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VACANCY: Director, General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division, D/2 (New York), Deadline: 04 Oct 2009
VACANCY: Chief, Business Continuity Management Unit, P/5 (New York), Deadline: 17 Oct 2009
VACANCY: Chief, Facilities Management Unit, P/4 (Beirut), Deadline: 02 Oct 2009

Gates Favors Diplomacy Not Military Action On Iran

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said diplomacy and sanctions rather than military action are the way to persuade Iran to change its nuclear program as divisions emerge in the Iranian leadership.

UN Climate Negotiators Urged To Break Deadlock

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
The Bangkok talks, which will run until October 9, are the last major negotiating round before a gathering in Copenhagen in December that the United Nations has set as a deadline to seal a broad agreement on a pact to expand and replace the Kyoto Protocol.

FDP Wants Talks To Clear Last U.S. Nukes In Germany

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Guido Westerwelle, tipped to be Germany's next foreign minister, was speaking at a news conference after his Free Democrats won enough support in the September 27 federal election for a parliamentary majority with the Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

Watchdog Warns Of Top-Level Corruption In Armenia

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
A leading anticorruption organizations says that efforts to combat endemic corruption in Armenia are doomed to fail as long as senior government officials have extensive business interests and can stifle the entrepreneurs challenging them, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

Website Cites Antigovernment Protest By Iran Students

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Students have demonstrated at Tehran University against the government of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, a reformist website reported, more than three months after Iran's disputed presidential election.

The Threat of Nuclear Weapons in North Asia

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The East Asia and the Pacific Regional Policy Overview has been updated with the President's remarks with the Prime Minister of Japan, State Department briefings providing background on the situation in Burma and detailing the agendas of the Korean Bilateral Meeting and the Japan Bilateral and Japan-Australia Trilateral Meetings, a series of Lowy Institute for International Policy reports making the case for Australia's bid to join the United Nations Security Council and assessing the threat of nuclear weapons in North Asia, and a Naval War College Review article evaluating the responses of U.S. allies in East Asia to China's growing presence in regional economic and security affairs. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this region - the newest updates are in bold.

An Overview of U.S. Policy in the Near East and North Africa Region

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The Near East and North Africa Regional Policy Overview has been updated with a State Department briefing providing an overview on U.S. policy in the region, State Department releases featuring the concluding statement by the participating foreign ministers of the U.S., the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq and the joint statement by the Quartet on the Middle East peace process, a series of Washington Institute for Near East Policy articles analyzing the political involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and in Jordan, a Strategic Insights article assessing the requirements and contingencies for a North Atlantic Treaty Organization deterrence role in the Middle East, and a Journal of Public and International Affairs article providing policy recommendations for a three-state solution to the conflict in the Middle East. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this region - the newest updates are in bold.

Iran's Covert Uranium Enrichment Facility

from MERLN - Military Education Research Library Network
The Iran MiPAL has been updated with President Obama's Remarks on the threat of Iran's nuclear program, statements by President Obama, French President Sarkozy, and British Prime Minister Brown on Iran's covert uranium enrighment facility, a White House background briefing with details on the newly revealed Iranian nuclear facility, and remarks by the Secretary of State on next steps in negotiating with Iran regarding the nuclear program. Also featured are articles from the Council on Foreign Relations analyzing the significance of Iran's secret nuclear plant, a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace article featuring expert analysis on Iran and nuclear security, and a series of interviews of Iranian President Ahmadinejad with the U.S. press discussing Iran's domestic politics, detention policies, nuclear programs, and policies on the Middle East and the U.S. Please see the Recently Added Documents section for the latest on this country - the newest updates are in bold.

USTDA Supports Expanded Meteorological Services in Uganda

from USTDA News by (Webmaster)
KAMPALA, UGANDA (September 25, 2009) — USTDA awarded a grant to the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment to strengthen the capacity of the Uganda Department of Meteorology (UDM) to make accurate and timely weather information available to a large audience of stakeholders, including agriculture and aviation users. The grant will fund an assessment of Uganda's forecasting needs and identify the equipment, facilities and staff necessary to meet those goals, thereby creating opportunities for the export of U.S. manufactured goods and services.

USTDA Awards Grant for Rural Electrification Program

from USTDA News by (Webmaster)
SANA’A, YEMEN (September 28, 2009) — USTDA continued its support for the Government of Yemen’s efforts to bring electricity to its rural areas by awarding a grant to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE). The grant will fund the second phase of a technical assistance project to consolidate responsibility for all rural electrification projects within the Rural Electrification Agency (REA). USTDA has identified this effort as having significant potential for mutual benefit, given the importance of this sector to the Yemeni economy and corresponding U.S. technology and expertise.

USTDA Promotes the Application of U.S. Clean Energy Solutions in Jordan, India and Georgia

from USTDA News by (Webmaster)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 28, 2009) — USTDA furthered the Administration’s strategy of advancing greenhouse gas reduction investments by awarding three separate grants to support specific solar and coal seam methane projects in Jordan, India and Georgia. USTDA also announced plans to sponsor an orientation visit to the United States for Georgian officials on the development of the country’s first major underground natural gas storage facility. USTDA has identified these activities as having significant potential for mutual benefit, given the importance of clean energy production to each of the countries, and corresponding U.S. technology and expertise in this sector.

USDA DatelinERS Newsletter

from USDA Economic Research Service - What's New
The DatelinERS newsletter offers concise summaries of ERS reports and events with links to areas within our website. You can find it in our newsroom at

UN Secretary-General Deplores Excessive Force Used to Disperse Demonstrators in Guinea, Urges Maximum Restraint, Respect for Basic Human Rights
United Nations Headquarters to Host Special Event on Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004), 1 October

VACANCY: Ohio Democratic Party Women's Caucus Director

See below for a job opportunity with ODP!


The Ohio Democratic Party has an immediate opening for Executive Director of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus. We are seeking an energetic, experienced organizer who can educate, empower and energize progressive Democratic women and women’s groups in order to increase their leadership within Democratic politics, and who can mobilize this constituency to work with the Ohio Democratic Party to elect Democratic candidates.

The focus of this position is to facilitate statewide and regional communication, networking, and educational opportunities for Democratic women, to support local women leaders and groups, and to assist in efforts to recruit more women to elected office.

Fundraising is a key part of this position. Responsibilities will include direct solicitation, private small dollar fundraisers, and large events.

This position is housed within the Political Department at the ODP and reports directly to the Political Director. This position will manage all organizing activities in association with women, in partnership with the ODWC Leadership Council and the Political Department.

· Grassroots organizing experience, with an emphasis on mobilizing and supporting members and volunteers;
· Willingness to solicit money to support the Caucus and some experience organizing or staffing small dollar fundraising events;
· Demonstrated experience as a proactive, innovative, self-motivated organizer, problem solver and team leader who takes initiative and works independently to create desired results in a fast-paced environment;
· A strong commitment to Democratic ideals and issues important to women;
· Excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills – the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere;
· Effective computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (administrative experience beyond minimum required)
· Travel and weekend hours required

Application Procedure:
Please send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Carri Twigg at .

The Ohio Democratic Party is dedicated to the achievement of equality of opportunity for all its employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin or disability.

SEC Fee Rate Advisory #2 for Fiscal Year 2010

from Updates: Press Releases
When fiscal year 2010 starts on Oct. 1, 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission expects to be operating under a continuing resolution that will extend through Oct. 31, 2009.

Information on Changes in Federal Revenues and Tax Rates on Capital Gains

from Recent CBO Publications
Letter to the Honorable Brian P. Bilbray

Wall Street lobby money rains $1.65 million on Schumer

from Lobbyists by Lisa Lerer,Victoria McGrane
Schumer’s $1.65 million take from the finance industry is nearly twice than that of any other senator.

Health care debate national hot spots

from congress by Josh Kraushaar
POLITICO maps out where the reform debate is the most intense across the country.

Comptroller of the Currency Dugan Testifies on Regulatory Reform

from OCC News Releases by Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
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.

Comptroller Dugan Defends Strong National Standards for Financial Providers

from OCC News Releases by Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan said today that uniform national standards have proved to be a powerful engine for prosperity and growth, and urged Congress to strengthen federal consumer protection rules and ensure they are applied to all providers of the same financial products.

OCC Reports Second Quarter Bank Trading Revenue of $5.2 Billion

from OCC News Releases by Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
U.S. commercial banks reported trading revenues of $5.2 billion in the second quarter of 2009, compared to record revenues of $9.8 billion in the first quarter of 2009, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reported today in the OCC's Quarterly Report on Bank Trading and Derivatives Activities.

New York Fed announces $1.4 billion in TALF loans settled for September 17 facility
Economic Indexes in New York and New Jersey

VACANCY: WA-TB-9-022: Supervisory Transportation Safety Specialist

from NTSB Employment Opportunities
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT #: WA-TB-9-022 POSITION TITLE: Supervisory Transportation Safety Specialist POSITION SERIES & GRADE: GS-2101-15/15 OFFICE: Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations LOCATION: Washington, D.C. OPEN DATE: September 22, 2009 CLOSING DATE: October 22, 2009 NOTE: Open to all sources.

GAO-09-946SP, Understanding the Primary Components of the Annual Financial Report of the United States Government, September 25, 2009
GAO-09-904SP, Interagency Collaboration: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight of National Security Strategies, Organizations, Workforce, and Information Sharing, September 25, 2009
GAO-09-689, Nursing Homes: CMS's Special Focus Facility Methodology Should Better Target the Most Poorly Performing Homes, Which Tended to Be Chain Affiliated and For-Profit, August 28, 2009
GAO-09-559, Medicare Physician Services: Utilization Trends Indicate Sustained Beneficiary Access with High and Growing Levels of Service in Some Areas of the Nation, August 28, 2009
GAO-09-983, Homeland Security: Actions Needed to Improve Security Practices at National Icons and Parks, August 28, 2009
GAO-09-822, Emergency Communications: National Communications System Provides Programs for Priority Calling, but Planning for New Initiatives and Performance Measurement Could be Strengthened, ...
GAO-09-980, International Food Assistance: USAID Is Taking Actions to Improve Monitoring and Evaluation of Nonemergency Food Aid, but Weaknesses in Planning Could Impede Efforts, September 28, 2009
GAO-09-993, Democracy Assistance: U.S. Agencies Take Steps to Coordinate International Programs but Lack Information on Some U.S.-funded Activities, September 28, 2009
GAO-09-968R, Defense Acquisitions: Department of Defense Needs a Unified Strategy for Balancing Investments in Tactical Wheeled Vehicles, September 28, 2009
GAO-09-978R, Defense Acquisitions: Army Aviation Modernization Has Benefited from Increased Funding but Several Challenges Need to Be Addressed, September 28, 2009

USSGL IRC Meeting: September 10, 2009

from FMS Publications
Updated 9/28/2009: U.S. Government Standard General Ledger Board and Issues Resolution Committee Meeting Minutes. September 10, 2009. GENERAL ITEMS:. Kathy Winchester (FMS) opened the meeting and reviewed the agenda. She stated that the General Services Administration (GSA) requested assistance with the reporting method for

EIA to Release Winter Fuels Outlook

from EIA: Press Releases
(Thu, 24 Sep 2009)EIA presents its outlook for heating fuel costs with the release of its October 2009 Short-Term Energy Outlook at a press conference as part of the 2009 – 2010 Winter Fuels Outlook Conference. The Conference is an annual event sponsored by EIA and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and hosted by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO).
The agenda for the entire Winter Fuels Outlook Conference can be found at: ...

(Postponed until further notice) EIA's Analysis of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
(Postponed until further notice) EIA's Analysis of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

Information on Changes in Federal Revenues and Tax Rates on Capital Gains

from CBO's Latest 10 Documents
Letter to the Honorable Brian P. Bilbray

VIDEO: William Cohen, Former Defense Secretary for the Clinton Administration (1997-2001)

from C-SPAN Recent Video
William Cohen gives his opinions on what's next for the Administration when it comes to U.S. policy in Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan.
Length: 50 min.

Published: Monday at 8:30am (ET)

VIDEO: U.N. General Assembly Addresses

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Secretary of Foreign Affairs for Mexico and Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parilla, Foreign Minister of Cuba delivered remarks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Length: 38 min.

Published: Monday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: White House Briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The White House said progress on health care is one of the reasons President Obama has decided to travel to Copenhagen, where a committee will soon announce the location of the 2016 Olympics. The President and First Lady will serve as advocates for the City of Chicago. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs talked about this and other subjects at the daily White House briefing.
Length: 36 min.

Published: Monday at 1pm (ET)

VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing Sept 28

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Philip Crowley conducts a daily briefing at the State Department.
Length: 30 min.

Published: Monday at 1pm (ET)

VIDEO: A&C: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the Northwestern University Law School in Chicago on her early days as a law clerk, her judicial philosophy, and the importance of oral arguments.
Length: 1 hr. 17 min.

Published: Saturday at 7pm (ET)

VIDEO: World Bank Group Pres. Zoellick on the Impact of the Economic Crisis

from C-SPAN Recent Video
World Bank Pres. Robert Zoellick spoke at Howard Univ. and gave a region-by-region analysis of what the financial crisis has meant around the globe and offered some ideas for preventing future crises. He discussed both U.S. regulatory reform and his thoughts on int'l economic cooperation.
Length: 56 min.

Published: Monday at 11am (ET)

VIDEO: State Dept. Briefing on Burma

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell spoke with reporters at a State Department briefing on new efforts to engage the government of Myanmar, also known as Burma. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the policy at the U.N. General Assembly.
Length: 27 min.

Published: Monday at 12:30pm (ET)

VIDEO: Atlantic Council Discussions on NATO's New Strategic Concept and Afghanistan

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO’s new Secretary General, told the Atlantic Council that he is a "reformer" looking for "a comprehensive response to the needs of Afghanistan." Earlier today, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) also addressed the Council on the war in Afghanistan and Pres. Obama's new missile strategy for Europe.

Published: Monday at 1pm (ET)

VIDEO: Progressive Change Campaign Committee & Democracy for America Health Care Ad
from C-SPAN Recent Video
Two liberal groups, Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America, released an ad in Montana focusing on Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, for not including a “public option” in his version of the health care reform bill.
Length: 1 min.

Published: Today at 12am (ET)

VIDEO: Senate Finance Cmte. Health Care Markup

from C-SPAN Recent Video
The Senate Finance Committee deliberates for the second week to mark up Health Care Reform legislation. Work On Health Care in Finance Cmte. Moves Forward

Published: Today at 9:30am (ET)

Readout on Joe Biden's call to Lebanese Prime Minister-Designate Saad Hariri
Earlier today, Vice President Biden spoke with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, underscoring the United States’ continuing support for Prime Minister-designate Hariri’s efforts to form a new cabinet in line with results of the parliamentary elections,

Statement by Joe Biden on Launch of Latest Version of
Today’s launch of the latest version of marks a significant step forward in our efforts to provide unprecedented transparency and accountability of Recovery Act dollars at work.

President Barack Obama to Travel to Copenhagen
Today, the White House announced that President Barack Obama will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark to support Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games at the 121st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session.

Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
Remarks By The President At The Congressional Black Caucus Foundations Annual Phoenix Award Dinner
Word from the White House: New York Times Debunks Medicare Scare-mongering
Posted by Jesse Lee

Reality Check: Nancy-Ann DeParle's Stellar Record
Posted by Jesse Lee

One of the funny things about the debate over health insurance reform has been watching people who have for years clamored for cutting waste from Medicare contort themselves trying to find ways to oppose our efforts to do exactly that. As

The UN, Women & Girls
Posted by Jennifer Simon

Ed. Note: Thanks to the Council on Women and Girls for keeping us updated.

The status and role of women and girls was featured prominently in official events throughout the week in New York, during the opening of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly. Ambassador Rice was pleased to welcome Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council of Women and Girls, to UN Headquarters to participate in several key events such as meetings with the newly-nominated UN Congressional and Public Delegate teams, roundtables on public-private partnerships, and dinners with key groups to discuss women's and girl's development.

Five Most Vulnerable House Seats
Though many analysts predict Democratic losses in next year's midterm elections, The Fix looks at the five House seats most likely to switch party next year and finds three of them are currently Republican seats while just two are Democratic seats.

Republican seats most likely to flip: IL-10, NY-23 and LA-2

Democratic seats most likely to flip: NM-2 and LA-3

For a good overview of the 2010 House races, see the CQ Election Map.

Obama Could Pull Some Troops Out of Afghanistan
First Read: "Turning to Afghanistan, the news over the weekend that Colin Powell was among those Obama was seeking advice about Afghanistan didn't get the attention it deserved. This could be the best hint yet that the president is rethinking the strategy to the point that not only are more troops NOT going to be sent, but we could see a re-deployment of some troops OUT of Afghanistan proper. By the way, the president is getting personal with his outreach on this issue, as he called John McCain over the weekend in what was described as a brief chat with the president making his case for deliberation."

U.S. must win Afghan hearts and minds, commander says
Posted: September 28th, 2009 01:00 PM ET

From's Kristi Keck

Gen. Stanley McChrystal says the U.S. will fail in Afghanistan without more troops.
(CNN) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan wants more troops and a new strategy — but most importantly, he wants to win the battle for the hearts and the minds of the people in the war-torn country.

Bill Clinton to headline New Hampshire Dem fundraiser
Posted: September 28th, 2009 02:00 PM ET

From CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Former President Bill Clinton will headline a major fundraiser for the New Hampshire Democratic Party in December.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former President Bill Clinton will headline a major fundraiser for the New Hampshire Democratic Party in December, giving a little back to a state that has favored his family when it comes to politics.

Baucus targeted by liberal groups in new ad for conceeding on public option
Posted: September 28th, 2009 02:09 PM ET

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Baucus is facing fire from liberal groups in a new ad.
(CNN) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, is facing heightened criticism from members of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party over his panel's health reform bill that lacks the so called "public option" for health insurance.

ICE reports record cash seizures in Mexico, Colombia
Posted: 01:06 PM ET

WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. officials working with authorities in Mexico and Colombia have seized more than $41 million in cash hidden in shipping containers, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced Monday.

United States Transfers Three Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Foreign Nations
Sat, 26 Sep 2009 17:15:16 -0500
The Department of Justice today announced that three detainees have been transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the control of the governments of Ireland and Yemen.

US-CERT Current Activity

Malicious Code Spreading via IRS Scam

Original release date: September 28, 2009 at 9:00 am
Last revised: September 28, 2009 at 9:00 am


US-CERT is aware of public reports of malicious code circulating via
spam email messages related to the IRS. The attacks arrive via an
unsolicited email message and may contain a subject line of "Notice of
Underreported Income." These messages may contain a link or
attachment. If users click on this link or open the attachment, they
may be infected with malicious code, including the Zeus Trojan.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to take the following
measures to protect themselves:
* Review the How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-mail Scams and
Bogus IRS Web Sites document on the IRS website.
* Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email
* Maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
* Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams (pdf) document
for more information on avoiding email scams.
* Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks
document for more information on social engineering attacks.

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Department of Defense Suicide Prevention
Sun, 27 Sep 2009 19:00:00 -0500
Suicide prevention is one of DoD's top priorities.

Army Suicide Prevention Program
Army Behavioral Health

Military OneSource
Real Warriors
DCoE Outreach Center 1-866-966-1020
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
More resources are listed at

Iran Nuclear Weapons
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 09:37:23 -0500
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Iran may be three years away from developing nuclear weapons.

Where Is the Bill?
Over One-Hundred Days Have Passed Since the GOP Pledged to Introduce a Health Reform Bill

In June, House Republicans pledged to introduce a bill to reform America’s health care system. Now, over 100 days and numerous excuses later, the “Party of no” has not only failed to produce legislation, but they have yet to offer any real solutions or ideas on how to make health care more affordable and accessible to American families.
Click here to read more about the GOP's pledge to introduce a health reform bill and how, after more than 100 days, they have failed to do so.


DoD Identifies Army Casaulty
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 10:24:00 -0500
Jury Convicts Defense Department Official of Unlawful Communication of Classified Information and Making False Statements
U.S. Department of State Meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 09:39:11 -0500
Tweet your Representative about Health Care Reform
Tweet your Senator about Health Care Reform
Civilians, Soldiers Work Together for Change in Afghanistan
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 11:20:00 -0500

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