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Rise and Shine

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Today:

11:30: President Obama delivers remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians (White House live)

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12:10: Designates five new national monuments in a signing ceremony with VP Biden and Sec. Salazar

1:0: Josh Earnest briefs the press (White House live)

6:30: President Obama and Michelle Obama mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House

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The rest of the week:

Tuesday: The President will welcome the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings and the Major League Soccer champion LA Galaxy to the White House

Wednesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

Thursday: The President will welcome President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, and Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde to the White House

Friday: The President will travel to Miami, Florida for an event on the economy

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BuzzFeed: President Barack Obama is ready to hit the road on a new campaign-style public relations trip, hoping to breathe new life into the push for stronger gun control laws.

…. A White House official said people should expect to see Obama travel outside DC to bolster his insistence that gun control measures “deserve a vote” in Congress.

Obama will have help. Over the coming two-week congressional recess, representatives of the Brady Campaign and Mike Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns tell BuzzFeed they’re gearing up for major campaigns aimed at ginning up votes for gun control….

More here

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Greg Sargent: Over the weekend, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York announced that he would spend $12 million on ads pressuring a number of Senators in 13 states to support Obama’s gun reforms. The NRA has vowed to respond on the air, meaning the battle over guns will intensify in the states as Congress remains on recess for the next two weeks.

Bloomberg’s ads — which focus largely on the proposal to expand background checks — will target a number of GOP Senators. But the more interesting dimension to this is that they will also target red state Dems: Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Lousiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

So where are these red state Dems on expanding background checks?

More here

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Senator Richard Blumenthal (ThinkProgress): NRA leadership demonstrated yet again last week just how low they are willing to go in their unconscionable effort to block any and all common sense, life saving gun violence legislation. Their most recent repugnant tactic—repeated robo calls to Newtown families—mocks and betrays the courage and compassion demonstrated by the Newtown community just barely three months after one of the world’s most horrific acts of gun violence seized 26 beautiful and heroic young lives.

More here

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NYT: Organizing for Action, the political group that grew out of President Obama’s successful re-election campaign machinery, will jump into the immigration debate this week with an aggressive online effort to highlight the personal stories of immigrants.

The group has collected 7,000 stories from supporters, some of whom entered the country illegally or were brought as young children by their parents. Organizers say they will distribute the stories using Twitter, Facebook and blogs beginning this week.

The idea, officials with the group said, is to demonstrate support for efforts in Congress to overhaul immigration laws in ways that would provide 11 million illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship.

More here

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NYT Editorial: Republican leaders in Congress regularly denounce the 2010 Affordable Care Act and vow to block money to carry it out or even to repeal it. Those political attacks ignore the considerable benefits delivered to millions of people since the law’s enactment three years ago Saturday. The main elements of the law do not kick in until Jan. 1, 2014, when many millions of uninsured people will gain coverage. Yet it has already thrown a lifeline to people at high risk of losing insurance or being uninsured, including young adults and people with chronic health problems, and it has made a start toward reforming the costly, dysfunctional American health care system.

More here

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TPM: The Supreme Court is poised to hear two blockbuster cases on gay rights this week, with historic implications for a cause that is advancing politically at lightning speed.

The cases to be heard on Tuesday and Wednesday involve the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which bars married same sex couples from receiving federal benefits.

By the end of June, nine justices will either advance the cause of gay rights, set it back, or punt on the larger questions, as support for gay equality in various forms rises in the polls.

More here

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BWD linked to this on Twitter, ‘The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever’, including the one above – have a look, some of them are amazing. See here

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Three years ago: President Obama greets Barack Stroud at the University of Iowa Field House in Iowa City, March 25, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

They’re long-time pals:

December, 2007

April, 2012

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MooooOOOOOoooorning (again).


179 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 2 Melanie
    March 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Good Morning TOD!!

  2. March 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

    SOS Kerry is on the job!

    *** Kerry arrives in Afghanistan: Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan. And according to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who is traveling with the nation’s top diplomat, Kerry will meet with President Karzai. Senior officials say Kerry knows Karzai well, and they believe he can get past the difficulty over Karzai’s recent anti-American rhetoric. Before arriving in Afghanistan, Kerry visited Iraq, where he confronted Prime Minister Maliki, accusing him of colluding with Iran to prop up the Assad regime by permitting almost daily weapons shipments from Iran to Syria through Iraq’s airspace, Mitchell adds.

    http://firstread.msnbc.com

    • 4 jackiegrumbacher
      March 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      I’m proud of John Kerry. He’s doing a great job as SOS and fully supporting the president.

  3. March 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Great start for the morning Chips. The deserve a Vote!

  4. 6 collegekay
    March 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Good morning everyone.

  5. March 25, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Lil Barack could pass for Big Barack’s son! He is beautiful!

  6. 8 amk for obama
    March 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

  7. 9 desertflower
    March 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Whoot! Look at YOU, Chips! Now I have to go back and read all this goodness you’ve given us this morning! TY!

    Brought this over…because, you posted this new one, and I JUST posted this on the last thread…..

    Morning! It’s Spring Break for me, and I have a head cold and can’t breathe!! Of course….NOW I get sick! Haven’t been sick all year, and here I am, on vacation, sick. damn the bad luck….

    Anyway, very good read here from Bob Cesca….great idea!

    http://thedailybanter.com/2013/03/steal-the-gop-playbook-pass-gun-control-laws-at-the-state-level/

  8. 11 Nena20409
    March 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Congrats, Carol at numero uno this morning.

    GM all TODers.

    I look to you TODers 😉

    • 12 vcprezofan2
      March 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Nena, THIS rendition of this song is the only piece of music that ALWAYS makes me cry silently. The words are powerfully meaningful and the delivery seems so packed with sincerity, she makes me feel what she is singing. May she rest in peace and may her daughter find her own anchor, if she hasn’t already.

  9. 14 sonjiaduncan
    March 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

    It’s snowing here in Baltimore, welcome to Spring.

    • 15 CEB
      March 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

      No snow, but a cold for Florida week ahead; temps 39-28. This is Spring Break for me; sweaters and boots instead of sandals and colorful frocks. Oh, well; it is still good to be off from school no matter what the weather may be.

  10. 17 AJ
    March 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for the great post, Chipsticks! Those “perfectly timed” photos are ah-MAZE-ing!!

  11. March 25, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I’ve got 2 daughters crabbing about snow days in their areas——again today—–on March 25th! Ct. daughter having to stay home with her kids at a busy time of year at work and pushing their last day of school to June 25th, the day they had planned to leave for a summer fam reunion vacay. Indy teacher daughter can’t believe she’s home on another snow day either, also extending their last day of school into same unwanted time frame. This is nuts! Just cold as ice here in Illinois—-all spring h.s. sports on hold/cancelled. Robins have returned but look confused, scolding each other about whose big idea it was to return to the Midwest at this time. Big Mistakeroo!

  12. March 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Good Morning TOD’ers….

    I loved the Lil’ Barack pix that BWD posted six years ago…….my how he has grown. What a great inspiration to be named after one of the greatest President in history.

    Also the picture of Michelle and Barack’s wedding photo of them tuckered out on the bench, there is a picture of Bo Obama in the WH laying on the same type of bench.

    • 20 anniebella
      March 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Yes if I were young enough to have twins, a boy and girl I would name them Barack and Michelle. 🙂

  13. 21 utaustinliberal
    March 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Great round up Chiparoo.

    • March 25, 2013 at 10:56 am

      See, now I find myself asking ‘what would UT and LovelyPlains include in this Rise and Shine?’ – you are setting ridiculously high standards. (Unlike Chelsea). Thanks for everything again UT, whenever you fancy it – post away!

      • 23 utaustinliberal
        March 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

        Hahaha…..certainly not an insult to Chelsea – aka ‘The Greatest Team Ever’ – couched within a compliment. They should be spoken of with reverence and high praise.

        Thanks for the kind words Chiparoo. Will take you up on that offer of posting. 😀

  14. 24 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2013 at 11:01 am

  15. 25 japa21
    March 25, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Just a quick recommendation. Pierce has been pushing out fantastic pieces today. If you go anywhere outside of TODville today, make sure you go there.

  16. 27 utaustinliberal
    March 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

  17. 28 utaustinliberal
    March 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

  18. March 25, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Heads Up: President Obama Speaks at a Naturalization Ceremony for Active Duty Service Members and Civilians 11:30 AM EST

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • 30 99ts
      March 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Got to be bedtime here – I saw the link & assumed it was a new post – then wondered how I got to the whitehouse site – sigh
      Have a great day E1 – hope the snow goes away.

      • March 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

        Sleep well 99ts, see ya later!

      • 32 carolyn
        March 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        99ts…..thank you for your explanation of cricket. It did help. I read it to my husband and he nodded with understanding. I know it’s only a beg:-)inning, but you explained some terms. I read Playing for the Ashes by Elizabeth George years ago, which was about a test match between England and someone, but didn’t put that all together. Thanks again.
        I do know cricket is everywhere the Brits have been. About ten years ago, at a park here in a suburb of Oklahoma City, young en fro various countries of the Commonwealth would gather for cricket. It was fun to watch. I have to say there is a certain elegance to the game. Or…..maybe it’s the uniforms and the tea 🙂

        • 33 carolyn
          March 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm

          should be young men from…..sometimes my “m” doesn’t connect! Also, the smile jumped from the end to the middle of “beginning” my computer does some crazy things…..

    • 41 utaustinliberal
      March 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

      There’s a special place in hell for those who came up with this idea and decided to run with it.

    • 42 Nena20409
      March 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Karma has been delivering judgement on the Today Show since they had Palin as a guest and co-host in April 2012, then trashed Ann Curry and humiliated her. GMA has been number since then.

      Karma has a way of extracting or pronouncing a well deserved punishment…..;)…oops, correction 🙂

    • 44 CEB
      March 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Another instance of attention for the criminals and not the victims. If the Today Show thinks that this will help their sinking ratings, they have made a mistake. I am so glad that GMA has knocked them off their pedestal.

    • 45 prettyfoot58
      March 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Our Rape culture is alive despite the push back that occurs…and that is why things like this interview are possible…it will be curious to see what the ratings will be

  19. 46 Nena20409
    March 25, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I know that this has been posted here before.

    The Dem sen from MO with her support for marriage equality reminds me again, why I appreciate her.

    MO, a Truman State. A once common sense state. The show me state has been slowly been dumbed down for the last 5 yrs. They woke in 2012 and voted for Claire M. re-election. However, they voted against pres Obama by a huge gap…50% plus to 40%. Just in 2008, then sen Obama lost MO by less than 3500 votes.

    So I called her office and left a message today. A profile in courage for her Marriage Equality stand. She didn’t have a gay child for her conversion.

    Here’s the JFK quote again:

    If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.” Acceptance of the New York Liberal Party nomination (14 September 1960)

    • 47 prettyfoot58
      March 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

      If by a “Liberal” they mean… someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions..

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      This is what the President is helping me to change within myself/and it isn’t easy….smilin

    • 48 Vicki
      March 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      You’re so right to praise Claire. i have family in St. Louis and it is one creepy place. “Phyllis Schlafley Boulevard” and no, I am not kidding.
      My family is an embarrassment, also. They did Not vote for Claire or the good Governor, Jay Nixon who also won, because they wanted to keep their taxes low. They are so ill-informed and certain of their superiority that it is hopeless.

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      March 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      I spotted this: “She didn’t have a gay child for her conversion.” I don’t even care if they only “convert” because of their gay mail handler! Rights are rights, and I’m very glad, too, that Claire’s on board, at some political risk.

      • 50 Nena20409
        March 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm

        I do. I am sorry. I do. Humanity, basic humane treatment of all, individual rights should never be justified.

        That constant justification made it OK for our founders to term Black people less equal, to deny right for women, to rule on D. Scott, to justify institutional racism, to deny Civil Right, Voting Rights, etc.

        Humanity should never be justified, qualified or coined with a but. It is either it is or it is not. Justifications perpetuate the wrong doings for people would hide behind those words.

        That is why I celebrate those who make a change without having a relative, friend or whatever to do what is right.

        • 51 jacquelineoboomer
          March 25, 2013 at 8:46 pm

          I was coming from a point of frustration on their “come to Jesus” reasonings, throwing my hands up and being facetious in a snarky way, but I agree with everything you wrote. Your points were very, very well said.

  20. 52 cookemom
    March 25, 2013 at 11:32 am

    wait….this is rise and shine? I thought I had already risen and shizen on the last thread.

  21. 54 Bill
    March 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Tiger has a three stroke lead with nine holes to play.

  22. 56 utaustinliberal
    March 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

    • 57 hopefruit2
      March 25, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Fantastic! And here are some more…

      • 58 cookemom
        March 25, 2013 at 11:40 am

        So glad Barney especially can make it. He would have been on the chopping block if you know who had won the election. All those PBS characters were doomed and headed for the vault.

        • 59 jacquelineoboomer
          March 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm

          Although … since my oldest granddaughter is 22, right around the time when Barney was most popular, and we had to hear “I love you You love me We’re a perfect Fam-i-ly,” four gazillion times a day, he could retire himself to the Smithsonian any old time, from my POV.

          • 60 cookemom
            March 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

            What else could a stuff animal that turns into a walking, talking, larger than life, dinosaur sing about? Singing alone was quite the feat. It ain’t easy being purple.

            • 61 jacquelineoboomer
              March 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

              I remember driving my granddaughter way across town, the first time the purple dinosaur was “appearing,” locally. The minute she saw him up close, she screamed bloody murder, and we had to leave! The second granddaughter was caught up in the frenzy when she came along … and her parents invited Barney over to the house for her first birthday party, outside in July. Underneath all that charm (and canned music from a boombox with the “I love you” crap), Barney was a woman who mentioned how much she was sweating under the purple suit, and asked for a beer to take with her when she left. So – Ha! – I vote Smithsonian.

      • March 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

        Scooby Doo!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😎

  23. 63 Linda
    March 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Those gold drapes seem to be sun faded on the pleats.

    • 64 cookemom
      March 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

      I have never liked those drapes. They are a horrible color and do nothing for PBO’s statue. It drowns him out and he almost disappears into the background. Not to mention, they’re butt ugly.

  24. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    March 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

    We all “worry” about President Obama, but – honestly – did ya see that happy, contented smile on his face at the end of the naturalization ceremony? The man is happy in his soul, no matter what!

  25. March 25, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers!

    Our POTUS in fine form again today. He looks rested and happy!

  26. March 25, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Okay. Have at least some idea of what’s up here on TOD! Thank you, Chipsticks and all! Shall go hobbling around now, will make an effort not to hurt myself again…. Back in a while, whew. (poor mp) 😉 http://myde.st/13hxNJi

  27. March 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Tough to read but an important, insightful editorial from an EMT at Sandy Hook on the gun issue….

    http://www.ctpost.com/opinion/article/The-right-to-life-vs-the-right-to-bear-arms-4377585.php

  28. March 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  29. 76 Jovie
    March 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    If Gallup worded the drone question like this-
    If an American Citizen was part of Al Qaeda and was a clear and present threat, would you be ok if a Drone killed Him, on US soil?

    I bet 99% of the public would say yes.

    • 77 Nena20409
      March 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Come on Jovie, you have got to be kidding, right? 🙂

      Gallup is a pretender Pollster firm new. It is Dr. Frank Newport and his group’s desire to pretend to be providing an unbiased, yet forever biased Pollster firm using their poll results in driving a Narrative for all things: Right Leaning and all things, Corporate driven.

      Gallup sold their professionalism well over a decade ago.

      It took the 2012 election for others to have finally noticed.

  30. 78 cookemom
    March 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Maybe i should duck after I post this, but why is it that we can’t accept that a few Dems need cover on the gun issue for their re-election? I don’t have a problem with red state dems not risking their political welfare on this single issue. When other Dems or Bloomberg start to go after those few Dems, as if they alone hold the key to the passage of gun laws, then I have an issue with that approach. How about they go after all of the ‘Pubs who sit comfortably in their refusal to bend, without any political consequence? Bloomberg and Dems should be targeting those ‘Pubs who are in voting districts that could be swayed to pressure them. We need those red state Dems, for more than just there votes on gun control.

    If we think that 6 Dem Senators, out of a total of 100 are solely responsible for this issue, then we are missing the whole picture. We are inadvertently giving the Pubs cover that we should be giving our own folks.

    Why, if Lapierre and the NRA is polling so low on this issue, does he get any air time at all? Why aren’t folks upset with having every word he has to say, televised and commented on? Yet, folks are giving Harry Reid all kinds of push back for trying to protect his majority.

    Just an observation, not a statement on the need for robust on gun control.

    • 79 amk for obama
      March 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Bloomberg and Dems should be targeting those ‘Pubs who are in voting districts that could be swayed to pressure them.

      amen.

      • 80 Nena20409
        March 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm

        Bloomberg is tricky. He supported Brown over Warren in MA. Warren for was for gun control and brown was not. 2014 could be hard for sen Dems. And who are Bloomberg targeting with his 12M buys? Yep……all but one Portman are Dems. Now how is that Fair?

    • 81 Nena20409
      March 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      I share your thoughts as well.

      Dems from Liberal states alone are not enough to be Majority. Me and NH have Ayotte and Collins. Is Bloomberg going to be running ads in those states?

      MT, ND, LA, AR, AK, MO, PA, IA, SD, OH, IN, these are states with Dem senators. The other senators in these states are TBGOPers. So it either we accept that there will be some differences or we don’t. NV is another state. NC too.

      Working with them…..using Honey to catch flies work best not trashing them and the TBGOPers in those states are left alone. That is Bad, destructive politics.

      That was how we lost in 2010…in WI, AR, PA, OH, IN, MO, KY and NH. Any of those states were winnable for Dems. But Moveon.org, and a few others made their win impossible.

      Dems pride themselves of being a diverse party. Then with the Rainbow coalition, there will be differences.

      • 82 cookemom
        March 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm

        Ayotte and Collins are perfect examples. They could easily be pressured to vote for gun control, instead of going after one of our own. I don’t trust Bloomberg and I think he’s making this about him and not the real issue of gun control. I don’t doubt his sincerity on the necessity of gun control, but I’m a wary of his approach.

    • 83 hopefruit2
      March 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      I agree 100% cookemom. And I’m not sure why this is so difficult to understand. DEMS in redstates should be allowed some breathing space – or else we will wind up with the most extreme of the RW in congress for those states. Thus we should go after Repubs in purple/Blue states and challenge them to take some damn risks for a change instead of voting lockstep as they normally do.

      The NRA guy should not be given a platform to spew garbage on TV – and I’m holding the media accountable and complicit in that regard- just as they were cheerleading the Iraq war, only to hypocritically pretend to be aghast about it 10 years after the fact.

    • 84 4morefor44
      March 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      this getting democrats in-fighting and demoralized has been one of the key components of the republican/trickle-downers over the last several decades. it’s divide and conquer. koch brothers (and first their dad), murdoch and all those people have been spending hundreds of millions to carry this out through the media and their associated “think” tanks and bogus p.r. groups.

      that’s why my main message to liberal friends and relatives has been to stay focused on the real problem – republicans and their enablers, meaning the mainstream media. attacking democrats is falling right into their trap. one of the most important rules of warfare is “really know who the enemy is” and for the world right now, it’s republicans and the media owners.

      • 85 Vicki
        March 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

        Yes to 4more, hopefruit, cookemom, nena and AMK. Bloomberg is a Republican, Rendell (Pete Petersen party) and his ilk ie: Harold Ford (rep. merrill Lynch) are not Democrats, but Corporates and we need to tune them out.
        Somehow we have to get louder and drown out the Deficit bullpucky and all their efforts which aim to siphon $$$$ from people who need it most to those who have stolen practically everything already.

        Bloomberg targeting Dems sickens me. As cookemon suggests, why isn’t he going after Susan Collins (hallibuton?) and Ayotte?

        Beware of billionaires anf their selfish agendas.

    • 87 Bill
      March 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      I think there is a chance with Bloomberg going after Democrats in red states the Democratic candidate will be helped. The Dems in the states will still vote with their party and others will like the idea of voting against Bloomberg. Bloomberg is not a good spokesperson for anything in red states.

      • 88 Nena20409
        March 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        I am Not all sure. What it does is to separate Liberal Dems from Conservative Dems. The Liberals would gravitate to a Liberal in that state, then a Conservative Dems would shy away from. Then the Conservative Dem votes for the TBGOPer or stays away. When Bloomberg equally targets the TBGOPers, then I will know that his political heart on this issue is genuine.

        • 89 Bill
          March 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

          In most red states there are no realistic liberal Democrats to gravitate towards. NC, LA, AR, and AK are all examples.

      • 90 cookemom
        March 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        I dont know Bill, when there’s Bloomberg money crowding the airwaves, and according to polls, folks like what he’s saying, then many otherwise conscientious Dems, may be persuaded to vote this single issue, rather than looking at the big picture. It could very well open the door for the Pub to get in. I don’t like it at all.

        • 91 Bill
          March 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

          I see your point, but red state people are different. They love their guns and vote on emotion more than looking at the big picture. I have lived in both blue and red areas and the difference is astounding.

  31. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    March 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    John Hardhead is still irking me:

  32. 95 desertflower
    March 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Karma 🙂

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/03/25/bachmann_subject_to_ethics_probe.html

    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) “is embroiled in a litany of legal proceedings related to her rolling disaster of a presidential campaign–including a Office of Congressional Ethics investigation into campaign improprieties that has not previously been reported,” according to John Avlon.

    Federal investigators “are now interviewing former Bachmann campaign staffers nationwide about alleged intentional campaign finance violations” and “have allegedly asked about allegations of improper transfer of funds and under-the-table payments.”

  33. March 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

  34. 101 utaustinliberal
    March 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    • 102 LDS
      March 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Governor for this …….if an airport can be named after Ronald Reagan, surely a National Monument for this American hero is long, long overdue.

  35. March 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    • 104 Jessica
      March 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Agreed but don’t confuse a certain group of Jews with the entire Jewish people. There are a lot of Jews who wantt peace.

  36. 105 utaustinliberal
    March 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  37. 106 amk for obama
    March 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  38. March 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

  39. 110 amk for obama
    March 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    woods leads by 2 after 13. go tiger.

  40. 115 utaustinliberal
    March 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Seriously Maryland? I freaking hate you all. You’re so bloody lucky to have Gov. O’Malley. Your state has improved in leaps and bounds under him in terms of the economy, healthcare, and social justice.

    • 116 hopefruit2
      March 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Heh…what can I say? I feel your pain, ut. 🙂 🙂

    • 117 sonjiaduncan
      March 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Seriously Maryland? I freaking hate you all.
      Don’t be hating on us. We voted for POTUS twice. We voted for O’Malley for Mayor of Baltimore twice and Gov. twice. That was not luck.

  41. 118 amk for obama
    March 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Gavin Hewitt of BBc – Few winners in Cyprus deal

    After 12 hours of negotiations, a deal was done in Brussels which protects Cyprus from bankruptcy.

    It will stay in the eurozone and will receive a 10bn euro bailout.

    Its rescue comes with a heavy price.

    The battle to protect its business model as an offshore financial sector has been lost.

    The German government in particular had opposed a model which attracted foreign investors with high interest rates and low regulation.

    Afterwards, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said: “It was the result the German government always stood for.”

    In order to qualify for a rescue, Cyprus had to raise 5.8bn euros. It has done that by closing the Laiki (Popular) Bank. Further funds will be raised from tax increases and privatisations.

    With the closing of Laiki Bank, thousands of bank workers will be without a job.

    Bondholders and those with deposits of more than 100,000 euros ($130,000; £85,000) face significant losses; perhaps 40% or more.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21921874

    what a shitty deal.

  42. March 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

  43. 122 amk for obama
    March 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    A Rabbi who was late for a golf game was rather short tempered with several people whose phone calls kept delaying him.

    The next day his secretary said “Rabbi, several members of the congregation were really upset with you when you cut them short yesterday.”

    At that point, a man who had been sitting within earshot in the reception room got up and departed hurriedly.

    “Who was that?” asked the Rabbi.

    “Oh, that was Mr. Ruthenberg.” she answered. “He wanted to speak to you about a circumcision for his son.”

    Gunnite folks.

  44. 124 andogriff
    March 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Ms Chips! Thanks for yet another brilliant and informative morning post…. and great articles and videos from everyone!

  45. 126 utaustinliberal
    March 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

  46. March 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

  47. 129 Bill
    March 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Rickie Fowler, Tiger’s closest competitor and playing partner, hit the ball in the water twice on the 16th hole.

  48. March 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Morning Obots!

    A programming note: I have my new post scheduled for 45 minutes hence.

    Secondly: Go Tiger!!!!

  49. March 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    As all of you know, I’m convinced (and I’m hardly alone) that until a major – yes capitalist – enterprise has big $$$ to gain, the weapons industry and it’s sycophants (NRA-controlled legislators and Governors) will be much harder to thwart.

    The beauty of eliciting strong support from the Insurance enterprise is that they know how to make money on RISK, by mitigating that risk, i.e., not only will background checks, mental health exams, and all kinds of other provisions be required (e.g., training, licensing, etc.) but much of the pressure to make those requirements will no longer be without the one and only incentive that motivates some folk – making $$$.

    Yes, it’s calculated and it may seem a harsh assessment, but I’m a pragmatist driven by facts, and as impassioned I am about many issues, the reality of this one happens to be we need to counter a very lucrative business with one that is at least as lucrative and that can actually force control parameters onto the making, selling and using of guns and ammo.

    For me, the Insurance enterprise is the logical partner, but it will take the President, VP and many others to shift the focus to ‘personal responsibility’ being defined by each maker, seller and user being aware of their liability every time they transact or fire a gun.

    Yes We Can

    • March 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Via White House online
      25 March 2013

      Dear Mr President (and VP Biden),

      I’m convinced (and I’m hardly alone) that until a major – yes capitalist – enterprise has big $$$ to gain, the weapons industry and it’s sycophants (NRA-controlled Legislators and Gov Executives) will be much harder to thwart.

      The beauty of eliciting strong support from the Insurance enterprise is that they know how to make money on RISK, by mitigating that risk, i.e., not only will background checks, mental health exams, and all kinds of other provisions be required (e.g., training, licensing, etc.), but much of the pressure to make those requirements will no longer be without the one and only incentive that motivates some folk – making $$$.

      Yes, it’s calculated and it may seem a harsh assessment, but I’m a pragmatist driven by facts, and as impassioned I am about many issues, the reality of the #GunViolence issue happens to be we need to counter a very lucrative business with one that is at least as lucrative and that can actually force control parameters onto the making, selling and using of guns and ammo (just as they have done on numerous other major enterprises, e.g., autos, ships, airplanes).

      Thus, the Insurance enterprise is the logical partner, but it will take you and VP Biden and your many powerful colleagues and friends to shift the focus in a much more grounded and measurable form of ‘personal responsibility’– meaning that each maker, seller and user of guns and ammunition are held liable, and have properly insured that liability, every time they sell or use a gun and ammunition.

      Thank you,
      Bob

      Yes We Can

  50. 143 Ladyhawke
    March 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Deputy Press Secretary Josh (‘The Voice’) Earnest is at the podium.

  51. 148 Vicki
    March 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Israel has released funds due to the Palestinian Authority. Israel had withheld the $$$ because Palestine going to the UN directly made them mad. Bravo that the bad israeli behavior has been reversed.

    POTUS scores again! I love my President. Prince of fairness and peace.

  52. March 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Tiger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 151 COS
      March 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      GM Chips and TOD friends. I really have been enjoying all of the nice photos. I love hearing all of these positive things that happened while PBO was in the ME, especially since it was just suppose to be a charm trip according to the MSM.

  53. 152 57andfemale
    March 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    It is absolutely astonishing that Paul Ryan can criticize the Senate budget for ‘keeping the same raids on Medicare’ that he has again included in his own budget.

    What is particularly terrifying is that he can get away with it with millions of Americans.

    Astonishing.

  54. March 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Tiger is #1 in the world again!! And he’s balding. How soon before he goes the Wayne Rooney route?

  55. 157 Bill
    March 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Tiger is number one in the world again.

  56. March 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Where’s all Tiger’s hair gone? 😕

  57. 159 amk for obama
    March 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Aaaand Tiger wins by 2 . What a great 4th putt. Just missed the effing cup..

    Back to No. 1 in the world. Go Tiger.

    。☆。*。☆。
    ★。\|/。★
    CONGRATS TIGER
    ★。/|\。★
    。☆。*。☆。

    (Red shirt with “white stripe”. pshaw. /smh)

  58. 163 amk for obama
    March 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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  60. March 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

  61. 176 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    RWNJ’s stalking the President’s children – again.

    • 177 anniebella
      March 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Why is this anyone business? I thought the President’s kids were to be left alone, well it is clear that is not true, what Malia and Sasha do is none of the press business. There was plenty of time Jeanna and Barbara Bush went places but the Breibart News didn’t report it. These right wing racists bastards, I can’t stand them.

    • 178 Jessica
      March 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      This will be taking down in a bit. Michelle has strictly stated that the request the press not to report on the girls whereabouts when they are not with their parents.


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