killed in an Aug. 6 helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

    Two Air Force C-17 transport aircraft carrying the remains arrived at Dover this morning.

    An investigation is under way to determine the facts surrounding the deaths of 30 U.S. service members and eight Afghans when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter went down in Afghanistan’s Wardak province. Five of the U.S. casualties were aircrew members, and 25 were members of the U.S. Special Operations Command.
    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta was in attendance at Dover today, along with Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deborah; and Michael G. Vickers, undersecretary of defense for intelligence.

    Representing the services were Navy Secretary Ray E. Mabus, Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick D. West; Army Secretary John M. McHugh and Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff; and Air Force Undersecretary Erin C. Conaton, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Air Force vice chief of staff, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy.

    • CR says:

      Raw Video: Obama Honors Victims of Afghan Attack

      Published on Aug 9, 2011 by AssociatedPress

      Assuming the grimmest role of his job, President Barack Obama on Tuesday prepared to privately honor the remains of troops killed in a helicopter in Afghanistan. (Aug. 8.)

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      Thank you, Mr. President, and our military leaders, for being at Dover today. May these heroes rest in peace.

    • CR says:

      ‘ETERNAL GRATITUDE’

      8/10/11 POLITICO44

      U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen announced in a Pentagon briefing Wednesday morning that at approximately midnight on August 8, coalition forces killed the Taliban insurgents responsible for downing a U.S. helicopter and killing 30 American troops over the weekend in Afghanistan.

      “This does not ease our loss, but we must and we will continue to relentlessly pursue the enemy,” Allen said.

      The American service members who were killed “represented the best of America,” Allen said. “We offer our eternal gratitude to their commitment to the defense of the American people.”

      Allen also added that there has been visible progress in Afghanistan. “Across Afghanistan, more and more, the insurgents are losing resolve and the will to fight,” he said. “And they face relentless pressure from coalition and increasingly, Afghan forces.”

  6. CR says:

    6 Republican senators face recall in Wisconsin

    8/9/11 By SCOTT BAUER – Associated Press | AP – 38 mins ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Six Wisconsin senators fought Tuesday to keep their jobs in a recall election, trying to beat back Democratic challengers who stoked a political backlash against Republican Gov. Scott Walker for his efforts to strip public employees of most union rights.

    Fueled by millions of dollars from national labor groups, the attempt to remove GOP incumbents could shift control of the Wisconsin Senate to Democrats and provide a new gauge of the public mood less than a year after Republicans made sweeping gains in this state and many others.

    Turnout was strong in the morning and steady in the afternoon in communities like Whitefish Bay, Menomonee Falls and Shorewood, where Sen. Alberta Darling was one of six Republicans trying to keep her seat.

    Tony Spencer, a 36-year-old laid-off carpenter from Shorewood, voted for Darling’s challenger, Democratic state Rep. Sandy Pasch.
    “I’m in a private union, so they haven’t necessarily come after me,” Spencer said. “But everybody should have the right to be in a union. I came out to stop all the union-bashing stuff.”

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/6-republican-senators-face-recall-wisconsin-192400681.html

  7. CR says:

    Harry Reid super committee picks in place

    By MANU RAJU & JOHN BRESNAHAN | 8/9/11 5:30 PM EDT

    In the first of what will be a closely watched selection process for a powerful new deficit panel, Democratic sources say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Max Baucus (Mont.) and John Kerry (Mass.) as his three choices for a super committee charged with finding more than $1 trillion in spending cuts by the end of this year.

    Murray will serve as co-chair of the 12-member panel. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will select a co-chair and two other panelists, as required by the next debt limit agreement signed into law by President Barack Obama last week. Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell will each select three additional members.

    Reid’s three picks, to be formally announced on Wednesday, show the Nevada Democrat is serious about forging a bipartisan deal to head off $1.2 trillion in spending cuts required under the debt deal. The super committee was Reid’s contribution to the bipartisan agreement to end the debt limit fight.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/60980.html

  8. Good evening CR. Another great thread,

    Any news on Wisconsin elections yet?

    • CR says:

      Good evening Jackie!

      So far this is the what the headlines are saying….

      .

      6 Republican senators face recall in Wisconsin

      8/9/11 By SCOTT BAUER – Associated Press | AP – 26 mins ago

      MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Five of six Wisconsin senators targeted by a recall election held leads based on early results Tuesday as they tried beat back Democratic challengers who stoked a backlash against Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker for their efforts to strip public employees of most union rights.

      Unofficial results showed all of the Republican incumbents except one held leads about an hour after the polls closed. Democrats needed to win at least three races to take over majority control of the Senate.

      Fueled by millions of dollars from national labor groups, the attempt to remove GOP incumbents could provide a new gauge of the public mood less than a year after Republicans made sweeping gains in this state and many others.

      Turnout was strong in the morning and steady in the afternoon in communities such as Whitefish Bay, Menomonee Falls and Shorewood, where Sen. Alberta Darling was one of six Republicans trying to hold onto her seat.

      For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/6-republican-senators-face-recall-wisconsin-192400681.html

    • CR says:

      3 Wis. Republicans retain seats in recalls

      8/9/11 By SCOTT BAUER – Associated Press | AP – 8 mins ago

      MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans waged an intense battle for control of the Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday in a recall election fueled by the backlash against Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to strip away most public employees’ union rights.

      Democrats picked up one seat while three Republicans staved off attempts to recall them from office. Democrats had to win the two remaining seats to have a chance to take over the Senate from Republicans, but those races remained too close to call, according to unofficial results.

      Even if Democrats prevailed in those districts, they would also have to win two other races targeting Democratic incumbents next week to hold on to the majority.

      Fueled by millions of dollars from national labor groups, the attempt to remove GOP incumbents could provide a new gauge of the public mood less than a year after Republicans made sweeping gains in this state and many others.

      Winning on Tuesday was Democratic state Rep. Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse, defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Dan Kapanke, who had been in the Senate since 2004. Republican Sens. Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls, Rob Cowles of Allouez and Luther Olsen of Ripon all held on to their seats.

      Two other races targeting Sens. Alberta Darling of River Hills and Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac were too close to call.
      Turnout was strong in the morning and steady in the afternoon in communities in Darling’s district such as Whitefish Bay, Menomonee Falls and Shorewood.

      For the entire article: http://goo.gl/1okO0

  9. CR says:

    S&P balks at SEC proposal to reveal rating errors

    8/9/11 By Sarah N. Lynch | Reuters – 2 hrs 18 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Standard & Poor’s, whose unprecedented downgrade of U.S. debt triggered a worldwide stocks sell-off, is pushing back against a U.S. government proposal that would require credit raters to disclose “significant errors” in how they calculate their ratings.

    S&P, which was accused by the Obama administration of making an error in its calculations leading to Friday’s downgrade, raised concern about the proposed new corrections policy and other issues in an 84-page letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, dated August 8.

    The SEC is weighing sweeping new rules designed to improve the quality of ratings after their poor performance in the financial crisis.
    The 517-page proposal includes a requirement that ratings agencies post on their websites when a “significant error” is identified in their methodology for a credit rating action.

    The letter was sent three days after the U.S. Treasury Department accused S&P of miscalculating — by some $2 trillion — the U.S. debt in the next 10 years. That calculation was in a draft press release announcing a downgrade in the government’s credit rating from AAA to AA-plus.

    S&P vehemently denied it had made an error, but acknowledged that it changed its long-term economic assumptions after discussions with the Treasury Department. It switched to another economic scenario that resulted in a debt load $2 trillion smaller by 2021. But it said that did not affect its decision to downgrade the U.S. debt.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/p-balks-sec-proposal-reveal-rating-errors-001142241.html

    • CR says:

      Just the Facts: S&P’s $2 Trillion Mistake

      8/6/2011 By: John Bellows – treasury.gov

      In a document provided to Treasury on Friday afternoon, Standard and Poor’s (S&P) presented a judgment about the credit rating of the U.S. that was based on a $2 trillion mistake. After Treasury pointed out this error – a basic math error of significant consequence – S&P still chose to proceed with their flawed judgment by simply changing their principal rationale for their credit rating decision from an economic one to a political one.

      S&P has said their decision to downgrade the U.S. was based in part on the fact that the Budget Control Act, which will reduce projected deficits by more than $2 trillion over the next 10 years, fell short of their $4 trillion expectation for deficit reduction. Clearly, in that context, S&P considers a $2 trillion change to projected deficits to be very significant. Yet, although S&P’s math error understated the deficit reduction in the Budget Control Act by $2 trillion, they found this same sum insignificant in this instance.

      In fact, S&P’s $2 trillion mistake led to a very misleading picture of debt sustainability – the foundation for their initial judgment. This mistake undermined the economic justification for S&P’s credit rating decision. Yet after acknowledging their mistake, S&P simply removed a prominent discussion of the economic justification from their document.

      Net Fed State Local Gove Debt Chart (Share of GDP) 2011-2021

      For the entire article: http://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/Just-the-Facts-SPs-2-Trillion-Mistake.aspx

    • CR says:

      Fed Vows To Keep Interest Rates Near Zero
      Listen to the Story

      August 10, 2011 Morning Edition – NRP

      The Federal Reserve has announced it will hold short-term interest rates near zero until 2013 — a highly unusual decision. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about what Tuesday’s Fed announcement means for markets, and the economy.

      For the audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/10/139345523/fed-vows-to-keep-interest-rates-near-zero

  10. CR says:

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

  11. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a great Wednesday.

    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

  12. CR says:

    Labor fight at heart of dispute over FAA bill

    8/10/11 By SAM HANANEL – Associated Press | AP – 15 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At the heart of the bitter dispute over funding the Federal Aviation Administration is an ongoing brawl between Republicans and Democrats over the rights of labor unions, one of several that have flared up during the Obama administration.

    Congress struck a deal that gave the FAA temporary operating authority last week just as lawmakers began their August vacation. For nearly two weeks prior, the FAA was mostly shut down, with 4,000 FAA workers furloughed and tens of thousands of construction-related jobs idled. The unsettled labor dispute is waiting for Congress when it returns to consider a long-term FAA spending bill and could lead to another standoff.

    House Republicans are intent on overturning a new rule passed by a little-known agency last year that made it easier for airline and railroad workers to unionize. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, have made clear they want to keep the new rule, one of the few big victories for organized labor under the Obama administration.

    Republicans have deplored other recent pro-union actions, including a decision granting airport security screeners collective bargaining rights, the National Labor Relations Board’s lawsuit accusing Boeing Co. of retaliation against union workers and the board’s proposal to speed up the pace of union elections.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/labor-fight-heart-dispute-over-faa-bill-202727641.html

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      It’s always about unions, with the Republicans. I just think that the people who vote for Republicans don’t have a clue or have forgotten what unions did for this country, in the way of workers’ rights and fairness for all of us. Why? I’ll never understand their lack of insight. Or perhaps their lack of empathy.

      Go, Democrats!

  13. CR says:

    Wholesale inventories rise in June for 18th month

    8/10/11 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER – AP Economics Writer | AP – 3 mins 56

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale companies added to their stockpiles of autos, machinery and computers in June. Inventories rose for the 18th consecutive month and sales rebounded after a May decline.

    The Commerce Department says wholesale inventories increased 0.6 percent in June after a 1.7 percent gain in May.

    Sales at the wholesale level rose 0.6 percent in June. That followed a 0.3 percent drop in May. Sales have risen in 10 of the past 12 months.

    Stockpiles at the wholesale level have risen to $458.7 billion, up 19.6 percent from the low point hit in September 2009. Rising demand could convince businesses to keep restocking their shelves, which could boost growth at a critical time when the economy has slowed.

  14. CR says:

    Job openings rose in June, though levels are low

    8/10/11 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER – AP Economics Writer | AP – 15

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted more job openings in June, a sign that hiring could improve a bit in the coming months.
    The Labor Department says the number of available jobs rose to 3.1 million, up from 3 million in May. It was the highest total since March.

    Roughly 4.5 unemployed people, on average, were competing for each available job in June. That’s down slightly from 4.6 in May. In a healthy economy, the ratio is about 2 to 1.

    June’s total number of openings was higher than the 2.1 million posted in July 2009, one month after the recession officially ended and the lowest total since the government began recording the data a decade ago. But it is also significantly below the 4.4 million openings in December 2007, when the recession began.

  15. CR says:

    Obama admin to boost housing

    8/10/11 By ABBY PHILLIP – POLITICO

    The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will pursue options to shift some foreclosed homes owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac onto the private rental market.

    Motivating the effort is a long held belief by some housing experts, including former administration economist Jared Bernstein, that instead of flooding the already depressed housing market with these properties, they could be used instead to increase supply — and reduce prices — in the rental market.

    The administration says that the move will help increase private investment in the housing market, while increasing the availability of affordable housing.

    “As we continue moving forward on housing finance reform, it’s critical that we support the process of repair and recovery in the housing market,” said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. “Exploring new options for selling these foreclosed properties will help expand access to affordable rental housing, promote private investment in local housing markets and support neighborhood and home price stability.”

    For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0811/banking_on_rentals_bde9125c-6dca-4f3a-81ed-12e08538ec42.html

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      Another great idea/plan from the Obama administration … people with common sense. An empty house that sits idle and won’t sell, or affordable housing for someone who needs it? Easy answer. Common sense!

  16. CR says:

    Blue Dogs call for an end to August recess in order to address fiscal crisis

    8/10/11 By Mike Lillis – TheHill

    A group of Blue Dog Democrats is calling this week for Congress to cut short its August vacation and return to Washington to address the nation’s fiscal situation.

    In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the lawmakers contend the debt-limit package, while “an important first step,” didn’t go nearly far enough “to instill confidence in our nation’s ability to deal with our long-term debt problem.”

    “[Standard & Poor's] believes our political system is so dysfunctional that it will be unwilling to find a fiscal solution,” the Democrats wrote Tuesday. “The American people wonder why, in the midst of this crisis, we are on an extended break.”

    The letter was endorsed by Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Michael Michaud (D-Maine) and Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.).

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/176269-blue-dogs-call-to-end-august-recess-address-fiscal-crisis

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      Not a big fan of the Blue Dog Democrats, but this sounds like a plan.

      • I don’t know why they get that much time off anyway. Of course, it is on our dime.

        • jacquelineoboomer says:

          Hi, Jackie – I think the ruse is they go back home for that period to “meet with constituents.” Of course, many go home every weekend or at their other breaks.

          I could name a few that I’d like to see go home and stay home! For some reason, John McCain still tops that list for me!

  17. CR says:

    Engaging Community Organizations in Education through Blended Learning Partnerships

    Posted by Michael Robbins on August 10, 2011

    Blended learning – blending online and site-based learning – could dramatically reshape how community-based organizations (CBOs) partner with schools and parents. Karen Cator, who directs our Office of Educational Technology, and I have been focusing on how blended learning promises new paths for CBOs to drive greater educational outcomes for students. Karen and I recently had the opportunity to engage with key national stakeholders on this issue at meetings in New York City.

    On July 27, Karen was a featured speaker for The After School Corporation’s (TASC) Digital Learning Forum at Google New York. The forum highlighted the potential for community organizations to use out-of-school time to bring next-generation learning to kids with the greatest needs.

    That afternoon, we and TASC gathered a working group of representatives from national nonprofits, community-based organizations, schools and school districts, philanthropy, education policy, and the education technology sector. We began developing an action agenda to improve learning opportunities through CBO-school partnerships that leverage blended learning.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/10/engaging-community-organizations-education-through-blended-learning-partnerships

  18. CR says:

    US Math Students Win Honors

    Posted by Philip E. Coyle and Jeffrey D. Singleton on August 10, 2011

    For the past 35 years, the US Army, in conjunction with the Mathematical Association of America, has sponsored the USA team’s participation at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The IMO, which at 52 years is the oldest of the International Science Olympiads, is an annual, six-problem, 42-point math competition for high school students held over two days. Each day, participants take a 4.5-hour, three-problem exam, which covers a wide range of mathematics. (Looking for a challenge? Past questions can be found on the IMO website at http://www.imo-official.org/problems.aspx.) This year, 101 nations competed in the event, held on July 13 – 24, in Amsterdam.

    The American team placed second in the event—the best finish for Team USA since 2005, when it also placed second. China took first place with 189 total points and 6 gold medals. Team USA earned 184 points, with all six members receiving gold medals—a feat last accomplished in 1994. And Singapore came in third place with 179 points. In terms of individual performances, US contestant David Yang, a sophomore at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, tied for the fourth-best score among all individuals competing in the contest.

    While the IMO provides an important and challenging global venue for students to test their skills, it also provides an opportunity to build international bridges via the extramural activities the teams participate in. This year the Dutch Government and organizing committee arranged for a sailing expedition, an opportunity for energy release at the training facility for the Dutch Olympics, a soccer tournament, a bike/canal tour of Amsterdam, an excursion tour at The Hague, and lectures presented by the Dutch Center for Mathematics & Science.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/10/us-math-students-win-honors

  19. CR says:

    Bidens head to the Hamptons

    8 |/10/11 By MJ LEE – POLITICO

    After laying low in Delaware for most of last week, Vice President Biden, along with the second lady, will head to Long Island, N.Y., on Wednesday.

    According to a schedule released to reporters, the Bidens will be there until Monday. Although the schedule didn’t specify, they are expected to head to the Hamptons, where they frequently vacation.

    The Southampton Patch points out a flight restriction noticed issued by the FAA on Monday, which designated the airspace around Southampton Village “National Defense Airspace” from Wednesday to Monday.

    Bill and HIillary Clinton are reported to be Hamptons-bound as well, although they will have missed the Bidens by a week.

    President Obama and his family are scheduled to vacation on Martha’s Vineyard later this month.

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      This reminds me. Don’t recall hearing much from our Secretary of State, lately. That could be good news, since usually she’s in the forefront when there’s trouble abroad.

  20. CR says:

    Fostering the New Green Economy

    Posted by Fred Walti on August 10, 2011

    Editor’s Note: This post introduces readers to Fred Walti, Chief Executive Officer of the new Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley visited LACI prior to its official opening.

    White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley visited Los Angeles to discuss the Obama Administration’s commitment to harnessing clean energy opportunities to create American jobs on Friday, July 22. She met with business leaders, city officials and top educators from UCLA and other institutions and toured the new LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI), at the future site of LA Cleantech Corridor. Los Angeles is committed to leading the charge toward a new green economy, and it is LACI’s mission to support that growth and be a central resource for the cleantech sector. It was a great opportunity to connect with an Administration official and to hear how President Obama’s initiatives, along with our work here in LA, will create thousands of local family-supporting jobs in green sectors in the years to come.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/10/fostering-new-green-economy

  21. CR says:

    White House and HHS Host Sickle Cell Disease Roundtable

    Posted by Acacia Bamberg Salatti on August 10, 2011

    Braving the heat wave gripping much of the country, nearly 100 faith and community leaders visited the White House recently for a roundtable discussion to raise awareness and educate communities about sickle cell disease. Gathered inside the Truman Room at the White House Conference Center, these leaders had the opportunity to hear briefings on HHS’ Sickle Cell Disease Initiative and ongoing work on this important health issue from senior HHS officials. They included Dr. Dora Hughes,Counselor for Science and Public Health for Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health;Dr. Susan Shurin, Acting Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at National Institutes for Health (NIH); Dr. Sara Copeland, Medical Officer with the Genetic Services Branch at Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); and Dr. Althea M. Grant, Chief of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    Speaking from the viewpoint of individuals who are living with sickle cell disease, Dominique Friend, a sickle cell disease advocate, spoke about the day-to-day challenges confronting patients and the need for greater education within the community.

    For the entire article; http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/10/white-house-and-hhs-host-sickle-cell-disease-roundtable

  22. CR says:

    Great civil-rights themed movie opens today (some tense moments but lots of wonderful ones!!!) :D called:

    “The Help” screen play written and directed by Tate Taylor
    (novel written by Kathryn Stockett).

    Watch the great trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454029/

    My husband and I have been waiting for this movie to be released. His family is from Alabama and Georgia and he grew up hearing all the BS that bigoted people lived and breathed and he was always ashamed at how African Americans were treated in the 50′s until present.

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      Thanks for the info, CR. Sounds like something we all should see.

    • CR says:

      The movie should be suitable for teenagers as it only hints at violence, you can hear the sounds of a man and women argueing over a telephone, the characters talk about a man was intentionally runned over by a car, the t.v. news bulletin that Medgar Evers was assassinated.

      —–

      Other books on domestic work written by African American authors:

      “Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow” by Jacqueline Jones
      “Living In, Living Out” by Elizabeth Clark-Lewis

  23. CR says:

    Public-Private Partnerships Advance Economic Transformation

    Posted by John Fernandez on August 10, 2011

    Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Detroit, Mich., to see firsthand how close collaboration between the public and private sectors is working to transform the region’s economy and create the businesses and jobs of the future. I was pleased to be joined by Sandy Baruah, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber and also my predecessor at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Bush administration.

    The trip was a great opportunity to witness how the economic landscape in America’s “Motor City” is being transformed, particularly around the emerging and robust information technology and robotics cluster, which is thriving due to the city’s skilled talent pool, affordable retail opportunities and urban attractions such as the Fox Theater and Detroit Opera House.

    There is something positive in the air in Detroit and the local economy is reaping the benefits. From the mayor, to members of Congress, to business leaders, to community stakeholders—there is a shared commitment to strengthen the city and create new jobs. Vibrant public-private partnerships are being leveraged and driving growth.The level of collaboration that is happening in Detroit is impressive. At the Detroit Regional Chamber, I met with Congressmen Hansen Clarke and John Dingell and Mayor Dave Bing’s Chief of Staff Kirk Lewis, who provided insight into the role public-private partnerships are playing to help revitalize the city.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/10/public-private-partnerships-advance-economic-transformation

  24. CR says:

    August 10, 2011

    Readout of President Obama’s Phone Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu

    President Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today to consult on regional issues and efforts to achieve Middle East peace. The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for U.S. support for Israel’s security, in particular the Iron Dome short-range rocket and mortar defense system. The two leaders agreed to continue to work closely together to address common security concerns.

  25. CR says:

    Joplin schools get $500,000 from United Arab Emirates

    8/10/11 By Kevin Murphy | Reuters – 1 hr 32 mins ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) – A $500,000 gift from the embassy of the United Arab Emirates to spend on laptops is the latest donation aimed at helping tornado-damaged Joplin, Missouri, schools prepare to open next week.

    School district officials said on Wednesday the $500,000 will help meet a goal of providing all 2,200 Joplin High School students with a personal laptop.

    The UAE embassy will donate up to another $500,000 to match any other contributions for laptops, district officials said.

    Laptops will enable students to access educational resources, such as online textbooks, in the wake of the May 22 tornado that destroyed the high school and two other schools while damaging half of all school buildings.

    The district has a fund-raising goal of $2.7 million for the laptops, spokesman Jim Dunn said on Wednesday. Insurance funds can be tapped for some of the funding, he said.

    The May 22 tornado took 160 lives and destroyed about 30 percent of Joplin, a city of about 50,000 residents. It was the deadliest tornado in the United States in more than 60 years.

    Many other donations have been made to the schools since the tornado, ranging from $25 by various individuals to $250,000 and $500,000 by two families, said Melanie Dolloff, who is a volunteer helping to coordinate fund-raising for the district.

    “It’s overwhelming,” Dolloff said on Wednesday. “We have had people reaching out from all over the world.”

    The tornado wiped out the classrooms, books and supplies of 260 Joplin teachers, Dolloff said.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/joplin-schools-500-000-united-arab-emirates-190517160.html

  26. CR says:

    Obama to meet with Fed chair Bernanke Wednesday

    8/10/11 AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting at the White House Wednesday afternoon with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.

    The meeting comes a day after the Fed announced it would offer super-low interest rates for two more years. The move was an unprecedented step to stem an economic free fall that dragged the stock market down earlier this week.

    The president was also scheduled to meet separately with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Wednesday and with business leaders later in the week.

    The series of economic meetings follow the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating after the partisan fight over the debt ceiling and deficit reduction, as well as the latest jobs report showing the unemployment rate still sitting above 9 percent.

    • CR says:

      August 10, 2011

      Readout of the President’s Meeting with Chairman Bernanke

      The President and Chairman Bernanke met today in the Oval Office to discuss the economy and global recovery. They were joined by Secretary Geithner, Chief of Staff Daley and NEC Director Sperling. The President and the Chairman discussed the outlook for the recovery and for jobs as well as fiscal issues, including the need to tackle long-term deficit reduction. They also discussed the situation in Europe. This was the third time the President met with the Chairman this year.

  27. CR says:

    Happy birthday Defense Department!

    Wed Aug 10, 2011 By Vanessa Silverton-Peel – maddowblog

    Today is the Department of Defense’s 62nd birthday, to which we say mazel tov! On August 10, 1949, DoD was born into a world in which wars were cold and the entire gross domestic product of the United States was less than the department’s current budget:

    In 1949, the National Security Bill streamlined the defense agencies of the U.S. government. The 1949 bill replaced the National Military Establishment with the Department of Defense. The bill also removed the cabinet-level status of the secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, who would henceforth be subordinate to the Secretary of Defense. The first person to hold this position was Louis Johnson. Finally, the bill provided for the office of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in an effort to bring to end to the inter-service bickering that had characterized the Joint Chiefs in recent years. World War II hero General Omar Bradley was appointed the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    For the entire article: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/08/10/7334944-happy-birthday-defense-department

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      My old stomping grounds, having worked as a civilian for the Navy for 30 years. What I always appreciated was the fact that the “War Department” would forevermore be known as the “Defense Department.” Much better concept.

  28. CR says:

    Next Up…

    8:35 PM EDT
    The President hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan – State Dining Room

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

    • CR says:

      August 10, 2011

      Remarks by the President during Iftar Dinner

      East Room

      8:35 P.M. EDT

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

      Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the White House. Tonight is part of a rich tradition here at the White House of celebrating the holy days of many faiths and the diversity that define us as a nation. So these are quintessentially American celebrations — people of different faiths coming together, with humility before our maker, to reaffirm our obligations to one another, because no matter who we are, or how we pray, we’re all children of a loving God.

      Now, this year, Ramadan is entirely in August. That means the days are long, the weather is hot, and you are hungry. (Laughter.) So I will be brief.

      I want to welcome the members of the diplomatic corps who are here; the members of Congress, including two Muslim American members of Congress — Keith Ellison and Andre Carson; and leaders and officials from across my administration. Thank you all for being here. Please give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      To the millions of Muslim Americans across the United States and more — the more than one billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time of reflection and a time of devotion. It’s an occasion to join with family and friends in celebration of a faith known for its diversity and a commitment to justice and the dignity of all human beings. So to you and your families, Ramadan Kareem.

      This evening reminds us of both the timeless teachings of a great religion and the enduring strengths of a great nation. Like so many faiths, Islam has always been part of our American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life. This has been especially true over the past 10 years.

      In one month, we will mark the 10th anniversary of those awful attacks that brought so much pain to our hearts. It will be a time to honor all those that we’ve lost, the families who carry on their legacy, the heroes who rushed to help that day and all who have served to keep us safe during a difficult decade. And tonight, it’s worth remembering that these Americans were of many faiths and backgrounds, including proud and patriotic Muslim Americans.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/08/10/remarks-president-during-iftar-dinner

    • CR says:

      August 10, 2011

      Expected Attendees at the White House Iftar Dinner

      This evening, the President will continue a White House tradition of hosting an Iftar celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. This is the third Iftar hosted by the President. The Iftar is the meal that breaks the day of fasting, when Muslim families and communities eat together after sunset.

      For the entire list: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/08/10/expected-attendees-white-house-iftar-dinner

  29. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, August 11 , 2011

    All Times Eastern

    The Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden visit Long Island.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:25 AM
    The President departs the South Lawn en route Joint Base Andrews
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    11:45 AM
    The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Travel Pool Coverage

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    The President arrives in Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Gerald Ford International Airport
    Open Press

    2:00 PM
    2:25 PM
    The President tours Johnson Controls Inc.
    Holland, Johnson Controls Inc., Michigan
    Travel Pool Coverage

    2:40 PM
    The President delivers remarks at Johnson Controls
    Holland, Johnson Controls Inc., Michigan
    Open Press

    3:00 PM
    3:55 PM
    The President departs Grand Rapids, Michigan en route New York, New York
    Gerald Ford International Airport
    Open Press

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:25 PM
    The President arrives New York, New York
    John F. Kennedy International Airport
    Open Press

    6:00 PM
    6:05 PM
    The President attends a DNC event
    The Ritz Carlton
    Closed Press

    7:00 PM
    7:10 PM
    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
    Private Residence
    Print Pool

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:10 PM
    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
    Private Residence
    Print Pool

    10:00 PM
    10:05 PM
    The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews
    Travel Pool Coverage

    10:20 PM
    The President arrives at the White House
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      August 11, 2011

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

      2:40 PM EDT
      The President delivers remarks at Johnson Controls
      Holland, Johnson Controls Inc., Michigan (Audio Only)

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:30 AM EDT
      NASA GRAIL spacecraft briefing

      NASA holds a briefing on it’s GRAIL spacecraft, which will travel to the moon in September. Its objective is to determine the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core.

      10:00 AM EDT
      Americas Society Council of the Americas-Security & Democracy in Central America

      11:35 AM EDT
      President Obama departs Andrews Air Force Base en route to Holland, Michigan, where he will tour an advanced battery facility.

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

      2:40 PM EDT
      The President delivers remarks at Johnson Controls
      Holland, Johnson Controls Inc., Michigan

      4:30 PM EDT
      U.S. Institute of Peace: U.S. Military Operations in Afghanistan

      6:05 PM EDT
      The President attends a DNC event
      The Ritz Carlton

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:30 AM EDT
      NASA GRAIL spacecraft briefing

      NASA holds a briefing on it’s GRAIL spacecraft, which will travel to the moon in September. Its objective is to determine the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core.

      10:00 AM EDT
      Americas Society Council of the Americas-Security & Democracy in Central America http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/301002-1

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

      2:40 PM EDT
      The President delivers remarks at Johnson Controls
      Holland, Johnson Controls Inc., Michigan http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Obama-Touts-Jobs-in-Michigan-Today/10737423450/

      4:30 PM EDT
      U.S. Institute of Peace: U.S. Military Operations in Afghanistan http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/301004-1

      6:05 PM EDT
      The President attends a DNC event
      The Ritz Carlton

      NASA.gov http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

      9:30 AM EDT
      NASA GRAIL spacecraft briefing

      NASA holds a briefing on it’s GRAIL spacecraft, which will travel to the moon in September. Its objective is to determine the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core.

      Department of State

      11:00 AM EDT
      Secretary Clinton will speak about the situation in the Horn of Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute.
      Live feed: http://www.ifpri.org/event/famine-food-security-meeting-challenge-horn-africa

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

  30. CR says:

    Connecting with Roots in Cleveland, OH

    Posted by Ari Matusiak on August 10, 2011

    “My basic business philosophy is based upon evaluation criteria of the New York City kindergarten report card,” says Ron Rasmus, President and CEO of The Great Lakes Group. “Work well and play well with others.”

    For the past 29 years, that’s exactly what he has done. From building a new 770 ton Mobile Vessel Hoist —the largest in the U.S. and Canada, and third largest in the world — to starting a comprehensive training program for local high school students, Rasmus has collaborated with a variety of groups to make things happen. How? The eternal optimist simply refuses to take no for an answer.

    The most well-known of Rasmus’ companies, The Great Lakes Towing Company, owns and operates 50 tugboats, maintaining ports from the Great Lakes to the Caribbean. Throughout its 113 year history, the Towing Company, as it’s commonly called, has never forgotten its roots in Cleveland, Ohio. Its recent Shipyard Expansion project, which includes construction of the $4.2 million Mobile Vessel Hoist, has already created 30 new full-time jobs and utilized 20,000 on-site construction hours. Once completed, the Company estimates the expansion project will have created 100 sustainable local full-time jobs.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/10/connecting-roots-cleveland-oh

  31. CR says:

    Create a New Gulf Cluster for More, Better Jobs

    Posted by Andy Brack on August 10, 2011

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

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was dead-on during a White House event for Gulf Coast Recovery Champions of Change when he observed that the Gulf of Mexico is more than a regional resource for people who live from Florida to Texas. Rather, he reminded, the Gulf is an American treasure. As such, it should become a national focus for investment and recovery.

    When the Secretary met with countless Gulf residents following the oil disaster of 2010, he asked them to help to restore the Gulf. But he also people to do more — to help make the Gulf a better place.

    At the Secretary’s request, the Center for a Better South last year developed some big ideas for Gulf that went beyond restoration and recovery. Over the course of three months last summer, more than two dozen people worked with the Center to generate a report chock-full of pragmatic ideas that proposed new investments in education, the environment and infrastructure to help create jobs for the future and a better quality of life for Gulf residents. We’re honored that some of the work we did helped the Administration craft its recovery plan.

    If you’re looking for one big takeaway from our “Ideas for a Better Gulf” report, please review our notion that the Gulf should become a national priority for public investment in public health, energy and environmental health research. Such attention to basic and applied collaborative research in a new Gulf cluster will attract private industry and investment. Partnerships will create needed high-paying jobs by commercializing technology in a variety of fields, including public health impacts of natural disasters; development of products for people and wildlife to counteract impact of disasters; ecosystem health and restoration; alternative energy research; ocean sustainability and more.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/10/create-new-gulf-cluster-more-better-jobs

  32. CR says:

    August 04, 2011

    President Obama to Travel to Holland, Michigan

    WASHINGTON – On Thursday, August 11, the President will travel to Holland, Michigan, to tour the Johnson Controls Inc. advanced battery facility. While at Johnson Controls, the President will highlight the key role innovative technologies will play in helping automakers achieve the historic fuel economy standards, establishing U.S. leadership in advanced vehicle manufacturing, spurring economic growth, and creating high-quality domestic jobs in cutting edge industries across America.

    • CR says:

      Obama’s Michigan visit to highlight technology

      8/10/11 By: The Associated Press

      President Barack Obama’s scheduled visit to an advanced battery facility in western Michigan is expected to highlight how technology could help automakers reach new fuel efficiency standards announced by his administration.

      Obama is scheduled to visit a Johnson Controls Inc. facility in Holland on Thursday afternoon. His appearance comes after announcing new fuel standards for cars, light trucks and work trucks.

      The Johnson Controls factory makes advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.

      The Obama administration discussed details of the visit Wednesday during a teleconference with media.

      The Department of Energy also announced $175 million in support for 40 projects across 15 states to improve fuel efficiency in next-generation vehicles. The money will be distributed over the next three to five years.

  33. jacquelineoboomer says:

    Just heard on Charlie Rose (something I hadn’t heard on Sunday, when it was apparently announced) that Tim Geithner will stay on as Secretary of the Treasury. (Think I heard that, in any event! I’m tired tonight!) I’m very glad, if this is the case. He’s remarkably supportive of President Obama, and vice versa.

    • CR says:

      Yes, I agree that is good news. I wish that Austan Goolsbee had not left but maybe he will continue to do op-ed in newspapers in defense of the Obama Administration.

      • jacquelineoboomer says:

        Love Austan! Yes, hope he does the same as Jared Bernstein has done. Good to have some true-blue supporters, formerly of the administration, on the outside – spreading the word.

  34. CR says:

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

  35. CR says:

    Unemployment aid applications at 395k, 4-month low

    8/11/11 By DANIEL WAGNER – AP Business Writer | AP – 7 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 for the first time in four months, a sign that the job market is improving slowly after a recent slump.

    The Labor Department says that applications for unemployment aid fell 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 395,000. Applications had been above 400,000 for the previous17 weeks.

    The four-week average, a less-volatile figure, fell to 405,000, its sixth straight decline. That suggests that applications are decreasing over time.

    Applications fell in February to 375,000, reflecting healthy job growth. But they soared to an eight-month high of 478,000 in late April, and have declined slowly since then.

    States showing the biggest declines processed thousands fewer applications. Those with the biggest gains processed a few hundred more, at most.

  36. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a great Thursday.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation. May the President continue to endure the vitriol exhibited by the media, the left and the right. It makes me want to fight harder.

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

  37. CR says:

    From Silicon Valley to Main Street Virginia

    Posted by Aneesh Chopra on August 11, 2011

    Last week, I joined the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness for a discussion in Silicon Valley on the importance of high growth companies to job creation in the US. On Friday, my travels to Blacksburg, VA, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, validated three key messages discussed earlier in the week with the Jobs Council:

    1) Immigrant entrepreneurs create American jobs.
    2) Silicon Valley’s “Open Ecosystem” fosters more American Jobs.
    3) America’s “So-Lo-Mo” (social-local-mobile) industry creates jobs

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/11/silicon-valley-main-street-virginia

  38. CR says:

    Conserving our Resources, Securing our Forces

    Posted by The Honorable John M. McHugh on August 11, 2011

    Across the federal government, and certainly in the Department of Defense, we know that after a decade of war we’re entering a new era of smaller, tighter, leaner budgets.

    One of the areas we can look to save is on energy – whether by conserving existing resources or developing and utilizing renewable energies. But we can’t do it alone. President Obama saw an important opportunity for the Federal Government to lead by example when he issued Executive Order 13514 directing agencies to meet ambitious sustainability goals in our operations that will improve the government’s environmental, energy and economic performance, reduce pollution, and save taxpayer dollars in avoided energy costs.

    President Obama has been committed to ensuring that the Federal Government, as the single largest energy consumer in the country, acts responsibly in leading our nation to the new clean energy future. At the Department of Defense, we are doing our part in support of this vision.

    We’re going to make it easier for the private sector to work with us to support the Army’s Renewable Energy Program, by reducing private sector risk and streamlining the approval process.

    That’s why today at the GovEnergy forum in Cincinnati, OH, I announced the establishment of the Army’s Energy Initiatives Office Task Force. The EIO Task Force will be a one-stop shop for the private sector, so we can better harness the expertise of those who can invest and build economically viable, large scale renewable energy infrastructure on Army Installations.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/11/conserving-our-resources-securing-our-forces

  39. CR says:

    Obama to talk jobs in Michigan, raise money in NYC

    8/11/11 By DARLENE SUPERVILLE – Associated Press | AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama was making a pitch Thursday about the job-creating potential of investing in clean energy before talking up his re-election at a pair of fundraising events with high-dollar campaign contributors.

    Obama planned to tour a Holland, Mich., factory that makes advanced batteries for alternative-fuel vehicles such as hybrids or all-electrics.

    In Michigan, where the unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in June, higher than the national rate, Obama was expected to talk about the benefits of spending money on producing such clean-energy technologies as advanced batteries: jobs and reduced consumption of foreign oil.

    He calls them “jobs of the future” and says the U.S. should lead the way in developing energy sources that pollute less.
    Johnson Controls Inc., the energy company that owns the plant that was welcoming Obama, has received a $3 million federal grant and expects to create 150 jobs at facilities in Michigan and Wisconsin, White House energy adviser Heather Zichal said.
    The president also was to discuss how the clean-energy push can help automakers meet new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks.

    Obama won Michigan in the 2008 presidential election and the economically battered state is crucial to his re-election hopes in 2012.

    After wrapping up his second visit to Holland, Mich., in 13 months, Obama was bound for a pair of $35,800-a-ticket Manhattan fundraisers: a reception with about 15 people at the Ritz-Carlton hotel and a dinner for 50 at a private home, a Democratic official said.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-talk-jobs-michigan-raise-money-nyc-070637728.html

  40. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good Thursday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Speaking of energy, here's this from TPM:

    "Clean energy is now creating more jobs for the energy produced than coal or natural gas, and solar energy is the fastest growing industry in the United States, according to industry and academic sources.

    Solar energy alone employed 93,502 American jobs in 2010 and could grow from 25,000-50,000 this year, economy willing.

    Solar also is producing more jobs than any other energy source, and could generate four million jobs by 2030.

    Fifty percent of solar firms expect to be adding jobs this year in the teeth of the recession…."

    http://bit.ly/ocKVcp

  41. jacquelineoboomer says:

    These numbers vary so much, I hate to post, but good news that the Dow is up almost (up to or just under, throughout the morning) 400 points today.

  42. CR says:

    Now streaming…

    2:40 PM EDT
    The President delivers remarks at Johnson Controls
    Holland, Johnson Controls Inc., Michigan (Audio Only)

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Obama-Touts-Jobs-in-Michigan-Today/10737423450/

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      If I had refreshed my screen, I would have seen your link, CR. Thank you!

    • CR says:

      August 11, 2011

      Remarks by the President at Johnson Controls, Inc.

      Johnson Controls, Inc.
      Holland, Michigan

      2:47 P.M. EDT

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

      Hello, Johnson Controls!

      AUDIENCE: Hello!

      THE PRESIDENT: It is good to be back in Holland, Michigan. (Applause.) A couple people I want to thank. In particular, your CEO Steve Roell is here. Steve. (Applause.) And sitting next to him, one of my favorite people and one of the finest senators in the country, Carl Levin is in the house. (Applause.)

      So I just had a chance to see what you guys are doing in this plant. It is very impressive. Elizabeth was giving me the tour, and she was very patient with me, and I think I understood about half of what she said. (Laughter.)

      At a time when Americans are rightly focused on our economy, when Americans are asking about what’s our path forward, all of you here at Johnson Controls are providing a powerful answer. This is one of the most advanced factories in the world. You’re helping America lead in a growing new industry. You’re showing us how we can come back from the worst recession that we’ve had in generations and start making things here in America that are sold all around the world.

      And that’s why I’m here today. I’ve said it before; I will say it again: You cannot bet against the American worker. (Applause.) Don’t bet against American ingenuity. (Applause.) The reason a plant like this exists is because we are a country of unmatched freedom, where groundbreaking ideas flourish. We’ve got the finest universities, the finest technical schools, the most creative scientists, the best entrepreneurs — all of which is why we are home to the world’s most dynamic and successful businesses, large and small. (Applause.)

      And that’s why even in these difficult times, there is not a single country on Earth that wouldn’t trade places with us. Not one. We’ve got to remember that.

      But we also know that we face some tough challenges right now. You know what they are. You live them every day — in your communities, in your families. You know too many people who are out of work, or struggling to get by with fewer shifts or fewer customers. Paychecks aren’t big enough. Costs are too high. And even though the economy has started growing again since the recession started in 2007, the fact is, it’s not growing fast enough.

      Now, some of what we’re facing today has to do with events beyond our control. As the economy was improving and improving through 2009, 2010, the beginning of this year, suddenly it was hit with the unrest in the Middle East that helped send gas prices through the roof. Europe is dealing with all sorts of financial turmoil that is lapping up on our shores. Japan’s tragic earthquake hurt economies around the globe, including ours, cut off some supply chains that were very important to us. And all of this has further challenged our economy. And as we’ve seen, it’s playing out in the stock market, wild swings, up and down, and it makes folks nervous, and it affects the savings of families all across America.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/08/11/remarks-president-johnson-controls-inc

      • CR says:

        From President Obama speech:

        Obama once again discusses the things Congress can do “right now” to put more money into people’s pockets – commonsense ideas that have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans.

        “The only thing preventing these things from getting past is the refusal by some folks in Congress to put country ahead of party,” the president says.

        These people would “rather see their opponents lose than see America win.” |

        To Americans across the country, Obama says: “If you agree with me — it doesn’t’ matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican or an Independent — you’ve got to let Congress know.”

        “Stop sending out press releases, start passing bills,” he adds. (3:00 p.m.)

        Obama says the average family received $1,000 from the payroll tax cuts, and that families need that again. “I would sign that bill today if it came to my desk,” he adds.

        “Tell Congress to get past their differences and send me a road construction bill,” Obama says. (3:01 p.m.)

        Obama says America is falling behind in infrastructure investment, and calls on Congress to come to an agreement on the pending free trade deals. “We’ve got a lot of Americans driving Kias and Hyundais — I want folks in Korea driving Fords, and Chevys and Chryslers,” Obama says. (3:02 p.m.)

    • CR says:

      August 11, 2011

      FACT SHEET: Fueling American Innovation

      A National Program to Build the New, More Efficient Cars and Trucks of the Future

      WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama will travel to Holland, Michigan to tour the Johnson Controls Inc. advanced battery facility. While at Johnson Controls Inc., the President will highlight the key role innovative technologies will play in helping automakers achieve the historic fuel economy standards, establishing U.S. leadership in advanced vehicle manufacturing, spurring economic growth, and creating high-quality domestic jobs in cutting edge industries across America. Johnson Controls Inc. is a prime example of the kind of facility that is helping America lead the way in a growing new industry that is creating jobs across the country.

      Today’s trip builds on the President’s recent announcement of historic fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks which will bring fuel-efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 and which, combined with steps already taken by this administration, will save American families $1.7 trillion at the pump and reduce oil consumption by 12 billion barrels by 2025. It also builds on this week’s announcement of first of their kind fuel-efficiency standards for work trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles, which will save American businesses who operate and own these commercial vehicles approximately $50 billion in fuel costs over the life of the program.

      * Proposed MY 2017 – MY 2025 standard will provide certainty to investors in job-creating advanced vehicle technologies

      * Proposed MY 2017-2025 standards will include incentives for game-changing technologies

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/08/11/fact-sheet-fueling-american-innovation

  43. jacquelineoboomer says:

    Crossed my fingers and turned on MSNBC, hoping I wouldn’t hear any PBO-bashing, and who’s on? President Obama! He’s speaking at the car battery plant.

    Good timing!

  44. CR says:

    Pelosi names final members to debt supercommittee

    8/11/11 By ALAN FRAM – Associated Press | AP – 1 hr 42 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s appointment Thursday of three Democrats to Congress’ new debt-reduction supercommittee completes the roster of a panel whose members are already being tugged in competing directions.

    Pelosi selected Reps. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina and Xavier Becerra of California, who both are members of the party’s House leadership, and Maryland’s Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the Budget Committee. The choices bring racial diversity to the supercommittee because Clyburn is black and Becerra is Hispanic.

    The 12-member panel, divided evenly among Democrats and Republicans, has until Thanksgiving to propose $1.5 trillion in 10-year budget savings. If it does not propose a package or if Congress doesn’t approve it, $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts will be triggered.

    In a statement, Pelosi, D-Calif., said the supercommittee’s goal should be “to grow an American prosperity enjoyed by all Americans.” She said it should aim at producing jobs and economic growth that reduces budget deficits.

    Complicating the panel’s task are the economy’s alarming stall, the chaos dominating financial markets and last week’s historic downgrade of the government’s credit rating. Next year’s presidential and congressional elections will put added political pressures on the lawmakers.

    Pelosi said that when Congress returns from recess next month, it should pass jobs legislation, including highway and aviation bills lawmakers have been working on.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/pelosi-names-final-members-debt-supercommittee-164216990.html

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      Good appointments, all, Speaker for Life Pelosi! Love all of the Democratic choices.

  45. CR says:

    Romney gets in heated exchange with hecklers at Iowa State Fair

    8/11/11 By Michael O’Brien – TheHill

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R) exchange with a few hecklers turned into something of a shouting match while he was stumping Thursday in Iowa.

    Romney faced aggressive inquiries with a liberal bent at the top of the question-and-answer segment of his soapbox speech, which was organized by the The Des Moines Register and broadcast on C-SPAN.

    He also waged a defense of low taxes for corporations with a response — “Corporations are people, my friend” — on which Democrats quickly seized.

    The first two questioners pointedly asked Romney why he wouldn’t raise the cap on Social Security taxes, or promise not to cut Medicare benefits.
    “If you want to speak, you can speak. But right now, it’s my turn,” Romney said, raising his voice toward the questioners, who bantered back-and-forth with him.

    But it was his last line in response to a heckler that might stick with Romney the longest.

    Democrats giddily circulated coverage of the comment; Democratic National Committee (DNC) communications director Brad Woodhouse emailed reporters an article about the remark with the subject line “BRUTAL.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/176469-romney-gets-in-heated-exchange-with-hecklers-in-iowa

  46. CR says:

    Scientific Integrity Policies Submitted to OSTP

    Posted by Rick Weiss on August 11, 2011

    Federal departments and agencies are making good progress on the development of scientific integrity policies, as initially called for by OSTP director John Holdren in a December 2010 Executive Branch memorandum. Some 19 Federal entities had submitted either draft or final policies as of last week, the deadline Dr. Holdren had set for draft submissions.

    That number is smaller than the 30 agencies and departments that had responded in April to an OSTP call for progress reports, but it includes the full spectrum of departments and agencies that had responded at that time. The smaller number reflects the fact that some departments have since decided to develop policies that will apply broadly to a number of their daughter agencies.

    For example, the Department of Defense is developing a policy that will apply to several branches that had initially been tallied individually, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ draft policy will apply to multiple components that Dr. Holdren had initially contacted individually, including the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.

    Over time, some individual agencies covered by their parent departments’ policies are expected to follow up with policies of their own with additional elements specific to their missions. Indeed, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—components of the Department of Commerce—are already developing their own policies, which will complement the overarching policy that Commerce has already developed for all of its components. But the 19 policies received by OSTP last week—along with three others that are going through agency clearances and are expected to be delivered to OSTP soon—cover all the Federal entities described by OSTP in its April 21st update.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/11/scientific-integrity-policies-submitted-ostp

  47. jacquelineoboomer says:

    CR – Picking up on Mitt Romney’s, “Corporations are people,” Rev. Al Sharpton just said on MSNBC that he had to go home “to walk my pet … Bank of America.” Ha!

    Everything is getting a bit surreal, dontcha think?

  48. jacquelineoboomer says:

    Democrats eating their own again. Talking Democratic head on MSNBC just criticized the choice of Senator Max Baucus as a member of the Super Committee on the debt ceiling. Please, please keep your thoughts to yourself about your fellow Democrats – there’s enough to criticize about the Republican members of the Super Committee (the Rs we don’t want to be re-elected). The professional left just doesn’t get it.

    • CR says:

      EXACTLY!

      • COS says:

        I just heard Melissa Perry. She is partly PL. I heard that she got a lot of push back on twitter last week over something she said, and she had to walk it back.. What time is the debate tonight and where?

        • CR says:

          The only debate that I know of for today is the GOP debate in Iowa.

          • jacquelineoboomer says:

            I just checked the schedule and the GOP debate will be aired on FOX News (no surprise there). 9 p.m. E, 8 p.m. C.

            • COS says:

              Yes CR, I certainly will not watch it. I will get hilights from the news and Randi Rhodes tomorrow. Friends, I have to say, thank God for Rev Al. He really tells it like it is and defends PBO. I deleted Chris Matthews off my dvr. He was sane for awhile. I am really done with him. From what I hear he has gone off the deep end bashing PBO on a daily basis.

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