Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Immigration

 

June 15, 2012

Remarks by the President on Immigration

Rose Garden

2:09 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigration policy, to make it more fair, more efficient, and more just — specifically for certain young people sometimes called “Dreamers.”

These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they’re friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents — sometimes even as infants — and often have no idea that they’re undocumented until they apply for a job or a driver’s license, or a college scholarship.

Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine you’ve done everything right your entire life — studied hard, worked hard, maybe even graduated at the top of your class — only to suddenly face the threat of deportation to a country that you know nothing about, with a language that you may not even speak.

That’s what gave rise to the DREAM Act. It says that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here for five years, and you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, you can one day earn your citizenship. And I have said time and time and time again to Congress that, send me the DREAM Act, put it on my desk, and I will sign it right away.

Now, both parties wrote this legislation. And a year and a half ago, Democrats passed the DREAM Act in the House, but Republicans walked away from it. It got 55 votes in the Senate, but Republicans blocked it. The bill hasn’t really changed. The need hasn’t changed. It’s still the right thing to do. The only thing that has changed, apparently, was the politics.

As I said in my speech on the economy yesterday, it makes no sense to expel talented young people, who, for all intents and purposes, are Americans — they’ve been raised as Americans; understand themselves to be part of this country — to expel these young people who want to staff our labs, or start new businesses, or defend our country simply because of the actions of their parents — or because of the inaction of politicians.

In the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, what we’ve tried to do is focus our immigration enforcement resources in the right places. So we prioritized border security, putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history — today, there are fewer illegal crossings than at any time in the past 40 years. We focused and used discretion about whom to prosecute, focusing on criminals who endanger our communities rather than students who are earning their education. And today, deportation of criminals is up 80 percent. We’ve improved on that discretion carefully and thoughtfully. Well, today, we’re improving it again.

Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.

Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. It is —

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: — the right thing to do.

Q — foreigners over American workers.

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, sir. It’s not time for questions, sir.

Q No, you have to take questions.

THE PRESIDENT: Not while I’m speaking.

Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act. There is still time for Congress to pass the DREAM Act this year, because these kids deserve to plan their lives in more than two-year increments. And we still need to pass comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our 21st century economic and security needs — reform that gives our farmers and ranchers certainty about the workers that they’ll have. Reform that gives our science and technology sectors certainty that the young people who come here to earn their PhDs won’t be forced to leave and start new businesses in other countries. Reform that continues to improve our border security, and lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

Just six years ago, the unlikely trio of John McCain, Ted Kennedy and President Bush came together to champion this kind of reform. And I was proud to join 23 Republicans in voting for it. So there’s no reason that we can’t come together and get this done.

And as long as I’m President, I will not give up on this issue, not only because it’s the right thing to do for our economy — and CEOs agree with me — not just because it’s the right thing to do for our security, but because it’s the right thing to do, period. And I believe that, eventually, enough Republicans in Congress will come around to that view as well.

And I believe that it’s the right thing to do because I’ve been with groups of young people who work so hard and speak with so much heart about what’s best in America, even though I knew some of them must have lived under the fear of deportation. I know some have come forward, at great risks to themselves and their futures, in hopes it would spur the rest of us to live up to our own most cherished values. And I’ve seen the stories of Americans in schools and churches and communities across the country who stood up for them and rallied behind them, and pushed us to give them a better path and freedom from fear –because we are a better nation than one that expels innocent young kids.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

En españolhttp://www.dhs.gov/describe-proceso-de-acción-diferida-para-los-llegados-en-la-infancia

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Department of Homeland Security announcement on Young People and Immigration

June 15, 2012

MEMORANDUM FOR:

David V. Aguilar
Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Alejandro Mayorkas
Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

John Morton
Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

FROM:
Janet Napolitano

SUBJECT:
Secretary of Homeland Security
Exercising Prosetorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

By this memorandum, I am setting forth how, in the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home. As a general matter, these individuals lacked the intent to violate the law and our ongoing review of pending removal cases is already offering administrative closure to many of them. However, additional measures are necessary to ensure that our enforcement resources are not expended on these low priority cases but are instead appropriately focused on people who meet our enforcement priorities.

The following criteria should be satisfied before an individual is considered for an exercise of prosecutorial discretion pursuant to this memorandum:

• came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
• has continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and is present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
• is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces ofthe United States;
• has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety;
and
• is not above the age of thirty.

http://www.dhs.gov

Our Nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible manner. They are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Indeed, many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways. Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.

For more: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/s1-exercising-prosecutorial-discretion-individuals-who-came-to-us-as-children.pdf

En español: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/20120803-dhs-describe-proceso-accion-diferida-para-llegados-en-la-enfancia.shtm

US Citizenship & Immigration Services – Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos– Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia

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July 08, 2014 FACT SHEET: Emergency Supplemental Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the Southwest Border

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UPDATES:

5/16/14 House Republican leaders to block US immigration measure

7/31/14 House Republicans abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border

8/1/14 House Republicans passed a bill to deport Dream Act students under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

11/5/14 After President Obama repeated a promise to take action by the end of the year to halt deportations for some undocumented immigrants if Congress doesn’t move on rewriting U.S. law, House Speaker John Boehner said that President Barack Obama will “poison the well” if he changes U.S. immigration policy without waiting for Congress to act.

11/16/14 Top GOP senator won’t dismiss talk of shutdown over immigration

11/21/14 Boehner: House will act to stop Obama on immigration

12/4/14 House GOP approves measure blocking deportation relief

1/14/15 House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

1/23/15 Immigration Critic Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Will Chair Senate Panel On Immigration

2/3/15 Senate GOP fail on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

2/4/15 Senate GOP fail AGAIN on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

2/5/15  Senate GOP fail for a THIRD TIME on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

 

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus and House Democrats On Child Migrant Humanitarian Situation

Aug 1, 2014

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    June 15, 2012

    Remarks by the President on Immigration

    Rose Garden

    2:09 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigration policy, to make it more fair, more efficient, and more just — specifically for certain young people sometimes called “Dreamers.”

    These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they’re friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents — sometimes even as infants — and often have no idea that they’re undocumented until they apply for a job or a driver’s license, or a college scholarship.

    Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine you’ve done everything right your entire life — studied hard, worked hard, maybe even graduated at the top of your class — only to suddenly face the threat of deportation to a country that you know nothing about, with a language that you may not even speak.

    That’s what gave rise to the DREAM Act. It says that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here for five years, and you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, you can one day earn your citizenship. And I have said time and time and time again to Congress that, send me the DREAM Act, put it on my desk, and I will sign it right away.

    Now, both parties wrote this legislation. And a year and a half ago, Democrats passed the DREAM Act in the House, but Republicans walked away from it. It got 55 votes in the Senate, but Republicans blocked it. The bill hasn’t really changed. The need hasn’t changed. It’s still the right thing to do. The only thing that has changed, apparently, was the politics.

    As I said in my speech on the economy yesterday, it makes no sense to expel talented young people, who, for all intents and purposes, are Americans — they’ve been raised as Americans; understand themselves to be part of this country — to expel these young people who want to staff our labs, or start new businesses, or defend our country simply because of the actions of their parents — or because of the inaction of politicians.

    In the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, what we’ve tried to do is focus our immigration enforcement resources in the right places. So we prioritized border security, putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history — today, there are fewer illegal crossings than at any time in the past 40 years. We focused and used discretion about whom to prosecute, focusing on criminals who endanger our communities rather than students who are earning their education. And today, deportation of criminals is up 80 percent. We’ve improved on that discretion carefully and thoughtfully. Well, today, we’re improving it again.

    Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.

    Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. It is —

    Q (Inaudible.)

    THE PRESIDENT: — the right thing to do.

    Q — foreigners over American workers.

    THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, sir. It’s not time for questions, sir.

    Q No, you have to take questions.

    THE PRESIDENT: Not while I’m speaking.

    Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act. There is still time for Congress to pass the DREAM Act this year, because these kids deserve to plan their lives in more than two-year increments. And we still need to pass comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our 21st century economic and security needs — reform that gives our farmers and ranchers certainty about the workers that they’ll have. Reform that gives our science and technology sectors certainty that the young people who come here to earn their PhDs won’t be forced to leave and start new businesses in other countries. Reform that continues to improve our border security, and lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

    Just six years ago, the unlikely trio of John McCain, Ted Kennedy and President Bush came together to champion this kind of reform. And I was proud to join 23 Republicans in voting for it. So there’s no reason that we can’t come together and get this done.

    And as long as I’m President, I will not give up on this issue, not only because it’s the right thing to do for our economy — and CEOs agree with me — not just because it’s the right thing to do for our security, but because it’s the right thing to do, period. And I believe that, eventually, enough Republicans in Congress will come around to that view as well.

    And I believe that it’s the right thing to do because I’ve been with groups of young people who work so hard and speak with so much heart about what’s best in America, even though I knew some of them must have lived under the fear of deportation. I know some have come forward, at great risks to themselves and their futures, in hopes it would spur the rest of us to live up to our own most cherished values. And I’ve seen the stories of Americans in schools and churches and communities across the country who stood up for them and rallied behind them, and pushed us to give them a better path and freedom from fear –because we are a better nation than one that expels innocent young kids.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration
    Por Español: http://www.barackobama.com/es/entry/el-presidente-obama-es-la-accion-correcta

    • Department of Homeland Security announcement on Young People and Immigration

      June 15, 2012

      MEMORANDUM FOR:

      David V. Aguilar
      Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

      Alejandro Mayorkas
      Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

      John Morton
      Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

      FROM:
      Janet Napolitano

      SUBJECT:
      Secretary of Homeland Security
      Exercising Prosetorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

      By this memorandum, I am setting forth how, in the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home. As a general matter, these individuals lacked the intent to violate the law and our ongoing review of pending removal cases is already offering administrative closure to many of them. However, additional measures are necessary to ensure that our enforcement resources are not expended on these low priority cases but are instead appropriately focused on people who meet our enforcement priorities.

      The following criteria should be satisfied before an individual is considered for an exercise of prosecutorial discretion pursuant to this memorandum:

      • came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
      • has continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and is present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
      • is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces ofthe United States;
      • has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety;
      and
      • is not above the age of thirty.

      http://www.dhs.gov

      Our Nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible manner. They are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Indeed, many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways. Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.

      For more: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/s1-exercising-prosecutorial-discretion-individuals-who-came-to-us-as-children.pdf

    • DHS Describe Proceso De Acción Diferida Para Los Llegados En La Infancia

      August 3, 2012 dhs.gov

      WASHINGTON, D.C. – El Departamento de Seguridad Nacional describió hoy el proceso de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia durante una llamada en conferencia con los medios nacionales de comunicación, en preparación para la fecha de implementación del 15 de agosto.

      El 15 de junio la Secretaria del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, Janet Napolitano, anunció que ciertas personas que llegaron a los Estados Unidos siendo niños y que cumplen con otros criterios específicos, pueden ser elegibles para recibir acción diferida en una base caso por caso. El Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés) está finalizando un proceso por el cual individuos elegibles pueden solicitar ser considerados a la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia.

      USCIS espera tener disponibles al 15 de agosto de 2012 todos los formularios, instrucciones e información adicional relevante al proceso de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia. USCIS comenzará inmediatamente después a aceptar las peticiones de consideración.

      Por mas: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/20120803-dhs-describe-proceso-accion-diferida-para-llegados-en-la-enfancia.shtm

    • Secretary Napolitano Announces Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities

      June 15, 2012 dhs

      WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.

      “Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” said Secretary Napolitano. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”

      DHS continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk, including immigrants convicted of crimes, violent criminals, felons, and repeat immigration law offenders. Today’s action further enhances the Department’s ability to focus on these priority removals.

      Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action, on a case by case basis:

      1. Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;

      2. Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;

      3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;

      4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;

      5. Are not above the age of thirty.

      For more: http://www.dhs.gov/news/2012/06/15/secretary-napolitano-announces-deferred-action-process-young-people-who-are-low

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    • Mexico to aid undocumented immigrant youths at 50 consular offices across U.S.

      07/23/2012 By Matt O’Brien – Bay Area News Group

      The Mexican Embassy on Monday opened the doors to its San Jose, San Francisco and 48 other consular offices across the United States to undocumented immigrant youths seeking work permits and deportation relief through a new Obama administration directive.

      The U.S. government won’t begin accepting deportation relief applications until Aug. 15, but the Mexican government will help eligible young people apply by giving them information and ensuring they have the proper documents, said Juan Carlos Lara-Armienta, the Mexican Embassy’s head of Latino affairs.
      The relief directive from the Department of Homeland Security could benefit more than 1 million people 30 years old or younger who were brought to the country illegally as children, most of them from Mexico.

      The Mexican Embassy partnered with a U.S. immigrant advocacy group, the United We Dream Network, and has been co-hosting community workshops around the Bay Area and country. More than 200 people crowded an Antioch forum on Friday.

      Consular officials are making sure those born in Mexico have a Mexican passport that proves who they are to qualify for the relief directive, said Gabriela Márdero, spokeswoman for the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco.

      “Most of these people don’t have an ID,” she said. “They have a birth certificate, but the birth certificate doesn’t have a photo.”

      Mexican passports can cost between $74 and $101 depending on how long they last before expiring, said Ana María Osorio, spokeswoman for the Mexican Consulate in San Jose.

      Her office is having its next workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2020 E. San Antonio St. in San Jose.

      United We Dream is also working with other foreign embassies from Latin America and the Philippines.

    • An in-depth look at Obama’s immigration reprieve

      7/9/12 mercurynews

      * Who’s eligible? Anyone brought to the country illegally before they turned 16 and are 30 or younger; graduated from high school or are in school or in the military; lived here continuously for at least five years; and haven’t committed “significant” crimes.

      * What’s a “significant” crime? Anyone convicted of a felony, three or more misdemeanors or any “significant” misdemeanor is likely to be barred from relief. But what’s a “significant” misdemeanor? No one is certain but many lawyers suspect it will include drug possession, driving under the influence, assault and theft. Also barred are people who present a “public safety threat,” which is not limited to criminal convictions and could include any arrest, gang activity or juvenile offenses. Decisions about who qualifies are under the government’s discretion.

      * What do beneficiaries get? A work permit that can be renewed every two years, and “deferred action,” which means they won’t be deported.

      * What they don’t get: Legal permanent residency or a path to citizenship; access to most federal public benefits.

      * Could a new president reverse the initiative? Yes, but he probably won’t, most lawyers say. It is a “real but very remote risk,” said San Francisco immigration lawyer Mark Silverman. “No one knows the answer to this question, but I think that an incoming Republican administration would conclude that it would be a serious long-term political mistake” to deport young people applying for or granted relief under a previous administration.

      Sources: National Lawyers Guild; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Immigrant Legal Resource Center

    • New Report Highlights the Impact of the President’s Agenda on the Hispanic Community

      Cecilia Muñoz August 08, 2012 03:18 PM EDT

      Yesterday I had the pleasure of participating in a policy conversation held at the Center for American Progress on ensuring that the ladder of opportunity remains strong for the Latino community. In conjunction with that event we released a report, “An America Built to Last: President Obama’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community,” that takes a close look at the President’s agenda and how the Administration’s policies have made a difference for Hispanics and all Americans as we work to move our country forward out of the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression.

      The need for this report is simple. Latinos will account for 60 percent of the nation’s population growth in the coming decades, and in turn will be an increasingly larger share of our nation’s workforce. If our nation is going to be successful, we need a strong and well prepared workforce, so the success of our nation is tied directly to the success of the Hispanic community. That’s something President Obama understands, and why he has made it a priority that his Administration is not only reflective of America’s great diversity, but that we’re being open and responsive to the needs of all Americans.

      So this report looks at what the policies and programs of this Administration have meant for Hispanic Americans throughout the last three and a half years. The report highlights:

      * How policies in the Recovery Act, including tax cuts for working families and improvements in unemployment insurance, combined to keep over 2 million Hispanics out of poverty in 2010.

      * How the tax agreement the President fought for extended key provisions including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) that directly benefit an estimated 3.7 million Hispanic families, including 8 million Hispanic children.

      * How the payroll tax cut the President fought for ensures that taxes do not go up on nearly 25 million Hispanic workers.

      * How since the start of the Administration through March 31, 2012, more than $3.8 billion in over 10,800 Small Business Administration loans went to Hispanic-owned small businesses including more than $128 million through nearly 300 international trade loans.

      * The report also highlights how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is working on behalf of Hispanic consumers, including taking on deceptive credit card practices, and providing protections for those who use remittance service providers and payday lenders.

      * Because education is such an important issue for this community, the report also has an extensive section on what’s being done to improve education from cradle to career and how these reforms affect a community in which only 56 percent of Latino students graduate on time from high school.

      * Along those lines, the report highlights how more than 150,000 Hispanic students stand to benefit from the increases in Pell Grants. The Obama Administration has raised the maximum Pell Grant award and has provided resources to support an additional three million Pell Grant recipients, a 50 percent increase in students served since 2008.

      * The report also details the Administration’s work toward immigration reform, and improvements that have been made in both border security and immigration enforcement, as well as in streamlining and improving the legal immigration process.

      * Civil rights have also been at the forefront of the efforts of this Administration. So this report looks at how the Department of Justice and Civil Rights divisions throughout the government are enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws, and what that means for the Hispanic community. Everything from proteting victims of crimes and abuse, to protections for farm workers, to enforcing hate crime laws and protecting migrants and guest workers against human trafficking.

      * And since more than 210,000 Hispanic soldiers are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and we have over 1.1 million Hispanic veterans, the report looks at what our Administration is doing to make college more accessible for veterans, to make tax credits available for them, to help more veterans start businesses, and to increase access to intensive reemployment services.

      * The report is now available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/hispanic, and http://www.whitehouse.gov/espanol in Spanish. Take a look, let us know what you think.

    • “Protege el Sueño” – Anuncio de Television de Obama for America

      Published on Aug 10, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Inscríbete: http://OFA.BO/7pj4d8

      President Obama: “All they want is to go to college and give back to the country they love.”

      Voiceover: “Son conocidos como “los Dreamers” vinieron aquí como niños obedecieron a sus padres estudian para superarse.”

      President Obama: “In the face of a Congress that refuses to do anything on immigration. We announced that we’re lifting the shadow of deportation from deserving young people who were brought to this county as children.”

      “It was the right thing to do.”

      Voiceover: “Protege el sueño.”

      President: “Soy Barack Obama, y apruebo este mensaje.”

    • Hispanic Latino Women for Obama and against Republican Discrimination

      Published on May 28, 2012 by ogenesis

      “Hispanics”, “Latinos” and all Latin Americans saw equality and change take place and also real history. After a long fight from republicans to block the first ever Latino/Hispanic woman to the highest court in the nation, President Obama appointed Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme court. Soon after the President himself was sworn into office, he wanted to continue to break the glass ceiling for all Americans who worked hard and were qualified but often over looked. This was not a token as republicans claimed, Judge Sotomayor had more qualifications than most of the republicans who criticized her.

      Thank you Mr. President for making a qualified, bold and fresh choice. Not just for Hispanics by for the whole country.

    • REACTIONS: Dreamers can now apply for Obama’s deferred action protection

      Published on Aug 15, 2012 by VOXXINews

      Young undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children and are between the ages of 15 and 30 may begin applying for relief from deportation and a two-year, renewable work permit under the Obama administration’s deferred action program.

    • First group of delayed young deportees approved

      9/11/12 By Alicia A. Caldwel – Associated Press

      WASHINGTON — Just three weeks after the Obama administration started accepting applications from young illegal immigrants seeking to avoid deportation and get a work permit, the government already has approved some of the roughly 72,000 applications it has received.

      The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday that a small group of applications has been approved and those immigrants are being notified this week about the decision. The department did not say how many applications had been approved.

      The first wave of approvals comes months head of DHS’ own internal estimates of how long the application process for the administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could take — and less than 60 days before the Nov. 6 elections. According to an internal DHS document obtained by The Associated Press, the department’s Citizenship and Immigration Services had estimated that each application could take several months to be completed.

      “Following a thorough, individualized case review, USCIS has now begun notifying individuals of the determination on their deferral requests,” DHS spokesman Peter Boogaard said in a statement. He said about 72,000 applications have been received since the program’s Aug. 15 start.

      DHS said background checks, including finger prints checks, are being conducted on each immigrant before an application can be approved. The average wait time for approval is expected to be about four months to six months.

      For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_21522058/first-group-delayed-young-deportees-approved?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      House Republicans Reject Obama’s Policy On Immigrant Teens

      JUNE 6, 2013, 12:48 PM ANDREW TAYLOR – tpm

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama’s policy to end deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the United States as children.

      The 224-201 vote broke along party lines and comes as Congress is working on overhauling the much-criticized U.S. immigration system. The measure came as the House completed action on the Department of Homeland Security spending bill.

      Obama announced a program in June 2012 that puts off deportation for many people brought here as children. Applicants for the reprieve must have arrived before they turned 16, be younger than 31 now, be high school graduates or in school, or have served in the military. They can’t have a serious criminal record.

      One of the most widely-backed elements of immigration reform, known as the DREAM Act, would award these immigrants legal status.

      Obama’s program, done by executive action, doesn’t give such immigrants legal status but it at least protects them from deportation for two years.

      For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/house-gop-immigration-dream-act.php?ref=fpb

      • June 06, 2013

        Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Passage of Congressman Steve King’s Amendment

        As the Senate prepares to debate bipartisan commonsense immigration reform next week, House Republicans chose to spend today passing an extreme amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers.” These are productive members of society who were brought here as young children, grew up in our communities, and became American in every way but on paper. This amendment, sponsored by Representative Steve King, runs contrary to our most deeply-held values as Americans. It asks law enforcement to treat these Dreamers the same way as they would violent criminals. It’s wrong. It’s not who we are. And it will not become law.

    • American “Dreamers”: Diana Colin

      Published on Jun 7, 2013

      Diana is a legal permanent resident, and an advocate for immigrant rights.

      There are no stories that bring home the hope and optimism of immigration reform more than the stories of “Dreamers.” They are productive members of society, brought here as young children, who grew up in our communities and became American in every way but on paper.

    • June 15, 2013

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the First Anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

      A year ago today, the Administration took up the cause of “Dreamers” and took action to make our immigration system more representative of our values as a nation. By removing the threat of deportation for people brought to the country as children, we were able to continue to focus our enforcement efforts on criminals who endanger our communities rather than students who are pursuing an education.

      These young men and women are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every way but on paper. And because the Administration acted, today thousands of ambitious, hardworking young people have been able to emerge from the shadows, no longer living in fear of deportation. But the steps we took were never meant to be a permanent solution. That’s why we need Congress to pass a bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform bill as soon as possible so that these “Dreamers” can keep contributing to this country and help us live up to our history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      Rand Paul To Introduce Immigration Amendment Eliminating Path To Citizenship

      JUNE 18, 2013 CATHERINE THOMPSON – tpm

      Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will introduce a series of amendments to the Senate immigration reform bill that would position him for a potential Republican presidential primary bid, The Hill reported Tuesday.

      Paul’s most prominent measure would eliminate a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants while lifting a cap on guest workers, Senate aides familiar with the proposals told The Hill. Under that amendment, to be introduced this week, employers who demonstrate need would be provided with immigrant workers while the workers themselves would have to apply for permanent residency and citizenship according to the policies of their native countries.

      In March Paul laid out a plan that would allow immigrants to obtain green cards and eventually become naturalized citizens, but denied that such a plan constituted a “path to citizenship.”

      The senator is also working on an amendment that would compel states to ensure that registered provisional immigrants do not vote in elections in order to receive federal election funding, according to The Hill.

    • Court rejects suit over Obama immigration moves

      8/14/15 11:30 AM EDT By JOSH GERSTEIN – politico

      A federal appeals court Friday upheld the dismissal of an Arizona sheriff’s lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but one judge on the panel expressed strong doubts about the constitutionality of Obama’s moves — now largely on hold as a result of other litigation.

      Three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled unanimously that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio lacked legal standing to sue over Obama’s drive to grant quasi-legal status and work permits to immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children and to illegal immigrant parents of U.S. citizens.

      Judge Nina Pillard wrote that Arpaio’s theories about how his office would be impacted by the programs (known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) were too speculative to allow him to press forward with the case. She said Arpaio’s central claim was that more illegal immigrants would be drawn to the U.S. and jailed in his county because they believe they might be eligible for Obama’s deferred action plans, even though they are not.

      “Sheriff Arpaio’s allegations that DACA and DAPA will cause unlawful immigration to increase are conjectural and conclusory,” Pillard wrote. “Sheriff Arpaio’s contention is, at bottom, premised on the speculative prediction that DACA and DAPA will create incentives on third parties to behave in misinformed or irrational ways that would harm him.”

      Pillard also disputed Arpaio’s claim that the new policies would result in greater costs for jailing illegal immigrants who are permitted to remain in the U.S. and go on to be arrested for crimes. In fact, she said, the programs were likely to reduce his costs.

      “Sheriff Arpaio’s prediction of an increase in undocumented aliens committing crime runs contrary to the thrust of those policies,” she wrote. “The policies are designed to remove more criminals in lieu of removals of undocumented aliens who commit no offenses or only minor violations while here. To the extent that such predictions are possible, if the programs are successful by their own terms, the number of crimes committed by undocumented aliens in Maricopa County should drop.”

      For more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2015/08/court-rejects-suit-over-obama-immigration-moves-212385.html?hp=lc1_4

      • August 14, 2015

        Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz on D.C. Circuit Court Ruling Dismissing Immigration Lawsuit

        We are pleased that the D.C. Circuit did not allow Sheriff Arpaio’s lawsuit to stand in the way of commonsense measures to advance public safety and bring greater accountability to our immigration system. The court correctly recognized that the Constitution does not permit federal courts to hear lawsuits that rest on baseless speculation. As the district court properly observed, the deferred action programs that Sheriff Arpaio challenged represent the “valid exercise of prosecutorial discretion.” We will continue to work toward resolving the legal challenges so that the Administration can move forward with implementing all of the President’s commonsense immigration policies.

  3. GOP WRONG WAY

    Mitt Romney Vows to Veto Dream Act if President

    Dec 31, 2011 9:14pm By Emily Friedman – abcnews

    IOUX CITY, Iowa – Mitt Romney explicitly stated today that if he is elected president he would veto the Dream Act, legislation that would give permanent residency to some illegal immigrants who met certain criteria, such as having proof that they entered the country before age 16 or having a graduated from a U.S. high school.

    “The answer is yes,” said Romney, when asked if he’d veto the proposed legislation during a campaign stop at The Family Table restaurant in Le Mars, Iowa, Saturday afternoon.

    Romney, who has said before that he opposed the Dream Act, said tonight that he does not oppose at least one of the provisions in the Dream Act that would allow servicemen and woman to gain permanent residency.

    “I am delighted with the idea that people who come to this country and wish to serve in the military can be given a path to become permanent residents in this country,” he explained. “Those who serve in our military and fulfill those requirements I respect and acknowledge that path.”
    A Romney aide said that the former Massachusetts’ Governor opposes parts of the Dream Act that give a path to legalization to those who meet certain education achievements or portions of the legislation that would provide in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

    “For those that come here illegally the idea of giving them in state tuition credits or other special benefits I find to be the contrary to the idea of the nation of law,” Romney said during his remarks in Le Mars.

    “If I’m the president of the United States I want to end illegal immigration so we can protect legal immigration. I like legal immigration,” he added.

    Following Romney’s remarks, the Democratic National Committee’s Senior Adviser for Hispanic Affairs, Juan Sepulveda, said in a statement, “If there had been doubt in anyone’s mind-least of all, Hispanics in America, that Mitt Romney’s far-right views on immigration would make him the most extreme presidential nominee in recent memory, his statement today that he would veto the DREAM Act if he were president is appalling.”

    David Axelrod, President Obama’s campaign adviser, followed up with a tweet calling Romney’s comments “wrong on principle & politics.”

    Source; http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/mitt-romney-vows-to-veto-dream-act-if-president/

    • Romney makes Pete Wilson his honorary California chairman

      2/7/12 By Josh Richman – bayareanewsgroup

      Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday announced the endorsement of former California Gov. Pete Wilson, and named him the Romney campaign’s honorary California chairman — a choice that might not sit well with Latino voters.

      “I’m honored to have Governor Pete Wilson‘s support, because he’s one of California’s most accomplished leaders. As governor of California from 1991 to 1999, he led California from the depths of recession to prosperous economic recovery,” Romney said in a news release.

      “Taking office with an inherited revenue gap of over $14 million, he left his successor a surplus of over $12.5 million,” Romney continued. “Pete persuaded Democratic Legislative majorities to enact dramatic tax and regulatory relief especially helpful to small businesses.”

      But some believe making Wilson the campaign’s honorary chair might alienate California Latino voters still embittered by Wilson’s support of Proposition 187 of 1994, which sought to create a state-run citizenship screening system and bar undocumented immigrants from using health care, public education and other social services.

      Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said Romney “is getting really bad campaign advice.”

      “Anybody on the ground in California who was hoping to peel away Latino voters in a general election wouldn’t put Pete Wilson front and center,” Vargas said. “To me it’s baffling.

      Meg Whitman learned what a mistake that was for her to do the same in 2010 when she ran for governor — it certainly didn’t work for her.”

      For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/presidentelect/ci_19906056?IADID

    • Kris Kobach Attends Mitt Romney Fundraiser

      5/11/2012 By Elise Foley – The Huffington Post

      Immigration hawk and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach attended a fundraising appearance by Mitt Romney Thursday, according to a pool report of the event from the Kansas City Star.

      Kobach is the author of Arizona’s contested immigration law, S.B. 1070, and is considered a leader in the anti-unauthorized immigration movement. He also says he is an informal adviser to the Romney campaign on immigration — some of Romney’s statements mirror Kobach’s views — a phrase the campaign backed away from in April.

      The campaign told Politico at the time that Kobach was a “supporter,” not an “adviser.” When the press continued to ask about his role, Kobach insisted nothing had changed and that he still gave advice to the Romney campaign.

      It’s not clear what prompted the confusion over Kobach’s role, but it came at a time when Romney was beginning to shift toward campaigning for the general election, when far-right stances on immigration are less likely to sway voters in his direction.

      Although the campaign says it has been consistent on immigration, Romney has noticeably de-emphasized his stance on the matter — he told a Colorado reporter this week that he wanted to talk about “issues of significance” when asked about immigration and social issues — as the general election approaches.

      An official at the Republican National Committee said on Tuesday that Romney is still deciding his immigration stance for the general election. She later said that she had mispoken. The campaign and the RNC responded that Romney’s positions on immigration are clear.

      Still, associating with Kobach could be damaging to Romney politically as he attempts to attract Latino voters, a majority of whom oppose S.B. 1070.

    • Rick Perry Booed While Talking About Latino Outreach

      MARCH 14, 2013 BENJY SARLIN 3:52 PM EDT- tpm

      CPAC has seen a host of pro-immigration speakers Thursday, but Rick Perry apparently was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the audience.

      “Now, the popular media narrative — is that this country has shifted away from conservative ideals, as evidenced by the last two presidential elections,” Perry said. “That is what they say. That might be true if Republicans had actually nominated conservative candidates in 2008 and 2012. That might be true. But now we are told our party must shift appeal to the growing Hispanic demographic.”

      At “growing Hispanic demographic” Perry was greeted with an instant smattering of boos. But the crowd came around as he went on to suggest that an economic message, not immigration, was what was needed to win over Hispanic voters.

  4. AFL-CIO to ramp up attacks on GOP ticket over Medicare, taxes

    8/13/12 06:00 AM ET By Debbie Siegelbaum – TheHill

    The super-PAC representing the nation’s largest labor federation intends to ramp up their efforts targeting presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

    AFL-CIO affiliated super-PAC Workers Voice has been an outspoken opponent of Romney’s policies for months, but on Monday the PAC promised to increase its protests against the former Massachusetts governor and Wisconsin congressman regarding their stances on Medicare and tax cuts.

    “Up to now we have had working families outside all of Romney’s events protesting his outsourcing policies at Bain,” according to a PAC statement. “We’re now going to expand that message to incorporate Ryan and the plan to end Medicare . . . What Romney and Bain did to middle class families and companies, Romney [and] Ryan want to do to all Americans with their plan to end Medicare.”

    For more: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/243305-afl-cio-to-ramp-up-attacks-on-gop-ticket-over-medicare-taxes

  5. Romney Taps Medicare-Slashing Paul Ryan as VP Pick

    AUGUST 11, 2012 BY CYNTHIA MCCABE – afscme.org

    Congressman Paul Ryan, the architect of a budget plan raising taxes on the middle class to cut them for the rich, is Mitt Romney’s pick for the vice presidential spot on the GOP presidential ticket.

    Mitt Romney calls Ryan’s budget plan ‘marvelous,’ even as it attacks working families, slashing benefits or ending Medicaid coverage for millions of Americans. Romney wants to convert Medicaid into a federal block grant administered by states. That will have devastating consequences for the economy.

    Ryan also targets current and future retirees with his plans to gut Medicare as we know it, converting it to a voucher system. The plan weakens a crucial social safety net program that older Americans rely on.

    President Obama said of the inequity of Ryan’s budget plan:

    ”When you go through this budget, the vision that it portrays is of an America where everybody is fending for themselves, a few are doing very well at the top, and everybody else is struggling to get by.”

    Want to know more about the man Romney backs? Read this.

  6. Romney’s Plan: Tax Hikes for the Middle Class Families, Cuts for Millionaires

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012 seiu

    WASHINGTON, DC – Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after the release of a study by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center showing that Mitt Romney’s tax plan would cut taxes for the wealthy and stick middle class families with a higher tax bill:

    “Mitt Romney’s tax plan is a slap in the face to working families. At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet, he is proposing a tax hike for them while giving the top 5 percent of earners a tax cut? This approach defies commonsense and ignores the fact that we have tried the trickle down approach and it does not work. Tax cuts for the wealthy only contribute to income inequality and explode our budget deficit.

    “We look forward to hearing Mitt Romney defend his tax plan when he talks to everyday Americans on the campaign trail.”

    With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers–not just corporations and CEOs–benefit from today’s global economy. http://www.seiu.org

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    Mitt Romney’s fairytale notion of income inequality

    Published on Jul 24, 2012 by SEIU

    This week, the U.S. Senate will vote on “The Middle Class Tax Cut Act” which would extend tax cuts for families making below $250,000 and allow tax giveaways to the top 2% of earners to expire. Mitt Romney opposes this bill and supports tax giveaways to the rich. In his fairy tale world, efforts to make wealthy Americans pay their fair share are driven by the politics of “envy.”

  7. An election about Medicare

    By Steve Benen – Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT

    Thomas Nephew/Flickr

    There’s an awful lot wrong with Paul Ryan’s congressional Republican budget plan, but there’s one flaw in particular that tends to stand out: it would end the existing Medicare program, replacing it with a voucher scheme. The American mainstream tends to consider this a very bad idea.

    It’s also why Democrats were so pleased when Mitt Romney made Ryan his running mate — Dems are eager to tell voters, “Don’t vote for the ‘Kill Medicare’ ticket.”

    Team Romney, of course, are well aware of the problem, but have a plan to address it: muddle the waters and hope voters can’t tell the difference. Democrats will say, “The Romney-Ryan plan guts Medicare”; Republicans will say, “Nuh uh, Obama’s plan guts Medicare”; and the electorate (if the GOP strategy works) won’t know who to believe.

    Indeed, this fight got underway on Saturday morning, when Romney, in his speech introducing Ryan, said President Obama “cut Medicare funding by $700 billion.” The former governor pushed a similar line last night on “60 Minutes.”

    Both sides claim to be helping Medicare, and both sides say their rivals are hurting Medicare. Only one is being cynically, breathtakingly dishonest, but since it’s easy to get confused, let’s set the record straight.

    President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, recognizing Medicare’s long-term financing challenges, found significant savings in the program. What kind of savings? As Sahil Kapur noted, they come “largely in the form of reduced payments to hospitals, discounts on Medicaid prescription drugs, and pay cuts to private insurers under Medicare Advantage.”

    The savings help extend the financial health of the Medicare program — without touching Medicare benefits — and were endorsed by the AARP. What’s more, the savings go “back into the pockets of people who need help with their medical bills,” not to pay for tax cut for millionaires.

    Romney now wants voters to believe these “cuts” are evidence that Obama is “gutting” Medicare. The Republican must realize he’s lying — the savings strengthen the Medicare system. Indeed, Paul Ryan’s own budget plan embraces the identical savings. If Obama wants to “cut Medicare funding by $700 billion,” then Romney’s own running mate also wants to “cut Medicare funding by $700 billion” — and then some.

    And that leads us to the Ryan plan for Medicare.

    For more; http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/13/13258482-an-election-about-medicare?lite

  8. FACT CHECK: PAUL RYAN FALSELY CLAIMS REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD FIX THE DEFICIT

    APR 01, 2012 dccc.org

    On CNN State of the Union today, House Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-01) falsely claimed the House Republican budget reduces the deficit, saying, “we put solutions that actually fix the problem.” He also made a similar claim during an appearance on ABC’s This Week, by stating “we’re doing something about” the deficit.

    In reality, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House Republican budget would add $3.1 trillion to the deficit, greater what the deficit would be under current law, while it ends Medicare and raises health care costs for seniors. Ryan’s plan fails to reduce the debt as it gives a $394,000 tax cut for people making over $1 million a year according to the Tax Policy Center.

    FACT CHECK

    Congressional Budget Office: Ryan’s Plan Adds $3.1 Trillion to the Deficit; Adds More to the Deficit than Under Current Law.
    ( The Hill, 3/20/12,/a>)

    Ryan’s Plan Proposes Nearly $10 Trillion in Tax Cuts
    [
    Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/22/12; see also: Tax Policy Center Table T12-0075]

    House Republican Budget Would Give People Making Over $1 Million Per Year a $394,000 Tax Cut
    [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; see also Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132]

    Ryan Budget Pads Big Oil’s Pockets with Senseless Subsidies
    [Center for American Progress, 3/20/12]

    Tax Expert Called Ryan’s Budget Plan Phony
    [Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/20/12]

    Star-Ledger: Ryan Punts on Deficit Reduction
    [Star-Ledger Editorial, 3/22/12

    Ledger: Ryan’s Budget Simply Isn’t Serious
    [The Ledger Editorial, 3/28/12]

    For the entire article: http://dccc.org/newsroom/entry/fact_check_paul_ryan_falsely_claims_republican_budget_would_fix_the_deficit/

  9. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Back to the Failed Top-Down Policies

    Published on Aug 11, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
    Learn more about Romney and Ryan: http://OFA.BO/hunUfC

    Paul Ryan is the mastermind behind the extreme GOP budget plan. It’s a plan Mitt Romney endorses.

    But what does that budget mean for America? The GOP budget plan hurts seniors, it hurts middle-class families, and it hurts students. All to pay for tax cuts for those at the top..

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: back to the failed top-down policies that crashed our economy.

    Learn more: http://OFA.BO/hunUfC

    • Paul Ryan Mis-Reads Catholic Teachings To Defend ‘Immoral’ Budget

      Published on Apr 27, 2012 by politicalarticles

  10. Ryan wants to give the wealthy even bigger tax cuts than Romney does

    August 11, 2012 at 10:54 am Posted by Suzy Khimm – washingtonpost

    In picking Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has doubled down on his own campaign promise to give big tax breaks to the wealthy, uniting himself with a candidate who goes even further to do so: While Romney would bring taxes for top incomes down to 28 percent, Ryan has proposed bringing the top rate down even lower, to 25 percent. Meanwhile, Ryan’s plan would actually increase the effective tax rate on the very poorest Americans by getting rid of tax breaks that benefit low earners.

    Under Ryan’s plan, the six tiers of tax rates would be simplified to two rates: 25 percent for higher earners and 10 percent for lower-earners. But the overall impact of the Ryan budget would still disproportionately benefit the wealthy. The top 20 percent would get a $13,907 tax cut in 2015, and the top 1 percent would get a whopping $155,808 tax break, according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center. By contrast, the bottom 20 percent of Americans would pay $159 more in taxes in 2015.

    That’s because the Ryan budget would get rid of tax breaks that benefit low-income Americans, including expansions of “the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and American Opportunity Tax Credit that were enacted in 2009,” according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. As a result, effective tax rates on those with incomes than $30,000 would actually go up, while going down for the wealthy, the CBPP concludes:

    paul-ryan-tax-plan

    For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/08/11/ryan-wants-to-give-the-wealthy-even-bigger-tax-cuts-than-romney-does/

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    AXELROD: President Obama Strengthening Medicare, Romney-Ryan Would Weaken It

    Published on Aug 12, 2012 by DemRapidResponse
    8/12/12

    • August 13, 2012

      10:00 A.M. CDT

      President Obama Speaks NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” Rover Team via Telephone

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody.

      DR. ELACHI: Good morning, Mr. President.

      THE PRESIDENT: Who am I speaking with?

      DR. ELACHI: This is Charles Elachi, the director of JPL. And we have a room full of the mission operation personnel. This is “Curiosity” Mission Operation on Mars.

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, it is great to talk to all of you. And I just want you to know that we could not be more excited about what you’ve been doing.

      Somebody asked me the other day whether you’ve already found Martians. (Laughter.) I told them we have to give you a little bit of time. But we know you’re all hard at work and you’re getting some well-deserved rest after a successful landing. And I just wanted to call and say congratulations to the entire Mars Science Laboratory team, and really all of JPL, on last Monday’s incredible success.

      Through your dedicated efforts, “Curiosity” stuck her landing and captured the attention and imagination of millions of people not just across our country, but people all around the world, including Times Square. And what you did on Mars was incredibly impressive. Those 76 pyrotechnics going off in perfect succession and the 500,000 lines of code working exactly the way you guys had ordered them — so it’s really mind-boggling what you’ve been able to accomplish. And being able to get that whole landing sequence to work the way you did is a testimony to your team.

      I especially want to congratulate Charles Elachi, the head of JPL; the entry descent and landing lead, Adam Steltzner, who helped devise the final step of this amazing descent — the Sky Crane System. What you’ve accomplished embodies the American spirit, and your passion and your commitment is making a difference. And your hard work is now paying dividends, because our expectation is that “Curiosity” is going to be telling us things that we did not know before and laying the groundwork for an even more audacious undertaking in the future, and that’s a human mission to the Red Planet.

      I understand there’s a special Mohawk Guy that’s working on the mission. (Laughter.) He’s been one of the many stars of the show last Sunday night. And I, in the past, thought about getting a Mohawk myself — (laughter) — but my team keeps on discouraging me. And now that he’s received marriage proposals and thousands of new Twitter followers, I think that I’m going to go back to my team and see if it makes sense. (Laughter.)

      DR. ELACHI: That’s going to be the new fashion at JPL. (Laughter.)

      THE PRESIDENT: It does sound like NASA has come a long way from the white shirt, black dark-rimmed glasses and the pocket protectors. (Laughter.) You guys are a little cooler than you used to be. (Laughter.)

      As all of you know, my administration has put a big focus on improving science and technology, engineering and math education. And this is the kind of thing that inspires kids across the country. They’re telling their moms and dads they want to be part of a Mars mission — maybe even the first person to walk on Mars. And that kind of inspiration is the byproduct of work of the sort that you guys have done.

      So not only do I want to congratulate the team, I want to call out a few of the leaders of the group, including Adam, but also Peter Theisinger, Richard Cook, John Grotzinger, John Grunsfeld. And I’d like to congratulate and thank all of our international partners — Spain, Russia, Germany, France, Canada, Italy, Japan, Australia — all of them contributed, I know, to the instrumentation “Curiosity” landed on Martian surface — and all the scientists who are part of the JPL team.

      So you guys have done an outstanding job. You made us all proud. You’ve made NASA proud. You guys are examples of American know-how and ingenuity, and it’s really an amazing accomplishment. So we can’t wait to start hearing back from “Curiosity” and finding out what’s going on. We’re fortunate to be part of a society that can reach beyond our planet and explore frontiers that were only imagined by our ancestors. So it’s inspiring to all of us.

      I’m going to give you guys a personal commitment to protect these critical investments in science and technology. I thank you for devoting your lives to this cause. And if, in fact, you do make contact with Martians, please let me know right away. (Laughter.) I’ve got a lot of other things on my plate, but I suspect that that will go to the top of the list. (Laughter.) Even if they’re just microbes, it will be pretty exciting. (Laughter.)

      DR. ELACHI: Well, thank you, Mr. President. And on behalf of all us at NASA, we thank you for taking the time to give us a call. And, hopefully, we inspired some of the millions of young people who were watching this landing. Thank you again.

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, you’ve already inspired us, but I know that the photographs that are going to start coming back are going to be remarkable and amazing. And, again, you guys should be remarkably proud. Really what makes us best as a species is this curiosity that we have and this yearning to discover and know more, and push the boundaries of knowledge. And you are perfect examples of that, and we couldn’t be more grateful to you.

      So, congratulations. Keep up the great work.

      DR. ELACHI: Thank you very much. And have a good day.

      THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Bye-bye, guys. (Applause.)

      END 10:08 A.M. CDT

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      President Obama Calls Curiosity Team – Wants Mohawk

      Published on Aug 13, 2012 by VideoFromSpace

      Praise from the President of the United States — and a joke about Flight Director Bobak Ferdowsi viral hair style — were bestowed on the Mars Science Laboratory team. Pres. Obama underlined the programs importance for science and education.

    • President Obama to Call NASA’s Mars Rover Team Today

      8/13/12 http://www.nasa.gov

      PASADENA, Calif. – President Barack Obama will congratulate members of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT) this morning.

      Audio of the call and video of the JPL team’s portion of the call will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. It will also be streamed live to http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl .

      President Obama’s call comes a week after Curiosity landed on the Red Planet. Curiosity carries the most advanced science payload ever used on Mars’ surface. During the next two years, it will use its 10 instruments to investigate whether conditions have been favorable for microbial life and for preserving clues in the rocks about possible past life.

      Curiosity was designed, developed and assembled at JPL, which also is where the rover’s mission control is located.

      For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv .

      For more information about NASA’s Curiosity mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mars and http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl .

      The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.

  12. 11: 35 AM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama makes her third visit to the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    • Michelle Obama’s in Town, Talking Olympics & Life at the White House with Jay Leno

      First lady Michelle Obama wraps up her two-day Southland visit today with appearances at a fundraiser and on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” But don’t worry, Los Angeles. An “Obamajam” is not expected today.

      City News Service reports Obama will chat with moon-faced Leno about two intriguing subjects: “leading the U.S. delegation for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and life at the White House.” Her visit to the NBC late-night talk show’s stage marks her third appearance on the show.
      Earlier in the day, Obama will speak at her third fundraising event in two days for her hubby’s re-election campaign.

      Obama spoke at two fundraisers on Sunday, “recounting her husband’s accomplishments and asking those in attendance for further help on his re-election campaign,” says CNS. She first appeared at a “Sunday of Fun” fundraising reception at Gwen Stefani’s home, where tickets started at $2,500 for a family of four. A star-studded crowd of 400 listened to the first lady’s remarks.

      Sunday’s second fundraiser was held at Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer’s house near the Getty Museum. Though the 100-person crowd was smaller than the day’s earlier event, the ticket price was even steeper at $2,500 per person. CNS highlighted Obama’s speech: “She recalled her upbringing in Chicago, discussed the passage of the health care act, efforts to reduce the cost of college, and attempts to pass what has been dubbed as the DREAM Act, which would give conditional permanent residence to illegal immigrants who arrived in the country as minors and met other requirements.”

      Proceeds from all events benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.

      • First Lady Jokes About Olympic Moment on Leno

        Published on Aug 14, 2012 by AssociatedPress

        Appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, First lady Michelle Obama talked about cheering Team USA at the London Olympics. She joked about a photo that shows her being picked up in the air by a female American athlete. (Aug. 14)

      • Michelle Obama most proud of health care

        Published on Aug 13, 2012 by CBSNewsOnline

        In an appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno on Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama explained why she’s most proud of health care reform in her husband’s first term.

      • Michelle Obama Jokingly Scolds Gabby Douglas

        Published on Aug 14, 2012 by enews

        On a visit to “The Tonight Show” the first lady isn’t happy the gymnast celebrated her Olympic wins with fast food. Get the scoop.

    • Michelle Obama heads back to Leno’s stage

      8/7/12 Associated Press – 20 hrs ago

      BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Michelle Obama is headed back to Jay Leno’s stage.

      NBC announced Monday that the first lady will make her third appearance on “The Tonight Show” on Aug. 13 to talk about the London Olympics and life with President Barack Obama and their children at the White House.

      On her last stopover in January, the first lady promoted her “Let’s Move!” campaign to get kids excited about fitness and healthy eating habits.

      She managed to convince vegetable-hating Leno to nibble on apples, sweet potato fries and a pizza made with eggplant, green peppers and zucchini.

      In London, she played a little tennis with kids, handed out some hugs and posed for photos with strapping athletes as she formally began her stint leading the U.S. Olympics delegation.

    • August 13, 2012
      Remarks by the President at Campaign Event — Council Bluffs, IA

      Bayliss Park
      Council Bluffs, IA

      11:32 A.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Iowa! (Applause.) It’s good to be back! (Applause.) Well, it is good to be back in Iowa! (Applause.) I miss you guys.

      AUDIENCE: Obama! Obama! Obama!

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you!

      First of all, can everybody please give Patricia a big round of applause for the great introduction? (Applause.) A couple other people I want to acknowledge — your outstanding former governor, now I think the best Secretary of Agriculture we’ve ever had — Tom Vilsack. (Applause.) Congressman Leonard Boswell. (Applause.) And Mayor Tom Hanafan. (Applause.)

      See, the sun is coming out — (applause.) I love being back in Iowa. Now, we’re starting here in Council Bluffs, but we’re going to be heading east and I think I’m going to end at the State Fair. (Applause.) Michelle has told me I cannot have a fried Twinkie. (Laughter.) But I will be checking out the butter cow and I understand this year there’s a chocolate moose. (Laughter.) So I’m going to have to take a look at that if I can.

      The last time I went to the State Fair, Secret Service let me do the bumper cars, but they said this year — I wasn’t President yet, so I could do that. (Laughter.) But not this time.

      Now, before I get started, I just want to say a few words about the drought, because it’s had such an impact on this state and all across the country. Right now folks here in Iowa and across the heartland, we’re suffering from one of the worst droughts in 50 years. Farmers, ranchers depend on a good crop season to pay the bills and put a roof over their heads. And I know things are tough right now.

      The best way to help these states is for the folks in Congress to pass a farm bill that not only helps farmers and ranchers respond to natural disasters, but also makes some necessary reforms and gives farmers and ranchers some long-term certainty.

      Unfortunately, right now, too many members of Congress are blocking the farm bill from becoming law.

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: I am told that Governor Romney’s new running mate, Paul Ryan, might be around Iowa the next few days — he is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way.

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities. We’ve got to put politics aside when it comes to doing the right thing for rural America and for Iowa. (Applause.)

      Now, it’s always a problem waiting for Congress. So in the meantime, I’ve made sure my administration, led by Tom Vilsack, is doing everything we can to provide relief to those who need it. So last week, we announced $30 million to help ranchers and farmers get more water to livestock and rehabilitate land affected by drought.

      And today, we’re announcing that the federal government will help livestock producers by purchasing over $150 million worth of meat and fish right now, while prices are low — we’ll freeze it for later, but — we’ve got a lot of freezers. (Laughter.) And that way, that will help ranchers who are going through tough times right now, and also, over the long term, obviously that food is going to be spent by folks at the Pentagon and other places.

      America depends on farmers and ranchers to put food on the table; depends on farmers and ranchers to feed our families. So we’ve got to be there for them — not just today, but tomorrow, and every day until this drought passes — because we are Americans, that’s what we do. We take care of each other. And when tough times strike our neighbors, we give them a hand. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/13/remarks-president-campaign-event-council-bluffs-ia

      • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Meat Purchase to Assist Livestock Producers Impacted by Drought; Bolster Federal Nutrition Programs

        WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2012 – As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to do everything it can to help farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and communities being impacted by the nation’s persistent drought, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA’s intent to purchase up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken, and catfish for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including food banks. The purchase will help relieve pressure on American livestock producers during the drought, while helping to bring the nation’s meat supply in line with demand while providing high quality, nutritious food to recipients of USDA’s nutrition programs.

        “President Obama and I will continue to take swift action to get help to America’s farmers and ranchers through this difficult time,” said Vilsack. “These purchases will assist pork, catfish, chicken and lamb producers who are currently struggling due to challenging market conditions and the high cost of feed resulting from the widespread drought. The purchases will help mitigate further downward prices, stabilize market conditions, and provide high quality, nutritious food to recipients of USDA’s nutrition programs.”

        Today, USDA announced its intention to purchase up to $100 million of pork products, up to $10 million of catfish products, up to $50 million in chicken products, and up to $10 million of lamb products for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including food banks. Through the Emergency Surplus Removal Program, USDA can use Section 32 funds to purchase meat and poultry products to assist farmers and ranchers who have been affected by natural disasters. The pork, lamb and catfish purchases are based on analyses of current market conditions. A major factor affecting livestock producers is the value of feed, which is currently running high because of the drought.

        USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchases a variety of high-quality food products each year to support the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. USDA also makes emergency food purchases for distribution to victims of natural disasters. Government food experts work to ensure that all purchased food is healthful and nutritious. Food items are required to be low in fat, sugar and sodium. The commodities must meet specified requirements and be certified to ensure quality. AMS purchases only products of 100 percent domestic origin.

        For more; http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2012/08/0271.xml&navid=NEWS_RELEASE&navtype=RT&parentnav=LATEST_RELEASES&edeployment_action=retrievecontent

    • Enduring Drought, Farmers Draw the Line at Congress

      Published: August 12, 2012 By JENNIFER STEINHAUER – nytimes

      THURMAN, Iowa — John Askew pulled at a soybean pod and revealed two anemic beans dappled with stem rot, the harvest of a too hot sun and too little rain. Representative Tom Latham peered in and shook his head.

      “We need a farm bill — that’s the first thing,” said Mr. Askew, whose family has farmed here for six generations. Mr. Latham, a Republican, agrees.

      But House leaders, including Speaker John A. Boehner, who popped into Iowa on Friday night to promote Mr. Latham’s re-election campaign, have been unable to muster the votes.

      A summer drought that has destroyed crops, killed livestock and sent feed prices soaring is now extracting a political price from members of Congress, who failed to agree on a comprehensive agriculture bill or even limited emergency relief before leaving Washington for five weeks.

      Farmers are complaining loudly to their representatives, editorial boards across the heartland are hammering Congress over its inaction, and incumbents from both parties are sparring with their challengers over agricultural policy.

      In Minnesota, Senator Amy Klobuchar and her Republican Party-endorsed opponent, Kurt Bills, disagreed sharply in their first face-to-face debate over what a farm bill should contain. In Missouri, Senator Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, Representative Todd Akin, defended their positions before the state farm bureau’s political unit.

      Representative Leonard L. Boswell, Mr. Latham’s Democratic opponent in a newly drawn district, said, “Every time I get out there, people keep asking me: ‘What happened to the farm bill? Why don’t we have a farm bill?’ ”

      In Arkansas, the Democratic Party paid for an automated call by a farmer imploring rural voters to pester Representative Rick Crawford, a Republican, about the unfinished farm business. Representative Kristi Noem, Republican of South Dakota, took heat back home for backing away from a petition sponsored by Democrats that would have forced the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill to the floor.

      “We would have much preferred they pass the House bill,” said Michael Held, the chief executive of the South Dakota Farm Bureau.

      For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/us/politics/drought-driven-voters-vent-anger-over-farm-bill.html?pagewanted=all

      • Obama Casts Ryan As Face Of Do-Nothing Congress

        AUGUST 13, 2012, 11:09 AM EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO
        – tpm

        Rep. Paul Ryan’s inclusion on the ticket gives Democrats a chance to talk endlessly about Ryan’s budget plan, a prospect they relish. But President Obama is also seizing on another opening: congressional Republicans are immensely unpopular, and he is already using Ryan as an opportunity to highlight the House GOP’s refusal to pass major legislation.

        It’s a point Obama will hammer Monday during an appearance in swing-state Iowa, where he’ll lambast Ryan for “standing in the way” of a farm bill that would bring much-needed drought relief (emphasis added):

        Right now folks here in Iowa and across the heartland are suffering from one of the worst droughts in 50 years. Farmers and ranchers depend on a good crop season to pay the bills and put a roof over their heads, and I know that things are tough right now. “The best way to help these states is for leaders in Congress to pass a farm bill that not only helps farmers and ranchers respond to natural disasters, but also makes necessary reforms and gives them some long-term certainty. But right now, too many members of Congress are blocking that bill from becoming law. Now, I’m told Governor Romney’s new running mate might be around Iowa these next few days. And he’s one of those leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities. It’s time to put politics aside and pass it right away.

        The House GOP’s willingness to obstruct legislation favored by Democrats and even moderate Republicans is one reason why conservatives love Ryan so much. It’s also a reason that Democrats are so ready to run against him. Romney is now not only tied to Ryan’s budget, but the Congress Ryan has a role in leading.

      • Fiscal cliff is now the best shot for farm bill, agriculture lobbyists say

        10/27/12 04:24 PM ET By Erik Wasson – TheHill

        House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) caused a stir on Thursday when he seemed to indicate that a standalone farm bill would come to the House floor after the Nov. 6 election.

        But lobbyists said the remarks mean, at best, that a modified farm bill could be wrapped into a lame-duck bill dealing with expiring tax cuts and automatic spending cuts.

        “I’m committed to bring the issue to the floor and then to see a way forward so we can get the votes to pass (a bill),” Cantor said at a campaign event in Idaho.

        Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) seized on the remarks, saying, “I’m very pleased to hear that Majority Leader Cantor is now committed to bring the Farm Bill to the floor immediately after the election.”

        Republican aides, however, quickly made clear that Cantor was not expressing any new support for moving the farm bill as reported out of the House Agriculture Committee this summer.

        Washington farm lobbyists said that in the wake of Cantor’s comments, the last best hope for the 2012 farm bill to pass will be if it is riding on fiscal cliff legislation.

        For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/264393-fiscal-cliff-is-now-best-shot-for-farm-bill-lobbyists-say

    • August 13, 2012

      Remarks by the President at McIntosh Family Farms, Missouri Valley, Iowa

      McIntosh Family Farm
      Missouri Valley, Iowa

      1:10 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Today we are here at the McIntosh Family Farms, here in Missouri Valley, Iowa, and we just got a tour from Dean, Don, Richard and Roger. And like a lot of families in this area and across America, the McIntoshes are suffering under one of the worst droughts in 50 years.

      We’ve just been through the warmest 12-month period ever recorded, and right now more than 60 percent of the country is under drought conditions. It’s hot, it’s dry, and the summer is not over yet.

      Things are especially tough for farmers and ranchers, like the McIntoshes, who depend on a good growing season to pay the bills and keep a roof over their heads. The McIntosh family has been farming in the Missouri Valley for 96 years, so they’ve seen just about everything, but this is the worst drought they can remember in decades. As a result, their corn yield is off by about a third, and some of their neighbors in surrounding areas are struggling even worse.

      Here in Iowa, almost half of the corn crop and more than a third of the soybean crop is in poor or very poor condition. Livestock producers are having trouble feeding their herds. Crops and livestock are a $30 billion business in Iowa, and that’s a huge chunk of the economy that’s being put at risk. And states all across the heartland have it just as bad.

      Now, the best way to help these states is for Congress to act. They need to pass a farm bill that not only helps farmers and ranchers respond to natural disasters, but also makes necessary reforms and gives them some long-term certainty. But the folks suffering from this drought can’t wait for Congress to do its job. So in the meantime, I’ve made sure that my administration, under the leadership of Secretary Tom Vilsack, is doing everything we can to provide relief to those who need it.

      I’ve directed the Department of Agriculture and the Small Business Administration to help give farmers and small businesses across 32 states access to low-interest emergency loans. We’ve opened up federal land for grazing. We’re working with insurance companies to give farmers a short grace period on their premiums, since money will be tight for a lot of families at the end of the crop year. And last week, we announced another $30 million to help get more water to livestock and restore land affected by the drought.

      Today we’re going to go even further, and we’re focusing on helping people who make their living by bringing cattle, pigs, sheep, and other animals to market. The way things work right now, farmers who raise crops are eligible for subsidized insurance to help cushion the blow if disaster strikes. But livestock producers don’t have that option. So when grasslands dry up and they’ve got to sell their animals early, it’s a huge financial blow and can affect markets all across the country. We can make a difference, though, and here’s what we’re going to do.

      It turns out that the federal government buys a lot of meat for military bases, hospitals, colleges, food banks and cafeterias. And because of the drought, there are a lot of folks out there that are trying to sell meat right now. So just like you might buy more chicken when it’s on sale and freeze it, we are going to stock up. Prizes are low; farmers and ranchers need help; so it makes sense. It makes sense for farmers who get to sell more of their product, and it makes sense for taxpayers who will save money because we’re getting food we would have bought anyway at a better price.

      And we’re not just talking about a few strips of bacon here. Today the Department of Agriculture announced that it will buy up to $100 million worth of pork products, $50 million worth of chicken, and $20 million worth of lamb and farm-raised catfish. And the Department of Defense, which bought about 94 million pounds of beef and 64 million pounds of pork last year, will encourage their vendors to buy more now and freeze if for later.

      Understand this won’t solve the problem. We can’t make it rain. But this will help families like the McIntoshes in states across the country, including here in Iowa. And we’re going to keep doing what we can to help because that’s what we do. We are Americans. We take care of each other. And when our neighbors hit a rough patch, we step up and help out.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/13/remarks-president-mcintosh-family-farms-missouri-valley-iowa

  13. First lady tapped as women’s website guest editor

    8/13/12 By LYNN ELBER | Associated Press – 5 hrs ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Obama is turning online editor for a week.

    A website for women, iVillage, said Monday the first lady has agreed to serve as a guest editor, focusing on back-to-school issues.

    Mrs. Obama has been working with iVillage staff members to address challenges, including healthy eating for students and how to balance busy family schedules, the site said.

    “We shared all kinds of stories (both success stories and cautionary tales) and tips about how to help our kids be healthy and succeed this school year,” and now iVillage visitors will have a chance to add to the discussion, Mrs. Obama said in a statement.

    She’ll be featured in a video interview running throughout the week and has created and curated articles and other content, some drawing on her “Let’s Move!” initiative to get kids interested in fitness and good nutrition, iVillage said.

    Personal anecdotes and previously unseen family photos will offer a peek at how Mrs. Obama handles the start of the school year.
    The “Rev up Your Back-to-School Routine” series with the first lady begins Aug. 20 on iVillage, part of NBCUniversal.

    Mrs. Obama is the first in a series of guest editors, said Jodi Kahn, iVillage president. Other participants were not announced.

  14. Great topic, CR. This is the kind of issue that defines what kind of President PBO is and what kind of country we want to be.

  15. 4:30 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at a campaign fundraising
    Los Angeles, CA

    • August 13, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Campaign Event — Boone, IA

      Herman Park
      Boone, Iowa

      6:10 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Thank you! It’s good to be back! Thank you so much. (Applause.) It is good to be back in Iowa, and it’s good to be back in Boone County! (Applause.)

      A couple of folks I want to acknowledge — first of all, your outstanding former governor and now I think the best Secretary of Agriculture we’ve ever had — Tom Vilsack. (Applause.) A great friend of mine, my co-chair for my campaign when I was just getting started in 2007-2008 — he took a risk on me when nobody could pronounce my name — Tom Miller is in the house, Attorney General of the great state of Iowa. (Applause.) And please give Dave a big round of applause for the great introduction. (Applause.)

      Dave may have mentioned he is a music teacher. And I told him that Malia and Sasha have been practicing their piano. (Laughter.) And Malia plays a little flute. But he mentioned that he thought — he had heard me sing, and he thought that I had really good pitch. (Applause.) So Dave says he’s got a band and maybe after I’m finished with the presidency, he said maybe I could be front man for the band. (Applause.) He said maybe I could be lead singer. That would be all right. (Applause.)

      But, listen, it is wonderful to be back in Iowa. It is wonderful to see some familiar faces and some good friends on a beautiful summer day. It was on your front porches and in some of your backyards where our movement for change started. (Applause.) We spent a lot of time in Iowa, and I felt like an adopted son of Iowa. (Applause.) We took bus tours all throughout the state — although I’ve got to admit the bus wasn’t as nice as the one I’ve got now. (Laughter.) And we went to school gyms and family farms and small businesses all across the state.

      But here’s the thing — our journey is not done. It’s not done. So I’m going to spend the next three days driving all the way across the state, just like we did in 2007 — from Council Bluffs all the way to the Quad Cities — (applause) — and I’m going to work just as hard, maybe harder, in this campaign as I did in the last one because the choice that you in November couldn’t be bigger.

      It is not just a choice between two candidates or two political parties. But more than any election in recent memory, this is a choice between two fundamentally different visions about how we move this country forward. (Applause.) And the direction that we choose — the direction that you choose when you walk into that voting booth in November is going to have an impact not just on your lives, but on the lives of these young people here, the lives of your children, the lives of your grandchildren for decades to come.

      Think about it. When we came together four years ago — and it wasn’t just Democrats, we had independents and some Republicans get involved — the idea was to restore the basic bargain that made this country great, the basic idea that says if work hard in this country then you can get ahead; that if you put in the effort and you are responsible, then you can find a job that pays the bills. You can have a home that you call your own. You won’t go bankrupt when you get sick. You can retire with some dignity and some respect. And maybe most importantly, you know that your kids can get a great education and they can dream bigger and do even better than you did. (Applause.)

      That is the core of the American Dream. That’s the American promise. (Applause.) Now, the problem is, is that we had gone through a decade where that promise wasn’t being met, it wasn’t being kept. So we had gone through a decade where jobs were being shipped overseas, where you were working harder but you were bringing in less. Costs of college, costs of health care were all going up — cost of food, cost of gas all were going up. We ran two wars on a credit card. Tax cuts we didn’t need and that didn’t create jobs. And it all culminated in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

      So we knew that meeting these challenges that had been building up for over a decade, that it wasn’t going to be easy. We knew it was going to take more than one year, or one term, or even one President. But what we also knew was that Americans are tougher than tough times. And so, even though this crisis that hit us in 2008 and 2009 was bad — even though a lot of folks lost their jobs and a lot of folks lost homes and a lot of folks lost savings, so that the middle class felt even more under the gun than they were before — what we knew was that the American people are resilient and we are tough. (Applause.)

      And so, for the last three and a half years we’ve rolled up our sleeves and we’ve worked hard. And small businesses have kept their doors open. And folks, even if they got laid off, they’ve retrained to find new jobs. And we created 4.5 million new jobs, half a million more in manufacturing. The auto industry is back on top. (Applause.)

      And so, we’ve made progress but we’ve got a lot more work to do. We’ve got a lot more work to do.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We can do it!

      THE PRESIDENT: We can do it. I agree. (Applause.) We can.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/13/remarks-president-campaign-event-boone-ia

  16. WH

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM

    10:15 AM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event
    The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Danville, VA

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:25 PM
    President Obama attends campaign event
    Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum, Oskaloosa, IA

    1:00 PM
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    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:15 PM
    Vice President Biden deliver remarks at a campaign event
    Spiller Elementary School, Wytheville, VA

    4:45 PM
    President Obama attends campaign event
    B.R. Miller Middle School, Marshalltown, IA

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:45 PM
    President Obama attends campaign event
    RiverLoop Amphitheatre at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA

    9:00 PM
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  17. Obama to talk wind energy in Iowa

    8/14/12 6:42 AM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    The president is expected to blast Mitt Romney on wind energy while campaigning in Iowa on Tuesday.

    “President Obama will push Congress to extend the production tax credit for wind energy companies right now to create American jobs and support American businesses and manufacturers, and highlight the clear choice Iowans have in this election on this critical issue,” a campaign official said. “In a moment when homegrown American energy like wind is creating new jobs in states like Iowa, Mitt Romney wants to end tax credits for wind energy producers. 37,000 jobs across this country that depend on wind energy – including 7,000 jobs in Iowa, more than in any other state.”

    Obama has stops planned in Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, and Waterloo. It is the second day of his three-day bus tour of the Hawkeye state.

  18. MItt Romney’s False Welfare Reform Attack Ads

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    Mitt Romney says he wants to run on the issues. But the ads he’s running are false welfare reform attack ads.

    Here’s what the reviews are saying about these ads:

    -“Politifact, gives this the rating as pants on fire, which means really really false.”
    -“No, absolutely no truth to it”
    -“Its another misleading ad about the President’s position on welfare reform”
    -“The actual wording, ‘under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work, you wouldn’t have to train for a job, they’d just send you a welfare check,’ that is not factually correct.”

    Mitt Romney says to take the campaign “out of the gutter”. Mr. Romney, take your own advice.

  19. Meet Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, the first openly gay U.S. general

    8/13/12 By Conor Skelding, Yahoo! News | The Lookout – 3 hrs ago

    Last week, Brigadier General Tammy Smith became the first openly gay officer of flag rank in the United States army. She was promoted in an Aug. 10 ceremony at Arlington at which Brig. Gen. Smith’s wife, Tracey Hepner, pinned the star onto her uniform.

    “While the [Dept. of Defense] position is that orientation is a private matter, participating with family in traditional ceremonies such as the promotion is both common and expected of a leader,” Smith said in a statement. “Looking at the photos of Tracey’s joy as she pins the star on my shoulder is a memory that will imprint my heart forever. Her support keeps me Army Strong.”

    Smith’s promotion came just under a year after the repeal of the controversial Clinton-era policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), which prohibited gays from openly serving in the military.

    Her new job has her serving as the Director of the Army Reserve Human Capital Core Enterprise (HCCE), overseeing the professional development and recruitment of Army Reserve soldiers.

    “There’s this idea that coming out can hurt your career,” says Joshuea Seefried, co-founder and co-director of Outserve, an association of active-duty LGBT personnel, “and [Brig. Gen. Smith] showed that it won’t.” Even though a majority of the rank and file opposed DADT before it was repealed, Smith’s promotion signifies an increased acceptance of gays in the military that goes beyond the actual law, Seefried says.

    Smith has “continued to pave the path” for gays in the military, partly by breaking the traditional mold “that you can only rise if you fit it,” he says.

    “It’s all about visibility,” he continued. “If we remain invisible, we are a myth. If we are visible, we show that we’re part of the team, and that we contribute.”

  20. Retail Sales In U.S. Increased More Than Forecast In July

    Aug 14, 2012 5:49 AM PT By Alex Kowalski -bloomberg

    Retail sales in the U.S. rose more than forecast in July as consumer spending rebounded at department stores, auto dealers and electronics outlets, easing some concern the biggest part of the economy was foundering.

    The 0.8 percent advance, the first gain in four months, followed a 0.7 percent decrease in June that was weaker than first reported, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington.
    Economists projected a 0.3 percent rise, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey. Sales excluding automobiles also climbed 0.8 percent.

    Improved sales at merchants such as Gap Inc. and TJX Cos. indicate American households are looking beyond the global economic slowdown as hiring improves. At the same time, joblessness in excess of 8 percent is keeping consumer spending from surging, consistent with the Federal Reserve’s view that economic growth will “remain moderate over coming quarters.”

    “We’re looking for consumption to pick up,” said Michael Carey, chief economist for North America at Credit Agricole CIB in New York. “There was improved consumer confidence in July plus job gains that were a little better than expected, which is certainly constructive for the household outlook.”

    Stock-index futures extended gains after the figures. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in September rose 0.3 percent to 1,406.5 at 8:48 a.m. in New York.

    Retail sales, which climbed the most since February, were projected to rise following June’s previously reported 0.5 percent drop, according to the Bloomberg survey. Estimates from the 85 economists surveyed ranged from a decrease of 0.2 percent to a gain of 0.8 percent.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-14/retail-sales-in-u-s-increased-more-than-forecast-in-july.html

  21. romney_flip-flop

    Mitt Romney Flip Flops

    I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.” Source

    “Roe v. Wade has gone too far.” Source

    “I don’t line up with the NRA.” Source

    “I’m a member of the [NRA].” Source

    “I like mandates. The mandates work.” Source

    “I think it’s unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front.” Source

    “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” Source

    “I never really called myself pro-choice.” Source

    “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” Source

    “I did not see it with my own eyes.” Source

    “I supported the assault weapon ban.” Source

    “I don’t support any gun control legislation.” Source

    “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” Source

    “There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” Source

    “I will work and fight for stem cell research.” Source

    “In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise.” Source

    “I would like to have campaign spending limits.” Source

    “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.” Source

    “Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.” Source

    “I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” Source

    “I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts.” Source

    “Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal account.” Source

    “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” Source

    “Ronald Reagan is… my hero.” Source

    “I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” Source

    “Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability.” Source

    “If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.” Source

    “What works in one state may not be the answer for another.” Source

    “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” Source

    “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there.” Source

    “It’s a tax cut for fat cats.” Source

    “I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero.” Source

    “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” Source

    “He’s going to pay, and he will die.” Source

    “Relative to the leading candidates, some people see me as being more conservative.” Source

    “I’m not the most conservative candidate.” “I’m not the most conservative candidate.” Source

    “The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.” Source

    “When government is… bailing out banks… we have every good reason to be alarmed.” Source

    “These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress.” Source

    “Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore.” Source

    “This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car.” Source

    ‘They’re not happy that my dog loves fresh air.” Source

    “Those… paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship.” Source

    “Amnesty only led to more people coming into the country.” Source

    “When I first heard of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, I thought it sounded awfully silly.” Source

    “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has worked well.” Source

    • GOP Mitt “The Lubricated Weathervane Candidate” Romney’s 18 Flip Flop Positions with Videos. Who is Mitt Romney and Can You Really Trust Him to be Your President?

      Posted: 13 Aug 2012 01:20 PM PDT TiMT

      Crossposted from ThisIsOurTime Blog

      How could one respect a candidate who is always opportunistic and an expert in double talking simply to win an election? I can respect a person who has conviction and dignity with a principle that is grounded even if it is different than my ideology but how could anyone truly think Mitt Romney who engage in over the top veiled deceit and absolute deception is a leader material?

      Mitt Romney has a truth problem and in fact he has said so many things through out his political career, I don’t think he has any position that can define who he really is which is a reason why I personally feel Mitt Romney is a very untrustworthy man. Not so long ago, his former 2012 presidential rival, Gov. John Hunstman called Romney, a “perfectly lubricated weathervane” accusing him of changing positions depending on which direction the wind blows.

      A must see Rachel Maddow program has picked up on Mitt Romney’s misleadership as shown below and I hope the rest of the MSM will catch up with her.

      For more: http://timtpost.com/2012/08/13/mitt-the-lubricated-weathervane-candidate-romneys-18-flip-flop-positions-with-videos-who-is-mitt-romney-and-can-you-really-trust-him-to-be-your-president/

  22. DJs for Obama

    Published on Aug 14, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
    Are you in? http://OFA.BO/sbveJT

    DJ Cassidy shares why he supports Presdident Obama and what you can do to help re-elect the President November 6th.

    • Chris Rock Rates Barack Obama’s Presidency on #SwayInTheMorning

      Published on Aug 14, 2012 by SwaysUniverse

  23. ‘Game of Thrones’ author knocks GOP

    George R.R. Martin, whose novels were adapted for the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” has penned an angry blog post about what he sees as “ongoing attempts at voter suppression in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and other states where Republicans and their Teabagger allies control key seats of power.”

    “It is one thing to attempt to win elections,” he writes. “But trying to do so by denying the most basic and important right of any American citizen to hundreds and thousands of people, on entirely spurious grounds… that goes beyond reprehensible. That is despicable.”

    Martin added that “it would really be nice if there were still some Republicans of conscience out there who would stand up and loudly denounce these efforts, a few men of honor and integrity for whom ‘win the election’ does not [mean] ‘win the election at any cost.’”

    • August 14, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Oskaloosa, Iowa

      Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum
      Oskaloosa, Iowa

      11:33 A.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Iowa! (Applause.) It is good to be back in Oskaloosa. (Applause.) It is good to see all of you. If you’ve got a chair, please feel free to take a seat. I want everybody to feel relaxed out here. It’s a beautiful summer day.

      I’ve been talking to some kids; I guess school starts up in a couple of days, so they were looking a little depressed. (Laughter.) But it’s okay. School is going to be great. I know you guys have had a great summer.

      Before I start, I just want to acknowledge an outstanding member of Congress who is fighting every day on behalf of the people of his district — Dave Loebsack is here. Give Dave a big round of applause. (Applause.) There he is. Thank you, Dave.

      It has been great to be back in Iowa. Back in 2007-2008, I was on your farms and in your backyards and on your porches. And that’s where our movement for change really began, right here in Iowa. (Applause.) And we spent a lot of time on bus tours like this one all across the state.

      And it was good also to be back at the Iowa State Fair, although when I was just a candidate, they let me go on the bumper cars. (Laughter.) And I went up on the Big Bend — you guys ever been on that, where they just shoot you up about 500 feet in the air? I was with Malia and I started screaming, and she looked at me, saying, come on, Dad, get it under control. (Laughter.) But it was terrifying. Anyway, Secret Service does not let me do that anymore. But I was still able to get a beer and a pork chop — (applause) — so I was pretty happy about that. I was pretty happy about that.

      Here’s the thing — I’m back because our journey is not done. We’re spending three days driving all the way across the state, just like we did in 2007 and 2008; we’re going from Council Bluffs all the way to the Quads, Quad Cities, because once again you face a critical choice in November. In some ways, this is even more important an election than 2008, because this choice could not be bigger.

      It’s not just a choice between two candidates. It’s not just a choice between two political parties. It is a choice between two fundamentally different visions of how America became great and how it’s going to stay great, two fundamentally different visions of the path we need to take for the future of our kids and our grandkids. (Applause.)

      And the direction that you choose when you walk into the voting booth in November, it’s going to determine not our lives next year or five years from now. It’s going to determine the future for decades to come for our kids and our grandchildren.

      Four years ago when we came together — and it wasn’t just Democrats, by the way; we had independents and we had some Republicans. We came together because a lot of us realized that the core idea, the basic bargain that made this country, was under threat. And it’s a basic bargain that says if you work hard in this country, you can get ahead; that if you take responsibility, than you can make it, and you can get into the middle class. You can feel a sense of security. That you can find a job that pays the bills and have a home you call your own. That you won’t go bankrupt when you get sick. That you can retire with dignity and respect. And most importantly, that you can give your kids a great education and they can do even better and dream even bigger than you ever imagined. That’s the American Promise. That’s the American Dream. That’s what we’ve been fighting for. (Applause.)

      Now, we knew restoring that basic idea wouldn’t be easy because we had just gone through a decade in which that bargain, that promise wasn’t being kept. Jobs had gotten shipped overseas. People were working harder, but making less, while the cost of everything from health care to college was going up. We fought two wars on a credit card, adding enormously to our debt. And all this culminated then in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

      And so, we knew this wasn’t going to be easy. And when the crisis hit in 2008 and 2009, millions of people all across this country — some of our friends and neighbors and family members — lost their jobs, lost their homes, lost their savings. And that made the American Dream even a little bit further out of reach.

      Now, I told you when I ran the first time that this was not going to be easy, restoring that bargain; that there weren’t any quick fixes to our solutions. But what I also insisted, and what I still believe, is we’ve got everything we need to solve these challenges. (Applause.) We have everything we need right here in America to make the middle class strong again.

      We’ve got the best workers in the world. (Applause.) We’ve got the best entrepreneurs in the world. (Applause.) Everybody knows we’ve got the best farms in the world. (Applause.) We’ve got the best scientists, the best researchers. We’ve got the best universities. We’ve got the best colleges. We are a young nation still, partly because we’re still a magnet for talent from all around the world. We’ve got the greatest diversity of talent and ingenuity of any other country.

      And so even though there are some people who like to talk about America in decline, or they try to paint things as dark as possible — especially during election season — there is no doubt in my mind that there’s not another country on Earth that wouldn’t gladly trade places with us. We’ve got everything we need to succeed. (Applause.)

      And most of all, what we’ve got is the American character. I’ve seen it over the last three and a half years. I see it in folks who lose their jobs at the age of 50 or 55 and they go back to a community college, studying hard, sitting next to 20-year-olds, and retrain, and suddenly they go back and they get a job in a new industry. Or the small business owner who could barely keep their doors open but decided, you know what, I’m not going to take a salary, I’m not going to take any pay, because I want to make sure my workers are taken care of because they’ve got families to support.

      All across America, it turns out Americans are tougher than any tough times. We are resilient, and we work hard, and we may get knocked down but we always get back up. That has been the character of America, and that character has not changed. (Applause.)

      And it’s because of that character that over the last three and a half years we’ve made some progress. We’re not all the way back to where we need to be, but we’ve created four and a half million new jobs — half a million new jobs in manufacturing. (Applause.) We have seen small businesses start to open back up. We’ve seen workers getting retrained and getting rehired. And so we’ve made progress.

      But our goal in 2007-2008 wasn’t just getting back to where we were before the crisis. Our goal was to make sure that we built an economy that lasts; where we built an economy where middle-class folks and folks aspiring to the middle class can succeed. That has been our goal. That’s what we’re still fighting for. We are not yet done, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States of America — because we’ve got more work to do. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/14/remarks-president-campaign-event-oskaloosa-iowa

    • Eric Palmer on Obama’s Visit to Oskaloosa

      Published on Aug 13, 2012 by CRIWPUTV

      Former Rep. Eric Palmer (D-Oskaloosa) gives his thoughts on Obama’s visit to Oskaloosa and why Iowa is such an important state for the campaign.

      • Preparations underway for presidential visit

        Published on Aug 13, 2012 by KTVOtv
        Oskaloosa prepares for Obama’s campaign stop Tuesday.

  24. “Understand this won’t solve the problem. We can’t make it rain,” the President said. “But this will help families like the McIntoshes in states across the country, including here in Iowa. And we’re going to keep doing what we can to help because that’s what we do. We are Americans. We take care of each other.”

  25. Paul Ryan’s Economic Policies Are Stuck in the 1980s: Mark Dow

    8/14/12 By Aaron Task | Daily Ticker – 5 hours ago

    “Game changer” is a fitting description of Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate. Saturday’s announcement has been widely hailed as a bold political choice that’s reinvigorated Romney’s campaign and shown him to be an effective executive who shrewdly oversaw the decision and kept the process a secret — no small feat in the era of the 24/7 news cycle.

    But good politics does not necessarily make for good policy. While Rep. Ryan gets credit for proposing solutions to the federal budget deficit — rather than just criticizing President Obama’s handling of the nation’s finances — he’s offering the wrong prescription for what ails America, according to Mark Dow, a former policy economist at the IMF and Treasury Department and author of the Behavioral Macro blog.

    “Just because rich guys will believe any economic theory that ends up in a tax cut doesn’t make it the right policy for the time — even if it will get you their vote,” he quips.

    In a nutshell, Dow says supply-side economics — the basis of Ryan’s budget proposals — will not work in today’s economy.

    For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/paul-ryan-economic-policies-stuck-1980s-mark-dow-130401012.html

  26. 4:15 PM ET
    Vice President Biden deliver remarks at a campaign event
    Spiller Elementary School, Wytheville, VA

  27. 4:45 PM ET
    President Obama attends campaign event
    B.R. Miller Middle School, Marshalltown, IA

  28. 8:45 PM ET
    President Obama attends campaign event
    RiverLoop Amphitheatre at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA

    • August 15, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Waterloo, Iowa

      RiverLoop Amphitheatre
      Waterloo Center for the Arts
      Waterloo, Iowa

      8:05 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Waterloo! (Applause.) What a beautiful evening here in Iowa! (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.) This is spectacular! It feels good to be back. (Applause.)

      A couple of acknowledgments I want to make — first of all, Mike is a pretty humble guy, but this is the Iowa Firefighter of the Year. Give him a big round of applause for that great introduction. (Applause.) We are proud of him, and every single firefighter that puts their life at risk for us. We are grateful to them.

      A couple other outstanding folks here — you’ve got your own Attorney General, Tom Miller, in the house. (Applause.) Congressman Bruce Braley is here. (Applause.) And Mayor Buck Clark is here. (Applause.) And all of you are here. (Applause.)

      Now, listen, if you’ve got a seat, feel free to sit down, because I’ve got some things to say. I’ve got some things to say. First of all, it is good to be back. Some of you may remember that one of my first stops after I announced for the presidency was right here in Waterloo. (Applause.) Back — way back when in 2007. I had no gray hair. (Laughter.) Maybe I had a little bit, but you couldn’t see it. (Laughter.) Now you can see it.

      But the reason that’s important, it’s worth reminding people, is because it was on your front, it was in your backyards, where our movement for change began. We spent a lot of time on bus tours like the one I’m taking right now — although the bus wasn’t as nice as it is now. (Laughter.) And we went to school gyms and family farms and small businesses across the state. And so it was pretty good being back here — yesterday I went to the State Fair and I had a pork chop and a beer. (Applause.) And it was good. (Laughter.) Today I just had a beer. (Laughter.) I didn’t get the pork chop. But the beer was good, too.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I’ll fry you a pork chop!

      THE PRESIDENT: You say you’ll fry me a pork chop, huh? (Laughter.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Four more beers?

      THE PRESIDENT: Somebody just said — it’s true, at the State Fair, instead of saying “four more years,” they were saying, “four more beers.” (Laughter.) So I bought him four more beers. (Laughter.) Told him he had to register to vote, though, to get one of the beers. (Laughter.)

      Now, here’s the thing. The reason I’m back — other than I just love being in Iowa — (applause) — the reason I’m back is because that journey we started in 2008, we’re not finished yet. (Applause.) So just like we did in 2007, we started over in Council Bluffs, and we are driving all the way to the Quads. And we want to make sure that everybody understands the choice that you face in November.

      And this choice could not be bigger, because it’s not just a choice between two candidates; it’s not just a choice between two parties. More than any recent election, more than 2008, this is a choice between two fundamentally different visions of where we need to go as a country.

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      THE PRESIDENT: And the direction that you choose when you walk into that voting booth in November, that’s going to have an impact not just on your lives, it will have an impact on your children and your grandchildren for decades to come.

      Now, remember why we came together in 2008. And it was Democrats and independents, but it was also some Republicans. It was because we saw that the basic bargain that built this country, that created the most prosperous economy the world has ever known, that basic bargain wasn’t being met. And let me tell you what that bargain is. It says that if you work hard, your work should be rewarded. (Applause.) It says that if you act responsibly and you put in enough effort, you can find a job that pays the bills. (Applause.) You can have a home that you call your own. You won’t go broke just because somebody in your family gets sick. You can retire with dignity and respect. (Applause.) And most importantly, you can give your kids a great education so they can dream even bigger and do even better than you did. (Applause.)

      That is the American promise. That is what made this country great. But the problem was, for a decade we had seen that bargain wasn’t being met. The promise wasn’t being kept. So we had seen a decade in which jobs were being shipped overseas, and wages and incomes for working people were going down — even though folks at the very top were doing very well — and the costs of everything from health care to college were going up. We ran two wars on a credit card. We went from surplus to deficit. So when I walked into office we already had a $1 trillion deficit. And it all culminated in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

      That’s the track record of the other party the last time they were in charge. And we knew that restoring the bargain that made this country great would not be easy. It was going to take more than one year, or one term, or even more than one President, but we knew we had to get started. And obviously it became that much harder when the middle class was hammered by this crisis, because a lot of folks lost jobs, lost homes, lost savings, and that American Dream seemed even further out of reach.

      But I told you there wouldn’t be any quick fixes, there wouldn’t be any easy solutions, but what I also promised you — and I absolutely believe this — is we’ve got everything we need to meet our challenges. (Applause.) Waterloo, we’ve still got the best workers in the world. (Applause.) And the best entrepreneurs in the world. We’ve got the best scientists, and the best researchers in the world. We’ve got the best farmers in the world. We’ve got the best colleges and universities in the world. (Applause.) We are still a young nation, full of promise, and we’ve got the greatest diversity of talent and ingenuity from every corner of the globe.

      So no matter what the naysayers say, no matter how dark they try to paint things when they’re running against me in an election, there is not another country on Earth that wouldn’t trade places with the United States of America. (Applause.) Because people around the world still believe that America is the place where, if you work hard, no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, you can still make it. (Applause.)

      That’s the idea that we are running to rebuild. That is the campaign. That is what my presidency is about. That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/15/remarks-president-campaign-event-waterloo-iowa

  29. August 14, 2012
    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Dominican Republic to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Danilo Medina

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Dominican Republic to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Danilo Medina on August 16, 2012.

    The Honorable Raul Yzaguirre, United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will lead the delegation.

    Members of the Presidential Delegation:

    The Honorable Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice

    The Honorable Liliana Ayalde, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State

  30. Nation’s Largest Teacher’s Union Prepares To Help DREAMers On Day One

    AUGUST 15, 2012, 12:44 PM EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO – tpm

    On the first day of President Obama’s new immigration rules for DREAM Act-eligible young people, the nation’s largest teacher’s union is preparing educators to help students who earn a reprieve work their way to permanent residency through schooling.

    “What an opportunity this is in this day and age of such divides and bickering back and forth. This is about American ideals, it’s a bipartisan issue. You don’t find many of those,” Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association told TPM. “And for us, the reason it’s so important is because what we’re talking about all of these new Americans and American immigrants, what we’re talking about is an opportunity for education.”

    On Wednesday night, Van Roekel will lead a town hall meeting with Hispanic activist groups and NEA members to educate them about how to help DREAM-eligible children of illegal immigrants now eligible to temporarily stay in the country apply for their new status. As the school year begins, the NEA will host a legal clinic with the American Immigration Lawyers Association to “provide legal assistance to DREAM students, their families, and community members in taking advantage of President Obama’s Deferred Action announcement.”

    The Republican Party, including Mitt Romney, has strongly objected to the Democratic version of the DREAM Act. (Some tepidly supported Sen. Marco Rubio’s watered-down version of the law, but Rubio abandoned the plan after Obama made his move.) The idea behind the law, allowing children raised in the U.S. as Americans by illegal immigrant parents who brought them here, enjoys broad public support. Romney’s continued promise to veto the version of the DREAM Act approved by the House in 2010 and kicked around Washington for years, along with Romney’s embrace of anti-immigration hardliners, has contributed to his terrible poll numbers with Hispanic voters, immigration advocates say.

    The NEA, which endorsed Obama’s reelection bid last year, is fully behind the president’s push for a DREAM Act, as well as his move to circumvent Congress to help it get off the ground. For Van Roekel, helping the DREAMers get their new benefits is a no-brainer.

    For more: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/nations-largest-teachers-union-embraces-obamas-dream-move-on-day-one.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    • Is ‘Deferred Action’ A Real Change For Ariz. Youth?
      Listen to the Story

      August 16, 2012 All Things Considered [4 min 35 sec]

      Summary: Wednesday, the U.S. government began a program to temporarily delay deportation for some undocumented youth. In response, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed an executive order denying public benefits to those granted deferred action. Melissa Block talks with undocumented activist Daniel Rodriguez about what deferred-action status will actually change for young people like himself in Arizona.

      For the audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/16/158943302/is-deferred-action-a-real-change-for-ariz-youth

    • Obama’s new program for young illegal immigrants: How is it going?

      More than 82,000 young illegal immigrants have applied for a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). But the November elections could be key to what happens next.

      October 9, 2012 By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Staff writer, Amanda Paulson, Staff writer / csmonitor

      When Jessica Lopez’s mother brought her to the United States illegally from Colombia, she was 6. She grew up in East Boston, constantly reminded that she had to hide her background.

      Now 19, her future is anything but certain. But she’s confident enough to take a course toward becoming a medical interpreter – a career aspiration that was totally impractical just a few months ago.

      Ms. Lopez is among more than 82,000 young people who have already applied for protection from possible deportation – and a work permit – under the new program announced by President Obama in June. Officially called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), it’s been colloquially known as DREAM Act-lite.

      Awaiting a criminal background check and final approval, Lopez is expecting to receive permission soon to stay and work in the country for two years, and then possibly renew and stay longer.

      “At the end of the day … we shouldn’t be known as illegal immigrants, because we didn’t choose to come here,” says the part-time student at Quincy College in Massachusetts. “I’ve lived in this country for 13 years, and it’s as much a part of me – you can double the amount of time I was in Colombia, and it’s still more [time spent] here.”

      QUIZ: Could you pass a US citizenship test?

      Caroline Carlson, a 19-year-old student at the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park, says she has some sympathy for children brought here by their parents, but the new policy of giving them work permits doesn’t sit well with her.

      “It makes me a bit nervous because the economy is in such a bad situation right now that I don’t even know if I’d be able to get a job when I graduate,” says Ms. Carlson, who is studying business and politics and is a vice president of the UMD College Republicans. “I think preference should be given to US citizens first before we give [illegal immigrants] an advantage when it comes to entering the workforce.”

      For proponents, DACA is a common-sense way to remove the fear of deportation for young people who came here through no choice of their own and essentially feel American. It’s also a watershed victory that encourages them to push a broader agenda.

      For opponents, it’s a type of “amnesty” – akin to hanging a big welcome sign at the border and undermining the basic rule of law.

      The debate shows once again how divided Congress has been on immigration issues. An operational memo from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano set up DACA after Congress, in 2010, defeated the DREAM Act – legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for young people who were brought here at a young age and pursued an education or joined the military.

      Now the November elections could be key to what happens next. If Democrats gain seats in the House and retain control of the Senate and the presidency, the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform – which lawmakers attempted but failed to accomplish in the mid-2000s – are much greater. But if Republicans retain the House or if Mitt Romney becomes president, “it’s hard to say where this will come out,” says Robert Pastor, a professor of international relations at American University in Washington.

      For more: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2012/1009/Obama-s-new-program-for-young-illegal-immigrants-How-is-it-going

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