Presidential Proclamation--Loyalty Day

Presidential Proclamation--Loyalty Day

The White House

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      When our Nation's Founders adopted the Declaration of Independence, they pledged to build a government that represented America's highest ideals, a Union that secured its people's sacred rights by "deriving [its] just powers from the consent of the governed."  From the Revolutionary War to the formation of our young country, our Founders' commitment to this principle never wavered.  In the fall of 1787, America launched its improbable experiment in democracy, embedding in our Constitution the core values of liberty, equality, and justice for all.

      Throughout our proud history, Americans motivated by loyalty and fidelity to these principles have worked to perfect our Union.  Our Constitution grants Americans unprecedented freedoms and opportunities.  We are free to speak our minds, worship as we please, choose our leaders, and criticize them when we disagree.  The liberties enshrined in our founding documents define us as a people and a Nation, ensuring that every American with the drive to work hard and play by the rules has the chance to build a better life for their children and grandchildren.

      For over two centuries, Americans have looked with pride and devotion on a Nation that reflects its people's highest moral aspirations.  On this day, we celebrate our brave men and women in uniform and honor those who gave their lives to keep our country safe and free.  We also reflect on the contributions of patriotic civilians united by an understanding that citizenship is not just a collection of rights, but also a set of responsibilities.

      The ideals upheld by our forebears have stirred the resolute devotion of the American people and inspired hope in the hearts of people from across the globe.  With trust in a future that keeps faith with our history, we remain true to the promise of America and the spirit that unites us all.

      In order to recognize the American spirit of loyalty and the sacrifices that so many have made for our Nation, the Congress, by Public Law 85-529 as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as "Loyalty Day."  On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America, our Constitution, and our founding values.

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2011, as Loyalty Day.  This Loyalty Day, I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance, whether by displaying the flag of the United States or pledging allegiance to the Republic for which it stands.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

      BARACK OBAMA

At a time of high gas prices and massive oil industry profits, the President renews his call to end the $4 billion-per-year subsidies for oil and gas companies and invest in clean energy.

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President Obama Signs Alabama Disaster Declaration

President Obama Signs Alabama Disaster Declaration

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The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding beginning on April 15, 2011, and continuing.

The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marshall, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding also is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis in all 67 counties in the State for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Joe M. Girot as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.  

FEMA said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.

FEMA said that residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or

1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.  

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  FEMA (202) 646-3272.

At a time of high gas prices and massive oil industry profits, the President renews his call to end the $4 billion-per-year subsidies for oil and gas companies and invest in clean energy.

The new court ruling that allows the federal government’s to support stem cell research is a victory for scientists and the patients who will benefit from their work.

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Demand Grows for Safety of Government Debt – Market Update

Demand Grows for Safety of Government Debt – Market Update

Victoria Araj

Quicken Loans
Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 8:58 am
Detroit


Mortgage bonds and Treasuries are slightly higher this morning as slowing U.S. economic growth and the Fed’s commitment to sustained monetary stimulus has bolstered the demand for the safety of government debt.


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Presidential Proclamation--National Day of Prayer

Presidential Proclamation--National Day of Prayer

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

      Throughout our history, Americans have turned to prayer for strength, inspiration, and solidarity.

      Prayer has played an important role in the American story and in shaping our Nation's leaders.  President Abraham Lincoln once said, "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.  My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day."  The late Coretta Scott King recounted a particularly difficult night, during the Montgomery bus boycott, when her husband, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., received a threatening phone call and prayed at the kitchen table, saying, "Lord, I have nothing left.  I have nothing left.  I have come to the point where I can't face it alone."  Dr. King said, in that moment of prayer, he was filled with a sense of comfort and resolve, which his wife credited as a turning point in the civil rights movement.

      It is thus fitting that, from the earliest years of our country's history, Congress and Presidents have set aside days to recognize the role prayer has played in so many definitive moments in our history.  On this National Day of Prayer, let us follow the example of President Lincoln and Dr. King.  Let us be thankful for the liberty that allows people of all faiths to worship or not worship according to the dictates of their conscience, and let us be thankful for the many other freedoms and blessings that we often take for granted.

      Let us pray for the men and women of our Armed Forces and the many selfless sacrifices they and their families make on behalf of our Nation.  Let us pray for the police officers, firefighters, and other first responders who put themselves in harm's way every day to protect their fellow citizens.  And let us ask God for the sustenance and guidance for all of us to meet the great challenges we face as a Nation.

      Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those who have been affected by natural disasters at home and abroad in recent months, as well as those working tirelessly to render assistance.  And, at a time when many around the world face uncertainty and unrest, but also hold resurgent hope for freedom and justice, let our prayers be with men and women everywhere who seek peace, human dignity, and the same rights we treasure here in America.

      The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a "National Day of Prayer."

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2011, as a National Day of Prayer.  I invite all citizens of our Nation, as their own faith or conscience directs them, to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy, and I ask all people of faith to join me in asking God for guidance, mercy, and protection for our Nation.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

          BARACK OBAMA

At a time of high gas prices and massive oil industry profits, the President renews his call to end the $4 billion-per-year subsidies for oil and gas companies and invest in clean energy.

The new court ruling that allows the federal government’s to support stem cell research is a victory for scientists and the patients who will benefit from their work.

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Syrian Human Rights Abuses

Statement by the Press Secretary on Syrian Human Rights Abuses

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Today, the President signed an Executive Order imposing sanctions against senior Syrian officials and other Syrian and Iranian government entities responsible for human rights abuses, including the use of violence against civilians and the commission of other abuses.  These sanctions are in addition to those the United States maintains pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Executive Orders 13338, 13399 and 13460, as a part of the national emergency with respect to Syria. Today the President continued that national emergency declaration for another year. Further, based on the current repression in Syria and charges of human rights abuses, the Commerce Department has also revoked certain commercial export licenses relating to VIP aircraft used to transport senior officials of the Syrian government.

In addition to actions that we are taking, the United States believes that Syria’s deplorable actions toward its people warrant a strong international response. We welcome the decision today by the UN Human Rights Council to condemn the Government of Syria for its violent crackdown against peaceful demonstrators. The Syrian people’s call for freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and the ability to freely choose their leaders must be heard.

We strongly support the resolution passed today in Geneva, including the mandate for an urgent mission by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law, with the goal of ensuring full accountability for the perpetrators of the violence.

We call on President Assad to change course now, and heed the calls of his own people.

At a time of high gas prices and massive oil industry profits, the President renews his call to end the $4 billion-per-year subsidies for oil and gas companies and invest in clean energy.

The new court ruling that allows the federal government’s to support stem cell research is a victory for scientists and the patients who will benefit from their work.

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

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For Immediate Release April 29, 2011 Statement by the Press Secretary on the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton

We congratulate Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on their wedding today and wish them a lifetime of happiness together.   The United States has no closer friend in the world than the United Kingdom. On this occasion, the American people extend heartfelt congratulations to the peoples of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and share in their hopes for a bright future for the Royal couple.

Blog posts on this issue April 30, 2011 5:30 AM EDTWeekly Address: Ending Taxpayer Subsidies for Oil Companies

At a time of high gas prices and massive oil industry profits, the President renews his call to end the $4 billion-per-year subsidies for oil and gas companies and invest in clean energy.

April 29, 2011 9:20 PM EDTSupporting Stem Cell Research

The new court ruling that allows the federal government’s to support stem cell research is a victory for scientists and the patients who will benefit from their work.

April 29, 2011 5:58 PM EDTWeekly Wrap Up: Egg Roll 2011

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Presidential Proclamation--Law Day, U.S.A.

Presidential Proclamation--Law Day, U.S.A.

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      At the core of our Nation's values is our faith in the ideals of equality and justice under law.  It is a belief embedded in our most cherished documents, and honored by President Eisenhower when he established Law Day in 1958 as "a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law."  Each Law Day, we uphold our commitment to the rule of law and celebrate its protection of the freedoms we enjoy.

      This year, we pay tribute to one of America's Founders and our second President, John Adams.  As a young attorney in colonial Massachusetts, John Adams was asked to represent a British officer and eight British soldiers charged with firing into a crowd and killing five men in the Boston Massacre.  In the face of mass public outcry and at great personal risk, he accepted the case and showed the world that America is a nation of laws and that a fair trial is the right of all people.

      President Adams' legacy of dedication to fairness and the rights of the accused has been carried forward by members of the legal profession for more than two centuries.  It is championed by those who represent the accused and exemplified by women and men who are devoted to securing equal rights for all, both in America and around the world.

      On this Law Day, I encourage all Americans to celebrate and reflect upon the example left to us by President John Adams and our centuries of adherence to the rule of law.  In so doing, we help ensure future generations will inherit and promote the ideals that help move our Nation forward.

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in accordance with Public Law 87 20, as amended, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2011, as Law Day, U.S.A.  I call upon all Americans to acknowledge the importance of our Nation's legal and judicial systems with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to display the flag of the United States in support of this national observance.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

          BARACK OBAMA

At a time of high gas prices and massive oil industry profits, the President renews his call to end the $4 billion-per-year subsidies for oil and gas companies and invest in clean energy.

The new court ruling that allows the federal government’s to support stem cell research is a victory for scientists and the patients who will benefit from their work.

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Treasury Auctions $29B in 7-Year Notes Today – Market Update

Treasury Auctions $29B in 7-Year Notes Today – Market Update

Victoria Araj

Quicken Loans
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 9:09 am
Detroit


Mortgage bonds and Treasuries are higher this morning as U.S. economic growth slowed more than economists predicted.  Later today, the Treasury plans to conduct its third and final auction of $29 billion in 7-year notes, bringing the weekly total to $99 billion.


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Statement by the President on Court Approval of Settlement of Native American Farmers Lawsuit Against USDA

Statement by the President on Court Approval of Settlement of Native American Farmers Lawsuit Against USDA

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For Immediate Release April 28, 2011 Statement by the President on Court Approval of Settlement of Native American Farmers Lawsuit Against USDA

Today, the U.S. District Court approved the settlement reached by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Justice with the plaintiffs in the Keepseagle class action lawsuit.  This is yet another important step forward in addressing an unfortunate chapter in USDA’s civil rights history.

This settlement would not have been reached without the leadership of Secretary Vilsack and Attorney General Holder, and I want to thank them both for their hard work on behalf of Native American farmers.  Today’s approval of the settlement will help strengthen our nation to nation relationship with Indian Country and reinforce the idea that all citizens have a right to be treated fairly by their government.

Blog posts on this issue April 28, 2011 6:31 PM EDTTake Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Children of White House staff got to visit the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to see what a day in the life of their parents is like.

April 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDTThank You Alaska!

OSTP Policy Analyst Mary Boatman joined the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for an interactive “Webinar” to discuss issues concerning the Arctic region.

April 28, 2011 5:44 PM EDTChampions of Change: Autrey Mill Middle School Cooking Club

Carlin Breinig writes about her work with the Autrey Mill Middle School Cooking Club in Alpharetta, Georgia, and how they're working to give kids healthy food options.

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Millions of British credit card holders urged to cancel their cards

Millions of British credit card holders urged to cancel their cards

It was recently revealed that tens of millions of Playstation network accountholders across the world are at risk following the theft of personal customer data. The Japanese firm Sony, which manufactures the Playstation and runs the network, did not reveal the breach as soon as it knew, choosing to wait a week before revealing the reasons behind taking the network offline. Even then the news only emerged from blogs and tweets and Twitter.

Around seventy seven million people are thought to have been affected by the theft of the personal data, which includes customers’ names, address, email address, password and bank details. Several million of these people are in Britain, and officials are now urging those affected to take steps to protect their finances and their identity. Around three million Brits are being urged to cancel their credit cards in order to minimise the risks, check their credit report to ensure others have not performed or tried to perform financial transactions and applications in their name, and check on passwords. It is advised that anyone that uses the same password for all accounts gets the password changed as soon as possible to reduce risks.

The breach of security and the delays with being informed have outraged customers who have been affected, as the risk has been heightened by the delay in finding out about the breach of security. Sony is facing a compensation bill of $220,000,000 in the UK alone as a result of the matter.

One official said: “It’s one of the biggest hacks on record. If I lost my credit card in the back of a taxi, I’d cancel my card. If Sony loses your credit card details, then it’s worse. This security breach is not just a public relations disaster, it’s a very real danger for its many users.”



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Where Will Kate and William Live?

Where Will Kate and William Live?

Kate Middleton is one lucky woman. Not only is she marrying a Prince, but the soon-to-be Princess is coming into quite a real estate portfolio.

Though Kate (29 years old) and Prince William (28 years old) are nearly the same age as Britain’s average first-time home buyer, the home where the couple will spend their first night as husband and wife is worth roughly 343 times the average purchase price of $223,000.

Naming one’s home is a custom that began with the gentry naming their halls and castles. The practice soon spread, and everyday people (like the Middleton’s, pre-Kate-and-William) began naming their homes. Here are the names you need to know if you want to follow the famous couple’s house hunt:

Not a bad place for two kids with nothing but love and a few hundred million pounds to get started.

With over 600 rooms, it is safe to say that Buckingham Palace is a worthy residence for a king and his queen. The Palace boasts 19 state rooms, 52 bedrooms, a movie theater, a swimming pool, helipad, and it’s own post office and police station. The Palace has its own gardens (and is itself a gated community, what with all the household help living on-site) and its own stables. Plus, there’s a cool balcony where Kate and William will kiss each other in public for the first time as a married couple.

Buckingham Palace

The Palace is estimated to be worth a cool $1.6 billion.

Though Buckingham Palace is considered “the” royal residence in London, Wills and Kate will spend most of their time on the Island of Angelsey, in North Wales, where William is stationed with RAF. Until the two select a London home base, they will share a suite in Clarence House with William’s younger brother and fellow Prince, Harry.

Not the ideal situation for a newly married couple, but Clarence House isn’t your normal starter home: estimated to be worth over $76.5 million, there will be plenty of room for Kate and William to enjoy their visits to London undisturbed by their roommate. Three of the homes being considered for William and Kate’s permanent London base? Saint James Palace, Buckingham Palace, and Kensington Palace, which was Princess Diana’s home after her divorce from Prince Charles.

St. James Palace St. James Palace may not sound familiar to you but it is a centerpiece of British history. According to Yahoo! News it was built by King Henry VIII, and Queen Anne Boleyn stayed at the palace the night of her coronation. The palace was also the location where Henry VIII’s daughter Mary signed the Treaty surrendering Calais in 1558.

Today, it houses State Apartments for incoming visitors and is still in use as an event and meeting space, though a royal has not occupied it since 1837 when Queen Victoria moved into Buckingham Palace.

If William chooses to live here, there will be constant reminders of his mother, including a large granite memorial erected in her name. Prince Charles and Diana reportedly lived in Kensington Palace following their wedding and Diana returned to the gorgeous property after her public divorce in 1996.

The house isn’t sitting vacant. William and Kate will have to deal with Kensington’s current residents, the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Additionally, the property currently houses offices and “London residences” of other various royals.

Definitely the creme de la creme, current plans are for Windsor Castle to be utilized as William and Kate’s weekend retreat. It is one of the largest occupied castles on the planet, covering a whopping 484,000 square feet. Windsor Castle is worth an estimated $280 million and comes with its own park and chapel. The downside of Windsor Castle is that it is a big tourist attraction and the gardens are often open to the public.

Windsor Castle

If Kate and William are looking for a little privacy, this might not be the best spot.

From a flat in Chelsea to flat out royalty, Kate has certainly ascended her humble beginnings. Until the age of 13, Middleton and her family lived in a fairly modest home in Southend Bradfield. From birth to her primary school graduation Kate Middleton and her family called this villa known as “West View” home.

The property is laden with mature sycamore, oak, and apple trees and the garden still holds the shed where Middleton’s parents started their business. (One reason that Kate’s father included acorns on his family crest, see above)

The interior features four bedrooms - one of which was Kate’s - and one bath, as well as a kitchen that the Middleton’s remodeled and expanded when they owned the property.

Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole, purchased the home for $56,500 and sold it in 1995. The home is currently up for sale and will be auctioned up in late May or early June, with a reserve price of $800,000 - the home’s current estimated value.

This gorgeous Bucklebury Home is the current residence of Michael and Carole Middleton, located approximately three miles from West View. Kate and her family moved into the home in 1995, with the family adding more acreage to the property in 2005 at a cost of $430,000. Currently, the home is valued at over $2.4 million.

In 2002, Kate’s parents also purchased a fantastic flat in Chelsea for $1.3 million for use by the future Princess and her siblings. The flat has no mortgage and is now worth an estimated $1.95 million.

Ilyce R. Glink is the author of several books, including 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In!. She blogs about money and real estate at ThinkGlink.com and The Equifax Personal Finance Blog, and is Chief Content Strategist at RealtyJoin.com, a community for real estate investors.

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I think I like Kensington best. I definitely like the style of the place. It might be hard for William to live in a place that reminds him so much of his mother, but if they are good memories this might be the place I'd pick.

 

I wouldn't mind living in any one of these places! Nor would I mind having a vacations home of that size, even if it *is* open to the public. I'd have to agree with the previous commenter and say that Kensington seems like it might be the best fit.

 

I wish William and Kate the best. I really don't care where they live. I just feel that there's too much coverage on this, as there was, on Diane's and Charles' wedding. Too much money spent on them while people are starving. It's sinful that they're spending $400,000 on a wedding dress and millions on the parties,etc. I do understand the cost for security which is very important, but come on all the money in the world does not make a marriage. Tell me iin 25 years if they are still happily married and loyal to each other. Through the years I've seen many weddings that cost millions and most of them ended in divorce. I was happily married for over 25 years, but, unfortunately my husband passed away with cancer. I still love and miss him. I have a full life, work full time and am very active, although I choose not to seek another husband or date. I have many friends and am a care taker for many. So, I really don't care where they live just as long as they live in a marriage filled with mutual respect, love, trust, and total devotion to each other, in spite of obstacles or outside temptations. God bless them for many years. I sincerely hope it works out for them and their children. Then it will be a fairy tale ending.

 

Gloria:

You said it best! It's about a long life together. I'm sorry that you lost the love of your life. That's so sad. We lost our best friend last year to cancer. He was 47 and he and his wife had one of the best marriages I know.

I am full of good wishes for Kate and William. She seems like she has her head on straight, knows who she is and isn't likely to compromise.

And she must really love him because after 8 years, the Princess shine would have worn down by now.

I'll be talking about the Royal Wedding tomorrow morning from 8:30am to 12:30pm (Central Time) on WGN Radio. You can listen live at www.wgnradio.com.

Thanks for your comment.


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Want to Buy A Home? You’re Not Alone

Want to Buy A Home? You’re Not Alone

If you want to buy a home this spring, you might have some competition.

Last week, Realtor.com released it’s March 2011 Real Estate Data, which contained some hopeful statistics, suggesting it really might be spring for the nation’s housing market. The season typically represents a high point for real estate traffic, and that tradition may strengthen this year as we emerge from the final throes of a particularly nasty three-year housing crisis.

Realtor.com’s report noted a marked slowdown in some of the downward trends we’ve been seeing for ages. Among them:

Housing inventories grew by 2.27 percent last month, and are now 9.75 percent above levels recorded during the same period last year.  However, the silver lining is that the rate of increase is slowing significantly. In February, for example, the year-to-year increase in total listings was 17.33 percent.Median home values are rising, albeit not uniformly. The Southwest and Florida still have a long upward climb, but states like New Jersey for example, experienced a 6.04 percent gain in just one month! As it stands, the national median list price is now $199,500, slightly more than February’s $199,000.Once again, the results are not uniform, but the average number of days that a property is listed before finding a buyer is also dropping. The median age of inventory continues to exceed 200 days in most of Florida and coastal communities like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Ashville, North Carolina. But there’s a lot of good news in California where cities like Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose are moving homes in well under 75 days.

However, the most encouraging news may be this: the number of households searching for housing is growing, and growing by a large margin. Compared to this same time just a year ago, the number of searches on the Realtor.com website was up by 15.14 percent in March 2011.  Moreover, the increase in the number of searches exceeded the corresponding growth in inventory, indicating that at long last, demand may be strengthening in relationship to supply.

Jill Kipnis, Realtor.com’s Online PR Manager offers some insight:

“There are a number of things we can look at. Year over year trends reflect low interest rates, decreasing home prices, and improvement in the unemployment numbers. All of those things definitely play a role. Banks are also beginning to show some stability in loan criteria.

“If you look at the data, because the number of households searching for homes is growing, it can be inferred that many of those people are becoming more serious about purchasing. Tax refund checks are also imminent and depending on the chunk of change people receive, they can pay off debt, add to savings or contribute to a down payment.”

What do you think? Do you find the latest housing numbers encouraging?

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Ilyce R. Glink is the author of several books, including 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In!. She blogs about money and real estate at ThinkGlink.com and The Equifax Personal Finance Blog, and is Chief Content Strategist at RealtyJoin.com, a community for real estate investors.


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Top 5 States For Depreciating Home Values

Top 5 States For Depreciating Home Values

Yesterday, CoreLogic, an industry provider of real estate data, released a report indicating home values experienced a seventh straight month of year-over-year decline in February. And what’s significant is that the losses are getting bigger rather than smaller.

U.S. home prices, including distressed sales (i.e. short sales and real estate owned (REO) properties), sank 6.7 percent in February 2011 when compared with February 2010. Contrast this with the numbers for January 2011, which exhibited a 5.5 percent slide against January 2010.

The picture is slightly less ominous if you remove the distressed sale data. In that scenario, year-over-year prices declined by 0.1 percent in February 2011 compared to February 2010. However the fact that home values are still depreciating at all appears to validate the predictions of experts like Anthony Sanders, real estate finance professor at George Mason University. Sanders warned that home values could fall another four to five percent this year.

Keep in mind that these figures represent a national average, and just like the foreclosure discount numbers, not all states were created equal. According to the CoreLogic report, here are the Top 5 States for Depreciating Home Values:

Idaho - Home values were down 14.6 percent in February 2011, measured against February 2010. We’re used to seeing Nevada, Florida and other foreclosure-challenged states on lists like these. But what’s the deal in Idaho? Well, although the potato state’s problems haven’t received as much media coverage, over 30 percent of homeowners are either already underwater or approaching negative equity.Arizona - When allowing for distressed sales, home prices experienced a decline of 12 percent in February versus the same period last year. But even with the removal of distressed data (which would make little sense as so many, many homeowners are in a distressed state), “regular” home values dropped 5.4 percent within the same timeframe. (I was driving around Phoenix this week and it’s distressing to see all the “for sale” signs.)Florida - Another regular on our list of real estate problem children, The Sunshine State has felt the pain resulting from the burst of the housing bubble rather acutely. Florida homeowners lost another 11.2 percent in market price this February when compared with the same month in 2010.Michigan - One could make the argument that no city has been brought to its knees in terms of value declines, foreclosures and overall housing misery quite like Detroit. As long as homes in the Motor City can be had for $100 or less, the only surprise is that the state’s overall 11.1 percent price drop isn’t much worse.Illinois - Though CoreLogic puts the Land of Lincoln in fifth place, with an average home value decline of 11.1 percent, the state is tied with Michigan. The Midwest, along with the Southwest, has been one of the most put upon regions since the housing crises began.

Are you optimistic that the housing market will start to turn around this year?

To view the full CoreLogic report, click here.

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Remarks by the President at a DNC Event

Remarks by the President at a DNC Event

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For Immediate Release April 28, 2011 Remarks by the President at a DNC Event Private Residence New York, New York

6:05 P.M. EDT
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  I'm going to use a mic just because we've got two rooms.  Everybody please have a seat.  Sit down, sit down.
 
     I'm among a lot of friends and I, first of all, obviously want to thank Jon and Sharon for hosting us in this extraordinary venue.  These guys have been just great friends from the start. Some of you know that Jon was a big supporter of mine in my first U.S. Senate race when nobody could pronounce my name.  (Laughter.)  And I had a chance to meet Sharon then and could already see that -- where that was going.  (Laughter.)  So it is wonderful to see them together as newly-weds and we are just thrilled to be with them.
 
     I also want to thank Orin and Michael for the extraordinary work that you guys did.  I know that you guys worked really hard as co-hosts to this event, and I'm very grateful.  They have both been long-time supporters and long-time friends and I really appreciate them.  So give them a big round of applause.  (Applause.)
 
     So today was a fun day.  (Laughter.)  I wasn’t -- nobody checked my ID at the door.  (Laughter.)  But it was also a serious day because part of what happened this morning was me trying to remind the press and trying to remind both parties that what we do in politics is not a reality show.  It’s serious.
 
     I get, as many of you know, 10 letters a night from citizens all across the country, and the letters you get, some of them are heartbreaking; almost all of them are inspiring.  And the story these letters tell are of people who have done everything right, are looking after their families, are looking after their communities, are participating in Little League, are members of their church or their synagogues and active participants, volunteer, and yet are worried.  They’re worried about the direction of our country.  They’re worried about their specific circumstances.
 
     Sometimes I get letters from children who are worried about their parents losing a job.  And I get letters from parents describing what it’s like to send 16 resumes out and not get a response.  I hear from families who are worried about losing their homes.  I worry about small businesses who have put their heart and soul and everything they own into something that was working and now suddenly credit has been pulled back and they're not sure if they're going to make it.
 
     And most of all, I think what you find are people who are worried about the future of the American Dream.  Now, everybody here, almost by definition, has lived out that American Dream.  We have been extraordinarily blessed by a country that historically has provided more opportunity to more people than any other in history.  Many of us are children of immigrants.  Sharon was just describing what it was like for her parents to come here from other countries -- in some cases, fleeing the Holocaust -- and somehow being able to make a life for their families and then ultimately see their children and their grandchildren succeed in ways that they never dreamed before.  And that's the story for most of us.
 
     And the question is, will that same story be told by our children and our grandchildren and our great grandchildren?  And more importantly, will it be told by the folks who do all the work here in New York City and all across the country, washing dishes and maintaining lawns and working at factories?  Are they going to be able to tell that same story?
 
     That's what prompted me to run for the United States Senate when Jon first supported me; that's what prompted me to run for President.  I wanted to be the advocate for an America that continues to offer opportunity to everybody, regardless of race and creed and color.
 
And I didn't expect that not only I would have the extraordinary honor of taking this highest office, but also doing so at a time when we were facing the worst crisis since the Great Depression.  Now, we’ve spent two years cleaning up after a big mess.  And not all the decisions that we made were popular.  I think most of the decisions we made were right.  Because of the actions that we took swiftly upon coming into office, the financial system stabilized, and I think that if you asked anybody back in March of 2009 whether we were going to see almost all of the losses on Wall Street recover, the financial system working again at relatively modest costs to taxpayers, I think most of us would have taken that scenario.
 
     We have a auto industry that for the first time in a very long time is turning a profit, and has hired back workers instead of laying them off.  We have been able to take an economy that was shrinking at about 6 percent per quarter and is now growing. And we’ve added 2 million jobs over the last 13 months in the private sector alone.
 
     So we’ve made extraordinary process.  And along the way we’ve done a few other things, like make sure that families aren’t going bankrupt because they get sick; and making sure that equal pay for equal work is a reality; and appointing a couple of women to the Supreme Court -- because Lord knows we need more women on that court -- (applause) -- and ending policies like “don’t ask, don’t tell,” that were prohibiting people who loved each other from being able to serve.  (Applause.)
 
     So we’ve made enormous progress, but those letters tell me that we haven’t made enough.  We’ve still got a lot of work to do.  We’ve got a lot of work to do to continue to lower the unemployment rate and grow the economy.  We’ve got a lot of work to do to make sure that we get control over a deficit and debt that is a serious threat to our long-term future.  And we’ve got to do it in a way that ensures that we’re making the investments that allow us to be competitive in the 21st century -- investments in education, investments in infrastructure, investments in basic research and science, which have always been the hallmark of a dynamic American economy.
 
     We’ve got a lot more work to do to fix an immigration system that’s broken.  And we have a lot more work to do to make sure that we’ve got an energy policy that works.  So I am not satisfied with the progress we’ve made, but we’re on the right track.
 
One other area that I’m not satisfied about is the fact that we haven’t been able to create the kind of politics that I think we’re going to need to meet all these challenges.  Partly because of the stresses of the recession over the last couple of years, politics is as polarized as ever.  And I think the hope that I have that we would start coming together in a serious way and have a serious debate about how we move the country forward has been resisted.  I won’t say that the Democrats have never been at fault in that, but I will say that my administration and I think Democrats in Congress are serious about trying to solve these problems and not simply to score political points.  And I think it can be done.
 
But part of what’s going to have to happen is that serious politics will need to be rewarded.  We’re going to have, between now and 2012, a serious debate about the kind of America we believe in.  And it is my intention to make sure that as hopeful as 2008 was, I want 2012 to be an election in which we’re not just talking slogans, we don’t just have pretty posters, but we are looking soberly at the choices we face.  Because, ultimately, I think if we had a serious debate, not only will Democrats win, not only will I win, but I think America will win.
 
     I think the American people have good instincts.  They’re busy, they are preoccupied with family and work, and so sometimes they’re not always paying close attention to these debates.  But there is a clarifying moment that is occurring now symbolized by the debate between the House Republican budget and the budget that I presented in terms of how we deal with deficit and debt that I think will focus people’s attention.
 
     And we’ve got the potential, I think, to make some decisions that are going to have ramifications for the next 50 years.  I’m optimistic we’ll make the right decisions.  And I’m optimistic that for the next five-and-a-half years I’m going to be able to do my part in leading the country in a good direction.
 
     But I’m not going to be able to do it alone.  I’m going to have to have the help of all of you.  And, as I said, in 2008, it was -- I had a lot less gray hair -- (laughter) -- and it was exciting, partly because it was so unlikely that I could be elected.  And now I’m the incumbent and folks have various disappointments and, well, he hasn’t gotten this done fast enough and we’re still waiting for that to happen.
 
And that’s understandable.  We’re not going to have the same kind of campaign entirely that we had in 2008.  But the animated spirit behind it, the desire to make sure that that American Dream is available for everybody and that we have -- when we have tough decisions to make, we have shared sacrifice, no single group or person is bearing that burden, and that we’re also making sure that we’ve got shared opportunity and access -- that animating spirit at the core of my campaign, the belief that there’s a lot more that we have in common than what drives us apart, that hasn’t changed.  And my enthusiasm for this job and my optimism about America is not diminished.
 
So I hope that all of you guys understand that this is going to be a long, hard road.  In some ways, it’s going to be a little bit harder than the first time around.  But I’m confident we’re going to succeed.  And I’m confident America is going to succeed. And, in part, all of you make me confident about that.
 
So thank you very much, everybody.  (Applause.)

END
6:18 P.M. EDT

Blog posts on this issue April 28, 2011 6:31 PM EDTTake Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Children of White House staff got to visit the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to see what a day in the life of their parents is like.

April 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDTThank You Alaska!

OSTP Policy Analyst Mary Boatman joined the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for an interactive “Webinar” to discuss issues concerning the Arctic region.

April 28, 2011 5:44 PM EDTChampions of Change: Autrey Mill Middle School Cooking Club

Carlin Breinig writes about her work with the Autrey Mill Middle School Cooking Club in Alpharetta, Georgia, and how they're working to give kids healthy food options.

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What Else Can You Buy for $100 Million?

What Else Can You Buy for $100 Million?

“What Can You Buy” is a series that looks at what type of house and amenities you can get for a particular price point in various locations across the U.S. Be sure to check out each of the posts in the series: What Can You Buy for Less Than $1,000?, What Can You Buy for Around $125,000?, What Can You Buy for $5 to $10 Million?,  What Can You Buy For $625,000?, What Can You Buy For $250,000?, What Can You Buy for $35,000? and What Else Can You Buy for $35,000?

On Monday, I wrote about the Most Expensive Home Sale Ever. Russian billionaire Yuri Milner purchased the Los Altos Hills, California behemoth in a record-setting real estate deal worth more than 98 percent of us will ever see in a lifetime.

Naturally, this news story begs the question: What else you can buy for $100 million?

Well, you can get a really great deal on a foreclosure, for the bargain price of $15.3 million. The Albamarle House, a 45-room estate in Charlottesville was listed for sale at a price of $100

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million in 2009. Former owners Patricia Kluge and her husband William Moses fell on hard times when their winery faltered under the weight of over aggressive expansion. Bank of America placed the winning bid on the property at a February auction, a mere 15 cents on the dollar.

The 23,500 square foot estate has eight bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a library, art gallery, home theater, helipad, tiered gardens, pool, staff quarters, wine cellar, and horse stables. Per Zillow, “It is considered one of the most significant residences in the United States.”

It is understood that “bargains” like this don’t come around everyday, so what else can you buy for $100 million? In the real estate game, sometimes quantity can be more important than quality.

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This single-family home located in The Windy City is a well-preserved antique, an amalgam of German baroque and French architecture built in 1896. The bonafide landmark occupies a place on the National Register of Historic Places.

The home is listed at $9,900,000 and offers seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The three-story house also boasts an attic and finished basement, as well as a detached four-car garage.

The property was listed just this week, so if you’ve got $100 million at your disposal, make an offer and order nine more just like it!

But maybe you have designs on being a true real estate mogul with your $100 million. With that budget, you can own a staggering 1 million homes like this one. The 8 Mile foreclosure was listed at the bargain basement price of just $106 less than a

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month ago. The home, built in 1936 is on the smallish side, measuring a diminutive 720 square feet. But for the price of a Ben Franklin, close quarters may be worth the investment. The two bedroom, one bathroom property could be a great starter home for a young couple or that recent college graduate.

With your $100 million, you can safely house yourself, everyone you know, perhaps even everyone your friends know. Become the most popular person in the country with the purchase of a million dirt cheap foreclosures.

Hey! I think we just solved the housing crisis! (Now where am I going to get $100 million?)

If you had a $100 million dollar housing budget, how would you spend it?

Ilyce R. Glink is the author of several books, including 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In!. She blogs about money and real estate at ThinkGlink.com and The Equifax Personal Finance Blog, and is Chief Content Strategist at RealtyJoin.com, a community for real estate investors.


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Background on the President's Meeting with Influential Hispanics from Across the Country on Immigration

Background on the President's Meeting with Influential Hispanics from Across the Country on Immigration

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For Immediate Release April 28, 2011 Background on the President's Meeting with Influential Hispanics from Across the Country on Immigration

Today the President will meet with influential Hispanics from across the country to discuss the importance of fixing the broken immigration system for our nation’s 21st century economic and security needs so that America can win the future. The President will also discuss how we can work together to foster a constructive national conversation on this important issue as we work to build a bipartisan consensus in Congress.
 
Administration officials expected to attend the meeting include:
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President
David Plouffe, Senior Advisor to the President
Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President & Director of Domestic Policy Council
Cecilia Munoz, Deputy Assistant to the President & Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
 
Participants expected at the meeting include:
Jose Diaz-Balart
Barbara Bermudo
Rosario Dawson
Emilio Estefan
Lily Estefan
America Ferrera
Don Francisco
Vanessa Hauc
Maria Teresa Kumar
Eva Longoria
Maria Elena Salinas
Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo
 
Background on Administration Immigration Policy
President Obama remains deeply committed to fixing the broken immigration system.  The United States has been enriched by a steady stream of hardworking and talented people who have helped make America an engine of the global economy and a beacon of hope around the world.  As we work to rebuild the economy, our ability to thrive depends, in part, on restoring responsibility and accountability to the immigration system.  President Obama believes Democrats and Republicans should come together to tackle an issue that is critical not only to our national security but also to the economy and our global competiveness.

The President has outlined a vision for fixing the broken immigration system through common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform grounded in the principles of responsibility and accountability:

Responsibility from the federal government to secure our borders: Today, our borders are more secure than at any time in the past several decades. However, the Administration continues to refine and strengthen its strategy.  Enforcement resources should be increased where appropriate and focused on stopping potential terrorists and others who would do our nation harm.Accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers:  Employers that break the law by deliberately hiring and exploiting undocumented workers must be held accountable.  At the same time, we must give employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally:  Those people living here illegally must also be held accountable for getting on the right side of the law, by admitting they broke the law, paying taxes and a penalty, learning English before they can get in line to become legalized and citizens.  Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities.  We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair, and reflects of our values.Strengthen economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that meets our diverse needs: Our immigration laws should encourage high-skilled individuals we train in our world-class institutions of higher education to stay in the United States and create jobs, stop punishing innocent young people for their parents’ actions by denying children the chance to earn an education or join the military so they can earn higher wages and generate more tax revenues, provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on, and should respect families following the rules.

The President takes seriously his responsibility to enforce our immigration laws and secure the border.  Over the last two years, the Obama Administration has dedicated unprecedented resources to secure the border, taken important steps to make interior and worksite enforcement of our immigration laws smarter, and more effective, and made improvements to the legal immigration system.

Dedicating Unprecedented Resources to Secure the Border: Today, there are more “boots on the ground” along the Southwest Border than ever before.  DHS has also deployed thousands of technology assets, including aircraft and Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and completed nearly all fencing.  Last year, Congress answered the President’s call to bolster the federal government’s efforts through the Southwest Border Security Supplemental Bill.  DHS is using these resources to build on their successful efforts to decrease the numbers of illegal aliens who cross the border and increase seizures of illegal currency, drugs, and guns that have led to thousands of criminal arrests and prosecutions.Making our Interior and Worksite Enforcement Efforts Smarter and More Strategic:  The Administration has laid out new enforcement strategies targeted at removing immigrants convicted of serious crimes and unscrupulous employers who seek to exploit both immigrant and American workers.  These new strategies are having real results with deportations of criminal immigrants significantly increasing and auditing and fines against employers who are not in compliance with immigration laws in FY 2010. DHS has also invested in implementing important reforms to the detention system, enhancing the security and efficiency of the detention system while prioritizing the health and safety of detainees.Improving our Legal Immigration System: The Administration is improving processing times and clearing backlogs of pending immigration applications, including fully eliminating the FBI National Name Check Program’s backlog.  DHS is also working to ensure that naturalization is accessible to all qualified legal immigrants.  Since January 2009, DHS has worked with the Armed Forces to naturalize 14,000 military personnel.  DHS is also devoting critical funding to support citizenship preparation and integration programs in communities throughout the country.

Our efforts have been enormously successful, but we need comprehensive reform that demands responsibility and accountability from the government, businesses, and immigrants themselves.

Blog posts on this issue April 28, 2011 6:31 PM EDTTake Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Children of White House staff got to visit the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to see what a day in the life of their parents is like.

April 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDTThank You Alaska!

OSTP Policy Analyst Mary Boatman joined the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for an interactive “Webinar” to discuss issues concerning the Arctic region.

April 28, 2011 5:44 PM EDTChampions of Change: Autrey Mill Middle School Cooking Club

Carlin Breinig writes about her work with the Autrey Mill Middle School Cooking Club in Alpharetta, Georgia, and how they're working to give kids healthy food options.

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President Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers

President Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers

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For Immediate Release April 28, 2011 President Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama today named 85 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  The educators will receive their awards in Washington, D.C. later this year.
 
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level.  Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades.  The 2010 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade.
 
Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.
 
President Obama has committed to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and prepare 100,000 effective science and mathematics teachers over the next decade.  These commitments build on the President’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign, which has attracted more than $700 million in donations and in-kind support from corporations, philanthropies, service organizations, and others to help bolster science and technology education in the classroom.
 
“The teachers we honor today have demonstrated uncommon skill and devotion in the classroom, nurturing the young minds of tomorrow’s science and math leaders,” said President Obama.  “America’s competitiveness rests on the excellence of our citizens in technical fields, and we owe these teachers a debt of gratitude for strengthening America’s prosperity.”
 
The recipients of the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are:
 
Alabama
Leslie Marshall, Hoover (Math)
Susan Ogle, Hoover (Science)
 
Alaska
            Dorothea Culbert, Eagle River (Math)
            Mary Janis, Elmendorf Air Force Base (Science)
 
Arizona
Jessica Boland, Phoenix (Math)
 
Arkansas
Stacey Dominguez, Springdale (Math)
Eva Arrington, Monticello (Science)
 
California
Kathleen McCarthy, San Leandro (Math)
            Anne Marie Bergen, Oakdale (Science)
 
Colorado
Susan Parsons, Boulder (Math)
            Patricia Astler, Castle Rock (Science)
 
Connecticut
Lori Farkash, Wallingford (Science)
 
Delaware
Linda Bledsoe, Middletown (Math)
           
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Erika Meadows, Hohenfels, Germany (Math)
Lisa Zimmerman, Hohenfels, Germany (Science)
 
District of Columbia
Lisa Suben (Math)
            Lauren Tate (Science)
 
Florida
Timothy Kenney, Jacksonville (Math)
            Megan Tucker, Fort Walton Beach (Science)
 
Georgia
Linda Fountain, Augusta (Math)
            Amanda McGehee, Dunwoody (Science)
 
Hawaii
Melanie Ah Soon, Honolulu (Science)
 
Idaho
Holly Dee Archuleta, Meridian (Math)
            Vana Richards, Emmett (Science)
 
Illinois
Jill Cheatham, Champaign (Math)
            Lucretia Weck, Oblong (Science)
 
Indiana
Laura Baker, Indianapolis (Math)
            Alicia Madeka, Hammond (Science)
 
Iowa
Barbara Leise, Des Moines (Math)
            Brandon Schrauth, Johnston (Science)
 
Kansas
Angie McCune, Wamego (Math)
            Claire Overstake, Goessel (Science)
 
Kentucky
Charles Rutledge, Grayson (Math)
            Andrea Broyles, Corbin (Science)
 
Louisiana
Paige Falcon, Terrytown (Math)
            Michelle Morvant, Thibodaux (Science)
 
Maine
            Laurette Darling, Waterville (Science)
 
Maryland
Josepha Robles, Takoma Park (Math)
            Susan Madden, Davidsonville (Science)
 
Massachusetts
Michael Flynn, Southampton (Math)
            Wai Chin Ng, Boston (Science)
 
Michigan
Kathleen Muza, Sterling Heights (Math)
            Benjamin Jewell, Hudsonville (Science)
 
Minnesota
Paulette Saatzer, West St. Paul (Science)
 
Mississippi
Kristen Wheat, Picayune (Science)
 
Missouri
Elizabeth O'Day, Hallsville (Science)
 
Montana
Courtney Niemeyer, Billings (Math)
            Jon Konen, Great Falls (Science)
 
Nebraska
Laura Callahan, Omaha (Science)
 
Nevada
Janda Lannigan-Piekarz, Reno (Math)
            Arlene Hayman, Las Vegas (Science)
 
New Hampshire
Stephanie Wheeler, Manchester (Math)
 
New Jersey
Kathy Burgin, Mullica Hill (Math)
 
New Mexico
Michelle Estrada, Las Cruces (Science)
 
New York
Julie Broderick, New York (Math)
            Gregory Benedis-Grab, New York (Science)
 
North Carolina
Amanda Northrup, Clyde (Math)
            Zebetta King, Raleigh (Science)
 
Ohio
Erin King, Felicity (Science)
 
Oklahoma
Paige Bergin, Tulsa (Math)
            Denise Thomas, Tulsa (Science)
 
Oregon
Melinda Knapp, Bend (Math)
 
Pennsylvania
Gail Romig, State College (Math)
            Phyllis Glackman, Merion (Science)
 
Rhode Island
Beverlee Powell, Warwick (Math)
            Charlene Tuttle, Jamestown (Science)
 
South Carolina
Brook Wiant, Duncan (Math)
            Mirandi Squires, Johnsonville (Science)
 
South Dakota
            Constance Ahrens, Rapid City (Math)
            Deborah Thorp, Lead (Science)
 
Tennessee
Jonathan Sheahen, Nashville (Math)
 
Texas
Elizabeth Hudgins, Austin (Math)
            Martha McLeod, Fulton (Science)
 
US Territories
Adam Kloper, Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands (Math)
 
Utah
Linda L'Ai, Logan (Math)
            Mathilda Uribe, Salt Lake City (Science)
 
Vermont
Ann Thompson, Proctorsville (Science)
 
Virginia
Victoria Hugate, Moseley (Math)
 
Washington
Barbara Franz, Moses Lake (Math)
            Dawn Sparks, Thorp (Science)
 
West Virginia
            Michele Adams, Martinsburg (Science)
 
Wisconsin
Patricia Agee-Aguayo, Green Bay (Math)
            John Hushek, Franklin (Science)
 
Wyoming
LeAnn Uhling, Saratoga (Math)
            Rebecca Qualm, Buffalo (Science)

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