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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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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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