Spec. Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army – Medal of Honor Recipient

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President in the name of Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Members of all branches of the armed forces are eligible to receive the medal, and there are three versions; one for the Army, one for the Air Force, and one for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon an individual by the passing of a Joint Resolution in the Congress; and is then personally presented to the recipient or, in the case of posthumous awards, to next of kin, by the President of the United States, on behalf of the Congress, representing and recognizing the gratitude of the American people as a whole.

Specialist Sabo will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in combat on May 10, 1970, while serving as a rifleman in Company D, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in Se San, Cambodia.
May 16, 2012
President Barack Obama awards Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army
the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
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  1. CR says:


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  2. CR says:

    Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army – Medal of Honor

    On May 16, President Barack Obama will award Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

    Specialist Sabo will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in combat on May 10, 1970, while serving as a rifleman in Company D, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in Se San, Cambodia.

    On that day, when he and his platoon were ambushed by a large enemy force, Specialist Sabo immediately charged the enemy position, killing several enemy soldiers. He then assaulted an enemy flanking force, successfully drawing their fire away from friendly soldiers and ultimately forcing the enemy to retreat. While securing a re-supply of ammunition, an enemy grenade landed nearby. Specialist Sabo picked it up, threw it, and shielded a wounded comrade with his own body – absorbing the brunt of the blast and saving his comrade’s life. Although wounded by the grenade blast, he continued to charge the enemy’s bunker. After receiving several serious wounds from automatic weapons fire, he crawled towards the enemy emplacement and, when in position, threw a grenade into the bunker. The resulting explosion silenced the enemy fire, but also ended Specialist Sabo’s life. His indomitable courage and complete disregard for his own safety saved the lives of many of his platoon members.

    Specialist Sabo’s widow, Rose Mary Sabo-Brown and his brother, George Sabo, will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service and sacrifice

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/16/president-obama-award-medal-honor

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      President Awards Posthumous Medal of Honor to Vietnam-era Soldier

      May 16, 2012 By Karen Parrish – American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON– President Barack Obama paid tribute today to a man who died defending his fellow soldiers 42 years and six days ago, and who the commander-in-chief said represents a generation’s honorable and undervalued service.

      During a White House ceremony, the president awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, recognizing Army Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., a rifleman with the 101st Airborne Division who was killed in eastern Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Sabo’s widow, Rose Mary Sabo-Brown, accepted the award. His brother, George Sabo, also attended the ceremony.

      Sabo is credited with saving the lives of several of his comrades in Company B, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry, when his platoon was ambushed near the Se San River in eastern Cambodia on May 10, 1970. Sabo shielded a comrade from an enemy grenade and silenced a machine-gun bunker before he was killed.

      “Some 50 American soldiers were nearly surrounded by some 100 North Vietnamese fighters,” the president said, adding that other soldiers there that day remembered the enemy as “everywhere – behind trees [and] up in the tress, shooting down.”

      Obama said, “Les was in the rear, and he could have stayed there. But those fighters were unloading on his brothers.”

      The president described Sabo’s last moments: “Despite his wounds, despite the danger, Leslie did something extraordinary. He began to crawl straight toward an enemy bunker with machine guns blazing. … [he] kept crawling, closer to that bunker, even as bullets hit the ground all around him. Then he grabbed a grenade, and he pulled the pin.”

      Sabo’s fellow troops have said he held the grenade as long as he could, “knowing it would take his own life, but knowing he could silence that bunker,” Obama said. “And he did.”

      The day he died, Sabo was 22 years old, part of a campaign in Cambodia aimed at preventing North Vietnamese forces from launching Attacks into Vietnam from there. The Army told his Hungarian immigrant parents, his brother, and his bride of eight months — all waiting for his return to Pennsylvania — that he had been killed by an enemy sniper while on guard duty.

      “Leslie Sabo left behind a wife who adored him, a brother who loved him, and parents who cherished him,” the president said. “But for decades, they never knew that Les had died a hero … this story was almost lost to history.”

      Though Sabo’s leaders recommended him for the Medal of Honor after that day’s fighting, the paperwork was never processed, Obama noted. Instead, another 101st Vietnam veteran, Alton “Tony” Mabb, discovered the award packet in 1999, during a visit to the National Archives.

      Mabb sought to find answers, Obama said, and the result is that “Today, four decades after Leslie’s sacrifice, we can set the record straight.”

      And this month, he noted, the nation will begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

      The end of that war, the president said, was “a time when, to our shame, our veterans did not always receive the respect and the thanks they deserved — a mistake that must never be repeated.”

      Vietnam veterans returning from war were called many things, Obama said, but there was “only one thing they deserved to be called: American patriots.”

      The commander-in-chief then called for Sabo’s comrades from Bravo Company to stand and be recognized. A group of mostly suited, largely gray-haired, middle-aged men rose in response. The audience –- including First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and several military service leaders, senators, representatives and friends of the Sabo family – then stood in a prolonged ovation for the veterans.

      Obama said Sabo’s medal was “bestowed on a single soldier for his singular courage, but it speaks to the service of an entire generation.”

      The president said the families of those who serve also sacrifice.

      “We see the patriotism of our families who give our nation a piece of their heart,” he said. “On days such as this, we can pay tribute.”

      Obama stood with his arm around Rose as they listened to the reading of the citation, and kissed her cheek after presenting her with the framed medal.

      The nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor is awarded for risk of life in combat beyond the call of duty. Sabo’s medal is the 247th awarded, and the 155th presented posthumously, for action during the Vietnam War.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Thanks to such brave people who serve our country.

    • CR says:

      Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army – Medal of Honor


      SP4 Leslie H. Sabo, Jr. distinguished himself, May 10, 1970, in Se San, Cambodia, while serving as a rifleman in Company B, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.

      Members of B. Co. were ambushed by a large enemy force.
      While conducting a reconnaissance patrol, 22-year-old Sabo, charged an enemy position, killing several enemy soldiers. Immediately thereafter, he assaulted an enemy flanking force, successfully drawing their fire away from friendly soldiers and ultimately forcing the enemy to retreat.

      When a grenade landed nearby a wounded comrade, Sabo picked up the grenade threw it away while shielding his buddy with his own body, thus absorbing the brunt of the blast and saving the man’s life.

      Seriously wounded by the blast, Sabo, nonetheless, retained the initiative and single- handedly charged an enemy bunker that had inflicted severe damage on the platoon. He received several serious wounds from withering automatic weapons fire in the process. Despite being mortally injured, he crawled towards the enemy emplacement and, when in position, threw a grenade into the bunker. The resulting explosion silenced the enemy fire, but also ended Spc. 4 Sabo’s life.

      For more including photos: http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/sabo/

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      Welcoming Home Our Veterans

      Published on Jul 23, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
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      Since day one, President Obama has made it a priority to keep the sacred trust we hold with those who wear the uniform of the United States and their families.

      In advance of the President’s remarks at the VFW Convention in Reno, Obama for America released this video that discusses the President’s commitment to keeping our nation’s sacred promise to our veterans. This video highlights a St. Louis parade organized to welcome our servicemembers home from Iraq.

      Learn how President Obama continues to better serve those who have served this nation and how you can get involved with Veterans and Military Familes for Obama: http://OFA.BO/ooJZtN

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      McRaven gives ‘fantastic’ Obama credit for bin Laden raid

      By JOSH GERSTEIN | 7/26/12 1:06 AM EDT POLITICO

      ASPEN, Colo.—Republicans trying to play down President Barack Obama’s decision to launch the raid that led to the death of Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden are not getting much help from the military brass who oversaw the operation.

      During a rare public interview on Wednesday, Adm. Bill McRaven, head of the U.S. Special Operations command, portrayed as bold and brave Obama’s decision to order the raid despite significant doubts about whether bin Laden was at the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.

      “At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden of this operation, that made the hard decision,” McRaven said during an on-stage interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that served as the kickoff session of the Aspen Security Forum.

      Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has suggested that the decision to launch the raid was a no-brainer. “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,” Romney said in April.

      McRaven refused to respond Wednesday when asked whether he agreed with Romney that any president would have made the same decision Obama did. However, at a couple of junctures, the Special Operations commander offered effusive praise for Obama.

      “The president of the United States is fantastic,” the admiral said. “I’m not a political guy. I’ve worked in both [administrations,] very much enjoyed working with President Bush and I very much enjoy working for President Obama. This isn’t about politics. This is about a Commander in Chief who I have the opportunity to engage with on a routine basis.”

      McRaven also had high praise for Obama’s national security team, including those in place at the time of the raid, such as then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisers Denis McDonough and John Brennan.

      “I’m not a political guy, but I’ll tell you as an interested observer of this, they were magnfiicent how they handled the start-to-finish,” McRaven said. “The president asked all the right questions…The president gave me ample time to prepare once the conversations were through.”

      McRaven, like all military officers, serves at the pleasure of the president. A few weeks before the bin Laden raid, Obama nominated McRaven to take over the Special Operations command and be elevated to four-star admiral. McRaven, who was deeply involved in planning and executing the May 2011 raid, was confirmed by the Senate to his current post the following month.

      • CR says:

        Sharp Decline in Terror Attacks After Bin Laden Death

        8/1/12 By Dana Hughes | ABC OTUS News – 14 hrs ago

        The number of worldwide terror attacks fell to 10,283 last year, down from 11,641 in 2010 and the lowest since 2005, the State Department reported today.

        What’s made the difference? The State Department cites the May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda members killed last year including Atiyah Abd al-Rahman and Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the head of Yemen’s Al Qaeda affiliate and had ties to the underwear bomber plot in 2010.

        “The loss of bin Laden and these other key operatives puts the network on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse,” the report stated.

        But Ambassador Dan Benjamin, the State Department’s coordinator for counter-terrorism, warned that for all the good news about the core of al Qaeda being weakened, affiliates of the group, particularly in Yemen and in Africa, continue to pose a real risk.

        Nigeria was one of the few countries which actually saw an increase in terror attacks last year because of Boko Haram, and Kenya and Somalia continue to experience attacks by a weakened Al Shabab. Benjamin also noted that the Arab spring and other countries in transition could leave important allies like Egypt and Iraq vulnerable to terror groups.

        “Inspiring as the moment may be, we are not blind to the attendant perils. Terrorists could still cause significant disruptions for states undergoing very challenging democratic transitions. Affiliates of the group, and violent extremist ideology and rhetoric continue to spread in some parts of the world,” said Benjamin.

        For more: http://news.yahoo.com/sharp-decline-terror-attacks-bin-laden-death-213958117–abc-news-politics.html

  3. CR says:

    Biden to visit Valley
    VP to focus on auto industry, manufacturing

    May 15, 2012By RON SELAK JR. – tribtoday

    WARREN – Vice President Joe Biden will speak at noon Wednesday at M-7 Technologies in Youngstown, the Ohio campaign for President Barack Obama announced Monday.

    Biden will discuss the president’s ”efforts to strengthen the region’s manufacturing and auto industries” at his Mahoning Valley stop and another Thursday at a car dealership in Martins Ferry, according to a news release.

    The country’s second-in-command also will contrast the president with Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, whose business strategy and experience wasn’t about ”strengthening companies and creating jobs” or creating an ”economy built to last,” according to the president’s campaign.

    ”Mitt Romney is committed to return to the same policies that created the economic crisis and put the economic security of the middle class – in Ohio and across the country – at risk,” the release states.

    For more: http://www.tribtoday.com/page/content.detail/id/571765.html

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    Mortgage refinancing applications jump; rates fall: MBA

    5/16/12 Leah Schnurr – Reuters – 46 mins ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Applications for U.S. home mortgages surged last week, driven by increased demand for refinancing as interest rates hit fresh lows, an industry group said on Wednesday.

    The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, jumped 9.2 percent in the week ended May 11.

    The MBA’s seasonally adjusted index of refinancing applications spiked up 13.0 percent. But the gauge of loan requests for home purchases slipped 2.4 percent.

    “A flare-up of the sovereign debt troubles in Europe once again led investors to flee to the safety of U.S. Treasury securities last week,” Michael Fratantoni, THE MBA’s vice president of research and economics, said in a statement.

    “As a result, mortgage rates have reached new lows in our survey, and refinancing application volumes picked up substantially as a result.”

    Fixed 30-year mortgage rates averaged 3.96 percent in the week, down 5 basis points from 4.01 percent.

    The refinance share of total mortgage activity rose to 74.9 percent of applications from 72.1 percent.

    The survey covers over 75 percent of U.S. retail residential mortgage applications, according to THE MBA.

  5. CR says:

    Housing starts rebound in April, permits fall

    5/16/12 Reuters – 7 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Housing starts rose more than expected in April, according to a government report on Wednesday that offered signs of a nascent housing recovery, even though permits for future building fell after touching a 3-1/2 year high the prior month.

    The Commerce Department said housing starts increased 2.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 717,000 units. March’s starts were revised up to a 699,000-unit pace from a previously reported 654,000 unit rate.

    Economists polled by Reuters had forecast housing starts rising to 680,000-unit rate. Compared to April last year, residential construction was up 29.9 percent.

    The housing market is showing some signs of life after collapsing six years ago, but remains hobbled by a glut of unsold homes.
    However, rising demand for rentals, which has seen builders breaking more ground on apartment projects, is helping to stabilize the market.

    Housing starts last month rose across the board. Groundbreaking for single-family homes increased 2.3 percent. This segment accounts for most of the market. Starts for multi-family homes advanced 3.2 percent.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/housing-starts-rebound-april-permits-fall-123146836–business.html;_ylt=A2KJjaloobNP.34AJFzQtDMD

  6. CR says:

    Good Wednesday morning everyone!

    I just “The Avengers”, which was really good. Watch for a cameo of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in the stream of news footage.

    I HOPE that you have a good day!

    • CR says:

      Captain America, Reserve Soldiers share big screen

      November 7, 2011 By Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell – army.mil

      CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 7, 2011 — As Army Reserve Soldiers barreled down a busy downtown street in several Humvees, they fired their crew-served weapons and dumped thousands of rounds of ammunition and grenade casings onto an already littered pavement.

      It was scene straight out of a Hollywood movie — literally.

      Twenty-five Soldiers assigned to the Columbus, Ohio-based 391st Military Police Battalion were battling bad guys with Captain America and his Avengers superheroes during an intensive battle scene that will soon play out in movie theaters worldwide in 2012.

      The Soldiers, who fall under the Fort Meade, Md.-based 200th Military Police Command, recently spent a week with Hollywood cast members and an Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Los Angeles military liaison officer to give more realism to the movie role of the military police.

      “The combat scenes had great realism,” said Lt. Col. John Clearwater, deputy director for OCPA-LA. “It’s a tribute to the U.S. Army Reserves and the veteran 391st MP Battalion. They rocked the streets of Cleveland with their 50-caliber machine guns and Mark-19’s. The film crew was blown away by their firepower and teamwork.”

      Staff Sgt. Michael T. Landis said he hopes the Army Reserve brought realism to the set and movie goers get a sense that all Armed Forces service members are heroes, not just those in the Army.

      Landis said for the director to use actual Soldiers in a movie is a winning experience for everyone involved.

      “It’s easy for us to make on-the-spot corrections to tactics and uniforms,” he said. “The director actually took our recommendation on one scene and let us all engage the enemy as opposed to only the gunners in the trucks engaging.”

      For more: http://www.army.mil/article/68834/Captain_America__Reserve_Soldiers_share_big_screen/

  7. CR says:

    US factory output rose in April on stronger autos

    5/16/12 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Associated Press – 30 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory output increased in April, helped by a gain in auto production. Busier factories have driven stronger hiring this year and helped the economy grow.

    The Federal Reserve says factory production rose 0.6 percent in April, erasing a 0.5 percent decline in March.

    Half of the April increase reflected a 3.9 percent jump in the production of motor vehicles and parts. That’s the fifth consecutive gain at auto plants and the biggest rise since January.

    Overall industrial production increased 1.1 percent in April. In addition to the big gain at factories, output at mines and utilities both showed strong gains in April.

    Factory output has risen 18.3 percent since it hit a low in June 2009, the month the recession ended.

  8. CR says:

    10:30 AM ET
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    • CR says:

      May 16, 2012]

      Remarks by the President at Roundtable with Small Business Owners

      Taylor Gourmet
      Washington, D.C.

      10:44 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, listen, what I just want to say to the reporters who are here: You’ve got three small businesses who are outstanding examples of American entrepreneurship, whether it’s food services, retail, construction. All across the country, you’re seeing examples of folks who have confidence in the economy and have confidence in America, and it’s their ingenuity and their hard work that’s allowed them to be successful.

      But organizations like the SBA have also made a difference, because sometimes private financing isn’t willing to take a chance on a couple of young guys who have an idea about starting a great hoagie shop. Sometimes, it may be that a smaller business like a construction business where it’s relatively capital intensive is going to have difficulty competing with some of the larger companies in terms of buying the equipment that they need.

      And so actions by Congress and good execution by the Small Business Administration can make a big difference in helping these folks see — it’s not going to do it for them, it’s not going to make up for bad service or a bad product, but when you’ve got a great service or a great product and people are willing to work really hard, then action by government and the SBA can help give them a hand up and get them started.

      And this is the reason why we think it’s so important for Congress to act right now. The economy is recovering, but we’ve still got a long way to go. Too many folks are still out of work. We’ve got some headwinds, the situation in Europe, and still a difficult housing market.

      And so we want to sustain momentum. And one of the ways that we can sustain momentum is for Congress to take some actions right now — even though it’s election season, even though there’s gridlock, even though there’s partisanship — take some actions right now that would really make a difference. And we’ve put together a handy “To-Do” list; it’s very short. I’ve been talking about it over the last couple of weeks.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/16/remarks-president-roundtable-small-business-owners

    • CR says:

      May 16, 2012

      President Obama Calls on Congress to Act on Small Business Proposal in “To Do List” and Meets with Congressional Leadership

      National Economic Council Releases Report on Moving America’s Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Forward

      WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama will visit a small business in the Washington, DC area where he will urge Congress to act on the “To Do List,” specifically highlighting the need to invest in small businesses and jumpstart new hiring and entrepreneurship by passing legislation that gives a 10 percent income tax credit for firms that create new jobs or increase wages in 2012 and that extends 100 percent expensing in 2012 for all businesses. This stands in contrast to the proposal put forward by House Republicans, which could actually discourage hiring and new investments this year.

      While at the small business, the President and Small Business Administrator Karen Mills will hold a roundtable discussion with a group of small business owners that would benefit from the President’s small business proposal. The roundtable is pooled press.

      Following this visit, the President will return to the White House to meet with Congressional leadership where he will stress the importance of acting on the economic agenda he laid out last week as part of the Congressional To Do List. This meeting will include House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

      In addition, today, the National Economic Council will release a report that highlights the investments the Obama Administration has made to keep America’s small businesses moving forward and calls on Congress to do its part to make it easier for small businesses to grow and create jobs.

      And next week, members of the Cabinet and Senior Administration officials will be participating in National Small Business Week events and speaking about the President’s efforts to help small businesses. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner will be in Baltimore on Thursday visiting a small business; National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will speak during National Small Business Week events. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills will join Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan and Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu to highlight the role small businesses played in one million green retrofits. Federal Bureau of Investigation, NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Department of Energy, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Department of Treasury, Department of Transportation and the General Services Administration will participate in business matchmaking sessions to find innovative small business contractors.

      Congress’ To Do List

      1. Reward American Jobs, Eliminate Tax Incentives To Ship Jobs Overseas

      2. Cut Red Tape So Responsible Homeowners Can Refinance

      3. Invest in a New Hire Tax Credit For Small Businesses

      4. Create Jobs By Investing In Affordable Clean Energy

      5. Put Returning Veterans to Work Using Skills Developed in the Military

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/16/president-obama-calls-congress-act-small-business-proposal-do-list-and-m

      • CR says:

        World Renewable Energy Forum
        Real Science. Real Solutions. Real World.

        Denver, CO
        May 13-17, 2012

        For the very first time, the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Conference will be held under the same roof with the biennial World Renewable Energy Congress. The combined event is the World Renewable Energy Forum 2012. The conference will draw prominent speakers and technical presentations from universities, renewable energy laboratories, installations and industries around the world. WREF 2012 will examine how renewable energy technologies address the world’s economic, environmental and security challenges at every scale, from off-grid villages to gigawatt power plants.

        Obama Administration Speaker: Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu to highlight the role small businesses played in one million green retrofits during National Small Business Week

        For more: http://ases.org/conference/

      • CR says:

        The American Institute of Architects 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition

        May 17-19
        Walter E. Washington Convention Center
        Washington D.C.

        May 18
        Obama Administration Speaker: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan to highlight the role small businesses played in one million green retrofits during National Small Business Week

        For more: http://www.edcmag.com/articles/88798-aia-national-convention-in-may–mccullough-named-keynote-speaker

      • CR says:

        National Small Business Week 2012 Conference

        A 3–day networking and educational event, May 21 – 23
        National Small Business Week 2012 is a two and a half day conference in Washington, D.C. focusing on small business accomplishments, including disaster recovery, procurement and entrepreneurial success.

        Mandarin Oriental Hotel & Conference Center
        Washington, DC

        May 21
        8:30 – 9:30 AM
        Entrepreneurial Development and Lender Awards Breakfast
        Obama Administration Speaker: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will speak about the President’s efforts to help small businesses during National Small Business Week

        10:00 – 11:15 AM
        Town Hall – Small Businesses Creating an Economy Built to Last
        Obama Administration Speaker: National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling will speak about the President’s efforts to help small businesses during National Small Business Week

        May 22
        8:00 – 9:30 AM
        National Awards Breakfast Honoring Procurement Award Winners
        Obama Administration Speaker: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will speak about the President’s efforts to help small businesses during National Small Business Week

        For more: http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/

  9. CR says:

    First Question with Press Secretary Jay Carney

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney answers your questions online before his daily briefing to the press in the Brady Briefing Room.

    Do you have a question for the White House Press Secretary? Follow Jay on Twitter @PressSec, @WhiteHouse and the White House on Google+ for upcoming chances to ask your question.

  10. CR says:

    Foreclosed Americans find way back to homeownership

    5/16/12 By Jilian Mincer | Reuters – 1 hr 14 mins ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Jennifer Anderson’s family could no longer afford their mortgage and lost their home, she expected many years to pass before they would again become property owners.

    But less than two years later, in March, they purchased a $297,000 house outside Phoenix, Arizona, after qualifying for a loan backed by the U.S. government.

    They joined a small but growing number of Americans who are making a surprisingly quick return to homeownership after defaulting on their loans or being forced into short sales that cost their banks money.

    “We didn’t really expect it,” said Anderson, 40. “We were resigned to the fact that we were going to be in a rental property for a while.”

    Financial problems arose after she lost her job as a customer service representative for a health insurance company and her husband’s hours at an automaker were cut. To make matters worse, they used up her retirement savings trying to keep their home.

    Data is not available, but interviews with more than 30 lenders, builders, Realtors and consumers suggest that a growing number of Americans are getting back into the housing market, even though they went through a foreclosure, bankruptcy or short sale in recent years.

    “Most are not ashamed or bashful about what happened because so many people were forced into that reality in the last six years,” says Graham Epperson, vice president of sales in Arizona for the PulteGroup, a leading U.S. homebuilder.

    They want to escape rising rents and take advantage of home prices, which are down by about a third from an April 2006 peak.

    Much of the comeback wouldn’t be possible without help from the U.S. government, namely the Federal Housing Agency. It was created in the 1930s as part of a broader push by Washington to foster home ownership and fight the Great Depression.

    The number of FHA-insured home loans has soared in recent years as subprime loans have disappeared and fewer Americans have qualified for conventional mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were rescued in 2008 by the U.S. government after loan losses.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stressed the point last week, saying banks have become so restrictive that many worthy homebuyers are being frozen out of the market, and lending practices are not likely to loosen any time soon.

    In contrast, FHA-backed loans are an option for many who defaulted on their mortgages or were forced into a short sale. FHA loans, combined with those backed by the Department of Veteran Affairs or the Department of Agriculture, had a record share of the market in 2011.

    “These are not mainstream programs geared for mainstream borrowers,” says Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com, who expects to see more of those with blemished credit reenter the housing market.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/foreclosed-americans-way-back-homeownership-041735415–business.html

  11. CR says:

    12:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event
    M-7 Technologies, Youngstown, OH

    • CR says:

      VP Biden attacks Romney’s jobs record

      5/16/12 By Josh Lederman – TheHill

      Vice President Biden on Wednesday hammered Mitt Romney on his economic philosophy and private-sector record, accusing Republicans of fundamentally misunderstanding what Democrats stand for.

      “I resent the fact that they think we’re talking about envy. ‘It’s job envy, it’s wealth envy,’” Biden said. “They don’t get us. They don’t get who we are.”

      Speaking at a factory in Youngstown, Ohio, Biden took Romney to task for offering a glum assessment of where the economy is heading and for opposing the bailout of the auto industry — a major issue in Ohio.

      “It’s not just that manufacturing is coming back. The middle class is coming back,” Biden said, almost shouting as he spoke. “America is coming back. Workers are coming back.”

      At Biden’s side was former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio), who recalled how Bain Capital — the private-equity firm Romney co-founded — dealt with a struggling paper company that it took over in the 1990s.

      “They laid off workers, cut wages of those who remained, sliced the healthcare benefits and eliminated the retirement plan for the retirees,” he said.

      Eventually, Strickland said, Bain shuttered the plant, and employees were out of a job.

      One of those employees, Randy Johnson, teared up as he recalled hearing Romney speak a few months back about how he dreamed of being president and how Romney’s father sought the same office.

      “All I could think was — and it hits me — I had people who wanted to retire with dignity. That was their dream. He stole that,” Johnson said. “His philosophy and the way he does business, his economics stole that.”

      The comments by Biden and his allies continue a line of attack first employed by some of Romney’s rivals during the heated Republican primary — most notably Newt Gingrich — and later adopted by Obama’s campaign. Earlier this week Team Obama launched a new ad accusing Romney of engaging in “questionable business practices” and of personally profiting by closing American businesses.

      “It was like a vampire. They came in and sucked the life out of us,” says one of the steelworkers featured in the Obama ad.

      The Romney campaign hit back, releasing its own ad touting his record creating jobs in the private sector and as Massachusetts governor.

      “Vice President Biden may believe paying higher taxes is patriotic and the world needs a ‘global minimum tax,’” Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said. “But with nearly 23 million Americans currently struggling for work, the last thing the country needs is more Obama-Biden liberal policies that hike taxes and increase spending.”
      And Bain Capital said that although Romney retired from the company more than a decade ago, they understood their record would be distorted and over-simplified because of the nature of political campaigns.

      “We are extremely proud of our employees and management teams, who have grown revenues in over 80 percent of our 350 companies, which include over 100 start-up investments,” said Bain spokesman Alex Stanton.

      Biden said the election would create a stark and fundamental choice between two different economic philosophies:

      “There’s Obama economics, which values the role of workers in the success of a business and values the middle class in the success of the economy, a philosophy that believes everyone deserves a fair shot and a fair shake, and everybody should play by the same rules.”

      Biden contrasted that vision with Romney’s, which he said ensures that those at the top do well but leaves workers, small businesses and communities to fend for themselves.

      He pointed to a steel factory in Missouri that was shuttered by Bain and said not everyone took the hit. The top 30 executives walked away with $9 million, he said, and Romney and his partners took home at least $12 million.

      “Romney made sure the guys on top got to play by a separate set of rules,” Biden said. “He ran massive debts, and the middle class lost. And folks, he thinks this experience will help our economy?”

      The crossfire over Romney’s work at Bain Capital highlights the intensifying fight between both campaigns over who can better manage the economic recovery, which voters peg as the most important issue this election.

  12. CR says:

    Next Up…

    12:30 PM ET
    First Question with Press Secretary Jay Carney
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney answers your questions online before his daily briefing to the press in the Brady Briefing Room.
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      First Question with Press Secretary Jay Carney

      Published on May 16, 2012 by whitehouse

      Press Secretary Jay Carney answers questions submitted though social media by citizens all over the country. May 16, 2012.

  13. Good morning CR and PPO Family. HOPE you all have a great Wednesday. I am sitting in the waiting room in a Phoenix hospital waiting for my brother to get out of surgery.

    CR can you please post the candle link for me?

  14. CR says:

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


  15. CR says:

    May 16, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on Today’s Executive Order on Yemen’s Peace, Security, and Stability

    Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order authorizing sanctions to be imposed on individuals and entities who threaten the peace, security, and stability of Yemen by disrupting the political transition. This Executive Order will allow the United States to take action against those who seek to undermine Yemen’s transition and the Yemeni peoples’ clear desire for change. The President took this step because he believes that the legitimate aspirations of the Yemeni people, along with the urgent humanitarian and security challenges, cannot be addressed if political progress stalls.

    Yemen’s transition represents an important step forward for the Yemeni people, who deserve the opportunity to determine their future. The United States strongly supports Yemen’s political transition and will continue to work with our international partners, including the Gulf Cooperation Council, to help Yemen chart a more secure, democratic, and prosperous path forward.

    • CR says:

      May 16, 2012

      Message to Congress — Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen


      Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the “order”) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Yemen and others to threaten Yemen’s peace, security, and stability.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/16/message-congress-blocking-property-persons-threatening-peace-security-or

  16. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    3:10 PM ET
    President Obama awards Specialist Leslie Sabo, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor posthumously; First Lady Michelle also attends

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

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

    • CR says:

      May 16, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Medal of Honor Ceremony to Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr.

      East Room

      3:26 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Please be seated. Thank you, General Rutherford. Good afternoon, everyone. We gather today to present the Medal of Honor for valor above and beyond the call of duty. In so doing we celebrate the soldier, the life that produced such gallantry — Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr.

      Today is also a solemn reminder that when an American does not come home from war, it is our military families and veterans who bear that sacrifice for a lifetime. They are spouses, like Rose Mary, who all these years since Vietnam still displays in her home her husband’s medals and decorations. They are siblings, like Leslie’s big brother George, who carries the childhood memories of his little brother tagging along at his side. And they are our veterans, like the members of Bravo Company, who still speak of their brother Les with reverence and with love.

      Rose, George, Bravo Company, more than 100 family and friends — Michelle and I are honored to welcome you to the White House. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration that America can bestow. It reflects the gratitude of the entire nation. So we’re joined by members of Congress and leaders from across our armed forces, including Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Sandy Winnefeld; from the Army, Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno; and from the Marine Corps, the Commandant, General Jim Amos.

      We’re honored to be joined by Vietnam veterans, including recipients of the Medal of Honor. And we’re joined by those who have carried on Les’s legacy in our time, in Iraq and Afghanistan — members of the 101st Airborne Division, the legendary “Screaming Eagles.”

      This gathering of soldiers, past and present, could not be more timely. As a nation, we’ve ended the war in Iraq. We are moving towards an end to the war in Afghanistan. After a decade of war, our troops are coming home. And this month, we’ll begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a time when, to our shame, our veterans did not always receive the respect and the thanks they deserved — a mistake that must never be repeated. And that’s where I want to begin today, because the story of this Medal of Honor reminds us of our sacred obligations to all who serve.

      It was 1999, around Memorial Day, and a Vietnam vet from the 101st was at the National Archives. He was doing research for an article. And there, among the stacks, an archivist brought him a box. And he took off the lid. And inside, he found a file, marked with the name “Leslie H. Sabo, Jr.” And there it was — a proposed citation for the Medal of Honor. And so this Vietnam veteran set out to find answers. Who was Leslie Sabo? What did he do? And why did he never receive that medal? Today, four decades after Leslie’s sacrifice, we can set the record straight.

      I just spent some time with Rose and George and the Sabo family. Last week marked 42 years since Les gave his life. This soldier, this family, has a uniquely American story. Les was actually born in Europe, after World War II, to a family of Hungarian refugees. And as the Iron Curtain descended, they boarded a boat for America and arrived at Ellis Island, past the Statue of Liberty. They settled in the steel town of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Les’s father worked hard, pulled his family into the middle class. And when Les was a teenager, the family went to the county courthouse together, raised their hands and became proud American citizens.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/16/remarks-president-medal-honor-ceremony-specialist-leslie-h-sabo-jr

  17. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Wednesday, CR and all friends!


  18. CR says:

    US economy picks up after early spring slump

    5/16/12 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 1 hr 22 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe the U.S. economy’s strength this winter wasn’t just weather-related after all.

    Home construction is near a three-year high. And factory output has risen in three of the year’s first four months.

    The data released Wednesday suggest growth in the April-June quarter is off to a good start, helped by falling gas prices and solid hiring gains. Fears of a spring slump are easing.

    “It’s all very encouraging,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. “Things look good at the moment.”

    Builders broke ground in April at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 717,000 homes, the Commerce Department said. That nearly matches January’s pace, the best since October 2008.

    Construction rose for both single-family homes and apartments.

    Some economists have noted that a warm winter led companies to move up some hiring and accelerate other activity — including homebuilding — that normally wouldn’t occur until spring. That gave the appearance that the economy had strengthened in January and February and weakened in March.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-economy-picks-early-spring-slump-185951010–finance.html

  19. CR says:

    Fed: Several members could support further easing

    5/16/12 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Associated Press – 1 hr 9

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers are open to further efforts to stimulate the U.S. economy if growth falters or threats escalate.

    Minutes of the central bank’s April 24-25 meeting released Wednesday stated that “several members” thought additional Fed support could be needed if the recovery lost momentum or if the risks to the economy became great enough.

    The minutes did not spell out what circumstances would trigger further Fed efforts to lower interest rates to boost the economy. But they did note some threats to the U.S. economy. One is Europe’s debt crisis. Another is the risk that spending cuts and tax increases that could take effect at year’s end if Congress can’t reach a budget agreement could slow growth more than expected.

    The comments stood in contrast to the previous minutes, which said that only “a couple” of members expressed support for further bond purchases. Since the financial crisis, the Fed has pursued two rounds of bond purchases to try to push down long-term interest rates, with a goal of encouraging borrowing and spending.

    Private economists said the change in wording to “several” from “a couple” raised the possibility of further Fed action. But analysts said they still think no further moves will occur unless Europe’s crisis worsens or a budget impasse in Congress threatens the U.S. economy.

    “Nothing in the minutes changes our view on policy,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.

    The Fed also announced Wednesday that for the rest of this year and next year all of its meetings will last for two days to allow more time for discussion. Until now, some policy meetings had lasted only one day.

    The Fed also altered the schedule for releasing a quarterly update of its economic forecasts. That release will occur when the Fed meets in the third month of each quarter: March, June, September and December. After those meetings, Bernanke will discuss the Fed’s new outlook with reporters.

    Before the change, those forecasts and Bernanke’s news conferences occurred in January, April, June and October. Bernanke started holding regular news conferences a year ago.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/fed-several-members-could-support-further-easing-180157228–finance.html

  20. CR says:


    By the Numbers: 2 Million

    Megan Slack May 16, 2012 03:00 PM EDT

    Nearly 2 million companies that make new hires or increase wages would receive a tax credit under the small business hiring income tax credit President Obama is calling on Congress to pass.

    The tax credit, the third item on President Obama’s job-creating To-Do List for Congress, would encourage more than $200 billion in new hiring and pay raises by providing a 10 percent income tax credit on wages added in 2012. The credit would be available to all companies, but would be capped at $500,000 per business to specifically spur small business hiring. And, companies that claim the credit would be able to do so on a quarterly basis, which means businesses would see tax relief sooner rather than later after making new hires.

    By providing targeted tax relief to the businesses that are expanding and making investments in their workforce, the Small Business Hiring Credit will grow the economy, create jobs, and strengthen the recovery. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office recently found that this type of targeted credit is the single most effective business tax option for boosting hiring and spurring economic growth.

  21. CR says:


    Thursday, May 17, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:45 AM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Martins Ferry, OH

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon brief the press.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  22. CR says:

    World leaders set for busy US weekend of summitry

    5/16/12 By JULIE PACE | Associated Press – 2 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two dozen world leaders will join President Barack Obama in an extraordinary weekend of back-to-back summits to tackle Europe’s mounting economic woes and solidify plans for winding down the decade-long war in Afghanistan.

    The Group of Eight economic summit and the national security-focused NATO meeting will be infused with politics from every angle. For Obama, the summits are a unique election-year opportunity to show leadership on the world stage without having to leave the U.S.

    But with some new faces around the conference tables, Obama and the other leaders will be confronted by the stark reminder of the political turmoil from Asia to Europe that cost several of their old counterparts their jobs.

    Since late 2011, public frustration with Europe’s debt crisis has led to the ouster of leaders in Italy, Spain, Greece and most recently, France. Two other members of the G-8, Britain and Japan, have had leadership shake-ups since Obama took office.
    Obama is fighting for his own job in a campaign expected to hinge on the economy. He has had the good fortune of being able to hold both summits this year in the U.S., allowing him to tailor the meetings around his election-year messages of expanding the economy, creating jobs and ending the war.

    The summit locations rotate annually for each organization.

    Leaders from the world’s eight leading industrialized nations arrive in the Washington area on Friday for meetings at Camp David, the wooded presidential retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains. Immediately following the G-8 summit, Obama and most of the other leaders will fly to Chicago Saturday evening to join other heads of state from NATO.

    Obama originally planned both meetings for Chicago, his hometown. But the White House abruptly scraped those plans in March, announcing with little explanation that the G-8 would shift to Camp David.

    It was an unexpected move from Obama, who rarely spends time at Camp David and has never hosted a world leader there, unlike many of his predecessors. The White House said that location would lend itself to more intimate talks. It also will keep them far from the protests that usually flare on the summit fringes.

    But U.S. and other diplomats said a major reason for the switch was to appear welcoming to Vladimir Putin, who recently reclaimed the presidency in Russia. Putin planned to skip NATO because of his staunch opposition to the alliance’s planned missile defense shield, and separating the two meetings was seen as a way to give Putin cover to slip away less awkwardly.

    Ultimately those efforts were in vain. In a diplomatic snub, Putin told Obama last week that he was skipping the G-8 as well in order to stay in Russia and focus on forming his government.

    Russia’s former president and current prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, will attend the G-8 sessions, which also include the U.S., Japan, Britain, France, Italy and Canada.

    The G-8 talks are expected to be dominated by the eurozone crisis, though Obama administration officials are keeping expectations for tangible agreements low. While the health of the U.S. economy is closely linked to Europe’s stability, Obama has made clear that he has no appetite for ponying up American money to help bail out the continent.

    Instead, Obama will largely play the role of facilitator, urging European leaders to balance calls for austerity, largely driven by Germany, with a growth agenda.

    “This is really for Europe to sort out,” said Heather Conley, a Europe expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “We are sitting on the bleachers a bit. And we are going to have to watch how this plays out with the frustration in recognizing that it will have a profound impact for the global economy and for the U.S. economy.”

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/world-leaders-set-busy-us-weekend-summitry-184534623.html

  23. CR says:

    City of Martins Ferry Prepping for Vice President Biden’s Visit

    5/13/12 wtrf

    For the first time in Martins Ferry history, a sitting vice president is coming to the city.

    Vice President Joe Biden will be in Martins Ferry at an invitation-only event at the Staffilino Car Dealership on Thursday.

    “I think its great with new a administration in town, what they’re trying to do for the city and bringing things back,” Cindy Chlon of Martins Ferry said. “Hopefully he sees that, and try to add a couple things to get city in right direction.”

    Mayor Paul Reithmiller is not quite sure why Vice President Biden chose Martins Ferry; regardless he is very excited. Reithmiller said a press conference is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday. However, a time has not been announced.

    Residents hope Biden addresses how desperate the city needs jobs.

    Meantime, the city is going through various preparations to make sure its presentable when Vice President Biden arrives.

    “Any potholes, cleaning up weeds, waxing and washing the police cars,” Reithmiller said. “Things you want to be the best they can possibly be.”

  24. CR says:

    Treasury secretary to address economy in Baltimore visit
    Timothy Geithner to speak before Greater Baltimore Committee

    5/14/12 By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is scheduled to address members of the Greater Baltimore Committee Thursday.

    Geithner will be the headline guest at the group’s breakfast meeting at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, where he will participate in a discussion on the state of the economy.

  25. CR says:

    Next Up…

    9:10 AM EDT
    Detroit Urban Economic Forum
    The Urban Economic Forum on Thursday, May 17th in Detroit, MI will focus on the city’s growing sector of urban entrepreneurs. The Administration is committed to supporting the area’s small businesses, and the forum will provide participants with the knowledge, resources, and networks vital to growing their businesses, and expanding into new industries that will create an economy built to last.
    Detroit, Michigan

  26. CR says:

    U.S. economy still faces “very tough challenges”: Geithner

    5/17/12 Rachelle Younglai – Reuters – 10 mins ago

    BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Europe’s debt crisis, higher oil prices and the year-end budget cuts and tax increases still remain risks to the U.S. economy, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Thursday.

    “We still live in a dangerous and uncertain world, with Europe confronting a severe and protracted crisis,” Geithner said in remarks prepared for the Greater Baltimore Committee group of regional businesses and non-profit organizations.

    But although Geithner said the United States was facing “very tough challenges,” he said they were manageable.

    “I prefer our challenges to those of any economy anywhere in the world,” he said, adding that he believed that the simultaneous expiration of U.S. tax breaks and the threat of budget cuts presented an opportunity for politicians to find a way to put the country on a more sustainable fiscal path.

  27. CR says:

    Watch Live: Ambassador Rice and Nick Kristof Discuss Foreign Policy in a Google+ Hangout

    Colleen Curtis May 17, 2012 09:24 AM EDT

    Today, join Ambassador Susan E. Rice and New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof as they break ground on the frontier of social media and U.S. foreign policy. In a live Google+ Hangout, Ambassador Rice and Mr. Kristof will discuss the world’s most pressing challenges and America’s role in an increasingly interconnected world. They will be joined live by a selection of citizens who will ask questions from the U.S. and overseas.

    Watch the conversation live at 2:30 p.m. EST on The Times’s homepage or on the Ne

  28. CR says:

    Stephanie Cutter: Get the facts on Karl Rove’s BS

    Published on May 17, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

    Facebook it: https://my.barackobama.com/cutterrovevid
    Tweet it: https://my.barackobama.com/cutterrovetwvid
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  29. CR says:

    House passes Violence Against Women Act reauthorization

    5/16/12 05:30 PM ET By Pete Kasperowicz – TheHll

    The House late Wednesday approved a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), setting up a possible conference with the Senate in which Democrats will push hard for Senate-passed language that they say offers better protection for women.

    As expected, members approved the bill mostly along party lines. The reauthorization was approved 222-205 with six Democrats voting with Republicans. The vote was relatively close because 22 Republicans voted against it.

    Throughout the day, Democrats blasted Republicans for bringing up a bill that does not go as far as a Senate bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The Senate bill says explicitly that there can be no discrimination against these people under the VAWA program.

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/227877-house-passes-violence-against-women-act-reauthorization

  30. CR says:

    Jeff Fortenberry: One House Republican who’s dared to defy Grover Norquist

    5/17/2012 Posted by Suzy Khimm – washingtonpost

    There are only about 10 House Republicans who have refused to stand by Grover Norquist’s pledge against tax increases. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) is one of them, having declined to renew his pledge last year. He doubled down on his refusal in an interview this week with the American Conservative:

    RD: You broke party ranks last year by refusing to renew your pledge not to vote for any future tax increases. Since when do Republican congressmen dare to defy Grover Norquist?

    JF: My responsibility is to make judgments about hard, complex issues that I believe to be right. Simply looking at the status quo and suggesting that the tax code is sacrosanct and can never change, and that decisions made in the ’80s and ’90s can never change, is absurd. The tax code is weighted toward the ultra-wealthy and ultra-wealthy corporations, and has created an offshore aristocracy of people who can afford to hire an army of accountants and lawyers. This shifts the tax burden to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and others. I don’t want to see taxes go up on any hardworking American. We need a simpler, fairer tax code. Removing special-interest loopholes could potentially increase revenues and allow for lower rates.

    For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/jeff-fortenberry-one-house-republican-whos-dared-to-defy-grover-norquist/2012/05/17/gIQA5Q0wVU_blog.html

  31. CR says:

    Persistent Exporters Recognized for their Achievements during E-Awards White House Ceremony

    Cory Churches May 17, 2012 10:57 AM EDT

    Today Commerce Secretary John Bryson presented 41 U.S. companies and organizations with “E” Awards and “E Star” Awards recognizing their significant contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports. These awards fall into two categories. The “E” Award for Exports honors manufacturers and service businesses, demonstrating a sustained increase over several years in selling U.S. products and services to overseas consumers. The “E” Award for Export Service honors export service providers that demonstrate how over several years they have assisted businesses to increase their exports.

    The “E” Award was created by President John F. Kennedy on December 5, 1961, “to award suitable recognition to persons, firms, and organizations making significant contributions to the increase of American exports.” The “E Star” Award, which was authorized by the Secretary of Commerce in 1969, recognizes previous “E” Award winners for their continuing significant contributions to U.S. export expansion.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/05/17/persistent-exporters-recognized-their-achievements-during-e-awards-white-house-cerem

  32. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:45 AM ET
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Martins Ferry, OH

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Vice-President-Biden-Campaigns-in-Ohio/10737430737/

  33. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:00 PM EDT
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon brief the press

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

  34. CR says:

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


    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      26 now.

    • Thank you CR. My brother had another eye surgery yesterday and then follow up appointment this morning. Thank you for posting the candle link. There are 27 lit now.

      • CR says:

        Hi Jackie! Tell your brother that we are all hoping for his speedy recovery to a clear and bright view of the world!

        • Thank you. He already sees much better and they expect him to even improve more in the next few days. He is very excited about the bright new world he sees and am extremely happy for him.

  35. CR says:

    House panel approves State funding bill with anti-abortion language

    5/17/12 By Erik Wasson – TheHill

    The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a 2013 State Department funding bill that includes controversial anti-abortion language.

    The markup featured heated rhetoric between Democrats and Republicans, who sought to portray each other as hurting women, a crucial swing constituency in the fall elections.

    The State and foreign operations bill spends $40.1 billion in regular discretionary funding, or $2 billion below 2012, and $8.2 billion on the war on terror. In total, including war funding, the bill is $5 billion below fiscal 2012 funding levels.

    Bilateral economic assistance would receive $1.1 billion less than last year, and war on terror funding would be cut by $3 billion. The bill contains tough new limitations on aid, including to the Palestinians. Because the spending bill violates last summer’s debt-ceiling deal, the White House has threatened to veto it.

    On abortion, the bill cuts off all funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and reinstates the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule. The rules says that all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive U.S. funding must refrain from performing or promoting abortion services.

    Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee, offered an amendment to strip out the anti-abortion restrictions, but it was defeated 23-27. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) voted for the amendment.

    “These provisions will leave millions of women without access to critical and lifesaving services,” Lowey argued. She said the global gag rule has been shown to have led to a doubling in the number of abortions in Africa when it was imposed by the George W. Bush administration. Lowey asserted that the provisions would result in 1.4 million more abortions once women were barred from receiving family planning services.

    She said her amendment would have simply reinstated current law, which provides $39 million to UNFPA but prevents money from being used in China in support of its one-child policy or forced abortions.

    An amendment by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) would have restored funding for UNFPA to provide maternal healthcare and treat genital mutilation. She argued for her amendment by graphically describing the effects of pregnancy-related diseases on the body. That amendment was defeated by a tied vote of 24-24.

    Another amendment, offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), would have restored UNFPA funding in those least-developed countries where the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is not present.

    “If we don’t pass this, women will die,” Lowey said. “They will die having their 17th child.”

    The Lee amendment failed 22-27.

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/appropriations/228077-house-appropriators-approve-state-dept-bill-with-anti-abortion-language

  36. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Arriving late today to wish a good and HOPEful Thursday to CR and all friends!


    Now to get caught up on the news.

  37. CR says:

    May 17, 2012

    Statement by the President on Burma

    Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the relationship between the United States and Burma. Since I announced a new U.S. opening to Burma in November, President Thein Sein, Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma have made significant progress along the path to democracy. The United States has pledged to respond to positive developments in Burma and to clearly demonstrate America’s commitment to the future of an extraordinary country, a courageous people, and universal values. That is what we are doing.

    Today, I am nominating our first U.S. Ambassador to Burma in 22 years, Derek Mitchell, whose work has been instrumental in bringing about this new phase in our bilateral relationship. We also are announcing that the United States will ease its bans on the exportation of financial services and new investment in Burma. Opening up greater economic engagement between our two countries is critical to supporting reformers in government and civil society, facilitating broad-based economic development, and bringing Burma out of isolation and into the international community.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/17/statement-president-burma


    Message — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Burma http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/17/statement-president-burma

    Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Burma http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/17/notice-continuation-national-emergency-respect-burma

  38. CR says:

    US gov’t sets stiff tariffs on China solar panels

    5/18/12 By MATTHEW DALY | Associated Press – 31 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration moved Thursday to impose stiff new tariffs on solar panels made in China, finding that Chinese companies are improperly flooding the U.S. market with government-subsidized products.

    The Commerce Department said Chinese producers had dumped solar cells and panels in the United States at margins ranging from 31 percent to nearly 250 percent. If the preliminary ruling is upheld, tariffs averaging 31 percent could be imposed on Chinese solar-panel imports.

    The tariffs would be in addition to fees ranging from 2.9 percent to 4.73 percent imposed in March after the department found that China is improperly subsidizing its solar manufacturers.

    The tariffs announced Thursday were higher than expected and could ratchet up trade tensions between the two countries.
    Several U.S. solar panel makers, led by Oregon-based SolarWorld, had asked the government to impose steep tariffs on Chinese imports. They are struggling against stiff competition from China as well as weakening demand in Europe and other key markets.

    A majority of U.S. solar panel installers oppose tariffs on Chinese panels, arguing that less expensive imports have helped make solar panels more affordable for U.S. customers, just as President Barack Obama and many governors are working to promote renewable energy.

    The solar companies also worried that China could retaliate against U.S. companies doing business there, noting that Chinese authorities have announced their own probe into whether U.S. support for renewable energy companies hurts foreign suppliers.
    “This is the first step to a trade war between the U.S. and China,” said Jigar Shah, leader of a coalition of solar companies that oppose U.S. tariffs.

    The Commerce Department decision will increase solar electricity prices in the United States “precisely at the moment solar power is becoming competitive with fossil-fuel-generated electricity,” said Shah, president of the Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-govt-sets-stiff-tariffs-china-solar-panels-192149831.html

  39. CR says:

    May 17, 2012

    Presidential Memorandum — Implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act

    May 17, 2012


    SUBJECT: Implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act

    Sexual violence, against any victim, is an assault on human dignity and an affront to American values. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) was enacted with bipartisan support and established a “zero tolerance standard” for rape in prisons in the United States. 42 U.S.C. 15602(1).

    My Administration, with leadership from the Department of Justice, has worked diligently to implement the principles set out in PREA. Today, the Attorney General finalized a rule adopting national standards to prevent, detect, and respond to prison rape. This rule expresses my Administration’s conclusion that PREA applies to all Federal confinement facilities, including those operated by executive departments and agencies (agencies) other than the Department of Justice, whether administered by the Federal Government or by a private organization on behalf of the Federal Government.

    Each agency is responsible for, and must be accountable for, the operations of its own confinement facilities, and each agency has extensive expertise regarding its own facilities, particularly those housing unique populations. Thus, each agency is best positioned to determine how to implement the Federal laws and rules that govern its own operations, the conduct of its own employees, and the safety of persons in its custody. To advance the goals of PREA, we must ensure that all agencies that operate confinement facilities adopt high standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse. In addition to adopting such standards, the success of PREA in combating sexual abuse in confinement facilities will depend on effective agency and facility leadership and the development of an agency culture that prioritizes efforts to combat sexual abuse.

    In order to implement PREA comprehensively across the Federal Government, I hereby direct all agencies with Federal confinement facilities that are not already subject to the Department of Justice’s final rule to work with the Attorney General to propose, within 120 days of the date of this memorandum, any rules or procedures necessary to satisfy the requirements of PREA and to finalize any such rules or procedures within 240 days of their proposal.

    This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with the requirements of Executive Order 13175 of November 6, 2000 (Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments).

    This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    The Director of the Office of Management and Budget is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.


  40. CR says:

    May 17, 2012

    Message from the President to the Senate Regarding a Tax Treaty with Chile


    I transmit herewith, for the advice and consent of the Senate to their ratification, the Convention between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Chile for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and Capital, signed in Washington on February 4, 2010, with a Protocol signed the same day, as corrected by exchanges of notes effected February 25, 2011, and February 10 and 21, 2012, and a related agreement effected by exchange of notes (the “related Agreement”) on February 4, 2010. I also transmit for the information of the Senate the report of the Department of State, which includes an Overview of the proposed Convention, the Protocol, and related Agreement.

    The proposed Convention, Protocol, and related Agreement (together “proposed Treaty”) would be the first bilateral income tax treaty between the United States and Chile. The proposed Treaty contains comprehensive provisions designed to address “treaty shopping,” which is the inappropriate use of a tax treaty by residents of a third country, and provides for a robust exchange of information between the tax authorities in the two countries to facilitate the administration of each country’s tax laws.

    I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the proposed Treaty and give its advice and consent to the ratification thereof.


  41. CR says:


    NBLB Come on over to my newest post

    titled: “ NATO Summit Chicago 2012 ”

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