2012 International Summit on the Teaching Profession

2012 International Summit on the Teaching Profession
U.S. Department of Education to host education leaders from around the world
Second ever summit will focus on innovative practices for teacher preparation and school leader development
March 14-15, 2012 New York City
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OCTOBER 24, 2011 ed.gov

The U.S. Department of Education, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), the global federation of teacher unions, will again join U.S.-based education partners – the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Asia Society, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Education Association (NEA), and public broadcaster WNET –to hold the second ever International Summit “Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders” on the Teaching Profession in New York City from March 14-15, 2012.

“Collaboration, dialogue and learning from others are key to improving our nation’s education system,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “I look forward to reconvening with leaders of high-performing and rapidly improving education systems to deepen our discussion on how to effectively prepare teachers and develop school leaders – two essential components in providing students with a high-quality education.”

For the entire article: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-host-education-leaders-around-world-2012-international-s

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, March 14 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

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    President Obama, First Lady Michelle, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden welcomes British Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron to the White House

    10:00 AM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron.

    10:35 AM
    President Obama holds an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron and Official U.S. and Official U.K. Delegations; Biden also attends.

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    President Obama & British Prime Minister Cameron hold a joint press conference

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    Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of State Clinton host a lunch in honor of Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron at the State Department.

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Prime Minister Cameron and Mrs. Cameron.

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take official photo with Prime Minister Cameron and Mrs. Cameron.

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle attend the State Dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron; Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden also attend

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle attend the State Dinner Reception for British Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron

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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      March 14 , 2012

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      National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
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      9:00 AM EDT
      President Obama welcomes British 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

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      President Obama & British Prime Minister Cameron hold a joint press conference

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      Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of State Clinton host a lunch in honor of Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron at the State Department.
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      President Obama welcomes British Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron, to the White House

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      Energy development hearing
      A Senate appropriations subcommittee holds a hearing on federal onshore and offshore energy development programs in the Interior Department.

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      Senate Foreign Relations Committee: The Situation in Sudan & South Sudan
      Actor/activist George Clooney testifies

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      Homeless veterans hearing
      The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing on efforts to reduce the number of homeless veterans in the United States.

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      Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver remarks at the funeral for Rep. Donald Payne, who died last week at age 77.

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      President Obama welcomes British 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-Official-Visit-to-White-House/10737428966/

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      Senate Foreign Relations Committee: The Situation in Sudan & South Sudan
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      Homeless veterans hearing
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  2. CR says:

    U.S. Department of Education to Host Education Leaders from Around the World for the 2012 International Summit on the Teaching Profession
    Second ever summit will focus on innovative practices for teacher preparation and school leader development

    OCTOBER 24, 2011 ed.gov

    The U.S. Department of Education, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), the global federation of teacher unions, will again join U.S.-based education partners – the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Asia Society, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Education Association (NEA), and public broadcaster WNET –to hold the second ever International Summit “Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders” on the Teaching Profession in New York City from March 14-15, 2012.

    “Collaboration, dialogue and learning from others are key to improving our nation’s education system,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “I look forward to reconvening with leaders of high-performing and rapidly improving education systems to deepen our discussion on how to effectively prepare teachers and develop school leaders – two essential components in providing students with a high-quality education.”

    For the entire article: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-host-education-leaders-around-world-2012-international-s

    • CR says:

      2012 International Summit on the Teaching Profession
      March 14-15, 2012 New York City

      The U.S. Department of Education, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), the global federation of teacher unions, will join U.S.-based education partners—the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Council of Chief State School Officers(CCSSO), National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), Asia Society, and public broadcaster WNET—to hold the second International Summit on the Teaching Profession: Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders.

      Education is recognized around the globe as a driver of economic growth and social change, and it is high-quality teaching that enables students to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st century. At the 2012 Summit, participants will examine how to improve teacher preparation and the development of school leaders to better address the needs and expectations of today’s and tomorrow’s learning environments. This year’s theme, Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders, was chosen based on feedback from many of last year’s participants and will build upon the conversation that was started in 2011.

      For the entire article: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/internationaled/teaching-summit-2012.html

    • CR says:

      World-Class Teachers and School Leaders
      Secretary Duncan’s Opening Remarks at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession

      MARCH 14, 2012 ed.gov

      Thank you and welcome back to New York! We are delighted to co-host the second International Summit on the Teaching Profession with our outstanding partners and fellow participants.

      We are thrilled to have such an extraordinary and unprecedented array of education ministers, union leaders, great teachers, school leaders, top researchers, and multinational leaders here today. We are eager to learn from the experiences of high-performing and rapidly-improving countries and regions about both their successes and their shared educational challenges.

      I want to especially thank the conveners of the summit, which include OECD and Education International, in addition to our U.S. Department of Education.

      Here in the U.S., our sponsoring partners include our two teachers’ union organizations, the NEA and the AFT, and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Our sponsors also include the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Asia Society, and our local public television station, WNET. Our sponsors have been great partners in reform.

      Before we start, I want to say that our hearts are breaking today for our Belgium colleagues and friends after last night’s tragic school bus crash in which so many children and teachers lost their lives and were injured. Know that you are very much in our thoughts today.

      Turning to this year’s Summit, I’m pleased to report that last year’s Summit, and the lessons learned from the practices of high-performing systems, has already had a big impact on our thinking in the United States.

      We come to this work with real humility, coupled with a tremendous sense of urgency. The truth is that the U.S. has a great deal to learn from countries that are out-educating us. Today I want to give a brief progress report on the evolution of U.S. policy since last year’s summit.

      For U.S. leaders, the message of last year’s summit was plain. High-performing countries provide more professional autonomy and accountability, more collaboration, and more high-quality preparation and professional development for teachers than we do in the U.S.

      They do a better job of recruiting talented teachers and school leaders. And they do a better job of preparing, supporting, and retaining them in the classroom. As my good friend Randi Weingarten has said, other nations not only out-educate us, they out-prepare and out-respect us as well.

      For the entire article: http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/world-class-teachers-and-school-leaders

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      GOP senators block bill to put teachers, first responders back to work

      Posted by Elizabeth Chan on Friday, October 21, 2011

      Last night, Republican Senators stood unanimously to block the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act, a stand-alone piece of President Obama’s jobs bill that would put Americans back on the job teaching our children and keeping our communities safe.

      The GOP is putting politics ahead of country yet again. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz responded to this disappointing vote:

      “What will it take for Republicans to get serious about working with the President to create jobs and get our economy back on track? The American people have made it clear that they want Congress to act now. We can’t wait. Leading economists from across the political spectrum have said the American Jobs Act will create as many as 1.9 million jobs and prevent another recession—and they have warned that the Senate GOP’s alternative jobs proposal will do nothing to create jobs now and could actually do serious harm to the economy.

      “Our country can’t afford to keep waiting. America’s teachers and first responders continue to face uncertain futures as they do the work from which every American benefits. Middle-class families continue to struggle to make ends meet—this Senate bill and the American Jobs Act would help them get ahead. It’s time for Republicans to do the job they were elected to do and work with the President to create jobs and restore our economic security.”

      Tell your Republican senators that putting America back to work is more important than winning elections. Ask them to support the President’s American Jobs Act by calling or tweeting.

      • CR says:

        Romney calls for fewer cops, firefighters, and teachers

        Jun 8, 2012 4:12 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

        The rules of the political discourse apparently dictate that the story that matters today is President Obama saying the private sector is “fine” relative to the public sector is The Scandal That Matters. It’s a dumb story, and reporters obsessing over seem to realize it’s a dumb story, but the train has apparently left the station.

        If anyone’s looking for more meaningful quotes from presidential candidates, Mitt Romney’s line today on public-sector jobs is arguably one of the more important things the Republican has said in a very long time.

        For those who can’t watch clips online, Romney said of Obama:

        “[Obama] wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

        Let’s be clear about this: Romney is rejecting the idea of saving the jobs of cops, firefighters, and teachers. He sees this as an applause line. The Republican nominee for president believes we can “help the American people” by laying off, not just public-sector workers in general, but specifically cops, firefighters, and teachers.

        As Greg Sargent explained, Romney “has singlehandedly reframed the debate from one over despised government bureaucrats to one over whether we should hire more cops, firefighters and teachers to get the economy going.”

        Here’s a radical idea I’ll just throw out there: maybe during the race for the White House, candidates and media professionals can spend a little time on this. I mean, honestly, isn’t this one of the more important positions Romney has taken all year?

        For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/08/12128010-romney-calls-for-fewer-cops-firefighters-and-teachers?lite

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        Romney Economics: Fewer Teachers, Fewer Firefighters, Fewer Police Officers

        Published on Jun 9, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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        Yesterday Mitt Romney said of President Obama, “…he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

      • CR says:

        Romney camp doubles down on pro-layoffs agenda

        Jun 11, 2012 2:05 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

        On Friday, Mitt Romney argued policymakers can “help the American people” by laying off, not just public-sector workers in general, but specifically school teachers, police officers, and firefighters. The call for more public-sector austerity was immediately welcomed by President Obama’s re-election team.

        Any chance the Romney camp might walk this back? Apparently not — former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R), a leading Romney surrogate, talked to MSNBC’s Chris Jansing this morning, doubling down on the pro-layoffs line. Sununu said “people ought to stop jumping on it as a gaffe” — he’s right; this was a policy position, not a gaffe — but added that Romney’s position is “wise.”

        For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/11/12168521-romney-camp-doubles-down-on-pro-layoffs-agenda?lite

      • CR says:

        GOP WRONG WAY

        The Root of Romney’s Comfort with Lying

        Published on Jun 14, 2012 by TheBigPictureRT

        Psychiatrist DR. Justin Frank – The same man who Analyzed Presidents Bush and Obama – has analyzed Mitt Romney – and says Romney is comfortable lying, in part, because of the way he was raised in his Mormon faith. But could the reason why Romney can’t tell the truth be something much more simple – and does it make him unfit to be President.

      • CR says:

        Fewer of Me

        Published on Jun 13, 2012 by DemRapidResponse
        A fire fighter, a policeman and a teacher discuss Mitt Romney’s plan to cut their jobs

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        I’m a firefighter.
        I’m a teacher.
        I’m a police officer.

        Mitt Romney says there should fewer of me.

        And me.
        And me.

        He wants to cut taxes for people like himself by cutting jobs like mine.

        And mine.
        And my job too.

        Jobs that support our families, strengthen our communities, and grow our economy.

        He did the same thing in Massachusetts, communities suffered

        Class sizes got larger
        And there were fewer cops on the street

        It didn’t work then
        And it won’t work now

        you know what we really need less of?

        Romney Economics

  3. CR says:

    White House State Dinner

    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

    • CR says:

      Preparing for an Official Visit From the United Kingdom

      Matt Compton March 13, 2012 05:20 PM EDT

      Outside the White House, the Union Jack is flying alongside the flags of the United States and the District of Columbia on street lamps down Pennsylvania Avenue — in preparation for a visit from British Prime Minister David Cameron.

      Tonight, President Obama and the Prime Minister will travel to Dayton, Ohio — where they’ll take in an NCAA tournament game together. Tomorrow, the White House will host the arrival ceremony for the official visit. Later that night, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome the Prime Minister and his wife, Samantha Cameron, at a state dinner. In between, the day will be packed with events and policy meetings.

      The United States has long had a special relationship with the United Kingdom — as historian David Reynolds details on the Prime Minister’s website.

      But nowhere is that today more evident than in Afghanistan.

      The United States and the United Kingdom are the two largest contributors to the international mission in Afghanistan. Together, our troops have stood side by side in the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban and in the work to support the Afghan government. There are currently thousands of British troops on the ground in the country, many in Helmand Province.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/13/preparing-official-visit-united-kingdom

  4. CR says:

    Unemployment rates fell in 45 states in January

    3/13/12 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press

    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.

  5. CR says:

    Stocks record biggest gains of year; Dow up 218

    3/13/12 By MATTHEW CRAFT | Associated Press – 55 mins ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bank stocks turbocharged a rally across the financial markets Tuesday, and all three major stock indexes posted their biggest gains of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 218 points and closed at its highest level since the end of 2007.

    The Nasdaq composite closed above 3,000 for the first time since December 2000, when dot-com stocks were collapsing.

    There was already plenty of good news driving the market higher Tuesday — the strongest retail sales gain since September and an encouraging assessment of the economy from the Federal Reserve.

    Then the market soared in the final hour after JPMorgan Chase, the country’s largest bank by assets, announced that it plans to buy back as much as $15 billion of its stock and raise its quarterly dividend by a nickel to 30 cents per share.

    “That’s what really made the day,” said Jeffrey Kleintop, chief market strategist at LPL Financial.

    JPMorgan Chase stock gained 7 percent, and other banks followed. Citigroup and Goldman Sachs gained 6 percent. Banks were easily the best-performing stocks in the market, gaining almost 4 percent as a group.

    The announcement came just before the Fed made a surprise announcement of the results of its annual stress test for banks. JPMorgan Chase and 14 other financial institutions passed. Four, including Citigroup, failed.

    The Fed had planned to release the results on Thursday afternoon. But it moved up the announcement after JPMorgan declared its dividend increase. The bank said it had the Fed’s blessing to raise the dividend.

    Citigroup stock was down 4 percent in after-hours trading following the Fed announcement.

    The Dow finished at 13,177.68, its highest close since the last day of 2007. The close put the Dow within 1,000 points of its all-time record, 14,164.53, set less than three months earlier.

    All 30 stocks in the Dow closed higher.

    The Nasdaq composite index rose 56.22 points, or 1.9 percent, to 3,039.88. The last time the Nasdaq closed above 3,000, it was on its way down fast. The index peaked above 5,000 in March 2000 and bottomed just above 1,100 two and a half years later.

    Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank, said the key difference between the Nasdaq then and now is that the technology companies that dominate the index only promised profits 12 years ago.

    Today those profits are real, and massive. The Nasdaq’s largest companies are Apple, Microsoft and Google.

    “The Nasdaq hasn’t done much of anything for 12 years, but it’s had a huge rally in earnings,” Ablin said.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed up 24.87 points, or 1.8 percent, at 1,395.96, its highest level since June 5, 2008. The S&P has gained 11 percent since Jan. 1, more than what it posts in an average year.

    Brian Gendreau, market strategist at Cetera Financial, said stocks could still go higher. Investors are paying roughly 13 times the past year’s earnings for the S&P 500 index. The long-term average is closer to 15.

    “Valuations are still very cheap,” he said.

    The dollar rose against the euro and hit an 11-month high against the Japanese yen after the Federal Reserve assessment. The euro fell to $1.3073 late Tuesday from $1.3150 late Monday. The dollar soared to 83.08 yen from 82.26 late Monday.

    The retail sales report showed a gain of 1.1 percent last month. Some of it reflected higher gas prices, but Americans also spent more on cars, clothes and appliances.

    Department stores had their biggest gains in more than a year. The government also revised its estimates higher for December and January.

    A reading of confidence among small business owners also rose in February for the sixth month in a row. The National Federation of Independent Business optimism index reached its highest level in a year, helped by an increase in expected sales.

    The rally gained strength in the afternoon when the Federal Reserve said it saw signs of an improving economy and expected the unemployment rate to keep falling. The Fed also said strains in the global financial markets have eased.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/j8Y1u

  6. Kat 4 Obama says:

    I really like this thread topic, CR — cannot overstress the importance of teacher education, especially as new industries and technologies demand new skills of students.

    • CR says:

      Yes you are correct Kat.

      President Obama understands that it is essential that Americans have the education that will lead to jobs of the future.

  7. CR says:

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

  8. CR says:

    Next Up…

    8:30 AM EDT
    National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
    Agencies from across the government are collaborating on an event at the White House to highlight issues related to National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and violence against women.
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 14, 2012

      The White House commemorates National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with a multi-agency event to discuss the intersection of HIV/AIDS, violence against women, and gender related health disparities, and the way these issues affect women’s lives both domestically and globally. March 14, 2012.

  9. CR says:

    Next Up…

    9:00 AM EDT
    President Obama, First Lady Michelle, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden welcomes British Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron
    White House

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/British-Prime-Minister-Makes-Official-Visit-to-White-House/10737428966/

    • CR says:

      March 14, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom at Arrival Ceremony

      South Lawn

      9:33 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everyone.

      AUDIENCE: Good morning!

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: The storied relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is steeped in tradition. And last night, as President, I shared with the Prime Minister a uniquely American tradition of bracketology. (Laughter.) March Madness. He’s learned to appreciate one of our great national pastimes. His team has told me he has decided to install a hoop at 10 Downing Street. (Laughter.)

      Today, we carry on another tradition — an official visit for one of our closest friends and our dearest allies. Prime Minister Cameron, Mrs. Cameron, members of the British delegation — on behalf of the American people, it is my great honor to welcome you to the United States. (Applause.)

      David, Samantha — on behalf of Michelle and myself, we welcome you to the White House. And, Samantha, just let me say that we are delighted that you’ve made America your first official foreign trip. (Applause.)

      It’s now been 200 years since the British came here, to the White House — under somewhat different circumstances. (Laughter.) They made quite an impression. (Laughter.) They really lit up the place. (Laughter.) But we moved on. (Laughter.) And today, like so many Presidents and Prime Ministers before us, we meet to reaffirm one of the greatest alliances the world has ever known.

      This visit is also an opportunity to reciprocate the extraordinary and gracious hospitality shown to us by
      Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, by David and Samantha, and by the British people during our visit to London last year. And we are proud that this visit comes as Her Majesty begins her Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 extraordinary years on the British throne. (Applause.)

      It is remarkable to consider: Down the decades we’ve seen nations rise and fall; wars fought and peace defended; a city divided, a wall come down; countries imprisoned behind an Iron Curtain, then liberated. We’ve seen the demise of a Cold War and the rise of new threats; the transition from an Industrial Revolution to an Information Age where new technologies empower our citizens and our adversaries like never before. Our world has been transformed over and over, and it will be again. Yet, through the grand sweep of history, through all its twists and turns, there is one constant — the rock-solid alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom. (Applause.)

      And the reason is simple. We stand together and we work together and we bleed together and we build together, in good times and in bad, because when we do, our nations are more secure, our people are more prosperous, and the world is a safer and better and more just place. Our alliance is essential — it is indispensable — to the security and prosperity that we seek not only for our own citizens, but for people around the world.

      And that is why, as President, I’ve made strengthening this alliance and our alliances around the world one of my highest foreign policy priorities. And because we have, I can stand here today and say with pride and with confidence — and I believe with David’s agreement — that the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is the strongest that it has ever been. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/14/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-cameron-united-kingdom-arriva

  10. CR says:

    Fed upgrades view of US economy – slightly

    3/14/12 By Paul Handley | AFP – 9 hrs ago

    The Federal Reserve slightly upgraded its view of the US economy, saying the jobs market and consumer and business spending had improved since January.

    But it kept its ultra-low interest rate and its liquidity-boosting bond repurchase operations in place, citing the depressed housing sector and the lack of inflationary pressures.

    The outcome of the March meeting of the Fed’s policymaking Federal Open Market Committee was expected, as the central bankers have made clear in recent weeks that the positive signs in the US economy are offset by still-high levels of joblessness, flat incomes and the collapsed housing market.

    The brief post-meeting FOMC statement gave no hint as to the Fed’s likely policy direction — further easing monetary conditions or, on the contrary, tightening to beat back inflation pressures — for the rest of 2012.

    Instead, it left in place the rock-bottom 0-0.25 percent interest rate for Fed funds that has been in place for more than three years, and said inflation remains subdued despite the rise in fuel prices.

    “Labor market conditions have improved further; the unemployment rate has declined notably in recent months but remains elevated,” the FOMC said.

    “Strains in global financial markets have eased, though they continue to pose significant downside risks to the economic outlook.”

    The committee said that higher oil prices could drive up inflation temporarily, but not enough to push the overall rate higher than what the Fed considers allowable for monetary policy.

    Repeating its January stance, the FOMC said that based on a subdued outlook for inflation and other economic conditions, it expects to keep its interest rate at an “exceptionally low” level “at least through late 2014.”

    The Fed appeared not ready to embrace completely Friday’s February employment report, which took the monthly average for jobs created to a strong 245,000; or other data showing a surge in consumer spending and a slowdown in layoffs.

    But the few positive words on employment were a clear shift from the more downbeat tone of Fed chairman Ben Bernanke’s testimony on the economy to Congress on February 29.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/fed-upgrades-view-us-economy-slightly-035047669.html

  11. CR says:

    10:00 AM EDT
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron.
    The White House

  12. CR says:

    CBO Update Shows Lower Costs for the New Health Care Law

    Jeanne Lambrew March 14, 2012 08:45 AM EDT

    Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released updated cost estimates for some parts of the Affordable Care Act. In this update, CBO projects that net spending on several parts of the health care law are about $50 billion less than it projected last year. That partly reflects CBO’s confirmation of a trend we’ve been following – slower growth in health insurance premiums. CBO said:

    “By 2021, premiums are now estimated to be about 8 percent lower than CBO estimated in March 2011. That change reduces the estimated costs of the coverage provisions of the ACA.”

    This suggests that taxpayers will save $50 billion more, on net, through 2021 and Americans will pay even less for private insurance than CBO previously projected – which is good news.

    It is also important to be clear about what the CBO report does not say.

    The CBO update does not provide new estimates of the entire cost of the Affordable Care Act. That’s because the new report looks at how much the government will spend on discrete elements of the new law, but not how much the government will save due to other parts of the law such as efforts to slow Medicare cost growth and reduce fraud.

    The last time the Congressional Budget Office looked at the whole law was when the House of Representatives tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And that report found that the Affordable Care Act reduces the deficit by over $100 billion in the next ten years and even more in the subsequent decade. Here’s what CBO had to say then:

    “CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2 would increase federal deficits during the decade following the initial 10-year period . . . CBO anticipates that enacting H.R. 2 would probably continue to increase budget deficits relative to those under current law in subsequent decades.”

    Today’s report also does not project major changes in the number of workers who will get coverage through their job. At the time of passage CBO projected a change of 3 million people; last year CBO projected 1 million; this year 4 million – out of the roughly 150 million people get insurance through their job today. Other respected independent analysts have concluded that the number of Americans who get their health insurance at work will not change in a significant way. Here are just two examples:

    The Urban Institute: “Some have argued that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would erode employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) by providing incentives for employers to stop offering coverage. Others have claimed that most businesses would face increased costs as a result of reform. A new study finds that overall ESI coverage under the ACA would not differ significantly from what coverage would be without reform.”

    Thomson Reuters Consulting: “Few employers seem willing to wash their hand of [offering health benefits…Of our clients, none of them have alluded to dropping coverage…We’re not seeing 30 percent. We’re not even seeing five percent. We have not heard that from one client”

    Again, the bottom line is clear: the Affordable Care Act will reduce our deficit, control health care costs, and make health care more affordable.

  13. CR says:

    David Cameron is going to teach me the rules of cricket, Barack Obama jokes

    Barack Obama joked last night that David Cameron would teach him the rules of cricket in return for a trip to a university basketball match in Ohio on the first evening of the Prime Minister’s official visit to America.

    3/14/12By Robert Winnett, Peter Foster and Raf Sanchez in Washington – telegraph.co.uk

    Mr Cameron became the first foreign leader during the Obama presidency to travel on board Air Force One, the official Presidential aircraft, an honour that British officials said was intended as a deliberate “compliment” to the prime minster.

    Mr Cameron is understood to have spent hours swotting up on the finer points of basketball for the university fixture between Mississippi Valley State and Western Kentucky.

    His aides say he has been frantically learning about “bracketology”, an American obsession trying to predict who will win basketball games.

    In a joint interview at half-time, the Prime Minister admitted that he was struggling the follow the quick moving game. “It’s pretty fast and furious. It’s hard to follow sometimes exactly who’s done what wrong,” he said, adding that the President was helping to keep up with action and to fill out his brackets sheet.

    A laughing Mr Obama replied: “He’s going to teach me cricket because I don’t understand what’s going on with that.”

    Mr Cameron also used the nationally televised interview to promote the London Olympics, promising that Britain would be “rolling out the red carpet for the whole world”.

    “Everything is on time and on budget, all the stadia are built and everything’s ready to go. We’re just ready to welcome a lot of people to London,” he said.

    For the entire article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/9142321/David-Cameron-is-going-to-teach-me-the-rules-of-cricket-Barack-Obama-jokes.html

    • CR says:

      Obama attends March Madness game with PM Cameron

      Published on Mar 13, 2012 by CBS

      President Obama provided his own half-time analysis to the Mississippi Valley State University and Western Kentucky University basketball game he attended with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

    • CR says:

      President Obama’s 2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket

      Matt Compton March 14, 2012 10:00 AM EDT

      Yesterday, President Obama took some time to fill out his brackets for the 2012 NCAA men and women’s basketball tournaments, and for the fourth time, ESPN was on hand to share his predictions with the country.

      Last night, he even had the opportunity to watch bit of the early round action in person when he traveled to Dayton, Ohio with British Prime Minister David Cameron to watch Brigham Young University take on Iona and Western Kentucky play Mississippi Valley State.

      The President has the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Kentucky Wildcats, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Mizzou Tigers in the Final Four.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/14/president-obamas-2011-ncaa-tournament-bracket

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      No plane tickets in my budget. I’m looking forward to watching the London Olympics on TV!

  14. CR says:

    An Alliance for Global Development

    Rajiv Shah and Andrew Mitchell March 14, 2012 11:30 AM EDT

    When Prime Minister Cameron meets President Obama in Washington today it will have been ten months since our two countries signed a new Partnership for Global Development. The partnership outlines specific areas where we are focusing our collective efforts, reaffirming our commitment to saving lives and improving human welfare around the world.

    If you needed proof of how much more we can achieve by working together than acting alone, our response to the food crisis in the Horn of Africa demonstrates the transformative impact of our partnership.

    Over the last ten months, USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) leadership and decisive action in the region has helped avert an even larger catastrophe. As heads of our nations’ respective development agencies, we have both visited the Horn of Africa and seen for ourselves the scale of the crisis, which placed more than 13.3 million people in need of emergency assistance. That is roughly the combined population of London and Washington. (Watch this video of Rajiv Shah and Dr. Jill Biden’s visit to the Horn of Africa last year)

    While the drought was regional, the crisis only led to famine in southern Somalia, where a governance failure and lack of access obstructed international relief efforts. This underscores the importance of the recent London Conference on Somalia hosted by Prime Minister Cameron that brought together over 50 countries and international organizations to consider how best to support Somalia not only on development but on issues like piracy, the political process and security. DFID led a parallel set of discussions on preventing future humanitarian crises.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/14/alliance-global-development

    • CR says:

      Peace Corps and VSO: A Partnership on Volunteerism to Promote Global Development

      Aaron S. Williams March 14, 2012 10:30 AM EDT

      In May 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron announced a partnership between two of the world’s leading volunteer organizations, the Peace Corps and VSO. The partnership leverages the resources of both organizations to improve the lives of poor and marginalized people, and to promote the value of volunteering in global development.

      Following the partnership announcement in May, I had the great privilege of signing the Peace Corps-VSO partnership agreement with VSO Chief Executive Marg Mayne at the United Nations headquarters in New York. This landmark event was organized by UN Volunteers as part of the Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers and International Volunteer Day (Dec. 5).

      We are proud that President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron recognize the contributions our volunteers make around the world with local communities. For more than fifty years, Peace Corps and VSO have been the leading U.S. and U.K. organizations fighting global poverty through volunteering. Collectively, we have more than 10,000 international volunteers working in 95 countries and a network of more than 250,000 former volunteers. Each organization works in complementary ways, providing opportunities to work together to enhance our effectiveness in transforming lives across the world.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/14/peace-corps-and-vso-partnership-volunteerism-promote-global-development

  15. CR says:

    Obamas offer grill, aprons, bean bag chairs to Camerons

    3/14/12 By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

    As is official visit tradition, the Obamas gave the Camerons a raft of distinctly American gifts on Wednesday.

    The big-ticket gift is a custom grill, “a one-of-a-kind Braten 1000 Series Grill” from Illinois-based Engelbrecht Grills and Cookers. It’s meant to symbolize “the personal friendship between the President and Mrs. Obama and Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron,” commemorating the barbecue they held for American and British armed service members at 10 Downing Street last May.

    Back in 2009 the Obamas were criticized by some etiquette experts for giving an iPod to Queen Elizabeth II. This time, there was no exchange of technology, even with the new iPad due out on Friday.

    In addition to the grill, the Obamas also gave the Camerons a set of White House chef jackets embroidered with the American and British flags, the Great Seal, and the Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron’s names.

    The first lady gave Mrs. Cameron “an original crystal honey vase with honey collected from the South Lawn of the White House hand-etched with the words ‘White House Honey’ onto the front side of the vase,” as well as chamomile seeds harvested from the White House garden and a candle inspired by the White House.

    Each of the Cameron kids got an American-made bean bag chair adorned with the Presidential Seal and the child’s name.

    More about the grill, from the White House: “An American classic, the wood and charcoal burning grill is customized with American and British friendship flags engraved into the utility shelf and a personalized plaque mounted on the exterior lid. The grill and all its component parts are made in the United States and Engelbrecht Grills and Cookers has been praised for its environmentally friendly practices.”

    When the Obamas visited London last year, they gave the Camerons silver-and-magnolia wood cufflinks. The Camerons’ children got a signed copy of the president’s childrens book (Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters), toy scooters, a Bo jigsaw puzzle and a Bo stuffed animal.

    Bo jigsaw puzzle

    • CR says:

      Prime Minister Cameron has given President Obama and his family a table tennis set

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      That grill is seriously nice, just looking at the standard model on the website. I would love to know what the White House honey tastes like — maybe depends on what flowers the bees are nearest to?

  16. CR says:

    Next Up…

    12:05 PM EDT
    President Obama & British Prime Minister Cameron hold a joint press conference
    The White House

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/British-Prime-Minister-Makes-Official-Visit-to-White-House/10737428966/

    • CR says:

      March 14, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom in a Joint Press Conference

      Rose Garden

      12:27 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everyone. Please have a seat. Again, it is a great honor to welcome my friend and partner, Prime Minister David Cameron, back to the White House for this official visit.

      I know there’s been a lot of focus on last night’s game. Some have asked how it came about. So I want to set the record straight. During my visit to London last year, David arranged for us to play some local students — table tennis. As they would say in Britain, we got thrashed. So when it came to sports on this visit, I thought it would be better if we just watched. That said, I’m still trying to get David to fill out his bracket.

      We’ve just finished up a very good discussion, and it was a reminder of why I value David’s leadership and partnership so much. He appreciates how the alliance between our countries is a foundation — not only for the security and prosperity of our two nations, but for international peace and security as well. David shares my belief that, in a time of rapid change, the leadership of the United States and the United Kingdom is more important than ever. And we share the view that the future we seek is only possible if the rights and responsibilities of nations and people are upheld. And that’s a cause that we advanced today.

      At a time when too many of our people are still out of work, we agree that we’ve got to stay focused on creating the growth and jobs that put our people back to work, even as both our countries make difficult choices to put our fiscal houses in order. Between us, we have the largest investment relationship in the world, and we’ve instructed our teams to continue to explore ways to increase transatlantic trade and investment. And I very much appreciate David’s perspective on the fiscal situation in the eurozone, where both our countries — our economies, our businesses, our banks — are deeply connected.

      We moved on to discuss Afghanistan, where we are the two largest contributors of forces to the international mission and where our forces continue to make extraordinary sacrifices. The tragic events of recent days are a reminder that this continues to be a very difficult mission. And obviously we both have lost a number of extraordinary young men and women in theater. What’s also undeniable, though — and what we can never forget — is that our forces are making very real progress: dismantling al Qaeda; breaking the Taliban’s momentum; and training Afghan forces so that they can take the lead and our troops can come home.

      That transition is already underway, and about half of all Afghans currently live in areas where Afghan security forces are taking responsibility. Today, the Prime Minister and I reaffirmed the transition plan that we agreed to with our coalition partners in Lisbon. Specifically, at the upcoming NATO summit in my hometown of Chicago, we’ll determine the next phase of transition. This includes shifting to a support role next year, in 2013, in advance of Afghans taking full responsibility for security in 2014. We’re going to complete this mission, and we’re going to do it responsibly. And NATO will maintain an enduring commitment so that Afghanistan never again becomes a haven for al Qaeda to attack our countries.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/14/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-cameron-united-kingdom-joint-

  17. Good morning CR, Kat and PPO Family. Work is getting in the way of my participation here. It will be better soon. HOPE you all have a great Wednesday.

    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

  18. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Wednesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  19. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:30 PM EDT
    Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of State Clinton host a lunch in honor of Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron at the State Department.
    U.S. State Department, Washington, DC

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

    • CR says:

      March 14, 2012

      Remarks by Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton and British Prime Minister Cameron at an Official Luncheon

      Remarks by Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at an Official Luncheon Honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron

      Benjamin Franklin Room
      U.S. Department of State

      1:30 P.M. EDT

      SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all very much. Please be seated. Welcome to the State Department. We are thrilled and so pleased to host this luncheon for our very special guests, Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron. It is wonderful to see all of you celebrating spring with us and knowing that our relationship, it’s always spring. It’s always being renewed, it is always durable, it is a cornerstone of both of our nations’ foreign policies, and it has such a great resonance between our two peoples.

      Now I want to recognize our chef today. A native of Birmingham, England -– not Alabama -– (laughter) –- who made herself a home in New York City as the executive chef of a couple of very hip restaurants. One, The Spotted Pig, the other The Breslin. So it’s really a delight to have April Bloomfield with us. She was just talking with the Prime Minister –- (applause) –- it was a very timely introduction because when the Prime Minister and President Obama exchanged gifts, President Obama gave the Prime Minister a barbeque. I mean a real, down-home American barbeque with a smoking compartment and everything else. So April stands ready to help, Prime Minister.

      We joke about the special relationship, but that’s because we’re so comfortable with it. It means such a great deal to us. It is not just because of a wide range of shared interests, but our deeply rooted history and the unbreakable friendship between our countries. Now, of course the President did remind the Prime Minister at the White House ceremony this morning that we are at the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. (Laughter.)

      And I was pleased to tell my counterpart and friend, the Foreign Secretary, and also the Chancellor of the Exchequer, that it was my predecessor in one of my other lives, Dolly Madison, who actually saved the extraordinary portraits of George and Martha Washington. Having received word from her husband, who was truly being a Commander-in-Chief in the field, that unfortunately the British truly were coming. And -– (laughter) -– so she rushed from the White House, taking some treasures with her, leaving behind the meal that she had prepared for her husband and his officers. And the British officers ate the meal before they burned the White House. So -– (laughter) –- we are looking forward, but nevertheless, there are certain memories that are also of significance.

      And how wonderful it is, here we are today and working together in so many important parts of the world: helping to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan; helping to promote successful transitions and democratic reforms in the Arab world. We worked alongside each other to end a dictator’s rule in Libya. We are now focused on helping the people of Syria realize a better future for themselves. We are grateful for the leadership that the Prime Minister and his government have shown on so many issues -– just recently, I was in London for a conference on Somalia that they sponsored. No matter what the issue, we are standing together.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/14/remarks-vice-president-biden-secretary-state-clinton-and-british-prime-m

  20. Kat 4 Obama says:

    I thought that was a really good press conference with PBO and PMC. Watched on C-SPAN.org because of the usual buffering issues with the WH feed.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

  21. CR says:

    March 14, 2012

    Joint Fact Sheet: The U.S.-UK Partnership for Global Development

    In May 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron reaffirmed our mutual commitment to improving the lives of the world’s poorest people through the U.S.-UK Partnership for Global Development. Through the Partnership, we are working together to achieve better results by advancing economic growth; preventing conflict in fragile states; improving global health, particularly for girls and women; strengthening mutual accountability, transparency, and measurement of results; and mitigating the effects of climate change.

    We have followed through on these commitments in multiple ways, through coordinated development cooperation at a country level, joint responses to new and emerging crises, and combined advocacy efforts to strengthen international action.

    * Economic Growth
    * Conflict and Fragility
    * Global Health, Girls and Women
    * Aid Effectiveness
    * Climate Change
    * Looking forward

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/14/joint-fact-sheet-us-uk-partnership-global-development

  22. CR says:

    March 14, 2012

    Joint Fact Sheet: U.S. and UK Counterterrorism Cooperation

    Today, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron reaffirmed their commitment to continue close bilateral cooperation on global counterterrorism issues. For decades, and especially since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. and UK have engaged in unprecedented and unparalleled information-sharing and cooperation to strengthen our joint resolve and effectiveness against terrorist threats. Many of our joint achievements must remain secret, but we can acknowledge that day-to-day interaction by dedicated U.S. and UK professionals has led to many noteworthy successes, particularly against al-Qa’ida, its affiliates and adherents, saving countless lives.

    * Securing the U.S. and UK Homelands
    * Protecting Citizens from across the Globe
    * Safeguarding Global Transit
    * Upholding Standards of Law and Order
    * Denying Terrorists Safe-Haven
    * Confronting Emerging Transnational Threats

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/14/joint-fact-sheet-us-and-uk-counterterrorism-cooperation

  23. CR says:

    piday

    Pi Day

    Five Excellent Ways to Celebrate Pi Day on 3/14
    It’s time to celebrate Pi! And if the very thought of the irrational number is making you hungry for knowledge, you’re not alone.

    Pi Day (3/14) is the unofficial holiday dedicated to pi. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it’s an irrational number, so it can’t be expressed as a simple fraction of two integers. The number starts out with 3.14, but it goes on for infinity!

    This special day is also the perfect time to plan STEM-themed activities for your classroom or with your children at home.

    Here are five excellent ways to celebrate Pi:

    1. Head to your local or school library and check out a book about Pi! These three titles are a good place to start.

    2. Demonstrate Pi in the real world. San Francisco’s Exploratorium has an entire webpage devoted to simple and easy hands-on activities that introduce the concept of Pi using everyday objects.

    3. Make Pi plates. Have students trace the Pi symbol on a piece of construction paper and then cut it out a glue it to a paper plate. Decorate the border of the plate with Pi’s digits.

    4. Write a Pi-ku, a math version of the traditional 5-7-5 syllabic haiku. A Pi-ku of course, follows a 3-1-4 syllabic pattern.

    For example:

    Math is fun
    When
    Mixed with some pie

    And, of course, you could always bake a Pi-themed pie!
    Find more fun Pi facts and resources free.ed.gov.

    Dorothy Amatucci is a new media analyst in the Office of Communications and Outreach

  24. CR says:

    Senate passes highway, transit programs overhaul

    3/14/12 By JOAN LOWY | Associated Press – 8 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Wednesday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway and auto safety.

    The 74-22 vote stepped up pressure for quick action by House because the government’s power to collect about $110 million a day in federal gasoline and diesel taxes, the main source of revenue for highway and transit programs, is set to expire March 31. If a final bill isn’t on the president’s desk by then, Congress would have to approve a temporary extension to avoid a shutdown of the programs, including the furlough of Federal Highway Administration employees and the layoff of construction workers.

    Efforts by House Republican leaders to pass their own, five-year bill without concessions to Democrats have fallen apart in recent weeks. The House returns next week from a weeklong recess.

    “The plan as it stands right now is to let the Senate pass a bill, and take up something that looks like it unless the House coalesces around a better alternative, which we are actively pursuing,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

    The White House praised senators for trying to address these critical national needs and expressed hope the House “will move swiftly” and follow suit.

    The Senate’s measure would spend $109 billion over about two years and preserve or create an estimated 2.8 million jobs. It would increase the amount of money available for states by raising current spending levels to take into account inflation over the past several years.

    That’s still far short of the dollars that two congressional commissions have said are needed to maintain aging highways, bridges and rail systems while expanding the nation’s transportation network to accommodate population growth between now and 2050.

    The measure would reduce the number of federal transportation programs by roughly two-thirds in an effort to eliminate duplication. Senators preserved bicycle, pedestrian, safe routes to schools and rails-to-trails programs, targeted for elimination by Republicans, under a compromise that means they would have to compete with other programs for money.

    For transit commuters, the bill would extend, back to Jan. 1, a tax break that allows the deduction of up to $240 a month tax-free from their paychecks for expenses incurred traveling to work. That had expired at the end of 2011.

    On the safety front, the bill would require stricter federal oversight of the long-distance and tour bus industries through deadlines for buses to have seat belts, stronger roofs, anti-ejection windows and rollover crash avoidance systems. The bus industry carries about 750 million passengers a year, roughly the same as the domestic airline industry.

    Other safety provisions include requiring that automakers provide rear seat-belt reminder systems to get children and other backseat passengers to buckle up, and testing child safety seats in frontal and side impact crashes.

    The bill would let Washington reward states with extra safety money if they require graduated licenses for teenage drivers, permit police to pull over and ticket drivers for seat-belt and booster-seat violations, and mandate that convicted drunken drivers use ignition-lock devices.

    Safety advocates criticized the broad exemptions from federal commercial driver’s licensing, vehicle inspection and other safety requirements for agricultural trucks operating with 150 miles of their farms. Farm lobbies said the rules hinder farmers’ ability to get their products to market.

    States would have greater discretion over how to spend federal aid. But the bill would mean new requirements aimed at preventing waste and ensuring that national goals are met.

    A credit assistance program championed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that helps leverage private investment for transportation projects of national and regional significance would grow by tenfold to $1 billion. In the past, the program has generated as much as $30 in private capital for every $1 in aid.

    One thing the bill would not do is resolve how to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent beyond next year.

    The largest sources of money for the fund, which pays for highway and transit programs, are federal fuel taxes: 18.4 cents a gallon for gasoline and 24.4 cents a gallon for diesel. Revenue from those taxes has declined since the economic downturn in 2008 and because the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks is increasing.

    The bill would pay for highway programs through a combination of fuel taxes, cuts to other federal programs and tax changes, but also would drain the trust fund. Some senators have criticized provisions that are supposed to pay for transportation programs since they would raise about $10 billion over 10 years, but spend it in the first two years

    • CR says:

      March 14, 2012

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the Senate Passage of the Transportation Bill

      Maintaining a world class infrastructure system is critical to creating an economy built to last. Our country needs and deserves a commitment to surface transportation that will create jobs by rebuilding and modernizing our roads and bridges and allows us to compete and grow in the global economy.

      We are pleased that Senators have continued the tradition of working across the aisle to pass a bill that keeps Americans at work maintaining our nation’s vital infrastructure and provides states and localities the certainty they need to plan ahead. We are hopeful that the House will move swiftly and in similarly bipartisan fashion to do the same.

      The Obama Administration will also continue to work with Congress to make additional investments to create jobs right now and to provide longer-term funding to support economic growth and competitiveness for generations to come.

  25. CR says:

    AmeriCorps: Developing the Next Generation of Public Servants

    Posted by Bizunesh Scott on March 14, 2012 at 04:17 PM EDT

    My journey to this moment began almost twenty years ago. I saw a flier in the Black Student Center at Milwaukee Area Technical College promising to make me one of tomorrow’s leaders through an AmeriCorps program, Public Allies. Me? I was a teenage mother stringing together welfare, food stamps, student loans, work-study, and a child-care subsidy. If I failed, I knew, at least, I had tried. Despite these overwhelming challenges, here I am today: an AmeriCorps alumna and Special Assistant to the President of the United States.

    The AmeriCorps program offered me hope in a time of economic and personal struggle. It promised to prepare me for leadership through a full-time nonprofit apprenticeship and rigorous leadership training. The program also provided life support, including much needed medical insurance, child care assistance, a tuition stipend, and a livable wage. Most importantly, the program accepted me based on my future potential, not on my life situation at that time. I had not graduated from college. I was not top of my class in high school. I had not played sports, volunteered, or done any “resume-building” extracurricular activities. All I had, and all I needed, was an inclination and a desire to lead through service.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/14/americorps-developing-next-generation-public-servants

  26. CR says:

    March 14, 2012

    Statement by National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Accident in Switzerland

    The President sends his deepest condolences to the victims and their families of last night’s bus accident in Switzerland. The loss of so many young lives is especially heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Belgian communities of Lommel and Heverlee and all the people of Belgium at this difficult time. As a close friend of both Belgium and Switzerland, the United States stands ready to provide whatever assistance may be helpful.

  27. CR says:

    March 14, 2012

    Remarks by the First Lady at State Dinner Press Preview

    State Dining Room

    1:55 P.M. EDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Well, isn’t this beautiful? Every time I see this — see, I’m getting to see the full effect along with you all. The placements are beautiful.

    Well, welcome. Good afternoon. How’s everybody doing? Welcome to the White House.

    One of the things that I love to do — we’re doing a press preview. And just to be simple, we open up the state dinner to the press so that they get to see what the inside of the tent is going to look like, what the feel of the dinner is going to be, and what the menu is going to taste like, and all of that good stuff. So that’s something that we generally do with the state dinner.

    But over the years, as we’ve invited guests here, we also try to open up these press previews to students and young people, so that you all get a sense of what actually happens at a state dinner — what goes on at that dinner; what’s the purpose of it; what does it feel like. So we have decided — we have made this a wonderful tradition to invite you all here to the press preview to be a part of it. And that’s what we’re doing this afternoon.

    And we have three wonderful groups of young women who are with us today. We’ve got National Cathedral School students who are here. Where are you guys? Right here in D.C. Hello. How are you guys? What years do we have here?

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Juniors and seniors.

    MRS. OBAMA: Juniors and seniors. Excellent. Excellent.

    And we also have the Elizabeth Seton High School students in Maryland. Where are you all? Over there. What years?

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: Twelfth.

    MRS. OBAMA: Twelfth. Going to college? Moving and grooving? You guys are all ready to — college bound as well? Good. Good.

    And then we have some very special guests from the United Kingdom, our young ladies — 12 of them — from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School. And these young ladies are right here with us, and they are 12 wonderful young people. I have developed a terrific relationship with the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School over the years.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/14/remarks-first-lady-state-dinner-press-preview

    • CR says:

      The Obama State Dinner Menu In Honor Of Prime Minister David Cameron: Menu, Decor, Details…

      MARCH 14, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

      The late winter bounty from First Lady Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden will anchor President Obama’s State Dinner in honor of Prime Minister David Cameron and Mrs. Samantha Cameron this evening. The President and Mr. Cameron spent their time at this morning’s Arrival Ceremony focusing on their similarities rather than their differences, and the four-course dinner menu is highly symbolic of the Special Relationship. It is an embroidery on American favorites with nods to British tradition and culinary culture–Crisped Halibut with Potato Crust as the first course, Bison Wellington as the entree, and a Steamed Meyer Lemon Pudding for dessert (above).

      Queen Victoria and a couple of legendary American Presidents are referenced on the menu with the use of a very storied American apple in the dessert. The Newtown Pippin Apples that are used–somewhat hilariously for a President who has spent much time on the subject–are a comment on luxury taxes. It’s also a bit hilarious, given that taxation led to America’s historic break with England. No tea appears on the menu, however.

      The 8:30 PM event for hundreds of guests will be held in a vast white pavilion, complete with glass windows, located on the far end of the South Lawn, in sight of the source of many items on the menu. The decor theme, “America’s Backyard,” spotlights gardening, the subject of the First Lady’s forthcoming book, “American Grown.” Guests will be ferried from the White House to the bottom of the South Lawn in a replica of an old-fashioned wood trolley, that will pass dramatically lit trees.

      For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/03/obama-state-dinner-menu-in-honor-of.html

    • CR says:

      State Dinner Menu in Honor of
      Prime Minister David Cameron
      and Mrs. Samantha Cameron

      First Course
      Crisped Halibut with Potato Crust
      Shaved Brussels Sprouts
      Applewood Smoked Bacon

      Second Course
      Spring Garden Lettuces
      Shallot Dressing, Shaved Breakfast Radish
      Cucumbers and Avocados

      Main Course
      Bison Wellington
      Red Wine Reduction
      French Beans, Cipollini Onion

      Dessert
      Warm Meyer Lemon Steamed Pudding
      with Idaho Huckleberry Sauce and Newtown Pippin Apples

      • CR says:

        WHAT NO PI???? But POTUS LOVES pie!

        • Kat 4 Obama says:

          The pudding is like a pie without crusts. Excellent for dieting! (Therefore I’ll have two, please.)

      • CR says:

        Mayo man who lost job in recession sends gift of brown bread for US president

        3/15/12 IrishTimes

        An Irish construction worker who lost his job in the recession has baked the brown bread that Barack Obama will eat on St Patrick’s Day.
        Taoiseach Enda Kenny is bringing 20 loaves of brown bread baked by Mayo native Simon Stenson to the White House this weekend for the US president and his family.

        “I was out of work for two years, doing nothing,” said Mr Stenson, who was given a voucher by his wife Siobhán for cookery lessons at Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe House in Cork. He then went on a three-week intensive course after getting a credit union loan and decided to set up a small bakery in the kitchen of a pub in Ballyvary, Co Mayo, which his family had operated for generations but had closed down in recent years.

        His Cherry Blossom Bakery moved to a new state-of-the-art premises last month.

        For a photo: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0315/1224313321786.html

    • CR says:

      Behind the Scenes: Preparing The United Kingdom State Dinner

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 14, 2012

      Go Behind the Scenes and inside the White House kitchen hours before the United Kingdom State Dinner with White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, and White House Assistant Pastry Chef Susan Morrison.

  28. CR says:

    Next Up..

    7:00 PM EDT
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome British Prime Minister Cameron and Mrs. Cameron
    The White House

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/British-Prime-Minister-Makes-Official-Visit-to-White-House/10737428966/

    • CR says:

      INEWS – Cameron arrives at White House state dinner 3/14

      Uploaded by INEWSuk on Mar 14, 2012

    • CR says:

      pbo flotus pm_cameron state dinner

      Samantha Cameron, First Lady Michelle Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama

  29. CR says:

    8:30 PM EDT
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle attend the State Dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron; Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden also attend
    The White House

    • CR says:

      March 14, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom in an Exchange of Toasts at State Dinner

      South Grounds Tent

      9:01 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening, everyone. Please have a seat. Welcome to the White House. I was just telling the Prime Minister that, so far, the evening has been successful because I have not stepped on Michelle’s train. (Laughter.) My main goal this evening. Michelle and I could not be more honored that you could join us as we host our great friends — the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, and his remarkable wife, Samantha. You can give them a round of applause — why not? (Applause.)

      As I said this morning, this visit also gives us an opportunity to return the gracious hospitality that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, as well as David and Samantha and all the British people showed us during our visit to London last year. And I know Michelle looks forward to returning. Because, as she announced yesterday, she will be leading the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London. (Applause.) I am jealous. (Laughter.)

      Now, I’m so grateful for all the time that David and I have had together. But as we’ve learned, you can never tell how things will get reported as a consequence of our interactions. When we met two years ago, we exchanged beers from our hometowns. One news story said: “David Cameron and Barack Obama cemented their special relationship — by hitting the bottle.” (Laughter.)

      When we had a barbeque at Downing Street for some of our servicemembers, David and I rolled up our sleeves, threw away the aprons, decided to flip the burgers ourselves. One reporter called it a “brave and foolish move.” (Laughter.) Another expressed amazement at our “surprising competence.” (Laughter.) Michelle and Samantha often remark the same way. (Laughter.)

      And finally, when David and I got beat pretty badly in table tennis by some local London kids, one newspaper asked the head coach of the British Olympic women’s team to critique our performance. Obama, the coach said, “talked a lot.” (Laughter.) David “overhits the ball.” (Laughter.) Both of them — I’m quoting here –“looked a little confused.” (Laughter.)

      But in moments like that, and in all of our interactions — including today — I’ve learned something about David. In good times and in bad, he’s just the kind of partner that you want at your side. I trust him. He says what he does, and he does what he says. And I’ve seen his character. And I’ve seen his commitment to human dignity, during Libya. I’ve seen his resolve, his determination to get the job done, whether it’s righting our economies or succeeding in Afghanistan.

      And I will say something else, David. All of us have seen how you, as a parent, along with Samantha, have shown a measure of strength that few of us will ever know. Tonight, I thank you for bringing that same strength and solidarity to our partnership — even if you do overhit the ball. (Laughter.)

      We are by no means the first President and Prime Minister to celebrate the deep and abiding bonds between our people. There has been no shortage of words uttered about our special relationship. And I was humbled to offer my own last year when I had the opportunity to address Parliament in Westminster Hall.

      So, rather than words, I’d like to leave you tonight with two simple images. They’re from different times and places, decades apart. But they’re moments, I think, that reveal the spirit of our alliance and the character of our countries.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/14/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-cameron-united-kingdom-exchan

  30. CR says:

    9:40 PM EDT
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle attend the State Dinner Reception for British Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and his wife, Samantha Cameron
    The White House

  31. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, March 15 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:55 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks on American energy at Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD
    Open to pre-credentialed media

    11:00 AM
    Vice President Biden Vice President Biden will speak to the auto worker’s union in Toledo, OH
    Open Press

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

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    President Obama meets with Tresury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:10 PM
    President Obama meets with senior advisors.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

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

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      March 15, 2012

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

      10:05 AM EDT
      Presidential Interagency Taskforce Convened Cabinet Secretaries for the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
      The White House and U.S. Department of State are hosting a meeting of the Presidential Interagency Taskforce to discuss Administration initiatives to combat trafficking in persons both at home and abroad.
      The White House

      10:55 AM EDT
      President Obama delivers remarks on American energy at Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD

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

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      10:55 AM EDT
      President Obama delivers remarks on American energy at Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD

      10:00 AM EDT
      Senate Committee Environment and Public Works
      Nuclear Regulatory Commission
      Senator Barbara Boxer

      10:00 AM EDT
      FBI Director Mueller Defends Budget Request

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

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds a briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the current situations in Afghanistan, Iran and Syria.

      2:30 PM EDT
      U.S. housing market outlook hearing
      A Senate housing subcommittee holds a hearing on strengthening the U.S. housing market and minimizing losses to taxpayers.

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:55 AM EDT
      President Obama delivers remarks on American energy at Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Continues-Discussion-on-American-Energy/10737429052/

      10:00 AM EDT
      Senate Committee Environment and Public Works
      Nuclear Regulatory Commission
      Senator Barbara Boxer

      http://www.c-span.org/Events/NRC-Commissioners-Testify-on-Nuclear-Safety-Reforms/10737429037/

      10:00 AM EDT
      FBI Director Mueller Defends Budget Request http://www.c-span.org/Events/FBI-Director-Mueller-Defends-Budget-Request/10737429053/

      11:00 AM EDT
      Vice President Biden Vice President Biden will speak to the auto worker’s union in Toledo, OH http://www.c-span.org/Events/VP-Biden-to-Campaign-for-President-Obamas-Reelection/10737429054/

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

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds a briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the current situations in Afghanistan, Iran and Syria.

      2:30 PM EDT
      U.S. housing market outlook hearing
      A Senate housing subcommittee holds a hearing on strengthening the U.S. housing market and minimizing losses to taxpayers.

  32. CR says:

    Obama To Discuss Energy Policy At Largo Visit

    March 13, 2012 baltimore.cbslocal

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O’Malley says President Barack Obama will visit Largo to discuss energy policy.

    Takirra Winfield, an O’Malley spokeswoman, said Tuesday that O’Malley’s office has been notified of the visit. She says the
    governor’s office is still waiting for more details about the president’s schedule for the event later this week.

    Obama is set to make the speech on Thursday.

  33. CR says:

    good_jobs_green_jobs_reg_conferences

    Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference
    March 15 – 16, 2012
    Los Angeles , CA

    The conference is the nation’s leading forum sharing ideas and strategies to build a green economy that creates good jobs and preserves America’s economic and environmental security. Sponsored by The US Department of Energy.

    How are transit systems and high-speed rail in California creating good jobs and a cleaner environment? How are state-level policies ensuring that clean energy technologies are being manufactured here in the United States? At Good Jobs, Green Jobs West  March 15 and 16 in Los Angeles, CA at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites  we will explore the unique challenges and opportunities to creating good, green jobs in the Southern United States.

    Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference holds the important discussion of how we will build a green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming and preserves America’s environmental and economic security.

    Good Jobs, Green Jobs West in Los Angeles will feature more than 40 workshops covering:

    * Business, Investments and New Markets
    * Clean Energy Manufacturing
    * Emerging Green Sectors
    * Infrastructure and Cleaner, More Efficient Transportation
    * Regional, State and Local Initiatives and Partnerships
    * Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
    * Responsible Investment and Workers Capital
    * Workforce and Economic Development
    * Youth, Education and Green Schools – Building a Clean Energy Movement

    For more information: http://www.greenjobsconference.org/los-angeles

  34. CR says:

    Jobless claims back at four-year lows

    3/15/12 Reuters – 4 minutes 37 seconds ago

    By Lucia Mutikani
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans claiming new jobless benefits fell back to a four-year low last week and manufacturing in the Northeast held up in March, providing more signs the economy was firmly on a self-sustaining growth path.

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 351,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That took claims back to a four-year low reached in February.

    Separately, the New York Federal Reserve said its Empire State general business conditions index rose to 20.21 – highest level since June 2010 – from 19.53 in February.

    “This suggests that the recovery is firmly on track,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    The reports were the latest to imply the economy was holding its own, even though the pace of growth was expected to slow this quarter from the fourth quarter’s 3.0 percent annualized clip.

    Prices for U.S. Treasury debt held losses suffered Wednesday after the claims data, which fell more than economists had expected. The four-week moving average for new claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends, was unchanged at 355,750.

    First-time applications for jobless benefits have been tucked in a tight range since mid-February, a hopeful sign for the labor market, which has enjoyed three straight months of employment gains above 200,000.

    The jobless rate held at a three-year low of 8.3 percent in February. The firming labor market tone was reinforced by the New York Federal Reserve survey showing factories increased employment this month, and the average workweek more than doubled.

    For the entire article: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/jobless-claims-back-four-lows-123407861.html

  35. CR says:

    Next Up….

    10:05 AM EDT
    Presidential Interagency Taskforce Convened Cabinet Secretaries for the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
    The White House and U.S. Department of State are hosting a meeting of the Presidential Interagency Taskforce to discuss Administration initiatives to combat trafficking in persons both at home and abroad.
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Meeting of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 15, 2012

      Cabinet members and senior advisors gather at the White House for a meeting chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to lay out their plans to eradicate trafficking in persons, drawing on tools ranging from law enforcement and victim service provision, to public awareness building and diplomatic pressure. March 15, 2012.

  36. CR says:

    U.S. Producer Prices Rise Less Than Expected In February

    3/15/12 3/15/2012 9:12 AM ET – RTTNews

    U.S. producer prices increased by less than expected in February, according to figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

    The Labor Department said its producer price index for finished goods increased by 0.4 percent, on a seasonally adjusted basis.

    While that increase is bigger than the 0.1 percent increase reported for January, it still comes in below the 0.5 percent increase predicted by most economists.

    The increase in producer prices was largely driven by higher prices for energy goods, which increased 1.3 percent, reversing two previous months of declining costs.

    Of the energy costs, a 4.3 percent jump in the gasoline index accounted for most of the increase, with increases in residential electric power and home heating oil also playing a factor.

    In contrast, the finished consumer foods index ticked down slightly, falling by 0.1 percent amid a 2.8 percent drop in the price of dairy products and a 7.3 percent drop in the costs of fresh and dry vegetables.

    The “core” producer price index, which excludes the volatile food and energy sectors, moved up 0.2 percent in February, marking the third straight monthly increase.

  37. CR says:

    New York factory index at 21-month high

    3/15/12 By Greg Robb- MarketWatch

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A measure of New York-area manufacturing hit at a 21-month high in March, according to data released Thursday, an indication of the improving conditions at U.S. factories.

    The Empire State manufacturing index rose to 20.2 in March, its highest level since June 2010, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said Thursday.

    This is the fourth straight increase after the index had been stuck near zero from June through November.

    The gain in March surprised analysts. Economists polled by MarketWatch expected the index to slip to 17.7 in March.

    Underlying conditions were mixed.

    The new orders and shipment indices retreated slightly in March.

    The new orders index slipped to 6.8 in March from 9.7 in February. The shipments index fell to 18.2 from 22.8 in the prior month. Read the full report.

    The two readings on employment were stronger.

    The index for the number of employees increased to 13.6 in March from 11.8 in February.

    The inventories index rose to zero from negative 4.7, suggesting that inventory levels held steady.

    There were hints of rising inflationary pressure in the report. The index for prices paid surged by 25 points to 50.6, its highest level since last June.

    A reading of expected conditions in six-months retreated slightly for the second straight month.

    The Empire State data are closely watched, because they are one of the first readings of the health of the manufacturing sector. Analysts put more weight on the Philadelphia Fed’s index of current activity, which will be released later on Thursday.

    A broader factory index, prepared by the Institute for Supply Management, is considered one of the most informative economic indicators. It will be released on April 2. Last month, the ISM factory survey unexpectedly slipped to 52.4 from 54.1 in January.

    In a separate report, the Labor Department said initial jobless claims dropped by 14,000 to 351,000 in the latest week. Read ‘U.S. jobless claims match four-year low.’

    The government also reported that the producer price index rose 0.4% in February, while core prices, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.2%.

  38. CR says:

    Consumer Confidence in U.S. Rose Last Week to Four-Year High

    Mar 15, 2012 6:45 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence rose last week to the highest level in four years as job gains put more Americans in the mood to spend.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index (COMFCOMF) climbed to minus 33.7 in the period to March 11, the strongest since March 2008, from minus 36.7 the previous week. A buying-climate gauge reached the highest level since November 2007, and a measure of the state of the economy had its best showing since September 2008.

    The bounce in sentiment coincides with gains in employment and a pickup in incomes that are giving households the means to withstand rising fuel bills. A rally in stock prices also bodes well for consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy.

    “Improvement in the labor market has boosted the confidence of consumers,” said Joseph Brusuelas, a senior economist at Bloomberg LP in New York. Wage gains are “bolstering retail sales and consumer confidence despite rising gasoline costs.”
    Since its inception in December 1985, the comfort index has averaged minus 15.2.

    Manufacturing in the New York region expanded in March at the fastest pace since June 2010, indicating factories are still driving the expansion, another report showed.

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s general economic index unexpectedly increased to 20.2 this month from 19.5 in February. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists was 17.5. Readings greater than zero signal expansion in the so-called Empire State Index, which covers New York, northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut.

    For the entire article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-15/consumer-confidence-in-u-s-rose-last-week-to-four-year-high.html

  39. CR says:

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

  40. CR says:

    March 14, 2012

    Readout of the President’s Call with President Lee of Korea

    The President spoke by phone this afternoon with Korean President Lee Myung-bak of Korea to welcome the entry into force of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) at midnight on March 15 in both countries. The President noted that the agreement will begin boosting exports and creating jobs and growth immediately. The President thanked President Lee for Korea’s close cooperation in getting the agreement implemented, and noted this is a strong example of the accomplishments achieved in the U.S.-Korea partnership. The two countries have made great strides in modernizing our alliance to promote security in the region and in promoting economic growth and trade in the Asia-Pacific. The President also said he is looking forward to his upcoming March 25-27 trip to Korea and anticipates a successful Nuclear Security Summit.

    • CR says:

      Jobs On The Way: U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement Takes Effect Today

      Ambassador Ron Kirk March 15, 2012 10:37 AM EDT

      As of March 15, 2012, the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement – the most commercially significant U.S. trade agreement in nearly two decades — is now in effect. The opportunities this agreement offers to American manufacturers, service providers, farmers, ranchers, and workers are key components of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which aims to double American exports by the end of 2014 and support additional American jobs.

      President Obama insisted that we get this agreement right, working with Congress, stakeholders, and our Korean government counterparts to address outstanding issues and then seal the deal. Now, greater export opportunities will make American businesses of all sizes more competitive in the global economy, and allow them to support more jobs for Americans in sectors ranging from automobile manufacturing to delivery services to agriculture of all kinds. The tariff cuts in the agreement will increase exports of American goods alone by $10-11 billion, supporting an estimated 70,000 jobs across the country. Export opportunities will also grow as the agreement opens Korea’s $580 billion services market, streamlines customs procedures, reduces red tape, and better protects American intellectual property rights.

      As our economy continues to add new jobs, this agreement is just another example of how President Obama is doing everything possible to put America back to work and secure our economic future. For more information on how the U.S.-Korea agreement can benefit businesses and workers in your community, visit http://www.ustr.gov.

  41. CR says:

    Romney’s putting women’s health on the line

    March 14, 2012 Posted by Elizabeth Chan – democrats.org

    Three million people a year rely on Planned Parenthood as their only affordable option for preventive health care—including cervical cancer screenings, clinical breast exams, birth control, and other critical care that could save their lives.

    That’s why Mitt Romney’s pledge to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood is so much more than just a desperate candidate pandering to the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. Romney’s rhetoric as a leader of the Republican Party puts women’s health on the line. As Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards put it in a call with Illinois members of Congress denouncing Romney’s latest plan for women’s health, it is “dangerous, a monumental step backward, and threatens to undermine women’s health care in this country.”

    Romney’s justification that we can’t afford Planned Parenthood is “astoundingly misleading and inaccurate,” Richards said, even for a candidate who has “never been one to let the facts get in the way.” Planned Parenthood’s Title X funding, which is about $75 million, represents just 0.002 percent of the federal budget. Keep in mind that Romney is proposing a $5 trillion tax plan that would give massive tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires, and corporations who don’t need them.

    Rep. Mike Quigley noted that Romney is also planning to repeal the Affordable Care Act, turning the clock back to a time when insurance companies had no obligation to cover preventive services like regular checkups, mammograms, colonoscopies, and other cancer screenings.

    So, if women across the country can’t rely on Planned Parenthood for their health care because Romney has gotten rid of it, and insurance companies once again rule the roost because Romney has repealed the Affordable Care Act, where can women turn for affordable health care?

    When you further consider Romney’s support for the Blunt-Rubio amendment, “personhood” amendments, and his refusal to condemn Rush Limbaugh’s personal attack against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, it’s no wonder Rep. Jan Schakowsky is calling Romney “the most extreme candidate on issues affecting women in this country.”

    Outraged? Add your name here.

  42. CR says:

    Next Up…

    10:55 AM EDT
    President Obama delivers remarks on American energy at Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Continues-Discussion-on-American-Energy/10737429052/

    • CR says:

      March 15, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Energy

      Prince George’s Community College
      Largo, Maryland

      11:05 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. Well, I am so — what a wonderful reception. (Applause.) That is so nice. Thank you. You’re all just cheering because I know Michelle. (Laughter.) Well, it is wonderful to be here. Folks who have a seat, feel free to take a seat.

      I want to thank Roy for that introduction. He talks pretty smooth, right? (Laughter and applause.) It’s great to be back in Maryland. It’s great to be here at Prince George’s Community College. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.) Now, but before I start, I want to thank your other president, Dr. Charlene Dukes. (Applause.) Your Governor, Martin O’Malley, is in the house. (Applause.) Lieutenant Governor Brown is here. (Applause.) We’ve got one of the finest members of the United States Senate that you could hope to have in Ben Cardin. (Applause.) Congresswoman Donna Edwards is here. (Applause.) And County Executive Rushern Baker is here. (Applause.) And I want to thank all of you for coming out here today. (Applause.)

      Now, I just finished learning about some of the work that you’re doing here at this community college to make sure that homes are using less energy, and helping folks save money on their heating and their air-conditioning bills. And I was very impressed. I’m even more impressed because I know this program is giving a lot of people a chance to make a decent living — everyone from veterans to folks with disabilities to folks who’ve just been down on their luck but want to work. So I want you to know how proud I am of this program, of this institution, of all of you. (Applause.)

      The skills that you gain here at this community college will be the surest path to success in this economy. Because if there’s one thing that we’re thinking about a lot these days, is, first of all, how do we make sure that American workers have the skills and education they need to be able to succeed in this competitive global economy? And community colleges all across the country and all across Maryland are doing an outstanding job providing young people that first opportunity after high school but also helping older workers retrain for the jobs of the future because the economy is constantly adapting. (Applause.)

      So community colleges are big. Community colleges are critical to our long-term success. What’s also critical to our long-term success is the question of energy: How do we use less energy? How do we produce more energy right here in the United States of America?

      And I know this is an especially important topic for everybody right now because you guys have to fill up at the gas station.

      AUDIENCE: Yeah!

      THE PRESIDENT: And it’s rough. Gas prices and the world oil markets right now are putting a lot of pressure on families right now. And one of the things that is important to remember is for a lot of folks, just doing what you have to do to get your kids to school, to get to the job, to do grocery shopping
      — you don’t have an option. You’ve got to be able to fill up that gas tank. And when prices spike on the world market, it’s like a tax, it’s like somebody is going into your pocket.

      We passed the payroll tax at the beginning of this year to make sure that everybody had an extra $40 in their paycheck, on average — (applause) — in part because we anticipated that gas prices might be going up like they did last year, given tight world oil supplies.

      But that doesn’t make it easier for a lot of families out there that are just struggling to get by. This is tough. Now, the question is, how do we meet this challenge? Because right now we’re starting to see a lot of politicians talking a lot but not doing much. (Applause.) And we’ve seen this movie before. (Applause.) Gas prices went up around this time last year. Gas prices shot up in the spring and summer of 2008 — I remember, I was running for President at the time. This has been going on for years now.

      And every time prices start to go up — especially in an election year — politicians dust off their 3-point plans for $2.00 gas. (Laughter.) I guess this year they decided, we’re going to make it $2.50. (Laughter.) I don’t know where — why not $2.40? (Laughter.) Why not $2.10? (Laughter.) But they tell the same story. They head down to the gas station; they make sure a few cameras are following them — (laughter) — and then they start acting like we’ve got a magic wand and we will give you cheap gas forever if you just elect us. (Laughter.) Every time. Been the same script for 30 years. It’s like a bad rerun. (Laughter.)

      Now, here’s the thing — because we’ve seen it all before, we know better. You know better. There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to high gas prices. There’s no silver bullet. Anybody who tells you otherwise isn’t really looking for a solution — they’re trying to ride the political wave of the moment.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/15/remarks-president-energy

  43. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:00 AM EDT
    Vice President Biden Vice President Biden will speak to the auto worker’s union in Toledo, OH

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/VP-Biden-to-Campaign-for-President-Obamas-Reelection/10737429054/

    • CR says:

      March 15, 2012

      Remarks by the Vice President on the Automotive Industry

      UAW Local 12, Main Hall
      Toledo, Ohio

      11:18 A.M. EDT

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Hey, folks, how are you? Hello, Toledo. Good to see you all. Please excuse my back. I apologize.

      AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you.

      Well, I want to tell you — let’s start off by congratulating Marcy Kaptur for two more years. (Applause.) And, Shelley, when the Secret Service used to let me drive — they don’t let Presidents or Vice Presidents drive. When I used to drive, I drove those Jeeps you built. My daughter still drives a Jeep. (Applause.)

      And, Marcy, I wish my dad had owned a dealership. He didn’t, he managed it. If he owned it, I would have been able to own those new cars I took my girlfriends to the prom in. (Laughter.) Instead, I had to borrow them but I still got them. (Laughter.) It’s good having a dad in the automobile business, man. (Laughter.)

      Hey, I’m back, you’re back, and the industry is back. (Applause.) The President and I made a bet, a simple bet. We bet on you. We bet on American ingenuity. We bet on you and we won. (Applause.) Chrysler, fastest growing car company in America, General Motors has seen the largest profits in its history — (applause) — 400,000 lost before we took office; 200,000 new jobs since the rescue plan was in place. (Applause.) That’s 200,000 people who had their dignity returned to them, reinstated, and a paycheck they can raise their family on. (Applause.)

      My dad knew something and taught us that all of you know, that a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about your place in the community. It’s about being able to turn to your kids and say, it’s going to be okay. That’s what a job is about.

      I don’t know if these other guys understand that. And, folks, that’s how Barack and I measure economic success, whether the middle class is growing or not, that’s the measure of success. (Applause.) A growing, vibrant middle class where moms and dads, mothers and fathers, can look at their kids and say, Honey, it’s going to be okay. Look, that’s what I want to talk to you about today.

      This is the first of four speeches I’ll be making on behalf of the President and me in the coming weeks, laying out what we believe are clear, stark differences between us and our opponents and what’s at stake for the middle class, because it is the middle class that’s at stake in this election.

      Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich — these guys have a fundamentally different economic philosophy than we do. Our philosophy, ours is one that values the workers in the success of a business. It values the middle class and the success of our economy.

      Simply stated, we’re about promoting the private sector, they’re about protecting the privileged sector. (Applause.) We are for a fair shot and a fair shake. They’re about no rules, no risks, and no accountability.

      Look, there’s no clearer example of these two different views of the economy than how we reacted to the crisis in the automobile industry. It’s sort of a cautionary tale of how they would run the government again and the economy again if given a chance.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/15/remarks-vice-president-automotive-industry

    • CR says:

      Obama’s Unofficial Ambassador To The Middle Class — V.P. Biden — Hits Ohio

      3/15/12 by SCOTT HORSLEY – NPR

      Vice President Joe Biden wears a lot of different hats in the Obama administration. He’s a longtime Senate insider who can negotiate with Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell. He’s a foreign policy veteran who helped to lead the transition in Iraq.

      And one other thing to keep in mind, whenever there’s idle political gossip about replacing Biden on the ticket with Hillary Cinton: He serves as a kind of White House ambassador to the middle class.

      On Thursday, Biden will give the first in a series of campaign speeches designed to frame the debate for the November election. He’s speaking at a union hall in Ohio.

      Biden will talk about what the auto rescue means for the state and its industrial workforce. He’ll be introduced by Shelly Whitson, who has worked at the Jeep plant in Toledo for almost 30 years.

      “It really is an honor for me to meet Joe Biden. I mean, excuse me, Vice President Joe Biden,” she says, chuckling.

      It’s that familiarity that the White House is banking on. Even though he’s the vice president, for a lot of voters like Whitson, Biden is just Joe.

      “He seems to be just a down-to-earth guy, like he’s one of us. You kind of think of him that way — one of the kind of guys you could have a beer with,” she says.

      Nevermind that Biden is a teetotaler. His everyman persona and glad-handing style help the vice president connect to white, working-class voters in a way that President Obama does not.

      The Democratic ticket fared poorly with these voters four years ago. So Biden will be on the road a lot this year, trying to hold the line in swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

      Biden played the same role in 2008, says political scientist Paul Beck of Ohio State University. “He was much better at working the union hall — not that President Obama at the time was bad at doing that, but Biden really connected with union workers, with blue-collar workers, with, you know, just kind of average middle-class voters,” says Beck.

      Biden told a campaign crowd in New Hampshire last month that he has worn that middle-class label proudly throughout his political career.

      “Initially, in the ’70s, when I got to the Senate and I was a ‘middle-class’ guy, it was really a polite way of saying, ‘He ain’t very sophisticated,’ ” Biden said. “That’s what it is. Most people when they talk to you about being ‘middle-class,’ they think that somehow you’re kind of pedestrian. I am middle-class. It didn’t take me long to figure out who I was or where I came from.”

      Even though Biden earned a six-figure income as a senator, he routinely ranked last in the chamber in personal wealth. He notes that he borrowed against his house to help put his children through college.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/03/14/148627808/obamas-unofficial-ambassador-to-the-middle-class-v-p-biden-hits-ohio

  44. CR says:

    March 15, 2012

    Statement by the President on the Meeting of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

    Nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the enduring cause of freedom. Then as now, we remain steadfast in our resolve to see that all men, women, and children have the opportunity to realize this greatest of gifts. Yet millions around the world—including here in the United States—toil under the boot of modern slavery. Mothers and fathers are forced to work in fields and factories against their will or in service to debts that can never be repaid. Sons and daughters are sold for sex, abducted as child soldiers, or coerced into involuntary labor. In dark corners of our world, and hidden in plain sight in our own communities, human beings are exploited for financial gain and subjected to unspeakable cruelty.

    Slavery remains the affront to human dignity and stain on our collective conscience that it has always been. That is why members of my cabinet and senior advisors gathered at the White House today, at a meeting chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to lay out their plans for meeting this challenge. The United States is committed to eradicating trafficking in persons, and we will draw on tools ranging from law enforcement and victim service provision, to public awareness building and diplomatic pressure. Because we know that government efforts are not enough, we are also increasing our partnerships with a broad coalition of local communities, faith-based and non-governmental organizations, schools, and businesses.

    To bring all these elements together, and to be sure we are maximizing our efforts, today I am directing my cabinet to find ways to strengthen our current work, and to expand on partnerships with civil society and the private sector, so that we can bring more resources to bear in fighting this horrific injustice. In the coming weeks the White House will build on this gathering on behalf of human dignity. I am confident that we will one day end the scourge of modern slavery, because I believe in those committed to this issue: young people, people of faith and station, Americans who refuse to accept this injustice and will not rest until it is vanquished. Today, I reaffirm that the United States stands with them, and that together we will realize the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation and our country’s ideal of freedom.

  45. CR says:

    Introducing Ethics.gov

    Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 14, 2012

    Chris Vein, the Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer, walks through the features of http://www.Ethics.gov

  46. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:45 PM EDT
    Strong Cities, Strong Communities Convening: Building a Model of Collaboration in American Cities
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      March 15, 2012

      Obama Administration Establishes White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities

      WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order that will establish the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2). The Council will build on the SC2 pilot initiative launched June 2011 aimed at creating new partnerships between federal agencies and localities to spark economic development in communities that have faced significant long-term challenges in developing and implementing their economic strategies. Attached is the Executive Order signed by the President today on SC2.

      Based at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the interagency Council will include 19 federal agencies and will coordinate the implementation of SC2 and build a foundation for expanding the program to cities across the country. Currently, dozens of federal agency staff work closely with six cities – Chester, PA; Cleveland/Youngstown, OH; Detroit, MI; Fresno, CA; Memphis, TN; and New Orleans, LA.

      “Strong Cities, Strong Communities is a remarkable initiative, one that takes innovation, a determination to cut-through the red-tape and ensure taxpayer dollars are used wisely. The early successes of SC2 is clearly worth setting a foundation to sustain this model of partnership,” said Cecilia Munoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council. “The Strong Cities Council will support bottom-up solutions that break down silos within federal and local governments, and will urge the private and nonprofit sectors to come up with innovate strategies to solve challenging issues.”

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/15/obama-administration-establishes-white-house-council-strong-cities-stron

    • CR says:

      Strong Cities, Strong Communities: Building a Model of Collaboration in American Cities Part 1

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 23, 2012

      The White House convenes an event to mark the six-month anniversary of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative, a federal-local pilot program that allows federal government officials to work side-by-side with local leaders to create jobs, improve the business climate, and address local and regional challenges. March 15, 2012.

      • CR says:

        Strong Cities, Strong Communities: Building a Model of Collaboration in American Cities Part 2

        Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 23, 2012

        The White House convenes an event to mark the six-month anniversary of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative, a federal-local pilot program that allows federal government officials to work side-by-side with local leaders to create jobs, improve the business climate, and address local and regional challenges. March 15, 2012.

  47. 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

  48. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:50 PM EDT
    White House Champions of Change: Campus Challenge Champions

    On Thursday, March 15th, the White House honored five young leaders as Champions of Change for outstanding leadership on their campus. Last fall, the White House announced the launch of the Campus Champions of Change Challenge. After reviewing a record number of entries, fifteen Challenge finalists were announced and the public chose the top five projects they think best embody the President’s goal to win the future. In addition to being invited to the White House, these five Campus Champions of Change will have the opportunity to work with mtvU, and MTV Act to create short features about their projects that will air on mtvU and be featured on MTV.com.
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      President Obama Speaks to Campus Champions of Change

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 15, 2012

      President Obama stops by a White House Champions of Change event honoring five young leaders for outstanding leadership on their college campuses, chosen by the public for their projects that embody the President’s goal to win the future. March 15, 2012.

    • CR says:

      Champions of Change: Campus Challenge Champions

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 15, 2012

      The White House honors five young leaders as Champions of Change for outstanding leadership on their college campuses, chosen by the public for their projects that embody the President’s goal to win the future. March 15, 2012.

  49. CR says:

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