World Conference Intl Telecommunications 2012

WCIT 2012
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

December 3-14, 2012
The World Conference on International Telecommunications will review the current International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services, as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability.

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World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will host the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai from December 3 to 14, 2012, to consider  possible revisions to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), a treaty instrument of the ITU.  The current ITRs were adopted in 1988 in Melbourne and appear in the Final Acts of the World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (WATTC-88).

The Federal Communications Commission, together with other government agencies, industry and civil society, is working with the U.S. Department of State to develop U.S. proposals and positions concerning possible revisions to the ITRs.  The FCC is making information available to stakeholders and other interested persons this webpage to encourage participation in the preparation for WCIT-12.

Resources Links

  • Statement From FCC Chairman Genachowski on U.S. Input Into ITU-WCIT
  • Transmittal Letter for Submission of the U.S. Contributions to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)
  • U.S. Contributions to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)
  • Addendum 1 | Addendum 2
  • Fast Facts on United States Submitting Initial Proposals to World Telecom Conference
  • Statement From FCC Chairman Genachowsk on the Second U.S. Contribution to the WCIT
  • FCC Chairman to International Leaders: Upcoming U.N. Conference a Crossroads, Developed and Emerging Economies Must Preserve Free and Open Internet.
    Release | Remarks
  • Statement From FCC Chairman Genachowsk on Senate Internet Governance resolution
  • Statement From FCC Chairman Genachowsk on the formation of the WCIT del
  • Global Internet Governance Committee Technology National Science & Technology Council Subcommittee Charter
  • Proposals to the World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, December 3, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

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    2:55 PM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Borissov of Bulgaria
    White House

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) symposium
    National Defense University, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington DC
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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      December 3, 2012

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

      12:30 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      2:55 PM ET
      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Borissov of Bulgaria

      4:00 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) symposium
      National Defense University, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington DC

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      12:30 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      4:00 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) symposium
      National Defense University, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington DC

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      7:00 AM ET
      Attorney for Alleged WikiLeaks Source Discusses Case

      http://www.c-span.org/Events/Leader-of-US-Africa-Command-Discusses-Security-Challenges/10737436227/

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      Washington Journal Examines the ‘Fiscal Cliff’http://www.c-span.org/Events/Washington-Journal-Examines-the-39Fiscal-Cliff39/10737436228/

      10:00 AM ET
      Leader of U.S. Africa Command Discusses Security Challenges
      General Carter Ham, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, will discuss the security challenges and opportunities facing the United States in Africa at George Washington University. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Leader-of-US-Africa-Command-Discusses-Security-Challenges/10737436227/

      10:30 AM ET
      National Economic Council Director Discusses U.S. Oil Dependence
      Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, will join a panel discussion on the impact of U.S. oil dependence on the nation’s economic, fiscal and national security outlook. http://www.c-span.org/Events/National-Economic-Council-Director-Discusses-US-Oil-Dependence/10737436226/

      12:30 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

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      Sunlight Foundation: “Transparency & the Obama Presidency”
      THE SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION http://www.c-span.org/Events/Sunlight-Foundation-Looks-at-Transparency-of-Obama-White-House/10737436225/

      2:00 PM ET
      U.S. Senate: Defense Authorization Bill

      4:00 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) symposium
      National Defense University, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington DC

      5:00 PM ET
      U.S. Senate: U.S. District Court Judge (MD) Nomination of Paul William Grimm

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      10:30 AM ET
      Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Symposium

      4:00 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) symposium
      National Defense University, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington DC

  2. CR says:

    WCIT 2012

    The International Telecommunication Union, previously the International Telegraph Union, is the specialized agency of the United Nations which is responsible for information and communication technologies. ITU coordinates the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promotes international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, works to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world and establishes worldwide standards.

    ITU also organizes worldwide and regional exhibitions and forums, such as ITU TELECOM WORLD, bringing together representatives of government and the telecommunications and ICT industry to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology.

    The ITU is active in areas including broadband Internet, latest-generation wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite-based meteorology, convergence in fixed-mobile phone, Internet access, data, voice, TV broadcasting, and next-generation networks.

    ITU is based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a member of the United Nations Development Group and its membership includes 193 Member States and around 700 Sector Members and Associates.

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

    • CR says:

      Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3-14 December 2012

      The World Conference on International Telecommunications will review the current International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services, as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability.

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      TU Secretary – General Video Message: Dr Hamadoun I.Touré, S-G, ITU on WCIT – 12

      Published on Nov 13, 2012 by itutelecommunication

      ITU Secretary General Video Message: Dr Hamadoun I.Touré, Secretary-General, International Telecommunications Union, speaking about the World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012(WCIT -12).

      ITU will convene the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 3-14 December 2012. This landmark conference will review the current International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services, as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability.

      • CR says:

        World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)

        The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will host the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai from December 3 to 14, 2012, to consider  possible revisions to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), a treaty instrument of the ITU.  The current ITRs were adopted in 1988 in Melbourne and appear in the Final Acts of the World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (WATTC-88).

        The Federal Communications Commission, together with other government agencies, industry and civil society, is working with the U.S. Department of State to develop U.S. proposals and positions concerning possible revisions to the ITRs.  The FCC is making information available to stakeholders and other interested persons this webpage to encourage participation in the preparation for WCIT-12.

        Resources Links

        • Statement From FCC Chairman Genachowski on U.S. Input Into ITU-WCIT
        • Transmittal Letter for Submission of the U.S. Contributions to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)
        • U.S. Contributions to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)
        • Addendum 1 | Addendum 2
        • Fast Facts on United States Submitting Initial Proposals to World Telecom Conference
        • Statement From FCC Chairman Genachowsk on the Second U.S. Contribution to the WCIT
        • FCC Chairman to International Leaders: Upcoming U.N. Conference a Crossroads, Developed and Emerging Economies Must Preserve Free and Open Internet.
          Release | Remarks
        • Statement From FCC Chairman Genachowsk on Senate Internet Governance resolution
        • Statement From FCC Chairman Genachowsk on the formation of the WCIT del
        • Global Internet Governance Committee Technology National Science & Technology Council Subcommittee Charter
        • Proposals to the World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012
      • CR says:

        Shutdowns Raise Issue Of Who Controls The Internet

        12/1/12 by TOM GJELTEN – NPR

        First, it was Egypt. At the height of the protest against the Mubarak regime in 2011, authorities shut the Internet down.

        This week, it was Syria. Just as rebel forces there were making big gains, someone pulled the plug on the Internet, and Syria went dark.

        Andrew McLaughlin, former White House adviser on technology policy, expects we’ll see more of this.

        “The pattern seems to be that governments that fear mass movements on the street have realized that they might want to be able to shut off all Internet communications in the country, and have started building the infrastructure that enables them to do that,” McLaughlin said.

        The key to shutting down the Internet is building that infrastructure in such a way that the Internet service is provided by a government-owned company, subject to government orders. You could also have the service providers housed in facilities where the government could shut off the power. Technically, it’s not hard.

        It is, however, controversial.

        International Search For A Solution

        The whole idea of the global Internet has always been that it’s an ungoverned space, where people around the world can share information freely. That principle will be challenged next week at the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai.

        Among the agenda items at the conference is the notion that governments should have the right to control the Internet.

        “There are proposals on the table from certain nations that are actively calling for the right to be able to shut down their Internet infrastructure in the case of threats to national security or whatever,” said Leslie Daigle, the chief technology officer at the Internet Society, an international nonprofit devoted to keeping the Internet open.

        Next week’s meeting will be hosted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a United Nations body that is pressing for a larger role in Internet governance. Andrew McLaughlin, the former White House adviser, said some authoritarian governments see the ITU as an ally.

        For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/12/01/166286596/shutdowns-raise-issue-of-who-controls-the-internet

      • CR says:

        How easy is it to shut off a country’s Internet?

        December 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm Posted by Brad Plumer – washingtonpost

        At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, just about everyone in Syria discovered that they no longer had access to the Internet. As my colleague Olga Khazan explains, the most likely explanation is that the Syrian government intentionally caused the blackout to make life difficult for rebels inside the country.
        So just how easy is it to sever a country’s Internet connection? Over at the Web monitoring firm Renesys, James Cowie has a long post arguing that it varies from country to country. The two key variables, he writes, are infrastructure and how many companies offer connections into and out of the country:

        There are 61 nations, including Syria and Libya and even Greenland, where there are only one or two providers connecting people to the outside world. “Under those circumstances,” Cowie writes, “it’s almost trivial for a government to issue an order that would take down the Internet. Make a few phone calls, or turn off power in a couple of central facilities, and you’ve (legally) disconnected the domestic Internet from the global Internet.”

        But countries with a more diversified Internet infrastructure are harder to cut off. It took Hosni Mubarak’s government a few days to shut down Egypt’s Internet. And a blackout is even harder to pull off in countries like Mexico and India. (It’s interesting to see that China is ranked as a “low risk” countries. As James Fallows reported a few years ago, the Chinese government was able to set up its “Great Firewall” to censor the Internet in part because most of the country’s access runs through fiber-optic cables at just three points.)

        For more; http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/01/how-easy-is-it-to-shut-off-a-countrys-internet/

    • CR says:

      United Behind the Free Flow of Information

      Michael Daniel, R. David Edelman and Tom Power
      December 11, 2012 12:00 AM EST

      Across his Administration, President Obama has taken bold steps advancing a digital environment that rewards innovation and empowers individuals the world over. These ideas, and the policies that support them, are cornerstones of America’s economy. But the benefits from this approach extend well beyond the United States; they are equally important to the social and economic wellbeing of Internet users across the globe. This is why the United States is strongly represented at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) treaty conference in Dubai this month, where over 100 delegates from the public sector, private sector, and civil society are joining with our international partners to ensure the future of global, interoperable telecommunications networks.

      Several White House officials were on hand for the Conference’s opening days, where the hosts in the United Arab Emirates welcomed delegates and took some positive steps to address concerns the Conference be accessible to those outside its halls. As a crossroads in the interconnected global economy, Dubai is a natural venue to bring together the diversity of voices and views at the WCIT.

      From the start, the U.S. position has been clear: the WCIT should be about updating a public telecommunications treaty to reflect today’s market-based realities — not a new venue to create regulations on the Internet, private networks, or the data flowing across them.

      READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/12/11/united-behind-free-flow-information

  3. CR says:

    November 26, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Borissov of Bulgaria

    President Obama will host Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the White House on Monday, December 3. The President welcomes the opportunity to discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues during their Oval Office meeting, including Bulgaria’s leadership in NATO and its valuable contributions to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The President also looks forward to receiving updates on Bulgaria’s investigation into the July 18, 2012 terrorist attack in Burgas and ongoing rule of law and judicial reforms.

  4. CR says:

    November 29, 2012

    DOD to Host Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium

    The Department of Defense will host a Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) symposium Dec. 3, 2012 at the National Defense University at Fort McNair. The theme for the symposium is “Partnering for a More Secure World.”

    The symposium will bring together WMD experts and thought leaders from across government, Congress, academia, and the international community to discuss the evolution and future of the CTR program. It will feature remarks by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and a moderated discussion with Senators Sam Nunn (D-Ga., retired) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). In addition, senior U.S. and international officials will participate in panel discussions on how CTR can contribute to achieving international security goals.

    Media representatives are invited to attend all the sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Click here for the schedule of events for the CTR symposium. Media who wish to attend the symposium should reply by calling 703-697-5131 by 5 p.m. EDT, Nov. 30, 2012, and plan to arrive not later than 10:00 a.m. to facilitate base entry and symposium registration. Media members should provide their name, positions, sponsoring organization, contact information, and make, model and license plate information for the vehicle that will be operated on the date of the event.

    • CR says:

      December 3

      President Obama will deliver remarks to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) symposium being held at the National Defense University. On the 20th anniversary of the CTR program, the President will note the extraordinary progress that’s been made in securing nuclear material, and thank Senators Nunn and Lugar for their longstanding leadership on these issues.

  5. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Sunday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Timely post, CR! Nice work as always!

  6. CR says:

    America Supplants China in Rank of Biggest Firms

    Dec 3, 2012 12:25 AM PT By Lu Wang, Rita Nazareth & John Liu – bloomberg

    American companies are supplanting China from the world’s 500 biggest stocks faster than at any time in the past decade, as an improving U.S. economy and investor confidence in free markets overcomes the lure of equities offering twice the profit growth.
    U.S. corporations led by Apple Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) make up 171 of the top 500 with a market capitalization of $10.6 trillion, or 40.3 percent of the total, compared with 159 valued at $8.24 trillion in 2009, data compiled by Bloomberg show. PetroChina (857) Co. and Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. lead the 24 Chinese firms worth $1.74 trillion qualifying today, down from 34 with a capitalization of $2.19 trillion.

    China’s share of the world’s biggest companies diminished even though its government-directed economy has continued to expand while the U.S. and Europe showed anemic growth during the past four years. While the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) doubled since reaching a 12-year low in March 2009, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 6.5 percent on concern state ownership of business means investors aren’t the first priority. Valuations for Chinese companies declined to half of those in the U.S.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-02/america-supplants-china-in-rank-of-biggest-firms.html

  7. CR says:

    Auto Surge: ‘People Are Buying Again’

    12/3/12 By Philip LeBeau | CNBC – 2 hours 5 minutes ago

    America’s appetite for new cars and trucks surged to a new high in November as auto sales ran at their fastest pace since early 2008. “Business is great!” says Tammy Darvish, vice president of DARCARS Automotive Group, which owns 34 auto dealerships in the Washington, D.C. area. “People are buying again, there’s a steady flow of customers. It’s different from a few years ago.”

    In 2009, as the recession dropped America’s economy to its lowest point, auto sales collapsed to 10.4 million for the year. Since then the auto industry has gradually recovered.

    ’09 10.4 Million
    ’10 11.5 Million
    ’11 12.8 Million
    ’12 14.5 Million (estimate)

    This year sales are on pace to total 14.5 million vehicles, with November posting the highest monthly sales rate of the year at 15.0 or 15.1 million vehicles.

    The official sales pace will be announced Monday, but analysts saw business at dealerships pick up throughout November. J.P. Morgan’s analyst Ryan Brinkman says, “Automakers we spoke to were excited about the gathering industry strength into month-end.” Hyundai posted an 8 percent gain in sales last month with its best November ever in the U.S.

    For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/auto-surge-people-buying-again-122354434.html

  8. CR says:

    PMI Manufacturing Index

    Released On 12/3/2012 8:58:00 AM For Nov, 2012 bloomberg

    Highlights
    November was a solid month for the nation’s manufacturers based on the PMI index from Markit Economics which shows a final reading of 52.8, up four tenths from the flash reading and up a sharp 1.8 points from October. Very encouraging is a good description for the details which show accelerating monthly growth for new orders and for output. New exports orders show their first monthly increase since May. Backlog orders are in the plus column for the first since August. Employment growth is steady and respectable. In a mixed signal, inventories continue to move lower in what hints that businesses may have doubts over the strength of future demand.

    Delivery times are showing no dislocations tied to Hurricane Sandy, a storm which if anything may have held down October’s readings slightly and may have then boosted November slightly. But reports out of the manufacturing sector have been mixed with some showing significant weakness tied to Sandy.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

    • CR says:

      US PMI UNEXPECTEDLY RISES TO 52.8

      12/3/12 By Matthew Boesler | Business Insider – 2 hours 2 minutes ago

      UPDATE: Markit U.S. PMI for November is out.
      The index unexpectedly rose to 52.8.
      Gains were led by input prices (63.7 from 57.1) and new export orders (50.3 from 47.2).

      Below is the full breakdown of sub-indices:
      Below is a chart from the release showing the jump in the input price sub-component of the index over the past few months:
      More from the release:

      Commenting on the final PMI data, Chris Williamson, Chief Economist at Markit said:

      “Manufacturers reported that business conditions improved to the greatest extent for six months in November, but the overall performance of the sector in terms of production and job creation remains frustratingly weak. The boost in the figures can also be partly attributed to new work resulting from Hurricane Sandy.

      “Manufacturing looks likely to provide only a modest contribution at best to economic growth in the final quarter of the year and, alongside signs of renewed weakness in consumer spending, suggests that GDP growth will have slowed markedly from the 2.7% pace seen in the third quarter.

      “However, the stabilisation of exports in November after five months of decline is a welcome development. With the domestic economy heading towards the ‘fiscal cliff’ in the new year, sales to foreign markets may prove to be vital in helping prop up the manufacturing sector in coming months.”

      For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/comes-us-pmi-132958749.html;_ylt=A2KJjb2fzLxQwzIAJIjQtDMD

  9. CR says:

    US builders boost spending 1.4 percent in October

    12/3/12 By By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Associated Press – 15 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders increased their spending on construction projects in October by the largest amount in five months, led by a surge in housing.

    The Commerce Department said Monday that construction spending rose 1.4 percent in October. It was the largest gain since a 1.7 percent increase in May.

    The increase raised spending to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $872.1 billion. That is nearly 17 percent higher than a 12-year low hit in February 2011.

    Still, even with the gain, the level of spending on construction remains only about half of what’s considered healthy.

    Housing construction spending jumped 3 percent in October.

    Nonresidential building rose 0.3 percent. The government said Superstorm Sandy, which hit in late October, had only a minimal effect on the figures.

    The government said earlier this month that sales of new homes fell slightly in October, dragged lower by steep declines in the Northeast partly related to Superstorm Sandy. New-home sales were still 17 percent higher in October than the same month a year ago.

    Strength in home building has been one of the bright spots for the economy this year. But overall construction is still being offset by weakness in commercial real estate and tight state and local government budgets.

    The strong 3 percent increase in housing construction spending in October left the rate of annual spending 19 percent above the level of October 2011.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-builders-boost-spending-1-4-percent-october-150921917–finance.html;_ylt=A2KJNF_0y7xQvCYA9lbQtDMD

  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:

    2:55 PM ET
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Borissov of Bulgaria

    • CR says:

      December 03, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Borisov of Bulgaria

      Oval Office

      3:05 P.M. EST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to welcome Prime Minister Borisov to the White House, and his delegation from Bulgaria. I have to say at the outset that Bulgaria has proven to be one of our most outstanding NATO allies.

      Obviously, there are very strong bonds between our two countries, including many Bulgarian Americans in my hometown of Chicago. It reminds us of the strong people-to-people relationship between the United States and Bulgaria.

      I’ve had an opportunity to work and discuss issues with the Prime Minister in the past, and he has always been a very effective leader on the world stage. And I think it’s important for everybody to know that he’s also a black belt in karate, so you should be very careful crossing him. (Laughter.)

      We’re going to have a lot to discuss during this meeting. But first and foremost, I want to thank the Prime Minister for the strong partnership in NATO. Bulgaria has been a strong supporter of the efforts in Afghanistan, and we’ll have the opportunity to touch briefly on the transition that needs to take place there. But I want to thank him and his fellow countrymen for their service and sacrifice.

      We’ve also had excellent cooperation on criminal investigations, law enforcement, counterterrorism — and most recently, I want to thank the Prime Minister for his very diligent investigation of the tragic terrorist attack that killed Israeli civilians in Bulgaria. The security teams in Bulgaria have worked very hard and cooperatively in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

      But of course, the relationship is not just based on security issues. Bulgaria is a modernizing country, and I know that the Prime Minister is interested in a range of reforms to create an open and transparent government, to improve trade and commerce between our two countries, as a leader in the Balkans in moving towards further integration with Europe and the rest of the world economy. We’ve been very impressed with the progress that’s been made in Bulgaria, and I’m looking forward to hearing from the Prime Minister how the United States can further assist in those efforts.

      So, Mr. Prime Minister, welcome to you. And we look forward to this conversation. The American people send their regards to the people of Bulgaria. And the other thing I have to say is the weather is not always this good, so you should enjoy some of the sights while you’re here as well.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/03/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-borisov-bulgaria

  12. CR says:

    Next Up…

    4:00 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) symposium
    National Defense University, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington DC

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

    • CR says:

      December 03, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium

      The National War College
      Washington, D.C.

      4:21 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Please have a seat. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. (Applause.) Thank you.

      Well, good afternoon everybody. It is wonderful to be back. Secretary Panetta, thank you for the introduction. Last week at the White House we had our first Cabinet meeting since the election, and it was a chance for me to thank my entire team for their service; for keeping our country safe and strong these past four years. And, Leon, few have done more than you in that regard. And that includes taking care of our remarkable men and women in uniform and their families and keeping our military the absolute best in the world — bar none. So thank you, Leon, for being such an outstanding Secretary of Defense. We’re very grateful. (Applause.)

      Now, I am not here to give a big speech. I wanted to just come by and join you in marking the 20th anniversary of one of the country’s smartest and most successful national security programs: Nunn-Lugar. And I want to express my gratitude to all of you — from government, academia, NGOs and our partners from around the world. People in this room conceived it. You built it. You’ve sustained it. And of course, I especially want to acknowledge a leader who helped create it and who now helps guide it as our outstanding Deputy Secretary of Defense — Ash Carter. So thank you, Ash, for your great work. (Applause.)

      Of course, no one has done more than the two visionaries on this stage. Now, you have to think about what real visionaries do. They look at the world and they see what’s missing. So they set out to fill the gap; to build something new. And that’s what Sam Nunn and Dick Lugar did many years ago. They challenged us to think anew; to imagine, after decades of confrontation, how our nations might engage in cooperation. Early in the Cold War, Einstein warned of the danger of our wisdom not keeping pace with our technology. And with Nunn-Lugar, our wisdom began to catch up.

      I also wanted to be here because of my own personal debt to these two leaders. When I was in — when I was elected to the Senate, Sam Nunn was one of the first leaders I called. Obviously, he had an extraordinary reputation for his work on a whole range of issues in the Senate. And, Sam, by the way, I should — I always meant to say thanks for taking my call. (Laughter.) So we do small talk, he congratulates me on being elected. And then he says, I’ve got two pieces of advice for you. First piece of advice: Get a seat on the Foreign Relations Committee. I did that. Second piece of advice: Learn from Dick Lugar. (Laughter.) I did that, too. So I took Sam’s advice then. And as President, I continue to value his advice and his counsel.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/03/remarks-president-nunn-lugar-cooperative-threat-reduction-symposium

  13. CR says:

    December 03, 2012

    Statement from White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer

    The Republican letter released today does not meet the test of balance. In fact, it actually promises to lower rates for the wealthy and sticks the middle class with the bill. Their plan includes nothing new and provides no details on which deductions they would eliminate, which loopholes they will close or which Medicare savings they would achieve. Independent analysts who have looked at plans like this one have concluded that middle class taxes will have to go up to pay for lower rates for millionaires and billionaires. While the President is willing to compromise to get a significant, balanced deal and believes that compromise is readily available to Congress, he is not willing to compromise on the principles of fairness and balance that include asking the wealthiest to pay higher rates. President Obama believes – and the American people agree – that the economy works best when it is grown from the middle out, not from the top down. Until the Republicans in Congress are willing to get serious about asking the wealthiest to pay slightly higher tax rates, we won’t be able to achieve a significant, balanced approach to reduce our deficit our nation needs.

  14. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:10 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with governors at the White House to discuss the actions we need to take to keep our economy growing and find a balanced approach to reduce our deficit

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet for lunch
    Private Dining Room

    1:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:35 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Secretary of Defense Panetta

    Oval Office

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      December 4, 2012

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

      1:00 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      10:00 AM ET
      House Committee Transportation and Infrastructure
      FEMA Administrator Fugate on Hurricane Sandy

      10:00 AM ET
      Refugee program exploitation hearing
      A House homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on concerns that terror suspects are exploiting U.S. refugee programs.

      11:30 AM ET
      Govenors Following Meeting with President Obama at the White House to discuss the actions we need to take to keep our economy growing and find a balanced approach to reduce our deficit http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Meets-with-Governors-on-the-Economy/10737436267/

      12:00 PM ET
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the situations in Egypt and Syria.

      1:00 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      5:00 PM ET
      Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony
      Lawmakers and others gather on Capitol Hill for the lighting of the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM ET
      House Committee Transportation and Infrastructure
      FEMA Administrator Fugate on Hurricane Sandy http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/309757-1

      10:00 AM ET
      Refugee program exploitation hearing
      A House homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on concerns that terror suspects are exploiting U.S. refugee programs.

      11:30 AM ET
      Govenors Following Meeting with President Obama at the White House to discuss the actions we need to take to keep our economy growing and find a balanced approach to reduce our deficit http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Meets-with-Governors-on-the-Economy/10737436267/

      12:00 PM ET
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the situations in Egypt and Syria.

      1:00 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      3:00 PM ET
      Coalition for Fiscal and National Security
      Debt and Defense Policies http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/309769-1

      5:30 PM ET
      Center for Strategic and International Studies
      LIVE U.S.-China Relations http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/309768-1

      ——

      Bloombergv TV http://www.bloomberg.com/tv/

      12:30 PM ET
      President Obama is interviewed by Bloomberg News

  15. CR says:

    11:30 AM ET
    Govenors Following Meeting with President Obama at the White House to discuss the actions we need to take to keep our economy growing and find a balanced approach to reduce our deficit

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Meets-with-Governors-on-the-Economy/10737436267/

  16. CR says:

    Next Up…

    12:30 PM ET
    President Obama is interviewed by Bloomberg News

    Bloombergv TV http://www.bloomberg.com/tv/

    • CR says:

      Obama: GOP Budget Plan Doesn’t Go Far Enough

      Published on Dec 4, 2012 by Bloomberg

      Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — Julianna Goldman recaps Bloomberg’s exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. She speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Money Moves.” (Source: Bloomberg)

  17. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Tuesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  18. CR says:

    The NRA is likely to be disappointed

    Tue Dec 4, 2012 12:12 PM EST By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    Whether the NRA believes its own rhetoric is unclear, but the conservative organization certainly excels in sounding the alarm.

    Wayne LaPierre, the president of the National Rifle Association, says his group is prepared for an “unprecedented” fight over gun control when the 113th Congress arrives in Washington next year.

    In an interview with CNN Monday, LaPierre “did not offer specific legislative examples of what he thinks is going to happen next year, but added the NRA has good sources in Washington, DC who said it is coming.”

    “I think it is going to come hard, I think it is going to come fast, and I think it is going to come soon,” LaPierre said.

    The problem, of course, is that LaPierre says this every year, and every year he’s mistaken. The NRA leader was certain President Obama would wage a tireless crusade against guns after taking office in 2009, but in his first term, Obama actually expanded gun rights.

    More recently, LaPierre said the fact that the president hasn’t pursued gun-control policies is proof that he will pursue gun-control policies — that rascally Obama is only lulling folks into a false sense of security.

    For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/04/15674339-the-nra-is-likely-to-be-disappointed?lite

  19. CR says:

    When Roger Ailes tried to play kingmaker

    Tue Dec 4, 2012 10:37 AM EST By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    It’s probably going to be a little tougher for Fox News to present itself as an independent news organization after its executives tried to recruit a Republican presidential candidate. Bob Woodward has this report today.

    Roger Ailes, the longtime Republican media guru, founder of Fox News and its current chairman, had some advice last year for then-Gen. David H. Petraeus.

    So in spring 2011, Ailes asked a Fox News analyst headed to Afghanistan to pass on his thoughts to Petraeus, who was then the commander of U.S. and coalition forces there. Petraeus, Ailes advised, should turn down an expected offer from President Obama to become CIA director and accept nothing less than the chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military post. If Obama did not offer the Joint Chiefs post, Petraeus should resign from the military and run for president, Ailes suggested.

    The Fox News chairman’s message was delivered to Petraeus by Kathleen T. McFarland, a Fox News national security analyst and former national security and Pentagon aide in three Republican administrations.

    That the conversation happened is not in dispute; Woodward has a recording from the meeting. McFarland told Petraeus that Ailes, a former Republican consultant, might even step down from Fox to run the national campaign, and that Fox chief Rupert Murdoch might “bankroll” Petraeus’ candidacy.

    Asked for an explanation, Ailes conceded that he relayed the message through McFarland, but there’s no reason to take his candidate outreach efforts too seriously.

    For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/12/04/15672607-when-roger-ailes-tried-to-play-kingmaker?lite

  20. 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

  21. CR says:

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