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Twitter, a tool of choice for dissidents and activists around the world, found itself the target of global outrage Friday after unveiling plans to allow country-specific censorship of tweets that might break local laws.

It was a stunning role reversal for a youthful company that prides itself in promoting unfettered expression, 140 characters at a time. Twitter insisted its commitment to free speech remains firm, and sought to explain the nuances of its policy, while critics — in a barrage of tweets — proposed a Twitter boycott and demanded that the censorship initiative be scrapped. [AP: David Crary]

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Weekly Address: President’s Blueprint Includes Renewal of American Values

In his weekly address, President Obama discusses the blueprint he put forward this week in the State of the Union Address for creating an economy built to last. After focusing on American manufacturing, American energy, and skills for American workers during each of the last three days, he used his weekly address to highlight his commitment to a renewal of American values. The President is challenging leaders in Washington, DC to follow the model set by our men and women in the military, end the gridlock and start tackling the issues that matter — without regard for personal ambition.

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The Weekly Address

President Barack Obama tapes the weekly address and a  Voice of America 70th Anniversary message in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In Case You Missed It

State of the Union: In his third State of the Union Address on Tuesday, the President outlined his vision for “an America that lasts”—one that will bring about a new era of American manufacturing, and promote homegrown and alternative energy sources—and presented a blueprint to achieve that vision. Check out this video that goes behind the scenes as President Obama prepared the speech.

Blueprint for Manufacturing: During his visit to New Hampshire following Tuesday’s State of the Union address, Vice President Biden highlighted the Administration’s plan to help businesses bring jobs back to America through manufacturing. He echoed the President’s message that we need to commit to train workers with the skills they will need to compete in the growing sectors of our economy.

Talking Energy in Las Vegas: From a UPS facility in Las Vegas, the President spoke about the future of American-made energy. “[Even] with all this oil production, we only have about 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves,” the President said, “So we’ve got to have an all-out, all-in, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every source of American energy—a strategy that is cleaner and cheaper and full of new jobs.”

#WHchat: Throughout the week, more than thirty administration officials have answered questions about President Obama’s State of the Union Address and issues Americans care about through a series of Office Hours on Twitter—addressing queries about everything from the economy to disability policy. Vice President Biden—known in the twitterverse as @VP—answered questions submitted by people across the country in his first-ever Twitter interview from an advanced manufacturing facility in Rochester, New Hampshire.

NHL Champs: On Monday, the President welcomed the Boston Bruins to the White House and congratulated them on their Stanley Cup victory in June—marking the team’s sixth Cup championship, and their first one in nearly forty years. Their triumph, the President said, “proved that teamwork is everything.” After their visit to the White House, the players led a hockey clinic–affirming that being a champion doesn’t end when you hang up your skates.

West Wing Week: This week, the President prepared for and delivered his State of the Union Address, welcomed the Boston Bruins to the White House, and took his message West to Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado. Check out the video.

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Wayne Besen of "TWO" and Rachel Maddow (MSNBC)

Last night, TWO’s Wayne Besen appeared on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show to discuss how former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney indirectly helpedfund so-called “pray away the gay” therapy.

The Tyler Charitable Foundation, set up and funded by the Romneys, donated $10,000 in 2006 to the Massachusetts Family Institute, which promotes the ex-gay programs. The charity also donated $25,000 to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which opposes marriage equality and has compared LGBT activists to the terrorist group al Qaeda.

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“Nikki Haley Sees Dead People”

Haley and cronies busted in (another) lie about “dead” voters

Weeks after the Department of Justice refused to approve South Carolina‘s Voter ID law, Nikki Haley and her Republican cronies continue to look for ways to justify voter suppression.

In January, Haley appointee and DMV Director, Kevin Shwdeo told a legislative committee that over 900 dead people had voted.  South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman, Dick Harpootlian, released the following statement and video in response to the litany of lies from the Haley and her appointees:

In a country where the freedom to vote has been paid for with the blood of American patriots, Republican Governor Nikki Haley continues to look for ways to interfere with the exercise of this fundamental right.

She has trotted out her Department of Motor Vehicles director to claim hundreds of dead people have voted in South Carolina elections but it’s just not true as confirmed by the South Carolina Election Commission.

If Nikki Haley can’t earn your vote, her solution is simple: you must be dead.

Nikki Haley Sees Dead People


Good afternoon,Today, I was in Michigan. Yesterday, it was Colorado and Nevada. Before that, it was Iowa and Arizona. The day after I delivered my State of the Union Addressto Congress, I took off to connect with ordinary Americans around the country, talk more about our Blueprint for an America Built to Last, and get some feedback.That’s why I’m writing you.

On Monday we’re going to do something a little different. At 5:30 p.m. ET, I’ll walk into the Roosevelt Room across the hall from the Oval Office, take a seat, and kick-off the first-ever completely virtual town hall from the White House.

All week, people have been voting on questions and submitting their own, and a few of them will join me for a live chat.

What do you want to ask me?

This is going to be an exciting way to talk about the steps that we need to take together at this make-or-break moment for the middle class.

We have to foster a new era for American manufacturing — rewarding companies for keeping jobs here at home and eliminating tax breaks for those who ship jobs overseas. We have to invest in homegrown energy in the United States — starting with an all-out, all-of-the-above energy strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs. We have to build an economy that works for everyone — where every hard working American gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and the rules are the same from top to bottom.

I’m ready to get started, but I know you have questions and ideas for ways to help. So let’s hear them:



President Barack Obama


JANUARY 30, 2012


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“GOP heart of Dixie could be up for grabs” – UPI


Economy Improves Under Obama. We Must Give Him a Second Term! 1

The U.S. economy picked up speed at the end of 2011, as consumers increased their spending.

Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation’s economic health, grew at a 2.8% annual rate in the last three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Friday. That’s up from a 1.8% growth rate in the prior quarter and the strongest reading since the second quarter of 2010.

Still, economists had expected higher growth in the fourth quarter.

Growth of at least 3% is considered enough to prompt hiring by employers. During the quarter, the unemployment rate fell to 8.5% in December from 9% in September. [Quote:CNN]

Parents, Are Your Children Telling You about the Dangers They Face Each Day in School? Really? Not!

Republicans have a lot to say when it comes to attacking President Obama’s agenda, but are silent when it comes to defending LGBT youth who continue to face discrimination in schools. All too often, the bullying and discrimination ends tragically. Enough is enough.

GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor hasn’t even brought my “Student Non-Discrimination Act” to a vote on the House floor. Meanwhile, right-wing special interests are already campaigning to block this common-sense measure by calling gay Americans “sexual deviants.”

I’m not surprised by their reckless actions, but I sure am sick of it. We’re just days away from the critical January Federal Election Commission deadline, the first big reporting deadline of 2012. Help me send an unmistakable message to the Republicans that Democrats will fight back.

$187,491 to go: Contribute $35 or more today to our 2012 Republican Accountability Fund >>

Together we can take a stand in defense of LGBT youth and send a clear message to House Republicans that we’re fighting back.

Here’s what it comes down to: what kind of nation do we want to be? There are vulnerable children across the country right now waiting to see if we will take a stand on their behalf.

I’m asking you to stand up:


Thank you,

Rep. Jared Polis

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