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Vice President Biden In Iraq For End Of Combat Ceremony

Vice President Joe Biden

According to the White House, Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Iraq to participate in a Change of Command and Change of Mission Ceremony, fulfilling the commitment made by the President in his first month in office. A White House press release says this is the Vice President’s sixth trip to Iraq since January 2009. The United States ends its combat mission in Iraq on August 31st, having drawn down to fewer than 50,000 troops from approximately 144,000 troops in January 2009. The remaining troops will advise and assist Iraq’s security forces, conduct partnered counter-terrorism operations, and protect U.S. civilians. In accordance with an agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments, all U.S. forces will leave Iraq by December 31, 2011. Continue Reading →

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Obama:Muslims’ Right To Build A Manhattan Mosque

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While celebrating Ramadan with Muslims at the White House, President Obama says that while we need to be sensitive about the events of 9/11, there is no reason the government should stop Muslims from building a Mosque in lower Manhattan on private property.  Doing so would violate the First Amendment. “Now, that’s not to say that religion is without controversy. Recently, attention has been focused on the construction of mosques in certain communities -– particularly New York.  Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of Lower Manhattan.  The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country.  And the pain and the experience of suffering by those who lost loved ones is just unimaginable.  So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders.  And Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground. “But let me be clear.  As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.  (Applause.)  And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.  This is America.  And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.  The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are.  The writ of the Founders must endure.” Full text of President Obama’s comments when you continue reading. Continue Reading →

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Obama Backs Saints, Gulf Coast

Click to Play President Obama honors the New Orleans Saints for their Super Bowl victory and speaks of the role the team has played in helping New Orleans recover from the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. The President also speaks of the work to cap the BP oil spill and of the Administrations commitment to help the area and its fisheries recover. Continue Reading →

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Medicare Better Thanks To Health Care Reform Act

President Obama discusses a new Medicare Trustees report showing Medicare to be on much stronger footing as a result of the reforms in the Affordable Care Act. In addition, seniors are also already getting help with prescription drug costs when they fall into the infamous donut hole. Key quote:
According to this report, the steps we took this year to reform the health care system have put Medicare on a sounder financial footing. Reform has actually added at least a dozen years to the solvency of Medicare – the single longest extension in history – while helping to preserve Medicare for generations to come. Full transcript of President Obama’s weekly address when you continue reading. Continue Reading →

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7 Straight Months Of Private Sector Job Growth

President Obama points out that private sector job growth has gone up for the past 7 months. A marked change from the recession the United States was experiencing when he took office. ;

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July’s jobs numbers reflect, in part, expected losses related to the census winding down. But the fact is, we’ve now added private sector jobs every month this year, instead of losing them, as we did for the first seven months of last year. And that’s a good sign. Continue Reading →

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Obama On Kagan Confirmation

President Obama comments on the Senate’s confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. This is audio from Chicago. “Good afternoon. I am very pleased that the Senate has just voted to confirm Elena Kagan as our nation’s 112th Supreme Court Justice. I would like to thank the Senate Judiciary Committee, particularly it’s chairman, Senator Leahy for giving her a full, fair and timely hearing. Continue Reading →

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