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The Obama Administration: May 1-16, 2010

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The President met with a number of Cabinet members and senior staff in the White House Situation Room to review BP efforts to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico as well as to decide on next steps to ensure all is being done to contain the spread, mitigate the environmental impact and provide assistance to affected states, including individuals, businesses, and communities. Source

The President met with United States Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner in the Oval Office of the White House.

The President met with United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in the Oval Office.

The President issued an Executive Order establishing within the U.S. Department of State a temporary organization to be known as the Iraq Strategic Partnership Office, the purpose of which to perform the specific project of supporting executive departments and agencies in facilitating the strategic partnership between the U.S. Government and the Republic of Iraq, in further securing and stabilizing the country, and in continuing an effective diplomatic presence in Iraq. Source

The President expressed his sadness of the death of entertainer and civil rights activist Lena Horne. Source

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) summoned the heads of the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and 6 other exchanges, and agreement was reached in principle on new trading rules, which would establish a "circuit-breaker" system for stocks that would slow down trading during periods of intense volatility. Source: CBS Evening News, May 10, 2010.

United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York Lewis A. Kaplan ruled Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, charged with helping in the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa while he was an aide to Osama bin Laden, cannot use allegations of torture by the CIA to dismiss the indictment. Source

Day473/May11th/Tuesday: The President and Vice President Joe Biden met with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office of the White House.

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The President and Vice President Joe Biden met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry in the Oval Office.

The President met with United States Senator Patrick Leahy in the Oval Office.

The President and Vice President Joe Biden met with Commander International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) General Stanley A. McChrystal and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in the Oval Office.

The President spoke by telephone with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. The President congratulated President Abbas on the start of Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks. He reiterated his strong support for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian State living in peace and security with Israel. Source

The President and Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero spoke by telephone as part of the President's ongoing consultations with close allies on the global economic situation. They discussed the importance of Spain taking resolute action as part of Europe's effort to strengthen its economy and build market confidence. Source

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The President telephoned Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry and told the Governor his thoughts and prayers were with the people of Oklahoma as they cope with the devastating damage caused by tornadoes and severe storms across the state, and that he wanted to make sure they were getting the support they need from the federal government. Source

The President called David Cameron to extend his congratulations for the successful campaign that Cameron ran and for becoming the new British Prime Minister. Source

The President declared a major disaster existed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered Federal aid to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and tornadoes beginning on May 1, 2010, and continuing, making Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Casey, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Metcalfe, Rockcastle, Rowan, and Woodford. Grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster were also made available. Federal funding was also 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 storms, flooding, mudslides, and tornadoes in the counties of Allen, Hart, Lewis, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, and Rockcastle. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the entire Commonwealth. Source

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

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