Benghazi Panel Begins Hearings
ACT! for America has been on the front lines of the Benghazi issue since the 2012 attack that killed four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador. Our unrelenting efforts led to the creation of the House Benghazi Special Committee. Today, Wednesday, September 17th, the Committee will hold its first open hearing, led by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC/4).
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:07:41 AM
Commemoration of 9/11 at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station
Army General Charles 'Chuck' Jacoby, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Commander, opened the ceremony at the iconic Cold War-era installation by welcoming the distinguished visitors and asking the crowd to rise and recognize all of the first responders present.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:15:26 AM
Michaud Discusses His Principles for VA Reform with Secretary McDonald
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, met this morning with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to discuss reforms that will improve the delivery of services and benefits to veterans and their families. Michaud released the following statement after today's meeting:
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:10:01 AM
Rep. Michaud Responds to President Obama's National Address on ISIS
"I support the President's plans to expand airstrikes against ISIS targets. It's also a positive sign that the President is asking for Congressional authority to arm and train forces within Syria to fight members of ISIS in their country, as this is clearly beyond the current scope of our operations. I will be attending a classified briefing tomorrow for Members of Congress, and I expect we will receive more comprehensive details that will be necessary as we consider the President's request.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:00:38 AM
World's First Ranking Site for the Comic Book Universe
Los Angeles, CA -- September 9, 2014 -- Ranker.com, the world's number one platform for crowdsourced rankings of everything, is proud to announce the launch of Ranker Comics, an online hub for all things comics and the world's most epic fan wars. The new subsite within Ranker.com will be published in collaboration with TheRealStanLee.com, Stan Lee's World of Heroes, Comikaze Expo, and POW! Entertainment. It will consist of crowdsourced and votable rankings of every aspect of the Comic Book universe, from "Best Marvel Villains" to "15 Crazy Superhero Bitchslaps."
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:57:28 AM
Rep. Michaud, Speaker Eves Discuss Maine Seniors
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud met with Speaker of the Maine House Mark Eves to discuss ways members of the state's Congressional delegation could support state efforts to help seniors age safely and comfortably in their homes and communities. Eves briefed Rep. Michaud on his "KeepME Home" initiative, which aims to create affordable housing for seniors across Maine, strengthen in-home care, and expand property tax credits for seniors.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:47:30 AM
USCCB President Highlights Achievements of the Civil Rights Act
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act has called for unity and perseverance to continue the vital work begun in the Act for the respect for human dignity. The statement was issued September 9, the first day of the bishops' September 9-10 Administrative Committee meeting at the USCCB headquarters in Washington, and the memorial of St. Peter Claver.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:45:34 AM
$25 Million Federal Grant for Sarah Long Bridge Replacement
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a $25 million investment that will fund the railroad infrastructure for the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement project, connecting Kittery with New Hampshire. Earlier this year, Michaud joined Rep. Chellie Pingree in writing to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in support of the grant. Last year, Michaud invited Foxx to visit the bridge so he could get a first-hand understanding of its importance to the region.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:42:53 AM
Michaud: It's Time for a VA Reform Roadmap
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, has announced the first of several proposed starting points for comprehensive changes to how our nation's veterans receive services and benefits.
Sep 9, 2014 - 7:43:39 PM
Another Unconstitutional Executive Overreach!
This "treaty" Obama wants to sign gives the United Nations direct control over American factories, workers - even our farmers. Our Senate and House will see their power stripped away by government employees following Obama's unlawful orders. This is why you must act and do so NOW!
Sep 7, 2014 - 12:10:40 AM
Mary Mencarini Campbell Named Executive Director of USCCB National Collections
WASHINGTON--Mary Mencarini Campbell has been named executive director of the Office of National Collections of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). She has served as interim director of that office since November 2013 and as director of Catholic Home Missions since 2011. She succeeds Patrick Markey, who stepped down in 2013. The USCCB Office of National Collections manages special collections held in U.S. parishes throughout the year.
Sep 7, 2014 - 12:07:06 AM
Lessons of 9/11 Unlearned
It is difficult and disheartening to believe that, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, America seems to have forgotten the lessons learned that terrible day. For instance, the federal government has lost track of 6,000 foreigners here in the USA on student visas who have been specifically identified as potential threats to America and its citizens. President Obama has lifted restrictions on students from war torn Libya, allowing them to do aviation training in the US. 300 US citizens have gone to fight for the Islamic State including one now dead jihadist was who an employee of Delta Airlines.
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:22:20 AM
Murder Charges against the Boeing Company Re Asiana 214 Accident
A little more than a year ago, on July 6, 2013, Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777 on a scheduled passenger flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while attempting to land at San Francisco International Airport. Three people were killed and 181 were injured in the accident and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire. Criminal misconduct on the part of the Boeing Company prior to the events of July 6, 2013, played a significant role in the preventable accident and is in large part to blame for the crash of Asiana Flight 214.
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:15:32 AM
USCCB Chairman Applauds Federal Court Decision Upholding Marriage
WASHINGTON--The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, applauded the decision on September 3, by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana upholding Louisiana's marriage amendment.
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:12:44 AM
Rep. Mike Michaud gives Vice President Joe Biden the 'low-down'
Michaud speaks with Vice President about opportunities to strengthen American workforce, including UMaine's 'Bridge-in-a-Backpack' program
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:05:20 AM
New VA Pilot Program to Help Rural Maine Veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, has announced that rural veterans in Maine will benefit from a new pilot program that is awarding a $2 million grant to the Maine Department of Labor. The program -- the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) -- was originally included in the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. Michaud helped pass the legislation and served as the Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee at the time.
Sep 3, 2014 - 12:17:06 AM
Mike Michaud's 'Working Class Hero' Award
PORTLAND -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud has been recognized by the Southern Maine Labor Council (SMLC) with their Working Class Hero Award. Fellow Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree and SMLC President Douglas Born presented Michaud with the award at the organization's annual Labor Day Breakfast in Portland.
Sep 3, 2014 - 12:05:49 AM
It's Jihad, Stupid
Rachel Ehrenfeld was one of the pioneers in the West to warn about the threat from Jihad. An expert on all aspects of Jihad, but especially terrorism financing, Ms. Ehrenfeld has been targeted by powerful, moneyed interests in failed attempts to silence her. Statements made by U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, after ISIS released videos showing their beheading of photojournalist James Foley, revealed that both seem to suffer not only from severe shortsightedness, but also from an acute case of willful blindness.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:15:03 AM
Memories of Maine Make for Good Stories
Martha Stevens-David, features writer and also book reviewer at Magic City Morning Star recently released her third book of stories about growing up in Maine.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:02:22 AM
2,300 FedEx Ground staff vindicated in Court of Appeal
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that a class of 2,300 individuals working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. As a result, FedEx may owe its workforce of drivers hundreds of millions of dollars for illegally shifting to them the costs of such things as the FedEx branded trucks, FedEx branded uniforms, and FedEx scanners, as well as missed meal and rest period pay, overtime compensation, and penalties. The case, known as Alexander v. FedEx Ground, covers employees in California from 2000 - 2007. The ruling can be found on the Leonard Carder website.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:12:05 AM
$800,000 EPA Investment for Brownfield Cleanups in Maine
"I'm pleased that so many communities in Maine will benefit from this important investment that allows for the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites," said Michaud. "Maximizing the potential of these sites strengthens local economies, lays a solid foundation for growth within a community, and ensures the safety and well-being of residents. I'm looking forward to seeing the positive development that will come from this investment."
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:05:28 AM
Paycheck for Terrorism: $5,300 for Suicide Attack
Ms. Attkisson is still at work investigating terrorism today and recently published this important article on payments made from Middle Eastern charities to families of suicide bombers...
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:20:44 AM
Michaud Calls for Displaced Old Town Workers to Receive Trade Adjustment Assistance
We ask that you review this Trade Adjustment Assistance petition as quickly as possible and to help these workers receive the assistance they need to secure work and lessen the negative effects on their financial stability
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:17:53 AM
Celebrating the 50 Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement: Then and Now
WASHINGTON--To celebrate the 50 anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on African American Affairs will release a series of resources to highlight the achievements of the Civil Rights era and its connections to the Catholic Church.
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:07:29 AM
Minot, Maine Woman Writes 4th Book
This book follows her first two books, "Autobiography of a Simple Soul" in 2011, and "Memories, Another Place, Another Time" in 2012. Mrs. David is also co-wrote Dr. Mary T. Dycio's bestselling book "My Life's Journey from Ukraine to Maine" in 2014. All of these books were published by P.R. Gott Books of Norway, Maine.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:12:15 AM
Archbishop Kurtz Response to Revised HHS Mandate Regulations
"On initial review of the government's summary of the regulations, we note with disappointment that the regulations would not broaden the "religious employer" exemption to encompass all employers with sincerely held religious objections to the mandate.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:07:00 AM
Design A Better Life Jacket and Win $10,000
The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the "Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition" which kicks off today. "We believe there are some creative folks out there that can help us rethink a 100-year-old design with fresh, out-of-the-box ideas," said BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston. A $10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer and inventors have until April 15, 2015 to submit their idea to www.BoatUS.org/design.
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:57:53 AM
Black Ribbon Day
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation works to pass bipartisan legislation creating a national day of remembrance and educates Congress on horrors of totalitarian ideology
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:53:32 AM
Islamic State Lurking in the Background in Ferguson
In fact, the ISIS sign at the Ferguson march is perhaps no surprise given that the Islamic State has made extensive use of social media to conduct outreach to protesters there.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:17:33 AM
Bipartisan Call for VA to Improve Gulf War Vet Policies
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud led a bipartisan letter sent today to Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald, calling on the Secretary to strengthen a committee tasked with researching illnesses many Gulf War veterans experience. The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses was created by Congress in 1998, and is tasked with making recommendations to the VA Secretary about health problems associated with service during the Persian Gulf War. VA has dramatically curtailed the independence of the committee, impacting its ability to assess the effectiveness of research that could help Gulf War vets.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:05:31 AM
Help Force the Senate to Pass S. 2118 - the Enforce the Law Act!
Mr. Obama is on the verge of abusing his presidential executive powers once again - this time to unilaterally enact a massive amnesty program that will hand the equivalent of citizenship over to millions of illegal aliens already living in the U.S., while opening the door to a new flood of even more illegal aliens....That is, also, why we believe the real purpose is to set up immigration offices throughout Islamic countries such as Libya, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Obama, has shown time-after-time that he supports radical Islam.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:17:46 AM
USCCB commitment to the Middle East.
The committee, which is chaired by Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore, listed tensions between Christians in Muslims in different parts of the world as a primary reason for reaffirming the need for dialogue. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection "to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East."
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM
Breaking the Amazon Monopoly
David Rocheleau wants to end this cycle by breaking into the audiobook market with My Audiobook Library, which would offer over 55,000 titles from top publishers at a significantly cheaper price than Amazon or other competitors.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:05:47 AM
Nearly $400,000 in Firefighting Grants to Bridgewater, Brownfield, and Skowhegan
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud today announced nearly $400,000 in FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grants to the towns of Bridgewater, Brownfield, and Skowhegan. The Bridgewater Fire Department will receive approximately $25,000 for personal protective gear, worn by firefighters in dangerous environments; the Brownfield Volunteer Fire Department will receive nearly $239,000 for a new tanker truck, used for transporting large amounts of water to emergencies; and the Skowhegan Fire Department will receive nearly $135,000 for self contained breathing apparatuses.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:17:46 AM
2014 Labor Day Statement Focuses on Unemployment Among Young People
WASHINGTON--The high unemployment rate of young adults, both in the United States and around the world, is the focus of the 2014 Labor Day Statement from the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. The statement, dated September 1, draws on Pope Francis' teaching against an "economy of exclusion" and applies it to the millions of unemployed young adults in the United States.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:15:12 AM
Michaud Honored for His Leadership in Promoting Economic Development
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) is honoring U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud with an award for his outstanding leadership in promoting regional economic development. Michaud, who is a longtime member of the Economic Development Subcommittee on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, last year received NADO's Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of leadership on the issue.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:10:11 AM
Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Pledges
The statement was first developed at a June 25 meeting of the dialogue, which is co-chaired by Rabbi David Straus, chairman of the National Council of Synagogues, and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:05:28 AM
Unite to Oppose "Cyber Information and Sharing Act"
The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence just passed the horrible "Cyber Information and Sharing Act" (CISA). It now is up for a final Senate vote. This measure allows private companies, and the government, to spy on you. It's supposed to be an anti-computer terrorism and hacking law. However, it is very broadly worded, and it will give the federal government, and its allied businesses, incredible power over ordinary citizens like you and like me. This bill is a renamed version of the CISPA bill that was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year. If the Senate votes it through, Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., will get exactly what he's always wanted -- a law allowing him to spy on U.S. internet users!
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:22:35 AM
A call for Susan Collins to step up on S.J. Res. 19
Sen. Collins Should Co-Sponsor Constitutional Amendment to Curb Flow of Money in Politics. Amendment Is Historic Step Forward to Reestablishing People's Authority, Restoring Democracy, Reversing Rise of Oligarchy
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:10:37 AM
Money for Maine: Federal aid and Investments
Department of Labor funding will go toward assisting workers impacted by layoffs at the East Millinocket mill and $400,000 NOAA Investment for Penobscot River Habitat Conservation
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:05:40 AM