Happy Lunar New Year 2013

Lion dance performers pose with cardboard cutouts of President Obama and the First Lady at the Multicultural Festival in Canberra.http://canberra.usembassy.gov/events20100206.html
Lion dance performers pose with cardboard cutouts of President Obama and the First Lady at the Multicultural Festival in Canberra.

Asian Lunar New Year  refers to the beginning of the year in several calendars, it is based on a lunar calendar and is celebrated by the Chinese, Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan and Vietnamese cultures.  The lunar new year of the Snake 蛇 is celebrated on February 10, 2013.


Xīnnián hǎo……..Kung Hei Fat Choy…….Saehae bog manh-i bad-euseyo……..Sheen Jileen Min Hurgee……..Losar La Tashi Delek…….Chúc mừng năm mới


” Michelle and I want to send our best wishes to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Growing up in Hawaii, I remember all the excitement surrounding the Lunar New Year – from the parades and the fireworks to the smaller gatherings with family and friends.  It has always been a time for celebration and hope.”

President Barack Obama 



59 thoughts on “Happy Lunar New Year 2013

  1. WH

    Friday, February 8, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama has Lunch with Vice President Biden

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    3:55 PM
    President Obama Delivers remarks at the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor
    of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; Joint Base Myer-Henderson

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    • Chinese New Year Celebrations In 2013 From New York To San Fran And LA

      February 06 2013 12:11 PM BY Mark Johanson – ibtimes

      Hundreds of millions of Chinese will set off for home this week for the start of the 2013 Chinese New Year festivities honoring the Year of the Snake.

      The snake occupies the 6th position in the Chinese Zodiac and symbolizes traits like intelligence, gracefulness and materialism. Snakes are said to be analytical and effective at getting what they want, enjoying luxurious things and seeking the peace they need to thrive in the world. In particular, 2013 is the year of the water snake, which is said to be highly motivated, insightful and influential.

      The lunar new year is the most important and widely celebrated of the traditional Chinese holidays and is commonly known as the “Spring Festival.” Millions of celebrants race home from the cities to the smaller villages in what is regarded as the world’s largest mass migration.

      The thought of getting caught up in that kind of traffic can easily put visitors off from visiting China in February, but you don’t have to cross the Pacific to enjoy the customary lantern festivals, firecracker ceremonies and parades of lion dancers. Tightknit Chinese communities across the United States will host a variety of events throughout the month in honor of the Year of the Snake. Here’s a look at some of the largest:

      Chinese New Year 2013 In New York City

      Chinese New Year 2013 In San Francisco

      Chinese New Year 2013 In Los Angeles

      Chinese New Year 2013 In Chicago

      Chinese New Year 2013 In Seattle

      Chinese New Year 2013 In Houston

      Chinese New Year 2013 In Washington, D.C.

      Chinese New Year 2013 In Philadelphia

      Chinese New Year 2013 In Boston

      For more: http://www.ibtimes.com/chinese-new-year-celebrations-2013-new-york-san-fran-la-1065930

      • Chinese New Year: Dumplings, Rice Cakes And Long Life

        February 08, 2013 9:42 AM by APRIL FULTON – NPR

        About 3,000 years ago, give or take a couple of decades, the Chinese people began celebrating the beginning of their calendar year with a joyful festival they called Lunar New Year. They cleaned their homes, welcomed relatives, bought or made new clothes and set off firecrackers. And there was feasting and special offerings made to the Kitchen God for about two weeks.

        While you’d be hard-pressed to find a two-week-long celebration anywhere these days, most families in China and in Chinese communities throughout the world take a few days off when the holiday begins, one month after the Winter Solstice. This year — the Year of the Snake — it starts with a big feast on New Year’s Eve, Feb. 9. Then in many homes, after the feast is cleared, the whole family gathers to make dumplings late into the night.

        There are many special foods of the New Year, says E.N. Anderson, anthropology professor emeritus at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The Food of China, a book about historic Chinese government food policies.

        Long noodles are traditional, and they symbolize long life. Year cakes — glutinous rice formed into shapes — are also a tradition. Peaches and peach blossoms signal fertility, he says, but one of the most important things to include is food, clothing and decorations that are red. Red paper decorations line the streets, and red packets of money are given to children on New Year’s.

        “Red is the color of blood and therefore life, health and strength — the color of all good things in China,” says Anderson. So citrus fruits like tangerines — the redder the better — are popular, as well as dried fruits and seeds.

        For more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/02/08/171455463/chinese-new-year-dumplings-rice-cakes-and-beyond

    • 2013 Lunar New Year

      John Kerry
      Secretary of State
      Washington, DC

      February 6, 2013

      On behalf of the American people, I am delighted to send my heartfelt wishes for good health, good fortune, happiness, and prosperity to all those around the world celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year this February 10.

      This week, millions of people will make the journey – some across great distances – to reunite with their loved ones to mark the Lunar New Year. Here in the United States, many families will likewise gather to welcome the New Year. These public and private celebrations, held by multigenerational immigrant communities, highlight the diversity of American society and the deep and complex bonds that link the American people with peoples from around the world. President Obama and I look forward to strengthening our commitment to building ever-stronger relations with the people of the Asia-Pacific through initiatives that foster economic growth, improve regional security, and advance cooperative friendships among our peoples.

      In this festive time, I would like to wish all great success in the coming year as we continue to work together to deepen partnerships and find solutions to the challenges we face.

    • February 08, 2013

      Statement by the President on the Lunar New Year

      Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those who will be celebrating the Lunar New Year this Sunday, February 10th. Here in America and around the world, people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent will welcome the Year of the Snake. In Chinese tradition, the snake represents wisdom, and a thoughtful approach to tackling the challenges before us – principles that I hope will continue to guide us as we perfect our union and create a more just and equal future for every American. Our challenges may be great, but our diversity and the traditions that thrive here give us the strength to meet them. To everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, I wish you peace, prosperity and good health and fortune.

    • Inaugural Parade 2013 – NW Dragon and Lion Dance Association

      Published on Jan 27, 2013

      Performing in front of the Presidential Viewing Area for President Obama.

  2. Happy and HOPEful Lunar New Year, 2/10/13, CR and all friends!


    It's the Year of the Snake! Midterm elections will come in the Year of the Horse. Giddyup, Democratic voters! 🙂

  3. West Wing Week: 02/08/13 or: “What’s Up, Camera Man?”

    Published on Feb 7, 2013

    This week, the President honored our nation’s top scientists and innovators, nominated a new Secretary of the Interior, and worked toward reducing gun violence, enacting immigration reform, and reducing our deficit in a balanced way.

  4. Trade Deficit in U.S. Plunges on Record Petroleum Exports

    Feb 8, 2013 5:35 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    The trade deficit in the U.S. narrowed more than forecast in December, led by record exports of petroleum that gave the world’s largest economy a boost at the end of 2012.

    The gap shrank 20.7 percent to $38.5 billion, lower than any estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 73 economists and the least since January 2010, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The jump in fuel sales to overseas buyers, combined with purchases of the fewest barrels of imported crude in almost 16 years, led to the smallest petroleum deficit since August 2009.

    The figures probably mean the economy managed to eke out a gain in the fourth quarter of last year, revised data may show later this month, even as military spending dropped by the most since the Vietnam War era. Record exports to South and Central America and to Newly Industrialized Countries including South Korea and Singapore indicate American companies such as Caterpillar Inc. will benefit from improving global growth.

    “There’s been some encouraging news out of Asia and a number of Asian economies seem to be in an upswing,” Ryan Wang, an economist at HSBC Securities USA Inc. in New York and the third-best trade forecaster over the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, said before the report. “That should help U.S. exports grow modestly this year.”

    Stock-index futures remained little changed after the figures as investors watched corporate earnings. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index maturing in March fell less than 0.1 percent to 1,504.7 at 8:31 a.m. in New York.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-08/trade-deficit-in-u-s-plunges-on-record-petroleum-exports.html

    • Why gasoline prices are headed even higher

      Feb. 8, 2013, 6:05 a.m. EST marketwatch

      SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Gasoline prices at the pump have climbed every day for the past 21 days — and they’re not going to let up anytime soon.

      On Thursday, the average U.S. price for a gallon of regular gasoline stood at $3.555, making it the most expensive average ever for that day and the highest level since Oct. 26 of last year, according to AAA. See AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

      The price has risen 26.3 cents, or about 8%, this year, steeper than the 6.2% increase for the same period in 2012 and 1.6% rise for the same period in 2011, according to the motorist and leisure travel group.

      “Gas prices increased at a blistering pace over the previous couple of weeks,” said Michael Green, AAA spokesman, adding that the jump of 17.4 cents between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 marked the largest weekly price spike in nearly two years. Read more about the fast rate of increase for gasoline in The Tell blog.

      And as the gasoline market set all sorts of milestones, analysts offered more reasons why prices are headed even higher over the next few months.

      “This is a very early rise,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. “January has tended to be a quiet month through the years. The rally really began in earnest around Jan. 15.”

      Prices saw an “off-season” bottom on Dec. 20 when they averaged $3.219 a gallon, he said, so since that bottom, they’ve rebounded by about 33 cents — “with more increases to come.”

      Contributing factors

      Consumers haven’t even seen the worst, with a perfect storm of factors driving higher prices.

      Many of the issues lifting fuel prices higher are common, but they “seem to have combined at the right time,” said Matt Tormollen, president and chief executive officer at FuelQuest, a Houston-based fuel management software provider.

      Typically at this time of year, refineries begin their switch to the more environmentally-friendly summer-blend gasoline and perform maintenance, which “temporarily restricts supply and drives up prices,” he said.

      Some refineries have also announced unexpected shutdowns or closings, leading to even tighter refining capacity, said Jeff Lenard, a spokesman at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), a trade group for an industry that sells 80% of the nation’s gasoline.

      Late last month, Hess Corp. HES +0.68% said it would close its Port Reading, N.J., refinery by the end of February, completing its exit from the refining business. See Jan. 28 story on the rally in Hess shares.

      At the same time, the price of oil CLH3 +0.62% on the New York Mercantile Exchange has climbed around 4% from the end of last year.

      As the global economy improves, so does demand for oil, said Lenard, and with continued unrest in Egypt, traders are concerned about what happens if that strife spreads through the country, and to other countries that produce significant amounts of oil. Read about developments in Iran and Tunisia in Wednesday’s Futures Movers.

      The glut of oil in storage at Cushing, Okla., the delivery hub for Nymex oil, had been a key reason for last year’s fall in West Texas Intermediate crude prices.

      Last year, WTI prices fell 7.1% on Nymex, while Brent crude UK:LCOH3 +1.17% traded in London scored a gain of 3.5% with tensions in the Mideast among its supportive factors.

      The market hoped the completion of the Seaway pipeline expansion last month could alleviate the glut, but terminal capacity issues forced the pipeline’s operator to limit the flow of oil. Read Enterprise: Seaway bottleneck to end in Q4.

      That’s contributed to a wider spread between WTI and Brent. WTI’s discount to Brent has grown to more than $20 from just over $15 in mid-January. Read: What the Brent/WTI oil price spread tells us.

      And rising Brent crude prices may lead to a higher-price outlook at the pump.

      Gasoline futures prices RBH3 +1.56% track Brent crude futures because of the disconnect at Cushing, said Brian Milne, energy editor at Schneider Electric.

      The good news is that additional crude production from shale oil in North Dakota and Texas are seen reducing price volatility in WTI crude prices and that, in turn, “would offer more stable prices for refiners,” he said.

      For more: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-gasoline-prices-are-headed-even-higher-2013-02-07?pagenumber=1

  5. Karl Rove, Conservatives And The Battle For The GOP’s Soul

    FEBRUARY 8, 2013, 6:21 AM SAHIL KAPUR – tpm

    A battle between Karl Rove and the far right is the latest front in a growing civil war for the heart and soul of the Republican Party and clarifies the contours of the struggle.

    On one side are the establishment Republicans, who recognize the changing face of the American electorate and want their party to win elections in the future. In this battle, they are represented by Rove and his new Conservative Victory Project, unveiled this week, which is targeting unelectable (read: extremely conservative) candidates in Republican Senate primaries.

    “There is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected,” Steven Law, who will run Rove’s new effort, told the New York Times. “We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.” Law is also president of the Rove-backed American Crossroads and CrossroadsGPS.

    For more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/karl-rove-conservative-victory-fund.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  6. 12:00 PM ET
    House Democrats retreat briefing
    House Democrat leaders will hold a briefing at their retreat in Leesburg, Virginia.

  7. EPA moves forward with climate change protection plan; asks for comments

    2/08/13 10:55 AM ET By Ben Goad – TheHill

    The Environmental Protection Agency is formally moving forward with its Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

    Beginning Friday, the EPA is accepting comments on its draft plan, which calls for the agency to amend its operations – including the promulgation of new regulations – to account for increasingly rapid global warming.

    “It is essential that EPA adapt to anticipate and plan for future changes in climate,” according to the 55-page plan, which carries a 2012 date but was put forth now for public consideration. “It must integrate, or mainstream, considerations of climate change into its programs, policies, rules and operations to ensure they are effective under future climatic conditions.”

    Rising seal levels, loss of snowpack and drought linked to climate change will likely require the agency to take additional steps to protect watersheds, wetlands and water supplies, the report argues.

    Increasing temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events, meanwhile, will demand measures to protect public safety and adapt emergency response plans, it says.

    The report does not propose specific rules, but rather sets a framework to support and prioritize future actions. By 2015, the report says, EPA will have integrated “climate change science trend and scenario information” into its rule-making processes.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/energyenvironment/281915-epa-puts-forward-climate-change-adaptation-plan

    • Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in Honor of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

      Published on Feb 8, 2013

      President Obama delivers remarks at a farewell tribute for outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. February 8, 2013.


    A New White House Recipe: Simple Kimchi

    FEBRUARY 07, 2013 obamafoodorama.blogspot.

    The national dish of Korea is the first new recipe release of President Obama’s second term…

    The White House on Wednesday night released the first new recipe of President Obama’s second term, posted on First Lady Michelle Obama’s @FLOTUS Twitter account. Made with spicy, fermented vegetables, Kimchi is the national dish of Korea, and the easy White House concoction uses Napa cabbage grown in Mrs. Obama’s Kitchen Garden. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, a photo of the cabbages and broccoli newly plucked from the garden was posted on @FLOTUS, and the recipe is a follow-up.

    For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-new-white-house-recipe-simple-kimchi.html

    White House Simple Kimchi

    미셸 오바마 김치


    *2 Heads Napa Cabbage, washed

    *1 Cup Kosher Salt

    *1 TBSP Fish Sauce, any brand (could skip for a vegetarian)

    *1 TBSP Minced Fresh Ginger

    *4 Cloves Garlic, minced

    *1 TBSP Turbinado Sugar

    *1 Small White Radish, sliced paper thin

    *1 Bunch Scallion, sliced

    *5 Thai Chilies, or 5 TBSP Korean Dried Chili Powder

    1. Cut the Napa Cabbage into 1-inch slices. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with the Kosher salt. Mix with your hands and set aside in the refrigerator overnight.

    2. Rinse the salt from the leaves and squeeze [out] as much moisture or excess liquid [as you can]. [In a bowl], mix in the rest of the ingredients [with the cabbage]. Place in an airtight jar (mason jar works well) and store in the refrigerator.

    3. The pickle should be ready in about four days.

    • Korea Is Thrilled With First Lady’s White House Recipe For ‘Simple Kimchi’

      FEBRUARY 08, 2013 obamafoodorama.blogspot

      “Michelle Obama is a lover of Kimchi,” notes headline in the Korea Times… 미셸 오바마 김치

      Kimchi is the national dish of Korea, and First Lady Michelle Obama is getting props in the country’s media after the White House on Wednesday night released a recipe for housemade “Simple Kimchi.” The recipe was posted to Mrs. Obama’s @FLOTUS Twitter account, and after Obama Foodorama noted that it is the first new recipe release of President Obama’s second term, Korea’s SBS television and radio network linked to the post and reported that the recipe “has become a hot topic” and “netizens have shown great interest.” Above, a screengrab of the SBS story, which features a photo of Mrs. Obama and a headline that seems to read “Michelle Obama soaked in Kimchi,” according to Google translate.

      “Michelle Obama is a lover of Kimchi,” was the headline for a story published about the recipe in English in the Korea Times. Kimchi is typically a vibrant red in Korea, and the outlet reported that the bottles of Kimchi in the White House photo (l) included with the recipe do “not look as red as the Korean traditional variety,” and that “the ingredients and preparation were also modified slightly for Western tastes.”

      For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/02/korea-is-thrilled-with-first-ladys.html

    • Pres. Obama Loves White House ‘Simple Kimchi’

      FEBRUARY 26, 2013 obamafoodorama

      The Kitchen Garden recipe is perfect for the President because he “loves big bold flavors,” says Assistant Chef Sam Kass…

      The White House’s ‘Simple Kimchi’ is a favorite of President Obama’s, according to Assistant Chef Sam Kass. The recipe for the house-made version of Korea’s national dish was unveiled on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Twitter account earlier this month when Napa cabbage was harvested from her Kitchen Garden. It’s just one of the White House chefs’ many pickling experiments, said Kass. And the President is definitely a fan.

      “He loves big bold flavors, like y’know, with a little spice,” Kass said during an interview filmed in the Kitchen Garden last week as part of a sequester-themed media event for local TV anchors.

      “We had a bunch of beautiful Napa cabbage that came out of here just a few weeks ago, so it [Kimchi] was the perfect thing to do,” Kass said.

      The White House kimchi uses radish, scallion, Thai chilies, garlic, and fresh ginger, which is currently growing in the garden, said Kass.

      And President Obama isn’t the only one loving 1600 Penn’s recipe. The first new White House release for the second term, the recipe caused an outpouring of interest in Korean media. “Michelle Obama is a lover of Kimchi,” enthused a headline in the Korea Times, while SBS broadcast network noted that the recipe “has become a hot topic.” At left, the photo tweeted with the recipe.

      Mrs. Obama’s world-famous 1,500-square foot plot grows year round, and has produced more than 4,000 pounds of vegetables since first planted in 2009, Kass said.

      “We pickle a lot of it,” Kass said.

      Asked if daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, eat from the Kitchen Garden, Kass said “absolutely.”

      For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/02/pres-obama-loves-white-house-simple.html

  9. WH

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    First Lady Michelle Obama, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Education Secretary Arne Duncan attend the service for Hadiya Pendleton.
    Greater Harvest Baptist Church, Chicago, IL

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  10. Michelle Obama to attend funeral for Hadiya Pendleton

    February 7, 2013 By Kathleen Hennessey – Tribune Newspapers

    WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama plans to travel to Chicago this weekend to attend the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, according to a White House official who asked not to be named.

    Pendleton, an honor student and band majorette at King College Prep, was fatally shot last week about a mile from the Obamas’ Kenwood home. She had participated in inaugural festivities near Washington only a few days before her death.

    The White House official said that senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will also attend the funeral. Both are Chicagoans.

    Pendleton was killed Jan. 29 at Harsh Park, becoming the latest symbol of Chicago’s gun violence.

    For more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-michelle-obama-hadiya-pendleton-funeral-20130207,0,3884691.story?track=rss

    • Obama promises Chicago teen’s family to work hard to end senseless violence

      2/9/13 2:03 PM ESTBy DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      First lady Michelle Obama attended the funeral in Chicago Saturday for 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was gunned down in a park about a mile from the Obamas’ home.

      The funeral program featured a copy of a handwritten message from President Obama to Pendleton’s parents, the Chicago Tribune reports:

      “Dear Cleopatra and Nathaniel, Michelle and I just wanted you to know how heartbroken we are to have heard about Hadiya’s passing. We know that no words from us can soothe the pain, but rest assured that we are praying for you, and that we will continue to work as hard as we can to end this senseless violence. God Bless.”

      Prior to the service, the first lady met privately with about 30 of Hadiya’s friends and classmates, and then with members of Hadiya’s family, according to a White House official.

      Pendleton performed at Obama’s inauguration just days before she was killed.

  11. US soccer

    Feb. 9, 2013
    U.S. Women vs. Scotland Women
    5 p.m. ET
    EverBank Field
    Jacksonville, Fla.
    ussoccer.com live stream

    • Sermanni wins debut as US women’s soccer coach

      2/9/13 The Associated Press – 6 minutes ago

      JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Sermanni coached the U.S. women’s soccer team to a 4-1 win over Scotland on Saturday, making the most of two first-half goals by Christen Press.

      It was quite the debut for Sermanni, who was born in Scotland and spent the last eight years as Australia’s coach, He was hired by the U.S. Soccer Federation in October.

      Press figured in each of the United States’ first three goals in the exhibition game at the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, scoring twice and assisting on the third.

      She got the Americans on the board in the 13th minute, taking advantage of a poor clearing attempt by Scotland. The ball was batted back in the direction of Press, who deftly lifted a kick over the defenders and goalkeeper Gemma Fay.

  12. February 09, 2013

    Weekly Address: Averting the Sequester and Finding a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction

    Hi, everybody. Over the last few years, Democrats and Republicans have come together and cut our deficit by more than $2.5 trillion through a balanced mix of spending cuts and higher tax rates for the wealthiest Americans. That’s more than halfway towards the $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists and elected officials from both parties say we need to stabilize our debt.

    I believe we can finish the job the same way we’ve started it – with a balanced mix of more spending cuts and more tax reform. And the overwhelming majority of the American people agree – both Democrats and Republicans.

    Now, my preference – and the preference of many Members of Congress – is to do that in a balanced, comprehensive way, by making sensible changes to entitlement programs and reforming our tax code. As we speak, both the House and Senate are working towards budget proposals that I hope will lay out this kind of balanced path going forward.

    But the budget process takes time. And right now, if Congress doesn’t act by March 1, a series of harmful, automatic cuts to job-creating investments and defense spending – also known as the sequester – are scheduled to take effect. And the result could be a huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole.

    If the sequester is allowed to go forward, thousands of Americans who work in fields like national security, education or clean energy are likely to be laid off. Firefighters and food inspectors could also find themselves out of work – leaving our communities vulnerable. Programs like Head Start would be cut, and lifesaving research into diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s could be scaled back. Small businesses could be prevented from getting the resources and support they need to keep their doors open. People with disabilities who are waiting for their benefits could be forced to wait even longer. All our economic progress could be put at risk.

    And then there’s the impact on our military readiness. Already, the threat of deep cuts has forced the Navy to delay an aircraft carrier that was supposed to deploy to the Persian Gulf. As our military leaders have made clear, changes like this affect our ability to respond to threats in an unstable part of the world. And we will be forced to make even more tough decisions in the weeks ahead if Congress fails to act.

    The good news is, there’s another option. Two months ago, we faced a similar deadline, and instead of making deep, indiscriminate cuts that would have cost us jobs and slowed down our recovery, Democrats and Republicans came together and made responsible cuts and manageable changes to our tax code that will bring down our deficit. This time, Congress should pass a similar set of balanced cuts and close more tax loopholes until they can find a way to replace the sequester with a smarter, longer-term solution.

    Right now, most Members of Congress – including many Republicans – don’t think it’s a good idea to put thousands of jobs at risk and do unnecessary damage to our economy. And yet the current Republican plan puts the burden of avoiding those cuts mainly on seniors and middle-class families. They would rather ask more from the vast majority of Americans and put our recovery at risk than close even a single tax loophole that benefits the wealthy.

    Over the last few years, we’ve made good progress towards reducing our deficit in a balanced way. There’s no reason we can’t keep chipping away at this problem. And there’s certainly no reason that middle-class families and small businesses should suffer just because Washington couldn’t come together and eliminate a few special interest tax loopholes, or government programs that just don’t work. At a time when economists and business leaders from across the spectrum have said that our economy is poised for progress, we shouldn’t allow self-inflicted wounds to put that progress in jeopardy.

    So my message to Congress is this: let’s keep working together to solve this problem. And let’s give our workers and our businesses the support they need to grow and thrive. Thanks, and have a great weekend.

  13. Good morning CR and friends. sitting here watching the funeral online of the young lady in Chicago with FLOTUS in attendance. What a exceptional young lady.

  14. Exiting U.S. general says Afghan women’s rights are key

    2/9/13 By Amie Ferris-Rotman | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

    KABUL (Reuters) – Advancing women’s rights in Afghanistan is key to preventing the Taliban from reimposing a radical form of Islam once most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces said on Saturday.

    Afghan women have won back basic rights in education, voting and employment since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, but fears are growing such gains could be traded away as Western forces prepare to leave and the Afghan government seeks peace talks with the group.

    U.S. General John Allen said the Taliban would have to soften their views to gain acceptance in an Afghanistan that has somewhat opened up since the hardline group was toppled in 2001.

    “It’s going to be very difficult for the Taliban to reassert themselves, absent of fundamental change in their philosophical approach,” he told Reuters in his office at the headquarters of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul.

    “If they are seeking to make themselves in a manner that could be palatable to the Afghan citizens, they’re going to have to soften some of these uncompromising qualities of their nature and how they treated women and how, I think, they will treat women,” the Marine Corps General said.

    He spoke a day before handing over command to Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, ending a 19-month tour which was arguably one of the most difficult periods in the NATO-led war, now in its eleventh year.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/exiting-u-general-says-afghan-womens-rights-key-204015231.html

  15. WH

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  16. Grammy Award Nomination For First Lady Michelle Obama And ‘American Grown’

    DECEMBER 06, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspo

    First Lady says she shares honor with White House chefs, gardeners, beekeeper…

    First Lady Michelle Obama has been nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Spoken Word Album category for the audio edition of her book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. Published last May, the lavishly photographed book is Mrs. Obama’s debut as an author, part White House memoir and part national call to action for the Let’s Move! campaign. It includes recipes from the White House chefs and gardening tips, and spotlights food access projects around the nation.

    “This nomination is such an honor not just for me, but for everybody who contributed to the garden and the audio book, from the National Park Service employees to our White House chefs to our beekeeper,” Mrs. Obama told People about her nod.

    Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, Executive Chef Cris Comerford, Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, beekeeper Charlie Brandts, and Supervisory Horticulturalist Jim Adams have all devoted themselves to the Kitchen Garden, and wrote sections of American Grown. The 1,500-square-foot garden is maintained by National Park Service staff.

    The First Lady said she hopes the Grammy nod will continue to spotlight Let’s Move!, and keep “the conversation going about how we can all work together to ensure a healthy future for all our nation’s children.” She will be in the midst of celebrating the third anniversary of her childhood obesity campaign when the 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony takes place on Feb. 10th in Los Angeles.

    For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/12/grammy-award-nomination-for-first-lady.html

    • First Lady Will Attend Chicago Funeral For Hadiya Pendleton, Skip Grammy Award Ceremony
      First Lady is “heartbroken” about teen’s death, says White House…

      FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2013 obamafoodorama

      First Lady Michelle Obama is nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Spoken Word Album category for the audio edition of her book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. But Mrs. Obama will skip the ceremony in Los Angeles this Sunday, an East Wing spokesman confirmed to Obama Foodorama. Mrs. Obama will be in her hometown of Chicago on Saturday morning, to attend the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old gunned down in Chicago last week.

      For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/02/first-lady-will-attend-chicago-funeral.html

  17. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    2/8/13 5:07 PM EST By KATIE GLUECK – POLITICO44

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
    • California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D)
    • Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D)
    • Republican strategist Mike Murphy

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
    • Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
    • Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace
    • Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager of the Obama 2012 presidential campaign

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
    • Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)
    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    • Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), director, president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
    • Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)
    • Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates
    • Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)
    • Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
    • Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member, House Budget Committee

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R)

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) — a pre-taped interview will air
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

  18. Happy and HOPEful Year of the Snake, CR and all friends!


    From the Kat who is a Horse! 🙂

    • Happy and HOPEful Year of the Snake!

      You were born in the year of the Horse 馬 and I am a Rabbit.

      Pres Obama was born in the year of the Ox 牛
      First Lady Michelle was born in the year of the Rabbit 兔
      VP Biden was born in the year of the Horse 馬
      Dr Jill Biden was born in the year of the Rabbit 兔

      • Cool, CR!

        I KNEW there was something about VP Joe! 😀

        I do like Rabbits and Oxes and Boars (hi COS!)

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