Emancipation Proclamation – 150th Anniversary

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Emancipation Proclamation 

Jan 1, 1863

The Emancipation Proclamation is an executive order issued by United States President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War using his war powers. It proclaimed the freedom of slaves in the ten states then in rebellion, thus applying to 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves in the U.S. at that time. The Proclamation immediately freed 50,000 slaves, with nearly all the rest (of the 3.1 million) freed as Union armies advanced. The Proclamation did not compensate the owners, did not itself outlaw slavery, and did not make the ex-slaves (called freedmen) citizens.

On September 22, 1862, Lincoln announced that he would issue a formal emancipation of all slaves in any state of the Confederate States of America that did not return to Union control by January 1, 1863. None returned, and the order, signed and issued January 1, 1863, took effect except in locations where the Union had already mostly regained control. The Proclamation made abolition a central goal of the war (in addition to reunion), outraged white Southerners who envisioned a race war, angered some Northern Democrats, energized anti-slavery forces, and weakened forces in Europe that wanted to intervene to help the Confederacy.

Slavery was made illegal everywhere in the U.S. by the Thirteenth Amendment, which took effect in December 1865.

For the entire article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_proclamation

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Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary at the National Archives

Published on Dec 19, 2012

The original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln is in the holdings of the National Archives. To protect the document from light damage It is publicly displayed only a few days each year under extremely low light. In this video from the National Archives, senior archivist Reginald Washington and senior conservator Terry Boone discuss the document’s significance, its history and measures taken to preserve it.

12/30/12 – 1/1/13  The Emancipation Proclamation on display at The National Archives

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  1. CR says:

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  2. CR says:

    Emancipation Proclamation

    Jan 1 1863

    The Emancipation Proclamation is an executive order issued by United States President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War using his war powers. It proclaimed the freedom of slaves in the ten states then in rebellion, thus applying to 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves in the U.S. at that time. The Proclamation immediately freed 50,000 slaves, with nearly all the rest (of the 3.1 million) freed as Union armies advanced. The Proclamation did not compensate the owners, did not itself outlaw slavery, and did not make the ex-slaves (called freedmen) citizens.[

    On September 22, 1862, Lincoln announced that he would issue a formal emancipation of all slaves in any state of the Confederate States of America that did not return to Union control by January 1, 1863. None returned, and the order, signed and issued January 1, 1863, took effect except in locations where the Union had already mostly regained control. The Proclamation made abolition a central goal of the war (in addition to reunion), outraged white Southerners who envisioned a race war, angered some Northern Democrats, energized anti-slavery forces, and weakened forces in Europe that wanted to intervene to help the Confederacy.

    Slavery was made illegal everywhere in the U.S. by the Thirteenth Amendment, which took effect in December 1865.

    For the entire article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_proclamation

    • CR says:

      Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963

      December 14, 2012 – September 15, 2013
      Museum: Smithsonian American History Museum
      Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum
      Location: African American History and Culture Gallery, 2nd Floor, East Wing (American History Museum)

      The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History commemorate two events that changed the course of the nation: The 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington. These events were the culmination of decades of struggles by individuals—both famous and unknown—who believed in the American promise that this nation was dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” Such objects as the inkstand used by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 to draft the document that would become the Emancipation Proclamation and the pen President Lyndon Johnson used to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964 reveal how these two events—separated by 100 years—are linked together in a larger story of freedom and the American experience.

      For more: http://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/Details/Changing-America-The-Emancipation-Proclamation-1863-and-the-March-on-Washington-1963-4889

    • CR says:

      December 20, 2012

      National Archives to Display Original Emancipation Proclamation for 150th Anniversary

      Special viewing hours December 30, 2012, through January 1, 2013, special programs year–long

      Washington, DC…The National Archives will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a free special display of the original document from December 30, 2012 through January 1, 2013, and special programs throughout the year. These events will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. The building is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. The 150th anniversary celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation is presented in part by the Verizon Foundation.

      For more: http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2013/nr13-20.html

      Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary at the National Archives

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      Published on Dec 19, 2012

      The original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln is in the holdings of the National Archives. To protect the document from light damage It is publicly displayed only a few days each year under extremely low light. In this video from the National Archives, senior archivist Reginald Washington and senior conservator Terry Boone discuss the document’s significance, its history and measures taken to preserve it.

    • CR says:

      ‘Watch Nights’ Honor Emancipation Proclamation’s Anniversary

      December 23, 2012 7:36 AM by ALLISON KEYES – NPR

      The National Archives is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by putting the original document on display over New Year’s weekend.

      The institution is also hosting a series of programs, including a “Watch Night” on New Year’s Eve, following a tradition dating back to 1862.

      Freedom is a powerful idea for a people held in bondage, says Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and that’s the sentiment behind the Watch Night tradition.

      It began on Dec. 31, 1862, as abolitionists and others waited for word — via telegraph, newspaper or word of mouth — that the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued.

      “But a lot of it, at least the initial Watch Night, was really many of the free black community,” he says.

      The Modern Watch Night

      Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., has held Watch Night services for 35 years. Rev. H. Beecher Hicks Jr. says this year’s service will begin with praise, testimony and music.

      “You might hear an anthem, you might hear a spiritual [or] you might hear a gospel,” Hicks says.

      Hicks says that somewhere in the service – he hasn’t made up his mind just when yet – there will be a sermon “designed to address the progressive and regressive moves we have been through as a people.”

      Hicks says that Watch Night is deeply rooted in the history of blacks in America – especially at a time when the community is still struggling.

      Bunch says he smiles when people talk about how they’re going to stay up for the New Year.

      “Because they are celebrating the freedom of African Americans,” he says.

      For more: http://www.npr.org/2012/12/29/167905308/watch-nights-honor-emancipation-proclamations-anniversary

    • CR says:

      The Emancipation Proclamation is 150 Years Old

      Matt Compton September 21, 2012 02:04 PM EST

      One hundred fifty years ago Monday, on September 17, 1862, the Union army commanded by Major General George McClellan met a Confederate force under Robert E. Lee at Antietam Creek in western Maryland, outside the town of Sharpsburg.

      For 12 hours, 87,000 Union soldiers launched a series of attacks against 45,000 Confederates. The result was a staggering loss of human life. When dark approached and the fighting ended, almost 25,000 were dead, wounded, or missing. Neither before nor since have more Americans been killed in a single day.

      But when it was over, Lee’s advance into Northern territory had been halted. Union forces held the field.

      And in the space of that victory, President Abraham Lincoln issued the initial Emancipation Proclamation — specifically joining the cause of the Union with the advancement of freedom.

      President Lincoln signed that preliminary order five days after Antietam — on September 22. When it went into effect on January 1, 1863 — 100 days later — the Proclamation freed all those held as slaves in the Confederate states.

      And even though it would take two more years of combat and the Thirteenth Amendment to bring an end to the institution of slavery in all U.S. states and territories, President Lincoln’s Proclamation made possible what he would later call at Gettysburg “a new birth of freedom.”

      In 2010, a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln was hung in the Oval Office above a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr.

      On the day that it arrived in the White House, President Obama invited a small group of African-Americans with their grandchildren into his office to view the document.

      One of those in attendance, Mabel Harvey, who was then 102, leaned over and whispered into the President’s ear, “This must be the Lord’s doing because we’ve come a mighty long way.”

      To commemorate the 150th anniversary, the National Archives in Washington, DC will display the Emancipation Proclamation in its East Rotunda Gallery later this year — for three days, from December 30, 2012 to January 1, 2013.

      • CR says:

        Generations

        Jesse Lee January 18, 2010 05:10 PM EST

        This afternoon the President took a few hours to host a conversation with a small group of African American seniors and their grandchildren on the legacy of the civil rights movement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. They all took a moment to look over the Emancipation Proclamation, which was hung in the Oval Office over a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King.

        The President gave a few brief remarks afterward:

        THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. We have just had a wonderful conversation. I want to just tell you a little bit about why we did this. I think sometimes in celebration of Dr. King’s birthday we act as if this history was so long ago.

        And the reason we brought together some elders and some young people very briefly was not just to visit the Oval Office and see the Emancipation Proclamation, which is going to be on loan to us, but it’s also just to remind us that there were some extraordinarily courageous young people like Dr. Dorothy Height, like Mrs. Eleanor Banks and Romaine Thomas and her husband, and others who were actively involved in bringing about one of the great moments in United States history.

        And so what we’ve done is we’ve heard some stories, shared — Dr. Height has shared with us what it was like meeting Martin Luther King when he was a 15-year-old at Morehouse, visiting there. We heard from Ms. Glanton, Willie Glanton, who is a great activist in Iowa, about the work that she’s done there on behalf of the civil rights movement, reminding us that it wasn’t just isolated in some areas.

        I am especially proud to have the Harveys here — Mr. Joseph Harvey and Ms. Mabel Harvey. Mr. Joseph Harvey is 105, and Ms. Mabel Harvey here is the spry young one at 102. (Laughter.) And Ms. Harvey just now was whispering in my ear, as you guys were walking in, that this must be the Lord’s doing, because we’ve come a mighty long way. (Laughter.) That’s what she said. And so that’s wonderful to hear.

        We’ve heard from some young people who were sharing in these stories and understanding that this is a living history.
        And I was very pleased to hear from Taylor Branch, author of one of the definitive biographies of the civil rights movement and Dr. King. He shared, I thought, a really interesting idea, which is that not only is Dr. King’s birthday a time to celebrate service, to reflect and study on how we had helped to perfect our union, but that it should be a day in which each of us individually also try to stretch out of our comfort zones and try to do something for others and to reach out and learn about things that maybe we’ve shied away from — because part of what the civil rights movement was all about was changing people’s hearts and minds and breaking out of old customs and old habits.

        That’s, I think, an important lesson for all of us on this day — are the things that we can try to do that might have seemed impossible but we know are worth doing, and can we apply those principles that we know to be true in our own lives and our society.

        So I’m just so grateful that we had this opportunity to share with everybody. And I want to wish everybody around the country a day in which they reflect on the extraordinary contributions that ordinary people can make each and every day to make America the most hopeful country in the world.

        Thank you very much, everybody.

        For video and photos: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/01/18/generations

    • CR says:

      After Snafu, Mississippi Ratifies Amendment Abolishing Slavery

      February 19, 2013 5:44 PM by EYDER PERALTA – NPR

      The movie Lincoln inspired a Mississippi citizen to push the state to correct a clerical error that kept the state from officially ratifying the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

      NPR’s Debbie Elliott sent this report to our Newscast unit:

      “In 1865, Mississippi was among the states that rejected the 13th amendment. But in 1995 lawmakers voted to change that. Problem was the state never sent official word to the U.S. archivist, so the ratification was never recorded.

      “The paperwork snafu was discovered by Ken Sullivan after talking to a colleague at work about the movie Lincoln and the quest to abolish slavery. Sullivan contacted the Mississippi secretary of state, who agreed to send in the proper paperwork.

      Earlier this month the director of the federal register received the resolution, and declared that Mississippi had officially ratified the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

      The Jackson, Miss. Clarion Ledger spoke to Sullivan who said he was moved to tears by the film and that inspired him to act.

      The paper adds:

      “Why the copy was never sent in 1995 remains unknown.
      “‘What an amendment to have an error in filing,’ said Dick Molpus, who served then as secretary of state. ‘Thanks to Ken Sullivan for being a good citizen in bringing this oversight to light, so it can be corrected.’

      “That Lincoln played a role pleases him, he said. ‘It was one of the most inspirational movies I’ve ever seen.’ “

      • CR says:

        Getting The 13th Amendment Passed In Miss., Just A Little Late

        February 23, 2013 8:00 AM NPR

        Summary: After seeing the Oscar-nominated Lincoln in theaters, a curious Mississippi resident looked up the history of the 13th Amendment and discovered that his home state technically hadn’t yet ratified it thanks to a paperwork error in 1995. He told his friend Ken Sullivan, and the two set out to fix it. Weekend Edition guest host Don Gonyea speaks with the two men about their quest.

        For the audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2013/02/23/172756963/getting-the-13th-amendment-passed-in-miss-just-a-little-late

  3. CR says:

    Deaniac83 Debate with Alex Lawson

    Deaniac83 from ThePeoplesView’s is interviewed on radio WeActRadio debating with Alex Lawson, the Executive Director of Social Security Works/Strengthen Social Security Chained CPI and Social Security

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    • CR says:

      What is this Chained CPI thing?

      Let me begin by restating something I explained almost a year and a half ago, in the wake of the debt limit negotiations of 2011, on this exact subject:

      There are no cuts being proposed to social security’s basic benefits. Social Security benefits are currently calculated using a formula that takes into account your income and replaces a certain percentage of it. Here is exactly how that’s done: by determining one’s average monthly income – wage-inflation adjusted – in the 35 best earning years of one’s life, and then applying a “bend point” formula to determine your base benefit (fashionably known as PIA or the “primary insurance amount”). If you retire in 2011 at your normal retirement age, for example, your basic benefit is determined using the following formula:

      (a) 90 percent of the first $749 of his/her average indexed monthly earnings, plus
      (b) 32 percent of his/her average indexed monthly earnings over $749 and through $4,517, plus
      (c) 15 percent of his/her average indexed monthly earnings over $4,517.

      Again, these “bend points” are adjusted by a formula that has been set in law since 1979, are based on wage-growth, and there is absolutely no changes to that formula in the gang of six plan, and the changes proposed to it in the Fiscal Commission plan actually increases the base benefits for the poorest workers who are also likely to have the least in savings or other retirement income.

      A chained CPI measure would also collect more taxes. Tax brackets, like social security benefits, are indexed to inflation, which means that just every so slightly, more people will fall into slightly higher brackets.

      For the entire article: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/12/dear-liberals-chained-cpi-is-not-cut-to.html

    • CR says:

      Take Action News – 12-29-12

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  4. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Saturday, CR and all friends!

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    How lucky we were In the 19th century to have a great President to strike down the heinous evil of slavery. How lucky we are again today to have a great President fighting for us all.

  5. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama and Congress negotiate to avoid the Dec. 31 fiscal cliff deadline

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  6. CR says:

    US Fiscal Cliff Status

    * 12/27/12 President Obama arrived back early from his holiday recess to deal with the fiscal cliff crisis

    * 12/27/12 US Senate lawmakers return to Capitol Hill following their holiday recess for a special session on the fiscal cliff crisis

    * 12/30/12 US House of Representative lawmakers return to Capitol Hill following their holiday recess for a special session on the fiscal cliff crisis

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    • CR says:

      House returns on Sunday night: fiscal cliffhanger

      December 27, 2012 2:40 PM By Lynn Sweet – suntimes

      WASHINGTON–House members were told Thursday to return to Washington Sunday night–with only hours remaining to avoid the Dec. 31 fiscal cliff deadline.

      House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), via Twitter said “The House will return for legislative business on Sunday, December 30. First votes are expected at 6:30 p.m.”

      GOP House members learned about the last minute effort to avoid the fiscal cliff during a 2:30 p.m. conference call.

    • CR says:

      Obama Gives Republicans A Tough Ultimatum On Taxes

      DECEMBER 28, 2012, 7:15 PM 49800 SAHIL KAPUR – tpm

      With the fiscal cliff rapidly approaching, President Obama was unflinching in his tax stance on Friday, threatening to use his leverage to force Republicans into an unenviable position if they fail to agree to a deal in time.

      After a White House meeting with congressional leaders, Obama held a news conference to issue a tough ultimatum to Congress: reach a deal now or block my middle class tax cut in the new year.

      “So if we don’t see an agreement between the two leaders in the Senate,” the president said, “I expect a bill to go on the floor — and I’ve asked Senator Reid to do this — put a bill on the floor that makes sure that taxes on middle class families don’t go up, that unemployment insurance is still available for 2 million people and lays the groundwork then for additional deficit reduction and economic growth steps.”

      Here’s how that threat would play out. Taxes will automatically go up on all income earners next week if a deal isn’t struck. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will put forth legislation to bring taxes back down for middle incomes. That’ll leave Senate Republicans with a choice: either let it move forward and pass, or go on record filibustering a middle class tax cut as the nation watches. Both bad choices.

      Of course, that still means House Republicans would need to drop their obstruction, which leadership has steadfastly refused to do. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) held firm during Friday’s meeting on his position that he won’t act until the Senate passes or amends House-approved legislation to avert the cliff, his office said. His members vigorously oppose any tax hike from current levels.

      For more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/12/obama-ultimatum-taxes.php?ref=fpa

    • CR says:

      December 29, 2012

      Weekly Address: Congress Must Protect the Middle Class from Income Tax Hike

      Hello Everybody. For the past couple months, I’ve been working with people in both parties – with the help of business leaders and ordinary Americans – to come together around a plan to grow the economy and shrink our deficits.

      It’s a balanced plan – one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way, and ask the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more. And I’ll keep working with anybody who’s serious about getting a comprehensive plan like this done – because it’s the right thing to do for our economic growth.

      But we’re now at the point where, in just a couple days, the law says that every American’s tax rates are going up. Every American’s paycheck will get a lot smaller. And that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy. It would hurt middle-class families, and it would hurt the businesses that depend on your spending.

      And Congress can prevent it from happening, if they act now. Leaders in Congress are working on a way to prevent this tax hike on the middle class, and I believe we may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time.

      But if an agreement isn’t reached in time, then I’ll urge the Senate to hold an up-or-down vote on a basic package that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends vital unemployment insurance for Americans looking for a job, and lays the groundwork for future progress on more economic growth and deficit reduction.

      I believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities – as long as these leaders allow it to come to a vote. If they still want to vote no, and let this tax hike hit the middle class, that’s their prerogative – but they should let everyone vote. That’s the way this is supposed to work.

      We just can’t afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. The economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to Washington have to do their jobs. The housing market is healing, but that could stall if folks are seeing smaller paychecks. The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 2008, but already, families and businesses are starting to hold back because of the dysfunction they see in Washington.

      You meet your deadlines and your responsibilities every day. The folks you sent here to serve should do the same. We cannot let Washington politics get in the way of America’s progress. We’ve got to do what it takes to protect the middle class, grow this economy, and move our country forward.

      Thanks, everybody.

  7. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    12/28/12 6:42 PM EST Updated: 12/29/12 10:17 AM EST
    By KATIE GLUECK – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • President Barack Obama

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
    • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
    • Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)
    • Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member, House Budget Committee
    • Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)
    • Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean
    • Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R)

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
    • Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
    • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
    • Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
    • Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
    • Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.)

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep.-elect Luke Messer (R-Ind.)

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)
    • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.)
    • Clarissa Martinez de Castro, director of immigration and national campaigns, National Council of La Raza

  8. CR says:

    Obama urging state lawmakers to legalize gay marriage in Illinois: Sun-Times exclusive

    December 29, 2012 6:07 PM By Lynn Sweet – suntimes

    WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama is urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage in his home state as lawmakers are poised to take up the measure as early as this week in Springfield.

    “While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect,” White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.

    “As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so. Were the President still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally,” Inouye said.

    The lead sponsors of the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” state Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), intend to put the measure up for a vote during the upcoming January lame-duck session.

    The toughest challenge for gay marriage backers will be winning passage in the Illinois House. Prospects for approval in the Illinois Senate–where Obama once served–are brighter.

    The practical impact of Obama urging his home state to legalize gay marriage is to prod–and give political cover to–reluctant Democrats from conservative suburban and Downstate districts.

    Both chambers in Springfield are controlled by Democrats. Republicans cannot be depended on for widespread gay marriage support. Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney has reported that Steans and Harris predicted there would be some Republican backing.

    Illinois passed a civil union law effective June 1, 2011. When lawmakers took up civil unions, only one Senate Republican voted for the bill–current Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

    While Obama rarely gets involved in statehouse battles, he has voiced support for gay marriage measures in the past year, issuing — through his re-election campaign — statements of support for gay marriage ballot questions up last November in Maine, Maryland and Washington. Those initiatives won, and a Minnesota referendum to ban gay marriage — which Obama also publicly opposed — lost.

    Obama himself endorsed gay marriage in May after grappling with the issue for several years. “At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts.

    For more: http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/12/obama_urging_state_lawmakers_t.html

  9. CR says:

    Murder charges as family farewells India gang-rape victim
    AFP, AP

    December 31, 201212:07AM

    * Six men face murder charges
    * Police chief calls for calm
    * Delhi city centre sealed off

    THE victim of a gang-rape which triggered an outpouring of grief and anger across India has been cremated at a private ceremony in New Delhi as it emerged she was planning to get married in February.

    The unidentified 23-year-old, the focus of nationwide protests since she was attacked on a bus in New Delhi two weeks ago, was cremated at a ceremony kept secret by authorities only hours after her body was repatriated from Singapore.

    The funeral pyre was lit after traumatised relatives and friends said their final prayers at a ceremony in southwestern Delhi, according to mourners who revealed she had been due to wed a boyfriend who was injured in the same attack.

    “They had made all the wedding preparations and had planned a wedding party in Delhi” for February, said Meena Rai, who was a close friend and neighbour.

    “I really loved this girl. She was the brightest of all.”
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the main ruling Congress party, were at Delhi airport to console her parents as they arrived home on a chartered plane with their daughter’s body at around 4am local time.

    After initial treatment in a Delhi hospital following the attack, she was flown to Singapore on Wednesday night where doctors were unable to prevent a multiple organ failure. She was pronounced dead in the early hours of Saturday.

    Her killing has prompted government promises of better protection for women, and deep soul-searching in a nation where horrifying gang-rapes are commonplace and sexual harassment is routinely dismissed as “Eve-teasing”.

    Several thousand people massed again yesterday in the centre of the Indian capital – some to express sympathy for the victim who had been out to watch a film with her boyfriend, others to voice anger at the government.

    For more: http://www.news.com.au/world/indian-gang-rape-victim-dies-six-charged-murder/story-fndir2ev-1226544830526?from=public_rss

  10. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    House members return from Christmas break to start special session to avoid ‘Fiscal Cliff’

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310116-1

    • CR says:

      Senate adjourns to Monday, eve of ‘fiscal cliff’

      12/30/12 By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 1 hr 38 mins ago

      Bottom line: Still no “fiscal cliff” deal. And none seems imminent.
      The U.S. Senate on Sunday ended the day still sharply divided over how to avoid the automatic income-tax hikes and deep government spending cuts set to kick in Jan. 1 that could plunge the economy into a new recession.

      Despite pleas from President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner for the Senate to resolve the stalemate, Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, announced lawmakers would not return to work until 11 a.m. on Monday — New Year’s Eve — for one last chance to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

      Reid tried to sound a note of optimism, saying closed-door discussions would carry on.

      “There is still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue,” he said. “There is still time left to reach an agreement and we intend to continue negotiations.”

      But senators on both sides sounded less than optimistic as they emerged from separate closed-door meetings — one for Democrats, one for Republicans.

      “We’ve all been told not to make plans for New Year’s Eve,” Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters.
      Some said they remained hopeful.

      The Senate’s number two Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, told reporters he was “definitely” encouraged that Republicans had dropped a demand for reducing Social Security benefits as a condition for extending unemployment benefits set to expire for some two million Americans. Obama has said extending the unemployment benefits is one of his top priorities for any deal.
      “Now that they’re backing off of it, maybe we can make some progress — I hope,” Durbin said.

      Obama had previously offered to index Social Security benefits with a “chained” consumer price index — essentially adopting a less generous measure of cost-of-living increases — but only with safeguards for the poorest beneficiaries and only as part of a broader deficit-reduction plan.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/senate-adjourns-monday-eve-fiscal-cliff-235140452–politics.html

  11. 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

  12. CR says:

    3 Farm Bill Extension Measures Filed In House – UPDATE: CBO Releases Score For One-Year Farm Bill Extension

    Congress has run out of time to pass new Farm Bill, says House Ag Chair Lucas; measures seek to avert a dive off the “dairy cliff,” provide drought relief to farmers…Senate Ag Chair Stabenow supports extension…
    *Update at bottom of post

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2012 By Jerry Hagstrom Founding Editor, The Hagstrom Report

    House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., is urging passage of a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, but the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition said on Sunday that House Republican leaders had filed three different versions of an extension on Saturday night, and that each is problematic. In addition to Lucas’ One-Year Farm Bill Extension, a Temporary One-Month Farm-Bill Extension was filed, as was a One-Month Dairy-Only Extension.

    In a statement on Sunday, Lucas said the one-year bill is a result of “discussions” with House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Senate “colleagues,” but he did not say specifically that the others were backing the bill.

    “Clearly, it is no longer possible to enact a five-year Farm Bill in this Congress,” Lucas said.

    “Given this reality, the responsible thing to do–and the course of action I have long encouraged if a five-year bill was not possible is to extend the 2008 legislation for one year. This provides certainty to our producers and critical disaster assistance to those affected by record drought conditions.”

    For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/12/3-farm-bill-extension-measures-filed-in.html

  13. CR says:

    Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

    12/30/12 By By MATTHEW LEE | Associated Press – 30 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

    Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines says her doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up exam Sunday. Reines says Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants.

    Clinton was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital so doctors can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.

    Reines says doctors will continue to assess Clinton’s condition, “including other issues associated with her concussion.”

    • CR says:

      Get well soon Secretary Clinton!

    • CR says:

      Clinton suffered clot between brain and skull, doctors say

      12/31/12 Arshad Mohammed – Reuters – 23 mins ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered a blood clot in a vein between her brain and skull behind her right ear but is expected to make a full recovery, her doctors said in a statement released by the State Department.

      Clinton did not suffer a stroke or neurological damage as a result of the clot, the doctors said, adding that “she is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family and her staff.”

  14. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, December 31, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama, Vice President Biden and Congress negotiate to avoid the Dec. 31 fiscal cliff deadline

    7:00 AM
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    1:30 PM
    President Obama Speaks on the Fiscal Cliff
    The White House

    2:00 PM
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  15. CR says:

    Fiscal cliff: Biden, McConnell make major progress

    12/31/12 6:00 AM EST Updated: 12/31/12 8:22 AM EST By JOHN BRESNAHAN, MANU RAJU and JAKE SHERMAN – POLITICO44

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Joe Biden engaged in furious overnight negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff and made major progress toward a year-end tax deal, giving sudden hope to high-stakes talks that had been on the brink of collapse, according to sources familiar with the discussion.

    McConnell and Biden, who served in the Senate together for 23 years, only started talking Sunday, after negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and McConnell sputtered.

    Sources close to the talks said a deal is now more likely to come together but cautioned that obstacles remain, including how Speaker John Boehner and House Republican leaders react to any tentative agreement.

    “The Leader and the VP continued their discussion late into the evening and will continue to work toward a solution. More info as it becomes available,” a McConnell spokesman said.

    It comes as Washington awakens on a chilly New Year’s eve to a daunting reality: If lawmakers and the White House are not able to broker a last-minute deal on the fiscal cliff, the country will actually go over it.

    For more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/fiscal-cliff-hanger-as-deal-in-limbo-85599.html?hp=t1

  16. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:30 PM EST
    President Obama Speaks on the Fiscal Cliff
    The White House

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

    ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Live/

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Remarks-on-Fiscal-Cliff/10737436938/

    • CR says:

      December 31, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

      South Court Auditorium
      Eisenhower Executive Office Building

      1:45 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Thank you. Please, everybody have a seat. Well, good afternoon, everybody.

      AUDIENCE: Good afternoon!

      THE PRESIDENT: Welcome to the White House.

      AUDIENCE: Thank you!

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Thank you for having us. (Laughter.)

      THE PRESIDENT: Now, I realize that the last thing you want to hear on New Year’s Eve is another speech from me. But I do need to talk about the progress that’s being made in Congress today.

      For the last few days, leaders in both parties have been working toward an agreement that will prevent a middle class tax hike from hitting 98 percent of all Americans, starting tomorrow. Preventing that tax hike has been my top priority, because the last thing folks like the folks up here on this stage can afford right now is to pay an extra $2,000 in taxes next year. Middle-class families can’t afford it. Businesses can’t afford it. Our economy can’t afford it.

      Now, today it appears that an agreement to prevent this New Year’s tax hike is within sight, but it’s not done. There are still issues left to resolve, but we’re hopeful that Congress can get it done. But it’s not done.

      And so part of the reason that I wanted to speak to all of you here today is to make sure that we emphasize to Congress and that members of both parties understand that all across America, this is a pressing concern on people’s minds.

      Now, the potential agreement that’s being talked about would not only make sure that taxes don’t go up on middle-class families, it also would extend tax credits for families with children. It would extend our tuition tax credit that’s helped millions of families pay for college. It would extend tax credits for clean energy companies that are creating jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. It would extend unemployment insurance to 2 million Americans who are out there still actively looking for a job.

      I have to say that ever since I took office, throughout the campaign, and over the last couple of months, my preference would have been to solve all these problems in the context of a larger agreement, a bigger deal, a grand bargain — whatever you want to call it — that solves our deficit problems in a balanced and responsible way, that doesn’t just deal with the taxes but deals with the spending in a balanced way so that we can put all this behind us and just focusing on growing our economy.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/31/remarks-president-fiscal-cliff-negotiations

  17. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and our Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  18. CR says:

    Housing to Software Fueling Western U.S. Jobs Rebound

    By Steve Matthews, Aki Ito & Amanda Crawford – Dec 31, 2012 8:16 AM PT

    Robert Thomson got a 20 percent raise after starting last month at Richmond American Homes in Salt Lake City, eight months after landing a job at another builder. A year ago, he was unemployed.
    “I feel much better than I did,” said Thomson, 33. “There’s a lot of construction, just a lot of things going on.”

    Hiring by homebuilders and software and mobile application developers is helping the western third of the U.S. lead the nation in employment growth, according to Moody’s Analytics Inc. and IHS Global Insight Inc. That’s a contrast for the region, which has had the highest unemployment rates following the collapse of the U.S. housing bubble in 2006, with prices plunging in Las Vegas, southern California and Arizona.

    Nevada’s unemployment fell 2.4 percentage points in the year ended November 2012, the most of any state, to 10.8 percent, though it’s still the highest in the U.S., according to the Labor Department. Joblessness in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Idaho are all down by at least 1 percentage point in the same period.

    The national unemployment rate held at a four-year-low of 7.7 percent in December, according to the median projection in a Bloomberg survey before the Labor Department’s Jan. 4 figures. Employers added positions at about the same pace as in the prior month, showing the job market held up as lawmakers searched for a solution to break the fiscal impasse.

    U.S. stocks rose amid speculation Congress will reach a budget deal. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 0.3 percent to 1,406.47 at 10:09 a.m. in New York.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-31/housing-to-software-fueling-western-u-s-jobs-rebound.html

  19. CR says:

    House won’t vote before midnight on ‘cliff’ deal

    12/31/12 Associated Press – 21 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

    House Republicans notified lawmakers that the chamber will vote Monday evening on other bills. They say that will be their only votes of the day.

    President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Monday they are near a deal to avoid wide-ranging tax increases and spending cuts — the fiscal cliff — that take effect with the new year.

    Both men said they were still bargaining over whether — and how — to avoid $109 billion in cuts to defense and domestic programs that take effect on Wednesday.

    It remained unclear whether the Senate would vote Monday.
    Congress could pass later legislation retroactively blocking the tax hikes and spending cuts.

    • CR says:

      House Planning No Budget Vote Means Tax Increases Start

      Dec 31, 2012 1:48 PM PT By Roxana Tiron & Margaret Talev – bloomberg

      The U.S. House of Representatives doesn’t plan any votes on the federal budget tonight, meaning that Congress for now will fail to avert $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts set to start at midnight.

      Taxpayers and investors won’t see immediate effects of the changes, which would accumulate over a matter of months. Congress could reverse them by acting retroactively early in 2013. There are signs they may do just that.

      Earlier today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers in Congress were “very, very close” to a deal to avert the budget changes, known as the fiscal cliff. The Kentucky Republican called on lawmakers to “pass the tax-relief portion” of a budget agreement being negotiated that would continue lower tax rates for all but the highest earners.

      The only House votes scheduled for today are on non-budget items, according to the chamber’s schedule. Republicans left open the option to return if needed. House Republicans planned a private conference meeting at 5 p.m. Washington time, and Senate Republicans were meeting at 4:30 p.m.

      President Barack Obama said before McConnell spoke that a deal to avert tax increases and spending cuts starting tomorrow is “within sight” though it hasn’t been completed.

      “It appears that an agreement to prevent this New Year’s tax hike is within sight, but it’s not done,” Obama told a group of what the White House described as middle-class taxpayers. He urged people to “keep the pressure on over the next 12 hours or so; let’s get this thing done.”

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-31/house-planning-no-budget-vote-means-tax-increases-start.html

    • CR says:

      Obama’s statement on cliff deal passing Senate

      1/1/13 2:33 AM EST POLITICO44

      Leaders from both parties in the Senate came together to reach an agreement that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support today that protects 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small business owners from a middle class tax hike. While neither Democrats nor Republicans got everything they wanted, this agreement is the right thing to do for our country and the House should pass it without delay.

      This agreement will also grow the economy and shrink our deficits in a balanced way – by investing in our middle class, and by asking the wealthy to pay a little more.

      What’s more, today’s agreement builds on previous efforts to reduce our deficits. Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut spending by more than $1 trillion. Tonight’s agreement does even more by asking millionaires and billionaires to begin to pay their fair share for the first time in twenty years. As promised, that increase will be immediate, and it will be permanent.

      There’s more work to do to reduce our deficits, and I’m willing to do it. But tonight’s agreement ensures that, going forward, we will continue to reduce the deficit through a combination of new spending cuts and new revenues from the wealthiest Americans. And as we address our ongoing fiscal challenges, I will continue to fight every day on behalf of the middle class and all those fighting to get into the middle class to forge an economy that grows from the middle out, not from the top down.

    • CR says:

      House passes fiscal cliff deal, tamps down GOP revolt

      1/1/12 By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 13 mins ago

      Updated 11:03 pm ET

      Despite a divided Republican majority, the House of Representatives late Tuesday easily approved emergency bipartisan legislation sparing all but a sliver of America’s richest from sharp income tax hikes — while setting up another “fiscal cliff” confrontation in a matter of weeks.

      Lawmakers voted 257-167 to send the compromise to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Eighty-five Republicans and 172 Democrats backed the bill, which had sailed through the Senate by a lopsided 89-8 margin shortly after 2 a.m. Opposition comprised 151 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

      Republican House Speaker John Boehner voted in favor of the deal, as did House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, his party’s failed vice presidential candidate. But Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy voted against it.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/senate-house-faces-test-fiscal-cliff-deal-161832950–politics.html

    • CR says:

      January 01, 2013

      Statement from the President on the Senate Deal to Extend Middle Class Tax Cuts

      Leaders from both parties in the Senate came together to reach an agreement that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support today that protects 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small business owners from a middle class tax hike. While neither Democrats nor Republicans got everything they wanted, this agreement is the right thing to do for our country and the House should pass it without delay.

      This agreement will also grow the economy and shrink our deficits in a balanced way – by investing in our middle class, and by asking the wealthy to pay a little more.

      What’s more, today’s agreement builds on previous efforts to reduce our deficits. Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut spending by more than $1 trillion. Tonight’s agreement does even more by asking millionaires and billionaires to begin to pay their fair share for the first time in twenty years. As promised, that increase will be immediate, and it will be permanent.

      There’s more work to do to reduce our deficits, and I’m willing to do it. But tonight’s agreement ensures that, going forward, we will continue to reduce the deficit through a combination of new spending cuts and new revenues from the wealthiest Americans. And as we address our ongoing fiscal challenges, I will continue to fight every day on behalf of the middle class and all those fighting to get into the middle class to forge an economy that grows from the middle out, not from the top down.

      • CR says:

        President Obama on the “fiscal cliff” agreement

        Published on Jan 2, 2013

        President Obama on what’s in the “fiscal cliff” agreement and what it means for you. Watch it and share it with friends and family.

      • CR says:

        January 03, 2013

        Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 8

        On Wednesday, January 2, 2013, the President signed into law:

        H.R. 8, the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012,” which makes permanent the temporary rates on taxable income at or below $400,000 for individual filers and $450,000 for married individuals filing jointly; permanently indexes the Alternative Minimum Tax exemption amount to the Consumer Price Index; extends emergency unemployment compensation benefits and Federal funding for extended benefits for unemployed workers for one year; continues current law Medicare payment rates for physicians’ services furnished through December 31, 2013; extends farm bill policies and programs through September 30, 2013; and provides a postponement of the Budget Control Act’s sequester for two months.

        • CR says:

          Seven Things You Need to Know About the Tax Deal

          January 3, 2013

          1) As the President promised, income tax rates for middle-class families will stay low permanently. That’s good news for 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses.

          2) As the President promised, for the first time in 20 years, a bipartisan agreement will increase tax rates on the wealthy. That rate increase will be immediate and permanent. Individuals making more than $250,000 will be asked to pay a little more to help reduce the deficit through a combination of increased tax rates and reduced tax benefits.

          3) This agreement cuts the deficit. It builds on the $1 trillion of spending cuts the President signed into law in 2011 through the Budget Control Act. This new agreement cuts the deficit by $737 billion by asking the wealthiest to begin to pay their fair share. Moving forward, the President is committed to reducing the deficit even more, splitting savings in a balanced way between spending cuts and even more revenue from the wealthiest

          4) As part of this deal, a group of tax cuts that help middle-class families keep more money in their pockets and afford to pay for higher education was also extended. The Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, and the new American Opportunity Tax Credit will stay in effect for at least the next five years.

          5) We’ll continue making investments that create jobs in domestic clean energy and innovation because the agreement extends the Production Tax Credit and the Research & Experimentation Tax Credit.

          6) Lawmakers agreed to extend emergency unemployment insurance for 2 million people looking for work.

          7) This agreement doesn’t cut Social Security benefits, Medicare, or Medicaid. That’s because the President stood strong against reducing our deficit on the backs of seniors, students, the poor, and working families.

          ————-

          White House White Board – American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

          Published on Jan 3, 2013

          Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese, explains the bi-partisan deal that was recently completed in Washington and outlines what the deal means for the economy and how it met President Obama’s key economic priorities.

      • CR says:

        President Obama on the “fiscal cliff” agreement

        Published on Jan 2, 2013

        President Obama on what’s in the “fiscal cliff” agreement and what it means for you. Watch it and share it with friends and family.

  20. CR says:

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