Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Immigration March

President Obama understands the importance and urgency in fixing the broken immigration system and outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy:

  • Responsibility by the federal government to secure our borders:Today, our borders are more secure than at any time in the past several decades, and the Administration continues to refine and strengthen its strategy. Enforcement resources should be focused on preventing those who would do our nation harm from entering our country.
  • Accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers: Employers who deliberately hire and exploit undocumented workers must be held accountable. At the same time, we must give employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.
  • Strengthening our economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs: Our immigration laws should continue to reunify families and encourage individuals we train in our world-class institutions to stay and develop new technologies and industries in the United States rather than abroad. The law should stop punishing innocent young people whose parents brought them here illegally and give those young men and women a chance to stay in this country if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. A smart 21st century system should also provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on year after year, and it should improve procedures for employers who seek to hire foreign workers for jobs if U.S. workers are not available.
  • Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally: Those people living here illegally must also be held accountable for their actions and get on the right side of the law by registering and undergoing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English before they can get in line to become eligible for citizenship. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair and reflects our values.

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For the immediate time President Obama has issued two important policies for immigration:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
President Obama’s new DREAM relief policy would allow undocumented youth who qualify to request temporary relief from deportation, making them eligible to receive work permits and a social security number. For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

Family Unity Immigration Policy Change
President Obama’s  final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The process will be effective on March 4, 2013 and more information about the filing process will be made available in the coming weeks at http://www.uscis.gov/.
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January 25, 2013

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership

The President and Senior Administration Officials met this morning with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss the need to make things fairer for and grow the middle class by fixing our broken immigration system so everyone plays by the same rules. The President thanked the Members for their long standing leadership on the issue, and reiterated that this is a top legislative priority.

The President was pleased to hear from CHC members and noted that they share the same vision, including that any legislation must include a path to earned citizenship. The President further noted that there is no excuse for stalling or delay. The President made it clear he will continue to lead on this issue, and that he looks forward to working with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other key Members of Congress in a bipartisan process to move this debate forward at the earliest possible opportunity.

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January 29, 2013

FACT SHEET: Fixing our Broken Immigration System so Everyone Plays by the Rules

America’s immigration system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living in the shadows.  Neither is good for the economy or the country.

It is time to act to fix the broken immigration system in a way that requires responsibility from everyone —both from the workers here illegally and those who hire them—and guarantees that everyone is playing by the same rules.
President Obama’s commonsense immigration reform proposal has four parts. First, continue to strengthen our borders. Second, crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers. Third, hold undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn their citizenship; this means requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English, and pass background checks. Fourth, streamline the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.
Together we can build a fair, effective and commonsense immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.
The key principles the President believes should be included in commonsense immigration reform are:

1) Continuing to Strengthen Border Security.

  •  Strengthen border security and infrastructure
  • Combat transnational crime
  •  Improve partnerships with border communities and law enforcement
  • Crack down on criminal networks engaging in passport and visa fraud and human smuggling
  • Streamline removal of nonimmigrant national security and public safety threats
  • Improve our nation’s immigration courts

2) Cracking Down on Employers Hiring Undocumented Workers

  • Improve our nation’s immigration courts
  • Combat fraud and identity theft
  • Protections for all workers

3)  Pathway to Earned Citizenship

  • Create a provisional legal status
  • Create strict requirements to qualify for lawful permanent resident status
  • Earned citizenship for DREAMers
  • Create administrative and judicial review
  • Provide new resources to combat fraud

4) Streamlining Legal Immigration

  • Keep Families Together
  • Cut Red Tape for Employers
  • Enhance travel and tourism
  • “Staple” green cards to advanced STEM diplomas
  • Create a “startup visa” for job-creating entrepreneurs
  • Expand opportunities for investor visas and U.S. economic development
  •  Create a new visa category for employees of federal national security science and technology laboratories
  • Better addresses humanitarian concerns
  • Encourage integration

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/29/fact-sheet-fixing-our-broken-immigration-system-so-everyone-plays-rules

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52 Responses to Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, January 28, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing
    Oval Office

    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs Association to discuss the common-sense policies put forward by the President to reduce gun violence
    The Roosevelt Room

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet for lunch.
    Private Dining Room

    1:00 PM
    1:40 PM
    President Obama welcomes the NBA Champion Miami Heat to the White House
    East Room

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  2. CR says:

    President Obama understands the importance and urgency in fixing the broken immigration system and outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy:

    * Responsibility by the federal government to secure our borders:
    Today, our borders are more secure than at any time in the past several decades, and the Administration continues to refine and strengthen its strategy. Enforcement resources should be focused on preventing those who would do our nation harm from entering our country.

    * Accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers: Employers who deliberately hire and exploit undocumented workers must be held accountable. At the same time, we must give employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.

    * Strengthening our economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs: Our immigration laws should continue to reunify families and encourage individuals we train in our world-class institutions to stay and develop new technologies and industries in the United States rather than abroad. The law should stop punishing innocent young people whose parents brought them here illegally and give those young men and women a chance to stay in this country if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. A smart 21st century system should also provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on year after year, and it should improve procedures for employers who seek to hire foreign workers for jobs if U.S. workers are not available.

    * Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally: Those people living here illegally must also be held accountable for their actions and get on the right side of the law by registering and undergoing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English before they can get in line to become eligible for citizenship. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair and reflects our values

    For the immediate time President Obama has issued two important policies for immigration:

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
    President Obama’s new DREAM relief policy would allow undocumented youth who qualify to request temporary relief from deportation, making them eligible to receive work permits and a social security number. For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

    Family Unity Immigration Policy Change
    President Obama’s  final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The process will be effective on March 4, 2013 and more information about the filing process will be made available in the coming weeks at http://www.uscis.gov/.

    On January 29th President Obama debuts his plans for comprehensive immigration reform in Las Vegas, NV.
     

    • CR says:

      January 25, 2013

      Readout of the President’s Meeting with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership

      The President and Senior Administration Officials met this morning with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss the need to make things fairer for and grow the middle class by fixing our broken immigration system so everyone plays by the same rules. The President thanked the Members for their long standing leadership on the issue, and reiterated that this is a top legislative priority.

      The President was pleased to hear from CHC members and noted that they share the same vision, including that any legislation must include a path to earned citizenship. The President further noted that there is no excuse for stalling or delay. The President made it clear he will continue to lead on this issue, and that he looks forward to working with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other key Members of Congress in a bipartisan process to move this debate forward at the earliest possible opportunity.

      The President will be traveling to Nevada on Tuesday to redouble the Administration’s efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year.

    • CR says:

      February 06, 2013

      Readout of White House and Department of Homeland Security Officials’ Meeting with Law Enforcement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

      WASHINGTON, DC – White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) Director Cecilia Muñoz, Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security Alan Bersin and Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West met with law enforcement officials from across the country today at the White House’s Eisenhower Executive Office Building to discuss the need for commonsense reform to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. DPC Director Muñoz outlined the principles at the heart of the President’s proposal: continuing to strengthen border security, cracking down on employers that hire undocumented workers, creating a pathway to earned citizenship, and streamlining our legal immigration system. Secretary Napolitano highlighted the Department’s work with local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws while securing our borders, and noted that in order to continue making progress, we need to modernize our immigration laws.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/06/readout-white-house-and-department-homeland-security-officials-meeting-l

      • CR says:

        Obama meets with Cabinet members on immigration

        2/8/13 12:29 PM EST By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

        President Obama participated in a Thursday meeting that brought together several members of the Cabinet and other top aides working on the administration’s immigration reform agenda, but the session only became public after the White House released a photo Friday.

        The meeting wasn’t included on the president’s public guidance for Thursday because Obama didn’t convene the meeting, he just “dropped in on part of it,” a White House official said.

        It’s just the latest instance of the White House choosing to post a photo of an unannounced event on its Flickr page that just happens to fit with its message of the moment on immigration. A 2012 POLITICO analysis of more than 4,000 photos posted on the Flickr account since the start of Obama’s presidency found that more than a third of the images depicted events not on the president’s public schedule.

        Attendees at the meeting, which according to the data linked to the file took place on Thursday afternoon, included Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder, plus top aides Valerie Jarrett, Dan Pfeiffer and Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the Domestic Policy Council. Economic advisers Gene Sperling and Alan Krueger were also at the meeting.

        Kerry’s public schedule for Thursday afternoon showed him attending meetings at the State Department, not at the White House.

        Though the White House didn’t disclose the president’s attendance at this meeting until it released the photo, an official did notify reporters ahead of time about two meetings that senior administration officials including Jarrett hosted Thursday with leaders of major business groups including the Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable and NFIB.

    • CR says:

      Justices refuse Alabama’s immigration law appeal

      4/29/13 By Lawrence Hurley | Reuters – 24 mins ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed the state of Alabama, and gave a win to the Obama administration, by declining to review a lower court ruling that had blocked a controversial part of the state’s tough immigration law.

      Alabama had asked the high court to review an appeals court decision to stop enforcement of the ‘harboring’ provision that made it illegal to harbor or transport anyone in the state who had entered the country illegally.

      The appeals court had acted in 2012 at the Obama administration’s request.

      The White House had said that Alabama’s law was trumped by federal immigration law.

      The Alabama law, enacted in 2011, is considered one of the toughest state immigration statutes in the nation. The law also made it illegal to encourage people to either enter or stay in the country in violation of federal immigration laws.

      The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in two separate decisions, upheld injunctions against the harboring provision and other parts of the law in August 2012.

      A brief order issued by the court on Monday said Justice Antonin Scalia disagreed with the decision not to hear the case.

      The Obama administration has challenged other provisions of the Alabama law, but they were not at issue in the case before the high court.

      In 2012, the justices partially upheld a similar wide-ranging law enacted in Arizona.

      Arizona and eight other states have similar laws. Laws in Georgia and South Carolina are also being challenged in court.

      The case is Alabama v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 12-884.

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      House Republicans Reject Obama’s Policy On Immigrant Teens

      JUNE 6, 2013, 12:48 PM ANDREW TAYLOR – tpm

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama’s policy to end deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the United States as children.

      The 224-201 vote broke along party lines and comes as Congress is working on overhauling the much-criticized U.S. immigration system. The measure came as the House completed action on the Department of Homeland Security spending bill.

      Obama announced a program in June 2012 that puts off deportation for many people brought here as children. Applicants for the reprieve must have arrived before they turned 16, be younger than 31 now, be high school graduates or in school, or have served in the military. They can’t have a serious criminal record.

      One of the most widely-backed elements of immigration reform, known as the DREAM Act, would award these immigrants legal status.

      Obama’s program, done by executive action, doesn’t give such immigrants legal status but it at least protects them from deportation for two years.

      For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/house-gop-immigration-dream-act.php?ref=fpb

      • CR says:

        June 06, 2013

        Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Passage of Congressman Steve King’s Amendment

        As the Senate prepares to debate bipartisan commonsense immigration reform next week, House Republicans chose to spend today passing an extreme amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers.” These are productive members of society who were brought here as young children, grew up in our communities, and became American in every way but on paper. This amendment, sponsored by Representative Steve King, runs contrary to our most deeply-held values as Americans. It asks law enforcement to treat these Dreamers the same way as they would violent criminals. It’s wrong. It’s not who we are. And it will not become law.

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      Rand Paul To Introduce Immigration Amendment Eliminating Path To Citizenship

      JUNE 18, 2013 CATHERINE THOMPSON – tpm

      Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will introduce a series of amendments to the Senate immigration reform bill that would position him for a potential Republican presidential primary bid, The Hill reported Tuesday.

      Paul’s most prominent measure would eliminate a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants while lifting a cap on guest workers, Senate aides familiar with the proposals told The Hill. Under that amendment, to be introduced this week, employers who demonstrate need would be provided with immigrant workers while the workers themselves would have to apply for permanent residency and citizenship according to the policies of their native countries.

      In March Paul laid out a plan that would allow immigrants to obtain green cards and eventually become naturalized citizens, but denied that such a plan constituted a “path to citizenship.”

      The senator is also working on an amendment that would compel states to ensure that registered provisional immigrants do not vote in elections in order to receive federal election funding, according to The Hill.

  3. CR says:

    Miami Heat to visit the White House

    1/23/13 4:10 PM EST By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

    President Obama will honor the NBA-champion Miami Heat at a ceremony on Monday, the White House announced Wednesday.

    The team’s two biggest stars, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, were both big Obama supporters in 2012, though the Federal Election Commission doesn’t show either player giving to Obama’s 2012 campaign. (James did give $20,000 to the DNC effort to elect Obama in 2008.)

    Just before Election Day, James told reporters: “It’s a very important time for everyone. Everyone talks about having the right to vote. Don’t talk about it. Go out and do it and let your voice be heard.”

    Wade endorsed Obama in a Jet magazine column just before Election Day, urging voters to “join together to reaffirm [Obama's] vision for our children’s future” by re-electing him.

    As he was preparing to speak at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Obama told a Chicago Tribune reporter: “I’m LeBron, baby. I can play on this level. I got game.”

    The White House said Obama will also recognize the Heat’s efforts to support members of the military and their families.

    No word yet on whether the president — the basketball fan-in-chief — will hold a pick-up game with members of the team.

  4. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Sunday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    President Obama is working tirelessly on this and so many other important issues. We must work to give him the Congress he needs in 2014.

    • CR says:

      Happy and HOPEful Sunday Kat!

      Yes, WE the voters must vote in members of Congress who will work WITH President Obama.

  5. CR says:

    Senators forge deal on immigration reform

    1/28/13 04:56 AM ET By Alexander Bolton – thehill

    A bipartisan group of influential senators has agreed to a framework of principles to guide immigration reform, paving the way for a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws in the next year.

    The agreement includes four basic goals: creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already living in the country; increasing the immigration rate of skilled workers; implementing an employer verification program to spotlight illegal workers; and creating a guest-worker program.

    Two of the Senate’s top ranking Democratic leaders, Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Charles Schumer (N.Y.), and the Senate’s two leading Republican authorities on immigration reform, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), have signed on.

    The framework hews to a set of principles Rubio, a rising conservative star, outlined in an interview with the Wall Street Journal earlier this month.

    “We recognize the immigration system is broken,” the lawmakers wrote in the introduction to their five-page framework. “And while border security has improved significantly over the last two administrations, we still don’t have a functioning immigration system.”

    They say their legislation would commit “the resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration system, while creating a tough but fair legalization program for individuals who are currently here.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/279539-senators-forge-deal-on-immigration-reform

  6. CR says:

    Goods Orders Exceed Forecast in Sign of U.S. Factory Rebound

    Jan 28, 2013 6:05 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Orders for durable goods climbed more than forecast in December, showing U.S. manufacturing rebounded following a mid-year slump.

    Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years rose 4.6 percent, exceeding the highest forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, after a 0.7 percent gain in November, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 76 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 2 percent advance. Excluding demand for transportation equipment, which is often volatile, orders increased 1.3 percent, also beating the median projection.

    Improving auto sales and a rebound in housing are underpinning the economic expansion, indicating orders will keep coming in for manufacturers from General Electric Co. (GE) to DuPont Co. (DD) Faster growth in overseas markets and an agreement in Congress to avoid automatic government-spending cuts would help lift business confidence and spur greater investment.

    “Economic activity has continued to expand,” Carl Riccadonna, a senior U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in New York, said before the report. “We should see further gains in capital expenditure this year.”

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from a decrease of 1.4 percent to a 4.5 percent advance.

    Stock-index futures held gains after the figures, with the contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in March rising 0.2 percent to 1,499.1 at 9:04 a.m. in New York.

    Excluding transportation, orders were projected to climb 0.8 percent.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-28/orders-for-durable-goods-in-u-s-rose-4-6-ex-transport-up-1-3-.html

  7. CR says:

    11:15 AM ET
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs Association to discuss the common-sense policies put forward by the President to reduce gun violence
    The Roosevelt Room

    • CR says:

      January 28, 2013

      Remarks by the President Before Meeting with Law Enforcement Officials

      Roosevelt Room

      11:28 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, Vice President Biden and I just want to thank the police chiefs and sheriffs who are here today representing law enforcement officials all across the country who obviously share our deep concern about issues of gun safety and how we can protect our communities and keep our kids safe.

      A couple of weeks ago, I appeared along with Joe to present the administration’s ideas in terms of steps that we have to take. And I issued a number of executive actions that should be taken unilaterally in order to improve our collection of data to make sure that we’re coordinating more effectively with state and local governments, and to do everything that we could to improve the issue of gun safety and to make our communities safer.

      But, as we’ve indicated before, the only way that we’re going to be able to do everything that needs to be done is with the cooperation of Congress. And that means passing serious laws that restrict the access and availability of assault weapons and magazine clips that aren’t necessary for hunters and sportsmen and those responsible gun owners who are out there. It means that we are serious about universal background checks. It means that we take seriously issues mental health and school safety.

      We recognize that this is an issue that elicits a lot of passion all across the country. And Joe and my Cabinet members who have been involved in this have been on a listening session over the last several months. No group is more important for us to listen to than our law enforcement officials. They are where the rubber hits the road.

      And so I welcome this opportunity to work with them; to hear their views in terms of what will make the biggest difference to prevent something like Newtown or Oak Creek from happening again. But many of them also recognize that it’s not only the high-profile mass shootings that are of concern here, it’s also what happens on a day-in-day-out basis in places like Chicago or Philadelphia, where young people are victims of gun violence every single day. That’s why part of the conversation that we’re going to be having today relates not only to the issue of new laws or better enforcement of our gun laws, it also means what are we doing to make sure that we’ve got the strongest possible law enforcement teams on the ground? What are we doing to hire more cops? What are we doing to make sure that they’re getting the training that they need? What are we doing to make sure our sheriff’s offices in rural counties have access to some of the resources that some of the big cities do in order to deal with some of these emergencies?

      So I’m looking forward to a robust conversation. I know that this is not a shy group, mainly because they’re dealing with life-and-death situations every single day. But I’m very grateful to them for their participation. This is a representative group. It comes from a wide cross-section of communities across the country. And hopefully, if law enforcement officials who are dealing with this stuff every single day can come to some basic consensus in terms of steps that we need to take, Congress is going to be paying attention to them and we’ll be able to make progress.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/28/remarks-president-meeting-law-enforcement-officials

  8. CR says:

    Why President Obama is right about the GOP

    January 28, 2013 at 6:30 am Posted by Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake – washingtonpost

    In a revealing interview with The New Republic that was published over the weekend, President Obama laid plain the strategic choice that he believes faces the Republican party heading into 2014 — and beyond.

    “Until Republicans feel that there’s a real price to pay for them just saying no and being obstructionist, you’ll probably see at least a number of them arguing that we should keep on doing it,” the president said. “It worked for them in the 2010 election cycle, and I think there are those who believe that it can work again.”

    While GOP strategists might dismiss Obama’s analysis of the way forward for their side as overly simplistic, there is considerable truth in what he says. And the direction the party decides to head on that very question will be a telling indicator of the nature of both the 2014 midterm elections and the 2016 Republican primary fight.

    Remember back to the immediate aftermath of the 2008 election? Some Republicans, stunned by the breadth and depth of their defeats, began to talk about the need to reimagine the party to fit the modern American electorate.

    Then came Obama’s economic stimulus plan and his health care law — not to mention the bank bailouts. The tea party was born and, with it, those within the GOP who regarded the 2008 election as a fluke won the day. The Republican Party united around its opposition to Obama and was rewarded (in spades) for doing so in the 2010 midterm elections.

    (Sidebar: Many people — read: Democrats — blame Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) for articulating the “opposition at all costs strategy.” While McConnell did say the goal for the GOP and its voters was to make Obama a “one-term president,” he did so mere days before the 2010 election and, therefore, was not the strategic father, for good or bad, of the oppose-at-all-costs approach. Besides that, what McConnell was saying was that to accomplish the goals Republicans believed in, Obama would have to be removed as president, which is a somewhat indisputable notion.)

    Riding high on that “oppose, oppose, oppose” strategy, Republicans galloped into the 2012 presidential election full of bravado and apparent momentum. Then the strategy started to fail. As much as Republican presidential candidates tried to shine a light on Obama and his policies, the debate kept coming back to Mitt Romney, his view of the world and what he would do as president. And Romney never came close to fully articulating that alternative vision.

    For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/01/28/why-president-obama-is-right-about-the-gop/?hpid=z3

  9. CR says:

    1:40 PM ET
    President Obama welcomes the NBA Champion Miami Heat to the White House
    East Room

    • CR says:

      January 28, 2013

      Remarks by the President in Welcoming the Miami Heat

      East Room

      1:44 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Everybody please have a seat. Well, today I am honored to welcome a little up-and-coming basketball team — (laughter) — to the White House called the world champion Miami Heat. (Applause.)

      Now, for many of teams that come here, this is a lot of cameras in one place. It’s a little overwhelming. (Laughter.) But for the Heat, this is what practice looks like. (Laughter.) This is normal. I know this is the first trip for some of these players, but a few of them were here a couple of years ago for a pickup game on my birthday.

      Now, I’m not trying to take all the credit, Coach, but I think that it’s clear that going up against me prepared them to take on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. (Laughter.) It sharpened their skills. It gave them the competitive edge that they needed. And I think part of the reason they came back today is they want another shot at the old guy. (Laughter.)

      But first, I have to congratulate the Heat on their well-earned title. This team traveled a long road to get to where they are. In 2011, the Heat got all the way to the finals only to come up short. But when you fall, the real test is whether you can ignore the naysayers, pick yourself up and come back stronger. And that’s true in basketball, but it’s also true in life. That’s exactly what these guys did.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/28/remarks-president-welcoming-miami-heat

  10. CR says:

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

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

  11. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:20 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.

    9:35 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Las Vegas, NPresident

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:25 PM
    President Obama arrives Las Vegas, NV

    2:55 PM
    President Obama Speaks on the Need to Fix the Broken Immigration System
    De Sol High School, Las Vegas, NV

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    President Obama departs Las Vegas, NV

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    9:20 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

    10:00 PM

  12. CR says:

    This is the biggest immigration reform breakthrough since 2007, advocates say

    January 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm Posted by Suzy Khimm – washingtonpost

    Advocates for immigrants been been waiting for more than five years for Congress to take up a sweeping immigration overhaul, and it looks like that moment has finally arrived.

    “This is tremendous momentum and an incredible step forward,” says Greg Chen, director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, referring to a proposal from a bipartisan group of senators that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

    “It does reflect a seismic shift in the debate,” says Angela Kelley, vice president of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, describing the plan’s legalization provisions as “bolded and underlined.”

    Advocates describe the senators’ framework as the biggest bipartisan breakthrough publicly released since 2007, when President George Bush’s immigration overhaul died in Congress. Like Bush’s plan, the senators’ supports steps to legalization that are “contingent upon securing our borders” and enforcing visa overstays, which must be accomplished before any undocumented immigrant receives a green card. Advocates say that’s the most meaningful part of the plan but also the one that raises the most questions.

    For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/28/this-is-the-biggest-immigration-reform-breakthrough-since-2007-advocates-say/

    • CR says:

      Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about the Senate’s immigration reform plan

      January 29, 2013 at 8:27 am Posted by Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas – washingtonpost

      Wonkbook’s Number of the Day: 11 million. That’s the number of undocumented immigrants that are currently in the U.S — the heart of the immigration-policy debate. The Senate’s reform plan now on the table opens up a path to legal status for most of the 11 million. More below.

      Wonkblog’s Graph of the Day: Illegal immigration has slowed since 2007.

      Wonkbook’s Top 5 Stories: 1) Reactions to the Senate’s immigration plan, and looking toward Obama’s entry; 2) the debt-ceiling fix might last till August; 3) the economy is looking surprisingly good; 4) this gun debate has been different; and 5) Sarah Kliff launches “Health Reform Watch.”

      1) Top story: Everything you need to know about the Senate’s immigration reform plan

      Senators reveal their immigration reform plan. “At a joint news conference, five of the eight senators who signed on to a detailed statement of principles to guide the effort portrayed it as a way to resolve the plight of millions of undocumented immigrants living illegally in society’s shadows and to modernize and streamline the legal immigration system.” Rosalind S. Helderman and William Branigin in The Washington Post.

      The key policy changes, according to Helderman and Branigin: “Legalization would be afforded almost immediately to the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, provided they pay back taxes and a fine. But the opportunity to pursue full citizenship would not become available until the border was secured and new systems were in place for employers to verify workers’ immigration status and for the government to ensure that legal immigrants cannot overstay their visas.”

      Read: The text of the Senate immigration reform plan.

      Explainers: The five most important sentences of the plan and two numbers which explain rising Republican support for reform. Ezra Klein in The Washington Post.

      Obama’s more liberal plan will be announced in a speech today. “The Obama administration has developed its own proposals for immigration reform that are more liberal than a separate bipartisan effort in the Senate, including a quicker path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, people with knowledge of the proposals said. President Obama is expected to provide some details of the White House plans during a Tuesday appearance in Las Vegas, where he will call for sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration laws.” David Nakamura and Rosalind S. Helderman in The Washington Post.

      @Goldfarb: White House briefing: Carney says no changes to Obama plan for immigration despite Senate plan

      The proposal is gaining support from a broad swath of Congress. “The push to overhaul immigration laws gathered momentum Monday, as a bipartisan Senate proposal to liberalize the treatment of illegal immigrants drew support from business and labor groups. Some leading Republicans, who represent the biggest potential obstacles, either held their fire or welcomed the plan.” Janet Hook, Kristina Peterson, and Laura Meckler in The Wall Street Journal.

      Advocates: This is the biggest breakthrough since 2007. “Advocates describe the senators’ framework as the biggest bipartisan breakthrough publicly released since 2007, when President George Bush’s immigration overhaul died in Congress…Their concern is that the conditions for gaining citizenship could wind up being so stringent that undocumented immigrants could remain in legal limbo for the indeterminate future…Advocates are hopeful, however, that the senators’ intent is to make the plan workable and not create an endless, open-ended timeframe for legalization.” Suzy Khimm in The Washington Post.

      @BobCusack: Plenty of optimism on immigration, but many hurdles remain. In 2007, President George W. Bush said, “I’ll see you at the bill signing.”

      It could pass in just a few months. “‘We have a long way to go, but this bipartisan blueprint is a major breakthrough,’ said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). He said the Senate could pass the bill by late spring or summer.” Rosalind S. Helderman in The Washington Post.

      For more; http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/29/wonkbook-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-senates-immigration-reform-plan/

  13. COS says:

    Hey CR and friends. You are right on time with this thread. I am looking forward to PBO’s immigration speech tomorrow.

  14. CR says:

    Obama commends Congress on Sandy aid

    1/28/13 7:20 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    President Obama said Monday that while he had hoped it would happen sooner, he commends Congress on passing funding for Hurricane Sandy relief.

    “For the families working to put their lives back together, every day without relief is one day too many,” he said in a statement. “So while I had hoped Congress would provide this aid sooner, I applaud the lawmakers from both parties who helped shepherd this important package th[r]ough.”

    The Senate passed the long-awaited $50.5 billion aid package Monday evening, and it now heads to the president’s desk.

    Obama touted the work his administration has already done to help the region rebuild in the wake of the storm, noting that to date, over $3 billion has been spent to aid recovery efforts.

    “Brick by brick, block by block, our communities are being made whole again. And we will not rest until the job is done,” he said. “Again, I commend Congress for giving families and businesses the help they deserve, and I will sign this bill into law as soon as it hits my desk.”

  15. CR says:

    9:30 AM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a global town-hall style forum at the State Department, where she’ll take questions from an audience and online, social media and broadcast participants.

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    State Dept http://www.state.gov

  16. CR says:

    Home Prices Climb by Most in Six Years as U.S. Market Firms

    Jan 29, 2013 6:13 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose in November from a year earlier by the most in more than six years, indicating the U.S. housing rebound is gaining ground.

    The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values increased 5.5 percent from November 2011, the biggest year-over-year gain since August 2006, a report showed today in New York. The median projection of 30 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 5.6 percent advance.

    Mortgage rates near a record low are propelling demand for real estate that’s outpacing the available supply, a sign prices will keep strengthening. Home-equity gains and an improving job market may help to put a floor under Americans’ confidence and spending, the biggest part of the economy, cushioning the hit from a higher payroll tax that began in January.

    “With inventory of both new and existing homes still very low, prices will likely continue to rise,” Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics Advisors Inc. in White Plains, New York, said in a note to clients. “Each successive price increase adds more weight to the idea that the housing market is recovering, and nothing pulls people into the market faster than the thought that prices will rise further.

    Stock-index futures held earlier losses after the report. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index maturing in March dropped 0.2 percent to 1,493.5 at 9:12 a.m. in New York.

    Bloomberg survey estimates ranged from 3.4 percent to 6.4 percent. The S&P/Case-Shiller index is based on a three-month average, which means the November data were influenced by transactions in October and September.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-29/home-prices-in-u-s-rise-by-most-in-six-years-as-market-firms.html

  17. CR says:

    Senate panel approves Kerry for State

    1/29/13 10:23 AM ET By Julian Pecquet – TheHill

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to be the next secretary of State on Tuesday, setting up a vote on the Senate floor later in the day.

    Kerry, the former chairman of the committee, received a voice vote from his colleagues. His nomination had been expected to sail through after Republicans urged President Obama to nominate him instead of his ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice.

    Hillary Clinton has said her last day on the job will be Friday.

  18. CR says:

    January 29, 2013

    Statement by the President on Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood

    I want to thank Secretary LaHood for his dedication, his hard work, and his years of service to the American people – including the outstanding work he’s done over the last four years as Secretary of Transportation. I also want to thank Ray for his friendship. Years ago, we were drawn together by a shared belief that those of us in public service owe an allegiance not to party or faction, but to the people we were elected to represent. And Ray has never wavered in that belief. As Secretary of Transportation, he has fought to create jobs and grow our economy by rebuilding our roads, bridges and transit systems. Under his leadership, we have made significant investments in our passenger rail system and laid the groundwork for the high-speed rail network of the future. And every American who travels by air, rail or highway can thank Ray for his commitment to making our entire transportation system safer and stronger. I am grateful to Ray for everything he’s done, and I wish him only the best going forward.

  19. 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

  20. CR says:

    2:55 PM ET
    President Obama Speaks on the Need to Fix the Broken Immigration System
    De Sol High School, Las Vegas, NV

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Delivers-Remarks-on-Immigration-Reform/10737437643/

    • CR says:

      January 29, 2013

      Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

      Del Sol High School
      Las Vegas, Nevada

      11:40 A.M. PST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you! Thank you so much. (Applause.) It is good to be back in Las Vegas! (Applause.) And it is good to be among so many good friends.

      Let me start off by thanking everybody at Del Sol High School for hosting us. (Applause.) Go Dragons! Let me especially thank your outstanding principal, Lisa Primas. (Applause.)

      There are all kinds of notable guests here, but I just want to mention a few. First of all, our outstanding Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, is here. (Applause.) Our wonderful Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. (Applause.) Former Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis. (Applause.) Two of the outstanding members of the congressional delegation from Nevada, Steve Horsford and Dina Titus. (Applause.) Your own mayor, Carolyn Goodman. (Applause.)

      But we also have some mayors that flew in because they know how important the issue we’re going to talk about today is. Marie Lopez Rogers from Avondale, Arizona. (Applause.) Kasim Reed from Atlanta, Georgia. (Applause.) Greg Stanton from Phoenix, Arizona. (Applause.) And Ashley Swearengin from Fresno, California. (Applause.)

      And all of you are here, as well as some of the top labor leaders in the country. And we are just so grateful. Some outstanding business leaders are here as well. And of course, we’ve got wonderful students here, so I could not be prouder of our students. (Applause.)

      Now, those of you have a seat, feel free to take a seat. I don’t mind.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you, Mr. President!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.)

      Now, last week, I had the honor of being sworn in for a second term as President of the United States. (Applause.) And during my inaugural address, I talked about how making progress on the defining challenges of our time doesn’t require us to settle every debate or ignore every difference that we may have, but it does require us to find common ground and move forward in common purpose. It requires us to act.

      I know that some issues will be harder to lift than others. Some debates will be more contentious. That’s to be expected. But the reason I came here today is because of a challenge where the differences are dwindling; where a broad consensus is emerging; and where a call for action can now be heard coming from all across America. I’m here today because the time has come for common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. (Applause.) The time is now. Now is the time. Now is the time. Now is the time.

      AUDIENCE: Sí se puede! Sí se puede!

      THE PRESIDENT: Now is the time.

      I’m here because most Americans agree that it’s time to fix a system that’s been broken for way too long. I’m here because business leaders, faith leaders, labor leaders, law enforcement, and leaders from both parties are coming together to say now is the time to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as the land of opportunity. Now is the time to do this so we can strengthen our economy and strengthen our country’s future.

      Think about it — we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. That’s who we are — in our bones. The promise we see in those who come here from every corner of the globe, that’s always been one of our greatest strengths. It keeps our workforce young. It keeps our country on the cutting edge. And it’s helped build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/29/remarks-president-comprehensive-immigration-reform

    • CR says:

      United Farm Workers welcomes bipartisan comprehensive immigration proposal with roadmap to citizenship, evaluates details

      01/28/2013 ufw.org

      United Farm Workers welcomes bipartisan comprehensive immigration proposal with roadmap to citizenship, evaluates details

      UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez to join President Obama in Las Vegas tomorrow

      Keene, CA – The United Farm Workers welcomes a bipartisan comprehensive immigration plan put forward by a small group of senators Monday morning. The principals of the immigration reform proposal include a roadmap to citizenship for the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants, including special considerations for farm workers and immigrants brought into the country as children.

      “We thank this bipartisan group of Republicans and Democrats for understanding that a roadmap to citizenship is essential to any immigration reform plan. We also endorse the proposal’s commitment to strong labor protections as part of any future flow program and allowing temporary workers who have worked in this country for many years to earn green cards,” said UFW Arturo S. Rodriguez.

      On Tuesday, Rodriguez and a group of farm workers from the Central Valley will join President Barack Obama in Las Vegas where he is expected to announce his own immigration reform principals. The workers will leave Bakersfield at 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Other farm worker leaders, such as Diana Tellefson Torres, executive director of the UFW Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides immigration services to low-income immigrants, will also be in attendance.

      “It’s an exciting moment for the UFW and many pro-immigrant groups, unions and members of the clergy, who have been fighting for years to achieve immigration reform. We are pleased to see that lawmakers are starting to get serious about finding a solution that works for America. He will review the proposal and make recommendations to make sure that the rights and protections of both, domestic and foreign farm workers, are taken into consideration,” he added.

      Rodriguez said the UFW will redouble its efforts to ensure that any immigration proposal promotes improving the lives of farm workers and their families.

  21. CR says:

    Immigration Reform: Will Farming Finally Get Fixed?

    JANUARY 29, 2013 BY ADRIAN FLORIDO ⋅ theworld

    Noel Stehly’s organic farm is at the end of a winding country road just north of San Diego. It’s a 200-acre farm, but orange and avocado crops only fill about half of it. The rest is empty.

    “I’ve had to cut back on what I plant in my fields,” Stehly said. “I decided not to harvest some things because I couldn’t get the labor to do it.”

    It is a long-standing complaint among farmers. The economy and tough immigration enforcement have sapped the local workforce. In theory, this should not be a problem. A federal guest worker program called H-2A allows Stehly, or any US farmer, to bring in as many temporary foreign workers as they need.

    But Stehly laughs when asked why he hasn’t used the program. “I’m not doing it,” he said.

    Eric Larson, head of the San Diego County Farm Bureau, doesn’t blame him. “Sure, the H-2A program says go ahead and bring farm workers in, but the H-2A program doesn’t work,” he said.

    To participate, farmers have to prove to the US Labor Department that they have tried to hire American workers but could not. They must transport guest workers from their home country, often Mexico, and provide housing and three meals a day. They must also show that their guest workers will not drag down local wages. All this means lots of money, paperwork and, often, attorneys.

    “Consequently, nobody uses it,” said Larson. “I think we’ve got one farmer in San Diego County that uses the H-2A for about eight workers, where in reality we have 10,000 to 12,000 farm workers in San Diego County.”

    Larson said that those thousands of workers are a mix of laborers without papers and aging legal workers, neither ideal for farm owners.

    Across the US, farmers recruit an estimated 55,000 H-2A workers each year. But they are mostly in Florida and the Midwest, because in California enforcement of the H-2A program’s rules is strict. Now, as immigration reform takes shape, the farm lobby wants to make hiring these workers easier. What Larson, the farm bureau director, wants, is simple: A card that would let workers, mostly from Mexico, to cross the border when needed and return home when the seasonal needs are over.

    But labor and immigrant rights groups say that an open-door guest worker program could hurt workers. They point to stories like one farm worker I interviewed, who requested anonymity because he worried that speaking out might risk his tomato-picking job.

    He said that he arrived to California illegally in 1973 and became a citizen when Ronald Reagan signed an amnesty bill. For years, he has picked on tomato farms alongside seasonal H-2A workers.

    For more: http://www.theworld.org/2013/01/immigration-reform-will-farming-finally-get-fixed/

  22. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    Jan. 29, 2013
    U.S. Men vs. Canada
    8 p.m. CT
    BBVA Compass Stadium
    Houston, Texas
    ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision Deportes

  23. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama and Vice President Biden attends meetings at the White House.

    President Obama meets with Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband, Mark Kelly

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receives the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama and Secretary Clinton meet for lunch.

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:55 PM
    President Obama is interviewed by Jose Diaz Balart of Telemundo.

    4:00 PM
    4:15 PM
    President Obama is interviewed by Maria Elena Salinas of Univision.

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

  24. CR says:

    ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 192,000 Jobs in January

    1/30/13 Automatic Data Processing, Inc. – 1 hour 16 minutes ago

    ROSELAND, NJ–(Marketwire – Jan 30, 2013) – Private sector employment increased by 192,000 jobs from December to January, according to the January ADP National Employment Report®, which is produced by ADP®, a leading provider of human capital management services, in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis. The December 2012 report, which reported job gains of 215,000, was revised downward by 30,000 to 185,000 jobs.

    For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/adp-national-employment-report-private-131500949.html;_ylt=A2KJjb3ELglRjxAAukPQtDMD

  25. CR says:

    Chrysler profit jumps on higher sales

    1/30/13 By DEE-ANN DURBIN and TOM KRISHER | Associated Press – 34

    DETROIT (AP) — Just three years out of bankruptcy, Chrysler posted a $1.7 billion profit in 2012 and said it expects to earn more than $2 billion this year.

    Improving U.S. auto sales — and better products at Chrysler — were the big reasons for the vast improvement over 2011′s profit of $183 million. Chrysler sold 2.2 million cars and trucks worldwide last year, up 18 percent.

    In the U.S., its largest market, Chrysler’s sales rose 21 percent. Chrysler saw strong sales of the Chrysler 200 and 300 sedans, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram pickup. The Fiat 500 also sold well last year.

    The results mark another step in Chrysler’s remarkable turnaround. The company filed for bankruptcy during the recession in 2009 and needed a $12.5 billion loan from taxpayers to survive. Chrysler has repaid $11.2 billion, but the U.S. Treasury Department says it won’t recover the remaining $1.3 billion. The profit In 2011 was Chrysler’s first annual profit since 1997.

    Revenue increased 20 percent to $65.8 billion.

    Chrysler expects net income to rise to around $2.2 billion this year on revenue of between $72 billion and $75 billion. It says worldwide vehicle shipments should reach 2.6 million to 2.7 million, up from 2.4 million last year.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/chrysler-profit-jumps-higher-sales-122923957–finance.html

  26. CR says:

    Deval Patrick taps former chief of staff Mo Cowan for John Kerry’s Senate seat

    1/30/13 9:59 AM EST By JAMES HOHMANN – POLITICO44

    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has picked Mo Cowan, his former chief of staff, to replace John Kerry as interim U.S. senator until a June 25 special election, a source confirms to POLITICO.

    Patrick will announce the selection at an 11 a.m. press conference. Cowan will become the second sitting African-American member in the Senate.

    The race to permanently fill the seat will likely pit Republican Scott Brown, who lost last November, against the winner of a Democratic primary. Rep. Edward Markey is running for the Democratic nod and Rep. Stephen Lynch is expected to.

    Cowan has continued to serve Patrick as a senior adviser since stepping down as chief of staff. He’s a graduate of Duke and Northeastern University Law School.

    The news was first reported by local Boston media outlets.

    Kerry was confirmed Tuesday with a 94-3 vote in the Senate.

  27. CR says:

    Today: President Obama Hosts White House Farewell Luncheon For Sec. Hillary Clinton

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2013 obamafoodorama

    On the heels of Sen. John Kerry sailing through his Senate confirmation on Tuesday as the next Secretary of State, President Obama today welcomes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the White House for a private luncheon. It comes as the President bids Clinton farewell; her last day in office is Feb. 1. The 12:30 PM luncheon in the Oval Office Private Dining Room is closed to press. Kerry will be sworn in later this week, with a welcoming ceremony planned at the State Department next Monday. (Above, the President and Clinton walk along the Colonnade of the White House)

    “I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest Secretary of States we’ve had,” President Obama told 60 Minutes on Sunday in their first-ever joint interview. “It has been a great collaboration over the last four years. I’m going to miss her. Wish she was sticking around.”

    “I want the country to appreciate just what an extraordinary role she’s played during the course of my administration and a lot of the successes we’ve had internationally have been because of her hard work,” President Obama added about his former political rival, who challenged him for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

    For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/01/today-president-obama-hosts-white-house.html

    • CR says:

      Obama and Clinton: The 60 Minutes interview

      January 27, 2013 7:00 PM cbs

      The following script is from “The President and the Secretary of State” which aired on Jan. 27, 2013. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. Michael Radutzky, Maria Gavrilovic and L. Franklin Devine, producers.

      There are few people we think we know more about than President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and everyone has an opinion about their politics, their marriages and a rivalry that is one of the richest in American history.

      On Friday, we had the opportunity to sit down with the two of them side by side. The White House offered us 30 minutes, barely enough time to scratch the surface of their complicated personal and professional relationship, let alone discuss their policies on Iran and Israel, Russia and China, Egypt and Libya. There has been much speculation about their evolution from bitter opponents to partners in the corridors of power and the motivation for doing this interview. Now, you can be the judge.

      Steve Kroft: This is very improbable. This is not an interview I ever expected to be doing. But I understand, Mr. President, this was your idea. Why did you want to do this together, a joint interview?

      President Obama: Well, the main thing is I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say thank you, because I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretary of states we’ve had. It has been a great collaboration over the last four years. I’m going to miss her. Wish she was sticking around. But she has logged in so many miles, I can’t begrudge her wanting to take it easy for a little bit. But I want the country to appreciate just what an extraordinary role she’s played during the course of my administration and a lot of the successes we’ve had internationally have been because of her hard work.

      Steve Kroft: There’s no political tea leaves to be read here?

      Secretary Clinton: We don’t have any tea. We’ve got some water here is the best I can tell. But you know, this has been just the most extraordinary honor. And, yes, I mean, a few years ago it would have been seen as improbable because we had that very long, hard primary campaign. But, you know, I’ve gone around the world on behalf of the president and our country. And one of the things that I say to people, because I think it helps them understand, I say, “Look, in politics and in democracy, sometimes you win elections, sometimes you lose elections. And I worked very hard, but I lost. And then President Obama asked me to be secretary of state and I said yes.” And so this has been just an extraordinary opportunity to work with him as a partner and friend, to do our very best on behalf of this country we both love. And it’s something I’m going to miss a great deal.

      For more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57565734/obama-and-clinton-the-60-minutes-interview/

      Watch the video: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50139839n

  28. 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

  29. CR says:

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