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The Obama Administration: June 16-30, 2011

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This article is the 59th 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.


"I spent the last two years cutting taxes for ordinary Americans, and I want to extend those middle-class tax cuts. The tax cuts I'm proposing we get rid of are tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires; tax breaks for oil companies and hedge fund managers and corporate jet owners"__Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, June 29, 2011


Day877/June16th/Thursday: T he President met with President Tsakhia Elbegdorj of Mongolia in the Oval Office of the White House. Source

U.S.-Mongolia Joint Statement

The President met with Ambassador Princeton Lyman, his Special Envoy for Sudan, to discuss the status of mediation efforts to end the political and humanitarian crisis in Abyei and the humanitarian crisis and violence in Southern Kordofan. Readout

The President sent the United States Senate his nomination of John Edgar Bryson, of California, to be Secretary of Commerce. Source Bio


Day878/June17th/Friday: The President traveled to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he visited with wounded service members. Source

The President returned to the White House where he met with United States Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner. Source

The President greeted young elected leaders from across the country at a reception at the White House. Source

The President sent a message to the United States Congress, informing of his decision to continue until June 21, 2012 the national emergency with respect to the risk of nuclear proliferation created by the accumulation of weapons usable fissile material in the territory of the Russian Federation. On June 21, 2000, former U.S. President Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 13159 blocking property and interests in property of the Government of the Russian Federation that were in the United States, that thereafter came within the United States, or that were or thereafter came within the possession or control of United States persons that were directly related to the implementation of the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation Concerning the Disposition of Highly Enriched Uranium Extracted from Nuclear Weapons, dated February 18, 1993, and related contracts and agreements (collectively, the "HEU Agreements"). Source

The President, in a released statement, praised this day's United Nations (UN) adoption of a resolution dedicated to advancing the basic human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons.

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