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The Obama Administration: October 1-15, 2010

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This article is the 42nd 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 conclusion.

" Just this week, we learned that one of the largest groups paying for these ads regularly takes in money from foreign corporations. So groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections, and they won't tell you where the money for their ads come from. So this isn't just a threat to Democrats. All Republicans should be concerned. Independents should be concerned. This is a threat to our democracy. The American people deserve to know who's trying to sway their elections. And if we just stand by and allow the special interests to silence anybody who's got the guts to stand up to them, our country is going to be a very different place." __Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, at a fundraiser for Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, October 7, 2010.

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Day615/Oct1st/Friday: The President announced in the East Room of the White House the departure of Rahm Emanuel as the President's chief-of-staff and introduced new chief-of-staff Pete Rouse. Transcript Video

The President met with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office of the White House. Source

The President attended Justice Elena Kagan 's Investiture Ceremony at the United States Supreme Court. Source

The President met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in the Oval Office. Source

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The President telephoned Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to acknowledge the substantial progress that Russia and the United States had made in completing negotiations on a series of bilateral issues, which needed resolution before Russia's joining the World Trade Organization (WTO): passage of major pieces of legislation, including major amendments to laws governing the effective protection of intellectual property rights. The President pledged to support Russia's efforts to complete remaining steps in multilateral negotiations so that Russia could join the WTO as soon as possible. The President also noted the importance of continued enhancement of bilateral trade relations in agricultural trade. The President and Medvedev also discussed their mutual interest in seeing their respective legislative bodies approve the New Start Treaty before the end of 2010, their continued concern for Iran's defiance of its international obligations, and their shared support for the upcoming referenda in Sudan. Source

The President spoke by telephone with President Alvaro Colom of Guatemala. The President expressed his deep regret regarding the study conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service in the 1940s on sexually transmitted disease inoculation and extended an apology to all those affected. The President reaffirmed the United States' unwavering commitment to ensure that all human medical studies conducted today meet exacting U.S. and international legal and ethical standards. Source

The President received from Vice President Joe Biden a new report, "Progress Implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," which concluded Recovery Act funds had been put to work on-schedule, projects frequently came in under-budget and with a lower than average rate of waste and fraud. The report can be viewed in full HERE.

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

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