Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 – 5th Anniversary

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 permanently protects more than 2 million acres of America’s wilderness in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 permanently protects more than 2 million acres of America’s wilderness in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009

March 30, 2009

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

Today I have signed into law H.R. 146, the “Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.” This landmark bill will protect millions of acres of Federal land as wilderness, protect more than 1,000 miles of rivers through the National Wild and Scenic River System, and designate thousands of miles of trails for the National Trails System. It also will authorize the 26 million-acre National Landscape Conservation System within the Department of the Interior.

Among other provisions, H.R. 146 designates three new units in our National Park System, enlarges the boundaries of several existing parks, and designates a number of National Heritage Areas. It creates a new national monument — the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument –- and four new national conservation areas, and establishes the Wyoming Range Withdrawal Area. It establishes a collaborative landscape-scale restoration program with a goal of reducing the risk of wildfire and authorizes programs to study and research the effects of climate change on natural resources and other research-related activities.

Treasured places from coast to coast will benefit from H.R. 146, including Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan; Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia; Oregon’s Mount Hood; Idaho’s Owyhee Canyons; the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado; Zion National Park in Utah; remarkable landscapes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California; and wilderness-quality National Forest lands in Virginia and public lands in New Mexico.

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Statement-from-the-Presidents-signing-statements-on-HR-146-the-Omnibus-Public-Lands-Management-Act/

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This is a historic day for conservation. For years, volunteers and conservationists from coast to coast have worked tirelessly to make this happen. This is the most important lands protection legislation in decades.

Athan Manuel, Sierra Club Public Lands Director 3/30/2009

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President Obama Establishes Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of California Coastal National Monument

 March 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of his commitment to make 2014 a year of action using his pen and phone, President Obama today signed a proclamation to establish the first shoreline addition to the California Coastal National Monument. Using his authorities under the Antiquities Act, President Obama designated the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit, protecting approximately 1,665 acres of a significant and spectacular stretch of public lands along the Mendocino coastline in Northern California.

“In my State of the Union address, I said that I would use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.” said President Obama. “Our country is blessed with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. It’s up to us to protect them, so our children’s children can experience them, too,” Obama added. “That’s what today is about. By designating Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands a national monument, we’ll also support the local economy.”

In 2000, President Clinton (D) established the California Coastal National Monument, comprising more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs, and pinnacles along the 1,100 miles of California’s coast. Today’s action builds upon that vision, protecting the area’s scientifically valuable coastal resources, including coastal bluffs and shelves, tide pools, onshore dunes, coastal prairies, riverbanks, and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River that provide unique habitat for breeding seabirds, marine mammals, and other native species.

The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands are a destination for thousands of visitors every year, offering opportunities for wildlife viewing and other outdoor recreation activities, like hiking and fishing.  In California, outdoor recreation on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management contributed nearly $900 million to the economy in 2012.

“The rugged coastline of Point Arena-Stornetta is simply breathtaking and a deserving addition to the California Coastal National Monument,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who hosted a public meeting in Point Arena in November. “President Obama is supporting the community’s vision to conserve this landscape and, in doing so, strengthening the local economy through increased tourism and outdoor recreation.”

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/11/president-obama-establishes-point-arena-stornetta-unit-california-coasta

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Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has designated more than 2 million acres of federal wilderness and thousands of miles of trails. He also has established eleven national monuments.

National Mounments Established by President Obama 

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31 Responses to Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 – 5th Anniversary

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    5:35 AM
    President Obama departs Rome, Italy en route Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:10 PM
    President Obama arrives Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    King Khalid International Airport, Riydah, Saudi Arabia

    12:55 PM
    President Obama arrives and is greeted by the Saudi delegation
    Rawdat Khuraim, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    1:00 PM
    President Obama and His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of His Majesty hold an expanded bilateral meeting
    Rawdat Khuraim, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    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

    President Obama spends the night
    Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  2. CR says:

    Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 – 5th Anniversary

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    • CR says:

      Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009

      March 30, 2009

      STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

      Today I have signed into law H.R. 146, the “Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.” This landmark bill will protect millions of acres of Federal land as wilderness, protect more than 1,000 miles of rivers through the National Wild and Scenic River System, and designate thousands of miles of trails for the National Trails System. It also will authorize the 26 million-acre National Landscape Conservation System within the Department of the Interior.

      Among other provisions, H.R. 146 designates three new units in our National Park System, enlarges the boundaries of several existing parks, and designates a number of National Heritage Areas. It creates a new national monument — the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument –- and four new national conservation areas, and establishes the Wyoming Range Withdrawal Area. It establishes a collaborative landscape-scale restoration program with a goal of reducing the risk of wildfire and authorizes programs to study and research the effects of climate change on natural resources and other research-related activities.

      Treasured places from coast to coast will benefit from H.R. 146, including Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan; Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia; Oregon’s Mount Hood; Idaho’s Owyhee Canyons; the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado; Zion National Park in Utah; remarkable landscapes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California; and wilderness-quality National Forest lands in Virginia and public lands in New Mexico.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Statement-from-the-Presidents-signing-statements-on-HR-146-the-Omnibus-Public-Lands-Management-Act/

    • CR says:

      This is a historic day for conservation. For years, volunteers and conservationists from coast to coast have worked tirelessly to make this happen. This is the most important lands protection legislation in decades.

      Athan Manuel, Sierra Club Public Lands Director 3/30/2009

    • CR says:

      President Obama Establishes Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of California Coastal National Monument

       March 11, 2014

      WASHINGTON, DC — As part of his commitment to make 2014 a year of action using his pen and phone, President Obama today signed a proclamation to establish the first shoreline addition to the California Coastal National Monument. Using his authorities under the Antiquities Act, President Obama designated the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit, protecting approximately 1,665 acres of a significant and spectacular stretch of public lands along the Mendocino coastline in Northern California.

      “In my State of the Union address, I said that I would use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.” said President Obama. “Our country is blessed with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. It’s up to us to protect them, so our children’s children can experience them, too,” Obama added. “That’s what today is about. By designating Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands a national monument, we’ll also support the local economy.”

      In 2000, President Clinton (D) established the California Coastal National Monument, comprising more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs, and pinnacles along the 1,100 miles of California’s coast. Today’s action builds upon that vision, protecting the area’s scientifically valuable coastal resources, including coastal bluffs and shelves, tide pools, onshore dunes, coastal prairies, riverbanks, and the mouth and estuary of the Garcia River that provide unique habitat for breeding seabirds, marine mammals, and other native species.

      The Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands are a destination for thousands of visitors every year, offering opportunities for wildlife viewing and other outdoor recreation activities, like hiking and fishing.  In California, outdoor recreation on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management contributed nearly $900 million to the economy in 2012.

      “The rugged coastline of Point Arena-Stornetta is simply breathtaking and a deserving addition to the California Coastal National Monument,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who hosted a public meeting in Point Arena in November. “President Obama is supporting the community’s vision to conserve this landscape and, in doing so, strengthening the local economy through increased tourism and outdoor recreation.”

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/11/president-obama-establishes-point-arena-stornetta-unit-california-coasta

    • CR says:

      Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has designated more than 2 million acres of federal wilderness and thousands of miles of trails. He also has established eleven national monuments.

      National Mounments Established by President Obama 

    • CR says:

      California scenic coastal expanse preserved near Santa Cruz

      4/14/14 By Paul Rogers – mercurynews.com

      Cementing protection for one of the largest privately owned pieces of land on California’s 1,100-mile coastline, a San Francisco environmental group on Monday donated to the public the Coast Dairies property — a pastoral expanse of rolling meadows, redwood forests and panoramic ocean views north of Santa Cruz.

      “We are enormously pleased that generations from now it is going to look the way it does today,” said Will Rogers, president of the Trust for Public Land, which transferred the property to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

      The 5,843-acre ranch eight miles north of Santa Cruz was the subject of years of battles, even among environmental groups.

      Marked with rows of artichokes and Brussels sprouts along its edges on Highway 1, the property was owned for more than a century by two Swiss families who acquired it in the 1860s and joined holdings in 1902. It had been coveted for development since the 1970s, when PG&E acquired an option on it with plans to build a nuclear power plant near Davenport, and more recently, in the 1990s, when former Nevada developer Brian Sweeney attempted to carve it into 139 lots for luxury homes.

      The property was preserved in its bucolic state in 1998, when the Save-the-Redwoods League acquired it for $44.5 million, most of which came from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos.

      By the end of this year, two trails should be open to the public for hiking, said Rick Cooper, field manager with the BLM office in Hollister. One, known as Liddell Creek Trail, is off Bonny Doon Road. The other, the Molina Pasture Trail, is off Swanton Road.

      “This property has redwood forests and creeks. It’s a spectacular area for the public to get a true recreational experience, hiking up the terraces,” Cooper said. “And looking back over the ocean, it’s a great view.”

      Some environmentalists would like the property to become a national monument. For that, there is recent precedent.

      Last month, President Barack Obama designated an area on the rugged Mendocino County coast, the 1,656-acre Point Arena-Stornetta parcel, as part of the California Coastal Monument, a preserve established by President Bill Clinton and overseen by the BLM.

      Similarly in 2012, Obama designated 14,000 acres of Fort Ord, the former military base north of Monterey, as a national monument run by the BLM. In both monuments, oil and gas drilling is banned.

      Language in the deed transferred Monday bans any commercial logging on the property. The Trust for Public Land also retained the mineral rights, blocking mining or fracking.

      Cooper said that the BLM will develop, with public involvement, a long-term plan over the next two years. Uses probably will include hiking, horse riding and mountain biking, he said. Until the first two trails open, the lands remain closed to the public, he said, and BLM rangers will patrol it.

      Like many major land-use issues around Monterey Bay, the preservation of Coast Dairies came with controversy. After Save-the-Redwoods League acquired the property, it transferred control to the Trust for Public Land, a larger national organization. The trust expected at first to donate the property to a public agency within two or three years after surveying its plants and animals and completing a use plan.

      But when it opened up the planning process to community groups, the trust faced a barrage of competing interests from surfers to off-road motorcyclists to local residents concerned about everything from traffic to increased fire risk.

      By 2004, the plan was finished. The trust donated 407 oceanfront acres to the California state parks department in 2006. But that land, a stunning mix of beaches and rugged cliffs, was all the state parks could take given tight budgets.

      The BLM, which agreed to take most of the inland acres, didn’t want to manage the row crops and farmers along the coast. So the trust planned to divide 740 acres and keep ownership, leasing it to farmers. But then local environmental groups fought to require the trust to get coastal commission permission for that. The groups wanted more protections locked into the deal, and the commission eventually granted a permit in 2012.

      “Obama won’t be president forever. The BLM changes based on administrations,” said Bill Parkin, a Santa Cruz attorney who represented several of the local groups. “Making sure that the land has the appropriate protections on it was important.”

      For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_25566354/california-scenic-coastal-expanse-preserved-near-santa-cruz

    • CR says:

      April 15, 2014

      Statement by the Press Secretary on S. 404

      On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the President signed into law:

      S. 404, the “Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act,”which clarifies that a specified wilderness area does not preclude the operation and maintenance of the Green Mountain Lookout in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington; and directs the Secretary of the Interior to issue a patent for an Alaska Native Veteran Allotment located in the Yukon-Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

  3. CR says:

    President Obama’s European Travel Itinerary

    March 28, Friday

    President Obama and His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of His Majesty hold a bilateral meeting
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    President Obama Presents the State Department’s 2014 Women of Courage Award to Dr. Maha Al Muneef
    Ritz Carlton, Rawdat Khuraim, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    President Obama spends the night
    Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    • CR says:

      March 28, 2014

      FACT SHEET: United States-Saudi Arabia Bilateral Relationship

      In his meetings with King Abdullah in Riyadh, President Obama reiterated the significance the United States places on its strong relationship with Saudi Arabia, which has endured for over 80 years. The United States and Saudi Arabia are working together to address a number of critical bilateral and regional issues, including resolving the crisis in Syria, preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, counterterrorism efforts to combat extremism, and supporting negotiations to achieve Middle East peace.

      * Defense Cooperation
      * Counterterrorism
      * Bilateral Trade and Investment
      * Energy Cooperation
      * Educational Programs
      * Citizen Exchanges
      * Science and Technology Cooperation
      * Environmental Programs
      * Health Cooperation Programs

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/28/fact-sheet-united-states-saudi-arabia-bilateral-relationship

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  5. CR says:

    Consumer Spending in U.S. Increases by Most in Three Months

    Mar 28, 2014 5:43 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Consumer spending in the U.S. rose in February by the most in three months as incomes increased, a sign that economic momentum was returning as Americans recovered from an unusually harsh winter.

    Household purchases, which account for almost 70 percent of the economy, climbed 0.3 percent after a 0.2 percent gain in January that was smaller than previously estimated, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 79 economists in a Bloomberg survey called for a 0.3 percent gain. Incomes also increased 0.3 percent.

    Americans were shaking off the effects of the coldest winter in four years as they ventured out to shop, supported by a job market that’s also picking up speed. Retailers from Gap Inc. (GPS) to Macy’s Inc. are among companies that are waiting on warmer weather to gain clarity on the spending outlook.

    “The momentum is shifting higher,” said Millan Mulraine, deputy head of U.S. research and strategy at TD Securities USA LLC in New York, who correctly forecast the gain in spending. “It’s moving in the right direction, though we are starting from a lower base than otherwise would have been thought.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-28/consumer-spending-in-u-s-increases-by-most-in-three-months.html

  6. CR says:

    Senate Advances Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension

    Mar 27, 2014 12:27 PM PT By Kathleen Hunter – bloomberg

    The U.S. Senate voted to advance legislation restoring benefits for the long-term unemployed that the Obama administration has sought to revive since they expired late last year.

    By a vote of 65-34, with 60 required for approval, the Senate agreed to move toward taking up the measure, which is the product of a bipartisan agreement struck earlier this month by Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed, Nevada Republican Dean Heller and eight other senators.

    Ten Republicans joined with the chamber’s 55 Democrats and voted in favor of advancing the bill, which faces opposition in the Republican-run House.

    “That’s very positive,” Heller said of Republican support for the measure. “Obviously, we’re going to move this bill forward, and what I’m hoping is that there will be momentum coming out of this so that when we send it over to the House, it will send the right message.”

    The bill, which the Senate probably will complete early next week, would reauthorize emergency unemployment benefits for five months. “We’ll start that conversation next week,” Heller said of efforts to persuade House Republican leaders to support the Senate measure. “I think the important thing right now is that we get this bill out, get it over there and let them know that there’s a real desire for this kind of change.”

    He added, “I think we’ll be able to iron out whatever their issues or problems are.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-27/senate-advances-long-term-unemployment-benefits-extension.html

  7. CR says:

    West Wing Week 03/28/14 or, “The 2014 European Edition”

    Published on Mar 28, 2014

    Welcome to a special, travel edition of the West Wing Week. The President spent this whirlwind week working in Europe, where he attended the third, biennial Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, traveled to Brussels for an EU-US Summit, and then on to Rome, where he met with His High Holiness Pope Francis.

  8. CR says:

    March 28, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as the Next NATO Secretary General

    We welcome the selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as NATO’s next Secretary General, beginning October 1, 2014. Mr. Stoltenberg is a proven leader with a demonstrated commitment to the transatlantic Alliance. As Prime Minister, he built Norway’s military capabilities and actively contributed to NATO operations and political dialogue. We are confident he is the best person to ensure the continued strength and unity of the NATO Alliance.

    We also are grateful for the service of current NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and will rely on his expertise to bring the Alliance through the NATO Summit in September. Secretary General Rasmussen has been an exceptional leader at an extraordinary time. His vision and dedication have strengthened the Alliance’s strategic direction and focus on ways to bolster defense capabilities while reinforcing the commitments and values underpinning it. From preparing for NATO’s transition in Afghanistan, to seeing us through the intervention in Libya, and – now – to providing strong leadership in the face of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, Secretary General Rasmussen has been a steadfast partner and a trusted friend of the United States throughout his tenure. We know that Mr. Stoltenberg will prove the same.

  9. CR says:

    March 28, 2014

    FACT SHEET: Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions

    With an all-of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our kids’ health and begin to slow the effects of climate change so we leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. That’s why last June, President Obama issued a broad-based Climate Action Plan, announcing a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change. Since June, the Administration has made substantial progress in meeting the ambitious goals laid out in the Climate Action Plan in a way that advances our economy, our environment, and public health. In just the last few months:

    The Department of the Interior (DOI) announced permitting the 50th renewables-related project on federal lands during the Administration – bringing us closer to meeting the goal of siting enough wind and solar projects on public lands by 2020 to power more than 6 million homes.

    President Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation to develop fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles to save families money at the pump and further reduce reliance on foreign oil and fuel consumption.

    * The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued two proposed energy conservation standards for appliances and equipment and finalized two energy conservation standards. That’s on top of the five proposed and two final energy conservation standards DOE has already issued since June. These standards will help cut consumers’ electricity bills by billions of dollars.

    * The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced seven new “climate hubs” to help farmers and ranchers adapt their operations to a changing climate and the President’s Budget proposed a $1 billion in new funding for new technologies and incentives to build smarter, more resilient infrastructure to help communities prepare for a changing climate.

    * The Administration announced the Climate Data Initiative, an ambitious new effort bringing together extensive open government data and design competitions with commitments from the private and philanthropic sectors to develop data-driven planning and resilience tools for local communities. This effort will help give communities across America the information and tools they need to plan for current and future climate impacts.

    * The Administration has continued the work of the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group that’s working to promote clean energy and transportation solutions in both countries. And we’re working closely with India to accelerate its clean energy revolution and address the impacts of climate change in vulnerable communities.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/28/fact-sheet-climate-action-plan-strategy-cut-methane-emissions

  10. CR says:

    March 28, 2014

    Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin

    President Putin called President Obama today to discuss the U.S. proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, which Secretary Kerry had again presented to Foreign Minister Lavrov at the meeting at the Hague earlier this week, and which we developed following U.S. consultations with our Ukrainian and European partners. President Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing and the presidents agreed that Kerry and Lavrov would meet to discuss next steps.

    President Obama noted that the Ukrainian government continues to take a restrained and de-escalatory approach to the crisis and is moving ahead with constitutional reform and democratic elections, and urged Russia to support this process and avoid further provocations, including the buildup of forces on its border with Ukraine.

    President Obama underscored to President Putin that the United States continues to support a diplomatic path in close consultation with the Government of Ukraine and in support of the Ukrainian people with the aim of de-escalation of the crisis. President Obama made clear that this remains possible only if Russia pulls back its troops and does not take any steps to further violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. President Obama reiterated that the United States has strongly opposed the actions that Russia has already taken to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    • CR says:

      Kerry’s change of course signals Ukraine talks

      March 29, 2014, 11:51 am By Justin Sink – TheHill

      Possible negotiations between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea appeared more likely after the nation’s top diplomat abruptly scrapped his plans Saturday to return to the United States.

      Kerry, who has been in Saudi Arabia with President Obama, opted instead to fly to Paris, signaling that a meeting with Lavrov could come as early as Monday. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said the meeting with Lavrov had not yet been scheduled, but that it would occur “early next week.”

      According to a senior administration official, Kerry and Lavrov have been attempting to negotiate a solution that would de-escalate the situation in Ukraine.
      Russian military forces moved into the ethnically Russian Crimean peninsula late last month, in a move they described as a bid to protect Russian nationals from the new, pro-Europe interim government in Kiev. After a referendum vote within Crimea that heavily favored secession, Russia moved to formally annex the territory.

      The U.S. and Europe have slammed the incursion and annexation as a violation of international law, and moved to impose sanctions against a Russian bank favored by the Kremlin, as well as top associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

      On March 10, the Russian government presented the U.S. with a proposal for a diplomatic resolution for the crisis. The U.S., in coordination with the Ukranian government and European allies, presented a counterproposal this week.

      On Friday, Putin called Obama to discuss the U.S. offer, according to the White House.

      Obama suggested to Putin that “Russia put a concrete response in writing” to the proposal. The pair also agreed to have Kerry and Lavrov meet to discuss a path forward.

      Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/europe/202102-kerry-shift-gears-signals-possible-ukraine-talks

  11. CR says:

    http://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/i_like_obamacare-e1332535276414.jpg?w=450

    “I’m a Republican, and You Should Get Covered”

    Mark D. Bearden, Ph.D. March 28, 2014 02:46 PM EDT

    Mark D. Bearden is a retired psychologist living in Monroe, North Carolina. In February, he wrote a letter to the President letting him know what the Affordable Care Act has meant to him. The message below was sent to the White House email list today.

    I am a staunch Republican, a self-proclaimed Fox News addict, and I didn’t vote for the President. And I’m here to tell you that Obamacare works. I’m living proof.

    I’m a chemotherapy patient, and was previously paying $428 a month for my health coverage. I was not thrilled when it was cancelled.

    Then I submitted an application at HealthCare.gov. I looked at my options. And I signed up for a plan for $62 a month.

    It’s the best health care I have ever had.

    So right now, here’s what I want to tell anyone who still needs health insurance, or knows someone who does:

    Sign up. Follow the instructions on the website. Apply, and look at your options. You still have time, and take it from me: This is something you want to do.

    I wrote a letter to President Obama this past February to tell him about my experience with the Health Insurance Marketplace. I hoped he’d read it, and he did.

    I may not be a supporter of the President. But now, I get mad when I see Obamacare dragged through the mud on television.

    And even though I regularly tune in to conservative pundits, I’d like to tell them they’re getting it wrong. Obamacare works.

    So one more time: If you still need health insurance, you have just three days to get it. Do what I did. Go to HealthCare.gov, submit an application, and pick a plan that works for you.

    It just might change your life.

    Mark D. Bearden, Ph.D.
    Monroe, North Carolina

    • CR says:

      Once opposed to ACA, now a convert

      POSTED: April 28, 2014 By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer

      Dean Angstadt fells trees for a living.

      He’s a self-employed, self-sufficient logger who has cleared his own path for most of his 57 years, never expecting help from anyone. And even though he’d been uninsured since 2009, he especially wanted nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act.

      “I don’t read what the Democrats have to say about it because I think they’re full of it,” he told his friend Bob Leinhauser, who suggested he sign up.

      That refrain changed this year when a faulty aortic valve almost felled Angstadt. Suddenly, he was facing a choice: Buy a health plan, through a law he despised, that would pay the lion’s share of the cost of the life-saving surgery – or die. He chose the former.

      “A lot of people I talk to are so misinformed about the ACA,” Angstadt said. “I was, before Bob went through all this for me. I would recommend it to anybody and, in fact, have encouraged friends, including the one guy who hauls my logs.”

      In 2011, Angstadt had a pacemaker and defibrillator implanted to help his ailing heart pump more efficiently. Not long after, the almost 6-foot, 285-pound man’s man was back in the woods, doing the Paul Bunyan thing.

      But last summer, his health worsened again. It was taking him 10 minutes to catch his breath after felling a tree. By fall, he was winded after traveling the 50 feet between his house and truck.

      “I knew that I was really sick,” said the Boyertown resident. “I figured the doctors were going to have to operate, so I tried to work as long as I could to save money for the surgery. But it got to the point where I couldn’t work.”

      For more: http://articles.philly.com/2014-04-28/news/49440051_1_health-plan-obamacare-life-saving-surgery

  12. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    4:45 AM
    President Obama Presents the State Department’s 2014 Women of Courage Award to Dr. Maha Al Muneef
    Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    4:55 AM
    President Obama meets and greets with Embassy personnel
    Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    5:50 AM
    President Obama departs Riyadh, Saudi Arabia en route Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany
    King Khalid International Airport, Riydah, Saudi Arabia

    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    President Obama arrives in Ramstein, Germany and Air Force One refuels
    Ramstein Air Base, Germany

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:25 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    8:40 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  13. CR says:

    March 29, 2014

    Weekly Address: Raise The Minimum Wage – It’s The Right Thing To Do For Hardworking Americans

    Remarks of Vice President Joe Biden
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    March 29, 2014

    Ladies and gentlemen, I’m Joe Biden. I’m filling in for President Obama, who is abroad.

    I want to talk to you today about the minimum wage and the overwhelming need to raise the minimum wage. There’s no reason in the world why an American working 40 hours a week has to live in poverty. But right now a worker earning the federal minimum wage makes about $14,500 a year. And you all know that’s incredibly hard for an individual to live on, let alone raise a family on.

    But if we raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, that same worker will be making $20,200 a year—and with existing tax credits would earn enough to bring that family or a family of four out of poverty. But there’s a lot of good reasons why raising the minimum wage makes sense.

    Not only would it put more hard-earned money into the pockets of 28 million Americans, moving millions of them out of poverty, it’s also good for business. And let me tell you why.

    There’s clear data that shows fair wages generate loyalty of workers to their employers, which has the benefit of increasing productivity and leading to less turn over. It’s really good for the economy as a whole because raising the minimum wage would generate an additional $19 billion in additional income for people who need it the most.

    The big difference between giving a raise in the minimum wage instead of a tax break to the very wealthy is the minimum wage worker will go out and spend every penny of it because they’re living on the edge. They’ll spend it in the local economy. They need it to pay their electric bill, put gas in their automobile, to buy fundamental necessities. And this generates economic growth in their communities.

    And I’m not the only one who recognizes these benefits. Companies big and small recognize it as well. I was recently in Atlanta, Georgia, and met the owner of a small advertising company, a guy named Darien. He independently raised the wages of his workers to $10.10 an hour. But large companies, as well, Costco and the Gap—they’re choosing to pay their employees higher starting wages.

    A growing list of governors are also raising wages in their states – the minimum wage. They join the President who raised the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors like the folks serving our troops meals on our bases. They’re all doing this for a simple reason. Raising the minimum wage will help hardworking people rise out of poverty.

    It’s good for business. It’s helpful to the overall economy. And there’s one more important benefit. Right now women make up more than half of the workers who would benefit from increasing the minimum wage. Folks, a low minimum wage is one of the reasons why women in America make only 77 cents on a dollar that every man makes. But by raising the minimum wage, we can close that gap by 5 percent. And it matters. It matters to a lot of hardworking families, particularly moms raising families on the minimum wage.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/28/weekly-address-raise-minimum-wage-it-s-right-thing-do-hardworking-americ

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    President Obama’s European Travel Itinerary

    March 29, Saturday

    President Obama Presents the State Department’s 2014 Women of Courage Award to Dr. Maha Al Muneef
    Ritz Carlton, Rawdat Khuraim, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    • CR says:

      March 29 , 2014

      REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

      IN PRESENTING STATE DEPARTMENT’S 2014 WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARD

      TO DR. MAHA AL MUNEEF

      Ritz Carlton

      Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      THE PRESIDENT: For the press, I just wanted to let everybody know Dr. Al Muneef was a recipient of the International Women of Courage Award that the State Department annually presents to women who are doing extraordinary work around the world advocating on behalf of women, children, and families. She was not able to attend because of family health issues, but we were aware of the fact that we’d be able to see her here today to personally present the award.

      I’m doing this on behalf of Michelle Obama, who normally is the presenter, and I know that Dr. Al Muneef is disappointed that it’s me instead of Michelle — appropriately so. (Laughter.) But Dr. Maha Al Muneef has been able to not only set up services here in the kingdom, but also, more importantly in some ways, been able to pass laws providing protections for women and children for domestic abuse and to provide a safe space and shelter for those who are suffering from domestic abuses.

      And so to see the kind of progress that’s been made, her ability to work with the kingdom to persuade many that this is an issue that’s going to be important to the society over the long term, I think makes this award fully justified. And so we’re very, very proud of you and grateful for all the work you’re doing here and I’m looking forward to seeing you do even more wonderful things in the future.

      DR. AL MUNEEF: Thank you. (Inaudible.)

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. And she has wonderful children who are over there taking pictures. She’s very proud of them.

  15. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    3/28/14 By TAL KOPAN – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chairman, Senate Finance Committee
    • Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)
    • Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R)
    • Michael Leiter, former director, National Counterterrorism Center
    • Ithaca, N.Y., Mayor Svante Myrick (D)
    • New Jersey state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D)

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D)
    • Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morrell
    • Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director, NSA and CIA
    “This Week” on ABC
    • Former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)
    • Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    • Republican strategist Karl Rove

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Inslee
    • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), chairman, Republican Study Committee

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), chairman, House Democratic Caucus
    • Paul Chavez, president and chairman, Cesar Chavez Foundation

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