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PM_HolnessYour Excellencies, the Governor General, the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, Leader of the Opposition the Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, the Most Honorable Edward Seaga and Mrs Seaga, the Most Honorable PJ Patterson, the Honorable Bruce Golding, my fellow Jamaicans, good afternoon.

It was with a deep sense of honour and humility that I took the oath of office moments ago, cognizant of the awesome responsibility that I have just assumed. I want to express appreciation to all those who have reposed confidence in me. I want to acknowledge my wife, my parents, my family, my colleagues, my constituency of West Central St. Andrew, the Ministry of Education, and the great number of Jamaicans who have supported me over the years, represented by that elderly lady who held on to my hands and said, "son I am praying for you". Rest assured, I am totally focused on the task of helping the Jamaican people realize their hopes and aspirations. I pledge to serve the people of Jamaica faithfully, with all of my energies, all of my heart, mind and soul.

Last night, the American Jobs Act was filibustered by Senate Republicans. There was no vote on the actual bill.

But it would have succeeded: the American Jobs Act has at least 51 votes -- a clear majority -- to pass the Senate. And a new poll shows that 63 percent of Americans support it, too.

Today the President recorded a message he wants you to see, laying out where we go from here in the fight for jobs.

Watch President Obama's video -- and pass it on to anyone you think should see it.

Nearly 50 years ago, public figures like Eugene “Bull” Connor, Birmingham’s Public Safety Commissioner, used unjust laws to intimidate and criminalize African American working families, community activists, religious leaders, even elementary school children as they fought for basic civil rights. High-pressure water hoses and police dogs were examples of hateful rhetoric gone unchecked.
Today, in the 21st century, several states are mimicking similar laws. This time, the laws, like Alabama’s HB56, unfairly target immigrants, and consequently people of color, under the guise of immigration enforcement.

Reputed Jamaican drug lord Christopher “Dudus Coke has pleaded with a United States judge for leniency in his sentence. Last month, in a letter to Justice Robert P. Patterson Jr., of Federal District Court in Manhattan here, Coke, described by prosecutors as “one of Jamaicas most brutal drug lords, said he accepted responsibility for his actions.

Although he did not apologize in the letter for his actions, Coke, in his seven-page, neatly hand-written letter released to the media last month, asked Justice Patterson to use his “discretion to sentence him “below the guideline range.