US Supreme Court Cases

US Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the United States. It has ultimate (but largely discretionary) appellate jurisdiction over all federal courts and over state court cases involving issues of federal law, and original jurisdiction over a small range of cases. The Court, which meets in the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., consists of a chief justice and eight associate justices who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate.

A term of the Supreme Court commences on the first Monday of each October, and continues until June or early July of the following year. Each term consists of alternating periods of approximately two weeks known as “sittings” and “recesses.” Justices hear cases and deliver rulings during sittings; they discuss cases and write opinions during recesses.



Federal Judiciary Oaths

In the United States, federal judges are required to take two oaths. The first oath is this:

I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as (office) under the Constitution and laws of the United States. [So help me God.]

The second is the same oath that members of Congress take:

I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. [So help me God.]

Federal statute specifically says that the latter oath “does not affect other oaths required by law.”


The Supreme Court: Justices

The Supreme Court is made up of nine Justices. One of these is the Chief Justice. They are appointed by the President and must be approved by the Senate. Once a person has been approved by the Senate and sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice, s/he remains in the job for life. The only way a Justice may leave the job is to resign, retire, die, or be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate. No Justice has ever been removed by impeachment. There are no official qualifications in order to become a Justice, although all have been trained in the law and most pursued legal and political careers before serving on the Court. Several justices served as members of Congress, governors, or members of the Cabinet. One president, William Howard Taft, was later appointed chief justice.


Justices of the Supreme Court:

Hon. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. (age: 57, apptd by GW Bush)
Hon. Antonin Scalia (age: 76, apptd by R Regan)
Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy (age: 76, apptd by R Regan)
Hon. Clarence Thomas (age: 64, apptd by GW Bush)
Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg (age: 79, apptd by B Clinton)
Hon. Stephen G. Breyer (age: 74, apptd by B Clinton)
Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr. (age: 63, apptd by GW Bush)
Hon. Sonia Sotomayor  (age: 58, apptd by B Obama)
Hon. Elena Kagan (age: 52, apptd by B Obama)

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President Obama put two new Supreme Court justices on the bench — Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who bring rich and diverse experience to the Court


Conservative Scholars Bullish That A Romney Supreme Court Could Reverse Longstanding Liberal Jurisprudence

OCTOBER 26, 2012, 6:51 AM SAHIL KAPUR – tpm
A potential Mitt Romney presidency carries huge implications for the Supreme Court that have conservatives excited and progressives fearful about the future.

Liberal-leaning Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79, and Steven Breyer, 74, are likely candidates for retirement during a Romney administration, the GOP nominee has vowed to appoint staunch conservatives, and the influential conservative legal community will make sure he follows through.

Replacing even one of the liberal justices with a conservative, legal scholars and advocates across the ideological spectrum agree, would position conservatives to scale back the social safety net and abortion rights in the near term. Over time, if a robust five-vote conservative bloc prevails on the court for years, the right would have the potential opportunity to reverse nearly a century of progressive jurisprudence.

For all those reasons, conservative legal activists anticipate that a Romney win would be the culmination of their decades-long project to remake the country’s legal architecture.

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9/22/14 Supreme Court Justice Kaganan, Obama appointee, officiates same-sex wedding


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  1. WH

    Monday, October 1, 2012

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    President Obama prepares for the first Presidential Debate on Domestic Policy
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  2. Factbox: Major cases in new U.S. Supreme Court term

    Sep 28, 2012 Jonathan Stempel – Reuters

    (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review close to 40 cases in its new term that begins on Monday, roughly half the number the court is expected to hear this year. Below are some of the more prominent cases that the court has accepted for review, and brief summaries of the issues.

    The court is expected this year to decide also whether to review cases related to the rights of same-sex couples, and the constitutionality of a provision of the Voting Rights Act requiring some states to get federal approval before changing voting procedures.

    KIOBEL v. ROYAL DUTCH PETROLEUM (to be argued on Monday)
    The issue is whether American judges are empowered to hear lawsuits over human rights atrocities abroad, under a 1789 law known as the Alien Tort Statute. Twelve Nigerian plaintiffs are appealing a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision barring the use of the statute in civil litigation against oil companies accused of complicity in abuses between 1992 and 1995 under Sani Abacha.

    The issue is whether using race in undergraduate admissions at public colleges and universities to increase diversity is still acceptable under the U.S. Constitution. The University of Texas at Austin has used race as a factor in filling about one-quarter of its classes, with a goal of improving the educational experience, and a “race neutral” policy that grants students in the top 10 percent of their high-school classes automatic admission to fill the remainder. In 2003, the Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger upheld the use of race at the University of Michigan’s law school to enhance diversity on a campus.

    FLORIDA v. JARDINES; FLORIDA v. HARRIS (both October 31)
    The issues in two “dog sniff” cases will test the boundary of Fourth Amendment protection against illegal searches. Florida v. Jardines concerns whether a homeowner’s privacy was violated when a trained narcotics dog named Franky was allowed to walk near the home. He appeared to detect a marijuana odor from inside. Florida v. Harris addresses the propriety of a search of a truck that uncovered methamphetamine ingredients, after the dog Aldo gave an “alert” near a door handle while being led around the truck by a policeman.

    COMCAST CORP v. BEHREND (November 5)
    The issue is whether Comcast Corp is entitled to decertification of a class-action lawsuit by subscribers who claimed they were overcharged because the largest U.S. cable TV provider monopolized the Philadelphia-area market. The court will consider whether subscribers should have been allowed to sue as a group even though the trial judge failed to first determine whether classwide damages could have been awarded. In recent terms, the Supreme Court has narrowed the ability of various plaintiffs to bring class-action lawsuits.

    The issue is whether an employer defending against workplace harassment claims can be held liable for a supervisor’s pervasive harassment if the supervisor merely had direct authority over the employee complaining of the harassment, rather than the power to hire, fire, demote, promote, transfer or discipline the employee.

    • Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases in late March

      1/7/13 By Jonathan Stempel | Reuters

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court will in late March hear oral arguments in a pair of cases challenging laws that define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

      On March 26, the court will review a California ban on gay marriage, which voters narrowly approved in 2008. That case could give the court a chance to accept or reject a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, or issue a narrower ruling affecting only the nation’s most populous state.

      The next day the court will review a New York court ruling striking down a centerpiece of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that denies married same-sex couples a variety of federal benefits that heterosexual couples receive.

      The scheduling was announced in a calendar released by the court on Monday. In May, President Barack Obama said he believed same-sex couples deserve the right to marry, and the government is no longer defending the federal benefits law.

      Both cases are the most anticipated in the court’s current term and are among several cases that could allow the nine justices to better define what constitutes equality.

      In October, the court heard arguments challenging the use of affirmative action in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin. Next month, it will hear a challenge to a central provision in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

      Decisions in these cases are expected by the end of June.
      In the California case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had last February voided the same-sex marriage ban but ruled narrowly, saying the state could not take away a right to same-sex marriage after previously allowing it.

      That case was brought by two lawyers, Theodore Olson and David Boies, who were on opposite sides in the 2000 case Bush v. Gore, which decided the 2000 U.S. presidential election.

      The New York case, U.S. v. Windsor, challenged Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between only a man and a woman for the purpose of benefits such as Social Security survivor payments and the right to file joint federal tax returns.

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      March 25 – Supreme Court reviews CA’s Prop 8

      March 26 – Supreme Court reviews “Defense of Marriage Act

      • Obama administration urges U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

        ‘Gay and lesbian people have been subject to a significant history of discrimination in this country’

        February 22, 2013 lgbtqnation Staff Reports

        The Obama administration on Friday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing why it considers the federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.

        Filed in United States v. Windsor, a case challenging Section 3 of DOMA, the administration said “gay and lesbian people have been subject to a significant history of discrimination in this country,” and argued that laws targeting individuals based on their sexual orientation should face additional scrutiny by courts reviewing them.

        In the brief, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli asked the court to uphold a federal appeals court ruling that found DOMA to be unconstitutional:

        Section 3 of DOMA violates the fundamental constitutional guarantee of equal protection. The law denies to tens of thousands of same-sex couples who are legally married under state law an array of important federal benefits that are available to legally married opposite-sex couples. Because this discrimination cannot be justified as substantially furthering any important governmental interest, Section 3 is unconstitutional.

        This case deals with Edith Windsor, who was forced to pay $363,000 in estate taxes in 2009 upon the death of her spouse, Thea Spyer. The two had lived as a couple for 44 years and married in Canada in 2007. Because her decades-long partner was a woman, the federal government did not recognize the same-sex marriage in legal terms, even though their home state of New York did.

        Section 3 of DOMA, which bars legally married same-sex couples from any federal benefits or programs based on marriage, has been found unconstitutional in eight federal courts, including the First and Second Circuit Court of Appeals, on issues including bankruptcy, public employee benefits, estate taxes, and immigration.

        The brief also mentions Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, and similar measures in other states as evidence of continued discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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      • SCOTUS allows Obama administration to participate in Prop. 8 oral arguments
        3/15/13 By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

        The Supreme Court on Friday granted permission to the Obama administration to participate in oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case.

        After President Obama had said he was cautious about intervening in the case seeking to strike down California’s gay-marriage ban, the administration ultimately filed a friend-of-the-court brief last month urging the court to strike down the ban and asking for 10 minutes to argue its case.


        “It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law –- (applause) — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity — (applause) — until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. (Applause.) Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.

        That is our generation’s task — to make these words, these rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life. It does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time, but it does require us to act in our time. (Applause.) ”

        1/21/13 President Barack Obama

    • Justices refuse Alabama’s immigration law appeal

      4/29/13 By Lawrence Hurley | Reuters – 24 mins ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed the state of Alabama, and gave a win to the Obama administration, by declining to review a lower court ruling that had blocked a controversial part of the state’s tough immigration law.

      Alabama had asked the high court to review an appeals court decision to stop enforcement of the ‘harboring’ provision that made it illegal to harbor or transport anyone in the state who had entered the country illegally.

      The appeals court had acted in 2012 at the Obama administration’s request.

      The White House had said that Alabama’s law was trumped by federal immigration law.

      The Alabama law, enacted in 2011, is considered one of the toughest state immigration statutes in the nation. The law also made it illegal to encourage people to either enter or stay in the country in violation of federal immigration laws.

      The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in two separate decisions, upheld injunctions against the harboring provision and other parts of the law in August 2012.

      A brief order issued by the court on Monday said Justice Antonin Scalia disagreed with the decision not to hear the case.

      The Obama administration has challenged other provisions of the Alabama law, but they were not at issue in the case before the high court.

      In 2012, the justices partially upheld a similar wide-ranging law enacted in Arizona.

      Arizona and eight other states have similar laws. Laws in Georgia and South Carolina are also being challenged in court.

      The case is Alabama v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 12-884.

    • Justice Kagan officiates same-sex wedding

      September 22, 2014, 11:41 am By Peter Sullivan – TheHill

      Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan officiated a same-sex wedding on Sunday, a court spokeswoman told The Associated Press.

      The ceremony in Maryland for a former law clerk is the first same-sex wedding that Kagan has performed. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor have both performed same-sex weddings in the past.

      Gay marriage has been a divisive topic at the Supreme Court, as it has been elsewhere in the country.
      Last year, Kagan, an Obama appointee, joined the three other reliably liberal justices, along with swing voter Anthony Kennedy, to strike down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which restricted the definition of marriage to a man and a woman. The four reliably conservative justices dissented.

      The court could decide as early as this month whether to take up the issue again in the coming session, this time to consider a more sweeping ruling declaring a right to same-sex marriage across the country.

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  3. New high court era: Kagan makes 3 women on bench

    10/4/10 By MARK SHERMAN, AP

    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court began a new era Monday with three women serving together for the first time, Elena Kagan taking her place at the end of the bench and quickly joining in the give-and-take.

    In a scene that will repeat itself over the next few months, Kagan left the courtroom while the other justices remained to hear a case in which she will take no part. She has taken herself out of 24 pending cases, including the second of the two argued Monday, because of her work as the Obama administration’s solicitor general prior to joining the court in August.

    Opening its new term on the traditional first Monday in October, the court turned down hundreds of appeals, including one from the relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. They are seeking a proper burial for material taken from the World Trade Center site because it could contain the ashes of victims.

    The justices also refused to hear several criminal appeals, including one by John and Timothy Rigas, founders of former telecommunications giant Adelphia Communications. They wanted the court to overturn their fraud convictions in connection with Adelphia’s collapse in 2002.

    The court also rejected an appeal by reputed Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale of his conviction for killing two black men in rural Mississippi in 1964 and another appeal by Georgia death row inmate Jamie Ryan Weis, who said he had no lawyer for two years.

    At the court, moments after Marshal Pamela Talkin banged her gavel and commanded the audience’s attention, Chief Justice John Roberts announced the start of the new term with little fanfare.

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor, beginning her second year on the court, sat at the opposite end of the bench from Kagan, while Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who joined in 1993, sat midway between Kagan and Roberts, who occupies the center chair.

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    • August 12, 2009

      10:17 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody, and welcome to the White House. I am glad all of you could be with us today as we honor the newest member of our highest Court who I’m proud to address, for the very first time, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (Applause.)

      We are also honored to be joined by Justice Sotomayor’s new colleagues. We have Justice Ginsburg who is here — (applause) — as well as Justice Stevens. So I just want to thank both Justice Stevens and Justice Ginsburg not only for being here today, but for your extraordinary service on the Court. And I know you’ll be giving Justice Sotomayor some good tips. (Laughter.)

      I also want to thank everyone who’s worked so hard to bring us to this day. I want to thank especially our Judiciary Committee Chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy — (applause) — as well as our Senate Majority Leader, Senator Reid — (applause) — for their outstanding work to complete this process before the August recess.

      I want to thank Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand, both of whom are Justice Sotomayor’s home-state senators, for their extraordinary work on her behalf. I want to thank all the members of Congress who’ve taken the time to join us here at the White House event. And I want to acknowledge all the advocates and groups who organized and mobilized and supported these efforts from the very beginning. Your work was absolutely critical to our success, and I appreciate all that you’ve done. So pat yourselves on the back. Congratulations. (Applause.)
      Two members of Congress that I just especially want to acknowledge — Senator Bob Menendez, who worked so hard on the Senate side.

      (Applause.) And Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who is our chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. (Applause.)

      And I think we all want to take a moment to recognize the woman who, in so many ways, truly made this day possible — Justice Sotomayor’s mother, Celina Sotomayor. (Applause.) Mrs. Sotomayor is here with her husband, Omar; and Justice Sotomayor’s brother, Juan; and other members of their family. And we’re thrilled that they could join us here today.

      And by the way — I don’t normally do this, but let me also just thank my extraordinary White House staff who helped to usher this stuff through. We’re very proud of them. (Applause.) Thank you very much.

      Of course, we’re here not just to celebrate our extraordinary new Supreme Court justice and all those who’ve been a part of her journey to this day. We’re here, as well, to celebrate an extraordinary moment for our nation. We celebrate the impact Justice Sotomayor has already had on people across America who have been inspired by her exceptional life story. We celebrate the greatness of a country in which such a story is possible. And we celebrate how, with their overwhelming vote to confirm Justice Sotomayor, the United States Senate –- Republicans and Democrats — tore down yet one more barrier and affirmed our belief that in America, the doors of opportunity must be open to all.

      With that vote, the Senate looked beyond the old divisions and they embraced excellence. They recognized Justice Sotomayor’s intellect, her integrity, and her independence of mind; her respect for the proper role of each branch of government; her fidelity to the law in each case that she hears; and her devotion to protecting our core constitutional rights and liberties.

      Justice William Brennan once said that in order for government to ensure those rights for all its citizens, government officials must be attentive to the concrete human realities at stake in the decisions they make. They must understand, as Justice Brennan put it, “the pulse of life beneath the official version of events.” The pulse of life beneath the official version of events.

      Justice Sotomayor understands those realities because she’s witnessed them firsthand as a prosecutor, a litigator, and a judge, working to uphold our laws, keep our communities safe, and give people the chance to live out their dreams — work that she has done with devotion, with distinction, and with an unyielding commitment to give back to this country that has given her so much.

      And she understands these things because she’s lived these things — because her life is one of those “only in America” stories: raised by a single mom in the South Bronx determined to give her every opportunity to succeed; propelled by the talent and hard work that would earn her scholarships and honors at the best schools in the country; driven always by the belief that it doesn’t matter where you come from, or what you look like, or what challenges life throws your way — no dream is beyond reach in the United States of America.

      And with her extraordinary breadth and depth of experience, Justice Sotomayor brings to the Court both a mastery of the letter of the law and an understanding of how the law actually unfolds in our daily lives — its impact on how we work and worship and raise our families; on whether we have the opportunities we need to live the lives we imagine.

      That understanding is vital for the work of a Supreme Court justice, as Justice Stevens and Justice Ginsburg will testify — the work of applying principles set forth at our founding to the cases and controversies of our time.

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    • August 6, 2010:

      Remarks by the President and Elena Kagan at Reception Honoring Her Confirmation


      The bipartisan support she received in yesterday’s vote is yet another example of the high esteem in which she’s held by folks across the political spectrum….

      These folks may not agree on much, but they’ve all been impressed, as I have, by Elena’s formidable intellect and path-breaking career — as an acclaimed scholar and presidential advisor, as the first woman to serve as Dean of the Harvard Law School, and most recently as Solicitor General. They admire how, while she could easily have settled into a comfortable practice in corporate law, she chose instead to devote her life to public service. They appreciate her even-handedness and open-mindedness, and her excellent — and often irreverent — sense of humor.

      These are traits that she happens to share with the last Solicitor General who went on to become a Supreme Court Justice — one for whom Elena clerked, and whom she considers one of her heroes — Justice Thurgood Marshall. And we are very proud to have Justice Marshall’s widow here today joining us. (Applause.)

      In a tribute she wrote after Justice Marshall’s death, Elena recalled how she and her fellow clerks took turns standing guard when his casket lay in state at the Supreme Court — and how 20,000 people stood in a line that stretched around the block to pay their respects….

      It is, to this day, a moving reminder that the work of our highest Court shapes not just the character of our democracy, but the most fundamental aspects of our daily lives — how we work, how we worship, whether we can speak freely and live fully, whether those words put to paper more than two centuries ago will truly mean something for each of us in our time.

    • Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Reform Individual Mandate

      Published on Jun 28, 2012 by ABCNews

      The Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate in Obama’s health care law.

    • Vote Obama to Save Supreme Court

      Uploaded by TheYoungTurks on Jan 13, 2012

      Michael Shure discusses what the would happen to the Supreme Court if a Republican was elected in 2012. Is the balance of the Supreme Court reason enough to vote for President Barack Obama?

    • Sally Pederson and Joy Corning on Judicial Politics

      October 12, 2012 billmoyers


      Thirty-eight states now elect their high court judges. Large sums of money — $200 million over the last decade, much of it secret and tied to partisan agendas — are pouring into these judicial campaigns. In Florida, Pennsylvania, and Iowa, for example, justices are being targeted by radical groups that abhor judicial independence and want the courts to reflect their political bias.

      In Iowa, a state whose judicial system has been praised for its fairness and impartiality, the political and religious Right ousted three justices in 2010 over marriage equality, and is now trying to take down a fourth over the same issue. But this time a bipartisan coalition called Justice Not Politics, is fighting back. Its co-founders – Democrat Sally Pederson and Republican Joy Corning, both of whom served Iowa for eight years as lieutenant governor — join Bill to talk about what’s at stake when justices are at the mercy of partisan passions and money in politics.

      “What people would like to do is intimidate judges and make them understand that if they make a decision that’s counter to the interests of certain groups, that they’ll go after them,” Pederson tells Bill. “You know, we elect our legislators, we elect our president, governor. If we also have money and politics involved in our courts, then what is safe from just the opinions of the day?

      For the audio interview:

    • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to preside over gay wedding

      8/30/13 By Lawrence Hurley – Reuters

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is to officiate at a wedding ceremony between two men this weekend, just two months after the court issued high-profile rulings on the highly divisive issue.

      A court spokesman said on Friday that Ginsburg would be officiating at the ceremony on Saturday at the Kennedy Center. Ginsburg is the first justice to preside over a wedding ceremony involving a same-sex couple.

      As reported by the Washington Post, Ginsburg will preside over the wedding of Michael Kaiser, the president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, and John Roberts, an economist.

      In June, the court struck down a federal law that denied federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples and paved the way for gay marriage in California by letting stand a ruling that struck down a state law that restricted marriage to opposite-sex couples.

      Gay marriage is legal in Washington, D.C., and 13 U.S. states.

      In an interview with Reuters in July, Ginsburg said she was pleased with the court’s decisions on the issue. Of the increasing public acceptance of gay marriage, she said, “I think the country is doing remarkably well. I don’t think anyone could have predicted this.”

  4. Congress’ Record Judicial Delays

    INFOGRAPHIC: Record Judicial Diversity, Record Judicial Delays

    Posted by Colleen Curtis on August 18, 2011 at 06:33 PM EST

    Creating a judicial pool for the 21st Century, one with intellect, fair-mindedness and integrity that resembles the nation that it serves, is a top priority for President Obama and his administration. In fact, the President’s nominations for federal judges embody an unprecedented commitment to expanding the racial, gender and experiential diversity of the men and women who enforce our laws and deliver justice.

    Unfortunately, the delays these nominees are encountering on Capitol Hill are equally unprecedented: earlier this month, the Senate left for its August recess without considering 20 eminently qualified candidates, 16 of whom had passed through the bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee completely unopposed, a development the Washington Post called “not only frustrating but also destructive” in an editorial published yesterday.

    The victims of these delays, of course, are the American citizens who are being denied the fair and timely judicial proceedings they deserve because of the chronic shortage of federal judges on the bench. Stephen Zack, president of the American Bar Association, told Senate leaders in a recent letter that the abundance of vacant federal judgeships “create strains that will inevitably reduce the quality of our justice system and erode public confidence in the ability of the courts to vindicate constitutional rights or render fair and timely decisions.”

    To better understand how the Senate delays are impacting American families and businesses, take a look at our infographic that explains the confirmation process and highlights the bottleneck.

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    GOP candidates would cut federal judges’ power

    10/24/11 By MARK SHERMAN – Associated Press | AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most of the Republican presidential candidates want to wipe away lifetime tenure for federal judges, cut the budgets of courts that displease them or allow Congress to override Supreme Court rulings on constitutional issues.

    Any one of those proposals would significantly undercut the independence and authority of federal judges. Many of the ideas have been advanced before in campaigns to court conservative voters.

    This time, though, six of the eight GOP candidates are backing some or all of those limits on judges, even though judges appointed by Republican presidents hold a majority on the Supreme Court and throughout the federal system.

    A group that works for judicial independence says the proposals would make judges “accountable to politicians, not the Constitution.”

    Bert Brandenburg, executive director of the Justice at Stake Campaign, said, “Debates like these could threaten to lead to a new cycle of attempts to politicize the courts.”

    Only the former governors in the race, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Jon Huntsman of Utah, have not attacked federal judges in their campaigns.

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been the most outspoken critic of the courts. He would summon judges before Congress to explain their decisions and consider impeaching judges over their rulings.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in his book “Fed Up,” has called for an end to lifetime tenure for federal judges and referred to the high court as “nine oligarchs in robes.”

    Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, in criticizing Iowa judges who ruled same-sex marriage legal in the state, described judges as “black-robed masters.” Bachmann said Congress should prevent the courts from getting involved in the fight over same-sex marriage, among other high-profile social issues.

    Texas Rep. Ron Paul has advocated cutting the jurisdiction of federal courts and has introduced a bill to that effect in the House. A judge’s violation of Paul’s proposed “We the People Act” would be “an impeachable offense.”

    Paul told Iowans in March that the country ought to come up with a way for voters to remove federal judges from office, much like several states that have retention elections for state judges.

    At a Tea Party forum in South Carolina in September, Republican candidate Herman Cain joined Bachmann and Gingrich in endorsing legislation that would overturn the high court’s rulings declaring that women have a constitutional right to abortion. The proposal challenges the widely held view that Congress can’t overrule the court’s constitutional holdings.

    For the entire article:

    • What would Romney’s Supreme Court look like?

      10/1/12 By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 1 hr 0 mins ago

      Should Mitt Romney win the presidential election this November, one institution stands to receive a substantial makeover: the Supreme Court. The venerable justices begin a new term Monday, and it could be one of the last of its kind. During his four year term, the Republican pick for president would very likely get to nominate at least one new justice to the aging Court, a move that could drastically reshape the legal landscape for years after.

      The majority of justices on the Court aren’t exactly youthful. Conservative justices Anton Scalia and Clarence Thomas are well into their 70s, while liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are 74 and 79, respectively. Swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, meanwhile, is 76. Ginsburg, who has twice survived cancer, said she wants to tie the tenure of Justice Louis Brandeis, who retired in 1939 at age 82. If that happens, she’d say adieu in 2015, smack in the middle of a Romney presidency (should he win the White House.)

      If Romney gets to replace Ginsburg, the ideological make up of the Supreme Court will undergo a radical shift. Right now, four reliably liberal justices face off against four even more reliably conservative justices, with Justice Anthony Kennedy swinging between the two sides. An analysis by Geoffrey Stone, professor and former dean at the University of Chicago Law School, predicts that if Ginsburg had been replaced with a conservative justice in 2000, conservatives would have won 16 out of the 18 most important Supreme Court cases over the past 12 years, including overturning President Barack Obama’s health care law.

      For more:–election.html

  6. National Bullying Prevention Month

    National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006. Traditionally held the first week in October the campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

    • March 10, 2011

      Remarks by the President and First Lady at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention

      East Room

      10:25 A.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Good morning. Thank you. (Applause.) Everyone, please. Good morning, and welcome to the White House.

      I want to thank all of you for joining us here today to discuss an issue of great concern to me and to Barack, not just as President and as First Lady, but as a mom and a dad. And that is the problem of bullying in our schools and in our communities.

      As parents, this issue really hits home for us. As parents, it breaks our hearts to think that any child feels afraid every day in the classroom, or on the playground, or even online. It breaks our hearts to think about any parent losing a child to bullying, or just wondering whether their kids will be safe when they leave for school in the morning.

      And as parents, Barack and I also know that sometimes, maybe even a lot of the time, it’s really hard for parents to know what’s going on in our kids’ lives.

      We don’t always know, because they don’t always tell us every little detail. We know that from Sasha. Sasha’s response is — “What happened at school today?” “Nothing.” (Laughter.) That’s it. It’s like, well, we’re taking you out of that school. (Laughter.)

      So as parents, we know we need to make a real effort to be engaged in our children’s lives, to listen to them and be there for them when they need us. We need to get involved in their schools and in their activities so that we know what they’re up to, both in and out of the classroom. And when something is wrong, we need to speak up, and we need to take action.

      That’s just what Jacqui Knight did. She’s a mom from Moore, Oklahoma, who’s here with us today. We got a chance to spend some time with her before. But when her child was bullied, she got together with other parents and planned community meetings where parents and students could share their stories. They also held meetings for the public to raise awareness about bullying. And they’ve been meeting with the school board and superintendent to discuss steps that they can take to keep their kids safe.

      But parents aren’t the only ones who have a responsibility. We all need to play a role — as teachers, coaches, as faith leaders, elected officials, and anyone who’s involved in our children’s lives. And that doesn’t just mean working to change our kids’ behavior and recognize and reward kids who are already doing the right thing. It means thinking about our own behavior as adults as well.

      We all know that when we, as adults, treat others with compassion and respect, when we take the time to listen and give each other the benefit of the doubt in our own adult lives, that sets an example for our children. It sends a message to our kids about how they treat others.

      For more:

  7. romney_bully

    Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents

    May 11, 2012 By Jason Horowitz – washingtonpost

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

    “He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenage son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

    A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

    The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be identified. The men have differing political affiliations, although they mostly lean Democratic. Buford volunteered for Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. Seed, a registered independent, has served as a Republican county chairman in Michigan. All of them said that politics in no way colored their recollections.

    “It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” said Buford, the school’s wrestling champion, who said he joined Romney in restraining Lauber. Buford subsequently apologized to Lauber, who was “terrified,” he said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”

    “It was a hack job,” recalled Maxwell, a childhood friend of Romney who was in the dorm room when the incident occurred. “It was vicious.”

    “He was just easy pickin’s,” said Friedemann, then the student prefect, or student authority leader of Stevens Hall, expressing remorse about his failure to stop it.

    The incident transpired in a flash, and Friedemann said Romney then led his cheering schoolmates back to his bay-windowed room in Stevens Hall.

    Friedemann, guilt ridden, made a point of not talking about it with his friend and waited to see what form of discipline would befall Romney at the famously strict institution. Nothing happened.

    Romney is now the presumed Republican presidential nominee. His campaign spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, said in a statement that “anyone who knows Mitt Romney knows that he doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in his body. The stories of fifty years ago seem exaggerated and off base and Governor Romney has no memory of participating in these incidents.”

    Campaign officials denied a request for an interview with Romney. They also declined to comment further about his years at Cranbrook.

    In a subsequent interview Thursday morning with Fox News Radio, Romney said he didn’t remember the incident but apologized for pranks he helped orchestrate that he said “might have gone too far.”

    For more:


      Romney apologizes after bullying incidents in high school revealed

      May 10, 2012 By Robin Abcarian – latimes

      A Washington Post investigation into Mitt Romney’s years at the Cranbrook School in Michigan, which included a disturbing account of Romney bullying a student who later turned out to be gay, earned an unusual apology from the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Thursday morning.

      The incident came to light one day after President Barack Obama said he supports same-sex marriage, and Romney reiterated his opposition.

      “Back in high school, I did some dumb things,” Romney said during a radio interview Thursday morning. “And if anyone was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that.” The Post said the call with Brian Kilmeade of Fox News Radio, was hastily arranged by the campaign to respond to the potentially damaging story.

      The Washington Post story, by Jason Horowitz, detailed a 1965 incident, witnessed by at least five Cranbrook students, in which Romney, reportedly incensed by the dyed blond locks of a fellow student, led what the Post described as a “posse” of students in a charge against the boy, threw him to the ground and hacked off his hair. “He can’t look like that,” Romney told a close friend at the time. “That’s wrong. Just look at him!”

      No one was punished for the incident, according to a number of witnesses, who the Post tracked down and interviewed.

      The Post also detailed incidents in which Romney said “Atta girl,” in class to a closeted gay student, and deliberately held a door closed while a sight-impaired teacher walked into it.

      But it is the story involving John Lauber, described as “a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney … walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye” that may cause problems for the former governor. After Romney rounded up some friends, including Matthew Friedmann, who gave his version of the story to the Post, “they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.”

      Lauber, who died in 2004, was traumatized by the incident, according to a witness who bumped into him years later at a bar in Chicago O’Hare International Airport. “It was horrible,” Lauber reportedly told David Seed, a witness to the event, who apologized to Lauber for not helping stop it, the Post said.

      “I’m a very different person than I was in high school, of course, but I’m glad I learned as much as I did during those high school years,” Romney told Fox News Radio on Thursday. “I’m quite a different guy now. I’m married, have five sons five daughters-in-law and now 18 grandchildren.

      “There’s going to be some that want to talk about high school. Well, if you really think that’s important, be my guest.”

      For Romney’s full interivew with Kilmeade, listen below.

  8. Next Up…

    8:30 AM EDT
    White House Energy Datapalooza
    An event highlighting innovators and entrepreneurs who are using freely available data from the government and other sources to build products, services, and apps to advance a secure and clean energy future. Tweet @ProjectOpenData to provide feedback and join the conversation.
    The White House

    • White House Energy Datapalooza: Honest Buildings

      Published on Oct 16, 2012 by whitehouse

      Honest Buildings is a startup that aggregates information about building’s energy use and green characteristics from sources that include owners, green building technologyservice providers, and public databases.

    • White House Energy Datapalooza: Data Market

      Published on Oct 16, 2012 by whitehouse

      Data Market helps business users find and understand data, and helps data providers efficiently publish their data and reach new audiences.

    • White House Energy Datapalooza: PlotWatt

      Published on Oct 16, 2012 by whitehouse

      PlotWatt helps people reduce their energy bills by providing customized money-saving recommendations.

    • White House Energy Datapalooza: First Fuel

      Published on Oct 16, 2012 by whitehouse

      First Fuel delivers energy efficiency analytics to commercial building owners, giving them the insight to manage and upgrade their buildings effectively.


    Paul Ryan on tax plan: ‘It would take me too long to go through all the math’

    10/1/12 By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 17 hrs ago

    Paul Ryan says “it would take me too long to go through all the math” involved in the tax plan he and Mitt Romney are proposing.

    The Republican vice presidential nominee said on “Fox News Sunday” that their plan–a 20 percent across-the-board income tax cut–would focus on deductions and closing tax loopholes for the rich, but declined to offer specifics.

    The Obama campaign seized on Ryan’s comments, firing off this response:

    Romney has promised $5 trillion in tax cuts skewed toward millionaires and billionaires, but refused to say how he’d pay for them without raising taxes on the middle class or exploding the deficit. He’s promised to repeal ObamaCare, but refused to say what he’d replace it with to protect the 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. He’s promised to repeal Wall Street reform, but refused to say what he’d replace it with so that big banks aren’t writing their own rules again.

    But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended the pair’s tax plan on Sunday’s “Meet The Press.”

    [Related: Chris Christie: Wednesday night’s debate is ‘the restart of this campaign’]

    “Governor Romney has a vision for the direction of this country,” Christie said. “He’s not an accountant. He’s not going to go line by line, as much as you’d like him to do, through the budget.”

    Christie then pivoted to President Obama. “Let’s hold the president to the same standard and criticize him as well,” Christie said.

    “How’s he going to create a million new manufacturing jobs? He hasn’t told anybody the specifics of that. How’s he going to reduce $4 trillion in debt? We’re still waiting to hear what he thinks about Simpson-Bowles, which he commissioned. I mean, he’s been the president, and hasn’t given us specifics. So let’s be fair here.”

    Ryan admitted the campaign has made several “missteps,” including Mitt Romney’s controversial “47 percent” comments about President Obama’s core supporters. On Sunday, Ryan called those comments “inarticulate” and lacking “eloquence.”

    “Mitt acknowledges himself that was an inarticulate way of describing how we’re worried that in a stagnant Obama economy more people have become dependent on government because they have no economic opportunity,” said Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee. “It was an inarticulate way to describe what we’re trying to do to create prosperity and upward mobility, and reduce dependency by getting people off welfare back to work.”


    FACT CHECK: Ryan Falsely Claims Romney Can Pay For Tax Plan Without Raising Middle Class

    Published on Oct 1, 2012 by DNCClips
    Charlie Sykes Radio Show, 10/1/12

  10. Manufacturing in U.S. Expands Unexpectedly as Orders Rise

    Oct 1, 2012 7:50 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Manufacturing in the U.S. unexpectedly expanded in September, indicating the industry is stabilizing after three months of contraction.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index rose to 51.5 last month from 49.6 in August, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today. Economists in a Bloomberg survey projected a September reading of 49.7, according to the median forecast. Measures above 50 represent expansion.

    Stocks extended gains after the figures showed American factories are holding up in the face of a global economic slowdown that’s weakened manufacturing from Asia to Europe. At the same time, a further strengthening among U.S. producers may prove difficult as cutbacks in household spending and limited investment remain persistent headwinds for companies such as Caterpillar Inc.

    “This report removes some of the concern that manufacturing is contracting,” even though “we’re definitely seeing slower growth,” said Gus Faucher, a senior economist at PNC Financial Services Group Inc. in Pittsburgh, who projected a reading of 50.2. The “details look pretty good. Overall, we’re looking at economic growth that’s moderate but not enough to bring down the unemployment rate significantly.”

    Estimates for the index from the 76 economists surveyed ranged from 48 to 51.2. A reading above 42.5 generally indicates an expansion in the overall economy, the ISM has said. The gauge averaged 55.2 in 2011 and 57.3 a year earlier.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed 1 percent to 1,454.78 at 10:30 a.m. in New York.

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  11. Global Factory Weakness Spreads as Debt Crisis Persists

    Oct 1, 2012 3:51 AM PT By Simone Meier and Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Manufacturing from Europe to China contracted in September as the euro region’s fiscal crisis eroded investor confidence and clouded global growth prospects.

    A gauge of manufacturing in the 17-nation euro region based on a survey of purchasing managers was at 46.1, above an initial estimate of 46 on Sept. 20, Markit Economics in London said today. A reading below 50 indicates contraction. A Chinese factory index was at 49.8 for September, a statistics bureau report showed. In the U.S., manufacturing probably contracted for a fourth straight month, according to a Bloomberg survey.

    Economies around the globe are cooling as European governments toughen spending cuts to restore investor confidence as the region’s economic slump deepens. Euro-area unemployment held at a record 10.4 percent in August and Japan’s Tankan index of large manufacturers’ confidence dropped to minus 3 for the past quarter, two reports showed today.

    “Europe is still a big problem out there, you’re seeing weaker global growth in general,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James Financial Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida. “A lot of firms doing business in Europe are reporting weaker results, a lot more caution.”

    For more:

    • Dollar to Gain on Stronger U.S. Growth, FX Concepts’ Taylor Says

      By Joseph Ciolli – Oct 9, 2012 8:29 AM PT

      Investors should remain bullish on the dollar because issues within the U.S. economy pale in comparison with those in Europe and Australia, according to John Taylor of FX Concepts LLC.

      The dollar is in a “box” between the important technical level of $1.29 per euro and downtrend levels of $1.3050 to $1.31, said Taylor, the founder and chief executive officer of currency-hedge fund FX Concepts LLC, which manages $3 billion. A closing price below $1.29 would be a “very bad” technical signal, Taylor said. The greenback will see a “significant” move after it breaks out of this range, he said.

      The dollar gained 0.6 percent to $1.2885 per euro at 11:27 a.m. New York time after reaching $1.2877. The greenback fell 0.1 percent to 78.23 yen.

      The Dollar Index (DXY) has fallen the last two months and is on pace to decline in October. German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Athens today to promote austerity and encourage Greece to stay in the euro.

      “It’s a good short-term and long-term play,” Taylor said of the dollar in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop” with Deirdre Bolton. “The U.S. economy is looking much better than the other economies of the world. Europe has a possibility of a bad nick with the Greek situation.”

      Countries such as Australia, which rely on China for export demand, may struggle as the dollar appreciates, Taylor said. Slowing Chinese growth is more likely to be driven by internal demand going forward, making the country less reliant on imports, he said. China is Australia’s biggest trade partner.

      “The price of its commodities and exports are going down,” Taylor said. “The housing market is overpriced. There are all kinds of problems in Australia.”

      The Australian dollar appreciated 0.1 percent to $1.0178 in New York. It was little changed against the yen at 79.62.

  12. Ole Miss riot of 1962

    Desegregation came to Ole Miss in the early 1960s with the activities of United States Air Force veteran James Meredith from Kosciusko, Mississippi. Even Meredith’s initial efforts required great courage. All involved knew how violently Dr. William David McCain and the white political establishment of Mississippi had recently reacted to similar efforts by Clyde Kennard to enroll at Mississippi Southern College (now the University of Southern Mississippi).

    Meredith won a lawsuit that allowed him admission to The University of Mississippi in September 1962. He attempted to enter campus on September 20, September 25, and again on September 26, only to be blocked by Mississippi Governor Ross R. Barnett, who proclaimed that “…No school in our state will be integrated while I am your Governor. I shall do everything in my power to prevent integration in our schools.”

    After the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held both Barnett and Lieutenant Governor Paul B. Johnson, Jr. in contempt with fines of more than $10,000 for each day they refused to allow Meredith to enroll, Meredith, escorted by a force of U.S. Marshals, entered the campus on September 30, 1962.

    Segregationists had gathered and rioted at the school; there were more people from around the South than students. Thousands of students, residents from the surrounding area and many from out of state, many armed, were involved. Many Mississippi citizens joined in on “their battle against ‘Catholic, Communist, Northern'” intervention in Mississippi white people’s business. The protesters swarmed the campus in a violent effort to prevent Meredith’s enrollment and enforce segregationist laws of Mississippi at the time.
    Two people died during the riot, including a French journalist.

    One-third of the US Marshals, 166 men, were injured, as were 40 soldiers and National Guardsmen.

    After control was re-established by federal forces, Meredith, thanks to the protection afforded by federal marshals, was able to enroll and attend his first class on October 2. Following the riot, elements of an Army National Guard division were stationed in Oxford to prevent future similar violence. While most Ole Miss students did not riot prior to his official enrollment in the university, many harassed Meredith during his first two semesters on campus.

    According to first person accounts chronicled in Nadine Cohodas’s book The Band Played Dixie, students living in Meredith’s dorm bounced basketballs on the floor just above his room through all hours of the night. When Meredith walked into the cafeteria for meals, the students eating would all turn their backs. If Meredith sat at a table with other students, all of whom were white, the students would immediately get up and go to another table.

    In 2002 the university marked the 40th anniversary of integration with a year-long series of events. It was entitled, ” Open Doors: Building on 40 Years of Opportunity in Higher Education, and included an oral history of Ole Miss, various symposiums, the April unveiling of a $130,000 memorial and a reunion of the federal marshals. It culminate[d] in September 2003 with an international conference on race.” That year 13% of the student body was African American, and Meredith’s son Joseph graduated as the top doctoral student at the school of business.

    For more:

    • Integrating Ole Miss: A Transformative, Deadly Riot

      10/1/12 by DEBBIE ELLIOTT – NPR

      Fifty years ago — Oct. 1, 1962 — the first black student was admitted to the University of Mississippi, a bastion of the Old South.

      The town of Oxford erupted. It took some 30,000 U.S. troops, federal marshals and national guardsmen to get James Meredith to class after a violent campus uprising. Two people were killed and more than 300 injured. Some historians say the integration of Ole Miss was the last battle of the Civil War.

      It was a high-stakes showdown between President Kennedy and Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett.

      “I’m a Mississippi segregationist and I am proud of it,” the governor declared.

      Publicly, Barnett promised to block Meredith from the campus in Oxford, despite a federal court order. Privately, he was on the phone trying to strike a compromise with Kennedy.

      While Barnett wanted to save face by defending Mississippi’s segregationist laws, the president told him he had a responsibility to uphold federal law.

      “What I’d like to do is for this to work out in an amicable way,” Kennedy said to Barnett in a phone call. “We don’t want a lot of people down there getting hurt.”

      ‘Totally Chaotic’

      By Saturday, Sept. 29, 1962, Kennedy was deploying federal marshals to Oxford, and Barnett was making a fiery speech at an Ole Miss football game.

      “I love Mississippi! I love her people, our customs,” he said. “I love and I respect our heritage.”

      History professor Chuck Ross, director of the African-American Studies Program at Ole Miss, says the speech “was almost like firing on Fort Sumter in 1861.”

      “A call to arms … ‘We’re getting ready to be invaded, we really want you as a Mississippian, a white Mississippian, to respond,’ ” Ross says.

      On Sunday night, hundreds of white students and protesters from around the region flocked to campus and moved toward the Lyceum, the stately columned building where Meredith would register.

      “Marshalls surround the Lyceum. They begin to use tear gas. People begin to throw rocks and bottles,” Ross says. “Things just go totally chaotic when it becomes dark, and that’s when people begin to shoot.”

      Kennedy activated the Mississippi National Guard and called in Army troops from Memphis, Tenn. By dawn Oct. 1, the riot was quelled and marshals escorted Meredith to his first class, American history.

      For the entire article and audio interview:

      • The Legacy of James Meredith

        Published on Jul 9, 2012

        A short documentary honoring the legacy of James Meredith for the 2012 Ole Miss Alumni Association’s Black Alumni and Family Reunion. Produced by Media and Documentary Projects at the University of Mississippi.

  13. Happy and HOPEful October and Monday, CR and all friends! Just over a month to go before we re-elect President Obama!


  14. Michelle Obama wins cookie contest


    Sorry, Ann Romney. But the cookie has crumbled in favor of the first lady.

    Michelle Obama has won Family Circle’s 2012 Presidential Cookie Bake-Off, the magazine reports in its November issue.

    Obama and Romney both submitted recipes to the contest, and – after more than 9,000 people weighed in – “just 287 votes separated the two women, our smallest margin ever,” Family Circle says.

    Romney’s M&M cookies got 48.5 percent of votes, while Obama’s white and dark chocolate chip cookies won with 51.5 percent.

    Family Circle notes that the bake-off, which it’s hosted since 1992, “has been a bell-weather in four out of five elections.”

    The exception? Obama lost to Cindy McCain four years ago, despite complaints that the Arizona senator’s wife had cheated.

  15. Ryan still reluctant to ‘get into all of the math’

    By Steve Benen – Mon Oct 1, 2012 3:00 PM EDT

    Following up on earlier item, Paul Ryan is facing some criticisms after dodging Fox News questions yesterday, saying he doesn’t “have the time” to explain why his tax and budget figures don’t add up. Today, the Republican congressman talked to Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes, and gave this another shot.

    For those who can’t listen to clips online, here’s the heart of Ryan’s response:

    “Look, the point — you know, I like [Fox News’ Chris Wallace], I didn’t want to get into all of the math of this, and have everybody start changing the channel. Look, we raise $1.2 trillion or so in the income tax every year. And we have about a $1 trillion every year in tax preferences. And the people who use most of those are people in the higher income brackets.

    “And so what we’re saying is, we’re going to lower tax rates for everybody across the board by 20%, and we can pay for that without losing revenue by closing loopholes for people at the top end of the income scale. Everybody gets lower tax rates as a result. And you can keep these preferences for middle class taxpayers and have 20% lower tax rates.”

    No, you really can’t. For one thing, Ryan makes it sound as if he can eliminate $1 trillion a year “in tax preferences,” which in turn can finance tax cuts. But even putting aside the dubious nature of the figure itself, Romney has already said the home-mortgage-interest deduction, the health care deduction, and the charitable-contribution deduction are all off the table. If Ryan is serious about identifying $1 trillion a year in savings from deductions, loopholes, and exemptions, he’s going to offer some details or it’s impossible to take the rhetoric seriously. The arithmetic just isn’t there.

    For another, let’s also not forget that the Romney-Ryan plan also calls for increased defense and entitlement spending, which the candidates can’t even pretend to pay for.

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  16. Congress just let the farm bill expire. It’s not the end of the world … yet.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm Posted by Brad Plumer – washingtonpost

    The current Congress has been spectacularly adept at not doing stuff. They’ve passed fewer bills than any other Congress in the past 50 years. They can’t get appropriations bills finished on time. They nearly let the highway bill expire. So it’s hardly a stunner that, this weekend, the 112th Congress managed to let the farm bill lapse as well.

    Yes, the farm bill. Back in 2008, Congress passed a five-year bill that funded a whole array of agricultural programs, from food stamps to farm subsidies to conservation programs. This year was the year to renew and the Senate passed its own 10-year, $969 billion farm bill in June (here’s our breakdown). The House, however, hasn’t yet cobbled together its version yet. There were too many disagreements among Republicans over whether and how to cut $16 billion in food-stamp and nutrition funding over the next five years. So, John Boehner explained, they’ll have to finish work in the lame-duck period after the elections.

    For more:

    • 3 Farm Bill Extension Measures Filed In House – UPDATE: CBO Releases Score For One-Year Farm Bill Extension

      Congress has run out of time to pass new Farm Bill, says House Ag Chair Lucas; measures seek to avert a dive off the “dairy cliff,” provide drought relief to farmers…Senate Ag Chair Stabenow supports extension…
      *Update at bottom of post

      SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2012 By Jerry Hagstrom Founding Editor, The Hagstrom Report

      House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., is urging passage of a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, but the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition said on Sunday that House Republican leaders had filed three different versions of an extension on Saturday night, and that each is problematic. In addition to Lucas’ One-Year Farm Bill Extension, a Temporary One-Month Farm-Bill Extension was filed, as was a One-Month Dairy-Only Extension.

      In a statement on Sunday, Lucas said the one-year bill is a result of “discussions” with House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Senate “colleagues,” but he did not say specifically that the others were backing the bill.

      “Clearly, it is no longer possible to enact a five-year Farm Bill in this Congress,” Lucas said.

      “Given this reality, the responsible thing to do–and the course of action I have long encouraged if a five-year bill was not possible is to extend the 2008 legislation for one year. This provides certainty to our producers and critical disaster assistance to those affected by record drought conditions.”

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  17. WH

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama prepares for the first Presidential Debate on Domestic Policy
    Henderson, NV

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event
    The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC

    12:00 PM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters
    Cincinnati, OH

    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event
    Justice Center at UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC

    4:00 PM
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    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:25 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Seattle, WA

    10:00 PM

  18. October 1, 2012

    We Can’t Wait: Obama Administration Announces Transit Projects in Minnesota and Ohio to Be Expedited

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, as part of his We Can’t Wait initiative, President Obama announced that two nationally and regionally significant transit projects in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Cleveland, Ohio will be expedited to put Americans to work building a 21st century infrastructure and providing Minnesota and Ohio with more transportation choices. These projects will improve local and regional connectivity and provide more transit choices for residents and commuters. Best practices, including conducting permitting and other environmental review processes concurrently instead of sequentially, are expected to shave several months off project schedules.

    As part of a Presidential Executive Order issued in March of this year, the Office of Management and Budget is charged with overseeing a government-wide effort to make the permitting and review process for infrastructure projects more efficient and effective, saving time while driving better outcomes for local communities. The Administration’s efforts to continuously add more transparency, accountability, and certainty into the permitting and review process will enable project developers and private investors to more efficiently modernize our nation’s infrastructure. Additional expedited infrastructure projects will be announced in the coming weeks.

    “Investments in infrastructure are putting people back to work in Minnesota and Ohio building and modernizing our transit systems,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “The Obama Administration is committed to doing its part to help communities across the country move forward with these critical projects as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

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  19. Auto-Loan Rates at Record Lows Helps Drive Sales in U.S.

    Oct 1, 2012 1:30 PM PT By Craig Trudell and Keith Naughton – bloomberg

    When it comes to car loans, money is cheap — historically cheap.
    Yogesh Mathur discovered that when he was in the market for a minivan for his baby-on-the-way. To keep his monthly bill reasonable, the Wheeling, Illinois, software engineer figured he would have to come up with a large down payment. Instead, Mathur got money for free: a no-interest, 60-month loan from Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) to purchase a $27,683 Sienna minivan. Mathur figures the free financing is saving him $1,000 to $3,000.

    “It’s great,” Mathur, 32, said in a telephone interview. “I didn’t have to empty out my pockets just before a new baby is coming.”
    Banks, bolstered by loose monetary policy, are charging U.S. consumers the lowest interest rates on new-car loans since the Federal Reserve began surveying them in 1971. Attractive rates helped spur a 9.5 percent jump in light-vehicle sales last month and maintained the fastest pace since the U.S. government’s “cash for clunkers” program three years ago, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

    In addition to Toyota, General Motors Co. (GM), Ford Motor Co. (F), Chrysler Group LLC and Nissan Motor Co. also are offering zero- percent financing on some models, according to

    “There’s no question that the quantitative easing and the pressure on interest rates has helped the industry,” said Paul Ballew, chief economist at Dun & Bradstreet in Short Hills, New Jersey. “It’s absolutely breathtaking to think about not just zero-for-60 programs, but just base interest rates. It’s insane.”

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  20. US auto sales stay strong in September

    10/2/12 By DEE-ANN DURBIN and TOM KRISHER | Associated Press

    DETROIT (AP) — Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month.

    Total U.S. sales rose 13 percent from a year earlier to nearly 1.2 million. Analysts think sales could hit 14.3 million this year, up from 12.8 million last year.

    Low interest rates, aging vehicles that need replacement and appealing new models are fueling this year’s consistently strong sales, says Jessica Caldwell, an analyst for the automotive website.
    “That’s a good combination to get people shopping again,” Caldwell says. “That’s really what sells cars.”

    Here’s why auto sales were strong in September:
    — FINANCING. Low-interest loans are easy to get again, now that banks have loosened lending. New car loans carried an average interest rate of 4.05 percent in September, the second-lowest rate after December 2011, according to, which started collecting data in 2002. People with good credit can get a 2-percent rate from a bank or credit union.

    The cost of some models could fall further if automakers try to undercut each other in the small and midsize car markets, says Tom Libby, lead North American forecasting analyst for the Polk research firm.
    “You have these couple of segments where there’s brutal competition,” Libby says.

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      Romney campaign aide claims auto bailout was Romney’s idea

      4/28/12 By Brendan Sasso – TheHill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  21. Next Up…

    12:45 PM EDT
    White House Champions of Change: Lions Club International
    On Tuesday, October 2nd, the White House will welcome over 170 Lions Club International members, from across the country. Lions Club International is one of the largest service organizations in the country has over 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members serving their communities.
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    • Champions of Change: Lions Club International

      Published on Oct 4, 2012 by whitehouse

      On Tuesday, October 2nd, the White House welcomed more than 170 Lions Club International members from across the country. Lions Club International is one of the largest service organizations in the country has over 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members serving their communities. The White House is honoring eleven Lions club members as Champions of Change for their work in their hometowns and across the globe. October 4, 2012.

    • October 02, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event — Cincinnati, OH

      Duke Energy Convention Center
      Cincinnati, Ohio

      2:12 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Wow. (Applause.) You all, thank you so much. Oh, my goodness. Wow, thank you so much. Fired up! (Applause.) Oh, my goodness, thank you all so much. Wow, this is amazing. Thank you. Thank you for being here today.

      First, I want to start by thanking Kristin and Joseph, not just for their kind introduction but for their willingness to share their story and to work to inform other people in this country about the importance of health reform. So let’s give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      I also want to thank a few people as well. I want to thank Senator Brown as well as Mayor Mallory for being here — (applause) — and I want to thank them for their leadership every day.

      But most of all, I want to thank all of you. Wow, look at this crowd. (Applause.) Thank you. You all seem pretty fired up and ready to go. (Applause.) That’s good. I have to tell you, I’m pretty fired up and ready to go myself — because being here with all of you today, allows me to do one of my favorite things, and that is to talk with you about the man that I have loved and admired for 23 years ago. (Applause.)

      Now, let me just pull you in on a little inside information about me and my husband. (Laughter.) Back when I first met Barack, ladies, he had everything going for him. (Laughter.) He did, he did. He was handsome — (applause) — and still is. Amen! He was charming, talented, and extremely smart. But that is not why I married him. So, fellas, I want you all to listen up. What truly made me fall in love with Barack Obama was his character — you hear me? (Applause.) It was his character. It was his decency, his honesty. It was his compassion and conviction. Understand I loved that Barack was so committed to serving others that he turned down high-paying jobs, and instead, started his career fighting to get folks back to work in struggling communities. I loved that about him. (Applause.)

      And I loved that Barack was so devoted to his family, especially the women in his life — especially the women. I saw the respect he had for his mother. I saw how proud he was that she’d put herself through school while still supporting him and his sister as a single mom.

      I saw the tenderness that he felt for his grandmother. I saw how grateful he was that long after she should have retired, she was still waking up every morning to catch that bus to her job at the bank, making sure she did everything she could to support their family. And he watched as she was passed over for promotions simply because she was a woman, but he also saw how she kept on getting up every day, doing that same job year after year without complaint, without regret.

      And understand this — with Barack, I found a real connection, because in his life story, I saw so much of my own. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I watched my own family, I watched my own father make that same uncomplaining journey every day to his job at the city water plant. I saw how my father carried himself with that same dignity, that same pride that comes when you can support your family and earn a living; that same hope that his kids would one day have opportunities he never dreamed of. Now, how many people do we know like that in our lives? (Applause.)

      Like so many families in this country, our families weren’t asking for much. They didn’t want much. They didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success. They didn’t mind if others had much more than they did — in fact, they admired it. That’s why they pushed us to succeed. They simply believed in that fundamental American promise that even if you don’t start out with much, if you work hard and if do what you’re supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and your grandkids. (Applause.)

      And our families believed also that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and when you finally walked through that doorway of opportunity, you don’t slam it shut behind you. No, you reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed. (Applause.)

      See, that’s how Barack and I and so many of you, that’s how we were raised. Those are the values we grew up with. We learned that how hard you work matters more than how much you make. We learned that the truth matters, so you don’t take shortcuts, you don’t game the system. You don’t play by your own set of rules.

      We learned that no one gets where they are on their own, that each of us — every single one of us — we have a community of people lifting us up — from the teachers who inspire us to the janitors who keep our schools clean. (Applause.) And we learned to value everyone’s contribution and to treat everyone with respect.

      We learned about citizenship and service — that we’re all a part of something bigger than ourselves, that with our freedoms come obligations and with our blessings come a duty to give back to others who have less. See, these are the values let me tell you that make Barack such an extraordinary husband to me and such a phenomenal father to our girls.

      But I talk about Barack’s values not just as a wife and a mother, but I talk about them also as a First Lady who has seen up close and personal what being President really looks like and just how critical those values are for leading our country. Now, over the past three and a half years, let me tell you I have seen how the issues that come across a President’s desk are always the hard ones — you hear me — the decisions that aren’t just about the bottom line, but they’re about laying a foundation for the next generation. (Applause.)

      And I’ve seen how important it is to have a President who doesn’t just tell us what we want to hear, but who tells us the truth, especially when it’s hard. (Applause.)

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  22. Judge halts Pa.’s tough new voter ID requirement

    10/2/12 By MARC LEVY | Associated Press – 47 mins ago

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday blocked Pennsylvania’s divisive voter identification requirement from going into effect on Election Day, delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy to defeat President Barack Obama and other opponents who said it would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting.

    Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said in his ruling that he was concerned by the state’s stumbling efforts to create a photo ID that is easily accessible to voters and that he could not rely on the assurances of government officials at this late date that every voter would be able to get a valid ID.

    If it stands, it is good news for Obama’s chances in Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s biggest electoral college prizes, unless Republicans and the tea party groups that backed the law find a way to use it to motivate their supporters and possibly independents.

    Simpson’s ruling could be appealed to the state Supreme Court, although state officials weren’t ready to say Tuesday whether they would appeal. He based his decision on guidelines given to him days ago by the high court justices, and it could easily be the final word on the law just five weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

    Simpson’s ruling will allow the law to go into full effect next year, though he could still decide later to issue a permanent injunction.
    Election workers will still be allowed to ask voters for a valid photo ID, but people without it can use a regular voting machine in the polling place and would not have to cast a provisional ballot or prove their identity to election officials afterward.

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    • October 02, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event — Seattle, WA

      Westin Hotel Seattle
      Seattle, Washington

      6:40 P.M. PDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you guys. It’s Stevie! Yeah. (Applause.) You all, thank you so much. Oh, it is so good to be back in Seattle. (Applause.) Yes, indeed. I keep saying there’s going to be one visit, one time when I come here where I’m actually going to be able to visit Seattle. (Laughter.) So that’s coming, and I’m looking so forward to it. It really feels like home, and it’s so good to be back. You all are really amazing.

      I want to start by thanking Margaret for that very kind introduction, but more importantly, for everything that she and her family are doing for this country. Let’s give her a warm round of applause. (Applause.)

      I want to recognize a few other people as well. Congressman McDermott is here, who is always here. Thank you. (Applause.) Lieutenant Governor Owen, King County Executive Dow Constantine — thank you all for being here. (Applause.) And I also want to thank Trudi Inslee, who was here earlier. I know that her husband Jay, who is going to be a magnificent governor, has a debate tonight. (Applause.) So she is at a watch party, which I understand, because I’m going to be doing that tomorrow. So I want to wish them the very best, and I want to thank Trudi for taking the time to be here.

      And most of all, I want to thank all of you, all of you for taking time out of your days, for working so hard on behalf of this campaign. You all are truly amazing. And I know you all are fired up and ready to go, aren’t you? I know you are. (Applause.)

      And I have to tell you, I’m feeling pretty fired up and ready to go myself. (Applause.) Because being here with all of you today, one of the things I love about it is that I get to do one of my favorite things, and that is to talk about the man that I have loved and admired since the first time I met him 23 years ago.

      And just to share a little secret with you — (laughter) — back when Barack and I first met, he had everything going for him. He really did. He was handsome — still is, I believe. (Laughter and applause.) He was charming, talented and extremely smart. Some of our fellow coworkers are here — you know that man was smart.

      But that’s not why I married him. Truly, it is not. What made me fall in love with Barack Obama was his character. It was his decency, his honesty, his compassion and conviction. I mean, I loved that Barack was so committed to serving others that he turned down high-paying jobs and instead started his career fighting to get folks back to work in struggling communities. I loved that.

      I loved that Barack was so devoted to his family, especially the women in his life. I saw the respect he had for his own mother. I saw how proud he was that she put herself through school while supporting him and his sister as a single mom.

      I saw the tenderness that he felt for his grandmother. I saw how grateful he was that long after she should have retired, she was still getting up every morning, catching a bus to her job at the community bank, doing whatever she could to support their family. And he watched as she was passed over for promotion after promotion simply because she was a woman. But he also saw how she kept getting up, kept doing that same job without complaint or regret.

      And with Barack I found a real connection, because in his life story I saw so much of my own. Because growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I saw my own father make that same uncomplaining journey to his job at the city water plant every day. And I saw how he carried himself with that same dignity, that same pride in providing for his family, that same hope that one day his kids would have opportunities he never dreamed of.

      And like so many families in this country, our families, they weren’t asking for much. They didn’t want much. And they didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success. No, they didn’t mind if others had much more than they did — in fact, they admired it. That’s why they pushed us to do more. They simply believed in that fundamental American promise that even if you don’t start out with much, if you work hard, if you do what you’re supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and your grandkids. (Applause.)

      And they also believed that when you’ve worked hard and done well, and you’ve walked through that doorway of opportunity, you don’t slam it shut behind you. No, you reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed. (Applause.) That’s how Barack and I and so many of us were raised in this country. Those are the values that we were taught.

      We learned that how hard you work matters more than how much you make. Yes. (Applause.) We learned that the truth matters — so you don’t take short cuts, you don’t game the system, you don’t play by your own set of rules. (Applause.) We learned that none of us gets where we are on our own, that each of us has a community of people lifting us up — from the teachers who inspire us to the janitors who keep our schools clean. (Applause.) And we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.

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    Report: Mitt Romney plan leaves 72M uninsured

    10/2/12 7:43 AM EDT By BRETT NORMAN – tpm

    Mitt Romney’s health care plan wouldn’t just insure fewer people than “Obamacare” — it would make the uninsured problem worse than it would have been if the law had never passed, according to a comparison of the two plans released Tuesday morning.

    The analysis by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health care research foundation, found that under Romney’s health care plan, the uninsured population would soar to 72 million by 2022 — 12 million higher than if nothing had been done at all.

    By contrast, if President Barack Obama’s health care law is fully implemented — including complete state participation in the now voluntary Medicaid expansion — the number of uninsured people would drop from 47.9 million in 2011 to about 27.1 million people in 2022, the report estimated.

    The Commonwealth Fund produces studies that often cast the national health care law in a favorable light, and spotlight the shortcomings of the American health care system compared to other countries.

    The number of insured Americans would rise in every age group under the Affordable Care Act and fall in every group under Romney’s plan, Sara Collins, vice president for Commonwealth’s affordable health insurance program, told reporters in a conference call Monday.

    The report says most of the difference is due to Romney’s plans for Medicaid, which he would turn into block grants, and the expansion of Medicaid that’s planned under the ACA. The gap between those two proposals accounts for about 80 percent of the difference in their impact on the uninsured, according to the analysis.

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  24. October 02, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Georgian Elections

    The United States congratulates the people of Georgia for the successful completion of yesterday’s parliamentary elections, and the achievement of another milestone in Georgia’s democratic development. Georgian citizens have set a regional and global example by conducting a competitive campaign, freely exercising their democratic rights, and affirming their commitment to undertake a peaceful transfer of power. Local and international election monitors, including OSCE/ODIHR, contributed to ensuring a transparent electoral process. While the final tabulation and appeals are still ongoing, these elections mark a significant step in the consolidation of Georgian democracy.

    Much work remains in the coming days and months. President Mikheil Saakashvili, Bidzina Ivanishvili and the leadership of the Georgian Dream coalition, and Georgia’s new parliament will need to work together in a spirit of national unity to ensure continued progress on the advancement of democracy and economic development to the benefit of the Georgian people and the entire region.

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