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The Obama Administration: November 1-15, 2011

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This article is the 68th 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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" For the third time in recent weeks, every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct a jobs bill that independent economists said would boost our economy and put Americans back to work. At a time when more than a million construction workers are looking for a job, they voted "no" to putting them back to work doing the work America needs done -- rebuilding our roads, bridges, airports and transit systems. That makes no sense . "__Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, November 3, 2011

Day1015/Nov1st/Tuesday: T he President submitted to interviews in the Cabinet Room of the White House with local TV anchors from Hearst Television; WAVY, Portsmouth, Virginia; WTVT, Tampa, Florida; KTRK, Houston, Texas; KETV, Omaha, Nebraska; WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota; WPVI, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; KUSA, Denver, Colorado; KSAZ, Phoenix, Arizona; and KGW, Portland, Oregon. Source

The President met with the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis in the Oval Office of the White House.

The President signed a Presidential Proclamation in the Oval Office to establish the Fort Monroe National Monument. The President's Remarks  Video

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The President and Vice President Joe Biden met with House Democratic Leadership in the Oval Office of the White House.

The President issued a Presidential Memorandum that continued the National Emergency in Respect to Sudan (first declared by former U.S, President William Jefferson Clinton on November 3, 1997) for an additional year. Message to the United States Congress

The President declared an emergency existed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a severe storm during the period of October 29-30, 2011, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which for  the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Berkshire, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Worcester. Specifically, FEMA was authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, was provided at 75 percent federal funding. Source

The President declared an emergency existed in the State of New Hampshire and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a severe storm during the period of October 29-30, 2011, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts for the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 10 counties in the State of New Hampshire. Specifically, FEMA was authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, was provided at 75 percent federal funding. Source

The President sent these nominations to the United States Senate:

Rebecca M. Blank , of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce bio

Thomas Hoenig , of Missouri, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for a term of six years bio

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Varadaraj Pai , of Kansas, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2011 bio

Larry Leon Palmer , of Georgia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Barbados, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. bio

Coral Wong Pietsch , of Hawaii, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for the term of fifteen years bio

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

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