Feeding America 2012

Feeding America (aka Second Harvest) is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Each year, the Feeding America network provides food to more than 37 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.

Their network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, securing and distributing more than 2.5 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually. Those member food banks support approximately 61,000 local charitable agencies and 70,000 programs, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need.

Learn more about your local Feeding America network member food bank: http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx

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Community Renewal: Supporting a Local Food Bank

Feeding America’s Hungry: The Facts

One hundred percent of food banks responding to a Feeding America survey reported increases in demand for emergency food assistance over the last year.  Demand for emergency food assistance increased at a rate ranging from 28.6% – 37.7% footnote 1.

Many people are turning to food banks for the first time because of the economic climate. 99.4% of food banks and distribution agencies reported seeing more first time users in the last year. 74% reported seeing more newly unemployed persons. 48% of food banks and distribution agencies reported seeing a greater number of children in their food lines.

Seventy-two percent of food banks do not feel as though they are able to adequately meet the needs of their communities without adjusting the amount of food distributed.

Across the Feeding America network of over 63,000 agencies, 66 percent of pantries, 41 percent of kitchen programs, and 11 percent of shelter programs have no paid staff, relying entirely on volunteers. footnote 2

Commit yourself and a team of your friends and neighbors to help feed America’s hungry.  This tool kit will give you the basics to volunteer at a food bank, start of food drive, recruit a team, organize your group, and make an impact.

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 Some Feeding America (Second Harvest) locations also partner with an organiztion that supplies food for pets. Contact your location to inquire.

39 Responses to Feeding America 2012

  1. CR says:

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    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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      Consumer Credit Reports

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      Senate school security briefing
      Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California, is expected to discuss proposed school security legislation in a briefing with reporters on Capitol Hill.

      10:00 AM ET
      Ben Affleck testifies on DR Congo crisis
      Actor, director and activist Ben Affleck testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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      House Democrats briefing on gun control
      House Democrats will unveil legislation that, if signed into law, would ban the manufacturing of high-capacity magazines for weapons.
      Newtown wants change after mass shooting

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      Ban Ki-moon end-of-year briefing
      United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon holds his regular end-of-the-year news conference with reporters in New York.

      11:45 AM ET
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  2. CR says:

    Feeding America

    Feeding America (aka Second Harvest) is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

    Each year, the Feeding America network provides food to more than 37 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.

    Their network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, securing and distributing more than 2.5 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually. Those member food banks support approximately 61,000 local charitable agencies and 70,000 programs, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need.

    Learn more about your local Feeding America network member food bank: http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx

    • CR says:

      Community Renewal: Supporting a Local Food Bank

      Feeding America’s Hungry: The Facts

      One hundred percent of food banks responding to a Feeding America survey reported increases in demand for emergency food assistance over the last year.  Demand for emergency food assistance increased at a rate ranging from 28.6% – 37.7% footnote 1.

      Many people are turning to food banks for the first time because of the economic climate. 99.4% of food banks and distribution agencies reported seeing more first time users in the last year. 74% reported seeing more newly unemployed persons. 48% of food banks and distribution agencies reported seeing a greater number of children in their food lines.

      Seventy-two percent of food banks do not feel as though they are able to adequately meet the needs of their communities without adjusting the amount of food distributed.

      Across the Feeding America network of over 63,000 agencies, 66 percent of pantries, 41 percent of kitchen programs, and 11 percent of shelter programs have no paid staff, relying entirely on volunteers. footnote 2

      Commit yourself and a team of your friends and neighbors to help feed America’s hungry.  This tool kit will give you the basics to volunteer at a food bank, start of food drive, recruit a team, organize your group, and make an impact.

  3. CR says:

    Builders Hanging Help-Wanted Signs as Industry Rebounds

    Dec 18, 2012 1:29 PM PT By Jeff Kearns – bloomberg

    Construction employment in the U.S. is poised to rebound as a swelling pipeline of projects prompts companies to expand.

    Builders in October had the most job openings and broke ground on more homes than at any time in four years, government data show. Billing by architecture firms, which typically leads construction by at least nine months, is climbing at the fastest pace since December 2010.

    “You have a lot of projects right now in design and development, and as soon as the financing hits and the approvals are out, then the shovels go in the ground,” said Suzanne Breistol, co-owner of ConstructionConnection.com, a Marble Falls, Texas-based employment consulting service.

    While construction payrolls accounted for 4.1 percent of all U.S. employment in November, a six-decade low, industry hiring will ripple through the world’s largest economy, prompting manufacturers, retailers, landscapers, real-estate brokers and transportation companies to also take on staff, according to economist Mark Zandi. About 250,000 construction and related jobs will be created in 2013, 13 percent of the 1.93 million Zandi projects the U.S. will add.

    “Construction is a small share of the job market, but it can be a very large share of job growth, particularly when the construction industry is in an upswing,” said Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania. “A big share of the improvement in jobs growth that I anticipate will come from construction and anything related.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-18/builders-hanging-help-wanted-signs-as-industry-rebounds.html

  4. CR says:

    MBA Purchase Applications

    Released On 12/19/2012 7:00:00 AM For wk12/14, 2012

    Prior Actual
    Composite Index – W/W Change 6.2 % -12.3 %
    Purchase Index – W/W Change 1.0 % -5.0 %
    Refinance Index – W/W Change 8.0 % -14.0 %

    Highlights
    Higher mortgage rates in the December 14 week cooled activity at mortgage bankers where purchase applications fell 5.0 percent, a drop that ends five straight weeks of gains. The report notes that rates increased, not decreased, following the Fed’s decision last week to buy an additional $45 billion of Treasuries per month. MBA specifically cites the increase in rates, up three basis points in the week for 30-year conforming mortgages to 3.50 percent, for a big 14 percent drop in refinancing applications. Next data on the sector will be housing starts and permits later this morning at 8:30 a.m. ET.

    Source: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=450989&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2012&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

  5. CR says:

    2012 Person of the Year: Barack Obama, the President

    Dec. 19, 2012 By Michael Scherer – time

    Twenty-seven years after driving from New York City to Chicago in a $2,000 Honda Civic for a job that probably wouldn’t amount to much, Barack Obama, in better shape but with grayer hair, stood in the presidential suite on the top floor of the Fairmont Millennium Park hotel as flat screens announced his re-election as President of the United States. The networks called Ohio earlier than predicted, so his aides had to hightail it down the hall to join his family and friends. They encountered a room of high fives and fist pumps, hugs and relief.

    The final days of any campaign can alter the psyches of even the most experienced political pros. At some point, there is nothing to do but wait. Members of Obama’s team responded in the only rational way available to them — by acting irrationally. They turned neckties into magic charms and facial hair into a talisman and compulsively repeated past behaviors so as not to jinx what seemed to be working. In Boca Raton, Fla., before the last debate, they dispatched advance staff to find a greasy-spoon diner because they had eaten at a similar joint before the second debate, on New York’s Long Island. They sent senior strategist David Axelrod a photograph of the tie he had to find to wear on election night: the same one he wore in 2008. Several staffers on Air Force One stopped shaving, like big-league hitters in the playoffs. Even the President succumbed, playing basketball on Election Day at the same court he played on before winning in 2008.

    Read more: http://poy.time.com/2012/12/19/person-of-the-year-barack-obama/#ixzz2FVKNSez1

  6. CR says:

    Housing Starts in U.S. Cap Strongest Three Months in Four Years

    Dec 19, 2012 5:30 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Builders in November capped the strongest three months for residential construction in four years and permits climbed as record-low borrowing costs buoyed the U.S. housing market.

    Starts fell 3 percent to a 861,000 annual rate from a revised 888,000 annual pace in October, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The median estimate of 85 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a drop to 872,000. Building permits, a proxy for future construction, advanced to a four-year high.

    Low mortgage rates and an improving job market are boosting builders such as Toll Brothers Inc. (TOL), which are now able to raise prices as sales climb and inventory shrinks. Gains in housing will help shore up economic growth this quarter as businesses curb spending on concern lawmakers will fail to avert the tax increases and spending cuts slated to take effect in 2013.

    “Housing is no longer a net negative dragging down the economy,” Lindsey Piegza, an economist with FTN Financial in New York, said before the report. “It’s taking clear steps in the right direction. We’re starting to see very clear signs of modest, slow recovery.”

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from 830,000 to 950,000. The prior month was revised down from a previously reported 894,000 pace. The average rate of housing starts from September through November was the strongest since the three months ended August 2008.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-19/housing-starts-in-u-s-cap-strongest-three-months-in-four-years.html

  7. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:45 AM ET
    President Obama and Vice President Biden announce steps in addressing the debate about gun policy in Washington.

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-to-Discuss-Gun-Violence/10737436729/

    • CR says:

      Press Conference with President Barack Obama
      Subject: Gun Violence
      Also Present: Vice President Joseph Biden
      Location: White House Briefing Room, the White House, Washington, D.C.
      Time: 12:01 p.m. EST, Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

      PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Good morning (sic), everybody.

      It’s now been five days since the heartbreaking tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, three days since we gathered as a nation to pray for the victims, and today a few more of the 20 small children and six educators who were taken from us will be laid to rest.

      We may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. We do know that every day since, more Americans have died of gun violence. We know such violence has terrible consequences for our society. And if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try.

      Over these past five days, a discussion has re-emerged as to what we might do, not only to deter mass shootings in the future, but to reduce the epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every single day. And it’s encouraging that people of all different backgrounds and beliefs and political persuasions have been willing to challenge some old assumptions and to change long-standing positions.

      That conversation has to continue, but this time the words need to lead to action. We know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply held passions and political divides. And as I said on Sunday night, there’s no law or set or laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. We’re going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. We’re going to need to look more closely at a culture that all-too-often glorifies guns and violence. And any actions we must take, must begin inside the home and inside our hearts.

      But the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. The fact that we can’t prevent ever act of violence doesn’t mean that we can’t steadily reduce the violence and prevent the very worst violence. That’s why I’ve asked the vice president to lead an effort that includes members of my Cabinet and outside organizations to come up with a set of concrete proposals no later than January — proposals that I then intend to push without delay.

      This is not some Washington commission. This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside.

      This is a team that has a very specific task to pull together real reforms right now. I asked Joe to lead this effort in part because he wrote the 1994 crime bill that helped law enforcement bring down the rate of violent crime in this country. That plan — that bill also included the assault weapons ban that was publicly supported at the time by former presidents, including Ronald Reagan.

      The good news is there’s already a growing consensus for us to build from. A majority of Americans support banning the sale of military-style assault weapons. A majority of Americans support banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips. A majority of Americans support laws requiring background checks before all gun purchases so that criminals can’t take advantage of legal loopholes to buy a gun from somebody who won’t take the responsibility of doing a background check at all.

      I urge the new Congress to hold votes on these measures next year in a timely manner. And considering Congress hasn’t confirmed a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in six years, the agency that works most closely with state and local law enforcement to keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals, I’d suggest that they make this a priority early in the year.

      Look, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. This country has a strong tradition of gun ownership that’s been handed down from generation to generation. Obviously, across the country there are regional differences. There are differences between how people feel in urban areas and rural areas. And the fact is the vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible.

      They buy their guns legally, and they use them safely, whether for hunting or sports shooting, collection or protection.

      But you know what? I am also betting that the majority, the vast majority, of responsible, law-abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law- breaking few from buying a weapon of war. I’m willing to bet that they don’t think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas, that an unbalanced man shouldn’t be able to get his hands on a military-style assault rifle so easily, that in this age of technology, we should be able to check someone’s criminal records before he or she can check out at a gun show, that if we work harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one in Newtown, or any of the lesser- known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day.

      Since Friday morning, a police officer was gunned down in Memphis, leaving four children without their mother. Two officers were killed outside a grocery store in Topeka. A woman was shot and killed inside a Las Vegas casino. Three people were shot inside an Alabama hospital. A 4-year-old was caught in a drive-by in Missouri and taken off life support just yesterday.

      Each one of these Americans was a victim of the everyday gun violence that takes the lives of more than 10,000 Americans every year, violence that we cannot accept as routine. So I will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. We won’t prevent them all, but that can’t be an excuse not to try.

      It won’t be easy, but that can’t be an excuse not to try.

      And I’m not going to be able to do it by myself. Ultimately, if this effort is to succeed, it’s going to require the help of the American people. It’s going to require all of you. If we’re going to change things, it’s going to take a wave of Americans, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals and, yes, gun owners standing up and saying “enough” on behalf of our kids.

      It will take commitment and compromise and most of all, it will take courage. But if those of us who were sent here to serve the public trust can summon even one tiny iota of the courage those teachers, that principal in Newtown summoned on Friday, if cooperation and common sense prevail, then I’m convinced we can make a sensible, intelligent way to make the United States of America a safer, stronger place for our children to learn and to grow.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/19/remarks-president-press-conference

    • CR says:

      The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act

      The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, H.R. 3355, Pub.L. 103-322, was an act of Congress dealing with crime and law enforcement that became law in 1994. It is the largest crime bill in the history of the US at 356 pages and will provide for 100,000 new police officers, $9.7 billion in funding for prisons and $6.1 billion in funding for prevention programs which were designed with significant input from experienced police officers. Sponsored by U.S. Representative Jack Brooks of Texas, the bill was originally written by Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

      Following the 101 California Street shootings, the 1993 Waco Siege, and other high-profile instances of violent crime, the act expanded federal law in several ways. One of the most noted sections was the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. Other parts of the act provided for a greatly expanded federal death penalty, new classes of individuals banned from possessing firearms, and a variety of new crimes defined in statutes relating to immigration law, hate crimes, sex crimes, and gang-related crime.

      Federal Assault Weapons Ban

      Title XI, subtitle A, formally known as the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, but commonly known as the Federal Assault Weapons Ban or Semiautomatic Assault Weapons Ban, barred the manufacture of 19 specific semi-automatic firearms, classified as “assault weapons” (a non-technical term), as well as any semi-automatic rifle, pistol, or shotgun that is capable of accepting a detachable magazine, and which has two or more of the following features: A telescoping or folding stock, a pistol grip, a flash suppressor, a grenade launcher, and a bayonet lug.

      This law also banned possession of newly-manufactured magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.

      This section took effect September 13, 1994, and expired on September 13, 2004, due to a sunset provision. Therefore, it is now, once again, legal to own or possess the subject firearms as well as magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.

      The National Rifle Association and other organizations argued that the ban was unconstitutional and violated the Second Amendment. See firearm case law.

      For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violent_Crime_Control_and_Law_Enforcement_Act

    • CR says:

      FLASHBACK: Obama: I Have Expanded Rights of Gun Owners

      Dec 17, 2012 1:38pm Devin Dwyer – abcnews

      Two months after the January 2011 Tucson shooting, President Obama put into writing the same pledge he made last night in Newtown, Conn. “We have a responsibility to do everything we can to put a stop to” tragedies from gun violence, he said in an op-ed in the Arizona Star.

      But in the next sentence, Obama adds this caveat, shedding light on his approach to guns:

      “Like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms,” he wrote. “And, in fact, my administration has not curtailed the rights of gun owners — it has expanded them.”

      In his first month in office, Obama overturned a 20-year ban on loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

      Licensed gun owners from any state can now carry concealed, loaded weapons on federal land.

      Ten months later, as part of an omnibus spending bill, Obama reversed a decade-long ban on transporting firearms by train. Amtrak travelers can now carry unloaded, locked weapons in their checked baggage.

      These actions, and others, are what earned Obama an “F” from the Brady Center for Gun Violence in 2010 for “extraordinary silence and passivity” on gun control. But Obama saw the moves differently.

      “The fact is, almost all gun owners in America are highly responsible,” Obama wrote in the Star. “They’re our friends and neighbors. They buy their guns legally and use them safely, whether for hunting or target shooting, collection or protection. And that’s something that gun-safety advocates need to accept.”

      This outlook offers insight into how the administration will approach what Obama described as the need for “meaningful action” in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre last week.

      As president, Obama has always emphasized the need to keep guns out of the wrong hands, rather than restrict the availability of guns or gun parts themselves. In his few public comments on the issue as president, Obama has called for enforcement of existing laws and improvements to the national background check system.

      The background check system “hasn’t been properly implemented. It relies on data supplied by states – but that data is often incomplete and inadequate,” Obama wrote in his March 2011 op-ed. “We should in fact reward the states that provide the best data – and therefore do the most to protect our citizens… we should make the system faster and nimbler.

      “We should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure that criminals can’t escape it,” he wrote.

      Experts say that beefing up the system — and improving its ability to catch mental illness among potential gun buyers — is something that Obama could do right away via executive order. One proposal includes directing more state or federal agencies with knowledge of a person’s mental competency or drug use to funnel that information into one, central background check system.

      Other gun control proposals that Obama has endorsed, such as requiring background checks for gun sales at trade shows or banning the sale of assault weapons, would require Congressional approval. In spite of six major shootings on his watch, Obama has not publicly pushed for a renewal of an assault weapons ban or new restrictions on high-capacity magazines.

    • CR says:

      Gun Owners React to Obama’s Call for Gun Control

      Published on Dec 19, 2012

  8. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:30 PM EST
    Launch of First-Ever U.S. Action Plan for Children in Adversity
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      U.S. Unveils Plan to Assist Children Facing Adversity

      By Kathryn McConnell | Staff Writer | 20 December 2012

      Washington — Achieving a world where all children survive, grow up with protective family care and are free from deprivation, exploitation and danger is the goal of a new blueprint for U.S. international assistance.

      The five-year plan, introduced December 19 at the White House, is the latest step in the ongoing U.S. effort to improve the lives of children worldwide. In June, the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) joined the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the governments of Ethiopia and India in an event called “Child Survival Call to Action,” designed to accelerate progress on newborn, child and maternal survival. To date, 168 countries have signed on to the initiative.

      USAID will implement the new plan with the departments of State, Labor, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Defense, along with the Peace Corps and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR,) in more than 100 countries.

      More than 100 civil society and faith-based organizations endorsed the plan. A public-private partnership is being formed to mobilize resources to meet its objectives, USAID says.

      Research shows that children who experience violence or are exploited, abandoned, abused or severely neglected face significant threats to their survival and to their social and economic well-being, USAID says. Children in adversity do not have protective family care, or they live in abusive households, on the streets or in institutions. They are trafficked, participate in armed groups or are exploited for labor. Others face risks from extreme poverty, disease, disability or disaster, USAID says.

      Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2012/12/20121220140256.html#ixzz2FiOqFlXd

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      U.S. Action Plan for Children in Adversity

      Published on Dec 21, 2012

      The White House and USAID host an event launching the first-ever US action plan to address children in adversity. December 19, 2012.

  9. CR says:

    President Obama has had to deal with so many major issues in his presidency: second depression, environmental disasters, weather disasters, closing down wars started by his predecessor, terrorists, same sex marriage, immigrants, race, religion, guns and pure blind hate from people.

    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

  10. CR says:

    Next Up..

    6:45 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at the Diplomatic Corps Holiday Reception
    Washington, DC

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      December 19, 2012
      Remarks by the President at the Diplomatic Corps Reception

      State Department
      Washington D.C.

      6:57 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Well, good evening, everyone. It is wonderful to see all of you.

      I want to publicly thank Deputy Secretary Bill Burns. For those of you who don’t know, Bill is only the second career diplomat in American history to rise to the level of Deputy Secretary. (Applause.) It is a tribute to Bill’s extraordinary skills. I first met him when I was a new senator, and I traveled to Moscow. And he was then the ambassador in Moscow, and he immediately impressed me. One of these guys who doesn’t speak loud, but actually has something to say. (Laughter.) Which is hard to find in Washington. (Laughter.) In Washington you have a lot of folks who speak loud and have nothing to say. (Laughter.)

      And so we’re thrilled obviously with the work that he has done, but Bill I think is representative of our incredible Foreign Service officers. So thanks not only to Bill, but to all the outstanding State Department personnel who are working every day, often at great risk, to advance our interests and our ideals around the world.

      Had Secretary Clinton been able to join us, I was going to congratulate her on her record-breaking travels, visiting 112 nations, just about every one of the countries that are represented here this evening — more than 400 travel days; nearly 1 million miles. These are not frequent flyer miles. (Laughter.) She does not get discounts. I suspect she’s not going to be flying commercial that much after she leaves the State Department. But she is tireless and extraordinary.

      I spoke with her this past week. We can’t wait to have her back. And I know that all of you join me in sending her wishes for a speedy recovery.

      Now, we get together like this every year or so around the holidays -— either here or at the White House. It’s a chance for me to express my appreciation for the cooperation and partnership between our countries. That includes the hospitality that you and your fellow citizens show every single day to our diplomats and their families -— Americans who are serving far from home.

      But tonight, I also want to thank you for something else. This obviously continues to be a very difficult week here in America. We’re still grieving and reeling from unspeakable violence that took place in Newtown. I was up there on Sunday. I told the families there that they are not alone; that our entire nation stands with them. But over the past few days what we’ve also seen is that the entire world stands with them; and so many of your countries, your citizens, your leaders have sent messages to them. And I know they are grateful and certainly I am grateful.

      At our embassies and consulates, people are placing flowers and leaving notes. We’ve seen candlelight vigils, and makeshift memorials -— including a beach in Brazil marked by 26 crosses and a bright American flag. Across the globe, people are going online and posting messages and sending emails and texts of support. I think of the woman, a teacher in Lithuania, who said, “I send all my love and prayers to the families. It’s all I can do from so far away, but my heart is now in Newtown.”

      So this evening, I want you and your fellow citizens back home to know how much this has meant to all of us -— to the good people of Newtown, to me, and to the American people. You’ve stood with us, just as we’ve stood with you in similar moments -—whether it’s been a Scottish village, an Australian town, most recently the terrible tragedy at a youth camp in Norway.

      Whether it’s a tsunami that strikes, or an earthquake that levels communities, or when a young girl is targeted and nearly killed, just for wanting to go to school, we’re reminded that terrible things happen in this world, but there are more people of goodwill than people of ill will. And that if we can just remind ourselves of our common humanity, perhaps we can make progress.

      These are moments that pierce through all the noise of our daily lives. And they speak to a larger truth that permeates our work together. You turn on the TV, you open the newspaper, and every day it seems we’re bombarded with images of tension and conflict and division and differences. And that sometimes seems to validate those who believe that civilizations are destined to clash.

      But when you think about the last few days, you’re reminded that there’s a fundamental human response that transcends cultures and transcends borders. And that’s what is represented in this room. You look around the room and we reflect this vast tapestry of human experience — people from every continent and every culture; North, South, East and West; from all the great faiths, every creed and color; men and women. And we’re reminded that whatever differences on the surface, deep down we’re bound by a certain set of basic aspirations.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/19/remarks-president-diplomatic-corps-reception

      ————–

      Diplomatic Corps Holiday Reception

      Published on Dec 19, 2012

      President Obama delivers remarks at the Diplomatic Corps Holiday Reception at the State Department. December 19, 2012.

  11. CR says:

    December 19, 2012

    National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding

    Below is a link to the President’s plan for how the Federal Government will responsibly share and safeguard information that enhances national security and protects the safety of the American people. You can read the plan “National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding” here:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012sharingstrategy_1.pdf National security depends on our ability to share the right information, with the right people, at the right time. Anchored on the 2010 National Security Strategy, the NSISS provides guidance for more effective integration and implementation of policies, processes, standards, and technologies that promote secure and responsible national security information sharing.

  12. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Wednesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  13. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, December 20 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:50 AM
    Vice President Biden speaks on the late Sen. Daniel Inouye as the Senator’s body will lie in state
    Capitol Rotunda.

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    Vice President Biden meets with law enforcement leaders as part of the Administration’s response to Newtown and other tragedies
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building

    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    President Obama visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      December 20, 2012

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

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

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:00 am ET
      Senate Committee Foreign Relations
      U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi, Libya
      Senior State Department officials testified on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi, Libya

      9:50 AM ET
      The late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who represented Hawaii in Congress for more than five decades, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

      10:00 AM ET
      House Democrats briefing on fiscal cliff
      Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, holds a briefing with reporters on the ongoing fiscal cliff crisis.

      11:00 AM ET
      Superstorm Sandy recovery hearing
      A Congressional subcommittee holds a hearing on how areas affected by Superstorm Sandy can rebuild their housing and transportation infrastructures.

      12:00 PM ET
      House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly briefing on Capitol Hill. Topics expected to be discussed include the fiscal cliff crisis and gun control.

      12:00 PM ET
      House considers Boehner’s ‘Plan B’
      House lawmakers are expected to vote on House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” proposal aimed to avert the fiscal cliff.

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

      1:00 PM ET
      House Committee Foreign Affairs
      Report on U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi, Libya

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      8:00 AM ET
      Senate Committee Foreign Relations
      U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi, Libya http://www.c-span.org/Events/Senate-Hearing-on-US-Consulate-Attack-in-Benghazi/10737436726/

      9:00 AM ET
      Senate Committee Foreign Relations
      U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi, Libya
      Senior State Department officials testified on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi, Libya

      9:50 AM ET
      The late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who represented Hawaii in Congress for more than five decades, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Sen-Inouye-Lies-in-State-in-the-Captiol-Rotunda/10737436767/

      10:00 AM ET
      House Democrats briefing on fiscal cliff
      Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, holds a briefing with reporters on the ongoing fiscal cliff crisis.

      11:00 AM ET
      Superstorm Sandy recovery hearing
      A Congressional subcommittee holds a hearing on how areas affected by Superstorm Sandy can rebuild their housing and transportation infrastructures. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Senate-Committee-Looks-at-Rebuilding-Infrastructure-After-Sandy/10737436728/

      12:00 PM ET
      House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly briefing on Capitol Hill. Topics expected to be discussed include the fiscal cliff crisis and gun control.

      12:00 PM ET
      House considers Boehner’s ‘Plan B’
      House lawmakers are expected to vote on House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” proposal aimed to avert the fiscal cliff. http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Debates-the-Plan-B-Tax-Proposal/10737436766/

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

      1:00 PM ET
      House Committee Foreign Affairs
      Report on U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi, Libya http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Hearing-Examines-Security-in-Benghazi-Attack/10737436727/

  14. CR says:

    U.S. Economy Grew 3.1% Last Quarter, More Than Forecast

    Dec 20, 2012 5:40 AM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    The U.S. economy grew at a 3.1 percent annual rate in the third quarter, more than previously reported, reflecting the first gain in state and local government spending in three years, more consumer purchases and a smaller trade gap.

    The revised gross domestic product reading exceeded the highest projection in a Bloomberg survey and compared with a previously estimated 2.7 percent gain, according to Commerce Department figures released today in Washington. The median estimate of economists called for a 2.8 percent advance.

    The world’s largest economy will be hard-pressed to maintain that pace of growth this quarter as global demand cools and companies limit spending and hiring ahead of looming tax increases and spending cuts. While a stronger housing market will provide some cushion, the Federal Reserve is pursuing record stimulus aimed at driving bigger gains for the expansion.

    “This kind of growth is hard to support robust job gains that will bring the unemployment rate down faster, thereby keeping in place the highly accommodative stance of the Fed for quite some time,” Michael Brown, an economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina, said before the report. “We just don’t really see a lot of incentive for businesses to spend right now, and that’s really tied to the fiscal cliff situation.”

    Projections from the 80 economists surveyed ranged from gains of 2.6 percent to 3 percent. Today’s figure marked the third reading for the quarter. The economy expanded at a 1.3 percent pace in the prior three-month period.

    Stock-index futures maintained losses after the figures, with the contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in March falling 0.1 percent to 1,431.1 at 8:40 a.m. in New York.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-20/u-s-economy-grew-3-1-in-third-quarter-more-than-forecast.html

  15. CR says:

    Obama Proving $418 Billion Bailout No Failure as GM Buys

    By Ian Katz – Dec 20, 2012 4:51 AM PT

    The U.S. Treasury’s plan to sell its remaining 32 percent stake in General Motors Co. (GM) is a leap forward for the Obama administration’s effort to end a $418 billion bailout program that in four years was transformed from a political albatross to a winning campaign issue.

    The decision to exit GM within the next 15 months, and the Treasury’s sale last week of its remaining shares of insurer American International Group Inc. (AIG), will erase two corporate symbols of the 2008 financial crisis from the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program. Taxpayers spent $182.3 billion on AIG and $49.5 billion to rescue GM.

    “This shows that the Obama administration, as it enters its second term, wants to close the book on TARP as quickly as practicable,” said Stephen Myrow, who worked on the program in 2008 as a Treasury official in the administration of George W. Bush and is now managing director at ACG Analytics Inc., an investment research and consulting firm in Washington.

    The stock sales, announced as Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner prepares to leave office, mark a turnaround for the Obama administration. Public anger over the bailouts, initially intended to prevent a financial meltdown by rescuing banks, helped the Republican Party retake the House of Representatives in 2010. Two years later, President Barack Obama turned the issue against Republican opponent Mitt Romney to help win Ohio and Michigan, key states in the presidential contest.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-20/obama-proving-418-billion-bailout-no-failure-as-gm-buys-shares.html

  16. CR says:

    Biden, Cabinet to discuss combating violence Thursday

    12/19/12 6:18 PM EST By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

    Vice President Joe Biden and members of the Cabinet will have their first meeting to discuss combating violence on Thursday, a White House official said.

    It will be the first gathering of the Biden-led group tasked with developing proposals to respond to Friday’s shooting in Newtown, Conn. and other mass acts of violence. President Obama announced the group’s formation on Wednesday and instructed it to formulate recommendations by January.

    Joining Biden on the panel are Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

    Biden and the Cabinet members will meet with “law enforcement leaders from across the country who are on the front lines every day protecting our communities to discuss an effective path forward,” as well as White House officials.

  17. CR says:

    9:50 AM ET
    Vice President Biden speaks on the late Sen. Daniel Inouye as the Senator’s body will lie in state
    Capitol Rotunda.

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Sen-Inouye-Lies-in-State-in-the-Capitol-Rotunda/10737436767/

  18. CR says:

    Corporate Profits

    Released On 12/20/2012 8:30:00 AM For Q3:12

    Prior Actual
    After-tax Profits – Y/Y change 18.6 % 17.9 %

    Highlights
    Corporate profits in the third quarter rose to $1.742 trillion annualized (originally $1.752 trillion), up from to $1.665 trillion in the second quarter. Profits in the third quarter grew an annualized 19.9 percent (originally 22.7 percent) after contracting 1.4 percent in the second quarter. Profits are after tax but without inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments. Corporate profits on a year-on-year basis increased 17.9 percent, compared to up 14.5 percent in the second quarter.

    Source; http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=451388&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2012&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

  19. CR says:

    Consumer Comfort in U.S. Climbs to an Eight-Month High

    Dec 20, 2012 6:45 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence in the U.S. climbed last week to the highest level in eight months as Americans’ views on the economy improved.
    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to minus 31.9 in the period ended Dec. 16, from minus 34.5 in the prior week. The gauge is within a half point of a four-year high reached in April. Concerns about the future were evident in the monthly economic expectations gauge, also released today, which fell to zero in December from a nine-month high of 4 in November.

    Gains in employment, a rebound in housing that’s boosting home equity, and lower gasoline prices are giving households reason to be upbeat during the holiday-shopping season. At the same time, an impending rise in taxes and cuts in government spending threaten to set back consumer optimism as the world’s largest economy enters 2013.

    “Consumer sentiment, along with the economy, has stabilized at low levels likely reflecting improved labor and housing markets,” said Joseph Brusuelas, senior economist at Bloomberg LP in New York. A decline in after-tax income in 2013 “will likely weigh heavily on consumer sentiment going forward if policy is not changed.”

    Other reports today showed the economy grew more than previously reported, and applications for jobless benefits rose. Gross domestic product expanded at a 3.1 percent annual rate in the third quarter, reflecting the first gain in state and local government spending in three years, more consumer purchases and a smaller trade gap, according to Commerce Department figures. The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance payments climbed to 361,000 in the week ended Dec. 15, the Labor Department reported.

    Stocks were little changed after the figures. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed less than 0.1 percent to 1,436.33 at 9:35 a.m. in New York.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-20/consumer-comfort-in-u-s-climbs-to-an-eight-month-high.html

  20. CR says:

    Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Climb to Three-Year High

    Dec 20, 2012 7:00 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Sales of previously owned homes rose more than forecast in November to reach a three-year high as lower borrowing costs sustained the U.S. housing rebound.

    Purchases of existing houses increased 5.9 percent to a 5.04 million annual rate, the most since November 2009, the National Association of Realtors reported today in Washington. The median forecast of 82 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected an increase to a 4.9 million rate. Property values climbed 10.1 percent over the past 12 months as inventories dropped to the lowest level in 11 years.

    “The housing market is staged for continued improvement,” Anika Khan, senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina, before the report. “Underlying fundamentals are continuing to improve despite uncertainty. We’re seeing better labor market numbers, and that’s also reflected in better consumer confidence. Sales activity is going to be volatile but the underlying trend is still improving.”

    Economists’ estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from 4.59 million to 5.15 million. The prior month’s pace was revised to 4.76 million from a previously reported 4.79 million.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-20/sales-of-existing-u-s-homes-climb-to-three-year-high.html

  21. CR says:

    FHFA House Price Index

    Released On 12/20/2012 10:00:00 AM For Oct, 2012

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    M/M change 0.2 % 0.3 % 0.0 % to 1.5 % 0.5 %
    Y/Y change 4.4 % 5.6 %

    Highlights
    October FHFA home prices were up a better than expected 0.5 percent after remaining virtually unchanged in September. Analysts expected home prices to increase 0.3 percent in October. On the year, the index was up 5.6 percent after increasing 4.1 percent the month before.

    Regionally prices continue to be mixed. For the nine census divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly price changes on the month ranged from minus 1.3 percent in the Middle Atlantic division to plus 2.0 percent in the Pacific division while the 12-month changes ranged from a decline of 0.1 percent in the New England division to a 13.1 percent jump in the Mountain division.

    With recent manufacturing data showing that sector wavering, it is good news that housing is showing signs of improvement.

    Source: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=451560&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2012&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

  22. CR says:

    1:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden meets with law enforcement leaders as part of the Administration’s response to Newtown and other tragedies
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building

    • CR says:

      December 20, 2012

      Remarks by the Vice President at a Meeting With Law Enforcement Leaders

      Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Room 208

      1:17 P.M. EST

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Let me start by thanking — I look around this table, and I’ve worked with — excluding the Cabinet and administration officials, I’ve worked some of you for a long, long time. All the police organizations represented here have been my friends and allies for over 35 years.

      And the President asked me to convene this meeting with you, and we’ll be talking to other stakeholders as well because we have to have a comprehensive way in which to respond to the mass murder of our children that we saw in Connecticut, but that’s not the only —

      I want to talk to you all about — in the way we’ve always talked in the past. We sat down. We were writing the crime bill years ago, and everybody thought that was a — just an exercise to reach out and pretend we cared about what you thought — you, the police organizations, were the organizations that came forward and not only dealt with the punishment-incarceration side of it, you were the ones who came up with the ideas about community policing. You came up with the ideas about reaching out, having drug courts. You were the — you know better than anyone what is needed out there. And what I think the public has learned about you is you have a much more holistic view of how to deal with violence on our streets and in our country that you’re ever given credit for.

      I know you all. I know you well. And so you’re the first group with whom, when the President gave me this charge, along with some of our Cabinet colleagues here, you’re the first group that I wanted to speak with.

      So what I’d like to do is — the President is absolutely committed to keeping his promise that we will act, and we will act in a way that is designed — even if, as he says, we can only save one life, we have to take action. And there are a number of things you know because I’ve spoken with you all for so many years and continue to have a relationship over the past four years that there are some things we can immediately do.

      And we’re going to need your help. We see no reason why the assault weapons ban, quite frankly, you guys helped me write in the original crime bill. It passed the Senate then didn’t get past the House. And then we went back at it again with Dianne Feinstein’s leadership, she convinced people to put it back in the bill. We’ve worked on everything from cop-killer bullets to the type of weapons that should be off the street and a whole lot else. So that’s what I want to talk to you about today. I want to hear your views because for anything to get done, we’re going to need your advocacy. We’re going to need your advocacy with law enforcement organizations in this country.

      And so with that, I’d like to disinvite the press out of the room. (Laughter.) We’re going to have a frank discussion, and as these women and men in uniform around this table know, we are never not frank with one another. So I’m anxious to get to a discussion.

      END
      1:21 P.M. EST

    • CR says:

      U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Newtown, Gun Violence

      Published on Dec 21, 2012

      Earlier this week, correspondent Gwen Ifill sat down with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the PBS special report “After Newtown,” which airs 8 p.m. ET Friday, one week after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The PBS special will be streamed to national audiences at PBS.org/afternewtown

  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:

    States Gain in Economic Health as Manufacturing Grows

    By Jeff Kearns & Ilan Kolet – Dec 20, 2012 11:10 AM PT

    Most U.S. states showed signs of improvement in their economic health as a four-year high in industrial production spurred gains in the so-called Rust Belt region where manufacturing accounts for a larger share of jobs.

    Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, contiguous Midwestern states that are home to 13 percent of Americans, posted four of the eight biggest gains for the three months ending in September, according to the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States Index. The economic health of 27 states improved in the third quarter from the previous three months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    “We’re seeing the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing,” said Robert Dye, chief economist at Comerica Inc. (CMA) in Dallas. “It’s a potential bright spot and it’s one of the good news stories that’s still out there for the U.S. economy.”

    The 13 percent average share of manufacturing employment in the four states compares with the 8.9 percent level for the U.S. as a whole. The Federal Reserve’s gauge of industrial production at factories, mines and utilities rose in July to 97.9, the most since June 2008, seven months into the longest and deepest U.S. recession since the Great Depression. The pace of auto sales jumped to a four-year high in September.

    The BEES Index is based on the performance of local-company shares, tax collections, home prices, mortgage delinquencies, job growth and personal income, giving equal weight to each component. It is intended to indicate the direction of each economy, rather than absolute health, so a state that’s quickly rebounding will receive a higher rank than one with a steady but slower pace of growth.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-20/states-gain-in-economic-health-as-manufacturing-grows.html

  25. CR says:

    The House Republicans’ Spending Reduction Act of 2012 Will Hurt Middle Class Families

    Amy Brundage December 20, 2012 03:24 PM EST

    The House Republicans introduced a bill last night, The Spending Reduction Act of 2012, that would negatively impact the American people in several ways. Let’s take a quick look:

    * It entirely eliminates federal funding for services like Meals on Wheels – which serves 1.7 million seniors – by getting rid of the Social Services Block Grant. This would also eliminate federal funds for child care and related assistance for 4.4 million children; services for nearly 1 million disabled individual; and child protective services which serve 1.8 million at-risk children

    * They also dismantle programs that help homeowners and prevents foreclosures, one of the most critical sources of federal assistance for homeowners who are struggling with foreclosure and need loan modifications. Not only would this limit the home preservation options available to struggling homeowners but would also undermine efforts to support the housing market’s fragile recovery

    * And they eliminate guaranteed funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, significantly weakening its ability to make sure that the financial products and services that Americans depend on every day —including credit cards, mortgages, and loans—work better for the people who use them.

    The bill also advances Rep. Paul Ryan’s approach to domestic discretionary spending, cutting the discretionary cap level far below the bipartisan Budget Control Act total for 2013. The Ryan Budget approach would ultimately impose deep cuts on federal support for education, scientific and medical research, clean energy programs, key infrastructure investments, public safety protections, women’s and public health programs, and critical services for families in need.

    This bill is a step backwards and it’s nothing more than a dangerous diversion.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/12/20/house-republicans-spending-reduction-act-2012-will-hurt-middle-class-families

  26. CR says:

    2:15 PM ET
    President Obama visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

  27. CR says:

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