The Gershwin Prize

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  1. 1 proudmemberofglobalzero
    May 22, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Have a great Day!

  2. 8 pugeretto
    May 22, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I watched this last night, so cute how PBO & FLOTUS rock/sway with the music!

  3. May 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Sully has a map that shows the lengths we’ve had to go to in order to supply the Afghanistan war while avoiding Pakistan:


  4. 22 vcprezofan2
    May 22, 2012 at 10:31 am

    What, CC! You sneaked back in unbeknownst to moi!! 😯

  5. 23 desertflower
    May 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

    HAHAHAHA!! File this along with all the OTHER “you can’t make this shit up” files:)


  6. May 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

    You know the drill. Pound this dufus:

  7. 44 Ladyhawke
    May 22, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Romney’s Bain playbook unclear as attacks grow


    NEW YORK (AP) —

    The core of his presidential candidacy under attack, Mitt Romney has yet to shape a playbook to defend a quarter-century in the business world that created great riches for himself and great hardship, at times, for some American workers.



    • 45 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 22, 2012 at 10:58 am

      He’s been running for 6+ years, and he hasn’t come up with anything yet. There’s really no good spin for his record, which reflects the fact that there’s really no good rationale for him to be running for president in the first place. By the time November rolls around, his fake, inflated reputation will be in tatters — I hope the money will be a comfort.

      • 46 vcprezofan2
        May 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

        I really don’t think Mitt knows how to learn as you go. He still believes all he needs to use as ‘spin’ is the fact he has been successful and has millions all over the world to prove it. There’s very little nuance to this guy.

      • 47 Hachikō
        May 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

        How does one defend vulture capitalism?

    • 48 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 22, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Another day ….


      Yes We Can … Do More Together!

    • 49 theo67
      May 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Even if he finds a reason to defend his time at Bain Capital that people will swallow – he’ll still have some explaining to do about his time as Massachusetts governor. And the tax money he took during his time at the Olympics. And his Swiss bank accounts. And what he’s been doing for the last ten years…

  8. 50 57andfemale
    May 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Wash my brain with bleach. I am quoting Newt Gingrich:

    “The Bain model is to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain an immense amount of money and leave. I’ll let you decide if that’s really good capitalism. I think that’s exploitation.”

  9. 52 xtine
    May 22, 2012 at 10:55 am

    The Repubs in Iowa just fell off their cliffs — second paragraph is the lunatic-fringe:

    The Iowa Republican Party is getting some attention today for a draft state party platform that proposes requiring candidates for federal office to supply proof of citizenship. The chairman of the committee that drafted this and other provisions went out of his way to let reporters know this was intended as a challenge to President Obama’s legitimacy, in case anyone was wondering.

    But if you take a look at the document as a whole, the birth certificate requirement is far from the crankiest of provisions. It calls for the abolition of the federal Departments of Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Energy, Interior, Labor, and Commerce. It demands a phase-out of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and immediate provisions to make Social Security voluntary. Though it’s a bit confusing on this point, it seems to call for the abolition of public education, or, as it often refers to them, “government schools.” It calls for U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations and the repeal of all hate crimes and non-discrimination legislation. It endorses a Fetal Personhood Amendment. It demands permanent restriction of total federal spending to 10% of GDP (the draconian right-wing Cut, Cap and Balance Act would limit it to 19.9% of GDP), and reversal of the Supreme Court precedents that made possible the New Deal and civil rights laws.

    Whole article here:

  10. 60 Ladyhawke
    May 22, 2012 at 11:01 am


    It’s Official: Watching Fox Makes You Stupider


    This laziness, partisan hackery and lack of regard for basic accuracy is what separates Fox News from outlets that merely have opinions. And it is doing their audience a disservice. This Fairleigh Dickinson study is not the first to find that Fox News viewers are the most ill informed of any news consumers. As of November 22, 2011, Think Progress had found seven studies showing Fox News’s viewers to be the worst informed of all news consumers. In a post about a report that had just come out in the International Journal of Press/Politics, by communication scholar Lauren Feldman of American University and colleagues which found that “Fox News viewing manifests a significant, negative association with global warming acceptance,” Chris Mooney cited six previous studies with similar findings.

    I identified 6 separate studies showing Fox News viewers to be the most misinformed, and in a right wing direction—studies on global warming, health care, health care a second time, the Ground Zero mosque, the Iraq war, and the 2010 election.

    I also asked if anyone was aware of any counterevidence, and none was forthcoming. There might very well be a survey out there showing that Fox viewers aren’t [emphasis in original] the most misinformed cable news consumers on some topic (presumably it would be a topic where Democrats have some sort of ideological blind spot), but I haven’t seen it. And I have looked.



  11. 62 anniebella
    May 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Do you have a video of Stevie Wonder singing at the Gershwin Prize? I would love to see him.

  12. 64 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

  13. 65 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 11:23 am

  14. 66 Hachikō
    May 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Sheléa Frazier says she’s never been prouder to be an American. Oh dear. Cue the RW outrage.

  15. 68 Linda
    May 22, 2012 at 11:25 am

    The Republican National Convention committee has abruptly cut ties with Rebecca Donatelli, a Republican strategist who was retained by the convention to work on its website and digital strategy, after Donatelli was mentioned in a proposal to use the Rev. Jeremiah Wright to attack President Obama, reports the New York Times.

    Donatelli was included on a list called “Your Recommended Team of Pirates” who could potentially help carry out the campaign, which would be financed by billionaire Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts. Strategic Perceptions, the firm behind the proposal, said last week that all people mentioned, like Donatelli, had nothing to do with drafting the proposal and would have been asked to join only after it was approved. Ricketts and the super PAC Ending Spending Action Fund have said they will not move forward with the proposal.

    • 69 xtine
      May 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

      I must be slow this morning. Why then fire Donatelli if she had nothing to do w/ it?

    • 71 57andfemale
      May 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Wow. they REALLY want to etch a sketch out Romney’s Mormonism, don’t they?

      • May 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        They’re TERRIFIED. That idiot Trump is saying they should definitely go after Wright. He’ll be silenced shortly, if that’s even possible.

    • 73 theo67
      May 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      I’ll take it anyway. If they were on the list, they must have some qualities that would have made them more applicable than just the regular racist Republican. Good riddance, I say. Get rid of the filth – but start at the top.

  16. 74 Ladyhawke
    May 22, 2012 at 11:29 am


    As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney’s disgusting comments while delicate negotiations were taking place on Chen Guangcheng should disqualify him from running for the presidency. There are plenty of other reasons to disqualify him, but I found this knee jerk attempt to insert himself into the story repulsive. Anyway, it would be great if some enterprising reporter took the time to follow-up and ask Romney if he thinks the arrival of Chen Guangcheng to New York City was a day of shame. I won’t hold by breath waiting for this to happen.

    Is it still a ‘day of shame’?

    By Steve Benen


    Too often in political coverage, there isn’t enough accountability. Irresponsible politicians pop off on the subject of the day, but there isn’t much in the way of follow through, as we chase the ball bouncing in new directions.

    So, let’s circle back for a moment. Romney wanted to pretend to be a credible analyst of American diplomacy during sensitive diplomatic talks with China. Does Romney still think he was right to condemn the Obama administration? Or has Chen Guangcheng’s arrival in New York caused him to reconsider his rhetoric about a “dark day for freedom” and a “day of shame for the Obama administration”?



    • 75 57andfemale
      May 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

      I love Steve Benen.

      And as much as I was not happy with Cory Booker’s b.s., THIS should have had some coverage on the alleged progressive media yesterday. Instead of hand-wringing over Cory Booker’s possible damage to the campaign, how about taking five minutes (I’m talking to YOU, Tweety) to frame Willard’s reckless actions on foreign policy while the POTUS is conducting negotiations and making him answer for his recklessness?

      • 76 Ladyhawke
        May 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

        Totally agree 57. I absolutely adore Steve. His blog posts are the best on the internet. Crisp and to the point. His analysis of politics is spot on. He’s a treasure.

        It is so disappointing watching journalism die in America. The Republican Party has turned “working the refs” into an art form. The media allows themselves to be led around by the nose on a daily basis. They chase shiny objects instead of reporting the real news. I am going to send this post to Tweety about Romney and Chen ChuangCheng. This deserves media scrutiny. It speaks volumes about Mitt Romney’s fitness for the presidency.

  17. 77 57andfemale
    May 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I love PM Carpenter:

    “My point is a common, and perhaps even a superfluous, one: We no longer just follow political campaigns, we careen through them–we zig, zag, bounce off the walls and do Daffy Duck backflips and handsprings upon every news-cycle story: this is the one, the one game-changer,
    the explosive mutation that alters everything.

    Until tomorrow, or later that day, or the next “tweet.”


    • 78 Cha
      May 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      O yeah, ,PObama understands exponentially more than the pundits about politics. You’d think they get a clue by now and study and learn.

  18. 79 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 11:35 am

  19. 80 xtine
    May 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    This is cool — that’s our FLOTUS:

    First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Nationwide Lunch Recipe Contest; Winners Visit White House For A ‘Kids’ State Dinner’

    Have a favorite healthy lunch recipe your kids love? Or think you can create an ultra delicious one? First Lady Michelle Obama wants to hear from you. On Monday, Mrs. Obama announced a Let’s Move! partnership with Epicurious.com for a recipe contest, The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, designed to get parents/guardians and children ages 8-12 into the kitchen and cooking lunch recipes that are both affordable and tasty. The special prize: 56 child winners and their adult companions–from every state and US territories–will be flown to Washington, DC, for a “Kids’ State Dinner” at the White House, hosted by the First Lady. A selection of the winning recipes will be served at the dinner, which is currently scheduled to take place in August.


    • 81 Ladyhawke
      May 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Sarah Palin will be outraged.

      • 82 anniebella
        May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

        Ladyhawke,Palin won’t like it, oh boy that must mean it’s wonderful. It is, just like FLOTUS.

        • 83 Ladyhawke
          May 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

          Ain’t that the truth. I just love POTUS and FLOTUS. They just keep on doing what they want to do to improve the lives of the American people whether the Republicans like it or not. I am so grateful the adults are in the White House.

    • 84 Cha
      May 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      This sounds Delicious! Way to get everyone involved FL MO!

      Muchas Gracias, xtine!

  20. 85 Linda
    May 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) effort to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress may fail.

    Two of the Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have said that they will not support such a move. Six others repeatedly denied The Hill’s requests for comment.

  21. May 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I was walking around my neighborhood yesterday and realized that every single home and condo that had been on the market (sometimes for more than a year) has now been sold or is under contract. My neighbor told me all this happened in the last three months. There are NO For Sale signs left.

    • 87 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Ditto in mine … only 1 for sale sign has persisted for several months, all others, sold …


  22. 88 CindyH
    May 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Found this take on the booker issue to be interesting…

    • 89 CindyH
      May 22, 2012 at 11:49 am

      correction – take on the booker appearance on Maddow

    • 90 57andfemale
      May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Really good. Thanks.

    • 91 Cha
      May 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks CindyH.. I really like this last paragraph.. kinda puts it in a nutshell..especially the last Sentence!

      “Romney’s success in Massachusetts, Romneycare, is another thing he’s running away from. Both of those topics would have been a nice pivot to get Booker out of talking about his private equity contributors. Instead, here he his, trying to unfuck what shouldn’t have been fucked in the first place.”

  23. 92 57andfemale
    May 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

    • 93 Lovepolitics2008
      May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Rendell and other DLC people are freaking out; they’re afraid that Big Money won’t like them anymore. What Rendell and his friends have always been wanting is for President Obama to “play the game” like It’s always been done. Play hardball politics in public in order to win POLITICALLY, while working behind the scenes to reassure the Big Lobbies that he won’t go too hard after them.

      President Obama’s first loyalty is and has always been his COUNTRY and its PEOPLE. He went to Washington hoping to convince politicians to rediscover their first obligation: to work for the next generation instead of the next election. He went to Washington to be a voice for ordinary people who are getting bamboozled by a capitalism out of control.

      And the big power centers have realized that he could really change the status quo. They’re fighting like HELL against him.

      I’m not surprised he’s going hard on Romney. Yes he likes conciliation and tries his best to make progress in a diplomatic, inclusive way. But he NEVER shies away from an ugly fight if it’s NECESSARY for the future and well being of his Country.

      Barack Obama is one of the most unselfish and courageous politicians I’ve ever seen.

  24. 94 anniebella
    May 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Mike Myers was so funny, not a great singer, but funny.

  25. May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Bruce Willis- Romney is an embarrassment–


    Get em Bruce!

    • May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      And he is a Republican!

    • 99 Cha
      May 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Unfortunately, he still has his head up his o so clever ass. Another quote from the article is.. “Everybody wants to be Barack Obama and what did he change?” Well, if you could unstick your head, Bruce, you could learn what exactly has been CHANGED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

  26. 101 Liberal Librarian
    May 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

  27. May 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    President Obama will hit two fundraisers in California on Wednesday that are expected to net $2.4 million for his campaign.

    A campaign official confirmed to POLITICO that Crosby, Stills and Nash will perform at the Atherton, Calif., residence of philanthropists Doug and Lisa Goldman. Some 60 guests are expected at a cost of $35,800 each.

    The president will then head to the Fox Theater in Redwood City, where 1,000 people are expected for a $250-per-head event featuring a performance by Ben Harper.

    The events come on the first of a two-day West Coast swing by the president. He begins Wednesday with a stop in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he will deliver the commencement address at the Air Force Academy.

    On Thursday, he is scheduled to attend another campaign event in Palo Alto, Calif., before heading to Newton, Iowa, where he will deliver an official speech about his congressional “to-do list.”

  28. 104 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    • 105 amk for obama
      May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Now, a new group — the Ron Paul crowd — is taking over some formal GOP structures, including in Iowa. Ed Kilgore has a great post detailing some of the wackier things they’ve put in the official Iowa Republican Party platform — for example, eliminating the Agriculture Department. In Iowa. Oh, there’s plenty more, including phasing out Social Security and Medicare; overall, it has called for a federal government half the size of what Paul Ryan has advocated.

      The problem with this for most Republican politicians is that unlike the Robertson Republicans, the Paul crowd are advocating a program that, overall, is just spectacularly unpopular with the general public. Many libertarians have fooled themselves into believing that the American people are with them on their basic program, but if that were the case, Ron Paul would have been a viable presidential candidate, not someone who finds it hard to break 15 percent in primaries.

  29. 106 Ladyhawke
    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm


    New report highlights need for mass transit investments — but Romney and the GOP would rather score political points


    Mitt Romney hasn’t been shy lately about criticizing President Obama over high gas prices. Last month, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee even accused Obama of deliberately trying to “drive up the cost of energy” in order to encourage the use of renewable sources.

    And yet, with the summer driving season nearly upon us, Romney and his party are showing no interest whatsoever in one surefire way to ease the burden of high gas prices: mass transit.
    Transportation policy was once a fairly bipartisan process. But in recent years, it’s been politicized by congressional Republicans, and has become another area of partisan gridlock. The result is that the transportation bill – whose renewal used to be fairly routine — has been temporarily extended, rather than passed outright, eight times since it expired in 2009.
    If Romney and his party meant what they said about reducing our dependence on foreign oil, they’d be eager to invest in alternatives to driving. Instead, they seem more interested in scoring political points.



  30. May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Alex Wagner- Jen Psaki thank you fir joining us…

    Translation: your messing up my messaging on anti Obama and leave Bain alone and Booker is a Super Hero and…

    She is a tool!

  31. 108 lisalovesobama
    May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    So Powell thinking bout endorsing Willard? 🙄 these people are such idiots. Powell knows his family is voting Obama/Biden right?

    • 109 vcprezofan2
      May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      I don’t think he is. He just did an Obama-type answer. He figuratively pat Mitt on the head, than said he’s considering who is the best candidate as the time progresses.

      • 110 Lovepolitics2008
        May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

        I would like him to finally have the guts to say the truth about how his party is out of control. You can be diplomatic but there comes a time when enough is enough. Powell could take a lesson or two from Barack Obama.

  32. 111 xtine
    May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Here’s one for you, soccer fans, ladies:

    World’s soccer organization FIFA appoints first woman to executive committee

    Lydia Nsekera, president of the Burundi Football Association, has been co-opted onto the executive committee and will be formally installed at the FIFA Congress in Budapest on Friday, FIFA said in a statement.

    Nsekera is already a member of FIFA committees for women’s football, the women’s World Cup and the organising committee for the Olympic football tournaments.


  33. May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm
  34. 113 amk for obama
    May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  35. May 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Sunnunu- Robney Surrogate, just said Bain is fair Gane.
    Ummmmmmm, where is the MSM freakout?

  36. May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Biden live on cspan at 1:45, from NH!

  37. May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    President Obama will travel to Iowa on Thursday to put pressure on Congress to quickly extend key renewable-energy tax credits, the White House said.

    Obama will tout the tax credits during a speech at TPI Composites, a wind turbine blade manufacturer in Newton, Iowa. The news was first reported by the Des Moines Register and confirmed by the White House on Tuesday morning.


  38. 119 Ladyhawke
    May 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm


    The ‘Women’s Policy Committee’ gets to work

    By Steve Benen


    The “war on women” didn’t catch on as a national phenomenon because GOP officials are invariably men; it caught on after Republicans in Virginia decided to mandate medically-unnecessary, trans-vaginal ultrasounds for women who want to undergo a legal medical procedure.

    In recent months, Republicans at the state and federal level and have been fighting to restrict contraception; cut off Planned Parenthood; approving sweeping new restrictions on abortion; playing games with the Violence Against Women Act; denying the existence of gender-based pay discrimination and rolling back pay-equity laws.

    When it came time for House Republicans to pay for lower student loan interest rates, GOP officials decided to get the funding by cutting access to breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings.
    If these lawmakers think a committee and a video will help improve the political circumstances, they don’t yet understand that this is about public policy, not perceptions about gender diversity. If they want to close the gender gap, they need to change the substance, not the style.



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