Rise and Shine



11:40: President Obama delivers remarks on common-sense measures to protect children from gun violence; VP Biden also attends

12:30: Press Briefing by Josh Earnest

2:10: The President welcomes 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




Michael Tomasky: Matters look bleak indeed when 50 senators vote for a measure requiring that any bill changing gun laws get a two-thirds majority. Nothing else, not taxes, not anything (except some internal Senate rules), requires a two-thirds vote. That 50 senators voted this way — including six Democrats — shows what a collection of cowards and lickspittles these people are on the issue. If the NRA said gun bills should only be passed after sundown on Tuesdays between Columbus Day and the Ascension of Abdul Baha, they’d rush in with amendments stipulating that it also had to be raining. And yet, there is still a chance — yes, even with the assault-weapons ban dead — that the Senate at least will pass some fairly decent legislation. The NRA can still lose here. It’s important that you know this. They don’t want you to.

More here



Steve Benen: The steady and heartening progress we saw earlier in the year on initial unemployment claims appears to have hit a discouraging bump:

The number of people applying for new unemployment-insurance benefits rose 16,000 to 357,000 in the week ended March 23, reaching the highest level since mid-February, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday….

It’s hard to tell just yet, but it’s worth watching in the coming weeks whether (and how much) congressional Republicans’ sequestration cuts are responsible for pushing these numbers higher.

More here


Steve Benen: A couple of months ago, we talked about a preliminary report showing the U.S. economy shrunk slightly in the last three months of 2012. Today, that figure received its second and final revision, and though it’s hardly great news, the economy at least fared better than previously believed.

….. without the “unusually large drop in government spending,” economic growth would have been significantly stronger.

It’s with this news in mind that congressional Republicans are arguing that the nation will benefit if they slash public investments further and take additional capital out of the economy.

More here


Jonathan Bernstein: Here’s how myths get started. Over the weekend, Alyene Senger at Heritage ran an item called “Obamacare at Three Years: Increasing Cost Estimates.”….

…. she has a chart showing estimated new costs rising from $898 billion in March 2010 to $1.6 trillion in February 2013…..

The chart is important, because it’s easily exportable. So David Frum today ran an item which was just the chart; the only thing Frum added was a one-sentence introduction, “The estimated costs of Obamacare keep rising.”

I haven’t looked, but I’m sure the chart will get plenty of play.

Except…it’s entirely phony

More here



Charles Blow: Witnessing a historic moment is such an odd and exhilarating thing. It is hard to register the full scope of it because you are chest deep in it.

That is how I feel about the gay-marriage arguments made before the Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday.

However the court rules on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act, there is no denying that something historic has just happened: an aggrieved group has taken a stand and given voice once again to the American — and indeed Democratic — ideals of justice and fairness and freedom.

More here


Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto meets with President Obama at the White House, November 2012

Statement by the Press Secretary: President Obama will travel to Mexico and Costa Rica May 2-4….

In Mexico, the President looks forward to meeting with President Peña Nieto and welcomes the opportunity to discuss ways to deepen our economic and commercial partnership and further our engagement on the broad array of bilateral, regional, and global issues that connect our two countries.

In Costa Rica, the President looks forward to the opportunity to meet with President Chinchilla as well as heads of state of the other Central American countries and the Dominican Republic, whom President Chinchilla has offered to host

More here



137 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. March 28, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD Family. I hope everyone has a beautiful day today.

  2. 8 Carol
    March 28, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Good morning!

  3. 9 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 28, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Long day ahead!

  4. 10 Carolyn from Detroit
    March 28, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Where is everyone? It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything, but I read faithfully everyday.

  5. 11 Carolyn from Detroit
    March 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Oops! Guess I didn’t refresh! Didn’t see any posts.

  6. 12 hopefruit2
    March 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Good morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc! Congrats RanMan on #1! 🙂

  7. 13 57andFemale
    March 28, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Top five?

  8. 22 Nena20409
    March 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Morning TODers at every Corner of the Earth.

    Sun Shine most of all in my neck of the woods. Happy Holy Thursday for those who celebrate.

    Love and Peace to all 😉

  9. March 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Good Morning, everyone 🙂

  10. 24 Nena20409
    March 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Poignant Post Chips. Thank You. Thoughtful as always, Obrigada.

  11. March 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

    50 senators (includ six Dems) voted for a measure requiring that any bill changing gun laws get 2/3 majority. Cowards http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/28/the-nra-can-still-lose.html

    • March 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

      I’m beginning to wonder how important it is to get Democrats elected to represent Red States since they get to Congress and vote like Republicans. They’re disgusting. Wouldn’t Democrats have dumped Baucus long ago? I think perhaps Howard Dean has the right idea, gotta flip red states to blue.

      • 30 japa21
        March 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

        My heart agrees with you, but my mind says that it is still better to have the most conservative Dem senator than the most moderate GOP senator.

        • 31 japa21
          March 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

          At the same time, it is one thing to vote against an AWB and quite another to vote to require 2/3 majority to pass any gun control legislation.

      • 32 Nena20409
        March 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

        Well, if there are no Dems from the red states, then Dems don’t and won’t control the senate. The important thing always is to get Kirk from IL, Kelly from NH, Collins from ME, Tommy form PA, Johnson from WI, Portman from OH and Grassely from IA……these are TBGOPers in Purple to Blue states…….if Dems in those states can’t get them to stop being a herd follower, then, why are they still getting Dems voting for them in those states? For without the help form Dems, their elections were nearly impossible.

        • 33 nathkatun7
          March 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

          I agree with you Nena. It’s heartbreaking to see Democrats join in the insanity about guns. At the same time we must realize that without Democrats from Red States the Party would not be in control of the Senate. I also agree that It is better to put pressure on Republican Senators representing States that President Obama won.. Sadly, I don’t think any one of those Senators you listed is up for election in 2014. Most will be running in 2016, but the are counting on voter amnesia.

      • 34 Bill
        March 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

        The relatively unknown and charismatically challenged Kay Hagen (D-NC) won her first term in 2008 with Senator BO heading the ticket. It is unlikely she would have won without the turnout created by PBO. Now, with 90% of the state desiring universal background checks at this point she is unwilling to support PBO and background checks. The only reason can be a fear of the NRA. It will be difficult to support her.

      • 35 57andfemale
        March 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

        It was Howard Dean that put these conservative Dem’s in office, so I’m not sure what ‘blue’ actually means in this case. Dean’s 50-state strategy took anyone willing to put a D after their name, which was a safe bet under Bush. But it gave us the DINO’s that almost sunk ACA and stand in the way of PBO’s agenda. I can argue both sides – we’re seen the damage of a Republican-controlled House and we can’t afford to turn over even the raw numbers to Republicans. But these DINO’s make it very difficult.

      • March 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

        We’ve got to have the majority to bring the bill to the floor. We need Dems even if they don’t vote our way all the time. I know it’s not great and I wish it were different, but we do have to work in our states.

    • 37 99ts
      March 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Guess I would like to mention that 44 republicans voted for that measure. It upsets me that everyone is expecting republicans to vote against gun laws, yet still blame the democrats for the stupid things they all do. The article speaks of “the roll of Democratic dishonor” and names the 6 senators, yet does not mention dishonor when talking of the GOP members who voted for the measure – nor are they named and shamed – only the dems.

      If there were a reasonable number of sane GOPers as there are dems – gun control would be like that in most other 1st world countries and parents would be able to send their children to school without worrying as to if they would ever see them again.

      • March 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

        I appreciate your point, but I think by now there should be an expectation that the media will report in a biased fashion. Personally, I don’t expect the certified nuts to suddenly act sane. I do, however, expect Democrats to have the courage to do what is right for the nation as opposed to for themselves.

        • 39 Nena20409
          March 28, 2013 at 10:10 am

          Not that I am shadowing you…..however that LOW expectation that many share, continues to give Cover, License, if I may, to shield these Media folks to keep fleecing the public and skewing their basta*rd reporting, always slanting in favor of the TBGOPers. They may hate to listen to Us. But by joining them to always demand that Dems behave……..wickedly nasty behavior from the righties, go unpunished, unreported, unaccounted and they Ride free with their destructive rightwing ideology.

          • March 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

            I don’t disagree, Nena, but the media is not the focus of my discontent…it’s the Democrats. That wouldn’t change no matter how it’s reported.

            • 41 Nena20409
              March 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

              What the media reports in their various States also help shape how these people vote. It is also true that these folks know their state better. They know that they didn’t and could not win with just Dems Votes. That problem is magnified during off presidential elections when typically less Dems go to the polls.

        • 42 99ts
          March 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

          I understand all that FayPax – and it is your country – not mine – so I very much appreciated your comment above – I’m just in a tiz about the media in my world at the minute – they only attack one side of politics and blame them with every woe that ever impacted mankind

          I just hate that the GOP (as the similar party in my world) seem to get away with being a…h…s because everyone expects it. To me it seems reasonable that 6 dem senators out of 53(?) might be against gun control, it seems completely unreasonable that 44/45 republicans are against gun control.

          • 43 cookemom
            March 28, 2013 at 10:28 am


          • March 28, 2013 at 10:31 am

            99ts, you are completely correct, but you want sanity and fairness. 🙂 Your expectation is absolutely reasonable. It’s sad to say, but I stopped expecting facts and fairness from the media long ago. And I admittedly sometimes wish we had a few batsh*t crazy Democrats to rebuff the opposition. In the final analysis, I place little value on what the media reports…I ferret out the facts for myself and because I know most people can’t or won’t, I do my best to share what I learn.

            • 45 99ts
              March 28, 2013 at 11:07 am

              I was thinking as to how pessimistic I have become – and then you mentioned sanity and fairness – so maybe I maintain a little hope for this world 🙂 Nicest thing here – at the end of the day – hope is still alive and well .

        • 46 nathkatun7
          March 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

          “I do, however, expect Democrats to have the courage to do what is right for the nation as opposed to for themselves.” I understand how you feel, but sadly that’s not how politics is played.

    • 47 anniebella
      March 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

      I told Senator Hagan in a email, that in 2008 I voted for her, I talk to people about voting for her, but if the election were today I would not vote for her. I told her that I am fed up with politicians being more concern about re-election or being afraid of the NRA, and not concern about doing the right thing. Supporting sensible gun control laws is the right thing to do and if you Senator Hagan are against that then I am against you and I will not vote for you. And I will work my butt off to get others not to vote for you either.

      • 48 cookemom
        March 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

        doing the right thing may very well be not saying anything about her position on the issue. It could very well be the difference between being there to vote on the next important issue, or watching the next issue unfold from her living room. It could mean that you’d be sending your email to her Republican replacement. How far do you think that’ll get NC? Btw just asking, is your other Senator a Dem or Pub? What’s that person’s stand on the issue? How many email campaigns and media call outs has that person been subjected to?

        • 49 Bill
          March 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

          Senator Burr (R-NC) will not change his position on gun control, and it will not cause him to lose his seat. Senator Hagen (D-NC) under pressure may change her position, and if she does not she should know from her previous supporters she might lose her seat.

          • 50 cookemom
            March 28, 2013 at 10:53 am

            Who will vote her out? The same Democrats who voted her in? Talk about voting against your best interest. Who would likely be in a position to replace her? Another Dem, someone to the right of her, a Pub? Sounds like she’s being held to a different standard to me. I’m not from NC and I have my hands full trying to turn Mark Kirk in the very blue Illinois. He probably won’t change his mind. He doesn’t have to, because his name never comes up in the press or by Dems as a hold out. He’s getting a pass, while Hagan gets thrown under the bus. smh

            • 51 Bill
              March 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

              It is not a matter of who will vote her out. It is a matter of who will support her, work for her, and donate to her. It is difficult for some of us to support someone for whom we have no respect. This is not a presidential election and the turnout will not be there for her if she is perceived as spineless. Her problem will not be people giving her a pass, it will be indifference.

              • 52 cookemom
                March 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

                What you just said proves my point. Bottom line, it is who will replace her if she was not supported because of this one issue. If you are a single issue voter, then you have every right to deny her your support or respect in such a case. However, if it is more important that she remains in place to face other controversial votes important to NC, then she should be fully supported by the same people who voted her in. Did she campaign on gun control? Was she held to that standard prior to her election? Who is perceiving her as spineless due to one issue? If that makes her spineless and to be called that, to be hung out to dry because of it, by her supporters tells me that maybe she doesn’t deserve you, not the other way around.

                Evidently, she’s since made a statement of support. Good for her, she responded to the pressure. Let’s hope she doesn’t end up being kicked to the curb as a result of it. NC came a long way by even getting her in the Senate. I hope this isn’t a case of one step forward, two steps back. Now you, and your very strong single issue NCers are charged with doing everything in your power to make sure she gets re-elected. She will face all of the full force of the NRA and the Pubs that will be coming for her. Good Luck!

        • 53 anniebella
          March 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

          I believe there is a time when you have to stand up for right even if you have to stand alone, even if you lose your Senate seat.

          • 54 cookemom
            March 28, 2013 at 11:49 am

            Do you really think that, really? That’s what PBO means when he says not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. You’d rather have a totally unprincipled Republican in that seat, rather than a Dem who happen not to voice or respond to one single issue of the many that face us? Gosh, this trap that the Pubs are setting for us, will truly be sprung with our eyes wide open. Nothing like eating our own through their divide and conquer strategy.

          • 55 anniebella
            March 28, 2013 at 11:50 am

            I stand by exactly what I said to Senator Hagan, in life there comes a time when you stand up for the right thing, regardless. Stop being afraid of the NRA.

            • 56 anniebella
              March 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

              If the fact that twenty six and seven year old were blown to pieces, if the fact that young people, babies are being kill everyday, if that doesn’t make you want to stand up and do the right thing, what will. Who’s to say some unprincipled Republican will get Senator Hagan’s seat, maybe a Democrat with some true principle will run against Hagan and defeat Hagan and any Republican.

      • March 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

        That’s what I’m talking about! Good for you! I think while the NRA is pushing on one side, we have to push on the other. Voters proved during the election that in the end, it’s the number of votes that count. Our representatives need to be reminded of that fact.

        • 58 57andfemale
          March 28, 2013 at 11:19 am

          the Republicans are counting on our apathy. the only reason they got where they got is because they voted Republican, all the time, in great numbers, while our side sat home. This has been true since the ’80’s. They are counting on us still not getting it without a PBO in every race in the country. that we won’t care enough about the issues, that we won’t commit to incremental change. Just imagine if Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson had decided that since Reagan didn’t overturn Roe v. Wade right away, they’d just stop voting. We wouldn’t have RWNJ’s in places of power.

          We’re getting much better. We’re starting to get it, but it takes at least a decade to build that kind of institutional mindset. I’m very worried that if we can’t keep them at bay, the damage they will do will shock us. Even when we think we can’t be shocked anymore than we already are. Already the Federal courts have not been able to reflect the current administration. Bush (via Rove) stacked the courts and have made it impossible to reverse the damage. Without liberal sensibilities in the Courts, we are powerless.

      • 59 Nena20409
        March 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

        The Gov of NC who won due to the 2008 then sen Obama win didn’t seek re-election. NC elected a righwinger for Gov……the state house went further right. Many Southern states including AR became Reder since the Jan 2009 swearing of pres Obama. It didn’t happen in a vacuum. Hating of a Black Dem since them has grown not diminished.

        These Politicians must be allowed to charter their own course. The MT sen would not have come out for Marriage equality had he not just won re-election. This NC senator Dem did…..knowing that NC’s senatorial election is in 2014…..NC voted again to enshrine Marriage as between a Man and a woman just in 2012.

        • March 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

          All of which takes me back to my initial statement that Howard Dean has the right idea…work to turn Red states Blue. I’m sick of Democrats who are elected in Red states coming to Congress and voting like the right. There never seems to be adequate support for anything important because some Democrat is cowering in some red corner covering his butt. We need more Sherrod Brown’s…willing to buck the odds and fight for what he believes is right. And no, I don’t want to lose control of the Senate, but they still piss me off! 🙂

          • 61 anniebella
            March 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

            Seem to me with the Republican use of the filibuster and Dems joining Republicans, sometimes I wonder who really has control of the Senate.

      • 62 nathkatun7
        March 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

        I hope you change your mind, Annibella. Senator Hagan is still infinitely better than any Republican. She has voted with the President on many other issues. We can’t afford to lose any Democrats in the Senate in 2014.

  12. 63 GGAIL
    March 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family!

  13. March 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

    McConnell’s Secret Plan to Repeal Obamacare: Use budget reconciliation process, which is exempt from the filibuster|nationaljournal.com/daily/the-secr…— RanMan (@ranman09) March 28, 2013

    • 67 Jovie
      March 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

      And that will be the first thing he does if he gets the senate in 2014!
      Then all the Liberals on tv will blame The President. 😦

    • 68 nathkatun7
      March 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      The good thing is that the President will veto the Bill and Republicans do not have 2/3 in either house to override his veto. I think Obama Care is here to stay, unless, of course Republicans take over Congress and win the presidency in 2016. So all this McConnell talk about repealing it is aimed at getting the tea bag votes in 2014.

  14. March 28, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODville. Today is an important day to stand against gun violence. Here there will be a demonstration at Dianne Feinstein’s office in support of her AWB legislation.

  15. March 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Good Morning People!! 🙂

    • 80 hopefruit2
      March 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Yes, and so was his mother.

      • 81 LDS
        March 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

        Good morning Chips and TODville!
        Thank you HF2! I just don’t get it….why his mother is not being held accountable for this her son’s action(yes, she is not here) but she is as much to blame as he is. At one point they had her working in the school and I was under the impression he went to pay her her a visit.
        Something definitely was not right with this affluent neighborhood mom. She needed the background check!

        • March 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

          Moooooooooooooorning LDS!!!!

          • 83 LDS
            March 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

            Love ya, Chips!!!!!!
            Sipping green tea and feeling mighty fine this morning.
            Still LOL?
            I have just been lurking for a couple of days. Taking an intense class on mentoring to young people.
            So inspired by our President’s ME trip…..got to reach the young people with the truth. They must be able to know the truth for themselves.

    • 84 Nena20409
      March 28, 2013 at 10:12 am


    • March 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

      He fired 155 bullets in 5 minutes—–sorry, but just riddled those little bodies—–and still Congress bows to the NRA and refuses to do anything about assault weapons and number in magazines.
      And of course he and his mom were members in good standing with the NRA. Investigators also found a holiday card with a check to Adam from his mom for another new-fangled gun. Isn’t that sick? What provokes this warped obsession?
      And they also found a 4 X 7ft. spreadsheet of other mass killings, number killed, weapons used.
      And huge cache of guns and ammo—-gun case was open, not broken into.
      It will be unforgivable if Congress can’t muster the decency, the sanity, to pass some new common sense gun legislation. I don’t get how they can turn their backs on all this gun violence and not at least try to prevent further tragedies. If anything other than guns was responsible for all these deaths, I can’t help but think there would be emergency action. But guns as the culprit?—-they’re sacred. It disgusts me thoroughly.


    • 86 cookemom
      March 28, 2013 at 10:40 am

      I can’t imagine it takes all that much, other than owning a gun, to get an NRA certification. All you probably have to do is send in a check and voila, your shiny 8×10 suitable for framing certificate arrives in your mailbox.

    • 88 anniebella
      March 28, 2013 at 10:30 am

      A bunch of dam cowards Congress is. Or maybe NRA has them under their control. Either way these politicians aren’t worth crap.

  16. March 28, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Oscar Pistorious, the olympian that murdered his girlfriend, can leave the country to compete. Yes, seriously.

  17. 93 desertflower
    March 28, 2013 at 10:20 am


    Sen. Mitch McConnnell (R-KY) “is preparing to wage a ruthless campaign to hang on to his job,” Politico reports.

    “He’s already on the air with nearly $200,000 in TV and radio ads, is assembling streams of data to target voters with tailor-made messages, and has quietly moved to lock down support from virtually every state GOP legislator. He says he’ll use ‘every penny’ of a war chest certain to exceed the $21 million he spent in 2008.”

    Said McConnell: “My view is if you’re going to be a bigger target, you’re going to adopt different tactics. I think we’ve made it pretty clear … that we intend to be very aggressive from Day One. And we are. And that involves not ignoring any potential opponent.”

    • 94 LDS
      March 28, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Yes, as aggressive as he was to make President Obama a “one term president.”
      Well, Karma is a goddess and a saint with legions of angels. He is going to regret he ever made that statement.
      He sounds scared to me. He better take another look at how all of Mitt’s money did not help him.
      He is going down!

      • 95 cookemom
        March 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

        It’d be nice, but doubtful that he’s going anywhere. If this were a national race, he’d be in trouble. He has brought the bacon home to his constituents and he’s no neophyte. Too bad, the people there will vote against there own best interest. The most we can hope for in that state is a blue dog Dem. That’s why Judd would not have won either. A nice thought, but not realistic, imo. Though I would have loved to be proven wrong.

  18. March 28, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Goooooood Moooooorning all my peeps!!!! It’s another great getting up day at the intersection of O and TOD!!!

    Yes, it’s a good day for singing a song,
    and it’s a good day for moving along;
    Yes, it’s a good day, how could anything go wrong,
    A good day from morning’ till night

    Yes, it’s a good day for shining your shoes,
    and it’s a good day for losing the blues;
    Everything to gain and nothing’ to lose,
    `Cause it’s a good day from morning’ till night

    I said to the Sun, ” Good morning sun
    RISE AND SHINE today”
    You know you’ve gotta get going
    If you’re gonna make a showin’
    And you know you’ve got the right of way.

    `Cause it’s a good day for paying your bills;
    And it’s a good day for curing your ills,
    So take a deep breath and throw away your pills;
    `Cause it’s a good day from morning’ till night. – Peggy Lee

  19. 99 desertflower
    March 28, 2013 at 10:24 am


    Walmart Wants You To Deliver Their Packages — For Free

    Yes, you would “share” your car with Walmart’s packages and they would give you a small discount to cover the cost of gas, but they wouldn’t “share” your insurance costs if you get into an accident on the way, and you certainly wouldn’t get paid for your time. In other words, you get to work FOR FREE! Feel the oligarchy!

    (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc is considering a radical plan to have store customers deliver packages to online buyers, a new twist on speedier delivery services that the company hopes will enable it to better compete with Amazon.com Inc.

    Tapping customers to deliver goods would put the world’s largest retailer squarely in middle of a new phenomenon sometimes known as “crowd-sourcing,” or the “sharing economy.”

    Wal-Mart is making a big push to ship online orders directly from stores, hoping to cut transportation costs and gain an edge over Amazon and other online retailers, which have no physical store locations. Wal-Mart does this at 25 stores currently, but plans to double that to 50 this year and could expand the program to hundreds of stores in the future.

    Just when you thought they couldn’t get any worse…SURPRISE!!!

  20. March 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Good morning! What I’ve been following in terms of the economy is the screams from various Republican areas as the sequester cuts hit them. It’s been … well … funny to me. Then again, people have said that I have a warped sense of humor. 😉 Right now they’re all whining about airport closures in their districts. I guess they didn’t realize that “federal spending” meant “air traffic controllers in my airport.” 🙄

    I’m sure most people here are familiar with the birthers. Today is the anniversary of the decision which they keep running into, as well as foiling a number of other Republican’s attempts to “outlaw” birthright citizenship: http://cendax.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/dear-republicans-allow-me-to-introduce-you-to-someone/

  21. March 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

    This fella’s a hoot. I always assumed he was a real GOP congressman, but then I became suspicious because he actually displayed some wit. Yes, indeed, it’s a parody account – am I the last to know?!

  22. March 28, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Here’s something I’ve noticed. When news outlets report that more and more Senators are coming out for marriage equality they never say its mostly Democrats and just one Republican. They say the Senators’ names but don’t mention their party affiliation. OR they give the amount of Dems coming out the same weight as that one Republican who came out for it.

    Such bullshit.

    • 109 cookemom
      March 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Today MSNBC has made their approach on this to say explicitly that there are no Republicans other than Johnson who have spoken out on this. To their credit and my surprise, that has been the theme all morning. Even the Political person had to agree that their silence on this was deafening.

      • March 28, 2013 at 10:52 am

        Good but that’s MSNBC. I expect that from them.

        • 111 cookemom
          March 28, 2013 at 10:59 am

          It kinda surprised me because they can be pretty late to the party, or miss it all together. Sometimes, rather than speaking up on something, they will just not mention it at all, or do the false equivalency thing, especially, before 12pm est.

  23. 112 japa21
    March 28, 2013 at 10:36 am

  24. March 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

    TOD twitter brigade, please copy this and insert your own senator’s names:

  25. 114 japa21
    March 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

  26. 115 Jovie
    March 28, 2013 at 10:47 am


  27. March 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Remember when a section of Liberals used to put Dennis Kucinich on a pedestal and say President Obama should be like him? Ah…good times.

  28. 118 cookemom
    March 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Prayers and well wishes for 94 year old Nelson Mandela, hospitalized in South Africa for a lung infection.

    • 119 99ts
      March 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Indeed cookemom – such a man that used adversity to reach unbelievable strength – I have few “heroes” but Mandela is top of the list.

  29. 121 Jovie
    March 28, 2013 at 10:51 am

    McConell has 21 million to defend his seats.
    Let’s focus on another seat, that ones already decided. 😦

  30. 122 cookemom
    March 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Maybe we should do away with heterosexual marriages. After all, aren’t they responsible for all these homosexuals who now want to be married as their parents were?

  31. 124 amk for obama
    March 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

    so bill clinton was behind ashley judd dropping out ?

  32. 126 japa21
    March 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

    • March 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Me too! What’s the catch?

      • 129 desertflower
        March 28, 2013 at 11:27 am

        Oh, I don’t know….if the nurse mentions how to prevent pregnancy to a preteen, mentions condom use, Planned Parenthood, responsibility, or is caught giving helpful, true info to a brown person that COULD be undocumented…..they will shut down every damn library in the state…because, you know…freedom!

  33. 130 vcprezofan2
    March 28, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Morning folks! It’s quiet and partly sunny where I am, hopefully those in leadership have their ears partly open, if not fully open, today.

  34. 131 Allison
    March 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

  35. March 28, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Good Morning. It’s a bright, bright sunshiny Day.

  36. 135 cookemom
    March 28, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Power ball winner owes child support. Well, I guess we know where a portion of those winnings are going. He’s not the only one who hit the jackpot. Good for his kids.

    • March 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

      They were dancing with joy more than he was.

      • 137 cookemom
        March 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        I don’t blame them. I’m not saying that he’s not a good person cause I don’t know their circumstances. He may be very happy that he is now able to provide for his kids as he had always wanted to. In the meantime, way to go kids.

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