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As the world receives the news that Osama Bin Laden is dead, and celebrations spontaneously erupt in the streets of America, the message of this courageous woman expresses the sentiments of many New Yorkers who lost loved ones on that fateful day of September 11, 2001. Many of us remember that morning as if it were only yesterday, with its beautiful clear blue skies and the crisp scent of autumn in the air, unaware of the shock and horrors that awaited us…….

Celebration in New York at Ground Zero

 

 

Kristen Breitweiser

9/11 widow and activist

Justice for My Husband

Posted: 05/ 2/11 12:52 AM ET

The news of the death of Osama bin Laden gives me a sense of long-awaited, meaningful closure.

Ten years since the senseless, heartless murder of my husband and 3,000 innocent others, final justice has been meted out — though not swift it is certainly sweet.

My 12-year-old daughter will wake tomorrow to a safer world, hopefully a more peaceful world. And that brings me a rare sense of relief.

And I am enormously grateful for the tireless effort and incredible courage and bravery of our counter-terrorism agents who for ten long years remained focused and undeterred in their mission to capture and kill Osama bin Laden.

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Government Shutdown: Top Negotiators Close To Reaching Budget Deal (UPDATED)

Shutdown Budget Deal Close

First Posted: 04 8/11 10:05 AM ET Updated: 04/8/11 11:23 AM ET

WASHINGTON — The top negotiators are within inches of cutting a deal that would keep the government running. The last major obstacle to compromise is funding for Planned Parenthood, The Huffington Post has learned.

Administration staff for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) met until 3 a.m. last night, hashing out nearly all of the deal, in which Democrats would agree to steeper cuts than their proposed $34 billion from current spending. (UPDATE: Reid said Friday morning that Democrats agreed to $38 billion in cuts. See below for more.)

“The last part is Title X,” said a senior Democratic source familiar with the talks. Title X refers to funding for Planned Parenthood’s many health services for women.

The source refused to put a final number on the cuts. Boehner has argued that the final deal is dependent on digging deeper into spending.

“But they spend hours on the riders,” the Democrat said, referring to discussions between White House Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors, Reid Chief of Staff David Krone, Appropriations Committee members and Boehner’s representatives.

Democrats did agree to accept about a dozen of the riders Republicans attached to the spending measure, but the deal will scrap other highly controversial provisions that aimed to cut EPA regulations, the source said.

President Obama is expected to check in by phone with the two leaders at 10:30 a.m., then the Democratic and Republican caucuses will meet at noon to decide if whether to back the deal.

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In order for Democrats to get on board, the source said, the Republican cuts to Planned Parenthood must be removed.

“The cuts will be hard for us to swallow, but we won’t bend on Title X,” the source said. “Reid doesn’t even have to go back to the caucus to ask on that one.”

Republicans had offered a compromise in which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would not stand in the way of a Democratic attempt to strip the Title X provision in Senate votes, thus allowing a simple majority vote to remove it.

But Democrats, wary of the uncertainty any vote can face in the Senate, refused.

And even though the measures gutting clean air and water rules are being dropped, the GOP insisted on creating a commission that would study the impacts of robust regulation.

While the new level of the budget cuts will be hard for Democrats to digest, according to a source, the President said he would accept it.

UPDATE, 10:23 AM ET: Reid told reporters on Friday that the deal hinges on a rider to defund Planned Parenthood after leadership agreed to $38 billion in cuts late Thursday night.

“The moving target is focused on women in America.”

Reid said the Democrats had already made a number of concessions, including over the final cuts figure, brushing off claims by House Republicans that the final number was still up in the air.

“The Speaker is the one who came up with the number, we didn’t invent it,” he said.

He recounted a moment from the White House on Thursday evening, when Vice President Joe Biden became frustrated at the gridlock over Planned Parenthood funding. Finally, Biden said “Well, fine, let the American people decide this issue then,” according to Reid.

He said the American people had since decided, citing newspaper editorials and a statement by staunch anti-abortion Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) in support of dropping the measure from the funding deal.

Reid said now compromise will be up to the House GOP.

“We are not bending on women’s health,” he said.

With reporting from Elise Foley

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/08/government-shutdown-negotiators-deal-close_n_846577.html?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl1|sec1_lnk2|54972

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: TALKS END OVER FUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS

John G. Winder, The Cypress Times

Published 04/07/2011 - 11:50 a.m. CST
Dems say no deal unless your tax dollars continue to fund abortions

WASHINGTON, DC – The Washington Post is reporting that talks between Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) and President Obama have stalled due to the issue of federal taxpayer dollars for Planned Parenthood.

“Congressional negotiators working through the night on a budget deal largely agreed to an amount of spending cuts, but their talks were stymied by two Republican policy provisions on abortion and the environment, increasing the likelihood of a government shutdown beginning this weekend, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday morning,” reports the Washington Post.

Reid also said, “It’s not realistic to [delay this funding debate by] dealing with abortion. It’s not fair to the American people.”

Basically Reid has made the decision to either continue to spend your tax dollars to support abortion, or to shut down the government.

The Democratic Caucus made up of Senators and members of the U.S. House decided over a week ago to shutdown the government in order to seek political gain by blaming Speaker of the House, Boehner and the Tea Party. Now, they refuse to budge on your hard-earned tax dollars being used to pay for abortions.

It’s time to let your voice be heard again call your Member of Congress and let them know how you feel: HERE

The Obama administration has said time and again that no federal tax dollars are being used to fund abortion. This is simply a lie. Refusal to remove Planned Parenthood funding proves that lie.

Right now, Planned Parenthood is busing in activists from across the country for a massive rally and lobbying day in Washington.

Call your Member of Congress. E-mail like-minded family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers and ask them to stand for Life by calling their Member of Congress as well.

Make your voice heard.

http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/News/National_News/GOVERNMENT_SHUTDOWN_TALKS_END_OVER_FUNDING_OF_PLANNED_PARENTHOOD_WITH_TAXPAYER_DOLLARS/43108

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