Made In the USA 2013

Made in the USA” means that “all or virtually all” the product was, indeed, made in America according to the Federal Trade Commission. The agency enforces the standard to ensure commercial compliance and confirm consumer confidence.

For a “Made in the USA” claim to be accurate, all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Products should not contain any — or only negligible — foreign content. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt021.shtm

Outsourcing Message from AllAmericanClothing.com

WE Americans are the only ones who can grow our economy.

Double the value of your dollar this Christmas and help grow the economy when you buy the “Made In The USA” label.

Companies that make American products:

AllAmericanClothing.com products made in the USA *My husband LOVES their durable jeans

AmericanMadeProducts.com products made, manufactured or assembled in America.

AmericansWorking.com directory of goods made in the United States.

C.L. Whiting Company unique leather goods

Filson Clothing products made in the USA

K’Nex Toys  brand name of a construction toy systems ( LEGOFischertechnik,  Meccano, Tinkertoys and Angry Bird Building Sets)

MadeByYankees.net products that are made in the United States.

MadeHereInAmerica.com directory of consumer products that are made in the United States.

MadeinAmericaStuff.com products made in the U.S.A.

MadeInUSA.org product search engine and database for those looking for products made in the United States.

MadeInUSAForever.com products made in the United States.

MadeUSAFdn.org a not-for-profit organization that promotes products manufactured and assembled in America.

Petriot variety of made in America products.

Sourcemap a database and tool for everyone to use to find out where all the products in their everyday life come from.

StillMadeInUSA.com directory of American-made products.

TheMadeInAmericaMovement.com connecting American manufacturers with consumers.

ToysMadeInAmerica.com toy manufacturers in the USA.

USAonly.US lists companies that make their products here in the United States.

 

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama talked about the importance of doing more to help American workers acquire the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

President Obama’s efforts to support businesses: http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy/business/small-business

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46 Responses to Made In the USA 2013

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama holds a bill signing.
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    The First Family participates in a service event
    DC area, Washington

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  2. CR says:

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    Made in the USA” means that “all or virtually all” the product was, indeed, made in America according to the Federal Trade Commission. The agency enforces the standard to ensure commercial compliance and confirm consumer confidence.

    For a “Made in the USA” claim to be accurate, all significant parts, processing and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Products should not contain any — or only negligible — foreign content. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt021.shtm

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    WE Americans are the only ones who can grow our economy.

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  3. CR says:

    Small Business Saturday

    Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which featurebig box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

    Small Business Saturday is on November 30, 2013

    Twitter:  #SmallBusinessSaturday

    Learn about the U.S. Small Business Administration

  4. vitaminlover says:

    I will be checking out these made in America sites.

    • CR says:

      Hi Vitaminlover!

      My husband wears only “All American Clothing Co.” jeans and I carry a “C.L. Whiting Company” brown/black purse (I am on my second one in 13 years).

  5. CR says:

    We the Geeks: Talking Turkey and the Science of Cooking

    Bill Yosses November 26, 2013 10:50 AM EST

    As we prepare for Thanksgiving here at the White House, you’re invited to join me and a lineup of top food experts as we “talk turkey” and dive into our dinner plates to explore the science of cooking. We’ll be drilling down into the science behind what makes turkey so tasty, why we feel compelled to nap after eating it, and the secret science sauce behind bringing and marinating.

    Please join us this Wednesday at 12pm ET for a We the Geeks on the Science of Cooking! The episode will air on http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/wethegeeks in the run-up to President Obama’s annual turkey pardoning at the White House.

    Join Food Network Chef Anne Burrell, former NASA astronaut Ron Garan, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Kumar Garg, and me as we discuss the raw science behind turkey, stuffing, and other fixins’ on our Thanksgiving tables like breads, whole grains, flour, and gluten. We’ll also shed light on the exciting chemistry behind cooking and eating: How much carbon dioxide do we consume when eat a meal? And what exactly is fermentation anyway?

    We’ll also explore how cooking can be used to get more kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

    Got comments or questions? Ask them using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks on Twitter and on Google+ and we’ll answer some of them during the live Hangout.

    We the Geeks” is a series of Google+ Hangouts to discuss science, technology, and innovation here in the United States. Join the conversation on Twitter and be sure to sign up for email updates about future “We the Geeks” hangouts.

    Bill Yosses is the White House Executive Pastry Chef

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    STEM in Cooking PSA with Anne Burrell

    Published on Nov 21, 2013
    Food Network chef Anne Burrell on how a love of cooking equals passion for STEM

    • CR says:

      We the Geeks: The Science of Cooking

      Streamed live on Nov 27, 2013

      We the Geeks: The Science of Cooking

  6. CR says:

    Treasury, IRS Will Issue Proposed Guidance For Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations

    11/26/2013 treasury.gov

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today will issue initial guidance regarding qualification requirements for tax-exemption as a social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. This proposed guidance defines the term “candidate-related political activity,” and would amend current regulations by indicating that the promotion of social welfare does not include this type of activity. The proposed guidance also seeks initial comments on other aspects of the qualification requirements, including what proportion of a 501(c)(4) organization’s activities must promote social welfare.

    The initial guidance is expected to be posted on the Federal Register later today.

    There are a number of steps in the regulatory process that must be taken before any final guidance can be issued. Given the significant public interest in these and related issues, Treasury and the IRS expect to receive a large number of comments. Treasury and the IRS are committed to carefully and comprehensively considering all of the comments received before issuing additional proposed guidance or final rules.

    “This proposed guidance is a first critical step toward creating clear-cut definitions of political activity by tax-exempt social welfare organizations,” said Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark J. Mazur. “We are committed to getting this right before issuing final guidance that may affect a broad group of organizations. It will take time to work through the regulatory process and carefully consider all public feedback as we strive to ensure that the standards for tax-exemption are clear and can be applied consistently.”

    For more: http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2225.aspx

    • CR says:

      Obama Administration Moves To Squeeze Dark Money Groups

      NOVEMBER 26, 2013, 4:29 PM EST ERIC LACH – TPM

      The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed new guidelines to govern political spending by dark money groups, the tax-exempt entities that have grown and spread over the past few election cycles.

      The proposed guidance issued by the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service would define a new category of activity — “candidate-related political activity” — that would not qualify as social welfare.

      Dark money groups, which can raise unlimited amounts of money without disclosing their donors, are organized as tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations under section 501(c)4 of the Internal Revenue Code. A 501(c)4 group’s primary focus cannot be political activity, but that hasn’t stopped groups — like the Karl Rove-linked Crossroads GPS — from raising and spending tens of millions of dollars during election years.

      “This proposed guidance is a first critical step toward creating clear-cut definitions of political activity by tax-exempt social welfare organizations,” Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur said in a press release. “We are committed to getting this right before issuing final guidance that may affect a broad group of organizations. It will take time to work through the regulatory process and carefully consider all public feedback as we strive to ensure that the standards for tax-exemption are clear and can be applied consistently.”

      For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/obama-administration-proposes-new-limits-to-dark-money

  7. CR says:

    Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Fall to Two-Month Low

    Nov 27, 2013 5:37 AM By Lorraine Woellert & Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans than projected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the labor market is showing resilience.

    Jobless claims in the week ended Nov. 23 declined 10,000 to 316,000, the fewest in two months, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The median forecast of 44 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an increase to 330,000. The data are difficult to adjust for seasonal variations around holidays, a Labor Department spokesman said as the report was released to the press.

    Companies have kept workforces lean since the recession and are waiting for more evidence of sustained improvement in demand before they resume hiring. A pickup in consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy, is needed to help drive growth and boost employment.

    “The decline in jobless claims is encouraging,” Michelle Meyer, senior U.S. economist at Bank of America Corp. in New York, said before the report. “The challenge has been to see a ramp up in hiring. Corporations have remained quite cautious.”

    Economists’ estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from 315,000 to 340,000. The prior week’s claims were revised to 326,000 from an initial reading of 323,000.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-27/jobless-claims-in-u-s-unexpectedly-fall-to-lowest-in-two-months.html

  8. CR says:

    Chicago Fed National Activity Index

    Released On 11/27/2013 8:30:00 AM For Oct, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Level 0.14 -0.18 0.20 0.00 to 2.00 0.18
    3 Month Moving Average -0.03 -0.02 0.06

    Market Consensus before announcement
    The Chicago Fed National Activity Index held at a moderate rate in September, at plus 0.14 and little changed from a revised plus 0.13 in August. A positive reading for this index is consistent with above-trend economic growth. Despite the gains for September and August, the 3-month average was still in the negative column, but just barely at minus 0.03 versus a revised minus 0.15 in August. Details show 3 of 4 components in the plus column for September led by production followed by employment and then by sales/orders/inventories. The only component in the negative column was consumption & housing.

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

  9. CR says:

    Consumer Confidence in U.S. Increases to Almost Two-Month High

    Nov 27, 2013 6:45 AM PT By Ben Schenkel – bloomberg

    Confidence among U.S. consumers rose last week to the highest level since early October as tensions in Washington calmed and hiring improved.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index increased to minus 33.7 in the period ended Nov. 24, the strongest in seven weeks, from minus 34.6. Households became less pessimistic about the state of their finances and the economy as the government’s partial shutdown last month receded from memories. The reading was the best for any pre-Thanksgiving week since 2007.

    Rising equity and home prices are bolstering household wealth and contributing to a pickup in attitudes just before the holiday-shopping season. The pace of wage and job growth will also influence whether consumers boost their spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the U.S. economy.

    “Confidence among upper-income households has definitely been bolstered by the appreciation in equity markets,” said Joseph Brusuelas, a senior economist for Bloomberg LP in New York. “The risk to sentiment going forward” may be the recent rebound in gasoline prices that would shake the wherewithal of poorer Americans especially, said Brusuelas.

    Other figures today showed fewer Americans than expected filed jobless claims last week and orders for big-ticket items declined in October.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-27/consumer-confidence-in-u-s-increases-to-almost-two-month-high.html

  10. CR says:

    Leading Economic Indicators Index in U.S. Rose 0.2% in November

    Nov 27, 2013 7:00 AM PT Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    The Conference Board’s index of U.S. leading indicators, a gauge of the economic outlook for the next three to six months, rose 0.2 percent in November, the New York-based group said today. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for no change.

    Estimates of 43 economists in the Bloomberg survey ranged from a decline of 0.4 percent to a 0.3 percent gain.

  11. CR says:

    Chicago PMI

    Released On 11/27/2013 9:45:00 AM For Nov, 2013

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Business Barometer Index – Level 65.9 60.5 56.0 to 65.5 63.0

    Highlights
    Monthly growth in composite activity in Chicago remains exceptionally strong, at 63.0 for this month’s reading vs an even stronger 65.9 in October. Strength is centered where it should be, in new orders which are at a robust 68.8. The prior reading, at 74.3, was a 9 year high. Production slowed in the month but remains very strong at 64.3 vs 71.1.

    Employment is a special standout in today’s report, up 3.2 points to 60.9 which is the highest reading in more than 2 years. Inventories, at 61.1, show a sudden build as Chicago businesses prepare to fill orders. Backlog orders are growing strongly, deliveries are slowing, and price inputs are rising — all consistent with strong activity.

    This report, which covers all areas of the Chicago economy, points to another month of solid growth for the coming ISM reports on manufacturing and non-manufacturing. The Dow is moving to opening highs following today’s report.

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

  12. CR says:

    Consumer Sentiment

    Released On 11/27/2013 9:55:00 AM For Nov, 2013

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Sentiment Index – Level 72.0 73.3 72.0 to 76.0 75.1

    Highlights
    Consumer sentiment popped surprisingly higher, to 75.1 for the final November reading vs Econoday expectations for 73.3. The mid-month reading was 72.0 which implies a solid upper 70s level for the last two weeks which is the best pace since August. The index ended October at 73.2.

    Helping the index is a bounce back in expectations, to 66.8 vs 62.3 at mid-month and 62.5 at the end of October. Expectations are the swing component in the report, responding quickly to shocks such as the government shutdown which took October levels for this reading to 2 year lows.

    The current conditions component, ending this month at 88.0 vs 89.9 for final October, indicates slight weakness for monthly comparisons. Inflation expectations are steady, at 2.9 percent for both the 1- and 5-year outlooks.

    This report, along with this morning’s Bloomberg consumer comfort report, remain soft going into the holidays but are bouncing back from the government shutdown better than yesterday’s consumer confidence report from the Conference Board which was held down by extending weakness, not recovery, for expectations. The Dow is showing no significant reaction to today’s report.

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

  13. CR says:

    Michigan Sentiment Index Increased to 75.1 in November From 73.2

    Nov 27, 2013 6:56 AM PT By Ben Schenkel – bloomberg

    The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan final index of consumer sentiment in November unexpectedly rose to 75.1 from 73.2 a month earlier.

    The median forecast of 65 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 73.1 after a preliminary reading of 72. Forecasts ranged from 71 to 75.2. The index averaged 89 in the five years before December 2007, and 64.2 in the 18-month recession that ensued.

  14. CR says:

    1:15 PM ET
    President Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey
    North Portico

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Pardons-the-Thanksgiving-Turkey/10737442852/

    • CR says:

      November 27, 2013

      Remarks by the President at Pardoning of the Thanksgiving Turkey

      North Portico

      1:30 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody, and happy Thanksgiving.

      The office of the presidency — the most powerful position in the world — brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities. This is not one of them. (Laughter.) But the White House Turkey Pardon is a great tradition. And I know Malia loves it — as does Sasha.

      Generally speaking, Thanksgiving is a bad day to be a turkey. Especially at a house with two dogs. So I salute our two guests of honor — Caramel and Popcorn — for their bravery. They came all the way from outside Badger, Minnesota to be with us. They, like my Chief of Staff, are Vikings fans. (Laughter.) I’m not sure that they know — (turkeys gobble) — uh-oh. (Laughter.) See. I’m not sure they know that that my Bears are heading to Minnesota on Sunday, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m going to give them a break. (Laughter.)

      We are also excited to have students from Badger High School here. (Applause.) Where are you guys? There they are, right there. And finally, let me say thank you to John Burkel, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      Now, 80 turkeys on John’s farm competed for the chance to make it to the White House, and stay off the Thanksgiving table. It was, quite literally, the hunger games. (Laughter.) and then, after weeks of vocal practice and prepping for the cameras, the two tributes, Caramel and Popcorn went head-to-head together for America’s vote as top gobbler.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/27/remarks-president-pardoning-thanksgiving-turkey

      • CR says:

        November 27, 2013

        Background on the Pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey

        WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, November 27, 2013, President Obama will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony on the North Portico. The President will celebrate the 66th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a warm, safe, and healthy holiday.

        The President will pardon Popcorn and his alternate Caramel, both 20-week old, approximately 38-pound turkeys. The names of the turkeys were chosen from submissions from elementary schools in Roseau County, Minnesota, where the turkeys were raised. This year, the American public once again decided which of the two turkeys – Caramel or Popcorn – would become the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey by casting a vote for #TeamCaramel or #TeamPopcorn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

        National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, his wife Joni, and their five children raised and selected the turkeys that will be presented to President Obama. Students from Badger High School in Badger, Minnesota, who joined the Burkel family on their journey to Washington, D.C., will also be in attendance at today’s ceremony.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/27/background-pardoning-national-thanksgiving-turkey

  15. CR says:

    2:35 PM ET
    President Obama holds a bill signing.
    Oval Office

    • CR says:

      November 27, 2013

      Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1848, H.R. 3204, S. 252

      On Wednesday, November 27, 2013, the President signed into law:

      H.R. 1848, the “Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013,” which requires the Federal Aviation Administration to advance the safety and continued development of small airplanes by reorganizing the certification requirements for such airplanes under the Code of Federal Regulations in a final rule to be issued no later than December 15, 2015;

      H.R. 3204, the “Drug Quality and Security Act,” which clarifies the authority of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate specialty compounded (altered) drugs; creates a new voluntary program for FDA to regulate entities engaged in batch compounding that elect to register with the Agency; and establishes authority for FDA to develop a national track-and-trace system to secure the pharmaceutical supply chain and minimize opportunities for contamination, adulteration, diversion, or counterfeiting; and

      S. 252, the “Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act” or the “PREEMIE Reauthorization Act,” which reauthorizes and expands activities in the Department of Health and Human Services with respect to preterm labor and delivery; establishes as part of NIH’s Pediatric Research Initiative a National Pediatric Research Network; and authorizes funding for NIH for the care and maintenance of chimpanzees retired from use in its research programs in the statutorily-established sanctuary system where they live.

  16. CR says:

    4:30 PM ET
    The First Family participates in a service event
    DC area, Washington

    • CR says:

      Video: Obama’s family volunteers at Food Bank for Thanksgiving

      Published on Nov 28, 2013

      U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and his daughters Malia and Sasha handed out food at Washington’s Capital Area Food Bank on Wednesday (November 27), a day before the Thanksgiving holiday.

      Each family member handed out a food item to people lining up at the food bank. President Obama filled bags with onions, Michelle handed out carrots, Sasha was in charge of apples and Malia had a special treat: boxes of M&Ms candy bearing the presidential seal.

      Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, also helped out, putting recipe cards into the bags with the ingredients for sweet potato curry.

  17. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    The First Family celebrates Thanksgiving
    White House

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  18. CR says:

    thanksgiving

    November 26, 2013

    Presidential Proclamation — Thanksgiving Day, 2013

    THANKSGIVING DAY, 2013
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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    A PROCLAMATION

    Thanksgiving offers each of us the chance to count our many blessings — the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones, the brave men and women who defend our Nation at home and abroad. This tradition reminds us that no matter what our background or beliefs, no matter who we are or who we love, at our core we are first and foremost Americans.

    Our annual celebration has roots in centuries-old colonial customs. When we gather around the table, we follow the example of the Pilgrims and Wampanoags, who shared the fruits of a successful harvest nearly 400 years ago. When we offer our thanks, we mirror those who set aside a day of prayer. And when we join with friends and neighbors to alleviate suffering and make our communities whole, we honor the spirit of President Abraham Lincoln, who called on his fellow citizens to “fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.”

    Our country has always been home to Americans who recognize the importance of giving back. Today, we honor all those serving our Nation far from home. We also thank the first responders and medical professionals who work through the holiday to keep us safe, and we acknowledge the volunteers who dedicate this day to those less fortunate.

    This Thanksgiving Day, let us forge deeper connections with our loved ones. Let us extend our gratitude and our compassion. And let us lift each other up and recognize, in the oldest spirit of this tradition, that we rise or fall as one Nation, under God.
    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 Thursday, November 28, 2013, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to join together — whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors — and give thanks for all we have received in the past year, express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty with others.

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

    BARACK OBAMA

    • CR says:

      November 28, 2013

      Weekly Address: Wishing the American People a Happy Thanksgiving

      Remarks of President Barack Obama

      Weekly Address — Thanksgiving

      Thursday, November 28, 2013

      Hi, everybody. On behalf of all the Obamas – Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and the newest member of our family, Sunny – I want to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

      We’ll be spending today just like many of you – sitting down with family and friends to eat some good food, tell stories, watch a little football, and most importantly, count our blessings.

      And as Americans, we have so much to be thankful for.

      We give thanks for the men and women who set sail for this land nearly four centuries ago, risking everything for the chance at a better life – and the people who were already here, our Native American brothers and sisters, for their generosity during that first Thanksgiving.

      We give thanks for the generations who followed – people of all races and religions, who arrived here from every country on Earth and worked to build something better for themselves and for us.

      We give thanks for all our men and women in uniform – and for their families, who are surely missing them very much today. We’re grateful for their sacrifice too.

      We give thanks for the freedoms they defend – the freedom to think what we want and say what we think, to worship according to our own beliefs, to choose our leaders and, yes, criticize them without punishment. People around the world are fighting and even dying for their chance at these freedoms. We stand with them in that struggle, and we give thanks for being free.

      And we give thanks to everyone who’s doing their part to make the United States a better, more compassionate nation – who spend their Thanksgiving volunteering at a soup kitchen, or joining a service project, or bringing food and cheer to a lonely neighbor. That big-hearted generosity is a central part of our American character. We believe in lending a hand to folks who need it. We believe in pitching in to solve problems even if they aren’t our problems. And that’s not a one-day-a-year belief. It’s part of the fabric of our nation.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/28/weekly-address-wishing-american-people-happy-thanksgiving

    • CR says:

      First Family Thanksgiving Day Menu:

      Dinner:
      Turkey
      Honey-Baked Ham
      Cornbread Stuffing
      Oyster Stuffing
      Greens
      Macaroni and Cheese
      Sweet Potatoes
      Mashed Potatoes
      Green Bean Casserole
      Dinner Rolls

      Dessert:
      Huckleberry Pie
      Pecan Pie
      Chocolate Cream Pie
      Sweet Potato Pie
      Peach Pie
      Apple Pie
      Pumpkin Pie
      Banana Cream Pie
      Coconut Cream Pie

  19. CR says:

    West Wing Week 11/29/13 or, “Kindness Covers All of My Political Beliefs”

    Published on Nov 27, 2013

    Welcome to this Thanksgiving Edition of West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President traveled to the west coast for a three day, three city swing, sat down for an interview with Barbara Walters, met with student entrepreneurs, held a video conference with Peace Corps volunteers, and announced a breakthrough in diplomatic talks with Iran. That’s November 22rd to November 28th or “Kindness Covers All of My Political Beliefs.”

  20. vitaminlover says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, CR!

  21. CR says:

    WH

    Firiday, ,November 29, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    First Lady Michelle Obama Receives the 2013 White House Christmas Tree

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Visit Those Fasting for Immigration Reform
    National Mall, Washington DC

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    Do-Nothing Congress Dithers on Budget as Deadline Nears

    By Heidi Przybyla & Brian Wingfield – Nov 28, 2013 9:00 PM PT

    Congress’s latest attempt at crafting a budget plan is on track to end up the same way as others have in the past decade: with little or no agreement.

    Negotiators have little chance of breaking this string of futility, even after a 16-day government shutdown in October that cost the U.S. economy $24 billion. If they do, it’ll only be to curb automatic spending cuts, including $19 billion that hits the Pentagon starting in January.

    Now budget experts, labor unions and business groups are saying enough’s enough, and questioning why lawmakers can’t live within their means the way ordinary Americans do and instead lurch from one budget standoff to the next.

    “It’s a stupid way to run a country,” said Maya MacGuineas, head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, a non-partisan advocacy group whose members include business leaders and former lawmakers. “Change comes from two possible things: a crisis or leadership.”

    One of the co-chairmen of the campaign is Michael Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP and the New York City mayor.

    Unlike with previous budget panels, including the failed 2011 supercommittee, there are no immediate consequences if the budget conference misses its Dec. 13 deadline — the U.S. won’t default on its debt and the federal government won’t shut down for lack of funding.

    The committee’s lack of progress is frustrating outside groups, especially business executives, who say congressional lawmakers’ habit of governing by crisis and temporary spending bills is hurting the economy and costing jobs.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-29/do-nothing-congress-dithers-on-budget-as-deadline-nears.html

  23. CR says:

    The First Lady Receives the 2013 White House Christmas Tree

    Published on Nov 29, 2013

    The First Lady is presented with the White House Christmas Tree, which will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. November 29, 2013.

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    Gathering in the Spirit of Unity: The President and First Lady Visit Those Fasting for Immigration Reform

    Cecilia Muñoz November 29, 2013 02:31 PM EST

    Today, the President and the First Lady visited the brave individuals who are fasting in the shadow of the Capitol, sacrificing their health in an effort to get Congress to act swiftly on commonsense immigration reform. The President and the First Lady gave their support for their fight for family unity this Thanksgiving weekend, as families across the country come together to spend time with loved ones.

    Since November 12, fasters from “Fast For Families” have abstained from all food except water in an effort to bring attention to the urgent need for the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives to take a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and I have also visited Fast For families in recent weeks.

    The fasters shared their stories and described empty stomachs but full hearts as they received an outpouring of support; to date, more than 3,000 people around the country have committed to fasting in solidarity.

    The President and the First Lady thanked Eliseo Medina, Dae Joong Yoon, and all of the fasters for their sacrifice and dedication and told them that the country is behind them on immigration reform. He said that the only thing standing in the way is politics. And it is the brave commitment to change from advocates like them that will pressure the House to finally act on immigration reform.

    This Thanksgiving, as friends, family, and community gather in the spirit of unity, we lend our support to those fighting for making commonsense immigration reform a reality. We will stand with them every step of the way to make sure that we bring coherence to our immigration laws, and pass a common sense reform that is consistent with our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

  25. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

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  26. CR says:

    Obama goes Christmas shopping on “Small Business Saturday”

    Published on Nov 25, 2012

    Hoping to encourage other Americans to participate in “Small Business Saturday” as an alternative to big chain-friendly Black Friday, President Obama visited One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., with his daughters Sasha and Malia, to cross some items off his family’s Christmas list.

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    Come on over to my newest post titled: ”VP Biden Travel to Japan, China & Republic of Korea ″

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