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The Obama Administration: November 1-15, 2010

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This article is the 44th 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.

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" I believe we can't afford to borrow and spend another $700 billion on permanent tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." __Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, November 6, 2010  

Day646/Nov1st/Monday: The President sent a letter to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and to the President of the U.S. Senate informing them of his decision to continue t he Sudan emergency beyond November 3, 2010: "The crisis constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of Sudan that led to the declaration of a national emergency in Executive Order 13067 of November 3, 1997, and the expansion of that emergency in Executive Order 13400 of April 26, 2006, and with respect to which additional steps were taken in Executive Order 13412 of October 13, 2006, has not been resolved.  These actions and policies are hostile to U.S. interests and pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Therefore, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared with respect to Sudan and maintain in force sanctions against Sudan to respond to this threat." Source 

The President called Dilma Rousseff, President-elect of Brazil, to congratulate her on her historic victory in her country's October 31, 2010 election. Source 

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The President announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Bridgetown, Barbados to attend the funeral of Prime Minister David Thompson of Barbados on November 3, 2010. Gil Kerlikowske, Director, U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, was appointed to lead the delegation made up of   D. Brent Hardt, Charge d'Affaires, a.i., United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, and Eugene Gray, Director for Central America and Caribbean Affairs, National Security Staff. Source 

The President proclaimed November 2010 as National Adoption Month. Source 

The President, in the evening, received a telephone call from President Lee Myong-bak of the Republic of Korea to discuss the forthcoming G20 Summit scheduled in Seoul on November 11 --" 12, 2010. They also discussed the bilateral aspect of President Obama's upcoming visit and economic and trade issues, including the KORUS Free Trade Agreement.  President Obama underscored his hope to use the next week to make progress toward an agreement: a satisfactory agreement on the key issues for American workers that would permitt a deal.   http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/02/readout-presidents-call-with-president-lee-republic-korea 

Day647/Nov2nd/Tuesday: The President did local radio interviews with KPWR Los Angeles, WGCI Chicago, WSOL Jacksonville and KVEG Las Vegas from the Oval Office of the White House. 

The President met with United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in the Oval Office. Source 

The President spoke by telephone with President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen to discuss ongoing cooperation against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and highlighted that the United States relationship with Yemen focused on counterterrorism issues, as well as building a stable and prosperous Yemen through economic and humanitarian assistance.  President Obama  emphasized the need for Yemen to help reinforce confidence in the cargo air shipment sector through strengthening of security measures while at the same time discussing the importance of the global community coming together to assist Yemen in building these capabilities. Source 

The President called members of the San Francisco Giants organization and congratulated the management, owners and the team on winning the 2010 World Series. Source&Video 

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The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of South Dakota and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, local and Tribal recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of September 22-23, 2010. Federal funding was made available to State and eligible local and Tribal 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 and flooding in Brookings, Lake, Moody, and Union Counties and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and Tribes within the State. Source 

The President condemned "in the strongest terms" the Government of Iran's apparent plans to move forward in executing Ms. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. And in a statement through White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs , declared:   "The lack of transparency and due process in Ms. Ashtiani's case, and the subsequent actions taken against her lawyer and family, are unacceptable. Her case demonstrates the Government of Iran's fundamental disregard for human rights, including those of women. We call on the Government of Iran to stop this execution, and provide Ms. Ashtiani with the due process and fair treatment she deserves." Source

The United States National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Hartford office announced it filed a complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc., alleging that the ambulance service illegally terminated employee, Dawnmarie Souza for posting negative comments about her supervisor on her personal Facebook page and that the company wrongfully denied her union representation during an investigatory interview; and ""maintained and enforced an overly broad blogging and Internet posting policy." Source 

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

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