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What Obama said, what he meant

from congress by Carrie Budoff Brown
Obama portrays reform as nonthreatening.

Dodd to run on heavy Wall St. crackdown

from congress by Victoria McGrane
His decision to remain chair of Senate Banking increases odds regulatory reform will pass this year.

Reid: Public option in eye of beholder

from congress by Manu Raju
Reid may endorse concept of non-profit insurance cooperatives at the heart of the health care bill.

Full text: Obama's health care speech

from Politics by Politico Staff
Read the full prime time address.

Obama: 'Now is the season for action'

from Politics by Martin Kady II
President Obama goes on the offensive Wednesday night with an aggressive pushback on health care.

Dodd keeps a hand in health care

from Politics by John Bresnahan,Manu Raju
He says he made “right decision” in passing up chance to succeed Kennedy.

European missile defense review

from Politics by Jen DiMascio
Administration is expected to wrap up its examination of the nation’s ballistic missile defense programs.

Barney Frank: Chris Dodd no 'stupid guy'

from Politics by Victoria McGrane
Barney Frank is taking on those who doubt that Chris Dodd can achieve major financial reform this year.

Dem governors applaud Obama speech

from Politics by Michael Falcone
They say overhauling the nation’s health care system helps their states cope with budget woes.

Geithner: Work to be done on economy

from Politics by Victoria McGrane
Treasury chief says admin. isn’t “anywhere near to saying mission accomplished” on the financial crisis.

Comptroller of the Currency Hosts Community Bank Directors Workshops in Dallas, Texas

from OCC News Releases by Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will host a workshop for new national community bank directors in Dallas at the Westin Park Central, October 5-7, 2009.

Market Participants Commit to Expand Central Clearing for OTC Derivatives

from NY Fed | News
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York today received commitments from 15 major over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives dealers setting specific target levels for expanding central clearing for OTC credit and interest rate derivatives.

New York Fed purchases $4.950 billion in Treasury coupons
New York Fed offers $75 billion through Term Securities Lending Facility
New York Fed Announces September 11 Outright Agency Coupon Purchase
No propositions submitted through Term Securities Lending Facility
New York Fed purchases $18.8 billion net ($32.4 billion gross) in agency mortgage-backed securities

UN: Continued settlement construction by Israel contrary to international law

from JPost Front Page Top Stories
Ban Ki-moon urges Israel to stop all settlement activity, including for natural growth; EU official claims settlements "block" peace efforts.

US hopes Iran proposals 'constructive'

from JPost Front Page Top Stories
Israeli spokesman: Ahmadinejad playing for time; US IAEA envoy: Iran nearing atom bomb capability.

Iran offers worldwide nuclear controls

from JPost Front Page Top Stories
But Teheran won't discuss halting uranium enrichment; US and Russia at odds over proposals.

Growing ties between Israeli, PA police

from JPost Front Page Top Stories
Since January, 1,232 Israelis have been safely returned to Israel by Palestinian Civil Police officers.

VACANCY: Broadcaster, Tibetan Service (Kham Dialect) Radio Free Asia

from Jobs by iwanciwt
Knowledgeable and conscientious individual needed as Broadcaster for Tibetan Service (Kham dialect), based in Radio Free Asia’s Washington, DC offices

GAO-09-908T, Recovery Act: States' and Localities' Current and Planned Uses of Funds While Facing Fiscal Stresses, September 10, 2009
GAO-09-782, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Analysis of Options for Revising the Housing Enterprises' Long-term Structures, September 10, 2009

FTC Settlement Bans Robocalls from Auto "Warranty" Company

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Consumer Protection Press Releases
New Rule Prohibiting Unwanted Robocalls Takes Effect Today

FTC Stresses Need to Consider Competition and Consumer Protection in Developing National Broadband Plan

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Consumer Protection Press Releases
The Federal Trade Commission today filed comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Notice of Inquiry regarding development of a National Broadband Plan that will seek to ensure that every American has access to broadband capability.

CVS to Pay Nearly $2.8 Million in Consumer Refunds to Settle FTC Charges of Unsubstantiated Advertising of AirShield 'Immune Boosting' Supplement

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Consumer Protection Press Releases
Just in time for back-to-school and cold season, national retailer CVS Pharmacy, Inc. will stop making misleading claims that its "AirShield" dietary supplements can prevent colds, fight germs, and boost immune systems.

FTC Approves Final Consent Order Requiring Sears to Disclose the Installation of Tracking Software Placed on Consumers' Computers; FTC Approves Final Consent Order in Matter Concerning Enhanced Vision Systems, Inc.

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Consumer Protection Press Releases
FTC Approves Final Consent Order Requiring Sears to Disclose the Installation of Tracking Software Placed on Consumers' Computers

FTC Testifies on Efforts to Stop Economic Stimulus Fraud

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Consumer Protection Press Releases
The Federal Trade Commission today told the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that the agency is working to protect consumers from fraudulent schemes claiming to dispense guaranteed grants from the economic stimulus program, and from other frauds exploiting consumers who are struggling due to the economic downturn.

Second FTC Roundtable to Discuss Debt Collection Arbitration and Litigation; Call for Public Comments

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Consumer Protection Press Releases
The Federal Trade Commission will host a two-day public event on consumer protection issues in litigation and arbitration proceedings to collect on consumer debt. This will be the second in a series of three FTC roundtable discussions on these topics.

FTC Launches 2009 Campaign Targeting Teen Drinking

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Consumer Protection Press Releases
The Federal Trade Commission today launched the 2009 "We Don’t Serve Teens" public education campaign to help prevent teenagers from getting easy access to alcohol, and to promote compliance with the legal drinking age of 21.

EIA Launches Energy and Financial Markets Initiative

from EIA: Press Releases
(Wed, 09 Sep Aug 2009)EIA’s new Administrator, Dr. Richard Newell, today launched an Energy and Financial Markets Initiative to improve understanding and analysis of what drives energy prices. “EIA’s traditional coverage of ‘fundamentals’ such as energy consumption, production, inventories, spare production capacity, and geopolitical risks is essential, but moving forward EIA must also assess other influences, such as speculation, hedging, investment, and exchange rates, as we seek to fully understand energy price movements,” stated Dr. Newell. “The initiative I am launching today will help improve energy market transparency, support sound policy and efficient markets, and increase public understanding—activities that are central to EIA’s mission.” ...

Message from the Director: New External Advisory Board

from CIA Press Releases & Statements
September 9, 2009 - Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on New External Advisory Board.

Message from the Director: September 11th

from CIA Press Releases & Statements
September 10, 2009 - Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on September 11th.

The Work of a Nation - September 10, 2009

US envoy urges patience on Afghan election

from Afghanistan News latest RSS headlines - Big News
London - Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Afghanistan, urged critics of the country's presidential election not to "jump to conclusions."In an interview with the BBC published late Thursday,...

Employee Free Choice Act Backers Out by the Hundreds of Thousands This Summer

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Seth Michaels

‘Too Big to Fail’ Banks Need Tough Regulation

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by James Parks
While the rescue of the nation’s top financial institutions was necessary, the rescue must be accompanied by strong action now to rein in the same institutions that caused the global financial crisis in the first place, several experts said today.

Obama Says He Won’t ‘Back Down on Basic Principle’ of Public Option

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Mike Hall

Telling Congress “the time for bickering is over…now is the season for action,” President Obama tonight offered his most detailed vision of health care reform legislation in speech before the nation and both houses of Congress.

Tune Into Live Webcast of AFL-CIO Convention

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by James Parks

The AFL-CIO’s 26th Constitutional Convention—for the first time ever—will be webcast live, via Ustream, beginning at 3 p.m. Sept. 13 and running through the closing gavel on Sept. 17. To check out these historic proceedings, stop by our convention site here.

Low-Income Young Workers Hard Hit

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Mike Hall

While all young workers face a tougher economic reality in 2009 than they did in 1999, low-income workers face particularly tough economic challenges.

Report: Restoring Balance to the ‘Gloves-Off Economy’

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Seth Michaels
As we look across an economy that isn’t working for far too many workers, it’s obvious the wages, retirement security and freedom to bargain for a better life are eroding—and our economy has suffered as a result. How do we restore fairness and workers’ rights to our economy?

Working Families Need an Interim Senator for Massachusetts

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by admin

VIDEO: Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Rep. Allyson Schwartz discussed the Pres. Obama’s health care speech to Congress. Rep. Schwartz is the Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Health Care Taskforce.
Length: 13 min.

Published: Today at 7:20am (ET)

VIDEO: Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA)

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Rep. Tom Perriello discussed the Pres. Obama’s health care speech to Congress.
Length: 19 min.

Published: Thursday at 8:50am (ET)

VIDEO: Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Rep. Barbara Lee discussed the Pres. Obama’s health care speech to Congress.
Length: 12 min.

Published: Thursday at 8:30am (ET)

VIDEO: David Savage, LA Times, Supreme Court Reporter

from C-SPAN Recent Video
David Savage discussed a recent Supreme Court oral argument. The case is on whether the court should overrule a 1990 decision, Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which upheld restrictions on corporate spending to support or oppose political candidates.
Length: 39 min.

Published: Thursday at 9:10am (ET)

VIDEO: Defense Department Press Briefing on Iraq

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Army Lieutenant General Charles Jacoby Jr., commanding general of Multi-National Corps-Iraq briefed reporters via satellite from Iraq to provide an update on ongoing security operations in Iraq.
Length: 33 min.

Published: Thursday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: Pres. Obama Remarks on Health Care Reform

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Following his address to a Joint Session of Congress, Pres. Obama delivered remarks on health care legislation at the White House.
Length: 18 min.

Published: Thursday at 10:15am (ET)

VIDEO: House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Weekly Legislative Briefing

from C-SPAN Recent Video
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held her weekly legislative briefing with reporters. She spoke about the joint session with President Obama, the 8th anniversary of September 11th and the ongoing debate over health care legislation.
Length: 22 min.

Published: Thursday at 10:45am (ET)

VIDEO: Pres. Obama Cabinet Meeting

from C-SPAN Recent Video
President made remarks to the press after a meeting with his Cabinet at the White House. Topics discussed during the meeting were national security, the current U.S. economic situation and health care reform.
Length: 5 min.

Published: Thursday at 10:45am (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Democrats Press Conference on Health Care Reform

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) was joined by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Patty Murray (D-WA) at a press conference on Capitol Hill to discuss health care reform.
Length: 18 min.

Published: Thursday at 12:15pm (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Homeland Security Cmte. Hearing on Stimulus Spending

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) chaired a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Cmte. to hear about efforts to track the Federal stimulus program, including a GAO report critical of the way state governments are using recovery funds.
Length: 2 hr. 20 min.

Published: Thursday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing Thurs Sept 10 2009

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Philip Crowley conducts a daily briefing at the State Department.
Length: 22 min.

Published: Thursday at 12:30pm (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Floor Remarks on Sen. Edward Kennedy

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Following their return from August recess, the Senate held a formal tribute for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), who died on Aug. 26 after a year long battle with brain cancer.

Published: Thursday at 9am (ET)

VIDEO: Congressional Oversight Hearing on TARP with Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner appeared before the Congressional Oversight Panel, a bipartisan group which monitors TARP spending.
Length: 1 hr. 43 min.

Published: Thursday at 1pm (ET)

VIDEO: White House Briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs conducts a daily briefing at the White House.
Length: 1 hr.

Published: Thursday at 1:30pm (ET)

VIDEO: Ambassador Christopher Hill Testifies on Situation in Iraq

from C-SPAN Recent Video
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill to update Congress on the situation in Iraq with an "update from the field." Senator John Kerry (D-MA) chaired the hearing.
Length: 1 hr. 16 min.

Published: Thursday at 2:30pm (ET)

BMW's China sales rise 63.2% in August: reports
from - MarketPulse

FRANKFURT (MarketWatch) -- German carmaker BMW said Friday that its August car sales in mainland China soared 63.2% from a year ago, according to media reports, citing a statement from BMW. Sales of BMW and Mini cars rose to 9,013 units in August from 5,523 units a year earlier, reports said.

European shares advance in early trading
from - MarketPulse

LONDON (MarketWatch) -- European shares rose in a broadbased advance on Friday. Miners climbed as gold rose back over $1,000 an ounce, with Rio Tinto shares up 1.5% and Kazakhmys shares up 2%. Banks were also higher, with Commerzbank continuing a strong run this week by adding another 7.7% on Friday. Overall, the U.K. FTSE 100 index rose 0.5% to 5,014.37, the German DAX index rose 0.5% to 5,622.00 and the French CAC-40 index up 0.5% to 3,725.07.

Presidential Nominations sent to the Senate, 9/10/09
Scott D. O'Malia, of Michigan, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for the remainder of the term expiring April 13, 2010, vice Walter Lukken, resigned.

Statement by the Press Secretary on the meeting of President Obama and the UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed
President Obama met today with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Scott O Malia As Commissioner of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission
Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Scott O’Malia as Commissioner of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.

Readout of the President's Meeting with Senators at the White House Today
The President and the Senators held a positive and constructive meeting for more than an hour in the Roosevelt Room this afternoon.

Notice of continuation from the President regarding the emergency declared with respect to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
Consistent with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, in Proclamation 7463, with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States.

Message from the President regarding the emergency declared with respect to the 2001 September 11, terrorist attacks
Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.

MONDAY: President Obama to Deliver Major Speech on the Financial Crisis
One year to the day after Lehman Brothers collapsed and precipitated a financial crisis that reverberated across the globe, President Obama will deliver a major speech on the financial crisis at Federal Hall in New York City at midday on Monday.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 9/10/09
Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key administration posts.

Readout of the Presidents call with UK Prime Minister Brown, 9/10/09
The President and Prime Minister Brown had a productive call earlier today on several issues on our shared strategic agenda. The two leaders discussed preparations for the upcoming G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, including the issues of growth and jobs.

Council of Economic Advisers Releases Report to Congress on the Economic Impact of the Recovery Act
The Council of Economic Advisers today released "The Economic Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," the first in a series of quarterly reports CEA is charged with providing to Congress on the effects of the Recovery Act on the economy, and employment in particular.

Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 9/10/09
Remarks by the President after Cabinet Meeting
Remarks by the President on Health Insurance Reform
Remarks by the President to a Joint Session of Congress on Health Care
A Dogged Pursuit of the Truth
Posted by Jesse Lee
The President’s Remarks, and a Letter from Ted
Posted by Jesse Lee
Good News From the Beige Book
Posted by Jesse Lee

Polls Show Jump in Support for Obama
A CNN instant poll of those who watched President Obama's speech found that support for his health care reform plan jumped 14 points, from 53% to 67%.

In addition, 72% said he clearly stated his goals.

Obama's Speech Moved Swing Voters
Democracy Corps did dial testing and focus groups with 50 independent and weak partisan voters watching President Obama's speech last night and found "these swing voters reacted strongly to Obama's message."

More Reactions to Obama's Speech
Last night we posted some instant reactions to President Obama's address to Congress on health care reform. Here are some additional thoughts this morning:

Ezra Klein: "Obama needed to do the precise opposite of what he's best at. He needed to bring health-care reform down to earth rather than launch it into orbit. He needed to make it seem less dramatic and unknown. He needed to cast it not as change, but as improvement. All of which he did."

Walter Shapiro: "Obama delivered what I believe (as a long-ago presidential ghostwriter) was probably his best speech since the 2004 Convention keynote address that put this little-known Illinois state senator on the staircase to the stars."

Early TV Ratings Look Good for Obama
TV by the Numbers: "President Obama's health care speech had a combined 13.2 rating in the early metered markets across NBC (5.5), ABC (4.7) and CBS (3.0). One ratings point = 1% of the television homes. These numbers do not include the viewing on other networks or any of the cable news networks."

More complete numbers should be available this afternoon.

Democratic Senators Called to White House
ABC News reports that President Obama will be meeting with 16 Democratic senators this afternoon at the White House.

They are: Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Mark Warner of Virginia, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Tom Carper of Delaware, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, and Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

Pelosi Says There's No Support for Additional Troops
The big story in Washington, D.C. that's not health care is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comment that "there's little support in the country or the Congress for sending more troops to Afghanistan, "the AP reports.

Poll Gives NJ Democrat Chris Christie Small Lead
A new Democracy Corps (D) poll in New Jersey finds Chris Christie holding a three-point lead on Gov. Jon Corzine, 41% to 38%, with independent Chris Daggett receiving 10% of the vote.

Stimulus boosted jobs by 1 million – White House
Posted: September 10th, 2009 02:24 PM ET

From CNNMoney.con Senior Writer Tami Luhby

NEW YORK ( – The nation's economy started to turn around after the passage of President Obama's $787 billion stimulus package in February, his chief economic adviser said Thursday.

Obama to chair summit meeting of U.N. Security Council
Posted: September 10th, 2009 02:45 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama will chair a summit meeting of leaders from nations on the U.N. Security Council September 24, his spokesman announced Thursday.

Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a half million dollar cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller
Posted: September 10th, 2009 05:45 PM ET

From CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby
Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Joe Wilson's outburst has resulted in a cash windfall for his 2010 Democratic challenger Rob Miller.

According to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Miller raised $100,000 overnight from 3,000 individual donors after Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama during his address to Congress on Wednesday night.

Double-digit post-speech jump for Obama plan
Posted: September 10th, 2009 06:08 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two out of three Americans who watched President Barack Obama's health care reform speech Wednesday night favor his health care plans — a 14-point gain among speech-watchers, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll of people who tuned into Obama's address Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress.

Ceremonies to honor September 11 victims
Posted: 02:00 AM ET
(CNN) — Solemn memorial services in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Friday will mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

HCUPnet Hospital Statistics Update for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

FDIC Office of Inspector General Reports
The following reports were recently posted to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Web site: under Publications. In cases where an OIG report includes sensitive or confidential information, the OIG may redact certain information in the report, and the report will be marked as such. In some instances because of the highly sensitive nature of the entire report, the OIG may not make the report publicly available and instead, a brief summary of the report is posted to the Web site. Thank you for your interest in the work of the FDIC OIG. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the OIG. The html version of these reports will be posted as soon as possible.

Material Loss Review of Sherman County Bank, Loup City, Nebraska

Material Loss Review of Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company, Pittsfield, Illinois

Material Loss Review of FirstBank Financial Services, McDonough, Georgia


"Hey U DFL Members,
Our President Obama is coming to our state to address the Target Center on Health Care! Please show your support and stand along the President as we fight the good fight and end the misinformation campaign of the right wing media. Doors open at 9:30 A.M. and the event is scheduled to begin at 12:30 PM, seating will be on a first come first serve basis, so get there early and cheer on the President as he comes closer and closer to Health Care Reform. Check Star Tribune for more details!"

The meeting announcement with registration form for The Stewardship of Digital Assets, to be held at the Library of Congress, October 27-28, 2009 has been posted to the FLICC web site:

Please note that the registration form is attached to the meeting announcement (and is also attached to this message).

For more information about the workshop, please contact Anne Harrison on 202-707-4834;


What are some 9/11 commemorations?
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 00:27:29 -0500
Visit the FAQ at for information on memorials and commemorations for the September 11, 2001, attack on the U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has issued the following news release today:

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that total July exports of $127.6 billion and imports of $159.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $32.0 billion, up from $27.5 billion in June, revised.
The full text of the release on BEA's Web site can be found at


WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2009 - Today, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and USDA experts will hold a live audio bridge and webcast to brief media on USDA's preparations for protecting the U.S. swine herd from the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus. A live web stream will be available at


WHO: Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan
Dr. John Clifford, USDA Chief Veterinary Officer
Dr. Steven Kappes, USDA Agricultural Research Service Deputy Administrator for Animal Production and Protection
Dr. Kenneth E. Petersen, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Assistant Administrator, Office of Field Operations

WHAT: Live audio bridge and webcast with USDA scientists regarding the department's preparations to protect the U.S. swine herd from the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus.

WHEN: Thursday, September 10, 2009
12:30 p.m. EDT

WHERE: Audio Bridge Number: (773) 799-3491 or (800) 857-5233
Passcode: USDA (Given Verbally)
Trouble number: (202) 720-8560

DETAILS: Members of the media who intend to ask questions of USDA experts should participate in the audio bridge instead of the webcast.

The question and answer portion is for media only. All callers using the above pass code will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.


FSIS Notice 62-09
Composting of Envionmental Samples Collected during Risk-Based Listeria monocytogenes (RLm) Sampling
Enforcement Actions for
Omega Centauri
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped this panoramic view of a colorful assortment of 100,000 stars residing in the crowded core of a giant star cluster. This is one of the first images taken by the new Wide Field Camera 3 that was installed aboard Hubble in May 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, which can snap sharp images over a broad range of wavelengths. Image Credit: NASA

"Doors to Diplomacy" 2010 Web Project Competition for Middle School and High School Students

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 10, 2009

US-CERT Current Activity

Mozilla Releases Security Advisory

Original release date: September 10, 2009 at 9:20 am
Last revised: September 10, 2009 at 9:20 am


Mozilla has released a security advisory to address multiple
vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to
execute arbitrary code, mislead users by spoofing a URL, or cause a
denial of service.

US-CERT encourages users to review Mozilla Foundation Security
Advisories 2009-47, 2009-48, 2009-49, 2009-50, and 2009-51 and apply
any necessary updates or workarounds to help mitigate the risks.

US-CERT will provide more information as it becomes available.

Relevant Url(s):





This entry is available at

US-CERT Current Activity

Apple Releases Security Updates

Original release date: September 10, 2009 at 9:20 am
Last revised: September 10, 2009 at 9:20 am


Apple has released the following security updates:
* OS 3.1 for iPhone
* OS 3.1.1 for iPod touch
* Quicktime 7.6.4

These security updates address vulnerabilities in multiple Apple
products. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker
to execute arbitrary code, cause a denial-of-service condition, access
the system with escalated privileges, or obtain sensitive information.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the following
Apple Security Articles and apply any necessary updates:

* iPhone and iPod OS update (Article: HT3860)
* Quicktime Update (Article: HT3661)

Relevant Url(s):


This entry is available at

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Launches Child Passenger Safety Week
Urges Parents to Learn How to Correctly Install Safety Seats
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today kicked off Child Passenger Safety Week as new research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that while there is a high use of child safety seats nationwide, a majority of children are not properly secured.
“Every year hundreds of young lives are lost to automobile crashes,” Secretary LaHood said. “Parents and caregivers need to make sure they learn how to properly install child safety seats so their kids will be safe whenever they’re on the road.”
During Child Passenger Safety Week (September 12-18) parents and caregivers can get their child safety seats checked at one of the thousands of free safety seat inspection stations set up across the country. Beginning with National Seat Check Saturday, September 12, English- and Spanish-speaking child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to answer questions and for help with proper installation of child safety seats. To find an inspection site near you visit
NHTSA’s research shows child safety seat use is at an all-time high for children under the age of one. Last year, 99 percent of children ages 0-12 months old were secured as were 92 percent of children ages 1-3 years old and 89 percent of 4-7 years-olds. To view new research click here.
Unfortunately, research also indicated that three out of every four seats are used incorrectly. This figure includes errors in securing the child in the child seat and errors in attaching the child seat to the car. Some specific examples include using the wrong child restraint based on age and weight; incorrect installation of restraint to the vehicle seat; harness straps buckled too loosely; incorrect attachment of the vehicle safety belt to the child restraint and loose fit of seat belts across children in belt-positioning booster seats.
All 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and our territories, have laws requiring the use of safety seats for young children traveling in automobiles. In addition, 47 States have laws requiring booster seat use.
NATO Change of Command
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 09:27:12 -0500
French General Stephane Abrial took over the position of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from General James Mattis in a change of command ceremony Wednesday in Norfolk, Virginia.
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 14:52:46 -0500
WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission recently made public its final action on six matters under review (MURs). In one matter, the Commission found no reason to believe the respondents violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act). The Commission dismissed the five other matters, using its prosecutorial discretion in three of the cases.
Governance Conference
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 10:16:01 -0500
A group of military and civilian personnel gathered in Khost Province recently to come up with ideas to bring more stability to the people of Afghanistan.

System of Records Notices (SORNs) for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

OIG: Report on Indirect Cost Rates Proposed by the National Committee on United States-China Relations, Inc. (AUD/CG-09-23) Aug 09
OIG: Embassy Quito and Consulate General Quayaquil, Ecuador (ISP-I-09-42A) June 09
OIG: Audit of Procurement Competition for the New Embassy Compound at Baghdad, Iraq
(AUD/IQO-09-04) Dec 08

OIG: Embassy Bern, Switzerland (ISP-I-09-31A) June 09
Supreme Court Poised to Scrap Some Campaign Finance Rules
Posted: 08 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers
Sep. 9--WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's top lawyer Wednesday withdrew an earlier claim that certain books could be banned under campaign finance restrictions.
Biden: Health Bill May Be Ready by Thanksgiving
Posted: 09 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden is predicting that legislation overhauling the country's health care system will be on President Barack Obama's desk "before Thanksgiving."
Labor Department Exposes Goods Made by Child Labor
Posted: 09 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - A new Labor Department report identifies more than 58 countries where child labor or forced labor is used to make hundreds of goods - from coffee grown in Colombia to Christmas decorations made in China - that often end up in the United States.
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NASA Publishes Report about International Space Station Science
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
Advances in the fight against food poisoning, new methods for delivering medicine to cancer cells, and better materials for future spacecraft are among the results published in a NASA report detailing scientific research accomplishments made aboard the International Space Station during its first eight years.
BTS Releases Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI);
Freight Index Rose 1.6 Percent in July from June

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 1.6 percent in July from its June level, the first monthly increase since February and the largest increase since January 2008, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today (Table 1).

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the Freight TSI declined in nine of the last 12 months, but has remained steady or increased in the last two (Table 2). For additional historical data, go to

The Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments in ton-miles, which are then combined into one index. The index measures the output of the for-hire freight transportation industry and consists of data from for-hire trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight.

The July Freight TSI of 95.5 is a 1.6 percent increase from the recent low of 94.0 reached in May and June. During those two months, the index was at its lowest level since June 1997. The Freight TSI is down 15.4 percent from its historic peak of 112.9 reached in May 2006.
DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 11:43:00 -0500
McChrystal Assessment
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 10:59:54 -0500
U.S. Sailors, Coast Guard Protect Iraq's Economy
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 12:00:00 -0500
Soldiers Take 'Extreme Makeover' to Afghanistan
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 12:31:00 -0500

New Business Opportunities with the U.S. Army Environmental Command

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Natural Resources and Cultural Resources Pre Proposal Conference Presentations are available here

NIOSH "What's New" list

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Are you interested in going on the California Young Democrats' annual retreat to Tahoe?

SFYD is covering a good chunk of the cost to attend. If you're interested please contact Emily at More information can be found here.

San Francisco Young Democrats Endorsement Meeting Wrap-Up


Last night SFYD had a jam packed endorsement meeting, thank you to everyone for coming out.

SFYD's endorsements are as follows...

Candidates SFYD endorsed:

Secretary of State Debra Bowen
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
Treasurer Jose Cisneros
City Attorney Dennis Herrera


A - Charter Amendment: Budget Process - NO POSITION
B - Charter Amendment: Board of Supervisors Aides - YES ON B
C - Ordinance: Candlestick Park Naming Rights - NO POSITION
D - Ordinance: Mid-Market Special Sign District - NO POSITION
E - Ordinance: Advertisements on City Property - NO POSITION

SFYD also had a discussion with speakers representing Organizing For America, the Public option, and the Single-Payer option. SFYD adopted a resolution endorsing a Public option.

SFYD has a 60% endorsement threshold. If no candidate or ballot proposition received 60% of votes cast, SFYD took no position in that particular race or measure.

Kootenai County Democrats: Taking the Pulse of Health Care in Our Community
"A Discussion about Health Care Challenges in Kootenai County"
What: Workshop
Host: Official Site of the Kootenai County Democrats
Start Time: Monday, September 14 at 5:30pm
End Time: Monday, September 14 at 7:30pm
Where: Coeur d’Alene Public Library Community Room

To see more details and RSVP

Former Simon-Williamson Clinic Employee Agrees to Plead Guilty to Health Care Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Tax Fraud Charges

US DOT Secretary's Blog - Welcome to the Fast Lane, from the US Department of Transportation

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FEMA: Private Sector Preparedness Tip for the Week of 9/8/09
Understand when to evacuate or shelter in place, and establish a system for communicating instructions to your employees and customers. Make sure to plan how you will communicate with people who are deaf and hard of hearing, or who do not speak English. Visit for tips on how to develop your plans.
LTG Jacoby Briefing
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 14:33:25 -0500
Al Qaeda remains a major threat to security and stability in Iraq.

The HIT Policy Committee will hold a public meeting on September 18, 2009.
Time & Location:

8:30 am to 3 pm (Eastern)

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

*Seating is limited, but the meeting will be accessible via webconference/dial-in.

The HIT Standards Committee will hold a public meeting on September 15, 2009.
Time & Location:

9 am to 3 pm (Eastern)

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ex-Jersey City Official Admits Taking $72,000 in Bribes and Making Numerous Introductions for Others Who Took Bribes
NIAID Launches 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Trial in Pregnant Women
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 23:30:00 -0500
The first trial testing a candidate 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine in pregnant women is launching this week, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced today.
Secretary Sebelius to Deliver Health Insurance Reform Address, Release New Report on Insurance Insecurity
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 00:01:00 -0500
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today will address the University of Chicago’s dialogue on health care reform and education and issue a new report on the employer-sponsored insurance market.
NCJRS Special Feature on Campus Safety Awareness (9/08/09)
Review of the Department of Justice’s Effort to Prevent Staff Sexual Abuse of Federal Inmates, Evaluation and Inspections Report I-2009-004 (9/10/09)
DOE Recognizes Midwest Industrial Efficiency Leaders
DOE and Industry Plot Course for Major Efficiency Improvements

DETROIT, MI – The U.S. Department of Energy and Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm joined with over 300 industry, state, and federal leaders to recognize industrial efficiency leaders and plot a course to accelerate industrial energy efficiency in the Midwest. As part of the Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Exchange that began last night and continued today, Governor Granholm and DOE announced 11 Save Energy Now awards recognizing industry leaders for their exemplary energy saving accomplishments. Attendees at the Energy Efficiency Exchange also had an opportunity to learn about new energy saving technologies and ways to improve industrial competitiveness, including technical advances and financing strategies.

“Improving industrial energy efficiency is a true win-win-win for the Midwest,” said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. “It saves our manufacturers money on their energy bills and makes them more competitive; it creates new jobs implementing these efficiency measures; and it protects the environment by reducing our need to burn fossil fuels.”

“By implementing the latest energy efficiency technologies, American industry leaders will help ensure American businesses will lead the world into a clean energy future,” said Secretary Chu. “Working together with American manufacturing industries to make their facilities as efficient as possible, we will be able to create new jobs, reduce industrial energy use, and limit damaging carbon pollution.”

As part of the Save Energy Now program, DOE works with private companies to improve their energy efficiency and demonstrate profitable business models that will expand markets for new energy technologies. Industry consumes about a third of all energy used in the U.S., with a large portion of the energy lost to inefficiencies. In the Midwest alone, industry accounts for 35 percent of the total energy consumption for the region and 16 percent of the region’s carbon emissions. By providing companies with the technical support and expertise to lower their energy use, DOE helps bolster industrial competitiveness, create jobs, and save energy across the industrial sector.

Last night, DOE recognized the following Midwest companies as Save Energy Now Champions for saving more than 250,000 MMBTU or more than 15 percent of total energy savings:
· Benlee, Inc. (Romulus, MI)
· Brose (Chicago, IL)
· Flex-N-Gate Corporation – MasterGuard (Veedersburg, IN)
· The Minster Machine Company (Minster, OH)
· Nease Corporation (Harrison, OH)
Additionally, Save Energy Now Energy Saver awards went to the following regional companies for saving more than 75,000 MMBTU or more than 7.5 percent total energy savings:
· American Augers (West Salem, OH);
· Barnard Manufacturing (St. Johns, MI)
· Flex-N-Gate Corporation (Royal Oak, MI)
· Metal Technologies, Incorporated (Ravenna, MI)
· Mettler-Toledo International, Incorporated (Columbus, OH)
· Vantage Plastics (Standish, MI)
A number of the states participating in the Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Exchange will be using funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support industrial energy efficiency projects. For instance, Michigan has announced $24 million of funding that will provide hundreds of energy audits for small industrial operations in the state and will provide financial assistance to those businesses wanting to implement measures discovered during the audits. In Minnesota, commercial and industrial efficiency projects are receiving $11.7 million; Ohio is directing $15 million for industrial efficiency projects; and Wisconsin is providing $55 million for a clean energy business loan program.

The Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Exchange is co-sponsored by DOE, the American Public Power Association, Caterpillar, CleanTech Partners, Cummins, Focus on Energy, International Titanium Powder, and the National Association of State Energy Officials. More information on the Midwest Exchange is available at:


Kansas City Young Democrats: From Helping Homeless to Hotdogs and Hamburgers
"KCYD's will be kicking back and enjoying themselves after a day of service..."
What: Barbecue
Host: Kansas City Young Democrats
Start Time: Saturday, September 12 at 4:30pm
End Time: Saturday, September 12 at 7:00pm
Where: Shawnee Mission Park (Shelter 5)

To see more details and RSVP

Chemical Weapons Depot
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:37:02 -0500

Tennessee Federation of College Democrats : Directions to Autumn Conference

We will be starting at 8:45. We have a packed day. Look forward to seeing all of you on Saturday

The address for the University is 615 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN

The University Center is located across from the fifth street parking garage. I am attaching a link to a campus map to ensure that you find it easily. Parking is available on the street in front of the building, or in the lots (usually reserved for students throughout the week)


Kunduz Airstrike Update
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 11:01:21 -0500
Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell says it will take weeks before an investigation is complete into an airstrike in Kunduz Province that killed Afghan civilians.
McChrystal Assessment
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 11:01:27 -0500
General Stanley McChrystal's assessment of the situation in Afghanistan is expected to be on the desk of the Commander in Chief by the end of this week.
U.S. Department of State Highlights: Colombia
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500
Husband and Wife Co-owners of Subcontracting Company Plead Guilty to Contract Fraud Related to Afghanistan Rebuilding
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 17:20:26 -0500
Delmar Dwayne Spier, the chief executive officer and managing director of United States Protection and Investigations, LLC (USPI), today pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to conspiracy, major fraud and wire fraud arising from an alleged scheme to defraud the United States; and his wife, Barbara Edens Spier, the president and owner of USPI, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with U.S.-sponsored rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan.

The Second Quarter 2009 FDIC State Profiles are now available on-line

The FDIC State Profiles are formatted as a quarterly data sheet summation of economic and banking conditions for all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. They are available in both HTML and PDF formats.

Organizations Recognized for Contributions to Military
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:17:00 -0500
Army Releases August Suicide Data
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 14:33:00 -0500

Nearly 800 federally assisted units will be made lead-safe

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced an agreement with a New York City property management company and 20 affiliated owners of federally assisted multifamily properties in Brooklyn. The owners agreed to pay a $20,000 penalty for failing to provide information regarding lead hazard reduction work at the properties and to clean up lead-based paint hazards in nearly 800 apartments.

The agreement announced today represents the first administrative settlement for violations of the Federal Lead Safe Housing Rule. According to HUD, Star Realty Company and the property owners (see attached list) failed to provide information to HUD regarding the operation and condition of the 20 multifamily properties.

""This is the first settlement by HUD concerning the Federal Lead Safe Housing Rule, but it will not be the last," said Jon Gant, Director of HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. "HUD is committed to providing lead-safe housing throughout the nation; and providers of federally assisted and federally owned housing are held to the highest standard."

Under the settlement, the companies agreed to pay the civil money penalty and to come into compliance with the Lead Safe Housing Rule on a strict timetable by conducting lead-based paint risk assessments; providing notification of testing and lead work to tenants; performing lead-based paint hazard reduction work; conducting clearance examinations; and performing ongoing operations and maintenance.

The landlords agreed to perform lead-based paint hazard reduction work in 17 properties containing 639 units. Three subject properties with an additional 149 units were brought into compliance prior to settlement of this action.

The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act is one of the primary federal enforcement tools to prevent lead poisoning in young children. The Lead Safe Housing Rule requires certain lead hazard reduction work to be performed in all federally owned and federally assisted housing. For housing receiving project-based rental assistance, owners or their agents must provide notice of evaluation and hazard reduction activities and a lead information pamphlet to all tenants and perform a certain degree of lead-based paint testing and hazard reduction work depending on the amount of assistance received.

Health Effects of Lead-Based Paint Exposure

Lead exposure causes reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height, poorer hearing, and a host of other health problems in infants and young children. Many of these effects are thought to be irreversible. In later years, lead-poisoned children are much more likely to drop out of school, become juvenile delinquents and engage in criminal and other anti-social behavior. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that even at low levels, lead exposure in children can significantly impact IQ and even delay puberty in young girls.

At higher levels, lead can damage a child's kidneys and central nervous system and cause anemia, coma, convulsions and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 310,000 of the nation's 20 million children under the age of six have blood lead levels high enough to impair their ability to think, concentrate and learn.

Eliminating lead-based paint hazards in older low-income housing is essential if childhood lead poisoning is to be eradicated. According to CDC estimates, the percentage of children with elevated blood lead levels has been cut by two-thirds since the early 1990's, although the prevalence of childhood lead poisoning in low-income, older housing remains high. HUD estimates that the number of houses with lead paint has declined from 64 million in 1995 to 37 million in 2005. About 23.7 million homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards.


DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for August 2009
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:29:00 -0500
Guilty Plea in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Charge of Health Care Fraud
Construction Company President Pleads Guilty to Bribing Public Official

Considered and Passed:
H.R. 965 - Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Continuing Authorization Act (Rep. Sarbanes – Natural Resources) (311-107)

Ø Amendment - Failed:

· Bishop (UT) Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (Voice Vote)

Ø Motion to Recommit - Failed:

· Offered by Mr. Hastings (WA) (194-229)

President to Nominate Erroll Southers as TSA Assistant Secretary
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 06:00:00 -0500
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano applauded President Obama’s intent to nominate Erroll Southers as Assistant Secretary for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
NASA Ames to Host Administration's Cloud Computing Announcement
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
Reporters are invited to participate in a news conference at NASA's Ames Research Center at 10 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, Sept. 15, featuring Vivek Kundra, White House federal chief information officer.

U.S. Department of State : Daily Press Briefing - September 10
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:14:55 -0500

Philip J. Crowley

Assistant Secretary
Daily Press Briefing

Washington, DC

September 10, 2009

DoD Contracts for September 10, 2009
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 17:11:00 -0500
Department of Defense Media Schedule 9/11/2009
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 17:12:00 -0500

Contact: Katie Grant
202-225-3130For Immediate Release
September 10, 2009

Hoyer Statement on CEA Report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) quarterly report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

“The Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) quarterly report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act shows that the Recovery Act is working as intended to lift our country out of recession, by contributing to the growth of our economy and significantly decreasing unemployment. According to the CEA, America had 1 million more jobs last month than it would have had if Congress and the Administration had done nothing.

“However, significant challenges stand in the way of the economic security of millions of Americans. It has become clear that the economy was in even worse shape than economists realized when President Obama took office in January. According to the Census Report released today, in 2008, the median household income dropped, more Americans did not have health insurance, and the number of Americans in poverty grew to its highest rate since 1997. Those numbers indicate why turning the economy around is a long process.

“The Recovery Act worked first to stop the economic freefall, and is now rebuilding our economy. Virtually all economists have said that the economy would have continued to decline rapidly had it not been for the fiscal stimulus enacted by Congress and President Obama. In fact, the monthly Blue Chip economic survey just confirmed that 81% of leading economists believe that the recession has ended.

“As we work to rebuild the economy, we remain focused on unemployment, as well as on the more than 15% of Americans who lack health insurance. The failure to cover the uninsured imposes a costly ‘hidden tax’ on those of us with insurance, whose high premiums subsidize their treatment. For the sake of all Americans, both with insurance and without, it is essential that Congress pass health care reform.”


Pennsylvania Businessman Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced in Puerto Rico Corruption Case
DoD Identifies Army Casualties
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 17:39:00 -0500
Afghan ISAF Mission
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:34:04 -0500
Officers with NATO&#39;s International Security Assistance Force are visiting remote locations across Afghanistan, ensuring that coalition forces have the resources to carry out their mission.

Nursing Research for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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Long-Term Care for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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Mental Health for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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New Contract Solicitations for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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Homeland Security, Seneca Nation of Indians Announce Agreement to Develop Enhanced Tribal Card
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:24:03 -0500
Washington - The Department of Homeland Security and the Seneca Nation of Indians today formalized an agreement to develop a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC) - signed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Assistant Commissioner Thomas S. (more)
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 17:51:00 -0500
Security Progress Continues in Iraq, Despite Attacks
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 18:03:00 -0500
Former Global Director of Security for Stanford Financial Group Indicted for Obstructing a Federal Investigation
Four Men Sentenced for Election Night Assaults Targeting African-Americans
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:06:10 -0500
Four men who committed three hate crime assaults in response to President Barack Obama's election victory were sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. Ralph Nicoletti, was sentenced to 108 months in prison; Bryan Garaventa was sentenced to 60 months; Michael Contreraswas sentenced to 55 months; and Brian Carranza was sentenced to 70 months.
Union Executive Board Members Plead Guilty to Extortion Conspiracy
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:03:45 -0500
Nick Maddalone and Paul Maddalone, both former executive board members and assistant trustees of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union (Local 1181), pled guilty in Manhattan federal court to extortion conspiracy for their participation in a decades-long scheme to obtain corrupt cash payments from the owners of various bus companies that employed Local 1181 members.
Oklahoma Construction Company President Pleads Guilty to Bribing Public Official
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:58:09 -0500
Max Elliot Wolf, the president of a Tulsa, Oklahoma area construction firm, pled guilty in federal court to bribing a Tulsa public words official. He is the fifth defendant to plead guilty in the public works corruption cases.
Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:54:06 -0500
Robert Ivory Levy, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with health care fraud.
New Jersey City Official Pleads Guilty in Bribery and Extortion Scheme
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 14:14:54 -0500
Former Jersey City Health and Human Services Assistant Director Maher Z. Khalil pled guilty to conspiring to commit extortion, admitting that he accepted more than $72,000 in bribes from a government cooperating witness in return for attempting to obtain real estate development approvals for the cooperating witness, and for facilitating bribe payments to other municipal officials.
Two Pennsylvania Judges Indicted on Racketeering, Related Charges
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 13:56:07 -0500
Former Luzerne County (Pennsylvania)Court of Common Pleas Judges Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella, Jr. were indicted on racketeering, fraud, money laundering, tax, and related charges in connection with alleged improper actions of the former judges to facilitate the construction and operation of juvenile detention facilities.
Alabama Health Clinic Worker Guilty in $1.2 Million Embezzlement Scheme
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 13:24:30 -0500
Kimberly Perrin, who worked as comptroller for the Simon-Williamson Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes involving health care fraud, wire fraud, and tax fraud involving nearly $1.2 million embezzled from a health care provider.
Five Sentenced in Louisiana for Defrauding School Board
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 11:24:23 -0500
Three former Bossier Parish (Louisiana) School Board employees, along with the owners of Ark-La-Tex Air Repair, Inc., were sentenced for defrauding the school board of nearly $1.2 million.
Louisiana Medicaid Agency Employees Convicted on Multiple Charges
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 11:18:10 -0500
Three employees of a Medicaid provider located in Harvey, Louisiana were found guilty by a jury in New Orleans of conspiracy, health care fraud, and making false statements to federal agents in connection with their involvement in a $3.9 million Medicare fraud scheme.
Subcontracting Company Owners Plead Guilty to Afghanistan Contract Fraud
Wed, 09 Sep 2009 09:41:55 -0500
Delmar Dwayne Spier, the chief executive officer and managing director of United States Protection and Investigations, LLC (USPI), pled guilty in Washington, conspiracy, major fraud, and wire fraud arising from a scheme to defraud the United States; and his wife, Barbara Edens Spier, the president and owner of USPI, pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with U.S.-sponsored rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan.
DoD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Jacoby from Iraq
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 18:41:00 -0500

New Facebook home for the Pasco Democrats

We are moving! We have a new Facebook Fan Page. To "join" you become a fan.
The new page will give us more opportunities for discussions, links and information. Join us and become a fan today!

We'll see you at the new page and Saturday at the monthly meeting.

Remarks At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dinner Honoring His Excellency Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Washington, DC

September 10, 2009

U.S. Department of State Highlights: Collaboration Between U.S. and China
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500

Remarks At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dinner Honoring His Excellency Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Washington, DC

September 10, 2009


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