E. Kentucky University 2013 Commencement & Stamp Out Hunger

E Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University 2013 Commencement Ceremony
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Alumni Coliseum, Richmond, KY
Saturday, May 11, 2013 @ 7:30 PM ET

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First Lady Michelle Obama among Spring Commencement Speakers

POSTED: APRIL 11, 2013 eku.edu

First Lady Michelle Obama will join former University of Kentucky President Dr. Charles Wethington and Kentucky author Silas House as speakers at Eastern Kentucky University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11.

Three ceremonies, all in Alumni Coliseum, will recognize a total of 2,428 degree candidates.

The First Lady will address degree candidates from the Colleges of Education and Business and Technology at 7:30 p.m. (a change from the usual time) and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. The First Lady will be speaking at EKU as part of her Joining Forces initiative to assist military families. The University has received national recognition in recent years for its commitment to helping veterans further their education. EKU, home to more than 1,200 veterans and their dependents, earned a No. 1 national ranking in 2010 and 2012 from Military Times magazine in its annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” issues.

For the entire article: http://www.eku.edu/news/first-lady-michelle-obama-among-spring-commencement-speakers

Commencement Ceremony Streamed Live: http://video.eku.edu/commencement

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, May 10, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden attends meetings at the White House.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    2:40 PM
    President Obama hosts Mothers and delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act.
    East Room

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  2. CR says:

    E Kentucky University 2013 Commencement

    First Lady Michelle Obama among Spring Commencement Speakers

    POSTED: APRIL 11, 2013 eku.edu

    First Lady Michelle Obama will join former University of Kentucky President Dr. Charles Wethington and Kentucky author Silas House as speakers at Eastern Kentucky University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11.

    Three ceremonies, all in Alumni Coliseum, will recognize a total of 2,428 degree candidates.

    The First Lady will address degree candidates from the Colleges of Education and Business and Technology at 7:30 p.m. (a change from the usual time) and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. The First Lady will be speaking at EKU as part of her Joining Forces initiative to assist military families. The University has received national recognition in recent years for its commitment to helping veterans further their education. EKU, home to more than 1,200 veterans and their dependents, earned a No. 1 national ranking in 2010 and 2012 from Military Times magazine in its annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” issues.

    For the entire article: http://www.eku.edu/news/first-lady-michelle-obama-among-spring-commencement-speakers

    • CR says:

      EKU GURUs Welcome First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama

      Published on May 2, 2013

      Welcome to the Campus Beautiful, Mrs. Obama! We are so excited to have you visit campus and speak to our College of Education and College of Business and Technology graduates.

  3. CR says:

    Help Stamp Out Hunger

    Saturday, May 11 Collect and bag non-perisable food items and place by your mailbox for letter carriers to deliver to local food banks/pantries.

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  4. CR says:

    Obama plans pre-Mother’s Day defense of health law

    5/9/13 6:38 PM EDT By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

    President Obama will speak Friday about the Affordable Care Act’s effects “on the health, lives and pocketbooks of women and their families,” the White House said in his schedule.

    Timed to coincide with Mother’s Day, which is on Sunday, the event comes also comes as House Republicans plan to vote next week on a bill to repeal the health care law.

    The audience for the 2:40 p.m. event will include represenatives from women’s groups, including Planned Parenthood.

    For more: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/05/obama-plans-premothers-day-defense-of-health-law-163648.html

  5. CR says:

    Next Up..

    9:00 AM ET
    White House AAPI Briefing on Suicide Prevention and Mental Health
    The White House

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  6. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    House farm bill cuts food stamps by $20.5B

    5/10/13 11:00 AM ET By Erik Wasson – TheHill

    The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee unveiled a new farm bill [Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013 ] Friday that he said would reduce spending by $39.7 billion over the next decade compared to existing legislation.

    The deeper deficit cuts endorsed by Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) are sure to please conservatives and may help get the bill through the full House.

    The bill also makes deep cuts to food stamp programs, which could cost the bill support from liberals and make it more difficult to get a deal with the Senate.

    Overall the bill, crafted in consultation with Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) is “vastly identical” to the bill that passed the Agriculture Committee last year, according to a senior aide.

    But it reduces spending more than the earlier bill, which House leaders never let come to the floor. It would have cut $35 billion from existing spending.

    Much of the bite comes from food stamp and other nutrition programs. They would be reduced by $20.5 billion, compared to $16 billion in last year’s bill.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/agriculture/298991-lucas-releases-draft-farm-bill-saving-40-billion

    • CR says:

      U.S. Posts Widest Monthly Surplus Since 2008 on Revenue

      May 10, 2013 2:45 PM PT By Kasia Klimasinska – bloomberg

      The U.S. posted its widest budget surplus in five years in April as an improving economy swelled tax revenue, easing pressure on lawmakers to lift the nation’s debt ceiling.

      The surplus for the month when tax payments are due increased to $112.9 billion, the biggest since April 2008, from $59.1 billion a year earlier, the Treasury said in its monthly budget statement today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 24 economists was for an April surplus of $112 billion.

      A strengthening economy is helping narrow a U.S. fiscal deficit that has exceeded $1 trillion in each of the past four years and pushed the Treasury Department near its legal borrowing limit. U.S.

      employers added 1.4 million workers in the October-April period, boosting government revenue and reducing the need to sell debt.

      “This receipts surge has bought the Treasury a lot of time to stay under the debt limit,” Mike Englund, chief economist at Action Economics LLC in Boulder, Colorado, said in an interview. “Without the pressure of the debt limit, players in Washington have little incentive to come to a debt deal.”

      The U.S. 10-year note yield was 1.89 percent at 4:09 p.m. in New York, after earlier touching the highest since March 26, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader prices.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-10/u-s-posts-widest-monthly-surplus-since-2008-on-revenue.html

  7. CR says:

    West Wing Week: 05/10/13 or “I Dare You to Do Better”

    Published on May 10, 2013

    This week, the President made his fourth trip to Mexico, continued on to Costa Rica, spoke to the graduating class of 2013 at the Ohio State University, hosted the new President of South Korea, discussed hurricane preparedness, and kicked off a series of Jobs, Skills and Opportunity tours in the Lone Star State.

  8. CR says:

    Next Up..

    2:40 PM ET
    President Obama hosts Mothers and delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act.
    White House

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/218626

    • CR says:

      May 10, 2013

      Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act

      East Room

      2:49 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much, everybody, and welcome to the White House. I want to thank Carol for the wonderful introduction.

      And let me just start off with a public service announcement to dads, partners, kids of America — (laughter) — Sunday is Mother’s Day. (Laughter.) You should not forget. (Laughter.) You can’t go wrong with flowers, a homemade card, giving some mom — giving mom some relief, some quiet time. That is appreciated. (Laughter.)

      So it’s a day when we put moms first. And I still remember one time I said to Michelle — this is back when we had just gotten married and I think Malia had just been born, and we were fussing around Mother’s Day, and I said, but you know, how come we do so much stuff on Mother’s Day? She says, because every other day is Man’s Day. (Laughter.) So this is like one day. And there was, as usual, profound insight in Michelle’s remarks because moms so often put themselves last; so often they put everything else before themselves.

      And that’s particularly true when it comes to things like health care. Moms take care of us. (Baby cries.) Yes, see? (Laughter.) Case in point. Sick kids, aging parents, grumpy husbands. And I know there are lots of moms out there who often go without the care that they need, or the checkups they know they should get, because they’re worrying that co-pay has to go to gas, or groceries, or the new soccer uniform instead. Or worse, they know the unfairness of being charged more for their health care just because they’re a woman, or the stress of trying to manage a family budget when health care costs are impinging on it, or trying to insure a sick child only to be told “no” over and over again.

      So we decided that needed to change. In a country as wealthy as this one, there was no reason why a family’s security should be determined by the chance of an illness or an accident. We decided to do something about it.

      Thanks to the women in this room and people all across the country, we worked really hard — and it’s now been more than three years since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act and I signed it into law. (Applause.) It’s been nearly a year since the Supreme Court upheld the law under the Constitution. (Applause.) And, by the way, six months ago, the American people went to the polls and decided to keep going in this direction. So the law is here to stay. (Applause.)

      And those of us who believe that every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care have an obligation to now make sure that full implementation moves forward the way it needs to.

      Basically, there are two main things that the American people need to know about this law and what it means. First, if you’re one of the nearly 85 percent of Americans who already have health insurance — whether it’s through your employer, or Medicare or Medicaid — you don’t have to do a thing. This law already provides you with a wide array of new benefits, tough new consumer protections, stronger cost control measures than existed before the law passed. And those things are already in place — you’re benefiting from, you just may not know it. Making sure that insurers can’t take advantage of you. Making sure that your child can stay on your health insurance until they’re 27 years old. So a lot of those provisions are already in place providing help and assistance to people all across the country.

      Now, second, if you’re one of the tens of millions who don’t have health insurance, beginning this fall, you’ll finally be able to compare and buy quality, affordable private plans that work for you. (Applause.) So that’s what you need to know. If you’ve already got health insurance, this has just enhanced it.
      And if you don’t, you’re going to be able to get it.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/10/remarks-president-affordable-care-act

    • CR says:

      May 10, 2013

      Presidential Proclamation — National Women’s Health Week, 2013

      NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH WEEK, 2013

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      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      Since our Nation’s founding, women have given their all to expanding opportunity for their families and for future generations. Decade after decade, that fierce dedication has been rewarded with remarkable progress in nearly every part of society; yet all too often, advances in women’s health and well-being have lagged behind. During National Women’s Health Week, we recommit to changing that reality and increasing access to health services that help women and girls get the care they need.

      Three years ago, I signed the Affordable Care Act — reform that brought about a new era of equality in health care and gave women unprecedented control over their health. Under the law, women will no longer face higher insurance premiums because of their gender. It will be illegal for insurers to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions like pregnancy or cancer. Already, 47 million women have gained access to preventive services at no out-of-pocket cost, including well-woman visits, domestic violence screenings and counseling, and contraceptive care. And millions more are benefitting from improved prescription drug coverage under Medicare that helps seniors get the medication they need at prices they can afford.

      These changes are making a real difference for families in every part of our country. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, working mothers no longer have to choose between getting essential care and paying their bills. Women no longer have to delay mammograms just because money is tight. And young people can stay on their parent’s health insurance until age 26, so they no longer have to worry about how to afford health care when they are just starting out. I encourage women of all ages to visit http://www.WomensHealth.gov, http://www.GirlsHealth.gov, and http://www.HealthCare.gov to learn more about resources available to them, including the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

      This week, as we reflect on how far we have come in the fight to provide Americans with the care they deserve, let us renew our commitment to empowering all women with the chance to live strong, healthy lives.

      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 May 12 through May 18, 2013, as National Women’s Health Week. I encourage all Americans to celebrate the progress we have made in protecting women’s health and to promote awareness, prevention, and educational activities that improve the health of all women.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of May, 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

  9. CR says:

    May 10, 2013

    Presidential Memorandum — Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government and Learning from Successful Practices

    MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

    SUBJECT: Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government and Learning from Successful Practices

    Almost 50 years ago, when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women were paid 59 cents for every dollar paid to men. Today, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. At the same time, nearly two-thirds of women are breadwinners or co-breadwinners for their families. Unjust pay disparities are a detriment to women, families, and our economy.

    The Federal Government is the Nation’s largest employer. It has a special responsibility to act as a model employer. While salary ranges in the Federal workforce are generally determined by law, the fixing of individual salaries and other types of compensation can be affected by the exercise of administrative discretion. Such discretion must be exercised in a transparent manner, using fair criteria and adhering to merit system principles, which dictate that equal pay should be provided for work of equal value.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/10/presidential-memorandum-advancing-pay-equality-federal-government-and-le

  10. CR says:

    May 10, 2013

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the National Strategy for the Arctic Region

    Today, the President signed the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. The United States is pleased to join our Arctic Council colleagues Canada, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Russia, and Sweden in articulating our strategic priorities for this critical region of the world.

    The Administration solicited input from Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska and others as it was developing the National Strategy for the Arctic. Successful implementation of the high-level lines of effort identified in the National Strategy will depend upon active engagement with Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska and other key stakeholders. In particular, proceeding with the stewardship of Arctic resources under an Integrated Arctic Management approach requires, by its terms, meaningful, up-front input by the State, Alaska Natives, and others. As a further demonstration of its commitment to such input, Administration officials will be hosting roundtable discussions in Alaska in the coming weeks to discuss how best to move forward with the implementation of the concepts laid out in this National Strategy. The initial meetings will include high-level Administration officials from the White House, and from key agencies. The meetings will be held in mid-June, at a time and location that will be confirmed shortly.

    The strategy can be found here.

  11. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    Vice President Biden travels to Wilmington, DE

    First Lady Michelle Obama travels to Richmond, KY

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    President Obama Honors TOP COPS Award Winners
    White House

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:30 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at a Gala Reception Jubilee Dinner hosted by Governor Jack Markell and Carla Markell in honor of Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.
    Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement speech for Eastern Kentucky University 2013 Commencement Ceremony
    Alumni Coliseum, Richmond, KY

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    First Lady Michelle Obama returns to the White House

  12. CR says:

    2013 National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS award winners

    Since NAPO launched the awards program in 1994, the TOP COPS Awards® have paid tribute to outstanding law enforcement officers across the country for actions above and beyond the call of duty. TOP COPS® awardees are nominated by their fellow officers for outstanding service during the preceding calendar year.

    The TOP COPS® are selected by an Awards Selection Committee comprised of national law enforcement representatives who choose one TOP COPS® case from each state and U.S. territory. The cases are then ranked and the top ten case winners are flown to Washington, DC for the awards ceremony. The awards show features a three-minute videotape of each TOP COP® and his or her story.

    The TOP COPS Awards® are attended by celebrities, politicians, members of the national law enforcement community, corporate donors and other interested individuals. Here is just a short list of attendees we’ve been honored to have throughout the years.

    For the entire article and list of honorees: http://www.napo.org/topcops/index.htm

  13. CR says:

    Swedish King & Queen Coming to Town

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | Updated 4:52 AM EDT By David Chang – nbcphiladelphia.com

    Local residents are preparing for a royal visit this weekend. A delegation of senior diplomats from Sweden and Finland will visit Philadelphia, Chester and Wilmington this weekend to celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley. Among those visitors are King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

    The King and Queen will first stop by at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philly Saturday morning. They will then travel to Mother’s Arc in Chester before heading to Wilmington for several events in the afternoon and night.

    For more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Swedish-King-and-Queen-to-Visit-Philly-Chester-Wilmington-206366171.html

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    Vice President Biden will and attend and delivers remarks at a Gala Reception Jubilee Dinner hosted by Governor Jack Markell and Carla Markell in honor of Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.
    Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE

    • CR says:

      On May 11, 2013 Vice President Biden attended the Gala Reception Jubilee Dinner at Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE that was hosted by Governor Jack Markell and Carla Markell in honor of Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

      King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and adelegation of senior diplomats from Sweden and Finland visited Philadelphia, Chester and Wilmington to celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley.

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      Swedish King and Queen arrival to Delaware

      Published on May 11, 2013

      The King and Queen of Sweden and the Finnish Speaker of Parliament with their delegation arrive to Buena Vista in New Castle, greeted by Delaware Governor Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell.

      King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia and Eero Heinaluoma are visiting Delaware for the 375th anniversary of the landing of the Swedes and Finns in Delaware.

      Buena Vista, where the group is having lunch, was the home of U.S. Statesman John M. Clayton in the mid-1800′s and Former Delaware Governor C. Douglass Buck.

  14. CR says:

    Saturday, May 11, 7:30 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement speech for Eastern Kentucky University 2013 Commencement Ceremony
    Alumni Coliseum, Richmond, KY

  15. CR says:

    2013 Warrior Games
    May 11-16, 2013
    Colorado Springs, CO

    TeamUSA Warrior Games http://www.teamusa.org/warriorgames/
    WarriorGames FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/WarriorGames

  16. CR says:

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    May 11, 2013

    Hi, everybody. Our top priority as a nation is reigniting the true engine of our economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class. And few things define what it is to be middle class in America more than owning your own cornerstone of the American Dream: a home.

    Today, seven years after the real estate bubble burst, triggering the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and costing millions of responsible Americans their jobs and their homes, our housing market is healing. Sales are up. Foreclosures are down. Construction is expanding. And thanks to rising home prices over the past year, 1.7 million more families have been able to come up for air, because they’re no longer underwater on their mortgages.

    From the day I took office, I’ve made it a priority to help responsible homeowners and prevent the kind of recklessness that helped cause this crisis in the first place.

    My housing plan has already helped more than two million people refinance their mortgages, and they’re saving an average of $3000 per year.

    My new consumer watchdog agency is moving forward on protections like a simpler, shorter mortgage form that will help to keep hard-working families from getting ripped off.

    But we’ve got more work to do. We’ve got more responsible homeowners to help – folks who have never missed a mortgage payment, but aren’t allowed to refinance; working families who have done everything right, but still owe more on their homes than they’re worth.

    Last week, I nominated a man named Mel Watt to take on these challenges as the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Mel’s represented the people of North Carolina in Congress for 20 years, and in that time, he helped lead efforts to put in place rules of the road that protect consumers from dishonest mortgage lenders, and give responsible Americans the chance to own their own home. He’s the right person for the job, and that’s why Congress should do its job, and confirm him without delay.

    And they shouldn’t stop there. As I said before, more than two million Americans have already refinanced at today’s low rates, but we can do a lot better than that. I’ve called on Congress to give every responsible homeowner the chance to refinance, and with it, the opportunity to save $3,000 a year. That’s like a $3,000 tax cut. And if you’re one of the millions of Americans who could take advantage of that, you should ask your representative in Congress why they won’t act on it.

    Our economy and our housing market are poised for progress – but we could do so much more if we work together. More good jobs. Greater security for middle-class families. A sense that your hard work is rewarded. That’s what I’m fighting for – and that’s what I’m going to keep fighting for as long as I hold this office.

    Thank you. And have a great weekend.

    • CR says:

      Cecilia Muñoz sobre medidas para fortalecer el mercado hipotecario

      Published on May 11, 2013

      Cecilia Muñoz, directora del Consejo de Política Nacional de la Casa Blanca habla sobre medidas de la Administración del Presidente Obama para fortalecer la clase media y desarrollar el mercado hipotecario.

  17. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:00 AM ET
    President Obama and Vice President Biden honor the 2013 National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS award winners
    White House

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

    • CR says:

      May 11, 2013

      Remarks by the President at the Top Cops Ceremony

      East Room

      11:10 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much, everybody. Everybody, please have a seat. Good morning and welcome to the White House for what’s one of my favorite events all year.

      I want to start by thanking Gil Kerlikowske, a former police officer — police chief in Seattle, police commissioner in Buffalo and police officer in St. Petersburg, Florida. He now serves as the head of the office of National Drug Control Policy. He is doing outstanding work every day, helping to make sure that our young people are safe and not exposed to some of the worst drugs out there. And so we very much want to give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) Thank you, Gil. (Applause.) We’ve got NAPO President Tom Nee right here next to me. (Applause.) Tom is doing an outstanding job every day. And of course, we’ve got our 2013 Top Cops. (Applause.)

      As President, I get to meet and work with a lot of extraordinary law enforcement officers every single day, from men and women who protect me and my family — the folks in the Secret Service — to local police who help out on motorcades in events around the country. And I’m incredibly grateful that all these law enforcement officers are doing such outstanding work.

      And then, just a few weeks ago obviously in Boston, our entire country saw once again the strong stuff that these men and women in uniform are made of — police officers, first responders who were running towards explosions, not knowing if there was something more on the way — law enforcement from different agencies and different parts of the country working together as one united team to identify suspects and bring them to justice and in a moment that few of us will ever forget, the citizens of Watertown, Massachusetts lining their streets to cheer on and high-five and hug the officers as they headed home after a job well done.

      We don’t always get that opportunity to stand and applaud the men and women who keep us safe. But they’re out there, hundreds of thousands of you, patrolling our streets every single day. And we know that when we need you most, you’ll be ready to dash into danger, to protect our lives even if it means putting your lives on the line. That’s what these folks are all about. That’s what the men and women standing behind me have proven — their heart, their courage, their dedication.

      And of course, as always, they’re a humble group. They’ll tell you they’re not heroes. They’ll say they were just doing their jobs. And today, we honor them as Top Cops because they’re half right. It’s true they were just doing their jobs. From the moment they swore in office — swore an oath to serve with honor, from the first time they put on a uniform and pinned on a badge, they knew they might be called upon to do some really tough stuff. But I think that makes them more heroic, not less heroic, because they signed up for this. They volunteered and yet, continue day-in, day-out to dedicate themselves. And when the moment came, they were ready to respond.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/11/remarks-president-top-cops-ceremony

  18. CR says:

    7:30 PM ET
    Eastern Kentucky University
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement
    Eastern Kentucky University
    Richmond, KY

    Eastern Kentucky University http://video.eku.edu/commencement

    • CR says:

      May 11, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady at Eastern Kentucky University Commencement

      Eastern Kentucky University Alumni Coliseum
      Richmond, Kentucky

      8:21 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness. Good evening. Thank you. I am just overwhelmed. And as an honorary degree holder, it is now my pleasure to say, Go Colonels! (Applause.)

      I want to start by thanking President Whitlock for that very kind introduction, but more importantly, for his decades of service to this university and to this country. And it is my honor to be here on your last commitment. And I also want to thank your wife and your family, because I know that they have served right along with you. So congratulations. I am so glad to be here today. (Applause.)

      I also want to recognize Governor Beshear and his wife and dear friend of ours, Jane, as well as Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes, who is here; all of the elected officials we have with us tonight; also the University Singers for those beautiful selections — just gifted individuals. And I don’t want to leave out Candace for her very inspiring remarks. And to the 14 men and women who just became the newest officers in the United States Army — yes. (Applause.)

      And of course, I want to join in in recognizing all of these beautiful people in the stands today –- the family members who supported you all every step of the way. And since tomorrow is what?

      AUDIENCE: Mother’s Day.

      MRS. OBAMA: I’m sure everybody is on their jobs, right? Got flowers ordered, everything? I want to give a special greeting to my fellow moms, and congratulate you for successfully coming out on the other side of adolescence in one piece. You’ve done it. You have succeeded in raising college graduates. I welcome any advice you have on how you got it right.

      But most of all — yes, indeed, to the moms, and the grandmoms, and the godmoms, and all the mom figures in our lives who keep us going. (Applause.) Thank you all.

      But most of all, I want to congratulate the stars of today’s show — the EKU Class of 2013! Yes! (Applause.) You all should proud, very proud. As the president said, this is a true milestone in life. And I can only imagine the mix of emotions that you must be feeling at this moment — the unbridled joy, the unmistakable sense of utter relief. (Laughter.)

      You all went through so much to make it to this day — the highs and the lows, the triumphs, the challenges, the celebrations, the devastations — and I’m not just talking about your love lives, either. (Laughter.) I’m talking about all those papers you poured your heart into; all those caffeine-fueled all-nighters; those moments of anxiety as you set out on your own, looking to find new friends you clicked with and a new community to call your own.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/11/remarks-first-lady-eastern-kentucky-university-commencement

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      Michelle Obama EKU 2013 Commencement Speaker

      Published on May 13, 2013

      United States First Lady Michelle Obama’s moving and inspirational Eastern Kentucky University 2013 commencement speech.

  19. CR says:

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

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

  20. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, May 12, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    The Obamas celebrate Mother’s Day
    White House

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  21. CR says:

    5/12

    May 10, 2013

    Presidential Proclamation — Mother’s Day, 2013

    MOTHER’S DAY, 2013

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Today, sons and daughters all across America come together to honor the women who raised them. Whether single or in partnership, foster or adoptive, mothers hold a special place in our hearts. For many of us, they are our first caretakers and our first teachers, imparting the early lessons that guide us growing up. And no matter the challenges we face or the paths we choose, moms are there for their children with hope and love — scraping and sacrificing and doing whatever it takes to give them a bright future.

    That work has often stretched outside the home. In the century since Americans first came together to mark Mother’s Day, generations of women have empowered their children with the courage and grit to fight for change. But they have also fought to secure it themselves. Mothers pioneered a path to the vote, from Seneca Falls to the 19th Amendment. They helped write foundational protections into our laws, like freedom from workplace discrimination and access to affordable health care. They shattered ceilings in business and government, on the battlefield and on the court. With every step, they led the way to a more perfect Union, widening the circle of opportunity for our daughters and sons alike.

    That history of striving and success affirms America’s promise as a place where all things can be possible for all people. But even now, we have more work to do before that promise is made real for each of us. Workplace inflexibility puts a strain on too many mothers juggling their jobs’ needs with those of their kids. Wage inequality still leaves too many families struggling to make ends meet. These problems affect all of us — and just as mothers pour themselves into giving their children the best chance in life, we need to make sure they get the fairness and opportunities they deserve.

    On Mother’s Day, we give thanks to proud, caring women from every walk of life. Whether balancing the responsibilities of career and family or taking up the work of sustaining a home, a mother’s bond with her child is unwavering; her love, unconditional. Today, we celebrate those blessings, and we renew them for the year to come.

    The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May each year as “Mother’s Day” and requested the President to call for its appropriate observance.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 12, 2013, as Mother’s Day. I urge all Americans to express love and gratitude to mothers everywhere, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
    tenth day of May, 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

  22. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    5/10/13 4:22 PM EDT By KATIE GLUECK – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC

    • Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering, co-chairman, State Department Accountability Review Board on Benghazi
    • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
    • Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)
    • Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman Retired Gen. James Cartwright
    • Democratic strategist Donna Brazile
    • Former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
    • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
    • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)
    • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)
    • Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.)

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates
    • Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
    • Pickering

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
    • Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
    • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
    • Republican strategist Alex Castellanos
    • Democratic consultant Mo Elleithee

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Rep.-elect Mark Sanford (R-S.C.)
    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member, House Armed Services Committee
    • Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas)

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee

  23. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    G.O.P. Delays on Nominees Raise Tension

    May 11, 2013 JEREMY W. PETERS nytimes

    WASHINGTON — President Obama’s latest cabinet-level nominees are running into deep resistance in the Senate, pitching Democrats and Republicans into another tense standoff over White House appointments.

    Just days after Republicans used Senate rules to block two nominees from moving to the next step in the confirmation process despite the fact that both have the support of a majority of senators, Democrats are planning to force committee votes without Republican consent.

    If Democrats do push the nominees through to the full Senate, they would almost certainly set off a Republican filibuster, which would jeopardize the confirmations and, for now, leave vacancies at the top of two federal agencies.

    Republicans have objected to the nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, citing what they said were her insufficient responses to their questions. They have also sought to block the labor secretary nominee, Thomas E. Perez, a lawyer in the Justice Department, on the grounds that he is too political.

    A third nominee, Penny Pritzker, a wealthy hotel heiress and a top Obama fund-raiser, has run into resistance since Mr. Obama put her name forward this month to be the next commerce secretary. Republicans are promising to scrutinize her family’s financial dealings, including their use of offshore accounts to reduce their taxes.

    Nominees at all levels of Washington’s bureaucracy — 117 of them in all, including cabinet secretaries, judges and members of obscure oversight boards — are facing delays. Just last week, the Senate confirmed David Medine, the president’s choice to lead the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The time between his nomination and confirmation was 510 days. Every Republican voted no.

    The shrinking number of senators from both parties who are willing to cross the aisle and the growing appeal of adding a “no” vote on a presidential nominee to a political résumé have contributed to the slowdown.

    “It was rare in the past for a cabinet nominee to face a filibuster or blanket holds,” said Norman J. Ornstein, a scholar on Congress for the American Enterprise Institute. “Now it seems almost routine.”

    For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/us/politics/gop-delays-on-nominees-raise-tension.html?_r=0

  24. COS says:

    Good morning and Happy Mother’s day CR. Thanks for posting the welcome video from EKU. I watched the speech yesterday and FLOTUS was amazing. It was such an inspirational speech. BTW, great thread.

  25. CR says:

    May 12, 2013

    Statement by the President on Elections in Pakistan

    I congratulate the people of Pakistan on the successful completion of yesterday’s parliamentary elections. The United States stands with all Pakistanis in welcoming this historic peaceful and transparent transfer of civilian power, which is a significant milestone in Pakistan’s democratic progress. By conducting competitive campaigns, freely exercising your democratic rights, and persevering despite intimidation by violent extremists, you have affirmed a commitment to democratic rule that will be critical to achieving peace and prosperity for all Pakistanis for years to come.

    The United States and Pakistan have a long history of working together on mutual interests, and my Administration looks forward to continuing our cooperation with the Pakistani government that emerges from this election as equal partners in supporting a more stable, secure, and prosperous future for the people of Pakistan.

  26. CR says:

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