Women’s Week of Action 2012

Week of Action March 23 – March 30

This month we are celebrating the two year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the law that is already helping millions of Americans get affordable health insurance. Because of this law people no longer have to live in fear that their coverage will be canceled if they get sick or if they will hit their lifetime cap on what their insurance company will cover. In addition young Americans with a pre-existing condition like asthma or diabetes or cancer will no longer be denied care and they can stay on their par tent’s health insurance until they are 26 years old. And folks on Medicare can now get free preventative services to help them stay active and healthy as well as help with their prescription drugs.

Since we passed the Affordable Care Act, millions of our senior citizens have saved an average of over more then $600 dollars a year on their prescription drugs. This law also pays special attention to women’s health making sure that we have insurance coverage without a co-pay for the preventative services we need; things like mammograms, wellness visits and prenatal screening.

Believe it or not before my husband signed the Affordable Care Act into law insurance companies could actually charge women up to 50% more then men for their health care premiums simply because of their gender. The new law will end that unfair practice. And as a mom I know that the legacy of the health care reform will be a healthier future for my daughters and for all our sons and daughters. That is why we need to keep and build on the progress that we have made. So I hope that you will all join me and women across America in marking the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a week of action. From March 23 to March 30 we will be organizing and making phone calls and reaching out to friends and neighbors, to spread the word about what we have done to make health care better and more affordable for all Americans and to talk about why we need to stand up for the progress that we had made. I am so grateful to all of you who have shown your support and I know that you will make this week of action something very special.

Visit http://www.BarackObama.com/WomensWeek to get started.


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  1. WH

    Friday, March 23 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

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    President Obama to Announce World Bank Nominee

    10:15 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    10:45 AM
    President Obama meets with senior advisors.

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    Vice President Biden delivers remarks on Medicare in Coconut Beach, FL

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

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    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.

  2. Week of Action March 23 – March 30

    This month we are celebrating the two year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the law that is already helping millions of Americans get affordable health insurance. Because of this law people no longer have to live in fear that their coverage will be canceled if they get sick or if they will hit their lifetime cap on what their insurance company will cover. In addition young Americans with a pre-existing condition like asthma or diabetes or cancer will no longer be denied care and they can stay on their par tent’s health insurance until they are 26 years old. And folks on Medicare can now get free preventative services to help them stay active and healthy as well as help with their prescription drugs.

    Since we passed the Affordable Care Act, millions of our senior citizens have saved an average of over more then $600 dollars a year on their prescription drugs. This law also pays special attention to women’s health making sure that we have insurance coverage without a co-pay for the preventative services we need; things like mammograms, wellness visits and prenatal screening.

    Believe it or not before my husband signed the Affordable Care Act into law insurance companies could actually charge women up to 50% more then men for their health care premiums simply because of their gender. The new law will end that unfair practice.
    And as a mom I know that the legacy of the health care reform will be a healthier future for my daughters and for all our sons and daughters. That is why we need to keep and build on the progress that we have made. So I hope that you will all join me and women across America in marking the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a week of action. From March 23 to March 30 we will be organizing and making phone calls and reaching out to friends and neighbors, to spread the word about what we have done to make health care better and more affordable for all Americans and to talk about why we need to stand up for the progress that we had made. I am so grateful to all of you who have shown your support and I know that you will make this week of action something very special.

    Visit http://www.BarackObama.com/WomensWeek to get started.

    • This Week in Office Hours: Two Years of Health Care Progress

      Kori Schulman March 22, 2012 03:27 PM EDT

      This week, we are holding a series of White House Office Hours with Administration officials as we mark the two year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

      On Monday, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Deputy Chief of Staff and former Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, held Office Hours on Twitter to answer your questions. Tweets poured in from individuals, local governments, and advocacy groups accross the country. Check out the full questions and answer session below, or on Storify.

      Have more questions about the health care law and what it means for you and your family? We’re holding another session with Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, this Friday, March 23rd at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Here’s how you can get involved:

      * Starting now, ask your question on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat. You can also use #hcr and #ACA.

      * On Friday, March 23rd at 2:00 p.m. EDT, Cecilia will be on the @WHLive account and ready to answer your questions

      * You can follow the Q&A through the @WHLive Twitter account and the hashtag #WHChat
      If you miss the live event, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse

      Learn more about health care reform progress by exploring the timeline and map — and send us your #MyCare stories here.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/22/week-office-hours-two-years-health-care-progress

    • avg_senior_4200_saved_on_healthcare_by_2021_due_to_affordable_care_act

      By the Numbers: $4,200

      The average senior on Medicare will save $4,200 on their health care by 2021 because of the Affordable Care Act.

      President Obama’s health reform law strengthens Medicare for seniors in a few ways. It gives them access to preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, with no co-pay or deductibles, as well as a free annual wellness visit. Nearly 32.5 million people have already received a free preventive service.

      And, the Affordable Care Act is making it easier for seniors to pay for the medications they need, by providing a 50 percent discount on brand-name prescription drugs for seniors once they hit the prescription coverage gap known as the “donut hole.” By 2020, that donut hole will be closed completely.

      Already, more than 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities saved over $3.2 billion in drug costs. That comes to an average savings of $635 per person.

      For more information:

      * How health reform helps seniors

      * VIDEO: Health reform is giving Helen, a senior from West Philadelphia, peace of mind and more money in her pocket

      * Tell us your story: How is the Affordable Care Act improving your care?

      • Official Sources Agree: The Affordable Care Act Reduces the Deficit

        Jeanne Lambrew April 09, 2012 10:49 PM EDT

        Today, we are reading about another brand of “new math” in describing how the Affordable Care Act will affect our nation’s Federal budget deficit. In another attempt to refight the battles of the past, one former Bush Administration official is wrongly claiming that some of the savings in the Affordable Care Act are “double-counted” and that the law actually increases the deficit. This claim is false.

        According to the official Administration and Congressional scorekeepers, the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit: its costs are more than fully paid for. The Office of Management and Budget and Congressional Budget Office project lower Federal budget deficits as a result of the law. The Congressional Budget Office is charged with assessing how legislation would affect the deficit. When the health care bill was passed by Congress, CBO wrote:

        “CBO and JCT estimate that enacting both pieces of legislation—H.R. 3590 and the reconciliation proposal—would produce a net reduction in federal deficits of $143 billion over the 2010–2019 period as result of changes in direct spending and revenues.”

        When Congressional Republicans sought to repeal the law, CBO found that eliminating the law would increase the deficit. CBO wrote:

        “[T]he effect of H.R. 2 on federal deficits as a result of changes in direct spending and revenues is likely to be an increase in the vicinity of $230 billion, plus or minus the effects of technical and economic changes to CBO’s and JCT’s projections for that period.”

        And just last month, in updating its estimates of key parts of the law, CBO estimated that the insurance coverage provisions of the health care law would, compared to last year’s estimates for the same time period, cost $50 billion less. Assuming no change to the rest of the estimates, this means $50 billion more in deficit reduction.

        OMB and CBO have never given a discount in deficit reduction due to a “double counting” of Medicare savings in an estimate of the impact of legislation. As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explained:

        “Claims that the Medicare savings in the ACA have somehow been “double counted” are without merit… Deficit-reduction legislation that includes Medicare provisions has been accounted for in exactly the same way in previous Congresses under both political parties. For example, both the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (both of which were passed by Republican Congresses) included Medicare savings that reduced the federal deficit and improved the solvency of Medicare’s HI trust fund. No claims of double-counting were raised when these bills were enacted. Similarly, the Social Security Amendments of 1983 reduced the budget deficit at the same time as they improved the solvency of the Social Security trust funds.”

        As such, this new math fits the old pattern of mischaracterizations about the Affordable Care Act when official estimates show the health care law reduces the deficit. ‘

    • Save_Up_To_$2,300_Health_Care/Yr

      By the Numbers: $2,300

      Megan Slack March 22, 2012 11:51 AM EDT

      The Affordable Care Act is already helping small business owners with the costs of providing health insurance for their employees, and many Americans now have access to care they didn’t before, including children with pre-exsiting conditions and young adults who can now stay on their parents’ plan until age 26. Millions more have access to free preventive services, and seniors are getting help paying for the medications they need.

      But, there are provisions in President Obama’s health reform law that don’t take effect until 2014 and will do even more to make health insurance cheaper and easier to obtain for millions of Americans. For example, families who purchase private health insurance through state-based exchanges that come online in 2014 could save up to $2,300 each year on their health care spending.

      Exchanges will be a single market where families or individuals can purchase and enroll in an affordable health insurance plan that meets their needs. They’ll be able to compare health plans, get answers to questions about their insurance options, and find out if they are eligible for tax credits for private insurance or health programs like the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

      For the entire article; http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/22/numbers-2300

    • 20.4M_women_w_private-health_ins_recvd_preventive_health_servcs
      By the Numbers: 20.4

      Megan Slack March 20, 2012 09:00 AM EDT

      President Obama’s health reform law requires that new health insurance plans cover preventive services with no co-pay or deductible. In the last 18 months, approximately 20.4 million women with private health insurance have received preventive health services such as mammograms and pap smears at no additional cost because of this provision in the Affordable Care Act.

      Besides improving access to services that help women stay healthy and detect health problems early on, health reform helps women in many other ways. For example, health insurance companies can no longer discriminate against women by charging them higher premiums than they charge men. Insurance companies are banned from imposing a limit on the amount of care they’ll cover over a woman’s lifetime, and are now required to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on care—not overhead.

      Women who have been unable to purchase health insurance because of a pre-existing condition such as cancer or having been pregnant now have an option to obtain the insurance they need through the new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.

      Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will be fully implemented and offer even greater protection for women and their health care, including a ban on denying care based on pre-existing conditions, and the removal of annual limits on care.

      Read more:

      How health reform helps women
      Tell us your story: How is the Affordable Care Act improving your care

    • March 23, 2012

      New Report: Affordable Care Act Gives Americans More Security, Better Benefits

      The White House today released a new report highlighting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. The report discusses how the Affordable Care Act has improved the health care system for millions of Americans and includes stories of Americans who have been helped by the law.

      “Today, two years after we passed health care reform, more young adults have insurance, more seniors are saving money on their prescription drugs, and more Americans can rest easy knowing they won’t be dropped from their insurance plans if they get sick,” said President Obama. “The law has made a difference for millions of Americans, and over time, it will help give even more working and middle-class families the security they deserve.”

      Thanks to the Affordable Care Act:

      • 2.5 million more young adults have health insurance on their parent’s plan.
      • 5.1 million people with Medicare saved an average of $635 on the cost of their prescription drugs. And everyone on Medicare can get preventive services like mammograms for free.
      • Insurance companies must spend at least 80 percent of your premium dollars on health care and not overhead and cannot raise your premiums by 10 percent or more with no accountability.
      • It is illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition. And in 2014, discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition will be illegal.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/23/new-report-affordable-care-act-gives-americans-more-security-better-bene

    • Obama reelection campaign urges supporters to say ‘I’m for Obamacare’

      3/23/12 By Daniel Strauss – TheHill

      President Obama’s reelection campaign is urging voters to voice their support for the administration’s healthcare reform law.

      In an email sent out to supporters on Friday, members of the campaign (top strategist David Axelrod, campaign manager Jim Messina) tout the administration’s legislation.

      “Obamacare means never having to worry about getting sick and running up against a lifetime cap on insurance coverage,” Axelrod writes in one email. “It gives parents the comfort of knowing their kids can stay on their insurance until they’re 26, and that a “pre-existing condition” like an ear infection will never compromise their child’s coverage.”

      The email comes on the two-year anniversary of the passage of the law and just ahead of Supreme Court oral arguments on a case challenging the law’s constitutionality.

      The email directs readers to a part of the Obama reelection campaign’s website where supporters can “stand with” Axelrod and the campaign and say “Hell yeah, I’m for Obamacare.” The website asks for the reader’s email address and zipcode.

      For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/217893-obama-reelection-campaign-urges-supporters-to-say-im-for-obamacare

      I Like ObamaCare

  3. 2012 Louisiana Primary

    Saturday 24 March 2012: 64 of 71 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today’s Louisiana Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.



      Romney campaign can’t say if he supports equal-pay law

      4/11/12 11:29 AM ET By Josh Lederman – TheHill

      Mitt Romney’s economic and policy aides were caught off guard on Wednesday when asked whether the former Massachusetts governor supports equal-pay legislation signed into law by President Obama.

      Fresh off of a great day for Mitt Romney on Tuesday, when his main rival for the GOP nomination dropped out, the Romney campaign dispatched surrogates to knock Obama’s proposed “Buffet Rule” and to double down on their arguments that Obama’s policies have led to massive job losses for women.

      On a conference call with reporters Wednesday was Romney’s policy director, Lanhee Chen, and Kevin Hassett, one of his economic policy advisers. The aides accused Obama of setting women back 20 years and promoting policies that led to the hemorrhaging of women in the workforce.

      But asked by a reporter whether Romney supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which Obama signed in 2009 barely a week after taking office, the aides weren’t so sure.

      “We’ll get back to you on that,” said one of the Romney surrogates.

      The campaign had no immediate response to The Hill’s inquiry seeking clarification on Romney’s position on the law, which expands workers’ ability to sue over equal-pay discrimination claims.

      Ledbetter, in a statement released by Obama’s reelection campaign, criticized Romney for not having an answer.

      “I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families. If he is truly concerned about women in this economy, he wouldn’t have to take time to ‘think’ about whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,” she said. “Anyone who wants to be President of the United States shouldn’t have to think about whether they support pursuing every possible avenue to ensuring women get the same pay for the same work as men.”

      Both campaigns have made a priority of winning female voters, with polls showing a significant gender gap between Obama and Romney.

      Source; http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/220971-romney-aides-on-equal-pay-law-well-get-back-to-you

    • The GOP War on Women’s Health is Real

      Published on Jul 30, 2012 by NewLeftMedia

      The Republican Party continues to pass harsh laws restricting access to women’s healthcare across the country, but the mainstream press has stopped paying attention.

      That’s why we’ve produced a short documentary that cogently explains the state and national efforts by Republicans–including Mitt Romney–to limit access to birth control and other basic women’s health services.

      Featured interviews include Rep. Lois Capps (CA-23), who as a former nurse has long been a leader on women’s health issues; Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List; and Dr. Kimberly Shepherd, an OB/GYN who provides medical authority on issues that never should’ve been politicized in the first place.

      With the lives of millions of women potentially impacted by the dangerous proposals of Mitt Romney and Republican lawmakers, it’s vital that this issue isn’t forgotten this election season. Help us spread the word.

      Visit StopTheWarOnWomen.com, and SHARE THIS VIDEO!

  4. NCIIA_Annual_Conference

    The country’s premier conference on catalyzing innovation and entrepreneurship in high education. Featuring a keynote address by Steve Blank, over 70 presentations on the state-of-the-art in entrepreneurship education and practice, and Open Minds, NCIIA’s annual showcase of cutting edge student innovations. Sponsored by StartUpAmericaPartnership.

    Thursday, March 22, 2012 – 7:13am – Saturday, March 24, 2012 – 12:08pm

    Hilton Financial District, 750 Kearny Street
    San Francisco, CA

    For more information: http://nciia.org/network/conference/2012

  5. StartUp America

    3 Day Startup

    The idea of 3 Day Startup is simple: start a technology company over the course of three days. We rent work space for an entire weekend, recruit 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food and drinks, invite top-notch entrepreneurs and investors, pick the best idea for a software startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by Sunday night. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.
    Sponsored by StartUp America

    Participants: Passionate students with an entrepreneurial drive, including Computer Science (PhD, MS, undergraduate), MBAs, law students, graphic designers, PR, business undergraduates, etc.

    March 23, 2012 at 3pm until Sunday March 25, 2012 at 9pm

    Miller Hall, School of Communication
    The Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL

    For more information: http://www.s.co/event/3-day-startup-florida-state-university

  6. Exclusive: UAW steps up bid to organize VW U.S. plant: sources

    3/22/12 By Bernie Woodall and Deepa Seetharaman | Reuters – 1 hr 6 mins ago

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn./DETROIT (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers union is soliciting signatures of support from workers at Volkswagen AG’s U.S. factory, an escalation of its effort to establish a foothold outside the Detroit automakers.

    In early March, the UAW started passing out authorization cards for workers to sign in an early formal step needed for union representation, workers at the factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, told Reuters.

    UAW President Bob King has said organizing U.S. plants run by foreign automakers, known in the industry as transplants, is crucial for the union’s survival.

    After three decades of declining membership, the UAW faces a financial crunch that has been exacerbated by the U.S. economic downturn. This has forced America’s richest union to sell assets and dip into its strike fund to pay for activities.

    For the past several months, the UAW has met informally with workers at VW’s U.S. plant. King has also sought support from German union IG Metall.

    U.S. labor laws stipulate that a union must submit signature cards from at least 30 percent of the workers at a plant to hold a representation election.

    Not all VW hourly employees have been approached by the union, workers said. The UAW has not told the German automaker about its effort to collect signatures, a VW employee said.

    “It’s hard to know how much real momentum they have,” the person said of the UAW.

    Separately, another person familiar with the UAW said it may make an announcement on its organizing efforts in early April. The source did not know if that would involve VW.

    The sources asked not to be named discussing the UAW’s confidential plans. VW and the UAW declined to comment.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/8fKDC

  7. West Wing Week: 3/22/12 or “Slainte!”

    Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 22, 2012

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President celebrated his fourth St Patrick’s Day in the White House and hosted the Irish Prime Minister, marked Nowruz with a video address, then embarked on a four state energy tour.

  8. March 23, 2012
    Statement by the President on the Passing of John Payton

    Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of our dear friend John Payton. As president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, John led the organization’s involvement in five Supreme Court cases. A true champion of equality, he helped protect civil rights in the classroom and at the ballot box. The legal community has lost a legend, and while we mourn John’s passing, we will never forget his courage and fierce opposition to discrimination in all its forms.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family, the many students he taught, and those who love him.

    • March 23, 2012

      Remarks by the President on the Nomination of Dr. Jim Kim for World Bank President

      The Rose Garden

      10:09 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody.

      In February, Bob Zoellick, the current President of the World Bank, announced that he would be stepping down at the end of his term in June. Bob has been a strong and effective leader at the bank for the last five years, and when he told me about his plans, I immediately began to search for someone to fill his shoes.

      Now, despite its name, the World Bank is more than just a bank. It’s one of the most powerful tools we have to reduce poverty and raise standards of living in some of the poorest countries on the planet. And in a world that is growing smaller and more connected every day, that’s a critical mission -– not just for those who are struggling, but for all of us.

      When we reduce hunger in the world, or help a farmer recover from a flood or a drought, it strengthens the entire world economy. When we put an end to a preventable disease, all of us are safer because of it. When an entrepreneur can start a new business, it creates jobs in their country, but also opens up new markets for our country. And ultimately, when a nation goes from poverty to prosperity, it makes the world stronger and more secure for everybody.

      That’s why the World Bank is so important. And that’s why the leader of the World Bank should have a deep understanding of both the role that development plays in the world, and the importance of creating conditions where assistance is no longer needed.

      I believe that nobody is more qualified to carry out that mission than Dr. Jim Kim. It’s time for a development professional to lead the world’s largest development agency. And that’s why today, after a careful and thorough search, I am nominating Dr. Jim Kim to be the next president of the World Bank.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/23/remarks-president-nomination-dr-jim-kim-world-bank-president

    • March 23, 2012

      President Obama Announces U.S. Nomination of Dr. Jim Yong Kim
      to Lead World Bank

      Today, President Obama announced that the United States is nominating Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a leader who has devoted his career to improving the lives of people in developing countries and championing the cause of global health, to be President of the World Bank. The World Bank’s mission is to reduce poverty and support development, serving as a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries across the globe.

      “Jim has spent more than two decades working to improve conditions in developing countries around the world,” said President Obama. “The World Bank is one of the most powerful tools we have to reduce poverty and raise standards of living around the globe, and Jim’s personal experience and years of service make him an ideal candidate for this job.”

      Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Nominee for President, The World Bank
      Jim Yong Kim has served as the President of Dartmouth College since 2009. During this time, Dr. Kim has launched the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, which is the first of its kind in establishing an international network of researchers and practitioners to design, implement, and scale new models of high-quality low-cost care. He has also instituted the National College Health Improvement Project. Prior to that, he held professorships in medicine and social medicine at Harvard Medical School and served as the director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights. He is a co-founder of Partners In Health and a pioneer in the treatment of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis.

      As Director of the World Health Organization’s Department of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Kim launched the “3 by 5” initiative, which sought to treat 3 million patients living with HIV and is regarded today as one of the most successful modern global health initiatives. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine in 2004, and his work in the field of global health has earned him widespread recognition, including a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, selection as one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and numerous other awards.

      He has published extensively over the past two decades, authoring and co-authoring articles for leading academic and scientific journals and contributing to many books on public health issues. Born in Seoul, Korea, President Kim moved to the United States at the age of five. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, earned a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a doctorate in anthropology from Harvard University.

      • World Bank Taps Obama Nominee To Be Its President

        4/16/12 by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 1 hour ago

        Jim Yong Kim, an American who is president of Dartmouth College, has been chosen to be the next president of the World Bank. His selection Monday extends the U.S. hold on the top job at the 187-nation development agency.

        Kim, a surprise nominee of President Obama, was selected in a vote by the World Bank’s 25-member executive board. He’ll succeed Robert Zoellick, who’s stepping down after a five year term.

        Developing nations waged an unsuccessful challenge to Kim, 52, a physician and pioneer in treating HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in the developing world.

        Kim’s selection marks a break from previous World Bank leaders who were typically political, legal or economic figures.

        The World Bank raises money from its member nations and borrows from investors to provide low-cost loans to developing countries.

        Developing countries had put forward two candidates for the post Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former Colombian Finance Minister Jose Antonio Ocampo.

        Both had argued that it was time to break the hold the United States has had on the World Bank job and provide a greater voice for developing nations.

        Kim will begin a five-year term in July. Born in South Korea, Kim is an American who moved to the United States with his family at age 5. His selection extends the tradition of Americans leading the World Bank, dating to the institution’s founding in 1944.

        Kim was in Lima, Peru, on Monday — the latest stop in a global tour that has taken him to Africa, Asia and Latin America to try to build support among developing countries.

        He and the other candidates were interviewed by the World Bank’s board last week. In his statement to the board, Kim said he had worked throughout his career for “reform and change” and would continue those efforts at the World Bank.

        Obama’s announcement March 23 that Kim would be the U.S. nominee for the World Bank post came as a surprise. His name had not been mentioned as a possible candidate.

        For the entire article: http://www.npr.org/2012/04/16/150730453/world-bank-taps-obama-nominee-to-be-its-president?ft=1&f=1006

  9. Feb. new-home sales dip 1.6% while prices jump

    March 23, 2012, 10:00 a.m. EDT By Steve Goldstein MarketWatch

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Sales of new homes dipped 1.6% in February though prices jumped, according to data released by the Commerce Department on Friday. Sales fell to a seasonally adjusted 313,000 in February, from a slightly downwardly revised 318,000 in January. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected improving sales, at a 330,000 annual rate. Median sales prices, which are not seasonally adjusted, jumped 8.8% to $233,700, which is the biggest one-month percentage rise in 14 months. Compared to Feb. 2011, median prices climbed 6%.

  10. 10:30 AM. EDT

    Twitter for “Office Hours.”
    Nancy-Ann DeParle, Deputy Chief of Staff and former Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, will be on Twitter for “Office Hours.” to will answer your questions on legislation to improve our health care system – into law


    White House officials answers your questions from @WHLive account

  11. Obama: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon’

    3/23/12 10:21 AM ET By Jonathan Easley and Peter Schroeder – TheHill

    President Obama promised a full investigation of the killing of Trayvon Martin Friday, saying, “If I had a son “he’d look like Trayvon.”

    “And I think [Trayvon’s parents] are right to expect all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness that it deserves and that we’re going to get to the bottom of what happened,” Obama said in response to a reporter’s question.

    This is the first time Obama has waded into the countroversy surrounding Martin, an unarmed Florida teenager killed weeks ago by a neighborhood watchman. Obama made the remarks at Rose Garden ceremony unveiling his nominee for the World Bank.

    “When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened,” the president said.
    “Obviously this is a tragedy, I can only imagine what these parents are going through.”

    • Michelle Obama: Trayvon Martin’s death ‘a tremendous loss’

      4/17/12 2:25 PM EDT POLITICO44

      First lady Michelle Obama weighed in on the Travyon Martin case in an interview with NPR broadcast on Thursday.

      “My heart goes out to the parents, because we all as parents understand the tragedy of that kind of loss, and I think that’s really the thing that most people connect to,” Obama said. “And it’s important for us not to lose sight of the fact that this is a family that’s grieving and there’s been a tremendous loss. And we all have to rally around that piece of it.”

      Obama also said that the incident was part of the ongoing American conversation on race, a “complicated” conversation that can’t only happen when there’s a high profile incident.

      “Talking is good. Conversations have to be forever. You know, they can’t come in spits and starts when there’s an incident. I think we all need, as a country, to continue to talk about these issues, to understand our communities and the challenges that we face, which are different and unique depending upon where you live,” Obama said.

      “It’s all about, you know, continuing to get to know ourselves in a very diverse and complicated country that is America. It is a wonderful place to live. But because it is so diverse, our challenges are complex. So there isn’t, you know, a one-shot solution to this. It is complicated. It takes time. It takes openness. It takes compassion. It takes patience. And it takes a lot of work. So we should all be ready to roll up our sleeves and keep doing that work,” Obama said.

    • March 23, 2012

      Campaign Event Remarks by the Vice President on Seniors

      Wynmoor Village
      Coconut Creek, Florida

      12:51 P.M. EDT

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Howard, thank you very much and my colleagues, Ted and Debbie. And I understand State Senator Jeremy Ring is here, and I understand that State Representative Jim Waldman is here. (Applause.) It’s kind of a busman’s holiday for you all, but thank you very much for being here.

      Folks, this is the second of four speeches that I’ll be making this spring on what’s at stake from our perspective, what’s at stake for the middle class in this election. The issue I’m going to focus on today with your permission is retirement security. But I have to tell you, I come at this issue of retirement security from a slightly different angle, a slightly different perspective than it’s usually talked about.

      My dad used to have an expression. He’d say, Joe — when someone would say, this is what I value and my dad would look at him and say, don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget and I will tell you what you value. Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget and I will tell you what you really value.

      Like many of you here, I had the privilege of having my mom and dad live with me in their — my dad’s final months and my mom’s final years. Neither my siblings nor I — just like when you had your parents and were helping them, neither my siblings nor I could separate the security of my mom and dad from our own well being. Neither my siblings nor I could separate the needs of our parents from the needs of our children. This is all family. This is all about — it’s not just seniors or just the young. We talk about it like it’s an either/or proposition. This is about who we are as a people. This is about what we value.

      That’s how our parents lived their lives and how we lived ours. I was raised in my mom and dad’s house. And I can say, with the single exception of a two-year period through my entire youth, there was never a time in our three-bedroom home one of my parents’ relatives did not live with us, like many of you as you grew up, because there was no alternative. And I think that’s what’s really missing in this debate today, how connected — the connective tissue here, the notion that we’re all in this together, every generation — every generation.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/23/campaign-event-remarks-vice-president-seniors


      Vice President Joe Biden Speaks in Coconut Creek, Florida – Highlights

      Published on Mar 27, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Are you in? Welcome Joe back to the trail: https://my.barackobama.com/joebidenflvid

      Supporters were fired up to watch the Vice President speak on economic security for America’s seniors. Vice President Biden shared why he and President Obama believe that every American should be able to look forward to the security and dignity that Social Security and Medicare provide.

      Let Joe know which issue matters the most to you: https://my.barackobama.com/joebidenfl2vid

  12. Jobless rates fall in most metro areas

    3/23/12 Lisa Lambert – Reuters – 2 hrs 8 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The unemployment rates in almost all metropolitan areas dropped in January from a year earlier, and a majority were lower than the national rate, the Labor Department said on Friday.

    Jobless rates decreased in 345 of the 372 areas, which typically include a city and its surrounding suburbs, and those in Decatur, Alabama, and Monroe, Michigan, dropped the most.

    At the same time, 201 areas recorded January unemployment rates below the U.S. rate of 8.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted. Frequently, the Labor Department will adjust jobs numbers to account for seasonal factors such as holiday hiring or weather.
    The seasonally adjusted national jobless rate in February and January was 8.3 percent.

    While the effects of the recession that began in 2007 were nearly uniform across the country, the recovery has been far more uneven, with areas where housing had fueled the local economies still hurting.

    The states of Nevada and California have the highest unemployment rates in the country, and their limping job markets can be seen on the local level.

    El Centro, an inland town in southern California, held the highest unemployment rate in the country in January, 26.4 percent, followed by Arizona’s Yuma, where the rate was 24.5 percent. Meanwhile, 10 of the other 11 areas with jobless rates of at least 15 percent or more were in California.

    Of the 49 areas with a population of 1 million or more, Nevada’s Las Vegas-Paradise region had the highest jobless rate, 13.1 percent.

  13. Economic growth gauge held 7-month high last week: ECRI

    3/23/12 Leah Schnurr – Reuters – 2 hrs 50 mins ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A measure of future economic growth edged up last week to hold a seven-month high, while the annualized growth rate also improved, a research group said on Friday.

    The Economic Cycle Research Institute, a New York-based independent forecasting group, said its Weekly Leading Index rose to 125.7 in the week ended March 16 from a downwardly revised 125.0 the previous week. That was originally reported as 125.1.

    Last week’s reading was the highest level since early August.

    The index’s annualized growth rate gained to minus 0.4 percent from minus 1.4 percent a week earlier.

  14. Obama Campaign Opens Tech Field Office In San Francisco Thursday

    March 22 2012 BY SARAH LAI STIRLAND – techpresident

    Campaign stickers for Barack Obama’s re-election this year have already started popping up on cars all around San Francisco and many campaign events for volunteers have been organized lately in the Bay Area.

    So it comes as no surprise that the Obama campaign would further capitalize on the region’s enthusiasm for the president by opening up a “tech field office.”

    The campaign is formally opening up the South of Market Office Thursday evening with talks about Obama’s tech initiatives, and is calling techies to come and bring their ideas and skills to volunteer for them.

    “Many supporters of the President have lent their time and talent to building the largest grassroots campaign in history,” reads a note on an online sign-up sheet for volunteer coders. “Traditionally, this has always taken the form of volunteers talking to neighbors, phonebanking, canvassing, and hosting house meetings. We learned from 2008 that using the talents and skills of our supporters was key to building the most effective organization. Now we’re taking the next step by providing the opportunity for supporters in the technology community to help the campaign extend our current tools.”

    There should be no shortage of talent, and in fact there should be a pretty strong local network since there are several veterans of the 2008 campaign now in the Bay area working on other projects.

  15. March 23, 2012

    Presidential Proclamation — Cesar Chavez Day, 2012


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    One of our Nation’s great civil rights leaders, Cesar Estrada Chavez came of age as a migrant farm worker, witnessing the injustice that pervaded fields and vineyards across California. Facing discrimination, poverty, and dangerous working conditions, laborers toiled for little pay and without access to even the most basic necessities. Yet amidst hardship and abuse, Cesar Chavez saw the promise of change — the unlimited potential of a community organized around a common purpose. Today, we celebrate his courage, reflect on his lifetime of advocacy, and recognize the power in each of us to lift up lives and pursue social justice.

    Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and other visionary leaders, Cesar Chavez based his campaign on principles of nonviolence, which he called “the quality of the heart.” Through boycotts, fasts, strikes, and marches that demanded both endurance and imagination, he drew thousands together in support of “La Causa” — a mission to ensure respect, dignity, and fair treatment for farm workers. Alongside Dolores Huerta, he founded the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), an organization tasked with defending and empowering the men and women who feed the world.

    As a tribute to Cesar Chavez’s life and work, my Administration designated the Forty Acres site in Delano, California, as a National Historical Landmark last year, forever commemorating the birthplace of the UFW. In May 2011, the United States Navy named the USNS Cesar Chavez in recognition of his service during World War II. And this month, we honor ten Americans as Champions of Change for their commitment to realizing Cesar Chavez’s dream of a more just tomorrow. Decades after his struggle began, Cesar Chavez’s legacy lives on in all who draw inspiration from the values of service, determination, and community that ignited his movement.

    On the 85th anniversary of Cesar Chavez’s birth, we are reminded of what we can accomplish when we recognize our common humanity. He told us, “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” As we honor his broad ambitions and expansive vision, let us pledge to stand forever on the side of equal opportunity and justice for all.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/23/presidential-proclamation-cesar-chavez-day-2012

  16. WH

    Saturday, March 24 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    12:00 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Seoul, Republic of Korea.

    1:00 AM
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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    5:35 PM
    President Obama arrives Seoul, Republic of Korea.

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    6:00 PM
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    President Obama visits the demilitarized zone and meets with American troops serving on the Korean Peninsula.

  17. Signs of recovery grow in housing market

    2/23/12 By Lucia Mutikani | Reuters – 2 hrs 28 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The battered housing market looks to be on the mend as buyers make a tentative return and house prices stabilize.

    Sales of new homes in February fell from January but jumped more than 11 percent compared with the same month last year and prices rose, according to data released on Friday that was in line with other recent signs of a slow recovery.

    Big challenges lie ahead, most notably in the form of a glut of unsold properties – many of them foreclosures – and tight lending by banks. But even if the recovery is slow and bumpy, the worst of the six-year slump seems to be over.

    “The housing market is slowly coming back. It’s still a depressed market, but it’s getting better. We have a long way to go,” said Patrick Newport, an economist at Global Insight in Lexington, Massachusetts.

    New home sales slipped 1.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted 313,000-unit annual rate in February, the lowest since October, but were up 11.4 percent in year-on-year terms, the Commerce Department said.

    The median new home price jumped 8.3 percent to an eight-month high of $233,700. Compared with February last year, the rise was 6.2 percent.

    The report rounded off a week of mixed U.S. housing data and followed a similar pattern seen in the bigger market for existing homes – sales also fell in February, but stayed close to their highest level in nearly two years and prices rose for the first time on a yearly basis since November 2010.

    Realtors say they are seeing higher traffic volume and are moving more houses off the market than a few years ago.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/home-sales-slip-prices-8-month-high-143754718.html

  18. CR, this is just to say thank you for posting the whole video of PBO announcing the nomination of Dr. Kim to lead the world bank and then making his moving statement about Trayvon Martin. I think the White House is the only other source for the entire thing.

    • You are most welcome Kat! I think that Dr. Kim is a good nomination.

      Prayers go out to the Martin family; PBO is right that all our children should be able to walk down our streets and feel safe.

  19. March 24, 2012

    WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Says House Must Pass Bipartisan Transportation Bill

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    Saturday March 24, 2012

    Hello. This week, I traveled across the country to talk about my all-of-the-above energy strategy for America – a strategy where we produce more oil and gas here at home, but also more biofuels and fuel-efficient cars; more solar power and wind power and other sources of clean, renewable energy.

    Now, you wouldn’t know it by listening to some of the folks running for office today, but producing more oil at home has been, and will continue to be, a key part of my energy strategy. Under my Administration, we’re producing more oil than at any other time in the last eight years. We’ve quadrupled the number of operating oil rigs to a record high. And we’ve added enough oil and gas pipeline to circle the entire Earth and then some. Those are the facts.

    But as I’ve been saying all week, even though America uses around 20 percent of the world’s oil, we only have around 2 percent of the world’s known oil reserves. So even if we drilled everywhere, we’d still be relying on other countries for oil.

    That’s why we’re pursuing an all-of-the-above strategy. We’re producing more biofuels. More fuel-efficient cars. More solar power. More wind power. This week, I was in Boulder City, Nevada, where they’ve got the largest solar plant of its kind anywhere in the country. That’s the future. I was at Ohio State University, where they’ve developed the fastest electric car in the world. That’s the future. I don’t want to cede these clean energy industries to China or Germany or any other country. I want to see solar panels and wind turbines and fuel-efficient cars manufactured right here in America, by American workers.

    Now, getting these clean energy industries to locate here requires us to maintain a national commitment to new research and development. But it also requires us to build world-class transportation and communications networks, so that any company can move goods and sell products all around the world as quickly and efficiently as possible.
    So much of America needs to be rebuilt right now. We’ve got crumbling roads and bridges. A power grid that wastes too much energy. An incomplete high-speed broadband network. And we’ve got thousands of unemployed construction workers who’ve been looking for a job ever since the housing market collapsed.

    But once again, we’re waiting on Congress. You see, in a matter of days, funding will stop for all sorts of transportation projects. Construction sites will go idle. Workers will have to go home. And our economy will take a hit.

    This Congress cannot let that happen. Not at a time when we should be doing everything in our power – Democrats and Republicans – to keep this recovery moving forward. The Senate did their part. They passed a bipartisan transportation bill. It had the support of 52 Democrats and 22 Republicans. Now it’s up to the House to follow suit; to put aside partisan posturing, end the gridlock, and do what’s right for the American people.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/24/weekly-address-president-obama-says-house-must-pass-bipartisan-transport

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