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femestella: Planned Parenthood recently announced the ousting of Dr. Leana Wen as their President after less than a year. The news was just as much a shock to Dr. Wen as it was to the public, it seemed. According to all available reports as well as inside sources, it’s clear that there were many reasons why Dr. Wen was let go. Management issues, a lack of leadership, and a refusal to use trans-inclusive language have all been cited as reasons why Dr. Wen was asked to leave so quickly into her tenure (the last one is particularly disturbing). But what it all comes down to is that Planned Parenthood and Dr. Wen have extremely different philosophies on abortion advocacy. Continue reading here : Dr. Leana Wen Was Never Going to Be the Right Fit For Planned Parenthood MOST READ 12 I STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD Leonardo DiCaprio's Dating Habits Are Grossing People Out And For Good Reason SAVED LIFE I STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD Pervert Tries to Sexualize Billie Eilish, Twitter Takes Him Down ATE ND 'The Bachelorette' Chris Harrison Dishes On Jed's Red Flags And Why He's Team Tyler C I STAND WITH PLANNE PAREN NED THOOD 5 Women on What It's Like to Be Raped by a Boyfriend SMARTI Please Stop Body-Shaming Kylie Jenner femestella: Planned Parenthood recently announced the ousting of Dr. Leana Wen as their President after less than a year. The news was just as much a shock to Dr. Wen as it was to the public, it seemed. According to all available reports as well as inside sources, it’s clear that there were many reasons why Dr. Wen was let go. Management issues, a lack of leadership, and a refusal to use trans-inclusive language have all been cited as reasons why Dr. Wen was asked to leave so quickly into her tenure (the last one is particularly disturbing). But what it all comes down to is that Planned Parenthood and Dr. Wen have extremely different philosophies on abortion advocacy. Continue reading here

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femestella: Planned Parenthood recently announced the ousting of Dr. Leana Wen as their President after less than a year. The news was just as much a shock to Dr. Wen as it was to the public, it seemed. According to all available reports as well as inside sources, it’s clear that there were many reasons why Dr. Wen was let go. Management issues, a lack of leadership, and a refusal to use trans-inclusive language have all been cited as reasons why Dr. Wen was asked to leave so quickly into her tenure (the last one is particularly disturbing). But what it all comes down to is that Planned Parenthood and Dr. Wen have extremely different philosophies on abortion advocacy. Continue reading here : Dr. Leana Wen Was Never Going to Be the Right Fit For Planned Parenthood MOST READ 12 I STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD Leonardo DiCaprio's Dating Habits Are Grossing People Out And For Good Reason SAVED LIFE I STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD Pervert Tries to Sexualize Billie Eilish, Twitter Takes Him Down ATE ND 'The Bachelorette' Chris Harrison Dishes On Jed's Red Flags And Why He's Team Tyler C I STAND WITH PLANNE PAREN NED THOOD 5 Women on What It's Like to Be Raped by a Boyfriend SMARTI Please Stop Body-Shaming Kylie Jenner femestella: Planned Parenthood recently announced the ousting of Dr. Leana Wen as their President after less than a year. The news was just as much a shock to Dr. Wen as it was to the public, it seemed. According to all available reports as well as inside sources, it’s clear that there were many reasons why Dr. Wen was let go. Management issues, a lack of leadership, and a refusal to use trans-inclusive language have all been cited as reasons why Dr. Wen was asked to leave so quickly into her tenure (the last one is particularly disturbing). But what it all comes down to is that Planned Parenthood and Dr. Wen have extremely different philosophies on abortion advocacy. Continue reading here

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Dad’s resignation letter.: December 20, 2018 Dear Mr. President: I have been privileged to serve as our country's 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department's business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to thos allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances NATO's 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongsid us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof. Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions -to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades o immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department's interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional Dad’s resignation letter.

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Lakers to Retire Both of Kobe Bryant’s Jerseys Before Warriors Game in December – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ KobeBryant’s career and legacy with the Los Angeles Lakers will be remembered for years to come, as his jersey will join the greats in the rafters. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to TMZ, the Lakers are planning to retire Bryant’s jersey before the Warriors game on December 18. Although the ceremony has yet to be announced, the team sent a letter to Lakers season ticket holders, suggesting them to “hold on to their tickets for the game on Dec. 18” for a “special event.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But, with the retirement of Bryant’s jersey, the organization had to decide which number would be hung, as the superstar wore 8 and 24 throughout his career with the L.A. team. Back in 2016, Bryant provided the perfect response to the question, saying “[Whichever number they choose] it’s going to be pretty hard for someone else to wear the other one.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With that being said, the baller will officially become the first player to have two jerseys hanging in the rafters for the same team, highlighting Bryant’s decorated, 20-year tenure with the team.: Lakers to Retire Both of Kobe Bryant's Jerseys Before Warriors Game in December @balleralert 0 SERS 24 Lakers to Retire Both of Kobe Bryant’s Jerseys Before Warriors Game in December – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ KobeBryant’s career and legacy with the Los Angeles Lakers will be remembered for years to come, as his jersey will join the greats in the rafters. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to TMZ, the Lakers are planning to retire Bryant’s jersey before the Warriors game on December 18. Although the ceremony has yet to be announced, the team sent a letter to Lakers season ticket holders, suggesting them to “hold on to their tickets for the game on Dec. 18” for a “special event.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But, with the retirement of Bryant’s jersey, the organization had to decide which number would be hung, as the superstar wore 8 and 24 throughout his career with the L.A. team. Back in 2016, Bryant provided the perfect response to the question, saying “[Whichever number they choose] it’s going to be pretty hard for someone else to wear the other one.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With that being said, the baller will officially become the first player to have two jerseys hanging in the rafters for the same team, highlighting Bryant’s decorated, 20-year tenure with the team.

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PHOENIX - Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of a criminal charge Monday for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, marking a final rebuke for a politician who once drew strong popularity from such crackdowns but was ultimately booted from office as voters became frustrated over his headline-grabbing tactics and deepening legal troubles. The verdict from U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton represents a victory for critics who voiced anger over Arpaio's unusual efforts to get tough on crime, including jailing inmates in tents during triple-digit heat, forcing them to wear pink underwear and making hundreds of arrests in crackdowns that divided immigrant families. When reached for comment by ABC15 on Monday morning, Arpaio said his "main reaction was disappointment." Arpaio will now appeal Judge Bolton's verdict in order to get a trial by jury, according to a statement from his attorneys. "Her verdict is contrary to what every single witness testified in the case," the statement read. "Arpaio believes that a jury would have found in his favor, and that it will." Arpaio, who spent 24 years as the sheriff of metro Phoenix, skirted two earlier criminal investigations of his office. But he wasn't able to avoid legal problems when he prolonged his signature immigration patrols for nearly a year and a half after a different judge ordered him to stop. That judge later ruled they racially profiled Latinos. The lawman who made defiance a hallmark of his tenure was found guilty of misdemeanor contempt-of-court for ignoring the 2011 court order to stop the patrols. The 85-year-old faces up to six years in jail, though attorneys who have followed the case doubt that someone his age would be incarcerated. [Read more in comments.]: #BREAKING: Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt. STORY: http://bit.ly/2uR9EKf abe 15 ARIZONA HE GUILTY PHOENIX - Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of a criminal charge Monday for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, marking a final rebuke for a politician who once drew strong popularity from such crackdowns but was ultimately booted from office as voters became frustrated over his headline-grabbing tactics and deepening legal troubles. The verdict from U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton represents a victory for critics who voiced anger over Arpaio's unusual efforts to get tough on crime, including jailing inmates in tents during triple-digit heat, forcing them to wear pink underwear and making hundreds of arrests in crackdowns that divided immigrant families. When reached for comment by ABC15 on Monday morning, Arpaio said his "main reaction was disappointment." Arpaio will now appeal Judge Bolton's verdict in order to get a trial by jury, according to a statement from his attorneys. "Her verdict is contrary to what every single witness testified in the case," the statement read. "Arpaio believes that a jury would have found in his favor, and that it will." Arpaio, who spent 24 years as the sheriff of metro Phoenix, skirted two earlier criminal investigations of his office. But he wasn't able to avoid legal problems when he prolonged his signature immigration patrols for nearly a year and a half after a different judge ordered him to stop. That judge later ruled they racially profiled Latinos. The lawman who made defiance a hallmark of his tenure was found guilty of misdemeanor contempt-of-court for ignoring the 2011 court order to stop the patrols. The 85-year-old faces up to six years in jail, though attorneys who have followed the case doubt that someone his age would be incarcerated. [Read more in comments.]

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<p>9/11 INSIDE JOB CONFIRMED</p>: Not logged in Talk Contributions Create account Login Article Talk Read View source View history Search WIKIPEDIA George W. Bush The Free Encyclopedia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Main page Contents Featured content Current events Random article Donate to Wikipedia Wikipedia store Interaction This article is about the 43rd President of the United States. For his father, the 41st President, see George H. W Bush. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an Amec States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W. Bush, he was born in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale University in 196 and Harvard Business School in 197 he worked in oil businesses. He married Laura Welch in 19 later co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team befefeating Ann Richards in he 1994 Texas gubernatorial eln. He was electeds popula been John Quincy Adams,I71 He is also the brother of Jeb Bu RepubliCan presi Eight months into Bush's first term as president, the S the "War on Terror", an international military campaign which incl ed tne war in launched in 2003. He also promoted policies on the econom Mealth care, education social security reform Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage He signed mo law broad tax cuts, the P ot Act, the No Child Left B nd Act, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, Medicare prescription drug benefits for seniors, and fur ling for the AIDS relief progral known as PEPFAR. His tenure saw national debates on immigration, Social Secu Bush successfully ran for re-election against Democratic Senator John Kerry in 2004, in another relatively close election. After his re-election, Bush received increasingly heated criticism from across the po Hurricane Katrina, 121131141 and other challenges. Amid this criticism, th man whob served as the 43rd President of the United George W. Bush ran unsuccessfully for the ouse of Representatives shortly the cafter. He İrming the fou ent to have dent to be elected while éceiving fewer e son of a formers Help About Wikipedia Community portal Recent changes Contact page having o Is a former Go r of Florida and former candidate for the ential election. He was the one who did 9/11. It was an inside curred. Busisnanded by launching n, launched i 01 and the war in Iraq eptembe 1, terrorist awącks Bus Tools mending the What links here Related changes Upload file Special pages Permanent link Page information Wikidata item Cite this page 43rd President of the United States In office January 20, 2001-January 20, 2009 rati in the 2 006 Vice President Dick Cheney <p>9/11 INSIDE JOB CONFIRMED</p>

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bbcamerica: STEVEN MOFFAT’S NEXT SEASON OF DOCTOR WHO WILL BE HIS LAST, CHRIS CHIBNALL IS NEW HEAD WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER After six incredible seasons at the helm, the multi-award winning Steven Moffat has decided to step down as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who. Steven took over the reins on Season 5 in 2010 and during his tenure the show has become a truly global success. He has been responsible for introducing the Eleventh and the Twelfth Doctors in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi; as well as two companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and iconic characters and monsters including River Song (Alex Kingston), Missy (Michelle Gomez), Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) and the terrifying Weeping Angels. Plus, the smash hit 50th Anniversary special in 2013 which saw fans around the world celebrate the world’s longest running sci-fi series with the Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt battling the deadly Daleks in a feature length episode.  Steven Moffat says: “Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I’m just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.” Like Steven, Chris Chibnall is also a lifelong Doctor Who fan and a multi-award winning writer and executive producer. He has most recently achieved huge success with the triple BAFTA winning hit series Broadchurch. His other credits include BAFTA nominated The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK, Life on Mars and Torchwood. Chris Chibnall’s debut season will launch in 2018. Chris Chibnall, new Head Writer and Executive Producer: “Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC program: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world.  So it’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama. I’ve lovedDoctor Who since I was four years old, and I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore.  Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who’s creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult.” Steven’s final season will air on BBC AMERICA and BBC One in Spring 2017 and there will be a Christmas Special in 2016. [x] : BROADCHURCH CREATOR CHRIS CHIBNALL TO HELM POICE BOK POLICE PYALLE BOX DOCTOR WHO AS NEW HEAD WRITER AND PARE IAPIR PUBLIC EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PULL TO OPEN STEVEN MOFFAT'S FINAL SEASON PREMIERES SPRING 2017 BBC AMER RICA bbcamerica: STEVEN MOFFAT’S NEXT SEASON OF DOCTOR WHO WILL BE HIS LAST, CHRIS CHIBNALL IS NEW HEAD WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER After six incredible seasons at the helm, the multi-award winning Steven Moffat has decided to step down as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who. Steven took over the reins on Season 5 in 2010 and during his tenure the show has become a truly global success. He has been responsible for introducing the Eleventh and the Twelfth Doctors in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi; as well as two companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and iconic characters and monsters including River Song (Alex Kingston), Missy (Michelle Gomez), Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) and the terrifying Weeping Angels. Plus, the smash hit 50th Anniversary special in 2013 which saw fans around the world celebrate the world’s longest running sci-fi series with the Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt battling the deadly Daleks in a feature length episode.  Steven Moffat says: “Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I’m just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.” Like Steven, Chris Chibnall is also a lifelong Doctor Who fan and a multi-award winning writer and executive producer. He has most recently achieved huge success with the triple BAFTA winning hit series Broadchurch. His other credits include BAFTA nominated The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK, Life on Mars and Torchwood. Chris Chibnall’s debut season will launch in 2018. Chris Chibnall, new Head Writer and Executive Producer: “Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC program: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world.  So it’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama. I’ve lovedDoctor Who since I was four years old, and I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore.  Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who’s creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult.” Steven’s final season will air on BBC AMERICA and BBC One in Spring 2017 and there will be a Christmas Special in 2016. [x]

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atleedala: I’m about to get all sorts of political. If you don’t like it, this is not the blog you’re looking for. Move along. Four years ago, I voted for a man who promised to bring change to our country. This year, I am planning on making the exact same vote. Plenty of people have many negative things to say about Barack Obama. Out of everything that has been said throughout not just this election year, but throughout the last four years, there is one simple statement that I absolutely cannot stand… “Obama hasn’t done anything the entire time he’s been in office.” (well, that and the whole, “OBAMA IS A MUSLIM TERRORIST” because believe it or not, there are still some idiots out there that truly believe this…) Here I have for you, ladies and gentlemen, is a list of 108 things Obama has accomplishedduring his presidency so far.  1. Saved the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry 2. Shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and putting the emphasis on reducing terrorism where it should have been all along 3. Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world 4. Signed order to close the prisoner “torture camp” at Guantanamo Bay 5. Has made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation 6. Has made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools, but speaking directly to school children in telling them they have to do their part. 7. Won the Nobel Peace Prize 8. $789 billion economic stimulus plan 9. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court 10. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles 11. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans 12. Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues. 13. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force… this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc. 14. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops 15. “Cash for clunkers” program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulates auto sales 16. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan 17. Closed offshore tax safe havens 18. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan 19. Ended media “blackout” on war casualties; reporting full information 20. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts 21. . Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB. 22. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules 23. Ended previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings 24. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports 25. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created 2.1 million jobs (as of 12/31/09). 26. Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions 27. Ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back 28. Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards 29. . Launched Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology. 30. Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices 31. Ended previous “stop-loss” policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date 32. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources 33. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient 34. Established a new cyber security office 35. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children 36. Expanding vaccination programs 37. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses 38. . Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans. 39. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research 40. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools 41. Responded with compassion and leadership to the earthquake in Haiti 42. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters 43. . Launched Business.gov – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business. Great for the economy. 44. Improved housing for military personnel 45. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals 46. Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan. 47. Improving benefits for veterans 48. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect 49. Donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize to nonprofits. 50. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program 51. Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market. 52. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel 53. Increasing student loans 54. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return “home” to visit loved ones 55. Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers. 56. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000 57. Limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House 58. Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost. 59. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration 60. Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured. 61. Lower drug costs for seniors 62. Making more loans available to small businesses 63. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration 64. . Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis 65. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans 66. Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care. 67. New federal funding for science and research labs 68. New funds for school construction 69. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending 70. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices 71. . Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals. 72. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan 73. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions 74. Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America’s working families. 75. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic 76. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research 77. . Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush’s presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. In February 2010, the Dow closed at 10,309.24 78. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel 79. Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols 80. Provided attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles. 81. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters 82. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy 83. Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner. 84. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program 85. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards 86. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced 87. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job 88. The FDA is now regulating tobacco 89. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date. 90. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010 91. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying 92. The “secret detention” facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed 93. US financial and banking rescue plan 94. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast 95. . Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system. 96. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office 97. Improved relations with Iran 98. Improved U.S. policy on climate change 99. Set timetable for exiting Iraq (already started removing troops) 100. Improved relations with Russia 101. Improved relations with the Islamic World 102. Made progress towards greater cooperation on limiting nuclear proliferation 103. Economic stimulus plan has created jobs. (Unemployment rate decreasing) 104. Drastically slowed down the recession 105. Saved Wall Street 106. Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act (equal work for equal pay)107. HEALTHCARE REFORM 108. Ordered the military operation that killed Osama Bin Laden On top of all of this, Barack Obama has just become the first president to endorse gay marriage.   Yup, here we have just described a man who has clearly done nothing but sit around the oval office and twiddle his thumbs the last four years. Obviously, voting for someone who is for universal equality and bettering not just this country, but the entire world, is the wrong way to go. -___- OBAMA 2012 Just gonna leave this here, dudes. : DOESNT WANT TO BANPORN RESTRICTYOUR INTERNET,OR TAKEAWAY YOUR GUNS SUPPORTS GAY MARRIAGE, EDUCATION FOR ALL, AND UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE atleedala: I’m about to get all sorts of political. If you don’t like it, this is not the blog you’re looking for. Move along. Four years ago, I voted for a man who promised to bring change to our country. This year, I am planning on making the exact same vote. Plenty of people have many negative things to say about Barack Obama. Out of everything that has been said throughout not just this election year, but throughout the last four years, there is one simple statement that I absolutely cannot stand… “Obama hasn’t done anything the entire time he’s been in office.” (well, that and the whole, “OBAMA IS A MUSLIM TERRORIST” because believe it or not, there are still some idiots out there that truly believe this…) Here I have for you, ladies and gentlemen, is a list of 108 things Obama has accomplishedduring his presidency so far.  1. Saved the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry 2. Shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and putting the emphasis on reducing terrorism where it should have been all along 3. Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world 4. Signed order to close the prisoner “torture camp” at Guantanamo Bay 5. Has made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation 6. Has made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools, but speaking directly to school children in telling them they have to do their part. 7. Won the Nobel Peace Prize 8. $789 billion economic stimulus plan 9. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court 10. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles 11. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans 12. Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues. 13. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force… this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc. 14. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops 15. “Cash for clunkers” program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulates auto sales 16. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan 17. Closed offshore tax safe havens 18. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan 19. Ended media “blackout” on war casualties; reporting full information 20. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts 21. . Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB. 22. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules 23. Ended previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings 24. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports 25. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created 2.1 million jobs (as of 12/31/09). 26. Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions 27. Ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back 28. Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards 29. . Launched Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology. 30. Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices 31. Ended previous “stop-loss” policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date 32. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources 33. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient 34. Established a new cyber security office 35. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children 36. Expanding vaccination programs 37. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses 38. . Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans. 39. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research 40. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools 41. Responded with compassion and leadership to the earthquake in Haiti 42. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters 43. . Launched Business.gov – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business. Great for the economy. 44. Improved housing for military personnel 45. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals 46. Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan. 47. Improving benefits for veterans 48. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect 49. Donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize to nonprofits. 50. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program 51. Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market. 52. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel 53. Increasing student loans 54. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return “home” to visit loved ones 55. Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers. 56. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000 57. Limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House 58. Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost. 59. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration 60. Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured. 61. Lower drug costs for seniors 62. Making more loans available to small businesses 63. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration 64. . Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis 65. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans 66. Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care. 67. New federal funding for science and research labs 68. New funds for school construction 69. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending 70. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices 71. . Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals. 72. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan 73. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions 74. Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America’s working families. 75. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic 76. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research 77. . Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush’s presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. In February 2010, the Dow closed at 10,309.24 78. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel 79. Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols 80. Provided attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles. 81. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters 82. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy 83. Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner. 84. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program 85. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards 86. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced 87. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job 88. The FDA is now regulating tobacco 89. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date. 90. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010 91. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying 92. The “secret detention” facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed 93. US financial and banking rescue plan 94. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast 95. . Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system. 96. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office 97. Improved relations with Iran 98. Improved U.S. policy on climate change 99. Set timetable for exiting Iraq (already started removing troops) 100. Improved relations with Russia 101. Improved relations with the Islamic World 102. Made progress towards greater cooperation on limiting nuclear proliferation 103. Economic stimulus plan has created jobs. (Unemployment rate decreasing) 104. Drastically slowed down the recession 105. Saved Wall Street 106. Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act (equal work for equal pay)107. HEALTHCARE REFORM 108. Ordered the military operation that killed Osama Bin Laden On top of all of this, Barack Obama has just become the first president to endorse gay marriage.   Yup, here we have just described a man who has clearly done nothing but sit around the oval office and twiddle his thumbs the last four years. Obviously, voting for someone who is for universal equality and bettering not just this country, but the entire world, is the wrong way to go. -___- OBAMA 2012 Just gonna leave this here, dudes.

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