GOP’s Biggest Company Contributors

07/13/2014

GOP_Elephant_WRONG_WAY_med Flowers Foods

Products: Wonder Bread, Nature’s Own, Whitewheat, Sunbeam, Mrs. Freshley’s, Blue Bird, Mi Casa, Cobblestone Mill, Tastykake

Illinois Tool Works

Products:  Engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products

Cooper Industries

Products: Electrical equipment

Devon Energy

Products: Fuels, Petrochemicals

Bloomin’ Brands

Subsidiaries:  Outback SteakhouseCarrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish GrillFleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine BarRoy’s

Eaton Corporation

Brands:  Aeroquip, Airflex, Aphel Technologies, Argo-Tech, Arrow Hose & Tubing, Automotive, Babco, Begerow, Bill, Boston, Centurion, Char-Lynn, Cooper, Senyuan, Cutler-Hammer, Durant, Eaton, Elek, FHF Funke + Huster Fernsig, Fuller, Golf Pride, Holec, Hydro-Line, Internormen, Marina Power & Lighting, MEM, MGE Office Protection Systems, de:Moeller GmbH, Phoenixtec, Pigozzi, Powerware, Pringle, Polimer Kaucuk, Pulizzi, Roadranger, Ronningen-Petter, Senyuan, Stanley, Synflex, Tractech, Vickers, Walterscheid, Weatherhead

Timken

Products:  Alloy, Bars & BilletsBearings

Marathon Petroleum

Products: Petroleum, Gasoline

ExxonMobil

Products: Fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals

Halliburton

Products: Products and services to the energy industry

Anadarko Petroleum

Products: Petrochemical products

Branch Banking & Trust

Products: Commercial and Consumer banking, Investment banking, Insurance, Mortgage

Koch Industries

Products: Asphalt, chemicals, commodities trading, energy, fibers, fertilizers, finance, minerals, natural gas, plastics, petroleum, pulp and paper, ranching

Subsidiaries:  Georgia-Pacific, INVISTA, Koch Pipeline Company LP, Flint Hills Resources LP, Koch Fertilizer, LLC, Koch Agricultural Company

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store PAC

Industry: Restaurants

Phillips International PAC

Industry: Financial information publisher

Salem Communications

Genre:  Radio broadcasting, publishing, internet content provider

Associated Builders and Contractors

Focus:  Construction Industry

Home Depot

Industry: Retail hardware supplies

Sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/upshot/the-countrys-most-republican-company-the-makers-of-wonder-bread.html?_r=0., http://www.opensecrets.org .

So now that you know which companies to AVOID

who should you shop with?

PROGRESSIVE COMPANIES

Human Right’s Campaign Buyer’s Guide: http://www.hrc.org/apps/buyersguide/index.php#.U2vYCl5W9bw

So go out there and stimulate the economy and buy from the good guys!

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Global Economic Investment in U.S.A.

07/10/2014

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WINNING BUSINESS INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES

The Executive Office of the President of the United States of America and the U.S. Department of Commerce

May 2014

The United States is an increasingly attractive location for business investment from global companies. In AT Kearney’s 2013 FDI Confidence Index, the United States surged past countries like China, Brazil and India to become the country with the top FDI prospects globally, as ranked by 302 companies representing 28 countries and multiple industry sectors.1 This marks the first time that the US occupied the #1 spot in the survey since 2001.2 In a survey of U.S. manufacturers with production abroad late last year, BCG found that the majority (54 percent) are looking at re-shoring to the United States, up from 37 percent in 2012. 3

More and more companies are choosing to locate here after weighing the United States’ competitive advantages, including our:

  •  Skills and productivity: The U.S. workforce is among the most skilled and productive globally – more than 30 percent more productive than Germany’s and nearly twice as productive as South Korea’s.4
  • Innovation: The United States is the global leader in patents, producing nearly 30 percent of all patents worldwide, and has 15 of the top 25 leading research universities.5 Not surprisingly, the United States also has over a third of the world’s total R&D investment, more than any other country.6
  • Energy: With a century of reserves, natural gas costs one third as much here as it does in Asia and our low energy costs overall are estimated to save U.S. manufacturers nearly $130 billion annually compared to Europe.7
  • Access to markets: Locating in the United States provides unparalleled access to the largest consumer market in the world and rapid access to global markets, with the United States having free trade agreements with 20 other countries and the most rapid export clearances of the 185 countries surveyed by the World Bank.8

As the United States becomes increasingly competitive for investment, more global companies, including companies that are foreign-owned, are investing in and creating jobs in America. Business fixed investment from companies choosing to grow and invest in the United States accounts for more than 20 percent of the rebound in real GDP since mid-2009.

US Exports 1997-2011US Share of FDI Inflows 2002-2012

Source: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Source: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Economy Activity Majority-Owned US. Affliates of Foreign Companies, 2011

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For the entire report: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/winning_business_investment_in_the_united_states.pdf
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2014 A.T. Kearney FDI Confidence Index:

U.S. Increases its Lead; an Overridingly Positive Outlook Develops for Global Economy

China holds at #2, Canada rises to #3, Europe sees high level of confidence

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WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/

Global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney today released its 2014 Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index (FDICI), an in-depth view of forward-looking investment sentiment. In this year’s ranking, the U.S. not only maintains its first place position from last year, but also increases the lead it had in the 2013 study, which was referenced in the recent White House report, Winning Business Investment in the United States. The findings bode well not only for the U.S., but for the global economy: Nearly four out of five respondents are more optimistic about the global economy than they were a year ago. Since its inception, the study has consistently pointed toward top global choices for foreign direct investment, with the top 10 most attractive FDI destinations receiving a majority share of global FDI inflows roughly one year after the survey.

In January 2014, President Barack Obama referred to the prior FDICI findings in his State of the Union address, saying, “For the first time in over a decade, business leaders have declared that China is no longer the world’s number one place to invest; America is.” With an unprecedented swing in positive outlook by global executives surveyed in the 2014 FDICI, half of the respondents indicated that they have a more positive outlook on the U.S. than two years ago. No country has ever recorded a higher positive outlook from investors in the history of the Index. Driven by overriding factors such as the increasingly strong prospect of U.S. energy independence, leading executives continue to plan increased investments in the U.S.

For more: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/2014-t-kearney-fdi-confidence-130000383.html

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Trade Gap in U.S. Shrinks More Than Forecast on Record Exports

Jul 3, 2014 5:30 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

The trade deficit in the U.S. narrowed more than forecast in May on record exports, signaling a pickup in global growth that will boost American manufacturers.

The gap shrank by 5.6 percent, the biggest drop since November, to $44.4 billion from the prior month’s $47 billion, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 69 economists called for a contraction to $45 billion. Sales to foreign customers climbed 1 percent on growing demand for autos and parts, petroleum products and aircraft engines.

Economic expansions abroad that are gaining traction will probably continue to invigorate demand for American goods. A narrowing deficit would mean trade becomes less of a drag on gross domestic product in the second quarter after the world’s largest economy contracted in the first three months of 2014.

Other reports today showed payrolls rose by 288,000 in June and the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent, according to figures from the Labor Department.

Trade estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from gaps of $41 billion to $48 billion. The April reading was revised from a previously reported $47.2 billion deficit.

Exports climbed to $195.5 billion from $193.5 billion in April.

Imports decreased 0.3 percent to $239.8 billion as demand for petroleum dropped to the lowest level since November 2010. Excluding petroleum, imports rose to a record as Americans bought more autos and parts, industrial machines and drilling equipment.

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-03/trade-gap-in-u-s-shrinks-more-than-forecast-on-record-exports.html

 

March 21, 2014, 2:57 a.m. EDT

Fitch Ratings affirms U.S. AAA ratings, outlook stable

MADRID (MarketWatch) — Fitch Ratings affirmed the U.S.’s AAA long-term foreign and local currency credit ratings with a stable outlook on Friday, a move that removed the negative outlook that had been in place since Oct. 15, 2013. “The federal debt limit was suspended in mid-February in a timely manner and in a way that avoided casting uncertainty over the full faith and credit of the US, in contrast to the crises in August 2011 and October 2013,” said Fitch in a statement. Fitch said U.S. gross general government debt should peak at 100% of GDP in 2014 before falling slightly for four years. That’s below the 110% threshold previously identified as incompatible with a AAA rating. It also sees federal government debt at 72.5% of GDP for 2014. Fitch said the U.S. has greater debt tolerance than its peers, due to the dollar and the country’s benchmark fixed-income asset. However, Fitch said after the suspension of the debt limit ends in March 2015 there is a “risk of renewed brinkmanship” that could undermine the dollar, and external liabilities are high.

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A guide through rough trade waters from U.S. Commercial Service

Say you work for a small or medium-sized company. You want to sell pretzels in Vietnam. Or electric power cable in China. Or lipstick in Denmark.

How to go about it?

Maybe you’re ignorant. Maybe you’re scared. Maybe you just want a leg up.

Chances are you will eventually find your way to the local outpost of a federal agency known as the United States Commercial Service.

In an era of tax-slashing and bureaucrat-bashing, this network of 1,500 professionals, based in 221 cities around the world, earns kudos from business executives for the practicality and sophistication of its commercial diplomacy.

Whether tucked away in office parks, or working behind the walls of palatial embassies, they are the ground forces in President Barack Obama’s ambitious push to double U.S. exports over five years.

Commercial service specialists tend to focus on smaller players. With 95 percent of the world’s customers living outside the U.S., according to the Commerce Department, exporting is often the key to expansion, as well as a major job engine in any local economy.

“Doing business outside the U.S. is so different,” said Richard Swanson who oversees Commercial Service offices in California, Nevada and Hawaii. “The biggest hurdle is fear of the unknown.

“But we’re here to mitigate the risks. We have experts in every global market, and in every sector from aerospace to medical devices to franchising.”

“When you are a small- to medium-sized brand, it is impossible to have a network in every country,” Chorna said. “The commercial service has databases of people interested in importing — whether its widgets or franchise brands. It is a fantastic resource.”

  • Trade counseling: The service helps exporters create a business plan for entry into targeted markets.
  • Matchmaking: The Gold Key service matches exporters with pre-qualified distributors and potential buyers in a foreign country, and sets up appointments to meet them.
  • Due diligence: The International Company Profile offers background research on potential foreign partners
  • Advocacy: The Advocacy Center helps exporters bid on public-sector contracts with overseas governments.
  • Trade shows: The service helps set up exhibits for exporters in U.S. pavilions at foreign trade shows, and introduces them to prescreened buyers.
  • Trade missions: On missions led by senior U.S. officials, companies can meet with prospective customers and government officials.
  • Market intelligence: Research reports, country commercial guides and business advisory services offer insights on opportunities, trends and challenges in specific markets.
  • Featured U.S. exporter: Lists products in online directories featuring U.S. export products and services on U.S. Commercial Service websites around the world.

More information: www.trade.gov/cs

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White House Resources for Business in America

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Southwest Border

07/08/2014

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U.S. Immigration 

The Obama Administration’s Agenda on Immigration

President Barack Obama outlined in his agenda five objectives in addressing immigration. They are:

1. Strengthen Border Control
2. Improve Our Immigration System
3. Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally
4. Bring People out of the Shadows
5. Work with Mexico

President Obama understands the importance and urgency in fixing the broken immigration system and outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy:

* Responsibility by the federal government to secure our borders:Today, our borders are more secure than at any time in the past several decades, and the Administration continues to refine and strengthen its strategy. Enforcement resources should be focused on preventing those who would do our nation harm from entering our country.

* Accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers: Employers who deliberately hire and exploit undocumented workers must be held accountable. At the same time, we must give employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.

* Strengthening our economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs: Our immigration laws should continue to reunify families and encourage individuals we train in our world-class institutions to stay and develop new technologies and industries in the United States rather than abroad. The law should stop punishing innocent young people whose parents brought them here illegally and give those young men and women a chance to stay in this country if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. A smart 21st century system should also provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on year after year, and it should improve procedures for employers who seek to hire foreign workers for jobs if U.S. workers are not available.

* Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally: Those people living here illegally must also be held accountable for their actions and get on the right side of the law by registering and undergoing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English before they can get in line to become eligible for citizenship. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair and reflects our values.

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For the immediate time President Obama has issued these  important policies for immigration:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
President Obama’s new DREAM relief policy [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA] would allow undocumented youth who qualify to request temporary relief from deportation, making them eligible to receive work permits and a social security number. For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

Family Unity Immigration Policy Change
President Obama’s  final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The process will be effective on March 4, 2013 and more information about the filing process will be made available in the coming weeks at http://www.uscis.gov/.

DHS Announces Proposals to Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants
As part of the Administration’s continuing commitment to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.

Issue Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools, Regardless of Immigration Status
Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced updated guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools to ensure enrollment processes are consistent with the law and fulfill their obligation to provide all children—no matter their background—equal access to an education.
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July 08, 2014

FACT SHEET: Emergency Supplemental Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the Southwest Border

While overall rates of apprehensions across our Southwest border remain at near historic lows, apprehensions and processing of children and individuals from Central America crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley have continued at high rates.  The Administration continues to address this urgent humanitarian situation with a whole-of government response which includes efforts by the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) to deploy additional enforcement resources — including immigration judges, Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorneys, and asylum officers — to focus on individuals and adults traveling with children from Central America and entering without authorization across the Southwest border.  Part of this surge includes detention of adults traveling with children, as well as expanded use of the Alternatives to Detention program, to avoid a more significant humanitarian situation.  DHS is working to secure additional space that satisfies applicable legal and humanitarian standards for detention of adults with children.  This surge of resources means that cases are processed fairly and as quickly as possible, ensuring the protection of asylum seekers and refugees while enabling the prompt removal of individuals who do not qualify for asylum or other forms of relief from removal.  Finally, to attack the criminal organizations and smuggling rings that are exploiting these individuals, agencies are surging law enforcement task forces in cooperation with our international partners, with a focus on stepped-up interdiction and prosecution.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/08/fact-sheet-emergency-supplemental-request-address-increase-child-and-adu

 

July 09, 2014

Statement by the President on Immigration

Dallas Love Field
Dallas, Texas

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. I just had a good meeting with Governor Perry, local officials, and faith leaders to talk about the steps that we have taken and that we need to take to address the humanitarian situation on the border. And I want to thank everybody who’s been involved for taking the time to talk to me.

It’s important to recognize two things. First, the surge of unaccompanied children, and adults with children, are arriving at one sector of the border, and that’s the Rio Grande Valley. Second, the issue is not that people are evading our enforcement officials. The issue is that we’re apprehending them in large numbers. And we’re working to make sure that we have sufficient facilities to detain, house, and process them appropriately, while attending to unaccompanied children with the care and compassion that they deserve while they’re in our custody.

While we intend to do the right thing by these children, their parents need to know that this is an incredibly dangerous situation and it is unlikely that their children will be able to stay. And I’ve asked parents across Central America not to put their children in harm’s way in this fashion.

Right now, there are more Border Patrol agents and surveillance resources on the ground than at any time in our history. And we deport almost 400,000 migrants each year. But as soon as it became clear that this year’s migration to the border was different than in past years, I directed FEMA to coordinate our response at the border. Members of my Cabinet and my staff have made multiple trips to facilities there. And we’re also addressing the root of the problem. I sent Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry and Secretary Johnson to meet with Central American leaders, as well as working with our international partners to go after smugglers who are putting their kids’ lives at risk.

And earlier this week, Mexico announced a series of steps that they’re going to take on their southern border to help stem the tide of these unaccompanied children.

Last week, I sent a letter to Congress asking them to increase penalties on smugglers and to give us flexibility to move migrants through the system faster.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/09/statement-president-immigration

* Broder Security Overview
* Criminal Alien Program
* Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
* Delegation of Immigration Authority, 287(g)
* ICE Parental Interest Directive
* Rapid REPAT
* Removal Statistics
* Repatriation
* Secure Communities

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Victim of Immigration Crime?
Are you a U.S. citizens or detained wrongfully?
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Toll-free hotline – (855) 448-6903
Email

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Economic Progress

07/06/2014

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White House: Best New-Jobs Streak Since 1939

The unemployment rate slid to 6.1 percent in June, which, following several years of chronic joblessness, has a relatively positive ring to it. The economy added 288,000 jobs, the Labor Department reported today.

This follows that 2.9 percent annualized slide in GDP during the first quarter of 2014, the worst contraction since the worst recession since the Great Depression.

“A rebound in the economy after a first-quarter slump is encouraging companies such as Ford Motor Co. (F) to add to staffing levels, laying the groundwork for a pickup in wages needed to further propel consumer spending,” Shobhana Chandra reports. “More employment opportunities will probably keep Federal Reserve policy makers on the path to reduce monetary stimulus.

“The improvement in the labor market is accelerating,” says Robert Stein, deputy chief economist at First Trust Portfolios LP in Wheaton, Illinois, and the top forecaster of payrolls the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “We’re seeing a self-sustaining recovery where production growth leads to job growth, which leads to consumption growth.”

Since the trough of the recession, through mid-term elections and a presidential reelection campaign, the White House has been highlighting an unrelenting monthly gain in jobs. Today, the streak is running at four and a third years.

For more: http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2014-07-03/white-house-best-new-jobs-streak-since-1939/

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Economic Situation in June:

7/3/14

1. The private sector has added 9.7 million jobs over 52 straight months of job growth

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 in June, mainly reflecting a 262,000 increase in private employment, which is above the 203,000 per month average over the past year.

private sector payroll – Jan 2008 – 2014

2. Private employment has increased in 52 consecutive months, the longest streak on record.

The current 52-month streak has now surpassed the previous record of 51 consecutive months from February 1996 to April 2000, making it the longest streak in data going back to 1939. The steadiness of job gains is a sign of the progress that has been made in the recovery, but the President continues to believe that more can and should be done to further build on this progress.

2. Private employment has increased in 52 consecutive months, the longest streak on record.

The current 52-month streak has now surpassed the previous record of 51 consecutive months from February 1996 to April 2000, making it the longest streak in data going back to 1939.

3. The unemployment rate has fallen 1.4 percentage points over the past year, the sharpest year-over-year decline in nearly three decades. The unemployment rate remains elevated because of an unacceptably high prevalence of long-term unemployment, but it is encouraging that roughly half the decline in the overall unemployment rate over the past year has come from a falling long-term unemployment rate, a disproportionate contribution since the long-term unemployed represent about one-third of the total unemployed.

4. Aggregate hours worked by private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees rose 4.4 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter, the strongest quarterly growth since 2006. As noted last week, growth in aggregate hours worked is a proxy for total economic output that has historically been reasonably well correlated with real GDP growth.

5. Total job growth in June was the 4th strongest month out of the last 52 months, and a number of industries outperformed recent trends. Looking over the 52 months since March 2010, June was a “top ten” month for the following industries: wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information services, professional and business services, and state and local government.

employment growth by sector March 2010- June 2014

Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/03/employment-situation-june

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Trade Gap in U.S. Shrinks More Than Forecast on Record Exports

Jul 3, 2014 5:30 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

The trade deficit in the U.S. narrowed more than forecast in May on record exports, signaling a pickup in global growth that will boost American manufacturers.

The gap shrank by 5.6 percent, the biggest drop since November, to $44.4 billion from the prior month’s $47 billion, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 69 economists called for a contraction to $45 billion. Sales to foreign customers climbed 1 percent on growing demand for autos and parts, petroleum products and aircraft engines.

Economic expansions abroad that are gaining traction will probably continue to invigorate demand for American goods. A narrowing deficit would mean trade becomes less of a drag on gross domestic product in the second quarter after the world’s largest economy contracted in the first three months of 2014.

Other reports today showed payrolls rose by 288,000 in June and the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent, according to figures from the Labor Department.

Trade estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from gaps of $41 billion to $48 billion. The April reading was revised from a previously reported $47.2 billion deficit.

Exports climbed to $195.5 billion from $193.5 billion in April.

Imports decreased 0.3 percent to $239.8 billion as demand for petroleum dropped to the lowest level since November 2010. Excluding petroleum, imports rose to a record as Americans bought more autos and parts, industrial machines and drilling equipment.

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-03/trade-gap-in-u-s-shrinks-more-than-forecast-on-record-exports.html

 

U.S. services sector activity accelerates in June: Markit

7/4/14 Reuters

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The final reading for activity in the U.S. services sector hit its highest in 4-1/2 years, pushed higher by increasing new business activity and hiring, a survey showed on Thursday.

Financial data firm Markit said its final services Purchasing Managers Index hit 61.0 in June, the highest final reading since the survey began in October 2009, compared with May’s final reading of 58.1. It was slightly lower than the 61.2 preliminary print.

A reading above 50 signals expansion in economic activity.

The services sector added employees at the fastest rate on record with the employment index coming in at 56.1, higher than the 55.4 preliminary reading. Last month’s final read came in at 52.8.

The new orders subcomponent also hit its highest on record.

For more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-services-sector-activity-accelerates-june-markit-135014769–business.html;_ylt=AwrSyCNSZbVTmQ4ACH3QtDMD

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Job Openings in U.S. Increased in May to Almost Seven-Year High

Jul 8, 2014 7:25 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

Job openings rose in May to the highest level in almost seven years, a sign the U.S labor market will help boost economic growth in the second half of this year.

The number of positions waiting to be filled climbed by 171,000 to 4.64 million, the most since June 2007, a report from the Labor Department showed today. Separations eased from a month earlier.

Today’s data, among the labor-market measures monitored by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, add to evidence of greater employment opportunities. Payrolls grew more than forecast in June, and the jobless rate fell to an almost six-year low, figures showed last week.

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-08/job-openings-in-u-s-rose-by-171-000-in-may-to-4-64-million.html

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Dow Average Tops 17,000 as Payrolls Rise Amid ECB Plans

Jul 3, 2014 6:33 AM PT By Lu Wang – bloomberg

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed above 17,000 for the first time as data showed employers added more workers than projected in June and the European Central Bank prepared to disclose details of its stimulus plans.

The Dow gained 42.70 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,018.94 at 9:31 a.m. in New York. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) rose 0.3 percent to 1,980.56. Equities markets close at 1 p.m. today before the Independence Day holiday.

“This is a pretty strong report,” said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at San Francisco-based Wells Capital Management, in a phone interview. “This is stuff that is going to lead to upward revisions of second quarter growth rates and it starts off the third quarter in a real positive momentum place.”

The addition of 288,000 jobs followed a 224,000 gain the prior month that was bigger than previously estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 215,000 advance. The jobless rate is the lowest since September 2008. The number of long-term unemployed fell to 3.1 million, showing they’re having greater success finding work.

Benchmark indexes are at record levels as stocks extended a rebound from a selloff earlier this year that started with biotechnology and small-cap stocks. The S&P 500 has rallied 8.8 percent since reaching a two-month low in April as central bank stimulus spread from Europe to Japan and the U.S.

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-03/u-s-stock-index-futures-little-changed-before-jobs-data.html

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Independence Day 2014

07/03/2014

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July 4, 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

We celebrate the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of American democracy.

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Salute to the Military

President Obama and First Lady Michelle will celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families with a Sixth Annual “Salute to the Military” USO Concert  at the White House.  The celebration includes a barbeque, USO concert featuring Brad Paisley and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn.

11:00 AM EDT: President Obama speaks at a naturalization ceremony for active-duty service members and civilians
6:00 PM EDT: President Obama delivers remarks from the South Lawn
8:10 PM EDT: USO Concert
9:10 PM EDT: National capital fireworks display

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Live Stream: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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USO Fourth of July Festivities being held around the world: http://www.uso.org/2014-fourth-of-july-events/

Happy July 4th America


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – 50th Anniversary

07/01/2014

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women.  It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as “public accommodations”).

Powers given to enforce the act were initially weak, but were supplemented during later years. Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the United States Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce under Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who would later sign the landmark Voting Rights Act into law.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964

 

"1964: Civil Rights at 50" is a yearlong exhibit at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC

1964: Civil Rights at 50” is a yearlong exhibit at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC

6/24/14 US House and Senate leaders posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

6/24/14 US House and Senate leaders posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Desiline Victor, 102, stood in line for three hours to cast her vote on Oct. 28, 2012. Ms. Victor was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama to listen to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address.

Desiline Victor, 102, stood in line for three hours to cast her vote on Oct. 28, 2012. Ms. Victor was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama to listen to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address.

June 25, 2013

Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder

“I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.”

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TELL HOUSE REPUBLICANS: RESTORE & PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS

The Supreme Court just gutted the most important civil rights law in our country — the Voting Rights Act. This decision is an extremely disappointing setback for voting rights in this country. Now it’s up to Congress to enact new legislation to protect the rights of voters, and it’s up to us to make them act.

Contact your legislator Contact your Congress person to Republicans it’s time to pass laws to RESTORE and PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS!!!

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Right To Choose

06/29/2014

Mothers for Choice

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (formerly Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby) is a United States Supreme Court case determining whether the Free Exercise Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) can exempt a company from federal government regulations requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage to their female employees. The case is a reaction against a requirement deriving from the Affordable Care Act. It could have widespread impact on the issue of whether companies can be religiously exempt from any federal law that protects the interests of other individuals.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebelius_v._Hobby_Lobby

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On eve of court ruling, Americans oppose contraceptive ban: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of Americans oppose letting employers, based on their religious views, exclude certain contraceptives from workers’ insurance coverage, says a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision expected on Monday.

In one of the most closely watched cases of the year, the nine-member court will weigh whether for-profit corporations may raise religious objections to a mandate in President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 healthcare law that their insurance cover contraceptives.

It brings to the forefront thorny questions of religious freedom and reproductive rights, along with enduring politicking over the law known as Obamacare, itself broadly upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012.

The poll asked whether employers should be able to choose what forms of contraceptives their health plans provide based on their religious beliefs. Of those responding, 53 percent disagreed and 35 percent agreed. Of those surveyed, 12 percent said they did not know.

The justices will sit at 10 a.m. ET on Monday [June 30th] for the final day of their nine-month annual term.

For more: http://news.yahoo.com/eve-court-ruling-americans-oppose-contraceptive-ban-reuters-082552408–finance.html

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.The Supreme Court ruled today that some bosses can now withhold contraceptive care from their employees health coverage based on their own religious views that their employees may not even share. President Obama believes that women should make personal healthcare decisions for themselves rather then their bosses deciding for them. Today’s decision jeopardizes the health of women that are employed by these companies. As millions of women know firsthand, contraceptive is often vital to their health and wellbeing. That is why the Affordable Care Act ensures that women have coverage for contraceptive care, along with other preventative care like vaccines and cancer screenings. We will work with Congress to make sure that any women affected by this decision will still have the same coverage of vital health services as everyone else. President Obama believes strongly in the freedom of religion. That is why we have taken steps to ensure that no religious institution will have to pay or provide for contraceptive coverage. We have also made accomodations for non-profit organizations that object to contraception on religious grounds. But we believe that the owners of for profit companies should not be allowed to assert their personal religious views to deny their employees federally mandated benefits. Now, we will of course respect the Supreme Court ruling and we will continue to look for ways to improve American’s health by helping women to have more, not less, say over the personal health decisions that affect them and their families.

6/30/14 White House spokesman Josh Earnest on the Supreme Court’s ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

Freedom to Choose When to Start a Family 

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2014 Pres Obama’s Year of Action vs GOP Abandoning the 99%

06/27/2014

Jon Stewart takes down GOP “warfare queens”

The GOP are starring in the play “A Streetcar Named We’re Always Wrong”

JUN 27, 2014 SARAH GRAY – SALON

Last night Jon Stewart destroyed the GOP’s hypocrisy when it comes to readily spending on nation building (military interventions everywhere), but their desire to block nation building when it is our own country (infrastructure, healthcare, gun control).

“I’m really worried about the Republicans,” Stewart explained. “Their inability to wean themselves off of military intervention. They have a culture of defendency, if you will. And I believe it’s turned them all into warfare queens. And I think we need to cut them off for their own good.”

After plenty of mocking of John McCain (“We are the party of hell no!”), Stewart turned his eyes to another GOP leader who could uses some serious weaning off the military industrial complex: Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

GOP_Elephant_WRONG_WAY_smallWHAT GOP CONGRESS HAS DONE in 2014 FOR 99% OF  AMERICANS

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2014 Year of Action

President Obama is Taking Action

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama affirmed that this would be “A Year of Action” to help ensure opportunity for all Americans.

Since January, the President has taken more than 20 actions to help build real, lasting economic security for the middle class and expand opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead:

COMING SOON:

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VOTE SMART & VOTE DEMOCRAT 2014

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Stonewall Riots of 1969 – 45th Anniversary

06/26/2014

Police raids on gay bars and nightclubs were a regular event in cities across the United States. Commonly the police would record the identities of all those present, which would be subsequently published in the newspaper, then load up their police van with as many as it would hold. Kissing, holding hands, or even being in a gay bar at all was used as grounds for arrest on indecency charges at that time.

The Stonewall raid on June 29, 1969 started out just like any other raid. Seven plainclothes policemen entered the bar along with one uniformed policeman, allegedly to investigate improprieties in the liquor license. They cleared the bar, whose clientele remained on the sidewalk and street outside.

The situation took a dramatic turn for the worse, and the police began beating people who resisted with their nightsticks. The crowd started throwing rocks and bottles rather than coins. The police took refuge inside the Inn, which they trashed. This was the first time the homosexual community had resisted with such force. With this event, the gay rights movement was ignited.

“While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.”

6/1/07  Senator Barack Obama  

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2009 -
Oct 28 – President Obama signed The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, is an American Act of Congress
2010 -
President Obama authorizes the US State Department to provide assistance to LGBT defenders and advocates through the US Embassies abroad
2012 -
 May 9 – Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to publicly announced support for same-sex marriage
2013 -
Feb. 22 –   President Obama administration urges U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA
Jun. 26 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US will give visa applications of gay and lesbian spouses in the same manner as heterosexual couples
Jun. 28-  US Office of Personnel Management extends federal rights and benefits to married gay and lesbian federal employees and their families
Jul. 12 – The Social Security Administration announced that it would begin accepting benefit claims related to same-sex marriage
Aug. 2 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Announcemens on Visa Changes for Same-Sex Couples
Aug. 14 – DOD Announces Same-Sex Spouse Benefits
Aug. 29 –  Treasury and IRS Announce That All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized For Federal Tax Purposes,  Social Security Announces the Processing of claims for same-sex couples
Sept. 23 – First WH Bi Conference
Sept. 24 – Pres Obama’s nominee Todd Hughes, become the nation’s first openly gay federal appeals judge
Oct. 31 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel  directed the chief of the National Guard Bureau to meet with the adjutants general of nine [of the remaining] states [not in compliance] to resolve the issue of those states denying ID cards to same-sex spouses at National Guard facilities
2014 –
Jan. 10 – Attorney General Eric Holder recognizes the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions on hold
Mar 14 – President Obama’s Judge Staci Michelle Yandle, an openly gay African-American woman, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Jun 19 – President Obama’s nominee Judith Ellen Levy was confirmed by the Senate as the first openly lesbian federal judge in Michigan
Jun 19 – President Obama’s nominee Darrin P. Gayles becomes the first black, openly gay male judge was appointed to District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Jun 20 – President Obama announces a rule that makes legally married same-sex couples eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act in all 50 states

Jun 24 –  White House Global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Human Rights Forum

LGBT Rights are the Civil Rights Fight of Our Lifetime 

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Mississippi Freedom Summer Murders – 50th Anniversary

06/24/2014

Freedom Summer Murders

Mississippi Civil Rights Workers’ Murders – 50th Anniversary

Three American civil rights’ workers, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner, were shot at close range on the night of June 21–22, 1964 by members of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County’s Sheriff Office and the Philadelphia Police Department located in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The three had been working on the “Freedom Summer” campaign, attempting to register African Americans to vote.

Their murders sparked national outrage and a massive federal investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation referred to this investigation as Mississippi Burning (MIBURN), and eventually found the bodies 44 days later in an earthen dam near the murder site. After the state government refused to prosecute, the federal government initially charged 18 individuals but was only able to secure convictions for seven of them, who received relatively minor sentences for their actions. However, outrage over their deaths assisted in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_civil_rights_worker_murders

June 21, 1964 Three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, are murdered near Philadelphia, Mississippi, by local Klansmen and a deputy sheriff.

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Three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, are murdered near Philadelphia, Mississippi, by local Klansmen and a deputy sheriff.

Mississippi Burning

For years the FBI had investigated civil rights-related matters, but its role was often controversial and many cases did not result in successful conclusions. The FBI had pursued the depredations of the Ku Klux Klan for years as well. In the case of the missing civil rights workers, these concerns about civil rights and the Klan came together.

A Byte Out of History: Mississippi Burning
– 1908 Civil Rights Case One of FBI’s First
– Civil Rights in the 60s: Justice for Medgar Evers
– FBI vs. the Klan: Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
– Retired Agent Revisits Cold Civil Rights Era Cases

Source: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/june/50-years-since-mississippi-burning

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Among the more notorious murders by Ku Klux Klan members:

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kkk#Later_Klans.2C_1950_through_1960s

1964 KKK w/ Confederate &  Gadsden 'Don't Tread On Me' flags

1964 KKK w/ Confederate & Gadsden ‘Don’t Tread On Me‘ flags

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Freedom50.org

In the summer of 1964, hundreds of summer volunteers from across America convened in Mississippi to put an end to the system of rigid segregation. The civil rights workers and the summer volunteers successfully challenged the denial by the state of Mississippi to keep Blacks from voting, getting a decent education, and holding elected offices.

As a result of the Freedom Summer of 1964, some of the barriers to voting have been eliminated and Mississippi has close to 1000 Black state and local elected officials. In fact, Mississippi has more Black elected officials than any other state in the union. While the Freedom Summer of ’64 made profound changes in the state of Mississippi and the country, much remains to be accomplished.

The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference will convene in Jackson, Mississippi both to recognize the accomplishments and those who worked for changes to the politically segregated Mississippi and to discuss how to continue the struggle toward Mississippi reaching its full potential for all of its citizens.

Learn more: http://freedom50.org

Mississippi Freedom Summer – 50th Anniversary Conference

June 25 – 29, 2014
Tougaloo, MS

For more: http://freedom50.org/agenda/

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