Daily Archives: March 24, 2010

Year of the Bicentennial” in the Americas

From Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton…

This year, people across our hemisphere will celebrate the “Year of the Bicentennial.” Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico are marking 200 years of independence. All of us across the Americas are joining together to honor our shared history and the values of democracy, diversity, and tolerance that form our common heritage.

In the last year, our hemisphere has been challenged — from Honduras to Haiti to Chile. And our ability to respond to these crises as a community has been tested. But we have met these challenges together, with faith in our institutions, confidence in our values, and compassion for our friends and neighbors.

We must strive to carry that same spirit of cooperation beyond times of crisis in order to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities facing the people of the Americas. There is so much we can learn from each other and so much we can accomplish together. We can encourage broad-based prosperity, champion democracy and human rights, and ensure that every child born in the Americas has the opportunity to fulfill his or her God-given potential.

This “Year of the Bicentennial” is a time to honor our past while we look to the future — as we continue on our common journey to create better lives for our citizens and even stronger ties between our nations. On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, congratulations and best wishes.

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Obama and Medvedev Set To Sign Breakthrough Arms Pact

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NYT~President Obama and his Russian counterpart, President Dmitri A. Medvedev, have broken through a logjam in their arms control negotiations and expect to sign a new treaty in Prague next month that would slash American and Russian nuclear arsenals, officials from both nations said Wednesday.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev still need to talk once more to finalize the agreement, but officials were optimistic that the deal was nearly done.

The two sides have discussed a signing ceremony in Prague in early April, marking the anniversary of the first meeting between the two presidents and of Mr. Obama’s speech outlining his vision for eventually eliminating nuclear weapons.

The new pact would replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 1991, which expired in December, and would require both sides to reduce their warheads and launchers by more than one-quarter. The agreement is the most significant accomplishment so far for Mr. Obama’s policy of trying to “reset” relations with Russia. It is intended to pave the way for another more far-reaching round of reductions later in his term.

Neither the White House nor the Kremlin would formally comment on Wednesday, but officials on both sides confirmed that an agreement was close to done. A Kremlin official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was basic agreement on the text of the pact, although not all the wording had been finalized. He confirmed that Prague would be the likely location of a signing ceremony, although that too needed to be finalized.

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Hell No You Can’t’ Vs. ‘Yes We Can‘ Mashup: New Viral Video Starring John Boehner

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Speaker Pelosi’s Memo to Republicans: Just What Do You Want to Repeal?

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Release from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Office…

Today, President Obama signed historic health insurance reform legislation passed by the House on Sunday that ensures affordability for the middle class and seniors, accessibility for all Americans, and accountability for the insurance industry.

The Senate is also expected to act on a package of improvements to this bill. Instead of supporting this critical legislation that will make it easier for Americans to obtain affordable, high quality health insurance – Congressional Republicans are calling for the repeal of the legislation and for a return to the status quo.

But which of these provisions – which will be available immediately – do they want to repeal?

  • Will Republicans repeal the small business tax credits that will make employee coverage more affordable?
  • Or the $250 rebate to America’s seniors who have fallen into the Medicare Part D donut hole pay for prescription drug coverage?
  • Will Republicans repeal the ban on insurance companies dropping people from coverage when they get sick?
  • Or the prohibition on insurance companies denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions?
  • Will Republicans repeal the ban on insurance companies placing lifetime caps on coverage or the ban on restrictive annual limits on coverage?
  • Or the new, independent appeals process that ensures consumers have an avenue to appeal decisions by their health insurance plan?
  • Will Republicans repeal the temporary high-risk pool that will provide immediate access to Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition?
  • Or will they repeal the requirement that health plans allow young people to remain on their parents’ health insurance plan up to their 26th birthday?

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Michelle Obama: First Lady of Comic Books, Volume Two

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ABC/Karen Travers~Mrs. Obama may not have any superpowers in the comic book, but she has does have enough star power to warrant a sequel.

The second installment, “Female Force: Michelle Obama: YEAR ONE,” is scheduled for release on Wednesday. The comic sequel brings the First Lady’s story up to date, starting with her husband’s inauguration last January, and chronicles her transition into the White House .

Even before the first issue on Michelle Obama, we realized we were following a dynamic, continuing portrait of history,” said the publisher of “Female Force,” Bluewater president Darren G. Davis in a statement. “I forsee several more chapters as she creates her own agenda and makes her own mark as a “female force.”

The first edition showcased Mrs. Obama’s biography, starting with her childhood in Chicago’s South side, her years at Princeton, and then her husband’s election to the presidency.

Now avid comic readers can learn more about Mrs. Obama’s first year in the White House: her travels around the world, including her pitch for Chicago’s 2016 Summer Olympics bid and her visit with the Queen of England, and the recent launch of her campaign to end childhood obesity.

It’s been an unpredictable twelve months worthy of its own full-length, full-color comic book chronicle,” writer Robert Schnakenberg said in a statement.

Bluewater said that the first issue of Mrs. Obama’s comic sold out a week before it even hits stores.

Looking for more stories on the First Lady? Check out our brand new section: FLOTUS: All Things Michelle Obama

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Photo of the Day: Rocks National Lakeshore

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