1/28/ State of Union

Presidents and all politicians are executors for the bipartisan National Security Agenda
Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda
President to Seek to Use State of the Union Address to Shift Souring View of Leadership
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405270230327770457934516303...

unilateral executive privilege nothing new:
Obama presidential order waives penalties under the Child Soldiers Protection Act of 2008
2012 thecable.foreignpolicy.com/ posts/ 2012/10/ 01/ obama_waives_sanctions_on_countries_that_use_child_soldiers
Obama waived almost all U.S. sanctions that use child soldiers for the third year in a row...presidential memorandum waiving penalties for U.S. arms sales to Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen and partially waived sanctions against the Congo...countries declared the worst abusers of child soldiers by the State Department under the Child Soldiers Protection Act of 2008

"When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed - that's slavery, It is barbaric, it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world. Now, as a nation, we've long rejected such cruelty"
2012 Obama, Clinton Global Initiative. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/25/remarks-president-...

Presidential Determination No. 2011-4 to Section 404(c) of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008
2010 http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/25/presidential-memor...
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, pursuant to section 404(c) of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA)... I hereby determine it in the national interest of the United States to waive the application of the prohibition to Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Yemen... You are authorized and directed to submit this determination to the Congress, along with the accompanying memorandum of justification, and to publish it in the Federal Register. BARACK OBAMA

Forging the World: Strategic Narratives and International Relations
http://newpolcom.rhul.ac.uk/storage/Forging%20the%20World%20Working%20Pa...
strategic narratives explain how states seek to shape the world ... role and impact of strategic narratives in critical international processes
STRATEGIC NARRATIVES BLOG: Change the Story. Change the Outcome
http://strategic-narrative.net/blog/2013/04/post-boston-keep-calm-and-th...
In order to combat the strange new global terrorism, the United States attempted a global war centered largely on armed combat. As the events of last week tragically demonstrated, the US did not win. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recognized, “over the long term, the United States cannot capture or kill its way to victory.” That is not an effective strategy for the terrain of ideas and beliefs on which much of the battle with violent extremism takes place. Even the application of direct military force to terrorism will be enfolded into the battle of ideas. The US military can kill a combatant, but in his or her place ideas and feelings that inspire others will take root...
We must therefore return to a war of ideas .But in no way the same war of ideas envisioned...as a bipolar battle with a single ideology of “Islamic extremism”... rephrased as the more acceptable “extremism” despite the fact the referent continued to denote extremist ideas in the name of Islam. That war of ideas was modeled on the Cold War, with a more clearly bipolar battle between American free market democracy and Soviet communism.. Al Qaeda had no such coherence, especially in derivative forms...

A NEW STRATEGIC NARRATIVE NEEDED FOR FAILING U.S. GLOBAL DOMINATION
"Development, with defense and diplomacy, is now a pillar of our national security policy."
USAID should “be seen as the premier development agency in the world.”
7/23/09 Secretary of State Clinton The Center for Global Development
US global domination includes US dominated major 'international community'vehicles including IMF, WB, UN, et al

"Essentially, Washington has been the beneficiary of a decade-long, taxpayer-funded stimulus package. “We could have been a dodo bird. Instead we are the center of the universe” said Mark Muro, Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program Policy Director
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/capital-gains-spending-on-contrac...

finance capital 'recovery' paid for by blood, tears and lives worldwide
Obama State Of The Union To Refocus On Economy
2/9/14 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/09/obama-state-of-the-union_n_2652...

October 2013 IMF revised 2014 world growth slightly lower...warned that Congressional failure to raise U.S. debt ceiling could damage not only United States but entire global economy
httpwww.stanlib.com/EconomicFocus/Pages/IMFworldeconomicoutlookOctober2013Worldgrowthrevisedslightlylower.aspx
IMF raises 2014 global growth forecast ...the first time in nearly two years it revised growth forecasts upward.
1/22/14 http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/1/22/global-news/imf-raise...

Optimism about global economy outweighs concerns at Davos World Economic Forum
1/25/14 http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/01/25/215763/optimism-about-global-econo...

Map: How the world countries compare on income inequality
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/09/27/map-how-the...
US ranked 44th out of 86 countries, bottom of the developed world, and one below Nigeria with some of the worst political corruption in the world

Obama's Best Practices for Recruiting and Hiring the Long-Term Unemployed: Nonbinding Corporate Hiring Agreement
BEST PRACTICES MEMO
http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/bestpractices01262014.p...
Businesses succeed when their communities thrive. We recognize the benefits to our businesses, our economy, and our country of taking advantage of the talent, experience and skills of all Americans, including the long-term unemployed. Yet studies have shown long-term unemployed job applicants are frequently overlooked and sometimes excluded from job opportunities—even when they may have identical resumes and skills to other candidates. We are committed to inclusive hiring practices and pledge to remove barriers that may prevent qualified long-term unemployed job seekers from applying or being fully considered for jobs at our companies by adopting or building on the following practices:

1. Ensuring that advertising does not discourage or discriminate against unemployed individuals.
2. Reviewing screens or procedures we use in our recruiting and hiring processes so they do not intentionally or inadvertently disadvantage individuals from being considered for a job based solely on their unemployment status.
3. Reviewing current recruiting practices to ensure we cast a broad net and encourage all qualified candidates to consider applying, including the long-term unemployed, by taking steps that may include:
• Publicizing our commitment that qualified unemployed individuals will not be disadvantaged solely on their unemployment status on our website, in application materials, or in other
places where it can be seen by potential applicants;
• Interviewing or otherwise considering qualified long-term unemployed individuals;
• Training our hiring teams and recruiters to focus on the bona fide occupational requirements and leadership requirements for a given role and not just on an applicant’s current or recent
employment status;
• Engaging with local and regional entities in order to reach broad segments of the population with relevant skills and experience
4. Sharing best practices – including success we have achieved with hiring the long-term unemployed in our own company – within our organization and across our supply chain, with staffing firms, our employer associations and the broader business community

Obama's Nuclear Weapns $1 Trillion 'upgrade' project
National Level Engagement Strategy: A Framework for Action
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a562308.pdf
Obama's 2010 National Security Strategy...pushed a sweeping $700 billion bailout package through Congress

judge delayed sentencing today due to 'bad weather'
Sister Megan Rice, 83, and Two Others Face 30 years in Prison
Sister Rice and co-defendants Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, a carpenter, and Michael Walli, 64, a Vietnam veteran, were charged with federal sabotage... under a statute of the US criminal code used against international and domestic terrorism, carries a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison for breaking into the Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge
Edwin Lyman, senior scientist with the Global Security Program said it has "global implications.If we can't even control our own nuclear weapons.. reduces our authority to criticize other countries..."

A DEFENSE RISK MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK
2010 Quadrennial Defense Report (QDR)
http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/www/external/nsrd/DoD-CBRNE-Panel/p...
Focus is on four specific issues: security assistance, defense acquisition, defense industrial base, energy security and climate change. Many US authorities and structures still assume a neat divide exists between defense, diplomacy and development which does not exist....

Obama eases drug export, smuggling restrictions
_http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/07/02/just_how_many_weapons_can_america_sell
Obama cited his authority under the Arms Export Control Act to "waive prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to "vetted" opposition groups fighting Syrian president Assad.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-waives-ban-on-arming-terrorists-to-a...

The Numbers Narrative: New Research Shows US has Saved Millions of Iraqi Lives.
http://ongenocide.wordpress.com/

US legal definition of terrorism excludes acts by recognized states
Obama's secret kill list – the Disposition Matrix
7/14/13 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/14/obama-secret-kill-list-disp...
The disposition matrix is a complex grid of suspected terrorists to be traced then targeted in drone strikes or captured and interrogated.

Psychological torture: the real message behind force-feeding
www.salon.com/ 2013/ 08/ 26/ psychological_torture_the_real_message_behind_force_feeding_hun ger_strikers/ -
This is why Guantánamo prisoners went on hunger strike... most have been detained for more than four years without ever being charged with a crime. The U.S. condemns the hunger strikers at Gitmo, and last year the White House hailed an Iranian dissident hunger-striker for showing "that he is willing to die for his right to express his opinion.".... Guantanamo commander Rear Adm. Harry Harris, Jr. called the prisoner hunger strikes "asymmetric warfare" to attract attention. What happens there, just like what happens in Pelican Bay, affects all of us.

White House on force feeding: "We do not want these individuals to die"
The White House declined to address judge's finding that force feeding detainees at Guantanamo Bay is a "painful, humiliating and degrading process" that President Obama could stop.
http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/washington/2013/07/white-house-on-gitmo-for...

Tens of Thousands of California Inmates Join Pelican Bay Hunger -Work Strikers
7/10/2013 Glen Ford http://blackagendareport.com/content/tens-thousands-california-inmates-j...
Approximately 80,000 US prisoners under solitary confinement.. Pelican Bay has more than 1,000 'Special Housing Units (SHUs) small, windowless cells, isolated from other human contact at least 22.5 hrs. a day. Across the state about 4,500 prisoners...some who have not seen the light of day for over 20 years...are held in SHUs, 6,000 more endure some other form of solitary.

Sentencing Project report: 215 countries have smaller prison populations than the US, 1 in 9 US Prisoners Sentenced to Die Behind Bars
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2013/09/1-9-american-prisoners...
. 159,520 US prisoners are serving life sentences, 49,081 without the possibility of parole. The number serving life sentences between 2008 and 2012 increased 11%, the number serving life sentences without possibility of parole increased 22.2%. Almost half (47.2% of life-sentenced inmates in the US are Black... much higher in states such as Maryland (77.4%, Georgia (72%), and Mississippi (71.5%). In the federal system, 62.3% of the 'lifer' population is African American. Non-whites are nearly two-thirds of the total population serving life sentences...More people are serving life sentences in the US than are serving sentences of any length in Cuba, the UK, France, Spain, Germany; more people are serving life sentences without possibility of parole than are serving sentences of any length in Saudi Arabia or Venezuela...

Sinclair Lewis said in 1936: "when fascism comes to the US it will come wrapped in a flag, carrying a cross"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/texas-gov-signs-merry-ch...
The bipartisan “Merry Christmas bill,” sailed through the state House and Senate ...."Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion...We hope this is a fire that will take off and become laws in the other 49 states,”

Doctors cut from Medicare Advantage networks
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/doctors-cut-from-m...
Thousands of primary-care doctors and specialists across the country have been terminated from privately run Medicare Advantage plans, sparking a battle between doctors who say patient care is threatened and insurers that insist they must reduce costs and streamline operations...Democrats used the health-care law to cut payments to Medicare Advantage by $156 billion over the next decade...The doctor terminations which took effect Jan.1, are striking a nerve partly because of the way insurers have notified physicians...sudden terminations, and how they were communicated...some never received letters informing them they were no longer part of an insurer’s network. Others say their patients were told before they were.

IT firms help health-care providers ID high-risk patients
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/reston-firm-helps-health-care-pro...

Supreme Court rules Drug Companies exempt from Lawsuits
http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/q32013/supreme-court-rules-drug-co...
80% all drugs exempt from legal liability.

State evdes via "state's rights"
EPA Abandons Major Radiation Cleanup in Florida Despite Cancer Concerns (SIC)
...Under a decision quietly finalized two weeks ago, the EPA will leave it to state officials to decide the fate of the sites in and around Lakeland, an approximately 10-square-mile residential area midway between Orlando and Tampa.Florida officials have long argued that the affected area need not be cleaned up in the absence of radiation levels well above what EPA policy normally permit. The decision not to enforce federal rules could have far-reaching implications for how the US deals with future radioactive contamination across the country...
The EPA decision not to enforce its Superfund standards at Florida sites is consistent with a controversial new guide for dealing with the aftermath of dirty bomb attacks, nuclear power-plant meltdowns and other radiological incidents that the agency published last year...EPA officials are looking to use the new guide --backed by the nuclear power industry -- to relax radiation standards. The agency's approach to the Florida case lends further credence to the concern... EPA scientists first warned superiors in 1979 of the health threat... past phosphate mining had created elevated concentrations of radium-226 in the area's soil. Radium produces gamma rays that can penetrate the body and increase the risk for a variety of cancers. Inhaling or ingesting the uranium byproduct can increase the risk of leukemia, lymphoma and bone cancer, specifically. In addition, the decay of radium creates radon, an odorless, radioactive gas that can increase the risk of lung cancer by seeping into homes and polluting indoor air. Given these risks, EPA scientists advised no new homes should be built on the sites but residential development continued and the federal agency took no action....
Phosphate mining industry officials of the second largest revenue-producing enterprise in the Sunshine State, strongly opposed the agency declaring the parcels Superfund sites - which would make the companies liable for as much as $11 billion cleanup costs, according to 2004 estimates in the EPA inspector general report....
Last March, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection proposed that the state - rather than the federal government - direct all future actions pertaining to the sites.. the federal government is walking away from the sites permanently. "Because the state would manage the phosphate mining sites that were historically listed in [the EPA Superfund database] under Florida's existing programs, there would be no further federal interest in these sites under Superfund and EPA would change their [database] status to ‘Archived,'"

An Everglades National Park, Fla., site coordinator in 2010 opened the doors to one of three facilities used decades ago to store and potentially launch both conventional and nuclear-tipped Nike missiles in response to a Russian attack. The US Congress scaled back earlier demands for costing out alternatives to Obama administration plan...