The 99% – America Wants Work


The AFL-CIO’s America Wants to Work initiative will bring working people together in hundreds of week of action events to demand action from Congress to promote a real jobs creation agenda. Says Trumka:

Hundreds of thousands of people are standing up together by joining in this week of action and they will continue to call for passage of President Obama’s American Jobs Act and a just economy—and they’re not going away. They’ll be back and back and back until lawmakers finally listen.  Every elected leader will be held accountable for creating the jobs we need and putting America back to work.

  •  Find an America Wants to Work event near you here
  •  Oct. 12 America Wants to Work National Teach-In information here
  • Sign an America Wants to Work petition to Congress here.

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Factory Job Gains Under Obama Best Since Clinton: BGOV Barometer

Sep 25, 2012 9:00 PM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

In an election focused on jobs, President Barack Obama can boast of crossing one milestone: the longest stretch of employment gains in manufacturing in almost two decades.

The BGOV Barometer shows U.S. factory positions have grown since early 2010, arresting a slide that began toward the end of the 1990s. It’s the best showing since the era of Bill Clinton, the only president in the last 30 years to leave office with more factory jobs than when he began.

“The gain in manufacturing jobs is certainly helpful, it is one way to show we’re moving forward,” said Terry Madonna, a political science professor and director of the Franklin & Marshall College poll in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “President Obama has to create a psychology all over the country that things are getting better. This is a piece explaining that idea.”

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-26/factory-job-gains-under-obama-best-since-clinton-bgov-barometer.html

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, October 7 , 2011

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:45 AM EDT
    The President receives the presidential daily briefing.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:00 AM
    10:25 AM
    The President and the Vice President meet with Senate Democratic leadership.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    The President meets with Secretary of the Treasury Geithner.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    White House Press Secretary Jayu Carney briefs the press.

    12:00 PM
    The President meets with senior advisers.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:05 PM
    The President welcomes the 1985 Chicago Bears to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Super Bowl win.
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    3:45 PM
    The President meets with Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia.
    Oval Office
    Pool Spray at the Bottom

    4:00 PM
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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      October 7, 2011

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

      9:00 AM EDT
      White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Commission Meeting
      The White House

      11:30 AM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      3:05 PM EDT
      President Obama welcomes the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears to the White House. The team was unable to visit that year due to the Challenger explosion.

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:00 AM EDT
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks to the U.S.-Japan Council.

      10:00 AM EDT
      State Department: Public Meeting on the Proposed Keystone XL Project

      10:00 AM EDT
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosts a “Listening and Action Session” as part of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness at the State Department in Washington.

      10:00 AM EDT
      State Department Meeting on Oil Pipeline

      11:30 AM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      3:05 PM EDT
      President Obama welcomes the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears to the White House. The team was unable to visit that year due to the Challenger explosion.
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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM EDT
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks to the U.S.-Japan Council.

      10:00 AM EDT
      State Department: Public Meeting on the Proposed Keystone XL Project http://www.c-span.org/Events/State-Department-Hears-Public-Comment-on-Canada-US-Oil-Pipeline/10737424635/

      10:00 AM EDT
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosts a “Listening and Action Session” as part of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness at the State Department in Washington.

      10:00 AM EDT
      State Department Meeting on Oil Pipeline

      11:30 AM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

  2. CR says:

    Occupy Wall Street Movement

    Union Members Join Biggest (Yet) Occupy Wall Street Action

    Oct 6, 2011 by Mike Hall – afl-cio

    In the biggest demonstration since theOccupy Wall Street protest began Sept. 17, New York City union members, college students and other activists joined the protesters yesterday evening for a march and rally that was several thousand strong, according to news reports.

    They marched from the Occupy Wall Street’s encampment at Zuccotti Park to City Hall. Addressing the crowd from the steps of City Hall, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Vice President Christopher Shelton said:

    “Every one of us is here because of corporate greed. It’s time not to occupy Wall Street, but to take back Wall Street.” CWA is among dozens of unions backing the weeks-long protest. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said by video message that the union movement opens its “heart and arms” to those at the Wall Street protests.

    George White, a retired union member from Brooklyn, told The New York Times:

    These are the children of mothers and fathers who have worked hard all their lives and now can’t put food on the tables. These are the children who can’t pay off their loans, who have nowhere to go and no opportunities.

    The protesters say the nation’s economy has worked well for the top 1 percent but left the other 99 percent facing jobs loss, wage cuts, home foreclosures and more. It’s time to hold Wall Street and the financial industry accountable, pay their fair share and use corporate America’s trillions of dollars in profits and cash assets to create jobs.

    For the entire article: http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/10/06/union-members-join-biggest-yet-occupy-wall-street-action/

    • CR says:

      AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Supporting Occupy Wall Street

      From: AFLCIONow | Oct 5, 2011

      AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says, “It’s time for all of us—the 99 percent—to be heard.”

    • CR says:

      Republicans: On the side of Wall Street, not consumers

      October 06, 2011 Posted by Elizabeth Chan – democrats.org

      Three years ago, Wall Street risk taking almost destroyed our economy. But last summer, Presient Obama signed a bill to prevent that from ever happening again. Now, while GOP presidential candidates are vowing to repeal Wall Street reform, Senate Republicans are trying to undermine the law.

      It’s up to us to tell Republicans to leave Wall Street reform alone and put consumers first—and that means confirming Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

      • CR says:

        GOP Job plan

        Herman Cain called the (Occupy Wall Street) activists “un-American” Wednesday at a book signing in Florida.

        On Tuesday, CBS reported that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney called the (Occupy Wall Street) protest “class warfare” at an appearance at a Florida retirement community.

        Source: http://news.yahoo.com/unions-students-join-wall-street-protesters-205839370.html

        Cain said (of the Occupy Wall Street) “Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.”

        Source: http://news.yahoo.com/herman-cain-train-runs-over-jobless-dont-blame-224900821.html

        Bachmann calling the (Occupy Wall Street) activity “tremendously counterproductive,” the Republican presidential hopeful noted with disgust… “At least the Tea Party picks up their own trash.”

        Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/20/michele-bachmann-speaks-san-francisco_n_1022986.html

        • jacquelineoboomer says:

          Despicable. I like the term “cash warfare,” just as much!

        • CR says:

          Rick Perry’s Jobs Plan is a Nightmare for Liberals

          10/14/11 By John Hudson -The Atlantic Wire

          Rick Perry’s jobs-creation plan is a liberal nightmare. On Friday, the Texas governor unveiled his manifesto at a steel plant in Pittsburgh, which promises to generate 1.2 million jobs by expanding oil and gas production and slashing environmental regulations. In other words: drill baby, drill. Since dropping sharply in the polls with the rise of Herman Cain, Perry sort of fell off the liberal radar screen. His “Energizing American Jobs and Security” fixed that! In today’s lefty blogosphere, he’s the talk of the town.

          Here’s how they’re picking apart his plan:

          It will kneecap green energy startups, writes Ezra Klein at The Washington Post. Perry’s plan calls for an end to green subsidies. (To be fair, he also calls for an end to gas and oil subsidies too.) But Klein says that still doesn’t create an even playing field. “Analysts have argued that fossil-fuel producers would primarily benefit from such a move, since they enjoy all sorts of legacy advantages.”

          It’s a petroleum pollution plan, fumes Daniel Weiss, senior fellow of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress: “The Perry plan would undo safeguards from deadly smog, acid rain, mercury, and other pollution. And it ignores a clean tech future while returning to a fossil fuel past. It is of little surprise that the Perry Petroleum Pollution Plan would continue to funnel billions of taxpayer dollars to big oil companies through subsidies, while eliminating incentives for American wind and solar companies to grow. The Perry plan should be stamped ‘Made By Big Oil.’” The actual words of the plan recommend cutting the EPA budget by “up to 60%” and returning regulatory power to the states.

          Its job-creation numbers are “unrealistic,” writes Michael Levi, senior fellow for energy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Levi says 500,000 jobs created is the absolute maximum an energy policy could create by 2030. Of those numbers, about 130,000 would be oil and gas jobs. The problem with Perry’s policy is that it assumes he will be “reversing deeply anti-industry Obama policies that don’t actually exist (which is not to say that the Obama policies have no flaws), ignore real constraints at the state level, and don’t fully account for market dynamics.”

          It endangers protected lands, writes Judd Legum at Think Progress. He cites two policies baked into the plan: “We also strongly recommend opening other federal lands with known resources for development, particularly in Alaska, the Atlantic OCS, and our western states. Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain (1002) alone contains as much as 12 billion barrels of oil and 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.” In another part of the plan, it discusses fast-tracking permits for drilling along the Gulf Coast. ““The first step towards energy security and job growth is returning immediately to 2007 levels of permitting in the Gulf of Mexico, responsibly making more of the Gulf available for energy production.”

        • CR says:

          Romney jobs plan: cut taxes, slap China, drill oil

          Sep 6, 2011 By KASIE HUNT – Associated Press

          NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Casting himself as America’s CEO, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday outlined a sweeping economic plan that would reduce regulations and taxes on companies, sanction China over its currency practices and weaken the clout of labor unions.

          Trying to hold off surging rival Rick Perry, Romney traveled to economically suffering Nevada and stood inside a giant truck warehouse to deliver his multi-point plan designed to position him as the GOP contender with the most comprehensive approach to fixing the economy.

          “This is a business plan for America,” Romney told supporters as he promoted his plan as one designed to modernize an economy he says is still oriented toward earlier decades — and held up General Electric CEO Jack Welch and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs as “real deal” leaders in the U.S. economy.

          It’s a version of the economic pitch Romney has been making throughout the campaign so far — but it’s now been sharpened to highlight how his private-sector record contrasts with Perry, the Texas governor, who has held elected office for more than two decades. In his speech Tuesday, Romney barely mentioned his own four years as governor of Massachusetts.

          For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/romney-jobs-plan-cut-taxes-slap-china-drill-201111301.html

          • CR says:

            New Hampshire debate: Mitt Romney talks against auto bailout

            10/11/11 By MAGGIE HABERMAN – POLITICO

            In language that will probably come back to hit him in a general election if he’s the nominee in ads in Michigan, Mitt Romney offered what was supposed to be a careful criticism of the auto bailout:

            “Should they have used the funds to bail out General Motors and Chrysler? No, that was the wrong source for that funding,” he said.

            The question wasn’t actually about the auto bailout, it was about TARP, which he spoke in favor of at the time – and Romney raised the auto bailout voluntarily.

            The TARP discussion was drawn out and not Romney at his best, but none of his opponents seized the chance to call him out on it – including Rick Perry, who needs to score points off the frontrunner.

            • CR says:

              GOP WRONG WAY
              Hit the road, Mitt

              November 08, 2011 Posted by Elizabeth Chan – democrats.org

              Mitt Romney’s headed back to Michigan, asking for votes. But what does Michigan say to the man who said, “Let Detroit go bankrupt“?

              Hit the road.

              Michigan voters will have a clear choice between Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican field, who wanted to let Detroit go bankrupt, and President Obama, who not only extended a loan and restructuring package that saved 1.4 million jobs but has also made investments that are creating jobs.

            • CR says:

              WHAT IF

              11/8/11 POLITICO44

              Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt sent this to reporters after Mitt Romney said in an interview that President Obama shouldn’t have written “a check first” to the auto industry:

              “If Mitt Romney was President, there would not be an American auto industry. Industry experts have been clear: our auto companies would have faced liquidation if Mitt Romney had his way and more than 1 million Americans would have lost their jobs. Mitt Romney must explain to Michigan voters this week why he would have let Detroit go bankrupt. The loan package the President extended to the auto industry – combined with a restructuring plan– was essential to ensuring that the auto companies return to profitability and produce cars that will keep them competitive in the future.”

            • CR says:

              No, Mitt, you didn’t care at all

              Posted by Elizabeth Chan on Thursday, November 10, 2011

              In last night’s Republican debate, Romney said he cared more than anyone on the stage about Michigan and the auto industry. You wouldn’t know it given his opposition to the successful effort President Obama pursued to get the auto industry back on its feet.

              He turned his back on an industry and a city in crisis. His belief that Detroit should go bankrupt shows he didn’t care at all.

              If you’re a middle-class American worried about losing your job, your home, or your health care, don’t look to Romney for leadership—he’s fishing for right-wing votes by promising to turn his back on you.

      • CR says:

        DNC chair on Eric Cantor

        October 06, 2011 Posted by Elizabeth Chan – democrats.org

        This morning, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz appeared on CBS’s “The Early Show.” Responding to Eric Cantor’s declaration that he won’t allow a vote on the President’s American Jobs Act, Rep. Wasserman Schultz said:

        “I think we need to roll up our sleeves and work together to try to pass the American Jobs Act and make sure we can put people back to work, invest in infrastructure, make sure we can keep teachers and first responders on the job, and give the average middle-class American a $1,500 payroll tax cut. It’s hard to understand: What are the Republicans opposed to of any of those things?”

      • CR says:

        Left upset with ‘machine,’ not Obama

        10/05/11 By Mike Lillis – TheHill

        Liberal activists who descended on Washington this week say they’re upset with the political system, but not with President Obama.

        While the three-day Take Back the American Dream conference highlighted grumbles about Obama’s back-peddling on several issues, most of those attending the event see the president as more of a victim of Washington than someone simply ignoring his base.

        “Washington is a machine, and one person can’t change the entire machine,” said Annabel Park, founder of the Coffee Party. “He [Obama] is part of the machine.”

        “It’s not that his values have changed, but there’re limits to what he can do,” Park added. “I don’t think he understood, really, what that machine actually looked like. He thought it was a sailboat but it’s actually a submarine, and he just didn’t know what it was like until he was inside.”

        For the entire article: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/185865-left-upset-with-machine-not-obama

      • CR says:

        <br />
GOP fakes trying

        FACT CHECK: ERIC CANTOR FALSELY CLAIMS HE WANTS TO “WORK TOGETHER”

        OCT 16, 2011 dccc.org

        On Fox News Sunday this morning, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor repeatedly claimed he wanted to work with Democrats to find common ground to create jobs and improve the economy. Cantor claimed he wanted to “work together” and “set aside” differences.

        In reality, Cantor has been the House Republicans’ chief obstructionist on job creation and deficit reduction since the start of this Congress. Cantor quit bipartisan negotiations with Vice President Biden on reducing the deficit and pushed Speaker John Boehner to break off discussions with President Obama and Democrats for a grand bargain to reduce the deficit and strengthen our economy. Cantor has refused to bring to the floor President Obama’s jobs plan and Republicans have refused to pass a single bill to create jobs. It was Cantor’s brinkmanship that nearly forced the U.S. to default on its credit and helped cause the nation’s credit downgrade. Last month Cantor led the Republican effort to block disaster relief and nearly sent the government to the brink of government shutdown.

        FACT CHECK

        New York Times: Budget Talks Near Collapse as G.O.P. Leader Quits [New York Times, 6/23/11]

        Cantor’s Refusal To Compromise Helped Kill the “Grand Bargain” on Deficit Reduction

        Milbank: What Eric Cantor Wants is Power — and He is Prepared to Risk the Full Faith and Credit of the United States to Get It.

        Washington Post: Young Guns Directly Responsible for Bringing the Nation to the Brink of Default

        National Journal Said Standard & Poor’s Downgrade Explanation was a “Blast at Republicans.”

        For the entire article: http://dccc.org/newsroom/entry/fact_check_eric_cantor_falsely_claims_he_wants_to_work_together/

        • CR says:

          Getting at the Facts

          Jay Carney April 06, 2012 01:57 PM EDT

          On Tuesday, the President gave a speech in which he contrasted his vision for our economy – one where everyone pays their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules – with the Republican approach of giving massive tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires paid for by cuts to programs that the middle class and seniors depend on.

          Congressman Ryan and his staff has since taken issue with some of the critiques the President made about the Republican approach. We believe in backing up our facts – so here’s some further explanation of some of the core problems with the Ryan Republican Budget.

          1. The Republican budget enacts a drastic, unspecified 19 percent cut in non-defense discretionary programs that help the middle class and help our economy grow.

          2. The Republican approach would end Medicare as we know it.

          3. The Republican budget would mean 19 million Americans lose the health coverage they are already getting under current Medicaid

          For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/04/06/getting-facts

      • CR says:

        GOP WRONG WAY

        ‘They’re (GOP) rooting against the economy’

        By Steve Benen – Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:19 AM EDT

        After last month’s disappointing job numbers were released, and Republicans seemed a little too pleased, the Obama campaign argued that the GOP is, as Stephanie Cutter put it, is “rooting for failure.” David Axelrod accused Republicans of “high-fiving each other” when bad economic news comes out.

        On Capitol Hill, GOP leaders denied the accusations, but yesterday, Travis Waldron highlighted a clip of a Republican who was willing to be surprisingly candid on the subject.

        For those who can’t watch clips online, Rob Gray, a senior adviser on Romney’s gubernatorial campaign, was asked whether GOP lawmakers might be dragging their heels when it comes to improving the economy. Gray responded:

        “Well, I’m not buying that they’re dragging their heels. I am buying that they’re rooting against the economy somewhat because they think that, you know, the short-term pain of, you know, the next four months is much better than having additional four years of pain under Obama. They believe the government should spend less and that they have better economic ideas than the president does. So, you know, if we have to suffer between now and November to get a better president for four years, they’re all for it.”

        For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/15/12238245-theyre-rooting-against-the-economy?lite

    • CR says:

      Yes WE Can!

      “the future rewards those who press on.
      With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs.
      I’m going to press on for equality.
      I’m going to press on for the sake of our children.
      I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now.

      I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself.
      I don’t have time to complain.
      I am going to press on.

      I expect all of you to march with me and press on.
      Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes.
      Shake it off.
      We are going to press on.
      We’ve got work to do.”

      9/24/11 President Barack Obama

      Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/25/president-obama-congressional-black-caucus-foundation-annual-dinner-march-me-and-pre

    • CR says:

      Search for a “We are the 99% – We want jobs” event near you:

      Obama For America http://BarackObama.com

      AFL-CIO http://aflcio.org

      Democrats Website http://www.democrats.org/about/in_your_state

    • CR says:

      David Plouffe: Obama on side of Occupy Wall Street protesters

      10/11/11 MJ Lee – POLITICO

      The White House wants to make it clear that President Barack Obama is on the same side as the Occupy Wall Street protesters – and that Republicans are not.

      “If you’re concerned about Wall Street and our financial system, the president is standing on the side of consumers and the middle class,” Obama’s senior adviser David Plouffe said on “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning when asked about the demonstrations. “And a lot of these Republicans are basically saying, ‘You know what? Let’s go back to the same policies that led to the great recession in the first place’.”

      Plouffe warned that “most Republicans in Congress” as well as “all of the Republicans on the stage tonight in New Hampshire” – the GOP presidential candidates who will participate in a Washington Post/Bloomberg debate Tuesday – want to simply “unwind Wall Street Reform.”

      Taking the same message to the “The Early Show,” Plouffe also argued that before the Obama administration’s financial reforms kicked in, ”Wall Street was able to write too many of its own rules.”

      “Taxpayers won’t be on the hook for a bailout any more, we’ll be more transparent,” he said. “Consumers will be protected on hidden fees on mortgages and credit cards.”

      “The president stands squarely with the middle class in terms of trying to protect consumers and make sure that happened doesn’t happen again,” Plouffe added.

      Obama’s senior adviser also offered his two cents on the Republican primary race and Tuesday’s debate at Dartmouth College, saying he believes it’s still only the “first or second inning” and that he expects many more twists and turns between now and early January.

      “What I do think … you will see on the stage in New Hampshire tonight, is all of the candidates subscribing to the same economic policies that led to the great recession,” Plouffe said on ABC News. “They want to let Wall Street write their own rules, huge tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations, not invest in things like education and rebuilding the country.”

      Plouffe spoke cautiously about the challenges facing Obama’s reelection efforts, predicting a “a very close election.”

      “I mean, some things aren’t going to change between now and next November. We’re obviously in a tough economy. We’re going to have a very close election, as most presidential elections are. So we’re going to fight for every vote and that’s what we intend to do,” he said.

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      New Hampshire debate: Mitt Romney talks against auto bailout

      10/11/11 By MAGGIE HABERMAN – POLITICO

      In language that will probably come back to hit him in a general election if he’s the nominee in ads in Michigan, Mitt Romney offered what was supposed to be a careful criticism of the auto bailout:

      Should they have used the funds to bail out General Motors and Chrysler? No, that was the wrong source for that funding,” he said.

      The question wasn’t actually about the auto bailout, it was about TARP, which he spoke in favor of at the time – and Romney raised the auto bailout voluntarily.

      The TARP discussion was drawn out and not Romney at his best, but none of his opponents seized the chance to call him out on it – including Rick Perry, who needs to score points off the frontrunner.

      • CR says:

        GOP WRONG WAY
        Hit the road, Mitt

        November 08, 2011 Posted by Elizabeth Chan – democrats.org

        Mitt Romney’s headed back to Michigan, asking for votes. But what does Michigan say to the man who said, “Let Detroit go bankrupt“?

        Hit the road.

        Michigan voters will have a clear choice between Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican field, who wanted to let Detroit go bankrupt, and President Obama, who not only extended a loan and restructuring package that saved 1.4 million jobs but has also made investments that are creating jobs.

        • CR says:

          Made in America – Obama for America 2012 Ad

          Uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on Feb 22, 2012

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

          In 2009, the President decided to extend emergency loans to GM and Chrysler—preventing the collapse of a major American industry:

          The Rescue

          -More than 1.1 million jobs saved in 2009, more than 310,000 jobs saved in 2010, and nearly $97 billion in personal income losses prevented

          -More than 200,000 jobs added since June 2009—the most growth in a decade

          -Industry expects to add 167,000 jobs by 2015

      • CR says:

        WHAT IF

        11/8/11 POLITICO44

        Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt sent this to reporters after Mitt Romney said in an interview that President Obama shouldn’t have written “a check first” to the auto industry:

        “If Mitt Romney was President, there would not be an American auto industry. Industry experts have been clear: our auto companies would have faced liquidation if Mitt Romney had his way and more than 1 million Americans would have lost their jobs. Mitt Romney must explain to Michigan voters this week why he would have let Detroit go bankrupt. The loan package the President extended to the auto industry – combined with a restructuring plan– was essential to ensuring that the auto companies return to profitability and produce cars that will keep them competitive in the future.”

      • CR says:

        No, Mitt, you didn’t care at all

        Posted by Elizabeth Chan on Thursday, November 10, 2011

        In last night’s Republican debate, Romney said he cared more than anyone on the stage about Michigan and the auto industry. You wouldn’t know it given his opposition to the successful effort President Obama pursued to get the auto industry back on its feet.

        He turned his back on an industry and a city in crisis. His belief that Detroit should go bankrupt shows he didn’t care at all.

        If you’re a middle-class American worried about losing your job, your home, or your health care, don’t look to Romney for leadership—he’s fishing for right-wing votes by promising to turn his back on you.

    • CR says:

      Why You Shouldn’t Compare Occupy Wall Street to the Tea Party

      10/18/11 By ISHAAN THAROOR | Time.com – 5 hrs ago

      With the Occupy Wall Street protests gaining steam in the U.S., it seems obvious to link it with the other grassroots movement that recently shook up American politics — the Tea Party. My colleagues’ pieces number among a flurry of others pondering the parallel. Michael Scherer recast Occupy Wall Street as the Tea Party of the American left. Roya Wolverson suggested how the two movements, coming from diametrically-opposed sides of the political spectrum, could find common ground (and perhaps actual policy influence) in their mutual distaste for a Washington dominated by the vested interests of corporations. But while the similarities are noteworthy, they obscure more relevant truths about Occupy Wall Street, the supposedly inchoate movement that has transfixed the American media in recent weeks. I enumerate these truths after the jump.

      1. Occupy Wall Street is an expression of a global phenomenon.

      2. Occupy Wall Street is fueled by youth.

      3. Occupy Wall Street may prove much harder to co-opt into the political mainstream.

      4. Occupy Wall Street still believes in politics and government.

      For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/why-shouldnt-compare-occupy-wall-street-tea-party-091014606.html

      11:20 AM EDT
      The President delivers remarks at Guilford Technical Community College
      Jamestown, North Carolina, YMCA

      1:15 PM Ben S. Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, will speak in Boston about the effects of the recession on central bank doctrine and practice

      5:00 PM EDT
      The President delivers remarks at Greensville County High School
      Emporia, Virginia

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      Republicans blast Occupy movement at debate

      Nov 19, 2011 AFP

      Republicans candidates vying for their party’s nomination lambasted the Occupy Wall Street movement on Saturday, at a debate organized by Christian groups.

      “Go get a job right after you take a bath,” Newt Gingrich told the audience at the “Thanksgiving Family Forum,” when asked about activists protesting over the last two months in major US cities including New York and Washington.

      The protesters seek an overhaul to what they see as major socioeconomic inequalities fostered by mainstream US politics and systems of finance.

      Another frontrunner in the race, former pizza boss Herman Cain, slammed the OWS movement by claiming that “freedom without responsibility is immoral.”

      The forum, organized by a number of right-wing Christian organizations, was attended by other candidates Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum, were present Saturday to this discussion.

      Only Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, both Mormons and more moderate candidates, did not attend.

      Iowa is a key state for the Republican primary, as it holds the first in a series of primary votes on January 3, in the battle to face incumbent Barack Obama in the general election next November.

  3. CR says:

    WIC logo
    WIC and the Child Nutrition Act

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (known as WIC) is a Federal assistance program of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for healthcare and nutrition of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of five. The eligibility requirement is a family income below 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. If a person participates in other benefit programs, or has family members who participate in the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, they automatically meet the eligibility requirements. This program is unrelated to the USDA’s Food Stamp Program.

    The Child Nutrition Act (CNA) is a United States federal law signed on October 11, 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat. The Act was created as a result of the “years of cumulative successful experience under the National School Lunch Program to help meet the nutritional needs of children.” The National School Lunch Program feeds 30.5 million children per day (as of 2007). NSLP was operated in over 101,000 public and nonprofit private schools in 2007 (AmberWaves). The Special Milk Program, functioning since 1954, was extended to June 30, 1970 and incorporated into the act. The act also provided Federal funding assistance towards non-food purchases for school equipment.

    The act established the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program that provides low-cost or free breakfasts to children in public and non-profit schools as well as child care institutions. During the signing of the act, the president remarked that “good food is essential to good learning.”

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (known as WIC) is a Federal assistance program of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for healthcare and nutrition of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of five. The eligibility requirement is a family income below 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. If a person participates in other benefit programs, or has family members who participate in the Food Stamp Program, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, they automatically meet the eligibility requirements. This program is unrelated to the USDA’s Food Stamp Program.

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children was created by a 1972 bill introduced by Senator Hubert H. Humphrey (D Minnesota). It is a federally funded program established by Congress in September 1972 under Public Law 92-433, section 17 to the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. It was made permanent on October 7, 1975. Currently, WIC serves 53% of all infants born in the US.

    • CR says:

      What is WIC?

      Uploaded by SGCHDMO on Mar 10, 2009

      The Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, program offers nutrition education and supplemental food vouchers to help pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five improve their health.

  4. CR says:

    September 27, 2011

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Essebsi of Tunisia

    President Obama will host Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia at the White House on Friday, October 7. During his meeting with the Prime Minister, the President looks forward to discussing America’s strong support for Tunisia’s historic transition to democracy, as well as a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. The President also welcomes the opportunity to highlight the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people.

  5. CR says:

    Da White House
    Obama to host 1985 Bears team

    09/22/11 By POLITICO STAFF

    His hometown pro football team may not have won the Super Bowl for more than a quarter century, but that won’t stop President Obama from hosting them at the White House.

    The president is inviting members of the Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl championship team to the White House on Oct. 7, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

    Super Bowl champions are traditionally honored with a visit to the White House. But plans for the 1985 Bears to come to Washington were scrapped when the space shuttle Challenger exploded just days after their victory in January 1986, according to the AP.

    To his chagrin, Obama hosted the Bears’ rival, the Green Bay Packers, at the White House this year after their Super Bowl win.

    This time, though, he’s gonna need a bigger fridge.

    • CR says:

      Watch Live & Engage: 1985 Chicago Bears Visit the White House

      Posted by Kori Schulman on October 07, 2011

      It’s an exciting day for us Chicagoans at the White House. Today, President Obama will welcome the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Super Bowl victory. The ’85 Bears’ visit is long overdue — in 1986, the team’s White House reception was canceled due to the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy. The Bears are finally here and we hope you’ll watch and join the conversation. Watch the visit live at 3:05 p.m. EDT and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #85BearsWH and on Facebook.

      Here’s how you can watch and engage:

      * Have a question for the ’85 Bears? Ask on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #85BearsWH and they’ll answer a few.

      * Watch the live on Friday, October 7th at 3:05 p.m. EDT on * WhiteHouse.gov/live or on ChicagoBears.com

      * Join the conversation and discuss the visit with other Bears fans on Twitter with the hashtag #85BearsWH and on Facebook.

  6. jacquelineoboomer says:

    Hi, CR and O’family!

    Thanks for this post, CR.

    I’m sure you’re all aware that tomorrow “Donna No Shock” will find out if she’ll be getting a personal phone call from President Obama, since she was #1 in both dollars raised and number of donations at the end of the recent OFA fundraising campaign.

    Here’s to Donna – and I hope she gets the official word tomorrow, and lets us all know what that phone call was like!

  7. CR says:

    Jobless claims data points to labor improvement

    10/6/11 By Lucia Mutikani | Reuters – 5 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New claims for unemployment benefits rose modestly last week but hovered near levels normally associated with improving labor market conditions, in a hopeful sign for the struggling economy.

    Initial claims for state jobless aid climbed 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 401,000, the Labor Department said, from 395,000 the prior week.

    That left claims holding steady around the 400,000 mark, which is usually regarded as consistent with some improvement in the jobs market, for a second week. Economists, who had expected claims to rise to 410,000, saw this as yet another sign the ailing economy was not falling back into recession.

    “Claims suggest that layoffs remain contained despite high uncertainty in the economy. We continue to expect moderate growth rather than a recession,” said Guy Berger, an economist at RBS in Stamford, Connecticut.

    The data falls outside the survey period for the government’s closely watched employment report for September, which will be released on Friday.

    Nonfarm payrolls likely increased 60,000 last month, according to a Reuters survey, after being flat in August.

    The gain in nonfarm employment will mostly reflect the return of 45,000 striking Verizon Communications workers to payrolls. The jobless rate is seen steady at 9.1 percent.

    U.S. stocks rose for a third day, while prices for government debt fell. The dollar was marginally weaker against a basket of currencies.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/jobless-claims-modestly-last-week-124022309.html

  8. CR says:

    West Wing Week 10/07/11 or “Why is that White House Pink?”

    From: whitehouse | Oct 6, 2011

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President continued to call on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act, welcomed a new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the Human Rights Campaign annual dinner, hosted a Cabinet meeting, traveled to Texas, and convened a televised news conference. That’s September 30th to October 6th or “Why Is That White House Pink?”

  9. CR says:

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

  10. CR says:

    Employers added 103,000 jobs in September; unemployment rate remains 9.1 percent

    10/7/11 AP – 3 mins 21 secs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers added 103,000 jobs in September; unemployment rate remains 9.1 percent

    • CR says:

      The Employment Situation in September

      Posted by Katharine Abraham on October 07, 2011

      Today’s employment report shows that private sector payrolls increased by 137,000 and overall payroll employment rose by 103,000 in September. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1 percent, a level that is unacceptably high. Despite a slowdown in economic growth from substantial headwinds experienced throughout the year, the economy has added private sector jobs for 19 straight months, for a total of 2.6 million jobs over that period.

      Clearly, we need faster economic growth to put Americans back to work. Today’s report underscores the President’s call for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act to put more money in the pockets of working and middle class families; to make it easier for small businesses to hire workers; to keep teachers in the classroom; to put construction crews to work rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure; and other measures that will help the economy grow while not adding to the deficit over ten years.

      Sectors with employment increases in September included professional and business services (+48,000), health care and social assistance (+40,800), information (+34,000, which includes about 45,000 returning Verizon strikers), and construction (+26,000). Sectors with employment declines included government (-34,000) and manufacturing (-13,000). Local government lost 35,000 jobs, and has shed 383,000 jobs since February 2010, including 225,000 jobs in educational services.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/07/employment-situation-september

  11. CR says:

    Wholesale stockpiles grew 0.4 percent in August

    10/7/11 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER – AP Economics Writer | AP – 11 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles of autos, computer equipment and heavy machinery in August, boosting inventories for a 20th straight month as their sales rose at the fastest pace in five months.

    The combination of rising sales and inventories should be a good sign for future factory output.

    The Commerce Department says wholesale inventories rose 0.4 percent in August after a 0.8 percent July gain. Sales were up 1 percent, the best showing since a 3 percent rise in March.

    The stronger sales gain was an encouraging sign after a slowdown that had raised concerns about whether the economy could be in danger of toppling into a recession. Economists expect overall economic growth to post a modest rebound in the second half of this year.

  12. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    9:00 AM EDT
    White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Commission Meeting
    The White House

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

  13. CR says:

    Obama aide: GOP block on jobs bill risks recession

    10/7/11 AP – 1 hr 18 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House economic adviser says Republicans will be risking another recession if they block President Barack Obama’s jobs bill.

    Gene Sperling says that without the measures outlined in the president’s nearly $450 billion bill, the economy faces the possibility of stalling or having a downturn. In an interview with The Associated Press, Sperling questioned why Republicans would want to take that risk.

    Sperling spoke shortly after the Labor Department released new jobs numbers showing the economy added about 103,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate held steady at 9.1 percent.

    Sperling says the White House is “slightly comforted” by the fact the jobs numbers were better than expected, though he said they still aren’t good enough.

  14. CR says:

    News roundup: October 6, 2011

    October 06, 2011 Posted by Ryan Fanning – democrats.org

    Republicans are working toward eliminating 50 years of progress for women’s health, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Kathleen Sebelius. By crusading against the Affordable Care Act, advocating cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and eliminating services provided by Planned Parenthood, the GOP has targeted women’s health in a negative way. Sebelius ended her Chicago speech by pledging the Obama administration’s support for improving health care for everyone.

    After Democrats passed major Wall Street reform with the Dodd-Frank Act, many Republicans have vowed to repeal the legislation. The Democratic National Committee has launched a new ad targeting Republicans who have advocated for repeal and blocked President Obama’s attempts at creating a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The ad identifies and challenges Republicans who have partnered with Wall Street instead of protecting Main Street.

    We were saddened to learn of the passing of civil rights leader Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth yesterday. Shuttlesworth helped organize such momentous events as the two weeks of protest in Birmingham in 1963 and the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. His tireless efforts directly influenced the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965, and his lifelong pursuit of social justice deserves special recognition.

    Today, the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics is holding its second meeting and will include Dr. Jill Biden and pop singer Shakira. The initiative was founded to find ways to expand academic excellence and improve educational opportunities for Hispanics by providing advice to the President and THE secretary of education. You can also watch day two of the meeting live here from 1–5 p.m. ET on Friday.

  15. CR says:

    Economists: The President’s Plan Will Create Jobs Now, The GOP’s Won’t

    Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on October 07, 2011

    Yesterday, the President held a press conference and once again urged Congress to pass the American Jobs Act to jumpstart the economy and put the American people back to work. There’s no question that the American Jobs Act will put more money in the pockets of working Americans, get police officers, teachers and firefighters back to work and put construction workers back on the job rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges. These are the steps we must take to get our economy moving again.

    But don’t take our word for it. Prominent, independent experts have confirmed that the American Jobs Act will materially improve economic growth and employment next year. For example, Moody’s Mark Zandi released a report stating that “The plan would add 2 percentage points to GDP growth next year, add 1.9 million jobs, and cut the unemployment rate by a percentage point.” Macroeconomic Advisers estimated that it would increase growth by 1.3%, and result in 1.3 million more jobs in 2012. The President has proposed a plan. It’s been assessed and reviewed by independent experts.

    But what do those same independent experts say about the Republican’s plan? According to an article in the New York Times this morning, Macroeconomic Advisers chairman Joel Prakken said their plan “would have little immediate effect relative to a plan that stimulates aggregate demand.” Moody’s Mark Zandi said the Republicans’ ideas “won’t mean much for the economy and job market in the next year,” even as he said “it is vital for Congress and the administration to provide some near-term support to the economy.”

    The Republican plan won’t create jobs in the short term. The American Jobs Act is made up of the kind of ideas that both Republicans and Democrats have supported in the past. There’s simply no excuse for them sitting on the sidelines while teachers are being laid off in droves and construction workers are out of a job. It’s time for Republicans to stop playing politics and pass this bill.

  16. CR says:

    October 07, 2011

    Statement by the President on Ten Years of American Service in Afghanistan

    Ten years ago today, in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, our nation went to war against al Qaeda and its Taliban protectors in Afghanistan. As we mark a decade of sacrifice, Michelle and I join all Americans in saluting the more than half a million men and women who have served bravely in Afghanistan to keep our country safe, including our resilient wounded warriors who carry the scars of war, seen and unseen. We honor the memory of the nearly 1,800 American patriots, and many coalition and Afghan partners, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan for our shared security and freedom. We pay tribute to our inspiring military families who have persevered at home with a loved one at war. And we are grateful to our tireless diplomats and intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals who have worked these ten years to protect our country and save American lives.

    Thanks to the extraordinary service of these Americans, our citizens are safer and our nation is more secure. In delivering justice to Osama bin Laden and many other al Qaeda leaders, we are closer than ever to defeating al Qaeda and its murderous network. Despite the enormous challenges that remain in Afghanistan, we’ve pushed the Taliban out of its key strongholds, Afghan security forces are growing stronger, and the Afghan people have a new chance to forge their own future. We’ve fought alongside Afghans, and close friends and allies from dozens of nations who have joined us in common purpose. In Afghanistan and beyond, we have shown that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam and that we are a partner with those who seek justice, dignity and opportunity.

    After a difficult decade, we are responsibly ending today’s wars from a position of strength. As the rest of our troops come home from Iraq this year, we have begun to draw down our forces in Afghanistan and transition security to the Afghan people, with whom we will forge an enduring partnership. As our sons and daughters come home to their families, we will uphold our sacred trust with our 9/11 Generation veterans and work to provide the care, benefits and opportunities they deserve. And as we reflect on ten years of war and look ahead to a future of peace, Michelle and I call upon all Americans to show our gratitude and support for our fellow citizens who risk their lives so that we can enjoy the blessings of freedom and security.

  17. CR says:

    US asks court to halt state immigration law

    10/7/11 By GREG BLUESTEIN – Associated Press | AP – 1 hr 37 mins ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — The federal government asked an appeals court on Friday to halt an Alabama immigration law considered by many as the toughest in the United States, saying it invites discrimination against foreign-born citizens and legal immigrants.

    The federal government filed the challenge to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. It claimed Alabama’s new law “is highly likely to expose persons lawfully in the United States, including school children, to new difficulties in routine dealings.”

    The overhaul allows authorities to question people suspected of being in the country illegally and hold them without bond. It also lets officials check the immigration status of students in public schools.
    A federal judge in Alabama upheld those two key aspects of the law, which have already taken effect.

    Those provisions that took effect are what help make the Alabama law stricter than similar laws passed in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Other federal judges have blocked all or parts of the laws in those states.

    Immigration became a hot issue in Alabama over the past decade as the state’s Hispanic population grew by 145 percent to about 185,600. While the group still represents only about 4 percent of the population, some counties in north Alabama have large Spanish-speaking communities and schools where most of the students are Hispanic.

    The Justice Department’s appeal said parts of the law conflict with federal rules, and that “attempts to drive aliens ‘off the grid’ will only impede the removal process established by federal law.” It also said the legislation could impact diplomatic relations with foreign countries.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/us-asks-court-halt-state-immigration-law-154308466.html

    • CR says:

      Hispanic students vanish from Alabama schools

      9/30/11 By JAY REEVES – Associated Press | AP

      BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court rulingthat upheld the state’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.

      Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities.

      There are no precise statewide numbers. But several districts with large immigrant enrollments — from small towns to large urban districts — reported a sudden exodus of children of Hispanic parents, some of whom told officials they planned to leave the state to avoid trouble with the law, which requires schools to check students’ immigration status.

      The anxiety has become so intense that the superintendent in one of the state’s largest cities, Huntsville, went on a Spanish-language television show Thursday to try to calm widespread worries.

      “In the case of this law, our students do not have anything to fear,” Casey Wardynski said in halting Spanish. He urged families to send students to class and explained that the state is only trying to compile statistics.

      Police, he insisted, were not getting involved in schools.
      Victor Palafox graduated from a high school in suburban Birmingham last year and has lived in the United States without documentation since age 6, when his parents brought him and his brother here from Mexico.

      “Younger students are watching their lives taken from their hands,” said Palafox, whose family is staying put.

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

    • CR says:

      The Man Behind The Illegal-Immigration Crackdown

      9/30/11 by LAURA ZIEGLER – NPR

      Alabama and Arizona have some of the toughest immigration laws in the country. Behind both states’ laws, and many others, is Kris Kobach, a constitutional lawyer and the Kansas secretary of state.

      Kobach has helped several other states shape immigration legislation, and he says there’s more to come in 2012.

      Many national stories have called the 45-year-old conservative a “movie star,” handsome and loaded with charisma. He looked the part greeting some 60 guests during a recent address to the Pachyderm Club in Topeka, Kan.

      A graduate of Harvard, Oxford and Yale, he was a White House fellow and chief immigration adviser to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft after the Sept. 11 attacks. His credentials undoubtedly make him the most famous Kansas secretary of state — and deified by supporters.

      “He’s gonna save America with what he’s done in Arizona,” says Pachyderm member Jim Taylor.

      After opening ceremonies, Kobach told the crowd about the strict voter-fraud law he helped get passed in Kansas. Later, he talked about his interest in illegal immigration, which he traces back to the time with his mentor, Ashcroft. The Sept. 11 attacks energized him around the issue.

      “That’s when things really went into high gear for me, and we discovered that five of the 19 hijackers had been in the country illegally, prior to the attacks. They all entered legally on visas but became illegally present during the time they were here,” Kobach said.

      What put Kobach on the national radar was Arizona law SB 1070, which he helped draft. It allows police to demand citizenship papers if there is “reasonable suspicion” of illegal status during routine arrests.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/30/140927115/the-man-behind-the-illegal-immigration-crackdown

  18. CR says:

    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

  19. CR says:

    Next Up…

    3:05 PM EDT
    President Obama welcomes the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears to the White House. The team was unable to visit that year due to the Challenger explosion.

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      1985 Chicago Bears Visit the White House

      From: whitehouse | Oct 7, 2011

      President Obama welcomes the Super Bowl champs, whose scheduled visit was cancelled 25 years ago due to the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy. October 7, 2011.

  20. CR says:

    Next Up…

    3:45 PM EDT
    The President meets with Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia.

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

    • CR says:

      Tunisian Prime Minister Meets with President Obama

      Posted by Christine Schellack on October 07, 2011

      This afternoon, the President met with Tunisian Prime Minister Caid Essebi to discuss Tunisia’s progress toward democracy. Their Oval Office meeting was a chance to celebrate not only America’s strong and enduring friendship with Tunisia, but how far the Tunisians have come since they first ignited the Arab Spring nearly one year ago.

      In less than a month, Tunisia will be first yet again. This time, Tunisians will go to the polls to participate in the first election a transition country has hosted since the Arab Spring began. Voters will choose among hundreds of political parties, many of which were not previously allowed to organize under the Ben-Ali regime. Winners from this election will form the national Constituent Assembly, a governing body with over 200 seats that will, over the course of the next year, write a new constitution, set dates for parliamentary and presidential elections, and help guide Tunisia on its path to transition.

      In May, President Obama said “if you take the risks that reform entails, you will have the full support of the United States.” Indeed, Tunisia has been a trail blazer on the path of reform, and the United States has contributed over $55 million in assistance to support its transition. Today, the President recommitted America’s support to Tunisia by pledging significant new U.S. assistance to address Tunisia’s immediate budgetary needs, support private sector growth, reduce poverty, and foster youth development and opportunity. This kind of assistance will touch the lives of ordinary Tunisians. Private sector growth can boost job creation, poverty reduction can increase national security and standard of living, and youth development will help prepare Tunisian students and professionals for future employment, build local capacity, and develop citizens at the grassroots level. This is truly an investment in the future of Tunisia.

      For me, the most inspiring moment from today’s meeting was when the President announced the upcoming return of the Peace Corps to Tunisia. The Peace Corps embodies the American spirit, and the program has a long and proud history in Tunisia. The program’s value in connecting Americans to Tunisians, especially young people, is innumerable.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/07/tunisian-prime-minister-meets-president-obama

    • CR says:

      President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Essebsi of Tunisia

      From: whitehouse | Oct 7, 2011

      President Obama said, Tunisia is one of our oldest friends in the world. Tunisia was one of the first countries to recognize the United States of America over 200 years ago. One of the first trade agreements that we had as a country was with Tunisia. October 7, 2011.

  21. CR says:

    Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Trio of Liberian, Yemeni Women

    October 07, 2011 JulieAnn McKellogg – VOAnews

    For the first time in Nobel Peace Prize history, the prestigious honor has gone to a group of women, in honor of women.

    On Friday, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni peace activist Tawakkul Karman with the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

    “Ladies and gentleman, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 is to be divided in three equal parts between Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent struggle, for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

    Mrs. Sirleaf is Africa’s first democratically elected woman president. Gbowee is known for uniting women against Liberia’s warlords. And Karman is a Yemeni journalist and an outspoken human rights activist.

    The Harvard-educated Liberian president took office in 2006, putting women’s rights at the top of her agenda. She said that she owes the award to African women.

    For the entire article: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Nobel-Peace-Prize-Goes-to-Trio-of-Liberian-Yemeni-Women-131317719.html

    • CR says:

      Obama honors Peace prize winners

      10/07/11 By POLITICO STAFF- POLITICO44

      President Obama on Friday congratulated the three winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.

      The president’s statement read: “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the recipients of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen. Today’s award honors three extraordinary individuals, and sends a powerful message that the struggle for universal rights and human dignity can only be fulfilled with the full participation of women around the globe.

      “President Sirleaf has inspired the world through her journey from a prisoner to the first female President of her country. She has helped Liberia emerge from years of civil war and make great strides toward reconstruction and a democracy that values the contributions of all Liberians, including its women. As a warrior for peace, Leymah Gbowee led her fellow Liberian women as they bravely stood their ground against a brutal dictator in a non-violent struggle to bring peace to their country and realize a full voice for Liberian women. In Yemen, Tawakkul Karman and her fellow women activists were among the first to take to the streets this year to demand their universal rights, and despite the threats and violence waged against peaceful protestors, she has remained a powerful voice for non-violence in a country where guns outnumber people.

      “Each of this year’s Nobel recipients have their own story, but their lives reveal a fundamental truth. Nations are ultimately more successful when all of their citizens can reach their full potential, including women. When women and girls have access to proper health care, families are healthier and communities are less subject to the ravages of disease and hunger. When women and girls have the opportunity to pursue their education and careers of their own choosing, economies are more likely to prosper. And when women assume their rightful place as equals– in the halls of government, at the negotiating table and across civil society– governments are more effective, peaceful resolution of disputes are more lasting, and societies are more likely to meet the aspirations of all their citizens.

      “I commend President Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman for showing the world that the rights and voices of half of humanity cannot and will not be denied. And I reaffirm the commitment of the United States to advance the rights and role of women everywhere, in our own country and around the world.”

    • CR says:

      October 07, 2011

      Statement by the Press Secretary on Violence in Syria

      We condemn the assassination of Kurdish opposition leader Mishaal al-Tammo and the vicious and unprovoked assault against prominent opposition figure Riad Sayf in Syria. The United States strongly rejects violence directed against peaceful oppositionists wherever it occurs, and stands in solidarity with the courageous people of Syria who deserve their universal rights. These acts lay bare again that the Assad regime’s promises for dialogue and reform are hollow. Today’s attacks demonstrate the Syrian regime’s latest attempts to shut down peaceful opposition inside Syria. President Assad must step down now before taking his country further down this very dangerous path.

      It is also notable that these acts of violence took place just three days after the UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution calling for international human rights monitors in Syria in the face of brutal repression. The United States will continue our efforts to mobilize the international community in support of the Syrian people’s democratic aspirations, and work with allies and partners to apply pressure on the Assad regime.

  22. CR says:

    News roundup: October 7, 2011

    Posted by Ryan Fanning on Friday, October 07, 2011

    Mitt Romney delivered a speech earlier today in which he outlined his foreign policy platform and attacked President Obama’s record on the issue. It was a speech that completely ignored President Obama’s strong record and impressive accomplishments. This President directed the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, has eliminated more Al Qaeda leaders in the past two years than the previous eight combined, has made significant progress towards ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and helped stimulate democracy movements in the Middle East.

    Herman Cain’s loudest campaign message has been his “9-9-9 Plan,” which would replace the existing tax code with a 9 percent individual income tax, a 9 percent corporate tax, and a 9 percent federal sales tax. This plan would reduce the amount of income to the federal government by $500 billion, thereby increasing the deficit by an equal amount. As a regressive tax code, the plan would also force the poor to pay a higher percentage of their income than the rich.

    In a press conference yesterday morning, President Obama spoke to the media about why the economy—and the American people—need Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. Highlighting the fact that the Republicans have not proposed any alternatives to his plan, he said that if Republicans blocked his bill, Democrats would attempt to pass individual sections. If you missed the press conference, watch President Obama answer questions here.

    Republicans are blocking President Obama’s nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray. The GOP has made a number of excuses as to why they continue to threaten not to confirm him—but the real reason is that they want to eliminate any type of consumer watchdog. Check out this White House fact check on Republicans’ excuses for impeding the progress of the CFPB.

    Why is that White House pink?” In this week’s West Wing Week, follow President Obama as he continued to call on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act, welcomed General Martin Dempsey as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the Human Rights Campaign annual dinner, hosted a Cabinet meeting, traveled to Texas—and find out why the White House was lit pink.

  23. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    The President receives the presidential daily briefing.

    7:00 AM
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    4:15 PM
    The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Camp David.

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  24. CR says:

    Obama Announces New Classified Information Safeguards

    Oct. 7, 2011 By Donna Miles – American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, – President Barack Obama issued an executive order today that strengthens the government’s information and computer security policies and practices to prevent breaches such as the 2010 WikiLeaks episode.

    The order follows an interagency committee review of existing policies and practices following WikiLeaks’ unlawful disclosure of classified information last summer, White House officials said.
    The WikiLeaks.org group posted more than 90,000 documents, many of which detailed classified and sensitive field reports regarding military operations.

    Obama’s executive order cites efforts already taken to reduce the risk of future security breaches while providing a framework for enhancing national security through responsible sharing and safeguarding of classified information.

    “The strategic imperative of our efforts has been to ensure that we provide adequate protections to our classified information while at the same time sharing the information with all who reasonably need it to do their jobs,” officials said.

    The emphasis, they explained, is on balancing the requirements of responsible information sharing with safeguarding imperatives, while ensuring consistency across government and respecting the American people’s privacy, civil rights and civil liberties.

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=65593

    • CR says:

      October 07, 2011

      Executive Order — Structural Reforms to Improve the Security of Classified Networks and the Responsible Sharing and Safeguarding of Classified Information

      EXECUTIVE ORDER

      STRUCTURAL REFORMS TO IMPROVE THE SECURITY OF CLASSIFIED NETWORKS AND THE RESPONSIBLE SHARING AND SAFEGUARDING OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

      By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America and in order to ensure the responsible sharing and safeguarding of classified national security information (classified information) on computer networks, it is hereby ordered as follows:

      Section 1. Policy. Our Nation’s security requires classified information to be shared immediately with authorized users around the world but also requires sophisticated and vigilant means to ensure it is shared securely. Computer networks have individual and common vulnerabilities that require coordinated decisions on risk management.

      This order directs structural reforms to ensure responsible sharing and safeguarding of classified information on computer networks that shall be consistent with appropriate protections for privacy and civil liberties. Agencies bear the primary responsibility for meeting these twin goals. These structural reforms will ensure coordinated interagency development and reliable implementation of policies and minimum standards regarding information security, personnel security, and systems security; address both internal and external security threats and vulnerabilities; and provide policies and minimum standards for sharing classified information both within and outside the Federal Government. These policies and minimum standards will address all agencies that operate or access classified computer networks, all users of classified computer networks (including contractors and others who operate or access classified computer networks controlled by the Federal Government), and all classified information on those networks.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/07/executive-order-structural-reforms-improve-security-classified-networks-

  25. CR says:

    Remembering Steve Jobs – Apple’s Impact in Africa

    OCTOBER 6, 2011 theworld.org

    World and business leaders have been paying tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who has died at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer.

    President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev said Jobs had changed the world.

    The advertising barrage for Apple products on the African continent may not be comparable to what western consumers are used to but the influence of Apple is present there, too.

    Calestous Juma is a professor of International Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

    Tributes for Steve Jobs
    See what people around the world are saying about Steve Jobs

    For the audio interview: http://www.theworld.org/2011/10/tributes-steve-jobs-africa/

  26. CR says:

    Michelle Obama makes ‘SportsCenter’

    October 07, 2011 politico.com

    This could make her husband jealous: Michelle Obama scored a shout-out on ESPN on Thursday.

    A clip of the first lady doing a soccer drill on the White House South Lawn made the No. 10 spot on “SportsCenter” Top Plays. Obama, with some help from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, hosted a clinic for kids on Thursday as part of her “Let’s Move!” campaign.

    Last year, President Barack Obama told ABC’s Barbara Walters that he and the first lady “always” watch “SportsCenter” while working out in the morning. “She has now become an expert on sports,” Obama said. “She doesn’t care about it, but she knows it whether she likes it or not.”

  27. CR says:

    GOP Wrong Way

    Boehner threatens to withhold funds from Justice to force DOMA enforcement

    10/07/11 By Josh Lederman – TheHill

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) threatened Friday to withhold funding from the Justice Department unless it agrees to defend a ban on the federal government recognizing same-sex marriages.

    “We’re going to take the money away from the Justice Department, who’s supposed to enforce it, and we’ll use it to enforce the law,” Boehner told the conservative Value Voters Summit.

    Boehner is engaged in an ongoing dispute with Attorney General Eric Holder over his refusal to defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act. President Obama has taken the stance that the law is unconstitutional. While the Justice Department usually defends laws passed by Congress against legal challenges, the Obama administration has stopped defending DOMA while Democrats work to repeal the law.

    In March, Boehner announced that if Obama wouldn’t defend DOMA, he would, hiring a private law firm to defend it on behalf of the House.

    “As the Speaker of the House, I have a constitutional responsibility. I’ve raised my hand to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and the laws of our country,” Boehner said Friday.

    Boehner’s remarks came before the socially conservative Value Voters Summit, where members of Congress, presidential candidates and other politicians worked to highlight their stances on same-sex marriage, abortion and the role of religion.

    “We will continue and stand up for the Defense of Marriage Act as we fight for victory in the Supreme Court this term,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said.

    • CR says:

      BREAKING: Boehner appeals DOMA cases to Supreme Court

      June 29, 2012 washingtonblade

      House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) attorneys on Friday formally appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an appeals court decision determining the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

      Drew Hammill, spokesperson for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), told the Washington Blade on Friday afternoon Republicans had notified Democratic leadership that House counsel filed an appeal to the Supreme Court.

      The court ruling that was appealed was the First Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the cases of Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, which was filed by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Department of Health & Human Services. On May 31, the appellate court issued a decision that Section 3 of DOMA, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional as a result of both cases.

      In a statement, Pelosi slammed Boehner for continuing to assert the constitutionality of DOMA, saying the appeal is a decision that will “waste more taxpayer funds to advance a position rejected by four different courts and to defend discrimination and inequality before the highest court in the land.”

      “Democrats have rejected the Republican assault on equal rights, in the courts and in Congress,” Pelosi said. “We believe there is no federal interest in denying LGBT couples the same rights and responsibilities afforded to all couples married under state law. And we are confident that the Supreme Court, if it considers the case, will declare DOMA unconstitutional and relegate it to the dustbin of history once and for all.”

      Boehner’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request to comment on the appeal.

      In the filing, Boehner’s attorneys present two questions to the Supreme Court: (1) Whether Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act violates the equal protection component of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment; and (2) Whether the court below erred by inventing and applying to Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act a previously unknown standard of equal protection review.

      “As the First Circuit recognized, this case calls out for this Court’s review,” the filing states. “The court of appeals has invalidated a duly-enacted Act of Congress and done so even though it acknowledged both that DOMA satisfies ordinary rational basis review and does not implicate heightened scrutiny. In the established world of equal protection law that result should have been impossible.”

      The filing also cites a separation of powers issue as the result of the Obama administration no longer defending DOMA in court as it continues to enforce it and leaves the House to defend the law.

      “Only this Court can settle this matter definitively,” the filing states. “Unless and until this Court decides the question, the executive branch will continue to attack DOMA in the courts, while continuing to enforce it, thus creating more potential litigation for the House to defend. This Court and this Court alone has the power to settle this question and redirect controversy over this important national question to the democratic process.”

      For more: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2012/06/29/breaking-boehner-appeals-doma-cases-to-supreme-court/

  28. CR says:

    Biggest identity theft bust of its type in U.S. history

    10/7/11 By Aman Ali | Reuters – 10 hrs ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police said on Friday they eavesdropped on thieves speaking Russian, Mandarin and Arabic to make the biggest identity theft bust of its kind in U.S. history against a $13 million crime ring specializing mainly in selling Apple electronics overseas.

    Authorities said “Operation Swiper” indicted 111 people from five criminal enterprises in Queens, New York, the nation’s most ethnically diverse county, where 138 languages are spoken and more than half the population is foreign born.
    “The schemes and the imagination of these thieves is mind boggling,” said New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kellyat a press conference.

    “These crimes are getting more sophisticated and thieves have amazing knowledge of how to use technology,” Kelly said.
    A two-year investigation revealed the enterprises had ties to larger syndicates in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and eastern Asia, Kelly said. The crime rings ran nationwide shopping sprees in which “crew leaders” oversaw “shoppers” and thieves conducted their business from five-star hotels, renting luxury cars and private jets.

    Police said they seized $650,000 in cash, Apple computer products worth tens of thousands of dollars, $850,000 worth of computer equipment stolen from the Citigroup Building in Queens, seven handguns and a truck full of electronics, computers, designer shoes, watches and identity theft equipment.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/biggest-identity-theft-bust-type-u-history-200221274.html

    • My debit card was compromised last week by a scanner placed on a Bank of America ATM located on the wall of the Bank in my building Lobby. My bank’s (US Bank) security system caught the scan and blocked my card so they didn’t get access, but my bank didn’t bother to notify me. When I used my card at PetSmart two days later, it was denied. Rather embarrassing, but I am glad they have the sophisicated security in place to protect my account..

      • CR says:

        Wow Jackie. I am sorry that you had to go through with that scary and upsetting experience. I am glad that everything is settling down now. I HOPE that the rest of your weekend is great!

  29. CR says:

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

    Next week, the Senate will vote on the American Jobs Act. It’s a bill that will put more people to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. And it will provide our economy with the jolt that it really needs right now

    This is not the time for the usual games or political gridlock in Washington. The challenges facing financial markets around the world could have very real effects on our own economy at a time when it’s already fragile. But this jobs bill can help guard against another downturn here in America.

    This isn’t just my belief. This is what independent economists have said. Not just politicians. Not just people in my administration. Independent experts who do this for a living have said that this jobs bill will have a significant effect for our economy and middle-class families all across America. But if we don’t act, the opposite will be true – there will be fewer jobs and weaker growth.

    So any Senator out there who’s thinking about voting against this jobs bill needs to explain why they would oppose something that we know would improve our economic situation. If the Republicans in Congress think they have a better plan for creating jobs right now, they should prove it. Because one of the same independent economists who looked at our plan just said that their ideas, quote, wouldn’t “mean much for the economy in the near term.”

    If their plan doesn’t measure up, the American people deserve to know what it is that Republicans in Congress don’t like about this jobs plan. You hear a lot of our Republican friends say that one of the most important things we can do is cut taxes. Well, they should love this plan. The American Jobs Act would cut taxes for virtually every worker and small business in America. And if you’re a small business owner that hires new workers, raises wages, or hires a veteran, you get an additional tax cut.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/08/weekly-address-growing-economy-american-jobs-act

  30. CR says:

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

  31. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a great day! Phoenix is finally out of the 100 degree weather. The mornings and evenings are even a bit cold. It is fabulous!

    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

  32. What is Working has created a site where you can see the impact of every state as well as contacts for each member of Congress. Please get informed and take action.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-by-state.html

  33. CR says:

    Yemen president says he wants to leave power

    10/8/11 By AHMED AL-HAJ – Associated Press | AP – 3 mins 26 secs ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — President Ali Abdullah Saleh made vague comments Saturday that he is willing to leave power in his first major speech since returning Yemen, but he gave no concrete plan for the future of the country. Yemen’s opposition cast doubt that the embattled leader was serious.

    It was not the first time Saleh has expressed a willingness to step down amid eight months of mass protests demanding his ouster. Still, he has repeatedly refused to resign immediately and rejected a U.S.-backed deal for him to hand over his authority.

    Saleh was gravely wounded in an explosion at his presidential palace in June, after which he left to Saudi Arabia for treatment. During his absence, mediators and opposition groups sought to convince him to stay away and transfer power to his deputy— a way to launch the regional power transfer deal. Saleh declined and returned abruptly to Yemen late last month.

    A violent crackdown against Saleh’s opponents followed, with outright street battles in the capital Sanaa between troops loyal to Saleh’s son Ahmed and dissident military units and pro-opposition tribesmen. In the meantime, the longtime leader has come under a considerable pressure from the international community to step down.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/yemen-president-says-wants-leave-power-151348504.html

  34. CR says:

    Iron(s) Chef: Kass Golfs With President Obama

    OCTOBER 08, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    Assistant chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass joined President Obama’s foursome for his weekly golf outing today, playing under clear, sunny skies at Joint Base Andrews for more than four hours, beginning shortly before noon. Both the President and Kass are lefties, coincidentally. Marvin Nicholson, the President’s trip director and frequent golf partner, and Nicholson’s brother, Walter Nicholson, completed the foursome. No score was released, a longstanding White House policy.

    For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/10/irons-chef-kass-golfs-with-president.html#more

  35. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, October 9, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    The President receives the presidential daily briefing.

    7:00 AM
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    The President arrives at the White House.

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  36. CR says:

    Paw print

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BO !!!

    Bo (born October 9, 2008) is the pet dog of the Obama family, the First Family of the United States. Bo is a neutered male Portuguese Water Dog. President Barack Obama and his family were given the dog as a gift after months of speculation about the breed and identity of their future pet. The final choice was made in part because Malia Obama’s allergies dictated a need for a hypoallergenic breed. The White House has referred to him as the “First Dog”, a US cultural term occasionally used during recent administrations

    Bo baseball card http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Bo-The-Portrait-the-Baseball-Card/

    Meet Bo, the First Dog http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/04/12/Meet-Bo-the-First-Dog/

    Photos of Bo http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/03/04/bo-photo-gallery

  37. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    10/7/11 By ZACK HALE – TheHill

    (Democrat excerpts only)

    Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel highlights this Sunday’s television talk shows in his new role as mayor of Chicago.

    He’ll appear – live from Chicago – on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to discuss his early tenure as mayor and President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

    On ABC, “This Week” has House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and on its roundtable Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who passed this year on a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

    Bloomberg TV’s “Political Capital” has Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

    Finally, TV One’s “Washington Watch” addresses the stubborn unemployment rate with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65453.html

  38. CR says:

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

  39. CR says:

    ‘Ten Letters’: What Americans Tell Obama

    10/9/11 October 9, 2011 NPR

    The White House receives some 20,000 letters and emails a day, and occasionally citizens are surprised by a personal response to their missives. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow, who writes about this correspondence in his book Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President.

    For the audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/10/09/141192281/ten-letters-what-americans-tell-obama

    • CR says:

      IS PRESIDENT OBAMA LISTENING TO THE AVERAGE AMERICAN?

      President Obama reads 10 pieces of unvetted mail everyday since taking office in 2009

      —————

      Dear Mr. President . . .
      For a look outside presidential bubble, Obama reads 10 personal letters each day

      Each day, President Obama reads 10 pieces of correspondence representing a sampling of the tens thousands of letters that are addressed to the White House. Sometimes, he writes back.

      March 31, 2010 By Eli Saslow – Washington Post Staff Writer

      The black binder arrived at the White House residence just before 8 p.m., and President Obama took it upstairs to begin his nightly reading. The briefing book was dated Jan. 8, 2010, but it looked like the same package delivered every night, with printouts of speeches, policy recommendations and scheduling notes. Near the back was a purple folder, which Obama often flips to first.

      “MEMORANDUM TO THE PRESIDENT,” read a sheet clipped to the folder. “Per your request, we have attached 10 pieces of unvetted correspondence addressed to you.”

      Inside, Obama found crinkled notebook pages, smudged ink, cursive handwriting and misspelled words — a collection of 10 original letters that he considers among his most important daily reading material, aides said. Ever since he requested a sampling of mail on his second day in office, the letters have become a staple of his presidency. Some he immediately reads out loud to his wife; others he distributes to senior staff members aboard Air Force One. Some are from students requesting help with homework; others are from constituents demanding jobs or health care.

      For the entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/30/AR2010033004260.html?hpid=topnews

    • CR says:

      Inside the White House: Letters to the President

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Aug 2, 2009

      Every day, President Obama reads ten letters from the public in order to stay in tune with America’s issues and concerns. “Letters to the President” is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the process of how those ten letters make it to the President’s desk from among the tens of thousands of letters, faxes, and e-mails that flood the White House each day.
      August 3, 2009. (public domain)

  40. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a terrific Sunday.

    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

  41. Yesterday was my 62nd birthday so was off the computer eating my way to 300 pounds. I missed the details of John Lewis being denied speaking at the OWS in Atlanta. Does anyone know why he wasn’t allowed?

  42. CR says:

    Gov. Jerry Brown OKs California Dream Act bill for illegal immigrant student aid

    10/08/2011 BY Sheila Kumar- Associated Press

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Illegal immigrants can now apply for state-funded scholarships and aid at state universities after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he has signed the second half of a legislative package targeting such students.

    AB131 by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, is the second half of the California Dream Act. Brown signed the first half of the package in July, which approved private scholarships and loans for students who are illegal immigrants.

    Under current law, illegal immigrant students who have graduated from a California high school and can prove they’re on the path to legalize their immigration status can pay resident tuition rates. The bill would allow these students to apply for state aid.

    The contentious second half of the package requires that immigrant students meet the same requirements as all other students applying for financial aid at state universities but specifies that they only qualify for financial aid after all the other legal residents have applied.

    The bills are different from the federal Dream Act, which includes a path to citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants.

    Brown says the bill expands educational opportunities for all qualified students.

    “Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,” Brown said. “The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us.”

    The state Department of Finance estimates that 1 percent of all Cal Grant funds, the state student financial aid program, will be affected by the legislative package when it goes into effect in January 2013. The department says that 2,500 students would qualify for aid under the bill and estimates the costs to equal $14.5 million of a $1.4 billion program.

  43. CR says:

    WELCOME BACK

    10/9/11 POLITICO44

    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama flew back from Camp David to the White House on Sunday afternoon, landing in Marine One at 3:37 p.m., according to pool reports.

  44. CR says:

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    NBLB Come on over to my newest post

    titled: “ American Jobs Act Tour ”
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