Why We Need President Obama

Why We Need President Obama –A Critical Moment

7/16/11 Deepack Chopra


“One of the virtues of being on the liberal side of politics is that total obedience isn’t required. There are no hidden agendas. Ideology doesn’t lead to unreason. In a political climate where it feels as if the inmates are running the asylum — as in the current Republican threat to default on America’s debt — the prevailing sanity of President Obama is something that others and I have taken for granted.

We cannot afford that luxury any more, I’m afraid.”

“In a political climate where it feels as if the inmates are running the asylum — as in the current Republican threat to default on America’s debt — the prevailing sanity of President Obama is something that others and I have taken for granted. ”

“The current debt ceiling crisis is proof that sensible, sane responses are not going to be automatic anymore. Paul Krugman calls the current Republican tactic outright extortion. The leaders of the Republican Party are so terrified of losing their seats in Congress that they have collapsed in the face of the ultra right and its worst ideologues.”

“If you suppose that the average citizen remembers that the right wing are the very ones who got us into this forlorn tangle of wars abroad, financial collapse, out-of-control spending, and massive bonuses for the rich, you have not felt the power that fear exerts. Since 9/11, playing upon fear has been wildly successful for the right wing — it re-elected a catastrophic president — and now outrage has been added to the mix thanks to the romping recklessness of Wall Street, which paid not the slightest penalty for bringing on the recession.”

“If ever there was a time to stand behind the captain, this is it. Not because pluralism and free expression are wrong. They aren’t and never will be. But like Churchill calling upon a coalition cabinet in the depth of the war years, it’s paramount that we see the greater danger for what it is. Attention was drawn to the cover of a recent issue of the Economist, which showed a tall President Obama towering over a squabbling handful of pygmy Republican rivals for the presidency. The headline read, “He Could Still Lose.” We need to remember that if that were to happen, it wouldn’t be because President Obama made too many mistakes or failed to pass a sufficiently liberal agenda. The reason would be that all of us forgot the 30-year reign of reactionary administrations (minus the Clinton years) and the power of debased politics to keep coming back, again and again.”


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  1. WH

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    All Times Eastern


    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:00 AM
    The President meets with senior advisors
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:00 AM
    The President participates in regional interviews on the economy and the importance of finding a balanced approach to deficit reduction
    Diplomatic Room
    Closed Press

    11:30 AM
    The Vice President meets with leaders from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Panetta
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama Makes an Announcement on Access to Healthy, Affordable Food
    The White House

    2:59 PM
    The President meets with Democratic leaders in the House and in the Senate

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:09 PM
    The President meets with Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
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    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • POTUS podium

      July 20, 2011

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

      12:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      2:15 PM EDT
      First Lady Michelle Obama Makes an Announcement on Access to Healthy, Affordable Food
      The White House


      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      10:00 AM EDT
      Senate DOMA repeal hearing
      The Senate Judiciary Committee holds the first congressional hearing on proposals to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

      10:00 AM EDT
      Senate Environment Subcmte: Oil Pipeline Spill in Yellowstone

      12:00 PM EDT
      Family of slain Giffords aide speaks
      The family of Gabe Zimmerman, and aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was one of six killed when an assailant opened fire during a meeting with constituents in Arizona, holds a briefing in Washington.

      12:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      2:15 PM EDT
      First Lady Michelle Obama Makes an Announcement on Access to Healthy, Affordable Food
      The White House

      2:30 PM EDT
      Counternarcotic efforts in Afghanistan hearing
      The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control holds a hearing on counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan.


      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM EDT
      Senate DOMA repeal hearing
      The Senate Judiciary Committee holds the first congressional hearing on proposals to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

      10:00 AM EDT
      Senate Environment Subcmte: Oil Pipeline Spill in Yellowstone http://www.cspan.org/Events/Senators-Get-Update-on-Oil-Spill-in-Yellowstone-River/10737422978/

      12:00 PM EDT
      Family of slain Giffords aide speaks
      The family of Gabe Zimmerman, and aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was one of six killed when an assailant opened fire during a meeting with constituents in Arizona, holds a briefing in Washington.

      12:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      2:15 PM EDT
      First Lady Michelle Obama Makes an Announcement on Access to Healthy, Affordable Food
      The White House

      2:30 PM EDT
      Counternarcotic efforts in Afghanistan hearing
      The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control holds a hearing on counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/300606-1

      Middle East Protest

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

  2. Thank you Jackie for giving me the heads up on this Deepack Chopra article this past Sunday!

    • Hi, CR (and Jackie) – For the first time in a long time, I went to Huffington Post to check out that article … and it was well worth the trip!

      It should be spread far and wide, and thanks for using it here.

      Hope you are all well! I’m way behind in my reading, since the grandchildren are still here visiting for the summer. But I’m here in spirit and – every once in a while – real time!

      Obama-Biden 2012!

  3. July 19, 2011

    Remarks by the President on the Status of Efforts to Find a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction

    James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

    1:32 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. I wanted to give folks a quick update on the progress that we’re making on the debt ceiling discussions.

    I was in contact with all the leadership over the course of the weekend and continued to urge both Democrats and Republicans to come together around an approach that not only lifts the debt ceiling but also solves the underlying challenges that we face when it comes to debt and deficits.

    Some progress was made in some of the discussions, some narrowing of the issues. Speaker Boehner and the Republican House caucus felt it necessary to put forward the plan that they’re going to be voting on today. I think everyone’s estimation is, is that that is not an approach that could pass both chambers, it’s not an approach that I would sign and it’s not balanced. But I understand the need for them to test that proposition.

    The problem we have now is we’re in the 11th hour and we don’t have a lot more time left. The good news is that today a group of senators, the Gang of Six, Democrats and Republicans — I guess now Gang of Seven, because one additional Republican senator added on — put forward a proposal that is broadly consistent with the approach that I’ve urged. What it says is we’ve got to be serious about reducing discretionary spending both in domestic spending and defense; we’ve got to be serious about tackling health care spending and entitlements in a serious way; and we’ve got to have some additional revenue so that we have an approach in which there is shared sacrifice and everybody is giving up something.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/07/19/remarks-president-status-efforts-find-balanced-approach-deficit-reductio

  4. What The Word ‘Compromise’ Really Means

    7/19/11 by GEOFF NUNBERG – NPR

    Sometimes people avoid even saying the word. Not long after the Republicans took the House last fall, Lesley Stahl interviewed John Boehner on 60 Minutes. Boehner told her the Republicans were ready to govern, and she said, “Governing means compromising.”

    He answered, “It means working together.”

    “It also means compromising,” she said.

    “It means finding common ground,” he answered.

    She kept pushing him about why he was unwilling to say “compromise,” until he finally answered, “I reject the word.”

    Now on the face of things, it’s disconcerting to hear a politician refusing to say “compromise.” It reminds me of the American tourists I once overheard in a rug bazaar in Morocco telling the merchant, “Mind you, now, we don’t haggle.” But as the debt limit drama continues, visiting the C-word would be imprudent for any prominent Republican. Polls show that Republican voters are far more resistant to compromise than Democrats are right now, and “no compromise” has become the rallying point for what has been dubbed the “Hell, No Caucus.” You hear that tone from the other side, too — Paul Krugman urged President Obama to draw a line in the sand against political extortion. But it hasn’t become a Democratic battle cry.

    For the entire article and audio commentary: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/19/138468870/what-the-word-compromise-really-means

  5. GOP is bad for business


    The debt ceiling debate highlights an increasingly evident fact: the Republican Party is bad for business.

    This, of course, runs contrary to the GOP’s carefully crafted image. But it’s hard to come to any other conclusion after reviewing the party’s actions in congressional economic debates. Time after time, Democrats stepped up to take the tough actions needed to prevent economic collapse while Republicans buried their heads in the sand.

    First, nearly three years ago, then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke flatly told Congress that our financial system would implode without immediate and direct intervention. The remedy they proposed — the Trouble Asset Relief Program — was not popular with anyone, including Democrats.

    Yet, there was a broad recognition that failing to act would result in economic calamity. A majority of House Republicans, however, still turned its back on the measure; even as Democrats voted nearly 3 to 1 to pass President George W. Bush’s policy.

    Second, our nation was losing more than 750,000 jobs per month when President Barack Obama took office. He proposed a combination of tax cuts and targeted spending to support consumer demand and promote business investment. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said his legislation took “a necessary step toward getting the U.S. economy back on track.”

    While our economy continues to confront significant challenges, every credible assessment of Obama’s legislation shows it helped pave the way for 16 straight months of private-sector job growth. Yet every House Republican voted against it.

    Now, congressional Republicans again threaten our economy by risking default on our debt. The business community has clearly laid out that default would have dire consequences for our economy. But many congressional Republicans act as if they don’t believe them or care.

    Even after Obama expressed willingness to cut our debt by $4 trillion – proposing $3 in spending cuts for every $1 in new revenue – Republicans still shirk their responsibility of maintaining full faith in our nation’s credit.

    These three debates have affected the U.S. business climate more than any other congressional matter of recent years. Each time, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many other influential business groups have urged action. But on each occasion, Republicans have walked away from business.

    Republicans stress the important economic role of business, but when the chips are really down, they take a walk. They are now the party of “no” when the U.S. economy’s stability, growth and preservation are at stake.

    Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) is the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.

  6. President Obama Supports the Respect for Marriage Act

    Posted by Colleen Curtis on July 19, 2011

    President Obama is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act, which is being introduced by Senator Feinstein and Congressman Nadler in the Senate on July 20. This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples.

    The President has long called for a legislative repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people — our families, friends and neighbors.

    Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/19/president-obama-supports-respect-marriage-act

    • Nadler Hails President Obama’s Historic Endorsement of the Respect for Marriage Act

      TUESDAY, 19 JULY 2011

      WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the author and lead sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), lauded President Barack Obama’s direct endorsement of his legislation. Nadler is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and vice-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus.

      “I am thrilled by President Obama’s endorsement today of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation which I introduced in order to repeal the discriminatory and cruel Defense of Marriage Act once and for all,” said Nadler. “The President’s unprecedented decision to support this timely legislation sends a powerful message to Members of Congress and to the American people that now is the moment to dispense with DOMA and remove this ugly blight from our legal code. The President has consistently supported repeal of DOMA and, with today’s announcement, in advance of tomorrow’s landmark Senate hearing, he has taken yet another step to make this a reality. On the heels of New York’s advancement of marriage equality last month, the Respect for Marriage Act is more necessary than ever to ensure that all legally married couples are treated the same – and granted the same recognition – by the federal government.”

      The following is the text of the President’s endorsement, via Press Secretary Jay Carney, announced today:

      “I can tell you that the President has long called for a legislative repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people – our families, friends and neighbors. He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act, introduced by Senator Feinstein and Congressman Nadler.”

      DOMA singles out legally married gay and lesbian couples for discriminatory treatment under federal law, selectively denying them critical federal responsibilities and rights, including programs like Social Security that are intended to ensure the stability and security of American families.

      The Respect for Marriage Act currently has 118 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. The Act represents the consensus approach endorsed by the nation’s leading LGBT and civil rights stakeholders and legislators, and would ensure that valid marriages are respected under federal law, providing couples with much-needed certainty that they will have the same access to federal responsibilities and rights as all other married couples.

      Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will chair the first-ever hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act tomorrow. Rep. Nadler will testify on his legislation.

      Source: http://nadler.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1688&Itemid=132

    • Marriage law hearing to feature same-sex couples

      7/20/11By KEVIN FREKING – Associated Press | AP – 21 hrs a

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday threw its backing behind a bill that would repeal a 15-year-old law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

      The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on the legislation Wednesday. The bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a measure that makes same-sex couples ineligible for the many federal benefits that accrue to married, heterosexual couples.

      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated President Barack Obama’s support for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act.

      “This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples.” Carney said.
      Feinstein said she is under no illusion that Congress will act this year to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Still, she views the committee hearing as an important first step. She said more people are open to gay marriage than in 1996.

      For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/marriage-law-hearing-feature-same-sex-couples-170604006.html

  7. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Cover Feature For “Better Homes And Gardens” Magazine


    Mrs. Obama is first public figure on cover in four decades; talks Let’s Move!, healthy eating and gardening…

    First Lady Michelle Obama graces the cover of the August, 2011 print edition of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, which will hit news stands on July 19. Mrs. Obama is the first public figure to appear on the cover of the magazine in 48 years, and the feature story includes an interview about the Let’s Move! campaign and the First Lady’s efforts to promote healthy eating and vegetable growing, with the White House Kitchen Garden. It includes a photo spread of Mrs. Obama and BHG co-hosting a picnic for local fifth graders at the White House, shot in May. Publisher Meredith says the print edition of the magazine reaches “close to” 40 million readers monthly.

    “The First Lady is honored to be the first person in decades to appear on the cover of such a beloved magazine,” said Kristina Schake, the First Lady’s Communications Director. “She is thrilled to share the story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Let’s Move! with the millions of Americans who read Better Homes and Gardens.”

    For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/07/first-lady-michelle-obamas-cover.html

    • Good evening CR and friends. I bought my copy last week. It is a nice issue. Thanks for sharing this article

      • Good evening COS! I will buy a copy tomorrow! 🙂

        I am so excited because I just received my delivery of Obama/Biden 2012 bumper stickers, lapel stickers and rally signs; I did not order any yard signs this year because in 2008 GOP trrolls kept stealing all the yard signs! South County 4 Obama is ready!

        Obama Biden 2012

  8. Last Chance to See a Space Shuttle in Night Sky … Ever

    7/19/11 By Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist

    Space shuttle Atlantis will be returning to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the very last time on Thursday morning, so there are just two days left to spot the winged spaceship soaring across the twilight morning sky.

    Unfortunately, the viewing circumstances do not favor any views for most of North America, with the exception of some of the southernmost states, as both Atlantis and the International Space Station will not be making favorable passes over the contiguous U.S. and Canada until after sunrise (during the daylight hours) through much of this week.

    But skywatchers in some southern U.S. locations have chances to spot Atlantis fly overhead, weather permitting. NASA is retiring its shuttle fleet after Atlantis’ current flight so there will be no more shuttles to seek out one this mission ends. [Photos of Space Shuttles and Station From Earth]

    Shuttle watching on Tuesday
    If you live in favored locations in parts of Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Hawaii, you will get a chance to see both Atlantis and the International Space Station streak across the sky early on Tuesday morning.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/last-chance-see-space-shuttle-night-sky-ever-215202017.html


    To see if it will be viewable in your area visit one of these three websites:

    Chris Peat’s Heavens Above
    NASA’s SkyWatch

    • Attorney Wins GOP Primary in 22nd District

      Jul 19, 2011 AP

      MILWAUKEE — Attorney Jonathan Steitz has won a Republican primary in a Wisconsin recall election, and now advances to challenge Democratic state Sen. Robert Wirch next month.

      Unofficial results show that Steitz finished with 64 percent of Tuesday’s vote, with all precincts reporting. He defeated Fred Ekornaas,a retired Kenosha County sheriff and current county board vice chairman.

      The recall effort followed Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s divisive plan taking away collective-bargaining rights from most public workers.

      Six Republican state senators face recall elections next month for supporting the plan. Wirch and two Democratic colleagues were targeted for fleeing the state to stall it.

      Steitz and Wirch now square off in a general election Aug. 16.

      Steitz says he’s excited about the win, but the real goal is to unseat Wirch next month.

      • Thanks CR. I just heard Rachel also say that the Democrat (Hanson) who was recalled by the republicans won by 69% in Wisconsin. He was one of the representatives who left WI to prevent the vote on the union busting bill. The election where the democrats initiated the recalls has no taken place yet.

        • Hi, COS! Haven’t been around much (visiting grandkids are here for the summer) and I’ve missed a lot! I actually haven’t thought much about WI lately. Gotta get the Democrats in office there!!!! I know the union workers and others won’t soon forget. I’m thinking the future looks brighter.

  9. Fed’s Hoenig: growth to continue at modest pace

    7/19/11 By Christine Stebbins | Reuters – 1 hr 23 mins ago

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A top Federal Reserve official said on Thursday the U.S. economy should grow at a modest pace for the next several years, but issued a harsh criticism of the U.S. central bank’s just-concluded bond buying program.

    “The outlook for the U.S. economy is that we will continue to grow at a modest pace of somewhere between 2.5 (percent), on a good quarter, 3 percent, at least in terms of next year and the year beyond,” said Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig.

    Hoenig is one of the most outspoken critics of the Federal Reserve’s exceptionally easy money policies. He is not a voter on the Fed’s policy-setting panel.

    The Kansas City Fed chief has persistently objected to the extent of the Fed’s aggressive steps to support a weak recovery from a sharp recession that ended in June 2009. When he was a voter on the Fed’s policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee in 2010, he dissented at every rate-setting meeting on the grounds that policy should be tighter.

    He renewed his sharp criticism of Fed policies on Tuesday, calling the Fed’s most recent bond buying initiative to stimulate economic growth — QE2 because it was the second round of quantitative easing — a back-handed funding of U.S. borrowing.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/feds-hoenig-growth-continue-modest-pace-020648737.html

  10. House votes for huge deficit-cutting bill

    7/19/11 By STEVEN R. HURST – Associated Press | AP – 25 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday night to cut federal spending by $6 trillion and require congressional approval of a constitutional balanced budget amendment in exchange for raising the federal debt ceiling and averting a threatened government default.

    The 234-190 vote marked the power of deeply conservative first-term Republicans, and stood in contrast to stirrings at the White House and in the Senate on a renewed effort at bipartisanship to solve the looming debt crisis.

    The House bill faces almost certain defeat in the Democrat-controlled Senate and President Barack Obama has vowed to veto it should it ever reach his desk.

    Obama clearly overshadowed the House vote when he said in the White House press room earlier Tuesday that a unexpectedly rejuvenated bipartisan Senate plan — that cuts spending and raises taxes — is “broadly consistent” with his ideas for slashing the budget deficit. He held out hope it would be an opening for Congress to raise the debt ceiling before the Aug. 2 deadline.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/house-votes-huge-deficit-cutting-bill-031546923.html

  11. First Lady Obama On 2011 “Power 50” List From “Supermarket News”

    JULY 20, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    Thanks to her work rounding up partnerships and commitments from the private sector for the Let’s Move! campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama joins America’s most influential and successful food industry leaders on Supermarket News’ 2011 Power 50 list. Number 1 on the list is Mike Duke, CEO of Walmart–which also happens to be Mrs. Obama’s largest corporate partner. Today, Mrs. Obama will announce new partnerships for the Let’s Move! campaign, during an afternoon event at the White House.

    “Her impact on the supermarket industry has been significant, with companies frequently invoking her name when announcing new health initiatives,” notes Supermarket News.

    The Power 50 list is divided into categories, and Mrs. Obama holds the #1 position in the Associations/Government category, which makes her 45th overall. The list includes global movers and shakers, including the CEOS of Safeway, Kroger, Whole Foods Market, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, ConAgra, Kraft Foods, and Dole, to name a small cross section. Mrs. Obama is listed ahead of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in her category.

    “Obama seeks to do no less than change America’s attitude towards health and wellness,” notes Supermarket News.


    7/20/11 POLITICO44

    President Obama will take his deficit argument public again on Wednesday as he sits down with three more local TV reporters. In interviews with journalists from Columbus, Kansas City, Mo., and Los Angeles, Obama will talk about “the economy and the importance of finding a balanced approach to deficit reduction,” the White House said in guidance to reporters.

  13. Mortgage applications see biggest increase in 4 months: MBA

    7/20/11 By Leah Schnurr | Reuters – 43 mins ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Applications for home mortgages surged last week, racking up the biggest increase in four months on a flood of refinancing demand as interest rates remained low, an industry group said on Wednesday.

    The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, spiked up 15.5 percent in the week ended July 15. It was the largest increase since early March.

    “Ongoing turmoil in the financial markets primarily due to the sovereign debt crisis in Europe has brought mortgage rates back to their lowest levels of the year,” Michael Fratantoni, MBA’s vice president of research and economics, said in a statement. “Refinance applications have surged in response.”

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/t0krM

  14. American orders 460 new planes from Boeing, Airbus

    7/20/11 By DAVID KOENIG – AP Airlines Writer | AP – 8 mins ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is buying at least 460 new planes over the next five years and splitting the order between Boeing and Airbus.

    American said Wednesday it will buy 260 planes from Airbus and 200 from Boeing Co. It’s a major coup for Europe’s Airbus because American currently flies an all-Boeing fleet.

    American will also take options and purchase rights for up to 465 additional planes through 2025.

    The airline expects the new, better-mileage planes will save money on fuel and provide more enticing amenities to passengers.
    American parent AMR Corp. also announced that it plans to spin off its American Eagle regional-flying subsidiary as a separate company.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/xrxV8

  15. China appeals to US to protect investor interests

    AP – 1 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China, the biggest holder of U.S. Treasury debt, appealed to Washington on Wednesday to take steps to boost confidence in the dollar and protect its investors.

    China’s foreign currency regulator cited reports by rating agencies such as Standard & Poor’s about possible risks to the U.S. sovereign credit rating amid conflict over whether to increase the amount the government can borrow.

    China held some $1.15 trillion in Treasury debt as of the end of April, according to U.S. government data. Chinese leaders have repeatedly appealed to Washington to avoid measures that might erode the value of the dollar and those holdings.

    “We hope the U.S. government concretely takes responsible policy measures to increase the confidence of international financial markets and respects and safeguards investors’ interests,” the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said in a statement.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/china-appeals-us-protect-investor-interests-104142019.html

  16. Timothy Geithner: Save Dodd-Frank


    Marking the first anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is urging President Barack Obama to veto any bill put forward by its Republican foes that undermines the consumer protection measures and Wall Street reforms it has put in place.

    “Many of those who fought reform during the legislative process are now trying to slow down and weaken rules, starve regulatory agencies of resources, and block nominations so that they can ultimately kill reform,” Geithner writes on the op-ed page of Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal.

    For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59438.html

  17. Murdoch scandal a symptom of a broader sickness

    July 10, 2011 Bruce Guthrie- brisbanetimes

    What happened at News of the World is a disgrace and appears to be systemic, writes Bruce Guthrie.

    IN 1988, while attending a conference of News Corporation editors in Aspen, Colorado, I made the mistake of raising the thorny issue of journalistic ethics. The proprietor, Rupert Murdoch, was not amused. Murdoch, who was hosting the session, turned red, then purple, as I repeatedly asked a senior executive from his London Sun whether the publication had any ethical framework. It didn’t, the paper’s news editor finally admitted.

    In most media companies that admission might have earned the executive a rebuke. But instead, I copped it, with Murdoch later dismissing me as a ”Fairfax wanker”. (For the record, I wasn’t at that point; I became one 12 months later.)

    I have reflected on the episode many times since, particularly this week as the News of the World phone hacking scandal went from bad to worse and then putrid.

    I left that conference more than 20 years ago concerned that Murdoch saw ethics, or at least the discussion of them, as an inconvenience that got in the way of newspaper business. If that really is the case, should we be entirely surprised that the phone hacking scandal played out at one of his titles and that it ended in its forced closure?

    Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/murdoch-scandal-a-symptom-of-a-broader-sickness-20110709-1h7w8.html

    • The evil of Rupert Murdoch

      7/20/11 By ROGER SIMON – POLITICO

      I first and last talked to Rupert Murdoch in late 1983 or early 1984, when he bought my newspaper in Chicago.

      I say it was “my” newspaper not because I owned it — far greedier people than even me owned it — but because it was my first extended job, and I had come to love it. I was writing four columns a week, my picture was on the side of newspaper trucks and on newspaper boxes. I was paid well. My wife also worked at the Sun-Times, and we were looking for our first house.

      And then we heard that Murdoch might buy our paper. Murdoch was well-known in the newspaper industry. He had the same formula for almost all of his newspapers: Stories were to stress sex, violence, crime and racial discord.

      Murdoch came to see what would soon be “his” paper — it may have been his first trip to Chicago — and about two dozen employees were summoned to a dinner with him. He was relaxed and easy-going and promised — as he always did when he bought a paper — to retain its quality and integrity.

      It was a lie, and we knew it was a lie. But we tried to convince ourselves of its truth for as long as possible. For me, that wasn’t long.

      I had a conversation with him about various sections of the paper. “I don’t understand anything about American sport,” he told me breezily, “but I know the coloreds like it.”

      I told him that in America we no longer used the word “coloreds,” that it was considered insulting.

      He looked at me the way Queen Victoria might have looked at a footman who had told her she was using the wrong fork to eat her pheasant.

      For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59405.html

  18. Making a Difference in Rural Economies with Cooperatives

    Posted by Everett Dobrinski on July 20, 2011

    Ed. Note: Champions of Change is a weekly initiative to highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities and helping our country rise to meet the many challenges of the 21st century.

    I was honored to be able to participate in the Champions of Change series at the White House on July 6th. The theme of the week was Rural America and a group of rural leaders from across the country joined in a conversation with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Melody Barnes the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council. We were all pleasantly surprised to have President Obama drop-in for a visit. I was pleased to know that the President takes rural issues so seriously.

    As a life-long farmer from western North Dakota, I have found that cooperatives have made a huge difference in our rural economy. I have used cooperatives in my farming business during my whole career. I have served on several cooperative boards and am currently the board chair of CoBank, a cooperative bank serving rural America headquartered in Denver. CoBank as part of the Farm Credit System serves rural America by providing credit and financial services to farmer owned agricultural cooperatives and related businesses, certain farm credit associations, and rural infrastructure businesses including rural electrics, rural communications providers, and rural water and waste water systems. CoBank also provides export financing of agricultural products. The Farm Credit System is a government-sponsored entity and as such has a mission to serve rural America which we take very seriously. CoBank has been active in the renewable fuels sector such as ethanol, solar, and wind.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/20/making-difference-rural-economies-cooperatives

  19. Increasing Exports Will Help Create the Jobs of the Future

    Posted by Francisco J. Sánchez on July 20, 2011

    This week I had the opportunity to talk to a large number of elected and appointed county officials from across the country who gathered in Portland, Oregon for the 76th National Association of Counties Annual Meeting.

    The message I brought to them is that we can work together to accelerate the growth of exports and the American jobs they support. I believe that strengthening our partnerships will help us to create the jobs of the future.

    In his 2010 State of the Union, President Obama announced his National Export Initiative, or NEI, which mobilizes departments throughout the federal government to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014 supporting several million jobs. Solidifying our partnerships will help us achieve this goal. Partnering with the more than 3,000 counties across the country can grow their economies and create jobs through the NEI.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/20/increasing-exports-will-help-create-jobs-future

  20. Sharing Experiences as African-American Farmers

    Posted by Philip Johnson Haynie, III on July 20, 2011

    Ed. Note: Champions of Change is a weekly initiative to highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities and helping our country rise to meet the many challenges of the 21st century.

    On July 6, 2011, I was recognized as a “Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration. This allowed me the opportunity to have a roundtable discussion with rural leaders from around the country and government officials to discuss the progress happening in rural America.

    It was quite an experience to be on my combine harvesting wheat on Tuesday and sitting around a table in the White House with President Obama on Wednesday. I must say, this was an experience for an ol’ country boy!

    As I sat listening to President Obama, I remembered how as a child I would listen to my grandfather and father talk about their experiences as African-American farmers. Their triumphs and pitfalls inspired me to return to the family farm when I completed my education in Agricultural Economics at Virginia Tech. Now I am able to share my experiences with the next generation through my participation with the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) by advocating to increase the efficiency, sustainability and productivity of black row crop farmers.

    For the entire article; http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/20/sharing-experiences-african-american-farmers

  21. Tennessee Highway Patrol A Top Finisher In National Law Enforcement Challenge

    July 14, 2011 chattanoogan

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol has again been named a top finisher in a prestigious national law enforcement agency competition. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has named the THP the second place winner of the 2011 National Law Enforcement Challenge. Colonel Tracy Trott will officially accept the award on behalf of the department in October at the IACP Annual Conference in Chicago.

    “This is a tremendous honor and we could not have earned it without the dedication and hard work by our troopers, dispatchers, and support staff. They are out on the roadways protecting citizens across the state each and every day. They are Tennessee’s Finest, and I will accept this award in their honor,” said Colonel Trott.

    National Law Enforcement Challenge is a competition between law enforcement agencies of similar sizes and types. The Highway Patrol competed in the State Police/Highway Patrol category for agencies with 501-1,000 officers.

    As part of the challenge, the THP submitted an application documenting its efforts and effectiveness in traffic safety enforcement, including officer training, public information and crrash reduction. In 2010 and 2009, the THP walked away with a third place finish. It earned first place in 2006.

    The IACP is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization of police executive with more than 20,000 members in over 200 countries. Overall, more 450 law enforcement agencies competed in the 2011 challenge.

  22. Food Locator

    Food Deserts

    – cdc.gov

    What are food deserts?
    Food deserts are areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet.

    Do food deserts exist in the U.S?
    A review of five high income countries published in the July 2009 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) suggests that food deserts do exist in the United States. Estimates of how much of the US population is affected can vary greatly because there is no standard definition of a food desert. According to a 2009 report by the US Department of Agriculture, a small percentage of American consumers are limited in their ability to access affordable nutritious food because they live far from a supermarket or large grocery store and do not have easy access to transportation. Full report.

    How can food deserts affect your health?
    Many scientific studies have suggested that food deserts may negatively affect health outcomes, but more research is needed to determine how access influences the types of foods consumers purchase and eat. Some researchers believe a link exists between access to affordable nutritious foods and the intake of those foods. However, other studies have shown that even after healthier food options are more widely available in food deserts, many consumers continue to make unhealthy choices based on personal preferences.

    How can I tell if I live in a food desert?
    Identifying food deserts is not an exact science, but you can look at an overview of your county’s access to healthier food.

    For the entire article: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/FoodDeserts/

    • July 20, 2011

      First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Nationwide Commitments to Provide Millions of People Access to Healthy, Affordable Food in Underserved Communities

      SUPERVALU, Walgreens, Walmart and regional retailers among those making major commitments

      First Lady Michelle Obama joined leaders from major retailers, foundations and small businesses today to announce commitments that will provide access to healthy, affordable food to millions of people in underserved communities. The commitments from SUPERVALU, Walgreens, Walmart and regional retailers will include opening or expanding over 1,500 stores to serve communities throughout the country that currently do not have access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. These stores estimate that they will create tens of thousands of jobs and serve approximately 9.5 million people in these communities throughout the country. Currently, 23.5 million Americans – including 6.5 million children – live in low-income areas that lack stores likely to sell affordable and healthy foods. Studies have shown that limited access to healthy food choices can lead to poor diets, higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases.

      “The commitments we’re announcing today have the potential to be a game-changer for kids and communities all across this country,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “We can give people all the information and advice in the world about healthy eating and exercise, but if parents can’t buy the food they need to prepare those meals because their only options for groceries are the gas station or the local minimart, then all that is just talk. Let’s Move is about giving parents real choices about the food their kids are eating, and today’s announcement means that more parents will have a fresh food retailer right in their community – a place that sells healthy food, at reasonable prices, so they can feed their families the way they want.”

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/07/20/first-lady-michelle-obama-announces-nationwide-commitments-provide-milli

    • Eliminating Food Deserts in America

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Feb 24, 2010

      What is a “Food Desert”? Find out what is being done to combat these nutritional wastelands on a trip to Philadelphia with First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary Tom Vilsack. Learn more at http://letsmove.gov.

    • July 20, 2011

      Remarks by the First Lady at an event on access to healthy, affordable food

      East Room

      2:32 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you, everyone. Thanks so much. Please, rest yourselves. Good afternoon.

      AUDIENCE: Good afternoon.

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, this is very cool. (Laughter.) I am thrilled to be here today. And I want to start by thanking Josephine for that very kind introduction and for her wonderful remarks. And I have to say, I have to out you, today is her birthday. (Applause.) So happy birthday. She just turned 30 — (laughter) — and I think that she’s going to go out and party and hang out, go to some clubs. (Laughter.) So we hope this has been a good way to start your birthday. We are thrilled to have you.

      I also want to acknowledge the members of Congress who are with us today. Thank you all for taking time to come and join us. I want to thank Mayor Lozano for his leadership and his service. There you are. Thank you so much. And I have to recognize my partner in crime, Jim Gavin. I always know that when I see him, there’s good news ahead. So we are happy to have him, as well as the Partnership for a Healthier America, for being here and for their role in helping to gather these commitments and ensuring our success going forward. That partnership has been a tremendous part of “Let’s Move.”

      And finally, I want to thank all of the businesses, all of the nonprofits, all the elected officials here. I want to thank you for your passion. I want to thank you for your conviction and for your dedication to our communities.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/07/20/remarks-first-lady-event-access-healthy-affordable-food

  23. Obama calls Democratic leaders to White House

    7/20/11 By ANDREW TAYLOR – Associated Press | AP – 34 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama summoned top Democratic lawmakers back to the White House Wednesday to resume negotiations on averting a potentially crippling government default, as attention focused on a new bipartisan budget plan emerging in the Senate.

    The White House also indicated Obama would be willing to sign a short-term debt limit increase — something he’s opposed — if it’s merely a stop-gap measure to allow time for a broader plan to get into place, something that likely couldn’t be finished by the Aug. 2 deadline to increase the government’s borrowing limit.

    Obama’s meeting with House and Senate Democratic leaders, planned for mid-afternoon Wednesday, marked a partial resumption of talks that ended last week after five days straight of Obama huddling with lawmakers from both parties, with little progress to show for it. But the announcement Tuesday of a possible deal by the Senate “Gang of Six” was seized on by Obama as a possible breakthrough. Now the job ahead for the president, if he is to build momentum behind the plan, includes selling members of his own party on the cuts to entitlement programs that it embraces.

    “We are in the 11th hour,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney, repeating what Obama had said Wednesday. “We need to meet, talk, consult and narrow down in fairly short order what train we’re riding into the station.”

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/bP1Ti

    • In my opinion, I think the President should not do a short term extension for any reason, because the Republicans will take that opportunity to back track on anything they had previously agreed to. They are total scumbags (IMO).

      • I agree Jackie! Give the GOP congress a mile and they will say that they are owed more because the speak for the American (millionaires and billionaires that is).

        • Hey CR and Jackie. Unless PBO can get a guarantee in writing that these bozos won’t go back ont heir word, I am a little leary of this also. If i never hear the word debt ceiling again, I will be soooooo happy. 🙂 This fuss is just like the Start Treaty. I thank God everyday that we have a focused, strong president to deal with this.

  24. Email from Steve Israel of DCCC:

    “Last night, Republican Rep. Allen West sent a disgraceful e-mail outburst to one of our most accomplished colleagues in the House, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, telling her to “shut the heck up” for daring to challenge the GOP plan to gut Medicare and Social Security to pay for tax cuts for billionaires.

    I wish I could say I was surprised.

    Unfortunately, this is exactly the sort of partisan tantrum we’re used to from House Republicans as they push our economy to the brink of disaster while pandering to their Tea Party base.

    We can’t let this shameful display go unanswered.”

    “This kind of appalling behavior is all too familiar from Congressman West, who has riled up his extremist right-wing base by attacking progressive women for “neutering American men,” calling supporters of President Obama, “a threat to the gene pool” and writing for a misogynist magazine that denigrated women with words I’d be ashamed to even repeat.

    And now that he’s in Congress, West thinks he can attack a respected legislator like Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz with this kind of hate-filled screed.

    Allen West has shown us his true colors, now let’s show him ours.

    Let’s make sure Republicans don’t forget this moment.”

    Rep. Steve Israel
    DCCC Chairman

    • Full text of West’s email to Wasserman Schultz below:

      From: Z112 West, Allen
      Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM

      To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie

      Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric

      Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz

      Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

      I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.

      You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

      Steadfast and Loyal

      Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)


      Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20080856-503544.html

      • CR did u see the press conference of the Democratic women discussing and defending DWS on this on cnn live stream earlier? It is really nice to see the dems bringing this to the forefront. Allen West has anger management problems and he need to be watched. Lord, I hope that he can be voted out when his term is up.

  25. Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

    7/20/11 By The Associated Press | AP – 31 mins ago

    Syria warns the American and French ambassadors not to travel outside the capital without permission, two weeks after they angered the regime by visiting a city that has become the center of the country’s four-month-old uprising. If the U.S. and French envoys disobey the order, Syria will ban all diplomats from leaving Damascus, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says during a lecture at Damascus University.

    Egypt’s ruling generals say foreigners won’t be allowed to monitor upcoming elections, but there will be Egyptian observers. This comes as the military unveiled a law setting guidelines for Egypt’s first post-revolution parliamentary vote. A key member of a panel drafting guidelines for Egypt’s next constitution says most of the group’s 50 members object to giving the military a future role in politics.

    France’s foreign minister suggests that a possible way out of Libya’s civil war would be to allow Moammar Gadhafi to stay in the country if he relinquishes power. Gadhafi insists he will neither step down nor flee the country he has led for four decades. With the NATO-led air campaign against Gadhafi’s forces entering its fifth month and the fighting in a stalemate, the international community is seeking exit strategies.

    A bomb placed under the driver’s seat of a British man’s car blows up in southern Yemen, killing the man, and opposition parties accuse the government of trying to assassinate the leader of a key Islamist opposition group in an attack in the capital. Security across Yemen has nearly collapsed after five months of protests calling for the end of autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year rule.

    An Algerian daily says that security forces have killed seven foreigners trying to enter Libya, and they confiscated weapons, U.S. dollars and documents about the al-Qaida branch in North Africa. El Khabar cites security forces well informed about the southern arm of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb for its information.

    A Jordanian police probe blames protesters for instigating violent clashes with security forces that left dozens of people injured during a recent pro-democracy demonstration. The eight-page report Is quickly rejected by Jordanian activists. About 100 protesters gather outside the Interior Minister’s office, accusing police of carrying out Friday’s violence and demanding security not use force against protesters.

  26. Good Wednesday CR and all friends, and let me just say again how much I appreciate being able to get the actual news here at PPO.org!


  27. WH

    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:00 AM
    The President meets with senior advisors
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:00 AM
    The Vice President will meets with Ambassador Karl Eikenberry to thank him for his service in Afghanistan and throughout his career
    Closed Press

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    The President and the Vice President meet for lunch
    Private Dining Room
    Closed Press

    1:00 PM
    1:45 PM
    The President meets with General Cartwright
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    2:00 PM
    The Vice President meets with Prime Minister Andrus Ansip of Estonia
    Roosevelt Room
    Pool Spray

    2:05 PM
    The President meets with Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League (NUL), and Ben Jealous, President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    2:30 PM
    The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of Treasury Geithner
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden host a barbecue for members of the Cabinet
    Naval Observatory
    Closed Press

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • POTUS podium

      July 21, 2011

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

      12:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press


      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      5:56 AM EDT
      Shuttle Atlantis lands
      Space shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center, marking the end of NASA’s 30-year shuttle program.

      12:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      12:45 PM EDT
      ‘Cut, cap and balance’ bill bicameral news conference
      Members of Congress hold a bicameral news conference calling on teh Senate to follow the House’s lead in passing “cut, cap and balance” legislation.

      2:00 PM EDT
      Senate Special Committee on Aging
      The Senate Special Committee on Aging looks at reducing drug costs to Medicare.


      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      5:56 AM EDT
      Shuttle Atlantis lands
      Space shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center, marking the end of NASA’s 30-year shuttle program. http://www.cspan.org/Events/Space-Shuttle-Era-Comes-to-an-End/10737422999/

      9:15 AM EDT
      Senate Banking Cmte. Hearing
      Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform at One Year http://www.cspan.org/Events/Dodd-Frank-Wall-Street-Reform-at-One-Year/10737422997/

      9:30 AM EDT
      Senate Considers Nominations of Winnefeld, Odierno, Fraser
      Senate Armed Services Committee meets to consider the nominations of Navy Adm. James Winnefeld as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Gen. Raymond Odierno as Army Chief of Staff; and Air Force Gen. William Fraser as commander of U.S. Transportation Command.

      10:45 AM EDT
      White House Debt Talks Resume – Leader Pelosi news conference http://www.cspan.org/Events/White-House-Debt-Talks-Resume/10737423010/

      12:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      12:45 PM EDT
      ‘Cut, cap and balance’ bill bicameral news conference
      Members of Congress hold a bicameral news conference calling on teh Senate to follow the House’s lead in passing “cut, cap and balance” legislation. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/CutC

      2:00 PM EDT
      Senate Special Committee on Aging
      The Senate Special Committee on Aging looks at reducing drug costs to Medicare. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/MedicareDrugC

      7:04 PM EDT
      Wilson (Woodrow) International Center for Scholars
      U.S.-Pakistan Relations
      Jane Harman; Pervez Musharraf http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/300638-1

      NASA.tv http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

      5:56 AM EDT
      Shuttle Atlantis lands
      Space shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center, marking the end of NASA’s 30-year shuttle program.

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

      9:30 AM EDT
      Senate Considers Nominations of Winnefeld, Odierno, Fraser
      Senate Armed Services Committee meets to consider the nominations of Navy Adm. James Winnefeld as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Gen. Raymond Odierno as Army Chief of Staff; and Air Force Gen. William Fraser as commander of U.S. Transportation Command.


      Middle East Protest

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

  28. STS-135 Space Shuttle Atlanis

    Space Shuttle Atlantis Landing

    Space Shuttle: Atlantis
    Primary Payload: Raffaello Multi-purpose Logistics Module
    Launch Date: July 8
    Launch Time: 11:29 a.m. EDT
    Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A
    Landing Date: July 21
    Landing Time: 5:56 a.m. EDT

    Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility
    Mission Duration: 13 days
    Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles


    • Atlantis Completes Final Space Shuttle Program Landing at 5:57 a.m. EDT

      21 Jul 2011 03:18:04 AM PDT nasa.gov

      At 5:57 a.m. EDT, space shuttle Atlantis landed for the final time at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after 200 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,284,862 miles on STS-135.

      It was the 25th night landing, the 78th landing at Kennedy and the133rd landing in shuttle history.

      Atlantis’ main gear touched down at 5:57:00 a.m. followed by the nose gear at 5:57:20 and wheels stop at 5:57:54 a.m. At wheels stop, the mission elapsed time was 12 days, 18 hours, 28 minutes and 50 seconds.

      The STS-135 crew consisted of Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim. They delivered more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, spare equipment and other supplies in the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module – including 2,677 pounds of food – that will sustain space station operations for the next year. The 21-foot long, 15-foot diameter Raffaello brought back nearly 5,700 pounds of unneeded materials from the station.

      A post-landing news conference at Kennedy is planned for 10 a.m. on NASA TV and http://www.nasa.gov/ntv. The participants will be Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations, Bob Cabana, Kennedy center director, Mike Moses, space shuttle launch integration manager, and Mike Leinbach, space shuttle launch director.

      For the entire article: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

    • Safe Shuttle Landing Marks End of One Era, Ushers in Exciting New Frontier

      Posted by Colleen Curtis on July 21, 2011

      When the space shuttle Atlantis safely touched down at 5:57 this morning at Kennedy Space Center, it marked the end of one era of American space exploration. In a call from the White House to Commander Chris Ferguson and the crew of the mission on July 15, President Obama praised the work of the thousands of men and women who “have poured their hearts and souls into America’s space shuttle program over the last three decades. I want to say thank you, you’ve helped our country lead the space age and you continue to inspire us”

      The President spoke to the influence NASA has had on the American psyche, noting the shuttle and the space station are “a unique part of our history,” one that “embodies our sense of adventure, exploration and courage.”

      He also looked to the future, saying that while this mission marked the final flight of the space shuttle program, it “ushers in an exciting new era to push the frontiers of space exploration and human space flight” even further, with the eventual goal of “ultimately sending humans to Mars.”

  29. ARCHIVE:

    July 21, 2010

    Remarks by the President at Signing of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

    Ronald Reagan Building
    11:34 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, good morning, everyone.
    AUDIENCE: Good morning.

    THE PRESIDENT: We are gathered in the heart of our nation’s capital, surrounded by memorials to leaders and citizens who served our nation in its earliest days and in its days of greatest trial. Today is such a time for America.

    Over the past two years, we have faced the worst recession since the Great Depression. Eight million people lost their jobs. Tens of millions saw the value of their homes and retirement savings plummet. Countless businesses have been unable to get the loans they need and many have been forced to shut their doors. And although the economy is growing again, too many people are still feeling the pain of the downturn.

    Now, while a number of factors led to such a severe recession, the primary cause was a breakdown in our financial system. It was a crisis born of a failure of responsibility from certain corners of Wall Street to the halls of power in Washington. For years, our financial sector was governed by antiquated and poorly enforced rules that allowed some to game the system and take risks that endangered the entire economy.

    Unscrupulous lenders locked consumers into complex loans with hidden costs. Firms like AIG placed massive, risky bets with borrowed money. And while the rules left abuse and excess unchecked, they also left taxpayers on the hook if a big bank or financial institution ever failed.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-signing-dodd-frank-wall-street-reform-and-consumer-protection-act

    • The Top 10 Things You May Not Know About the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

      by Jen Psaki on July 21, 2010 -WhiteHouse.gov

      Here are 10 aspects of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act you may not know about — the online attention-deficit version.

      1. Stronger protections for consumers against unfair credit card practices like rate hikes for existing credit card balances.
      2. Mortgage brokers will be prohibited from making higher commissions by selling mortgages they know consumers can’t afford.
      3. Free annual credit scores so people can stay on top of their finances.
      4. No more taxpayer-funded bailouts. If a company can’t make it, it will have to liquidate.
      5. Greater input by company shareholders over how much a CEO gets paid. And companies’ compensation boards are now required to be truly independent.
      6. Brokers who offer investment advice will have to act in the best interests of their customers, not their own financial interests.
      7. Financial firms won’t be allowed to grow so large that if one fails, it will affect the entire financial system.
      8. There will be one agency whose sole job is to make sure that consumers get the protections they deserve and to set clear rules to hold banks, mortgage companies, payday lenders, and credit card lenders accountable.
      9. Businesses can’t be charged extra fees for debit card “swipe fees” that exceed the cost of processing transactions.
      10. You can learn plenty more here at WhiteHouse.gov or at financialstability.gov

    • Standing Up the Office of Financial Research

      5/13/2011 By: Richard Berner – treasury.gov

      Yesterday, Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, where he provided an update on the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), including Treasury’s work standing up the Office of Financial Research (OFR).

      In the years leading up to the crisis, policymakers and investors lacked sufficient data to anticipate emerging threats to financial stability and assess how shocks to one financial firm could impact the system as a whole. The Dodd-Frank Act established the OFR at the Treasury Department to help address that problem. The OFR’s dual mission is to help improve the quality of financial data available to policymakers and to facilitate more robust and sophisticated analysis of the financial system.

      Deputy Secretary Wolin’s testimony highlighted the OFR’s continued progress in developing data and tools to effectively monitor and assess systemic risks to the financial system. Specifically, he described the OFR’s progress in four key areas:

      • Hiring
      • Data Standardization
      • FSOC Support
      • Network of Experts

      For the entire article: http://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/Standing-Up-the-Office-of-Financial-Research.aspx

    • Dodd-Frank roll-back a risk to economy: Treasury

      Jul 13, 2011 Margaret Chadbourn and David Lawder – Reuters

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The law overhauling the financial system should continue to protect the economy in the future despite any challenges it’s faced in its first year of existence, a top Treasury official said on Wednesday.

      “Scaling back or repealing major parts of the Dodd-Frank Act or not providing regulators with the funds they need to implement the Act will leave our economy exposed to a cycle of collapses and crises,” Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets Mary Miller said in prepared remarks for delivery to a securities trade group.

      Miller’s speech in New York marked the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Wall Street reform bill, known as the Dodd-Frank Act. A copy of her remarks was made available in Washington.

      “We are committed to implementing effective reform that encourages stability, which is necessary to restore investor confidence in our markets,” Miller said in remarks to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s Regulatory Reform Summit.

      For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/dodd-frank-roll-back-risk-economy-treasury-130214007.html

  30. First lady to help build home for female vets
    The Associated Press

    Jul 21, 2011 ArmyTimes

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — First lady Michelle Obama is coming to Fayetteville to participate in an episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” that features a boarding house for homeless women veterans.

    The White House says Obama will join the crew of the ABC television show Thursday to help build the new home for Barbara Marshall and the women of the Steps N Stages Jubilee House. An ABC spokeswoman says Obama will help build a greenhouse and a playhouse for the episode, which will air in October.

    Marshall is a 15-year Navy veteran who is working to end homelessness among female veterans.

    Obama is participating as part of Joining Forces, an initiative to support service members that also involves Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president.

  31. Michelle Obama to visit Hampton Roads Thursday

    July 20, 2011 By Veronica Chufo, vchufo@dailypress.com

    VIRGINIA BEACH — First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Naval Air Station Oceana Thursday.

    Obama will tour Oceana’s Youth Program’s Summer Camp and, as part of the “Joining Forces Movie Series,” she will welcome hundreds of local military families attending a special screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

    Obama has made raising awareness about the needs of military families a central part of her advocacy work as first lady.


    In 2008 an elderly couple (in their 90’s) in my town joined South County 4 Obama. The husband is a WWII veteran.

    In 2008 I had to replace two of their stolen yard signs as we Obama supporters were all having our yard signs stolen. I just phoned them and Mr. Silberstein answered, I asked if they will be voting for Obama in 2012 and Mrs. Silberstein yelled out from the background “Of course we will!” so I said that I will drop off an Obama Rally sign tonight at their house.


    Here is an article and a video that came out in our local newspaper about Mr. Silberstein

    Otmar Silberstein

    Aug 13, 2008 By Dispatch Staff

    This spring, 165 Gilroy High School sophomores produced videos chronicling the lives of local World War II veterans.

    These Stories of Service recount tales of being the target of kamikaze attacks, surviving a Holocaust camp, spending up to 45 days submerged in a submarine and much more.

    For the films – which are generally narrated by the veteran – students worked in teams to get the veterans’ stories, find photos and videos from the time period, assemble the information into a cohesive visual and auditory narrative, and turned them into DVDs.

    The Dispatch is honoring these veterans and the work of these students by showing one of the 26 videos every Wednesday from today – the Wednesday before Memorial Day – to Nov. 12 – the day after Veterans Day.

    In this Story of Service, Austrian-born Otmar Silberstein describes how Hitler persecuted him and his family prior to the war and placed them in a concentration camp.

    For the video: http://www.gilroydispatch.com/news/247493-img-srchttpwww.morganhilltimes.comcontentimgf242274color-flag.jpg-border0img-srchttpwww.morganhilltimes.comcontentimgf242274video.jpg-border0otmar-silberstein

  33. If debt deal near, Obama would OK stopgap measure

    7/20/11 By BEN FELLER – AP White House Correspondent | AP – 53 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Running out of time, President Barack Obama softened his stand and signaled Wednesday he would back a short-term deal to prevent a disastrous financial default on Aug. 2, but only if a larger and still elusive deficit-cutting agreement was essentially in place. He called lawmakers to the White House in a scramble to find enough votes from both Republicans and his own party.

    Obama met with the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate, and then separately with House Speaker John Boehner and his deputy, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, in hopes of cobbling together a big compromise. All signs pointed to a legislative fight that would play out to the end.

    The president, pushing for a deal that would cut the nation’s budget deficit across the next decade and extend the government’s tapped-out borrowing power through the approaching election year, had threatened to veto any stopgap expansion of the nation’s debt limit. He even challenged Cantor, R-Va., not to call his bluff about it in one confrontational moment last week.

    Obama’s now-calibrated position, offered by spokesman Jay Carney, reflected the reality: leaders are nearly out of time to head off unprecedented trouble. Carney said if a divided Congress and the White House can agree on a significant deal, Obama would accept a “very short-term extension” of the debt limit to let bigger legislation work its way through Congress.

    Even a few days matters, given the stakes.

    The government will exhaust its ability to borrow money and pay its bills come Aug. 2, an outcome that could sink the country back into recession, halt Social Security checks, send interest rates higher and erode the creditworthiness of the richest nation on earth.

    The White House made clear Obama still opposes a short-term extension of the debt limit on the order of 30 days or more on the grounds that would just punt the problem. He reiterated that views in his meetings with lawmakers, a Democrat familiar with the talks said.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/debt-deal-near-obama-ok-stopgap-measure-225046591.html

  34. House moves toward showdown with Senate on FAA

    7/20/11 By JOAN LOWY – Associated Press | AP – 22 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House moved Wednesday toward a showdown with the Senate that could result in a shutdown of portions of the Federal Aviation Administration and the furlough of about 4,000 workers.

    A Republican-sponsored bill to extend FAA operating authority through Sept. 16 was approved Wednesday by the House by a 243-177 vote mostly along party lines. Senate Democrats have warned that the House bill is unacceptable because Republicans added a provision eliminating about $8.5 million in subsidies for airline service to 13 rural communities in 10 states. The White House also issued a statement calling on the House to drop the subsidies provision.

    The FAA’s current authority expires at midnight Friday. Most immediately affected by a shutdown would be FAA programs paid for with airline ticket taxes. Airlines would have to stop collecting federal ticket taxes, although they would continue to collect airport fees.

    Air traffic controllers, deemed essential safety personnel, would stay on the job. But airport construction grants and FAA’s implementation of a new air traffic control system based on GPS technology would halt.

    “I want to reassure the flying public that, during this period, safety will not be compromised,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/house-moves-toward-showdown-senate-faa-192346061.html

    • Now the Republicans think what’s best is to take on the FAA. Once again: unbelievable.

    • Yes I did COS. Thank you for posting it. Quotes from the article:

      “The pastors represent a coalition of evangelical, progressive, Catholic and other religious denominations that have launched an initiative called “Circle of Protection,” aimed at preserving social programs like food and nutrition assistance.

      According to Wallis, the attendees discussed the direction of deficit negations and participated in prayer and scripture reading.

      Obama, Wallis said, affirmed his support for the group’s principles, “that low income people — the vulnerable — need to be protected in these debates about the budget and the deficit.”

      The president also specifically expressed his concern for Medicaid, Wallis said. “

    • Nice article! And I’m not a bit surprised that President Obama met with these religious leaders.

  35. OPINION: Time to do their duty

    07/20/11 By A.B. Stoddard – TheHill

    We knew this would happen.

    With the clock ticking, Americans followed Congress’s lead, finally tuning in to the debt debate — and new polls show a plurality are prepared to swallow some medicine and raise the debt ceiling to avert default. As Republicans close ranks around conservatives in a standoff against new taxes, the polls find that President Obama outperforms them not only on the willingness to compromise and the dangers of default, but on the issue of tax increases. Even more notable is that swing voters are souring on the Tea Party brew.

    The NBC/Wall Street Journal and the ABC News/Washington Post polls were released just as the House passed the “cut, cap and balance bill,” which is going nowhere, and the Gang of Six plan burst from behind closed doors with enthusiastic support from a bipartisan group of senators, including the third-ranking GOP leader, Lamar Alexander (Tenn.). The irony of the timing — the House voting on a gimmick while the stock markets rally to news that conservative Senate Republicans praised a plan to raise new taxes, and polls showed the GOP hard line further detached from public opinion — is not lost on House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) as he and other GOP leaders scramble for a debt endgame they can live with.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/ab-stoddard/172639-time-to-do-their-duty

  36. Good morning CR. Many blessings to you for all the work you do on this blog & your participation in the campaign.

  37. Yemen says senior al-Qaida member killed

    7/21/11 By AHMED AL-HAJ – Associated Press | AP – 1 hr 48 mins ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A senior leader of Yemen’s al-Qaida branch has been killed in fighting in the nearly lawless south of the country, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

    A ministry statement said Ayed al-Shabwani was killed in fighting on Tuesday near the town of Zinjibar, a provincial capital that has been held by al-Qaida-linked militants since May.

    The statement said one of the leader’s cousins, Awad al-Shabwani, was also killed in the fighting, but it gave no further details.

    Ayed al-Shabwani has been on the government’s list of most-wanted al-Qaida linked militants. He escaped death in January when Yemeni warplanes bombed the Wadi Adeeda area, 115 miles (185 kilometers) east of Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, in Marib province.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/yemen-says-senior-al-qaida-member-killed-103815367.html

  38. What you need to know about the ‘Gang of Six’

    7/20/11 By Chris Moody | The Ticket – 20 hrs ago

    Who are they?

    The so-called Gang of Six is a bipartisan group of three Democrats and three Republican senators tasked with drafting a realistic proposal to reduce the nation’s debt and rein in the deficit that can pass the Congress and avoid President Obama’s veto pen. Here’s a breakdown of the gang members.

    • North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
    • Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, Senate Majority Whip
    • Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, member of the Senate Budget Committee.

    • Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
    • Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, member of the Senate Budget Committee.
    • Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, member of the Senate Finance Committee.

    Their Proposal
    The group has outlined a plan to cut spending by $3.7 trillion over the next decade that includes a major overhaul of the tax code and alterations to the way the federal government pays for Social Security and Medicare. By eliminating loopholes and write-offs in the tax code, the proposal would beef up the Treasury’s coffers by more than $1 trillion, gang members say.

    Also, the plan would immediately reduce the marginal income tax rate, abolish the alternative minimum tax, create an entirely new set of tax brackets and slash $80 billion from defense.

    The group unveiled the plan’s details for the first time this week.
    “It is probably the only plan that is going to ever pass–or some combination of it,” Coburn told Bloomberg TV this week. “This is the first step in a long process for this country to get our finances back under control. $3.7 trillion is a lot of money, but it is not enough yet–but it will buy us the time to get us down the road a little further to make additional changes that are going to have to be made.”

    President Obama hailed the plan Monday as the “balanced approach” to deficit and debt reduction he has encouraged for months.

    “We now have a bipartisan group of senators who agree with that balanced approach,” Obama said. “And we’ve got the American people who agree with that balanced approach.”

    The plan is the result of months of intense behind-the-scenes negotiations that have seen many fits, starts and reversals. But the group now believes it has bounced back to offer up a blueprint that could change the way the federal government does business for decades.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/ZU3A2

  39. Leading indicators rise, signal slow growth

    7/21/11 AP – 33 mins ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A private research group forecasts that the economy will grow slowly as summer turns into fall.

    The Conference Board says its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.3 percent in June. The index had rebounded 0.8 percent in May after dropping 0.3 percent in April. That was the first decline since June 2010 as economic growth slowed.

    June’s reading suggests that the recent slowdown in growth won’t worsen into a recession over the next few months, even with high unemployment and a weak housing market.

    Many economists expect a moderate pick-up in the second half of the year.

    Half of the 10 measures that the Conference Board compiles into its index showed improvement, four declined, and one was steady.

  40. Opinion: Going green is creating good jobs in Silicon Valley

    By Hilda L. Solis – U.S. Secretary of Labor
    Special to the San Jose Mercury News

    Those who question whether a clean-energy revolution can help put Americans back to work should look to the South Bay today.
    Our country’s energy future will be on display as I visit the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority on Thursday to see how labor and management are coming together to prepare workers for the jobs of tomorrow.

    Transit officials recently added 90 hybrid buses to their fleet to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions and create new opportunities for a well-trained workforce. These buses, which are computers on wheels, require mechanics who once turned wrenches to learn sophisticated computer programs to maintain the fleet.

    VTA officials, in partnership with the local transit union, have used a cutting-edge workforce development program to create almost 100 jobs by giving current workers new skills to move up the career ladder.

    It’s a pipeline model. More than 40 percent of the transit maintenance workforce is eligible to retire in the next five years. This opens the door to career advancement for lower-skilled workers. As they learn new skills — say, to service clean-technology propulsion systems — they’re promoted. In turn, new workers are hired to fill the entry-level jobs they leave behind.

    For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_18517728?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

  41. July 21, 2011

    Remarks by the First Lady at Joining Forces Screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two”

    Naval Air Station Oceana Aerotheater Virginia Beach, Virginia

    11:47 A.M. EDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Yay! Hello, everybody! (Applause.) It is great to see you. It’s great to be here. You all rest yourselves.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you, Mrs. Obama!

    MRS. OBAMA: Well, I love you all, love you all to death. We are working hard for you — (applause) — to make sure you know how much this country appreciates every — each and every one of you.

    Let me start by thanking Captain Webb for that very kind introduction and for hanging around with me today. And I want to thank everyone here at Oceana for putting together such a wonderful visit today.

    I had so much fun, and I know how excited everyone here is to see a certain wizard and see what he has in store for his final chapter, so I’m not going to talk long.

    But I wanted to be here today because there’s something that I want to say to all of you, and I’ve been saying this a lot, and it’s simple, but it’s thank you.

    Thank you to all the moms and to all the dads that we have here today. Yay for moms and dads. (Applause.) I want to thank you, for those of you who wear our uniform, and thank you to all of you who don’t wear the uniform and serve, because no matter which group you fall into, all of you are serving our country, and we are so incredibly proud of you, and we want to thank you. We can’t thank you enough, we cannot thank you enough for everything that you’re doing, the sacrifices that you’re making to serve this country.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/07/21/remarks-first-lady-joining-forces-screening-harry-potter-and-deathly-hal

    • First Lady Takes ‘Joining Forces’ to Oceana

      July 21, 2011 By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
      American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON – First Lady Michelle Obama brought the national “Joining Forces” initiative to Naval Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., today, where she attended a screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” with hundreds of military family members.

      Joining Forces is designed to build support for military members and their families in all facets of the U.S. government and American society.

      “We are working hard for you, to make sure you know how much this country appreciates each and every one of you,” Obama told the military families at the screening.

      The first lady toured the youth program’s summer camp before continuing the Joining Forces Movie Series, in which major movie studios host special movie screenings for military families.
      “Thank you to all the moms and dads that we have here today,” Obama said. “I want to thank you — those of you who wear our uniform. And thank you to all of you who don’t wear the uniform and serve, because no matter which group you fall into, all of you are serving our country.

      “We are so incredibly proud of you, and we want to thank you,” she continued. “We cannot thank you enough for everything that you’re doing [and] the sacrifices that you’re making to serve this country.”

      The first lady also had a special message for military children before the movie began.

      “Over the past several years, I’ve had the privilege of meeting military kids across this country, so I know how extraordinary all of you are,” she said. “I’ve seen it, and I know the challenges that you face –- and there are many. So many of you have had to learn to live with moving a lot, right? Picking up, moving for your third, fourth or fifth school, starting new schools again and again, right?” she asked.

      “That’s not always easy,” she said. “But you do it — having to make new friends everywhere you go, being apart from your mom or your dad or someone special in your life for months on end because they’ve been deployed. That’s not easy.”

      Obama reassured the families plenty more support is yet to come from the Joining Forces initiative.

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64761

  42. Young Business Entrepreneurs Visit the White House for the Buy Young Initiative

    Posted by Isaiah Nelson on July 21, 2011

    Last week, the White House welcomed 150 young entrepreneurs and business owners from all around the country for Our Time’s “Buy Young” Initiative. These young leaders, who came from businesses like WordPress, Gilt Group, Invite Media, and Living Social, shared their stories of innovation and entrepreneurship with the administration. The conversation was also broadcast live through Whitehouse.gov/live and facebook/whitehouse.

    Job creation is crucial to our economic recovery and is the number one priority of the Obama administration. This event allowed young business leaders, who are responsible for the creation of over 7,000 jobs, to share their feedback with the administration about a wide variety of issues including job creation, small business, and youth employment. After a conversation with all the young business owners and administration officials, participants spoke (and the Administration listened) in breakout sessions with the Small Business Administration, the White House Business Council, the White House Council of Economic Advisors and the White House Office of Public Engagement to discuss their ideas. In these smaller sessions, they gave the administration feedback about projects they are working on and on how the government can better encourage entrepreneurship.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/21/young-business-entrepreneurs-visit-white-house-buy-young-initiative

    • That was really interesting to hear about all the young entrepreneurs discussing their challenges to grow American businesses and change the environmental impact that business their make by going greener.

  43. Good Thursday, CR and all friends — on my way to Dr. appointment and the mail just came — our FLOTUS is on the cover of Better Homes & Gardens with “ideas and inspiration to help Americans eat right!” Yay! (sorry if this has already been posted, I just get excited!)

  44. July 21, 2011

    Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Ansip of Estonia

    Vice President Biden welcomed Prime Minister Andrus Ansip of Estonia to the White House today. The Vice President and Prime Minister emphasized their support for strong relations between our two countries and close cooperation on regional issues of mutual concern. The Vice President congratulated the Prime Minister on the remarkable democratic and economic achievements Estonia has made as it approaches the 20th anniversary of the restoration of its independence next month. Estonia has offered its valuable experience and its assistance to others in Europe and in the Middle East and North Africa seeking to undertake similar reforms; the Vice President noted Prime Minister Ansip’s leadership in this area. Vice President Biden expressed U.S. appreciation for Estonia’s important ongoing contributions to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and to other missions in which it is a valued partner, and thanked Estonia for the sacrifices it has made in these missions. He also reiterated the United States’ unwavering Article 5 commitment to Estonia as a NATO ally.

  45. July 21, 2011

    Readout of the President’s Meeting with the National Urban League & NAACP

    This afternoon, President Obama met with civil rights leaders Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, and Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, in the Oval Office. During their meeting, the President discussed the continued efforts his administration is making to spur job creation and economic growth, and reiterated the urgency of moving forward on a balanced approach to deficit reduction to avoid defaulting on our obligations. The President stressed that such an agreement must involve shared sacrifice and reaffirmed that we cannot afford to balance the budget on the back of the most vulnerable Americans including the middle class, low-income families, seniors, and students.

    The President also reiterated that reducing unemployment, which disproportionately burdens the African-American community at 16.2%, remains a top priority for him and his Administration. The President also spoke with the two civil rights leaders about dramatic efforts his Administration has already made to address urban economic development through initiatives such as Strong Cities, Strong Communities, a program that acts to spur economic growth in urban centers while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used wisely and efficiently; the Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions fund; and the Minority Business Development Agency at the Department of Commerce.

    The President has worked tirelessly since entering office to bring economic relief and equal opportunity to all Americans, and he looks forward to a continued partnership with civil rights organizations like the National Urban League and the NAACP. The President also congratulated the leaders on their upcoming conventions.

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