Our Law Enforcement Officials

 “Our Nation’s public safety officers are heroes who risk their lives to keep our families and communities safe.  Each of these brave men and women goes to work not knowing what dangers might lie ahead, making tremendous sacrifices to uphold justice and protect the innocent.  This week, we extend our gratitude for their service to our country.  We also remember those killed in the line of duty, and we mourn their loss and honor the loved ones they left behind.

Our law enforcement personnel are dedicated to the communities they serve,working tirelessly to transform neighborhoods across our country.  Despite facing budget constraints and daily threats, public safety officers embrace innovative approaches to improving our Nation and upholding the rule of law.”

President Obama May 13, 2011

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Obama to Visit  Minneapolis Police Dept. Special Operations Center

01/31/2013 4:26 PM  By: Cassie Hart – KSTP.com

President Obama will be visiting Minneapolis on Monday to discuss gun violence.

This is the president’s first trip outside Washington centering on his proposals to reduce gun violence. He will travel to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center to deliver remarks and discuss with local leaders and law enforcement officials his comprehensive set of common sense ideas to reduce gun violence.

The president has been working closely with some of our local crime fighters.

This week Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau met with the president in Washington D.C.

The group of law enforcement leaders urged the president to improve mental health systems and strengthen background checks.

Sheriff Stanek hopes to continue that conversation with the president during his visit.

Sheriff Stanek said, “The real key here though is finding something that works across the board. Again he doesn’t make public policy, I do enforce it, and I do help influence public policy. And that’s how I’m going to spend our time whether it’s the president of the United States, the Governor of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Legislature or local elected officials.”

Minneapolis is one city that had a deadly mass shooting in 2012, including the school shooting in Connecticut and movie theatre massacre in Colorado.

Back in September a disgruntled worker shot and killed six people at Accent Signage.

For more: http://kstp.com/article/stories/s2916282.shtml

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” I just had a chance to sit down with some local police officers but also community leaders, as well as folks who themselves had been victims or whose families had been victims of gun violence, to hear their ideas about how we can protect our kids and address the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country.  Because if we’re serious about preventing the kinds of tragedies that happened in Newtown, or the tragedies that happen every day in places like Chicago or Philadelphia or Minneapolis, then law enforcement and other community leaders must have a seat at the table.

All the folks standing here behind me today, they’re the ones on the front line of this fight.  They see the awful consequences — the lives lost, the families shattered.  They know what works, they know what doesn’t work, and they know how to get things done without regard for politics.

So we’ve had a very productive discussion.  And one of the things that struck me was that even though those who were sitting around that table represented very different communities, from big cities to small towns, they all believe it’s time to take some basic, common-sense steps to reduce gun violence.  We may not be able to prevent every massacre or random shooting.  No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe.  But if there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s just one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try.

That’s been the philosophy here in Minneapolis.  A few years back, you suffered a spike in violent crime involving young people.  So this city came together.  You launched a series of youth initiatives that have reduced the number of young people injured by guns by 40 percent — 40 percent.  So when it comes to protecting our children from gun violence, you’ve shown that progress is possible.  We’ve still got to deal with the 60 percent that remains, but that 40 percent means lives saved — parents whose hearts aren’t broken, communities that aren’t terrorized and afraid.

We don’t have to agree on everything to agree it’s time to do something.  (Applause.)  That’s my main message here today.

And each of us has a role to play.  A few weeks ago, I took action on my own to strengthen background checks, to help schools get more resource officers if they want them, and to direct the Centers for Disease Control to study the causes of violence.  Because for a long time, even looking at the evidence was considered somehow tough politics.  And so Congress had taken the approach that, we don’t want to know.  Well, that’s never the answer to a problem — is not wanting to know what is going on.

So we’ve been able to take some steps through administrative action.  But while these steps are important, real and lasting change also requires Congress to do its part and to do it soon, not to wait.  The good news is that we’re starting to see a consensus emerge about the action Congress needs to take.

The vast majority of Americans — including a majority of gun owners — support requiring criminal background checks for anyone trying to buy a gun.  (Applause.)  So right now, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are working on a bill that would ban anyone from selling a gun to somebody legally prohibited from owning one.  That’s common sense.  There’s no reason we can’t get that done.  That is not a liberal idea or a conservative idea; it’s not a Democratic or Republican idea — that is a smart idea. We want to keep those guns out of hands of folks who shouldn’t have them.

Senators from both parties have also come together and proposed a bill that would crack down on people who buy guns only to turn them around and sell them to criminals.  It’s a bill that would keep more guns off the street and out of the hands of people with the intent of doing harm.  (Applause.)

And, by the way, in addition to reducing violence on the streets, it would also make life a lot easier and a lot safer for the people standing behind me here today.  (Applause.)

We shouldn’t stop there.  We should restore the ban on military-style assault weapons and a 10-round limit for magazines.  (Applause.)  And that deserves a vote in Congress — because weapons of war have no place on our streets, or in our schools, or threatening our law enforcement officers.  Our law enforcement officers should never be out-gunned on the streets.  (Applause.)

But we also know that if we’re going to solve the problem of gun violence, then we’ve got to look at root causes as well.  That means we should make it easier for young people to get access to mental health treatment.  (Applause.)  We should help communities like this one keep more cops on the beat.  (Applause.)  And since Congress hasn’t confirmed a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in six years, they should confirm your U.S. Attorney from Minnesota, Todd Jones, who is here today and who I’ve nominated for this post.  (Applause.)

These are common-sense measures supported by Democrats, Republicans and independents, and many of them are responsible gun owners.  And we’re seeing members of Congress from both parties put aside their differences and work together to make many of them a reality.

But if there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the last four years, it’s that you can’t count on anything in Washington until it’s done.  And nothing is done yet.  There’s been a lot of talk, a lot of conversation, a lot of publicity, but we haven’t actually taken concrete steps yet.

Last week, the Senate held its first hearing since Newtown on the need to address gun violence and the best way to move forward, and the first people to offer testimony were Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly.  They talked about how a complex problem like this has no single solution, but if we still had a 10-round limit on magazines, for example, the gunman who shot Gabby may never have been able to inflict 33 gunshot wounds in 15 seconds.  Fifteen seconds, 33 rounds fired.  Some of the six people who lost their lives that day in Tucson might still be with us.

Now, changing the status quo is never easy.  This will be no exception.  The only way we can reduce gun violence in this country is if the American people decide it’s important.  If you decide it’s important.  If parents and teachers, police officers and pastors, hunters and sportsmen, Americans of every background stand up and say this time it’s got to be different — we’ve suffered too much pain to stand by and do nothing.

And by the way, it’s really important for us to engage with folks who don’t agree with us on everything, because we hope that we can find some areas where we do agree.  And we have to recognize that there are going to be regional differences and geographic differences.  The experience that people have of guns in an urban neighborhood may not be the same as in a rural community.

But we know, for example, from polling that universal background checks are universally supported just about, by gun owners.  The majority of gun owners, overwhelming majority of gun owners think that’s a good idea.  So if we’ve got lobbyists in Washington claiming to speak for gun owners saying something different, we need to go to the source and reach out to people directly.  We can’t allow those filters to get in the way of common sense.

That’s why I need everybody who’s listening to keep the pressure on your member of Congress to do the right thing.  Ask them if they support common-sense reforms like requiring universal background checks, or restoring the ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.  Tell them there’s no legislation to eliminate all guns; there’s no legislation being proposed to subvert the Second Amendment.  Tell them specifically what we’re talking about — things that the majority of Americans, when they’re asked, support. “

President Obama 2/4/13 

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46 Responses to Our Law Enforcement Officials

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, February 4, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    4:00 AM
    Dr. Biden will meets with our Ambassador, Charlie Rivkin, and the embassy staff and their families
    US Embassy Paris, France

    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM
    Vice President Biden meets with President Hollande for a working lunch
    Élysée Palace, Paris, France

    Vice President Biden President Hollande deliver a joint statement
    Élysée Palace, Paris, France

    8:00 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.

    10:30 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Minneapolis.

    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    The Vice President and Dr. Biden arrive in London at London Stansted Airport
    Local Event Time: 4:15 PM
    London Stansted Airport

    11:30 AM
    President Obama participates in a discussion with local leaders and law enforcement officials.
    Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center, Minneapolis, MN

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    President Obama arrives in Minneapolis.

    1:30 PM
    President Obama participates in a discussion with local leaders and law enforcement officials.
    Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center, Minneapolis, MN

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama Speaks on Reducing Gun Violence
    Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center, Minneapolis, MN

    3:00 PM
    3:35 PM
    President Obama departs Minneapolis.

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    5:45 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    6:00 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

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    Our Law Enforcement Officials

         “Our Nation’s public safety officers are heroes who risk their lives to keep our families and communities safe.  Each of these brave men and women goes to work not knowing what dangers might lie ahead, making tremendous sacrifices to uphold justice and protect the innocent.  This week, we extend our gratitude for their service to our country.  We also remember those killed in the line of duty, and we mourn their loss and honor the loved ones they left behind.

    Our law enforcement personnel are dedicated to the communities they serve,working tirelessly to transform neighborhoods across our country.  Despite facing budget constraints and daily threats, public safety officers embrace innovative approaches to improving our Nation and upholding the rule of law.”

    President Obama May 13, 2011

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      January 16, 2013

      Remarks by the President and the Vice President on Gun Violence

      South Court Auditorium

      11:52 A.M. EST

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Before I begin today, let me say to the families of the innocents who were murdered 33 days ago, our heart goes out to you. And you show incredible courage — incredible courage — being here. And the President and I are going to do everything in our power to honor the memory of your children and your wives with the work we take up here today.

      It’s been 33 days since the nation’s heart was broken by the horrific, senseless violence that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School — 20 — 20 beautiful first-graders gunned down in a place that’s supposed to be their second sanctuary. Six members of the staff killed trying to save those children. It’s literally been hard for the nation to comprehend, hard for the nation to fathom.

      And I know for the families who are here that time is not measured in days, but it’s measured in minutes, in seconds, since you received that news. Another minute without your daughter. Another minute without your son. Another minute without your wife. Another minute without your mom.

      I want to personally thank Chris and Lynn McDonald, who lost their beautiful daughter, Grace, and the other parents who I had a chance to speak to, for their suggestions and for — again, just for the courage of all of you to be here today. I admire the grace and the resolve that you all are showing. And I must say I’ve been deeply affected by your faith, as well. And the President and I are going to do everything to try to match the resolve you’ve demonstrated.

      No one can know for certain if this senseless act could have been prevented, but we all know we have a moral obligation — a moral obligation — to do everything in our power to diminish the prospect that something like this could happen again.

      As the President knows, I’ve worked in this field a long time — in the United States Senate, having chaired a committee that had jurisdiction over these issues of guns and crime, and having drafted the first gun violence legislation — the last gun violence legislation, I should say. And I have no illusions about what we’re up against or how hard the task is in front of us. But I also have never seen the nation’s conscience so shaken by what happened at Sandy Hook. The world has changed, and it’s demanding action.

      It’s in this context that the President asked me to put together, along with Cabinet members, a set of recommendations about how we should proceed to meet that moral obligation we have. And toward that end, the Cabinet members and I sat down with 229 groups — not just individuals, representing groups — 229 groups from law enforcement agencies to public health officials, to gun officials, to gun advocacy groups, to sportsmen and hunters and religious leaders. And I’ve spoken with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, had extensive conversations with mayors and governors and county officials.

      And the recommendations we provided to the President on Monday call for executive actions he could sign, legislation he could call for, and long-term research that should be undertaken. They’re based on the emerging consensus we heard from all the groups with whom we spoke, including some of you who are victims of this god-awful occurrence — ways to keep guns out of the wrong hands, as well as ways to take comprehensive action to prevent violence in the first place.

      We should do as much as we can, as quickly as we can. And we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. So some of what you will hear from the President will happen immediately; some will take some time. But we have begun. And we are starting here today and we’re going to resolve to continue this fight.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/16/remarks-president-and-vice-president-gun-violence

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      “We Can No Longer Continue To Define Deviancy Down! We Can’t Wait Any Longer To Take Action”

      Published on Jan 18, 2013 MOXNews.com
      C-SPAN

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        It’s Time

        Published on Feb 3, 2013

        Our efforts cannot bring back the 20 innocent children murdered in Newtown, CT — or the 33 people murdered with guns every day in America. But we can prevent future tragedies by passing common sense legislation. http://demandaplan.org

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        Gabby Giffords Statement At Gun VIolence Hearing

        Published on Jan 30, 2013

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      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

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      Obama to Visit  Minneapolis Police Dept. Special Operations Center

      01/31/2013 4:26 PM  By: Cassie Hart – KSTP.com

      President Obama will be visiting Minneapolis on Monday to discuss gun violence.

      This is the president’s first trip outside Washington centering on his proposals to reduce gun violence. He will travel to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center to deliver remarks and discuss with local leaders and law enforcement officials his comprehensive set of common sense ideas to reduce gun violence.

      The president has been working closely with some of our local crime fighters.

      This week Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau met with the president in Washington D.C.

      The group of law enforcement leaders urged the president to improve mental health systems and strengthen background checks.

      Sheriff Stanek hopes to continue that conversation with the president during his visit.

      Sheriff Stanek said, “The real key here though is finding something that works across the board. Again he doesn’t make public policy, I do enforce it, and I do help influence public policy. And that’s how I’m going to spend our time whether it’s the president of the United States, the Governor of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Legislature or local elected officials.”

      Minneapolis is one city that had a deadly mass shooting in 2012, including the school shooting in Connecticut and movie theatre massacre in Colorado.

      Back in September a disgruntled worker shot and killed six people at Accent Signage.

      For more: http://kstp.com/article/stories/s2916282.shtml

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    February 01, 2013

    Presidential Proclamation — 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Rosa Parks

    100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF ROSA PARKS

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    On December 1, 1955, our Nation was forever transformed when an African-American seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white passenger. Just wanting to get home after a long day at work, Rosa Parks may not have been planning to make history, but her defiance spurred a movement that advanced our journey toward justice and equality for all.

    Though Rosa Parks was not the first to confront the injustice of segregation laws, her courageous act of civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott — 381 days of peaceful protest when ordinary men, women, and children sent the extraordinary message that second-class citizenship was unacceptable. Rather than ride in the back of buses, families and friends walked. Neighborhoods and churches formed carpools. Their actions stirred the conscience of Americans of every background, and their resilience in the face of fierce violence and intimidation ultimately led to the desegregation of public transportation systems across our country.

    Rosa Parks’s story did not end with the boycott she inspired. A lifelong champion of civil rights, she continued to give voice to the poor and the marginalized among us until her passing on October 24, 2005.

    As we mark the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks’s birth, we celebrate the life of a genuine American hero and remind ourselves that although the principle of equality has always been self-evident, it has never been self-executing. It has taken acts of courage from generations of fearless and hopeful Americans to make our country more just. As heirs to the progress won by those who came before us, let us pledge not only to honor their legacy, but also to take up their cause of perfecting our Union.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 4, 2013, as the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Rosa Parks. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and education programs to honor Rosa Parks’s enduring legacy.

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

    BARACK OBAMA

  4. CR says:

    4:00 AM ET
    Dr. Biden will meet with our Ambassador, Charlie Rivkin, and the embassy staff and their families
    US Embassy Paris, France

  5. CR says:

    9:00 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to State Department employees in Washington.

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    7:00 AM ET
    Vice President Biden President Hollande deliver a joint statement
    Élysée Palace, Paris, France

    • CR says:

      February 04, 2013

      Remarks to the Press by the Vice President and French President Hollande

      Presidential Palace
      Paris, France

      3:00 P.M. (Local)

      PRESIDENT HOLLANDE: (In progress as translated) — this President here.

      France will continue its mission allowing Mali to regain its territorial integrity, and then leave the African troops to deal with it. And tomorrow, it will be an operation for — a peacekeeping operation.

      We also talked about Syria. I noted that we shared the same views. We are noting that the situation is worsening day after day with a number of civilian casualties. And what should be the settlement of that crisis is in a deadlock. We consider that Bashar al-Assad should go, and we are doing our utmost for a transition conditional solution to be found. So this is the reason why we have been supporting the Syrian National Coalition, like the United States.

      We also talked about Iran. And here again, we regret to note that, notwithstanding all of the efforts, Iran is still rejecting transparency and compliance with its international obligations. There is yet another appointment that’s been taken very soon for negotiations to resume. So until the end, we will exert pressure for the negotiations to succeed.

      We also share the same willingness to revive the peace process in the Middle East. Now that the elections in Israel are behind us, the Palestinian authorities are willing to commit themselves, we shall make sure that both the United States and Europe can support the revival of negotiations that can lead to a two-state solution.

      Then we also discussed the economy. Both the American administration and the French presidency have the same approach. We want our public accounts to be improved, rebalanced. We all inherited debts from the previous majorities. But beyond sorting out the debt and reducing the deficit, we both want to support growth. And I do not forget that the first international meeting I attended was the G8, and on that occasion, Barack Obama was hosting the foreign leaders, and he kept telling us that growth should be at the heart of our decisions. Fiscal seriousness and growth are not incompatible, and both the United States and France can prove it.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/04/remarks-press-vice-president-and-french-president-hollande

  7. CR says:

    Malala Yousafzai speaks publicly for first time since Taliban shooting

    2/4/13 By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Lookout – 34 mins ago

    Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl and activist who was shot in the head by a Taliban assassin on her way home from school last fall, has spoken publicly for the first time since the shooting.

    “Today you can see that I’m alive,” Yousafzai said in a short video released on Monday. “I can speak. I can see you. I can see everyone.”

    Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban for her advocacy for girls’ education rights, was released from a British hospital last month.

    “I’m getting better day by day,” she said. “It’s just because the prayers of people because all the people—men, women, children, all of them, all of them—have prayed for me. And because of these prayers God has given me this new life. And this a second life. This is a new life.

    “I want to serve,” Yousafzai, wearing a traditional headscarf that hid any scars from the bullet, added. “I want to serve the people. And I want every girl, every child, to be educated.”

    She then announced the launch of the Malala Fund to support education for all girls.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/malala-yousafzai-speaks-video-143346420.html

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    Napolitano to visit Texas, Calif., tour border sites

    2/4/13 9:19 AM EST By KEVIN CIRILLI – POLITICO44

    Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is headed to the border to discuss border security, following a week that saw President Barack Obama and lawmakers put forth immigration proposals.

    Napolitano is scheduled to travel to San Diego, Calif., and El Paso, Texas, on Monday and Tuesday to inspect border security operations at the Southwest border, where she will meet with state and local stakeholders, according to a White House release.

    Obama announced an immigration plan last week that would not make citizenship for illegal immigrants contingent on proof that the border has been secured a potential sticking point for GOPers — including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

    Rubio helped helped co-author a bipartisan immigration plan with Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John McCain (R-Ariz), among others, that would link border security improvements with a pathway to citizenship.

  9. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:30 PM ET
    President Obama Speaks on Reducing Gun Violence
    Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center, Minneapolis, MN

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-to-Talk-Gun-Reform-with-Minneapolis-Police/10737437769/

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      February 04, 2013

      Remarks by the President on Preventing Gun Violence in Minneapolis, MN

      Special Operations Center
      Minneapolis Police Department
      Minneapolis, Minnesota

      1:46 P.M. CST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Please have a seat. Have a seat.

      Well, it is good to be back in Minnesota. (Applause.) It is good to be back. Although I was commenting that they don’t really have winter in Washington, D.C. (Laughter.) So I’ve gotten soft over these last four years. When I was in Chicago, this was nothing. Now it’s something. (Laughter.) But I’m grateful for all of you being here today. I want to thank Chief Harteau and the entire Minneapolis Police Department for having me here today.

      There are a number of other people that I just want to acknowledge here. First of all, a wonderful man and one of America’s greatest public servants is here — Walter Mondale, former Vice President. (Applause.) Your outstanding Governor, Mark Dayton, is here. (Applause.) Two great Mayors — Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis, and Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul. (Applause.) And your outstanding congressional delegation — Senator Amy Klobuchar — (applause) — Senator Al Franken — (applause) — Representative Keith Ellison — (applause) — and Representative Betty McCullough. (Applause.)

      And I should acknowledge my outstanding Attorney General — what’s your name again? (Laughter.) He does a great job every single day, and I could not be prouder of Eric Holder for his leadership on this issue in particular. (Applause.)

      Now, I just had a chance to sit down with some local police officers but also community leaders, as well as folks who themselves had been victims or whose families had been victims of gun violence, to hear their ideas about how we can protect our kids and address the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country. Because if we’re serious about preventing the kinds of tragedies that happened in Newtown, or the tragedies that happen every day in places like Chicago or Philadelphia or Minneapolis, then law enforcement and other community leaders must have a seat at the table.

      All the folks standing here behind me today, they’re the ones on the front line of this fight. They see the awful consequences — the lives lost, the families shattered. They know what works, they know what doesn’t work, and they know how to get things done without regard for politics.

      So we’ve had a very productive discussion. And one of the things that struck me was that even though those who were sitting around that table represented very different communities, from big cities to small towns, they all believe it’s time to take some basic, common-sense steps to reduce gun violence. We may not be able to prevent every massacre or random shooting. No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe. But if there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s just one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try.

      That’s been the philosophy here in Minneapolis. A few years back, you suffered a spike in violent crime involving young people. So this city came together. You launched a series of youth initiatives that have reduced the number of young people injured by guns by 40 percent — 40 percent. So when it comes to protecting our children from gun violence, you’ve shown that progress is possible. We’ve still got to deal with the 60 percent that remains, but that 40 percent means lives saved — parents whose hearts aren’t broken, communities that aren’t terrorized and afraid.

      We don’t have to agree on everything to agree it’s time to do something. (Applause.) That’s my main message here today.

      And each of us has a role to play. A few weeks ago, I took action on my own to strengthen background checks, to help schools get more resource officers if they want them, and to direct the Centers for Disease Control to study the causes of violence. Because for a long time, even looking at the evidence was considered somehow tough politics. And so Congress had taken the approach that, we don’t want to know. Well, that’s never the answer to a problem — is not wanting to know what is going on.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/04/remarks-president-preventing-gun-violence-minneapolis-mn

  10. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Monday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Such a great speech by PBO in Minneapolis today!

  11. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Another reminder of why state and local elections are so important.

    • CR says:

      Wow Really?! The GOP party wants everyone to regress into the dinosaur age.

      • Kat 4 Obama says:

        Since the Earth is only 6,000 years old, dinosaurs rode motorcycles in the Garden of Eden. Without helmets, because FREEDOM.

  12. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Speaking of law enforcement, guess who shows up on the NRA’s recently-released enemies list.

    ThinkProgress says:

    “The National Association of Police Organizations, the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers, and the Police Foundation are all on the NRA’s enemies list.”

    http://ow.ly/hpXfV

    Other threats to the 2nd Amendment perceived by the NRA include Leonard Nimoy, the Fonz, Boyz II Men, the United Methodist Church General Board & Church Society, Britney Spears and Art Garfunkel. Also nurses and pediatricians.

    • COS says:

      This is totally insane. I am glad that the country is seeing these folks for what they are. Wayne is nuts!

  13. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden meets with our Ambassador, Louis B. Susman, and the embassy staff and their families
    US Embassy, London, United Kingdom

    Vice President Biden joins a meeting of the United Kingdom’s National Security Council
    London, United Kingdom

    7:00 AM
    Vice President Biden meets with Deputy Prime Minister Clegg
    10 Downing Street, London, United Kingdom

    8:00 AM
    Vice President Biden meets with Prime Minister Cameron and attends a working lunch
    10 Downing Street, London, United Kingdom

    9:00 AM
    9:45 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    President Obama meets with progressive and labor leaders to discuss, among other topics, immigration reform
    White House

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    President Obama on the Need for a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction
    The White House

    1:25 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:20 PM
    President Obama meets with a dozen chief executives to discuss, among other topics, immigration reform
    White House

    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM
    President Obama meets with Defense Secretary Panetta.

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

  14. CR says:

    Obama to lobby CEOs on immigration

    2/4/13 7:07 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    President Obama will meet with a dozen chief executives at the White House on Tuesday to discuss, among other topics, immigration reform.

    The White House said it is part of his continuing “dialogue with outside leaders on a number of issues – including immigration reform and how it fits into his broader economic agenda, and his efforts to achieve balanced deficit reduction.”

    The guest list includes some familiar faces from his now-defunct Jobs Council, such as Revolution CEO Steve Case and Impremedia CEO Monica Lozano. Other invitees attended at least one meeting with Obama on the fiscal cliff last fall, including CEOs Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Joe Echevarria of Deloitte, Muhtar Kent of Coca Cola and Marissa Mayer of Yahoo!. Another repeat guest: Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott and a major Mitt Romney backer.

    Obama will also host a separate meeting Tuesday with progressive and labor leaders.

    For more: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/02/obama-to-lobby-ceos-on-immigration-156096.html

  15. CR says:

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden meets with our Ambassador, Louis B. Susman, and the embassy staff and their families
    US Embassy, London, United Kingdom

  16. CR says:

    Vice President Biden joins a meeting of the United Kingdom’s National Security Council
    London, United Kingdom

  17. CR says:

    7:00 AM ET
    Vice President Biden meets with Deputy Prime Minister Clegg
    10 Downing Street, London, United Kingdom

  18. CR says:

    8:00 AM ET
    Vice President Biden meets with Prime Minister Cameron and attends a working lunch
    10 Downing Street, London, United Kingdom

  19. CR says:

    ICSC-Goldman Store Sales

    Released On 2/5/2013 7:45:00 AM For wk2/2, 2013
    Prior Actual
    Store Sales – W/W change -1.0 % 2.4 %
    Store Sales – Y/Y 2.0 % 2.6 %

    Highlights
    Cold temperatures through most of the nation did not slow last week’s shopping, according to ICSC-Goldman whose same-store sales index surged 2.4 percent. The year-on-year rate rose six percentage points to plus 2.6 percent but is still trending lower on a four-week basis, at plus 2.8 percent vs 3.1 percent in the prior week. Redbook’s year-on-year rate has been trending substantially lower than ICSC-Goldman, at plus 1.9 percent for the four-week average.

    Source: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=455499&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2013&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

  20. CR says:

    Poll: President Obama approval high among Hispanics

    2/4/13 5:10 PM EST By BREANNA EDWARDS – POLITICO

    President Barack Obama continues to enjoy a majority job approval rating from Hispanics as the country heatedly discusses immigration reform, a Gallup poll has found.

    The results of the poll, released Monday, which are based on Gallup Daily tracking throughout January, showed that the president’s job rating stood at 70 percent. While this is a 12 percentage point increase since August 2012, his approval did fall by 5 percentage points, from when he gained a hefty 75 percent approval from the group in December.

    Obama has been widely favored by Hispanics throughout his presidency, with there being an average 13-point gap between the job approval rating of Hispanics and all Americans, according to Gallup. Currently, the gap is at 18 points, with 52 percent of all Americans approving of the president’s job.

    Only black voters (at 92 percent), Democrats (at 90 percent), and liberals (at 82 percent) had a higher January approval rating.

    The Hispanic vote is becoming increasingly coveted, with Republicans hoping to tap into the group that Obama won the November 2012 election by 71 percent to 27 percent over GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

    Gallup polled 1,288 Hispanics from Jan. 1-31 with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. The total sample of adults was 14,763, polled at the same time, with a margin of error of +/- 1 percentage points.

    • COS says:

      Hey CR. We have a really popular First Family. They truly deserve it. Hope all is well with you and your family.

      • CR says:

        Hey COS! My husband and I are truly proud of our First Family.
        We are all doing well.

        HOPE everything is good for you and your family.

  21. CR says:

    ISM Non-Mfg Index

    Released On 2/5/2013 10:00:00 AM For Jan, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Composite Index – Level 56.1 55.7 55.1 53.4 to 56.5 55.2

    Highlights
    Strong gains for employment are being tallied in the ISM’s non-manufacturing report which offers an indication of rising momentum for the bulk of the nation’s jobs market. The report’s employment index jumped 2.2 points in January to 57.5 which is the strongest rate of monthly growth since February 2006. This index surged nearly five points in the prior month in what is one of the strongest monthly gains in the 15-year history of the report.

    The composite index eased slightly in January, down slightly to 55.2 to nevertheless signal healthy monthly growth in general business conditions. Growth in new orders slowed but still shows strength as does business activity which in this report is equivalent to a production index.

    Other readings show a rise in input prices which is likely tied to higher fuel costs. Deliveries slowed in the month which could be a sign of congestion in the supply chain or a lack of available inventories for customers. The ISM’s sample did draw down their inventories in the month.

    The Dow is moving to opening highs following today’s report which points to steady overall strength for the bulk of the economy as well as new hiring.

    Source: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=456257&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2013&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

  22. CR says:

    11:00 AM ET
    President Obama meets with progressive and labor leaders to discuss, among other topics, immigration reform
    White House

  23. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:15 PM ET
    President Obama Makes a Statement on the Need for a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction
    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-to-Discuss-March-1st-Spending-Cuts/10737437844/

    • CR says:

      February 05, 2013

      Remarks by the President

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      1:16 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.

      I wanted to say a few words about the looming deadlines and decisions that we face on our budget and on our deficit — and these are decisions that will have real and lasting impacts on the strength and pace of our recovery.

      Economists and business leaders from across the spectrum have said that our economy is poised for progress in 2013. And we’ve seen signs of this progress over the last several weeks. Home prices continue to climb. Car sales are at a five-year high. Manufacturing has been strong. And we’ve created more than six million jobs in the last 35 months.

      But we’ve also seen the effects that political dysfunction can have on our economic progress. The drawn-out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt consumer confidence. The threat of massive automatic cuts have already started to affect business decisions. So we’ve been reminded that while it’s critical for us to cut wasteful spending, we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. Deep, indiscriminate cuts to things like education and training, energy and national security will cost us jobs, and it will slow down our recovery. It’s not the right thing to do for the economy; it’s not the right thing for folks who are out there still looking for work.

      And the good news is this doesn’t have to happen. For all the drama and disagreements that we’ve had over the past few years, Democrats and Republicans have still been able to come together and cut the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion through a mix of spending cuts and higher rates on taxes for the wealthy. A balanced approach has achieved more than $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction. That’s more than halfway towards the $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists and elected officials from both parties believe is required to stabilize our debt. So we’ve made progress. And I still believe that we can finish the job with a balanced mix of spending cuts and more tax reform.

      The proposals that I put forward during the fiscal cliff negotiations in discussions with Speaker Boehner and others are still very much on the table. I just want to repeat: The deals that I put forward, the balanced approach of spending cuts and entitlement reform and tax reform that I put forward are still on the table.

      I’ve offered sensible reforms to Medicare and other entitlements, and my health care proposals achieve the same amount of savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms that have been proposed by the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson fiscal commission. These reforms would reduce our government’s bill — (laughter.) What’s up, cameraman? (Laughter.) Come on, guys. (Laughter.) They’re breaking my flow all the time. (Laughter.)

      These reforms would reduce our government’s bills by reducing the cost of health care, not shifting all those costs on to middle-class seniors, or the working poor, or children with disabilities, but nevertheless, achieving the kinds of savings that we’re looking for.

      But in order to achieve the full $4 trillion in deficit reductions that is the stated goal of economists and our elected leaders, these modest reforms in our social insurance programs have to go hand-in-hand with a process of tax reform, so that the wealthiest individuals and corporations can’t take advantage of loopholes and deductions that aren’t available to most Americans.

      Leaders in both parties have already identified the need to get rid of these loopholes and deductions. There’s no reason why we should keep them at a time when we’re trying to cut down on our deficit. And if we are going to close these loopholes, then there’s no reason we should use the savings that we obtain and turn around and spend that on new tax breaks for the wealthiest or for corporations. If we’re serious about paying down the deficit, the savings we achieve from tax reform should be used to pay down the deficit, and potentially to make our businesses more competitive.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/05/remarks-president

    • CR says:

      Fact Sheet: Examples of How the Sequester Would Impact Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/08/fact-sheet-examples-how-sequester-would-impact-middle-class-families-job

  24. 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

  25. CR says:

    Service Industries Sustain Gain as U.S. Hiring Climbs: Economy

    Feb 5, 2013 9:15 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Service industries in the U.S. expanded in January at about the same pace as the prior month, driving demand for more workers and helping cushion the economy in the face of the Washington budget battle.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index slipped to 55.2 from a 10-month high of 55.7 in December, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today. Readings above 50 signal expansion. The group’s employment gauge was the strongest in seven years.

    More jobs improve the odds that the recent pickup in consumer spending will be sustained as households deal with the two percentage-point increase in the payroll tax. The gain, coming just as lawmakers try to fashion a budget compromise, indicates companies such as MasterCard Inc. and PulteGroup Inc. (PHM) will keep benefiting from growing demand.

    “We are starting to see more evidence of an improving labor market,” said Kevin Cummins, an economist at UBS Securities LLC in Stamford, Connecticut, who projected a reading of 55. “So far, it doesn’t seem the consumer has fallen off a cliff.”

    Stocks advanced as more companies posted improving earnings. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed 0.9 percent to 1,509.12 at 12:14 p.m. in New York.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-05/ism-services-gauge-in-u-s-fell-to-55-2-in-january-from-55-7.html

  26. CR says:

    3:20 PM ET
    President Obama meets with a dozen chief executives to discuss, among other topics, immigration reform
    White House

  27. CR says:

    18 Accused by U.S. of $200 Million Credit Card Fraud

    By David Voreacos – Feb 5, 2013 7:24 AM PT

    An international crime ring created thousands of fake identities to obtain tens of thousands of credit cards and steal more than $200 million, the Justice Department said.

    Charges against 18 people were unsealed today in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, where U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said the scam was “one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever uncovered” by the Justice Department.

    The conspirators created thousands of false identities and credit profiles, burnished their creditworthiness, and took large loans that were never repaid, according to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation arrest complaint. Millions of dollars were wired overseas to Pakistan, India, the United Arab Emirates, China, Romania, Japan and Canada, the FBI claims.

    “They used the proceeds of the crime to purchase luxury automobiles, electronics, spa treatments, high-end clothing and millions of dollars in gold,” according to the complaint.

    The ring also relied on complicit businesses, such as jewelry stores owned by four defendants, to conduct sham transactions, according to the FBI. The leaders of the ring were Babar Qureshi and Muhammad Shafiq, according to the FBI. No personal information about them was immediately available.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-05/18-accused-by-u-s-of-200-million-credit-card-fraud.html

  28. CR says:

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    Come on over to my newest post titled: ” Pres Obama Seeks $5 Trillion European Trade Deal ”

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