Sgt. Dakota Meyer, Medal of Honor Recipient

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President in the name of Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Members of all branches of the armed forces are eligible to receive the medal, and there are three versions; one for the Army, one for the Air Force, and one for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon an individual by the passing of a Joint Resolution in the Congress; and is then personally presented to the recipient or, in the case of posthumous awards, to next of kin, by the President of the United States, on behalf of the Congress, representing and recognizing the gratitude of the American people as a whole.

Medal of Honor

September 15, 2011
President Barack Obama will award Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  He will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a member of Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on September 8, 2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He will be the third living recipient – and first Marine – to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

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September 15, 2011
President Barack Obama awards Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal
the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.
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  1. CR says:

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  2. CR says:

    Medal of Honor

    President Barack Obama will award Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

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    September 07, 2011

    President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

    WASHINGTON – On Thursday, September 15th at 2:30 PM Eastern, President Barack Obama will award Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. He will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a member of Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on September 8, 2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He will be the third living recipient – and first Marine – to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

    PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

    Dakota Meyer was born in Columbia, Kentucky on June 26, 1988, attended local public schools, and graduated from Green County high school. In 2006, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at a recruiting station in Louisville, Kentucky, and completed his basic training at Parris Island Recruit Training Depot later that year.

    In 2010, he completed his active duty commitment and currently serves in the Inactive Ready Reserve of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as a Sergeant. He is a highly skilled Marine infantryman and Scout Sniper who is also trained as a Combat Lifesaver. At the time of his deployment to combat duty in Afghanistan he was serving as a Turret Gunner and Driver.

    While on active duty, he deployed twice to the combat theater, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. During 2007, he deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom with Third Battalion, Third Marines, and during 2009-10, he deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.

    His military decorations include: a Purple Heart Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” device for valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. His other awards and decorations include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO ISAF Afghanistan Medal, and a Rifle Expert Badge (3rd Award) and Pistol Expert Badge (2nd Award).

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/07/president-obama-award-medal-honor

    • CR says:

      Marine’s Bravery Earns Highest Military Honor

      Aug. 13, 2011 By Marine Corps Cpl. Reece Lodder
      Marine Corps Base Hawaii

      MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, – Removed from an ambushed platoon of Marines and soldiers in a remote Afghan village on Sept. 8, 2009, his reality viciously shaken by an onslaught of enemy fighters, then-Marine Corps Cpl. Dakota Meyer simply reacted as he knew best – tackling what he called “extraordinary circumstances” by “doing the right thing — whatever it takes.”

      Nearly two years later, the White House announced yesterday that the 23-year-old Marine scout sniper from Columbia, Ky., who has since left the Marine Corps and is now a sergeant in the Inactive Ready Reserve, will become the first living Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor in 38 years. Retired Sgt. Maj. Allan Kellogg Jr. received the medal in 1973 for gallantry in Vietnam three years earlier.

      Meyer is the second Marine to receive the medal for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. Cpl. Jason Dunham was awarded the medal posthumously for covering a grenade with his body to save two Marines in Iraq in 2004. President Barack Obama will present the award to Meyer at the White House on Sept. 15.

      “The award honors the men who gave their lives that day, and the men who were in that fight,” Meyer said. “I didn’t do anything more than any other Marine would. I was put in an extraordinary circumstance, and I just did my job.”

      Though bleeding from shrapnel wounds in his right arm, Meyer, aided by fellow Marines and Army advisors from Embedded Training Team 2-8, braved a vicious hail of enemy machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire in the village of Ganjgal to help rescue and evacuate more than 15 wounded Afghan soldiers and recover the bodies of four fallen fighters – 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, Gunnery Sgts. Aaron Kenefick and Edwin Johnson Jr., and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James Layton.

      ETT advisor Army Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2009, from wounds suffered in the firefight.

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=65017

    • CR says:

      Welcoming Home Our Veterans

      Published on Jul 23, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Learn more: http://OFA.BO/ooJZtN

      Since day one, President Obama has made it a priority to keep the sacred trust we hold with those who wear the uniform of the United States and their families.

      In advance of the President’s remarks at the VFW Convention in Reno, Obama for America released this video that discusses the President’s commitment to keeping our nation’s sacred promise to our veterans. This video highlights a St. Louis parade organized to welcome our servicemembers home from Iraq.

      Learn how President Obama continues to better serve those who have served this nation and how you can get involved with Veterans and Military Familes for Obama: http://OFA.BO/ooJZtN

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      McRaven gives ‘fantastic’ Obama credit for bin Laden raid

      By JOSH GERSTEIN | 7/26/12 1:06 AM EDT POLITICO

      ASPEN, Colo.—Republicans trying to play down President Barack Obama’s decision to launch the raid that led to the death of Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden are not getting much help from the military brass who oversaw the operation.

      During a rare public interview on Wednesday, Adm. Bill McRaven, head of the U.S. Special Operations command, portrayed as bold and brave Obama’s decision to order the raid despite significant doubts about whether bin Laden was at the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.

      “At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden of this operation, that made the hard decision,” McRaven said during an on-stage interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that served as the kickoff session of the Aspen Security Forum.

      Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has suggested that the decision to launch the raid was a no-brainer. “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,” Romney said in April.

      McRaven refused to respond Wednesday when asked whether he agreed with Romney that any president would have made the same decision Obama did. However, at a couple of junctures, the Special Operations commander offered effusive praise for Obama.

      “The president of the United States is fantastic,” the admiral said. “I’m not a political guy. I’ve worked in both [administrations,] very much enjoyed working with President Bush and I very much enjoy working for President Obama. This isn’t about politics. This is about a Commander in Chief who I have the opportunity to engage with on a routine basis.”

      McRaven also had high praise for Obama’s national security team, including those in place at the time of the raid, such as then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisers Denis McDonough and John Brennan.

      “I’m not a political guy, but I’ll tell you as an interested observer of this, they were magnfiicent how they handled the start-to-finish,” McRaven said. “The president asked all the right questions…The president gave me ample time to prepare once the conversations were through.”

      McRaven, like all military officers, serves at the pleasure of the president. A few weeks before the bin Laden raid, Obama nominated McRaven to take over the Special Operations command and be elevated to four-star admiral. McRaven, who was deeply involved in planning and executing the May 2011 raid, was confirmed by the Senate to his current post the following month.

      • CR says:

        Sharp Decline in Terror Attacks After Bin Laden Death

        8/1/12 By Dana Hughes | ABC OTUS News – 14 hrs ago

        The number of worldwide terror attacks fell to 10,283 last year, down from 11,641 in 2010 and the lowest since 2005, the State Department reported today.

        What’s made the difference? The State Department cites the May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda members killed last year including Atiyah Abd al-Rahman and Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the head of Yemen’s Al Qaeda affiliate and had ties to the underwear bomber plot in 2010.

        “The loss of bin Laden and these other key operatives puts the network on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse,” the report stated.

        But Ambassador Dan Benjamin, the State Department’s coordinator for counter-terrorism, warned that for all the good news about the core of al Qaeda being weakened, affiliates of the group, particularly in Yemen and in Africa, continue to pose a real risk.

        Nigeria was one of the few countries which actually saw an increase in terror attacks last year because of Boko Haram, and Kenya and Somalia continue to experience attacks by a weakened Al Shabab. Benjamin also noted that the Arab spring and other countries in transition could leave important allies like Egypt and Iraq vulnerable to terror groups.

        “Inspiring as the moment may be, we are not blind to the attendant perils. Terrorists could still cause significant disruptions for states undergoing very challenging democratic transitions. Affiliates of the group, and violent extremist ideology and rhetoric continue to spread in some parts of the world,” said Benjamin.

        For more: http://news.yahoo.com/sharp-decline-terror-attacks-bin-laden-death-213958117–abc-news-politics.html

    • CR says:

      Karl Marlantes on What It’s Like to Go to War

      July 27, 2012 billmoyers

      Summary: Bill talks to Karl Marlantes — a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, Rhodes Scholar, author, and PTSD survivor — about what we on the insulated outside need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors. Marlantes shares with Bill intimate stories about how his battlefield experiences both shaped and nearly destroyed him, even after returning to civilian life.

      “’Thou shalt not kill’ is a tenet you just do not violate, and so all your young life, that’s drilled into your head. And then suddenly, you’re 18 or 19 and they’re saying, ‘Go get ‘em and kill for your country.’ And then you come back and it’s like, ‘Well, thou shalt not kill’ again. Believe me, that’s a difficult thing to deal with,” Marlantes tells Bill. “You take a young man and put him in the role of God, where he is asked to take a life — that’s something no 19-year-old is able to handle.”

      For the audio interview: http://billmoyers.com/segment/karl-marlantes-on-what-its-like-to-go-to-war/

  3. CR says:

    Open for Questions: Youth and the American Jobs Act

    Posted by Ronnie Cho on September 12, 2011

    Hi everyone. I’d like to invite you to a very special edition of “Open for Questions” on Wednesday, September 14th, at 4:00PM EDT. Please join me and senior White House officials as we field questions on how the American Jobs Act will impact young Americans. I’ll moderate this conversation with:

    Brian Deese, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director, National Economic Council
    Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy

    We’ve already received a number of questions about the American Jobs Act, like:

    * How will the President’s plan support young entrepreneurs?
    * Will the plan help prevent police, firefighters and teacher layoffs?
    * What programs will the American Jobs Act support on youth employment?

    On Wednesday, we’ll answer these questions, and many more. So, send us your questions and please be sure to tune in for the live video chat. Here’s how you can participate:

    Right now, you can:

    * Ask questions in advance on the White House facebook wall
    * Ask us through a form on WhiteHouse.gov

    On September 14th at 4:00 p.m. EDT, you can watch and engage live:

    * Ask the panel questions on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
    * Ask question through the White House Live facebook app
    * Watch the event on WhiteHouse.gov/live

    With so many of our peers either currently in school, or out of school and looking for career opportunities, this is will be a great chance to find out how the American Jobs Act will impact young Americans and why we need to pass this bill now.

    Download the fact sheet
    to learn more about how the American Jobs Act will create opportunity for young Americans.

    Ronnie Cho is an Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement

  4. CR says:

    Warren to officially announce Senate bid
    09/13/11 By Josh Lederman – TheHill

    Elizabeth Warren, the former White House official who built President Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from the ground up, will announce her bid for Senate in Massachusetts on Wednesday, an aide to Warren confirmed.

    Warren, a Democrat, had been widely expected to run against Sen. Scott Brown (R) for the seat, and had already started unofficially campaigning at events around Massachusetts. Brown’s reelection campaign took some heat last week when it was revealed the campaign had purchased an Internet domain name mocking Warren.

    “The pressures on middle class families are worse than ever, but it is the big corporations that get their way in Washington,” Warren said in a statement. “I want to change that. I will work my heart out to earn the trust of the people of Massachusetts.”

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/181269-warren-to-announce-run-for-browns-senate-seat

  5. CR says:

    President Obama and First Lady to Attend CHCI 34th Annual Awards Gala

    CHCI Chair Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez announced today that President Barack Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, will address the largest Latino gala in the country at CHCI’s 34th Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This marks the fourth consecutive year President Obama has addressed the CHCI Gala, going back to when he was a presidential candidate in 2008.

    “CHCI is honored to have the President and First Lady join us again this year to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and recognize the tremendous leadership we have in the Latino community,” said Gonzalez.

    Also at the gala, Gonzalez will present the 2011 CHCI Chair’s Award to the Honorable Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, and the Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of Interior. The 2011 Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service Awards will be presented to entertainer Vikki Carr and former NASA astronaut and engineer José Hernández, in recognition of their contributions to the Latino community.

    GRAMMY®-winning salsa artist Luis Enrique will headline gala entertainment with tropical music legend Gilberto Santa Rosa performing at the post-gala concert. Latin music sensation Prince Royce will open the show and sing the national anthem while Teresa Rodriguez, Univision television anchor, will serve as the celebrity host for the evening’s events.

    CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme for 2011, “Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength, Leadership,” reflects the strength and immense contributions of Latinos to the United States while focusing on the unity and leadership we must continue to develop to ensure the future success of this great nation.

    • CR says:

      Gloria Estefan sings Obama’s praises –
      September 13, 2011 POLITICO

      Singer Gloria Estefan is still moving her feet for President Obama.

      At Monday night’s premiere of “Follies” in Manhattan, the Queen of Latin Pop told New York mag’s Daily Intel, “I think that he’s going to be reelected…I think that he’s doing a good job.”

      Though the president only got a 48 percent approval rating among Hispanic voters in a recent Gallup poll and is moving slow on immigration reform, Estefan said, “I wish that the president had a lot more power than he does, but he doesn’t. This has to be something that Congress, the Senate, and the American people decide, everybody together.”

  6. CR says:

    Obama’s bill makes it illegal to discriminate against unemployed

    09/13/11 By Pete Kasperowicz – TheHill

    President Obama’s American Jobs Act, which he presented to Congress on Monday, would make it illegal for employers to run advertisements saying that they will not consider unemployed workers, or to refuse to consider or hire people because they are unemployed.

    The proposed language is found in a section of the bill titled “Prohibition of Discrimination in Employment on the Basis of an Individual’s Status as Unemployed.” That section would also make it illegal for employers to request that employment agencies take into account a person’s unemployed status.

    It would also allow aggrieved job-seekers to seek damages if they have been discriminated against. This provision in particular prompted Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) to argue that Obama’s proposal is aimed at creating a new, special class of people who can sue companies.

    “So if you’re unemployed, and you go to apply for a job and you’re not hired for that job, see a lawyer,” Gohmert said on the House floor. “You might be able to file a claim because you got discriminated against because you’re unemployed.”

    He said this provision would only discourage companies from interviewing unemployed candidates, and would “help trial lawyers who are not having enough work,” since there are about 14 million unemployed Americans.

    “That’s 14 million potential new clients that could go hire a lawyer and file a claim because they didn’t get hired even though they were unemployed,” he said.

    Under the bill, companies saying they will not consider unemployed candidates could face a court order enjoining them from this practice, a fine of up to $1,000 per day or “reasonable attorney’s fees.” Other violations could lead to damages as high as $5,000.

    Enforcement of the new language would be carried out by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other entities using the same power they have under the Civil Rights Act and the Government Employee Rights Act.

    Gohmert also criticized other parts of Obama’s proposal, such as language that would create a program allowing workers to be reimbursed if their employer cuts their work hours by 10 percent.

    Obama’s proposal has mostly met resistance from House Republicans, in large part because it proposes $447 billion in new spending that would be paid for with new tax revenue that stretches over the next decade.

  7. CR says:

    Obama on Campus Wednesday

    09.12.2011 ncsu.edu

    President Barack Obama will visit NC State to deliver a speech at noon Wednesday in Reynolds Coliseum. Although all available tickets were distributed to students, employees and the public on Tuesday morning, the university offers several options for viewing the speech remotely. The campus community will be able to view the speech online via the IPTV system, Wolfbytes online and Wolfbytes Channel 85 on the campus CATV system. The public will be able to view streaming video via the Whiter House website.

    For the entire article: http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/bulletin/2011/09/obama-on-campus/

  8. CR says:

    Results of NY House race coming in slowly

    9/13/11 By BETH FOUHY – Associated Press | AP – 28 mins ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Democrat David Weprin faced an unusually tight race against Republican Bob Turner in a special election Tuesday in New York’s heavily Democratic 9th Congressional District, where voters unhappy with President Barack Obama could elect a Republican for the first time.

    The contest to replace disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned in a sexting scandal, had become too close to call, with public opinion polling showing a slight edge for Turner, a retired media executive with no previous political experience.

    Polls closed at 9 p.m., and results trickled in slowly. With more than 30 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday night, Turner held a slight lead over Weprin.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/results-ny-house-race-coming-slowly-025652447.html

  9. CR says:

    Special election update: 32% of Washoe precincts have reported

    9/13/11 rgj.com

    8:43 p.m update: Secretary of State Ross Miller is reporting on Twitter that there was a glitch in the Washoe precinct reporting total. The accurate number for Washoe County as of 8:40 p.m . is 153 of 478 precincts reporting.

    The glitch has been fixed, and the numbers are now correct. 32 percent of Washoe County precincts have reported.

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    8:35 p.m. update: The results being escorted in from Incline Village by deputy sheriffs represent nothing unusual. By tradition, results from Incline and Wadsworth are escorted that way.

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    8:25 p.m. update: Washoe County Voter Registrar Dan Burk is saying poll results from precincts are coming in a little slower than usual because of added security steps. As of 8:15 p.m., Burk said he was seeing voting cards from only 10 of the 69 polling places. “I am a little surprised,” he said.

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    8:20 p.m. update: Initial voting results show former Republican state senator Mark Amodei taking the lead in Nevada’s special election to fill a U.S. House seat.

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    Amodei was trumping Democrat Kate Marshall with about 56 percent of the vote based on early returns Tuesday night.

    The rural Nevada district that has never elected a Democrat.

    Amodei is a former state GOP chairman. He promised to fight for a balanced budget amendment in Congress and signed an anti-tax pledge.

    Marshall hopes to become the first Democrat to win the northern Nevada district and had campaigned as a moderate. She is the state treasurer.

    The candidates are competing in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District to replace Republican Dean Heller. Heller was appointed from the House to the Senate in May to replace Republican John Ensign.

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    8:15 p.m. update: A problem with some voting machines in Washoe County has been fixed by rebooting them, and no delay in counting votes is expected.

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    8:10 p.m. update: Secretary of State Ross Miller is tweeting that the Washoe County site is incorrectly reporting that 100 percent of the precincts have reported. They haven’t.

  10. CR says:

    ThePeoplesView articles worth reading:

    President Obama Sent His Jobs Bill To Congress – A Call To Action http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/09/president-obama-sent-his-jobs-bill-to.html

    Are You Paying Attention – Public Policy Polling: Obama leads Romney by 4, Perry by 11 nationally http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/09/are-you-paying-attention-public-policy.html

    The Coolest Thing About the Jobs Plan http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/09/coolest-thing-about-jobs-plan.html

    Health Reform at Work: $700 Million More to Expand Community Health Centers, Create Jobs http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/09/health-reform-at-work-700-million-more.html

    A Moral Responsibility http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/09/moral-responsibility.html

  11. CR says:

    CBO chief warns debt panel spending cuts could slow recovery

    09/13/11 By Russell Berman – TheHill

    The director of the Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday painted a bleak picture of the nation’s fiscal future and warned the deficit-reduction supercommittee to be wary of the nation’s ailing economy while weighing deep spending cuts and tax increases.

    Doug Elmendorf, the CBO chief, testified at the panel’s first official hearing as it seeks to meet its charge of finding $1.5 trillion in budget savings. His appearance comes as the panelists are considering how to incorporate remedies for the stalled economic recovery into its task.

    Elmendorf’s message: to avoid slowing the economy even further, the deficit must get worse before it gets better.

    “If policymakers wanted to achieve both a short-term economic boost and medium- and long-term fiscal sustainability,” Elmendorf said, the “most effective” policy would be “changes in taxes and spending that would widen the deficit now but narrow it later in the decade.”

    He warned, however, that the approach would work best if future policy changes “were sufficiently specific and widely supported” so that individuals and businesses can believe “that the future fiscal restraint would truly take effect.”

    Like other economic analysts, the CBO has downgraded its forecasts for economic recovery and job growth in the next year following disappointing reports in the last month. Elmendorf said that data received since the CBO’s most recent forecast in August “suggest that economic growth for the remainder of this year and next is likely to be weaker than the agency anticipated.” The agency now expects the country’s gross domestic product to grow by 1.5 percent in 2011 and around 2.5 percent in 2012, with the unemployment rate remaining “close to 9 percent through the end of 2012,” Elmendorf said.

    For members of the committee steeped in the challenges of the nation’s debt, Elmendorf’s testimony came as little surprise. But the choices he presented to the panel were no less stark.

    “Attaining a sustainable budget for the federal government will require the United States to deviate from the policies of the past 40 years in at least one of the following ways,” he said. “Raise federal revenues significantly above their average share of GDP; make major changes to the sorts of benefits provided for Americans when they become older; or substantially reduce the role of the rest of the federal government relative to the size of the economy.”

  12. CR says:

    Good Wednesday morning everyone. I stand with President Obama and the Democratic Party because they stand for empowering the average struggling individual.

    I know in my heart and soul that the GOP Party stands with the rich and powerful and will strip everything they can from from the average individual. DON’T STAND BY AND LET EVIL WIN!

    I HOPE that you have a good day! :)

  13. Good morning CR and everyone. I too stand with the President. HOPE you all have a wonderful Wednesday. CR enjoy your vacation!

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

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

  14. CR says:

    GOP Opposes Obama Call To Pay For Jobs With Taxes

    9/14/11 by David Welna -NPR

    Republicans aren’t exactly crazy about the public works spending President Obama proposes in his $447 billion jobs bill sent to Congress this week, but they are even less enamored with how the president wants to pay for it: by ending a slew of tax breaks for wealthy individuals and corporations.

    Under his plan, households with annual incomes of more than $250,000 would have tax deductions for mortgages and charitable contributions capped; firms with corporate jets would get a smaller annual tax break; hedge fund managers would have to pay income tax rather than the much lower capital gains tax.

    “We’ve got to decide what our priorities are,” Obama said at a Columbus, Ohio, high school Tuesday. “Do you want to keep tax loopholes for oil companies? Or do you want to renovate more schools … so the construction workers have jobs again?

    “Do you want to keep tax breaks for multimillionaires and billionaires, or do you want to put teachers back to work and help small businesses and cut taxes for middle class families?”

    Opposition To Plan

    Republicans were having none of it.

    Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused the president of pushing permanent tax increases to finance a temporary economic stimulus. McConnell saw no chance of Congress accepting the president’s so-called pay-fors.

    “I don’t think the pay-fors are going to go anywhere because we know these are not new ideas,” he said. “The pay-fors have all been around the track before, and there is bipartisan opposition to every one of them.”

    Indeed, there are conservative Democrats such as Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson who, like virtually every Republican, oppose making anyone pay more taxes.

    “Effectively raising taxes is in this point of time, in my opinion … not the way to go,” Nelson said.

    But other Democrats say Obama is right to lean on the wealthy to pay for his jobs bill. Dick Durbin, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, says it’s Republicans who insist the bill be paid for.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/14/140452162/gop-opposes-obama-call-to-pay-for-jobs-with-taxes

  15. CR says:

    Business inventories and sales rose July

    9/14/11 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER – AP Economics Writer | AP – 1 hr 42 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses added to their stockpiles in July for a 19th straight month and their sales increased by the most since March.

    The Commerce Department says business inventories rose 0.4 percent in July following a similar gain in June. Business sales increased 0.7 percent in July.

    The strong month for inventory growth shows businesses were confident in the economy despite weakening growth and dismal spending by consumers in the first half of the year. A more important sign will be how they reacted in August, when the stock market fluctuated wildly and the economy created no new jobs.

    The government said in a separate report that retail sales in August showed no growth. Consumers pulled back during the turbulent month and Hurricane Irene disrupted sales along the East Coast.

    U.S. manufacturing has been one of the strongest sectors of the economy since the recession ended. Efforts by companies to restock depleted shelves have spurred much of that factory production.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/business-inventories-sales-rose-july-140841962.html

  16. CR says:

    Next Up…

    12:55 PM EDT
    President Obama Speaks on the American Jobs Act
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

    • CR says:

      American Jobs Act

      September 14, 2011

      Remarks by the President on the American Jobs Act in Raleigh, North Carolina

      North Carolina State University
      Raleigh, North Carolina

      12:51 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, North Carolina! (Applause.) Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you. Thank you so much. How’s it going, Raleigh? (Applause.) It is good to be back at N.C. State! (Applause.) Good to have all these Wolves in my wolfpack. (Applause.) I just hope none of the students here are skipping class on account of me. (Laughter and applause.) Your professors can see you on TV, you know.

      I want to thank so many people who helped to set this up, but a couple of folks in particular I want to acknowledge. First of all, the outstanding governor of the great state of North Carolina, Bev Perdue is in the house. (Applause.) Bev has been working tirelessly on behalf of the state, and obviously helped to guide so much of the emergency efforts that were taking place after the hurricane. So we’re grateful to her. And we also have one of the finest public servants I know, the former governor of the great state of North Carolina, Jim Hunt is in the house. (Applause.)

      I want to thank Chancellor William Woodson, chancellor of North Carolina State University — (applause) — as well as Thomas Ross, president of North Carolina State University. And I want to thank the power sound of the South for their outstanding performance. (Applause.) Thank you.

      Now, everybody can sit down if you want. You all have seats. (Laughter.) That’s fine. I got — except folks in the front. (Applause.) See, this is the hardcore right here. (Applause.) I want to thank Erv for the introduction. Now, as he mentioned, I just visited his small business, which is called WestStar Precision; it’s down the road in Apex. And like Erv said, what they do is what a lot of companies here in the Research Triangle do so well: They hire smart people; they give them the best technology; they create something of lasting value. And that’s how this country built a strong and growing economy and a strong, expanding middle class. That’s our history. And that’s what we’ve got to get back to. And that’s why I came to Raleigh here today. (Applause.)

      I came to talk about how America can get back to a place where we’re creating good middle-class jobs again -– jobs that pay well; jobs that offer some security; jobs that are available for all the young people who are going to be graduating from N.C. State. (Applause.) Because I know that’s what the students are thinking about. And we can do that if we can finally get Washington to act -– if we can get folks to stop worrying so much about their jobs and start worrying a little more about your jobs. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/14/remarks-president-american-jobs-act-raleigh-north-carolina

    • CR says:

      The Presidents Jobs Speech: Impressions from Students

      From: whitehouse | Sep 9, 2011

      The White House opened its doors to young adults to watch the Presidents Jobs speech and have Senior administration officials answer their questions on the President’s new jobs proposal. Here is what some of them said once the event was over. (less info)

  17. CR says:

    Next Up…

    4:00 PM EDT
    Open for Questions: Youth and the American Jobs Act
    Brian Deese, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director, National Economic Council and Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy take your questions on how the American Jobs Act will impact young Americans
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Open for Questions: Youth and the American Jobs Act

      From: whitehouse | Sep 14, 2011

      Michael Pyle, Special Assistant to the President for Financial and International Markets and and Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy take your questions on how the American Jobs Act will impact young Americans. September 14, 2011.

  18. CR says:

    September 14, 2011

    Vice President Biden Announces Over $2 Billion in Anti-Waste Measures at Cabinet Meeting

    New Initiatives Led by Campaign to Cut Waste Will Save Medicaid Waste & Strengthen Partnership with States to Reduce Improper Unemployment Insurance Payments

    WASHINGTON – At the White House today, Vice President Biden convened a Cabinet meeting to discuss waste reduction at federal agencies as part of the Administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste. The Vice President announced a new initiative to fight waste in Medicaid that is estimated to save taxpayers over $2 billion, unveiled new efforts to track state progress in reducing improper Unemployment Insurance payments, and directed each Cabinet secretary to undertake a waste and efficiency review that will target unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient federal spending.

    “Today’s announcements on cutting waste in Medicare, Medicaid and Unemployment Insurance shows that we can make our government more efficient and responsible to the American people,” said Vice President Biden. “If we’re going to spur jobs and economic growth and restore long-term fiscal solvency, we need to make sure hard-earned tax dollars don’t go to waste.”

    Joined by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the Vice President discussed a new initiative to fight waste and fraud in Medicaid that will save taxpayers an estimated $2.1 billion. HHS today released its final rule for the Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor Program, a waste-cutting program created by the Affordable Care Act. HHS projects the program will save $2.1 billion over the next five years, of which $900 million will be returned to states. The new program is based on the successful Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program, which the Vice President announced has already recovered nearly $670 million to date in 2011 – increasing the taxpayer dollars recovered by nearly 800% compared to 2010.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/14/vice-president-biden-announces-over-2-billion-anti-waste-measures-cabine

    • CR says:

      September 14, 2011

      John Brennan to Deliver Remarks At Harvard Law School on September 16

      On Friday, September 16, 2011, John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, will deliver remarks at Harvard Law School. Brennan’s remarks, “Strengthening our Security by Adhering to our Values and Laws,” will state the Administration’s position on many of the topics at the center of the counterterrorism debate. Brennan will explain why the adherence to our values and the rule of law must be the foundation of all of our efforts and how they help us achieve our goal of preventing terrorist attacks and keeping America safe.

      Please find Harvard Law School’s advisory HERE.

  19. CR says:

    Next Up….

    8:20 PM EDT
    President Obama Speaks at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 34th Annual Awards Gala
    Washington, DC

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/301527-2

    • CR says:

      September 14, 2011

      Remarks by the President to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 34th Annual Awards Gala

      Washington Convention Center
      Washington, D.C.

      8:24 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Buenas noches. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you, everybody. Please, please, have a seat.

      I want to thank Congressman Gonzalez, Senator Menendez for your outstanding leadership. I want to thank the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute for inviting us here this evening. It is wonderful to be back with all of you to help kick off Hispanic Heritage Month.

      Now, before I begin, I want to acknowledge a few people who are with us here tonight. We are honored to be joined by Her Royal Highness Princess Cristina of Spain. (Applause.) We are honored to be joined by our first Latina Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor. (Applause.) I want to recognize House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — (applause) — our great friend and champion, as well as congratulate Secretary Ken Salazar and Secretary Hilda Solis for their awards tonight and for their outstanding work. (Applause.)

      I also want to give a special shout-out to my friend Rey Decerega, the program director here at CHCI. Not many people can give the President of the United States stitches on his lip and get away with it. (Laughter.) Rey is in unique company. (Laughter.) I sent him a photograph of the moment, as he was throwing his elbow at me, and said, he’s the only person who ever did that and the Secret Service did not arrest. (Laughter.) And I hear he’s pretty tough off the basketball court, too.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/14/remarks-president-congressional-hispanic-caucus-institute-34th-annual-aw

    • CR says:

      Obama Pushes Jobs Plan As Help for Hispanics

      Published on Sep 15, 2011 by AssociatedPress

      During the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 34th Annual Awards Gala, President Barack Obama says his $447 billion jobs plan will help Latino workers and businessmen. (Sept. 15)

  20. CR says:

    September 14, 2011

    Obama Administration Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    September 15 – October 15: Obama Administration Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, Focused on Renewing the American Dream

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama Administration will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15ththrough October 15thwith the participation of the President, the First Lady, the Vice President and the Second Lady of the United States, along with members of the Cabinet, Senior Administration officials and community partners at conferences, events, and through online features showcasing the impact Hispanics have had on our national life.

    Numbering more than 50 million on the mainland and another 4 million in Puerto Rico, Hispanics are no longer found in a handful of states but all across America, according to the latest census numbers. As the largest and fastest growing minority group in America, the Hispanic community’s ability to thrive is vital to the future of our nation and is critical to our out-educating, out-innovating, and out-building the rest of the world. In this spirit, the theme of Hispanic Heritage Month 2011 will be “Renewing the American Dream,” and will feature a weekly focus on key issue areas including jobs and the economy, healthy communities and healthy families, an education for the 21stcentury, and celebrating the heritage and contributions of Hispanics to the fabric of America.

    In addition to officials leading events and participating in conferences, the White House will feature Hispanics from throughout the Administration who are contributing to the President’s vision for winning the future in a daily blog post on “Renewing the American Dream” at http://www.whitehouse.gov/hispanic. On select White House tours, there will also be brochures on the work of the Administration and the Hispanic community and photographs showcasing the same theme.

    For a recent report on the President’s agenda and the Hispanic community, please click HERE.

    For the entire article that contains a list of upcoming events: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/14/obama-administration-celebrates-hispanic-heritage-month

  21. CR says:

    Michelle Obama: Support our military families

    9/14/11 By Michelle Obama – usda.gov

    Last weekend, Americans across the country joined together to remember that September morning from 10 years ago, honoring the memory of those we lost with service and reflection. And my husband and I were humbled to stand with the families and survivors on the same hallowed grounds where tragedy struck.

    Yet what shines most brightly from last weekend is not memories of horror, but images of heroes; not the echoes of evil that sought to divide, but the compassion that compelled us to unite. What lasts from this anniversary is the true spirit of America that was laid bare that day and remains alive today: the courage of those who lost loved ones; the strength of those who survived; the bravery of those who ran not away from but into danger.

    Those are the same qualities that live on every day among a generation of American troops and their families whose service has been defined by 9/11 and its aftermath. This anniversary also gives us the opportunity to reflect on all that these families have endured and our obligations to them now and in the years ahead.

    Selfless service

    They’re the 9/11 Generation — the more than 5 million servicemembers who have worn the uniform this past decade and their families. They’ve rightfully earned not only the admiration of a grateful nation, but also a place in history alongside our greatest generations. More than 2 million men and women have served in the war zones, including an unprecedented number of deployments by our National Guardsmen and Reservists. We’ve never asked so much of our all-volunteer force.

    For the entire article: http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2011-09-15/michelle-obama-military-joining-forces/50403274/1

  22. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, September 15 , 2011

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    The Vice President attends an event for the DNC in Raleigh, N.C.

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    The President meets with Secretary of the Treasury Geithner.

    12:45 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    The Vice President attends a DNC event in Dallas, Texas.

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    The President awards the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event.

    8:00 PM
    8:40 PM
    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event.

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      September 15, 2011

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

      12:45 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      2:00 PM EDT
      Open for Questions: The American Jobs Act
      Director of the Office of Public Engagement, Jon Carson and Principal Director of the National Economic Council, Jason Furman, take your questions on the President’s American Jobs Act
      The White House

      2:30 PM EDT
      The President awards the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal.

      7:00 PM EDT
      The President delivers remarks at a DNC event.

      8:40 PM EDT
      The President delivers remarks at a DNC event.

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      10:00 AM EDT
      U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House: Votes on Jobs Act

      10:00 AM EDT
      House Financial Services Committee: SEC Oversight

      10:30 AM EDT
      Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan British Army Maj. Gen. Tim Evans speaks with reporters on the current situation in Afghanistan.

      12:45 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      2:30 PM EDT
      The President awards the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal.

      7:00 PM EDT
      The President delivers remarks at a DNC event.

      8:40 PM EDT
      The President delivers remarks at a DNC event.

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM EDT
      U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House: Votes on Jobs Act

      10:00 AM EDT
      House Financial Services Committee: SEC Oversight

      10:30 AM EDT
      Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan British Army Maj. Gen. Tim Evans speaks with reporters on the current situation in Afghanistan.

      10:30 AM EDT
      U.S. Senate: Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act

      12:45 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      2:30 PM EDT
      The President awards the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal.

      7:00 PM EDT
      The President delivers remarks at a DNC event.

      8:40 PM EDT
      The President delivers remarks at a DNC event.

  23. CR says:

    Obama in D.C.; Biden to Texas

    09/15/11 By MATT NEGRIN – POLITICO44

    After a week of stumping for his jobs bill, President Obama will take a break and return to stumping for his reelection campaign.

    The White House says that Obama has two events for the Democratic National Committee scheduled “at private residences” in Washington Thursday evening. A print pool reporter will be allowed into the fundraisers to take notes, the White House says.

    Vice President Biden is on the trail, too. He’ll be flying to Raleigh, North Carolina, (where Obama was yesterday to talk about the American Jobs Act), for an early-morning DNC fundraiser. Then he’s off to Rick Perry’s state for an afternoon fundraiser in Dallas, the White House says.

  24. CR says:

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

  25. CR says:

    EPA administrator visits San Francisco recycling facility on green jobs tour

    09/14/11 By: Bay City News |

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson visited a recycling facility in San Francisco this afternoon as part of a tour to promote President Obama’s jobs plan and federal efforts to promote sustainability.

    Jackson visited Recology’s Recycle Central station at Pier 96 following Obama’s speech last week on his plan to create more jobs.

    “The president talked about what the federal government can do right now … and I want to talk about what the government has already done,” she said.

    Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/epa-administrator-visits-san-francisco-recycling-facility-green-jobs-tour#ixzz1Y1nd0Vhe

  26. CR says:

    GOP Squares off Against Economists, Reality

    September 14, 2011 | Posted by Cedwy – ThePeoplesView

    But we already knew that, didn’t we? Here’s the first salvo in their latest crusade against rationality, in the form of the following statement from Boehner’s office, circa formation of the debt panel committee:

    Deficit reduction will spur job creation and, therefore, the supercommittee does not need to take on an additional mission. “As every economist and every rating agency has made clear, getting our deficit under control is the first step to help get our economy growing again and to create jobs.”

    Stopped laughing yet? Okay.

    It hardly seems necessary to point out how time after time, it has been determined that, no, tax cuts don’t quite create jobs like the GOP wishes they would, but I kinda can’t resist this:

    “Congressman Cantor (R-VA) either failed English class or failed logic class or failed history class because these tax cuts for the rich that Bush did twice, in ’01 and ’03, resulted in very little economic growth. We saw only one million jobs created in the Bush years, 22 million created in the Clinton years when we reached a balanced budget with a fairer tax system,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said on MSNBC.

    In other words, Boehner et al could not be more laughably wrong. Forget the fact that seeking universal consensus among economists is akin to hunting unicorns; there is no way even a majority of them believes in tax-cut, trickle down voodoo nonsense. A sampling of economists who are on record as agreeing, though, includes the likes of Paul Krugman, Alice Rivlin, Christina Romer, Greg Ip, Jared Bernstein, and Larry Summers. The point on which they all agree? Deficit reduction should be a long-term concern only and that what the economy needs right now is juice, spending, “increasing aggregate demand,” or as it’s commonly known, stimulus:

    For the entire article: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/09/gop-squares-off-against-economists.html

  27. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:00 PM EDT
    Open for Questions: The American Jobs Act
    Director of the Office of Public Engagement, Jon Carson and Principal Director of the National Economic Council, Jason Furman, take your questions on the President’s American Jobs Act
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Open for Questions: The American Jobs Act

      From: whitehouse | Sep 15, 2011

      Director of the Office of Public Engagement, Jon Carson and Brian Deese, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director, National Economic Council take your questions on the President’s American Jobs Act.

  28. Good morning everyone. HOPE you all have a terrific Thursday.

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

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

  29. CR says:

    Next Up….

    2:30 PM EDT
    The President awards the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal.

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.cspan http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Awards-Medal-of-Honor/10737424184/

    • CR says:

      September 15, 2011

      Remarks by the President Awarding the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Dakota Meyer

      East Room

      2:50 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Please be seated. Thank you, Chaplain Kibben. Good afternoon, everyone. And on behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House.

      It’s been said that “where there is a brave man, in the thickest of the fight, there is the post of honor.” Today, we pay tribute to an American who placed himself in the thick of the fight — again and again and again. In so doing, he has earned our nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor. And we are extraordinarily proud of Sergeant Dakota Meyer. (Applause.)

      Today is only the third time during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that a recipient of the Medal of Honor has been able to accept it in person. And we are honored to be joined by one of the two other recipients — Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry, who is here.

      I would point out something else — of all the Medal of Honor recipients in recent decades, Dakota is also one of the youngest. He’s 23 years old. And he performed the extraordinary actions for which he is being recognized today when he was just 21 years old.

      Despite all this, I have to say Dakota is one of the most down-to-Earth guys that you will ever meet. In fact, when my staff first tried to arrange the phone call so I could tell him that I’d approved this medal, Dakota was at work, at his new civilian job, on a construction site. He felt he couldn’t take the call right then, because he said, “If I don’t work, I don’t get paid.” (Laughter.) So we arranged to make sure he got the call during his lunch break. (Laughter.) I told him the news, and then he went right back to work. (Laughter.) That’s the kind of guy he is. He also asked to have a beer with me, which we were able to execute yesterday.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/remarks-president-awarding-medal-honor-sergeant-dakota-meyer

  30. CR says:

    Next Up…

    7:00 PM EDT
    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event.

    • CR says:

      September 15, 2011

      Remarks by the President at a DNC Event

      Private Residence
      Washington, D.C.

      6:44 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Silvia. (Applause.) I’m going to be quick, because I want to make this more of a dialogue than a monologue. And a lot of you guys are old friends; been supporting us for a long time. And we’re going to be seeing each other a lot out on the campaign trail as you guys are bringing in folks from various cities, getting them involved.

      So let me just say this: Last week, obviously, I presented to Congress the American Jobs Act. And what I tried to underscore in that speech is the urgency for action in Washington. Now, over the last two and a half years, we’ve been busy trying to make sure that we did not spill into a depression, trying to make sure that we stabilized the financial system, trying to make sure that we saved the auto industry. And we were successful in stabilizing the economy, but what we have not been able to do is get the kind of recovery that puts people back to work the way we need to. And there are a number of things that we can do administratively, but ultimately we have to make sure that Washington is working on behalf of folks who are hurting out there, as opposed to working contrary to the interests of people all across the country.

      And in the American Jobs Act, what we’ve said was, look, if Congress is able to take some action now — not 14 months from now, not six months from now, but now — we can put teachers back in the classroom, we can put construction workers back to work, we can put our veterans back to work, we can make sure that young people have opportunities for summer jobs, we can start dealing with the unemployed — and we can pay for it in a way that’s responsible, and that involves everybody sharing in the burdens of what are a difficult time.

      Now, right away, the commentary was, well, this Congress, they are accustomed to doing nothing, and they’re comfortable with doing nothing, and they keep on doing nothing. But I will tell you, we intend to keep the pressure on. And I, just this week, have traveled to North Carolina, and we’ve been to Ohio. Before that, right after I made the speech, we were in Virginia. In Virginia we had probably about 12,000 people; in North Carolina about 10,000. And folks are ready for action.

      And for those of you who have been supporters for a long time, as you know, there’s a time for governance and there’s a time for making a political case. My hope is, is that we’re going to keep on seeing some governance out of Washington over the next several months, because the American people can’t afford to wait for an election to actually see us start doing something serious about our jobs. But we are going to run this like a campaign, in the sense that we’ve got to take it to the American people, and make the case as to why it is possible for Washington to make a difference right now.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/remarks-president-dnc-event

  31. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Welcome home, CR!

    >^..^<

    Here is something nice from TPM:

    "Obama Plants His Flag On Boehner's Bridge

    President Obama is taking his message about the need to fix the country’s aging infrastructure and create jobs about as close as you can get to Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) district next Thursday. And he’ll have a pretty powerful visual behind him: Cincinnati’s crumbling Brent Spence Bridge….

    The President mentioned the city’s aging bridge in his joint address to Congress last Thursday…."

    http://bit.ly/nuJUB7

    • CR says:

      Hi Kat! Thanks for the article!

    • CR says:

      September 15, 2011

      Statement from the Press Secretary on Speaker Boehner’s Speech

      Any plan to grow the economy and create jobs should be measured by whether it puts money in the pockets of middle class families, puts teachers, police officers, firefighters and construction workers back to work, and invests in our small businesses so they can grow and hire. The President’s plan meets that test. The American Jobs Act includes the kinds of proposals that have been supported in a bipartisan way in the past, is fully paid for, and prominent, independent economists say it could create between 1.5 and 2 million jobs. And the President’s plan rebuilds the economy the American way, based on balance, fairness and ensuring there is the same set of rules for everyone from Wall Street to Main Street. The President is committed to working with members of both parties in Congress to pass the American Jobs Act right away.

  32. CR says:

    Next Up…

    8:40 PM EDT
    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event.

    • CR says:

      September 15, 2011

      Remarks by the President at a DNC Event

      Private Residence
      Washington, D.C.

      7:54 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. I am going to keep my opening remarks very brief, because I want to have a conversation with you more than anything else. And so, my first task is just to thank Elizabeth, her wonderful children, for hosting us here. It is true that I have been here before; I think the first time I was here, I had just been elected to the Senate, and I still remember Smith and you being incredibly gracious to me, and opening up your home at a time when I was still the new kid on the block. (Laughter.) So I appreciate that, and I thank you for your extraordinary public service as well.

      I want to thank all of you for being here. Many of you are old friends and have been supporters for a long time. Some of you are new, and I’m very grateful for you taking the time to be here.

      As Elizabeth described aptly, we are going through extraordinary times. These are no ordinary times. We are going through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. And, historically, after financial recessions, it is a challenge and a struggle. And over the last two and a half years, what we’ve been able to do is stabilize an economy, but at a level where unemployment remains way too high.

      And so, last week, I went before Congress, and I explained to them why they need to act — to put construction workers back to work, and teachers back in the classroom, and veterans back to work, and dealing with the long-term unemployed — and tried to communicate a sense of urgency. The country does not have patience for the traditional political games here in Washington. Those games are okay when unemployment is at 5 percent and, basically, people can choose to ignore it. But right now, they need action. And certainly what they don’t need is to make sure that Washington is an impediment to economic growth and putting people back to work.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/remarks-president-dnc-event-0

  33. CR says:

    Professors offer more than $10,000 for proof that Bachmann’s story about HPV is true

    9/15/11 Chris Moody | The Ticket

    Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s story about a woman who claimed that her daughter suffered “mental retardation” after receiving a vaccine against HPV could fetch the woman’s family thousands of dollars. But the family can only collect if Bachmann or the unnamed woman can prove the story is true.

    Two bioethics professors have offered to pay more than $10,000 for medical records that prove the anecdote Bachmann told after Monday night’s Republican presidential debate is true, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:

    Steven Miles, a U of M bioethics professor, said that he’ll give $1,000 if the medical records of the woman from Bachmann’s story are released and can be viewed by a medical professional.

    His offer was upped by his former boss from the University of Minnesota, Art Caplan, who is now director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. Caplan said he would match Miles’ challenge and offered $10,000 for proof of the HPV vaccine victim.

    “‘These types of messages in this climate have the capacity to do enormous public health harm,'” Miles said of why he made the offer. ‘The woman, assuming she exists, put this claim into the public domain and it’s an extremely serious claim and it deserves to be analyzed.'”

    Bachmann told the story after she criticized opponent Texas Gov. Rick Perry for using an executive order in 2007 to mandate that all girls entering the sixth grade receive a vaccination against the Human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer. The Texas legislature overturned the mandate and the policy was never enacted.

    “There’s a woman who came up crying to me tonight after the debate,” Bachmann said after the debate, where she had told Perry on stage that she was “offended” by his decision. “She said her daughter was given that vaccine. She told me her daughter suffered mental retardation as a result of that vaccine.” She repeated the story to several news outlets over the next 24 hours and sent a fundraising letter to supporters about the exchange she had with Perry on the debate stage.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/professors-offer-more-10-000-proof-bachmann-story-132647843.html

  34. CR says:

    September 15, 2011

    Remarks by the First Lady at a “Let’s Move” Restaurant Announcement

    Olive Garden
    Hyattsville, Maryland

    11:47 A.M. EDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Hi, everyone! How you guys doing? How many people got to get out of school today to have lunch? (Laughter.) Oh, nice, nice. Have you tried the food yet? It’s good, right? All right, you hear that? Good food, well done.

    Well, thank you so much. I am excited to be here today to see all of you, and I’m going to get a chance to walk around and say hello to everyone after I say a few words. I want to start by thanking Cami for that very kind introduction and for joining us today and for being a terrific mom. I also want to thank Jim Gavin for his leadership at an organization called the Partnership for Healthy America. They work closely with us on all these wonderful initiatives, and they’re going to make sure that we continue to expand and do good things to improve the quality of health for our kids. So Jim, thank you. It’s great to see you, as always.

    And finally, I want to recognize Clarence Otis and everyone at Darden for the extraordinary commitment that they’re making today. Thank you all. Terrific, terrific.

    This is exciting. I am excited. I only come when I’m going to be excited, and this is exciting. (Laughter.)

    With this new commitment, Darden is doing what no restaurant company has done before. They’re not just making their kids’ menus healthier so that parents have more choices and more control; they’re making changes across their full menu at every single one of their restaurants throughout the country. They’re looking at all the food they serve, and they’re asking themselves one simple question: How can we improve the health of American families?

    And it’s that vision and commitment that brought me here today. I don’t just come out. But I’m here today because this is a big deal. I’m here because this is a breakthrough moment in the restaurant industry. And I’m here because I believe that the changes that Darden will make could impact the health and well-being of an entire generation of young people.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/remarks-first-lady-lets-move-restaurant-announcement

    • CR says:

      First Lady Applauds Olive Garden Announcement

      Published on Sep 15, 2011 by AssociatedPress

      Michelle Obama says a pledge by the Olive Garden, Red Lobster and four other restaurant chains to serve healthier meals is a ‘breakthrough moment’ for the industry. The Darden company pledged to reduce calories and sodium. (Sept. 15)

  35. CR says:

    Geithner to discuss leveraging EU bailout fund

    9/15/11 By Jan Strupczewski and Sakari Suoninen | Reuters – 30 mins ago

    WROCLAW, Poland/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will discuss with European finance ministers the possibility of leveraging the euro zone’s bailout fund to make it more effective in fighting the region’s debt crisis.

    The disclosure came as the European Central Bank said on Thursday it was joining with other major central banks in a joint action coordinated with the U.S. Federal Reserve to ease dollar funding for stricken European banks to tackle an emerging credit crunch due to the sovereign debt crisis.

    Geithner will hold talks with EU ministers in Poland on Friday and will propose that the European Financial Stability Fund, the 440 billion euro fund set up in May 2010, be used in a similar way to an emergency loan fund created by the U.S. Treasury and the Fed in 2008 to thaw frozen credit markets, sources said.

    “Geithner will probably insist on the importance of leverage to have more funds to ringfence the big Europeans, Italy and Spain, and to find a solution for Greece,” one EU official told Reuters ahead of the meeting in Wroclaw, Poland.

    The U.S. emergency fund served to support U.S. lenders in the 2007-2009 crisis. Responding to signs of similar stress rising in Europe now, the ECB and the central banks of Britain, Japan and Switzerland agreed on Thursday to reintroduce three-month dollar liquidity operations in the fourth quarter.

    The news sharply boosted European bank shares and the euro, with shares in French bank BNP Paribas jumping as much as 13 percent. U.S. bank shares also rose, helping Wall Street close higher.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/eu-warned-credit-crunch-threat-060023449.html

  36. 12,000 tax cheats come clean under Obama Administration IRS program

    About 12,000 tax cheats have come clean under a program that offered reduced penalties and no jail time to people who voluntarily disclosed assets they were hiding overseas, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday.

    Those people have so far paid $500 million in back taxes and penalties, with more to come, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said.

    The voluntary disclosure program, which ran from February to last week, is part of a larger effort by the IRS to crack down on tax dodgers who hide assets in overseas accounts. The agency stepped up its efforts in 2009, when Swiss banking giant UBS AG agreed to pay a $780 million fine and turn over details on thousands of accounts suspected of holding undeclared assets from American customers.

    Since then, the IRS has opened new enforcement offices overseas, beefed up staffing and expanded cooperation with foreign governments. A similar disclosure program in 2009 has so far netted $2.2 billion in back taxes, penalties and fines, from people with accounts in 140 countries, Shulman said.

    Between the two disclosure programs, a total of 30,000 tax cheats have come clean.

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2011/09/15/12000-tax-cheats-come-clean-under-obama-administration-irs-program/

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