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Yay! "Obama Nominates Native American Woman to Federal Court"

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Responding to widespread requests from tribal leaders and Indian legal advocates, President Barack Obama has nominated a Native American to serve on the federal bench.

The president announced September 19 that Diane J. Humetewa is a nominee for the U.S. District Court for Arizona. She is a Hopi citizen, and from 2002 to 2007 she served as an appellate court judge for the Hopi Tribe Appellate Court.

Obama has previously nominated one tribal citizen to serve on the federal bench, Arvo Mikkanen, of the Kiowa Tribe, but Republican senators successfully blocked that nomination during the president’s first term. Oklahoma’s senators in particular expressed frustration that the administration did not consult with them on the nomination, but they would not say specifically what their problem with Mikkanen was at the time. The administration pushed back, with White House officials laying full blame with Senate Republicans, saying it was part of their overall plan to thwart the president.

If Mikkanen would have been confirmed, he would have been the only American Indian to serve on the federal bench, out of a total of 875 federal judgeships, and he would have been only the third Native American in history to secure a federal judgeship.

If Humetewa can pass muster with the Senate Judicial Committee and Arizona’s senators, then she will have the distinction of being the first Native American appointed and confirmed to the federal bench by Obama. It is already known that she has a strong ally in U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) who previously recommended her for a U.S. attorney position during George W. Bush’s second term.

There's more..

h/t http://theobamadiary.com/2013/09/19/chat-away-239/#comments

Here's Hoping Diane J. Humetewa passes Confirmation!

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‘Walk a Day in my Shoes’ Vid of then Sen Obama Walking a Day in HC Giver Pauline Beck's Shoes..

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Today POTUS called Pauline Beck to tell her the home care rule has been finalized—

Reuters: Obama to extend wage law to cover two million home care aides


"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Tuesday it will extend the protection of U.S. minimum wage and overtime law to almost two million home health workers who assist the elderly and disabled, setting an assertive tone for the new U.S. labor secretary.

Sworn in only two weeks ago, Thomas Perez said in a statement that home health workers provide "vital services."

"Today we are taking an important step toward guaranteeing that these professionals receive the wage protections they deserve while protecting the right of individuals to live at home," he said.

Under a new rule, the department said home health workers, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants will be brought under the coverage of the Fair Labor Standards Act starting in January 2015."

There's more..

And, he does housework!

Update: more recent Vid of Pauline Beck~ h/t Tx4obama~ mahalo!

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President Obama's Lucky Score Card.. so far.

KSK(africa) @lawalazu

PBO Lucky ScoreCard
2008 Ele.
Somalia Pirates
Bin Laden
Somalia pirates
Al Qaeda henchmen killed

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I would add the 2012 Election.. and everything else he's accomplished..

We'll Keep This List Going. Here are 221 Obama Accomplishments, With Citations! He's Done Plenty


There are so many Assad protectors and Putin lovers around.. the anti-Obamas!

I think Ian Reifowitz at Kos covered it all! thanks ProSense

EarlG got it on 9/11..


Cool! And, who said "Obama wasn't a cool guy"?!

Love the logo and whomever first said it.. and made it into a thing.. it was beautiful waking up November 7, 2012 and everyday thereafter at least knowing this..


John Fugelsang Tweet regarding the difference between Syria and Iraq..


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Greenwald lied and threw in a major whine.. what's


The whole thing is sickening, she. Big scam to bring down the USA

Smartypants @Smartypants32

This NEVER has been abt privacy => Latest Snowden leak: US is spying on al Qaeda

http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/09/latest-snowden-leak-us-is-spying-on-al.html?spref=tw …4:35 AM - 5 Sep 2013

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Smartypants @Smartypants32

"Latest Snowden leak: US is spying on al Qaeda"


"But while we've all been talking about Syria, where the intelligence gathering of several countries is helping answer the questions about the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons, the most recent Snowden revelations have clearly gone off the rails.

First of all, we learned that NSA spies on foreign governments (OMG!). But the latest leak published by the Washington Post is really disturbing. Apparently some of the documents Snowden stole show us that the US is spying on al Qaeda"

h/t http://theobamadiary.com/2013/09/05/a-tweet-or-two-from-some-of-the-smart-folk/#more-135784

"Obama's Stealth War on Global Warming"

"Stymied by Congress, President Obama is staffing his administration with appointees ready to take aggressive action on climate change."


As President Obama tries to fight global warming without any backing from a gridlocked Congress, he's using every weapon in his executive arsenal. His Environmental Protection Agency will soon roll out controversial regulations on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. He's told every Cabinet agency to look into ways it can use its authority to act on climate change. And now the administration is stocking the executive branch with an army of new appointees who have a history of working aggressively on climate issues and clean energy, often from leadership jobs at environmental advocacy groups.

It's not surprising to see a president name a top nominee—for Cabinet secretary, say—who has led the way on an issue the White House cares about. In his first term, for example, Obama named as his Energy secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel physicist who had devoted his career to fighting climate change. With the executive branch the only avenue for the president to make an impact on climate policy, the Obama administration is filling out the second and third tiers of agencies—influential workhorse positions such as chiefs of staff, assistant secretaries, and heads of regulatory commissions—with appointees just as devoted to the cause, with the expectation that they'll muscle through a climate and clean-energy agenda wherever they can.

The strategy is drawing cheers from environmentalists and fire from conservatives, who both agree that these behind-the-scenes positions have a sizable impact on shaping policy. "The president has made it … clear that he wants further action on climate to be a big part of his legacy," said Frank O'Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch. "He's not going to get cooperation from Congress, so the only way to carve out a legacy on climate is to have folks at federal agencies that can make things happen. Some of these jobs which no one's ever heard of are being filled by people who can make things happen."


"Also raising eyebrows among conservatives is Obama's July appointment of Kevin Knobloch, former president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a longtime player in the world of climate policy and advocacy, as the Energy Department's new chief of staff. "I cannot imagine a moment in history when we have had a window where the Department of Energy's mission has been more important," Knobloch said of the department's plans to toughen energy-efficiency standards and innovate ways to burn fossil fuels more cleanly."


h/t http://theobamadiary.com/

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Mahalo President Obama!

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President Obama with Nordic Leaders before their Dinner together..

President Barack Obama poses with leaders of Nordic countries before a dinner together in Stockholm. From L-R: Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Finland President Sauli Niinisto, Obama, Sweden Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson.


Obama in Stockholm before heading to G20 summit in Russia


Greeting Mr. Mr. Obama on a mild, sunny morning at the Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport were Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and leaders of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's center-right coalition government.

Along Mr. Obama's motorcade route form the airport to a hotel, crowds of people lined the streets, some waving small American flags.

Mr. Obama's trip to Sweden will mark the first bilateral visit by a sitting U.S. president to the northern European nation. While in Stockholm, Mr. Obama will meet with Reinfeldt and King Carl XVI Gustav and dine with Nordic leaders from Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark. He'll also stop at Sweden's premier technical university to call attention to Sweden's goal to phase out fossil fuels by 2050.


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Husband Of Gay Service Member Booed At GOP Debate Now Has His Military Spouse ID Card

“You’re official,” Maj. Stephen Snyder-Hill said to his husband, Joshua, after he got his spousal military ID card on Tuesday"

"WASHINGTON — Major Stephen Snyder-Hill found himself at the center of the national debate over the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” when he was booed by audience members at a a September 2011 Republican presidential debate when he asked about the change that allows him now to serve his country and talk openly about his husband, Joshua.

"Debate Crowd Booed Gay Soldier"http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/debate-crowd-booed-gay-soldier/

Two years later, in a sign of the changed landscape for same-sex couples, Stephen and Joshua Snyder-Hill went to the Defense Supply Center, Columbus, or DSCC, in Ohio on Tuesday — where Joshua became “official,” as Stephen put it, and received his spousal military ID card on the first day the cards were available to same-sex spouses.

“I’ve been in the military for 24 years. I was pre-‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ during and after. It’s just been a really long fight, I think, for [same-sex couples’] military families to be able to get the same protection that other soldiers’ families get,” Stephen Snyder-Hill told BuzzFeed Tuesday afternoon. “I mean, we’ve had times when we’ve had family days, things that just beat down your morale because you just feel like you’re not the same or you’re not equal or you’re not protected as well. And I think that now, we’re pretty much equal.”

There's more..

h/t http://theobamadiary.com/

This has been such a long hard fought battle and it's heartwarming to be able to celebrate something so wonderful that has come to be for our Gay Brothers and Sisters in the Military.

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