North American Leaders’ Summit 2012

On April 2, 2012, President Obama hosted Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) in Washington, DC. This meeting  built on wide-ranging and ongoing cooperation among the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a particular focus on economic growth and competitiveness, citizen security, energy, and climate change. The leaders also discussed North America’s role in the Americas in anticipation of the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia later in April, as well as other global economic, political, and security issues.

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  1. WH

    Monday, April 2 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    President Obama hosts Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit.
    State Dining Room
    Closed Press

    12:00 PM
    President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Harper and President Calderon.
    The Green Room
    Closed Press

    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    President Obama holds a joint press conference with Prime Minister Harper and President Calderon.
    The Rose Garden
    Open Press

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Secretary of State Clinton.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    4:00 PM
    President Obama meets with senior advisors.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    5:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    Vice President Biden hosts a reception at the Naval Observatory in honor of firefighters and law enforcement officials.
    Naval Observatory

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

    • 2012 Maryland Primary

      Tuesday 3 April 2012: 97 of 120 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today’s Maryland 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.

    • 2012 Texas Primary

      Tuesday 3 April 2012 (tentative): Tier 1. 172 of 288 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today’s Texas Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at the senatorial district level.

    • 2012 Washington, DC Primary

      Tuesday 3 April 2012: 22 of 44 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today’s District of Columbia Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at either the municipal or district wide level.

    • 2012 Wisconsin Primary

      Tuesday 3 April 2012: 100 of 111 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today’s Wisconsin Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.

  2. North American Leaders’ Summit

    March 16, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the North American Leaders’ Summit

    On April 2, 2012, President Obama will host Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) in Washington, DC. This meeting will build on wide-ranging and ongoing cooperation among the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a particular focus on economic growth and competitiveness, citizen security, energy, and climate change. The leaders will also discuss North America’s role in the Americas in anticipation of the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia later in April, as well as other global economic, political, and security issues.

    The last North American Leaders’ Summit was hosted by President Calderon in Guadalajara in August 2009. The previously scheduled NALS, to have been hosted by President Obama in November 2011, was postponed following the tragic death of Mexican Secretary of Government Francisco Blake Mora.

  3. March 30, 2012

    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Dakar, Senegal to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency President-elect Macky Sall

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Dakar, Senegal to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency President-elect Macky Sall on April 2, 2012.

    The Honorable Daniel W. Yohannes, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, will lead the delegation.

    Members of the Presidential Delegation:

    The Honorable Lewis Lukens, United States Ambassador to Senegal and to Guinea-Bissau, Department of State

    The Honorable Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Department of State

    General Carter Ham, Commander, United States Africa Command

  4. ISM manufacturing index climbs to 53.4% in March

    April 2, 2012, 10:06 a.m. EDT By Jeffry Bartash – MarketWatch

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – Growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector expanded at a somewhat faster pace in March, according to a closely followed index. The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing gauge rose to 53.4% last month from 52.4% in February, the organization said Monday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected the index to rise to 53.5%. Reading over 50% indicate that more manufacturers are expanding instead of shrinking. Fifteen of the 18 industries tracked by Tempe, Ariz.-based ISM reported growth last month, up from 11 in the prior month. The ISM’s production index increased to 58.3% last month from 55.3%, but the new-orders index slipped to 54.5% from 54.9%. Also, the employment index climbed to 56.1% from 53.2%.

    • US manufacturing grows as output, employment rise

      4/2/12 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 2 hrs 26 mins ago

      WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories stepped up hiring and production in March, the latest evidence that manufacturing is growing at a healthy pace and fueling the recovery.

      The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity rose to 53.4 in March. That’s up from 52.4 in the previous month. Readings above 50 indicate the sector is expanding.

      A measure of employment in the sector rose to a nine-month high, a sign that factories are stepping up hiring. Manufacturers are already a big source of job gains. They’ve added more than 100,000 jobs in the past three months, about one-seventh of all net gains.

      Increasingly confident U.S. consumers and businesses are spending more on cars, machinery and other goods, pushing up factory output. A gauge of production rose to its highest level in three months in March.

      Consumers increased their spending in February by the most in seven months, the government said Friday. That is raising expectations the economy will grow a bit faster in the current quarter.

      Consumer spending on long-lasting goods, such as cars and computers, rose 1.6 percent in February. That suggests manufacturers will have to increase output to meet higher demand.

      Businesses also ordered more durable goods in February, after a steep drop the previous month, a separate report last week showed. Durable goods are meant to last at least three years. Greater demand for machinery, computers, autos and aircraft drove the increase.

      Orders for so-called “core” capital goods, a key measure of business investment plans, also rose. They had fallen in January by the most in a year, after an investment tax credit expired.

      Manufacturing has been a key source of economic growth since the recession ended in June 2009. The sector has expanded for 32 straight months, according to the ISM’s index.

      A recovery in auto sales has been a big reason for the strength in manufacturing. Americans delayed auto purchases during the recession, pushing the average age of U.S. cars to record highs. That led to sharp increases in car sales as the economy recovered.

      More auto manufacturing boosts output in an array of industries, including steel, tire makers, and other parts suppliers.

      Rising factory output is helping the broader economy grow. Growth increased to a 3 percent annual rate in the final three months of last year, up from 1.8 percent in the previous quarter.

      Many economists expect growth will slow in the current quarter because companies aren’t likely to restock their shelves as much as they did in the fourth quarter. But after Friday’s report on consumer spending, some analysts are boosting their estimates for growth in the January-March quarter to 2.5 percent, from 2 percent.

  5. April 02, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Elections in Burma

    We congratulate the people of Burma on their participation in the electoral process, and Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy on their strong showing in the polls. This election is an important step in Burma’s democratic transformation, and we hope it is an indication that the Government of Burma intends to continue along the path of greater openness, transparency, and reform.

  6. April 02, 2012

    Readout of the President’s Call with President Kiir

    President Obama spoke today with President Kiir to urge him to build on the recent achievements of the nationality and citizenship agreements initialed by South Sudan and Sudan, and to express hope that the two countries’ heads of state will meet soon at a summit, as they had previously agreed. President Obama also expressed concern about the growing tensions between South Sudan and Sudan, especially the violent clashes along their shared border and renewed fighting in Southern Kordofan State. President Obama underscored the importance of avoiding unilateral actions, and asked President Kiir to ensure that South Sudan’s military exercises maximum restraint and is not involved in or supporting fighting along the border, particularly in Southern Kordofan. The President further emphasized the importance of South Sudan and Sudan reaching an agreement on oil. President Obama welcomed President Kiir’s commitment to moving forward with a summit and to finding peaceful solutions for Sudan and South Sudan.

    • April 03, 2012

      Statement by NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Sudan

      Today, the President authorized the use of up to $26 million from the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund to respond to the unexpected and urgent needs resulting from the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states of Sudan. The emergency funds will be used to support the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide lifesaving protection and assistance to the over 140,000 refugees who have fled the two states.

      The United States is gravely concerned by the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, especially as the violent clashes continue along the shared border with South Sudan. We continue to call upon the Government of Sudan to allow full and unfettered access for international humanitarian agencies to South Kordofan and Blue Nile to provide emergency assistance to those in need.

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    • April 02, 2012

      Joint Press Conference by President Obama, President Calderon of Mexico, and Prime Minister Harper of Canada

      Rose Garden

      1:54 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Please have a seat. Good afternoon, everybody. It is my pleasure to welcome two great friends and partners — President Calderón of Mexico and Prime Minister Harper of Canada.

      Now, I’ve worked with Stephen and Felipe on many occasions. We’ve joined our international partners from APEC to the G20. From our last summit in Guadalajara, we remember Felipe’s hospitality and that of the Mexican people — including some very good mariachi and —

      PRESIDENT CALDERÓN: Mexican food.

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: — some tequila, if I’m not mistaken. (Laughter.) I can’t reciprocate the music, but, Felipe, Stephen and I are proud to welcome you here today.

      PRESIDENT CALDERÓN: Thank you.

      Between us, we represent nearly half-a-billion citizens, from Nunavut in the Canadian north to Chiapas in southern Mexico. In between, the diversity of our peoples and cultures is extraordinary. But wherever they live, they wake up every day with similar hopes — to provide for their families, to be safe in their communities, to give their children a better life. And in each of our countries, the daily lives of our citizens are shaped profoundly by what happens in the other two. And that’s why we’re here.

      Today, we focused on our highest priority — creating jobs and opportunity for our people. In the United States, our businesses have created nearly four million new jobs; confidence is up and the economy is getting stronger. But with lots of folks still struggling to find work and pay the bills, we are doing everything we can to speed up the recovery. And that includes boosting trade with our two largest economic partners.

      As President, I’ve made it a priority to increase our exports, and I’m pleased that our exports to Canada and Mexico are growing faster than our exports to the rest of the world. In fact, last year trade in goods with our two neighbors surpassed $1 trillion — for the first time ever. This trade supports some 2.5 million American jobs, and I want more trade supporting even more jobs in the future.

      So today, Prime Minister Harper led us in a very good discussion about how our three countries can improve our competitiveness. We agreed to continue making our borders more efficient and more secure so it’s faster and cheaper to travel and trade. We’re expanding cooperation to create clean energy jobs and combat climate change — an area in which President Calderón and Mexico have been a real leader.

      I’m pleased to announce that our three nations are launching a new effort to get rid of outdated regulations that stifle job creation. Here in the United States, our efforts to cut red tape and ensure smart regulations will help achieve savings and benefits to businesses, consumers, and our country of more than $100 billion. And we’re already working to streamline and coordinate regulations with Canada and Mexico on a bilateral basis. So now our three nations are going to sit down together, go through the books and simplify and eliminate more regulations that will make our joint economies stronger.

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    • April 02, 2012

      Joint Statement by North American Leaders

      We, the Leaders of North America, met today in Washington, DC to advance the economic well-being, safety, and security of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Rooted in deep economic, historical, cultural, environmental, and societal ties, North American cooperation enhances our ability to face global challenges, compete in the international economy, and achieve greater prosperity. We reaffirm our commitment to further develop our thriving political and economic partnership with a consistent and strategic long-term vision, as progress on our common agenda directly benefits the peoples of our region.

      Broad-based, sustainable economic growth and job creation remains our top priority. For the first time, in 2011 our total trilateral merchandise trade surpassed USD 1 trillion. Our integration helps maximize our capabilities and makes our economies more innovative and competitive globally. Working together, we strive to ensure that North American economic cooperation fosters gains in productivity for all of our citizens, enhancing our respective national and bilateral efforts to achieve that goal.

      To that end, we pledge to introduce timely and tangible regulatory measures to enable innovation and growth while ensuring high standards of public health, safety, and environmental protection. We will continue to reduce transaction costs and improve the existing business environment. We have launched the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Council and the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council during the past two years, pursuing a shared objective that we commit to complement trilaterally in four sectors: certain vehicle emission standards, railroad safety, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Workplace Chemicals, and aligning principles of our regulatory approaches to nanomaterials. This is particularly important to small- and medium-sized businesses, which are the engines of growth. By eliminating unnecessary regulatory differences, smaller businesses are better equipped to participate in an integrated North American economy. Success in these efforts opens the way to additional North American regulatory cooperation.

      Continued North American competitiveness requires secure supply chains and efficient borders. We remain committed to achieving this through cooperative approaches. To this end, the United States and Mexico released the Declaration Concerning Twenty-first Century Border Management in May 2010 and the United States and Canada released the Beyond the Border Action Plan: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness in December 2011. We are committed to the mutually-reinforcing goals of these important initiatives and to their full implementation. By also supporting the work of multilateral organizations to foster improved collaboration, integration, and standards, we better identify and interdict threats before they reach our borders, as well as expedite the legitimate movement of goods and people throughout North America in a more efficient, secure, and resilient manner. We also have instructed our trade and commerce ministers to identify sectors where we can deepen our regional cooperation through increased trade and investment.

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  7. Would the U.S. economy become the world’s bright spot in 2012?

    4/02/2012Posted by Suzy Khimm at 01:00 PM ET – washingtonpost

    Europe is still mired in its debt crisis. China may be headed for a slowdown. But in the United States, there are a growing number of signs that a recovery is on the horizon, driven by pent-up demand from the recession. Manufacturing last month performed better than analysts had expected despite a slowdown in demand overseas, as the closely followed manufacturing index from the Institute of Supply Management rose one point to 53.4 in March, as manufacturers brightened their forecasts for the near future.

    “We were struck by the positive tone of the comments by some manufacturers. Many stated that business was ‘robust,’ ‘strong’ or ‘picking up,’” writes Paul Dales of Capital Economics, a Britain-based financial analysis firm, in a new research note. Dales points out that exports have fallen as overseas demand has weakened, and U.S. manufacturing — which had a revival during the recession — could still ultimately head for a slowdown . But domestic demand is finally starting to bounce back as consumers are finally buying big items they put off during the worst of the recession.

    Consumer spending has been rising, and Americans are making more plans to buy big-ticket items — cars, major home appliances, computers, and the like — which indicates that “there is, at present, enough pent-up demand to overcome high gas prices,” Wells Fargo wrote in a research note last week. In February, the bank noted, “vehicle and parts orders grew the most since October, while computer and electronics orders rose the most since December 2010.”

    ISM’s non-manufacturing index has risen as well in recent months, reinforcing the notion that “domestic demand may be taking over as the main driver of US growth,” as opposed to overseas driven growth, Dales adds.

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  8. Obama to address Ryan’s budget Tuesday

    President Obama will deliver an address on Tuesday emphasizing his differences with Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget, senior administration officials told The Hill on Monday.

    The president will make the remarks during an address at the Associated Press Luncheon at the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention in Washington, D.C.

  9. From the Archives: The 1940 Census

    Robert M. Groves April 02, 2012 02:09 PM EDT

    Ed. note: Once each decade, the Census Bureau releases the individual records of an official Census taken 72 years earlier. Today, it released the 1940 Census, giving historians and genealogists an additional ten years of detailed information about our nation, as well as our ancestors and relatives.

    To mark the occasion, U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves posted the following on The Commerce Blog:

    On April 2, 2012 the Census Bureau did something unique, a once-in-a-decade action. Throughout all other times, we focus on keeping confidential the social and economic data that households and businesses provide us. Once every decade we release the individual records of a 72-year old census. This year it was the 1940 Census.

    Approaching that day, the buzz in the genealogy world was deafening; they have been waiting 10 years to fill in their family trees, to learn new things about their ancestors, and to expand their insight into their lives.

    As the genealogist of my family I can’t wait to look up my grandparents, aunts, and uncles, as well as my parents’ forms. The forms won’t be indexed by name immediately, so we’ll have to link addresses of our ancestors to enumeration districts and then browse the enumeration district looking for our relatives. Right now, my tracking of the Groves’ family goes back to 1670 on the Isle of Wight, off the coast of England, but it ends in 1930. The 1940 Census allows me to see records of people I remember meeting in my youth.

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  10. Announcing the Summer Jobs+ Code Sprint

    Posted by Brian Forde on April 02, 2012 at 04:01 PM EDT

    Today we’re announcing the first ever White House Code Sprint. This is a call to developers around the country to use the Summer Jobs+ APIto build job search apps for your favorite browsers, social networking platforms, smart phones and feature phones. Submit your apps using this form by Monday April 9th at 8 a.m. EST, and we’ll pick the most innovative ones to feature on

    Summer Jobs+ is an initiative of the White House and the Department of Labor to provide low-income and disconnected youth ages 16-24 access to summer jobs, internships, mentorships and training opportunities. Over the last three months companies throughout the nation have been making commitments to provide opportunities to support the country’s next generation workforce. These commitments have been tagged using the Job Posting standard established by creating an open database of summer opportunities.

    We’re excited to tap the collective knowledge and innovation of the app developer community. Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems said it best when he said, “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.” Some ideas we’d love to see include an easy way to receive job opportunities through SMS, localized job search apps for the city you live in, map based interfaces or easy way to create summer training playlists that help youth plan a summer of job skills development. These are just a few of our ideas but we’re confident that you have even better ones so get coding, and we’ll feature the most innovative apps on

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  11. 6:30 PM EDT
    Vice President Biden hosts a reception at the Naval Observatory in honor of firefighters and law enforcement officials.
    Naval Observatory

  12. WH

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:45 AM
    President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM
    Vice President Biden discusses college affordability
    Maury High School
    Norfolk, VA

    11:00 AM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama delivers keynote address and answers questions at the annual American Society of News Editors Annual Conference.
    Washington Marriott Wardman Park
    Open to pre-credentialed media

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:45 PM
    Vice President Biden answers questions from Twitter.

    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM
    President Obama and the Vice President Biden meet with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

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

  13. President Obama to speak at AP lunch during ASNE Convention

    Posted 3/21/2012 5:02:00 PM

    President Barack Obama will make a return visit to the ASNE convention this year, giving the keynote address at the AP Luncheon on Tuesday, April 3. Obama spoke at the same lunch four years ago when he was a candidate for president. His appearance at this year’s convention will maintain ASNE’s record of having an audience with every sitting U.S. President since Calvin Coolidge.

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  14. #AskVP Your Questions About College Affordability

    Kori Schulman March 29, 2012 01:32 PM EDT

    On Tuesday, April 3rd, Vice President Biden is traveling to Norfolk, VA to discuss how the Obama Administration is tackling rising college costs. Higher education can’t be a luxury – it’s an economic imperative for every family in America, so that our students and workers are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century.

    In the afternoon, the Vice President will answer questions about college affordability on Twitter. People from across the country can ask questions using the hashtag #AskVP and follow the chat live from the @VP Twitter account.

    Here’s how you can participate:

    * Starting now, ask the Vice President about college affordability using the hashtag #AskVP

    * On Tuesday, April 3rd at 3:45 p.m. EDT the Vice President will answer some of your questions from the @VP account

    *Follow the whole chat live on Twitter live through the @VP handle

    * If you miss the live event, the full conversation will be posted on and on Storify

    We hope you can join us.

    Be sure to follow @VP on Twitter for the latest from the Vice President’s office. If you missed the Vice President’s first Twitter interview following the President’s State of the Union Address, you can check out the full conversation here.

    • VP Joe Biden, Education Secretary Arne Duncan to visit Maury High School on Tuesday

      3/30/12 By Associated Press

      NORFOLK, Va. — The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Norfolk with Education Secretary Arne Duncan next week to address rising college costs.

      The event will take place at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Maury High School.

      The White House says average tuition and fees at public four-year colleges across the country have tripled since the members of Maury High School’s senior class were born. Tuesday’s event is aimed at detailing steps the Obama administration have taken to keep college affordable.

      Later in the day, Biden will answer questions about college affordability on Twitter. The White House says people across the country can ask questions using the hashtag (hash)AskVP and follow the chat from the (at)VP Twitter account. Additional details can be found at

  15. Let’s Move!: Michelle Obama To Appear On NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” on April 3rd,

    March 23, 2012

    First Lady Michelle Obama was happy to beat celebs Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres in fitness challenges on national TV, but will she be so gleeful about trumping the regular (but supersized) folks who compete on The Biggest Loser? America will find out on April 3rd and April 10th, when Mrs. Obama brings the Let’s Move! campaign to the airwaves with a star turn on not one but TWO episodes of NBC’s weightloss competition show. The cast, including hosts Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince, visited the White House to film on Feb. 16th. In the photo above, they perform a workout with Mrs. Obama in the East Room.

    The two-parter is billed as “The Biggest Makeover Episode Yet.” Mrs. Obama first appears onscreen in a special video and invites the six contestants to the White House. They then get makeovers from celeb fashionista Jeannie Mai, who helps “find stylish new clothes to flatter their slimmer selves,” while celeb hairstylist Ken Paves “crafts stylish new looks.”

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    • First Lady Rolls With ‘Biggest Loser’ Bob Harper

      APRIL 09, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

      First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by the Eggtivity Zone on the South Lawn to greet kids and their families and cheer them on as they made their way through a bright blue obstacle course during Monday’s annual Easter Egg Roll. Mrs. Obama was joined by Bob Harper, host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Mrs. Obama will appear for the second time on the show on Tuesday night. Harper brought his competition weight-loss show to the White House to film a two-part episode in February, and he also joined the First Lady during the kickoff celebration in Des Moines, Iowa for the second anniversary of her Let’s Move! campaign, also in February. ”

      “I am truly a fan of Biggest Loser,” Mrs. Obama says on the show, adding that she’s watched almost every episode.

      For the entire article:

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    Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference

    April 3 – 4, 2012
    Philadelphia , PA

    The conference is the nation’s leading forum sharing ideas and strategies to build a green economy that creates good jobs and preserves America’s economic and environmental security. Sponsored by The US Department of Energy.

    How do we ensure that clean energy technologies are manufactured here in the United States? How do we prevent chemical disasters in the workplace while creating jobs? Does recycling create good jobs? At Good Jobs, Green Jobs East — April 3 and 4 in Philadelphia, PA at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel — we will explore the unique challenges and opportunities to creating good, green jobs in the Eastern United States.

    Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference holds the important discussion of how we will build a green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming and preserves America’s environmental and economic security.

    Good Jobs, Green Jobs East in Philadelphia will feature more than 40 workshops covering:

    * Business, Investments and New Markets
    * Clean Energy Manufacturing
    * Emerging Green Sectors
    * Infrastructure and Cleaner, More Efficient Transportation
    * Regional, State and Local Initiatives and Partnerships
    * Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
    * Responsible Investment and Workers’ Capital
    * Workforce and Economic Development
    * Youth, Education and Green Schools – Building a Clean Energy Movement

    For more information:

  17. GM March U.S. sales boosted by gas-sipping models

    4/2/12 By Bernie Woodall | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

    DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co passed an environmental milestone of sorts in March, when it became the first U.S.

    automaker to sell, in a single month, more than 100,000 cars that can achieve 30 miles per gallon in highway driving, the automaker said on Monday.

    About 40 percent of GM’s March sales were of these fuel-efficient cars, said Mark Reuss, GM president for North America.

    Other major carmakers including Ford Motor Co and Hyundai Motor Co have also dramatically increased their sales of fuel-efficient cars in the wake of soaring gasoline prices.

    Analysts say that GM has come a long way since President Barack Obama was quoted as saying about American automakers in November 2008 – in a 2010 book by Steven Rattner, former head of Obama’s auto task force – “Why can’t they make a Corolla?”

    “GM has made a complete turnaround where fuel-efficiency is now a priority compared to just a few years ago,” said Jesse Toprak, an analyst at “As consumers have started to request more fuel-efficient cars, manufacturers have done a really good job to meet their demands.”

    GM’s Reuss said that in recent years, the automaker has invested in four-cylinder and turbocharged engines, more fuel-efficient transmissions and hybrid and plug-in electric cars.

    “Three years ago, about 16 percent of the vehicles GM sold achieved at least 30 mpg on the highway,” Reuss said in a statement on Monday. “Today, that number is 40 percent.”

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  18. Hey CR. Just wanted to drop by, catch up on your unique articles and say hello befor I turned in for the night. I am looking forward to PBO’s speech tomorrow on Ryan;s budget.

  19. New Car Sales Show Strong Growth in March

    4/3/12 CNBC

    Ford Motor had the best March for new-vehicle sales in the U.S. in five years, and AutoNation raised its forecast for sales for the whole year, in what may be a strong sign of recovery for the auto industry.

    Ford [F 12.62 0.145 (+1.16%) ] Americas President Mark Fileds told CNBC on Tuesday that the sales performance was due to pent-up demand, the mild weather and demand for fuel-efficient cars.

    AutoNation [AN 34.78 0.47 (+1.37%) ] announced that March retail new vehicle unit sales increased 15 percent compared with the same month of last year and that sales in the first quarter increased 13 percent from the first quarter of 2011.

    The results were so good, CEO Mike Jackson told CNBC, that the dealer raised its sales forecast for the whole year.

    Its shares rose 2 percent in pre-market trading.

    Chrysler’s sales increased 34 percent, the best monthly sales in four years.

  20. Factory orders rebound in February, up 1.3 percent

    4/3/12 Jason Lange – Reuters – 8 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New orders for factory goods rebounded in February and firms increased orders for capital goods, suggesting manufacturing held on to some momentum early in the year despite signs of slower growth.

    The Commerce Department said on Tuesday new orders for manufactured goods rose 1.3 percent, just below the 1.5 percent gain expected by private forecasters in a Reuters poll.

    Many economists think the expiration of some tax breaks on capital spending at the end of 2011 led businesses to bring forward investments.

    Indeed, January’s decline was revised downward to 1.1 percent from a previously reported fall of 1 percent.

    Still, February’s gain was nearly as high as the 1.4 percent rise in orders in December. Factory orders have now risen in three of the last four months.

    Orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft – a closely watched category because it is taken as a sign of businesses’ future spending plans – rose 1.7 percent in February. That was a bigger increase than 1.2 percent gain reported in an preliminary estimate.

    Shipments for this category climbed 1.4 percent.

    Business spending and manufacturing have been drivers of the recovery since the 2007-2009 recession.

  21. White House Office Hours: Combatting the Spread of HIV/AIDS Among Women and Girls

    Posted by Erin Lindsay on April 03, 2012 at 09:58 AM EDT

    There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, including more than 290,000 women. Black and Hispanic women account for nearly three-quarters of new HIV infections among women. In July 2010, President Obama launched the first National HIV/AIDS Strategy to provide a coordinated national response to fight the epidemic.

    Last week, as part of these ongoing efforts, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum establishing an inter-agency working group on the intersection of HIV/AIDS, violence against women and girls, and gender-related health disparities.

    On Wednesday, the co-chairs of the working group, Lynn Rosenthal, the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women and Dr. Grant Colfax, the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, will join us for a special session of office hours on Twitter to take your questions on the intersection of HIV/AIDS, violence against women, and gender-related health disparities and the importance of supporting continued research, mobilizing both the public- and private-sector, and engaging families and communities.

    For the entire article:

  22. April 03, 2012

    President and Mrs. Obama Team Up with Google Art Project to Continue Making the White House More Accessible

    Users will be able to take an at-home 360-degree tour of the White House’s public rooms at

    Washington – The White House today announced the latest step in President and Mrs. Obama’s efforts to truly make 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue “The People’s House”, by working with Google Art Project to create a virtual 360-degree tour of the White House’s public rooms. Since the President’s inauguration – when he and Mrs. Obama surprised guests attending public tours – the Obamas have worked to make the White House more open and accessible. Over three years later, approximately 2.5 million visitors have walked through the gates of The People’s House, including Residence tourists, guests at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll events, Fall and Spring Garden Tours, guests at State or Official Arrival Ceremonies and White House Kitchen Garden school group tours. Now through the Google Art Project, millions more will be able to virtually visit the White House.

    “The White House isn’t simply a home to First Families or meeting space for world leaders, it’s also known as ‘The People’s House,’ a place that should be open to everyone. And that’s why we’ve made it a priority to invite young people, military families, and Americans of all ages to join us here at the White House,” Mrs. Obama says in a video welcoming digital users to explore the White House via the Google Art Project . “Thousands of people have walked these halls and gazed at the artwork. They’ve examined the portraits of Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy. They’ve imagined the history that’s unfolded here. And now you can do all of that without leaving your home. So go ahead, look around, enjoy the history and the beauty of these rooms. Because after all, this is your house, too.”

    For the entire article:

    • A New Way to Tour the White House

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 30, 2012

      In their continuing effort to make the White House more accessible, President Obama and the First Lady have teamed up with the Google Art Project. People all over the world can now take a 360-degree tour of the White House’s public rooms. The White House is the only building in the world that is simultaneously the home of a head of state, the executive office of a head of state, and is regularly open to the public for tours.

    • Behind the Scenes: The Google Art Project at the White House

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 2, 2012

      Members of the Google Art project and the Google Street View team recently came to the White House to create a new way for people to tour the White House. Take a look at the process that went into creating a 360 degree virtual walk through of the White House public tour.

    • Dean Singleton, Associated Press Chairman, addressed the audience with the following remarks about President Obama before introducing the President.

      “President Obama made history as the first minority to be elected president. Even many who opposed his election felt proud of our country as he took the oath of office. As president he inherited the worse head winds of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. He pushed through Congress the biggest economic recovery plan in history and lead a government reorganization of two of the big three auto manufacturers to save them from oblivion. He pursued domestic and foreign policy agendas that were controversial to many, highlighted by signature into law the most compressive health care legislation in history. In the budget plans proposed by the President on the one hand, and Republicans on the other hand aren’t even on the same planet. Many Democrats believe that his agenda doesn’t go far enough and most Republicans believe that it goes way too far. While we thought that the 2008 White House race was rough and tumble, the 2012 race makes it look like bumper cars in comparison. Our country has become even more polarized; the one percent and the 99% are at each other’s throats. Campaigns are now funded by multi-million dollar super-pacs, what is next? Giga-pacs? The only thing that anyone seems to want to compromise on is …well I can’t think of any thing. Really who would want this job in the first place? We are very honored today to have the man currently holding the office and inspiring to it for another term and with apologies to Al Green, my new favorite singer, ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States of America.”

      (President Obama walks onto the stage and shakes Mr Singleton’s hand)

    • April 03, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the Associated Press Luncheon

      Marriott Wardman Park
      Washington, D.C.

      12:35 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Please have a seat. Well, good afternoon, and thank you to Dean Singleton and the board of the Associated Press for inviting me here today. It is a pleasure to speak to all of you — and to have a microphone that I can see. (Laughter.) Feel free to transmit any of this to Vladimir if you see him. (Laughter.)

      Clearly, we’re already in the beginning months of another long, lively election year. There will be gaffes and minor controversies, be hot mics and Etch-a-Sketch moments. You will cover every word that we say, and we will complain vociferously about the unflattering words that you write — unless, of course, you’re writing about the other guy — in which case, good job. (Laughter.)

      But there are also big, fundamental issues at stake right now — issues that deserve serious debate among every candidate, and serious coverage among every reporter. Whoever he may be, the next President will inherit an economy that is recovering, but not yet recovered, from the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. Too many Americans will still be looking for a job that pays enough to cover their bills or their mortgage. Too many citizens will still lack the sort of financial security that started slipping away years before this recession hit. A debt that has grown over the last decade, primarily as a result of two wars, two massive tax cuts, and an unprecedented financial crisis, will have to be paid down.

      In the face of all these challenges, we’re going to have to answer a central question as a nation: What, if anything, can we do to restore a sense of security for people who are willing to work hard and act responsibly in this country? Can we succeed as a country where a shrinking number of people do exceedingly well, while a growing number struggle to get by? Or are we better off when everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules?

      This is not just another run-of-the-mill political debate. I’ve said it’s the defining issue of our time, and I believe it. It’s why I ran in 2008. It’s what my presidency has been about. It’s why I’m running again. I believe this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and I can’t remember a time when the choice between competing visions of our future has been so unambiguously clear.

      Keep in mind, I have never been somebody who believes that government can or should try to solve every problem. Some of you know my first job in Chicago was working with a group of Catholic churches that often did more good for the people in their communities than any government program could. In those same communities I saw that no education policy, however well crafted, can take the place of a parent’s love and attention.

      As President, I’ve eliminated dozens of programs that weren’t working, and announced over 500 regulatory reforms that will save businesses and taxpayers billions, and put annual domestic spending on a path to become the smallest share of the economy since Dwight Eisenhower held this office — since before I was born. I know that the true engine of job creation in this country is the private sector, not Washington, which is why I’ve cut taxes for small business owners 17 times over the last three years.

      So I believe deeply that the free market is the greatest force for economic progress in human history. My mother and the grandparents who raised me instilled the values of self-reliance and personal responsibility that remain the cornerstone of the American idea. But I also share the belief of our first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln — a belief that, through government, we should do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves.

      That belief is the reason this country has been able to build a strong military to keep us safe, and public schools to educate our children. That belief is why we’ve been able to lay down railroads and highways to facilitate travel and commerce. That belief is why we’ve been able to support the work of scientists and researchers whose discoveries have saved lives, and unleashed repeated technological revolutions, and led to countless new jobs and entire industries.

      That belief is also why we’ve sought to ensure that every citizen can count on some basic measure of security. We do this because we recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any moment, might face hard times, might face bad luck, might face a crippling illness or a layoff. And so we contribute to programs like Medicare and Social Security, which guarantee health care and a source of income after a lifetime of hard work. We provide unemployment insurance, which protects us against unexpected job loss and facilitates the labor mobility that makes our economy so dynamic. We provide for Medicaid, which makes sure that millions of seniors in nursing homes and children with disabilities are getting the care that they need.

      For the entire article:

      • Very strong, and so were his remarks in the Q&A. The thing about PBO is, he didn’t campaign just to be President, and he’s not campaigning just to stay President, he campaigns for specific goals, strategies and values. And they’re good ones.

  23. Next Up…

    3:45 PM EDT
    Vice President Biden answers questions from Twitter.

    Submit questions at @VP account

    Follow the whole chat live on Twitter live through the @VP Twitter account.

  24. Three Charts Illustrating Two Different Visions for Our Nation

    Dan Pfeiffer April 03, 2012 02:07 PM EDT

    The President believes this is a make or break moment for the middle class and those working to reach it. That’s why he has put forward a blueprint for an economy built to last – one where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.

    Today at the Associated Press Luncheon, the President discussed how his vision differs with the radical vision laid out in the House Republican Budget:

    “This Congressional Republican budget, however, is something different altogether. It’s a Trojan Horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plan, it’s really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It’s nothing but thinly-veiled Social Darwinism. It’s antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who’s willing to work for it – a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class. And by gutting the very things we need to grow an economy that’s built to last – education and training; research and development – it’s a prescription for decline.”
    The President’s approach to reducing our deficit is a balanced approach that asks the wealthiest to pay their fair share, achieves significant health savings and enacts sensible spending cuts while making the investments we need to have a strong middle class.

    Take a look at how the President’s approach and the Congressional Republican policies stack up side by side:

    Side by Side – The President’s Budget vs. Republican Budget

    It’s a test of fairness. The Congressional Republican budget gives every millionaire and billionaire a tax cut of at least $150,000 paid for by ending Medicare as we know it and gutting programs that help the middle class and our economy. This graphic shows just what that $150,000 means to those programs our economic recovery depends on:

    The House Republican Budget – The Budget Fails the Test of Balance, Fairness, and Shared Responsibility


    By standing by massive tax cuts we can’t afford paid for by the middle class and seniors, the Republican establishment has rubber stamped the economic policies of the past that caused the financial crisis in the first place. Just take a look at how much the Republican policies of the past added to our deficit:

    Changes in Deficit Projections Since January 2001

    At this critical moment for our economy and the middle class, the President will continue to stand by a policy of fairness that reflects our core values as a nation.

  25. Good and HOPEful Tuesday, CR and all friends!


    I'm late today because of thunder!

    Must-see TV this Saturday:

    President Obama introducing special TV broadcast of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

    by Adam B. Vary

    There are few films that stir the heart and soul more than the 1962 classic To Kill A Mockingbird. To commemorate the Oscar-winning film’s 50th anniversary, President Barack Obama will introduce a special broadcast of a restored and digitally remastered print of the film on USA at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday, April 7….

    (Pulitzer-winning author Harper) Lee said she was “deeply honored” that President Obama would be participating in celebrating the film….

  26. April 03, 2012

    Readout of the President’s Call with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki

    President Obama called Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki today to congratulate the Iraqi people on the success of the Arab Summit hosted in Baghdad last week, and on Iraq’s continued reintegration into the region as a sovereign, independent state. The two leaders discussed the United States and Iraq’s joint efforts to advance peace and security in the region as strategic partners. The discussion also covered the political situation in Iraq, and a range of other shared interests. President Obama expressed the United States’ firm commitment to a unified, democratic Iraq as defined by Iraq’s constitution, as well as his support for Prime Minister Maliki’s participation in the ongoing dialogue convened by President Talabani tasked to reconcile Iraqi political blocs in a flexible and open manner.

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