White House Science Fair & Earth Day 2013

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On Monday, April 22, President Obama will host the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

This year’s Science Fair will showcase students projects such as economically-viable algae biofuel, a robot that paints with watercolor, a computer program that improves cancer detection and many more.

To learn more about the White House science fair, check out the video above, and be sure to tune in Monday, April 22 starting at 11:30 am EDT, right here at wh.gov/sciencefair, to watch the event live.

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Earth Day
Earth Day is April 22

Environmental Action means taking the simple steps in the place where we live. By choosing to act on five or more of these ideas you are joining thousands of others who are doing all they can to be a good and responsible citizen of the world.

Volunteer or Attend a Earth Day Event near you

Environmental Action You Can Take:
At home and in the garden
At work
At school
While shopping
In your community
On the road

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The Obama Administration is committed to protecting the air we breathe, water we drink, and land that supports and sustains us. From restoring ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay and the Everglades, to reducing mercury pollution from power plants, we are bringing together Federal agencies to tackle America’s greatest environmental challenges such as:

Recovery Act Investments in our Environment
Protecting Our Oceans 
Supporting Land Conservation
Prioritizing Clean Water
Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Mountaintop Coal Mining
Reducing Air Pollution From Vehicles and from Power Plants
Restoring our Treasured Great Ecosystems
Working Toward Environmental Justice
Supporting Sustainable Communities
Modernizing the National Environmental Policy Act
Reducing Global Emissions of Mercury

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47 Responses to White House Science Fair & Earth Day 2013

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    In the afternoon, Biden attends meetings at the White House.

    7:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    President Obama convenes the National Security Council update with Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Monaco, National Security Advisor Donilon, Attorney General Holder, FBI Director Mueller, and Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano
    Situation Room

    The White House Science Fair kickoff with LeVar Burton and Bill Nye
    White House

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

    1:00 PM
    1:35 PM
    President Obama views science fair projects

    2:00 PM
    2:25 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair
    White House

    2:50 PM ET
    President Obama joins Boston and the Nation to observe a moment of silence to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
    Boston Marathon bombings.
    White House

    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    Dr Jill Biden hosts a reception honoring the 2013 National Teacher of the Year and State Teachers of the Year
    Vice President’s Residence, Number One Observatory Circle, Washington DC

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      POTUS podium

      April 22, 2013

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

      11:30 AM ET
      The White House Science Fair kickoff with LeVar Burton and Bill Nye
      White House

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

      12:55 PM ET
      Playback of Past White House Science Videos
      The White House

      1:35 PM ET
      President Obama views science fair projects
      White House

      2:25 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks at the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair
      White House

      2:50 PM ET
      President Obama joins Boston and the Nation to observe a moment of silence to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
      Boston Marathon bombings.

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

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

      2:25 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks at the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair
      White House

      2:50 PM ET
      Boston observes moment of silence
      Bells across Boston rung as the city pauses to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM ET
      Sen. Judiciary Continues Immigartion Reform Hearings http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/217574

      12:00 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/312300-2

      2:30 PM ET
      Brookings Institution
      Discussion on Reforming Medicare http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/217576

      5:30 PM ET
      U.S. Senate
      U.S. Senate: Cloture Vote on the Motion to Proceed – Marketplace Fairness Act

  2. CR says:

    White House Science Fair 2013

    Megan Slack April 20, 2013 01:10 PM EDT

    On Monday, April 22, President Obama will host the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

    This year’s Science Fair will showcase students projects such as economically-viable algae biofuel, a robot that paints with watercolor, a computer program that improves cancer detection and many more.

    To learn more about the White House science fair, check out the video above, and be sure to tune in Monday, April 22 starting at 11:30 am EDT, right here at wh.gov/sciencefair, to watch the event live.

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    Announcing the 2013 White House Science Fair

    Published on Apr 22, 2013

    Visit WhiteHouse.Gov/ScienceFair on April 22nd to see live coverage, interviews and highlights from the 2013 White House Science fair

    • CR says:

      April 22, 2013

      NEW DETAILS: President Obama to Host White House Science Fair

      WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Obama will host the White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President will also announce new steps as part of his Educate to Innovate campaign, an all-hands-on-deck effort to get more girls and boys inspired to excel in these key subjects.

      “When students excel in math and science, they help America compete for the jobs and industries of the future,” said President Obama. “That’s why I’m proud to celebrate outstanding students at the White House Science Fair, and to announce new steps my Administration and its partners are taking to help more young people succeed in these critical subjects.”

      The White House Science Fair will feature 100 students from more than 40 states, representing 45 different STEM competitions and organizations that recognize the talents of America’s next generation of scientists, engineers, inventors and innovators. Approximately 30 student teams will have the opportunity to exhibit their projects as part of the Fair. The President will view exhibits of the student work, ranging from breakthrough basic research to new inventions, followed by remarks to an audience of students, science educators and business leaders on the importance of STEM education to the country’s economic future.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/22/new-details-president-obama-host-white-house-science-fair

  3. CR says:

    earth-day

    Earth Day is April 22

    Environmental Action means taking the simple steps in the place where we live. By choosing to act on five or more of these ideas you are joining thousands of others who are doing all they can to be a good and responsible citizen of the world.

    Environmental Action You can Take:
    At home and in the garden
    At work
    At school
    While shopping
    In your community
    On the road
    Presidential Proclamation — Earth Day, 2013

    • CR says:

      EPA Proposes Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Extensive Health Benefits

      3/29/2013 epa.gov

      WASHINGTON – Based on extensive input from auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive. These cleaner fuels and cars standards are an important component of the administration’s national program for clean cars and trucks, which also include historic fuel efficiency standards that are saving new vehicle owners at the gas pump today. Once fully in place, the standards will help avoid up to 2,400 premature deaths per year and 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children.

      Following a proven systems approach that addresses vehicles and fuels as an integrated system, today’s proposal will enable the greatest pollution reductions at the lowest cost. The proposal will slash emissions of a range of harmful pollutants that can cause premature death and respiratory illnesses, including reducing smog-forming volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides by 80 percent, establish a 70 percent tighter particulate matter standard, and reduce fuel vapor emissions to near zero. The proposal will also reduce vehicle emissions of toxic air pollutants, such as benzene and 1,3-butadiene, by up to 40 percent.

      The proposal supports efforts by states to reduce harmful levels of smog and soot and eases their ability to attain and maintain science-based national ambient air quality standards to protect public health, while also providing flexibilities for small businesses, including hardship provisions and additional lead time for compliance.

      “The Obama Administration has taken a series of steps to reinvigorate the auto industry and ensure that the cars of tomorrow are cleaner, more efficient and saving drivers money at the pump and these common-sense cleaner fuels and cars standards are another example of how we can protect the environment and public health in an affordable and practical way,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Today’s proposed standards – which will save thousands of lives and protect the most vulnerable — are the next step in our work to protect public health and will provide the automotive industry with the certainty they need to offer the same car models in all 50 states.

      For more: http://goo.gl/VMptO

  4. CR says:

    National Park Week

    April 22-26

    Free National Park entrance days

    Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, they are proud to safeguard these nearly 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. But their work doesn’t stop there.

    They are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.

    Taking care of the national parks and helping Americans take care of their communities is a job they love, and they need – and welcome – they help and support.

    * Overview
    * The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
    * Public Use Statistics
    * Presidential Proclamation — National Park Week
    * Free Entrance Days – Participating Parks (By State)
    * Park Planning
    * NPS Timeline

    Work With Us
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    Our Partners
    Laws & Policies
    Photos and Multimedia
    Maps
    Frequently Asked Questions

  5. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Republicans assail presidential land protection powers

    4/16/13 02:11 PM ET By Ben Goad – TheHill

    House Republicans pressed forward Tuesday with a slate of bills meant to tamp down on the president’s authority to preserve lands via the century-old Antiquities Act.

    For generations, presidents of both parties have used the statute to set aside millions of acres as protected national monuments. But a group of GOP lawmakers contends that the law has been wrongfully used to lock up vast swaths of land and resources through executive fiat, with little public or congressional input.

    Since it was enacted in 1906, presidents have created more than 140 monuments under powers afforded by the law. Former President Theodore Roosevelt, a driving force behind the act, used it to create national monuments at the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest and Muir Woods, among many other sites. Since then, most presidents have used the act to protect certain tracts of lands, sometimes vast tracts, from development.

    President Obama, in particular, has been aggressive in his use of the statue, having designated nine new monuments in just over four years in office. By comparison, former President George W. Bush created six during the course of two terms.

    “Both Democrat(ic) and Republican administrations have abused the Antiquities Act,” Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) charged during a hearing of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.

    Seeking to limit presidential authority to circumvent Congress, a host of Republican lawmakers from states across the West called for new prohibitions.

    The panel took up consideration of eight bills designed to limit the president’s Antiquity Act powers. Five would bar any new monuments — or the expansion of current ones — in Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho and New Mexico.

    One of the bills would require congressional approval for national monuments designated by the president. Another would require state approval. The last would limit presidential designations to one per state in a four-year term, and allow monuments to expire after three years unless approved by Congress.

    Interior Department officials declined to appear at the hearing, saying they had not enough time to review all eight of the bills. Still the agency submitted written testimony in opposition to the bills that had been reviewed, arguing that the legislation would undermine vital executive authority.

    The subcommittee’s top Democrat, Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, echoed the administration’s argument, questioning his Republican colleagues as to why they had suddenly taken exception to a practice that has been employed in bipartisan fashion for decades.

    “All the sudden it has become mysterious and controversial to make sure that our heritage is not bulldozed away,” Grijava said. “Now under President Obama it’s become the worst law since prohibition.”

    Grijalva said it was waste of time to consider legislation that would be “dead on arrival” in the Senate and would be unlikely to receive the president’s signature.

    But Republicans maintained that their effort is not partisan.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/legislation/294221-republicans-assail-presidential-land-protection-powers

  6. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:30 AM ET
    The White House Science Fair kickoff with LeVar Burton and Bill Nye
    White House

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

    • CR says:

      Live from the White House Science Fair with LeVar Burton and Bill Nye

      Published on Apr 22, 2013

      LeVar Burton, Bill Nye and Cristin Dorgelo interview young innovators at the 3rd White House Science Fair.

  7. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:35 PM ET
    President Obama views science fair projects
    White House

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

    • CR says:

      President Obama Tours the 2013 White House Science Fair

      Apr 22 2013

      President Obama talks with students about their projects at the 2013 White House Science Fair. April 22, 2013

    • CR says:

      Raw Video: At The White House Science Fair with Kal Penn & Valerie Jarrett

      Published on Apr 23, 2013

      Go behind the scenes at the 3rd White House Science Fair with Kal Penn and Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett.

    • CR says:

      The 2013 White House Science Fair

      Published on Apr 25, 2013

      On Earth Day 2013 kids from across the nation visited the White House for the 2013 White House Science fair. The White House Science Fair featured 100 students from more than 40 states, representing 45 different STEM competitions and organizations that recognize the talents of America’s next generation of scientists, engineers, inventors and innovators.

  8. CR says:

    White House: Dzhokar Tsarnaev not ‘an enemy combatant’

    4/22/13 1:01 PM EDT By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

    Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev “will not be treated as an enemy combatant,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

    Carney’s statement comes after a group of Republican lawmakers led by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have called for Tsarnaev to be treated as an enemy combatant, at least for the purposes of interrogation. “The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status. We do not want this suspect to remain silent,” Graham said in a statement along with Sens. John McCain and Kelly Ayotte, and Rep. Peter King.

    Tsarnaev, Carney said, is a U.S. citizen and should be treated as such and tried in civilian court. “This is absolutely the right way to go and the appropriate way to go,” he said.

  9. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    2:25 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at the 3rd Annual White House Science Fair
    White House

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

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

    • CR says:

      April 22, 2013

      Remarks by the President at the 2013 White House Science Fair

      East Room

      2:21 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Please have a seat. Have a seat. Well, good afternoon, everybody. And welcome to the White House Science Fair, one of my favorite events during the course of the year.

      And I just had a chance to see some of the outstanding exhibits that have been put forward by some of these amazing young people. And let me just start by saying, in my official capacity as President: This stuff is really cool. (Laughter.) And I want to thank these incredible young people for explaining to me what the heck is going on. (Laughter.)

      Every one of you is enormously talented, obviously, but there’s also a community of people who helped all these young people succeed — dedicated teachers who believed in them and challenged them to do even more; all of them have loving parents and mentors and family. So I want to not only give the young people a big round of applause, but all the parents and teachers and principals and everybody who was involved, give yourselves a big round of applause as well. (Applause.)

      Of course, primarily we’re here to celebrate these young scientists and visionaries who dream, and create, and innovate; who ask the question, why not? Why not try something better? Something that’s faster; something that helps more people. And that drive, that refusal to give up, that focus on the future is part of what makes America great. And all of you are participants in this long line of inventors and creators that have made this the most dynamic economy and the most dynamic country on Earth.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/22/remarks-president-2013-white-house-science-fair

  10. CR says:

    2:50 PM ET
    President Obama joins Boston and the Nation to observe a moment of silence to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
    Boston Marathon bombings.

    • CR says:

      President Barack Obama observes a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, in the Oval Office, April 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

      President Barack Obama observes a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, in the Oval Office, April 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    • CR says:

      Obama thanks FBI, Boston Police

      4/22/13 6:41 PM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      The president called Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and FBI agent-in-charge Richard Deslauriers on Monday to express his gratitude to everyone involved in the investigation of the Boston bombings.

      “The president hailed the professionalism and bravery demonstrated by officers since Monday, and praised the impressive coordination between these federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who together were able to bring this chapter of this tragedy to a close,” the White House said in a statement. “While the president acknowledged there is still much work ahead, he thanked special agent in charge Deslauriers and commissioner Davis for their leadership and told them that the law enforcement officials, the citizens of Boston, and all affected by this tragedy were in his thoughts and prayers.”

  11. 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

  12. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    8:30 AM
    Vice President Biden meets with the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
    Naval Observatory

    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    President Obama meets with senior advisors

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

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    President Obama honors the 2013 National Teacher of the Year and finalists
    White House

    2:45 PM
    President Obama welcomes the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
    White House

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    President Obama meets with a bipartisan group of women Senators for an outreach dinner

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:30 PM
    Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden travel to New York City and deliver remarks at the annual TIME 100 dinner
    Lincoln Center, New York, NY

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      April 23, 2013

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

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

      2:15 PM ET
      President Obama honors the 2013 National Teacher of the Year and finalists
      White House

      8:30 PM ET
      Vice President Biden deliver remarks at the annual TIME 100 dinner
      Lincoln Center, New York, NY

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

      9:30 AM ET
      U.S. Senate
      DHS Sec. Napolitano on Immigration Reform

      10:00 AM ET
      U.S. Senate
      Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Semiannual Report
      Richard Cordray

      10:00 AM ET
      Senate Debates Coast Guard and NOAA Budget

      10:00 AM ET
      Group Releases Report on “Risky Meat” Products
      The Center for Science in the Public Interest releases a food safety report that rates meat and poultry products

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

      2:15 PM ET
      President Obama honors the 2013 National Teacher of the Year and finalists
      White House

      2:30 PM ET
      NASA Updates Senate on Human Space Programs

      4:00 PM ET
      U.S. Senate
      Senate Committee on the Legality of U.S. Drone Strikes

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:30 AM ET
      U.S. Senate
      DHS Sec. Napolitano on Immigration Reform http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/217647

      10:00 AM ET
      U.S. Senate
      Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Semiannual Report
      Richard Cordray http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/217672

      10:00 AM ET
      Senate Debates Coast Guard and NOAA Budget http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/217686

      10:00 AM ET
      Group Releases Report on “Risky Meat” Products
      The Center for Science in the Public Interest releases a food safety report that rates meat and poultry products http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/217683

      12:30 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/312322-2

      2:30 PM ET
      NASA Updates Senate on Human Space Programs http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/217685

      4:00 PM ET
      U.S. Senate
      Senate Committee on the Legality of U.S. Drone Strikes

  13. CR says:

    April 05, 2013

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of the Amir of Qatar

    President Obama will welcome to the White House the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, on Tuesday, April 23rd. The United States and Qatar have a strong bilateral relationship, reflecting our close defense partnership, expanding commercial ties, and many other areas of cooperation.

    The United States is firmly committed to continuing to deepen our consultations with Qatar on the many important developments in the region. The President looks forward to a broad discussion with the Amir on a range of mutual interests and regional issues to further strengthen our bilateral partnership.

  14. CR says:

    WA Teacher Named 2013 National Teacher of the Year

    4/22/13 http://finance.yahoo.com

    WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – April 22, 2013) – The Council of Chief State School Officers announced today that Jeff Charbonneau, a 9-12th grade Chemistry, Physics and Engineering teacher in Washington state, is the 63rd National Teacher of the Year. Charbonneau, along with all 2013 State Teachers of the Year, will be recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House, on Tuesday, April 23.
    Charbonneau teaches at Zillah High School (ZHS) in Zillah, Washington, where he has spent his entire 12-year teaching career. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was a member of the William O. Douglas Honors College at Central Washington University, and holds a Masters of Education from Central Washington University. He is a National Board Certified teacher. He has received numerous awards, among them being various business donations and grants totaling more than $25,000 to support the ZHS Robot Challenge, of which he is founder and director.

    For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/wa-teacher-named-2013-national-134948460.html

  15. CR says:

    Obama invites women senators to dinner

    4/22/13 6:11 PM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    President Obama has invited the Senate’s female members to dine with him at the White House Tuesday, a source familiar with the planning tells POLITICO.

    The meal is part of the president’s outreach to lawmakers. He recently had dinners with Republican and Democratic senators.

  16. CR says:

    How The Boston Marathon Bombing Is Scrambling The Immigration Reform Debate

    APRIL 22, 2013, 6:45 PM BENJY SARLIN – tpm

    Like it or not, the Boston marathon bombing and its two foreign-born suspects have become an unavoidable topic in the immigration debate, prompting strong reactions from reform opponents, supporters, and everyone in between.

    Nowhere was the tension greater than in the Senate’s second hearing on the “Gang of 8” immigration bill Wednesday, where lawmakers clashed over whether it was fair to draw lessons from the Boston attack in crafting reform and, if so, what policy response was needed.

    Let’s start with the critics. On the more extreme end, some of the most prominent anti-reform commentators and politicians had drawn connections between Boston and immigration since before the suspects were identified last week, arguing that even potential foreign ties should be enough to ice immigration reform indefinitely.

    This trend continued at Monday’s hearing as witnesses opposed to the immigration bill repeatedly raised the Boston issue. Mark Krikorian, director of the hardline Center for Immigration Studies, told lawmakers that Boston was “an illustration of certain problems that exist with our immigratoin system” and cited the FBI’s inability to identify suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a threat in 2011 as proof that background checks of undocumented immigrants wouldn’t work. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the architect of Arizona’s SB 1070 law and Mitt Romney’s “self deportation” plan, warned that terrorists would somehow exploit the immigration bill to obtain new forged identities.

    For more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/04/how-the-boston-marathon-bombing-is-scrambling-the-immigration-reform-debate.php

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      ‘Gang of 8′ to Introduce Immigration Bill Today

      Apr 16, 2013 By JIM AVILA | ABC OTUS News

      The Senate “Gang of 8″ that has been leading the charge on immigration reform has signed off on a comprehensive bill that will be introduced today, ABC News has learned exclusively.

      The group of bipartisan senators led by Arizona’s John McCain, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, New York’s Charles Schumer and Florida’s Marco Rubio came to terms on one of the most contentious elements of immigration reform: border security.

      The bill requires “persistent surveillance” of America’s southern border and a border security effectiveness rate of 90 percent before allowing undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before Dec. 31, 2011 to apply for legal status, setting them off on a 10-year path to citizenship.

      A February GAO report found that Yuma sector already had 100 percent operational control, where as Marfa sector reported only 11 percent operational control of its border miles.

      The bill appropriates $4.5 billion to add 3,500 border patrol agents, install surveillance systems, add drones and build more double-layered fencing.

      The “pathway to citizenship,” which would allow many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants eventually to become citizens, requires immigrants to be free of felony convictions and pay a $500 penalty fee, plus back taxes.

      Those who qualify would gain legal status immediately, but go to the end of the line for citizenship. After a 10-year wait, they would then be granted green cards, followed by full citizenship.

      A Senate delegation led by Sen. Schumer, D-N.Y., is expected to brief the president later today at the White House, according to sources, but a news conference previously scheduled to announce the reform bill on Tuesday has been cancelled following the Boston bombing.

      • CR says:

        April 16, 2013

        Statement by the President on Commonsense Immigration Reform

        This afternoon, Senators Schumer and McCain briefed me on the bipartisan immigration reform bill that they have drafted with their colleagues in the Senate. This bill is clearly a compromise, and no one will get everything they wanted, including me. But it is largely consistent with the principles that I have repeatedly laid out for comprehensive reform. This bill would continue to strengthen security at our borders and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers. It would provide a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals who are already in this country illegally. And it would modernize our legal immigration system so that we’re able to reunite families and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers who will help create good paying jobs and grow our economy. These are all commonsense steps that the majority of Americans support. I urge the Senate to quickly move this bill forward and, as I told Senators Schumer and McCain, I stand willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that comprehensive immigration reform becomes a reality as soon as possible.

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        President Obama’s Immigration Reform Plan: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration

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    Democrats gain early fundraising edge

    4/22/13 07:57 PM ET By Cameron Joseph – TheHill

    Congressional Democrats are leveraging their online fundraising edge and 2012 campaign wins to generate big money early in the 2014 election cycle.

    Both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised their GOP counterparts by wide margins in the first three months of 2013.

    The DSCC nearly doubled the National Republican Senatorial Committee in fundraising, bringing in $13.7 million to the NRSC’s $6.9 million.

    The DCCC outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee $22.6 million to $17.5 million. Both Democratic committees also have cash-on-hand advantages.

    Strategists in each party say the Democrats’ edge is driven by a huge advantage in Internet fundraising and small-dollar donations, as well as a higher level of enthusiasm following gains in the 2012 election.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/295425-democrats-gain-early-fundraising-edge-over-republicans-for-2014

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  18. CR says:

    8:30 AM ET
    Vice President Biden meets with the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
    Naval Observatory

    • CR says:

      April 23, 2013

      Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Amir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani of Qatar

      The Vice President held a breakfast meeting with Amir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani of Qatar to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. The Vice President affirmed the importance of the United States’ strategic cooperation with Qatar in a changing Middle East. They discussed how best to advance U.S. and Qatari efforts in Syria to hasten Bashar Assad’s departure while also empowering moderate elements of Syria’s opposition and marginalizing extremists. They spoke about ongoing U.S. and Arab efforts to support Israeli and Palestinian progress toward peace. The Vice President underscored both the enduring U.S. commitment to peacemaking and the pivotal role of Arab nations in the process.

  19. CR says:

    FHFA House Price Index

    Released On 4/23/2013 9:00:00 AM For Feb, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    M/M change 0.6 % 0.7 % 0.5 % to 0.7 % 0.7 %
    Y/Y change 6.5 % 6.6 % 7.1 %

    Highlights
    Shortages of supply for housing markets continue to place upward pressure on prices. The FHFA price index for February improved 0.7 percent, following a gain of 0.6 percent the prior month.

    The February increase was led by the East South Central region, increasing 1.0 percent. The weakest region was Middle Atlantic, down 0.6 percent for the month.

    The year-on-year rate for February posted at plus 7.1 percent versus 6.6 percent for the month before.

    While there has been improvement for a number of months, the U.S. index is 13.6 percent below its April 2007 peak and is roughly the same as the October 2004 index level. Still, the improving prices will help add supply to the housing market.

    For more: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=456554&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2013&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

  20. CR says:

    Sales of New Homes in U.S. Climb 1.5% to 417,000 Rate

    Apr 23, 2013 7:19 AM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    Purchases of new U.S. homes rose in March, capping the best quarter for the industry since 2008 and providing more evidence the housing recovery will be sustained.

    Sales of single-family properties climbed 1.5 percent last month to a 417,000 annual pace from a 411,000 rate in February, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median estimate of 76 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for March sales to rise to 416,000.

    A dearth of existing properties is encouraging builders to undertake new projects that will keep fueling the economy. Mortgage rates close to record lows, higher home values and rising household formation are helping lay the groundwork for increased buyer traffic in 2013.

    “The housing sector continues to be the bright spot for the economy,” said Ward McCarthy, chief financial economist at Jefferies LLC in New York, who projected a 418,000 pace of home purchases. “Inventories are light, which means that builders are going to keeping building.”

    Home sales averaged a 424,000 annual rate in the first three months of this year, the strongest since the third quarter of 2008.

    Stocks maintained gains after the figures and as earnings from Travelers Cos. to Netflix Inc. beat estimates. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 0.8 percent to 1,575.29 at 10:18 a.m. in New York.

    Economists’ estimates ranged from a March sales rate of 395,000 to 435,000. February was previously reported at a 411,000 annual rate.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-23/sales-of-new-homes-in-u-s-climbed-1-5-to-417-000-rate-in-march.html

  21. CR says:

    Max Baucus retiring

    4/23/13 10:08 AM EDT By ALEXANDER BURNS – POLITICO

    Montana Sen. Max Baucus will not seek reelection in 2014, becoming the latest senior red-state Democrat to bail out of a potentially difficult reelection campaign, a senior Democratic official confirmed to POLITICO.

    Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, had nearly $5 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter but was expected to face a tough fight in his GOP-leaning home state.

    Democratic strategists say that former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a populist two-term statewide official, is leaning toward running for the open seat.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/max-baucus-retiring-2014-90491.html?hp=bn

    • CR says:

      April 23, 2013

      Statement by the President on Senator Baucus

      I want to thank Max Baucus for his nearly 35 years of service to the people of Montana. Max has made small businesses a top priority, often taking “Work Days” to visit local businesses across Montana and spend a day working alongside his constituents to gain perspective and help bolster the local economy. As Finance Committee Chairman and a senior member of both the Agriculture and the Environment and Public Works Committees, Max has been a leader on a broad range of issues that touch the lives of Americans across the country. Michelle and I commend Senator Baucus on his career, and wish him and his family well in the future.

  22. CR says:

    2:15 PM ET
    President Obama honors the 2013 National Teacher of the Year and finalists
    White House

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

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

    • CR says:

      April 23, 2013

      Remarks by the President at Teacher of the Year Event

      Rose Garden

      2:10 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, hello, everybody. Please have a seat. I am thrilled to welcome our state and national teachers of the year to the White House this afternoon.

      People who know me know I’ve just got a soft spot for teachers, partly — my sister is a teacher, my mom was a teacher for a while. And if there’s one thing we can’t say enough to our nation’s educators, it is “thank you.” So today, we’ve got a chance to do that — to show our extraordinary appreciation for the difference that they make in the lives of our children and the lives of our nation.

      Now, before we get started, I’ve got to recognize another outstanding educator, our Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan — (applause) — who is as passionate about the future of our kids as anybody that I know. And I’d like to acknowledge and applaud the three outstanding principals of the year who are joining us — because we know that unless we’ve got outstanding leadership in our schools, it’s very hard for even great teachers to do their job. And so please give them a big round of applause as well. (Applause.)

      Now, these educators behind me come from all over the country. They represent cities and towns of every shape and size, all types of schools. But the one thing that binds them together is that they are absolutely devoted to nurturing the next generation. They’re role models who show our kids how to work hard to reach their potential. They encourage our children’s passion. They inspire our children’s imaginations.

      And this year’s national teacher of the year, Jeff Charbonneau, is from Zillah, Washington. Did I say that right, Jeff?

      MR. CHARBONNEAU: Charbonneau, so yes.

      THE PRESIDENT: Charbonneau –

      MR. CHARBONNEAU: Charbonneau from Zillah.

      THE PRESIDENT: From Zillah. (Laughter.) That’s why he’s a good teacher. (Laughter.) As Jeff put it, a teacher’s “greatest accomplishments are revealed each time a student realizes that he or she has an unlimited potential.” And I’ll bet any — everybody here can remember a moment like that, when a teacher helped them find that spark that allowed them to get to where they are today; a teacher who saw something in us that maybe at the time we didn’t see in ourselves.

      Twelve years ago, when Jeff decided to return to his hometown to teach, Zillah High School had no engineering curriculum. The science curriculum was lagging. Kids had to go off campus for technology classes, and the computer resources were, frankly, pretty poor.

      But Jeff was determined to turn that around. He wanted to convince kids that something like quantum mechanics wasn’t something to run away from, but something to dive into. And he said, “It’s my job to convince them that they are smart enough, that they can do anything.”

      And now, with Jeff’s leadership at his high school, science enrollment is way up. Kids are graduating at college-level science — with college-level science credits. The school expects to have to hire more teachers now to meet the demand.

      This kind of transformation is exactly why I’ve proposed preparing an additional 100,000 math and science teachers across the country over the next decade. (Applause.) And excellent teachers like Jeff could make up part of a Master Teachers Corps — a network of outstanding educators who serve as leaders and mentors for their colleagues in these particular subject areas.

      But it’s not just classroom teaching that distinguishes Jeff. He reinvigorated the school’s yearbook. He started an outdoors club. He brought his passion to the drama program. He’s even helping out other schools. Because of Jeff, hundreds of thousands — or hundreds of students all over the state are now participating in high-skills robotics competitions and gaining valuable engineering experience, all in the name of creating what Jeff calls “paradise.” That’s what school is for him, that’s what he wants it to be for his students — in their classrooms, but also in their activities and the greater community.

      And basically, there’s nothing that Jeff will not try to give his students the best education in every respect. And, by the way, I think it’s important for us to acknowledge Jeff’s wife and children and mom and dad and brother — all presumably have to put up with him constantly doing all this stuff. (Laughter.) And we appreciate them for the great support that they’ve given him. (Applause.)

      What’s true for Jeff is true for every educator standing behind me. They understand that their job is more than teaching subjects like reading or chemistry. They’re not just filling blackboards with numbers and diagrams. In classrooms across America, they’re teaching things like character and compassion and resilience and imagination. They’re filling young minds with virtues and values, and teaching our kids how to cooperate and overcome obstacles. So today, we honor the dedicated professionals that help guide that critical development.

      Any parent knows it’s hard to drop your son off or your daughter off at school that first time. In the instant the car door slams or the school bus door shuts, there is a little flutter that goes on. I like quoting somebody who said that being a parent is like having your heart outside your body wandering around. (Laughter.) But these teachers, they’re the ones that we trust with our kids. They’re people who love our kids.

      A few months ago, we saw the true depths of a teacher’s commitment when six educators were killed trying to protect the children they embraced as their own. There was the teacher who locked her first-grade students in a bathroom and whispered, “I love you,” because, in her words, “I wanted that to be the last thing they heard, and not gunfire.” The special-education teacher who was found cradling a student in her arms, trying to protect him from the evil that ultimately took them both.

      In those moments, those brave teachers showed the world what they do is more than just educate kids. They embrace them and they nurture them and they love them. And we know that the men and women behind me do the same.

      These folks did not go into teaching for money. (Laughter.) They certainly didn’t go into it because of the light hours and the easy work. They walk into the classroom every single day because they love doing what they do, because they’re passionate about helping our children realize the best versions of themselves so that our country can become the best version of itself.

      And I just want to say to all of them, I hope that in some small measure this award keeps them going. Because I never want our teachers to feel discouraged at a time of budget cuts, at a time when all too often problems in the schools are laid at the feet of teachers; where we expect them to do so much, and sometimes they get so little in return.

      I want you guys to know that the country appreciates you. The kids appreciate you. The parents appreciate you. What you do matters. It’s critical to our success as a country, but most importantly, it’s critical to those kids themselves. I cannot think of something more important than reaching that child who maybe came in uninspired, and suddenly, you’ve inspired them.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/23/remarks-president-teacher-year-event

  23. CR says:

    2:45 PM ET
    President Obama welcomes the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
    White House

    • CR says:

      April 23, 2013

      Remarks by the President and Amir of Qatar after Bilateral Meeting

      Oval Office

      4:28 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, I just want to welcome the Amir of Qatar and thank him and the people of his country for the friendship they’ve shown toward the United States. There’s an excellent relationship between the United States and Qatar on a whole range of levels — with respect to security, with respect to our military cooperation, our commerce and our trade.

      Qatar has been a center of innovation. We’ve seen enormous progress within the country on everything ranging from education to health care. And I think His Highness has shown extraordinary leadership over the last many years in helping to guide this country.

      Obviously, Qatar is also an important country in the region, and has an influence that extends beyond its relatively small population. And so we had an opportunity to discuss a whole range of issues that directly relate to U.S. interests and U.S. security, but, more importantly, the security of the entire world.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/23/remarks-president-and-amir-qatar-after-bilateral-meeting

  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:

    April 23, 2013

    Remarks by the First Lady at the Department of the Interior

    Washington D.C.

    11:14 A.M. EDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Good morning! (Applause.) Thank you so much. It’s great to see you. It’s great to be back. (Applause.) You all can rest yourselves. You work hard enough. It is a real pleasure to be back here with you guys.

    As Secretary Jewell mentioned, I was here four years ago when we first came into office. And one of the things that I wanted to do was to visit the agencies and learn more about what you all were doing, to shine a spotlight on the work that you all were doing; to make sure that the people of this country understand what it means to be part of Interior, the work you do; to make sure people understand what the federal government was doing; but most of all, to thank you for the work that you’ve done.

    And now that we’re starting this second term, what better way to begin than revisiting all of you. Because now, as I mentioned to Secretary Jewell, we have real, meaningful partnerships. Over the last four years, we’ve done some incredible work together.

    But I’m not going to talk long because I’m really here to say hello and to thank you, but I want to start by thanking Secretary Jewell not just for her very kind introduction, but agreeing to serve as the 51st Secretary of the Interior. (Applause.) Yes, indeed. And I know that she hasn’t been here long, but she’s already making an impression. We are so proud to have her. We hear glowing reports. She is an example of everything that this agency stands for, and we’re grateful for her leadership.

    And I’m looking forward to seeing all the wonderful things she’s going to do to expand on the partnerships, to build on the efforts that have been going on. We are grateful to Ken Salazar. We will miss him. But in Secretary Jewell, we have a wonderful replacement, and we’re just thrilled to have her.

    I also want to recognize Willie for his tremendous service — you’re over there somewhere. (Laughter.) And I’d like to see that uniform with all the buttons and medals and all that stuff. You seem very mild-mannered; I didn’t know you were a superhero under that suit. (Laughter.) But thank you so much for your tremendous service.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/23/remarks-first-lady-department-interior

  26. CR says:

    Same-sex marriage: French parliament approves new law

    23 April 2013 Last updated at 15:47 ET bbc

    France has become the 14th country to approve a law allowing gay marriage.

    The bill, which also legalises adoption by same-sex couples, was passed by 321 votes to 225 in the French parliament.

    The decision follows a divisive public debate with some of the biggest protests seen in France in recent years.

    Hundreds of opponents of the measure rallied outside the National Assembly building in central Paris as the result was announced.

    The leader of the most high-profile group opposing same-sex marriage vowed to continue the fight.

    Frigide Barjot, a comedian who uses her stage name, told her supporters: “We are going to show them that this is not over. I solemnly ask the president to hold a referendum on the subject.”

    Inside the National Assembly chamber, two opponents tried to unfurl a banner before being ejected.

    Thousands of police armed with water cannon were deployed near parliament to deal with any repeat of the violence seen on the fringes of previous demonstrations.

    Although rallies opposing the change have been overwhelmingly peaceful, there have been some clashes, blamed on far-right elements.

    For more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22261494

  27. CR says:

    6:30 PM ET
    President Obama meets with a bipartisan group of women Senators for an outreach dinner

  28. CR says:

    Next Up…

    8:30 PM ET
    Vice President Biden deliver remarks at the annual TIME 100 dinner
    Lincoln Center, New York, NY (Audio Only)

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

  29. CR says:

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