Political Headlines January 3, 2013: President Barack Obama’s Father-Daughter Day in Hawaii

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President Obama’s Father-Daughter Day in Hawaii

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-3-13

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Over the past two weeks, President Obama has passed his days in Hawaii hitting the gym, golfing with friends and relaxing on the beach with his family.

On Thursday, he enjoyed some father-daughter time, bowling with Malia and Sasha and going out for Hawaiian shaved ice, an annual tradition.

After spending the afternoon at the bowling alley at the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay, Obama and his daughters stopped at Island Snow Shave Ice, a small eatery in a shopping center near their Kailua vacation house….READ MORE

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Political Headlines January 3, 2013: John Boehner Re-Elected Speaker of the House of Representatives

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John Boehner Re-Elected Speaker of the House

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-3-13

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Rep. John Boehner on Thursday was elected to a second term as House Speaker.

Nine Republicans voted against Boehner in support of another candidate. Majority Leader Eric Cantor received three votes, former Florida Rep. Allen West received two votes, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash received one vote, and Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador received one vote. Rep. Jim Jordan and David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general, also received one vote each.

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi took second place, receiving the support of 192 members of her caucus.

After Boehner was reelected, Pelosi passed the speaker’s gavel to the 12-term Ohio congressman and told Boehner, “May God bless you.”…READ MORE

History Buzz January 3, 2013: Gerda Lerner: Women’s studies pioneer and University of Wisconsin professor emerita, dies at 92

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Gerda Lerner, women’s studies pioneer and UW professor emerita, dies at 92

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 1-3-13

Gerda Lerner

Gerda Lerner

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“The history of women had been forgotten, oppressed, silenced and marginalized until the last 30 years. I’m one of the people that helped bring that history alive, to point out it was valid and important,” Gerda Lerner said in 2002, five years after this photo was taken. The pioneer of women’s studies died Wednesday night in Madison at age 92.

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Long before Gerda Lerner helped redefine the study of history to give women a more prominent place in it and before she established the doctorate program in U.S. women’s history at UW-Madison in the 1980s, she had to live through one of history’s worst horrors and — barely — survive it.

Lerner (then Kronstein), who died Wednesday night in Madison at age 92, spent her 18th birthday in a Nazi jail in Vienna expecting death and being fed food scraps by two gentile cellmates after authorities cut rations to Jews.

“They taught me how to survive,” Lerner told the State Journal in 2001. “Everything I needed to get through the rest of my life I learned in jail in those six weeks.”

Lerner, UW-Madison professor emerita of women’s studies, was able to escape alone to New York in the late 1930s. Decades later she started an academic career as a historian of women who led a movement almost from its infancy, eventually writing 11 books, earning 18 honorary degrees and in 2002 becoming the first woman recipient of the prestigious Bruce Catton Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Historical Writing from the Society of American Historians.

“She’s one of two people from what you might call the eldest generation of this wave of women’s history,” said Linda Gordon, a New York University professor who taught women’s history at UW-Madison with Lerner in the 1980s and 1990s. “She had an enormous influence.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines January 3, 2013: New 113th Congress Sworn-in & Begins With Wishes of Comity but Battles Ahead

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New Congress Begins With Wishes of Comity but Battles Ahead

Source: NYT, 1-3-13

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Members of Congress applauded as Senator Mark Kirk, second from right, walked up the stairs on Thursday to the Senate door. Mr. Kirk had been recovering from a stroke he suffered last January.

Bidding farewell to the fractious 112th Congress, Washington ushered in the 113th Congress just after noon Thursday with wishes for more comity and cooperation. But partisan battles were already brewing on issues like same-sex marriage, gun control, welfare programs and Medicare.

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With Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. presiding, the Senate convened and swore in 13 new members and witnessed the return of Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, who had been away for a year recovering from a stroke. Among those joining the Senate was former Representative Tim Scott of South Carolina, a Republican who replaced Jim DeMint. He is the only black member of the Senate, whose ranks of female members grew.

In one of the first matters of business in the House, Republicans, whose ranks shrank slightly, to 233 from 241, in the new Congress, were expected to re-elect John A. Boehner of Ohio as speaker, despite grumbling on his right flank that he has been insufficiently conservative or confrontational. Senate Democrats, their majority rising by two to 55, stepped away from a threat to immediately ram through new rules to limit the power of Republicans to filibuster with a simple majority vote.

As a result, the first day of the 113th Congress is likely to be noted for what did not happen — a coup in the House, an unprecedented power play in the Senate — than what did….READ MORE

Political Headlines January 3, 2013: Sen. Mark Kirk Returns to Senate for First Time Since Stroke

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Sen. Mark Kirk Returns to Senate for First Time Since Stroke

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-3-13

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For Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., 45 steps awaited him upon his return to the Senate for the first time since his stroke last January.

Kirk slowly climbed the steps to the Capitol, a trip that took around ten minutes total including three stops — the first to greet Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V.

“Welcome back man,” Biden exclaimed as Kirk ambled up the first few steps….READ MORE

Full Text Political Headlines January 3, 2013: Speaker John Boehner Addresses the Opening Session of the 113th Congress

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FULL TEXT: Speaker Boehner Addresses the Opening Session of the 113th Congress

Source: Speaker Boehner Press Office, 1-3-13

Following is the full text of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) address to the opening session of the 113th Congress:

Leader Pelosi, members of the House and Senate, dear family and friends, fellow countrymen:

We meet again at democracy’s great port of call.  Every two years, at this hour, the Constitution brings a new order to this House.  It is an interlude for reflection, a glimpse of old truths.

To our new members and their families, welcome.  You are likely feeling awestruck right about now.  History runs through here.  And now you are among a select few to share in this privilege. 

For those who are returning, who have walked these aisles before, maybe it’s time we feel awestruck again.

The way our founders envisioned it, the republic would be led by citizens who recognize that the blessing of governing ourselves requires that we give something of ourselves.  Everything depended on this.  So they made each other – and their successors – swear an oath of allegiance.

In a few moments, I will take this oath for the twelfth time as representative of the Eighth District of Ohio.  It is word for word the same oath we all take. 

Note that it makes no mention of party, faction, or title … contains no reference to agendas or platforms – only to the Constitution

The one addition we dare to make, as George Washington did at the first inaugural, is to invoke the assistance of our Heavenly Father.

This covenant makes us servants of posterity.  It calls us to refuse the pull of passing interests and follow the fixed star of a more perfect union. 

Put simply, we are sent here not to be something, but to do something – to do the right thing.

It’s a big job, and it comes with big challenges.

Our government has built up too much debt.  Our economy is not producing enough jobs.  These are not separate problems. 

At $16 trillion and rising, our national debt is draining free enterprise and weakening the ship of state.

The American Dream is in peril so long as its namesake is weighed down by this anchor of debt.  Break its hold, and we begin to set our economy free.  Jobs will come home.  Confidence will come back. 

We do this not just to boost GDP or reduce unemployment, but to secure for our children a future of freedom and opportunity.  Nothing is more important. 

As Washington wrote in his farewell address, we should not “throw upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.” 

Well, the burden is ours and so is the opportunity. 

There is no substitute for the wisdom of the people.  We are their servants.  As Speaker, I pledge to listen and do all I can to help you carry out the oath you are about to take.

Because in our hearts, we know it is wrong to pass on this debt to our kids and grandkids.  Now we have to be willing – truly willing – to make this right. 

Public service was never meant to be an easy living.  Extraordinary challenges demand extraordinary leadership.

So if you have come here to see your name in lights or to pass off political victory as accomplishment, you have come to the wrong place.  The door is behind you.

If you have come here humbled by the opportunity to serve; if you have come here to be the determined voice of the people; if you have come here to carry the standard of leadership demanded not just by our constituents but by the times, then you have come to the right place.

There is a time to every purpose under Heaven.  For the 113th Congress, it is a time to rise.  When the day is over, and the verdict is read, may it be said that we well and faithfully did our duty to ensure freedom will endure and prevail. 

So help us God. 

History Buzz January 3-6, 2013: American Historical Association 127th Annual Meeting in New Orleans Recap: Historians Look Back, and Inward, at Annual Meeting

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127th Annual Meeting

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New Orleans, January 3–6, 2013

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The 127th annual meeting of the Association will be held January 3–6, 2012, in New Orleans at the New Orleans Marriott and Sheraton New Orleans. With 272 sessions, the program is one of the largest ever assembled by the Program Committee. The AHA has previously met in New Orleans two times, in 1903 and in 1972. More than 1,500 scholars will participate in AHA sessions, and four dozen specialized societies will meet in conjunction with the AHA. William Cronon (Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison) will deliver the presidential address the evening of January 4 during the General Meeting. At the same event, the AHA’s book prizes, the Awards for Scholarly Distinction, and other awards will be announced. Many of the profession’s most distinguished members will be present to deliver papers and more than 1,500 scholars will participate.

Historians Look Back, and Inward, at Annual Meeting

Source: NYT, 1-4-13
 
Sessions at American Historical Association conference look at storytelling, used goods, and the relationship between horses and humans across three continents.

Some 4,000 historians descended on New Orleans on Thursday for the American Historical Association’s four-day annual meeting, replacing the chants of departing Sugar Bowl revelers with more sober talk of job interviews, departmental politics, and — at least in the official panels — the past itself.

As usual, the meeting’s 300-plus sessions touched on contemporary issues like climate change, the 2012 presidential election, and the Arab Spring, along with more purely scholarly topics big (“Horstory: Equines and Humans in Africa, Asia and North America”) and small (“Trash and Treasure: The Significance of Used Goods in America, 1880-1950″). But for many in attendance, the most urgent question was the state of the historical profession itself in an era of budget cuts and declining humanities enrollments….READ MORE

Political Headlines January 3, 2013: Senate Swears in a Historic 20 Female Senators

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Senate Swears in a Historic 20 Female Senators

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-6-13

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On Thursday, the Senate will make history, swearing in a record-breaking 20 female senators — four Republicans and 16 Democrats — in office.

“I can’t tell you the joy that I feel in my heart to look at these 20 gifted and talented women from two different parties, different zip codes to fill this room,” Sen. Barbara Mikulksi, D-Md., said while surrounded by the group of women senators.  “In all of American history only 16 women had served.  Now there are 20 of us.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines January 3, 2013: President Barack Obama Signs Fiscal Cliff Bill Via Autopen

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President Obama Signs Fiscal Cliff Bill Via Autopen

Source: ABC  News Radio, 1-3-12

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President Obama has signed the “fiscal cliff” legislation into law via autopen from Hawaii, where he is vacationing with his family.

The bill to avert the fiscal cliff arrived at the White House late Wednesday afternoon and it was immediately processed, according to a senior White House official. A copy was delivered to the president in Hawaii for review. He then directed the bill to be signed by autopen back in Washington, D.C….READ MORE

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