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CONTRACT OP: Panama: Air Cargo Facility Project

from USTDA Contracting Opportunities With USTDA Grant Recipients by (Webmaster)
The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a feasibility study for to assess the options for installing an air cargo facility for durable and non-durable goods at Tocumen International Airport in Panama.

Open Date: 9/21/09 | End Date: 11/23/09

Feed Grains Database

from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
Interactive database that contains statistics on four feed grains (corn, grain sorghum, barley, and oats), foreign coarse grains (feed grains plus rye, millet, and mixed grains), hay, and related items. Tables previously published annually in the Feed Yearbook are available and updated continuously as data are added to the database. Custom queries also allow users to retrieve historical data.

USDA Wheat Data

from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
This data product contains statistics on wheat - including the five classes of wheat: hard red winter, hard red spring, soft red winter, white, and durum - and rye. Includes data published in the monthly Wheat Outlook and previously annual Wheat Yearbook. Data are monthly, quarterly, and/or annual depending upon the data series.

Agricultural Outlook Statistical Indicators
from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
Statistical Indicators previously published in Agricultural Outlook addressing a broad spectrum of agriculture-related issues. Includes commodity and food prices, general economic indicators, government program expenditures, farm income estimates, and trade and export statistics.

Agricultural Land Tenure and Carbon Offsets

from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
Agricultural Land Tenure and Carbon Offsets examines the potential role that land ownership might play in determining the agricultural sector’s involvement in carbon sequestration programs. By estimating the carbon sequestration potential of agricultural producers who own most of the land they operate, this report finds that land ownership should not be a constraining factor in agriculture’s ability to provide carbon offsets.

UN Secretary-General Suspends Technical Assistance for Elections in Honduras

U.S. Senate panel rejects Republican healthcare moves

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Finance Committee battled over insurance plans for seniors on Wednesday and rejected a Republican effort to delay a final vote on a broad healthcare overhaul as it slowly waded through a crush of amendments.

Obama to UN: Let's solve the world's problems together and co-operatively

from Politics by Josh Gerstein
He says rest of the world can't wait for U.S. to lead.

White House applauds Russia/Iran breakthrough on nuclear ordinance development

from Politics by Josh Gerstein
Medvedev says Russia opposes Iran developing nuclear weapons and would consider sanctions.

Paul Kirk may take Kennedy's seat as interim successor

from congress by Michael Falcone
The interim successor to Ted Kennedy's Senate seat is likely one of his closest advisers.

Statement Regarding Purchases of Agency Mortgage-Backed Securities and Agency Debt
New York Fed posts accepted and rejected Legacy CMBS for September 17 subscription

IA Director Discusses Current IA Issues on Federal News Radio

from NSA
Listen now to an interview with IA Director, Dick Schaeffer on Federal News Radio. Tom Temins, host of "Federal Security Spotlight," interviewed Mr. Schaeffer on 3 September to discuss the difference between IA and cybersecurity and how they relate, how NSA works with industry and other Federal agencies to improve the security profile of IT products, and how to recruit and retain talent in the cyber arena during a period of high competition for such people.

GAO-09-1016, Recovery Act: Funds Continue to Provide Fiscal Relief to States and Localities, While Accountability and Reporting Challenges Need to Be Fully Addressed, September 23, 2009
GAO-09-468, DCAA Audits: Widespread Problems with Audit Quality Require Significant Reform, September 23, 2009
GAO-09-985, HIV/AIDS: Federal and State Efforts to Identify Infected Individuals and Connect Them to Care, September 23, 2009
GAO-09-1047T, Homeland Security: Federal Protective Service Has Taken Some Initial Steps to Address Its Challenges, but Vulnerabilities Still Exist, September 23, 2009
FOMC statement
New CIO Joins the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

VIDEO: Senate Finance Cmte. Markup of Health Care Bill

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The Senate Finance Cmte. began its mark up of Chairman Max Baucus' (D-MT) $856 billion health care bill. Monday, the Cmte. debated the bill seeking to decrease the cost for middle class families and keep it from adding to the federal deficit.

Published: Tuesday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: Politico Staff Writer Patrick O’Connor Provide Health Care Mark Up Preview

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Politico reporter Patrick O’Connor previews today's health care markup in the Senate Finance Committee. Including an update on the major players on the issue.

Published: Wednesday at 7am (ET)

VIDEO: Pres. Obama Meetings and Events in NYC

from C-SPAN Recent Video
President Obama took part in several events in New York surrounding the U.N. General Assembly. The president met with Prime Minister Hatoyama of Japan, attended a lunch hosted by U.N. Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-moon, and met with President Medvedev of Russia.

Published: Wednesday at 9am (ET)

VIDEO: Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Intelligence Committee Member

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Rep. Hasting (D-FL) discusses U.S. policy in Afghanistan, including troop levels and Gen. McChrystal’s report asking for an increase of troops and change in strategy. The Intelligence Committee meets today (Wed) for a closed briefing on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and on Thursday it meets with Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair.
Length: 27 min.

Published: Wednesday at 12am (ET)

VIDEO: Yash Gupta, Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School Dean

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Yash Gupta will discuss the latest economic news of the week. That includes Sen. Dodd's proposal to eliminate the 4 federal agencies that oversee banks and instead create one "super regulator," the FDIC possibly borrowing funds from banks, and the dollar slipping to year's low.
Length: 29 min.

Published: Wednesday at 12am (ET)

VIDEO: Defense Department Press Briefing

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Pentagon Spokesman Geoff Morrell conducts a daily briefing at the Defense Department.
Length: 30 min.

Published: Wednesday at 12pm (ET)

VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Spokesman Ian Kelly conducts a daily briefing at the State Department.
Length: 20 min.

Published: Wednesday at 1pm (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Finance Cmte. Health Care Markup

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The Senate Finance Cmte. continues its markup of Chairman Max Baucus' (D-MT) $856 billion health care bill. The Finance Cmte. is the last of five panels in Congress to review the bill before the full Senate debates the proposed legislation.

Published: Wednesday at 9:30am (ET)

VIDEO: White House Briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs conducted a daily briefing from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Length: 39 min.

Published: Wednesday at 1:45pm (ET)

VIDEO: House Energy and Commerce Cmte. Markup

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The House Energy & Commerce Cmte. met to vote on amendments to its health care bill, which the members passed in July before leaving for summer recess. The committee is one of five Congressional panels considering health care legislation. The bill, H.R. 3200, will be considered by the House Rules Cmte. when it combines each piece of legislation into one health care bill.
Length: 4 hr.

Published: Wednesday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: United Nations 64th General Assembly

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Pres. Obama discussed international security cooperation in his first address to the United Nations 64th General Assembly. Other world leaders speaking today include Chinese Pres. Jintao, Libya’s Gadhafi, and Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad. Climate change, nuclear disarmament, and the global economic recession are some of the items on the General Assembly's agenda.

Published: Wednesday at 9am (ET)

VIDEO: House Finanacial Services Hearing on Regulatory Overhaul with FDIC Chair Sheila Bair

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on overhauling regulation of the industry it oversees. Regulators including Sheila Bair, the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and John Dugan, comptroller of the currency, answered the questions of the committee, which is chaired by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA).
Length: 2 hr. 21 min.

Published: Wednesday at 2pm (ET)

VIDEO: House Financial Services Hearing on Regulatory Overhaul with Treasury Sec. Geithner

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on overhauling regulation of the industry it oversees. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner answered the questions of the committee, which is chaired by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA).

Published: Wednesday at 9:30am (ET)

US rejoins nuke-test treaty session 10 years later

from AP Top Political News At 5:39 a.m. EST by By CHARLES J. HANLEY
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- After a 10-year gap, the United States on Thursday rejoins a biannual conference designed to win more support - including from the U.S. Senate - for the treaty banning all nuclear bomb tests....

House to vote to eliminate Medicare premium hikes

from AP Top Political News At 5:39 a.m. EST by By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With no Social Security cost-of-living increase expected in January, House Democrats want to cancel all of next year's premium increases for Medicare Part B recipients....

AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Partners with American Indian Councils

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Mike Hall

American Indians have new opportunities to learn the skills needed for long-term careers in the construction industry with a new training partnership announced today by labor and American Indian leaders.

New AFL-CIO Team at G-20: Working Together for Jobs and Fair Global Economy

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Seth Michaels

Statement by Joe Biden on the GAO report on the recovery act
Today’s report from the Government Accountability Office confirms what I have been hearing from people across the country: the Recovery Act is working to jump-start critical infrastructure projects, cushion the impact of record state budget deficits and provide new job opportunities for hard-hit communities.

Joe Biden, Secretary Sebelius Issue New Report on Seniors and Health Insurance Reform
Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today hosted a town hall meeting with seniors in Silver Spring, MD and released a new report, Health Insurance Reform and Medicare

President Obama Appoints Members of the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino
Today, President Barack Obama announced the appointment of several individuals to the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino.

Statement From The Press Secretary On The President's Particiaption in the Friends of Pakistan Leaders Meeting
President Barack Obama, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Gordon Brown will chair the Friends of Democratic Pakistan Summit in New York on September 24.

Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Obama National Security Speechwriter Ben Rhodes
Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia after bilateral meeting
Toast Remarks by the President at UN Secretary General Ban's Lunch for Heads of State and Government
Remarks by the President to the United Nations General Assembly
Remarks By President Obama And Prime Minister Hatoyama of Japan After Bilateral Meeting
Remarks by the President at the Clinton global initiative
Posted by Jesse Lee
The President on the Late Show
Posted by Dave Cole
The President’s Address to the UN General Assembly: Responsibility for our Common Future
"Real Change is Possible"
Posted by Jesse Lee
Lobbyists on Agency Boards and Commissions
Posted by Norm Eisen
“Mom, It's Hokum. It's a Bunch of Malarkey.”
Posted by Jesse Lee
2010 House Outlook
The Rothenberg Political Report updates their House ratings for next year's midterm elections and notes "the cycle is starting to look more and more like a typical midterm election, with the majority party (in this case the Democrats) trying to localize elections by beating up their Republican opponents, and the out-party (in this case the GOP) trying to ride a wave of change and dissatisfaction - and seeking to have voters 'send a message' to President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi."

Capitol Hill Republicans Use Twitter More
Political Wire obtained a new Congressional Research Service report that says 158 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate now use Twitter.

Republican Christie Leads Corzine by Eight Points in New Jersey
Political Wire got an advance look at a new Strategic Vision poll in New Jersey that shows Chris Christie (R) leading Gov. Jon Corzine (D), 46% to 38% with independent Chris Daggett at 8%.
Democrats Poised to Take Back Arizona Governorship
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Arizona finds Terry Goddard (D) leading Gov. Jan Brewer (R). 46% to 36%, and beating two other potential GOP rivals by margins ranging from 8 to 23 points.

Poll: Obama not overexposed
Posted: September 23rd, 2009 10:16 AM ET
Obama: Iran, North Korea must comply with nuclear treaties
Posted: September 23rd, 2009 10:59 AM ET
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Iran and North Korea "must be held accountable" if they continue to ignore international nuclear weapons treaties.

Obama calls for restarting Middle East talks on two-state solution
Posted: September 23rd, 2009 11:14 AM ET

Obama calls for restarting Middle East talks on two-state solution .
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) – President Barack Obama made a strong call Wednesday for renewed efforts to reach a Middle East agreement that creates a secure Israel and an independent Palestinian state.

Obama empathizes with new Japanese prime minister
Posted: September 23rd, 2009 11:17 AM ET

Obama empathizes with new Japanese prime minister.
NEW YORK (CNN) — President Barack Obama met Wednesday with Japan's new prime minister, saying afterwards he was impressed with Yukio Hatoyama's knowledge and determination.

Census Director addresses politics of 2010 count
Posted: September 23rd, 2009 02:41 PM ET

From CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In the first monthly briefing in the run-up to the start of the 2010 Census, the director of the Census Bureau was frank Wednesday about the constant political pressures his agency is under but the Census Director Robert Groves insisted that the upcoming national count will be conducted in a nonpartisan way.

Extending jobless benefits: In Senate's hands
Posted: September 23rd, 2009 01:40 PM ET
Ahmadinejad declares Iran prepared to work with other nations
Posted: 08:38 PM ET
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that his country is committed to helping build a durable peace and security worldwide based on justice, spirituality and dignity.

Massachusetts governor to announce interim Kennedy replacement
Posted: 12:09 AM ET
(CNN) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will announce an interim replacement Thursday for the U.S. Senate seat left open by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

As G-20 opens, some Pittsburgh businesses close
Posted: 01:00 AM ET
By Steve Brusk

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) — To Marla Martinko, Wednesday felt like a holiday in downtown Pittsburgh.

Texas College Democrats Autumn Conference

Subject: Register for the Fall Conference at

Hi, All!

I'm so glad that you're all attending the Texas College Democrats Conference on October 24th in San Antonio!

To attend, please register at

Thank you, again, and I look forward to seeing you all in San Antonio!

Andy Jones

Texas College Democrats

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Orange County CA Democrats Club Meeting, Sun. Sept 27 on Health Care Reform Legislation

Please join us this Sunday, September 27, from 1:00 –3:00 pm, for a discussion of the health care and health insurance reform legislation currently before Congress.

Club members Paul Gilbert and Patty Santry have done extensive research and will provide an analysis of H.R. 3200, the House of Representatives bill already approved by three House Committees.

They will also present a review of the bill in the Senate, concentrating on what is known about the Finance Committee bill as presented by Max Baucus, updated by recent news reports on any changes in that bill.

Issues that will be addressed are: reforms of medical insurance and medical practices, increased coverage of persons now without health insurance, ways money will be saved by the legislation, and increased doctors and nurses obtained through grants and loans authorized by the bill.

We will also hear from Russell Vergara, Director, Health Policy & Development of the Coalition of Orange County Community Clinics, about the List Project, which collects the names of Orange County residents who have either passed away or suffered irreparable damage due to lack of access to health care.

Please join us for this important and timely discussion.

Bring your questions, bring your ideas and bring your friends!

Date: Sun., May 24, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Irvine Ranch Water District's Duck Club, 5 Riparian View, Irvine (at the end of the San Joaquin Preserve). The Duck Club is located at the end of Riparian View. Riparian View intersects Michelson Drive between Culver Drive and Jamboree Rd.

We're turning Orange County Blue!

Immigration Consultant Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Fraud
Former Police Officer Convicted of Kidnapping, Carjacking and Other Crimes
Former Fulton County Georgia Jail Detention Officer Pleads Guilty to Lying about Death of Inmate
U.S. Department of State Financial and Activity Report Weekly Update: September 21, 2009

New Publication from NIJ on for Office of Justice Programs

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
NIJ has begun publishing the Fingerprint Sourcebook, the definitive guide to the science of fingerprint identification, created by experts from the International Association for Identification.
The Sourcebook will be published in stages. Chapters now available include:
1. History
4. Recording Living and Postmortem Friction Ridge Skin Exemplars
We'll send out additional notices as new chapters are released.

Publications and Products (NIOSH) for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Board of Directors will meet in open session at 10:00 a.m. on September 29, 2009.
Visit for agenda and location:

NIJ Event Announcement: for Office of Justice Programs

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
NIJ is cosponsoring the upcoming Personal Protective Equipment Conference, to be held November 16-19, 2009, in Denver, Colo.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has issued the following news release:
Real spending on travel and tourism declined at an annual rate of 1.4 percent in 2009:2 (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter) after declining 8.9 percent (revised) in 2009:1.
The full text of the release on BEA's web site can be found at
Secretary Geithner before the House Financial Services Committee
September 23, 2009

US-CERT Current Activity

Apple Releases iTunes 9.0.1

Original release date: September 23, 2009 at 9:23 am
Last revised: September 23, 2009 at 9:23 am


Apple has released iTunes 9.0.1 to address a vulnerability that may
allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a
denial-of-service condition.

US-CERT encourages users to review Apple article HT3884 and apply any
necessary updates to help mitigate the risks.

Relevant Url(s):

This entry is available at

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WN-09-2C-192-LDW1 (Closing Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT)

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

This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
Recovery data for September 22, 2009 now available.
New press release added: More Than $380 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Preparedness

Statement of Glenn A. Fine, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary concerning “Reauthorizing the USA Patriot Act,” September 23, 2009
Funding Opportunities at the Department of Energy

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, September 24th, the Department of Energy will host the upcoming Businesses Opportunity Session. Speakers will include Under Secretary Kristina Johnson, Steve Spinner of DOE’s Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, and representatives from almost 30 DOE Program and Field offices. Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor for Recovery Act Implementation, will open the program and provide the keynote address.

This month’s Business Opportunity Session will be the first time DOE has broadcasted this event live over the internet and will feature presentations from across the Department, including a panel of representatives to discuss the myriad funding opportunities available at the state level. Online viewers can visit and register to view the live webcast. Information from this Business Opportunity Session will be available for public access later this month on the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity website.

Media please RSVP to Kent Hibben at or (202) 586-8086

WHAT: Under Secretary Kristina Johnson
Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor for Recovery Act Implementation to address Business Opportunity Session

WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 2009
Matt Rogers to speak at 1PM EDT
Conference will be from 1 – 5PM EDT
***Media Check-in at Front Desk

WHERE: Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Forrestal Building, Main Auditorium
Washington, DC 20585


College Democrats of Georgia EDUCATE YOURSELF PROGRAM

College Democrats of Georgia is pleased to announce the launch of our brand-new EDUCATE YOURSELF! program!

EY! is intended to give you, the next generation of the Democratic party, the resources and information to help pass healthcare reform. Included in the program are online resources, flyers, and action items that you can use to inform yourself, and then act on what you have just learned.

Most of the EY! resources are available online at, under the "Educate Yourself" tab, but you will need to register as a user in order to use them, which you can also do on that page.

A full .PDF version of the packet, which can be used for distribution, will be online later this week.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Steve Golden

House Bill Adds to Jobless Benefits in 27 States
Posted: 22 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - With no end in sight to the country's job market woes, the House has agreed to give the jobless in a majority of states another 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.
U.S. Ambassador Rice Says Afghanistan Situation Is Complex
Posted: 22 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
NEW YORK - U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice says the Obama administration's fresh assessment of American policy in Afghanistan is appropriate and necessary in light of an evolving and uncertain political landscape there.
ACLU Seeks Bagram Air Base Detainee Records
Posted: 22 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union in New York has sued the federal government, seeking to make public the records related to prisoners held at an air base in Afghanistan.
Senate Democrats Propose Surveillance Law Changes
Posted: 22 Sep 2009 05:00 PM PDT
WASHINGTON - Democratic senators, beginning work on revisions to the nation's major counterterrorism law, want the government to meet tougher tests when requesting the right to conduct surveillance and seize records and other property.

Bill White for Texas Phoneathon

Thanks to all of y'all who signed up to help make calls Today. Today is the first of two state wide phone-a-thons and we need all the help we can get. So if you haven't committed to coming its not too late to let us know you will and if you are already planning on being there, plan on bringing a friend.

I hope to see you tomorrow between 6 and 9 at 705 Brazos, in the Omni building, suite 650 for a couple hours of calling. Remember to bring your cell phone a cell phone charger (especially if you have free night time calling) and I'll remember to bring the snacks.

-joe hamill

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Secretary of Energy Chu to Make Recovery Funding Announcement at the National Energy Summit and International Dialogue

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, September 23rd, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will make a major funding announcement during his address to the National Energy Summit and International Dialogue hosted by the Council on Competitiveness. He will also discuss the importance of increasing America’s competitiveness within the clean energy economy.

WHAT: Secretary Steven Chu to address the Energy Summit hosted by the Council on Competitiveness

WHEN: Wednesday, September 23, 2009
2:30 PM EDT

WHERE: Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington DC


Young Democrats of Georgia State University - Eco-Green Workshop
"What is Georgia State doing to become more sustainable?"
What: Club/Group Meeting
Start Time: Monday, September 28 at 4:30am
End Time: Monday, September 28 at 5:30am
Where: Lanier Suite, Student Center

To see more details and RSVP

Chicago City Inspector Charged with Bribery in Probe of Crooked Permits
Iraq Base Closings
Tue, 22 Sep 2009 20:24:57 -0500
Coalition forces have closed more than 200 bases and facilities in Iraq over the last several months.
New Afghan Roads Promote Peace, Prosperity
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 12:27:00 -0500

USDA Launches New Web Pages and On-Line Tools to Help Consumers Make Healthier Food Choices

New Nutritional Tools Part of 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 2009-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today launched three new online tools that will help consumers make healthier food choices and gain a better appreciation of the role of American agriculture in food production from the farm to the table.


"Because more than 80 percent of our population lives in suburban and metropolitan areas, when we think of food, we more often think of the grocery store than the farm," said Vilsack. "There is a disconnect between the farmer and the food that consumers buy and we want to re-connect these long standing ties between the people who produce the food and those who purchase and prepare it. These new online tools will help do that."


Vilsack launched a broad new 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative on Sept. 15 to begin a national conversation about food and to help connect people more closely with the farmers who supply their food and increase the production, marketing and consumption of fresh, nutritious food that is grown locally in a sustainable manner. These three new online applications were designed by USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) to help consumers make healthier food choices and are part of that initiative. They are:


Growing a Healthier You: Nutrition From the Farm to the Table - Known for its MyPyramid food guidance system and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, USDA's CNPP has designed a companion initiative, "Growing a Healthier You: Nutrition From the Farm to the Table," with the launch of a new web page. This new web page links garden and farm produce to the nutritional well-being of the public and the significance of locally grown fruits and vegetables. This web page, located at, will promote national initiatives, such as National Nutrition Month and feature interesting facts about specific fruits, vegetables and other foods. It will also feature What's for Dinner (or Breakfast or Lunch); Your Garden, Your Produce, Your Menus; and From Garden to Plate, Safety Matters.


MyFood-a-pedia - The much anticipated MyFood-a-pedia is a new online tool that gives consumers quick access to nutrition information for over 1,000 foods. The MyFood-a-pedia provides calorie count information on the contribution of the food to the five food groups people need to be healthy. MyFood-a-pedia, located at, also provides the number of "extra" calories in foods from solid fats, added sugars, and alcohol.


10 Tips Series - "10 Tips" will feature a variety of topics under CNPP's Nutrition Education Series. The "10 Tips" begins with cutting back on salt and sodium, followed by tips for setting good examples to be a healthy role model for children, tips for following a vegetarian diet, and tips for making more environmentally friendly food choices. Other tips will be added regularly, and can be downloaded at


U.S. Department of State Background Notes : Burkina Faso (09/09)
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:58:28 -0500
DoD Afghanistan Flu Shots
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 12:49:27 -0500
The importance of avoiding the flu virus is being strongly emphasized this season to U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan.

Small Business Procurement Assistance for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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

Next Session: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Obama Seeks UN Cooperation to Solve World's Problems
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:52:00 -0500
NASA Announces Awards For Future Astrophysics Suborbital Flights
Tue, 22 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
NASA has selected nine scientific teams to work on future high-altitude balloon and sounding rocket payloads. The selected proposals address a wide range of astrophysical mysteries from dark matter and cosmic-ray antiprotons to studies of galaxy clusters and supernova remnants.
Swift's UV portrait of the Andromeda Galaxy
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:00:00 -0500
NASA's Swift satellite has acquired the highest-resolution view of the neighboring spiral galaxy M31. Also known as the Andromeda Galaxy, M31 is the largest and closest such galaxy to our own. It's more than 220,000 light-years across and lies 2.5 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda.
Vaccine Safety
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 14:09:03 -0500
In a matter of weeks, many service members will be immunized against the H1N1 virus.
MESSENGER Spacecraft Prepares for Final Pass by Mercury
Tue, 22 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft known as MESSENGER will fly by Mercury for the third and final time on Sept. 29.
Speeches and Testimony for
The following speech was given by CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler.
September 23, 2009
Speech of Chairman Gary Gensler, International Energy Agency
Attorney General Establishes New State Secrets Policies and Procedures
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:41:26 -0500
“This policy is an important step toward rebuilding the public’s trust in the government’s use of this privilege while recognizing the imperative need to protect national security,” Holder said. “It sets out clear procedures that will provide greater accountability and ensure the state secrets privilege is invoked only when necessary and in the narrowest way possible.”
HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces Senate Confirmation of Carmen Nazario as Assistant Secretary for Children and Families
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:01:00 -0500
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Carmen Nazario as Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. In that role, she will oversee the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within HHS.

Idaho Young Democrats Reminders.....

A few Reminders:
1. DFA(Democracy for America) Night School Tonight

If you attend the event please let me know

2. Office of the Secretary is still open, Send this back to

3. College Leaders needed! Ready to start your own campus revolution, get in contact with me, and we'll get this party started. We need an Active, Strong, and Productive College Dems Group at every campus.

Questions? Email me back via facebook, or

Any events going on? Let me know so i can post it via events section of the group and the fan page.

LARGEST: A Spherical Movie About Jupiter
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:00:00 -0500
LARGEST examines the gas giant like a work of art, like a destination of celestial wonder. Starting with the basics, the movie examines the gross anatomy of the immense planet.
The Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE)
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:00:00 -0500
Dean Pesnell explains how the The Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE) instrument will allow us to better measure solar irradiance in extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.
Defense Department to Announce Balanced Social Media Policy
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 14:51:00 -0500
NASA To Hold Teleconference To Discuss New Findings About Mars
Tue, 22 Sep 2009 23:00:00 -0500
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host a media teleconference at noon PDT on Thursday, Sept. 24, to discuss new research results from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

"Urgent Priorities: Sudan Issues at the United Nations"

Scott Gration
Special Envoy to Sudan
New York, NY

September 23, 2009

FDA Enforcement Report for September 23, 2009
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:43:00 -0500
Comptroller of the Currency Dugan Testifies on Regulatory Reform
WASHINGTON — Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan testified today before the House Financial Services Committee on the Department of Treasury’s proposal for regulatory reform.
Related Links:
Oral Statement (
Written Statement Before the House Financial Services Committee on July 24, 2009 (
Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan (

Secretary Clinton To Deliver Remarks at Female Heads of State and Foreign Ministers Luncheon Hosted by U.S.

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 23, 2009

Kootenai County Democrats: 30th Anniversary "Art Manley" Huckleberry Social
What: Benefit
Start Time: Tomorrow, September 24 at 6:30pm
End Time: Tomorrow, September 24 at 8:30pm
Where: Lake City Senior Center Coeur d'Alene, ID

To see more details and RSVP

STS-128 Mission Expands Station's Research
Mon, 21 Sep 2009 11:00:00 -0500
Discovery's astronauts deliver tons of equipment and exchange a crew member.
A Tour of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Instrument Suite of Instruments
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:00:00 -0500
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project Scientist Rich Vondrak explains the LRO suite of instruments and how each will greatly benefit our understanding of the Moon.
Joe Biden, Secretary Sebelius Issue New Report on Seniors and Health Insurance Reform
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:01:00 -0500
The report, authored by HHS, outlines how health insurance reform will help seniors and answers key questions about President Obama’s health insurance reform plan.
Sentencing Police Officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Civil Rights Violation
Former McIntosh County Oklahoma Sheriff, Under-Sheriff Sentenced on Civil Rights Charges

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

Material Loss Review of Security Savings Bank, Henderson, Nevada

Material Loss Review of Freedom Bank of Georgia, Commerce, Georgia

Material Loss Review of Heritage Community Bank, Glenwood, Illinois

Evaluation of the FDIC’s Solicitation and Award of the National Owned Real Estate Management and Marketing Services Receivership Basic Ordering Agreement

THURSDAY: Virginia Media Conference Call -- U.S. Energy Secretary Chu to Announce Major Funding for Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, September 24th at 1:15 PM, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will host a conference call with Virginia reporters to make a major funding announcement for the Common Wealth. Secretary Chu will discuss efforts to build a local clean energy economy, address climate change, and create green jobs across Virginia.

WHAT: Media Conference Call with Secretary Steven Chu and Virginia Reporters

WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 2009
1:15 PM EDT

TO RSVP: For call-in information, email Ebony Meeks
at or call (202) 586-4940.

CFTC News Room for the latest news and events or News Room Archives for previous releases.
Enforcement Actions for
U.S. Department of State: Daily Press Briefing - September 23
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 14:57:02 -0500

Upcoming Connecticut Young Democrats Campaign Events & REMINDER - Endorsement Process has Begun! APPLY NOW!

The Endorsment Application is at the end of this message... Spread the word! Get Endorsed by the CT Young Democrats!


CT Young Dems News:

On Monday, September 21, 2009, the Connecticut Young Democrats elected their New Leaders of the organization for the next 2 years!

Congratulations to incoming:


Que Phipps

Executive Vice President
Ellen Graham

VP of Organization and Development
Heather Dorsey

VP of Political Affairs
Andrew Marone

VP of Finance
Eliott Ponte

National Committeewoman (special election to fill vacancy - election for full term in January)
Sarah Hemingway


Congratulations to our New E-Board Members! They will take office as of November 16, 2009.

And Thank you to our current E-Board Members who have served us for the last two years! The organization would not be what it is today without you!!



Upcoming Young Dem & Campaign Events in YOUR Area! (listed Chronologically)


1. TODAY - Fundraiser for Rep. Tim O'Brien - Democratic Candidate for Mayor of New Britain

The Campaign needs YOUR HELP to beat three-term Republican incumbent Tim Stewart!


When: TODAY - Wednesday, September 23, 2009
from 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Where: The Officers' Club of Connecticut, 360 Broad St., Hartford, CT 06106

Suggested donation - $20.00, although those who can afford more are encouraged to be generous

Please make checks payable to:

O'Brien for New Britain 2009 and mail to 53 Pendleton Road, New Britain, CT 06053

Campaign Website:

Campaign's Facebook Group:


2. Commissioner Quentin "Que" Phipps New Leadership Brunch

When: Saturday, September 26, 2009
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Que's House, 70 Andrew Street, Middletown, CT

Donations accepted
Please make checks payable to Democrats for Middletown 2009

Que currently serves as an Alternate on the Board of Planning & Zoning in Middletown, and is running to become a full Commissioner of the Board of Planning and Zoning. He was also just elected as the incoming President of the CT Young Dems.

Facebook Event Link:

Campaign's Facebook Group:


3. Kate Matthews for Bristol City Council Fundraiser

When: Saturday, September 26, 2009
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: The Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer Street, Bristol, CT

Suggested Donation: $25, or $40 for couples - please make checks out to "Matthews for City Council"

Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres will be served.

This Young Woman is the only female candidate running to be elected onto the presently all male Bristol City Council. Please show your support!

Facebook Event Link:

Campaign's Facebook Group:

Campaign Website:

4. Greater New Haven Young Dems Recruitment Happy Hour

When: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Stella Blues, 204 Crown Street, New Haven, CT

Come get to know other local, like-minded people at this event. Bring friends. Lots of them.

Drink Specials:
$5 well drinks
$2 select bottled beers
$3 Bud Light drafts
$3 infusion shots

Facebook Event Link:

GNHYD's Facebook Group:

*Just a note - the CT Young Democrats are in the process of endorsing candidates now, and have NOT officially endorsed any candidates yet.


The Connecticut Young Democrats' 2009
Official Endorsement Application Form:

To apply for a CT Young Democrats' endorsement:

1) Candidate MUST be a registered Democrat and resident of Connecticut;
2) Campaign MUST NOT be involved in a primary of any sort;
3) Candidate MUST complete the questionnaire found below. Copy and paste into Word and email it as an attachment to Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please complete and return form as soon as possible.

After receiving the completed candidate questionnaire, there will be :

1) Discussion within the Political Affairs Committee, of the CT Young Democrats, in regards to the endorsement;
2) Recommendations made and brought by the Committee to the Executive Board and State Caucus for official vote;
3) Notification to the candidate of the endorsement decision.



Full Name:

Town (and district if applicable):

Date of Birth:

Office Sought:




Reference 1:

Reference 1 Phone Number:


Reference 2:

Reference 2 Phone Number:


Reference 3:

Reference 3 Phone Number:


Reference 4:

Reference 4 Phone Number:


Committee Name:


Treasurer phone:

Candidate phone:


How have you been involved with CT Young Democrats?


Why are you running for office?


How have you worked with Young Democrats?


Will you commit to offering a Young Democrat rate for your events?


Treasurer's Address:


Address to send Checks to:


Please send to . Call Mae Flexer at 860.208.0429 or email at with any questions.

Thank you for completing this form. Upon the review of your application a determination will be made. We will contact you shortly to inform you of your endorsement.



We Hope you will Apply for Endorsement and share the application with other candidates! Thank You!


WASHINGTON, September 23, 2009 - On Wednesday, September 30, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will hold a rural community forum in Las Cruces, N.M., as part of the Obama Administration's Rural Tour. At the forum, Secretary Vilsack will discuss rural infrastructure and efforts by the Obama Administration to rebuild and revitalize rural America, listen to local residents talk about how the federal government can assist them, and discuss solutions to challenges facing their communities. Secretary Vilsack will also highlight American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects improving communities in New Mexico and benefiting people throughout rural America.

In June, President Obama announced that Secretary Vilsack will lead the Administration's Rural Tour to visit rural communities in states throughout the country. Secretary Vilsack is scheduled to lead Rural Tour events with other top administration officials over the coming weeks. Wednesday's event will be the twenty-first similar forum Secretary Vilsack has led since being sworn in, and follows rural listening sessions held in El Reno, Okla., Zanesville, Ohio, Modesto, Calif., Sedalia, Mo., Des Moines, Iowa, Hamlet, N.C., Bethel, Alaska, St. John Parish, La., Blairs, Va., West Salem, Wis., Charlotte, Mich., Concord, N.H., Wattsburg, Pa., Danville, Ind., Geneseo, Ill., Harrodsburg, Ky., Ludowici, Ga., Portageville, Mo., and Brush, Colo.

USDA recently launched a new website and social media tools designed to enhance discussions and facilitate innovation for challenges facing rural America. All Americans can follow the Rural Tour's progress online at, on Twitter at, or at USDA's Facebook fan page available at

The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture and natural resources and touches the life of every American. Secretary Vilsack and the USDA are working to promote a sustainable, safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply, ensure that America leads the global fight against climate change, and revitalize rural communities by expanding economic opportunities.

WHAT: Rural Tour Community Forum with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Doors open at 9:45 a.m.

WHERE: Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds
Memorial Medical Center Stage
12125 Robert Larson Blvd
Las Cruces, N.M. 88007-9021


National Infrastructure Advisory Council for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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

NIAC brochure
Meeting information for October 13, 2009 meeting
Meeting resources from September 8, 2009 meeting

National Archives Celebrates the 145th Anniversary of Nevada Statehood
1864 record-length telegram relaying Nevada Constitution on exhibit in DC

Washington, DC. . . The following is a document alert -- part of a program sponsored by the National Archives to notify the media of documents and images in the National Archives holdings that are relevant to national holidays, anniversaries or current events. This program, which is based on original records from the National Archives, its 13 Presidential libraries and 14 regional archives, is designed to offer the media an historical perspective on events that occur periodically and to highlight historical antecedents to current political or diplomatic initiatives.

On October 26, 1864, James W. Nye, Governor of the Territory of Nevada, began sending a telegram to President Abraham Lincoln. This message, transmitted in Morse code, contains the entire text of the Nevada State Constitution. Sending such a long telegram at the height of the Civil War was a challenge -- with no direct link from Carson City to Washington, DC, telegrapher James H. Guild worked seven hours to transmit the message to Salt Lake City, where it was resent to Chicago, then Philadelphia, and finally to the War Department's telegraph Office in Washington, DC two days later, where a 175-page transcription was made. The final page shows the total word count (16,543) and cost ($4313.27*or $59,229 in today's dollars) of the transmission.

Frustrated that certified copies of the Nevada Constitution, sent earlier by overland mail and by sea, had failed to arrive in Washington, DC, by October 24, Governor Nye of the Nevada Territory ordered that the State Constitution be sent by wire. Three days after receiving this telegram*just eight days before the Presidential election*Lincoln proclaimed, in accordance with an Act of Congress, that Nevada was admitted into the Union, thus hoping to ensure his own re-election, as well as the election of like-minded Republicans in Congress.

This 175-page transcription of the longest telegram in the holdings of the National Archives is on display in an exhibition entitled BIG!, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the National Archives," features big records, big events, and big ideas * and includes this 1864 telegram. The exhibition runs through January 3, 2010 in Washington, DC, before being prepared for national touring.

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U.S. Department of State Highlights: Real Change Is Possible
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 08:00:00 -0500
VACANCY: Deputy Director, Programs, GS-0301-15
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 13:26:06 -0500
KAT-09-LATRO-7084-JAZ (Closing Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT)
Resource Decision on Afghanistan to Follow Strategy Review
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:19:00 -0500

Deputy Secretary Steinberg's Upcoming Travel to Asia

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 23, 2009

New USA.GOV link: President's SAVE Award

Launch of the Public Diplomacy Collaborative

Judith A. McHale
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Remarks at the John F. Kennedy School of Government upon the launch of the Public Diplomacy Collaborative

Cambridge, Massachusetts

September 17, 2009


WASHINGTON, September 23, 2009 ? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that selected State agencies will receive approximately $8.5 million in grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to improve Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) administration and make it easier for WIC recipients to purchase nutritious foods. Vilsack made this announcement today at the national 'Healthy Kids, Healthy Future' conference in Washington, D.C.

"WIC is a proven, effective program and is helping build a stronger, healthier America by providing nutrition assistance, promoting healthy eating and encouraging physical activity," said Vilsack. "The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to a healthy diet and these Recovery Act investments will help further that goal, while helping states to administer these important benefits efficiently, affordably and securely."

Approximately $3 million of the ARRA funds will be awarded to nine WIC State agencies for EBT planning projects. Another $5.5 million of the funds will be awarded to two WIC State agencies to implement a robust and modern computer system used to administer the WIC Program.

The WIC Program safeguards the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and counseling and health service referrals. The WIC Program is administered by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).


The WIC State agencies selected to receive ARRA funds are:

Electronic Benefit Transfer Planning Grants

Alabama - $218,512

Colorado - $444,066

Delaware - $250,000

District of Columbia - $300,000

Illinois - $623,016

Missouri - $300,000

Montana - $294,999

Oregon - $167,850

Pennsylvania - $462,264

Total Awarded: $3,060,707

State Agency Model Transfer Grants

Alaska - $2,487,150

Minnesota - $2,935,346

Total Awarded: $5,422,496


Cyber Security Tip ST04-011
Using Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms Safely

Although they offer a convenient way to communicate with other people, there
are dangers associated with tools that allow real-time communication.

What are the differences between some of the tools used for real-time

* Instant messaging (IM) - Commonly used for recreation, instant messaging
is also becoming more widely used within corporations for communication
between employees. IM, regardless of the specific software you choose,
provides an interface for individuals to communicate one-on-one.
* Chat rooms - Whether public or private, chat rooms are forums for
particular groups of people to interact. Many chat rooms are based upon
a shared characteristic; for example, there are chat rooms for people of
particular age groups or interests. Although most IM clients support
"chats" among multiple users, IM is traditionally one-to-one while chats
are traditionally many-to-many.
* Bots - A "chat robot," or "bot," is software that can interact with
users through chat mechanisms, whether in IM or chat rooms. In some
cases, users may be able to obtain current weather reports, stock
status, or movie listings. In these instances, users are often aware
that they are not interacting with an actual human. However, some users
may be fooled by more sophisticated bots into thinking the responses
they are receiving are from another person.

There are many software packages that incorporate one or more of these
capabilities. A number of different technologies might be supported,
including IM, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), or Jabber.

What are the dangers?

* Identities can be elusive or ambiguous - Not only is it sometimes
difficult to identify whether the "person" you are talking to is human,
but human nature and behavior isn't predictable. People may lie about
their identity, accounts may be compromised, users may forget to log
out, or an account may be shared by multiple people. All of these things
make it difficult to know who you're really talking to during a
* Users are especially susceptible to certain types of attack - Trying to
convince someone to run a program or click on a link is a common attack
method, but it can be especially effective through IM and chat rooms. In
a setting where a user feels comfortable with the "person" he or she is
talking to, a malicious piece of software or an attacker has a better
chance of convincing someone to fall into the trap (see Avoiding Social
Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information).
* You don't know who else might be seeing the conversation - Online
interactions are easily saved, and if you're using a free commercial
service the exchanges may be archived on a server. You have no control
over what happens to those logs. You also don't know if there's someone
looking over the shoulder of the person you're talking to, or if an
attacker might be "sniffing" your conversation.
* The software you're using may contain vulnerabilities - Like any other
software, chat software may have vulnerabilities that attackers can
* Default security settings may be inappropriate - The default security
settings in chat software tend to be relatively permissive to make it
more open and "usable," and this can make you more susceptible to

How can you use these tools safely?

* Evaluate your security settings - Check the default settings in your
software and adjust them if they are too permissive. Make sure to
disable automatic downloads. Some chat software offers the ability to
limit interactions to only certain users, and you may want to take
advantage of these restrictions.
* Be conscious of what information you reveal - Be wary of revealing
personal information unless you know who you are really talking to. You
should also be careful about discussing anything you or your employer
might consider sensitive business information over public IM or chat
services (even if you are talking to someone you know in a one-to-one
* Try to verify the identity of the person you are talking to, if it
matters - In some forums and situations, the identity of the "person"
you are talking to may not matter. However, if you need to have a degree
of trust in that person, either because you are sharing certain types of
information or being asked to take some action like following a link or
running a program, make sure the "person" you are talking to is actually
that person.
* Don't believe everything you read - The information or advice you
receive in a chat room or by IM may be false or, worse, malicious. Try
to verify the information or instructions from outside sources before
taking any action.
* Keep software up to date - This includes the chat software, your
browser, your operating system, your mail client, and, especially, your
anti-virus software (see Understanding Patches and Understanding
Anti-Virus Software for more information).

OIP FOIA Post for U.S. Department of Justice

This information has recently been updated, and is now available

Robert D. Hormats Sworn in as Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

September 23, 2009

C-SPAN Daily Alert
Programming Information for Wed. 9/23 - Thur. 9/24, 2009

C-SPAN Highlights

* President Obama Speech to the U.N. General Assembly (10pm)
* Joint Chief of Staff Gen. David Petraeus at Marine Corps University (10:40pm)
* Senate Finance Cmte. Health Care Mark Up (12am)

* U.S. House: In Session (10am) - LIVE
C-SPAN2 Highlights

* House Hearing on Regulatory Overhaul with Treasury Sec. Geithner (10pm)
* House Hearing on Regulatory Overhaul with FDIC Chair Sheila Bair (12:30am)
* House Hearing on Employment Non-Discrimination Act (3:30am)

* U.S. Senate: In Session (Time TBD) - LIVE
C-SPAN3 Highlights

* Senate Finance Cmte. Health Care Mark Up: Sen. Bunning Amendment (7pm)
* U.N. Speeches by Presidents Obama and Ahmadinejad (8:05pm)
* House Hearing on Regulatory Overhaul with Treasury Sec. Geithner (9:20pm)

* Senate Finance Cmte. Health Care Bill Markup (9am) Tentative - LIVE

FY 2010 CDFI Funding Program Opens
September 23, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:49:00 -0500
Corruption Probe Leads to Charges Against Florida Officials, Businessmen, Lawyer
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 15:46:53 -0500
Federal corruption and other criminal charges were filed against a current Broward County Commissioner, a current Broward County School Board Member, a former Miramar City Commissioner, a Bahamian attorney, and two South Florida businessmen for various violations, including honest services mail and wire fraud, extortion under color of official right, bribery, and money laundering conspiracy.
DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:57:00 -0500
DoD Contracts for September 23, 2009
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 17:16:00 -0500

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

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

Contact: Katie Grant
202-225-3130For Immediate Release
September 23, 2009

Hoyer Statement on the GAO Report on the Recovery Act

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Government Accountability Office report on the status of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

“Today, the Government Accountability Office, the federal government’s top watchdog, released a report on the progress made by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in fighting the recession across America. The report, which examined programs in 16 states and the District of Columbia, is part of the unprecedented oversight to which the Recovery Act is being subjected. And its findings are encouraging: funds are reaching our communities ahead of schedule and project bids are coming in under budget—with taxpayers benefiting from the savings.

“In the jurisdictions surveyed, $11 billion has been directed to nearly 3,800 infrastructure projects, and $21 billion has been directed to education grants to improve our children’s schools. Recovery Act funds are helping states avoid crippling budget cuts, keeping teachers and other public servants employed, and putting Americans to work on vitally-needed projects, such as rebuilding bridges in Mississippi, improving fire safety at transit stops in Atlanta, and building a fleet of clean natural gas buses for Los Angeles County. The Recovery Act has been critical to stabilizing our economy, and I am hopeful that it will continue to create and preserve jobs as more funds hit local communities in the months ahead as scheduled.”


Saudi National Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

September 23, 2009

Department of Defense Media Schedule 9/24/2009
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 18:23:00 -0500
DoD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the DoD Briefing Room, The Pentagon, Arlington Va.
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 18:45:00 -0500

Democratic, Republican Presidential Candidates Supported Health Care Reform for All Americans

In President Obama’s recent address to Congress, he said, “[This is] a plan that incorporates ideas from many of the people in this room tonight – Democrats and Republicans.” In fact, throughout the 2008 campaign for President, both Democratic and Republican candidates recognized the urgent need to reform America’s health care system and put forward detailed plans for debate.

Click here to view statements from the 2008 Presidential candidates in support of health care reform for all Americans.

US-CERT Current Activity

Montgomery County Animal Shelter Search Engine Poisoning Campaign

Original release date: September 23, 2009 at 6:55 pm
Last revised: September 23, 2009 at 6:55 pm

US-CERT is aware of public reports regarding a search engine result
poisoning campaign affecting search results for the Montgomery County
Animal Shelter. Users seeking details on rumors about the closure of a
"Montgomery County Animal Shelter" may be led to click on illegitimate
search results which attempt to download malicious code. The rumors
are being spread via e-mail, forums, and social networking sites,
usually taking the form of a plea for readers to contact the shelter
and adopt animals prior to the shelter's closing.

US-CERT is monitoring the situation and will provide updates as they
become available.
This entry is available at

Pennsylvania Young Democrats: Anne Scheuring Special Election in the Senate 24th
"Free coffee and our last chance to turn the 24th blue!"
What: Club/Group Meeting
Start Time: Saturday, September 26 at 11:00am
End Time: Saturday, September 26 at 4:00pm
Where: Koffee Day Sandwiches

To see more details and RSVP

Petraeus Cites Need for Critical Warfighting Specialties
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 20:03:00 -0500

Democrats Abroad Vancouver Chapter


On Monday September 28th we will continue our local service project at
the First United Church Homeless Shelter in the Downtown Eastside.
Since January members of Democrats Abroad Vancouver have been
contributing their time to work with the staff of the shelter.

We hope you will come out to support this local initiative.

What: Volunteer at the First United Homeless Shelter
When: Monday September 28th from 5 to 7:30

Please follow the link below to RSVP and let us know if you plan to
join us on the 28th.

You can also let us know if you would like to be involved in future
events by following the link above. We are always looking for new
ideas too, so please share them.

I’ll see you on the 28th!


Americans in Canada have been working hard to make their health care
experiences part of the reform discussion in the US. We are
collecting many of these stories online at:

Please visit the site. Share your stories and pass the link on to
friends and family back home.

Local Vancouverites have been making their voices heard in this
discussion. Most recently, Kathleen Hayduk has produced a video
sharing her story. You can see it here:


We are planning to celebrate American Thanksgiving in Vancouver again
this year. Mark the date today – November 26th. More details to
follow soon.

U.S. Department of State Remarks At United Nations After P-5+1 Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
United Nations

New York City

September 23, 2009

Young Democrats of America Committees and NOVEMBER MEETING!

Hello Southeast Regional YDA National Committee Members!

It's your Regional Director again. The National appointments are now out, so it's time to ask you again to consider serving as a regional appointment to various National Committees. If you get a regional appointment, my expectation is that you'll participate in the work of the committee not only at national meetings but in phone calls between meetings. I also will expect to be kept apprised of what's happening on your committee, especially if I need to advocate at higher levels in YDA on behalf of our region.

I also want to "spread the wealth" around our region. If you (or someone in your state) plans to be involved, attend national meetings, and would like an appointment, please contact me! If I don't hear from states without appointments, you're likely to see more appointments from GA and NC. It's still possible that GA and NC folks could be the best qualified for a certain appointment (especially Finance, where we need someone who is good at fundraising, perhaps have a business background along with the political). Right now, I have the following committees open: Affirmative Action, and Finance.

I have made the following appointments already:

Committee Name
Budget John Verdejo - NC
Campaign Montica Talmadge-NC
Chapter Building Steve Golden -GA
International Affairs Marquelon Sigler -AL
Site Selection Kristian Cosme -FL
Community Service - Alan Brock - FL
Communications - Travis Scott - KY

For your interest and information, Crystal has made the following appointments for the various committees:

Communications Chair Karl Johnson VA
Communications Vice Chair Lon Seidman CT
Communications Secretary Nick DeCenzo OH

Finance Chair Alicia Froio PA
Finance Vice Chair Jenn Paquette CT
Finance Secretary Leslie Small GA

Budget Chair Dan Tompkins MD
Budget Vice Chair Kamal Cheeks MI
Budget Secretary Allison Brun MO

Judicial Council Chair Matthew Silverstein NY
Judicial Council Vice Chair John Vedejo NC
Judicial Council Secretary Bri Mclarty NE

Rules Chair Kirk Miller GA
Rules Vice Chair Hillary Hunt WA
Rules Secretary Melissa Ozols CT

International Affairs Chair Thione Niang OH
International Affairs Vice Chair Daraka Hall CA
International Affairs Secretary Byron LaMasters TX

Resolutions Chair Bree Boehlke AZ
Resolutions Vice Chair Tori Miyagi HI
Resolutions Secretary Brett Jackson LA

Community Service Chair Dustin Hausner NY
Community Service Vice Chair Jamie Caston IL
Community Service Secretary Nikema Williams GA

Affirmative Action Chair Ken Whittaker MI
Affirmative Action Vice Chair Colene Elridge KY
Affirmative Action Secretary Jillian Cardillo MA

Credentials Chair Michael Gilberg NY
Credentials Vice Chair Heather Brown NV
Credentials Secretary Montica Talmadge NC

Chapter Building Chair Matt Salner CT
Chapter Building Vice Chair Bethany Banet IN
Chapter Building Secretary Brian Doliner NJ

Campaign Chair Gabe Gonzalez TX
Campaign Vice Chair Marshall Spevak NJ
Campaign Secretary Joon Kim MD

Site Selection Chair Shawn Hartman MA
Site Selection Vice Chair John Moreau KS
Site Selection Secretary Walker Mattox KY

Parliamentarian Sugar Stallings MD
Chief of Staff Kevin Bondelli AZ
Admin Director Adam Neary NJ
Meetings Director Shaunica Pridgen IN
Training Director Mario Piscatella FL
Press Secretary Kurt Walkin TX

Also, the next National Meeting is going to be November 20-22 in Orlando, Florida at the Doubletree Orlando at Universal ( I don't know any of the details other than that at the moment. An official notification is supposed to go out later this week, but I wanted you to know so that you could be looking for flights.

Best Regards,

Jason Cecil
YDA Southeast Region Director

SECDEF Comments
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 17:53:21 -0500
An update from SECDEF Gates.
GEN Petraeus Speech
Wed, 23 Sep 2009 17:53:09 -0500
CENTCOM Commander, General David Petraeus, speaks at the Marine Corps University on &quot;Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan and Iraq.&


Considered and Passed:

H.R. 324 - Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area Act (Rep. Grijalva – Natural Resources)

Motion to Recommit – Passed:
· Offered by Mr. Bishop (UT) (259 – 167)

Motion to Go To Conference on H.R. 2918 - Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010 (Rep. Wasserman Schultz – Appropriations)

Motion to Instruct Conferees - Failed
· Offered by Mr. Aderholt (AL) (191-213)

Bills Adopted Under Suspension of the Rules (15):

H.R. 2215 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 140 Merriman Road in Garden City, Michigan, as the "John J. Shivnen Post Office Building" (Rep. McCotter - Oversight and Government Reform)
S. 1677 - Defense Production Act Reauthorization of 2009 (Sen. Dodd – Financial Services)
H.R. 3614 - To provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (Rep. Velazquez – Small Business)
H.Res. 733 - Expressing condolences to the people and government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the aftermath of the devastating typhoon that struck the central and southern regions of the island on August 8, 2009 (Rep. Gingrey - Foreign Affairs)
H.R. 3593 - To amend the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994 to extend by one year the operation of Radio Free Asia (Rep. Royce - Foreign Affairs)
H.Con.Res. 178 - Expressing the sense of the Congress that we honor, commemorate and celebrate the historic ties of the United States and the Netherlands by recognizing the Quadricentennial celebration of the discovery of the Hudson River and the settlement and enduring values of New Netherland which permeate American society up until today (Rep. Van Hollen - Foreign Affairs)
H.R. 2131 - To amend the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 to reauthorize the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (Rep. Watson - Foreign Affairs)
H.Con.Res. 74 - Supporting the goals and ideals of a decade of action for road safety with a global target to reduce by 50 percent the predicted increase in global road deaths between 2010 and 2020 (Rep. Wexler - Foreign Affairs)
H.Res. 491 - Encouraging each institution of higher education in the country to seek membership in the Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium (Rep. Adler - Education and Labor)
H.Res. 684 - Recognizing and honoring Howard University School of Law's 140-year legacy of social justice and its continued commitment to the training of capable and compassionate legal practitioners and scholars (Rep. Kilpatrick - Education and Labor)
H.Res. 696 - Acknowledging and congratulating Western Wyoming Community College in Southwest Wyoming on the occasion of its 50th anniversary of service to the students and citizens of the State of Wyoming (Rep. Lummis - Education and Labor)
H.Res. 455 - Congratulating the Wichita State University men's and women's bowling teams for winning the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Bowling National Championship (Rep. Tiahrt - Education and Labor)
H.R. 3607 - Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act (Rep. Oberstar – Transportation and Infrastructure)
H.R. 3617 - Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2009 (Rep. Oberstar – Transportation and Infrastructure)
H.Res. 765 - Expressing condolences to the families of the individuals killed during storms and floods in the State of Georgia between September 18 and 21, 2009, and expressing gratitude to all of the emergency personnel who continue to work with unyielding determination to meet the needs of Georgia’s residents (Rep. Lewis (GA) – Transportation and Infrastructure)

Postponed Suspension Vote (1):

H.Con.Res. 163 - Expressing support for designation of September 23, 2009, as "National Job Corps Day" (Rep. Moran (KS) - Oversight and Government Reform)

U.S. Department of State Background Briefing on Burma

Senior State Department Official

Via Teleconference

New York, NY

September 23, 2009

UNR Young Democrats Room Change for this Friday's meeting 09/25 and next week

This is fwd from our President...

Hey everyone!
There was a scheduling conflict with our meeting room. This week (9/25) and next week (10/2) our meeting will be held in WRB 2007.
Exec board, see you at 2:30pm. Everyone else, see you at 3! :)

This will be cross posted on the Google group.

- Juliet

Link with the Democratic Women of Washoe County

House Meets At… First Vote Predicted… Last Vote Predicted…

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

“One Minutes” (10 per side)

H.Res. 766 – Providing for consideration of motions to suspend the Rules (Rep. Slaughter – Rules)

Suspension (1 Bill)
H.R. 3631 - Medicare Premium Fairness Act (Rep. Titus – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means)

Postponed Suspension Vote (1 Bill)
H.Con.Res. 163 - Expressing support for designation of September 23, 2009, as "National Job Corps Day" (Rep. Moran (KS) - Oversight and Government Reform)

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

Gubernatorial Forum at Georgia State University
"for the 2010 elections"
What: Informational Meeting
Start Time: Monday, November 9 at 6:30pm
End Time: Monday, November 9 at 10:00pm
Where: Speakers Auditorium at Georgia State University

To see more details and RSVP

Kansas Young Democrats: Demofest

Hey Everyone,

Mark your calendars because the biggest Democratic Event in Kansas (at least until Washington Days in January and the 2010 elections) is coming up next weekend! Demofest will be the weekend of October 2nd in Wichita. Special rates are available at the Hyatt Regency. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from Governor Parkinson, State Treasurer McKinney, and Congressional Candidate Raj Goyle as well as others. Also, see a screening of 'What's the Matter with Kansas?', touch base with your local caucuses and get valuable training from the state party to be a better volunteer come election time. This should be a fun weekend and I hope you'll all be there!

Colin Curtis
Kansas Young Democrats

Texas Tech Meeting on Thursday

If you have responded, thank you. I need the rest of you to know there is a meeting on Thursday. BE THERE! Bring your roomate, cousin, that one weird friend from back home who goes here but you don;t see that often, your aunt, uncle, mother, father, grandmother, that one minority kid in that class that gets on your nerves, any and all gay friends, and get your self over to the Barnes and Noble in the SUB at 7 pm tomorrow night to comiserate with your other fellow Democrats on just how much politics in Lubbock suck. (Okay why do I sound like a used car salesman trying to sell a 1987 Pontiac Bonneville!) ANYHOO, get in gear and come to the meeting. I hear there will be free pizza so you can bum at least one meal this week and kinda act like your paying attention. Please message me back if you're coming (those who have don't worry about it) so I can tell Daniel how much pizza to get.

P.S. I will be sending out another one tomorrow so be ready!

Economic Report: Japan trade data show surplus, but exports slide
from - Top Stories
Japan reports a trade surplus for a seventh successive month in August, though both exports and imports continue to shrink from the impact of the global economic crisis.


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