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OCC Issues Fourth Quarter 2009 CRA Examination Schedule

from OCC News Releases by Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today released its schedule of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) examinations to be conducted in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The Federal Reserve's Primary Dealer Credit Facility
New York Fed purchases $3.779 billion in agency coupons
New York Fed purchases $25.7 billion net ($25.7 billion gross) in agency mortgage-backed securities
New York Fed Names 11 Members to Community Affairs Advisory Council
New York Fed announces $6.5 billion in TALF loans requested at September 3 facility
NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter
from NTIS News
A monthly free publication that highlights NTIS categories and features a selection of recently indexed titles.

NSA/CSS Releases Information Regarding the Soviet Shootdown of a C-130 Plane over Armenia on 2 September 1958

from NSA News
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service announces the declassification and release of additional information regarding the shootdown of a C-130 over Soviet Armenia on 2 September 1958. Transcripts, reports, and audio files concerning the incident will be included in the release.

Strong Demand for First Round of Broadband Grant Funding

from NTIA
Press Release: Commerce and Agriculture Announce Strong Demand for First Round of Funding to Bring Broadband, Jobs to More Americans: Nearly 2,200 Diverse Applications Submitted for Share of $4 Billion in Funding to Expand Broadband Access and Adoption

Written agreement with Midwest Independent Bancshares and Midwest Independent Bank
Written agreement with Nebraska Bankers' Bank

Order of assessment of civil money penalty against Union Bank and Trust Company
Order of assessment of civil money penalty against First Bank & Trust Company

VIDEO: Vincent Keane, Unity Health Care, President & CEO

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Vincent Keane, Unity Health Care’s President & CEO, discussed Unity Health Care, a system of 13 community health clinics in DC that provides health services to uninsured, underinsured & homeless residents. Services are provided on a sliding scale or free of charge. The impact of proposed health care reform will be explored.
Length: 46 min.

Published: Thursday at 7:30am (ET)

VIDEO: Michael Green, Center for Strategic & Int’l Studies, Japan Chairman

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Center for Strategic & Int’l Studies’ Michael Green discussed the recent national elections in Japan. The winner, Yukio, and his Democratic Party of Japan, won a decisive victory over over the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its leader, Taro. Dr. Green discussed the new leadership's policies regarding relations with the U.S. and other issues.
Length: 28 min.

Published: Thursday at 8:30am (ET)

VIDEO: Erin Arvedlund, Author, “Too Good to Be True: The Rise & Fall of Bernie Madoff”

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Author Erin Arvedlund discussed her book, "Too Good To Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff.” Madoff pleaded guilty in 2009 to operating a $65 billion ponzi scheme after a career as a financier and financial adviser that included serving as the Chairman of NASDAQ.

Published: Thursday at 9am (ET)

VIDEO: Joe Biden Remarks on Recovery Act & the Economy

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Vice President Biden delivered remarks on the progress of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and overall state of the economy at the Brookings Institution. Following his remarks, the vice president responded to questions from the audience.
Length: 1 hr. 6 min.

Published: Thursday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: CDC Update on H1N1 Flu Virus

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a briefing to provide an update on the H1N1 flu virus.
Length: 31 min.

Published: Thursday at 12pm (ET)

VIDEO: Fmr. DHS Sec. Michael Chertoff on Post 9/11 Public Safety and First Responder Communications

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff participated in a discussion on efforts to improve emergency communications since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Harris Corporation, a communications firm, hosted this event.
Length: 56 min.

Published: Thursday at 12:15pm (ET)

VIDEO: CSIS Panel on Monitoring the Afghanistan Election

from C-SPAN Recent Video
To assess the results of Afghanistan’s recent elections, CSIS hosted a discussion with members of the observation mission who monitored the polls and the vote counting process. The mission included more than 100 int'l & Afghan observers.
Length: 1 hr. 27 min.

Published: Thursday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: Alliance for Health Reform Forum on Next 100 Days in Health Reform

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The Alliance For Health Reform hosted a forum on “The Next 100 Days: Some Final Hurdles to Health Reform.” Participants discussed where the debate on health care is headed as Congress prepares to return from its August break.
Length: 1 hr. 21 min.

Published: Thursday at 12:15pm (ET)

VIDEO: Defense Dept. Briefing with Sec. Gates & JCS Chair Adm. Michael Mullen

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen conducted a press briefing from the Pentagon to discuss ongoing operations in Afghanistan.
Length: 35 min.

Published: Thursday at 2pm (ET)

VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing Thursday Sept 4 2009

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Philip Crowley conducts a daily briefing at the State Department.
Length: 1 hr. 10 min.

Published: Thursday at 2:30pm (ET)

VIDEO: ACS Panel Discussion on the Supreme Court's Campaign Finance Case

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The American Constitution Society host a panel of legal experts to analyze Citizens United v. FEC and its influence on the regulation of corporate speech and campaign finance.
Length: 1 hr. 25 min.

Published: Wednesday at 9am (ET)

VIDEO: Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind

from C-SPAN Recent Video
With the start of a new school year, Pres. Obama and Congress push to enhance progress for failing schools. The Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind held a public hearing on how to improve low-performing schools. The members heard testimony from fellow commissioners and superintendents, who shared expertise, successes and challenges from a variety of perspectives on school improvement.
Length: 2 hr. 46 min.

Published: Wednesday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: Honduras Pres. José Manuel Zelaya Rosales Speech

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Two months following the coup d’etat that sent him into a forced exile, President Zelaya of Honduras talks about his attempts to negotiate peace and a return to a democratic and constitutional order in Honduras.
Length: 1 hr. 22 min.

Published: Wednesday at 9pm (ET)

Joe Biden, Secretary of Energy Chu to Make Major Recovery Act Announcement
On Friday, September 4th, Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Steven Chu will make a major funding announcement regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Biden to travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on labor day
On Monday, September 7, Vice President Biden will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to kick-off the city’s annual Labor Day parade.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 9/3/09
Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts:

Biden Announces Meeting or Exceeding of All Ten Recovery Roadmap 200th Day Commitments
In remarks at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, Vice President Biden today announced that the Administration met or exceeded all ten of the ambitious commitments laid out in the Roadmap to Recovery for the second 100 days of the Recovery Act.

Remarks by the Joe Biden on the 200 days of the American recovery amd reinvestment act

Recovery Act Milestone – 200 Days
Posted by Cammie Croft

"You know, it all adds up to this, in my view at least: the Recovery Act has played a significant role in changing the trajectory of our economy, and changing the conversation about the economy in this country. Instead of talking about the beginning of a depression, we're talking about the end of a recession -- eight months after taking office."
-- Vice President Joe Biden, September 3, 2009

Responses to Biden: "Paying more and more for less"
Posted by Jesse Lee

This video is worth watching for the full five minutes. It's another response to Vice President Biden’s call for videos on what health reform means to you, and it puts the phrase "reality check" in a different light.

"My Education, My Future"
Posted by Jesse Lee

At noon on Tuesday, September 8th the President will be welcoming America’s students back to school – after all, sometimes they need a little extra motivation after a glorious summer. The President has spoken often about the responsibility parents have for their children and their education, but in this message he’ll urge students to take personal responsibility for their own education, to set goals, and to not only stay in school but make the most of it.

Specter Still in the Lead
A new Franklin & Marshall poll in Pennsylvania finds Sen. Arlen Specter (D) ahead of Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in the Democratic primary, 37% to 11%, but there are still a very large 46% undecided.

Insiders See Democrats Retaining Both House, Senate
The National Journal's latest Political Insiders Poll asks the experts what they expect to happen in the 2010 midterm elections. Both parties project slim Republican gains in the Senate, while Democrats think it's a very slim chance they lose their House majority.
Astronauts complete 2nd spacewalk
Posted: 01:14 AM ET
(CNN) — The space shuttle Discovery crew completed the second of three spacewalks scheduled for their 13-day mission to the International Space Station, NASA officials said early Friday.

Kentucky Men Sentenced in Health Care Fraud Scheme
Thu, 03 Sep 2009 11:24:59 -0500
Pharmacist Joseph Ivan Rouben and Pharmacy Technician George Deusner, both of Louisville, Kentucky, were each sentenced on charges of health care fraud and prohibited drug acts in connection with a scheme that involved buying and selling prescription drug samples.
Michigan Health Clinic Manager Pleads Guilty in Medicare Fraud Scheme
Wed, 02 Sep 2009 09:27:39 -0500
Lil Vargas-Arias, the former manager of Sacred Hope Medical Center in Southfield, Michigan, pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program.
U.S. Department of State: Senior Administration Officials on Honduras
Thu, 03 Sep 2009 19:24:42 -0500

Friend --

At the beginning of August, President Obama wrote to the OFA community to challenge us to work hard, break through the noise and give the American people a voice in the fight for health insurance reform.

It wasn't easy: With Congress back home, special interests and partisan attack groups went into overdrive spreading lies, and the media seemed to broadcast any story of conflict or division they could find.

But you accepted the President's challenge -- and delivered.

See it for yourself: Check out the latest photos and stories from around the country.

Our strategy for the month was simple: engage the millions of individuals who know we need change to fight the lies and tell the truth, build support for reform, and ensure that support is highly visible while members of Congress are home gauging public opinion. We continued our methodical, battle-tested approach of volunteers reaching out online and offline in every part of the country. We offered the facts, answered questions and engaged those who were ready to get involved.

And the results were extraordinary. OFA supporters like you came together in an unprecedented way over the past four weeks -- and it couldn't have happened without the individual volunteers who make it all possible:

Folks like Rebecca E. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, who voted for the first time last year -- and collected more than 1,800 health care declarations this summer. Across the country, we've collected more than 1 million signatures in support of the President's core principles for health insurance reform.


Supporters like Nita L. in Longmont, Colorado, who organized hundreds of supporters in her town to come with her to talk with their member of Congress about how much this fight means to them. They were among the more than 70,000 folks who showed up at 350 town halls -- where supporters of reform at times outnumbered opponents by 10-1 -- and volunteers who made 65,000 trips to local congressional offices.

It's the people who made more than 100,000 calls to Congress to thank representatives fighting for change -- like Nancy T. in Hendersonville, North Carolina, who hosted a health care phone booth because, after her heart transplant, she knows that no American should have to choose between financial ruin and getting the care they need.

It's the 1,500 supporters who filled a local recreation center in Kansas City, Missouri, at a town hall meeting with Senator Claire McCaskill, and the 2,500 people who jammed the streets to hear from Senator Sherrod Brown in Ohio -- just two of the more than 4,000 events where folks gathered to show their support across all 50 states in August.
All of these signatures, calls, office drop-bys, conversations, gatherings, and town hall meetings, all of the late nights, homemade signs, long hours in the sun, and tireless volunteers who make it happen -- totaling more than 1.5 million people who've taken part in this campaign for real reform -- it all adds up to one incredible movement for change.

Check out the latest photos and stories from the field to see this movement in action:

As Congress returns to D.C. and we roll up our sleeves for the final push toward reform, we know the hardest work may yet lie ahead. The special interests and those in Congress who have pledged to oppose the President no matter what will stoop even lower in the weeks ahead.

But you should never doubt that we face the coming challenges together, as part of something far larger than any of us alone -- and far stronger than the old broken politics that have preserved the status quo for long enough.

Our strategy is working. We are going to win this thing. Americans will finally get the health insurance reform we all need.

Thank you for making it possible,


Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America

FAQ When did Labor Day begin?
Thu, 03 Sep 2009 21:34:17 -0500
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in 1882 to pay tribute to American workers. Monday, September 7, 2009, is Labor Day. Visit the FAQ at for more information, including a link to U.S worker statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

North Texas Democrats Autumn 2009 Welcome Meeting
"Join CDNT!"
What: Club/Group Meeting
Host: North Texas Democrats
Start Time: Thursday, September 10 at 5:15pm
End Time: Thursday, September 10 at 6:15pm
Where: Phys. Bldg. Rm 115

To see more details and RSVP

European shares move higher, jobs data on tap
from - MarketPulse

LONDON (MarketWatch) -- European shares moved higher on Friday ahead of some key U.S. jobs data, with miners stronger again as gold futures stayed over $990 an ounce in electronic trading. Kazakhmys shares rose 3.9% after the copper miner was upgraded at Morgan Stanley. Technology companies were also firm with Infineon Technologies up 2.6% after Deutsche Boerse confirmed that the chipmaker will re-enter the DAX index later in the month, replacing insurance firm Hannover Re . Hannover Re shares were down 0.6% while the Dax index rose 0.6% to 5,334.15, the French CAC-40 index climbed 0.5% to 3,570.14 and the U.K. FTSE 100 index rose 0.7% to 4,829.96.

French CAC 40 up 0.5%
from - Real-time Headlines
German DAX up 0.6%
from - Real-time Headlines
Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gains 0.3% to 4,443.20
from - Real-time Headlines
South Korea's Kospi climbs 0.5% to 1,621.68
from - Real-time Headlines
N. Korea says near to producing enriched uranium
from CBC | Ticker
North Korea said Friday that it is in the final stages of enriching uranium, a process that could give the secretive nation a second way to make nuclear bombs in addition to its known plutonium-enriching program.
Hong Kong H shares climb 0.8% in early action
from - Real-time Headlines
Hang Seng Index rises 0.6% in opening minutes
from - Real-time Headlines
Shanda planning U.S. IPO of games unit
from - Top Stories
Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd. plans to spin off its game publishing unit in an initial public offering on the Nasdaq.

Hong Kong stocks rise as Shanghai stretches gains
from - MarketPulse

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Hong Kong shares advanced early Friday on extended gains in Shanghai and a rebound on Wall Street, with gold miners finding more steam to surge for a second straight session on a hefty overnight rise in gold prices. The Hang Seng Index advanced 0.3% to 19,824.34 and the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index climbed 0.7% to 11,509.75. Shares of Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd. jumped 4.7% and Zhaojin Mining Industry Co. climbed 5.8%. China's Shanghai Composite rose 1% to 2,874.42, on top of Friday's 4.8% rally, to stretch its winning-streak to a fourth session.

Sinopharm planning $1.12 billion Hong Kong IPO
from - Top Stories
China’s largest pharmaceutical company will reportedly attempt to raise up to $1.12 billion in an initial public offering in Hong Kong later this month.


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