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Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Spelman College Commencement May 15, 2011

Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Spelman College Commencement May 15, 2011Well, goodness.  Thank you.  Let me tell you it is a pleasure and an honor -- yes, Chicago -- to be with all of you today.

And I want to thank President Tatum for her leadership and for that very kind and generous introduction.  She is such an inspiration to all of the women who are part of the Spelman family, so let’s give her our thanks and round of applause. 

I also want to acknowledge a few people who are here in the audience:  Senator Isakson, Representative Johnson, and of course Mayor Reed.  Thank you all so much for joining us today.  Thank you all for your leadership. 
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Minnesota Muslims hold symposium to show respect for holy scriptures of all religions

To promote true Islamic values of peace and tolerance, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the oldest American Muslim organization in the United States (here since 1920) is holding interfaith symposiums around the country to bring together different faiths with the shared goal of promoting social and spiritual peace.  The Minnesota chapter of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA is holding an interfaith symposium “The Sanctity of Holy Scriptures” on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM in Mankato, MN. 
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Minnesota leads the way

Pew report recognizes Minnesota as one of the top states for measuring performance of transportation dollars

Minnesota is one of five states leading the way using data to guide and prioritize transportation investments, according to a new report by the Pew Center on the States and the Rockefeller Foundation. The other top states are Maryland, Missouri, Oregon and Virginia.

States spent an estimated $131 billion on transportation in fiscal year 2010, but many cannot answer critical questions about what returns this investment is generating the report says.
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The end of violent Al-Qaeda ideology

The death of Osama Bin Laden this week marks the most significant accomplishment yet in the war against Al-Qaeda. I commend the leadership of President Obama, the U.S. Armed Forces and the intelligence community for finding the world’s most wanted terrorist. As we reflect, our thoughts should be with the families of those Bin Laden murdered in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Even before 9/11, Bin Laden killed Americans and others at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and on the USS Cole. I hope his death marks the beginning of the end of the violent Al-Qaeda ideology.
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Representatives stand against Republican budget proposals

At a Minneapolis community budget briefing on Saturday, April 30th, DFL State Representatives took a stand against this session’s devastating Republican budget proposals. They not only plan to strip services to the disabled and less fortunate but government operations that all Minnesotans have come to expect.

Most of our state tax dollars go towards helping cities maintain a civilized standard of living. Local government aid is funding provided by the state to city governments throughout Minnesota. It was originally created to equalize property tax burdens across the state and ensure that all Minnesotans have access to services like police and fire, parks and libraries, and other public amenities.
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Daniella Gibbs Leger joins the Center for American Progress as VP for New American Communities Initiatives

Daniella Gibbs Leger joins the Center for American Progress as VP for New American Communities InitiativesWashington, D.C. — John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress, announced today that Daniella Gibbs Leger will join the Center for American Progress as VP for New American Communities Initiatives.
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Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden
East Room

SUNDAY MAY 1, 2011 - 11:35 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening.  Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.
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Press briefings by Senior Administration Officials on the killing of Osama Bin Laden

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

Press briefings by Senior Administration Officials
on the killing of Osama Bin Laden

Conference Call Internal Transcript


May 2, 2011 - 12:03 A.M. EDT

MR. VIETOR:  Thank you, everyone, for joining us, especially so late.  We wanted to get you on the line quickly with some senior administration officials to talk about the operation today regarding Osama bin Laden.  And with that I’ll turn it over to our first senior administration official.
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NAACP special investigation reveals broken promises by BP

Letter sent to BP CEO outlining findings
 
(Washington, DC) – A special investigation released recently by the NAACP indicates that thousands of Gulf Coast residents are still suffering mild to severe mental health problems stemming from BP oil drilling disaster last year.  The investigation’s findings reveal that the impact of the oil spill has led to an overall rise in stress felt by Gulf residents.
 
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T.J. Ticey named AAFS Interim Director

T.J. Ticey named AAFS Interim DirectorAfrican American Family Services (AAFS) last week announced the resignation of its executive director Lissa Jones, who led the organization as the Chief Executive Officer for the past nine years.

Corporate executive T. J. Ticey, former AAFS Board Chair, was named interim Executive Director.

In a statement to the press, the AAFS  Board of Directors  said it “reluctantly accepted” the resignation and praised Jones for dedicated and superb leadership.
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Martelly elected new President of Haiti

Martelly elected new President of HaitiPreliminary results indicate that the singer Michel Joseph Martelly has been elected the new president of Haiti.

Following the fiasco of the Nov. 28, 2010, elections, a second round of voting was held on March 20 between two run-off candidates, one of whom will succeed René Préval as president.

And, yet even the March 20 vote had problems, with many voters not finding their names on voting rolls, earthquake survivors who are still homeless having little access to the polls and others arriving at polling stations where election officials did not have correct ballots and were unable to process votes.
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