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


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.

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.

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.

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.

To Be Equal: The state of Black America: Washington are you listening?

“Welcome to America in the second decade of the 21st century.  An army of long-term unemployed workers is spread across the land, the human fallout from the Great Recession and long years of misguided economic policies.”   - Bob Herbert’s final column for the New York Times

Last week, the nation’s leading historic civil rights organization, the National Urban League, came together with the nation’s leading historic Black university, Howard University, to hold the first ever State of Black America town hall meeting focusing on the jobs crisis in urban America.  The Town Hall, hosted by Howard President, Sidney Ribeau, culminated two days of meetings with Congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill where Urban Leaguers from across the country made the case: There can be no complete economic recovery as long as already too high unemployment for African Americans continues to go up even as the overall unemployment rate gradually ticks down. 

Budget-conscious states rethink food stamp ban for drug felons

Washington, DC ( -- When the landmark welfare reform law was enacted in 1996, the political rallying cry was "ending welfare as we know it." Today, a move is underway to rescind some of the law's punitive measures, such as provisions that permit states to deny welfare benefits and food stamps to people convicted of felony drug crimes.

The largest solar thermal installation in the midwest unveiled

Mayor Chris Coleman and Congresswoman Betty McCollum, on March 18, unveiled the largest solar thermal installation in the Midwest. The project was led by District Energy St. Paul, and sits atop the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

 “This installation will stand as a visible reminder of Saint Paul’s commitment toward protecting our greatest resource—the environment. Through incredible community partnerships with organizations like the Saint Paul RiverCentre and District Energy St. Paul, the City has become a leader in sustainability, driving the national conversation on conservation as we strive to improve building efficiency, energy production and our environment throughout Saint Paul,” Coleman said.

1,000 Liberian refugees under deferred enforced departure status

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), and Jack Reed (D-RI), along with five other senators, have introduced legislation that would allow Liberians who have been residing in the United States legally under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status to apply for permanent residency.  More than 30,000 Liberians reside in Minnesota, and an estimated 1,000 are currently living under DED status as refugees from a devastating civil war in Liberia. 

New Lightweight Soft Armor Package Now in Production for the U.S. Army

New Lightweight Soft Armor Package Now in Production for the U.S. ArmyThe Afghan surge, which requires more foot patrols than were carried out in Iraq, has fueled the need to make our Soldiers more agile in their protective gear by reducing the weight of their armor systems.

Earlier this week, KDH Defense Systems, Inc. (KDH), a leading manufacturer of American-made custom body armor solutions for military, law enforcement and federal agencies, announced that the Company is in production for the U.S. Army of its new, lightweight ballistic pack, Convergence.

John Hope Bryant

John Hope BryantCivil unrest erupted in Los Angeles, California, on April 29, 1992. Four police officers were acquitted the same day, by a white jury in the majority white suburb of Simi Valley, for the beating of Rodney King after a high speed chase on Highway 212. Members of the African-American community decried the LAPD for police brutality directed towards their community, and sought justice. Riots on the streets of Los Angeles led to the death of 53 people and $1 billion in damages.

Legislative proposals jeopardize progress on transit

Several bills introduced by state legislators threaten to halt progress on key transit initiatives and stand to harm our state’s current and future economic competitiveness. It is critically important that legislative leaders hear from residents and business leaders that now is not the time to decimate well-planned efforts to expand our transportation system through strategic transit investments.  
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