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You can set up your Twitter profile in your member account. After you click on edit, you will see the Twitter and Tweeting options.
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Originally posted 2009-04-07 20:00:13 -0500. Bumped and promoted by carol.
A little update on the goings on with AFRICOM ... It appears that the "mission goals" for AFRICOM are also being questioned by the GAO.
I found this article in the Stars and Stripes:
U.S. Africa Command needs to do a better job of conveying its mission and focus, if it is to overcome lingering concerns that the Defense Department is trying to militarize U.S. foreign policy in Africa, according to a government report issued last week. [emphasis mine]
Combating those misperceptions about its role on the African continent is one of three hurdles to the ultimate success of the Pentagon’s newest combatant command, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
END UPDATED REPORT
Bumped by susie dow. Rebumped - CM1
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Originally posted 2009-03-27 03:24:40 -0500. Bumped by carol.
There is a nifty little website called USAspending.gov that is sponsored by the Government Accountability Office. It has a great search feature to let you sift through government contracts and grants to see who is getting the money and what they are getting it for. If you have a couple of hours to waste, it is a perversely fun place to dig around.
For instance, one of their canned searches is for the top 100 recipients of government contracts in 2009 ... here are the top 20 ...click thru to the website for the rest of the list.
Bumped and promoted. Originally posted Tue, 03/10/2009 - 11:11. Summary of 5 points added by me. -- GH
President Obama outlined five pillars of education reform in his remarks on "A Complete and Competitive American Education" at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on March 10, 2009. The five pillars are:
- Reward quality, incentivize excellence with an Early Learning Challenge Grant -- rewarded to states that develop and demonstrate a "cutting edge plan to raise the quality of ... early learning programs" that ensure children "are better prepared for success by the time they enter kindergarten."
- Encourage better standards and assessments to "end what has become a race to the bottom in our schools and instead, spur a race to the top."
- Recruite, prepare and reward outstanding teachers.
- Promote innovation and excellence in America's schools.
- Provide every American with a quality higher education, regardless of "whether it's college or technical training."
Here's the transcript of the President's remarks (continued over the fold):
THE WHITE HOUSE ~ Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release March 10, 2009
Remarks of President Barack Obama
A Complete and Competitive American Education
US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
March 10, 2009
Every so often, throughout our history, a generation of Americans bears the responsibility of seeing this country through difficult times and protecting the dream of its founding for posterity. This is a responsibility that has fallen to our generation. Meeting it will require steering our nation’s economy through a crisis unlike any we have seen in our time. In the short-term, that means jumpstarting job creation, re-starting lending, and restoring confidence in our markets and our financial system. But it also means taking steps that not only advance our recovery, but lay the foundation for lasting, shared prosperity.
Will chickens finally come home to roost for Karl Rove and Harriet Meiers?
According to the AP via MSNBC a deal was cut to quell the lawsuit and they will now be testifying "in closed depositions "under the penalty for perjury," " about events surrounding the partisan firings of 9 (or more?) US Attorneys.
As you all will remember, these two played leading roles in the drama that unfolded during the preliminary investigation and were instrumental in blocking inquiry into the goings on in the Executive Branch. Former President Bush refused to let either of them testify. This resulted in the US Congress suing the Whitehouse.
February 26, 2009
PRESS BRIEFING BY OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET DIRECTOR PETER ORSZAG AND COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS CHAIR CHRISTINA ROMER
Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building
11:07 A.M. EST
DIRECTOR ORSZAG: Good morning. The budget that we are releasing this morning fulfills the President's campaign promises to be honest and responsible, to reorient the federal budget towards programs that work and away from those that don't, and to invest in education, promote clean energy, and reduce health care costs. Unfortunately, those tasks are substantially more difficult because of the pair of trillion-dollar deficits that we are inheriting.
The first trillion-dollar deficit, which is shown on the first chart, is the gap between how much the economy could produce each year and how much it is producing each year, as you see in these estimates. Both this year and next year there is a GDP gap of roughly $1 trillion. The purpose of the recovery act was to start to jumpstart the economy and reduce that gap in output.
Sometimes life gets way too intense, and ya just need to step back, take a deep breath and do something a little bit fun. Last night after a pretty grueling day with clients I found myself at Meez.com Grey Hawk wrote on the benefits and funness of Meez Making here . And introduced us to one of his Meez ...
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