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President Obama Speaks at the Associated Press Luncheon
 
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President Obama discusses the fundamental issues at stake for our Nation, and how we can restore a sense of security for people who are willing to work hard and act responsibly in this country. April 3, 2012.
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Bullseye!
 
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Ever since 2008, the Grand Old Party (GOP) has been on a rampage. Like a herd of rogue elephants, the GOP destroyed our homes and lives, wiped out our life savings, and then ambled away - scot free - with trillions in tax cuts, billions in bailouts and millions in bonuses. Jobless Americans have 8,000 reasons to BEE MAD @ THE GOP: - The GOP opposed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, voting 1,521 to 9 against creating jobs. - The GOP cast 4,191 votes against the Commerce, Justice Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010 that dealt with unemployment insurance and COBRA. - In April 2010, the GOP forced eight votes in the Senate to block a two-month extension of unemployment benefits and the COBRA subsidy and added 232 votes against the jobless. - On the Tax Extender Act, the GOP cast 1,199 votes against helping the unemployed. - Extension of the Bush tax cuts and 99 weeks of unemployment in December 2010, the GOP cast 209 votes against the compromise bill. - Even on the Middle Class Tax Relief Act with its unemployment and payroll tax extensions, the GOP cast 255 votes against the unemployed. On those six bills, GOP members in the House and Senate cast 7,755 votes AGAINST the jobless. They stomped on laid-off worker bees at every turn. Isn't it time to BEE MAD @ THE GOP? Join the swarm! SHARE and LIKE us at www.facebook.com/ucubed. Visit www.unionofunemployed.com.
Views: 1643 BeeMadatGOP
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
 
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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is designed to provide financial assistance to those who need it.
Healthcare Ruling - An Employer's Perspective on the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision
 
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The world of health care was complex enough when employers largely understood the rules -- ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, FSA, HRA, HSA (to name a few) -- an alphabet soup of rules and regulations...but at least a familiar one.
Views: 3065 ADP
Dinosaur Death | Walking with Dinosaurs in HQ | BBC
 
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New David Attenborough series Dynasties coming soon! Watch the first trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWI1eCbksdE --~-- Despite ingenious evolutionary adaptations, Dinosaurs face an futile battle against the nature of Earth itself. Meanwhile plants, flowers, insects and birds are thriving in the warm moist climate of the late cretaceous period. Subscribe to BBC Earth: http://bit.ly/ydxvrP Broadcast in 1999, Walking with Dinosaurs set out to create the most accurate portrayal of prehistoric animals ever seen on the screen. Combining fact and informed speculation with cutting-edge computer graphics and animatronics effects, the series took two years to make. BBC Earth Channel: http://www.youtube.com/BBCEarth Latest BBC Earth videos: http://bit.ly/y1wtbi Visit http://www.bbcearth.com for all the latest animal news and wildlife videos BBC Earth Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bbcearth (ex-UK only) BBC Earth Twitter http://www.twitter.com/bbcearth
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Secure low cost medical insurance for any health status
 
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If you have a pre existing condition and are finding it difficult to secure health insurance, this brief video identifies several health insurance options that may be available to you. At http://healthinsuranceadvisory.org/, we help individuals, families and the self employed find and secure low cost medical insurance and inexpensive dental insurance, regardless of health status. Our unique tools, information and resources help identify health insurance options that you may be eligible for under the new healthcare law, including the government Pre Existing Conditions Health Insurance Plan. Find details on other programs, such as HIPAA Portability, COBRA Continuation, Conversion, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Plan and Guaranteed Acceptance Health Insurance for Pre Existing Conditions. Click to http://healthinsuranceadvisory.org/2011/11/02/low-cost-medical-insurance/ or call us today at 800-403-8511.
Views: 126 HealthInsAdvisory
"Celebrity Trainer" (Train like Will Smith and LL Cool J)
 
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Try this high-impact cardio session to loose weight, to burn fat, and to get six pack abs!! Results are quick and amazing!!
Views: 64767 Ac Atlanta
Benefits of the Affordable Care Act
 
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On the second anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Bingaman discusses the health care benefits Americans have received through the law. He also speaks about the benefits that are to come. As a state with one of the highest uninsured rates in the country, New Mexico is one of the greatest beneficiaries of the law.
Views: 70 SenJeffBingaman
Financial Tyranny
 
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URGENT! Please read the following articles thoroughly. Start with the first website and proceed to the second as it is a continuation. http://www.divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/1023-financial-tyranny http://www.divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/1026-financial-tyranny-final Help to spread these websites to any and everybody. Help to end financial tyranny. Thank you to David Wilcock and all those helping to end financial tyranny
Views: 369 senatordumpface
Is there any grace period for paying premium at the time of renewal?
 
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Harsh Roongta, CEO of http://www.apnapaisa.com advising on Health Insurance query viz., Is there any grace period for paying premium at the time of renewal? Join us on http://www.facebook.com/apnapaisa
Views: 63 ApnaPaisa
Jacqueline Kennedy: White House Tour - Documentary Film
 
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Jacqueline "Jackie" Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929 -- May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the U.S., John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the U.S. during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. More: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BRNGCG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000BRNGCG&linkCode=as2&tag=tra0c7-20&linkId=4ae0b59d74cf4b82b4cf911ae40944a4 Five years later she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained married until his death in 1975. For the final two decades of her life, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a career as a book editor. She is remembered for her contributions to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, her style, elegance, and grace. A fashion icon, her famous pink Chanel suit has become a symbol of her husband's assassination and one of the lasting images of the 1960s. A book containing the transcripts of interviews with Kennedy from 1964 was released in September, 2011. The restoration of the White House was Kennedy's first major project as First Lady. She was dismayed during her pre-inauguration tour of the White House to find little of historic significance in the house. The rooms were furnished with undistinguished pieces that she felt lacked a sense of history. Her first efforts, begun her first day in residence (with the help of society decorator Sister Parish), were to make the family quarters attractive and suitable for family life. Among these changes was the addition of a kitchen on the family floor and rooms for her children. Upon almost immediately exhausting the funds appropriated for this effort, Kennedy established a fine arts committee to oversee and fund the restoration process and asked early American furniture expert Henry du Pont to consult.[39] While her initial management of the project was hardly noted at the time, later accounts have noted that she managed the conflicting agendas of Parish, du Pont, and Boudin with seamless success;[40] she initiated publication of the first White House guidebook, whose sales further funded the restoration; she initiated a Congressional bill establishing that White House furnishings would be the property of the Smithsonian Institution, rather than available to departing ex-presidents to claim as their own; and she wrote personal requests to those who owned pieces of historical interest that might be, and later were, donated to the White House.[41] On February 14, 1962, Kennedy took American television viewers on a tour of the White House with Charles Collingwood of CBS News. In the tour she said, "I just feel that everything in the White House should be the best—the entertainment that's given here. If it's an American company you can help, I like to do that. If not—just as long as it's the best."[40] Working with Rachel Lambert Mellon, she oversaw redesign and replanting of the White House Rose Garden and the East Garden, which was renamed the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden after her husband's assassination. Her efforts on behalf of restoration and preservation at the White House left a lasting legacy in the form of the White House Historical Association, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House which was based upon her White House Furnishings Committee, a permanent Curator of the White House, the White House Endowment Trust, and the White House Acquisition Trust.[40] Broadcasting of the White House restoration greatly helped the Kennedy administration.[40] The U.S. government sought international support during the Cold War, which it achieved by affecting public opinion. The First Lady's celebrity and high profile status made viewing the tour of the White House very desirable. The tour was filmed and distributed to 106 countries since there was a great demand to see the film. In 1962 at the 14th Annual Emmy Awards (NBC, May 22), Bob Newhart emceed from the Hollywood Palladium; Johnny Carson from the New York Astor Hotel; and NBC newsman David Brinkley hosted at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington D.C., and took the spotlight as a special Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Trustees Award was given to Jacqueline Kennedy for her CBS-TV tour of the White House. Lady Bird Johnson accepted for the camera-shy First Lady. The Emmy statuette is on display in the Kennedy Library located in Boston, Massachusetts. Focus and admiration for Jacqueline Kennedy took negative attention away from her husband. By attracting worldwide public attention, the First Lady gained allies for the White House and international support for the Kennedy administration and its Cold War policies.[42] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Kennedy
Views: 1003213 The Film Archives
House Session 2012-03-27 (16:02:12-17:04:41)
 
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1) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3606 - Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act 2) Legislation Related to H.R. 4239 - Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 Begin Consideration of H.R. 3309 - Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012 (Structured Rule) The rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments: Rep. Crowley Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Stearns Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Waters Amendment #5 (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Waters Amendment #6 (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Eshoo Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Diaz-Balart Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Owens Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Green Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Jackie Speier Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Rep. Yvette Clarke Amendment (10 minutes of debate) Postponed Vote on H.R. 3298 - Homes For Heroes Act of 2011 (Suspension) (Sponsored by Rep. Al Green / Financial Services Committee)
Views: 307 CSPANHouse2012
U.S. Rifleman's Association 2012 Bootcamp Osage Beach, Missouri
 
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"Survival Doc" participates in the 2012 U.S. Rifleman's Association boot camp near Osage Beach, Missouri. Check out the USRA at http://usrifleman.org Also watch my other video from this event with my interview with firearms instructor Bill "Eel": http://youtu.be/_tXR-ru0mkQ
Views: 2675 thenewsurvivalist
Myanmar by-election : Voters finding their lists on the wall sheet, Mingalar Taung Nyunt, Yangon
 
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Myanmar hold by-election on 1st April, Aung San Suu Kyi and 43 her party candidates competes in this election.
Views: 81 Thit Aung
China Industrial Sewing Machine Manufacturer
 
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Wujiang TECSTAR Sewing Equipment Co., Ltd. is a professional manufacturer in the field of special industrial sewing machines for over 12 years, mainly for leather, shoes, bags & suits, sports, upholstery, furniture, bedding, embroidery, medicals, sail making, canvas, awnings, parachute, automotive, etc. Under TECSTAR there are 8 separate factories manufacturing more than 100 different models of such special industrial sewing machines. As TECSTAR's knowledgeable staff have many years of experience in the special sewing field, exclusive production on various machines may be made as per any customers' drawings or samples. http://www.sewingmachinecn.com
Views: 98941 Charles Wang
Geo Report-News Summary-09 Jan 2012 (2000)
 
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Geo Report-News Summary-09 Jan 2012 (2000) PM Kayani and PAsha were not given approval to record their statements in the Supreme Court,DG ISI is ready to give an in-camera briefing to the memo commission, Mansoor Ijaz will be issued a multiple Pakistani visa,Haqqani refutes drafting memo, Musharraf will be arrested upon return.
Views: 1310 geonewsenglish
Infowars Nightly News for Wednesday,January 4,2012 (Full) 01/04/12
 
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http://www.youtube.com/user/ConspiracyScope | I give the credit to Conspiracy Scope. Patriot of the Republic 1, maf1989b (Mike Fulmer). http://www.youtube.com/user/maf1989a http://www.youtube.com/user/maf1989b http://www.myspace.com/ok_maf_1989 On the Infowars Nightly News today, Cobra Commander will announce his run for the office of supreme leader and will lavishly detail his outstanding record -- endless war, torture, secret arrests, and a continuation of the jackhammer effect on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. News covered on this evening's show: A pharma lab is slapped with meager fines over vaccine tests that have killed 14 babies. CNN's brazen attempt to shut down a live feed of a soldier talking about his plan to vote for Ron Paul. A report that admits the plain truth -- Ron Paul may have secretly won the Iowa caucus. Paul's takedown of the scurrilous neocon and unrepentant globalist Newt Gingrich. An amazing high-tech plane built to soar above the clouds — on Saturn's mysterious moon Titan. The unconscionable European Union plan to slap a VAT tax on food. The dead herring mystery: thousands of dead fish that have washed up on a Norwegian beach. The increasing robbery of commuters as they pay around a fifth of their wages on rail fares that have soared lately by 11%. And finally the arrogance of Obama, who declares that he does not need the NDAA to secretly arrest and detain American citizens. http://prisonplanet.tv/news/ Infowars Nightly News Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCAEF3E9EC026CE39 http://conspiracyscope.blogspot.com
Views: 72 Mike Fulmer
Reunião de A.V.A l Dia 24.03.2012 - 22h.mp4
 
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Boas Pessoal, Depois de 16h a fazer upload aqui está a gravação da reunião de ontem das 22h. Foi pena não me ter lembrado de gravar a 1ª Reunião que contou com mais clans presentes. Desculpem desde já a gravação ter sido "uploadada" pro channel do AziaPortuguesa mas é que nem tinha reparado que não estava a fazer upload para a minha conta :/ Pessoal que teve presente na reunião das 19h: Bertolo (PT0wnerZ), iM4C (eX4mpLe), Gantz (R1V3RS), MeCrazY (ZoNeD), InJ3cTiOn (Externo ao A.V.A), imBansky (AvACalhation), Rocha, PsyTr0pic (AvACalhation), Rocha1227 (AngelsOfWar), R3n4t0 (AngelsOfWar), Raptor PT, BilboyPT (AngelsOfWar), Aph3x (Um dos responsáveis pela criação da Comunidade Portuguesa de Combat Arms, eventual empreendedor da criação de uma comunidade portuguesa de gaming e contacto directo com o main organizador da Meo XL Party), Kika (PTRevolution), DevilNeo (TugaCaptains), EpicVolt (TugaCaptains), DeadPT (Annonymous), Chyna (Fuzileiros), Revo (PTRevolution), Benga (QuanTiC), PeaceWar (Lusitanos), Onuq (KinetiCz), iBully (QuanTiC), Pistolas (PT0wnerZ), QtClalpha (QuanTiC) Pessoal que teve presente na reunião das 22h: uNReal (Fivestars), Divo (Annonymous), Gantz (R1V3RS), Pontes (Wr3ckers), Razer (não me lembro do clan), Sizmo (Tb n me lembro do clan), llKaMiYall (UnkNownID) Principais conclusões: - Nas duas reuniões ninguém se opôs à "eliminação" de todas as comunidades de A.V.A Portuguesas e criação de uma e uma só Comunidade de A.V.A Portuguesa - Vamos todos trabalhar em conjunto para conseguirmos levar o A.V.A para a Meo XL Party onde nos vamos divertir à brava e beber umas mini's ! ;) - Todos os líderes dos clans ficam com responsabilidade de passar a mensagem dada na reunião ao seu clan e de controlarem as azias dos seus membros perante os outros clans portugueses. De maneira a que nos demos todos bem sem qualquer azias. Principais dúvidas que se mete em o A.V.A avançar para a frente: - Até que ponto há disposição para avançar com o que foi falado na reunião para a frente e trabalharmos todos juntos nisto? - Quem é que diz com certezas que conseguimos meter o A.V.A na XL? Porque o pessoal pode falar que vai à XL mas depois "balda-se" e ai o A.V.A não volta a entrar na XL Party... - Quem é que está disposto a comportar-se como gente grande? - É que ir a uma XL não é só dizer que se quer ir e que vou e vou e depois cortar-se... - Não se sabe se há adeptos para levar o A.V.A à XL mas esperemos que sim! Peço por ultimo para nao fazerem muito spam na comunidade porque esta publicação é de extrema importância para a Comunidade Portuguesa de A.V.A e é bom que a mensagem chegue a todos. Cumprimentos a todos, Francisco Matias aka Stewie :D
Views: 858 AziaPortuguesa
Words at War: They Shall Inherit the Earth / War Tide / Condition Red
 
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Germany invaded France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg on 10 May 1940.[67] The Netherlands and Belgium were overrun using blitzkrieg tactics in a few days and weeks, respectively.[68] The French-fortified Maginot Line and the Allied forces in Belgium were circumvented by a flanking movement through the thickly wooded Ardennes region,[69] mistakenly perceived by French planners as an impenetrable natural barrier against armoured vehicles.[70] British troops were forced to evacuate the continent at Dunkirk, abandoning their heavy equipment by early June.[71] On 10 June, Italy invaded France, declaring war on both France and the United Kingdom;[72] twelve days later France surrendered and was soon divided into German and Italian occupation zones,[73] and an unoccupied rump state under the Vichy Regime. On 3 July, the British attacked the French fleet in Algeria to prevent its possible seizure by Germany.[74] In June, during the last days of the Battle of France, the Soviet Union forcibly annexed Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania,[57] and then annexed the disputed Romanian region of Bessarabia. Meanwhile, Nazi-Soviet political rapprochement and economic cooperation[75][76] gradually stalled,[77][78] and both states began preparations for war.[79] With France neutralized, Germany began an air superiority campaign over Britain (the Battle of Britain) to prepare for an invasion.[80] The campaign failed, and the invasion plans were canceled by September.[80] Using newly captured French ports, the German Navy enjoyed success against an over-extended Royal Navy, using U-boats against British shipping in the Atlantic.[81] Italy began operations in the Mediterranean, initiating a siege of Malta in June, conquering British Somaliland in August, and making an incursion into British-held Egypt in September 1940. Japan increased its blockade of China in September by seizing several bases in the northern part of the now-isolated French Indochina.[82] Throughout this period, the neutral United States took measures to assist China and the Western Allies. In November 1939, the American Neutrality Act was amended to allow "cash and carry" purchases by the Allies.[83] In 1940, following the German capture of Paris, the size of the United States Navy was significantly increased and, after the Japanese incursion into Indochina, the United States embargoed iron, steel and mechanical parts against Japan.[84] In September, the United States further agreed to a trade of American destroyers for British bases.[85] Still, a large majority of the American public continued to oppose any direct military intervention into the conflict well into 1941.[86] At the end of September 1940, the Tripartite Pact united Japan, Italy and Germany to formalize the Axis Powers.[87] The Tripartite Pact stipulated that any country, with the exception of the Soviet Union, not in the war which attacked any Axis Power would be forced to go to war against all three.[88] During this time, the United States continued to support the United Kingdom and China by introducing the Lend-Lease policy authorizing the provision of materiel and other items[89] and creating a security zone spanning roughly half of the Atlantic Ocean where the United States Navy protected British convoys.[90] As a result, Germany and the United States found themselves engaged in sustained naval warfare in the North and Central Atlantic by October 1941, even though the United States remained officially neutral.[91][92] The Axis expanded in November 1940 when Hungary, Slovakia and Romania joined the Tripartite Pact.[93] In October 1940, Italy invaded Greece but within days was repulsed and pushed back into Albania, where a stalemate soon occurred.[94] In December 1940, British Commonwealth forces began counter-offensives against Italian forces in Egypt and Italian East Africa.[95] By early 1941, with Italian forces having been pushed back into Libya by the Commonwealth, Churchill ordered a dispatch of troops from Africa to bolster the Greeks.[96] The Italian Navy also suffered significant defeats, with the Royal Navy putting three Italian battleships out of commission by a carrier attack at Taranto, and neutralising several more warships at the Battle of Cape Matapan.[97] German paratroopers invading the Greek island of Crete, May 1941. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II
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Credit Card Reform After the Financial Crisis: Rio Rancho Town Hall, New Mexico
 
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The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 or Credit CARD Act of 2009 is a federal statute passed by the United States Congress and signed by President Barack Obama on May 22, 2009. It is comprehensive credit card reform legislation that aims "...to establish fair and transparent practices relating to the extension of credit under an open end consumer credit plan, and for other purposes." The bill was passed with bipartisan support by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights was introduced in the 110th Congress as H.R. 5244 in the House of Representatives by Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York and the chair of the House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. The bill had passed 312 to 112 but was never given a vote in the Senate. In the 111th United States Congress the bill was reintroduced as H.R. 627 and on April 30, 2009, the House passed it, with a strong bipartisan basis, with 357 yes votes to 70 no votes. The Senate followed suit and passed an amended version on May 19 with 90 yes votes and 5 no votes. The House passed the amended bill the next day by a vote of 279 to 147 and it was signed into law by President Barack Obama on May 22, 2009. The bill went into effect on February 22, 2010, nine months after it was enacted. The Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights includes several provisions aimed at limiting how credit card companies can charge consumers but does not include price controls, rate caps, or fee settings. Gun rights advocates in the Senate, led by Tom Coburn (R-Okla) added an unrelated rider to the bill to prevent the Secretary of the Interior from enforcing any regulation that would prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm in any unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Senate passed the amendment 67-29. This amendment overturns a Reagan-era policy prohibiting firearms from being carried in national parks. The George W. Bush administration had attempted to implement a similar policy through the rulemaking process just before leaving office, but the change was struck down by a federal judge. The provision has been heavily criticized by environmentalists, anti-gun groups, and park supporters, including the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, but it was applauded by gun rights groups. The act was not expected to affect existing credit card contracts. However, the act that was passed applies to contracts made in the past by setting an effective date of February 22, 2010, which gave banks time to prepare and notify their customers. While it is a common criticism that the CARD Act led banks to raise interest rates and limit credit availability in response to its passage, studies by CardHub.com and the Center for Responsible Lending revealed that such trends were merely the result of economic pressures typical of a recession and not the law. Actually, according to these studies, historical economic data shows that the interest rate increase and decline in available credit seen during the Great Recession should have been worse considering the widespread unemployment, credit card delinquency and credit card charge-offs. In a speech on the one-year anniversary of the CARD Act, Special Adviser Elizabeth Warren said that "much of the [credit card] industry has gone further than the law requires in curbing re-pricing and overlimit fees." However, she said there was still much work to be done, that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's "next challenges will be about further clarifying price and risks and making it easier for consumers to make direct product comparisons." In 2012, many stay-at-home mothers complained that because they have no individual income, the act prevents them from acquiring credit cards without their husbands' permission. As of September 21, 2012, the CFPB announced that they would be making the change due to a petition on Change.org. The bill was cosponsored by House Financial Services Committee chair Barney Frank and Representatives Maxine Waters, Luis Gutiérrez, Stephen Lynch, Keith Ellison, Steve Cohen, Chaka Fattah, Maurice Hinchey, Jim Langevin, Jerrold Nadler, Carol Shea-Porter, Hilda Solis, Peter Welch, Albert Wynn, Peter DeFazio, Charles Gonzalez, Gene Taylor, David Obey, Mazie Hirono, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Nancy Boyda, John Dingell, Corrine Brown, Bennie Thompson, Alcee Hastings, Yvette Clark, Jesse Jackson, Danny Davis, Kirsten Gillibrand, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Diane Watson, Michael Arcuri, Eliot Engel, John Tierney, Chris Van Hollen, George Miller, Jim Moran, Anthony Weiner, Neil Abercrombie, and Jan Schakowsky. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_Card_Reform_Act_of_2009
Views: 9484 Political History
How Money Controls Politics: Thomas Ferguson Interview
 
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Thomas Ferguson (born 1949) is an American political scientist and author who studies and writes on politics and economics, often within a historical perspective. He is a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a member of the advisory board for George Soros' Institute for New Economic Thinking. He obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton University. A contributing editor for The Nation and a contributing writer to The Huffington Post, he is a frequent guest and economic commentator on numerous radio and television programs. He is known for his investment theory of party competition. According to Noam Chomsky, Thomas Ferguson was warned while at MIT that his research might get him denied tenure at the Political Science Department. In Chomsky's account, Ferguson was told "If you ever want to get tenure in this department, keep away from anything after the New Deal; you can write all of your radical stuff up to the New Deal, but if you try and do it for the post-New Deal period, you're never going to get tenure in this department." Although not explicitly mentioned, the research was ostensibly the investment theory of party competition. The Investment theory of party competition (sometimes called the Investment theory of politics) is a political theory developed by University of Massachusetts Boston professor Thomas Ferguson. The theory focuses on how business elites, not voters, play the leading part in political systems. The theory offers an alternative to the conventional, voter-focused, political alignment theory and Median voter theorem which has been criticized by Ferguson, et al. The theory states that, since money driven political systems are expensive and burdensome to ordinary voters, policy is created by competing coalitions of investors, not voters. According to the theory, political parties (and the issues they campaign on) are created entirely for business interests, separated by the interests of numerous factors such as labor-intensive and capital-intensive, and free market and protectionist businesses. In rare cases, labor unions sometimes act as major investors such as with the creation of the Labour Party in Britain, but are generally overshadowed by corporations. However, this is different from a corporatist system in which elite interests come together and bargain to create policy. In the investment theory, political parties act as the political arms of these business groups and therefore don't typically try to reconcile for policy. Within this framework, the Democratic Party is generally said to favor internationalist capital-intensive businesses (along with labor unions) while the Republican Party favors nationalist, anti-union, labor-intensive businesses. Labor-intensive investors made up much of the early political systems in the 18th and 19th centuries. Industries such as textiles, rubber and steel favor economic protectionism with high tariffs and subsidies. Since these businesses are mainly responsible for their domestic market, they are opposed to a Laissez-faire economy open to foreign competition. These industries are also heavily against labor unions since unionization increases the price of their goods. This is said to be responsible for the anti-union policies throughout much of the 18th and 19th centuries when these businesses controlled much of the economy. Due to industrialization and new markets in the 20th century, capital-intensive investors became the new economic order after the realignment of the Great Depression. Industries such as oil, banks, tobacco (and General Electric) along with labor formed the New Deal Coalition. Capital-intensive industries have almost no percent of their value added based on labor and are therefore open to unionization, which, Ferguson states, is why pro-labor policies such as the Wagner Act were passed under the New Deal. These investors also favor international competition and reduced tariffs which is said to have led to the Reciprocal Tariff Act (in response to the Smoot-Hawley Act). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Ferguson_%28academic%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investment_theory_of_party_competition
Views: 73018 The Film Archives
Our Miss Brooks: Another Day, Dress / Induction Notice / School TV / Hats for Mother's Day
 
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Our Miss Brooks is an American situation comedy starring Eve Arden as a sardonic high school English teacher. It began as a radio show broadcast from 1948 to 1957. When the show was adapted to television (1952--56), it became one of the medium's earliest hits. In 1956, the sitcom was adapted for big screen in the film of the same name. Connie (Constance) Brooks (Eve Arden), an English teacher at fictional Madison High School. Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), blustery, gruff, crooked and unsympathetic Madison High principal, a near-constant pain to his faculty and students. (Conklin was played by Joseph Forte in the show's first episode; Gordon succeeded him for the rest of the series' run.) Occasionally Conklin would rig competitions at the school--such as that for prom queen--so that his daughter Harriet would win. Walter Denton (Richard Crenna, billed at the time as Dick Crenna), a Madison High student, well-intentioned and clumsy, with a nasally high, cracking voice, often driving Miss Brooks (his self-professed favorite teacher) to school in a broken-down jalopy. Miss Brooks' references to her own usually-in-the-shop car became one of the show's running gags. Philip Boynton (Jeff Chandler on radio, billed sometimes under his birth name Ira Grossel); Robert Rockwell on both radio and television), Madison High biology teacher, the shy and often clueless object of Miss Brooks' affections. Margaret Davis (Jane Morgan), Miss Brooks' absentminded landlady, whose two trademarks are a cat named Minerva, and a penchant for whipping up exotic and often inedible breakfasts. Harriet Conklin (Gloria McMillan), Madison High student and daughter of principal Conklin. A sometime love interest for Walter Denton, Harriet was honest and guileless with none of her father's malevolence and dishonesty. Stretch (Fabian) Snodgrass (Leonard Smith), dull-witted Madison High athletic star and Walter's best friend. Daisy Enright (Mary Jane Croft), Madison High English teacher, and a scheming professional and romantic rival to Miss Brooks. Jacques Monet (Gerald Mohr), a French teacher. Our Miss Brooks was a hit on radio from the outset; within eight months of its launch as a regular series, the show landed several honors, including four for Eve Arden, who won polls in four individual publications of the time. Arden had actually been the third choice to play the title role. Harry Ackerman, West Coast director of programming, wanted Shirley Booth for the part, but as he told historian Gerald Nachman many years later, he realized Booth was too focused on the underpaid downside of public school teaching at the time to have fun with the role. Lucille Ball was believed to have been the next choice, but she was already committed to My Favorite Husband and didn't audition. Chairman Bill Paley, who was friendly with Arden, persuaded her to audition for the part. With a slightly rewritten audition script--Osgood Conklin, for example, was originally written as a school board president but was now written as the incoming new Madison principal--Arden agreed to give the newly-revamped show a try. Produced by Larry Berns and written by director Al Lewis, Our Miss Brooks premiered on July 19, 1948. According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very "feline" in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast--blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright--also received positive reviews. Arden won a radio listeners' poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top ranking comedienne of 1948-49, receiving her award at the end of an Our Miss Brooks broadcast that March. "I'm certainly going to try in the coming months to merit the honor you've bestowed upon me, because I understand that if I win this two years in a row, I get to keep Mr. Boynton," she joked. But she was also a hit with the critics; a winter 1949 poll of newspaper and magazine radio editors taken by Motion Picture Daily named her the year's best radio comedienne. For its entire radio life, the show was sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive-Peet, promoting Palmolive soap, Lustre Creme shampoo and Toni hair care products. The radio series continued until 1957, a year after its television life ended. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Miss_Brooks
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