Monthly Archives: May 2009

Obama: “Usual Political Games” Over Sotomayor

President Obama pushes for his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court and criticizes those who are using a few of Sotomayor’s comments out of context as playing the “usual political games”.  
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This week, I nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Court of Appeals to replace Justice David Souter, who is retiring after nearly two decades on the Supreme Court. After reviewing many terrific candidates, I am certain that she is the right choice.  In fact, there has not been a nominee in several generations who has brought the depth of judicial experience to this job that she offers.  
Judge Sotomayor’s career began when she served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York, prosecuting violent crimes in America’s largest city. After leaving the DA’s office, she became a litigator, representing clients in complex international legal disputes. Continue Reading →

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How Good is Our Water?

By Grace Kelly -
Jack Heille of Pure Water Technology of Minnesota displays just one test of good drinking water, the amount of particles in drinking water. He demonstrates that drinking water from his purification process has 005 parts per million while St Paul drinking water has 115 parts per million. Jack was challenging everyone to the drink test at Living Green Expo. His water did taste exceptionally good!  
This dramatic test shows one measure of difference between purified water and St Paul city water. Continue Reading →

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Fight for the MN GOP Party Chair

MN GOP candidates vied for Republican Party Chair and Deputy Chair during a debate at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN.  Tony Sutton, Carrie Ruud and Dave Thompson are running for Party Chair, a spot held by Ron Carey, who will not seek a third term.  Incumbent Dorothy Fleming, Michael Brodkorb and Robert Swinehart are running for Deputy Party Chair.  
**http://the-uptake.groups.theuptake.org/en/videogalleryView/id/2086/ Continue Reading →

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Fight for the MN GOP Party Chai

MN GOP candidates vied for Republican Party Chair and Deputy Chair during a debate at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN.  Tony Sutton, Carrie Ruud and Dave Thompson are running for Party Chair, a spot held by Ron Carey, who will not seek a third term.  Incumbent Dorothy Fleming, Michael Brodkorb and Robert Swinehart are running for Deputy Party Chair. Continue Reading →

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Hackers Attack Obama Campaign Website

President Obama reveals that hackers compromised his campaign’s website between August and October of 2008. He says the fundraising site was not hit, but other information was taken from the campaign’s website. He gave this example as he rolled out his Internet security plan. Continue Reading →

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Obama On Net Neutrality And Security

President Obama said he was committed to net neutrality and not monitoring speech on the internet. But he wants the US to develop a prevention and response plan to cyberattacks from terrorists and prevent internet criminals. Obama said internet thieves stole more than $1 Trillion dollars worldwide last year.  
Here is the summary from our Twitter play-by-play
 
10:10 AM theuptake: Obama: We are at a”moment of great promise and great peril” – Live video at www.theuptake.org #obama #uptake
 
10:11 AM theuptake: Obama : Digital infrastructure needed to “get the job done”. We depend upon it every day. Continue Reading →

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Workers Kept In The Dark Working On Target Center Roof

Allegations of worker exploitation from a roofing union. It claims Fridley, MN based Stock Roofing is forcing workers to do dangerous work in nearly pitch-black conditions and is underpaying those workers by $20 an hour. We talk with Roofers and Waterproofers Union representative Rob Snider about the publicly funded project and the pressure the union is putting on the Minneapolis City Council to do something about the working conditions.  
Video interview from “Quick On The UpTake” Thursday May 28, 2009 Continue Reading →

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US Journalist Freed From Iran Meets With Clinton

Roxana Saberi, a journalist from Fargo, ND met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today just days after being freed from an Iranian prison. Saberi had been sentenced to 8 years in prison for espionage. US pressure led to a court reviewing the case, reducing the charge to that of possessing classified information and reducing her term to a suspended two year sentence. She was freed on May 11th.  
Transcription:
 
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we are absolutely delighted and obviously, relieved to have Roxana home safely, to have her parents here with us. Continue Reading →

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Party Propaganda: New TV Spot: “Justice” Introduces Americans to Judge Sonia Sotomayor

New TV Spot: “Justice” Introduces Americans to Judge Sonia SotomayorThe Coalition for Constitutional Values, a national coalition of the nation’s leading nonprofit and advocacy organizations, announced today that it will begin airing “Justice” a new 30-second television spot that will run on national network news and cable news starting today. “This spot introduces the American people to Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Every aspect of American life is affected by our justice system,” said Wade Henderson, co-chair of the Coalition for Constitutional Values and president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. “It’s important they understand her fair-minded approach to the law which is grounded both in her eminent legal qualifications and her life experiences.”
The Coalition for Constitutional Values, whose members represent millions of Americans, believes it is important that the American people know about the qualities of their Supreme Court justices. “In selecting Judge Sotomayor, the president has nominated a candidate of sterling credentials who will uphold the Constitution and the law,” said Nan Aron, co-chair of the Coalition for Constitutional Values and president of Alliance for Justice. Continue Reading →

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Questions About Sotomayor You Tube Video

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answers the media’s questions about Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the US Supreme Court. Here is a play-by-play of the White House press briefing from our twitter account theuptake:
2:12 PM Q: Obama’s personal involvement in Sotomayor approval? A: He’s called some Senators. Nominee will go make her case to Senate. 2:13 PM Senator Schumer expected to help shepherd Sotomayor’s nomination through Senate. Continue Reading →

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Obama nominates Sonia Sotomayor To US Supreme Court

President Barack Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday to replace retiring US Suprme Court Justice David Souter.  
Here is some background on Judge Sonia Sotomayor as released by the White House:
Judge Sonia Sotomayor Sonia Sotomayor has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit since October 1998. She has been hailed as “one of the ablest federal judges currently sitting” for her thoughtful opinions,i and as “a role model of aspiration, discipline, commitment, intellectual prowess and integrity”ii for her ascent to the federal bench from an upbringing in a South Bronx housing project.  Her American story and three decade career in nearly every aspect of the law provide Judge Sotomayor with unique qualifications to be the next Supreme Court Justice. She is a distinguished graduate of two of America’s leading universities. Continue Reading →

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Gross! Recycled Space Water!

We know it’s one small small step for science, but it’s one large gross out if you think about where it came from. The Expedition 19 astronauts make an in flight “toast” using water from a new purifier that recycles water. Continue Reading →

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Mayor Coleman Blasts Governor Pawlenty Over Budget

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman lashes out at Governor Pawlenty’s refusal to consider any revenue increases to stave off fire and police cutbacks in Minnesota cities and counties.  
Press release from the League Of Minnesota Cities:
 
From Jim Miller, Executive Director
City officials from across the State of Minnesota understand the severity of the state’s budget crisis. They also understand that the solution will affect all portions of the state budget including the aid and credit programs that help fund city services. We are disappointed that Governor Pawlenty chooses to dismiss the concerns of city officials as nothing more than “whining.” Continue Reading →

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Obama Says Memorial Day Is About R-E-S-P-E-C-T And Support

On this Memorial Day weekend, President Obama calls on the American people to join him in paying tribute to America’s veterans, servicemen and women – particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice – and their families. Transcript:
This Memorial Day weekend, Americans will gather on lawns and porches, fire up the grill, and enjoy the company of family, friends, and neighbors. But this is not only a time for celebration, it is also a time to reflect on what this holiday is all about; to pay tribute to our fallen heroes; and to remember the servicemen and women who cannot be with us this year because they are standing post far from home – in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. On Friday, I traveled to Annapolis, where I spoke at the Commencement of the United States Naval Academy. It was an honor to address some of America’s newest sailors and Marines as their Commander-in-Chief. Continue Reading →

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Obama Promises No More Unnecesary, Ill-Defined Wars

Without naming him, President Obama took a shot at former President Bush during his speech at the US Naval Academy Commencement in Annapolis, Maryland.  
Obama said: “And today, this is the promise I make to you. It’s a promise that as long as I am your Commander-in-Chief, I will only send you into harm’s way when it is absolutely necessary, and with the strategy and the well-defined goals, the equipment and the support that you need to get the job done. (Applause.) This includes the job of bringing the Iraq war to a responsible end and pursuing a new comprehensive strategy to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and its allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” (Applause.) Continue Reading →

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Obama Signs Credit Card Reform

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT SIGNING OF THE CREDIT CARD ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY AND DISCLOSURE ACT
 
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Please, have a seat — I’m sorry. It is a great pleasure to have all of you here at the White House on this gorgeous, sunny day. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. Continue Reading →

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First Congressional Hearing From Space

The testifiers weren’t in the Senate hearing room. They weren’t even in this world. For the first time, a congressional hearing to testimony from space. The astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis spoke to a Senate subcommittee on NASA’s budget.  
Committee chair Sen Barbara Mikulski told the astronauts “Not only did you give Hubble a new life, you’re going to give the Senate a new lease on life.” Continue Reading →

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Pawlenty Vetos Tax Bill-No Specific Answers Yet On Cuts

Hours before he vetoed a tax bill that would have balanced the state’s budget, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty gave an unannounced news conference on Thursday to answer questions about the closed-door session he had with his cabinet about cutting the budget.  
The Governor is taking the extraordinary step of using his “unallotment” and veto powers to remake the budget more to his liking. The Governor and the legislature could not agree on a budget before the legislature had to adjourn for the year.  
The Governor only had “broad strokes” to talk about saying that local government aid would be cut, but not for all cities.  
Here is a summary of the news conference from our twitter feed. Continue Reading →

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