“The University of Chicago is quietly stepping up its push to land President Barack Obama’s presidential library, I was told Saturday. Top U. of C. honchos are “trying to figure out how to encourage the president and first lady to make the University of Chicago a serious contender,” I was told by a source who is knowledgeable about developments to win the library for the U. of C.”
Reuters – “U.S. President Barack Obama is slated to announce on Friday nearly $800 million in loans and grants for the build-out of broadband networks to reach homes, schools and hospitals….The projects will include laying communications lines to homes, hospitals and schools and expanding computer facilities in libraries, community colleges and other public areas.”
Socialist books in the White House library? A blog provides photo evidence but only part of the story
Washington Post – “In this era of blog wildfires, one fast-moving flame can be quenched before it scorches the facts: First Lady Michelle Obama did not stock the White House library with socialist books. The controversy erupted after a conservative radio host and blogger from North Dakota took the White House tour on Wednesday and spotted two suspicious volumes on the shelves.”
SLJ – “President Obama has delivered a slap in the face to school librarians. In his FY2011 budget proposal to Congress on Monday, he completely eliminated the Improving Literacy for School Libraries grant program, designed to boost academic achievement by providing students with access to up-to-date school library materials.”
Atlantic – “The Obama administration wants Congress to reauthorize three controversial provisions of the 2001 USA Patriot Act scheduled to expire later this year, but said in a letter to two senators that it is open to adding (unspecified) civil liberties safeguards. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the sunsetting provisions next week and wants to consider broader reforms. Five months ago, it asked the administration for its views; just yesterday, the administration responded. Some of the changes to the law Barack Obama sought as a senator — including modifications to the administrative subpoena power known as National Security Letters — are not part of the corpus of his views today.”
The Associated Press – “A memoir by George Obama, the president's half brother and a resident of Huruma, Kenya, will be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2010. George Obama, 27, shares the same father with his famous, older half sibling, although George and Barack Obama – 20 years apart in age – did not grow up together and did not meet as children.”
AP – “President Obama in Egypt told Muslims he wants to engage them and their countries. More than 5,000 miles away, U.S. administration officials sent notes to supporters â€” and critics â€” via Twitter, Facebook and text messages to reinforce the point.”
E-books, and prep for teacher and librarians, please, Barackâ€”not just broadband: TeleRead, anyone?
NYTimes.com – “Sorry, Mr. President. Please surrender your BlackBerry.”
Commentary – Ben Reis deserves credit for his nifty new creationâ€“a compilation of all major campaign speeches by Barack Obama and John McCain into a searchable, easy-to-use website. The website, www.speechwars.com, allows one to compare the actual words of debate in this ongoing, verbose election.