BRAIN Initiative

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Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative

WHAT IS THE NIH BRAIN INITIATIVE?

The NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, this picture will fill major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.

For more: http://www.nih.gov/science/brain/?sf11140127=1

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BRAIN Initiative

What is the NIH Brain Initiative?

Why is the NIH BRAIN Initiative needed?

Why is now the right time for the NIH BRAIN Initiative?

How will the NIH BRAIN Initiative work?

How will the NIH BRAIN Initiative be supported?

NIH Director’s Blog: Welcoming the BRAIN Initiative, April 2, 2013

Charge: NIH BRAIN Working Group (106KB – PDF)

Roster: NIH BRAIN Working Group (114KB – PDF)

NIMH Director’s Blog: Brain Awareness, March 11, 2013

NIH Director’s Blog: The Symphony Inside Your Brain, November 5, 2012

Center for Brain Science: Brainbow External Web Site Policy

Map of human brain

April 02, 2013

Remarks by the President on the BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation

East Room
10:04 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat. Well, first of all, let me thank Dr. Collins not just for the introduction but for his incredible leadership at NIH. Those of you who know Francis also know that he’s quite a gifted singer and musician. So I was asking whether he was going to be willing to sing the introduction — (laughter) — and he declined.

But his leadership has been extraordinary. And I’m glad I’ve been promoted Scientist-in-Chief. (Laughter.) Given my grades in physics, I’m not sure it’s deserving. But I hold science in proper esteem, so maybe that gives me a little credit.

Today I’ve invited some of the smartest people in the country, some of the most imaginative and effective researchers in the country — some very smart people to talk about the challenge that I issued in my State of the Union address: to grow our economy, to create new jobs, to reignite a rising, thriving middle class by investing in one of our core strengths, and that’s American innovation.

Ideas are what power our economy. It’s what sets us apart. It’s what America has been all about. We have been a nation of dreamers and risk-takers; people who see what nobody else sees sooner than anybody else sees it. We do innovation better than anybody else — and that makes our economy stronger. When we invest in the best ideas before anybody else does, our businesses and our workers can make the best products and deliver the best services before anybody else.

And because of that incredible dynamism, we don’t just attract the best scientists or the best entrepreneurs — we also continually invest in their success. We support labs and universities to help them learn and explore. And we fund grants to help them turn a dream into a reality. And we have a patent system to protect their inventions. And we offer loans to help them turn those inventions into successful businesses.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/02/remarks-president-brain-initiative-and-american-innovation

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April 02, 2013

Fact Sheet: BRAIN Initiative

In his State of the Union address, the President laid out his vision for creating jobs and building a growing, thriving middle class by making a historic investment in research and development.

Today, at a White House event, the President unveiled a bold new research initiative designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain. Launched with approximately $100 million in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget, the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative ultimately aims to help researchers find new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

The BRAIN Initiative will accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers to produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact at the speed of thought. These technologies will open new doors to explore how the brain records, processes, uses, stores, and retrieves vast quantities of information, and shed light on the complex links between brain function and behavior.

This initiative is one of the Administration’s “Grand Challenges” – ambitious but achievable goals that require advances in science and technology. In his remarks today, the President called on companies, research universities, foundations, and philanthropists to join with him in identifying and pursuing the Grand Challenges of the 21st century.

The BRAIN Initiative includes:

* Key investments to jumpstart the effort
* Strong academic leadership
* Public-private partnerships
* Maintaining our highest ethical standards

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/02/fact-sheet-brain-initiative

BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind

Francis Collins and Arati Prabhakar April 02, 2013 10:15 AM EDT

Today at the White House, President Obama unveiled the “BRAIN” Initiative—a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

The BRAIN Initiative — short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies — builds on the President’s State of the Union call for historic investments in research and development to fuel the innovation, job creation, and economic growth that together create a thriving middle class.

The Initiative promises to accelerate the invention of new technologies that will help researchers produce real-time pictures of complex neural circuits and visualize the rapid-fire interactions of cells that occur at the speed of thought. Such cutting-edge capabilities, applied to both simple and complex systems, will open new doors to understanding how brain function is linked to human behavior and learning, and the mechanisms of brain disease.

In his remarks this morning, the President highlighted the BRAIN Initiative as one of the Administration’s “Grand Challenges” – ambitious but achievable goals that require advances in science and technology to accomplish. The President called on companies, research universities, foundations, and philanthropies to join with him in identifying and pursuing additional Grand Challenges of the 21st century—challenges that can create the jobs and industries of the future while improving lives.

In addition to fueling invaluable advances that improve lives, the pursuit of Grand Challenges can create the jobs and industries of the future.

READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/02/brain-initiative-challenges-researchers-unlock-mysteries-human-mind

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“If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas… Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy… Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s… Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race.”

President Barack Obama, 2013 State of the Union

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  1. WH

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    1:25 PM
    President Obama attends an event benefitting the DNC
    Atherton, CA

    1:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama is joined by children from four states and veterans for the fifth Kitchen Garden Planting

    2:00 PM
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    3:25 PM
    President Obama attends an event benefitting the DNC
    Atherton, CA

    4:00 PM
    4:40 PM
    President Obama departs San Francisco.

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    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews

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    President Obama arrives at the Washington, D.C

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  2. BRAIN Initiative

    Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative

    WHAT IS THE NIH BRAIN INITIATIVE?

    The NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, this picture will fill major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.

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    NIH Director’s Blog: Welcoming the BRAIN Initiative, April 2, 2013

    What an exciting day for science and innovation in the United States! I was thrilled to be present at the White House this morning, as President Barack Obama announced a pioneering project to explore the complex workings of the human brain: the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. And I’m proud to report that NIH-supported scientists will be among those at the forefront of this ambitious endeavor.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage each of you—whether you’re a researcher, health professional, patient, or young person interested in science—to embrace the
    BRAIN Initiative. Not only will this landmark effort continue our nation’s strong tradition of scientific innovation, it will advance NIH’s mission of turning scientific discoveries into better health for all.

    For more details on the BRAIN Initiative, check out what DARPA chief Arati Prabhakar and I have to say on WhiteHouse.gov blog.

    • BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind

      Francis Collins and Arati Prabhakar April 02, 2013 10:15 AM EDT

      Today at the White House, President Obama unveiled the “BRAIN” Initiative—a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

      The BRAIN Initiative — short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies — builds on the President’s State of the Union call for historic investments in research and development to fuel the innovation, job creation, and economic growth that together create a thriving middle class.

      The Initiative promises to accelerate the invention of new technologies that will help researchers produce real-time pictures of complex neural circuits and visualize the rapid-fire interactions of cells that occur at the speed of thought. Such cutting-edge capabilities, applied to both simple and complex systems, will open new doors to understanding how brain function is linked to human behavior and learning, and the mechanisms of brain disease.

      In his remarks this morning, the President highlighted the BRAIN Initiative as one of the Administration’s “Grand Challenges” – ambitious but achievable goals that require advances in science and technology to accomplish. The President called on companies, research universities, foundations, and philanthropies to join with him in identifying and pursuing additional Grand Challenges of the 21st century—challenges that can create the jobs and industries of the future while improving lives.

      In addition to fueling invaluable advances that improve lives, the pursuit of Grand Challenges can create the jobs and industries of the future.

      READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/02/brain-initiative-challenges-researchers-unlock-mysteries-human-mind

    • April 02, 2013

      Remarks by the President on the BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation

      East Room
      10:04 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat. Well, first of all, let me thank Dr. Collins not just for the introduction but for his incredible leadership at NIH. Those of you who know Francis also know that he’s quite a gifted singer and musician. So I was asking whether he was going to be willing to sing the introduction — (laughter) — and he declined.

      But his leadership has been extraordinary. And I’m glad I’ve been promoted Scientist-in-Chief. (Laughter.) Given my grades in physics, I’m not sure it’s deserving. But I hold science in proper esteem, so maybe that gives me a little credit.

      Today I’ve invited some of the smartest people in the country, some of the most imaginative and effective researchers in the country — some very smart people to talk about the challenge that I issued in my State of the Union address: to grow our economy, to create new jobs, to reignite a rising, thriving middle class by investing in one of our core strengths, and that’s American innovation.

      Ideas are what power our economy. It’s what sets us apart. It’s what America has been all about. We have been a nation of dreamers and risk-takers; people who see what nobody else sees sooner than anybody else sees it. We do innovation better than anybody else — and that makes our economy stronger. When we invest in the best ideas before anybody else does, our businesses and our workers can make the best products and deliver the best services before anybody else.

      And because of that incredible dynamism, we don’t just attract the best scientists or the best entrepreneurs — we also continually invest in their success. We support labs and universities to help them learn and explore. And we fund grants to help them turn a dream into a reality. And we have a patent system to protect their inventions. And we offer loans to help them turn those inventions into successful businesses.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/02/remarks-president-brain-initiative-and-american-innovation

    • April 02, 2013

      Fact Sheet: BRAIN Initiative

      “If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas… Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy… Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s… Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race.”

      – President Barack Obama, 2013 State of the Union

      In his State of the Union address, the President laid out his vision for creating jobs and building a growing, thriving middle class by making a historic investment in research and development.

      Today, at a White House event, the President unveiled a bold new research initiative designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain. Launched with approximately $100 million in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget, the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative ultimately aims to help researchers find new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

      The BRAIN Initiative will accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers to produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact at the speed of thought. These technologies will open new doors to explore how the brain records, processes, uses, stores, and retrieves vast quantities of information, and shed light on the complex links between brain function and behavior.

      This initiative is one of the Administration’s “Grand Challenges” – ambitious but achievable goals that require advances in science and technology. In his remarks today, the President called on companies, research universities, foundations, and philanthropists to join with him in identifying and pursuing the Grand Challenges of the 21st century.

      The BRAIN Initiative includes:

      * Key investments to jumpstart the effort
      * Strong academic leadership
      * Public-private partnerships
      * Maintaining our highest ethical standards

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/02/fact-sheet-brain-initiative

    • Open for Questions: The BRAIN Initiative

      Published on Apr 2, 2013

      Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation in the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Dr. Francis Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health; and Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency answer questions about the BRAIN Initiative, which aims to help researchers find new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. April 2, 2013.

    • Drugmakers to Benefit From Obama’s Brain Initiative

      Published on Apr 2, 2013

      April 2 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama announced a U.S. campaign that may lead to new treatments for some of the least understood brain disorders, benefiting efforts by Pfizer, Roche and Eli Lilly. Shannon Pettypiece reports on Bloomberg Television’s “Money Moves.”

    • Stroke victim Sen. Mark Kirk praises Obama’s BRAIN initiative

      4/4/13 By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 13 mins ago

      Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, who last year suffered a severe stroke but has since returned to the senate, says he supports President Barack Obama’s new proposal to invest federal dollars to study the human brain.

      “Having suffered an ischemic stroke, I understand the importance of investing in science and technology to better understand our brain’s circuitry and neurological interactions,” Kirk told Yahoo News. “The new BRAIN initiative, which includes fostering partnerships with private institutions, will help bring us closer to learning more about mapping the most powerful, innovative tool in our bodies. After meeting with the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke [NINDS], I hope the research from the BRAIN initiative will continue to help doctors and scientists better understand strokes, their effects, and long-term health impacts.”

      Obama on Tuesday unveiled the initiative, which will devote $100 million toward research on the brain in hopes of providing new insights into diseases and ideally leading to new cures and methods of treatment. The proposal will be a part of the president’s budget proposal, to be released later this month.

      “There’s this enormous mystery waiting to be unlocked,” Obama had said when he announced the program. “And the BRAIN initiative will change that.”

      In late January 2012, Kirk underwent neurosurgery following the stroke. After less than a year of treatment, the senator was able to climb the 45 steps of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to re-enter the chamber for the first new legislative session in early January.

  3. Children From Four States And Veterans To Join Michelle Obama For Kitchen Garden Planting

    APRIL 03, 2013 obamafoororama

    First Lady Michelle Obama will spotlight school lunch issues and school gardening projects on Thursday afternoon when she welcomes thirty students from elementary schools in Vermont, Florida, Massachusetts, and Tennessee to the White House for the fifth Spring planting of her Kitchen Garden, which marks its fourth birthday on April 9th. The 1,500 square-foot symbol for the Let’s Move! campaign grows year round, and has been harvested through the winter. Mrs. Obama and her helpers will install new crops on Thursday.

    Five children have been invited from each school for Mrs. Obama’s first digging party since her Spring re-planting in March of 2012. Every institution has a model healthy lunch program, nutrition education program, and/or physical activity program, and uses gardening as part of the curriculum

    Local students from DC’s Bancroft and Harriet Tubman elementary schools will also join the fun. Bancroft students have been helping Mrs. Obama since she first began her South Lawn vegetable patch, and Tubman students have been participating since 2010.

    For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/04/children-from-four-states-and-veterans.html

  4. April 03, 2013

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Host Second Recipe Challenge

    FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND EPICURIOUS HOST
    SECOND RECIPE CHALLENGE
    TO PROMOTE HEALTHY EATING NATIONWIDE

    “The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” Welcomes Children and Their Parents to Create
    Healthy Lunch Recipes for an Invite to a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House

    New York, NY (April 3, 2013) – With the overwhelming success of the inaugural Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” in 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama is again teaming up with Epicurious, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture to host a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy eating among America’s youth.

    “Last year’s Kids State dinner was one of my favorite events we’ve ever done for Let’s Move! because it perfectly captured how young people, parents, community leaders and businesses can come together for innovative, healthy solutions,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “Last year’s young chefs impressed and inspired me with their creativity, and I can’t wait to welcome a whole new group to the White House this summer and taste their creations. So kids, let’s get cooking!”

    The second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” invites parents or guardians and their children, ages 8-12, to create and submit an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty. In support of Let’s Move!, launched by the First Lady to solve the issue of childhood obesity, each recipe must adhere to the guidance that supports USDA’s MyPlate (at ChooseMyPlate.gov) to ensure that the criteria of a healthy meal are met. Entries must represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up roughly half the plate or recipe.

    All U.S. states and territories, including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands, are invited to participate.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/03/first-lady-michelle-obama-and-epicurious-host-second-recipe-challenge-0

  5. Who’s Hiring H1-B Visa Workers? It’s Not Who You Might Think

    April 03, 201312:13 PM by MARTIN KASTE – NPR

    The tech industry wants more skilled workers — from overseas. Companies are lobbying hard for Congress to raise the limit on H-1B visas — visas for people with specialized skills — researchers, for instance, or software engineers.

    Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, recently told NPR that more H-1B visas can’t help but be good for the country.

    “We need to continue to attract some of the best and brightest people in the world to come and join us in world-leading [research and development] efforts,” Smith said.

    But that “best-and-brightest” argument doesn’t quite match up with reality — especially when you look at which companies are using the most H-1Bs.

    Who Is Using the Visas?

    If you scroll through the government’s visa data, you notice something surprising. The biggest employer of foreign tech workers is not Microsoft — not by a long shot. Nor is it Google, Facebook or any other name-brand tech company. The biggest users of H-1Bs are consulting companies, or as Ron Hira calls them, “offshore-outsourcing firms.”

    “The top 10 recipients in [the] last fiscal year were all offshore-outsourcers. And they got 40,000 of the 85,000 visas — which is astonishing,” he says.

    Hira’s a professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He’s also the son of Indian immigrants and has a personal interest in questions of labor flow across borders.

    For the past decade, he’s been studying how consulting firms use temporary work visas to help American companies cut costs. He says they use the visas to supply cheaper workers here, but also to smooth the transfer of American jobs to information-technology centers overseas.

    “What these firms have done is exploit the loopholes in the H-1B program to bring in on-site workers to learn the jobs [of] the Americans to then ship it back offshore,” he says. “And also to bring in on-site workers who are cheaper on the H-1B and undercut American workers right here.”

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/04/03/176134694/Whos-Hiring-H1-B-Visa-Workers-Its-Not-Who-You-Might-Think?ft=1&f=1001

  6. Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index

    Released On 4/4/2013 9:45:00 AM For wk3/31, 2013

    Prior Actual
    Level -34.4 -34.1

    Highlights
    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index paused this week, closing the first quarter of 2013 as its second best since 2008.

    At minus 34.1 on its scale of minus 100 to plus 100, the CCI is essentially unchanged from last week’s minus 34.4, and has remained in a narrow 0.5-point range since it hit its high for the year, minus 31.6, a month ago. This time last year the index was at minus 31.4, its best since March 2008; though it’s come close, it has not done better since.

    The index has advanced overall after matching its 2012 low late last summer, but more recently, after gains in February and early March, it has stalled.

    The weekly index, produced for Bloomberg by Langer Research Associates, is based on Americans’ ratings of the current national economy, the buying climate and their personal finances. These components, which held essentially steady this week, tell a similar story as the overall index – notable long-term gains, with miles to go.

    Twenty percent rate the national economy positively, unchanged in the last three weeks, 15 percentage points off the long-term average and the most negative of the CCI’s three gauges. Until late last year, though, this measure had been worse than its current level for a remarkable 240 consecutive weeks.

    Thirty percent say it’s a good time to buy the things they want and need, virtually the same as the previous two weeks’ 29 percent. After finishing out 2012 with 13 consecutive weeks at that level or better, it’s only the third time this year this gauge has reached or exceeded the 30 percent mark, now only 6 points from its long-term average.

    Fifty percent rate their own financial situation positively for the third week straight, 5 points off the average. It’s exceeded the halfway mark only once so far this year (and only eight times last year, three times in 2011, once in 2010, and twice in 2009).

    Among groups, at minus 10.6 the index, as noted, is its highest in more than five years among Americans with annual household incomes from $50,000 to 75,000, 12.0 points better than its average since 2005. It is better, plus 5.6, among those earning $100,000 or more annually, positive for the ninth week straight and just 3.0 points from its average in the same period. The index has backtracked the past two weeks among the lowest-income adults, after sharp gains in this group.

    Source: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=455956&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2013&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

  7. 8:45 AM ET
    Welcome and Remarks (Regency Ballroom)
    Fred P. Hochberg
    Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

    • Statement by Ex-Im Bank Chairman at 2013 Annual Conference

      4/4/13 PR Newswire – 20 mins ago

      WASHINGTON, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

      The following is a statement by Ex-Im Bank Chairman at 2013 Annual Conference (*As prepared for delivery).

      “Jobs Ahead: The Next Four Years of the Export-Import Bank”
      Remarks by Fred P. Hochberg
      Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
      Export-Import Bank Annual Conference
      Washington, DC

      April 4, 2013

      Welcome to the 2013 Annual Conference of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

      In preparing for today, I thought back four years to January of 2009 – when President Obama put forth my name as Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank.

      I took the oath of office that May. In those four months, America lost three million jobs.

      The economy was in a free fall. It was a shocking and frightening time.

      We needed to take action.

      That’s exactly what President Obama and this Administration did.

      And now, in 2013, thanks to you, America’s business community, an additional 6.4 million Americans are at work in the private sector. We’ve added jobs in each and every month for the past 36 months.

      Give yourself a round of applause.

      America is coming back.

      Two weeks ago, the President nominated me for another term as Chairman and President of Ex-Im. It has truly been a privilege and an honor. This is, by far, the best job I’ve ever had.

      I look forward to my confirmation hearing and, if confirmed, the opportunity to keep working with you to grow American jobs.

      ***
      Like so many of you in this room, I’ve run a business,
      I know that your first thoughts over your breakfast cereal are not how many jobs you’ll create by lunch. Your focus is on sales, product innovation, the competition, your margins – all key factors of your success.

      You’re looking for the next customer, the next sale. But if that customer or that sale is overseas, that’s where we come in. If needed, we can help close the deal, add to your bottom line, and, most important, add jobs.

      Together we can grow our economy and put more Americans back to work.

      In his State of the Union, President Obama said, “A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts.”

      That’s exactly what we as Americans need to focus on – an economy that creates good, middle-class jobs.

      And that’s how we, at Ex-Im measure our success — not by authorizations, not by matchmaking, or by trade agreements – but by private sector jobs — in big cities and small towns– in companies large and small.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/statement-ex-im-bank-chairman-2013-annual-conference-144900953.html

    • April 04, 2013

      Remarks by the President at a DNC Event — Atherton, CA

      Private Residence
      Atherton, California

      10:28 A.M. PDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Well, it is wonderful to see all of you. This is an intimate group. What I want to do is mostly have a conversation. But, first of all, obviously I want to thank Liz and Mark for their incredible hospitality. We couldn’t be more appreciative. And I want to thank all of you for being here today.

      A lot of you — in fact, almost everybody here I’ve known, have supported me. Some of you were involved in my first campaign when nobody could pronounce my name. (Laughter.) And you stuck with me through thick and thin, and I just want to say how much I appreciate all of you for taking the time.

      Some people have been asking me — well, what’s different about the second term? And I say, well, for one thing, I’m not raising money for myself, and that’s good. (Laughter.) For another thing, the girls are getting old enough now where they don’t want to spend time with us on the weekends. (Laughter.) They have sleepovers and parties and sports, and all that stuff. I don’t know if you guys are doing the same thing to your parents, but it’s starting to happen.

      But I think the most important thing is that when you don’t have another race to run, all you’re really thinking about it is how do I leave a legacy, not simply for the next President, but for the next generation that makes America stronger; that helps assure our children can compete with an ever-changing world; that we are solving what I think is one of the core challenges we face as a generation, and that is making sure that we have a strong, growing middle class and ladders of opportunity for everybody who is willing to work to get into that middle class; that we continue to be innovative; that we address some of our core environmental challenges, particularly climate change, to make sure that the planet we leave behind is one that our children can thrive in.

      So you end up taking the long view on things. And you also feel a great urgency because you know you don’t have a lot of time. And so the main message I want to deliver here today is that I could not be prouder of the track record that we’ve put together over the last four years and two months, whether it was saving an economy from a great depression; doubling fuel efficiency standards on cars; expanding access to college for the millions of young people; making sure that nobody in this country has to go bankrupt because they get sick; re-upping the law preventing violence against women; making sure that we have the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which I think has laid the groundwork for further progress when it comes to LGBT rights.

      On so many issues, we’ve made progress. But we’ve got so much more work to do. And I laid out what that vision might look like during both the inauguration speech and in the State of the Union. I want to make sure that we’ve got the best education system in the world and that starts young. And so we’ve given all the research that we have. Expanding our investment in childhood education can make all the difference in the world, and will pay enormous dividends for a very, very long time.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/04/remarks-president-dnc-event-atherton-ca

    • April 04, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady at Kitchen Garden Planting Event

      White House Kitchen Garden

      1:16 P.M. EDT
      MRS. OBAMA: How are you guys doing?

      CHILDREN: Good.

      MRS. OBAMA: Is it a little chilly?

      CHILDREN: Yes.

      MRS. OBAMA: Where are your jackets? I’m going to be the mother. Where are your jackets? (Laughter.) All right, so we’re going to put you to work.

      Well, welcome. This is the fifth planting of the White House Kitchen Garden. Are you guys excited?

      CHILDREN: Yes.

      MRS. OBAMA: So that we know who is here, I want to make sure that all these wonderful people with their cameras know which schools are here. So when I say your school name, raise your hand, or scream or something like that.

      Milton Elementary School from Milton, Vermont. Woo-hoo! Yes, is that the principal? It’s like woo-hoo, party on. Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Academy in Knox County, Tennessee. Woo-hoo! (Applause.) Arthur D. Healey School, Somerville Public Schools in Somerville, Massachusetts. Woo-hoo! (Applause.) Benjamin David Gullett Elementary School in Bradenton, Florida. (Applause.) Yes, that was it. That was it. I know you all are cold, coming from Florida. And then we have our partners from many, many, many years — Bancroft Elementary School. (Applause.) There we go. See, they’re comfortable yelling in the White House. (Laughter.) And then we have the Harriet Tubman Elementary School students. (Applause.)

      So it’s great to have you guys here. Are you ready to go? One of the reasons we invited these schools — Harriet Tubman School and Bancroft, they have been our partners for years. But the schools from across the country who have come, you guys are here because you are doing such wonderful things to implement the new school nutrition standards at your school. So do you like your school lunches? They are healthy and they are good? And you’re eating your vegetables? And many of you have gardens of your own? Awesome. So you know what to do here, right? Are you ready to plant?

      All right, let’s get going. Let’s do it!

      END
      1:18 P.M. EDT

  8. April 04, 2013

    Statement by the President on the Passing of Roger Ebert

    Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation of Americans – and especially Chicagoans – Roger was the movies. When he didn’t like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical. Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient – continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won’t be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz and the rest of the Ebert family.

  9. WH

    Thursday, April 5, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:15 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden speak to faith leaders at an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House

    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:45 PM
    Vice President delivers keynote remarks at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Export-Import Bank.
    Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC

    12:45 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • POTUS podium

      April 5, 2013

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

      9:15 AM ET
      President Obama and Vice President Biden speak to faith leaders at an Easter Prayer Breakfast
      East Room

      12:45 PM ET
      Vice President delivers keynote remarks at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Export-Import Bank.
      Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC

      12:45 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      1:00 PM ET
      White House Champions of Change: Honoring Rotary International
      The White House

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      ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Live/

      9:15 AM ET
      President Obama and Vice President Biden speak to faith leaders at an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House

      12:45 PM ET
      Vice President delivers keynote remarks at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Export-Import Bank.
      Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC

      12:45 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      8:30 AM ET
      National History Center
      Congressional Briefing on Immigration http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/216707

      9:45 AM ET
      Society of American Business Editors & Writers Conference Day 2

      10:00 AM ET
      Export-Import Bank: Strategies to Remain Competitive in Global Markets

      12:45 PM ET
      Vice President delivers keynote remarks at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Export-Import Bank.
      Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/216698

      12:45 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      1:00 PM ET
      Business Writers & Editors Meet for Second Day http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/216699

  10. US soccer

    April 5, 2013
    U.S. Women vs. Germany Women
    12:15 p.m EDT
    Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium
    Offenbach, Germany
    ESPNW.com, ESPN3.com

    • U.S. Women’s National Team Ties Germany in 3-3 Thriller on the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Soccer Federation

      The U.S. Women’s National Team tied Germany 3-3 in a thrilling match on the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Soccer Federation. The USA got goals from Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan in a superb second half that featured six goals in front of a spirited crowd in Offenbach.

      OFFENBACH, Germany (April 5, 2013)

      The U.S. Women’s National Team tied Germany 3-3 in a thrilling match on the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Soccer Federation. The USA got goals from Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan in a superb second half that featured six goals in front of a spirited crowd of 16,090 on a chilly night outside of Frankfurt.

      The U.S. WNT now travels to The Hague to meet the Netherlands on April 9 in a match live on ESPNW.com and ESPN3.com at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

      “Overall it was a fair result and a competitive, exciting game that showed the quality of the two best teams in the world,” said head coach Tom Sermanni. “It’s always disappointing when you’re winning the game with 10 minutes to go and you end up drawing. But the positive side for us is we created some very good chances. We knew it was always going to be very difficult to come here and get a result.”

      Sermanni made six changes to the starting lineup he sent out against Germany on March 13 in Portugal, as young outside backs Kristie Mewis (on the left) and Crystal Dunn (on the right) got the nod alongside center-backs Christie Rampone and Whitney Engen.

      There was an excellent atmosphere for the entire match and both sides had good chances in a scoreless first half. That score line would change just two minutes after the break.

      For more: http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Womens-National-Team/2013/04/US-Women-and-Germany-Tie-3-3-in-Thrilling-Match.aspx

  11. Will the sequester’s cancer cuts get fixed?

    April 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm Posted by Sarah Kliff – washingtonpost

    Medicare said Thursday that it does not have the power to reverse automatic spending cuts that are causing cancer clinics to turn away thousands of patients.

    “We are unaware of any authority that could exempt Part B drugs from the sequestration requirements,” Medicare spokesman Brian Cook said.

    The sequester is a series of across-the-board budget reductions that Congress allowed to go into effect when it could not agree on a spending plan earlier this year. As an unexpected consequence of the sequester’s cut to Medicare, cancer clinics are finding that they cannot afford to continue administering some chemotherapy drugs.

    Ted Okon, executive director of the advocacy group Community Oncology Alliance, said he has heard from dozens of legislators in both parties interested in reversing the cuts.

    “Some members have called over to Medicare and some want to start a letter to ask the administration to stop the cuts,” Okon said. “There’s really an outpouring of support.”

    For more; http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/04/will-the-sequesters-cancer-cuts-get-fixed/

  12. Obama budget to offer program cuts, seek deficit deal: official

    4/5/13 By Mark Felsenthal | Reuters – 4 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will offer cuts to Social Security and other entitlement programs in a budget proposal aimed at swaying Republicans to compromise on a deficit-reduction deal, a senior administration official said on Friday.

    Under a proposal that would cut the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years, the president will offer to apply a less generous measure of inflation to calculate cost-of-living increases, the official said on condition of anonymity. That change would result in lower payments to some beneficiaries of the Social Security program for retirees and is staunchly opposed by many congressional Democrats as well as labor and retiree groups.

    Obama would agree to cuts to other so-called entitlement programs, the official said.

    However, the president will only accept these spending cuts if congressional Republicans, for their part, agree to higher taxes, the official added. The president’s budget proposal is due to be laid out in full on Wednesday.

    The president’s renewed offer of fiscal negotiations with congressional Republicans follows a series of bitter battles over taxes and spending that date back to 2011. Obama is eager to put the issue of deficit reduction behind him and move on to other priorities, which include immigration and gun control legislation.

    “This isn’t about political horse trading,” the official said. “It’s about reducing the deficit in a balanced way that economists say is best for the economy and job creation.”

    Still, several attempts to reach an agreement balancing spending cuts with tax increases have failed, and prospects for a deal remain doubtful. House Speaker John Boehner, who let taxes rise for the wealthiest Americans earlier this year, has said any further revenue increases are off the table.

    The president also wants to undo at least some of the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect last month through the process known as sequestration.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-budget-offer-program-cuts-seek-deficit-deal-060835057–business.html

  13. International Trade

    Released On 4/5/2013 8:30:00 AM For Feb, 2013

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Trade Balance Level $-44.4 B $-44.8 B $-47.0 B to $-41.2 B $-43.0 B

    Highlights
    The U.S. trade balance in February unexpectedly narrowed somewhat. The trade gap improved to $43.0 billion from $44.5 billion in January. Market expectations were for a deficit of $44.8 billion. Exports rose 0.8 percent after declining 1.2 percent in January. Imports were unchanged after rebounding 1.8 percent.

    The shrinking in the trade gap was primarily due to the petroleum deficit which posted at $21.2 billion versus $24.3 billion in January. The nonpetroleum goods deficit expanded to $38.3 billion in February from $37.0 the month before. The services surplus grew to $17.3 billion from $17.2 billion.

    Source: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=456103&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2013&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

    • April 05, 2013

      Remarks by the President and Vice President at Easter Prayer Breakfast

      East Room

      9:28 A.M. EDT

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you all for being here today. And welcome to the White House, and a belated happy Easter — this time of the year when we celebrate renewal and we reflect on the faith that brings us together.

      For me, the essence of my faith is tolerance: not being judgmental about people of different faiths. When I was in Rome a few weeks ago, Pope Francis spoke movingly in his homily about our commitments to each other, not just as people of faith, but, he went on to say, but as human beings.

      I grew up in a tradition of Catholic social doctrine, and I was incredibly impressed by His Holiness’s homily, his sense of social justice. But I believe his message reads something essential about all faiths, and that is ultimately we all believe that we have a responsibility to one another and we all are our brothers’ and our sisters’ keepers.

      When it comes down to it, we all know that we’re connected by much more than divides us, although the focus is always on what divides us. As we move forward as a nation, I do believe we’re going to be judged on how we answer that call — that call of moral responsibility, to whether we stand up for those who have the least among us, whether we act on their behalf.

      And one of the things that I think at least the President and I believe has been the essence of this administration is the most animating principle of the administration has been just that: to look out for the least among us. Those are the values that I know that the President — and I personally know — the President holds extremely close to his heart.

      So I’d like to introduce to you now, my friend, and our President, President Barack Obama. (Applause.)

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Thank you.

      Well, good morning, everybody.

      AUDIENCE: Good morning.

      THE PRESIDENT: Welcome, once again, to the White House. It is always wonderful to see so many friends from all across the country. I want to thank you for joining us today. I want to thank everybody for their prayers, but, most importantly, I want to thank everybody for their good works through your ministries. It’s making a difference in communities all across this nation, and we could not be more proud to often have a chance to work with you.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/05/remarks-president-and-vice-president-easter-prayer-breakfast

  14. April 05, 2013

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the Removal of Highly Enriched Uranium from the Czech Republic

    Today we can announce that the United States, with the cooperation of our international partners, successfully removed 68 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU) – enough material for two nuclear weapons – from the Czech Republic. The HEU was securely transported to Russia, where it will be downblended into low enriched uranium (LEU) for use in nuclear power reactors. Unlike highly enriched uranium, low enriched uranium cannot be used to make a nuclear weapon. With this shipment, the Czech Republic becomes the tenth country from which all HEU has been removed since President Obama announced the international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world.

    This achievement comes on the anniversary of President Obama’s remarks in Prague on April 5, 2009, where he stated that nuclear terrorism remains our greatest threat. The President called on the world to act with a sense of purpose and without delay to secure vulnerable nuclear material. The United States and the global community have responded with an unprecedented effort that has secured thousands of kilograms of HEU and plutonium, enough for dozens of nuclear weapons.

    The removal of highly enriched uranium from the Czech Republic was the culmination of a multi-year effort by the United States’ National Nuclear Security Administration, the Czech Republic’s Nuclear Research Institute, Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The United States is grateful to these partners and to the Czech and Russian governments for their outstanding cooperation.

    • W.H.: Uranium removed from Czech Republic

      4/5/13 9:26 AM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      Some 150 pounds of highly-enriched uranium has been safely removed from the Czech Republic, making it the 10th country since 2009 to have removed all nuclear-weapon grade uranium, the White House announced Friday.

      The uranium was taken to Russia, where it will be down-blended to a lower grade strong enough for use in nuclear power plants but too weak for weapons.

      For more: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/04/wh-uranium-removed-from-czech-160925.html

  15. The Employment Situation in March

    Alan Krueger April 05, 2013 09:45 AM EDT

    While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the policies that are helping to build an economy that creates jobs and 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.

    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that private sector businesses added 95,000 jobs last month. Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 88,000 jobs in March. The February and March employment numbers were revised up by a total of 61,000 jobs. The economy has now added private sector jobs every month for 37 straight months, and a total of nearly 6.5 million jobs has been added over that period.

    The household survey showed that the unemployment rate fell from 7.7 percent in February to 7.6 percent in March, the lowest since December 2008. The labor force participation rate decreased by 0.2 percentage point to 63.3 percent in March.

    READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/05/employment-situation-march

    • Actually, This Was A GREAT Jobs Report …

      Apr. 5, 2013, 10:10 AM Joe Weisenthal – businessinsider

      Seriously, hear us out.

      We’ve been talking all morning about what a bad jobs report we got for March.
      But there is another side.

      We chatted with Matt Busigin, an economist and investor, who argues that actually this was a “great” jobs report.

      His basic argument:

      * The important leading sub-indices (professional/business services, construction) were strong.
      * In the key demographic groups, unemployment dropped massively, suggesting that a lot of what people are worried about is just based on aging demographics, not anything cyclical.
      * As for the mass exit from the workforce, it finally appears that people have the confidence to retire.

      Interestingly, Matt is not alone in his assessment. Over at The Bonddad Blog, they call it The Best Awful Employment Report Ever.

      Here are some of their bullets on why the number was actually a good one:

      * The broad U-6 unemployment rate, that includes discouraged workers, fell a full 0.5 percent from 14.3 percent to 13.8 percent.

      * The index of aggregate hours worked in the economy also surged 0.3 from 97.9 to 98.2.

      * Temporary jobs — a leading indicator for jobs overall — increased 20,300

      * Construction jobs added 18,000.

      * The number of people unemployed for five weeks or less — a better leading indicator than initial jobless claims — fell by 203,000 to 2,464,000. This may be a new post-recession low. If it isn’t, it’s close (I’ll double check this and update). UPDATE: It’s the second best by 11,000. In March 2011 the number was 2,453,000. This is NOT recessionary.

      Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/actually-this-was-a-great-jobs-report-2013-4

  16. 3-D Printed Material Mimics Biological Tissue

    3/5/13 By Rachel Kaufman, TechNewsDaily Contributor | LiveScience.com – 2 hrs 4 mins ago

    For the first time, scientists have printed structures that mimic the texture, consistency and certain properties of biological tissue.

    The manmade “tissues” are nothing more than water droplets encased in oil, stacked atop one another, but the scientists were able to construct stable structures that held their form for weeks, structures that conducted electricity and even structures that folded similarly to how muscle cells do.

    “These structures ?you can see them as basic tissues,” said Alex Graham, a doctoral student at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and one of the authors of the new paper describing the materials. “It’s such a simple structure…but you can foresee in the future you could start to functionalize it in a way that could be useful.”

    The researchers used a type of 3-D printer to eject an aqueous solution (water containing some salts) into a bead of oil, which was suspended in more of the aqueous solution. By carefully arranging the droplets, the researchers were able to get them to stick together. In other words, Graham said, “You’re just dropping spheres onto other sticky spheres.”

    After the “print” was completed, the researchers skimmed off the extra oil, leaving a sturdy, jelly-like structure that somewhat resembled brain and fat tissues.

    Graham and the other Oxford researchers used their technique to print a number of structures, ranging from the very tiny ?a cube approximately 1 millimeter on each side and consisting of about 16,000 drops ?to a rectangular object about an inch long. That latter structure contained 35,000 droplets. “It was a long print ? over a day,” Graham said.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/3-d-printed-material-mimics-biological-tissue-151832373.html

  17. West Wing Week: 04/05/13 or “The Scientist-in-Chief”

    Published on Apr 5, 2013

    This week, the President spoke on the importance of investing in infrastructure at Port Miami, and on reducing gun violence while at the Denver Police Academy. He hosted the Prime Minister of Singapore and Kid President, unveiled the BRAIN initiative, and rolled, read, and relaxed with some of the thousands of visitors to the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

  18. US is halfway to Obama 5-year export-doubling goal

    Apr 4, 2013 By TOM RAUM – Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly, outsourcing is on the way out and insourcing on the way in as the U.S. trudges unevenly toward President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling American exports around the world by the start of 2015.

    So far, export levels are about halfway to his mark.
    Obama set the five-year target in his January 2010 State of the Union address and recently has hastened his drumbeat, telling his export advisory council last month the nation was “well on our way” to his goal. “The question now becomes: How do we sustain this momentum?”

    While economists and industry leaders generally expect the ambitious target to be missed, impressive gains already booked in American manufacturing and exporting suggest such a miss may not be by that much.

    Why the optimism toward a manufacturing comeback? Here are five reasons:

    —Cheap U.S. natural gas and other increased energy production are helping to power U.S. factories more efficiently, with gas especially providing inexpensive raw materials for U.S. manufacturers of plastics, tires, certain pharmaceuticals and other petrochemical products.
    —Higher wages in China and other foreign export markets are making outsourcing less profitable to U.S. firms.
    —Congressional approval in 2011 of trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and other agreements being negotiated now with Asia and Europe are promising to open more foreign markets to U.S. products.
    —High U.S. unemployment is relieving pressure on factory owners to increase wages, helping to make U.S. labor costs more globally competitive.
    —Major technology advances have steadily boosted factory efficiency and worker productivity.

    Yet while many industries are doing more with fewer workers, more than half a million new manufacturing jobs have been added in just the past few years.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-halfway-obama-5-export-doubling-goal-065133179–finance.html

  19. April 05, 2013

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the U.S. Security Sector Assistance Policy

    Today, President Obama issued a new policy directive on security sector assistance. The goals of this new policy are to: help partner nations build the sustainable capacity to address common security challenges; promote partner support for the policies and interests of the United States; strengthen collective security and multinational defense arrangements and organizations; and promote universal values.

    The “security sector” of a government is composed of institutions that have the authority to use force to protect both the state and its citizens at home or abroad, maintain international peace and security, and to enforce the law and provide oversight of security institutions and forces. Security sector assistance refers to the policies, programs, and activities the United States Government employs to engage with foreign partners in these areas, including to help them build and sustain the capacity and effectiveness of institutions to provide security, safety, and justice for their people; and to contribute to efforts that address common security challenges.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/05/statement-press-secretary-us-security-sector-assistance-policy

    • April 05, 2013

      Fact Sheet: U.S. Security Sector Assistance Policy

      United States policy on Security Sector Assistance is aimed at strengthening the ability of the United States to help allies and partner nations build their own security capacity, consistent with the principles of good governance and rule of law. The United States has long recognized that the diversity and complexity of the threats to our national interest require a collaborative approach, both within the United States Government and among allies, partners, and multilateral organizations. More than ever before, we share security responsibilities with other nations and groups to help address security challenges in their countries and regions, whether it is fighting alongside our forces, countering terrorist and international criminal networks, participating in international peacekeeping operations, or building institutions capable of maintaining security, law, and order, and applying justice. U.S. assistance to build capabilities to meet these challenges can yield critical benefits, including reducing the possibility that the United States or partner nations may be required to intervene abroad in response to instability.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/05/fact-sheet-us-security-sector-assistance-policy

  20. Bridging the School-Community Divide in Digital Learning

    Posted on April 4, 2013 Michael Robbins – edu.gov

    I recently had the opportunity to speak at SXSWedu – a national education convening leading up to the South by Southwest festivals and conferences in Austin, TX. What began three years ago as a handful of education-focused sessions at SXSW Interactive has grown into an inspiring and informative gathering of over 4,000 participants from across the world.

    Jeff Edmondson, the managing director of Strive, and I led a session on digital learning and collective impact in education – how technology can improve how schools, families, and communities collaborate to advance student engagement and learning. The power of technology to transform education was a major theme at SXSWedu, but the discussions in Austin underscored my concerns about how K-12 digital learning transitions are evolving.

    Many conversations were intensely focused on technology to support school-based initiatives, but missing attention on how digital learning should connect students to their passions, peers, communities, and careers. We will miss essential opportunities to transform schools if transitions primarily create digital versions of traditional analog education processes – trading textbooks for tablets and paper files for databases.

    For more: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/04/bridging-the-school-community-divide-in-digital-learning/

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