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Voters have already made their voices heard
As the President said at his first press conference after the election:

If there was one thing that everybody understood was a big difference between myself and Mr. Romney, it was, when it comes to how we reduce our deficit, I argued for a balanced, responsible approach, and part of that included making sure that the wealthiest Americans pay a little bit more.

I think every voter out there understood that that was an important debate, and the majority of voters agreed with me … by the way, more voters agreed with me on this issue than voted for me.

Yet a handful of Republicans in the House of Representatives are still fighting for the same top-down approach that’s been tried—and has failed. Taxes will go up for 114 million American families if Congress doesn’t act.

Whether you voted for the President or not, he’s fighting to keep taxes low for 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses, because he believes we need to grow the economy from the middle out.

He’s fighting for you. He’s got your back.

Help push Congress into action:  Log on to the call tool today and ask fellow supporters who live in Republican districts to call their representatives now.

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Americans Back Obama Tax-Rate Boost Tied to Entitlements

Dec 12, 2012 5:00 PM PT By Julie Hirschfeld Davis – bloomberg

A majority of Americans say President Barack Obama is right to demand that tax-rate increases for the highest earners be a precondition for a budget deal that cuts U.S. entitlement programs, a Bloomberg National Poll shows.

Just over half say Obama and Democrats are more on their side in the debate over taxes and government spending than House Speaker John Boehner and Republicans, in a survey conducted Dec. 7-10 that suggests the president has broad public backing for his stance in the deficit-reduction talks.

While Americans are divided over solutions to avoid spending cuts and tax increases slated to take effect in January if no deal is reached, majorities want the wealthy to bear the burden of such a compromise. And while more than half say Republicans were right initially to sign a pledge never to raise taxes, that includes about one-third who say things have changed and lawmakers should back away from the promise.

The results indicate a sense of urgency among Americans for an accord between Obama and Congress to avert a fiscal crisis, and a willingness to make sacrifices to strike a deal.

J. Ann Selzer of Selzer & Co., the Des Moines, Iowa, firm that conducted the poll, says the findings encapsulate American views on the fiscal debate.

“Obama won the election promising to raise taxes on the wealthy,” Selzer says. “Republicans who refuse to budge from their pledge not to raise taxes are wrong-headed. Failure to strike a deal would put the national economy and the people who live in it at risk.”

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-13/americans-back-obama-tax-rate-increase-tied-to-entitlement-cuts.html

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Honestly, Obama’s tax hike is pretty small

December 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm Posted by Ezra Klein – washingtonpost

complaint Republicans have about the White House is that it’s obsessed with raising taxes. But the strangest thing about the ongoing fiscal cliff talks is how little revenue the White House is demanding.

The Simpson-Bowles plan, if enacted tomorrow, would increase taxes by $2.6 trillion over the next 10 years. The Domenici-Rivlin plan would increase taxes by about $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years.

Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin are bipartisan plans. That is, in fact, the whole reason they exist. Both are the products of commissions formed with the single purpose of figuring out what Democrats and Republicans could agree on. In both cases, that middle ground includes a very large tax increase.

President Obama isn’t a Republican politician co-chairing a bipartisan deficit-reduction project. He’s a Democratic politician who just won a very big election. He’s also a Democratic politician faced with the unusual and perhaps lucky prospect of $5.42 trillion in expiring tax cuts. To sharply raise taxes, he needs to do precisely nothing.

Some Republicans, including former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and current New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have endorsed letting those tax cuts expire. Obama hasn’t. Still, you would expect his offer to be much higher than anything contained in the bipartisan compromise proposals. But it isn’t.

Obama’s initial revenue goal in the talks was $1.6 trillion, about equal to Domenici-Rivlin, and far below Simpson-Bowles. His latest offer to House Speaker John Boehner called for $1.4 trillion. People familiar with the White House’s thinking expect them to settle for something around $1.2 trillion.

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For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/13/honestly-obamas-tax-hike-is-pretty-small/

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  1. CR says:

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    Firday, December 14, 2012

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    Push Congress To Act

    Americans Back Obama Tax-Rate Boost Tied to Entitlements

    Dec 12, 2012 5:00 PM PT By Julie Hirschfeld Davis – bloomberg

    A majority of Americans say President Barack Obama is right to demand that tax-rate increases for the highest earners be a precondition for a budget deal that cuts U.S. entitlement programs, a Bloomberg National Poll shows.

    Just over half say Obama and Democrats are more on their side in the debate over taxes and government spending than House Speaker John Boehner and Republicans, in a survey conducted Dec. 7-10 that suggests the president has broad public backing for his stance in the deficit-reduction talks.

    While Americans are divided over solutions to avoid spending cuts and tax increases slated to take effect in January if no deal is reached, majorities want the wealthy to bear the burden of such a compromise. And while more than half say Republicans were right initially to sign a pledge never to raise taxes, that includes about one-third who say things have changed and lawmakers should back away from the promise.

    The results indicate a sense of urgency among Americans for an accord between Obama and Congress to avert a fiscal crisis, and a willingness to make sacrifices to strike a deal.

    J. Ann Selzer of Selzer & Co., the Des Moines, Iowa, firm that conducted the poll, says the findings encapsulate American views on the fiscal debate.

    “Obama won the election promising to raise taxes on the wealthy,” Selzer says. “Republicans who refuse to budge from their pledge not to raise taxes are wrong-headed. Failure to strike a deal would put the national economy and the people who live in it at risk.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-13/americans-back-obama-tax-rate-increase-tied-to-entitlement-cuts.html

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      Remarks of President Barack Obama
      Weekly Address
      The White House

      December 8, 2012

      Hello, everybody. Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about deadlines we’re facing on jobs and taxes and investments. But with so much noise and so many opinions flying around, it can be easy to lose sight of what this debate is really about. It’s not about which political party comes out on top, or who wins or loses in Washington. It’s about making smart decisions that will have a real impact on your lives and the lives of Americans all across the country.

      Right now, middle-class tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year. Time is running out. And there are two things that can happen.

      First, if Congress does nothing, every family in America will see their income taxes automatically go up on January 1st. A typical middle-class family of four would get a $2,200 tax hike. That would be bad for families, it would be bad for businesses, and it would drag down our entire economy.

      Now, Congress can avoid all this by passing a law that prevents a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income. That means 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses wouldn’t see their income taxes go up by a single dime. Even the wealthiest Americans would get a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income. And families everywhere would enjoy some peace of mind.

      The Senate has already done their part. Now we’re just waiting for Republicans in the House to do the same thing. But so far, they’ve put forward an unbalanced plan that actually lowers rates for the wealthiest Americans. If we want to protect the middle class, then the math just doesn’t work.

      We can and should do more than just extend middle class tax cuts. I stand ready to work with Republicans on a plan that spurs economic growth, creates jobs and reduces our deficit – a plan that gives both sides some of what they want. I’m willing to find ways to bring down the cost of health care without hurting seniors and other Americans who depend on it. And I’m willing to make more entitlement spending cuts on top of the $1 trillion dollars in cuts I signed into law last year.

      But if we’re serious about reducing our deficit while still investing in things like education and research that are important to growing our economy – and if we’re serious about protecting middle-class families – then we’re also going to have to ask the wealthiest Americans to pay higher tax rates. That’s one principle I won’t compromise on

      After all, this was a central question in the election. A clear majority of Americans – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – agreed with a balanced approach that asks something from everyone, but a little more from those who can most afford it. It’s the only way to put our economy on a sustainable path without asking even more from the middle class. And it’s the only kind of plan I’m willing to sign.

      Everyone agrees we need to bring down our deficit and strengthen our economy for the long-term. The question is whether we can do it in a responsible way that allows us to keep investing in the things that have always made America strong. I’m convinced we can. And if both sides are willing to compromise, I believe we can give businesses and families a sense of security going into the New Year.

      Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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      Honestly, Obama’s tax hike is pretty small

      December 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm Posted by Ezra Klein – washingtonpost

      complaint Republicans have about the White House is that it’s obsessed with raising taxes. But the strangest thing about the ongoing fiscal cliff talks is how little revenue the White House is demanding.

      The Simpson-Bowles plan, if enacted tomorrow, would increase taxes by $2.6 trillion over the next 10 years. The Domenici-Rivlin plan would increase taxes by about $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years.

      Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin are bipartisan plans. That is, in fact, the whole reason they exist. Both are the products of commissions formed with the single purpose of figuring out what Democrats and Republicans could agree on. In both cases, that middle ground includes a very large tax increase.

      President Obama isn’t a Republican politician co-chairing a bipartisan deficit-reduction project. He’s a Democratic politician who just won a very big election. He’s also a Democratic politician faced with the unusual and perhaps lucky prospect of $5.42 trillion in expiring tax cuts. To sharply raise taxes, he needs to do precisely nothing.

      Some Republicans, including former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and current New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have endorsed letting those tax cuts expire. Obama hasn’t. Still, you would expect his offer to be much higher than anything contained in the bipartisan compromise proposals. But it isn’t.

      Obama’s initial revenue goal in the talks was $1.6 trillion, about equal to Domenici-Rivlin, and far below Simpson-Bowles. His latest offer to House Speaker John Boehner called for $1.4 trillion. People familiar with the White House’s thinking expect them to settle for something around $1.2 trillion.

      For more; http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/13/honestly-obamas-tax-hike-is-pretty-small/

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      If your taxes go up, there’s only one reason why

      December 12, 2012By Jim Messina – barackobama.com

      This week, thousands of Americans picked up the phone to help the President prevent a tax hike on middle-class families.

      We can’t stop now. Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is still refusing to allow a vote on a bill that would prevent 98 percent of American families from paying higher taxes next year.

      If your taxes go up by more than $2,000 in a couple weeks, there’s only one reason: because a few dozen Republican representatives refuse to ask the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans to pay their fair share.

      Pick up the phone right now and ask your representative in Congress to sign the petition to bring the Senate-passed bill to the floor: 202-224-3121

      Not sure who your representative is? Click here to look yours up.

      Once you’ve made the call, let us know how it went.

      Voters have already made their voices heard on this issue. As the President said at his first press conference after the election:

      If there was one thing that everybody understood was a big difference between myself and Mr. Romney, it was, when it comes to how we reduce our deficit, I argued for a balanced, responsible approach, and part of that included making sure that the wealthiest Americans pay a little bit more.

      I think every voter out there understood that that was an important debate, and the majority of voters agreed with me … by the way, more voters agreed with me on this issue than voted for me.

      Yet a handful of Republicans in the House of Representatives are still fighting for the same top-down approach that’s been tried—and has failed.

      Whether you voted for the President or not, he’s fighting to keep taxes low for 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses, because he believes we need to grow the economy from the middle out.

      He’s fighting for you. He’s got your back.

      We’ve got to get his, too. Make one phone call right now. One person reaching out to another is how we re-elected Barack Obama. It’s how we’ll win this fight, too. Just a few minutes of your time will make a difference.

      Thanks for doing your part. More soon.

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      Good Riddance to Rottenest Congress in History

      Jan 2, 2013 3:17 PM PT By Ezra Klein – bloomberg

      On January 3rd, the 112th Congress of the United States of America finally ends. Thank God.

      To properly evaluate the 112th, consider the record of its predecessor, the 111th Congress, which ran from January 2009 to January 2011. The fighting 111th passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (better known as the “stimulus”), the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), and the Dodd-Frank financial reforms. It passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and expanded both the Serve America Act for community service and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It created significant new anti-tobacco regulations, ratified the New Start nuclear arms reduction treaty, ended “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the armed forces and agreed to the 2010 tax deal, which extended the Bush tax cuts in return for the passage of middle- class stimulus.

      The laws passed by the 111th Congress were controversial, particularly among Republicans. They were also big, bold initiatives that, if not always fully equal to the size of our problems, surely perched on the outer edge of Congress’s capacity to deliver solutions. Love it or hate it, the 111th Congress governed. No Congress in recent history has a record of productivity anywhere near it.

      Terrible Policy
      What’s the record of the 112th Congress? Well, it almost shut down the government and almost breached the debt ceiling. It almost went over the fiscal cliff (which it had designed in the first place). It cut a trillion dollars of discretionary spending in the Budget Control Act and scheduled another trillion in spending cuts through an automatic sequester, which everyone agrees is terrible policy. It achieved nothing of note on housing, energy, stimulus, immigration, guns, tax reform, infrastructure, climate change or, really, anything. It’s hard to identify a single significant problem that existed prior to the 112th Congress that was in any way improved by its two years of rule.

      The 112th, which was gaveled into being on Jan. 3, 2011, by newly elected House Speaker John Boehner, wasn’t just unproductive in comparison with the 111th. It was unproductive compared with any Congress since 1948, when scholars began keeping tabs on congressional productivity.

      When it ends, the 112th Congress will have passed about 220 public laws — by far the least of any Congress on record. Prior to the 112th, the least productive Congress was the 104th, from January 1995 to January 1997. Not coincidentally, that Congress also featured a new Republican House majority determined to ruin a Democratic president in advance of the next campaign. The 104th, however, passed 333 public laws — almost 50 percent more than the 112th. The 112th stands alone in its achievement of epic failure.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-02/good-riddance-to-rottenest-congress-in-history.html

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    W.H. official: Obama-Boehner meeting ‘frank’

    12/13/12 6:38 PM EST POLITICO44

    The president and House Speaker John Boehner met for 50 minutes in the Oval Office Thursday. A White House official tells POLITICO’s Carrie Budoff Brown that the meeting was “frank,” and added, “as we’ve said for some time now, the lines of communication remain open.”

    A spokesman for Boehner gave a similar description: “The President and Speaker had a frank meeting in the oval office tonight. It lasted approximately 50 minutes. There will be no further readout of the meeting, but lines of communication remain open.”

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    New Monster.com Collaboration with Joining Forces Is a Win for America’s Veterans and Companies

    Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank December 13, 2012 01:48 PM EST

    Yesterday, I spoke at the National Veteran Employment Summit hosted by Monster and Military.com. I announced that Monster has signed up to participate in the Joining Forces effort to help hire or train 250,000 veterans and military spouses. The companies participating in Joining Forces know that hiring veterans is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also good business. America’s veterans have the leadership, the character, and the team-oriented approach that employers want and need.

    Under the President’s leadership, the Administration is working hard to make sure veterans find job opportunities. We’re making improvements in how the military transitions service members from the battlefield to the workplace. We’re also ensuring that the post-9/11 GI Bill stays strong. And, through Joining Forces – led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden – we’re ensuring that veterans and military families have the support they need to land a job when they return to civilian life.

    The Commerce Department is particularly proud to support the efforts of companies who are hiring men and women who have bravely served our nation.

    Moving forward, the Department will encourage even more businesses to make hard commitments to hire veterans and we will actively share the “best practices” we find in veteran hiring. More broadly, we will continue to give veteran-entrepreneurs, veteran business owners, and veterans in the workforce the tools they need to succeed.

    I believe that America’s capacity to innovate and compete in the 21st century is tied to our commitment to unleash the full potential of our veterans. We must continue to do everything we can to provide them with paths to good jobs that will help our nation maintain and strengthen its global leadership.

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    Retail Sales Rebound as Jobless Claims Decline in U.S.

    Dec 13, 2012 1:12 PM PT By Shobhana Chandra & Alexander Kowalski – bloomberg

    Retail sales rebounded in November and applications for jobless benefits fell more than forecast last week, pointing to strength in U.S. consumer demand as the holiday-shopping season gets under way.

    Purchases climbed 0.3 percent following an October decrease of 0.3 percent, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. Unemployment claims fell by 29,000 to a nine-week low of 343,000, the Labor Department said. Economists forecast 369,000 first-time claims, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey.

    “We’re off to a fairly strong holiday-spending season,” said Millan Mulraine, senior U.S. strategist for TD Securities in New York, who correctly projected the November sales gain. “Consumer spending could offset some of the weakness” in other areas such as corporate investment, he said.

    Americans snapped up clothes and electronics at stores and online last month, while vehicle sales jumped as some Northeast residents sought replacements for autos damaged by superstorm Sandy.

    Another report showed consumer confidence cooled, underscoring the effects of limited job opportunities that prompted the Federal Reserve yesterday to boost record monetary stimulus.

    Stocks fell, snapping a six-day advance in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, amid a standoff in federal budget negotiations. The S&P 500 dropped 0.6 percent to 1,419.45 at the close in New York.

    Ten of 13 major categories in the retail sales report showed November gains, led by a 1.4 percent increase at auto dealers, a 2.5 percent jump at electronics outlets and a 0.9 percent gain at clothing stores.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-13/retail-sales-increase-as-americans-snap-up-autos-electronics.html

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    Rice to visit White House Friday

    12/13/12 6:41 PM EST By REID J. EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

    President Obama and Susan Rice will meet in person Friday afternoon at the White House, a White House source said Thursday evening.

    The meeting will be the first since Rice withdrew her name from consideration for Secretary of State, a move that followed weeks of angst over her comments about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate at Benghazi, Libya.

    Rice on Thursday taped an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams in which she said she withdrew her name to avoid having any confirmation hearings distract from Obama’s second-term agenda.

    “I didn’t want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting, and very disruptive because there are so many things we need to get done as a country, and the first several months of a second term president’s agenda is really the opportunity to get the crucial things done,” Rice told NBC, according to an excerpt released by the network.

    “We’re talking about comprehensive immigration reform, balanced deficit reduction, job creation – that’s what matters. And to the extent that my nomination could have delayed or distracted or deflected, or maybe even some of these priorities impossible to achieve, I didn’t want that.”

    • CR says:

      Statement by the President on Ambassador Rice

      Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State. For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. As my Ambassador to the United Nations, she plays an indispensable role in advancing America’s interests. Already, she has secured international support for sanctions against Iran and North Korea, worked to protect the people of Libya, helped achieve an independent South Sudan, stood up for Israel’s security and legitimacy, and served as an advocate for UN reform and the human rights of all people. I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues. I have every confidence that Susan has limitless capability to serve our country now and in the years to come, and know that I will continue to rely on her as an advisor and friend. While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first. The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.

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      Rice thanks supporters

      12/13/12 9:15 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      Those of you who know me know that I’m a fighter, but not at the cost of what’s right for our country.
      13 Dec 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite
      U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, after weeks of remaining relatively silent in public about the controversy that surrounded her possible nomination as Secretary of State, let it rip on Thursday.

      After writing a letter explaining her withdrawal to President Obama, she penned an op-ed blaming manufactured charges and then took to Twitter to address her followers.

      “Those of you who know me know that I’m a fighter, but not at the cost of what’s right for our country,” she tweeted.

      “I don’t do this work for me. I do it because I believe in President Obama’s approach to the world, and I want to get things done,” Rice continued. “To all my followers: I appreciate you. We’ve still got a lot of work to do for the American people and the world. #Letsgo.”

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    West Wing Week: 12/14/12 or “True to Ourselves and Our History”

    Published on Dec 13, 2012

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the First Family attended the annual Christmas in Washington concert, the Vice President talked #My2k over lunch with middle-class Americans and attended the Army Navy football game with Dr. Biden, while the President signed the Child Protection Act into law, visited the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant, joined conference calls with Latino leaders and Mayors, and invited regional television reporters to the White House for a series of interviews.

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    A modest call for a new patriotism

    Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Posted by Liberal Librarian at 11:00 AM

    I’m not a highly paid pundit trolling the DC cocktail circuit, invited onto Fox and MSNBC to give my deep analysis of whatever political story is currently being used to bring in the saps for advertisers inform the voters of a democratic republic. I’m a sometime blogger and a full-time librarian. I’m one of the 47% who benefits from a hefty tax break because I took out loans to pay for my library degree. But, even though I don’t get paid to go on “Fox and Friends” or “The Cycle”, I think I can see a path out of our present predicament.

    For far too long for those of us on the Left, patriotism has been defined by the Right. Patriotism is militarism. It’s a belief that America is a God-blessed country unique in world history. Patriotism is the belief that the country has never done wrong; even slavery has its advocates on the Right. It’s the belief that America is an innocent abroad, bringing the light of freedom selflessly to benighted corners of the world, rather than acting in political self-interest. Patriotism is the belief that the fact that we do something makes it right. Patriotism is a fetishistic belief in the American myth of individualism.

    For more: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/12/a-modest-call-for-new-patriotism.html

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    Consumer Prices in U.S. Decline More Than Forecast

    By Lorraine Woellert – Dec 14, 2012 5:42 AM PT

    The cost of living fell more than forecast in November as energy prices dropped, a sign U.S. inflation remains in check.

    The 0.3 percent decrease in the consumer-price index was the first drop since May and followed a 0.1 percent gain the prior month, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. The median estimate of 80 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.2 percent drop. The core index, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, climbed less than projected.

    Facing little threat of inflation, Federal Reserve policy makers this week expanded asset purchases in a continuing bid to reduce unemployment and spur growth. Department stores including the Gap Inc., Macy’s Inc. (M) and J.C. Penney Co. are offering sales in the midst of the holiday shopping season as concern over possible changes in tax rates and government spending hurts consumer confidence.

    “Inflation remains tame,” said Gus Faucher, senior economist at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, who correctly forecast the decline. “It’s difficult for firms to raise prices in the current environment. Labor costs are low, profit margins are good.

    Stock-index futures were little changed after the report. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index maturing in March rose less than 0.1 percent to 1,412.2 at 8:42 a.m. in New York. Treasury securities climbed, sending the yield on the benchmark 10-year note down to 1.71 percent from 1.73 percent late yesterday.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-14/consumer-prices-in-u-s-decline-more-than-forecast-in-november.html

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    Industrial Production in U.S. Jumps on Rebound From Sandy

    By Alex Kowalski – Dec 14, 2012 6:19 AM PT

    Industrial production in the U.S. rose in November by the most in two years as manufacturers recovered from superstorm Sandy.
    Output at factories, mines and utilities increased 1.1 percent last month after a revised 0.7 percent drop in October that was more than initially estimated, the Federal Reserve reported today in Washington. Economists forecast a 0.3 percent advance, according to the Bloomberg survey median. Manufacturing, about 75 percent of production, surged 1.1 percent in November, the most this year.

    Further gains in manufacturing, which has stumbled in the second half of the year, would help the expansion build on the recent pickup in housing and sustained consumer spending. At the same time, the industry faces the hurdles of slower global economies and a lack of clarity on the U.S. budget that has prompted companies to hold back on investment.

    “Manufacturing remains a positive story for the U.S.,” Robert Dye, chief economist at Comerica Inc. in Dallas, said before the report. “Once we get through the near-term concerns about the fiscal cliff, I think there’s a very good story out there. It just remains to be seen how much damage is done to the economy because of the fiscal cliff issues.”

    The Fed said in a statement that the surge in November production “is estimated to have largely resulted from a recovery in production for industries that had been negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

    Stock-index futures erased losses after the figures, with the contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in March climbing 0.1 percent to 1,413.8 at 9:18 a.m. in New York.

    Projections from the 81 economists ranged from a decline of 0.8 percent to an advance of 1 percent. October’s industrial production figure was previously reported as a 0.4 percent drop.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-14/industrial-production-in-u-s-jumps-on-rebound-from-sandy.html

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    EPA to tighten soot rules by 20 percent

    December 14, 6:42 AM By Juliet Eilperin – washingtonpost

    The Environmental Protection Agency will tighten the nation’s soot standards by 20 percent Friday, a move that will force communities across the country to improve air quality by the end of the decade while making it harder for some industries to expand operations without strict pollution controls.

    The new rule limits soot, or fine particulate matter, which stems from activities ranging from burning wood to vehicle emissions and causes disease by entering the lungs and bloodstream. Fine particulate matter measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, or one-thirtieth the width of a human hair, ranks as the country’s most widespread deadly pollutant.

    The new rule is a result of a 2009 court ruling that said the EPA standards for the amount of soot permissible in the air on an annual average ignored the advice of scientific advisers by maintaining the standard established in 1997 and must be rewritten. That limit was 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air.

    EPA has decided to cut the level to 12 micrograms per cubic meter, according to people who have been briefed on the decision, and will announce it Friday afternoon.

    For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/epa-to-tighten-soot-rules-by-20-percent/2012/12/14/5d39c0c0-4541-11e2-8061-253bccfc7532_story.html?hpid=z2

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    12:15 PM ET
    President Obama signs the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 6156)

    • CR says:

      December 06, 2012

      Statement by the President on the Passage of H.R. 6156

      I commend the House and Senate for working on a bipartisan basis to pass legislation to end the application of the Jackson-Vanik amendment to Russia and Moldova, allowing me to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations to both countries. I look forward to receiving and signing this legislation.

      The legislation will ensure that American businesses and workers are able to take full advantage of the WTO rules and market access commitments that the United States worked so hard to negotiate. We are also one step closer to realizing job-creating export opportunities and leveling the playing field for American workers, farmers, ranchers, and service providers. My Administration will continue to work with Congress and our partners to support those seeking a free and democratic future for Russia and promote the rule of law and respect for human rights around the world.

    • CR says:

      December 14, 2012

      Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 6156

      On Friday, December 14, 2012, the President signed into law:

      H.R. 6156, the “Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012,” which authorizes the President to extend to Russia and Moldova Permanent Normal Trade Relations and to sanction persons who are responsible for gross violations of human rights in Russia.

  13. CR says:

    2:15 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Children’s National Medical Center
    Washington, D.C.

    • CR says:

      December 14, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at Children’s National Medical Center

      Children’s National Medical Center
      Washington, D.C.

      2:59 P.M. EST

      Q What are you getting for the President for Christmas?

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh. Well, I can’t tell. Look, they’re going to print it in the papers tomorrow. (Laughter.) What do you think I should get him? Give me some ideas.

      Q I don’t know.

      MRS. OBAMA: Anybody have ideas? What?

      Q An iPad.

      MRS. OBAMA: An iPad. He has one. (Laughter.)

      Q iPad mini?

      MRS. OBAMA: An iPad mini. (Laughter.) All right. Thank you for that. All right, we’ll see. It will be something nice.

      Q A TV?

      MRS. OBAMA: No TV. A.J. had a question. A.J. is looking for the mic. There you go, go get the mic, A.J.

      Q My name is A.J. (Laughter.) And I want everything. (Laughter.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Yes. You got that? Everything. Thank you, sir. Here, come sit down.

      Q My name is Yasmine.

      MRS. OBAMA: Hi, sweeties. Oh, my goodness.

      Q What do you do on Christmas Eve?

      MRS. OBAMA: What do we do on Christmas Eve? That is a very good question. Sometimes we watch a movie together, we’ll have a nice dinner, and then we go to bed kind of early because we’ve got to be in bed in time for Santa to get there. So Malia and Sasha try to get to bed early so that Santa can come.

      Q Does Bo go to bed early in the morning?

      MRS. OBAMA: The question is, does Bo go to bed early in the morning. He does. He actually gets pretty tired early. He’s usually a lump by about 7:00.

      Q By 7:00!

      MRS. OBAMA: 7:00 is when he’s pretty much run out of energy.

      Q Well, maybe that’s like an (inaudible.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Yes. All right, next question.

      Q Hi. How many chimneys do you have at the White House?

      MRS. OBAMA: Chimneys, this is a good question. I just asked this. We have 54 [26] fireplaces, and 12 chimneys.

      Q Wow.

      MRS. OBAMA: It’s a big house. (Laughter.)

      Q Thank you.

      MRS. OBAMA: So Santa has many, many options at the White House.

      Yes, sir.

      Q Does Santa have to go through Secret Service to visit the White House? (Laughter.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Does he have to go through Secret Service? Well, Santa is probably one of the only people in the world that has his own Secret Service pass. I mean, everybody knows Santa — even the Secret Service. So they give him a pass.

      Q Got it.

      MRS. OBAMA: He’s got the highest security clearance there is.

      Q Okay.

      MRS. OBAMA: Okay.

      Q Do you give Bo a gift for Christmas?

      MRS. OBAMA: I do. Let’s cover his ears. (Laughter.) He’s probably going to get some stuffed toys. He likes the stuffed toys as opposed to the hard toys, because he chewed all of his toys up. So he’s out of toys, and he loves the fluffy toys so I’m going to get him some new fluffy toys.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/14/remarks-first-lady-childrens-national-medical-center

  14. 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

  15. CR says:

    3:15 PM ET
    President Obama delivers a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room about the shooting at a Connecticut school.

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Delivers-Statement-on-Connecticut-School-Shooting/10737436613/

    • CR says:

      December 14, 2012

      Statement by the President on the School Shooting in Newtown, CT

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      3:15 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families.

      We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.

      The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.

      So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.

      As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

      This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter and we’ll tell them that we love them, and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight. And they need all of us right now. In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as Americans. And I will do everything in my power as President to help.

      Because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need — to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories but also in ours.

      May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.

      END
      3:20 P.M. EST

    • CR says:

      December 14, 2012

      Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

      HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT

      – – – – – – –

      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 18, 2012. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

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

      BARACK OBAMA

  16. CR says:

    3:30 PM ET
    President Obama meets with Ambassador Susan Rice.

  17. CR says:

    Pres. and Michelle Obama Interview Preview with Barbara Walters

    Published on Dec 14, 2012

    First couple discusses marijuana legalization, iPad apps and Robin Roberts with Barbara Walters. Christmas at the White House aires tonight at 10 ET on ABC.

    • COS says:

      Hey CR. Hope all is well. My heart is broken tonight over this tragedy in CT. Thanks for this clip from 20/20. It briefly took my mind off the events of today. This thread is right on time.

  18. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, December 15 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  19. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    December 15, 2012
    U.S. Women vs. China PR Women
    7 p.m. ET
    FAU Stadium
    Florida, USA

    • CR says:

      U.S. WNT Beats China PR 4-1 to Wrap up 2012

      The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated China PR 4-1 in the 10th and final game of the Fan Tribute Tour, Presented by Panasonic. Abby Wambach (2), Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux scored the goals at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.

      Wambach Scores Four in Two-Game Stretch, Her 151st and 152nd Career Goals on Saturday, to Move Within Six Goals of Mia Hamm’s World Record of 158

      Wambach and Alex Morgan Tie U.S. WNT Duo Record with 55 Combined Goals in 2012, Matching Mark Set by Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings in 1991

      U.S. Women Finish a Spectacular 2012 Campaign at 28-1-3, Will Start 2013 Schedule on Feb. 9 Against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla.

      BOCA RATON, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated China PR 4-1 in front of 10,493 fans at Florida Atlantic University Stadium to cap off the 10-game 2012 Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic.

      Abby Wambach scored her 151st and 152nd career goals, Megan Rapinoe tallied an unassisted game-winner from 40 yards out and Sydney Leroux scored her record 14th goal off the bench as the 2012 London Olympic gold medalists finished the year with a 28-1-3 record.

      U.S. defender and team captain Christie Rampone earned her 276th career cap on the night to move into sole possession of second place all-time, moving ahead of Mia Hamm (275 caps from 1987-2004) and behind only Kristine Lilly who had 352 caps from 1987-2010.

      The match marked the final game for U.S. interim head coach Jill Ellis, who compiled a 5-0-2 record in the final seven games of the Fan Tribute Tour. New head coach Tom Sermanni officially begins his tenure on Jan. 1, 2013. The U.S. WNT will take a much-deserved break over the holiday season and start its 2013 schedule on Feb. 9 against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla.

      Wambach finished the year with 27 goals, the second most for her in a calendar year. Combined with Alex Morgan’s 28 goals, the two forwards tied a U.S. WNT record for most combined goals scored by two players in a calendar year, equaling the mark of 55 goals set by Michelle Akers (39 goals) and Carin Jennings (16 goals) in 1991.

      For more: http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Womens-National-Team/2012/12/WNT-Beast-China-PR-4-1-in-Boca-Raton.aspx

  20. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Hello CR and all friends! Here’s HOPING that tomorrow is a better day. Grateful for President Obama’s wisdom and compassion in the midst of tragedy.

    >^..^<

  21. CR says:

    December 15, 2012

    Weekly Address: Nation Grieves for Those Killed in Tragic Shooting in Newtown, CT

    On Friday, we learned that more than two dozen people were killed when a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Most of those who died were just young children with their whole lives ahead of them. And every parent in America has a heart heavy with hurt.

    Among the fallen were also teachers – men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.

    So our hearts are broken today. We grieve for the families of those we lost. And we keep in our prayers the parents of those who survived. Because as blessed as they are to have their children home, they know that their child’s innocence has been torn away far too early.

    As a nation, we have endured far too many of these tragedies in the last few years. An elementary school in Newtown. A shopping mall in Oregon. A house of worship in Wisconsin. A movie theater in Colorado. Countless street corners in places like Chicago and Philadelphia.

    Any of these neighborhoods could be our own. So we have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this. Regardless of the politics.

    This weekend, Michelle and I are doing what I know every parent is doing – holding our children as close as we can and reminding them how much we love them.

    There are families in Connecticut who can’t do that today. And they need all of us now. Because while nothing can take the place of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need – to remind them that we are there for them; that we are praying for them; and that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their own memories, but also in their community, and their country.

    Thank you.

    • CR says:

      Sympathy over US school shooting stretches globe

      12/15/12 By By CASSANDRA VINOGRAD | Associated Press – 1 hr 14 mins ago

      LONDON (AP) — As the world joined Americans in mourning the school massacre in Connecticut, many urged U.S. politicians to honor the 28 victims, especially the children, by pushing for stronger gun control laws.

      Twitter users and media personalities in the U.K. immediately invoked Dunblane — a 1996 shooting in that small Scottish town which killed 16 children. That tragedy prompted a campaign that ultimately led to tighter gun controls effectively making it illegal to buy or possess a handgun in the U.K.

      “This is America’s Dunblane,” British CNN host Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter. “We banned handguns in Britain after that appalling tragedy. What will the U.S. do? Inaction not an option.”

      Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard called Friday’s attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a “senseless and incomprehensible act of evil.”

      “Like President Obama and his fellow Americans, our hearts too are broken,” Gillard said in a statement, referring to the U.S. leader’s emotional expression of condolence.

      Australia confronted a similar tragedy in 1996, when a man went on a shooting spree in the southern state of Tasmania, killing 35 people.

      The mass killing sparked outrage across the country and led the government to impose strict new gun laws, including a ban on semi-automatic rifles.

      Rupert Murdoch recalled that incident in a Twitter message calling the shootings “terrible news” and asking “when will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy.”

      The mass shooting in Connecticut left 28 people dead, including 20 children. The gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, killed his mother at their home Friday before beginning his deadly rampage inside the school in Newtown, then committed suicide, police said.

      Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Union’s executive Commission, said: “Young lives full of hope have been destroyed. On behalf of the European Commission and on my own behalf, I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy.”

      British Prime Minister David Cameron, said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of the “horrific shooting.”

      “My thoughts are with the injured and those who have lost loved ones,” he said. “It is heartbreaking to think of those who have had their children robbed from them at such a young age, when they had so much life ahead of them.”

      Queen Elizabeth II sent a message to President Barack Obama, saying she was shocked to learn of the “dreadful loss of life” and that the thoughts and prayers of all in the U.K. are with those affected by the events.

      The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI conveyed “his heartfelt grief and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the victims and their families, and to all those affected by the shocking event” in a condolence message to the monsignor of the diocese in Connecticut that includes Newtown.

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her “deepest sympathy” is reserved for relatives of the victims.

      “Once again we stand aghast at a deed that cannot be comprehended,” she said in a statement. “The thought of the murdered pupils and teachers makes my heart heavy.”

      But amid the messages of condolences, much of the discussion after the Connecticut rampage centered on gun control — a baffling subject for many in Asia and Europe, where mass shootings also have occurred but where access to guns is much more heavily restricted.

      In messages to Obama, French President Francois Hollande said he was “horrified” by the shooting while Prince Albert II in the tiny principality of Monaco expressed sadness over the “unspeakable tragedy.”

      Russian leader Vladimir Putin called the events “particularly tragic” given that the majority of the victims were children. “Vladimir Putin asked Barack Obama to convey words of support and sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and expressed his empathy with the American people,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

      Father Giuseppe Piemontese — an Assisi-based official of the Franciscan order, founded to further the cause of peace — lamented that there are “so many, too many” tragic shootings that “raise the question about the ease with which you can legally procure arms in the United States, to then use them in a murderous way.”

      The attack quickly dominated public discussion in China, rocketing to the top of topic lists on social media and becoming the top story on state television’s main noon newscast.

      China has seen several rampage attacks at schools in recent years, though the attackers there usually use knives and not guns. The most recent attack happened Friday, when a knife-wielding man injured 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in central China.

      With more than 100,000 Chinese studying in U.S. schools, a sense of shared grief came through.

      “Parents with children studying in the U.S. must be tense.

      School shootings happen often in the U.S. Can’t politicians put away politics and prohibit gun sales?” Zhang Xin, a wealthy property developer, wrote on her feed on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo service, where she has 4.9 million followers.

      Some in South Korea, whose government does not allow people to possess guns privately, also blamed a lack of gun control in the United States for the high number of deaths in Connecticut.

      Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s top daily, speculated in an online report that it appears “inevitable” that the shooting will prompt the U.S. government to consider tighter gun control.

      In Thailand, which has one of Asia’s highest rates of murder by firearms and has seen schools attacked by Islamist insurgents in its southern provinces, a columnist for the English-language daily newspaper The Nation blamed American culture for fostering a climate of violence.

      “Repeated incidents of gunmen killing innocent people have shocked the Americans or us, but also made most people ignore it quickly,” Thanong Khanthong wrote on Twitter.

      “Intentionally or not, Hollywood and video games have prepared people’s mind to see killings and violence as normal and acceptable,” he wrote.

      Condolences poured in also from Baghdad.

      “We feel sorry for the victims and their families,” said Hassan Sabah, 30, owner of stationary shop in eastern Baghdad. “This tragic incident shows there is no violence-free society in the world, even in Western and non-Muslim countries.”

      Samir Abdul-Karim, a 40-year-old government employee from eastern Baghdad said the attack “shows clearly that U.S.

      society is not perfect and the Americans do have people with criminal minds and who are ready to kill for the silliest reasons.”

      Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his condolences to the American nation at the start of his remarks in Kabul on Saturday about Afghanistan’s foreign policy.

      “Such incidents should not happen anywhere in the world,” Karzai said, adding that Afghanistan frequently witnesses such tragedies and can sympathize with those affected.

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu echoed those sentiments in a letter to Obama expressing his horror at the “savage massacre,” saying that his country knows the “shock and agony” such cruel acts can bring.

      Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda sent a condolence message to Obama for the families of the victims.

      “The sympathy of the Japanese people is with the American people,” he said. In Japan, guns are severely restricted and there are extremely few gun-related crimes.

      In the Philippines, a society often afflicted by gun violence, President Benigno Aquino III said he and the Filipino people stand beside the United States “with bowed heads, yet in deep admiration over the manner in which the American people have reached out to comfort the afflicted, and to search for answers that will give meaning and hope to this grim event.”

      Close to 50 people gathered Saturday on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach to mourn the victims as part of a demonstration organized by an anti-violence group called Rio de Paz, or Rio of Peace.

      Twenty-six black crosses were planted on the white sands of the beach — one for each victim at the school. Messages of solidarity written in English hung from some the crosses.

      One of them read: “In Brazil we understand the pain of senseless violence. We grieve the pain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.”

  22. CR says:

    Secretary of state faints, sustains concussion

    12/15/12 By By MATTHEW LEE | Associated Press – 28 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday.

    The 65-year-old Clinton, who’s expected to leave her job soon after serving as America’s top diplomat during President Barack Obama’s first term, is recovering at home after the incident last week and is being monitored by doctors, according to a statement by aide Philippe Reines.

    No further details were immediately available.

    The statement said Clinton was dehydrated because of the virus and that she fainted and sustained a concussion. She will continue to work from home in the week ahead and looks forward to being back in the office “soon,” the statement said.

    Congressional aides do not expect her to testify as scheduled at congressional hearings on Thursday into the Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.

    The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss Clinton’s status.

    Clinton backed out of a trip to North Africa and the Persian Gulf on Monday because she was sick. She caught the virus during a recent visit to Europe.

    She’s known for her grueling travel schedule and is the most traveled secretary of state, having visited 112 countries while in the job.

  23. 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

  24. CR says:

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