Daily Archives: October 16, 2009

Secretary Chu Announces New Investments in Cutting-Edge Wind Energy Research Facilities

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“Wind power has the potential to provide 20% of our electricity and create hundreds of thousands of jobs,” said Secretary Chu. “We need to position the United States as the clear leader in this industry”

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced new investments today in three university-led wind energy research facilities that will enhance the United States’ leadership role in testing and producing the most advanced and efficient wind turbines in the world. The funding is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the research will focus on improving both land-based and offshore wind generation.
Three university-led consortia have been selected for up to $24 million to support university research and development programs to improve land-based and offshore wind turbine performance and reliability, as well as provide career educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in wind energy technologies. The three competitively selected, university-led projects will include partners from private industry, state and local governments, and other universities. The projects selected today support the Obama Administration’s focus on increasing clean energy generation, while supporting the long-term development of a clean energy workforce.

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For more information about the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program click here: Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program Web site.

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Celebracion! In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina (Full PBS Video)

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The Politics Don’t Add Up

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(editors note: Coming Soon from 44-D’s Ogenec: “Health Care: A Diatribe in Three Acts– Act TWO”)


Why health care reform will cost more than Congress and Obama say it will.
By John Dickerson– Slate.com

President Obama has said he will not sign a health care reform bill unless it’s paid for. If it doesn’t lower costs, he will suggest spending cuts to make sure the deficit doesn’t grow. That’s a promise he says he will keep. But what about future presidents and members of Congress?

The question is not exactly a hypothetical: Today’s rush to send money to seniors gives us a pretty good idea of the answer. For the first time since 1975, the Social Security Administration has announced, seniors will not receive an annual cost-of-living adjustment in their Social Security benefits. The move makes good policy sense—the formula used by the SSA shows the cost of living has not increased in the past year. But it’s also politically unpopular. That’s why members of Congress and the president are trying to give seniors more money.

When the Congressional Budget Office determined that the Senate finance committee’s health care legislation would not add to the deficit, reform supporters heralded the news. Further, said the CBO, the bill would meet another important Obama priority: It would start to chip away at long-term health care costs. Budget watchdogs were skeptical, though.

Former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin was even more so. “What they’re saying is: ‘Your fantasies add up. I could say to CBO: ‘Hi, I’d like to make 5 million a year and live in a 125-room mansion. Does it work?’ And CBO says ‘yes,’ but that isn’t going to happen.”

The former policy director for the McCain campaign, now with the Manhattan Institute, wasn’t quibbling with the CBO’s math. He just didn’t think future politicians would keep the promises the bill was holding them to. According to one proposal, for example, if health care savings don’t materialize in the coming years, automatic cuts in health care funding will kick in. Holtz-Eakin, not unreasonably, sees this as unlikely. Budget experts also worry that Congress will not reduce payments to providers as scheduled or follow through with planned Medicare cuts.

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Former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin appeared today on MSNBC discussing these issues:

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Coming Soon from 44-D’s Ogenec: “Health Care: A Diatribe in Three Acts– Act TWO”
Read Act One Here: Health Care: A Diatribe in Three Acts– Act One


Related Story: Growing Approval Of Health Plan – CBS News Video

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Beau Biden is ‘Absolutely‘ Considering Running for Father’s Senate Seat

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joebidenandsonbeauAssociated Press—Vice President Joe Biden’s son, who has returned after serving a tour with the Army National Guard in Iraq, says he’ll take his time to decide whether to seek his father’s Senate seat.

Interviewed on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, Beau Biden said he’s “absolutely” considering running for the seat Joseph Biden held before becoming vice president.

But the younger Biden also said he wants to spend time with his family and that he also wants to resume his work as Delaware’s attorney general. He said, “First things first … there’s time to make that decision.”

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Auto-Tune The News‘ Takes on Health Care Debate, Rep. Alan Grayson, and Obama’s Nobel Prize

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AUTO-TUNE-THE-NEWS-largekeithoHuffington Post––Michael and Andrew Gregory are back with their NINTH installment of “Auto-Tune the News.” So far they’ve taken on Sean Hannity in a gorilla costume, spiced up climate change speeches by GOPers, and used Arianna Huffington’s serious words on the drug war to make light of their own reckless youths. Now they’ve moved on to the health care debate, Keith Olberman, Congressman Alan Grayson and President Obama’s Peace Prize.

Enjoy!

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TRMS Takes Down Another One: Rachel Maddow vs Tim Phillips

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Teachers Are Key to a Successful Economy by First Lady Michelle Obama

Op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady with daughters Sasha and Malia

First Lady with daughters Sasha and Malia

This is a busy time of year in the Obama household. Like so many parents all across this country, I watch with a mixture of pride and anxiety as my daughters stuff their backpacks, kiss me goodbye, and move ahead in another school year without so much as a backwards glance.

My girls are now making new friends, tackling challenging new subjects, and moving closer to becoming the strong, confident women I know they can be. But when I see them come home, bursting with excitement about something they have learned or someone they have met, I can’t help but think that some of the most influential people in my daughters’ lives won’t be the ones they socialize with on the playground or read about in the pages of a book—they will be the people who stand up every day in front of their classrooms.

classroomWe all remember the impact a special teacher had on us—a teacher who refused to let us fall through the cracks; who pushed us and believed in us when we doubted ourselves; who sparked in us a lifelong curiosity and passion for learning. Decades later, we remember the way they made us feel and the things they inspired us to do—how they challenged us and changed our lives. So it’s not surprising that studies show that the single most important factor affecting students’ achievement is the caliber of their teachers. And when we think about the qualities that make an outstanding teacher—boundless energy and endless patience; vision and a sense of purpose; the creativity to help us see the world in a different way; commitment to helping us discover and fulfill our potential—we realize: These are also the qualities of a great leader.

Today, more than ever before, we need precisely this kind of leadership in our classrooms. As the president has frequently said, in a 21st-century global economy where jobs can be shipped to any place with an Internet connection and children here in America will be competing with children around the world for the same jobs, a good education is no longer just one road to opportunity—it is the only road. And good teachers aren’t just critical for the success of our students. They are the key to the success of our economy.

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