Political Headlines June 9, 2012: GOP Weekly Address: Rep. Erik Paulsen Urges Full Repeal of Affordable Care Act

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GOP Address: Rep. Paulsen Urges Full Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-9-12

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In this week’s Republican address, Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen underscores the House’s focus on job creation, and says President Obama’s policies are only making things worse.

With the U.S. unemployment rate at 8.2 percent, and small businesses finding it more difficult to create jobs, Rep. Paulsen says President Obama’s health care law may be the worst of what is “standing in the way of a stronger economy.”

“His health care law well may be the worst offender, driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers,” Paulsen says in the address. “It’s making things worse in our economy, and it needs to be fully repealed.”

But Republicans in Congress, Paulsen contends, are working at “removing government barriers to job creation.”

“One of those initiatives, passed just this week, repeals a massive job killing tax increase on medical device manufacturers that is in the president’s health care law,” he says.

Paulsen claims this particular tax is just another “vivid demonstration of why we need to fully repeal this health care law.”…READ MORE

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Full Text Obama Presidency June 9, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address Urges Congress to Pass Jobs Bill to Keep Teachers on the Job

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

Obama’s Weekly Address: Keeping Teachers on the Job

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-9-12

President Obama is urging lawmakers to help financially strapped states put teachers back to work, arguing that “when states struggle, it’s up to Congress to step in and help out.”
 
“Nationwide, over the past three years, school districts have lost over 250,000 educators.  Think about what that means for our country,” Obama asks in his weekly address. “When there are fewer teachers in our schools, class sizes start climbing up.  Our students start falling behind.  And our economy takes a hit.”
 
When it comes to growing the economy, “teachers matter,” Obama says. “One study found that a good teacher can increase the lifetime income of a classroom by over $250,000.  A great teacher can change the course of a child’s life.  So the last thing our country needs is to have fewer teachers in our schools.”…
 
Just as he did at his Friday press conference, Obama calls on lawmakers to act on his jobs bill to help states prevent more layoffs and rehire more teachers….READ MORE

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President Obama urges Congress to take action now to put our teachers back to work in classrooms, because the best predictor of individual and American success in this economy is a good education.

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address., White House Photo, Chuck Kennedy, 6/8/12

Weekly Address: Congress Must Act to Keep Our Teachers on the Job

Source: WH, 6-9-12

President Obama urges Congress to take action now to put our teachers back to work in classrooms, because the best predictor of individual and American success in this economy is a good education.

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WEEKLY ADDRESS: Congress Must Act to Keep our Teachers on the Job

In this week’s address, President Obama urged Congress to take action now to put our teachers back to work in classrooms, because the best predictor of individual and American success in this economy is a good education. In 2009 and 2010, we helped keep hundreds of thousands of teachers on the job, but we must do more, which is why the President sent Congress his jobs bill in September that helps states prevent more layoffs and rehire more teachers.  It’s time for our elected leaders to come together and take action on the President’s bill to help our students and economy, and put our teachers back to work.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, June 9, 2012.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
June 9, 2012

This week, I spent some time talking with college students about how we can make higher education more affordable.  And one of the things I told them was how proud I was that they were making that investment in themselves – because in today’s economy, the best predictor of success is a good education.

That’s not just true for our individual success; it’s also true for America’s success.  New jobs and new businesses will take root wherever they can find the most highly-educated, highly-skilled workers.  And I want those workers to be American workers.  I want those good-paying, middle-class jobs to take root right here.

So it should concern everyone that right now – all across America – tens of thousands of teachers are getting laid off.  In Pennsylvania alone, there are 9,000 fewer educators in our schools today than just a year ago.  In Ohio, the number is close to 7,000.  And nationwide, over the past three years, school districts have lost over 250,000 educators.  Think about what that means for our country.  When there are fewer teachers in our schools, class sizes start climbing up.  Our students start falling behind.  And our economy takes a hit.

The point is: teachers matter.  One study found that a good teacher can increase the lifetime income of a classroom by over $250,000.  A great teacher can change the course of a child’s life.  So the last thing our country needs is to have fewer teachers in our schools.

Now, I know states are still going through some tough times.  I realize that every Governor is dealing with limited resources and many face stark choices when it comes to their budgets.

But that doesn’t mean we should just stand by and do nothing.  When states struggle, it’s up to Congress to step in and help out.  In 2009 and in 2010, we provided aid to states to help keep hundreds of thousands of teachers in the classroom.  But we need to do more.  That’s why a critical part of the jobs bill that I sent to Congress back in September was to help states prevent even more layoffs and rehire even more teachers who had lost their jobs.

But months later, we’re still waiting on Congress to act.

When it comes to this recovery, we can’t fully control everything that happens in other parts of the world.  But there are plenty of things we can control.  There are plenty of steps we can take, right now, to strengthen our economy.  Putting teachers back in our kids’ classrooms is one of those steps.  And there’s no excuse for inaction.  You work hard.  Your leaders should, too.  Especially at this make-or-break moment for the middle class.

I know this is an election year.  But some things are bigger than an election.  Some things are bigger than politics.  So I hope you’ll join me in telling Congress to do the right thing; to get to work and to help get our teachers back in the classroom.  We can’t afford to wait any longer.

Thanks and have a great weekend.

Political Headlines June 8, 2012: Attorney General Eric Holder Appoints 2 to Lead National Security Leaks Investigation

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IN FOCUS: AG HOLDER APPOINTS 2 US ATTORNEYS TO LEAD NATIONAL SECURITY LEAKS INVESTIGATION

“They’re intentionally leaking information to enhance President Obama’s image as a tough guy for the elections. That is unconscionable.” — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

“These two highly-respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI. I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow the facts and the evidence in the pursuit of justice wherever it leads…. They are fully authorized to prosecute criminal violations discovered as a result of their investigations and matters related to those violations, consult with members of the Intelligence Community and follow all appropriate investigative leads within the Executive and Legislative branches of government.” — Attorney General Eric Holder

Holder Appoints 2 US Attorneys to Lead Leaks Probe: Two US attorneys are taking over separate FBI investigations into leaks of national security information that critics have accused the White House of orchestrating to improve President Barack Obama’s re-election chances, a claim Obama calls “offensive” … AP, ABC News, 6-9-12

  • Holder Directs US Attorneys to See if Leaks Broke the Law: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday assigned two United States attorneys to lead separate criminal investigations into recent disclosures to the news media of national security secrets, saying they were authorized to “follow all…. – NYT, 6-8-12
  • Attorney General Eric Holder names attorneys to investigate leaks: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has appointed two US attorneys to lead investigations into the possible White House leak of classified information, even as President Obama challenged suggestions that his administration was involved in such…. WaPo, 6-9-12
  • Eric Holder names Ronald Machen and Rod Rosenstein to probe leaks: Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday named two federal prosecutors to oversee investigations into leaks of classified information that have roiled Congress and led to calls for a special prosecutor…. – Politico, 6-8-12
  • Holder appoints 2 prosecutors to lead leak probes: Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday appointed two US attorneys to lead a pair of criminal investigations into possible unauthorized disclosures of classified information, authorizing the two prosecutors to follow all appropriate investigative leads … LAT, 6-8-12
  • Holder taps two US prosecutors to investigate leaks: Attorney General Eric Holder late Friday afternoon appointed two US attorneys to lead separate investigations into unauthorized leaks of classified information, giving the two prosecutors full latitude to follow all potential leads…. – Washington Times, 6-8-12
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