World AIDS Day 2012

World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.

U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/onap

* Download the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (PDF)
* Download the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation Plan (PDF)
* Key activities ONAP has undertaken so far
* Next steps in developing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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  1. CR says:

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    Friday, November 30, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    Vice President Biden travels to Mexico to attend the Inauguration of President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico
    National Palace, Mexico City, Mexico

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:10 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.

    10:25 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews.

    11:00 AM
    11:05 AM
    President Obama arrives in Philadelphia, Penn.

    11:45 AM
    President Obama tours The Rodon Group manufacturing facility.

    12:00 PM
    12:05 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on Extending Tax Cuts for the Middle Class and its effect on business spending
    Rodon Group Manufacturing Facility, Hatfield, PA

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    President Obama departs Philadelphia, Penn.

    2:40 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    2:55 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

    3:00 PM
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  2. CR says:

    World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

    AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.

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

    • CR says:

      $335_per_yr_per_aids_patient

      By the Numbers: $335

      Posted by Matt Compton on December 01, 2011

      Since 2003, when the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief began, the cost per year per patient for AIDS treatment has fallen from more than $1,100 to $335 in 2011.

      To mark World AIDS Day, President Obama spoke about the progress made in the fight against the disease worldwide.

      He also made a new commitment to help extend that progress into the future: helping 6 million people get treatment by the end of 2013, 2 million more than the original goal.

      • CR says:

        What is the Cost of Living with HIV?

        November 29, 2012 | 7:05 AM | By Lisa Aliferis – KQED

        Saturday is World AIDS Day, a time when we take stock of where we are globally in the fight against the disease and — according to its mission – show support for people living with HIV.

        KQED’s Joshua Johnson had an unusually moving way of going about showing support on this morning’s air. He interviewed our colleague Mark Trautwein, editor of KQED’s Perspectives series. Much to my own surprise, Trautwein has been living with HIV, as Johnson describes, since a time when diagnosis was thought to be a death sentence.

        Johnson wanted to explore the cost of the disease — not its emotional toll, but real dollars. Their four minute interview this morning was one of those times where you just stop and listen. And reflect. And peer right into someone else’s life.

        Trautwein is one of 1.2 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS. As a health reporter, I find total treatment dollars are so huge they’re sometimes hard to grasp. But Johnson and Trautwein put a very real face on what it costs — from check ups to blood tests to endless prescriptions — to stay alive.’

        For the entire article and audio interview: http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2012/11/29/what-is-the-cost-of-living-with-hiv/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-is-the-cost-of-living-with-hiv

    • CR says:

      Moving Towards an AIDS-free Generation

      Gayle Smith and Dr. Grant Colfax November 28, 2012 04:48 PM EST

      What a year it has been! One year ago on World AIDS Day, President Obama announced ambitious new targets in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and on the domestic front focused investment to support the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy to fight the epidemic here at home. In the President’s speech that day he said: “we are going to win this fight. But the fight is not over…” As we celebrate World AIDS Day 2012, it is worth taking a moment to look back at what’s been achieved and what remains to be done to meet the goal of an AIDS-free generation.

      We’re pleased to announce that the President’s commitments have translated into meaningful action over the last year and that we’re making measurable, real progress. We’ll talk about that progress in detail this week, when the White House will host an event for World AIDS Day on November 29 from 1pm-3pm, which you can watch at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live. We’ll discuss the results we have achieved over the last year – including towards meeting the targets set by the President one year ago, and the next steps we will be taking to turn the tide on this epidemic. Please join us!

      This summer, we were reminded that HIV impacts all of us, no matter who we are or where we live. The International AIDS Conference returned to the United States for the first time in 22 years, thanks to President Obama concluding a successful bipartisan effort to end the entry ban on persons living with HIV. The Conference was an unqualified success, with new and exciting treatment and prevention research announced and representation of persons living with HIV from all regions of the world. President Obama welcomed delegates to the conference and hosted HIV-positive conference delegates and others for a White House reception. Six senior White House staff recorded powerful and personal videos on how the HIV/AIDS epidemic has impacted their lives.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/11/28/moving-towards-aids-free-generation

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      U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/onap

      * Download the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (PDF)
      * Download the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation Plan (PDF)
      * Key activities ONAP has undertaken so far
      * Next steps in developing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

    • CR says:

      November 29
      White House World AIDS Day Event
      The White House hosted an event in observance of World AIDS Day to discuss the Administration’s efforts to move us towards an AIDS-free generation.
      The White House

      • CR says:

        World AIDS Day 2012: Toward an AIDS-free Generation

        Published on Nov 30, 2012 by whitehouse

        The White House hosts an event in observance of World AIDS Day to discuss the Administration’s efforts to move us toward an AIDS-free generation. November 30, 2012.

    • CR says:

      White House Office Hours: World AIDS Day 2012

      Erin Lindsay November 29, 2012 06:10 PM EST

      Last year, on World AIDS Day, President Obama announced ambitious new targets in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and on the domestic front focused on investment to support the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy to fight the epidemic here at home. In the President’s speech that day he said: “we are going to win this fight. But the fight is not over…”

      One year later, the President’s commitments have translated into real measurable progress. Internationally, we’ve seen that ambitious treatment and prevention targets announced by the President are on track to be met, and domestically, the number of Americans living with HIV on waiting lists for medication has dropped by over 95%.

      Have questions about steps the Obama Administration has taken both domestically and abroad as we move toward an AIDS-free generation? Tomorrow, Friday, November 30th at 3:00 p.m. ET join us for a special session of White House Office Hours with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Gayle Smith, Senior Director, National Security Council. During a live Q&A on Twitter they will answer your questions about the Obama administrations role in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

      Here’s are the details:

      ^ Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat

      * Follow the Q&A live through the @WHLive and @VJ44 Twitter accounts

      * If you miss the live Q&A, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse

      So take a few minutes and learn more about how the White House is honoring World AIDS Day 2012 and then join us for Office Hours on Twitter with Valerie Jarrett and Gayle Smith on November 30th at 3:00 p.m. ET.

    • CR says:

      WORLD AIDS DAY, 2012

      – – – – – – –

      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      On World AIDS Day, more than 30 years after the first cases of this tragic illness were reported, we join the global community once more in standing with the millions of people who live with HIV/AIDS worldwide. We also recommit to preventing the spread of this disease, fighting the stigma associated with infection, and ending this pandemic once and for all.

      In 2010, my Administration released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, our Nation’s first comprehensive plan to fight the domestic epidemic. The Strategy aims to reduce new infections, increase access to care, reduce health disparities, and achieve a more coordinated national response to HIV/AIDS here in the United States. To meet these goals, we are advancing HIV/AIDS education; connecting stakeholders throughout the public, private, and non-profit sectors; and investing in promising research that can improve clinical outcomes and reduce the risk of transmission. Moving forward, we must continue to focus on populations with the highest HIV disparities — including gay men, and African American and Latino communities — and scale up effective, evidence-based interventions to prevent and treat HIV. We are also implementing the Affordable Care Act, which has expanded access to HIV testing and will ensure that all Americans, including those living with HIV/AIDS, have access to health insurance beginning in 2014.

      These actions are bringing us closer to an AIDS-free generation at home and abroad — a goal that, while ambitious, is within sight. Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), we are on track to meet the HIV prevention and treatment targets I set last year. We are working with partners at home and abroad to reduce new infections in adults, help people with HIV/AIDS live longer, prevent mother-to-child transmission, and support the global effort to eliminate new infections in children by 2015. And thanks to bipartisan action to lift the entry ban on persons living with HIV, we were proud to welcome leaders from around the world to the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/29/presidential-proclamation-world-aids-day-2012

  3. CR says:

    Obama to visit Hatfield toy maker to discuss fiscal cliff dangers

    November 29, 2012, 6:17 AM Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer

    When President Obama comes to Montgomery County on Friday, he will speak in front of a two-foot-tall toy helicopter, a toy roller coaster, a toy grandfather clock, a motorized toy carousel, and an American flag made of 49,000 K’Nex pieces.

    The Hatfield plastics factory that makes Tinkertoys and Lincoln Logs as well as K’Nex will provide a colorful holiday backdrop for the president to talk about the advantages of extending middle-class tax cuts and the dangers of the fiscal cliff. But the company itself is far from threatened, posting 50 percent growth since 2009 and expanding its payroll to 200, a 25 percent increase in Obama’s first term.

    “We’ve really over the last four years defied a lot of the headlines,” said Michael Araten, president and CEO of K’Nex Brands. While other companies foundered, reduced staff, and outsourced during the recession, K’Nex moved some of its work back to the United States and saw its profits rise.

    The company benefited in 2007 when lead paint spooked American parents away from Chinese-made toys. Now that those concerns have faded, many consumers see K’Nex’s “Made in America” label as a way to help the economy, Araten said.

    For more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/20121129_Obama_to_visit_Hatfield_toy_maker_to_discuss_fiscal_cliff_dangers.html

  4. CR says:

    Gay marriages cases re-set for Nov. 30

    Novemeber 13, 2012 Lyle Denniston – SCOTUSblog

    The Supreme Court will consider all ten of the same-sex marriage petitions at its private Conference on November 30, instead of at the next session on November 20, according to the Court’s electronic docket. Eight of the filings deal with the constitutionality of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, limiting marriage for all federal purposes to a union of a man and a woman. One petition deals with the validity of an Arizona law, similar to DOMA, that limits benefits for married state employees. And the tenth is an attempt to revive California’s “Proposition 8,” imposing a statewide ban on marriage for gays and lesbians. All of the laws at issue had been struck down in lower courts.

    The Court has given no reason for re-scheduling these petitions, but one possible explanation is that the choice of which to review and what issues to consider is a complex one that may require added time for consideration

    • CR says:

      Supreme Court Stays Silent On Gay Marriage Cases For Now

      FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2012 RYAN J. REILLY 3:29 PM EST – tpm

      The Supreme Court did not take any action on Friday on 10 gay marriage cases currently pending before the court, according to SCOTUSblog. A decision was expected either Friday or Monday on whether the court would take up the cases.

  5. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy & HOPEful Thursday, CR and all friends! Great topic!

    >^..^<

  6. CR says:

    November 26, 2012

    Vice President Biden to Lead Presidential Delegation to Mexico to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Enrique Peña Nieto as President of the United Mexican States

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Mexico City, Mexico, to attend the inauguration of His Excellency Enrique Peña Nieto as President of the United Mexican States on December 1, 2012.

    The Honorable Joseph R. Biden Jr., Vice President of the United States, will lead the delegation.

    Members of the Presidential Delegation:

    The Honorable E. Anthony Wayne, United States Ambassador to Mexico

    The Honorable Hilda L. Solis, United States Secretary of Labor

    The Honorable John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor

    The Honorable Roberta S. Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

  7. CR says:

    West Wing Week: 11/30/12 or “#My2k, Tweet it!”

    Published on Nov 30, 2012 by whitehouse

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the National Christmas Tree arrived at the White House and holiday decorating got underway, while the President marked Small Business Saturday, and met with leaders of businesses large and small to discuss the importance of avoiding a middle class tax hike next year. He also welcomed the President-Elect of Mexico, his Cabinet, his science and technology council, and the 2012 American Nobel Laureates.

  8. CR says:

    Next Up…

    12:05 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks on Extending Tax Cuts for the Middle Class and its effect on business spending
    Rodon Group Manufacturing Facility, Hatfield, PA

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-in-PA-to-Discuss-Middle-Class-Tax-Cuts/10737436155/

    • CR says:

      November 30, 2012

      Remarks by the President in Visit to Rodon Group Manufacturing Facility

      Hatfield, Pennsylvania

      12:01 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Well, good morning, everybody.

      AUDIENCE: Good morning!

      THE PRESIDENT: Everybody, please, please have a seat. Have a seat. Relax for a second. (Laughter.)

      It is good to see all of you. Hello, Hatfield! (Applause.) It is good to be back in Pennsylvania. And it is good to be right here at K’NEX. (Applause.) I want to thank Michael Araten, Robert Glickman, and the inventor of K’NEX, Joel Glickman, for hosting me today and giving me a great tour. (Applause.) Where did they go? Where did they go? I want to — (applause) — stand up. Stand up so everybody can see you guys. There they are. (Applause.) There you go.

      And I just noticed, we’ve got a couple of outstanding members of Congress here. We’ve got Chaka Fattah — (applause)
      — and Allyson Schwartz. (Applause.)

      Now, I just finished getting a tour of the K’NEX workshop. I have to say, it makes me wish that Joel had invented this stuff a little sooner, when I was a kid. (Laughter.) Back then, you couldn’t really build a rollercoaster out of your Erector Set. (Laughter.)

      And I also got a chance to meet some of the folks who have been working around the clock to keep up with the Christmas rush, and that’s a good thing. These guys are Santa’s extra elves here. They manufacture almost 3,000 K’NEX pieces every minute. And every box that ends up on store shelves in 30 countries is stamped “Made in America.” And that’s something to be proud of. That’s something to be proud of. (Applause.)

      By the way, I hope the camera folks had a chance to take a look at some of the K’NEX, including that flag made out of K’NEX. And Joe Biden was in Costco; he wanted to buy some of this stuff. (Laughter.) But I told him he had too much work to do. I wasn’t going to have him building rollercoasters all day long. (Laughter.)

      Now, of course, Santa delivers everywhere. I’ve been keeping my own naughty-and-nice list for Washington. So you should keep your eye on who gets some K’NEX this year. (Laughter.) There are going to be some members of Congress who get them, and some who don’t. (Laughter and applause.)

      So, look, this is a wonderful time of year. It’s been a few weeks since a long election finally came to an end. And obviously, I couldn’t be more honored to be back in the White House. But I’m already missing the time that I spent on the campaign visiting towns like this and talking to folks like you.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. That’s why I miss you. (Applause.)

      And one of the benefits of traveling and getting out of the White House is it gives you a chance to have a conversation with the American people about what kind of country do we want to be
      –- and what kind of country do we want to leave to our kids.

      I believe America only thrives when we have a strong and growing middle class. And I believe we’re at our best when everybody who works hard has a chance to get ahead. That’s what I believe. And I know that’s what the founders of this company believe as well. We were talking about these guys’ dad, who I understand just passed away at the age of 101. So these guys have good genes in addition to inventive minds. And the story of generations starting businesses, hiring folks, making sure that if you work hard, you can get ahead, that’s what America is all about. And that’s at the heart of the plan that I’ve been talking about all year.

      I want to reward manufacturers like this one and small businesses that create jobs here in the United States, not overseas. (Applause.) And by the way this is a company — one of the few companies in the toy industry that have aggressively moved jobs back here. (Applause.) That’s a great story to tell because we’ve got the best workers in the world and the most productive workers in the world, and so we need champions for American industry creating jobs here in the United States.

      I want to give more Americans the chance to earn the skills that businesses are looking for right now, and I want to give our children the kind of education they’ll need in the 21st century. I want America to lead the world in research and technology and clean energy. I want to put people back to work rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our schools. And I want to do all this while bringing down our deficits in a balanced and responsible way. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/30/remarks-president-visit-rodon-group-manufacturing-facility

  9. CR says:

    3:00 PM ET
    Special session of White House Office Hours with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Gayle Smith, Senior Director, National Security Council. During a live Q&A on Twitter they will answer your questions about the Obama administrations role in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

    Here’s are the details:

    ^ Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat

    * Follow the Q&A live through the @WHLive and @VJ44 Twitter accounts

    * If you miss the live Q&A, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse

  10. 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

  11. CR says:

    Preserving Internet Freedom

    Tom Power November 30, 2012 06:20 PM EST

    In the coming week, a delegation of leaders from government, industry, and civil society will represent the United States at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai. At that meeting, they will underscore the President’s commitment to the multi-stakeholder, bottom-up, and decentralized governance structure that has been at the core of the Internet’s success and continues to be the bedrock of U.S. global Internet policy.

    In the lead-up to the meeting, three of the Administration’s lead officials have posted their collective thoughts about the WCIT, viewable at any one of these sites:

    Federal Communications Commission

    National Telecommunications and Information Administration

    State Department

    READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/11/30/preserving-internet-freedom

  12. CR says:

    my2k

    If Congress fails to act, the typical middle class family will have about $2,000 less to spend or save next year.

  13. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    Vice President Biden meets with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.
    Mexico City, Mexico

    11:00 AM
    Vice President Biden attends the inaugural speech of President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico
    National Palace, Mexico City, Mexico

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
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    10:00 PM

  14. CR says:

    November 26, 2012

    Vice President Biden to Lead Presidential Delegation to Mexico to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Enrique Peña Nieto as President of the United Mexican States

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Mexico City, Mexico, to attend the inauguration of His Excellency Enrique Peña Nieto as President of the United Mexican States on December 1, 2012.

  15. COS says:

    Happy Friday night CR. Great thread.

  16. CR says:

    December 01, 2012

    Weekly Address: Urging Congress to Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts

    Hatfield, Pennsylvania

    Hi, everybody. I’m here on the factory floor of a business in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, where folks are working around the clock making toys to keep up with the Christmas rush.

    And I came here because, back in Washington, the clock is ticking on some important decisions that will have a real impact on our businesses – and on families like yours.

    The most pressing decision has to do with your taxes. See, at the end of the year, middle-class tax cuts are set to expire. And there are two things that can happen.

    First, if Congress does nothing, every family will see their income taxes automatically go up at the beginning of next year. A typical middle class family of four will see their income taxes rise by $2,200. We can’t let that happen. Our families can’t afford it, and neither can our economy.

    The second option is better. Right now, Congress can pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income. Everybody. That means that 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses wouldn’t see their income taxes go up at all. And even the wealthiest Americans would get a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their incomes.

    Congress can do that right now. They can give families like yours a sense of security going into the New Year. They can give companies like this one some certainty about what to expect down the road. And with the issue behind us, we’ll have more time to work out a plan to bring down our deficits in a balanced way – including by asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more, so we can still invest in the things that make our nation strong, like education and research.

    So let’s begin by doing what we all agree on. Both parties say we should keep middle-class taxes low. The Senate has already passed a bill to keep income taxes from going up on middle-class families. Democrats in the House are ready to do the same thing. And if we can just get a few House Republicans on board, I’ll sign this bill as soon as Congress sends it my way.

    But it’s unacceptable for some Republicans in Congress to hold middle class tax cuts hostage simply because they refuse to let tax rates go up on the wealthiest Americans. And if you agree with me, then I could use your help. Let your congressman know what $2,000 means to you. Give them a call. Write them an email. Or tweet them using the hashtag “My2K.” That’s My2K.

    You and your family have a lot riding on the outcome of this debate. We all do. And as citizens, we all have a say in the country we want to build – not just on election day, but every day. So make your voice heard. I promise, it makes a difference. Thanks, and have a great weekend.

  17. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    December 1, 2012
    U.S. Women vs. Ireland Women
    10:30 PM ET
    University of Phoenix Stadium
    Arizona, USA

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      *o’honk*

    • CR says:

      Morgan leads US women to 2-0 win over Ireland

      12/1/12 By BOB BAUM (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 28 minutes ago

      GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Alex Morgan was at it again, adding another chapter to what she calls ”kind of a dream season.”
      Morgan scored 44 seconds into the match and the U.S. women’s team went on to beat Ireland 2-0 on Saturday night. She also had an assist on Megan Rapinoe’s goal late in the first half.

      Morgan, who scored three times in the Americans’ 5-0 victory over Ireland in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday night, has 28 goals this calendar year. Morgan and Rapinoe left the game in the 59th minute as interim U.S. coach Jill Ellis emptied her bench.

      With three matches to go, the prolific 23-year-old forward is on pace to become the third player in U.S. history with 30 goals in a calendar year. The others are Abby Wambach (31) in 2004 and Michelle Akers (39) in 1991.

      ”It’s great that I’m really close to 30,” Morgan said. ”I never imagined having this many goals this year. It’s kind of a dream year for me. But we still have three games to go. This team has done tremendous this year. Abby and Christie Rampone have been such great captains.”

      For more: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/morgan-leads-us-women-2-043451750–sow.html

  18. CR says:

    10:30 AM ET
    Vice President Biden meets with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.
    Mexico City, Mexico

  19. CR says:

    11:00 AM ET

    Inauguration of President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico
    National Palace, Mexico City, Mexico

    Vice President Biden attends the inaugural speech of President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico

    • CR says:

      December 03, 2012

      Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meetings with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

      Vice President Biden met with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico while in Mexico City to attend his inauguration on Saturday. The Vice President congratulated President Peña Nieto on his election victory and inauguration and underscored the U.S. commitment to continue working closely with Mexico in a spirit of partnership and shared responsibility to meet common challenges. The Vice President and President Peña Nieto discussed ways to increase prosperity in both countries and manage our shared border in a way that promotes security, while facilitating legitimate commerce and travel. The Vice President welcomed Mexico’s commitment to reaching a high-standards agreement as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership process.

      Vice President Biden also met with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia while in Mexico City. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to our relationship with Colombia and underscored support for the Santos administration as it works toward a durable peace at home. The Vice President and President Santos discussed areas of mutual interest, including economic growth, security, and human rights. The Vice President thanked President Santos for Colombia’s leadership during its term on the UN Security Council, acknowledged Colombia’s valuable contributions on a range of global issues, and highlighted the importance of continued regional security cooperation.

  20. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful December, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  21. CR says:

    David Axelrod reveals campaign surprises

    December 1, 2012 8:18 AM By Lynn Sweet – suntimes

    WASHINGTON — While President Barack Obama’s campaign team is doing massive research to figure out how to keep together and re-deploy his volunteer political army, top figures are assessing what they did right — and where Mitt Romney went wrong.

    Here’s the latest:

    In the short term, it looks like the Obama army is already being prompted to mobilize to help Obama pressure congressional Republicans on “fiscal cliff” issues via the Obama for America website and Twitter feed.

    Obama national field director Jeremy Bird said in a Wednesday email more than 1 million campaign supporters answered a survey sent out after the election about what they wanted to do next — as the data-driven campaign is documenting and analyzing “the work we did over the past 19 months.”

    Meanwhile, campaign manager Jim Messina and chief strategist David Axelrod are drilling down into the Obama win. Messina has packed up his Chicago apartment — put everything in storage — as he spends some time in Tuscany and Montana while he ponders his next move.

    Axelrod’s next chapter is at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics he is launching; he will serve as its inaugural director. It is patterned after Harvard’s Institute of Politics — where both men were part of a conference on the campaign a few days ago.

    At a U. of C. IOP forum last Monday, Axelrod said Romney, by going hard right in the GOP primary, “made a series of Faustian bargains” that helped him clinch the nomination — but made it harder to win the November election.

    Axelrod revealed several developments that surprised him during the campaign:

    † The pro-Romney SuperPACs did not hit Obama early by airing attack ads. They “spent an unbelievable amount of money in this race” but “didn’t go on the air until May against us. Our greatest fear, frankly, was that they would go up and use their money to attack us in the first three months of the year when we really weren’t fortified to respond. I mean, our air defenses were not ready, we just did not have the resources to do that. They gave us a pass.”

    † The Romney campaign “did not flesh him out in a more substantial way when they had the opportunity to do so,” leaving an opening for Obama’s team to define his Bain Capital “business practices” as good for Romney and his investors — but not for most voters.

    † Axelrod did not expect Romney to tap Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate. “For the longest time I thought he might pick Tim Pawlenty,” he said of the former Minnesota governor. Or Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, to help in that battleground state. The selection of Ryan “played very much to the base of the party at a time he needed to broaden his appeal.”

    Messina, at a breakfast session hosted by Politico last week and Axelrod at the U. of C. slammed public polling in the 2012 presidential contest for, among other methodological lapses, not capturing enough cellphone users — which means missing a lot of young voters who do not have land lines.

    Said Axelrod, “Any two kids with an abacus can do a poll at the corner grocery store and some national news organization will cover it as if it’s news.”

  22. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, December 2, 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
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:20 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host the 2012 Kennedy Center honorees at a White House reception.
    East Room

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:30 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.
    Washington D.C.

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

  23. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    11/30/12 4:07 PM EST By KATIE GLUECK – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner
    • Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
    • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
    • Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform
    • Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member, House Budget Committee

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Geithner
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
    • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Geithner
    • Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
    • Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
    • Dan Senor, senior foreign policy adviser to the Romney campaign
    • Steven Rattner, former treasury secretary counselor and former lead auto adviser to the Obama administration

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Geithner
    • House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
    • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
    • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
    • Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.)
    • Republican strategist Ed Rollins

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Geithner
    • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
    • Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
    • Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D)

    “Political Capital”on Bloomberg TV
    • Gene Sperling, director, White House National Economic Council

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

    “Washington Watch” on TV One
    • Sperling
    • Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.)

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/11/sunday-talk-show-tip-sheet-84463.html?hp=r2

  24. CR says:

    Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, and Led Zeppelin to Receive 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

    America to Celebrate the Careers of Seven Extraordinary Artists, Sunday, December 2, 2012
    Gala will be broadcast on CBS on December 26, 2012 at 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT

    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the selection of the seven individuals who will receive the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 35th annual national celebration of the arts are: bluesman Buddy Guy, actor and director Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, and rock band Led Zeppelin. While Led Zeppelin is being honored as a band, keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page, and singer Robert Plant will each receive the Kennedy Center Honors.

    For more: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/honors/

  25. CR says:

    Obama’s victory margin keeps growing in slow tally

    November 29, 2012, 1:11 p.m. By James Rainey – latimes

    Three weeks after the presidential election, President Obama continues to slowly build his margin of victory over Mitt Romney. The political analyst most closely following the tally now projects that Obama to eventually best the Republican by about 5 million votes and earn 51% of the total.

    That would make the Democratic incumbent the first president since Dwight D. Eisenhower to twice get 51% or more of the popular vote. Ike ran up massive 55% and 57% landslides over Sen. Adlai Stevenson (D-Ill.).

    As of Thursday, Obama had 65,089,940 votes, putting him at 50.9%, according to totals being compiled by David Wasserman, an editor at the Cook Political Report. But Obama’s margin stands to continue climbing, as many votes remain to be counted in Democratic-leaning states. (Obama ended up with 52.9% of the vote his 2008 run against Republican John McCain.)

    Wasserman estimates there are 100,000 votes outstanding in New Jersey, 300,000 left to count in California and as many as 1 million in New York not yet tabulated. Election officials blame Superstorm Sandy, in part, for the slow tally on parts of the Eastern Seaboard. Many voters there cast provisional ballots, whose legitimacy must be verified before they can be counted.

    For more: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-election-victory-margin-20121129,0,1966124.story

  26. CR says:

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

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

  27. CR says:

    Next Up…

    5:20 PM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host the 2012 Kennedy Center honorees at a White House reception.
    East Room

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

    • CR says:

      December 02, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception

      East Room

      5:31 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Everybody, please have a seat. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you. Well, good evening, everybody. You all look lovely. (Laughter.) Welcome to the White House on a night when I am nowhere close to being the main attraction.

      Thank you, David Rubenstein, Michael Kaiser and the Kennedy Center trustees, and everyone who has worked so hard to uphold President Kennedy’s commitment to supporting the arts. I also want to recognize another of President Kennedy’s amazing legacies, and that is his wonderful daughter Caroline, who is here tonight. (Applause.)

      None of this would be possible without the co-chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, George Stevens — where is George, there he is — (applause) — and his son Michael — where did Michael go, there he is — (applause) — who have produced the Kennedy Center Honors for 35 years now.

      Tonight, we continue a tradition here at the White House by honoring some extraordinary people who have no business being on the same stage together. (Laughter.) We’ve got Buddy Guy sitting next to Dustin Hoffman. (Laughter.) We’ve got Dave Letterman alongside one of the greatest ballerinas of all time. I don’t think Dave dances. (Laughter.) All three living members of Led Zeppelin in one place — (applause) — so this is a remarkable evening.

      And it speaks to something that has always made this country great — the idea that here in America, more than any other place on Earth, we are free to follow our own passions, explore our own gifts, wherever they may lead us. And people from all around the world come here to make sure that they too can provide us the incredible gifts that they have.

      Tonight’s honorees didn’t just take up their crafts to make a living. They did it because they couldn’t imagine living any other way. That passion took each of them from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of their profession. Tonight, in the People’s House, we have a chance to say thank you.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/02/remarks-president-kennedy-center-honors-reception

    • CR says:

      Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House 2012

      Published on Dec 26, 2012

      President Obama greets the 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House – Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, Natalia Makarova, David Letterman, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

  28. CR says:

    7:30 PM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.
    Washington D.C.

  29. CR says:

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