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2011 White House Tribal Nations Conference Progress Report

DC Update from the Whitehouse

Achieving a Brighter Future for Tribal Nations

Executive Summary

At the White House Tribal Nations Conference on December 16, 2010, President Obama, joined by Cabinet Secretaries and other senior Administration officials from the Departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency, met with leaders invited from all 565 federally recognized tribes to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. government and tribal governments. In his opening remarks, President Obama discussed his Administration’s comprehensive strategy, developed in consultation with tribal governments, to meet the challenges facing Indian Country—including growing the economy and creating jobs; taking land into trust for federally recognized tribes; improving health care for Native Americans and all Americans; enhancing tribal schools from primary education to tribal colleges; and reforming the way justice is served on Indian reservations.

President Obama also announced that the United States was lending support to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Declaration). Like the Administration’s strategy for Indian Country, the decision to support the Declaration followed multiple consultation sessions with tribal leaders and other meetings with interested groups and individuals. However, the decision to support the Declaration was not an end in itself. As President Obama made clear: “What matters far more than words—what matters far more than any resolution or declaration—are actions to match those words.”

The Administration’s commitment to that standard of action is reflected in the many federal policies and programs discussed throughout this report that are being implemented by federal agencies in response to concerns raised by American Indians and Alaska Natives. These policies are focused on healthcare, education, public safety and economic development for American Indian and Alaska Native communities and protecting tribal lands and the environment. And federal agencies will continue to be informed by the Declaration as they implement these policies and develop new initiatives together with tribal leaders.

President Barack Obama meets with tribal leaders

Obama Administration Accomplishments for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have made tremendous progress in addressing the major issues of concern to Indian Country. Underlying this progress is President Obama’s strong belief that tribal leaders must be part of the solution and have a seat at the table. At both the 2009 and 2010 White House Tribal Nations Conferences, tribal leaders had discussions with the President and Cabinet officials. In addition, at the 2009 Conference, the President signed a memorandum directing federal agencies to fully implement an Executive Order on tribal consultation. Both actions have led to greater tribal consultation and feedback that has helped shape the Administration’s policy priorities for American Indians and Alaska Natives, which have included improving the quality of care offered by the Indian Health Service, promoting economic development in Indian Country, and making tribal communities safer.

The following highlights some of the key accomplishments that this Administration has achieved in support of Native Americans.

  • Strengthening the Government-to-Government Relationship: In 2009, President Obama signed a memorandum to signal a new era in the government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes, which has improved communication and inclusiveness. The President directed every agency to develop detailed plans to fully implement Executive Order 13175, “Consultation and Coordination with Tribal Governments.” Federal agencies have submitted the required plans and progress reports, and consultations are now at historic levels. In addition, the President has hosted two White House Tribal Nations Conferences, inviting tribal leaders from each of the 565 federal recognized tribes to meet with Cabinet secretaries and senior Administration officials.
     
  • Improving Health Care and Healthy Living: President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, which is improving the quality of health care and make it more accessible and affordable for all Americans, including Native Americans. The law permanently authorized new and expanded programs and services available to those who use the Indian Health Service, which includes most American Indians and Alaska Natives. In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! in Indian Country, bringing together federal agencies, local communities, nonprofits, corporate partners, and tribes to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in Indian Country within a generation by creating a healthy start on life for children; ensuring families access to healthy, affordable, traditional foods; and increasing opportunities for physical activity.
     
  • Promoting Sustainable Economic Development in Indian Country: President Obama has taken significant steps to promote the economic well-being of Native Americans. The Recovery Act provided more than $3 billion to help tribal communities renovate schools on reservations, spur job creation in tribal economies, improve housing and energy efficiency, and support health facilities and policing services. Recognizing that Indian Country faces unique challenges when it comes to sustainable economic development, the White House Rural Council is working across federal agencies to address these challenges and promote economic prosperity and quality of life in Indian Country and across rural America. The Administration has already made important investments in infrastructure to support economic development in Indian Country. In order to bring high-speed, affordable broadband into tribal communities, both the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce have dedicated programs for this effort and have awarded loans and grants worth over $1.5 billion for projects to benefit tribal areas.  
     
  • Making Tribal Communities Safer: President Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) into law in July 2010. The TLOA gives tribes greater sentencing authority, improves defendants’ rights, establishes new guidelines and training for officers handling domestic violence and sex crimes, strengthens services to victims; helps combat alcohol and drug abuse, helps at-risk youth, and expands recruitment and retention of Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal officers and gives them better access to criminal databases. Also, in July 2011, the Department of Justice submitted to Congress a legislative proposal that would recognize certain tribes’ power to exercise concurrent criminal authority over domestic-violence cases, regardless of whether the defendant is Indian or non-Indian. This proposal would significantly improve safety for Native women and allow federal and tribal law enforcement agencies to hold more perpetrators of domestic violence accountable for their crimes. 
     
  • Resolving Longstanding Disputes: President Obama has resolved several significant and longstanding Native American legal claims against the United States. In 2010, the Administration reached a $760 million settlement with Native American farmers and ranchers in the Keepseagle case, alleging discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in loan programs. Under the agreement, USDA will pay $680 million in damages and forgive $80 million of outstanding farm loan debt. President Obama also signed into law the Claims Resolution Act which includes the Cobell v. Salazar settlement agreement. This class-action suit lawsuit regarding the U.S. government’s trust management and accounting of over three hundred thousand individual American Indian trust accounts had been long-running and highly contentious. In addition, the Claims Resolution Act included four water settlements benefitting seven tribes in Arizona, Montana, and New Mexico.
     
  • Addressing Indigenous Issues: The President announced the United States’ support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in December 2010. President Obama and his Administration are working to improve relations with indigenous peoples by looking to the principles embodied in the Declaration in its dealings with federally recognized tribes, while also working with all indigenous individuals and communities in the United States.
     
  • Ensuring Greater Representation for Native Americans: To ensure that Native Americans are represented in this Administration, President Obama appointed Larry Echo Hawk of the Pawnee Nation as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, Dr. Yvette Roubideaux of the Rosebud Sioux tribe as the Director of the Indian Health Service, Hilary Tompkins of the Navajo Nation as the Solicitor of the Interior, Lillian Sparks of the Rosebud and Oglala Sioux Tribes as Commissioner for the Administration for Native Americans, Tracie Stevens of the Tulalip Tribes as Chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, Charles Galbraith of the Navajo Nation as Deputy Associate Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Kimberly Teehee of the Cherokee Nation as Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Domestic Policy Council, and others. Working with tribal leaders, this team is helping shape federal policies that impact tribal communities.

The Full Report is here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/2011whtnc_report.pdf

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January 26, 2012 Posted by | Native News, Updates | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Congress to Vote on what IS ‘Politically Correct’ on the Internet. Take ACTION Now!

As a Native American Entreprenuer, I have started 5 different Online Internet companies.

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These two pieces of legislation (SOPA & PIPA) threaten to:

  • Require web services, like the ones we helped found, to monitor what users link to, or upload. This would have a chilling effect on innovation;
  • Deny website owners the right to due process of law;
  • Give the U.S. Government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran; and
  • Undermine security online by changing the basic structure of the Internet.

Even just the ONE of these being approved would change the way we, as Internet Users, would be able to utilize the web services , as well as us as owners would be able to offer these services.

So let’s show an example of how it will be:

Imagine the Facebook/Google+ users, millions upon millions at a time, posting updates & links. Now the owners of Facebook/Google+ would be responsible to monitor what is posted & linked to! An impossibly hard task in itself, an unfair task to us, to say who can approve what we can & cannot post, and of course another task for the new entreprenuers & businesses to take responsibility to ensure that thier users (milions & eventually billions) are posting ‘politically correct’ content!

Meaning that the web service owners would be monitoring the postings for key words or phrases & that the links would have to be checked for the same before being able to be posted. And the users posting it would be flagged to be ‘censored’ & probably investigated by some, as of yet, unknown agency doing the monitoring!

So is this all going to happen on the fly, or will there be a delay for processing??

It all sounds like the beginning of a new McCarthyism movement, going viral!

What do you think? Feel free to comment below…

“As a Native American Entreprenuer, I have started 5 different Online Internet companies. Even just the ONE of these actions, such as ‘Require web services to monitor what users link to or upload’ , being approved would change the way we, as Internet Users, would be able to utilize the web services , as well as us, as owners of online businesses, would be able to offer these services.”

Evans Craig, Native American Entrepreneur

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SOPA & PIPA

Wikipedia: https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/SOPA/Blackoutpage

Google: https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

 

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Google on SOPA/PIPA

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

Tell Congress: Don’t censor the Web

Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.

Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA. Go to this Google ‘Take Action’ page to sign the petition:

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Wikipedia on SOPA/PIPA

https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/SOPA/Blackoutpage

Why is Wikipedia blacked-out?

Wikipedia is protesting against SOPA and PIPA by blacking out the English Wikipedia for 24 hours, beginning at midnight January 18, Eastern Time. Readers who come to English Wikipedia during the blackout will not be able to read the encyclopedia. Instead, you will see messages intended to raise awareness about SOPA and PIPA, encouraging you to share your views with your representatives, and with each other on social media.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:CongressLookup?zip=22310&submit=Look+up

Call your elected officials.

Tell them you are their constituent, and you oppose SOPA and PIPA.

Why?

SOPA and PIPA would put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won’t have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn’t being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won’t show up in major search engines. SOPA and PIPA would build a framework for future restrictions and suppression.

In a world in which politicians regulate the Internet based on the influence of big money, Wikipedia — and sites like it — cannot survive.

Congress says it’s trying to protect the rights of copyright owners, but the “cure” that SOPA and PIPA represent is worse than the disease. SOPA and PIPA are not the answer: they would fatally damage the free and open Internet.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more

What are SOPA and PIPA?

SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. SOPA is short for the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” and PIPA is an acronym for the “Protect IP Act.” (“IP” stands for “intellectual property.”) In short, these bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but, in our opinion, they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet. Detailed information about these bills can be found in the

Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act articles on Wikipedia, which are available during the blackout. GovTrack lets you follow both bills through the legislative process: SOPA on this page, and PIPA on this one. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the public interest in the digital realm, has summarized why these bills are simply unacceptable in a world that values an open, secure, and free Internet.

Evans Craig | DC Internet Marketing | Nations Internet | Internet Technology Service | First Nations Internet Cafe | Tribal Mall

January 18, 2012 Posted by | Updates | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

1000’s flock to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial today!

DC Update

There were 1000’s of visitors today at the NEW Martin Luther King Memorial today here in Washington, DC.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC

What some of the visitors had to say about thier visit today:

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial visitors

Also, Here is a little about the Memorial when it opened this past summer:

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January 16, 2012 Posted by | Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Online Course Introduced for Native American Small Business Owners

DC Update: SBA News Release

U.S. Small Business Administration Press Office

Release Date: January 4, 2012
Release Number: 12-02
Contact: Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059
Internet Address: www.sba.gov/news
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New Online Course Introduced for Native American Small Business Owners

WASHINGTON – Native American entrepreneurs have a new tool to help determine if they’re ready for business ownership and to help them get started. Native American Small Business Primer: Strategies for Success is a free, self-paced online business course developed for Native American business owners. The course provides an overview of basic business principles and makes them aware of the programs and services available from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Native American Small Business Primer: Strategies for Success will enhance the agency’s effort to provide important resources for emerging Native American entrepreneurs,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “Our ultimate goal is to help create jobs and stimulate economic and business development in our Native American communities. This course is an essential business development tool for the entrepreneur’s toolbox.”

SBA's Starting an Online BusinessThe new online course: emphasizes business planning and market research as essential steps to take before going into business; informs Native American entrepreneurs about the legal aspects of starting a business, including the type of ownership (legal structure) and licensing; and provides key information on seed money for starting up, raising capital, and borrowing money. In addition, there is a section on how to estimate business start-up costs that can help assess the financial needs of going into business.

The course is available from the SBA’s Online Small Business Training web page under Online Courses for Starting Your Business at http://www.sba.gov/content/online-courses-starting-your-business.

SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs works to ensure that American Indian, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian communities have full access to all SBA programs and services. Each year, more than 200,000 American Indian and Alaska Native and 29,000 Native Hawaiian-owned businesses add billions to the American economy.

Course participants completing the online training programs can earn a certificate of completion from the SBA, with their name, date and course title. The Native American Small Business Primer course is one of nearly 30 online tutorials offered by the SBA’s Online Business Training (www.sba.gov/training). Free courses are offered on Starting a Business, Managing a Business, Financing a Business, and Contracting.

SBA can also help pair new business owners with expert advisers, counseling and mentoring services through an SBA representative or resource partner about management assistance, financing options, or participating local SBA lenders.

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January 10, 2012 Posted by | Native News, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

A look back at “The President’s Speech”

A DC Update

At the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in April, President Obama joked about a sequel to the film “The King’s Speech” that hits closer to home. The President offered a sneak peak of the parody at the annual event.

Don’t Miss: This video needs no explanation. See for yourself why it has almost 500,000 views

 

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December 31, 2011 Posted by | Updates | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Secretary Salazar Approves Renewable Energy Projects in California, Oregon

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Date: December 29, 2011
Contact: Adam Fetcher (DOI) 202-208-6416

Secretary Salazar Approves Renewable Energy Projects in California, Oregon

Projects advance solar, wind energy development on public lands; Will deliver power for 112,500 homes, support over 600 jobs and generate millions in local tax revenue

WASHINGTON DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the approval of two renewable energy projects that further advance President Obama’s initiative for a rapid and responsible move to utility-scale production of renewable energy. The projects – a solar plant in California and a wind farm in Oregon – will be built on private lands and will use power lines that cross public lands to connect to their respective power grids. When built, the projects will deliver 379 megawatts of power – or enough to power 112,500 homes – and help support over 600 jobs through construction and operations.

“Today’s projects are the 26th and 27th renewable energy projects that Interior has advanced in just the last two years,” Secretary Salazar said. “As we continue to move thoughtfully and quickly toward a clean energy future, these projects are strengthening local economies by generating good jobs and reliable power.”

In California, the Centinela Solar Energy Project is a 275-megawatt solar energy power plant that will connect via a 230-kilovolt transmission line to the existing San Diego Gas & Electric Imperial Valley Substation. The solar plant will be located on 2,067 acres of previously disturbed private land near El Centro, California. Interior approved the right-of-way for 19 acres for the power line on public land, and Imperial County gave a green-light to the solar power plant on December 27, 2011. The project would support at least 367 jobs, generate more than $30 million in tax revenue over the life of the project, and deliver enough electricity to power about 82,500 homes. For a fact sheet on the project, click here. Click here for a map.

In Oregon, the North Steens Transmission Line Project is a 44-mile, 230-kilovolt power line that will carry power from a proposed wind power project on the north side of Steens Mountain in Harney County to Harney Electric Cooperative’s existing electrical transmission grid. The wind project, proposed on private land near Diamond, Oregon, would generate 104 megawatts, enough to power about 30,000 homes. The project would support 235 jobs and generate $4.5 million in local tax revenue of the life of the project. For a fact sheet on the project, click here. Click here for a map.

Today’s announcements follow a series of solar, wind, geothermal and transmission facility approvals resulting from Interior’s renewable energy program that has focused the Department’s resources to prioritize and process existing applications in a coordinated, focused manner with full environmental analysis and public review.

In the past two years, Salazar has used this approach to approve 27 major renewable energy projects, or the transmission and roads associated with them, on public lands. When constructed, the projects are expected to create over 12,500 construction and operational jobs and produce nearly 6,600 megawatts of energy, enough to power 2.3 million American homes. These projects include 16 utility-scale solar energy facilities, four wind projects and seven geothermal plants.

Both the projects approved today underwent extensive environmental review and reflect strong efforts to mitigate potential environmental impacts, such as requiring funding for the acquisition of 80 acres of additional habitat for the flat-tailed horned lizard in California, and requirements that minimize audio and visual impacts from the Oregon project.

“Land stewardship is an important part of any energy project, including renewables,” said Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, whose agency worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state and local agencies, members of the environmental and conservation communities, interested stakeholders, and the companies to minimize the projects’ potential impacts to resources. “We use these lands now, but it is also important to make decisions that help ensure future generations get to use and benefit from these resources just as we do.”

Because the development on private land is connected to the federal Right of Way for the transmission lines and cannot proceed without Interior approval, the Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment had to consider the impacts of the projects’ entire generation and transmission, including the components located on private lands.

December 29, 2011 Posted by | Updates | Leave a comment

Tribal Nations Conference

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President Obama Speaks at the 2011 Tribal Nations Conference

An Update from Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Dear Evans,

On Friday, December 2, 2011, the White House hosted the Tribal Nations Conference at the Interior Department. The conference continued the meaningful government-to-government dialogue that has made the march of progress happening in Indian Country possible. During his remarks, President Obama again reiterated his deep commitment to making government work better to fulfill our trust management duties, support tribal self-determination and empower American Indian and Alaska Natives to unlock the economic potential of Indian communities. You can watch the President’s remarks here:

This is a promise shared throughout the Obama administration, and Friday’s conference was a great manifestation of the progress we’ve made – bringing together several members of the President’s cabinet, key federal officials from across the administration as well as the White House, and leaders from more than 565 federally-recognized tribes.

During the morning session, I had the pleasure of announcing the promising results of a pilot program to reduce the high incidence of violent crime on four Indian reservations. The Safe Indian Communities initiative, a two-year program that included targeted community policing, achieved a 35 percent overall decrease in violent crime across the four communities.

We know that safer Indian communities mean stronger Indian communities. The positive results from the pilot program are extremely encouraging and far surpassed our goals. We are committed to building on that progress and will be expanding the Safe Indian Communities initiative to other reservations that are experiencing high levels of violent crime.

And throughout last week, I was proud to announce several other initiatives – developed in consultation with tribal leaders – that strengthen consultations, restore greater control to individual American Indians and Alaska Natives and tribes over their lands, reform trust asset management and resolve water rights disputes:

  1. The comprehensive and transparent consultation policy will provide a strong, meaningful role for tribal governments at all stages of federal decision-making on Indian policy. The draft policy embodies the best consultation practices and most innovative methods available, contains detailed accountability requirements for Interior managers, responds to the needs of tribal leaders to be more engaged in policy development and promotes more responsible decision-making on issues affecting Indian Country.
  2. The sweeping reform of antiquated, “one-size-fits-all” federal leasing regulations for the 56 million surface acres the federal government holds in trust for tribes and individual Indians will provide landowners certainty and flexibility on the use of their land. The revised regulations, the most comprehensive reform of Indian land leasing rules in more than 50 years, will streamline the approval process for home ownership, expedite business leases and spur renewable energy development in Indian Country.
  3. The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform was activated by naming five prominent tribal leaders to this national commission to undertake a forward-looking, comprehensive evaluation of how Interior manages nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust funds. The goal is to make the trust administration system more transparent, responsive, customer-friendly and accountable.
  4. The release of $21 million under the Soboba of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act marks the final step in an historic water rights settlement and fulfills promises made to the Soboba Band and southern California communities when Congress approved the Act in 2008. The settlement will stabilize water supplies in the San Jacinto River Basin and enhance economic development opportunities for the Soboba Band and its neighbors.

These initiatives build on other Administration achievements during the past three years, including the historic $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement that addresses long-standing injustices; $1 billion in settlements to meet the critical water needs of Native American communities; the Tribal Law and Order Act, which allowed federal agencies to accelerate their focus on safe tribal communities; and acquiring more than 157,000 acres of land in trust on behalf of tribal nations.

Over the last three years we have made tremendous progress in Indian Country.  A lot of that progress is possible because the ideas that tribal leadership has shared at these conferences.  But we know we haven’t solved all of our problems and there is much work to be done. But I am confident with your help there isn’t anything we cannot achieve. As the President said today, this Administration has your back.

Sincerely,

Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior

December 8, 2011 Posted by | Native News | , , | 1 Comment

Trick-or-Treat with the President and First Lady

DC Update from the Whitehouse Blog

Last night, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome area students and the children of military families to the White House for trick-or-treating.

Check out the video below,  of the President and First Lady handing out cookies, White House M&M’s and dried fruit mix to trick-or-treaters at the North Portico of the White House.


The White House and the surrounding grounds are decorated in celebration of Halloween. As the trick-or-treaters made their way across the North Lawn to the North Portico they were entertained by the Marine Band playing Halloween music and spooked by in-costume actors from Washington-area theatres, brought together by theatre Washington.

For the recipes, see The Whitehouse Blog

October 31, 2011 Posted by | Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama Care Fails: We Can’t Take “No” for An Answer

 Last night, Republicans blocked the American Jobs Act. Not a single member of the Republican Party voted for the bill which independent economists estimate would put up to 1.9 million Americans back to work next year.

Read Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer’s blog post on the consequences of Republicans in the Senate blocking the American Jobs Act.

Photo of the Day

Whitehouse Photo of the Day

President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security team in the Situation Room of the White House, Oct. 11, 2011, to thank them for their work in disrupting a plot to assassinate Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 13, 2011 Posted by | Updates | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Creating a new law that makes the world a more fun place.

DC Update

President Obama’s “Photo of the Day”

President Obama: “I’m with Ronald Reagan”President Obama spoke yesterday at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, on how the American Jobs Act will put thousands of teachers back into schools and make sure that all Americans are paying their fair share.

The President noted a certain well-known Republican who agreed it was “crazy” that certain tax loopholes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary:

You know who this guy was? Wasn’t a Democrat. Wasn’t some crazy socialist. It was Ronald Reagan. It was Ronald Reagan. Last time I checked, Republicans all thought Reagan made some sense. So, the next time you hear one of those Republicans in Congress accusing you of class warfare, you just tell them, I’m with Ronald Reagan.

Photo of the Day

President Barack Obama talks with children during a tour of the Lab School’s early childhood education classrooms at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, Oct. 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

October 5, 2011 Posted by | Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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