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Saturday, December 24, 2011

President and Mrs. Obama Send Christmas Greetings to America, December 25, 2011


President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama offer a special holiday tribute to some of the strongest, bravest, and most resilient members of our American family – the men and women who wear our country’s uniform and the families who support them.

The theme for this 2011 holiday season is "Shine, Give, Share," which offers an opportunity to pay tribute to our troops, veterans, and their families throughout the White House.

View this Christmas Greeting from President and Mrs. Obama on December 24, 2011:


Friday, December 9, 2011

US State Department to Review J1 Summer Work Visas for Foreign Students


The Boston Globe reports that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ordered "an extensive and thorough review" of the J1 Summer Work Travel Visa that allows students from around the world to work in the United States each summer.

The program has come under fire recently for a variety of abuses that include poor living conditions and workplace problems for many of the 150,000 students who use the visa each year.

Among the countries using the J-1 visa, according to the Globe story, are Russia, Brazil, Ukraine, Thailand, Ireland, Bulgaria, Peru, Moldova and Poland.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

President Obama, in Kansas, Evokes Teddy Roosevelt in Call for Economic Equality


President Barack Obama returned to his mother's state of Kansas this week and called for a new economic equality that ensures shared prosperity and responsibility in the spirit of President Theodore Roosevelt

"Roosevelt understood the free market only works when there are rules of the road that ensure competition is fair and open and honest," the president said to the audience in Osawatomie, Kansas, a place President Roosevelt visited in 1910. "And so he busted up monopolies, forcing those companies to compete for consumers with better services and better prices. And today, they still must. He fought to make sure businesses couldn’t profit by exploiting children or selling food or medicine that wasn’t safe. And today, they still can’t."

You can read the entire speech here.

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