rise and shine



8:40: President Obama tours the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

9:45: PBO delivers remarks (WH Live, the Museum’s website and, maybe, CNN live streaming)

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:35: PBO presents the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team


Washington Post: President Obama will issue an executive order Monday that will allow U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to have used new technologies, from cellphone tracking to Internet monitoring, to help carry out grave human rights abuses.

Social media and cellphone technology have been widely credited with helping democracy advocates organize against autocratic governments and better expose rights violations, most notably over the past year and a half in the Middle East and North Africa.

….. Obama’s executive order, which he will announce during a Monday speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, is an acknowledgment of those dangers and of the need to adapt American national security policy to a world being remade rapidly by technology….

More here


NYT: One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.

“We had been attempting to highlight the inability of Congress to do anything,” recalled William M. Daley, who was the White House chief of staff at the time. “The president expressed frustration, saying we have got to scour everything and push the envelope in finding things we can do on our own.”

For Mr. Obama, that meeting was a turning point …. increasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress ….. the White House has rolled out dozens of new policies — on creating jobs for veterans, preventing drug shortages, raising fuel economy standards, curbing domestic violence and more.

Aides say many more such moves are coming…..

Full article here


Washington Post: Mitt Romney’s contemptuous attitude toward the importance of public disclosure is increasingly troubling. Whether it involves the details of his personal finances or the identity of his big fundraisers, the presumptive Republican is setting a new, low bar for transparency – one that does not augur well for how the Romney White House would conduct itself if he were elected.

First is the matter of tax returns. Mr. Romney’s campaign, belatedly and under pressure, released a single year’s worth of tax information in January along with a summary for the 2011 return. Now, with a Friday afternoon release conveniently timed for minimum news coverage a week ago, it announced that the candidate had filed for an extension….

…. Then there is the mystery of Mr. Romney’s bundlers… Bundlers play a crucial role for political candidates, collecting donations that can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars to fuel campaigns. The candidates know full well to whom they are indebted. Perhaps Mr. Romney can explain why the public isn’t entitled to the same information.

More here


Paul Krugman: Just how stupid does Mitt Romney think we are? ….. the question was raised with particular force last week, when Mr. Romney tried to make a closed drywall factory in Ohio a symbol of the Obama administration’s economic failure. It was a symbol, all right – but not in the way he intended.

….Mr. Romney somehow failed to mention: George W. Bush, not Barack Obama, was president when the factory in question was closed. Does the Romney campaign expect Americans to blame President Obama for his predecessor’s policy failure?

Yes, it does. Mr. Romney constantly talks about job losses under Mr. Obama. Yet all of the net job loss took place in the first few months of 2009, that is, before any of the new administration’s policies had time to take effect. So the Ohio speech was a perfect illustration of the way the Romney campaign is banking on amnesia, on the hope that voters don’t remember that Mr. Obama inherited an economy that was already in free fall.

…. Mr. Romney wants you to forget that Mr. Obama has faced scorched-earth political opposition since his first day in office. Basically, the G.O.P. has blocked the administration’s efforts to the maximum extent possible, then turned around and blamed the administration for not doing enough.

Full article here


Howard Kurtz (Daily Beast): Forget liberal bias. A new study reveals that the press covered Romney twice as favorably as Obama during the primaries – and declared the GOP race over weeks ago.

During the bruising Republican primaries, there was one candidate whose coverage was more relentlessly negative than the rest. In fact, he did not enjoy a single week where positive treatment by the media outweighed the negative.

His name is Barack Obama.

That is among the findings of a study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a Washington nonprofit that examined 52 key newspaper, television, radio, and Web outlets.

More here


Welcome back to shore, Yardarm!


Morning everyone 😉

191 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 Allison
    April 23, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Good Morning TOD!

  2. 5 vcprezofan2
    April 23, 2012 at 8:32 am


  3. 14 Cheryllou
    April 23, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Good morning everyone!

  4. 15 Suzette
    April 23, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Good morning all.

  5. 17 vcprezofan2
    April 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Apparently the DooZy guy at Fox News fancies himself a speechwriter – https://twitter.com/#!/TPM/status/194401381619216384

    • 18 Ladyhawke
      April 23, 2012 at 8:56 am

      That’s the liberal media for ya. Here’s another post on this Doocy lie. It was originally reported that NYT repeated this lie, but apparently, that was an editing error and has been corrected. I am so glad to see this getting the attention it deserves. The truth team was notified.

      Doocy Doctors Obama’s “Silver Spoon” Remarks – And NY Post, Washington Post Repeat Him


      • 19 vcprezofan2
        April 23, 2012 at 9:04 am

        GM, LH! Doesn’t it feel good to know that OUR TEAM has vigilant eyes fully opened all over! We do have a big task ahead of us, but Together, all across the country and the world, We Can! I feels good! 😆

        • 20 Ladyhawke
          April 23, 2012 at 9:40 am

          Absolutely, we are a force to be reckoned with. It’s exhilarating to see our truth seeking efforts bare fruit. We aren’t asking for special treatment for President Obama. We merely want the media to do their job and report the facts. The first principle of journalism is to tell the truth. The problem is that the Republican Party is working the refs overtime. They have nothing to offer so they have to obscure the facts and confuse the public. We can not allow the media to abdicated their responsibility to tell the truth merely because the GOP will accuse them of being liberal. If the facts have a liberal bias, so be it. The media should just do their job and lets the chips fall where they may.

  6. April 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. 22 amk for obama
    April 23, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Now, with a Friday afternoon release conveniently timed for minimum news coverage a week ago.

    If the fucking third rate, fourth estate media like wapo did its job, that pathetic mittbot’s dishonesty will neither be ‘convenient’ nor it will receive ‘minimum new coverage’.

    GM folks. Back home from that muslin country,

      • 24 amk for obama
        April 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

        It’s going to be the traditional October surprise aka Obama’s zillionth katrina. 🙂

        • April 23, 2012 at 8:53 am

          Just give us a hint amk, is it authentic looking like this:

          • 26 amk for obama
            April 23, 2012 at 8:58 am

            It’s going to be much more authentic (as soon as I master photoshopping) – the caliphate flag, Obama holding the Quoran, clerics chanting – the whole works so that the rwnj’s literally blow their noggins off on fucking Live Teevee.

          • 27 vcprezofan2
            April 23, 2012 at 8:59 am

            I love the fact he was such a HEALTHY baby -poor Anne -but why pink/red? I would think they would have been more ‘politically correct’ at that time in history. The spelling error is par for the course though. I gather from our family that the records clerks had a tendency to creative spelling if the applicant was him/herself unsure or timid. Did they wrap him in the muslin, do you think? 🙄

  8. 29 collegekay
    April 23, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Good Morning ChipsChica, Morning TOD 😀

    I’ve been reading articles over at marketwatch just to get a sense of what’s happening with the economy. Even though hiring for March was OK (150k), economists still think the economy will grow at about 2.5% this year. That’s good! They suspect that hiring over the next few months will be between 150-200k. They believe the unseasonably warm weather during the first part of the year accelerated hiring. Also, consumer spending is UP which is good for businesses.


    • 30 utaustinliberal
      April 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Awesome. All non-partisan economists I’ve read articles on, have said the economy will most likely grow at 2.5%-2.8% this year and that’s just the conservative number so, yes there may be slight bumps but I in no way think the economy is going to tank this election year and that’s more good news because it negates Romney’s argument that PBO has been a failure in terms of the economy. Stimulus measures at the end of the day proved to be well worth it. Austerity in a time of recession does not work. Evidence I: When FDR tried it, it failed. Evidence II: Europe is trying it and it has proven horrible for their GDP.

      • 31 collegekay
        April 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

        Austerity is horrible. That is exactly what the GOP governors have been doing. It’s disastrous for public employees.

    • 32 theo67
      April 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Marketwatch isn’t the most accurate source for economic news. They get a little worked up if anyone threatens their investment profits. I take everything I read there with a pinch of salt.

  9. 33 collegekay
    April 23, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Romney is copying PBO AGAIN!

    They have this gimmick over on their site called “Grab a bite with Ann Romney” if you donate $5 🙄

  10. 39 collegekay
    April 23, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Romney has a town hall in PA today. Prepare for some gaffes. LOL

  11. 42 Linda
    April 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Open government advocates accused a conservative legislative group Monday of falsely claiming tax-exempt status while doing widespread lobbying.

    Advocacy group Common Cause said Monday it had filed an IRS complaint accusing ALEC of masquerading as a public charity. ALEC is formed as a nonprofit that brings together lawmakers and private sector organizations to develop legislation and policy.

    ALEC says its work is not lobbying.

    Common Cause disagrees. “It tells the IRS in its tax returns that it does no lobbying, yet it exists to pass profit-driven legislation in statehouses all over the country that benefits its corporate members,” said Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause, in a statement. “ALEC is not entitled to abuse its charitable tax status to lobby for private corporate interests, and stick the bill to the American taxpayer.”

    Common Cause wants an IRS audit of ALEC’s work, penalties and the payment of back taxes.

  12. April 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Chuck Todd= Robney Campaign Manager!

  13. 50 57andfemale
    April 23, 2012 at 9:06 am

    The wonderful Eclectablog: “The Immoral Minority”. How’s THAT for an effective frame?

  14. 53 Pamela
    April 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Good morning, Chips, Everyone!

    • April 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Mooooooooooooooooooorning Pamela!

        • April 23, 2012 at 9:40 am

          Good Morning, Pamela.
          I was attempting to catch up on previous threads I missed and read some very lovely and gracious comments from you when you were wished a happy birthday on my birthday. I noted your birthday is in December and we’ll be in a super celebratory mood by then.
          To the rest of the TOD family, thank you for so many kind birthday greetings; sorry I wasn’t able to respond to everyone individually.

  15. April 23, 2012 at 9:08 am

  16. April 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Barack Obama’s top advisers are making a mid-“core” correction in their attacks on Mitt Romney — with a little nudge from Bill Clinton, who is finding a niche as an Obama campaign whisperer and fundraiser.

    Late last year, as Romney galloped to the right, Obama’s messaging team hit on what it assumed would be a durable bumper-sticker attack: Romney, senior advisers David Plouffe and David Axelrod intoned time and again, was a political shape-shifter who lacked any real moral or political “core.”


    • 59 miss pat
      April 23, 2012 at 10:33 am

      I don’t trust Bill Clinton. I think Bill will never get over the fact that this President is doing better than he did and that his wife did not become president.

      • 60 daisydem
        April 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        I do … I think President Clinton served his two terms; he may be disappointed the Hilary was not chosen as the candidate, however I think both have moved on and are willing to help this President, and to help their Party- the Democratic Party. I also think they truly care about the average citizen of this country, otherwise I don’t think Hilary’s issue from day one when Bill was elected would have been healthcare; healthcare for all persons in this country. So I like it when I read that there is a closeness between the Clintons and our President and that their advice is welcomed. Just me.

  17. 61 ctgirl7
    April 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

    It’s Monday! Good morning!

    April 23, 2012 at 9:16 am


  19. April 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hi everyone, PBO’s 9:45 AM speech at the Holocaust Museum still isn’t listed at the White House site, but you’ll be able to see it here:


    And, hopefully, on CNN’s live streaming:


  20. 66 desertflower
    April 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Happy Monday:) This from TP:

    Analysts are upgrading their economic forecasts and say that the economy will grow at a faster pace than earlier predictions suggested. A USA Today survey of 50 top economists puts the unemployment rate at 8 percent by the fourth quarter and shows 2.5 percent overall economic growth, a higher figure from estimates three months ago.

  21. 67 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 9:17 am


    After 4-Month Surge, Gas Prices Start Falling


    But several factors have contributed to the lower prices at the pump:

    — Oil prices have fallen in recent weeks. Iran and the West are negotiating, the growth in demand for oil has moderated, and world oil supplies are rising again thanks to more production from Saudi Arabia, Libya and the United States. Oil has fallen to $103.05 per barrel, down from a peak of $110.55 on March 1.

    — Potential buyers for the two East Coast refineries have emerged, so they are now expected to stay open.

    — U.S. drivers have gotten frugal at the gas pump. Gasoline demand has dropped by about 6 percent, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest government data.



  22. 68 desertflower
    April 23, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Also from ThinkProgress:

    And finally: Actress Eliza Dushku had a little crush on her former bishop, Mitt Romney. Dushku, who was raised in the Mormon church in Massachusetts, told New York Magazine, “I mean, he went from being my first crush at six years old — I named my Ken dolls ‘Mitt’ — and then when I was old enough to hear what was coming out of his mouth, it was over.”

    Happy Monday!

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Yep, that’s the reaction of most people when the Ken doll speaks. Can’t help but think of this poor woman’s childhood surrounded by little MItt dolls–it’s the stuff of nightmares.

    • April 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Wait, so he *was* a bishop? A former bishop is running for the office of President of the United States of America? Can we start calling him Former Bishop Romney instead of Former Governor Romney?

      • 71 Cha
        April 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

        I don’t see why not, Tien. Glad Eliza is speaking out on this. Bishops can be scary..just look at that Catholic one spewing crap about our President.

  23. 72 jackiegrumbacher
    April 23, 2012 at 9:19 am

    We’re in pre-primary day in Pa and as, usual, lots of lies will be streaming down on us from Repubicans and their media. Lately I keep thinking about the interview PBO gave with, was it Diane Sawyer?, when she asked him about the election. He said, yes, it will be tough and yes it will be close. But when she asked, “Will you Win?” he said, without hesitation, YES. Now I go back to that answer several times a day when I start to get jittery or angry or depressed about what some idiot Republican or media person says or does. Here’s why: 1) The president is a political genius, he knows the long game and keeps to it and he has plotted each point to the final goal; 2) he doesn’t lie; if he was uncertain, he would say, “we’re going to try our hardest” or something to that affect. In fact the code word among Obama people for a race they’re uncertain of is “it will be challenging.” And finally, PBO knows his enemy– backwards, sideways and forward– and his team anticipates and is prepared for what they will do and say. In short, he’s got it covered as long of each of us does our part to the best of our individual ability. So on the bad days or shaky moments, concentrate on that single answer, YES. Yes, he can and yes, he will.

    • 73 collegekay
      April 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Yup don’t let those lies get you down. I feel like constant negative ads by Republicans can turn people off.

      I hope the PA dems show out in large numbers for PBO!

    • 74 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2012 at 9:34 am

      I remember that interview too jackie. I also recall a different interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, in which our President was asked a question about what he would do on a particular issue (can’t remember what it was) IF he won in 2012. PBO began his response to that question by saying “WHEN I win…” Note, he didn’t say, “IF I win…”

  24. 75 vcprezofan2
    April 23, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Where does Romney get his surrogates – the ones not in MSM? I’m not complaining, mind you, only wondering if he doesn’t pay well so can only hire ‘seconds’. Or maybe they are subconscious liberals trying to earn a living, …or been under a rock for years….or are unaware that there’s been an ongoing dialogue about the Bush legacy? I can’t figure it out, but I am not complaining that they say the most advantageous things for our side. 😆

  25. April 23, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Morning all. I am anxiously awaiting for my wing man to sign in for duty.

    • 78 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Yardarm was here yesterday! He should be signing in soon 🙂

    • 86 yardarm756
      April 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      No worries japa two-one. yardarm has returned and is officially reporting for duty……Admiral Chips has launched the “Vote Boat” so I may have to depart so I can check the moorings…:lol:
      As a matter of fact I’ll be gone in two days to celebrate the anniversary of my birth. But I’m here for now.

  26. April 23, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Ah, White House live is showing the speech:


    Heads up!

  27. 96 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2012 at 9:39 am

  28. 97 Linda
    April 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

    WASHINGTON — It turns out calling Democratic lawmakers “Communists” has some consequences.

    Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) was supposed to be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for his district chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) this past Saturday. But days before the event, the group canceled the gathering and asked West not to come back when they rescheduled. Why?

    “There’s a certain statement he made about Communists,” Jerry Gore, president of the Martin County NAACP, told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. “That statement alone … we do not represent that type of atmosphere.”

    The NAACP chapter is rescheduling its banquet for Sept. 15, with a new keynote speaker. Gore told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that a spokesman for West said he “understood” why the organization didn’t want West to speak anymore.

    • 98 anniebella
      April 23, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Why the hell was he invited to speak in the first place. That West guy is a strange hateful man. And I’m glad the NAACP came to their senses.

  29. April 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

    The last couple of weeks there have been multiple news reports (Chgo Trib for one) that state “hiring back in big way on college campuses” and “job market thaws for new college grads”, noting that highest salaries are going to those with math and science related majors, not surprisingly. That must have been too much good economic news for the AP who always responds with “bad news for Obama” after any kind of good news for Obama. I see one of their writers is out with some distorted piece today that says every college grad is working as a waiter and it is of course featured front and center on Huff Puff.

    • 104 Linda
      April 23, 2012 at 9:57 am

      HuffPuff recycles stories that don’t get the required hits and makes them the main thread all the time…

  30. 105 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 9:47 am


    Mitch Daniels Faults President Obama for Not Fixing the Mess He Helped Leave Him


    When Wallace asked him about the Obama administration’s argument that that he inherited a mess from George W. Bush, here’s part of how Daniels responded:

    DANIELS: First of all, the president did inherit a mess but it’s not the first time it’s ever happened. He’s done less with the mess than anyone else ever did. Ronald Reagan inherited a bigger one and had a roaring economy already by this stage.
    Daniels also ignores the fact that Republicans in the Congress have done everything in their power to either obstruct or water down any stimulus or efforts to get Americans back to work at every turn and at the state level Republican governors have been laying off government workers and busting their unions and helping to make the unemployment numbers worse, but they want to lay this all on the feet of the current administration. Daniels was also touting the Paul Ryan budget as a better solution to fix the economy than anything the administration has proposed, which as we’ve covered here again and again is nothing but another tax giveaway for the rich and Wall Street paid for by the working class.



  31. 107 vcprezofan2
    April 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Your media is so confusing to me! Is NYTimes liberal or conservative? What is WAPost? Sometimes I see fair stuff from WAPost, other times I hear you guys calling it (uncomplimentary names). Yesterday i noticed people consigning NYT to the garbage, but that article Chips cited above was really very balanced (yes, I know that’s why CC shared it). It’s well worth a read IMO. It actually reads like how I believe a journalistic piece should. Here’s the ending:-

    But Jack L. Goldsmith, a Harvard law professor who led the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel during the George W. Bush administration, said the Obama administration’s pattern reflects how presidents usually behave, especially during divided government, and appears aggressive only in comparison to Mr. Obama’s having been “really skittish for the first two years” about executive power.

    “This is what presidents do,” Mr. Goldsmith said. “It’s taken Obama two years to get there, but this has happened throughout history. You can’t be in that office with all its enormous responsibilities — when things don’t happen, you get blamed for it — and not exercise all the powers that have accrued to it over time.” //

    • 108 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2012 at 9:58 am

      As far as I’m concerned no MSM outlet is “liberal.” They all have a right of center bent. The only time they swing “liberal” is when they want to attack the President from the left.

      • April 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

        No, they attacked Palin relentlessly. The media loves tearing down, it’s what Robney is afraid of, as he is playing the Refs!

        • April 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

          The media thrives on coflict. Things will always be reported in a way to bring readers and viewers and, most importantly money. The media is neither liberal nor conservative (except Fox) they are capitalists on steroids.

          • April 23, 2012 at 10:39 am

            That is true, it will work both ways, albeit, more favorable for Robney, he will have some devastating media days during the Fall. You just wait and see!

        • 112 hopefruit2
          April 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

          “They attacked Palin relentlessly.”

          Patently false. Palin’s behavior was outrageous and disgraceful and more than deserved to be attacked. She reduced the presidential campaign to a sideshow circus with elements of hate and bigotry sprinkled all over it. The MSM was actually behind the curve in terms of it’s criticisms of Palin and if it weren’t for the MSM, Palin would NEVER be the “star” that she appeared to be during and after the 2008 election. Palin got a lot more POSITIVE than negative media coverage relative to her outrageous behavior.

          • April 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

            Not how I remember it! Her behavior sucked and the media jumped all over Her.
            But, we can both have different opinions, nothing wrong with that!

          • April 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

            I agree. The more accurate line would be to say “They exposed Palin for the fraud she really was.’ However, they did that by letting her be herself. I think they only thing they really went after her for was the shopping escapade she had where she sepnt something like $400,000 of campaign dollars on herself and family. (That number may be high.) They never went after her for the substantive stuff, like her over the line attacks on PBO, her name calling, etc. Even Trooper Gate didn’t get the in depth attention it merited.

          • 116 nospin
            April 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm

            That is the truth Hopefruit2. Regardless of how folks attempt to spin it as otherwise.

    • 117 vcprezofan2
      April 23, 2012 at 10:22 am

      But Hf, I’m regularly told they have a ‘liberal bias’! 😯 😉 Anyways, thanks, I’m trying to sort out which is primarily which so that I won’t goof up and share the ‘wrong’ one. Oh well!

  32. 118 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Okay the program at the Holocaust Museum has begun…our President will be introduced shortly!!!

  33. 120 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

    C-SPAN2 Now:

    President Obama Commemorating the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Museum

    Being Introduced by Elie Wiesel – Nobel Peace Prize Laureate & Holocaust Survivor

  34. April 23, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Medicare will save over $200 billion thru 2016 thanks to ACA:

    Click to access ACA-savings-report-2012.pdf

  35. 122 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Love Eli Wesel.

    PBO is LIVE NOW!

  36. 127 amk for obama
    April 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

  37. 133 Linda
    April 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s broadcast regulator announced Monday it was investigating email hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News, only minutes before the channel’s head of news acknowledged that his station had broken the law and misled a senior judge.

    An Ofcom spokesman said Monday that the investigation would center on “fairness and privacy issues” stemming from Sky News’ admission that it had authorized journalists to hack into email accounts to score exclusives.

    Earlier this month Sky’s head of news, John Ryley, acknowledged that hacking had happened twice under his watch, a revelation that spread Britain’s phone hacking scandal to a new branch of Murdoch’s media empire and dealt a further blow to the tycoon’s hope of winning full control of Sky News’ owner, British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC.

    Sky has insisted that the computer breaches were carried out in the public interest, noting that, in one case, it had handed over the hacked information to police.

    But legal experts say that such an argument carries little legal weight, and Lord Justice Brian Leveson, the judge charged with investigating Britain’s media in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that erupted at Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid, seemed incredulous when quizzing Ryley about the practice Monday.

    Leveson said that Sky might get away with the hacking if prosecutors decide not to press charges, “but at the end of the day you’ve committed a crime.”

    “I understand,” Ryley said.

    In a terse exchange with inquiry lawyer David Barr, Ryley said it was “highly unlikely in the future that Sky will consider breaking the law.”

    “But you’re not ruling it out?” Barr asked.

    “I am pretty much ruling it out,” Ryley said. “There might be an occasion, but it would be very, very rare.”

    Ryley also admitted that Sky News had misled Leveson’s inquiry when it insisted, in a 2011 letter, that the channel had never intercepted communications. He acknowledged that those assurances were false.

    “It is very regrettable indeed, and I apologize,” he told the inquiry.

  38. April 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

    HSR! HSR! California’s big city mayors write to support Gov. Jerry Brown and CHSRA’s new business plan that brought costs from $98B to $68B: “The revised plan delivers on the promise made by Gov. Jerry Brown to produce a project that is faster, better and cheaper, and recognizes the fiscal constraints our state faces.” Sac Bee: http://bit.ly/Jyi3VQ


    If Jerry Brown gets this done, it will be his signature achievement! He has not given up, and is gaining support, not there yet, but getting closer!

  39. 135 jacquelineoboomer
    April 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Thank you to the God in the heavens for giving our country this great President, who can speak so profoundly and personally at the U.S. Holocaust Museum this morning, so we can keep our “vow to remember and never to forget.” I saw those words on the outside wall of a synagogue when I was a young child, across the street from my Catholic school, and I never forgot. And all human beings should never forget.

    • April 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I have been there, it is very moving!
      Also, didn’t a crazy person shoot people a couple years ago, inside that Museum?
      Is he still locked up?

  40. April 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

    What happened to the DOW this morning?

  41. 142 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Pres. Obama: National sovereignty is never a license to slaughter your people.

    Pres. Obama: We must always teach our children to never hate based on color, religion, sexual orientation.

    Pres. Obama: Evil was allowed to happen because some stood silent. Never again must we stay silent and allow hate to fester.

    Pres. Obama’s speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is so touching. The respect he accords to individuals of every stripe is breathtaking to witness.

    • April 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

      He’s pushing 3rd party.

    • 147 anniebella
      April 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Hunstman is right, I have a feeling Ronald Reagen would be so disappointed at what his party have become. These Republicans put their party ahead of the country. When some people want to talk about the shape of the economy, you can’t just place the blame on President Obama. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell deserve some if not all the blame because all they did was obstruct, sabotage, block any and everything which could help the economy. Of the three men, President Obama, Boehner, and McConnell who was out there working hard for the middle class, the poor, and who was working hard to see that the rich keep every loophoop, every subsides, every tax cut.

  42. April 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

    REAL connections to Robney a Private Company Scandal-

    A Democratic source emails with an interesting tidbit linking Romneyworld to the Wal-Mart coverup exposed by the New York Times.

    Turns out, the former Wal-Mart CEO who helped shut down an investigation of bribery by store officials in Mexico is an operating partner at a private equity fund started by Mitt Romney, his eldest son and his campaign finance director.

    H. Lee Scott Jr. became an operating partner at the Romney fund, Solamere Capital, eight months after he left Wal-Mart in 2009. Solamere’s partners and investors include major Romney campaign donors and staffers. Romney was a senior adviser and the first investor in the fund, putting up $10 million.

    The Times reported that Scott rebuked internal investigators for being too agressive in uncovering bribery by store officials in Mexico. The investigators found credible evidence that some $24 million in bribes allowed the store to dominate the market in Mexico, but Scott and others hushed up the investigation until the Times disclosed it Sunday.


    Please tweet this to LIS smith, this needs to get out there!

  43. 149 Hachikō
    April 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I love my president. A great man. A splendid human being. My hero.

    • 150 Ladyhawke
      April 23, 2012 at 10:39 am

      I totally agree. President Obama is just good inside. Watching him greeting the audience after the speech was heartwarming. He flashes that million dollar smile and you just turn into mush.

      • 151 Hachikō
        April 23, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Oh yes. I watched that, too. I love to see people interact with him. He’s so genuine, so caring. People warm to him. 🙂

  44. 152 Linda
    April 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I did not see Eric…the smirk…..Cantor at this event…..

  45. 153 AJ
    April 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

    As always, I’m a day late and a dollar short. Chips, could you post a link to the Holocaust Museum speech when it’s available? Thank you..

    April 23, 2012 at 10:40 am


  47. April 23, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Btw- the College Campus Trip starting on Tuesday, is paid for by the tax payers, as it is an official WH trip!
    My take, I love when he does this, it’s smart, effective and it pisses the Right off.

  48. 160 desertflower
    April 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

    A must read and pass along!


    Mitt Romney tells his audiences that the two most important things that recommend him for the Presidency are his career as a businessman and his service as a governor. The fact is that neither experience recommends him.

  49. 163 Linda
    April 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) was refused a visa and prevented from boarding a flight in Dubai to Afghanistan on Friday, Afghan officials said.

    Rohrabacher has been critical of corruption in President Hamid Karzai’s government and has openly called for a more decentralized government in Afghanistan, which, according to the BBC, led Karzai to request that Rohrabacher be denied entry into the country:


  50. April 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

  51. 165 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

    The most inexperienced candidate in generations

    By Steve Benen


    Speaking at the national NRA convention recently, Mitt Romney made a curious boast. “I am running for president because I have the experience and the vision to lead us in a different direction,” he said. Later in the same speech, Romney added, “I am running for president because I have the experience and vision to get us out of this mess.”

    Of all the qualifications to emphasize, “experience” seems like an odd characteristic for Romney to brag about. Whether or not the presumptive Republican nominee offers a compelling “vision” remains to be seen — at this point, he tends to stick to vague generalities, as part of a deliberate strategy — but experience is a quantifiable quality.

    And it doesn’t appear to be Romney’s strong point.



  52. 166 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

  53. 169 relellit
    April 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Good morning everyone in TODville; have a nice day:)

    Has anyone seen this?

    Advocacy group files IRS complaint against ALEC

    Advocacy group Common Cause said Monday it had filed an IRS complaint accusing ALEC of masquerading as a public charity. ALEC is formed as a nonprofit that brings together lawmakers and private sector organizations to develop legislation and policy.

    ALEC has said its work is not lobbying, but Common Cause disagrees.

    Several companies who have previously supported ALEC financially have dropped out in recent weeks amid backlash tied to the group’s support of “Stand Your Ground” laws, such as the one cited as a defense in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

    A spokeswoman for ALEC did not return a call seeking comment



    • 170 Linda
      April 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Yes… I think Common Cause has a good case against ALEC….but with the IRS step up to the plate on this ? They seem to do nothing about politics at the Church podiums at all.

  54. 171 anniebella
    April 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    So proud of my President this morning.

    • 172 jacquelineoboomer
      April 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Yes, he was a beautiful sight to see, sharing heartfelt words for all of us to hear. He makes us all proud, and gives us all HOPE. I love that man.

  55. 173 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

  56. 174 donna dem 4 obama
    April 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

    They have already started to line up to get tickets to see our President 🙂

    UNC students line up for chance to hear Obama speak.

    A line of students seeking tickets to hear Obama in Chapel Hill camped out overnight in front of the box office of the university’s former basketball auditorium, where he’ll speak. The line later snaked down the bleacher steps of the adjoining soccer stadium and curled along the running track encircling the field.

    “People started lining up to wait for tickets last night, so it is evident that the student body is excited for him to come,” said Anna Ollinger, 19, a sophomore from Barrington, Ill., majoring in linguistics and Spanish. “Obviously, lower interest rates will have a huge impact on many students, so it’s an issue that needs to be addressed.”


    Where is you line Romney? ….oh that’s right you don’t have one!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. 177 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 11:15 am


    So whaddaya think: should we put truth telling back up there at number one?

    By Professor Jay Rosen – NYU School of Journalism

    January 12, 2012


    Something happened in our press over the last 40 years or so that never got acknowledged and to this day would be denied by a majority of newsroom professionals. Somewhere along the way, truthtelling was surpassed by other priorities the mainstream press felt a stronger duty to. These include such things as “maintaining objectivity,” “not imposing a judgment,” “refusing to take sides” and sticking to what I have called the View from Nowhere.

    No one knows exactly how it happened, for it’s not like a policy decision came down at some point. Rather, the drift of professional practice over time was to bracket or suspend sharp questions of truth and falsehood in order to avoid charges of bias, or excessive editorializing. Journalists felt better, safer, on firmer professional ground–more like pros–when they stopped short of reporting substantially untrue statements as false. One way to describe it (and I believe this is the correct way) is that truthtelling moved down the list of newsroom priorities. Other things now ranked ahead of it.



  58. 178 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 11:26 am


    Rosen’s Trust Puzzler: What Explains Falling Confidence in the Press?

    By Professor Jay Rosen – NYU School of Journalism (April 17, 2012)


    4. Working the refs. The right has learned how to manipulate journalists by never letting up on the “liberal bias” charge, no matter what. This amounts to working the refs, in Eric Alterman’s phrase. In basketball, some coaches will as a matter of course complain that the referees are favoring the other team. Their hope is to sow confusion in the minds of the officials, and perhaps get the benefit of the doubt on some calls.

    Working the refs is indifferent to the actual distribution of judgment calls. Coaches who believe in the method use it regardless of whether the refs have been unfair (or generous) to their side. The aim is to intimidate. In the degree that “working the refs” works, journalists favor the side that is complaining the most. This amounts to a distortion of the picture presented to the public. From that distortion, mistrust follows.

    But is it really true that the left does not know how to complain about bad calls, while the right screams at every opportunity? Maybe in 1969, when Spiro Agnew’s complaints began, that was so. It hasn’t been so for a while. This complicates the case.



  59. 179 Linda
    April 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

    “a money class fleeces the banking system while the very trunk of the national tree is permitted to rot and crash.”

    — Christopher Hitchens defining a BananaRepublic

  60. 180 Ladyhawke
    April 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Border hawks warn Mitt Romney not to soften immigration stance for the general


    • 181 anniebella
      April 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Mitt think it is going to be easy for him to flip flop or move to the middle on some of the issues he promise the right wingnut conservatives that he stood for. Alot of these people already don’t trust him, they are supporting him because they think he can defeat President Obama. They are not supporting him because they really like and trust him. So some will be asking themselves who is the real Mitt Romney? Can he be trusted to keep his word? Or will we get some moderate Republicans instead of a hard right radical conservative. Who is the real Mitt Romney?

  61. 182 Bill R.
    April 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

    When @thepubliceditor at @nytimes joins the jr. high birther club, even Greg Sargent at WaPo notices:

  62. 185 collegekay
    April 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I just emailed this to the publisher of the NY times. publisher@nytimes.com


    Good morning,

    I am emailing you to express my concern over a recent column by the NY Times Public Editor, Arthur Brisbane. Apparently, there has been a call to “scrutinize Obama and prove the Times critics wrong.” Obviously in politics, there is nothing wrong with vetting the policies of said candidates; however, that coverage must not be purposely favored in one direction over the other. Why is it after almost 4 years in office, we need to know “who is the REAL Barack Obama.” This is nonsense, and I am not going to pay my hard earned money buying a newspaper that will change its coverage in favor of those who criticize it to have a “liberal bias.” If facts have a liberal bias, then so be it.

    A recent non-partisan report (Project for Excellence in Journalism) that was released this morning, has found that the majority of news coverage (e.g., TV, interviews, newspapers, online columns) has been negative on the President and more favorable to his presumptive Republican opponent, Mitt Romney. This kind of discourse cannot continue. I urge you, as a paying consumer, to not go on an anti-Obama tirade that does not focus on hard-based facts, but instead relies on scandal and 24-hour news cycle drama in order to please those who do not favor this newspaper in first place. This President has endured an imbalance of coverage on everything including the nonsense surrounding his birth certificate.

    I would hope the NY Times would continue to show itself as an honest avenue to receive relevant news, and not allow reprehensible yellow journalism to overcome its overall mission. The last thing Americans need is for their newspapers to become another reality show.

    I would urge you all to do the same. This cannot continue.

    • 186 vcprezofan2
      April 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the TONE and CONTENT of your letter, CK!!! Way to go!!! Point maturely presented, argument rational and substantiated, an excellent reminder to NYT that there are ‘thinking’ subscribers in their clientelle. I feel quite proud of you for sharing your POV in this very rational way!

    • 187 TrumpDog
      April 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      WELL DONE!!!!!

    • April 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm


      I love your careful and reasoned explanation for why their move is so wrong-headed. The last line is a very effective PUNCH.

  63. 189 Bill R.
    April 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Howard Kurtz destroys the “liberal media” narrative. Facts show the “liberal media” prefers Romney. http://news.yahoo.com/media-favored-romney-over-obama-040100208.html

  64. April 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    The Obama campaign hopes to win over Ohio voters with a statewide tour highlighting the rescue of the auto industry by President Obama.

    A procession of Chevrolet Cruzes and Chrysler Jeeps will tour the state and tell the stories of working people whose lives were impacted by the twin bailouts of the U.S. automakers in 2008 and 2009. While the auto industry is usually associated with Michigan, the campaign noted that 1 in 8 jobs in Ohio, a crucial swing state, are tied loosely to the auto industry.

    “The president made the right decision to step in and allow the companies to restructure,” former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland told reporters on a conference call.


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