National Symbols

The Seal of the President of the United States is used to mark correspondence from the U.S. president to the United States Congress, and is also used as a symbol of the presidency. The central design, based on the Great Seal of the United States, is the official coat of arms of the U.S. presidency and also appears on the presidential flag.

The national flag of the United States of America (the American flag) consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”) bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars. The fifty stars on the flag represent the 50 states and the 13 stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that rebelled against the British monarchy and became the first states in the Union.

The bald eagle was made the national bird of the United States in 1782. The image of the bald eagle can be found in many places in the U.S., such as on the Great Seal, Federal agency seals, the President’s flag, and on the one-dollar bill.

The Great Seal of the United States – On July 4, 1776, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were given the task of creating a seal for the United States of America.

The seal’s reverse side is sometimes referred to as the spiritual side. It contains a 13-step pyramid with the year 1776 in Roman numerals at the base. At the top of the pyramid is the Eye of Providence and above is the motto Annuit Coeptis, meaning “It [the Eye of Providence] is favorable to our undertakings” or “He favors our undertakings.” Below the pyramid, a scroll reads, Novus Ordo Seclorum, meaning “New Order of the Ages.” It refers to 1776 as the beginning of the American new era.

The Liberty Bell – Cast in London, England in 1752, the Liberty Bell rang when the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence and has become the symbol of freedom in the United States. The bell weighs about 2000 pounds and is made mostly of copper (70%) and tin (25%).

Uncle Sam, a figure symbolizing the United States, is portrayed as a tall, white-haired man with a goatee. He is often dressed in red, white, and blue, and wears a top hat.

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198 thoughts on “National Symbols

  1. WH

    Thursday Sep. 9, 2010

    All Times Eastern

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    • Seal of the President of the United States

      The Seal of the President of the United States is used to mark correspondence from the U.S. president to the United States Congress, and is also used as a symbol of the presidency. The central design, based on the Great Seal of the United States, is the official coat of arms of the U.S. presidency and also appears on the presidential flag.

      The presidential seal developed by custom over a long period before being defined in law, and its early history remains obscure. The use of presidential seals goes back to at least 1850, and probably much earlier. The basic design of today’s seal originated with Rutherford B. Hayes, who was the first to use the coat of arms on White House invitations in 1877. The precise design dates from 1945, when President Truman specified it in Executive Order 9646. The only changes since were in 1959 and 1960, which added 49th and 50th stars to the circle following the admissions of Alaska and Hawaii as states.

      Design and symbolism

      The current seal is defined in Executive Order 10860, made by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on February 5, 1960, and effective since July 4, 1960. It states:

      The Coat of Arms of the President of the United States shall be of the following design:

      SHIELD: Paleways of thirteen pieces argent and gules, a chief azure; upon the breast of an American eagle displayed holding in his dexter talon an olive branch and in his sinister a bundle of thirteen arrows all proper, and in his beak a white scroll inscribed “E PLURIBUS UNUM” sable.
      CREST: Behind and above the eagle a radiating glory Or, on which appears an arc of thirteen cloud puffs proper, and a constellation of thirteen mullets argent.
      The whole surrounded by white stars arranged in the form of an annulet with one point of each star outward on the imaginary radiating center lines, the number of stars conforming to the number of stars in the union of the Flag of the United States as established by chapter 1 of title 4 of the United States Code.

      The Seal of the President of the United States shall consist of the Coat of Arms encircled by the words “Seal of the President of the United States.”

      The blazon (design) is essentially the same as the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States as defined in 1782, although with some extra colors specified, and a different arrangement of the stars, clouds, and glory than is typically seen in modern versions of the Great Seal. The only purely distinct element is the ring of 50 stars, representing the 50 states. Likewise, the symbolism follows that of the Great Seal:

      * The stripes on the shield represent the 13 original states, unified under and supporting the chief. The motto (meaning “Out of many, one”) alludes to the same concept.
      * The arc of thirteen clouds, and the thirteen stars, also refer to the original 13 states.
      * The olive branch and arrows denote the powers of peace and war.

      Official Use

      * on the lectern at presidential press conferences
      * on the sides of presidential transports Air Force One, Marine One, and the presidential limousine
      * at the center of the ceiling in the Oval Office of the White House
      * affixed to the balcony of the South Portico during a State Arrival Ceremony

      The presidential coat of arms (the central device on the seal, i.e. without the encircling “SEAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES” legend) has even wider usage. It appears:

      * on the presidential flag
      Reverse of the Kennedy Half dollar, 1964–1975, 1977–present
      * on the reverse of the Kennedy half dollar (encircled with “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” on the top and “HALF DOLLAR” on the bottom). For the United States Bicentennial, a depiction of Independence Hall was used on the reverse of the coin. The seal returned to the reverse starting in 1977.
      * at the center of the iconic oval rug in the Oval Office of the White House (each president typically designs his own, but most rugs since President Truman have used the arms).
      * The coat of arms is incorporated into the Presidential Service Badge issued to US Military personnel.
      * on many versions of presidential china, such as the Wilson or Reagan china, which is often used at state dinners at the White House

      For the entire article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Presidential_Seal

      • UpTakeVideo | June 26, 2010 –

        Peace Or War On Presidential Seal?

        Is it true the eagle on the Presidential seal faces the olive branches in times of peace and the arrows in times of war? Brian Mosteller of White House Oval Office Operations explains why there are two Presidential seals.

  2. Bald Eagle

    Genus: Haliaeetus
    Species: leucocephalus

    The bald eagle is the symbol of the United States and a source of pride for much of the nation. However, one of most famous founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, hated the idea of the bald eagle as the national symbol.

    Benjamin Franklin said, “I wish the eagle had not been chosen as the representative of this country. He is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his living honestly.”

    What was Benjamin Franklin’s first choice for a national symbol? The turkey! The turkey is “a much more respectable bird and a true native of the country.”

    In truth, both species are natives of the United States. The bald eagle was chosen because it stands for strength, courage and freedom. Although the turkey was not chosen for our national symbol, it is the symbol of one of our most famous national holidays, Thanksgiving.

    For the entire article: http://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Wildlife-Library/Birds/Bald-Eagle.aspx

  3. The Flag

    The U.S. FlagThe U.S. flag has undergone many changes since the first official flag of 1777. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act, which said that the flag would be made up of thirteen alternating red and white stripes and thirteen white stars on a blue field. Stars have been added to the flag as new states join the union. Currently, the flag contains 50 stars.

    Ever wonder why the flag is red, white, and blue? While the flag’s colors did not have a specific meaning at the time, the colors were significant for the Great Seal of 1782.

    * White: Signifies purity and innocence
    * Red: Signifies valor and bravery
    * Blue: Signifies Vigilance, perseverance, and justice

    Why stars and stripes? Stars are considered a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.

    To learn more, check out the following resources:

    * Our Flag [PDF, 1.78MB], Senate Document 105-13. This document contains historical information, pictures, and other information about the U.S. flag.
    * The United States Code, Title 4 (Flag and Seal, Seat of Government, and the States), Chapter 1 (The Flag). The U.S. Code is the permanent book of U.S. laws. To search, enter the word flag in the search terms box.

    • Smithsonian Facts about the United States Flag

      Until the Executive Order of June 24, 1912, neither the order of the stars nor the proportions of the flag was prescribed. Consequently, flags dating before this period sometimes show unusual arrangements of the stars and odd proportions, these features being left to the discretion of the flag maker. In general, however, straight rows of stars and proportions similar to those later adopted officially were used. The principal acts affecting the flag of the United States are the following:

      * Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777 – stated: “Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
      * Act of January 13, 1794 – provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars after May 1795.
      * Act of April 4, 1818 – provided for 13 stripes and one star for each state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July following the admission of each new state.
      * Executive Order of President Taft dated June 24, 1912 – established proportions of the flag and provided for arrangement of the stars in six horizontal rows of eight each, a single point of each star to be upward.
      * Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3, 1959 – provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically.
      * Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated August 21, 1959 – provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows of stars staggered horizontally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically.

      For the entire article: http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmah/flag.htm

  4. The Great Seal of the United States

    Obverse Side of the Great SealOn July 4, 1776, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were given the task of creating a seal for the United States of America. The delegates of the Constitutional Convention believed an emblem and national coat of arms would be evidence of an independent nation and a free people with high aspirations and grand hopes for the future.

    The Great Seal was finalized and approved six years later on June 20, 1782. The seal reflects the beliefs and values that the Founding Fathers wanted to pass on to their descendents.

    In the center of the seal is an bald eagle, our national bird. It holds in its beak a scroll inscribed E pluribus unum, which is Latin meaning “out of many, one” and stands for one nation that was created from 13 colonies. In one claw is an olive branch, while the other holds a bundle of thirteen arrows. The olive branch and arrows “denote the power of peace and war.”

    A shield with thirteen red and white stripes covers the eagle’s breast. The shield is supported solely by the American eagle to denote that Americans should rely on their own virtue. The red and white stripes of the shield represent the states united under and supporting the blue, representing the President and Congress. The color white signifies purity and innocence; red, hardiness and valor; and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice. Above the eagle’s head is a cloud surrounding a blue field containing thirteen stars, which forms a constellation. The constellation denotes that a new State is taking its place among other nations

    For the entire article: http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols/seal.html

    • To celebrate the 225th anniversary of the creation of the Great Seal of the United States, the United States Diplomacy Center created a traveling exhibition to tell the story of the Seal, entitled Celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Great Seal of the United States: Past, Present and Future, and the enclosure around the Seal was refurbished to explain its history and symbols.

      To mark the exhibtion, Secretary Rice spoke at a ceremony held in the Exhibit Hall where the Great Seal is housed. As the Secretary explained, “Our forbearers commissioned the design of the Great Seal to represent the existence of the United States to other nations [and] unlike other countries that change seals with rulers and regimes…the U.S. has retained the very same seal for 225 years, a testimony to the enduring values inscribed inside that first seal.” And indeed, the die of the Great Seal of the United States is a small engraved metal plate, but it represents the sovereignty of our entire nation. With its eagle, shield, olive branch, and arrows, the Seal captures the unity, strength, and independence our Founding Fathers sought for the new republic. The Department of State has had the privilege and honor of caring for this national treasure since 1789.

      Allen Weinstein, the Archivist of the National Archives and Records Administration, also spoke at the ceremony, noting that “Today, the Great Seal is a symbol of our democracy. its guiding principles are a model for other nations to follow in their quest for freedom from tyranny in a world that values human rights and liberty.”

      For the entire article: http://diplomacy.state.gov/exhibitions/100911.htm

    • Exhibition of the Great Seal of the United States Opens at Independence Visitor Center, Philadelphia

      Office of the Spokesman
      Washington, DC
      August 18, 2010

      Independence Visitor Center, the official visitor center for the greater Philadelphia region, is hosting the landmark exhibition Celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Great Seal: Past, Present and Future. The exhibition was organized in 2007 by the United States Diplomacy Center (http://diplomacy.state.gov) to commemorate the anniversary of the creation of America’s national symbol, which is housed at the U.S. Department of State.
      This exhibition looks back at the ancestors, origins and meanings of the modern seal, how and why it came to reside at the Department of State, and celebrates its significance in the United States today. Included in the exhibition is art work from Washington, D.C.-area students reinterpreting the Great Seal with an eye toward the future.

      The exhibition is on view through the end of 2010 at the Independence Visitor Center (http://www.independencevisitorcenter.com/), which is situated just across the street from Independence Hall where the Founding Fathers forged the Constitution and mandated the creation of a seal to represent the new nation.

      Previously the Great Seal exhibition was on view at the following venues: Independence Living History Center, Philadelphia, PA (September 17, 2009 – July 31, 2010); Harriton House, Bryn Mawr, PA (March 17 – September 16, 2009); George C. Marshall Foundation, Lexington, VA (May 28, 2008 – March 1, 2009); and the Department of State Exhibit Hall, Washington, D.C. (December 20, 2007 – May 5, 2008).

      For more information on U.S. Diplomacy Center exhibitions and educational programs, please call 202-736-9040, or email at usdc@state.gov.

      For the entire article: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/08/146071.htm

    • bobc9246 | September 04, 2010 –

      The Great Seal at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq

      Aaron Snipe, U.S. State Department Spokesman, shows Bob Calvert the The Great Seal of the United States, at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

  5. The Liberty Bell

    Cast in London, England in 1752, the Liberty Bell rang when the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence and has become the symbol of freedom in the United States. The bell weighs about 2000 pounds and is made mostly of copper (70%) and tin (25%).

    Made for the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall), the Liberty Bell was ordered by the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1751 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges. Shortly after its arrival in Philadelphia the Bell cracked. Local craftsmen recast the bell using the metal from the old bell, but this one also proved defective. A third was cast by John Pass and John Stowe. Their names appear on the bell, along with the city and date, along with this inscription:

    “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof – Lev. XXV, v. x. By order of the Assembly of the Province of Pensylvania [sic] for the State House in Philada.

    NOTE: The spelling of “Pennsylvania” was not at that time universally adopted. Pensylvania was an accepted alternative spelling throughout the 1700’s.

    On June 7, 1753, the bell was hung in the tower of Independence Hall; however, during the American Revolution, in 1777, British troops captured Philadelphia. For safekeeping, the bell was moved to Zion’s Reformed Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It was returned to Philadelphia in 1778.

    As tradition, the bell was rung on every July 4th and on every state occasion until 1846. Not everyone agrees on when the first crack appeared on the Liberty Bell, but by 1846 a thin crack began to affect the sound of the bell. It was repaired so the bell could be tolled for Washington’s birthday on February 23, 1846. In order to repair the bell, a slot was carved along the length of the crack that prevented the two sides of the bell from vibrating against each other. Two rivets were inserted in this slot to control the vibration of the two sides and restored the bell’s tonal quality.

    Today, the Liberty Bell hangs in Philadelphia at the Liberty Bell Pavilion on Market Street for all to see and is still gently rung each July 4th.

    To learn more, check out the National Park Service’s Liberty Bell.

    • Independence National Historical Park
      Liberty Bell Center

      LIBERTY BELL INFORMATION SHEET

      Liberty Bell information in International languages click here

      How The Liberty Bell may have sounded

      Visiting
      The Liberty Bell Center is located on Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets. The building is open year round, though hours vary by season. The Liberty Bell Center offers a video presentation and exhibits about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom. Taped presentations about the history of the Liberty Bell are offered in a dozen languages for the convenience of foreign visitors. The Liberty Bell itself is displayed in a magnificent glass chamber with Independence Hall in the background.

      The Bell’s Message

      The Liberty Bell’s inscription conveys a message of liberty which goes beyond the words themselves. Since the bell was made, the words of the inscription have meant different things to different people. When William Penn created Pennsylvania’s government he allowed citizens to take part in making laws and gave them the right to choose the religion they wanted. The colonists were proud of the freedom that Penn gave them. In 1751, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly ordered a new bell for the State House. He asked that a Bible verse to be placed on the bell – “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10). As the official bell of the Pennsylvania State House (today called Independence Hall) it rang many times for public announcements.

      The old State House bell was first called the “Liberty Bell” by a group trying to outlaw slavery. These abolitionists remembered the words on the bell and, in the 1830s, adopted it as a symbol of their cause.

      Beginning in the late 1800s, the Liberty Bell traveled around the country to expositions and fairs to help heal the divisions of the Civil War. It reminded Americans of their earlier days when they fought and worked together for independence.

      In 1915, the bell made its last trip and came home to Philadelphia, where it now silently reminds us of the power of liberty. For more than 200 years people from around the world have felt the bell’s message. No one can see liberty, but people have used the Liberty Bell to represent this important idea.

      For the entire article: http://www.nps.gov/inde/liberty-bell-center.htm

  6. American Treasures of the Library of Congress

    The Most Famous Poster
    James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960)
    I Want You for the U.S. Army
    Lithograph, 1917 Prints & Photographs Division

    Originally published as the cover for the July 6, 1916, issue of Leslie’s Weekly with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” this portrait of “Uncle Sam” went on to become–according to its creator, James Montgomery Flagg–“the most famous poster in the world.” Over four million copies were printed between 1917 and 1918, as the United States entered World War I and began sending troops and matériel into war zones.

    Flagg (1877-1960) contributed forty-six works to support the war effort. He was a member of the first Civilian Preparedness Committee organized in New York in 1917 and chaired by Grosvenor Clarkson. He also served as a member of Charles Dana Gibson’s Committee of Pictorial Publicity, which was organized under the federal government’s Committee on Public Information, headed by George Creel.

    Because of its overwhelming popularity, the image was later adapted for use in World War II. Upon presenting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt a copy of the poster, Flagg remarked that he had been his own model for Uncle Sam to save the modeling fee. Roosevelt was impressed and replied: “I congratulate you on your resourcefulness in saving model hire. Your method suggests Yankee forebears.”

    Uncle Sam is one of the most popular personifications of the United States. However, the term “Uncle Sam” is of somewhat obscure derivation. Historical sources attribute the name to a meat packer who supplied meat to the army during the War of 1812–Samuel (Uncle Sam) Wilson (1766-1854). “Uncle Sam” Wilson was a man of great fairness, reliability, and honesty, who was devoted to his country–qualities now associated with “our” Uncle Sam. James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960)

    With the storm of war brewing behind her, a personification of America sleeps. She wears a Phrygian cap, a symbol of liberty since Roman times. This poster tells all of America to wake up and do their part for the war effort.

    • Thanks COS!

      I like it how the “Uncle Sam” poster says ” I want you” and the “Volunteer Get Out The Vote” poster is right underneath! Just a happy co-inkydink 🙂

  7. American Treasures of the Library of Congress

    James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960)
    I Want You for the U.S. Army
    Lithograph, 1917 Prints & Photographs Division

    Originally published as the cover for the July 6, 1916, issue of Leslie’s Weekly with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” this portrait of “Uncle Sam” went on to become–according to its creator, James Montgomery Flagg–“the most famous poster in the world.” Over four million copies were printed between 1917 and 1918, as the United States entered World War I and began sending troops and matériel into war zones.

    Flagg (1877-1960) contributed forty-six works to support the war effort. He was a member of the first Civilian Preparedness Committee organized in New York in 1917 and chaired by Grosvenor Clarkson. He also served as a member of Charles Dana Gibson’s Committee of Pictorial Publicity, which was organized under the federal government’s Committee on Public Information, headed by George Creel.

    Because of its overwhelming popularity, the image was later adapted for use in World War II. Upon presenting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt a copy of the poster, Flagg remarked that he had been his own model for Uncle Sam to save the modeling fee. Roosevelt was impressed and replied: “I congratulate you on your resourcefulness in saving model hire. Your method suggests Yankee forebears.”

    Uncle Sam is one of the most popular personifications of the United States. However, the term “Uncle Sam” is of somewhat obscure derivation. Historical sources attribute the name to a meat packer who supplied meat to the army during the War of 1812–Samuel (Uncle Sam) Wilson (1766-1854). “Uncle Sam” Wilson was a man of great fairness, reliability, and honesty, who was devoted to his country–qualities now associated with “our” Uncle Sam. James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960)

    With the storm of war brewing behind her, a personification of America sleeps. She wears a Phrygian cap, a symbol of liberty since Roman times. This poster tells all of America to wake up and do their part for the war effort.

    • posterfix | January 02, 2010 –

      Restoring Uncle Sam

      An original UNCLE SAM Poster by James Montgomery Flagg, I Want You for US Army; Lithograph printed in 1917, being Conservation Linen Backed and restored by Posterfix.

  8. DiscoveryNetworks | June 28, 2010 –

    http://www.discoverynews.com

    Uncle Sam – Who Was He?

    Uncle Sam is a national icon in the United States, but where did he come from? Was he a real person? James Williams takes a look into the past to find the answer.

  9. bills345 | November 05, 2008 –

    Election night, 2008: Philadelphians march to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in celebration of President-elect Barack Obama.

    (Hard to see at night, but arrival is reported at about 2:07 min.)

    • Some overlap with the preceding video — this one starts in the Philadelphia Obama HQ.

      bills345 | November 05, 2008 –

      Philly – Obama campaign office – celebration and spontaneous street celebration

      Philly – Obama campaign office – post election –
      party and celebration. Watch returns on tv and then celebration march to Liberty Bell.

  10. houstonzoo | October 01, 2009 –

    Liberty the Bald Eagle

    Have your heard the call of a bald eagle before? Hear Liberty’s call and hear a bit about her in this short video. She’s a resident at the McGovern Children’s Zoo at the Houston Zoo.

  11. And now for something completely different: You will recognize John Philip Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March.”

    moller121 | July 12, 2009 –

    Liberty Bell March

    The Liberty Bell March was recorded on July 11, 2009 on the 41 rank Moller Pipe Organ at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Lancaster, NY. The organist is Joseph Momot.

  12. TacomaWeekly.com, Sept. 1, 2010:

    Know your public art: Washington State Liberty Bell replica

    By Dave R. Davison

    …. The Washington State Liberty Bell replica is one of 55 that were commissioned by the United States Treasury as part of a 1950 savings bond promotional campaign called “the Independence Savings Bond drive.” Financed by a group of copper companies, the 55 replicas of the Liberty Bell were forged in Annecy, France, since no American company was capable of such a project at that time. The bells were made to the exact size of the original (six feet tall and weighing more than a ton). They were also made to sound the same tone as the original did before its famous crack made it mute.

    In 1950 the United States Treasury presented one Liberty Bell to each of the states and territorial possessions. One was given to the District of Columbia and one remained in France.

    The Ford Motor Company donated 53 new trucks to take the bells to each of their destinations. The bells then traveled around their various states and regions as a means of attracting crowds to whom a pitch to buy savings bonds was delivered under the slogan: “Save for your independence.”

    On May 15, 1950, ceremonies at South 9th Street and Broadway marked the arrival of the bell and the kickoff of the savings bond drive. The Jason Lee Junior High School band provided music and there was a Marine Corps honor guard. After the ceremony, the Liberty Bell was taken to Annie Wright Seminary and to Jason Lee, Stewart and Mason junior high schools before it left for Olympia, where then Governor Arthur B. Langlie met it along with the combined student bodies of all elementary and secondary schools there. The bell then commenced on its two-month tour of Washington before returning to Tacoma on July 9, 1950….

    All the fanfare that accompanied the coming of this replica Liberty Bell to Tacoma is pale by comparison to the pomp and pageantry associated with a 1915 visit of the original Liberty Bell when it was taken on its last national tour. Then the true Liberty Bell, mounted on a flat train car, was parked at South 11th and ‘A’ streets (site of the old Federal Building) and a grand parade was held. Thousands came that day to see the Liberty Bell in a spirit of near religious fervor. Nevertheless, the 1950 replica of the Liberty Bell was still a symbol with the power to draw public attention. Then the Cold War was underway and the Korean conflict was beginning to boil. Patriotic national symbols held a potency then that they might not possess today….

    http://www.tacomaweekly.com/article/4757

  13. whitehouse | September 08, 2010 –

    The President’s Vision for the Economy

    President Obama argues against a return to failed economic policies of the past and outlines a vision for the economy that encourages free markets, benefits the middle class, and promotes fiscal responsibility in a speech at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, OH.

    • Office of the Press Secretary, September 08, 2010:

      Remarks by the President on the Economy in Parma, Ohio

      THE PRESIDENT:

      ….A lot has changed since I came here in those final days of the last election, but what hasn’t is the choice facing this country. It’s still fear versus hope; the past versus the future. It’s still a choice between sliding backward and moving forward. That’s what this election is about. That’s the choice you will face in November. (Applause.)

      Now, we have a different vision for the future. See, I’ve never believed that government has all the answers to our problems. I’ve never believed that government’s role is to create jobs or prosperity. I believe it’s the drive and the ingenuity of our entrepreneurs, our small businesses; the skill and dedication of our workers — (applause) — that’s made us the wealthiest nation on Earth. (Applause.) I believe it’s the private sector that must be the main engine for our recovery.

      I believe government should be lean; government should be efficient. I believe government should leave people free to make the choices they think are best for themselves and their families, so long as those choices don’t hurt others. (Applause.)

      But in the words of the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, I also believe that government should do for the people what they cannot do better for themselves. (Applause.) And that means making the long-term investments in this country’s future that individuals and corporations can’t make on their own: investments in education and clean energy, in basic research and technology and infrastructure. (Applause.)

      That means making sure corporations live up to their responsibilities to treat consumers fairly and play by the same rules as everyone else. (Applause.) Their responsibility is to look out for their workers, as well as their shareholders, and create jobs here at home.

      And that means providing a hand-up for middle-class families –- so that if they work hard and meet their responsibilities, they can afford to raise their children, and send them to college, see a doctor when they get sick, retire with dignity and respect. (Applause.)

      That’s what we Democrats believe in -– a vibrant free market, but one that works for everybody. (Applause.) That’s our vision. That’s our vision for a stronger economy and a growing middle class. And that’s the difference between what we and Republicans in Congress are offering the American people right now….

      http://bit.ly/9OmtQZ

  14. Good Morning O’Team

    Its funny to read the responses by our pundits regarding the PBO. I finally got to watch the speech in Ohio last night. It was one of his longer speeches and very informative. I liked it a lot but most of the pundits think this is the best speech the President has given this year. Where have these people been all year? It was a great speech but President Obama has been doing this all year long. He is basically taking snippets from his year long speeches and has masterfully put it all together to really inspire his Democratic base to GOTV.

    I am convinced that these people have selective hearing or they just really are not paying attention to our President.

    Oh well he looked and sounded fantastic.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for the President, his family and the Nation.

    Also, please reflect, pray or meditate that our supporters will unify and volunteer with enthusiasm to help Democrats to maintain their majorities.

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

  15. My case and point and this is one of the more Liberal journalist.

    President Obama decided this week to raise the stakes in this fall’s election by making the choice about something instead of nothing but anger.

    In the process, he will confront a deeply embedded media narrative that sees a Republican triumph as all but inevitable. Paradoxically, such extravagant expectations may be the GOP’s biggest problem — by raising the bar for what will constitute success and by discouraging necessary strategic adjustments if our newly combative president begins to alter the political battlefield.

    Until Obama’s Labor Day speech in Milwaukee and his statement of principles Wednesday near Cleveland, it was not clear how much heart he had in the fight or whether he would ever offer a comprehensive argument for the advantage of his party’s approach.

    In the absence of a coherent case, Republicans were winning by default on a wave of protest votes. Without this new effort at self-definition, Obama was a blur: a socialist to conservatives, a sellout to some progressives, and a disappointment to younger Americans who wondered what happened to the ebullient, hopeful guy they voted for.

    That’s why the Milwaukee-Cleveland one-two punch mattered. The first speech showed Obama could fight and enjoy himself in the process. The second speech spelled out why he has chosen to do battle.

    The news headline was Obama’s decision to draw the line on George W. Bush’s tax cuts. He would continue the most economically stimulative cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year but say no to extending the rest of the tax cuts that, as Obama noted, “would have us borrow $700 billion over the next 10 years to give a tax cut of about $100,000 to folks who are already millionaires.” What do Democrats stand for if they are not willing to take on this cause?

    But even more, Wednesday’s speech in Parma, Ohio, showed Obama speaking openly about the philosophical underpinnings of his presidency by way of explaining where he would lead the country.

    Read the rest here:
    http://bit.ly/9YdHqW

  16. New Report on National Health Expenditures

    Posted by Nancy-Ann DeParle on September 09, 2010

    The CMS Office of the Actuary (OACT) released an update today regarding their annual National Health Expenditures report. The Office of the Actuary does a report on National Health expenditures annually every March. This year, when they put out their report, they indicated that Congress was poised to enact the health reform law and that they intended to publish an update after they had reviewed the law. This is that update. It is consistent with OACT’s earlier analysis of the law that was submitted to Congress by Rick Foster of the Office of the Actuary in April.

    Today’s report by the Office of the Actuary confirms a central point of the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama: The Act will make health care more affordable for Americans. In fact, the Actuary’s report indicates that total health care spending per insured American will be more than $1000 lower thanks to the provisions of the new law than it would have been if Congress and the President had not acted.

    Specifically, by 2019, overall health spending per insured person will average $14,720 instead of the $16,120 projected by the Actuary before the Act was enacted into law. This is great news for many Americans. More good news for American consumers: The Actuary predicts out of pocket spending on health care services per person will decline an average of 6% to $1,310, a savings of $80 per person per year. This means more money in people’s pockets.

    Finally, the Actuary’s report confirms that 33 million Americans who are living without health insurance today will gain coverage. While this will result in a short-term increase in spending (as uninsured people begin to receive the care they have postponed or gone without), the rate of growth in spending will slow in the second half of this decade. A close look at this report’s data suggest that for average Americans, the Affordable Care Act will live up to its promise.

    Nancy-Ann DeParle is the Director of the White House Office of Health Reform

  17. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announces winners of the Blue Ribbon School Awards

    9/9/10 10:00 AM WhitHouse.gov

    The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States government program created to honor schools. The Blue Ribbon award is considered the highest honor an American school can achieve.

    Established in 1982 by Secretary of Education Terrell Bell, the program first honored only secondary schools, and was expanded to include primary schools. It was then changed again to honor secondary schools and primary schools in alternate years. The program recognized more than 3,000 schools from its inception through 1996, and currently cites nearly 300 schools per year out of 133,000 total K-12 schools, although only those schools that meet the eligibility criteria and submit applications are considered.

    To be selected for recognition, a school conducts a self-evaluation — a process that allows teachers, students, parents and community representatives to assess their strengths and weaknesses and develop strategic plans for the future. The school then submits a written application, including information on its progress toward achieving the National Education Goals. A review panel selects what they consider the most promising schools for site visits by experienced educators who submit reports on their findings. The review panel considers the reports and makes recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Education, who announces the schools selected for recognition.

    Eligible schools must have been in existence for five years and cannot have received the award within the five prior years.

  18. Open for Questions: Video Chat on Latinos and Health Care

    Posted by Luis Miranda on September 09, 2010

    En españo l2:30 PM ET (11:30 AM PT) – WhiteHouse.gov

    Join Department of Health & Human Services officials for a live webchat from the White House this Thursday at 2:30 PM ET (11:30 AM PT) to introduce CuidadoDeSalud.Gov, the first website in Spanish of its kind to help consumers take control of their health care, and to take questions from readers of some of the most important Hispanic internet websites in the country about how new changes under the Affordable Care Act affect the Latino community.

    HHS officials will be joined on the chat by representatives from Univision.com’s health portal, Hola Doctor, and Dr. Aliza’s VidaYSalud.com. Consistent with the mandate in the Affordable Care Act, CuidadodeSalud.Gov is the partner site of HealthCare.gov and is the first website in Spanish to provide consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool.

    Join us at 2:30 PM ET (11:30 AM PT) Thursday, at WhiteHouse.gov/live.

    Luis Miranda is Director of Hispanic Media

  19. Obama implores minister to call off Quran burning

    9/9/10 AP

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is exhorting a Florida minister to “listen to those better angels” and call off his plan to engage in a Quran-burning protest this weekend.

    Obama told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview aired Thursday that he hopes the Rev. Terry Jones of Florida listens to the pleas of people who have asked him to call off the plan. The president called it a “stunt.”

    “If he’s listening, I hope he understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans,” Obama said. “That this country has been built on the notion of freedom and religious tolerance.”

    “And as a very practical matter, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women who are in uniform,” the president added.

    Said Obama: “Look, this is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaida. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan.” The president also said Jones’ plan, if carried out, could serve as an incentive for terrorist-minded individuals “to blow themselves up” to kill others.

    “I hope he listens to those better angels and understands that this is a destructive act that he’s engaging in,” the president said of Jones.

    • Exclusive: President Obama Says Terry Jones’ Plan to Burn Korans Is ‘A Destructive Act’
      President: Pastor’s ‘Stunt’ Could Endanger Lives Here and Abroad

      9/901 By SUZAN CLARKE and RICH McHUGH – ABCNews

      A Florida pastor’s plan to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 could result in “serious violence” against American troops in Pakistan and Afghanistan and would be “a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda,” President Barack Obama said in an interview that aired today on “Good Morning America.”

      “If he’s listening, I just hope he understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values … this country has been built on the notions of religious freedom and religious tolerance,” Obama said. “As a very practical matter, as commander (in) chief of the armed forces of the United States, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in Iraq, who are in Afghanistan.”

      In the exclusive one-on-one interview on Wednesday with “GMA” anchor George Stephanopoulos, the president discussed initiatives to boost the flagging economy, tax cuts and the upcoming midterm elections. He also said Terry Jones’ actions could boost recruitment of people who would be willing to “blow themselves up” in cities in America or Europe.

      Click HERE to read the full transcript of the interview.

  20. Obama sends cash to candidates

    09/09/10 By MIKE ALLEN – POLITICO

    President Obama has directed that $4.5 million be transferred from the Obama for America campaign account that had been set aside for legal expenses associated with the shutdown of the campaign to Democratic Party committees to support Democratic candidates for office in advance of the midterm elections. As soon as it was determined that these funds were no longer needed for the shutdown of the campaign, the president directed that $1.5 million be transferred to each of the following committees: DCCC, DSCC and DNC. Obama for America earlier in the cycle had transferred $8 million, which was split between the DCCC and the DSCC.

    This $4.5 million is above and beyond the unprecedented commitment of resources the president has made to this year’s elections through the DNC’s $50 million Vote 2010 Campaign Plan. That includes $20 million split evenly among the DCCC, the DSCC and governor’s races through state parties, and $30 million in expenditures for GOTV, voter registration, and voter protection efforts being made directly by the DNC. The Obama for America and DNC commitments represent the largest commitment of resources the Democratic Party has ever made toward a midterm election.

  21. W.H. villain gets eight shout-outs

    09/08/10 By MATT NEGRIN – POLITICO

    The White House billed President Obama’s speech in Cleveland on Wednesday as a direct response to House Minority Leader John Boehner’s event there a few weeks back — and true to form, Obama called out Boehner by name eight times in his 45-minute speech.

    Here are the references to “Mr. Boehner”:

    — “Now, to most of you, I’ll bet this just seems like common sense. But not to Mr. Boehner and his allies.”

    — “For years, Republicans have fought to keep these corporate loopholes open. In fact, when Mr. Boehner was here in Cleveland, he attacked us for closing a few of these loopholes and using the money to help states like Ohio keep hundreds of thousands of teachers and cops and firefighters on the job.”

    — “Mr. Boehner dismissed these jobs we saved — teaching our kids, patrolling our streets, rushing into burning buildings — as, quote, government jobs, jobs I guess he thought just weren’t worth saving.”

    — “Mr. Boehner and the Republicans in Congress said no to these projects, fought them tooth and nail, though I should say it didn’t stop a lot of them from showing up at the ribbon-cuttings, trying to take credit.”

    — “But despite the fact that this has traditionally been an issue with bipartisan support, Mr. Boehner has so far said no to infrastructure. That’s bad for America. And that, too, is what this election is all about.”

    — “So let me be clear to Mr. Boehner and everybody else: We should not hold middle class tax cuts hostage any longer.”

    — “When these same Republicans — including Mr. Boehner — were in charge, the number of earmarks and pet projects went up, not down. These same Republicans turned a record surplus into a record deficit.”

    — “But that’s not what happened. There were no new policies from Mr. Boehner. There were no new ideas. There was just the same philosophy that we had already tried during the decade that they were in power, the same philosophy that led to this mess in the first place: cut more taxes for millionaires and cut more rules for corporations.”

    • Obama firm against tax cuts for rich

      9/9/10 Matt Spetalnick – Reuters

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama stood firm on Thursday in opposition to a Republican push to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the rich but stopped short of threatening to veto such a measure if passed by Congress.

      “There are a whole bunch of better ways to spend the money,” Obama said in an ABC News interview when pressed twice whether he would use his veto power to block such a move. He did not directly answer the question.

      Obama, fighting to keep Democrats in charge of Congress, reiterated his view that the United States could not afford to extend tax cuts for wealthy Americans enacted under former President George W. Bush and set to expire at the end of this year. The issue has become a hot-button issue in a congressional election year.

      John Boehner, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives, called on Wednesday for a two-year freeze on all current U.S. tax rates, which would cover the middle-class as well as the rich.

      Obama has made clear that he would not support such a blanket freeze but says his administration is ready to extend tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year.

      Obama, in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” program conducted on Wednesday, said “probably the least efficient way of giving the economy a boost” is to give large tax cuts to “millionaires and billionaires.”

      With the unemployment rate at 9.6 percent and the economic recovery sputtering, Obama’s Democrats are struggling to keep control of Congress in November elections.

  22. Obama: GOP has no ‘serious plan’

    09/09/10 By MATT NEGRIN – POLITICO

    President Obama flew to John Boehner’s home state on Wednesday to respond to the House GOP leader’s opposition to the White House’s economic policies, arguing that Republicans have no “serious plan to govern.”

    “He dismissed these jobs – teaching our kids, patrolling our streets, rushing into burning buildings – as, quote, ‘government jobs’ – jobs that I guess he thought just weren’t worth saving,” Obama said of Boehner in Cleveland, where a few weeks ago, the minority leader demanded that the White House’s economic team be sacked.

    Obama said that in Boehner’s speech, “There were no new policies from Mr. Boehner. There were no new ideas.”

    Video: http://videoshare.politico.com/singletitlevideo.php?bcpid=19407224001&bctid=605519879001

  23. Jobless claims add hope to labor outlook

    9/9/10 Lucia Mutikani and Doug Palmer- Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week to a two-month low, while the trade deficit narrowed sharply in July, hopeful signs for the stuttering economic recovery.

    Analysts said the reports on Thursday helped to calm fears growth was slowing sharply and implied the economy could soon pull out of a recent soft patch.

    “We were expecting that things would slow down in the third quarter and start to pick up in the fourth quarter, but now it seems like the slowdown in the third quarter wasn’t as severe as we feared,” said David Sloan, an economist at 4CAST in New York.

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 451,000, the lowest since the week ended July 10, the Labor Department said. That was well below financial market expectations for 470,000.

    Separately, the trade deficit shrank 14 percent to $42.8 billion in July, smaller than the $47.3 billion gap that markets had expected.

    U.S. stock index futures extended gains after the data, while Treasury debt prices deepened losses and the U.S. dollar pared losses versus the yen.

    The reports further reduced the odds of the economy slipping back into recession.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/dorjNl

    • Stock futures rise as data point to faster growth

      9/10 10 Rodrigo Campos – Reuters

      NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks were set to open higher on Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy may see more growth than economists have anticipated.

      New claims for unemployment insurance fell more than expected last week to their lowest level in two months and the U.S. trade deficit narrowed more than forecast in July as exports shot to their highest level since August 2008, painting a rosier picture for economic growth.

      “The recovery is not falling apart and continued growth is the most likely outcome,” said Zach Pandl, economist at Nomura Securities International in New York.”

      “This (data) is generally a bond negative and positive for stock prices.”

      Fears of a double-dip recession have kept investors at bay and the stock market in a tight trading range for several months.

      S&P 500 futures rose 8.7 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract. Dow Jones industrial average futures gained 60 points and Nasdaq 100 futures added 13 points.

      Volume is expected to be low again as the Jewish New Year is celebrated and many market participants stay on the sidelines. The six lowest volume days of the year have come in the last month.

      For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/bO9eNN

    • Oh, THANK GOODNESS!!!! Please, let’s keep the unemployed in our thoughts and most of all, KEEP HOPE ALIVE.

  24. GOOD MORNING, OTeam!

    CR, what a wonderful thread topic! Can’t wait to dig in and read all about our national symbols.

    Today we register New Citizens. Looking forward to taking a break later and heading toward the ceremony to greet people excited to exercise their new right to vote.

  25. Helping Businesses Invest to Strengthen Our Recovery

    Posted by Secretary Gary Locke on September 09, 2010

    When President Obama came into office our nation was losing 750,000 jobs a month, and the President took difficult steps to help save our economy and stave off a second Great Depression. While some of those steps weren’t popular, they were the right thing to do for our recovery: our country has now added private sector jobs for eight straight months and growth is back in positive territory.

    Still, the turnaround hasn’t happened fast enough. Main Street businesses are not yet back to firing on all cylinders, and too many Americans remain out of work.

    That’s why yesterday, the President unveiled a targeted set of proposals to continue our economic recovery and promote growth. One of these proposals will allow companies to fully deduct qualified capital investments through the end of 2011, and represents the largest temporary investment incentive in American history.

    Here’s how it works. Today, if you own a business and buy a $10 million piece of equipment for your factory, your accountants predict how long that piece of equipment will last. In this case, let’s say it’s 10 years. Every year, that piece of equipment depreciates in value, and as the business owner, you get to write off that loss, in small increments, every year for the next 10 years.

    Under the president’s plan, you don’t have to wait those 10 years to get the full amount of this tax relief. If you are a business owner and buy a new piece of equipment or make another capital investment, you can take the full deduction right away. In order to begin encouraging additional investment immediately, President Obama has proposed that the benefit be retroactive to today, September 8, 2010, to encourage U.S. companies to make these purchases now.

    This plan will put nearly $200 billion in the hands of businesses and entrepreneurs over the next two years. It will give businesses that have been waiting on the sidelines the incentive to make important investments that will help strengthen the recovery, grow our economy, and help put people back to work.

    While there’s no silver bullet to fix our economy, this is the kind of smart, targeted tax cut that will continue to grow the economy and promote the President’s pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-business policies that have helped us turn the corner.

    Tax breaks for businesses that want to make big new investments is another step in the right direction.

    Gary Locke is Secretary of Commerce

  26. Iran to free 1 of 3 Americans in holiday clemency

    9/9/10 NASSER KARIMI, AP

    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran said it will free one of three Americans jailed for more than a year on Saturday in a clemency to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

    The Culture Ministry sent a text message to reporters telling them to come to a Tehran hotel to witness the release. It is the same hotel where the three were allowed the only meeting with their mothers since they were detained in July 2009.

    “Offering congratulations on Eid al-Fitr,” the message said referring to the holiday marking the end of the fasting month. “The release of one of the detained Americans will be at Saturday, 9 a.m. at the Estaghlal hotel.” It is common in the Islamic world to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday by showing clemency and releasing prisoners.

    It did not say which one would be released. But Sarah Shourd, 31, has told her mother she has serious medical problems.

    Shourd’s mother said her daughter told her in a telephone call in August that prison officials have denied her requests for medical treatment. The mother said they talked about her daughter’s medical problems, including a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells, and her solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin prison.

    In Washington, the State Department said it was aware of reports that one of the three would be freed but could not confirm them. The United States has no diplomatic presence in Iran and one department official said there had not yet been any word about a possible release from the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which represents U.S. interests in the country.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/be3wgb

  27. Happy Thursday CR, Donna, Tigerfists, Jackie, Meta and COS and all friends!

    Great thread topic, CR!

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  28. whitehouse | September 09, 2010 –

    The First Lady Shares her Message of Thanks to the Troops and their Families

  29. Thank you, Steve Benen:

    HALPERIN’S DEEPLY FLAWED ADVICE

    …. Mark Halperin …. doesn’t blame the president and his team for being annoyed, since Obama “is calling for some of the same provisions that the GOP and its business-lobby allies have touted for years.” Halperin even acknowledges that Republicans are only fighting the administration’s ideas because they want to deny the president a pre-election victory — putting political considerations ahead of the economy.

    So, what’s the problem? Halperin’s suggestion to Obama about the road ahead….” [Halperin says] What most ails the economy right now is the uncertainty in the business sector about what Washington will do next…. Treating his opponents as unprincipled chuckleheads makes it less likely that Obama will get what he wants and more likely that voters will be turned off by contemptuous rhetoric.”

    Two things. First, uncertainty is not what ails the economy most right now. Republicans say this every day, and they’re wrong.

    Second, Halperin’s advice is badly flawed. Halperin concedes Republicans are opposing ideas they should support, concedes Republicans aren’t approaching the debate in good faith, and concedes that their position is entirely unprincipled. But he nevertheless concludes that the president shouldn’t show any public frustration about this — or, heaven forbid, actually call out the GOP for their indefensible antics — because it might hurt Republicans’ feelings, making bipartisan cooperation less likely….

    How, then, does Halperin suggest the president, who’s already prepared to endorse policies the GOP says they want, move the policy forward? Send Republicans flowers? Invite them to the movies? Praise them for their obstinacy? Keep repeating “thank you, sir, may I have another” until Republicans are prepared to let the political system function?

    As for Halperin’s concern about “contemptuous rhetoric,” I think Republicans characterizing the president as an illegitimate, authoritarian Communist with Hitler-like tendencies and no birth certificate have cornered the market on this front.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_09/025594.php

    • There’s a whole series of hit-jobs by the Time on PBO. Each day, something new.

    • I know how frustrating it is BWD!

      So we have to keep working hard!

      We have to HOPE that the UpsetLeft will SNAP OUT OF IT if they don’t want a majority GOP/TeaBagger Congress, State, City!

      I don’t want that and I will not go down without a fight!

      • After reading the HuffPo article I thought it was a pretty good article. My summary and take on this article is that Loeb was saying, although they may be heartbroken and disappointed, if they don’t engage and vote, the republican right wing predators will take over and everything they pretend to be heartbroken from will not happen and come to a halt.

        • This is the meaningful stuff for me:

          “We might remind those we approach to volunteer or to vote that they’ll never know when their participation will make a crucial difference. On Election Day of 2004, I was knocking on doors in Washington State and turned out three additional voters. One had forgotten about the election. Another needed a ride. A third didn’t know how to submit his absentee ballot. My candidate [Chris Gregoire] won the governor’s race by 133 votes, over a right-wing Republican [Dino Rossi, who Chris beat handily in the rematch]who’s now running neck and neck with the once seemingly unbeatable Senator Patty Murray. Had just 50 of us stayed home that day, we’d have lost. Our outreach made a similarly critical difference two years ago in Minnesota when Al Franken won his Senate seat by 225 votes. In an example of why involvement can’t wait until the election, I once interviewed a young woman who registered 300 voters on her Connecticut campus, helping her strongly progressive Congressman win by 27 votes.

          In 1994 we paid the price for not having these volunteers. Infuriated by Bill Clinton’s support for the NAFTA trade agreement, core Democratic activists stopped knocking on doors and making phone calls. Because there was no one to get out the vote, the Democrats lost race after critical race, often by the narrowest of margins. According to CNN and Gallup surveys, the forty-two percent of America’s registered voters who stayed home leaned Democratic widely enough that they would have reversed the electoral outcome, had they only showed up at the polls.”

          So personally I don’t care how people explain their Democratic votes, as long as they VOTE!

          • I agree Kat. We just need the votes. I heard Rachel say last night that there is a 4 million gap between the Dems and the repugs votes in all of the races held so far. It is crucial that we close this gap even if it means holding one’s nose and voting for Dems.

    • The professional left are the biggest bunch of wimps ever. They are consumed with Rahm-hate, they are consumed with victimhood, and they have feelings as delicate as flowers.

      It’s pathetic and you can’t respect folks like that.

  30. Next Up…

    September 09, 2010

    2:30 PM EDT

    Open for Questions: Video Chat on Latinos and Health Care

    Listos Para Sus Preguntas: CuidadoDeSalud.gov

    El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos responde a sus preguntas sobre ley de reforma de salud.
    La Casa Blanca

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

    • Poll:

      Do you approve of the way the President of the United States Barack Obama is doing his job?

      I have working brain cells, so Yes: 67%, 3,676 votes

      I am an idiot, so No: 23%, 1,277 votes

      I was dropped on my head as a child, so Undecided: 9%, 514 votes.

      [I added some editorial content there.]

      Link: http://bit.ly/c5sdWQ

    • Donna, I have O-mailed you an updated list of voter registration info & deadlines for November 2010.

    • whitehouse | September 09, 2010 –

      Listos Para Sus Preguntas: CuidadoDeSalud.gov

      El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos responde a sus preguntas sobre ley de reforma de salud.

  31. Did you guys see that new Michael Moore blog? It’s basically another anti PBO blog. Today he wrote a parody about the president’s proclamations. This is how it ends:

    Wednesday, September 8:
    “Today I am declaring an end to the slogans ‘Yes We Can!,’ ‘Change We Can Believe In,’ and ‘Hope.’ The truth is this: No we can’t, there’s not much change you can believe in, and my only hope is to find a way to turn the clock back to January of 2009 so I can start over and fight like the champ the American people thought they were electing. That is all. I will have no further proclamations.”

    Stupid clown.

  32. As someone who has many friends and family members who have gotten higher ed degrees in subjects that offer little prospect of gainful employment, I think this might be a tough – but very good idea in the long run. Sometimes folks have to think practically, not only passionately, about subjects they choose to specialize in. It may be great learning about certain subjects, but if you can’t get a good job in that area, is having 10s of thousands of dollars in loans you can’t repay sensible?


    “It’s now or never.

    For-profit colleges have been rushing to lobby against a proposed Education Department rule that cuts off federal financial aid to programs whose students take on too much debt for too few job prospects. The comment period ends Thursday, and as the clock ticks down, executives have been urging faculty, students and Congress to speak out against the controversial proposal….

    …The department’s goal is to better prepare students for the workforce and protect them from taking out loans they might not be able to pay back. Measuring the debt-to-earnings ratios, the government will offer aid to only colleges that prove students are able to repay the cost of their education.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0910/debt_panels_65c08c2b-b053-4802-ac57-21f740fa0bf5.html

    • I’ll have to look into it more deeply, but I think this could have merit. It has often seemed to me that colleges make very easy promises to students about their job prospects — “The market for translators of ancient Sumerian has never been hotter!”

  33. I was listening to Randi and she had breaking news that the terrorist pastor will not burn the Quran in exchange for moving the location of the center in New York. I turned on the tv to cnn and they are in full coverage mode. This terrorist has gotten his 15 minutes but for some reason I don’t beleive this is the end of this. He will probably be a target from now on. This is so sad. My heart hurts over this.

    • What, he’s trying to bargain now? I wonder if he’s feeling heat. Even the former half-governor of Alaska Tweeted to him to back down.

        • Fla. minister cancels burning of Qurans on 9/11

          9/9/10 By ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP

          GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The minister of a Florida church said he has canceled plans to burn copies of the Quran because the leader of a much-opposed plan to build an Islamic Center near ground zero has agreed to move its location. The agreement couldn’t be immediately confirmed.

          The Rev. Terry Jones said Thursday that Americans oppose the mosque being built at the location and that Muslims do not want the Quran burned. He said instead of his plan to burn the books on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11, he will be flying to New York to speak to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf about moving the mosque.

          “We are, of course, now against any other group burning Qurans,” Jones said during a news conference. We would right now ask no one to burn Qurans. We are absolutely strong on that. It is not the time to do it.”

          President Barack Obama, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan and several Christian leaders had urged Jones to reconsider his plans to burn the Quran, Islam’s holiest text that Muslims consider sacred. They said his actions would endanger U.S. soldiers and provide a strong recruitment tool for Islamic extremists. Jones’ protest also drew criticism from religious and political leaders from across the Muslim world.

          For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/aAq7XX

  34. I see that Iran is going to release the jailed Americans. I also see on the ticker that says “Reduction in obesity will not decrease health care costs”. I don’t believe that. I think this is an indirect way of calling out our FLOTUS.

    • Good grief. Of course reduction in obesity will reduce health care costs, considering obesity is linked to expensive diseases like diabetes, cancer and dementia. And God bless our FLOTUS.

  35. Hi all!

    I am missing so much these days.

    Yippee on the 60 votes for the small business bill. I never did understand why Voinivich (who is a moderate) hadn’t been voting with us on more legislation. He had nothing to lose since he was retiring. Oh Well they march in lockstep but not this time. 🙂

    So this attention seeking nutjob has decided to back down with a caveat. Geesh!

    Michael Moore is is bore!

    The media is still in all out assault on the President (different day same story)

    Kat I love your “editorial content” on the dkos President poll. LOL!

    CR Fantastic thread!

  36. Wall Street buoyed by upbeat economic data

    9/9/10 Edward Krudy- Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks rose on Thursday as stronger-than-expected jobs and trade data helped lift optimism about the economic recovery, although sentiment was fragile as investors fretted over European banks.

    Financials, hit hard in the August downturn, were among top gainers as new U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell to a two-month low, while the trade deficit narrowed sharply in July. JP Morgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) rose 2.5 percent to $40.10.

    “The recovery is not falling apart and continued growth is the most likely outcome,” said Zach Pandl, economist at Nomura Securities International in New York. “This is generally a bond negative and positive for stock prices.”

    However, defensive sectors such as healthcare, utilities and telecommunications services were also among top gainers in a sign investors remain cautious. The S&P healthcare index (.GSPA) rose 1.2 percent, with Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) up 1.3 percent to $16.77.

    Volume was light and trading volatile as some traders were off for the Jewish new year holiday in an already slow week shortened by Monday’s Labor Day holiday.

    The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI) gained 28.23 points, or 0.27 percent, to 10,415.24. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (.SPX) rose 5.31 points, or 0.48 percent, to 1,104.18. The Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC) added 7.33 points, or 0.33 percent, to 2,236.20.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/aAq7XX

    • Heard that the Banks are measuring the drapes in anticipation that the repugs will gain power in November.

  37. Overhaul law may boost health spending only slightly

    9/9/10 Tony Pugh – McClatchy

    WASHINGTON — The health care overhaul law will drive health care spending up only slightly over the next decade, new estimates found.

    National health spending will grow a projected 6.3 percent a year through 2019, according to projections that economists at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released Thursday. Before the overhaul law, CMS economists had projected that the increase in the spending rate would be 6.1 percent a year.

    Public and private health care spending are projected to grow 5 percent this year to $2.6 trillion , up two-tenths of a percentage point from federal estimates made in February, before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 passed.

    That law, which President Barack Obama signed in March, transforms the way health care is delivered and financed. It uses a variety of measures such as coverage mandates, expanded government programs and subsidized insurance premiums to increase the number of Americans with health insurance. The law is designed to use taxes, fees and a host of budget-cutting moves to finance the expansion in coverage.

    The Congressional Budget Office expects the law to reduce the federal budget deficit by $143 billion by 2019. However, the administrative costs to implement the new law will top $71 billion by that year, according to the new CMS report.

    The faster spending growth rate means that health care spending probably will reach $4.6 trillion , or 19.6 percent of the gross domestic product, by 2019, instead of the 19.3 percent projected earlier.

    The report found that the new law will provide some notable savings. For example, annual spending growth for Medicare will be an average of 1.4 percent slower each year through 2019, the report found. This is due mainly to more than 150 cost-cutting measures that the law implements, such as cuts in payments to Medicare managed-care plans. These plans long have been overpaid for their services by an average of 14 percent.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20100909/pl_mcclatchy/3621106

    HCR costs

  38. I peeked into OFA earlier today while at lunch so I could print my call sheet to make some calls while on my break today and discovered that I can now call anywhere in the United States.

    So in honor of my blog friends over the next week I will make 5 calls to California (COS, CR and Meta), Arizona (JB-this should be interesting) Washington State (Kat), New Jersey (Sandy) and 5 calls to Virgina (Vero).

    I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

    BTW-I still hate making phonebanking calls. I still pray that my first call is a leave a message. I use that first call to build up my nerve. 🙂

    • Thank you very very much Donna!

      You are braver then I am…I will do GOTV, holding signs but I can not do phonebanking or canvassing because I can not take the confrontation element at all! My Republican co-captain took care of the weekly phone banking in 2008! He even drove over to Nevada to canvass for Obama!

      • I canvassed a couple of weeks ago for the first time and I think doing it in practically my neighborhood is the only way I would do it. I have to know that I was in friendly territory. I couldn’t deal with people threatening me and stuff like that.

        My experience in my own little city was a good one but it is 95 percent Democrat so that made it easy.

        The phonebanking sucks but its a necessary tool so I psych myself up and do it. When I go into a call center I am much better at it because there are people there doing it with me and that kind of inspires me but alone here at work or at home takes some building up. Right now it is fear that is driving me to do it. I cannot fathom the thought of Speaker Boehner. So I dive in and so far everyone has been pleasant. These out of state calls will be interesting. I may need a glass a wine to get through these. So I challenge myself and tell you all I’m doing it so now I HAVE TO do it 🙂

        • Armor of God

          Ephesians 6:11 (New International Version):

          “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

          Romans 13:12, (New International Version):

          “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

      • COS, I prefer canvassing to phone banking. I was timid at first. We go in twos, so you are not alone. It is hard to get doors slammed in your face, but it doesn’t really happen that often. When I phonebank I am always afraid of someone yelling at me and I must confess am always relieved when I have to leave a message. The best time I ever had was driving to Farmington, New Mexico to get out the vote for President Obama. It was a strange town that I had never been to and I was scared at first. I had a few rude people but I had such wonderful conversations with many people, hispanic, black, gays, etc. It was extremely rewarding.

    • Thanks Donna. I am terrified of calling, but I will offer my services elswhere and donate. 🙂

    • Good luck Donna. The good thing is that the list is Democratic likely voters, though fewer here than other states. They are holding what they call a virtual phone banking event next Thursday night here. They said we will be using our cell phones but will have a computer next to us with a script. That will be a first for me.

  39. Swing state swing
    Obama plans rallies in 4 states

    09/09/10 By KENDRA MARR – POLITICO

    President Obama is returning the campaign trail in the fall with four rallies planned in swing states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Nevada. He’ll also call into a “tele-town hall” to talk to voters at thousands of events across the country.

    Under the banner “Moving America Forward,” Obama will stress what’s at stake in the November elections, according to the Democratic National Committee. He’ll make the case that it’s “critical that he have strong partners and majorities in Congress if he and Democrats are to continue to move the country forward and produce the change that matters for all Americans and that the country voted for in 2008,” according to a DNC announcement.

    The rallies — organized by the DNC and Obama’s political arm, Organizing for America — will be in rapid succession. On Sept. 28, he’ll headline an event in Madison, Wis., focusing on “young people and the change that matters to them.” On Oct. 10, he’ll be in Philadelphia, followed by a tele-town hall on Oct. 12 to encourage supporters to commit to vote. Then Obama will travel to rallies in Ohio on Oct. 17 and in Las Vegas on Oct. 22.

    The DNC didn’t specify who will appear with Obama, but each state is home to a number candidates in tight House, Senate and gubernatorial races. Also on Thursday, Obama ordered the transfer of $4.5 million from Organizing for America to Democratic Party committees.

  40. It’s WORKING!!
    I’m soooo excited I just can’t hide it. Calm down Donna.

    Ok. You all know how earlier this week I told you that I had contacted the Syndicated Black Radio Hosts about getting involved with the GOTV. Well, I contacted Micheal Baisden who comes on in the afternoon and everyday since he spends one hour on his blog, facebook page and on twitter talking about everyone voting on Nov 2nd. This is his message today (Don’t sleep on this election – November 2nd! Go to this link and get information on where you can Vote – http://bit.ly/bpdPuI). I have been leaving comments everyday that OFA needs volunteers with the Vote2010 link.

    Tom Joyner who is the Morning jock just posted this message (President Obama speaks exclusively with Tom on TJMS at 8AM ET Friday. Talks on issues impacting Black America, jobs, economy…and just good to visit with someone who needs our support. Listen carefully, he’s speaking to you and me. Want your comments on what we can do!!!)

    Each-One-Teach-One!!!!!

    Y’all we just have to reach out. We can do this!!

  41. I think you all should come out here for a weekend and canvas and phone bank here in Phoenix. We could have a big slumber party. It is getting a little cooler so early mornings and evenings are gorgeous. Would that be fun or what. You can experience right-wing rhetoric at its finest.

    • Oh My!
      As much as I would love to come visit you I don’t know that I could take the rightwing rhetoric full bore. It might be more than I can handle before the election 🙂

  42. Donna, I just O-mailed you an updated voter registration info and deadline list for Nov. 2010.

  43. Jackie, I am on the West coast here in CA and I know my blood pressure would be so high. I detest McCain with a passion. I can’t stand to look at him. He is a bitter old man who sold his soul to the devil and has no conscience. Rachel sure was giddy last night with his daughter Megan McCain. Megan had the nerve to try and criticize PBO on DADT and Rachel told her she needed to talk to her father because she felt that he could make a big difference if he supported it. I digress. 🙂

    • 🙂

      Has Megan noticed that her party is the one blocking those reforms? I ask a silly question.

    • I watched that clip. I am glad Rachel said that about DADT. I hate to tell you all, but John McCain is seldom in Arizona. Cindy lives here but McCaint lives in a townhouse the majority of the time in Virginia. I don’t know why but I started watching Rachel last night and then Keith Olbermann came on after her show. I was on my laptop so I left the show on. It wasn’t bad until that witch Ariana Huffington came on and started telling the audience what President Obama needed to do before November and I shut her off. That was all the ratings he’s gonna get from me.

      • I agree about Arianna. Keith made her admit to certain things in PBO’s favor. I detest her as much as McCain. I have a feeling McCain and Cindy’s marriage is a front. Who could live with him. I think he is abusive to women.

  44. State by state voter registration information and deadlines for November 2010

    First, there are some one-stop-shopping sites that offer online voter registration:

    Rock the Vote: http://www.rockthevote.com/

    OFA/Democratic Party: https://www.raiseyourvote.com/

    League of Women voters: https://electionimpact3.votenet.com/lwv/voterreg2/index.cfm

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel, use the League of Women Voters voter registration and absentee ballot tool: https://vote411.overseasvotefoundation.org/overseas/home.htm

    The Federal Voting Assistance Program provides voting help for uniformed service members, their families and citizens living outside the U.S. and provides links to online registration and absentee ballot request information, voting information and news updates: http://www.fvap.gov/

    The Election Assistance Commission offers the National Mail Voter Registration Form, which can be used to register to vote, update your registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address or register with a political party. Select a form in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese here: http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/register_to_vote.aspx

    The national form also contains voter registration rules and regulations for each state and territory. For more information about registering to vote, contact your state election office by clicking on this map: http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/contact_your_state.aspx

    State voter information websites and registration deadlines for November 2, 2010 general election:

    1. Alabama: http://www.alabamavotes.gov/GetRegForm.aspx?m=voters
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 22

    2. Alaska: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ot.php
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 3

    3. Arizona: http://www.azsos.gov/election/VoterRegistration.htm
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: midnight, October 4

    4. Arkansas: http://www.votenaturally.org/registration.html
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: You must submit your application to an official voter registration agency or mail it no later than 30 days prior to an election in which you wish to vote. The postmark on a mail-in application will be considered the submission date.

    5. California: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: postmarked no later than October 18

    6. Colorado: https://www.sos.state.co.us/Voter/secuRegVoterIntro.do;jsessionid=0000yd-4dzNrzHa8aAkfkXUgEVq:11p1kuu1d
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: 29 days before Election Day

    7. Connecticut: http://www.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3179&q=392218&SOTSNav_GID=1846#VoterRegistrationForms
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: up to the 7th day before the election

    8. Delaware: http://elections.delaware.gov/services/voter/placestoregister.shtml
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 9

    9. Florida: http://election.dos.state.fl.us/voter-registration/voter-reg.shtml
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: by October 4

    10. Georgia: http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 4

    11. Hawaii: http://hawaii.gov/elections/voters/registration.htm
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 4

    12. Idaho: http://www.idahovotes.gov/VoterGuide/vote.htm
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: up until 25 days preceding any election

    13. Illinois: http://www.elections.state.il.us/InfoForVoters.aspx
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 5, last day for registration of voters by deputy registrars, including municipal, township and road district clerks and precinct committeemen. Although the traditional voter registration period closes 28 days prior to the election, Illinois residents may register in-person at the office of their election authority. The grace period for registration is the 27th to the 7th day prior to the election. The grace period for registering for the general election is October 6 to October 26, 2010.

    14. Indiana: https://indianavoters.in.gov/PublicSite/PublicMain.aspx
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 4

    15. Iowa: http://www.sos.state.ia.us/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Voter pre-registration deadlines: 10 days before General election. If you were not able to pre-register to vote, you can register and vote on Election Day. To do so, you must go to the correct polling place for your current address on Election Day. Go to the link to find your polling place.

    16. Kansas: http://www.kssos.org/elections/elections_registration.html
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: The deadline to register to vote is the fifteenth day before any election.

    17. Kentucky: http://www.elect.ky.gov/register.htm
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 4

    18. Louisiana: http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/457/Default.aspx
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Louisiana statutes require you to be registered 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that particular election.

    19. Maine: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/votreg.htm
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: It’s never too late to register to vote in Maine. You can register to vote until, and including, Election Day. There is no cut-off date for registering to vote in person at your town office or city hall. If you want to register to vote by mail, the cut-off date is the close of business on the 21st day before the election. That date is Tuesday, October 12, 2010 for the General Election.

    20. Maryland: http://www.elections.state.md.us/voter_registration/index.html
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: An application must be postmarked by October 12, 2010, to vote in the General Election. If you submit a voter registration application during the period that registration is closed, your application will be held at the local board of elections and processed when registration reopens. For the 2010 elections, registration will be closed from August 24, 2010, to September 27, 2010, and October 12, 2010, to November 15, 2010.

    21. Massachusetts: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: In order to vote you must be registered 20 days before all primaries and elections, and/or 10 days before a special town meeting.

    22. Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1633_11619-123989–,00.html#5
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: You must register at least 30 days before the election.

    23. Minnesota: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=204
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Register to vote in the 2010 Elections by October 12 for the General Election [or] at the polls on Election Day.

    24. Mississippi: http://www.sos.state.ms.us/elections/voterinfoguide.asp
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: If you register by mail: Your application must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to the election in which you want to vote. If you register in the clerk’s office: You must register at least 30 days prior to the election in which you want to vote. In most cases, Circuit Clerks and Municipal Clerks are required to register voters at any time during usual business hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    25. Missouri: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/Register2Vote/
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 6

    26. Montana: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/Vote/index.asp
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Download a registration form, print, complete and return to your county election office at least 30 days before election day OR Late register after the 30-day regular registration deadline at your county election office up to and including on election day. No absentee ballots are issued between noon and 5:00 p.m. the day before the election however, so if you haven’t registered before then, you probably want to wait until election day to register and vote.

    27. Nebraska: http://www.sos.state.ne.us/elec/voter_info.html
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Mail-in voter registrations must be mailed and postmarked on or before the third Friday preceding an election. Voter registrations delivered by personal messenger or personal agent must arrive on or before the third Friday preceding an election. Individuals may register in person at the County Clerk/Election Commissioner’s office prior to 6 p.m. on the second Friday preceding an election.

    28. Nevada: http://www.nvsos.gov/SOSVoterRegForm/VoterForm.aspx
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 12

    29. New Hampshire: http://www.sos.nh.gov/vote.htm
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: New Hampshire residents who will be 18 years of age or older on election day, and a United States Citizen, may register with the town or city clerk where they live up to 10 days before any election. You may also register on election day at the polling place. The town clerk’s office can inform voters of what proof of qualification they should bring to register.

    30. New Jersey: http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/how-where-register.html
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 12

    31. New Mexico: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/sos-VoterReg.html
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Voter registration closes 28 days prior to an election.

    32. New York: http://www.elections.state.ny.us/Voting.html
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: MAIL REGISTRATION Applications must be postmarked not later than October 8th and received by a board of elections not later than October 13th to be eligible to vote in the General Election. IN PERSON REGISTRATION You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the November general election, your application must be received no later than October 8th except, if you have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since October 8th, you may register in person at the board of elections up until October 22nd. CHANGE OF ADDRESS Notices of change of address from registered voters received by October 13th by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the general election.

    34. North Carolina: http://www.sboe.state.nc.us/items.aspx?id=1&s=1
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: The deadline to register to vote in this State is 25 days before the day of the election.

    35. North Dakota: http://www.nd.gov/sos/electvote/voting/voter-qualifi.html
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Welcome to the only state that does not have voter registration. In order to vote in North Dakota, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on the day of an election, a legal North Dakota resident, a resident in the precinct for 30 days preceding the election.

    36. Oklahoma: http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Registration/
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: You may submit your voter registration application form at any time. However, voter identification cards cannot be issued during the 24 days prior to an election. If your registration application is received by the county election board during the 24 days before an election, you will not receive your voter identification card until after the election. If you will become 18 during the 60 days before an election, you may apply for voter registration between 25 and 60 days before the election.

    37. Oregon: http://www.oregonvotes.org/votreg/vreg.htm
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Your county elections office will mail you a card to let you know that your registration was received. If you are registering in Oregon for the first time, your completed voter registration form must be postmarked by the 21st day before an election in order to vote in that election.

    38. Pennsylvania: http://www.votespa.com/portal/server.pt/community/register_to_vote/13518
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: To participate in the 2010 Pennsylvania General Election, register by October 4, 2010.

    39. Rhode Island: http://sos.ri.gov/elections/voters/register/
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Any registered voter may vote, so long as she or he has registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the primary or election in which they wish to vote.
    40. South Carolina: http://www.scvotes.org/south_carolina_voter_registration_information
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Registration is closed for thirty days prior to any election. The last day to register to vote in any election is the 31st day prior to the election.

    41. South Dakota: http://www.sdsos.gov/electionsvoteregistration/registration.shtm
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: The deadline for registration is 15 days before any election. Your card must be received by the auditor by this deadline if you are to vote in the next election. 2010 General deadline is October 18.

    42. Tennessee: http://state.tn.us/sos/election/voterInfo.htm
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 4

    43. Texas: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqvr.shtml
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: The deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the November 2, 2010 General Election is October 4, 2010. This can be either the postmark date or the date the application is received in the office of the voter registrar.

    44. Utah: http://elections.utah.gov/
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Voter registration forms must be postmarked at least 30 days before an election in order to vote in that election; or you may register in-person at the County Clerk’s Office by the 15th day before the election.

    45. Vermont: http://vermont-elections.org/elections1/registertovote.html
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 27

    46. Virginia: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/Voter_Information/Registering_to_Vote/Index.html
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: 22 days before the election.

    47. Washington: http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/voterinformation/Pages/RegistertoVote.aspx
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: October 4

    48. West Virginia: http://www.sos.wv.gov/elections/voter-information-center/voter-registration-center/Pages/default.aspx
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: 21 days before the election.

    49. Wisconsin: http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/voters/registration-voting
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: BY MAIL, October 13, 2010. IN PERSON: Register in the municipal clerk’s office up to 5:00 PM or the close of business whichever is later on the day before the election (Monday, November 1, 2010). AT THE POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY: If you wish to register to vote at your polling place, you must bring proof that you have lived at your present location for at least 10 days preceding the election.

    50. Wyoming: http://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/RegisteringToVote.aspx
    Voter registration deadline for November 2, 2010: Voter registration form must be received at least 30 days before the election. You may also register in person on election day.

  45. Here is a recent White House video that somehow posted farther upthread. I will try again:

    whitehouse | September 09, 2010 –

    Listos Para Sus Preguntas: CuidadoDeSalud.gov

    El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos responde a sus preguntas sobre ley de reforma de salud.

  46. Kat your info showed up at OFA. I think it went into moderation at first because normally they only let you post 6 links at one time.

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