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A Grand Jury for United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa indicted these 9 individuals on federal charges of accessing President Barack Obama's student loan records while they were employed for a Department of Education contractor in Iowa: Andrew J. Lage, 54, Patrick E. Roan, 51, Sandra Teague, 54 and Mercedes Costoyas, 53, all of Iowa City; Gary N. Grenell, 58, and Lisa Torney, 49, of Coralville; Anna C. Rhodes, 32, of Ainsworth; Julie L. Kline, 38, of West Branch; and John P. Phommivong, 29, for whom no hometown was listed. Source

The United States Treasury Department announced the U.S. posted an $82.69 billion deficit in April, 2010, the 19th straight monthly budget deficit; nearly four times the $20.91 billion shortfall registered in April, 2009, and the largest on record for that month. Source

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, testified in a United States Senate hearing against the President's decision to cancel America's return to the moon and the President's vision for America's future in space, voicing skepticism of the President's plan to rely on new space taxis developed by private companies after the space shuttles are retired. "If the leadership we have acquired through our investment is simply allowed to fade away, other nations will surely step in where we have faltered," Armstrong said. "I do not believe that this would be in our best interests." Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut on the moon, testified the President's budget for human space exploration "presents no challenges, has no focus, and in fact is a blueprint for a mission to 'nowhere." Source

Day475/May13th/Thursday: The President spoke with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev by telephone, informing President Medvedev that he was sending the New START Treaty to the United States Senate for its consideration later in the day. Source

The President submitted to the United States Senate the New START Treaty, which he signed April 18, 2010, in Prague. Source

The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of South Dakota and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm on April 2, 2010. 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 severe winter storm in the counties of Corson, Perkins, and Ziebach. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Source

The President sent these nominations to the United States Senate:

Mark Feierstein, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development

Osvaldo Luis Gratacós Munet, of Puerto Rico, to be Inspector General, Export-Import Bank Source Bios

The President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key administration posts:

Thomas R. Acevedo, Member, National Advisory Council on Indian Education

Derek J. Bailey, Member, National Advisory Council on Indian Education

Robin A. Butterfield, Member, National Advisory Council on Indian Education

Robert B. Cook, Member, National Advisory Council on Indian Education

Deborah Jackson-Dennison, Member, National Advisory Council on Indian Education

Alyce Spotted Bear, Member, National Advisory Council on Indian Education

Irasema Coronado, Member, Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

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