Moment of Silence for Newtown

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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.”

12/15/12 President Obama

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December 21, 2012 - 9:30 AM ET

Please join President Obama and the nation in observing a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting.

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Please join me in lighting a candle for our Nation

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Resources for Parents and Schools After Connecticut Tragedy

December 17, 2012 05:07 PM EST Megan Slack – whitehouse.gov

Following Friday’s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, the Department of Education has provided a number of resources to help parents in the wake of traumatic events, as well as a host of resources to help schools prepare for and recover from crisis.

Below is a list of resources specifically designed for parents and guardians to provide guidance on talking to children after a traumatic event:

* Tips for Adults on How to Talk with Children About Connecticut School Shooting [PDF]

*Helping Young Children and Families Cope with Trauma [PDF]

      * Spanish -

Ayudando a Niños(as) y Familias a Enfrentarse con el Trauma

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* Childhood Traumatic Grief Educational Materials for Parents[PDF]

*Tips for talking to children and youth after traumatic events: A guide for parents and educators [PDF]

*Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters[ PDF]

*Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters [PDF]

*Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children after Disasters [PDF]

*Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents after Disasters [PDF]

Click here for more information and to see documents in additional languages.

In message to schools around the country, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shared some resources from the U.S. Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center.

*Helping Youth and Children Recover from Traumatic Events

*Creating and Updating School Emergency Management Plans

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34 Responses to Moment of Silence for Newtown

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, December 21, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House.

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    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks at the funeral service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye.
    Washington National Cathedral

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    President Obama announces his nomination of Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State
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    President Obama Makes a Statement on the Fiscal Cliff
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    President Obama and the First Family departs Washington D.C. Hawaii

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      December 21, 2012

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

      9:30 AM ET
      President Obama and people across the United States and around the world will observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings.

      10:30 AM ET
      Senator Daniel Inouye memorial service
      President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks

      1:30 PM ET
      President Obama announces his nomination of Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State
      Roosevelt Room

      5:00 PM EST
      President Obama Makes a Statement on the Fiscal Cliff
      The White House

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:00 AM ET
      Religious leaders speak on gun violence
      Senior national religious leaders gather at Washington’s National Cathedral to call on lawmakers to find swift action to end gun violence.

      9:00 AM ET
      Education Secretary Arne Duncan discusses the need for comprehensive protocols and policies to protect students from violence and crime at a Washington forum.

      9:30 AM ET
      President Obama and people across the United States and around the world will observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings.

      10:00 AM ET
      House Speaker John Boehner speaks with reporters on the fiscal cliff crisis and the failure of Plan B on Capitol Hill.

      10:30 AM ET
      Senator Daniel Inouye memorial service
      President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks

      10:45 AM ET
      National Rifle Association Press Conference

      11:45 AM ET
      Space station hatch opening
      The newest crew members to the international space station are welcomed to the facility by the current crew.

      12:30 PM ET
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds a briefing with reporters.

      1:00 PM ET
      House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a news conference to discuss the status of the “fiscal cliff.”

      1:30 PM ET
      President Obama announces his nomination of Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State
      Roosevelt Room

      5:00 PM EST
      President Obama Makes a Statement on the Fiscal Cliff
      The White House

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM ET
      Education Secretary Arne Duncan discusses the need for comprehensive protocols and policies to protect students from violence and crime at a Washington forum. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Education-Secretary-Address-on-School-Safety/10737436816/

      9:30 AM ET
      President Obama and people across the United States and around the world will observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings.

      10:00 AM ET
      House Speaker John Boehner speaks with reporters on the fiscal cliff crisis and the failure of Plan B on Capitol Hill. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Speaker-Boehner-on-Fiscal-Cliff/10737436823/

      10:15 AM ET
      Senator Daniel Inouye memorial service
      President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks http://www.c-span.org/Events/Funeral-Ceremony-for-Sen-Inouye/10737436777/

      10:45 AM ET
      National Rifle Association Press Conference http://www.c-span.org/Events/NRA-News-Conference-in-Response-to-NewtownCT-Shooting/10737436772/

      12:30 PM ET
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds a briefing with reporters.

      1:00 PM ET
      House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a news conference to discuss the status of the “fiscal cliff.” http://www.c-span.org/Events/Rep-Pelosi-News-Briefing/10737436824/

      1:30 PM ET
      President Obama announces his nomination of Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State
      Roosevelt Room http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-to-Nominate-Sen-Kerry-as-Secretary-of-State/10737436833/

      5:00 PM EST
      President Obama Makes a Statement on the Fiscal Cliff
      The White House http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Delivers-Statement-on-the-Fiscal-Cliff/10737436864/

  2. CR says:

    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.”

    12/15/12 President Obama

    • 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:

      Silence, ringing of bells to honor victims of school massacre

      12/21/12 By Edith Honan and Patricia Zengerle | Reuters – 1 hr 20 mins ago

      NEWTOWN, Conn./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Many Americans will remember the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre with a moment of silence on Friday, just before a powerful U.S. gun rights lobbying group plunges into the national debate over gun control.

      Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy called for residents of his state to observe the moment at 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT) to mark a week since a 20-year-old gunman killed his mother and then stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where he shot to death 20 children and six adults before killing himself.

      Malloy’s fellow governors in Maine, Illinois, Michigan and several other states called on residents to follow suit with a moment of silence and to ring bells to remember the dead. The National Cathedral in Washington plans to ring its bell 28 times as part of an interfaith memorial.

      “We have the moral obligation to stand for and with the victims of gun violence and to work to end it,” said Reverend Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, who called on Americans to pray “that we may have courage to act, so that the murderous violence done on Friday may never be repeated.”
      The company that operates the Nasdaq stock exchange said its operations would observe a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m., although market will open trading at that time as usual.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/more-funerals-newtown-white-house-gun-task-force-003934633.html

    • CR says:

      U.S. Education Department Awards $1.3 Million Grant to Newtown, Conn., to Further Support Recovery Efforts

      MAY 24, 2013 ed.gov

      The U.S. Department of Education today announced it is awarding more than $1.3 million to Newtown Public School District to help with ongoing recovery efforts following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December 2012. This grant, which is being made through the Department’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, will support school district leaders as they continue to restore a safe and healthy environment that is critical to teaching and learning.

      The grant announcement comes as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan joins Gov. Dannel Malloy to visit Classical Magnet School in Hartford today at noon. Duncan and Malloy will co-host a town hall at the school to highlight the importance of comprehensive school safety efforts and the need to ensure that all Americans are able to live free of fear.

      “This tragedy has forever changed the entire Newtown community—and our country,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “While we continue efforts to enact President Obama’s comprehensive approach to make our schools and communities safer, we want to do whatever we can to support ongoing recovery efforts and ensure this community has the resources it needs to meet the needs of its teachers, students and families.”

      For more: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-education-department-awards-13-million-grant-newtown-conn-further-support-rec

    • CR says:

      Mother Of Mass Shooting Victim Becomes Gun-Control Advocate

      September 19, 2013 4:00 AM NPR

      Summary: After her daughter was killed in the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo, last year, Sandy Phillips became a full-time advocate for universal background checks for gun buyers. Phillips was on her way to Washington, D.C. to lobby for gun legislation when the Navy Yard shooting happened. She tells Steve Inskeep she’s been meeting with members of Congress.

      Excerpt:

      INSKEEP: You mentioned that you work with family members of victims from other shootings. I’m sorry to say there’s another collection of family members now. You may well meet them.

      PHILLIPS: Yes, we probably will.

      INSKEEP: What advice would you have for them?

      PHILLIPS: Oh, man. First of all, not to let anyone else judge the way you’re grieving. And what is right for you may be abhorrent to someone else. We had a situation within our Aurora families where one of the families who actually live in Aurora went back to the theater opening and sat in the seat that their son had been sitting in before he was killed.

      And we were just – oh my god. I could never do that. I mean my husband and I, we can’t go to a movie. We’ll never go to a movie again. I can’t smell popcorn, I can’t look at popcorn without gagging. This is the last thing my daughter ate. My life and their life are very different. That was where he and his son really bonded, was at the movies. They loved going to movies together.

      And he knew that the only way he was going to get that 500 pound gorilla off of his back was to face it. So first of all, don’t let anyone judge how you’re grieving. Second of all, find an outlet, whatever that outlet is. Find an outlet that you can pour yourself into to help the process.

      INSKEEP: Sandy Phillips, thanks for coming by.

      PHILLIPS: Thank you for having me.

      For the entire audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2013/09/19/223965801/mother-of-colo-mass-shooting-victim-becomes-gun-control-advocate

  3. CR says:

    The Great 2012 Doomsday Scare11.09.09

    Scenes from the motion picture “2012.” Courtesy Columbia Pictures.This guest article on 2012 was written by E. C. Krupp, Director of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and is reprinted with permission from Sky & Telescope Magazine. The publisher and the author reserve all rights. All opinions are the author’s own.

    The year 2012 is acting like a badly behaved celebrity. Frightful rumors and gossip are spreading. Already more than a half dozen books are marketing, to eager fans, astronomical fears about 2012 End Times. Opening in theaters on Friday, Nov. 13, will be 2012, a $200-million disaster movie that seems designed to break all records for disaster spectacles — with cracking continents, plunging asteroids, burning cities, and a tsunami throwing an aircraft carrier through the White House. The movie’s ominous slogan: “Find out the truth.” Two other major movies about the 2012 doomsday are also reported to be in the works.

    Anyone who cruises the internet or all-night talk radio knows why. The ancient Maya of Mexico and Guatemala kept a calendar that is about to roll up the red carpet of time, swing the solar system into transcendental alignment with the heart of the Milky Way, and turn Earth into a bowling pin for a rogue planet heading down our alley for a strike.

    None of it is true. People you know, however, are likely becoming a bit afraid that modern astronomy and Maya secrets are indeed conspiring to bring our doom. If people know you’re an astronomer, they will soon be asking you all about it.

    For more: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012-guest.html

    • CR says:

      Mesoamerican Calendar

      Despite the publicity generated by the 2012 date, Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, stated that “We have no record or knowledge that [the Maya] would think the world would come to an end” in 2012. “For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle,” says Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Florida. To render December 21, 2012, as a doomsday event or moment of cosmic shifting, she says, is “a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.” “There will be another cycle,” says E. Wyllys Andrews V, director of the Tulane University Middle American Research Institute (MARI). “We know the Maya thought there was one before this, and that implies they were comfortable with the idea of another one after this.”

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

  4. 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

  5. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Mr. Rogers was always right.

    Thanks for this post, CR.

    >^..^<

  6. CR says:

    Will Boehner’s speakership survive until Plan C?

    December 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm Posted by Ezra Klein – washingtonpost

    Has there been a House speaker in modern American history with less control over his members than John Boehner?

    Over the past three days, Boehner has focused all attention on “Plan B”: an effort to strengthen his hand in negotiations with President Obama by passing backup legislation that would extend the Bush tax cuts for all income under $1 million.

    Tonight, Boehner lost that vote. In a dramatic turn of events on the House floor, he pulled the legislation. In a statement released moments ago, he said, “The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass.” Boehner lost.

    Plan A, which was a deal with Obama, was put on ice, many believe, because Boehner couldn’t wrangle the votes to pass anything Obama would sign. Plan B failed because Boehner couldn’t wrangle the Republican votes to pass something Obama had sworn he wouldn’t sign.

    The failure of Plan B proved something important: Boehner doesn’t have enough Republican support to pass any bill that increases taxes — even one meant to block a larger tax increase — without a significant number of Democrats. The House has now adjourned until after Christmas, but it’s clear now what Plan C is going to have to be: Boehner is going to need to accept the simple reality that if he’s to be a successful speaker, he’s going to need to begin passing legislation with Democratic votes.

    There’s an asterisk there, though: It’s not entirely clear whether Boehner will be the speaker of the House a month from today. The vote to elect the next speaker is on Jan. 3. To win, you need an absolute majority of the House, not a plurality. Even a hopeless conservative challenge that attracts only a handful of Republican votes could deny Boehner the speakership until a consensus candidate emerged. Tonight’s vote makes that challenge more likely.

    A significant number of Boehner’s members clearly don’t trust his strategic instincts, they don’t feel personally bound to support him, they clearly disagree with his belief that tax rates must rise as part of a deal, and they, along with many other Republicans, must be humiliated after the shenanigans on the House floor this evening.

    Worse, they know that Boehner knows he’ll need Democratic support to get a budget deal done. That means “a cave,” at least from the perspective of the conservative bloc, is certain. That, too, will make a change of leadership appealing.

    If a conservative spoiler runs, he or she could very possibly deny Boehner the 218 votes he needs to become speaker, clearing the way for a more moderate candidate like Eric Cantor to unite the party. It’s hard to say exactly how likely that is. But it’s likelier than it was, say, this morning.

  7. CR says:

    West Wing Week: 12/21/12 or “We Are There For Them”

    Published on Dec 20, 2012

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President addressed the national tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and promised meaningful action to address gun violence, while the White House invited some of its newest Pinterest followers, and the President spread some holiday cheer.

  8. CR says:

    A Message from President Obama about Your Petition on Reducing Gun Violence

    Bruce Reed December 21, 2012 06:00 AM EST

    Ed. Note: Today, the White House responded to a number of petitions on We the People asking the Administration to take action to reduce gun violence in our country. The response is below and can be viewed on We the People here.

    In the days since the tragedy in Newtown, Americans from all over the country have called for action to deter mass shootings and reduce gun violence. Hundreds of thousands of you have signed petitions on We the People.

    I’m writing you today to thank you for speaking up, to update you on an important development, and to encourage you to continue engaging with the White House on this critical issue.

    First, you should know that President Obama is paying close to attention to the public response to this tragedy. In fact, he sat down to record a message specifically for those of you who have joined the conversation using We the People. Watch it now:

    On Wednesday, the President outlined a series of first steps we can take to begin the work of ending this cycle of violence. This is what he said:

    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 of 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 every act of violence doesn’t mean we can’t steadily reduce the violence, and prevent the very worst violence.

    Vice President Biden has been asked to work with members of the Administration, Congress, and the general public to come up with a set of concrete policy proposals by next month — proposals the President intends to push swiftly. The President asked the Vice President to lead this effort in part because he wrote and passed the 1994 Crime Bill that helped law enforcement bring down the rate of violent crime in America. That bill included the assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.

    As the Vice President’s Chief of Staff, I’m going to do everything I can to ensure we run a process that includes perspectives from all sides of the issue, which is why I wanted to respond to your petition myself. Two decades ago, as domestic policy adviser in the Clinton White House, I first worked with Joe Biden as he fought to enact the Crime Bill, the assault weapons ban, and the Brady Bill. I will never forget what a key role the voices of concerned citizens like you played in that vital process.

    The President called on Congress to pass important legislation “banning the sale of military-style assault weapons,” “banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips,” and “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.”

    An issue this serious and complex isn’t going to be resolved with a single legislative proposal or policy prescription. And let’s be clear, any action we take will respect the Second Amendment. As the President said:

    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 sport 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.

    The President said it best: “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.”

    So let’s continue this conversation and get something meaningful done. If you have additional ideas and are interested in further engagement with the White House on this issue, please let us know and share your thoughts here:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/share-your-thoughts-reducing-gun-violence

    Thank you for speaking out and staying involved.

  9. CR says:

    Demand for U.S. Goods Climbed More Than Forecast in November

    Dec 21, 2012 6:07 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko & Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    Demand for goods such as machinery and electronics climbed more than forecast in November, showing U.S. companies are planning to expand next year as they look beyond the tax increases and spending cuts slated to take effect.

    Orders for durable goods increased 0.7 percent last month after a 1.1 percent gain in October that was larger than previously estimated, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The advance exceeded the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg that projected a 0.3 percent rise. Bookings for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, a proxy for future business investment, climbed for a second month.

    Companies may be more willing to invest as global growth stabilizes and American consumers keep spending, unfazed by the deadlocked discussions on fiscal policy. Manufacturers such as Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (CMTL) are looking for clarity from Washington to spur a rebound in government orders.

    “The numbers are encouraging,” said Brian Jones, a senior U.S. economist at Societe Generale in New York. “We’re going to start the year off slowly and gradually build momentum overt the course of 2013.”

    Forecasts for total durable goods of the 63 economists surveyed by Bloomberg ranged from a 2.6 percent drop to a 3.3 percent increase.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-21/demand-for-u-s-goods-increased-more-than-forecast-in-november.html

  10. CR says:

    Consumer Spending in U.S. Increases as Incomes Rebound

    Dec 21, 2012 5:46 AM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    Spending by U.S. consumers climbed in November as Americans pushed aside the threat of higher taxes next year, buying gifts for the holidays and making up for shopping lost to superstorm Sandy.

    Purchases increased 0.4 percent last month after a 0.1 percent drop in October that was smaller than previously estimated, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The gain matched the median forecast of 80 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Incomes rebounded after being depressed in October by lost wages due to Sandy.

    A better showing by consumers, whose spending makes up 70 percent of the economy, will help sustain the expansion as businesses rein in investment and global buyers temper demand. At the same time, households are set to be challenged by more than $600 billion in tax increases and federal spending cuts due to be put in place for January without action from Congress.

    “The numbers looks quite good,” said Thomas Julien, an economist at Natixis North America in New York, who correctly forecast the pick-up in purchases. “We have clearly had a rebound in consumer spending.”
    Economists’ spending projections ranged from gains of 0.2 percent to 0.7 percent. The Commerce Department initially reported that October spending dropped 0.2 percent.

    Another report today showed demand for goods such as machinery and electronics climbed in November for a second month, showing companies are planning to expand next year as they look beyond the tax increases and spending cuts slated to take effect.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-21/consumer-spending-in-u-s-rose-in-november-as-incomes-rebounded.html

  11. CR says:

    Next Up…

    9:30 AM ET
    President Obama and people across the United States and around the world will observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings.

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

  12. 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

  13. CR says:

    10:30 AM ET
    Senator Daniel Inouye memorial service
    President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      December 21, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the Funeral Service for Senator Daniel Ken Inouye

      National Cathedral
      Washington, D.C.

      11:50 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: To Irene, Ken, Jennifer, Danny’s friends and former colleagues, it is an extraordinary honor to be here with you in this magnificent place to pay tribute to a man who would probably we wondering what all the fuss is about.

      This Tuesday was in many ways a day like any other. The sun rose; the sun set; the great work of our democracy carried on. But in a fundamental sense it was different. It was the first day in many of our lives — certainly my own — that the halls of the United States Congress were not graced by the presence of Daniel Ken Inouye.

      Danny was elected to the U.S. Senate when I was two years old. He had been elected to Congress a couple of years before I was born. He would remain my senator until I left Hawaii for college.

      Now, even though my mother and grandparents took great pride that they had voted for him, I confess that I wasn’t paying much attention to the United States Senate at the age of four or five or six. It wasn’t until I was 11 years old that I recall even learning what a U.S. senator was, or it registering, at least. It was during my summer vacation with my family — my first trip to what those of us in Hawaii call the Mainland.

      So we flew over the ocean, and with my mother and my grandmother and my sister, who at the time was two, we traveled around the country. It was a big trip. We went to Seattle, and we went to Disneyland — which was most important. We traveled to Kansas where my grandmother’s family was from, and went to Chicago, and went to Yellowstone. And we took Greyhound buses most of the time, and we rented cars, and we would stay at local motels or Howard Johnson’s. And if there was a pool at one of these motels, even if it was just tiny, I would be very excited. And the ice machine was exciting — and the vending machine, I was really excited about that.

      But this is at a time when you didn’t have 600 stations and 24 hours’ worth of cartoons. And so at night, if the TV was on, it was what your parents decided to watch. And my mother that summer would turn on the TV every night during this vacation and watch the Watergate hearings. And I can’t say that I understood everything that was being discussed, but I knew the issues were important. I knew they spoke to some basic way about who we were and who we might be as Americans.

      And so, slowly, during the course of this trip, which lasted about a month, some of this seeped into my head. And the person who fascinated me most was this man of Japanese descent with one arm, speaking in this courtly baritone, full of dignity and grace. And maybe he captivated my attention because my mom explained that this was our senator and that he was upholding what our government was all about. Maybe it was a boyhood fascination with the story of how he had lost his arm in a war. But I think it was more than that.

      Now, here I was, a young boy with a white mom, a black father, raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. And I was beginning to sense how fitting into the world might not be as simple as it might seem. And so to see this man, this senator, this powerful, accomplished person who wasn’t out of central casting when it came to what you’d think a senator might look like at the time, and the way he commanded the respect of an entire nation I think it hinted to me what might be possible in my own life.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/21/remarks-president-funeral-service-senator-daniel-ken-inouye

  14. CR says:

    Obama picks John Kerry as secretary of state

    12/21/12 By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 15 mins ago

    President Barack Obama will formally nominate Democratic Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry on Friday to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, a choice expected to win easy approval by the Senate. The move came after Obama’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, withdrew from consideration rather than face a painful confirmation battle with an uncertain outcome.

    A senior administration official, who requested anonymity to discuss an announcement that has not yet formally been made, said Obama would announce the move this afternoon.

    Kerry, 69, has played an important role in advancing Obama’s foreign policy over the past four years. In Congress, Kerry has advanced priorities like a landmark nuclear arms control accord with Russia, known as New START. The senator has also undertaken sensitive missions overseas, visiting Syria in 2009 to take the measure of President Bashar al-Assad, and traveling to Pakistan several times to defuse diplomatic crises. At times, he has appeared to be ahead of the Administration on policies it ultimately embraced, like intervention in Libya.

    Kerry, a decorated Vietnam Vet who protested the war upon his return home, also played an important role in the 2008 presidential campaign, frequently and sharply criticizing Mitt Romney’s approach to – and even understanding of – foreign affairs. He also played the former Massachusetts governor in Obama’s debate preparations.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-picks-john-kerry-secretary-state-154515999–politics.html

  15. CR says:

    Consumer Spending in U.S. Increases as Incomes Rebound

    By Alex Kowalski – Dec 21, 2012 5:46 AM PT

    Spending by U.S. consumers climbed in November as Americans pushed aside the threat of higher taxes next year, buying gifts for the holidays and making up for shopping lost to superstorm Sandy.

    Purchases increased 0.4 percent last month after a 0.1 percent drop in October that was smaller than previously estimated,
    Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The gain matched the median forecast of 80 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Incomes rebounded after being depressed in October by lost wages due to Sandy.

    A better showing by consumers, whose spending makes up 70 percent of the economy, will help sustain the expansion as businesses rein in investment and global buyers temper demand. At the same time, households are set to be challenged by more than $600 billion in tax increases and federal spending cuts due to be put in place for January without action from Congress.

    “The numbers looks quite good,” said Thomas Julien, an economist at Natixis North America in New York, who correctly forecast the pick-up in purchases. “We have clearly had a rebound in consumer spending.”

    Economists’ spending projections ranged from gains of 0.2 percent to 0.7 percent. The Commerce Department initially reported that October spending dropped 0.2 percent.

    Another report today showed demand for goods such as machinery and electronics climbed in November for a second month, showing companies are planning to expand next year as they look beyond the tax increases and spending cuts slated to take effect.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-21/consumer-spending-in-u-s-rose-in-november-as-incomes-rebounded.html

  16. CR says:

    NRA calls for armed police officer in every school

    12/21/12 By By PHILIP ELLIOTT | Associated Press – 6 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer “waiting in the wings.”

    The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week’s shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.

    The group’s top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that, quote, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/nra-calls-armed-police-officer-every-school-162851713.html

    • CR says:

      Six ways the NRA would deal with gun violence

      December 21, 2012 at 11:47 am Posted by Brad Plumer – bloomberg

      The NRA finally broke it silence over the Newtown school shootings. And some of the ideas proposed by Wayne Lapierre at Friday’s press conference have already attracted plenty of attention. Let’s take a look at some of Lapierre’s main points:

      1) Stop promoting gun-free school zones

      2) Stop giving so much media coverage to school shootings

      3) Consider national database for the mentally ill

      4) More scrutiny toward violent movies and video games

      5) Bring in volunteers to provide armed security for school

      6) Stop debating legislation

      For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/21/six-ways-the-nra-would-deal-with-gun-violence/

  17. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:30 PM ET
    President Obama announces his nomination of Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State
    Roosevelt Room

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-to-Nominate-Sen-Kerry-as-Secretary-of-State/10737436833/

    • CR says:

      December 21, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Nomination of Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State

      Roosevelt Room

      1:40 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everyone. When I took office, our nation was engaged in two wars, and al Qaeda was entrenched in their safe havens. Many of our alliances were frayed, and America’s standing in the world had suffered.

      Over the past four years, we’ve begun a new era of American leadership. We ended the war in Iraq, put the al Qaeda core on the path to defeat, and we’re winding down the war in Afghanistan. We’ve strengthened our alliances, including in Asia; forged new coalitions to meet global challenges; and stood up for human dignity, from North Africa to the Middle East to Burma. We still, of course, face great challenges. But today, I can say with pride that the United States is safer, stronger and more respected in the world.

      In this work, I’ve been grateful for an extraordinary national security team. Tom Donilon has been a part of that, and I’m grateful to him. Of course, one of the most important people in this whole transformation has been our outstanding Secretary of State, my friend, Secretary Hillary Clinton. Hillary wanted very much to be here today, but she continues to recuperate. I had a chance to talk to her earlier today, and she is in good spirits and could not be more excited about the announcement that I’m making.

      Over the last four years, Hillary has been everywhere — both in terms of her travels, which have seen her represent America in more countries than any previous Secretary of State, and through her tireless work to restore our global leadership. And she’s looking forward to getting back to work, and I am looking forward to paying tribute to her extraordinary service in the days to come.

      Today, though, I’m looking ahead to my second term, and I am very proud to announce my choice for America’s next Secretary of State — John Kerry.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/21/remarks-president-nomination-senator-john-kerry-secretary-state

  18. CR says:

    wethepeople-gov

    WE THE PEOPLE PETITION

    WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

    Make Petitioning funerals illegal.

    It isn’t even a week since the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting and the Westboro Baptist Church is already claiming that they are going to picket the children’s funerals. Saying that they will praise God for executing his Judgement.

    These are innocent children. These people picket funerals of our Nation’s heroes, of the homosexual community, of anyone they deem fit. This should not be protected by the first amendment because this is sick. There is no other way to describe it.

    Picketing an innocent kindergartener’s funeral is disgusting. I don’t care what your beliefs are. This child has done nothing against your God. They are children. It should be considered a Human Right to mourn your dead in peace.

    Created: Dec 15, 2012

    Signatures needed: 25,000
    Deadline: January 14, 2013

    If this petition gathers 25,000 signatures then it will be presented before Congress.

    Sign this petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-petitioning-funerals-illegal/zl93jC5w

  19. CR says:

    Next Up…

    5:00 PM EST
    President Obama Makes a Statement on the Fiscal Cliff
    The White House

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Delivers-Statement-on-the-Fiscal-Cliff/10737436864/

    • CR says:

      December 21, 2012

      Statement by the President on the Fiscal Cliff

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      5:34 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Over the last few weeks I’ve been working with leaders of both parties on a proposal to get our deficit under control, avoid tax cuts — or avoid tax hikes on the middle class, and to make sure that we can spur jobs and economic growth — a balanced proposal that cuts spending but also asks the wealthiest Americans to pay more; a proposal that will strengthen the middle class over the long haul and grow our economy over the long haul.

      During the course of these negotiations, I offered to compromise with Republicans in Congress. I met them halfway on taxes, and I met them more than halfway on spending. And in terms of actual dollar amounts, we’re not that far apart.

      As of today, I am still ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done. I still believe that reducing our deficit is the right thing to do for the long-term health of our economy and the confidence of our businesses. I remain committed to working towards that goal, whether it happens all at once or whether it happens in several different steps.

      But in 10 days, we face a deadline. In 10 days, under current law, tax rates are scheduled to rise on most Americans. And even though Democrats and Republicans are arguing about whether those rates should go up for the wealthiest individuals, all of us — every single one of us — agrees that tax rates shouldn’t go up for the other 98 percent of Americans, which includes 97 percent of small businesses. Every member of Congress believes that. Every Democrat, every Republican. So there is absolutely no reason — none — not to protect these Americans from a tax hike. At the very least, let’s agree right now on what we already agree on. Let’s get that done.

      I just spoke to Speaker Boehner and I also met with Senator Reid. In the next few days, I’ve asked leaders of Congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class Americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million Americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. That’s an achievable goal. That can get done in 10 days.

      Once this legislation is agreed to, I expect Democrats and Republicans to get back to Washington and have it pass both chambers. And I will immediately sign that legislation into law, before January 1st of next year. It’s that simple.

      Averting this middle-class tax hike is not a Democratic responsibility or a Republican responsibility. With their votes, the American people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parties. In this Congress, laws can only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. And that means nobody gets 100 percent of what they want. Everybody has got to give a little bit, in a sensible way. We move forward together, or we don’t move forward at all.

      So, as we leave town for a few days to be with our families for the holidays, I hope it gives everybody some perspective. Everybody can cool off; everybody can drink some eggnog, have some Christmas cookies, sing some Christmas carols, enjoy the company of loved ones. And then I’d ask every member of Congress while they’re back home to think about that. Think about the obligations we have to the people who sent us here. Think about the hardship that so many Americans will endure if Congress does nothing at all.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/21/statement-president-fiscal-cliff

  20. CR says:

    December 21, 2012

    President Obama Honors Nation’s Top Scientists and Innovators

    President Obama today named twelve eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and eleven extraordinary inventors as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. The recipients will receive their awards at a White House ceremony in early 2013.

    “I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators,” President Obama said. “They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this Nation great—and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment.”

    The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. A committee of Presidential appointees selects nominees on the basis of their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, or the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.

    The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by statute in 1980 and is administered for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office. The award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce. Nominees are selected by a distinguished independent committee representing the private and public sectors.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/21/president-obama-honors-nation-s-top-scientists-and-innovators

  21. CR says:

    Michelle Obama’s Letter To Newtown: ‘Holding You In Our Hearts’

    6:41 p.m. EST, December 20, 2012 courant.com

    Over the past week, we as Americans have been united in our grief as Newtown has laid to rest so many beautiful, innocent children, along with the heroic educators who worked every day to help them achieve their dreams.

    As a mother of two young daughters, my heart aches for you and your families. Like so many Americans, I wish there were something — anything — I could do or say to ease your anguish.

    But I know that I cannot begin to imagine the depths of your grief. I know that for many of you, the pain you are enduring right now seems unbearable; and many of you may be asking yourselves, how can we go on — as families and as a community?

    But I also know that we have already begun to see the answer to that question in the countless acts of courage, kindness and love here in Newtown and across America.

    Over the past week, I have been awed and inspired by Newtown’s heroes: the first responders who risked their lives at a moment’s notice; the educators whose devotion to their students shone brightest in one of our nation’s darkest hours; the children who comforted each other despite their fear; the families coming together to support each other as they grieve.

    And I am so proud of the outpouring of love and support that has come from every corner of America: from first responders from neighboring cities rushing to help however they could; from people in Cleveland and Charlotte and Juneau and so many other communities joining together to honor Newtown with their thoughts and prayers; and in living rooms and houses of worship and the halls of our government, where we are beginning to have those difficult conversations about how we can build a safer, more peaceful tomorrow for all our children.

    For more: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/newtown-sandy-hook-school-shooting/hc-le-michelle-obama-letter-newtown-shootings-20121220,0,2151751.story

  22. CR says:

    Obamas head to Hawaii

    12/21/12 6:17 PM EST By BYRON TAU – POLITICO44

    President Obama and his family will depart Washington D.C. Friday for their annual Hawaiian vacation, the White House announced.

    The status of the trip remained in limbo until today because of the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations with Congress.

    In remarks at the White House on Friday, Obama vowed to return to Washington after Christmas to ensure middle class tax rates don’t rise automatically on January 1st.

    The president encouraged both sides to use the Christmas holiday as a cooling off period before beginning negotiations after Christmas.

  23. CR says:

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