Pres Obama’s Travel to Sweden and 2013 G20 Leaders’ Summit

Pres Obama Sweden Trip

August 07, 2013

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Sweden

Before traveling to Russia, the President will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, on September 4 and 5.  Sweden is a close friend and partner to the United States.  Sweden plays a key leadership role on the international stage, including in opening new trade and investment opportunities through the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, advancing clean technologies, and promoting environmental sustainability.

US – EU Trade Agreement

Welcome to #KTH, Obama! #ObamainSweden pic.twitter.com/3ghms3DDb2— KTH aktuellt (@KTHinfo) August 31, 2013

Sweden American flags

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G20 Russia 2013

The G20 was created in December 1999 in response to the financial crises affecting the emerging countries in the late 1990s. The initial aim was to have the finance ministers and central bank governors of the industrialised and emerging countries meet once a year to facilitate international economic policy cooperation.

Confronted with the deepest economic and financial crisis since World War II, the G20 went into high gear in late 2008 at the initiative of France, the holder of the rotating EU presidency at the time. What emerged was an economic steering body that brought together the world’s major political leaders at the highest level. At the pioneering Washington Summit in November 2008, heads of States and governments agreed on an extraordinary plan of action to prevent the financial system and the global economy from collapsing.

The 8th G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held on September 5-6, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

G20 Russia: http://www.g20.org/en

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President Obama’s Sweden, G20 Russia Travel Schedule

Tuesday, September 3
President Obama departs Washington, DC en route Stockholm, Sweden

Wednesday, September 4
President Obama is welcomed to Stockholm, Sweden

President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt hold a bilateral meeting and joint press conference, Stockholm, Sweden

President Obama participates in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue, Stockholm, Sweden

President Obama tours an expo featuring clean energy innovations
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

President Obama attends a dinner with Nordic Leaders, Stockholm, Sweden

Thursday, September 5
President Obama and the King and Queen of Sweden hold a bilateral meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

President Obama departs Stockholm en route Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama attends G-20 Summit Leaders working session on growth and the global economy,  Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders working dinner on sustainable development,   Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Friday, September 6

President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders session on investing in growth and Summit session on investing in growth and jobs, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama participates in the G-20 Leaders family photo
Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President  Obama participates in the G-20 Leaders working lunch on growth and trade,  Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama participates in a press conference,  Konstantinovsky Palace,, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama meets with human rights activists and LGBT rights groups, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama returns to Washington, DC

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104 Responses to Pres Obama’s Travel to Sweden and 2013 G20 Leaders’ Summit

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama departs Washington, DC en route Stockholm, Sweden

    7:00 AM
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    9:00 AM
    9:45 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with top members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs Committee, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Armed Services Committee

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet for lunch

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:30 PM
    President Obama the White House

    8:45 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Stockholm, Sweden

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. CR says:

    President Obama’s Trip to Sweden and 2013 G20 Leaders’ Summit

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    • CR says:

      http://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/sweden-american-flags-e1377800671251.png?w=450

      August 07, 2013

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Sweden

      Before traveling to Russia, the President will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, on September 4 and 5. Sweden is a close friend and partner to the United States. Sweden plays a key leadership role on the international stage, including in opening new trade and investment opportunities through the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, advancing clean technologies, and promoting environmental sustainability.

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      President Obama’s Sweden Travel Schedule

      Tuesday, September 3
      President Obama departs Washington, DC en route Stockholm, Sweden

      Wednesday, September 4
      President Obama arrives in Stockholm, Sweden

      President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt holds a bilateral meeting and joint press conference, Stockholm, Sweden

      President Obama participates in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue, Stockholm, Sweden

      President Obama tours an expo featuring clean energy innovations
      Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

      President Obama attends a dinner with Nordic Leaders, Stockholm, Sweden

      Thursday, September 5
      President Obama and the King and Queen of Sweden hold a bilateral meeting

      President Obama departs Stockholm en route Saint Petersburg, Russia

      • CR says:

        Obama To Meet With LGBT Activists While In Russia

        After canceling a bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin while there for the G20 summit, Obama may anger the Kremlin further by meeting with Russian activists — including from LGBT groups.

        September 2, 2013 at 1:28pm EDT Max Seddon – BuzzFeed

        Following his cancellation of a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Barack Obama may infuriate the Kremlin further by meeting Russian human rights activists, including LGBT rights groups, during his upcoming trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit.

        Four Russian non-governmental organizations told BuzzFeed Monday they had been invited to the meeting, scheduled for this Thursday at St. Petersburg’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. The groups include veteran human rights activists Lev Ponomarev and Lyudmila Alexeyeva, legal aid NGO director Pavel Chikov, and Coming Out, a St. Petersburg-based LGBT organization. Another local LGBT group, the LGBT Network, is believed to be attending, though director Igor Kochetkov declined to comment to BuzzFeed, saying that he had been “asked not to say anything.”

        Election monitoring group Golos is also believed to have been invited, though BuzzFeed could not reach its director or deputy director to confirm. Russia’s justice ministry forced Golos, which used to receive funding from USAID, to disband this summer under a law on “foreign agents” that many believed was created specifically to target the group.

        For more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/maxseddon/obama-to-meet-with-russian-activists-on-g20-sidelines

        • CR says:

          In Russia, Obama stresses freedom of press, assembly

          9/6/13 3:39 PM EDT By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

          President Obama used a meeting Friday with Russian civil society groups to celebrate some of the freedoms that are central to America’s values but Vladimir Putin’s government had restricted.

          “It is important for us to remember that in every country — here in Russia, in the United States, around the globe — that part of good government is making sure that we’re creating a space for civil society to function effectively: freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, making sure that people can join together and make common cause around the issues that they care deeply about,” Obama told the groups that gathered at the St. Petersburg airport just before he headed back to Washington.

          Russia’s major news organizations are not seen as independent from the government’s views, and the issue of gay rights has proven particularly problematic heading into the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

          The White House said the following leaders attended the meeting:

          1. Igor Kochetkov, Director, LGBT Network

          2. Pavel Chikov, Agora Association (Kazan) – Chairperson

          3. Yana Yakovleva, Founder, Business Solidarity

          4. Yelena Milashina, Investigative journalist, Novaya Gazeta

          5. Yevgenia Chirikova, Director, Movement to Defend Khimki Forest

          6. Ivan Pavlov, Head, Institute for the Freedom of Information

          7. Boris Pustyntsev, Head, Citizens Watch

          8. Olga Lenkova, Spokesperson, Coming Out

          9. Dmitry Makarov, Member of the Coordinating Council of the International Youth Human Rights Movement

    • CR says:

      G20 Leaders’ Summit – St. Petersburg, Russia
      September 5-6, 2013

      The G20 was created in December 1999 in response to the financial crises affecting the emerging countries in the late 1990s. The initial aim was to have the finance ministers and central bank governors of the industrialised and emerging countries meet once a year to facilitate international economic policy cooperation.

      Confronted with the deepest economic and financial crisis since World War II, the G20 went into high gear in late 2008 at the initiative of France, the holder of the rotating EU presidency at the time. What emerged was an economic steering body that brought together the world’s major political leaders at the highest level. At the pioneering Washington Summit in November 2008, heads of States and governments agreed on an extraordinary plan of action to prevent the financial system and the global economy from collapsing.

      The 8th G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held on September 5-6, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

      G20 Russia: http://www.g20.org/en

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      President Obama’s G20 Russia Travel Schedule

      Thursday, September 5

      President Obama meets with human rights activists and LGBT rights groups, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      President Obama attends the G-20 Summit in Saint Petersburg

      President Obama attends G-20 Summit Leaders working session on growth and the global economy, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders working dinner on sustainable development, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      Friday, September 6

      President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders session on investing in growth and Summit session on investing in growth and jobs, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      President Obama participates in the G-20 Leaders family photo at the Pavilion of Negotiations at Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      President Obama participates in the G-20 Leaders working lunch on growth and trade, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      President Obama participates in a press conference, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      President Obama returns to Washington, DC

      • CR says:

        G-20 Draft Urges Job Training, Infrastructure Spending

        Sep 4, 2013 4:49 PM PT By Christopher Wellisz – bloomberg

        Leaders of the Group of 20 meeting in Russia will consider endorsing a strategy for long-term economic growth that emphasizes steps such as infrastructure spending and job training, according to Bloomberg BNA.

        Growth prospects for 2013 “have been marked down repeatedly over the last year, regional growth disparities remain wide, and unemployment, particularly among youth, remains unacceptably high,” according to a draft of the so-called action plan to be considered at the meeting today and tomorrow in St. Petersburg and obtained by Bloomberg BNA. “The recovery is too weak, and risks remain tilted to the downside.”

        The draft marks a shift from strategies adopted at previous summits, which emphasized coordinated monetary and fiscal policies to spur the global economy, according to Bloomberg BNA.

        “Recognizing the need to push ahead more urgently with important structural reforms, we have reset our reform agenda along more relevant, concrete and well-targeted lines,” according to the draft.

        For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-04/g-20-draft-urges-job-training-infrastructure-spending.html

      • CR says:

        September 06, 2013

        FACT SHEET: The G-20 St. Petersburg Summit

        The G-20 is the world’s premier forum for economic cooperation – where Leaders representing economies generating more than 80 percent of global GDP assemble around the table to address the world’s most important and difficult economic challenges.

        This year’s St. Petersburg G-20 Summit – the seventh that President Obama has attended since taking office – has reaffirmed the G-20’s leadership as the premier forum at which the major countries coordinate their economic policies to promote strong, sustainable and balanced growth and to address global challenges that no country can tackle alone. This year, G-20 Leaders were united in the belief that promoting growth and creating better-quality jobs is their top economic policy priority.

        Leaders also agreed on a number of specific steps to strengthen the global economy, address climate change, fill holes in the international tax system, expand trade, strengthen nuclear industry liability, improve workplace safety, combat corruption, and promote global development.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/06/fact-sheet-g-20-st-petersburg-summit

  3. CR says:

    Tuesday, September 3

    President Obama meets with top members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs Committee, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Armed Services Committee

  4. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    Sep. 3, 2013
    U.S. Women vs. Mexico Women
    8 PM ET
    RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
    FOX Sports 1

    • CR says:

      Sep. 3, 2013
      U.S. Women vs. Mexico Women
      8 p.m. ET
      RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

      Final Score: US Women 7:0 Mexico Women

      Wambach 11′, Leroux 21′, Leroux 22′, Leroux 30′, Leroux Final

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      United States 7-0 Mexico: Leroux scores in four in first half as U.S. women win friendly

      9/3/13 55 minutes ago Thomas Floyd – YahooSports

      WASHINGTON — If there was any worry the U.S. women’s national team attack would suffer without Alex Morgan on Tuesday, Sydney Leroux sure didn’t waste time alleviating those concerns.

      The striker notched four goals in the first half, Abby Wambach, Rachel Buehler and Morgan Brian added tallies of their own, and the United States defeated Mexico 7-0 before 12,594 at RFK Stadium.

      Ten minutes after Wambach opened the scoring in the 11th minute with her 161st international goal, Leroux got on the board by nodding home the rebound of a Wambach shot.

      Just one minute later, Leroux grabbed her second when she tapped in a shot from Lauren Holiday that had been slowed by goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago.

      Leroux made it a hat trick within the span of nine minutes when she darted into the box, fended off a challenge and hit an off-balance shot that trickled in. And four minutes before intermission, Leroux capped the half by heading in a free kick from Holiday.

      Although Leroux was held off the board in the second half, substitutes Rachel Buehler and Morgan Brian both bagged goals moments after entering to further run up the score. It was the first international goal for Brian, a junior at the nearby University of Virginia.

      Morgan dressed for the match but sat out with a knee injury as a precaution.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      A contestant on http://thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk/ created a loaf of bread in tribute to Paul the Psychic Octopus. http://bit.ly/14eC9Sz

      *honk*

  5. vitaminlover says:

    So is he still not going to meet with Putin? I hope that he doesn’t.

  6. CR says:

    PMI Manufacturing Index

    Released On 9/3/2013 8:58:00 AM For Aug, 2013
    Prior Consensus Consensus Range
    Level 53.7 53.9 53.5 to 54.5

    Market Consensus before announcement
    The Markit PMI manufacturing flash index for August hit a 5-month high of 53.9 for a 2 tenths gain from the final July reading and for a 7 tenths gain from the flash reading in July. The most important detail in the report-new orders–was decidedly positive, up 1.1 points to 56.5 in a reading that is well above breakeven 50 to indicate a very solid rate of monthly growth. New orders have been accelerating for 4 months now and are at their fastest rate of monthly growth since January. Export orders, at 52.0, also show monthly growth and offer some confirmation of improvement in foreign demand, underscored by surprising strength in flash PMIs for Europe and China.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  7. CR says:

    U.S. ISM Manufacturing Index Rose to 55.7 in August From 55.4

    Sep 3, 2013 7:00 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index increased to 55.7 in August from 55.4 a month earlier, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today.

    The median forecast of 85 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for the measure to rise to 52. Economists’ estimates ranged from 51 to 55.8. A reading of 50 is the dividing line between expansion and contraction.

  8. CR says:

    Construction Spending in U.S. Climbed in July to Four-Year High

    By Victoria Stilwell – Sep 3, 2013 7:00 AM PT

    Construction spending in the U.S. increased in July to the highest level in four years, propelled by gains in residential real estate.

    Outlays climbed 0.6 percent to a $900.8 billion annual rate, the most since June 2009, after being little changed in June, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast of 51 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.4 percent increase.

    Gains in employment, housing and non-residential building in the second half of the year will probably help strengthen the economic expansion. Nonetheless, tight land inventories, rising mortgage rates may temper the pace of the industry’s recovery.

    “We’re going to continue to post growth,” Mike Englund, chief economist at Action Economics LLC in Boulder, Colorado, said before the report. “It’s growing a little faster than the broader economy, obviously getting help from residential construction.”

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from a decrease of 0.7 percent to a gain of 0.8 percent. June’s reading was revised from a previously reported 0.6 percent decline. Figures for May were also revised up.

    Construction spending increased 5.2 percent in the 12 months ending July after adjusting for seasonal variations, according to the Commerce Department figures.

    Private homebuilding outlays increased 0.6 percent to the highest level since September 2008. The gain included a 0.8 percent increase in home improvement from June.

    Non-residential building climbed 1.3 percent, reflecting a jump in factory construction.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-03/construction-spending-in-u-s-climbed-in-july-to-four-year-high.html

  9. CR says:

    Gallup US Consumer Spending Measure

    Highlights
    August self-reported average daily spending climbed to $95 from $89 in July. This is the highest single month average Gallup has recorded since September 2008 ($99). The measure of spending has generally been trending upward since late 2012. From 2009 until November 2012, the monthly averages were consistently below $80. That “new normal” period in spending, tied to the sluggish economy and high unemployment rate, represented a dramatic change from 2008, the first year Gallup asked the question. In 2008, each monthly estimate exceeded $80, including four months with averages above $100. August’s stronger numbers come after a three month period in which Gallup’s spending measure was generally flat.

    Upper income parents between the ages of 30 and 49 and men reported higher levels in August than in July. But most key subgroups showed at least marginally higher spending in August, including middle- and lower-income Americans and those with no children under 18. August is a prime season for retailers due to back-to-school shopping, but both parents and non-parents reported higher August spending, suggesting the spending boost was a result of other factors.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  10. CR says:

    9:45 AM ET
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with top members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs Committee, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Armed Services Committee

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/314814-1

  11. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    4:10 AM
    President Obama is welcomed to Stockholm, Sweden

    7:00 AM
    7:20 AM
    President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt hold a bilateral meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

    8:00 AM
    8:30 AM
    President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt hold a joint press conference, Stockholm, Sweden

    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    President Obama participates in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue, Stockholm, Sweden

    10:00 AM
    10:40 AM
    President Obama tours an expo featuring clean energy innovations
    Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    President Obama attends a dinner with Nordic Leaders, Stockholm, Sweden

    1:45 PM
    Vice President Biden ceremonially swears in Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor
    Department of Labor

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  12. CR says:

    President Obama’s Sweden Travel Schedule

    Wednesday, September 4

    President Obama is welcomed to Stockholm, Sweden

    President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt hold a bilateral meeting and joint press conference, Stockholm, Sweden

    President Obama participates in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue, Stockholm, Sweden

    President Obama tours an expo featuring clean energy innovations
    Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (KTH), Sweden

    President Obama attends a dinner with Nordic Leaders, Stockholm, Sweden

    • CR says:

      Welcome to KTH, Obama!

      Aug 30, 2013 kth

      U.S. President Barack Obama is coming to KTH Royal Institute of Technology on Sept. 4. He will be joined by Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, to get a taste of KTH’s research in renewable energy.

      When Barack Obama arrives in Sweden on Wednesday for the first time, it will also mark the first bilateral visit for a U.S. president in Sweden.

      The President’s decision to visit Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology during his trip says a lot about the research being conducted at the university.

      “He is of course very welcome,” says KTH President Peter Gudmundson, Obama’s host for the visit to KTH. “Research and education are what we excel in, and therefore it is great that President Obama has chosen the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.”

      The visit is expected to last about one half hour on Wednesday afternoon, amid an otherwise extremely tight schedule.

      For more: http://www.kth.se/en/aktuellt/nyheter/valkommen-till-kth-obama-1.409728

    • CR says:

      Sweden Speaks: Welcome President Obama!

      Published on Sep 3, 2013

      We asked some Swedes on the streets of Stockholm what they would like to say to President Obama to welcome him to Sweden.

  13. CR says:

    Bill Clinton to speak on health law in Little Rock

    August 28, 2013 – Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The White House is enlisting former President Bill Clinton’s help in explaining President Barack Obama’s health-care law as a key phase of the overhaul nears.

    Clinton will speak about the law Sept. 4 at his presidential library in Little Rock. His remarks come less than one month before the public can start signing up for the health-care exchanges, which will be crucial to the law’s success or failure.

    Obama and Clinton have become increasingly close in recent years. After last year’s Democratic national convention, Obama aides dubbed Clinton the “secretary of explaining stuff” because of his convention speech’s broad defense of the president’s policies.

  14. CR says:

    Super Bowl champion Ravens to promote ObamaCare in Md.

    09/03/13 02:21 PM ET By Sam Baker – TheHill

    The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will help Maryland promote new insurance options under ObamaCare, state officials announced Tuesday.

    It’s the first partnership formed with a sports franchise to encourage participation in President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

    The White House had sought national partnerships on ObamaCare with the NBA and the NFL, but both leagues backed away under pressure from congressional Republicans.

    Maryland is among the states working hardest to make the new healthcare law work. The state also launched a new advertising campaign Tuesday to raise awareness of new coverage options through the state’s insurance exchange.

    “It’s a significant step forward as we continue to lead the way in implementing the Affordable Care Act,” Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said in a statement.

    Supporters of the healthcare law have sought partnerships with sports organizations because they attract an audience that is critical to the law’s success: young men.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/320025-superbowl-champs-to-help-promote-obamacare-enrollment

  15. CR says:

    7:20 AM ET
    President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt hold a bilateral meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

  16. CR says:

    MBA Purchase Applications

    Released On 9/4/2013 7:00:00 AM For wk8/30, 2013

    Prior Actual
    Composite Index – W/W Change -2.5 % 1.3 %
    Purchase Index – W/W Change 2.0 % -0.4 %
    Refinance Index – W/W Change -5.0 % 2.0 %

    Highlights
    Mortgage rates are down and refinancing is up, at least for the week of August 30 as the refinancing index, which has been depressed since rates began to rise in May, rose 2.0 percent. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate for conforming balances ($417,500 or less) fell 7 basis points to 4.73 percent. The drop, however, didn’t help demand for the less depressed purchase applications index which edged 0.4 percent lower.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  17. CR says:

    8:30 AM ET
    President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt hold a joint press conference, Stockholm, Sweden

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

    • CR says:

      September 04, 2013

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt of Sweden in Joint Press Conference

      Rosenbad
      Stockholm, Sweden

      2:45 P.M. CEST

      PRIME MINISTER REINFELDT: It’s a great honor and pleasure for me to welcome President Barack Obama to Sweden. As you all know, this is a historic event — the first bilateral visit ever by a President of the United States to Sweden.

      We have had a very constructive meeting. There are many reasons why the relationship between the United States and Sweden is special. Many Swedes emigrated to the United States at the end of the 19th century and somewhere around 4 million Americans today claim Swedish heritage. Business ties flourish between our two countries. Sweden is, in fact, one of the largest investors per capita in the U.S., and we have considerable American investments in Sweden. The United States is the most important foreign employer in our country.

      Our societies are founded on the same core values — democracy, respect for human rights, and rule of law. All these values are at the heart of the deeds of Raoul Wallenberg, and I’m looking forward to the possibility to pay tribute to Raoul Wallenberg this afternoon, a man who chose not to be indifferent and who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust.

      The United States and Sweden also share ambitions when it comes to the opening of global trade flows. Trade has laid the foundation of Sweden’s wealth and prosperity. Around 50 percent of our GDP comes from exports, and Sweden strongly support open trade regimes and, in particular, free trade agreements now being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. This will not only bring more jobs and growth to both our continents, it will also strengthen our political and economic partnership.

      We also touched upon the economic situation in Europe and in the United States. I mentioned that the crisis has hit countries in Europe differently — Sweden being one of those countries that has done relatively well during the crisis. But the need for structural reforms exists throughout Europe to stay competitive, and at the same time preserving all our welfare ambitions.

      We have also discussed climate change and its consequences. It represents one of the most important challenges to our societies. Sweden has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent since 1990, while GDP at the same time has increased by 60 percent. So there is no contradiction between economic growth and the protection of environment.

      I welcome President Obama’s ambitious new Climate Action Plan. U.S. emissions have, in recent years, already fallen substantially, and your new plan will help United States to make even further reductions. We have agreed to work together in the international climate negotiations to make sure that other countries also are prepared to cut their emissions. This is the only way that we can protect our environment.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/04/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-reinfeldt-sweden-joint-press-

    • CR says:

      September 04, 2013

      Joint Statement by President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt of Sweden

      Sweden and the United States are very special friends. Today we reaffirmed the dedication of the Kingdom of Sweden and the United States of America to enhance our cooperation across the full range of shared economic, environmental, and security challenges. We agreed that our close cooperation, both bilaterally and in multilateral fora, is derived from shared values such as democracy, the respect for human rights, and the rule of law.

      This is a special year in the relationship between Sweden and the United States, as it marks 375 years since the establishment of the first Swedish settlement “New Sweden” in the United States and 230 years since the first free trade agreement between our countries was signed. Today over four million Americans claim Swedish heritage. Business ties flourish between our countries. And our work together around the world magnifies the positive impact we can have when facing common challenges in pursuit of our shared agenda.

      We confirmed our determination to continue to promote growth and jobs, counter climate change and accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy future, expand trade and investment, work for international peace and security, and promote global development, conflict prevention, and disarmament. President Obama expressed his appreciation to the Prime Minister for arranging the dinner with regional leaders, allowing for consultations with Nordic colleagues on a number of shared challenges.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/04/joint-statement-president-obama-and-prime-minister-reinfeldt-sweden

  18. CR says:

    9:30 AM ET
    President Obama participates in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue, Stockholm, Sweden

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

    • CR says:

      September 04, 2013

      Remarks by President Obama in Statement to the Press — Stockholm, Sweden

      Great Synagogue
      Stockholm, Sweden

      4:10 P.M. CEST
      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon. I want to thank Prime Minister Reinfeldt, Lena Posner-Körösi, and Rabbi Narrowe for welcoming me here to the Great Synagogue — the heart of the Jewish community here in Stockholm.

      This evening is the first night of the Jewish High Holidays — Rosh Hashanah. For our Jewish friends, it’s a time of joy and celebration, to give thanks for our blessings, and to look ahead to the coming year. So to all our Jewish friends here in Sweden, in the United States, and around the world, especially in Israel — I want to wish you and your families a sweet and happy new year. Shanah Tova.

      Days such as this are a time of reflection — an occasion to consider not just our relationship with God, but our relationship with each other as human beings. And we’re reminded of our basic obligations: to recognize ourselves in each other; to treat one another with compassion; to reach out to the less fortunate among us; to do our part to help repair our world. These values are at the heart of the great partnership between Sweden and the United States. And these values defined the life of the man we remember today — Raoul Wallenberg.

      Last year we marked the 100th anniversary of Wallenberg’s birth, and I was proud to send my greetings to your ceremony here in Stockholm. And today we’re honored to be joined by those who loved him and whose lives he touched — members of the Wallenberg family, including his half-sister Nina and the family of his late half-brother Guy; Wallenberg’s colleague, Gabriella Kassius; and some of the countless men and women whom Wallenberg saved from the Holocaust.

      We just had a wonderful visit together. They showed me some incredible artifacts — some of the Swedish passports Wallenberg used to protect Jews in Budapest. I saw his diary, his own passport, including a picture of him as he was and as he will always remain — young and determined and full of energy, and an enormous heart. And I’m here today because, as Americans, we cherish our ties to Wallenberg as well.

      He was a son of Sweden, but he also studied in America. I know he spent most of his time in Ann Arbor, but my understanding is he spent some time in my hometown of Chicago as well. He could have remained in the comfort of Stockholm, but he went to Nazi-occupied Hungary in partnership with the U.S. War Refugee Board. To this day, schools and streets in America bear his name, and he is one of only a few individuals ever granted honorary U.S. citizenship. So he’s beloved in both our countries; he’s one of the links that binds us together.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/04/remarks-president-obama-statement-press-stockholm-sweden

  19. CR says:

    Gallup U.S. Job Creation Index

    Released On 9/4/2013 8:30:00 AM For Aug, 2013

    Highlights
    August job creation index remained steady at plus 22, with private sector employees continuing to be most likely to report that their employers are hiring workers rather than letting workers go. Federal government workers still report the most negative hiring situation. State and local government workers’ perceptions of hiring and firing at their workplaces in August were between these two extremes. There has been little significant change in this overall rank order over the past year.

    Federal government workers have been more negative than positive about hiring at their workplaces all year, with some monthly fluctuations. Thirty-eight percent of federal workers said their place of employment was letting people go, whereas 26 percent said their employer was hiring.

    U.S. job creation appears to have stabilized over the last several months in a more improved situation than was evident in the aftermath of the financial crisis and recession of 2008 — although still not back to where it was prior to those economic events. The data make it clear that the federal government continues to shed jobs, while state and local governments are more on the positive side of the job creation ledger. Workers in the private sector remain most positive about job creation at their places of employment.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  20. CR says:

    10:40 AM ET
    President Obama tours an expo featuring clean energy innovations
    Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

    KTH http://www.svt.se/nyheter/sverige/sa-sander-svt-under-obamas-besok

    • CR says:

      Remarks and video to follow

    • CR says:

      September 04, 2013

      Fact Sheet: The United States and Sweden — Global Leaders on Clean Energy and Climate Change

      The United States and Sweden share a common interest in pursuing innovative approaches to promoting clean energy and taking action on climate change, both domestically and internationally. Today, the President visited Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology to see first-hand some of the innovative technologies being developed in Sweden that can help us reach our goals at home and around the world. The President will continue to seek opportunities to broaden and deepen our collaboration with Sweden in this important field.

      * Investing in Clean Energy at Home
      * A Strong Foundation for Action
      * A Dynamic Global Partnership
      * Learning from Each Other

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/04/fact-sheet-united-states-and-sweden-global-leaders-clean-energy-and-clim

  21. CR says:

    President Obama’s Rosh Hashanah Greeting

    Published on Sep 4, 2013

    The President extends his warmest wishes to all those celebrating the Jewish HIgh Holidays.

  22. CR says:

    11:00 AM ET
    Former President Bill Clinton speaks about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act from Little Rock, Arkansas

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

    • CR says:

      President Clinton’s Remarks on Health Care Policy and The Affordable Care Act

      Published on Sep 5, 2013

      On Wednesday, September 4, President Clinton delivered remarks from the Clinton Presidential Center on the critical role a high quality, affordable and accessible health care system plays in the United States and any country’s economic and social well being. Throughout his public career and now through the work of the Clinton Foundation, President Clinton has championed increasing access to health care and improving health systems for everyone.

    • CR says:

      Kaiser study finds ‘lower than expected’ ObamaCare premiums

      9/05/13 06:00 AM ET By Elise Viebeck – TheHill

      A leading health policy research organization reported “lower than expected” premiums for ObamaCare’s new insurance exchanges in a major study released Thursday.

      The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation compiled premium data from the new marketplaces in the 17 states where it is fully available and released a variety of figures showing how much consumers will pay if they choose to purchase coverage individually.

      The study is among the first to show in detail what a variety of exchange-based health plans will cost people of different ages and incomes under ObamaCare — a major source of debate between supporters and opponents of the law.
      Kaiser researchers looked specifically at states’ largest cities, plus the District of Columbia, and how much young adults, families of four and older couples will have to pay for nonemployer-based health coverage in those areas.

      In Baltimore, for example, a 25-year-old will pay $179 per month for the second lowest cost “silver” plan and $115 per month for the cheapest available option, the lowest cost “bronze” plan.

      Those monthly premiums drop to $144 and $80, respectively, when researchers assumed that the 25-year-old was eligible for a tax credit based on an income of $25,000 per year.

      For a family of four, including two 40-year-old adults, the monthly premium for the second lowest cost “silver” plan would be $683, or $409 with a tax credit based on an income of $60,000.

      For the lowest cost “bronze” plan, the family would pay $437 monthly or $164 with the tax credit factored in.

      Overall, a single 40-year-old who is eligible for ObamaCare’s tax credit could pay a minimum of $97 per month for health coverage in Hartford, Conn., or a maximum of $168 per month in Sioux Falls, S.D.

      Researchers with Kaiser wrote that “while premiums will vary significantly across the country, they are generally lower than expected.”

      Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/320369-group-finds-lower-than-expected-obamacare-premiums-in-broad-study

  23. CR says:

    NAACP-KKK meeting in Wyo. believed to be a first

    9/4/13 46 minutes ago P. SOLOMON BANDA – AP

    DENVER (AP) — A secret meeting between a representative of the Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and a Ku Klux Klan organizer ended with the Klan organizer paying $50 to join the civil rights organization, participants said.

    Saturday’s meeting between Jimmy Simmons, president of the Casper NAACP, and John Abarr, a KKK organizer from Great Falls, Mont., took place at a hotel in Casper, Wyo., under tight security, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center and the United Klans of America said Tuesday that the meeting was a first.

    Abarr told The Associated Press on Tuesday he filled out an NAACP membership form so he could get the group’s newsletters and some insight into its views. He said he paid a $30 fee to join, plus a $20 donation.

    Simmons said he asked for the meeting after receiving reports that KKK literature was being distributed in Gillette, about 130 miles north of Casper, and to discuss race relations, including what he said were reported beatings of African-American men.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/naacp-kkk-meeting-wyo-believed-first-225200293.html

  24. CR says:

    1:15 PM ET
    President Obama attends a dinner with Nordic Leaders, Stockholm, Sweden

  25. CR says:

    1:45 PM ET
    Vice President Biden ceremonially swears in Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor
    Department of Labor

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

  26. CR says:

    Widening Trade Deficit Signals Improving U.S. Demand: Economy

    Sep 4, 2013 8:45 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    The trade deficit in the U.S. widened in July from an almost four-year low as Americans imported more fuel and automobiles, showing the world’s largest economy is picking up.

    The gap increased 13.3 percent to $39.1 billion from $34.5 billion in June that was the smallest since October 2009, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. Purchases from abroad climbed 1.6 percent, while sales of American goods to foreign buyers cooled to the second-highest on record.

    Imports will probably keep rising, reflecting improving demand and a jump in crude-oil prices as tensions mount in the Middle East. At the same time, a strengthening U.S. expansion is helping companies in the European Union and China boost sales, which will stabilize global growth and, in turn, improve prospects for American exports.

    “We’re going to see more widening in August,” said Joshua Dennerlein, an economist at Bank of America Corp. in New York, who correctly forecast the trade balance. “Part of that reflects a pickup in domestic demand,” he said, and in addition, “we’ve had the conflict in Syria escalate and that’s putting upward pressure on oil prices.”

    Stocks rose as investors awaited a Senate committee vote on action against Syria. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed 0.8 percent to 1,652.47 at 11:44 a.m. in New York.

    Reports this week indicate global growth is gaining momentum. U.K. service companies unexpectedly grew at a faster pace last month as companies reported a surge in demand, helping Britain sustain its pace of recovery, according to figures issued today from Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-04/trade-gap-in-u-s-widened-in-july-from-almost-four-year-low.html

  27. CR says:

    Harvard Law Put Davis on Path From Teen Mom to Politician

    [Story of Texas Senator Wendy Davis (D) who held a 11 hr filibuster to block Senate Bill 5, legislation that would create new abortion regulations in Texas]

    Sep 3, 2013 9:00 PM PT By Amanda J. Crawford & David Mildenberg – bloomberg

    As a student at Harvard Law School two decades ago, Wendy Davis was drawn to a legal clinic for the poor. For two years, she helped AIDS patients write living wills, and surviving partners figure out their legal rights.

    Davis, who grew up poor and was a single mother by age 19, was destined to do that type of work, her bosses told her.

    “No, I’m going to go work for a big firm,” Davis recalled telling them. “I want to be financially successful. This was great. It was meaningful. I loved it. But it is not going to be my life’s work.”

    Davis went on to work at a big firm, and found it less rewarding than the legal services job, she said in an interview. She went into politics. Now a Democratic state senator in Texas, Davis, 50, is considering running for governor after gaining national attention for spending about 11 hours on her feet arguing against legislation restricting abortion.

    Davis is telling her childhood narrative as she raises money from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco and assesses her prospects.

    Davis has gained national media attention, including an appearance in Vogue magazine. She said she will decide on running by the end of September, a timetable that was delayed because her father is in the hospital.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-04/harvard-law-put-davis-on-path-from-teen-mom-to-politician.html

  28. CR says:

    Fed Says ‘Modest to Moderate’ Growth Aided by Home, Cars

    Sep 4, 2013 11:26 AM PT By Jeff Kearns & Joshua Zumbrun – bloomberg

    Americans spending more on cars and housing helped the economy maintain a “modest to moderate” pace of expansion from early July through late August, even as borrowing costs increased, the Federal Reserve said today.

    Consumers spent more on travel and tourism while manufacturing expanded “modestly,” the Fed said today in its Beige Book business survey, which is based on anecdotal reports from its 12 regional banks. Hiring “held steady or increased modestly.”

    The Federal Open Market Committee is debating whether growth is sufficient to fuel steady improvement in the job market and warrant tapering the Fed’s $85 billion in monthly bond buying. Speculation the FOMC will dial down purchases at its Sept. 17-18 meeting has roiled financial markets, pushing up U.S. bond yields and contributing to the worst rout in the currencies of developing nations in five years.

    “Consumer spending rose in most districts, reflecting, in part, strong demand for automobiles and housing-related goods,” the Fed said. “Residential real estate activity increased moderately in most districts, and demand for nonresidential real estate gained overall.”

    The Fed said eight districts described growth as moderate; of the other four, Boston, Atlanta and San Francisco reported a modest expansion, while Chicago indicated an improvement. The previous Beige Book, released on July 17, also said that the economy expanded at a “modest to moderate pace” overall.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-04/fed-says-modest-to-moderate-growth-spurred-by-home-car-sales.html

  29. CR says:

    GM to Ford Sales Climb in Best Month for U.S. Since 2007

    Sep 4, 2013 1:06 PM PT By Craig Trudell – bloomberg

    The pace of the comeback in U.S. auto sales exceeded already rosy estimates in August, with a total surpassing any month in more than six years and a sales rate that was the fastest since 2007.

    The superlatives rolled out throughout the day: General Motors Co. (GM) had its best month since 2008 and Ford Motor Co. (F) its best month of retail sales since 2006. Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) deliveries surged 23 percent, while Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. each had their best August ever. Chrysler Group LLC sales rose for the 41st straight month.

    U.S. car and light truck sales rose 17 percent to 1.5 million units, the most since May 2007, according to researcher Autodata Corp. That exceeded the 14 percent rise to 1.47 million that was the average of 10 analyst estimates in a survey by Bloomberg News. The sales rate for the month was 16.1 million, the most since October 2007, Autodata said.

    “In 2007, we were achieving that sales level by giving cars away because the auto companies had too many factories,” John Casesa, senior managing director at Guggenheim Partners LLC, said today on Bloomberg Radio. “Today, there’s real demand for that product. It’s a fundamentally different industry.”

    GM, Ford and Chrysler have closed unneeded factories and rolled out better cars that are drawing demand from both retail and fleet buyers, lifting the average prices paid for new vehicles to record highs. That means today’s industry is much healthier than automakers were last selling this many cars and trucks.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-04/chrysler-u-s-sales-climb-as-marchionne-weans-from-fleets.html

  30. CR says:

    Robert De Niro on Barack Obama: ‘He’s a Good Person, Period’

    September 3, 2013 @ 4:48 pm By Greg Gilman – TheWrap

    The star of the mob comedy “The Family” also wishes fellow tough guy James Gandolfini would have been more “proactive about his health”

    President Barack Obama has his fair share of critics, but Robert De Niro is not one.

    The Academy Award winning actor, who returns to theaters on Sept. 13 in “The Family,” told Dujour that he doesn’t particularly care if the Commander in Chief delivers on all his promises, because it’s an impossible task to accomplish, and his strength of character is what really matters.

    Also read: On Robert De Niro’s 70th Birthday, Remembering a Romance

    “He’s a good person, period,” De Niro told the magazine.

    For more: http://www.thewrap.com/robert-de-niro-on-barack-obama-hes-a-good-person-period/

  31. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Wednesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Great statements from PBO in Stockholm today. Very interesting also to learn what Sweden is doing in the area of renewable energy.

  32. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    3:35 AM
    President Obama and the King and Queen of Sweden hold a bilateral meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

    4:00 AM
    4:40 AM
    President Obama departs Stockholm en route Saint Petersburg, Russia

    5:00 AM
    5:55 AM
    President Obama arrives Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Pulkovo International Airport

    President Obama meets with human rights activists and LGBT rights groups, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    6:00 AM
    6:50 AM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan
    Bilateral Meetings Pavilion, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM

    8:35 AM
    President Obama participates in an Official G-20 Arrival and Leaders Welcome
    Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    9:00 AM
    President Obama attends G-20 Summit Leaders working session Session One on growth and the global economy, Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 AM
    President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders working dinner on sustainable development, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    Vice President Biden hosts a reception for leaders of labor organizations
    Naval Observatory

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  33. CR says:

    Thursday, September 5
    President Obama and the King and Queen of Sweden hold a bilateral meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

    President Obama departs Stockholm en route Saint Petersburg, Russia

    President Obama attends G-20 Summit Leaders working session on growth and the global economy, Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders working dinner on sustainable development, Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

  34. CR says:

    Obama sets talks with Chinese, French leaders at G20

    9/3/13 7:14 PM EDT By JOSH GERSTEIN – POLITICO44

    President Barack Obama will hold bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President François Hollande while those leaders and others are in St. Petersburg, Russia, later this week for the G-20 Summit, a White House official said Tuesday.

    However, Obama still isn’t planning a formal sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two men were set to meet in Moscow just prior to this week’s summit but Obama backed out of those talks last month, citing a lack of agreement between U.S. and Russia on important issues.

    “While there is currently no plan for a formal bilateral with President Putin of Russia, we would expect the two Presidents to have an opportunity to speak on the margins of the various meetings of the G-20,” added the White House official, who asked not to be named.

    For more: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/09/obama-sets-talks-with-chinese-french-leaders-at-g-171716.html

  35. CR says:

    Russia gay activists to meet Obama during G-20 summit

    September 4, 2013 1:45AM ET AlJazeeraAmerica

    Gay groups in Russia invited to meet with President Obama during his upcoming visit.

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists say they have been invited to meet with President Barack Obama during his visit to Russia this week for the Group of 20 summit.

    The Obama administration has voiced concern over a law recently passed by the Russian parliament that targets “homosexual propaganda.”

    Igor Kochetkov of LGBT Network told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his organization agreed to meet with Obama in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

    The St. Petersburg-based advocacy group Coming Out said it also was invited but hasn’t decided yet whether to go.

    The White House would not comment on the meeting, but Obama has frequently met with civil society groups when traveling abroad.

  36. CR says:

    White House Planning Classified Briefing For All Congress Members Thursday

    SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 DYLAN SCOTT – tpm

    The White House will hold a classified briefing Thursday at 2 p.m. for all members of Congress, a senior administration official told TPM.

    Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken and other deputies will be conducting the briefing. No other details were immediately available.

    The briefings are part of the White House’s overall outreach plan to Congress. Democratic sources have said that they’re expected to play a key role in persuading skeptical members.

    “In every briefing, hearing, meeting and call we will make the same fundamental case: the failure to take action against Assad unravels the deterrent impact of the international norm against chemical weapons use, and it risks emboldening Assad and his key allies – Hezbollah and Iran – who will see that there are no consequences for such a flagrant violation of an international norm,” the official said. “Anyone who is concerned about Iran and its efforts in the region should support this action.”

    For more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/thursday-classified-briefing-planned-for-all-congress-members

  37. CR says:

    Obama ‘to raise Wallenberg fate with Russia’

    89/5/13 AFP 1 hour ago

    US President Barack Obama will ask Moscow what happened to Swedish Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg after he was taken into Soviet custody and disappeared in 1945, Wallenberg’s family told Swedish media.

    Wallenberg was posted as a Swedish diplomat to Nazi-occupied Budapest in July 1944 and rescued tens of thousands of Jews by issuing them protective passports in the final months of the Holocaust.

    He went missing after his arrest by Soviet forces in Hungary on January 17, 1945.

    Obama, who met with Wallenberg’s relatives during a visit to Stockholm on Wednesday, vowed to raise the issue with Russia on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Saint Petersburg on Thursday and Friday, Wallenberg’s 92-year-old half-sister Nina Lagergren told Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet.

    “‘I’m going to see Putin, and I plan to raise this with the Russians’ he told us,” Lagergren said after meeting the US leader in Stockholm’s Great Synagogue where he viewed Wallenberg artifacts, including his phone book, diary and Swedish passport.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-raise-wallenberg-fate-russia-095401486.html

  38. CR says:

    3:35 AM ET
    President Obama and the King and Queen of Sweden hold a bilateral meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

  39. CR says:

    ADP Employment Report

    Released On 9/5/2013 8:15:00 AM For Aug, 2013

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    ADP employment 200,000 177,000 150,000 to 225,000 176,000

    Market Consensus before announcement
    ADP private payroll employment sample reported a 200,000 rise in private payroll growth for July with June being upwardly revised to a 198,000 rise. The Labor Department’s later released number for July private payrolls posted at up 161,000 with June at 196,000.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  40. CR says:

    Jobless Claims in U.S. Decline More Than Forecast

    Sep 5, 2013 5:49 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, indicating the labor market is improving.

    Jobless claims declined by 9,000 to 323,000 in the week ended Aug. 31, less than the lowest estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, from a revised 332,000, according to Labor Department data issued today in Washington. Another report showed productivity climbed more than previously estimated in the second quarter.

    Employers are holding the line on dismissals, setting the stage for a pickup in hiring to meet any acceleration in demand as the effects of federal budget cuts and higher payroll taxes begin to wane. Growth in employment and rising incomes will help sustain consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy.

    “We are seeing significant improvement in claims,” said Yelena Shulyatyeva, an economist at BNP Paribas in New York, who projected the number of applications would come in at 325,000, matching the lowest in the Bloomberg survey. “What we need to see is more progress on the hiring side.”

    Companies boosted employment by 176,000 workers in August, figures from the Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Research Institute also showed today. The median forecast of 43 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 184,000 gain. Estimates ranged from increases of 150,000 to 225,000.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-05/jobless-claims-in-u-s-declined-more-than-forecast-last-week.html

  41. CR says:

    Productivity and Costs

    Released On 9/5/2013 8:30:00 AM For Q2:13

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Nonfarm productivity – Q/Q change – SAAR 0.9 % 1.8 % 1.1 % to 2.7 % 2.3 %
    Unit labor costs – Q/Q change – SAAR 1.4 % 0.7 % -0.1 % to 1.2 % 0.0 %

    Market Consensus before announcement
    Nonfarm business productivity in the second quarter rebounded an annualized 0.9 percent, following a decline of 1.7 percent in the first quarter. Unit labor costs rose 1.4 percent, following a 4.2 percent decline in the first quarter. Looking at component detail, output advanced to 2.6 percent from a 0.3 percent dip in the first quarter. Growth in hours worked bumped up to an annualized 1.7 percent, following 1.5 percent the prior period. Growth in compensation turned to a positive 2.3 percent from a negative 5.9 percent in the first quarter. Based on the latest upward revision to second quarter GDP (to 2.5 percent from the original estimate of 1.7 percent), productivity growth is likely to be revised up.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  42. CR says:

    Private Payrolls in U.S. Increased by 176,000 in August

    Sep 5, 2013 5:42 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Companies took on 176,000 workers in August, in line with the average over the last two years and a sign that U.S. employers are optimistic about the outlook for demand, a private report based on payrolls showed.

    The increase in employment, the smallest in three months, followed a revised 198,000 gain in July, according to data today from the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey. The median forecast of 43 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an August advance of 184,000. Private payrolls have averaged 179,000 in the last two years, data from ADP show.

    More job opportunities combined with recent gains in consumer confidence will help keep households spending and bolster the economy. Federal Reserve policy makers are monitoring progress in the labor market as they consider dialing back their $85 billion-a-month asset-purchasing program designed to fuel the expansion.

    “It is steady as she goes in the job market,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc., said in a statement. Moody’s produces the figures with ADP. “Job gains in August were consistent with increases experienced over the past two-plus years.”

    A report from the Labor Department showed fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week. Jobless claims dropped by 9,000 to 323,000 in the week ended Aug. 31, less than the lowest estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

    Stock-index futures were little changed after the reports, with the contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring this month rising 0.1 percent to 1,655.2 at 8:34 a.m. in New York.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-05/companies-in-u-s-added-176-000-workers-to-payrolls-in-august.html

  43. CR says:

    6:50 AM ET
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan
    Bilateral Meetings Pavilion, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    • CR says:

      September 05, 2013

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting at the G20 Summit

      Bilateral Meetings Pavilion
      St. Petersburg, Russia

      3:16 P.M. MSK

      PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) It is my great pleasure to have a bilateral meeting on the occasion of the G20 today. Also, it was extremely meaningful for both of us to have a telephone conversation to discuss the situation in Syria. I certainly look forward to continuously and closely working with you to improve the situation on the ground.

      And also, since my last visit to the United States back in February, I have made firm decisions on major issues in our bilateral contacts, including TPP issues.

      We had a major victory in the upper house election back in July. Therefore, we now have the stable foundation as an administration, and I certainly look forward to addressing economic issues such as achieving economic growth and also addressing security issues.

      And also, with regard to our joint endeavor to address these challenges, I would like to talk about mid- to long-term perspective and also direction of our collaboration.

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is wonderful to see Prime Minister Abe and his delegation again. As I’ve said before, the U.S.-Japan alliance is one of the cornerstones not just of Japan’s and America’s security, but also a cornerstone for peace and security around the world.

      Here at the G20, our primary purpose is to focus on the economy and how we can improve the world’s prospects for jobs and growth and stability. And I know that Prime Minister Abe has taken some very bold steps to boost growth and jobs and demand in Japan.

      But I know that Prime Minister Abe is also committed, as we are, to completing this year negotiations around the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which promises to open up markets and to create the kinds of high-standards trade agreements throughout the largest and most dynamic and fastest growing set of markets in the world.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/05/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-abe-japan-bilateral-meeting-g

  44. CR says:

    8:35 AM ET
    President Obama participates in an Official G-20 Arrival and Leaders Welcome
    Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

  45. CR says:

    9:00 AM ET
    President Obama attends G-20 Summit Leaders working session Session One on growth and the global economy, Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

  46. CR says:

    Growth in U.S. Services Unexpectedly Sped Up in August

    Sep 5, 2013 7:38 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    Growth at U.S. service industries unexpectedly accelerated in August as orders picked up, showing further progress in the world’s biggest economy.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index increased to 58.6, the fastest pace since at least January 2008, from 56 the prior month, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a decline to 55. Readings above 50 indicate growth in the industries that make up almost 90 percent of the economy.

    The pickup followed the group’s report this week that showed manufacturing grew the most since June 2011, indicating the four-year economic expansion is broadening. The rebound in housing is reverberating through the rest of the economy and driving sales at companies such as Lowe’s Cos. at the same time car dealers benefit from increased demand for new vehicles.

    “Like the manufacturing index, we’ve extended a strong increase from July so it does suggest the economy is picking up some momentum,” said David Sloan, senior economist at 4Cast Inc. in New York. “The general improvement in the economy and employment growth provides income growth, and that feeds on itself.”

    Estimates of the 78 economists in the Bloomberg survey ranged from 53.5 to 57.5 for the index, which includes industries from utilities and retail to health care, housing and finance. The gauge has averaged 53.7 since the recession ended in June 2009, before today’s report.

    Stocks were little changed after the figures, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rising 0.1 percent to 1,655.02 at 10:36 a.m. in New York.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-05/ism-august-non-manufacturing-index-rose-to-58-6-from-56.html

  47. CR says:

    12:00 AM ET
    President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders working dinner on sustainable development, Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    • CR says:

      Putin allows Syria discussion at G-20

      9/5/13 9:54 AM EDT By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said he will allow discussion of Syria during Thursday night’s working dinner at the G-20 economic summit.

      Speaking at the opening working session of the two-day meeting in St. Petersburg, Putin said that several countries had requested time to talk about Syria and that it was his preference to separate that discussion from the summit’s official agenda.

      Putin and President Obama shook hands briefly at the start of the session, exchanging what appeared to be cordial greetings.

      The White House did not immediately respond to a request on whether the United States was among the countries that asked that Syria be added to the agenda.

  48. CR says:

    Walmart workers strike in 15 US cities, demand better pay

    September 5, 2013 1:54PM ET AljazeeraAmerica

    Protesters demand a minimum of $25,000 per year for full-time employees and want fired colleagues reinstated

    Thousands of Walmart employees are striking Thursday in cities across the United States, demanding better pay and protesting the firing of those who previously demonstrated against the company — the country’s largest private employer, with 1.3 million American workers.

    The strike comes just one week after fast-food workers staged walk-outs at fast-food restaurants in 60 U.S. cities to call for hourly pay of $15 instead of minimum wage. According to strike organizers, many Walmart workers earn the minimum wage, which varies from state to state but typically hovers near $7 to $8 per hour.

    In New York City, where demonstrations kicked off at 10 a.m., a small group of current and former Walmart workers protested along with advocacy and union groups. They were flanked by a band featuring a trumpet, trombone and saxophone outside the office of Walmart board member Christopher Williams, CEO of Williams Capital Management.

    For more: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/9/3/walmart-workers-plantostrikethursday.html

  49. CR says:

    6:30 PM ET
    Vice President Biden hosts a reception for leaders of labor organizations
    Naval Observatory

  50. CR says:

    Friday, September 6

    President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders session on investing in growth and Summit session on investing in growth and jobs, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    President Obama participates in the G-20 Leaders family photo
    Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    President Obama participates in the G-20 Leaders working lunch on growth and trade, Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    President Obama participates in a press conference, Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    President Obama meets with human rights activists and LGBT rights groups, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    President Obama returns to Washington, DC

    • CR says:

      1:35 AM ET
      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Xi of China
      G-20 (Villa #10), Saint Petersburg, Russia

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      September 06, 2013

      Remarks by President Obama and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China Before Bilateral Meeting

      G20 Summit Site
      St. Petersburg, Russia

      9:46 A.M. MSK

      PRESIDENT XI: (As interpreted.) Honorable President Obama, it’s my great pleasure to meet you again. Our meeting today reminds me of the meeting we had this past June when we met in the Annenberg Estate. In that meeting, we reached important consensus of mutual interest in our bilateral relationship. In particular, we agreed once again to building a new model of major country relationship between China and the United States.

      The Annenberg Estate is a beautiful and quiet place, and I still have fresh memories of your warm hospitality. So I take this opportunity to thank you again for hosting me.

      Since we met last time, our two teams have worked closely together to implement a consensus we have reached. The fifth round of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue produced bountiful results. Our mil-to-mil relationship continues to improve. We have made solid progress in advancing practical cooperation in many different areas, and we have maintained close communication and coordination of major international and regional issues.

      In my view, the China-U.S. relationship has maintained a sound momentum of development.

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, Mr. President, thank you for hosting us, and it is a pleasure to see you again.

      As President Xi indicated, we had excellent meetings in Sunnylands earlier this year. And we agreed to continue to build a new model of great power relations based on practical cooperation and constructively managing our differences.

      As has been indicated, we’ve made significant progress on a range of issues, whether it’s cooperation on addressing climate change, expanded military-to-military consultations that ensure awareness and avoid potential conflicts or miscommunications. And we’ve had some extensive discussions through the Strategic and Economic Dialogue about how we can continue to grow the economy and give some momentum to global growth that creates jobs, prosperity, and balanced growth around the world.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/06/remarks-president-obama-and-president-xi-peoples-republic-china-bilatera

    • CR says:

      8:30 AM ET
      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Hollande of France
      Bilateral Meeting Pavilion, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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      September 06, 2013

      Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France after Bilateral Meeting

      G20 Summit Site
      St. Petersburg, Russia

      4:53 P.M. MSK

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: (in progress) — I thank France and President Hollande for their outstanding efforts in Mali. We congratulate the Malian people for their special presidential elections. And our countries will continue to work with the international community, including the United Nations, to help Mali to strengthen its democratic institutions and pursue reconciliation.

      We had the opportunity to discuss how we and our P5-plus-1 partners remain prepared to engage diplomatically with Iran to resolve the international community’s concerns with Iran’s nuclear program. We recognize there have been new elections in Iran. We hope that they take the opportunity to demonstrate in action and not just in words that they, in fact, are committed to not pursuing a nuclear weapon.

      With regard to Syria, obviously a topic that President Hollande and I have had extensive discussions about, both our countries have concluded the same thing, that chemical weapons were used in Syria, that they were used by the Assad regime against civilians, that the chemical weapons ban is a critical international norm, and that it needs to be enforced.

      I value very much President Hollande’s commitment to a strong international response for these grievous acts. Any action that we contemplate and partners like France might contemplate would be limited, proportionate, and appropriate and would be focused on deterring the use of chemical weapons in the future and degrading the Assad regime’s capacity to use chemical weapons.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/06/remarks-president-obama-and-president-hollande-france-after-bilateral-me

    • CR says:

      9:50 AM ET
      President Obama holds a press conference
      G-20 Media Center, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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

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      September 06, 2013

      Remarks by President Obama in a Press Conference at the G20

      G20 Summit Site
      St. Petersburg, Russia

      5:55 P.M. MSK

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening. Let me begin by thanking President Putin and the people of St. Petersburg and the people of Russia for hosting this G20. This city has a long and storied history, including its heroic resistance and extraordinary sacrifices during the Second World War. So I want to take this opportunity to salute the people of St. Petersburg and express our gratitude for their outstanding hospitality.

      This summit marks another milestone in the world’s recovery from the financial crisis that erupted five years ago this month. Instead of the looming threat of another financial meltdown, we’re focused for the first time in many years on building upon the gains that we’ve made. For the first time in three years, instead of an urgent discussion to address the European financial crisis, we see a Europe that has emerged from recession.

      Moreover, the United States is a source of strength in the global economy. Our manufacturing sector is rebounding. New rules have strengthened our banks and reduced the chance of another crisis. We’re reducing our addiction to foreign oil and producing more clean energy. And as we learned today, over the past three and a half years, our businesses have created seven and a half million new jobs — a pace of more than 2 million jobs each year. We’ve put more people back to work, but we’ve also cleared away the rubble of crisis and laid the foundation for stronger and more durable economic growth.

      We’re also making progress in putting our fiscal house in order. Our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years. And as Congress takes up important decisions in the coming months, I’m going to keep making the case for the smart investments and fiscal responsibility that keep our economy growing, creates jobs and keeps the U.S. competitive. That includes making sure we don’t risk a U.S. default over paying bills we’ve already racked up. I’m determined that the world has confidence in the full faith and credit of the United States.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/06/remarks-president-obama-press-conference-g20

    • CR says:

      September 06, 2013

      Joint Statement on Syria

      The Leaders and Representatives of Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America made the following statement on the margins of the Group of 20 Nations Leader’s Meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia:

      The international norm against the use of chemical weapons is longstanding and universal. The use of chemical weapons anywhere diminishes the security of people everywhere. Left unchallenged, it increases the risk of further use and proliferation of these weapons.

      We condemn in the strongest terms the horrific chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21st that claimed the lives of so many men, women, and children. The evidence clearly points to the Syrian government being responsible for the attack, which is part of a pattern of chemical weapons use by the regime.

      We call for a strong international response to this grave violation of the world’s rules and conscience that will send a clear message that this kind of atrocity can never be repeated. Those who perpetrated these crimes must be held accountable.

      Signatories have consistently supported a strong UN Security Council Resolution, given the Security Council’s responsibilities to lead the international response, but recognize that the Council remains paralyzed as it has been for two and a half years. The world cannot wait for endless failed processes that can only lead to increased suffering in Syria and regional instability. We support efforts undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

      We commit to supporting longer term international efforts, including through the United Nations, to address the enduring security challenge posed by Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. Signatories have also called for the UN fact finding mission to present its results as soon as possible, and for the Security Council to act accordingly.

      We condemn in the strongest terms all human rights violations in Syria on all sides. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, more than 2 million people have become refugees, and approximately 5 million are internally displaced. Recognizing that Syria’s conflict has no military solution, we reaffirm our commitment to seek a peaceful political settlement through full implementation of the 2012 Geneva Communique. We are committed to a political solution which will result in a united, inclusive and democratic Syria.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/06/joint-statement-syria

    • CR says:

      11:15 AM ET
      President Obama holds a Civil Society Roundtable
      Crowne Plaza Hotel, Saint Petersburg, Russia

      • CR says:

        September 06, 2013

        Remarks by the President to Civil Society Leaders

        Crowne Plaza Hotel
        St. Petersburg, Russia

        7:31 P.M. MSK

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: I just want to say thank you to all the participants in this roundtable. This is an incredible and very diverse group of civil society leaders. And this is something that I really enjoy doing at every country that I visit because it is my firm belief that a country’s strength ultimately comes from its people and that as important as government is — and laws — what makes a country democratic and effective in delivering prosperity and security and hope to people is when they’ve got an active, thriving civil society.

        And all of these leaders, ranging from business leaders to youth leaders to environmental leaders, those who are advocating on behalf of a free press, the rule of law, all of them contribute in one way or another to continuing to strengthen Russian society and helping to make progress on behalf of all people.

        And the same is true in the United States. I’m now in government, but I got my start as a community organizer, somebody who was working in what would be called an NGO in the international community. And the work I was doing was helping poor communities have a voice in what was happening in their lives. And I got elected as President by engaging people at a grassroots level.

        So the kinds of activities that are represented here are critically important to Russia’s development, and I’m very proud of their work. And I think it is important for us to remember that in every country — here in Russia, in the United States, around the globe — that part of good government is making sure that we’re creating a space for civil society to function effectively: freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, making sure that people can join together and make common cause around the issues that they care deeply about.

        So I appreciate you taking the time. I’m not going to do all the talking here. I want to spend most of my time listening. But I want to thank you again and I hope all of you continue the good work.

        END
        7:35 P.M. MSK

      • CR says:

        Russian Civil Society Leaders Inspire

        Ambassador Michael McFaul September 11, 2013 10:50 AM EDT

        Despite a packed G-20 schedule filled with meetings on economic issues and the situation in Syria, President Obama also took the time while in St. Petersburg to meet with representatives of Russia’s civil society. He holds such meetings in nearly every country he visits, because, as he told these leaders, he believes that “a country’s strength ultimately comes from its people and that as important as government is — and laws — what makes a country democratic and effective in delivering prosperity and security and hope to people is when they’ve got an active, thriving civil society.” These engagements are an opportunity not only to hear candid views about the country in which these representatives live, but also about the United States.

        The meeting in St. Petersburg was no exception. The President, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and I met with a fascinating group of activists that included Boris Pustyntsev, Ivan Pavlov, Yevgeniya Chirikova, Yana Yakoleva, Dmitry Makarov, Igor Kochetkov, Yelena Milashina, Olga Lenkova, and Pavel Chikov. The group represented a broad cross-section of Russian NGOs and activists who work on issues such as human rights, the environment, media freedom, rights of business entrepreneurs, LGBT rights, and fighting corruption, racism, and discrimination.

        Our colleagues gave President Obama a strong sense of the challenges facing civil society leaders in Russia today, especially new laws that place restrictions on foreign-funded NGOs and discriminate against the LGBT community. Like others around the world, the President has been following with particular concern the increased climate of intolerance and violence that have accompanied the new law affecting the LGBT community, and he had the chance to hear from two courageous LGBT activists from St. Petersburg who described the challenging environment for their work. Participants urged him to keep human rights, including LGBT rights, on his agenda; to correct mischaracterizations of American policy and laws (especially the false analogy between Russia’s “foreign agent” law and U.S. legislation on lobbying); to empower multilateral organizations to pressure the Russian government to meet its international commitments; and to stand up against discrimination and for freedom of assembly and expression.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/09/11/russian-civil-society-leaders-inspire

    • CR says:

      September 06, 2013

      Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Rice’s Meeting with Russian Presidential Foreign Policy Advisor Ushakov

      In a candid and cordial first meeting held on the margins of the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, National Security Advisor Rice and Presidential Foreign Policy Advisor Ushakov reviewed the state of U.S.-Russian relations and discussed areas of future cooperation. In their discussion of Syria, NSA Rice reiterated the United States’ strong view that the Assad regime must be held accountable for their use of chemical weapons in violation of international norms, and underscored the continued importance of resolving the conflict in Syria through a negotiated solution through the Geneva principles. NSA Rice reaffirmed U.S. support for the upcoming Sochi Olympics, underscoring the importance of ensuring a secure event, in the spirit of the Olympic Charter. While acknowledging impediments in the bilateral relationship, NSA Rice welcomed a regular exchange of views and cooperation on areas of mutual interest.

    • CR says:

      2:00 PM ET

      UN Ambassador Samantha Power on Assad Regime’s Use of Chemical Weapons

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

      CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/UN-Ambassador-Power-Discusses-Potential-Action-in-Syria/10737441282/

      • CR says:

        Ambassador Power on Syria at the Center for American Progress
        U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power

        U.S. Mission to the United Nations – New York, N.Y.

        2013-09-06

        Good afternoon. I’m very glad to be back in Washington this afternoon, and among so many friends here at the Center for American Progress. As you know, my topic today is Syria, which presents one of the most critical foreign policy challenges we face.

        Syria is important because it lies at the heart of a region critical to U.S. security, a region that is home to friends and partners and one of our closest allies. It is important because the Syrian regime possesses stores of chemical weapons that they have recently used on a large scale and that we cannot allow to fall into terrorists’ hands.

        It is important because the Syrian regime is collaborating with Iran, and works in lockstep with thousands of extremist fighters from Hezbollah. And Syria is important because its people – in seeking freedom and dignity — have suffered unimaginable horror these last two and a half years.

        But I also recognize how ambivalent Americans are about the situation there.

        On the one hand, we Americans share a desire, after two wars, which have taken 6,700 American lives and cost over $1 trillion dollars, to invest taxpayer dollars in American schools and infrastructure. Yet on the other hand, Americans have heard the President’s commitment that this will not be Iraq, this will not be Afghanistan, this will not be Libya. Any use of force will be limited and tailored narrowly to the chemical weapons threat.

        For more: http://www.humanrights.gov/2013/09/06/ambassador-power-on-syria-at-the-center-for-american-progress/

    • CR says:

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      • CR says:

        Madeleine Albright pushes Congress in support of Syria resolution

        September 6, 2013 By David Nakamura – washingtonpost

        Former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright talks to former Czech President Vaclav Havel at a conference in Prague in 2007. (Petr David Josek/AP)

        Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright has added her voice to the debate on Syria, urging Congress to grant President Obama the authority to conduct limited military strikes in retaliation for chemical weapons attacks.

        The “risks of complacency and inaction far outweigh those of the limited, but purposeful, response now contemplated,” Albright said in a statement. “The dangers of this world will only deepen if aggressors believe that global norms have no meaning and that gross violations can be carried out with impunity.”

        For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/09/06/madeleine-albright-pushes-congress-in-support-of-syria-resolution/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd

  51. CR says:

    West Wing Week: 09/06/13 or “Stronger Together”

    Uploaded on Sep 5, 2013

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President continued to address the conflict in Syria, met with Baltic Leaders, and embarked on a three day trip to Sweden and Russia. That’s August 30th to September 5th or “Stronger Together .”

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