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The Obama Administration: October 16-31, 2010

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This article is the 43rd 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'm President and not king. And so I've got to get a majority in the House and I've got to get 60 votes in the Senate to move any legislative initiative forward" __Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, in a White House session with progressive bloggers, October 27, 2010

Day630/Oct16th/Saturday: In his Weekly Address, the President vowed to close the tax loopholes for sending jobs and profits overseas. Transcript Video
The President traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, where he delivered remarks at a rally for Massachusetts Governor Deval_Patrick at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston in West Newton. Transcript
The President delivered remarks at an event for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) at the Ralph De La Torre residence. Transcript
Day631/Oct17th/Sunday: The President traveled to Cleveland, Ohio and attended an event for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland at the Carr residence in Chagrin Falls. Transcript
The President traveled to Columbus, Ohio, where he attended a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at Ohio State University and a rally for the DNC at Ohio State University. Video
Day632/Oct18th/Monday: The President and British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke by telephone. Cameron briefed the President on the U.K. National Security Strategy that had been published this day and discussed the Strategic Defense and Security Review of the U.K. government.
The President hosted and provided remarks at the White House Science Fair celebrating the winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. Transcript Video
The President delivered remarks at a dinner for the DSCC at the Rajeev and Seema Sharma residence in Rockville, Maryland. Transcript

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The President signed into law:

S. 3802 , the "Mount Stevens and Ted Stevens Icefield Designation Act," which designated a mountain and icefield in the State of Alaska as "Mount Stevens" and the

"Ted Stevens Icefield," respectively, in honor of former Alaskan Senator Senator Ted Stevens. Source

The Federal Protective Service (FPS), under a settlement announced this day by the New York Civil Liberties Union, said it would inform its officers and employees in writing of the "public's general right to photograph the exterior of federal courthouses from publicly accessible spaces" and remind them that "there are currently no general security regulations prohibiting exterior photography by individuals from publicly accessible spaces, absent a written local rule, regulation or order." The full text of the settlement.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the awarding nearly $78 million in contracts to build solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at VA facilities nationwide, projecting by fall 2011 it will have installed the solar PV systems at hospitals, clinics and national cemeteries in a dozen particularly sunny locations from Florida to California. In several cases, these systems were expected to produce up to 100 percent of the facility's annual electricity usage. The VA conducted feasibility studies to determine the optimal locations, ultimately selecting seven facilities in California (Los Angeles, San Diego, Dixon, Martinez, Menlo Park, Monterey, and Sepulveda), three in Florida (Miami, Viera, and Tampa), one in Salt Lake City, and one in Prescott, Arizona. Combined with previous awarded solar PV projects (in Phoenix, Albuquerque, Tucson, Dublin (GA), San Juan (PR), Calverton (NY), Santa Nella (CA), and Riverside (CA)), these contracts were implemented to meet a goal of 15 percent renewably-generated electricity consumption by 2013. Source

Day633/Oct19th/Tuesday: The President met with United States Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner. Source

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The President signed an Executive Order on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House and gave remarks. Transcript Video

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

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement with plaintiffs in the Keepseagle class action lawsuit, which was originally filed in 1999 by Native American farmers alleging discrimination in access to and participation in USDA's farm loan programs. In a release, the President stated, "I applaud Secretary Vilsack and Attorney General Holder for their hard work to reach this settlement a settlement that helps strengthen the nation to nation relationship and underscores the federal government's commitment to treat all citizens fairly. In light of that commitment, Congress must also act to implement the historic settlements of the Pigford II lawsuit, brought by African American farmers, and the Cobell lawsuit, brought by Native Americans over the management of Indian trust accounts and resources. My Administration also continues to work towards a resolution of the claims made by women and Hispanic farmers against the USDA." Source

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