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Posted on 10/02/2009 4:34:49 PM PDT by Nachum
Obama's Thirty Sixth Week in Office
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"The List" for 10/2/2009
Rahm Emanuel, the Chicagoan who is chief of staff for Obama,taunts Republicans before Chicago lost the bid for the Olympics...: "You know, we'll make sure they get some good seats once Chicago does host the games.''
Cass Sunstein's new book calls for monetary fines for spreading rumors
A two-week deadline set by world powers for Iran to open a newly-revealed nuclear site to inspectors is not "written in stone," the US State Department said on Friday.
The Department of Homeland Security will hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity experts over the next three years to help protect U.S. computer networks, an Obama administration official said.
Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher today defended President Obama's new plan for missile defenses in Europe, saying it provides more protection to the United States and its allies from potential Iranian attacks and does not abandon previous security commitments in the region.
Carol Browner, the former Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) administrator who now serves in the Obama administration's newly created role of energy czar, floated the possibility today of the EPA implementing cap-and-trade energy policies, during an interview at The Atlantic's First Draft of History symposium in Washington, DC.
After complaints about American dominance of the internet and growing disquiet in some parts of the world, Washington has said it will relinquish some control over the way the network is run and allow foreign governments more of a say in the future of the system.
Obama's bid to get Chicago the Oympics fails in the first round vote
The Ban on "Jesus" on the capitol Christmas tree has been lifted. Just one day after it was reported that rules for the 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree program prevented children from submitting decorations with themes such as "Happy Birthday, Jesus" and "Merry Christmas," state and federal officials are confirming the policy has been rescinded.
Obama finally meets with General McChrystal, the US General for operations in Afghanistan, for 25 minutes as the President is about to fly out to Copenhagen for the effort to sell Chicago to the Olympic committee. This is the first time he has met with his commander in the field.
The Department of Justice has hired a team of partisan Democrat campaign bloggers to work at the Department.
White House regulatory czar Cass Sunstein seeks "chilling effect" on the internet. Book "Rumors" examines "what can be done" to quell rumors. For Sunstein, "part of the answer lies in recognizing that a chilling effect' on those who would spread destructive falsehood can be an excellent idea.
Senior White House officials have begun to make the case for a policy shift in Afghanistan that would send few, if any, new combat troops to the country and instead focus on faster military training of Afghan forces, continued assassinations of al-Qaeda leaders and support for the government of neighboring Pakistan in its fight against the Taliban. In a three-hour meeting Wednesday at the White House, senior advisers challenged some of the key assumptions in Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's blunt assessment of the nearly eight-year-old war, which Obama has said is being fought to destroy al-Qaeda and its allies in Afghanistan and the ungoverned border areas of Pakistan.
"The List" for 10/1/2009
The White House lashes out at Fox News on the White House blog... -blasting the network's "disregard for facts". White House Online Programs Director Jesse Lee, the post takes issue with Fox News' coverage of the president's attempts to help the city of Chicago secure the 2016 Olympics,
The House went on record Thursday against allowing detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba to be transferred to the United States, even to face trial or to be jailed in maximum-security prisons. The 258-163 vote on a nonbinding recommendation put Democrats controlling the House in a difficult spot and prompted senior lawmakers to postpone unveiling a House-Senate agreement on a homeland security funding bill. If such a ban were to become law, the Obama administration would be hard-pressed to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by January as Obama has promised.
Funding for NASA's commercial crew and cargo work has been slashed from $150 million to $90 million with just $1 million for a human rating study contract that was announced and withdrawn in September.
Senate defense appropriators on Wednesday opted against funding an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, handing President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates an initial victory.
Obama gives Iran a two week deadline: "Iran will have two weeks to follow through on the commitments"-
Obama administration formulates its economic policies from the playbooks of communist philosophers Karl Marx and Leon Trotsky, joked White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee. "I mean, it's been a long, long time since things were this bad, so we kind of had to go back and look at the old textbooks Karl Marx, Trotsky and the thing that we found was that it was critical that we do something," Goolsbee quipped at the 16th annual "D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity" contest.
The Obama administration Wednesday defended an Education Department official over advice he gave a gay student about sex 21 years ago. In a statement Wednesday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Jennings has devoted his career to promoting school safety. "He is uniquely qualified for his job, and I am honored to have him on our team," Duncan said. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said: "I think there are many good people from every political persuasion that seek to serve their country and serve in government," he said. "...I hope that, as people watch, they'll match up some of the actual truth to what is being said on some of these occasions, and start to provide a little reality check to some of what's going on."
Kevin Jennings, Obama's Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug FreeSchools at the U.S. Department of Education made statements by Jennings a decade or more ago prasing Harry Hay of the North American Association for Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), which promotes the legalization of sexual abuse of young boys by older men.
Obama has cut off communication with Republican leaders, going more than four months without hosting the bipartisan congressional leadership at the White House to discuss his health care proposal, the No. 2 Republican in the House said Wednesday.
VIDEO: Jimmy Carter denying that he ever accused those who oppose President Obama of doing so because of racist motivation. In fact, he repeatedly corrected Crowley in saying he did not say what he actually said. On same page,another video of Carter saying the opposite
Chicago's bid to win the right to host the 2016 Olympic Games is an important strand in President Barack Obama's diplomatic efforts to reach out to the world, his senior advisor Valerie Jarrett told AFP on Thursday.
The U.S. Forest Service has banned the name of Jesus from decorations being assembled by children in Arizona for a blue spruce from the state that will become the Capitol Christmas Tree this year
Earlier this month and despite the public scrutiny over the voter fraud and felony criminal activity associated with ACORN, the Department of Homeland Security went ahead and granted $997,402 to ACORN under the FY 2008 Fire Prevention and Safety Program.
43 troops died in Afghanistan since Gen. McChrystal called for reinforcments
Patrick Gaspard, White House director of the Office of Political Affairs- proven ties to extreme Marxists and Socialists.
Under Obama Health Care bill abortions may be offered at school health clinics discussed in H.R. 3200
Senate protects funding C-17 cargo planes over Obama objections
Obama has backed away from a campaign pledge to invest in more military cargo planes. On the campaign trail and shortly after he was sworn in as president, Obama pressed for investments in programs such as the C-17 cargo aircraft, calling it the backbone of our ability to extend global power He shifted his stance on the C-17 shortly after Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced in April that the Pentagon wants to stop buying the planes made by Chicago-based Boeing Co. All the references to the cargo plane were promptly removed from the White Houses new website.
"The List" for 9/30/2009
Obama's safe school czar, Kevin Jenning, apologizes for hiding a case of pedophilia
Obama nominates extreme gay activist to be Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Chai Feldblum is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center where she has taught since 1991. She also founded the Law Centers Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, a program designed to train students to become legislative lawyers. Feldblum previously served as Legislative Counsel to the AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. In this role, she developed legislation, analyzed policy on various AIDS-related issues, and played a leading role in the drafting of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and, later as a law professor, in the passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. She has also worked on advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and has been a leading expert on the Employment Nondiscrimination Act.
The U.S. Forest Service will spend $2.8 million in "Wildland Fire Management" stimulus funds on Washington, D.C., despite the fact that the city does not have a national forest. The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) does not even include Washington, D.C. in its annual wildfire statistics.
Michelle Obama: It's a sacrifice to go to Europe to pitch the Olympics
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule Wednesday to begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions from thousands of power plants and large industrial facilities. The proposed rule would require polluters to install the best available technology to capture greenhouse gases whenever a new plant is opened or significantly changed. The rule applies to any industrial plant that emits at least 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year.
The official White House blog slammed Glenn Beck today, accusing the host of displaying a "disregard for the facts in an attempt to smear the Administration's efforts to win the Olympics for the United States."
Obama's administration put the brakes on 79 applications for surface coal mining permits in four states Wednesday,saying they would violate the Clean Water Act.
President Obama will hear from his top commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday for the first time since the general warned that America's mission in the unstable country will likely fail without more troops.
Obama takes 5 billion from the stimulus plan and gives it to the National Institute of Health for medical research. The program included $10 billion for the NIH.
Obama used not one, but two faulty anecdotes during his health care speech to Congress earlier this month. Obama told a story about a Texas woman who lost her insurance just before breast cancer surgery, "because she forgot to declare a case of acne." But the truth is Robin Beaton lost her coverage because she failed to report a heart condition and did not list her weight accurately. Republican Congressman Joe Barton fought the insurance company until it restored coverage, allowing Beaton to get the surgery she needed. The Associated Press writes: "Beaton's case is just one cited by Obama that mixes fact with fiction."
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are both traveling to Copenhagen this week to promote Chicago's bid to host to the 2016 Olympic Games--and they will be making the 3,979-mile trip on separate airplanes.
VIDEO: Sarkozy of France thinks "Obama is increadibly naive and grossly egotistical"
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Americas Everett Eissenstat told a crowd at the Americans Conference that work was progressing on free trade agreements with both Panama and Colombia, though ``less tangible'' concerns about violence and impunity in Colombia have yet to be fully resolved.
The Diversity Czar of the Federal Communications Commission, Mark Lloyd, believes in racial exceptionalism. It is not enough to provide equal opportunity and a level playing field, Mr. Lloyd desires minority supremacy and the control of the media by social justice elites.
"The List" for 9/29/2009
Earlier this month and despite the public scrutiny over the voter fraud and felony criminal activity associated with ACORN, the Department of Homeland Security went ahead and granted $997,402 to ACORN under the FY 2008 Fire Prevention and Safety Program.
There is a secret Obama plan to pass health care despite the unpopularity with the American people.
The Senate plans to attach Obamacare to a House-passed non-healthcare bill. Nobody knows what that legislation looks like, because it has not yet been written. Yet many members plan to rubber-stamp Obamacare without reading or understanding the bill. The Senate Finance Committee worked furiously last week to mark up a conceptual framework of health care reform. The committee actually rejected an amendment by Sen. Jim Bunning (R.-Ky.) to mandate that the bill text and a final cost analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) be publicly available at least 72 hours before the Finance Committee votes on final passage
The White House is expected to exempt Canada from a provision in the U.S. stimulus package that gives priority to American-made products used in public works projects, CBC News reported on Tuesday. In return Ottawa will offer U.S. companies guaranteed access to procurement contracts awarded by provincial and municipal governments, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp reported on its website, citing Canadian government sources.
The Los Angeles Times has no plan to ever release a video it stated it obtained of President Obama attending an anti-Israel event in which he delivered a glowing testimonial for Rashid Khalidi, a pro-Palestinian professor who excuses terrorism. At the 2003 event, poetry reportedly was read comparing Israelis to Osama bin Laden and accusing the Jewish state of terrorism.
The White House defended President Obamas trip to Denmark this week to promote Chicagos bid for the Olympic Games, saying health care reform is in good enough shape for him to miss a couple of days. I think he believes he can do this and get back in time, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. He felt strongly and personally that he should go and make the case of the United States, and thats what hes going to do. Obama will lead a delegation that includes first lady Michelle Obama, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Oprah Winfrey and others. The International Olympic Committee on Friday will choose the site of the 2016 Summer Games. Also in contention are Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Tokyo; and Madrid, Spain.
Obama science czar John Holdren stated in a college textbook that "illegitimate children" born to unwed mothers could be taken by the government and put up for adoption if the mother refused to have an abortion.
Obama said on Tuesday the war in Afghanistan was not purely an "American battle" but was a broader Nato mission, as he met the western alliance's chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen. "This is not a American battle, this is a Nato mission," Obama told reporters after the Oval Office meeting, which comes as he launches a series of intense talks on whether to send more US soldiers to the Afghan war.
Cuba and the US are in high level talks. A senior level diplomat has held high level talks with the Cuban government in Havana. State department official Bisa Williams held the unannounced talks with Cuba's deputy foreign minister during a visit to Cuba earlier this month,
Critics are lambasting President Obama for hitting the pause button on the war in Afghanistan, making U.S. commanders seeking thousands more troops there wait for a decision as he tries to get the "strategy right first." "The
commander in chief is the commander in chief, period," said retired Army Lt. Col. James Carafano, a senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "You can't fight a war from Washington D.C. There's only one way this works: You have trust and confidence in the leaders on the ground, or you don't."
The Obamas -- and their ties to the most senior members of Chicago 2016 are far more extensive than the mainstream media has bothered to uncover. Obama senior adviser David Axelrod's firm, AKPD Message and Media, which employs his son, and which owes Axelrod money, is one of the contractors on the Chicago Olympics bid. Senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett has been deeply involved in the strategizing for the Olympics bid since before the 2008 election, and until accepting her job in the White House she was a deputy chairwoman of the Chicago Olympics Host Committee. Both have close ties to a number of Chicago 2016 committee members.
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, is making it known he's not happy with President Obama's recent meddling in the state's 2010 gubernatorial race. "The whole thing to me was not presidential," Rangel told the New York Daily News over the weekend. "It wasn't good for the president, and it wasn't good for the governor.
The Obama administration is planning to push for new sanctions against Iran, targeting its energy, financial and telecommunications sectors if it does not comply with international demands to come clean about its nuclear program, according to U.S. officials.
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday easily rejected the inclusion of a government-run "public" insurance option, backed by President Barack Obama, in its sweeping healthcare reform bill.
The United States called on its close ally Israel on Tuesday to conduct credible investigations into allegations of war crimes committed by its forces in Gaza, saying it would help the Middle East peace process
White House Director of Political Affairs, Patrick Gaspard, has close ties to Bertha Lewis and to ACORN
Newly discovered evidence shows the radical advocacy group ACORN has a man in the Obama White House. This power behind the throne is longtime ACORN operative Patrick Gaspard. He holds the title of White House political affairs director, the same title Karl Rove held in President Bush's White House. Evidence shows that years before he joined the Obama administration, Gaspard was ACORN boss Bertha Lewis's political director in New York.
If the academic year gets pushed deeper into summer, as President Obama is advocating, the grumbling will not be limited just to students and teachers who will be forced to spend more days in school. Critics say the president's call for a longer academic calendar and a shorter summer vacation will bring on a host of unintended consequences -- including increased costs for school systems, major cuts to the nation's hotel and tourism industries, and a serious blow to summer camp operators.
Wall Street executives feel betrayed by Obama. They won't admit it in public -- but in private conversations, the top guys on Wall Street are feeling burned. The execs who had such hopes for the president are now wondering fearfully just how radical he really is.
"The List" for 9/28/2009
The U.S. wont recognize a scheduled November election in Honduras without a resolution to the political crisis that began with a coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya in June, a State Department aide said.
A Wall Street Journal writer has documented President Obama's history with ACORN, the now-beleaguered organizing enterprise that was found by a team of undercover volunteers apparently willing to aid and abet in child prostitution and tax evasion, goes back 20 years.
The Obama administration is working up plans to push for new sanctions against Iran, targeting its energy, financial and telecommunications sectors if it does not comply with international demands to come clean about its nuclear program, U.S. officials said Monday.
Obama State Dept.: Gitmo detainees are "Refugees"
VIDEO: Obama from 2008- "Losing is not an option" and says "Troop levels need to increase"
An Obama administration task force has so far cleared 75 of the remaining 223 Guantanamo prisoners for release as part of its effort to close the detention camp, a military spokesman said on Monday.
The White House has ended weeks of hesitation over how to respond to the Afghan election by accepting President Karzai as the winner despite evidence that up to 20 per cent of ballots cast may have been fraudulent.
Poles indignant that the White House altered the missile shield plansThe government should be required to fund abortion in cases such as rape or incest, argues President Obama's newly confirmed regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein.
Obama's trip to Copenhagen, Denmark for the International Olympics Committee meeting just happens to take him out of the country the day the unemployment numbers for September are announced. T he flight to Copenhagen takes about eight hours, so at a cost of $56,518 per hour (according to a 2006 report) to fly Air Force One, the cost to taxpayers for this trip is roughly $904,288.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has a message for other countries seeking to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games: in the fight the "gloves are off."
The military general credited with capturing Saddam Hussein and killing the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, says he has spoken with President Obama only once since taking command in Afghanistan.
The United States blasted ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya for his "irresponsible and foolish" return from exile before a settlement was reached in the Central American country's political crisis.
Despite federal lawmakers' pledge of transparency, the final stages of most money trails, along with key information about job impacts, will remain invisible to users of the Recovery.org website when it debuts next month. Only details of a stimulus grant's passage through its first two stops after it leaves the federal government must be reported, according to guidance memos from the White House Office of Management and Budget. - billions of dollars will be untrackable and thousands of recipients will be left unidentified through the database, officials acknowledge. "That isn't transparent, and that's the primary concern," said Craig Jennings, senior policy analyst for OMB Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank examining stimulus spending.
"The List" for 9/27/2009
China formally ordered an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe into imports of US poultry, according to the Ministry of Commerce. China first announced it would launch an anti-dumping probe into US poultry exports and automobile parts, just days after US President Obama announced new tariffs on US imports of Chinese-made tyres on September 11. Preceding the G20 summit earlier this week, Chinese President Hu Jintao made China's concern over the new tax clear in a meeting with his US counterpart. 'The recent US decision to impose special safeguard measures on tyres imported from China contradicts the interests of both countries, and similar cases should not recur,' Hu was quoted as saying in a report by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In an article on the subject published Sunday, the Associated Press mysteriously hid the seriousness of this revelation while never once mentioning the Republican push to solve this problem four years ago, or that Democrats in January 2006 -- including Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) -- actually applauded the death of the previous year's reform efforts.
A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000.
Federal Insurance to be withdrawn from money-market accounts by the treasury
Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday denied any rift between the US military and the White House over the war in Afghanistan, and suggested a possible radical shift in strategy was unlikely.
Iran said it test-fired short-range missiles in a show of force Sunday as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that the country would have to prove it is not developing nuclear weapons or face more sanctions.
Obama's safe school czar, Kevin Jennings, encouraged child sex with an older man. In this one case in which Mr. Jennings had a real chance to protect a young boy from a sexual predator, he not only failed to do what the law required but actually encouraged the relationship.
A top official in the Obama Administration has at last admitted what intelligence agents and Israeli government officials have been warning about for years: Iran intends to build a nuclear arsenal. "The reality is there is no military option that does anything more than buy time
Big job losses and a spike in early retirement claims from laid-off seniors will force Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years, the first time that's happened since the 1980s. The deficits $10 billion in 2010 and $9 billion in 2011 won't affect payments to retirees because Social Security has accumulated surpluses from previous years totaling $2.5 trillion. But they will add to the overall federal deficit.
The Obama administration is close to selecting a location on U.S. soil to house some detainees from the controversial American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an administration official said on Saturday.
Ten Republican senators have written to National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman, expressing concern that the Obama administration may have violated federal law by trying to use the agency for political purposes -- something the White House and NEA have denied
VIDEO: Former President Bill Clinton says the vast right-wing conspiracy still exists and wants President Obama to fail.
Has it been 36 weeks already? Feels like years.
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Oh my, there is so much to post, hope Free Republic’s site has enough space.
Nice job on keeping us informed.
This entry: "The Department of Justice has hired a team of partisan Democrat campaign bloggers to work at the Department."
may be little noted, but, if true, it probably speaks louder than any other item in terms of showing the true "quality of character" and ultimate intentions of this administration.
Actually, that is one of the more interesting items for the week. Given the track record of this White House, it is possible that this is to monitor all of us, not external threats.
Thanks for your OUTSTANDING work Nachum! I was unaware of many of these items linked.
put me on your list please...:)
Exactly. And you and I pay for it.
He’s keeping you busy.
I never dreamed that these people were capable of this.