Washington State Legalizes Gay Marriage

Washtington State Governor Christine Gregoire to sign newly passed legislation into law to legalize gay marriage in Washington state

11:30 AM PST, 2:30 AM EST Statehouse signing ceremony – Olympia, Washington

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Washington State will be the seventh U.S. state with a law on the books to recognize same-sex marriage, the others being New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and New Hampshire; other entities that also recognize same-sex marriage are The District of Columbia, The Coquille Indian Tribe, and The Suquamish tribe.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_the_United_States

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U.S. Civil Unions

Jurisdictions in the U.S. that offer civil unions or domestic partnerships granting nearly all of the state-recognized rights of marriage to same-sex couples include:

Domestic partnership in California (2000 – expanded over time)
Civil union in New Jersey (2007)
Domestic partnership in Oregon (2008)
Domestic partnership in the District of Columbia (1992 law implemented, 2002 became effective – expanded over time)
Domestic partnership in Washington (2007 – expanded over time)
Domestic partnership in Nevada (2009)
Civil union in Illinois (2011)
Civil union in Rhode Island (2011)
Civil union in Hawaii (2012)
Civil union in Delaware (2012)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_union#United_States

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    All Times Eastern

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

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks on his FY 2013 Budget to students at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia.
    Annandale, Virginia
    Open to pre-credentialed media

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    President Obama awards the 2011 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal
    East Room.

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press
    The White House
    3:00 PM
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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      February 13, 2012

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

      11:00 AM EST
      President Obama speaks on the FY 2013 Budget to students at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia.

      12:30 PM EST
      White House press conference on its FY2013 Budget

      1:45 PM EST
      President Obama awards the 2011 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal
      East Room.

      2:30 PM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      11:00 AM EST
      President Obama speaks on the FY 2013 Budget to students at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia.

      12:30 PM EST
      White House press conference on its FY2013 Budget

      1:30 PM EST
      State Department
      Fiscal 2013 budget briefing

      1:30 PM EST
      Energy Secretary Outlines Details of FY2013 Budget

      1:45 PM EST
      President Obama awards the 2011 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal
      East Room.

      2:00 PM EST
      U.S. Department of Defense
      Fiscal 2013 Budget Proposal Briefings

      2:00 PM EST
      2013 NASA budget briefing
      NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will brief reporters on the agency’s budget for next fiscal year.

      2:30 PM EST
      Senate Democratic Caucus
      Senate Democrats on President’s 2013 Budget Request

      2:30 PM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      2:30 PM EST
      Washtington State Governor Christine Gregoire signs into law to legalize gay marriage
      Statehouse signing ceremony – Olympia, Washington

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      11:00 AM EST
      President Obama speaks on the FY 2013 Budget to students at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia.http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Discusses-Budget-Proposal/10737428229/

      12:30 PM EST
      White House press conference on its FY2013 Budget
      http://www.c-span.org/Events/White-House-Unveils-FY2013-Budget/10737428226/

      1:30 PM EST
      State Department
      Fiscal 2013 budget briefing http://www.c-span.org/Events/The-State-Department-Holds-FY2013-Budget-Briefing/10737428251/

      1:30 PM EST
      Energy Secretary Outlines Details of FY2013 Budget
      http://www.c-span.org/Events/Energy-Secretary-Outlines-Details-of-FY2013-Budget/10737428253/

      1:45 PM EST
      President Obama awards the 2011 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal
      East Room.

      2:00 PM EST
      U.S. Department of Defense
      Fiscal 2013 Budget Proposal Briefings http://www.c-span.org/Events/DoD-Holds-Briefings-on-FY2013-Budget-Proposal/10737428250/

      2:00 PM EST
      2013 NASA budget briefing
      NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will brief reporters on the agency’s budget for next fiscal year.

      2:30 PM EST
      Senate Democratic Caucus
      Senate Democrats on President’s 2013 Budget Request

      2:30 PM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

  2. CR says:

    Equal Love

    Washington state governor to sign gay marriage bill on Monday

    Feb 9, 2012 By Nicole Neroulias – Reuters

    SEATTLE (Reuters) – Governor Christine Gregoire plans to sign newly passed legislation on Monday to legalize gay marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh with a law on the books to recognize same-sex nuptials, her office said on Thursday.

    A statehouse signing ceremony in Olympia, Washington’s capital, was slated for 11:30 a.m. local time on Monday. The bill won final legislative approval from the state House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 55-43.

    The measure will not take effect before early June. Opponents have vowed to seek its repeal at the polls in November, but they cannot begin collecting signatures for a petition to overturn the measure by referendum until it is signed into law.

    House approval of the Senate-passed bill came a day after a federal appeals court handed gay rights advocates a key legal victory in California by declaring a voter-approved gay marriage ban in that state to be unconstitutional.

    Democrats, who control both legislative bodies in Olympia, accounted for the lion’s share of support for the bill. The stage for swift passage of the measure this year was set after Gregoire, a Democrat in her last term of office, announced last month that she would endorse the legislation.

    Several prominent Washington-based companies employing tens of thousands of workers in the state also have supported the bill, including Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks. Opponents were led by Catholic bishops and other religious conservatives.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/washington-state-governor-sign-gay-marriage-bill-monday-021800595.html

  3. CR says:

    The fight begins: Obama’s budget going to Congress

    2/12/12 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Associated Press – 1 hr 51 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The new budget that President Barack Obama is sending to Congress aims to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade by restraining government spending and raising taxes on the wealthy. To help a weak economy, Obama’s proposal Monday requests increases in transportation, education and other areas.

    While administration officials on Sunday defended the plan as a balanced approach, Republicans belittled the effort as a repeat of failed policies that did too little to attack soaring costs in such programs as Medicare and threatened growth by raising taxes.

    The debate is almost certain to go all the way to Election Day in November with gridlock keeping Congress from resolving many pressing issues on expiring tax cuts and across-the-board spending cuts until a lame-duck session at year’s end.

    Obama’s spending blueprint for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 projects a deficit for this year of $1.33 trillion. That would mean four straight years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits.

    The budget will project a decline in the deficit to $901 billion in 2013 and continued improvements shrinking the deficit to $575 billion in 2018.

    Republicans said Obama’s plan was a stark reminder that the Democratic president had failed to meet the pledge he made after taking office in 2009 to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term.

    But Jacob Lew, Obama’s chief of staff, said the administration had to contend with a deep recession and soaring unemployment that had driven the deficits higher than anyone anticipated. He said Obama’s plan would cut the deficit below 3 percent by 2018, to levels that economists generally view as sustainable.

    He said faster deficit cuts now would set back an economy still struggling with high unemployment. Lew, Obama’s former budget chief, also said it was critical that Congress agree to extend a payroll tax cut due to expire at the end of February. Failure to extend it, he said, would cause another hit to the economy.

    “I think there is pretty broad agreement that the time for austerity is not today,” Lew said during a series of appearances on Sunday talk shows. “Right now we have an economy that’s taking root … austerity measures right now would take the economy in the wrong way.”

    House Republicans are preparing their version of Obama’s budget that will propose sharper reductions in government entitlement programs such as Medicare while avoiding any tax increases.

    For the entire article; http://news.yahoo.com/fight-begins-obamas-budget-going-congress-202131883.html

  4. CR says:

    OSTP will hold a briefing on the research, development, and STEM education portions of the President’s FY2013 Budget on Monday, February 13, 2012.

    DATE: Monday, February 13, 2012

    TIME: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST

    WHERE: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC (closest metro stop: Metro Center)

    To attend in person, please register at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/registration.

    SPEAKERS:

    John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
    Carl Wieman, Associate Director for Science, OSTP
    Patrick Gallagher, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Subra Suresh, Director, National Science Foundation
    David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Int’l Affairs, Department of Energy
    Live Web streaming of this event will be provided as a public service by AAAS and can be accessed at http://www.aaas.org/go/ostp.

    Relevant budget documents will be posted by 11:30 a.m. EST on Monday, February 13, 2012 at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp.

    • CR says:

      Government Printing Office to roll out mobile app for president’s 2013 budget

      2/13/12 By Lisa Rein – washingtonpost

      The federal budget may be getting bigger, but its run on the printed page is getting steadily smaller.

      Enter the government’s first mobile budget app.

      Starting at 11:15 a.m. Monday, when the White House releases President Obama’s proposed spending plan for fiscal 2013, budget geeks across the country will be able to download it on their iPhones, Androids, BlackBerrys and other smart phones.

      “You’d be surprised how much public interest there is in the budget,” said Davita Vance-Cooks, the acting public printer, whose office is rolling out the new>app.

      “It’s not just Washington that’s interested,” she said. “With all of the economic issues confronting us, the public cares a lot about this.”

      The app will give users access to text and images in one of the budget’s four volumes, the 216-page book with the president’s budget message, his priorities and overviews of the spending plans of each federal agency. The rest of the 2,000-plus-page publication — the historical tables, “Analytical Perspectives” and appendix — can be read on mobile devices through online links to the government’s digital data system.

      For budget aficionados, the free app is a better deal than the printed page, which costs $218 for a four-volume set. The Government Printing Office sold about 2,500 sets in each of the past few years, among the lowest number since the budget’s first printing in the early 1920s.

      The mobile app’s rollout is one of the printing office’s many efforts to reinvent itself in a more digital society.

      For the entire article; http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2012/02/10/gIQATPH98Q_story.html

  5. CR says:

    Lew: ‘Congress Needs to Get Its Work Done’

    2/12/12 By Katy O’Donnell | National Journal

    In a line the Obama administration has made clear will be one of its campaign slogans, new White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on Sunday signaled how the White House will play both the extension of the payroll tax cut and the president’s fiscal 2013 budget request, to be released on Monday.

    “Congress needs to get its work done,” Lew said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.
    Lew made the news show rounds Sunday for the first time as Chief of Staff, a position he assumed this month after heading up the Office of Management and Budget for a little over a year and a half. And he weighed in on a variety of issues.

    Early leaks indicate the president’s budget will emphasize infrastructure spending and promise the creation of some 2 million jobs while cutting $4 trillion from the deficit over the next decade.

    Lew dismissed the suggestion that the infrastructure spending included looked like another stimulus plan. “I think most Americans understand that a crumbling infrastructure is not the way to build an economy that can last,” Lew said.

    Lew repeatedly weighed in on the payroll tax fight in his TV appearances Sunday, a tax provision scheduled to expire at the end of the month. A congressional conference committee is currently trying to hash out the details of an agreement on a year-long extension, but has made little progress. Lew emphasized the importance of the extension, an issue the White House deftly handled in December as Republicans stumbled into a position that opposed a tax cut for the middle class.

    “There’s not enough economic growth, but we’re heading in the right direction,” Lew said on Fox News Sunday. “The question is, is Washington going to be part of the solution or part of the problem? That’s why it’s so important for Congress to pass the payroll tax cut extension this month, that’s why it’s so important that we not have the kind of dysfunction that last year became part of the uncertainty that held back the economy.”

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/lew-congress-needs-done-100822608.html

    • CR says:

      Lew Says Infrastructure Spending Still Needed to Keep U.S. Economy Growing

      2/12/12 By Roger Runningen – Bloomberg

      White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew said hundreds of billions of dollars in spending for roads and bridges, education and manufacturing are necessary to keep the U.S. economy growing.

      “Most Americans understand that a crumbling infrastructure is not the way to build an economy that can last,” Lew, the former White House budget director, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We need to make sure we have a manufacturing base in this country” and workers with appropriate skills.

      Election-year sparring over the budget begins tomorrow as President Barack Obama submits the fourth spending blueprint of his presidency, a multitrillion-dollar package that calls for $350 billion in short-term spending to create jobs and a $476 billion, six-year highway bill, while saying it will cut $4 trillion from the deficit over a decade, partly by raising taxes on the wealthy.

      The fiscal 2013 budget, for the year beginning Oct. 1 projects a $901 billion deficit. That’s down from a $1.33 trillion deficit projected for fiscal 2012, the fourth consecutive year of $1 trillion-plus deficits.

      The budget proposal borrows heavily from a package of tax increases and spending cuts that Obama put forward in September, which Republicans in Congress have either ignored or rejected as unworkable or unnecessary.

      For the entire article; http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-12/lew-says-infrastructure-spending-still-needed-to-bolster-economy.html

    • CR says:

      98% tax_cut_extension

      By the Numbers: 98 Percent

      Yesterday, President Obama called on Congress to extend the middle-class tax cuts for the 98 percent of Americans making less than $250,000 for another year. If lawmakers don’t act, a typical middle-class family of four will see its taxes go up by $2,200 on January 1.

      Our prosperity has always come from an economy built on a strong and growing middle class. That’s why the President has cut middle-class taxes every year– by $3,600 for the typical middle class family.

      No one thinks raising taxes on the middle class is a good idea–it would be a big blow to working families, and it would drag down our entire economy. This should be one of those rare issues where everyone in Washington can agree. But so far, Congress hasn’t been able to extend middle class tax cuts because Republicans in Washington refuse to ask the wealthy and big corporations to pay their fair share.

      Middle class families should have the certainty and security of knowing their taxes won’t go up in six months, and the President Obama’s message to Congress is clear: Pass a bill extending the tax cuts for the middle class and he’ll sign it tomorrow.

  6. CR says:

    February 10, 2012

    MONDAY: President Obama to Award 2011 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal

    On Monday, February 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM ET, President Obama will award the 2011 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend. This event will be open press and will also be live streamed at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/Live.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/10/monday-president-obama-award-2011-national-medal-arts-and-national-human

  7. COS says:

    Thanks for PBO’s schedule tomorrow CR. FLOTUS sure had a busy schedule last week. She has relentless energy. :)

  8. CR says:

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

  9. Good morning CR and and PPO family. HOPe you have a great Monday.

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

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

  10. CR says:

    Obama Campaign Launches ‘Truth Teams’

    2/13/12 By Devin Dwyer | ABC News Blogs – 1 hr 29 mins ago

    The Obama campaign is today beginning a new effort to enlist and educate at least 2 million supporters for a “grassroots communications team” they’re calling the Truth Team.

    “The goal is to ensure that when Republicans attack President Obama’s record, grassroots supporters can take ownership of the campaign and share the facts with the undecided voters in their lives,” the campaign said in a statement.

    The teams will be first launched in 13 “swing states,” including Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

    The rollout also includes a social media blitz, directing supporters to three new websites: KeepingHisWord.com, which highlights Obama’s record and “promises kept”; KeepingGOPHonest.com, which highlights GOP policy positions; and AttackWatch.com, which fact-checks claims made against Obama on the campaign trail.

    “If the other guys are going to run a campaign based on misrepresenting the president’s record – and their own – we have two options: sit back and let these lies go unchallenged, or fight back with the truth,” deputy Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said in an email. “We’re fighting back.”

    So far, the “other guys” mentioned on the three websites are almost exclusively limited to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. There is one mention of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and one mention of the pro-Republican super PAC Americans for Prosperity.

    Obama organized a similar grassroots effort in 2008 – Fight the Smears – that involved more than 1 million supporters, campaign aides said.

  11. CR says:

    GE to hire 5,000 U.S. veterans, investing in plants

    2/13/12 Reuters – 3 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Electric Co plans to hire 5,000 U.S. military veterans over the next five years and to invest $580 million to expand its aviation footprint in the United States this year.
    The largest U.S. conglomerate unveiled the moves ahead of a four-day meeting it is convening in Washington starting on Monday to focus on boosting the U.S. economy, which has been slow to recover from a brutal 2007-2009 recession.

    “We should have the confidence to act and to restore American competitiveness,” Chief Executive Jeff Immelt, a top adviser on jobs and the economy to President Barack Obama, said in a statement.

    The U.S. unemployment rate — seen as the main barrier to a move vibrant recovery — fell to a near three-year low of 8.3 percent in January, helped in part by the manufacturing sector adding about 50,000 workers. Even with that improvement, 23.8 million Americans remain out of work or underemployed, which is keeping the economy a key issue heading into November’s presidential elections.

    The world’s largest maker of jet engines plans this year to open three new U.S. aviation plants, in Ellisville, Mississippi; Auburn, Alabama, and Dayton, Ohio. After cutting headcount significantly during the recession — as did its major peers including United Technologies Corp and Caterpillar Inc — GE has added about 9,000 U.S. workers since 2009, and has already announced plans to hire another 4,500 people.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/ge-hire-5-000-u-veterans-investing-plants-110609896.html

  12. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:00 AM EST
    President Obama speaks on the FY 2013 Budget to students at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia.

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Discusses-Budget-Proposal/10737428229/

    • CR says:

      February 13, 2012

      Remarks by the President on the Budget

      Northern Virginia dale, Virginia

      11:12 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you, Virginia! Thank you, NOVA! (Applause.) Thank you very much. Everybody who has a chair please have a seat. I know not everybody has a chair.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Laughter.) Great to be here.

      First of all, I want to thank Mike for the wonderful introduction. Please give Mike a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      It is great to be back here at NOVA. I’ve been here so many times I’m about three credits short of graduation. (Laughter.) But there are a couple of reasons that I keep on coming back. First of all, I think that Dr. Templin and the whole administration here is doing a great job, so I want to give them a big round of applause. (Applause.) The other reason is because Jill Biden keeps talking up how great you are. And just as I do what Michelle tells me to do, I also do what Jill Biden tells me to do. (Laughter.)

      In addition, by the way, I just want to acknowledge that we also have our Secretary of Labor here, Hilda Solis, who’s doing an outstanding job. (Applause.)

      But the main reason I keep on coming back is I think this institution is an example of what’s best about America. Some of you may have your eye on a four-year college. Some of you may be trying to learn new skills that could lead to a new job, like Mike, or a job that pays more, gives you more opportunity. But all of you are here because you believe in yourselves, you believe in your ability, you believe in the future of this country. And that’s something that inspires me and you guys should take great pride in.

      Now, the truth is, the skills and training you get here will be the best tools you have to achieve the American promise — the promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement.

      And the defining issue of our time is how to keep this promise alive today — for everybody. Because we’ve got a choice: We can settle for a country where a few people do really, really well, and everybody else struggles to get by. Or we can restore an economy where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules — from Washington to Wall Street to Main Street. That’s the America we believe in. (Applause.)

      Now, we’re still recovering from one of the worst economic crises in three generations. We’ve got a long way to go before everybody who wants a good job can find one; before middle-class Americans regain that sense of security that’s been slipping away for too long — long before the recession hit.

      But over the last 23 months, we’ve added 3.7 million new jobs. (Applause.) American manufacturers are creating jobs for the first time since the 1990s. The economy is growing stronger. The recovery is speeding up. And the last thing we can afford to do right now is to go back to the very policies that got us into this mess in the first place. We can’t afford it. (Applause.) The last thing we need is for Washington to stand in the way of America’s comeback. (Applause.)

      Now, what does that mean concretely? For starters, Congress needs to stop taxes from going up on 160 million Americans by the end of this month. And if they don’t act, that’s exactly what will happen. (Applause.) Congress needs to pass an extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance without drama, and without delay, and without linking it to some other ideological side issues.

      We’ve been through this before, remember? We’ve seen this movie. We don’t need to see it again. The time for self-inflicted wounds to our economy has to be over. Now is the time for action. Now is the time for all of us to move forward
      Remarks by the President on the Budget

      Northern Virginia dale, Virginia

      11:12 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you, Virginia! Thank you, NOVA! (Applause.) Thank you very much. Everybody who has a chair please have a seat. I know not everybody has a chair.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Laughter.) Great to be here.

      First of all, I want to thank Mike for the wonderful introduction. Please give Mike a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      It is great to be back here at NOVA. I’ve been here so many times I’m about three credits short of graduation. (Laughter.) But there are a couple of reasons that I keep on coming back. First of all, I think that Dr. Templin and the whole administration here is doing a great job, so I want to give them a big round of applause. (Applause.) The other reason is because Jill Biden keeps talking up how great you are. And just as I do what Michelle tells me to do, I also do what Jill Biden tells me to do. (Laughter.)

      In addition, by the way, I just want to acknowledge that we also have our Secretary of Labor here, Hilda Solis, who’s doing an outstanding job. (Applause.)

      But the main reason I keep on coming back is I think this institution is an example of what’s best about America. Some of you may have your eye on a four-year college. Some of you may be trying to learn new skills that could lead to a new job, like Mike, or a job that pays more, gives you more opportunity. But all of you are here because you believe in yourselves, you believe in your ability, you believe in the future of this country. And that’s something that inspires me and you guys should take great pride in.

      Now, the truth is, the skills and training you get here will be the best tools you have to achieve the American promise — the promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement.

      And the defining issue of our time is how to keep this promise alive today — for everybody. Because we’ve got a choice: We can settle for a country where a few people do really, really well, and everybody else struggles to get by. Or we can restore an economy where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules — from Washington to Wall Street to Main Street. That’s the America we believe in. (Applause.)

      Now, we’re still recovering from one of the worst economic crises in three generations. We’ve got a long way to go before everybody who wants a good job can find one; before middle-class Americans regain that sense of security that’s been slipping away for too long — long before the recession hit.

      But over the last 23 months, we’ve added 3.7 million new jobs. (Applause.) American manufacturers are creating jobs for the first time since the 1990s. The economy is growing stronger. The recovery is speeding up. And the last thing we can afford to do right now is to go back to the very policies that got us into this mess in the first place. We can’t afford it. (Applause.) The last thing we need is for Washington to stand in the way of America’s comeback. (Applause.)

      Now, what does that mean concretely? For starters, Congress needs to stop taxes from going up on 160 million Americans by the end of this month. And if they don’t act, that’s exactly what will happen. (Applause.) Congress needs to pass an extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance without drama, and without delay, and without linking it to some other ideological side issues.

      We’ve been through this before, remember? We’ve seen this movie. We don’t need to see it again. The time for self-inflicted wounds to our economy has to be over. Now is the time for action. Now is the time for all of us to move forward.

      For the entire aricle: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/13/remarks-president-budget

    • CR says:

      White House Office Hours: The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2013

      Kori Schulman February 13, 2012 at 09:29 AM EST

      Today, President Obama will unveil his 2013 budget at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. Later, Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, will be answering your questions about the President’s budget during a session of White House Office Hours on Twitter.

      Join Heather for Office Hours at 5:30 p.m. EST on Monday, February 13th. Here’s how it works:

      * Ask your question on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
      * Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, will answer live from the @OMBpress
      * Follow the Q&A through the @OMBPress and @WHLive Twitter accounts
      * If you miss the live event, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse

    • CR says:

      The 2013 Budget

      Posted by Jeff Zients on February 13, 2012 at 02:12 PM EST

      Earlier today, the President sent to Congress his budget for the 2013 fiscal year. This year’s budget reflects the President’s firm belief that our country has always done best when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. It’s a document built around the recognition that this is a make or break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it. What’s at stake is the very survival of the basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home, and put a little away for retirement.

      The Budget continues our commitment to keeping that promise alive by creating an economy that’s built to last – with good jobs that pay well and security for the middle class.

      It’s a commitment that starts with jumpstarting job creation so that our economic recovery quickens and more Americans are able to get back to work. The Budget proposes more than $350 billion in short-term measures for job growth starting this year. These proposals include the extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance benefits for rest of 2012; an upfront investment of $50 billion from the surface transportation reauthorization bill for roads, rails, and runways to create thousands of quality jobs in the short term; continuing to allow businesses to write-off the full amount of new investments; and $30 billion to modernize at least 35,000 schools, and $30 billion to help states and localities retain and hire teachers and first responders.

      Building an economy that is built to last also requires that we transform our economy from one focused on speculating, spending, and borrowing to one constructed on the solid foundation of educating, innovating, and building. We need to make America the place with the highest-skilled, highest-educated workers; the most advanced transportation and communications networks; and cutting-edge research that will lead to the innovations and industries of tomorrow. To get us there, the Budget targets resources to the areas critical to growing the economy and restoring middle-class security: education and skills for American workers, innovation and research and development, clean energy, and infrastructure.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/13/2013-budget

  13. CR says:

    College to Career

    President Obama’s Plan to Train 2 Million Workers for Jobs in High-Demand Industries

    Megan Slack – February 13, 2012 at 04:26 PM EST

    Today, President Obama announced the Community College to Career Fund, an $8 billion investment in his Fiscal Year 2013 Budget that would train two million workers with skills that lead directly to good jobs in industries that need workers, including advanced manufacturing, clean energy, and information technology.

    This program will serve a dual purpose: making sure community colleges have the resources they need to equip workers with crucial skills and industry-recognized credentials, and ensuring that employers in high-growth industries have the skilled workforce they need for positions that might otherwise go unfilled—or overseas.

    Employers today are looking for skilled, educated workers, and they should be able to find those workers right here in the United States. Here’s how the Community College to Career Fund would help:

    Support for workers:

    In addition to supporting community college-based training programs that provide workers with targeted, certified training for jobs in rapidly growing industries like clean energy, high-tech manufacturing and information technology, the proposed program will fund:

    * On-the-job training opportunities such as registered apprenticeships and paid internships that allow students to simultaneously earn credit for work-based learning and gain relevant employment experience in high-wage, high-skill fields.

    * “Pay for Performance” strategies that provide incentives for training providers, community colleges, and local workforce organizations to make sure workers find permanent jobs after they complete training and earn credentials.

    Support for industry
    :

    The program would also help high-growth industries address the issues they face in hiring skilled workers by funding regional or national industry groups tasked with identifying workforce needs in their respective fields, and developing solutions like standardized worker certification, new training technologies, or collaborations with industry employers to better define careers pathways for workers.

    Support for state and local governments:

    The Community College to Career Fund will allow federal agencies to partner with state and local governments to encourage businesses to invest in America in several ways:

    * The ability to quickly train the local workforce will enable state and local governments to encourage companies to locate in the U.S.

    * States will also be able to seek funding to support employer efforts to upgrade the skills of their workforce.

    Read the Community College to Career Fund Fact Sheet

    • CR says:

      February 13, 2012

      FACT SHEET: A Blueprint to Train Two Million Workers for High-Demand Industries through a Community College to Career Fund

      In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a national commitment to help create an economy built to last by training two million workers with skills that will lead directly to a job. Many industries have difficulty filling jobs requiring specific technical skills, even with many Americans still looking for work. In the coming years, America will need to fill millions of good-paying mid- and high-level skilled positions in high-growth industries from healthcare to advanced manufacturing, clean energy to information technology.

      On Monday, February 13, President Obama will host an event at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia to announce a new $8 billion Community College to Career Fund. Co-administered by the Department of Labor and the Department of Education, this Fund will help forge new partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train two million workers for good-paying jobs in high-growth and high-demand industries. It provides funding for community colleges and states to partner with businesses to train workers in a range of high-growth and in-demand areas, such as health care, transportation, and advanced manufacturing. These investments will give more community colleges the resources they need to become community career centers where people learn crucial skills that local businesses are looking for right now, ensuring that employers have the skilled workforce they need and workers are gaining industry-recognized credentials to build strong careers.

      Later this month, Dr. Jill Biden – a community college instructor for the last 18 years and teacher for nearly three decades – and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will embark on a tour of community college campuses to highlight some of these effective industry partnerships. They will visit several community colleges and businesses that are working together to get students the skills they need to succeed in the workforce. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other administration officials will also visit many community colleges throughout our country.

      The President’s Commitment to Build a High-Skilled Workforce Through a Community College to Career Fund

      The Community College to Career Fund in the President’s Budget will advance skill building through funding a number of priority areas:

      * Developing community college partnerships to train skilled workers for unfilled jobs
      * Instituting “Pay for Performance” in job training
      * Bringing jobs back to America
      *Training the next generation of entrepreneurs

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/13/fact-sheet-blueprint-train-two-million-workers-high-demand-industries-th

  14. CR says:

    12:30 PM EST
    Press Conference on The President’s 2013 Budget
    OMB Acting Director Jeffrey Zients will discuss the President’s 2013 Budget. He will be joined by Alan Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council (NEC), and Cecilia Munoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council (DPC), who will discuss the Budget’s economic assumptions and the President’s plan for an economy built to last.
    The White House

  15. CR says:

    February 13, 2012

    Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom

    The President and Prime Minister Cameron spoke by telephone today, continuing their frequent consultations on a range of global issues. The President and Prime Minister discussed the situation in Syria, condemning the regime’s violent repression of its own citizens, and agreed to coordinate closely on efforts to pressure the Assad regime and support a transition to democracy. The two leaders also discussed Somalia, including the status of preparations for the February 23rd London Conference on Somalia. The President welcomed the Prime Minister’s personal leadership on this issue. The President also consulted with the Prime Minister regarding the ongoing transition in Afghanistan and on the situation in the eurozone, including recent developments in Greece. Finally, the President and the Prime Minister reviewed the status of preparations for the Prime Minister’s March 13-14 Official Visit, when President and Mrs. Obama look forward to welcoming Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron to Washington, D.C.

  16. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:45 PM EST
    President Obama awards the 2011 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal
    East Room.

    • CR says:

      February 13, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the 2011 National Medals of Arts and Humanities Ceremony

      East Room

      1:52 P.M. EST

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

      Thank you so much for joining us in this celebration of the arts and the humanities. Two outstanding public servants and ambassadors for the arts are here: Rocco Landesman. Where’s Rocco? There he is, right here — Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts. And Jim Leach. Where’s Jim? Good to see you, Jim — the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

      We also have two good friends and co-chairs of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities who are here: Margo Lions and George Stevens. And I also want to acknowledge one of our honorees who, unfortunately, could not make it. Ever the artist, André Watts had a concert to give in Salt Lake City. (Laughter.) So give him a big round of applause in his absence. (Applause.)

      Michelle and I love this event. This is something we look forward to every single year, because it’s a moment when America has a chance to pay tribute to extraordinary men and women who have excelled in the arts and the humanities, and who, along the way, have left an indelible mark on American culture. That’s all the honorees we see here today. We honor your talents, we honor your careers, and your remarkable contributions to this country that we love.

      Throughout our history, America has advanced not only because of the will of our citizens, not only because of the vision of our leaders or the might of our military. America has also advanced because of paintings and poems, stories and songs; the dramas and the dances that provide us comfort and instilled in us confidence; inspired in us a sense of mutual understanding, and a calling to always strive for a more perfect union.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/13/remarks-president-2011-national-medals-arts-and-humanities-ceremony

    • CR says:

      President Obama Awards the 2011 National Medals of Arts and Humanities at the White House

      Colleen Curtis – February 13, 2012 at 05:32 PM EST

      The 2011 honorees of the National Medals of Arts and Humanities were at the White House today for an event that President Obama said he and First Lady Michelle Obama look forward to every single year. “It’s a moment when America has a chance to pay tribute to extraordinary men and women who have excelled in the arts and the humanities, and who, along the way, have left an indelible mark on American culture,” the President said before the ceremony in the East Room.

      Today’s honorees represented the full spectrum of the arts and humanities, and included actors, poets, authors, singers, philosophers, sculptors, curators, musicians, historians and even an economist. President Obama praised the group for their contributions to the arts, and to American society:

      You create new possibilities for all of us. And that’s a special trait. And it assigns you a special task. Because in moments of calm, as in moments of crisis; in times of triumph, as in times of tragedy: you help guide our growth as a people. The true power of the arts and the humanities is that you speak to everyone. There is not one of us here who hasn’t had their beliefs challenged by a writer’s eloquence; or their knowledge deepened by a historian’s insights; or their sagging spirits lifted by a singer’s voice. Those are some of the most endearing and memorable moments in our lives.
      Equal to the impact you have on each of us every day as individuals is the impact you have on us as a society. And we are told we’re divided as a people, and then suddenly the arts have this power to bring us together and speak to our common condition.

      The full list of recipients is below:

      2011 National Medal of Arts

      Will Barnet
      Rita Dove
      Al Pacino
      Emily Rauh Pulitzer
      Martin Puryear
      Mel Tillis
      United Service Organization
      André Watts
      2011 National Humanities Medal

      Kwame Anthony Appiah
      John Ashbery
      Robert Darnton
      Andrew Delbanco
      National History Day
      Charles Rosen
      Teofilo Ruiz
      Ramón Saldívar
      Amartya Sen

  17. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:30 PM EST
    Washtington State Governor Christine Gregoire signs into law to legalize gay marriage
    Statehouse signing ceremony – Olympia, Washington

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      Washington same-sex marriage law signed

      Published on Feb 13, 2012 by CNN

      Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signs her state’s same-sex marriage bill into law.

    • CR says:

      Equal Love
      Washington governor signs gay marriage law, opponents

      2/13/12 By Nicole Neroulias | Reuters – 37 mins ago

      OLYMPIA, Wash (Reuters) – Washington state became the seventh in the nation to put a law on its books recognizing same-sex marriage on Monday, even as opponents of the measure signed by Governor Christine Gregoire vowed to try to prevent it from ever taking effect.

      The measure, which won approval from state lawmakers last Wednesday, remains essentially on hold until at least early June, following a standard enactment period that runs until 90 days after Washington’s legislative session ends.

      Opponents of the statute have vowed to seek its repeal through a ballot measure at the polls in November that could delay enactment further or halt it entirely. The issue is also likely to figure in the state’s Republican presidential politics.

      Still, the bill-signing marked another key victory for gay rights advocates after a federal appeals court declared a voter-approved gay marriage ban in California unconstitutional last week, and the New Jersey state Senate approved a same-sex marriage bill earlier on Monday.

      Gregoire, a Democrat and a Catholic, signed Washington’s measure to raucous applause during a ceremony in the ornate reception room of the Olympia statehouse, declaring, “This is a very proud moment. … I’m proud of who and what we are as a state.”

      For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/washington-governor-sign-law-allowing-gay-marriage-154653318.html

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Yay my Governor!

  18. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    Vice President Biden will attends an expanded bilateral meeting with Vice President Xi and other U.S. and Chinese officials in the Roosevelt Room.
    Roosevelt Room
    Pool Spray at the Top

    9:30 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:00 AM
    President Obama meets with senior advisers.
    Closed Press

    10:40 AM
    The President delivers remarks to push Congress to act to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance
    South Court Auditorium
    Open Press

    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.
    Oval Office
    Pool Spray at the Top

    12:00 PM
    12:45 PM
    Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Clinton will host a lunch in honor of Vice President Xi at the State Department.
    State Department
    Pooled Press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    3:00 PM
    President Obama is interviewed by regional television outlets.
    Diplomatic Room
    Closed Press

    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM
    Vice President Biden and Vice President Xi participate in a roundtable of U.S. and Chinese business leaders
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Pooled Press

    4:45 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of Defense Panetta.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:15 PM
    Vice President and Dr. Biden host a dinner in honor of Vice President Xi
    Naval Observatory
    Pooled Press

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      February 14, 2012

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

      10:40 AM EST
      President Obama Speaks on extending the Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Insurance
      The White House

      12:45 PM EST
      Vice President Biden and Secretary Clinton host a Lunch Honoring V.P. Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China
      State Department, Washington, DC

      2:15 PM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      4:30 PM EST
      Vice President Biden Speaks at Chamber of Commerce
      U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC (Audio Only)

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:30 AM EST
      Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the 2013 budget request for the Pentagon.

      10:00 AM EST
      Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Obama’s 2013 budget proposal

      10:00 AM EST
      Director of Office of Management & Budget Jeffrey Zients testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on the administration’s proposal

      10:40 AM EST
      President Obama Speaks on extending the Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Insurance
      The White House

      12:45 PM EST
      Vice President Biden and Secretary Clinton host a Lunch Honoring V.P. Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China
      State Department, Washington, DC

      2:15 PM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      2:30 PM EST
      Congressional-Executive Commission on China: Gao Zhisheng, Human Rights Lawyer

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:30 AM EST
      Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the 2013 budget request for the Pentagon. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Top-Defense-Chiefs-to-Defend-DoD-Budget/10737428268/

      10:00 AM EST
      Senate Committee to Review President’s Budget http://www.c-span.org/Events/Senate-Committee-to-Review-Presidents-Budget/10737428267/

      10:00 AM EST
      Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Obama’s 2013 budget proposal http://www.c-span.org/Events/Senate-Debates-WH-Budget-with-Treasury-Secretary/10737428278/

      10:00 AM EST
      Director of Office of Management & Budget Jeffrey Zients testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on the administration’s proposal

      10:40 AM EST
      President Obama Speaks on extending the Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Insurance
      The White House http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Discusses-Payroll-Tax-Legislation/10737428308/

      12:45 PM EST
      Vice President Biden and Secretary Clinton host a Lunch Honoring V.P. Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China
      State Department, Washington, DChttp://www.c-span.org/Events/Chinese-VP-Pays-Visit-to-Washington/10737428282/

      2:15 PM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      2:30 PM EST
      Congressional-Executive Commission on China: Gao Zhisheng, Human Rights Lawyer http://www.c-span.org/Events/Commission-Investigates-Handling-of-Chinese-Activists/10737428289/

      2:30 PM EST
      NATO General Discusses Libya and International Cooperation http://www.c-span.org/Events/NATO-General-Discusses-Libya-and-International-Cooperation/10737428290/

  19. CR says:

    China’s Xi arrives Monday for high-level policy meetings

    2/12/12 By Vicki Needham – TheHill

    The expected future leader of China will land in Washington on Monday for a week of high-profile meetings with top Obama administration officials and U.S. business leaders to discuss trade, human rights and security issues.

    Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to take over leadership of China in March 2013, will meet with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and will head over to the Pentagon to meet with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, all on Tuesday.

    The 58-year-old Xi heads up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to meet with congressional leaders before leaving for Iowa, a state he visited as a government official on a trip in 1985, for meetings on agricultural policy.

    In the final stop of the trip, Xi travels to Los Angeles for at two-day visit to meet with city and state officials, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Biden will head out to meet back up with Xi for final meetings before he returns to China.

    For the entire article; http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/801-economy/210169-chinas-xi-arrives-monday-for-a-week-of-high-level-policy-meetings

  20. CR says:

    China’s Heir Apparent Rekindles Early Ties To Iowa

    2/7/12 by KATE WELLS – NPR

    China’s Vice President Xi Jinping is coming to America. Next week, he’ll meet with President Obama at the White House. He’ll lead a trade delegation to California. And he also plans to make a stop in Muscatine, Iowa.

    Why Muscatine? It turns out that Xi wants to catch up with old acquaintances — he first visited the town (population 22,886) in the 1980s, as part of an agricultural mission.

    Back then, the man who is likely to soon become China’s president had dinner with Sarah Lande and her husband.

    Lande recently thought back to that day, after giving a visiting journalist a warm welcome to her home.

    “This is where we had dinner with Mr. Xi,” she says, “a long time ago.”

    Back in 1985, when Xi had dinner at Lande’s house, he was just a midlevel Communist Party official, sent to Iowa on an exchange program from Hebei province.

    “You know, he always spoke through an interpreter,” Lande says. “But he was eager, on time, professional, capable, eager to learn, happy to be here. The more I read about it, I keep saying, ‘Wow — we must have just done a bang-up job when he was here.’ ”

    Xi’s return to Iowa comes at the invitation of Gov. Terry Branstad. The governor traveled to China last year and met with Xi, who recalled his stay in Muscatine.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/07/146466598/chinas-heir-apparent-rekindles-early-ties-to-iowa

  21. CR says:

    Happy Valentines Day!!!

    Rachel Roy PBO Inaugural T

  22. CR says:

    potus_flotus_kiss<br />

    Happy Valentines Day POTUS & FLOTUS!

  23. CR says:

    Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo North America

    February 14 – 16, 2012
    Long Beach, CA

    This event will delve into the specifics of developing, supporting, and growing large-scale solar power in the United States. Topics to be covered include solar policy, markets, finance, and technology. The event will be co-located with the 9th annual Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo North America.

    http://www.renewableenergyworld-events.com/index.html

  24. CR says:

    After “lemming” exodus, manufacturers look to U.S.

    2/13/12 By Scott Malone | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Big U.S. manufacturers moved their production out of the country too quickly over the past decades and now see a competitive advantage in building up their footprints back home, top executives said on Monday.

    The chase for lower-paid workers drove the migration, which resulted in employment in the U.S. manufacturing sector falling by 40 percent from its 1980 peak. But big companies including Boeing Co and General Electric Co are now finding that the benefit of lower wages can be offset by higher logistics and materials costs.

    “We, lemming-like, over the last 15 years extended our supply chains a little too far globally in the name of low cost,” said Jim McNerney, chief executive of world No. 2 planemaker Boeing. “We lost control in some cases over quality and service when we did that, we underestimated in some cases the value of our workers back here.”

    McNerney spoke at a Washington event organized by GE aimed at promoting the competitiveness of the U.S. economy. The nation has been slow to recover from a brutal 2007-2009 downturn and high unemployment — 8.3 percent in January — stands as one of the main barriers to a brisker recovery.

    Boeing in particular ran into extensive delays in the launch of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft, handing off much of the manufacturing responsibility to outside suppliers, leaving the launch of the fuel-efficient aircraft some three years behind schedule.

    “You are going to see more (manufacturing) come back to the United States, and that’s in part for business reasons and in part because we want to be good citizens,” McNerney said.

    MOVING MANUFACTURING BACK
    GE CEO Jeff Immelt said the largest U.S. conglomerate’s thinking evolved on the value of manufacturing inside the United States versus outside it.

    “We’re basically moving our appliance manufacturing back from Mexico and China to basically Louisville (Kentucky),” he said. “When we looked at it on a cost basis, our labor is still higher, but it’s closer than it’s been in the past. And both materials and distribution are less expensive in the United States than imported. So we see the opportunity to bring jobs — certain jobs, not every job — back. And we think this is going to take place in areas like software as well.”

    The nascent resurgence in U.S. manufacturing — which added 50,000 jobs in January — has caught the attention of the White House. President Barack Obama, to whom Immelt is a top adviser on jobs and the economy, singled out the sector in last month’s State of the Union address as an area where he would promote tax breaks in hopes of generating more jobs.

    Noting that GE currently generates about 60 percent of its revenue outside the United States and that some 70 percent of the orders in its backlog are from abroad, Immelt said that multinational manufacturers need to add jobs both at home and overseas if they are to be competitive.

    “Globalization is a 20-minute discussion in a world that wants one-sentence answers,” Immelt said. “We have to say where we’ve been right and where we’ve been wrong but it’s a nuanced discussion.”

    He also defended federal efforts to promote U.S. business interests overseas, such as the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which some conservative groups have criticized as amounting to “corporate welfare.

    Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE said at the event that it plans to hire some 5,000 military veterans over the next five years. Manufacturers say they like to hire veterans because their experience in figuring out how to solve problems quickly is useful in high-speed modern factories.

    CEOs said they are looking for workers — some 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs are going unfilled because companies cannot find applicants with the skills needed to perform them, according to a study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. A renewed focus on educating students in science, technology, engineering and math could help fill those holes, executives said.

    “It’s a jobless recovery in some sense, but we have jobs out there, so it’s the skills discussion,” said Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical Co .

    For the entire article; http://news.yahoo.com/lemming-exodus-manufacturers-look-u-165814959.html

  25. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful what’s left of Monday, CR and all friends! I had a headache today so am checking in late and will now start catching up!

    >^..^<

  26. CR says:

    Let’s Move, She Said — and We Have

    2/14/12 By EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL – nytimes

    During the first spring of the Obama presidency, the First Lady broke ground on a White House vegetable garden. Then, in February 2010, she announced the Let’s Move initiative, a campaign to change the way America’s children eat and exercise, with the goal of ending childhood obesity in a generation.

    In the years since, what has Michelle Obama’s work accomplished, besides (and I can say this from experience) the harvesting of some delicious lettuce, green beans and honey?

    The answer is: a lot. One of the most important results has been increasing public awareness of the importance of obesity. In 2008, over two-thirds of adults and a third of adolescents and children in the United States were obese or overweight. Although most Americans already saw obesity as a major problem, a majority opposed increasing federal spending to combat it. This attitude has begun to change. By 2011, a Pew survey found that most Americans believe the government should play a significant role in reducing obesity among children. Today, 80 percent of Americans acknowledge that childhood obesity is a serious problem.

    Mrs. Obama’s campaign has also led to improvements in the access to and content of school meals — which are where many children get the bulk of their calories and nutrition. In late 2010, the lame-duck Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act which, for the first time in 30 years, increased funding for school breakfasts and lunches above the inflation rate. The act also gives the Agriculture Department authority to set health standards for all foods sold on school property — including those in vending machines. Best of all, it reduced government paperwork to establish eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals, ensuring that tens of thousands more children will get healthy food they need.

    For the entire article: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/lets-move-she-said-and-we-have/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

  27. CR says:

    Boeing signs record $22.4 billion order with Lion Air

    2/14/12 Sakthi Prasad; Reuters – 2 hrs 9 mins ago

    (Reuters) – Boeing Co said on Tuesday it signed its largest ever commercial airplane order with Indonesia’s Lion Air in a deal worth $22.4 billion.

    Boeing said Lion Air, Indonesia’s largest carrier by passenger volume, has ordered 230 airplanes, including 201 737 MAXs and 29 next-generation 737-900 ERs.

    Lion Air will also acquire purchase rights for an additional 150 airplanes, Boeing said.

    The announcement was made in a statement at the Singapore airshow.

    In November, Lion Air announced the original massive order during U.S. President Barack Obama’s Asia-Pacific tour. Europe’s Airbus had accused the United States of applying political pressure to secure the deal.

  28. CR says:

    Goodyear Tire & Rubber returns to 4Q profitability

    2/14/12 Press – 26 mins ago

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. returned to profitability in its fourth quarter after a big loss a year ago that included hefty costs tied to a plant closing.

    The biggest U.S. tire maker cautioned Tuesday that long-term global tire industry growth will be at a slower pace near term than previously predicted due to ongoing economic difficulties in several markets.

    For the period ended Dec. 31, Goodyear reported net income of $18 million, or 7 cents per share. That compares with a net loss of $177 million, or 73 cents per share, a year ago.

    Excluding one-time items in the latest period, Goodyear said that its earnings were 3 cents per share. Analysts expected earnings of 20 cents per share, according to a FactSet survey.

    The prior-year period included a $160 million charge tied to its plans to close a plant in Union City, Tenn.

    Quarterly revenue increased 12 percent to $5.68 billion from $5.07 billion partly on higher tire prices, but tire unit volumes dropped 5 percent on difficulties in Latin America, flooding in Thailand and declining replacement industry volumes in mature markets.
    The revenue performance missed Wall Street’s estimate of $5.86 billion.

    Goodyear said that revenue per tire rose 19 percent, taking out the effects of foreign currency translation.

    For the year, Goodyear reported net income of $321 million, or $1.26 per share. In the previous year it lost $216 million, or 89 cents per share.

    The Akron, Ohio company’s annual revenue rose 21 percent to $22.77 billion from $18.83 billion.

  29. CR says:

    heart

    Happy Valentines Day everyone! I HOPE that you have a good day! :)

  30. Happy Valentine’s Day PPO Family. HOPE you all have a great day!

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

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

  31. CR says:

    Retail sales rebound as consumers step up spending

    2/14/12 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 9 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans rebounded from a weak holiday season and stepped up spending on retail goods in January, an encouraging sign for the strengthening economy.

    Retail sales rose at a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Consumers spent more on electronics, home and garden supplies, sporting goods, at department and general merchandise stores and at restaurants and bars.

    Consumers spent less on cars in January, the report showed, even though automakers have previously reported higher sales in January. That suggests dealers offered discounts in order to boost sales. Low interest rates, better loan availability and new car models have helped drive sales higher in the last three months.

    The January retail sales figures were an improvement from December, which were downwardly revised to show a flat reading. And excluding autos, building materials and gasoline station sales, core retail spending jumped 0.7 percent.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/L6aHV

  32. CR says:

    Business inventories up 0.4 percent in December

    2/14/12 Jason Lange – Reuters – 4 mins 54 secs ago

    xWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Business inventories rose 0.4 percent in December, reinforcing the view that fourth-quarter economic growth received a big boost from companies restocking their shelves.

    The Commerce Department said on Tuesday that inventories climbed to $1.56 trillion in December.

    Economists polled by Reuters had forecast inventories increasing 0.5 percent in December. Sales rose 0.3 percent in November, the government said.

    Inventories are a key element for measuring changes in gross domestic product.

    A report on January 27 showed growth in business inventories helped drive a 2.8 percent expansion in gross domestic product during the fourth quarter.

    Tuesday’s report showed manufacturing stocks rose 0.1 percent in December, while retailers gained 0.2 percent and wholesalers’ stocks edged 1.0 percent higher.

    Business sales advanced 0.7 percent to $1.23 trillion.

    The inventory-to-sales ratio, which measures how long it would take to clear shelves at the current sales pace, fell to 1.26 months from 1.27 months in November.

  33. CR says:

    Next Up…

    10:40 AM EST
    President Obama Speaks on extending the Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Insurance
    The White House

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Discusses-Payroll-Tax-Legislation/10737428308/

    • CR says:

      February 14, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Extending the Payroll Tax Cut

      South Court Auditorium

      10:55 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, good morning. And let me start with a quick public service announcement for all the gentlemen out there: Today is Valentine’s Day. (Laughter.) Do not forget. I speak from experience here. (Laughter.) It is important that you remember this. And go big — that’s my advice. (Laughter.)

      Lately, I’ve been saying that this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class in America, and for folks who want to be in the middle class. We face a choice. We can settle for a country where a few people do really, really well and everybody else struggles just to get by. Or we can restore an economy where everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody is doing their fair share, and everybody is playing by the same set of rules. And that second option is, I strongly believe, the kind of America that we want for our kids and our grandkids. That’s who we are. That’s the America that we believe in. That’s what we have to roll up our sleeves and get back to doing, is creating an America where everybody is doing their fair share, everybody gets a fair shot, everybody is engaging in fair play.

      We’re still fighting our way back from the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes, and we’ve still got a lot of work to do and a long way to go. It’s going to take time to recover all the jobs that were lost when the recession was at its depth. But the fight is beginning to turn our way.

      Over the past two years, our businesses have added over 3.7 million new jobs. Our manufacturers are hiring more new workers to make more new things here in America than at any time since the 1990s. So our economy is growing stronger. And the last thing we need, the last thing we can afford to do, is to go back to the same policies that got us in this mess in the first place. The last thing we need is for Washington to stand in the way of America’s comeback.

      First and foremost, that means Washington shouldn’t hike taxes on working Americans right now. That’s the wrong thing to do. But that’s exactly what’s going to happen at the end of this month — in a couple of weeks — if Congress doesn’t do something about it. The payroll tax cut we put in place last year will expire. The typical American family will shell out nearly a thousand dollars more in taxes this year. You’ll lose about $40 out of every paycheck if Congress does not act.

      And that can’t happen. Not now. And it doesn’t have to. Congress needs to extend that tax cut — along with vital insurance lifelines for folks who’ve lost their jobs during this recession — and they need to do it now, without drama and without delay. No ideological sideshows to gum up the works. No self-inflicted wounds. Just pass this middle-class tax cut. Pass the extension of unemployment insurance. Do it before it’s too late. And I will sign it right away. (Applause.)

      Now, the good news is over the last couple of days, we’ve seen some hopeful signs in Congress that they realize that they’ve got to get this done and you’re starting to hear voices talk about how can we go ahead and make this happen in a timely way on behalf of the American people. That is good news. But as you guys know, you can’t take anything for granted here in Washington until my signature is actually on it.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/14/remarks-president-extending-payroll-tax-cut

  34. CR says:

    Why Congress Must Extend the Payroll Tax Cut Through 2012

    Dan Pfeiffer February 14, 2012 at 06:00 AM EST

    Today, President Obama has invited a group of Americans who made their voices heard the last time Congress threatened to raise their taxes to the White House.

    At the end of this month, if Congress doesn’t act, taxes are set to go up on 160 million hardworking Americans, and the President believes that lawmakers must prevent this middle class tax hike without drama or delay.

    For a family making about $50,000 a year, the payroll tax cut amounts to about $1,000 a year, or about $40 in every paycheck. In December, we asked America to tell us what losing $40 per paycheck would mean for their family, and the answers came from across the country — from students trying to stretch the budget a little bit further. From moms who need to buy their children lunch every day in the school cafeteria. And from commuters who are filling up the tank and looking at rising gas prices. Using twitter, email and Facebook, they told us clearly that $40 can make all the difference in the world.

    Ultimately, thanks to these stories, Congress did the right thing and passed a two-month extension of the tax cut and unemployment insurance – but only after a drawn-out debate that put the strength of our economy and the security of middle class families at risk. Now that extension is about to expire.

    The President is also inviting all Americans who oppose raising their taxes to share their own stories with the White House – you can submit them on WhiteHouse.gov, using the Twitter hashtag #40dollarsor post them on our Google+ page or post them on our Facebook wall . You can watch the President’s remarks with these hardworking American families at 10:40 am ET on WhiteHouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      40 Could Be the Difference Between Eating and Not Eating

      Colleen Curtis February 14, 2012 at 06:20 AM EST

      At the end of this month, a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut will expire. If Congress doesn’t act, taxes will go up on 160 million hardworking Americans.

      For a family making about $50,000 a year, the payroll tax cut amounts to about $1,000 a year, or about $40 in every paycheck. When the payroll tax cut was initially set to expire last December, we asked Americans to tell us what that $40 meant to them and their family. People all over the country responded, using email, Twitter, and Facebook, to tell us that $40 makes all the difference in the world for a family trying to stretch their already tight budget a little bit further.

      For the entire article; http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/14/40-could-be-difference-between-eating-and-not-eating

    • CR says:

      What 40 Dollars Means To You

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Feb 13, 2012

      Share what losing 40 dollars a paycheck would mean to you and your family on WhiteHouse.gov or on Twitter with the hashtag #40dollars.
      If Congress doesn’t act, taxes are set to go up on 160 million hardworking Americans, and the President believes that lawmakers must prevent this middle class tax hike without drama or delay. For a family making about $50,000 a year, the payroll tax cut amounts to about $1,000 a year, or about $40 in every paycheck.

  35. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Valentine’s Day, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    I HOPE everybody gets a Valentine!

    And votes Democratic in 2012!

  36. CR says:

    11:15 AM EST
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

    • CR says:

      February 14, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Vice President Xi of the People’s Republic of China Before Bilateral Meeting

      Oval Office

      11:29 A.M. EST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want to welcome Vice President Xi to the Oval Office and welcome him to the United States. This is obviously a great opportunity for us to build on the U.S.-China relationship, but also an opportunity to return the extraordinary hospitality that Vice President Xi showed Vice President Biden during his recent visit to China.

      As I indicated during my recent visit to APEC and the East Asia Summit, the United States is a Pacific nation. And we are very interested and very focused on continuing to strengthen our relationships, to enhance our trade and our commerce, and make sure that we are a strong and effective partner with the Asia Pacific region. And obviously, in order to do that, it is absolutely vital that we have a strong relationship with China.

      Over the last three years I’ve had a great opportunity to develop a strong working relationship with President Hu. And we have continually tried to move forward on the basis of recognizing that a cooperative relationship based on mutual interest and mutual respect is not only in the interests of the United States and China, but is also in the interest of the region and in the interest of the United States — in the interest of the world.

      On the basis of that understanding, we have established very extensive strategic and economic dialogues between our two countries. We have been able to pursue a significant consultation on opportunities for both countries to improve their economic relationship and their strategic relationship, and also manage areas of tension in a way that is constructive.

      That includes working together in the G20 to manage the world economic crisis that had such an impact not only on both our countries, but on the entire world. And because of U.S.-China cooperation, I think that we were able to help stabilize the situation at a very difficult time. It also includes the work that we’ve been able to do together in dealing with regional hotspot issues, like the Korean Peninsula, and issues like Iran that obviously have an impact on everybody.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/14/remarks-president-obama-and-vice-president-xi-peoples-republic-china-bil

  37. CR says:

    Next Up…

    12:45 PM EST
    Vice President Biden and Secretary Clinton host a Lunch Honoring V.P. Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China
    State Department, Washington, DC

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Discusses-Payroll-Tax-Legislation/10737428308/

    • CR says:

      February 14, 2012

      Remarks by Vice President Biden and Chinese Vice President Xi at the State Department Luncheon

      Benjamin Franklin Room, State Department

      1:30 P.M. EST

      VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Well, thank you all for being here. And it’s an honor to welcome Vice President Xi, along with the entire Chinese delegation.

      I told Vice President Xi, his visit to Iowa tomorrow will assure him more delegates than I got the last time I was there. (Laughter.) And, Mr. Vice President, this is not part of the script, but Lindsey Graham is relieved you didn’t show up in January. You may have won the Republican nomination. (Laughter.) Secretary Kissinger, you can see formality is still my forte. (Laughter.)

      Madam Secretary, this lunch is a great start. I hope we can match the extraordinary hospitality that the Vice President showed me in my four-day visit to China last August.

      The highlight of that trip for me, Mr. Vice President, was the time we spent in conversation together in Beijing, in Chengdu, and I look forward to continuing the conversations we started this morning over the next four days you’re here.

      The Vice President has already participated in three meetings prior to this lunch and they’ve covered a broad range of constructive discussions, and we have a very ambitious agenda in the coming days as well.

      As the Vice President and I have discussed at some length, the United States and China have much to do together, quite frankly, because our relationship is literally going to help shape the 21st century. We’re not only the two — the world’s two largest economies, we’re both Pacific powers. And every day the affairs of our nations and the livelihoods of our citizens grow more connected.

      The President and I came to office determined to rebalance America’s strategic priorities toward those regions that are most critical to our nation’s future, and that meant refocusing on Asia, the most dynamic region of the global economy. And to state the obvious, the U.S.-China relationship is a critical component of our broader Asian strategy. Our people, both American and Chinese, are indeed people — quite frankly, people all around the world will benefit from this mutual effort to build a more cooperative partnership between our countries.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/14/remarks-vice-president-biden-and-chinese-vice-president-xi-state-departm

  38. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    4:30 PM EST
    Vice President Biden and Vice President Xi participate in a roundtable of U.S. and Chinese business leaders
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

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

    • CR says:

      February 14, 2012

      Remarks by Vice President Biden and Chinese Vice President Xi to US and China CEOs

      U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Flags, Washington, D.C.

      4:50 P.M. EST

      VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Thank you for the hospitality here at the chamber, Tom. I appreciate it very much, and thank all of you at the chamber and from the U.S.-China Business Council hosting this event; and a warm welcome to Vice President Xi and the Chinese delegation.

      I indicated as — the entry hall that we’ve not — I’ve not been a very good host thus far. Vice President Xi arrived yesterday, and we’ve had him going since 8:30 this morning, meeting after meeting. He just returned from the Pentagon. And immediately Tom Donohue said, well, don’t forget, Joe, he’s much younger than we are. (Laughter.)

      We’re joined by so many distinguished business leaders, and this indicates at least two things, Mr. Vice President, they’re honored to have you here as our guest and, secondly, how important they feel and we feel — U.S.-China economic and trade relationships are for both our nations. And as you and I have discussed in the past, Mr. Vice President, we presume as well to think they’re important for the world at large.

      In this area, as in many others, we’re working together to an unprecedented degree. Let me be clear: I believe, as the President said also to the Vice President in the Oval Office not long ago, we believe that a rising China is a positive development — not only for China but also for the United States and the world. It will fuel economic growth and prosperity, and a rising China will bring to the fore a new partner with whom we can have help meeting the global challenges we all face.

      Even as our nations cooperate, though, as the Vice President point out, we will continue to compete. As Americans, we welcome this competition. I’ve said to the Vice President before, it’s part of our DNA. And it pushes our companies to develop better products and services and our government to craft better policies.

      But competition can only be mutually beneficial if the rules of the game are understood, agreed upon and followed. I’m pleased that we have made progress in areas of concern. China’s exchange rate is appreciating, though still substantially undervalued in our view. China has committed to rebalance its economy and has just informed us that it will move forward this year with a tax reform policy that will increase imports and promote consumption.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/14/remarks-vice-president-biden-and-chinese-vice-president-xi-us-and-china-

  39. CR says:

    Obama tweets ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ to Michelle[

    2/14/12 By LEIGH MUNSIL POLITICO44

    President Barack Obama sent his First Valentine a virtual love note Tuesday, tweeting at first lady Michelle Obama.

    He ended the tweet with his initials, an indication that the president authored the tweet himself.

    Hey, @ MichelleObama: Happy Valentine’s Day. -bo

    — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 14, 2012

  40. CR says:

    Obama campaign buys ‘Westminster Dog Show’ ad

    2/14/12 By GLENN THRUSH- POLITICO44

    POLITICO screen grab).

    Google the words “Westminster Dog Show” and what do you get (some of the time)?

    An Obama campaign website , created for the “Best in Show” annual event, that mocks Mitt Romney for strapping his pooch to his trunk on a family vacation.

    “When we’ve shared photos of Bo over the last few months, we’ve learned two things. One, there are a lot of First Dog fans out there. Two, there is an enthusiasm for this campaign that extends to the furriest members of your families,” the campaign writes. “That’s why we’ve launched Pet Lovers for Obama, a special way for pet lovers like you to be a part of this campaign. Say you—and your pets—are in for 2012 now.”

    Eat your heart out, Gail Collins.

    There was also a mini (or toy?) protest outside MSG by some anti-Mitt mutts.

    • CR says:

      OP-ED COLUMNIST
      Haunted by Seamus

      August 4, 2007 By GAIL COLLINS -nytimes

      Most high-profile politicians acquire weird little bits of biography that you just cannot shake out of your mind. A reporter once told me that he sat next to a member of Congress on a trip, while said lawmaker kept eating mayonnaise out of those little packets they give you at fast-food restaurants. Even if this guy someday single-handedly resurrects the Equal Rights Amendment and shepherds it through 37 State Legislatures, when I look at him, a corner of my brain will always think condiments.

      Then there is Mitt Romney, a candidate most of us don’t really know well yet. (A disconcerting number of well-informed people seem to believe his name is “Mort.”) Yet he could become the Republican presidential nominee. It behooves us to pay attention, to mull his Iran plan and deconstruct his position on health care.

      But every time I see him, all I can think about is Seamus the dog.

      Seamus, in case you missed the story, was the Romneys’ Irish setter back in the early 1980s. Mitt used to drive the family from Boston to Ontario every summer for a vacation, with the dog strapped to the roof in a crate.

      As The Boston Globe reported this summer, Romney had the entire trip planned so rigidly that every gas station stop was predetermined before departure. During the fatal trip of ’83, Seamus apparently needed one more than the schedule allowed. When evidence of the setter’s incontinence came running down the back windshield, Romney abandoned his itinerary and drove to the closest gas station, where he got a hose and sprayed both dog and station wagon clean.

      “It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management,” The Globe said.

      For the entire article; http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/04/opinion/04collins.html

    • CR says:

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  41. CR says:

    Obama signs $63B FAA funding bill into law

    2/14/12 By Keith Laing – TheHill

    President Obama signed a $63.6 billion funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday, bringing to an end a years-long fight over aviation funding that became engulfed in labor disputes.

    After a year of debate — and a two-week partial shutdown of the FAA — the House and Senate approved a multi-year funding bill for the beleaguered agency for the first time since its last authorization expired in 2007, and the White House said Tuesday that Obama signed the measure.

    The legislation, which would last through 2015, runs five months shorter than the string of 23 short-term extensions of the 2007 FAA funding levels. Transportation advocates argued that, because of the piecemeal funding, it was hard for the agency to develop long-term plans, such as its proposed NextGen satellite-based navigation system.

    The FAA has long planned to switch the air traffic control system from radar technology that has been used since World War II, but the agency said it needs consistent funding to develop the system, which would cost about $22 billion through 2025.

    FAA supporters applauded Obama for signing the bill Tuesday, saying it was a big deal for the aviation industry.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/aviation/210649-obama-signs-63b-faa-funding-bill-into-law

  42. CR says:

    Michelle Obama Is the ‘Most Incredible Gift That Keeps on Giving’ for J. Crew

    2/14/12 By Sheila Marikar – abc

    For Jenna Lyons, Michelle Obama has been the best endorsement J. Crew has ever received. At American Express’ New York Fashion Week Sky Box today, the J. Crew president opened up about the first lady, explaining that she and her family get nothing for free.

    “They go to our website and they purchase just like anybody else,” Lyons said. “She acts like a customer and she has a stylist who helps her, but she doesn’t call in any special favors. They don’t ask for any discounts. It’s pretty unbelievable. … She still continues to wear the product without any help from us.”
    Lyons added that Obama’s penchant for J.
    Crew clothing has been “the most incredible gift that keeps on giving.” Not only did the company see a “huge lift” in business, Lyons credited Obama, 48, with creating a special bond with customers.

    “The fact that they had something they had, that they owned a sweater that Michelle wore. For a lot of people, it’s been an incredible point of connection, a way for them to connect to her through us,” she said.

    When Obama appeared on “The Tonight Show” in 2008 and told Jay Leno that her yellow sweater, skirt and blouse were a “J.Crew ensemble,” the company’s stock went up 8.2 percent. In 2011, Business Insider credited her with contributing to one of the most successful re-branding campaigns ever. Has this led J. Crew to cater to more mainstream celebrities for a similar boost?’

    For the entire article: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/02/michelle-obama-most-incredible-gift-that-keeps-on-giving-for-j-crew/

  43. 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/

  44. CR says:

    rainbow-flag

    Appeals court rules against Defense of Marriage Act

    10/18/12 By Terry Baynes | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court in New York on Thursday ruled that a U.S. law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples.

    The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is now the second federal appeals court to reject part of the Defense of Marriage Act. It upheld a lower court ruling that had found a central part of the law unconstitutional.

    Appeals in several cases are currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which could choose to take up the issue in its current term.

    Two members of a three-judge panel ruled in favor of Edith Windsor, an 83-year-old woman who argued that the law discriminates against gay couples in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

    They found that gays and lesbians are entitled to heightened protection from the courts, based on the history of discrimination the group has suffered.

    “Homosexuals are not in a position to adequately protect themselves from the discriminatory wishes of the majoritarian public,” Judge Dennis Jacobs wrote for the majority.

    Six states have legalized same-sex marriage, including New York in 2011. Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, which was passed in 1996, federal law and government programs do not recognize those marriages.

    The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Windsor by the American Civil Liberties Union in federal court in New York. Windsor is a former IBM computer programmer who married Thea Clara Spyer in Toronto, Canada, in 2007. The two were engaged in 1967.

    Spyer died in 2009 after a decades-long battle with multiple sclerosis, leaving all of her property to Windsor. Because the marriage was not recognized under federal law, Windsor had to pay more than $363,000 in federal estate taxes, according to her lawsuit.

    Windsor’s attorneys argued that the act violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees equal protection under the law.

    The Obama administration said last year it considered the law unconstitutional and would no longer defend it. Instead, a group appointed by the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is defending the law in courts across the country.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/appeals-court-ny-rules-gay-marriage-law-unconstitutional-160159196.html

  45. CR says:

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