Secure Energy Future Blueprint – One Year Report

One year ago, the President put forward a comprehensive plan in the Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future that outlined the Administration’s all-of-the-above approach to American energy – a strategy aimed at reducing our reliance on foreign oil, saving families and businesses money at the pump, and positioning the United States as the global leader in clean energy.

On Monday, the President will receive a new progress report, showcasing the Administration’s historic achievements in each of these areas. The accomplishments in this report, which represent the efforts of six Federal agencies, underscore the Administration’s commitment over the past three years to promoting an all-hands-on-deck, all-of-the-above approach to American energy and building a more secure energy future. Attached please find a copy of The Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future: One-Year Progress Report.

Report Highlights:

• Increasing American Energy Independence
• Expanding Domestic Oil and Gas Production
• Setting Historic New Fuel Economy Standards
• Improving Energy Efficiency in 1 Million Homes
• Doubling Renewable Energy Generation
• Developing Advanced, Alternative Fuels
• Supporting Cutting-Edge Research

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/12/blueprint-secure-energy-future-one-year-progress-report

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

    11:00 AM
    President Obama holds interviews at the White House on Monday with local television stations from Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Des Moines, Orlando, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, and Pittsburgh to discuss his energy agenda

    12:00 PM
    12:45 PM
    Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:50 PM
    President Obama meets in the Roosevelt Room with local elected leaders from the National League of Cities.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    Vice Biden President will attend a campaign event in Washington, DC
    DC, Washington

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

  2. CR says:

    March 12, 2012

    The Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future: One-Year Progress Report

    One year ago, the President put forward a comprehensive plan in the Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future that outlined the Administration’s all-of-the-above approach to American energy – a strategy aimed at reducing our reliance on foreign oil, saving families and businesses money at the pump, and positioning the United States as the global leader in clean energy.

    On Monday, the President will receive a new progress report, showcasing the Administration’s historic achievements in each of these areas. The accomplishments in this report, which represent the efforts of six Federal agencies, underscore the Administration’s commitment over the past three years to promoting an all-hands-on-deck, all-of-the-above approach to American energy and building a more secure energy future. Attached please find a copy of The Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future: One-Year Progress Report.

    Report Highlights:

    • Increasing American Energy Independence
    • Expanding Domestic Oil and Gas Production
    • Setting Historic New Fuel Economy Standards
    • Improving Energy Efficiency in 1 Million Homes
    • Doubling Renewable Energy Generation
    • Developing Advanced, Alternative Fuels
    • Supporting Cutting-Edge Research

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/12/blueprint-secure-energy-future-one-year-progress-report

    • CR says:

      March 12, 2012

      Statement by the President on The Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future: One-Year Progress Report

      The progress report I received today from members of my administration underscores the headway our nation has made towards reducing our reliance on foreign oil, while also expanding American made energy. As the report highlights, we have made progress, with imports of foreign oil decreasing by a million barrels a day in the last year alone. Our focus on increased domestic oil and gas production, currently at an eight year high, combined with the historic fuel economy standards we put in place, means that we will continue to reduce our nation’s vulnerability to the ups and downs of the global oil market. We’ve also made progress in the expansion of clean energy, with renewable energy from sources like wind and solar on track to double, along with the construction of our first advanced biofuel refineries. And yet, despite the gains we’ve made, today’s high gas prices are a painful reminder that there’s much more work to do free ourselves from our dependence on foreign oil and take control of our energy future. And that’s exactly what our administration is committed to doing in the months ahead.

  3. CR says:

    LaHood, Solis to speak at Congressional City Conference

    Febuary 27, 2012 nlc.org

    by Leslie Wollack and Cyndy Liedtke Hogan

    Transportation Secretary Raymond H. “Ray” LaHood and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis have agreed to speak to local officials at NLC’s upcoming Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., during a general session on Monday, March 12.

    LaHood is expected to offer his insights on efforts underway to reauthorize the federal surface transportation program, as well as tools to finance transportation infrastructure. Solis is expected to speak about the Administration’s views on how to accelerate economic growth and reduce unemployment, as well as the Department of Labor’s approach to reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act.

    LaHood will address local officials as Congress continues to wrangle over reauthorization of the nation’s surface transportation programs. The current federal transportation program expires on March 31. The House and Senate are debating very different versions of long-term legislation for the program. (See related story.)

    Solis’ speech will also be timely, as job creation and the unemployment rate are big issues for the nation, the Administration and cities and towns.

    For the entire article: http://www.nlc.org/news-center/nations-cities-weekly/articles/2012/february/lahood-solis-to-speak-at-congressional-city-conference

  4. CR says:

    EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to Speak with KU Students and Faculty on Monday, March 12, at Lawrence, Kansas

    (Kansas City, Kan., March 9, 2012) – U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will travel to Lawrence, Kan., on Monday, March 12, to meet with students and faculty at the University of Kansas to discuss EPA’s work to protect the health of the American people and strengthen our economy by keeping our environment clean.

    WHAT: Speech and Q & A with University of Kansas students and faculty

    WHEN: 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2012

    WHERE: The Commons, Spooner Hall, University of Kansas, 1340 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, Kan. 66045

  5. CR says:

    7 reasons why the job gains could last this time

    7 reasons why the job gains in 2012 could prove more durable than last year’s

    3/11/12 By Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wait — haven’t we seen this movie before?
    Companies are generating waves of jobs, and unemployment is down.

    The same thing happened last year around this time. Then everything faded to black starting with the earthquake in Japan, which struck a year ago Sunday.

    Does a happier ending await the job market this time? Economists seem to think so.

    For reasons ranging from progress on Europe’s debt crisis to a slowly improving housing market to slightly less gridlock in Congress, the economy and the job market appear better able to withstand setbacks than they were in 2011.

    “The internal dynamics of the U.S. economy look pretty good right now,” says Bill Cheney, chief economist at John Hancock Asset Management.

    U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February, the third straight month of 200,000-plus job growth. The unemployment rate remained 8.3 percent, but it was 9 percent as recently as September. By all measures, the job market is strengthening by the month.

    Then again, the numbers can conjure an unsettling sense of déjà vu. Last year, from February through April, the economy added an average 239,000 jobs each month.

    Helping drive that growth was a new Social Security tax cut that put more money in paychecks for 160 million Americans. The tax cut, which has been extended, gives $1,000 a year, or nearly $20 a week, to someone making $50,000. It gives up to $4,272 or roughly $82 a week, to a household with two high-paid workers.

    On top of that, a bond-buying program by the Federal Reserve drove interest rates on mortgages and other consumer loans to historic lows.

    Yet just as things were perking up, a freeze descended on the economy and job market.

    The March 11 earthquake and tsunami cut off supplies from Japanese factories to U.S. and other manufacturers. The Arab Spring protests escalated oil prices. And gasoline prices followed them up, to a painful $3.98 a gallon by mid-May.

    Concerns also flared about Europe’s debt crisis. A clash in Washington over the federal debt limit brought the nation to the verge of default and sapped consumer and business confidence. Europe’s debt crisis panicked investors and further shook confidence.

    From May through August last year, job growth averaged less than 80,000 a month before regaining strength in the fall.
    Economists expect the 2012 sequel to improve on the 2011 original. Here are seven reasons why the job market appears on surer footing this time:

    * COMPANIES CAN’T SQUEEZE MORE OUTPUT FROM WORKERS

    * CONSUMERS ARE STURDIER

    * MORE COMPRMOMISE IN WASHINGTON

    * MORE COMPRMOMISE IN WASHINGTON

    * STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT CUTS SLOWING

    * EUROPE’S THREAT HAS EASED

    * U.S. BANKS LENDING MORE TO BUSINESSES

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/7-reasons-why-job-gains-162344167.html

  6. COS says:

    Hey CR, this is a fantastic thread. I am happy that surrogates are appearing at the different univewrsities reaching out to the young voters.

  7. CR says:

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

  8. CR says:

    What hath Rush wrought?

    Mar 12, 2012 By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    Limbaugh may notice trouble for his industry on the horizon.

    One of the key angles to the recent controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh has to do with advertisers: at last count, 51 sponsors of the Republican’s show have pulled their support, leading to a “dead air” problem in at least one major market.

    As it turns out, though, it’s not just Limbaugh. The larger set of circumstances — the public backlash to the host’s misogyny, social-media activism, advertisers’ reluctance to take sides in a culture war — has affected a broader group of far-right hosts in an unexpected way.

    Premiere Networks is circulating a list of 98 advertisers who want to avoid “environments likely to stir negative sentiments.” The list includes carmakers (Ford, GM, Toyota), insurance companies (Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm) and restaurants (McDonald’s, Subway).

    Premiere Radio syndicates Limbaugh’s show, but the network has heard from these dozens of high-profile advertisers — which, collectively, are worth millions of dollars in ad revenue — each of whom want to avoid sponsorship of content that may be “deemed to be offensive or controversial.” Among the other hosts included on the list are Mark Levin, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity.

    For the entire article: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/12/10651878-what-hath-rush-wrought

  9. CR says:

    11:00 AM EST
    President Obama holds interviews at the White House on Monday with local television stations from Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Des Moines, Orlando, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, and Pittsburgh to discuss his energy agenda

  10. CR says:

    DOJ blocks Texas voter ID law

    3/12/12 11:21 AM EDT POLITICO44

    The AP reports that the Department of Justice’s civil rights division is objecting to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas, saying many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification and that the state has not demonstrated that the law is not discriminatory.

  11. Good morning CR and PPO Family. I was able to read the blogs this weekend but unable to post as I did not know my password and could not get a response to get it reset. Happy to be able to interact again.

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

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

  12. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Monday, CR and all friends!

    >^uu^<

    cat who overslept and needs more coffee before typing anything!

    • CR says:

      Good and HOPEful Monday

      We are all dragging a bit today. Coffee good.

      • Kat 4 Obama says:

        And it’s been raining here since last night…

        Here is something that caught my sleepy eye however: An ABC/WaPo poll claiming that PBO’s approval ratings are down. Deaniac compared the party ID numbers with the last poll they did and found that this time they questioned more Republicans than Democrats. Surprise surprise, the President’s numbers went down. This is attributed, without any evidence, to the price of gasoline. Sloppy work from ABC and the Washington Post!

        http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/03/explaining-dip-obama-approval-rating.html

  13. CR says:

    2:50 PM EST
    President Obama meets in the Roosevelt Room with local elected leaders from the National League of Cities.

  14. CR says:

    7,610/minute_tax_breaks

    By the Numbers: $7,610

    Matt Compton March 12, 2012 05:53 PM EDT

    As gas prices rise, oil companies just watch their profits increase. And yet, they’re still subsidized by Congress to the tune of $4 billion a year.

    That’s about $7,610 every minute.

    To learn more about why gas prices are on the rise and President Obama’s strategy to take control of our energy future and avoid gas spike prices in the future, check out our new infographic.

    Want to know more about President Obama’s blueprint for an America built on homegrown energy? Here’s everything you need to know.

  15. CR says:

    7:00 PM EST
    Vice Biden President will attend a campaign event in Washington, DC
    DC, Washington

  16. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, March 13 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama and the First Lady will welcome Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron, to the White House

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

    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM
    President Obama meets with senior advisers.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:50 AM
    President Obama meets with the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search finalists.
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    Pool Spray

    11:00 AM
    11:10 AM
    The President delivers a statement announcing new efforts to enforce our trade rights with China and level the playing field for America’s businesses and workers
    Rose Garden
    Open Press

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:15 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a mini-Olympics competition in celebration of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

    4:20 PM
    President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron leave the W.H. for Andrews Air Force Base.
    The Ellipse
    Pooled Press

    4:35 PM
    President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron depart for Dayton, Ohio.
    Travel Pool Coverage

    5:00 PM
    5:55 PM
    The President and Prime Minister Cameron arrive Dayton, Ohio
    Wright-Paterson Air Force Base
    Open Press

    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    The President and Prime Minister Cameron attend and NCAA Tournament “First Four” game
    University of Dayton Arena
    Travel Pool Coverage

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron depart Ohio for D.C.
    Wright-Paterson Air Force Base
    Open Press

    10:00 PM
    10:20 PM
    The President and Prime Minister Cameron arrive Joint Base Andrews
    Travel Pool Coverage

    10:35 PM
    President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron arrive back at the White House.
    The Ellipse
    Pooled Press

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      March 13, 2012

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

      10:50 AM EST
      President Obama meets with the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search finalists.

      11:00 AM EST
      Announcement From FEMA and AmeriCorps

      11:10 AM EDT
      President Obama Speaks on announcing New Efforts to Enforce our Trade rights with China
      The White House

      President Obama and the First Lady will welcome Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron, to
      the White House

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

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      President Obama and the First Lady will welcome Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron, to the White House

      9:30 AM EST
      Lawmakers Look into DoD 2013 Budget, Future Military Programs
      The Senate Armed Services Committee will hear from top U.S. Southern and Northern Commanders on the Defense Authorization Request for 2013 and the future of defense programs.

      10:00 AM EST
      Energy Department loan program hearing
      The Senate Energy Committee holds a hearing on the Energy Department’s controversial loan program. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will testify.

      10:30 AM EST
      Cybersecurity Act May Challenge Public’s Right to Know
      The Senate Judiciary Cmte. holds a hearing on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) protections and the Cybersecurity Act.

      11:00 AM EST
      U.S. Senate: Highway & Surface Transportation Programs Bill

      11:10 AM EDT
      President Obama Speaks on announcing New Efforts to Enforce our Trade rights with China
      The White House

      12:00 PM EST
      Student loan interest rate protest
      Congressional Democrats are expected to help deliver tens of thousands of letters calling for a cap on interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans.

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

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      President Obama and the First Lady will welcome Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron, to the White House http://www.c-span.org/Events/British-Prime-Minister-Makes-State-Visit-to-White-House/10737428966/

      9:30 AM EST
      Lawmakers Look into DoD 2013 Budget, Future Military Programs
      The Senate Armed Services Committee will hear from top U.S. Southern and Northern Commanders on the Defense Authorization Request for 2013 and the future of defense programs. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Lawmakers-Look-into-DoD-2013-Budget-Future-Military-Programs/10737428980/

      10:00 AM EST
      Energy Department loan program hearing
      The Senate Energy Committee holds a hearing on the Energy Department’s controversial loan program. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will testify. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Energy-Secretary-Chu-Testifies-on-Loan-Guarantees/10737428978/

      10:30 AM EST
      Cybersecurity Act May Challenge Public’s Right to Know
      The Senate Judiciary Cmte. holds a hearing on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) protections and the Cybersecurity Act. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Cybersecurity-Act-May-Challenge-Publics-Right-to-Know/10737429000/

      11:00 AM EST
      U.S. Senate: Highway & Surface Transportation Programs Bill http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/304882-2

      11:10 AM EDT
      President Obama Speaks on announcing New Efforts to Enforce our Trade rights with China
      The White House http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-to-Brief-on-Trade-Rights-with-China/10737429002/

      12:00 PM EST
      Student loan interest rate protest
      Congressional Democrats are expected to help deliver tens of thousands of letters calling for a cap on interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans.

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

  17. CR says:

    February 02, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of British Prime Minister Cameron

    President Obama and the First Lady will welcome Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron, to the White House for an Official Visit with a State Dinner on March 13-14, 2012. The visit will highlight the fundamental importance of the U.S.-UK special relationship and the depth of the friendship between the American people and the people of the United Kingdom, as well as the strong personal bond that has developed between the two leaders and their families. It will also be an opportunity to recall the valor and sacrifice of the U.S. and British armed forces and their long tradition of standing shoulder-to-shoulder beside each other in defense of our liberties and shared values. The visit will underscore the strength of our economic links, which contribute to millions of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. The Prime Minister’s visit will reciprocate the gracious hospitality shown to the President and Mrs. Obama by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, and the British people during the State Visit that was hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in May 2011.

    During the visit, the President and the Prime Minister are expected to discuss the upcoming NATO and G-8 summits, as well as the broad array of global issues on which the United States and the United Kingdom cooperate closely in order to advance our common values and shared interests, including: Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iran, human rights, and global economic stability and growth. They will also review progress in the implementation of the various initiatives launched during the President’s State Visit to the UK last year.

  18. CR says:

    Obama to meet with science talent search finalists and watch basketball game with British PM

    3/12/12 By Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will meet with high school scientists and welcome the British prime minister to the United States on Tuesday.

    In the morning, Obama will visit with the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search finalists in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The young finalists are in Washington for a nearly weeklong competition for awards and scholarships.

    In the afternoon, Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron will travel aboard Air Force One to Dayton, Ohio, where they will attend a first-round game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the University of Dayton Arena.

    Obama will host a state dinner for Cameron at the White House on Wednesday evening.

  19. CR says:

    Michelle Obama to head up Olympic delegation

    3/13/12 6:28 AM EDT POLITICO444

    Coinciding with the arrival of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Associated Press reports that first lady Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to the summer Olympic Games in the UK:

    The White House says Michelle Obama will lead the official U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

    It has become somewhat of a tradition for first ladies to lead the U.S. delegation. Laura Bush headed the delegation to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, and Hillary Rodham Clinton headed up the delegation at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

    Mrs. Obama on Tuesday will host a mini-Olympic competition with physical activities for D.C.-area children at American University. The competition is part of her Let’s Move! initiative promoting fitness and healthy eating.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Very cool! We can take pride in our great First Lady representing our country to the world.

  20. CR says:

    An Announcement From FEMA and AmeriCorps

    Matt Compton March 13, 2012 07:45 AM EDT

    Later today, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate, and Robert Velasco, the acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, will announce a new partnership between FEMA and CNCS designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to and recover from disasters.

    They’ll be joined by Cecilia Muñoz, the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Walter Maddox, the mayor of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

    You can watch live right here at 11:00 am ET. http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  21. CR says:

    February retail sales rise largest in five months

    3/13/12 Reuters – 1 hr 0 mins ago Lucia Mutikani

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Retail sales recorded their largest gain in five months in February as Americans snapped up motor vehicles and bought a range of goods even as they paid more for gasoline, government data showed on Tuesday.

    Total retail sales increased 1.1 percent, the Commerce Department said, after an upwardly revised 0.6 percent rise in January.

    Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales rising 1.0 percent after a previously reported 0.4 percent gain in January.

    Sales last month were buoyed by a 1.6 percent rise in sales of motor vehicles, reflecting pent-up demand by households and growing confidence in the economy as job creation speeds up.

    A devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused disruptions to auto production last year and left dealers without models that consumers wanted to buy.

    Excluding autos, retail sales advanced 0.9 percent last month, adding to January’s upwardly revised 1.1 percent gain.

    Consumers bought motor vehicles even as they paid more for gasoline at the pump. Gas prices rose 20 cents last month, according to government data.

    Sales at gasoline stations surged 3.3 percent, the biggest gain since March last year, after rising 1.9 percent in January. Excluding autos and gasoline, sales rose 0.6 percent in February after increasing 1.0 percent the prior month. Gasoline accounted for 11.5 percent of retail sales in February.

    Outside autos and gas stations, details of the report were fairly upbeat, suggesting recent solid gains in employment were supporting consumer spending.

    Last month, clothing store receipts jumped 1.8 percent, the largest increase since November 2010, while sales at building materials and garden equipment suppliers advanced 1.4 percent.

    Unseasonably mild weather has boosted the volume of traffic to shopping malls even though retailers have had to offer huge discounts to clear shelves of winter clothing and other merchandise.

    So-called core retail sales, which exclude autos, gasoline and building materials, were up 0.5 percent after advancing 1.0 percent in January.

    Core sales correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of the government’s gross domestic product report.

    Sales at restaurants and bars rose 0.8 percent, while receipts at sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores increased 1.0 percent. Sales of electronics and appliances rose 1.0 percent, while receipts at furniture stores fell 1.2 percent

  22. CR says:

    National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index
    NFIB small-business index up for sixth month

    3/13/12 By Steve Goldstein (MarketWatch)

    WASHINGTON — A small-business optimism index rose in February for the sixth month in a row to the second-highest level since Dec. 2007. The National Federation of Independent Business said its optimism index edged up 0.4 points to 94.3, as owners became slightly more pessimistic about the outlook for business conditions but more optimistic about future sales growth. “The price of gasoline is a wild card, and rising energy costs will weigh heavy on the minds of small firm owners. The economy is holding on to tenuous gains, moving ahead in fits and starts which, hopefully, will result in future positive growth,” said the NFIB’s chief economist, Bill Dunkelberg, in a statement.

  23. CR says:

    March 13, 2012

    Op-Ed by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron: An alliance the world can count on

    Joint Op-Ed by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron

    The following Op-Ed by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom appeared in the Washington Post today. It can be found online HERE.

    An alliance the world can count on
    By Barack Obama and David Cameron

    Seven decades ago, as our forces began to turn the tide of World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill traveled to Washington to coordinate our joint efforts. Our victories on the battlefield proved “what can be achieved by British and Americans working together heart and hand,” he said. “In fact, one might almost feel that if they could keep it up, there is hardly anything they could not do, either in the field of war or in the not less tangled problems of peace.”

    Keep it up we have — not only winning that war for our survival but also building the institutions that undergird international peace and security. The alliance between the United States and Great Britain is a partnership of the heart, bound by the history, traditions and values we share. But what makes our relationship special — a unique and essential asset — is that we join hands across so many endeavors. Put simply, we count on each other and the world counts on our alliance.

    As leading world economies, we are coordinating closely with our G-8 and G-20 partners to put people back to work, sustain the global recovery, stand with our European friends as they resolve their debt crisis and curb the reckless financial practices that have cost our taxpayers dearly. We’re committed to expanding the trade and investment that support millions of jobs in our two countries.

    As the two largest contributors to the international mission in Afghanistan, we’re proud of the progress our troops have made in dismantling al-Qaeda, breaking the Taliban’s momentum and training Afghan forces. But as recent events underscore, this remains a difficult mission. We honor the profound sacrifices of our forces, and in their name we’ll carry on the mission.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/13/op-ed-president-obama-and-prime-minister-cameron-alliance-world-can-coun

    • CR says:

      An alliance the world can count on

      March 12, 2012 By Barack Obama and David Cameron – washingtonpost

      Barack Obama is president of the United States. David Cameron is prime minister of Great Britain.

      Seven decades ago, as our forces began to turn the tide of World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill traveled to Washington to coordinate our joint efforts. Our victories on the battlefield proved “what can be achieved by British and Americans working together heart and hand,” he said. “In fact, one might almost feel that if they could keep it up, there is hardly anything they could not do, either in the field of war or in the not less tangled problems of peace.”

      Keep it up we have — not only winning that war for our survival but also building the institutions that undergird international peace and security. The alliance between the United States and Great Britain is a partnership of the heart, bound by the history, traditions and values we share. But what makes our relationship special — a unique and essential asset — is that we join hands across so many endeavors. Put simply, we count on each other and the world counts on our alliance.

      As leading world economies, we are coordinating closely with our G-8 and G-20 partners to put people back to work, sustain the global recovery, stand with our European friends as they resolve their debt crisis and curb the reckless financial practices that have cost our taxpayers dearly. We’re committed to expanding the trade and investment that support millions of jobs in our two countries.

      For the entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/barack-obama-and-david-cameron-the-us-and-britain-still-enjoy-special-relationship/2012/03/12/gIQABH1G8R_story.html

  24. CR says:

    10:50 AM EST
    President Obama meets with the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search finalists.

    • CR says:

      Remarks and video to follow.

    • CR says:

      Intel Science Talent Search 2012 Finalists

      societyforscience.org/

      The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Alumni of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most distinguished science and math honors, including seven Nobel Prizes and four National Medals of Science. The Intel STS recognizes 300 students and their schools as semifinalists each year – 1,839 applicants in 2012 – to compete for $1.25 million in awards. From that select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, DC in March to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $100,000.

      For the entire article: http://apps.societyforscience.org/sts/71sts/finalists.asp

    • CR says:

      Students Speak: The Power of STEM

      Published on Mar 28, 2013

      Earlier this month, President Obama met with 40 of the Nation’s top scientists and engineers—discoverers of new drug candidates to treat common cancers; inventors of tools to help surgeons in the operating room; developers of complex algorithms that can help robots navigate; and more. All of these innovators were finalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search competition, and all of them are in still in high school.

  25. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:00 AM EST
    Announcement From FEMA and AmeriCorps

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

  26. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Tuesday, CR and all friends!

    Welcome, Prime Minister!

    >^..^<

    It has snowed here again. This always makes me feel Christmassy.

  27. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:10 AM EDT
    The President delivers a statement announcing new efforts to enforce our trade rights with China and level the playing field for America’s businesses and workers

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-to-Brief-on-Trade-Rights-with-China/10737429002/

    • CR says:

      March 13, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Fair Trade

      Rose Garden

      11:35 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. Before I make an announcement about our efforts to stand up for U.S. businesses and U.S. workers, I’d like to say a few words about the situation in Afghanistan.

      Over the weekend, as many of you know, there was a tragic incident in which a number of Afghan civilians were killed. What I’ve made to President Karzai when I spoke to him is that the United States takes this as seriously as if it was our own citizens and our own children who were murdered. We’re heartbroken over the loss of innocent life. The killing of innocent civilians is outrageous and it’s unacceptable. It’s not who we are as a country, and it does not represent our military.

      And for that reason, I’ve directed the Pentagon to make sure that we spare no effort in conducting a full investigation. I can assure the American people and the Afghan people that we will follow the facts wherever they lead us, and we will make sure that anybody who was involved is held fully accountable with the full force of the law.

      Yesterday, I met with General Allen and Ambassador Crocker, who were here in Washington, and I’ve extraordinary confidence in them and in the many Americans who are serving in Afghanistan and who have made extraordinary sacrifices to be there. Today I’ll be meeting with Prime Minister Cameron, who is part of our broad coalition serving in Afghanistan, and we’ll have an opportunity to consult about the way forward as we prepare for the NATO summit in Chicago later this spring.

      So make no mistake, we have a strategy that will allow us to responsibly wind down this war. We’re steadily transitioning to the Afghans who are moving into the lead, and that’s going to allow us to bring our troops home. Already we’re scheduled to remove 23,000 troops by the end of this summer, followed by — following the 10,000 that we withdrew last year. And meanwhile, we will continue the work of devastating al Qaeda’s leadership and denying them a safe haven.

      There’s no question that we face a difficult challenge in Afghanistan, but I am confident that we can continue the work of meeting our objectives, protecting our country and responsibly bringing this war to a close.

      Now, one of the things that I talked about during the State of the Union address was making America more competitive in the global economy. The good news is that we have the best workers and the best businesses in the world. They turn out the best products. And when the playing field is level, they’ll always be able to compete and succeed against every other country on Earth.

      But the key is to make sure that the playing field is level. And frankly, sometimes it’s not. I will always try to work our differences through with other countries. We prefer dialogue. That’s especially true when it comes to key trading partners like China. We’ve got a constructive economic relationship with China, and whenever possible, we are committed to working with them to addressing our concerns. But when it is necessary, I will take action if our workers and our businesses are being subjected to unfair practices.

      Since I took office, we’ve brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration, and these actions are making a difference. For example, we halted an unfair surge in Chinese tires, which has helped put over 1,000 American workers back on the job. But we haven’t stopped there.

      Two weeks ago, I created a Trade Enforcement Unit to aggressively investigate any unfair trade practices taking place anywhere in the world. And as they ramp up their efforts, our competitors should be on notice: You will not get away with skirting the rules. When we can, we will rally support from our allies. And when it makes sense to act on our own, we will.

      I just signed a bill to help American companies that are facing unfair foreign competition. These companies employ tens of thousands of Americans in nearly 40 states. Because of subsidies from foreign governments, some of their foreign competitors are selling products at an artificially low price. That needs to stop.

      This morning, we’re taking an additional step forward. We’re bringing a new trade case against China — and we’re being joined by Japan and some of our European allies. This case involves something called rare earth materials, which are used by American manufacturers to make high-tech products like advanced batteries that power everything from hybrid cars to cell phones.

      We want our companies building those products right here in America. But to do that, American manufacturers need to have access to rare earth materials — which China supplies. Now, if China would simply let the market work on its own, we’d have no objections. But their policies currently are preventing that from happening. And they go against the very rules that China agreed to follow.

      Being able to manufacture advanced batteries and hybrid cars in America is too important for us to stand by and do nothing. We’ve got to take control of our energy future, and we can’t let that energy industry take root in some other country because they were allowed to break the rules. So our administration will bring this case against China today, and we will keep working every single day to give American workers and American businesses a fair shot in the global economy.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/13/remarks-president-fair-trade

      • Kat 4 Obama says:

        Thank you, Mr. President. Not a day goes by that I don’t give thanks this great man is on the job. The challenges that rise up every day are beyond belief. No one could work harder or smarter than he does.

    • CR says:

      March 13, 2012

      Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 4105

      On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, the President signed into law:

      H.R. 4105, which clarifies that the countervailing duty law can be applied to subsidized goods from nonmarket economy countries; and the Department of Commerce can adjust antidumping duties applied to goods from nonmarket economy countries when countervailing duties are applied to the same goods.

  28. CR says:

    Autos restocking lifts January business inventories

    3/13/12 Lucia Mutikani- Reuters – 1 hr 8 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Business inventories rose more than expected in January as auto dealers rebuilt stocks at the fastest pace since July 2010 to meet pent-up demand from households.

    The Commerce Department said on Tuesday inventories increased 0.7 percent to a record $1.57 trillion, after advancing by an upwardly revised 0.6 percent in December.

    Economists polled by Reuters had forecast inventories rising 0.5 percent in January after a previously reported 0.4 percent increase the prior month.

    The rise in inventories in January reflected a 2.6 percent jump in restocking by auto dealers to meet increased demand for motor vehicles from consumers, whose confidence in the economy has been lifted by a strengthening labor market. Auto inventories had increased 0.6 percent in December.

    Inventories are a key component of gross domestic product changes. Restocking by businesses helped to lift fourth-quarter GDP to a 3 percent annual rate, and economists expect the pace of accumulation to slow down this quarter and hold back growth.

    Business sales increased 0.4 percent to a record $1.24 trillion in January, after rising 0.9 percent the prior month.

    At January’s sales pace it will take 1.27 months for businesses to clear shelves, unchanged from December.

  29. Good morning CR, Kat and PPO Family. HOPE you all have a great Tuesday. Sorry I am late. I was lurking early this morning but could not post the candle (computer challenged user).

    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

  30. CR says:

    Unemployment rates fell in 45 states in January

    3/13/12 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 9 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate fell in 45 U.S. states in January, a sign that nearly all of the country is benefiting from an improving economy and job market.

    The Labor Department said Tuesday that only New York state reported a higher unemployment rate in January than the previous month. Unemployment rates were unchanged in four states.

    That’s better than December, when rates fell in 37 states, were unchanged in 10 and rose in three.

    Nationwide, the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent in January from 8.5 percent in the previous month. Employers added 284,000 jobs, the second-highest total in six years.

    Hiring has picked up as the economy has improved. Growth accelerated to a 3 percent annual pace in the final three months of last year. That’s better than the 1.8 percent pace in the third quarter.

    Nevada had the nation’s highest unemployment rate in January, at 12.7 percent, down from 13 percent in the previous month. California and Rhode Island had the next-highest rates, each with 10.9 percent.

    North Dakota reported the lowest jobless rate, at 3.2 percent, followed by Nebraska at 4 percent and South Dakota at 4.2 percent.

    Last month, 37 states reported an increase in total jobs, while 13 states said they lost jobs. The figures are different than the unemployment rates because rates can fall even if a state doesn’t add new jobs. Unemployed workers who give up on their job searches, for example, are no longer counted as unemployed, thereby reducing the rate.

    Here is each state’s unemployment rate in January, compared with the previous month and a year ago.

  31. CR says:

    4:15 PM EST
    First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a mini-Olympics competition in celebration of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

    • CR says:

      March 13, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at Mini-Olympic Games Event

      American University
      Washington, D.C.

      4:57 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Okay, you guys can have a seat. You’ve done well. You’ve done well. Have you guys had fun today?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      MRS. OBAMA: Was this not — very cool. This was very cool, wasn’t it?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      MRS. OBAMA: I mean, let’s say thank you to everyone who helped organize this thing. Let’s give them all a round of applause. (Applause.) It looks like it was so much fun.

      But I want to start, first of all, by thanking Lisa for that very kind introduction. She’s one of my heroes, I love her to death. Don’t we love Lisa?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      MRS. OBAMA: She is so awesome. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I want her autograph.

      MRS. OBAMA: We’re going to get autographs. We’ll get that done. We’ll get that done. But we have to say thank you to a few more people. We have a couple of guests.

      Mrs. Marjorie Susman, and Lady Susan Westmacott are here. They are the ambassadors for our great countries, and they’re visiting us. (Applause.) They’re here somewhere. There they are. There they are.

      And of course, we have to thank all of our wonderful Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have joined us today who helped you guys out. Did you learn something from them?

      AUDIENCE: Yes.

      MRS. OBAMA: All right, focus, because these people have put in some time and made some sacrifices, and they’re great role models to all of you, right?

      And I want to join in in also welcoming our very special guest, Mrs. Samantha Cameron — we already said hello today, but Mrs. Cameron is here. She came here with her husband from the United Kingdom. Her husband is Prime Minister David Cameron. So he’s the Prime Minister there, and they’re here on an official visit.

      And what we hope to do is just remember this special relationship our two countries have. They hosted us a little while ago. We had a wonderful time when the President and I got to visit London last year as guests of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, as well as the Camerons. So we are very pleased that they’re both back here in Washington with us today. So this is a really special day.

      So we are very excited to have her here with us today, and I’m particularly excited that the Camerons are visiting our country this week because, as it turns out, I will be visiting their country this summer. Because today, I’m pleased to announce that I will have the honor of leading the presidential delegation to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer. (Applause.) And let me tell you, I am thrilled to do it. I wasn’t sure whether they were going to let me do it, but I get to do it and I’m very excited. And I know that all of you are looking forward to the Games this summer, aren’t you?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/13/remarks-first-lady-mini-olympic-games-event

    • CR says:

      Michelle Obama will lead U.S. delegation to 2012 Summer Olympic games

      She will follow in the sporting footsteps of previous first ladies for London games

      3/13/12 Michael Inbar – today

      Michelle Obama has been tapped to lead the American delegation into the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London.

      The first lady will head up the U.S. group of athletes and dignitaries traveling to London for the games, which will be broadcast on NBC from July 27-August 12.

      Tuesday, Mrs. Obama is kicking off the sporting celebration with a “mini-Olympics” at American University, where she will host British first lady Samantha Cameron, who is in the U.S. with her husband, Prime Minister David Cameron, on a two-day diplomatic trip. Washington D.C.-area children will take part in the event, which promotes the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.

      The kids’ competition also serves as an opening hurrah for the Summer Games, which will see Mrs. Obama greeting Mrs. Cameron again. She follows in the footsteps of previous first ladies, including Laura Bush, who led the U.S. team at the 2006 Winter Olympics, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who headed the U.S. group at the 1994 Winter Olympics.

  32. Kat 4 Obama says:

    OT, but I’d like to say how impressed I am by Janet Dewart Bell, widow of the late Prof. Derrick Bell. What grace and poise and pure class. What a contrast to the sorry people maligning her husband and the President.

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/03/derrick_bells_widow_speaks_about_outrage_against_h.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  33. CR says:

    Rise in retail sales points to healthy consumer

    3/13/12 By Lucia Mutikani | Reuters – 42 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. retail sales posted their largest gain in five months in February, with Americans feeling confident enough to buy more cars and other goods even as they paid more for gasoline.

    In the latest sign of improvement in the U.S. economy’s prolonged recovery from the 2007-2009 recession, sales rose 1.1 percent last month, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday, after a 0.6 percent increase in January.

    The sales gains were broad-based and numbers for previous months were revised higher, suggesting rising employment was cushioning consumers from a steep run-up in gasoline prices.
    “It signals that the improving economic fundamentals, particularly strong employment growth, are being translated into higher spending activity,” said Millan Mulraine, senior macro strategist at TD Securities in New York.

    “This building momentum is especially encouraging for the recovery as it suggests that the self-reinforcing positive dynamics between jobs growth and spending activity could foster a more robust economic recovery in the coming months.”

    The data helped lift U.S. stocks, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index touching its highest intraday level since June 2008. U.S. Treasury debt prices tumbled, while the dollar reached an 11-month high against the yen.

    Federal Reserve officials, at the end of a one-day meeting on monetary policy, acknowledged the recent improvement in economic data, but restated their concerns that the unemployment rate remained too high at 8.3 percent.

    The U.S. central bank offered no clues on whether it would undertake another round of bond purchase to further drive down interest rates and support the economy.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/february-retail-sales-rise-largest-five-months-123250877.html

  34. CR says:

    March 13, 2012

    Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Iran

    NOTICE

    - – - – - – -

    CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO IRAN

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 12957

    On March 15, 1995, by Executive Order 12957, the President declared a national emergency with respect to Iran, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of Iran. On May 6, 1995, the President issued Executive Order 12959, imposing more comprehensive sanctions to further respond to this threat; on August 19, 1997, the President issued Executive Order 13059, consolidating and clarifying the previous orders; and I issued Executive Order 13553 of September 28, 2010, Executive Order 13574 of May 23, 2011, Executive Order 13590 of November 20, 2011, and Executive Order 13599 of February 5, 2012, to take additional steps pursuant to this national emergency.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/13/notice-continuation-national-emergency-respect-iran

    • CR says:

      March 13, 2012

      Message — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Iran

      TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

      TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

      AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

      March 13, 2012

      Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

      Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent the enclosed notice to the Federal Register for publication stating that the national emergency with respect to Iran that was declared on March 15, 1995, is to continue in effect beyond March 15, 2012.

      For the entire article;http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/13/message-continuation-national-emergency-respect-iran

  35. CR says:

    Citing Shared Values, AFL-CIO Unions Vote to Endorse Obama for Second Term

    3/13/2012Mike Hall – aflcio.org

    While President Obama has placed his faith in America’s working men and women to lead our country to economic recovery, Republican presidential candidates have pledged their loyalty to Wall Street and the 1%. Today the AFL-CIO General Board “voted proudly and enthusiastically” to endorse Obama for a second term.

    Says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a statement:

    With our endorsement today, we affirm our faith in him—and pledge to work with him through the election and his second term to restore fairness, security and shared prosperity.

    Trumka says the union movement agrees with the Republican hopefuls who say this election is about “values”—but there is quite a contrast between Obama’s values and those of his challengers.

    President Obama honors the values of hard work, of mutual respect and of solving problems together—not every person for himself or herself. He believes that together we will get through the most challenging economic crisis in memory and restore opportunity for all. Each of the Republican presidential candidates, on the other hand, has pledged to uphold the special privileges of Wall Street and the 1%—privileges that have produced historic economic inequality and drowned out the voices of working people in America.

    When Obama took office, says Trumka, the nation was on the brink of a second Great Depression and, over strenuous Republican opposition, he pressed Congress to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which saved or created 3.6 million jobs.

    With the Affordable Care Act, which all Republican presidential candidates have vowed to overturn, Obama “set the nation on a path toward health security that had eluded our country for nearly 100 years.”

    Trumka also says Obama’s push for Wall Street reform—passed, over the objection of almost every Republican:

    Is now beginning to reverse decades of financial deregulation that put our entire economy at risk.

    Click here for a detailed list of Obama’s accomplishments since he took office.

    While the union movement “has sometimes differed with the president and often pushed his administration to do more and do it faster,” says Trumka, “we have never doubted his commitment to working families.”

    He has worked hard to create good jobs; he has made the revival of the manufacturing sector a hallmark of his jobs agenda; he has moved aggressively to protect workers’ rights, pay and health and safety on the job; he has worked for a fair resolution of the housing crisis; and he put his confidence and administration unequivocally behind the workers and companies in the American auto industry—a move that saved hundreds of thousands of jobs and is helping to revive the economy now and for the future.

    Calling the labor movement “the original social network—a working class social network,” Trumka says AFL-CIO unions will mobilize working people to come together to organize our neighborhoods door to door, powered by cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned energy.

    We will be running an independent program rooted not in parties or candidates but in helping working people build power, making informed decisions about which candidates at every level to work for based on records and issues.

  36. CR says:

    6:30 PM TEST
    The President and Prime Minister Cameron attend and NCAA Tournament “First Four” game
    University of Dayton Arena
    Travel Pool Coverage

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