Voter Registration Information 2012

Democracy is an everyday activity

Let’s be very clear, while we’re tuning out and staying home on Election Day, other folks are tuning in.  Other folks are taking politics very seriously.  And they’re engaged on every level.  They’re raising money.  They’re making their voices heard –- and their issues known –- from City Hall to Washington, DC.  And I know that in the face of all of that money and influence, it can start to feel like ordinary citizens just can’t get a seat at the table.  And that can make you feel helpless and hopeless.  It can make you feel or think that you’re powerless.

But I’m here today because that’s simply not true.  We are not helpless or hopeless.  Time and again, history has shown us that there is nothing –- nothing -– more powerful than ordinary citizens coming together for a just cause.”

” I’m talking about the tireless, the thankless, relentless work of making change — you know, the phone-calling, letter-writing, door-knocking, meeting-planning kind of work.  That is the real work of democracy –- what happens during those quiet moments between the marches. ”

“That is how we carry on that precious legacy we’ve inherited — by recommitting ourselves to that day-to-day, vitally important work that has always paved the way for change in this country.

What does that mean?  That means being informed.  It means following the news, and learning about who’s representing us, and how our governments work.  It means showing up to vote — and not just every four years, but every year in every election.  It means engaging with the folks we elect, following how they vote and how they spend our hard-earned tax dollars.  And if you don’t like what you see, then let them know, or better yet, run for a seat at the table yourself.  ”

6/28/12 First Lady Michelle Obama

 

VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATIONInformación de Registro de Votantes

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Voter Registration Information & Deadlines

States That Allow Online Voter Registration

Homeless People’s Voting Rights 202-462-4822

US Election Assistance Commission 866-747-1471 (toll free) or 202-566-3100

US Acerca de la EAC  866-747-1471 (teléfono gratuito) 202-566-3100

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10 Tips for Voters

(1) Register to vote

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. If you are not registered to vote, apply for voter registration no later than the deadline to register in your State. Contact your local or State elections office or check their Web sites to get a voter registration application and learn the deadline to register. The National Voter Registration Application form is available at http://www.eac.gov/voter_ resources/register_to_vote.aspx.

(2) Confirm your voter registration status

Once you register to vote, check your status with your State or local elections office several weeks before the last day to register to vote. That way, you can change your registration information if needed (for example: name, ad – dress, or other corrections) in time to vote.

(3) Know your polling place location and hours

If you vote at a polling place on Election Day, confirm your polling place location. Make sure you know what time your polling place opens and closes.

(4) Know your State’s voter identification (ID) requirements

Some States require voters to show ID to vote. You can find out what forms of ID your State accepts by contacting your State or local elections office or checking their Web sites.

(5) Understand provisional voting

Federal law allows you to cast a provisional ballot in a Federal election if your name does not appear on the voter registration record, if you do not have ID, or if your eligibility to vote is in question. Your State may provide other reasons for voting by a provisional ballot. Whether a provisional ballot counts depends on if the State can verify your eligibiity. Check with your State or local elections office to learn how to tell if your provisional ballot was counted.

(6) Check the accessibility of your polling place

If you are a voter with minority language needs or you are a voter with special needs or specific concerns due to a disability, your polling place may offer special assistance. Contact your local elections office for advice, materials in a specific language, information about voting equipment, and details on access to the polling place, including parking.

(7) Consider voting early

Some States allow voting in person before Election Day. Find out if your State has early voting in person or by mail and if so when, where, and how you can vote before Election Day. If you choose to vote early by mail, know the deadlines for requesting and returning your ballot. Some States provide dropoff stations for mail ballots, and some States allow voters to return mail ballots to polling places on Election Day.

(8) Understand absentee voting requirements

Most States allow voters to use an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Check on the dates and requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot before Election Day. Absentee ballots often must be returned or postmarked before the polls close on Election Day. Determine your State’s requirements for returning absentee ballots.

(9) Learn about military and overseas voting

Special voting procedures may apply if you are in the U.S. military or you are an American citizen living overseas. You may qualify for an absentee ballot by submitting a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program or check its Web site: http://www.fvap.gov, for information relating to military and overseas voters.

(10) Get more information

For more on these tips and for answers to other questions about the election process, visit http:// www.eac.gov/voter_resources/ contact_your_state.aspx or contact your State or local elections office.
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  1. WH

    Friday, September 14,, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:25 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.

    10:00 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House.

    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet for lunch.

    1:00 PM
    Dr. Jill Biden attends campaign event
    North Hennepin Community College, North Brooklyn Park, MN

    1:35 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign fundraising event in Washington, D.C.

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama attends a ceremony of the Transfer of Remains Ceremony for Benghazi Victims
    Andrews Air Force Base

    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    Dr. Jill Biden attends campaign event
    The Depot Coffee House, Hopkins, MN

    4:00 PM
    4:45 PM
    Dr. Jill Biden attends campaign event
    Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, St. Paul, MN

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    President Obama attends a campaign event.
    Private Residence, Washington DC

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

    • POTUS podium

      September 14, 2012

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

      10:00 AM EDT
      President Obama and The First Lady Honor the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams
      The White House

      10:00 AM EDT
      White House Safety Datapalooza
      The “Safety Datapalooza,” will highlight innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who have utilized freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways.

      1:30 PM EDT
      White House Champions of Change: American Red Cross
      On Friday, September 14th, the White House will welcome over 100 Red Cross staff and volunteers from 25 states for a day-long briefing.

      10:00 AM ET
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House

      11:15 AM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:00 AM ET
      House Armed Services Cmte. Reviews Defense Dept. Audit Readiness
      The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on the audit readiness of the Department of Defense. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) will chair the hearing. Comptroller and Undersecretary of Defense Robert Hale will testify

      10:00 AM ET
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House

      11:15 AM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM ET
      House Armed Services Cmte. Reviews Defense Dept. Audit Readiness
      The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on the audit readiness of the Department of Defense. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) will chair the hearing. Comptroller and Undersecretary of Defense Robert Hale will testify http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Armed-Services-Cmte-Reviews-Defense-Dept-Audit-Readiness/10737434108/

      9:00 AM ET
      The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management will examine military base security and lessons learned from the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas. http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Subcmte-Examines-2009-Attack-at-Fort-Hood-Texas/10737434111/

      10:00 AM ET
      AEI: Panel Discussion on Anti-U.S. Violence in the Arab World http://www.c-span.org/Events/AEI-Holds-Discussion-on-Benghazi-and-Cairo-Protests/10737434109/

      11:15 AM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Jay-Carney-Discusses-Situation-in-Middle-East/10737434121/

  2. Register to Vote

    GottaVote http://gottavote.org\

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    GottaRegister http://gottaregister.com/

    RegistararteParaVotar http://goo.gl/okbSR

    Voter Registration Information & Deadlines: http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Voting.shtml

    States That Allow Online Voter Registration: http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/contact_your_state.aspx

    U.S. Election Assistance Commission http://www.eac.gov/
    866-747-1471 (toll free) or 202-566-3100

    Homeless People’s Voting Rights http://www.nationalhomeless.org/projects/vote/court.html
    202-462-4822

    Voter Protection Hotline: 1-800-311-VOTE (8683)

  3. President Barack Obama on the issues

    CIVIL RIGHTS
    * Repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
    * Support for “Respect for Marriage Act
    * Supports Same-Sex Marriage
    * Signed the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 for the settlement agreements in the Cobell lawsuit
    * Signed the Fair Sentencing Act
    * Protected Women’s Right to Choose by reversing the Global Gag Rule
    * Presidential Memorandum directing hospitals receiving Medicare & Medicaid to give LGBT, widows/widowers with no children and others to visit and make decisions on the patient’s behalf in case of incapacitation<
    * Signed the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
    * Signed Presidential Memorandum expanding federal benefits for the same-sex partners of Foreign Service and executive branch government employees
    * Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

    DEFENSE

    * Kept his 2008 campaign promise to end the war in Iraq by December 2011
    * Worked with other democratic nations to secure our America’s borders and defeating terrorists like Al-Quaeda that threatened America.

    DISABILITIES
    ECONOMY:
    * Helping the Middle Class
    * Support for Job Seekers
    * Promoting Entrepreneurship
    * Implemented an economic recovery program that has created nearly 3 million jobs
    * Saved the auto industry from collapse preventing the loss of 3 million jobs and thus ensuring the resurgence of the American Auto Industry
    * Passed the Wall Street Reform to protect Americans from unfair lending practices
    EDUCATION:
    * Made college education accessible to hundreds of thousands more students via Pell Grants

    ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
    ETHICS
    FAMILY
    FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
    FOREIGN POLICY
    HEALTH CARE:

    * Expanded affordable health care to all Americans

    HOMELAND SECURITY
    IMMIGRATION
    POVERTY
    RURAL
    SENIORS & SOCIAL SECURITY
    TAXES
    TECHNOLOGY

    * Made substantial investments in clean energy manufacturing for personal and commercial vehicles thus reducing dependence on foreign oil

    URBAN POLICY
    VETERANS
    WOMEN
    ADDITIONAL ISSUES

  4. Democracy is an everyday activity

    “And make no mistake about it, change absolutely starts at home.”

    But while we certainly need to start at home, we all know that we cannot stop there because the fact is that our laws still matter. Much like they did 50 years ago, or 150 years ago, our laws still shape so many aspects of our lives: Whether folks are paying their fair [share of]* taxes, or not; whether we invest in roads and schools, and the jobs that come with them, or not; whether our sons and our daughters who wear our country’s uniform get the support and benefits they’ve earned, or not. You see, those decisions are made by the folks sitting in Congress and in our White House. They’re made by the folks in our state legislatures and city halls. And we all know who’s supposed to select those folks, don’t we? We know who’s supposed to tell those folks what to do, right? We are. That’s our job. That is our most fundamental right and our most solemn obligation –- to cast our ballots and have our say in the laws that shape our lives.

    Dr. King knew that. That’s why back in 1965, he came to Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma and declared — he said, “When we get the right to vote, we will send to the statehouse not just men who will stand in the doorways of our universities…but men who will uphold the cause of justice.”

    “But today, how many folks do we know who act like that right doesn’t even matter? How many of us have asked someone whether they’re going to vote, and tell us, “No, I voted last time,” or “Is there really an election going on? Really?”, or “Nah, nah, it’s not like my vote’s gonna make a difference.” How many times have we heard that? After so many folks sacrificed so much so that we could make our voices heard, so many of us just can’t be bothered.

    But let’s be very clear, while we’re tuning out and staying home on Election Day, other folks are tuning in. Other folks are taking politics very seriously. And they’re engaged on every level. They’re raising money. They’re making their voices heard –- and their issues known –- from City Hall to Washington, DC. And I know that in the face of all of that money and influence, it can start to feel like ordinary citizens just can’t get a seat at the table. And that can make you feel helpless and hopeless. It can make you feel or think that you’re powerless.

    But I’m here today because that’s simply not true. We are not helpless or hopeless. Time and again, history has shown us that there is nothing –- nothing -– more powerful than ordinary citizens coming together for a just cause.”

    ” And I’m not just talking about the big speeches and protests that we all remember. I’m talking about everything that happens between the marches, when the speeches are over and the cameras were off. I’m talking about the thousands of hours that folks like Roy Wilkins and Daisy Bates spent strategizing in cramped offices late at night. I’m talking about the folks in Montgomery who organized carpools and gave thousands of rides to perfect strangers. I’m talking about the volunteers who set up drinking fountains and first aid stations on the Washington Mall and made 80,000 bags of lunches for folks who marched on that August day. I’m talking about the tireless, the thankless, relentless work of making change — you know, the phone-calling, letter-writing, door-knocking, meeting-planning kind of work. That is the real work of democracy –- what happens during those quiet moments between the marches. ”

    “You see, living out our eternal salvation is not a once-a-week kind of deal. And in a more literal sense, neither is citizenship. Democracy is also an everyday activity. And being an engaged citizen should once again be a daily part of our lives. That is how we carry on that precious legacy we’ve inherited — by recommitting ourselves to that day-to-day, vitally important work that has always paved the way for change in this country.

    What does that mean? That means being informed. It means following the news, and learning about who’s representing us, and how our governments work. It means showing up to vote — and not just every four years, but every year in every election. It means engaging with the folks we elect, following how they vote and how they spend our hard-earned tax dollars. And if you don’t like what you see, then let them know, or better yet, run for a seat at the table yourself.

    And I know I am preaching to the choir here. I know that many of you have been active and engaged for decades. And I’m here today to urge you to continue that work and bring others along with you. Because we know that the only way to be heard above all the noise is to lift our voices up together.

    So I want you to talk to your friends and your family, your neighbors. Talk to them. Talk to folks in the beauty salons, the barbershops, the parking lot at church. Tell them what’s happening on the city council and out in Washington. Let them know. Find that nephew who has never voted — get him registered. Start an email list or a Facebook group. Send people articles about issues you care about, and then call them to make sure they’ve read them.

    And to anyone who says that church is no place to talk about these issues, you tell them there is no place better — no place better. Because ultimately, these are not just political issues — they are moral issues. They’re issues that have to do with human dignity and human potential, and the future we want for our kids and our grandkids. ”

    June 28, 2012
    First Lady Michelle Obama at the AME Church Conference

    Attend an event near you: http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/search_simple?source=take-action

  5. I’m Voting Democratic Because I Have A Memory The Music Video

    Published on Jul 13, 2012 by Barry Davis

    Ever since President Obama has taken office, the GOP has created their own version of American history, and people have started believing them. Well, we remember how it really was under Republican leadership.

    Join this campaign, and remind the world how much better we have it now.

  6. The Choice

    Published on Sep 12, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

    Read the President’s Plan: http://OFA.BO/MX3Ss8

    “Over the next few months you have a choice to make. Not just between two political parties or even two people. It’s a choice between two very different plans for our country.

    Governor Romney’s plan would cut taxes for the folks at the very top, roll back regulations on big banks, and he says that if we do our economy will grow and everyone will benefit.

    But you know what? We tried that top-down approach. It’s what caused the mess in the first place.

    I believe the only way to create an economy built to last is to strengthen the middle class. Asking the wealthy to pay a little more so we can pay down our debt in a balanced way. So that we can afford to invest in education, manufacturing, and homegrown American energy for good middle class jobs. Sometimes politics can seem very small. But the choice you face, it couldn’t be bigger.”

  7. moving_america_forward

    FORWARD

    President Obama is taking a balanced approach to cutting the deficit without sacrificing investments needed to grow the economy and create jobs

    President Obama has a long-term economic plan, investing in education, small businesses, clean energy, infrastructure, and tax cuts for companies that bring jobs back to the U.S.

    President Obama is calling on millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share, and believes no family earning less than $250,000 should face higher taxes – compare the tax plans
    President Obama responsibly ended the war in Iraq, is bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, and will use half the savings to reduce the deficit

    President Obama has improved Medicare by adding benefits like free mammograms, is closing the “donut hole” and saving seniors an average of $600 a year on prescription drugs, and extending Medicare’s life by eight years

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    GOP WRONG WAY

    NOT BACKWARD

    Mitt Romney opposes asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share and instead wants to reward them with even more tax breaks, paid for by raising middle class taxes

    Mitt Romney’s plan would add $5 trillion in tax cuts skewed to the rich, either increasing the deficit or requiring tax increases on the middle-class

    Mitt Romney would slash middle class investments like education, Social Security, and Medicare

    Mitt Romney criticized the end of the Iraq war as “tragic,” and has offered no plan to bring our troops home from Afghanistan

    Mitt Romney would let Medicare go bankrupt by the end of his first term, and then turn it into a voucher

  8. GOP WRONG WAY

    Columnist: ‘Registering The Poor To Vote Is Un-American’ Piece ‘Indelicately Worded

    NOVEMBER 15, 2011 RYAN J. REILLY – tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo

    Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum explained to the Texas-based King Street Patriots on Monday night that his “Registering The Poor To Vote Is Un-American” article may have been “indelicately worded” but said his larger point stands.

    “Why do I hate democracy and the poor?” Vadum joked, clarifying that he “wasn’t saying that people shouldn’t have the right to vote if they’re poor.”

    He went on to criticize the National Voter Registration Act (also known as the “Motor Voter” act) calling it “an evil thing” that was “created to muck up” the election process.

    “How else can you justify a law that mandates that welfare recipients be given — be encouraged — to vote when they’re there in the cheese line picking up their check?” Vadum said.

    “Now this is not to say you should have a property qualification to vote, I’m not going to go back to that period in American history, but you shouldn’t be encouraging people to destroy the country, you shouldn’t be encouraging people to vote themselves benefits from the government,” Vadum added.

    “This is pathological, to go to people who have no stake in this society and to use tax dollars to encourage them to vote themselves more benefits,” he said.

    For the entire article and video: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/columnist_registering_the_poor_to_vote_is_un-ameri.php

  9. International Day of Democracy

    In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.

    The preamble of the resolution affirmed that:
    “ while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region…
    democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life.

    Source: In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy and invited all member states and organizations to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner that contributes to raising public awareness.

    The preamble of the resolution affirmed that:

    “ while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region…
    democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life.

    For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Democracy

    • International Day of Democracy

      SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 POSTED BY MICHAEL H. POSNER state.gov

      Michael H. Posner is the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

      Today marks the commemoration of the International Day of Democracy, an opportunity to reflect on aspirations for freedom and dignity around the world. This year we have seen people on the streets of Tripoli, Cairo, and Tunis demand the freedom to choose their own leaders, speak their mind, assemble without fear, and worship as they please. They want a stake in their own society’s political future. This is the essence of democracy.

      For over thirty years I have worked to turn the principles of democracy into practice. I am inspired every day by the determination of human rights activists, civil society leaders, journalists, and average citizens who peacefully work to advance the causes of democracy and human rights. Courageous people the world over can and often do take a stand against oppression and it is our duty to help them.

      The principles of democracy do not belong to any one country or group of people, but rather constitute timeless and universal truths. While we do not know where democratic movements will flourish and where they will fail, it is in the national interest of the United States to support popular movements such as those that have led to dramatic political changes in Abidjan and Juba and that pave the way for sustainable democracies. Bullets may temporarily silence those challenging oppressive regimes but we will continue to support the people’s aspirations for respect, economic opportunity, and meaningful political participation.

    • Democracy & Human Rights

      The President said that no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other, but that America is committed to advancing governments that reflect the will of the people. He committed the U.S. to support human rights everywhere: the ability of people to speak their mind and to have a say in how they are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; and the freedom to live as people choose. Governments that protect these rights, the President said, are ultimately more stable, successful and secure.

      The U.S. works to advance democracy and human rights by living these values at home, standing up for human rights in public and in multilateral institutions, speaking frankly and consistently about these issues with governments and civil society, and supporting democracy advocates and civic groups working bravely to expand freedom in difficult environments.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/presidents-speech-cairo-a-new-beginning/democracy-human-rights

  10. August 29, 2012

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to Honor 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams at the White House

    On Friday, September 14th, the President and First Lady will welcome the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House to honor their participation and success in this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

  11. Michelle Obama to appear on ‘Dr. Oz Show’

    8/23/12 Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama is making a house call on “The Dr. Oz Show.”

    The show’s producers say the first lady will tape an appearance Wednesday to discuss new provisions of her “Let’s Move!” campaign and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.

    Producers said Thursday that Mrs. Obama’s appearance will be taped at the show’s New York studio for national broadcast Sept. 14.

    The show’s host, Mehmet Oz, says he’s “honored” that she has chosen to be a guest on his show.

    “The Dr. Oz Show,” which airs weekdays in syndication, will be starting its fourth season next month.

  12. This year more than ever, the right to vote is under attack. Thanks for this informative post, CR!

  13. West Wing Week: 09/14/12 or “Eleven”

    Published on Sep 13, 2012 by whitehouse

    This week, the President and his administration commemorated the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and addressed the attack on the American embassy in Libya. We also took the Rhodes Traveled for a look back at the meaning of honoring 9/11. That’s September 7th to September 13th or “Eleven.”

  14. Next Up…

    8:30 AM EDT
    White House Safety Datapalooza
    The “Safety Datapalooza,” will highlight innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who have utilized freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways. The event will also feature the announcement of new safety data resources being made available, including valuable, real-time tools to provide details about natural disasters and improve preparedness and emergency response.
    The White House

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

    • Safety Datapalooza Shows Power of Data.gov Communities
      Open Data by Lisa Nelson

      US CTO Todd Park gets Safety Datapalooza started, photo courtesy Department of Labor.

      The White House Office of Public Engagement held the first Safety Datapalooza illustrating the power of Data.gov communities. Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari hosted the event, which touted the data available on Safety.Data.gov and the community of innovators using it to make effective tools for consumers.

      The event showcased many of the tools that have been produced as a result of opening this safety data including:

      * PulsePoint, from the San Ramon Fire Protection District, a lifesaving mobile app that allows CPR-trained volunteers to be notified if someone nearby is in need of emergency assistance;

      * Commute and crime maps, from Trulia, allow home buyers to choose their new residence based on two important everyday factors; and

      * Hurricane App, from the American Red Cross, to monitor storm conditions, prepare your family and home, find help, and let others know you’re safe even if the power is out;

      Safety data is far from alone in generating innovative ideas and gathering a community of developers and entrepreneurs, Data.gov currently has 16 different topically diverse communities on land and sea — the Cities and Oceans communities being two such examples. Data.gov’s communities are a virtual meeting spot for interested parties across government, academia and industry to come together and put the data to use. Data.gov enables a whole set of tools to make these communities come to life: apps, blogs, challenges, forums, ranking, rating and wikis.

      For a summary of the Safety Datapalooza visit Transportation’s “Fast Lane” blog.

      Visit Data.gov now to see if there is a community that fits your interest. And if there isn’t one to meet your needs, contact the Data.gov team to get started on one that does.

    • White House Safety Datapalooza: We Make it Safer

      Published on Sep 26, 2012 by whitehouse

      Entrepreneur and founder of We Make it Safer, Jennifer Toney, from Oakland, CA describes how open government data powers her company’s suite of web applications for consumers, manufacturers, and retailers to improve communication around product safety information and recalls.

    • White House Safety Datapalooza: Trulia Crime and Commute Maps

      Published on Sep 26, 2012 by whitehouse
      Paul Levine, COO of Trulia, Inc. talks about how important their commute and crime maps are to their customers because it empowers them to make better informed decisions about neighborhoods before renting or buying a home or apartment, and how these tools were built using open government data.

    • White House Safety Datapalooza: American Red Cross Hurricane and Earthquake Apps

      Published on Sep 26, 2012 by whitehouse

      Dominick Tolli, Vice President of Product Management at the American Red Cross talks about their new hurricane and earthquake apps that use open government data to help people prepare for, be alerted to, and recover from natural disasters.

    • White House Safety Datapalooza: Bicoastal Safety Data Journalist Workshop

      Published on Sep 26, 2012 by whitehouse

      Sha Hwang and Chrys Wu talk about how freely available government data empowers journalists to investigate and tell stories through visualizations and how Trulia, Fast Company’s Co.Design, O’Reilly Media and Hacks/Hackers hosted a data journalist workshop in San Francisco and New York to teach others how to retell a story based on data through compelling visualizations.

    • White House Safety Datapalooza: Pulse Point

      Published on Sep 26, 2012 by whitehouse

      Fire Chief Richard Price, from San Ramon Valley, California, talks about his lifesaving mobile app, Pulse Point, which allows CPR-trained volunteers to be notified if someone nearby is in need of emergency assistance.

    • White House Safety Datapalooza: Mothers Against Drunk Driving Infographic Challenge

      Published on Sep 26, 2012 by whitehouse
      Jan Withers, President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving(MADD), challenges innovators to utilize open government data to create compelling infographics about the impact of drunk driving for use in MADD’s upcoming “Tie One On for Safety” national media campaign.

  15. Springsteen gets Obama bump

    9/14/12 7:18 AM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK -POLITICO44

    Via Billboard:

    The President meets the Boss on this week’s Billboard charts, thanks to the Democratic National Convention.

    After Bruce Springsteen’s song “We Take Care Of Our Own” was played at the end of President Obama’s speech at the convention on Sept. 6, the song surged with a 409% sales gain. In the week ending Sept. 9, it sold 2,000 downloads — its best sales week since March.

    The President’s speech was the finale of the three-day event, and was broadcast across an array of TV networks (including ABC, CBS and NBC) as well as via YouTube and many other streaming sites.

    “We Take Care Of Our Own’s” parent album, “Wrecking Ball,” also sees a sales increase. It rises from No. 199 to No. 112 on the Billboard 200 chart with 3,000 sold (a weekly gain of 37%).

  16. Retail Sales in U.S. Increased 0.9% in August on Auto Demand

    Sep 14, 2012 5:36 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Retail sales in the U.S. increased in August by the most in six months, easing concern about a larger pullback in the biggest part of the economy.

    The 0.9 percent gain followed a revised 0.6 percent advance in July that was smaller than initially reported, the Commerce Department said today in Washington. The median forecast of 84 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for an increase of 0.8 percent. Demand rose for automobiles, while higher gas prices boosted receipts at service stations.

    Higher food and fuel costs along with smaller gains in payrolls and wages may take a toll on household finances, making it challenging for merchants such as Kohl’s Corp. (KSS) and Macy’s Inc. (M) Labor-market weakness prompted Federal Reserve policy makers yesterday to take another step to spur the three-year expansion.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-14/retail-sales-in-u-s-increased-0-9-in-august-on-auto-demand.html

    • September 14, 2012

      Remarks by the President and the First Lady Welcoming the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams

      South Lawn

      10:14 A.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: All right. While they’re shaking hands — because the President has vowed to stay out here to meet everyone, even if it blows his schedule. (Laughter and applause.) So I’m going to get things started while Joe and Barack do their thing.

      Hello, Team USA! (Applause.) And welcome to the White House! Yes! (Applause.) Look, I had so much fun with everyone over in London that when I got home, I told Barack — what’s his name — my husband, this guy — (laughter) — that we had to invite everybody over to the house. So here you are, and we are thrilled that you all could join us today.

      Now leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympic Ceremony was truly a dream come true for me. I got the chance to spend time with so many of you and hear about your journeys. I got to see how incredibly talented all of you are — including one member of our women’s wrestling team who literally swept me off my feet — (laughter) — if you hadn’t seen the pictures. I’ve never been picked up before by a wrestler. (Laughter.) It was good.

      And I got to see Team USA win, and then win again, and again, and again. And together, our Olympians and Paralympians brought home more than 200 medals from London — that’s impressive. (Applause.) Very impressive.

      But even more impressive than those medals is all the hard work that led up to that Olympic and Paralympic dream. All those early mornings and long hours at the gym, many of you balancing work or classes, or raising your kids at the same time. And today, I want you all to know how proud we are of you, which is why this day has been so special. We’ve been looking forward to this for a very long time.

      I want you to know how inspired we are by all of you — your passion, your dedication, your courage. This summer, people across the country — including some of the young people with us today — watched you compete and thought to themselves, you know what, if they can set a goal and work hard to reach it, maybe I can too, and maybe I can go a little farther and do a little better than people think I can. They saw all of you out there giving 100 percent, overcoming all kinds of obstacles, representing our country with such determination and pride.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/14/remarks-president-and-first-lady-welcoming-2012-us-olympic-and-paralympi

  17. Consumer sentiment boosted in early September by optimism on jobs

    9/14/12 Reuters – 9 mins ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose in early September to its highest level in four months as Americans were more upbeat about their economic and job prospects, a survey showed on Friday.

    The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s preliminary September consumer sentiment index rose to 79.2 from 74.3 in August. That topped expectations for a decline to 74.0, according to a Reuters poll.

    The gauge of consumer expectations climbed to 73.4 from 65.1, though the barometer of current economic conditions nudged down to 88.3 from 88.7. Both the sentiment and expectations measures were at their highest level since May.

    Just 12 percent of those surveyed expected the unemployment rate to rise, down sharply from the 25 percent that anticipated an increase in August’s survey. This month’s proportion was the lowest recorded since 1966.

    Favorable long-term prospects for the economy were seen by 42 percent of consumers, the highest level in five years and up from 32 percent last month.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/consumer-sentiment-boosted-early-september-optimism-jobs-140335701–business.html?_esi=1

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      House GOP walks away from unfinished business

      Sep 17, 2012 3:09 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      In his weekly podcast, Mitt Romney said over the weekend that President Obama is dealing “passively” with pressing issues, including the looming automatic spending cuts and tax increases. There’s certainly some passivity on display, but I think Romney is looking at the wrong end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

      Get ready to say “adios” to the House.

      Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Friday that the House would not hold scheduled votes the first week in October, pending the Senate vote on the continuing resolution. That means the House won’t be in session again until after the election; the next House votes are scheduled for Nov. 13.

      The House will only be in for three days [this] week; Wednesday through Friday. Likewise, the Senate is expected to cancel its October session after it passes the CR.

      In fairness, it’s not unusual for the House to wrap up early, especially in an election year, but heading home in mid-September is unusually early. And given that this Congress, arguably the worst ever, hasn’t actually done anything meaningful, and has an important list of undone tasks, it’s hard to defend Cantor’s new schedule.

      For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/09/17/13919764-house-gop-walks-away-from-unfinished-business?lite

  18. US business stockpiles grew 0.8 pct. in July

    9/14/12 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 6 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies restocked their shelves in July at the fastest pace since January while their sales increased. The combination could boost economic growth.

    The Commerce Department said Friday that business inventories grew 0.8 percent in July, up from June’s 0.1 percent gain. Sales jumped 0.9 percent, the most this year, after a steep fall in June.
    The biggest growth in stockpiles was among retailers and auto dealers. Stockpiles at manufacturers and wholesalers rose more slowly.

    Companies typically boost their stockpiles when they anticipate sales will rise in coming months. Faster restocking helps drive economic growth. When businesses order more goods, it typically leads to more factory production.

    Total business stockpiles rose to $1.59 trillion. That’s nearly 21 percent higher than the low reached in September 2009 when businesses were slashing inventories in response to the recession.

    A separate report Friday showed that sales of cars and pickup trucks rose sharply in August, while broader retail sales were weak. If sales remain slow, that could force many companies to cut back their stockpiles, slowing the economy.

    The economy grew at a 1.7 percent annual pace in the April-June quarter. That’s down from 2 percent in the January-March quarter and 4.1 percent in the final three months of last year. Many economists forecast that growth will be about 2 percent for the rest of this year.

    For more; http://news.yahoo.com/us-business-stockpiles-grew-0-8-pct-july-140534904–finance.html?_esi=1

  19. September 13, 2012

    Presidential Proclamation — Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Constitution Week, 2012

    CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY, CONSTITUTION WEEK, 2012

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Today, we celebrate our heritage as a country bound together by fidelity to a set of ideas and a system of governance first laid out in America’s Constitution. The product of fierce debate and enduring compromise, our Nation’s Constitution has guided our progress from 13 to 50 United States that stretch from sea to shining sea. It has watched over our growth from a fragile experiment in democracy to a beacon of freedom that lights the world. It has vested in each of us the power to appeal to principles that could broaden democracy’s reach.

    As we mark this 225th anniversary of the signing of our Constitution, we also recognize the candidates for citizenship who will commemorate this day by joining our American family. For more than two centuries, our country has drawn enterprising men and women from around the world — individuals who have sought to build a life as good as their talents and their hard work would allow. Generations have crossed land and ocean because of the belief that, in America, all things are possible. As a new group of citizens takes an oath to support and defend our country’s oldest principles, we affirm another truth: that our American journey and our success would never have been possible without the hope, the drive, and the irrepressible optimism that every generation of immigrants has brought to our shores. Across our country, Americans are working side-by-side with our Nation’s newest citizens to build strong, welcoming communities that embrace the talents and contributions of all their members.

    This week, we reflect on the basic rights and responsibilities of citizenship, the founding documents from which they were drawn, and the extraordinary legacy of progress they have enabled. Let us forever uphold the ideals the Framers enshrined in our Constitution, and let us never cease in our pursuit of the more perfect Union they imagined so many years ago.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/13/presidential-proclamation-constitution-day-and-citizenship-day-constitut

  20. Remarks at Reception Marking Eid ul-Fitr

    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of State
    Ben Franklin Room
    Washington, DC

    September 13, 2012 state.gov

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Good evening, and although I am many weeks overdue in saying it: Eid Mubarak. No matter how belated we are honoring Eid and the end of Ramadan, this is a cherished tradition here at the State Department. And I would like to thank all of you for being here, including the many members of the Diplomatic Corps.

    Tonight, our gathering is more somber than any of us would like. This comes during sad and difficult days for the State Department family. We lost four Americans. They were good and brave men. They were committed to the cause of building a brighter future for the people of Libya. And we condemn the violence in the strongest terms, the violence against our posts in Benghazi, in Egypt, and now in Yemen.

    The Libyan ambassador is with us tonight, and I want to take a moment to thank him for the support that his government and the Libyan people have shown to the United States in this tragedy, particularly the outpouring of feelings of grief and loss because of the killing of our ambassador.

    Ambassador Aujali, would you mind saying a few words?

    AMBASSADOR AUJALI: Thank you very much, Secretary Clinton. Standing beside you here in the Department of State, it shows the world how much the Americans are standing by the Libyans and the Libya revolution. You do support us during the war, but you have to support us during the peace. We are going through a very difficult time, and we need the help of friends.

    It is a very sad day for me, since I learned of the death of my dear friend and colleague, Ambassador Chris Stevens. I knew Chris for the last six years. We play tennis together, we drive in one car, and we had some traditional Libyan food in my house. I must tell you, Madam Secretary, and tell the American people, that Chris is a hero. He is a real hero. He’s the man who believes in the Libyans and the Libyan ability that they will achieve democracy after 42 years of the dictatorship.

    Now we are facing a serious problem, and we have to maintain and we have to – we need security and stability in our country. The government, unfortunately, faces a serious problem, personnel and equipment. And the support of you and the friends who support us during the war is very important.

    I want to show you and to show the American people how much it was – we were shocked by the death of four American diplomats. It is a very sad story to tell. But I am sure that it is our responsibility, and the responsibility of the Libyan people, that we have to protect our people, we have to protect the Americans in the first place and have to protect all the diplomatic missions who are serving in our country. I am sure that without the help, we will not be able to do it.

    I hope that this sad incident which happened, this terrorist attack which took place against the American consulate in Libya, it will tell us how much we have to work closely. Our religion, our culture, never tells us that this is the way to express your view. It is – in fact (inaudible) a terrorist act. This is condemned by all the world and by all the Libyans at the top level of the Libyan authority.

    Please, Madam Secretary, accept our apology and accept our condolence for the loss of the four Americans, innocent people. They lost their lives in the Libyan territory. Chris, he loves Benghazi, he loves the people, he talks to them, he eats with them, and he committed — and unfortunately lost his life because of this commitment.

    Madam Secretary, thank you very much indeed. (Applause.)

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Ambassador. I know that that was a very personal loss for you, as it was for me. I’m the one who sent Chris to Benghazi during the revolution to show support and be able to advise our government about what we could do to bring freedom and democracy and opportunity to the people of Libya.

    Religious freedom and religious tolerance are essential to the stability of any nation, any people. Hatred and violence in the name of religion only poison the well. All people of faith and good will know that the actions of a small and savage group in Benghazi do not honor religion or God in any way. Nor do they speak for the more than one billion Muslims around the world, many of whom have shown an outpouring of support during this time.

    Unfortunately, however, over the last 24 hours, we have also seen violence spread elsewhere. Some seek to justify this behavior as a response to inflammatory, despicable material posted on the internet. As I said earlier today, the United States rejects both the content and the message of that video. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. At our meeting earlier today, my colleague, the foreign minister of Morocco, said that all prophets should be respected because they are all symbols of our humanity, for all humanity.

    But both of us were crystal clear in this paramount message: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind. And we look to leaders around the world to stand up and speak out against violence, and to take steps to protect diplomatic missions from attack.

    Think about it. When Christians are subject to insults to their faith, and that certainly happens, we expect them not to resort to violence. When Hindus or Buddhists are subjected to insults to their faiths, and that also certainly happens, we expect them not to resort to violence. The same goes for all faiths, including Islam.

    When all of us who are people of faith – and I am one – feel the pain of insults, of misunderstanding, of denigration to what we cherish, we must expect ourselves and others not to resort to violence. That is a universal standard and expectation, and it is everyone’s obligation to meet that, so that we make no differences, we expect no less of ourselves than we expect of others. You cannot respond to offensive speech with violence without begetting more violence.

    And I so strongly believe that the great religions of the world are stronger than any insults. They have withstood offense for centuries. Refraining from violence, then, is not a sign of weakness in one’s faith; it is absolutely the opposite, a sign that one’s faith is unshakable.

    For more: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/09/197735.htm

  21. 1:00 PM ET
    Dr. Jill Biden attends campaign event
    North Hennepin Community College, North Brooklyn Park, MN

  22. 1:30 PM EDT
    White House Champions of Change: American Red Cross
    On Friday, September 14th, the White House will welcome over 100 Red Cross staff and volunteers from 25 states for a day-long briefing. The American Red Cross has millions of volunteers across 187 countries and reaches more than 100 million people across the globe each year. Today we are honoring their staff and volunteers for their work building resilient communities at home and abroad.
    The White House

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

    • Champions of Change: American Red Cross

      Published on Sep 14, 2012 by whitehouse

      The White House honors American Red Cross staff and volunteers for their work building resilient communities at home and abroad. September 14, 2012

  23. 2:30 PM ET
    President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton at Transfer of Remains Ceremony for Benghazi Victims
    Andrews Air Force Base

    • Remarks at the Transfer of Remains Ceremony to Honor Those Lost in Attacks in Benghazi, Libya

      Hillary Rodham Clinton
      Secretary of State
      Andrews Air Force Base
      Joint Base Andrews, MD

      September 14, 2012

      SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Chaplain. Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Secretary Panetta, Ambassador Rice, Secretary Powell and Mrs. Powell, family members of the four patriots and heroes we bring home, members of the State Department family, ladies and gentlemen, today we bring home four Americans who gave their lives for our country and our values. To the families of our fallen colleagues, I offer our most heartfelt condolences and deepest gratitude.

      Sean Smith joined the State Department after six years in the Air Force. He was respected as an expert on technology by colleagues in Pretoria, Baghdad, Montreal, and The Hague. He enrolled in correspondence courses at Penn State and had high hopes for the future. Sean leaves behind a loving wife Heather, two young children, Samantha and Nathan, and scores of grieving family, friends, and colleagues. And that’s just in this world. Because online in the virtual worlds that Sean helped create, he is also being mourned by countless competitors, collaborators, and gamers who shared his passion.

      Tyrone Woods, known to most as Rone, spent two decades as a Navy SEAL, serving multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2010, he protected American diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from Central America to the Middle East. He had the hands of a healer as well as the arms of a warrior, earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. Our hearts go out to Tyrone’s wife Dorothy, and his three sons Tyrone, Jr., Hunter, and Kai, born just a few months ago, along with his grieving family, friends, and colleagues.

      Glen Doherty, who went by Bub, was also a former SEAL and an experienced paramedic. He too died as he lived, serving his country and protecting his colleagues. Glen deployed to some of the most dangerous places on Earth, including Iraq and Afghanistan, always putting his life on the line to safeguard other Americans. Our thoughts and prayers are with Glen’s father Bernard, his mother Barbara, his brother Gregory, his sister Kathleen, and their grieving families, friends, and colleagues.

      I was honored to know Ambassador Chris Stevens. I want to thank his parents and siblings, who are here today, for sharing Chris with us and with our country. What a wonderful gift you gave us. Over his distinguished career in the Foreign Service, Chris won friends for the United States in far-flung places. He made those people’s hopes his own. During the revolution in Libya, he risked his life to help protect the Libyan people from a tyrant, and he gave his life helping them build a better country.

      For more: https://propresobama.org/2012/09/13/romney-is-out-of-touch-with-americas-needs/#comment-67433

    • Remarks by the President at Transfer of Remains Ceremony for Benghazi Victims

      Andrews Air Force Base

      2:46 P.M. EDT

      September 14, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Transfer of Remains Ceremony for Benghazi Victims

      Andrews Air Force Base

      2:46 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Scripture teaches us “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Glen Doherty never shied from adventure. He believed that, in his life, he could make a difference — a calling he fulfilled as a Navy SEAL. He served with distinction in Iraq and worked in Afghanistan. And there, in Benghazi, as he tended to others, he laid down his life, loyal as always, protecting his friends. Today, Glen is home.

      Tyrone Woods devoted 20 years of his life to the SEALs — the consummate “quiet professional.” At the Salty Frog Bar, they might not have known, but “Rone” also served in Iraq and Afghanistan. And there, in Benghazi, he was far from Dorothy and Tyrone Jr., Hunter and little Kai. And he laid down his life, as he would have for them, protecting his friends. And today, Rone is home.

      Sean Smith, it seems, lived to serve — first, in the Air Force, then, with you at the State Department. He knew the perils of this calling from his time in Baghdad. And there, in Benghazi, far from home, he surely thought of Heather and Samantha and Nathan. And he laid down his life in service to us all. Today, Sean is home.

      Chris Stevens was everything America could want in an ambassador, as the whole country has come to see — how he first went to the region as a young man in the Peace Corps, how during the revolution, he arrived in Libya on that cargo ship, how he believed in Libya and its people and how they loved him back. And there, in Benghazi, he laid down his life for his friends — Libyan and American — and for us all. Today, Chris is home.

      Four Americans, four patriots — they loved this country and they chose to serve it, and served it well. They had a mission and they believed in it. They knew the danger and they accepted it. They didn’t simply embrace the American ideal, they lived it. They embodied it — the courage, the hope and, yes, the idealism, that fundamental American belief that we can leave this world a little better than before. That’s who they were and that’s who we are. And if we want to truly honor their memory, that’s who we must always be.

      I know that this awful loss, the terrible images of recent days, the pictures we’re seeing again today, have caused some to question this work. And there is no doubt these are difficult days. In moments such as this — so much anger and violence –even the most hopeful among us must wonder.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/14/remarks-president-transfer-remains-ceremony-benghazi-victims

      ————

      President Obama Speaks at Ceremony for Benghazi Victims

      Published on Sep 14, 2012 by whitehouse

      President Obama delivers remarks at a ceremony marking the return to the United States of the remains of the four Americans killed this week in Benghazi, Libya. September 14, 2012.

    • September 14, 2012

      Letter from the President regarding the War Powers Resolution Report for Libya

      Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

      On September 12, 2012, in response to an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four U.S. citizens, including U.S. Ambassador John Christopher Stevens, a security force from the U.S. Africa Command deployed to Libya to support the security of U.S. personnel in Libya. Further, on September 13, an additional security force arrived in Yemen in response to security threats there.

      Although these security forces are equipped for combat, these movements have been undertaken solely for the purpose of protecting American citizens and property. These security forces will remain in Libya and in Yemen until the security situation becomes such that they are no longer needed.

      These actions have been directed consistent with my responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

      I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in these actions.

      Sincerely,

      BARACK OBAMA

  24. 4:45 PM ET
    Dr. Jill Biden attends campaign event
    Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, St. Paul, MN

  25. GOP WRONG WAY


    Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol. XXXIV

    Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:26 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    In an interview aired this morning with George Stephanopoulos, the host told Mitt Romney that, despite his claims to the contrary, the Obama administration never showed sympathy for attackers in Egypt and Libya. How did the candidate explain the discrepancy? He didn’t — Romney dodged the question and let the lie stand.

    Towards the end of the interview, however, Romney looked ahead to the upcoming debates and said he’ll have a challenge to deal with: “[T]he president tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren’t true.”

    There’s no sense of shame and no sense of irony.

    A Washington Post/ABC News poll out today shows a plurality of Americans believes the Obama campaign is saying things “it believes to be true” rather than “intentionally misleading people.” On the other hand, a plurality of Americans believes the opposite about the Romney campaign.

    If anyone’s wondering why the public has this impression, consider the 34th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt’s mendacity.

    1. At a campaign event in Virginia yesterday, Romney said he “couldn’t believe” the president said “if you have a business you didn’t build it, someone else did that.”

    Of course he couldn’t believe it — that’s not even close to being true.

    2. On Wednesday morning, Romney accused Obama administration officials of issuing an “apology for American values.”

    That never happened.

    3. Romney also said, in response to violence in Libya and Egypt, that “the Obama administration’s first response” to the violence was to “sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

    Not in this reality.

    4. As part of the same statement, Romney also said that the Cairo Embassy “put out a statement after their grounds had been breached. Protesters were inside the grounds. They reiterated that statement after the breach.”

    Nope, that’s not true, either.

    5. Pressed by reporters, Romney added, “I’m not going to take hypotheticals about what would have been known what and so forth. I, we responded last night to the events that happened in Egypt.”

    That’s an understandable attempt to cover up the truth, but Romney’s statement referred to “attacks on our diplomatic missions,” not just Egypt.

    Continue reading this entry …http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/09/14/13865583-chronicling-mitts-mendacity-vol-xxxiv?lite

  26. WH

    Saturday, September 15, 2012
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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

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    Dr. Jill Biden attends a campaign event at the Organizing for America-Grand Rapids field office,
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    Dr. Jill Biden attends a campaign event
    Hicks Student Center, Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, Township MI

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    Battle Creek, MI

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  27. Court knocks down Walker’s collective bargaining law in Wisconsin

    9/14/12 By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    A couple of important court rulings came down this afternoon, the first in Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been dealt a major blow.

    Gov. Scott Walker’s law repealing most collective bargaining for local and school employees was struck down by a Dane County judge Friday, yet another dramatic twist in a year and a half saga that likely sets up another showdown in the Supreme Court.

    The law remains largely in force for state workers, though a federal judge struck down part of that section of the law as well earlier this year. But for city, county, and school workers the decision by Dane County Judge Juan Colas returns the law to its status before Walker signed his law in March 2011.

    Lester Pines, an attorney for the Madison teachers and city of Milwaukee employees, told the Journal Sentinel, “The decision essentially creates the (2011) status quo for municipal employees and school district employees because it declared that the essential provisions of Act 10 to be unconstitutional.”

    The ruling is still subject to appeal, but as of this afternoon, it’s a big win for labor and a defeat for Scott Walker’s union-busting efforts in Wisconsin.

    Speaking of court rulings, GOP setbacks, and the Midwest, it’s also worth noting that Iowa Republican officials’ voter-purge plan is on hold after a state judge issued an injunction this afternoon.

    The purge effort hasn’t been rejected, but Judge Mary Pat Gunderson ruled that it cannot be enforced while the legal challenge continues.

    Between this and other recent legal setbacks in Ohio, Florida, and Texas, Republicans have struggled badly this summer in the courts.

  28. Weekly Address: Carrying on the Work of Our Fallen Heroes

    This week in Libya, we lost four of our fellow Americans. Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Chris Stevens were all killed in an outrageous attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi.

    These four Americans represented the very best of our country.

    Glen and Tyrone had each served America as Navy SEALs for many years, before continuing their service providing security for our diplomats in Libya. They died as they lived their lives – defending their fellow Americans, and advancing the values that all of us hold dear.

    Sean also started his service in uniform, in the Air Force. He then spent years at the State Department, on several continents, always answering his country’s call. And Ambassador Chris Stevens died a hero in two countries – here in the United States, where he inspired those of us who knew him; and in Libya, a country that he helped to save, where he ultimately laid down his life.

    On Friday, I was able to tell their families how much the American people appreciated their service. Without people like them, America could not sustain the freedoms we enjoy, the security we demand, and the leadership that the entire world counts on.

    As we mourn their loss, we must also send a clear and resolute message to the world: those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. We will not waver in their pursuit. And we will never allow anyone to shake the resolve of the United States of America.

    This tragic attack takes place at a time of turmoil and protest in many different countries. I have made it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths. We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion – including Islam.

    Yet there is never any justification for violence. There is no religion that condones the targeting of innocent men and women. There is no excuse for attacks on our Embassies and Consulates. And so long as I am Commander-in-Chief, the United States will never tolerate efforts to harm our fellow Americans.

    Right now, we are doing whatever we can to protect Americans who are serving abroad. We are in contact with governments around the globe, to strengthen our cooperation, and underscore that every nation has a responsibility to help us protect our people. We have moved forward with an effort to see that justice is done for those we lost, and we will not rest until that work is done.

    Most of all, we must reaffirm that we will carry on the work of our fallen heroes.

    I know the images on our televisions are disturbing. But let us never forget that for every angry mob, there are millions who yearn for the freedom, and dignity, and hope that our flag represents. That is the cause of America – the ideals that took root in our founding; the opportunity that drew so many to our shores; and the awesome progress that we have promoted all across the globe.

    We are Americans. We know that our spirit cannot be broken, and the foundation of our leadership cannot be shaken. That is the legacy of the four Americans we lost – men who will live on in the hearts of those they loved, and the strength of the country they served.

    So with their memory to guide us, we will carry forward the work of making our country stronger, our citizens safer, and the world a better and more hopeful place. Thank you.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/15/weekly-address-carrying-work-our-fallen-heroes.

  29. Statement on the Death of American Personnel in Benghazi, Libya

    September 12, 2012

    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of State
    Washington, DC

    It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the death of four American personnel in Benghazi, Libya yesterday. Among them were United States Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith. We are still making next of kin notifications for the other two individuals. Our hearts go out to all their families and colleagues.

    A 21 year veteran of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Stevens died last night from injuries he sustained in the attack on our office in Benghazi.

    I had the privilege of swearing in Chris for his post in Libya only a few months ago. He spoke eloquently about his passion for service, for diplomacy and for the Libyan people. This assignment was only the latest in his more than two decades of dedication to advancing closer ties with the people of the Middle East and North Africa which began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. As the conflict in Libya unfolded, Chris was one of the first Americans on the ground in Benghazi. He risked his own life to lend the Libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new, free nation. He spent every day since helping to finish the work that he started. Chris was committed to advancing America’s values and interests, even when that meant putting himself in danger.

    Sean Smith was a husband and a father of two, who joined the Department ten years ago. Like Chris, Sean was one of our best. Prior to arriving in Benghazi, he served in Baghdad, Pretoria, Montreal, and most recently The Hague.

    All the Americans we lost in yesterday’s attacks made the ultimate sacrifice. We condemn this vicious and violent attack that took their lives, which they had committed to helping the Libyan people reach for a better future.

    For more: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/09/197630.htm

    • Statement on the Deaths of Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty in Benghazi, Libya

      Press Statement
      Hillary Rodham Clinton
      Secretary of State
      Washington, DC

      September 13, 2012 state.gov

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      The attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday claimed the lives of four Americans. Yesterday, I spoke about two: Ambassador Chris Stevens and Information Management Officer Sean Smith. Today, we also recognize the two security personnel who died helping protect their colleagues. Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty were both decorated military veterans who served our country with honor and distinction. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest gratitude are with their families and friends. Our embassies could not carry on our critical work around the world without the service and sacrifice of brave people like Tyrone and Glen.

      Tyrone’s friends and colleagues called him “Rone,” and they relied on his courage and skill, honed over two decades as a Navy SEAL. In uniform, he served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2010, he protected American diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from Central America to the Middle East. He had the hands of a healer as well as the arm of a warrior, earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. All our hearts go out to Tyrone’s wife Dorothy and his three sons, Tyrone Jr., Hunter, and Kai, who was born just a few months ago.

      We also grieve for Glen Doherty, called Bub, and his family: his father Bernard, his mother Barbara, his brother Gregory, and his sister Kathleen. Glen was also a former Navy SEAL and an experienced paramedic. And he put his life on the line many times, protecting Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hotspots. In the end, he died the way he lived – with selfless honor and unstinting valor.

      We condemn the attack that took the lives of these heroes in the strongest terms, and we are taking additional steps to safeguard American embassies, consulates, and citizens around the world. This violence should shock the conscience of people of all faiths and traditions. We appreciate the statements of support that have poured in from across the region and beyond. People of conscience and goodwill everywhere must stand together in these difficult days against violence, hate, and division.

      I am enormously proud of the men and women who risk their lives every day in the service of our country and our values. They help make the United States the greatest force for peace, progress, and human dignity that the world has ever known. We honor the memory of our fallen colleagues by continuing their work and carrying on the best traditions of a bold and generous nation.

    • September 12, 2012

      Remarks by the President on the Deaths of U.S. Embassy Staff in Libya

      Rose Garden

      10:43 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Every day, all across the world, American diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation. Often, they are away from their families. Sometimes, they brave great danger.

      Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi. Among those killed was our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed. And today, the American people stand united in holding the families of the four Americans in our thoughts and in our prayers.

      The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. We’re working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats. I’ve also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.

      Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

      Already, many Libyans have joined us in doing so, and this attack will not break the bonds between the United States and Libya. Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans. Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried Ambassador Stevens’s body to the hospital, where we tragically learned that he had died.

      It’s especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save. At the height of the Libyan revolution, Chris led our diplomatic post in Benghazi. With characteristic skill, courage, and resolve, he built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries, and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya. When the Qaddafi regime came to an end, Chris was there to serve as our ambassador to the new Libya, and he worked tirelessly to support this young democracy, and I think both Secretary Clinton and I relied deeply on his knowledge of the situation on the ground there. He was a role model to all who worked with him and to the young diplomats who aspire to walk in his footsteps.

      Along with his colleagues, Chris died in a country that is still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war. Today, the loss of these four Americans is fresh, but our memories of them linger on. I have no doubt that their legacy will live on through the work that they did far from our shores and in the hearts of those who love them back home.

      Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. We mourned with the families who were lost on that day. I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed. And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.

      As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

      No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/12/remarks-president-deaths-us-embassy-staff-libya

      • Video shows Libyans trying to rescue US ambassador

        9/18/12 By MAGGIE MICHAEL | Associated Press – 2 hrs 51 mins ago

        CAIRO (AP) — Libyans tried to rescue Ambassador Chris Stevens, cheering “God is great” and rushing him to a hospital after they discovered him still clinging to life inside the U.S. Consulate, according to witnesses and a new video that emerged Monday from last week’s attack in the city of Benghazi.

        The group of Libyans had stumbled across Stevens’ seemingly lifeless form inside a dark room and didn’t know who he was, only that he was a foreigner, the man who shot the video and two other witnesses told The Associated Press.

        The account underlines the confusion that reigned during the assault by protesters and heavily armed gunmen that overwhelmed the consulate in Benghazi last Tuesday night, killing four Americans, including Stevens, who died from smoke inhalation soon after he was found. U.S. officials are still trying to piece together how the top American diplomat in Libya got separated from others as staffers were evacuated, suffocating in what is believed to be a consulate safe-room.

        The Libyans who found him expressed frustration that there was no ambulance and no first aid on hand, leaving him to be slung over a man’s shoulder to be carried to a car.

        “There was not a single ambulance to carry him. Maybe he was handled the wrong way,” said Fahd al-Bakoush, a freelance videographer who shot the footage. “They took him to a private car.”

        U.S. and Libyan officials are also trying to determine who was behind the attack. Still unclear was whether it had been planned beforehand or was sparked by an anti-Islam film made in the United States that, hours before the Benghazi assault, had sparked protests at the American Embassy in Cairo.

        • Libyans storm militia in backlash of attack on US

          9/21/12 By MAGGIE MICHAEL | Associated Press – 2 hrs 31 mins ago

          BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry over last week’s killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya stormed the compound of the Islamic extremist militia suspected in the attack, evicting militiamen and setting fire to their building Friday.

          In an unprecedented show of public anger at Libya’s rampant militias, the crowd overwhelmed the compound of the Ansar al-Shariah Brigade in the center of the eastern city of Benghazi.

          Ansar al-Shariah fighters initially fired in the air to disperse the crowd, but eventually abandoned the site with their weapons and vehicles after it was overrun by waves of protesters shouting “No to militias.”

          “I don’t want to see armed men wearing Afghani-style clothes stopping me in the street to give me orders, I only want to see people in uniform,” said Omar Mohammed, a university student who took part in the takeover of the site, which protesters said was done in support of the army and police.

          No deaths were reported in the incident, which came after tens of thousands marched in Benghazi against armed militias. One vehicle was also burned at the compound.

          For many Libyans, the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was the last straw in one of the biggest problems Libya has faced since the ouster and death of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi around a year ago — the multiple mini-armies that with their arsenals of machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades are stronger than the regular armed forces and police.

          The militias, a legacy of the rag-tag popular forces that fought Gadhafi’s regime, tout themselves as protectors of Libya’s revolution, providing security where police cannot. But many say they act like gangs, detaining and intimidating rivals and carrying out killings.

          Militias made up of Islamic radicals like Ansar al-Shariah are notorious for attacks on Muslims who don’t abide by their hardline ideology. Officials and witnesses say fighters from Ansar al-Shariah led the attack on the U.S. consulate, which killed Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

          After taking over the Ansar compound, protesters then drove to attack the Benghazi headquarters of another Islamist militia, Rafallah Sahati. The militiamen opened fire on the protesters, who were largely unarmed. At least 20 were wounded, and there were unconfirmed witness reports of three protesters killed.

          Earlier in the day, some 30,000 people filled a broad boulevard as they marched along a lake in central Benghazi on Friday to the gates of the headquarters of Ansar al-Shariah.

          “No, no, to militias,” the crowd chanted, filling a broad boulevard. They carried banners and signs demanding that militias disband and that the government build up police to take their place in keeping security. “Benghazi is in a trap,” signs read. “Where is the army, where is the police?”

          Other signs mourned the killing of Stevens, reading, “The ambassador was Libya’s friend” and “Libya lost a friend.” Military helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead, and police mingled in the crowd, buoyed by the support of the protesters.

          For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/libyans-storm-militia-backlash-attack-us-225317193.html

          • October 10, 2012

            Statement by NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on John Brennan’s Trip to Libya

            Today, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan met with senior Libyan officials, including President Magariaf, in Tripoli. Mr. Brennan, on behalf of President Obama, expressed support for Libya’s ongoing government formation and transition to democracy and accepted condolences for the tragic deaths of four Americans in Benghazi last month.

            The two sides discussed the continuing investigation into the Benghazi attacks, including specific additional steps Libya can take to better assist the U.S. in ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice. Both sides reaffirmed their strong commitment to countering terrorism and violent extremism. Mr. Brennan encouraged Libyan officials to move quickly on refining their policies and advancing government capabilities in the security and justice sectors, and urged Libya to take full and timely advantage of specific offers of assistance from the United States and other international partners.

            Finally, Mr. Brennan reinforced U.S. support and commitment to the Libyan people and their leaders as they undertake the hard work of governance and reform necessary to build a new Libya.

          • Libyan authorities name Islamist group leader in Benghazi embassy attack

            10/18/123 By Ron Recinto | The Lookout – 2 hrs 37 mins ago

            Authorities in Libya have named a leader of a Benghazi-based Islamist group as the commander in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans last month, the New York Times reports.

            Libyans involved in the investigation say Ahmed Abu Khattala was seen by witnesses as leading the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Abu Khattala is the leader of the Ansar al-Shariah, a militant group that wants to advance Islamic law in Libya, according to the the Times.

            His exact involvement is still unclear as his group is fractionalized, and there may be more than one leader.
            The Times story notes that the Ansar al-Shariah brigade has 100 to 200 fighters. Its name means “supporters of Islamic law,” and the group is against electoral democracy. “Abu Khattala and Ansar al-Shariah share Al Qaeda’s puritanism and militancy,” says the writer of the New York Times story.

            But the article also points out that the two groups operate independently, and Ansar al-Shariah “focuses only on Libya rather than on a global jihad against the West.”

            Abu Khattala, who was imprisoned but was released about a year ago by the government to appease an uprising, remains at large. He may flee across the Libyan border to another country, according to the Times.

      • Obama administration airs ads in Pakistan, condemning anti-Islam film

        9/20/12 3:54 PM EDT POLITICO44

        The Obama administration is airing ads on Pakistani television condemning the anti-Islamic film “The Innocence of Muslims,” a State Department spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

        “As you know, after the video came out, there was concern in lots of bodies politic, including Pakistan, as to whether this represented the views of the U.S. Government. So in order to ensure we reached the largest number of Pakistanis – some 90 million, as I understand it in this case with these spots – it was the judgment that this was the best way to do it,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

        The ads show clips of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning the film in English (but dubbed in Urdu) in remarks they made last week. In the and emphasizing that it was not produced or authorized by the United States government.

        “In the case of Pakistan, it is common and traditional to have to buy airtime on Pakistani TV for public service announcements. So in that environment, it was their recommendation that we buy some airtime to make sure that the Pakistani people would heard the President’s messages and the Secretary’s messages, so we did purchase some time, is my understanding, on Pakistani TV stations, all of the stations,” Nuland said.

        She pointed to other instances of the U.S. government airing ads in foreign markets — including after the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.

        A spokesman for the department said that some Pakistani outlets carried the ad free of charge, while others identified it as a paid public service announcement.

        The film “The Innocence of Muslims” has sparked worldwide protests against the United States, and has drawn condemnation from politicians of both sides of the aisle.

        • In Pakistan, an Activist Schoolgirl is Shot by the Taliban

          OCTOBER 9, 2012 ⋅BY ADELINE SIRE ⋅ theworld.org

          Summary:

          A 14-year-old schoolgirl who campaigned for girls’ education in north-west Pakistan has been shot and wounded.

          Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head or neck by an unidentified man as she traveled home from school, in Mingora in SWAT.

          A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban told the BBC that they shot her.

          Yousafzai wrote a regular diary for the BBC Urdu language service in Pakistan under the name of Gul Makai while the Taliban was in control of SWAT three years ago and girls’ education was banned.

          Her diary entries were translated into English and Yousafzai became well-known.

          The girl is currently in critical condition at a Peshawar hospital.

          The BBC’s Haroon Rashid says the attack happened some time after Yousafzai told an interviewer that President Barack Obama is her “idol” and that she praises “what he’s doing for peace in the world.”

          For the audio interview: http://www.theworld.org/2012/10/pakistan-schoolgirl-taliban/

          • Taliban shooting of 14-year old sparks outrage in Pakistan
            Hundreds of people took to the streets to show their anti-Islamist sentiment after the Pakistani Taliban took responsibility for shooting a 14-year-old Pakistani girl in the head.

            October 10, 2012 By Mahvish Ahmed, Correspondent – csmonitor

            LAHORE, PAKISTAN
            Political leaders and media have joined students, activists, and a broad segment of Pakistanis in condemning the Pakistani Taliban for shooting a 14-year-old girl in the head and neck, leaving her in critical condition this week.

            The girl, Malala Yousafzai, is a children’s rights activist who blogged about life under the Taliban also known as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) when it occupied her home district of Swat in 2009. She is known for her media appearances bringing attention to atrocities carried out by the militant group.

            The shooting prompted widespread outrage against the Pakistani Taliban and Islamist militancy among ordinary Pakistanis – and some hope that the strong reaction would prompt some type of change. Though officials have offered a 10 million rupee ($105,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of the girl’s assailants, human rights activists, however, remain skeptical.

            “This is not the first time that extremist militant groups have carried out atrocities. I am pleased to see the strong reaction, but fear that little will change,” says I. A. Rehman, the Secretary-General of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

            The girl, Malala Yousafzai, is a children’s rights activist who blogged about life under the Taliban also known as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) when it occupied her home district of Swat in 2009. She is known for her media appearances bringing attention to atrocities carried out by the militant group.

            The shooting prompted widespread outrage against the Pakistani Taliban and Islamist militancy among ordinary Pakistanis – and some hope that the strong reaction would prompt some type of change. Though officials have offered a 10 million rupee ($105,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of the girl’s assailants, human rights activists, however, remain skeptical.

            “This is not the first time that extremist militant groups have carried out atrocities. I am pleased to see the strong reaction, but fear that little will change,” says I. A. Rehman, the Secretary-General of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

            A TTP gunman sought out Malala on a school bus on Tuesday and shot her twice. Two other girls sustained injuries, and one was in critical condition on Wednesday. Malala is now “out of danger,” according to surgeons who have successfully removed both bullets.

            But Ehsanullah Ehsan, the TTP Spokesman who claimed responsibility for the shooting, says that the militant group would attack her again if she survives.

            “She was pro-West, she was speaking against the Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol,” he said in a statement. “She was young but she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas.” Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, have been on a TTP hit list since 2011.

            For more: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2012/1010/Taliban-shooting-of-14-year-old-sparks-outrage-in-Pakistan

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            Malala Yousafzai 14 Year Old Pakistani Girl Shot By Taliban, CNN

            Published on Oct 10, 2012 by chouhdhryfarooq

            Malala Yousafzai 14 Year Old Pakistani Girl Shot By Taliban, CNN Interview

            • Profile of Malala Yousafzai Pakistani Girl Shot by the Taliban

              Published on Oct 10, 2012 by TheNewYorkTimes

              A 2009 documentary by Adam B. Ellick profiled Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl whose school was shut down by the Taliban. Ms. Yousafzai was shot by a gunman on Tuesday.

            • Clinton: Pakistan Shooting Shows Challenges Facing Girls

              October 10, 2012 Scott Stearns – VOAnews

              STATE DEPARTMENT — Doctors in Pakistan have successfully removed a bullet from a 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban for speaking out against the militant group and promoting education for women. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the attack shows how much some young women must overcome to be treated equal.

              Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Malala Yousufzai’s shooting shows the hostility against which many women and girls struggle.

              “Yesterday’s attack reminds us of the challenges that girls face, whether its poverty or marginalization, or even violence just for speaking out for their basic rights,” said Clinton.

              Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck Tuesday while boarding a school bus in the Swat Valley. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for shooting the girl, saying Yousufzai was “pro-West, speaking out against the Taliban, and calling U.S. President Barack Obama her idol.”

              Yousufzai is internationally recognized for documenting atrocities committed by the Taliban in the area near her home.

              Clinton said she is a brave child for standing up for the rights of Pakistani girls.

              For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/clinton_says_pakistan_shooting_shows_challenges_facing_girls/1524209.html

          • Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban Sent to Britain

            October 15, 2012 VOA News

            Pakistan’s military says the 14-year-old schoolgirl who was recently shot by the Taliban has been sent to Britain for medical treatment.

            The military said Monday that a panel of doctors recommended Malala Yousafzai’s transfer to a British facility “which has the capability to provide integrated care to children who have sustained severe injury.” The teenager was being treated in military hospitals in the Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Rawalpindi.

            Taliban gunmen shot Yousafzai in the neck and head on October 9 as she left school in the northwestern area of Swat Valley. The Taliban said it targeted the girl because she spoke out against the militant group.

            The Pakistani military said Monday doctors agreed that Yousafzai “will require prolonged care to fully recover from the physical and psychological effects of trauma that she has received.” The military said she will need the repair or replacement of “damaged bones of the skull and long-term rehabilitation.”

            The United Arab Emirates provided an air ambulance for Yousafzai’s trip to Britain, where British Foreign Secretary William Hague said she will be receiving specialist medical care at a public hospital.

            Yousafzai has been internationally recognized for promoting education for girls and documenting Taliban atrocities in the area near her home in the northwestern Swat Valley.

            British Foreign Secretary Hague said Monday “last week’s barbaric attack on Malala Yousafzai and her school friends shocked Pakistan and the world.” He said, “Malala’s bravery in standing up for the right of all young girls in Pakistan to an education is an example to us all.”

            For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/wounded-pakistani-girl-sent-to-britain/1526564.html

          • Pakistan marks “Malala Day”, poor children to get cash for school

            11/10/12 By Katharine Houreld | Reuters – 16 hrs ago

            ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The families of more than 3 million poor children in Pakistan will receive cash stipends if their children go to school, the government said as officials prepared to mark “Malala Day” on Saturday in support of a schoolgirl shot by the Taliban.

            U.N. officials declared Malala Day one month after 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai and two of her classmates were shot by the Pakistan Taliban. She had been targeted for speaking out against the insurgency.

            In the days following the shooting, Yousufzai became an international icon and world leaders pledged to support her campaign for girls’ education. She is now recovering in a British hospital.

            On Friday, Pakistani president Asif Zardari added his signature to petitions signed by more than a million people urging Pakistan to pay stipends to families who put their girls in school in honor of Malala.

            “Malala’s dreams represent what is best about Pakistan,” said former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as he presented the petitions to President Zardari.

            Tens of thousands of Britons have called on the government to nominate Malala Yousufzai for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting girls’ education.

            On Friday, the government announced that poor families will now receive $2 a month per child in primary school.

            The program will be funded by the World Bank and Britain and distributed through the government’s Benazir Income Support Program, designed to give small cash payments to needy families. The families in the program already receive $10 a month for basic expenditure.

            After a stipend program was put in place in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a World Bank study found a nine percent increase in girls’ enrolment over two years, said Alaphia Zoyab, the South Asia campaigner for internet activist group Avaaz.

            Pakistan is struggling to overcome widespread poverty, a Taliban insurgency and massive, endemic corruption. Less than 0.57 percent of Pakistan’s 180 million citizens pay income tax, money that the government could use to educate poor children.

            Instead, the Pakistani government relies on foreign donors to fund many social programs. Britain is due to spend around $1 billion on helping Pakistan educate poor children by 2015.

    • September 12, 2012

      Statement by the President on the Attack in Benghazi

      I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.

      I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.

      On a personal note, Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi. As Ambassador in Tripoli, he has supported Libya’s transition to democracy. His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice. I am profoundly grateful for his service to my Administration, and deeply saddened by this loss.

      The brave Americans we lost represent the extraordinary service and sacrifices that our civilians make every day around the globe. As we stand united with their families, let us now redouble our own efforts to carry their work forward.

      • US Pulls Embassy Staff Amid al-Qaida Calls for Violence

        September 16, 2012 6:26 AM VOA News

        The U.S. has ordered the departure of all non-essential personnel and the families of diplomats from its embassies in Sudan and Tunisia.

        The State Department order Saturday also warned U.S. citizens against travel to the two countries because of concerns about rising anti-American violence.

        A U.S. made, anti-Muslim film prompted a wave of protests and violence last week across the Middle East and other regions.

        The man allegedly behind the private film was questioned Saturday by U.S. authorities in California.

        Some parts of the Muslim world returned to calm Saturday following violence that began Tuesday when U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed along with three other Americans. Several demonstrators have died since then.

        Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen has called for more violence against American embassies after days of deadly protests against the film.

        Sudanese police patrolled the streets of Khartoum Saturday, a day after protesters attacked the British, German and U.S. embassies.

        Sudan’s foreign minister, Ali Karti, has rejected a U.S. request to send Marines to the capital to protect the embassy.

        Tunisia’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the violence and says it is committed to protecting all embassies and diplomatic missions.

        Egyptian workers spent Saturday cleaning up Cairo’s Tahrir Square after a night of fighting between police and demonstrators that left one person dead.

        Other countries that had seen days of protests, including Tunisia and Yemen, were also quieter Saturday. But new protests erupted in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia and Sydney, Australia.

      • Consulate Attack Preplanned, Libya’s President Says

        8/16/12 by LEILA FADEL – npr

        Libya’s president says he believes al-Qaida is behind a deadly attack in eastern Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other U.S. staffers.

        In an exclusive interview with NPR in Benghazi, President Mohammed el-Megarif says foreigners infiltrated Libya over the past few months, planned the attack and used Libyans to carry it out.

        Wearing the traditional long white robe of men in Libya, Megarif is visibly exhausted when we speak to him at his home in Benghazi. As he describes the ambush on the U.S. consulate that killed Stevens and three other Americans, his eyes water and he drops his head.

        “Our friend and friend of all Libyans and all residents of Benghazi and we feel very, very, very,” deep sadness, he says.

        A steady stream of people files in and out of the soft-spoken president’s home. This eastern Libyan city was the birthplace of the revolt against late dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Now it is a neglected place, with few security forces on the street and a flood of heavy weaponry.

        Megarif says that over the past few months, foreigners took advantage of the security vacuum and flowed into the country from Mali and Algeria. I ask if this attack was over an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world. He shakes his head.

        “The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous,” he says. “We firmly believe that this was a precalculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. Consulate.”

        The attackers used the protesters outside the consulate as a cover, he says.

        “The intention was there from the beginning, for it to take this ugly barbaric, criminal form,” he says.

        Megarif claims evidence shows that some elements of Ansar al-Sharia, an extremist group in eastern Benghazi, were used as tools by foreign citizens with ties to al-Qaida to attack the consulate and threaten Libya’s stability.

        For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/09/16/161228170/consulate-attack-preplanned-libya-s-president-says

    • California man linked to anti-Islam film taken in for questioning

      9/15/12 By Alex Dobuzinskis | Reuters – 2 hrs 0 mins ago

      LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man convicted of bank fraud was taken in for questioning on Saturday by officers investigating possible probation violations stemming from the making of an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests in the Muslim world.

      Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, voluntarily left his home in the early hours of Saturday morning for the meeting in a sheriff’s station in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

      “He will be interviewed by federal probation officers,” Whitmore said. He said Nakoula had not been placed under arrest but would not be returning home immediately. “He was never put in handcuffs… It was all voluntary.”

      Nakoula, who has denied involvement in the film in a phone call to his Coptic Christian bishop, was ushered out of his home and into a waiting car by several sheriff’s deputies, his face shielded by a scarf, hat and sunglasses.

      The crudely made 13-minute English-language film, filmed in California and circulated on the Internet under several titles including “Innocence of Muslims”, mocks the Prophet Mohammad.

      The film sparked a violent protest at the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi during which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed on Tuesday. Protests have spread to other countries across the Muslim world.
      For many Muslims, any depiction of the prophet is blasphemous. Caricatures deemed insulting in the past have provoked protests and drawn condemnations from officials, preachers, ordinary Muslims and many Christians.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-investigating-man-linked-anti-islam-film-011018967.html

  30. 10:45 AM ET
    Dr. Jill Biden attends a campaign event at the Organizing for America-Grand Rapids field office,
    Grand Rapids, MI

  31. Good Saturday morning everyone. I HOPE that you have a good day.

    May things in the world start to heal and may the hate and blood shed cease; the world has enough woes at this time and does not more heaped upon on.

  32. 1:00 PM ET
    Dr. Jill Biden attends a campaign event
    Hicks Student Center, Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, Township MI

  33. 2:40 PM ET
    Dr. Jill Biden attends a campaign event at the Organizing for America-Battle Creek Headquarters
    Battle Creek, MI

  34. The Question

    Published on Sep 15, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
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    He keeps saying it…

    “This President cannot tell us that you’re better off today than when he took office.” – Mitt Romney

    Here’s where we were in 2008:

    “Worst financial collapse since the great depression”

    “American workers were laid off in numbers not seen in over three decades”

    And here’s where we are today…30 months of private sector job growth. Creating 4.6 million new jobs.

    We’re not there yet. But the real question is: Whose plan is better for you?

    The President’s plan asks millionaires to pay a little more to help invest in a strong middle class, clean energy, and cut the deficit.

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  35. WH

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

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    Dr. Jill Biden attends campaign event at Obama for America Pittsburgh Field Office,
    Pittsburgh, PA

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  36. Let’s Talk About Values

    Published on Sep 14, 2012 by DemRapidResponse

    With Paul Ryan speaking at the 2012 Values Voters Summit, its time to really “Talk About Values”

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    Transcript:

    Paul Ryan will be speaking at the Values Voter Summit

    Let’s talk about values

    Education:

    Student: I was just curious, if elected, what you do in regards to college tuition and making it easier for me and my classmates

    Mitt Romney: The best thing I can do for you, is to tell you to shop around

    Student: I’m a recipient of Pell Grants, I come from a very middle class family, under your plan you cut it by 15% , I was just curious as to why you would cut a grant that goes directly to the middle and lower class people that need it the most

    Paul Ryan: Because Pell Grants have been unsustainable

    President Obama: Education was the gateway to opportunity for me, it was the gateway for Michelle, it was the gateway for most of you. And now more than ever, it is the gateway to a middle class life. No family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don’t have the money

    The Auto Industry:

    Mitt Romney: That’s exactly what I said, the headline you read, which said let Detroit go bankrupt

    President Obama: I’ve met workers in Detroit and Toledo who feared they’d never build another American car, and today they can’t build them fast enough because we reinvented a dying auto industry that’s back on top of the world

    Vice President Biden: This wasn’t just about cars. It was about the people who built and made those cars, and about the America those people build!

    Medicare:

    Reporter: Ryan has proposed slowing the growth of Medicare and providing future retirees with something like a voucher, to buy private health insurance

    Paul Ryan: You can call it a voucher, whatever you want

    President Obama: I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies

    The DREAM Act:

    Mitt Romney: If I were elected and Congress were to pass the DREAM Act would I veto it and the answer is yes

    Vice President Biden: President Obama believes that even though those DREAMers, those kids didn’t choose to come here, they have chosen to do right by America and it’s time for us to do right by them

    Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

    Bob Schieffer: You actually want to lower taxes on the wealthy, even lower than the Bush tax cuts

    President Obama: I refused to ask middle class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids, just to pay for another millionaires tax cut

    Vice President Biden: For the values that define us, for the ideals that inspire us, there is only one choice, that choice is to move forward.

  37. Good Sunday morning everyone! Doing data entry at another phone bank O-event today. I HOPE that you have a good day!

  38. 11:00 AM ET
    Dr. Jill Biden attends campaign event at Obama for America Pittsburgh Field Office,
    Pittsburgh, PA

  39. September 14, 2012

    Letter from the President regarding the Sequestration Transparency Act

    Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

    Pursuant to section 2 of the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-155), I am providing a report prepared by the Office of Management and Budget on the sequestration required to be ordered by paragraphs (7)(A) and (8) of section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 901a) for Fiscal Year 2013 on January 2, 2013.

    Sincerely,

    BARACK OBAMA

  40. September 14, 2012

    Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Sudanese Vice President Taha

    Vice President Biden called Vice President Ali Osman Taha of Sudan today to express his concern for the security of the United States Embassy and other foreign missions in Khartoum. Vice President Biden reaffirmed the responsibility of the Government of Sudan to protect diplomatic facilities and stressed the need for the Government of Sudan to ensure the protection of diplomats in Khartoum. Vice President Biden emphasized that the highest priority of the United States is the safety of the U.S. diplomatic presence abroad.

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