Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy updates from NOAA: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#SANDY

Emergency Preparednes – Ready.gov

Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

The campaign’s messages have been distributed through: television, radio, print, outdoor and Web (PSAs) developed and produced by The Advertising Council; brochures;

www.Ready.gov and www.Listo.gov Web sites

Toll-free phone lines 1-800-BE-Ready and 1-888-SE-Listo; and partnerships with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations.

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Ready.gov Animal: http://www.ready.gov/search/node/animals

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Department Of Defense – Post-Hurricane Sandy Support

Pentagon leaders continue to monitor Defense Department-provided support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and states impacted by Hurricane Sandy as National Guard members assist local officials.  http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2012/1012_sandy/

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63 Responses to Hurricane Sandy

  1. CR says:

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    Saturday, October 27, 2012

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      POTUS podium

      October 27, 2012

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

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

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      Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden attend campaign event.
      Lynchburg, VA

      2:00 PM ET
      Obama for America to Host Event Featuring Bruce Springsteen
      Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

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      President Obama attends a campaign event
      Elm Street Middle School, Nashua, NH

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      Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden attend campaign event.
      Lynchburg, VA http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/309099-1

  2. CR says:

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    Emergency Preparednes – Ready.gov

    Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

    Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

    The campaign’s messages have been distributed through: television, radio, print, outdoor and Web (PSAs) developed and produced by The Advertising Council; brochures;

    http://www.Ready.gov and http://www.Listo.gov Web sites; toll-free phone lines 1-800-BE-Ready and 1-888-SE-Listo; and partnerships with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations.

    In 2004, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched Ready Business, an extension of the Ready campaign that focuses on business preparedness.Ready Business helps owners and managers of small- to medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. The campaign’s messages are being delivered through ReadyBusiness section of this Web site, brochures, radio, print and internet PSAs and key partnerships.

    In 2006, FEMA launched Ready Kids, a tool to help parents and teachers educate children ages 8 – 12 about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared. The program includes family-friendly Web pages and online materials developed by Sesame Workshop and Discovery Education.

    FEMA has also worked with a variety of public and private sector organizations to develop tailored preparedness information for specific Americans. The Department worked with American Kennel Club, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association and The Humane Society of the United States to create materials that highlight the key steps pet owners should take to prepare themselves and their animals. FEMA also worked with AARP, the American Red Cross, the National Organization on Disability and the National Fire Protection Association to create emergency information for seniors and Americans with disabilities and special needs. Materials developed for these specific Americans include brochures and instructional videos available at our publications page.

    In 2008, The Ready Campaign added a section on their web site for military families. The entire Department highlights emergency preparedness through National Preparedness Month (NPM), a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. View the Ready Public Service Advertisements.

    Get a Kit Build a Kit
    Basic Disaster Supplies Kit…… Make a Plan
    Plan for Your Risks Research & Publications
    Natural Disasters Be Informed

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    Animal Disaster Preparedness:  AnimalsInDisasterFactSheet.pdf

    Ready.gov Animal information: http://www.ready.gov/search/node/animals

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    GET HURRICANE SANY UPDATES: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#SANDY

  3. CR says:

    October 26, 2012

    Readout of the President’s Briefing on Hurricane Sandy

    This morning, President Obama convened a call with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan to receive an update on Hurricane Sandy and ongoing federal actions to prepare for the storm as it continues to move toward the United States mainland. The President directed Administrator Fugate to ensure that all available federal resources are being brought to bear to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas along the eastern seaboard as they prepare for the severe weather.

    Impacts from the storm could be felt as early as this weekend, and FEMA is in close contact with state and local partners as the storm approaches. At the request of states, FEMA is proactively deploying Incident Management Assistance Teams to multiple states up and down the Eastern seaboard to assist efforts as state and local partners prepare for the storm. Because of the potential for significant power outages, FEMA is encouraging state and local authorities responsible for coordinating with local utility companies to do so ahead of any impacts. The President asked his team to continue to ensure there were no unmet needs and to keep him regularly updated on weather forecasts and hurricane preparations.

    • CR says:

      U.S. East Coast battens down ahead of Hurricane Sandy

      10/26/12 By Barbara Goldberg | Reuters – 35 mins ago

      NEW YORK (Reuters) – Governors up and down the U.S. East Coast declared states of emergency on Friday before a potential pounding from Hurricane Sandy, as authorities urged residents to stock up on food, water and batteries in case the storm lives up to forecasters’ worst fears.

      From the Carolinas to Maine, municipal authorities kept a close watch on forecasts tracking the shifting path of the fierce “Frankenstorm,” which could come ashore on Monday with heavy rain, storm surges and near hurricane-force winds.
      In New York City, officials were considering closing down bus and subway lines next week, a step taken only once before – when Hurricane Irene slammed the city in 2011.

      New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland declared states of emergency to free up resources. The District of Columbia also declared a state of emergency as the U.S. capital prepared for a possible hit.

      Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell urged residents in coastal areas to prepare to evacuate before the storm hits and advised others in the state to stock up on provisions needed to get through any disaster.

      “I encourage all Virginians to gather batteries, blankets, water, canned goods and other necessities prior to the anticipated onset of storm conditions,” McDonnell said in a statement. “We could see severe weather lasting for 48 hours or more in the state.”

      The storm’s likely impact on Virginia prompted Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign to cancel his Sunday night rally in Virginia Beach.

      In Pennsylvania, officials warned about the dangers of driving during the storm, especially over roads and bridges already under water.

      “Just a few inches of moving water can sweep away the average car,” warned the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in a statement. “Turn around, don’t drown.”

      SUPER STORM

      Gusts from the storm’s 550-mile (890-km) wind field were being felt in southern Florida on Friday as the slow-moving hurricane that killed at least 41 people in the Caribbean roared toward the United States.

      Forecasters dubbed it “Frankenstorm” because three merging weather systems were expected to meld into a single “hybrid” super storm.

      Utilities from neighboring inland states readied staging areas so that crews could answer calls for help as they come in from stricken towns and cities along the East Coast.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-east-coast-battens-down-ahead-hurricane-sandy-173359903.html

    • CR says:

      Obama holds hurricane prep meeting

      2:50PM EDT October 26. 2012 – usatoday

      President Obama fights for his re-election in the next 10 days, but faces a potential obstacle: a major hurricane.

      With Hurricane Sandy heading toward the United States, Obama held a preparation meeting today with emergency management officials.

      “Impacts from the storm could be felt as early as this weekend,” said a White House readout, later adding: “The President asked his team to continue to ensure there were no unmet needs and to keep him regularly updated on weather forecasts and hurricane preparations.”

      Left unsaid: A damaging hurricane could affect Obama’s campaign plans (as well as those of Republican rival Mitt Romney).

      The White House readout of today’s meeting:

      “This morning, President Obama convened a call with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan to receive an update on Hurricane Sandy and ongoing federal actions to prepare for the storm as it continues to move toward the United States mainland.

      “The President directed Administrator Fugate to ensure that all available federal resources are being brought to bear to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas along the eastern seaboard as they prepare for the severe weather.

      “Impacts from the storm could be felt as early as this weekend, and FEMA is in close contact with state and local partners as the storm approaches.

      “At the request of states, FEMA is proactively deploying Incident Management Assistance Teams to multiple states up and down the Eastern seaboard to assist efforts as state and local partners prepare for the storm.

      “Because of the potential for significant power outages, FEMA is encouraging state and local authorities responsible for coordinating with local utility companies to do so ahead of any impacts. The President asked his team to continue to ensure there were no unmet needs and to keep him regularly updated on weather forecasts and hurricane preparations.”

    • CR says:

      THE WHITE HOUSE

      Office of the Press Secretary

      October 27, 2012

      Readout of the President’s Briefing on Hurricane Sandy

      This morning, President Obama convened a call with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan to receive an update on ongoing federal actions to prepare for Hurricane Sandy as it moves toward the United States mainland. The President reiterated his direction to Administrator Fugate to ensure that federal partners continue to bring all available resources to bear to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas along the Eastern seaboard as they prepare for severe weather.

      FEMA continues to work closely with federal partners, including the Departments of Defense and Energy, and remains in close contact with state and local partners in potentially impacted areas. At the requests of states, FEMA is proactively deploying Incident Management Assistance Teams to multiple states up and down the Eastern seaboard to ensure they have the support they need as they prepare for the storm. FEMA is holding daily operation briefings with emergency response teams in potentially affected states, and FEMA liaisons are joining state and local emergency operations centers in potentially impacted areas. FEMA is also prepositioning commodities including water, meals, blankets and other resources, should they be needed, at Incident Support Bases along the East Coast.

      Because Hurricane Sandy could produce significant precipitation over widespread areas and has the potential to cause significant power outages, FEMA continues to encourage state and local authorities responsible for coordinating with local utility companies to do so ahead of any impacts. The President reiterated his direction to his team to ensure there were no unmet needs as states continue to prepare, and to keep him updated as preparations for the storm continue.

    • CR says:

      October 27, 2012

      Readout of the President’s Briefing on Hurricane Sandy

      This morning, President Obama convened a call with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan to receive an update on ongoing federal actions to prepare for Hurricane Sandy as it moves toward the United States mainland. The President reiterated his direction to Administrator Fugate to ensure that federal partners continue to bring all available resources to bear to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas along the Eastern seaboard as they prepare for severe weather.

      FEMA continues to work closely with federal partners, including the Departments of Defense and Energy, and remains in close contact with state and local partners in potentially impacted areas. At the requests of states, FEMA is proactively deploying Incident Management Assistance Teams to multiple states up and down the Eastern seaboard to ensure they have the support they need as they prepare for the storm. FEMA is holding daily operation briefings with emergency response teams in potentially affected states, and FEMA liaisons are joining state and local emergency operations centers in potentially impacted areas. FEMA is also prepositioning commodities including water, meals, blankets and other resources, should they be needed, at Incident Support Bases along the East Coast.

      Because Hurricane Sandy could produce significant precipitation over widespread areas and has the potential to cause significant power outages, FEMA continues to encourage state and local authorities responsible for coordinating with local utility companies to do so ahead of any impacts. The President reiterated his direction to his team to ensure there were no unmet needs as states continue to prepare, and to keep him updated as preparations for the storm continue.

    • CR says:

      THE WHITE HOUSE

      Office of the Press Secretary

      October 27, 2012

      Readout of the President’s Briefing on Hurricane Sandy

      This morning, President Obama convened a call with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan to receive an update on ongoing federal actions to prepare for Hurricane Sandy as it moves toward the United States mainland. The President reiterated his direction to Administrator Fugate to ensure that federal partners continue to bring all available resources to bear to support state and local responders in potentially affected areas along the Eastern seaboard as they prepare for severe weather.

      FEMA continues to work closely with federal partners, including the Departments of Defense and Energy, and remains in close contact with state and local partners in potentially impacted areas. At the requests of states, FEMA is proactively deploying Incident Management Assistance Teams to multiple states up and down the Eastern seaboard to ensure they have the support they need as they prepare for the storm. FEMA is holding daily operation briefings with emergency response teams in potentially affected states, and FEMA liaisons are joining state and local emergency operations centers in potentially impacted areas. FEMA is also prepositioning commodities including water, meals, blankets and other resources, should they be needed, at Incident Support Bases along the East Coast.

      Because Hurricane Sandy could produce significant precipitation over widespread areas and has the potential to cause significant power outages, FEMA continues to encourage state and local authorities responsible for coordinating with local utility companies to do so ahead of any impacts. The President reiterated his direction to his team to ensure there were no unmet needs as states continue to prepare, and to keep him updated as preparations for the storm continue.

    • CR says:

      October 29, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Hurricane Sandy

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      12:46 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. I just received a full briefing from our emergency response teams, including FEMA, and agencies that are going to be helpful in the response and recovery efforts — the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

      Obviously, everybody is aware at this point that this is going to be a big and powerful storm. And all across the Eastern seaboard, I think everybody is taking the appropriate preparations.

      I’ve spoken to all the governors in all these states. They have issues emergency declarations. Those have been turned around quickly here in the White House. We have prepositioned assets so that FEMA personnel are working closely with state and local governments. We’re making sure that food and water and emergency generation is available for those communities that are going to be hardest hit.

      We anticipate that the center of the storm is going to land fall sometime this evening. But because of the nature of this storm, we are certain that this is going to be a slow-moving process through a wide swath of the country, and millions of people are going to be affected.

      So the most important message that I have for the public right now is, please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Do not delay. Don’t pause; don’t question the instructions that are being given, because this is a serious storm and it could potentially have fatal consequence if people haven’t acted quickly.

      The good news is, is that the governors and local officials I think have had a few days of preparation. There’s been extraordinarily close coordination between state, federal, and local governments. And so we’re confident that the assets are prepositioned for an effective response in the aftermath of the storm.

      But keep in mind that for folks who are not following instructions, if you are not evacuating when you’ve been asked to evacuate, you’re putting first responders at danger. We’re going to have to have search-and-rescue teams in and around multiple states all at the same time. And although we’ve got Coast Guard and the Department of Defense all positioned, if the public is not following instructions, that makes it more dangerous for people and it means that we could have fatalities that could have been avoided.

      Transportation is going to be tied up for a long time. And probably the most significant impact for a lot of people, in addition to flooding, is going to be getting power back on. We anticipate that there are going to be a lot of trees down, a lot of water. And despite the fact that the power companies are working very closely with their various state officials and local officials to make sure that they are bringing in as many assets as possible and getting those ready in preparation for the storm, the fact is that a lot of these emergency crews are not going to be able to get into position to start restoring power until some of these winds have died down. And because of the nature of this storm, that may take several days.

      So the public should anticipate that there’s going to be a lot of power outages, and it may take time for that power to get back on. The same is true with transportation; there are going to be a lot of backlogs, and even after the storm has cleared, it’s going to take a considerable amount of time for airlines, subways, trains, and so forth, potentially to get back on schedule, depending on the amount of damage that has occurred.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/29/remarks-president-hurricane-sandy

    • CR says:

      October 28, 2012

      Remarks By The President on Hurricane Sandy

      FEMA Headquarters

      Washington, D.C.

      1:55 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, good afternoon, everybody. Obviously, all of us across the country are concerned about the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy. This is a serious and big storm. And my first message is to all the people across the Eastern seaboard, Mid-Atlantic, going north, that you need to take this very seriously and follow the instructions of your state and local officials, because they are going to be providing you with the best advice in terms of how to deal with this storm over the coming days.

      We just had an excellent meeting with the FEMA team here, the various agencies that are in charge, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and others that are going to need to respond very quickly.

      Under Craig Fugate’s leadership here at FEMA we’ve had a chance to talk to the regional officials as well. And I just had a phone call with the governors of the potentially impacted states, as well as some of the major cities in the region.

      At this stage, everybody is confident that the staging process, the prepositioning of resources, commodities, equipment that are going to be needed to respond to this storm are in place. But as Craig has emphasized, this hasn’t hit landfall yet, so we don’t yet know where it’s going to hit, where we’re going to see the biggest impacts. And that’s exactly why it’s so important for us to respond big and respond fast as local information starts coming in.

      I want to thank all the members of the team for the outstanding work that they’re doing. But the other thing that makes this storm unique is we anticipate that it is going to be slow moving. That means that it may take a long time not only to clear, but also to get, for example, the power companies back in to clear trees and to put things back in place so that folks can start moving back home.

      So my main message to everybody involved is that we have to take this seriously. The federal government is working effectively with the state and local governments. It’s going to be very important that populations in all the impacted states take this seriously, listen to your state and local elected officials.

      My message to the governors, as well as to the mayors, is anything they need, we will be there. And we’re going to cut through red tape. We’re not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. We want to make sure that we are anticipating and leaning forward into making sure that we’ve got the best possible response to what is going to be a big and messy system.

      So again, thank you, everybody. Craig, would you like add to something?

      MR. FUGATE: Again, as the President says, it’s going to really come down to the public heeding those evacuation orders, taking protective measures. If they haven’t gotten ready, they can go to Ready.gov. Get information on how to protect them and their families, but also check on your neighbors. This is going to be a big storm. We need to be there for each other.

      THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Let me emphasize that again — Ready.gov — for the general public. If you need to know how to respond, that’s where you can get centralized information.

      But I think Craig’s point is exactly right. In times like this, one of the things that Americans do is we pull together and we help out one another. And so, there may be elderly populations in your area. Check on your neighbor, check on your friend. Make sure that they are prepared. If we do, then we’re going to get through this storm just fine. But we’re going to have to make sure that we are vigilant, and vigilant for a couple of days. Don’t anticipate that just because the immediate storm has passed that we’re not going to have some potential problems in a lot of these communities going forward through the week.

      All right. Thank you very much, everybody.

    • CR says:

      Superstorm Sandy slams into New Jersey coast, sends surge of seawater against NYC’

      10/29/12 By Erin McClam,Katie Zezima, The Associated Press | Associated Press – 39 mins ago

      ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, threatening its subways and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. At least four deaths were blamed on the storm, and the presidential campaign ground to a halt a week before Election Day.

      Sandy knocked out power to at least 3.1 million people, and New York’s main utility said large sections of Manhattan had been plunged into darkness by the storm. Water pressed into the island from three sides.

      Just before its centre reached land, the storm was stripped of hurricane status, but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal temperature. It still packed hurricane-force wind, and forecasters were careful to say it remained every bit as dangerous to the 50 million people in its path.

      As the storm closed in, it smacked the boarded-up big cities of the Northeast corridor — Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston — with stinging rain and gusts of more than 85 mph. It also converged with a cold-weather system that turned it into a superstorm, a monstrous hybrid consisting not only of rain and high wind but snow.

      Sandy made landfall at 8 p.m. near Atlantic City, which was already mostly under water and saw a piece of its world-famous Boardwalk washed away earlier in the day.

      Authorities reported a record surge more than 13 feet high at the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan, from the storm and high tide combined.

      In an attempt to lessen damage from saltwater to the subway system and the underground electrical network that underlies the city’s financial district, New York City’s main utility cut power to about 6,500 customers in lower Manhattan. But a far wider swath was hit with blackouts caused by flooding and transformer explosions.

      The subway system was shut down Sunday night, and the stock markets never opened at all Monday. They are likely to be closed Tuesday as well.

      Airlines cancelled more than 12,000 flights, disrupting the plans of travellers all over the world, and storm damage was projected at $10 billion to $20 billion, meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.

      The four deaths were in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York. Among them were two people killed by falling trees.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/superstorm-sandy-slams-jersey-coast-sends-surge-seawater-022018974.html

    • CR says:

      Giving ‘politics at water’s edge’ new meaning

      Oct 30, 2012 8:35 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) spoke to NBC’s Matt Lauer this morning about the response effort to Hurricane Sandy, and towards the end of the interview, he offered some noteworthy praise for the federal response to the crisis.

      Christie offered a fairly detailed assessment of conditions in the Garden State, including the fact that there have been three reported fatalities thus far. But when Lauer asked about the efficacy of the federal response, the governor said it’s been “great,” noting that he spoke directly to President Obama at midnight and FEMA again this morning. Christie said Obama “has been outstanding.”

      The governor made similar remarks on CBS, saying, “Cooperation from the president of the United States has been outstanding. He deserves great credit.”

      What’s more, Christie told reporters yesterday that he’d spoken to Obama, “and he told me that if, at any point over the next 48 hours, I was not getting something from the federal government that I should call him directly at the White House and that he was going to be there. And I should just not worry about dealing with anybody else, call him. So I appreciate that call from the president. It was very proactive. And I appreciate that type of leadership.”

      I think it’s fair to say Christie is not a fan of Obama’s when it comes to politics and ideology. It’s what makes this praise, a week before the election, that much more striking.

      • CR says:

        Chris Christie Disapointed with Atlantic Mayor Lorenzo Langford, Appreciates Obama’s Call

        Published on Oct 29, 2012 by edricle

        “For those elected officials who decided to ignore my admonition, this is now your responsibility,” Christie said at a news conference at the State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center, the location of the emergency operations command center.

        “We’re at a moment now where evacuation is no longer possible and we’re no longer able to come and rescue people,” Christie said.

      • CR says:

        Biden praises bipartisan storm response

        10/30/12 3:15 PM EDT – POLITICO44

        Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to reporters in Ohio, said that he had never seen so much bipartisan cooperation around a single event.

        Biden singled out Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as examples of two politicians working across the aisle to forge an effective government response to the storm. He also praised Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, a Democrat, and Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

        “I’m really proud of our team, and I’m also proud of the way the governors have all stepped up with the mayors,” Biden said. “Hearing the mayor of Philadelphia and the governor of Pennsylvania, two different parties, talking about the cooperation. Hearing Christie talk about the cooperation he has with the mayor of Newark,” Biden said.

        Christie called the Obama administration’s response to the storm “wonderful,” “excellent” and “outstanding” in Tuesday interview with NBC and MSNBC.

        Biden was also asked about Mitt Romney’s comments earlier this year that he would look into whether the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) should be turned over to the states or privatized.

        Biden declined to comment, saying: “I think FEMA is doing incredible job. I wish you guys could have been on the phone with all of the governors. Uniformly they were incredibly grateful to [FEMA administration Craig] Fugate and the president.

        For more: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/10/biden-praises-bipartisan-storm-response-147730.html

      • CR says:

        October 30, 2012

        Readout of the President’s Conference Call with Electric Utility Executives

        Late this afternoon, the President participated in a call in the White House Situation Room with Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and utility executives to underscore that restoring power to the millions of Americans who lost electricity during Sandy is a top priority and explore areas where FEMA and federal partners can provide additional assistance as companies and states work towards this goal. He thanked the executives for the efforts their companies made to preposition assets in advance of the storm and for the important work that has already begun to restore power, including the ongoing effort to move existing private sector assets from as far away as the West Coast. The President also commended the dangerous and exhausting work being undertaken by the lineman and utility workers on the front lines in the field, repairing downed power lines and conducting other important tasks.

        On the call the President made clear his existing directive to agencies to eliminate any bureaucratic roadblocks the companies and their crews could encounter that delay the power restoration effort, and identified steps the companies and the Administration could take now to help speed this critical effort – including the deployment of an industry liaison to FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center beginning tomorrow. The President instructed his team to keep him updated on the progress made by the utilities to restore power.

      • CR says:

        October 31, 2012

        Remarks by the President and Governor Christie After Surveying Damage from Hurricane Sandy

        Brigantine Marina
        Brigantine, New Jersey

        4:38 P.M. EDT

        GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: Good afternoon, everybody. And thank you all for coming today. I want to thank the members who are here as well. And obviously, I want to thank the President.

        We spent a significant afternoon together surveying the damage up and down the New Jersey coastline; we were on Marine One together to be able to show the President that personally. I had an opportunity to see it, and we had an opportunity to discuss it at length. And then, going over to the shelter here, being able to meet with folks to have them see the President and his concern, and the concern that all of us have for making sure that things get back to normal as quickly as possible.

        We have lots of challenges. One of our challenges now is to get back to normalcy. And so the things we need to do is to make sure that we get power restored as quickly as possible; make sure that people have clean drinking water, and waste water treatment plants are working; hospitals are taken care of the way they need to; and that we get kids back to school.

        And so, I discussed all those issues today with the President, and I’m pleased to report that he has sprung into action immediately to help get us those things while we were in the car riding together. So I want to thank him for that. He has worked incredibly closely with me since before the storm hit. I think this is our sixth conversation since the weekend, and it’s been a great working relationship to make sure that we’re doing the jobs that people elected us to do. And I cannot thank the President enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state. And I heard it on the phone conversations with him, and I was able to witness it today personally.

        And so we’re going to continue to work. The state government is here. We’re doing what we need to do. We’re coordinating with FEMA, and I want to thank Administrator Fugate for being here and for the input he’s already had in helping to make our operation even better. And we will move on from here.

        What I said yesterday I really mean. I know there has got to be sorrow, and you see that and the President has seen that today in the eyes — the faces of a lot of the folks he’s met. And that sorrow is appropriate; we’ve suffered some loss. Luckily, we haven’t suffered that much loss of life and we thank God for that. But we have suffered losses, and this is the worst storm that I’ve seen in my lifetime in this state. But we cannot permit that sorrow to replace the resilience that I know all New Jerseyans have. And so we will get up and we’ll get this thing rebuilt, and we’ll put things back together, because that’s what this state is all about and always has been all about.

        And so for all of you who are here — and I met a bunch of you today at Brigantine who disregarded my admonition — (laughter) — to get the hell out of here — you’re forgiven this time. You are forgiven this time, but not for much longer. We’ve got to make sure when all of you look around and you see all this destruction, that’s fine — but you know what, all that stuff can be replaced. You look to your right and to your left, to your husband or wife, your son or your daughter — those are the things that can’t be replaced. So I’m glad that we don’t have that kind of loss of life to have to deal with.

        So I want to thank him for being here today, for bringing his personal attention to it. And it’s my honor to introduce to all of you the President of the United States. (Applause.)

        THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Let me just make sure that I acknowledge the folks who are here, because they’ve played an important role in this.

        First of all, your congressional delegation — Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Frank Lautenberg, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, and Brigantine Mayor Philip Guenther.

        Obviously, this is a federal, state, and local effort. And the first thing I want to do is just to thank everybody who has been involved in the entire rescue and recovery process. At the top of my list, I have to say that Governor Christie throughout this process has been responsive; he has been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm. And I think the people of New Jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of New Jersey bounce back even stronger than before. So I just want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership.

        I want to thank the congressional delegation because part of the reason we’re going to be able to respond quickly to all this is because they helped to make sure that FEMA financing was in place, and we’re very appreciative of those efforts. And I want to thank Craig Fugate; sometimes people just think FEMA and they don’t think the people behind them, but Craig lives and breathes this stuff, making sure that we’re providing the help that people so desperately need in these situations.

        I want to thank all the first responders who have been involved in this process — the linesmen, the firefighters, the folks who were in here shuttling out people who were supposed to “get the hell out” and didn’t. You’ve helped to save a lot of lives and a lot of property. And one of the things that you learn in these tragedies is, the first responders — keep in mind their homes usually are underwater too, or their families have been affected in some way, and yet they make those personal sacrifices to help other people. So we really appreciate them.

        I’m just going to make a couple of comments. Number one, and most important, our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones. It’s true that because of some good preparation, the loss of life was kept lower than it might have been, but for those individual families, obviously their world has been torn apart. And we need to make sure that everybody who has lost a loved one knows they’re in our thoughts and prayers — and I speak for the whole country there.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/31/remarks-president-and-governor-christie-after-surveying-damage-hurricane

        Call for FEMA Disaster Relief Assistance 1-800-621-fema

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        How to Help the Survivors of Hurricane Sandy

        Matt Compton October 31, 2012 11:01 AM EDT

        As recovery and clean up begins along much of the East Coast, we know that people across the country are asking what they can do to offer to aid their fellow Americans.

        FEMA offers this list of suggestions:

        * Cash is the most efficient method of donating. Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. Remember, unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

        * Donate through a trusted organization. At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. In addition to the national members, each state has its own list of voluntary organizations active in disasters. If you’d like to donate or volunteer to assist those affected by Sandy, these organizations are the best place to start.

        * Give blood. Numerous blood drives have been canceled as a result of the storm and the Red Cross has a need for blood donations. To schedule a blood donation or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

        * Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.

        * Be safe. Do not self deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.

        * Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster – especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.

        For more information, check out this volunteering resource page from FEMA.

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      October 30, 2012

      Readout of the President’s Briefing on Hurricane Sandy

      This morning, the President convened a video-teleconference in the White House Situation Room with his team to receive the latest update on Hurricane Sandy, and federal efforts underway to support response activities in several states. Overnight, at the requests of the Governors, the President approved major disaster declarations for the states of New Jersey and New York, making additional federal support for state and local efforts available, as well as direct federal assistance to affected individuals in declared counties. On the video-teleconference the President was joined by Vice President Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Fugate, Secretary of Energy Chu, Transportation Secretary Lahood, Defense Secretary Panetta, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Winnefeld, USNORTHCOM Commander General Jacoby, Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, and National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Knabb. Treasury Secretary Geithner joined the briefing by phone. The President was joined in the Situation Room by Chief of Staff Jack Lew, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Richard Reed, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew, National Security Advisor to the Vice President Tony Blinken, and other senior members of the President’s team.

      During the briefing the President expressed his concern for those impacted by the storm, as well as the heroic first responders who are selflessly putting themselves in harm’s way to protect members of their communities. He also noted his sadness over the loss of life associated with the storm so far. The President was updated on Sandy’s track and impacts, and heard from Administrator Fugate on the federal coordination and resources being brought to bear to support state and local responders, including the extensive deployment of resources, such as generators that were pre-staged ahead of the storm, as well as National Guard units which have been activated in a number of states. Through FEMA, the federal government is leveraging assets from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health and Human Services. The President also received an update from Secretary Geithner on conditions in financial markets and the operations of the financial system.

      The President told his team that their top priority is to make sure all available resources are being provided to state and local responders as quickly as possible and directed them to identify and resolve any potential bottlenecks or shortfalls should they arise. The President made clear that beyond the immediate lifesaving and life sustaining activities, which remain the primary focus, he wanted his team to continue to focus on what they can do to support state, local, and private sector efforts to restore power and asked the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to continue to work in support of FEMA towards this goal. The President made clear that he expects his team to remain focused as the immediate impacts of Hurricane Sandy continue and lean forward in their response. The President urges Americans to continue to follow the direction and advice of local officials, Governors, and Mayors, many of whom the President will speak with later today.

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      October 30, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the American Red Cross

      Washington, D.C.

      2:18 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: First of all, I want to thank Gail and Charlie who are on the scene doing work every time we have a disaster here in the United States of America. But obviously, the Red Cross is doing outstanding work internationally, so we want to thank them for their outstanding work.

      A few things that I want to emphasize to the public at the top. This storm is not yet over. We’ve gotten briefings from the National Hurricane Center. It is still moving north. There are still communities that could be affected. And so I want to emphasize there are still risks of flooding, there are still risks of down power lines, risks of high winds. And so it is very important for the public to continue to monitor the situation in your local community, listen to your state and local officials, follow instructions. The more you follow instructions, the easier it is for our first responders to make sure that they are dealing with true emergency situations. So the better prepared individual families are for the situation, the easier it is going to be for us to deal with it.

      Next, obviously, I want to talk about the extraordinary hardship that we’ve seen over the last 48 hours. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who have lost loved ones. Unfortunately, there have been fatalities as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy, and it’s not clear that we’ve counted up all the fatalities at this point. And obviously, this is something that is heartbreaking for the entire nation. And we certainly feel profoundly for all the families whose lives have been upended and are going to be going through some very tough times over the next several days and perhaps several weeks and months.

      The most important message I have for them is that America is with you. We are standing behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet.

      Earlier today I had a conversation with the governors and many of the mayors in the affected areas, including Governor Christie, Governor Cuomo, and Mayor Bloomberg. I want to praise them for the extraordinary work that they have done. Sadly, we are getting more experience with these kinds of big impact storms along the East Coast, and the preparation shows. Were it not for the outstanding work that they and their teams have already done and will continue to do in the affected regions, we could have seen more deaths and more property damage. So they have done extraordinary work working around the clock. The coordination between the state, local, and federal governments has been outstanding.

      Obviously, we’re now moving into the recovery phase in a lot of the most severely affected areas. New Jersey, New York in particular have been pounded by this storm. Connecticut has taken a big hit. Because of some of the work that had been done ahead of time, we’ve been able to get over a thousand FEMA officials in place, pre-positioned. We’ve been able to get supplies, food, medicine, water, emergency generators to ensure that hospitals and law enforcement offices are able to stay up and running as they are out there responding.

      We are going to continue to push as hard as we can to make sure that power is up throughout the region. And obviously, this is mostly a local responsibility, and the private utilities are going to have to lean forward, but we are doing everything we can to provide them additional resources so that we can expedite getting power up and running in many of these communities.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/30/remarks-president-american-red-cross

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        Helping the Survivors of Hurricane Sandy

        Published on Nov 2, 2012 by whitehouse

        As recovery and clean up begins along much of the East Coast, we know that people across the country are asking what they can do to offer to aid their fellow Americans.Published on Nov 2, 2012 by whitehouse

        As recovery and clean up begins along much of the East Coast, we know that people across the country are asking what they can do to offer to aid their fellow Americans.

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      Assessing The Damage From Superstorm Sandy

      October 31, 2012 NPR

      Steve Inskeep talks with FEMA Director Craig Fugate about how the agency plans to respond to the widespread damage caused by the mega-storm.

      RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

      It’s MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I’m Renee Montagne.

      STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

      And I’m Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

      We’ll talk next with the man coordinating the federal response to Hurricane Sandy. Craig Fugate is head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He’s at FEMA headquarters in Washington.

      Mr. Fugate, welcome to the program.

      CRAIG FUGATE: Good morning.

      INSKEEP: It sounds like you’re on a speakerphone, Administrator Fugate. I think we’ll hear you a little better if you pick up the phone. What’s the greatest need right now that people have along the East Coast?

      FUGATE: Well, I think right now it’s power restoration. And the challenge is, again, with the areas impacted, is starting that rebuild time for the crews.

      INSKEEP: Rebuild time – what do you mean?

      FUGATE: Well, it gets into how much of the power lines are just down that can put back up versus how many are whole substations that were flooded, areas that have to be pumped out. Just a lot of work’s got to go. But the crews, you know, were pretty much – until the winds came down – not able to do a lot. But we’ve already started seeing power restoration across areas outside of the most devastated areas. But when you start getting into particularly areas that have the serious flooding – in some cases, some of the substations – they’re going to have to pump out the water to get in there to see what it takes to get it back up.

      INSKEEP: So you’re describing a situation where, in some cases, it’s just some wires that need to be put up. But in other cases, there’s physical rebuilding that needs to be done. That must also be true when it comes to questions of transportation: train lines, the railroad lines that have been washed away. Are there situations where vital services may not be restored for weeks, rather than days?

      FUGATE: Unknown at this point. That’s part of what they’re trying to get in and assess and move teams to quickly get things up. And in some cases, there may be workarounds where there will be temporary fixes that will get things back up, but permanent work will still have to go.

      In other cases, like in the cases of tunnels, until they’re physically pumped out and the safety teams can get in there and make sure there’s no other physical damage and the systems will operate safely, they may not be able to get some of the underground systems back online. But we’re already seeing airports open up in the area of impact. We’re already seeing many of the highways, as debris is cleared, they’re getting back up. Buses are back on the road. Bridges are back open. So it’s really coming back to the things that were damaged that still require assessments, or they need to be physically repaired to operate.

      INSKEEP: Now, you mentioned the tunnels. Of course, you’re talking about subway tunnels, primarily, in New York City, one of many kinds of infrastructure in New York that are underground. New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo noted this week that this is a city that was not necessarily built for this kind of flooding, which leads, I think, to the question of resilience. Disasters happen. As you look at what has happened over the last couple of days, how well-built and how well-prepared do you think that the East Coast has been, as proving itself to be for a disaster like this?

      FUGATE: Well, I think we’ll start with the rescue operations. Again, we saw that although areas were flooded and people got trapped, rescue teams were working through the storm, through the night and into yesterday rescuing people. When it gets to the infrastructure, it’s built, and the hazards that we deal with, you know, we need to take the opportunity to look at: How do we come back as we make repairs? And not just merely fix it, but also mitigate it against these threats.

      Again, with so much of the critical infrastructure underground, are there things we can do that would reduce future flood risk? Again, this is a known threat for New York City. This has happened in history, although not quite as severe as this, and certainly not without the technology that was vulnerable this time. So, again, as part of this is not only the response and rebuilding, but also how do you mitigate the future, so that we minimize future disruptions from flood events and storms.

      INSKEEP: Two more quick questions, Mr. Fugate. First, President Obama acted quickly to make emergency declarations. You’ve called those extraordinary, I believe. The Bush-era administrator of FEMA, Michael Brown, who was administrator during Hurricane Katrina, is saying that the president acted too soon, perhaps for political reasons. Why move so quickly?

      FUGATE: It’s better to be fast than be late.

      FUGATE: It’s better to be fast than be late.

      INSKEEP: You said better to be fast than be late. Is that right?

      FUGATE: It’s better to be fast than to be late.

      INSKEEP: Simple enough. Let me ask about one broader question, though. There’s a debate over FEMA’s role. We’re in an election season, here. And if I could summarize the question, it’s whether the federal government should play a role in disaster relief, or leave that to state and local governments. Could you just inform – very briefly – inform that debate by telling us how it works now? What is your role? What is the state and local role? About 30 seconds.

      FUGATE: We’re a federal government. We’re not a national government. Disasters are local. Through state constitutions, the governors are the primary incident commanders for the entire state response in support of that. And the role of the federal government is to support the states when the disaster exceeds their capabilities. And when it’s this bad, we work as one team. But we are in support of the governors, as they are in support of the local officials. It’s a federal system of government.

      INSKEEP: So they’re in charge. Andrew Cuomo’s in charge. Chris Christie’s in charge. That’s (unintelligible).

      FUGATE: We’re in support. And president’s direction is when he declares these disasters, they are to make sure that all of the federal resources are brought to bear at the request of the governors.

      For more and the audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/31/164019159/assessing-the-damage-from-superstorm-sandy

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      Mercury News editorial: Hurricane Sandy makes best case yet for Obama’s re-election

      11/02/2012 Mercury News Editorial

      The most compelling case for Barack Obama’s re-election was made this past week, not by him or by any campaign strategy but by a storm named Sandy.

      We’ve seen the heartbreaking images of grieving mothers and destroyed homes, as well as the pictures of people gathered to charge their phones or waiting hours in line for gasoline. Everyone with a television can see that no individual, no charity and no one state can deal with sudden devastation on this magnitude. It takes the resources of a federal government.

      It’s also clear that, with a $50 billion bill for damage from this storm alone, the country cannot ignore climate change any longer.

      If Mitt Romney is elected Tuesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will revert to what it was under George W. Bush: a useless tool of small-government ideology. Romney said in the primary that FEMA’s responsibilities should be given to the states or privatized. His running mate’s budget would eviscerate FEMA.

      Remember what happened during the Bush years: FEMA’s first director, Joe Allbaugh, had no disaster management experience and mainly accomplished downsizing and privatization. His notorious successor, Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown, was in charge during Katrina, when FEMA’s performance compounded the hurricane disaster.

      The federal response to Sandy has not been perfect, but it has been praised to the heavens by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Romney supporter. Christie has every political incentive to find fault. Instead, he has been repeating various versions of: “The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit.”

      It’s no accident that FEMA responded well. Obama returned it to its roots as a professional agency that helps Americans prepare for and cope with disasters. It reflects his view of government as a whole: It should be streamlined, well-run and provide effective public service. This is the case he’s been trying to make the past four years.

      A storm victim is not that different from a person without health insurance who develops cancer, or a bright student stuck in a failing school. In a wealthy country like ours — and yes, we still are wealthy by world standards — none of these people should lose everything because of an accident of fate.

      Sandy also is a reminder that we ignore climate change at our peril. Warming oceans and air, along with rising sea levels, all contributed to the storm’s intensity. The costs of mega-storms, droughts and other increasingly common disasters will soon far outweigh the cost of a tax on carbon to reduce its use and slow global warming.

      Romney’s party denies the science of climate change and mocks green energy. Obama grasps the challenge and will take it on — as well as continuing the centuries-long tradition of Americans helping each other when disaster strikes.

      Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_21916514/mercury-news-editorial-hurricane-sandy-makes-best-case

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      Sandy telethon raises nearly $23 million, MTV to air fundraiser

      November 5th, 2012 cnn

      Friday night’s concert telethon to benefit Sandy relief efforts was a success, having raised nearly $23 million, NBC reports.

      NBC Universal aired the program across its networks, and included performances from stars who hail from locations affected by the storm, such as Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen (New Jersey), Billy Joel (Long Island), and Mary J. Blige and Christina Aguilera (New York City).

      After witnessing the damage done in his home state, Bon Jovi said Friday that “It was hard to see your hometown devastated like this … my grammar school turned into a shelter, people’s homes gone and them saying to me, ‘We are homeless, we never intended to be homeless.’ These are hard-working, blue-collar people.”

      The rocker, who immediately interrupted a European press junket in London to fly home last week, performed “Living on a Prayer” during the live telethon while Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler did a cover of “Under the Boardwalk.”

      They were joined by a number of famous faces, including Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny DeVito and NBC News’ Brian Williams. The hour-long, commercial-free event, called “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” was hosted by Matt Lauer. Proceeds from the telethon are going toward the American Red Cross, which is providing food, shelter and other forms of assistance to those impacted by Sandy.

      Meanwhile, the “Jersey Shore” cast and MTV are also doing their part with a TV special called “Restore the Shore,” which will encourage viewers to assist in the rebuilding of Seaside Heights, where the reality show is set.

      The network has partnered with Architecture for Humanity to create a “Restore the Shore” fund for donations, which will be “principally directed toward the rebuilding of the famed Seaside Heights boardwalk, as well as supporting the re-building efforts of businesses and residents in the community,” MTV says in a statement.

      The event will air live from the network’s Times Square studio at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 15, and will feature the “Jersey Shore” cast as well as other special guests. (There will be a tape-delay for the West coast.)

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      November 04, 2012

      Readout of the President’s Briefing on Response and Recovery Efforts

      Today, the President convened a call with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security John Brennan, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, and other senior members of his response team. On the call the President received the latest update from his team on ongoing efforts to support governors and local officials in impacted states, who continue to work to restore power and meet fuel challenges impacting communities across the affected region. Both Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Fugate are on the ground in affected areas today, New Jersey and New York respectively, and both are meeting with the Governors and other local officials to identify additional needs and ensure federal resources are being deployed most effectively to support response and recovery efforts.

      The President made clear that he expects his team to stay completely focused on meeting the needs of our state and local partners, and the families that have been impacted by the storm. DOD and FEMA continue to work together to bring additional fuel to the region in support of the Governors, and federal partners continue to support power restoration activities. FEMA, working with the Red Cross, also continues to bring food, water, and other resources into affected communities and working with the states is supporting the establishment of Disaster Recovery Centers where individuals can apply for assistance and receive needed resources.

      This morning, FEMA Administrator Fugate traveled to New York where he met with Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, County Executives, and other local officials, to discuss the ongoing response and recovery efforts as well as longer term challenges. Fugate then traveled to the New York Office of Emergency Management to meet with Joe Bruno, commissioner for the New York Office of Emergency Management. Later in the day, the Administrator will visit the communities of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point in Queens, NY, to meet with FEMA staff working on-the-ground to register disaster survivors for financial assistance. The Administrator will also visit with voluntary organizations working hand in hand with state and local officials to assistance disaster survivors.

      Secretary Napolitano is on the ground in New Jersey today, meeting with state and local officials and review ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy. As part of her visit, the Secretary will travel to Monmouth County and Hoboken, and will meet local officials including Governor Chris Christie, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and other state and local officials.

      As of this morning, some 4,400 FEMA personnel are on the ground in the region, 164,000 residents of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York have applied for assistance with FEMA, and the agency has approved more than $137 million in rental and other forms of financial assistance to be provided directly to the people in need. Affected individuals and families can register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or visiting http://www.disasterassistance.gov on a computer or mobile device.

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    October 26, 2012

    Executive Order — Establishing the White House Homeland Security Partnership Council

    EXECUTIVE ORDER
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    ESTABLISHING THE WHITE HOUSE
    HOMELAND SECURITY PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to advance the Federal Government’s use of local partnerships to address homeland security challenges, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. The purpose of this order is to maximize the Federal Government’s ability to develop local partnerships in the United States to support homeland security priorities. Partnerships are collaborative working relationships in which the goals, structure, and roles and responsibilities of the relationships are mutually determined. Collaboration enables the Federal Government and its partners to use resources more efficiently, build on one another’s expertise, drive innovation, engage in collective action, broaden investments to achieve shared goals, and improve performance. Partnerships enhance our ability to address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources.

    The National Security Strategy emphasizes the importance of partnerships, underscoring that to keep our Nation safe “we must tap the ingenuity outside government through strategic partnerships with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and community-based organizations. Such partnerships are critical to U.S. success at home and abroad, and we will support them through enhanced opportunities for engagement, coordination, transparency, and information sharing.” This approach recognizes that, given the complexities and range of challenges, we must institutionalize an all-of-Nation effort to address the evolving threats to the United States.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/26/executive-order-establishing-white-house-homeland-security-partnership-c

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    International Religious Freedom

    The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (Public Law 105–292 , as amended by Public Law 106–55, Public Law 106–113, Public Law 107–228, Public Law 108–332, and Public Law 108–458) was passed to promote religious freedom as a foreign policy of the United States, and to advocate on the behalf of the individuals viewed as persecuted in foreign countries on the account of religion. The Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton ( D) on October 27, 1998

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      The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

      The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 established the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom which investigates the records of over 200 other nations with respect to religious freedom, and makes recommendations to submit nations with egregious records to ongoing scrutiny and possible economic sanctions. Many human rights organizations have urged the United States to be still more vigorous in imposing sanctions on countries that do not permit or tolerate religious freedom.

      The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (Public Law 105–292, as amended by Public Law 106–55, Public Law 106–113, Public Law 107–228, Public Law 108–332, and Public Law 108–458) was passed to promote religious freedom as a foreign policy of the United States, and to advocate on the behalf of the individuals viewed as persecuted in foreign countries on the account of religion. The Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton (D) on October 27, 1998.

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      International Religious Freedom: A Human Right, A National Security Issue, A Foreign Policy Priority

      Denis R. McDonough July 31, 2012 02:16 PM EDT

      As Americans, we draw strength from the fact that freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly are among first rights protected in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. And we are not alone in cherishing these rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that every person, in every corner of the globe, has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This includes the freedom of every person to change his or her religion or beliefs, and — either alone or in community with others, publicly or privately — to manifest his or her religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

      Yet far too many people, in far too many places around the world, still live without the protection of these fundamental freedoms. Yesterday, the Department of State released its annual report on the state of international religious freedom around the world, which documents that in nearly half of the world’s countries, governments either abuse religious minorities or fail to intervene in societal abuse. The report describes how, in many countries, individuals live under oppressive laws restricting their religious practice or attire, or in fear that they will be targeted by blasphemy, apostasy, and dissent laws. Repressive governments use these laws to curb their citizens’ religious freedom, and imprison them for their beliefs. This abuse concerns us not just because of what it means on a personal level for millions of individuals around the world, but also because religious freedom is a key feature of stable, secure and peaceful societies.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/31/international-religious-freedom-human-right-national-security-issue-foreign-policy-p

  6. CR says:

    An Urgent Message from Congressman John Lewis

    Published on Oct 23, 2012 by karinmoveon

    Civil Rights-era hero and Georgia Congressman John Lewis was at the forefront of the struggle against voter discrimination that led to the Voting Rights Act, so he knows first hand the dangers of voter suppression on a large scale. Now, in these critical last days before the election, he brings us his incredible story, and a call to action: Join MoveOn.org’s Voters Rising program, join the fight against voter suppression, and help us reelect President Barack Obama.

    Stand with John Lewis, and sign up today at VotersRising.org.

    • CR says:

      Democracy is an everyday activity

      “And make no mistake about it, change absolutely starts at home.”

      But while we certainly need to start at home, we all know that we cannot stop there because the fact is that our laws still matter. Much like they did 50 years ago, or 150 years ago, our laws still shape so many aspects of our lives: Whether folks are paying their fair [share of]* taxes, or not; whether we invest in roads and schools, and the jobs that come with them, or not; whether our sons and our daughters who wear our country’s uniform get the support and benefits they’ve earned, or not. You see, those decisions are made by the folks sitting in Congress and in our White House. They’re made by the folks in our state legislatures and city halls. And we all know who’s supposed to select those folks, don’t we? We know who’s supposed to tell those folks what to do, right? We are. That’s our job. That is our most fundamental right and our most solemn obligation –- to cast our ballots and have our say in the laws that shape our lives.

      Dr. King knew that. That’s why back in 1965, he came to Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma and declared — he said, “When we get the right to vote, we will send to the statehouse not just men who will stand in the doorways of our universities…but men who will uphold the cause of justice.”

      “But today, how many folks do we know who act like that right doesn’t even matter? How many of us have asked someone whether they’re going to vote, and tell us, “No, I voted last time,” or “Is there really an election going on? Really?”, or “Nah, nah, it’s not like my vote’s gonna make a difference.” How many times have we heard that? After so many folks sacrificed so much so that we could make our voices heard, so many of us just can’t be bothered.

      But let’s be very clear, while we’re tuning out and staying home on Election Day, other folks are tuning in. Other folks are taking politics very seriously. And they’re engaged on every level. They’re raising money. They’re making their voices heard –- and their issues known –- from City Hall to Washington, DC. And I know that in the face of all of that money and influence, it can start to feel like ordinary citizens just can’t get a seat at the table. And that can make you feel helpless and hopeless. It can make you feel or think that you’re powerless.

      But I’m here today because that’s simply not true. We are not helpless or hopeless. Time and again, history has shown us that there is nothing –- nothing -– more powerful than ordinary citizens coming together for a just cause.”

      ” And I’m not just talking about the big speeches and protests that we all remember. I’m talking about everything that happens between the marches, when the speeches are over and the cameras were off. I’m talking about the thousands of hours that folks like Roy Wilkins and Daisy Bates spent strategizing in cramped offices late at night. I’m talking about the folks in Montgomery who organized carpools and gave thousands of rides to perfect strangers. I’m talking about the volunteers who set up drinking fountains and first aid stations on the Washington Mall and made 80,000 bags of lunches for folks who marched on that August day. I’m talking about the tireless, the thankless, relentless work of making change — you know, the phone-calling, letter-writing, door-knocking, meeting-planning kind of work. That is the real work of democracy –- what happens during those quiet moments between the marches. ”

      “You see, living out our eternal salvation is not a once-a-week kind of deal. And in a more literal sense, neither is citizenship. Democracy is also an everyday activity. And being an engaged citizen should once again be a daily part of our lives. That is how we carry on that precious legacy we’ve inherited — by recommitting ourselves to that day-to-day, vitally important work that has always paved the way for change in this country.

      What does that mean? That means being informed. It means following the news, and learning about who’s representing us, and how our governments work. It means showing up to vote — and not just every four years, but every year in every election. It means engaging with the folks we elect, following how they vote and how they spend our hard-earned tax dollars. And if you don’t like what you see, then let them know, or better yet, run for a seat at the table yourself.

      And I know I am preaching to the choir here. I know that many of you have been active and engaged for decades. And I’m here today to urge you to continue that work and bring others along with you. Because we know that the only way to be heard above all the noise is to lift our voices up together.

      So I want you to talk to your friends and your family, your neighbors. Talk to them. Talk to folks in the beauty salons, the barbershops, the parking lot at church. Tell them what’s happening on the city council and out in Washington. Let them know. Find that nephew who has never voted — get him registered. Start an email list or a Facebook group. Send people articles about issues you care about, and then call them to make sure they’ve read them.

      And to anyone who says that church is no place to talk about these issues, you tell them there is no place better — no place better. Because ultimately, these are not just political issues — they are moral issues. They’re issues that have to do with human dignity and human potential, and the future we want for our kids and our grandkids. ”

      June 28, 2012
      First Lady Michelle Obama at the AME Church Conference

  7. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Under President Obama, FEMA works!

  8. CR says:

    Good Saturday morning everyone. Stay safe!

  9. CR says:

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    October 27, 2012

    Hi, everybody. It’s now been four years since a crisis that began on Wall Street spread to Main Street, hammering middle-class families and ultimately costing our economy 9 million jobs.

    Since then, we’ve fought our way back. Our businesses have added more than 5 million new jobs. The unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since I took office. Home values are rising again. And our assembly lines are humming once more.

    And to make sure America never goes through a crisis like that again, we passed tough new Wall Street reform to end taxpayer-funded bailouts for good.

    Wall Street reform also created the first-ever independent consumer watchdog, whose sole job is to look out for you.

    That means making sure you’ve got all the information you need to make important financial decisions like buying a home or paying for college. And it means going after anyone who tries to take advantage of you, or rip you off.

    Starting this month, that includes the folks who come up with your credit score.

    If you haven’t checked out your credit score recently, you should. It can have a major impact on your life. It can determine whether or not you qualify for a loan or what kind of interest you have to pay. It can even affect your chances at renting an apartment or getting a job.

    But here’s the thing: the companies that put your credit score together can make mistakes. They may think you had a loan or a credit card that was never yours. They may think you were late making payments when you were on time. And when they mess up, you’re the one who suffers.

    Until this week, if you had a complaint, you took it to the company. Sometimes they listened. Sometimes they didn’t. But that was pretty much it. They were your only real hope.

    Not anymore. If you have a complaint about your credit score that hasn’t been properly addressed, you can go to consumerfinance.gov/complaint and let the consumer watchdog know.

    Not only will they bring your complaint directly to the company in question, they’ll give you a tracking number, so you can check back and see exactly what’s being done on your behalf.

    And fixing your credit score isn’t the only thing they can help with.

    If you’re opening a bank account, trying to get a student loan, or applying for a credit card and something doesn’t seem right, you can let them know and they’ll check it out.

    If you’re looking to buy a home, and you want to know if you’re getting a fair deal on your mortgage, you can give them a call and they’ll get you an answer.

    Their only mission is to fight for you. And when needed, they’ll take action.

    For example, alongside other regulators, they recently ordered three big credit card companies to return more than $400 million to folks who were deceived or misled into buying things they didn’t want or didn’t understand.

    That’s what Wall Street reform is all about – looking out for working families and making sure that everyone is playing by the same rules.

    Unfortunately, that hasn’t been enough to stop Republicans in Congress from fighting these reforms. Backed by an army of financial industry lobbyists, they’ve been waging an all-out battle to delay, defund and dismantle these new rules.

    I refuse to let that happen.

    I believe that the free market is one of the greatest forces for progress in human history, and that the true engine of job creation in this country is the private sector, not the government.

    But I also believe that the free market has never been about taking whatever you want, however you can get it. Alongside our innovative spirit, America only prospers when we meet certain obligations to one another, and when we all play by the same set of rules.

    We’ve come too far – and sacrificed too much – to go back to an era of top-down, on-your-own economics. And as long as I’m President, we’re going to keep moving this country forward so that everyone – whether you start a business or punch a clock – can have confidence that if you work hard, you can get ahead.

  10. CR says:

    1:24 PM ET
    Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden attend campaign event.
    Lynchburg, VA

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/Vice-President-Jill-Biden-Campaign-in-Lynchburg-VA/10737435411/

  11. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    Obama for America to Host Event Featuring Bruce Springsteen
    Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

  12. CR says:

    2:15 PM ET
    President Obama attends a campaign event
    Elm Street Middle School, Nashua, NH

    • CR says:

      October 27, 2012

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

      Elm Street Middle School

      Nashua, New Hampshire

      1:59 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: How’s it going, Nashua? (Applause.) Are you fired up?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      THE PRESIDENT: Are you ready to go?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      THE PRESIDENT: This is an unbelievable crowd! (Applause.) And this is what the weather is always like in late October in New Hampshire — 70 degrees and sunny. (Applause.)

      Can everybody please give it up for your outstanding United States Senator, Jeanne Shaheen? (Applause.) Your next governor, Maggie Hassan. (Applause.) Your next congresswoman, Annie Kuster. (Applause.)

      And I’ve just got to say something special about one of the most talented singers and songwriters that America has ever had. He has just been a great friend. This guy has been working his tail off on behalf of this campaign. I couldn’t be prouder that he’s working with us — James Taylor. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

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

      Ten days, New Hampshire. (Applause.) Ten days. Ten days and you’ll be stepping into a voting booth and making a defining choice about the future of our country. Not just a choice between two candidates or two political parties, it is a choice between two fundamentally different visions for America.

      We believe in the values that built the largest middle class, the strongest economy the world has ever known; the promise that hard work will pay off; the promise that responsibility will be rewarded; the idea at the core of this nation that no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, this is a country where everybody gets a fair shot and everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same rules. (Applause.) That’s what we believe here in America. (Applause.)

      We believe that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. We insist on personal responsibility. We don’t believe anybody is entitled to success — we know we all have to earn it. We honor the strivers, the dreamers, the risk-takers, everybody who has been the driving force behind our free enterprise system, the greatest engine of growth and prosperity the world has ever known.

      But we also believe that the true measure of prosperity is more than just a running tally of corporate balance sheets, quarterly profit reports. We measure prosperity not just by how many millionaires and billionaires we produce; we measure prosperity by how well a typical family is doing — (applause) — by whether our kids are getting a great education and can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take us. (Applause.)

      We understand that in this country people succeed when they’ve got a chance at a decent education, when they can learn new skills. And by the way, so do the businesses that hire them or the companies that they start. We believe our economy grows when we support research into medical breakthroughs — (applause) — or new technologies like clean energy and fuel-efficient cars. (Applause.)

      We know that our country is stronger when we can count on affordable health insurance and Medicare and Social Security — (applause) — when we protect our kids from toxic dumping and mercury pollution; when there are rules in place to make sure that we aren’t taken advantage of by credit card companies or mortgage lenders or unscrupulous financial institutions. (Applause.)

      We know we’re better off when politicians in Washington aren’t allowed to make decisions about health care that women are perfectly capable of making for themselves. (Applause.)

      That’s what we believe. That’s the vision that we embrace.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We believe in you!

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/28/remarks-president-campaign-event-nashua-nh

  13. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Saturday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  14. 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

  15. CR says:

    Fiscal cliff is now the best shot for farm bill, agriculture lobbyists say

    10/27/12 04:24 PM ET By Erik Wasson – TheHill

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) caused a stir on Thursday when he seemed to indicate that a standalone farm bill would come to the House floor after the Nov. 6 election.

    But lobbyists said the remarks mean, at best, that a modified farm bill could be wrapped into a lame-duck bill dealing with expiring tax cuts and automatic spending cuts.

    “I’m committed to bring the issue to the floor and then to see a way forward so we can get the votes to pass (a bill),” Cantor said at a campaign event in Idaho.

    Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) seized on the remarks, saying, “I’m very pleased to hear that Majority Leader Cantor is now committed to bring the Farm Bill to the floor immediately after the election.”

    Republican aides, however, quickly made clear that Cantor was not expressing any new support for moving the farm bill as reported out of the House Agriculture Committee this summer.

    Washington farm lobbyists said that in the wake of Cantor’s comments, the last best hope for the 2012 farm bill to pass will be if it is riding on fiscal cliff legislation.

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/264393-fiscal-cliff-is-now-best-shot-for-farm-bill-lobbyists-say

    • CR says:

      Enduring Drought, Farmers Draw the Line at Congress

      Published: August 12, 2012 By JENNIFER STEINHAUER – nytimes

      THURMAN, Iowa — John Askew pulled at a soybean pod and revealed two anemic beans dappled with stem rot, the harvest of a too hot sun and too little rain. Representative Tom Latham peered in and shook his head.

      “We need a farm bill — that’s the first thing,” said Mr. Askew, whose family has farmed here for six generations. Mr. Latham, a Republican, agrees.

      But House leaders, including Speaker John A. Boehner, who popped into Iowa on Friday night to promote Mr. Latham’s re-election campaign, have been unable to muster the votes.

      A summer drought that has destroyed crops, killed livestock and sent feed prices soaring is now extracting a political price from members of Congress, who failed to agree on a comprehensive agriculture bill or even limited emergency relief before leaving Washington for five weeks.

      Farmers are complaining loudly to their representatives, editorial boards across the heartland are hammering Congress over its inaction, and incumbents from both parties are sparring with their challengers over agricultural policy.

      In Minnesota, Senator Amy Klobuchar and her Republican Party-endorsed opponent, Kurt Bills, disagreed sharply in their first face-to-face debate over what a farm bill should contain. In Missouri, Senator Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, Representative Todd Akin, defended their positions before the state farm bureau’s political unit.

      Representative Leonard L. Boswell, Mr. Latham’s Democratic opponent in a newly drawn district, said, “Every time I get out there, people keep asking me: ‘What happened to the farm bill? Why don’t we have a farm bill?’ ”

      In Arkansas, the Democratic Party paid for an automated call by a farmer imploring rural voters to pester Representative Rick Crawford, a Republican, about the unfinished farm business. Representative Kristi Noem, Republican of South Dakota, took heat back home for backing away from a petition sponsored by Democrats that would have forced the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill to the floor.

      “We would have much preferred they pass the House bill,” said Michael Held, the chief executive of the South Dakota Farm Bureau.

      For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/us/politics/drought-driven-voters-vent-anger-over-farm-bill.html?pagewanted=all

      • 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

  16. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, October 28 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    President Obama meets with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan on the status of Hurricane Sandy

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    President Obama departs Washington, D.C. en route Joint Base Andrews.

    5:45 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews.

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:45 PM
    President Obama arrives in Orlando, FL

    President Obama overnights in Orlando, FL

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

  17. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    10/28/12 POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R)
    • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D)
    •Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R)
    • Carly Fiorina, vice chair, National Republican Senatorial Committee

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), ranking member, Senate Armed Services Committee
    • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D)
    • Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R)
    • Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D)
    • Bob Shrum, Democratic strategist

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Stephanie Cutter, Obama deputy campaign manager
    • Newt Gingrich, former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate
    • Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of Obama’s White House Council of Economic Advisers

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Reince Priebus, chairman, Republican National Committee
    • David Axelrod, Obama campaign senior advisor
    • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R)
    • Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D)

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R)
    • Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R)
    • Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D)
    • Colorado Sen. Mark Udall (D)
    • Joe Trippi, Democratic strategist
    • Karl Rove, Republican strategist

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • David Plouffe, senior White House adviser

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R)

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Arizona Senate candidate Richard Carmona (D)
    • California congressional candidate Abel Maldonado (R)
    • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros (D)
    • Gabriela Domenzain, director of Hispanic press, Obama for America
    • Ana Carbonell, Romney campaign adviser
    • Former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, chairman of the Trade Policy Advisory Group for the Romney campaign

  18. CR says:

    Latino House candidates set to make history

    10/27/12 By RUSSELL CONTRERAS and SUZANNE GAMBOA | Associated Press – 12 hrs ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It is lunch hour at Barelas Coffee House, in the heart of one of Albuquerque’s oldest Latino neighborhoods. Democratic House candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham weaves her way among the tables, searching for votes as waiters shuffle bowls of red chile and plates of enchiladas.

    Lujan Grisham quickly finds Betty Minero, 88, who isn’t bothered by the fact that Lujan Grisham, the daughter of a Mexican-American dentist and white mother, doesn’t speak Spanish and worked for Gary Johnson, New Mexico’s former Republican governor.

    “She’s going to make us proud,” Minero says.

    Lujan Grisham is part of the next generation of college-educated, middle-class Latino congressional candidates. Unlike many of their early predecessors, the new Latino candidates don’t come from union or labor backgrounds, and some are seeking seats outside of predominantly Hispanic districts.

    They are the beneficiaries of civil rights gains, demographic changes and new congressional seats created by recent redistricting. They include a former astronaut, a medical doctor with three degrees from Harvard, college professors, attorneys and children of immigrants and civil rights pioneers.

    Together they have the potential to make history as the largest class of Latinos ever to enter Congress, in the largest increase in seats held by Latinos in a single election. Depending on how many win, their numbers in the House could bring the percentage of House seats held by Latinos nearly on par with their representation in the U.S. population. Latinos now number about 53 million in the U.S., about 17 percent of the population, with some 24 million eligible to vote.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/latino-house-candidates-set-history-224444133–election.html

  19. CR says:

    Tsunami warning in Hawaii downgraded to advisory

    10/28/12 By MARK THIESSEN and OSKAR GARCIA | Associated Press – 30 mins ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii tsunami warning that spurred coastal evacuations statewide was downgraded to a tsunami advisory early Sunday, ending the threat of serious damage less than three hours after the first waves hit the islands.

    Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said early Sunday that the Aloha State was lucky to avoid more severe surges after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada.

    Abercrombie said beaches and harbors are still closed statewide.
    “We’re very, very grateful that we can go home tonight counting our blessings,” Abercrombie said.

    Meanwhile, the National Weather Service canceled tsunami advisories for Canada and Oregon, leaving northern California as the only spot in North America still under a tsunami advisory.
    The first waves hitting Hawaii on Saturday night were smaller than expected.

    Gerard Fryer, a geologist tracking the tsunami for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, said the largest wave in the first 45 minutes of the tsunami was measured in Maui at more than 5 feet, about 2 feet higher than normal sea levels.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/tsunami-warning-hawaii-downgraded-advisory-112012089.html

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Hope all goes well in Hawaii. A 7.7 quake & aftershocks hit British Columbia but we felt nothing down here.

  20. CR says:

    Mercury News editorial: Re-elect President Obama

    10/27/2012 Mercury News Editorial

    Obama inherited a mess — George W. Bush’s legacy, which got us into two wars and the worst economic crisis in 80 years. The president has repaired some of the damage; 5 million private-sector jobs have been created since 2008. And he has the best chance of restoring prosperity, certainly better than Romney, whose economic platitudes and foreign policy bluster portend a return to the Bush era.

    Obama inherited a mess — George W. Bush’s legacy, which got us into two wars and the worst economic crisis in 80 years. The president has repaired some of the damage; 5 million private-sector jobs have been created since 2008. And he has the best chance of restoring prosperity, certainly better than Romney, whose economic platitudes and foreign policy bluster portend a return to the Bush era.

    Obama has kept many of his promises, including passing desperately needed health care and financial reforms, repealing the demeaning don’t ask, don’t tell policy, winding down the wars and hunting down Osama bin Laden. And he’s been straight with us. He said all along that it would take time to undo years of erosion of the middle class and, with it, the consumer base that fuels our economy. Americans prefer bold proclamations from their leaders, but we’ll take straight talk every time.

    Romney has been dishonest. It’s not just his changing positions on so many issues; that almost doesn’t matter, since we know his actions will be guided by right-wing ideologues to whom he is beholden. It’s the calculated deception that’s alarming.

    His jobs and deficit-reduction plans are pure fantasy. He refuses to detail the deductions he’d eliminate to offset $4.6 trillion in business and personal tax cuts, or how he would pay for trillions in new defense spending. He claims he could create 12 million jobs, but the studies provided to back that up looked at entirely different policies.

    This election is about values. The person in the Oval Office must be trustworthy, and he must care about the needs of all Americans. We fear that under Romney — who could appoint two new Supreme Court justices — the rights of women to control their own medical care would be seriously limited. We fear that many disabled and elderly citizens who worked hard all their lives would be left to fend for themselves, to the great detriment of us all.

    For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_21862899/mercury-news-editorial-re-elect-president-obama

  21. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy & HOPEful Sunday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  22. CR says:

    Pentagon Reopens Program Allowing Immigrants With Special Skills to Enlist

    October 27, 2012 By JULIA PRESTON – nytimes

    Thousands of immigrants were so eager to enlist in the American military during the last two years, despite the strong odds that they could be sent to combat zones, that they signed a petition on Facebook asking the Pentagon to let them join.

    Now they will have the chance. Late last month, the Pentagon reopened a program to recruit legal immigrants with special language and medical skills, which was active for a year in 2009 but was suspended in January 2010.

    The program is small; it will enlist a total of 1,500 recruits each year for two years, mainly in the Army. But military officials said the yearlong pilot program brought an unusually well-educated and skilled cohort of immigrants into the armed services.

    “Their qualifications were really stellar,” said Naomi Verdugo, assistant deputy for recruiting for the Army. “And we have been very pleased about how these folks have been performing.”

    The program is open to immigrants on temporary visas, who otherwise would not be eligible to enlist. Its powerful lure is that it allows them to naturalize as United States citizens quickly, in most cases at the end of basic training, which lasts about 10 weeks. Most immigrants on temporary visas, whether they are students or workers with particular skills, must wait years — for some nationalities, more than a decade — to become citizens.

    Eileen Lainez, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said the program was intended to fill “some of our most critical readiness needs.” This time around, the Army is looking for dentists and surgeons, and for psychology professionals to help with the severe emotional strains soldiers have undergone in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Officials are also looking for native speakers of 44 languages, including Azerbaijani, Cambodian-Khmer, Hausa and Igbo (both spoken in West Africa), Persian Dari (spoken in Afghanistan), Portuguese, and Tamil (spoken in South Asia). Spanish is not on the list of languages.

    For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/us/pentagon-reopens-program-allowing-immigrants-with-special-skills-to-enlist.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

  23. CR says:

    Wambach, Morgan up for FIFA Player of the Year award

    October 25, 2012 sportsillustrated

    ZURICH (AP) — Olympic gold-medal winners Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe of the United States were among 10 candidates selected for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.

    Wambach scored five goals at the London Games, and Lloyd scored twice as the U.S. beat Japan 2-1 in the final before a crowd of 80,203 at Wembley Stadium. Morgan and Rapinoe each scored three times in London.

    No American has won since Mia Hamm in 2001 and `02, the first years FIFA presented the women’s award.

    Christine Sinclair of Canada, who scored six goals at the London Olympics, and five-time winner Marta of Brazil also were nominated by FIFA on Thursday. Japan had three candidates including Homare Sawa, winner of the 2011 FIFA award.

    Pia Sundhage, who guided the U.S. Olympic team, and Norio Sasaki of Japan were among 10 candidates for the coach’s award.

    Three finalists will be announced Nov. 29 in Sao Paulo after voting by national team coaches, captains and journalists.

    Winners will be revealed at FIFA’s annual gala on Jan. 7 in Zurich.

    • CR says:

      U.S. Soccer Star Abby Wambach Plays Not My Job

      October 27, 2012 npr

      Since Wambach sounds kind of like wombat, we figure Abby should know everything about the cuddly marsupials. We’ve invited her to play a game called “You’re good at soccer, but can you carry your young in a pouch?” Our quiz will take about four minutes … and will probably have more scoring than 90 minutes of soccer.

      Wambach is a multiple gold medalist, holds the best goals-per-game ratio in U.S. soccer history and has just been nominated for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.

      For the entire and audio: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/27/163695836/u-s-soccer-star-abby-wambach-plays-not-my-job

  24. 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

  25. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    The politics of FEMA’s future

    Oct 29, 2012 10:40 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    With Hurricane Sandy poised to wreak havoc for millions of Americans, it seems like a good time to revisit Mitt Romney’s unusual vision for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    In this clip, Romney was asked at a debate for the Republican presidential candidates about emergency-response efforts, and he suggested FEMA should be shuttered, moving responsibility to the states.

    “Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.

    “Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do?”

    Asked specifically about the federal government playing a role in disaster relief, Romney added, “We cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids.”

    Again, in context, he wasn’t talking about debt reduction in the abstract; Romney was specifically talking about FEMA and the federal role in responding to communities hit by disasters.

    What’s more, Romney appears willing to put his (lack of) money where his mouth is — Romney’s budget plan would mean at least a 34% cut to FEMA’s budget.

    I should note that there may be some who find this perspective compelling. Maybe Romney’s correct, the argument goes, and FEMA’s doors should be closed. Maybe Washington should just let states, municipalities, and families fend for themselves when disaster strikes, as Republican policymakers focus solely on debt reduction.

    In case anyone’s tempted to believe this is wise, I’d note two things.

    For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/29/14780248-the-politics-of-femas-future?lite

    • CR says:

      Romney would pass the buck on disasters

      October 29, 4:43 PM By Eugene Robinson – washingtonpost

      Back when he was being “severely conservative,” Mitt Romney suggested that responsibility for disaster relief should be taken from the big, bad federal government and given to the states, or perhaps even privatized. Hurricane Sandy would like to know if he’d care to reconsider.

      The absurd, and dangerous, policy prescription came in a GOP primary debate in June. Moderator John King said he had recently visited communities affected by severe weather and noted that the Federal Emergency Management Agency “is about to run out of money.”

      “There are some people . . . who say, you know, maybe we’re learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role,” King said. “How do you deal with something like that?”

      Romney replied: “Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”

      Romney went on to express the general principle that, given the crushing national debt, “we should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, ‘What are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do?’ ”

      King gave him a chance to back off: “Including disaster relief, though?”

      Romney didn’t blink. “We cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids,” he said, adding that “it is simply immoral . . . to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids.”

      Now, with an unprecedented and monstrous storm bashing the East Coast, this glib exercise in ideological purity is newly relevant. Was Romney really saying that the federal government should abdicate the task of responding to natural disasters such as the one now taking place? Yes, he was. Did he really mean it? Well, with Romney, that’s always another question.

      As the legendary Watergate source Deep Throat never actually said: “Follow the money.”

      The dishonest “solution” proposed by Romney and running mate Paul Ryan for the federal government’s budget woes relies largely on a shell game: Transfer unfunded liabilities to the states.

      Most disastrously, this is what Romney and Ryan propose for Medicaid, the health-care program for the poor. The GOP plan would give the states block grants that would not begin to cover Medicaid’s rising costs. Governors and legislatures would be forced to impose draconian cuts, with potentially catastrophic impact for millions of Americans.

      For more: http://goo.gl/a5sOj

  26. CR says:

    Cruise ship to dock in Saguenay to avoid Hurricane Sandy

    OCTOBER 27, 2012 BY LA PRESSE CANADIENNE, MONTREAL GAZETTE

    The first effects of Hurricane Sandy are already being felt in Saguenay, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City, where about 5,000 unexpected visitors will go aground Sunday to avoid winds and heavy rains.

    The Emerald Princess, a cruise ship with 15 passenger decks, 14 elevators, four outdoor pools and eight restaurants, will dock at the Saguenay port Sunday.

    This was not an expected docking, but the cruise ship’s owners had to adjust the itinerary to avoid the storm.

    With a maximum capacity of 3,780 passengers and 1,200 crew members, The Emerald Princess is the largest vessel to dock in Saguenay to date.

    “Last year, we had two cruise ships,” in the same situation, Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay told La Presse Canadienne in an interview.

    “We are happy to have guests, but it’s a lot of work for us,” he said. “We have to coordinate the work of volunteers, buses … We also have to send the tourist centre employees back to work, since they would normally be on holiday.”

    He added that costumed actors from La Fabuleuse histoire d’un royaume, a long-running historical theatre stage show in nearby La Baie, will be on site to welcome the cruise ship passengers and offer them a variety of local products.

    The ship is expected to arrive at 7 a.m. and set out again at 4 p.m.

    The mayor explained that the geological setting of Saguenay prevents the development of storms in the region, which is why it is a port of choice in poor weather.

    The ship is owned by Princess Cruises, which offers 10 and 12-day cruises between Quebec City and New York City or Fort Lauderdale.

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