Manufacturing Day 2014

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING is a matter of fundamental importance to the economic strength and national security of the United States. Advanced manufacturing capabilities are essential for turning research discoveries, inventions, and new ideas into better or novel products—our nation’s ability to innovate. Innovation, in turn, drives U.S. economic growth and growth of U.S. productivity. There are many interrelated elements of an innovation ecosystem—entrepreneurs, workers, tax policies, to name a few—but without manufacturing, the economic power and dynamism of innovation fade.

Learn more: http://manufacturing.gov/advanced_manufacturing.html .

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MAKE IT IN AMERICA America’s manufacturing sector plays a major role in the U.S. economy. When manufacturers are developing and producing innovative products that are sold around the world, the U.S. economy grows. Increased manufacturing also encourages the growth of secure, well-paying jobs. To make a measurable impact on rebuilding U.S. manufacturing and creating jobs, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership is focused on a “Make It In America” agenda. .

MEP supports job creation now and in the future by encouraging manufacturers to collaborate in developing products in America. Through various public-private partnerships, MEP provides a valuable infrastructure that fosters resilient processes for manufacturers to “Make it in America”. Learn more:  http://manufacturing.gov/miia.html .

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10/1/14 Markit Financial Information Services
10/1/14 Markit Financial Information Services

US manufacturing continues to decouple from rest of world

10/1/14 Chris Williamson | Chief Economist, Markit

An initial glance at the global manufacturing PMI suggest that business activity in the world’s factories continued to grow at a steady rate in September, albeit with the pace dipping slightly on August. However, a deeper dive into the numbers presents more worrying picture. The global upturn has become increasingly dependent on the fast-expanding US manufacturing economy, with the pace of expansion in the rest of the world slipping to near stagnation.Manufacturing expansion driven by USThe JPMorgan Global Manufacturing PMI™, compiled by Markit, edged down from 52.5 in August to 52.2 in September, its lowest since May. The survey data are broadly consistent with global manufacturing output growing at an annual rate of 4% in recent months, broadly similar to the pace seen over the past year.For more: http://www.markit.com/Commentary/Get/01102014-Economics-US-manufacturing-continues-to-decouple-from-rest-of-world

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Factory Job Gains Under Obama Best Since Clinton: BGOV Barometer

Sep 25, 2012 9:00 PM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

In an election focused on jobs, President Barack Obama can boast of crossing one milestone: the longest stretch of employment gains in manufacturing in almost two decades.

The BGOV Barometer shows U.S. factory positions have grown since early 2010, arresting a slide that began toward the end of the 1990s. It’s the best showing since the era of Bill Clinton, the only president in the last 30 years to leave office with more factory jobs than when he began.

“The gain in manufacturing jobs is certainly helpful, it is one way to show we’re moving forward,” said Terry Madonna, a political science professor and director of the Franklin & Marshall College poll in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “President Obama has to create a psychology all over the country that things are getting better. This is a piece explaining that idea.”

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-26/factory-job-gains-under-obama-best-since-clinton-bgov-barometer.html .

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US Manufacturing Activity Strays Strong

10/1/14  By Myles Udland – Business Insider

Markit’s September US manufacturing PMI came in at 57.5.

Expectations were for the report to come in at 57.9, unchanged from last month.

In a release, Markit said, “September data pointed to another positive month for the US manufacturing sector, with strong rates of output and new orders growth underpinning the fastest expansion of payroll numbers for two-and-a-half years. There were again signs of rising price pressures in the manufacturing sector, with input costs and factory gate changes rising at the sharpest rates since December 2013.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/markit-us-manufacturing-pmi-september-2014-10

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Corporate U.S. Healthiest in Decades Under Obama With Lower Debt

Oct 1, 2014 6:56 PM PT By Thomas Black and Matt Robinson – bloomberg

Steve Wynn, founder of the Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) casino empire, once called President Barack Obama’s administration “the greatest wet blanket to business and progress and job creation in my lifetime.” Barry Sternlicht, chief executive officer of Starwood Property Trust Inc. (STWD), said Obamacare was driving down wage growth and “affecting spending and the desire to buy houses and everything else.”

They are among a chorus of corporate executives and lobbying groups that regularly assail Obama for policies that they say are stifling investment and hurting companies.

Corporate and economic statistics almost six years into his administration paint a different picture. Companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX) Index are the healthiest in decades, with the lowest net debt to earnings ratio in at least 24 years, $3.59 trillion in cash and marketable securities, and record earnings per share. They are headed this year toward the fastest average monthly job creation since 1999, manufacturing is recovering and the U.S. has returned as an engine for global growth. The recovery, which stands in contrast to weak growth in Europe and Asia, has underpinned an almost threefold gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since March 2009.

Wynn has been part of that recovery. Since Obama first took the oath on Jan. 21, 2009, the shares of his luxury hotel company have surged fivefold while the S&P 500 Index more than doubled. Starwood Property Trust, Sternlicht’s Greenwich, Connecticut-based real estate company, has risen 36 percent since its August 2009 initial public offering, while an index of real estate investment trusts declined.

Accelerating Growth

“The U.S. is leading the way — we’re the only major economy with accelerating growth,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist in West Chester, Pennsylvania, for Moody’s Analytics Inc. and a registered Democrat who has advised both the Obama administration and Senator John McCain, a Republican. “Obama deserves some credit for that, but he probably won’t get it.”

For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-02/corporate-u-s-healthiest-in-decades-under-obama-with-lower-debt.html

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What is Manufacturing Day?
Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

For more: http://www.nist.gov/mep/mfgday-infographic.cfm/

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Friday, October 3, 2014
President Obama holds a town hall meeting on American Manufacturing
Millennium Steel, Princeton, Indiana

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  1. WH

    Friday, October 3, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    Vice President Biden Speaks to the Urban Alliance and U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Youth Employment Matters! Forum”
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event for gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud
    University of Maine, Orono, Maine

    12:00 PM
    12:05 PM
    President Oabma departs the White House
    South Lawn

    12:20 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews
    Joint Base Andrews

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    President Obama arrives Indiana
    Evansville Regional Airport

    Vice President Biden Speaks at the Joplin High School, Franklin Technology Center Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    Joplin High School, Joplin, MO

    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley
    Boston, MA

    2:50 PM
    President Obama tours Millennium Steel Service
    Princeton, Indiana

    3:00 PM
    3:10 PM
    President Obama holds a town hall meeting on American Manufacturing
    Millennium Steel, Princeton, Indiana

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:25 PM
    President Obama departs Indiana
    Evansville Regional Airport

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews
    Joint Base Andrews

    7:15 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

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

    • POTUS podium

      October 3, 2014

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

      9:30 AM ET
      Vice President Biden Speaks to the Urban Alliance and U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Youth Employment Matters! Forum”
      U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

      2:00 PM ET
      Vice President Biden Speaks at the Joplin High School, Franklin Technology Center Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
      Joplin High School, Joplin, MO

      3:10 PM ET
      President Obama holds a town hall meeting on American Manufacturing
      Millennium Steel, Princeton, Indiana

      4:30 PM ET
      Senior Administration Officials to Hold Briefing on the U.S. Government Response to the Ebola Epidemic
      The White House

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM ET
      U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation,Urban Alliance
      Youth Employment
      Vice President Joe Biden made remarks at a forum on youth employment and workforce development. Other speakers included U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue, former White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, and executives from Bank of America, Marriott International and Morgan Stanley. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/321880-1

      9:00 AM ET
      Center for Strategic and International Studies
      East Asia Summit Preview
      The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted a discussion on the East Asia Summit and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forums scheduled for after November 2014 midterm elections. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/321879-1

      12:30 PM ET
      State Department Daily Briefing
      State Department Spokesman Jen Psaki briefs reporters and responds to questions on a variety of topics. http://www.c-span.org/video/?321885-1/state-department-briefing

      1:00 PM ET
      Defense Department Briefing
      Rear Admiral John Kirby briefs reporters and responds to questions on a variety of military-related issues. http://www.c-span.org/video/?321902-1/defense-department-briefing

      3:10 PM ET
      President Obama holds a town hall meeting on American Manufacturing http://www.c-span.org/video/?321884-1/president-obama-town-hall-meeting

      4:30 PM ET
      The White House Senior Administration Officials to Hold Briefing on the U.S. Government Response to the Ebola Epidemic http://www.c-span.org/video/?321884-2/administration-briefing-us-response-ebola

  2. Manufacturing Day

    What is Manufacturing Day?
    Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

    Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

    For more: http://www.nist.gov/mep/mfgday.cfm

    • Obama to visit Millennium Steel in Princeton, Indiana as part of Manufacturing Day

      Sep 30, 2014 Richard Gootee – theindychannel

      Officials confirmed that President Barack Obama’s visit to Gibson County will include a stop at Millennium Steel, a minority-owned supplier for the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana plant.

      Obama is scheduled to be at steel processing plant as part of Manufacturing Day. There is no time listed in a notification sent by the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.

      Millennium Steel was founded in 2001 as a joint venture between Henry Jackson and Toyota. It is one of the 100 Top Black Owned Businesses, according to Black Enterprise Magazine. The company’s revenue grew from $37 million in 2001 to $250 million in 2011, according to the company’s website.

      The company started with 10 employees. It now has 58 workers there, according to Gibson County officials. The Millennium facility is located near the Toyota plant.

      “Millennium Steel is a fantastic corporation that is located in Gibson County simply because of Toyota,” said Todd Mosby, the president of the Gibson County Economic Development Corporation. “There’s no doubt about that.”

      Mosby called the plant fascinating.

      “They roll the steel,” he said. “It comes to Millennium, and they roll it out and then process it so it can be used in the fabrication of the vehicles.”

      For more: http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/obama-to-visit-millennium-steel-in-princeton-indiana-as-part-of-manufacturing-day

    • American Exceptionalism Thrives Amid Struggling Global Economy

      Oct 3, 2014 9:00 PM PT By Rich Miller and Simon Kennedy – bloomberg

      The U.S. is proving to be an oasis of prosperity in the midst of a troubled world economy.

      Unemployment (USURTOT) dropped to a six-year low of 5.9 percent in September as payrolls rose by a greater-than-forecast 248,000, a Labor Department report showed yesterday. Other data this week showed U.S. factories had their strongest quarter in more than three years, while exports rose to a record in August.

      St. Louis-based Macroeconomic Advisers bumped up its estimate of third-quarter growth to 3.3 percent, from 2.8 percent, after government data published yesterday showed the U.S. trade deficit shrank in August to its lowest level in seven months.

      “The internal dynamics of the economy are very strong right now,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist in Lexington, Massachusetts, for consultants IHS Inc. “We can withstand a lot of shocks.”

      U.S. stocks rose with the dollar as the jobs data boosted confidence in the economy. After weakening earlier in the week on concerns about global growth, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 1.1 percent to 1,967.9 yesterday in New York. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index climbed to a four-year high.

      The solid performance by the U.S. contrasts with what’s happening in much of the rest of the world. The euro area’s economy stagnated in the second quarter and is suffering from the softest inflation in five years, while a consumer-tax increase in Japan triggered its biggest economic contraction since 2009.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-03/american-exceptionalism-thrives-amid-struggling-global-economy.html

    • Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Launches Second Round of Competition

      Secretary Penny Pritzker, Jeff Zients November 05, 2014 06:09 PM EST

      At the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Summit in Washington, D.C. last week, the Department of Commerce and 11 federal agencies with over $1.3 billion in economic development funding brought together more than 300 people from across the country to share best practices in building local competitiveness and to launch the second round of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership competition.

      The Obama administration launched the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative in 2013 to build on the momentum in manufacturing we have seen over the last several years. Since February 2010, the manufacturing sector has created over 700,000 jobs and has grown nearly twice as fast as the overall economy. And with weekly hours in manufacturing at their highest since World War II, the sector appears poised for more jobs and growth, helping make the United States more competitive today than it has been in decades.

      The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership is an initiative that aims to spur communities to develop integrated, long-term economic development strategies that sharpen their competitive edge in attracting global manufacturers and their supply chains to our local communities — increasing investment and creating jobs. Specifically, the program brings together the resources of multiple federal departments and agencies to support strong local economic development plans.

      At the first-ever Summit, the 12 communities designated “manufacturing communities” under the first Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership national competition shared best practices and an update on the hard work underway in their communities to strengthen manufacturing with other communities looking to grow their own manufacturing sectors.

      Building on the strength of their local economic development strategies in manufacturing, the 12 communities are attracting new public and private investments in their communities, including over $100 million in new federal economic development investments.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/05/investing-manufacturing-communities-partnership-launches-second-round-competition

  3. Thanks to PBO, American Manufacturing is back with a ROAR! Also, PBO gave a great speech today on the economy & health care aka ObamaCare! Thanks, for post.

  4. GOP WRONG WAY

    Koch Group In Hot Water Over Misleading Voters With Mailers

    OCTOBER 2, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT By DANIEL STRAUSS – tpm

    In the last few weeks before the Nov. 4 midterm elections Americans for Prosperity, the Koch Brothers-backed conservative organization plans to spend millions in key senate races through digital mail, door-to-door campaigning and other types of advertising.

    Those states include, according to The New York Times which first reported the push, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa and North Carolina, where the group has found itself under fire recently over sending out mailers that included misleading information about voting.

    On Tuesday, North Carolina’s ABC affiliate reported that “hundreds of complaints” are flooding into the state Board of elections over “hundreds of thousands of mailers with false information about voter registration sent by Americans for Prosperity.” That report cited Jenifer Odum, who received a letter addressed to her young daughter who would only be about four years old if she had not died two years ago.

    For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/koch-brothers-mailer-north-carolina

  5. October 03, 2014

    Remarks by the Vice President at the John F. Kennedy Forum

    Harvard Kennedy School
    Boston, Massachusetts

    6:37 P.M. EDT

    THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, Dean, you did that introduction exactly like my sister wrote it sounds like. (Laughter.) Thank you. That was very, very generous of you.

    And as we used to say in the Senate, please excuse the point of personal privilege. There are three reasons why I’ve won the races I’ve won and why I sustained winning, and they’re right here in this front row. The first one is my sister, but also the guy who got me through the 1972 campaign is one of the best political strategists I have ever known, and a man who is — as Frank — is that you, Frank, back there? Frank Fahrenkopf, the former chairman of the Republican Party. We’ve known each other a long time, back to the days when we really liked one another, Republicans and Democrats. (Laughter.) We still do. It’s great to see you, Frank.

    But as Frank can tell you and anyone else can tell you that the one thing when you hire a political consultant that you most are concerned about — and I mean this sincerely — is will they reflect your values. This guy that I’m about to introduce to you has more integrity in his little finger than most people have their whole body, but is the reason I overcame that deficit — John Marttila, a native Bostonian here.

    And the guy sitting next to him who has fought in Vietnam and came back to fight against the war in Vietnam and has become my friend. And if you ever have to — that old joke, if you have to be in a foxhole, this is the guy you want with you, Professor Tommy Vallely (ph). Tommy, it’s great to see you. I didn’t expect to see you.

    And it’s great to be here. And I have one plea, don’t jump. (Laughter.) Don’t jump. It’s good to be back.

    I understand that Senator Markey may be here. I hope for his sake he’s not and he’s out campaigning because — but I was told he might be, and Congressman Delahunt, two fine friends. If they’re here I want to acknowledge them.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/03/remarks-vice-president-john-f-kennedy-forum

  6. Jobless Rate in U.S. Falls to 5.9%, Lowest Since July 2008

    Oct 3, 2014 5:56 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    The U.S. jobless rate declined to a six-year low of 5.9 percent in September and employers in the U.S. added more workers than projected, signs of more vigor in the labor market that will help sustain faster economic growth.

    The 248,000 gain in payrolls followed a 180,000 August increase that was bigger than previously estimated, the Labor Department reported in Washington. The median forecast of economists in a Bloomberg survey called for a 215,000 advance. The unemployment rate fell to the lowest level since July 2008 from 6.1 percent.

    “This report was strong across the board,” said Dean Maki, chief U.S. economist at Barclays PLC in New York and the top payrolls forecaster according to Bloomberg data. “The labor market continues to grow fast enough to keep pushing the unemployment rate down.”

    Sustained, elevated gains in hiring are needed to help bring about faster wage growth and put the expansion in a self-reinforcing cycle of more consumer spending and employment opportunities. Federal Reserve policy makers are trying to determine the extent of labor-market slack as the central bank approaches the end of asset purchases aimed at boosting growth.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-03/jobless-rate-in-u-s-falls-to-5-9-in-september-payrolls-jump.html

    • Payrolls in U.S. Effectively Up by About 600,000 as Hours Climb

      Oct 3, 2014 7:09 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

      The U.S. economy effectively added almost 600,000 jobs in September. No, that’s not a typo.

      While employers boosted payrolls by 248,000 workers last month, the workweek also climbed for the first time since March. Employees put in 34.6 hours a week on average, up from 34.5 hours in August and the most since May 2008.

      In terms of economic output, that one-two punch is the same as if hiring increased by 598,000 last month, according to Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in New York. Every six minutes added to the workweek is equivalent to a net addition of 350,000 workers in terms of the contribution to gross domestic product, he estimated.

      “You’re getting more demand and companies are hiring, and at the same time, they’re pushing their existing workforce harder to meet that demand,” LaVorgna said in an interview. “This is businesses and households becoming more confident in the outlook by spending, investing and hiring.”

      Payrolls have added an average 227,000 per month so far this year, keeping job gains on track for their best performance since 1999. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent in September, the lowest level since July 2008.

    • ‘Wow, 6 percent sounds pretty good’

      10/08/14 08:35AM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      During the last presidential campaign, Mitt Romney argued that he, and he alone, could give the economy a terrific boost. Sure, President Obama’s policies had successfully ended the Great Recession, but a Romney/Ryan administration would send the economy into overdrive.

      In May 2012, the Republican candidate sat down with Mark Halperin, who pressed Romney to get specific about what Americans could expect to see under his presidency.

      HALPERIN: Would you like to be more specific about what the unemployment rate would be like at the end of your first year?

      ROMNEY: I cannot predict precisely what the rate would be at the end of one year. I can tell you that over a period of four years, by a virtue of the polices that we put in place, we get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent, perhaps a little lower.

      Yep, Romney said that if he were elected, and given a chance to implement his bold economic vision, freeing the nation of the scourge that is Obama’s crushing agenda, the unemployment rate would drop to “6 percent” — maybe even “a little lower” — by the end of 2016.

      Of course, President Obama defeated Romney with relative ease, leaving Americans with economic policies that helped push the unemployment rate to 5.9% — in the middle of 2014, more than two full years ahead of Romney’s goal.

      As my pal Xenos joked, “By Romney’s own standards, he should be glad that he lost the presidency. After all, would he really want to subject the American people to another two years of less than impressive job growth?”

      Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/wow-6-percent-sounds-pretty-good

  7. First lady hitting campaign trail for midterms

    10/3/14 By DARLENE SUPERVILLE – Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A month before critical midterm elections, Michelle Obama is putting her popularity and influence to the test, trying to help elect Democratic candidates and give her husband a fighting chance to complete his agenda.

    Starting Friday, Mrs. Obama will ramp up her campaigning by heading to New England to support gubernatorial candidates Martha Coakley in Massachusetts and Rep. Mike Michaud in Maine.

    She follows up with a pair of Midwest stops on Tuesday: an appearance with Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin, and a plug in Chicago for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. President Barack Obama helped raise money for Quinn this week at a Chicago fundraiser.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/1-month-first-lady-ramps-fall-campaigning-081331270–election.html;_ylt=AwrTWf2EpS5U3WUAJzXQtDMD

    • October 03, 2014

      Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Martha Coakley for Governor Rally

      Strand Theater
      Boston, Massachusetts

      2:14 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much. Oh my goodness! Yes, we will! We’ve got to get this done! Oh my goodness, I’m in Massachusetts! (Applause.) And I am thrilled to be here today. You guys, rest yourselves, because I want you ready to work. (Laughter.) My goodness, let me start by thanking our friend, the next governor of Massachusetts, Martha Coakley! Yes! (Applause.)

      Now, I think we can all agree that no one in this race will fight harder for families here in this state than Martha Coakley. Martha has been a tireless advocate for survivors of violence and abuse. She has stood up time and again to protect contraceptive coverage because she believes that women should make their own health care decisions. (Applause.) She led the fight to raise the minimum wage, and in this campaign, she’s leading the charge for earned sick time for working families. (Applause.)

      Martha understands how important this issue is, especially for working mothers, and she believes that no one should ever have to choose between keeping their job and caring for a sick child — not in America. So if you all want a governor who will stand up to powerful interests, if you want a governor who is truly on your side, then you need to elect Martha Coakley on November the 4th. You need to get that done. (Applause.)

      And when you elect Martha as governor, she will have an extraordinary partner in Steve Kerrigan, our next Lieutenant Governor –- and we are so thrilled that he is here today. (Applause.) I’m so proud of you, Steve.

      I’d also like to take a moment to recognize a few other of your terrific leaders here. We’ve got Governor Patrick. (Applause.) Yes, indeed. Senator Markey was here, he had to leave, and of course, Mayor Walsh is here as well. (Applause.) And I want to thank them all for their tremendous leadership and their service, and for being here with me today. Thank you, guys.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/03/remarks-first-lady-michelle-obama-martha-coakley-governor-rally

    • First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event for gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud
      University of Maine, Orono, Maine

  8. Trade Gap Unexpectedly Narrows in August on Record U.S. Exports

    Oct 3, 2014 5:30 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    The trade deficit in the U.S. unexpectedly shrank in August to the lowest level in seven months as exports edged up to a record.

    The gap decreased 0.5 percent to $40.1 billion, the smallest since January, from a revised $40.3 billion in July, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 70 economists called for a deficit of $40.8 billion. The gain in exports was driven by capital goods such as telecommunications equipment, and the petroleum shortfall was the smallest since 2004.

    Demand from the nation’s trading partners is holding up even as the global economic expansion cools, giving American manufacturers a lift. Imports have been restrained as the U.S. comes closer to energy independence than it has in almost three decades, limiting the need for foreign oil.

    A shrinking deficit could be “a net positive for the GDP figures,” Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West in San Francisco, said before the report.

    Bloomberg survey estimates ranged from trade deficits of $39 billion to $44.7 billion. The Commerce Department initially reported a $40.5 billion shortfall for July.

    Exports climbed 0.2 percent to $198.5 billion. Demand for American-made capital goods advanced by $1 billion.

    Imports increased 0.1 percent to $238.6 billion in August.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-03/trade-gap-unexpectedly-narrows-in-august-on-record-u-s-exports.html

  9. West Wing Week: 10/03/14 or “If the Body is Strong”

    Published on Oct 2, 2014

    This week, the President convened summits on global public health and on the BRAIN Initiative, hosted the Prime Ministers of India and Israel, welcomed the 2013 MLS Champion Sporting Kansas City to the White House, and traveled to Chicago to speak on the resurgence of the American economy.

  10. Services Industries Growth in U.S. Caps Best Quarter Since 2004

    Oct 3, 2014 7:00 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Service industries grew in September, capping the strongest quarter of expansion in more than 10 years for the biggest part of the U.S. economy.

    While the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index fell to 58.6 from the prior month’s 59.6, the third-quarter average was the highest since the first three months of 2004, a report from the Tempe, Arizona-based group showed today. Readings above 50 signal expansion. The median forecast of 78 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 58.5.

    More hiring and stock-market gains are boosting Americans’ wealth and encouraging them to keep spending. Advances in service industries — which account for about 90 percent of the economy — combined with manufacturing growth bode well for the world’s largest economy that’s now in its sixth year of expansion.

    “Demand seems to be pretty solid,” David Sloan, senior economist at 4Cast Inc. in New York, said before the report. “The labor market is improving. Consumer spending will probably gain some traction in the fourth quarter.”

    For more; http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-03/services-industries-growth-in-u-s-caps-best-quarter-since-2004.html

  11. Viola Davis’s 14-Step Guide to Happiness

    10/3/14 By Jada Yuan – vulture

    I didn’t walk into my interview with Viola Davis expecting to be inspired.

    How could I, when we were meeting up on her lunch break in a nondescript green room in Los Angeles? A publicist hovered nearby, ready to whisk her back to the set of ABC’s newest Shonda Rhimes–produced hit, How to Get Away With Murder, in which the revered actress stars as badass law professor and criminal defense attorney Annalise Keating — shockingly, Davis’s first high-profile lead role, at age 49. But Viola Davis knows a little bit more than the average actress about defying expectations. As she spun stories of her life growing up in extreme poverty and the experiences and revelations that have gotten her to this point, I felt — there’s no other way to put this — lifted. I also discovered she has a sideline gig as a keynote and motivational speaker, donating much of her fees to charities like Hunger Is and Upward Bound.

    It’s easy to understand why she’s such an in-demand speaker. Even in casual conversation, Davis’s sentences crescendo with repetition, emotive hand gestures, and the crisp enunciation of her Juilliard training, her voice a low, rousing timbre that seems designed to galvanize an audience to jump up and chase their dreams. Below, a few lessons on how to live a more fulfilled life, garnered from a couple hours in Viola Davis’s presence.

    Step 1: Know What Really Matters
    Step 2: Speak Your Mind
    Step 3: Go for What You Want
    Step 4: Seek Advice
    Step 5: Set a Streep-ly Tone
    Step 6: Learn From Your Past
    Step 7: Try Even When the Odds Are Against You
    Step 8: Pass No Judgment
    Step 9: Adapt, Adapt, Adapt
    Step 10: Show Yourself
    Step 11: Recognize When You’re Ready
    Step 12: Embrace Fear
    Step 13: Learn to Let Go
    Step 14: Get a Jacuzzi

    For more: http://www.vulture.com/2014/10/viola-davis-14-step-guide-to-happiness.html?mid=imdb

  12. October 03, 2014

    President Obama Honors Nation’s Top Scientists and Innovators

    President Obama today announced a new class of recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—our Nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees will receive their medals at a White House ceremony later this year.

    “These scholars and innovators have expanded our understanding of the world, made invaluable contributions to their fields, and helped improve countless lives,” President Obama said. “Our nation has been enriched by their achievements, and by all the scientists and technologists across America dedicated to discovery, inquiry, and invention.”

    The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The President receives nominations from a committee of Presidential appointees based on their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, and the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/03/president-obama-honors-nation-s-top-scientists-and-innovators

  13. October 03, 2014

    Readout of Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken ’s Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak of Slovakia

    Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken met with Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak on October 2. They discussed the current situation in Ukraine and stressed the importance of continued United States and European Union support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for the Ukrainian government’s efforts to implement democratic reforms. They also agreed on the need for Russia to withdraw its forces immediately from Ukraine, to end its materiel support for separatists, and to meet its commitments under the Minsk cease-fire and peace plan agreements.

  14. October 03, 2014

    Readout of the Vice President’s Call with President Erdogan of Turkey

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to follow up on their meeting in New York on September 25. The two leaders discussed ways the United States and Turkey can work together to degrade and destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and restore security and stability to the region.

  15. Obama wedding photo

    Happy 22nd Wedding Anniversary to the First Couple, the Obamas!

    Married on October 3, 1992

  16. October 03, 2014

    Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid al-Adha

    Michelle and I would like to extend our best wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Adha, and to congratulate those performing the Hajj this year.

    As our Muslim neighbors and friends gather for Eid celebrations, Muslim Americans are among the millions of pilgrims joining one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings. Hajj brings together Muslims from around the world – Sunni and Shiite – to share in reverent prayer, side by side. It serves as a reminder that no matter one’s tribe or sect, race or religion, gender or age, we are equals in humanity.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/03/statement-president-hajj-and-eid-al-adha

  17. Senior Administration Officials Hold a Briefing on the U.S. Government’s Ebola Response

    Published on Oct 3, 2014

    At the White House, senior administration officials hold a briefing on the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola epidemic, October 3, 2014.

  18. WH

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  19. Weekly Address: We Do Better When the Middle Class Does Better

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    Princeton, Indiana
    October 4, 2014

    Hi, everybody. I’m at Millennium Steel in Princeton, Indiana, to have a town hall with workers on National Manufacturing Day. Because in many ways, manufacturing is the quintessential middle-class job. And after a decade of losing jobs, American manufacturing is once again adding them – more than 700,000 over the past four and a half years.

    In fact, it’s been a bright spot as we keep fighting to recover from the great recession. Last month, our businesses added 236,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate fell to under six percent for the first time in more than six years. Over the past 55 months, our businesses have added 10.3 million new jobs. That’s the longest uninterrupted stretch of private sector job creation in our history. And we’re on pace to make 2014 the strongest year of job growth since the 1990s.

    This progress has been hard, but it has been steady, and it is real. It is a direct result of the American people’s drive and determination, and decisions made by my administration.

    During the last decade, people thought the decline in American manufacturing was inevitable. But we chose to invest in American auto industry and American workers. And today, an auto industry that was flatlining six years ago is building and selling new cars at the fastest pace in eight years. American manufacturing is growing almost twice as fast as the rest of the economy, with new factories opening their doors at the fastest pace in decades. That’s progress we can be proud of.

    What’s also true is that too many families still work too many hours with too little to show for it. And the much longer and profound erosion of middle-class jobs and incomes isn’t something we’re going to reverse overnight. But there are ideas we should be putting into place that would grow jobs and wages faster right now. And one of the best would be to raise the minimum wage.

    We’ve actually begun to see some modest wage growth in recent months. But most folks still haven’t seen a raise in over a decade. It’s time to stop punishing some of the hardest-working Americans. It’s time to raise the minimum wage. It would put more money in workers’ pockets. It would help 28 million Americans. Recent surveys show that a majority of small business owners support a gradual increase to ten dollars and ten cents an hour. The folks who keep blocking a minimum wage increase are running out of excuses. Let’s give America a raise.

    Let’s do this – because it would make our economy stronger, and make sure that growth is shared. Rather than just reading about our recovery in a headline, more people will feel it in their own lives. And that’s when America does best. We do better when the middle class does better, and when more Americans have their way to climb into the middle class.

    And that’s what drives me every single day. Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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