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Iran signals no compromise on nuclear issue
from World News
Iran said on Saturday it would not back down in its nuclear row with the West, a day after the United States said it would accept Tehran's offer of wide-ranging talks with six world powers.
Obama steps up full-court press on health care
from - Top Stories
Obama continues to push his health-care reform plan, citing a Treasury Department report predicting roughly half of all Americans under 65 will lose their coverage at some point over the next decade.
Obama warns against scare tactics over healthcare
from World News
President Barack Obama warned Americans Saturday not to be tricked by “scare tactics” he accused his opponents of using as he went on the road to rally support for his drive to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.
Obama vows health plan will work
from CBC | Video
U.S. President Barack Obama continued to promote his national health-care plan on Saturday, promising to "get this right," while marchers in Washington denounced the proposal.

Closing the Books on Bush's Legacy
Ronald Brownstein notes that the annual Census Bureau report on income, poverty and access to health care "closes the books on the economic record of George W. Bush. It's not a record many Republicans are likely to point to with pride."

"On every major measurement, the Census Bureau report shows that the country lost ground during Bush's two terms. While Bush was in office, the median household income declined, poverty increased, childhood poverty increased even more, and the number of Americans without health insurance spiked. By contrast, the country's condition improved on each of those measures during Bill Clinton's two terms, often substantially."

The Seven-Figure Heckle
At day's end Friday, CQ Politics reports Rob Miller's (D) campaign said it had a 48-hour bounty of more than $1 million from 25,000 donors after his opponent, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), heckled the president at his speech before a joint session of Congress.

Obama: More uninsured than you think
Posted: September 12th, 2009 09:12 AM ET

From's Senior Writer Jennifer Liberto

WASHINGTON ( — In an effort to cast health care reform as helpful to more Americans, President Obama on Saturday pounded home a new statistic: Nearly 50% of people under 65 have gone without coverage for at least one month over a decade.

DNC paints Pawlenty as liar
Posted: September 12th, 2009 12:31 PM ET

From CNN Associate Political Producer Emily Sherman

The DNC is out with a new ad painting Gov. Pawlenty as a 'liar.'
WASHINGTON (CNN)– Ahead of President Obama's visit to Minneapolis Saturday, the Democratic National Committee is out with a new attack ad painting Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as a politician attempting to appeal to the "extremists" in the Republican party.

U.S. revokes visas of Honduran president, 15 others
Posted: 07:48 PM ET
(CNN) — Ramping up pressure on Honduras’ interim government, the United States has revoked the visa of the beleaguered country’s leader, a senior Honduran official told CNN en Espanol on Saturday.

U.S. Department of State Remarks Upon Receipt of the Roosevelt Institute's Four Freedoms Award at the Roosevelt Institute's Four Freedoms Medals Gala Dinner

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State

New York City

September 11, 2009

Export Information for USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

The Eligible Plant List for Mexico has been revised. This information has recently been updated.
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U.S. Department of State Highlights: Four Fundemental Freedoms
Sat, 12 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500

Friend --

On Wednesday night President Obama delivered a passionate address on health reform to Congress and all Americans, then immediately wrote to you to ask for your help in making reform a reality.

Your response was astounding: In less than 48 hours, more than 450,000 of you signed messages urging Congress to pass the President's plan -- and even chipped in more than $1 million to power our campaign for change.

Now, President Obama has recorded a message just for OFA supporters about what comes next. Please watch the video, and, if you haven't already, add your name in support of the President's plan.



P.S. In case you missed it, here's the President's email to OFA supporters from the night of the big speech:

---Original Message---
From: President Barack Obama
Subject: Not the first, but the last

Friend --

I just finished laying out my plan for health reform at a joint session of Congress. Now, I'm writing directly to you because what happens next is critical -- and I need your help.

Change this big will not happen because I ask for it. It can only come when the nation demands it. Congress knows where I stand. Now they need to hear from you.

Add your voice: Ask your representatives to support my plan for real health reform in 2009.

The heart of my plan is simple: bring stability and security to Americans who already have health insurance, guarantee affordable coverage for those who don't, and rein in the cost of health care.

Tonight, I offered a specific plan for how to make it happen. I incorporated the best ideas from Democrats and Republicans to create a plan that's bold, practical, and represents the broad consensus of the American people.

We've come closer to real health reform in the last few months than we have in the last 60 years. But those who profit from the status quo -- and those who put partisan advantage above all else -- will fight us every inch of the way.

We do not seek that fight, but we will not shrink from it. The stakes are too high to let scare tactics cloud the debate, or to allow partisan bickering to block the path. Your voice, right now, is essential.

See my full plan and call on your representatives to support it:

Ours is not the first generation to understand the dire need for health reform. And I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Contact: Katie Grant
202-225-3130For Immediate Release
September 12, 2009

Hoyer Statement on Administration Trade Action

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to President Barack Obama’s decision to address the increase of low-priced Chinese tires in the U.S. marketplace:

"I applaud the President for taking action to ensure that American workers and industry can compete fairly. I am a strong supporter of trade and believe that it has many benefits, but everyone must play by the rules. China and the United States both agreed to a set of trade guidelines, and it is paramount that those be upheld. By enforcing those provisions, President Obama strengthens and respects their meaning."


Weekly Address: President Obama Highlights New Treasury Report on Instability of Health Insurance in America

Afghan election commission prepares full results

from AP Top International News At 5:48 a... by By RAHIM FAIEZ
KABUL (AP) -- Afghanistan's election commission prepared Saturday to release full results from last month's presidential election, numbers that could indicate whether President Hamid Karzai has enough votes to overcome fraud complaints and avoid a runoff....

Russian envoy cautions US on Afghan troops surge

from Russia News latest RSS headlines - Big News
KABUL — Russia's ambassador to Afghanistan has some advice for top NATO commanders fighting the Taliban based on the Soviet Union's bitter experience battling Islamist insurgents here in the 198...

Kohn, Comments on "Interpreting the Unconventional U.S. Monetary Policy of 2007-2009"

from FRB: Speeches and Testimony
Speech at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

Beware of California Wildfire Charity Scams, FTC Warns

from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - Consumer Protection Press Releases
The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers to use caution when donating to charities that claim to help victims of the devastating California wildfires.

CIA Honors Achievements in Science and Technology

from CIA Press Releases & Statements
September 11, 2009 - CIA Honors Achievements in Science and Technology.

VIDEO: Senate Banking Cmte. Hearing on Bernard Madoff Investigation

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The Senate Banking Cmte. heard from key players in the Security & Exchange Cmsn.’s (SEC) investigation of a Ponzi scheme run by Bernard Madoff, the recently convicted financier. David Kotz, the SEC Inspector Gen., described the agency’s failure to adequately respond to whistleblowers like investor Harry Markopolos, another witness.
Length: 2 hr. 26 min.

Published: Thursday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) Press Conference on Afghanistan

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Senate Armed Services Cmte. Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) conducted a press conference to discuss recommendations for the way forward in Afghanistan. Sen. Levin recently traveled to the country with Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Ted Kaufmann (D-DE).
Length: 36 min.

Published: Friday at 11:45am (ET)

VIDEO: Coast Guard Press Conference on Training Exercise Incident

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Vice Admiral John Currier, Coast Guard Chief of Staff conducted a press conference to discuss the confusion surrounding a training exercise in the Potomac River near Washington, DC.
Length: 17 min.

Published: Friday at 12pm (ET)

VIDEO: State Dept. Briefing on South Asia

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew conducted a press conference at the State Department to discuss his recent trip to south Asia.
Length: 39 min.

Published: Friday at 12:30pm (ET)

VIDEO: HHS Update on H1N1 Flu Virus

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was joined by officials from the CDC, FDA and NIH to provide an update on the H1N1 flu virus.
Length: 39 min.

Published: Friday at 1pm (ET)

VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing Fri Sept 11 2009

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Philip Crowley conducts a daily briefing at the State Department.
Length: 42 min.

Published: Friday at 1pm (ET)

VIDEO: President and First Lady at Habitat for Humanity Project

from C-SPAN Recent Video
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Deanwood in northeast Washington, DC to participate in the construction of a residence that is part of the Habitat for Humanity project.
Length: 6 min.

Published: Friday at 1:30pm (ET)

VIDEO: AEI Panel Discussion on Health Care Reform

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The American Enterprise Institute hosted a discussion on "Health Reform: Then and Now." The panel discussed efforts by past administrations to reform health care.
Length: 2 hr. 2 min.

Published: Friday at 9:15am (ET)

VIDEO: ABA Speech on Legal Issues Related to Guantanamo Bay Detainees

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Jeh Johnson, general counsel at the Department of Defense, addresses the legal issues currently in question during a breakfast meeting hosted by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security.
Length: 45 min.

Published: Thursday at 8pm (ET)

VIDEO: Pres. Obama Commemorates 9/11 at the Pentagon

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Pres. Obama observed the eighth anniversary of September 11 with a speech at the Pentagon Memorial to honor the memory of those killed in the 2001 terrorist attack. The President delivered remarks after viewing the memorial.

Published: Friday at 10am (ET)

Weekly Address: President Obama Highlights New Treasury Report on Instability of Health Insurance in America
President Obama to Hold Presidential Forum on Service Hosted by former President George H.W. Bush
On Friday, October 16th, President Barack Obama will hold a Presidential Forum on community service hosted by former President George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light Institute at the George Bush Presidential Library Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.

Readout on Joe Biden's Meeting with Chairman Wu Bangguo
The Vice President met yesterday with Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of China’s National People’s Congress. The Vice President and Chairman Wu discussed the overall state of the U.S.-China relationship, emphasizing the desire of both sides to strengthen cooperation and to build a positive and comprehensive relationship.

First Lady Michelle Obama To Represent The United States In Copenhagen
The White House announced today that First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, in support of Chicago’s historic bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. On October 2, 2009, Mrs. Obama will attend the 121st International Olympic Committee Session at the Bella Center – Copenhagen Congress Center. It is here that the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics will be selected from the remaining four candidate cities: Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

Remarks by the President at Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial
Good News From the Beige Book
Posted by Jesse Lee
Service and Remembrance
Posted by Dr. Jill Biden
Joe Biden Mourns with New York
Posted by Jesse Lee
Attorney General Holder at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial September 11 Ceremony
Posted by Jesse Lee
"A Legacy That Still Shines Brightly"
Posted by Jesse Lee
A Challenge From the Heart
Posted by Molly Fedick
Dressed casually in a vibrant blue cardigan and jeans and armed with a paintbrush, a passerby may assume the smiling volunteer was just another Habitat for Humanity worker. A double-take reveals, however, that standing alongside George Washington University students is none other than the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Weekly Address: Losing Insurance Can Happen to Anybody
Posted by Jesse Lee
The President discusses a staggering new report from the Treasury Department indicating that under the status quo, around half of all Americans under 65 will lose their health coverage at some point over the next ten years. He pledges not to allow this future to unfold: "In the United States of America, no one should have to worry that they'll go without health care – not for one year, not for one month, not for one day. And once I sign my health reform plan into law – they won't."

Obama Favorability Jumps This Week
The latest DailyKos/Research 2000 tracking poll finds President Obama enjoying a spike in his favorability -- up eight points in the last week. The polling was conducted over the week, but the biggest jump for the president came on Wednesday and Thursday.

Obama on 9/11: 'No words can ease the ache of your hearts'
Posted: September 11th, 2009 10:00 AM ET
(CNN) – President Barack Obama laid a wreath of white flowers Friday at the Pentagon, where 184 people lost their lives on September 11, 2001, when a hijacked jet smashed into the military icon outside the nation's capital.

Curbing medical lawsuits: What Obama really means
Posted: September 11th, 2009 11:45 AM ET

From Senior Writer Jennifer Liberto

Curbing medical lawsuits: What Obama really means.
WASHINGTON ( – As President Obama turns up the heat on health care reform, one new and surprising detail to emerge is his pledge to tackle medical malpractice.

"I don't believe malpractice reform is a silver bullet, but I have talked to enough doctors to know that defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs," Obama said Wednesday night.

Hoyer predicts final health bill will have 'some form' of public option
Posted: September 11th, 2009 12:43 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) — As Democrats met Friday in hope of achieving consensus on one of the biggest sticking points in the health-care battle, the House majority leader predicted final legislation will include a "public option."

House Democrats plan vote to admonish Wilson
Posted: September 11th, 2009 01:40 PM ET

From CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh

WASHINGTON (CNN)–House Democratic leaders plan to bring a resolution to the House floor next week to admonish South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson if he does not apologize on the House floor for his outburst during President Obama's joint address to Congress, according to several House Democratic leadership aides.

"He's violated the rules of the House with inappropriate conduct and he's subject to reprimand," said Kristie Greco, spokeswoman for House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina.

ActBlue raises over $750,000 for Joe Wilson's opponent
Posted: September 11th, 2009 04:20 PM ET

From CNN Audience Interaction Producer Eric Kuhn

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Online fundraising site ActBlue announced Friday that since Republican congressman Joe Wilson's outburst during President Obama's address, his Democratic opponent Rob Miller has raised over $787,951 (and rising) on the site. The first donation came in at 9:15 p.m. ET on September 9.

DNC honors Kennedy with resolution
Posted: September 11th, 2009 06:05 PM ET

From CNN Associate Political Producer Emily Sherman

The Democratic National Committee unanimously approved a resolution Friday honoring the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee unanimously approved a resolution Friday honoring the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.

Pentagon: More troops expected to be sent to Afghanistan
Posted: 07:41 PM ET
From Barbara Starr
CNN Pentagon Correspondent
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to approve sending thousands of additional forces to Afghanistan to deal with the growing threat from roadside bombs, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Friday.

U.S. drafts UN resolution urging nuclear disarmament
from World News
The United States has drafted a UN Security Council resolution calling on all countries with atomic weapons to get rid of them, a text Washington hopes will be approved by a special council session presided over by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Evidence-Based Practice for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

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

Secretary Napolitano on the Eighth Anniversary of September 11, 2001
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 06:00:00 -0500
Secretary Napolitano's statement on the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Scheduled Events for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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

The latest U. S. Import and Export Price Indexes news release
was issued today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Highlights are below.

The U.S. Import Price Index increased 2.0 percent in August, driven primarily by a 9.8
percent advance in fuel prices. Import prices fell 0.7 percent in July. Prices for U.S.
exports rose 0.7 percent in August after falling 0.3 percent the previous month.

9/11/2009 - H1N1 Flu Vaccination Requirement
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 19:00:00 -0500
Posted by: LTC Wayne E. Hachey DO, MPH

US-CERT Current Activity

Apple Releases Security Update 2009-005 and Mac OS X v10.6.1

Original release date: September 11, 2009 at 9:43 am
Last revised: September 11, 2009 at 9:43 am


Apple has released Security Update 2009-005 and Mac OS X v10.6.1 to
address multiple vulnerabilities in a number of applications. These
vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, cause
a denial-of-service condition, obtain elevated privileges, or access
local files.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Apple articles
HT3865 and HT3864 and apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the
risks. Apple article HT3864 addresses the vulnerability previously
reported in the "Adobe Flash Vulnerability Affecting Apple Snow
Leopard" Current Activity entry.

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Upcoming NIOSH Conferences for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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National Cyber Alert System
Cyber Security Tip ST04-010

Using Caution with Email Attachments

While email attachments are a popular and convenient way to send documents,
they are also a common source of viruses. Use caution when opening
attachments, even if they appear to have been sent by someone you know.

Why can email attachments be dangerous?

Some of the characteristics that make email attachments convenient and
popular are also the ones that make them a common tool for attackers:
* Email is easily circulated - Forwarding email is so simple that viruses
can quickly infect many machines. Most viruses don't even require users
to forward the email—they scan a users' computer for email addresses and
automatically send the infected message to all of the addresses they
find. Attackers take advantage of the reality that most users will
automatically trust and open any message that comes from someone they
* Email programs try to address all users' needs - Almost any type of file
can be attached to an email message, so attackers have more freedom with
the types of viruses they can send.
* Email programs offer many "user-friendly" features - Some email programs
have the option to automatically download email attachments, which
immediately exposes your computer to any viruses within the attachments.

What steps can you take to protect yourself and others in your address book?

* Be wary of unsolicited attachments, even from people you know - Just
because an email message looks like it came from your mom, grandma, or
boss doesn't mean that it did. Many viruses can "spoof" the return
address, making it look like the message came from someone else. If you
can, check with the person who supposedly sent the message to make sure
it's legitimate before opening any attachments. This includes email
messages that appear to be from your ISP or software vendor and claim to
include patches or anti-virus software. ISPs and software vendors do not
send patches or software in email.
* Keep software up to date - Install software patches so that attackers
can't take advantage of known problems or vulnerabilities (see
Understanding Patches for more information). Many operating systems
offer automatic updates. If this option is available, you should enable
* Trust your instincts - If an email or email attachment seems suspicious,
don't open it, even if your anti-virus software indicates that the
message is clean. Attackers are constantly releasing new viruses, and
the anti-virus software might not have the signature. At the very least,
contact the person who supposedly sent the message to make sure it's
legitimate before you open the attachment. However, especially in the
case of forwards, even messages sent by a legitimate sender might
contain a virus. If something about the email or the attachment makes
you uncomfortable, there may be a good reason. Don't let your curiosity
put your computer at risk.
* Save and scan any attachments before opening them - If you have to open
an attachment before you can verify the source, take the following
1. Be sure the signatures in your anti-virus software are up to date
(see Understanding Anti-Virus Software for more information).
2. Save the file to your computer or a disk.
3. Manually scan the file using your anti-virus software.
4. If the file is clean and doesn't seem suspicious, go ahead and open
* Turn off the option to automatically download attachments - To simplify
the process of reading email, many email programs offer the feature to
automatically download attachments. Check your settings to see if your
software offers the option, and make sure to disable it.
* Consider creating separate accounts on your computer - Most operating
systems give you the option of creating multiple user accounts with
different privileges. Consider reading your email on an account with
restricted privileges. Some viruses need "administrator" privileges to
infect a computer.
* Apply additional security practices - You may be able to filter certain
types of attachments through your email software (see Reducing Spam) or
a firewall (see Understanding Firewalls).

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to Lead U.S. Delegation to IAEA General Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – US Energy Secretary Steven Chu will lead the United States delegation to the 2009 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna, Austria next week. In remarks to IAEA member states, Secretary Chu will highlight President Obama’s unprecedented nuclear security agenda and his commitment the strengthening the international nuclear nonproliferation regime. The Secretary will also discuss the importance of promoting nuclear energy and other peaceful nuclear technologies.

Secretary Chu will lead an interagency delegation that includes members from the Department of State, the Commerce Department, DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration and other agencies.

WHAT: Energy Secretary Steven Chu to lead U.S. Delegation to the IAEA General Conference

WHEN: Sunday, September 13 & Monday, September 14

WHERE: International Atomic Energy Agency
Vienna, Austria

For more information, call DOE Public Affairs at 202-526-4940
LTG Jacoby Briefing
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 10:14:08 -0500
Enemies in Iraq continue to challenge and test the Iraqi security forces.
U.S. Department of State Highlights: National Day of Service
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500
Senate Panel Revises Bill to Shield Reporters Seeking to Protect their Sources
Posted: 09 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday included stronger national security protections in a bill to shield reporters in court when they decline to reveal confidential information or sources.
Democrats Answer Pres. Obama's Call for Action on Health Care
Posted: 10 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders wrestling with health care legislation are confronting a host of knotty issues such as medical malpractice, abortion, illegal immigrants and Medicaid, all the while predicting passage of sweeping health care legislation within a few months.
Democratic Support for Afghan War Waning
Posted: 10 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders in Congress urged the Obama administration Thursday to quickly produce a plan for winning the war in Afghanistan or risk widespread opposition within the president's own party to a new troop buildup.


WASHINGTON, September 11, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today took part in the Obama Administration's 'National Day of Service and Remembrance' by visiting the DC Central Kitchen. Vilsack highlighted the importance of DC Central Kitchen's mission to serve the most vulnerable in our community and delivered fresh produce from 'The People's Garden' and Farmer's Market at USDA headquarters. Altogether, 'The Peoples Garden' has produced 300 pounds of fresh produce that has been donated to DC Central Kitchen over the course of the summer.

"Today we honor the spirit of service to country and community by participating in the 'National Day of Service and Remembrance," said Vilsack. "Americans all across the country are answering President Obama's call to volunteerism and are strengthening their communities by giving back. By making community service a part of our daily lives, we honor those that have sacrificed to help make our nation stronger."

President Obama established the 'United We Serve' initiative with a goal of including volunteerism and community service activities into the daily lives of all Americans in order to strengthen the nation's foundation of service, one community at a time. The 'United We Serve' summer initiative began on June 22 and runs through the National Day of Service and remembrance on September 11, 2009.

The President's call to participate in this program focuses on four key areas where everyone can have a continuing impact in their community: education, health, energy and the environment and community renewal. All Americans can create news service projects, find service projects in their communities, and share stories about projects that are making a difference by visiting

The DC Central Kitchen began its first phase of operations on January 20, 1989, redistributing the excess food from the Presidential inauguration. Since its inception, DC Central Kitchen has used their facility as a central location to recover unused food, prepare and deliver meals to partner social service agencies, train and employ homeless men and women for the food service industry, and intellectually engage volunteers. As a community kitchen, they recycle over one ton of surplus food each day that would otherwise go to waste and turn it into 4,500 meals for the hungry in the greater Washington, D.C., region.


Young Democrats of Georgia State University: Health Care General Body Meeting
"Let's do it for Teddy!"
What: Club/Group Meeting
Start Time: Monday, September 14 at 4:30pm
End Time: Monday, September 14 at 5:30pm
Where: Lucerne Suite, Student Center

To see more details and RSVP

DOT News for Department of Transportation

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Ada County Democrats: Silent Protest against Tea Party TOMORROW

Please take a stand against extremism tomorrow at 11:45 at the Capitol Park (6th and Jefferson).

Its time the tea baggers and the local media saw what an effective, respectful counter-protest looks like.

TIME: 11:45 AM, Saturday, September 12

PLACE: The grassy corner of 6th and Jefferson in Capitol Park (the park in front of the capitol building).

WEAR: Black. Bring American flags if youve got em.

SAY: Nothing. This will be a SILENT protest. (Believe me, its harder than it sounds.)


CONTACT: Whitney,

Please forward this email but do not post widely, and instead forward it on via email or controlled websites (such as your Facebook page). Lets rally the troops from behind the scenes as much as we can.

COMMENTARY: Taking Time to Remember
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:07:00 -0500
First Lady, Dr. Biden Ask Americans to Support Military Families
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:07:00 -0500

Enforcement News for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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Commentary: Revisiting Afghanistan on 9/11
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:37:00 -0500
Disaster Unemployment Insurance Available
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 10:22:46 -0500
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Weekly unemployment benefits will be available to self-employed residents of the three western New York counties declared a disaster area last week, officials of New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

Determination and Certification of Colombian Government and Armed Forces with Respect to Human Rights Related Conditions

Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 11, 2009

'Don't Short-Change Yourself, 'State, Fed Officials Urge; Complete All Paperwork; Don't 'Leave Money On The Table'
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 10:26:29 -0500
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Disaster survivors often short-change themselves, when it comes to federal disaster assistance, state and federal officials warned today.
Students To Participate In NASA's Lunar Field Test Activities
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
To prepare for human exploration of the moon and other destinations in our solar system, NASA is conducting a field test of rovers and equipment at an Earthly site in the Arizona desert. Hundreds of students are invited to experience it.
The cutoff date for receipt of applications is September 17, 2009.
Applications must be postmarked by October 16, 2009.
New Brigades Represent New Iraq Mission, Commander Says
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:14:00 -0500
Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Regarding Animal Health and 2009 Pandemic H1N1 Influenza
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:30:00 -0500
Swine influenza has been present in the United States for over 80 years, but the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus now circulating among humans is not the same as "swine flu."
WHO Issues Advice on Measures in School Settings
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:30:00 -0500
WHO is today issuing advice on measures that can be undertaken in schools to reduce the impact of the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Recommendations draw on recent experiences in several countries as well as studies of the health, economic, and social consequences of school closures.
Military Nurses Honored at Arlington Ceremony
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:29:00 -0500
FSIS Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Use of the Voluntary Claim "Natural" in the Labeling of Meat and Poultry Products
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:17:42 -0500
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced that it will solicit further public comment as the Agency seeks to define the conditions under which it would permit the voluntary claim "natural" to be used in the labeling of meat and poultry products.
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Holder at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial September 11 Ceremony
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:54:56 -0500
VACANCY: Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0301-09/11/12
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 07:11:14 -0500
AN279581 (Closing Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
Army Suicide Numbers
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:36:26 -0500
The Army has released suicide numbers for August and has updated figures for July.

U.S. Department of State Remarks at Memorial Service on 9/11 for Terrence Lee Barnich

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

September 11, 2009

New NRC Guidelines Published Today are First Step Toward Allowing Security Personnel to Possess Enhanced Weapons at Nuclear Facilities
U.S. Department of State Highlights: Extraordinary Service
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500
Federal Election Commission's ADR Program Resolves 31 Cases in First Six Months of 2009
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:02:17 -0500
WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission resolved 31 campaign finance enforcement matters through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program during the first six months of 2009. The Commission assessed civil penalties in 22 cases totaling $73,900. One case was dismissed.

FEC Weekly Digest for Federal Election Commission

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Flag Officer Assignments
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:19:00 -0500
FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:43:00 -0500
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released its latest listing of consumer health information updates.

NoFEAR Act Reporting for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (PDF, 5 pages - 142 KB)

Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 11, 2009

Under Secretary of State Judith A. McHale Will Participate in the Launch of the Second Annual Democracy Video Challenge

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 11, 2009

U.S. Department of State Launch of the Second Annual Democracy Video Challenge

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 11, 2009

From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: A listing of the latest
publications from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is now available at Please refer questions to .
Commitments of Traders Reports for
The current reports for the week of September 11, 2009 are now available.
See previous weeks in Historical Commitments of Traders Reports.

U.S. Welcomes Breakthrough in Croatia-Slovenia Talks

Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 11, 2009

VACANCY: Accountant, GS-0510-11/12
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:54:58 -0500
AN281233 (Closing Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)

US-CERT Current Activity

Fraudulent 9/11 Web Sites

Original release date: September 11, 2009 at 3:59 pm
Last revised: September 11, 2009 at 3:59 pm

US-CERT is aware of public reports indicating that attackers are using
legitimate web pages to run malicious code on victims' machines.

Reports, including a posting by Sophos, indicate that these messages
* Include keywords and names related to the 9/11/2001 terrorist
* Prompt users with a fake virus scan that attempts to make users
believe they have a security issue. The users are then asked to
download fake security software that is actually malicious code.

Please note that these characteristics may change at any time.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to take the following
preventative measures to help mitigate the security risks:
* Install anti-virus software, and keep its virus signature file up
to date
* Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks
document for more information on social engineering attacks

Relevant Url(s):


This entry is available at

Signing of Technical Cooperation Arrangement Between EULEX and the Serbian Ministry of Interior

Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 11, 2009

VACANCY: Program Specialist (Requirements & Functional Documentation), GS-0301-12
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 14:52:48 -0500
DE-09-489-SLC2 (Closing Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
VACANCY: Reports Specialist, GS-0301-11
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 14:30:54 -0500
MP-09-490-SSM2 (Closing Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
VACANCY: Program Analyst (Contract Management/Housing Inspection), GS-0343-12
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 14:14:09 -0500
DE-09-488-SLC2 (Closing Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
U.S. Department of State Highlights: 9-11 Tribute at U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500
VACANCY: Fire Program Specialist (Grants), GS-0301-12
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 14:03:59 -0500
AN277168 (Closing Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
VACANCY: Program Analyst (Executive Officer), GS-0343-15
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:35:16 -0500
AN283901 (Closing Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
VACANCY: Program Analyst, Supervisory, GS-0343-15
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:27:38 -0500
AN276154 (Closing Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
VACANCY: Program Specialist, GS-0301-13/14
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:25:18 -0500
AN258113 (Closing Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
VACANCY: Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0301-09/11/12
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 07:11:14 -0500
AN279581 (Closing Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
FDIC Office of the Ombudsman is issuing its semi-annual Report to the Industry at the following link OO Report to Industry. The report summarizes some of the comments received through outreach efforts and contacts to our office.
Chu, Bloom to Join Rendell for Clean Energy Economy Forum in Bensalem

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, September 17, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be accompanied by White House Senior Counselor for Manufacturing Policy Ron Bloom in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, where they will join Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell in hosting a Clean Energy Economy Forum with a diverse group of local and regional stakeholders. Chu and Bloom will continue to lay out President Obama’s vision for a comprehensive energy plan to jump-start the American clean energy sector and create millions of new jobs developing technologies that will cut pollution while producing alternative sources of energy. The Administration officials and Governor Rendell will also listen to and answer questions from stakeholders about local and regional energy issues.

The forum is the third in a series of regional Clean Energy Economy Forums with top Administration officials hosted by Governors. The first two were held in Fort Collins, Colorado, on August 27 and Saginaw, Michigan, on September 2.

The event will be held at Accu-Weld, a family owned business based in Bensalem, PA for nearly three decades. The company is currently producing and manufacturing high-energy efficient windows and doors for the residential home market. Despite the economic downturn, Accu-Weld recently announced it would save 140 local jobs as a result of new demand in the home weatherization market, and is growing at annual rate of approximately 20 percent.

Following the forum, the Administration officials and Governor Rendell will hold a media availability.

Due to space limitations, forum attendance is by invitation only. Coverage details are below. Further details will be released as they become available.

Thursday, September 17

9:30 a.m.
Clean Energy Economy Forum
1211 Ford Road
Bensalem, PA
PUBLIC ATTENDANCE: Due to space limitations, this event is by invitation only.
COVERAGE DETAILS: Open Press. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. If you would like to cover this event, please RSVP to


U.S. Department of State Briefing on Recent Trip to South Asia

Jacob J. Lew
Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources
Washington, DC

September 11, 2009

CDFI Public Engagements September 14 - 18, 2009
September 11, 2009
DoD Contracts for September 11, 2009
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 17:05:00 -0500
Secretary Sebelius Releases $33 Million in ARRA Funds to Train Health Professionals
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 00:01:00 -0500
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced awards totaling $33 million to expand the training of health care professionals.
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 17:25:00 -0500
FDA Clears a Test for Ovarian Cancer
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:07:00 -0500
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared a test that can help detect ovarian cancer in a pelvic mass that is already known to require surgery. The test, called OVA1, helps patients and health care professionals decide what type of surgery should be done and by whom.
Massachusetts City Official Arrested on Bribery Charge
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 15:36:45 -0500
The Brockton (Massachusetts) Superintendent of Buildings was arrested on federal charges that he received kickbacks from a contractor in exchange for his allowing the contractor to perform work for the city.
Texas Man Indicted in Public Corruption Investigation
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 13:16:31 -0500
Adrian Edward Pena, of El Paso, Texas, was indicted for his alleged role in a conspiracy to defraud El Paso County by committing mail fraud and depriving citizens of honest services in connection with a county construction contract.
Georgia Judge Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charge
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:52:25 -0500
Former Alapaha (Georgia) Circuit Superior Court Judge Brooks E. Blitch, III pled guilty to one count of honest services fraud conspiracy in connection with allowing his judicial decisions to be manipulated buy outside influences from improper sources.
U.S. Department of State Highlights: South Asia Trip
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500


First Vote of the Week… Last Vote Predicted…

Monday 6:30 p.m.
Thursday p.m.

Legislative Program - 51600 | Floor Information - 57400 | Whip Information - 63210

On Monday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (8 Bills)
1. H.Res. 686 - Recommending that the United States Constitution be taught to high school students throughout the Nation in September of their senior year (Rep. Grayson - Education and Labor)
2. H.Res. __ - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week should be established (Rep. Grijalva - Education and Labor)
3. H.Res. 6 - Recognizing the significant contribution coaches make in the life of children who participate in organized sports and supporting the goals and ideals of National Coaches Appreciation Week (Rep. McIntyre - Education and Labor)
4. H.Res. 459 - Expressing support for designation of "National Safety Month" (Rep. Roskam - Education and Labor)
5. H.Con.Res. 59 - Supporting the goals and ideals of senior caregiving and affordability (Rep. Terry - Education and Labor)
6. H.Res. 260 - Supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality in the United States (Rep. Cohen - Energy and Commerce)
7. H.Res. 57 - Recognizing the persistently high rates of drowning fatalities among children (Rep. Sires - Energy and Commerce)
8. H.Res. __ - Recognizing the 15th Anniversary of the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act (Rep. Slaughter - Judiciary)

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:30 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

Suspensions (16 Bills)
1. H.R. 3146 - 21 Century FHA Housing Act of 2009 (Rep. Adler - Financial Services)
2. H.R. 2947 - Securities Law Technical Corrections Act of 2009 (Rep. Jenkins - Financial Services)
3. H.R. 3527 - FHA Multifamily Loan Limit Adjustment Act of 2009 (Rep. Weiner - Financial Services)
4. H.Res. 215 - Congratulating the Minority Business Development Agency on its 40th anniversary and commending its achievements in fostering the establishment and growth of minority businesses in the United States (Rep. Honda - Financial Services)
5. H.R. 3179 - SIG TARP Small Business Awareness Act of 2009 (Rep. Paulsen - Financial Services)
6. H.Res. 317 - Recognizing the region from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor (Rep. Moore (KS) - Agriculture)
7. H.Con.Res. 95 - Recognizing the importance of the Department of Agriculture Forest Service Experimental Forests and Ranges (Rep. Childers - Agriculture)
8. H.R. 511 - To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to terminate certain easements held by the Secretary on land owned by the Village of Caseyville, Illinois, and to terminate associated contractual arrangements with the Village (Rep. Costello - Agriculture)
9. H.R. 3175 - To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey to Miami-Dade County certain federally owned land in Florida (Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart - Agriculture)
10. H.R. 940 - To provide for the conveyance of National Forest System land in the State of Louisiana (Rep. Alexander - Agriculture)
11. H.Res. 81 - Recognizing the importance and sustainability of the United States hardwoods industry and urging that United States hardwoods and the products derived from United States hardwoods be given full consideration in any program directed at constructing environmentally preferable commercial, public, or private buildings (Rep. Ellsworth - Agriculture)
12. H.R. 1002 - Pisgah National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2009 (Rep. Shuler - Agriculture)
13. H.R. 3386 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1165 2nd Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, as the "Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Memorial Post Office" (Rep. Boswell - Oversight and Government Reform)
14. H.Res. 679 - Supporting the goals and ideals of American Legion Day (Rep. Halvorson - Oversight and Government Reform)
15. H.R. 3137 - To provide clarification relating to the authority of the United States Postal Service to accept donations as an additional source of funding for commemorative plaques (Rep. Issa - Oversight and Government Reform)
16. H.R. 22 - To allow the United States Postal Service to pay its share of contributions for annuitants' health benefits out of the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund, as amended (Rep. McHugh - Oversight and Government Reform)

H.R. 3246 - Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009 (Rep. Peters – Science and Technology) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 3221 - Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (Rep. George Miller – Education and Labor) (Subject to a Rule)

* Conference Reports may be brought up at any time.
* Motions to go to Conference should they become available.
* Possible Motions to Instruct Conferees.


This week, President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on health insurance reform. His message was this: The time for reform is now. America cannot continue to sustain the skyrocketing cost of health care that is hurting our families, our businesses and our country. Democratic proposals will make health insurance work better for all Americans with quality affordable choices and no requirement that you need to change your coverage plan or doctors. Finally, Democrats remain committed to reform that, does not add to the deficit and brings down costs in the long-term.

Yesterday, the Council of Economic Advisors issued a report indicating 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. While turning the economy around is a long process, the Recovery Act has worked first to stop the economic freefall, and is now rebuilding our economy. As we work on rebuilding, 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 with insurance. That is why it is essential that Congress pass health reform - so that all Americans, both with insurance and without, can have peace of mind.

Part of ensuring that our economy is sound in the long term means making investments in our future. This week, I introduced the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2009. This legislation provides grants for school districts and states to create community-centered programs that remove the roadblocks that keep students from taking full advantage of their education. These programs work with community members and local businesses to coordinate a wide range of services for children and their families, from health clinics and dental care, to mental health counseling, to nutrition education and career advice. With this legislation, we take another step in ensuring that every child in America has access to the education he or she deserves.
Next week, the House will consider legislation that makes the single largest investment in Pell Grants and student loans in history, making college more affordable for millions of Americans. The expected savings generated by this bill will provide needed relief to American families and students and help decrease our deficit.

The House will also consider the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act, legislation designed to increase investments in a broad range of technologies that help us decrease dependence on foreign oil, lower emissions, and conserve energy. With a broad base of support, this legislation develops new technologies, creates new jobs, and keeps America on the cutting edge of vehicle research and development.

Sincerely yours,


Where can I find resources for seniors?
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 18:45:41 -0500
Sunday, September 13, is Grandparents' Day. Visit the FAQ for a link to's resources for seniors. There you'll find consumer protection tips, information on health issues, links to federal and state agencies, and much more.

Pennsylvania Young Democrats Special Election Canvass or Calls

We are on for our canvass tomorrow or for phone calls (if there is any weather). Hope to see you all there.

There are a number of big events in Quakertown tomorrow, with Congressman Murphy and Judge Panella in town, and this is a chance for us to do something positive for our party and to further the causes we believe in!

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Upper Bucks Community Democratic Office
Street: 328 West Broad Street
City/Town: Quakertown, PA


Tim Brennan, Esq.
Pennsylvania Young Democrats

Message from South Dakota Young Democrats

Thank you for the excellent response to our survey. Over 63% of you chose Sioux Falls as our next meeting location. So please plan on our September 27th meeting to be held in Sioux Falls.
That said, I understand that meetings need to be held in a variety of locations to make them accessible to ALL our members. I'm excited to announce that our next statewide event will be held in Rapid City at the Black Hills Pow Wow on October 10th. We will have a table to sign up new members and distribute information, help with the SDDP chili feed, and have a meeting with Tribal leaders to discuss building an organization that is present in and addresses the needs of our Native communities. YDA Executive Vice-President Rod Snyder is hoping to join us at that event.
Specifics on both events will be posted soon in the form of event invitations.
I look forward to seeing you soon!


Kristin Aschenbrenner
President of the South Dakota Young Democrats


Gates Encourages Civilian Leaders to Gain Appreciation for Troops
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 19:00:00 -0500

U.S. Department of State Remarks at National Day of Service and Remembrance

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
New York City

September 11, 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery Returns To Earth After Successful Mission
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven astronauts ended a 14-day journey of more than 5.7 million miles with a 5:53 p.m. PDT landing Friday at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
What's Up for September?
Fri, 04 Sep 2009 11:00:00 -0500
This month we're showcasing the planet Jupiter, and we'll be telling you about Juno -- a mission to Jupiter that launches in 2011.
STS-128 Comes Home
Thu, 10 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
Streams of smoke trail from the main landing gear as space shuttle Discovery touches down on Runway 22L at Edwards Air Force Base to conclude the 14-day STS-128 mission to the International Space Station. Image Credit: Jim Ross
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
Sat, 12 Sep 2009 01:30:00 -0500

University of Northern Colorado College Democrats GENERAL MEETING
"General Meeting"
What: Réunion de club/groupe
Start Time: Tomorrow, September 13 at 7:15pm
End Time: Tomorrow, September 13 at 8:15pm
Where: University Center, Fire Side Lounge, Main Level

To see more details and RSVP

Informed Compliance Publications for U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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

Obama launches push for financial regulatory reform
from World News
The Obama administration is launching a broad push for action on financial regulatory reform, returning to a key legislative priority even as the debate over health care consumes the U.S. Congress.
No health plan for illegal migrants: White House
from CBC | Ticker
The White House strengthened its stand Friday against health-care coverage for illegal immigrants and a pivotal Senate committee looked ready to follow its lead.

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