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  1. WH

    Tuesday, March 27 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

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    The President attends a second plenary session
    Local Event Time: 2:30PM KST
    Coex Center
    Travel Pool Coverage

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    The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani of Pakistan
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    Coex Center
    Pool Spray at the Top

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    The President departs Seoul, Republic of Korea
    Local Event Time: 6:50PM KST
    Osan Air Base
    Open Press

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    Vice President Biden hosts a breakfast meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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    First LadyMichelle Obama participates in the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Centennial Tree Planting Ceremony

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    First Lady Michelle Obama meets with the spouses of the military’s senior enlisted leaders.

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    The President arrives Washington, DC
    Joint Base Andrews
    Travel Pool Coverage

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    The President arrives the White House
    South Lawn
    Open Press

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  2. Democratic Donkey

    If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties – someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicious that grip us in our policies abroad, if they is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal”.

    John F. Kennedy, Democrat

  3. Martin Sheen: Stand Up for Medicare

    Uploaded by DCCCVideo2012 on Mar 25, 2012

    Help us reach 1 million signatures telling Republican that ending the Medicare guarantee for seniors to pay for tax breaks for special interests and the wealthy is unacceptable at

    “Forty four presidents have served our nation, each one tested their leadership called upon to face the challenges of their time. When President Obama stepped onto the stage our nation was in crisis; on the brink of a global economic meltdown. There were cynics and partisans who stood against him not out of patriotism or principle but simply so that he would fail. Despite these voices of obstruction however this president is leading us back; helping America to rise again.

    But now the President and all of us in fact face another crisis and it is not a natural disaster or terrorist cell or global economic failure this time. No, no this time, this crisis is caused right down the street from the White House. You see in this crisis the same Republicans in Congress who obstructed Mr. Obama every step on the road back now want to end Medicare, eliminate it altogether and what is their goal? Simply to sacrifice Medicare in order to give tax cuts to special interests. That is not the America I was raised to love.

    In our America we honor work, keep our promises and when times get tough we share the sacrifice.

    It is time to stand up for our America and every American. And remember true patriots don’t just live in America, America lives in them. It is time to speak out, tell Republicans in Congress that Americans work their whole lives and kept their commitments and we expect Republicans to do the same. Tell them to keep their hands off Medicare. And tell them in our American that the cynics and the fear mongers, the ones who break a sacred promise simply to reward the wealthy don’t get the final word. No, no….you do. Thank you so much”

    Martin Sheen

  4. ABEACH 2012 – China

    ABACE 2012 — Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Airport/Ground Support Eq., Aviation Services, Telecommunications Eq.Location/
    Shanghai, China
    03/27/2012 – 03/29/2012

    Event Summary:U.S. manufacturers and suppliers of business aviation aircraft, parts, systems, and services interested in the rapidly growing Asia market will want to exhibit at ABACE 2012, held March 27-29, 2012 at the new Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center on Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai, China. China and the rest of Asia are playing a ever more important role in the world’s economy. These countries continue to experience unprecedented economic growth while the rest of the world witnesses difficult times. Sponsored by

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  5. 3/27-29 AFL-CIO convention

    Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention March 27 Through March 29, 2012, Philadelphia, PA

    February 28, 2012 prnewswire

    HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s 40th Constitutional Convention will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 17th and Race Streets, Philadelphia, PA, from Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday, March 29.

    Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, will address the Convention’s general session on Tuesday, March 27.

    President Trumka is the nation’s top labor leader, representing 12.2 million workers in the United States.
    Other national and state labor and political leaders will be speaking during the Convention. Updated lists of speakers will be forwarded to you. The Convention’s general sessions will be held in the Liberty Ballrooms of the Hotel which are on the Ballroom level (third level) of the Hotel.

    This will be the first Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention to be led by President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder. They were elected in 2010 at the Convention in Pittsburgh. They are available for interviews with news reporters.

    The theme of this Convention is “The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO – a Rising Tide for America.” The theme underscores the significant role of Pennsylvania’s labor unions in setting the standards of leadership and progress for all workers across the nation.

    It is no coincidence that the City of Philadelphia, which is the birthplace of freedom and liberty, is also the birthplace of our nation’s trade union movement. Unions and worker associations have been an essential part of the fabric of our society since the very beginnings of our nation.

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  6. NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Spring Symposium

    The 2012 NIAC Spring Symposium will be held on March 27-29, 2012, at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, CA. Current NIAC Fellows will attend and give presentations about their Phase I research. The conference will feature exciting keynote speakers and information about NIAC’s program status and plans. The public is encouraged to attend.

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  7. President of firefighters union says Ohio will be carried by Obama

    3/26/12 By Kevin Bogardus – TheHill

    The battle in Ohio over collective bargaining rights will help President Obama win the critical swing state in November, according to the head of the leading firefighters union.

    Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), said his union plans to tie the Republican presidential nominee to Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who had to pull back on a controversial anti-collective bargaining rights law he championed after a fierce, labor-led backlash.

    “I think that victory in Ohio was the first significant piece of setting the stage for November 2012. … Almost every demographic supported our position,” Schaitberger said. “It was the people who went with us, not just the union. I believe that really sets the tone for Ohio to be an Obama win.”

    In November 2011, 63 percent of Ohio voters voted to repeal the law, known as Senate Bill 5, that would have curbed public workers’ collective bargaining rights. Unions across the country poured resources into the state to defeat the law.

    “We’re going to connect John Kasich to whoever the [GOP] nominee is,” said Schaitberger. “It will be two peas in a pod.”

    The IAFF, more than 300,000 members strong, has yet to formally endorse Obama, though Schaitberger said the firefighters will back the president at the union’s convention in July.

    “That endorsement really carries weight with it. It’s not just, if you will, 16 of us in a room taking a position,” Schaitberger said. “When we deliver that, it will have the force of our union.”

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    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Centennial Tree Planting Ceremony.

    • March 27, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Centennial Tree Planting Ceremony

      Tidal Basin
      Washington, D.C.

      11:22 A.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you so much, it is a true pleasure to be here on this beautiful, little chilly day. (Laughter.) We planned it. This is the only cold day of the week, and we are here. But I am pleased to be here.

      I want to start by thanking Secretary Salazar for that very kind introduction, and for all of his outstanding work as Secretary of the Interior.

      I want to thank and recognize Ambassador Fujisaki, as well as Mrs. Fujisaki, who are here today. Thank you all so much, I know you’re here somewhere — oh, you’re here. (Laughter.) It’s good to see you both. And I want to thank all of you for taking the time to join us for this historic event.

      We have come together to celebrate these beautiful cherry blossom trees — and yes, they were blooming last week. We were so close. (Laughter.) But I think the tree we’re planting will — still has a few blooms, but they are beautiful. And we are here to honor all that they stand for. For so many years, these trees have served as a symbol of the great friendship between the United States and Japan, and as a reminder of our shared hopes, dreams and aspirations.

      People from both of our nations worked together for years to bring these trees here to Washington. And over the past century, people of all ages from the U.S. and Japan and so many other nations have come to this Tidal Basin each spring to marvel at their beauty. And year after year, even after the coldest, darkest, stormiest winters, these trees have continued to bloom.

      So on this historic anniversary, we don’t just admire the beauty of these trees, we also admire their resilience. And in so doing, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience of the Japanese people. Over the past year, we have all witnessed their courage, unity and grace as they have come together and begun the very hard work of rebuilding their nation.

      And I think that that more than anything else is the lesson that we can learn from these trees. They teach us about all that we can achieve together. And because people from both of our nations came together, this landscape was transformed. And for one hundred years, people from every background and every walk of life have come here to experience, truly, the magic of these trees.

      No matter who you are, their beauty stirs our souls. No matter where we’re from, being here among these beautiful blossoms truly lifts our spirits. And that is why we invited all of these wonderful children to join us — where are the children? There they are. (Applause.) They are here because we want them to learn this lesson as well; we want to pass this lesson onto them. We want to teach them about the great partnership between our nations and what that means for our shared future. We want to teach them to appreciate and learn from the traditions and cultures of others.

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      United States first lady Michelle Obama, (C) along with Yoriko Fujisaki, (2R) wife of the Ambassador of Japan to the United States, and local school children, commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 1912 gift of cherry blossom trees from the city of Tokyo to Washington, D.C. by planting a cherry blossom tree near the Tidal Basin in Washington March 27, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

  9. 12:00 PM EDT
    First Lady Michelle Obama meets with the spouses of the military’s senior enlisted leaders.

  10. Medvedev slams Romney for anti-Russia comments

    3/27/12 By Holly Bailey | The Ticket – 40 mins ago

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev criticized Mitt Romney for his characterization of Russia as the United States’ “No. 1 geopolitical foe,” insisting his description of the current U.S.-Russia relationship was based more on “Hollywood” than on reality.

    “Regarding ideological clichés, every time this or that side uses phrases like ‘enemy No. 1,’ this always alarms me, this smells of Hollywood and certain times [of the past],” Medvedev said in a press availability at the conclusion of a nuclear security summit in South Korea, according to Reuters.

    The outgoing Russian leader advised Romney and other presidential contenders to “do at least two things.”

    “Use their head and consult their reason when they formulate their positions, and that they check the time—it is now 2012, not the mid-1970s,” Medvedev declared.

    His remarks come a day after Romney criticized President Barack Obama for getting caught on an open mic Monday telling Medvedev he’d have “more flexibility” in negotiations over a missile defense system and arms control issues after the upcoming 2012 election. Obama later said he was speaking to the reality of election year politics.

    In an interview with CNN Monday, Romney slammed Obama’s remarks calling them “alarming” and “troubling.”

    “Who is it that always stands up with the world’s worst actors? It’s always Russia, typically with China alongside. In terms of a geopolitical foe, a nation that’s on the Security Council, and as of course a massive nuclear power, Russia is the geopolitical foe,” Romney told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “The idea that our president is planning on doing something with them that he’s not willing to tell the American people before the election is something I find very, very alarming.”

    Democrats immediately seized on Romney’s remarks. In a statement issued by the Democratic National Committee, former NATO Gen. Wesley Clark accused Romney of trying to “rehash Cold War fears.”

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  11. March 27, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on Clashes along the Border of Sudan and South Sudan

    The United States is alarmed by the fighting in Southern Kordofan, Sudan, and along a disputed area of the border between Sudan and South Sudan. Both sides must exert the greatest restraint in this situation.

    It is critical that the two countries proceed with plans for meetings of the Joint Political Security Mechanism and the Abyei Joint Operations Committee in late March and the presidential summit on April 3. Only through direct contact and negotiations over fundamental issues of security and border management in Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Abyei can Sudan and South Sudan avoid further fighting, achieve vitally needed economic cooperation, and coexist in peace. We also urge Darfur armed movements and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement–North to exercise restraint and cooperate fully with restoration of peace.

    Achieving humanitarian access and protection of the civilian population must be the priority of all those concerned for the people of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.

  12. WH

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden travels to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he will remain overnight.

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    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Local Event Time: 11:45AM CST
    Davenport, Iowa
    Open Press

    1:00 PM
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    Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event with local supporters.
    Local Event Time: 6:30PM CST
    Iowa, Sioux City

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    • POTUS podium

      March 28, 2012

      2:00 PM EDT
      Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
      The White House

      3:00 PM EDT
      The Chosen Food
      Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and acclaimed cookbook author Joan Nathan will demonstrate two Passover recipes during a livestream on, filmed at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.



      6:40 AM EDT
      Senate Committee Armed Services
      Cyber and Strategic Commands Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

      8:30 AM EDT
      Pro-Affordable Care Act briefing
      Supporters of the Affordable Care Act brief reporters outside the Supreme Court, where hearings on the legality of the law continue.

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      Affordable Care Act supporters rally
      Members of the National Action Network and National Women’s Law Center rally in favor of the Affordable Care Act in Washington.

      12:00 PM EDT
      Senate Democrats talk Affordable Care Act
      Sen. John Kerry and other Democrats hold a briefing on the future of the Affordable Care Act, as the Supreme Court considers the legality of the law.

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the situations in Afghanistan, North Korea and Syria.

      2:00 PM EDT
      MF Global hearing
      A House committee holds a hearing on what happened to billions of dollars in customers’ money missing from the now-bankrupt MF Global firm.

      2:00 PM EDT
      Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
      The White House

      2:30 PM EDT
      Senate GOP, attorneys general talk Affordable Care Act
      Senate Republicans and several state attorneys general discuss the ongoing Supreme Court hearings on the legality of the Affordable Care Act.

      2:30 PM EDT
      Foreclosure and student debt hearing
      Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before a Senate appropriations subcommittee on how his department is responding to the foreclosure crisis and mounting student loan debt.

      6:00 PM EDT
      Trayvon Martin to be honored as ‘game changer’ will honor Trayvon Martin and others for making a positive difference in public policy and American life.



      6:40 AM EDT
      Senate Committee Armed Services
      Cyber and Strategic Commands Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

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      Senate Committee Judiciary
      Senator Ted Stevens Prosecution Investigation

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      House Cmte. Examines Security Situation in the Korean Peninsula

      12:15 PM EDT
      SCOTUS Day 3: Health Care Oral Argument: Severability

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the situations in Afghanistan, North Korea and Syria.

      12:45 PM
      Vice President Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa.

      2:00 PM EDT
      MF Global hearing
      A House committee holds a hearing on what happened to billions of dollars in customers’ money missing from the now-bankrupt MF Global firm.

      2:00 PM EDT
      Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
      The White House

      2:30 PM EDT
      Foreclosure and student debt hearing
      Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before a Senate appropriations subcommittee on how his department is responding to the foreclosure crisis and mounting student loan debt.

      3:00 PM EDT
      SCOTUS Day 3: Health Care Oral Argument: Medicaid

  13. House approves JOBS act, sends to Obama

    3/27/12 By Pete Kasperowicz – TheHill

    The House on Tuesday afternoon approved the final, Senate-passed version of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) act, sending the non-controversial bill aimed at helping small companies raise capital to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

    The bill, H.R. 3606, was approved last week with a single Senate amendment that requires stricter reporting requirements for companies that obtain capital from “crowdfunding,” the practice of using the Internet to get many small investments.

    While this addition did little harm to the bill’s prospects, one House member who has several proposals in the final bill argued Tuesday that the Congress should at some point in the future look to undo the Senate’s change.

    “The Senate has amended that in such a way that I believe it does great damage to the goal of a much more egalitarian, technologically advanced, using-the-Internet way for people to invest,” Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) said. “And I’m hoping I can reach out to my friends here and say, let’s fix what the Senate did.”

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  14. Vice President Biden to Speak in Davenport Next Week

    3/23/12 kcrg

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Vice President Joe Biden will make a trip to Eastern Iowa next week as the Obama campaign’s first re-election stop in the state, which will be a key battleground in the 2012 election.

    Final details haven’t been determined yet, but Biden will be in Davenport on Wednesday for an invitation-only event, a campaign official said.

    This will be the third in a series of campaign speeches that Biden kicked off last week in Ohio. There, he touted the administration’s auto industry bailout and criticized Republican presidential candidates for opposing it.

    On Friday the vice president will be in Florida, where the official said he’ll talk about “our sacred compact with America’s seniors.”

    And during his Davenport visit, Biden is expected to talk about manufacturing.

    “President Obama is committed to renewing America’s manufacturing industry,” the official said, noting that 11,800 manufacturing jobs have been created in Iowa since January 2011.

    Manufacturing has been a favorite topic of the administration when the president or other officials are here. Obama visited a factory in Cedar Rapids in January and made a stop at Alcoa Davenport Works in June.

    Eastern Iowa will play an important part in the 2012 campaign because it’s home to much of the state’s population, particularly its Democratic voters. Also, its economy is historically based in manufacturing.

    Biden is a top emissary for the campaign in battleground states, particularly in the Midwest and Rust Belt. He’s expected to appeal to white middle-class voters and is well known in Iowa, where he spent time campaigning before the 2008 caucuses.

  15. Biden adds Sioux City stop

    Times Bureau | Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:34 am |

    DES MOINES — Vice President Joe Biden has added another Iowa stop on his Wednesday itinerary.

    Biden will visit Sioux City late Wednesday afternoon to meet privately with grassroots supporters, according to the Obama For America campaign.

    Earlier in the day, Biden will be in Davenport to discuss the importance of America’s manufacturing sector at a campaign event.

    The vice president’s visit to Iowa to address the importance of America’s manufacturing economy is the third in a series of speeches around the country and comes on the heels of his stop in Ames earlier this year.


    University of Southern California, March 26-27, 2012, Los Angeles, CA

    The Asia / Pacific Business Outlook, hosted by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with the full support of the U.S. Commercial Service, is the longest running, most successful regional conference of its kind focusing specifically on Asian markets. This conference has made a difference for U.S. exporters, and has become the premier U.S. commercial trade event focusing on the Asia / Pacific region.

    APBO 2012 brings the experts closer to you. It is a very rare opportunity for U.S. exporters to meet with thirteen Senior Commercial Officers (SCOs) from throughout the East Asia Pacific region and India, as well as Russia, Brazil, and Mexico at one venue. The SCOs from American embassies, consulates and institutes in Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam will speak in small-group workshops. Sponsored by

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  17. Syria accepts UN envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan

    3/27/12 By BASSEM MROUE and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Associated Press – 12 hrs ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria has accepted a peace plan by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan, which includes a cease-fire by Syrian forces and a daily two-hour halt to fighting to evacuate the injured, Annan’s spokesman said Tuesday.

    But there was no immediate end to the bloodshed as intense clashes between Syrian troops and rebel fighters spilled across the border into Lebanon on Tuesday and heavy gunfire slammed into the rural, sparsely populated frontier area, officials said.

    Syrian troops did not physically cross the border, however, according to two Lebanese security officials, one from the police and another from the military. The fighting erupted in the Mashareaa al-Qaa area, on the Syrian side.

    The U.N. says more than 8,000 people have been killed in Syria’s yearlong uprising. There are concerns that the conflict could cause a regional conflagration that sucks in neighboring countries.

    A diplomatic push to end the crisis has largely failed, but Ahmad Fawzi, a spokesman for Annan, said Tuesday that the Syrian government has accepted Annan’s six-point plan to end the bloodshed.

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  18. Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants

    EPA is proposing to take common-sense steps under the Clean Air Act to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. EPA’s proposed standard reflects the ongoing trend in the power sector to build cleaner plants that take advantage of American-made technologies. The agency’s proposal, which does not apply to plants currently operating or new permitted plants that begin construction over the next 12 months, is flexible and would help minimize carbon pollution through the deployment of the same types of modern technologies and steps that power companies are already taking to build the next generation of power plants. EPA’s proposal would ensure that this progress toward a cleaner, safer and more modern power sector continues.

    Power plants are the largest individual sources of carbon pollution in the United States and currently there are no uniform national limits on the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to emit. Consistent with the US Supreme Court’s decision, in 2009, EPA determined that greenhouse gas pollution threatens Americans’ health and welfare by leading to long lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects on human health and the environment.

    • EPA proposes first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for new power plants

      3/27/12 By Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman – TheHill

      The Environmental Protection Agency proposed first-ever national standards Tuesday to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, dealing perhaps a final blow to efforts to build more coal-fired facilities in the United States.

      The long-awaited regulations are aimed at reducing pollution blamed for climate change, which the vast majority of the world’s scientists say is occurring in large part because of the burning of fossil fuels such as coal. Scientists warn that climate change is threatening public health and the environment.

      The proposed rules set up an election-year clash between President Obama and Republicans — both in Congress and on the campaign trail. Opponents of the regulations, which include some coal-state Democrats, say the rules would burden the economy and cost jobs.

      “Right now there are no limits to the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to put into our skies — and the health and economic threats of a changing climate continue to grow,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement.

      “We’re putting in place a standard that relies on the use of clean, American made technology to tackle a challenge that we can’t leave to our kids and grandkids.”

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  19. Orders for Durable Goods in U.S. Increased 2.2% in February

    By Timothy R. Homan – Mar 28, 2012 5:42 AM PT

    Orders for U.S. durable goods rose in February, the fourth monthly gain in the last five and spurred by demand for cars, computers and capital equipment.

    Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years advanced 2.2 percent, less than projected after a revised 3.6 percent decline the prior month, data from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. Economists forecast a 3 percent gain, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey.

    Corporate equipment upgrades and consumer purchases of new cars are bolstering production, prompting factories to hire and keeping the industry a source of strength for the expansion. Nonetheless, higher fuel costs and slowdowns in Europe and China may limit the pace of manufacturing this year.

    “Business spending will remain a key driver of the U.S. economy, not to the same extent as last year, but still a positive force,” said Sal Guatieri, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto, who accurately forecast the durables figure. “The auto industry looks to be coming back because of stronger demand.”

    Estimates of 83 economists surveyed by Bloomberg ranged from a drop of 1.4 percent to an increase of 6.4 percent.

    Stock-index futures were little changed after the figures. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in June climbed less than 0.1 percent to 1,407.1 at 8:41 a.m. in New York.

    Orders for durables excluding transportation equipment increased 1.6 percent after a 3 percent decline.

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  20. Mortgage Purchase Applications Rose Last Week

    Mar 28, 2012 3 hrs ago – Reuters

    Applications for U.S. home mortgage purchases rose last week, though demand for refinancings dropped for a sixth week in a row as interest rates climbed, an industry group said on Wednesday.

    The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of overall mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, fell 2.7 percent in the week ended March 23.

    The MBA’s gauge of loan requests for home purchases rose 3.3 percent, though the measure of refinancing applications dropped 4.6 percent.

    The decline in refinancing was driven by a 12.0 percent drop in government refinance activity, while conventional applications fell just 3.4 percent, the report said.

    The refinance share of total mortgage activity slipped to its lowest level since July of last year at 71.9 percent of applications from 73.4 percent.

    Fixed 30-year mortgage rates jumped to their highest level since November to average 4.23 percent, up 4 basis points from 4.19 percent.

    The survey covers over 75 percent of U.S. retail residential mortgage applications, according to MBA.

    • March 28, 2012

      Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden on Manufacturing at a Campaign Event


      12:26 P.M. CDT

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. How are you? (Applause.) It’s good to be back in Davenport, the Quad Cities. (Applause.)

      Mr. Mayor, thank you for flying back from Brazil and getting off a plane and coming straight here. If I were you, I’d be home in bed trying to catch up on my sleep. And I want to tell you something, I know I’m back in Iowa when the guy introducing you from the factory floor speaks better than you do, I know I’m back in — I know I’m back in Iowa. (Laughter and applause.) Incredible state. You’re an incredible state.

      I understand the Mayor of Eldridge is here and — Martin O’Boyle. Terry, thank you for the opportunity of allowing me on the factory floor here, and I understand the chancellor of Eastern Iowa Community College, Don Doucette, is here. Don, where are you? Thank you very much, Don. I’m going to talk about what you guys are doing in just a minute.

      And, folks, first of all, as it relates to the story that was just told by Chuck, it reminds me, my dad used to have an expression. He’d say — I mean this sincerely, a guy who had lost jobs, a guy who had to move and move his family — he said, Joey, you got to understand one thing, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about your respect. It’s about your sense of yourself. It’s about your place in the community.

      And too many people have been stripped of their dignity as a consequence of this God-awful recession we’ve inherited. And we’re determined — we’re determined — I think all of us, Republican and Democrat — are determined to turn that around.

      But first I want to thank — I want to thank Terry, the president of PCT, and I also want to thank the community college for doing what is a remarkable thing that’s happening all across America, for partnering — for partnering with this great company and producing jobs, making sure the skills available match the needs.

      Ladies and gentlemen, I come here today with a very, very simple message: Manufacturing is back. Manufacturing is back. (Applause.)

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      Vice President Joe Biden Speaks in Davenport, Iowa – Highlights

      Published on Apr 10, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Are you in? Welcome back Joe to the trail:

      In Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech on the return of manufacturing jobs.

      Vice President Biden shared:

      “We’re not only fighting to keep jobs in this country, we’re fighting to bring jobs back to this country, in-source. And that’s why we have such stark difference with Mitt Romney.”

      After his speech, supporters shared what’s at stake in this election. Shirley shared why she’s involved:

      “I am going to work my tail off to see that he gets reelected because I don’t want to see all the wonderful work that he’s accomplished undone.”

    • VP Joe Biden’s 2012 Campaign Zingers on Willard Mitt Romney

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  21. California campaign treasurer charged in $7 million fraud

    3/27/12 By Mary Slosson | Reuters

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Department of Justice on Tuesday charged a top California Democratic campaign treasurer with five counts of mail fraud that caused a loss of over $7 million dollars to her clients, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, court documents show.

    Kinde Durkee, who controlled the funds of roughly 400 political candidates and groups, was arrested in September 2011 by federal agents and charged with criminal mail fraud.

    There were at least 50 victims of Durkee’s fraudulent accounting, according to the additional charging documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California late on Tuesday.

    Durkee used money that belonged to her political campaign clients to pay her mortgage, pay off charges on her credit card from Disneyland and, and pay her own firm’s business expenses, according to the court documents.

    The fraud investigation froze the coffers of dozens of Democratic politicians across the state of California during an election year, and left candidates scrambling to raise more money.

    Senator Feinstein’s campaign sued Durkee in a related case in October for fraud and breach of contract in a lawsuit that also accused First California Bank of aiding that fraud.

    U.S. Attorney’s office spokeswoman Lauren Horwood said her office had no comment on the case.

    Durkee’s lawyer did not respond to inquiries for comment. She is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday.

    • Feinstein likely can’t replenish funds

      4/7/12 By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 4/6/12 10:44 PM EDT

      WASHINGTON – A draft opinion that the Federal Election Commission issued Friday indicates that it probably will reject a request from Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s re-election campaign to allow her to replace millions of dollars in contributions embezzled by her treasurer with new donations from the original donors.

      The FEC is likely to take a final vote on her request Thursday, but the issuance of just one draft advisory opinion is a signal of some consensus among commissioners.

      Feinstein’s campaign treasurer, Kinde Durkee, pleaded guilty last week to defrauding numerous California politicians of at least $7 million. Feinstein was the hardest hit, losing an estimated $4.5 million.

      The senator had hoped that her largest supporters could contribute again without the original donation being counted against federal caps of $2,500 per election from individuals and $5,000 per election from political action committees. But the draft advisory said that any contributions deposited in a bank account or cashed must be counted against the cap.

      Feinstein’s campaign is unlikely to be significantly harmed if the final decision doesn’t go her way. She lent the campaign $5 million soon after Durkee’s arrest became public, and she’s still considered a heavy favorite to win re-election. Still, the opinion is significant for those lawmakers who likely would have gone back to some of their biggest donors if Feinstein had been successful in her quest. Reps. Loretta Sanchez, Linda Sanchez and Susan Davis have reported that their campaigns are also out hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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  22. More US CEOs plan to hire as outlook brightens

    3/28/12 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 1 hr 4 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of chief executives at large U.S. companies say they are more optimistic about the economy and plan to step up hiring. The brighter view from the boardroom comes after the best three months of job growth in two years.

    The Business Roundtable said Wednesday that a survey of its CEO members found that 42 percent expect to hire over the next six months. That’s up from 35 percent three months ago.

    Nearly half plan to spend more on machinery and other capital equipment and more than 80 percent expect their sales to rise.

    The chief executives’ overall outlook on the economy improved sharply from the end of last year. The group’s outlook index jumped to 96.9 in the current January-March quarter. That’s up from 77.9 in previous quarter and the highest reading since last spring.

    The group is an association of the leaders of the 200 biggest U.S.

    The economy has added an average of 245,000 jobs per month since December. That has lowered the unemployment rate to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years.

    The CEO survey suggests the job gains “will continue,” said Jim McNerney, chairman of the Roundtable and CEO of Boeing Co.

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    • Hey CR and Kat. I just listened to VP Joe in Iowa and he was on fire. I am so happy that he is calling names, i.e Romney and Santorum. Romney has been telling his lies for months now but we have our VP Joe calling him out now. 🙂

        • I agree CR and this is how we will win this election. On the other hand, Mittens is building elevators in his new home for his cars. Wow!!! 🙂

          • LOL. Although it’s hard to carry a car up and down stairs, he could hurt his back.

  23. Next Up…

    3:00 PM EDT
    The Chosen Food
    Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and acclaimed cookbook author Joan Nathan will demonstrate two Passover recipes during a livestream on, filmed at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

    • The Chosen Food

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 28, 2012

      The White House Office of Public Engagement and the National Endowment for the Humanities host an interactive event with curators of the Chosen Food, an interactive exhibit currently on display at the Jewish Museum of Baltimore that explores the relationship between the customs and culture of the American Jewish community and food , the White House Kitchen, and Jewish celebrity chefs to explore the unique histories and lore of these foods and their place in the American Jewish experience. March 28, 2012.

    • Today: White House Cooking Lessons For Passover–Livestream Of Recipe Demonstrations

      MARCH 28, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

      President Obama has made celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover a tradition at the White House, hosting a Seder each year. Passoverover begins next week on Friday, April 6. Today at 3:00 PM ET, Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and acclaimed cookbook author Joan Nathan will demonstrate two Passover recipes during a livestream on, filmed at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

      Yosses (l) and Nathan will be cooking Nathan’s Matzo Chremsel, a fried fruit and Matzo cake that is typically dusted with powdered sugar, and Arkansas Pear Haroset, a regional take on the tart dish that is a centerpiece of the Seder meal. The chefs will be joined by curators from the museum, which is running an NEH-funded exhibit, “Chosen Food,” that explores the history and cultural significance of food in the American Jewish Community. The group will discuss “the ever evolving history of Passover” as the chefs demo the recipes.

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  24. Building the Workforce of the Future at Community Colleges

    Megan SlackMarch 28, 2012 02:49 PM EDT

    Dr. Jill Biden was at the Mercer County Community College in New Jersey this morning, the latest stop in her “Community College to Career” tour. Last month, Dr. Biden and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis hit the road for a bus tour through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia where they visited community colleges that have formed innovative partnerships with local business leaders to train students with the skills they need to join the area workforce.

    Employers today are looking for skilled, educated workers, and they should be able to find those workers right here in the United States. Adam Dalton, a machine shop instructor at the Tennessee Technology Center in Harriman, Tennessee, said that “I have people calling me every week saying ‘I need guys and gals with this skillset, and we need them now.’”

    Secretary Solis said that community colleges are becoming more adept and more agile at listening to the needs of local businesses, and are helping pair trained workers who need jobs with the employers who are looking to hire.

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