U.S. Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1964-Jan 2017

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1964 – Jan 23 President Lyndon Johnson (D) signed the 24th Amendment abolishing the poll tax, which originally had been instituted in 11 southern states after Reconstruction to make it difficult for poor blacks to vote. The murders of three civil rights workers, Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, in Mississippi. In June 2005, Ku Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen was convicted of manslaughter. The murder of two black teenagers, Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore in Mississippi. In August 2007, based on the confession of Ku Klux Klan member Charles Marcus EdwardsJames Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman, was convicted. Seale was sentenced to serve three life sentences. Seale was a former Mississippi policeman and sheriff’s deputy.  Jun 18 James Brock, Manager of the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida dumped acid into the swimming pool water. He was trying to disrupt swimmers who were protesting the hotel’s whites-only policy. Jun 21 Freedom Summer Murders. Three Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) field workers killed in Philadelphia, Mississippi, by the Ku Klux Klan in response to their civil rights work. Summer –The Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), a network of civil rights groups that includes CORE and SNCC, launches a massive effort to register black voters during what becomes known as the Freedom Summer. Jul 2 President Lyndon Johnson, (D)  signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin. Dec 14  American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States –  landmark US Supreme Court case holding that the U.S. Congress could use the Constitution’s Commerce Clause power to force private businesses to abide by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
1965 – Mar 25 Alabama murder of  Viola Liuzzo by the Ku Klux Klan. She was a Southern-raised Detroit mother of five who was visiting the state in order to attend a civil rights march. At the time of her murder Liuzzo was transporting Civil Rights Marchers. Mar 7  (Selma, Ala.) Blacks begin a march to Montgomery in support of voting rights but are stopped at the Pettus Bridge by a police blockade. Fifty marchers are hospitalized after police use tear gas, whips, and clubs against them. Aug 10 President Lyndon Johnson (D) signed the  the Voting Rights Act of 1965, making it easier for Southern blacks to register to vote. Literacy tests, poll taxes, and other such requirements that were used to restrict black voting are made illegal. Aug 11–17 Watts, Calif. Race riots erupt in a black section of Los Angeles. Sept 24 President Lyndon B. Johnson (D)  asserting that civil rights laws alone are not enough to remedy discrimination, President Johnson issues Executive Order 11246, which enforces affirmative action for the first time. It requires government contractors to “take affirmative action” toward prospective minority employees in all aspects of hiring and employment. Oct 3 President Lyndon B. Johnson (D) signs the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 which abolishes quotas based on national origin.  Patsy Takemoto Mink, an Asian American from Hawaii, was the first woman of color elected as US Representative
1966 – Firebombing death of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer Sr., 58, in Mississippi. In 1998 former Ku Klux Klan wizard Sam Bowers was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life. Two other Klan members were indicted with Bowers, but one died before trial, and the other’s indictment was dismissed, Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr gave his “March on the Ballot Boxes” speech in Kingstree, SC saying everyone must vote
1967 – Jun 12 In Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court rules that prohibiting interracial marriage is unconstitutional. Sixteen states that still banned interracial marriage at the time are forced to revise their laws, First African American appointed to the Supreme Court of the United StatesThurgood Marshall
1968 -Apr4 (Memphis, TN) Martin Luther King Jr,, at age 39, is shot as he stands on the balcony outside his hotel room. Escaped convict and committed racist James Earl Ray is convicted of the crime.
 1968 – Apr 11 Civil Rights Act of 1968 President Lyndon B. Johnson (D) signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (commonly known as the Fair Housing Act, or as CRA ’68), which was meant as a follow-up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
1969 – Jun 28 The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted sexual minorities, and they have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the U. S. and around the world.
1971 – April 20 The Supreme Court, in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, upholds busing as a legitimate means for achieving integration of public schools.
1970’s – Civil rights leader Cesar Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) with Dolores Huerta. It was later called the United Farm Workers (UFW). In the early 1970s, the UFW organized strikes and boycotts to protest for, and later win, higher wages for those farm workers.
1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 allowed undocumented persons who had resided in the U.S. continuously since January 1, 1982 to apply for legal status.
1988 – Mar 22 Overriding President Reagan (R)’s veto, Congress passes the Civil Rights Restoration Act, which expands the reach of non-discrimination laws within private institutions receiving federal funds, Aug 10  Civil Liberties Act, compensating Japanese Americans who “lost liberty or property because of discriminatory action by the Federal government during World War II”, signed into law
1991 – Nov 22 After two years of debates, vetoes, and threatened vetoes, President Bush (R) reverses himself and signs the Civil Rights Act of 1991, strengthening existing civil rights laws and providing for damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination.
1997 – May 16  President Clinton appologized for the syphilis study done on the Tuskegee Airmen
1999 – Feb 19 Justice Department’s acknowledges, apologizes, and makes restitution for the fundamental injustice of the evacuation, relocation, and internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II
2003 – Jun 23  In the most important affirmative action decision since the 1978 Bakke case, the Supreme Court (5–4) upholds the University of Michigan Law School’s policy, ruling that race can be one of many factors considered by colleges when selecting their students because it furthers “a compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body.”
 2005 – Jun 21 The ringleader of the Mississippi civil rights murders (see Jun 21, 1964), Edgar Ray Killen, is convicted of manslaughter on the 41st anniversary of the crimes.
2008 – Jul 30 US House of Representatives passed a resolution apologizing for American slavery and subsequent discriminatory laws
 2009 – Jan 20 First African American elected President of the United StatesBarack Obama, Jun 18 U.S. Senate passed a resolution apologizing for American slavery and subsequent discriminatory laws
2014 – Aug 9 Shooting of Michael Brown an unarmed, 18-year-old African-American male, killed after being shot multiple times by an unnamed Ferguson police officer, Jul 17 Eric Garner died partly as a result of the New York police officer’s chokehold.
2015 – Feb 2 President Obama took a historic step in recognizing and reaffirming true government-to-government relations and in honoring the trust responsibility to American Indian tribes pursuant to treaties and the U.S. Constitution, Feb 24 DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence, Mar 4 Attorney General Holder Delivers Update on Investigations in Ferguson, Missouri, Mar 11 Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigns, Mar 11 – 2 officers shot at protest outside Ferguson police station, Mar 12 AG Holder statement on the overnight shooting of two officers in Ferguson, Missouri”inexcusable and repugnant”, Apr 5 Walter L. Scott was stopped by polic officer, fled the scene, was pursued and caught by officer, a  struggle accured where Scott was grabbed the officer’s Taser, the officer claimed fearing for his life discharged his weapon several times killing Scott,  Apr 12 Freddie Gray was taken into custody by the Baltimore Police Department for allegedly possessing a switchblade, in transported in police van, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center. His death was ascribed to injuries to his spinal cord, investigations ruled that his death has been ruled a homicide and six officers were indicted in his death. Jun 22 Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) called for the Confederate flag to be taken down from the grounds of their State Capitol, 6/25 National Park Service to stop selling Confederate flags in their gift shops, 7/9 Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) signs a bill authorizing the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol grounds, 7/10  South Carolina State Capitol Confederate Flag Removal Ceremony 
2016 – Apr 20  US Treasury announces designs of new  US currency featuring civil rights leaders Harriet TubmanSojourner Truth,  Martin Luther King, Jr., Marian AndersonElizabeth Cady Stanton and Eleanor Roosevelt, Sept. 6 President Obama nominates Abid R. Qureshi to serve as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Dec 16 Pres Obama signs the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016 making it a permanent law
2017 – Jan 26 LaGrange, GA Police Chief Lou Dekmar publicly apologizes to the descendants of Austin Callaway  for his agency’s failure to protect Callaway  and its failure to investigate the 1949 lynching
Sources: Wikipedia.com, Infoplease.com and USA.go
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  1. WH

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  2. Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1964-2008

    I apologize if I have left out any important people or groups from my posting; let me know and I will add them.

    • The Root: After King’s Death, His Work Still Goes On

      4/4/11 by BENJAMIN TODD JEALOUS – NPR

      Benjamin Todd Jealous is the president and CEO of the NAACP.
      Seventeen years ago, I was an organizer in Mississippi. And I was scared.
      We were planning a march to stop the governor from turning a public, historically black university, Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, into a prison. Byron De La Beckwith had just been put in prison for killing Medgar Evers — the NAACP’s field secretary in Mississippi. It was 30 years too late, but the Ku Klux Klan was still enraged that one of their own had been sentenced to prison for killing a black man. They threatened to kill me or one of the other organizers in retaliation.
      As the march approached, the threats became more numerous and specific. One night, in the cauldron of that long moment, I remembered something my parents often told me as a child: “We all get scared. The question, son, is how you respond. If you act in response to your fears, you are a coward. If you act in spite of your fears, you are courageous.”

      For the entire article: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/04/135109941/the-root-after-kings-death-his-work-still-goes-on

    • Mahalia Jackson: Voice Of The Civil Rights Movement

      2/8/10 by SONARI GLINTON – NPR

      When you hear the voice, you know the woman.
      “That’s where the power comes from,” says the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who first met the singer in the 1960s. “When there is no gap between what you say and who you are, what you say and what you believe — when you can express that in song, it is all the more powerful.”
      Mahalia Jackson was born in 1911 in New Orleans. When she was 16, she traveled the well-worn path up the Mississippi River to Chicago.
      Beginning in the 1940s, she was one of the first singers to take gospel out of the church, drawing white audiences and selling millions of records. She inspired generations of singers, including Aretha Franklin, Della Reese, Albertina Walker and Mavis Staples of The Staples Singers.
      Still, Staples says, Mahalia Jackson’s success didn’t always go over well back home in the black church.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123498527

      • I agree with the others, CR – thanks for the continuation of this thread topic. And Mahalia Jackson brings back memories of the ’50s to me – when we’d hear her sing on our then-black-and-white TV! Loved her.

    • John Lewis To Get Presidential Medal Of Freedom

      2/15/11 by KATHY LOHR – NPR

      Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Tuesday afternoon will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the country’s highest civilian honor. Lewis is one of 15 people who will be getting the award.
      But for Lewis, known as a key foot soldier of the civil rights movement, the honor has a special significance because it comes from the nation’s first African-American president. President Obama called him personally to let him know the news.
      “I was just moved, I was just touched,” Lewis told NPR. “I feel more than lucky, but very blessed.”
      As the president talked about the congressman’s lifelong struggle for civil rights, Lewis says it brought tears to his eyes to realize the kind of societal changes he has witnessed.
      “It’s hard to believe that in a short time, that we have come so far as a nation and as a people,” he says. “When you look back, the year that Barack Obama was born 50 years ago, black people and white people in the American South couldn’t sit together on a bus or on a train or in a waiting room. And we changed that.”

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/15/133755754/john-lewis-to-get-presidential-medal-of-freedom

    • Truth and Reconciliation in Neshoba County
      Mississippi Region Grapples with Legacy of Civil Rights Murders

      June 17, 2004 by DEBBIE ELLIOTT – NPR

      This month marks the 40th anniversary of one of Mississippi’s most notorious civil rights murder cases. On June 21, 1964, three civil rights workers, in Mississippi for “freedom summer,” were killed after traveling to Neshoba County to investigate the burning of Mt. Zion, a black church. No one has ever been charged with murder in the case, even though federal agents identified a local group of Ku Klux Klansmen as the killers.

      Most of the suspects are now dead, but some still live in town — most notably, Edgar Ray Killen, the alleged leader of the Klan klavern that chased down the civil rights workers, took them to a quiet county road and shot them. For years, the history of Neshoba County’s racial violence was hushed up — not taught in schools, or talked about in upstanding white families.

      Neshoba County residents Lavada Cole, 51, and Jennifer Hawthorne, 40 — both members of the Mt. Zion church — discuss Philadelphia’s painful history and the changes they’d like to see in their community. We also hear from Dawn Lea Chalmers, a 34-year-old native of Philadelphia.

      But as NPR’s Debbie Elliott reports, a task force of black and white citizens in Philadelphia, Miss., the Neshoba County seat, is trying to come to grips with the community’s legacy. The group wants to publicly apologize and is calling for those responsible to be brought to justice.

      For the audio interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1962220

    • Civil Rights Veteran Was Washington Powerbroker

      February 17, 2011 MICHEL MARTIN – NPR

      Roger Wilkins was a 33-year-old lawyer when he was appointed Assistant US Attorney General under President Lyndon B. Johnson. It was the highest post ever held by an African American in an administration. Wilkins went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who helped expose the Watergate scandal, and a distinguished history professor. Host Michel Martin speaks with Wilkins about his life and career, in Tell Me More’s “Wisdom Watch” conversation.

      MICHEL MARTIN, host:
      I’m Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.
      Now, we’ve been marking Black History Month with a series of short essays from colleagues and past guests about some of the figures they most admire.

      Today we speak with one of black history’s significant figures, Roger Wilkins. He served key roles in government and journalism. On the government side he was an assistant attorney general in the Lyndon Johnson administration, the one that pushed through the Civil Right Act of 1964. In journalism he worked for The Washington Post and shared a Pulitzer Prize for his efforts to uncover the Watergate scandal. And then he turned to academia, where he was a prize-winning professor of American history at George Mason University.

      And he is with us now in our Washington, D.C. studios. Roger Wilkins, thank you so much for joining us.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=133839598

    • Ex-Trooper Pleads Guilty In Civil Rights-Era Shooting Death

      November 15, 2010 EYDER PERALTA – NPR

      “A white former state trooper pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge in the 1965 shooting death of a black man at a civil rights protest, a killing that inspired historic voting rights marches,” writes the AP.

      James Bonard Fowler was accused of shooting Jimmie Lee Jackson in 1965. His death was the catalyst for the historic Selma-to-Montgomery march.

      The AP adds:
      Fowler, 77, entered the plea of misdemeanor second-degree manslaughter, two weeks before he was scheduled to go to trial on a murder charge. He was sentenced to six months in jail in Geneva County, his home county.

    • Benjamin Hooks, Civil Rights Icon, Has Died

      April 15, 2010 MARK MEMMOTT – NPR

      “Benjamin Lawson Hooks, an outspoken advocate of rights of black citizens from his days as a Memphis lawyer and judge to his national leadership of the NAACP, died early this morning after an illness,” The Commercial Appeal reports from Memphis. He was 85.

      As WREG-TV in Memphis says, Hooks was not only executive director of the NAACP from 1977 to 1993, he was also the first African-American commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (he served during the Nixon administration).

      In 1996, the University of Memphis founded The Hooks Institute “to support racial, social, and economic justice for communities in need.”

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/04/benjamin_hooks_civil_rights_ic.html

    • Stonewall Rebellion A Marker For Gay Rights, Progress

      July 1, 2009 MICHEL MARTIN – NPRI

      Forty years ago this week, police raided the popular Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. Such raids were not uncommon at the time, but patrons of the establishment expressed outrage over the practice. The heavy rioting and protests that followed would later become known as The Stonewall Rebellion, which is credited with birthing the modern gay rights movement. Danny Garvin and Martin Boyce witnessed the riots and offer thoughts on how the movement has evolved 40 years later.

      MICHEL MARTIN, host:
      I’m Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, which many believed sparked the modern, gay-rights movement. It began on June 28th, 1969, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. At the time, police raids of gay bars were common. The lights would go on, patrons would scatter, anxious to protect their privacy and their safety. But this time, patrons of the Stonewall fought back. Six nights of rioting and demonstrations followed, six nights that set the stage for the development of a formidable civil rights movement.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106137168

    • Indian Civil Rights Act (1968)

      With the passage of the Indian Civil Rights Act (ICRA) in 1968, also called the Indian Bill of Rights, Native Americans were guaranteed many civil rights they had been fighting for. The IRCA supports (1) the right to free speech, press, and assembly; (2) protection from unreasonable search and seizure; (3) the right of a criminal defendant to a speedy trial, to be advised of the charges, and to confront any adverse witnesses; (4) the right to hire an attorney in a criminal case; (5) protection against self incrimination; (6) protection against cruel and unusual punishment, excessive bail, incarceration of more than one year and/or a fine in excess of $5,000 for any one offense; (7) protection from double jeopardy or ex post facto laws; (8) the right to a trial by a jury for offenses punishable by imprisonment; and (9) equal protection under the law, and due process.

      Many other civil rights such as sovereignty, hunting and fishing, voting, and traveling have been fought for or are being sought. The fight for American Indian civil rights is a significant part of American History, and continues on today.

      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_civil_rights#Indian_Civil_Rights_Act_.281968.29

      • When you see the dates on some of these laws, it’s hard to believe they were enacted so recently.

    • July 29, 2010

      Remarks by the President Before Signing the Tribal Law and Order Act
      East Room 4:58 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat.
      I want to start, obviously, by thanking Lisa for her introduction and having the courage to share her story with all of us today. It’s for every survivor like Lisa who has never gotten their day in court, and for every family that feels like justice is beyond reach, and for every tribal community struggling to keep its people safe, that I’ll be signing the Tribal Law and Order Act into law today.
      And in doing so, I intend to send a clear message that all of our people — whether they live in our biggest cities or our most remote reservations — have the right to feel safe in their own communities, and to raise their children in peace, and enjoy the fullest protection of our laws.

      As many of you know, I campaigned on this issue. And during our last — during our tribal conference last year, I pledged my administration’s fullest support for this bill. And I told Senator Dorgan last week that I intended to sign it in a ceremony here at the White House with all of you. So today, I am proud to make good on my word.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-during-opening-tribal-nations-conference-interactive-discussion-w

    • Japanese American Citizens League

      Redress for internment
      In 1970, at its biennial convention in Chicago, the JACL passed a resolution calling for recognition of, and reparations for, the injustice of the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. It formalized the debate as a priority within the organization despite the Japanese American community’s tepid response to the issue. In 1978, the JACL launched a major campaign to seek redress from the U.S. government for the imprisonment and loss of freedom of Japanese Americans during World War II. The JACL was determined to seek some measure of legislative guarantee that the violation of constitutional rights visited upon Japanese Americans would never again be brought upon any group in the United States.

      Within two years of launching the campaign, a JACL-sponsored legislation to create a federal investigative commission was approved by the Congress and signed by President Jimmy Carter. The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians was established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the World War II internment and provide its findings to the Congress and the president. The commission’s report in 1982 found that the government’s actions were unjustified and unconstitutional, and based on this substantiation of its claims and on the commission’s recommendations for monetary redress, the JACL sought legislation calling for monetary redress and a presidential apology.

      For the entire article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_American_Citizens_League#Redress_for_internment

    • Loving Decision: 40 Years of Legal Interracial Unions

      June 11, 2007 NPR

      This week marks the 40th anniversary of a seminal moment in the civil rights movement: the legalization of interracial marriage. But the couple at the heart of the landmark Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia never intended to be in the spotlight.

      On June 12, 1967, the nation’s highest court voted unanimously to overturn the conviction of Richard and Mildred Loving, a young interracial couple from rural Caroline County, Va.

      That decision struck down the anti-miscegenation laws — written to prevent the mixing of the races — that were on the books at the time in more than a dozen states, including Virginia.

      ‘They Just Were in Love’

      Richard Loving was white; his wife, Mildred, was black. In 1958, they went to Washington, D.C. — where interracial marriage was legal — to get married. But when they returned home, they were arrested, jailed and banished from the state for 25 years for violating the state’s Racial Integrity Act.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10889047

    • Forgotten Civil Rights Hero Daisy Bates in New PBS Doc

      February 2, 2012 by Cherie Saunders – Eurweb

      *PBS kicks off its Black History Month programming this week with the premiere of “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.”

      The name Daisy Bates doesn’t ring a bell? The filmmaker, too, had no idea who she was when she first came across Bates’ story in the portrait book, “I Dream a World.” Published in the 1990s, the coffee table tome featured profiles of 75 outstanding African American women.

      “It’s a fantastic book, but Daisy’s story is the one that I really connected to, and it jumped out at me because I didn’t know her story,” says Sharon La Cruise, the documentary’s director.

      Daisy Bates was, in fact, the engine that drove the “Little Rock Nine.” The native of Huttig, Arkansas played a leading role in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957, and her involvement came with as much pride as it did controversy.

      Bates, who regularly wrote about violations of the Supreme Court’s desegregation laws in her husband’s newspaper, became the chief guide and adviser to the nine black students attempting to enroll at the all-white school. But, as their story attracted more media interest, Bates found herself the de facto spokesperson for the effort on an international scale – which caused some folks in town to believe she was getting “too big for her britches,” as one person in the film put it.

      For the entire article: http://www.eurweb.com/2012/02/forgotten-civil-rights-hero-daisy-bates-in-new-pbs-doc/

  3. Remarks of President Barack Obama
    As Prepared for Delivery
    Saturday, April 9, 2011
    Washington, DC

    Last night, after weeks of long and difficult negotiations over our national budget, leaders of both parties came together to avert a government shutdown, cut spending, and invest in our future.

    This is good news for the American people. It means that small businesses can get the loans they need, our families can get the mortgages they applied for, folks can visit our national parks and museums, and hundreds of thousands of Americans will get their paychecks on time – including our brave men and women in uniform.

    This is an agreement to invest in our country’s future while making the largest annual spending cut in our history. Like any compromise, this required everyone to give ground on issues that were important to them. I certainly did. Some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful – programs people rely on will be cut back; needed infrastructure projects will be delayed. And I would not have made these cuts in better circumstances. But we also prevented this important debate from being overtaken by politics and unrelated disagreements on social issues. And beginning to live within our means is the only way to protect the investments that will help America compete for new jobs – investments in our kids’ education and student loans; in clean energy and life-saving medical research.

    • CONTINUING RESOLUTION

      4/9/11 POLITICO44

      On Saturday afternoon, the White House announced: “On April 9, 2011, the President signed the following bill into law: H.R. 1363, “Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011,” providing appropriations through April 15, 2011.”.

  4. NPR survives 11th hour spending deal

    4/9/11 Jonathan Strong – The Daily Caller

    Despite several ugly recent episodes and considerable movement by conservative activists to defund it, federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio survived an 11th hour deal on a spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.

    The continuation of funding for public broadcasting is one of several significant victories for Democrats regarding the policy riders in the bill still emerging 12 hours after Democratic and Republican leaders struck a deal to avert government shutdown.

    Another Democratic victory: of dozens of riders included in a House-passed spending bill curtailing strict new environmental regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency, zero were included in the final deal.
    Several other controversial policy riders, including one to defund Planned Parenthood, America’s leading abortion provider, were used by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner to secure steeper spending cuts in negotiations.

    “The Speaker fought for the largest spending cut possible, and he fought for every policy restriction included in H.R. 1,” said Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith.

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

    • I am a big fan and regular contributing member of NPR via station KQED, as you can tell by the sources of my information.

  5. Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    4/9/11 By The Associated Press – 1 hr 17 mins ago
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    EGYPT
    Thousands of demonstrators barricade themselves in Cairo’s central square with burned-out troop carriers and barbed wire and demand the removal of the military council ruling Egypt, infuriated after soldiers stormed their protest camp overnight, killing at least one person and injuring 71 others.
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    SYRIA
    Syrian security forces fire live ammunition to disperse a funeral march for some of the 37 people killed a day earlier in the single bloodiest day of the country’s three-week anti-government uprising, a human rights group says.
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    YEMEN
    Yemen, angry over Qatar’s suggestion that its leader resign, recalls its ambassador to the fellow Arabian Peninsula nation as hundreds of thousands of Yemeni protesters rallied for a second straight day to demand the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
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    BAHRAIN
    Two supporters of Bahrain’s anti-government movement die in police custody after physical abuse at the hands of security officials, activists say.

  6. Fisher House Helps Service Members’ Children

    April 8, 2011 By Terri Moon Cronk – American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON – Military children of service members who died or who were seriously disabled in the line of duty might be eligible for a college education through the Fisher House Foundation.

    Foundation chairman Kenneth Fisher says the Heroes’ Legacy scholarships can be used by students to attend school in the fall. The application process is under way and open to the children of all branches of the military.

    “We want to help these very special children go to school,” Fisher said. “It’s just one small way that we say thank you.”

    The program is for children whose parent died while on active duty, following Sept. 11, 2001.

    And, children whose parent became disabled while serving might be eligible, depending on qualifications for the Heroes’ Legacy scholarship, at http://militaryscholar.org/index.html.

    In general, the scholarships will cover tuition, books, lab fees, and room and board to accredited U.S. post-secondary institutions of higher learning, according to the website.

    The Heroes’ Legacy scholarship grants are principally underwritten by the author’s after-tax proceeds from the book, “Of Thee I Sing. A Letter to My Daughters,” written by President Barack Obama. The amount awarded each year will depend on the amount of royalties and other donations.

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63499

    Download Scholarship Fact Sheet (Adobe PDF): http://www.fisherhouse.org/programs/scholarship-obama.html

  7. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    4/8/11 6:14 PM EDT Updated: 4/9/11 4:28 PM EDT By ZACK HALE- POLITICO

    Congressional leaders of both parties and a top White House aide fan out on this Sunday’s television talk shows to discuss the bitterly partisan fight over federal spending.

    White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe appears on four of the shows: NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CNN’s “State of the Union,” ABC’s “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday.”

    Making his first Sunday appearance as one of President Barack Obama’s top White House counselors, the manager of the 2008 Obama campaign will also surely be asked about the president’s prospects for reelection in 2012.

    NBC also has House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who’ll tout his recently unveiled fiscal 2012 plan to cut federal spending, reform Medicare and other entitlements and overhaul the tax code.

    CNN has as well Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a key player in the contentious budget negotiations, and House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52835.html

  8. At Lincoln Memorial, Obama Again Makes Point That Government Is Open

    4/9/11 wpix.com

    WASHINGTON (REUTERS)— President Barack Obama has found the monuments of Washington to be quite the picturesque backdrops for making the point that a government shutdown was averted.

    Obama surprised visitors at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday not long after signing a short-term bill to keep the government open. A budget deal was reached shortly before Friday’s midnight deadline.

    “Because Congress was able to settle its differences, that’s why this place is open today and everybody’s able to enjoy their visit,” Obama told a crowd gathered at the top of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. “And that’s the kind of future cooperation I hope we have going forward.”

    It was the second monument to serve as background to his comments on the budget deal. In his late-night comments Friday after congressional leaders announced they had reached an agreement, Obama stood in front of a window with a view of the Washington Monument and congratulated Congress on preventing monuments, national parks and other services from closing to visitors.

    For the entire article: http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-obama-government-shutdown-story,0,2823199.story?track=rss

    • Raw Video: Obama Visits Lincoln Memorial

      Uploaded by AssociatedPress on Apr 9, 2011
      President Barack Obama made the short trip from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday to make clear that national parks and monuments are open for business.

      • Thank you for this, CR — it’s exciting just to watch the clip!

        “That’s what America is all about.”

        Thank you, Mr. President!

      • CR and Kat, I have watched this video at least 3 times. I love it.I am sure he gives those secret service guys near heart attacks. 🙂 He needed this after the heavy negotiations for the last few days.

        • Loved the fact the President took a victory lap at the Lincoln Memorial – and it’s a great way to acknowledge all federal workers who won’t miss a beat, even after a stressful week! He didn’t just go for show – he really is genuinely glad the government didn’t shut down, and glad to be among the people. Especially the children, who will never forget seeing him!

  9. CR, I was looking at your schedule. I also saw on CNN that Fareed will be discussing why Paul Ryan’s proposed budget will not work.

    • Thanks for that, COS, since Fareed is the only Sunday show I will watch! I’m off to record it now, so I won’t forget.

  10. Slightly off topic, but I was watching Rachel’s show Friday night and I thought it was interesting that she said that Steve Benen from the Washington Monthly was one of her favorite bloggers and she read his blog everyday. I am glad because he is usually so on point with his analysis; especially about the PL.

    • I heard her say that – and was also glad. He’s good, and there are a bunch of others (luckily).

  11. CR or COS – Did anyone hear whether or not the President was able to go to Williamsburg with the family today?

    • Jacqueline, I haven’t seen or heard anything about Williamsburg. I think he opted for the Lincoln Memorial instead. Will congress be off next week? They seem to take a lot of vacations.

      • Thanks. I think Congress is “in” next week, since they have to get the budget agreement written into legislative language, read it (or, as I like to say, have somebody read it to them), and then vote on it. Their “vacations” are what they call going home to be with their constituents, and I agree they take as many trips home as W went back to Crawford.

  12. There’s a great program on C-SPAN 3 right now to do with the Civil War. Descendants of slaves who traveled through the Underground Railroad are speaking. So very interesting.

    • Underground Railroad

      The Underground Railroad was an informal network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. The term is also applied to the abolitionists, both black and white, free and enslaved, who aided the fugitives. Other various routes led to Mexico or overseas.[4] Created in the early 19th century, the Underground Railroad was at its height between 1850 and 1860.[5] One estimate suggests that by 1850, 100,000 slaves had escaped via the “Railroad”. British North America, where slavery was prohibited, was a popular destination, as its long border gave many points of access. More than 30,000 people were said to have escaped there via the network at its peak,[6] although US Census figures account for only 6,000. The Underground Railroad fugitives’ stories are documented in the Underground Railroad Records.

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

    • History In Our Front Yard: Standing on the Underground Railroad

      Uploaded by EASTHQ on Jun 3, 2009
      Video produced by Conwell-Egan Catholic HIgh School’s EAST program in 2009

  13. Obama to make major budget address

    4/10/11 POLITICO

    President Barack Obama will lay out a long-term deficit reduction plan this week, White House senior adviser David Plouffe said Sunday.

    “The president will be laying out his approach to long-term deficit reduction later this week,” Plouffe said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” adding that Obama’s budget for 2012 has already put forward a plan for reducing the deficit by a trillion dollars over the next 10 years.

    Plouffe said that Obama has already put in place much of his deficit commission’s recommendations, but he plans to lay out additional steps that need to be taken in this week’s speech.

    “For instance, freezing the pay of federal workers for a period of time…Fundamental reform of the government…We obviously then have to do more,” Plouffe said. “And that’s what the president’s gonna lay out.”

    Plouffe indicated that Obama would address finding savings in Medicare and Medicaid, but would not endorse many of the proposals in the long-term deficit reduction plan offered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee.

    “It may pass the House. It’s it’s not gonna become law,” Plouffe said. “I don’t think the American people are gonna sign up for something that puts – most of the burden on the middle class, people trying to go to college, on senior citizens while not just asking nothing of the wealthy – giving them at least a $200,000 tax [break] and so that’s a choice you’re making.”

    • Thank you Jackie! I agree with you that America needs to realize all the good that President Obama has and is doing!

  14. Michelle Obama’s Saturday Night Pizza Party

    APRIL 10, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    First Lady and daughters dine with friends at a favorite DC eatery, We The Pizza…

    First Lady Michelle Obama had a swell time with daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, at popular Capitol Hill eatery We The Pizza on Saturday evening, according to a hip ObFo tipster who was there for dinner at 8:00 PM, enjoying one of chef Spike Mendelsohn’s gourmet pies. Mrs. Obama was also accompanied by a big party of about 15-20 pals and staff, and the group dined upstairs, at a single large table. Multiple pizzas were spotted on the table, and there was much laughter, according to the source. (Above: Mrs. Obama with Malia at the White House)

    Business as usual–sort of–continued at the restaurant; other diners were being wanded by Secret Service agents before entering. It was a busy night: Much of DC on Saturday seemed to be celebrating a new local holiday, No Government Shutdown, and it’s also the weekend of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

    For the entire article; http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/04/michelle-obamas-saturday-night-pizza_10.html#more

    • I’m glad everybody was able to do the “happy dance” since there was no government shutdown! And I love the name of the restaurant – We the Pizza. Cool.

    • Sounds like they had lots of fun. I would love to have been at that table or even a fly on the wall. 🙂

  15. Obama hits the links

    04/10/11 By POLITICO STAFF

    President Obama on Sunday made his way to Andrews Air Force Base for a round of golf, according to the White House press pool.

    The president’s motorcade left the White House at 10:34 a.m. and arrived at Andrews at 10:50. Obama’s foursome was Eric Whitaker, David Katz and Marvin Nicholson.

  16. Thanks to a reminder from COS, I recorded Fareed Zakaria’s GPS today and am watching as Financial Times’ Martin Wolf says that Paul Ryan’s deficit reduction proposal is “a political fantasy.” Wolf is apparently highly respected in the financial world for his analysis.

    He also said the economy is looking good for the next one-three years, and confirmed that corporate America is “cash rich” at this point. He said in some ways the rising oil prices are a consequence of the economic recovery, in the big picture.

  17. Happy Sunday CR and my lovely O family. I knew PBO would come through for those kids.

    Students invited to tour White House

    By John Fryar
    © 2011 Longmont Times-Call

    LONGMONT — Sudden celebrity may have its perks — at least for a contingent of 50 Altona Middle School eighth-graders who are heading to Washington, D.C., today.

    On Friday night, President Barack Obama said the budget compromise — an agreement that halted a pending federal government shutdown — would give the Longmont-area youngsters “a chance to look up at the Washington Monument and feel the sense of pride and possibility that defines America.”

    http://www.timescall.com/news_story.asp?ID=26337

      • Happy Sunday to all of you. CR I think I have been seeing you online at an “undisclosed location” lol…I have been enjoying you.

        • Ha! Took me a while, but I found her at the undisclosed location.

          All of us are all over the place, and it’s all good!

            • Could have been! 🙂 I’ve even been dipping a toe back at OFA, since for some reason the new format eases the pain of the trolls for me – posted a bit last night. I’ll go wherever good people like you and the others want to “talk nice” about PBO!

  18. April 10, 2011

    National Security Advisor Donilon to Travel to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

    From April 11 to 13, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon will travel to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to meet with key leaders in each country and discuss regional issues. In Riyadh, he will meet with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; in Abu Dhabi he will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The National Security Advisor’s visit underscores the importance of our relationship with these two key partners.Obama dispatches top aide to Saudi, UAE

  19. Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    4/10/11 By The Associated Press – 19 mins ago
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    LIBYA
    A delegation of African leaders says Moammar Gadhafi accepts their “road map” for a cease-fire with rebels, whom they will meet with Monday. They met hours after NATO airstrikes battered Gadhafi’s tanks, helping Libyan rebels push back government troops that had been advancing quickly toward the opposition’s eastern stronghold.
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    EGYPT
    Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak speaks publicly for the first time since his ouster, denying allegations that he used his position to amass wealth and property. Hundreds of protesters occupying the heart of Cairo shout for him to be brought to trial.
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    SYRIA
    Syrian security forces and pro-government gunmen kill four protesters in the port city of Banias after the army seals off the city as hundreds of protesters gathered, undaunted by the regime’s use of deadly force to quell more than three weeks of unrest, witnesses say. State TV reports that nine soldiers are killed in an ambush near the city.
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    YEMEN
    A regional bloc of oil-rich Arab nations along the Gulf, including powerful Saudi Arabia, calls on Yemen’s president to give up power as part of a deal with the protest movement demanding for his ouster after 32 years, a Gulf diplomat said. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the capital, Sanaa.
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    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    Authorities detain two more activists, including one of the country’s most outspoken academics, who were advocating democratic reforms in the oil-rich Gulf nation where most political activity is banned, a lawyer says.

  20. Japan marks a month since tsunami

    4/10/11 by Hiroshi Hiyama – 36 mins ago

    TOKYO (AFP) – Japan on Monday was marking a month since a 9.0 magnitude undersea quake sent a powerful tsunami crashing into its coast, devastating entire towns and sparking the worst nuclear emergency in 25 years.

    People across the country were expected to pause at 2:46pm (0546 GMT), the moment Japan’s biggest ever recorded earthquake struck, setting off a chain of events that has left workers scrambling to tame runaway atomic reactors.

    With around 13,000 people known to have died and 15,000 still officially listed as missing, it is the worst tragedy to envelop the country since World War II.

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan, promised Sunday he would “never abandon” survivors, as he tried to focus attention on the future, despite the continuing high-stakes battle at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

    Kan, on only his second trip to the disaster zone in the month since the March 11 tragedy, said the government would “work as fast as possible” to house the more than 150,000 people still living in emergency shelters.

    For the entire article; http://yhoo.it/dK5BZ3

  21. Don’t fight an IRS audit by yourself, and other times to rely on a CPA

    4/10/11 Shayna Leah – Contributor Network- news.yahoo.com

    As a tax professional with several years’ worth of experience, it can be more than a little annoying to be compared to TurboTax. After all, what I do every day is not the same as a do-it-yourself tax preparation computer program.
    Similarly, there are many tax issues that, with a little organization, you can handle yourself. These are the tax versions of a parking ticket, for which you would not bother hiring an attorney. You can handle these small items and move on with your life.

    Bigger issues, however, may mean that you would be wiser to call in a professional who can help you to make sure that you do not inadvertently land yourself with a large tax bill. The peace of mind that you get from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is well worth the fee that you will pay for his or her time.

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

  22. WH

    Monday Apr. 11, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM

    President Obama holds a meeting on Libya.
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM

    Press Secretary Carney briefs the press.
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM

    Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden host a dinner for freshman senators.
    7:00 PM

    • POTUS podium

      Apr 11, 2011

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

      12:30 PM EDT

      Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:00 AM EDT
      Aspen Institute: The State of Race in America Symposium

      9:30 AM EDT
      Commission on Wartime Contracting
      Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan

      10:30 AM EDT
      Secretary Clinton, Finland FM briefing
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign minister of Finland speak to reporters at the State Department. The ongoing situation in Libya may be discussed.

      11:00 PM EDT
      U.S. House of Representatives: Pro Forma Session to file FY2011 Federal Budget

      12:00 PM EDT
      House takes up budget deal
      House lawmakers begin considering a budget deal covering the remainder of this fiscal year. A vote is expected on Wednesday.

      12:30 PM EDT
      Press Secretary Carney briefs the press.

      1:15 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the unrest in Ivory Coast, the conflict in Libya and the nuclear crisis in Japan.

      4:00 PM EDT
      Senate Committee Appropriations | Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
      NASA 2012 Budget

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM EDT
      Aspen Institute: The State of Race in America Symposium http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/298953-1

      9:30 AM EDT
      Commission on Wartime Contracting
      Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/298955-1

      10:30 AM EDT
      Secretary Clinton, Finland FM briefing
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign minister of Finland speak to reporters at the State Department. The ongoing situation in Libya may be discussed.

      11:00 PM EDT
      U.S. House of Representatives: Pro Forma Session to file FY2011 Federal Budget http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/298961-1

      12:00 PM EDT
      House takes up budget deal
      House lawmakers begin considering a budget deal covering the remainder of this fiscal year. A vote is expected on Wednesday. http://www.cspan.org/Events/House-takes-up-spending-agreement-2012-budget-this-week/10737420806/

      12:30 PM EDT
      Press Secretary Carney briefs the press. http://www.cspan.org/Events/Congress-takes-up-spending-agreement-2012-budget-this-week/10737420806/

      1:15 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the unrest in Ivory Coast, the conflict in Libya and the nuclear crisis in Japan. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/298964-1

      4:00 PM EDT
      Senate Committee Appropriations
      Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

      4:00 PM EDT
      NASA 2012 Budget
      Barbara Mikulski http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/298954-1

      Japan Broadcasting Corporation
      NHK LIVE FEED: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/

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      Middle East Protest

      Al Jazeera – English http://english.aljazeera.net

  23. Economists See Growth Accelerating Later in Year

    4/11/11 Phill Izzo -wsj.com

    The U.S. economic recovery is expected to gain momentum over the rest of the year, despite a sharp pullback in growth during the just-finished first quarter, according to economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal.

    On average, the 56 economists polled downgraded their estimate of first-quarter growth in gross domestic product to 2.7% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate. That is down from an average first-quarter forecast of 3.6% just two months ago. The economy grew at a 3.1% rate in the fourth quarter.

    The respondents, not all of whom answer every question, cited the still-weak housing market, severe weather, declining confidence and the earthquake in Japan as factors contributing to the pullback. The single biggest factor named by 35 economists was the rising price of oil sparked by Mideast unrest.

    “High oil prices usurp confidence and erode spending by consumers still struggling with lost wealth,” said Sean M. Snaith of University of Central Florida.

    But the economists expect the problems in the first quarter to be transitory. “None of these things will derail the steadily strengthening expansion,” said Parsec Financial Management’s James F. Smith. Indeed, they forecast growth to pick up to 3.6% by the fourth quarter of the year and predict oil prices will fall back below $100 a barrel by the end of 2011.

    The improving outlook extends to the labor market. Economists on average see the U.S. adding about 200,000 jobs a month over the next year. Though that number isn’t strong enough to bring down the unemployment rate quickly, as the economy struggles to make up ground lost during the recession, the unemployment rate is seen continuing its downward trajectory.

    Respondents forecast the unemployment rate will fall to 8.3% by December 2011 from the 8.8% rate recorded in March.

    For the entire article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704843404576250790550550886.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection

  24. Future farm: a sunless, rainless room indoors

    Apr 11, 2011 By ARTHUR MAX- AP

    DEN BOSCH, Netherlands – Farming is moving indoors, where the sun never shines, where rainfall is irrelevant and where the climate is always right.
    The perfect crop field could be inside a windowless building with meticulously controlled light, temperature, humidity, air quality and nutrition. It could be in a New York high-rise, a Siberian bunker, or a sprawling complex in the Saudi desert.

    Advocates say this, or something like it, may be an answer to the world’s food problems.

    “In order to keep a planet that’s worth living on, we have to change our methods,” says Gertjan Meeuws, of PlantLab, a private research company.
    The world already is having trouble feeding itself. Half the people on Earth live in cities, and nearly half of those — about 3 billion — are hungry or malnourished. Food prices, currently soaring, are buffeted by droughts, floods and the cost of energy required to plant, fertilize, harvest and transport

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

    • State Department Daily Press Briefing

      Mark C. Toner – Acting Deputy Department Spokesman
      Washington, DC

      April 11, 2011

      1:57 p.m. EDT

      MR. TONER: Good afternoon. Welcome to the State Department. I have nothing to announce, so right to your questions.

      QUESTION: Nothing at all to announce?

      MR. TONER: Nothing at all. (Laughter.) Not yet.

      QUESTION: Nothing? Nothing? Maybe later today?

      MR. TONER: Perhaps.

      QUESTION: Okay. Well, then, if you having nothing to announce –

      MR. TONER: Truly.

      QUESTION: — then I don’t have any questions.

      MR. TONER: (Laughter.) Great.

      Anybody else? Go ahead, Arshad. Sorry.

      QUESTION: So can you explain, as you will have noted, when the Secretary was speaking with Foreign Minister Stubb, she listed a series of things that she described as nonnegotiable, and on that list she did not include the departure of Qadhafi from power and from Libya. Was that intentional? I mean, is she trying to sort of keep some flexibility in there to try to keep this AU peace plan alive?

      MR. TONER: Look, we want to see the departure of Colonel Qadhafi. We’ve said this from this podium. The Secretary has said it many times. She said it again today. I’m not going to parse where in her remarks that she put it, but that’s clearly still our demand. And in fact, we saw that the TNC opposition also called for his departure.

      For the entire article: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2011/04/160527.htm

  25. Combined Forces Capture Taliban Facilitator

    April 11, 2011 -Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

    A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban facilitator yesterday during a security operation in Kandahar province’s Zharay district, military officials reported.

    The facilitator was a Taliban financier who funds operations and acquires weapons for attacks against coalition forces, including the April 7 vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack against a coalition forward operating base.
    Also yesterday, the International Security Assistance Force joined Afghan President Hamid Karzai in condemning the April 10 killing of three Afghan elders and the wounding of other innocent Afghans in Farah province. Reports indicate an insurgent improvised explosive device detonated near the elders’ vehicle as they were traveling to a development shura to discuss peace and decide which projects to support with Afghan and international funds.

    “We join President Karzai in condemning the disgraceful attack on innocent Afghans,” said Navy Rear Admiral Vic Beck, ISAF director of public affairs. “This is yet another example that the Taliban do not respect Afghanistan’s tribal system and increasingly seem to act as if directed by outside interests.

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63513

  26. Combat Commander: Stigma of Seeking Help Diminishing

    April 11, 2011 By Donna Miles -American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON– Efforts to take the stigma out of seeking help when it’s needed and build resiliency within the force appear to be paying off, the commander of a brigade that’s seen heavy action in Afghanistan told American Forces Press Service.

    Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, commander of the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, reported promising signs that soldiers are heeding the message being sent from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on down that seeking mental, physical or spiritual care is a sign of strength, not weakness.

    “We are making progress in moving to a point where there is not a stigma, and there shouldn’t be,” Jenkins said. “Every unit is different, and every squad and team is different. But I think we’ve come to a point where the stigma is diminishing and where soldiers recognize that it’s sometimes okay to raise their hand and say, ‘Hey, I can’t go on this [mission].’”

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63514

  27. Appeals court upholds block on parts of Ariz. law

    A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the most contested provisions of Arizona’s immigration law will remain blocked from taking effect, handing the Obama administration an early victory in its efforts to overturn the legislation.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a lower court ruling that put on hold key provisions of the Arizona law, which empowers police to question people whom they have a “reasonable suspicion” are illegal immigrants. The measure has triggered a fierce national debate.

    In the 2-1 decision, the court found that U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton “did not abuse” her discretion in blocking parts of that law that would, among other things, require police to check immigration status if they stop someone while enforcing other laws.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/

  28. Obama surprises Colorado students during DC trip

    4/11/11 Associated Press – 1 hr 55 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama surprised a group of eighth graders from a Colorado middle school on Monday, just days after they feared a government shutdown would scuttle their trip to Washington.
    “Now that things worked out, we figured we’d give you a little bonus,” Obama told the students from Altona Middle School in Longmont, Colo. He greeted them on the South Lawn as they toured the White House.

    Obama had mentioned the students and their trip in a speech he delivered late Friday night after lawmakers reached a deal to keep the government running. He spoke about a letter he received from Shalini Schane, whose son was among the students planning to come to Washington. Schane wrote to the president about the fundraisers and projects the students did to prepare for the trip, and their appointment to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
    “She asked those of us in Washington to get past our petty grievances and make things right,” Obama said Friday.

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

    • President Obama Surprises Colorado Middle Schoolers

      From: whitehouse | Apr 11, 2011

      President Obama surprises eighth graders from Altona Middle School in Longmont, CO on the South Lawn of the White House. President Obama cited a letter from one of the student’s mothers in his remarks after reaching a deal with Congressional leaders to prevent a government shutdown. April 11, 2011

  29. Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    4/11/11 AP

    LIBYA
    The rebel ruling council rejected African Union mediation efforts because they did not involve Moammar Gadhafi stepping down, while European leaders expressed their suspicion of the Libyan leader’s promises of a ceasefire. The international air campaign, meanwhile broke up government assaults on Ajdabiya, allowing rebels to retake the city and move towards the oil terminal of Brega.
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    EGYPT
    A military tribunal sentence a blogger to three years in prison for insulting the army in a blog posting publicizing the alleged abuses of the institution which took power in the country two months earlier. In a television interview, two generals justified the sentence because criticism of the military was only allowed if carried out in a respectful manner. Protesters continued to occupy parts of downtown Cairo’s Tahrir Square demanding the resignation of the defense minister. The Justice Ministry also announced the 15 day detention of regime stalwart Safwat el-Sherif on corruption charges, pending investigations.
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    SYRIA
    European countries condemned the deadly crackdown in Syria that has already claimed at least 170 lives after three weeks of protests calling for reform. Hundreds even protested at Damascus University, in a rare demonstration in the capital, which was dispersed by security forces, killing at least one person.
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    YEMEN
    Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has welcomed mediation efforts by the regional bloc of oil-rich Arab nations even as he rejected their calls for him to step down, in a blow to regional efforts to resolve the weeks of turmoil that have been wracking this impoverished Arab nation.
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    BAHRAIN
    Three top editors for the island kingdom’s biggest opposition daily, Al-Wasat, have been referred to trial on charges of allegedly publishing fabricated reports about the unrest wracking this Shiite majority country dominated by a Sunni ruling family. The editors have denied the charges, amid a widespread government crackdown in effort to quell the protests.

  30. Worst over, but dangers persist at Japan plant

    4/11/11 Harumi Ozawa-AFP

    TOKYO (AFP) – A month after a deadly quake-tsunami hit a Japanese nuclear plant, the risk of a huge radiation leak has fallen but the danger is far from over, experts say — a risk brought sharply into focus by a powerful tremor Monday.

    The 6.6-magnitude aftershock forced evacuation of workers from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant and briefly cut power to three stricken reactors, straining nerves again in a country still battling the impact of the March 11 disasters.

    “I would say it will take months just to decide how to improve the current condition,” said Tetsunari Iida, director of Japan’s Institute for Sustainable Energy Power.

    “Workers are trying to resume power to the plant’s cooling systems, as they had planned originally. But new problems keep coming up.”

    A month ago the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami ravaged swathes of Japan’s northeast and cut power to the atomic plant, crippling cooling systems and causing partial meltdowns in the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

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

  31. April 11, 2011

    Statement by the President on Cote d’Ivoire

    The United States welcomes the decisive turn of events in Cote d’Ivoire, as former President Laurent Gbagbo’s illegitimate claim to power has finally come to an end. This represents a victory for the democratic will of the Ivoirian people, who have suffered for far too long through the instability that followed their election. Today, the people of Cote d’Ivoire have the chance to begin to reclaim their country, solidify their democracy, and rebuild a vibrant economy that taps the extraordinary potential of the Ivoirian people.

    In the four months that have passed since Alassane Ouattara was elected President, the United States and international community have strongly supported the results of Cote d’Ivoire’s democratic election, and the right of the Ivoirian people to determine their own destiny. These results came after several years of support by the international community for Cote d’Ivoire’s peace and democratic processes. The United Nations Security Council, members of the African Union, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have all worked to advance the goal of a democratic Cote d’Ivoire in which the rule of the people is stronger than the rule of one man. The United States commends the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire and French forces for the actions that they have taken to protect civilians.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/04/11/statement-president-cote-divoire

  32. Happy … what is today? … MONDAY! Happy Monday, all O-friends!

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    A Kat Report:

    Today's report features education:

    – The President met with Colorado eighth graders and discussed the budget agreement that kept open national parks and monuments, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier that the students had come to visit, and the need to fund America's schools.

    – On Saturday, the President highlighted keeping national sites open with a surprise visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

    – A number of federal agencies have created learning resources that can help teachers create Earth Day lessons. Topics include the environment, climate change, geology, oceans, and more.

    – Education Secretary Duncan told the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ (HACU) National Capitol Forum that America’s ability to answer President Obama’s call to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build” the rest of the world is inextricably linked to the future of the Latino community. He answered questions from the audience and spoke of the importance of being multilingual in our 21st century global economy.

    – Secretary Duncan talked about the TEACH recruitment campaign at Loyola University, pointing out that over the next decade we will need nearly 1.7 million extraordinary new teachers to replace the retiring teachers of the baby boomer generation and to meet the demands of a growing population. He said that while African Americans make up 17 percent of our nation’s student body, only 7 percent of teachers are African American. Additionally, Latino students comprise 21 percent of American students while only 7 percent of teachers are of Latino descent.

    – The White House and the U.S. Department of Education announced the six high schools selected as finalists for this year’s Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. The Get Schooled Foundation will now work with each school to produce a video for the online voting portion of the challenge.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/11/965958/-Kats-Obama-Administration-Report,-4-11-11

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