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29
Jan
14

Raise The Wage

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President Barack Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage during a visit to a Costco store in Lanham, Maryland, the morning after his State of the Union

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

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Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, left, and deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors walk through the aisles at a Costco store

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President Barack Obama outlines his newly unveiled plans to boost wages for some workers and help Americans save for retirement no action from Congress necessary

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07
Mar
11

rewriting history?

‘How did the University of Virginia come to publish a version of Lincoln’s inaugural speech that cut crucial words on slavery?’

Matt Seaton (The UK Guardian): ….I was preparing for publication Eric Foner’s article on the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration speech … I went searching for a transcript of the speech to link to. The results of a Google search took me to the site of the University of Virginia’s Miller Centre of Public Affairs; reckoning this a prestigious institution at a public university (founded by Thomas Jefferson, no less), I assumed this would be a reliable link to use …

Then I reached the passage quoted by Eric’s piece, where Lincoln flatly states: “One section of our country believes slavery is right, and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong, and ought not to be extended. This is the only substantial dispute.”

…I searched the transcript on the Miller Centre site for this sentence but could not find it…. I sent off an email to the Miller Centre staff, alerting them to the fact that they were publishing a misleading, redacted version of Lincoln’s address; and outlining my interpretation that it looked as though the speech had been cut to remove references to slavery… I received an immediate reply; and within an hour, the webpage had been amended and the full text restored.

Since then, I’ve done a full comparison of the cached version of the page and the amended one; at the foot of this article run all the passages that had been omitted from the original…

…the sum of the redactions appeared to have two key effects: first, of toning down or removing entirely Lincoln’s strong assertions of the legitimate authority of the Union before and above the Constitution; and second, as said, of shifting the emphasis away from slavery as the key point of dispute between North and South and towards differences over the precedence and prerogative of individual states v the Union in law-making and enforcement. It is difficult not to see a neo-Confederate agenda in this editing.

It is possible that the erroneous version of Lincoln’s address was published by accident or carelessness. But the alacrity with which a correction was made suggests that Miller Centre executives realised the potential damage to the institution’s reputation of hosting what might appear to be a politically tendentious, “doctored” version of the address.

Having had a polite note from them, thanking me for pointing out the error and confirming the correction, I wrote back saying I was considering writing about it and seeking their comment on several questions (see the questions here)

In contrast to the almost instantaneous earlier response, as yet, I have received no reply to these questions. So the Miller Centre would seem to wish to make no further comment. But given that its online database of the Scripps Library purports to be a vital resource for scholars of public policy, US government and presidential history, I certainly hope they are running some checks.

Full article here

05
Dec
10

famous five

The 2010 Kennedy Center honorees : Oprah Winfrey, Bill T. Jones, Jerry Herman, Merle Haggard and Paul McCartney

President Obama and first lady Michelle arrive at a reception for the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors at the White House, Dec. 5

Paul McCartney clasps hands with Bill Jones as Jerry Herman applauds

Information on the recipients here

The President and First Lady attend a gala in honor of the recipients at the Kennedy Center tonight – it will be broadcast Dec. 28 on CBS.

29
Apr
10

painting and planting

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama helps plant a butterfly garden and paint a mural at the Marie Reed learning center during a public service event in Washington, April 29, 2010.

19
Jan
10

celebrate

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the ‘Let Freedom Ring’ concert at the Kennedy Center, January 18, 2010, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.




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