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President Obama Congratulates U.S. Naval Academy Football Team for Seventh Straight Win

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Written by Jesse Lee

President Barack Obama (L) receives a jersey from Osei Asante (R) of the Navy football team Midshipmen during the presentation ceremony of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy at the East Room of the White House May 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. The team was being honored for winning the trophy for the seventh consecutive year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

This afternoon, President Obama presented the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy football team for their seventh consecutive win. The President joked that after consulting White House counsel, the team was “only allowed to come back here one more time before it’s somebody else’s turn.” He congratulated them for seven straight wins against Air Force and eight against the Army, calling it an impressive win for “one of the biggest rivalries in sports, period.”

The President congratulated quarterback Ricky Dobbs for setting the NCAA rushing touchdown record at 27, and joked that Ricky’s announcement for presidency in 2040 was a bit much. “But it does mean that when Navy comes back for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy 30 years from now, you might hear a speech from this guy,” the President told the team. He also praised co-captain Ross Pospil for organizing a toy drive last year during a snow storm, thanking the team for their compassion and generosity.

In the end, it’s the willingness to put others above yourselves that sets this team -– and all the service academies  -– apart.  Your days are packed with morning inspections and a full load of classes, football practice, and military duties.  And oftentimes, you’re lucky if you can get a few minutes to yourselves before studying into the night.

But you do it because each of you has a higher calling — to serve your country in a time of war.  As Ross says, “We are always going to be remembered for what we have done on the football field.  That’s all well and good.  But we want to make a difference outside Bancroft Hall, and outside the Academy walls.” And that I think is the kind of ethic that makes us all so proud.

In a few short weeks, 32 of you will have that chance when you become officers in the United States Navy and Marine Corps.  Last year, I was honored to attend the Academy commencement and see firsthand the incredible spirit that drives every Midshipman at Annapolis — in addition to getting two chest bumps.

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New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees and President Obama Team Up for Children’s Fitness

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Dallas Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware, President Barack Obama, Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Pittsburgh Steelers' Troy Polamalu with Washington, D.C.-area children at the White House. Brees said it was the only time he had thrown a pass to someone wearing a Chicago Bears jacket.

Times-Picayune—In support of his United We Serve initiative, President Barack Obama and NFL stars Drew Brees, DeMarcus Ware and Troy Polamalu team up to highlight the importance of fitness for America’s children.

Obama joins Saints quarterback Brees, Steelers safety Polamalu and Cowboys linebacker Ware in a special public service announcement debuting during each of the three NFL games played on Thanksgiving.

The 90-second PSA is a joint effort of the NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign, a league-wide effort to fight childhood obesity by getting kids active for 60 minutes a day, and United We Serve, the president’s initiative encouraging all Americans to participate in community service.

The spot will continue airing throughout the rest of the season in a shorter format.

Through United We Serve, I have challenged all Americans to roll up their sleeves and engage in sustained service to strengthen our communities,” the president said. “For some of us that means volunteering at a soup kitchen or cleaning up a local park. For others, it means taking time to build a playground or volunteering your time to improve the life of a child.

Quarterback Drew Brees

No matter how we serve, we find common purpose when we dedicate ourselves to helping others. This holiday season, I am asking all Americans to find their own way to give back to their communities.”

The Saints’ Brees, who has been a national spokesman for the PLAY 60 campaign for the past two years, said, “We had about 25 minutes and did three different takes. I threw him a couple of passes. He was wearing his Chicago Bears jacket, so there was some ribbing about that.

Thanksgiving is a time when families come together, and it is also a perfect time to focus on the importance of keeping kids healthy and active,” Brees said. “I was honored to spend time with the president on an issue that is clearly important to him. I was also impressed by his wide receiver skills.”

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Saturday 21 NOV 2009– Rivalry Weekend

SENATE DEMOCRATS BEAT GOP FILIBUSTER: 60-39

The Senate voted on party lines Saturday night to overcome a Republican filibuster and bring to the floor a bill that would overhaul the nation’s health-care system.

After days of indecision, the two final Democratic holdouts — Sens. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) and Mary Landrieu (La.) — voted with the rest of the 60 members of their caucus to support a procedural motion to begin debate. Though strictly parliamentary, the vote marks a milestone in the quest for health-care reform reignited by President Obama’s election.

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Sixty Senators? Key Senate Health Care Vote Tonight

Rivalry weekend kicks off today around the country. There’s the PAC-10 clash between Bay Area rivals Cal at Stanford. The Big Ten Battle between Ohio State and Michigan at the Big House in Ann Arbor — and the traditional Ivy League rivalry of the Harvard-Yale game. But none of them will quite compare with a rare Senate floor Cloture Vote.

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Crucial vote to advance Senate healthcare bill seems assured
The last of three Democrats whose support was needed to allow debate on the bill after Thanksgiving says she’ll vote to move the measure along. Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln said she will vote today to bring her party’s healthcare bill to the floor.

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Obama job approval rating drops under 50 percent

President Obama’s job approval rating has dropped below 50 percent in a second major poll in an indication he is suffering from the long healthcare debate and weakness in the economy.

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US army killer talked to extremist imam about cash transfers

Muslim army doctor accused of shooting dead 13 people in Texas exchanged coded emails with radical cleric
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Five Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Term

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Justices of the Supreme Court 2009-10 term

The U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes for its 2009-10 term on Oct. 5, with most of the attention going to the court’s freshest face, newly confirmed Justice Sonia Sotomayor. But Sotomayor and her eight colleagues won’t have a lot of time for orientation: the court will start immediately on a docket of controversial cases that will call on Justices to consider new facets of the Establishment Clause, gun ownership and prison terms for minors, among other issues. In total, the Justices have already agreed to hear 55 cases in the new term. Here are five to keep an eye on.

* Salazar v. Buono
At issue: Whether the government can permit the display of a crucifix on public land as per the Establishment Clause.

* Maryland v. Shatzer
At issue: The scope of the rights of police suspects, as given in the court’s landmark 1966 decision, Miranda v. Arizona.

*Graham v. Florida / Sullivan v. Florida
At issue: Whether life imprisonment for juveniles on nonhomicide charges constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

*National Rifle Association v. Chicago / McDonald v. Chicago
At issue: Second Amendment rights to gun ownership.

*American Needle v. National Football League
At issue: Whether sporting leagues should be exempt from antitrust regulations.

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