Government workers are off for the weekend, so it’s time to check out what they were up to last week.

The low-drama activities of the Executive Branch are usually too uncontroversial or positive to be covered by the mainstream media. But they shape the world we live in. The Un(der)reported News Weekend Edition presents a few stories from our executive agencies for some perspective on this administration’s projects and priorities.

Joined by Governor Perdue, Vice President Announces an Initial $183 Million in Awards to Expand Broadband Access in Seventeen States
Vice President Biden today kicked off $7.2 billion in Recovery Act broadband grant and loan programs, of which $2 billion will be made available on a rolling basis over the next 75 days to bring high-speed Internet to communities that currently have little or no access to the technology.

U.S. contribution part of $3.5 billion joint announcement from Australia, France, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the United States, joined by Australia, France, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom, agreed, in the context of an ambitious and comprehensive outcome in Copenhagen, to dedicate a total of USD3.5 billion as initial public finance towards slowing, halting and eventually reversing deforestation in developing countries.

Archaeologists Preserve Underwater Heritage
Archaeologists with the U.S. Navy History and Heritage Command are conducting underwater research to study wrecks, recover artifacts and preserve Navy history.

Chu Presentation at Copenhagen Available on Facebook
Today at the Copenhagen climate conference, on behalf of President Obama, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the launch of a new initiative to promote clean energy technologies in developing countries.

Sebelius Releases New Report: Protecting Families and Putting More Money in Your Pocket: How Health Insurance Reform Will Lower Costs and Increase Choices
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report, Protecting Families and Putting More Money in Your Pocket: How Health Insurance Reform Will Lower Costs and Increase Choices. The report highlights how health insurance reform will benefit families across the country and is available now at

Secretary Napolitano and USCIS Director Mayorkas Announce Full Implementation of New Law Providing Permanent Residence Eligibility for Surviving Spouses and Children of U.S. Citizens
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas today announced that DHS has fully implemented recent legislation allowing USCIS to approve immigrant petitions for permanent resident status in the United States filed by or on behalf of widows and widowers of U.S. citizens and their unmarried children under 21 years old.

Terrorism Defendants Sentenced in Atlanta
FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Greg Jones said, “The radicalization of U.S. citizens by jihadist recruiters abroad is a very real and growing concern that the FBI and the U.S. Government as a whole must deal with.”

US Department of Labor recovers nearly $1 million in back wages for 206 Seattle security company workers
An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has recovered almost $1 million in back wages for 206 employees of a Seattle-based security company, the department announced today.

Treasury Receives First Quarterly Repayment from General Motors
Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury received the first quarterly $1 billion repayment from General Motors as part of the company’s accelerated plan to exit the U.S. Government’s investments under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

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Where’s the morning thread? I can’t wait any longer!

Huge Turnout Reported in Iran for Cleric


From Aljazeera:

Iranians mourn dissident cleric
Tens of thousands of Iranians have turned out to attend the funeral of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a senior cleric who was critical of the Iranian government.

Montazeri’s funeral was held in the holy city of Qom on Monday, amid speculation by some analysts that it could become a catalyst for fresh opposition protests.

The reformist website Jaras said that hundreds of thousands of people joined a procession for Montazeri.

“They were shouting slogans in his support and also in support of Mirhossein Mousavi [an opposition leader],” the website reported.

The opposition Kalme website reported that a bus carrying opposition supporters to Qom was stopped and some of those on board arrested. It also reported some small clashes following the funeral.

…continued at Aljazeera.


Oh, this is so nice. I’m almost in tears reading some GOOD news about the administration for a change. I recently quit reading that Other Blog because of its unrelenting Obama bashing and sensationalism. This is also such a refreshing change from the previous eight years, which everyone in the media seems to have forgotten about. Underreported stories of the Bush era would usually include things on the order of “Interior decides to open all national parks to drilling and logging,” and “Health care aid permanently forbidden for all sick people making less than 500K a year.”


Welcome, 4cats4! And your Bush “headlines” are right on the money!
(And it was all about money for them!)



j’avaz needs to keep an eye on these grants to see if her county ever comes up for eligibility.


US Department of Labor recovers nearly $1 million in back wages for 206 Seattle security company workers
Refreshing to see a Labor Dept. doing something for labor not to labor.


love and respect you nellie, cross my heart i do, it’s nothing personal…

but given the proximity to all the holidays this week and the nonsense (okay CRAP) going on in DC as well, isn’t there anything positive that was Un(der)reported this week? Rescued puppies or kitties? A plethora of food for a food bank? An overabundance of toys for Toys for Tots? Any activity to show WE are making an effort to pick up some of the slack for the insensitive ones inside the beltway?


Well, I’m only reporting it here, but on Friday my husband and I bought $233 worth of toys for the Salvation Army Stuff the Bus. We figure that’s what we’d spend on our grandkids, if we had any.