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Drug Policy Reform In Action: A 21st Century Approach

Posted by Cameron Hardesty on April 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM EDT

The President has outlined his vision of an America built to last—where an educated, skilled workforce has the knowledge, energy and expertise to compete in the global marketplace. Yet–for far too many Americans–that vision is limited by drug use, which not only diminishes the potential of the individual, but jeopardizes families, communities and neighborhoods.

The economic costs of drug use are enormous: In 2007 alone, illicit drug use cost taxpayers more than $193 billion in lost productivity, healthcare, and criminal justice costs. But the human costs are worse. Nationwide, drug-induced overdose deaths now surpass homicides and car crashes as the leading cause of injury death in America.

We are not powerless to address these challenges. And as recent data has shown, we are not unable to reverse these trends. Prescription drug abuse is beginning to decline. Cocaine use and related overdoses are dropping. And recent data show the nation’s prison and jail population dropping for the third straight year.

Today we are releasing a science-driven plan for drug policy reform in America to build upon this progress. This 21st century drug policy outlines a series of evidence-based reforms that treat our Nation’s drug problem as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue. This policy underscores what we all know to be true: we cannot arrest or incarcerate our way out of the drug problem.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/24/drug-policy-reform-action-21st-century-approach

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  1. WH

    Friday, April 26, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:10 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks at Planned Parenthood’s National Conference
    Washington DC

    11:30 AM
    White House Jay Carney briefs the press.

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:55 PM
    President Obama hosts His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan
    White House

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    President Obama meets with U.S. business leaders with a significant presence in Mexico and Central America in advance of his trip to the region
    Roosevelt Room

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:30 PM
    Vice President Biden meets with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia
    the Enchantment Resort, Sedona, AZ

    9:45 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the McCain Institute for International Leadership’s Annual Sedona Forum
    Sedona, Arizona

    10:00 PM

  2. Drug Policy Reform In Action: A 21st Century Approach

    The President has outlined his vision of an America built to last—where an educated, skilled workforce has the knowledge, energy and expertise to compete in the global marketplace. Yet–for far too many Americans–that vision is limited by drug use, which not only diminishes the potential of the individual, but jeopardizes families, communities and neighborhoods.

    The economic costs of drug use are enormous: In 2007 alone, illicit drug use cost taxpayers more than $193 billion in lost productivity, healthcare, and criminal justice costs. But the human costs are worse. Nationwide, drug-induced overdose deaths now surpass homicides and car crashes as the leading cause of injury death in America.

    We are not powerless to address these challenges. And as recent data has shown, we are not unable to reverse these trends. Prescription drug abuse is beginning to decline. Cocaine use and related overdoses are dropping. And recent data show the nation’s prison and jail population dropping for the third straight year.

    Today we are releasing a science-driven plan for drug policy reform in America to build upon this progress. This 21st century drug policy outlines a series of evidence-based reforms that treat our Nation’s drug problem as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue. This policy underscores what we all know to be true: we cannot arrest or incarcerate our way out of the drug problem.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/24/drug-policy-reform-action-21st-century-approach

    Office of National Drug Control Policy: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/
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  3. April 05, 2013

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of King Abdullah II of Jordan

    President Obama will host His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House on Friday, April 26. The President deeply appreciated the hospitality he received in Jordan last month and looks forward to continuing his consultations with King Abdullah on Jordan’s political and economic reforms, the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and additional regional issues of mutual concern. As the President said in Amman last month, Jordan is an invaluable ally and close friend. King Abdullah’s visit is a demonstration of the close partnership between the United States and Jordan.

  4. Hey CR. I had to catch up on all of the threads. I was behind. Once again, you always come up with unique threads. Thanks.

  5. Congress must legislate to avoid a helium crisis: Kemp

    Wed, Mar 27, 2013 11:21 AM EDT John Kemp – Reuters

    LONDON (Reuters) – Bipartisan bills introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate aim to avert the imminent shutdown of the Federal Helium Reserve, which provides a third of all the gas consumed worldwide, and develop a proper market to avoid a long-term crunch in supplies of one of the world’s most critical raw materials.

    Helium is best known for filling party balloons and making people talk with a squeaky voice.

    But its properties as the second-lightest element, chemically unreactive, and with a boiling point just 4 degrees above absolute zero, give it an essential role in a range of cutting-edge scientific applications.

    The biggest uses are to cool the superconducting magnets used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners; help manufacture semiconductors and fiber optic cables; and, purge and pressurize the liquid hydrogen/oxygen propulsion systems used on space rockets, including the giant Delta IV launch vehicles that put spy satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

    Prices for refined helium sold to end-users have quadrupled from $40 per thousand cubic feet in 2000 to $160 in 2012, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which warned the Natural Resources Committee of the House of Representatives last month of “urgent issues facing the Bureau of Land Management’s storage and sale of helium reserves.”

    For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/congress-must-legislate-avoid-helium-152111626.html;_ylt=AwrNUbG3z3lRFV8AKZvQtDMD

  6. Senate passes measure to end airport delays

    4/25/13 08:58 PM ET By Keith Laing and Erik Wasson – TheHill

    The Senate passed a bill on Thursday evening to end air traffic controller furloughs caused by the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester that have been blamed for mounting flight delays across the country.

    The passage of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), capped a day of scrambling that saw lawmakers alternate between trying to pass a quick legislative fix for the air traffic controllers’ furloughs and point fingers at each other for the flight delays they caused.

    Collins’ bill, which was passed by unanimous consent on Thursday evening, gives the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) more flexibility to keep essential workers on the job.

    Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) all offered legislation that would have addressed the air traffic controller furloughs.

    The Gillibrand bill would have provided money to pay for ending the air traffic controllers furloughs by raising taxes on corporate jet owners, making it a likely non-starter with Republicans.

    The Klobuchar-Hoeven bill, which was similar to the Collins bill that was eventually approved on Thursday, would have given the Department of Transportation flexibility to make adjustments to its agency budgets that the FAA has insisted it does not currently have.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/aviation/296325-senators-passes-measure-to-end-airport-delays

    • House passes bill to end FAA furloughs in victory for GOP

      4/26/13 12:14 PM ET By Pete Kasperowicz – TheHill

      The House on Friday passed legislation that would let the government redirect millions of dollars to air traffic controllers’ salaries and expenses in a bid to end sequester-related furloughs that have caused flight delays around the country.

      Members approved the Reducing Flight Delays Act in an overwhelming 361-41 vote, just a day after the Senate approved the same bill by unanimous consent. A two-thirds vote was needed, as House leaders called it up as a suspension bill.
      The vote is a victory for House Republicans, who had been pushing for a restructuring of the $600 million sequester cut to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to avoid air traffic controller layoffs. In contrast, Democrats were looking for a broader solution to the sequester that included new taxes.

      But Democrats abandoned that line as passengers filed thousands of complaints about delayed flights. By mid-week, the FAA said hundreds of flights were being delayed each day, and talk quickly turned to a legislative solution.

      On Wednesday, the White House said it was “open” to a legislative fix for air traffic controllers, even though President Obama had previously rejected greater flexibility as a fix for the sequester. In February, he argued that there would be “no smart way” to carry out the cuts.

      “You don’t want to have to choose between, let’s see, do I close funding for the disabled kid, or the poor kid? Do I close this Navy shipyard or some other one? When you’re doing things in a way that’s not smart, you can’t gloss over the pain and the impact it’s going to have on the economy,” Obama said February 26.

      On Friday morning, Republicans blasted Democrats for rejecting the idea of reorganizing the cuts, and cast the bill as a necessary legislative fix.

      “I think we all agree the FAA and the administration has handled the sequester poorly,” Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) said. “The FAA has negotiated in bad faith with the FAA employees, the airlines, the flying public and the Congress, and the administration has played shameful politics with sequestration at the cost of hard-working American families.

      “We are taking this action to end the administration’s political games that threaten our passengers rights and their safety.”

      Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said that while he still believes the administration has the power to adjust the sequester cuts, the bill provides a “fig leaf” for the administration.

      Democratic leaders and some rank-and-file Democrats said they oppose the bill because it only deals with the FAA, and not the other social programs that are also seeing cuts because of the sequester. They opposed what they called a “band aid” approach, even though passage of the bill seems to open the door to other narrow tweaks to the sequester.

      Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/296409-house-votes-to-avoid-faa-sequester-in-gop-victory

  7. GOP WRONG WAY

    Ron Paul’s Extreme Ties Re-emerge At New Institute

    While Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) makes an earnest effort to discover why African Americans won’t vote for states right conservatives, his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), is doing his very best to answer the question in his new role outside of Congress.

    Paul, who retired this year from the House, is running a new think tank aimed at supporting his “non-interventionist” foreign policy and libertarian domestic politics. But rather than a new chapter for the longtime representative, The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity looks more like a return to the old extremist ties he tried to shake off in recent years as his movement gained a more mainstream following.

    As Jamie Kirchick reports in The Daily Beast, his group’s advisory board includes incendiary columnist Lew Rockwell, who has been identified in news reports as the most likely author of a series of racist, homophobic and conspiracy-laden newsletters Paul published in the ’80s and ’90s.

    Despite being marketed with his endorsement and sometimes presented under his name, Paul denied any knowledge of their content in his recent presidential runs. But Rockwell’s re-emergence into Paul’s inner circle suggests he hasn’t put the past behind him.

    Other board members profiled by Kirchick include John Laughland, who made defending Slobodan Milosevic from ethnic cleansing charges a personal cause, and economics professor Walter Block, who argued on Rockwell’s website that the country would be better off if the Confederate states had successfully cut ties with the “monster Lincoln.” This is not far from Paul’s own comments — in a 2007 Meet The Press appearance he said that the “iron-fisted” Lincoln should never have fought the “senseless Civil War.”

    Rand Paul, who has presented himself as more mainstream on foreign policy than his father, has not attached himself to the think tank and did not speak at its launch this month. But his father’s career continues to make Paul’s professed naivete as to the roots of conservatives’ minority outreach problem all the more puzzling.

  8. Economy in U.S. Grows at Faster Pace as Consumers Boost Spending

    Apr 26, 2013 5:30 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    The economy in the U.S. grew at a faster pace in the first quarter, reflecting the biggest increase in consumer spending in two years as households overcame a drop in incomes by putting less money in the bank.

    Gross domestic product rose at a 2.5 percent annual rate, lower than forecast, after a 0.4 percent fourth-quarter advance, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median estimate of 86 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 3 percent gain. Consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy, climbed by the most since the fourth quarter of 2010.

    A boost to wealth from rising stock and home prices combined with a reduction in savings to help Americans cushion an increase in the payroll tax that has now begun to pinch. Recent data signal the strength in other parts of the economy may also not be sustained as across-the-board cuts in planned federal spending, together with slower stockpiling, may be restraining investment and employment.

    “There are ebbs and flows but the overall picture is one of a moderately growing economy,” Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at Maria Fiorini Ramirez Inc. in New York, said before the report. MFR was the second-best forecaster of the economy in the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “We’ll see a bit of tailing off this quarter.”

    Economists’ GDP forecasts ranged from 1 percent to 3.8 percent. The estimate is the first of three for the quarter, with the other releases scheduled for May and June when more information becomes available.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-26/economy-in-u-s-grows-at-faster-pace-as-consumers-boost-spending.html

  9. President Obama official schedule and guidance April 26, 2013.

    April 26, 2013 By Lynn Sweet – suntimes

    (Excerpt)

    President Obama will meet with U.S. business leaders with a significant presence in Mexico and Central America in advance of his trip to the region. The President will discuss opportunities for expanded U.S. commerce in Mexico and Central America that will create jobs and expand economic opportunity in this country and elsewhere in the Americas while reducing barriers to growth in the region. The meeting will be in the Roosevelt Room and is closed press. Expected attendees include:

    · John Bilbrey, CEO, Hershey

    · Franklin Chang-Díaz, Founder and President, Ad Astra Rocket Company

    · Andrés Gluski, President and CEO, AES Corporation

    · Robert A. McDonald, CEO, Procter & Gamble

    · Manuel Medina-Mora, Citi Co-President, Chairman, Banamex

    · Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank

    · J. Miles Reiter, Chairman and CEO, Driscoll’s

    · Mark Snell, President, Sempra Energy

    · David Starling, President and CEO, Kansas City Southern

    · Patricia Woertz, President and CEO, Archer Daniels Midland

    For the entire article: http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2013/04/president_obama_official_sched_1177.html

    • April 26, 2013
      Remarks by the President at the Planned Parenthood Conference

      Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

      11:17 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you! (Applause.) All right, everybody have a seat. Have a seat. You’re making me blush. (Laughter.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. Thank you. (Applause.)

      Cecile, thank you for the warm introduction, and thank you for the outstanding leadership that you’ve shown over the years. You just do a great, great job. (Applause.) I want to thank all of you for the remarkable work that you’re doing day in, day out in providing quality health care to women all across America. You are somebody that women — young women, old women, women in between — count on for so many important services. And we are truly grateful to you.

      I’m sorry that I could not be at the party yesterday. I understand it was a little wild. (Laughter.) That’s what I heard. But as all of you know, obviously, we’ve gone through a pretty tough week and a half, and I was down in Texas, letting the people of West, Texas know that we all love them and care about them in their time of grieving. (Applause.)

      But obviously this is a special national conference, because it’s been nearly a hundred years since the first health clinic of what later would become Planned Parenthood opened its doors to women in Brooklyn. And for nearly a century now, one core principle has guided everything all of you do — that women should be allowed to make their own decisions about their own health. (Applause.) It’s a simple principle.

      So what I see in this audience, extraordinary doctors and nurses, and advocates and staff who work tirelessly to keep the doors at health centers all across the country going, then I’m reminded of those very early efforts and all the strides that we’ve made in subsequent decades. And I also think about the millions of mothers and daughters and wives and sisters, friends and neighbors who walk through those doors every year.

      Somewhere there’s a woman who just received a new lease on life because of a screening that you provided that helped catch her cancer in time. Somewhere there’s a woman who’s breathing easier today because of the support and counseling she got at her local Planned Parenthood health clinic. Somewhere there’s a young woman starting a career who, because of you, is able to decide for herself when she wants to start a family. (Applause.)
      One in five women in this country has turned to Planned Parenthood for health care. One in five. (Applause.) And for many, Planned Parenthood is their primary source of health care — not just for contraceptive care, but for lifesaving preventive care, like cancer screenings and health counseling.

      So when politicians try to turned Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they’re not just talking about you; they’re talking about the millions of women who you serve. And when they talk about cutting off your funding, let’s be clear: They’re talking about telling many of those women, you’re on your own. They’re talking about shutting those women out at a time when they may need it most — shutting off communities that need more health care options for women, not less. (Applause.)

      So the fact is, after decades of progress, there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century. And they’ve been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health.

      Forty-two states have introduced laws that would ban or severely limit access to a woman’s right to choose — laws that would make it harder for women to get the contraceptive care that they need; laws that would cut off access to cancer screenings and end educational programs that help prevent teen pregnancy.

      In North Dakota, they just passed a law that outlaws your right to choose, starting as early as six weeks, even if a woman is raped. A woman may not even know that she’s pregnant at six weeks. In Mississippi, a ballot initiative was put forward that could not only have outlawed your right to choose, but could have had all sorts of other far-reaching consequences like cutting off fertility treatments, making certain forms of contraception a crime.

      That’s absurd. It’s wrong. It’s an assault on women’s rights. And that’s why when the people of Mississippi were given a chance to vote on that initiative, they turned it down. (Applause.) Mississippi is a conservative state, but they wanted to make clear there’s nothing conservative about the government injecting itself into decisions best made between a woman and her doctor. And folks are trying to do this all across the country.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/26/remarks-president-planned-parenthood-conference

    • April 26, 2013

      Remarks by President Obama and His Majesty King Abdullah II before Bilateral Meeting

      Oval Office

      2:07 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: I want to welcome to the Oval Office once again King Abdullah. His Majesty is a great friend of the United States. Jordan is a great partner to the United States on a whole host of issues. And obviously, although we just recently saw each other — and I want to thank again His Majesty for the extraordinary hospitality that he showed during our visit — there remain a host of very urgent issues in the region that we’re going to have an opportunity to discuss.

      First of all, I want to congratulate His Majesty on a series of reforms that he’s initiating inside of Jordan, and we want to find out how we can continue to be supportive and helpful in creating greater economic opportunity and prosperity in the area.

      We have been supportive with respect to loan guarantees and other efforts, in part because we’ve also seen King Abdullah take some very important steps to further open democratization and entrepreneurship and economic development inside of Jordan. We want to encourage that because we think Jordan can be an extraordinary model for effective governance in the region.

      We’re also going to have an opportunity to talk about the Middle East peace process. And the last time I saw King Abdullah, I’d just come out of Israel and the West Bank in consultations with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas. And Jordan, like the United States, has an enormous stake in peace. And we do think that there’s a window of opportunity that needs to be seized, and so we will both consult in how we can jumpstart serious conversations that could lead to a peaceful settlement and both a secure Israel with normalized relations with its neighbors and a Palestinian state that was sovereign.

      Of great urgency right now obviously is the situation in Syria. Jordan has experienced a huge influx of refugees coming into the country from Syria, people who’ve been displaced. Jordan historically has maintained open borders and allowed these refugees on a humanitarian basis to come in, but it’s an enormous strain on a small country. And we are mobilizing international support to help with these refugees, but obviously our goal is to create a stable Syria, where civilians are not at risk.

      And we both agree that at this point, President Assad has lost legitimacy and that we need to find a political transition that allows a multi-sect, democratic transition to take place so that Syria can be a place where all people can live in peace and harmony.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/26/remarks-president-obama-and-his-majesty-king-abdullah-ii-bilateral-meeti

  10. West Wing Week: 04/26/13 or “This Stuff’s Really Cool”

    Published on Apr 26, 2013

    This week, the Vice President traveled to Boston for a memorial for Officer Collier, and the President memorialized the victims of the West Texas explosion. The President also hosted the Amir of Qatar, the Teacher of the Year, the 3rd White House Science Fair, and visited Dallas with the First Lady for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

  11. 3:00 PM ET
    President Obama meets with U.S. business leaders with a significant presence in Mexico and Central America in advance of his trip to the region
    Roosevelt Room

  12. 9:30 PM ET
    Vice President Biden meets with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia at the Enchantment Resort, Sedona, AZ

  13. Koch Brothers Eyeing Tribune Newspaper Empire

    April 26, 2013 4:00 AM by DAVID FOLKENFLIK – NPR

    The Tribune Co., emerging from bankruptcy and looking to reshape itself, is now considering the sale of all its newspapers — including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and five other regional newspapers. It’s still very early in the sale process; although the newspaper unit has been valued at $623 million, significant debts are also attached, and Tribune has signaled that it reserves the right not to sell if there isn’t a worthy bid.

    Possible buyers of those papers include David and Charles Koch, billionaire brothers from Kansas. The Koch brothers’ vast holdings include huge investments in energy, manufacturing and commodities, but they’re known these days for their politics.

    Matt Welch is the editor of Reason, a libertarian magazine. David Koch sits on its parent foundation, though Welch says he thinks they’ve never met. “Charles and David Koch have been for the last 40, 40-plus years the most significant backers of libertarian-based organizations and philanthropies in the country,” Welch says. “It’s not even close. It is Charles and David Koch 100, everybody else 2.”

    David Koch — the younger one, at 72 — ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party’s ticket in 1980. More recently, the Koch brothers raised millions to elect Tea Party candidates and other Republicans, and raised even more for ads opposing President Obama’s re-election last year. As a result, they have become a target of liberals like Rachel Maddow, who said on her MSNBC show: “You really can’t get away from the Koch brothers. They’re becoming way too ubiquitous. Their names pop up in every scummy scandal, one after another.”

    Whether one thinks Maddow was being fair or not, the Koch brothers are dogged by their strong political identity. Welch says that identity could be a handicap in the Tribune newsrooms. In a former life, he was an assistant editorial pages editor at the Los Angeles Times, the largest Tribune paper. He says the Kochs would face a challenge: “It would be such a culture clash, inevitably, between them and the newsroom there that it would be kind of open conflict there for a long time,” Welch says. “I would have a hard time imagining how they calm that down in a productive way.”

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/26/179179653/billionaire-koch-brothers-increase-their-role-in-u-s-politics

  14. WH

    Saturday, April 27, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    7:30 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle attend the White House Correspondents Dinner
    Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC

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    10:15 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Correspondents Dinner, First Lady Michelle also in attendance
    Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC

    • POTUS podium

      April 27, 2013

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

      10:15 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Correspondents Dinner
      Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC

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

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      White House Correspondents’ Association
      2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
      Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC

      10:15 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Correspondents Dinner
      Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

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      White House Correspondents’ Association
      2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner Arrivals
      Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC http://www.c-span.org/WHCD

      10:15 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Correspondents Dinner
      Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC http://www.c-span.org/WHCD

  15. 2013 WHCA DINNER NEWS

    Late night star Conan O’Brien to headline 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    WASHINGTON — Team Coco is coming back to Washington.

    Conan O’Brien, the Emmy award-winning comedian and late night talk show host, will headline the annual White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner on April 27, 2013, it was revealed Wednesday by association president Ed Henry.

    “Conan is one of television’s most innovative and influential talents and I am absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to be this year’s featured act,” said Henry. “As social media has changed all aspects of the media business, Conan has embraced this shifting landscape to become a creative force both online as well as in the traditional television model. We are grateful that Conan will be also be using that creativity to bring more attention to the WHCA’s commitment to helping needy journalism students.”

    Proceeds from the dinner, which is well known for being the hottest ticket in Washington year in and year out, help fund over $100,000 in scholarships. First Lady Michelle Obama, who attends the dinner with President Obama, has once again agreed this year to help hand out the scholarships to the high school students attending the dinner.

    The President traditionally delivers his own set of jokes, poking fun at himself as well as his political opponents, before the comedian gets the podium. It’s all in good fun and for a good cause.

    For more: http://www.whca.net/dinner.htm

    6:15 PM ET
    White House Correspondents’ Association
    2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner Arrivals
    Washington DC

    7:30 PM ET
    White House Correspondents Dinner
    Washington DC

    9:45 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Correspondents Dinner, First Lady Michelle also in attendance
    Washington DC

  16. natl-prescription-drug-take-back-day-2013-

    NATIONAL TAKE-BACK INITIATIVE

    Upcoming Take-Back Day — April 27, 2013
    (10:00AM – 2:00PM)

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

    In the five previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications were removed from circulation.

    The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

    Locate Collection Site Near You
    Please contact the Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 if you require assistance.

  17. Gates joins forces with Zuckerberg

    4/26/13 02:16 PM ET By Jennifer Martinez – TheHill

    The new lobbying organization co-founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has added four prominent tech executives to its all-star roster, including Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.

    The new members include two other top Microsoft executives and investor Sean Parker, who was also the founding president of Facebook. Gates and Parker have joined FWD.us as founders, according to the group’s website.

    The other additions to the group include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, who are listed as contributors. FWD.us is currently focusing its efforts on rallying support for immigration reform.

    “We’re thrilled that Bill Gates, Brad Smith, Steve Ballmer, and Sean Parker — longtime advocates for vital policies like comprehensive immigration reform that will grow our economy — are joining FWD.us’ efforts to organize and engage the tech community,” FWD.us President Joe Green, who also founded Causes.com, said in a statement.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/296459-zuckerberg-lobbying-group-adds-microsofts-gates-ballmer-as-new-donors

  18. WEEKLY ADDRESS: Time to Replace the Sequester with a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    April 27, 2013

    Hi, everybody. Our top priority as a nation must be growing the economy, creating good jobs, and rebuilding opportunity for the middle class.

    But two months ago, Congress allowed a series of automatic budget cuts to fall across the federal government that would do the opposite. In Washington-speak, these cuts were called the “sequester.” It was a bad idea then. And as the country saw this week, it’s a bad idea now.

    Because of these reckless cuts, there are parents whose kids just got kicked out of Head Start programs scrambling for a solution. There are seniors who depend on programs like Meals on Wheels to live independently looking for help. There are military communities – families that have already sacrificed enough – coping under new strains. All because of these cuts.

    This week, the sequester hurt travelers, who were stuck for hours in airports and on planes, and rightly frustrated by it. And, maybe because they fly home each weekend, the Members of Congress who insisted these cuts take hold finally realized that they actually apply to them too.

    Republicans claimed victory when the sequester first took effect, and now they’ve decided it was a bad idea all along. Well, first, they should look at their own budget. If the cuts they propose were applied across the board, the FAA would suffer cuts three times deeper.

    So Congress passed a temporary fix. A Band-Aid. But these cuts are scheduled to keep falling across other parts of the government that provide vital services for the American people. And we can’t just keep putting Band-Aids on every cut. It’s not a responsible way to govern. There is only one way to truly fix the sequester: by replacing it before it causes further damage.

    A couple weeks ago, I put forward a budget that replaces the next several years of these dumb cuts with smarter cuts; reforms our tax code to close wasteful special interest loopholes; and invests in things like education, research, and manufacturing that will create new jobs right now.

    So I hope Members of Congress will find the same sense of urgency and bipartisan cooperation to help the families still in the crosshairs of these cuts. They may not feel the pain felt by kids kicked off Head Start, or the 750,000 Americans projected to lose their jobs because of these cuts, or the long-term unemployed who will be further hurt by them. But that pain is real.

    The American people worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one economic crisis just to see your elected officials keep causing more. Our economy is growing. Our deficits are shrinking. We’re creating jobs on a consistent basis. But we need to do more to help middle-class families get ahead, and give more folks a chance to earn their way into the middle class. And we can, if we work together. That’s what you expect. That’s what I’m going to work every single day to help deliver. Thank you.

    • As federal sequester cuts hit home, the Bay Area’s long-term unemployed brace for the worst

      5/03/2013 04:35:21 PM PDT By Patrick May – mercurynews.com

      Throughout the Great Recession, California’s One-Stop Career Centers have served as way stations of hope, places where safety nets fashioned from state and federal unemployment benefits have helped the jobless stay afloat as the storm swirled around them.

      This week, as word spread that the budget stalemate in Washington would mean a nearly 18 percent cut in federal extension benefits, these refuges seemed more and more like recessionary triage centers for the wounded. Slashing both benefits for claimants and operating budgets for the culled staff trying to help them, the federal sequester is now hitting home in a big way.

      “I’m begging the government: Please don’t cut these benefits,” said Rosa Sanchez, a 50-year-old single mother from Santa Clara desperately seeking work since she was laid off after 10 years as an English development specialist for a local school district. “I share my apartment with my teenage son and my elderly mother, and we simply can’t live without that help.

      “I’m willing to work,” Sanchez said during a visit last week to the Campbell center, “and they talk about a job boom in Silicon Valley, but there are no jobs available for me.”

      There’s a lot at stake for these frustrated job-seekers. Under the law, the unemployed can collect up to 26 weeks’ worth of state benefits, and then another 47 weeks of federal extension payouts.

      But as part of the so-called sequester cuts mandated by Congress in 2011 as a way to force itself to cut the national deficit, California now will receive $250 million less from the federal government to hand out to those who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks. While another 500,000 Californians who have not reached their 27th week will continue to receive their state unemployment checks as usual, a nearly equal number of unemployed now face potentially drastic reduction in their personal budgets.

      The irony of the sequester cuts has not been lost on the long-term unemployed. While they watched lawmakers hustle to restore funding for airport security slashed by the stalemate, these residents now into their second year of job-hunting feel unfairly singled out as their benefit reduction starts to kick in this week.

      To people who’ve been unemployed for a long time and are already struggling to hold on to the little they’ve got left, these cuts will be devastating,” said Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of the Oakland Private Industry Council, which helps administer the Oakland One-Stop center. “Congress is essentially pushing people deeper into poverty.

      For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_23166026/federal-sequester-cuts-hit-home-bay-areas-long

  19. FBI: Miss. man arrested in suspicious letters case

    4/27/13 HOLBROOK MOHR | Associated Press – 39 mins ago

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man whose home and business were searched as part of an investigation into poisoned letters sent to the president and others has been arrested in the case, according to the FBI.

    Everett Dutschke, 41, was arrested about 12:50 a.m. Saturday at his Tupelo home by FBI special agents in connection with the letters, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said. The letters, which allegedly contained ricin, were sent last week to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to an 80-year-old Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland.

    Madden said FBI special agents arrested Dutschke (pronounced DUHS’-kee) without incident. She said additional questions should be directed to the U.S. attorney’s office. The office in Oxford did not immediately respond to messages Saturday.

    Dutschke’s attorney, Lori Nail Basham, did not immediately respond to phone or text messages Saturday. Basham said earlier this week that Dutschke was “cooperating fully” with investigators. Dutschke has insisted he had nothing to do with the letters.

    Ryan Taylor, a spokesman for Wicker, said Saturday that “because the investigation is still ongoing, we’re not able to comment.”

    Charges in the case were initially filed against an Elvis impersonator but then dropped. Attention then turned to Dutschke, who has ties to the former suspect and the judge and senator.

    Earlier in the week, as investigators searched his primary residence in Tupelo, Dutschke had remarked to reporters, “I don’t know how much more of this I can take.”

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/fbi-miss-man-arrested-suspicious-letters-case-151339370.html

    • Tests link deadly ricin to Obama letter suspect

      4/30/13 By HOLBROOK MOHR and JAY REEVES | Associated Press – 1 hr 42 mins ago

      TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Ricin was found in the former martial arts studio of the man suspected of sending poison letters to President Barack Obama and other public officials, and was also discovered on a dust mask and other items he threw in the trash, federal prosecutors said in a court document made public Tuesday.

      The affidavit says an FBI surveillance team saw James Everett Dutschke remove several items from the studio in Tupelo, Miss., on April 22 and dump them in a trash bin about 100 yards down the street. The items included a dust mask that later tested positive for ricin, the affidavit said.

      Traces of ricin also were found in the studio and Dutschke used the Internet to buy castor beans, from which ricin is derived, the affidavit said.

      Annette Dobbs, who owns the small shopping center where the studio was located, said authorities padlocked the door to it sometime the search. She said Tuesday that FBI agents haven’t told her anything, including whether the building poses a health threat. Inside the studio is one large room with a smaller reception area and a concrete floor. Police tape covered the front and the small back door.

      Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday by FBI agents at his home in Tupelo, and is being held without bond pending a preliminary and detention hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/tests-deadly-ricin-obama-letter-suspect-215016238.html

    • April 27, 2013

      REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

      AT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS’ ASSOCIATION DINNER

      Washington Hilton Hotel

      Washington, D.C.

      10:14 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. (Laughter.) How do you like my new entrance music? (Applause.) Rush Limbaugh warned you about this — second term, baby. (Laughter and applause.) We’re changing things around here a little bit. (Laughter.)

      Actually, my advisors were a little worried about the new rap entrance music. (Laughter.) They are a little more traditional. They suggested that I should start with some jokes at my own expense, just take myself down a peg. I was like, guys, after four and a half years, how many pegs are there left? (Laughter.)

      I want to thank the White House Correspondents. Ed, you’re doing an outstanding job. We are grateful for — (applause) — the great work you’ve done. To all the dignitaries who are here, everybody on the dais — I especially want to say thank you to Ray Odierno, who does outstanding service on behalf of our country, and all our men and women in uniform every single day. (Applause.)

      And of course, our extraordinary First Lady, Michelle Obama. (Applause.) Everybody loves Michelle. (Laughter.) She’s on the cover of Vogue, high poll numbers. But don’t worry — I recently got my own magazine cover. (Laughter.)

      Now, look, I get it. These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be. (Laughter.) Time passes. You get a little gray. (Laughter.)

      And yet, even after all this time, I still make rookie mistakes. Like, I’m out in California, we’re at a fundraiser, we’re having a nice time. I happen to mention that Kamala Harris is the best-looking attorney general in the country. (Laughter.) As you might imagine, I got trouble when I got back home. (Laughter.) Who knew Eric Holder was so sensitive? (Laughter and applause.)

      And then there’s the Easter Egg Roll, which is supposed to be just a nice, fun event with the kids. I go out on the basketball court, took 22 shots — made two of them. (Laughter.) That’s right: two hits, 20 misses. The executives at NBC asked, “What’s your secret?” (Laughter and applause.)

      So, yes, maybe I have lost a step. But some things are beyond my control. For example, this whole controversy about Jaz-Z going to Cuba — it’s unbelievable. I’ve got 99 problems and now Jay-Z is one. (Laughter and applause.) That’s another rap reference, Bill. (Laughter.) I’ll let you know. (Applause.)

      Of course, everybody has got plenty of advice. Maureen Dowd said I could solve all my problems if I were just more like Michael Douglas in “The American President.” (Laughter.) And I know Michael is here tonight. Michael, what’s your secret, man? (Laughter.) Could it be that you were an actor in an Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy? (Laughter.) Might that have something to do with it? (Applause.) I don’t know. Check in with me. Maybe it’s something else. (Laughter.)

      Anyway, I recognize that this job can take a toll on you. I understand — second term, you need a burst of new energy, try some new things. And my team and I talked about it. We were willing to try anything. So we borrowed one of Michelle’s tricks. (Laughter and applause.) I thought this looked pretty good, but no bounce. (Laughter.)

      I want to give a shout-out to our headliner, Conan O’Brien. (Applause.) I was just talking to Ed, and I understand that when the Correspondents’ Association was considering Conan for this gig, they were faced with that age-old dilemma: Do you offer it to him now, or wait for five years and then give it to Jimmy Fallon? (Laughter.) That was a little harsh. (Laughter.) I love Conan.

      And of course, the White House press corps is here. I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate. (Laughter and applause.)

      Some of my former advisors have switched over to the dark side. For example, David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace since MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod. (Laughter.)

      The History Channel is not here. I guess they were embarrassed about the whole Obama-is-a-devil thing. (Laughter.) Of course, that never kept Fox News from showing up. (Laughter.) They actually thought the comparison was not fair — to Satan. (Laughter and applause.)

      But the problem is, is that the media landscape is changing so rapidly. You can’t keep up with it. I mean, I remember when BuzzFeed was just something I did in college around 2:00 a.m. (Laughter.) It’s true. (Laughter.)

      Recently, though, I found a new favorite source for political news — these guys are great. I think everybody here should check it out, they tell it like it is. It’s called whitehouse.gov. (Laughter.) I cannot get enough of it.

      The fact is I really do respect the press. I recognize that the press and I have different jobs to do. My job is to be President; your job is to keep me humble. Frankly, I think I’m doing my job better. (Laughter and applause.)

      But part of the problem is everybody is so cynical. I mean, we’re constantly feeding cynicism, suspicion, conspiracies. You remember a few months ago, my administration put out a photograph of me going skeet shooting at Camp David? You remember that? And quite a number of people insisted that this had been photoshopped. But tonight I have something to confess: You were right. Guys, can we show them the actual photo? (Laughter.) We were just trying to tone it down a little bit. (Laughter.) That was an awesome day. (Laughter.)

      There are other new players in the media landscape as well, like super PACs. Did you know that Sheldon Adelson spent $100 million of his own money last year on negative ads? You’ve got to really dislike me — (laughter) — to spend that kind of money. I mean, that’s Oprah money. (Laughter.) You could buy an island and call it “Nobama” for that kind of money. (Laughter.) Sheldon would have been better off offering me $100 million to drop out of the race. (Laughter and applause.) I probably wouldn’t have taken it, but I’d have thought about it. (Laughter.) Michelle would have taken it. (Laughter.) You think I’m joking? (Laughter.)

      I know Republicans are still sorting out what happened in 2012, but one thing they all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities. And look, call me self-centered, but I can think of one minority they could start with. (Laughter.) Hello? Think of me as a trial run, you know? (Laughter.) See how it goes. (Laughter.)

      If they won’t come to me, I will come to them. Recently, I had dinner — it’s been well publicized — I had dinner with a number of the Republican senators. And I’ll admit it wasn’t easy. I proposed a toast — it died in committee. (Laughter.)

      Of course, even after I’ve done all this, some folks still don’t think I spend enough time with Congress. “Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?” they ask. Really? (Laughter.) Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell? (Laughter and applause.) I’m sorry. I get frustrated sometimes.

      I am not giving up. In fact, I’m taking my charm offensive on the road — a Texas barbeque with Ted Cruz, a Kentucky bluegrass concert with Rand Paul, and a book-burning with Michele Bachmann. (Laughter and applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/27/remarks-president-white-house-correspondents-association-dinner

    • I LOVE IT WHEN FOX & CNN GET TOLD THAT THEIR “NEWS COVERAGE” IS MORE FICTION THEN TRUTH!

      “I admire CNN’s commitment to cover all sides of the story, in case one happens to be accurate,” he [President Obama] said.

      “The History Channel is not here. I guess their were embarrassed with the whole “Obama is a devil” thing. Of course that never stopped Fox “News” from showing up. They actually thought that the comparison was not fair…to Satan” President Obama] said.

    • Steven Spielberg’s “Obama”

      Published on Apr 27, 2013

      Created for the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner

  20. WH

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  21. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    4/26/13 4:17 PM EDT By KATIE GLUECK – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
    • Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)
    • Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
    • Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
    • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
    • Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas)
    • Former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes
    • Republican strategist Mike Murphy

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), ranking member, House Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
    • Democratic strategist Donna Brazile
    • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 2012 Republican presidential candidate
    • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), vice chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
    • Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
    • Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), ranking member, House Homeland Security Committee
    • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chairwoman, Democratic National Committee
    • Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
    • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
    • Former Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns
    • Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
    • Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman, House Homeland Security Committee
    • Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member, House Armed Services Committee

    “Political Capital with Al Hunt” on Bloomberg TV
    • Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz
    • Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)

    “Washington Watch With Roland Martin” on TV One
    • Thompson
    • Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D)

  22. Russia caught bomb suspect on wiretap

    4/28/13 By EILEEN SULLIVAN and MATT APUZZO | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call.

    In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said.

    The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family.

    As it was, Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed the case in June 2011.

    Two years later, authorities say Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhohkar, detonated two homemade bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260. Tamerlan was killed in a police shootout and Dzhohkar is under arrest.

    In the past week, Russian authorities turned over to the United States information it had on Tamerlan and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva. The Tsarnaevs are ethnic Chechens who emigrated from southern Russia to the Boston area over the past 11 years.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/russia-caught-bomb-suspect-wiretap-105240857.html

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