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Nelson Backs Off Nebraska-Only Deal
Addressing mounting criticism of a last-minute provision in the health care reform bill which has been called a "sweetheart deal" and the "Cornhusker kickback," Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) said in a statement that the item was merely a placeholder for conference negotiations to address unfunded Medicaid mandates.

VIDEO: Pres. Obama Remarks on Security Review of Attempted Christmas Day Terror Attack
President Obama made remarks from the White House on the security review of the attempted bombing of Delta flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009.
Length: 13 min.

Published: Thursday at 1pm (ET)


VIDEO: State Department Briefing with Agriculture Sec. Vilsack and Amb. Holbrooke
Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to reporters at the State Department about agricultural reconstruction in Afghanistan.
Length: 38 min.

Published: Thursday at 4:15pm (ET)


VIDEO: White House Press Briefing on Security Review
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism John Brennan spoke to reporters about the security review of the attempted bombing of Delta flight 253 on Christmas Day.
Length: 41 min.

Published: Thursday at 1:30pm (ET)


VIDEO: Sec. of State Clinton Joint Press Conference with Jordan F.M. Nasser Judeh
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nasser Judeh, Foreign Minister of Jordan called for a resumption of Middle East Peace talks. They expressed concern over recent events in Jerusalem, where settlement activity by the Israelis continues. Secretary Clinton also commented on the Flight 253 bombing attempt report.
Length:

Published: Today at 11am (ET)


VIDEO: White House Briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs conducts a daily briefing at the White House.
Length: 48 min.

Published: Today at 12:30pm (ET)


Obama orders up more air security, intel sharing
by By EILEEN SULLIVAN
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers are being trained as federal air marshals to ramp up security as the Obama administration tries to prevent a repeat of the near-catastrophic attempt to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day....
US, Arabs press Mideast peace
by By MATTHEW LEE
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration and Jordan laid out a new tack in Mideast peace efforts on Friday, pressing Israel and the Palestinians to take on the tough issues of borders for a Palestinian state and the status of Jerusalem before addressing other obstacles....
Pelosi, Obama officials to tour Detroit auto show
by By KEN THOMAS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Months after the government took large ownership stakes in General Motors, Chrysler and auto lender GMAC Financial Services, top lawmakers and members of the Obama administration will be taking a close look at their investment...
White House answers some questions on video chat
by By CHRISTINE SIMMONS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House wanted to make sure the public asked their questions, too - at least the online public....
House or Senate Health Care Reform? Compare for Yourself
by Mike Hall

House Democrats object to Senate health provisions
Posted: January 7th, 2010 08:28 PM ET

From CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh

Washington (CNN)- Rank and file House Democrats Wednesday objected to some key provisions in the Senate health care bill during a wide-ranging conference call led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders. Over 100 Members participated in the call meant to update Democrats on health care negotiations.


Gates to stay as defense chief at least another year
Posted: January 7th, 2010 10:54 PM ET

From CNN Pentagon Correspondents Barbara Starr and Chris Lawrence

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will continue in that position in the Obama administration for at least another year, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.


Former George W. Bush attorney arrested
Posted: January 8th, 2010 05:16 AM ET

A former attorney to President George W. Bush was arrested Wednesday at his Connecticut home and accused of trying to kill his wife, according to local police.
(CNN) - A former attorney to President George W. Bush was arrested Wednesday at his Connecticut home and accused of trying to kill his wife, according to the New Canaan Police Department.

Solis responds to jobs numbers
Posted: January 8th, 2010 10:15 AM ET
(CNN) Labor Secretary Hilda Solis responded to CNN on the latest jobs report Monday showing the economy shed 85,000 jobs in December"

"If you compare the job loss from last year at this time we've actually been able to see that contraction in the last four months. We've seen that happen. But of course that's not good enough. The president and I remain very committed every single day to see that we put and add jobs back, and today we'll be talking about more incentives to provide tax credits for small businesses."
Solis also promoted so-called "green jobs."

"We also see where people want to have a career ladder in perhaps the energy efficiency arena. So they may start out as someone who's an electrician and end up later on being the owner of a small business that actually helps to install solar panels. So we're trying to provide those incentives working with community colleges, local government, private partnerships with businesses, and really getting a handle at the local level so it comes from the bottom up."


Clinton warns Sudan at 'critical juncture'
Posted: January 8th, 2010 11:07 AM ET

From CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Friday that violence is on the rise in Sudan.
Washington (CNN) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Friday that violence is rising in Sudan, where human suffering in Darfur continues "on a mass scale."


Democrats Lead for Connecticut Governor
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Connecticut finds that Democrats might actually win the governor's race for the first time since the 1980s. All three Democrats running -- Susan Bysiewicz, Ned Lamont, and Dan Malloy -- start out with solid leads over Republican contenders Michael Fedele and Tom Foley.

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Lugar Calls Cheney Criticism "Unfair"
In a Bloomberg interview, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, defended President Obama's handling of recent terrorism threats and took issue with former Vice President Dick Cheney's criticism.

Said Lugar: "It's unfair. I think the president is focused."

Lugar noted Obama has demonstrated "firmness" and "decisiveness," adding, "That's been the antidote to the criticism."


Remarks to the Press

Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

January 7, 2010


Ambassador Robert King, Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, to visit South Korea and Japan

Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

January 7, 2010


Meet Senator Bennet in Aurora on Saturday

Passing on two opportunities to meet with Colorado's US Senator Michael Bennet on Saturday to thank him for supporting health care reform:

WHAT: South Aurora Meet and Greet
WHEN: 1:00pm-2:00pm on Saturday, Jan. 9
WHERE: Nita and Kreg Brown's home
5835 S Ensenada St
Aurora, CO 80015-5109

WHAT: Central Aurora Meet and Greet
WHEN: 3:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday, Jan. 9
WHERE: Arapahoe Dems Office
15445 E. Iliff Ave., Unit C
Aurora, CO 80013
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Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments
Thu, 07 Jan 2010 07:00:00 -0600
Background Briefing Following Security Review
Thu, 07 Jan 2010 19:26:51 -0600

YDG Legislative Kickoff Meet and Greet
What: Club/Group Meeting
Start Time: Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30pm
End Time: Tuesday, January 26 at 9:30pm
Where: Manuel's Tavern

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Contact: Katie Grant
202-225-3130For Immediate Release
January 07, 2010

Hoyer Statement on President's Security and Intelligence Review

WASHINGTON, DC House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement today after the President$BCT(B announcement regarding the security review after the December 25th attempted terrorist attack:

"The President was right to act quickly and decisively to determine the shortfalls that allowed an attempted terrorist attack on Flight 253. While critical measures have been put in place since 9/11 to increase our security, it is clear that there must be a reassessment of how our system works so that information is aggregated and analyzed so that it is properly put to use. The actions laid out by President Obama to bolster aviation security and ensure intelligence reports are distributed widely and investigated quickly are appropriate and necessary. The House will work with President Obama in the days and months ahead to take all steps available to strengthen national security and keep the American people safe.

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U.S. Government Agriculture Sector Programs in Afghanistan and Upcoming Travel to the Region

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard C. Holbrooke

Washington, DC

January 7, 2010


U.S. Department of State Schedule for January 8, 2010
Fri, 08 Jan 2010 07:00:22 -0600

2010 Officer Elections
"Make your vote count! "
What: Club/Group Meeting
Start Time: Monday, January 11 at 4:30pm
End Time: Monday, January 11 at 5:30pm
Where: Lanier Suite, Student Center

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A victory for equality and justice in Rapid City!

Friends,

Last night, in the face of organized opposition and, frankly, a lot of hate, Rapid City did the right thing. The Board of Education took a stand against discrimination and voted to include sexual orientation in the district's non-discrimination policy.

This was a great victory, but the fight isn't over. In two weeks, the board will vote on the final reading of the policy, and you can be sure that those that oppose equality will be there. We still need your help; make sure those who voted for the policy know that you support them.

Will you come to the next school board meeting? It is scheduled for January 21st, 5:30 p.m., at the City/School Administration Center (300 6th St.)

If you can't (or even if you can), please send an e-mail or call the board members and tell them you support including sexual orientation in the non-discrimination policy.

These four voted for the policy:

Wes Storm, President
Home: 342-7069
Cell: 390-3044
Email: storm10172@rushmore.com

Bret Swanson, First Vice President
Home: 343-4271
Email: bwetty1960@yahoo.com

Dr. Suzan Nolan, Second Vice President
Home: 348-7499
Cell: 415-1554
Email:Suzan.Nolan@k12.sd.us

Daphne Richards-Cook
Home: 718-7302
Work: 341-2378
Cell: 545-3351
Email: Daphne.Cook@k12.sd.us

These are the three that voted against:

Sheryl Kirkeby
Home: 343-4003
Cell: 381-7383
Work: 394-7777
Email:Sheryl.Kirkeby@k12.sd.us

Doug Kinniburgh
Home: 393-0569
Work: 394-2244
Cell: 381-1040
Email:Doug.Kinniburgh@k12.sd.us

Leah Lutheran
Cell: 391-1313
Email:Leah.Lutheran@k12.sd.us

Please show your support for equality and justice in Rapid City!

Michael Pyle
National Committeeman
South Dakota Young Democrats
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US-CERT Current Activity

VMware Releases Multiple Updates for ESX

Original release date: January 8, 2010 at 11:05 am
Last revised: January 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

VMware has released Security Advisory VMSA-2010-0001 to address
multiple vulnerabilities in ESX Service Console packages for Network
Security Services (NSS) and NetScape Portable Runtime (NSPR).
Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to obtain
sensitive information, cause a denial-of-service condition, bypass
security restrictions, and compromise a vulnerable system.

Additionally, VMware has updated two previously released advisories:
VMSA-2009-0014.2 that addresses vulnerabilities in the DHCP, Service
Console Kernel, and Java JRE packages for ESX, and VMSA-2009-0004.3
that addresses vulnerabilities in the OpenSSL, BIND, and Vim packages
for ESX.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review VMware Security
Advisory VMSA-2010-0001, VMSA-2009-0014.2, and VMSA-2009-0004.3 and
apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the risks.

Relevant Url(s):
<http://lists.vmware.com/pipermail/security-announce/2010/000076.html>

<http://lists.vmware.com/pipermail/security-announce/2010/000075.html>

<http://lists.vmware.com/pipermail/security-announce/2010/000077.html>

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This entry is available at
http://www.us-cert.gov/current/index.html#vmware_releases_security_advisory3


Background Notes : Panama (12/09)
Fri, 08 Jan 2010 09:24:58 -0600
Supplemental comments filed by witnesses at the Commission's December 2009 hearing on the definition of Federal Election Activity have been posted at http://www.fec.gov/law/law_rulemakings.shtml#FEAShays3

Hi -

I am needing a resource that lists the Democrat vs. republican vs. other of our legislators (senators, representatives) from 1996 to present.

I don't think we need more details than just the percentages, and I think it is wanted on a state level.

Thanks for any help you can provide, or any resources you can suggest.

--
Jana C. Liebermann, MLS

Policy Information Center Library

Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Ave SW

room 445F

Washington DC 20201

202-690-7297

202-401-6228 (fax)


Remarks on the Five Year Anniversary of The Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Scott Gration
Special Envoy to Sudan
Treaty Room

Washington, DC

January 8, 2010





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