White House Fall Garden Harvest 2011

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Wednesday October 5th, First Lady Michelle Obama will host local students at the White House for the 2011 Fall Garden Harvest. The Garden Harvest will also mark the first ever Let’s Move! Tweetup, an opportunity for @LetsMove followers on Twitter to come to the White House to watch the garden harvest, meet the White House chefs, tour the kitchen garden and engage in a conversation on the First Lady’s initiative to end childhood obesity.

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  1. WH

    Wednesday, September 5, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    12:10 AM
    The President arrives the White House
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    1:00 AM
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    3:00 AM
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    9:30 AM
    The Vice President chairs a meeting of senior officials to assess progress in Iraq.

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    The President signs the Continuing Resolution.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    First Lady Michelle Obama tours the United States Secret Services headquarters in Washington, D.C. She delivers remarks.

    11:10 AM
    The President and the Vice President receive the presidential daily briefing.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

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

    12:30 PM
    The President and the Vice President meet for lunch.
    Private Dining Room
    Closed Press

    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama visits Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools.

    3:45 PM
    The President meets with President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras.
    Oval Office
    Pool Spray at the Top

    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM
    The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden host a reception with Jewish community leaders at the Naval Observatory.

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
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    10:00 PM

    • POTUS podium

      September 5, 2011

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

      11:00 AM EDT
      The President signs the Continuing Resolution.

      1:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      3:00 PM EDT
      First Lady Michelle Obama visits Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools.

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:00 AM EDT
      NTSB briefing on New York chopper crash
      The National Transportation Safety Board briefs reporters on Tuesday’s fatal helicopter crash in New York’s East River.

      10:00 AM EDT
      House Transportation & Infrastructure- Subcommittee on Aviation: NextGen Program

      11:00 AM EDT
      The President signs the Continuing Resolution.

      12:00 PM EDT
      U.S. Senate: Debate on Chinese Currency Manipulation

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include China and Russia’s veto of a U.N. resolution on Syria.

      1:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      2:30 PM EDT
      Senate Judiciary Cmte.: Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer & Antonin Scalia

      2:30 PM EDT
      House Democrats discuss jobs
      Members of the House Democratic Caucus hold a news conference touting what they call their focus on American jobs.

      3:00 PM EDT
      First Lady Michelle Obama visits Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools.

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM EDT
      NTSB briefing on New York chopper crash
      The National Transportation Safety Board briefs reporters on Tuesday’s fatal helicopter crash in New York’s East River.

      10:00 AM EDT
      Hearing on Free Trade Agreements http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Committee-Works-on-Free-Trade-Agreements/10737424568/

      10:00 AM EDT
      House Transportation & Infrastructure- Subcommittee on Aviation: NextGen Program http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/301907-1

      11:00 AM EDT
      The President signs the Continuing Resolution.

      12:00 PM EDT
      U.S. Senate: Debate on Chinese Currency Manipulation http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/301906-2

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include China and Russia’s veto of a U.N. resolution on Syria.

      1:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      2:30 PM EDT
      Senate Judiciary Cmte.: Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer & Antonin Scalia http://www.c-span.org/Events/Supreme-Court-Justices-Take-a-Seat-at-the-Witness-Table/10737424545/

      2:30 PM EDT
      House Democrats discuss jobs
      Members of the House Democratic Caucus hold a news conference touting what they call their focus on American jobs.

      3:00 PM EDT
      First Lady Michelle Obama visits Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools.

  2. Michelle Obama’s Fall Kitchen Garden Harvest: 15 People Selected For Let’s Move! Tweet-Up

    OCTOBER 04, 2011 obamafoodorama.blogspot.com

    Tomorrow, on Wednesday, October 5th, when First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the third annual Fall Harvest of her Kitchen Garden, she’ll be joined by about fifteen people selected to participate in the first-ever Let’s Move! Tweetup, Hannah August, Mrs. Obama’s Press Secretary, told Obama Foodorama.

    The afternoon of events will be a busy one: In addition to watching Mrs. Obama harvest the garden, the group will cook in the White House kitchen, have a private tour of the garden, and engage in a conversation with leaders from Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! team.

    The harvest bounty–think loads of Sweet Potatoes–will be used for next week’s State Dinner in honor of President Myung-bak Lee of the Republic of Korea, and some will be donated to Miriam’s Kitchen, a DC social services agency. Mrs. Obama last hosted a planting and harvest event on June 3rd.

    The Twitter users come from “New York to California,” and include “parents, gardeners, and people that are passionate about the solving the problem of childhood obesity,” said August. Applicants had to be over 18 years old to be invited.

    The group will tour the Kitchen Garden with Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, prepare “a healthy meal” in the White House kitchen with Executive Chef Cris Comerford, and visit the beehive with Beekeepe-in-Chief Charlie Brandts.
    The select group will also have a conversation with Let’s Move Executive Director Dr. Judith Palfrey and Jocelyn Frye, Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady.

    The group will watch Mrs. Obama harvest the Kitchen Garden; she’ll be joined by students from Harriet Tubman and Bancroft Elementary Schools in Washington, DC. Attendees will use the hashtags #LetsMove and #WHTweetup to discuss their experience on Twitter.

    In the coming days, Mrs. Obama will also be answering questions about the Let’s Move! campaign on Twitter, the White House announced today. Use the hashtag #AskMichelle to participate.

    For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/10/michelle-obamas-fall-kitchen-garden.html#more

  3. September 23, 2011

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras

    President Obama will host President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras at the White House on Wednesday, October 5. The President looks forward to discussing a broad range of bilateral and regional economic and security issues during their Oval Office meeting. The President also welcomes the opportunity to underscore the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Honduran people, as well as President Lobo’s efforts to restore democratic and constitutional order in Honduras and the country’s return to the Organization of American States earlier this year.

  4. Let’s Move! At the Worldwide Day of Play

    From: whitehouse | Oct 4, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama is joined by Nickelodeon stars Bigtime Rush and Victoria Justice as well as NBA Star Lebron James and Olympic Hero Dominique Dawes during the Nickelodeon Day of play.

  5. Democrat narrowly wins West Virginia governor’s race

    10/4/11 By Patricia Zengerle | Reuters – 55 mins ago

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (Reuters) – Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin held on for a slim victory in the West Virginia governor’s race on Tuesday, narrowly preventing a third state special election embarrassment for President Barack Obama.

    Longtime politician Tomblin, the acting governor, defeated mining engineer Bill Maloney, who has never held elected office, by about 3 percentage points.

    With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Tomblin, 59, led Maloney by 50 percent to 47 percent, or about 8,500 votes. Three other candidates received low levels of support, including one associated with the Green Party, who won 2 percent.

    The court-ordered special election had become as much about the Democratic president as about the candidates on the ballot in the last days before the vote.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/eiF5X

  6. Jews are invited to the Bidens’

    10/04/11 By MATT NEGRIN – POLITICO

    There’s not a lot of details, but according to the White House’s Wednesday schedule for Vice President Biden, the outreach to Jews continues:

    “At 4:30 PM, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will host a reception with Jewish community leaders at the Naval Observatory.”

    President Obama used a message on the Jewish new year last week to renew his public stance with Israel. Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, begins Friday.

  7. Hey CR, I am checking in for tomorrow’s schedule. This is a wonderful thread. I am looking forward to seeing FLOTUS and the children harvest the veggies.

  8. APNewsBreak: Obama to step up power line projects

    10/5/11 By MATTHEW DALY – Associated Press | AP – 1 hr 33 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to speed up permitting and construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines in 12 states, as it moves to create jobs and modernize the nation’s power grid.

    The projects are intended to serve as pilot demonstrations of streamlined federal permitting and improved cooperation among federal, state and tribal governments. The lines will provide electricity in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    The projects are expected to create thousands of jobs, help avoid blackouts, restore power more quickly when outages occur and reduce the need for new power plants.

    “To compete in the global economy, we need a modern electricity grid,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. “An upgraded electricity grid will give consumers choices while promoting energy savings, increasing energy efficiency and fostering the growth of renewable energy resources.”

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the seven power lines being expedited under the pilot program will serve as important links across the country to increase the capacity and reliability of the nation’s power grid.

    “This is the kind of critical infrastructure we should be working together to advance in order to create jobs and move our nation toward energy independence,” he said.

    For the entier article: http://news.yahoo.com/apnewsbreak-obama-step-power-line-projects-071117954.html

  9. Good Wednesday morning everyone! We had our first rain storm of the season last night.

    I HOPE that you have a good day!

    • October 05, 2011

      Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 2608

      On Wednesday, October 5, 2011, the President signed into law:

      H.R. 2608, the “Continuing Resolution Act, 2012,” which provides FY 2012 appropriations for continuing projects and activities of the Federal Government through Friday, November 18, 2011.

  10. 11:00 AM EDT

    First Lady Michelle Obama tours the United States Secret Services headquarters in Washington, D.C. She delivers remarks.

    • October 05, 2011

      Remarks by the First Lady to U.S. Secret Service Employees

      U.S. Secret Service Headquarters
      Washington, D.C.

      11:55 A.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Yay! (Applause.) Well, this is really a nice, warm welcome. This is very nice. Well, let me start by thanking Director Sullivan for that very kind introduction, and also for his leadership, because the same thing is true for him that he said about us, is that the excellent work and service that you provide to our family and to this country, it starts at the top.

      And one thing that the President and I always say about our work with this agency is that it is always 100 percent on point — truly. I mean, not just in terms of how you all do your job, but how you all make us feel. And that is important when you’re trying to live a normal life and raise a couple of girls in the White House. You all have really made us feel at home and safe, and there is no amount of thanks that I could convey that would give you a sense of how important you all are to us.

      So this visit is special for me. This isn’t just a job. I’ve had an opportunity to travel around to the agencies here in Washington, because Barack and I feel that it’s important that we recognize you all that do the work on the ground. And so often the rest of the country, they don’t know what you do, they don’t know how the Secret Service works, how many people are behind what happens, whether it’s filing or looking at terrorists — I mean, the work you do here is pretty scary, let’s just say that. (Laughter.) All I can say is, after my little tour is, ignorance is bliss. I just — (laughter) — I just don’t want to know. (Laughter.) You all can handle all that; just tell me when — where to run. (Laughter.)

      But it’s amazing what you do and the professionalism that you bring to it. So — but this visit is special for us. We love our detail. We love every individual who spends every minute of the day — people always ask, what is it like to have Secret Service? It’s like — for us, it’s like having family around. And it’s amazing how you all manage to do that by shifting people in and out. I was sharing with some of the staff that we have a fight among our family of who’s getting which people. (Laughter.) Sasha will come in, it’s like, “You took Scott!” (Laughter.) It’s like — Malia’s like, “You took Scott? That’s not fair!” (Laughter.) And then I’ll say the same thing to Barack — it’s like, “Why did you get Beth?” (Laughter.) It’s dinner table conversation.

      But that’s because we feel close to each of you. And particularly for the girls, they have just transitioned beautifully because of the work that you all do.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/05/remarks-first-lady-us-secret-service-employees

  11. American Transportation Built by American Workers

    Posted by Secretary Ray LaHood on October 05, 2011

    Earlier this week, President Obama called on Congress to recognize the needs of unemployed Americans by taking up the American Jobs Act this month.

    I was reminded of my trip to St. Paul, MN, where I saw the progress being made on the Central Corridor Light Rail Line, which will connect St. Paul and Minneapolis. That project is expected to create 3,300 jobs – and that doesn’t even include the local businesses that will benefit from being located near the line’s 18 new stations.

    We’re talking about American transportation, built by American workers, and strengthening an American city. It can and should be a model for the rest of the country. And that’s why I’m so excited about the American Jobs Act.

  12. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Posted by Susan B. Carbon on October 5, 2011

    The Justice Department and The Office on Violence Against Women join all our partners in recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since the Sept. 13, 1994 passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), there have been significant changes in society’s understanding of and response to violence against women – but there is much more that needs to be done to end domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.

    Hundreds of thousands of victims have benefitted, and their lives forever changed, because of the resolve and commitment to end violence. This has been demonstrated not only by Congress, but by all those who have diligently worked so hard over the past 17 years to implement this legislation in their crisis centers, police departments, emergency rooms, prosecutors’ offices, courtrooms and communities.

    But we cannot rest upon our laurels and let slide the progress we have made, or think that we don’t need to maintain our vigilance. We have an enormous responsibility, to our friends, family, colleagues, communities, strangers, people from all walks of life in every corner of this country, to continue and broaden our efforts to end violence against women, children and men. Sadly too many continue to be victimized; and as new professionals and volunteers enter the field, we need to ensure that they have access to the best practices and training as we are faced with new challenges and tools of abuse.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/05/october-national-domestic-violence-awareness-month

  13. Innovation at the Food and Drug Administration

    Posted by Vicki Seyfert-Margolis on October 5, 2011

    On the interstate, when traffic suddenly slows, often you come across the obvious cause of the jam: a fender bender, construction, a breakdown. But in trying to understand why the country’s pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device sectors seem to be facing a slowdown in terms of innovation, there is no single cause.

    It’s likely that this slowdown is due to a combination of many factors. And while these industries have fared better than others, it is critical for the health and well being of every American that they not just survive, but thrive.

    That’s why we want the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do everything we can to promote innovation.

    Today the FDA is an agency that works with industry to ensure that a wide array of products that improve the lives of millions of Americans are safe and effective. We do that well, and I am personally proud of that.

    But we have also been listening closely to companies, patients, doctors and advocacy groups about ways we can help America remain the leader in biomedical innovation. The FDA’s suggestion box is never closed. And, as you can imagine, never empty.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/05/innovation-food-and-drug-administration

  14. Recovery Advocacy and Health Reform

    Posted by Tom Hill on October 5, 2011

    Two key pieces of legislation offer new hope for people struggling with addiction, their families, and their communities: the Affordable Care Act, which put in place strong consumer protections, provides new coverage options, and gives you the tools you need to make informed choices about your health; and the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Wellstone-Domenici Act), which ensures that, when mental health and addictions services are offered under an insurance plan, they must be covered as fully as other services, meaning special caps, access barriers, or service limits cannot be applied.

    Together, these two laws have the potential to greatly expand access to badly needed addiction treatment and recovery support services. Which is why Faces and Voices of Recovery is working with key stakeholders on the details of how folks will access services, what services will be available, who will deliver them, and how they will be reimbursed. We are part of a broad coalition that is advocating for a continuum of services and supports that will help individuals initiate, stabilize, and manage their own recovery. This range of services includes peer recovery coaching, recovery community centers, and peer-led organizations that offer recovery support services. Work is also being done to include similar services in primary care settings.

    These are exciting times. We are on the cusp of a substantial expansion of addiction treatment and recovery support services, and potentially revolutionary changes in how, where, and by whom services are delivered. Faces and Voices of Recovery is proud to be working with others in the addiction and healthcare fields to ensure that individuals who need help can find recovery services, and improve their overall health.This way, health reform will be able to support recovery and wellness in individuals, families, and communities.

  15. Advice from Hillary
    Clinton’s next task: The jobs panel

    10/05/11 By MATT NEGRIN – POLITICO44

    The White House is sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on an assignment — and this one’s domestic.

    Clinton will be joining President Obama’s jobs council at the State Department on Friday for a talk that the administration says is centered on “foreign direct investment in the United States.”

    The foreign angle is what hooks Clinton in to the discussion, which will include acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and three members of the jobs panel: GE CEO Jeff Immelt, Kodak chief Antonio Perez and UBS President Robert Wolf. But the talk about jobs is a marked shift for Clinton, who has spent the majority of her time as secretary of state globetrotting and building up relationships with other countries.

    Clinton’s appearance with three members of a committee that advises Obama on the economy could renew talk of her political ambitions. Clinton’s future has been a subject of great speculation since losing the Democratic primary to Obama and becoming his top diplomat. But she has claimed that she doesn’t want to return to politics, and she has denied a report that she wants to be the president of the World Bank.

    On Friday, Clinton and the jobs council members will talk to “business leaders” at the State Department, the White House says.

    For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1011/advice_from_hillary_4ffd1619-cac3-4b73-ac6c-d8d690a2c7d6.html

    • First Lady Michelle Obama KitchenGardenHarvest

      Uploaded by WorldPilotTV on Oct 6, 2011

      Local schoolchildren from Bancroft Elementary School, and Tubman Elementary School, in Washington, D.C. came to help harvest vegetables grown in the White House Garden that will be served at a State Dinner.

    • Missed the livestream — can’t wait for the video!!!

      A good and HOPEful Wednesday CR and all friends!

      >^..^<

    • President Obama and President Lobo of Honduras

      From: whitehouse | Oct 5, 2011

      The two leaders discuss how our two countries can work effectively together to deal with the security situation throughout Central America, and how we can cooperate effectively in combatting the transnational drug trade. October 5, 2011.

  16. 4:30 PM EDT
    The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden host a reception with Jewish community leaders at the Naval Observatory.

  17. October 05, 2011

    Statement by the President on the Passing of Civil Rights Leader Fred Shuttlesworth

    Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth today. As one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Reverend Shuttlesworth dedicated his life to advancing the cause of justice for all Americans. He was a testament to the strength of the human spirit. And today we stand on his shoulders, and the shoulders of all those who marched and sat and lifted their voices to help perfect our union.

    I will never forget having the opportunity several years ago to push Reverend Shuttlesworth in his wheelchair across the Edmund Pettus Bridge – a symbol of the sacrifices that he and so many others made in the name of equality. America owes Reverend Shuttlesworth a debt of gratitude, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Sephira, and their family, friends and loved ones.

  18. Troops and Vets can still File for Stop Loss Pay

    Posted by Arturo Murguia on October 05, 2011

    Last week the Department of Defense released a statement reminding Service members and Veterans that the deadline for Retroactive Stop Loss Payments (RSLP) is fast approaching. This is not an automatic entitlement, benefit or allowance. Eligible Service members and Veterans must file a claim by October 21, 2011 to receive this benefit.

    The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act authorizes Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay of $500 per month for each month or any portion of a month during the period specified that the current or former Soldier, Marine, Sailor, and Airman was retained on active duty as a result of of Stop Loss. The act applies to service members Stop Lossed during the period starting 11 September 2001 and ending 30 September 2009.

    Last year, Congress and Defense Department Officials pushed back the filing deadline to October 21, 2011. Barring Congressional action, this appears to be the final deadline Service members and Veterans can apply for RSLP payments of $500 per month they were Stop-Lossed.

    Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen stated, “The application process is simple and straightforward. No strings attached. But once the deadline passes, we cannot by law extend it…It’s your money.”

    Eligible Service members and Veterans should visit their specific service’s web site and submit their application on-line. When applying on-line each submission provides a claim number, allows for automated status updates, and provides a means for the military service to contact the applicant. For those without internet access, complete and sign Department of Defense Form 2944, “Claim for Retroactive Stop Loss Payment.” Next, submit this form and your documentation to your appropriate Service.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/05/troops-and-vets-can-still-file-stop-loss-pay

  19. WH

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    8:10 AM
    The Vice President participates in the Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum.

    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    President Obama Holds a News Conference
    The White House

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    The Vice President presides over the military retirement ceremony for U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building
    Print Pool

    1:45 PM
    The President honors the 2011 NCAA Champion Texas A&M University Women’s basketball team
    Rose Garden
    Open Press

    2:00 PM
    The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of State Clinton
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama and members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team host a Let’s Move! clinic on the South Lawn.

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • POTUS podium

      October 6, 2011

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

      10:20 AM EDT
      V.P. Biden Speaks at the Washington Ideas Forum
      (Audio Only)
      Washington, DC

      11:00 AM EDT
      President Obama Holds a News Conference
      The White House

      1:00 PM EDT
      White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Commission Meeting
      The White House

      1:00 PM EDT
      The Vice President presides over the military retirement ceremony for U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly
      Eisenhower Executive Office Building

      1:45 PM EDT
      The President honors the 2011 NCAA Champion Texas A&M University Women’s basketball team

      3:30 PM EDT
      First Lady Michelle Obama and members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team host a Let’s Move! clinic on the South Lawn.

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      10:00 AM EDT
      House Committee Select Intelligence
      Terrorism Threats Against the United States
      Robert Mueller; Matthew Olsen

      11:00 AM EDT
      Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

      11:04 AM EDT
      U.S. Senate: Allowing Sanctions on China for Currency Manipulation

      11:00 AM EDT
      President Obama Holds a News Conference
      The White House

      1:00 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the situations in Syria and Afghanistan.

      1:00 PM EDT
      The Vice President presides over the military retirement ceremony for U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly
      Eisenhower Executive Office Building

      1:45 PM EDT
      The President honors the 2011 NCAA Champion Texas A&M University Women’s basketball team

      2:00 PM EDT
      Hse. Financial Svcs: Sec. Geithner; Financial Stability Oversight Council Report

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      8:10 AM EDT
      Vice President Joe Biden, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, House Speaker John Boehner at the Ideas Forum http://www.c-span.org/Events/Biden-Scalia-and-Boehner-Attend-Ideas-Forum/10737424601/

      10:00 AM EDT
      House Committee Select Intelligence
      Terrorism Threats Against the United States
      Robert Mueller; Matthew Olsen http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/301918-1

      10:00 AM EDT
      House lawmakers briefing on Afghan war
      Reps. James McGovern and Walter Jones call on the deficit “super committee” to consider the costs of defunding the war in Afghanistan as it tries to reduce debt.
      Afghanistan: 10 years, 10 perspectives

      10:30 AM EDT
      Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan
      U.S. military officials update the public on current operations in Afghanistan.

      11:00 AM EDT
      Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

      11:00 AM EDT
      President Obama Holds a News Conference
      The White House http://www.c-span.org/Events/Obama-Presses-Congress-to-Pass-Jobs-Bill/10737424608/

      1:00 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the situations in Syria and Afghanistan.

      1:00 PM EDT
      The Vice President presides over the military retirement ceremony for U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly
      Eisenhower Executive Office Building

      1:45 PM EDT
      The President honors the 2011 NCAA Champion Texas A&M University Women’s basketball team

      2:00 PM EDT
      Hse. Financial Svcs: Sec. Geithner; Financial Stability Oversight Council Report
      http://www.c-span.org/Events/Geithner-Testifies-About-Financial-Stability/10737424581/

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

      10:00 AM EDT
      House lawmakers briefing on Afghan war
      Reps. James McGovern and Walter Jones call on the deficit “super committee” to consider the costs of defunding the war in Afghanistan as it tries to reduce debt.
      Afghanistan: 10 years, 10 perspectives

      10:30 AM EDT
      Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan
      U.S. military officials update the public on current operations in Afghanistan.

  20. U.S. WNT to Join First Lady in Hosting Let’s Move Clinic at White House
    Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Lori Lindsey, Alex Morgan, Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn Will Take Part in Event on South Lawn

    Oct 3, 2011 ussoccer,com

    CHICAGO (Oct. 3, 2011) – Members of the U.S. Women’s National Team will join First Lady Michelle Obama in hosting a Let’s Move! clinic on Thursday, Oct. 6 on the South Lawn of the White House to teach kids soccer skills and highlight the importance of physical activity.

    Six players from the U.S. team that reached the final of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Lori Lindsey, Alex Morgan, Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn – will lead local kids through a soccer clinic based on the principles ofU.S. Soccer’s coaching curriculum. The curriculum is designed to improve development of players in the U.S., concentrating on creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating a fun environment.

  21. October 01, 2011

    President Obama to Welcome the 2011 NCAA Champion Texas A&M University Women’s Basketball Team to the White House

    On Thursday, October 6, President Obama will welcome Texas A&M University Women’s Basketball Team to the White House to celebrate their 2011 NCAA championship. The President will also recognize the efforts by Texas A&M University Women’s Basketball Team to give back to their community, continuing the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts on and off the court. As part of their visit, the team will also hold a basketball clinic at the White House for Washington, D.C.-area kids.

  22. GOP Job plan

    Herman Cain called the (Occupy Wall Street) activists “un-American” Wednesday at a book signing in Florida.

    On Tuesday, CBS reported that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney called the (Occupy Wall Street) protest “class warfare” at an appearance at a Florida retirement community.

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/unions-students-join-wall-street-protesters-205839370.html

    Cain said (of the Occupy Wall Street) “Don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.”

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/herman-cain-train-runs-over-jobless-dont-blame-224900821.html

    Bachmann calling the (Occupy Wall Street) activity “tremendously counterproductive,” the Republican presidential hopeful noted with disgust… “At least the Tea Party picks up their own trash.”

    Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/20/michele-bachmann-speaks-san-francisco_n_1022986.html

  23. Willard Mitt Romney will change that answer soon. It all depends on what audience he is playing to. I noticed some of the folks sitting behind him at one of his townhalls and they appeared to be bored stiff. Might I add that there were no diversity.

    • Hi COS!

      I am glad that people are coming out in droves to protest against the wealthy not giving their fair share.

      • So am I CR. In hindsight CR, I think the 2010 election was an eyeopener. It put the republicans in the spotlight and we are really seeing what they are all about before 2012.

      • Hey there Kat. Glad you are here. It is so sad to hear about Steve Jobs. I think I heard PBO say that he gave him an iPad before it was on the market.

        • President Obama on the Passing of Steve Jobs: “He changed the way each of us sees the world.”

          Posted by Kori Schulman on October 05, 2011

          Following the loss of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, President Obama released this statement:

          Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
          By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
          The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

        • From the Apple Computer website:

          Steve Jobs 1955-2011

          Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

          If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com

          http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/

  24. Yes WE Can!

    “the future rewards those who press on.
    With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs.
    I’m going to press on for equality.
    I’m going to press on for the sake of our children.
    I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now.

    I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself.
    I don’t have time to complain.
    I am going to press on.

    I expect all of you to march with me and press on.
    Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes.
    Shake it off.
    We are going to press on.
    We’ve got work to do.”

    9/24/11 President Barack Obama

    Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/25/president-obama-congressional-black-caucus-foundation-annual-dinner-march-me-and-pre

    • I am definitely pressing on. I was thrilled to see the polls about PBO’s jobs bill. He sure has controlled the message. The republicans don’t know what to do because he is calling names and taking no prisoners. 🙂 I am also excited about his upcoming bus tour beginning October 17. It would be great if FLOTUS could accompany him. 🙂

  25. Left upset with ‘machine,’ not Obama

    10/05/11 By Mike Lillis – TheHill

    Liberal activists who descended on Washington this week say they’re upset with the political system, but not with President Obama.

    While the three-day Take Back the American Dream conference highlighted grumbles about Obama’s back-peddling on several issues, most of those attending the event see the president as more of a victim of Washington than someone simply ignoring his base.

    “Washington is a machine, and one person can’t change the entire machine,” said Annabel Park, founder of the Coffee Party. “He [Obama] is part of the machine.”

    “It’s not that his values have changed, but there’re limits to what he can do,” Park added. “I don’t think he understood, really, what that machine actually looked like. He thought it was a sailboat but it’s actually a submarine, and he just didn’t know what it was like until he was inside.”

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/185865-left-upset-with-machine-not-obama

  26. Giffords returning to DC for husband’s retirement

    10/6/11 AP – 2 hrs 27 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is scheduled to attend her husband’s retirement ceremony in Washington.
    The Arizona congresswoman, who was shot in January outside a Tucson grocery store, is set to join her husband, Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, at an event Thursday that will be presided over by Vice President Joe Biden.

    Giffords’ press secretary, Mark Kimble, tells The Associated Press that Giffords will then return to Houston, where she is undergoing rehabilitation therapy.

    Giffords stunned colleagues in August when she briefly returned to the Capitol to vote for a bill raising the government’s debt ceiling.
    Kelly was the commander of the last mission of space shuttle Endeavour in May. He is writing a memoir with his wife that is set to be released Nov. 15.

  27. Retailers report solid gains for September

    10/6/11 By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO – AP Retail Writer | AP – 1 hr 10 mins ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are reporting strong revenue gains for September, capping a solid back-to-school shopping season. But uncertainty remains about how consumers will spend during the crucial winter holidays.

    As merchants announce revenue figures Thursday, Target Corp., Limited Brands Inc. and teen chain The Buckle Inc. are reporting strong increases that beat Wall Street estimates. There were some stragglers like Bon-Ton Stores Inc., which reported a decline.

    The figures are based on revenue at stores opened at least a year and are considered a key indicator of a retailer’s health.

  28. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a terrific Thursday. I expected to have a light work day yesterday but it was just the opposite. I missed so much. I was devastated to hear about Steve Jobs. He was a great supporter of the President and the President has used his name in several of his speeches along with Warren Buffett.

    Please call, email, fax or tweet a message to Congress today and tomorrow and tell them to pass the jobs bill. We need to let them know that the President’s call to action is being heard by the masses. I have scolded Harry Reid on his delays telling him that millions are suffering and to stop the politics, and have made repeated calls and tweets to all my Senators and Representatives and will start today on the rest of the country.

    CR, thanks for all you do.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our beloved President, First Family and the Nation.

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

    • Good morning Jackie and thank you Jackie!
      Steven Jobs was a one in a million. My husband is one of the Apple faithful since 1984.
      America wants and needs the jobs bill!

  29. A Big Vote to Protect Consumers

    Posted by Stephanie Cutter on October 06, 2011

    A little over a year ago, the President overcame the fierce lobbying of the financial industry and Republican obstruction and signed into law Wall Street Reform, which included the strongest consumer protections in history, critical reforms to rein in Wall Street and protections against another financial crisis. But as he said at the time, the promise of this legislation would only be realized if we implemented the law in a way that truly reformed our financial system, making sure that banks are competing based on the service they provide to consumers, not on the hidden fees they can charge or the non-transparent practices they can get away with.

    Today, the Senate Banking Committee will take a vote that is critical to implementing this law so that it fully protects consumers from hidden fees and abusive practices: the committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Richard Cordray to become the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB was created as part of Wall Street reform to enforce consumer protections.

    Today’s vote, and the subsequent vote by the full Senate to confirm Richard Cordray, is so important because without a director the CFPB is hamstrung in its ability to protect consumers. Without a director, the CFPB will be unable to ensure that banks, debt collectors, private student loan providers and payday loan providers play are properly supervised and that consumers are not put at risk of falling prey to the same kinds of abusive practices that helped cause the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

    But despite these important protections, Senate Republicans have pledged to oppose this nomination, choosing to support special interests at the expense of consumers. This move is just the latest in a string of efforts by Congressional Republicans to defund, delay and dismantle President Obama’s Wall Street Reform law.

    Republicans on the Committee have admitted that their opposition has nothing to do with Cordray’s credentials. He is the former Attorney General and Treasurer of Ohio with a solid track record of cracking down on companies that break the rules while supporting companies that play by them. Throughout his career, Cordray has tackled problems by partnering with others – regardless of party affiliation or ideology – to craft pragmatic and sensible solutions. He addressed Ohio’s foreclosure crisis head-on with his “Save Our Homes” initiative working with bankers, businesses, nonprofits, and government officials to help responsible homeowners stay in their homes. And he has been endorsed by elected officials on both sides of the aisle, consumer advocates and business leaders alike and editorial boards across the country. Despite his record as a pragmatic problem solver, Senate Republicans are opposing his nomination, standing with the financial industry and against the veterans, homeowners and middle class families that the CFPB is charged with protecting.

    We can’t afford to go back to a system where consumers were put at risk by those who gamed the system, and our whole economy was vulnerable to a massive financial crisis. That’s why reform matters. That’s why the CFPB matters. And President Obama will fight efforts to repeal or undermine these important changes. It’s time for Richard Cordray to be confirmed so that the CFPB can do its job and fully protect consumers.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/06/big-vote-protect-consumers

  30. Geithner: European crisis could hurt US economy

    10/6/11 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER – AP Economics Writer | AP – 14 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the European debt crisis could cause significant damage to the U.S. economy, and the Obama administration is urging European leaders to deal more forcefully with the crisis.

    Geithner says European authorities must make sure that the nations and financial institutions under pressure have access to a more powerful financial backstop.

    Geithner says in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee that the debt crisis has already slowed growth significantly in Europe and around the world.

    Geithner says major U.S. banks and money market funds have substantially reduced their exposure to the countries facing the most pressure. But he says a worsening crisis could undermine confidence in the U.S. and weaken consumer demand.

    • October 06, 2011

      News Conference by the President

      East Room

      11:00 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I will take your questions in a second. But first, I just want to say a few words about the economy.

      Next week, the Senate will vote on the American Jobs Act. And I think by now I’ve made my views pretty well known. Some of you are even keeping a tally of how many times I’ve talked about the American Jobs Act. And the reason I keep going around the country talking about this jobs bill is because people really need help right now. Our economy really needs a jolt right now.

      This is not a game; this is not the time for the usual political gridlock. The problems Europe is having today could have a very real effect on our economy at a time when it’s already fragile. But this jobs bill can help guard against another downturn if the situation in Europe gets any worse. It will boost economic growth; it will put people back to work.

      And by the way, this is not just my belief. This is what independent economists have said — not politicians, not just people in my administration. Independent experts who do this for a living have said this jobs bill will have a significant effect for our economy and for middle-class families all across America. And what these independent experts have also said is that if we don’t act, the opposite will be true. There will be fewer jobs; there will be weaker growth.

      So as we look towards next week, any senator out there who’s thinking about voting against this jobs bill, when it comes up for a vote, needs to explain exactly why they would oppose something that we know would improve our economic situation at such an urgent time for our families and for our businesses.

      Congressional Republicans say one of the most important things we can do is cut taxes. Then they should love this plan. This jobs bill would cut taxes for virtually every worker and small business in America. If you’re a small business owner that hires someone or raises wages, you would get another tax cut. If you hire a veteran, you get a tax cut. Right now, there’s a small business in Ohio that does high-tech manufacturing and they’ve been expanding for the past two years. They’re considering hiring more, and this tax break would encourage them to do it.

      Hundreds of thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers have been laid off because of state budget cuts. This jobs bill has funding to put a lot of those men and women back to work. It has funding to prevent a lot more from losing their job. I had a chance to meet a young man named Robert Baroz. He’s an English teacher in Boston who came to the White House a few weeks ago. He’s got two decades of teaching experience, he’s got a Master’s degree, he’s got an outstanding track record of helping his students make huge gains in reading and writing. In the last few years, he’s received three pink slips because of budget cuts. Why wouldn’t we want to pass a bill that puts somebody like Robert back in the classroom teaching our kids?

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/06/news-conference-president

  31. Some Medicare plan prices drop: now is time to shop

    10/6/11 By Mark Miller | Reuters – 18 hrs ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – If you’re a senior on Medicare – or if you help out aging parents with their money matters – it’s time to get ready to shop. The annual enrollment period for Medicare prescription drug and Advantage managed care plans is about to begin, and it’s one of the best opportunities of the year for seniors to save money.

    The new healthcare reform law is reshaping certain parts of the Medicare marketplace, for the most part in ways that benefit seniors. Although the law gradually reduced subsidies to Medicare Advantage – a change that critics derided as “slashing” Medicare – the Advantage and prescription drug markets are doing just fine. The number of plan offerings for 2012 are stable and average prices are steady or falling slightly.

    Re-shopping your plan annually makes sense, especially Medicare Part D drug plans. Insurance companies often change their offerings year-to-year in ways that can increase drug costs by thousands of dollars, or make it more difficult to get certain drugs. At the same time, your drug needs may have changed since the last plan selection period in ways that make a plan less beneficial for you.

    And this year, it’s important to get started on that process earlier than usual – because the enrollment period is earlier this year. The 2010 health reform law moved up the annual enrollment period by several weeks, starting this year. Enrollment will be open from October 15 to December 7 – a sensible move intended to get this time-consuming chore away from the busy holiday season.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/medicare-plan-prices-drop-now-time-shop-221011493.html

  32. U.S. facing slow growth, not recession, CEOs say

    10/6/11 By Scott Malone | Reuters – 1 hr 24 mins ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – The economy is not slipping back into recession, but will face a long, slow recovery as political gridlock in Washington and Europe make businesses nervous about investing, U.S. corporate leaders said.

    That was the word from General Electric Co Chief Executive Jeff Immelt and FedEx Corp CEO Fred Smith at an event in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday.

    “Recovery is under way, but it’s a long, slow recovery. Slower than we’d like,” Immelt told a group of about 500 executives from midsized U.S. companies.

    FedEx’s Smith offered a similar outlook.

    “We don’t see a contraction; we don’t see a recession,” the founder of the No. 2 package-delivery company said. “It’s steady as you go, slow growth.”

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/u-facing-slow-growth-not-recession-ceos-150250416.html

  33. Next Up…

    1:00 PM EDT
    The Vice President presides over the military retirement ceremony for U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building

    • Gabrielle Giffords honors Mark Kelly in D.C.

      10/6/11 By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO

      Rep. Gabrielle Giffords pinned a medal onto her husband Mark Kelly’s jacket Thursday afternoon at a ceremony marking his retirement from the Navy after more than two decades of service.

      In Washington for the second time since suffering a gunshot wound to the head in January, Giffords smiled as she honored Kelly, a NASA astronaut who commanded the Endeavour shuttle this spring.

      “It’s not every day you encounter examples of sheer courage and selflessness and dedication like you see with this couple,” Vice President Joe Biden said as he led the retirement ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the Houston Chronicle reported. Press coverage of the event was limited to the White House pool and a few news organizations with connections to Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who is recovering at her husband’s Houston home.

      Biden also administered an oath to Kelly and pinned a medal on his jacket, though with less ease than Giffords. “Gabby did it better than I did,” the vice president joked.

      Kelly spoke briefly and thanked his Giffords. “You make me jealous of your true grit. There must be something in that Arizona water,” he said, according to Giffords’s Twitter account.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65355.html

    • White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to Convene President’s Advisory Commission Members
      Dr. Jill Biden to Address Commission Members;

      OCTOBER 5, 2011 ed.gov

      WASHINGTON – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer and dancer Shakira will join a dozen fellow new members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics for meetings at the White House and be sworn-in at an official ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday. The Commission is tasked with expanding academic excellence and improving educational opportunities for Hispanics by providing advice to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

      Dr. Jill Biden, a lifelong educator and wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will give brief remarks on the importance of Hispanic success in education to America’s economy to members of the Commission at the White House before the ceremony. Members of the Commission met for the first-time at the White House in May and were sworn-in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

      Hispanics are the largest minority group in the public education system with more than 1 in 5 students in the nation’s elementary, middle and high schools, but have the lowest education attainment level overall, according to a report by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Shakira has worked on a number of efforts to expand and improve comprehensive early childhood care and education around the world.

      For the entire article: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/white-house-initiative-educational-excellence-hispanics-convene-presidents-advis

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      Shakira at Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

      From: whitehouse | Oct 6, 2011

      The Latina pop star joined the meeting at the White House. October 6, 2011.

    • October 06, 2011
      Remarks by the President Honoring the 2011 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion Texas A&M Aggies

      Rose Garden

      1:52 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Everybody have a seat. Howdy!

      AUDIENCE: Howdy!

      THE PRESIDENT: Welcome to the White House. Congratulations to Texas A&M Aggies on your first national championship. (Applause.) Now, winning a national title is a pretty big deal for anybody. And it’s an even bigger deal when you think about just how far this team has come.

      Fifty years ago, Texas A&M didn’t have any women — much less a women’s basketball team. When they did finally put a team together, the story goes that players had to share uniforms. At one point, they had to use the men’s locker room, which probably wasn’t perfectly designed for your needs. Coach Blair here would be going door to door just to ask people to watch the games.

      This is a team that used to be known as a bunch of “lovable losers.” But Coach Blair wasn’t going to settle for that. As he said, he came to College Station “to build champions.”

      And that’s exactly what he’s done. Today, this team has thousands of fans cheering them in every game — including some very proud members of Congress who are here today. They’ve defied expectations, they’ve won close games, and played with a whole lot of heart. And now the Aggies are the best team in women’s basketball. (Applause.)

      I think the players would agree that a lot of credit goes to Coach Blair. He’s led his team to six consecutive tournament appearances, which is pretty impressive by itself. But he also tries to respond personally to every piece of fan mail he gets during the season. He throws candy to the crowd before each game. I’m sure that adds to the popularity.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/06/remarks-president-honoring-2011-ncaa-womens-basketball-champion-texas-am

  34. Tax Cuts to Help America’s Businesses Hire and Grow

    Submitted on October 6, 2011 – commerce.gov

    President Obama held a press conference today to continue his fight for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. He explained what needs to happen to boost economic growth in the United States. One of the key proposals are tax cuts for small businesses. The President’s plan includes new tax cuts to businesses that provide immediate incentives for firms to hire and invest. These tax cuts would be available to all businesses, regardless of size, but are designed to target their impact towards the smallest businesses.

    Key elements of his proposal are:

    * A payroll tax cut to businesses, with a focus on small employers ($65 billion in combination with the payroll tax holiday for new wages)
    * A complete payroll tax holiday for new jobs or wage increases
    Extend 100 percent business expensing through 2012 ($5 billion)
    Help entrepreneurs and small businesses access capital and grow
    * A payroll tax cut to businesses, with a focus on small employers ($65 billion in combination with the payroll tax holiday for new wages)

    The President’s plan will extend the payroll tax cut to firms by cutting in half their payroll tax on the first $5 million in payroll. Next year, instead of paying 6.2 percent on their payroll expenses, firms would pay only 3.1 percent. The President’s plan would provide tax cuts for all firms, with focused relief on the 98 percent with less than $5 million in payroll.

    For the entire article: http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2011/10/06/tax-cuts-help-america’s-businesses-hire-and-grow

    • Soccer on the South Lawn with the U.S. Women’s National Team

      Posted by Nikki Sutton on October 07, 2011

      Members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and First Lady Michelle Obama took to the South Lawn yesterday afternoon for a Let’s Move! soccer clinic with young players from Soccer Sisters United in Philadelphia and Prince William Courage Soccer Club in Woodbridge, Virginia. Women’s National Soccer Team players Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Lori Lindsey, Alex Morgan, Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn taught the kids soccer skills while highlighting the importance of physical activity, which is what Let’s Move! is all about.

      The South Lawn clinic was based on the principles of the U.S. Soccer’s curriculum. The curriculum is designed to improve development of players in the U.S., concentrating on creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating a fun environment. The players definitely all seemed to be having fun as they weaved in and out of cones, passed the ball back and forth and took some shots on goal.

      For more: http://www.letsmove.gov/blog/2011/10/07/soccer-south-lawn-us-womens-national-team

    • Youth Clinics At The White House With Texas A&M And U.S. Women’s Soccer

      From: whitehouse | Oct 14, 2011

  35. Fact Check: The Real Reasons Republicans in Congress are Blocking Richard Cordray at CFPB

    Posted by Stephanie Cutter on October 06, 2011

    In his press conference today, the President spoke primarily about what we can do to create jobs and boost the economy right now, but he also took some time to discuss his efforts to fix the problems in our financial sector that precipitated this economic downturn:

    And what we’ve seen over the last year is not only did the financial sector — with the Republican Party in Congress — fight us every inch of the way, but now you’ve got these same folks suggesting that we should roll back all those reforms and go back to the way it was before the crisis.
    As he also explained, his nominee to be the first head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, former Ohio Treasurer and Attorney General Rich Cordray, is being blocked from office, noting that “Republicans have threatened not to confirm him not because of anything he’s done, but because they want to roll back the whole notion of having a consumer watchdog.”

    Not surprisingly, those Republicans in Congress have looked for any excuse to avoid admitting that they are seeking to weaken these consumer protections – here are the facts behind their attacks on this important new watchdog for consumers:

    Fiction: The CFPB is not accountable to Congress or the American public.

    Fact: The CFPB is subject to oversight and constraints, including new constraints that do not apply to any other federal banking regulator.

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    Fiction: Subjecting the CFPB to the appropriations process will make the agency more accountable.

    Fact: All federal banking agencies are funded independently, outside of the appropriations process.

    Fact: The CFPB is the only banking regulator with a statutory cap on its primary source of independent funding.

    —–

    Fiction: the government is spending too much money on Consumer Protection

    Fact: It would take nearly 15 years of operation for CFPB to spend as much money as it cost the government to resolve IndyMac – a single institution that failed during the financial crisis of 2008.

    ——

    Fiction: Congress has no meaningful oversight over the CFPB.

    Fact: Congress has ample oversight through hearings, reports, and audits that are required by law.

    ——

    Fiction: Regulators have no ability to prevent CFPB mandates that threaten the financial health of banks.

    Fact: Other banking regulators possess multiple checks over the CFPB.

    ——

    Fiction: The CFPB’s structure provides the CFPB’s Director with unprecedented power.

    Fact: The CFPB is led by an individual, just as the OCC has been for more than 100 years.

    ——

    Fiction: There are no effective checks and balances against the CFPB Director’s power.

    Fact: There are a number of checks and balances on the CFPB’s Director.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/06/fact-check-real-reasons-republicans-congress-are-blocking-richard-cordray-cfpb

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