Holiday Mail for Heroes 2012

For a sixth year, American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are partnering to hold the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program to ensure all Americans have an opportunity to send a touch of home this holiday season to members of our U.S. military, veterans and their families, many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season.

The process is very simple and takes no time at all – All you need is a pen and piece of paper to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the U.S. Armed Forces make to protect our freedoms The Holiday Mail for Heroes mail box is open and ready to receive for your cards. Please send all mail to:

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Card Guidelines:
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

* All cards being sent in for 2012 Holiday Mail For Heroes program should be postmarked no later than Friday, December 7, 2012.

* Ensure that all cards are signed.

* Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.

* Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.

* Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.

* Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.

* Participants are encouraged to mail as many cards as they are comfortable sending. If you are mailing a large quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes or use a flat rate box from the post office. Each card does not need its own envelope, as cards will be removed from all envelopes before distribution.

* Please refrain from sending holiday cards with glitter. Many of these cards will be delivered to military and veterans medical facilities and the glitter could interfere with a patient’s recovery.

* If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

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Thank an American Hero

Posted by Kori Schulman on November 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM EST

This Veterans Day, we hope you’ll take a moment to join First Lady Michelle Obama and thank an American hero. Sending that message is easy. You can send a note on JoiningForces.gov by clicking on the “Share Your Message” tab. Or go to Facebook to create a card using Shutterfly’s Thank The Troops app. Either way, your card will be delivered to service members and veterans throughout the holiday season.

To get you started, we’ve pasted the First Lady’s card below. Check it out, then send your own on JoiningForces.gov or on Facebook: http://apps.facebook.com/thankthetroops

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49 Responses to Holiday Mail for Heroes 2012

  1. CR says:

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  2. CR says:

    Holiday Heros Mail 2011
    Holiday Mail for Heroes

    Holiday Mail

    For a sixth year, American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are partnering to hold the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program to ensure all Americans have an opportunity to send a touch of home this holiday season to members of our U.S. military, veterans and their families, many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season.

    The process is very simple and takes no time at all – All you need is a pen and piece of paper to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the U.S. Armed Forces make to protect our freedoms The Holiday Mail for Heroes mail box is open and ready to receive for your cards. Please send all mail to:

    Holiday Mail For Heroes
    P.O. Box 5456
    Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

    Card Guidelines:

    Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

    Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

    * All cards being sent in for 2011 Holiday Mail For Heroes program should be postmarked no later than Friday, December 7, 2012.

    * Ensure that all cards are signed.

    * Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.

    * Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.

    * Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.

    * Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.

    * Participants are encouraged to mail as many cards as they are comfortable sending. If you are mailing a large quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes or use a flat rate box from the post office. Each card does not need its own envelope, as cards will be removed from all envelopes before distribution.

    * Please refrain from sending holiday cards with glitter. Many of these cards will be delivered to military and veterans medical facilities and the glitter could interfere with a patient’s recovery.

    * If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

  3. CR says:

    thank-the-troops

    Thank an American Hero

    Posted by Kori Schulman on November 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM EST

    This Veterans Day, we hope you’ll take a moment to join First Lady Michelle Obama and thank an American hero. Sending that message is easy. You can send a note on JoiningForces.gov by clicking on the “Share Your Message” tab. Or go to Facebook to create a card using Shutterfly’s Thank The Troops app. Either way, your card will be delivered to service members and veterans throughout the holiday season.

    To get you started, we’ve pasted the First Lady’s card below. Check it out, then send your own on JoiningForces.gov or on Facebook: http://apps.facebook.com/thankthetroops

  4. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Perfect post, CR. It’s that time of year again, and we have a lot to celebrate!

  5. CR says:

    Congressional Black Caucus bids farewell to Allen West, its last remaining GOP member

    11/20/12 By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 2 hrs 41 mins ago

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—The Congressional Black Caucus will revert to a Democrats-only club when the 113th Congress convenes in January.

    The group’s sole Republican, Florida Rep. Allen West, conceded a contentious House race on Tuesday. West was the third Republican to join the caucus since its formation in 1971; the caucus’ last Republican member was Connecticut Rep. Gary Frank who was unseated 16 years ago. Republican Mia Love, who said she planned to join the CBC if elected, lost her Utah House race. The only other black House Republican, Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina, declined to become a member in 2010 and has not indicated that he will do so in the coming session.

    West, an outspoken Army veteran and conservative whose rise to power was boosted by a groundswell of tea party support, was known as a rabble-rouser within the caucus.

    As the lone Republican, he did little to shape the group’s liberal policy stances. Outgoing CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri added a disclaimer to official CBC statements stating they may not represent the views of all members. “I did that as chair, trying to be responsive to things he might be concerned about,” Cleaver, a Democrat, told Yahoo News. When the CBC unveiled its budget blueprint in 2011, West was not present at the press conference to discuss it.

    Democratic members of the CBC said that while West attended meetings, they didn’t pay much attention to him.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/congressional-black-caucus-bids-farewell-allen-west-last-213654299–election.html

  6. CR says:

    Clinton meets with Netanyahu

    11/20/12 7:59 PM EST By BYRON TAU – POLITICO44

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet.

    “They discussed efforts to de-escalate the situation and bring about a sustainable outcome that protects Israel’s security and improves the lives of civilians in Gaza. They also consulted on her impending stops in Ramallah and Cairo, including Egyptian efforts to advance de-escalation. They pledged to stay in close touch as she continues her travels,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

    According to Nuland, Clinton met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror.

    Clinton made a surprise trip to the Middle East, amid rising tensions between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory of Gaza.

    She departed the Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting in Cambodia to try to de-escalate the situation in the Middle East — and to keep the region from plunging into a wider conflict.

  7. CR says:

    TRENDING: 10-year-old with same-sex parents finds pen pal in President Obama

    November 20, 2012 Ashley Killough – CNN

    CNN) – When Sophia Bailey-Klugh, a 10-year-old, invited President Barack Obama to dinner, she didn’t get a response.

    So when he replied to her second letter–this one thanking him for his position on same-sex marriage–the girl with two fathers was really surprised.

    One of Sophia’s fathers, Jonathan Bailey, posted the letter to Facebook on October 28, saying Sophia penned the piece “unprompted” and it made her two fathers “so unbelievably proud.”

    “Dear Barack Obama,” she wrote. “It’s Sophia Bailey Klugh your friend who invited you to dinner. You don’t remember okay that’s fine. But I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad you agree that two men can love each other because I have two dad and they love each other.”

    Sophia, who lives with her fathers in San Diego, California, went on to write about how other students at her school say her parents’ marriage is “gross and weird.”

    “It really hurts my heart and feelings, so I come to you because you are my hero,” she wrote, asking for advice on what he would do if he were in her shoes.

    “I hope you win on being the president. You would totally make the world a better place,” she ended the letter. “Please tell your daughters hi for me!”

    Also on the page was a drawing of her two dads kissing, with the word “love” written overhead.

    A week later, Jonathan posted a letter with the president’s letterhead at the top. It was dated November 1 and addressed to Sophia.

    “Thank you for writing me such a thoughtful letter about your family. Reading it made me proud to be your president and even more hopeful about the future of our nation,” the letter stated.

    “In America, no two families look the same. We celebrate this diversity,” Obama continued. “And we recognize that whether you have two dads or one mom what matters above all is the love we show one another. You are very fortunate to have two parents who care deeply for you. They are lucky to have such an exceptional daughter in you.”

    For more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/20/10-year-old-with-same-sex-parents-finds-pen-pal-in-president-obama/?cid=sf_twitter

  8. CR says:

    MBA Purchase Applications

    Released On 11/21/2012 7:00:00 AM For wk11/16, 2012

    Highlights
    The list of good news on housing also includes the purchase index from the Mortgage Bankers Association which is trending higher and which is up 3.0 percent in the November 6 week. The record low for rates is a big reason behind the gains underway for housing. The average 30-year rate for conforming mortgages, mortgages that are under $417,500, did rise but only to 3.54 percent for a two basis point gain. Refinancing is getting a major boost from low rates and is keeping mortgage bankers busy, making up 81 percent of all applications. Refinancing activity slowed in the week, down 3.0 percent.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  9. CR says:

    HHS details overhaul rules and required benefits

    Nov 20, 4:43 PM EST By TOM MURPHY – Associated Press

    The Obama administration has strengthened the prescription drug coverage that will be available to the millions of people who will get insurance through the nation’s new health care overhaul starting late next year.

    The increase in prescription benefits was part of a long-awaited package of rules to implement the law formally announced on Tuesday by the Health and Human Services Department. The government laid out minimum requirements for health insurance coverage and banned denying coverage to people with pre-existing health problems.

    The new rules, once made final, will govern the operation of new health insurance marketplaces, called exchanges, that will debut in 2014.

    Having the federal government set minimum standards for what health insurance must cover is a departure from normal practice. Usually, insurance companies, their state regulators and employers play that role. But the Affordable Care Act requires that Washington establish a baseline for minimum coverage in areas that include inpatient and outpatient care, emergency services, maternity and childhood care, prescription drugs, preventive screenings and lab work.

    It must also cover mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as rehabilitation for physical and cognitive disorders, and dental and vision care for children. Such additional benefits are often not fully covered by frugal plans that are now the best that many small businesses can afford.

    Many of the details the administration released on Tuesday had been previously announced, but Dan Mendelson, CEO of the market analysis firm Avalere Health, saw one key change: Health insurance plans will now have to cover the same number of prescription drugs as the benchmark plan in their states. That basically means there will be a higher number of prescription drugs covered in each class, such as antipsychotics or antidepressants, than had previously been required.

    For more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HEALTH_CARE_RULES?SITE=COBOU&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

  10. CR says:

    Doctors back contraception without prescription

    11/21/2012 01:01:21 AM PST BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    WASHINGTON (AP) — No prescription or doctor’s exam needed: The nation’s largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms.
    Tuesday’s surprise opinion from these gatekeepers of contraception could boost longtime efforts by women’s advocates to make the pill more accessible.

    But no one expects the pill to be sold without a prescription any time soon: A company would have to seek government permission first, and it’s not clear if any are considering it. Plus there are big questions about what such a move would mean for many women’s wallets if it were no longer covered by insurance.

    Still, momentum may be building.

    Already, anyone 17 or older doesn’t need to see a doctor before buying the morning-after pill — a higher-dose version of regular birth control that can prevent pregnancy if taken shortly after unprotected sex. Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration held a meeting to gather ideas about how to sell regular oral contraceptives without a prescription, too.

    Now the influential American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is declaring it’s safe to sell the pill that way.

    Wait, why would doctors who make money from women’s yearly visits for a birth-control prescription advocate giving that up?

    Half of the nation’s pregnancies every year are unintended, a rate that hasn’t changed in 20 years — and easier access to birth control pills could help, said

    For more; http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_22040106/doctors-back-contraception-without-prescription

    • CR says:

      When you think about it why is it that condoms are cheaply available for purchase over the counter at any drug store, super market or convenice store.

      Women have to incur the time and cost to get a physical exam by a doctor in order to get a prescription for birth control.

  11. CR says:

    Jobless Claims in U.S. Decreased Last Week to 410,000

    Nov 21, 2012 5:45 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week as damage to the labor market caused by superstorm Sandy began to subside.

    Jobless claims decreased by 41,000 to 410,000 in the week ended Nov. 17, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. The number of applications matched the median forecast of 48 economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

    The level of claims reflects the economic drag associated with Sandy, which made landfall in the Northeast on Oct. 29, killing more than 100 in the U.S. and leaving about 8 million homes and businesses without power for days. Before the storm- related surge in unemployment applications, companies limited hiring in the wake of a global economic slowdown and uncertain U.S. fiscal outlook.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-21/jobless-claims-in-u-s-decreased-41-000-last-week-to-410-000.html

  12. CR says:

    U.S. Leading Economic Indicators Rose 0.2% in October

    Nov 21, 2012 7:00 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    The index of U.S. leading economic indicators rose at a slower pace in October as businesses held back on investment in anticipation of domestic fiscal policy changes set to take effect in January.

    The Conference Board’s gauge of the outlook for the next three to six months increased 0.2 percent after a revised 0.5 percent gain in September that was lower than initially reported, the New York-based group said today. Economists projected the October gauge would climb 0.1 percent, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey.

    The fiscal cliff of $607 billion in federal spending cuts and tax increases has been a hurdle for companies even as consumer sentiment has supported the household purchases that account for about 70 percent of the economy. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke yesterday said that a budget deal could help make the coming year “a very good one” for the economy.

    “We’re moving in the right direction — it’s just I think ‘subdued’ is still an accurate assessment of how the economy’s performing,” Kevin Cummins, an economist at UBS Securities LLC in Stamford, Connecticut, said before the report. “We have to get past the fiscal cliff, and there are things like Europe still out there that potentially are headwinds to the economy.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-21/u-s-leading-economic-indicators-rose-0-2-in-october.html

  13. CR says:

    Hobby Lobby Opposes Obamacare

    Court rejects Hobby Lobby’s challenge to contraceptive mandate

    11/19/12 Steve Olafson – Reuters

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday denied a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s signature health reforms, ruling that the owners of a $3 billion arts and crafts chain must provide emergency contraceptives in their group health care plan.

    The owners of Hobby Lobby asked to be exempted from providing the “morning after” and “week after” pills on religious grounds, arguing this would violate their Christian belief that abortion is wrong.

    Judge Joe Heaton of the U.S. District for the Western District of Oklahoma denied the request for a preliminary injunction.

    Heaton ruled that while individual members of the family that owns and operates Hobby Lobby have religious rights, the companies the family owns are secular, for-profit enterprises that do not possess the same rights.

    Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., which assisted Hobby Lobby in the legal challenge, said Monday’s ruling will be appealed.

    Hobby Lobby, the largest non-Catholic U.S. company to go to court over the issue of contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act, is owned by the Green family of Oklahoma City. Patriarch David Green is ranked 79th on Forbes Magazine’s list of the 400 richest Americans with a net worth of $4.5 billion.

    The family operate 514 Hobby Lobby stores in 41 states and employ 13,240 people. It funds a variety of Christian charities, closes its stores on Sundays and plays inspirational Christian music in its stores.

    For more; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49894806#.UKvFTqV9-Jc

  14. CR says:

    Why Denny’s is in damage-control mode

    Nov 20, 2012 1:00 PM EST By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    In the wake of President Obama’s re-election, a few restaurant chains raised eyebrows by making threats related to the Affordable Care Act. An Applebees franchise owner, for example, vowed to stop building and hiring because of the health-care law.

    But it was Denny’s franchise owner John Metz who caused the biggest stir, publicly declaring his intention to impose a 5 percent surcharge on customers at his 30 Denny’s outlets to offset “Obamacare” costs. “Customers have two choices: They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server,” Metz said.

    The backlash didn’t take long. Denny’s diners, including many that aren’t owned by Metz, immediately saw a drop in sales, and were inundated with phone calls from angry customers. With other franchise owners panicking due to boycott threats, the corporate office is in damage-control mode.

    Denny’s chief executive John Miller privately reached out to Metz to express his “disappointment” with the Florida franchisee’s controversial statements about Obamacare, which sparked a wave of backlash for the national restaurant chain over the past few days. Metz released a statement Monday night expressing “regret” over his statements.

    “We recognize his right to speak on issues, but registered our disappointment that his comments have been interpreted as the company’s position,” Miller said in an email to The Huffington Post.

    “Unfortunately, the comments of this franchisee, who represents less than 1 percent of our system and who owns restaurants in other concepts, has been portrayed as reflective of the entire Denny’s brand,” Miller added. “I am confident his perspective is not shared by the company or hundreds of franchisees/small business owners who make up the majority of the Denny’s community.”

    For his part, Metz is in full retreat, issuing a statement denouncing the surcharge he defended last week.

    But stepping back, there’s a larger question to consider: why are guys like Metz griping so much about the health care law?

    Continue reading this entry: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/20/15309866-why-dennys-is-in-damage-control-mode?lite

  15. CR says:

    Most Americans in Decade Project Economy Will Get Better

    Nov 21, 2012 6:45 AM PT By Elizabeth Dexheimer – bloomberg

    More Americans this month said the world’s largest economy will improve than at any time in the past decade, led by a surge among Democrats following the re- election of President Barack Obama.

    The share of households projecting the economy will get better rose to 37 percent in November, the highest since March 2002. That propelled the Bloomberg monthly consumer expectations gauge to 4 from minus 7 in October. The weekly Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index was at minus 33.9 in the period ended Nov. 18, hovering near a seven-month high of minus 33.1 the prior week.

    “While the improvement in expectations is largely a function of the election, rising equity prices, an improving labor market and a growing sense the tide has finally turned in the housing market are contributing to the turn in overall sentiment,” said Joseph Brusuelas, a senior economist at Bloomberg LP in New York.
    Growing confidence may lead to a pickup in spending, which makes up about 70 percent of the economy, boosting sales at department stores such as Kohl’s Corp. at the start of the year- end holiday shopping season.

    In a separate report today, fewer Americans filed applications last week as damage to the labor market caused by superstorm Sandy began to subside. Jobless claims decreased by 41,000 to 410,000 in the week ended Nov. 17, the Labor Department reported today in Washington.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-21/most-americans-in-decade-project-economy-will-get-better.html

  16. CR says:

    Jim Messina: President Obama built biggest grassroots campaign

    11/20/12 8:32 AM EST Updated: 11/20/12 9:11 AM EST By GINGER GIBSON – POLITICO

    President Obama directed his campaign to build the largest grassroots effort in history, campaign manager Jim Messina said at POLITICO’s Playbook Breakfast.

    “We won this election because of Barack Obama and people volunteered and came out in historic numbers,” Messina said in his first on-camera interview since the election.

    When he was hired for the job, Messina said Obama gave him a directive.

    “This has to be about the grassroots, we have to go back and run a campaign about the grassroots,” Messina said Obama told him. “We built the biggest grassroots campaign.”

    After running the most technology-heavy campaign in history, Messina said if he wrote a book about the changes it would be “a big book.”

    “It would start with hiring really smart people regardless of their age, [giving] them a budget and support and hold them accountable to deadline and they will build you some really great things,” Messina said.

    Messina said Google Chairman Eric Schmidt gave him simple advice: “You do not want political people, you want smart people who you are going to draw what you want and they’re going to go build it.”

    So Messina went out and hired someone to head the data department who had never worked on a campaign before.
    “He thought we were crazy aliens from Mars and we thought the same of him,” Messina said.

    But the team was able to make innovative new things, including building a tool to let supporters single out their Facebook friends and encourage them to vote.

    “I complained about how expensive it was and then we went and built it,” Messina said.

    Post-election, Messina hedged about his own future. First, he’s taking a vacation, after having taken off only one week in the last five years.

    Regarding a White House job, Messina said that he had done that already, but left open the possibility that he could run an Obama political operation out of Chicago.

    Messina insisted that it was Obama’s message that drew people into the campaign.

    “We built the kind of campaign that made people want to volunteer,” Messina said.

    To make that happen, the Obama campaign built a technology infrastructure that took every piece of data available and built online applications such as the “Dashboard” for supporters. Messina explained that in 2008 many elements that went viral were untracked by the campaign.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/84080.html?hp=r1

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    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Obamas-Campaign-Manager-Reflects-on-the-2012-Election/10737435977/

  17. CR says:

    Israel, Hamas reach Gaza cease-fire agreement

    Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:43 PM EST By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    After deadly violence throughout Gaza overnight, and a bus explosion in Tel Aviv that injured 19 people, there were fears that diplomatic progress in Israel would remain elusive, but this afternoon, Israel and Hamas reached a cease-fire agreement.

    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a cease-fire, the Egyptian foreign minister said Wednesday, ending eight days of fighting that killed more than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis.

    The cease-fire is set to start at 9 p.m. Cairo time (2 p.m. ET), Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced in a news conference alongside visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    “The United States welcomes the agreement today for the cease-fire in Gaza,” Clinton said, adding that Egypt’s new government was exerting responsibility and leadership in the region. “This is a critical moment for the region,” she said.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed the agreement, but did not strike an optimistic tone about the near future. In a statement, Netanyahu said he’d spoken with President Obama and “responded positively to his recommendation to give a chance to the Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire and to allow an opportunity to stabilize the situation and to calm it down before there is a need to use much greater force.”

    • CR says:

      Israel-Hamas Ceasefire: Hillary Clinton’s Statement

      Published on Nov 21, 2012 by ABCNews

      Secretary of state says that there’s “no substitute for a just and lasting peace.”

    • CR says:

      Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste reports on details of truce deal between Israel and Gaza

      Published on Nov 21, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish

      Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste reports on the details of the Egyptian-sponsored truce deal between Israel and Gaza.

    • CR says:

      November 21, 2012

      Readout of the President’s Call to Prime Minister Netanyahu

      President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu today and reiterated his commitment to Israel’s security.

      The President made clear that no country can be expected to tolerate rocket attacks against civilians.

      The President expressed his appreciation for the Prime Minister’s efforts to work with the new Egyptian government to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and a more durable solution to this problem.

      The President commended the Prime Minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal – which the President recommended the Prime Minster do – while reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself.

      The President said that the United States would use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.

      The President said that he was committed to seeking additional funding for Iron Dome and other US-Israel missile defense programs.

    • CR says:

      November 21, 2012

      Readout of the President’s call with President Morsi

      President Obama spoke to President Morsi today. The President thanked President Morsi for his efforts to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and for his personal leadership in negotiating a ceasefire proposal. President Morsi expressed appreciation for President Obama’s efforts in this regard.

      President Obama and President Morsi agreed on the importance of working toward a more durable solution to the situation in Gaza.

      President Obama reaffirmed the close partnership between the United States and Egypt, and welcomed President Morsi’s commitment to regional security.

  18. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:00 PM ET
    President Obama pardons two turkeys for the National Thanksgiving Turkey pardoning ceremony

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Pardons-the-Thanksgiving-Turkey/10737435933/

    • CR says:

      November 21, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon

      The Rose Garden

      2:08 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, good afternoon, everybody. (Turkey gobbles.) (Laughter.)

      They say that life is all about second chances. And this November, I could not agree more. (Laughter.) So in the spirit of the season, I have one more gift to give, and it goes to a pair of turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler. The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward. (Turkey gobbles.) (Laughter.) I love this bird. (Laughter.)

      Now, I joke, but for the first time in our history, the winners of the White House Turkey Pardon were chosen through a highly competitive online vote. And once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it. (Laughter.) The guy is amazing. He predicted these guys would win.

      I want to thank everyone who participated in this election. Because of your votes, the only cobbler anyone’s eating this Thanksgiving will come with a side of ice cream. And for that, our winning turkey can thank his stellar campaign team led by Steve Willardsen, who is the Chairman of the National Turkey Foundation and raised this beautiful bird at Miller Farm in Harrisonburg, Virginia. So here’s Steve. (Applause.)

      And, as always, if for some reason Cobbler cannot fulfill his duties as the Official White House Turkey, Gobbler will be waiting in the wings.

      From here, these two — (laughter) — from here these two lucky birds will be swept up in a whirlwind of fame and fortune that will ultimately lead them to Mount Vernon, where they will spend their twilight years in the storied home of George Washington. And later today, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will be taking two turkeys who were not so lucky to a local food bank here in Washington, D.C. I want to thank Jaindl Turkey Farms in Pennsylvania for donating these birds — or those birds — and I’d like to ask every American to do what they can to help families who are in need of a real Thanksgiving this year.

      Tomorrow, in the company of friends and loved ones, we will celebrate a uniquely American holiday. And it’s a chance for us to spend time with the people we care about and to give thanks for the blessings that we enjoy; and to think about just how lucky we are to live in the greatest nation on Earth.

      But it’s also a time to remember those who are less fortunate -– and this year, that’s particularly true for our neighbors in the Northeast who have lost their homes and their possessions, and even their loved ones to Hurricane Sandy.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/21/remarks-president-national-thanksgiving-turkey-pardon

    • CR says:

      November 21, 2012

      Background on the Pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey

      WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, November 21, 2011, President Obama will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden. The President will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a warm, safe, and healthy holiday.

      The President will pardon Cobbler and his alternate Gobbler, both 19-week old, 40-pound turkeys. The names of the turkeys were chosen from submissions from elementary schools in Rockingham County, Virginia, where the turkeys were raised. Many of the submissions came from schools in agriculture-producing areas, where students have the chance to learn about the importance of agriculture to the world food supply and to our local economies. This year, for the first time ever, the American public decided which of the two turkeys – Cobbler or Gobbler – would become the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey by casting a vote via the White House Facebook page.

      After the pardoning, the turkeys will be driven to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. The National Thanksgiving Turkey will be on display for visitors during “Christmas at Mount Vernon,” a special program through January 6. After the holidays, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate will live in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s nationally recognized livestock facility.

      Both birds were raised on the farm of Craig and Nancy Miller, near Harrisonburg, Virginia, under National Turkey Federation Chairman, Steve Willardsen’s supervision and in partnership with the Virginia Poultry Federation. Dr. Bob Evans, also of Cargill, handled the turkey during the Rose Garden ceremony.

      Jaindl’s Turkey Farm in Orefield, Pennsylvania, gave President Obama’s family two dressed turkeys that will be donated to a local area food bank.

  19. CR says:

    Reports: Jesse Jackson Jr. to resign

    11/21/12 36 mins ago By Rachel Rose Hartman, Yahoo! News

    Jesse Jackson Jr. will resign his seat in Congress Wednesday, the Illinois Democrat’s brother told the Chicago Tribune.

    Jonathan Jackson told the newspaper his brother will make the announcement “momentarily” in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. An anonymous source confirmed those plans to the Chicago Sun-Times.

    News outlets reported Wednesday morning that Jackson had canceled a morning conference call with staff for fear of media eavesdropping.

    This summer, Jackson abruptly dropped out of the public eye. His staff first reported the congressman, son of Rev. Jesse Jackson, had been on a leave of absence for exhaustion, then indicated his condition was more serious. After pressure from colleagues and others it was revealed Jackson was being treated at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder and other gastrointestinal issues.

    Jackson left the clinic in September, but returned the following month. He was reportedly at the clinic Nov. 6 when he easily won re-election in his Democratic Chicago-area district.

    Recent reports indicate that a federal probe into the alleged misuse of campaign funds has widened.

  20. 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

  21. CR says:

    4:20 PM ET
    President Obama and the First Family participate in a service event in the Washington, DC area

    • CR says:

      President Obama and Family Distribute Vegetables for People on Thanksgiving day

      Published on Nov 21, 2012 by AssociatedPress

      President Barack Obama went to the Capital Area Food Bank to distribute sweet potatoes, carrots and other vegetables to those in need. (Nov. 21)

    • CR says:

      Obama, Oregon State basketball team visit food bank

      11/21/12 5:03 PM EST By BYRON TAU – POLITICO44

      President Obama and the Oregon State men’s basketball team visited a Washington D.C.-area food bank Wednesday.

      “The First Family will continue their annual Thanksgiving tradition and participate in a service project at the Capital Area Food Bank. They will be joined by family and friends including members of the Oregon State men’s basketball team. The First Family will pack and distribute bags of food to children and seniors served by the Food Bank,” the White House said.

      An extra-large motorcade drove the Obamas and the team to the food bank, located in Northeast D.C.

      In remarks earlier at the annual turkey pardoning, Obama said: “Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will be taking two turkeys who were not so lucky to a local food bank here in Washington, D.C.”

      Obama encouraged other Americans to follow his example.

      “I’d like to ask every American to do what they can to help families who are in need of a real Thanksgiving this year,” he said.

  22. CR says:

    November 21, 2012

    Notice: Waiver from Rescission of Unobligated Funds Under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

    NOTICE

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    WAIVER FROM RESCISSION OF UNOBLIGATED FUNDS UNDER

    THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009

    Consistent with the authority provided to me under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5), as amended by section 1306 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law 111-203) (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), I have determined that it is not in the best interest of the Nation to rescind after December 31, 2012, the unobligated amounts made available in Division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with respect to the accounts with the following Treasury Account Fund Symbol codes and names: 13-0110: DOC – Office of the Inspector General; 86-0190: HUD – Office of Inspector General; 69-0131: DOT – Office of Inspector General; 20-0135: TREAS – Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; 49-0301: NSF – Office of the Inspector General; and 73-0201: SBA – Office of Inspector General.

    My determination is based on the following considerations:

    The requesting Inspectors General are tasked with overseeing investigations that can take multiple years to complete, and the oversight work often begins in earnest during the final phases of a project. In some cases, the awards that the Inspectors General oversee will continue to outlay past December 31, 2012. The $11.5 million unobligated balance will allow Inspectors General the needed flexibility to effectively combat waste, fraud, and abuse.

    Therefore, in accordance with section 1306 of the Dodd-Frank Act, I am waiving the requirements for repayment of unobligated funds made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with respect to the accounts described above.

    This notice shall be published in the Federal Register.

    BARACK OBAMA

  23. Hello CR, Kat, and all friends. I have missed weeks of news and think the workload will continue for a while. I have four days off (hopefully) so will be able to check in periodically. I have missed you!

    Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • CR says:

      Hello Jackie! We missed you!

      You must really be looking forward to some YOU time. HOPE that you have a relaxing Thanksgiving!

  24. CR says:

    WH

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    • CR says:

      WH

      Thursday, November 22 , 2012

      All Times Eastern

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      President Obama and the First Family celebrate Thanksgiving at the White House

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  25. CR says:

    West Wing Week: 11/22/12 or “Hello Burma!”

    Published on Nov 21, 2012 by whitehouse

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President made an historic trip to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia, attended the East Asia Summit, and pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House with the First Family.

  26. CR says:

    November 22, 2012

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    November 22, 2012

    On behalf of the Obama family – Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Bo – I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

    For us, like so many of you, this is a day full of family and friends; food and football. It’s a day to fight the overwhelming urge to take a nap – at least until after dinner. But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy.

    That’s especially important this year. As a nation, we’ve just emerged from a campaign season that was passionate, noisy, and vital to our democracy. But it also required us to make choices – and sometimes those choices led us to focus on what sets us apart instead of what ties us together; on what candidate we support instead of what country we belong to.

    Thanksgiving is a chance to put it all in perspective – to remember that, despite our differences, we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost.

    Today we give thanks for blessings that are all too rare in this world. The ability to spend time with the ones we love; to say what we want; to worship as we please; to know that there are brave men and women defending our freedom around the globe; and to look our children in the eye and tell them that, here in America, no dream is too big if they’re willing to work for it.

    We’re also grateful that this country has always been home to Americans who see these blessings not simply as gifts to enjoy, but as opportunities to give back. Americans who believe we have a responsibility to look out for those less fortunate – to pull each other up and move forward together.

    Right now, as we prepare to gather around our dinner tables, there are families in the northeast who don’t have that luxury. Many of them have lost everything to Hurricane Sandy – homes, possessions, even loved ones. And it will be a long time before life goes back to normal.

    But in the midst of so much tragedy, there are also glimmers of hope. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen FEMA personnel, National Guard and first responders working around the clock in hard-hit communities. We’ve seen hospital workers using their lunch breaks to distribute supplies. Families offering up extra bedrooms. The fire department advertising free hot showers. Buses full of volunteers coming from hundreds of miles away. Neighbors sharing whatever they have – food, water, electricity – and saying again and again how lucky they are to have a roof over their heads.

    It would have been easy for these folks to do nothing – to worry about themselves and leave the rest to someone else. But that’s not who we are. That’s not what we do.

    As Americans, we are a bold, generous, big-hearted people. When our brothers and sisters are in need, we roll up our sleeves and get to work – not for the recognition or the reward, but because it’s the right thing to do. Because there but for the grace of God go I. And because here in America, we rise or fall together, as one nation and one people.

    That’s something to be grateful for – today and every day.

    So to all the Americans doing your part to make our world a better place – it is my privilege to serve as your President. To all our servicemembers – it is my honor to be your Commander in Chief. And from our family to yours, happy Thanksgiving.

    • CR says:

      November 20, 2012

      Presidential Proclamation — Thanksgiving Day, 2012

      THANKSGIVING DAY, 2012

      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      On Thanksgiving Day, Americans everywhere gather with family and friends to recount the joys and blessings of the past year. This day is a time to take stock of the fortune we have known and the kindnesses we have shared, grateful for the God-given bounty that enriches our lives. As many pause to lend a hand to those in need, we are also reminded of the indelible spirit of compassion and mutual responsibility that has distinguished our Nation since its earliest days.

      Many Thanksgivings have offered opportunities to celebrate community during times of hardship. When the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony gave thanks for a bountiful harvest nearly four centuries ago, they enjoyed the fruits of their labor with the Wampanoag tribe — a people who had shared vital knowledge of the land in the difficult months before. When President George Washington marked our democracy’s first Thanksgiving, he prayed to our Creator for peace, union, and plenty through the trials that would surely come. And when our Nation was torn by bitterness and civil war, President Abraham Lincoln reminded us that we were, at heart, one Nation, sharing a bond as Americans that could bend but would not break. Those expressions of unity still echo today, whether in the contributions that generations of Native Americans have made to our country, the Union our forebears fought so hard to preserve, or the providence that draws our families together this season.

      As we reflect on our proud heritage, let us also give thanks to those who honor it by giving back. This Thanksgiving, thousands of our men and women in uniform will sit down for a meal far from their loved ones and the comforts of home. We honor their service and sacrifice. We also show our appreciation to Americans who are serving in their communities, ensuring their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay. Their actions reflect our age-old belief that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and they affirm once more that we are a people who draw our deepest strength not from might or wealth, but from our bonds to each other.

      On Thanksgiving Day, individuals from all walks of life come together to celebrate this most American tradition, grateful for the blessings of family, community, and country. Let us spend this day by lifting up those we love, mindful of the grace bestowed upon us by God and by all who have made our lives richer with their presence.

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 2012, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to join together — whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors — and give thanks for all we have received in the past year, express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty with others.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

      BARACK OBAMA

    • CR says:

      Obama calls troops overseas

      11/22/12 1:02 PM EST POLITICO44

      In an annual Thanksgiving tradition, President Obama called ten members of the armed forces deployed in Afghanistan. “The President thanked each of them for their service and sacrifice and wished them and their families a Happy Thanksgiving,” the White House said.

    • CR says:

      President Obama Celebrates Thanksgiving 2012 At The White House

      THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012 obamafoodorama

      In an early edition of his weekly address, President Obama on Thursday sent the nation Thanksgiving greetings, and said he’d be spending the last holiday of his first term in the White House doing the same things many Americans do: “This is a day full of family and friends, food and football.” The President and First Family were joined for their feast in the Blue Room by adult siblings and in-laws, and White House staff and their families. Fifteen players from the Oregon State University men’s basketball team were also at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to celebrate with the First Family; their head coach is Craig Robinson, brother to First Lady Michelle Obama.

      Before the early feast, the Beavers, clad in orange dress sweat suits, had a tour of the White House, shot some hoops on the basketball court, and met with President Obama in the Oval Office. They joined the First Family for a visit to a DC-area food bank on Wednesday afternoon, too.

      For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/11/president-obama-celebrates-thanksgiving.html

  27. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Thanksgiving, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  28. CR says:

    Romney Goes To Disneyland

    I wonder if Disneyland is NOT happy with Romney. Possible things overheard sayings from Romney:

    I like it here…all the trees are the right height.

    Did you make that? No, it looks like this came from 7-11.

    Do you have binders full of women?

    Are you a illegal immigrant?

    This is NOT a GOP convention I can tell, everyone is NOT white. Why there not even all speaking English.

  29. CR says:

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