Monday morning mishmash

Hi guys,

1. Today’s schedule:

10:15 AM PBO holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia.
10:30 AM PBO holds an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
11:00 AM  
11:15 AM PBO and Prime Minister Julia Gillard deliver statements to the press.
12:00 PM  
12:30 PM Carney briefs the press.
1:00 PM  
2:00 PM  
2:20 PM PBO meets with senior advisers.

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2. More ready-to-go stuff:

“In each of us I think that spirit still exists and that sense of hope still exists”

President Barack Obama is seeking to revive a spirit of hope that swept him into office in 2008 as he works for reelection. This time, he is doing it with a record.

He has started raising money for Democratic races in 2012, rallying supporters and financiers in Florida last week to “do it again.’’

“In each of us I think that spirit still exists and that sense of hope still exists,” he told about 70 financial backers at one of two events in Miami March 4. The president’s first fundraising foray for his party’s 2012 races helped bring in $1 million for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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3. Interesting info about the ups and downs of the recovery.

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4. Something we need to spread all over:

State-By-State job losses under the awful Republicans budget cuts

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5. Diplomacy. Such a strange concept.

China sees positive trend in ties with US

BEIJING — Buoyed by President Hu Jintao’s successful visit to Washington, China’s relations with the U.S. are warming again after a year of disputes over issues from Taiwan to Internet freedom, China’s foreign minister said Monday.

Yang Jiechi’s comments marked a remarkably upbeat assessment of relations between the world’s No. 1 economy and dominant military power and the rising Asian giant, whose economy overtook Japan’s last year to claim the No. 2 spot

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