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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Paul Ryan Talks Taxes on Janesville’s WCLO | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan Talks Taxes on Janesville’s WCLO | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan



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U.S. pulls spies from China after hack - Sep. 30, 2015



The United States is pulling spies from China as a result of a cyberattack that compromised the personal data of 21.5 million government workers, a U.S. official said Tuesday.



The U.S. suspects that Chinese hackers were behind the breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which exposed the fingerprints of 5.6 million government employees.



U.S. pulls spies from China after hack - Sep. 30, 2015

Ways and Means Passes Reconciliation Bill to Dismantle Obamacare | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

Ways and Means Passes Reconciliation Bill to Dismantle Obamacare | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan





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Adult Stem Cells Effective Against MS | National Review Online

THIS CAN’T BE TRUE! Embryonic stem cells are the ONLY HOPE, “the scientists” and their media and celebrity camp followers repeatedly insisted–as they urged priority funding for studies from embryonic. Except, those who argued that adult stem cells offered great potential are the ones being proven right–as embryonic successes are almost nowhere to be seen.




Adult Stem Cells Effective Against MS | National Review Online

Cecile Richards Gripes: Asking Me About Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies Was "Sexist" | LifeNews.com

In an interview with MSNBC after she was grilled for five hours at a Congressional hearing about Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and making a profit doing abortions while still getting half a billion in taxpayer funding, abortion business CEO Cecile Richards complained the questioning was sexist.
Questions about how much money Richards makes (over half a million) heading up the nation’s biggest abortion business prompted Democrats on the committee to complain that Republicans were engaging in sexist attacks. Richards agreed.


Cecile Richards Gripes: Asking Me About Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies Was "Sexist" | LifeNews.com

House Votes Again to De-Fund Planned Parenthood After it Sells Body Parts From Aborted Babies | LifeNews.com

The House of Representatives voted today for a resolution supporting the de-funding of Planned Parenthood while an investigation continues into it s sale of aborted babies and their body parts.
The House voted 241 to 185 for the resolution, with 238 Republicans voting for the bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and 3 Democrats joining them. Click here to see the final vote tally.


House Votes Again to De-Fund Planned Parenthood After it Sells Body Parts From Aborted Babies | LifeNews.com

Tennessee Judge Upholds Law Protecting People From Assisted Suicide | LifeNews.com

A Tennessee Judge, yesterday, upheld the Tennessee law protecting people from assisted suicide.
Chancellor Carol McCoy, ruled yesterday, that former Democrat politician, John Jay Hooker, does not have standing to bring action and challenge the Tennessee assisted suicide law.


Tennessee Judge Upholds Law Protecting People From Assisted Suicide | LifeNews.com

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Blunt Delivers Budget Relief for Local and State Law Enforcement Hit by Ferguson Unrest

From Senator Roy Blunt:


WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today announced that the Department of Justice awarded the Missouri Department of Public Safety $1,011,443 in federal grants to help reimburse state and local law enforcement agencies in Missouri for unanticipated overtime and salary costs associated with responding to the prior civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
“Many state and local law enforcement agencies were already struggling to meet their day-to-day responsibilities, but they stepped in with officers and support to help provide security for the Ferguson community in a time of unrest,” said Blunt. “I’ve been working with the DOJ since August 2014 to obtain funding, so law enforcement agencies responding to the civil unrest in Ferguson could receive some reimbursement so they are able to provide security for the residents and businesses in their own communities and also provide assistance to surrounding communities if needed. The DOJ’s announcement this week awarding the Missouri Department of Public Safety more than a million dollars in federal grants will give much-needed support to our responding law enforcement community, allowing them to continue their hard work to keep Missourians safe.”
Blunt sent a letter to then-Attorney General Eric Holder in August 2014, urging the Department of Justice to provide critical resources to assist state and local law enforcement agencies that responded to the civil unrest impacting the community of Ferguson, Mo. Blunt also held a series of listening sessions with state and local law enforcement officials across Missouri last fall to discuss resources, current policies in place, and the challenges they face. Blunt is a founding member and co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Law Enforcement Caucus.
In December 2014, Blunt met with the co-chairs of the Ferguson Commission, Rich McClure and Reverend Starsky Wilson to talk about the efforts underway to help the Ferguson community rebuild. He continues to meet with them and others focused on these important issues.
The fiscal year 2016 Labor-HHS Appropriations bill also includes new provisions to support flexible solutions for Ferguson and other communities across the country facing periods of civil unrest. This includes programs and resources in the Departments of Labor and Education and AmeriCorps. The bill passed the subcommittee that Blunt chairs and the full committee, and awaits a vote on the Senate floor.

Controversial New Policy Has Former Texas Police Officer Furious: ‘They’ve Given One More Tool for the Suspects to Kill Police Officers’ | Video | TheBlaze.com

A new policy for Houston police officers has drawn significant criticism, with one former Texas cop saying that it provides a “greater incentive” for criminals who want to hurt or kill cops.
Houston Police Chief Charles McClellan introduced the new policy in a Houston Police Department memo dated Sept. 25, KTRK-TV reported.


Controversial New Policy Has Former Texas Police Officer Furious: ‘They’ve Given One More Tool for the Suspects to Kill Police Officers’ | Video | TheBlaze.com

‘The View’ Co-Host Thought Justin Bieber’s Claim About God Was a ‘Little Strange’ — Until Candace Cameron Bure Explained an Important Detail | TheBlaze.com

Actress and newly minted “The View” co-host Candace Cameron Bure responded to pop star Justin Bieber’s recent proclamation that he wants to “honestly live like Jesus” by delivering a pointed lesson about Christianity.




She also corrected a fellow co-host who felt like one of the pop stars’ comments about God in a recent interview with Complex magazine was a “little strange,” noting that his words actually came from the Bible.


‘The View’ Co-Host Thought Justin Bieber’s Claim About God Was a ‘Little Strange’ — Until Candace Cameron Bure Explained an Important Detail | TheBlaze.com

Barrasso: More Bad News on Obamacare




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Muslim Brotherhood Extremists Attack Journalists on the Streets of New York City | Video | TheBlaze.com

During Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s visit to the United Nations General Assembly, the accompanying Egyptian press delegation was accosted on the streets of New York and attacked both physically and verbally. In videos circulating on social media Monday, the assault took place in the presence of New York City’s finest. These extremists were allowed to terrorize the press and then simply go free.
The video shows a member of the Muslim Brotherhood approaching the delegation as he calls out the name “Sherdy” — Mohamed Sherdy is a well known and respected Egyptian news anchor and was a part of the press delegation in New York. The same man then shouts obscenities, calling Sherdy a “faggot,” and then strikes him as he accuses him for the reasons he had been jailed.


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South Carolina Police Officer Killed in Mall Shooting | TheBlaze.com

FOREST ACRES, S.C. (TheBlaze/AP) — A South Carolina police officer was killed while responding to reports of a suspicious person at a suburban South Carolina mall Wednesday morning.
Officer Greg Alia, 32, died while responding with one other officer at Richland Mall in Forest Acres between 8 and 9 a.m., WIS-TV reported. The suspect, identified as Jarvis Hall, is now in police custody.


South Carolina Police Officer Killed in Mall Shooting | TheBlaze.com

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Senator Blunt's Statement on Continuing Resolution Vote in the Senate

From Senator Roy Blunt:


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today regarding the continuing resolution vote in the Senate:
“I oppose this continuing resolution because it is just more of the same: more of President Obama’s spending priorities. Last year I opposed significant parts of this spending because of the president’s executive amnesty scheme. Missourians are sick of Congress continuing to kick the can down the road for future generations. I look forward to working on and supporting funding bills that reflect our conservative priorities. We should defund Planned Parenthood once and for all and reallocate those tax dollars to providers who really do focus on protecting women’s health, like community health centers."
The Senate passed a continuing resolution today which will temporarily fund government programs at previous levels while Congress continues to work on appropriations legislation. The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed all twelve appropriations bills and all are ready for floor consideration. Senate Democrats this year have twice blocked floor consideration of the Defense Appropriations bill.

Jeb Bush's Donors Just Gave Him a HUGE Ultimatum | The Federalist Papers

Jeb Bush’s campaign is on life support.
His big-money backers have given him one month – essentially until the end of October – to turn his campaign around or face total collapse.


Jeb Bush's Donors Just Gave Him a HUGE Ultimatum | The Federalist Papers

Patriotic Students Hung U.S. Flag From On-Campus Dorm. Then, They Got a Letter From the University | TheBlaze.com

A California public university threatened two students with expulsion for displaying American, Army and Coast Guard flags from their on-campus apartment’s balcony.
Cameron Box, an active-duty member of the Coast Guard, and Connor Fenwick, who hopes to become an officer in the Army, told KGTV Monday they received a letter from San Diego State notifying them that hanging the flags violates school policy.


Patriotic Students Hung U.S. Flag From On-Campus Dorm. Then, They Got a Letter From the University | TheBlaze.com

Trey Gowdy’s 10-Word Response to Suggestions He Be Drafted as Next Majority Leader | TheBlaze.com

Rep. Trey Gowdy strongly dismissed calls to draft him into Republican leadership, rattling off a 10-word response explaining that he preferred to stay on the House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
“I am staying on the Benghazi committee, period, exclamation point,” the conservative firebrand said before a vote, according to The Washington Post.


Trey Gowdy’s 10-Word Response to Suggestions He Be Drafted as Next Majority Leader | TheBlaze.com

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Dana Doesn't Take Too Kindly To Death Threats | "Dana"

Why We Shouldn't Expect Much Even With Boehner Gone | "Dana"

New Snowden Document Reveals US Spied On German Intelligence - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Fresh insight into the trove of documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed that US spies intercepted sensitive communications between Germany's security agencies during a kidnapping in Yemen.



New Snowden Document Reveals US Spied On German Intelligence - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Paul Ryan on Listening Sessions, Obamacare Repeal, Speaker Boehner, and the Pope’s Address to Congress | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON, DC — This morning Wisconsin’s First District Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke to WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes, WLIP’s Bill Lawrence, and WRJN’s Mike Clemens about a range of topics, including: Listening sessions happening throughout southern Wisconsin in the coming days, Pope Francis’s address to Congress, and Speaker Boehner’s resignation. - See more at: http://paulryan.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398379#sthash.aitqV2DT.dpuf



Paul Ryan on Listening Sessions, Obamacare Repeal, Speaker Boehner, and the Pope’s Address to Congress | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

CORKER, DURBIN, CARDIN, RUBIO APPLAUD COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF USCIRF REAUTHORIZATION BILL

From Senator Bob Corker:


Sep 28 2015

CORKER, DURBIN, CARDIN, RUBIO APPLAUD COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF USCIRF REAUTHORIZATION BILL

Bipartisan Bill Provides Four-Year Authorization for Commission on International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today applauded the unanimous passage by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of their bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for four years.
The deficit neutral bill provides $3.5 million in annual funding, requires a strategic planning process to reinforce bipartisanship among commissioners and strengthens ongoing congressional oversight while preserving the commission’s independence.
“At a time when religious minorities are facing severe persecution in many places around the world, long-term reauthorization of the commission will ensure our country continues to play a vital leadership role in defending religious freedoms throughout the world, which also leads to safer and more civil societies,” said Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “This legislation strengthens ongoing oversight from Congress and provides important certainty and reforms to help ensure the commission’s work is independent. I appreciate Senators Cardin, Rubio and Durbin for their valuable contributions to this legislation that will protect religious liberties wherever they are threatened.”
“This commission was created to advise Congress and the Administration about how the United States can most effectively protect religious freedom around the globe. This legislation will foster bipartisan consensus and discourage excessive partisanship in order to help achieve that goal,” said Durbin. “I’m proud to be part of a bipartisan group of senators committed to getting this done.”
“It is significant that on this day, as lawmakers gathered to listen to Pope Francis speak about compassion and collaboration, tolerance and acceptance, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously reauthorized the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. The bill was the outcome of an extended review of the Commission and its operations. It includes provisions to strengthen USCIRF and ensure increased cooperation and bipartisanship. USCIRF will be able to independently assess and effectively describe the threats to religious freedom, documenting the horrific abuses and cases of bigotry being witnesses across the globe. I was proud to work with Chairman Corker, Senator Durbin, and Senator Rubio on this issue and I thank them for their dedication and tremendous effort to this legislation," said Cardin, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who also serves as the Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly.
“Religious freedom is under assault globally, and the U.S. must step up to defend it,” Rubio said. “Attacks on houses of worship, imprisonment and even death are daily realities for people of faith around the world, especially for religious minorities in the Middle East who face a genocidal onslaught.
“The commission has been a steadfast champion of this ‘first freedom’ and a reliable voice for the oppressed and marginalized,” Rubio added. “I welcome this four year authorization which would allow the commission to focus, without distraction, on their critical mandate at precisely the time it’s most needed.”
USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan commission dedicated to defending the freedom of religion worldwide. The commission is tasked with independently assessing and describing threats to religious freedom around the world and to help ensure that U.S. efforts to advance religious freedom abroad are timely, appropriate to the circumstances, and effective. The commission provides policy recommendations in an annual report to the president, the secretary of State, and the Congress. To improve ongoing congressional oversight, this legislation also requires the commission to submit a written strategic plan to Congress within six months that includes: a description of prioritized actions for a period of time specified by the commissioners; any changes in the content and timing of the annual report; any needed personnel changes; a budget for implementing its plan; and any other unresolved issues.
A copy of the bill text is accessible here.
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Planned Parenthood Chief Is Asked What Should Happen ‘If a Child Survives an Abortion Attempt.’ Here’s Her Response. | Video | TheBlaze.com

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said during Tuesday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing that she’s “never heard” of a circumstance at her organization in which a child has survived a botched abortion attempt.
Richards’ response came after Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis asked her if a child should be “given nourishment and medical care” if he or she “survives an abortion attempt.”


Planned Parenthood Chief Is Asked What Should Happen ‘If a Child Survives an Abortion Attempt.’ Here’s Her Response. | Video | TheBlaze.com

Why Europe Owes The Migrants Nothing

Turkey Under Erdogan Is Becoming Politically Riven - SPIEGEL ONLINE

No other state has catapulted itself into the future quite as rapidly, nor relapsed back into its dark past as suddenly, as Turkey. First there was modernization, and now the beginnings of a civil war. The country is divided by mistrust and hate.



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Two New Books on Astrid Lindgren To Be Published This Fall - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Who was the woman behind Pippi Longstocking? Freshly released wartime diaries along with a new biography reveal Astrid Lindgren, author of some of the world's most beloved children's literature, to be as radical and determined as her best-known character.



Two New Books on Astrid Lindgren To Be Published This Fall - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Do YOU Have a Plan to Keep Food Safe during Severe Weather?

From the #USDA:



Food Safety Before, During and After a Power Outage
Graphic - Food Safety Before, During and After a Power Outage
Disaster can strike at anytime and any place.  You might live in a region of the country that already has experienced some form of extreme weather event, such as wildfires, extreme cold and snow, or obstructive tornadoes, to name a few.
All of these events result in power outages for hundreds of thousands of households and communities, and as you know, no power can compromise food safety. The temperature and sanitation of food storage areas is crucial to preventing bacterial growth, and severe weather and other emergencies can compromise this.  Knowing what to do in these instances can minimize the need to throw away food and the risk of getting sick.
September is National Preparedness Month which is a coordinated national awareness campaign to get you, your family and your community thinking about how to respond in the event of a disaster or other emergency.  The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service would like to help you with planning and keeping your food safe in case hurricanes, flooding, fires, power outages and other emergencies threaten storage conditions.
Before the Power Goes Out (if there’s time)
  • Keep an appliance thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer. The refrigerator temperature should remain 40 °F or lower, and the freezer should be 0 °F or lower.
  • Store food on shelves that will be safely out of the way of contaminated water in case of flooding.
  • Freeze refrigerated items such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately – this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer.
  • Have coolers and frozen gel packs on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than 4 hours.
  • Purchase or make ice and store in the freezer for use in the refrigerator or in a cooler.
When the Power Goes Out
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if you keep the door closed.
  • A full freezer will keep its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).
  • If the power is out for an extended period of time, buy dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep a fully-stocked 18-cubic-feet freezer cold for two days.
After the Power Returns
  • When the power comes back on, you will have to evaluate each item separately. When in doubt, throw it out. These charts help you evaluate specific foods:
  • With frozen food, check for ice crystals. The food in your freezer that partially or completely thaws may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40 °F or below.
  • Discard any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture, or feels warm to the touch.
  • Never taste a food to determine its safety.
If you have questions about the safety of your food as a result of weather damage and power outages, please call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish.
FSIS posts food safety tips during severe weather on Twitter,@USDAFoodSafety, and on Facebook, at Facebook.com/FoodSafety.gov.
For more information about food safety in an emergency, visit:
  • A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes (a manual covering all power outage related food safety topics)
  • Food Safety During a Power Outage (60 section video)
  • In an Emergency (gateway to all federal food safety resources)

    

Marco Rubio draws enthusiastic crowd in The Villages, foreshadows collision with Jeb Bush | Miami Herald



When Marco Rubio launched his presidential campaign in the spring, a lot of people wondered how he would ever emerge from the shadow of his mentor, Jeb Bush.
On Monday, as Sen. Rubio campaigned to an overflow crowd in a sprawling central Florida development loaded with tens of thousands of relatively new Florida Republicans, the more immediate question was how Bush might escape the shadow of Rubio.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/elections-2016/article36912750.html#storylink=cpy


Marco Rubio draws enthusiastic crowd in The Villages, foreshadows collision with Jeb Bush | Miami Herald

Remembering the Principles upon which Our Country was Founded

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As Obama Meets Castro, Rubio Urges Him Not To Cave On Embargo Vote At U.N. Too

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues, today urged President Barack Obama to vote against an anti-embargo resolution coming up in the United Nations and expressed that the Administration’s position would play a role in his consideration of State Department nominees in the coming months.

“Media reports that your Administration is considering abstaining from voting against the anti-embargo resolution are of even greater concern,” wrote Rubio. “Regardless of your beliefs, the U.S. embargo toward Cuba is codified in U.S. law and the reasons that it was imposed, including the Cuban government’s theft of billions of dollars of private property, remain unaddressed by Havana. Any disagreements over this law, which only regulates transactions by U.S. persons, should be debated in the United States Congress -- not at the United Nations General Assembly.”

“I intend to watch closely the position your Administration takes when this resolution is debated at the United Nations and consider the Administration’s position as key to my advice and consent of involved State Department nominees in the coming months,” Rubio continued.

A PDF of the letter is available here, and the text is below:

September 29, 2015

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

As you know, the United Nations General Assembly will vote in the coming weeks on a resolution presented by the Cuban regime calling for an end to the U.S. embargo towards Cuba. While the General Assembly’s vote is symbolic, with no binding jurisdiction over the United States Congress, it fails to take into account the plight of those within the island that seek freedom.  Much has transpired between the governments of Cuba and the United States in the last nine months. Your administration has made many concessions to the Cuban dictatorship, none of which have been reciprocated. To the contrary, Cuba’s rulers, including Raul Castro, whom you are meeting with today, have responded with a dramatic increase in political arrests and other violations of fundamental human rights.

The embargo is critical to denying hard currency to the Cuban regime’s monopolies, which history has proven are only used to further oppression and enrich those close to the ruling class. Article 18 of the country’s Communist Constitution requires that all foreign trade with the island must be funneled through the state. Until this changes, it is illogical to argue that lifting the embargo would somehow benefit the Cuban people. It is the Cuban dictatorship and its backward political and economic policies -- not the embargo -- that has kept Cuban society from fulfilling its true potential.  Throughout the years, the United States has eased many aspects of the trade embargo, as well as travel restrictions to the island, and each time the Cuban dictatorship has manipulated these unilateral policy changes to its benefit. It is well past time for the Cuban government to change its repressive policies, without any further rewards.

Media reports that your Administration is considering abstaining from voting against the anti-embargo resolution are of even greater concern. Regardless of your beliefs, the U.S. embargo toward Cuba is codified in U.S. law and the reasons that it was imposed, including the Cuban government’s theft of billions of dollars of private property, remain unaddressed by Havana. Any disagreements over this law, which only regulates transactions by U.S. persons, should be debated in the United States Congress -- not at the United Nations General Assembly.

Furthermore, a failure by your Administration to defend U.S. law at the United Nations General Assembly would send a dangerous message to tyrants throughout the world that the President of the United States refuses to pursue policies changes through the U.S. democratic system and instead seeks to challenge his country’s own laws in international fora.

Last, but not least, an abstention by your administration would cripple the efforts of Cuba’s growing dissident movement, which is detained and harassed on a daily basis. It would be interpreted as the United States siding with the Cuban dictatorship over the island’s courageous democracy activists. Your Administration should instead use this opportunity to encourage the Cuban dictatorship to open its society by allowing freedom of expression, freedom of press, and multi-party elections. It should also demand that the Cuban dictatorship remove the real barriers that limit the Cuban people from economically flourishing. Then, and only then, would it merit the lifting of the embargo.

I intend to watch closely the position your Administration takes when this resolution is debated at the United Nations and consider the Administration’s position as key to my advice and consent of involved State Department nominees in the coming months.

Respectfully,

Marco Rubio

Engaging Spanish-Speaking Organic Stakeholders

The following does not necessarily reflect the views of the JBK-Current-Events blog or its staff. It is presented for informational purposes:

From the #USDA:


A key component of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) work upholding organic integrity is providing the organic community with easy access to the National Organic Program’s (NOP) resources, to help producers and processors understand and comply with the USDA organic regulations.
In recent years, the presence of Spanish-speakers in the organic community has grown. In 2014, USDA-accredited certifying agents certified over 27,814 organic operations, one-third of which are located outside of the United States. 42 percent of international operations with USDA organic certification are in Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean.
USDA organic trade data also show that Latin America and the Caribbean countries play a central role in the U.S. organic market, particularly in filling demand for products such as coffee, fruits, and vegetables. Internal organic markets are also expanding within Latin America. For instance, last year, the United States exported over $100 million of organic products to Mexico alone. Meanwhile, in the United States, the number of Hispanic farmers increased by 21 percent between 2007 and 2012, and a 2014 Economic Research Service report shows that half of all hired farmworkers in the United States are Hispanic, many of whom speak Spanish as a primary language.
In response to these trends, AMS is working to make more of its resources accessible to Spanish-speaking stakeholders. Most notably, in 2014, the USDA organic regulations and the NOP Handbook were translated to Spanish. AMS also held its first Spanish-language certifier training in Costa Rica and has translated 17 certifier training modules into Spanish.
Cooperation with Latin American and Caribbean trading partners is another way that AMS is facilitating access to information for Spanish-speaking members of the organic community. For example, AMS continues discussions with Mexico to identify ways to coordinate on organic certification and trade. Much of this work requires sharing information and analyses of the two countries’ programs in Spanish.
AMS is also part of the Inter-American Commission for Organic Agriculture (ICOA), an inter-governmental organization that supports organic agriculture. ICOA’s initiatives are to promote trade, support internal market development, provide technical assistance, and ensure organic integrity through rigorous certification systems. AMS’ participation in ICOA’s work, which is also carried out primarily in Spanish, enables ongoing exchange of information about the NOP and the USDA organic regulations for our counterparts in Latin American and the Caribbean.
Engagement of Spanish-speaking organic stakeholders is increasingly important for the NOP’s success. AMS continues to explore ways to pursue this work which supports greater harmonization of organic regulatory systems, strengthens organic integrity, and facilitates market development with the Spanish-speaking sector of the organic community.

    

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Apoyando Miembros de la Comunidad Orgánica de Habla Hispana

The following does not necessarily reflect the views of the JBK-Current Events blog or its staff. It is presented for informational purposes only.

From the #USDA:


Un componente clave del trabajo del Servicio de Comercialización Agrícola (conocida en inglés como el Agricultural Marketing Service o AMS) del USDA en asegurar la integridad orgánica es proporcionar a la comunidad orgánica acceso fácil a los recursos del Programa Nacional Orgánico (el National Organic Program  o NOP) que son necesarios para entender y cumplir con los reglamentos orgánicos del USDA.
En los últimos años, la presencia de personas hispanohablante en la comunidad orgánica ha crecido. En 2014, agentes certificadores acreditados por USDA certificaron más de 27,814 operaciones orgánicas, un tercio de las cuales están ubicadas fuera de los Estados Unidos. Un 42 por ciento de estas operaciones internacionales que tienen la certificación orgánica del USDA, están en países de habla hispana en Latino América y el Caribe.
Los datos de comercio orgánico del USDA muestran que los países de Latino América y el Caribe desempeñan un papel central en el mercado orgánico de los Estados Unidos, particularmente en satisfacer la demanda para productos como el café, frutas y vegetales. Los mercados domésticos para productos orgánicos en los países de América Latina también están creciendo. Por ejemplo, el año pasado, los Estados Unidos exportó más de 100 millones de dólares de productos orgánicos sólo para México. Mientras tanto, en los Estados Unidos, el número de agricultores hispanos aumentó un 21 por ciento entre 2007 y 2012 y un reporte 2014 Economic Research Service Report muestra que la mitad de todos los trabajadores agrícolas en los Estados Unidos son hispanos, muchos de los cuales hablan español como lengua principal.
En respuesta a estas tendencias, AMS está trabajando para hacer sus recursos más accesibles a personas interesadas que hablan español. Sobre todo, en el 2014 los reglamentos orgánicos del USDA y el Manual del Programa fueron traducidos al español. AMS también realizó su primer capacitación para agentes certificadores en Costa Rica y ha traducido al español 17 módulos de entrenamiento para certificadores.
La cooperación con los socios comerciales de América Latina y el Caribe es otra manera en que AMS está facilitando el acceso a la información para los miembros de la comunidad orgánica de habla hispana. Por ejemplo, AMS continúa discusiones con México para identificar oportunidades para coordinar la certificación y el comercio en el sector orgánico. Una gran parte de este trabajo requiere el intercambio de información y análisis de los programas de los dos países en español.
AMS también es miembro de la Comisión Interamericana de Agricultura Orgánica (CIAO), una organización intergubernamental que apoya a la agricultura orgánica. Las iniciativas de la CIAO son promover el comercio, apoyar el desarrollo de mercados domésticos, proveer asistencia técnica, y asegurar la integridad orgánica a través de sistemas de certificación rigurosos. La participación de AMS en el trabajo de la CIAO, que también se lleva a cabo principalmente en español, permite el intercambio continuo de información sobre el NOP y los reglamentos orgánicos del USDA para nuestras contrapartes en América Latina y el Caribe.
Apoyar a miembros de la comunidad orgánica de habla hispana es cada vez más importante al éxito del NOP. El AMS continúa explorando maneras de hacer este trabajo que soporta una mayor armonización de los sistemas reguladores orgánicos, fortalece la integridad orgánica, y facilita el desarrollo de mercados con el sector de habla hispana de la comunidad orgánica.

    

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NIFA-Funded Obesity Prevention Project Sparks Community-wide Health Changes

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The Ninos Sanos, Familia Sana program uses NIFA-administered grant funds to teach a new culture of healthy living to residents of Firebaugh, Calif.  (Poster courtesy of Elizabeth Bishay)
The Ninos Sanos, Familia Sana program uses NIFA-administered grant funds to teach a new culture of healthy living to residents of Firebaugh, Calif. (Poster courtesy of Elizabeth Bishay)
This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from USDA’s rich science and research portfolio.
What started as a project to test the effectiveness of childhood obesity prevention methods has turned into a community-wide effort and a new culture of health for families in Firebaugh, California.
In 2011, researchers at University of California (UC) – Davis and their project collaborators used a five-year, $4.8 million Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant from USDA’s  National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to compare the obesity prevention work in Firebaugh to a nearby control community.  Both communities are located in California’s Central Valley and home to many farmworker families of Mexican descent. During three years of the five-year study, Firebaugh families received monthly $25 vouchers to purchase fruit and vegetables at a local store. They also participated in family-centered nutrition education classes, developed by UC Cooperative Extension nutrition experts, graduate students, and a local nutrition educator.
In addition, Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District collaborated to develop a school-based enhanced physical activity program and classroom nutrition education. The lead organizations—UC Davis and UC Cooperative Extension—leveraged the AFRI funds with resources from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (UC CalFresh in California) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program to provide the classroom nutrition education in pre-K through third grade.
With the city council, school district, and parents committed to the cause from the outset, the project –called Niños Sanos, Familia Sana (healthy kids, healthy family) – is contributing to the long-term, collective well-being of the entire community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
“The lasting impact that Niños Sanos, Familia Sana will have in Firebaugh is precisely the goal of the childhood obesity prevention program – working at the family, school, and community levels to make healthy kids and healthy families a part of everyday life,” said Deirdra Chester, NIFA’s national program leader for applied nutrition research. See more about NIFA’s positive impact on children’s health.
Study findings showed slower weight gain among obese boys and a reduction in children’s consumption of high-fat/high-sugar foods.  The project has also sparked programs and policy reflecting local commitment to improved health and nutrition beyond the grant term. For example, the Firebaugh Roadrunners, a local running group, and the Firebaugh City Council re-introduced a river walk/run—last held 20 years ago—to accompany their annual July Harvest Festival/Cantaloupe Roundup. Local businesses and growers donated bottled water and melons as healthy refreshments for all participants. Firebaugh City Council also encouraged vendors to sell healthy foods and beverages at the festival.
City plans are underway to extend the walking path that winds along the San Joaquin River and add a nature area to encourage families to enjoy these community treasures. The Firebaugh City Council to holding a second event, the “Mud Run,” this fall.
The Niños Sanos, Familia Sana program newsletter provides more information, in both English and Spanish.
NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and extension and seeks to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges.

    

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