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West Wing Week: 11/30/12 or “#My2k, Tweet it!”
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the National Christmas Tree arrived at the White House and holiday decorating got underway, while the President marked Small Business Saturday, and met with leaders of businesses large and small to discuss the importance of avoiding a middle class tax hike next year. He also welcomed the President-Elect of Mexico, his Cabinet, his science and technology council, and the 2012 American Nobel Laureates.
Yesterday, President Obama asked you to share what the middle-class tax cuts mean for you and your family – and tens of thousands of you responded. At 1:00 p.m. EST today, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese is taking to Twitter to answer your questions about a balanced approach to reducing the deficit and protecting the middle class.
Here are the details:
- Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
- Follow the Q&A live through the @WHLive Twitter account
- If you miss the live session, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse
First Lady Michelle Obama talks with members of the press in the State Dining Room of the White House during the 2012 holiday decorations press preview, Nov. 28, 2012. Mrs. Obama welcomed military families to the White House to view the decorations and joined military children in the State Dining Room to work on holiday crafts and treats. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The theme of the 2012 White House Holiday decorations is “Joy to All”. In welcoming military families who were the first of more than 90,000 anticipated visitors, First Lady Michelle Obama explained that this year’s theme celebrates the many joys of the holiday seasons.
President Obama Holds a Cabinet Meeting
In yesterday’s meeting, President Obama said the Cabinet would discuss efforts to help communities recover and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, as well as making sure taxes on the middle class don’t go up.
Moving Towards an AIDS-free Generation
As we celebrated World AIDS Day 2012 yesterday, we took a moment to look back at what’s been achieved and what remains to be done to meet the goal of an AIDS-free generation.
Every day, more than 400,000 servicewomen risk their lives in defense of our country and our ideals. For that, they should be honored.
Tragically, right now, they’re being denied respect, care, and basic dignity. Each year, an estimated 19,000 of our service members, who make the greatest sacrifice anyone can make, are victims of sexual assault. And yet they are denied insurance coverage for abortions even in cases of rape and incest.
We can’t let this continue.
My amendment to give these women the coverage they deserve is in the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act. The final vote could come as soon as this week and we have to make sure it’s not blocked.
I’m joining with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to stand up for our servicewomen and make sure our voices are heard loud and clear. Will you join us?
These women don’t ask for accolades or praise. They go and fight for us because it’s the right thing to do. Now, it’s our turn to fight for them.
We owe it to their service. Please, join me and show your support for the Shaheen Amendment and these brave women. Click here to add your voice.
I know our servicewomen and their families share my gratitude for your support.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
|As the election fades from memory, we’re at risk of the press covering politics as usual. False balance, fake experts, and hyping controversy instead of covering substance are just some of the things we’re looking at this week – along with perhaps the most astounding 90 seconds in the history of Fox News.John Whitehouse
Media Favors Creating Controversy To Covering Obstructionism
As speculation continues that President Obama will nominate Amb. Susan Rice as Sec. Hillary Clinton’s successor at the State Department, media are focusing on the Republican threats to block Rice from being appointed. But sadly, press are excluding the historic nature of Republican threats from their reporting. Eric Boehlert examines the record: http://mm4a.org/113pDR0
When Fox’s War On Christmas Comes Home
We see it every year. Fox News uses a manufactured “War on Christmas” to try to bully anyone with a different view. This year, Fox’s War On Christmas features an extra helping of hypocrisy. Moments after Fox hosts attacked the governor of Rhode Island for using the term “holiday tree” instead of “Christmas tree,” Fox featured a “Holiday Wish List.” http://mm4a.org/113hCvn
Meet The People Selling Climate Disformation
There’s a problem with climate disinformation in the media, but it hasn’t happened by accident. There’s a group of “experts” funded by industries who have a financial stake in blocking action on climate change. Jill Fitzsimmons and our climate team break down who these experts are, how they lie about science, and how mainstream outlets elevate them while striving for a false balance: http://mm4a.org/WvA9eD
The Fake Outrage Of Social Security Coverage
President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935 (pictured). 77 years later, right-wing media likeThe Wall Street Journal are still attacking it, but this time they have unwitting allies in the mainstream press. Outlets likeThe Washington Post and The New York Times are echoing Republican talking points that Social Security costs are “skyrocketing.” In reality, economists say that Social Security needs only minor adjustments to be solvent for another 77 years. http://mm4a.org/TjOLfQ
Fox wanted journalist Tom Ricks to talk about their Benghazi conspiracy theory. Instead, Rickscalled out the network’s politicized coverage on the air. See what everyone is talking about: http://mm4a.org/YjwG8h
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Yesterday, we kicked off our yearly fundraiser. We’re looking to raise $50,000 by the end of the year. Stopping conservative misinformation is a big job – and we can’t do it without you. You can support our work here: http://mm4a.org/2012fundraiser
THIS IS CNN, OR AT LEAST HALF OF IT
When covering the Congressional budget battle, CNN only told half the story. They went into detail about Democrats rebuffing Republican attempts to cut Medicare and Medicaid, but the network ignored the Republican refusal to raise tax rates on the very wealthy: http://mm4a.org/QMuC6M
IMAGE OF THE WEEK
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Boehner and Cantor just don’t get it. The American people are done with the Tea Party histrionics that come out every time we need to pass a bill. These guys don’t understand that the Tea Party is over. No more debt-deal showdowns, no more middle-class hostage taking, and no more shutdowns.
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Pigs on drugs
Consumer Reports tested pork and found widespread bacteria contamination in most of the samples, much of it antibiotic-resistant. These drugs are widely used in large-scale pork production facilities to promote growth and prevent disease in crowded conditions.
Chris Meyer, Consumer Reports
Most pork samples we tested were contaminated with bacteria resistant to at least one antibiotic. To avoid illness, wash hands after handling pork, keep the raw meat away from other food you plan to serve, and use a meat thermometer to be sure your ground pork reaches 160 degrees (145 for whole pork.) Read our test results here!
Not this time, Big Oil!
After years of delay the courts ordered tougher air pollution standards by Dec. 14, but Big Oil is lobbying hard to overturn the order. Tell the White House to put Americans’ health first and set standards for refinery and powerplant soot!
More red tape? No thanks!
Congress created independent regulatory agencies to protect consumers from marketplace schemes and unsafe products. But now some lawmakers want to handcuff them by adding another layer of bureaucracy — something corporations would enjoy. Learn more.