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House Oversight Cmte. Hearing on Private Health Insurance

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) chaired a House Oversight Subcommittee to hear from patients and health care providers about the influence private insurance companies have over medical procedures.
Washington, DC : 2 hr. 50 min.

U.S. scrapping missile defense shield, Obama administration official confirms
Posted: 09:48 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The White House will scrap the controversial missile defense shield program in Eastern Europe, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN Thursday.

Economic Report: U.S. initial jobless claims decrease by 12,000 to 545,000
from - Top Stories
The number of people filing for state unemployment benefits for the first time falls 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 545,000 last week, the lowest since mid-July, the U.S. Labor Department reports.
Economic Report: Housing starts, permits at nine-month highs
from - Top Stories
Construction of new single-family homes and apartments accelerated in August to the strongest pace in nine months, says the Commerce Department.
AMR rallies on outlook, $2.9 billion spending plan
from - Top Stories
AMR Corp. shares rally Thursday after the parent of American Airlines says it lined up $2.9 billion in additional sales and financing to consolidate its hub system without any major layoffs and purchase 22 planes.
U.S. to shelve Czech missile shield: Czech PM
from CBC | Ticker
The Czech prime minister says U.S. President Barack Obama has told him the U.S. is shelving a plan that would have put a missile shield in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Turkey seeks to ease tensions between Iraq, Syria
Posted: 08:23 AM ET
By Ivan Watson


ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) — Iraqi and Syrian officials gathered here Thursday as part of a Turkish-led mediation effort to ease tensions between Baghdad and Damascus over accusations of militant attacks.

American Airlines owner AMR says it has obtained $2.9 billion in additional liquidity
from - MarketWatch Breaking News Bulletins
American Airlines owner AMR says it has obtained $2.9 billion in additional liquidity

World's hungry reach record 1 billion
from CBC | Ticker
The number of hungry people has passed a record one billion this year at the same time that food aid is at a 20-year low, the United Nations World Food Programme said Wednesday in London.
CANADA: Feds promise jail time for major fraud
from CBC | Video
The federal government plans to introduce mandatory jail sentences for criminals convicted of serious fraud, part of tough new legislation aimed at white-collar crime.
Canadian banks look at snapping up foreign rivals
from CBC | Ticker
Canada's big banks were basking Wednesday in the afterglow of a strong third-quarter performance that came amid a worldwide financial crisis in which scores of other financial institutions around the world crashed and burned.

U.S. stocks surge to end at fresh 11-month highs
from - MarketPulse

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday finished at fresh 11-month highs as the latest economic reports fed thinking of a global economic recovery. Financial and energy shares fronted the broad-market gains, with the major indexes advancing more than 1%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 108.3 points, or 1.1%, to end at 9,791.71. The S&P 500 Index rose 16.13 points, or 1.5%, to 1,068.76, while the Nasdaq Composite jumped 30.51 points, or 1.5%, to 2,133.15.

Nippon Life to buy $500M Prudential surplus notes
from - MarketPulse

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Prudential Financial Inc. late Wednesday said Nippon Life Insurance Co. has agreed to purchase a $500 million, 10-year exchangeable surplus note issued by Prudential Insurance Co. of America. Nippon Life will have the option to exchange the surplus note for common shares of Prudential Financial at any time, beginning on the fifth anniversary of note's issuance. The transaction is expected to close on Friday.

Bank regulators eye commercial loan problems
from - Top Stories
Increasingly worried about the health of mid-sized regional banks, the Fed is working on an expansive review of the commercial real estate loan portfolios of these banks, with expectations that large losses are yet to come.
Bank of Japan upgrades economic view
from - Real-time Headlines
BOJ holds key rate steady at 0.1% as expected
from - Real-time Headlines
Toyota plans $1 billion U.S. marketing blitz: WSJ
from - Top Stories
Toyota has a $1 billion marketing campaign in the works aimed at boosting U.S. sales in the fourth quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Gold taps 18-month high atop $1,025
from - Top Stories
Gold futures rally in electronic trading on Globex, with analysts’ bleak outlook for the U.S. dollar helping the precious metal climb past $1,025 an ounce to an 18-month high.
Bank of Japan sees 'signs of recovery'
from - Top Stories
The Bank of Japan's policy board slightly upgrades its economic view for the first time since July, as it keeps its interest rate target unchanged.

European shares advance in early trading
from - MarketPulse

LONDON (MarketWatch) -- European shares rose on Thursday, with companies that benefit the most from an improving economic backdrop behind the advance. Notable movers included airline British Airways , up 5.2%, and construction firm Saint Gobain , up 4.8%. SAP shares fell 1.4% after peer Oracle reported a drop in first-quarter revenue. Overall, the U.K. FTSE 100 index rose 0.7% to 5,162.02, the German DAX index climbed 0.6% to 5,736.59 and the French CAC-40 index advanced 0.6% to 3,836.76.

U.K. FTSE 100 index up 0.8% at 5,165.03
from - Real-time Headlines
German DAX 30 index up 0.7% at 5,738.58
from - Real-time Headlines
French CAC 40 index up 0.7% at 3,840.03
from - Real-time Headlines

Euro-zone July trade surplus exceeds expectations
from - MarketPulse

LONDON (MarketWatch) -- The 16-nation euro zone posted a trade surplus of 12.6 billion euros ($18.5 billion) in July, the statistics agency Eurostat reported Thursday. The surplus was the largest in seven years. Economists had forecast a 9 billion euro surplus. The region posted a 3.5 billion euro trade deficit in July 2008. The June 2009 surplus was revised up to 5.4 billion euros from an earlier estimate of 4.6 billion euros, the agency said. Seasonally-adjusted exports saw a 4.1% monthly rise in July, while imports declined 0.3%, Eurostat said.

S&P 500 futures up 1.20 at 1,064.70
from - Real-time Headlines
French CAC-40 index up 0.5% at 3,831.92
from - Real-time Headlines
German DAX 30 index up 0.5% at 5,727.89
from - Real-time Headlines

U.K. Sept. industrial output balance rises: CBI
from - MarketPulse

LONDON (MarketWatch) -- The Confederation of British Industry's monthly industrial output balance remained in negative territory in September, but rose to its highest level since June 2008. The CBI said 27% of U.K. manufacturing firms expect output volume to fall in the next three months, while 25% predicted an increase. That produced a balance of -2%, up from -5% in August. Seven percent of firms said export order book levels were above normal, while 53% said they were below normal, for a balance of -46%, little changed from -48% in August. And 8% of firms said total order book volume was above normal, while 56% said it was below normal, for a balance of -48%, compared to -54% in August.

Indications: U.S. stock futures lean higher as rally continues
from - Top Stories
U.S. stock futures lean higher Thursday, and the dollar falls to fresh lows as optimism over a global economic recovery continues even as software giant Oracle reports declining revenue.
Buoyant Hong Kong, Sydney set new 2009 highs
from - Top Stories
Asian markets end broadly higher as investors snap up shares of commodity producers and airlines on hopes the global economic recovery is gaining steam.
How Regulatory Standards Can Affect a Cap-and-Trade Program for Greenhouse Gases

H.R. 1916, Migratory Bird Habitat Investment and Enhancement Act

from Recent CBO Cost Estimates
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on July 29, 2009

H.R. 2092, Kingman and Heritage Islands Act of 2009

from Recent CBO Cost Estimates
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on September 10, 2009

H.R. 2393, Military Voting Protection Act of 2009

from Recent CBO Cost Estimates
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the Committee on House Administration on June 10, 2009

H.R. 2802, A bill to provide for an extension of the legislative authority of the Adams Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in honor of former President John Adams and his legacy

from Recent CBO Cost Estimates
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on September 10, 2009

H.R. 3113, Upper Elk River Wild and Scenic Study Act

from Recent CBO Cost Estimates
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on September 9, 2009

H.R. 905, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve Boundary Modification Act

from Recent CBO Cost Estimates
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on July 29, 2009

S. 1507, Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Funding Reform Act of 2009

from Recent CBO Cost Estimates
Cost estimate for the bill as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on July 30, 2009

Preliminary Analysis of Specifications for the Chairman's Mark of the America's Healthy Future Act

D.C. abuzz over troop levels

from Politics by Jen DiMascio,Manu Raju
The W.H. pushes back on concern over resources.

Pelosi critical of Baucus bill

from congress by Glenn Thrush
Nancy Pelosi's reaction to the release of the Max Baucus health care reform bill was chilly at best.

Roundup of reactions to the Baucus bill

from congress by Politico Staff
Here's a Live Pulse sampling of the first-round comments about it, starting with the chairman.

New York Fed purchases $1.799 billion in Treasury coupons
New York Fed posts loan rates for September 17 CMBS TALF operation
New York Fed Announces Tentative Outright Treasury Operation Schedule
GAO-09-1014T, Federal Oil And Gas Management: Opportunities Exist to Improve Oversight, September 16, 2009
GAO-09-872, Energy Policy Act of 2005: Greater Clarity Needed to Address Concerns with Categorical Exclusions for Oil and Gas Development under Section 390 of the Act, September 16, 2009
GAO-09-716, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: More Strategic Approach Needed for Processing Complex Plans Prone to Delays and Overpayments, August 17, 2009
GAO-09-856, Missile Defense: DOD Needs to More Fully Assess Requirements and Establish Operational Units before Fielding New Capabilities, September 16, 2009
GAO-09-1019T, Human Capital: Improved Tracking and Additional Actions Needed to Ensure the Timely and Accurate Delivery of Compensation and Medical Benefits to Deployed Civilians, September 16, 2009

USSGL IRC Meeting: August 20, 2009

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/15/2009: U.S. Government Standard General Ledger Board and Issues Resolution Committee Meeting Minutes. August 20, 2009. GENERAL ITEMS:. The meeting was held at the Government Accountability Office, 441 G Street, NW. Room 7B15 (Campbell Room) Washington, D.C.Melinda Pope (FMS) opened the USSGL Board and IRC

TFM: Part 2 SUPPLEMENT Fiscal Year 2010 Reporting

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/15/2009: Part 2 SUPPLEMENT Fiscal Year 2010 Reporting SECTION IV T/L S2 09-02 IV -3 August 2009 Attributes Used To Prepare the Financial Report of the United States Government USSGL attributes are one component of detailed data in agencies’ financial systems related to the external reporting of financial sta

TFM: Part 2 Fiscal Year 2010 Reporting SUPPLEMENT

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/15/2009: Part 2 Fiscal Year 2010 Reporting SUPPLEMENT Section IV T/L S2 09-02 IV-August 2009 19 Fiscal 2010 Attributes Used To Prepare Budgetary Reports USSGL attributes are one component of a data model that describes how detailed data in agencies’ financial systems (for example, USSGL account balances with

September 16, 2009 TREASURY TAX AND LOAN

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/16/2009: September 16, 2009 TREASURY TAX AND LOAN INVESTMENT PROGRAM NOTICE OF TRANSFERS Action Percentage 1/Balance Date Due Date Amount (Millions) C Call 38% 09-16-2009 09-16-2009 $ 1,158 The actual results of each account transfer will be announced on the business day following the corresponding due date.

September 16, 2009 TREASURY TAX AND LOAN

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/16/2009: September 16, 2009 TREASURY TAX AND LOAN INVESTMENT PROGRAM RESULTS OF TRANSFERS Action Percentage 1/Balance Date Due Date Amount (Millions) A Call 100% 09-14-2009 09-15-2009 $ 21 B Call 100% 09-14-2009 09-15-2009 161 C Call 53% 09-15-2009 09-15-2009 1,796 1/Actions based on known balances are repor

DTS: September 15 2009

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/16/2009: DAILY TREASURY STATEMENT Cash and debt operations of the United States Treasury Tuesday, September 15, 2009 (Detail, rounded in millions, may not add to totals) TABLE I—Operating Cash Balance Type of account Closing balance today Opening balance Today This month This fiscal year Federal Reserve Acco

DTS: September 15 2009

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/16/2009: 1 DAILY TREASURY STATEMENT PAGE: 1 Cash and debt operations of the United States Treasury Tuesday September 15, 2009 (Detail, rounded in millions, may not add to totals) _ TABLE I Operating Cash Balance | _ |

The role of a Certifying Officer

from FMS Programs and Services
Updated 9/16/2009: The role of a Certifying Officer dates back to the establishment of the Treasury Department in 1789. While the role has evolved from a paper-intensive process to an automated one, the responsibility remains the same. Certifying officers are responsible for certifying payments that are legal, proper,

New Open Administrative Vacancies in the U.S. Marshals Service as of September 16, 2009

VIDEO: Mayor of Seattle Gregg Nickels (D)

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Mayor Nickels gives us a preview of a meeting between him and other Mayors to urge Senators to act on energy and climate legislation, including support for the energy efficiency and conservation block grant.
Length: 29 min.

Published: Wednesday at 8:30am (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Finance Cmte. News Conference

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Following a meeting between governors and the bipartisan group of six Finance Committee Members, Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) & Sen. Conrad (D-ND) speak to reports on the progress of working toward a health care reform compromise.
Length: 6 min.

Published: Tuesday at 9pm (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Judiciary Cmte. Hearing on FBI Oversight

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Despite economic stress factors, overall violent and property crimes declined in 2008, according to an FBI report released on Monday. FBI Dir. Robert Mueller provided an update on these figures and other FBI priorities, including Guantanamo Bay detainee treatment and PATRIOT Act provisions, before the Senate Judiciary Cmte.
Length: 2 hr. 7 min.

Published: Wednesday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: Pres. Obama Meeting with Canadian P.M. Stephen Harper

from C-SPAN Recent Video
President Obama met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the Oval Office to discuss U.S.-Canadian relations. The two leaders spoke about energy, borders, trade and a range of international issues. (Portions in French)
Length: 17 min.

Published: Wednesday at 11am (ET)

VIDEO: Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) Press Conference on Health Care Bill

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Finance Committee Chairman Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), released details of his health care bill and held a news conference to discuss them.
Length: 22 min.

Published: Wednesday at 12:45pm (ET)

VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing Wed Sept 16 2009

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Spokesman Ian Kelly conducts a daily briefing at the State Department.
Length: 25 min.

Published: Wednesday at 1pm (ET)

VIDEO: House Oversight Cmte. Hearing on Private Health Insurance

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) chaired a House Oversight Subcommittee to hear from patients and health care providers about the influence private insurance companies have over medical procedures.
Length: 2 hr. 50 min.

Published: Wednesday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: Pres. Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama Host Olympics & Paralympics Event

from C-SPAN Recent Video
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted an event on the White House South Lawn to promote Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and highlight the Obama Administration’s commitment to service, healthy living and youth sport. Also attending the event were Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, representatives from Chicago2016, the USOC, United States Olympians and Paralympians.
Length: 45 min.

Published: Wednesday at 1pm (ET)

VIDEO: White House Briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Wed Sept 16 2009

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs conducts a daily briefing at the White House.
Length: 47 min.

Published: Wednesday at 2pm (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Commerce Cmte. Reviews NASA's Human Space Flight Program

from C-SPAN Recent Video
NASA will need an additional $3 billion a year to achieve its human space flight goals, reports a panel studying the space agency’s agenda. Norman Augustine, Chair of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, testified before the Senate Commerce Cmte. about the panel's findings.
Length: 1 hr. 51 min.

Published: Wednesday at 2:30pm (ET)

VIDEO: Pres. Obama Remarks at CHCI 32nd Annual Awards Gala

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Pres. Obama spoke at the 2009 Congressional Hispanic Caucus dinner in Washington, DC. He made remarks on his top domestic priority health care, and praised Justice Sonia Sotomayor for becoming the first Latina to take a seat on the high court. Also, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke to the black-tie gala about Congressional leaders making progress on health care legislation.
Length: 16 min.

Published: Wednesday at 8:10pm (ET)

AFL CIO: Baucus Bill Is Far Short of Real Health Care Reform

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Mike Hall

The Senate Finance Committee’s health care reform proposal released this morning falls far short of the comprehensive reform that would provide working families with the quality and affordable health they desperately need, say health care advocates.

In a statement this morning, outgoing AFL-CIO President John Sweeney says the bill

“fails to meet the most basic health care needs of working families and it fails to meet the expectations we have set for our nation.”

The labor leaders say the Finance Committee bill’s reliance on so-called health care co-ops as an alternative to a public option fails to put pressure on private insurers to control health care costs. There is no history or logic behind the claim that health care co-ops would provide real competition for the giant private insurers that have a stranglehold on health coverage today.

AFL-CIO Delegates Elect Trumka, Shuler and Holt Baker

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Seth Michaels

AFL CIO Executive Council Welcomes New Vice Presidents

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Seth Michaels
Of the 51 vice presidents elected today to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, there are nine new additions, who are expanding the range of voices that will be heard. We congratulate the following new vice presidents of the AFL-CIO:

Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 9/16/09
Announcement and Briefing by Secretary of Transportation LaHood and EPA Administrator Jackson
Remarks by the President and the First Lady at Olympics, Paralympics, and Youth Sport Event
Remarks by President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper During Joint Press Availability
Hard Work & Health Insurance
Posted by Jesse Lee
Reality Check: The Truth About "Czars"
Posted by Anita Dunn
“Let the Games Begin!”
Posted by Molly Fedick
Obama Approval Increases - a 56% approval rating and 61% favorability rating
A new Bloomberg News poll finds President Obama with high marks for his performance -- a 56% approval rating and 61% favorability rating -- "even as Americans express anxiety about his domestic policies. One possible reason: Republicans aren't offering an alternative."

Democrats on Rebound in Ohio
The latest Quinnipiac poll in Ohio finds a general uptick for Democrats over the summer, evidencing itself in higher approval ratings and stronger showings for the party's U.S. Senate candidates.

Democrats Prepare to Force Through Health Care Reform
Faced with the prospect of having to pass health care legislation without Republican votes, President Obama's chief political adviser David Axelrod "met with Senate and House Democrats on Tuesday to stress the importance of party unity," The Hill reports.

Kennedy Successor Could Come Next Week
Legislative leaders in Massachusetts "believe they have narrow majorities in both chambers to give Gov. Deval Patrick (D) the power to appoint an interim U.S. senator, in a sign that the controversial measure may pass," the Boston Globe reports.

Baucus Bill Passes CBO Test
Despite intense criticisms from both Republicans and Democrats, the Congressional Budget Office has released its preliminary score of the health care bill introduced today by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and finds it covers 94% of legal residents and reduces the deficit.

Senator Max Baucus unveils long-awaited health-care proposal
Posted: September 16th, 2009 11:08 AM ET

Sen. Max Baucus will reveal his panel's compromise health care reform plan on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee unveiled a summary of his long-awaited health-care plan Wednesday, setting the stage for a legislative showdown on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

The bill, crafted by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana,

House Democrats agree on health-care position, chairman says
Posted: September 16th, 2009 11:36 AM ET

From CNN's Lisa Desjardins
House Democrats agree on health-care position, chairman says.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the Senate struggles with a second, competing version of health-care reform, a key player in House negotiations says pivotal committee chairmen in that chamber have coalesced around one position for a final House bill.

What's in Baucus' health care proposal?
Posted: September 16th, 2009 02:30 PM ET
White House: Obama doesn't think attacks by critics are racially motivated
Posted: September 16th, 2009 03:15 PM ET

The White House said Wednesday President Barack Obama doesn't believe that he's being attacked by critics because of his race.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The White House said Wednesday President Barack Obama doesn't believe that he's being attacked by critics because of his race.

President Obama meets with Canadian Prime Minister Harper
Posted: September 16th, 2009 04:15 PM ET
U.S. government sets up online 'app store'
Posted: September 16th, 2009 04:20 PM ET

The Obama administration is pushing for the government to use cloud-computing technologies.
(CNN) — The Obama administration has unveiled a government "app store" designed to push the federal bureaucracy into the era of cloud computing.

Obama steps up Senate lobbying on health
Posted: September 16th, 2009 06:29 PM ET

From CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry

WASHINGTON (CNN) — As a health care reform bill sponsored by Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus got a cool reception from Republicans and some Democrats on Capitol Hill Wednesday, President Obama quietly held a White House meeting with two Senate sponsors of a rival health care proposal.

U.S. military closes detention camp in Iraq
Posted: 04:14 AM ET
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The U.S. military closed its detention facility in southern Iraq on Thursday after a plane carried the last remaining prisoners to another facility in Baghdad.

U.S. scraps Bush administration missile defense shield plans
Posted: 04:45 AM ET
(CNN) — The United States has suspended Bush-administration plans for a missile defense shield in Poland, a spokeswoman for the Polish Ministry of Defense said Thursday.

NIJ Training Announcement: for Office of Justice Programs

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
Registration now is open for basic and advanced Training in Medicolegal Death Investigation; sponsored by NIJ and offered by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York City.

U.S. Department of State Highlights: U.S. Looks Forward to Working With Government of Japan
Tue, 15 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500

U.S. Department of State Remarks With Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez After Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

September 15, 2009

The updated FDIC reports of debt issuance under the TLGP, including amount outstanding and type and term at issuance of FDIC-guaranteed debt instruments are available at:
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has issued the following news release today:
The U.S. current-account deficit—the combined balances on trade in goods and services, income, and net unilateral current transfers—decreased to $98.8 billion (preliminary) in the second quarter of 2009, the smallest deficit since the fourth quarter of 2001, from $104.5 billion (revised) in the first quarter.
The full text of the release on BEA's web site can be found at

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

View the latest DOL statistics.

Mullen on Afghanistan
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:22:45 -0500
Naval Fleet Status
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:36:06 -0500

FDA Warning Letters for U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

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

Guard Brings Agriculture Expertise to Afghanistan
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:53:00 -0500
District of Columbia Healthy Families Insurance (SCHIP)
New Mexico Medicaid
Section 203k Rehabilitation Mortgage
California CalWORKs (TANF)
Wetlands Reserve Program
Washington Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
Washington Medicaid
Education Exchange - Teachers from Secondary and Postsecondary Levels - Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
Hawaii Weatherization Assistance Program
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
Maryland Weatherization Assistance Program
New Jersey Food Stamp Program
New Jersey Work First (TANF) Update
New Jersey Medicaid Program Update
Vermont Seasonal Fuel Assistance Update
From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The US, Northeast Region, and
New York-Northern New Jersey Consumer Price Index data summary for August
2009 is now available at . Please
refer questions to .
From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The US, Dallas, Houston Consumer
Price Index Summary (Blue Card) for August 2009 is now available at . Please refer questions to .
USDA Docket No FSIS 2008-0039
Cooperative Inspection Programs: Interstate Shipment of Meat and Poultry Products
From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The Midwest Consumer Price Index
Summary for August 2009 is now available at . Please refer questions to .
Tennessee School Breakfast and Lunch Program
VA - Survivors' Payments - Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Montana Weatherization Assistance Program
Home Equity Conversion Mortgages Program
New Hampshire Unemployment Insurance
New Hampshire Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Update

Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Update

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

Arkansas Food Stamp Program Update

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Agenda for Distracted Driving Summit
Leaders to Explore Solutions to Distracted Driving

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the agenda for the Distracted Driving Summit on Tuesday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 1. Over 200 safety experts, researchers, elected officials and members of the public will gather in Washington, D.C. to share their experiences, provide feedback and develop recommendations for reducing the growing safety risk that distracted driving is imposing on our nation’s roads.
“We must act now to stop distracted driving from becoming a deadly epidemic on our nation's roadways,” said Secretary LaHood. “This Summit will give safety leaders from across the nation a forum to identify, target and tackle the fundamental elements of this problem.”
The Distracted Driving Summit will bring together respected leaders from around the country for interactive sessions on the extent and impact of the problem, current research, regulations, best practices and other key topics. The two day Summit will feature five panels – on data, research, technology, policy, and outreach – with a range of experts discussing each topic.
The Summit will begin with a context setting panel where participants will examine the scope of the issue and the various distractions that exist, followed by a panel that will review currently available research. Day one wraps up with an examination of distractions caused by technology and efforts made to assess and reduce negative effects caused by current and planned devices. Panelists will also consider technology that can prevent the consequences of driver distraction.
Day two features a review of legislative and regulatory approaches for dealing with distracted driving; evaluations of the impact of such measures; and enforcement issues. Members of Congress and their staff will also have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion. Day two concludes with a discussion with teens about their experiences with distracted driving followed by an examination of various public awareness initiatives and research regarding the effectiveness of these efforts.
To accommodate the strong response, the Summit will be available live by webcast and members of the public will be given the opportunity to submit questions online for each individual panel discussion. The complete agenda and additional information about the Summit can be found at .

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Los Angeles County Young Democrats Speaker Series
"Let's talk church and state..."
What: Club/Group Meeting
Start Time: Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30pm
End Time: Wednesday, September 23 at 8:30pm
Where: UCLA Downtown Labor Center

To see more details and RSVP

Arkansas Unemployment Insurance Update
Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Update
Illinois Weatherization Assistance Program Update
New Jersey Head Start Program Update
Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits
New York School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Individuals and Households - Other Needs Assistance Program
Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons
Surgeon General's Perspectives: USPHS Commissioned Corps: A Global Emergency Preparedness and Response Asset

Open FSIS Recall Cases Retail List for USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Updated information is now available. An updated list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 049-2009, California Firm Recalls Beef and Bean Burritos for Possible Listeria Contamination.

University of Florida College Democrats meeting TODAY at 7 PM!

Hey, Gator Democrats!

Remember to come to the UF College Democrats meeting today at 7 PM. We'll be in Fine Arts C, Room 120.

We'll be training to make health insurance reform phone calls, coming up with our allotment of 10 questions to submit to Chomp the Vote for next Monday's Health Care Forum, introducing three new officers, getting together a team for the upcoming Health Care Town Hall Forum with Rep. Cliff Stearns, signing up for the Lawton Chiles Dinner, and much more.

Can't wait to see you there!

Ben Cavataro
VP for Political Affairs

Electronic Reading Room for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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

Updated management directives

ADM Mullen Testifies
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 10:21:00 -0500
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told lawmakers a properly resourced counter-insurgency effort in Afghanistan probably means more forces, time and commitment.
U.S. Department of State Highlights: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500
Obama to Award Medal of Honor to Soldier
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 11:31:00 -0500
United States and South Africa Sign Agreement on Cooperation in Nuclear Energy Research and Development

Vienna, Austria - U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and South African Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters signed a bilateral Agreement on Cooperation in Research and Development of Nuclear Energy on September 14 in Vienna. This Agreement will facilitate cooperation in the areas of advanced nuclear energy systems and reactor technology. The two countries will collaborate in research and development of advanced technologies for improving the cost, safety, and proliferation-resistance of nuclear power systems. The agreement will also expand efforts to promote and maintain nuclear science and engineering infrastructure and expertise in each country.

"As the world moves to address the climate crisis and cut carbon pollution, it is clear that nuclear energy has a major role to play in our energy future," said Secretary Chu. "This agreement reflects our commitment to a new, clean energy economy and strong partnerships with nations around the world to address our shared climate and energy challenges."

One potential area of cooperation may be research and development associated with South Africa’s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) and the U.S.’s Next Generation Nuclear Plant, which are both high temperature gas-cooled reactors. The research aims to assist in the development of Generation IV technologies and to draw on the unique expertise of each country.

The signing of this Agreement followed discussions by President Obama and President Zuma during the July G-8 Summit and subsequent bilateral discussions by U.S. and South African senior officials on a broad range of nuclear energy issues in Pretoria, South Africa in August.

South Africa will be an important partner in building international consensus and momentum on our shared nuclear energy and nonproliferation agenda. The United States looks forward to working with South Africa at the Nuclear Security Summit in April 2010.


Secretary Sebelius Announces Medicare to Join State-Based Healthcare Delivery System Reform Initiatives

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, along with
Vermont Governor Jim Douglas and Director of the White House Office of
Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle today announced an initiative that will
allow Medicare to join Medicaid, and private insurers in state-based
efforts to improve the way health care is delivered. Innovative models
of delivering primary care around the country are examples of the types
of programs that will be part of the President's health reform plan.
These are models that improve care for patients, give primary care
providers better information about their patients and achieve greater
value for the health dollars spent.

The new demonstration will build on a model being tested in Vermont.
Under the Vermont model, private insurers work in cooperation with
Medicaid to set uniform standards for "Advanced Primary Care (APC)
models" also known as medical homes. These models provide incentives for
doctors to spend more time with their patients and offer better
coordinated higher-quality medical care.

"These demonstrations will strengthen our health care system and allow
public and private providers to better work together," said Sebelius.
"When Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies coordinate
their efforts, we can improve the quality of care for Medicare
beneficiaries. As we have seen in Vermont, improved efficiencies in the
system mean doctors can spend more time with their patients, provide
high quality care and better coordinate that care with other medical

"The Medicare pilot program announced today will help states like
Vermont achieve our vision of high quality, affordable health care for
all our residents," said Douglas. "This is something we had been pushing
for in Vermont for quite some time and I'm thrilled that Secretary
Sebelius and her team have made it happen."

In Advanced Primary Care models, physicians are given supplemental
payments for achieving nationally-recognized quality standards,
coordinating care across a multidisciplinary team and monitoring
patients' care outside the physician's office or hospital using health
information technology.

This demonstration will mark the first time Medicare will be a full
partner in these experiments and the practice model would, for the first
time, align compensation offered by all insurers to primary care
physicians. Instead of each third party payer and public program
adopting different approaches, using different ways of measuring
performance and creating different payment incentives, multi-payer
programs will join together to work toward common goals to improve the
delivery of care.

States wishing to participate in the new demonstration must:
* certify they have already established similar cooperative agreements
between private payers and their Medicaid program;
* demonstrate a commitment from a majority of their primary care doctors
to join the program;
* meet a stringent set of qualifications for doctors who participate;
* integrate public health services to emphasize wellness and prevention

The demonstration's design will include mechanisms to assure it
generates savings for the Medicare trust funds and the federal
government overall.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will develop application
materials later this fall with the expectation that the demonstration
programs begin next year.

"This is a jump start on health insurance reform," said DeParle. "These
demonstration projects will foster innovation, support change at the
local level and help us build a better 21st century health care system."
To read a fact sheet on this initiative, visit



NASA Sets Briefings for November Space Shuttle Mission
Tue, 15 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
NASA will preview the next space shuttle mission during a series of news briefings on Friday, Oct. 16, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Young Democrats of Georgia State University: Obama is President, Now What?
"Don't stop caring!"
What: Informational Meeting
Start Time: Monday, September 28 at 7:00pm
End Time: Monday, September 28 at 10:00pm
Where: The Commons Meeting Room

To see more details and RSVP

New Funding from DOE Boosts Carbon Capture and Storage Research and Development
Investment of more than $62 million from Recovery Act reflects Administration’s aggressive approach for carbon capture

Washington, DC - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $62 million in funding that will boost carbon capture and storage research and development in the years to come. Today’s investment from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act reflects the Obama Administration’s commitment to creating new jobs, having the U.S. be a leader on climate change, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

"Given the importance of coal to our energy future in the United States, China and other countries, it's crucial that we develop ways to capture and store carbon pollution," said Secretary Chu. "These technologies will not only give us a healthier planet, they will strengthen our economy and lay a foundation for a new generation of clean energy jobs."

Site Characterization

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to develop technologies to store carbon dioxide emissions, DOE is awarding $49.75 million to conduct site characterization studies of promising geologic formations for carbon dioxide storage. The 11 projects announced today will increase the understanding of the potential for these formations to safely and permanently store carbon dioxide.

The projects selected will work to determine the usefulness of potential geologic storage sites, and supplement existing data through coordination with a public database and participating in technical working groups on best practices for site characterization and approving storage site selections. The information gained from these projects will further DOE’s effort to develop an assessment of carbon dioxide storage capacity in geologic formations across the country.

For a full list of projects selected under today’s announcement please visit Site Characterization Awards

Geologic Sequestration Training and Research

Today’s announcement includes $12.7 million in funding for geologic sequestration training and research projects. These projects – 43 in total - will offer training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to develop the skills required for implementing and deploying carbon capture and storage technologies.

The projects selected will provide resources in universities across the country in the following advanced research areas:

• simulation and risk assessment
• monitoring, verification, and accounting
• geological related analytical tools
• methods to interpret geophysical models
• carbon dioxide capture

For a full list of award winners and more information about the projects selected under today’s announcement please visit Geologic Sequestration Training and Research Awards.
Air Force Has Solid Future Capabilities, Gates Says
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 13:47:00 -0500
Gates Returns Tanker Selection Authority to Air Force
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 13:34:00 -0500
Department of Energy Announces Start of Western Area Power Administration Recovery Act Project
New transmission line to help move renewable energy resources to market

Washington, DC – With the goal of bringing new jobs and green power to the West, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today a large-scale transmission project to be financed using funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Western Area Power Administration will use borrowing authority under the Recovery Act to help build the $213 million Montana-Alberta Tie Limited (MATL) transmission project between Great Falls, Montana, and Lethbridge, Alberta. Almost two-thirds of the 214-mile transmission line will be located on U.S. soil, creating American jobs and allowing for the continued expansion of renewable energy production.

“By integrating renewable energy sources onto the electrical grid now, we are helping to shape America’s future economy, powered by clean, secure and affordable energy,” said Secretary Chu. “This project will help put Americans to work and build the transmission networks needed to bring renewable energy to consumers across the West.”

Project construction will be completed by a Montana contractor and is expected to create dozens of jobs. Hundreds of additional jobs are expected for workers to build wind farms near Cut Bank, Montana, and across the region. Once energized, as early as 2010, the 230-kilovolt transmission project will be capable of delivering 300-600 megawatts of clean, renewable wind energy - enough to power 150,000 to 300,000 homes.

The MATL project will be funded through a public-private partnership between the Western Area Power Administration and Tonbridge Power Inc. with up to $161 million of the total project costs funded through Western’s Recovery Act borrowing authority.

Construction is anticipated to begin by fall 2009 following the signing of agreements between Western and Tonbridge Power.

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FDIC Launches Foreclosure Prevention Initiative FIL-54-2009
September 16, 2009

Summary: The FDIC is launching an initiative to help consumers and the banking industry avoid unnecessary foreclosures and stop foreclosure "rescue" scams that promise false hope to consumers at risk of losing their homes. This initiative includes outreach, referral services, and an information tool kit. Raising consumers' awareness of foreclosure "rescue" scams will give borrowers more confidence in knowing they are working with legitimate counselors and servicers to obtain a loan modification that could help them avoid foreclosure.

FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)


Contact: Stephanie Lundberg
202-225-3130For Immediate Release
September 16, 2009

Hoyer Statement on Senate Finance Health Reform Proposal

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Senate Finance Committee’s health reform proposal:

“I am pleased that the Senate Finance Committee appears to be poised to begin marking up its proposal next week. This is a positive development in moving us closer to passing a health care reform bill this year.

“I share the President's commitment to providing all Americans with access to quality and affordable health insurance, and look forward to continuing the work in our chamber to produce a bill that achieves that goal in addition to bending the long term cost curve and being fully offset.”


Economic Recovery Act of 2009 for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
September 15th weekly Recovery Act data now available.

TARP Funds Helped Avert Financial Disaster
Taxpayers See Profits on Investments

In remarks made after a speech marking the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said yesterday that the recession is “very likely over.” Eleven months ago, the Democratic Congress worked with Chairman Bernanke and the Bush Administration to pass the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) to avert an economic catastrophe. Included at the insistence of Democrats were provisions to protect taxpayers, including language to make sure that as the financial sector recovered from the crisis it helped create, taxpayers would be compensated. Today, the results are running far ahead of schedule and at far less cost than critics had predicted.

Click here to view facts about the progress of the TARP program and statements agreeing that the program was both necessary and successful.


Legacy Loans Program – Winning Bidder Announced in Pilot Sale

The FDIC has signed a bid confirmation letter with Residential Credit Solutions (RCS), the winning bidder in a pilot sale of receivership assets that the FDIC is conducting to test the funding mechanism for the Legacy Loans Program (LLP). The pilot sale was conducted on a competitive bid basis, and final bids were received on Monday, August 31, 2009. A total of 12 consortiums bid to purchase an ownership interest in a limited liability company (LLC), to which the FDIC will convey a portfolio of residential mortgage loans with an unpaid principal balance of approximately $1.3 billion owned by the FDIC as Receiver of Franklin Bank, SSB, Houston, Texas. The pilot sale involves financing offered by the receivership to the LLC using an amortizing note guaranteed by the FDIC. Bidders for the pilot sale were given the chance to bid two different leverage options, 6-to-1 or 4-1, or to submit a cash bid for a 20 percent ownership interest.
The bid received from RCS for the financed sale of assets to the LLC using 6-to-1 leverage was determined to be the offer that would result in the greatest return for the receivership of all competing bids. RCS will pay a total of $64,215,000 in cash for a 50 percent equity stake in the LLC, and the LLC will issue a note of $727,770,000 to the FDIC as Receiver. The note will be guaranteed by FDIC in its corporate capacity. Based on the FDIC's analysis and assumptions, the present value of this bid equals 70.63 percent of the outstanding principal balance of this portfolio. The FDIC received various other bids that were very competitive. The FDIC anticipates selling the note at a future date. After the closing, which is expected to occur later this month, RCS will manage the portfolio and service the loans under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) guidelines.
The LLP is part of the Public-Private Investment Program announced in March by the Secretary of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and the FDIC, and is being developed to help banks remove troubled loans and other assets from their balance sheets so that banks can raise new capital and be better positioned to provide lending to further the recovery of the U.S. economy. FDIC conducted the pilot sale to test this funding mechanism as part of the development of the LLP. The FDIC will analyze the results of this test sale to determine whether the LLP can be used to remove troubled assets from the balance sheets of open banks, and in turn spur lending to further support the credit needs of the economy.
Further details about the sale will be published after the closing later this month.
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FDIC Launches Foreclosure Prevention Initiative

September 16, 2009 Media Contact:
David Barr (202) 898-6992

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced that it is releasing a free tool kit of information that will help borrowers, community stakeholders and the banking industry avoid unnecessary foreclosures and stop foreclosure "rescue" scams that promise false hope to consumers at risk of losing their homes.

The tool kit includes critical information to help borrowers know who to contact and what documents they need to have available to apply for a loan modification that could save their home from foreclosure. This tool kit also describes the warning signs of potential foreclosure "rescue" scams and how consumers, community stakeholders, and bankers can report scammers and prevent fraud. The public can access the free tool kit at To ensure this information is widely available, the FDIC is conducting outreach to community-based organizations and the banking industry, and furnishing a referral service to help consumers identify sources of legitimate help and report fraud to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
"It is vitally important that consumers and bankers know all of the resources available to help prevent unnecessary foreclosures. The tool kit released today, along with our outreach, should help consumers know how to get a loan modification when they need one. While reaching out a helping hand, we must also be on guard for those who would prey on consumers who are facing foreclosure," said FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair. "Everyone with a stake in this issue – from community leaders to those with a neighbor, friend or family member facing hardship – must take responsibility for reporting questionable activity and directing consumers to legitimate sources for assistance." Raising consumers' awareness of foreclosure "rescue" scams will give borrowers more confidence in knowing they are working with legitimate counselors and servicers to obtain a loan modification that could help them avoid foreclosure.

The FDIC's foreclosure prevention tool kit includes:
Is Foreclosure Knocking at Your Door? brochure (available online and in print), which encourages consumers facing financing difficulties to contact their servicer, apply for a loan modification, and talk to a counselor.
Beware of Foreclosure Rescue Scams brochure (available online and in print), which provides information on common scams, tips for detecting fraudulent deals, and resources for reporting criminal activity.
Spring 2009 edition of FDIC Consumer News, which features advice for consumers on avoiding foreclosure rescue and loan modification schemes.
Your Own Home module of the FDIC's Money Smart curriculum, which offers tips and advice on avoiding foreclosure with a loan modification, preventing foreclosure "rescue" scams and providing legitimate sources of foreclosure prevention assistance.

The tool kit and other helpful resources are available on the FDIC's foreclosure prevention Web page at

Also as part of this initiative, the FDIC is continuing to work with banks and community-based and consumer organizations to avoid foreclosure and stop foreclosure "rescue" scams, particularly in underserved communities. Consumers are encouraged to report questionable activities, including solicitations or offers, to their servicer and appropriate state and federal authorities, which may include the Federal Trade Commission and the appropriate state attorney general. Consumers who have difficulty finding contact information for these officials or their servicer may receive a referral by calling the FDIC Call Center at 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342) or visiting The FDIC has reminded institutions to act promptly and report potentially fraudulent or improper activities relating to mortgage lending (see Financial Institution Letter 54-2009, dated September 16, 2009).

Senior Defense Official Earns Leadership Award
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 14:09:00 -0500

Key Outcomes of 4th Plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 16, 2009

U.S. Department of State Remarks at the Millennium Challenge Corporation Signing Ceremony With Senegal

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

September 16, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualties
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 13:59:00 -0500

Joint Statement by President Barack Obama of the United States of America and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada on Accelerating Economic Recovery and Job Creation
Secretary Chu and Canadian Minister Jim Prentice Announced Release of Clean Energy Dialogue Report and Action Plan

Washington, DC - President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper today discussed common approaches to accelerating economic recovery, in North America and globally.

Unprecedented fiscal stimulus in both countries has helped to stabilize demand and avert deeper levels of economic contraction and job loss, but it is important to remain vigilant. They agreed to work with other countries at the upcoming Pittsburgh Summit to lay the foundation for balanced and sustainable growth and to further the reform of financial regulations and international institutions to reflect the realities of the global economy.

The Leaders agreed that economic integration is a fundamental source of strength for both economies, that open trade and investment are essential for competitiveness and sustainable growth in North America and globally.

They expressed satisfaction with the productive ministerial dialogue put in place since the President's visit to Ottawa in February on promoting a secure and efficient border, to contribute equally to North American security and prosperity.


The Prime Minister and the President reviewed progress to date on the U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue launched during President Obama's visit to Ottawa. They agreed that the report to leaders presented by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Canadian Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice (see attached) represents an important path forward for pursuing our shared objectives of environmental protection and secure energy supply in a balanced and effective manner. The full report is available HERE.

Secretary Chu and Minister Prentice also released an Action Plan for the Clean Energy Dialogue, which describes specific initiatives the United States and Canada have agreed to undertake as areas for enhanced cooperation: carbon capture and storage; clean energy research and development in biofuels, clean engines, energy efficiency; and the electricity grid and smart grid development. The Action Plan is available HERE.

With respect to climate change, they reaffirmed that given the high degree of integration between the Canadian and U.S. economies and energy markets, they should cooperate closely as they develop their respective approaches. They reiterated the urgency of taking aggressive action to combat climate change and reaffirmed their commitment towards a comprehensive and effective international agreement that puts the world on a clean energy pathway.


The Leaders reviewed developments on a number of shared foreign policy priorities, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Middle East Peace, and the Americas.

In particular, they reiterated their shared commitment to helping the Afghan government prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a base for terrorism and they restated U.S. and Canadian support for the peaceful restoration of democratic and constitutional order in Honduras and called on all parties to accept the San José Accord.

The Leaders agreed to work closely together in the coming months on the critical issue of nuclear security and non-proliferation, particularly in promoting concrete outcomes at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington in April.


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Obama Cites Need for Civilian Assistance in Afghanistan
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 15:28:00 -0500
U.S. Department of State Background Notes : Mauritania (09/09)
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 14:11:55 -0500
U.S. Department of State Highlights: Taking Diplomatic Action Against Piracy
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500
VACANCY: CORE - Program Analyst, GS-0343-12
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 13:34:30 -0500
SA2-09-491-NLF1 (Closing Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
Defense Secretary Lauds Airmen's Contributions, Service
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 16:17:00 -0500
VACANCY: Foreign Service Health Practitioner US DEPT OF STATE
Widow Notes Strides in Survivor Support
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 16:31:00 -0500
NIH Funds Grantees Focusing on Epigenomics of Human Health and Disease
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 10:25:00 -0500
Media Conference Call with Director Blair on the 2009 National Intelligence Strategy
Dennis C. Blair, Director of National Intelligence, Addresses the Commonwealth Club of California

South Dakota Democrats Strategic Planning Event
"Help us decide our focus for the year!"
What: Club/Group Meeting
Start Time: Sunday, September 27 at 12:30pm
End Time: Sunday, September 27 at 4:00pm
Where: SDDP headquarters

To see more details and RSVP

South Dakota Democrats Healthcare Conference call
"Find out about the action right here in South Dakota!"
What: Informational Meeting
Start Time: Sunday, September 20 at 8:00pm
End Time: Sunday, September 20 at 9:00pm
Where: (712) 432-0850 access code: 274582#

To see more details and RSVP

Federal Election Commission Advisory Opinion Request 2009-26

South Dakota Democrats Upcoming Conference Call Series

Dear friends,
I am excited to tell you about the first in a series of SoDak YD's conference calls. These calls will feature great speakers from around our state, and will focus on variety of topics that are meaningful to us as Young Democrats. Some may focus on issues, while others on organizing strategies.
The first in our bimonthly series will feature Jane Murphey from H-CAN South Dakota this Sunday, at 8 central. Jane will fill us in on the latest status of the healthcare bill as well as how we can get involved.
The number is: (712) 432-0850
The access code is: 274582#
Please mute your phones while Jane is talking to reduce background noise (*6). There will be time for questions at the end of her presentation.

Hope you can join us!

Kristin Aschenbrenner
President of the South Dakota Young Democrats

DoD Contracts for September 16, 2009
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 17:02:00 -0500
U.S. Department of State Highlights: Millennium Challenge Corporation Signing Ceremony With Senegal
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500
Four Supreme Court Justices Honored In New Stamps
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 15:50:00 -0500
Four former members of the U.S. Supreme Court - Justices Joseph Story, Louis Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, and William Brennan - are being honored in four new stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
Top News
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 16:54:24 -0500
The Air Force will be allowed to pick a contractor for the KC-X Refueling Tanker.

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

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

SecDef Gates Remarks
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 17:31:20 -0500
Today's Coverage of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addressing the Annual Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
Chu, Bloom to Join Rendell, Markell 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 and Delaware Governor Jack Markell 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 governors 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 governors 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 Daily Press Briefing - September 16
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 16:59:25 -0500
Secretary Gates Question and Answer Session at the Air Force Association's Annual Conference, National Harbor, Md.
Pennsylvania Board of Education Official Indicted in Corruption Investigation
Tue, 15 Sep 2009 16:17:51 -0500
Frank Pizzella, Jr., a current member of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Board of Education, was charged with conspiracy to corruptly give $5,000 in cash to a member of the Board of Education in connection with the hiring of a teacher in 2004. Pizzella is the 14th person charged with criminal conduct since late January of this year in an ongoing investigation targeting public corruption in Luzerne County.
Louisiana Police Officer Convicted of Civil Rights Violation
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 16:03:11 -0500
Jeffrey Prince, of Patterson, Louisiana, was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty as a Patterson Police Officer.
Pfizer Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to Fraudulent Marketing
Tue, 15 Sep 2009 14:29:13 -0500
Pharmacia and Upjohn Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc., pled guilty to a felony violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in connection with misbranding the drug Bextra with the intent to defraud or mislead.
One Guilty, Another Charged in California Under Stolen Valor Act
Tue, 15 Sep 2009 13:18:59 -0500
Eric Gene Piotrowski, of Elk Grove, California, pled guilty to falsely claiming that he was awarded a Silver Star military decoration during Operation Desert Storm. Kenneth Jerome Nelson, of Sacramento, was indicted for unauthorized exhibition of military decorations and medals, including a Silver Star, and making a false statement to the FBI concerning his supposed service in Vietnam and his receipt of various medals.
U.S. Department of State Highlights: Cuba: Talks on Direct Mail Service Scheduled for Havana
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500


Forty-three research projects that will
advance carbon capture and storage
technologies while providing graduate and
undergraduate student training opportunities
at universities across the country will be
supported by $12.7 million in Recovery Act
funding announced today. For more details, link
to the Energy Department's Fossil Energy Web site at:


The Department of Energy today announced
11 projects valued at $75.5 million aimed
at increasing scientific understanding about
the potential of promising geologic formations
to safely and permanently store carbon dioxide.
For more details, link to the Energy Department's
Fossil Energy Web site at:

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of September 15, 2009
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 19:00:00 -0500
Department of Defense Media Schedule 9/17/2009
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 19:03:00 -0500
Director Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee on Our Criminal Programs
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 09:40:52 -0500
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the FBI's criminal programs, stressing the Bureau's belief that our national security depends not only on stopping terrorists, but also stopping crime.

Today's top Air Force stories include:

Generals look to future challenges, opportunities

Kadena wins federal-level award with help from 'The Energy Guy'

Air Force has solid future capabilities, Secretary Gates says

AFSPC commander discusses space, cyberspace future at AFA convention

SecDEF announces return of KC-X program

The New Numbers - Health Insurance Reform Cannot Wait
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 00:01:00 -0500

U.S. Department of State Remarks With Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni After Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room

Washington, DC

September 16, 2009

Secretary Sebelius Announces Medicare to Join State-Based Healthcare Delivery System Reform Initiatives
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 00:01:00 -0500
VACANCY: Program Analyst (Task Monitor), GS-0301-9/11
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 16:21:54 -0500
DE-09-492-SSM2 (Closing Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
VACANCY: Hazard Mitigation Grants Program Specialist, GS-301-9/11
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 10:24:26 -0500
WN-09-2C-0309-MKB1 (Closing Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
VACANCY: Civil Engineer, GS-0810-12/13
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 09:47:12 -0500
WN-09-2C-0225-LDW1 (Closing Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
FSIS Proposes Interstate Commerce Shipping Regulations for Small Plant Operations
Wed, 16 Sep 2009 15:37:21 -0500
Note: FSIS is reissuing this news release to more accurately reflect the contents of the proposed rule. Inspection services will be from federally trained AND supervised State inspection personnel. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) tomorrow will publish proposed regulations to implement a new voluntary cooperative program under which select State-inspected establishments will be eligible to ship meat and poultry products in interstate commerce.

A message from YDA President Crystal Strait

President Obama Invites Young Democrats to Come to a Special Town Hall Meeting This Thursday


President Obama is hitting the road again to speak to communities about the importance of health insurance reform in America. One of his first stops will be to speak to young people, like you, at the University of Maryland this Thursday morning!

Watch President Obama on CNN at 11:00 am EST to hear the facts for yourself.

President Obama has asked YDA to invite the Young Democrats to attend this town hall meeting and rally. We are sending over 1000 young Democrats to hear directly from the President about why we need health insurance reform now. If you will be in the area, it is not too late to RSVP.

But even if you aren't in Maryland, you can help by watching the town hall with friends to make sure they know why reform is urgently needed. Young Democrats in Kentucky, Michigan, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and all over the country have already committed to tune in and make sure they understand why health insurance reform is important for all Americans.

Will you make sure you that you know the facts about President Obama's health insurance reform plan and watch CNN's coverage of his September 17th town hall at 11:00 am EST?

Conservative pundits claim that the 10 million young people with no health care coverage, choose not to have it. We know that young Americans, like the vast majority of the uninsured, simply cannot afford even basic coverage. Make sure you do your part by asking your friends to watch President Obama's address at 11 am.





Crystal Strait
Young Democrats of America

Considered and Passed:
H.R. 3246 - Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009 (Rep. Peters – Science and Technology) (312-114)

Amendments – Passed (11):
· Gordon Manager’s Amendment
· Broun Amendment #2
· Polis Amendment
· Posey/Kosmas Amendment
· Kennedy Amendment
· Holt Amendment
· Marshall Amendment
· Cohen Amendment
· Donnelly/Souder/DeFazio Amendment
· Sestak Amendment
· Massa Amendment

Amendments – Failed (1):
· Broun Amendment #1

Motion to Recommit - Failed:
· Offered by Mr. Broun (GA) (180-245)
Bills Adopted Under Suspension of the Rules (2):
1. H.Res. 260 - Supporting efforts to reduce infant mortality in the United States (Rep. Cohen - Energy and Commerce)
2. H.R. 1713 - To name the South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture in Lane, Oklahoma, and the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 310 North Perry Street in Bennington, Oklahoma, in honor of former Congressman Wesley "Wes" Watkins (Rep. Boren - Agriculture)
Unfinished Business:
H.R. 3221 - Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (Rep. George Miller – Education and Labor)
Amendments – Passed (4):
· George Miller Manager’s Amendment
· Cardoza Amendment
· Pingree Amendment
· Pingree/Ross Amendment

Amendments – Pending Consideration (17):
· Reyes (TX) Amendment
· Etheridge/Welch/Price (NC)/Pomeroy/Lewis (GA) Amendment
· Driehaus Amendment
· Cuellar Amendment
· Murphy (CT) Amendment
· Childers Amendment
· Adler Amendment
· Himes/McCarthy (NY)/Schwartz Amendment
· Kilroy Amendment
· Minnick Amendment
· Perriello Amendment
· Schauer Amendment
· Teague Amendment #1
· Teague Amendment #2
· Souder Amendment
· Flake Amendment
· Kline/Guthrie Amendment

Amendments – Votes Pending (3)
· Hoekstra Amendment
· McMorris Rodgers Amendment
· Foxx Amendment


House Meets At… First Vote Predicted… Last Vote Predicted

10:00 a.m.: Legislative Business 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

“One Minutes” (5 per side)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 3221 - Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (Rep. George Miller – Education and Labor)

DeWitt Lacy's "First Taste" Fundraising Party

Subject: DeWitt in 2010!!!


Tonight is a big night for this campaign. Our intial fundraiser will be at Temple, located at 540 Howard St. Your support will be instrumental in the success of this campaign. We really hope to see you there.

DeWitt Lacy

DNC Youth Council Health Care Rally with President Barack Obama
"Get the facts on why we need health care reform in America"
What: Informational Meeting
Start Time: Tomorrow, September 17 at 11:00am
End Time: Tomorrow, September 17 at 12:00pm
Where: Streamed Live Via the University of Maryland Website:

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Texas State College Democrats: PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR
"Rock out with the College Dems!"
What: House Party
Start Time: Saturday, September 19 at 10:00pm
End Time: Sunday, September 20 at 4:00am
Where: Kaitlyn's House

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Council District 2: Los Angeles County Young Democrats walks for Tamar Galatzan SUNDAY!
"Help elected LACYD's endorsed candidate for CD2"
What: Club/Group Meeting
Start Time: Sunday, September 20 at 10:00am
End Time: Sunday, September 20 at 7:00pm
Where: Tamar Galatzan's campaign office

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Texas Young Democrats - Minority Caucus DCYD Health Insurance Town Hall Watch Party
What: Mixer
Start Time: Tomorrow, September 17 at 12:00pm
End Time: Tomorrow, September 17 at 1:00pm
Where: Gilley's

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VACANCY: Electronics Engineer GS-0855-11 Department Of The Air Force/Air Force Personnel Center
VACANCY: READINESS DATA SYSTEMS MANAGER YA-0301-00/00 Office of the Chief of Staff of Army
VACANCY: SUPERVISORY MANAGEMENT ANALYST YC-0343-02/02 Department Of The Air Force/11th Wing
VACANCY: Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer GS-0701-15/15 Health And Human Services/Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
VACANCY: EFFECTS COORDINATION SPECYA-0301-02/02 Department Of The Army/Office of the Secretary of the Army
VACANCY: Plans Specialist YA-0301-02/02 Department Of The Army/Army Installation Management Command
VACANCY: Information Technology Specialist (Network) GS-2210-11 Department Of The Navy/Naval Sea Systems Command
VACANCY: Intelligence Officer (Liaison) IA-0132-B05/B05 Department Of Defense/Defense Intelligence Agency
VACANCY: Associate Regional Director (Exams) SO-0905-01 Securities & Exchange Commission

Texas Young Democrats - Minority Caucus Health Insurance Town Hall

I encourage those all over Texas to form watch parties and log online to watch the Health Insurance Town Hall tomorrow at noon. Its imperative that we inform ourselves on this important issue. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Democratically yours,

Zenette Jenkins
Texas Minority Caucus Chair

North Texas Democrats Social: Go Bowling with the Dems
"non-members welcome!"
What: Mixer
Start Time: Friday, October 2 at 8:45pm
End Time: Friday, October 2 at 10:00pm
Where: Brunswick Zone, Denton TX

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