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Ronald Reagan Worked to Defeat "Cheney Recalls"


On Friday we published a guest-written package noting the centennial of Ronald Reagan's birth in the land of the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln.

It might seem odd that the guardians of Ronald Reagan's legacy would, when selecting a speaker to honor the late president's 100th birthday, choose a man who once worked very hard to make sure that Reagan did not become president. But when former Vice President Dick Cheney took the stage at the Reagan Ranch Center here on Saturday night, he began with the story of his efforts to stop Reagan's bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1976.

At the time, Cheney was White House chief of staff under President Gerald Ford. Reagan, who in later years would endorse an "11th Commandment" not to speak ill of fellow Republicans, had made the extraordinary decision to challenge a sitting president of his own party for the presidential nomination. Cheney's job, as Ford's top aide, was to snuff out the Reagan challenge.

"It's hard to convey the tension in Republican circles as Reagan geared up to challenge Ford," Cheney recalled. "It was a very big deal, and the fight for delegates never stopped until the third day of our four-day national convention." In the end, Ford won, but the fight left the party badly divided and dispirited. Reagan, who was 65 at the time, seemed finished. "Taking the nomination from a sitting president is a tough proposition," Cheney said, "and in the end not even Ronald Reagan could pull that one off."

Once Ford secured the nomination, Cheney hoped for a Ford-Reagan ticket. It wasn't to be, and now Cheney believes it would have been a bad idea. "It's probably just as well that it didn't happen, because in the next four years [after Jimmy Carter defeated Ford] everything came together to set the stage for the Reagan presidency," Cheney said. "By 1980, all of us were Reaganites."

Cheney makes few public appearances these days. He has lost a lot of weight since last summer, when he underwent the implantation of a ventricular assist device to supplant his failing heart. At the Ranch Center Saturday, he did not stand at a podium, instead sitting in a chair as he addressed the crowd. Still, his voice and manner seemed strong as he told the audience that he is finishing up work on his memoir. "With luck, it should be in the bookstores this fall," he said.

From being the man who helped stop Reagan, Cheney went on to become one of President Reagan's key supporters on Capitol Hill, where Cheney served in the House from 1979 to 1989. "I was one of the most conservative members of Congress," Cheney recalled -- so much so that he sometimes found himself fighting Reagan from the right, even on the issue of the Cold War.

Asked by Reagan White House veteran Frank Donatelli about the "grumbling at the time from conservatives that Reagan was being snookered by [Mikhail] Gorbachev," Cheney admitted that he doubted the wisdom of Reagan's efforts to reach agreements with the Soviet Union. "I was a skeptic, I must say, and I thought for a long time it was very important for us to stay focused on the traditional relationship," Cheney recalled. But Reagan's strategy -- not Cheney's -- ultimately led to the fall of the Soviet Union. "As much of a skeptic as I was, I would have to say that President Reagan got it right," Cheney concluded.

Cheney described another occasion in which he and other conservative lawmakers opposed a tax bill supported by Reagan. "We didn't want to vote against the president directly," Cheney said, so GOP leaders used parliamentary maneuvers to stop the bill. That led to a visit to House Republicans from Reagan. According to Cheney, Reagan gave a talk that barely mentioned the tax bill -- it was mostly about patriotism -- but it was so emotional and affecting that turned around 70 Republican votes. Reagan won over the doubters in his own party, and the bill went on to become law. "He nailed it," Cheney said.

Cheney would go on to serve as Secretary of Defense for the first President Bush, and then as vice president under the second Bush. But listening to Cheney reminisce Saturday, it's clear he learned many of his political lessons from Reagan, either as an ally or an adversary. Reagan is remembered for his many battles with Democrats. But at the Ranch Center Saturday, Dick Cheney's lesson was that some of Reagan's most impressive victories came over his fellow Republicans.
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Mitt Romney Confronts Health Care Issue


Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and Republican Party politician, who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007.

Mitt Romney made clear Tuesday he has an answer to critics who say the health care plan he enacted as governor of Massachusetts inspired the national law so fiercely opposed by Republicans.

In an interview on The View, Romney said his plan for Massachusetts – which like the national one mandates coverage – was never designed to be applied to other states.

"We addressed a problem in Massachusetts that was designed to solve problems for the people of Massachusetts," Romney during his appearance on the daytime talk show Tuesday. "But it is wrong and unconstitutional to take what is designed for one state and say we are going to apply that in every state."

"What we did will not work in Texas, will not work in California," the likely presidential candidate continued. "It is designed for the people of one state."

It's not the first time Mitt Romney has confronted the question of how he can square his fervent opposition to President Obama's health care plan when it bears striking similarities to the one he helped enact, but it is one the former presidential candidate will likely face again and again if he launches a presidential bid.

The comments come a day after top Obama aide David Axelrod needled Romney over the Massachusetts measure, saying, "We got some good ideas from him."

Meanwhile, Romney refused to say whether he had made a final decision about running for president but said his wife Ann is "full steam ahead" when it comes to the issue.

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Gettysburg Address

Ceremony kicks off at 10am at President Lincoln’s Cottage in northwest Washington. Get your kids there and they’ll score a free coin. Otherwise, you can buy them at banks and financial institutions.

On this day in 1863, now seven score and seven years ago, President Abraham Lincoln went to the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsyvlania. Four-and-a-half months earlier, the Union armies had delivered a crushing blow to the Southern forces in the Battle of Gettysburg. On both sides, the losses were staggering—casualties exceeded 20,000 for both North and South, while each suffered several thousand deaths.

This rare photograph from November 19, 1863, shows a hatless Lincoln seated to the left of center. (Look at the gentleman standing in the tall hat in the middle and look just slightly left.)

That now world-famous Gettysburg Address by Lincoln was not the “highlight” of the occasion. The main speaker, Edward Everett, was the best orator of the time and spoke for some two hours. Indeed, in his brief speech, Lincoln wrongly said: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,” though his next line was spot on accurate, “but it can never forget what they did here.” (Everett would later write to the president: “I wish that I could flatter myself that I had come as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes.”)

The full text of that speech is forever etched in the psyche of America and is quoted from the fifth of five extant copies of the address in Lincoln’s handwriting (it differs slightly from earlier versions and may reflect, in addition to afterthought, interpolations made during the delivery):

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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Keith Olbermann is in & MSNBC news ethics is out

As quick as one could count four days, the verdict is in on whether MSNBC is a network steeped in journalistic integrity or a network capitulating to the power of  personality journalism - Keith Olbermann is in and MSNBC news ethics is out.

Olbermann flouted the rules and policy of MSNBC , when he made political contributions without pre-approval and it apparently was a big deal to MSNBC - albeit briefly.

Only
  • four days suspension without pay
  • one pre-approved by management statement from Rachel Maddow that Olbermann should be reinstated
  • one petition to boycott MSNBC
  • one saccharine  tweet from Keith
And any standards of journalistic integrity that MSNBC had intended to honor were wishful thinking  of network who was only fooling itself.

Sadly, Keith will never know if his one tweet did  the trick or not - but one can bet he's smiling in the mirror at himself -already practicing rounding his vowels for his most humble speech acknowledging where he erred.

So there we have the final judgment on whether MSNBC is, indeed, as Rachel Maddow so eloquently implied, "better than Fox News" because of policies prohibiting campaign donations by employees, unless pre-approved by management.

How much power does personality journalism have? In Olbermann's case,  one really can't overlook the 200,000 loyal followers signed a petition saying they would not watch Countdown until Keith Olbermann returned.

Following is the transcript of the statement announcing the return of Olbermann:

From Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC:

After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night's program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.
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Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restores Sanity' online

Over 200,000 people attended Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" in person at the National Mall in Washington D.C.  Now a new study has been released showing that over 500,000 "virtually" attended the rally through the internet.  According to Zachary Sniderman at the website Mashable, 570,000 watched Stewart's rally through a live stream at ComedyCentral.com or via their phones.  That number does not include the thousand of others who watched the rally through other websites such as MSNBC and CSPAN.

It was fitting that so many people watched the rally online since the movement to hold a rally actually began on a website called Reddit.  The original idea behind the rally involved Stepehen Colbert hosting a "Restoring Truthiness" rally in response to Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally.  The concept caught fire and soon spread to Facebook and other websites.  Eventually Stewart not only adopted the idea, but made it more of his own the with the "sanity" theme.

Just as the movement began on the internet, it also was completed on the web.  Besided the 570,000 who watched the rally online through Comedy Central the rally also produced the following social media usage.
-  Over 800,000 people visited the rally website on the day of the event.
-  Over 117,000 smart phone applications were downloaded dealing with the rally.
-  Over 35,000 photos of the rally were uploaded on sites like Flickr.
-  Over 120,000 tweets sent dealing with the rally.

Those impressive numbers are hardly a surprise.  Much of Stewart audience is made up of relatively young, tech-savvy people who were going to find a way to "attend" the rally even if they could noy physically be there.  The number re-emphasize the relative success of the rally, and the growing importance of social media in promoting these type of events.
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Baghdad church bombing underscores Christian exodus

Christians used to be a significant minority in Iraq, Syria, Israel-Palestine, Egypt, and Jordan. In recent years, however, they have been fleeing the Middle East in record numbers because of security threats, discrimination, and indifferent governments. Yesterday’s botched hostage rescue attempt at Baghdad’s largest Catholic church underscores the dangers the remaining Christians face.

Since Islam eclipsed Christianity in the Middle East after the 7th Century AD, significant pockets of Christianity have coexisted with their Muslim neighbors. These have included Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Coptic, Chaldean, Maronite, Assyrian, and Syriac denominations. For the most part, under the various Arab Caliphates and the successor Ottoman Empire (13th-early 20th Century), they were protected as Dhimmi, “People of the Book,” as long as they met certain legal obligations. A notable exception was the Armenian Genocide during and after World War I, however.

In modern times, Christians have faced new threats connected to the War on Terror and the Arab-Israeli conflict. For example, more than half of Iraq’s Christians have left the country, particularly after the US invasion in 2003. Those who remain represent less than three percent of the population, which had been more than seven percent in the 1980s. Many Iraqi refugees in the US are Christians and are served by organizations such as Catholic Charities. 

The Maronite Catholics, once a majority, are now only a third of the Lebanese population;  half are said to reside abroad. In neighboring Syria, Christians used to make up 17 percent of the population, but are about 10 percent today.

Egypt’s Coptic Christians, like their counterparts in Iraq, are under seige, with armed government soldiers guarding their churches; this once influential minority represents only 10 percent of Egypt's people.

Besides facing threats from extremists, Christians are being undermined by a lack of unity. Ironically, to prevent feuds between the various denominations, a Muslim holds the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Christians in Israel and the Palestinian Territories face oppression and violence from all sides, as a story by noted British journalist Robert Fisk in the Independent pointed out yesterday. Titled “Exodus: The changing map of the Middle East,” Fisk interviewed Monsignor Fouad Twal, the ninth Latin patriarch of Jerusalem(and the second-ever Arab in this position), who explained:

"The Israelis regard us as 100 percent Palestinian Arabs, and we are oppressed in the same way as the Muslims. But Muslim fundamentalists identify us with the Christian West – which is not always true – and want us to pay the price."
Most Middle Eastern Christian groups have deep ties to the region and have evolved differently from their European and American counterparts.

For now, Jordan seems to be the only place where its Christian minority (six percent) has not suffered. However, in the early 20th Century, they represented 18 percent of the population.

Today’s latest act of terror against Christians in Baghdad will accelerate the ongoing exodus. This will undoubtedly have a negative impact on a region that is increasingly under the influence of conservative Islam. The exodus is also depriving the region of some of its most gifted and industrious citizens.
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Palin lacks the 'gravitas' to be president : Karl Rove

Karl Rove and Barack Obama may have finally found something they can agree on: Sarah Palin.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the former Bush adviser blasted Palin's political ambitions, wondering whether she has the "gravitas" needed to take on "most demanding job in the world." Said Rove:

With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of "that helps me see you in the Oval Office."

Rove, who did say that Palin had done a "terrific job" as a vice-presidential nominee, also flagged a commercial for Palin's upcoming show, which features the potential 2012 contender outdoors and telling the audience, "I would rather be doing this than in some stuffy old political office."

When asked whether Palin stood a chance of unseating Obama in the next election, Rove answered, "you can make a plausible case for any of them on paper, but it is not going to be paper in 2011. It's going to be blood, it's going to be sweat and tears and it's going to be hard effort." He also added that.
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Today The New York Post took U.S. and Israel covert action embolden Iran nuclear ambitions


With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lack stance against Iran’s nuclear development program which began fueling the core of its first nuclear reactor at Bushehr with Russian oversight, which will be in full swing in months. Yet the critics tend to forget how U.S. intelligence tried to destabilize Iran’s government for years even when they were on the verge of suspending the quest for nukes.

Secretary Clinton said the U.S. is concerned with “secret” nuclear sites only and that “Iran is entitled to the peaceful use of nuclear power. They are not entitled to a nuclear-weapons program."

But the New York post accused Obama and the State department of enabling the program though inaction and toothless sanctions:

Clinton has glossed over a terrible truth: The Obama administration now considers Iran a fellow nuclear power -- one as yet unarmed, yet someday soon, perhaps, a nuclear equal, fully armed.

But the US cannot acquiesce in this -- or the whole Middle East will fall under the mullahs' sway.

That would confer an Iranian chokehold on the Strait of Hormuz, through which transits 90 percent of the Gulf's oil exports. It means Iranian supremacy over Shiite neighbors like Iraq and even Sunni rivals like Saudi Arabia.

Worst of all, it puts Israel on the brink.


Bob Rob Grace of Asian Times Online said that for years, the United States and Israel have engaged in a covert effort to destabilize Iran's government and sabotage its nuclear program and by ignoring these efforts the current debate about the relative wisdom of diplomacy, sanctions, and preventive military action addresses an incomplete picture.

To understand the Iranian historical perspective one cannot forget U.S. grievous misdeeds that all began in 1953, when, based on extending the containment policy to the Middle East, the U.S. and British mounted a coup that overthrew an extremely popular Iranian leader, Mohammed Mossadegh – which ended Iran’s first democratic government. Mossadegh, a leader that put the devastated Iranian state on the road to prosperity by securing a larger portion of its own oil reserves from the grasp of Western greed, was replaced by Shah Pahlavi, an incompetent tyrant, and as a byproduct, Iran’s oil wealth was transferred to British and American control, while the Iranian masses wallowed in abject poverty.

The Shah’s corruption enabled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni to stage the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which led to the installation of an extremist Islamic government. The C.I.A. and British secret service tried everything in their power to oust the Ayatollah, but eventually the Western powers relied on a dubious ally - Saddam Hussein - to prosecute war against Iran. The ensuing eight-year war between Iran and Iraq led to one million Iranian causalities and deaths, while the U.S and Brits, with some help from Israel, provided arms, intelligence and financing to Iraq, along with chemical weapons - including anthrax.

During the Iran hostage crisis Iran only agreed to free its captives after the U.S. pledged non-intervention in Iranian affairs. As stated in the 1981 Algiers Accords, "it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs."

However, the U.S. has failed to live up to this agreement. In 1995, an $18 million covert effort by the CIA to destabilize Iran was exposed reinforcing Iranian suspicions of the "Great Satan". Covert efforts also disrupted negotiations in 2005 between Iran and the European Union after Iran had signed the Paris Accord in which Iran committed that it would "not seek to acquire nuclear weapons", voluntarily implement the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) Additional Protocol, and voluntarily halt all uranium-enrichment activities.

In the mid-200s the US collaborated with the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, a group devoted to overthrowing Iran's government, in cross-border raids to gather intelligence about Iran's nuclear program and supported Jundallah, a Pakistani-based tribal terrorist group that has struck Iranian targets; and had established a "covert infrastructure" within Iran to reach out to Iranian dissidents. Then in 2005, the U.S. Congress authorized $3 million to fund "the advancement of democracy and human rights" in Iran, a move the Iranian UN ambassador called a "clear violation of the Algiers accords".

That same year Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist Ardeshire Hassanpour. In 2008, President George W Bush signed a "non-lethal presidential finding" that initiated a CIA plan involving "a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran's currency and international financial transactions". The program was handed off to Obama who then accelerated it.

In January of 2009, the Telegraph reported that Israel was "using hitmen, sabotage, front companies and double agents to disrupt the regime's illicit weapons project". Reuters reported that Israel "planned to target Iranian nuclear scientists with letter bombs and poisoned packages", possibly as part of "a psychological warfare campaign".

Sanctions and covert activity has actually garnered domestic support for President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and have provided an "an excuse to the Iranian government to suppress the opposition", according to Iranian reformist Mehdi Karroubi. Iran strives for UN Security Council reform and global nuclear disarmament under the slogan, "nuclear energy for everyone, nuclear arms for no one".

However, though the US would like Iran to completely halt enrichment, a feasible middle ground exists. As former US secretary of state Colin Powell stated recently on Meet The Press:

... I think if you take them at their word, "trust, but verify," [former US president Ronald] Reagan's old line ... then put in place a set of sanctions that would be devastating to them if they violate that agreement, and then put in place an IAEA inspection regime ... you might be able to live with an Iran that has a nuclear power capability


Yet if Iran fears U.S. covert intervention will continue it is unlikely to sign any agreement of the sort Powell described. As Mr. Grace pointed out: “like in 1953, by pursuing the sabotage option, the US is sacrificing its long-term interests for short-term gains.”
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez multi-polar gambit risks popular support


As Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez readies himself to receive an honorary diploma from Tripoli's Academy of Higher Education Saturday – one day after meeting with Libyan President Moamer Gaddafi to strategize their “South-South front” against American imperialism, one senses palpable cringing emanating from Chavez supporters (or, at least those few remaining supporters with relatively intact moral faculties).

Because many who do see the potential positive within Chavez as a champion of the small progressive nation-state and as a leader of 21st century leftist socialism, are at the same time disappointed by his chronic misjudgments and the shady alliances he has recently forged and/or continues to strengthen.

Yet, Chavez does have a method to much of his madness, illustrated by the efficacy of his anti-Western encirclement strategy to rally about the “non-aligned”,
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Government lies; actual inflation at 10% and rising

With a little over a week to go before the November midterm elections, there is bombshell economic news that could potentially sway undecided voters.

The federal government has lied about the economy. In addition to the fact that joblessness is much worse than reported, as Conservative Examiner highlighted in several reports indicating that unemployment is actually between 22-25% and not at 10% as the Feds claim, it has been discovered that the government has also misled the public about the inflation rate as well.

Why is this important?

Senior Adults have already been informed that they will receive no cost-of-living increase in their Social Security checks for 2011--for the 2nd year in a row. The government's justification for this is that inflation has been at near zero, and thus, there has been no increase in the cost of living.

That statement is patently false.

In a report released by several government watchdog groups, one of which is American Business Analytics & Research, a thorough examination of the actual figures, along with an analysis of changes in the manner in which the government calculates inflation, reveals that the actual rate of inflation is 10 percent and rising, rather than the ridiculously low figure of near-zero as the Feds claim.

The government has changed the manner in which it determines the rate of inflation. Were the same methodology that was used in the early 1990s used today, the real rate of inflation would be 10 times higher than reported.

This means that Senior Adults are getting torpedoed yet again. Not only are they being slammed with higher premiums for Medicare supplement plans along with reduced benefits, thanks to ObamaCare, but now they are being expected to absorb an inflation rate of 10% without getting a cost of living raise to help.

The bottom line? America is in the depths of an economic downturn that is every bit as bad at the Great Depression of the 1930s. The only reason we are not seeing the same level of open suffering, bread lines, etc., is that the U.S. has since implemented programs such as unemployment payments, welfare, food stamps, and a host of other social safety net programs that were not available during the Great Depression.

This masks the dire nature of America's economic woes.

Interestingly, as with the 1930s, America has a President and a Congress that implement monetary policies and big spending programs that only intensify and prolong the economic downturn.

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Human trafficking roundup

NORTH AMERICA

Canada: Authorities step up to fight against human trafficking. The new legislation is targeting smugglers who bring asylum seekers to Canada. One immigration authority says that illegal boats reaching Canadian shore costs at least $50,000 to process.

Oregon: A former domestic sex trafficking victim speaks up about her experience as a sex slave to raise awareness. She was seventeen when she was trafficked from Oregon to California and Canada. She met her 43 year old pimp when working at a restaurant and getting GED. Her pimp made her work 12 hours a day and make 1000 a day. Her pimp was lavishing her with gifts such as cell phone and manicure just to make her believe that she is better off with him.

New York: District Attorney announced a new indictment against a man who forced a 22 year old woman from Germany into prostitution. The victim and her two children moved in with the man when she arrived from Germany. She was beaten and threatened that she would not be able to see her children by the man. The man also placed sex ads online like Backpage.com and forced her into prostitution in Miami, Atlanta City, and New York City.

ASIA

North Korea: Many North Korean female refugees are trafficked in China. They are either sold to poor farmers for forced marriage or brothels for prostitution. One victim testifies that she left North Korea to China to find work and support her starving family. But, later she realized that she was sold to a forced marriage when she already has her husband and a daughter in North Korea.

Taiwan: The authority is aimed to decriminalize prostitution early next year according to the report. The new legislation will allow prostitutes to establish a studio with three to five members. Also, individual Chinese tourists will be allowed to enter the country for prostitution. According to 2009 U.S. department of state report, Taiwan has inadequate protection for trafficked women and children from South Asian countries and China who enter Taiwan with fraudulent job offering or marriage.

AFRICA

Swaziland: The authority is stepping up to protect Albinos from witch doctors. Police will set up a national registration for Albinos to track them down and protect them from bounty hunters and witch doctors. The new registration system came about after a 11 year old Albino girl was killed by a witch doctor a few months ago. Many Africans believe that ritually killed Albinos can bring healing to HIV/AIDS or political power.
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The Women’s Conference 2010 "Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden"


California First Lady Maria Shriver today announced that Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden will join the extraordinary lineup of newsmakers and world opinion leaders confirmed for The Women’s Conference 2010. Taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center, the conference will run from Sunday, October 24 through Tuesday, October 26. Dr. Biden, in her first appearance at the conference, will speak during the Opening Session of The Main Event on Tuesday, October 26th in front of a sold-out crowd of 14,000 attendees.



Her participation, along with the entire main stage and select breakout sessions, will be streamed live in their entirety at: http://www.womensconference.org.



“I am honored to welcome Second Lady Jill Biden to The Women’s Conference 2010. I truly admire Dr. Biden’s commitment to highlighting the importance of community colleges to our country’s economic future. She has also done so much to bring much needed attention to women’s health issues and to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by our military families,” said Maria Shriver. “I’m so proud that The Women’s Conference has become a destination where the world’s greatest voices, hearts and minds like Dr. Biden come together for authentic and candid conversations that you cannot find anywhere else.”



Other program highlights from The Main Event’s stage sessions and fourteen breakout conversations include:



-Remarks by First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama during the opening session of the main stage;
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