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The World According to M.I.S.S. President Obama’s Health Care Reform Video Challenge

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The World According to M.I.S.S. President Obama’s Health Care Reform Video Challenge


The World According to M.I.S.S. President Obama's Health Care Reform Video Challenge

The World According to M.I.S.S. President Obama's Health Care Reform Video Challenge

Lights! Camera! Reform!

In an effort the further push his health care reform agenda, President Obama is enlisting the help of the people who would be most likely effected by the change to health care. These people being you and I. In partnership with Obama’s website, Organizing for America, the President is calling American citizens to submit 30 second videos explaining why health care is important to them, and why this reform is so vital to the improvement of lives in this nation. As personal as health care is to each and every one of us, it’s important to highlight how significant good health care coverage can save lives and families. Our stories may never be the same, but our cause surely can be. So here’s the challenge:

Create the best 30 second video you can that makes the case for passing health insurance reform in 2009. This is a complex and often personal issue, and there’s way more angles to cover than anyone can squeeze into 30 seconds. So here are some themes to consider as you choose what to focus on:

The need for reform

•  Personal stories: It’s hard to get more powerful than sharing a personal story about how the broken status quo has affected you and the ones you love.

•  The cost of inaction: There’s lots to cover about how spiraling costs are breaking the budgets of families, governments and businesses, and the high price we’ll all pay if we don’t act.

•  The opponents of reform: It’s amazing the levels some will stoop in order to score political points or protect their profits. This is your chance to call them out.

The President’s plan

•  For those with insurance, the President’s plan will provide more security and stability. You won’t get cut off for being sick, face discrimination because of your gender, or run up against an annual or lifetime cap ever again.

•  For those without insurance, the plan will guarantee affordable options so that every American finally gets the peace of mind and quality care we deserve.

•  And it will rein in out-of-control health care costs and accomplish reform without adding a dime to the deficit.

Your video can be serious or funny. It can feature charts and graphs or satire and songs. It can just be you with a good idea in front of a basic web camera, or it can be a special effects filled mini-spectacular. Just keep it to 30 seconds, keep it honest, and make sure that folks who see it will be fired up about passing health reform in 2009.

President Obama seems to be sticking to his grassroots background, the same initiative that got him his Presidency in the first place. This is the best possible way for American citizens to make their voices heard amongst the complaining and fighting between the Democratic and Republican parties. The same bickering that seems to be taking the place of rational conversation between these two groups, causing our politicians to forget who this reform will most effect: The American people. So if you’ve got a story, the President wants the hear it! Deadline for submission will is October 18, 2009. After the submissions are judged by a panel of hand picked Obama officials, college students, and even a few celebrities, the winning video will be aired nationally. That’s right, you could be on television urging our nations leaders to create better health care coverage for the American people!

For rules and regulations or if you have any questions or would like to see sample videos, check out Organizing for America.

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The World According to M.I.S.S: The Obamas’ European Adventure.

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The World According to M.I.S.S: The Obamas’ European Adventure.


The World According to M.I.S.S: The Obamas’ European Adventure.

The World According to M.I.S.S: The Obamas’ European Adventure.


President Barack Obama and his lovely wife Michelle took their first trip abroad this past week as President and First Lady. The Obamas’ arrived in England last Tuesday to kick off an eight day, five country trip in which he’ll meet with European leaders and dive head first in the demanding task of improving the United States’ image and relations with foreign countries. His first order of business was the G20 Summit in London to address the global financial crisis among a group of 20 wealthy and developing nations that together represent 85 percent of the worlds economy.

While her husband met with the leaders of many important and influential nations, Michelle Obama enchanted Europe with her personal style and elegance. Although she captivated the Europeans, it was First Lady Obama’s personal approach which truly won over the public’s opinion. She took to sightseeing in France, met Queen Elizabeth II (whom she hugged and was asked to keep in touch with), made a surprise visit to an inner city school in London and gave a speech on the importance of believing in one’s self.

According to several news polls, President Obama’s European tour was a success in the eyes of the American people. About 79 percent of Americans who were surveyed felt that the President’s trip had a positive effect on how the people of other countries view the USA. On his way back to the U.S. President Obama made a surprise visit to Iraq. He met with members of the U.S. military and took part in the awarding of 10 medals of valor.

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The World According to M.I.S.S.: The e-Diplomat

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The World According to M.I.S.S.: The e-Diplomat


The World According to M.I.S.S.: The e-Diplomat

The World According to M.I.S.S.: The e-Diplomat

In less than three months Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the entire State Department, have embarked on a digital diplomacy overhaul aimed at spreading the word about American foreign policy and restoring Washington’s tainted image. This overhaul, being a part of a broader internet outreach by the Obama administration, has already surpassed Clinton’s predecessors.

Here’s the rundown:

  • They’ve revamped the State Department website and blog to include colorful graphics and exciting new features, one of which allows the user to sound off on how Secretary Clinton should handle situations that may arise during her tenure.
  • You can track Clinton’s foreign travels on an interactive map.
  • You can keep up virtually with the Secretary’s every move via outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Flicker, and YouTube.
  • Before you could only pose questions in the departments ‘Ask the Secretary’ column which has now been changed to also include a  ‘Text the Secretary’ option.

I’m excited for this change. It makes Secretary Clinton WAY more accessible than any of the men and women that sat in her seat before. Just imagine being able to track her travels, post questions about her progress, and even follow her department on Twitter. It all may seem a bit overwhelming but its nice to know that this Administration actually wants to know what we think about the activities taking place in the world.

Be sure to check out the links above and make your voice heard!

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Political Roundup: White House Council on Women & Girls



Since March is Women’s History Month, this seemed appropriate to tell everyone about.  President Obama signed an executive order officially creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. The Council was designed to ensure that federal agencies pay extreme attention to the way their policies impact women and families.

President Obama signed the order March 11th and said that he wanted to ensure that areas such as equal pay, childcare, and family leave, are not just women’s issues but economic, social, and family issues as well. The council will work on improving women’s economic security and women’s health care, finding innovative ways to prevent violence against women, as well as developing family friendly policies.

The White House Council on Women and Girls will be headed by President Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, who also happens to be a single mother. She will lead a group of Cabinet secretaries and other administration officials in their crusade to ensure America is a better place for women and girls.

Check the video below of President Obama explaining his decision to create the Council:

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We Got The Beat:  DJ Z-Trip “Victory Lap” Mixtape Free Download

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We Got The Beat: DJ Z-Trip “Victory Lap” Mixtape Free Download


We Got The Beat: DJ Z-Trip “Victory Lap” Mixtape Free Download

We Got The Beat: DJ Z-Trip “Victory Lap” Mixtape Free Download

DJ Z-Trip put together a “Victory Lap” mix for MoveOn.org and it’s available for free download here. He dropped Part I of the mix back in October and you can download that mix for free as well here. Enjoy!

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