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Hi, all. Today's report features:

- West Wing Week 5/19/11: This week the President visited flood victims in Memphis,TN before speaking at the Booker T. Washington High School graduation, celebrated the Situation Room's 50th birthday, and gave a speech on the change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa.

- President Obama lays out his vision for a new chapter in American diplomacy as calls for reform and democracy spread across the Middle East and North Africa, and in light of the death of Osama bin Laden.

- Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes takes questions via Twitter on the President's speech outlining a new chapter in American diplomacy towards the Middle East and North Africa.

- Fact sheet: A Moment of Opportunity in the Middle East and North Africa

- Fact sheet: Economic Support for the Middle East and North Africa

- State Department links: Secretary Clinton's introductory remarks and CBS interview; press briefing by senior administration officials via conference call to preview economic components of the President's speech; fact sheets.

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Hi, all. Today's report features:

- The President speaks about education, dedication and overcoming adversity in a commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, TN. The school was the winner of the 2011 Commencement Challenge contest.

- The winning video from Booker T. Washington High School.

- Remarks by the President in a surprise drop-by with Booker T. Washington Class of 2011.

- The First Lady's commencement address to the 2011 graduating class of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.  Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a private, independent, liberal arts, historically Black college for women.

- The launch of space shuttle Endeavour on a 16-day visit to the International Space Station, and a briefing from the staff of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) NASA's Kennedy Space Center following Monday's launch of STS-134.  The mission is commanded by Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Giffords, who continues to recover from a January shooting in her home district of Tucson, was at Kennedy to witness the launch

- Administration officials meet at the White House to introduce an international strategy for cyberspace that will help ensure an open and secure Internet.

- The President's Weekly Address, 5/14/11: As part of his long-term plan to reduce our reliance on foreign oil, President Obama lays out his strategy to continue expanding safe and responsible domestic oil production.

- First Lady Michelle Obama joins the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) to announce a new fitness industry effort to support our military families, particularly our National Guard and Reserve families, to further the goals of both of the First Lady's initiatives, Let's Move! and Joining Forces.

- The President, along with Vice President Joe Biden, welcomes the winners of the 2011 National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS award for law enforcement officials who have shown bravery and valor in the line of duty to the White House.

- West Wing Week, 5/13/11: This week the President talks clean energy and gas prices in Indiana, focuses on fixing our broken immigration system in Texas, and honors Top Cops here in the Rose Garden.

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Part 2 features today's White House Press briefing.

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Hi, all.  Part 1 features:

- In El Paso, Texas, the President calls for a bipartisan approach to fixing a broken immigration system and explains why immigration reform is critical to building a 21st century economy.

- In the latest installment of the Advise the Advisor series, Cecilia Muñoz, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, discusses the President's speech on immigration in El Paso, TX and asks for your feedback on immigration reform in America.

- Read the Blueprint for Immigration Reform.

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Hi, all.  Sorry for the interruption in service -- my DK password was not being accepted.  Today's report features:

- The Vice President delivers remarks at the opening session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the U.S. Department of Interior.

- The President will hold a town hall on CBS Thursday morning; submit your questions as described in the post.

- Transportation Secretary LaHood describes the Obama Administration's targeted investment of $2.02 billion in 22 high-speed rail projects for 15 states and Amtrak.

- The President's Weekly address: Clean energy to out-innovate the rest of the world.

- The President and Vice President address the troops at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

- In New York City, the President honors the memory of 9/11 and meets with First Responders after the death of Osama bin Laden.

- West Wing Week, May 6, 2011

"Justice was done.  And I think that anyone who would question that the perpetrator of mass murder on American soil didn't deserve what he got needs to have their head examined."

 -- President Barack Obama in CBS 60 Minutes interview, 5/8/11

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Part 3 features recent news from the Department of Commerce, including a report from the Census Bureau on the growth of Asian-American-owned business and updates from Secretary Gary Locke's trip to South Korea last week.

Promoting the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement, Secretary Locke writes:

As soon as the Korea deal comes into effect, tariffs and other measures that restrict American producers’ access to this market will begin to fall.  

U.S. businesses, workers, and farmers will be selling more auto parts, crops and countless other goods to the 12th largest economy in the world – and that can add critical fuel to our economic recovery.

Under the U.S.-Korea trade pact:

• Two out of every three dollars in U.S. agricultural export sales to South Korea will become duty free immediately;

•Over 95 percent of bilateral trade in consumer and industrial products with South Korea would become duty free within five years, and most remaining tariffs would be eliminated within 10 years; and

•South Korea’s $580 billion services market would be opened to American companies in sectors ranging from delivery and telecommunications services to education and health care services.

This deal also includes strong environmental and labor standards that will benefit workers in America as well as Korea.

The United States drove a tough bargain and got a great deal for American businesses and workers.  And that is critically important for our economy.  

America’s capacity to create jobs here at home will depend heavily on our ability to sell American goods and services – the best in the world – to the 95 percent of consumers who live outside our borders.


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Part 2 features:

- President Obama honors 2011 National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer, a AP chemistry teacher at Urbana High School in Maryland along with state teacher of the year winners in a ceremony in the Rose Garden.

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Hi, all.  Part 1 of today's report features:

- The President's remarks at last night's Congressional Bipartisan Dinner, in which he praises the military personnel and counter-terrorism personnel who planned and carried out the mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden and calls again for the country to come together in unity.

- On National Teacher Appreciation Day, Dr. Jill Biden recalls a teacher who inspired her.

- Education Secretary Arne Duncan says this “is a special day to give teachers the appreciation that they deserve every day,” and he asks everyone to join him in thanking a teacher.

Kat 4 Obama says thank you to these great teachers from grade 4 through graduate school:

Mrs. Rosalie M. Mahakian
Sister Judith Mary
Mr. Ed Mullins
Mrs. Joan Philbin McCarthy
Dr. Sandra Graham

- Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes announces the top three schools in the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.

- Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information Officer, describes the Administration's crackdown on wasteful, duplicative spending in Federal data centers.

- The First Lady thanks Federal employees in the kickoff to Public Service Recognition Week in this post from John Berry, United States Office of Personnel Management Director.

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Part 3 features today's White House press briefing with Press Secretary Jay Carney and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan.

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Part 2 features President Obama awarding the Medal of Honor to Private First Class Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano, U.S. Army, and Private First Class Henry Svehla, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry. Both men were killed In action during the Korean War.

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

 -- from "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon

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Hi, all.  Part 1 features a press briefing by senior Administration officials on the killing of Osama bin Laden.

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President Obama praises those Americans who carried out the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, tells the families of the victims of September 11, 2001 that they have never been forgotten, and calls on Americans to remember the unity of that tragic day.

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