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The Obama Administration: May 1-16, 2010

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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:

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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

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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.

Day470/May8th/Saturday: In his Weekly Address, the President spoke of the benefits in health insurance reform kicking in for young adults, retirees, and families, and of more benefits coming down the pike. Transcript Video

Day471/May9th/Sunday: The President spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by telephone as part of his ongoing engagement with European leaders with regard to the economic situation there. They discussed the importance of the members of the European Union taking resolute steps to build confidence in the markets. Source

The President spoke with French President Nicolas Sarkozy as part of his ongoing engagement with European leaders about the economic situation there. They agreed on the importance of Europe taking resolute action to build confidence in the markets. Source

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The President delivered the commencement address at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Transcript Video

Day472/May10th/Monday: The President met with members of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board in the Oval Office of the White House.

The President announced in the East Room of the White House his nomination of United States Solicitor General Elena Kagan for Justice of the United States Supreme Court, which he sent to the United States Senate. Transcript Video

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

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