WhiteHouse.gov/Hispanic

In his State of the Union address, the President laid out his vision for America to win the future. To win that contest and secure prosperity for Hispanics and all Americans, we have to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world. The Hispanic community plays an integral part of that plan to win the future.

Since taking office, every issue the Obama Administration has addressed has been of vital importance to the Hispanic community, from promoting job creation to making sure that every American has access to quality health care, to reforms that strengthen education for all Americans, to fighting for comprehensive immigration reform while standing up for the civil rights of all Americans.

To learn what the  Obama Administration is doing related to the Hispanic community please visit:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/hispanic

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Friday, November, 2014
President Obama delivered remarks and signs the Executive Orders on Immigration Reform
Del Sol High School, Las Vegas, Nevada

Wednesday, February 5, 2015
President Obama hosts DREAMers from around the nation who qualified for his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
Oval Office

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President Obama’s Immigration Timeline:

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5/16/14 House Republican leaders to block US immigration measure

7/31/14 House Republicans abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border

8/1/14 House Republicans passed a bill to deport Dream Act students under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

11/5/14 After President Obama repeated a promise to take action by the end of the year to halt deportations for some undocumented immigrants if Congress doesn’t move on rewriting U.S. law, House Speaker John Boehner said that President Barack Obama will “poison the well” if he changes U.S. immigration policy without waiting for Congress to act.

11/6/14 Boehner Says Obama Immigration Action Will ‘Burn Himself’

11/16/14 Top GOP senator won’t dismiss talk of shutdown over immigration

11/21/14 Boehner: House will act to stop Obama on immigration

12/4/14 House GOP approves measure blocking deportation relief

1/14/15 House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

1/23/15 Immigration Critic Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Will Chair Senate Panel On Immigration.

2/3/15 Senate GOP fail on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

2/4/15 Senate GOP fail  AGAIN on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

2/5/15  Senate GOP fail for a THIRD TIME on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

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AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in support of President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014 Washington, DC — afscme.org

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in support of President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration:

“President Obama took executive action because extremists in Congress failed to do their jobs. They have done nothing to fix our country’s broken immigration system, a system that keeps millions of women and men trapped in a shadow economy that hurts all working families. President Obama’s executive action curtails abusive employers who exploit undocumented immigrants and in doing so, drive down wages and benefits of all of our country’s workers.

“There is nothing unprecedented about what President Obama has done. Former presidents, including four Republicans (Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, George H.W. Bush) used their executive powers to shape immigration policy.

“Extremists in Congress spent the past 18 months leading a race to the bottom with their politics of fear. Enough. It’s time for them to be honest with the American people about the economic harm that comes to all working families when undocumented immigrants are forced to live and work in the shadows. It’s time to put an end to the shameful, pointless suffering caused by their inability to devise a comprehensive, legislative solution. And it’s way past time for them to start earning their pay upholding our country’s values.”

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Join me in thanking President Obama for doing the right thing on immigration
Petition by Helen F. Chavez, widow of Cesar Chavez

To be delivered to President Barack Obama

Please join me and thank the President for keeping his promise by letting hardworking, taxpaying undocumented immigrants temporarily stay in the country they sustain with their sweat and sacrifice.
There are currently 100,656 signatures. NEW goal – We need 125,000 signatures!

PETITION BACKGROUND My husband, Cesar Chavez, and I decided to move back to Delano to begin organizing the United Farm Workers in 1962. Thousands came to work with our movement once the Delano Grape Strike started in 1965, 50 years ago in 2015. Millions of good people in North America supported us by boycotting grapes and other products.

All these years, I chose to stay in the background. I walked picket lines, managed our credit union and cared for our eight children. Cesar respected my privacy. I never spoke in public or talked with reporters.

Unlike my husband, I never got very involved in politics until October 2012, when President Obama came to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument at the Tehachapi Mountain town of Keene, CA. That’s where Cesar lived and worked his last quarter century, and where he is buried. As we walked away from paying respects at my husband’s gravesite, with the President holding my arm, I asked, “Mr. President, will you promise you will do something on immigration reform?”

“Yes, Mrs. Chavez, I promise I will,” he said.

Today, President Obama kept his promise to me and to the American people by using his power to help many of the immigrants who toil in our fields, make beds, clean rooms, cook meals, work in construction and manufacturing, and care for our young and elderly. They serve our country in the military. I’ve known the farm workers all my life. Like other immigrants, they take jobs most other Americans won’t take for pay most other Americans won’t accept and under conditions most other Americans won’t tolerate. Big parts of our economy can’t survive without immigrants.

For more: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/join-me-in-thanking-presiden?source=c.em&r_by=1539343

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  1. WH

    Tuesday, May 10 2011

    All Times ET

    9:30 AM
    The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:30 AM
    The President departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    10:45 AM
    The President departs Andrews Air Force Base en route El Paso, Texas
    Travel Pool Coverage

    2:40 PM
    The President arrives in El Paso, Texas
    Local Event Time: 12:40 PM MDT
    Biggs Army Airfield
    Open Press

    3:00 PM
    President Obama Tours Cargo Facility at Bridge of the Americas Port of Entry
    Bridge of the Americas Port of Entry
    Local Event Time: 1:00 PM MDT
    El Paso, Texas
    This event is pooled press

    3:15 PM
    The Vice President hosts a meeting at with a bipartisan group of Congressional lawmakers to work on a legislative framework for comprehensive deficit reduction.

    3:30 PM
    The President delivers a speech on importance of fixing the broken immigration system for our nation’s 21st century economic and security needs so that America can win the future
    Local Event Time: 1:30 PM MDT
    Chamizal National Memorial
    Open Press

    4:40 PM
    The President departs El Paso, Texas en route Austin, Texas
    Local Event Time: 2:40 PM MDT
    Biggs Army Airfield
    Open Press

    6:00 PM
    The President arrives in Austin, Texas
    Local Event Time: 5:00 PM CDT
    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
    Open Press

    6:50 PM
    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
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    Moody Theater
    Pooled TV, Open to Correspondents

    8:25 PM
    The President delivers remarks at a DNC event
    Local Event Time: 7:25 PM CDT
    Private Residence
    Print Pool

    10:15 PM
    The President departs Austin, Texas en route Andrews Air Force Base
    Local Event Time: 9:15 PM CDT
    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
    Open Press

    • POTUS podium

      May 10, 2011

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

      3:30 PM EDT
      President Obama-Immigration speech
      The President delivers a speech on fixing the broken immigration system so that it meets America’s economic and security needs in El Paso, Texas

      6:50 PM EDT
      The President Obama speaks to DNC supporters at an Austin, Texas

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      10:00 AM EDT
      Senate Committee Judiciary | Privacy, Technology and the Law
      Mobile Technology and Privacy – Al Franken

      10:00 AM EDT
      Senate Committee Appropriations | Homeland Security
      Coast Guard 2012 Budget Request – Robert Papp; Mary Landrieu

      10:00 AM EDT
      Smartphone privacy hearing
      Executives from Apple and Google testify before a Senate judiciary subcommittee on allegations that their smartphone platforms save and transmit user location data.

      10:00 AM EDT
      Afghanistan transition hearing
      The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the steps needed for a successful transition in Afghanistan once U.S. troops leave the country.

      10:30 AM EDT
      U.S. Army Maj. Gen Campbell Afghan Briefing
      U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commanding general for Regional Command – East, updates Pentagon reporters via satellite about Afghan operations.

      11 AM EDT
      NATO Officials Libya Operational Briefing
      Carmen Romero, NATO deputy spokesperson, and Brig. Gen. Claudio Gabellini, chief operations officer of Operation Unified Protector, update the press on events concerning Libya.

      1:00 PM EDT
      Adm.Papp to Testify on FY12 Budget Request
      Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Coast Guard’s FY12 budget request.

      3:00 PM EDT
      US-China Strategic and Economic Meeting
      The third meeting of the U.S.China Strategic and Economic Dialogue is held in Washington, D.C., May 9 -10.
      Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are among those attending the event.

      3:30 PM EDT
      President Obama-Immigration speech
      The President delivers a speech on fixing the broken immigration system so that it meets America’s economic and security needs in El Paso, Texas

      6:50 PM EDT
      The President Obama speaks to DNC supporters at an Austin, Texas http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Obama-Remarks-at-DNC-Event-in-Texas/10737421455/

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM EDT
      Senate Committee Judiciary | Privacy, Technology and the Law
      Mobile Technology and Privacy – Al Franken http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/299421-1

      10:00 AM EDT
      Senate Committee Appropriations | Homeland Security
      Coast Guard 2012 Budget Request
      Robert Papp; Mary Landrieu http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/31502-1

      10:00 AM EDT
      Smartphone privacy hearing
      Executives from Apple and Google testify before a Senate judiciary subcommittee on allegations that their smartphone platforms save and transmit user location data. http://www.cspan.org/Events/Congress-Looks-into-Protecting-Mobile-Privacy/10737421417/

      10:00 AM EDT
      Afghanistan transition hearing
      The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the steps needed for a successful transition in Afghanistan once U.S. troops leave the country. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/299433-1

      10:30 AM EDT
      U.S. Army Maj. Gen Campbell Afghan Briefing
      U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commanding general for Regional Command – East, updates Pentagon reporters via satellite about Afghan operations.
      http://www.cspan.org/Events/Senate-Committee-Continues-Examination-of-Afghan-War/10737421437/

      11 AM EDT
      NATO Officials Libya Operational Briefing
      Carmen Romero, NATO deputy spokesperson, and Brig. Gen. Claudio Gabellini, chief operations officer of Operation Unified Protector, update the press on events concerning Libya.

      1:00 PM EDT
      Adm.Papp to Testify on FY12 Budget Request
      Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Coast Guard’s FY12 budget request.

      3:00 PM EDT
      US-China Strategic and Economic Meeting
      The third meeting of the U.S.China Strategic and Economic Dialogue is held in Washington, D.C., May 9 -10.
      Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are among those attending the event. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/299435-1

      3:30 PM EDT
      President Obama-Immigration speech
      The President delivers a speech on fixing the broken immigration system so that it meets America’s economic and security needsin El Paso, Texas http://www.cspan.org/Events/President-Pushes-Immigration-Bill/10737421418-1/

      6:50 PM EDT
      The President Obama speaks to DNC supporters at an Austin, Texas

      Department of Defense http://www.defense.gov/live/

      10:30 AM EDT
      U.S. Army Maj. Gen Campbell Afghan Briefing
      U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commanding general for Regional Command – East, updates Pentagon reporters via satellite about Afghan operations.

      11 AM EDT
      NATO Officials Libya Operational Briefing
      Carmen Romero, NATO deputy spokesperson, and Brig. Gen. Claudio Gabellini, chief operations officer of Operation Unified Protector, update the press on events concerning Libya.

      1:00 PM EDT
      Adm.Papp to Testify on FY12 Budget Request
      Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Coast Guard’s FY12 budget request.

      Middle East Protest

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

  2. Whitehouse.gov/hispanic – Community Conversations, New Website, and New Report on Hispanics and Winning the Future

    Posted by Luis Miranda on May 02, 2011

    On a conference call today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe and White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz announced a series of community conversations around the country on the critical role Hispanics play in the President’s vision for America to win the future.

    In his State of the Union address, the President made it clear that the most important contest we face today is not between Democrats and Republicans, but rather America’s contest with competitors across the globe for the jobs and industries of the future. During the call, the Administration officials also introduced the report “Winning the Future: President Obama’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community,” which can be found on the new site whitehouse.gov/hispanic.

    En Español: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/04/27/mejorando-la-educaci-n-de-los-hispanos-para-ganar-el-futuro

    • ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY
      In his State of the Union address, the President laid out his vision for America to win the future. The President made it clear that the most important contest we face today is not between Democrats and Republicans, but rather America’s contest with competitors across the globe for the jobs and industries of the future.

      To win that contest and secure prosperity for Hispanics and all Americans, we have to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world. The Hispanic community plays an integral part of that plan to win the future.

      Since taking office, every issue the Obama Administration has addressed has been of vital importance to the Hispanic community, from promoting job creation to making sure that every American has access to quality health care, to reforms that strengthen education for all Americans, to fighting for comprehensive immigration reform while standing up for the civil rights of all Americans.

      This is your one-stop shop for what the Obama Administration is doing related to the Hispanic community and is a place where you can see the work of some of the Hispanic appointees across the Obama Administration.

      POTUS quote

    • Piolín a Obama: “Muchos hispanos están decepcionados con usted”

      10/23/10 http://piolin.univision.com

      Obama visitó la casa de Piolín

      LOS ANGELES, California – El locutor Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo encendió los micrófonos de su programa para que -entre otros temas de sumo interés para la comunidad hispana- el presidente Barack Obama hiciera frente a las promesas de campaña en materia migratoria que cuando era candidato realizó en el programa Piolín por la Mañana en 2008.

      La entrevista completa será transmitida al aire y por internet la mañana del lunes a través de las emisoras radiales en donde se escucha el Show de Piolín por la Mañana, a partir de las 12 p.m. Este/9 a.m. Pacífico.

      Haz click para escuchar la entrevista completa

      En el marco electoral que rodeó la visita presidencial a California, Piolín dijo a Obama: “Muchos hispanos están decepcionados con usted por la falta la reforma migratoria, ¿cómo viene a pedir por votos?”, preguntó el conductor del programa al jefe de estado.

      “Yo también estoy decepcionado…” comenzó a responder el mandatario.

      El desempleo fue otro de los temas de urgencia que Piolín trató con Obama de forma directa: “¿Qué tiene que decir usted a los 15 millones de desempleados en Estados Unidos?”

      Estas y muchas otras preguntas que los radioescuchas de Piolín le hicieron llegar al presidente fueron planteadas por el locutor.

      Por Mas: http://piolin.univision.com/article/2010-10-23/obama-responde-a-piolin

    • Michelle Obama visita a Piolín por la Mañana

      Fecha: 26/10/2010 Univision Radio

      LOS ANGELES, California – El reconocido locutor Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo no se conformó con entrevistar en exclusiva esta semana al presidente Barack Obama. Los estudios de su programa Piolín por la Mañana se visten nuevamente de etiqueta con la visita especial de la primera dama de Estados Unidos, Michelle Obama, quien se encuentra de visita en el sur de California.


      Escucha el Show de Piolín para que no te pierdas la entrevista

      “Es un honor darle la bienvenida otra vez a la Primera Dama y entrevistarla en ‘Piolín por la Mañana’ “, expresó Piolín, al destacar que es la segunda vez que Michelle Obama visita los estudios de su programa.

      No obstante, lo más importante para Piolín es que por segunda ocasión en una semana, sus oyentes en todo el país tienen acceso directo a la primera familia de Estados Unidos.

      Este lunes se transmitió una entrevista que el reconocido locutor le hizo al presidente Obama, en la que le preguntó qué hace falta para lograr la aprobación de una reforma migratoria amplia que legalice a
      los más de 12 millones de indocumentados que viven en Estados Unidos.

      “Esta segunda visita histórica a nuestros estudios les dará a los hispanos, una vez más esta semana, acceso a la primera familia discutiendo asuntos de importancia para nuestra comunidad”, destacó el conductor radial.

      Por mas: http://piolin.univision.com/article/2010-10-26/michelle-obama-visita-a-piolin

      • Michelle Obama: “Yo mando, él está ocupado

        29/10/10 noticias.aol.com

        LOS ANGELES, California-

        El locutor Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo entrevistó en su programa “Piolin por la Mañana” a la primera dama de Estados Unidos, Michelle Obama y ella le aseguró entre risas que era quien mandaba en la Casa Blanca.

        “Sí, yo mando. Él está ocupado. El tiene cosas que hacer. Y esto probablemente no es diferente de como era antes de que nos hiciéramos residentes de la Casa Blanca”, explicó Michelle.

        Lee la entrevista completa aquí:

        (EPS es Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo y FLOTUS por sus siglas en inglés Primera Dama de los Estados Unidos Michelle Obama)

        FLOTUS:Gracias. Tu introducción siempre es muy emocional y muy generosa. Así que gracias.

        EPS: Señora Obama, es magnífico tenerla aquí con nosotros otra vez. Aprendemos mucho de usted y del Presidente Obama. Ustedes son personas auténticas.

        FLOTUS: Gracias.

        EPS: Lo vemos muy claramente.

        FLOTUS: Estoy honrada de estar de regreso. Me divertí mucho la primera vez que estuve aquí. Fue una de las muchas experiencias que verdaderamente destacan en mi mente durante mi tiempo en la campaña. Es magnífico estar de regreso como la Primera Dama. Gracias por tenerme aquí.

        EPS: Cuando usted vino, Sasha estaba con usted. Y Malía estaba con usted. Y se divirtieron mucho con nosotros. Lo recuerdo.

        FLOTUS: Y han crecido. Eran niñas muy pequeñas y ahora son señoritas jóvenes. Están prosperando mucho y yo he invertido una gran parte de mi tiempo durante el último año y medio asegurándome que se estén acostumbrando a una vida muy interesante, tratando de lograr que sigan teniendo una vida normal y con los pies en la tierra, dentro de lo que se puede. Les quiero dar las gracias a todos sus radioescuchas porque la gente nos manda sus oraciones. No importa en dónde estamos. La gente me detiene y me preguntan sobre las niñas y me dicen que están orando por nosotros. Y esto significa mucho para nosotros, es un trabajo difícil y es bueno saber que la gente nos está enviando buenos deseos.

        EPS:¿Cuál es su programa matutino de radio favorito en Washington, D.C.? Por cierto ahora puede escucharnos en Washington, D.C.

        FLOTUS: Desafortunadamente no puedo escuchar mucho la radio. Ésa es una de las cosas que me doy cuenta que me falta por que cuando era una persona común y corriente, escuchaba la radio en el automóvil. Ahora, no manejo mi propio automóvil. [Risas] Así que –

        Por Mas: http://noticias.aol.com/2010/10/29/piolin-entrevista-michelle-obama/

    • President Obama on the DREAM Act: “My Administration Will Not Give Up”

      Posted by Kori Schulman on December 18, 2010

      Following a disappointing vote in the Senate, President Obama released the following statement on the DREAM act:

      In an incredibly disappointing vote today, a minority of Senators prevented the Senate from doing what most Americans understand is best for the country. As I said last week, when the House passed the DREAM Act, it is not only the right thing to do for talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own, it is the right thing for the United States of America. Our nation is enriched by their talents and would benefit from the success of their efforts. The DREAM Act is important to our economic competitiveness, military readiness, and law enforcement efforts. And as the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported, the DREAM Act would cut the deficit by $2.2 billion over the next 10 years. There was simply no reason not to pass this important legislation.

      It is disappointing that common sense did not prevail today. But my administration will not give up on the DREAM Act, or on the important business of fixing our broken immigration system. The American people deserve a serious debate on immigration, and it’s time to take the polarizing rhetoric off our national stage.

      I thank Senators Durbin, Reid, and Menendez for their tireless efforts. Moving forward, my administration will continue to do everything we can to fix our nation’s broken immigration system so that we can provide lasting and dedicated resources for our border security while at the same time restoring responsibility and accountability to the system at every level.

      • President Obama on Obstruction of the DREAM Act: “Maybe My Biggest Disappointment” of Last Weeks

        12/23/10 Posted by Stephanie Valencia

        Today, before leaving for the holiday, President Obama held a news conference to discuss the highlights of the lame duck session. He also discussed in depth his disappointment at Congress’ inability to pass the DREAM Act and spoke with great heart about why it is important to address this important issue, in addition to broader immigration reform, in the coming Congress. Please take a look at the President’s full answer to the question by clicking the link below. It’s well worth the watch.

        But I will tell you, maybe my biggest disappointment was this DREAM Act vote. You know, I get letters from kids all across the country — came here when they were five, came here when they were eight; their parents were undocumented. The kids didn’t know — kids are going to school like any other American kid, they’re growing up, they’re playing football, they’re going to class, they’re dreaming about college. And suddenly they come to 18, 19 years old and they realize even though I feel American, I am an American, the law doesn’t recognize me as an American. I’m willing to serve my country, I’m willing to fight for this country, I want to go to college and better myself — and I’m at risk of deportation.

        And it is heartbreaking. That can’t be who we are, to have kids — our kids, classmates of our children — who are suddenly under this shadow of fear through no fault of their own. They didn’t break a law — they were kids.

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/23/president-obama-obstruction-dream-act-maybe-my-biggest-disappointment-last-weeks

      • Michelle Obama urges Latino community to pressure GOP to back immigration bill

        By Andrew Restuccia – 02/12/11 03:32 PM ET

        First Lady Michelle Obama called on the Latino community to put pressure on Republicans to support comprehensive immigration legislation.

        In an interview with Univision, the first lady said President Obama wanted to pass immigration legislation, but could not find enough support among Republicans to move a bill.

        The DREAM Act, a bill to give undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children and are pursuing higher education an opportunity to become U.S. citizens, had little support among Republicans, she said. The latest attempt to pass the legislation failed in December.

        “So I urge the Latino community, he needs help, he’s got to have Republicans and Democrats in Congress who are going to step up,” the first lady said. “If a sound immigration bill gets put on the President’s desk he is going to sign it. But it’s got to get through Congress. He can’t do it alone.”

        Asked if the president pushed hard enough to pass an immigration bill, the first lady defended her husband.

        “Immigration reform has been at the top of my husband’s agenda from the minute he thought about running for this office,” she said, adding later, “But people have to know that the President can’t pass immigration reform without the support of Congress and we don’t have that.”

        http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/143691-michelle-obama-urges-latino-community-to-pressure-gop-to-support-immigration-bill

      • California Dream Act now on its way to Gov. Brown’s desk

        9/4/11 By Laurel Rosenhall | Sacramento Bee

        The California state Assembly voted Friday to send Gov. Jerry Brown (D), a bill that allows undocumented immigrant college students to receive publicly funded financial aid.

        After a lengthy debate, Assembly Bill 131 — the second part of the controversial measure known as the California Dream Act — cleared the lower house on a 45-27 vote.

        “Today is a wonderful day,” said Assemblyman Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella. “Today is a day of hope. Today, there are many students throughout the state of California who are saying, ‘It’s about time.’ ”

        The bill allows access to taxpayer-funded financial aid for students who came to the country before age 16, attended a California high school for at least three years and graduated. Democrats argued that providing such students greater access to higher education would improve the state’s economy in the long run by creating a more educated population.

        Republicans didn’t see it that way.

        They argued that giving scholarships to students who are in the country illegally will encourage more immigrants to come to the state without authorization.

        For the entire article: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/09/03/123094/california-dream-act-now-on-its.html

    • Elevating the Debate on Immigration

      Posted by Katelyn Sabochik on May 10, 2011

      Today, David Plouffe sent an email to the White House email list about the President’s speech on immigration in El Paso, Texas at 3:30 p.m. EDT (1:30 p.m. CDT) and the ways you can get involved in a national dialogue on this issue.

      Our nation is the leader of the global economy in part because of the steady stream of hardworking and talented people who have come to our country in search of a better life for themselves and their families. As we continue to strengthen our economy, we need an immigration system that demands responsibility and accountability from government, businesses and immigrants themselves.

      In his speech today, the President will lay out his vision for an immigration system for America’s 21st century economy and will call on Americans across the country to join a constructive conversation on this issue. We know that folks are already discussing this issue around their dinner tables, with their friends and neighbors and through social media communities like Twitter.

      Here are just a few ways you can get involved in the conversation, and tell us here at the White House what you think:

      * Twitter. During the President’s speech today, I’ll have a screen up next to my TV to watch the conversation on Twitter using the #immigration hashtag, so make sure to use #immigration to share your thoughts.

      * Advise the Advisor. Cecilia Muñoz, one of the President’s senior advisors on immigration issues, just posted a new Advise the Advisor video asking for your feedback on this important issue. Visit WhiteHouse.gov/Advise to see the video and tell us what you think.

      * Roundtable Discussions. In addition to all the ways you can join the conversation online, we’re encouraging Americans to host roundtable discussions in your own communities over the next few months, and let us know what you talked about and what issues matter the most in your community. Visit WhiteHouse.gov/Immigration to get started.

    • First-Ever White House Hispanic Policy Conference: Why Hispanics are Critical to Winning the Future

      Posted by Stephanie Valencia and Juan Sepulveda on July 14,

      The success of our nation and the success of the Hispanic community are one and the same and our ability to win the future—to out innovate, out educate and out build our competitors—will depend greatly on the success of the Hispanic community.

      It’s undeniable. At more than 54 million strong, the most recent census numbers show that the Hispanic community is no longer found in a handful of states, but in every state across the country. As the largest and fastest growing minority group in the U.S. it is critical to the future of our nation—our economy, our education system—that the Hispanic community thrives.

      Over the last two days the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics partnered to host the first ever White House Hispanic Policy Conference. 160 Hispanic leaders from 25 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico joined over 100 Administration officials to discuss the President’s agenda and its impact on the Hispanic community and more importantly, to strategize together on how we best move forward together to improve outcomes and access for the Hispanic community.

      The purposes of the policy conference were three-fold:

      * Relationship Building—Connecting national leaders to key Administration decision makers.
      * Obama Administration 101—Ensuring folks gained a deeper understanding of the multifaceted ways this Administration’s agenda connects to the Hispanic community.
      * Working Together—Allowing participants to connect with each other and Administration officials to address how we improve access and outcomes for our community.

      To make sure both days were valuable to the national Hispanic leaders present, we organized the conference differently than the formats used in the past.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/14/first-ever-white-house-hispanic-policy-conference-why-hispanics-are-critical-winning

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      Hispanic Policy Conference – Opening Session

      From: whitehouse | Jul 11, 2011

      Administration officials meet with community leaders and other stakeholders during the Hispanic Policy Conference at the White House. July 11, 2011.

      • Hispanic Policy Conference Breakout Session Part 1

        From: whitehouse | Jul 11, 2011

        Administration officials meet with community leaders and other stakeholders during the Hispanic Policy Conference at the White House. July 11, 2011.

      • Hispanic Policy Conference Breakout Session Part 2

        From: whitehouse | Jul 11, 2011

        Administration officials meet with community leaders and other stakeholders during the Hispanic Policy Conference at the White House.

      • Hispanic Policy Conference Breakout Session Part 3

        From: whitehouse | Jul 11, 2011

        Administration officials meet with community leaders and other stakeholders during the Hispanic Policy Conference at the White House.

      • Hispanic Policy Conference Breakout Session Part 4

        From: whitehouse | Jul 11, 2011

        Administration officials meet with community leaders and other stakeholders during the Hispanic Policy Conference at the White House. July 11, 2011.

    • July 25, 2011

      Remarks by the President to the National Council of La Raza

      Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Washington, D.C.

      12:50 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! Thank you so much. (Applause.) What an extraordinary crowd. Thank you. Please have a seat.
      It is good to be back with NCLR. (Applause.) It is good to see all of you.

      Right off the bat, I should thank you because I have poached quite a few of your alumni to work in my administration. (Laughter.) They’re all doing outstanding work. Raul Yzaguirre, my ambassador to the Dominican Republic — (applause) — Latinos serving at every level of my administration. We’ve got young people right out of college in the White House. We’ve got the first Latina Cabinet Secretary in history, Hilda Solis. (Applause.) So we couldn’t be prouder of the work that so many folks who’ve been engaged with La Raza before, the handiwork that they’re doing with our administration. And as Janet mentioned, obviously we’re extraordinarily proud of someone who is doing outstanding work on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor. (Applause.)

      Recently, 100 Latino officials from across the government met with Latino leaders from across the country at the White House. I know some of you were there. And I think all who attended would agree that we weren’t just paying lip service to the community. Our work together, not just that day but every day, has been more than just talk.

      What I told the gathering at the White House was we need your voice. Your country needs you. Our American family will only be as strong as our growing Latino community. (Applause.) And so we’re going to take these conversations on the road and keep working with you, because for more than four decades, NCLR has fought for opportunities for Latinos from city centers to farm fields. And that fight for opportunity –- the opportunity to get a decent education, the opportunity to find a good job, the opportunity to make of our lives what we will -– has never been more important than it is today.

      And we’re still climbing out of a vicious recession, and that recession hit Latino families especially hard. I don’t need to tell you Latino unemployment is painfully high. And there’s no doubt that this economy has not recovered as fast as it needs to. The truth is it’s going to take more time. And a lot of the problems we face right now, like slow job growth and stagnant wages, these were problems that were there even before the recession hit.

      These challenges weren’t caused overnight; they’re not going to be solved overnight. But that only makes our work more urgent — to get this economy going and make sure that opportunity is spreading, to make sure everyone who wants a job can find one, and to make sure that paychecks can actually cover the bills; to make sure that families don’t have to choose between buying groceries or buying medicine; that they don’t have to choose between sending their kids to college or being able to retire.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/07/25/remarks-president-national-council-la-raza

    • White House Hispanic Community Action Summits Take the Conversation on the Road

      Posted by Stephanie Valencia on August 18, 2011

      In July the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics partnered to host the first ever White House Hispanic Policy Conference. Over a two day period, 160 Hispanic leaders from 25 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico joined over 100 Administration officials to discuss the President’s agenda and its impact on the Hispanic community and more importantly, to strategize on how we best move forward together to improve outcomes and access for the Hispanic community.

      At the end of the two day conference, several Latino leaders who participated asked us to come to their communities and hold similar gatherings in their cities and states to have the important conversation about how the Administration’s agenda impacts the Hispanic community across the country.

      Over the course of the next few months, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics will partner to take this same format and conversation to several communities across the country. We will be holding over two dozen 1 ½ – 2 day “White House Hispanic Community Action Summits” in cities ranging from Phoenix, Arizona to Miami, Florida, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

      For the entire article and video:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/18/white-house-hispanic-community-action-summits-take-conversation-road

    • Office Hours 8/18/11 or “The Real Fix is the #DREAM Act”: Cecilia Muñoz Answers Your Questions on Twitter

      Posted by Kori Schulman on August 18, 2011

      Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new strategy that focuses immigration resources in a way that puts public safety and national security first. Following the announcement, Cecilia Muñoz, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, answered your questions on Twitter, submitted with the hashtag #WHChat. See the archive of today’s Office Hours below, or on Storify.

      Follow @Whitehouse for the latest from the Administration and upcoming opportunities to engage. We’re always looking for ways to improve. If you have feedback on Office Hours or our online program, let us know. Share your feedback with the hashtag #WHWeb on Twitter or through this web form.

    • SEIU Cope: Es Hora de Crear Empleos

      Uploaded by SEIU on Aug 10, 2011

      Únase al movimiento en http://action.seiu.org/page/s/empleosdignos – Cada día, millones de familias de clase trabajadora luchan por encontrar y mantener trabajos dignos, pero los Congresistas Republicanos parecen no entender el mensaje. Para construir una economía sólida que beneficie a presentes y futuras generaciones, tenemos que traer empleos a los Estados Unidos.

    • “Decisiones Difíciles”

      Uploaded by DemocraticVideo on Oct 25, 2011

      DNC TV AD: “Decisiones Difíciles”

    • Michelle Obama hace llorar y emociona a ciudadanos en una recepción audiencia

      Uploaded by SirPetterLily on Mar 16, 2012

      Sencillamente impresionante la capacidad de empatía de esta señoraza que es Michelle Obama, la First Lady de los Estados Unidos. Su simpatía, su saber estar, su elegancia y sencillez, su calidad humana y unas excepcionales dotes para las relaciones públicas, hacen de Michelle una auténtica personalidad, que brilla con luz propia dentro de la White House.

      La vemos en una recepción en audiencia a ciudadanos norteamericanos que visitan la White House. Recepción: porque los recibe a cada uno próxima a la puertecilla de acceso a la sala; y audiencia: porque los escucha -los oye- dialogando con ellos, aunque lógicamente con brevedad. Ante el cariño y la calidez humana que muestra la First Lady, es natural que los recepcionados lleguen a emocionarse, cumpliéndose la regla de que la gente siempre responde según sea tratada.

    • The Affordable Care Act and Latinos

      Posted by Alejandra Campoverdi on March 22, 2012 at 06:52 PM EDT

      As we commemorate the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act this Friday, it’s worth taking a look at the many ways this landmark health reform law is making a difference in the lives of Americans, especially Latinos who suffer disproportionately from a lack of access to coverage. Thirty two percent of Latinos were uninsured in 2009 – higher than any other racial or ethnic group – and half of Latinos did not have a regular doctor, compared to only one-fifth of white Americans. And twenty percent of low-income Hispanic youth have gone a year without a health care visit. When you look at these numbers, it’s clear that the Affordable Care Act has had and will continue to have a profound effect on the health of the Latino community.

      Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis wrote an op-ed this past week for ImpreMedia on the Affordable Care Act and Latinos in which she highlighted that “Too often because of cost, Latinos don’t get the preventive care they need to stay healthy. This is particularly true during tough economic times, when many are forced to forego health services for other needs, like rent or groceries. A recent study found that 6.1 million Latinos gained prevention coverage in their private insurance plans in 2011.” You can read the rest of her op-ed HERE.

      And throughout the week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has highlighted how the new law has:

      * Helped more than 5.1 million people with Medicare save over $3.2 billion| en español

      * Provided more than 45 million women access to preventive health care services| en español

      * Helped young adults get and keep affordable health coverage

      * Made it possible for nine states to deem health insurance rate hikes “unreasonable”

      We’ve also made a fact sheet available in ENGLISH and SPANISH to highlight how the Hispanic community benefits. For example:

      *( Under the new law, insurance companies are already banned from denying coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition. In 2014, they are banned from discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition.

      * Already, 6.1 million Latinos now have coverage for preventive services without additional cost sharing. Under the new health care law, all Americans joining a new health care plan must be able to receive recommended preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays or deductibles.

      * Already, approximately 11.8 million Latinos are free from worrying about lifetime limits on coverage thanks to the new health care law.

      * Over 2.5 million young adults have gained coverage because of the new health care law, including 736,000 Latinos.

      * The new Exchanges, tax credits and Medicaid expansion will result in as many as 9 million Latinos becoming eligible to get coverage they lack today. And it expands the Medicaid program and provides $900 million dollars for Puerto Rico to expand coverage on the island.

      * More than 500,000 Latinos with Medicare have already received one or more free preventive services, including the new Annual Wellness Visit. The new law also provides relief for people in the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap or donut hole – the ones with the highest prescription drug costs.

      * Approximately 35% of patients served by community health centers in 2009 were Latino, and the Affordable Care Act increases the funding available to the more than 1,100 community health centers in all fifty states to enable them to double the number of patients they served from 19 million to nearly 40 million by 2015.

    • Plan de Obama da cobertura médica a latinos

      POR: Hilda L. Solís | 03/15/2012 | La Opinión

      La próxima semana será el segundo aniversario de que el Presidente Obama firmó la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Costo. La nueva ley de salud ofrece la seguridad que merecen las familias trabajadoras de clase media. La ley exige a las compañías de seguro médico seguir las reglas, y le prohíbe negarle a la gente cobertura si están enfermos, previene llevarlo a la bancarrota por altos costos, o discriminarlo por condiciones ya existentes. Esta ley histórica ha marcado una gran diferencia en nuestra comunidad.

      Los latinos son el grupo más grande del país sin acceso a un plan de seguro médico. La Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Costo ha permitido que millones de latinos tengan acceso a una cobertura. Adicionalmente, con esta ley, los jóvenes pueden quedarse en el plan de sus padres hasta cumplir los 26 años de edad. Se estima que 1.3 millones de jóvenes de grupos étnicos han tenido acceso a un plan de seguro médico gracias a la Ley del Cuidado de Salud y más de 700,000 serían latinos.

      El Presidente Obama y yo creemos que la cobertura de salud es crítica para todas las personas, sin importar su condición de salud. Por la misma razón, bajo La Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Costo, ahora es ilegal negarles cobertura médica a niños con condiciones de salud existentes y muy pronto lo mismo aplicará para todos, sin importar la edad.

      La ley lo ayuda a tener menos gastos porque requiere que sus empleadores cubran los costos al tratarse de prevenciones. Esto incluye cosas como pruebas de diabetes y detecciones de cáncer de pecho. Hay veces que los latinos no toman los pasos necesarios para prevenir enfermedades y mantenerse sanos, especialmente durante momentos difíciles económicos, cuando es más importante pagar la renta y la comida. Un estudio reciente encontró que 6.1 millones de latinos obtuvieron la cobertura de prevención de enfermedades con su seguro privado, en el 2011.

      La ley también ha reforzado la fuerza laboral en la rama del cuidado médico y se han construido más centros de salud dentro de la comunidad y en escuelas, para facilitarles a los latinos el acceso a los doctores. Esto es importante ya que más de la mitad de los latinos entre 18 y 44 años de edad no tienen un médico.

      Por mas: http://www.laopinion.com/article/20120316/IMPORT01/303169858/-1/allchannels

    • What the Health Law Means for the Latino Community

      Posted by Leon Rodriguez on April 10, 2012 at 07:54 PM EDT

      Ed note: this was originally posted on the Healthcare.gov blog

      Across the country, more than 50 million Latinos are part of our communities, classrooms and workplaces. And thanks to the health care law, the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 5.4 million Latinos will gain insurance coverage by 2016 under the new law, according to an issue brief released by HHS today (go here to read it in Spanish). Just two years after it was passed, the health care law has already improved health outcomes and increased access to care for Latinos by:

      * Extending coverage to an estimated 736,000 Latino young adults under a provision that allows them to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26,

      * Expanding access to preventive services with no-cost sharing to an estimated 6.1 million Latino Americans with private insurance, and

      * Requiring most health insurance plans to cover prevention and wellness services like cancer screenings, flu shots , and pap smears and mammograms for women, with no cost-sharing.

      While 16.3 percent of Americans are currently uninsured, the percentage of Latinos without health insurance is even higher at 30.7 percent. As the law continues to be implemented:

      * Latinos of all income levels who would otherwise be uninsured will have access to health insurance through new Affordable Insurance Exchanges and as a result of expanded Medicaid coverage,

      * Latino Americans suffering from a chronic disease—like the estimated 4.3 million Latino adults who are currently living with diabetes—will have access to new care innovations, like community health teams, that will help them manage their illness, and

      * Latinos living in medically underserved areas will have access to new community health centers and preventive and primary care services.
      To learn more about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the health of the Latino community, join our Spanish-language Twitter chat today, April 10. You can join in the conversation starting at 2pm EST by following the #LaSaludLatina hashtag and at @HHSLatino.

      You can read the issue brief in English here, and in Spanish here, For the fact sheet, visit this page.

    • Department of Homeland Security announcement on Young People and Immigration

      June 15, 2012

      MEMORANDUM FOR:

      David V. Aguilar
      Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

      Alejandro Mayorkas
      Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

      John Morton
      Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

      FROM:
      Janet Napolitano

      SUBJECT:
      Secretary of Homeland Security
      Exercising Prosetorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

      By this memorandum, I am setting forth how, in the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home. As a general matter, these individuals lacked the intent to violate the law and our ongoing review of pending removal cases is already offering administrative closure to many of them. However, additional measures are necessary to ensure that our enforcement resources are not expended on these low priority cases but are instead appropriately focused on people who meet our enforcement priorities.

      The following criteria should be satisfied before an individual is considered for an exercise of prosecutorial discretion pursuant to this memorandum:

      • came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
      • has continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and is present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
      • is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces ofthe United States;
      • has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety;
      and
      • is not above the age of thirty.

      http://www.dhs.gov

      Our Nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible manner. They are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Indeed, many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways. Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.

      For more: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/s1-exercising-prosecutorial-discretion-individuals-who-came-to-us-as-children.pdf

      • pbo_61512_http-www-whitehouse-govthe-press-office20120615remarks-president-immigration

        Immigration

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        June 15, 2012

        Remarks by the President on Immigration

        Rose Garden

        2:09 P.M. EDT

        THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigration policy, to make it more fair, more efficient, and more just — specifically for certain young people sometimes called “Dreamers.”

        These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they’re friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents — sometimes even as infants — and often have no idea that they’re undocumented until they apply for a job or a driver’s license, or a college scholarship.

        Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine you’ve done everything right your entire life — studied hard, worked hard, maybe even graduated at the top of your class — only to suddenly face the threat of deportation to a country that you know nothing about, with a language that you may not even speak.

        That’s what gave rise to the DREAM Act. It says that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here for five years, and you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, you can one day earn your citizenship. And I have said time and time and time again to Congress that, send me the DREAM Act, put it on my desk, and I will sign it right away.

        Now, both parties wrote this legislation. And a year and a half ago, Democrats passed the DREAM Act in the House, but Republicans walked away from it. It got 55 votes in the Senate, but Republicans blocked it. The bill hasn’t really changed. The need hasn’t changed. It’s still the right thing to do. The only thing that has changed, apparently, was the politics.

        As I said in my speech on the economy yesterday, it makes no sense to expel talented young people, who, for all intents and purposes, are Americans — they’ve been raised as Americans; understand themselves to be part of this country — to expel these young people who want to staff our labs, or start new businesses, or defend our country simply because of the actions of their parents — or because of the inaction of politicians.

        In the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, what we’ve tried to do is focus our immigration enforcement resources in the right places. So we prioritized border security, putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history — today, there are fewer illegal crossings than at any time in the past 40 years. We focused and used discretion about whom to prosecute, focusing on criminals who endanger our communities rather than students who are earning their education. And today, deportation of criminals is up 80 percent. We’ve improved on that discretion carefully and thoughtfully. Well, today, we’re improving it again.

        Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.

        Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. It is —

        Q (Inaudible.)

        THE PRESIDENT: — the right thing to do.

        Q — foreigners over American workers.

        THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, sir. It’s not time for questions, sir.

        Q No, you have to take questions.

        THE PRESIDENT: Not while I’m speaking.

        Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act. There is still time for Congress to pass the DREAM Act this year, because these kids deserve to plan their lives in more than two-year increments. And we still need to pass comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our 21st century economic and security needs — reform that gives our farmers and ranchers certainty about the workers that they’ll have. Reform that gives our science and technology sectors certainty that the young people who come here to earn their PhDs won’t be forced to leave and start new businesses in other countries. Reform that continues to improve our border security, and lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

        Just six years ago, the unlikely trio of John McCain, Ted Kennedy and President Bush came together to champion this kind of reform. And I was proud to join 23 Republicans in voting for it. So there’s no reason that we can’t come together and get this done.

        And as long as I’m President, I will not give up on this issue, not only because it’s the right thing to do for our economy — and CEOs agree with me — not just because it’s the right thing to do for our security, but because it’s the right thing to do, period. And I believe that, eventually, enough Republicans in Congress will come around to that view as well.

        And I believe that it’s the right thing to do because I’ve been with groups of young people who work so hard and speak with so much heart about what’s best in America, even though I knew some of them must have lived under the fear of deportation. I know some have come forward, at great risks to themselves and their futures, in hopes it would spur the rest of us to live up to our own most cherished values. And I’ve seen the stories of Americans in schools and churches and communities across the country who stood up for them and rallied behind them, and pushed us to give them a better path and freedom from fear –because we are a better nation than one that expels innocent young kids.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

        • June 25, 2012

          Statement by the President on the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Arizona v. the United States

          I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law . What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform. A patchwork of state laws is not a solution to our broken immigration system – it’s part of the problem.

          At the same time, I remain concerned about the practical impact of the remaining provision of the Arizona law that requires local law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of anyone they even suspect to be here illegally. I agree with the Court that individuals cannot be detained solely to verify their immigration status. No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like. Going forward, we must ensure that Arizona law enforcement officials do not enforce this law in a manner that undermines the civil rights of Americans, as the Court’s decision recognizes. Furthermore, we will continue to enforce our immigration laws by focusing on our most important priorities like border security and criminals who endanger our communities, and not, for example, students who earn their education – which is why the Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this month that it will lift the shadow of deportation from young people who were brought to the United States as children through no fault of their own.

          I will work with anyone in Congress who’s willing to make progress on comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our economic needs and security needs, and upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. And in the meantime, we will continue to use every federal resource to protect the safety and civil rights of all Americans, and treat all our people with dignity and respect. We can solve these challenges not in spite of our most cherished values – but because of them. What makes us American is not a question of what we look like or what our names are. What makes us American is our shared belief in the enduring promise of this country – and our shared responsibility to leave it more generous and more hopeful than we found it.

        • Religious Leaders Support President Obama’s Stance on Immigration Reform

          Cecilia Muñoz June 26, 2012 02:03 PM EDT

          From Pope Benedict to prominent Protestant pastors, clergy from a variety of faiths are raising their voices on behalf of immigrants and the need to fix the broken system. President Obama has consistently and forcefully called for a comprehensive solution to the immigration challenges we face. In an historic move demonstrating his Administration’s commitment to addressing the broken immigration system, the Department of Homeland Security announced a deferred action process for certain young people on June 15.

          This move was universally praised by leaders in the faith community. From the Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, José Gomez, who “welcomed the announcement by President Obama… and renewed [the Bishop’s] call for bipartisan efforts to enact comprehensive and humane reform to our nation’s broken immigration system,” to Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, who said we should “applaud the President for doing the right thing and encourage Congress to follow up by codifying it into law.”

          Many faithshave a strong history of welcoming newcomers, a tradition that is embedded in the founding values of the United States. We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants – a place for people from all walks of life to come together to pursue common hopes, shared values, and the American Dream. From artists and business owners to faith and civic leaders: the stories of immigrants are woven into the fabric of American history.

          Pope Benedict XVI recently stated, “The Catholic community in the United States continues, with great generosity, to welcome waves of new immigrants, to provide them with pastoral care and charitable assistance, and to support ways of regularizing their situation, especially with regard to the unification of families. A particular sign of this is the long-standing commitment of the American Bishops to immigration reform.”

          Recently a broad cross section of Evangelical leaders endorsed a statement of principles on immigration that tracks closely with what President Obama has outlined in his comprehensive immigration reform blueprint. We welcome the vocal support of the National Association of Evangelicals, Southern Baptist Convention, Focus on the Family, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, World Relief, Sojourners and others. Shortly after their announcement, leaders from these groups met with senior Administration officials at the White House. The week before, the Interfaith Forum on Immigration also held a meeting with White House officials.

          We appreciate the support by the Pope, his fellow Catholic Bishops in the United States, and their Protestant, Jewish and other faith colleagues. We will continue to work with a broad spectrum of faith leaders around the country and the entire growing coalition of leaders urging Congress to pass comprehensive legislative reform.

        • “Protege el Sueño” – Anuncio de Television de Obama for America

          Published on Aug 10, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
          Inscríbete: http://OFA.BO/7pj4d8

          President Obama: “All they want is to go to college and give back to the country they love.”

          Voiceover: “Son conocidos como “los Dreamers” vinieron aquí como niños obedecieron a sus padres estudian para superarse.”

          President Obama: “In the face of a Congress that refuses to do anything on immigration. We announced that we’re lifting the shadow of deportation from deserving young people who were brought to this county as children.”

          “It was the right thing to do.”

          Voiceover: “Protege el sueño.”

          President: “Soy Barack Obama, y apruebo este mensaje.”

      • An in-depth look at Obama’s immigration reprieve

        7/9/12 mercurynews

        * Who’s eligible? Anyone brought to the country illegally before they turned 16 and are 30 or younger; graduated from high school or are in school or in the military; lived here continuously for at least five years; and haven’t committed “significant” crimes.

        * What’s a “significant” crime? Anyone convicted of a felony, three or more misdemeanors or any “significant” misdemeanor is likely to be barred from relief. But what’s a “significant” misdemeanor? No one is certain but many lawyers suspect it will include drug possession, driving under the influence, assault and theft. Also barred are people who present a “public safety threat,” which is not limited to criminal convictions and could include any arrest, gang activity or juvenile offenses. Decisions about who qualifies are under the government’s discretion.

        * What do beneficiaries get? A work permit that can be renewed every two years, and “deferred action,” which means they won’t be deported.

        * What they don’t get: Legal permanent residency or a path to citizenship; access to most federal public benefits.

        * Could a new president reverse the initiative? Yes, but he probably won’t, most lawyers say. It is a “real but very remote risk,” said San Francisco immigration lawyer Mark Silverman. “No one knows the answer to this question, but I think that an incoming Republican administration would conclude that it would be a serious long-term political mistake” to deport young people applying for or granted relief under a previous administration.

        Sources: National Lawyers Guild; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Immigrant Legal Resource Center

      • Oakland City Hall intern’s deportation reprieve could be first of many

        7/13/12 By Matt O’Brien – Oakland Tribune

        A federal immigration agent sifted through Jose Garcia’s paperwork before gruffly telling the shackled 20-year-old he was off the hook, rescued by forces beyond the agent’s control.

        “‘You better thank Obama,’” Garcia, a summer intern in Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s office, said the agent told him. Not long after, Garcia walked free into downtown San Francisco after a sleepless, desperate week in jail.

        Garcia’s sudden freedom Monday from the threat of deportation to Mexico could be a taste of what’s to come for young people like him — or it might be a fluke.

        His reprieve came a month before the Department of Homeland Security’s promised start of a program granting deportation relief and work permits to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. Lawyers believe Garcia is one of the Bay Area’s first to benefit since President Barack Obama announced the directive last month.

        “It’s because of the June 15 policy” that Garcia was freed, said San Francisco lawyer Mark Silverman of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. “Normally it’s ICE’s mandate if they find someone who is deportable,” they try to deport them.

        Garcia is only the second person Silverman knows of — the other in Arizona — to receive such a reprieve.

        The Department of Homeland Security won’t say if or how many illegal immigrants are already being helped by the policy, insisting it won’t be fully implemented until mid-August. Republican lawmakers are accusing the administration of having started two months early, though Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s June 15 memo said the new guidance to immigration agents “takes effect immediately.”

        Garcia’s lawyer, Laura Polstein of Oakland’s Centro Legal de la Raza, has never seen a case like this.

        “What happened to Jose is surprising,” she said. “It’s very atypical for someone to be released without a bond.”

        Immigration agents always had discretion, but “there was probably some more forceful direction from the Obama administration” last month to actually use it, said Bay Area immigration lawyer Randall Caudle. He said he had heard of a handful of similar cases around the country since June 15.

        Garcia crossed into the United States when he was 5 and grew up in Oakland.

        A friend recruited the restaurant worker this summer for an unpaid internship at Oakland City Hall, where he sorts mail and does clerical work.

        For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_21072554/oakland-city-hall-interns-deportation-reprieve-could-be

    • “Muchísimo” – Obama for America anuncia el apoyo

      Published on Aug 2, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Inscríbete: http://OFA.BO/bBGV6c

      Cristina Saralegui:

      “Me da gracia cuando algunos dicen que el Presidente Obama no ha hecho nada.

      ¿De verdad?

      Nos ayudo evitar una depresión económica

      Logro una ley de salud que nos garantiza acceso a cuidado medico

      Mantuvo a un nivel mínimo los intereses de los préstamos universitarios.

      Elimino a Osama bin Laden y retiro nuestras tropas de Irak.

      ¿Entonces, que ha hecho Obama?

      Muchísimo”

      President Obama:

      “Soy Barack Obama y apruebo este mensaje.”

      Cristina Saralegui:

      “Pa’ lante!”

    • Univision: Los latinos, entre más beneficiados por la ley de salud del Presidente Obama

      Published on Mar 23, 2012 by DemocraticVideo
      Algunos beneficios de la ley de salud del Presidente Obama, según Univision:

      – 11 millones de latinos ya no tienen límites de seguros para condiciones crónicas

      – 6 millones de latinos más reciben cuidado preventive sin deducibles o copagos

      – 500 mil latinos más reciben cuidado preventive gratis por Medicare

      – En 2014 habrá otros 9 millones de hispanos que tendrán acceso a cobertura médica

      – Para clínicas locales de salud, la ley de salud del Presidente Obama es ‘invaluable’

    • La Primera Dama Michelle Obama: Estamos Unidos

      Published on Sep 4, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

      Únanse a Latinos for Obama: http://OFA.BO/j2H1cH

      La historia de la comunidad Latina es la historia del sueño americano.

      La Primera Dama Michelle Obama celebró un evento local en Miami, Florida dónde compartió las maneras en las que el Presidente Obama lucha por los latinos y las familias de la clase media. El Presidente y la Primera Dama están trabajando para asegurar que todos aquellos que trabajen duro—sin importar quienes sean o de dónde vienen–puedan construir una vida decente para su familia.

      Después del evento, partidarios compartieron lo que están haciendo para participar en la re-elección del Presidente Obama en noviembre.

      En las palabras de un partidario:
      “Los valores del Presidente concuerdan con familias hispanas, porque él cree en un sistema económico que crece desde la clase media hacia fuera.”

    • Justices refuse Alabama’s immigration law appeal

      4/29/13 By Lawrence Hurley | Reuters – 24 mins ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed the state of Alabama, and gave a win to the Obama administration, by declining to review a lower court ruling that had blocked a controversial part of the state’s tough immigration law.

      Alabama had asked the high court to review an appeals court decision to stop enforcement of the ‘harboring’ provision that made it illegal to harbor or transport anyone in the state who had entered the country illegally.

      The appeals court had acted in 2012 at the Obama administration’s request.

      The White House had said that Alabama’s law was trumped by federal immigration law.

      The Alabama law, enacted in 2011, is considered one of the toughest state immigration statutes in the nation. The law also made it illegal to encourage people to either enter or stay in the country in violation of federal immigration laws.

      The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in two separate decisions, upheld injunctions against the harboring provision and other parts of the law in August 2012.

      A brief order issued by the court on Monday said Justice Antonin Scalia disagreed with the decision not to hear the case.

      The Obama administration has challenged other provisions of the Alabama law, but they were not at issue in the case before the high court.

      In 2012, the justices partially upheld a similar wide-ranging law enacted in Arizona.

      Arizona and eight other states have similar laws. Laws in Georgia and South Carolina are also being challenged in court.

      The case is Alabama v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 12-884.

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      House Republicans Reject Obama’s Policy On Immigrant Teens

      JUNE 6, 2013, 12:48 PM ANDREW TAYLOR – tpm

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama’s policy to end deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the United States as children.

      The 224-201 vote broke along party lines and comes as Congress is working on overhauling the much-criticized U.S. immigration system. The measure came as the House completed action on the Department of Homeland Security spending bill.

      Obama announced a program in June 2012 that puts off deportation for many people brought here as children. Applicants for the reprieve must have arrived before they turned 16, be younger than 31 now, be high school graduates or in school, or have served in the military. They can’t have a serious criminal record.

      One of the most widely-backed elements of immigration reform, known as the DREAM Act, would award these immigrants legal status.

      Obama’s program, done by executive action, doesn’t give such immigrants legal status but it at least protects them from deportation for two years.

      For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/house-gop-immigration-dream-act.php?ref=fpb

      • June 06, 2013

        Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Passage of Congressman Steve King’s Amendment

        As the Senate prepares to debate bipartisan commonsense immigration reform next week, House Republicans chose to spend today passing an extreme amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers.” These are productive members of society who were brought here as young children, grew up in our communities, and became American in every way but on paper. This amendment, sponsored by Representative Steve King, runs contrary to our most deeply-held values as Americans. It asks law enforcement to treat these Dreamers the same way as they would violent criminals. It’s wrong. It’s not who we are. And it will not become law.

  3. Obama to speak on immigration reform: White House

    5/6/11 AFP

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama will deliver a speech next week on immigration reform in El Paso, Texas, across the Mexican border from violence-wracked Ciudad Juarez, his office said Friday.

    The White House announced the speech scheduled for Tuesday on its Twitter account, and invited the public “to share thoughts now, during, after.”

    Obama has recently revived his goal of achieving comprehensive immigration reform, opening a path to legalization for the estimated 11 million foreign nationals living in the country illegally, most of them Hispanics.

    Obama failed to make progress on immigration reform when both chambers of Congress were controlled by Democrats.

    The prospects of success now, at a time when he is embarking on his campaign for reelection in 2012, have been complicated with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives that favors tougher border security.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110506/pl_afp/uspoliticsimmigration_20110506151512

    • May 10, 2011

      Background on the President’s Trip to El Paso, Texas

      WASHINGTON – On Tuesday the President will deliver a speech at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas on the importance of fixing the broken immigration system for our nation’s 21st century economic and security needs so that America can win the future. The President will also discuss how Americans can work together to foster a constructive national conversation on this important issue as we work to build a bipartisan consensus in Congress.

      Prior to the speech, President Obama will tour the cargo facility at the Bridge of the Americas Port of Entry, the largest of four crossings that comprise the El Paso Port of Entry. The Bridge of the Americas processes inbound and outbound commercial, private vehicle, bus, and pedestrian traffic. Of the half a billion inspections conducted annually at 327 ports of entry across the nation, approximately ten percent will enter through the El Paso Port of Entry.

      Background
      In recent weeks the President has met with and heard from leaders and stakeholders from diverse sectors including faith, business, law enforcement officials, current and former elected officials and others about the need to fix the broken immigration system, and why it matters to the American economy and will allow us to better use our national security and law enforcement resources. The President wants to have a civil and constructive debate on this issue.

      The United States has been enriched by a steady stream of hardworking and talented people who have helped make America an engine of the global economy and a beacon of hope around the world. As we work to rebuild the economy, our ability to thrive depends, in part, on restoring responsibility and accountability to the immigration system. President Obama believes Democrats and Republicans should come together to tackle an issue that is critical not only to our national security but also to the economy and our global competiveness. In his recent meetings, the President has made clear he will continue to lead on this issue, but has asked these leaders to take a public and active role in elevating the immigration debate.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/10/background-presidents-trip-el-paso-texas

    • The President’s Blueprint for Building a 21st Century Immigration System

      Posted by Melody Barnes on May 10, 2011

      Today, the President travels to El Paso, Texas – a historic, thriving and diverse border community – to discuss his commitment to fixing our broken immigration system and the importance of building a new one for the 21st century. He believes we need to reform our immigration laws so that they address our economic and security needs while also honoring our history as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws.

      Over the last several weeks, the President has met with and heard from leaders and stakeholders from a variety of sectors, including faith, business and law enforcement officials, as well as current and former elected officials and others. Like many Americans, these leaders know that the generations of immigrants who have braved hardship and great risk to reach our shores have made America what it is today – a strong and prosperous nation, engine of the global economy and a beacon of hope around the world.

      We have already made significant progress securing the borders, enforcing the law, and improving the legal immigration system. Over the last two years, the Obama Administration has dedicated unprecedented resources to these efforts. There are more boots on the ground on the Southwest border than at any time in our history. The buildup began under the previous administration, and has continued. We have also tripled the number of intelligence analysts, deployed unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles, and nearly completed the fence that was demanded back in 2007. These efforts have helped to make our country more secure. But we cannot solve the problems of our broken immigration system through enforcement alone.

      Unscrupulous businesses have to be held accountable, and cannot continue to exploit undocumented workers, undermining American workers and those businesses who want to play by the rules. Those that are here illegally have a responsibility too. They must register and get right with the law, pay their respective taxes and fines, learn English and submit to background checks before they can get in line to apply for a legal status. Finally, we need to make changes to our immigration system so that it better meets our diverse needs.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/10/president-s-blueprint-building-21st-century-immigration-system

    • Immigration Update: Maximizing Public Safety and Better Focusing Resources

      Posted by Cecilia Muñoz on August 18, 2011

      President Obama is deeply committed to fixing our immigration laws and has been aggressively searching for partners in Congress who are willing to work with him to pass a new law. As he focuses on building a new 21st century immigration system that meets our nation’s economic and security needs, the President has a responsibility to enforce the existing laws in a smart and effective manner. This means making decisions that best focus the resources that Congress gives the Executive Branch to do this work. There are more than 10 million people who are in the U.S. illegally; it’s clear that we can’t deport such a large number. So the Administration has developed a strategy to make sure we use those resources in a way that puts public safety and national security first. If you were running a law enforcement agency anywhere in the world, you would target those who pose the greatest harm before those who do not. Our immigration enforcement work is focused the same way.

      Under the President’s direction, for the first time ever the Department of Homeland Security has prioritized the removal of people who have been convicted of crimes in the United States. And they have succeeded; in 2010 DHS removed 79,000 more people who had been convicted of a crime compared to 2008. Today, they announced that they are strengthening their ability to target criminals even further by making sure they are not focusing our resources on deporting people who are low priorities for deportation. This includes individuals such as young people who were brought to this country as small children, and who know no other home. It also includes individuals such as military veterans and the spouses of active-duty military personnel. It makes no sense to spend our enforcement resources on these low-priority cases when they could be used with more impact on others, including individuals who have been convicted of serious crimes.

      For the entire article:http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/18/immigration-update-maximizing-public-safety-and-better-focusing-resources

      • New U.S. Deportation Policy Spares Some

        8/25/11 by TED ROBBINS – NPR

        Immigrants and their lawyers are beginning to see the effects of the White House policy announced last week that downgrades some deportation cases.

        The Department of Homeland Security says it hasn’t officially begun to prioritize all 300,000 cases before the nation’s immigration courts, but prosecutors are definitely employing newfound discretion.

        Judy Flanagan got a call this week — a call she has never gotten before in many years as an immigration lawyer. It was a prosecutor from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Phoenix, suggesting that a college student Flanagan represents ought to ask for her deportation case to be dismissed.

        “That never happens,” she said. “I’ve asked for prosecutorial discretion in the past, too, for other students, and that didn’t work out too well. They said no.”

        This time she didn’t even have to ask. The prosecutor apparently looked at the file and thought the student qualified under the new guidelines. The goal is to prosecute more people convicted of crimes, or back in the U.S. after having already been deported, and to ease off people like 22-year-old Ileana Salinas, Flanagan’s client.

        For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/25/139931008/new-u-s-deportation-policy-spares-some

  4. GOP WRONG WAY

    Mitt Romney Vows to Veto Dream Act if President

    Dec 31, 2011 9:14pm By Emily Friedman – abcnews

    IOUX CITY, Iowa – Mitt Romney explicitly stated today that if he is elected president he would veto the Dream Act, legislation that would give permanent residency to some illegal immigrants who met certain criteria, such as having proof that they entered the country before age 16 or having a graduated from a U.S. high school.

    “The answer is yes,” said Romney, when asked if he’d veto the proposed legislation during a campaign stop at The Family Table restaurant in Le Mars, Iowa, Saturday afternoon.

    Romney, who has said before that he opposed the Dream Act, said tonight that he does not oppose at least one of the provisions in the Dream Act that would allow servicemen and woman to gain permanent residency.

    “I am delighted with the idea that people who come to this country and wish to serve in the military can be given a path to become permanent residents in this country,” he explained. “Those who serve in our military and fulfill those requirements I respect and acknowledge that path.”
    A Romney aide said that the former Massachusetts’ Governor opposes parts of the Dream Act that give a path to legalization to those who meet certain education achievements or portions of the legislation that would provide in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

    “For those that come here illegally the idea of giving them in state tuition credits or other special benefits I find to be the contrary to the idea of the nation of law,” Romney said during his remarks in Le Mars.

    “If I’m the president of the United States I want to end illegal immigration so we can protect legal immigration. I like legal immigration,” he added.

    Following Romney’s remarks, the Democratic National Committee’s Senior Adviser for Hispanic Affairs, Juan Sepulveda, said in a statement, “If there had been doubt in anyone’s mind-least of all, Hispanics in America, that Mitt Romney’s far-right views on immigration would make him the most extreme presidential nominee in recent memory, his statement today that he would veto the DREAM Act if he were president is appalling.”

    David Axelrod, President Obama’s campaign adviser, followed up with a tweet calling Romney’s comments “wrong on principle & politics.”

    Source; http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/mitt-romney-vows-to-veto-dream-act-if-president/

    • Romney makes Pete Wilson his honorary California chairman

      2/7/12 By Josh Richman – bayareanewsgroup

      Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday announced the endorsement of former California Gov. Pete Wilson, and named him the Romney campaign’s honorary California chairman — a choice that might not sit well with Latino voters.

      “I’m honored to have Governor Pete Wilson‘s support, because he’s one of California’s most accomplished leaders. As governor of California from 1991 to 1999, he led California from the depths of recession to prosperous economic recovery,” Romney said in a news release.

      “Taking office with an inherited revenue gap of over $14 million, he left his successor a surplus of over $12.5 million,” Romney continued. “Pete persuaded Democratic Legislative majorities to enact dramatic tax and regulatory relief especially helpful to small businesses.”

      But some believe making Wilson the campaign’s honorary chair might alienate California Latino voters still embittered by Wilson’s support of Proposition 187 of 1994, which sought to create a state-run citizenship screening system and bar undocumented immigrants from using health care, public education and other social services.

      Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said Romney “is getting really bad campaign advice.”

      “Anybody on the ground in California who was hoping to peel away Latino voters in a general election wouldn’t put Pete Wilson front and center,” Vargas said. “To me it’s baffling.

      Meg Whitman learned what a mistake that was for her to do the same in 2010 when she ran for governor — it certainly didn’t work for her.”

      For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/presidentelect/ci_19906056?IADID

    • Kris Kobach Attends Mitt Romney Fundraiser

      5/11/2012 By Elise Foley – The Huffington Post

      Immigration hawk and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach attended a fundraising appearance by Mitt Romney Thursday, according to a pool report of the event from the Kansas City Star.

      Kobach is the author of Arizona’s contested immigration law, S.B. 1070, and is considered a leader in the anti-unauthorized immigration movement. He also says he is an informal adviser to the Romney campaign on immigration — some of Romney’s statements mirror Kobach’s views — a phrase the campaign backed away from in April.

      The campaign told Politico at the time that Kobach was a “supporter,” not an “adviser.” When the press continued to ask about his role, Kobach insisted nothing had changed and that he still gave advice to the Romney campaign.

      It’s not clear what prompted the confusion over Kobach’s role, but it came at a time when Romney was beginning to shift toward campaigning for the general election, when far-right stances on immigration are less likely to sway voters in his direction.

      Although the campaign says it has been consistent on immigration, Romney has noticeably de-emphasized his stance on the matter — he told a Colorado reporter this week that he wanted to talk about “issues of significance” when asked about immigration and social issues — as the general election approaches.

      An official at the Republican National Committee said on Tuesday that Romney is still deciding his immigration stance for the general election. She later said that she had mispoken. The campaign and the RNC responded that Romney’s positions on immigration are clear.

      Still, associating with Kobach could be damaging to Romney politically as he attempts to attract Latino voters, a majority of whom oppose S.B. 1070.

    • Rick Perry Booed While Talking About Latino Outreach

      MARCH 14, 2013 BENJY SARLIN 3:52 PM EDT- tpm

      CPAC has seen a host of pro-immigration speakers Thursday, but Rick Perry apparently was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the audience.

      “Now, the popular media narrative — is that this country has shifted away from conservative ideals, as evidenced by the last two presidential elections,” Perry said. “That is what they say. That might be true if Republicans had actually nominated conservative candidates in 2008 and 2012. That might be true. But now we are told our party must shift appeal to the growing Hispanic demographic.”

      At “growing Hispanic demographic” Perry was greeted with an instant smattering of boos. But the crowd came around as he went on to suggest that an economic message, not immigration, was what was needed to win over Hispanic voters.

  5. Today’s Health Care Court Cases

    Posted by Stephanie Cutter on May 10, 2011

    Today, judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Virginia will hear arguments in two cases challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. In the first case – Liberty University v. Geithner – a district judge previously found that the law was constitutional. In the second case – Commonwealth of Virginia v. Kathleen Sebelius – a different district judge issued a very narrow ruling on the constitutionality of the health reform law’s “individual responsibility” provision but upheld the rest of the law. Both cases are today being argued on appeal.

    We’re confident that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Already, two additional judges have found the law to be constitutional. And the facts are on our side.

    * Those who claim that the “individual responsibility” provision exceeds Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce because it penalizes “inactivity” are simply wrong. Individuals who choose to go without health insurance are actively making an economic decision that affects all of us.

    * A new report released today from the Department of Health and Human Services makes clear that those without insurance struggle to pay for health care. According to the report, uninsured people cannot pay the full cost of 88 percent of their hospital bills. Even the uninsured with the greatest income and assets cannot fully pay for half of their hospital bills.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/10/today-s-health-care-court-cases

  6. May 09, 2011

    Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate, 5/9/2011

    NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

    Michael H. Corbin, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Arab Emirates.

    Laura A. Cordero, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation for a term expiring December 15, 2015, vice Juanita Alicia Vasquez-Gardner, term expired.

    Jeffrey DeLaurentis, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador.

    Jeffrey DeLaurentis, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations.

    Stephen A. Higginson, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, vice Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., retired.

    Jeanine E. Jackson, of Wyoming, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Malawi.

    Barbara K. McQuiston, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense. (New Position)

    William H. Moser, of North Carolina, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Moldova.

    Matthew H. Tueller, of Utah, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the State of Kuwait.

    WITHDRAWAL SENT TO THE SENATE:

    Paul M. Tiao, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Department of Labor, vice Gordon S. Heddell, resigned, which was sent to the Senate on January 26, 2011.

    • US Senate’s Libya resolution ‘in limbo’: Kerry

      5/10/11 AFP

      WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Senator John Kerry indicated Tuesday that he and other backers of NATO-led strikes against Libya were unlikely to seek a vote on a resolution formally authorizing the US role in that military operation.
      “The original resolution is in limbo at this point,” said Kerry, who in late March partnered with like-minded lawmakers to craft such a measure in case it were needed to satisfy a requirement of a US law governing the use of force overseas.

      Some lawmakers have charged that US President Barack Obama overstepped his constitutional bounds by ordering US strikes against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s forces acting before securing formal approval from Congress.

      But “the US has turned it (the operation) over to NATO” and “we’re not engaged in any kind of active hostilities,” said Kerry, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

      The US Constitution reserves to congress the right to declare war, though US presidents have often deployed forces without first getting lawmakers’ explicit say-so, despite a 1973 law that aimed to curtail their ability to do so.

      The War Powers Act allows the president to use force in response to an attack on the United States, its territories, or its armed forces, but requires that congress be notified within 48 hours.

      It also says US troops must start to withdraw within 60 days unless specifically authorized to remain by lawmakers.

      With that date set to fall on May 20, Kerry said a resolution to give the congressional green light was no longer “a very heated question” among his colleagues.

      For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110510/pl_afp/libyaconflictuspoliticscongress_20110510175608

    • Coalition, Afghans Get Inputs Right in Taliban Fight

      May 10, 2011 By Jim Garamone – American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON, – Despite their propaganda, the Taliban have not launched a spring offensive in eastern Afghanistan, the commander of International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command East said today.

      Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, who also commands the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, spoke with Pentagon reporters via video teleconference from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, as he prepares to turn over command of the region to Army Maj. Gen. Dan Allyn, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, next week.

      Campbell said the operations tempo remained high over the winter as coalition and Afghan forces placed tremendous pressure on the Taliban and allied forces.

      “We’ve stayed after it,” he said, noting that the amount of enemy munitions and homemade bombs taken off the battlefield was double what it was over the same period last year.

      “And we really think we’ve changed the dynamics of the battlefield by doing that,” he added, “as the insurgents have tried to come back and do their own spring campaign.”
      The Taliban said in late April that they were launching a spring offensive and that they would be taking on the coalition and their Afghan brothers.

      “We have not really seen an uptick in Regional Command East on attacks,” Campbell said. “For about the 30 days prior to 1 May, the number of insurgent-initiated attacks was between 25 to 30 per month. And that number after 1 May has continued to be the same.”

      The Taliban also said they would protect the Afghan people, but one of their first acts was to put a suicide vest on a 12-year-old boy who detonated it in a bazaar, killing seven women and children and wounding 34 other innocent Afghans, he said.

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63892

    • NATO uncertain whether Libya’s Khadafy is alive or dead

      5/10/11 NYpost

      TRIPOLI, Libya — NATO said Tuesday that it did not know if Moammar Khadafy was alive or dead but insisted one of its heaviest nights of bombardments was not aimed at killing the Libyan despot.

      “All NATO targets are military targets, which means that the targets we have been hitting, and it happened also last [Monday] night in Tripoli, are command and control bunkers,” Brigadier General Claudio Gabellini was quoted as saying by AFP. “NATO is not targeting individuals.”

      Asked whether Khadafy was still alive, the Italian said, “We don’t have any evidence. We don’t know what Khadafy is doing right now. To tell you the truth, we are not really interested in what he’s doing. Our mandate is to protect civilians from attacks or from the threats of attacks, so we are not looking after individuals.”

      There were no reports of fatalities in two government buildings that were attacked, but doctors said two blasts shattered windows in a hospital near one of the targets, injuring a six-year-old boy, The Wall Street Journal reported.

      The bombardment came hours after NATO leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned that time was running out for the Libyan leader, who he said “should realize sooner rather than later that there’s no future for him or his regime.”
      NATO officials, who began the campaign in March, stepped up in recent weeks the pace of air strikes in Tripoli on what they described as the regime’s military command and communications centers.

      Read more: There were no reports of fatalities in two government buildings that were attacked, but doctors said two blasts shattered windows in a hospital near one of the targets, injuring a six-year-old boy, The Wall Street Journal reported.
      The bombardment came hours after NATO leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned that time was running out for the Libyan leader, who he said “should realize sooner rather than later that there’s no future for him or his regime.”
      NATO officials, who began the campaign in March, stepped up in recent weeks the pace of air strikes in Tripoli on what they described as the regime’s military command and communications centers.

      Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/nato_uncertain_whether_khadafy_is_HwnyCG58vTaNK1J6PoonqL#ixzz1Lz0nNRem

  7. Leaders Discuss Afghanistan Redeployment Challenges

    5/10/11 By Karen Parrish -American Forces Press Service

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan, May 10, 2011 – Task Force Currahee, composed primarily of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, will return to Fort Campbell, Ky., in the coming months.

    During a May 6 redeployment-focused conference here that brought together the brigade’s seven religious support teams — each consisting of a chaplain and chaplain assistant — the brigade’s commander and command sergeant major outlined the challenges they expect as the troops move home and cope with their deployment’s aftermath.

    Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, brigade and task force commander, said the biggest challenge is ensuring all 4,200-plus soldiers get any help they need.

    For members of an airborne infantry unit, it isn’t easy seeking help for post-combat stress or for personal or domestic issues, the colonel said.

    “Type-A personalities, 6-foot-2 and bulletproof — most Currahees put themselves in that category,” he said. “We’ve got to break through that.”

    Responsibility for seeking needed care rests on the individual soldier, Jenkins said, but leaders at all levels have to ensure their soldiers know there is no stigma attached to asking for help and that they know what help is available.

    For 90 to 120 days after returning to Fort Campbell, the colonel said, soldiers can expect a tough period of adjustment. His plan is to educate leaders down to the squad and team level about how best to help their soldiers make that adjustment.
    As the deployed soldiers return, new troops and their families will be arriving, Jenkins said, noting up to 1,400 new Currahees will begin assignments at 4th Brigade over the next several months.

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63882

  8. Helping Small Businesses in the Supply Chain as they Grow and Create Jobs

    Posted by Karen Mills on May 10, 2011

    Today, I’m traveling with the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in Dayton, Ohio. We are at a small company called Hooven-Dayton that prints the labels for products like Tide and Mr. Clean. Our purpose is to hear from the executives of small companies like these, which are often referred to as “suppliers” because most of their products and services are sold to larger companies.

    Why is this important?

    A recent study showed that after a small supplier lands a big purchase order or a contract from a bigger company, the small company’s revenues go up 250% and they create about 150% more jobs in just two or three years. Therefore, at this critical time in our economic recovery, the small businesses in these supply chains are an important area for us to focus and build on.

    So, throughout the day, we’re talking with small suppliers themselves about how to make America’s supply chains as dynamic and innovative as possible. I’m sure that we will talk about a range of issues, from access to capital, to creating new partnerships, to exporting, and more. These are areas where the SBA and our federal partners – as well as an increasing number of large U.S. firms – offer important tools that can help suppliers grow and create jobs.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/10/helping-small-businesses-supply-chain-they-grow-and-create-jobs

  9. March wholesale inventories rise, sales surge

    5/10/11 Pedro Nicolaci da Costa – Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. wholesale inventories climbed in March as businesses saw a sharp increase in sales, suggesting parts of the economy are growing firmly, according to Commerce Department data released on Tuesday.
    Inventories rose 1.1 percent in the last month of the first quarter, slightly above economists’ forecasts. But sales jumped 2.9 percent, more than double the median projection in a Reuters poll.

    At $392.01 billion, sales were at their highest since June 2008, just as the U.S. credit crisis was morphing into a broader phenomenon that pushed the world into recession.

    The sales to inventory ratio, which offers some hints of the state of demand, fell to 1.13, matching June 2008 lows. The U.S. economy expanded just 1.8 percent in the first quarter, but is expected to grow around 3 percent for 2011 as a whole.

  10. Waiting For Superman? GOP Searching For 2012’s ‘Plan B’ Candidate (The Note)

    May 09, 2011 MICHAEL FALCONE and AMY WALTER- abcnews

    If there’s one thing we know about Republican activists, donors and rank and file voters it’s this: they aren’t compelled by the current field of not-yet-official GOP presidential candidates and they’re looking for alternatives.

    Even House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who skipped watching Thursday’s South Carolina debate and instead dined at a Washington, DC steakhouse, said he thinks “there’s more time for people to get in.”

    And, as if we needed another indicator that the GOP is not altogether persuaded by their 2012 choices, The New York Times reported over the weekend that many of the party’s major donors are staying on the sidelines.

    “A result is the chicken-egg dynamic that is delaying the party’s urgent need to begin raising money to defeat an incumbent president whose fund-raising goals are as high as $1 billion,” wrote The Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg.

    “Potential candidates have been slow to get into the race without the assurance that they can raise the money necessary for a credible campaign, while donors are waiting to see how the field develops before making decisions.” http://nyti.ms/leAfwe

    For the entire article: http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/05/waiting-for-superman-gop-searching-for-2012s-plan-b-candidate-the-note.html

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      Daniels
      Mitchell Elias “Mitch” Daniels, Jr., was the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush.In January 2001, Daniels accepted President George W. Bush’s invitation to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He served as Director from January 2001 through June 2003. In this role he was also a member of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.

      During his time as the director of the OMB, Bush referred to him as “the Blade,” for his noted acumen at budget cutting. The $2.13 trillion budget Daniels submitted to Congress in 2001 would have made deep cuts in many agencies to accommodate the tax cuts being made, but few of the spending cuts were actually approved by Congress. During Daniels’ 29-month tenure in the position, the projected federal budget surplus of $236 billion declined to a $400 billion deficit, due an economic downturn, and failure to enact spending cuts to offset the tax reductions.
      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Daniels

      Gingrich
      Gingrich has been married three times. In 1962, he married Jackie Battley, his former high school geometry teacher, when he was 19 years old and she was 26. In the spring of 1980, Gingrich left Battley after having an affair with Marianne Ginther. News reports have often mentioned that Gingrich visited Battley while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery to discuss the details of their divorce.

      However, Gingrich has disputed the account as has his daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, who has written that it was her mother who requested the divorce, that it happened prior to the hospital stay (which was for the removal of a benign tumor, not cancer), and that Gingrich’s visit was for the purpose of bringing his children to see their mother, not to discuss the divorce.

      Gingrich has two daughters from his first marriage. Kathy Gingrich Lubbers is president of Gingrich Communications,[107] and Jackie Gingrich Cushman is an author, whose books include 5 Principles for a Successful Life, co-authored with Newt Gingrich.

      Six months after the divorce from Battley was final, Gingrich wed Marianne Ginther in 1981.

      In the mid-1990s, Gingrich began an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek, who is 23 years his junior. They continued their affair during the Lewinsky scandal, when Gingrich was a leader of the Republican investigation of President Clinton for perjury in connection with his alleged affairs with Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky. In 2000, Gingrich married Bisek shortly after his divorce from second wife Ginther. He and Callista currently live in McLean, Virginia.
      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newt_Gingrich

      Huntsman
      Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. serve as the United States Ambassador to China on May 16, 2009, noting his experience in the region and proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. His nomination was formally delivered to the Senate on July 6, 2009. Huntsman appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 23, 2009, which favorably reported his nomination to the full Senate on August 4, 2009. On August 7, 2009, the Senate unanimously confirmed Huntsman. Huntsman resigned as Governor of Utah and was sworn in as Ambassador to China on August 11, 2009.

      Huntsman arrived in Beijing on August 21, 2009 to begin his assignment and he delivered his first press conference on August 22 after a meeting with Commerce Minister Chen Deming. He submitted his letter of resignation for his post as Ambassador of China on 2 February 2011, which he will step down from on April 30, 2011, fueling speculation that he would run for office in the 2012 General Election.

      On February 5, 2011, The Associated Press reported that Jon Huntsman was the target of China’s internet policing in the wake of the 2010–2011 Middle East and North Africa protests, otherwise known as the “Jasmine Revolution” A US-based Chinese-language news website called Boxun initiated the call for a “Chinese version of the Jasmine Revolution,” including the same intended location for protests in Beijing where Jon Huntsman was captured on video which showed him walking into a crowded square where he was then confronted by an unidentified man who asked him “Hi, Ambassador, what are you doing here?”, to which Ambassador Huntsman replied “I’m just here to look around”, after which the unidentified man then asked “do you want to see chaos in China?”, to which Jon Huntsman appears to answer “no”, and proceeded to walk away with what appears to be his small entourage of at least one woman and two men, after the unidentified man started calling attention to the Ambassador’s presence.According to US Embassy spokesman Richard Buangan, Jon Huntsman strolled privately with his family, coincidentally at the protest venue in Beijing and “realized what was going on and immediately left”. Other US news sources also explain that Jon Huntsman and his family strolled through coincidentally at the protest venue in Beijing among 200 Chinese strollers. This Sunday walk became known as ‘The Huntsman Walk’, an expression first used by the ‘New Yorker’.
      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Huntsman

      “The reason I will never, ever support Jon Huntman is simple: While serving as the United States ambassador to China, our greatest strategic adversary, Jon Huntsman began plotting to run against the president of the United States. This calls into question his loyalty not just to the president of the United States, but also his loyalty to his country over his own naked ambition,” said Erick Erickson, the conservative commentator who often appears on CNN. Writing on the blog RedState.
      Source: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-huntsman-rocks-20110509,0,801516.story?track=rss

      Romney
      Immediately following the March 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Romney attacked the landmark legislation as “an unconscionable abuse of power” and said the act should be repealed.[214] The hostile attention it held among Republicans created a potential problem for the former governor, since the new federal law was in many ways similar to the Massachusetts health care reform passed during Romney’s term; as one Associated Press article stated, “Obamacare … looks a lot like Romneycare.”
      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      Mitt Romney: Extreme on immigration

      November 23, 2011 Posted by Elizabeth Chan – democrats.org

      In last night’s Republican presidential debate, Romney went to the far right of every other candidate, refusing to agree with others on the stage that tearing apart families is wrong or that we shouldn’t implement an extreme and inhumane immigration policy.

      That makes him the most extreme, right-wing presidential candidate on the issue of immigration—ever.

      ———

      Mitt Romney on Immigration: Dishonest. To the Extreme.

      Uploaded by DemRapidResponse on Nov 22, 2011

      DNC VIDEO: “Mitt Romney: Dishonest and Extreme on Immigration”

      • GOP WRONG WAY

        DNC Statement on Mitt Romney Saying He Would Veto the DREAM Act If President

        Posted by DNC Press on Saturday, December 31, 2011

        After Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said today at a campaign stop in Iowa that he would veto the DREAM Act if it passed and he were president, the DNC’s Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs, Juan Sepúlveda, released the following statement:

        “If there had been doubt in anyone’s mind—least of all, Hispanics in America, that Mitt Romney’s far-right views on immigration would make him the most extreme presidential nominee in recent memory, his statement today that he would veto the DREAM Act if he were president is appalling. This piece of legislation has been supported by members of both parties. It is something that Americans can get behind, and it is in line with the spirit of inclusion and diversity of our country that has made our nation great. But Mitt Romney has shown once again that he is out of touch and far to the right of even members of his own party, and that he would not represent the best interest of middle class Americans, those still trying to reach the middle class, and Hispanics in the country. This is in direct contrast to President Obama who strongly supports opening the American Dream for hard-working, patriotic young people who are leaders in their communities today and who are looking for an opportunity to attend college or serve our country in the military, but who can’t, through no fault of their own.”

        Source: http://www.democrats.org/news/press/3691

        • Apoyando Nuestros Suenos

          Uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on Feb 23, 2012

          Únete a la lucha: https://my.barackobama.com/suenosvid

          El Presidente cree firmemente en la noción que, en Estados Unidos, si trabajas duro debes de poder salir adelante. Pero muchos de nuestros jóvenes no tienen esa oportunidad.

          Mitt Romney promete vetar la Ley DREAM y la califica como “limosna,” pero los miles de estudiantes indocumentados que podrían ganarse la ciudadanía gracias a la Ley DREAM no buscan cosas gratuitas, sólo quieren una oportunidad para contribuir al único hogar que conocen.

          El Presidente Obama sabe que en este país, el trabajo se debe de premiar. El respalda plenamente la ley DREAM, y luchará hasta que se apruebe. Únete a la lucha: https://my.barackobama.com/suenosvid

      • GOP WRONG WAY

        Romney makes Pete Wilson his honorary California chairman

        2/7/12 By Josh Richman – bayareanewsgroup

        Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday announced the endorsement of former California Gov. Pete Wilson, and named him the Romney campaign’s honorary California chairman — a choice that might not sit well with Latino voters.

        “I’m honored to have Governor Pete Wilson‘s support, because he’s one of California’s most accomplished leaders. As governor of California from 1991 to 1999, he led California from the depths of recession to prosperous economic recovery,” Romney said in a news release.

        “Taking office with an inherited revenue gap of over $14 million, he left his successor a surplus of over $12.5 million,” Romney continued. “Pete persuaded Democratic Legislative majorities to enact dramatic tax and regulatory relief especially helpful to small businesses.”

        But some believe making Wilson the campaign’s honorary chair might alienate California Latino voters still embittered by Wilson’s support of Proposition 187 of 1994, which sought to create a state-run citizenship screening system and bar undocumented immigrants from using health care, public education and other social services.

        Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said Romney “is getting really bad campaign advice.”

        “Anybody on the ground in California who was hoping to peel away Latino voters in a general election wouldn’t put Pete Wilson front and center,” Vargas said. “To me it’s baffling.

        Meg Whitman learned what a mistake that was for her to do the same in 2010 when she ran for governor — it certainly didn’t work for her.”

        For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/presidentelect/ci_19906056?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

      • Las Dos Caras de Mitt Romney / The Two Faces of Mitt Romney

        Uploaded by prioritiesUSAaction on Jan 31, 2012

        ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

        Mitt Romney has no shame. He shows one face to the Hispanic community and another completely different one to everyone else.

        On the one hand, Romney is a multimillionaire who pays an unfairly low tax rate. But on the other hand, he accuses the hard working immigrants who come to this country of being opportunistic, declaring (at a town hall meeting) that they’re just here looking for handouts.

        (Romney soundbite)

        “A lot of people just come here that have no skill, no education, and are looking for a free deal.”

        Romney says he cares about our children, but time and time again he promises to veto the DREAM Act that would open educational opportunity for young Hispanics.

        His Spanish-language ads say Romney “believes in us,” but his deeds speak for themselves.

        Let’s not be fooled. He might have two faces, but we know all too well who the true Mitt Romney is.

        Priorities USA Action paid for and is responsible for the content of this ad. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Priorities USA action dot org.

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      GOP Candidates Court Hispanic Voters

      January 28, 2012 NPR

      Summary: Republican candidates’ efforts to win Hispanic voters have intensified in advance of the Florida primary, airing ads in Spanish and contending over immigration. Host Scott Simon speaks with Maria Elena Salinas, co-host of Noticiero Univision, about Hispanic voters’ role in the Republican primary and the upcoming presidential election.

      “Just a few weeks ago it seems like the Republican candidates were trying to out do each other to see which one was more anti-immigrant now they are going the other way and saying which one is less anti-immigrant”

      Maria Elena Salinas, co-host of Noticiero Univision – 1/28/12 on NPR

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/01/28/146024081/gop-candidates-court-hispanic-voters

      • Villaraigosa LA mayor says Rubio’s DREAM Act would create a ‘second class’

        4/29/12 By Brendan Sasso – TheHill

        Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) said on Sunday that an immigration proposal from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) would create a “second class status” of people in the United States.

        “I would support the president’s version of the DREAM Act,” Villaraigosa said, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I think that Sen. Rubio’s version of the Dream Act would create a second class status for folks.”

        But Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic convention this summer, added that the country “should engage in a conversation and a debate” about the issue.

        The Democratic version of the DREAM Act immigration reform plan would create a path to citizenship for some students who were brought into the country illegally as children. The bill failed to attract enough Republican support to clear the Senate in late 2010.

        Rubio’s alternative, which he has yet to formally introduce, would give students legal status through non-immigrant visas, but not citizenship.

        For the entire article: http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/224423-la-mayor-rubio-dream-act-would-create-second-class-americans

    • Latino Mormons speaking out against Romney

      2/20/12 By RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Associated Press – 5 hrs ago

      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard converted to the Mormon Faith 20 years ago, she said it was like “coming home.”

      The Catholic-educated Packard, who grew up in “the middle of Mayan ruins,” appreciated the faith’s strong sense of family and conservative values. She also saw her own history in the Book of Mormon with stories of migrations, tragedies and triumphs of a people many Mormons believe are the ancestors of some present-day Latinos.

      But two decades after her conversion while a college student at Mississippi State, the 43-year-old Packard finds herself on a new mission: defeating Mitt Romney and any Mormon politician who betrays what she sees as a basic Mormon principle of protecting immigrants.

      As Romney continues to seek the Republican presidential nomination while rarely discussing his faith, a growing number of vocal Hispanic Mormons say they intend to use Mormon teachings as a reason to convince others not to vote for him. They have held firesides (equivalent to a tent revival) on immigration, protested outside of Romney campaign events and have traveled across state lines to help defeat other Mormon politicians with similar harsh immigration stances.

      “Yes, we are happy that we have a Mormon running for president,” said Packard, a Saratoga Springs, Utah, resident and member of Somos (We are) Republicans. “But a lot of us aren’t supporting him because of his stance against immigrants.”

      While stressing the Mormon faith’s historic connection to converting immigrants, Latino Mormons point directly to immigration stories in the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ recent statements against policies targeting immigrants. They also view Romney’s stance against proposals giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship as hypocritical since Romney’s great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, who had five wives and 30 children, sought refuge in Mexico after passage of an 1882 law that barred polygamy.

      For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/latino-mormons-speaking-against-romney-081631712.html

  11. U.S. warns Broadway theaters on security threats

    5/10/11 Daniel Trotta – Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators have told Broadway theaters to update their emergency plans, a reminder that the aging buildings near New York’s Times Square may need to evacuate as some did during a failed bomb plot a year ago.

    “Recent events, such as last summer’s attempted car bomb in Times Square, have highlighted the need for increased vigilance and ongoing emergency preparedness,” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in an April 16 letter.

    It reminded theaters, where some 12 million people see shows every year, that they were required to develop an Emergency Action Plan.

    Though sent to all New York City theaters, the letter had particular importance for the 40 Broadway theaters in the Times Square area, some of which were evacuated following a bomb scare on May 1 last year.

    A man linked to the Pakistani Taliban parked a vehicle packed with explosive material in Times Square but failed to properly ignite it. Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty, saying Islamist extremists would continue to attack the United States.

    Thirty-three of Broadway’s 40 theaters were built in the 1920s or earlier. All are subject to random inspections.

  12. Democrats seek to slash subsidies for ‘Big Oil’

    5/10/11 By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON – Democrats running the Senate are seeking to take away tax breaks that pad the profits of the five biggest oil companies by $2 billion a year and use the money to attack the spiraling deficit.

    The new legislation would cut off immensely profitable companies like Shell Oil and Exxon Mobil from subsidies like a deduction originally aimed at boosting manufacturing. The top five oil companies have booked profits of $36 billion in the first quarter of this year alone.

    New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez acknowledged that the legislation — slated for a vote next week — won’t do anything about gas prices that now exceed $4 a gallon in many places.

    Republicans are expected to filibuster the bill. They say the companies would raise prices if the measure became law.

  13. Pew finds positive results from credit card law

    5/10/11 By EILEEN AJ CONNELLY, AP Personal Finance Writer

    NEW YORK – Banks and some pundits had predicted that credit card users would face skyrocketing interest rates, a spike in annual fees and a plethora of other negatives after stringent new rules on cards kicked in last year.

    That is not what happened, according to a new look at the policies associated with credit cards issued by major banks and credit unions. The Pew Charitable Trusts Safe Credit Cards Project found instead that interest rates are steady with those charged last year, while most fees have dropped.

    The stabilization of interest rates is key, because banks sharply raised rates in 2009 following the law’s passage but before its implementation.

    “Whatever increases in advertised interest rates we saw going into 2010 have not continued into 2011,” said Nick Bourke, director of the Safe Credit Cards Project.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/eDwvz

  14. Calling All Questions: CBS Town Hall on the Economy with President Obama

    Posted by Sarah Bernard on May 09, 2011

    On Wednesday, CBS News will conduct a special town hall on the economy with President Obama. CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer and The Early Show Co-Anchor Erica Hill will join the President before a live audience at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

    Submit your questions for the President in any of the following ways:
    (CBS asks that you include your age, hometown and occupation with your question).

    Email
    Facebook
    Twitter with hashtag #CBSTownHall
    YouTube

    On Thursday, tune in to watch the Town Hall on The Early Show during the 8:00 – 9:00am hour.

  15. Republicans block Department of Justice nominee

    5/10/11 Scott Wong – POLITICO

    Senate Democrats on Monday failed to come up with the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster of James Cole, President Barack Obama’s pick for the No. 2 job at the Justice Department.

    The 50- 40 vote means that Cole likely will continue to serve as deputy attorney general through 2011 without Senate confirmation; Obama appointed him to the position during a congressional recess.

    Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar was the only Republican to cross the aisle and vote yes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) voted no so that he could bring back the issue at a later time.

    Obama tapped Cole, a Justice Department veteran, in May 2010 to essentially serve as the agency’s chief operating officer.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54623.html

  16. PLAN – Another Part of the Public’s Emergency Communications Plan

    5/10/11 Rachel Racusen, Director of Public Affairs FEMA

    As we constantly say at FEMA, having an emergency communications plan is one of the most important things people can do to be prepared for disasters. And this morning, Administrator Fugate will join several of our partners in emergency communications at an event in New York City to announce a new tool that will enhance federal, state and local emergency communications plans with the public – the Personal Localized Alerting Network, or more appropriately, PLAN.

    PLAN is a technology developed by FEMA that will allow any customers of participating wireless carriers to turn their mobile phones into personal alert systems. What’s new about that? Well a few key things:

    * First, these alerts will be geographically targeted, so people will receive them based on where they are when an emergency hits, as opposed to where they live. This is a much more practical and useful way of getting emergency information, when it matters most.

    * Second, these alerts will be able to get through to phones, no matter how jammed nearby cell towers are.

    * And third, they are completely free of charge and require no sign up. Wireless carriers voluntary choose to participate, and in doing so, provide the technology to new and existing customers. Customers whose phones include the new PLAN technology will have the alerts already activated on their phones, but can opt out of receiving them if they choose to do so.

    For the entire article: http://blog.fema.gov/2011/05/plan-another-part-of-publics-emergency.html

  17. Email from the DCCC:

    BREAKING NEWS: Just-released public polls show Republicans are in danger of losing a special election in a deep-red Western New York district.

    Speaker Boehner and his backers are scrambling to save the seat — Karl Rove’s swift-boat group just bought a huge slate of attack ads totaling hundreds-of-thousands of dollars. Even Boehner himself made a last minute trip to the district yesterday. They know losing a Republican district like this would be a shocking rebuke to their radical agenda and 2012 hopes.

    We can win this race but with Election Day just two weeks from today..Our Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul is down by just one point in her most recent poll.

    Please donate, volunteer and phone bank

    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC: https://dccc.org/page/contribute?source=rightside_but

    Kathy Hochul for Congress:
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  18. Report: Up to 44m more uninsured under GOP budget

    5/10/11 By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press – 49 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – The House Republican budget would leave up to 44 million more low-income people uninsured as the federal government cuts states’ Medicaid funding by about one-third over the next 10 years, nonpartisan groups said in a report issued Tuesday.

    The analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute concluded that Medicaid’s role as the nation’s safety net health care program would be “significantly compromised … with no obvious alternative to take its place,” if the GOP budget is adopted.

    The plan passed by House Republicans last month on a party-line vote calls for sweeping health care changes, potentially even more significant than President Barack Obama’s insurance overhaul. So far, most of the attention has gone to the Republican proposal to convert Medicare into a voucher-like system for future retirees. But Medicaid would also be transformed.

    The Republican budget has no chance of passing the Democratic-led Senate, or being signed into law by Obama. But individual components could advance as part of debt reduction talks between Vice President Joe Biden and congressional leaders.

    Medicaid is a federal-state partnership that now covers more than 60 million low-income children and parents, seniors, including most nursing home residents, and disabled people of any age. Under the GOP plan, Medicaid would be converted from an open-ended program in which the federal government pays about 60 percent of the cost of services, into a block grant that would give each state a fixed sum of money.

    The budget would also do away with the right to Medicaid benefits under federal law, and repeal a coverage expansion to low-income adults included in Obama’s overhaul.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/MXAUm

  19. How Tough Love Averted Catastrophe & Led to 4,200 New American Jobs

    Posted by Ron Bloom on May 10, 2011

    Today brings word of more good news for the American auto industry. GM announced that it would hire 4,200 workers at seventeen of its plants around the country.

    President Obama took office amidst the worst recession in a generation and nowhere was this devastion felt harder than in the American auto industry and the communities it has supported for decades. In the year before GM and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy, the auto industry shed over 400,000 jobs.

    Facing this situation head on, the President made a bold and, at the time, politically unpopular choice: Despite calls from critics to simply let these companies – and the entire American auto industry – crumble, he refused to allow these companies to fail. Had the Administration failed to intervene, conservative estimates suggest that it would have cost at least an additional one million jobs and devastated vast parts of our nation’s industrial heartland.

    But at the same time, the President did not provide unconditional support. He insisted that the companies and their stakeholders make tough choices and undertake massive restructurings requiring huge sacrifices from all of their stakeholders.

    Because of this “tough love,” the American auto industry is now positioned to grow and prosper as the economy recovers. Since GM and Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy in June 2009 the auto industry has added 115,000 jobs – the fastest pace of job growth in the auto industry since 1998. Last year, for the first time in 16 years, the Detroit Three actually gained market share compared to their foreign counterparts.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/10/how-tough-love-averted-catastrophe-led-4200-new-american-jobs

    • GM to invest $2 bln in US, support 4,000 jobs

      5/10/11 AFP

      NEW YORK (AFP) – General Motors on Tuesday announced it was investing $2 billion more in its US business, an investment the automaker said would add or safeguard 4,000 jobs.

      “We are doing this because we are confident about demand for our vehicles and the economy,” said GM chief executive Dan Akerson.

      The cash will help boost 17 facilities in eight US states, the firm said in a statement.
      Part of the investment would go toward giving current staff full hours and toward building future vehicles.

      Last week GM reported first-quarter profit more than tripled from a year ago to $3.15 billion.

      The biggest US automaker said it was solidly on track after a massive government bailout that allowed it to emerge from bankruptcy reorganization in 2009.

      Revenue surged 15 percent to $36.2 billion in the January-March period, up $4.7 billion from a year earlier and beating market expectations.

      For North America, the automaker reported operating profit of $2.9 billion, more than double from a year ago.

      For the entire article: “A decent quarter but short of the upside we were looking for,” Citigroup analysts said in a note, adding that GM’s Asian performance was “a tad light.”

    • May 10, 2011

      Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform in El Paso, Texas

      Chamizal National Memorial El Paso, Texas

      1:21 P.M. MDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, El Paso! (Applause.) Well, it is wonderful — wonderful to be back with all of you in the Lone Star State. (Applause.) Everything is bigger in Texas. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back! (Applause.) Even the welcomes are bigger. (Applause.) So, in appreciation, I wanted to give a big policy speech outside on a really hot day. (Laughter.) Those of you who are still wearing your jackets, feel free to take them off. I hope everybody is wearing sunscreen.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We live here.

      THE PRESIDENT: You say you live here? You don’t need it, huh? (Laughter.) Well, it is a great honor to be here. And I want to express my appreciation to all of you for taking the time to come out today.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. I appreciate it. Thank you. (Applause.)

      You know, about a week ago, I delivered a commencement address at Miami Dade Community College, which is one of the most diverse schools in the nation. The graduates were proud that their class could claim heritage from 181 countries around the world — 181 countries. (Applause.)

      Many of the students were immigrants themselves, coming to America with little more than the dream of their parents and the clothes on their back. A handful had discovered only in adolescence or adulthood that they were undocumented. But they worked hard and they gave it their all, and so they earned those diplomas.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/10/remarks-president-comprehensive-immigration-reform-el-paso-texas

  20. May 10, 2011

    Booker T. Washington High School Wins Race to the Top Commencement Challenge

    WASHINGTON – Today, the White House announced Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee as the winner of the 2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. Vice President Joseph Biden called Principal Alisha Kiner today to tell her the school had won.

    “I’m so proud of the schools that participated in this year’s commencement challenge and I want to thank all of them for their hard work and dedication,” said President Obama. “Booker T. Washington High School proves what can be accomplished when students, teachers, parents and administrators come together to support achievement in the classroom and I’m looking forward to delivering the commencement address at this extraordinary school soon.”

    Booker T. Washington High School’s graduation rate went from 55% in 2007 to 81.6% in 2010. The school has taken steps such as establishing separate freshmen academies for boys and girls to help students adjust to the school culture and creating an atmosphere where teachers take personal interest in seeing students take pride in their schoolwork. Students can now take AP classes, learn about engineering through robotics competitions, and earn college credits.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/10/booker-t-washington-high-school-wins-race-top-commencement-challenge

  21. Young US Muslims find hope in post-bin Laden world

    5/10/11 By JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

    DEARBORN, Mich. – Shortly after Osama bin Laden’s death was broadcast to the world, Linda Sarsour posted on Twitter, “Osama Bin Laden is dead. Good, now can I get my identity back? 10 yrs is a long time. Can being Palestinian and Muslim be cool again?”

    In fewer than 140 characters, the 31-year-old progressive activist from New York summed up the views of many young Muslim Americans. They hope the al-Qaida leader’s death, and the pro-democracy uprisings sweeping the Arab world, help erase the suspicion and fear many non-Muslims have viewed them with for nearly a decade.

    The Sept. 11 terror attacks dramatically increased pressure and scrutiny on them, their friends and family. Criticizing U.S. policies while condemning terrorism, or even walking out the door in a traditional Islamic head scarf, sometimes brought insults or threats.

    Sarsour said she noticed a change soon after the attacks, when her Brooklyn neighbors suddenly lost interest in getting to know the Muslims on the block. Bin Laden “hijacked our identity” and made U.S. Muslims “synonymous with a man who was a murderer,” she said.

    The May 1 killing of Bin Laden in Pakistan “left a little bit less room for those who use him to instigate Islamophobia to do so,” said Ali Shebley, 31, of the Detroit suburb of Canton. “The public has room to breathe now, away from fear-mongering, and start thinking rationally again.

    “The way I can describe it, I feel it in the air. I feel like he’s gone and, with him, weight has been lifted on both sides, Muslims and non-Muslims,” Shebley said after attending Friday prayers at Dearborn’s Islamic Center of America.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/kuLFl

  22. Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    5/10/11 By The Associated Press – 19 mins ago
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    SYRIA
    A human rights group reports that more than 750 people have been killed in a crackdown on seven weeks of unrest. Tanks and troops roll into southern villages near the heart of Syria’s anti-government uprising, with activists saying the regime has isolated parts of the country. The military has been sealing off various areas of Syria and conducting house-to-house raids in search for people whose names are on wanted lists, with many fleeing cities and towns for fear of detention by the regime of President Bashar Assad
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    EGYPT
    An Egyptian court has convicts the country’s former tourism minister of corruption and sentences him to five years in prison. He’s the second former high-ranking official of ex-President Hosni Mubarak’s regime to be convicted of corruption since Mubarak’s Feb. 11 ouster. Also, latest figures show inflation in Egypt running above 12 percent annually and food prices jumping 20 percent. Both are issues that helped ignite the popular revolution.
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    LIBYA
    NATO warplanes strike a command center in the capital, Tripoli, after pounding regime targets around the besieged port of Misrata. Rebels hope the stepped-up attacks could help extend some of their biggest advances to date, including a major outward push from Misrata. The opposition also says it made gains along a long-deadlocked front near the eastern town of Ajdabiya. Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s autocratic ruler since 1969, has not been seen in public since one of his sons was killed in a NATO airstrike April 30. A NATO official, Italian Brig. Gen. Claudio Gabellini, says the alliance had no evidence to indicate whether Gadhafi was alive or dead.
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    YEMEN
    Yemen stops producing oil because of internal strife, plunging a nation that is already the Arab world’s poorest into further economic decline as pressure builds on longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. Yemen was producing about 290,000 barrels of oil a day, a small amount in global terms, but income from the oil sales has provided funds for about three quarters of the government’s budget. Opponents of the regime, including powerful tribes, appear to be using the oil weapon to press their demand for Saleh’s resignation.

  23. “People are trying to smuggle alfalfa seed?”

    MAY 10, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    In El Paso, Texas today, before giving a speech on immigration reform, President Obama toured a cargo inspection facility at the Bridge of the Americas. He was accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Customs and Border Protection commissioner Alan Bersin. At a table with a display of some contraband that had been confiscated, the President looked at a nightstick, some fake passports and IDs, gun holsters, and an assortment of fruit. He asked about a packet of seeds.

    “Alfalfa seed? People are trying to smuggle alfalfa seed?” President Obama said when told what the seeds were.

    A customs officer explained that such seeds aren’t allowed into the US.

    “Well, keep up the great work,” President Obama said.

    He’d also pointed to a bulletproof vest.

    “We don’t want bad guys wearing this,” he said.

    El Paso director of Field Operations Ana Hinojosa, for the Customs and Border Patrol, led the tour. The President’s speech was at Chamizal National Memorial, which is beneath the bridge and right across the border from Mexico’s violence-wracked Ciudad Juarez. He heads to Austin, Texas for two DNC events this evening.

    To see photos: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/05/people-are-trying-to-smuggle-alfalfa.html

  24. China eases trade rules, allows U.S. fund sales

    5/10/11 By Paul Eckert and Doug Palmer – Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China on Tuesday pledged easier access for U.S.
    companies to key sectors of its economy by removing barriers to its huge market in government contracts and offering a foothold to U.S. mutual funds.

    The pledges were made in two days of talks between the world’s two biggest economies which ended with both sides hailing progress in their often tense relationship.

    “We are seeing very promising shifts in the direction of Chinese economic policy,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said, though he repeated that China needs to let its yuan currency rise more rapidly.

    Top officials on both sides of the once-a-year Strategic and Economic Dialogue, though, wanted to emphasize progress.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said they had dealt with an array of issues.
    “We discussed everything, whether it was something that was sensitive to us or sensitive to them, all these difficult issues including human rights,” she said.

    A senior Chinese finance official said the talks were a “win-win” for both countries. Still, Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said that while the two sides agree the yuan needs to strengthen, Beijing will move at its own speed.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/ucr8z

  25. Arrest of Fugitive Norberto Gonzalez-Claudio

    5/10/11 sanjuan.fbi.gov

    SAN JUAN, PR—This morning at approximately 10:30, FBI agents and Police of Puerto Rico officers arrested, without incident, Norberto Gonzalez-Claudio, age 65, in Cayey, Puerto Rico.

    On August 23, 1985, a federal arrest warrant was issued in Hartford, Connecticut charging Norberto Gonzalez-Claudio with obstruction of commerce by robbery and conspiracy. It is alleged Norberto Gonzalez-Claudio participated in the armed robbery of approximately $7 million from the Wells Fargo Depot in Hartford, Connecticut on September 12, 1983. If convicted on these charges, Norberto Gonzalez-Claudio faces up to approximately 275 years of imprisonment.

    On March 21, 1986, another federal arrest warrant was issued in New Haven, Connecticut charging Norberto Gonzalez-Claudio with bank robbery, aggravated robbery, theft from interstate shipment, foreign and interstate transportation of stolen money, and conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery.

    Norberto Gonzalez-Claudio had been a fugitive from justice for the past 25 years. It is believed Norberto Gonzalez-Claudio is a member of the clandestine domestic terrorist organization known as Ejercito Popular Boricua-Los Macheteros, a group which has claimed responsibility for several murders, armed robberies, and terrorist bombings.

    The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of any guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial. The U.S. government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

    • FBI arrests long-sought Puerto Rican militant

      5/20/11 By BEN FOX, Associated Press

      SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A Puerto Rican nationalist who was one of two remaining fugitives sought for one of the largest bank robberies in U.S. history was arrested Tuesday as he took a morning stroll in a central town on the island, the FBI said.

      Authorities say Norberto Gonzalez Claudio took part in the $7 million robbery of an armored car depot in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1983 as a member of the militant independence group Los Macheteros. Gonzalez calmly admitted his identity and then refused to say another word as federal agents and local police arrested him along a jogging track in the town of Cayey, said Luis Fraticelli, special agent in charge of FBI operations in Puerto Rico.

      “He seemed surprised” but did not put up any resistance, Fraticelli said.
      Gonzalez, 65, was living alone in a modest home under a false name, and authorities believe he still had an active role in the militant group, which has claimed responsibility for a series of robberies, murders and bombings in the name of Puerto Rican independence, Fraticelli said.

      An older brother, Avelino, was sentenced last year to seven years in prison after spending more than two decades as a fugitive for his role in the heist. A third brother, Orlando, was also convicted of taking part in the robbery and has since been released.

      For the entire article: http://goo.gl/J4aCs

    • May 10, 2011

      Remarks by the President at a DNC event in Austin, Texas

      Moody Theater

      Austin, Texas

      5:49 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Austin! Thank you. Thank you so much. It is good to be back in Austin! (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back! (Applause.) I love Texas — (applause) — and I especially love Austin. (Applause.) Love this city. It was always one of my favorite places to visit during the campaign. And I intend to drop by a few more times during this campaign. (Applause.)

      Can everybody please give it up for Robert Earl Keen one more time? (Applause.) During the campaign, I was up here — I was singing with some folk. But I kept my day job. (Laughter.)

      It is wonderful to see all of you. I really do just have incredible memories of this city. This may — I think this may be the last time I took a walk, was here in Austin. It was right before a debate and I started walking down the river and at the time nobody quite noticed me. (Laughter.) And I got pretty far down from the hotel and then somebody said, you’re Obama, aren’t you? (Laughter.) And that was it. (Laughter.) Secret Service started coming around and — but I had wonderful memories of this place and I have so many good friends here. It is great to see all of you.

      It is also great to be out of Washington, D.C. (Applause.) Now, don’t get me wrong, D.C. is a wonderful town. But the conversation in Washington — did somebody fall? (Laughter.) You guys all right? Those photographers are incorrigible. (Laughter.) The conversation you hear in Washington is just very different from the conversation you’d hear around the kitchen table, or around the office coolers. And that’s why we recently decided our reelection campaign will be the first one in modern history to be based out of Washington, D.C. We’re going back to Chicago. (Applause.) We are going back to Chicago. I was thinking about coming to Austin — (applause) — but I had to go home.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/10/remarks-president-dnc-event-austin-texas

    • May 11, 2011

      Remarks by the President at a DNC Event in Austin, Texas

      Private Residence

      Austin, Texas

      Please see below for a correction (marked with asterisks) to the transcript.

      Internationally, we’ve gone through a **Teutonic [tectonic] shift in the Middle East that could have enormous ramifications for years to come. And in addition to these crises, we have had to grapple with some ongoing trends in this country that, frankly, have made America less competitive, less just, less equitable — all the things that we talked about during the course of 2007 and 2008.

      May 10, 2011
      7:18 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Let me, first of all — I’d like to hire Alexa as my speechwriter. (Laughter.) I don’t usually get such elegant introductions. And I’m so grateful to her and Blaine and the kids for opening up this gorgeous home. And I mentioned to Alexa that I do have a doctor with me at all times — (laughter) — so just in case the new one shows up early, we’ve got it under control. (Laughter.) We’ve got it under control. Hey, we’re prepared for every situation. (Laughter.)

      To the hosts who helped to set this up, thank you so much. You guys have been great friends for a long time. And I was just at Austin City Limits, an extraordinary venue. And I told folks what is the truth, which is I just love Austin, Texas. (Applause.) I get a good vibe coming to Austin. So, post-presidency, if I decide to come back and there’s not a strong candidate for mayor — (laughter and applause) — you never know. I’m a football fan, too. (Laughter.)

      I want to be brief because I want to spend as much time as possible answering questions, and then I want to come to each table and make sure I say thank you personally.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/11/remarks-president-dnc-event-austin-texas

  26. Good evening CR and O friends. Thaks for all of the good links today. I really enjoyed PBO’s immigration speech.

  27. WH

    Wednesday, May 11 2011

    All Times ET

    1:00 AM
    The President arrives at Andrews Air Force Base
    Travel Pool Coverage

    1:15 AM The President arrives at the White House
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    The Vice President travels to St. Louis, Missouri in the morning.

    The Vice President travels to Minneapolis, Minnesota in the afternoon.

    11:00 AM
    The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    12:00 PM
    The President meets with senior advisors
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
    James S. Brady Briefing Room
    Open Press

    The Vice President attends a Democratic National Committee event

    2:00 PM
    The President participates in a CBS News Townhall Meeting on the Economy
    Newseum
    Press Information

    2:25 PM
    White House Poetry Workshop
    Renown poets and artists join the First Lady for a student poetry workshop, featuring students from California to New York

    4:00 PM
    The Vice President attends a Democratic National Committee event in Minneapolis.

    4:20 PM The President meets with the Senate Democratic Caucus
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    Closed Press

    7:10 PM The President and the First Lady host a celebration of American poetry and prose; the President delivers remarks
    East Room
    Pooled Press

    • POTUS podium

      May 11, 2011

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

      12:00 PM EDT
      Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

      2:25 PM EDT
      White House Poetry Workshop
      Renown poets and artists join the First Lady for a student poetry workshop, featuring students from California to New York

      7:10 PM EDT
      An Evening of Poetry at the White House
      A celebration of American poetry and prose featuring accomplished poets, musicians and artists.

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:30 AM EDT
      Hearing on Peace Corps safety
      The House Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Peace Corps amid concerns over the safety of its volunteers.

      10:00 AM EDT
      U.S. Senate

      10:00 AM EDT
      House Armed Services Cmte: Fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization

      11:00 AM EDT
      Veterans unemployment briefing
      Senate Democrats unveil legislation aimed to help our nation’s veterans find jobs.

      12:00 PM EDT
      Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

      1:15 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the death of Osama bin Laden, U.S. relations with Pakistan and the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

      2:00 PM EDT
      U.S. Senate: Nomination & Vote of Arenda Wright Allen for District Court Judge

      7:10 PM EDT
      An Evening of Poetry at the White House
      A celebration of American poetry and prose featuring accomplished poets, musicians and artists.

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:30 AM EDT
      Hearing on Peace Corps safety
      The House Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Peace Corps amid concerns over the safety of its volunteers.

      10:00 AM EDT
      U.S. Senate

      10:00 AM EDT
      House Armed Services Cmte: Fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization http://www.cspan.org/Events/House-Committee-Holds-Markup-on-Defense-Bill/10737421453/

      10:15 AM EDT
      AT&T/ T-Mobile Merger Pondered by Lawmakers http://www.cspan.org/Events/ATT-T-Mobile-Merger-Pondered-by-Lawmakers/10737421452/

      11:00 AM EDT
      Veterans unemployment briefing
      Senate Democrats unveil legislation aimed to help our nation’s veterans find jobs.

      12:00 PM EDT
      Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

      1:15 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the death of Osama bin Laden, U.S. relations with Pakistan and the conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

      2:00 PM EDT
      U.S. Senate: Nomination & Vote of Arenda Wright Allen for District Court Judge

      7:10 PM EDT
      An Evening of Poetry at the White House
      A celebration of American poetry and prose featuring accomplished poets, musicians and artists.

      Middle East Protest

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

  28. Ask President Obama a question about the economy

    5/6/11 cbsnews

    Have questions about where the economy might be headed, and what the White House is doing or may do to try to accelerate growth?

    Now’s your chance to have those questioned asked of President Obama.

    CBS News will conduct a special Town Hall on the economy with Mr. Obama on Wednesday, May 11.

    CBS News correspondent Harry Smith and “Early Show” co-anchor Erica Hill will join the president before a live audience at the Newseum, in Washington, D.C. CBS News Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis will facilitate questions from an online audience nationwide via a special partnership with YouTube.

    The special one-hour town hall meeting will be broadcast on Thursday, May 12, during the 8:00-9:00 a.m. hour of “The Early Show.

    CBS News is making preparations for a Town Hall about the economy next month with leading Republicans.

    Excerpts from Wednesday’s event will be broadcast on that day’s “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” and on a special edition of “Face the Nation” on Sunday, May 15.

    The entire, unedited event will be available on-demand on YouTube and on CBSNews.com.

    The CBS News polling unit is helping CBS News journalists assemble and solicit questions from the live audience, while anyone with access to YouTube will be able to pose questions and interact with the content, as well.

    Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/06/earlyshow/main20059683.shtml

  29. Business events scheduled for Wednesday

    5/10/11 By The Associated Press

    Major business and economic events scheduled for Wednesday :

    WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases international trade for March, 8:30 a.m.

    WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for March, 10 a.m.

    WASHINGTON — Treasury releases federal budget for April, 2 p.m.

    WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

    WASHINGTON — Senate Finance Committee hearing on the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement.

    WASHINGTON — House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee hearing on surface mining and its impact on the Appalachian economy.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/xxE4Z

  30. Federal judge blocks Utah immigration law

    5/10/11 By Bob Bernick – Reuters

    SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a controversial Utah immigration law that required police to check the immigration status of those they detain for serious crimes.

    The ruling by District Judge Clark Waddoups came on the same day the state law passed earlier this year went into effect.

    The bill required police to demand evidence of citizenship or immigration status from those they arrest for felonies or serious misdemeanors.
    The American Civil Liberties Union was a plaintiff in the suit, which was also brought by the ACLU of Utah and the National Immigration Law Center, among other groups.

    “We are relieved that the Court agreed to delay implementation of this harmful law,” Linton Joaquin, general counsel, National Immigration Law Center, said in a statement.

    “We look forward to fighting to ensure that this unconstitutional law, which would subject people, particularly people of color, to unlawful interrogation and detention, and create a climate of fear in immigrant communities, will be removed entirely from the books.”

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/9lJDZ

  31. U.S. Exports Soar; Trade Gap Widens On Pricier Oil

    May 11, 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS

    U.S. companies sold the most goods and services overseas on records dating back 15 years. But a big jump in oil prices pushed the nation’s trade deficit higher in March.

    The trade deficit rose 6 percent to $48.2 billion, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That’s the highest level since June 2010 and up from $45.4 billion in February.

    Exports increased to $172.7 billion. The dollar’s decline in recent months has made U.S. goods cheaper overseas, and exports have also risen because of rapid growth in developing countries.

    However, oil imports soared to $39.3 billion, an 18 percent rise from the previous month. It was the highest level since August 2008 and reflects steep price increases, as well as greater demand.

    The average price for a barrel of imported crude oil was $93.76 in March, up from $87.17 in February. Oil prices have risen even further since then, despite declines in recent weeks. Oil closed at about $104 per barrel on Tuesday.

    For the entire article: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/11/136201738/u-s-exports-soar-trade-gap-widens-on-pricier-oil?ft=1&f=1006

  32. March job openings highest in 2-1/2 years

    5/11/11 Lucia Mutikani – Reuters

    WASHINGTON – Job openings in March were the most in 2-1/2 years, a government report showed on Wednesday, pointing to a firming labor market tone.
    Job openings — a measure of labor demand — rose 99,000 to 3.12 million, the highest since September 2008, the Labor Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.

    It was the first time since November 2008 that job openings have been at or above 3.0 million for two straight months.

    However, the job openings rate — a gauge of how many jobs were still open at the end of the month — was steady at 2.3 percent.

  33. Biden campaigns in two states

    5/11/11 By MATT NEGRIN – POLITICO

    Vice President Biden is flying to the middle of the country on Wednesday to campaign for Democrats.

    Biden has two Democratic National Committee events scheduled within four hours: one in St. Louis, Mo., at noon and one in Minneapolis at 4 p.m., according to the White House.

    The trips are scheduled just hours after President Obama returned from Texas, where he raised money at two DNC events as well.

  34. Tying deficit cuts to debt limit “insane”: Goolsbee

    5/11/11 Ann Saphir – Reuters

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States must address its long-run fiscal challenges, but tying the goal of deficit reduction to raising the debt ceiling is “quite insane,” White House economic advisor Austan Goolsbee said on Wednesday.

    Conservative Republicans, especially Tea Party activists, want steep domestic spending cuts to reduce a deficit projected at $1.4 trillion this year, and have refused to support an increase in the nation’s $14.3 trillion borrowing limit before winning budget concessions.

    “We must address our longrun fiscal challenges,” Goolsbee said in a speech in Chicago. “But to tie this to the debt limit is in my view quite insane.”
    The U.S. recovery is gaining steam, Goolsbee said, which should reverse the short-term deficits caused by the worst economic downturn since 1929.

    Higher fuel prices, a housing sector “in the dumps” and state and local government spending cuts are slowing the recovery, but a broad swath of private businesses are adding jobs, Goolsbee said in a speech in Chicago. The resurgence of oil prices is in part due to a reviving global economy, he said.

    “I view these positives as vastly more important than the headwinds we face,” he said.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/nOa6L

  35. A Celebration of American Poetry at the White House

    Posted by Kori Schulman on May 11, 2011

    The President and First Lady are welcoming accomplished poets, musicians, artists and students from across the country to the White House today for a celebration of American poetry and prose. Mrs. Obama kicked off the White House Music Series in 2009 with a Jazz Studio, and has since hosted events to promote music and arts education through the celebration of Country, Classical, Motown, a Fiesta Latina, a salute to Broadway, Music of the Civil Rights Movement and a dance tribute to Judith Jamison.

    This afternoon, Mrs. Obama will host a workshop for students from California to New York. Designed to educate and inspire talented young people, students will work with the evening’s performers. They’ll also hear from the First Lady and Melody Barnes, the Director of Domestic Policy Council, who will highlight a new study on the importance of arts education. Don’t miss the event live on http://www.whitehouse.gov at 2:25 PM EDT.

    In the evening, artists will showcase the impact of poetry on American culture, with performances by Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, Common, Rita Dove, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Aimee Mann, Jill Scott and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Tune in live on http://www.whitehouse.gov or watch and discuss through facebook at 7:10 PM EDT.

    Don’t miss a celebration of poetry on WhiteHouse.gov:

    2:25 PM EDT: White House Poetry Workshop
    7:10 PM EDT: An Evening of Poetry at the White House
    Watch on WhiteHouse.gov/live
    Watch and discuss through the facebook

  36. Saudi police: 3 al-Qaida members surrender

    5/11/11 AP– 1 hr 34 mins ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia says three al-Qaida members have returned from abroad and turned themselves in.

    Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki says the three are not on the nation’s most wanted list. In a statement Wednesday, he did not identify them, say from where they returned or when. Some al-Qaida members have fled from Saudi Arabia to Yemen.

    Al-Turki said the three contacted the security authorities from abroad and expressed their wish to come home. The three have been reunited with their families, he said, and the government is considering their cases.

    Officials say four other al-Qaida operatives surrendered to Saudi security after their leader, Osama bin Laden, was killed in a U.S. raid May 2 in Pakistan.

  37. Obama to speak on political change in Middle East

    5/11/11 By JULIE PACE, Associated Press –

    WASHINGTON – Amid searing change in the Middle East and North Africa, President Barack Obama will address U.S. policy toward the region in a speech that could be delivered as early as next week.

    Aides said Obama’s emphasis would be regional and political, highlighting the democratic values that have linked the popular uprisings that started in Tunisia and Egypt and quickly spread throughout the region. But Obama was not expected to focus on religion, as he did in his address to the Muslim world during a 2009 trip to Cairo.

    A U.S. official said Obama had originally planned to deliver the speech during the first week in May, but it was pushed back because of the raid in Pakistan that led to the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. A new date has not been officially set, but the White House said Obama could speak before he leaves for a weeklong trip to Europe next weekend.

    Bin Laden’s death has given the White House an opportunity to cast al-Qaida as a movement past its prime, as young people throughout the Middle East and North Africa turn to political protest, not terrorism, to vent their grievances.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/VS1bO

  38. U.S., Pakistan Continue Cooperation on Afghan Border

    May 10, 2011 By Jim Garamone – American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, – Despite a hiccup in communications between U.S. and Pakistani military units on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border following the Osama bin Laden raid, cooperation generally has been good and is getting better, the commander of International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command East said today.

    Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, who also commands the 101st Airborne Division, said that after the bin Laden raid, communication issues arose “for a day or two” between U.S. and Pakistani commanders.
    But the situation has recovered, the general said, noting that two days ago, the commander of the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade held a border flag meeting with his Pakistani counterpart.

    “Col. Sean Jenkins … will tell you that was the best border flag meeting he’s had,” Campbell told Pentagon reporters in a video teleconference from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. “So we continue to see great cooperation, at least at the tactical level.”

    The people of Afghanistan and Pakistan are totally intertwined, Campbell said, and you cannot think about strategy in either country separately. Campbell said he and the division’s soldiers have been working to improve the working relationship with the Pakistani 11th Corps since they arrived last year.
    “I’ve gone to Pakistan several times,” he said, adding that Pakistani Lt. Gen. Muhammed Asif has come to Afghanistan.

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=63894

  39. Coalition, Afghans Get Inputs Right in Taliban Fight

    May 10, 2011 By Jim Garamone – American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, – Despite their propaganda, the Taliban have not launched a spring offensive in eastern Afghanistan, the commander of International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command East said today.

    Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, who also commands the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, spoke with Pentagon reporters via video teleconference from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, as he prepares to turn over command of the region to Army Maj. Gen. Dan Allyn, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, next week.

    Campbell said the operations tempo remained high over the winter as coalition and Afghan forces placed tremendous pressure on the Taliban and allied forces.

    “We’ve stayed after it,” he said, noting that the amount of enemy munitions and homemade bombs taken off the battlefield was double what it was over the same period last year.

    “And we really think we’ve changed the dynamics of the battlefield by doing that,” he added, “as the insurgents have tried to come back and do their own spring campaign.”

    The Taliban said in late April that they were launching a spring offensive and that they would be taking on the coalition and their Afghan brothers.

    “We have not really seen an uptick in Regional Command East on attacks,”
    Campbell said. “For about the 30 days prior to 1 May, the number of insurgent-initiated attacks was between 25 to 30 per month. And that number after 1 May has continued to be the same.”

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63892

    • May 11, 2011

      Remarks by the First Lady at the Poetry Student Workshop

      State Dining Room

      2:36 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Hey! Thank you, everybody. (Applause.)
      Good afternoon!

      AUDIENCE: Good afternoon!

      MRS. OBAMA: Like that. That’s good. I like the (inaudible) part. (Laughter.)

      Well, again, let me welcome you all to the White House. I am thrilled to be here today and to have you all here today.

      I want to start by thanking Tiesha for that wonderful poem and those words and that attitude and that suit and everything else that goes along with it. (Laughter.) I had a terrific time visiting the students at your school. You weren’t in the classroom, but you all were a terrific challenge. It was an honor for me.

      And I also — before I go any further — I want to acknowledge one of my dear friends who is here with us, the First Lady of Mexico, Mrs. Margarita Zavala, who is here, right here. (Applause.)

      Yeah, I get to meet a lot of First Spouses in my work, and sometimes you just click with people, and this woman, who is an attorney, she’s a passionate advocate for young people in her home country and around the world, she’s somebody that I click with. And she happened to be here, and I was like, you got to come, you got to come and check this out. So I’m pleased that she’s been able to join us today.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/11/remarks-first-lady-poetry-student-workshop

  40. Happy Wednesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Kat's Obama Administration Report, Part 1

    Part 1 features:

    – In El Paso, Texas, the President calls for a bipartisan approach to fixing a broken immigration system and explains why immigration reform is critical to building a 21st century economy.

    – In the latest installment of the Advise the Advisor series, Cecilia Muñoz, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, discusses the President's speech on immigration in El Paso, TX and asks for your feedback on immigration reform in America.

    – Read the Blueprint for Immigration Reform.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/11/975165/-Kats-Obama-Administration-Report,-5-11-11,-Part-1?via=blog_605888

  41. Polls show Americans support immigration reform. So why don’t politicians?

    5/11/11 By Ronald Brownstein -National Journal

    Call it the immigration paradox.

    For years, in good economic times and bad, polls have consistently found that most Americans believe immigrants who are in the United States illegally should be provided a pathway to legal status if they take steps such as paying a fine or learning English. And yet, no matter how many times pollsters return that verdict, most Republican and Democratic elected officials alike remain convinced that providing illegal immigrants any route to legal status is a losing cause politically.

    It’s difficult to think of another issue on which so many political leaders are so flatly, reflexively dismissive of a consistent finding in public opinion polling. “I have given briefings to Republican congressmen at retreats on Capitol Hill [about those numbers] and they just look at me and say flatly, ‘that’s not what people in my district think,’ ” says Republican pollster Whit Ayres. Democratic pollster Guy Molyneux agrees: “A lot of politicians are dubious.”

    President Obama on Tuesday rang the bell for another round of national debate over immigration reform with a forceful speech in El Paso, Texas. In his remarks, he argued for a comprehensive approach to immigration that would blend tougher enforcement with a guest-worker program and a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants—the same tripartite formula that passed the Senate with bipartisan support in 2006.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/TEnV9

  42. Bernanke: Fed to unveil banking rules this summer

    5/11/11 By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the Fed will unveil new regulations this summer that would protect the U.S. economy from another meltdown of the nation’s largest banks and financial companies.

    Congress directed the Fed to write the rules when it passed last year’s financial regulatory overhaul, in response to the 2008 financial crisis. The rules are likely to contain stricter capital requirements for the biggest banks, hedge funds and insurance companies whose failure could throw the financial sector into another crisis.

    Bernanke says in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee the Fed will allow the public to comment on the rules before implementing them in January 2012.
    Regulators are scrambling to implements hundreds of new rules, many required to be completed before the law’s one-year anniversary on July 21.

  43. Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    May 1, 2011 By The Associated Press
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    SYRIA
    The Syrian army shells residential areas and unleashes security forces in an intensified push to crush the uprising against authoritarian President Bashar Assad, killing an 8-year-old boy and at least 17 others. The lethal shelling evokes bitter memories of the regime’s legacy of brutally suppressing dissent under Assad’s father, Hafez. In 1982, Hafez Assad crushed a Sunni uprising by shelling the town of Hama, killing 10,000 to 25,000 people.
    ___

    LIBYA
    Rebels in the port city of Misrata claim they took over the local airport from Moammar Gadhafi’s retreating forces and seized weapons and ammunition, a potentially major breakthrough in efforts to break a two-month siege. The reported rebel advance is the latest in a sudden flurry of accounts of opposition victories, coming in tandem with intensified NATO airstrikes on Gadhafi’s forces in several regions. Even though some of the combat reports are difficult to confirm, they seem to represent a major boost for the rebels prospects’ after weeks of stalemate in their effort to end Gadhafi’s 42-year rule over Libya.
    ___

    YEMEN
    Yemeni security forces, including snipers, open fire on thousands of anti-government protesters marching to the Cabinet building, killing one and injuring at least 40. The protesters demanding the ouster of longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh march from a main square in Sanaa toward the Cabinet headquarters and come under fire from snipers on rooftops, plainclothes security forces and soldiers with anti-aircraft guns mounted on pickup trucks. Security forces also use water cannons and fire tear gas.

    • Gadhafi appears on TV after weeks-long absence

      5/11/11 By DIAA HADID, Associated Press – 6 mins ago

      TRIPOLI, Libya – Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has made a short television appearance after weeks of absence.

      Gadhafi appeared on Libyan state television for several minutes on Wednesday evening. A camera filmed him from a distance as he sat with tribal leaders. He did not speak.

      The Libyan leader has not appeared on camera in weeks, prompting rumors that he may have been injured in a NATO shelling this month that targeted his compound. The shelling killed one of Gadhafi’s sons.

      Gadhafi was meeting with tribal leaders in what appeared to be the upscale Rixos hotel where foreign reporters are staying.

      To confirm the authenticity of the screening, the camera zoomed in the date shown on a television screen close to Gadhafi. It read Wednesday, April 11.

      For the entire article: http://goo.gl/5AUlO

    • Egypt moving to reopen 48 closed churches

      5/11/11 Associate Press– 1 hr 43 mins ago

      CAIRO – The Egyptian government says it is moving to reopen churches closed under ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

      The decision follows an escalation of deadly clashes between extremist Salafi Muslims and minority Coptic Christians.

      The government said it would study the cases of 48 churches shuttered during Mubarak’s three-decade reign and decide on reopening them on a case by case basis.

      The Cabinet will also draft a new law granting equality to Muslims and Christians in building churches and mosques, as well as decrees against protests at places of worship and incitement to hatred.

      Amir Ramzy, a Christian activist, said the decisions “are a happy surprise” for many Christians.

      “For so long, these decisions were kept in the drawers; these were the seeds of sectarian tensions,” he said Wednesday.

  44. Guard Works to Protect City from Flood

    May 11, 2011 By Army Sgt. Michael L. Owens – 241st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    NEW ORLEANS, – Soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard’s 769th Engineer Battalion are constructing sand-filled basket barriers in Morgan City, located about 70 miles west of here, as a precautionary measure against the rising Mississippi River.

    About 15 soldiers assigned to the 927th and 928th Sapper Engineer Companies are adding three feet of height to a levee using Hesco baskets to help protect residential areas near Lake Palourde from flooding that could occur if the Morganza Spillway is opened later this week.

    “Flood waters may top the levee, so we are adding three more feet to the top of the levee in an attempt to keep water out of this residential neighborhood,” said Army Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Samson, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the mission.

    The soldiers have constructed about 650 yards of Hesco, and about 60 percent of the barriers were filled with sand. The mission is to construct a total of 10,000 feet in the Morgan City area.

    Most of the Guard members have experience with Hesco baskets due to miles of constructed barriers in Grand Isle and Cameron Parish in support of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response last year.

    “These guys are moving fast,” Samson said. “This is a lot of work for a 15-man team, but they are working hard and the experiences they have are showing in their progress.”

    Army Spc. Thomas J. Mahfouz, a combat engineer with the 928th, is from the Morgan City area and was upbeat about this mission.

    “This is what being a citizen-soldier all is about,” Mahfouz said. “This is where I am from, and this mission gives me a chance to help save my hometown.”

  45. The Eleven Craziest Things Newt Gingrich Has Ever Said

    George Zornick – Wed May 11, 9:14 am ET

    The Nation — Today, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will announce a run for the presidency. Over his long and checkered career, Newt has said some wild and crazy things—most are deeply offensive, while some are outright bizarre. Here’s the most unhinged Newt-isms, 1989-present…..

    [#1-10 are amusing but let’s skip to #11….]

    (11) “I’m running for President.” [5/11/2011]

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/SObUV

    • Well, CR and O’friends – Looks like I’ve been late to the party! I had so much reading to catch up on … but just had to stop to post when I saw this #11 for Gingrich. Rachel called him out tonight, since she said (paraphrasing) that in order to make himself look like a credible Republican for the purposes of ginning up support for his business endeavors and speaking engagements, he has to say he’s running for President every now and then. He makes my head hurt and my stomach rumble. I’ll try to avoid thinking about him, unless it’s to laugh at stuff like this!

      Also, CR, in one of the articles above (and back in time), you shared that a conservative commentator has called out Jon Huntsman for being “disloyal” to President Obama and even the country at large for serving as Ambassador to China while zeroing in on his own political ambitions. I’m not sure that’s what happened, but it sure was shocking to hear that from a Republican. More to come? Now, that makes me smile, in a perverse sort of way!

    • MOX News Gets Honorable Mention On Rachel Maddow Show!

      Uploaded by MOXNEWSd0tCOM on May 11, 2011

  46. Statements of Support for President Obama’s Commitment to Fix our Broken Immigration System

    Below please see statements of support for the President’s commitment to fix our broken immigration system to meet our 21st century economic and security needs from business leaders, civic leaders and elected officials.

    BUSINESS LEADERS

    Howard Buffett, American philanthropist and President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation

    Randy Johnson, Senior Vice President of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Hewlett-Packard

    Compete America

    American Council on International Personnel

    Silicon Valley Leadership Group

    Microsoft

    ELECTED OFFICIALS

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

    El Paso Mayor John Cook

    San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro

    Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

    Arizona House Democrats

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Charles Gonzalez

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

    Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman

    Senator Michael Bennet

    Senator Patrick Leahy

    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

    Washington Governor Christine Gregoire

    CIVIC LEADERS AND ADVOCATES FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

    Galen Carey, Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals

    Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles

    Angela M. Kelley, Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy, Center for American Progress

    United Food And Commercial Workers International Union

    National Immigration Forum

    National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Education Fund

    Interfaith Immigration Coalition

    National Council of La Raza

    American Immigration Council

    National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

    NDN

    5/11/11 Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/11/statements-support-president-obamas-commitment-fix-our-broken-immigratio

    • Love how the White House has been tabulating their statements of support on various issues! Great idea.

    • May 11, 2011
      Remarks by the President at Evening of Poetry at the White House

      East Room

      7:14 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Please have a seat. Welcome to the White House. I am going to be brief, because on a night like tonight my job is to get out of the way and let the professionals do their job.

      I do want to start by thanking our extraordinary performers for taking time out of their busy schedules to be with us. I also want to recognize the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for putting on this event and for everything they do to support the arts. (Applause.)

      The power of poetry is that everybody experiences it differently. There are no rules for what makes a great poem. Understanding it isn’t just about metaphor or meter. Instead, a great poem is one that resonates with us, that challenges us and that teaches us something about ourselves and the world that we live in. As Rita Dove says, “If [poetry] doesn’t affect you on some level that cannot be explained in words, then the poem hasn’t done its job.” Also known as, it don’t mean a thing if — (laughter) — it ain’t got that swing. That’s a little ad-lib there. (Laughter.)

      For thousands of years, people have been drawn to poetry in a very personal way -– including me. In the spirit of full disclosure, I actually submitted a couple of poems to my college literary magazine, and you will be pleased to know that I will not be reading them tonight. (Laughter.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/11/remarks-president-evening-poetry-white-house

    • Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools

      Posted by Melody Barnes on May 12, 2011

      Over two years ago, when the President and the First Lady first arrived here at the White House they were adamant that they wanted the arts to be alive and well here at the People’s House. And they started inviting artists to visit and perform – jazz musicians, then country music stars, classical musicians, Latin singers and dancers, Motown greats and, just yesterday, America’s best poets and spoken word artists.

      But it’s not all about artists coming here to play for the First Family. The President and the First Lady believe it’s imperative that the best, the brightest and the most creative should share their talents, their secrets, their successes – their failures — and teach and inspire the next generation, like Elizabeth Alexander, Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Kenny Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, and Aimee Mann did yesterday at an afternoon student poetry workshop in the State Dining Room.

      The arts are not just for those who go on to become professional artists. Research shows that girls and boys, young men and women who have art classes are more likely to be engaged in their classes, attend school, achieve better test scores, and graduate. In fact, just last Friday, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities released a stellar report, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools, which details the powerful role that arts education strategies can play in closing the achievement gap, improving student engagement, and building creativity and nurturing innovative thinking skills.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/12/reinvesting-arts-education-winning-america-s-future-through-creative-schools

  47. May 11, 2011

    President Obama Announces Key Administration Post, 5/11/2011

    WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:

    Mark Acton, Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/11/president-obama-announces-key-administration-post-5112011

    May 11, 2011

    President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 5/11/2011

    WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

    William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary, Department of State
    Robert G. Taub, Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission
    Mark P. Wetjen, Commissioner, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/11/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts-5112011

  48. May 11, 2011
    President Obama Nominates Three for District Court Bench

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Richard G. Andrews, Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo and Jeffrey J. Helmick to serve on the United States District Court bench.

    President Obama said, “Throughout their long and impressive legal careers, Richard G. Andrews, Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo and Jeffrey J. Helmick have distinguished themselves as some of our nation’s best and brightest. I am honored to nominate them for the District Court Bench, and am confident they will approach the job with the utmost integrity and impartiality.”

    Richard G. Andrews: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware

    Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California

    Jeffrey J. Helmick: Nominee for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/11/president-obama-nominates-three-district-court-bench

  49. May 11, 2011
    Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate, 5/11/2011

    NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

    Richard G. Andrews, of Delaware, to be United States District Judge for the District of Delaware, vice Joseph J. Farnan, Jr., retired.

    Cathy Ann Bencivengo, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, vice Jeffrey T. Miller, retired.

    Jeffrey J. Helmick, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio, vice James G. Carr, retired.

    William J. Burns, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service with the Personal Rank of Career Ambassador, to be Deputy Secretary of State, vice James Braidy Steinberg.

  50. Finally done catching up with my reading! Thank you, CR, for all the news that wouldn’t be the news without the news (an old “Laugh In” line, which you are surely much too young to remember!).

    Enjoy your evening – will check in tomorrow.

  51. WH

    Thursday, May 12 2011

    All Times ET

    9:30 AM
    The President delivers remarks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast
    Mellon Auditorium
    Open to pre-credentialed media

    11:00 AM
    The President and the Vice President meet with the Senate Republican Caucus
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    Closed Press

    12:30 PM
    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
    James S. Brady Briefing Room
    Open Press

    The President and the Vice President meet for lunch
    Private Dining Room
    Closed Press

    1:50 PM
    The President and Vice President honor the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS
    Rose Garden
    Open Press

    2:30 PM
    The Vice President hosts a meeting with a bipartisan, bicameral group of Members of Congress to continue work on a legislative framework for comprehensive deficit reduction
    Blair House | Show Details
    Closed Press

    The President meets with the Congressional Black Caucus
    State Dining Room
    Closed Press

    4:00 PM
    The President is interviewed by Telemundo
    Diplomatic Room
    Closed Press

    4:25 PM
    The President is interviewed by KINC Univision/Entravision Las Vegas, WLTV Univision 23 Miami and Telemundo Dallas
    Library Room
    Closed Press

    • POTUS podium

      May 12, 2011

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

      9:30 AM EDT
      President Obama delivers remarks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast. (Audio Only)

      12:45 PM EDT
      White House briefing
      Press Secretary Jay Carney holds his daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the death of Osama bin Laden, government spending and the debt ceiling.

      1:50 PM EDT
      The President and the Vice President honor the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS.

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:00 AM EDT
      Oil execs on Capitol Hill
      Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) has invited oil industry executives to testify at a hearing titled “Oil and Gas Tax Incentives and Rising Energy Prices.”

      9:15 AM EDT
      Libya crisis hearing
      The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the ongoing situation in Libya.

      9:30 AM EDT
      President Obama delivers remarks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast.

      9:30 AM EDT
      NRC hearing on Japan nuclear crisis
      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission meets to discuss the lessons the U.S. nuclear industry can learn from the Japan nuclear crisis.

      9:30 AM EDT
      Financial Overseers Review Dodd-Frank Law

      12:45 PM EDT
      White House briefing
      Press Secretary Jay Carney holds his daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the death of Osama bin Laden, government spending and the debt ceiling.

      1:50 PM EDT
      The President and the Vice President honor the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS.

      2:00 PM EDT
      9/11 intelligence reform hearing
      The Senate Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing to assess the progress made and the week still left to be done to protect Americans from terror attacks.

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org

      9:00 AM EDT
      Oil execs on Capitol Hill
      Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) has invited oil industry executives to testify at a hearing titled “Oil and Gas Tax Incentives and Rising Energy Prices.” http://www.cspan.org/Events/Oil-Executives-Defend-Tax-Breaks/10737421477/

      9:15 AM EDT
      Libya crisis hearing
      The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the ongoing situation in Libya. http://www.cspan.org/Events/Lawmakers-Get-Update-on-Situation-in-Libya/10737421479/

      9:30 AM EDT
      President Obama delivers remarks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/299468-1

      9:30 AM EDT
      NRC hearing on Japan nuclear crisis
      The Nuclear Regulatory Commission meets to discuss the lessons the U.S. nuclear industry can learn from the Japan nuclear crisis. http://www.cspan.org/Events/NRC-To-Receive-Update-on-Nuclear-Safety-Review/10737421490/

      9:30 AM EDT
      Financial Overseers Review Dodd-Frank Law http://www.cspan.org/Events/Financial-Overseers-Review-Dodd-Frank-Law/10737421478/

      11:13 AM EDT
      Brookings Institution
      Future of Libya http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/FutureofLiby

      12:45 PM EDT
      White House briefing
      Press Secretary Jay Carney holds his daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the death of Osama bin Laden, government spending and the debt ceiling. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/299468-2

      1:00 PM EDT
      U.S. Senate: Nomination & Vote of Michael Urbanski for U.S. District Court Judge

      1:50 PM EDT
      The President and the Vice President honor the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS.

      2:00 PM EDT
      9/11 intelligence reform hearing
      The Senate Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing to assess the progress made and the week still left to be done to protect Americans from terror attacks. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/299492-1

      Middle East Protest

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

  52. President Obama answers questions on the economy
    5/6/11 CBS News

    CBS News conducted a special Town Hall on the economy with President Obama on Wednesday, May 11.

    CBS News correspondent Harry Smith and “Early Show” co-anchor Erica Hill joined the president before a live audience at the Newseum, in Washington, D.C. CBS News Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis facilitated questions from an online audience nationwide via a special partnership with YouTube.

    The special one-hour town hall meeting will be broadcast on Thursday, May 12, during the 8:00-9:00 a.m. hour of “The Early Show.”

    Watch on-line:: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7365817n&tag=watchnow

    For the entire article: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/06/earlyshow/main20059683.shtml

  53. President Barack Obama to Deliver Keynote Address at National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast May 12

    5/5/11 PRnews

    WASHINGTON, May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Esperanza, one of the nation’s largest faith-based Hispanic organizations, announced today that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Ninth National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 12, in Washington, D.C. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will speak at the Prayer Breakfast, as well.

    “We are honored to have President Obama, who has a long history of supporting the rights and concerns of Hispanic Americans, to speak at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast,” said Rev. Luis Cortes, Jr., president of Esperanza. “This year, with so much at stake in the United States and around the world, we come together in prayer and to celebrate and advocate for Hispanic Americans.”

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20110505/pl_usnw/DC96166_1

  54. AP-GfK poll: Americans more upbeat about economy

    5/12/11 JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press – 27 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – Americans are growing more optimistic about the U.S. economy, a sentiment that is benefiting President Barack Obama despite public disenchantment with his handling of rising gasoline prices and swollen government budget deficits.

    An Associated Press-GfK poll shows that more than 2 out of 5 people believe the U.S. economy will get better, while a third think it will stay the same and nearly a fourth think it will get worse, a rebound from last month’s more pessimistic attitude. And, for the first time since the 100-day mark of his presidency, slightly more than half approve of Obama’s stewardship of the economy.

    Both findings represent a boost for Obama, though he still must overcome ill will over government red ink and the price of gas at the pump, now hovering around $4 a gallon.

    But the public’s brighter economic outlook also could signal a boost to the current recovery, which relies to a great degree on consumer behavior. A public that is confident about economic performance is more likely to spend more and accelerate the economy’s resurgence.

    The poll was conducted May 5-9 in the aftermath of the U.S. commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The spike in public esteem for Obama as a result of that successful clandestine mission may have helped Obama’s standing on issues other than national security.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/IuGK1

    • May 12, 2011

      Remarks by the President at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast

      Mellon Auditorium

      Washington, D.C.

      9:29 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Well, good morning. This is just an extraordinary gathering. I have to say to Reverend Cortes and all the other organizers of this prayer breakfast, I think it’s getting bigger. Huh? I think this thing is growing. (Applause.)

      I just want to thank Reverend Cortes. I just got a extraordinary gift — a bilingual Bible. It is beautiful. (Applause.) I was told this will help improve my Spanish. (Laughter.) And I said, “I’ll pray on it.” (Laughter.)

      To all the clergy, lay leaders, administration officials, and distinguished guests who are here today, it is an extraordinary pleasure to join you. We’ve had a number of prayer breakfasts over the past several months, and I’ve got to say, there is no more inspiring way to begin a day than by praying with fellow believers. And so I’m grateful to all of you to give me this opportunity.

      I also know that these past few days have not only been a time of prayer and a time of reflection for all of you. They’ve also been a time to lend your voices to the causes that you’re passionate about. And I want you to know that I’m listening. When you lend your voice to the cause of creating jobs and opening opportunity for all communities, I hear you. When you lend your voice to the cause of educating all of our children, not just some, to succeed in the 21st century, I’m listening. And when you lend your voice to the cause of immigration reform, I am listening.

      As some of you probably heard, I flew down to El Paso a couple of days ago to give a speech on this topic. And what I said in that speech was that we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants, as a nation that’s open to anyone who’s willing to embrace America’s precepts and America’s ideals. That’s why so many men and women have braved hardship and great risk to come here, picking up and leaving behind the world that they knew, carrying nothing but the hope that here in America, their children might live a better life.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/12/remarks-president-national-hispanic-prayer-breakfast

  55. US jobless claims fall after storm-led surge

    5/12/11 AFP

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – New claims for US unemployment benefits fell last week after a strong surge in the prior week, official data showed Thursday.

    Initial jobless claims fell to 434,000 in the week ending May 7, the Labor Department said, according to seasonally adjusted data.

    Briefing.com analyst Patrick O’Hare cautioned against reading too much into the report because of the lingering effects of unusual factors.

    A department official said claims had been affected by spikes in unemployment caused by a tornado in Alabama, and in Virginia by a computer problem that held up data transmission.

    The Labor Department’s seasonal adjustments were skewed this year by the Easter holiday, which fell on April 24, the latest date since World War II.

    “The latest claims reading is still on the wrong side of 400,000, yet the market appears to be somewhat patient with the idea that more improvement will be seen as more time expires between the weekly reading and the unusual factors in April that biased things in a negative manner,” he said.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/uE0KE

  56. Retail sales up for 10th straight month in April

    5/12/11 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer – 1 hr 2 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – Consumers spent more on gasoline, clothing and autos in April, pushing retail sales up for a 10th straight month. But much of the gain came from a surge in gasoline and food prices.

    Retail sales rose 0.5 percent in April after a 0.9 percent increase in March, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Excluding a 2.7 percent jump in gasoline sales, the increase was a much smaller 0.2 percent.
    Pump prices have been surging in recent months. The nationwide average has hovered slightly below $4 per gallon. Economists are worried that higher fuel costs will leave motorists with less money to spend on other discretionary goods and that will slow economic growth.

    Grocery stores sales jumped 1.5 percent — triple the March increase. That partly reflected higher food prices.

    The overall gain in sales in April was the smallest increase since July. However, the government did revise up the March increase from a previous estimate of 0.4 percent to a much stronger 0.9 percent gain. February sales were also revised up to show a stronger 1.3 percent increase rather than the previous 1.1 percent gain.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/ZYLNi

  57. Businesses boost inventories in March’

    5/12/11 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer – 27 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – Businesses added to their stockpiles for a 15th straight month in March while their sales rose for a ninth consecutive month, suggesting factory production will remain strong in coming months.

    The Commerce Department says that businesses increased inventories 1 percent in March while sales rose an even larger 2.2 percent, the biggest sales gain in a year.

    The rise in inventories pushed total stockpiles to $1.48 trillion. That is a level that economists consider to be normal for this stage of the recovery. It is 12.1 percent higher than the recent low of $1.32 trillion reached in September 2009.

    Healthy gains in sales and inventory restocking should translate into strong orders to U.S. factories in coming months, spurring further gains in industrial production and manufacturing employment.

  58. Odierno: Services Must Partner to Weather Lean Times

    5/12/11 By Lisa Daniel – American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, May 12, 2011 – The Defense Department must expand joint service, interagency and allied partnerships during tight fiscal times, and avoid the pitfalls of “doing more with less,” Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said yesterday.

    “We must avoid the trap of doing more with less, which is a recipe for creating a hollow force,” Odierno, the commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, said at the annual Joint Warfighting Conference in Virginia Beach, Va.

    Odierno also said the military services “may have to do less with less,” in coming years due to leaner defense budgets and adjusted priorities.

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates last year directed that Joint Forces Command be closed and that its assets be redistributed as part of his budget efficiencies initiatives. Odierno said there are more savings to be had in the department’s budget, especially in eliminating redundancy.

    Calling the nation’s fiscal crisis “perhaps our primary threat to national security,” Odierno said leadership will be more important than ever.

    “We must determine the risks to our national security objectives, and then set priorities,” he said.

    While previous decades have been characterized by expansions across the U.S. government and those of its allies, the future decade likely will be one of contraction, the general said. It will require greater creativity, more resourcefulness, and sharing cost burdens across joint U.S. forces and their coalition partners, he said.

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63926

  59. Pentagon Must Handle Spending Slowdown Responsibly, Lynn Says

    May 11, 2011 By John D. Banusiewicz – American Forces Press Service

    NEW YORK, – Managing a slowdown in defense spending responsibly will take more than being more efficient, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here tonight.

    As the keynote speaker for the Royal Bank of Canada Defense and Aerospace Conference, Lynn told an audience at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum that the Defense Department must find ways to spend significantly less, even in the midst of two active conflicts and numerous other commitments and threats.
    “It would be desirable to defer this challenge until a somewhat later date, after the transition in Iraq is complete and we are closer to handing off the combat mission in Afghanistan to local forces,” Lynn said. “But the deficit crisis doesn’t allow us that luxury. We need to get our fiscal house in order, and we need to do it expeditiously.”

    The deficit crisis, he said, is a matter of national security.

    “Our security begins with a strong economy,” he explained. “Our ability to exert global influence [and] protect interests abroad is threatened if we’re not able to reduce the deficit and to keep our national debt within sustainable bounds. No great power can project military force without a sound economy. … Deficits are now approaching 10 percent of our economy, and austerity measures are required to have long-term health.”

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63912

  60. US to bolster security for SEAL team: Gates

    5/12/11 AFP

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates voiced concern Thursday about the safety of the US Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden and said security would be stepped up for the commandos.

    “When I met with the team last Thursday, they expressed a concern about that, and particularly with respect to their families,” Gates told Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

    He said he could not divulge details publicly but that “we are looking at what measures can be taken to pump up the security.”

    The raid against bin Laden’s compound less than two weeks ago has sparked an avalanche of media attention around the secretive Navy SEAL “Team Six” that carried out the operation.

    Reporters have traveled to Virginia to try to uncover more details of the SEAL team, which is based at Dam Neck, and retired SEALs are in high demand as guests for television news broadcasts.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/lQkup

    • May 12, 2011

      Remarks by the President and Vice President at a Ceremony Honoring National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS

      Rose Garden

      1:50 P.M. EDT

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to the Rose Garden. It’s a lot safer place than — it’s always safe, but it’s particularly safe today. (Laughter.)

      Ladies and gentlemen, let me begin by saying congratulations. It’s a genuine honor to be in the presence of the best of the best. You each are — the folks behind us — an inspiration — an inspiration to not only your fellow law enforcement officers, but to the whole country.

      And the President and I recognize, and have for a long time recognized the bravery you display simply by putting on that shield every morning, strapping on a sidearm, kissing your husband or wife good-bye and walking out, knowing that you don’t know with any degree of certainty what’s going to greet you.

      The officers honored here today have been singled out for going above and beyond the call of duty. And we commend each and every one of them. But we also know that there are thousands and thousands more law enforcement officers out there today on the job, and every day, who are taking risks that are hard for ordinary people to imagine — risks just to protect their community, to protect people they don’t know, protect people they’ve never met, and in some cases, maybe protect people they don’t even particularly like. But they go out there and they do it.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/12/remarks-president-and-vice-president-ceremony-honoring-national-associat

  61. The Administration Unveils its Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal

    Posted by Howard A. Schmidt on May 12, 2011

    Today I am happy to announce that the Administration has transmitted a cybersecurity legislative proposal to Capitol Hill in response to Congress’ call for assistance on how best to address the cybersecurity needs of our Nation. This is a milestone in our national effort to ensure secure and reliable networks for Americans, businesses, and government; fundamentally, this proposal strikes a critical balance between maintaining the government’s role and providing industry with the capacity to innovatively tackle threats to national cybersecurity. Just as importantly, it does so while providing a robust framework to protect civil liberties and privacy.

    When the President released his Cyberspace Policy Review (pdf) almost two years ago, he declared cyberspace as a key strategic asset for the United States and its security just as vital. This legislative proposal is the latest achievement in the steady stream of progress we are making in securing cyberspace and completes another near-term action item identified in the CPR.

    The Administration proposal helps safeguard your personal data and enhances your right to know when it has been compromised.

    It helps protect our national security by addressing threats to our power grids, water systems, and other critical infrastructure

    It helps the U.S. government protect our federal networks, while creating stronger privacy and civil liberties protections that keep pace with technology

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/12/administration-unveils-its-cybersecurity-legislative-proposal

    • May 12, 2011

      FACT SHEET: Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal

      We count on computer networks to deliver our oil and gas, our power and our water. We rely on them for public transportation and air traffic control… But just as we failed in the past to invest in our physical infrastructure – our roads, our bridges and rails – we’ve failed to invest in the security of our digital infrastructure… This status quo is no longer acceptable – not when there’s so much at stake. We can and we must do better. – President Obama, May 29, 2009

      Our critical infrastructure – such as the electricity grid, financial sector, and transportation networks that sustain our way of life – have suffered repeated cyber intrusions, and cyber crime has increased dramatically over the last decade. The President has thus made cybersecurity an Administration priority. When the President released his Cyberspace Policy Review almost two years ago, he declared that the “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.” The Administration has since taken significant steps to better protect America against cyber threats. As part of that work, it has become clear that our Nation cannot fully defend against these threats unless certain parts of cybersecurity law are updated.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/12/fact-sheet-cybersecurity-legislative-proposal

    • May 12, 2011

      FACT SHEET: The Administration’s Cybersecurity Accomplishments

      “From now on, our digital infrastructure – the networks and computers we depend on every day – will be treated as they should be: as a strategic national asset. Protecting this infrastructure will be a national security priority.”—President Obama, May 29, 2009

      The Administration has made significant progress in cybersecurity, ensuring that Americans, our businesses, and our government are building better protections against cyber threats. Departments and agencies have implemented numerous programs to enhance their risk management with regard to their systems. They have also put processes in place to engage with their suppliers and their private-sector stakeholders. In addition to those activities, we have completed or will shortly complete all of the 10 near-term actions from the Cyberspace Policy Review, and we continue to implement the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative. At the same time, the Administration is taking significant steps to institutionalize the need for strong cybersecurity and to operationalize the policies that we have developed to better protect our Nation against cyber threats.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/12/fact-sheet-administrations-cybersecurity-accomplishments

  62. Making Medicare Stronger, Improving Care, Saving Money

    Posted by Nancy-Ann DeParle on May 12, 2011

    Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new report outlining some of the steps our Administration has taken to strengthen the Medicare program, save money and improve the quality of care for our seniors. The report finds that the tools in the Affordable Care Act and other steps we have already taken will save nearly $120 billion for Medicare over the next five years and help deliver better care to people on Medicare.

    Many of these reforms were made possible by the Affordable Care Act. The new law rewards doctors and hospitals for providing high-quality care and offers new tools to help law enforcement and the Medicare program crack down on waste fraud and abuse. Other steps like improving care for patients with disabilities and bringing down the cost of durable medical equipment build on initiatives undertaken at CMS that will also reduce costs. And we recently announced the launch of the Partnership for Patients, a new public-private partnership that will help improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans. Already, more than 3,000 organizations, including 1,500 hospitals, have signed a pledge to become part of the Partnership for Patients. This has the potential to save up to $10 billion for Medicare through 2013.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/12/making-medicare-stronger-improving-care-saving-money

  63. Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    5/12/11 By The Associated Press – 4 mins ago
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    SYRIA
    Syrian soldiers roll into flash point cities in tanks and set up sand barriers topped with machine guns, as President Bashar Assad’s deadly crackdown on dissent pulls the country deeper into international isolation. Syrian soldiers and tanks surround the city of Hama, which President Assad’s father laid waste to in 1982 to stamp out an earlier uprising, killing between 10,000 and 25,000 people.
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    LIBYA
    Pressure mounts on ruler Moammar Gadhafi, with increasing NATO airstrikes and worsening shortages of fuel and goods. Residents say there has also been a wave of anti-government protests in several Tripoli neighborhoods. Gadhafi’s rebel opposition is receiving major political boosts from abroad. Britain promises to provide them with police gear, and the Obama administration invites a rebel delegation to the White House for talks on Friday. NATO airstrikes hit Gadhafi’s fortified compound in Tripoli, hours after the Libyan leader appeared on state TV for the first time since his son was killed nearly two weeks ago. Before his appearance, rumors swirled that he had been killed or injured.
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    YEMEN
    Yemeni police trying to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters in two cities kill two and wound at least 47. In one of the cities, protesters overrun a government building, posting a banner reading, “Closed until further notice by order of the youth revolution.” Yemen’s powerful neighbors in the Gulf Cooperation Council, backed by the U.S., try to resurrect a deal that nearly solved the crisis last month, allowing longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh to appoint a successor, avoid prosecution and step down in 30 days. Opponents grudgingly accepted the deal, but Saleh refused to sign at the last minute.
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    EGYPT
    Deposed President Hosni Mubarak and his wife are questioned over suspicions they illegally amassed vast wealth. Mubarak has been questioned several times, but this would be the first time his wife, Suzanne, faces interrogation. A Justice Ministry statement says interrogators questioned the couple about corruption and misuse of power. Some estimate his fortune in the tens of billions of dollars. Mubarak denies the allegations.

  64. May 12, 2011

    President Obama Proposes Extending Term for FBI Director Robert Mueller

    Today, President Obama announced he is seeking a two-year extension for the 10-year term of FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III which expires on September 4, 2011.

    President Obama said, “In his ten years at the FBI, Bob Mueller has set the gold standard for leading the Bureau. Given the ongoing threats facing the United States, as well as the leadership transitions at other agencies like the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency, I believe continuity and stability at the FBI is critical at this time. Bob transformed the FBI after September 11, 2001 into a pre-eminent counterterrorism agency, he has shown extraordinary leadership and effectiveness at protecting our country every day since. He has impeccable law enforcement and national security credentials, a relentless commitment to the rule of law, unquestionable integrity and independence, and a steady hand that has guided the Bureau as it confronts our most serious threats. I am grateful for his leadership, and ask Democrats and Republicans in Congress to join together in extending that leadership for the sake of our nation’s safety and security.”

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/12/president-obama-proposes-extending-term-fbi-director-robert-mueller

  65. Egyptian Salafist Muslims in the Spotlight

    MAY 12, 2011 Matthew Bell – THEWORLD.org

    In post-revolution Egypt, a wide range of forces are vying for power and influence. But the group that’s got many Egyptians worked up right now are Salafist Muslims.

    Egyptians Salafists have been around since the early 1900s. They represent a diverse and largely unorganized segment of Egyptian society. But in general, Salafists practice an ultra-conservative form of Islam that harkens back to the contemporaries of the prophet Mohammad and the two generations that followed.

    For decades, Egyptian Salafists viewed political Islam, in the style practiced by groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, for example, as too modern and worldly.

    But that might be starting to change.

    In recent years, Salafi teachings have taken hold in poor, rural parts of Egypt, and in urban centers like Cairo’s Imbaba district. Imbaba is a gritty, sprawling warren of narrow alleyways, best navigated in a motorized rickshaw called a “tuk-tuk.” This crowded working class neighborhood was the site of deadly violence between Muslims and Christians last weekend.

    Violence
    The fighting in Imbaba killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 200. A group of Salafists were blamed for setting things off.

    An online video shot last Saturday night shows a bearded man, who calls Christians dogs and tries to rally his fellow Muslims to be “real men” and burn down all the local churches.

    Later that night, two churches were set on fire.

    The next day, a Christian man who witnessed the violence named Mukhles Hillah said it was Salafi Muslims who started the confrontation, and that they need to be dealt with severely.

    “The government needs to crack down on these people with iron fist,” he said. “They don’t want dialogue, they only speak through violence.”

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.theworld.org/2011/05/egypt-salafis-mainstream/

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  66. Women Marines Join Males at the Frontline

    MAY 12, 2011 Monica Campbell -THEWORLD.org

    It’s morning at a small Marine base in southern Afghanistan. Sheena Adams, a young female Marine sergeant, drags herself out of a sleeping bag, grabs her muddy boots and steps out of her tent. She’s part of a Female Engagement Team (FET), a small group of women Marines who join their male counterparts on patrol.

    And they do more as well.

    Adams, a 25-year-old from Hawaii, and two other female Marines form an FET, a first-time experiment by the Marines in Afghanistan to let women join all-male patrols on the frontlines. Their mandate: push the counterinsurgency envelope by winning over Afghan women and children.

    For Adams and her small team, the challenges are enormous. First, they’re in war-torn Helmand Province. So they carry weapons, wear body armor and must be ready to fight like any male Marine. But they also get the chance to do something their male counterparts never do, talk to local women in a part of Afghanistan where females rarely leave the home – much less talk to Americans.

    “The culture is completely different here,” said Adams. “We do get to talk to the women here, but it’s very seldom and you never see them out.”⋅

    To reach the women, the Marines must spend enough time in a village for the Afghans to feel comfortable with them. Getting into living rooms and kitchens – places where male Marines are strictly forbidden – is another trick. The Afghan women have to ask a male relative for permission to let the Americans pass through the high mud walls that surround homes here. Once inside, the female Marines must quickly break the ice.

    “We have to see their compound and be, like, you have a lovely home, you know,” Adams said. “We’ll ask them what their names are, we’ll ask them how many kids, we’ll talk to them about their families. They tend to get really excited. And then if we have pictures on us, of husbands or kids or whatever, we’ll show them.”

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.theworld.org/2011/05/women-marines-join-males-at-the-frontline/

  67. Remarks by Secretary Gates During Troop Visit at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

    5/12/11 defense.gov

    SEC. GATES: Good morning, Marines. It’s good to be back here at Camp Lejeune. Thank you all for being here this morning, although I know, from a little experience in the military and a lot of experience in government, that more than a few of you probably aren’t volunteers.

    Let me just single out a couple of people. You all are very lucky to have General Paxton as commander of 2MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force). I got to know Jay very well when he was doing an onerous paperwork job in the Pentagon, and I can’t tell you how much happier he is to be here at Camp Lejeune.

    I also have with me my senior military assistant, Marine Lieutenant General John Kelly. John is a tremendous adviser and counselor. I also have with me Colonel Kris Stillings, who will become the commander of the Marine OCS (Officer Candidate School) at Quantico this summer. So I get a lot of good Marine advice.

    I’m not here to give a long speech, and I do want to save plenty of time for any questions or comments, but I did want to come back to Lejeune one more time before I retire at the end of June, just to say thank you and, as I say, to take some questions and hear any concerns that you have.

    But first I just want to thank you for your service, for your sacrifices, for taking care of your buddies, for your victories in Anbar and Helmand and so many other places. Thank you for protecting our country. And a special thanks to your families for their sacrifices, their service, their patience, for taking care of the home front while you’re on the battlefield.

    Each one of you could have done something easier, safer and better paid, but you chose to step forward to wear this country’s uniform, and most especially the eagle, globe and anchor. Our nation owes you an extraordinary debt for your decision to serve in a time of war and for what you’re doing every day.

    America has leaned heavily on the Marine Corps this past decade and will continue to do so going forward, because Marines are always ready, no matter what the mission. In just the past few months, Marines from the 2MEF have responded to Japan’s devastating earthquake and nuclear crisis, evacuated civilians fleeing upheaval in Tunisia and Libya, conducted multiple airstrikes against Libyan tanks and armored vehicles advancing on Benghazi, and in Afghanistan have given the Taliban a severe beating and pushed them out of their traditional strongholds in Helmand after some of the heaviest fighting of the war.

    For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=4822

  68. May 12, 2011
    Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate, 5/12/2011

    NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

    Mark D. Acton, of Kentucky, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for a term expiring October 14, 2016. (Reappointment)

    Robert G. Taub, of New York, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for a term expiring October 14, 2016, vice Tony Hammond, term expired.

    Mark P. Wetjen, of Nevada, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring June 19, 2016, vice Michael V. Dunn, term expiring.

  69. Immigrant Integration: Taking the Conversation on the Road

    Posted by Felicia Escobar on June 17, 2011

    Last week in Kansas City, and earlier this year in Minneapolis, federal agency staff hosted a roundtable discussion that brought together faith-based, educational, and advocacy organizations, business leaders and local government officials.

    At the Kansas City event, representatives from Office of Refugee Resettlement at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Citizenship at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security heard from leaders who helped identify best practices and give their ideas about what the federal government can do to help immigrant populations and the communities where they settle.

    At the Minneapolis event, representatives from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders led a group of AAPI advocates and community leaders in a frank, constructive discussion about integration successes and challenges and highlighted valuable partnerships they’ve made across business, law enforcement, and community sectors.

    And last month at the White House, the Administration highlighted community leaders – from San Diego, CA to Utica, NY – who are working to connect immigrants with critical services to learn English and assist in the naturalization process, as a part of our Champions of Change initiative. But hearing from two cities and bringing a handful of leaders to Washington, DC is not enough. That’s why the Administration is taking the conversation on the road. We believe that community leaders around the country are doing great work to integrate new immigrants into their communities and we want to know about it.

    Over the next three months, federal officials will be traveling around the country to gather feedback that will assist us in developing a federal strategy on immigrant integration. Look for us in a city near you:

    • Seattle, Washington on July 7th

    • Atlanta, GA on July 13th

    • Houston, Texas on July 26th

    • New York, NY on July 28th

    • Los Angeles, CA on August 5th

    * Detroit, MI on August 10th

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/17/new-americans-citizenship-and-integration-initiative

    • Post: Boost for Hispanic outreach

      8/22/11 By POLITICO STAFF

      The Washington Post pulls back the curtain on the White House’s outreach to Hispanics, particularly a little-noticed meeting with 160 leaders in the community last month during the debt debate:

      “For two days, they enjoyed full access to top presidential advisers, Cabinet members and administration officials from across the government. Before the participants left town, they received a glossy 33-page booklet detailing talking points to be shared back home — 1.9 million Hispanics kept out of poverty by the stimulus, $808 million in loans last year to Hispanic small businesses, and an extra $1 billion directed to colleges with large numbers of Hispanic students, to name a few.

      “The event was part of broader efforts by the White House and Obama’s reelection campaign to rekindle excitement among Hispanic voters, many of whom have turned their backs on the president amid disappointment over his immigration policies. Key to the strategy is shifting voters’ attention beyond the caustic immigration debate with data-driven appeals that show progress in other areas, while arguing that Obama is better on immigration than any of his potential Republican foes. …

      “The White House has lavished attention on Hispanic media, dispatching Obama and other administration officials to frequent appearances on Univision and Telemundo and inviting Hispanic bloggers to coveted encounters with Obama and senior advisers. Obama has sat for some 30 interviews with Hispanic news outlets — including one to be featured this fall in Latina magazine. In video aired during Univision’s annual ‘Premio lo Nuestro,’ a People’s Choice Awards-style music show, Obama rolled his R’s as he peppered his feel-good message with Spanish phrases.”

      Republicans are sure to enjoy that line that suggests the administration is aligning its approach with the reelection effort — “broader efforts by the White House and Obama’s reelection campaign” — but the Post adds, “Administration officials say their outreach initiatives — many of which began in 2009 — are not coordinated with the campaign.”

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