Pearl Harbor 71st Anniversary Remembrance

USS Arizona Memorial

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President Barack Obama places a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 29, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama places a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial in
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 29, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in HonoluluHawaiʻi, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oʻahu was the action that led to United States involvement in World War II.

The memorial, dedicated in 1962, is visited by more than one million people annually. Accessible only by boat, it straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Historical information about the attack, shuttle boats to and from the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the associated USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, which opened in 1980 and is operated by the National Park Service. The sunken remains of the battleship were declared a National Historic Landmark on 5 May 1989.



USS Arizona Memorial

The Visitor Center operated by the National Park Service is free to the public and has a museum with exhibits about the Pearl Harbor attack, such as the ship’s bell from the USS Arizona. The Pearl Harbor National Monument Bookstore revenue helps support the museum.


USS Arizona Memorial

The Visitor Center operated by the National Park Service is free to the public and has a museum with exhibits about the Pearl Harbor attack, such as the ship’s bell from the USS Arizona. The Pearl Harbor National Monument Bookstore revenue helps support the museum.

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

President Barack Obama places a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial in
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 29, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


USS Arizona Memorial

The Visitor Center operated by the National Park Service is free to the public and has a museum with exhibits about the Pearl Harbor attack, such as the ship’s bell from the USS Arizona. The Pearl Harbor National Monument Bookstore revenue helps support the museum.

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument



56 thoughts on “Pearl Harbor 71st Anniversary Remembrance

  1. WH

    Friday, December 7, 2012

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  2. Pearl Harbor 71st Anniversary Remembrance

    The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oʻahu was the action that led to United States involvement in World War II.

    The memorial, dedicated in 1962, is visited by more than one million people annually. Accessible only by boat, it straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Historical information about the attack, shuttle boats to and from the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the associated USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, which opened in 1980 and is operated by the National Park Service. The sunken remains of the battleship were declared a National Historic Landmark on 5 May 1989.


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    • President Obama visits Pearl Harbor memorial

      December 30, 2011 By the CNN Wire Staff

      Honolulu (CNN) — President Barack Obama has now done what every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has done — visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

      Accompanied by his wife, Obama Thursday marked this year’s 70th anniversary of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attacks by laying a wreath inside the memorial and scattering white, yellow and purple flower petals in the water above the wrecked ship.

      Sporting a dark suit — attire Obama frequently wears in Washington but something that has not been seen on his current vacation — the president observed a moment of silence while in the shrine room of the memorial.

      The president made no remarks while at the memorial, however, he marked the anniversary earlier in the month by releasing a statement that said, “we salute the veterans and survivors of Pearl Harbor who inspire us still. Despite overwhelming odds, they fought back heroically, inspiring our nation and putting us on the path to victory.”

      Adm. Robert Willard, Navy commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, along with Donna Willard, the admiral’s wife, also accompanied the first family at the memorial.

      Dedicated in 1962, the memorial sits above the sunken USS Arizona and commemorates the over 2,300 lives lost when Japan launched a surprise attack on the Navy base. That attack propelled U.S. military involvement in World War II and triggered the county’s involvement in what came to be known as the Pacific theater.

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    • Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Honolulu Wednesday and visited the USS Arizona Memorial with his daughter-in-law and granddaughter.

      The White House said Biden was met by Adm. Robert Millard, commander of the Pacific Command, and Adm. Patrick Walsh, commander of the Pacific Fleet.

      He was accompanied by his daughter-in-law, Kathleen, and granddaughter Naomi.

      Joe Biden arrived at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe early Wednesday morning on his way back to Washington from an eight-day visit to China, Mongolia and Japan.

      Air Force 2 touched down at 5:45 a.m. on a flight from Yokota Air Base, Japan.

      Biden will give remarks and meet with Kaneohe Marines and their families Thursday afternoon before taking off for Washington.

      Biden spoke to U.S. troops at Yokota and said he “didn’t come to explain a damn thing” on his visit to China, adding that the country’s economy had become the world’s second biggest due to the stabilizing presence of U.S. troops in Asia.

      Some media had suggested the purpose of his trip to China was to “explain our economic situation,” Biden said. “I didn’t come to explain a damn thing.”

      Biden, 68, spent four days traveling in China with counterpart Xi Jinping, who is the frontrunner to succeed President Hu Jintao in 2013. The vice president said he made the visit to the biggest foreign holder of U.S. debt to build a relationship with Xi and wanted to make clear that the U.S. economy is strong and that the nation is still a Pacific power.

      Biden said he spent “an unusual four days” in China. “Unusual in the sense that the man who’s likely to become the next president of China spent four days with me, he traveled the country with me. They are very anxious to understand who we are, where we are and wanting personal relationships.”

      While in public, Biden made statements of reassurance about the stability of the U.S. economy and the safety of Treasuries, he said the issue wasn’t a major focus of his private talks with Chinese leaders.

      “There were no probing questions about our economy from them,” Biden told reporters traveling with him to Japan from Mongolia on the final leg of his three-nation Asia tour. He said he “didn’t sense it a bit that they needed reassurance about our economic stability.”

      Biden said Chinese leaders asked, “what’s going on?” not “assure me now, we’re worried.” He said the Chinese don’t view the U.S. as a declining economic power.

      During meetings in Beijing, Biden and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao both expressed confidence in the U.S. economy, with the Chinese premier saying its stability “is in the interest of the whole world.”

      Biden said he told China’s leaders that their economy is thriving because of the U.S. military presence in the region.

      The U.S. is “a stabilizing force in the Pacific Basin,” he told the troops. “An American focus in Asia is only going to grow in the years to come as Asia plays an ever-increasing role, particularly in the global economy but also in international affairs.”

      The U.S. has about 38,000 service personnel stationed at bases in Japan. “ “You are the finest warriors that the world has ever seen,” he said at the base. “Every other military in the world watches what you can do.”

    • Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify unknown dead

      12/6/12 By By AUDREY McAVOY | Associated Press – 2 hrs 55 mins ago

      HONOLULU (AP) — Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater.
      And so he set out to restore names to the dead.

      Emory, a survivor of the attack, doggedly scoured decades-old documents to piece together who was who. He pushed, and sometimes badgered, the government into relabeling more than 300 gravestones with the ship names of the deceased. And he lobbied for forensic scientists to exhume the skeletons of those who might be identified.

      On Friday, the 71-year anniversary of the Japanese attack, the Navy and National Park Service will honor the 91-year-old former sailor for his determination to have Pearl Harbor remembered, and remembered accurately.

      “Some of the time, we suffered criticism from Ray and sometimes it was personally directed at me. And I think it was all for the better,” said National Park Service historian Daniel Martinez. “It made us rethink things. It wasn’t viewed by me as personal, but a reminder of how you need to sharpen your pencil when you recall these events and the people and what’s important.”

      Emory first learned of the unknown graves more than 20 years ago when he visited the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific shortly before the 50th anniversary of the attack. The grounds foreman told him the Pearl Harbor dead were scattered around the veterans’ graveyard in a volcanic crater called Punchbowl after its resemblance to the serving dish.

      Emory got a clipboard and walked along row after row of flat granite markers, making notes of any listing death around Dec. 7, 1941. He got ahold of the Navy’s burial records from archives in Washington and determined which ships the dead in each grave were from.

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  3. Attack on Pearl Harbor

    The attack on Pearl Harbor (called Hawaii Operation or Operation AI by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters (Operation Z in planning) and the Battle of Pearl Harbor) was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941 (December 8 in Japan). The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States.

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    • December 06, 2012

      Presidential Proclamation — National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2012


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      On December 7, 1941, our Nation suffered one of the most devastating attacks ever to befall the American people. In less than 2 hours, the bombs that rained on Pearl Harbor robbed thousands of men, women, and children of their lives; in little more than a day, our country was thrust into the greatest conflict the world had ever known. We mark this anniversary by honoring the patriots who perished more than seven decades ago, extending our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones they left behind, and showing our gratitude to a generation of service members who carried our Nation through some of the 20th century’s darkest moments.

      In his address to the Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt affirmed that “with confidence in our Armed Forces — with the unbounding determination of our people — we will gain the inevitable triumph.” Millions stood up and shipped out to meet that call to service, fighting heroically on Europe’s distant shores and pressing island by island across the Pacific. Millions more carried out the fight in factories and shipyards here at home, building the arsenal of democracy that propelled America to the victory President Roosevelt foresaw. On every front, we faced down impossible odds — and out of the ashes of conflict, America rose more prepared than ever to meet the challenges of the day, sure that there was no trial we could not overcome.

      Today, we pay solemn tribute to America’s sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice at Oahu. As we do, let us also reaffirm that their legacy will always burn bright — whether in the memory of those who knew them, the spirit of service that guides our men and women in uniform today, or the heart of the country they kept strong and free.

      The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2012, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


    • Returning to Pearl Harbor

      Published on Dec 7, 2012

      Nearly 2 million people make the journey to Pearl Harbor each year. Only a few bring Pearl Harbor with them. They are the survivors of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and this is their story. Hear it in their own words as they return to Pearl Harbor for what could be the final time. Produced by Tech Sgt. Chris Hibben, 4th Combat Camera Unit. (Video courtesy of

    • Remembering Pearl Harbor heroes 71 years later

      Published on Dec 7, 2012

      Remembering the bombing of Pearl Harbor heroes, 71 years later.

  4. US Supreme Court to Consider Taking Prop 8, DOMA Cases Again This Friday
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    December 8, 2012 gaypolis

    Today, the United States Supreme Court indicated that it will again consider whether to grant review in Hollingsworth v. Perry (formerly Perry v. Brown), the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. The Perry case, along with several cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), have been distributed for consideration at the Justices’ private Conference scheduled for Friday, December 7. The Proposition 8 and DOMA cases were considered at the Justices’ Conference of Friday, November 30, but the Court took no action in any of the cases.

    Enacted in November 2008, Proposition 8 eliminated the fundamental freedom of gay and lesbian Californians to marry. DOMA, which was enacted by Congress in 1996, nullifies the marriages of gay and lesbian couples for all purposes of federal law.

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  5. West Wing Week: 12/07/12 or “I Have To Pinch Myself”

    Published on Dec 6, 2012

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President visited a toy factory, hosted Kennedy Center Honorees, held the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference, welcomed the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, answered questions live on twitter, spoke on National Security achievements, visited a family who had written the White House, and lit the National Christmas Tree. That’s November 30th to December 6th or “I Have to Pinch Myself.”

  6. Texas senator cracks down on human trafficking: Child Protection Act seeks to protect victims of pornography, abuse

    December 6, 2012 2:57 PM CST By Kelley Chambers –

    The U.S. Senate passed the Child Protection Act of 2012 on Tuesday. The legislation was several years in the making and will help protect victims of child pornography, sexual abuse and trafficking by strengthening law enforcement’s ability to apprehend the culprits.

    The act – which was introduced by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and approved just prior to Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January – passed in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The bill now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature.

    According to the U.S. Department of State, thousands of men, women and children are trafficked to the U.S. for sexual and labor exploitation. Many of these them are lured from their homes with false promises of a better life. Instead, they are entered into prostitution or other types of forced labor, according to the department.

    “We need to provide law enforcement with every tool they need to crack down on the most vile criminals – child sex predators and traffickers – and protect the innocent young people who fall victim to these heinous crimes. This is an issue we can all agree on, and I’m pleased Congress has passed this important measure in a bipartisan fashion,” Cornyn said in a release. “I hope the President will sign this bill swiftly to bring greater justice and protection to victims and allow law enforcement to take immediate steps to stop child predators and traffickers in their tracks.”

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    • Obama to sign child protection act

      12/7/12 5:16 AM POLITICO44

      President Obama will sign the Child Protection Act of 2012 — a bill aimed at protecting victims of child pornography, sexual abuse and trafficking — in a closed press event in the Oval Office.

  7. US economy adds 146K jobs, rate falls to 7.7 pct.

    12/7/12 By By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 5 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.

    The Labor Department report offered a mixed picture for the economy.

    Hiring remained steady during the storm and in the face of looming tax increases. But the government said employers added 49,000 fewer jobs in October and September than initially estimated. And the unemployment rate fell from 7.9 percent in October mostly because more people stopped looking for work and weren’t counted as unemployed.

    Still, there were signs that the storm disrupted economic activity. Construction employment dropped 20,000. And weather prevented 369,000 people from getting to work. They were still counted as employed.

    • The Employment Situation in November

      Alan Krueger December 07, 2012 09:30 AM EST

      While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.

      Most pressing, President Obama has proposed, and the Senate has passed, an extension of middle class income tax cuts that would prevent the typical middle class family from facing a $2,200 tax increase at the beginning of next year. In addition, the President has proposed a plan that will enable responsible homeowners to refinance their mortgage and take advantage of today’s historically low interest rates. To create more jobs in particularly hard-hit sectors, President Obama continues to urge Congress to pass elements of the American Jobs Act, including further investment in infrastructure to rebuild our Nation’s ports, roads and highways, and assistance to State and local governments to prevent layoffs and to enable them to rehire hundreds of thousands of teachers.

      Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that private sector businesses added 147,000 jobs last month. Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 146,000 jobs in November. The economy has now added private sector jobs for 33 straight months, and a total of 5.6 million jobs have been added during that period, taking account of the preliminary benchmark revision.

      The household survey showed that the unemployment rate declined from 7.9 percent in October to 7.7 percent in November, the lowest since December 2008. The labor force participation rate declined by 0.2 percentage point last month. Over the last 12 months, the unemployment rate has decreased by 1.0 percentage point as a result of growing employment, and the labor force participation rate has been essentially unchanged.

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    • December 07, 2012

      Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 915, H.R. 6063, H.R. 6634

      On Friday, December 7, 2012, the President signed into law:

      H.R. 915, the “Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act,” which establishes in statute the Department of Homeland Security’s Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), which is comprised of multi-agency units established to address and reduce security threats and violence on the Nation’s southern and northern borders and at selected seaports;

      H.R. 915, the “Child Protection Act of 2012,” which makes changes to the Criminal Code related to child pornography and protection of child witnesses and Department of Justice programs related to prevention and interdiction of child exploitation and child pornography on the Internet; and

      H.R. 6634, which delays, until April 15, 2013, the requirement in the STOCK Act that financial disclosure forms of certain employees of the Executive and Legislative Branches be made available on official websites.

    • President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Agriculture Report

      Published on Dec 7, 2012

      The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology presents findings and recommendations from its report on agricultural preparedness and the agriculture enterprise. Speakers include Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Dr. John P. Holdren, Deputy Secretary for Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan, Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics, Dr. Catherine Woteki, and PCAST Member and study co-chair, Dr. Dan Schrag. December 7, 2012.

  8. Consumer Credit in U.S. Increased More Than Forecast in October

    Dec 7, 2012 12:00 PM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Consumer credit in the U.S. increased more than forecast in October, led by another jump in borrowing for student loans and autos.

    The $14.2 billion gain followed a revised $12.2 billion advance in September, Federal Reserve figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 36 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a $10 billion October rise.

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    Automobile demand continues to add to economic growth. Cars and light trucks sold at a 15.5 million annual rate in November, the most in almost five years and up from a 14.2 million pace the prior month, according to Ward’s Automotive Group. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

    A rebound in the housing market and gradual improvement in reducing joblessness may bolster household spending as consumers take on more debt for purchases that make up about 70 percent of the economy. A jump in auto sales last month indicates cheaper borrowing costs continue to lure Americans.

    Consumer purchases “haven’t fallen out of bed as business spending has,” Millan Mulraine, senior U.S. strategist for TD Securities in New York, who projected a $15 billion jump in credit, said before the report. “It’s unlikely that it will, because the other factors that are helping consumers and households — one, lower gasoline prices and two, the housing market — have provided a little flow for confidence.”

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey for consumer credit ranged from gains of $5 billion to $16.5 billion. The September increase was previously reported as $11.4 billion.

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  9. Supreme Court will hear two gay marriage cases

    12/7/12 By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 38 mins ago

    The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide two major gay marriage cases next year that could have a sweeping impact on the rights of same-sex couples to wed. The cases, which likely won’t be decided until June, mark the first time the justices will consider arguments for and against same-sex marriage.

    The court will review California’s gay marriage ban, which passed in a 2008 ballot initiative months after the California’s high court had legalized same sex unions and thousands of gay Californians had already tied the knot. Two federal courts have struck down Prop. 8 as discriminatory, leaving the Supreme Court to render a final judgment.

    The justices will also hear a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a law passed under President Bill Clinton that prevents the federal government from recognizing gay marriages.

    Windsor v. United States was brought by Edith Windsor, a resident of New York who paid $363,000 in estate taxes after her wife died because the federal government did not recognize their marriage. New York is one of nine states (and the District of Columbia) where gay marriage is legal, so Windsor argues that the federal government is discriminating against her by not recognizing her state-sanctioned marriage.

    The Obama administration decided last year to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, so Congress has hired outside counsel to argue on behalf of the law. Recently, two federal appeals courts had struck down the law as unconstitutional, virtually requiring the Supreme Court to take the case to settle the dispute between the courts and Congress.

    Few legal experts expect the court to deliver a sweeping ruling that would decide whether or not all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, have a fundamental right to marry. In the DOMA case, it’s more likely they will narrowly decide whether the federal government has a legitimate interest in invalidating certain states’ definition of marriage, given that marriage has traditionally been a state domain. In the Prop 8 case, justices may decide whether a ban on gay marriage is legal in the specific case of California, where gay couples were allowed to marry for several months before the ban passed.

    For both cases, court-watchers will have their eyes trained firmly on swing justice Anthony Kennedy, who has a record of ruling in favor of gay rights. In 2003, Kennedy wrote the Court’s opinion in Lawrence v Texas, a landmark decision that said the government cannot outlaw anal sex between consenting adults, whatever their sexual orientation. (“The liberty protected by the Constitution allows homosexual persons the right to choose to enter upon relationships in the confines of their homes and their own private lives and still retain their dignity as free persons,” he wrote.) Kennedy also cast the deciding vote striking down a Colorado law that would have prevented local governments from passing laws specifically protecting gay and lesbian civil rights.

    Because of Kennedy’s history on the issue, many legal experts think there’s a good chance the court will strike down DOMA, with Kennedy joining the court’s four liberals for the decision. But the workings of the Supreme Court are notoriously hard to predict, and it’s still a complete mystery what the nine justices will decide next June.

  10. Biden takes fiscal cliff case to Virginia diner


    Vice President Joe Biden continued the White House campaign to pressure congressional Republicans to agree to extend the current tax rate for middle class tax cuts, taking his message to a Virginia diner on Friday.

    Though “it’s undeniable the trajectory is positive” for the economy and the jobs market – especially in light of the unemployment data released by the Labor Department earlier Friday – Biden warned that “the downside of going down this cliff … is real” and would hurt the economy.

    “This is no time to add any additional burden for middle class people,” he said, later adding that “bottom line” is that a few thousand dollars less in Americans’ pockets makes a “material difference” in their lives.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said earlier in the day that Democrats have been “slow-walking” the talks, but Biden wouldn’t say whether his party has been dragging its feet.

    “I’ll let the American people make their judgment whether or not they think that’s the case,” Biden said at Arlington’s Metro 29 Diner.

    “That is not the president’s position. We have laid out where we are,” he continued. “I think everybody knows, every serious economists I’ve spoken to — left, right and center –knows there has to be revenue.

    You have to do something about rates. You can’t get there from here without affecting these people around this table.”

    It would take “15 minutes” for a deal to get done if Boehner would agree to let taxes go up for wealthy Americans. While the White House’s preference is for rates to go back to Clinton-era levels, but are willing to “negotiate” with the GOP.

    If a deal is reached and a bill is passed, Biden joked, the president would likely have him “sprint” to Capitol Hill to get the bill and bring it back to the White House.

  11. Why Taking Tax Rates Off the Table Threatens Non-Profits and Charitable Giving

    Aviva Aron-Dine and Jonathan December 07, 2012 02:23 PM EST

    Right now, America faces a series of critical fiscal choices that will affect the economy for years to come. One of the most critical steps we can take is to reduce the deficit in a balanced way in order to lay the foundation for long-term middle-class job growth. But we need to do that in a way that’s consistent with our values.

    As part of his balanced approach to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion, President Obama proposes to raise $1.6 trillion in new revenue over 10 years for deficit reduction, including $1 trillion from the expiration of the Bush high-income and estate tax cuts. The President’s plan asks the wealthy to pay their fair share by raising tax rates for the wealthiest 2% to the level they were at under President Clinton—39.6%—which was a time when we created 23 million new jobs. It also prevents an income tax increase for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses.

    Some have suggested that, rather than raising tax rates for the most fortunate, policymakers should make up the revenue by cutting high-income tax benefits – in particular, by imposing a dollar cap on itemized deductions, including charitable contributions.

    But what is clear is that proposals that take tax rates off the table would threaten donations to universities, non-profit hospitals, social services providers, arts and cultural institutions and other nonprofit organizations. This is because – to make the math work – these proposals rely on hundreds of billions of dollars of revenue that would result from drastically cutting or eliminating the charitable deduction as we now know it.

    Currently, the tax code encourages gifts to charity by allowing taxpayers to claim itemized deductions for charitable giving. But – as a new report by the National Economic Council (NEC) shows, the most prominent dollar cap proposals would effectively eliminate the charitable deduction for up to 13 million households and for as much as 60 percent of currently deductible giving.


  12. At the White House, Charlie Crist becomes at Democrat

    12/7/12 10:20 PM EST By BYRON TAU – POLITICO44

    At a Friday holiday reception at the White House, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist officially signed the papers to became a registered Democrat. He tweets:

    “Proud and honored to join the Democratic Party in the home of President @BarackObama!”

    “I’ve had friends for years tell me, ‘You know Charlie, you’re a Democrat and you don’t know it,'” Crist told the Tampa Bay Times about his party switch. The Times also reports that President Obama greeted the news of Crist’s switch with a fist-bump.

    Crist — who lost a 2010 GOP Senate primary to Marco Rubio — has been trending in this direction for some time. He’s had no party registration since losing to Rubio, and he endorsed Obama for reelection in October. He also delivered a speech at Obama’s nominating convention in Charlotte, N.C. this fall.

    He’s widely rumored to be interested in challenging Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott in 2014 — but he’ll need to fend off primary challenges from Democrats unimpressed by his time in the GOP.

  13. WH

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    • US women beat China 2-0, Morgan joins 20-20 club

      Updated 6:16 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2012 By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer

      ETROIT (AP) — On a day she and Abby Wambach were both kept off the scoreboard, Alex Morgan still managed to reach a rare milestone.

      Morgan became the second player in U.S. women’s national team history with at least 20 goals and 20 assists in the same year, and the Americans scored twice in the second half to beat China 2-0 on Saturday.

      Morgan set up Sydney Leroux’s goal in the 84th minute after Carli Lloyd had given the U.S. the lead in the 50th. Morgan has 28 goals and 20 assists in 2012. Mia Hamm finished with 20 and 20 in 1998.

      “I just realized the other day that Mia was the only one with 20-20, so this is really awesome,” Morgan said. “It’s really great to be in that exclusive club with Mia, someone that I looked up to for many years.”

      It was the eighth match of a 10-game “Fan Tribute Tour” for the Americans, who won the Olympic title in London this year. The U.S. is unbeaten in its last 18 meetings with China. The teams will face each other twice more this month, in Houston on Wednesday, and in Boca Raton, Fla., next Saturday.

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  14. Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    December 8, 2012

    Hello, everybody. Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about deadlines we’re facing on jobs and taxes and investments. But with so much noise and so many opinions flying around, it can be easy to lose sight of what this debate is really about. It’s not about which political party comes out on top, or who wins or loses in Washington. It’s about making smart decisions that will have a real impact on your lives and the lives of Americans all across the country.

    Right now, middle-class tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year. Time is running out. And there are two things that can happen.

    First, if Congress does nothing, every family in America will see their income taxes automatically go up on January 1st. A typical middle-class family of four would get a $2,200 tax hike. That would be bad for families, it would be bad for businesses, and it would drag down our entire economy.

    Now, Congress can avoid all this by passing a law that prevents a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income. That means 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses wouldn’t see their income taxes go up by a single dime. Even the wealthiest Americans would get a tax cut on the first $250,000 of their income. And families everywhere would enjoy some peace of mind.

    The Senate has already done their part. Now we’re just waiting for Republicans in the House to do the same thing. But so far, they’ve put forward an unbalanced plan that actually lowers rates for the wealthiest Americans. If we want to protect the middle class, then the math just doesn’t work.

    We can and should do more than just extend middle class tax cuts. I stand ready to work with Republicans on a plan that spurs economic growth, creates jobs and reduces our deficit – a plan that gives both sides some of what they want. I’m willing to find ways to bring down the cost of health care without hurting seniors and other Americans who depend on it. And I’m willing to make more entitlement spending cuts on top of the $1 trillion dollars in cuts I signed into law last year.

    But if we’re serious about reducing our deficit while still investing in things like education and research that are important to growing our economy – and if we’re serious about protecting middle-class families – then we’re also going to have to ask the wealthiest Americans to pay higher tax rates. That’s one principle I won’t compromise on

    After all, this was a central question in the election. A clear majority of Americans – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – agreed with a balanced approach that asks something from everyone, but a little more from those who can most afford it. It’s the only way to put our economy on a sustainable path without asking even more from the middle class. And it’s the only kind of plan I’m willing to sign.

    Everyone agrees we need to bring down our deficit and strengthen our economy for the long-term. The question is whether we can do it in a responsible way that allows us to keep investing in the things that have always made America strong. I’m convinced we can. And if both sides are willing to compromise, I believe we can give businesses and families a sense of security going into the New Year.

    Thanks, and have a great weekend.

  15. December 07, 2012

    Statement by the President on Hanukkah

    Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah around the world.

    This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of the Maccabees who rose up to liberate their people from oppression. Upon discovering the desecration of their Temple, the believers found only enough oil to light the lamp for one night. And yet it lasted for eight.

    Hanukkah is a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but it is also an opportunity for people of all faiths to recognize the common aspirations we share. This holiday season, let us give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, and remain mindful of those who are suffering. And let us reaffirm our commitment to building a better, more complete world for all.

    From our family to the Jewish Community around the world, Chag Sameach.

    • National Menorah set to be lit in Washington for Hanukkah

      12/8/12 Reuters – 3 hrs ago

      (Reuters) – The National Menorah will be lit near the White House on Sunday for Hanukkah, in a celebration that features the U.S. Navy Band and is one of the most high-profile events in the country to mark the Jewish holiday.

      The eight-day Hanukkah celebration, also known as the Festival of Lights, starts at sundown on Saturday.

      The lighting of the National Menorah in Washington, on the Ellipse near the White House, dates back to 1979 when then-President Jimmy Carter participated in the ceremony at nearby Lafayette Park.

      The event is organized by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement of Hasidic Judaism, and will include a performance by the U.S. Navy Band and servings of hot potato pancakes, or latkes, and doughnuts.

      The lighting of the National Menorah will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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  16. WH

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Barack Obama met with Speaker John Boehner to work to resolve the fiscal cliff

    7:00 AM
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    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
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    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:20 PM
    First Family attends Christmas in Washington at the National Building Museum, Washington DC

    President Obama Speaks at Christmas in Washington
    Washington, DC

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

  17. Christmas in Washington

    Legendary performer Diana Ross, Smash star Megan Hilty, chart-topping recording star Demi Lovato, The Voice favorite Chris Mann and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery are set to ring in the holiday season as they come together in the nation’s capital for TNT’s annual Christmas in Washington special. In addition, the concert will close with a special performance by “Gangnam Style” sensation PSY.

    Hosted for the second year by Conan O’Brien, star of TBS’s late-night series CONAN, the star-studded concert will premiere Friday, Dec. 21, at 8/7c, exclusively on TNT.

    Celebrating its 31st anniversary this year, Christmas in Washington is a holiday tradition benefiting the Children’s National Medical Center. The concert is attended each year by the President and First Lady, as well as many other Washington VIPs. This will mark TNT’s 14th year presenting Christmas in Washington.

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  18. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    12/7/12 5:37 PM ESTBy KATIE GLUECK – POLITICO44

    “Meet the Press” on NBC

    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
    • House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.),
    • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga)

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, co-chairmen of President Barack Obama’s 2010 deficit reduction committee
    • Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D)

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
    • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
    • Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), incoming chairman, House Financial Services Committee
    • Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), co-chairman, Congressional Progressive Caucus
    • Mary Matalin, Republican strategist
    • James Carville, Democratic strategist

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
    • Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
    • Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S.

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Christine Lagarde, managing director, International Monetary Fund
    • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
    • Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, incoming chairman of the Democratic Governors Association

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.)

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Mike Hammer, assistant secretary of state for public affairs
    • Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico resident commissioner in Washington

    “Washington Week” on TV One
    • Labor Secretary Hilda Solis
    • Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.)
    • Armstrong Williams, political commentator

  19. Egypt’s President Morsi Cancels His All-Powerful Decree

    12/8/12 By Connor Simpson | The Atlantic Wire – 3 hrs ago

    So, it looks like Mohamed Morsi finally listened to his critics. Egypt’s President has canceled his executive decree giving him power over the courts.

    Al-Jazeera reports Selim al-Awa, an Islamist politician acting on Morsi’s behalf, announced Morsi’s executive decree has been cancelled at a news conference sometime around midnight local time. “The constitutional decree is annulled from this moment,” al-Awa said. The move comes on the recommendation of the national dialogue meetings Morsi attended earlier Saturday, Reuters reports. The vote for the Islamist-authored constitution will ho ahead as planned, though, which has led some critics to speculate Morsi only cancelled his decree because he doesn’t need it anymore:

    Morsi is smart as hell. He can nullify decree because already rammed through const. over courts.
    — abuhatem (@abuhatem) December 8, 2012

    It’s unclear how the Egyptian people will react to this news. Earlier in the day, there were reports Morsi was considering martial law to deal with the increasingly dangerous conflicts happening on his palace steps.

  20. Raid rescues U.S. citizen kidnapped by Afghan Taliban

    12/8/12 Paul Tait – Reuters – 34 mins ago

    KABUL (Reuters) – A U.S. citizen who was abducted by Taliban insurgents was rescued by U.S. forces in an operation in eastern Afghanistan early on Sunday, NATO-led forces said in a statement.

    The statement said the American, identified as Dr. Dilip Joseph, had been abducted on Wednesday in the Sarobi district of Kabul province. It gave few other details.

    U.S. General John Allen, commander of NATO-led foreign forces in Afghanistan, said he ordered the mission when intelligence showed that Joseph was “in imminent danger of injury or death.”

    “Today’s mission exemplifies our unwavering commitment to defeating the Taliban,” Allen said in the statement.

    “I’m proud of the American and Afghan forces that planned, rehearsed and successfully conducted this operation.”

    “Thanks to them, Dr. Joseph will soon be rejoining his family and loved ones.”

  21. Christmas in Washington

    12/9/12 11:04 AM EST POLITICO44

    The Obama family is scheduled to attend the annual “Christmas in Washington” event at the National Building Museum on Sunday evening. Conan O’Brien will host and performers will include Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, and PSY, the Korean rapper known for “Gangnam style.” The show will be taped for broadast on Dec. 21 on TNT.

    • December 09, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Christmas in Washington

      The National Building Museum
      Washington, D.C.

      7:37 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, everybody, and let’s give it up for our host –- the tallest elf I’ve ever seen –- Conan O’Brien. (Laughter and applause.) We’re also grateful to all the outstanding performers, the choirs, the glee clubs who are sharing their tremendous talents with us.

      Tonight is a chance to get in the Christmas spirit; to spread some joy and sing along with artists who have much better voices than we do. (Laughter.) But it’s also a chance to make a real difference in the lives of some very brave young people being treated at Children’s National Medical Center. Many of these kids and their parents are going through tough times right now, and your support helps give them a reason to hope –- not just during the holidays, but all year round.

      And that’s really what Christmas is all about. Each of us is incredibly blessed in so many ways. But those blessings aren’t just meant to be enjoyed — they’re meant to be used and shared with those who have less. The Christian faith teaches us that on this day a child was born so that we might have eternal life. And at the heart of many of the world’s great religions is the idea that we’re all better off when we treat our brothers and sisters with the same love and compassion that we want for ourselves.

      So yes, tonight is about Conan and Diana Ross and Santa and all the other talented folks on this stage. But it’s also about the Americans who are spending this holiday in a hospital bed, or a shelter, or protecting our freedom on a battlefield far from home. Let’s keep them in our prayers, and follow Christ’s calling to love one another as He has loved all of us.

      Merry Christmas, everybody. God bless you, and God bless these United States of America.

      7:39 P.M. EST

  22. Fiscal Cliff: Barack Obama, John Boehner meet at the White House


    President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House Sunday in an attempt to break the logjam on the fiscal cliff.

    It was their first face-to-face meeting in 23 days.

    Both the White House and Boehner’s office declined to describe the meeting, putting out identical statements that said, “This afternoon, the President and Speaker Boehner met at the White House to discuss efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff. We’re not reading out details of the conversation, but the lines of communication remain open.”

    Before the meeting, top aides said there was little progress made over the weekend. But the meeting between Boehner and Obama signals a new stage in the process to resolve tax hikes and spending reductions that take hold at the beginning of 2013.

    The lines are clear: Obama says a deal will not get done unless tax rates increase on top earners. Boehner says he’s opposed to tax rate increases on anyone.

    But in recent days, the options seem to have narrowed for Republicans. Democrats have held firm on rate increases, while a few Republicans have slowly peeled away. For example, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Sunday indicated he would let taxes rise on top earners.

    “There’s a growing body of folks who are willing to look at the rate on the top 2 percent,” Corker said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The shift in focus in entitlements is where we need to go. …
    Republicans know they have the debt ceiling that’s coming up around the corner and the leverage is going to shift as soon as we get beyond this issue — the leverage is going to shift to our side.”

  23. December 09, 2012

    Statement by the President on rescue operation in Afghanistan

    Yesterday, our special operators in Afghanistan rescued an American citizen in a mission that was characteristic of the extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism that our troops show every day. Tragically, we lost one of our special operators in this effort. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, just as we must always honor our troops and military families. He gave his life for his fellow Americans, and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free.

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