UAW Natl Community Action Program Legislative Conference


President Obama to join UAW members at conference

2/24/12 uaw.org

UAW members were excited today to learn that President Obama will be joining them next week in Washington when they gather for the union’s National Community Action Program (CAP) Legislative Conference.

More than 1,600 members from across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico will discuss the union’s legislative and political priorities for the coming year, meet with members of Congress to advocate on behalf of working families and prepare for the union’s 2012 electoral campaign.

UAW members will be focusing on the union’s jobs creation agenda that includes passing President Obama’s American Jobs Act and demanding policies to strengthen our economy by:

* Ending poverty and rebuilding the middle class by protecting every worker’s right to organize and collective bargaining.

* Extending aid for the unemployed.

* Investing in the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure to immediately create jobs.

* Providing aid for state and local governments that specifically targets layoff prevention and hiring.

* Creating industries for the future that use clean energy to spawn new industries manufacturing environmentally-sustainable materials, technologies and products.

President Obama has been seriously focused on his jobs agenda since he took office, beginning with one of his first acts – saving the American auto industry,” said UAW President Bob King. “The President made a bold and, at the time, politically unpopular choice. He stood with workers and the American auto industry, and the communities whose economies depend on the industry and saved more than one million American jobs. We are grateful for his support of American workers and we are excited to have him join us next week as we gather in Washington.”

The President will address UAW members on Tuesday morning at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at 2660 Woodley Road, N.W. UAW members will spend Feb. 29 making legislative visits to discuss the union’s fight for job creation with members of Congress.

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, February 27, 2012

    All Times Eastern

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    President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks to the National Governors Association; the First Lady and Dr. Biden also deliver remarks
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    First lady Michelle Obama talks military spouse jobs
    First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden speak to the nation’s governors on what they can do to improve the job outlook for military spouses.

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    Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      February 27, , 2012

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

      11:20 AM EST
      President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks to the National Governors Association; the First Lady and Dr. Biden also deliver remarks
      State Dining Room

      11:20 AM EST
      First lady Michelle Obama talks military spouse jobs
      First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden speak to the nation’s governors on what they can do to improve the job outlook for military spouses.

      12:30 PM EST
      Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
      The White House

      4:30 PM EST
      President Obama attends a campaign event
      The Jefferson Hotel

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:00 AM EST
      National Governors Association
      National Governors Association Closing Session

      11:20 AM EST
      President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks to the National Governors Association; the First Lady and Dr. Biden also deliver remarks
      State Dining Room

      11:20 AM EST
      First lady Michelle Obama talks military spouse jobs
      First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden speak to the nation’s governors on what they can do to improve the job outlook for military spouses.

      12:30 PM EST
      Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
      The White House

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM EST
      National Governors Association
      National Governors Association Closing Session http://www.c-span.org/Events/NGA-Chairmen-Wrap-Up-Governors-Winter-Meeting/10737428517/

      11:20 AM EST
      President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks to the National Governors Association; the First Lady and Dr. Biden also deliver remarks
      State Dining Room http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Hosts-Nations-Governors-in-the-White-House/10737428550/

      11:20 AM EST
      First lady Michelle Obama talks military spouse jobs
      First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden speak to the nation’s governors on what they can do to improve the job outlook for military spouses.

      11:30 AM EST
      Defense Dept. Briefng on Situation in Afghanistan
      Pentagon Press Secretary George Little, and Capt. John Kirby (from Kabul), brief the media on the situation in Afghanistan and the recent shootings of NATO and American troops in response to the burning of the Koran by U.S. military personnel. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Defense-Dept-Briefng-on-Situation-in-Afghanistan/10737428586/

      12:30 PM EST
      Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
      The White House http://www.c-span.org/Events/White-House-Daily-Briefing/10737428587/

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

      11:30 AM EST
      Defense Dept. Briefng on Situation in Afghanistan
      Pentagon Press Secretary George Little, and Capt. John Kirby (from Kabul), brief the media on the situation in Afghanistan and the recent shootings of NATO and American troops in response to the burning of the Koran by U.S. military personnel.

  2. CR says:

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    UAW Obama Rally

    President Obama to join UAW members at conference

    2/24/12 uaw.org

    UAW members were excited today to learn that President Obama will be joining them next week in Washington when they gather for the union’s National Community Action Program (CAP) Legislative Conference.

    More than 1,600 members from across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico will discuss the union’s legislative and political priorities for the coming year, meet with members of Congress to advocate on behalf of working families and prepare for the union’s 2012 electoral campaign.

    UAW members will be focusing on the union’s jobs creation agenda that includes passing President Obama’s American Jobs Act and demanding policies to strengthen our economy by:

    * Ending poverty and rebuilding the middle class by protecting every worker’s right to organize and collective bargaining.

    * Extending aid for the unemployed.

    * Investing in the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure to immediately create jobs.

    * Providing aid for state and local governments that specifically targets layoff prevention and hiring.

    * Creating industries for the future that use clean energy to spawn new industries manufacturing environmentally-sustainable materials, technologies and products.

    “President Obama has been seriously focused on his jobs agenda since he took office, beginning with one of his first acts – saving the American auto industry,” said UAW President Bob King. “The President made a bold and, at the time, politically unpopular choice. He stood with workers and the American auto industry, and the communities whose economies depend on the industry and saved more than one million American jobs. We are grateful for his support of American workers and we are excited to have him join us next week as we gather in Washington.”

    The President will address UAW members on Tuesday morning at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at 2660 Woodley Road, N.W. UAW members will spend Feb. 29 making legislative visits to discuss the union’s fight for job creation with members of Congress.

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    Obama administration supports workers http://www.uaw.org/page/obama-administration-supports-workers

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    • CR says:

      June 1, 2009

      REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
      ON GENERAL MOTORS RESTRUCTURING

      Grand Foyer

      11:51 A.M. EDT
      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. Just over two months ago, I spoke with you in this same spot about the challenges facing our auto industry, and I laid out what needed to be done to save two of America’s most storied automakers — General Motors and Chrysler. These companies were facing a crisis decades in the making, and having relied on loans from the previous administration, were asking for more.

      From the beginning, I made it clear that I would not put any more tax dollars on the line if it meant perpetuating the bad business decisions that had led these companies to seek help in the first place. I refused to let these companies become permanent wards of the state, kept afloat on an endless supply of taxpayer money. In other words, I refused to kick the can down the road.

      But I also recognized the importance of a viable auto industry to the well-being of families and communities across our industrial Midwest and across the United States. In the midst of a deep recession and financial crisis, the collapse of these companies would have been devastating for countless Americans, and done enormous damage to our economy — beyond the auto industry. It was also clear that if GM and Chrysler remade and retooled themselves for the 21st century, it would be good for American workers, good for American manufacturing, and good for America’s economy.

      I decided, then, that if GM and Chrysler and their stakeholders were willing to sacrifice for their companies’ survival and success; if they were willing to take the difficult, but necessary steps to restructure, and make themselves stronger, leaner, and more competitive, then the United States government would stand behind them.

      The original restructuring plans submitted by GM and Chrysler earlier this year did not call for the sweeping changes these companies needed to survive — and I couldn’t in good conscience proceed on that basis. So we gave them a chance to develop a stronger plan that would put them on a path toward long-term viability. The 60 days GM had to submit its revised plans have now elapsed, and I want to say a few words about where we are and what steps will be taken going forward. But before I do, I want to give you an update on where things stand with Chrysler.

      When my administration took office and began going over Chrysler’s books, the future of this great American car company was uncertain. In fact, it was not clear whether it had any future at all. But after consulting with my Auto Task Force, industry experts, and financial advisors, and after asking many tough questions, I became convinced that if Chrysler were willing to undergo a restructuring, and if it were able to form a partnership with a viable global car company, then Chrysler could get a new lease on life.

      Well, that more promising scenario has now come to pass. Today, after taking a number of painful steps, and moving through a quick, efficient, and fair bankruptcy process, a new, stronger Chrysler is poised to complete its alliance with Fiat. Just 31 days after Chrysler’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, a court has approved the Chrysler-Fiat alliance, paving the way for a new Chrysler to emerge from bankruptcy in the next few days.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-on-General-Motors-Restructuring/

      • CR says:

        White House White Board: The Rebirth of the American Auto Industry

        Uploaded by whitehouse on Nov 18, 2010

        In the fourth edition of White House White Board, Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, discusses the President’s tough decisions on the American auto industry in light of the General Motors IPO.

      • CR says:

        Fact Checking the Fact Checker

        Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on June 07, 2011

        No one’s perfect, not even the anointed fact checkers who take on the admirable and valuable task of holding public officials accountable for what they say. Sometimes in their zeal for accountability, they get ahead of themselves and the facts. And that seems to be what happened today, when the Washington Post fact checked the President’s remarks last week on the resurgent American auto industry. So let’s take a minute to restore that context before we discuss the specific facts in question.

        In the year before the President took office, the American auto industry lost more than 400,000 jobs. Chrysler and GM were facing liquidation.

        President Obama had a choice: He could have extended billions of dollars of taxpayer support without requiring any real changes. He also could have allowed the companies to collapse, which, because they are closely linked to networks of suppliers, dealers and other auto companies, would have had a dramatic ripple effect through the industry. Independent forecasts projected that, were the companies to fail, it could have eliminated more than 1 million jobs. Instead he chose a different way: standing behind the American auto industry, but requiring the companies to undergo painful restructuring to become competitive for the future.

        So last week – two years after making that difficult decision – the President delivered an accounting of its results to date. In doing so, he pointed out that Chrysler had more than repaid the $8.5 billion that the Obama administration invested in the company. That’s a fact. Chrysler has repaid $10.6 billion in loans, and the Treasury recovered another $560 million by selling its remaining stake in the company to Fiat last week.

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/07/fact-checking-fact-checker

      • CR says:

        Bail-Out Politics: Even Michigan’s Economy Is Improving

        2/15/12 By Chris Bury | ABC News

        At Nicky D’s Coney Island in Warren, Mich., across the street from a Chrysler truck plant, co-owner Diana Dedvuka has seen her bustling diner come back from a near-death experience.

        “People are working. They’re spending more money. Customers seem to be happier,” she said.

        In 2009, the family-owned restaurant struggled to stay open as Chrysler and General Motors teetered on the brink of collapse.

        “Our business went down 40percent,” Dedvuka, the daughter of a retired auto worker, told ABC News. “Driving to work, you would see these big (auto) plants completely empty. It would give you chills.

        Now, Dedvuka says, customers who once feared losing their jobs are complaining about working too much overtime.

        As Republicans Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich scramble to overtake native son Mitt Romney in the Michigan primary, scheduled for Feb. 24, the state’s economy appears to be climbing out of a deep, dark hole.

        “Since the depths of the recession, we’ve seen manufacturing stabilize and start to come back,” said Robert Dye, chief economist for Comerica Bank. “What we’ve seen in the auto industry lately has been good news for the state.”

        In fact, it’s been very good news: Tax revenues have jumped so dramatically that Michigan now enjoys a $457 million budget surplus.

        The auto industry is driving the nascent recovery in Michigan, where manufacturing accounts for more than 20 percent of the state’s economy. Indeed, U.S. car sales are revving up at the fastest rate in nearly four years, rising 11 percent in January over a year ago. The state’s unemployment rate, while still higher than the national average,has dropped from 12.6 percent, in March 2009, to 9.3 percent in December.

        The improving economy, while far from robust, has breathed real life into many small and medium sized companies that supply the auto industry. At Eifel, Inc., a family business that provides tooling and molds for automakers, new orders are pouring in.

        “I haven’t seen it this busy in almost 10 years,” said owner Richard Hecker.

        For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/bail-politics-even-michigans-economy-improving-100047912–abc-news.html

      • CR says:

        GM records its highest profit ever: $7.6 billion

        2/16/12 By TOM KRISHER | Associated Press

        DETROIT (AP) — General Motors earned its largest profit ever in 2011, two years after it nearly collapsed into financial ruin.

        Strong sales in the U.S. and China helped the 103-year-old carmaker turn a profit of $7.6 billion, beating its old record of $6.7 billion in 1997 during the pickup truck and SUV boom.

        GM is a vastly different company than it was back then. It’s smaller, has less debt and its contract with the United Auto Workers is less costly. But it took a government bailout and a trip through bankruptcy protection in 2009 to cut its bloated costs. The company made record money last year even though U.S. auto sales were near historic lows at 12.8 million cars and trucks.

        But problems surfaced in its 2011 results. GM lost $747 million before taxes in Europe, and its South American operations lost $122 million. Sales growth slowed in the U.S. in the fourth quarter, even as more Americans bought cars and trucks.

        Also, GM’s fourth-quarter profit fell 8 percent and results missed Wall Street expectations.

        GM’s stock price fell 8 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $24.85 in premarket trading.

        The U.S. government still owns 26.5 percent of the company and is waiting for the share price to rise before selling in an effort to recoup the bailout money.

        For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/gm-records-highest-profit-ever-7-6-billion-123523501.html

    • CR says:

      20 Reasons to Thank Labor Unions

      1. Minimum Wage: Without federally mandated minimum wage, we’d still be working for pennies.
      2. Child Labor Laws: Without these laws, children would be hired as cheap labor.

      6. Safety Conditions: Do you work at a potentially hazardous job but have safety regulations in place to protect you? If so, unions are responsible for your continued safety.

      11. 8 Hour Work Day: Without unions, we’d all be working non-stop 24/7. Because of unions you’re able to go home and spend some time at home with family and friends before you catch 6-8 hours of sleep.
      12. 40 Hour Work Week: Just like number 11, without unions, we’d never have a day off and work would encompass our entire life.

      14. Wrongful Termination Laws: Because of unions, you can’t be fired for stupid reasons, like the color of your skin or because you make too much money.
      15. Pay Raises: Unions are responsible for your ability to ask for and receive pay raises.
      16. Holiday Pay: Do you at least get some holidays off? If so, thank a union.

      20. Laws Ending Sweatshops: Because of unions, sweatshops, which employ cheap labor with harsh conditions, are illegal.

      http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/09/02/20-reasons-to-thank-labor-unions/

  3. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    UAW Members, Other Unions Hold Anti-Romney Rally in Detroit

    Feb. 24, 2012 Brent Snavely – hispanicbusiness

    About 200 union members from the UAW and other unions gathered this morning on the roof of the GEM & Century Theaters parking garage in Detroit to protest against Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and is position on the automotive industry.

    With chants of “Thank you Obama,” and “Don’t bet against American Workers,” the union members wanted to send a message to Romney in advance of his speech today at Ford Field, which is across the street from the GEM.

    “We all would have been out of a job if it were not for who?” UAW President Bob King shouted into a megaphone.

    “Obama,” the crowd responded.

    The UAW lined up American made cars on the roof of the parking garage with letters on each car that said “Romney: ‘Let Detroit go bankrupt,” which recalls the headline of a New York Times op-ed Romney wrote in 2008.

    The event was largely spurred by the 2008 editorial, as well as Romney’s op-ed in a Detroit newspaper last week that was critical of how President Obama structured aid to General Motors and Chrysler.

    “This was crony capitalism on a grand scale,” Romney said in the editorial. “The president tells us that without his intervention things in Detroit would be worse. I believe that without his intervention things there would be better.”

    In 2009, the Obama administration loaned GM and Chrysler about $60 million to help them restructure through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Those loans came after then-President George Bush provided $17.3 billion in loans in 2008.

    Romney has argued that the government should not have provided the loans.

    “There was nobody there to loan money to General Motors and Chrysler,” King said today. “They would have liquidated…it would have led to a major depression in the United States if President Obama would not have stepped up and provided loans to the automotive industry.”

    Amanda Henneberg, spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, said it’s not surprising that labor unions are opposed to the candidate’s positions.

    “Under Mitt Romney, the restructuring would have succeeded while protecting the taxpayers and the principles of free enterprise, not the union bosses at the UAW,” Henneberg said.

    Pat Sweeney, President of UAW Local 5960, said workers he represents at General Motors’ Orion Township plant would not be working there today without the government’s restructuring assistance in 2009.

    The loans, Sweeney said, “saved not only the 2,000 jobs in the plant but all the jobs that help supply the plant.”

    For the entire article: http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/2012/2/24/uaw_members_other_unions_hold_antiromney.htm

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    UAW Speaks Out on Mitt Romney

    Uploaded by tellusdetroit on Feb 25, 2012

    Let Detroit go bankrupt.” That was Mitt Romney in 2008

    DETROIT – Now Mitt Romney has the nerve to expect Detroit and the rest of Michigan to vote for him in next Tuesday’s primary.

    Not so fast, Mitt. We’re going to make sure that Michigan remembers who supported President Obama’s successful plan to save America’s auto industry and who was against it.

    The UAW wants to make sure as many people as possible head to the polls. They are urging friends and family to vote in the primary on Tuesday.

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      Don’t bet against America, Mitt

      2/16/12 Posted by Elizabeth Chan – democrats.org

      While Mitt Romney continues to struggle in Michigan’s polls and is twisting himself into a pretzel trying to explain what exactly he meant by the words “ let Detroit go bankrupt ,” we got the welcome news today that GM made its biggest profit ever in 2011 . And it wouldn’t have happened if President Obama hadn’t had the courage to bet on the American auto industry.

      So here’s the lesson, Mr. Romney: Don’t bet against America. Don’t bet against the American auto industry. And definitely don’t bet against the American worker.

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      New Hampshire debate: Mitt Romney talks against auto bailout

      10/11/11 By MAGGIE HABERMAN – POLITICO

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

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

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

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

      • CR says:

        GOP WRONG WAY

        Romney campaign aide claims auto bailout was Romney’s idea

        4/28/12 By Brendan Sasso – TheHill

        One of Mitt Romney’s top advisers said Saturday that President Obama’s decision to bailout Chrysler and General Motors was actually Romney’s idea.

        “[Romney's] position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed. I know it infuriates them to hear that,” Eric Fehrnstrom, senior adviser to the Romney campaign, said.

        “The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice.”

        The claim appears to be a shift from Mitt Romney’s November 2008 op-ed in The New York Times, headlined, “Let Detroit go bankrupt.”

        But on Saturday, Fehrnstrom pointed out that in the op-ed, Romney called for a “managed bankruptcy” to get the auto companies back on stable financial footing.

        “The fact that the auto companies today are profitable is because they’ve shed costs,” Fehrnstrom said. “The reason they shed those costs and have got their employee labor contracts less expensive is because they went through that managed bankruptcy process. It is exactly what Mitt Romney told them to do.”

        But during the primary campaign, Romney repeatedly attacked Obama for lending billions of dollars in government money to the auto companies.

        In a February op-ed in The Detroit News, Romney called Obama’s auto bailout “crony capitalism on a grand scale.”

        “The president tells us that without his intervention things in Detroit would be worse,” Romney wrote. “I believe that without his intervention things there would be better.”

        Lis Smith, an Obama campaign spokeswoman, accused Fehrnstrom of distorting Romney’s record.

        “GM and Chrysler are in existence, creating jobs, and posting some of their most profitable quarters in history today because President Obama bet on American workers,” Smith said in a statement to The Hill. “If Mitt Romney had had his way, the American auto industry and the millions of jobs it supports would cease to exist. Dishonesty and distortions are nothing new for the Romney campaign, but they can’t change this simple fact.”

        Fehrnstrom made the comments during a panel discussion Saturday morning hosted by The Washington Post.

  4. CR says:

    AWEA Wind Power Project Siting Workshop
    Date: February 28 – 29, 2012
    Location: Las Vegas , NV

    NREL Research Fellow Helena Chum will present “Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation” as part of the Power Lunch Lecture Series. Chum will discuss the release of the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report assesses existing literature on the current and future potential of renewable energy for the mitigation of climate change. It covers the six most important renewable energy technologies, as well as their integration into present and future energy systems. In addition, the report covers the environmental and social consequences associated with these technologies, the cost and strategies to overcome technical as well as non-technical obstacles to their application and diffusion.

    More than 130 scientists contributed to the report, including several from NREL. NREL Director Dan Arvizu was a coordinating lead author for direct solar energy conversion.

    For more information: http://www.nrel.gov/news/events/index.cfm?year=2012&month=2&date=29

  5. CR says:

    2012 ARPA-E ENERGY INNOVATION SUMMIT

    Monday, February 27, 2012 – Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    ARPA-E will hold the third annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 27 – February 29, 2012 at the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C. The Summit is designed to bring together key players from across the energy ecosystem researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and government officials to share ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of clean energy technologies. The Summit s unique combination of leaders makes it the perfect forum for developing energy solutions that will enable America to out-innovate our global competitors. It is co-organized by Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI) and ARPA-E. Sponsored by the Department of Energy.

    Technology Developers Workshop – Mon, Feb 27
    Innovation Summit – Tue & Wed, Feb 28 – 29
    Technology Showcase – Mon – Wed Feb 27 – 29

    Keynote Speakers:
    Ursula M. Burns – Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation
    Bill Clinton – 42nd President of the United States
    Steven Chu – Secretary of Energy
    Bill Gates – Chairman of Microsoft
    Susan Hockfield – President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Arun Majumdar – Director Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy
    Lee Scott – Chairman, BDT Capital & Former CEO of Walmart
    Frederick W. Smith – Chairman, President and CEO of FedEx Corporation

    For more information: http://www.energyinnovationsummit.com

  6. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Great topic, CR!

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  8. Good morning CR and PPO Fam. HOPE you all 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

  9. CR says:

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

  10. CR says:

    Detroit automakers race to keep up with sales

    2/27/12 By TOM KRISHER | Associated Press – 58 mins ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Auto sales are growing so fast that Detroit can barely keep up.

    Three years after the U.S. auto industry nearly collapsed, sales of cars and trucks are surging. Sales could exceed 14 million this year, above last year’s 12.8 million.

    The result: Carmakers are adding shifts and hiring thousands of workers around the country. Carmakers and parts companies added more than 38,000 jobs last year, reaching a total of 717,000. And automakers have announced plans to add another 13,000 this year, mostly on night shifts.

    But there’s a downside. The newfound success is straining the factory network of the Detroit automakers, as well as the companies that make the thousands of parts that go into each vehicle. This could lead to shortages that drive up prices.

    And it also has auto executives in a quandary. They got into trouble in the first place largely because their costs were too high. Now, they fear adding too many workers.

    Ford, for instance, is “squeezing every last component, transmission, engine out of the existing brick and mortar,” says Jim Tetreault, vice president of North America manufacturing.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/detroit-automakers-race-keep-sales-080141880.html

  11. CR says:

    January Pending Home Sales Rise, Market on Uptrend

    2/27/12 Press Release: National Association of Realtors – 27 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwire -02/27/12)- Pending home sales are on an upward trend, which has been uneven but meaningful since reaching a cyclical low last April, and are well above a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

    The Pending Home Sales Index*, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 2.0 percent to 97.0 in January from a downwardly revised 95.1 in December and is 8.0 percent higher than January 2011 when it was 89.8. The data reflects contracts but not closings.

    The January index is the highest since April 2010 when it reached 111.3 as buyers were rushing to take advantage of the home buyer tax credit.

    Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said this is a hopeful indicator going into the spring home-buying season. “Given more favorable housing market conditions, the trend in contract activity implies we are on track for a more meaningful sales gain this year. With a sustained downtrend in unsold inventory, this would bring about a broad price stabilization or even modest national price growth, of course with local variations.”

    The PHSI in the Northeast rose 7.6 percent to 78.2 in January and is 9.8 percent above a year ago. In the Midwest the index declined 3.8 percent to 88.1 but is 10.8 percent higher than January 2011. Pending home sales in the South increased 7.7 percent to an index of 109.1 in January and is 10.5 percent above a year ago. In the West the index fell 4.4 percent in January to 101.9 but is 0.7 percent above January 2011.

    “Movements in the index have been uneven, reflecting the headwinds of tight credit, but job gains, high affordability and rising rents are hopefully pushing the market into what appears to be a sustained housing recovery,” Yun said. “If and when credit availability conditions return to normal, home sales will likely get a 15 percent boost, speed up the home-price recovery, and thereby significantly reduce the number of homeowners who are underwater.”

    The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

    For the entire article: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/january-pending-home-sales-rise-150700175.html

  12. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:20 AM EST
    President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks to the National Governors Association; the First Lady and Dr. Biden also deliver remarks
    State Dining Room

    • CR says:

      Obama, Biden address the National Governor’s Association

      2/27/12 12:01 PM POLITICO44

      President Obama and Vice President Biden just finished speaking to the National Governor’s Association.

      Vice President Biden starts at 11:25.

      For all the differences we have politically, I think there’s a sense of inevitability about America.”

      “A lot’s changed … we came into office and we were in free fall. The middle class was and still is just clamoring to just hang on, just to make it. And a lot’s changed. … What most as changed … it’s not all better …” notes the rosier employment picture.

      “We disagree on some of the policy prescriptions.”

      “Certain things are coming back. Manfacturing’s coming back in the United States of America. For real.”

      “We’re larger than the next four economies combined.”

      “It’s time to just get up.”

      “We need a better education system in America. We rank 16th in the word right now … The idea that we can sustain that position and lead the world in the 21st century is just not possible.”

      “We ought to figure out the places where we can cooperate here.”

      “That’s what you governors do best.”

      “In terms of cooperation, we’re open for business here. … If you’ve got a better idea, we’ll push that idea. … But the American people, they are ready, they are convinced that we are able to take back what we’ve lost.”

      Vice President Biden introduces President Obama at 11:29.

      • CR says:

        February 27, 2012

        Remarks by the President at National Governors Association Meeting

        State Dining Room

        11:30 A.M. EST

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

        Thank you, Joe, for the outstanding work you’re doing on behalf of the American people every day. I want to thank all the members of my Cabinet and administration who are here today. I want to thank Dave Heineman and Jack Markell for the outstanding leadership that they’ve shown as they’ve chaired and co-chaired the NGA.

        I’m glad to see that everybody has recovered from the wild time we had last night. (Laughter.) It was wonderful to have all of you here.

        And I always look forward to this event because governors are at the front line of America’s recovery. You see up close what’s working, what’s not working, and where we can take it. And the thing that connects all of us — and no matter what part of the country we’re from and certainly no matter what party we belong to — is that we know what it means to govern, what it means to make tough choices during tough times, and hopefully to forge some common ground. We’ve all felt the weight of big decisions and the impact that those decisions have on the people that we represent.

        I first addressed this group three years ago and it was the moment, as Joe mentioned, when the economy was in a freefall. Some of you were just coming into office at that time as well. Hundreds of thousands of Americans were losing their jobs or their homes every month. Businesses were closing their doors at a heartbreaking pace. Our entire auto industry was on the verge of collapse and, all told, the prospects of us going into a full-blown depression were very real.

        Today there’s no doubt that enormous challenges remain. But the fact of the matter is that over the last two years American businesses have created 3.7 million new jobs. Manufacturers are hiring for the first time since the 1990s. The auto industry is back. Our recovery is gaining speed and the economy is getting strong. And we’ve got to do everything we can to make sure that we sustain this progress.

        That means we’ve got to strengthen American manufacturing so that more and more good jobs and products are made here in America. It means that we’ve got to develop new sources of American energy so that we’re less dependent on foreign oil and yearly spikes in gas prices. And it means that we’ve got to make sure that every American is equipped with the skills, with the education that they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow as well as the jobs of today. And that’s what I want to talk to these governors a little bit about.

        No issue will have a bigger impact on the future performance of our economy than education. In the long run it’s going to depend — determine whether businesses stay here. It will determine whether businesses are created here, whether businesses are hiring here. And it will determine whether there’s going to be an abundance of good middle-class jobs in America.

        Today, the unemployment rate for Americans with at least a college degree is about half the national average. Their incomes are about twice as high as those who only have a high school diploma. So this is what we should be focused on as a nation. This is what we should be talking about and debating. The countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow. That’s a simple fact. And if we want America to continue to be number one and stay number one, we’ve got some work to do.

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/27/remarks-president-national-governors-association-meeting

    • CR says:

      February 27, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady and Dr. Biden Discussing Military Spouse Employment at National Governors Association Annual Meeting

      State Dining Room

      10:49 A.M. EST

      DR. BIDEN: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, David, and thank you all for coming. It was great to see you all here last night — what a wonderful evening. And we’re so delighted to have you here again at the White House this morning.

      The last time we were together, Michelle and I talked to you about our idea for the Joining Forces initiative: to honor, recognize and support military families. And in this last year, we’ve made tremendous progress. Since we launched Joining Forces in April, we’ve been so delighted by the response from Americans all over this country. Businesses have hired tens of thousands of veterans and military spouses. Medical schools have committed to educate their students about post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. Schools, community organizations and Americans of every age and background have sent care packages, donated childcare, and created community celebrations for the military families in their neighborhoods.

      These Americans are stepping up because they appreciate how much our military spouses and families do for our country every day. What we have seen since launching Joining Forces has been truly gratifying, because it has shown our military families that all of us appreciate their sacrifices on their behalf.

      But there is more to do. We would like to talk to you today about one of the top concerns we hear from military spouses wherever we go: professional licensing. I know that many of you hear from folks in your state as well.

      A few days ago, Michelle and I went to the Pentagon to help unveil a new report from the Departments of Defense and Treasury about professional licensing for military spouses. The report found that military spouses move 10 times more than their civilian counterparts, and that 35 percent of spouses in the workforce are in jobs that require a professional license. Because military transfers often require spouses to move from state to state, the issue of license portability is a real challenge for military spouses. As Michelle will discuss, there are ways we can work together to ease this burden, and we look forward to doing just that.

      So thank you all for what you’re doing in your home states, and please join me in welcoming my dear friend and partner in Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama. (Applause.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Good morning, everyone, and welcome back. I hope everybody got a little sleep. (Laughter.) Just a little bit. But we had a terrific time last night. And the mood was good, and hopefully you all enjoyed yourselves as well. It’s always wonderful to host you for this weekend.

      I want to thank Jill, not just for her introduction but for just being a terrific partner and, more importantly, a friend over the past few years, and on this issue in particular. As a Blue Star mom, Jill knows these issues as well as anyone. And she has been just a terrific champion, and on ensuring that we’re moving things forward.

      Now, as Jill has said, this new licensing portability initiative is one of the most important and meaningful issues that we’ve addressed through Joining Forces. It is the number-one frustration that Jill and I hear about every time we visit with military spouses — and that’s really saying something. Because the truth is, is that these women and men are facing plenty of very serious challenges in their lives. They are raising their kids and running their household, oftentimes alone, while they have a spouse deployed. These are the folks who are cooking those meals, they’re leading the PTA, they’re answering all those questions from their children about when mom or dad will be coming home. And many of them are doing all of this while trying to hold down full-time jobs.

      But the truth is that no matter what is on their plates — and this is what always impresses us — no matter what their country asks of them, these men and women, they never complain. They never complain. And I know that many of our spouses understand that when they interact with military families. These people never ask for much. They just keep pushing forward.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/27/remarks-first-lady-and-dr-biden-discussing-military-spouse-employment-na

      • Kat 4 Obama says:

        Thanks to our great First Lady and Second Lady for this important work.

        I read lots of comment on how beautiful Mrs. Obama looked at the Governors’ dinner, completely outshining that gold Oscar guy. Like Mr. K4O says, our FLOTUS being gorgeous is just a reliable fact of life. That she also has a great mind and heart and tons of class is our incredible good fortune.

  13. CR says:

    Economists More Optimistic, Keep Growth Forecasts

    2/27/12 by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Economists are increasingly confident that some pillars of the U.S. economy will improve this year, but they still remain cautious in their expectations on the overall pace of economic growth.

    The National Association for Business Economics said Monday that forecasters have raised their expectations for employment, new home construction and business spending this year. But they held on to their average prediction that America’s gross domestic product, or GDP, will grow at a rate of 2.4 percent. That’s a slight improvement from 2011, when economists believe the economy grew 1.6 percent. Final economic growth numbers for 2011 are due out Wednesday.

    GDP reflects the economy’s total output of goods and services. The latest forecast is in line with one issued by the group in November that called for the economy to grow 2.4 percent this year. Forecasters predict growth will be stronger in the second half of 2012 than it will be through June.

    NABE economists see the unemployment rate sticking at 8.3 percent this year, matching January figures. That’s improved from their November forecast of 8.9 percent. Unemployment peaked at 10 percent in October of 2009. The economists expect job growth to accelerate next year, and forecast the unemployment rate will fall to 7.8 percent. GDP growth needs to be above 3 percent to significantly lower unemployment.

    More Home Construction Expected

    The economists predict builders will break ground on 700,000 homes this year, up 15 percent compared with 2011. In November, they expected new home construction of about 660,000. They predict 850,000 will be built in 2013.

    Panelists are also still forecasting strong business spending growth this year. They’ve slightly raised their forecast to 8.1 percent growth this year. For 2013, spending should slow slightly, but still remain strong at 7.3 percent, the forecast said. Industrial production is expected to increase moderately at 3.5 percent this year and 3.3 percent in 2013.

    Despite a brightening forecast for employment, housing and business spending, the NABE Outlook Panel of 45 economists expects consumers to continue to penny-pinch this year. They still predict spending will increase just 2.1 percent this year and 2.3 percent next year. The rate is below historical average of 2.8 percent, highlighting an economy that’s heading in the right direction, but still slow-going.

    Economists have lowered their expectations for exports this year as well. They now expect 4.6 percent growth in 2012, compared to their November prediction of 6.1 percent. Their projection for import growth in 2012 was also lowered from 4.3 percent to 3.5 percent. They expect both rates to improve in 2013.

    Overall, economists say they are more confident in their predictions than just a few months ago. Less than half of economists surveyed by the NABE this month call their forecasts “somewhat uncertain” or “much more uncertain than usual.” In November, more than two-thirds of respondents characterized their predictions as uncertain.

    The survey was conducted Jan. 26 to Feb. 8.

  14. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Monday, CR, COS, Jackie, Tigerfists and all friends!

    >^..^<

  15. Kat 4 Obama says:

    WaPo:

    Obama hits back against Santorum ‘snob’ criticism by defending college education stance

    By David Nakamura

    President Obama on Monday defended his stance that higher education is critical to preparing Americans to compete in the global workforce, offering a tacit rebuke to Republican rival Rick Santorum who called Obama a “snob” for wanting everyone to go to college.
    Speaking to the National Governors Association, Obama called on the group to protect public investment in education at a time of shrinking state budgets so that teachers remain in the classroom….

    “When I talk of higher education, I’m not only talking about four-year degrees,” Obama said. “I’m also talking about going to community college to get a degree for a manufacturing job where you have to walk through the door to handle a million dollar piece of equipment.”

    The president added: “We all want Americans to get those jobs of the future. We need to make sure they get the education they need.”

    http://wapo.st/yGRM3E

    Wow. Does the GOP really think Americans want to stop being competitive in the global economy? That Americans don’t want their kids to have every chance to succeed?

    Just for the record, the anti-education former Sen. Santorum has a B.A. with honors from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a law degree (JD) with honors from the Dickinson School of Law. He doesn’t want others to have the same opportunities he has had. What. A. Snob.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Santorum#Early_life_and_education

  16. Kat 4 Obama says:

    At this moment, the DOW is up at 13,012.27.

    Just saying.

  17. Thought I would post this ad, Mitt Romney: “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”

  18. CR says:

    4:30 PM EST
    President Obama attends a campaign event
    The Jefferson Hotel

  19. CR says:

    FBI says billions in financial crime restitution

    2/27/12 By PETE YOST | Associated Press – 14 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI said Monday that its probes of financial crime last year led to more than 3,000 convictions and over $12 billion in court-ordered restitution as agents attacked insider trading, Ponzi schemes and Medicare fraud in high-dollar scams that victimized thousands of investors and the government.

    In a press briefing that amounted to a warning to the business community generally and to Wall Street in particular, the bureau released video and wiretaps from a few of its undercover operations targeting complex financial crime. The bureau also offered up a new public service announcement done by actor Michael Douglas, who in the movie “Wall Street” portrayed a greedy corporate raider operating on the wrong side of the law.

    “Our economy is increasingly dependent on the success and integrity of the financial markets,” Douglas said in the PSA announcement. “If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. For more information on how you can help identify securities fraud, or to report insider trading, contact your local FBI office.”

    FBI Assistant Director Kevin Perkins, head of the bureau’s criminal investigative division, said the law enforcement agency has shifted its focus on financial crime away from low-dollar cases and has hired 250 forensic accountants who hunt for criminal activity in financial records.

    FBI Financial Crimes Section Chief Timothy Gallagher said the bureau now operates a financial intelligence center to identify where it needs to send agents to investigate newly emerging threats in financial crime.

    Among the FBI’s largest conviction numbers and amounts of restitution for 2011:

    —Securities and commodities fraud, 394 convictions and $8.8 billion.
    —Mortgage fraud, 1,082 convictions and $1.38 billion.
    —Health care fraud, 736 convictions and $1.2 billion.

    The number of FBI probes is up sharply in some categories of financial crime. For example, securities and commodities fraud investigations have increased by 52 percent since 2008 to over 1,800 at the end of last year, the FBI reported.

    • CR says:

      Today’s Suspension of Payments and the Affordable Care Act

      Danny Werfel February 28, 2012 03:45 PM EST

      Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services has suspended payments worth an estimated $2.3 million per month to 78 Texas home health agencies suspected to be involved in an alleged fraud ring. That’s more than $27 million in hard-earned taxpayer dollars that could be saved over the next year.

      The suspension of payments was part of today’s announcement that:

      “A physician and the office manager of his medical practice, along with five owners of home health agencies, were arrested today on charges related to their alleged participation in a nearly $375 million health care fraud scheme involving fraudulent claims for home health services.”

      Today’s suspension of payments are part of efforts that recovered $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars last year, the second year recoveries hit this record breaking level. Total recoveries over the last three years were $10.7 billion. Prosecutions are way up, too: the number of individuals charged with fraud increased from 821 in fiscal year 2008 to 1,430 in fiscal year 2011 – nearly a 75 percent increase.

      In addition to cracking down on fraud, we are also taking aggressive steps to cut payment errors in Medicare and Medicaid. We dramatically reduced the government-wide rate of improper payments in fiscal year 2011, including significant reductions in every Medicare and Medicaid program. All told, we have avoided over $20 billion in improper payments over the past two years, as part of our efforts to reduce waste and error across government through the Obama Administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste.

      Read more about how the Affordable Care Act is helping the Obama Administration fight fraud here.

  20. CR says:

    President Obama Challenges Governors to Invest in Education

    Megan Slack February 27, 2012 12:24 PM EST

    Today, President Obama challenged state governors to make sure all students in their schools today get the education and skills they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.

    A majority of states will spend less on elementary and secondary schools in 2012 than they did last year, and more than 40 states cut higher education spending in 2011 — cuts that lead to higher tuition prices in our public colleges and universities.

    But when our economy is struggling, the last place to make cuts is in education. Making sure that every student in our country graduates from high school prepared for college and a successful career is central to rebuilding our economy and securing a brighter future. And when students go on to pursue higher education, we should make sure they are able to pay for it.

    “Nothing more clearly signals what you value as a state as the decisions you make about where to invest,” President Obama told governors. “Budgets are about choices, so today I’m calling on you to choose to invest more in teachers, invest more in education, and invest more in our children and their future.”

    The President’s education blueprint for an economy built to last outlines a series of proposals to support our students and future workers, including:

    * Investing in K-12 education
    * Training workers for jobs in industries looking to hire
    * Helping students and their families pay for college

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/27/president-obama-challenges-governors-invest-education

  21. CR says:

    To Get Out The Vote, Evangelicals Try Data Mining

    2/27/12 by BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY – NPR

    When Bill Dallas first heard that 15 to 20 million Christians in the U.S. are not registered to vote, he couldn’t believe it.

    “Initially, it surprised me. And then I thought to myself, ‘Wait a minute, I’m not registered,’ Dallas says. “Why wasn’t I registered? Well, because I didn’t think my vote made a difference.”

    Identifying Christians With Data Points

    Dallas, an evangelical Christian, has since become a voter. He now runs United In Purpose, a nonprofit startup company that uses data mining to identify unregistered Christians.

    The company persuaded wealthy Silicon Valley conservatives to help fund the creation of a database of as many adults in the U.S. as they can find. So far, UIP has added 180 million.

    The company buys lists to build a profile of each citizen, and then assigns points for certain characteristics. You get points if you’re on an anti-abortion list or a traditional marriage list. You get a point if you regularly attend church or home-school your kids. You get points if you like NASCAR or fishing.

    “If [your score] totaled over 600 points, then we realized you were very serious about your faith,” Dallas says. “Then we run that person against the voter registration database. … If they were not registered, that became one of the key people we were going to target to go after.”

    Dallas hopes UIP will register 5 million conservative Christians in the next year — a number he believes could help decide the 2012 presidential race. He points out that in 2008, key states such as Florida, North Carolina and Missouri were won by very small margins — much smaller than the number of unregistered Christians in those states.

    To that end, United In Purpose is working with volunteers from organizations such as the Family Research Council to make calls and knock on doors.

    Data Mining Meets Old-Fashioned Door-Knocking

    The volunteers are called “champions,” and Scott Spages, an evangelical Christian and political activist in Davie, Fla., was an early adopter. Electing moral leaders, he says, is a “biblical mandate.” So when the Family Research Council came to his church to urge champions to use the new data mining technology, Spages promptly signed up.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/27/147504999/to-get-out-the-vote-evangelicals-try-data-mining

  22. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the daily briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the United Auto Workers members National Community Action Program (CAP) Legislative Conference to discuss the union’s fight for job creation with members of Congress.
    Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washingon, D.C.
    Washington Marriott Wardman Park
    Pooled Press

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    12:45 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet for lunch in the private dining room.
    Private Dining Room
    Closed Press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Defense Secretary Panetta in the Oval Office.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      February 28, 2012

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

      11:30 AM EST
      President Obama delivers remarks at the United Auto Workers members National Community Action Program (CAP) Legislative Conference to discuss the union’s fight for job creation with members of Congress.
      Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washingon, D.C.

      12:30 PM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:00 AM EST
      Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on the Justice Department’s 2013 budget request

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

      10:00 AM EST
      Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on his department’s 2013 budget request

      10:00 AM EST
      Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on the housing crisis

      10:00 AM EST
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the department’s 2013 budget request.

      10:00 AM EST
      EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies on EPA Budget before the House Energy & Commerce Subcmte http://www.c-span.org/Events/EPA-Administrator-Explains-83-Billion-Budget-Request/10737428616/

      11:30 AM EST
      President Obama delivers remarks at the United Auto Workers members National Community Action Program (CAP) Legislative Conference to discuss the union’s fight for job creation with members of Congress.
      Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washingon, D.C.

      12:30 PM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      2:00 PM EST
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

      2:00 PM EST
      Energy Secretary Steven Chu testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on his department’s budget request

      2:30 PM EST
      Contraceptive coverage hearing
      The House Judiciary Committee takes up the controversy over health insurance plans requiring contraceptive coverage, regardless of religious beliefs.

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM EST
      Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on the Justice Department’s 2013 budget request

      9:30 AM EST
      Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Budget Committee on the Pentagon’s 2013 budget request. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Top-Defense-Heads-Outline-525B-DoD-Budget/10737428582/

      10:00 AM EST
      Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on his department’s 2013 budget request http://www.c-span.org/Events/Sec-Salazar-Defends-Interior-Dept-Budget/10737428615/

      10:00 AM EST
      EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies on EPA Budget before the House Energy & Commerce Subcmte

      10:00 AM EST
      Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on the housing crisis

      10:00 AM EST
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the department’s 2013 budget request.

      11:30 AM EST
      President Obama delivers remarks at the United Auto Workers members National Community Action Program (CAP) Legislative Conference to discuss the union’s fight for job creation with members of Congress.
      Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washingon, D.C. http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Addresses-UAW-at-Washington-Convention/10737428612/

      12:30 PM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      2:00 PM EST
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee http://www.c-span.org/Events/Sec-Clinton-Defends-State-Dept-Budget-Proposal/10737428581/

      2:00 PM EST
      Energy Secretary Steven Chu testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on his department’s budget request http://www.c-span.org/Events/Secretary-Chu-Explains-Energy-Department39s-27B-Budget-Request/10737428592/

      2:30 PM EST
      Contraceptive coverage hearing
      The House Judiciary Committee takes up the controversy over health insurance plans requiring contraceptive coverage, regardless of religious beliefs.

  23. CR says:

    President Obama joins UAW members at the union’s National Community Action Program (CAP) Legislative Conference.conference to discuss the union’s fight for job creation with members of Congress.
    Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washingon, D.C.

    • CR says:

      2012 UAW National CAP Conference

      A message from Bob King

      Greetings,

      The Republican landslide that was the 2010 election has taught some hard lessons to all those who must work for a living or get by on a modest retirement income. If nothing else, the vast majority of Americans have now learned what we in the labor movement have known for decades: that the right wing’s only concern is protecting the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the rest of us.

      We only have to look as far back as December of last year when Republicans blocked efforts by President Obama and Democrats in Congress to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance benefits for the millions who are out of work. These are the same lawmakers who vehemently opposed allowing tax cuts for the wealthy to expire or making corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

      Throughout 2011 the right has thwarted our economic recovery and other priorities supported by a majority of Americans. They refuse to fund the president’s national health care plan. They prevented implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. They blocked a robust stimulus package that would create jobs and repair our broken infrastructure. They sounded a false alarm over a deficit they created, and proposed cutting Social Security and Medicare to pay for it.

      he picture is just as bleak at the state level where Republican governors and legislatures have passed or tried to pass all manner of anti-union, anti-middle class bills. These corporate-backed politicians are stripping public workers of their collective bargaining rights, shredding project labor agreements, pushing right-to-work laws and privatizing public services. They have used budget shortfalls as an excuse to raise taxes on seniors and the working poor while cutting programs that feed and shelter children in need.

      People are outraged by what they have witnessed from these extreme politicians and by the personal hardships they’ve experienced at their hands, be it joblessness, home foreclosure or an inability to make ends meet. Last year, that anger finally began to boil over, taking shape in popular uprisings like Occupy Wall Street and an invigorated, more united labor movement.

      This year we have a unique opportunity to harness this collective momentum to re-elect President Obama and send to Congress and state houses across the nation representatives who will stand up for working families. With your help, we will work as never before to turn out the vote of UAW members and nonmembers alike and take back the country for the 99 percent.

      In solidarity,

      Bob King,
      President,
      International Union, UAW

  24. CR says:

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    Young Americans For Obama

    Young Americans are at the foundation of this campaign. In 2008, young people came together to organize and lead a movement for change that helped Barack Obama win a historic election. Now, three years later, even more is at stake. We need to grow faster and fight harder to protect the progress we’ve made and continue to work for more. Young activists will lead the grassroots effort across the country to build this campaign for 2012 from the ground up.

    The 2012 election will depend on us, as a generation of young leaders, to get the word out about the kind of politics we want to see. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for, and we’re greater together.

    Young Americans:

     Home
    Our Movement
    Issues
    Organize
    Gen44

    ——

    The Greater Together Student Summit Tour

    The Greater Together Student Summit Tour will run February 2012 to March 2012. The tour will bring together senior campaign officials, community leaders, student representatives and celebrities to discuss key policy issues impacting young Americans. This tour is a chance for students like you to weigh in on the issues that matter to you, and find out how you can start organizing on your campus to ensure a victory in November 2012.

    Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH – February 28, 2012

    For more information on The Greater Together Student Summit Tour: http://www.barackobama.com/young-americans/student-summit

  25. CR says:

    StartUp America

    STEPPING UP TO BUSINESS

    STEPPING UP TO BUSINESS is a conference targeting small business owners and entrepreneurs that brings together banking, finance, and accounting experts in one place to provide mentoring on how to fund your path to success.

    This event will provide an unprecedented opportunity to learn how to better finance your enterprise. The day-long conference will feature seasoned practitioners, workshops, resource materials, and panel discussions with financial professionals with many years’ experience working with small businesses. Sponsored by StartUp America Partnerships.

    DATES:  Wednesday, February 29,2012
    8:00am – 5:30pm
     
    EVENT WEBSITE: http://www.SBFI.org/Stepping-Up
     
    STREET ADDRESS:  Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland Street. Atlanta, GA
     
    For  more information: http://www.SBFI.org/Stepping-Up

  26. CR says:

    February 27, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1162

    On Monday, February 27, 2012, the President signed into law:

    H.R. 1162 , which conveys and declares certain specified acres (including those within Olympic National Park) in the State of Washington to be held in trust for the benefit of the Quileute Indian Tribe.

  27. CR says:

    Small Manufacturers Driving Job Creation, Economic Growth

    Karen Mills February 27, 2012 03:49 PM EST

    Ed note: This was originally published on Open for Business, the official blog of the SBA

    Made in America is hot. More than 400,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since the start of 2010 and there are currently about 229,000 job openings in the manufacturing sector, according to data from the Labor Department.

    America’s small manufacturers are a critical part of that. According to BLS and Census data, 98 percent of America’s manufacturing firms are small. More than one in three Americans who work in manufacturing, work at a small business.

    Everyone from the President on down has been working very hard to make sure these firms have the tools they need to grow and create jobs.

    For example, in 2010, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act. One of the most important provisions was increasing the limit on SBA loans from $2 million to $5 million. The higher loan limits directly helped nearly 2,500 small businesses – including nearly 450 small manufacturers – with access to over $10.2 billion to help buy new buildings, buy more equipment, and hire more workers.

    We’re building on that momentum by taking even more steps to help small manufacturers.

    For example, a recent study shows that access to a supply chain can help employers increase revenues by more than 250 percent and create 150 percent more jobs. That’s why SBA is working with America’s biggest companies to develop easier access to those critical supply chains.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/27/small-manufacturers-driving-job-creation-economic-growth

  28. CR says:

    Straight Out Of Flint: Girl Boxer Aims For Olympics

    2/27/12 by RADIO DIARIES – NPR

    February 27, 2012
    Sixteen-year-old Claressa Shields has a dream. She’s in London, at the Olympic finals for women’s boxing, when the announcer calls out, “The first woman Olympian at 165 pounds — Claressa Shields!”

    Claressa, a high school student and middleweight boxer from Flint, Mich., is the youngest fighter competing for a place on the U.S. Olympic women’s boxing team.

    Boxing has been an Olympic sport since the ancient Greeks, but this year, for the first time in history, female boxers will step into the ring to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Earlier this month, Claressa joined 23 of the country’s best amateur female boxers at the Olympic team trials in Spokane, Wash., to compete for three spots on the inaugural team.

    Claressa is undefeated — she has a 19-0 record — but in Spokane, at the biggest matches of her life, she faced women almost a decade older and much more experienced. But Claressa Shields has beaten the odds before.

    ‘Proving People Wrong’

    Claressa attributes her start in boxing to her father, Clarence Shields, an amateur underground boxer who was nicknamed “Cannonball” because of his fast, hard punches. Clarence went to prison when Claressa was 2 and didn’t come out until she was 9, but Claressa clearly remembers the stories her father shared from his fighting days.

    When Claressa first asked Clarence if she could box, he told her that boxing was a man’s sport. “That made me so mad,” Claressa recalls. But she wouldn’t give up on the idea, and when she was 11 years old, her father finally brought her to the gym.

    “I’m going to be honest, my first thought was you would get beat up and quit,” her father tells her. But Claressa proved him wrong.

    “I’m still proving people wrong,” she says.

    For the entire and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/27/147500470/straight-out-of-flint-girl-boxer-aims-for-olympics

  29. CR says:

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

  30. CR says:

    Obama to sign order creating trade enforcement unit

    2/28/12 By Doug Palmer | Reuters – 11 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, following through on a promise to beef up enforcement of trade agreements, on Tuesday will sign an executive order creating a new government team to make sure China and others play by the rules, the White House said.

    The move comes as Obama has faced criticism from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over his handling of China and the U.S. trade deficit with the world’s second largest economy has soared to record $295.5 billion in 2011.

    In addition, two new reports on Tuesday raise concerns about state-supported competition from China and call for the United States to take a variety of steps to respond.

    Obama outlined his plan to create a new Interagency Trade Enforcement Unit (ITEC) in his annual State of the Union speech last month to Congress.

    He took particular aim at China, which he accused of lavishing subsidies on its companies and not doing enough to stop counterfeiting of American goods.

    The White House earlier this month proposed spending $26 million dollars to hire 50 to 60 new people to help crack down on unfair foreign trade practices.

    The executive order to be signed on Tuesday directs U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to select a director to lead the new unit, with a deputy director chosen by U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson.

    “The ITEC will be supported by the Departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, Justice, State and the Treasury, as well as the Intelligence Community,” a White House official said.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-sign-order-creating-trade-enforcement-unit-110516704.html

  31. CR says:

    In a GOP America

    February 27, 2012 Posted by Liberal Librarian – ThePeoplesView

    NOT Allowed:

    Gay marriage
    Gays kissing in public
    Freedom of speech & Freedom to peaceful protests
    Homeless people will be forgotten
    Illegal immigrants
    Pro-choice

    This will be SHOVED down your throat:

    Conservative “religious leaders”
    Ten Commandments will replace the Constitution
    President Obama will be replaced by Romney, Santorum,
    but really the Koch brothers will control America

    Volunteer. Give. Vote. Act as if your life depends on it. Because it does.

    For the visual post; http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/in-gop-america.html

    • CR says:

      In a GOP America:

      Weakened laws to protect you or your family, your home, your workplace, your school or your job.
      No taxes paid by the RICH but the poor will still pay taxes
      No research because of a lack of funds
      No advancement in science and technology because of a lack of funds
      No one to fix crumbling roads because of a lack of funds
      Weakened food and drug regulations because of a lack of funds
      Diminished 911 for when you or your pet gets poisoned from inferior food, drugs and unsafe water because of a lack of funds
      Diminished Police, No Firefighters because of a lack of funds
      Diminished military to answer when America gets threatened because of a lack of funds
      No other countries to help America because they have been cut off

  32. CR says:

    Consumer confidence at 1-year high in February

    2/28/12 Reuters – 10 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Consumer confidence scaled a one-year high in February as optimism about the labor market offset concerns over rising gasoline prices, an independent survey showed on Tuesday.

    The Conference Board said its index of consumer attitudes increased to 70.8 this month – the highest reading since February last year – from an upwardly revised 61.5 in January.

    Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the index rising to 63.0 from a previously reported reading of 61.1 in January.

    “Consumers are considerably less pessimistic about current business and labor market conditions than they were in January,” said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, said in a statement.

    “And, despite further increases in gas prices, they are more optimistic about the short-term outlook for the economy, job prospects and their financial situation.”

    Gasoline prices have risen 12.6 percent or 42 cents since the start of the year and were averaging $3.78 a gallon in the week through Monday, according to the Energy Information Agency.

    Rising gasoline prices helped to almost snuff out growth early last year, but economists believe the impact on households this time around could be mitigated somewhat by weak costs for natural gas and a strengthening labor market.

    And consumers are beginning to believe in an improving labor environment, with their assessment of the labor market brightening a notch this month.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/consumer-confidence-1-high-february-150339834.html

  33. CR says:

    Building a 21st Century Government by Cutting Duplication, Fragmentation, and Waste

    Posted by Danny Werfel on February 28, 2012 at 06:05 AM EST

    Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a progress report on the work Congress and the Administration have done over the last year to tackle duplication and fragmentation and take advantage of cost-saving opportunities in the Federal government. In addition, it released a second report suggesting areas for future action. We appreciate GAO’s work in these important areas. Big problems require all of us – the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch– to come together around big solutions.

    We have examined the GAO report, and our analysis of it is here. The key findings are:

    * Nearly 80 percent of the issue areas for which GAO recommended action last year, and more than three-quarters of the recommendations for Executive Branch actions associated with those areas (76 percent) were addressed in some way.

    * Congress addressed less than 40 percent of the GAO recommendations that required congressional action (39 percent) in some way.

    GAO found progress over the last year reducing duplication in areas as diverse as data center consolidation, food safety, interagency contracting, and arms control. It found cost-saving progress in areas as diverse as the management of DOD spare parts, government wide improper payments, strategic sourcing, and electronic filing of tax returns.

    Because the GAO analysis is a snapshot in time that was completed in early February, it is not comprehensive. In 21 areas highlighted by the GAO report – more than one-quarter of the total – significant reforms were proposed in the 2013 Budget that were not taken into account by GAO because its analysis was completed before the Budget’s release. Also, the report does not take into account the President’s call for the reinstatement of consolidation authority, which he announced he would use to take on significant government reforms starting with his proposal to merge six business and trade agencies into one.

    Two things that Congress can do right now to reduce duplication and waste are to pass the proposals in the President’s FY 2013 Budget and to pass the Reforming and Consolidating Government Act the Administration sent to the Hill earlier this year which will set up an expedited process to review government consolidation proposals.

    Yet, the Administration will not wait for congressional action. Where we can, we are taking aggressive action to eliminate overlap and reduce fragmentation administratively across government. We also continue our aggressive efforts to reform and save money in contracting, IT use and procurement, improper payments, administrative overhead, and Federal real estate – all as part of the President’s and Vice President’s Campaign to Cut Waste. These efforts include consolidating 1,200 data centers by the end of 2015 – over 100 of which have already been shuttered and 500 of which will closed by the end of this year. We are also moving fast to cut excess real estate costs across civilian agencies over $3 billion by the end of this year, as we await Congressional action on the President’s legislative proposal to shrink the government’s profusion of excess real estate even more dramatically.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/28/building-21st-century-government-cutting-duplication-fragmentation-and-waste

  34. CR says:

    Are Rich People Unethical?

    2/28/12 By Mikaela Conley | ABC News – 16 hrs ago

    At last, an explanation for Wall Street’s disgrace, Bernard Madoff‘s Ponzi scheme and other high-society crimes and misdemeanors: A new study published in the Proceedings of that National Academy of Sciences found that wealthier people were more apt to behave unethically than those who had less money.

    Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley analyzed a person’s rank in society (measured by wealth, occupational prestige and education) and found that those who were richer were more likely to cheat, lie and break the law than those who were poorer.

    “We found that it is much more prevalent for people in the higher ranks of society to see greed and self-interest … as good pursuits,” said Paul Piff, lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate at Berkeley. “This resonates with a lot of current events these days.”

    In the first of two studies, researchers found that those who drove more expensive cars (an admittedly questionable indicator of economic worth) were more likely to cut off other cars and pedestrians at a busy San Francisco four-way intersection than those who drove older, less-expensive vehicles.

    In other experiments, wealthier study participants were more likely to admit they would behave unethically in a variety of situations and lie during negotiations. In another, researchers found wealthier people were more likely to cheat in an online game to win a $50 prize.

    Greed is a “robust” determinant of unethical behavior, according to the study.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/rich-people-unethical-224915381–abc-news.html

  35. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:30 AM EST
    President Obama delivers remarks at the United Auto Workers members National Community Action Program (CAP) Legislative Conference to discuss the union’s fight for job creation with members of Congress.
    Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washingon, D.C.

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Addresses-UAW-at-Washington-Convention/10737428612/

    • CR says:

      February 28, 2012

      Remarks by the President to UAW Conference

      Washington Marriott Wardman Park
      Washington, D.C.

      11:30 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: How’s it going, UAW? (Applause.) It is good to be with some autoworkers today! (Applause.) All right. Everybody have a seat, get comfortable. Go ahead and get comfortable. I’m going to talk for a little bit. (Applause.)

      First of all, I want to say thank you to one of the finest leaders that we have in labor — Bob King. Give it up for Bob. (Applause.) I want to thank the International Executive Board and all of you for having me here today. It is a great honor. I brought along somebody who is proving to be one of the finest Secretaries of Transportation in our history — Ray LaHood is in the house. Give Ray a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      It is always an honor to spend time with folks who represent the working men and women of America. (Applause.) It’s unions like yours that fought for jobs and opportunity for generations of American workers. It’s unions like yours that helped build the arsenal of democracy that defeated fascism and won World War II. It’s unions like yours that forged the American middle class — that great engine of prosperity, the greatest that the world has ever known.

      So you guys helped to write the American story. And today, you’re busy writing a proud new chapter. You are reminding us that no matter how tough times get, Americans are tougher. (Applause.) No matter how many punches we take, we don’t give up. We get up. We fight back. We move forward. We come out the other side stronger than before. That’s what you’ve shown us. (Applause.) You’re showing us what’s possible in America. So I’m here to tell you one thing today: You make me proud. (Applause.) You make me proud.

      Take a minute and think about what you and the workers and the families that you represent have fought through. A few years ago, nearly one in five autoworkers were handed a pink slip — one in five. Four hundred thousand jobs across this industry vanished the year before I took office. And then as the financial crisis hit with its full force, America faced a hard and once unimaginable reality, that two of the Big 3 automakers — GM and Chrysler — were on the brink of liquidation.

      The heartbeat of American manufacturing was flat-lining and we had to make a choice. With the economy in complete free fall there were no private investors or companies out there willing to take a chance on the auto industry. Nobody was lining up to give you guys loans. Anyone in the financial sector can tell you that.

      So we could have kept giving billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars to automakers without demanding the real changes or accountability in return that were needed — that was one option. But that wouldn’t have solved anything in the long term. Sooner or later we would have run out of money. We could have just kicked the problem down the road. The other option was to do absolutely nothing and let these companies fail. And you will recall there were some politicians who said we should do that.

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: Some even said we should “let Detroit go bankrupt.”

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: You remember that? (Applause.) You know. (Laughter.) Think about what that choice would have meant for this country, if we had turned our backs on you, if America had thrown in the towel, if GM and Chrysler had gone under. The suppliers, the distributors that get their business from these companies, they would have died off. Then even Ford could have gone down as well. Production shut down. Factories shuttered. Once-proud companies chopped up and sold off for scraps. And all of you, the men and women who built these companies with your own hands, would have been hung out to dry.

      More than one million Americans across the country would have lost their jobs in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. In communities across the Midwest, it would have been another Great Depression. And then think about all the people who depend on you. Not just your families, but the schoolteachers, the small business owners, the server in the diner who knows your order, the bartender who’s waiting for you to get off. (Laughter.) That’s right. (Applause.) Their livelihoods were at stake as well.

      And you know what was else at stake? How many of you who’ve worked the assembly line had a father or a grandfather or a mother who worked on that same line? (Applause.) How many of you have sons and daughters who said, you know, Mom, Dad, I’d like to work at the plant, too? (Applause.)

      These jobs are worth more than just a paycheck. They’re a source of pride. They’re a ticket to a middle-class life that make it possible for you to own a home and raise kids and maybe send them — yes — to college. (Applause.) Give you a chance to retire with some dignity and some respect. These companies are worth more than just the cars they build. They’re a symbol of American innovation and know-how. They’re the source of our manufacturing might. If that’s not worth fighting for, what’s worth fighting for? (Applause.)

      So, no, we were not going to take a knee and do nothing. We were not going to give up on your jobs and your families and your communities. So in exchange for help, we demanded responsibility. We said to the auto industry, you’re going to have to truly change, not just pretend like you’re changing. And thanks to outstanding leadership like Bob King, we were able to get labor and management to settle their differences. (Applause.)

      We got the industry to retool and restructure, and everybody involved made sacrifices. Everybody had some skin in the game. And it wasn’t popular. And it wasn’t what I ran for President to do. That wasn’t originally what I thought I was going to be doing as President. (Laughter.) But you know what, I did run to make the tough calls and do the right things — no matter what the politics were. (Applause.)

      And I want you to know, you know why I knew this rescue would succeed?

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: How did you do it? (Laughter.)

      THE PRESIDENT: You want to know? It wasn’t because of anything the government did. It wasn’t just because of anything management did. It was because I believed in you. I placed my bet on the American worker. (Applause.) And I’ll make that bet any day of the week. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/28/remarks-president-uaw-conference

    • CR says:

      “Just a few years ago, nearly one in five autoworkers were handed a pink slip. 400,000 jobs across this industry vanished the year before I took office. ”

      “two of the Big Three – GM and Chrysler – were on the brink of failure.”

      “In fact, some politicians said we should. Some even said we should “let Detroit go bankrupt.”

      “I placed my bet on American workers. And I’d make that same bet again any day of the week. Because three years later, that bet is paying off for America. Three years later, the American auto industry is back.”

      • Kat 4 Obama says:

        Thank you, President Obama!

        And thanks to CR for reporting on the work PBO and his Administration are doing to retore America.

    • CR says:

      Obama_four_more_years_APphoto

      Uniion member at the UAW National Community Action Program Legislative Conference referring to President Obama’s re-elction. 2/28/12 APphoto

  36. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Tuesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  37. CR says:

    gop_con-artists_extraordinar

    GOP Con-Artists

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Good cartoon.

      I just took my walk. I saw many trees. I wondered if Mitt Romney would think they were the right height.

  38. CR says:

    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

  39. CR says:

    Honoring Unsung Heroes

    Uploaded by whitehouse on Feb 28, 2012

    During Black History Month, we pause to salute and reflect on the contributions African Americans have made to the rich fabric that makes up the United States. There are many untold stories that reveal the best of Americans who stepped up when duty called, broke color barriers, or quietly made their communities better one person at a time.

    In tribute, President Obama recently invited six special senior citizens to visit the White House to honor as unsung heroes. These unsung heroes are individuals who strengthen their communities through extraordinary everyday acts of service done with reliability and commitment, but who seldom receive recognition.

    Among those who visited with President Obama were pioneers in the struggle for racial equality, educators who changed their communities through the classroom, and people who believe that a lifetime serving others is a life well spent.

    The honorees were:

    Theodore Peters, one of the first African Americans to enter the U.S. Marines and train at Montford Point, NC, after the corps desegregation and a community leader in his South Side Chicago neighborhood.

    Gladys Reid, a Cleveland, OH, volunteer who feeds the hungry twice a week and volunteers at local hospitals, often caring for patients who are 20 years her junior.

    Velma Lois Jones, the first black classroom teacher elected to serve as president of the Tennessee Education Association and a local leader in the areas of civil rights, politics, community service, and education.

    Columbus Preston Holmes, a former class valedictorian, World War II veteran, postmaster, sports commissioner, Selective Service board member, community leader, and active member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Mound Bayou, MS, since joining the church 84 years ago.

    James “Alley Pat” Patrick, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, radio and television broadcaster, and Atlanta bail bondsman who came to the aid of many jailed activists during the Civil Rights movement, including Martin Luther King Jr.

    Marguirette Levere, a church missionary, volunteer, adviser, and role model to her rural Maryland community — roles she filled while tending to daughter Barbara, who has cerebral palsy and has been severely disabled since her birth 77 years ago. Remarkably, Marguirette doesn’t wear glasses or take any medicines at the age of 106.

  40. CR says:

    Dow closes above 13,000 for first time since [2008] financial crisis

    2/28/12 By Peter Schroeder – TheHill

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Tuesday closed above 13,000 points for the first time since the start of the financial crisis.

    The blue-chip stock index had flirted with clearing that milestone for the last week, climbing above that level several times over the last few days. However, stocks continued to dip towards the end of each day, bringing the Dow back below that threshold by the end of each day’s trading activity.

    But on Tuesday, the Dow finally closed out the day at its highest level since May 2008, ending at 13,005 points or up 0.18 percent.
    The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the NASDAQ index also ended the day in positive territory, up 0.34 percent and 0.69 percent, respectively.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/801-economy/213103-dow-closes-above-13000-for-first-time-since-financial-crisis

  41. CR says:

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    titled: “ A Nation’s Gratitude”
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