U.S. Immigration – Castle Island, Angel Island and Ellis Island

Immigration

Immigration, the movement of non-residents to the United States, has been a major source of population growth and cultural change throughout much of American history. The economic, social, and political aspects of immigration have caused controversy regarding ethnicity, economic benefits, jobs for non-immigrants, settlement patterns, impact on upward social mobility and voting behavior. As of 2006, the United States accepts more legal immigrants as permanent residents than all other countries in the world combined. Since the liberalization of immigration policy in 1965, the number of first- generation immigrants living in the United States has quadrupled, from 9.6 million in 1970 to about 38 million in 2007. 1,046,539 persons were naturalized as U.S. citizens in 2008.

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

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Castle Island or  Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 25 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1830 to 1892, the Castle was America’s first official immigration center, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City.

Donate to Castle Garden Battery Conservancy: http://castlegarden.org/support.php

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Angel Island is a site of great history, culture, and heritage. The island lies off the coast of the city of Tiburon in Marin County, California, and is the largest island in the San Francisco Bay with an area of 640 acres. The War Department provided space to build the immigration center in 1905. Often referred to as the “Ellis Island of the West”, Angel Island was the location of the major immigration station from 1910 to 1940 for those arriving from Pacific routes, especially from Asia.

Donate to Angel Island Association
: http://angelisland.org/donate/

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Ellis Island in New York Harbor was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the site of the nation’s busiest immigration station from 1892 to 1954. Prior to that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was greatly expanded with landfill between 1892 and 1934. Since 1990, restored buildings on the island host a museum of immigration run by the National Park Service as part of Statue of Liberty National Monument. A 1998 United States Supreme Court decision found most of the island to be part of New Jersey. To see the immigration events of Ellis Island documented in this timeline: http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_timeline.asp.

Donate to the STATUE OF LIBERTY-ELLIS ISLAND FOUNDATION
: https://www.ellisisland.org/membership/donation.asp?otherAmt=0

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The National Archives at New York City

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Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Family History Library (FHL) is a genealogical research facility in downtown Salt Lake City. The library is open to the public free of charge and is operated by FamilySearch, the genealogical arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

The Family History Library catalogs family histories of Mormons and Non-Mormons and is the largest genealogical collection of it’s kind in the world.

Learn more: https://familysearch.org/locations/saltlakecity-library

President Obama’s Immigration Timeline:

.nation-of-immigrants

“We are a proud Nation of immigrants, home to a long line of aspiring citizens who contributed to their communities, founded businesses, or sacrificed their livelihoods so they could pass a brighter future on to their children. Each year on Citizenship Day, we welcome the newest members of the American family as they pledge allegiance to our Constitution and join us in writing the next chapter of our national story.

Throughout our history, immigrants have embraced the spirit of liberty, equality, and justice for all — the same ideals that stirred the patriots of 1776 to rise against an empire, guided the Framers as they built a stronger republic, and moved generations to bridge our founding promise with the realities of our time.

The pursuit of this promise defines our history; with amendments that trace our national journey, the Constitution bears witness to how far we have come. As we celebrate the world’s longest surviving written charter of government, let us remember that upholding our founding principles requires us to challenge modern injustices. Let us accept our responsibilities as citizens, our obligations to one another and to future generations. Let us move forward with the knowledge that in the face of impossible odds, those who love their country can change it. “

9/16/13 President Barack Obama 

Hands of Color

#NationOfImmigrants

#DiverseAmerica

 

 

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  1. WH

    Wednesday, September 22 2010

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  2. US Immigration

    Castle Clinton or Fort Clinton, once known as Castle Garden
    Castle Clinton or Fort Clinton, once known as Castle Garden, is a circular sandstone fort now located in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, New York City, in the United States. It is perhaps best remembered as America’s first immigration station (predating Ellis Island), where more than 8 million people arrived in the U.S. from 1855 to 1890. Over its active life, it has also functioned as a beer garden, exhibition hall, theater, public aquarium, and finally today as a national monument.

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

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    Angel Island
    From 1910-1940, Angel Island was an immigration station where immigrants entering the United States were detained and interrogated. The Angel Island Immigration Station, located in San Francisco Bay, California, is rich in history and has served multiple purposes. First, it served as a fishing and hunting site for Coastal Miwok Indians, then it was a haven for Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala, later it was constructed as a cattle ranch, and then served as a U.S. Army post starting with the Civil War. Most importantly, it was the island that held hundreds of thousands of immigrants, the majority from China. The detention facility was considered ideal because of its isolated location, making it very easy to control migrants, enforce the new immigration laws as well as any outbreaks of disease.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Immigration_Station,_Angel_Island

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    Ellis Island
    Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The island was greatly expanded with land reclamation between 1892 and 1934. Before that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990. Long considered part of New York, a 1998 United States Supreme Court decision found that most of the island is in New Jersey. The south side of the island, home to the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, is closed to the general public and the object of restoration efforts spearheaded by Save Ellis Island.

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

    • Immigration, the movement of non-residents to the United States, has been a major source of population growth and cultural change throughout much of American history. The economic, social, and political aspects of immigration have caused controversy regarding ethnicity, economic benefits, jobs for non-immigrants, settlement patterns, impact on upward social mobility and voting behavior. As of 2006, the United States accepts more legal immigrants as permanent residents than all other countries in the world combined. Since the liberalization of immigration policy in 1965, the number of first- generation immigrants living in the United States has quadrupled, from 9.6 million in 1970 to about 38 million in 2007. 1,046,539 persons were naturalized as U.S. citizens in 2008.

      Castle Island or Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 25 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1855 to 1890, the Castle was America’s first official immigration center, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City.

      Donate to Castle Garden Battery Conservancy: http://castlegarden.org/support.php

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      Angel Island is a site of great history, culture, and heritage. The island lies off the coast of the city of Tiburon in Marin County, California, and is the largest island in the San Francisco Bay with an area of 640 acres. The War Department provided space to build the immigration center in 1905. Often referred to as the “Ellis Island of the West”, Angel Island was the location of the major immigration station from 1910 to 1940 for those arriving from Pacific routes, especially from Asia.

      Donate to Angel Island Association: http://angelisland.org/donate/

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      Ellis Island in New York Harbor was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the site of the nation’s busiest immigration station from 1892 to 1954. Prior to that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was greatly expanded with landfill between 1892 and 1934. Since 1990, restored buildings on the island host a museum of immigration run by the National Park Service as part of Statue of Liberty National Monument. A 1998 United States Supreme Court decision found most of the island to be part of New Jersey. To see the immigration events of Ellis Island documented in this timeline: http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_timeline.asp.

      Donate to the STATUE OF LIBERTY-ELLIS ISLAND FOUNDATION: https://www.ellisisland.org/membership/donation.asp?otherAmt=0

  3. January 20, 2010

    Presidential Proclamation – National Angel Island Day

    A PROCLAMATION

    One hundred years ago, the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay opened for the first time, and an important chapter of the American narrative began. It would be written by those who walked through the station’s doors over the next three decades. From the cities, villages, and farms of their birth, they journeyed across the Pacific, seeking better lives for themselves and their children. Many arrived at Angel Island, weary but hopeful, only to be unjustly confined for months or, in some cases, years. As we remember their struggle, we honor all who have been drawn to America by dreams of limitless opportunity.

    Unlike immigrants who marveled at the Statue of Liberty upon arrival at Ellis Island, those who came to Angel Island were greeted by an intake facility that was sometimes called the “Guardian of the Western Gate.” Racially prejudiced immigration laws of the time subjected many to rigorous exams and interrogations, as well as detention in crowded, unsanitary barracks. Some expressed themselves by carving poetry and inscriptions into the walls in their native language — from Chinese, Japanese, and Korean to Russian, German, and Urdu. These etchings remain on Angel Island today as poignant reminders of the immigrant experience and an unjust time in our history.

    If there is any vindication for the Angel Island immigrants who endured so many hardships, it is the success achieved by those who were allowed entry, and the many who, at long last, gained citizenship. They have contributed immeasurably to our Nation as leaders in every sector of American life. The children of Angel Island have seized the opportunities their ancestors saw from across an ocean. By demonstrating that all things are possible in America, this vibrant community has created a beacon of hope for future generations of immigrants.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 21, 2010, as National Angel Island Day. I call upon the people of the United States to learn more about the history of Angel Island and to observe this anniversary with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

    BARACK OBAMA

  4. Historic Immigrant Passage Gains New Life

    2/16/2009 Michael Martin – NPR

    I’m Michel Martin, and this is Tell Me More from NPR News. Coming up, my memories of a dear friend.

    But first, on this President’s Day, we want to tell you about a place that represented the first introduction to America for many immigrants. Now, most people know about Ellis Island, the East Coast port where more than 12 million immigrants, mostly from Europe, first set foot in the United States. But many people don’t know about its West Coast counterpart, Angel Island.

    Located roughly 45 minutes from San Francisco, Angel Island opened in 1910. More than a million people passed through its doors, including hundreds of thousands from China and Japan. It was closed in 1940 and scheduled for demolition in 1970. But that was stopped when Chinese calligraphy, poems describing the experience of people detained there, were discovered on the walls of the barracks. And now, more than seven decades after it was closed, Angel Island reopened yesterday after a massive restoration project.

    Here to tell us more about all this is Eddie Wong. He’s executive director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. Mr. Wong, welcome. Thank you for talking to us.

    Mr. EDDIE WONG (Executive Director, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation): I’m glad to be here. Thank you.

    MARTIN: First of all, tell me a little bit, if you will, about Angel Island. How important was this particular port? Why was this location selected?

    Mr. WONG: Well, it was selected in part because it was isolated in the San Francisco Bay. After 1882, when the United States passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, there was a place, actually a wooden shed, on the wharf in San Francisco. And that’s where Chinese immigrants were kept and questioned as to determine the legality of their entry in U.S. That proved to be a very unsanitary, unhealthy place. And also, it wasn’t very secure. Several people busted out of there. So they decided to build a separate facility on an island, and that’s why Angel Island was constructed.

    But its purpose was still the same. It was to verify who was a legal entrant. And the way the law worked is that it forbade laboring classes of people to come. You could be the son and daughter of an American-born citizen, you could be a merchant, a diplomat, a clergyman, but working people were not at that point allowed to enter from China. And that’s why it became known as the Guardian of the Western Gate.

    For the entire article: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=100694905

  5. Discovering Angel Island: The Story Behind the Poems

    Uploaded on Feb 8, 2010

    From 1910 to 1940, tens of thousands of immigrants entered the United States through the West Coast’s Angel Island Immigration Station. Located in San Francisco’s north bay, not far from Alcatraz Island, the buildings were nearly forgotten and their history practically lost, until one day Alexander Weiss, a California State Park Ranger, re-discovered them in 1970. His chance discovery began the long journey to save the Immigration Station, and ultimately, to save the stories hidden within it, and to help us remember its sad, but important role in American history.

  6. Ellis Island

    The portal to America for 12 million immigrants from 1892 to 1924

    Only one half mile from the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, Ellis Island attracts over 3 million visitors each year. Many come because the island is part of their own family’s history, others visit because the immigrant experience is such a key part of the American experience. Over 40 percent of Americans can trace their lineage through the Ellis Island Immigration Station. The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is dedicated to the individuals who made the long voyage in search of the American dream. The exhibits express the hopes and experiences of the millions of families who made their way to New York Harbor, and help convey the impact these immigrants have had on our country. A visit to the Immigration Museum includes a delightful ferry ride across New York Harbor from either Lower Manhattan or New Jersey and can easily be combined with a stop at the Statue of Liberty.

    Originally an island of about 3 acres, Ellis was enlarged to 27.5 acres by landfill primarily acquired from the massive construction project of the New York City subway system as well as ballast from ships that sailed into the harbor. The expansion of the island’s size was so costly, that the remaining budget only permitted a wooden structure to be built for the processing of immigrants. This wooden building opened in 1892 and then burned to the ground only five years later. Rebuilt with masonry, the main building which stands today opened on January 1, 1900. Other buildings included a 750-bed hospital, a contagious disease ward and a ferry terminal that dates from the 1930s.

    More than twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island, the majority from Eastern Europe and Italy. The largest single day of immigration occurred on April 17, 1907, when 11,741 immigrants were processed. While most immigrants would be granted access to America, an unfortunate 2% would be sent back to their port of origin due to health problems or lack of finances.

    For the entire article: http://nyharborparks.org/visit/elis.html

    • GreatMuseums | December 08, 2009 –

      Face of America: The Ellis Island Immigration Museum

      More than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry to New York’s Ellis Island. Produced for Public Television by Great Museums TV.

  7. The American Family Immigration History Center

    Free Port of New York Passenger Records Search

    Located in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and on the World Wide Web, the American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC) allows visitors to explore the extraordinary collection of immigrant arrival records stored in the Ellis Island Archives.

    Searching our archives can help inform your own family’s story–inspiring a new sense of your place in the larger story of American immigration.

    The Ellis Island Archives

    More than 22 million passengers and members of ships’ crews entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Information about each person was written down in ships’ passenger lists, known as “manifests.” Manifests were used to examine immigrants upon arrival in the United States.

    Now you can search these millions of records for information on individual Ellis Island passengers. To prepare for your search, gather as much information as you can, such as: the passenger’s first and last names; approximate year of arrival; “ethnicity” (which may include race, nationality, and religion); approximate age on arrival; ship of travel; port of departure; and whether the passenger traveled with other family members.

    The Passenger Record Archive

    In the Passenger Record Archive, you’ll find:

    * passenger records, giving passenger name, date of arrival, ship of travel, age on arrival, and more
    * original manifests, showing passenger names and other information
    * ship information, often with a picture, giving the history and background of each ship that brought the immigrants

    You can keep copies of the passenger records, manifests, and ship images in Your Ellis Island File–which you can open on Ellis Island or here on this Website. And you can purchase copies of these documents at our online Gift Shop or at the Interpretive Shop on Ellis Island.

    The Community Archive

    Our Community Archive is a growing collection of annotations to the passenger records. Sustaining Members of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (SOLEIF) create the annotations, which give new information on a passenger’s background and life in the United States. Nonmembers and members alike can view the annotations.

    http://www.ellisisland.org/EIinfo/aboutAFIHC.asp

  8. Office of the Secetary
    U.S. Department of the Interior

    May 8, 2009

    Salazar Announces Reopening of Statue of Liberty’s Crown, Restoration of Historic Building at Ellis Island

    NEW YORK, NY – The American public will once again be able to visit the crown of the Statue of Liberty, which was closed after the 9/11 attacks for safety and security reasons, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today.

    In addition, the Department of the Interior will invest $25 million under the President’s economic recovery plan to stabilize the Baggage and Dormitory Building at Ellis Island, built in 1908 to house immigrants waiting for further processing, and repair 2,000 feet of the island’s crumbling seawall.

    “On July 4th, we are giving America a special gift,” Salazar said. “We are once again inviting the public to celebrate our great nation and the hope and opportunity it symbolizes by climbing to Lady Liberty’s crown for a unique view of New York Harbor, where the forbearers of millions of American families first saw the new world.”

    Access to the crown will be limited to 10 people at a time, guided by a National Park Service ranger.

    Salazar, who visited the Statue of Liberty on his third day in office, based his decision on a comprehensive analysis of the entire structure completed last month by the National Park Service, including expert recommendations on reducing risk for visitors.

    The Park Service, which has responsibility to keep visitors safe and make it possible for them to evacuate in the event of an emergency, closed the crown because of health and safety concerns. The crown is accessible only by a narrow 168-step double-helix spiral staircase. After 9/11, the Park Service deemed the risk too high to re-open the crown to the public.

    “We cannot eliminate all the risk of climbing to the crown, but we are taking steps to make it safer,” Salazar said. This includes raising the handrails on the spiral staircase and stationing rangers throughout the Statue to aid visitors, as well as help them enjoy the experience and learn more about the Statue and its symbolism.

    The Statue of Liberty will be open for the next two years. Then it will be closed again for work on a long-term solution that will improve safety and security permanently.

    “Once the work is complete, the Statue will be safer, and so will its visitors,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the Park Service will help create jobs and stimulate the economy by beginning to restore a building at Ellis Island that is a tangible reminder of the difficult path so many people followed to this country.

    Some 40 percent of American citizens can trace a family connection to Ellis. “Visitors who make the pilgrimage to Ellis Island will be able see, touch, and get a sense of that first American experience had by a mother or grandfather,” Salazar said.

    The funds to restore the building and sea wall at Ellis Island are part of more than $750 million in Recovery funds we will be investing in national parks across the nation.

    • CBS | July 04, 2009 –

      Lady Liberty’s Crown Reopens

      Many tourists in NYC spent their July 4th by heading to the Statue of Liberty for the re-opening of the crown. The crown has been closed down to the public since the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

    • NYCityful | July 04, 2009 –

      Statue of Liberty’s Crown Reopening – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

      Ribbon cutting ceremony for reopening of Statue of Liberty’s Crown performed by Ken Salazar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  9. Ellis Island Of The West Marks Centenary

    9/21/2010 by Nina Thorsen – NPR

    San Francisco’s Angel Island marks its centenary on Thursday. Although an immigration station, the location, known as the Ellis Island of the West, also was known for keeping people out: mainly Chinese and other Asian immigrants.

    MADELEINE BRAND, host:

    You’re listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

    Angel Island has been called the Ellis Island of the West. It’s in the San Francisco Bay and was the first immigration station here in the West. Today is the 100th anniversary of its opening. To celebrate, 100 people were sworn in as new American citizens at Angel Island today. In the past, immigrants received a decidedly less enthusiastic welcome.

    Nina Thorsen of member station KQED reports.

    Unidentified Man: Burkina Faso…

    NINA THORSEN: Today’s 100 new citizens came from 44 different countries.

    Unidentified Man: China, Czech Republic, Egypt…

    THORSEN: No doubt each of them could tell a story of sacrifices and difficulties along the road to America. The immigration process isnt easy. But it’s much easier than the path taken by those who came through the Angel Island immigration station before it closed in 1940.

    Hundreds of thousands of immigrants, mostly from Asia, were processed there, and in the days when most Asians were not allowed to become citizens, the reception they found at Angel Island was not welcoming. Li-King Ji-Wan(ph) was a little girl when she arrived in the 1930s, and she was lucky. Her father was already a citizen.

    Ms. LI-KING JI-WAN: My mother and three sisters stayed on Angel Island four, five days. That was a very short period because the other people who were there told us some of them had been there three months, one year and they were really kind of worried.

    THORSEN: The other inmates had reason to be worried. Many of them would be sent back to their countries of origin. Asian immigration was limited in the first half of the 20th century by federal laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act. Many found the only way in was to deceive the immigration officers.

    Buck Gee(ph) is president of the nonprofit that helps fund the historic site and the son of an Angel Island immigrant.

    Mr. BUCK GEE: It’s not like Ellis Island, where people were just registered to come in. No Chinese could come in California unless you were an American citizen. So what people did is they essentially bought papers to enter the country, claiming they were the son of an American citizen. And so people spent time on the island being interrogated to see if, in fact, they could confirm or not they were the people they claimed they were.

    THORSEN: Today, Angel Island is a California state park. It’s a popular day trip from San Francisco, just a ferry boat ride away, next to Alcatraz. Visitors can hike or picnic, or they can check out the remains of the immigration station, now a museum and national historic landmark. There, they can read the poetry scratched onto the walls of the barracks where Asian immigrants were detained.

    At today’s ceremony, translations of some of them were read by poets, including Janice Mirikitani. Her grandparents came from Japan.

    For the entire article: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122823122

    • KWLrep | November 14, 2009 –

      “Paper Sons”: Chinese American illegal immigrants

      CNN Headline News anchor Richard Lui reports on “Paper Sons and Daughters,” a group of Chinese immigrants that bought fake papers and claimed to be the children of legal U.S. citizens in order to skirt the Chinese Exclusion Act. His report looks into studies that show one third of today’s current Chinese American population are descendants or are actual “paper sons or daughters” today.

    • Bill Press: GOP forgets lesson of ‘94

      7/21/14 05:55 PM EDT By Bill Press – POLITICO

      President John F. Kennedy was fond of quoting the philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Indeed, Santayana’s advice makes so much sense you’d think nobody could ever ignore it. Yet, that’s exactly what Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is doing today by refusing to allow a vote on immigration reform.

      I must admit, I watch Republican intransigence on immigration today with a certain amusement, because I’ve seen this movie before.

      In California, 20 years ago, it was hard getting much of the Latino community involved in politics. Democrats tried. I personally ran a voter registration drive in East Los Angeles. But residents distrusted government so much, it was hard convincing them to register, let alone vote. At the same time, Democrats feared that, if Latinos ever did register, they’d sign up as Republicans, because most of them were Catholic, pro-family and pro-small business.

      Then came 1994. I was California Democratic state chairman when Republican Gov. Pete Wilson endorsed Proposition 187, an anti-immigrant ballot initiative that banned the state from providing healthcare, public education or other social services to illegal immigrants in California.

      In so doing, he woke up the “sleeping giant.” Angry at Wilson’s war, millions of Latinos came out and registered to vote — not as Republicans, but as Democrats. And look what happened. No Republican presidential candidate has won the Golden State since. Today, every statewide officer is a Democrat, and Democrats hold a two-thirds majority in both houses of the Legislature. Thank you, Pete Wilson!

      For more: http://thehill.com/opinion/bill-press/212883-bill-press-gop-forgets-lesson-of-94

  10. This is a really good read. Kos has a lot of information here including where we were at in September 2008 before the election.

    Perhaps Dems aren’t so doomed in 2010
    By Kos
    September 21, 2010

    Both the Real Clear Politics Congressional Generic average and the new Gallup track show similar national trend lines – Dems gaining ground, GOP dropping. Similarly, the Gallup track has Obama’s approval rating improving by 10 net percentage points in the past month, from 42/51 to 47/46 (RCP has shown movement despite 2 clear outlier Rasmussen and AP polls).

    If these trend lines are true, no one should be suprised. The underlining favorability of the Republican Party is still far below that of the Dems and Obama. This election has never been like 1994 where at this point there had been both a fall of the Dems and a rise in the GOP. The memory of the disasterous GOP reign in the last decade is still too fresh, their leaders still to unreformed, their candidates far too wacky, and their ideas still to reckless for the current GOP to have fully taken advantage of the Democratic underpeformance this past cycle. This election, like all elections, is not like any other election. It has its own contours, its own dynamics. Like all elections it is sui generis.

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/9/21/903871/-Perhaps-Dems-arent-so-doomed-in-2010

  11. John McCain’s meltdown on DADT caught on tape (VIDEO INCLUDED)

    Today, John McCain “won” the day when he led the GOP Filibuster that blocked the Senate from considering the defense authorization bill which included an amendment to gradually repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

    Aftermaths, John McCain was discussing the vote with reporters. When pressed by The Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld and Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner on the right of gays to serve in the US military, Senator John McCain appeared to lose his temper. He even asked them to leave his office. John McCain lashed out at them and was in complete Meltdown Mode.

    Read more:
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/9/21/904056/-John-McCains-meltdown-on-DADT-caught-on-tape-(VIDEO-INCLUDED)

  12. Democrats fighting back:

    harryreid2010 | September 21, 2010 –

    TV Ad: “Broken Promise”

  13. I have seen this one on TV several times:

    pattymurrayforsenate | September 16, 2010 –

    “Middle Class”

    When times got tough, Patty Murray stood up for Washington’s middle class families. She lead the fight to allow Washington residents to deduct their state sales tax, cut payroll taxes, created new tax credits for college and job training, and much more.

    Find out more about Patty’s record of helping people and solving problems at http://pattymurray.com

  14. KIRO-TV in Seattle does some real reporting:

    pattymurrayforsenate | September 21, 2010 –

    KIRO Campaign Update – Sept. 21, 2010

    The choice is clear: Patty Murray will fight for Washington aerospace workers – and Dino Rossi won’t.

  15. Go Patty!!! Look forward to driving down I-5 once those Rossi signs are gone & he’s sent back to pasture!

  16. Reason # 1,00,001 why we need a Democratic government:

    ObamaFoodorama, September 21, 2010:

    Wednesday: House Hearing On Salmonella & Eggs — Egg producers invited to explain to House Members the filthy conditions that led to a 500,000,000 egg recall

    The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on Wednesday titled “The Outbreak of Salmonella in Eggs,” examining the recent outbreak of illnesses associated with shell eggs produced by Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa. Half a billion eggs were recalled, which FDA was happy to announce is less than 1% of the Nation’s egg supply. Below, preeminent food poisoning attorney and food safety advocate Bill Marler of Seattle’s Marler Clark law firm does the background on the hearing, the outbreak and the FDA investigation. Marler and some of his clients sickened in the outbreak will be at the House hearing.

    Marler writes Marler Blog (http://www.marlerblog.com/), the foremost food safety bog on the web:

    The hearing will be at 12:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, and continues the Subcommittee’s investigative activities concerning the adequacy of efforts to ensure the safety and security of the nation’s food supply. In the 110th Congress, the Subcommittee held nine hearings regarding food safety issues, including an E. coli outbreak traced to tainted spinach, melamine-contaminated pet food, and intentional exposure of meat and seafood to carbon monoxide. In this Congress, the Subcommittee has held hearings on a Salmonella outbreak associated with peanut products manufactured by the Peanut Corporation of America, the actions and obligations of food manufacturers and retailers that purchase tainted food products, the safety of bottled water, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s management of international food imports and inspections of domestic food facilities….

    http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2010/09/wednesday-house-hearing-on-salmonella.html#more

  17. Sun-Sentinel.com, Sept. 21, 2010:

    Schools reminded not to check students’ immigration status; Palm Beach County School Board considers policy to reaffirm education rights

    By Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel

    The immigration status of Palm Beach County students and their families must never be questioned, officials are reminding principals and teachers.

    The School Board has tentatively approved adding that stipulation to a 2007 policy on student enrollment requirements concerning where they live in the county.

    A final vote on the change — which already appears in other school district governing documents — is set for Oct. 6.

    While the topic of immigration has been in the headlines recently because of a controversial Arizona law, legal protections for undocumented students are nothing new here or across the nation.

    The new School Board policy language enforces a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Plyler v. Doe. It held that school-age children in the country illegally have a Constitutional right to attend public schools and receive the same education as students who are citizens.

    Lawyers have interpreted Plyler to mean that schools can’t verify or demand proof of a student’s immigration status. Doing so would “chill” the right of undocumented students to obtain a free, public education, legal experts say.

    This protection for schoolchildren still applies in Arizona, where a new immigration law makes it a state crime to lack legal residency. Lawsuits, including one from the U.S. Department of Justice, were filed to challenge the legislation….

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-students-immigration-status-20100921,0,5553404.story

  18. Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, Sept. 22, 2010:

    DMV urged to accept immigration document

    By Olympia Meola

    Immigration and civil-rights advocates are urging the Department of Motor Vehicles to reverse a decision to stop accepting the U.S. employment authorization document as proof of legal presence to obtain a driver’s license or identification card.

    The Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia are among 73 groups, law firms and others that signed a letter sent Friday to DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. It asked him to rescind the change announced by Gov. Bob McDonnell this month.

    McDonnell’s action came after a Bolivian immigrant scheduled for deportation used the document to prove legal presence while applying for a Virginia ID card.

    The man was charged in Prince William County in August after a fatal crash in which one nun from Richmond died and two others were critically injured. Police say Carlos A. Martinelly Montano had been reported to federal immigration authorities after two drunken-driving convictions, but he was released pending a deportation hearing.

    The governor said Virginia law requires that a person must be in the United States lawfully to be eligible for an identification card or to have the privilege to drive. The employment authorization document is issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and serves as proof to employers that the person is authorized to work in the United States.

    Montano received an employment authorization document during January 2009, at a time while the deportation actions were pending.

    The letter sent to Holcomb lists the multiple classes of immigrants that rely on the document to show legal presence.

    http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2010/sep/22/dmvv22-ar-518205/

  19. TheMonitor.com (TX), Sept. 21, 2010:

    UTPA student dreams of path to U.S. citizenship

    By Naxiely Lopez

    MISSION — He was tired of living in fear, so he stepped out of the shadows. Now, he’s trying to convince others to do the same.

    J. Alex Garrido is a student at the University of Texas-Pan American, and like 601 others there, he is an undocumented immigrant. The 22-year-old was brought to the country by his parents at the age of 13 from his hometown of Veracruz, Mexico.

    “I didn’t want to come,” he said about the move. “I was actually terrified of coming, but I had no say. My parents thought it was the best option, and so they just brought me here.”

    Now enrolled in his last undergraduate semester, Garrido has overcome an array of obstacles to graduate with a double-major in psychology and philosophy in December. However, that day might not come, as he currently faces the threat of deportation.

    His only hope, he said, is the federal DREAM Act, which Senate Republicans derailed Tuesday when Democrats failed to block a GOP filibuster.

    The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, which was included as an amendment to a defense reauthorization bill, would provide a path to citizenship for young and undocumented immigrants who were in the country before the age of 16 and have been present for at least five years before enactment of the law. Under the proposed federal legislation, those who graduated from U.S. high schools could qualify for legal residency if they attend college or serve in the military.

    Garrido, who was the sergeant-at-arms for the Student Government Association, stepped down two weeks ago — after two years of service — to devote his time to raising awareness about the issue.

    FIGHTING ALONE

    Garrido, who moved to the country with his mother and younger brother, now lives alone in the United States. Relatives gradually returned to Mexico after finding out U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers had launched an investigation into the family.

    “She was in constant fear,” Garrido said of his mother. “It’s quite hard to live, having the thought in your mind that they already took pictures of your house and they’re looking at you. They have recordings of you. They have everything. It’s hard. So little by little she started growing and growing in fear until it came to a point where she was like, ‘OK, never mind, I don’t want to do it anymore.’”

    Already enrolled in college, the aspiring lawyer couldn’t make that same decision.

    “I just said, ‘You know, Mom, if you want to go that’s awesome, but I really don’t think Mexico is my country.’ I think the United States is my country, but the United States doesn’t realize it yet.”….

    http://www.themonitor.com/articles/utpa-42963-citizenship-dreams.html

  20. whitehouse | July 01, 2010 –

    President Obama on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    President Obama calls for both parties to come together to fix a broken immigration system and implement comprehensive reform that demands accountability from government, from businesses, and from individuals.

  21. Wednesday, Sept. 22

    — Obama holds an event on the patient’s bill of rights. He then heads to New York City for the U.N. General Assembly. In the evening, he headlines a party fundraiser with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Reid. He is scheduled to return to Washington on Friday.

    — Biden is in Boston for an event for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.). He’ll then return to Washington for a Medal of Valor Ceremony with Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House.

    — The U.S. Census Bureau director, Robert Groves, provides an update on the 2010 census at 9 a.m. at the National Press Club. 529 14th St. NW.

    — The House Financial Services Committee meets at 10 a.m. on restructuring the housing finance system and at 2 p.m. on the state of the international finance system.

    — The Senate Rules Committee holds another hearing on filibuster reform at 10 a.m. 301 Russell.

    — Senate Banking holds a 10 a.m. hearing on the performance of the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the case of Texas financier Robert Allen Stanford and his alleged Ponzi scheme. Witnesses include SEC Inspector General David Kotz and Robert Khuzami, director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. 538 Dirksen.

    — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FBI Director Robert Mueller and National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter testify before a 10 a.m. hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee on “Nine Years After 9/11: Confronting the Terrorist Threat to the Homeland.” 342 Dirksen.

    — A House Transportation subpanel holds a 2 p.m. hearing on “Five Years after Katrina: Where We Are and What We Have Learned for Future Disasters.” 2167 Rayburn.

    — The Log Cabin Republicans hold a dinner with Tucker Carlson, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas). It takes place at the Capitol Hill Club and is invitation-only.

  22. Good Morning everyone.

    We had a good turn out at our OFA meeting last night. Steny Hoyer was there with our Lt. Governor and some state officials. They are ready to go all in to save our majorities. Lots of events planned in our area over the next few weeks with a big emphasis to engage the youth and AA communities.

    Since all these rallies are taking place in our backyard in October we discussed those as well. Most have a mixed opinions of them for fear of them taking the college student volunteers on 2 Saturdays before the election but we just hope it inspires more to vote.

    As I mentioned at the end of the last thread the local coverage of the “fake” rally is all the rage here in the DC area. Its on the local news practically every evening and night. No one hardly even knows about the “real” rally on 10.2.10.

    Jon Stewart is a great comedian and I appreciate that he is the only one who shows the media biases and hypocrisies that we witness day in and day out. I believe he has liberal views but I wouldn’t count on this rally being a love fest for the President because Jon can really skewer PBO when he wants to. Check out last nights show when you get a chance. It wasn’t pretty.

    Anyway, everyone have a Productive O’Day and light a candle for the President, his family and the Nation.

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

  23. Good Morning everyone!
    CR great tread, I didn’t know of this island.
    Donna thanks for the update on the OFA meeting, great news. Disheartening to read that the radio stations are more hyped about the fake rally as opposed to the One Nation March, wow just wow.
    As I turn on my computer this morning the fist thing I see is a book written by Woodard, titled: Obama’s Wars on msn.com. I guess this will the narrative until November, maybe. sigh

    • Good Morning Sandy,

      I have knowN for months that we had an awful media but I can honestly say that with this Presidency they have gone completely off the deep end. It is a constant sea of negativity in one form or the other. I have decided to just stay away from it all until after the election.

      In fact we were encouraged to stay away from reading polls and watching cable tv last night. They asked us to stay focus because things are trending our way but we’ll never hear it from the media. I believe it is being done to suppress voter turnout so that they can run with the narrative that they have already written.

      Our motto and we have it in big letters at our HQ office is “PROVE THEM WRONG”.

      • “PROVE THEM WRONG” I love it.

        It’s so transparent that they have to prove that POTUS is incompetent and inexperience. The only way they can achieve that is to blow up every error, every misstep along the way but not once can I recall hearing or reading about Afghanistan during Bush’s years. Case in point my mother had no idea we were in Afghanistan until last year.

  24. Patient Bill of Rights

    The Patient’s Bill of Rights Begins to Take Effect Thursday

    September 21st, 2010 by Karina

    The Affordable Care Act is designed to put you, not the health insurance companies, back in charge of your health care. On Thursday, the Affordable Care Acts’ new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” to stop the worst insurance company abuses begins to take effect. Here’s what it means for you.

    The Patient’s Bill of Rights

    If you are privately-insured:
    YOUR HEALTH COVERAGE CANNOT BE ARBITRARILY CANCELLED IF YOU BECOME SICK

    Up until now, insurance companies had been able to retroactively cancel your policy when you became sick, if you or your employer had made an unintentional mistake on your paperwork.

    Under the new law, health plans are now prohibited from rescinding coverage except in cases involving fraud or an intentional misrepresentation of facts. Due to pressure from Democrats in Congress and the Obama Administration, insurers agreed to begin implementing this protection early, this spring; so rescissions are now a thing of the past. This protection applies to all health plans.

    YOUR CHILD CANNOT BE DENIED COVERAGE DUE TO A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION

    Each year, thousands of children who were either born with or develop a costly medical condition are denied coverage by insurers. Research has shown that, compared to those with insurance, children who are uninsured are less likely to get critical preventive care including immunizations and well-baby checkups. That leaves them twice as likely to miss school and at much greater risk of hospitalization for avoidable conditions.

    The new law prohibits insurance plans both from denying coverage and limiting benefits for children based on a pre-existing condition. This protection applies to all health plans, except “grandfathered” plans in the individual market. These protections will be extended to Americans of all ages starting in 2014.

    YOUR CHILD UP TO AGE 26 CAN STAY ON YOUR HEALTH PLAN

    Young people are the most likely to be uninsured – with currently one in three young people having no health coverage. One reason is that young people are less likely to be offered coverage through their jobs.

    Under the new law, insurance companies are required to allow young people up to their 26th birthday to remain on their parents’ insurance plan, at the parent’s choice. This provision applies to all health plans. (For employer plans, only those young people not eligible for their own employer coverage receive the benefit, until 2014.)

    YOUR HEALTH PLAN CANNOT PUT A LIFETIME LIMIT ON YOUR HEALTH COVERAGE

    Millions of Americans who suffer from costly medical conditions are in danger of having their health insurance coverage vanish when the costs of their treatment hit lifetime limits. These limits can cause the loss of coverage at the very moment when patients need it most. Over 100 million Americans have coverage that imposes such lifetime limits. The new law prohibits the use of lifetime limits in all health plans.

    YOUR HEALTH PLAN’S ANNUAL LIMITS ARE PHASED OUT OVER THREE YEARS

    Even more aggressive than lifetime limits are annual dollar limits on what an insurance company will pay for health care. Annual limits are less common than lifetime limits – but 19% of individual market plans and 14% of small employer plans currently use them.

    The new law phases out the use of annual limits over the next three years. For plan years beginning on September 23, 2010, the minimum level for the annual limit will be set at $750,000. This minimum is raised to $1.25 million in a year and $2 million in two years. In 2014, all annual limits are prohibited. The protection applies to all plans, except “grandfathered” plans in the individual market.

    If you are purchasing a new plan, you will have the following additional protections:
    YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KEY PREVENTIVE SERVICES WITHOUT DEDUCTIBLE OR CO-PAYMENTS

    Today, too many Americans do not get the high-quality preventive care they need to stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, and lead productive lives. Nationally, Americans use preventive services at about half the recommended rate.

    Under the new law, insurance companies must cover recommended preventive services, including mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, and pre-natal and new baby care, without charging deductibles, co-payments or co-insurance.

    YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BOTH AN INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL APPEAL

    Today, if your health plan tells you it won’t cover a treatment your doctor recommends, or it refuses to pay the bill for your child’s last trip to the emergency room, you may not know where to turn. Most plans have a process that lets you appeal the decision within the plan through an “internal appeal” – but there’s no guarantee that the process will be swift and objective. Moreover, if you lose your internal appeal, you may not be able to ask for an “external appeal” to an independent reviewer.

    The new law guarantees the right to an “internal appeal.” Also, insurance companies will be prohibited from denying coverage for needed care without a chance to appeal to an independent third party.

    YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN DOCTOR

    Being able to choose and keep your doctor is highly valued by Americans. Yet, insurance companies don’t always make it easy to see the provider you choose. One survey found that three-fourths of the OB-GYNs reported that patients needed to return to their primary care physicians for permission to get follow-up care.

    The new law: 1) guarantees you get to choose your primary care doctor; 2) allows you to choose a pediatrician as your child’s primary care doctor; and 3) gives women the right to see an OB-GYN without having to obtain a referral first.

    YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO ACCESS TO OUT-OF-NETWORK EMERGENCY ROOM CARE AT IN-NETWORK COST-SHARING RATES

    Many insurers charge unreasonably high cost-sharing for emergency care by an out-of-network provider. This can mean financial hardship if you get sick or injured when you are away from home.

    The new law makes emergency services more accessible to consumers. Health plans will not be able to charge higher cost-sharing for emergency services that are obtained out of a plan’s network.

  25. The Real GOP Agenda: Shipping American Jobs Overseas & Opposing Small Businesses

    September 21st, 2010 by Karina

    The rhetoric of House Republicans is that they have been working to help create small business jobs and save American jobs, yet their record has been the opposite. For example, just this Congress, House Republicans have:

    Voted against closing tax loopholes that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas five times even as millions of jobless Americans are looking for work.

    Voted against seven of eight small business tax cuts that have been enacted into law.

    The truth about the Congressional Republican agenda is that it is designed to save jobs overseas, not here at home. On Thursday, House Republicans will likely again oppose the Small Business Lending and Jobs Bill, adding to their long record of voting against American workers and small businesses. This Congress, House Republicans have voted:

    AGAINST the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act

    To help create or save more than 1 million American jobs and prevent corporations from shipping jobs overseas and sticking American taxpayers with the bill. 99% of House Republicans voted no.

    AGAINST the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act

    To clamp down on tax provisions that are strong incentives for U.S. corporations that shift jobs or profits offshore, either through accounting gimmicks or by moving actual operations, and to provide for state aid to protect 161,000 teacher jobs and 158,000 other jobs for police, firefighters and in the private sector. 99% of House Republicans voted no.

    AGAINST the Small Business Tax Relief Act

    To eliminate certain “1099” reporting requirements for small businesses paid for by ending tax breaks that encourage companies to move American jobs overseas. 99% of House Republicans voted no.

    AGAINST the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Act

    To create jobs with bipartisan provisions to spur investment in local rebuilding projects and a range of bipartisan proposals to help our small businesses grow, hire and continue to fuel our economy – including a provision to Save American Jobs by cracking down on foreign tax haven corporations that are using the U.S. tax treaty network to dodge U.S. taxes. 98% of House Republicans voted no.

    AGAINST the HIRE Act

    To give small businesses tax incentives to hire jobless Americans estimated to create 300,000 American jobs. This bill included provisions to crack down on offshore accounts for corporations and the wealthy and to delay until 2020 a tax break that would let U.S. multinational companies that have shipped jobs overseas reduce their U.S. taxes by deducting more of their worldwide interest income against their U.S. income. 97% of House Republicans voted no.

    AGAINST providing $40 Billion in Tax Credits for Small Businesses

    To provide $40 billion in tax credits to help small businesses offer employee health insurance coverage – if they choose to do so. These tax credits will cover a portion of the premium costs for their employees’ coverage. More than 4 million small businesses are eligible for these credits. 100% of House Republicans voted no.

    AGAINST spurring Small Business Investment

    To provide enhanced small business expensing, doubling the amount small businesses can immediately write off their taxes for capital investments and purchases of new equipment made in 2009. 100% of House Republicans voted no. In addition, 97% of House Republicans voted no to extend the enhanced small business expensing provisions for investments and purchases made in 2010.

    AGAINST helping Businesses Recover Costs of New Capital Investments

    To help businesses quickly recover costs of new capital investments by providing increased bonus depreciation for businesses that made investments in new plants and equipment in 2009. 100% of House Republicans voted no.

    AGAINST spurring Small Business Investment

    To provide an exclusion of 75 percent (up from 50 percent) of capital gains from taxes for investors in small businesses who buy stock (in 2009 and 2010) and hold it for more than five years. 100% of House Republicans voted no.

    AGAINST reducing Small Business Estimated Tax Payments

    To reduce the required estimated tax payments for certain small businesses in 2009. 100% of House Republicans voted no.

    AGAINST providing Tax Relief

    To provide tax relief for taxable corporations converting into S corporations in 2009 and 2010 by reducing the built-in gains holding period from 10 years to 7 years (with gains held for the holding period exempt from tax). 100% of House Republicans voted no.

    Instead of moving forward with real solutions for the American people, Congressional Republicans are focusing on their political future, doing the bidding of special interest lobbyists, and going back to the exact same policies that got us into this mess.

  26. White House looks to boost health law at 6 months

    9/22/10 By ERICA WERNER, AP

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they’d be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted “no.”

    Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law’s six-month anniversary to reintroduce it to skeptical voters and trumpet new reforms that are taking effect, such as new coverage for preventive care and young adults and a ban on canceling insurance for someone who falls ill.

    Democrats are packaging the provisions, which kick in Thursday, as a “Patient’s Bill of Rights,” and Obama is advertising them Wednesday at an event in Virginia with beneficiaries.

    Even supporters acknowledge there’s probably not enough time to turn around public opinion on the health care issue before November elections that are expected to punish Democrats. But in a campaign season dominated by jobs and the economy, Democrats hope to remind voters of some tangible benefits the health care overhaul will bring and move to undercut GOP arguments against it.

    “When people better understand the Affordable Care Act, they’ll understand, I think, that this isn’t something being done to them but is something that’s really going to be valuable to them,” Obama told community and religious leaders on a conference call Tuesday in which he urged them to spread the word. “The debate in Washington is over. The Affordable Care Act is now law.”

    The debate on the campaign trail, however, is just heating up. With every House seat and a third of the Senate up for re-election six weeks from now, there are plenty of candidates who are being called to account for their vote in March on the health care legislation. And in almost every case the ones on the defensive are Democrats who supported the bill that the GOP branded as a budget-busting government takeover, not Republicans who opposed it.

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

  27. Supreme Court Justice Scalia Takes On Women’s Rights

    9/22/10 ADAM COHEN- TIME

    Even though the court has said for decades that the equal-protection clause protects women (and, for that matter, men) from sex discrimination, the outspoken, controversial Scalia claimed late last week that women’s equality is entirely up to the political branches. “If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex,” he told an audience at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, “you have legislatures.”

    To anyone who has followed Justice Scalia’s career, his latest provocative statement shouldn’t come entirely as a surprise. It’s been more than four years since he answered a reporter’s question about his impartiality in religion cases with an under-the-chin hand gesture that some commentators said was a Sicilian obscenity. (A Supreme Court spokeswoman insisted the gesture was “dismissive” but not obscene.) And it’s been about as long since Justice Scalia called his refusal to recuse himself from a case about Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force – after he had just gone on a duck-hunting trip with Cheney – the “proudest thing” he has done on the court. (See pictures of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.)

    But Justice Scalia’s attack on the constitutional rights of women – and of gays, whom he also brushed off – is not just his usual mouthing off. One of his colleagues on the nation’s highest court, Justice Stephen Breyer, has just come out with a book called Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View, which rightly argues that the Constitution is a living document – one that the founders intended to grow over time, to keep up with new events. Justice Scalia is roaring back in defense of “originalism,” his view that the Constitution is stuck in the meaning it had when it was written in the 18th century.

    Indeed, Justice Scalia likes to present his views as highly principled – he’s not against equal rights for women or anyone else; he’s just giving the Constitution the strict interpretation it must be given. He focuses on the fact that the 14th Amendment was drafted after the Civil War to help lift up freed slaves to equality. “Nobody thought it was directed against sex discrimination,” he told his audience. (See “The State of the American Woman.”)

    Yet, the idea that women are protected by the equal-protection clause is hardly new – or controversial. In 1971, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that they were protected, in an opinion by the conservative then Chief Justice Warren Burger. It is no small thing to talk about writing women out of equal protection – or Jews, or Latinos or other groups who would lose their protection by the same logic. It is nice to think that legislatures would protect these minorities from oppression by the majority, but we have a very different country when the Constitution guarantees that it is so.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/cf4by3

  28. DREAM Act dies with rejection of defense bill when Republicans blocked a defense spending bill in the Senate

    9/21/2010 By SUZANNE GAMBOA- AP

    WASHINGTON—The chance for hundreds of thousands of young people to legally remain in the U.S. evaporated Tuesday when Republicans blocked a defense spending bill in the Senate.

    Democrats failed to get a single Republican to help them reach the 60 votes needed to move forward on the defense bill and attach the DREAM Act as an amendment. The vote was 56-43. Arkansas Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor voted with Republicans. Majority Leader Harry Reid also voted to block the bill in a procedural move that allows the defense bill to be revived later.

    The DREAM Act allows young people to become legal U.S. residents after spending two years in college or the military. It applies to those who were under 16 when they arrived in the U.S., have been in the country at least five years and have a diploma from a U.S. high school or the equivalent.

    Several young people who would have benefited from the legislation watched the vote from the gallery, some wearing graduation caps and gowns. Many sat stone-faced when the vote tally was read. A young woman dressed in a gold cap and gown wiped away tears.

    Most of the young immigrants knew victory was unlikely, but in the hours before the vote they walked the hallways of a Senate office building trying to drum up support.

    “I was kind of speechless. It’s something that hurt, but we are not stopping. They only gave us a chance and more time to get even bigger,” said Diana Banderas, who graduated rom high school in May and plans to go to community college after earning the money she needs to attend.

    For the entire article: http://bit.ly/cmoUNn

    • SenateDemocrats | September 21, 2010 –

      DREAM Act Would Offer Troops a Path to Citizenship

      Senator Dick Durbin today was joined by DREAM Act supporters to push for 60 votes in order to begin debating the Defense Authorization bill. Once on the bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had scheduled a vote on an amendment containing the DREAM Act.

    • SenateDemocrats | September 21, 2010 –

      Fight For DREAM Act Continues So More May Serve

      The Defense Authorization bill was defeated today 56-43, as not a single GOP Senator agreed to open debate on the bill. By not allowing the Senate to open debate on the bill, the DREAM Act would not have a chance to voted on as an amendment. Senators Durbin, Reid and Inouye, however, vowed to keep fighting for passage of the DREAM Act.

    • PhoenixNewTimes.com, Sept. 20, 2010:

      John McCain’s Shame: Blocking the Dream Act

      By Stephen Lemons

      I stopped by DREAM Army headquarters last night to watch Michael Nazario put his wannabe-U.S. troops through the paces.

      See, Nazario and other members of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition have been camped out since last week near U.S. Senator John McCain’s Phoenix office, at the corner of 16th Street and Missouri Avenue.

      Sunday, Nazario, a former member of the Junior ROTC, schooled about 30 teenagers and twentysomethings on some basic moves, saluting, right-face, at ease. They were preparing for a demonstration today at the state Capitol, where they will rally for their cause.

      They want McCain to support the legislation, which would allow young men and women brought to the U.S. from other countries when they were kids to apply for temporary residency. If within six years they earn a college degree or serve in the military, they could score a green card.

      “We have a lot of young men and women who have been here with us who really want to be in the service,” Nazario, 21, told me. “But because of their status, they’re unable to.”

      In fact DREAM Act students live in a legal limbo. Although they’ve been educated in our K-12 public schools, as is mandated by the federal courts, they graduate from high school to a world of little hope, where they can’t even score a driver’s license or work legally.

      Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is attaching the long-floundering DREAM Act to the Defense Authorization bill, along with a repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

      Although McCain has backed DREAM Act legislation many times in the past, he’s now opposing it, as is Sand Land’s junior Senator Jon Kyl….

      http://bit.ly/aBwDhQ

      michelerudy | September 20, 2010 –

      DREAM Army Commander Michael Nazario speaks in front of the State Capitol.

      [From YouTube text]: …. Senator McCain, sir. I want an opportunity to be a marine, to do something greater for myself and others. You and I have many things in common. One of them is love for this country. I am asking you to step up and be a leader in this moment. I am asking you to lead courageously so that I can serve.

    • NOLA.com, Sept. 20, 2010:

      Immigration debate finds focus in DREAM Act

      …. “It’s the right thing to do it,” [President] Obama said of the act, which would give undocumented students a chance to earn legal status if they came here as children, are long-term residents, are of “good character,” and complete two years of college or military service. “We should get it done.”

      http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/09/immigration_debate_finds_focus.html

      StartLoving3 | September 16, 2010 –

      President Obama tells the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: DREAM Act is the right thing to do.

      • President Obama: Senate has a chance to do the right thing; in the past, the DREAM Act was supported by a majority of Democrats AND Republicans

  29. Good morning, OTeam.

    Voter registration was really a scene. Republicans did not show up at the New Citizen ceremonies last year but this year they are out in force. It’s a bit scary to see their drive. They even arrived early and took our usual space on the deck where the New Citizens exit the ceremony. But we managed to do very well in spite of it all. One of the volunteers is this sweet old lady who brings the life-sized cardboard cutout of PBO and the New Citizens really clamor to have their photos taken there. It’s a very joyful and endearing moment to witness. Just got the numbers and here’s how Dems fared with the 82 new citizens all 11 Dem volunteers were able to corral:

    63 Democrats (including 58 permanent absentee voters, who are twice as likely to vote)
    15 No party
    3 Republican

    Another volunteer was down the street, where she got 22 registrations:

    19 democrats
    3 no party

    So the total for the day was 103 registrations with 82 registering as Democrats. I remember during the primary and the general (I worked on inputting data a lot of the time) we were advised never to announce or give out numbers about our positive progress. But that doesn’t seem to be the rule now. Don’t have any dates for the next naturalization ceremony as there are scheduling conflicts with the space but there are other very big cultural events happening in October so hopefully we’ll do even better.

    Good day to everyone. Let’s try to stay on a positive path today. The noise will only grow louder and more dissident. Eyes on the PRIZE.

    • Wonderful News Meta!

      Now that’s the kind of good news we need to start the day.

      The speakers last night spoke at great length about the fact that things are trending Democrat right now and if we get our folks to the polls we win.

      I’m pumped to get busy I just wish my local OFA and the Governor’s office were working together for this years election.

      Oh well I can multitask since its all for a great cause 🙂

  30. Republicans BLOCK bill to lift military gay ban

    9/21/10 By ANNE FLAHERTY, AP

    WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans have blocked an effort to repeal the law banning gays from serving openly in the military.

    The partisan vote was a defeat for gay rights groups who saw the provision in a defense authorization bill as their last chance any time soon to overturn the law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

    Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation, which authorized $726 billion in defense spending including a pay raise for troops.

    Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins had been seen as the crucial 60th vote because she supports overturning the military ban. But Collins sided with her GOP colleagues in arguing that Republicans weren’t given sufficient leeway to offer amendments to the wide-ranging policy bill.

    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate bill to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy appeared headed for defeat Tuesday, a major setback for gay groups that saw the vote as their last chance this year to overturn the 17-year-old ban.

    Advocates had been optimistic that the Democratic-controlled White House and Congress could overcome objections to repeal of the law barring gays from serving openly in the military. The move is unpopular among Republicans, military officers and social conservatives.

    But in the end, Senate Democrats were expected to fall at least one vote short of the 60 needed to limit debate and advance the legislation .

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/9VEMT9

    • Pres Obama and Gates supports DADT repeal.

      McCain said he would support repeal but he did not today….watch the Rachel Maddow video:

      Rachel Maddow- McCain stands firm for hypocrisy on DADT – Lady Gaga

    • MotherJones.com, Sept. 21, 2010:

      What Else Was in That “DADT” Bill? A Lot.

      By Adam Weinstein

      When Republicans successfully mustered their entire caucus to block an up-or-down vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Tuesday, they were blocking a heck of a lot more. The National Defense Appropriations Act of 2011 wasn’t just about DADT, or the immigrant-friendly DREAM Act, or even the DOD budget: Its more than 3,500 provisions set out an ambitious (largely progressive) agenda for the most powerful government agency in the world. As the party of “Hell no!” tries to convince voters that it has an affirmative vision for America, here’s a look at just a few of the other rules Republicans didn’t want to become the law of the land—from combating contractor corruption and reducing Uncle Sam’s foreign footprint, to going green and caring for wounded warriors:

      -No permanent military bases in Afghanistan.

      -Report on long-term costs of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

      -National Military Strategic Plan to Counter Iran.

      Anti-Corruption

      -Standards and certification for private security contractors.

      -Inclusion of bribery in disclosure requirements of the Federal awardee performance and integrity information system.

      Environmental Progress

      -Report identifying hybrid or electric propulsion systems and other fuel-saving technologies for incorporation into tactical motor vehicles.

      Service Member Welfare

      -Information sharing relating to investigation of exposure to drinking water contamination at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

      -Adoption of military working dogs by family members of deceased or seriously wounded members of the Armed Forces who were handlers of the dogs.

      -Recognition of role of female members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense review of military occupational specialties available to female members.

      -Protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation.

      -Improvements to Department of Defense domestic violence programs.

      -Department of Defense recognition of spouses of members of the Armed Forces.

      -Department of Defense recognition of children of members of the Armed Forces.

      -Enhancements to the Troops-to-Teachers Program.

      -Fiscal year 2011 increase in military basic pay.

      -Improving aural protection for members of the Armed Forces.

      -Comprehensive policy on neurocognitive assessment by the military health care system.

      -Report on feasibility of study on breast cancer among female members of the Armed Forces.

      -Pilot program on payment for treatment of members of the Armed Forces and veterans for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

      -Assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder by military occupation.

      -Post-traumatic stress disorder counseling for civilian victims of the Fort Hood shooting and other similar incidents.

      Disaster Response

      -Authority to make excess nonlethal supplies available for domestic emergency assistance.
      Now, all these provisions might leave you with the impression that congressional Democrats were trying to ram through a “liberal” bill with no GOP input. That’s certainly what Republicans would like you to believe. Take Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who marched in step with her party comrades Tuesday. In a floor speech, she called repealing DADT “the right thing to do.” BUT! “But I cannot vote to proceed to this bill under a situation that’s going to shut down the debate and preclude Republican amendments,” she added. “That, too, is not fair.”

      Except Republicans did get plenty of say on this bill. That’s how we got amendments like these:

      -Prohibition on the use of funds for the transfer or release of individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

      -Prohibition on the use of funds to modify or construct facilities in the United States to house detainees transferred from United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

      -Prohibition on use of funds to give Miranda warnings to Al Qaeda terrorists.

      There’s also this:

      -Sense of Congress regarding recreational hunting and fishing on military installations.

      And my favorite:

      -Sense of Congress encouraging the President to order the United States flag to be flown over United States military and civilian outposts in Haiti during earthquake relief efforts.

      Because what displaced Haitians really need right now is to see Old Glory flapping in the breeze from, you know, somebody else’s enclosed shelter.

      In the end, even these concessions weren’t enough for Republicans to allow a majority vote on the overall bill. Why? Notwithstanding the posturing of “moderates” like Collins, it all comes back to one 573-word provision tucked into this 190,655-word bill. That provision, comprising three-tenths of 1 percent of the National Defense Authorization Act, is Section 536: “Department of Defense policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces.”

      We have this to be thankful for, at least: Conservatives have made it clear where their legislative priorities lie.

      http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/09/what-else-in-dadt-bill-repeal-senate-defense-act-lgbt

      • Oh yes. We know where their priorities are but is anyone holding THEM accountable. I do not understand why there is not an absolute outrage going on against the Republicans. Can someone please explain to me how this is the fault ofg the President and the Dems that voted for this? It’s about all I can stand to listen to this crap. If I sat on my rearend and did NOTHING all day in my job, I would not have a job — simple as that.

    • 50 States, 50 Stories – New Health Care Website Launches Today

      Posted by Stephanie Cutter on September 22, 2010

      Today, President Obama is celebrating the six month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. To help celebrate, we are unveiling a new website – http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/HealthReform that provides critical information regarding the Affordable Care Act. The site includes 50 stories from individuals and employers in every state and new state-by-state reports that detail how reform is already strengthening the health care system in your state.

      You can listen to audio stories from Americans who are benefitting from the new law and watch this video of Gail O’Brien who received a surprise phone call from President Obama. Gail was previously uninsured and diagnosed with high grade non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Thanks to the new law, Gail now has insurance through the new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan that will pay for her treatments, and she is responding very well.

      The six month anniversary marks a major milestone for our health care system. The Patient’s Bill of Rights will take effect, putting an end to some of the worst insurance industry abuses.

      The Patient’s Bill of Rights:

      * Bans discrimination against kids with pre-existing conditions.
      * Allows young adults to remain on their parents’ plan until their 26th birthday.
      * Prohibits insurance companies from cutting off your coverage when you’re sick if you made a mistake on your application.
      * Prohibits insurance companies from putting a lifetime limit on the amount of coverage you may receive, and restricts the use of annual limits until they are banned completely in 2014.
      * And if you join a new plan:
      o You have the right to choose your own doctor in your insurer network.
      o Your insurer is banned from charging more for emergency services obtained outside of their network.
      o You will be guaranteed the right to appeal insurance company decisions to an independent third party.
      o You will receive recommended preventive care with no out-of-pocket cost. Services like mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, pre-natal and new baby care will be covered, and insurance companies will be prohibited from charging deductibles, co-payments or co-insurance.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/09/22/50-states-50-stories-new-health-care-website-launches-today

  31. Morning!!

    It’s so crazy. Just when it looks like we’ve got some momentum, something comes to kind of muck things up. This Woodward book looks like it’s going to be the talk of the town next week. From the excerpts, it doesn’t seem horrible, it just looks like our leadership has us in a war that they don’t really believe in…not good. Looks like we’re getting out of there soon now that some of the info on the inner thinking of the administration is out.

    Anyway, hope everyone has a productive day!

  32. http://nyti.ms/cO56ns
    Passion and Politics on Immigration Act
    By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    Published: September 21, 2010

    WASHINGTON — Cesar Vargas graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, just like Senators Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, and Bernard Sanders, independent of Vermont.

  33. Mrs. O will be in San Francisco for a fundraiser for Senator Barbara Boxer on October 25th!!!! I think it will very likely be a high ticket event for the big time donors here in the city but I’m hoping that there will be some sort of other opportunity to greet her. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen her in person and I would love to cheer for her once again. I think she is an astonishing role model and it thrills me to have her in San Francisco!

    • Wow, this is an incredible testimonial for all that hard work to pass HCR. BRAVO to the team in the WH that put this together. It’s an excellent resource for us.

  34. America Has Spoken, Will the GOP Listen?

    Posted by Dan Pfeiffer on September 22, 2010

    On Thursday, Congressional Republicans plan to announce their “agenda.” They claim that this agenda is the product of listening to the American people through an online initiative called America Speaks Out – indeed they have hidden the details of their agenda for months claiming that they wanted to give Americans a chance to help guide them. “I would expect the ideas that come out of this Web site and the involvement of our members will lead to ideas that we can attempt to implement today,” said House Republican Leader Boehner during the somewhat bungled unveiling.

    We hope so too, particularly since the idea that has drawn the most interest in their job creation section with overwhelming support is one that President Obama has been pushing – and Congressional Republicans have been opposing – for years:

    Stop the outsourcing of jobs from America to other countries that do not pay taxes into the U.S. and stop the tax breaks that are given to these companies outsourcing.

    Here’s a rundown of Congressional Republicans’ voting record on this idea:

    * House Republicans Voted Against the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act: To help create or save more than 1 million American jobs and prevent corporations from shipping jobs overseas and sticking American taxpayers with the bill. 99% of House Republicans voted no.
    * House Republicans Voted Against the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act: To clamp down on tax provisions that are strong incentives for U.S. corporations that shift jobs or profits offshore, either through accounting gimmicks or by moving actual operations, and to provide for state aid to protect 161,000 teacher jobs and 158,000 other jobs for police, firefighters and in the private sector. 99% of House Republicans voted no.
    * House Republicans Voted Against the Small Business Tax Relief Act: To eliminate certain “1099” reporting requirements for small businesses paid for by ending tax breaks that encourage companies to move American jobs overseas. 99% of House Republicans voted no.
    * House Republicans Voted Against the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Act:To create jobs with bipartisan provisions to spur investment in local rebuilding projects and a range of bipartisan proposals to help our small businesses grow, hire and continue to fuel our economy – including a provision to Save American Jobs by cracking down on foreign tax haven corporations that are using the U.S. tax treaty network to dodge U.S. taxes. 98% of House Republicans voted no.
    * House Republicans Voted Against the HIRE Act: To give small businesses tax incentives to hire jobless Americans estimated to create 300,000 American jobs. This bill included provisions to crack down on offshore accounts for corporations and the wealthy and to delay until 2020 a tax break that would let U.S. multinational companies that have shipped jobs overseas reduce their U.S. taxes by deducting more of their worldwide interest income against their U.S. income. 97% of House Republicans voted no.

    As recently as last month, House Republican Leader Boehner attacked the President and Democratic leaders in Congress for closing one of the most egregious loopholes that rewarded companies creating jobs overseas. Mr. Boehner went out of his way to attack the very idea that his supporters have now apparently identified as the economic priority they’re most interested in.

    The President’s record on these issues speaks for itself. The President has laid out a common-sense, comprehensive strategy to close egregious loopholes and reduce incentives for companies creating jobs overseas and instead, invest in tax cuts for companies creating jobs here at home. As he said last year, “The way we make our businesses competitive is not to reward American companies operating overseas,” and he has consistently pushed for a tax code that ends these egregious loopholes. At the same time, the Recovery Acts spurred the largest investments in history in American industries for the 21st Century, from the clean energy economy to health IT. Even now, the President continues to push for help for American small business, rebuilding the economy by rebuilding America’s road, rails, and bridges, and incentives to promote investment from America’s businesses. And the President has made it even more clear in recent months that the words “Made in America” define his vision for America’s economic future:

    We need to decide whether we’re willing to do what’s necessary to keep this economy moving in the right direction. Whether we’re willing to rise above the election-time games and come together, all of us — Democrats and Republicans and independents — all of us coming together not just to pass a jobs bill that is going to help small businesses like this one hire and grow, but also to secure a clean energy future, and accelerate our recovery, and rebuild our economy around three simple words — Made in America. That is what I’m committed to doing, and that’s what I hope members of both parties will join me in doing in the days ahead and beyond.

    Tomorrow we will find out whether Republicans are willing to do this, even after America spoke loud and clear on their own website.

    As an Administration that has used new media to engage the public openly on countless issues since coming into office, we certainly applaud the notion that Republicans in Congress would do the same and take the views and votes of the public seriously. But there will be an easy test to see whether this engagement – and for that matter their claim to have turned over a new leaf – was genuine or simply a cynical fig leaf to cover up their return to the same policies that got us into this mess.

    So far they’ve repackaged the same old, failed special interest policies that created the mess to begin with: cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires; cut rules for big corporations and special interests and gamble away the retirement savings of America’s seniors on Wall Street by privatizing social security. The American people deserves to hear genuine ideas to grow the economy, create jobs and strengthen the middle class, so we hope this is not simply a gimmick that pushes the same old promises Congressional Republicans have repeatedly broken.

    Dan Pfeiffer is White House Communications Director

  35. Marbwi posted some great info on voter reg deadlines yesterday. I took that info and recategorized by date so we can get a handle on how quickly these dates are approaching. Please help circulate!

    2010 Voter Registration DEADLINES for the 2010 General Election
    Note: EDR indicates states with Election Day Registration

    Mississippi October 2nd 7:00am-7:00pm
    Rhode Island October 2nd 7:00am-9:00pm
    South Carolina October 2nd 7:00am-7:00pm

    Alaska October 3rd 7:00am – 8:00am

    Arizona1 October 4th 6:00am – 7:00pm
    Arkansas October 4th 7:30am – 7:30pm
    Colorado2 October 4th 7:00am-7:00pm
    District of Columbia October 4th (EDR) 7:00am-8:00pm
    Florida October 4th 7:00am-7:00pm
    Georgia October 4th 7:00am-7:00pm
    Hawaii October 4th 7:00am-6:00pm
    Indiana3 October 4th 6:00am-6:00pm
    Kentucky October 4th 6:00am-6:00pm
    Louisiana5 October 4th 6:00am-8:00pm
    Michigan October 4th 7:00am-8:00pm
    Montana October 4th (EDR) 7:00am-8:00pm
    Ohio8 October 4th 6:30am-7:30pm
    Pennsylvania October 4th 7:00am-8:00pm
    Tennessee October 4th 8:00am-7:00pm (CST)
    Texas October 4th 7:00am-7:00pm
    Wyoming October 4th (EDR) 7:00am-7:00pm

    Illinois October 5th 6:00am-7:00pm
    New Mexico October 5th 7:00am-7:00pm

    Missouri October 6th 6:00am-7:00pm

    Idaho October 8th (EDR) 8:00am-8:00pm
    New York October 8th 6:00am-9:00pm
    North Carolina7 October 8th 6:30am-7:30pm
    Oklahoma October 8th 7:00am-7:00pm

    Delaware October 9th 7:00am-8:00pm

    Maine October 12th (EDR) 6:00am-8:00pm
    Maryland October 12th 7:00am-8:00pm
    Minnesota October 12th (EDR) 7:00am-8:00pm
    Nevada6 October 12th 7:00am-7:00pm
    New Jersey October 12th 6:00am-8:00pm
    Oregon9 October 12th
    Virginia October 12th 6:00am-7:00pm
    West Virginia October 12th 6:30am-7:30pm

    Massachusetts October 13th 7:00am-8:00pm
    Wisconsin October 13th (EDR) 7:00am-8:00pm

    California October 18th 7:00am-8:00pm
    Kansas4 October 18th 7:00am-7:00pm
    South Dakota October 18th 7:00am-7:00pm
    Utah10 October 18th 7:00am-8:00pm

    Alabama October 22nd 7:00am-7:00pm
    Nebraska October 22nd 8:00am(CST)-8:00pm(CST)

    Iowa October 23rd (EDR) 7:00am-9:00pm
    New Hampshire October 23rd (EDR)

    Washington11 October 25th 7:00am-8:00pm

    Connecticut October 26th 6:00am-8:00pm

    Vermont October 27th 10:00am-7:00pm

    North Dakota N/A 7:00am-9:00pm

  36. Happy Wednesday CR, Donna, Jackie, Sandy, Barb, COS, Meta and Vero and all friends!

    Last night we got a call from some sort of opinion gatherer — I didn’t catch the name of the organization because she was droning on very fast — and she said she needed to speak to the youngest member of the household who was registered to vote. Kind of an unfriendly vibe.

    So I said cheerfully, “Well, we’re basically the same age and we’re both voting straight Democratic, and God bless President Obama!”

    Dead silence. The line wasn’t dead, but the questioner seemed stunned.

    I asked, “Does that help?”

    Dead silence.

    I said, “Bye bye!” and hung up.

    I wonder what it was all about.

    • Good morning Kathleen! Thanks for sharing and thank you for having Pres Obama’s back!

      God Bless President Obama!

    • Good morning Kat. Apparently the lady did not get the answer that she wanted. I don’t know anything about poll takers. Do they have the ability to sku answers in favor of their interests, i.e. Republican or Democrat?

      • Hi COS, I think it depends on the poll. For example, Rasmussen is known to gove more favorable results for the GOP. It all depends on who they select for questioning and how they phrase their questions.

  37. DemocraticVideo | September 22, 2010 –

    I am B.o.B and I am Gen44

    Join President Obama on Thursday, September 30th for the Gen44 Kick Off Concert featuring a special performance by B.o.B in Washington, D.C. Tickets on sale now! Get your seat now at http://my.barackobama.com/Gen44KickOff

  38. SenateDemocrats | September 22, 2010 –

    Democrats Begin Debate on Campaign Finance Bill

    Senate Democrats begin debate today on a campaign-finance transparency bill called the DISCLOSE Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke about the need to shine light on the role of special interests in national elections.

  39. WashingtonMonthly, Sept. 22, 2001:

    THE AMERICAN CAPACITY TO ‘ABSORB’ ADVERSITY

    By Steve Benen

    Bob Woodward has a new book, “Obama’s Wars,” which will be released on Monday. Based on news accounts this morning, the crux of the text will be about the tense debate among leading officials last year over how to shape U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

    This morning, it appears one quote from the book in particular is sparking interest. [Cites Washington Post article.]

    “Woodward’s book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them. During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, ‘We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.’

    This strikes me as an eminently sensible thing to say. Of course Americans can absorb an attack and come out stronger. What’s the alternative? That an attack permanently destroys the American psyche, leaving us cowering under our beds for the foreseeable future?

    We’re better — and stronger — than that. We mourn, we rebuild, we bring justice to those responsible, we make every possible effort to prevent future attacks, and we move forward. It’s a testament to the American character and the strength of the fabric that holds us together. We get knocked down; we get back up.

    The metaphor that comes to mind is that of a boxer known for “absorbing” punches. It doesn’t mean the hits don’t occur, and it doesn’t mean the punches don’t hurt, but the pugilist who can “absorb” the hits and keep on going tends to win in the end.

    Except, conservatives don’t see it that way. Indeed, the right has already begun throwing a tantrum over the president’s remarks. Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson suggested Obama is “inviting” an attack. (Gretchen, “Bring it on” invited another attack; saying we can absorb violence does not.)….

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_09/025786.php

    • So, if Woodward’s book is all over the media today, does that mean they are not pushing the Dems to blame for not passing DADT yesterday meme?

  40. September 22, 2010

    Background on the President’s Health Care Events Today

    Click HERE for state-by-state reports on the Affordable Care Act, as well as stories from Americans in all 50 states who are benefitting from the law’s provisions.

    On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. The landmark new law will put into place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will hold insurance companies more accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans.

    On September 22, President Obama will mark the upcoming six month anniversary of enactment of the new law and the implementation of the Patient’s Bill of Rights – critical new consumer protections included in the new law that will end the worst insurance company abuses and help put consumers in control of their own care.

    In addition to the events outlined below, the White House today unveiled http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/HealthReform, which includes information on the impact of the law and stories from Americans in all 50 states who are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. The website also includes state-by-state reports on the Affordable Care Act. Click here to visit the site and read the reports.

    At 10:00 AM EDT, Insurance Commissioners from across the country will gather for a meeting with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the White House to discuss their efforts to strengthen oversight of insurance premiums, and the need to work together to enforce the Patient’s Bill of Rights and new patient protections included in the new law. President Obama will participate in a portion of the meeting. This meeting is closed press.

    At 11:45 AM EDT, President Obama will participate in a discussion at a private home in Falls Church, Virginia. local residents and Americans from across the country who will benefit from the Affordable Care Act and the Patient’s Bill of Rights.

    Expected Attendees at President Obama’s Meeting with Insurance Commissioners

    Administration Officials:

    Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services
    Secretary Hilda Solis, Department of Labor

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/22/background-presidents-health-care-events-today

  41. Warning on terrorism
    Napolitano: Threat is ‘evolving’

    09/22/10 By MJ LEE – POLITICO

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that the threat of terrorism is “evolving” quickly, and that it poses more “complicated and dangerous challenges than we have faced in the past.”
    In a statement for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security about how terrorism has changed since the Sept. 11 attacks, Napolitano noted a “diversification of the terrorist threat on many levels.”

    Here are some more excerpts of Napolitano’s remarks:

    “It is clear that the threat of al Qaeda-style terrorism is not limited to the al-Qaeda core group, or organizations that have close operational links to al Qaeda. While al Qaeda continues to threaten America directly, it also inspires its affiliates and other groups and individuals who share its violent ideology and seek to attack the United States claiming it is in the name of Islam – a claim that is widely rejected. …

    “Homegrown terrorists represent a new and changing facet of the terrorist threat. To be clear, by ‘homegrown,’ I mean terrorist operatives who are U.S. persons and who were radicalized in the United States and learned terrorist tactics either here or in training camps …

    “There is a rising threat from attacks that use improvised explosives devices (IEDs), other explosives, and small arms. This type of attack has been common in hotspots around the world for some time, but we have now experienced such attempted attacks in the United States. …

    “We must recognize that virtually anything is a potential target. Consequently, our thinking needs to be ‘outside the box’ while we simultaneously focus our planning on targets that intelligence forecasts to be most at risk.”

    CSPAN rebroadcast: http://www.cspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/09/22/HP/R/38371/Security+Officials+Efforts+to+Radicalize+Homegrown+Terrorists+Grow.aspx

    • It was really pathetic to watch McCain trying to bully Secretary Napolitano today in the hearing. He really is a nasty bitter man. But she stood up to his ugliness and I’m proud that she is so capable and assertive.

        • I can just imagine. And he’s not one to bury any hatchets. He has so little command of his emotions it’s astonishing how he’s been able to get so far in life. She on the other hand has what I think it takes to be President.

          • Meta, I believe that McCain has gotten as far as he has because of his military record and being a POW. Like PBO, I applaud him for his service and appreciate it very much, but as a person, John McCain is a mean nasty According to his biography, he was the same during his childhood. He has ridden the wave on his family name. I have a lot more respect for PBO becuse he is a self-made man who understands people.

  42. For our California Democrats:

    We all know how difficult it is to pass anything in the Senate because the Republicans have imposed a filibuster on just about every single item before the Senate, requiring 60 votes to overcome their obstruction. Well, in California, we have the same mess on our hands. The California Legislature now requires a 2/3 majority to get our business done. We’ve seen how destructive this has been for getting the work of the Senate done. The horrible mess that California is in right now is the result of this kind of obstruction. Every year, the Legislature is months late in approving a budget because they cannot get the votes to pass it. This results in absolute chaos and suffering for the people of California year in and year out. People who work for the state are not paid or are laid off, vital services are threatened, schools and universities suffer major setbacks. It’s highly DYSFUNCTIONAL and it’s a nightmare.

    Well, good news is here. There is a California Ballot Initiative on the November ballot to change all this: Proposition 25.

    California Proposition 25 CHANGES THE LEGISLATIVE VOTE REQUIREMENT TO PASS THE BUDGET AND BUDGET-RELATED LEGISLATION FROM TWO-THIRDS TO A SIMPLE MAJORITY.

    It retains the two-thirds vote requirement for taxes. It also provides that the Legislature will permanently forfeit daily salary and expenses until the budget bill passes. Here is a link for more information:

    http://www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/25/

    PLEASE help spread the word!

  43. Next Up…

    September 22, 2010

    4:30 PM EDT

    Vice President Biden Hosts Medal of Valor Ceremony

    The Medal of Valor is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm.
    The White House

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

    ———

    4:45 PM EDT

    President Obama Speaks at the Millennium Development Goals Conference- New York City, New York

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/295600-2

  44. I was watching PBO on CNN and Wolf Blitzetr cut in with this big headline, “Will the President be fired”. Donald Trump says if the economy don’t recover he will probably not survive 2012. Are you kidding me??????? I saw this before I was able to turn the channel.

    • UGH. Donald Trump is always desperate for media attention, especially when his TV show is in season. The MSM is really going for broke every day.

      • They have jumped all the way to 2012. I was only watching cnn because my computer stream acts up. I am sure they are going thru that Woodward book with a fine tooth combe for the next 24/7 controversy involving PBO. It is always so nice to watch People appreciate PBO at those townhalls. Do you all think that the media is envious and jealous that no matter what they say, PBO always get a lot of love when he leaves Washington??

  45. United Nations Millennium Development Goals

    Sep 22, 2010

    President Obama addressed the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Conference. He urged donor countries to honor their commitments and move beyond debate over money and focus on results.

    CSPAN Rebroadcast: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/295600-2

    • September 22, 2010

      Remarks by the President at the Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York, New York
      United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York
      4:49 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen.

      In the Charter of this United Nations, our countries pledged to work for “the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples.” In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we recognized the inherent dignity and rights of every individual, including the right to a decent standard of living. And a decade ago, at the dawn of a new millennium, we set concrete goals to free our fellow men, women and children from the injustice of extreme poverty.

      These are the standards that we set. And today, we must ask: Are we living up to our mutual responsibilities?

      I suspect that some in wealthier countries may ask, with our economies struggling, so many people out of work, and so many families barely getting by, why a summit on development? And the answer is simple. In our global economy, progress in even the poorest countries can advance the prosperity and security of people far beyond their borders, including my fellow Americans.

      When a child dies from a preventable disease, it shocks all of our consciences. When a girl is deprived of an education or her mother is denied equal rights, it undermines the prosperity of their nation. When a young entrepreneur can’t start a new business, it stymies the creation of new jobs and markets in that entrepreneur’s country, but also in our own. When millions of fathers cannot provide for their families, it feeds the despair that can fuel instability and violent extremism. When a disease goes unchecked, it can endanger the health of millions around the world.

      So let’s put to rest the old myth that development is mere charity that does not serve our interests. And let’s reject the cynicism that says certain countries are condemned to perpetual poverty, for the past half century has witnessed more gains in human development than at any time in history. A disease that had ravaged the generations, smallpox, was eradicated. Health care has reached the far corners of the world, saving the lives of millions. From Latin America to Africa to Asia, developing nations have transformed into leaders in the global economy.

      Nor can anyone deny the progress that has been made toward achieving certain Millennium Development Goals. The doors of education have been opened to tens of millions of children, boys and girls. New cases of HIV/AIDS and malaria and tuberculosis are down. Access to clean drinking water is up. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people have been lifted from extreme poverty. That is all for the good, and it’s a testimony to the extraordinary work that’s been done both within countries and by the international community.

      Yet we must also face the fact that progress towards other goals that were set has not come nearly fast enough. Not for the hundreds of thousands of women who lose their lives every year simply giving birth. Not for the millions of children who die from agony of malnutrition. Not for the nearly one billion people who endure the misery of chronic hunger.

      This is the reality we must face — that if the international community just keeps doing the same things the same way, we may make some modest progress here and there, but we will miss many development goals. That is the truth. With 10 years down and just five years before our development targets come due, we must do better.

      For the entire article: http://bit.ly/9vAe75

  46. September 22, 2010
    Fact Sheet: U.S. Global Development Policy

    * President Obama’s Development Policy and the Global Climate Change Initiative (pdf)
    * President Obama’s Development Policy and Global Food Security (pdf)
    * President Obama’s Development Policy and the Global Health Initiative (pdf)

    Today, the President signed a Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, the first of its kind by a U.S. administration. The directive recognizes that development is vital to U.S. national security and is a strategic, economic, and moral imperative for the United States. It calls for the elevation of development as a core pillar of American power and charts a course for development, diplomacy and defense to mutually reinforce and complement one another in an integrated comprehensive approach to national security. It provides clear policy guidance to all U.S. Government agencies and enumerates our core objectives, our operational model, and the modern architecture we need to implement this policy.

    A 21st Century Development Policy

    As our National Security Strategy states: “Through an aggressive and affirmative development agenda and commensurate resources, we can strengthen the regional partners we need to help us stop conflict and counter global criminal networks; build a stable, inclusive global economy with new sources of prosperity; advance democracy and human rights; and ultimately position ourselves to better address key global challenges by growing the ranks of prosperous, capable and democratic states that can be our partners in the decades ahead.”

    Development is thus indispensable in the forward defense of America’s interests in a world shaped by growing economic integration and fragmenting political power; by the rise of emerging powers and the persistent weakness of fragile states; by the potential of globalization and risks from transnational threats; and by the challenges of hunger, poverty, disease, and global climate change. The successful pursuit of development is essential to advancing our national security objectives: security, prosperity, respect for universal values, and a just and sustainable international order.

    Our investments in development – and the policies we pursue that support development – can encourage broad-based economic growth and democratic governance, facilitate the stabilization of countries emerging from crisis or conflict, alleviate poverty, and advance global commitments to the basic welfare and dignity of all humankind. Without sustainable development, meeting these challenges will prove impossible.

    Through the Presidential Policy Directive, President Obama has made clear that sustainable development is a long-term proposition, and progress depends importantly on the choices of political leaders and the quality of institutions in developing countries. Where leaders govern responsibly, set in place good policies, and make investments conducive to development, sustainable outcomes can be achieved. Where those conditions are absent, it is difficult to engineer sustained progress, no matter how good our intentions or the extent of our engagement.

    The President’s approach to global development addresses the new strategic context faced by the United States through the following three pillars:

    * A policy focused on sustainable development outcomes that places a premium on broad-based economic growth, democratic governance, game-changing innovations, and sustainable systems for meeting basic human needs;
    * A new operational model that positions the United States to be a more effective partner and to leverage our leadership; and
    * A modern architecture that elevates development and harnesses development capabilities spread across government in support of common objectives.

    The Presidential Policy Directive seeks to forge a new and lasting bipartisan consensus on development policy within the broader context of our National Security Strategy. It builds on and formalizes many core tenets of the development agenda set in place by recent administrations, while embracing new priorities and approaches that respond to the challenges we now confront.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/22/fact-sheet-us-global-development-policy

    • Oh, I can tell this is going to be a good one, BWD.

      You know, I can’t get that woman from the CNBC forum out of my mind. I just keep thinking, you’re exhausted? You have a very good life, a good job, your family is all in one piece and you’re exhausted? It’s only been 21 months since PBO took office and you’re exhausted? So many have lost so much and you’re exhausted? I know that everyone is feeling the effects of this economy, but I really don’t understand people in this country.

    • Thanks BWD, great diary.
      meta I can’t get that woman out of my head either, she’s exhausted meanwhile her life has not really changed. Her fear for the future is so different than what some families are presently facing. Just incredible.

      • I don’t mean to beat up on her, but you have to wonder why she feels so deprived. She said she has no credit cards so I don’t suspect she’s feeling oppressed by a mountain of debt. I wish I understood her plight.

    • Thanks for this great diary BWD. I was discussing this lady with my sister last night and we were saying the same thing. We also said that she would be appearing on someone’s show. Little did I know that it had already happened, since I gave up on most of the so call talk shows. You really have a way with words.

  47. StartLoving3 | September 22, 2010 –

    President Obama’s Backyard Town Hall on Patient’s Bill of Rights, Part 1

    President Obama held a backyard town hall meeting at a private residence in Falls Church, Virginia to discuss health care reform and the Patient’s Bill of Rights.

    • President Obama’s Backyard Town Hall on Patient’s Bill of Rights, Part 2

      • President Obama’s Backyard Town Hall on Patient’s Bill of Rights, Part 3

        • President Obama’s Backyard Town Hall on Patient’s Bill of Rights, Part 4

          • Office of the Press Secretary, September 22, 2010:

            Remarks by the President in a Backyard Discussion on Health Care Reform and the Patient’s Bill of Rights

            …. And let me just tick off some of the things that are going to be the case starting tomorrow. Number one: Paul already mentioned the issue of lifetime limits. That is not going to be the rule anymore after tomorrow. If you’ve got a policy, you get sick, the insurance company covers you.

            Number two: preexisting conditions for children. Children who have preexisting conditions are going to be covered.

            Number three: We’re going to make sure that if young people don’t have health insurance through their employer, that they can stay on their parents’ health insurance up to the age of 26, which is obviously a huge relief for a lot of parents who are seeing their young people just coming out of college and not being able to get insurance.

            You’re going to be able to make sure that the insurance company doesn’t drop you because of an innocent mistake on your insurance form. This rule of rescission, they are not going to be able to drop you arbitrarily, which gives you more security.

            Number four: You’re going to be able to choose your doctor and not have to go through some network in an emergency situation as a consequence of these rules, so it gives customers more choice and more options.

            There are so many good things about this, I may have forgotten one. Kathleen, anything else?

            SECRETARY SEBELIUS: (Inaudible) — and preventive care.

            THE PRESIDENT: Right, and preventive care. I knew there was one more. Preventive care will now be offered under your policy, which, over the long term, can actually save people money because you get diagnosed quicker.

            So all these things are designed not to have government more involved in health care. They’re designed to make sure that you have basic protections in your interactions with your insurance company; that you’re getting what you pay for; that you have some basic measures of protection in interacting with the health care system, which means that you’re not going to go bankrupt, you’re not going to lose your house if, heaven forbid, you end up having an accident, and you’re able to get the quality care that you need….

            http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/22/remarks-president-a-backyard-discussion-health-care-reform-and-patients-

  48. The White House release of today’s event in Falls Church:

    whitehouse | September 22, 2010 –

    The Affordable Care Act & The Patient’s Bill of Rights

    On the six-month anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama leads a backyard discussion on the Patient’s Bill of Rights and hears from real Americans who are already benefitting from health reform.

  49. Office of the Vice President, September 21, 2010:

    Readout of Vice President Biden’s meeting with Prime Minister Papandreou of Greece

    The Vice President met [Tuesday] with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou as part of the Administration’s frequent consultations with our European allies on our shared agenda and in recognition of the historic relationship between the United States and Greece. The Vice President expressed strong support for Greece’s economic and political reforms and applauded the Prime Minister’s bold leadership. He expressed his appreciation for the Prime Minister’s efforts to advance the integration of the countries of Southeast Europe into Euro-Atlantic structures, and he emphasized the need for leaders in Athens and Skopje to quickly agree upon a mutually acceptable solution to resolve their differences over the name issue.

    The two leaders discussed the recent decision by the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s declaration of independence and how to move forward so that the people of Serbia and Kosovo are able to become fully a part of a Europe whole and free and at peace. The Vice President and the Prime Minister discussed the situation in Cyprus and expressed their full support for the Cypriot-led process, under the good offices of the UN, towards a just and lasting settlement that reunifies Cyprus as a bi-zonal and bi-communal federation. The Vice President applauded efforts by Greece and Turkey to strengthen their relations.

    The Vice President and Prime Minister also discussed the Middle East. The two leaders emphasized their support for the direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and the need for both sides to continue the process until they reach an agreement on two states. The Vice President reiterated the need for Iran to comply fully and unconditionally with UN Security Council resolutions related to its nuclear program and to engage constructively in discussions with the P5+1.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/21/readout-vice-president-biden-s-meeting-with-prime-minister-papandreou-gr

    PrimeMinisterGR | September 21, 2010 –

    Greek Prime Minister Papandreou’s statement after meeting with the Vice President.

  50. SenateDemocrats | September 22, 2010 –

    DISCLOSE Act Would Stop Corporations & Special Interests From Buying Elections

    Senators Chuck Schumer, Sherrod Brown and Jeff Merkley spoke at a press conference today about Democrats’ efforts to prevent corporations, foreign governments and special interests from buying our elections. The Senate expects to vote on the DISCLOSE Act later this week.

  51. Good evening O’Team Aunt V sends greetings and thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I spent my lunch break with her today and she is a hoot. She is driving those doctors and nurses crazy (which means she’s on the mend). 🙂

    • You mean a town hall? I wish PBO would do a forum on gay rights. It would give him a chance to talk about the progress and the obstacles. Some would probably get angry at him but he can handle that. I just think he’s getting blamed for far, far too much that doesn’t even belong to him.

  52. Oh my gosh, the Republicans are going to release “A Pledge to America” tomorrow, their big ideas for saving Americas from the scary Democrats. Here’s a sneak preview:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20017335-503544.html

    Just a bunch of old retread. It’s sad really. They think they have all the answers and it’s the same empty garbage you’ve been hearing for the last 30 years. Not very big on details and full of flag-waving self-righteousness.

    • They are not serious. Who is voting for these idiots who are not pure partisans?

  53. From TPM:

    Clinton: I Don’t Think Dems Are Putting Up A Good Fight Yet (VIDEO)
    In an interview with PBS’s Judy Woodruff airing today, former President Bill Clinton urged his fellow Democrats to effectively communicate what’s at stake in the election this year, to avoid having voter anger steamroll them at the ballot box.

    “I would advise [Obama] and all the Democrats to talk about what we are going to do now and ask them who is more likely to do it,” Clinton told Woodruff, according to the transcript made available by PBS. “If this is a referendum on people’s anger and apathy — so our side stays home and their side’s inside — we don’t do well.”

    Clinton said that without effective messaging on the issues — including health care, financial reform, student loans, Social Security and Medicare — Democrats will lose the election to apathy. And though he said Obama and Congress “have done better than the American people think” governing, on the political front he said: “I don’t think we’re putting up a good fight yet.” Democrats have yet to come up with an “effective defense” against Republican attacks, attacks which “angry” and “frustrated” American voters are “buying.” Clinton volunteered a line of argument for his party:

    “You gave them eight years to dig this hole just give us two more years, give us four years to dig out of it,” Clinton suggested Dems should argue. “Just half what you gave them and if it’s not better you can throw us all out in two years.”

    Full article here:
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/clinton-i-dont-think-dems-are-putting-up-a-good-fight-yet.php?ref=fpblg

  54. Good evening guys! Donna, I’m so glad ur aunt appears to be getting better. I didn’t want to mention it, but I have been quite sick for a little over a week now…in and out of the ER type sick. Long story short, and 12 lbs lighter, I’m on the mend, the last bit of blood and other lab work is clear, I’m back at work and off pain meds. Once again, you dont realize how important it is to have insurance until you need to access the health care system.

    I’ve been lurking the blogs, but really unable to contribute a lot. Its nice, though, to have a place to go to and keep informed.

    Anywho, hope y’all are well. I have a lot of videos of the president’s various public engagements to catch up on!

    • Vero, so sorry to hear you have not been well. You take care of yourself. Do I need to come down there 🙂

      • You might! My folks are in Nigeria on vaca, they’ve been gone for about 3 weeks now. I was really needing some mom last week…my grandmother and aunt were looking out for me, but grandma is getting old, so she couldn’t stay up with me the couple of nights I was up in pain, and God bless my aunt, she isn’t the most maternal person in the world. Mom will be back Oct 1 so she’ll stay with me a few days to make sure I’m good.

        But imma keep ur offer in mind!

      • Wow, Kat, it’s kind of crazy that you’ve noticed. I just haven’t been able to contribute as fully as normal. But I had a final doc appointment today and I feel much better every day. What’s funny is that I really only had about 10-12 lbs to give, so now I want to maintain this weight! I’m on a strict diet now, so I think its doable. I didn’t realize how important it is to eat right until now. I was eating anything and everything, and along the way basically poisoned my body, stopped myself up, and the rest you can imagine.

    • Wow, Vero. I’m so sorry to hear about your illness. Are you OK? Is your heart diagnosis OK? I hope you’re feeling comfortable and will be much better soon. Stay away from the MSM and you’ll heal faster!

      • It sounds like I’m so sickly, huh? I am so not a sick person normally, but I hit 30 and suddenly things are starting to show signs of weakness. This whole ordeal has been a nice reminder that I can’t just eat and do whatever, whenever like I’m 21.

        Anyway, my heart tests were good, despite the tachacardyia (I’m spelling that wrong). I do have to monitor my bloood pressure, but they found no serious abnormalities. I just have the very fast heart rate. 😦

        • You also have a very quick BRAIN!

          Sorry to say it doesn’t get any easier. I still have to remind myself that I can’t eat like a 21 year old anymore. In fact, you really have to keep a fairly strict regimen if you ever hope to just maintain yourself. It can really feel like no fun sometimes.

    • Vero get well soon. We miss you. I noticed you have not been contributing much lately, but then, thought you may just be taking a little break like the rest of us have done. Please take care of yourself.

  55. whitehouse | September 22, 2010 –

    President Obama at Millennium Development Goals Conference

    The President speaks at the Millennium Development Goals Conference at the United Nations Building on his plan for global development.

    • Office of the Press Secretary, September 22, 2010:

      Remarks by the President at the Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York, New York;
      United Nations Headquarters

      …. And as the final pillar of our new approach, we will insist on more responsibility — from ourselves and from others. We insist on mutual accountability.

      For our part, we’ll work with Congress to better match our investments with the priorities of our partner countries. Guided by the evidence, we will invest in programs that work; we’ll end those that don’t. We need to be big-hearted but also hard-headed in our approach to development.

      To my fellow donor nations: Let’s honor our respective commitments. (Applause.) Let’s resolve to put an end to hollow promises that are not kept. Let’s commit to the same transparency that we expect from others. Let’s move beyond the old, narrow debate over how much money we’re spending, and instead let’s focus on results — whether we’re actually making improvements in people’s lives.

      Now, to developing countries, this must be your moment of responsibility as well. We want you to prosper and succeed — it is not only in your interest, it is in our interests. We want to help you realize your aspirations as a nation and the individuals in each of your countries.

      But there is no substitute for your leadership. Only you and your people can make the tough choices that will unleash the dynamism of your country. Only you can make the sustainable investments that improve the health and well-being of your people. Only you can deliver your nations to a more prosperous and just future. We can be partners, but ultimately you have to take the lead.

      Finally, let me say this. No one nation can do everything everywhere and still do it well. To meet our goals, we must be more selective and focus our efforts where we have the best partners and where we can have the greatest impact. And just as this work cannot be done by any one government, it can’t be the work of governments alone. In fact, foundations and private sector and NGOs are making historic commitments that have redefined what’s possible.

      And this gives us the opportunity to forge a new division of labor for development in the 21st century. It’s a division of labor where, instead of so much duplication and inefficiency, governments and multilaterals and NGOs are all working together. We each do the piece that we do best — as we’re doing, for example, in support of Ghana’s food security plan, which will help more farmers get more goods to market and earn more money to support their families.

      So that’s the progress that’s possible. Together, we can collaborate in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. Together, we can realize the future that none of us can achieve alone. Together, we can deliver historic leaps in development. We can do this. But only if we move forward with the seriousness and sense of common purpose that this moment demands.

      Development that offers a path out of poverty for that child who deserves better. Development that builds the capacity of countries to deliver the health care and education that their people need. Development that unleashes broader prosperity and builds the next generation of entrepreneurs and emerging economies. Development rooted in shared responsibility, mutual accountability and, most of all, concrete results that pull communities and countries from poverty to prosperity.

      These are the elements of America’s new approach. This is the work that we can do together. And this can be our plan — not simply for meeting our Millennium Development Goals, but for exceeding them, and then sustaining them for generations to come.

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/22/remarks-president-millennium-development-goals-summit-new-york-new-york

  56. Let’s really do all we can to celebrate the implementation of many of the new health care reforms that take effect tomorrow! It was a very long and painful journey but thank goodness it’s unfolding in good order. I love the new 50 state video and will circulate it to help get the word out.

    BRAVO, OTEAM!

  57. Okay I am going to share with you all the conversation we had after the meeting last night. We talked about this woman from the town hall and what she meant by “not feeling the change”. Putting aside that she is not middle class or really hurting like some Americans these volunteers who are extremely active have heard these type comments before so we got into a discussion about this.

    They said that essentially we live in an instant gratification society and that people such as this woman expected the President to stabilize the economy, keep unemployment down so that her business would continue to flourish by doing some kind of big jobs program and prevent the housing market from declining so that she and her husband could continue to use their home as an ATM machine. Anything short of this would be considered No Change for people like her.

    These people that work here for OFA said they hear this type of mess quite often from people in my area.

    I told them that this was so ridiculous that I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    • Donna, I think you’ve read me before when I’ve said I wish Americans could travel out of the US really quickly and see what real struggle looks like….what real have vs have nots looks like.

      We need some perspective in this country very badly.

    • OK, I see – it’s probably mostly property values. Well, I’m sure that’s a huge concern for millions but by the time we got to the beans and franks, it all started to feel pretty disingenuous. She works with veteran’s for crying out loud. I agree with Vero about traveling or getting outside your comfort zone. It may be good for some people to do some volunteer work at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter. It’s really, really brutal out there for a lot of people who are actually living on the edge.

      I guess I’ve also been influenced by watching a couple of shows on the new documentary, Waiting for Superman. If you want to get real scared and feel like crying for all the precious children in this country, I’m telling you, this will set your meter straight. It will absolutely bring you to tears.

    • America for all it’s been an major power and all is one of the last big countries to get a form of universal health care…even dinky little countries that some people consider “third world countries” have a universal health care system!

      And we still have Americans that we treat like third class citizens (LGBT community can not marry, are turned away because of who they are).

    • I would really like to stay but I have to go pick up hubby from the gym and tonight is our night to eat out!

      For those of you going to bed…I wish you a very good night and sweet dreams! 🙂

  58. I wrote an email to The Daily Show after he complained about our President yesterday.

    Dear Jon,

    Thank you so much for bashing our President on your show yesterday. I think we should let the Republicans back in power. That way, you will have fodder for your show for at least four more years. That’s what is important, right?

    P.S. I watched your show last night for the last time and have deleted you from my DVR program list.

      • On just Facebook alone the Stewart and Colbert rallies have over 190,000 people signed up to attend and they are hosting satellite rallies on the West Coast in CA and WA.

        Hotels here in DC are selling out. I read yesterday where people are coming from the UK and Britain and farther.

        Still barely anyone here in DC knows about the real March on 10.2.10. The world is upside down.

        • So sad. U know what else is sad? My 23 yr old brother Facebook messaged me the very next day after Stweart and co. made their rally public, talking about how he’s coming and to expect him that weekend. He’s never mentioned getting involved despite me harassing him to do stuff since he lives in Houston and the governor’s race is winnable. But he’s on this event! Oy!

          • Its all the rage.

            Gen44 kicks off that weekend for all the 40 and under and again very few even know about it.

            But Jon Stewart announces a fake rally and the country explodes in participation.

          • Wow, that’s amazing. It looks like the only thing that gets people motivated is celebrity. it’s really kind of shocking that people would travel so far to hang out with Stewart for a few hours. Is there an actual agenda or program? Anybody know what the event is actually going to be?

    • Jackie,

      I’ve been following this whole “Rally to Restore Sanity” event because I am amazed at the response for this “fake rally’. He is getting some criticism that this is a political move on his part to motivate Liberals/Progressives just before the election.

      He claims that it is not about any political party that it is about regaining some civility in politics from both sides.

      When I saw his hitjob last night I realized that this is what he will do from now until the Rally to prove to his critics “see I go after the left just like I do the right”.

      Now in his defense he has been critical from time to time about the President but I think we will see more of it because of this entertainment show he is having here in DC on the 30th.

    • I can’t bring myself to watch his videos, but does he think his show actually “restores sanity”?

  59. This rightgeous rant response in the comment section of BWD’s diary by Diongenes2008

    You know what bothers me?

    This whole idea of “Why should I vote?” Or “What have they done for me lately?”

    People keep talking about having to be fired up, or having to be “given” the enthusiasm to vote.

    Do we have to be fired up to go to work every day, or do we go because it’s necessary?

    Do we shower, eat, dress, and take care of our children because someone has to give us REASONS to do it? Or do we do it because it needs to be done?

    Those who show up on voting day set the mandate for the course our country takes in the next few years.

    It takes very little effort to vote, but if we all get out there and bring others with us, we have a better chance of being HEARD.

    I don’t have to be told to do what’s necessary – I do it because I know it’s important. I do it because it’s not only my civic duty, IT IS MY RIGHT.

    And a lot of women worked their a**es off to make sure I would have that right. They were beaten, imprisoned, and force-fed so I could have a voice in the process, and I will NEVER EVER sit home on voting day.

    Period.

    /rant

    • Amen. Ya know, if you don’t vote, then why should you be listened to? For me, I was beyond unenthusiatic to vote for Deeds but I took the 10 minutes and did it. It’s just what you do.

      You keep complaining threatening not to vote, and soon you will be ignored. Thats why the professional left is being called out left and right by the administration. Its time to get it together!

  60. We all have discussed the messaging and the cowardess of the Democrats. The townhall with the President on the health reform policies going into effect tomorrow gave me an idea. We have all these fact-check.org sites that are constantly dispelling wrong information. The President should do reverse questions and answers. He should ask the question, and someone in the audience answers. That way, they test what the public knows and then the answer, if incorrect gets corrected. Do I sound crazy?

  61. I really don’t understand why Feingold is so screwed in Wisconsin. Does anyone have a feel for what’s up with that race?

    • Vero, I heard Major Garrett tonight on my local news radio station talk about the Repubs plan. I think he is with the National Journal now since leaving FOX. He said that the Repubs created this thing a year ago when they thought that they would have to be “for” something in this years election but since they are favored to win this year they just wanted to ride it out and not put this forward but because they told the media they would have a plan before the election they felt forced to present it.

      And this is what people would consider putting in charge of our government. Geesh!

      • And they’re going to take back the government. Uh-huh. From whom, the lawfully-elected officeholders? So the GOP proposes an illegal coup? Treason? Why am I trying to make sense of it…

    • “An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, striking down long-standing laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people. An arrogant and out-of-touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions, issues mandates, and enacts laws without accepting or requesting the input of the many. Rising joblessness, crushing debt, and a polarizing political environment are fraying the bonds among our people and blurring our sense of national purpose.”

      Well, that’s a pretty darn good description of the previous administration! They wouldn’t see the irony, though.

    • COS, they need to be called out as dishonest frauds. As PBO said today at the U.N., his administration has increased funding to fight HIV/AIDS to record levels.

  62. Office of the Vice President, September 22, 2010:

    Background on Today’s Medal of Valor Ceremony

    On Wednesday, September 22nd, Vice President Biden [hosted] a Medal of Valor ceremony with Attorney General Eric Holder….

    RECIPIENTS OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER MEDAL OF VALOR:

    Deputy Carl A. Beier
    Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County, Missouri

    ….. Deputy Beier, without regard for his own life, stood his ground while under continuous fire, incapacitated an enraged suspect, and protected lives.

    Chief Randy D. Poindexter
    Fire Department, Kingfisher, Oklahoma
    Lieutenant Brian S. Sturgill
    Oklahoma Highway Patrol

    On August 19, 2007, Lieutentant Brian S. Sturgill and Chief Randy D. Poindexter worked together to coordinate multiple rescues of individuals who were stranded as a result of Hurricane Erin, which had flooded parts of Oklahoma the previous night….

    Lieutenant Paul R. Pender, Jr.
    Acting Lieutenant Gerald J. Murphy
    Firefighter Frederick C. Johnston
    Fire Department, Brookline, Massachusetts

    On April 16, 2008, the Brookline Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire which indicated that someone in a wheelchair was trapped on the second floor….

    Detective Jared T. Reston
    Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville, Florida

    …. In spite of his wounds, Detective Reston managed to regain his focus and, while still lying on the ground, drew out his service weapon and returned fire, striking the suspect several times and ending the pursuit.

    Officer Pedro Garcia, III
    Police Department, San Antonio, Texas

    …. While the gunfire from the house continued, Officer Garcia carried the wounded officer to his patrol car….

    Captain Edwin Lynn O’Berry
    Fire/Rescue, Palm Beach County, Florida

    …. Capt. O’Berry retrieved his personal firearm from his vehicle, jumped a 6-foot fence with barbed wire on it, and ran to Officer Rua’s aid….

    Officer Vidal Alberto Colon
    Police Department, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    On April 11, 2009, Officer Vidal Colon and his partner responded to the report of a “subject with a gun” who was threatening citizens during a dispute.….

    Fire Lieutenant William Ervin Appel
    Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Charles Neff
    Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Scott Chellis
    Firefighter/EMT Timothy Allen Wisely
    Fire Department, City of Maplewood, Missouri

    …. When they arrived, they found a small pick-up truck engulfed in flames in the driveway of a house….

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/22/background-todays-medal-valor-ceremony

    whitehouse | September 22, 2010 –

    Vice President Biden Hosts Medal of Valor Ceremony

    The Vice President hosts a Medal of Valor ceremony with Attorney General Eric Holder. The Medal of Valor is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm.

    • Keith”s show was really good tonight. He made Liz Cheney the worst person in the world and had very good comments to her. 🙂

  63. Rachel is highlighting the health care changes going into effect today. she is showing the phone call from PBO to Gail, the lady with cancer.

    • Great! My local news showed a clip of today’s event and said that PBO was having a hard time selling the reform because nobody knows what’s in it. But instead of spelling out what is in it that will take effect tomorrow, they went to a story about how to exercise to have a butt like JLo and Kardashwhateverian. This is the news. I couldn’t believe it.

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