2012 Your Country – Your Choice in November

GOP Party on Environmental Issues

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Energy – Pledges US will become independent to energy sources outside of North America by 2020; supports opening Atlantic and Pacific outer continental shelves, Western Lands, the Artic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore Alaska to drilling; wants to reduce obstacles to energy development by weakening the EPA’s rules.

Environment – Says green power has yet to become viable and the causes of climate change are unknown; opposes “ cap and trade” policy that limits emissions; proposes to remove carbon dioxide from lists of pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act.

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War On The EPA: Republican Bills Would Erase Decades Of Protection

10/9/11 Lucia Graves – HuffingtonPost

WASHINGTON — America’s environmental protections are under a sweeping, concerted assault in Congress that could effectively roll back the federal government’s ability to safeguard air and water more than 100 years, Democrats and advocates say.

The headlines have not been dramatic, and the individual attacks on relatively obscure rules seldom generate much attention beyond those who are most intently focused on environmental regulation.

But taken together, the separate moves — led by House Republicans — add up to a stunning campaign against governmental regulatory authority that is now surprisingly close to succeeding.

In just the year since the GOP took control of the House, there have been at least 159 votes held against environmental protections — including 83 targeting the Environmental Protection Agency — on the House floor alone, according to a list compiled by Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“Republicans have made an assault on all environmental issues,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee. “This is, without doubt, the most anti-environmental Congress in history.”

For the entire article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/09/epa-republican-war-defund_n_1000664.html

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President Obama came into office with climate change as one of his major issues. At international talks in Copenhagen, he pledged to reduce U.S. emissions by 17 percent over 2005 levels by the year 2020. At that meeting and since, he pressed to get more aggressive action out of China, India and the world’s other biggest carbon dioxide emitters.

But the president’s plans didn’t make it past strong Republican opposition in Congress. So instead, he has settled for actions the president can take without congressional action.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/18/162951173/climate-politics-its-laugh-lines-vs-not-a-joke 

IF YOU CARE ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENT VOTE IN DEMOCRATS INTO CONGRESS !!!

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Sierra Club Statement On the Romney-Ryan Energy Plan

August 23, 2012 sierraclub

Washington, DC – Today, in New Mexico, Mitt Romney released details about his energy plan. Romney’s plan rehashes the reckless Big Oil and Big Coal priorities he has pushed for months, ending numerous public health safeguards, shredding the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, throwing open public lands and offshore areas to drilling and mining, and killing tens of thousands of American clean energy jobs.

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune Released the Following Statement in Response:

“Mitt Romney has devised an energy insecurity plan that would make us even more dependent upon oil, coal, and gas companies while ignoring climate disruption, economic growth, and the health and well-being of the American people.

Does anyone really think that the winning economy of the 21st century can be built on 19th century fossil fuel technology? Romney’s plan is an anchor to the past. The future America deserves is one in which energy doesn’t cost lives, and no one has to choose between a good job and good health.

America needs a bold, innovative plan for our energy future that acknowledges reality. We need a plan that produces energy domestically, puts people to work, and makes us truly energy independent – but one that also stabilizes our climate, and keeps our air and water clean.

We have solutions that won’t keep us chained to fossil fuels, and they’re already working. Greenhouse gas emissions are down to their lowest level in 20 years. We’re using less oil, new vehicle standards will double efficiency and slash carbon pollution. U.S. wind power has doubled over the last four years, and solar has grown by a factor of five. This is where we need to go as a nation. We can’t afford to turn back.”

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The Kochs’ quest

10/13/2012 09:11:44 PM PDT By Bill Wilson and Roy Wenzl – The Wichita Eagle
WICHITA, Kan. — In January 2009, just days after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Charles and David Koch met in their company headquarters in Wichita with their longtime political strategist, Rich Fink.

The country was headed toward bankruptcy, they agreed. Fink told them bluntly that Obama’s administration represented the worst of what Charles and David fear most: a bloated, regulation-heavy, free-spending government that could plunge the country into another deep recession. That day, Fink advised two of the richest men in the nation that it would be the fight of their lives to stop the government spending spree and to change the course of the country, starting with the 2012 election.

“If we are going to do this, we should do it right or not at all,” Fink, 61, recalled telling the brothers. “But if we don’t do it right or if we don’t do it at all, we will be insignificant and we will just waste a lot of time and I would rather play golf.

“And if we do it right, then it is going to get very, very ugly.”

Three and a half years later, Obama accused the Koch brothers of engineering “a corporate takeover of our democracy.”

The brothers’ political spending and the network of conservative political organizations and think tanks they fund have sparked protests. The condemnations and criticism prompted Charles Koch to break his silence about politics. In his most extensive interview in 15 years, Charles Koch talked about why he wants to defeat Obama and elect members of Congress who will stop what he calls catastrophic overspending.

Government recklessness threatens the country and his business, he said.

The Kochs say the price for their involvement has been high: Death threats, cyberattacks on their business, hundreds of news stories criticizing them, calls for boycotts of the company’s consumer goods, and what the brothers see as ongoing and public attacks from the Obama administration.

The Kochs aren’t finished. Win or lose in November, they plan to start a new fight. They are organizing dozens of business and grass roots groups to build support for eliminating all corporate and agricultural subsidies.

For more; http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_21769107/kochs-quest?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

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Agriculture in the United States

Agriculture is a major industry in the United States and the country is a net exporter of food. As of the last census of agriculture in 2007, there were 2.2 million farms, covering an area of 922 million acres (373 million hectares), an average of 418 acres (170 hectares) per farm.

Major U.S. agricultural products:

1. Corn
2. Cattle meat
3. Cow’s milk
4. Chicken meat
5. Soybeans
6. Pig meat
7. Wheat
8. Cotton lint
9. Hen eggs
10. Turkey meat
11. Tomatoes
12. Potatoes
13. Grapes
14. Oranges
15. Rice
16. Apples
17. Sorghum
18. Lettuce
19. Cottonseed
20. Sugar beets

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agriculture_in_the_United_States

Ending agricultural subsidies would mean that American businesses would have to raise their prices and USA farmers would not be able to compete with cheap and inferior and unsafe imports.

* American diary farms would be impacted
* American vegetable and fruit farms would would be impacted
* American grain farms for human would be impacted
* American pork, beef and chicken farms would be impacted
* American nut farms would be impacted
* American fiber producers (cotton, wool, wood etc) would be impacted
* American gasoline would be impacted

There are many more that industries that would impacted.

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40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act

October 17, 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource. Every person deserves clean water – it is vital for our health, communities, environment and economy. We have made great progress in reducing pollution during the past 40 years. But many challenges remain and we must work together to protect clean water for our families and future generations. Everyone has an impact on the water and we are all responsible for making a difference.

Our rivers, streams and lakes provide not only drinking water but a place for recreation and critical avenues for economic development and growth in our cities and towns. When our waters become unhealthy and polluted — or we are cut off from local waterways by poorly placed roads, highways and industrial infrastructure — we cannot take full advantage of the economic, environmental and social assets that our waters provide. President Obama believes that all Americans deserve access to clean rivers, streams and lakes, and that a community’s economy and health benefit from such access. He also believes that it is our job as the federal government to support communities as they develop visions for growth, development and use of natural resources, while coordinating federal investments so that we are getting the most out of every dollar.

Learn more about The Clean Water Acthttp://water.epa.gov/action/cleanwater40/cwa101.cfm

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The Obama Administration is committed to protecting the air we breathe, water we drink, and land that supports and sustains us. From restoring ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay and the Everglades, to reducing mercury pollution from power plants, we are bringing together Federal agencies to tackle America’s greatest environmental challenges.

Recovery Act Investments in our Environment

The Recovery Act included unprecedented funding for programs and projects that will protect the environment.  The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior alone oversee nearly $11 billion in Recovery Act funding for projects that vary from green job training to marine habitat restoration to water quality improvements.  These investments are supporting technological advances in science and health and improving environmental protection and infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits for Americans.


Protecting Our Oceans

President Obama has established the first comprehensive National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts, and the Great Lakes.  America’s oceans and coastal regions support tens of millions of jobs and contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy.  The National Ocean Policy helps us prioritize our efforts and resources to address the most critical issues facing our oceans and establishes a comprehensive, collaborative, regionally based planning process to ensure healthy ocean and coastal resources for the many communities and economies that rely on and enjoy them.

EXPLORE THE NATIONAL OCEANS POLICY


Supporting Land Conservation

When he signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, President Obama marked the most extensive expansion of land and water conservation in more than a generation, designating more than 2 million acres of federal wilderness, thousands of miles of trails, and protecting more than 1,000 miles of rivers.  The President also used his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, as a national monument, protecting a site of historic significance for slavery, the Civil War, and the U.S. military.

President Obama established the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to work with the American people to develop a community-based conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century.  Through this initiative, the Administration is opening up access to millions of acres for recreation, making historic investments in restoring critical landscapes, and supporting an outdoor economy that includes approximately 9 million jobs and $1 trillion in economic activity.


Prioritizing Clean Water

The Administration is taking comprehensive action to ensure the integrity of the waters Americans rely on every day for drinking, swimming, and fishing, and that support farming, recreation, tourism and economic growth.   We have issued draft Federal guidance to clarify which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act nationwide; launched innovative partnerships and programs to improve water quality and water efficiency; and created initiatives to revitalize communities and economies by restoring rivers and critical watersheds. The Administration has also proposed to modernize the guidelines that govern Federal water resource planning, calling for water resources projects based on sound science, improved transparency, and consideration of the variety of community benefits of projects.


Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Mountaintop Coal Mining

Through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by EPA, the Department of the Interior and the Army Corps of Engineers on June 11, 2009, Federal agencies are taking action to minimize adverse environmental and health impacts of mountaintop coal mining.


Reducing Air Pollution

Curbing Vehicle Pollution

The Obama Administration is aggressively working to reduce pollution in the air we breathe. We have proposed historic fuel economy standards that will double the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks by 2025, saving consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump and eliminating 6 billion metric tons of carbon pollution.  The Administration has also finalized the first-ever national fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for commercial trucks, vans, and buses built in 2014-2018, which are projected to save more than 500 million barrels of oil and an estimated $50 billion in fuel costs.

Cleaning up Toxic Air Pollution

The Administration established the first-ever national limits for mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants, which will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks, and 130,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms each year.  This rule follows a series of EPA actions to reduce emissions from power plants and other large emitters, including a rule to cut soot and smog-forming pollution from power plants that create health problems downwind, and rules to limit mercury and other pollution for the largest sources of industrial air pollution, such as cement plants, industrial boilers, and waste incinerators.


Restoring our Treasured Great Ecosystems

Working Toward Environmental Justice

The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that communities overburdened by pollution – particularly minority, low-income and indigenous communities – have the opportunity to enjoy the health and economic benefits of a clean environment. After more than a decade of inaction, the Administration reconvened the Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group and engaged more than 100 environmental justice leaders at a White House forum.  Federal agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding formally committing to environmental justice, and released strategies for integrating environmental justice into federal decision-making and programs in areas such as transportation, labor, health services, housing and others.


Supporting Sustainable Communities

The Administration created the historic Partnership for Sustainable Communities to break down traditional silos among the Federal agencies for housing, transportation, and environmental protection.  Through 2011, this partnership announced more than $1.7 billion in funding to support resilient economies, healthy environments and quality of life in more than 550 communities and regions across the country.


Modernizing the National Environmental Policy Act

The Administration is modernizing and reinvigorating the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) to help ensure transparency, public engagement and accountability in Federal decisions about actions that may affect the quality of the environment.  This includes an initiative to improve the quality and efficiency of Federal environmental reviews to protect the health of communities, support a strong American economy, and engage Americans in decisions that will impact their environment.


Reducing Global Emissions of Mercury

The United States played a leading role in crafting an agreement among more than 140 nations to negotiate a legally binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions globally, which is scheduled to be finalized in 2013.  The Administration’s actions to reduce toxic mercury pollution in the U.S. – including establishing the first-ever mercury standards for power plants — give the U.S. additional credibility to lead in this global effort to improve public health.

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Environmental Organizations Endorse President Obama’s Re-Election:

Clean Water Action

Environment America

Sierra Club

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117 Responses to 2012 Your Country – Your Choice in November

  1. CR says:

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    Wednesday,October 17 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:10 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    9:25 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.”

    9:40 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews.

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:50 AM
    President Obama arrives in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

    12:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama at a Campaign Event
    Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, New York

    12:45 PM
    12:45 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA

    1:00 PM
    Vice President Biden deliver remarks at a campaign event
    Island Grove Exhibit Hall, Greeley, CO

    2:00 PM
    2:55 PM
    President Obama departs Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:15 PM
    President Obama arrives in Athens, Ohio.

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    President Obama attends a campaign event
    Ohio University, College Green, Athens, OH

    First Lady Michelle Obama at a Campaign Event
    New York, NY

    7:00 PM
    7:35 PM
    President Obama departs Athens, Ohio.

    8:00 PM
    Vice President Biden deliver remarks at a campaign event
    Reno Ballroom, Reno, NV

    8:45 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    9:00 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House

    10:00 PM

  2. CR says:

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    40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act

    Our rivers, streams and lakes provide not only drinking water but a place for recreation and critical avenues for economic development and growth in our cities and towns. When our waters become unhealthy and polluted — or we are cut off from local waterways by poorly placed roads, highways and industrial infrastructure — we cannot take full advantage of the economic, environmental and social assets that our waters provide. President Obama believes that all Americans deserve access to clean rivers, streams and lakes, and that a community’s economy and health benefit from such access. He also believes that it is our job as the federal government to support communities as they develop visions for growth, development and use of natural resources, while coordinating federal investments so that we are getting the most out of every dollar.

    October 17, 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource. Every person deserves clean water – it is vital for our health, communities, environment and economy. We have made great progress in reducing pollution during the past 40 years. But many challenges remain and we must work together to protect clean water for our families and future generations. Everyone has an impact on the water and we are all responsible for making a difference. Water is worth it.

    • CR says:

      Clean Water Act: Better at 40

      Published on Oct 8, 2012 by TheMnPCA

      The Clean Water Act turns 40 in October 2012. The Landmark Legislation was a fundamental turning point in the protection of all fresh water in the United States. The laws’ stated goal was to make all water fishable and swimmable. The law is the source of all modern day water protection and led to the widespread growth of sewage treatment.

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      9/12 Healing Our Waters: The Clean Water Act at 40 Years Part 1

      Published on Sep 18, 2012 by detroitpublictv

      The collapse of aquatic life in Lake Erie and the flaming Cuyahoga River rallied Americans to pass the 1972 Clean Water Act 40 years ago. Here, on the banks of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga, we will discuss Clean Water Act policies, priorities, and grassroots action essential to Great Lakes restoration.

      Ellen Gilinsky, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Water, U.S. EPA
      Kristy Meyer, Director of Agricultural & Clean Water Programs, Ohio Environmental Council
      Jan Goldman-Carter, Senior Manager, Wetlands and Water Resources, National Wildlife Federation

    • CR says:

      9/12 Healing Our Waters: The Clean Water Act at 40 Years Part 2

      Published on Sep 18, 2012 by detroitpublictv

    • CR says:

      Climate Politics: It’s Laugh Lines Vs. ‘Not A Joke’

      October 18, 2012 by RICHARD HARRIS – NPR

      Scientists view climate change as one of the world’s most pressing long-term problems. But the issue has barely surfaced in the U.S. presidential race. President Obama has taken steps to address climate change during his time in office. Republican challenger Mitt Romney would not make it a priority in his administration.

      In fact, as Romney stood on the stage to accept his nomination at the Republican National Convention, he used global warming as a laugh line.

      “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans,” he said, pausing for the applause and laughter to rise, “and to heal the planet.”

      Romney promised an administration that would instead focus on taking care of American families. Obama rebutted that comment at the Democratic National Convention a week later.

      “Change is not a hoax,” he said. “More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They are a threat to our children’s future. And in this election, you can do something about it.”

      In fact, Obama came into office with climate change as one of his major issues. At international talks in Copenhagen, he pledged to reduce U.S. emissions by 17 percent over 2005 levels by the year 2020. At that meeting and since, he pressed to get more aggressive action out of China, India and the world’s other biggest carbon dioxide emitters.

      But the president’s plans didn’t make it past strong Republican opposition in Congress. So instead, he has settled for actions the president can take without congressional action.

      “First there was the stimulus, which is the largest ever investment in clean energy technology, really hoping to jump-start that sector,” says Carol Browner, who is an adviser to the Obama campaign on energy and climate issues, and former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She runs down a quick list of accomplishments: “The first ever greenhouse gas standards for cars, the power plant requirements — proposed new power plant requirements — as well as more efficient appliances.”

      These don’t add up to the 17 percent reduction the president aspired to at the Copenhagen climate talks. Browner says he will keep trying to make incremental changes.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/18/162951173/climate-politics-its-laugh-lines-vs-not-a-joke

    • CR says:

      The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution.Passed in 1972, the act established the goals of eliminating releases of high amounts of toxic substances into water, eliminating additional water pollution by 1985, and ensuring that surface waters would meet standards necessary for human sports and recreation by 1983.

      The principal body of law in effect is based on the Federal Water Pollution Control Amendments of 1972 and was significantly expanded from the Federal Water Pollution Control Amendments of 1948. Major amendments were enacted in the Clean Water Act of 1977 and the Water Quality Act of 1987.

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      Where the world’s running out of water, in one map

      August 10, 2012 Posted by Brad Plumer – washingtonpost

      Many of the world’s most important food-producing regions depend on freshwater from massive underground aquifers that have built up over thousands of years. Among them: the Ogallala Aquifer in the midwestern United States and the Upper Ganges, sustaining India and Pakistan.

      Going, going… gone? (Kevin Clark-AP)

      Yet many of those aquifers are now being sucked dry by irrigation and other uses faster than they can be replenished by rainwater, according to a new study in Nature. It’s unclear when many of these aquifers will be completely emptied — scientists are still trying to measure how much “fossil water” these aquifers actually hold. But it’s a worrisome trend: About 1.7 billion people rely on aquifers that are rapidly being depleted. And once they’re gone, it would take thousands of years to refill them.

      The Nature study, published by researchers at McGill and Utrecht University in the Netherlands, offers a map showing the regions where the use of water from these aquifers vastly exceeds the rate at which they’re being refilled by rain.

      The map is a bit complicated, but it essentially compares the usage footprint with the actual rainfall a particular aquifer gets. Blue areas receive more rain than is being used up by humans. The Floridian Aquifer in the southeastern United States, for instance, can get quickly refilled by a big storm (though it still faces problems with saltwater contamination and overuse). Russia has plenty of freshwater. But orange or red areas indicate places where irrigation and drinking water use is drawing out more water from the aquifers than the rain can refill.

      In some areas, the imbalance is staggering. Take, for instance, the Upper Ganges in northern India, which sustains farm irrigation in both India and Pakistan. The underground reservoir there would essentially need 54 times as much rain as it currently gets to replenish the water that’s being used by farmers and the local population. (That’s what the gray “footprint” at the bottom of the map shows.)

      In the United States, aquifers are taking on increasing importance as food production expands and drought becomes a nagging issue. In regions like western Kansas, where farmers don’t get enough rain for their crops, they depend on irrigation, using freshwater from the Ogallala Aquifer . That’s especially true this year, amid the massive U.S. drought.

      For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/08/10/where-the-worlds-running-out-of-water-in-one-map/

  3. CR says:

    President Barack Obama on Environmental issues

    President Obama came into office with climate change as one of his major issues. At international talks in Copenhagen, he pledged to reduce U.S. emissions by 17 percent over 2005 levels by the year 2020. At that meeting and since, he pressed to get more aggressive action out of China, India and the world’s other biggest carbon dioxide emitters.

    But the president’s plans didn’t make it past strong Republican opposition in Congress. So instead, he has settled for actions the president can take without congressional action.

    Source: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/18/162951173/climate-politics-its-laugh-lines-vs-not-a-joke

    The Obama Administration is committed to protecting the air we breathe, water we drink, and land that supports and sustains us. From restoring ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay and the Everglades, to reducing mercury pollution from power plants, we are bringing together Federal agencies to tackle America’s greatest environmental challenges

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    The Recovery Act included unprecedented funding for programs and projects that will protect the environment.  The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior alone oversee nearly $11 billion in Recovery Act funding for projects that vary from green job training to marine habitat restoration to water quality improvements.  These investments are supporting technological advances in science and health and improving environmental protection and infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits for Americans.

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    Protecting Our Oceans

    President Obama has established the first comprehensive National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, our Coasts, and the Great Lakes.  America’s oceans and coastal regions support tens of millions of jobs and contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy.  The National Ocean Policy helps us prioritize our efforts and resources to address the most critical issues facing our oceans and establishes a comprehensive, collaborative, regionally based planning process to ensure healthy ocean and coastal resources for the many communities and economies that rely on and enjoy them.

    EXPLORE THE NATIONAL OCEANS POLICY

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    Supporting Land Conservation

    When he signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, President Obama marked the most extensive expansion of land and water conservation in more than a generation, designating more than 2 million acres of federal wilderness, thousands of miles of trails, and protecting more than 1,000 miles of rivers.  The President also used his authority under the Antiquities Actto designate Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, as a national monument, protecting a site of historic significance for slavery, the Civil War, and the U.S. military.

    President Obama established the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to work with the American people to develop a community-based conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century.  Through this initiative, the Administration is opening up access to millions of acres for recreation, making historic investments in restoring critical landscapes, and supporting an outdoor economy that includes approximately 9 million jobs and $1 trillion in economic activity.

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    Prioritizing Clean Water

    The Administration is taking comprehensive action to ensure the integrity of the waters Americans rely on every day for drinking, swimming, and fishing, and that support farming, recreation, tourism and economic growth.   We have issued draft Federal guidance to clarify which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act nationwide; launched innovative partnerships and programs to improve water quality and water efficiency; and created initiatives to revitalize communities and economies by restoring rivers and critical watersheds. The Administration has also proposed to modernize the guidelines that govern Federal water resource planning, calling for water resources projects based on sound science, improved transparency, and consideration of the variety of community benefits of projects.

    ———

    Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Mountaintop Coal Mining

    Through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by EPA, the Department of the Interior and the Army Corps of Engineers on June 11, 2009, Federal agencies are taking action to minimize adverse environmental and health impacts of mountaintop coal mining.

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    Reducing Air Pollution

    Curbing Vehicle Pollution

    The Obama Administration is aggressively working to reduce pollution in the air we breathe. We have proposed historic fuel economy standards that will double the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks by 2025, saving consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump and eliminating 6 billion metric tons of carbon pollution.  The Administration has also finalized the first-ever national fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for commercial trucks, vans, and buses built in 2014-2018, which are projected to save more than 500 million barrels of oil and an estimated $50 billion in fuel costs.

    Cleaning up Toxic Air Pollution

    The Administration established the first-ever national limits for mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants, which will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks, and 130,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms each year.  This rule follows a series of EPA actions to reduce emissions from power plants and other large emitters, including a rule to cut soot and smog-forming pollution from power plants that create health problems downwind, and rules to limit mercury and other pollution for the largest sources of industrial air pollution, such as cement plants, industrial boilers, and waste incinerators.

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    Restoring our Treasured Great Ecosystems

    * Restoring the Gulf of Mexico
    * Restoring California’s Bay Delta
    * Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration
    * Great Lakes Restoration
    * Everglades Restoration

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    Working Toward Environmental Justice

    The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that communities overburdened by pollution – particularly minority, low-income and indigenous communities – have the opportunity to enjoy the health and economic benefits of a clean environment. After more than a decade of inaction, the Administration reconvened the Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group and engaged more than 100 environmental justice leaders at a White House forum.  Federal agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding formally committing to environmental justice, and released strategies for integrating environmental justice into federal decision-making and programs in areas such as transportation, labor, health services, housing and others.

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    Supporting Sustainable Communities

    The Administration created the historic Partnership for Sustainable Communities to break down traditional silos among the Federal agencies for housing, transportation, and environmental protection.  Through 2011, this partnership announced more than $1.7 billion in funding to support resilient economies, healthy environments and quality of life in more than 550 communities and regions across the country.

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    Modernizing the National Environmental Policy Act

    The Administration is modernizing and reinvigorating the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) to help ensure transparency, public engagement and accountability in Federal decisions about actions that may affect the quality of the environment.  This includes an initiative to improve the quality and efficiency of Federal environmental reviews to protect the health of communities, support a strong American economy, and engage Americans in decisions that will impact their environment.

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    Reducing Global Emissions of Mercury

    The United States played a leading role in crafting an agreement among more than 140 nations to negotiate a legally binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions globally, which is scheduled to be finalized in 2013.  The Administration’s actions to reduce toxic mercury pollution in the U.S. – including establishing the first-ever mercury standards for power plants — give the U.S. additional credibility to lead in this global effort to improve public health.

    For President Obama on all the issues: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues

    • CR says:

      April 18, 2012

      Maggie Kao, Sierra Club

      Mike Palamuso, LCV

      Jon Scott, Clean Water Action

      Ivan Frishberg, Environment America

      National Environmental Groups Endorse President Obama

      (Washington, D.C.) – Today, four of the nation’s largest environmental groups representing nearly 4 million Americans endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election. Jointly announcing their endorsement for the first time in history, the Sierra Club, Environment America, the League of Conservation Voters, and Clean Water Action praised the President as the clear choice to protect clean air, clean water, and the health of American families.

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      Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club:

      “The Sierra Club and our 1.4 million members and supporters share the same vision for America as the President for a prosperous and innovative economy that protects the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the health of our families. Together, we can build upon the historic successes of the last four years, including landmark fuel efficiency standards and the first-ever protections against toxic mercury pollution, to build a clean energy economy that creates thousands of new jobs and works for every American.”

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      Margie Alt, Executive Director, Environment America:

      “When we look at the record, we see that in just three plus years President Obama has accomplished more for the environment and our families’ health than at any point since the benchmark laws to protect our air and water were passed more than 40 years ago. Four years ago we had hope, now we have evidence that Barack Obama is the right choice for the environment.”

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      Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters:

      “Elections are about choices – and for those who care about building a clean energy economy and confronting the climate crisis, the choice is clear: President Obama is an environmental champion and Mitt Romney is climate denier. While President Obama has fought to put Americans back in control of our energy future, Mitt Romney and his Big Oil buddies would take us back to the failed dirty energy policies of the past.”

      ———

      Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO, Clean Water Action:

      “This election, we can either continue moving forward to build a future of clean water and clean jobs, or we can go back forty years to a time when rivers caught on fire and the air in most cities was unhealthy to breathe. Like President Obama, Clean Water Action and most Americans understand that strong environmental protections are essential ingredients for both healthy communities and a healthy economy.”

      Source: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=235741.0

    • CR says:

      Prominent environmental groups endorse Obama’s reelection bid

      April 18, 2012|By Neela Banerjee – latimes

      President Obama boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. (Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty…)

      WASHINGTON — The Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, Environment America and Clean Water Action have jointly endorsed President Obama in his reelection bid, signaling steps that the Democratic base is taking to rouse its members now that the general-election race has begun for all practical purposes.

      The announcement Wednesday is the earliest any of the groups have issued a presidential endorsement, with the exception of the League of Conservation Voters’ 2004 backing of Sen. John Kerry against President George W. Bush. It also marks the first time the groups have jointly endorsed a candidate, a move that could make for a louder collective voice as Democrats begin to tune in to the presidential race.

      Source: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/18/news/la-pn-prominent-environmental-groups-endorse-obamas-reelection-bid-20120418

      • CR says:

        Freshwater fish named after Obama

        11/29/12 12:00 PM EST By BYRON TAU – POLITICO44

        President Obama: Best-selling author, commander-in-chief, Nobel Peace Prize winner … and namesake of a new American freshwater fish.

        Professor Richard Mayden of the Saint Louis University’s Department of Biology and Dr. Steven Layman of Geosyntec Consultants discovered the new species of darter fish, and describe them in a new article in the Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History.

        “We chose President Obama for his environmental leadership, particularly in the areas of clean energy and environmental protection, and because he is one of our first leaders to approach conservation and environmental protection from a more global vision.” Layman said about the Obama fish, as quoted by BuzzFeed.

        The researchers also named other species of the fish after former Presidents Bill Clinton, Teddy Roosevelt, and Jimmy Carter and former Vice President Al Gore. The fish were named for those leaders due to their environmental stewardship.

    • CR says:

      June 09, 2011

      Obama Administration Establishes White House Rural Council to Strengthen Rural Communities

      WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House today announced the establishment of the first White House Rural Council. While rural communities face challenges, they also present economic potential. To address these challenges, build on the Administration’s rural economic strategy, and improve the implementation of that strategy, the President signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council.

      “Strong rural communities are key to a stronger America,” said President Barack Obama. “That’s why I’ve established the White House Rural Council to make sure we’re working across government to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth.”

      The White House Rural Council will coordinate programs across government to encourage public-private partnerships to promote further economic prosperity and quality of life in rural communities nationwide. Chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the Council will be responsible for providing recommendations for investment in rural areas and will coordinate Federal engagement with a variety of rural stakeholders, including agricultural organizations, small businesses, and state, local, and tribal governments.

      “Rural America makes significant contributions to the security, prosperity, and economic strength of our country,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The Rural Council announced by President Obama shows his continued focus on promoting economic opportunity, creating jobs, and enhancing the quality of life for those who live in rural America. Together with the rest of the Obama administration, USDA has worked to support families and businesses in rural communities so that their success will pay dividends for all Americans.”

      In the coming months, the White House Rural Council will focus on job creation and economic development by increasing the flow of capital to rural areas, promoting innovation, expanding digital and physical networks, and celebrating opportunity through America’s natural resources. The Council will begin discussing key factors for growth, including:

      • Jobs: Improve job training and workforce development in rural America
      • Agriculture: Expand markets for agriculture, including regional food systems and exports
      • Access to Credit: Increase opportunity by expanding access to capital in rural communities and fostering local investment
      • Innovation: Promote the expansion of biofuels production capacity and community based renewable energy projects
      • Networks: Develop high-growth regional economies by capitalizing on inherent regional strengths
      • Health Care: Improve access to quality health care through expansion of health technology systems
      • Education: Increase post-secondary enrollment rates and completion for rural students
      • Broadband: Support the President’s plan to increase broadband opportunities in rural America
      • Infrastructure: Coordinate investment in critical infrastructure

      Ecosystem markets: Expanding opportunities for conservation, outdoor opportunities and economic growth on working lands and public lands

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/09/obama-administration-establishes-white-house-rural-council-strengthen-ru

      • CR says:

        “Someday” is Now: Direct Farm Payments and the President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction

        Posted by Doug McKalip on September 19, 2011 at 03:07 PM EDT

        For nearly two decades, I have served in agriculture policy capacities for the federal government – most of those years with the United States Department Agriculture. Today, I am reminded of a quote by Will Rogers. The outspoken Oklahoman once remarked, “An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh.” Instead, Rogers made so many Americans laugh during some of the most difficult times in the history of rural America, sometimes pointing out irony in the activities of government.

        Today marks a truly historic action, as President Obama proposes dramatic, yet common sense reform to what has become over the years, a product of conventional politics and longstanding irony in the landscape of government. As part of the President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction announced today, President Obama is proposing to terminate direct farm subsidies. At nearly $5 billion in funding per year, the Direct Payments program is certainly no laughing matter. And if a vegetable were ever developed per the Rogers quote above, it wouldn’t qualify for direct payments, because vegetables are not deemed to be “program crops”. (more on that in a moment)

        As the lead advisor on rural issues for the President’s Domestic Policy Council, some will ask me “why advocate for the reduction of an agriculture program?” In short, I believe the President’s proposal seeks to establish new policy that has been long overdue, and takes action that conventional thinking would regard as either too difficult, or too controversial.

        As the proposal goes forward, it is important to consider the following characteristics of direct farm payments:

        * The federal government pays owners of cropland $4.9 billion in “direct payment” subsidies each year. These payments are not tied to the actual production of crops, but rather are based upon historic crop acres and yields on farms.

        * Many recipients of Direct Farm subsidies are located in large metropolitan areas, far from agricultural production.

        * Direct payments are distributed by the federal government every year despite rising federal deficits and a healthy farm economy that saw net farm income grow by 28 percent in 2010.

        * A small share of commodities—corn, sorghum, barley, oats, cotton, wheat, rice, soybeans, and peanuts, received 72 percent, or $160 billion, of all U.S. farm payments and nearly 100 percent of direct payments since 1996. Even among this small group of commodities there are widespread disparities.
        Livestock producers, fruit and vegetable growers, and the majority of other agricultural producers in the United States receive minimal direct subsidies.

        * Direct payments are linked to the amount of acreage historically under production, thus the program benefits larger farm operations with more acreage. Direct payments also inflate land values making it more difficult for new and beginning farmers to expand and succeed.

        * The Department of Agriculture found that 62 percent of farm payments, including direct payments, went to the largest 12 percent of farms in 2008.

        * The Government Accountability Office found that 305 farm operations received $200,000 or more in direct payments.

        * The GAO found that recipients of direct payments and other farm program payments in 2008 were more than “twice as likely to have higher incomes as other tax filers.”

        * President Obama has worked aggressively to reform direct payment subsidies. Early in this Administration, the President recommended that non-farmers with an Adjusted Gross Income greater than $250,000, or farmers with an AGI greater than $500,000 be ineligible for direct farm payments.

        For more; http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/19/someday-now-direct-farm-payments-and-president-s-plan-economic-growth-and-deficit-re

    • CR says:

      Obama Rights Wrongs Against Black Farmers, Indians

      Uploaded by UpTakeVideo on Dec 8, 2010

      First, for many years African American farmers claimed they were discriminated against when they applied for federal farm loans — making it more difficult for them to stay in business and maintain their farms. In 1999, a process was established to settle these claims. But the settlement was implemented poorly and tens of thousands of African American families who filed paperwork after the deadline were denied their chance to make their case. And that’s why, as senator, I introduced legislation to provide these farmers the right to have their claims heard. That’s why I’m proud that Democrats and Republicans have come together to lay this case to rest. And that’s why I’m proud that Secretary Vilsack and everybody at the Department of Agriculture are continuing to address claims of past discrimination by other farmers throughout our country.

    • CR says:

      Sportsmen for Obama

      Published on Oct 14, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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      Ben Oakleaf, winner of the last Dinner with Barack, shares why hunting, fishing, public lands and the outdoors are important to him and to sportsmen.

      “It’s important to sportsmen to vote for President Obama because it’s a vote for somebody who is a steward of the land…”

      “When the President fights for the access to public land it shows he cares about leaving something to his kids—that he wants his kids to be able to do the same thing that I got to do with Dad.”

    • CR says:

      Let’s Talk About Values

      Published on Sep 14, 2012 by DemRapidResponse

      With Paul Ryan speaking at the 2012 Values Voters Summit, its time to really “Talk About Values”

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      Transcript:

      Paul Ryan will be speaking at the Values Voter Summit

      Let’s talk about values

      Education:

      Student: I was just curious, if elected, what you do in regards to college tuition and making it easier for me and my classmates

      Mitt Romney: The best thing I can do for you, is to tell you to shop around

      Student: I’m a recipient of Pell Grants, I come from a very middle class family, under your plan you cut it by 15% , I was just curious as to why you would cut a grant that goes directly to the middle and lower class people that need it the most

      Paul Ryan: Because Pell Grants have been unsustainable

      President Obama: Education was the gateway to opportunity for me, it was the gateway for Michelle, it was the gateway for most of you. And now more than ever, it is the gateway to a middle class life. No family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don’t have the money

      The Auto Industry:

      Mitt Romney: That’s exactly what I said, the headline you read, which said let Detroit go bankrupt

      President Obama: I’ve met workers in Detroit and Toledo who feared they’d never build another American car, and today they can’t build them fast enough because we reinvented a dying auto industry that’s back on top of the world

      Vice President Biden: This wasn’t just about cars. It was about the people who built and made those cars, and about the America those people build!

      Medicare:

      Reporter: Ryan has proposed slowing the growth of Medicare and providing future retirees with something like a voucher, to buy private health insurance

      Paul Ryan: You can call it a voucher, whatever you want

      President Obama: I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies

      The DREAM Act:

      Mitt Romney: If I were elected and Congress were to pass the DREAM Act would I veto it and the answer is yes

      Vice President Biden: President Obama believes that even though those DREAMers, those kids didn’t choose to come here, they have chosen to do right by America and it’s time for us to do right by them

      Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

      Bob Schieffer: You actually want to lower taxes on the wealthy, even lower than the Bush tax cuts

      President Obama: I refused to ask middle class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids, just to pay for another millionaires tax cut

      Vice President Biden: For the values that define us, for the ideals that inspire us, there is only one choice, that choice is to move forward.

    • CR says:

      VOTE

      Published on Oct 14, 2012 by karinmoveon

      Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria & Kerry Washington want to talk to women about Mitt Romney — a new 30-second TV ad from MoveOn.org Political Action.

  4. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Outstanding topic, CR! So much is at stake!

    • CR says:

      Thanks Kat!

      Thank you to artist Steve Greenberg for the use of your excellently detailed image!

    • COS says:

      Hey Kat and CR. I am still over the moon about PBO’s performance tonight. He looked especially handsome tonight, and I know FLOTUS must have been super proud of him.

      • CR says:

        Yes! President Obama was FIRED UP and ready to for fight bringing back jobs to America!

  5. CR says:

    Mitt Romney on Environmental Issues

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    Energy – Pledges US will become independent to energy sources outside of North America by 2020; supports opening Atlantic and Pacific outer continental shelves, Western Lands, the Artic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore Alaska to drilling; wants to reduce obstacles to energy development by weakening the EPA’s rules.

    Environment – Says green power has yet to become viable and the causes of climate change are unknown; opposes “ cap and trade” policy that limits emissions; proposes to remove carbon dioxide from lists of pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act.

    • CR says:

      Sierra Club Statement On the Romney-Ryan Energy Plan

      August 23, 2012 sierraclub

      Washington, DC – Today, in New Mexico, Mitt Romney released details about his energy plan. Romney’s plan rehashes the reckless Big Oil and Big Coal priorities he has pushed for months, ending numerous public health safeguards, shredding the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, throwing open public lands and offshore areas to drilling and mining, and killing tens of thousands of American clean energy jobs.

      Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune Released the Following Statement in Response:

      “Mitt Romney has devised an energy insecurity plan that would make us even more dependent upon oil, coal, and gas companies while ignoring climate disruption, economic growth, and the health and well-being of the American people.

      Does anyone really think that the winning economy of the 21st century can be built on 19th century fossil fuel technology? Romney’s plan is an anchor to the past. The future America deserves is one in which energy doesn’t cost lives, and no one has to choose between a good job and good health.

      America needs a bold, innovative plan for our energy future that acknowledges reality. We need a plan that produces energy domestically, puts people to work, and makes us truly energy independent – but one that also stabilizes our climate, and keeps our air and water clean.

      We have solutions that won’t keep us chained to fossil fuels, and they’re already working. Greenhouse gas emissions are down to their lowest level in 20 years. We’re using less oil, new vehicle standards will double efficiency and slash carbon pollution. U.S. wind power has doubled over the last four years, and solar has grown by a factor of five. This is where we need to go as a nation. We can’t afford to turn back.”

    • CR says:

      War On The EPA: Republican Bills Would Erase Decades Of Protection

      10/9/11 Lucia Graves – HuffingtonPost

      WASHINGTON — America’s environmental protections are under a sweeping, concerted assault in Congress that could effectively roll back the federal government’s ability to safeguard air and water more than 100 years, Democrats and advocates say.

      The headlines have not been dramatic, and the individual attacks on relatively obscure rules seldom generate much attention beyond those who are most intently focused on environmental regulation.

      But taken together, the separate moves — led by House Republicans — add up to a stunning campaign against governmental regulatory authority that is now surprisingly close to succeeding.

      In just the year since the GOP took control of the House, there have been at least 159 votes held against environmental protections — including 83 targeting the Environmental Protection Agency — on the House floor alone, according to a list compiled by Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

      “Republicans have made an assault on all environmental issues,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee. “This is, without doubt, the most anti-environmental Congress in history.”

      For the entire article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/09/epa-republican-war-defund_n_1000664.html

    • CR says:

      The Kochs’ quest

      10/13/2012 09:11:44 PM PDT By Bill Wilson and Roy Wenzl – The Wichita Eagle

      WICHITA, Kan. — In January 2009, just days after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Charles and David Koch met in their company headquarters in Wichita with their longtime political strategist, Rich Fink.

      The country was headed toward bankruptcy, they agreed. Fink told them bluntly that Obama’s administration represented the worst of what Charles and David fear most: a bloated, regulation-heavy, free-spending government that could plunge the country into another deep recession. That day, Fink advised two of the richest men in the nation that it would be the fight of their lives to stop the government spending spree and to change the course of the country, starting with the 2012 election.

      “If we are going to do this, we should do it right or not at all,” Fink, 61, recalled telling the brothers. “But if we don’t do it right or if we don’t do it at all, we will be insignificant and we will just waste a lot of time and I would rather play golf.

      “And if we do it right, then it is going to get very, very ugly.”

      Three and a half years later, Obama accused the Koch brothers of engineering “a corporate takeover of our democracy.”

      The brothers’ political spending and the network of conservative political organizations and think tanks they fund have sparked protests. The condemnations and criticism prompted Charles Koch to break his silence about politics. In his most extensive interview in 15 years, Charles Koch talked about why he wants to defeat Obama and elect members of Congress who will stop what he calls catastrophic overspending.

      Government recklessness threatens the country and his business, he said.

      The Kochs say the price for their involvement has been high: Death threats, cyberattacks on their business, hundreds of news stories criticizing them, calls for boycotts of the company’s consumer goods, and what the brothers see as ongoing and public attacks from the Obama administration.

      The Kochs aren’t finished. Win or lose in November, they plan to start a new fight. They are organizing dozens of business and grass roots groups to build support for eliminating all corporate and agricultural subsidies.

      For more; http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_21769107/kochs-quest?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

      • CR says:

        Ending agricultural subsidies would mean that American busiensses would have to raise their prices and USA farmers would not be able to compete with cheap and inferior and unsafe imports.

        * American diary farms would be impacted
        * American vegetable and fruit farms would would be impacted
        * American grain farms for human would be impacted
        * American pork, beef and chicken farms would be impacted
        * American nut farms would be impacted
        * American fiber producers (cotton, wool, wood etc) would be impacted
        * American gasoline would be impacted

        There are many more that industries that would impacted.

      • CR says:

        teabagger-flag

        Koch Brothers Eyeing Tribune Newspaper Empire

        April 26, 2013 4:00 AM by DAVID FOLKENFLIK – NPR

        The Tribune Co., emerging from bankruptcy and looking to reshape itself, is now considering the sale of all its newspapers — including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and five other regional newspapers. It’s still very early in the sale process; although the newspaper unit has been valued at $623 million, significant debts are also attached, and Tribune has signaled that it reserves the right not to sell if there isn’t a worthy bid.

        Possible buyers of those papers include David and Charles Koch, billionaire brothers from Kansas. The Koch brothers’ vast holdings include huge investments in energy, manufacturing and commodities, but they’re known these days for their politics.

        Matt Welch is the editor of Reason, a libertarian magazine. David Koch sits on its parent foundation, though Welch says he thinks they’ve never met. “Charles and David Koch have been for the last 40, 40-plus years the most significant backers of libertarian-based organizations and philanthropies in the country,” Welch says. “It’s not even close. It is Charles and David Koch 100, everybody else 2.”

        David Koch — the younger one, at 72 — ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party’s ticket in 1980. More recently, the Koch brothers raised millions to elect Tea Party candidates and other Republicans, and raised even more for ads opposing President Obama’s re-election last year. As a result, they have become a target of liberals like Rachel Maddow, who said on her MSNBC show: “You really can’t get away from the Koch brothers. They’re becoming way too ubiquitous. Their names pop up in every scummy scandal, one after another.”

        Whether one thinks Maddow was being fair or not, the Koch brothers are dogged by their strong political identity. Welch says that identity could be a handicap in the Tribune newsrooms. In a former life, he was an assistant editorial pages editor at the Los Angeles Times, the largest Tribune paper. He says the Kochs would face a challenge: “It would be such a culture clash, inevitably, between them and the newsroom there that it would be kind of open conflict there for a long time,” Welch says. “I would have a hard time imagining how they calm that down in a productive way.”

        For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/26/179179653/billionaire-koch-brothers-increase-their-role-in-u-s-politics

  6. COS says:

    Hey CR, nice and informative thread.

  7. CR says:

    Our Opinion: Pass farm bill that reforms, protects

    Posted October 16, 2012 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Congress left town to campaign for re-election without passing a new farm bill, the massive five­ year collection of agricultural subsidies and incen­tives that includes everything from price supports for milk to food stamps.

    The old law expired Sept. 30, and, piece by piece, its programs are ending. The first to go: the Milk Income Loss Contract, which helps small dairy farmers when prices fall. Most Wisconsin dairy farmers rely on it.

    It shouldn’t have come to this, but reformers on both sides of the aisle have a point when they argue that both of the bills under consideration are deeply flawed.

    Action is needed by the end of the year to avoid reverting to the 1949 law, which, because of its outdated support system, would send food prices soaring.

    Even this Congress won’t let that happen. Con­gress will do something — possibly a one-year extension of current law. What’s needed is a com­prehensive bill that reforms ag subsidies and pro­tects family farms.

    The Senate’s version, passed in June, cut farm spending by $23.1 billion over 10 years. In the House, the Agriculture Committee agreed to $35.1 billion in cuts, but there weren’t enough votes to bring that bill to the floor.

    Both bills end the wasteful practice of making direct payments to farmers whether they need them or not, but they also leave unchanged large parts of the wasteful farm-subsidy program. And the bills expand crop insurance far beyond what is needed, ensuring guaranteed profits and more business for insurance companies.

    And talk about government waste: Target prices for commodities are back — potentially locking in the current high prices farmers have been enjoy­ing and costing the government far more than is reasonable.

    Both bills cut far too much out of conserva­tion programs, which help rebuild the land so that farming is sustainable. Some conservatives argue that paying farmers to conserve land is a boondoggle. But when farmers have incentives to plant fence post to fence post even on land that should not be planted, the risk of pollution from soil erosion grows.

    The land is the worse for it, and, in time, so are farmers and the natural environment that Wis­consin is famous for.

    As U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., said: “I don’t want Wisconsin’s top export to be its topsoil.”

    Kind is also right to fight the crop insurance giveaway. “It’s a classic case of socializing the losses and privatizing the gains,” he said.

    Another concern is food stamps. Long a part of the farm bill, the House bill would cut $16.1 billion out of the program while the Senate version would cut $4 billion. Any program can be tightened, but big cuts to food stamps make no sense with so many people still out of work.

    Any new bill needs some sort of support system for small dairy farmers.

    In Wisconsin, about 12,000 dairy farmers rely on the MILC program. They probably can hold on without MILC for a while; prices are relatively high. But MILC or some similar program is needed if the government still believes, as it should, that there is value in family farms.

    Congress should preserve programs that work and plow under those that do not.

    As with so many other questions, Congress has to find its center of gravity and get this hard work done.

    • CR says:

      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.”

      For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/12/3-farm-bill-extension-measures-filed-in.html

  8. CR says:

    Promotion of officials in 2008 tainted milk scandal sparks outcry in China

    14 Sep 2012 whatsonningbo

    This was in response to the public outcry over news that Sun Xianze, former head of the food safety department at the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) who was given an administrative demerit in 2009, has been promoted to the SFDA’s deputy director.

    “There should be public release of his resume and wrongdoings before the promotion,” Li Fangping, a Beijing-based lawyer who helped victims of the scandal, told the Global Times, adding that the promotion process lacks transparency.

    Sun, who began working for the SFDA in 2003, made his post-punishment debut at a meeting in Beijing on policymaking of the pharmaceutical industry on September 6, reported the Beijing Times.

    He is also listed as one of the SFDA’s core leaders on its website. The date of his promotion is not known. The SFDA refused to comment when contacted by the Global Times.

    “A notice should be released to the public when an official who has been punished is about to get promoted,” Lin Zhe, a professor at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, told the Global Times.

    A total of six officials who were fired or punished for their negligence in the scandal have been promoted or reinstated to an official post, including Li Changjiang, former director of the SFDA, and Wu Xianguo, former secretary of the Shijiazhaung City Committee of the CPC in Hebei Province, said the news portal caixin.com.

    For more: http://www.whatsonningbo.com/news-10551-promotion-of-officials-in-2008-tainted-milk-scandal-sparks-outcry-in-china.html

    • CR says:

      Melamine poisoning by tainted food

      Melamine has been involved in several food recalls after the discovery of severe kidney damages of children [in China] and pets poisoned [in America] by melamine-adulterated food.

      2007 Animal feed recalls

      In 2007, a pet food recall was initiated by Menu Foods and other pet food manufacturers who had found their products had been contaminated and caused serious illnesses or deaths in some of the animals that had eaten them. In March 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration reported finding white granular melamine in the pet food, in samples of white granular wheat gluten imported from a single source in China, Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology as well as in crystalline form in the kidneys and in urine of affected animals. Further vegetable protein imported from China was later implicated.

      In April 2007, The New York Times reported that the addition of “melamine scrap” into fish and livestock feed to give the false appearance of a higher level of protein was an “open secret” in many parts of mainland China, reporting that this melamine scrap was being produced by at least one plant processing coal into melamine. Four days later, the New York Times reported that, despite the widely reported ban on melamine use in vegetable proteins in mainland China, at least some chemical manufacturers continued to report selling it for use in animal feed and in products for human consumption. Li Xiuping, a manager at Henan Xinxiang Huaxing Chemical in Henan Province, stated, “Our chemical products are mostly used for additives, not for animal feed. Melamine is mainly used in the chemical industry, but it can also be used in making cakes.” Shandong Mingshui Great Chemical Group, the company reported by the New York Times as producing melamine from coal, produces and sells both urea and melamine but does not list melamine resin as a product.

      Another recall incident in 2007 involved melamine which had been purposely added as a binder to fish and livestock feed manufactured in the United States. This was traced to suppliers in Ohio and Colorado.

      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melamine#Melamine_poisoning_by_tainted_food

    • CR says:

      This is a good example of why America should keep important agencies that oversee the laws for strict safety and quality of American products and of import products. The Chinese melamine laced pet food killed many of our pets.

      —————-

      FDA.gov Animal/Veterinary

      The Partnership for Food Protection and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the launch of the Pet Event Tracking Network (PETNet). PETNet is a secure, web based information exchange system that will allow FDA and Federal and State Agencies to share initial information about pet-food related incidents, such as illness associated with the consumption of pet food or pet food product defects. PETNet’s voluntary information exchange, surveillance and alert system is designed to provide a real-time mechanism for sharing information about emerging pet food related illnesses and product defects between FDA, other Federal agencies, and the States.

      The system will be accessible to PETNet members, who are Federal, State, and Territorial government officials responsible for the regulation of pet food products and the investigation of disease outbreaks in companion animals. Members will enter “events” into the system when they have identified a trend or a suspicious incident associated with pet food products, as well as pet food product defects within their own jurisdiction that should be communicated to their regulatory counterparts. Once entered on the standardized form, the information will be immediately available to all other PETNet members. This will enable PETNet members to track the emergence of such data and to evaluate the need for action within individual jurisdictions.

      PETNet grew out of discussions held with State and federal government public health officials at an August 2008, FDA sponsored meeting, “Gateway to Food Protection” (also known as the 2008 “50 State” meeting). Following the meeting, the Partnership for Food Protection was established by the FDA. The purpose of the Partnership is to bring federal, state, local, territorial and tribal representatives with expertise in food, feed, epidemiology, laboratory, animal health, environment and public health together to develop an Integrated Food Safety System.

      The concept for PETNet was developed in response to the 2007 melamine pet food recall.

      For more information for pets: http://.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/

      Recalls & Alerts

      * Recalls

      * Pet Food Recalls

      * How to Report a Pet Food Complaint<

      Resources

      * Follow PETNet Twitter

      * Get Email PETNet Updates

      * Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee

      * Frequently Asked Questions

      * Federal Register Notices

      * Pet Health & Safety Widget

  9. CR says:

    Ireland to Ryan: Erin Go Blah

    Oct 16, 2012 6:33 PM EDT By Kent Jones – maddowblog

    Paul Ryan likes to tout his Irish American roots–just look at all that green on his home page. But even though his great-great grandparents were married in Graiguenamanagh, (pronunciation, anyone?) Ryan’s budget-hacking, PX90 crunching charms seem to have escaped the citizenry of that village and Ireland in general. Reports Reuters:

    Ryan’s pitch to slash public spending does not go down so well in a country reeling from years of austerity imposed after crippling bank debt forced the government to take a bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund in 2010.

    Despite the Ryan connection, few locals are hoping for a Republican victory across the ocean. “It would give a boost to a nice small town like this, but I would forgo it. I wouldn’t want to inflict him on the American people,” said Margaret, a 64-year-old cashier, upset by Ryan’s plans to cut welfare and Medicare health cover for the elderly. She withheld her family name to avoid angering her employer.

    Sorry Congressman, Ireland is O’bama territory.

    A straw poll of 20 people on a recent afternoon found 12 Obama supporters and none for Ryan and running mate Mitt Romney.

    Ninety-six percent of people in Ireland who have decided would back Obama and Irish Catholic running mate Joe Biden if they had a vote, according to a September poll of 1,000 people by Gallup International.

    As for the Irish on this side of the pond:

    The lobby group Irish American Democrats says it is targeting Cuyahoga County in Ohio, a bellwether Irish area in a state where the election could be decided. Ryan will find it far harder than Biden to take advantage of his Irish heritage, said Stella O’Leary, who heads the group. “I find there is a kind of mild embarrassment on the half of Irish Americans who are Republicans,” she said. “They would all have originally have been Democrats, so the question is when did they change. Was it when they got a few dollars?”

  10. CR says:

    Cubs president Theo Epstein headlines Obama fund-raiser Oct. 17

    October 1, 2012 5:12 PM By Lynn Sweet – chicagosuntimes

    WASHINGTON–Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein headlines a fund-raiser on Oct. 17 in Chicago to benefit the Obama campaign, with the other draw David Simas, the Obama campaign director of opinion research. The evening reception is at the home of Barbara Goodman Manilow. The tab is $1,000 to guest, $5,000 to host.

    Manilow is a member of Chicago’s Crown family; cousin Susan Crown is a major fund-raiser for Mitt Romney. Manilow is an executive at the Ida and Arie Crown Foundation. Her former husband, David Manilow, is the founder and producer of the show “Check Please.”

    Epstein is no novice to political giving; while in Boston working for the Red Sox he donated $1,000 to the Obama campaign in January, 2008. Cubs honcho Laura Ricketts is a major Obama fund-raiser.

  11. CR says:

    October 17, 2012

    Remarks by the President and Governor Romney in Second Presidential Debate

    Hofstra University
    Hempstead, New York

    9:00 P.M. EDT

    MS. CROWLEY: Good evening from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. I’m Candy Crowley from CNN State of the Union.

    We are here for the second Presidential Debate, a town hall sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The Gallup organization chose 82 uncommitted voters from the New York area. Their questions will drive the night. My goal is to give the conversation direction and to ensure questions get answered.

    The questions are known to me and my team only. Neither the Commission, nor the candidates have seen them. I hope to get to as many questions as possible, and because I am the optimistic sort, I’m sure the candidates will oblige by keeping their answers concise and on point.

    Each candidate has as much as two minutes to respond to a common question, and there will be a two-minute follow-up. The audience here in the hall has agreed to be polite and attentive — no cheering, no booing, or outbursts of any sort.

    We will set aside that agreement just this once to welcome President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. (Applause.)

    Gentlemen, thank you both for joining us here tonight. We have a lot of folks who have been waiting all day to talk to you, so I want to get right to it.

    For the entire transcript: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/17/remarks-president-and-governor-romney-second-presidential-debate

    ————

    Complete Second Presidential Town Hall Debate 2012: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney – Oct 16, 2012

    Streamed live on Oct 16, 2012 by TheNewYorkTimes

    The second presidential town hall debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in the run up to the general election in November.

    • CR says:

      President Obama on jobs
      9:12 p.m. ET

      “The most important thing we can do is make sure that we are creating jobs in this country, but not just jobs, good-paying jobs. Ones that can support a family. And what I want to do is build on the 5 million jobs that we’ve created over the last 30 months in the private sector alone.”

    • CR says:

      President Obama: Betting on the American worker
      9:16 p.m. ET

      “When Governor Romney said we should ‘let Detroit go bankrupt,’ I said we’re going to bet on American workers and the American auto industry, and it’s come surging back. I want to do that in industries not just in Detroit but all across the country, and that means we change our tax code so we’re giving incentives to companies that are investing here in the United States and creating jobs here.”

    • CR says:

      President Obama on Mitt Romney’s plan
      9:18 p.m. ET

      “Governor Romney doesn’t have a five-point plan. He has a one-point plan, and that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules. That’s been his philosophy in the private sector, that’s been his philosophy as governor, that’s been his philosophy as a presidential candidate.”

    • CR says:

      The choice on energy independence
      9:25 p.m. ET

      President Obama:

      “The most important thing we can do is to make sure we control our own energy. So here’s what I’ve done since I’ve been president. We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. Natural gas production is the highest it’s been in decades. We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment, but what I’ve also said is we can’t just produce traditional sources of energy—we’ve also got to look to the future. That’s why we doubled fuel efficiency standards on cars. That means that in the middle of the next decade, any car you buy, you’re going to end up going twice as far on a gallon of gas. That’s why we’ve doubled clean energy production, like wind and solar and biofuels, and all these things have contributed to us lowering our oil imports to the lowest levels in 16 years …

      “Now, Governor Romney will say he’s got an all-of-the-above plan, but basically his plan is to let the oil companies write the energy policies. So he’s got the oil and gas part, but he doesn’t have the clean energy part, and if we are only thinking about tomorrow or the next day and not thinking about 10 years from now, we’re not going to control our own economic future … ”

    • CR says:

      President Obama: “An economy that’s thriving for everybody”
      9:40 p.m. ET

      “[Governor Romney] was on 60 Minutes just two weeks ago, and he was asked, ‘Is it fair for somebody like you making $20 million a year to pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or a bus driver, somebody making $50,000 a year?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I think that’s fair.’ Not only that, he said, ‘I think that’s what grows the economy.’

      “I fundamentally disagree with that. I think what grows the economy is when you get that tax credit that we put in place for your kids going to college. I think that grows the economy. I think what grows the economy is when we make sure small businesses are getting a tax credit for hiring veterans who fought for our country. That grows our economy.”

    • CR says:

      President Obama on Mitt Romney’s “sketchy deal”
      9:45 p.m. ET

      “The cost of lowering rates for everybody across the board by 20% along with what he also wants to do in terms of eliminating the Estate Tax, along with what he wants to do in terms of corporate changes in the tax code, it costs about $5 trillion. Governor Romney then also wants to spend $2 trillion on additional military programs, even though the military is not asking for them. That’s $7 trillion. He also wants to continue the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. That’s another trillion dollars. That’s $8 trillion.
      “Now, what he says is he’s going to make sure that this doesn’t add to the deficit, and he’s going to cut middle class taxes, but when he’s asked how are you going to do it, which deductions, which loopholes are you going to close? He can’t tell you…

      “Now, Governor Romney was a very successful investor. If somebody came to you, Governor, with a plan that said $7 or $8 trillion, and we’re going to pay for it but we can’t tell you until maybe after the election how we’re going to do it, you wouldn’t have taken such a sketchy deal. And neither should you, the American people, because the math doesn’t add up …

    • CR says:

      President Obama on a woman’s right to make her own health decisions
      9:50 p.m. ET

      “A major difference in this campaign is that Governor Romney feels comfortable having politicians in Washington decide the health care choices that women are making. I think that’s a mistake. In my health care bill I said insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who is insured because this is not just a health issue, it’s an economic issue for women. It makes a difference. This is money out of that family’s pocket.

      “Governor Romney not only opposed it, he suggested that employers should be able to make the decision as to whether or not a woman gets contraception through her insurance coverage. That’s not the kind of advocacy that women need.”

    • CR says:

      President Obama lays out a few differences between Gov. Romney and President George W. Bush
      10:00 p.m. ET

      In response to a question about how Mitt Romney differs from President George W. Bush, President Obama explains:

      “There are some things where Governor Romney is different from George Bush. George Bush didn’t propose turning Medicare into a voucher. George Bush embraced comprehensive immigration reform—he didn’t call for self-deportation. George Bush never suggested that we eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. So there are differences between Governor Romney and George Bush, but they’re not on economic policy. In some ways he has gone to a more extreme place when it comes to social policy, and I think that’s a mistake. That’s not how we’re going to move our economy forward.”

    • CR says:

      “Me too”
      10:04 p.m. ET

      President Obama, on the commitments Mitt Romney has made to Republicans while campaigning:

      “Governor Romney has made some commitments as well, and I suspect he will keep those, too. When members of the Republican Congress say ‘we’re going to sign a no-tax pledge so that we don’t ask a dime from millionaires and billionaires to reduce our deficit’ … he said, ‘Me too.’ When they said we’re going to cut Planned Parenthood funding, he said, ‘Me too.’ … That is not the kind of leadership you need—but you should expect that those are promises he is going to keep.”

    • CR says:

      President Obama on working to fix a broken immigration system
      10:11 p.m. ET

      “What I’ve said is we need to fix a broken immigration system, and I’ve done everything that I can on my own and sought cooperation from Congress to make sure we fix the system. The first thing we did was to streamline the legal immigration system to reduce the backlog, make it easier, simpler, and cheaper for people who are waiting in line, obeying the law, to make sure they can come here and contribute to our country. And that’s good for our economic growth. They’ll start new businesses, they’ll make things happen to create jobs here in the United States.”

    • CR says:

      President Obama on immigration reform
      10:18 p.m. ET

      “When we think about immigration, we have to understand there are folks all around the world who still see America as the land of promise, and they provide us energy and they provide us innovation, and they start companies like Intel and Google, and we want to encourage that. Now, we’ve got to make sure that we do it in a smart way, in a comprehensive way, and we make the legal system better.

      “But when we make this into a divisive political issue, and when we don’t have bipartisan support—I can deliver, Governor, a whole bunch of Democrats to get comprehensive immigration reform done … We can’t get Republicans to support this.”

    • CR says:

      President Obama on Libya
      10:29 p.m. ET

      “I’m the President, and I’m always responsible—that’s why nobody is more interested in finding out exactly what happened than I do. The day after the attack, Governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that we were going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror, and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime.”

    • CR says:

      President Obama on creating American jobs
      10:38 p.m. ET

      “I want to close loopholes that allow companies to deduct expenses when they move to China, that allow them to profit offshore, and not have to get taxed so they have tax advantages offshore. All those changes in our tax code would make a difference.

      “Now, Governor Romney actually wants to expand those tax breaks. One of his big ideas when it comes to corporate tax reform would be to say if you invest overseas, you make profits overseas, you don’t have to pay U.S. taxes… And it’s estimated that that will create 800,000 new jobs. The problem is they’ll be in China or India or Germany.”

    • CR says:

      President Obama on fighting for 100% of Americans
      10:47 p.m. ET

      “I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world has ever known. I believe in self-reliance and individual initiative and risk-takers being rewarded. But I also believe that everybody should have a fair shot and everybody should do their fair share and everybody should play by the same rules. Because that’s how our economy is grown. That’s how we built the world’s greatest middle class. And that is part of what’s at stake in this election.

      “There’s a fundamentally different vision about how we move our country forward. I believe Governor Romney is a good man—loves his family, cares about his faith. But I also believe that when he said behind closed doors that 47% of the country considered themselves victims, who refused personal responsibility, think about who he was talking about: folks on Social Security who have worked all their lives, veterans who have sacrificed for this country, students who are out there trying to hopefully advance their own dreams but also this country’s dreams, soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now. People who are working hard every day, paying payroll tax, gas taxes, but don’t make enough income, and I want to fight for them. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last four years—because if they succeed, I believe the country succeeds.”

  12. CR says:

    Obama refi effort to help 1 million in 2012: FHFA

    October 16, 2012 Ronald D. Orol – marketwatch

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – An Obama administration refinance program is on target to help a million borrowers in 2012, according to a major housing regulator Tuesday. The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that more than 618,000 loans for borrowers who have no or little equity in their home have been refinanced through the first eight months of 2012 employing the program which seeks to refinance mortgages to current low interest rates as long as their loan is backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government-controlled housing giants. That number is up from the 400,024 mortgages refinanced through the program in 2011. These borrowers can’t refinance to current low rates using traditional means. The program was expanded in late 2011 into one that allows a greater segment of underwater borrowers to participate.

  13. CR says:

    MBA: Mortgage Purchase activity highest since June

    10/17/2012 07:03:00 AM by Bill McBride – calculatedrisk

    From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

    The Refinance Index decreased 5 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 1 percent from one week earlier. This is the highest Purchase Index observed in the survey since early June 2012.

    The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,500 or less) increased to 3.57 percent from 3.56 percent, with points increasing to 0.44 from 0.39 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. The effective rate increased from last week.
    emphasis added

    Read more: http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2012/10/mba-mortgage-purchase-activity-highest_17.html

  14. CR says:

    Housing Starts in U.S. Surged in September to Four-Year High

    Oct 17, 2012 5:30 AM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    New-home construction in the U.S. surged in September to the highest level in four years, a sign the industry is on the road to recovery.

    Starts jumped 15 percent to an 872,000 annual rate last month, the most since July 2008 and exceeding all forecasts in a Bloomberg survey of economists, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median estimate of 81 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 770,000. An increase in building permits may mean the gains will be sustained.

    A pickup in sales stoked by record-low mortgage rates and population growth combined with dwindling supply indicates construction can continue strengthening, contributing more to economic growth. At the same time, the level of starts remains below the pre-recession peak, limiting how much the industry can boost the rate of expansion.

    “We’re seeing as big a bounce in the housing sector as we’ve ever seen,” Mike Englund, chief economist at Action Economics LLC in Boulder, Colorado, said before the report. “There’s really nowhere to go but up.”

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey for housing starts ranged from 735,000 to 800,000, and the prior month was revised up to 758,000 from a previously reported 750,000 pace.

    Over the past 12 months, work began on 34.8 percent more homes, the biggest year-over-year gain since April.

    Building permits, a proxy for future construction, jumped to an 894,000 annual rate, also exceeding the median forecast and the most since July 2008. They were projected to rise to 810,000, with a range of 780,000 to 850,000.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-17/housing-starts-in-u-s-surged-in-september-to-four-year-high.html

  15. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Wednesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  16. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Binders Full of Women is now a Facebook account with a lot of good real-world information and excellent comments!

    http://ow.ly/eycn8

    • CR says:

      Mind The Binder

      Published Oct 16 2012, 10:46 PM by David S. Bernstein – thephoenix

      Hey, I know about that binder! And guess what — Mitt Romney was lying about it.

      From the rush transcript:

      CROWLEY: Governor Romney, pay equity for women?

      ROMNEY: Thank you. An important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men.

      And I — and I went to my staff, and I said, “How come all the people for these jobs are — are all men.” They said, “Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.” And I said, “Well, gosh, can’t we — can’t we find some — some women that are also qualified?”

      And — and so we — we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.

      I went to a number of women’s groups and said, “Can you help us find folks,” and they brought us whole binders full of women.

      I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my Cabinet and my senior staff, that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states, and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America.

      Now one of the reasons I was able to get so many good women to be part of that team was because of our recruiting effort.

      For more: http://blog.thephoenix.com/BLOGS/talkingpolitics/archive/2012/10/16/mind-the-binder.aspx

      • CR says:

        Romney’s Mind

        Aside from the “binders” remark, Romney’s answer drew criticism from women’s advocacy groups, who said it showed he isn’t concerned with gender equality in the workplace. “Mitt Romney’s mind” as he responded “immediately went to ensuring that women in the workforce are able to get home in time to make dinner,” Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, said in a statement.

        Median weekly pay for women working full-time was 82 percent of the median for men in full-time jobs in 2011: $684 for women to $832 for men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

        Romney’s advisers said he hadn’t misspoken or chosen an inartful phrase to characterize his record.

        Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-17/romney-s-binders-comment-threatens-pitch-to-women.htmlhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-17/romney-s-binders-comment-threatens-pitch-to-women.html

      • CR says:

        Republican Women for Obama

        Republican women share their history with the Republican Party and how the party’s views are no longer aligned with their own. They don’t support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and share how Romney and Ryan are wrong for women.

        As they share:

        “If you truly believe in a small government. That government shouldn’t be deciding what I can and cannot do with my own body.”

        “There is no way on God’s green earth that I would consider voting Republican.”

        “I don’t even want to think about them having control—as a woman I don’t.”

        “If you’re a conservative woman, and you believe in small government, then Barack Obama is your candidate because he’s keeping the government out of the decisions that should remain between you and God, and you and your own conscience.”

      • CR says:

        Republican Women for Obama

        Republican women share their history with the Republican Party and how the party’s views are no longer aligned with their own. They don’t support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and share how Romney and Ryan are wrong for women.

        As they share:

        “If you truly believe in a small government. That government shouldn’t be deciding what I can and cannot do with my own body.”

        “There is no way on God’s green earth that I would consider voting Republican.”

        “I don’t even want to think about them having control—as a woman I don’t.”

        “If you’re a conservative woman, and you believe in small government, then Barack Obama is your candidate because he’s keeping the government out of the decisions that should remain between you and God, and you and your own conscience.”

    • CR says:

      Obama: We don’t need binders full of women

      10/17/12 3:37 PM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      Over on the home page, POLITICO’s Reid Epstein reports from President Obama’s campaign event Wednesday in Iowa:

      The event was a stark contrast to Obama’s rallies after his disinterested Denver debate effort. Then, as the base collapsed into anxiety over his poor performance, the president was energetic — but only in talking about Romney, as he warned the crowds not to trust the Republican nominee’s rhetorical move to the center. On Wednesday, he talked about what he said himself.

      Aiming his message squarely at the women his campaign feels will be crucial to his reelection chances, Obama mocked one of Romney’s awkward lines from Tuesday night.

      “I tell you what,” Obama told 2,000 people in a steamy Cornell College gymnasium. “We don’t have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women ready to work and teach in these fields right now.”

      That was part of an extended attack on Romney for his positions on women’s health and the fair pay act — themes that he’d pressed directly to Romney in the debate at Hofstra University.

    • CR says:

      Biden on ‘binders’

      10/17/12 5:05 PM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday weighed in on Mitt Romney’s now-infamous “binders full of women” comment.

      “Maybe where Romney is most sketchy is on women’s rights. I got a daughter and lost a daughter. I’ve got four granddaughters and Barack has two daughters. And this is to our core. Our daughters and our granddaughters are entitled to every single solitary operation, every single solitary opportunity!” Biden exclaimed, according to a pool report. “And you heard the debate last night. When Governor Romney was asked a direct question about equal pay, he started talking about binders. Whoa! The idea that he had to go and ask where a qualified woman was, he just should have come to my house. He didn’t need a binder.”

      Romney made the awkward comment in response to a question about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps women fight for equal pay for equal work. The former Massachusetts governor said he perused “binders full of women” to fill cabinet posts in his administration.

    • CR says:

      Mitt Romney “Binders full of women” meme takes off

      Published on Oct 17, 2012 by CBSNewsOnline

      Immediately after Mitt Romney talked about “binders full of women” job candidates at the second presidential debate, the internet went crazy with comments and images poking fun at the sentiment. Felipe Maya reports.

  17. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    12:45 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/Pres-Obama-Campaigns-in-Iowa-and-Ohio/10737435018/

    • CR says:

      October 17, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Mt. Vernon, IA

      Richard and Norma Small Multi-Sport Center
      Mt. Vernon, Iowa

      12:12 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Iowa! (Applause.) Thank you! Are you fired up? (Applause.) Are you ready to go? (Applause.)

      Well, first of all, can everybody please give a big round of applause to Rachel for that great introduction? (Applause.) I want to thank the Rams for hosting us here today. I appreciate you guys. (Applause.) Go, Rams! (Applause.)

      We’ve got your outstanding Senator, Tom Harkin. (Applause.) Congressman Bruce Braley. (Applause.) Another Congressman who has — I guess it’s professor emeritus right here — Dave Loebsack. (Applause.) Two of my oldest friends in Iowa, my co-chairs back in 2008 — your Attorney General, Tom Miller — (applause) — and your Treasurer, Mike Fitzgerald. (Applause.)

      And I’m thrilled to see all of you. And I hope you’re enjoying the warm weather. (Laughter.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.)

      I just want to know — look, I’m from Chicago. (Applause.) And I campaigned in Iowa in January. (Laughter.) So this is basically the warmest you will be for the next six months. (Laughter.)

      Now, I’ve come back to Cornell College today — (applause) — come back to ask each of you for one big thing. I’m asking for your vote. (Applause.) I’m asking for your vote. In Iowa, you can vote today. Today. As long as you’re registered before October 27th, you can vote right up to Election Day. In fact, you can go vote right after this event at the Cole Library. (Applause.) And anyone can find out how to register and where to vote at Vote.BarackObama.com.

      So, Iowa, are you going to vote for me today if you haven’t already voted? (Applause.) I need you. I need you.

      Now, as many of you know, we had our second debate last night. (Applause.) I’m still trying to figure out how to get the hang of this thing — debating. (Laughter.) But we’re working on it. We’ll keep on improving as time goes on. I’ve got one left. (Applause.)

      But the interesting thing is that Governor Romney has been running around talking about his five-point plan for the economy for quite some time. And as I pointed out last night, and you guys heard yourselves, it’s really a one-point plan. It’s really a one-point plan. It says folks at the very top can play by their own set of rules.

      That’s why they can pay lower taxes than you do, or they can use offshore accounts. Or they can invest in a company, bankrupt it, fire the workers, take away their pensions, ship the jobs overseas, and still make money doing it.

      It’s the one-point plan that says it’s okay for Wall Street to keep engaging in the reckless behavior that got us into the mess we’ve been fighting back from for the last four years. It’s the same philosophy that’s been squeezing middle-class families for more than a decade. It’s the same philosophy that we saw in the previous administration. And I have seen too much pain and too much struggle to let this country go down that same road again. (Applause.)

      So, Iowa, we can’t — I want you to know, folks here in Iowa understand this — you cannot grow this economy from the top down. You grow this economy from the middle class out. We’re not going to go back to what we were doing before. We’re moving forward. And that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/17/remarks-president-campaign-event-mt-vernon-ia

  18. CR says:

    12:00 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama at a Campaign Event
    Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, New York

    • CR says:

      October 17, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event

      Crest Hollow Country Club
      Woodbury, New York

      12:12 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Good afternoon! (Applause.) We’re feeling good! Oh, my goodness. Thank you so much. It is just a privilege to be here. And before I get started, you all rest yourselves. (Laughter.) I know if you’re like me, you were up late last night. (Applause.) So forgive me if I’m a little blurry-eyed. I’m still trying to figure out what time zone I’m in. (Laughter.)

      But I want to recognize a few people before I get started.

      You heard from Congressman Israel who got you all fired up and ready to go. (Applause.) He and his beautiful wife are here, and we are so grateful and thankful for his support, his leadership, and for everything he’s doing in Washington to keep moving this country forward.

      And I also want to thank some dear friends and longtime supporters, Rich and — well, first of all, new friends that I met recently, the owners of this beautiful club, Rich and Erin Monti. (Applause.) I want to thank them for hosting us today. And I see Erin, and I just have to say that she has six kids — (laughter) — and she looks awesome, and I want to be like her when I grow up. (Laughter.) So thank you both for having us here today. Yes. (Applause.) Yay!

      Now, to our longtime friends and supporters, give a few shoutouts — Jay Jacobs. (Applause.) Robert Zimmerman. (Applause.) I don’t know where everybody is in the room. Jon Cooper. (Applause.) You all are just fabulous co-hosts. Thank you for all the work that you have done on behalf of my husband, this campaign, this administration, what you’ve done to make this event such a success. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

      And most of all, I want to thank all of you, truly, for taking the time to be here this afternoon. It is the afternoon, right?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      MRS. OBAMA: It’s afternoon, right? (Laughter.) It’s not morning. It’s not morning.

      And I can tell that you all are pretty fired up and ready to go, aren’t you? (Applause.) Yes, that’s good. And I have to tell you that after hearing my husband talk about his values and his vision for this country at the debate last night, I’m feeling pretty fired up and ready to go myself. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/17/remarks-first-lady-campaign-event

  19. CR says:

    1:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden deliver remarks at a campaign event
    Island Grove Exhibit Hall, Greeley, CO

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

  20. CR says:

    6:00 PM ET
    President Obama attends a campaign event
    Ohio University, College Green, Athens, OH

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      October 17, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Ohio University, Athens, OH

      Ohio University
      Athens, Ohio

      6:10 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Ohio! (Applause.) How’s it going, Bobcats? (Applause.) Are you fired up? (Applause.) Are you ready to go? (Applause.) Boy, this is a good crowd. (Applause.) It’s a big crowd and a good-looking crowd. (Applause.) The weather is perfect. Who arranged the weather? Good job. (Laughter.)

      Can everybody please give a big round of applause for Shannon for the great introduction. (Applause.) Please give a round of applause to my great friend, your former governor, Ted Strickland is in the house. (Applause.) And your outstanding Mayor, Paul Wiehl is here. (Applause.)

      And of course, all of you are here. (Applause.) I came here today because I heard you’ve got a pretty fun football team to watch. (Applause.) Undefeated, if I’m not mistaken. (Applause.) A shot at the MAC Championship. (Applause.) Maybe a BCS bid. (Applause.) I just want to point out that I was pushing for a playoff system — we got a playoff system. One more promise kept, for those of you who are following college football. (Laughter.) But it is outstanding the Bobcats are doing so well, so I want to wish you guys luck in the upcoming season. (Applause.)

      I also came here today, Ohio, because I want your vote. (Applause.) I want your vote. I am not too proud to beg. I want you to vote. (Applause.) And the good news is you can vote in Ohio right now. Find out where at Vote.BarackObama.com. If you live nearby, you can vote just a few blocks away at 15 South Court Street — 15 South Court Street. (Applause.) Everybody knows where that is. If not, find out.

      I know a bunch of folks are meeting there at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow to vote together. So what do you say, Ohio? Can you grab some friends — go vote? (Applause.) Go vote. See, my assumption is if you’re here you’re going to vote. So you’ve got to go back to your dorm, grab that guy who’s sitting there eating chips, watching SportsCenter. (Laughter.) Tell him he’s got to vote, too.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you, Barack!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.)

      Now, we had our second presidential debate last night. (Applause.) I’m still trying to get the hang of this thing. (Laughter.) But there are a couple of things that I noticed that keeps on recurring in this debate and during the course of this campaign. Governor Romney continues to run around talking about his five-point plan for the economy.

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: Wait, wait, wait. Don’t boo — vote. (Applause.)

      But as we saw last night, the five-point plan really boils down to one point — folks at the very top get to play by a different set of rules than you do. So they can pay lower taxes. They can use offshore accounts. They can buy a company, load it up with debt, lay off the workers, strip away the pensions, send the jobs overseas — and still make a big profit doing it. It’s the same philosophy that’s been squeezing middle-class families for over a decade. It’s the same philosophy that got us into this mess. And I have seen too much pain and struggle here in Ohio and all across the country to let us go down that path again.

      We cannot grow this economy from the top down. We grow it from the middle out. We’re not going backwards, we’re going forward. (Applause.) That’s why I’m running for a second term for President, and that’s why I want your vote! (Applause.)

      So he’s trying to sell you on this five-point plan. Then he tries to take another stab at trying to sell you on his $5 trillion tax cut that favors the wealthy. He says it’s not going to raise the deficit. I’m going to lower taxes for middle-class folks. We’re not going to, in any way, give a tax break to the well-to-do folks, even though he said during the Republican primary he was going to cut taxes for the top 1 percent.

      Then, when you ask him, all right, if you’re going to pay for all this, how are you going to pay for it — couldn’t tell you; said he was going to pay for it by cutting Planned Parenthood and Big Bird.

      AUDIENCE: No!

      THE PRESIDENT: That’s what he said. And then, when you keep on pressing him, he says, I said I was going to do it. I was a businessman, so you should just take my word for it.

      Now, here’s a tip: When a politician tells you that he’s going to tell you what he’s going to do after the election, but he can’t tell you now, it’s not because the plan is so good that he doesn’t want to let you in on it. It’s not because he wants to give you this great surprise later on. It’s because he knows it won’t work.

      Everybody who has looked at this tax plan of his says he can’t pay for it without either blowing up the deficit, or by raising taxes on middle-class families.

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: Don’t boo —

      AUDIENCE: Vote!

      THE PRESIDENT: — vote.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/17/remarks-president-ohio-university-athens-oh

  21. CR says:

    6:00 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama at a Campaign Event
    New York, NY

    • CR says:

      October 17, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event

      583 Park
      New York, New York

      6:22 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, thank you so much. (Applause.) I am so thrilled to be here — truly, truly thrilled. Thank you. You all are so sweet. You all have been just amazing.

      I want to start by — although I miss this because I miss all the fun stuff. (Laughter.) They just pull me in. If we’ve got a great singer, I never get to hear him sing. (Laughter.) We had some of the — so everybody goes, “You’ve got a great event. This person is going to be there!” And I’m like, am I going to be there? (Laughter.) “No, actually, you’re going to miss everything.” So was the case tonight.

      But I want to thank the brilliant and inspiring trailblazing men and women who have graced us — or graced you all with their performances here tonight. We are so grateful for them for taking the time to join us. (Applause.) And one day, maybe in four more years, I’ll be able to sit out there and watch them perform. (Applause.)

      I also want to give a very huge and warm thank you, hello to Mike Nichols and John Guare for organizing this extraordinary evening. (Applause.) It’s amazing.

      But most of all, I want to thank all of you for taking the time, not just tonight, but I know so many of you who have been working so hard over the last year or two, or three and a half. But thank you for everything you all are doing and being here, because it feels good. It feels really good.

      And I know you all are fired up and ready to go. (Applause.) I know that. I can tell; I can feel it. And I will tell you that after hearing my husband talk about his values, his vision that he has for this country in last night’s debate — (applause) — yes — I am not only very proud, as I always am, but I am fired up and ready to go myself. Absolutely. (Applause.) Twenty more days. Twenty more days.

      But another reason why I like to campaign for my husband is that I get to do one of my favorite things — I get to talk about this guy, this man I have loved and admired since I first met him 23 years ago. I can only talk like this behind his back. (Laughter.) Because when we get home it’s usually, pick up your socks — do something. (Laughter.) But when he’s not here, I can say all these wonderful things, but don’t tell him. (Laughter.) Don’t let him know. I got to keep that upper hand — you know what I’m saying?

      But as you know, although my husband is handsome, charming and incredibly smart, what I tell people — and especially young people — because I get to travel around to a lot of college campuses — and I tell young people that that is not why I married him. It is not. What truly made me fall in love with Barack Obama is what you all saw last night, what you all have seen for three and a half years — you have seen his character, his decency and honesty. (Applause.) You’ve see his compassion and his conviction. And that’s the man I married.

      When I first met him, I loved that Barack was so committed to serving others. He was always committed to serving others that when started out his career, he turned down high-paying jobs, and instead began his career fighting to get folks back to work in struggling communities. That’s where he started, and I know that’s where he’s going to finish.

      And I loved that Barack was so devoted to his family, especially the women in his life. And I tell this to young men all over — you’ve got to love your mother. (Laughter and applause.) That’s it. I saw the respect that Barack had for his mother and how proud he was that she was able to put herself through school while still supporting him and his sister as a single mother.

      Before she passed, I saw the tenderness that he felt for his grandmother. He called her “Tutu.” 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. And as he said last night, she did everything she could to support his family. But he also watched how she was passed over year after year for promotions simply because she was a woman, but he also saw how she kept getting up year after year, doing that same job without complaint and without regret.

      And when I saw these things in Barack, when we first met and I learned his story, I realized that 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, a working-class kid, I watched my own father make that exact uncomplaining journey every day to his job at the city water plant. That’s the very job my father had his entire life until the day he died. And I saw how he carried himself with that same dignity, that same pride in being able to provide for his family; that same hope that one day, with all this hard work he was doing, that one day his kids could have opportunities he never dreamed of for himself.

      And like so many families in this country — the families that our President is fighting for — our families just weren’t asking for much. That’s the beauty — they didn’t want much. And they didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success. No, in fact, they didn’t mind if others had much more than they did — they admired it. And that is exactly why they pushed us to be the very best we could be.

      But they did believe in that fundamental American promise that even if you don’t start out with much, if you work hard in this country, 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 grandkids. That’s what kept them going. That’s what they believed.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/17/remarks-first-lady-campaign-event-0

  22. CR says:

    8:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden deliver remarks at a campaign event
    Reno Ballroom, Reno, NV

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      Biden mobbed by children during elementary school visit

      By 10/18/12 4:38 PM EDT POLITICO44

      Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise stop at a North Las Vegas elementary school where he was mobbed by children.

      “Oh no, I can’t move,” Biden said at one point as children hugged his legs. “I’ve got someone stuck to my hip.”

      “I wish my constituents liked me as much,” Biden joked. “God love it!”

      One child also approached Biden with a specific message for President Obama.

      “Can you tell Barack Obama something for me?” the child said. “Can you tell him to come here?”

      Biden said he would pass the message along — despite the fact that Obama has visited the Las Vegas area a number of times recently.

      “I can’t pick you all up. I can’t pick you all up,” Biden said on his way out, as children continued to clamor for his attention.

  23. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:35 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.

    9:50 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews.

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:10 AM
    President Obama arrives in Manchester, N.H.

    11:55 PM
    President Obama attends a campaign event
    Manchester, NH

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:05 PM
    President Obama departs Manchester, N.H.

    2:00 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign even
    Events Center at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

    2:10 PM
    President Obama arrives in New York City.

    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    President Obama tapes an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
    Comedy Central Studios. New York City.

    4:00 PM
    4:20 PM
    President Obama attends a campaign event
    Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:55 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the 7th Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner
    New York City, NY

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM
    10:35 PM
    President Obama departs New York City.

    11:30 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    11:45 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

  24. CR says:

    President Obama will speak at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner this Thursday, Oct. 18 in New York City, the White House has confirmed.

    Source: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/10/after-debate-president-obama-and-mitt.html

  25. CR says:

    Springsteen to campaign for Obama

    By CAITLIN MCDEVITT | 10/13/12 POLITICO44

    The Boss is hitting the trail for Obama, POLITICO’s Byron Tau reports:

    Rock legend Bruce Springsteen will campaign for President Obama in Ohio, the campaign announced Saturday.

    He will join former President Bill Clinton at a rally in Parma, Ohio on October 18th.

    “Bruce Springsteen’s values echo what the President and Vice President stand for: hard work, fairness, integrity,” said Jim Messina, Obama for America’s campaign manager said in a statement. “His appearances will help with our get out the vote effort in these critical swing states and we are thrilled with his ongoing support.”

    Obama has been using Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own” from his 2012 album “Wrecking Ball” as his theme song on the stump for some time now.

    • CR says:

      ‘A message from Bruce’

      10/17/12 11:23 PM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      Yes, Bruce Springsteen wants the world to know where he stands.

      He took to his web site on Wednesday and posted a 600-word exposition on Barack Obama – waxing about everything from his decision to bail out the auto industry to going after Osama bin Laden.

      “We’re still living through very hard times but justice, equality and real freedom are not always a tide rushing in. They are more often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day,” he wrote. “I believe President Obama feels these days in his bones and has the strength to live them with us and to lead us to a country ‘…where no one crowds you and no one goes it alone.’”

      Springsteen is performing at two events for Obama on Friday in Ohio and Iowa. But for those wondering about the ins and outs of — and nitty-gritty reasons for — his support of Obama, alas, wonder no more…

      ———

      Bruce Springsteen in Ohio Campaign for President Barack Obama

      Published on Oct 18, 2012 by WerewolfmanNews

      Bill Clinton Bruce Springsteen in Ohio Campaign for President Barack Obama

      Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton Campaign For Obama

      WASHINGTON — The presidential campaign, heavy on finger-pointing and recrimination, is taking a brief but abrupt detour so President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can play politics for laughs.

      The rivals are quieting the bickering to address the venerable Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a white-tie gala Thursday evening at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel that has been a required stop for politicians since the end of World War II.

      In keeping with tradition, both candidates have prepared lighthearted fare for the fundraising event organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York for the benefit of needy children. That was the case almost precisely four years ago when Obama and GOP nominee John McCain poked fun at themselves and each other just a day after an intense presidential debate at Hofstra University on Long Island.

      As in 2008, this year’s dinner comes in the wake of a confrontational debate, also at Hofstra, lending an air of drama to the pivot from acrimony to humor.

      What’s more, the dinner’s host is Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has clashed with the Obama administration over contraception provisions in the new health care law. Dolan has said he received “stacks of mail” protesting the dinner invitation to Obama. But Dolan has sought to avoid playing political favorites, even delivering benedictions at both the Republican and Democratic national conventions this summer.

      The dinner was Romney’s only public event Thursday. Obama planned to campaign in New Hampshire, one of the most competitive states in the election, before taping an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” with host Jon Stewart.

      Romney and Obama were traveling to New York, a state firmly behind Obama, as their campaigns mounted an aggressive appeal for undecided female voters.

      During stops Wednesday in Iowa and Ohio, the president mocked Romney’s remark during Tuesday night’s debate that as Massachusetts governor, he received “whole binders full of women” as he sought to diversify his administration. “We don’t have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented women,” Obama said.

    • CR says:

      Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own

      Published on Feb 10, 2012 by BruceSpringsteenVEVO
      Music video by Bruce Springsteen performing We Take Care Of Our Own. (C) 2012 Bruce Springsteen

  26. Kat 4 Obama says:

    A really great thread, CR!

    >^..^<

  27. CR says:

    Celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week

    Dan Ashe October 17, 2012

    More than a century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt set aside a tiny bird rookery off the coast of Florida, Pelican Island, as the first national wildlife refuge. Since then the refuge system has grown to become one of our greatest treasures with refuges from the Caribbean to the Pacific, from Maine to Alaska.

    This week (Oct. 14-20) we celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with special events for the public to enjoy at our 560 national wildlife refuges from coast to coast.

    Our refuges include examples of every type of ecosystem in North America including boreal forests, wetlands; deserts, grasslands; arctic tundra and remote islands. They provide habitat for 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 species of reptiles and amphibians, and more than 1,000 species of fish and countless invertebrates and plants.

    Under President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, we have added nine new refuges in the past four years, including our twelfth urban refuge, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque, just last month.

    These special places provide not only vital habitat for wildlife but also places for people to hike, bike, hunt, fish, paddle, watch wildlife or otherwise connect with nature. They also support jobs and economic growth. In fact, 47 million people visit refuges each year and spend $2.1 billion to local economies, supporting tens of thousands of local jobs.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/10/17/celebrating-national-wildlife-refuge-week

  28. CR says:

    FBI arrests man for attempting to bomb New York Federal Reserve

    10/18/12 By Basil Katz and Jessica Dye | Reuters – 9 hrs ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The FBI on Wednesday arrested a Bangladeshi man in a sting operation on charges he attempted to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank with what he believed was a 1,000-pound (450-kg) bomb, federal authorities said.

    Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, faces charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

    The FBI said the public was not in danger because the explosives provided to Nafis were never in working condition and the suspect was closely monitored by the undercover agent – highlighting a script law enforcement has employed several times this year in similar cases, including one in Washington and another in Ohio.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama had been briefed about the arrest.

    “Attempting to destroy a landmark building and kill or maim untold numbers of innocent bystanders is about as serious as the imagination can conjure,” said Mary Galligan, FBI acting assistant director-in-charge. “The defendant faces appropriately severe consequences.”

    In an initial appearance in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Nafis wore a plain brown crew-neck T-shirt, dark-colored jeans and sneakers. He barely spoke during the brief hearing, mumbling answers of “yes” to questions from U.S. Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann.

    For more; http://news.yahoo.com/fbi-arrests-man-attempting-bomb-york-federal-013457938.html

  29. CR says:

    Obama Tries To Regain Female Voter Advantage

    10/18/12 by SCOTT HORSLEY – NPR

    Summary:
    One day after the second presidential debate of 2012, President Obama campaigned in Iowa and Ohio. The campaign spent much of Wednesday taking Mitt Romney to task for what some regard as out-of-date comments about women in the workplace.

    For the audio interviews: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/18/163132024/obama-tries-to-regain-female-voter-advantage

  30. CR says:

    Consumer Comfort in U.S. Climbs to Highest Level in Six Months

    Oct 18, 2012 6:45 AM PT By Elizabeth Dexheimer – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence in the U.S. reached a six-month high last week as more Americans said it was a good time to shop.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to minus 34.8 in the week ended Oct. 14, the highest level since April, from minus 38.5 the previous week. The monthly expectations gauge improved to minus 7 in October, the best reading since May.

    Signs the housing recovery is gaining momentum, rising stock prices and a falling jobless rate may be making consumers feel better about their financial situation. The boost in optimism may help sustain recent gains in household spending, which makes up about 70 percent of the economy.

    “Consumer sentiment is possibly emerging from a five- yearlong hibernation due to the long-awaited recovery in the housing market, rising equity prices and the slow improvement in the labor market,” said Joseph Brusuelas, a senior economist at Bloomberg LP in New York. Stabilizing, and in some places appreciating, home prices are “surely bolstering the confidence of many Americans that have watched their primary capital investment depreciate for years.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-18/consumer-comfort-in-u-s-climbs-to-highest-level-in-six-months.html

  31. CR says:

    Index of U.S. Leading Economic Indicators Rose 0.6% in September

    Oct 18, 2012 7:00 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    The index of U.S. leading economic indicators rose in September by the most in seven months, boosted in part by a jump in permits for home construction that’s helping underpin the expansion.

    The Conference Board’s gauge of the outlook for the next three to six months increased 0.6 percent after a revised 0.4 percent drop in August that was bigger than initially reported, the New York-based group said today. Economists projected the gauge would climb 0.2 percent, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey.

    A recovery in the housing market and a surge in stock prices may also be fueling optimism among consumers, whose spending accounts for about 70 percent of the economy. At the same time, the so-called fiscal cliff — $607 billion in federal spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to take effect in January unless Congress acts — is a hurdle for business investment and hiring.

    “The residential housing market is in the very early stages of a durable recovery,” Joe Lavorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in New York, said in a research note before today’s report. “Housing is a leading indicator of underlying domestic demand; thus, continued improvement in the former bodes well for some acceleration over time in the latter.”

    Estimates from 52 economists in the Bloomberg survey ranged from a decrease of 0.1 percent to an increase of 0.6 percent in the Conference Board’s leading index. The August figure was revised from a previously reported 0.1 percent drop, reflecting weaker orders from consumer goods and capital equipment during the month.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-18/index-of-u-s-leading-economic-indicators-rose-0-6-in-september.html

  32. CR says:

    11:35 PM ET
    President Obama attends a campaign event
    Manchester, NH

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      October 18, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Manchester, NH

      Veterans Memorial Park
      Manchester, New Hampshire

      12:02 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, New Hampshire! (Applause.) Are you fired up?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      THE PRESIDENT: Are you ready to go?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      THE PRESIDENT: I’m fired up. (Applause.) First of all, I’m fired up about this weather. (Applause.) I mean, I’ve got to say that generally when I look at a trip to New Hampshire in October, I’m not thinking it’s going to look like this. (Applause.) But this is spectacular. (Applause.)

      It’s good to be back. And it’s good to be with a great friend and an outstanding governor — Governor Lynch. Please give him a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.)

      And I love your outstanding Senator, Jeanne Shaheen. (Applause.) Jeanne was especially happy because it was her granddaughter, Ellie, who sang the National Anthem today. Give Ellie a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      Nineteen days, New Hampshire. Nineteen days. (Applause.) In nineteen days, you’re going to step into a voting booth, and you’ve got a big choice to make. It’s not just a choice between two candidates or parties — it’s about two different visions for this country that we love.

      Governor Romney’s got his sales pitch. He’s been running around talking about his five-point PowerPoint plan for the economy. (Laughter.) But as we saw the other night — (applause) — what he’s selling is not a five-point plan. It’s really just a one-point plan: Folks at the top get to play with a different set of rules than you do.

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: Don’t boo, now — vote. (Applause.)

      They can pay lower taxes; they can keep their money offshore; they can buy companies, load it up with debt, lay off workers, strip their pensions, send their jobs overseas — they can still make money doing it, turning a big profit. It’s the same philosophy that’s been squeezing middle-class families for more than a decade. It’s the same philosophy that got us into this mess.

      For the last four years, I’ve watched the American people, with their resilience and resolve, overcoming the pain and struggle and dealing with the consequences of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. We’ve worked too hard to let this country go down that path again. (Applause.)

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

      THE PRESIDENT: New Hampshire, we cannot grow this economy from the top down. This economy grows from the middle out, when everybody has ladders of opportunity; if they work hard they can succeed, they can get ahead. That’s how we move ahead. When workers have a decent living, have a little money in their pockets — that means they’re out there as customers buying goods, and that means businesses do better, and that means businesses make more profits, then they hire more workers. That’s how you grow an economy. (Applause.)

      That’s why we can’t go backward. That’s why we’ve got to move forward. That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States. (Applause.)

      On Tuesday, Governor Romney took another stab at trying to sell us this $5 trillion tax cut that favors the wealthy. He took another swing at it, and he whiffed. (Applause.) Instead of telling us how he’d pay for it, he said, I’ll let you know after the election.

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: And then when I asked him about it, he said, I’m a businessman, I know the numbers will work — take my word for it.

      Now, I’m going to let you in on a little tip: When a politician tells you he’s going to wait until after the election, it’s not because their plan is so good that they don’t want to spoil the secret. (Laughter.) That’s usually not what’s going on. (Applause.) And in this case, just about everybody who’s looked at his tax plan says he can’t pay for it without blowing a hole in the deficit, or raising your taxes — raising taxes on the middle class.

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: Don’t boo —

      AUDIENCE: Vote!

      THE PRESIDENT: — vote.

      So then Governor Romney says he’s got another plan to create 12 million jobs in the next four years. But when folks started crunching the numbers, his jobs plan fell apart even faster than his tax plan. The Washington Post called it a “bait and switch.” A bait and switch.

      So let’s recap. He’s got a tax plan that doesn’t add up. He’s got a jobs plan that doesn’t create jobs. He’s got a deficit plan that doesn’t reduce the deficit. Listen, New Hampshire, you’ve heard of the New Deal; you’ve heard of the Square Deal and the Fair Deal. Mitt Romney is trying to sell you a Sketchy Deal. (Applause.)

      We don’t need a sketchy deal. We know better, because the last time this sketchy deal was tried was in the previous administration — made the same sales pitch; told you the same stuff: Look, if we cut these taxes, the economy is going to grow so much, the deficit is going to come down, don’t worry about it. Just like they said we didn’t have to pay for two wars. It didn’t work, and that’s why you’re not buying. We have been there. We’ve tried it. We’re not going back. We’re moving forward. I need your help to finish what we started in 2008. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/18/remarks-president-campaign-event-manchester-nh

  33. CR says:

    Good Thursday morning everyone. I HOPE that you have a good day.

  34. CR says:

    Libyan authorities name Islamist group leader in Benghazi embassy attack

    10/18/123 By Ron Recinto | The Lookout – 2 hrs 37 mins ago

    Authorities in Libya have named a leader of a Benghazi-based Islamist group as the commander in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans last month, the New York Times reports.

    Libyans involved in the investigation say Ahmed Abu Khattala was seen by witnesses as leading the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Abu Khattala is the leader of the Ansar al-Shariah, a militant group that wants to advance Islamic law in Libya, according to the the Times.

    His exact involvement is still unclear as his group is fractionalized, and there may be more than one leader.
    The Times story notes that the Ansar al-Shariah brigade has 100 to 200 fighters. Its name means “supporters of Islamic law,” and the group is against electoral democracy. “Abu Khattala and Ansar al-Shariah share Al Qaeda’s puritanism and militancy,” says the writer of the New York Times story.

    But the article also points out that the two groups operate independently, and Ansar al-Shariah “focuses only on Libya rather than on a global jihad against the West.”

    Abu Khattala, who was imprisoned but was released about a year ago by the government to appease an uprising, remains at large. He may flee across the Libyan border to another country, according to the Times.

  35. CR says:

    1:00 PM ET
    President Bill Clinton holds a campaign rally with Bruce Springsteen for President Obama
    Parma, OH

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/Bill-Clinton-Bruce-Springsteen-Campaign-for-Obama-in-Ohio/10737435021/

  36. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Thursday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  37. Kat 4 Obama says:

  38. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign even
    Events Center at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

  39. CR says:

    3:30 PM ET
    President Obama tapes an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
    Comedy Central Studios. New York City.

    • CR says:

      Jon Stewart Challenges Obama On Libya Response In Wide-Ranging Daily Show Interview

      Published on Oct 19, 2012 by FrimmerNews

      Does Romney Have an In-Law Problem?

      Oct 18, 2012 By MATTHEW MOSK – ABC News

      Mitt Romney’s rise in business and politics has served as a marketing bonanza for two of his wife’s closest relatives, both Utah-based businessmen who have benefited from, and are said to have traded on, their connection to the presidential candidate even as they suffered a succession of embarrassing business and legal difficulties.

      Ann Romney’s brother Roderick Davies, who filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and nephew Ryan Davies, who oversaw a now-bankrupt green energy venture, have both been out on the campaign trail to offer support for Romney. But back in Utah, the two men have left a trail of unhappy business partners, a number of whom spoke with ABC News to express concern about how the two might try and capitalize on a Romney presidency.

      Andy Neff, a Florida financial advisor who says he lost a top client and his own savings investing in Ryan Davies’s ill-fated solar energy venture, said Davies repeatedly assured him that his famous uncle Mitt was mentoring him, right up until his company filed for bankruptcy.

      “To be quite honest with you,” Neff said, “if you’re running for President of the United States, you should probably make sure all your family’s doing the right, ethical things with people, and not taking advantage of hardworking guys like me and taking my money.”

      For more: http://goo.gl/QZq7g

  40. CR says:

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    Appeals court rules against Defense of Marriage Act

    10/18/12 By Terry Baynes | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court in New York on Thursday ruled that a U.S. law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples.

    The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is now the second federal appeals court to reject part of the Defense of Marriage Act. It upheld a lower court ruling that had found a central part of the law unconstitutional.

    Appeals in several cases are currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which could choose to take up the issue in its current term.

    Two members of a three-judge panel ruled in favor of Edith Windsor, an 83-year-old woman who argued that the law discriminates against gay couples in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

    They found that gays and lesbians are entitled to heightened protection from the courts, based on the history of discrimination the group has suffered.

    “Homosexuals are not in a position to adequately protect themselves from the discriminatory wishes of the majoritarian public,” Judge Dennis Jacobs wrote for the majority.

    Six states have legalized same-sex marriage, including New York in 2011. Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, which was passed in 1996, federal law and government programs do not recognize those marriages.

    The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Windsor by the American Civil Liberties Union in federal court in New York. Windsor is a former IBM computer programmer who married Thea Clara Spyer in Toronto, Canada, in 2007. The two were engaged in 1967.

    Spyer died in 2009 after a decades-long battle with multiple sclerosis, leaving all of her property to Windsor. Because the marriage was not recognized under federal law, Windsor had to pay more than $363,000 in federal estate taxes, according to her lawsuit.

    Windsor’s attorneys argued that the act violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees equal protection under the law.

    The Obama administration said last year it considered the law unconstitutional and would no longer defend it. Instead, a group appointed by the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is defending the law in courts across the country.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/appeals-court-ny-rules-gay-marriage-law-unconstitutional-160159196.html

  41. CR says:

    4:20 PM ET
    President Obama attends a campaign event
    Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY

  42. CR says:

    Soybeans Gain Most in Five Weeks on Demand Signs; Corn Advances

    By Tony C. Dreibus – Oct 18, 2012 12:39 PM PT

    Soybeans rose the most in five weeks on signs that demand is increasing for supplies from the U.S., the world’s biggest grower and exporter. Corn also gained.

    Soybean exports from the start of the marketing year on Sept. 1 through Oct. 11 totaled 4.7 million metric tons, up 57 percent from the same period a year earlier, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. Exporters sold 523,382 tons in the week through Oct. 11, up 4.5 percent from the prior seven days, according to the USDA.

    “Our export business is looking good,” Mark Schultz, the chief market analyst at Northstar Commodity Investment Co., said by telephone. “There’s still a lot of business being done.”

    Soybean futures for November delivery climbed 2.4 percent to settle at $15.455 a bushel at 2 p.m. on the Chicago Board of Trade, the biggest gain since Sept. 12. Futures have surged 18 percent since mid-June as the worst U.S. drought since 1956 curbed production.

    Corn futures for December delivery gained 2 percent to $7.6075 a bushel in Chicago. The price is up 50 percent since June 15 because of dry weather in the U.S.

  43. CR says:

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

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

  44. Kat 4 Obama says:

  45. CR says:

    Next Up…

    7:55 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at the 7th Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner
    New York City, NY

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/67th-Annual-Alfred-E-Smith-Memorial-Foundation-Dinner/10737435020/

    • CR says:

      October 19, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the 2012 Alfred E. Smith Dinner

      Waldorf Towers
      New York, New York

      9:23 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause.) Everyone, please take your seats — otherwise Clint Eastwood will yell at them. (Laughter.)

      Thank you to Al and Ann. To Your Eminence; Governor, Mrs. Romney; Governor Cuomo; Mayor Bloomberg; Senator Schumer; all the distinguished guests who are here.

      In less than three weeks, voters in states like Ohio and Virginia and Florida will decide this incredibly important election — which begs the question, what are we doing here? (Laughter.)

      Of course, New Yorkers also have a big choice to make — you have to decide which one of us you want holding up traffic for the next four years. (Laughter.)

      Tonight I am here with a man whose father was a popular governor, and who knows what it’s like to run a major Northeastern state, and who could very well be president someday — and I’m hoping it is Andrew Cuomo. (Laughter and applause.)

      This is the third time that Governor Romney and I have met recently. As some of you may have noticed, I had a lot more energy at our second debate. (Laughter.) I felt really well rested after the nice, long nap I had in the first debate. (Laughter and applause.) Although it turns out millions of Americans focused in on the second debate who didn’t focus in on the first debate — and I happen to be one of them. (Laughter.)

      I particularly want to apologize to Chris Matthews. (Laughter.) Four years ago, I gave him a thrill up his leg — (laughter) — this time around I gave him a stroke. (Laughter.)

      And of course, there’s a lot of things I learned from that experience. For example, I learned that there are worse things that can happen to you on your anniversary than forgetting to buy a gift. (Laughter and applause.) So, take note, gentlemen.

      Now, win or lose, this is my last political campaign. So I’m trying to drink it all in. Unfortunately, Mayor Bloomberg will only let me have 16 ounces of it. (Laughter.) That’s okay, I’m still making the most of my time in the city. Earlier today, I went shopping at some stores in Midtown. I understand Governor Romney went shopping for some stores in Midtown. (Laughter.)

      And it brought back some great memories because, some of you know, I went to school here in New York, had a wonderful experience here. (Applause.) Used to love walking through Central Park, loved to go to old Yankee Stadium, the house that Ruth built — although he really did not build that. (Laughter.) I hope everybody is aware of that. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/19/remarks-president-2012-alfred-e-smith-dinner

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      President Obama Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner New York (October 18, 2012 )

      Published on Oct 18, 2012 by DefinitelyAbsolute’

      President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the 67th Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Towers in New York City on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

  46. CR says:

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