rise and shine

10:05: President Obama honors 2012 National Teacher of the Year and finalists at the W.H.

10:35: Departs the W.H. for Andrews Joint Air Force Base.

10:50: Departs Andrews Air Force Base for Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

11:50: Arrives in North Carolina.

1:00: Michelle Obama delivers the keynote address at Girls Inc. of Omaha’s 12th annual lunch.

1:15: PBO delivers remarks on student loans at the University of North Carolina.

2:20: PBO is interviewed for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

2:45: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event in Omaha covered by a print pooler.

3:40: PBO departs North Carolina for Colorado.

6:00: Michelle Obama meets with Obama campaign volunteers from the Des Moines area.

7:10: PBO arrives in Colorado.

8:45: Delivers remarks at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


If anyone has a link to the full interview could you leave it in the comments?


Charles Pierce: Has The New York Times taken to hiring its “Public Editors” from the people waiting on hold for Mark Levin?

Readers deserve to know: Who is the real Barack Obama?

No kidding, that appeared in an actual column in the actual New York Times.

…. Barack Obama has been on the national scene for eight years. He was a candidate for the better part of two years and has been the president of the United States for the better part of three. We know about things his preacher said. We know about his uncle’s unfortunate driving history and his aunt’s time on the dole. A good portion of the Republican base — the portion that Mr. Brisbane here is begging not to write him anything hurtful anymore — believes that it knows the president is a Kenyan-born Muslim Indonesian socialist who is just waiting until his second term to round them all up, take away their guns, and give them all retroactive late-term abortions, and only Brisbanish “vetting” can stand in the way of all that.

We are so very screwed.

More here


ThinkProgress: Former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, a Republican now hoping to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), said recently that she was unfamiliar with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the landmark anti-domestic violence legislation whose re-authorization is now stalled in the Senate.

Senate Republicans are objecting to re-upping the 1994 law, which has already been extended several times, because of amendments that would extend protections for Native American women, gay victims, and others.

A video released today by the Missouri Democratic Party shows a man asking Steelman about VAWA at a campaign event. Steelman replies, “I’m not sure what that is because I’m not serving right now.” He asks again, “you haven’t really heard about it?” And she confirms, “no, not really.”

Caitlin Legacki, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Democratic Party, told Inside Missouri Politics that the exchange “underscores how ill-equipped she is to serve in public office.”





Morning everyone 😉

141 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 symmetry11
    April 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Good mornign Chips & TOD fam

  2. 7 symmetry11
    April 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Love Rahm……I appreciate him always standing up for PBO.

  3. 9 amk for obama
    April 24, 2012 at 8:36 am
  4. 11 amk for obama
    April 24, 2012 at 8:37 am
  5. April 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Whew—-relieved that Rudy has disappeared from the top of the page. Much improved now with Barack Heismann Obama. Looking forward to all the appearances today. One puzzler—–I saw Colbert tweeted that he just loved the UNC campus—–so he’s there too? Wondering if he is going to intersect with PBO too.

  6. 13 amk for obama
    April 24, 2012 at 8:37 am
    • April 24, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Oh, that’s completely brilliant.

    • 17 L3
      April 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

      I would like to see one of our “journalists” ask anyone who opposes ACA if they or anyone they know have taken advantage of any of its provisions.

    • 18 Mel
      April 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Beaurifull and very funy!!!! The GOP seems to have a lot of ignorant racist people and the will vote
      against their own interest it’s pretty sad, but we need to stay focus and NOT be distracted by garbage.

    • 19 theo67
      April 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      You could probably extend this to every single piece of legislation that’s been passed -especially the stuff that has traditionally been supported by the buffoons in the Republican party.

    • 20 Cha
      April 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      That’s mega dead on, amk! They’ve been brainwashed to hate on PObama and it’s doing them in. Too bad they can’t just enjoy the ALOHA~

  7. 21 vcprezofan2
    April 24, 2012 at 8:42 am

    What a lovely family picture – the exactly right way to start my online day! Thanks Ms Chips! 😆

  8. 22 vcprezofan2
    April 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

    OUR 😆 Irish priest is travelling, though I haven’t yet discovered what the journey is about.

  9. 23 collegekay
    April 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Good morning.

  10. 24 amk for obama
    April 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

  11. 25 amk for obama
    April 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

  12. 26 Diane
    April 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Good morning Tod! I love the way the president looks at FLOTUS. He gives her his complete attention. In his eyes are admiration and respect. I don’t think I have ever seen a president and first lady so in tune, and so in love. It comforts my heart to know he has this place of peace and love he can go to get recharged. Because the level of hate and negativity directed toward him by many could wear a person down after time. So, I raise my glass (coffee cup) to my president and his wife and I am thankful they have each other. It is going to be a great day!

  13. 28 ber6964
    April 24, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Morning TOD
    Have a most magnificent day everyone.

  14. 29 desertflower
    April 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Morning everyone! Donna, I hope you’re feeling better soon. That doesn’t sound like much fun. Just a reminder that the entire hour of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is with President Obama TONIGHT!! Set those DVR’S…

  15. 30 a4alice
    April 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

    morning you guys – got the next couple of days off so i’m in and out doing a huge gardening project! yay.

    • 31 vcprezofan2
      April 24, 2012 at 11:20 am

      ‘Yay’? ‘Yay’? Is that joy, I hear? Well, A4a, once you’re done there, and while you are still in gardening mode, do come on over and I’ll give you the opportunity to extend your ‘yay’ feeling. My ‘garden’ can’t wait for your arrival! 😉 😉

    • 33 Pamela
      April 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Lovely! feel the envy, a4alice! Enjoy getting dirty, enjoy the TIME to get dirty! 🙂

  16. 34 jackiegrumbacher
    April 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I am off to proudly cast my vote for Barack Obama for president in our state primary, but I wanted to share something special with you that shows how much the arc of history bends toward justice, even if the bending gets a little obscure sometimes. Fifty years ago (yes, that long) my best pal in high school was awarded a full scholarship to a prestigious college in PA. When she got there she realized she was admitted as a token AA female and became depressed over the subtle discrimination and condescension. Much to her mother’s dismay and fear, she left the school and the scholarship after one year and joined the civil rights movement in the south working with James Farmer in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), participating in marches and sit-ins, getting arrested and jailed. Scary and wonderful times, according to her. Years later, she became a distinguished lecturer on the civil right movement and its impact, an award-winning film documentarian, and an author. Along the way she’s raised awareness about the civil rights movement and inspired thousands of young people to keep up the fight. Needless to say, I’m very proud of her and awed by her accomplishments. Next month, the college she left so unhappily fifty years ago is awarding her an honorary doctorate for outstanding lifetime achievement in civil rights. Her reaction, “I wish Mama was alive to see this.” I couldn’t be happier for this perfect close to the long ago slights that led to such an outstanding career. And I know in my heart that somewhere in heaven “mama” will be the first one cheering when her little girl gets the reward she so richly earned. That, truly, is the arc bending low and finding justice. Have a great day.

  17. 45 desertflower
    April 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Just a little reminder.


    They’ll all scream that it needs to be privatized, because then things will “be SO much better”. They’re lying. What else is new?

  18. 47 carolyn
    April 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

    That is wonderful jackie! The arc does take a long time to bend, it seems, but it has bent right in this instance! Thank you for telling us.

    April 24, 2012 at 9:22 am


  20. 49 a4alice
    April 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

    • 50 Ladyhawke
      April 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

      thanks a4a. I’m so glad to see this article. Charles Pierce really has a way with words. When I wrote my letter to the public editor, the first thing I asked him was if he was taking his cues from the likes of Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and the Tea Party. I let him know I was outraged, disappointed and insulted at the notion that NYT could ask such an outlandish question. I hope he continues to get push back on this nonsense.

  21. 52 collegekay
    April 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Why the Latino Vote Isn’t Really Up For Grabs

    //…But is the Latino vote really up for grabs, in a way that could swing the election? The polling data suggests that’s a stretch.

    Polling shows that 2012 is shaping up to look a lot like 2008 among Latino voters: Two thirds nationally say they will vote for President Obama, a quarter say they’re in the GOP camp, with the little remaining undecided, as shown by a Univision poll from January and a Pew survey from a week ago….//

    …“When Obama first sued Arizona, it was widely panned as ‘unpopular,’” says Frank Sharry, founder and executive director of America’s Voice, a pro-reform organization. “I’d say with the timing now, it’s great politics. … It’s him standing up for Latinos against laws that essentially legalize harassment and discrimination.”


  22. 53 TrumpDog
    April 24, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I LOVE that pic of Obama doing the Heisman pose. Wish it were taken by Pete Souza and not AP….

  23. 54 utaustinliberal
    April 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

  24. 58 utaustinliberal
    April 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

  25. 60 ctgirl7
    April 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

    This from First Read:

    *** So you’re saying there’s a chance: In an interview on FOX last night, House Speaker John Boehner said that Republicans have a one-in-three chance of not holding the House, NBC’s Luke Russert and Frank Thorp report. “I would say that there is a two-in-three chance that we win control of the House again, but there’s a one-in-three chance that we could lose,” Boehner said in the FOX interview. “We’ve got a big challenge, and we’ve got work to do.”

    • 61 vcprezofan2
      April 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

      As Trumpdog pointed out in last night’s post, Boehner has no concern about JOBS UNTIL his is potentially on the line, THEN he’s got work to do. This is something we should focus some attention on over and over in the days ahead IMO.

  26. 62 amk for obama
    April 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

    You guyz need to watch colbear’s takedown of doochy, the douche.

  27. 67 Ladyhawke
    April 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Republican Senator John Cornyn Accuses Democrats Of Playing Political Games With Violence Against Women Act


    Republicans don’t like the fact that Democrats have them pegged as waging a war against women. So it’s baffling that Republicans haven’t unanimously extended the Violence Against Women Act. But Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn is accusing Democrats of playing political games with the Act.
    But Republicans won’t do that. They won’t do it because they’re the ones playing politics with people’s lives. Republicans object to this bill because they think people should be able to use violence against others. Across the country, Republicans have sought to eliminate a woman’s right to choose. They have fought to destroy women’s access to contraception. They have repealed equal pay laws. And they have even tried to repeal domestic violence laws. If Republicans really don’t hate women, how come they continually act like pricks toward them?



  28. 68 FormelyFRED
    April 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    good morning TOD family.Just got word that Jon Lovitz absolutely insulted POTUS calling him a “f*cking A**shole” all because of taxes and this is catching steam online.Don’t know if this dingbat has a website or twitter but if he does,give this bastard hell! 😡

    see you guys soon,off to take mom to the doctor for check-up
    until next time
    Fred 😉

    • 69 desertflower
      April 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Jon has a case of “projection” going on. He should see a Dr to take care of that….Jon Lovitz….who the hell is he again?

    • April 24, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Great to see you Fred, I hope you and your mother are doing well?

    • 71 Ladyhawke
      April 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

      If this catches steam it will bring more and more attention to the fact that ……….



      “Yeah, That’s the GOP Ticket!” – Can Romney Lie His Way Into the White


      • 72 LOL
        April 24, 2012 at 10:23 am

        Please Jon Lovitz….that schmuck, what taxes has been raised on him? When was the last movie he had out? Puhlease. Every moron w/o a hit in the last 10 years (see Nugent) knows the only way they can get traction is by bashing the president. He was not funny then and he aint funny now. If I want a balding stocky guy -Give me Jason Alexander (George Castanza) anyday. Moron.

        • 73 vcprezofan2
          April 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

          ‘Every moron w/o a hit in the last 10 years (see Nugent) knows the only way they can get traction is by bashing the president’

          There you have it! I won’t give the name ‘Lovitz’ any further attention.

    • 74 Linda
      April 24, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Lovitz claims he pays 50 % in taxes…..He is lying or has a lousy tax accountant….no one pays that much unless they are charged interest and penalties for avoiding them.

      • 75 LOL
        April 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

        What taxes is he paying now that he wasn’t paying under Bush? Newsflash Jon—-No federal taxes have gone up, only down since President Obama has been office. If anything, he better check his state legislature- they are the ones who are raising his taxes.

  29. 76 Ladyhawke
    April 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    On Fox, Christopher Hahn Exposes Republican Senators’ Constant Obstructionism

    Appearing on Fox News today, Fox News contributor Christopher Hahn called out conservative talking points by pointing out that Senate Republicans constantly resort to filibusters to block bills that have the support of a majority of senators.

    As we’ve pointed out, the conservative media have been hiding Republican obstructionism in order to label Democratic senators as “lazy” and “do-nothing.” But Republicans have repeatedly resorted to filibusters to block legislation — such as bills to ensure that the richest Americans pay their fair share in taxes — that would otherwise have passed the Senate. Republicans are on a pace to filibuster more often than Democrats did when they were in the minority.


  30. April 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Heads up everyone:

    10:05 AM EDT – President Obama Honors the 2012 National Teacher of the Year and Finalists



    • 78 desertflower
      April 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

      If someone hasn’t seen the comments from the Teacher of the Year, you must! She was phenomenal! Makes me so proud to be an educator. A glowing appreciation for President Obama and his support for education and the teachers that do this amazing work.

      • April 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

        That was fantastic Desertflower, her comments were wonderful. And PBO cracked me up, he’s in an exceptionally good mood today! Will have the video soon.

    • April 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Yesssssss finally found somewhere to watch this (its 2am here lol) Never tired for President Obama!!!

    • April 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

      That was impressive. A remarkable teacher of the year award winner, loved when she said, “I couldn’t be prouder that you’re my president.” Teaching—-the most important profession. President Obama seemed to be loved by all there too, had a great time with him, happy and laughing at his quips. I’m always so proud of this president, everything he does, everywhere he goes, everything he says. No one compares, or even comes close.

  31. April 24, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Miz Ann says odd things too

    • 85 jackiegrumbacher
      April 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Put a lid on this women. Ann Romney is as much of a gaffe machine as her silly husband.

      • 86 miss pat
        April 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        She said she loves the fact tha there aare women out there who don’t have a choice. What’s to love about that?

  32. 87 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 24, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Good Morn-ting TOD!

    Looks like a busy, busy day for POTUS and FLOTUS. UNC and Univ. of Colorado are gonna be rocking, I’m sure. Can’t wait!

    Have a great day, everyone! :mrgreen:

  33. 92 utaustinliberal
    April 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

    That was such a wonderful event. It’s nice to see teachers being honored on such a national platform and MSNBC actually showed the whole event LIVE so lots of people got to watch it also.

    Loved when Rebecca (the teacher being honored) said “I’m so honored and thankful that Pres. Obama is honoring teachers in the WH. I am proud to call him MY President.”

  34. 96 desertflower
    April 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Not Good! A knee jerk reaction to a problem…in fact, they are intending on doing just the opposite of what they SHOULD be doing, and that’s VOTING!!


    • 97 Debz
      April 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

      This sound like an excuse for people who probably don’t vote anyway.Since more than 1-4th of Americans never vote, this number isn’t surprising.

  35. 98 amk for obama
    April 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

    • 103 theo67
      April 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      I love that the Etch-A-Sketch meme is getting such a workout. I hope it doesn’t preclude people from holding him accountable, though. His flip-flopping is such low character for someone who wants to make decisions that impact the whole world. Charles Pierce made an excellent point on Stephanie Miller this morning saying that Romney’s flip-flopping and lying shouldn’t just be taken as a given because it’s a successful tactic; it should be thoroughly scrutinized and roundly criticized, because the Office of the President deserves more integrity than that.

  36. 104 amk for obama
    April 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

    • April 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

      I wonder what the Republican voters in Utah would think if they knew that if it weren’t for Hatch, Ginsberg would not be on the Supreme Court. Clinton didn’t even know about her until Hatch suggested her as an acceptable nomination that theRepublicans would support.

  37. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    April 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

    There once was a fellow named Mitt
    Who is such an insufferable twit
    He says Start Packin’
    But he’s so lackin’
    That nobody gives a shit.

    (Sorry for the last word; needed something to rhyme!)

    • 109 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 24, 2012 at 11:04 am

      BRAVA! 😆 😆 😆

    • 110 desertflower
      April 24, 2012 at 11:15 am

      You don’t need to apologize. That fit perfectly.

    • 111 amk for obama
      April 24, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Just perfect for twitter. 🙂

      • 112 jacquelineoboomer
        April 24, 2012 at 11:40 am

        Ha! I should probably quit while I was ahead, because this one may not be perfect for twitter:

        There once was a mother named Ann
        Who came up with an incredible plan
        If women thought of Mitt unzipped
        They might think he came equipped
        And one of ’em would come steal her man.

        (As in: Take my husband, please!)

  38. April 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Morning everyone, here’s a short story for you while I bid goodnight from Sydney.

    My husband was telling me of a conversation he had yesterday with a former colleague at CISCO. This company is run by many Repubs at Exec level. The conversation was about leadership.

    It was a casual discussion where hubby mentioned PBO as an example of a leader, his definition being, a leader has the ability to motivate and lead a great number of people to do things based on a shared cause. The colleague, a Texan visiting Sydney office, was surprised to hear Obama’s name mentioned as a leader, and scoffed using the example that prior to GFC in 2008, DOW was much higher than it is now and the American economy is nowhere near what it was prior to GFC. (How quickly they forget, or want to forget….anyhow)

    My husband asked him to look at what happened from the GFC fallout and how far THE largest economy in the world plummeted in that first and subsequent year, focusing on the lowest point… THEN, look at where the country is today. He told him to look at how Obama was able to stop the freefall and steady while building again the largest economy in the world so it was trekking back up again. He told him, he was ridiculous to think PBO was expected in just 3 years to turn around THE largest economy in the world that had virtually collapsed. The Texan didn’t say anything more and I’m not sure if it will make a difference to how he votes. But it was nice to hear my husband share this with me. As PBO said, one voice can make a difference….

    Enjoy the rest of your day TODers…cheers until next time…

    • 114 Pamela
      April 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Thank you, Berny, you and your husband are a great example of how voices from outside the American view can help PBO, maybe giving a broader perspective on how the world sees our President! Enjoy your ANZAC Day. I’ve heard of a very nic little pub over in The Rocks, which makes it’s own designer beers, and is a wonderful place to meet folks! It’s called Hart’s, check it out!

    • 115 theo67
      April 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      This is excellent! The fact that an American can travel across the world and feel comfortable bad-mouthing his President, and then have to be put straight by people literally on the other side of the planet – what an embarrassment to Americans. While Romney continues to tell the lie that President Obama has apologized for Americans, the Republicans continue to show the world that maybe America actually does need to apologize – not just to the world, but to the President, Leader of the Free World.

  39. 116 Ladyhawke
    April 24, 2012 at 11:15 am


    Steve Doocy (who seems to have a permanent smirk on his face) makes a half arse correction to his PBO silver spoon mis-quote. What a coward. The Washington Post and NY Post also had to issue corrections. It didn’t occur to them to check the validity of what Doocy was saying, they just parroted what he said verbatim. Thankfully, they got caught. There is an endless supply of incidents like this.

    Fox corrects record on Obama ‘silver spoon’ quote


    • 117 theo67
      April 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      I love this. This is the one area where I’ll give the Occupy movement some credit. I think the Occupy movement did actually create an awareness in people that there is power in their numbers; that when people unite behind a common cause, they can move mountains. I think people got complacent, worrying about their own issues and not realizing that we were all in the same boat. I don’t think the Occupy movement has actually accomplished anything in and of itself, but they lit the spark that caused people like that young woman to call for a boycott of big banks and to move their money to community banks and credit unions. They did encourage people to put out a call to get Limbaugh de-sponsored. They raised their voices and forced ALEC sponsors to go running. They’ve inspired people to applaud the President’s recess appointment to the CFBA. And countless other small causes that were inspired by those early actions from the Occupy movement. I give most of the credit to President Obama calling for people to care for each other (even before his inauguration), and to be empowered, but Occupy got people to pay attention again – and to believe that their voices were powerful. The Occupy people are their own worst enemies and they’ve wasted a lot of energy on nonsense, but their very existence has inspired people – and exposed the one percenters to be the heartless, soulless, greedy buggers that they are.

  40. April 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

    DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) said Tuesday that it was “entirely reasonable” for Speaker John Boehner to express doubts about the GOP’s ability to hold the House in November’s elections.

    Wasserman Schultz said that though she’s “not an oddsmaker,” she agreed with Boehner that Democrats could fare well in the November elections. 

    “I think it is entirely reasonable for the Speaker to expect they could lose the House, because they very well could,” the DNC chairwoman told CNN. 


    • 119 jackiegrumbacher
      April 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

      We’ve got work to do, people. The idea of not having to see or hear Boehner again after November is the biggest incentive in the world to work our hearts out for our candidates. We cannot give our newly re-elected President Obama a Republican House to work with. We..just..can’t. In the immortal words of our first lady, Let’s Move.

  41. April 24, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Barbara Walters is fawning over Miss Ann on The View. Repeatedly said she is “very effective”. I wonder how she can think that someone who says that she “LOVES that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and have to work” is “very effective”.

    • 122 Linda
      April 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Walters makes me sick…….she is such a phoney baloney…..she is very close friends with Roger Ailes.

    • 123 jackiegrumbacher
      April 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Barbara Walters is so overdue for retirement, it’s pathetic. She was insufferable when she began her career, has been insufferable throughout her career and has now passed that point into unendurable. I could not care less what she does or says.

      • 124 theo67
        April 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        I’m with you, Jackie. I hope she never darkens the White House doorstep again, and I’ve vowed not to watch that show of hers ever again. Too much stupid.

    • 125 Cha
      April 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Yeah, Ann Zombey is an effective stooge, gaffe monger, and cold hearted b**** who makes me wonder…did willard turn her or did she turn him?

  42. April 24, 2012 at 11:21 am

    The Senate announced its conferees for resolving differences between the House and Senate version of a highway funding extension bill.

    Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), David Vitter (R-La.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) will be the Senate conference chairmen to resolve the differences between the Senate and House versions of the highway funding extension bill. The House version, H.R. 4348, is a simple extension of existing transportation funding while the Senate bill, S. 1813, funds highway programs for two years with $109 billion.


  43. April 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

    By Pete Kasperowicz – 04/24/12 11:16 AM ET
    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) announced on Tuesday morning that every time Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticizes President Obama on the Senate floor, she will take to the floor to defend Obama.

    Boxer spoke shortly after McConnell again blasted Obama for failing to take steps to help the economy recover, and for focusing on government-based solutions that he said have failed. McConnell, who frequently uses his morning remarks to criticize Obama, said Tuesday morning that Obama has become just another politician who has failed to deliver results for Americans.


    • 129 jackiegrumbacher
      April 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Yeah for Barbara Boxer! She’s one of my favorite senators. Let the turtle know we’re not going to take his poison and keep quiet. Maybe be worth watching if she’s going to challenge him.

    • April 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

      I love Boxer, almost as much as I love FLOTUS and Jill Biden. And that is a lot of love.

    • 131 theo67
      April 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Finally – they should have been doing this from the beginning! It shouldn’t need an announcement. Good grief!

    • 132 Cha
      April 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      WONDERFUL! Barbara’s going to be a BUSY Speaker on the Floor!

  44. 133 yardarm756
    April 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

    All hail shipmates! Good to see so many of you out and about. FOCUS.

    • April 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Good morning Yardarm. This place is a different place when you are on leave. Good to see you back on duty. And an early Happy Birthday. I am sure Chips will have some special present all wrapped up for you tomorrow.

  45. 136 jackiegrumbacher
    April 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I was like a kid in the candy shop when I voted this morning. The usual line of hyper Republicans that shove handouts in your face was there once again, but I just sailed on by with a huge smile on my face. Why? I was voting for Barack Obama today and I felt great. I even did a little happy dance in place when I saw his name at the top of the ballot. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get to do this again!!! So I’m just clicking away at all the other Democrats with a big sappy smile and afterwards I threw up my hands and said a very quiet, YES. Then I waved to the clerks, the judge and all the helpers and told them to have a good day. Back on the sidewalk I told my husband in a loud voice in front of the Republican lineup that I LOVED voting for my president. What a blast! Oh, and by the way, though this was supposed to be the big Voter ID test, nobody asked either of us to show ours. Very odd.

  46. April 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Now, Grassley says that Columbian Prostitutes could have been Russian Spies.

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