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The Obama Administration: May 1-16, 2010

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The Honorable Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality Source

The President sent these nominations to the United States Senate:

Phillip Carter III, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire.

Gerald M. Feierstein, of Pennsylvania, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Yemen.

Peter Michael McKinley, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Colombia. Source Bios

The President withdrew the September 29, 2009 nomination of Steven L. Jacques, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Source

The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of California and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by an earthquake beginning on April 4, 2010, and continuing. Federal funding was made available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the earthquake in Imperial County. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Source

The President signed into law:

H.R. 4360, which designates the Department of Veterans Affairs blind rehabilitation center as the "Major Charles Robert Soltes, Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center." Source

The President proclaimed May 9, 2010, as Mother's Day. Source

The President proclaimed May 9-15, 2010, as National Women's Health Week. Source

The President proclaimed May 15, 2010, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 9 through May 15, 2010, as Police Week. Source

The White House posted a limited waiver of the Ethics Pledge granted to Robert Bauer, Counsel to the President. The waiver can be read here.

The United states Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted a petition from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the chief lobbying group for the major studios, that would permit for a limited-period useof "selectable output control" technology for watching movies in the home. The technology disables video and audio outputs on set-top boxes to prevent illicit recording. Source

In a quarterly report filed late Friday to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Moody's quietly disclosed that its Wall Street Analytics unit is cooperating with an investigation by the SEC and the United States Justice Department into "certain financial institutions" and the valuations used in "certain financial instruments." Source

This week's West Wing Week was released.

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.

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Disasters of wind, flood, earthquake and oil. Fina... by Robert Arend on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 7:15:41 PM
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