HumanRights.gov

The State Department has officially launched HumanRights.gov, a new central portal for international human rights-related information generated by the United States Government. HumanRights.gov was designed in the letter and spirit of President Obama’s Open Government Directive issued in January 2009, requiring Federal agencies to take specific steps to achieve key milestones in transparency, participation, and collaboration.

HumanRights.gov is primarily aimed at increasing the American public’s access to human rights-related information and understanding of our global engagement on these critical issues. We hope that it proves equally valuable to citizens of other nations seeking to promote accountability and change in their own societies.

HumanRights.gov currently features content that largely comes from the U.S. Department of State. The content will grow to include additional information from partnering Federal agencies including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is easily searchable with a comprehensive archive of reports, press releases, statements, articles, and briefings generated on international human rights concerns.

Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/04/11/announcing-humanrightsgov

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HumanRights.gov

HumanRights.gov is the official United States Government (USG) website for human rights related information. The site’s search function links users directly with news, reports and explanatory information from the State Department, USG agencies and other resources, allowing for easy access to publicly available documents. We provide a one-stop site for researching the USG’s involvement in human rights.

We cannot handle any submissions or reports about human rights abuses. Below is a list of offices which may be able to better direct information concerning human rights abuses and issues.

For issues related to human trafficking and slavery, please contact the Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Office, or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit.

To report international human rights abuses, please contact the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

To report information related to the United States, please contact the Department of Justice’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, or U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement’ Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center

Learn more: http://www.humanrights.gov/

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Human Rights Day, 10 December

Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

Learn more: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, December 10 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
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    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing

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    South Lawn

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    President Obama arrives in Michigan
    Metro-Wayne County Airport

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    President Obama tours Daimler Detroit Diesel plant.
    Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant, Redford, MI

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    President Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant
    Redford MI

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    President Obama departs Michigan.
    Metro-Wayne County Airport

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    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    4:30 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

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  2. CR says:

    POTUS podium

    December 10, 2012

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    President Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant
    Detroit, MI

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  3. CR says:

    HumanRights.gov

    The State Department has officially launched HumanRights.gov, a new central portal for international human rights-related information generated by the United States Government. HumanRights.gov was designed in the letter and spirit of President Obama’s Open Government Directive issued in January 2009, requiring Federal agencies to take specific steps to achieve key milestones in transparency, participation, and collaboration.

    HumanRights.gov is primarily aimed at increasing the American public’s access to human rights-related information and understanding of our global engagement on these critical issues. We hope that it proves equally valuable to citizens of other nations seeking to promote accountability and change in their own societies.

    HumanRights.gov currently features content that largely comes from the U.S. Department of State. The content will grow to include additional information from partnering Federal agencies including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is easily searchable with a comprehensive archive of reports, press releases, statements, articles, and briefings generated on international human rights concerns.

    Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/04/11/announcing-humanrightsgov

    • CR says:

      HumanRights.gov is the official United States Government (USG) website for human rights related information. The site’s search function links users directly with news, reports and explanatory information from the State Department, USG agencies and other resources, allowing for easy access to publicly available documents. We provide a one-stop site for researching the USG’s involvement in human rights.

      We cannot handle any submissions or reports about human rights abuses. Below is a list of offices which may be able to better direct information concerning human rights abuses and issues.

      For issues related to human trafficking and slavery, please contact the Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Office, or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit.

      To report international human rights abuses, please contact the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

      To report information related to the United States, please contact the Department of Justice’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, or U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement’ Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center

      Learn more: http://www.humanrights.gov/

    • CR says:

      Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks on Human Rights 1,086 views

      Published on Dec 6, 2012

      U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks entitled “Frontlines and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality” in Dublin, Ireland on December 6, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/12/201618.htm.

    • CR says:

      US Leadership to Advance Equality for LGBT People Abroad

      Samantha Power December 13, 2012 04:00 PM EST

      During Human Rights Week, we reaffirm our commitment to upholding human rights and human dignity at home and abroad, and we recognize the need to build a world in which everyone can pursue their dreams free from violence and discrimination.

      Last week at the Human Rights First summit, I described how advancing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the world is central to, not separate from, our comprehensive human rights agenda. With LGBT people facing death, violence, persecution, and discrimination around the world, the stakes could not be higher. Seventy-eight countries have laws that criminalize consensual same-sex acts between adults, resulting in unchecked human rights abuses and exploitation by police, security officials and private citizens. In at least 5 countries, the death penalty can be applied for being gay. Even where being LGBT is not a crime, violence by state and non-state actors alike often goes unpunished and LGBT communities live in fear and isolation.

      As President Obama has said, “no one should be harmed because of who they are or who they love”. To ensure a comprehensive U.S. response to these threats, one year ago, President Obama issued the first ever Presidential Memorandum to advance the human rights of LGBT persons, requiring all U.S. agencies engaged abroad to “ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons,” and to report annually on their progress.

      We are continuing to lead a government-wide effort to oversee implementation of the Presidential Memorandum and ensure effective coordination across different agencies and offices. Highlights from progress made across the U.S. Government include:

      Strengthening U.S. Government capacity:

      * Departments and agencies are establishing new coordination mechanisms, strengthening training of key personnel, and raising internal awareness among staff and partners about LGBT issues. Secretary of State Clinton and USAID Administrator Shah have instructed U.S. embassies and USAID missions to meet regularly with the LGBT community in their host countries.

      * The Peace Corps is implementing LGBT training sessions for Volunteers and staff to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by local LGBT populations as well as LGBT Peace Corps Volunteers in the field. In 2012, the Peace Corps also facilitated a regional workshop to help overseas posts foster a more inclusive and supportive environment for LGBT Volunteers and staff.

      Leveraging U.S. Foreign Assistance to Protect LGBT People from Violence and Discrimination and Respond to Urgent Crises:

      * Building on Secretary Clinton’s historic speech the same day the Presidential Memorandum was released, State launched the Global Equality Fund which — in more than 20 countries worldwide — supports emerging civil society organizations in advancing equality and protection for LGBT persons through increasing access to justice, supporting law reform, protecting individuals from violence and bolstering local advocacy efforts.

      * State and USAID are also working to improve program coordination and exchange best practices with other donors. USAID hosted the first high-level meeting with other development agencies during the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee meeting in December 2012.

      * As stated in the PEPFAR Blueprint for an AIDS-free Generation and guidance on HIV prevention for men who have sex with men (MSM), the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator continues to work with partner countries to prioritize and scale-up services for MSM.

      Protecting LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers:

      * State has continued to implement its comprehensive LGBT refugee protection strategy in coordination with the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS). State is funding research on threats facing LGBT refugees and asylum seekers, supporting NGOs that work with LGBT survivors of violence, and strengthening the capacity of UNHCR and other non-government partners.

      * DHS’ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) created an expanded and stand-alone lesson module, Guidance for Adjudicating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Refugee and Asylum Claims.

      * DHS’ U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun deploying a new automated risk assessment instrument which directs officers to consider special vulnerabilities, including sexual orientation and gender identity, when making custody and classification decisions in the immigrant detention context.

      Advancing International Norms through Multilateral Engagement:

      * Throughout the United Nations system and in other multilateral forums, the United States has raised the profile of LGBT issues broadly, building on the first-ever UN resolution on the human rights of LGBT people at the UN Human Rights Council in 2011.

      Advancing International Norms through Multilateral Engagement:

      * At the 2012 annual World Health Assembly (WHA), Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius led a historic panel discussion, co-sponsored by Brazil, Norway, South Africa and Thailand, entitled Breaking Down Barriers: Addressing Stigma and Discrimination in Health Care for LGBT Persons.

      Promoting Nondiscrimination and Combating Criminalization of LGBT Status:

      * The Department of Justice (DOJ) has partnered with the Department of State to help countries such as Honduras— where President Obama called on the government to address impunity for violence against LGBT persons—investigate and prosecute LGBT hate crimes.

      * State has expanded public diplomacy and outreach efforts across the globe: nearly 90 embassies participated in Pride Week events this summer, with posts in Kenya, Laos, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan, among others, holding first-time LGBT events. State’s International Visitors Leadership Program is also playing a key role in ensuring LGBT leaders from other countries are able to learn from the experience of the LGBT movement in the United States, including learning about the U.S. experience in combating hate crimes.

      * The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has made clear that protecting the human rights of all people, including LGBT persons, is part of the overall human rights and governance criteria on which countries will be assessed for compact eligibility.

      * The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) has asked each of the U.S. Executive Directors of the multilateral development banks (MDBs) including the World Bank to raise LGBT concerns to a policy level and increase awareness of the issue.

      * The Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) are considering LGBT concerns, for instance, in the context of the human rights eligibility requirement in the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act and through workplace anti-discrimination programs under the labor cooperation provisions of trade agreements. Commerce is also pursuing new lines of effort to engage the private sector in expanding non-discrimination and tolerance in other countries, recognizing that hostility to LGBT employees creates an adverse business climate that can hinder economic growth and competitiveness.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/12/13/us-leadership-advance-equality-lgbt-people-abroad

  4. CR says:

    International Human Rights Day

    DESPITE UNDENIABLE PROGRESS, FAR TOO MANY OBSTACLES REMAIN ALONG PATH

    OF INCLUSION, SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS IN MESSAGE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

    un.org

    Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for Human Rights Day, to be observed on 10 December:

    Everyone has the right to be heard and to shape the decisions that affect their community. This right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and fully integrated in international law, especially in article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

    Over the past century, we have made undeniable progress along the path of inclusion. Yet far too many groups and individuals face far too many obstacles. Women have the right to vote almost everywhere, but remain hugely underrepresented in parliaments and peace processes, in senior Government posts and corporate boardrooms, and in other decision-making positions. Indigenous people frequently face discrimination that denies them the opportunity to make full use of their guaranteed rights or fails to take account of their circumstances. Religious and ethnic minorities — as well as people with disabilities or those with a different sexual orientation or political opinion — are often hampered from taking part in key institutions and processes. Institutions and public discourse need to represent societies in all their diversity.

    More generally, in several parts of the world, we have seen alarming threats to hard-won gains in democratic governance. In some countries, civil society groups face growing pressures and restrictions. Legislation has been introduced specifically targeting civil society organizations and making it almost impossible for them to operate. Champions of democracy have encountered new confrontational measures. We should all be troubled by such backsliding.

    Even in societies with a good track record, there is room for improvement. No country has succeeded in ensuring that all its inhabitants are able to participate fully in public affairs, including the right to be elected to public office and to have equal access to public services. Enacting new rights or removing unjust laws is not always sufficient. Too often, discrimination persists in practice, creating barriers and mindsets that can be hard to overcome.

    Vibrant civil society groups are among the keys to the well-being and functioning of any nation, and the United Nations deplores measures taken to suppress them. That is why, on this Human Right Day, the United Nations is highlighting the right to participate and the associated rights that make it possible — freedom of expression and opinion, and peaceful assembly and association.

    International law is clear: no matter who you are or where you live, your voice counts. On this Day, let us unite to defend your right to make it heard.

    Learn more: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

  5. CR says:

    Obama to Michigan Monday

    12/5/12 1:07 PM EST By REID J. EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

    President Obama’s fiscal cliff road show continues Monday with a visit to the Detroit area, where he will host his second outside-Washington event to pressure Congress.

    The event, which a White House official described as “on the economy and middle class families,” follows his Friday trip to a Pennsylvania toy factory. He also held an event last week with Washington-area middle class people to introduce #my2k, the official White House Twitter hashtag on fiscal cliff issues.

    Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have not met for a face-to-face meeting on the fiscal cliff since before Thanksgiving. Obama said Wednesday at the Business Roundtable that Boehner’s refusal to consider tax rate increases for the wealthy is stalling any talks.

    “The hold up right now is that Speaker Boehner took a position that we’re willing to bring in revenue but not raise rates,” Obama said.

    • CR says:

      Daimler to announce new investment as Obama visits

      12/10/12 7:30 AM EST By BYRON TAU – POLITICO44

      The Detroit News reports:

      Daimler, which owns Detroit Diesel Corp., will announce a new investment to expand U.S. production and jobs as President Barack Obama visits the company’s Redford facility today.

      The White House said the investment is expected to be $100 million or more and, with it, Daimler Trucks North America will become the first heavy-duty vehicle equipment manufacturer on the continent to build a fully integrated powertrain from on production facility.

      Additional details were expected to be announced later today. Detroit Diesel is a leading manufacturer or engines forheavy-duty trucks and traces its history back to 1938. It has recently added new lines of axles and automated manual transmission to its product line.

      The Huffington Post also reports that Obama is expected to weigh in on the unfolding labor drama between Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and labor unions. Snyder and the GOP legislature have proposed a law that would make Michigan — home of the United Auto Workers — into a right-to-work state.

  6. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Another good timely topic, CR!

    >^..^<

  7. CR says:

    The deep, real spending cuts we’ve already passed—and that no one talks about

    December 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm Posted by Suzy Khimm – washingtonpost

    The prospect of cutting Medicare benefits in a “fiscal cliff” deal has prompted an outcry from concerned liberals. But whether or not legislators actually end up raising the Medicare age or paring back Social Security payments, domestic benefits and services—ranging from veterans’ health care and low-income housing to Head Start programs—are going to get squeezed over the next 10 years.

    Last year’s debt-ceiling agreement included $1.5 trillion in cuts to discretionary programs through 10-year spending caps that are already in effect. According to a new analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the domestic programs subject to the spending caps will face a $615 billion shortfall if they keep their benefits and services at 2012 levels. If such, they’ll be forced to scale back unless Congress decides otherwise—and right now, the Republicans want even less money spent on these domestic programs, not more.

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’s Richard Kogan breaks down the impact of the new spending caps:

    We estimate that, with the funds available under the caps, the federal government will fall about $350 billion short over the next ten years of delivering the same level of benefits and services for NDD programs as it did in 2012. This is because: (1) the costs of a number of key programs, especially VA medical care, are projected to grow substantially, and (2) Congress relied on certain temporary savings measures to meet the 2012 caps that it cannot repeat in the future. Furthermore, it would take an additional $265 billion over the next ten years to account for general population growth, which affects NDD programs ranging from Head Start to home-delivered meals for the elderly. In total, it would require $615 billion above what the caps allow to maintain the same level of benefits and servicesper person as in 2012.

    For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/09/the-deep-real-spending-cuts-weve-already-passed-and-that-no-one-talks-about/

  8. CR says:

    Letting go in Afghanistan as mission winds down
    U.S. soldiers have orders to let the Afghans start to fend for themselves, sometimes with painful results.

    December 9, 2012, 11:37 p.m By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Fifteen U.S. soldiers huddle in a circle. A blue Toyota packed with explosives has been reported somewhere in the city. The troops bow their heads and clasp hands.

    “Dear Lord, protect us and protect those entrusted to us as we help the Afghans protect themselves,” says Lt. Col. Patrick Michaelis, their gangly 41-year-old commander.

    “Amen,” say his men.

    Every trip outside the wire begins the same way: a quick check of the latest intelligence, then the prayer, which never varies. When Michaelis forgets, someone stops him: Sir, the prayer.

    In America’s longest war after a dozen years, a yearning for peace comes wrapped in a prayer for survival. Both are unfulfilled, incomplete.

    This bustling southern crossroads, conquered and reconquered for centuries, must withstand a resilient Taliban if Afghanistan is to avoid falling back into outright civil war. But with U.S. troops already pulling out and most due to depart by the end of 2014, no one is sure it can.

    For more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghanistan-prayer-20121210,0,7342389.story

  9. CR says:

    1:35 PM ET
    President Obama tours Daimler Detroit Diesel plant.
    Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant, Redford, MI

  10. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:00 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant
    Redford, MI

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Urges-Support-for-His-Tax-Plan/10737436438/

    • CR says:

      December 10, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant, Redford, MI

      Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant
      Redford, Michigan

      2:29 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Redford! (Applause.) It is good to be back in Michigan. (Applause.) How is everybody doing today? (Applause.)

      Now, let me just start off by saying we have something in common — both our teams lost yesterday. (Laughter.) I mean, I would like to come here and talk a little smack about the Bears, but we didn’t quite get it done. But it is wonderful to be back. It is good to see everybody in the great state of Michigan. (Applause.)

      A few people I want to acknowledge — first of all, the Mayor of Detroit here — Dave Bing is in the house. (Applause.) We’ve got the Redford Supervisor — Tracey Schultz Kobylarz. (Applause.) We’ve got some outstanding members of Congress who are here — please give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      I want to thank Martin for hosting us. I want to thank Jeff and Gibby for giving me a great tour of the factory. (Applause.) I’ve got to say I love coming to factories.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you. (Applause.)

      So in addition to seeing the best workers in the world — (applause) — you’ve also got all this cool equipment. (Laughter.) I wanted to try out some of the equipment, but Secret Service wouldn’t let me. (Laughter.) They said, you’re going to drop something on your head, hurt yourself. (Laughter.) They were worried I’d mess something up. And Jeff and Gibby may not admit it, but I think they were pretty happy the Secret Service wouldn’t let me touch the equipment. (Laughter.)

      Now, it’s been a little over a month since the election came to an end. (Applause.) So it’s now safe for you to turn your televisions back on. (Laughter.) All those scary political ads are off the air. You can answer your phone again — nobody is calling you in the middle of dinner asking for your support. But, look, I have to admit there’s one part of the campaign that I miss, and that is it is a great excuse for me to get out of Washington and come to towns like this and talk to the people who work so hard every day and are looking out for their families and are in their communities, and just having a conversation about what kind of country do we want to be; what kind of country do we want to leave behind for our kids. Because ultimately, that’s what this is about.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/10/remarks-president-daimler-detroit-diesel-plant-redford-mi

  11. 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

  12. CR says:

    Vice President Biden Talks #My2k Over Lunch

    Published on Dec 10, 2012

    On Friday afternoon, seven middle-class Americans with a personal stake in Washington’s “fiscal cliff” debate sat down with the Vice President at the Metro 29 Diner in Arlington, Virginia.

  13. CR says:

    December 10, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Presidential Election in Ghana

    The United States congratulates President John Dramani Mahama and the people of Ghana for the successful election on December 7. Nearly 80% of the electorate voted, continuing the Ghanaian tradition of widespread public participation in the democratic process. This is the sixth successful presidential and parliamentary election since 1992, and further demonstrates the people of Ghana’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law. The United States encourages all parties to accept the results and to use the appropriate legal processes to resolve any electoral disputes. The United States places a high value on its long-standing friendship and partnership with Ghana and the Ghanaian people. We look forward to strengthening our bonds by working with President Mahama and the people of Ghana to ensure prosperity, peace, and further democratic development of Ghana and the region.

  14. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet for lunch.

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

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
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    10:00 PM

  15. CR says:

    $1.9 Billion Settlement Expected In HSBC Money-Laundering Case

    December 10, 2012 5:08 PM by STEVE MULLIS – npr

    Federal and state authorities will announce a record $1.9 billion settlement with British banking firm HSBC on Tuesday, NPR has confirmed with a source familiar with the settlement.

    The deal will settle allegations that HSBC ignored red flags of massive money laundering by Mexican drug cartels and allowed transfers of billions of dollars from nations like Iran and Sudan, which are under U.S. sanctions.

    Along with forfeiting $1.3 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal, the bank will also pay a civil fine of $650 million. The settlement will also resolve other investigations by the Justice Department, the Treasury Department and other federal agencies.

    According to the news reports, as part of the deal the bank will also admit to violating the Bank Secrecy Act and the Trading with the Enemy Act.

    Back in July, HSBC’s head of group compliance, David Bagley, resigned in the middle of a Senate hearing looking into the case.

    On Monday, federal authorities also announced that another British bank, Standard Chartered, agreed to a settlement of $327 million over allegations it had funneled money for Iranian and Sudanese clients through American subsidiaries.

  16. CR says:

    U.S. Profit on AIG Climbs to $22.7 Billion on Share Sale

    Dec 11, 2012 4:01 AM PT By Zachary Tracer – bloomberg

    American International Group Inc. (AIG)’s rescue has come to an end with the U.S. raising $7.6 billion in its final offering of the insurer’s shares, four years after a bailout that fueled resentment against Wall Street.

    The Treasury Department is selling 234.2 million shares at $32.50 each in the sixth offering since the 2008 rescue. The proceeds boost the U.S. profit on the rescue that began in 2008 to $22.7 billion, the Treasury said in an e-mailed statement.

    The U.S. took over the New York-based company in a 2008 bailout that swelled to $182.3 billion to save the global economy from collapse. Chief Executive Officer Robert Benmosche, 68, has sold more than $65 billion of assets to help repay the rescue, while scaling back from the derivative bets that almost destroyed the firm.

    He’s focusing on property-casualty coverage globally and life and retirement products in the U.S.

    “AIG is a different company today than it was four years ago,” Benmosche said in a memo to employees this week after reaching a deal to sell the company’s plane-leasing unit. “We’re leaner, more focused and hungry for tomorrow.”

    The offering price is below AIG’s close at $33.36 yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange. The insurer has advanced 44 percent this year, compared with the 13 percent gain of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

    The U.S. owned as much as 92 percent of AIG after saving a firm that insured 100,000 municipalities, retirement plans and companies and was counterparty to some of the biggest banks.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has said saving AIG after it was hobbled by mortgage-related bets made him “more angry” than any other measure the government undertook to counter the deepest financial crisis since the Great Depression.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-11/u-s-profit-on-aig-climbs-to-22-7-billion-on-share-sale.html

  17. CR says:

    Job Openings in U.S. Rose in October to Four-Month High

    Dec 11, 2012 7:48 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Job openings in the U.S. climbed in October to a four-month high, indicating the labor market is on the mend.

    The number of positions waiting to be filled rose by 128,000 to 3.68 million from a revised 3.55 million the prior month, the Labor Department said today in Washington. Hiring also increased.

    he pickup in openings lays the ground for the job growth needed to sustain consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy. At the same time, the lack of stronger employment prospects and a jobless rate that remains elevated help explain why Federal Reserve policy makers, meeting today and tomorrow, are weighing additional easing to spur growth.

    “There’s improvement,” Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said before the report. Even so, “the progress on payrolls is nothing to be excited about,” and “the Fed is taking aim at the high unemployment rate,” he said.

    Today’s report helps shed light on the dynamics behind the monthly employment figures.

    The job market withstood the impact of superstorm Sandy last month, Labor Department figures showed on Dec. 7. Payrolls rose by 146,000 in November following a revised 138,000 in October that was less than initially estimated. The median estimate of economists in a Bloomberg survey called for an 85,000 advance.

    Private payrolls, which exclude government agencies, grew by 147,000 after a revised gain of 189,000.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-11/job-openings-in-u-s-rose-128-000-in-october-hiring-climbed.html

  18. 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

  19. CR says:

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Toys for Tots Spread Holiday Cheer

    Colleen Curtis December 11, 2012 05:05 PM EST

    First Lady Michelle Obama today stopped by a Toys for Tots service project at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling — a naval installation along the Potomac River in Washington DC — with “boxes and boxes” of gifts that were donated by White House staffers, American CEOs, and even First Daughters Malia and Sasha.

    As she thanked the volunteers and donors working to make this holiday season special for those who are less fortunate, Mrs. Obama noted that it was especially meaningful to attend the event on a military base, since Toys for Tots was started by a military family — a Marine reservist and his wife who decided that they wanted to make the holiday just a little bit better for kids in need.

    Since then, so many Americans — including so many military families like all of you — have spent countless hours bringing gifts and holiday cheer and everything else that is wonderful about the holidays to children all across this country.

    And this is just one of many examples of how our military families are always going that extra mile to serve our communities and our countries — I talk about this endlessly. You know I’m working on Joining Forces, but the military families are what inspires my work. Because even though all of you are dealing with your own hardships and challenges and struggles, you’re moving from base to base every couple of years; even though you’ve endured deployment after deployment, the miraculous thing about you all and your spirit is somehow you always are the first people to volunteer for something. It could be as simple as the car pool, or the PTA, or a food pantry, or you’re stepping up for a neighbor or friend; family members of your own. But somehow you’re always the ones who find the extra hours in the day to give back, above and beyond what life has thrown your way anyway.

    READ MORE:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/12/11/first-lady-michelle-obama-spreads-holiday-cheer-toys-tots

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      December 11, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at Toys for Tots Service Project

      Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
      Washington, D.C.

      2:35 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, good afternoon, everyone. It is truly a pleasure, as always, to be here.

      I want to start by thanking Lieutenant General Osman for that very kind, gracious introduction. I think the Toys for Tots tradition is really the reason for this success. I’m kind of just glomming on to what has already been established, but you all do the real work and we are grateful to you. Your dedication to not just Toys for Tots, but for — to this country as well.

      And of course, I want to thank all of the Toys for Tots volunteers, many of whom are here — yay for our volunteers and all the donors, especially our men and women in uniform and their families.

      As you all know, Toys for Tots started with a military family — a Marine reservist and his wife who decided that they wanted to make the holiday just a little bit better for kids in need. And since then, so many Americans — including so many military families like all of you — have spent countless hours bringing gifts and holiday cheer and everything else that is wonderful about the holidays to children all across this country.

      And this is just one of many examples of how our military families are always going that extra mile to serve our communities and our countries — I talk about this endlessly. You know I’m working on Joining Forces, but the military families are what inspires my work. Because even though all of you are dealing with your own hardships and challenges and struggles, you’re moving from base to base every couple of years; even though you’ve endured deployment after deployment, the miraculous thing about you all and your spirit is somehow you always are the first people to volunteer for something. It could be as simple as the car pool, or the PTA, or a food pantry, or you’re stepping up for a neighbor or friend; family members of your own. But somehow you’re always the ones who find the extra hours in the day to give back, above and beyond what life has thrown your way anyway.

      And that’s one of the reasons why Jill Biden and I launched Joining Forces several years ago. As many of you already know, Joining Forces is a campaign to rally our Americans to honor, recognize and support our veterans, troops and their families. And we did this because we want you all to know that you make such a tremendous sacrifice and do so much to serve our country, both in and out of uniform, here at home and around the world. And we believe that it is time — it is always time — for us to start serving you all as well as you have served us.

      The idea behind Joining Forces, as many of you already know, is very simple — everyone can do something to show their gratitude and to give back. It’s the same idea that drives Toys for Tots year after year — the belief that we all have something to contribute. And I want to be clear that there is still plenty of time for people all across this country to get involved for — with Toys for Tots.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/11/remarks-first-lady-toys-tots-service-project

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      Michelle Obama stops by “Toys for Tots” drive
      CBSNewsOnline·37,474 videos

      Published on Dec 11, 2012

      First Lady Michelle Obama dropped in on a “Toys for Tots” charity drive on Tuesday to briefly thank the troops for their service and charity, staying to help sort the toys after her remarks.

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