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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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Young Leaders From Africa Question President Obama

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President Obama holds a town hall meeting with Young African Leaders from over 50 countries about the future of Africa in an interconnected world and the role of the United States as a partner with African nations. He is questioned by young leaders from Mali, Liberia, Mozambique, Malawi, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Somalia Continue Reading →

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President Obama: Ending Combat in Iraq

Click to Play President Obama speaks to the national convention of Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta, GA about the upcoming end of combat operations in Iraq and his Administrations pledge to honor our nations commitments and responsibilities to veterans. Continue Reading →

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GM, Obama Prove Cynics Wrong

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Key quote from President Obama’s weekly address:

Of course, if some folks had their way, none of this would be happening at all. This plant might not exist. There were leaders of the just say no crowd in Washington who argued that standing by the auto industry would guarantee failure. One called it the worst investment you could possibly make. They said we should just walk away and let these jobs go. Continue Reading →

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Obama’s First New Car Was A Grand Cherokee

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President Obama visits the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, MI to talk to workers about how investments in the auto industry are helping create and save American jobs. Amusing story from President Obama:
Now, before I make my remarks, Ive got to disclose, Im a little biased here because the first new car that I ever bought was a Grand Cherokee. (Applause.) First new car. Up until that point I had had some old, beat up — (laughter) — used cars — they were not state of the art. And I still remember walking into that showroom and driving out with that new car. Continue Reading →

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Obama: GM, America On The Move

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Key quote from President Obama’s visit to the GM plant in Hamtramck, Michigan:
We are back on our feet. We are on the move. GM is on the move. The U.S. auto industry is on the move. And America is on the move, and Im not going to rest until every single American worker who wants to get back to work is going to be back to work. Continue Reading →

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“Change is hard. That’s why I’ve got all this gray hair.” -Full Video

Click to Play Today President Obama spoke to the National Urban League: a friendly crowd but one that at times has held Obamas feet to the fire. The main topic was education, and how a strong economy cant happen without a sound educational system and access to it. Obama acknowledged the criticisms of Race to the Top, adding what hasnt been working is the status quo. He also urged across-the-board responsibility from ;students, parents, teachers, and communities.In his first public comments about Shirley Sherrod, Obama said She deserves better than what happened last week. He condemned deceptive tactics and called for understanding, including among his own administration. Continue Reading →

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Obama To GOP: Stop Undisclosed Corporate Political Ads

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President Obama tells the press that tomorrow’s Senate vote on campaign finance reform is important. The Disclose Act would require a company’s CEO to appear in a political ad identifying that his company paid for it. Corporations are now free to spend on political advertising because of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The President notes that even foreign countries and companies are now free to influence US elections. He says changing this should be a non-partisan issue. Continue Reading →

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Sen. Franken On Busting The Filibuster Threat

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At Netroots Nation, the 60-vote requirement to prevent a filibuster was criticized by many people. Before his keynote address, Senator Al Franken (DFL- Minnesota) stopped by The UpTake booth to talk about the filibuster and other issues. In this exclusive interview with Mike McIntee, Franken talked about possible changes to the filibuster rule when the 2011 Senate convenes, and the “slow walking” tactics used by current Senators. One scenario: after a 60-40 vote for a nominee, cloture is invoked, which delays the vote for 30 hours. When the Senate votes again after cloture, the vote on the same nominee might be 98-0. Continue Reading →

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Obama:”We Can’t Afford To Go Back” To Ideas That Created This Mess

Click to Play Key quote from President Obama’ weekly address:The truth is, it took nearly a decade of failed economic policies to create this mess, and it will take years to fully repair the damage. But I am confident that we are finally headed in the right direction. We are moving forward. ; And what we cant afford right now is to go back to the same ideas that created this mess in the first place. Continue Reading →

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Obama: Here To Govern, Not Please Political Parties

Click to Play Key quote from President Obama:You know, the small businessmen and women who write to me every day, and the folks who Ive met with across this country, they cant afford any more political games. They need us to do what they sent us here to do. ;They didn’t send us here to wage a never-ending campaign. They didn’t send us here to do whats best for our political party. They sent us here to do whats best for the United States of America and all its citizens, whether Democrats or Republicans or independents. Continue Reading →

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Obama:Keeping Markets Free By Preventing Abuse

President Obama signs the Financial Reform bill. Key quote:
In the end, our financial system only works – our market is only free – when there are clear rules and basic safeguards that prevent abuse, that check excess, that ensure that it is more profitable to play by the rules than to game the system. And thats what these reforms are designed to achieve — no more, no less. Full text of Obama’s remarks after the jump. (more…) Continue Reading →

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