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The Obama Administration: March 17-31, 2010

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This article is the twenty-ninth in a continuing series chronicling the unfolding history of the Obama Administration. The writer's opinions are not offered, leaving the readers to arrive at their own conclusions.

Day418/March17th/Wednesday: The President met with the Taoiseach of Ireland Brian Cowen in the Oval Office of the White House. Video

The President attended U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's Friends of Ireland Luncheon at the Capitol, where he delivered remarks. Transcript Video The Taoiseach and Vice President Joe Biden also attended.

The Presidentsent these nominations to the United States Senate:

Leonard Stark to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware

Amy Totenberg to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Source&Bios

The President sent a letter to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and the President of the Senate concerning declarations to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that notified of additions and deletions to the list of sites, facilities, locations, and activities in the United States declared in 2009 to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) under the Protocol Additional to the Agreement between the United States of America and the International Atomic Energy Agency for the Application of Safeguards in the United States of America, with Annexes, signed at Vienna on June 12, 1998 (the "U.S.-IAEA Additional Protocol"). Source

The President signed into law:

S. 2968, the "Trademark Technical and Conforming Amendment Act of 2010", which amends trademark law to extend the grace period from 3 months to 6 months for international registrants filing "affidavits of use" to extend trademark registration and to allow international registrants. Source

The President and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the Taoiseach and Mrs. Cowen at the annual St. Patrick's Day Reception held in the East Room of the White House. The President and the Taoiseach delivered remarks and participate in a traditional Shamrock Ceremony. Transcript Video Prior to their arrival, the Keltic Dreams, an after school Irish dancing troupe from Public School 59 in the Bronx, and The City of Washington Pipe Band performed.

Day419/March18th/Thursday: The President, in the Rose Garden of the White House, signed into law:

H.R.2487, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE), a jobs bill that provides small businesses with incentives to spur hiring and help put Americans back to work. Saying that "while this jobs bill is absolutely necessary, it's by no means enough,"the President pledged that this was just one step amongst many. The HIRE Act would:

(1) Provide tax cuts for businesses that hire someone who has been out of work for at least 2 months

(2) Help businesses to invest in their future by permitting them to write off investments in equipment in 2010

(3) Encourage job creation by expanding investments in schools and clean energy projects

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.
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Any seeker of information will come away knowing m... by Robert Arend on Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 at 9:05:11 AM
do you turn this series into a book?... by Rob Kall on Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 at 2:59:52 PM
Mr. Kall,The thing about these chronicles is so mu... by Robert Arend on Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 at 3:32:16 PM